Arizona, “the capital of anger, hatred and bigotry”

I did not say this, Pima County Sheriff Clarence Dupnik, said this.

Actually an NPR story says he said this:

the sheriff called Arizona the capital of anger, hatred and bigotry, and he said unbalanced people can respond to that in dangerous ways.

This was said in a press conference about Jared Lee Loughner, the 22-year-old man police say is responsible for shooting Democratic Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords point blank in the head, and killing a federal judge. You can read or listen to the story on NPR.

And so it began.


And who could blame people for saying that. She’s got this whole “lock and reload” rhetoric she uses to motivate her followers, and she even put Giffords name on her “target list” for people that have to be taken down for voting for the health care bill. See the twitpic.

And then someone sent a 2008 clip from the Telegraph, a UK paper, that was about the secret service blaming Palin  for an increase of death threats to President Barack Obama.

A lot of people are saying, “be calm everyone, let’s not jump to conclusions.”  Me, “I’m like why the fck not?” Not because I go for any particular persuasion but for years the “Right” has constantly name-called, jump to conclusions, and mislead their masses in order that “their way of life” be the dominant (as in only) way to live.

The more educated way of saying that would be so:

for the past two years, many conservative leaders, activists, and media figures have made a habit of trying to delegitimize their political opponents. Not just arguing against their opponents, but doing everything possible to turn them into enemies of the country and cast them out beyond the pale. Instead of “soft on defense,” one routinely hears the words “treason” and “traitor.” The President isn’t a big-government liberal—he’s a socialist who wants to impose tyranny. He’s also, according to a minority of Republicans, including elected officials, an impostor. Even the reading of the Constitution on the first day of the 112th Congress was conceived as an assault on the legitimacy of the Democratic Administration and Congress.

This relentlessly hostile rhetoric has become standard issue on the right. (On the left it appears in anonymous comment threads, not congressional speeches and national T.V. programs.) And it has gone almost entirely uncriticized by Republican leaders.

You can read the rest on the New Yorker website.

There’s a little part of me that wonders if right and blue fanatics have to start assassinating politicians from either side of “the row” before these people learn they need to speak in ways the excite followers without demeaning the person they are running against.

I could have swore the senators were supposed to be intelligent and that’s why the senate was created. Don’t seem so fcking intelligent these days…

Anyhow, seems like Chuck D. made the right choice in making the song “By The Time I Get To Arizona.” I think that post was done when Arizona passed it’s controversial immigration bill.


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