It is a sometimes a mistake to draw direct connections between someone’s political affiliations and their actions (Jon Stewart: I Hate Our Toxic ‘Political Environment’ — But Who Knows If It Caused AZ Shooting? (VIDEO))as well as their reading material and their actions. I’ve read most of the books on Loughner’s reading list – and I doubt that he has – if reading To Kill a Mockingbird made people murder we’d have streets ankle deep in blood. As James fellows writes (The Cloudy Logic of ‘Political’ Shootings) sometimes political murders are just not political. The shooter acts more out of some inner demons and mental issues more than anything else. No one needs to use the Tucson murders as evidence the Right is composed largely of proto-fascists, serial liars, thugs, social-Darwinists, assorted miscreants, eliminationists and plutocrats. It was just a few years ago they manipulated the country into a pointless war and used thousands of U.S. troops, not for the cause of democracy and human rights, but as cannon fodder to advance the conservative agenda. There has been a lot written about trying to blame the culture of violent rhetoric by the Right as at least a contributing factor. That is a difficult case to make. Though as the Right says it has it’s 1st Amendment rights to talk about “second amendment” solutions to political differences rather than the ballot box and use gun-sight imagery, so too do others have the right to at least rise the issue of links between rhetorical violence and actual violence. Over looked by the media, as one can usually expect, are the attempts by the Right to pin the Tucson murders on liberalism. Apparently they are not above creating “evidence” – Shameless: Jim Hoft Falls For Fake Facebook Profile In Attempt To Link Loughner To Obama
In the wake of Saturday’s tragic shooting in Arizona, Gateway Pundit and Breitbart blogger Jim Hoft has been on a one man mission to prove that the deranged shooter was a “typical leftist nut.” This morning, Hoft posted what he seems to think is bulletproof evidence supporting this thesis, but, as is usually the case with him, it is merely evidence that someone as hackishly irresponsible as Hoft should have no role in our national political discourse.
Hoft headlines his latest post “Whoops! This Changes Things- Loughner’s Hero Was Barack Obama,” then proceeds to breathlessly exclaim that “Killer Jared Loughner idolized Barack Obama.”
He sources this scoop to “The Examiner” “via Free Republic” and links to a blog post by Anthony Martin at Examiner.com. In the portion of his post excerpted by Hoft, Martin writes:
Even more curious are Loughner’s ‘heroes.’ He mentions by name Venezuelan Communist Hugo Chavez, Latin American Communist mass-murderer Che Guevara, American Socialist revolutionary Saul Alinsky, and even Barack Obama.
The link takes you to the Free Republic message board, where a commenter by the name of “Scanian” writes:
From facebook for a Jared Laughner from Tuscon, Arizona, the man named as the shooter. People who inspire him include Barack Obama, Saul Alinsky, Fidel Castro, Che Guevara, Huo Chavez, Noam Chomsky, Mao Tse-tung, Joseph Stalin, and Yassir Arafat. He writes “Fight the Right! Obama and the Progressives will overcome the tyrrany of big business and the racist Tea Party.
BY ANY MEANS NECESSARY!
You’ll notice a glaring problem with this assertion: namely, that the shooter’s name was Jared LOughner, not “Laughner.” (The spelling of his name was originally misreported by several media outlets.)
On Saturday, several people created fake profiles for the shooter, including this one, captured by Voices of Central Pennsylvania, a monthly community newspaper. Voices wrote that the Facebook page for “Jared Laughner” – since taken down – lists “People Who Inspire Jared” as including Obama and added: “With images of President Obama, various noted intellectuals and leftists, a statement indicating homosexuality preferences, and anti Tea Party and revolutionary slogans, it seems possible that it was a deliberate attempt to distribute disinformation.”
That Hoft would reprint the outrageous assertion that Loughner idolized Obama – based on a random commenter on a fringe message board that provided no evidence for his assertion – says a lot about his complete lack of journalistic integrity. It’s also completely in character for him.
Hoft/Gateway has since taken down that post, but Media Matters does have a screen shot. We all joke about if its on the intertubes it must be true. The fact is that a lot of the same people who believe everything they hear on Fox believe every right-wing screed they read on the net.
There is no “left” in America. Not to speak of anyway. It is kind of unfortunate that label is used. There is an extreme Right. Then there are American liberals whose political views are descended from John Locke, Jacques Rousseau, Keynes, Adam Smith and Jefferson. If Loughner was an actual leftist, that still would not have anything to do with modern day Democrats who run the gambit from conservative corporatists to liberals.
Today in making 2+2=5, Jacobs: Birds Are Dying Because of DADT Repeal
Over the weekend, Cindy Jacobs of Generals International posted a new video prompted by the fact that, as a prophet, people have been asking her about the meaning behind the recent rash of bird deaths … to which she replied that it might be due to the fact that America is violating God’s prohibition on homosexuality with support for gay marriage and the repeal of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell..
Cindy also thinks the clouds will turn pink if you listen to show tunes.
Oxytocin has been described as the hormone of love. This tiny chemical, released from the hypothalamus region of the brain, gives rat mothers the urge to nurse their pups, keeps male prairie voles monogamous and, even more remarkable, makes people trust each other more.
Yes, you knew there had to be a catch. As oxytocin comes into sharper focus, its social radius of action turns out to have definite limits. The love and trust it promotes are not toward the world in general, just toward a person’s in-group. Oxytocin turns out to be the hormone of the clan, not of universal brotherhood. Psychologists trying to specify its role have now concluded it is the agent of ethnocentrism.
If a hormone promotes ethnocentrism that might undermine the role of sympathetic feelings in human cultural evolution. the researchers found the oxytocin acted like more of a bonding incentive in a close group, rather than fomenting deep and distrustful feelings towards other groups. In other words not much has changed, you might be greeted with a smile, but you have to work at it to really gain people’s trust.