Jan 9th, 2011 at 4:01 pm by susie
Pima County Sheriff Clarence Dupnik:
“I think that when the rhetoric about hatred, about mistrust of government, about paranoia of how government operates and to try to inflame the public on a daily basis 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, has impact on people especially who are unbalanced personalities to begin with.”
Jan 9th, 2011 at 3:13 pm by susie
Jan 9th, 2011 at 12:32 pm by susie
From David Frum’s website:
Look folks (fellow posters), it’s really quite simple.
1. Images and words convey messages.
2. Messages have an intended audience and focus but cannot be selectively transmitted to just a few
3. These messages are not to be taken literally.
4. There are many people (nut jobs) who have difficulty understanding these messages and take them literally.
This is not rocket science.
So you all sit in front of your computers playing school yard (they hit me first!) and continue to use imagery that conveys messages you had not intend to convey and then do the tsk tsk thing when the nut jobs really believe you literally meant “Don’t retreat, Instead Reload” or “Lock and Load” or “The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants.”
What you say matters. If you don’t believe that then perhaps shouldn’t say anything at all. A little girl is dead and she died because some folks believe it is acceptable to use violence to make a statement or correct a perceived wrong. The binaries can deny any contribution to all they want. But in the dead dark of night when you are all alone and no one is listening, you ask yourself if what you say and how you say it, matters.
Jan 9th, 2011 at 11:34 am by susie
Jan 9th, 2011 at 11:14 am by susie
Is for every single person who hears anyone, anywhere, use right-wing hate rhetoric to say, “Stop that. That’s the kind of talk that gets innocent people killed.”
Speak up. Speak out.
Jan 9th, 2011 at 9:43 am by susie
Jan 9th, 2011 at 9:27 am by susie
Jan 9th, 2011 at 9:07 am by susie
Jan 9th, 2011 at 9:06 am by susie
Gabby Giffords commented on Palin’s “gun sight” map of her district, saying:
“…for example, we’re on Sarah Palin’s targeted list, but the thing is that the way that she has it depicted has the crosshairs of a gun sight over our district, and when people do that, they’ve gotta realize there are consequences to that action.”
But cable news doesn’t want to talk about that. The shooter is just a deranged guy who randomly went after a Democratic congresswoman who’d been targeted by the right wing — at least, that’s the only story you’re going to hear from the bobbleheads.
Jan 9th, 2011 at 2:18 am by susie
If they insist on being irresponsible with our common liberties, then we must be all the more responsible with our liberties. When they talk of hatred, we must stand against them. When they talk of violence, we must stand against them. When they say things that are irresponsible, that may have egregious consequences, we must call them on it.
The exercise of their freedom of speech makes our silence all the more unforgivable. So exercise yours, my fellow Americans. Our country, our future, our way of life is at stake. I never want to look into the faces of another set of family members like I saw yesterday, and you can help to stop it.