Let's Give Sarah Palin a Break

Just this time, OK?

It would be very comforting to be able to blame Sarah Palin for the horrible Arizona shootings, but it would seem a little hypocritical since we always say you can't blame rock stars and their crazy songs for various teen tragedies that are often ascribed to them by right wingers.

As civil libertarians, we have to be brave and admit that it wasn't Palin who pulled the trigger!

The grinning guy was a mentally disturbed person with bad grammar and he would clearly have gone haywire without much help from warped icons.

But does that let Palin off the hook for violent imagery and hate tactics?

Hell, no!



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9thFloor
9thFloor

Paranoid schizophrenic. Full stop. The end.

whatever
whatever

Give the village idiot a break - not int this life time.

franco
franco

Jonathan Chait, the New Republic:

“Okay, it's a little over the top for Sarah Palin to accuse her critics of "blood libel." But she does have a basic point.

She had nothing to do with Jared Loughner…

What's happening is that Palin has come to represent unhinged grassroots conservatism, and people in the media immediately (and incorrectly) associated Loughner with the far right.”

Scruffy
Scruffy

"Palin released a new Facebook update today: "I thought that I had mastered this political rat race but the ADL is just sticking their big nose in places it doesn't belong."

OMG! Now she's talking about Jewish "big noses".Nice one, Sarah.

Prezdent obama
Prezdent obama

OBAMA IS TO BLAME...! This wouldn't have happened if bush was still president.

Laverne
Laverne

"No one is blaming Palin." Not much of a reader/watcher/listener, huh, Mr. Cairo?

Kevin
Kevin

While i'm happy to see Palin get f'd with for any reason, she really had nothing to do with this psycho killing people.

He spent most of his years as a pothead and went to Mars Volta concerts, he volunteered at book fairs and made bad youtube videos. Sounds like most of my neighbors in Brooklyn.

It seems his greatest anger with her was because she didn't agree with his concept of words being meaningless because they're a man made construct. He's f'ing crazy!

The only thing he seems obsessed with that could be compared to a teabagger is that whole idea for a new currency, and the politician who talks most about that topic is Ron Paul, who i kinda like (despite the "gold standard" tangent he's getting sidetracked by).

Conservatives claimed the same bs about "cultivating an atmosphere for..." when Ice T/Body Count released Cop Killer or with Judas Priest's Suicide Solution. Not to mention all the fearmongering about porn, or about any expressed sexuality other than what's approved of by the big religions.

Just think of how many books were banned for fear of what the words could incite in people.

The guy was mentally ill and sadly committed an awful crime.

My heart goes out to the victims, the survivors, their friends and families.

Mr. Cairo
Mr. Cairo

Way to miss the point there, Mikey. No one - let's say that again - NO ONE is blaming Palin for this shooting. But facts are facts: she put on her Giffords in the crosshairs on her website, Giffords herself reacted at the time by saying that was crossing the line, and then Giffords gets shot. And somehow PALIN is the victim here?? Sorry Michael: no sale, but nice of you and Babs to stick up for her.

Bellestarrr
Bellestarrr

you folks are giving her way too much attention..how do you get rid of an obnoxious person....you ignore them and everthing they do..poof they just vanish

timmmyk
timmmyk

It's not that she is to blame for this per se, it's that she is obnoxious, repugnantly defiant, cannot accept ANY criticism from ANYONE, never admits to being wrong (or even incorrect) like the asshole we had installed in 2000 and refuses to reasonably step back when everyone else does so she can steal the spotlight she desperately covets while spouting off in the entirely incorrect context using terms she doesn't even understand she mispronounces. And she is doing all of this with cold calculation in an attempt to garner support from the idiots who vastly outnumber all of us 'cultural elitists'. Fuck that bitch.

John in OKC
John in OKC

typo: meant to say "put a bullet ..."

John In OKC
John In OKC

No she doesn't deserve a break! Can you imagine the reaction of the right wiing if some nut case had out a bullet in the head of a republican that had been the target of liberal hate speech?

phillip bozarth
phillip bozarth

I say a hefty fine for insighting violence to all who had or have these graphics on their pages any party just so they know it was stupid and thoughtless

Steven Publicover
Steven Publicover

Of course she didn't send that guy out to do the deed, but she and the rest of the right wing nut jobs have been fanning the flames for years. I might give her a break if she didn't make matters worse every time she opens her mouth and proves what a cold-hearted bitch she really is. Blood Libel? Had she even heard the phrase before today?

From Zionism-Israel.com: Blood libel - the accusation that Jews murder Christian Children to make Matzot for passover, or for other purpose.

Is she really calling herself the victim in all this?

Troll
Troll

Her defense:

"It is time to restore the American precept that each individual is responsible for his actions."

And HER actions too, Palin.

Nibbs
Nibbs

But she quickly took that target thing down! Was that an admission of guilt, or maybe she just didn't want misguided people to make the connection.

I agree, Jared wasn't so literal as to be inspired by Palin. Just a nut.

Zionist Ziggy
Zionist Ziggy

In response to the Anti-Defamation League's statement about her use of "blood libel," Palin released a new Facebook update today: "I thought that I had mastered this political rat race but the ADL is just sticking their big nose in places it doesn't belong. It's a cheap shot, Mr. Foxman, very cheap. Comments like these prove that those who run the media are out to cleanse the world of strong mama grizzlies like myself in a manner that's akin to genocide, a Conservative Holocaust, if you will. I thought my apology would've been a more final solution, but it wasn't, so I'll say it again: I apologize for offending anyone."

Yuri
Yuri

No, I'd rather not.

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