Archive | 15 January 2011

More Death Threats In Tucson


Now, from reading that headline, someone educated only by the Dinosaur Media might assume that it was one of those eeeeeeeevil Tea Party types threatening a reasonable Democrat.

But they’d be wrong.

Toward the end of the town hall meeting Saturday morning, one of the shooting victims, J. Eric Fuller, took exception to comments by two of the speakers: Ariz. state Rep. Terri Proud, a Dist. 26 Republican, and Tucson Tea Party spokesman Trent Humphries.

According to sheriff’s deputies at the scene, Fuller took a photo of Humphries and said, “You’re Dead.”

Deputies immediately escorted Fuller from the room.

Now, tell me again, which side is making the threats?

Update: A bit more about Mr. Fuller.

AZ Shooting Victim James Eric Fuller was quite opinionated in his interview with Democracy Now, but it seems his barking moonbat bona fides go back several decades at least. He apparently has some kind of fascination with hypnosis as revealed by his page on Hypnothoughts.com, “the fastest growing hypnosis community in the world.”

Mr. Fuller has posted a profile of himself that is itself intriguing, providing a few answers and raising even more questions about who this man really is.

In answer to the questions on his profile, Fuller responds:

[snip]

I use extraordinary persuasive charisma to interest blase, apathetic, oblivious and at times hostile voters to listen to the voice of justice and consanguinity. My experiences encountering public figures and many affluent travelers in person has led me to believe that we all are to blame for George W. Bush.

I think that settles which side of the political divide Mr. Fuller is on.

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Mitch Daniels Offers Tax Refund If Indiana Runs A Surplus


Now here’s a politician that understands small government:

Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels has included in his proposed budget a refund that would send money back to taxpayers if the state takes in more revenue than it needs.

Administration officials said they would run calculations each year to determine whether state reserves are more than 10 percent of spending. If they are, the extra money would be returned to taxpayers as a refundable income tax credit.

Daniels said it’s better to send the cash back to taxpayers because state government would spend extra money if it had it.

He’s right, of course… the government can always find ways to spend money, and sometimes in ways the voters didn’t approve.

Trial by Media, Cardassian Style


In the Star Trek: Deep Space Nine episode “Tribunal,”* we’re introduced to the Cardassian system of what they call “justice.” I was powerfully reminded of this episode (which is one of my favorites) during the last week.

In the Cardassian system, the accused is automatically guilty, and the only reason for the trial is to allow the criminal to make an impassioned confession, in order to teach the populace the folly of going against the wishes of those in power. The sentence is also pre-determined, and is usually death.

Now, consider the immediate–and erroneous–attacks against Sarah Palin, the Tea Parties, and others that don’t follow lefty orthodoxy in the wake of the Tucson shooting. Even before we knew the name of the shooter, people such as Paul Krugman were already trying to blame Mrs. Palin. And when she attempts to defend herself, she’s then castigated for doing so… after all, the elite has already determined her guilt, why would she attempt to argue that she’s innocent? All she was supposed to do–at least according to the Cardassians in the Dinosaur Media–was confess and confirm to the little people the wisdom of the elite.

Fortunately for us, and for Chief O’Brien (the accused in the DS9 episode), facts are stubborn things, and the more we learn about what happened, the more the elite story is breaking down. And the more it’s breaking down, the more the Cardassian Media Trial Machine is working to smear the accused.

Unfortunately, it’s really not likely that the Cardassians in the Dinosaur Media will learn the lesson that presuming guilt is bad, because, let’s be honest, they’re not going to admit that they were ever wrong. So the Cardassian-style Trial by Media will continue. Be prepared.

And with this, I am hoping and praying that I can stop writing about the Tucson shooter, at least for a while. But I just had to get that off my chest.

* If you’d like to see the episode, a couple of people have broken it into segments and posted it on YouTube.

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