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Thursday, March 25, 2010

Media shocked!

The pundits are shocked by the recent attacks on Democrats who signed Obama's Health Care Bill. Wolf Blitzer said that he didn't remember ever listening to such violent phone messages as the ones being left on Democrat's answering machines.

Violence should never, never, be justified but unfortunately, we have seen it on both sides of the aisle. The media, however, puts all the blame on Tea Partiers, Republicans and of course, Sarah Palin. Just out of curiosity I decided to do a Google search on violence aimed at Republicans. Here are just a few of the stories I found:

Man's Finger Bitten Off in Scuffle at Health Care Rally

Republican HQ's Vandalized, Workers Threatened 

Brick Thrown Through Window Had Anarchy Symbol

Bush's campaign office in Spokane burglarized, vandalized

Texas Man Sentenced for Possessing Molotov Cocktails During Republican National Convention

A Texas woman faces trial this month in Austin on charges she threatened to kill a government informant who infiltrated an Austin-based group that planned to bomb the Republican National Convention in St. Paul, Minn., last fall. 

Chris Matthews on October 13: You guys see Live and Let Die, the great Bond film with Yaphet Kotto as the bad guy, Mr. Big? In the end they jam a big CO2 pellet in his face and he blew up. I have to tell you, Rush Limbaugh is looking more and more like Mr. Big, and at some point somebody's going to jam a CO2 pellet into his head and he's going to explode like a giant blimp. That day may come. Not yet. But we'll be there to watch. I think he's Mr. Big, I think Yaphet Kotto. Are you watching, Rush?

CNN published a column  by Roland Martin on February 11 with the headline, Time for Obama to go ‘gangsta’ on GOP.

Martin concluded the article with a plea for Obama to emulate the violent tactics of the Prohibition-era Chicago mob boss Al Capone.
    Obama’s critics keep blasting him for Chicago-style politics. So, fine. Channel your inner Al Capone and go gangsta against your foes. Let ‘em know that if they aren’t with you, they are against you, and will pay the price.

The Huffington Post followed-up with their own call for gangland violence against Republicans with the publication on February 14 of a column by David Bourgeois with the title, Obama Better Start Breaking Kneecaps.

Bourgeois concludes his article with this call for gangland violence.

    You’ve given it your best shot, you’ve tried numerous times to talk with the Republicans, to negotiate, to meet them halfway on every single matter before the American people. But they hate you for many reasons. It’s time you break kneecaps (bold in original). It’s time to destroy the Republican Party. They don’t deserve a seat at the table when all they want to do is score political points by being the Party of No.

In case the message wasn’t clear, Huffington Post illustrated the call to violence with a wooden baseball bat with Obama’s first name on it in large letters.

LAS VEGAS - "A man accused of threatening a Nevada Republican Party official with a rifle was arrested Tuesday in a vehicle in which police found swords, knives, a shotgun, shells and a flare gun, authorities said.Matthew Hunter Kramer, 31, did not resist officers who arrested him on a warrant issued after the April 3 confrontation at state Republican Party offices in Las Vegas. It wasn't clear why he was not arrested earlier.

Tires slashed on 20 GOP vehicles, Milwaukee police report
The tires of 20 cars and vans rented by the Republican Party to carry voters to the polls were slashed, Milwaukee police said today. The discovery was made at 6:30 a.m., said Sgt. Mark Wroblewsk

Protestors Ransack Bush/Cheney Headquarters In Orlando
2 People Receive Minor Injuries During Protest

Local 6 News learned that most of the protestors were from the AFL-CIO and were taking part in one of 20 other coordinated protests around the country.

Swastika Burned Into Grass On Bush-Cheney Supporter's Lawn

Someone burned an 8-foot-by-8-foot Nazi swastika on a home's lawn near where Bush-Cheney signs were posted. The vandals used grass killer to spray the symbol.
Several nearby homes were vandalized -- all were within a two-block radius on the West Side, near Ice Age Trail, News 3 reported.

Gainsville, Fla., Democrat David P. McCally was charged with battery after he allegedly barged into a local GOP office, assaulted a cardboard cutout of President Bush, and punched a local Republican chairman in September 2004.


James said...

And ALL violence like this is WRONG. Condemn both. Don't use one to justify the other. This has been part of the right-wing playbook for some time now. Just because some democrats do it should not justify similar actions by anyone on the right.

Searching for examples of hate from the left does not excuse hate on the right. Hate is hate. Violence is violence. It's all wrong.

Posts like this make violent teabaggers feel justified in their efforts to attack politicians on the left. Shame on you for advancing the rhetoric.

Mary Ellen said...

And let's not forget the effigy of Sarah Palin hanging as a Halloween decoration. We all saw the outcry when an effigy of Obama was found hanging on a College Campus recently...but it's ok to do it to a Republican and a woman.

Dems are bunch of whiny hypocrites.

Anonymous said...

dear james
lets no talk about the sins of the left, and the left playbooks
blindness is worst sin of humankind

american girl in italy said...

Great Round up! I linked your post.

"violent teabaggers"

Gee - did James learn nothing? You're right James - hate is hate. So why do you come over to Women State and dump a load of hate?