Cross-Posted: TobyToons.com (Conservative Political Cartoons)
Cross-Posted: TobyToons (Conservative Political Cartoons)
Nazis are attacking the St. Petersburg Times! Those poor journalists! Hitler is coming for them!
Well, of course that is not actually true. But it’s understandable why someone might think so, from the panicked headlines the St. Pete Times has been posting lately.
First there was Wednesday’s hysterically-titled blog post by Adam Smith, “Has Adam Hasner gone off the deep end?” in which he claims that Adam Hasner is comparing our government to the Third Reich.
Then, today, Daniel Ruth writes an op-ed, “Hasner mining for fear,” in which he says that Hasner was attempting to “link the nation’s economic woes to the threat Adolf Hitler’s Third Reich posed to the world.”
NAZIS!!!!!!!! HITLER!!!!!!! OMG!!!!!!
Hold on a second here. What exactly did Hasner write? Would someone who’s Jewish really be so careless with a Hitler reference?
What has the St. Pete Times’ panties in a bunch is Hasner’s July Fourth message. You can read the entire note here on his Facebook page.
Let’s look at the key language in the second through fourth paragraphs:
…The very freedom we celebrate this weekend is threatened like few times in our nation’s history.
On July 4, 1941, as Hitler’s Reich spread its influence across Europe, President Roosevelt used a radio address to proclaim the Fourth of July holiday as an example to the world in its fight for freedom. President Roosevelt said, “several new practices of tyranny have been making such headway that the fundamentals of 1776 are being struck down abroad, and definitely, they are threatened here.”
Nearly five months to the day later, the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor. Despite the challenges, a generation of Americans would answer the call to save America, and the world, from a dark future under the control of brutal empires and savage dictators.
Today, the biggest threat to our liberty is not a foreign government, but our own. The worst practice of tyranny is not from a dictator, but from our debt – a debt which threatens to enslave future generations of Americans to a diminished future, a lower standard of living, and a reduction of our freedoms. We face more restrictions on our liberties from stifling bureaucrats than from threats abroad.
Wait. Go back and look at parts I highlighted with bold print.
Hasner mentions Hitler once, and only once, in a reference to the challenges that Franklin D. Roosevelt was facing on July 4, 1941. Sooo…let me get this straight…Hasner mentioned Hitler only as part of a reference to the President who fought the war against the Nazis.
If that’s “going off the deep end,” then I guess it’s also crazy to mention King George III if you’re talking George Washington, or mention that Abraham Lincoln fought to free the slaves, or Ronald Reagan’s efforts to end communism. Take note, politicos: the St. Pete Times does not want you to discuss history! Only an extremist would reference American history and past struggles for freedom in a July Fourth message!
Well what about the rest of the message? Does Hasner connect current events to the Nazis?
No, the exact opposite is true. Hasner said the “biggest threat” is not a foreign government, but abuses of power within our own government. And we’re not facing a threat from a dictator, but from our crushing debt. In other words, FDR fought Hitler and the Nazis, and Americans today are fighting something entirely different, “not a foreign government,” “not a dictator.”
Maybe Adam Smith and Daniel Ruth need to go take an SAT prep course and brush up on their reading comprehension. When someone says “we are not fighting X, we are fighting Y,” that is not “comparing” X and Y! That is saying that X and Y are different. It’s really not that complicated.
[Cross-posted at Sunshine State Sarah]
For the last several days, Twitter has been all aflutter with stories about a supposedly horrific attack on Trig Palin by the liberal website Wonkette. After seeing the uproar on Twitter, I remember thinking to myself, “Could this column from Wonkette attacking Trig (on his third birthday) really be as bad as everyone says?” Well, I decided to take a look at the infamous column in question and I am here to tell you that, yes, the column is just God-awful and offensive to anyone who doesn’t suffer from terminal tackiness. For example, here is the first paragraph from this abomination:
That strange man yelling unintelligibly at Sarah Palin? He’s merely a lowly shepherd proclaiming the birth of our savior. Today is the day we come together to celebrate the snowbilly grifter’s magical journey from Texas to Alaska to deliver to the America the great gentleman scholar Trig Palin. Is Palin his true mother? Or was Bristol? (And why is it that nobody questions who the father is? Because, either way, Todd definitely did it.) It doesn’t matter. What matters is that we are privileged to live in a time when we can witness the greatest prop in world political history.
Furthermore, Jack Stuef, the author of this garbage, seems to be very bothered by the fact that some woman wrote a poem for Trig and posted it on the blog Team Sarah. Here is Mr. Stuef’s lovely response to the poem about Trig:
“Oh, little boy what are you dreaming about
A mother’s soft lullaby…the soft touch of her hand…the soft sound of her voice as she says “I Love You”
Dream on little boy as the Angels stand guard”
What’s he dreaming about? Nothing. He’s retarded.
And it only gets worse from there (Jenny Erickson has some of the awful comments that the readers of the column made here). Stuef has a video up where a comedian–other than Bill Maher–calls Sarah Palin the “C-word” (among other things), and Stuef even manages to take a cheap shot at Piper Palin. (But hey, we all know that Piper’s got it coming anyway just for being a Palin, right?)
Liberal blogger, Tommy Christopher of Mediate, hit it out of the park when he wrote the following with regard to this disgusting piece of filth:
Hey, that’s really funny, calling Trig a gentleman scholar because he has Down Syndrome. And the speculation that Todd Palin may have raped his daughter? Pure comedy gold. You know what will be even funnier? The first time Jack Stuef runs into Todd Palin. That one practically writes its own punchline.
Now, if drawing the ire of the Twitterverse–as well as conservative bloggers everywhere (and a few liberal bloggers)–wasn’t bad enough, Wonkette has wound up losing a total of nine advertisers thus far. So, the question is, why would Wonkette engage in such hateful and self-destructive behavior? Well, there are actually three reasons, and if you will bear with me, I will thoroughly explain them all to you.
In principle, the news media is supposed to provide a reality check on posturing politicians through objective reporting and informed commentary. In reality, this all went out the window with their fawning coverage of Barack Obama’s 2008 presidential campaign, which sparked widespread derision among those fortunate souls not captivated by the cult of The One.
Two years later, the media elites haven’t learned a damn thing. You would never know from their coverage that the track record of the Obama Administration is pretty awful: exploding deficits, a stagnant economy, rampant corporate cronyism, a hot war in Afghanistan with mounting casualties, a banana republic currency and deteriorating alliances. To top it off, Time ran with a cover page trying to pass Obama off as another president in the Reagan tradition.
I don’t think so. For one thing, Anglo-American relations appear to be at one of their lowest points in recent memory, a far cry from the Reagan-Thatcher era, or the Clinton-Blair partnership for that matter. And everyone knows that Reagan defended principles that are the polar opposite of Obama’s. And did so with considerably more dignity.
The media elites do not get it because of their infatuation with Obama- part romantic and part ideological. Like the hotel inspector in the famous Fawlty Towersepisode, they are like the hotel inspector who fails in his duty because he just can’t believe he saw the rat. So we dedicate this post to them.
[H/T Toby Toons for the image.]
This past week in the wake of the shooting of Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords by Jared Lee Loughner (that killed six people and wounded nine others–including the congresswoman), the mainstream/liberal media instantly pounced on “the violent rhetoric” by Sarah Palin and the Tea Party as the cause of Loughner’s mad shooting spree. Oh, and they did this within half an hour of the victims being shot, before any of the facts of the case had come in. To be specific, the likes of Andrew Sullivan (he of “Trig Truther” fame), Markos Moulitsas, Matthew Yeglesias, Paul Krugman, The New York Times Editorial Board and just about everyone at MSNBC immediately implied that “right-wing rhetoric”, and specifically Sarah Palin, were accessories to this tragedy. In fact, Markos Moulitsas even went so far as to tweet out “Mission Accomplished Sarah Palin” immediately after the shooting, and blamed her based an obscure map that she had put out almost year ago on her Facebook page “targeting” certain districts for the 2010 election. To quote Alex Knepper, according to liberals, “Guns don’t kill people, Sarah Palin’s metaphors do”. (See an image of her Facebook map below.)
Except that it didn’t take conservative bloggers long to learn that the Democrats had put up a similar “target” map in 2009 (before Palin did) stating which Republicans they wanted to “target” for opposing the now infamous stimulus bill.
There’s a RAT in the hotel! In the DINING ROOM! With the HOTEL INSPECTOR visiting! But that does not prevent the management and staff of the world’s most infamous hotel from managing the news so that the inspector (the press) is in such a daze that he doesn’t notice. With their usual skill, the perspicacious Brits have created a comic model that explains a lot of what’s going on in Washington DC. And THEIR press, at least, will tell us all about it.