Video: “Journalists and pundits should not manufacture a blood libel”; Update: Dershowitz defends Palin

posted at 8:45 am on January 12, 2011 by Ed Morrissey

Sarah Palin has given her first extensive public remarks after the shootings in Tucson and the media attempts to blame the Tea Party and herself for the violence. She firmly but calmly rebuts that notion, quoting Ronald Reagan to insist that individuals are responsible for their actions, and that robust political dialogue in a free country should not be blamed for acts of individual lunacy. Palin reserves her harshest criticism, delivered in a tone of sadness, for those journalists and pundits who wound up slandering not just her but millions of people who participated in political activism:

Sarah Palin: “America’s Enduring Strength” from Sarah Palin on Vimeo.

Earlier this week, I told a reporter that a public response would be tricky for Palin. She needed to defend herself but without being seen as descending to the level of the debate as it stood at that moment. Plenty of others were defending conservatives already, but Palin needed to engage the debate on her own terms at some point in a manner that allowed her to rise above the accusatory morass that the media encouraged almost from the hour in which the shootings took place.

This video message affirms the wisdom of that approach. Palin does an excellent job in making her point without lashing out in anger over the attacks, and underscores the importance of personal responsibility rather than group guilt in a free society, the priority of free speech as an underpinning of democracy, and the determination of Palin and the rest of the conservatives to defend those principles. It’s precisely what Palin needed to say, and precisely the manner and forum in which she needed to say it.

Now, what will Barack Obama say?

Update: Some are criticizing Palin’s use of “blood libel,” saying that it refers to a specific anti-semitic charge from centuries ago that Jews supposedly used the blood of Christian children in preparing ritual food. But as Glenn Reynolds points out to Politico’s Ben Smith, Israel uses “blood libel” today to rebut charges of deliberately killing Palestinians, and Tony Blankley used it in a column to describe John Murtha’s accusations against Marines about murders in Haditha. It’s a functional political term.

Update II: Big Government got a statement from Alan Dershowitz, no right-wing sympathizer, on Palin’s use of the term “blood libel”:

The term “blood libel” has taken on a broad metaphorical meaning in public discourse. Although its historical origins were in theologically based false accusations against the Jews and the Jewish People, its current usage is far broader. I myself have used it to describe false accusations against the State of Israel by the Goldstone Report. There is nothing improper and certainly nothing anti-Semitic in Sarah Palin using the term to characterize what she reasonably believes are false accusations that her words or images may have caused a mentally disturbed individual to kill and maim. The fact that two of the victims are Jewish is utterly irrelevant to the propriety of using this widely used term.

That should settle it, but probably won’t.

The transcript follows, via The Corner:

Like millions of Americans I learned of the tragic events in Arizona on Saturday, and my heart broke for the innocent victims. No words can fill the hole left by the death of an innocent, but we do mourn for the victims’ families as we express our sympathy.

I agree with the sentiments shared yesterday at the beautiful Catholic mass held in honor of the victims. The mass will hopefully help begin a healing process for the families touched by this tragedy and for our country.

Our exceptional nation, so vibrant with ideas and the passionate exchange and debate of ideas, is a light to the rest of the world. Congresswoman Giffords and her constituents were exercising their right to exchange ideas that day, to celebrate our Republic’s core values and peacefully assemble to petition our government. It’s inexcusable and incomprehensible why a single evil man took the lives of peaceful citizens that day.

There is a bittersweet irony that the strength of the American spirit shines brightest in times of tragedy. We saw that in Arizona. We saw the tenacity of those clinging to life, the compassion of those who kept the victims alive, and the heroism of those who overpowered a deranged gunman.

Like many, I’ve spent the past few days reflecting on what happened and praying for guidance. After this shocking tragedy, I listened at first puzzled, then with concern, and now with sadness, to the irresponsible statements from people attempting to apportion blame for this terrible event.

President Reagan said, “We must reject the idea that every time a law’s broken, society is guilty rather than the lawbreaker. It is time to restore the American precept that each individual is accountable for his actions.” Acts of monstrous criminality stand on their own. They begin and end with the criminals who commit them, not collectively with all the citizens of a state, not with those who listen to talk radio, not with maps of swing districts used by both sides of the aisle, not with law-abiding citizens who respectfully exercise their First Amendment rights at campaign rallies, not with those who proudly voted in the last election.

The last election was all about taking responsibility for our country’s future. President Obama and I may not agree on everything, but I know he would join me in affirming the health of our democratic process. Two years ago his party was victorious. Last November, the other party won. In both elections the will of the American people was heard, and the peaceful transition of power proved yet again the enduring strength of our Republic.

Vigorous and spirited public debates during elections are among our most cherished traditions. And after the election, we shake hands and get back to work, and often both sides find common ground back in D.C. and elsewhere. If you don’t like a person’s vision for the country, you’re free to debate that vision. If you don’t like their ideas, you’re free to propose better ideas. But, especially within hours of a tragedy unfolding, journalists and pundits should not manufacture a blood libel that serves only to incite the very hatred and violence they purport to condemn. That is reprehensible.

There are those who claim political rhetoric is to blame for the despicable act of this deranged, apparently apolitical criminal. And they claim political debate has somehow gotten more heated just recently. But when was it less heated? Back in those “calm days” when political figures literally settled their differences with dueling pistols? In an ideal world all discourse would be civil and all disagreements cordial. But our Founding Fathers knew they weren’t designing a system for perfect men and women. If men and women were angels, there would be no need for government. Our Founders’ genius was to design a system that helped settle the inevitable conflicts caused by our imperfect passions in civil ways. So, we must condemn violence if our Republic is to endure.

As I said while campaigning for others last March in Arizona during a very heated primary race, “We know violence isn’t the answer. When we ‘take up our arms’, we’re talking about our vote.” Yes, our debates are full of passion, but we settle our political differences respectfully at the ballot box – as we did just two months ago, and as our Republic enables us to do again in the next election, and the next. That’s who we are as Americans and how we were meant to be. Public discourse and debate isn’t a sign of crisis, but of our enduring strength. It is part of why America is exceptional.

No one should be deterred from speaking up and speaking out in peaceful dissent, and we certainly must not be deterred by those who embrace evil and call it good. And we will not be stopped from celebrating the greatness of our country and our foundational freedoms by those who mock its greatness by being intolerant of differing opinion and seeking to muzzle dissent with shrill cries of imagined insults.

Just days before she was shot, Congresswoman Giffords read the First Amendment on the floor of the House. It was a beautiful moment and more than simply “symbolic,” as some claim, to have the Constitution read by our Congress. I am confident she knew that reading our sacred charter of liberty was more than just “symbolic.” But less than a week after Congresswoman Giffords reaffirmed our protected freedoms, another member of Congress announced that he would propose a law that would criminalize speech he found offensive.

It is in the hour when our values are challenged that we must remain resolved to protect those values. Recall how the events of 9-11 challenged our values and we had to fight the tendency to trade our freedoms for perceived security. And so it is today.

Let us honor those precious lives cut short in Tucson by praying for them and their families and by cherishing their memories. Let us pray for the full recovery of the wounded. And let us pray for our country. In times like this we need God’s guidance and the peace He provides. We need strength to not let the random acts of a criminal turn us against ourselves, or weaken our solid foundation, or provide a pretext to stifle debate.

America must be stronger than the evil we saw displayed last week. We are better than the mindless finger-pointing we endured in the wake of the tragedy. We will come out of this stronger and more united in our desire to peacefully engage in the great debates of our time, to respectfully embrace our differences in a positive manner, and to unite in the knowledge that, though our ideas may be different, we must all strive for a better future for our country. May God bless America.


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Is there any doubt? Double double chocolate chip of course, homemade. Us Palin supporters still know how to bake.

unseen on January 12, 2011 at 1:52 PM

I’m contemplating baking bread right now.

mizflame98 on January 12, 2011 at 2:10 PM

If I switch to Huck tomorrow (ugh), and back to Palin Friday, can I get some cookies? o.o

KinleyArdal on January 12, 2011 at 2:00 PM

maybe will have to think about it. Maybe I can “dream” up and answer.

unseen on January 12, 2011 at 2:10 PM

Hey Pappy ITA! Without interruption (FOX included) nor commentary. Just a simple “We’ll be right back.” would suffice.

ProudPalinFan on January 12, 2011 at 2:10 PM

I’m contemplating baking bread right now.

mizflame98 on January 12, 2011 at 2:10 PM

nothing like the smell and taste of homemade bread.

unseen on January 12, 2011 at 2:10 PM

Between his parents and LEO’s it sounds like getting Loughner flagged to fail a background check should have been a priority.

dedalus on January 12, 2011 at 1:59 PM

I certainly agree. But the laws there already. I still haven’t heard if he legally possessed the weapon or not though. If he didn’t, mute point. If he did, ole Sheriff Dupnik is going to have even more explaining to do.

hawkdriver on January 12, 2011 at 2:03 PM

It appears that he did purchase the gun legally. Fox News was at the sports supply store yesterday where he bought it. The store manager gave them a statement, but did not want to appear on camera. Just more evidence that Sheriff Barney Fife has something to hide.

The really explosive charge here is that Loughner was given special consideration because his mother was a county employee. That needs to be investigated.

slickwillie2001 on January 12, 2011 at 2:11 PM

My pernil sandwich is kickin’ after this. So long for a pm break. Damn.

ProudPalinFan on January 12, 2011 at 2:11 PM

Come on folks why are you letting Ann do this again? She’s been told umpteen times the difference between auto and semi-auto weapons. She is playing you for fools and you keep falling for it.

angryed on January 12, 2011 at 1:57 PM

I think she’s an unprincipled, attention whore. Harsh? Maybe….but I’ve seen her do this time, and again. I think she just thrives on attention. I used to moderate a chat room, and saw this from people, time and again. Mostly women, but the occasional dude would come in with it too. She gets her fix, til it gets ugly, then leaves.

capejasmine on January 12, 2011 at 2:11 PM

Alan Dershowitz you magnificent bastard!

mizflame98 on January 12, 2011 at 2:13 PM

the boss speaks:

Two days ago, Instapundit/law professor Glenn Reynolds assailed the politics of “blood libel” in the Wall Street Journal.

Today, Sarah Palin issued her own poignant, but fierce rejoinder against the vicious smears of Tucson massacre opportunists and drew on “America’s enduring strength” to pay tribute to the victims.

They criticized her for not saying anything.

Now, they’ll criticizing her for saying something.

The blamestream media is already up in arms — can we still say that? — over the use of the phrase “blood libel.” Ben Smith at Politico has an exchange with Glenn Reynolds about the term here. Jim Geraghty notes that leftists have had no problem applying the phrase to the GOP.

The more moronic of Palin-bashers will simply gnash their teeth because she said “blood.”

Idiocracy: The new normal.

http://michellemalkin.com/2011/01/12/sarah-palin-speaks-blamestream-media-goes-wild/

unseen on January 12, 2011 at 2:14 PM

Maybe if Sarah had just said this…

… then the Left would understand.

Seven Percent Solution on January 12, 2011 at 2:15 PM

There is evidence that the US has a higher rate of firearm fatalities than other advanced economies. We can either consider that rate acceptable or attempt to identify measures to lower it.

dedalus on January 12, 2011 at 1:29 PM

That’s leaving quite a bit out, though. It’s the Broken Window fallacy again: if more people in other countries had guns, they might have averted crimes or apprehended bad guys. Sure, we have more firearm deaths, but then we have a whole lot more firearms. Sort of like we have a lot of deaths by auto crashes, but then we also drive a whole lot more. How many home invasions do these countries report? How many deaths or apprehensions? Is there evidence that possessing weapons reduces incidence of crime? These are figures that are salient to your point, not just “number of people who die by gun”.

alwaysfiredup on January 12, 2011 at 2:16 PM

And amidst all of the ultra-hot wickedness the Left has attempted to pour all over conservative America and Governor Palin, in the prayerfully quiet hush of an Alaskan winter, she gives the Speech of a lifetime, as Presidential in stature as Reagan himself, and like the Gipper, she slips in a little arctic-fox strategery by beating obama to the punch.

tigerlily on January 12, 2011 at 2:18 PM

Wow. OMG, she just hit a tape measure grand slam and it went out of the park. LOL Hey lefties, you just got skooled by The ‘Cuda! I’m not a Palinista, but when someone delivers a major league smackdown I can recognize it. ‘Caribou Barbie’ just delivered a speech worthy of Ronaldus Magnus, improved her image, and showed up the left. ROTFL. You whining, blood libeling lefties walked into a buzzsaw.

I hope everyone will pass this on to their friends.

JimP on January 12, 2011 at 2:18 PM

Curious then, what changes to existing gun law would you make? What additional gun law do you think is necessary?

hawkdriver on January 12, 2011 at 1:57 PM

I don’t know and am mostly interested in learning about the issue. Perhaps better database interoperation. What is your view on how the NICS currently operates?

dedalus on January 12, 2011 at 2:19 PM

Re the use of ‘blood libel’, in liberal politics there are no sacred words or references. Over the years we’ve seen ridiculous instances where liberals tie the most insignificant things to the civil rights struggle of the 50′s and 60′s to the point where if Jessah Jacksum’s dry cleaner loses a shirt, -”it’s Selma all over again.”

If you are a liberal nothing is disallowed. But the liberals also act as judges for the rest of us, policing the English language.

slickwillie2001 on January 12, 2011 at 2:19 PM

canopfor on January 12, 2011 at 12:52 PM

a pretty sight :)
cmsinaz on January 12, 2011 at 12:59 PM

cmsinaz:)

canopfor on January 12, 2011 at 2:20 PM

Dr Zero speaks:

MSNBC can retire their idiotic “Sarah Palin: On the Lam” graphic now. The former vice-presidential candidate and governor of Alaska has released an eight-minute video response to those who tried to pin responsibility for the Tucson shootings on her specifically, and conservatives in general. Liberals who thought they would be able to bury her under Jared Loughner’s victims are going to be very disappointed.

Aside from expressing condolences for the victims, and best wishes for Representative Giffords, Palin has said little since the atrocity on Saturday night – which is both understandable and appropriate, because the incident has nothing to do with her. Imagine what the Left would have said about Palin if she had begun pumping out blog posts and videos within hours of the attack. Unlike liberals, she knows better than to exploit a tragedy for political points, and she obviously had no intention of joining cretins like Paul Krugman or Keith Olbermann in their slime pit for a wrestling match……

http://www.humanevents.com/article.php?id=41143

….She also says she’s been “praying for guidance.” Note to the nitwits who spent days trying to paint Loughner as one of her devotees: she doesn’t use a shrine made of skulls and orange peels in a backyard tent when she does that. …

…. Like everyone with a functioning conscience – but unlike most of the media – she calls Jared Loughner’s murderous actions “inexcusable and incomprehensible.” Palin quotes Ronald Reagan’s injunction to resist blaming “society” every time a law is broken, and speaks of the importance of personal responsibility. That may seem like common sense to Palin supporters, but it’s acid in the face of a liberal culture that thinks only Republican politicians, and people who make over $200,000 per year, can be held responsible for their own actions….

…..If Obama does join her in such an affirmation during his own speech on Tucson, and includes Palin by name, the liberal blogosphere will ring with blood-curdling cries for his impeachment…..

……Thus does Sarah Palin shame those who tried to put her in the parking lot of that Tucson grocery store, when gunshots rang out. There is no question who they are – we have hours of videotape from ABC, NBC, CBS, CNN, and MSNBC, plus stacks of rotting paper from liberal newspapers, clearly identifying the people Palin destroyed with this video. You lose, liberals.

unseen on January 12, 2011 at 2:21 PM

capejasmine on January 12, 2011 at 2:11 PM

I think she’s secretly a sockpuppet, die-hard Conservative who comes here feigning a belief in liberal ideas but argues them poorly on purpose in order to make commenters who debate with her feel better about themselves. Like when the momma Cheetah gives her cubs a half-dead meerkat to box around to hone their hunting skills.

Disclaimer: At no time in that post were any comments or analogies intended to illicit violent tendencies in fellow Hot Air readers. The use of the term “half-dead meerkat” is not intended to describe any commenter either living or deceased.

hawkdriver on January 12, 2011 at 2:21 PM

Is there any doubt? Double double chocolate chip of course, homemade. Us Palin supporters still know how to bake.

unseen on January 12, 2011 at 1:52 PM

don’t forget the walnuts…

tigerlily on January 12, 2011 at 2:21 PM

This probably has been said, but… “Top that, Obama!”

LASue on January 12, 2011 at 2:21 PM

Dear Left,

Yes, please keep marginilazing Sarah Palin!! It’s working!

Sincerely,
SouthernGent

SouthernGent on January 12, 2011 at 2:22 PM

Acts of monstrous criminality stand on their own. They begin and end with the criminals who commit them

Palin really didn’t think about this. This is a very stupid statement.

PrezHussein on January 12, 2011 at 2:23 PM

Okay friends,

I know we’ve allowed Ann to hijack a thread and I’m way culpable.

hawkdriver on January 12, 2011 at 1:17 PM

hawkdriver:Don`t.Do it. Again.haha:)
======================================================

Don’t do it again

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hdIAEpSyYTw

canopfor on January 12, 2011 at 2:25 PM

“‘Tis a human trait to hate one you have wronged” ~ Seneca (1 BC – 65 AD)

Fallon on January 12, 2011 at 2:25 PM

These are figures that are salient to your point, not just “number of people who die by gun”.

alwaysfiredup on January 12, 2011 at 2:16 PM

Yup. Good points.

dedalus on January 12, 2011 at 2:26 PM

Palin really didn’t think about this. This is a very stupid statement.

PrezHussein on January 12, 2011 at 2:23 PM

I hope you wake up from your “dream” soon.

unseen on January 12, 2011 at 2:26 PM

Update II: That should settle it, but probably won’t.

fail.

sesquipedalian on January 12, 2011 at 2:26 PM

I don’t know and am mostly interested in learning about the issue. Perhaps better database interoperation. What is your view on how the NICS currently operates?

dedalus on January 12, 2011 at 2:19 PM

Well, if the kid owned the gun legally then it obviously failed in this case. A lot is provided to them at the local level that they’re at the mercy of. This kid is the last person in the world who should have had a weapon, in retrospect. In retrospect.

Having said that, I have a dear relative who is as sane as you or I that is prohibited from even handling a firearm. This is because of a clinical nervous breakdown when she was in college more than 30 years ago. An episode that wouldn’t amount to much more than an anxiety attack today. But she abides by the law until we can petition for her restriction to be dropped. We have been trying for a long time.

hawkdriver on January 12, 2011 at 2:27 PM

I don’t like Obama’s politics, but I liked his speech. In this matter, he’s defending Palin.

unclesmrgol on January 12, 2011 at 2:28 PM

moe lane from Redstate speaks:

Mister President, here’s the bar that you have to clear.

It’s a high one. A much higher one than your attendants are telling you that it is. They are almost certainly telling you to concentrate on the ‘blood libel’ comment – which, by the way, will immediately resonate with at least 40% of the population of the country, mostly because it is darned accurate* – but what you really need to do is take note of the fact that she’s saying the things that the President should be saying right now about the need to come together, the glory of this country – and, yes, that the Democratic party is acting like a bunch of [expletive deleted] right now, and that they need to stop.

Call in your speechwriters. Make them watch this speech. Tell them that you need one just like it, only twice as good. Because if you don’t – if you go with your usual scheme where you try to set yourself up as the only rational solution in a world full of the irrationa – you will merely hasten your irrelevance.

http://www.redstate.com/

unseen on January 12, 2011 at 2:28 PM

Geeze Sesquipiddlesinhispants….

Lefty opinions, from a lefty source. That’s convincing. ;)

capejasmine on January 12, 2011 at 2:30 PM

Maybe if Sarah had just said this…

… then the Left would understand.

Seven Percent Solution on January 12, 2011 at 2:15 PM

Seven Percent Solution:That would be a hoot,to watch their
reaction,haha!:)

canopfor on January 12, 2011 at 2:30 PM

but probably won’t.

fail.

sesquipedalian on January 12, 2011 at 2:26 PM

What part of his brilliant prediction of the liberal MSM is a fail? You’re a fail because you didn’t even understand what was commented.

Someone bring back Ann.

hawkdriver on January 12, 2011 at 2:31 PM

blink on January 12, 2011 at 2:31 PM

With the same “exact” timestamp, I can only say…

JINX!

hawkdriver on January 12, 2011 at 2:32 PM

NBC had the audacity to say Sarah Palin, by giving her statement, had found a way to interject herself into the story. I’m banging my head again on my desk!

silvernana on January 12, 2011 at 2:33 PM

Someone bring back Ann.

hawkdriver on January 12, 2011 at 2:31 PM

Oh my! Sesquipedalian, you realize you have to respond appropriately. You just got slapped, big time. Give it a few minutes for the sting to go away.

darwin on January 12, 2011 at 2:34 PM

Acts of monstrous criminality stand on their own. They begin and end with the criminals who commit them

Palin really didn’t think about this. This is a very stupid statement.

PrezHussein on January 12, 2011 at 2:23 PM

I hope you wake up from your “dream” soon.

unseen on January 12, 2011 at 2:26 PM

Don’t shoot the messenger because Palin made a mistake.

PrezHussein on January 12, 2011 at 2:34 PM

Palin wrote every golden word of her Speech from the heart, herself, and beat obama to the punch to boot. She may or may not have planned that, either way it diminishes barry, who has sat back silently (what a “convenient” change of style for the motormouth-in-cheif) and watched his leftist hyenas tear Palin and conservatives apart without stepping in to stop it, as any person who was not rotten to the core would have done.

Empty suit/empy soul will give his empty speech after it has been written, rewritten, polled, tweaked and trimmed by his empy/suited/ empty/souled flunkies.

tigerlily on January 12, 2011 at 2:35 PM

Sarah Palin . . . had found a way to interject herself into the story.

The same way Captain Alfred Dreyfus found a way to interject himself into the story.

Emperor Norton on January 12, 2011 at 2:36 PM

Much better than her incoherent tweet.

lexhamfox on January 12, 2011 at 2:37 PM

There is evidence that the US has a higher rate of firearm fatalities than other advanced economies. We can either consider that rate acceptable or attempt to identify measures to lower it.

dedalus on January 12, 2011 at 1:29 PM

You should have no problems posting the study you cite. Right?

mizflame98 on January 12, 2011 at 2:37 PM

Acts of monstrous criminality stand on their own. They begin and end with the criminals who commit them
Palin really didn’t think about this. This is a very stupid statement.

PrezHussein on January 12, 2011 at 2:23 PM

I hope you wake up from your “dream” soon.

unseen on January 12, 2011 at 2:26 PM
Don’t shoot the messenger because Palin made a mistake.

PrezHussein on January 12, 2011 at 2:34 PM

I see you are still “dreaming”

unseen on January 12, 2011 at 2:37 PM

Don’t shoot the messenger because Palin made a mistake.

PrezHussein on January 12, 2011 at 2:34 PM

She didn’t make a mistake. You just dislike her.

alwaysfiredup on January 12, 2011 at 2:38 PM

Someone bring back Ann.

hawkdriver on January 12, 2011 at 2:31 PM

Oh my! Sesquipedalian, you realize you have to respond appropriately. You just got slapped, big time. Give it a few minutes for the sting to go away.

darwin on January 12, 2011 at 2:34 PM

Disclaimer: The views of Darwin describing Hot Air commenters being slapped either physically or metaphorically do not represent the views or opinions of this station.

hawkdriver on January 12, 2011 at 2:38 PM

Palin I really didn’t think about this. This is I’ve made a very stupid statement.

PrezHussein on January 12, 2011 at 2:23 PM

FIXED

mizflame98 on January 12, 2011 at 2:39 PM

… then the Left would understand.

Seven Percent Solution on January 12, 2011 at 2:15 PM

Please that link should come with a warning label!

More frightening than a nutcase with a semi auto glock and a 15 round clip. I think my dog wet herself at the sound and fury of the harpy!

dhunter on January 12, 2011 at 2:40 PM

Don’t shoot the messenger be mean to me because Palin I made a mistake.

PrezHussein on January 12, 2011 at 2:34 PM

Fixed

mizflame98 on January 12, 2011 at 2:41 PM

When the left screams about being called out for “blood libel”, the correct response should be short and to the point: “Oh, it’s blood libel, alright. Did you think you wouldn’t be called on it? If there’s any justice in the world, you’ll all get bankrupted in a court proceeding because of it.”

tigerlily on January 12, 2011 at 2:41 PM

hawkdriver on January 12, 2011 at 2:31 PM

ed linking to dershowitz, but not to ol’ abe, and hoping that it would settle is teh fail.

sesquipedalian on January 12, 2011 at 2:42 PM

NBC had the audacity to say Sarah Palin, by giving her statement, had found a way to interject herself into the story. I’m banging my head again on my desk!

silvernana on January 12, 2011 at 2:33 PM

They way jews tries to interject themselves into that Nazi Holocaust story….

the_nile on January 12, 2011 at 2:42 PM

Too much fun not to share with all your friends, family, loved ones.

Hillary dumps

Western_Civ on January 12, 2011 at 2:42 PM

Disclaimer: The views of Darwin describing Hot Air commenters being slapped either physically or metaphorically do not represent the views or opinions of this station.

hawkdriver on January 12, 2011 at 2:38 PM

lol. I think I hear the phone…yes, it’s for you Hawk, the New York Times says they have an opening, and MSNBC is on hold and wonders if you could sub for Scarborough Friday…. ;)

tigerlily on January 12, 2011 at 2:45 PM

The gun, and clip, enabled him to kill more people (including non-targets) than his bare hands would have.

The non-standard clip probably cost some additional lives. Apparently, he was stopped only when trying to swap clips.

dedalus on January 12, 2011 at 12:24 PM

Because you can’t kill a lot of people in a short amount of time without a gun.

Yeah I haven’t read all of the comments yet…but I’m working on it. ;)

Pattosensei on January 12, 2011 at 2:45 PM

Your response is superior to mine. Good job.

blink on January 12, 2011 at 2:41 PM

Thank you. :-D

mizflame98 on January 12, 2011 at 2:45 PM

ed linking to dershowitz, but not to ol’ abe, and hoping that it would settle is teh fail.

sesquipedalian on January 12, 2011 at 2:42 PM

I assume Abe is saying it’s anti-semitic to use the term “blood libel”, mainly because I see a lot of people saying that today. Are we to determine this based on percentages? If 45% of the op-eds say it’s antisemitic and 55% say its not, does that mean Palin is 45% anti-semitic? The games people are playing are freaking hilarious. Apparently Glenn Reynolds is now anti-semitic, or something.

alwaysfiredup on January 12, 2011 at 2:46 PM

Too much fun not to share with all your friends, family, loved ones.

Hillary dumps

Western_Civ on January 12, 2011 at 2:42 PM

Western_Civ:HilRod had a Bosnia Tarmac Flashback!

canopfor on January 12, 2011 at 2:46 PM

http://www.politico.com/politico44/perm/0111/an_extremist_5b6e280f-d3d7-4d97-8354-e3832bc20e2a.html

One by one, the Progressives fall in line… No matter the facts on the ground, it’s all about controlling the message.

Anybody left wondering why our political system has failed us… These people are no more interested in truth/facts than they are about the safety and care of our people.

Keemo on January 12, 2011 at 2:47 PM

ed linking to dershowitz, but not to ol’ abe, and hoping that it would settle is teh fail.

sesquipedalian on January 12, 2011 at 2:42 PM

1. Your entire premise that Palin is somehow to blame is utterly dismissible without further comment or links.
2. Your opinion of “blood libel” being appropriately used in her speech defending herself would also therefore be inconsequential to any argument.
3. You’ve not convinced me you’re a better troll than Ann.

Fail!

hawkdriver on January 12, 2011 at 2:48 PM

NBC had the audacity to say Sarah Palin, by giving her statement, had found a way to interject herself into the story. I’m banging my head again on my desk!

silvernana on January 12, 2011 at 2:33 PM

The way jews tries to interject themselves into that Nazi Holocaust story….

the_nile on January 12, 2011 at 2:42 PM

The way passengers in the Titanic tried to interject themselves into an historic tragedy by crashing the ship into an iceberg…

tigerlily on January 12, 2011 at 2:48 PM

ed linking to dershowitz, but not to ol’ abe, and hoping that it would settle is teh fail.

sesquipedalian on January 12, 2011 at 2:42 PM

You mean Abe Foxman? That rabidly partisan liberal hack?

FAIL on you, bud.

Brian1972 on January 12, 2011 at 2:49 PM

has the video been hacked? All of a sudden it’s PASSWORD PROTECTED everywhere!

tree hugging sister on January 12, 2011 at 2:49 PM

Keemo on January 12, 2011 at 2:47 PM

It’s infuriating that people continue to assert that he had political motivations. He didn’t, not in the way we think of “politics”. He didn’t participate in politics. He had some philosophies in his head but philosophy =/= politics.

alwaysfiredup on January 12, 2011 at 2:49 PM

Because you can’t kill a lot of people in a short amount of time without a gun.

Yeah I haven’t read all of the comments yet…but I’m working on it. ;)

Pattosensei on January 12, 2011 at 2:45 PM

Apparently you can’t kill people almost instantly without a gun either.

mizflame98 on January 12, 2011 at 2:49 PM

has the video been hacked? All of a sudden it’s PASSWORD PROTECTED everywhere!

tree hugging sister on January 12, 2011 at 2:49 PM

Here it is on YouTube, still functional.

Brian1972 on January 12, 2011 at 2:50 PM

tree hugging sister on January 12, 2011 at 2:49 PM

Wouldn’t surprise me at all. I’m sure they’ll fix it.

alwaysfiredup on January 12, 2011 at 2:50 PM

What we need isn’t tougher gun laws, but more open policies for treating/helping/detaining mentally ill individuals. Like the Virginia Tech shooter, Loughner was sen by many around him as a source of potential violence. But law enforcement couldn’t do anything about it, because he hadn’t committed any violent acts.

In the past, as Krauthammer says, doctors could recommend a person’s detention in the interests of public safety. Now, a combination of kumbaya pollyanna thinking and budget cuts makes it very difficult to protect society from potentially violent deranged individuals.

hawksruleva on January 12, 2011 at 2:50 PM

Today we’ll celebrate Mr. PPF’s Jr. 10th birthday in a nasty global warming non-stop snowfall that has Hawaii under 6″. My sis called from PR to see how bad it is plus she mailed me Roberto Alomar’s induction day newspapers.

I have swept all the snow that’s fallen on the bird feeder, shook off sunflower seeds’ snow and it has a tiny roof for them.

Look, I did not think about that term in whatever context may be interpreted-after all, she’s had her own share of blood on her hands. Not from animals now, but from a cold brainless murderer. Now it is extended to judaism and Christianity? WTF?

I better get paid for blogging, blah blah blah. >rant<

ProudPalinFan on January 12, 2011 at 2:51 PM

http://www.politico.com/politico44/perm/0111/an_extremist_5b6e280f-d3d7-4d97-8354-e3832bc20e2a.html

One by one, the Progressives fall in line… No matter the facts on the ground, it’s all about controlling the message.

Anybody left wondering why our political system has failed us… These people are no more interested in truth/facts than they are about the safety and care of our people.

Keemo on January 12, 2011 at 2:47 PM

Keemo:Yup,Clinton Oklahoma Part Deux!!
==========================================

Jared Loughner is an extremist because he carried out the Arizona shootings while acting on his “political views,” Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said Wednesday.

canopfor on January 12, 2011 at 2:51 PM

Jared Loughner is an extremist because he carried out the Arizona shootings while acting on his “political views,” Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said Wednesday.

canopfor on January 12, 2011 at 2:51 PM

Lets jump leap to conclusion. She’s loosing it.

the_nile on January 12, 2011 at 2:52 PM

The left has the nerve to cry about being rightfully called purveyors of blood libel.

Time to double down on it!

tigerlily on January 12, 2011 at 2:52 PM

tree hugging sister on January 12, 2011 at 2:49 PM

That must be the result of some leftist internet sabotage.

A good sign, they are are worried people may watch it all for themselves.

It is on YouTube already, so maybe that link should be spread around.

Brian1972 on January 12, 2011 at 2:53 PM

Thanks Brian1972! I’ve got it embedded on our blog and MAN, was I PO’d!

I want the WORLD to see it and am doing my little part.

tree hugging sister on January 12, 2011 at 2:53 PM

Apparently you can’t kill people almost instantly without a gun either.

mizflame98 on January 12, 2011 at 2:49 PM

Careful, he’ll just say “Explosive should be outlawed too.” I’m waiting for the outcry against survival knives and automobiles.

Pattosensei on January 12, 2011 at 2:53 PM

WAIT
WAIT
WAIT
RUSH LIMBAUGH HAS AN AWESOME OPINION:

“What Mr. Loughner knows is that he has the full support of a major political party in this country. He’s sitting there in jail. He knows what’s going on, he knows that…the Democrat party is attempting to find anybody but him to blame. He knows if he plays his cards right, he’s just a victim. He’s the latest in a never-ending parade of victims brought about by the unfairness of America…this guy clearly understands he’s getting all the attention and he understands he’s got a political party doing everything it can, plus a local sheriff doing everything that they can to make sure he’s not convicted of murder – but something lesser.”

F*cking dooshbag. Yeah, the severely schizophrenic murderer who has snapped is clearly thinking this.

Dave Rywall on January 12, 2011 at 2:53 PM

Hey what’s the deal on the embedded vid? Its not working anymore on any site. Its says “no permission to embed on this domain. This is a Vimeo Plus Feature”.

Geochelone on January 12, 2011 at 2:54 PM

Jared Loughner is an extremist because he carried out the Arizona shootings while acting on his “political views,” Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said Wednesday.

canopfor on January 12, 2011 at 2:51 PM

That fall must have affected her more than we thought.

mizflame98 on January 12, 2011 at 2:54 PM

I think Palin’s team used this term for this exact reason!

blink on January 12, 2011 at 2:51 PM

It’s a twofer , Palin also raises the Jewish/Israeli situation.

the_nile on January 12, 2011 at 2:54 PM

As an avid comment reader, here’s an informative one I found over at Jen Rubin’s:

This is what linguists call “semantic bleaching”: over time, words and phrases lose their literal meaning, as they are used in more and more tangentially related ways.

“Blood libel” now means “an outrageously unfounded accusation.”

Posted by: Inagua1 | January 12, 2011 2:28 PM

Semantic bleaching…learn something new every day!

marybel on January 12, 2011 at 2:54 PM

blink on January 12, 2011 at 2:51 PM

I’m still really surprised they haven’t given up on this narrative. They’re on the wrong side of public opinion. The nation has heard their argument and rejected it. Why double down? It isn’t going to work.

alwaysfiredup on January 12, 2011 at 2:55 PM

canopfor on January 12, 2011 at 2:51 PM
=================
Lets jump leap to conclusion. She’s loosing it.

the_nile on January 12, 2011 at 2:52 PM

the_nile:Well,HilRod tripped,on her plane,I don`t know
if it was before or after this brain storm of
hers!!

canopfor on January 12, 2011 at 2:55 PM

Hey what’s the deal on the embedded vid? Its not working anymore on any site. Its says “no permission to embed on this domain. This is a Vimeo Plus Feature”.

Geochelone on January 12, 2011 at 2:54 PM

Maybe hacked , it’s that bad for the left.

the_nile on January 12, 2011 at 2:55 PM

Dave Rywall on January 12, 2011 at 2:53 PM

Sounds plausible to me.

hawkdriver on January 12, 2011 at 2:55 PM

Okay… I’m shamelessly quoting ACE, but he is just so right!

Paranoid schizophrenics see patterns and connections where there are none, and where tangible, real-world evidence tells us there are none.

Leftists see patterns and connections were there are none, and where tangible, real-world evidence tells us there are none.

Therefore, leftists have become paranoid schizophrenics.

petunia on January 12, 2011 at 2:56 PM

What is your point now? That Palin used the term incorrectly? Or that it wasn’t a sensitive enough use of the term?

blink on January 12, 2011 at 2:44 PM

I honestly don’t think there’s a point. 57% of Americans see no connection between the shootings, and Palin. Sheriff Dumbnik is out there creating damage, and they can’t get control of him. Palin does as urged, and puts out an outstanding speech worthy of applause. More info is coming out, that doesn’t fit the lefts narrative of pinning this on Republicans.

It’s tailspin damage control. They’ve lost control, and think their coming here, spewing out hate, and vitriol, and inane links and commentary will convince us all, that we were wrong, and they are right. LOL

capejasmine on January 12, 2011 at 2:56 PM

F*cking dooshbag. Yeah, the severely schizophrenic murderer who has snapped is clearly thinking this.

Dave Rywall on January 12, 2011 at 2:53 PM

do you have the name of the Psychiatrist that examined him and deemed him schizophrenic and incapable of defending himself in trial?

mizflame98 on January 12, 2011 at 2:56 PM

You should have no problems posting the study you cite. Right?

mizflame98 on January 12, 2011 at 2:37 PM

Here is one of the sites that compiles stats by country.

dedalus on January 12, 2011 at 2:57 PM

Semantic bleaching…learn something new every day!

marybel on January 12, 2011 at 2:54 PM

marybel:I`m a guy,whats the washing setting,Hot or Cold!
(kidding).

canopfor on January 12, 2011 at 2:57 PM

Hey what’s the deal on the embedded vid? Its not working anymore on any site. Its says “no permission to embed on this domain. This is a Vimeo Plus Feature”.

Geochelone on January 12, 2011 at 2:54 PM

Maybe hacked , it’s that bad for the left.

the_nile on January 12, 2011 at 2:55 PM

Its on youtube. Somebody email Ed and tell him to point the link to youtube.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FANKMbCBbGI

Geochelone on January 12, 2011 at 2:58 PM

Hey what’s the deal on the embedded vid? Its not working anymore on any site. Its says “no permission to embed on this domain. This is a Vimeo Plus Feature”.

Geochelone on January 12, 2011 at 2:54 PM

Here’s it on youtube

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sdPVZFs8Ua4&feature=player_embedded

the_nile on January 12, 2011 at 2:58 PM

The leftist keep saying on their sites that we are so out of touch that we can’t see the connections… yeah, we are the ones out of touch.

petunia on January 12, 2011 at 2:58 PM

F*cking dooshbag.
Dave Rywall on January 12, 2011 at 2:53 PM

Enough about you.

capejasmine on January 12, 2011 at 2:59 PM

Uh … what happened to the Vimeo video???

powerpro on January 12, 2011 at 2:59 PM

I assume Abe is saying it’s anti-semitic to use the term “blood libel”, mainly because I see a lot of people saying that today. Are we to determine this based on percentages? If 45% of the op-eds say it’s antisemitic and 55% say its not, does that mean Palin is 45% anti-semitic? The games people are playing are freaking hilarious. Apparently Glenn Reynolds is now anti-semitic, or something.

alwaysfiredup on January 12, 2011 at 2:46 PM

My grandfather was born Jewish in a part of the world where blood libel-in the traditional sense-came up on a pretty regular basis. It was at the time Chernigov, Lithuania-now Chernigov, Ukraine.

a blood libel is an accusation of murder-a murder that was supposedly done in pursuit of an evil cause/end.

As far as I’m concerned-using it in it’s modern parlance- Gov. Palin and other conservatives have certainly become victims of a ‘blood libel’.

annoyinglittletwerp on January 12, 2011 at 2:59 PM

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