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  1. The heated rhetoric will only get worse as the right continues to grope for something to distract us from their heinous behavior under George W. Bush. Our country was gravely injured by the ghastly actions of George W. Bush that led to the deaths of 10s if not 100s of thousands of human beings. There will simply be no “healing” of those wounds until justice is served.

    Bush must be tried for his war crimes.

    • I agree 100% that George Bush and company are war criminals. Little is said though about most of those Democrats in Congress who supported the Bush wars. Senator Obama voted for every bill to fund the wars, while Hillary Clinton was stroking Rumsfeld in committee.

      President Obama has not only refused to investigate the Bush Administration for war crimes, but he has continued the same war policy, expanded the Afghan war into Pakistan, made it near impossible to close Gitmo, and many other heinous actions.

      In effect, Obama is telling the American people that rapacious wars, the murder of innocent civilians, and torture are all okay.

      I find the partisan political battle over the rhetoric of Palin, Limbaugh, O’Reilly and the rest of those clowns, rather amusing. It’s free entertainment as far as I am concerned. I can hardly wait for the next round to start.

      But so what if the extreme right were to be dealt a knock-out blow on the current issue (no such luck, I’m guessing), big frickin’ deal, nothing much will have improved. Both major political parties are profoundly corrupt, and both parties endorse violence in different ways. Pick your preferred party of violence and castigate the other.

      We see the pot never hesitates to call the kettle black.

  2. Any one that blows a building, bus, or walks into a crowd with gun and randomly shoots at people can’t be considered normal. In calling them all the same, thought, a perspective is lost. In case of Palestinians, what has been fueling their grievance is 40+ years of living under what they (and most neutral observers) consider brutal Israeli occupation.

    The shooter in the Arizona, and his tea party sympathizers issue is that the government has passed laws that would guarantee their access to health care!

  3. After the horrendous murders and injuries in Tucson we are hearing a critically important discussion and debate about gun laws, numbers of magazine (odd way to phrase bullet capacity) clips, the ability of an individual carrying a firearm to a Congressperson, the killers mental health falling through the cracks, whether hate language has an effect. All important issues to examine and have a national discussion about. There has also rightfully been a great deal of focus on the inflammatory and violent language by Sarah Palin and others.

    Today Sarah Palin came out and said “Acts of monstrous criminality stand on their own. They begin and end with the criminals who commit them.” Many Republicans including Rep Pence on Washington Journal today keep repeating that violent words do not matter. That this is freedom of speech.

    Yet when some Muslim Iman’s and other Muslims violent or inflammatory language on the Web or elsewhere possibly influence the man who committed the massacre at Ft Hood and other crimes committed by Muslims or others Sarah Palin, Republicans, Democrats and Independents alike are all about investigating or going after these individuals who allegedly inflame situations with hate speech.

    More serious double standards that Palin and other Republicans are repeating. Hate speech from Muslims not acceptable. Hate speech from Palin, Beck, Limbaugh and others totally acceptable. What a serious contradiction.

  4. “Blood libel”? No Mrs. Palin. A blood libel is when you accuse somebody or a group of ritual murder. The thoughtful people of America are not accusing you or conservative pundits of murderer. What they are accusing you of is using violence-laced speech that makes these sorts of tragedies more likely. It would appear, through you gross exaggeration of these accusations, that you are intent upon stoking more acrimony rather than using your freedom of speech to respond to the actual accusations in a thoughtful manner.

    Tell me where I am wrong Mrs. Palin.

  5. Lawrence O’Donnell, Rachel Maddow, Keith Olbermann are all promoting the idea that the NRA is the most powerful lobby in the U.S. Yet when a massacre takes place in Tucson they are all over the slaughter. As they should be. They are all over the NRA and the lack of enforcement of existing gun laws etc. As well they should be.

    Yet when there is a slaughter in the Gaza, on the Mavi Marmara, killing of non violent Palestinian protesters by Israeli forces. Barely a peep out of them. Total silence out of them when the Goldstone Report came out. The NRA is not the most powerful lobby in this country. The Israel Lobby is. They have been able to completely block out even a whisper about the Goldstone Report or the UN Report on what took place on the Mavi Marmara on Rachel Maddow’s and the rest of the so called liberal media.

    The NRA is not powerful enough to keep the facts on the ground, the debate, well recognized reports off the air when there has been a slaughter of individuals. The I lobby can.

  6. Clever. witty and sarcastic, best I’ve read on the subject… Big dose of their own medicine, they justly deserve it. Only I doubt it has the right effect.

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