Democrats on Palin ‘crosshair’ map received death threats

From Raw Story: http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2011/01/democrats-palins-crosshair-map-received-death-threats/

By Eric W. Dolan
Monday, January 10th, 2011

Two former Democratic representatives from Arizona reportedly received numerous threats during their time in office after being placed on Sarah Palin’s “crosshairs” map.

“I cannot tell you how much I wish a panty bomber would come in and just fucking blow your place up,” one constituent told former Arizona Congressman Harry Mitchell, a Democrat who lost his reelection bid last year.

Another former Arizona representative, Ann Kirkpatrick, received emails calling her a “whore” and had a sewer cap thrown through her office window, The Daily Best reported.

Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-AZ), who was shot in the head Saturday in Tucson, was among 20 other members of Congress who were on a “target list” published by former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin. Six people were killed and at least 14 others were injured in the attack.

A map of the US, published on Palin’s Facebook page, featured targeting crosshairs over individual congressional districts Palin had urged supporters to focus on. While her note called for “pink slips,” she added that supporters should fire a “salvo” at those lawmakers.

Continue reading at:  http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2011/01/democrats-palins-crosshair-map-received-death-threats/

Sarah Palin and a bunch of these ultra right wing extremists should be arrested and charged sedition and incitement to murder.

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Sarah Palin’s Map: Crosshairs or Neo-Nazi Stormfront Symbol?

There are all sorts of attempts on the part of the ultra right wing extremist Republicans and fellow travelers to claim that their endless hate rhetoric hasn’t been aimed at encouraging their followers to assassinate Democratic Party figures as well as progressives.

What has been ignored in all this has been the endless stream of hate coming from the ultra right wing neo-Christian/Christo-Fascist movements inciting violence against LGBT/TQ people as well as advocating the denial of basic equal rights for LGBT/TQ people.

Then there is the close association between Republican politicians and the racist organizations such as The Minutemen and the various white racist organizations that patrol the border.

Add to this the historical revisionism regarding slavery and the causes of the Civil War with attempts to white wash the conservative violence of the 1960s that  produced lynchings, murders beatings and white conservative involvement in church bombings.

Nor should we forget the massive amount of conservative encouragement of violence on the part of such organizations as the Concerned Citizen Councils, the KKK and the John Birch Society.

I must admit that last year when Sarah Palin unveiled her map of Democratic Congress people who were in her “Cross hairs” I looked at it and saw it as a reference to the cross hairs of a rifle scope.  I found it in extremely bad taste and thought that it encouraged violence and even suggested to her followers that they should go out and assassinate Democratic congresspeople, senators and candidates.

I hadn’t really thought that much about it until after Saturday’s attempted assassination and murders by an alleged terrorist in Arizona.

Then on Sunday there were all sorts of attempts by people in the Palin camp to deny the marks on those maps were actually cross hairs:

See:

Alaska Dispatch: http://www.alaskadispatch.com/blogs/palin-watch/8205-palin-staffer-calls-using-tragedy-to-score-political-points-qobsceneq-

Palin staffer calls using tragedy to score political points ‘obscene’

“We never ever, ever intended it to be gun sights,” she said.

“It’s surveyor’s symbols,” the interviewer Tammy Bruce suggested. Bruce, a Palin supporter, describes herself as “a gay, pro-choice, gun owning, pro-death penalty, Tea Party Independent Conservative. ” Her show is promoted as a “chick with a gun and a microphone.”

Mansour agreed. She said that the graphic was contracted out to a professional. They approved it quickly without thinking about it. “We never imagined, it never occurred to us that anybody would consider it violent,” she said. Rather, she said, that it was simply “crosshairs that you would see on a map.”

There is “nothing irresponsible about our graphic,” she said.

She did not, however, mention the “don’t retreat, instead- RELOAD!” Palin tweet that went out shortly after the graphic was posted on both her Facebook page and SarahPac’s website, directing them to the graphic. The tweet turned quickly into a Palin mantra. Many, even then, urged her to stop using such violent rhetoric. If she heard them, she did not retreat.

The graphic remains on Palin’s Facebook page but was removed this morning on SarahPac’s website. Mansour said that removing it did not constitute a “scrub” of Palin’s site, as some had been alleging. She said that someone from SarahPac contacted her this morning, and was wondering if it should be taken down given the circumstances. She said that because the midterm elections had passed, it shouldn’t have been there anyway.

But then we have this video:

From You Tube via Slate: http://www.slate.com/blogs/blogs/weigel/archive/2011/01/09/palin-spox-targets-on-sarahpac-map-were-actually.aspx

Here’s the map From The Washington Post:

Quote from Slate: http://www.slate.com/blogs/blogs/weigel/archive/2011/01/09/palin-spox-targets-on-sarahpac-map-were-actually.aspx

Among the people who gave the impression that these were targets: Sarah Palin. When she announced the list in a tweet, she wrote “don’t retreat, instead – RELOAD!” I’m not an expert surveyor, but I’m not sure what sort of tools need reloading. Jonathan Martin points out that after the election, Palin tweeted about her success (18 of the seats went to the GOP) by saying “remember months ago ‘bullseye’ icon used 2 target the 20 Obamacare-lovin’ incumbent seats?” Throughout 2010, when Palin was criticized for the target map, she either didn’t respond or mocked the “lamestream media” for interpreting her gun metaphors as calls for violence. At the Southern Republican Leadership Conference, for example, she got big applause when she said “Don’t retreat, reload — and that is not a call for violence!” The media wasn’t going to force her to stop using the gun line.

From The Washington Post: http://voices.washingtonpost.com/44/2011/01/palin-staffer-nothing-irrespon.html

Giffords herself criticized the target map when her office was vandalized last year.

“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. When people do that, they have to realize that there are consequences to that action,” Giffords said in an interview with MSNBC.

There is a surveyor’s symbol that resembles the circle used on Palin’s map. (You can see it on the lower right-hand side of this U.S. Geological Survey guide to topographical map symbols). However, Palin herself referred to the targets as a “‘bullseye’ icon” in a post-election tweet.

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And so on and so on. Like every thug or bully who has ever been busted. Deny, pretend non-involvement point the finger at someone on the left and say but they did this that and the other thing in the 1960s, as though violence against property is the same as violence against people.But as I looked at that map I couldn’t help but notice something else:

Yes they do look like surveyor’s marks as well as mechanical drawings marks.

But when one adds in the rhetoric used by Palin and others in the ultra right wing extremist camp it seems reasonable to assume those map cross hairs are not surveyor’s marks or mechanical drawings over lay points.

But as they say the devil is in the details.  Look closely at those cross hairs on Palin’s map.  Are they really rifle scope cross hairs.  Compare them to actual rifle scope cross hairs at the right.

The reticule cross hairs do not extend  outside the circle.

The closer I looked at the cross hairs on Sarah Palin’s map the more I thought there was something odd about them  Then this morning there was a photo on Escheton that reminded me how where I had seen that peculiar form of cross before.

The photo was of a flag at a white power gathering.

Then It dawned on me I had seen it in the publications of the Southern Poverty Law Center and it was definitely associated with Aryan Nation and other neo-Nazi groups most notably Storm Front.

So I did a search on symbols of the ultra right wing/conservative/neo-Nazi movement where I discovered the flag often used by Storm Front and other neo-Nazi white power movements.

Coincidence?

Perhaps… Except, way back in the late 1950’s early 1960s there was a popular book by Vance Packard called Hidden Persuaders which talked about subliminal messages.

Here we are in 2011 and I’ve studied enough to understand things like semiotics, the language of symbols and how the right wing speaks in a from of Orwellian “newspeak”, using coded terms meant to convey racist messages.

Just as “family”, “family values” and “traditional” are all code words meant to mask hard core hatred of LGBT/TQ people of such magnitude that most would be appalled and consider anyone espousing such an attitude to be a full fledged fascist if not a Nazi.

In this language equal rights become, “special rights”.  Standing up for equal treatment of people of color becomes playing the race card.

The people who fill the lowest paying of jobs that are often the dirtiest and most dangerous are always referred to as “Illegal aliens” rather than undocumented workers.  The racist stereotypes so obvious, the advocating of violence so obvious, or just below the surface that it is no surprise to find the people espousing such hatred often have connections to hate groups.

Here is the problem.  Are we to just assume an innocent mistake on the part of Sarah Palin’s people, when the right wing propaganda machine is so well financed that it can hire some of the best and most talented sales people in the country?  People who have studied psychology as well as semantics and semiotics and who know very well how to tap in to the rage, racism and hatred of the ultra right wing that is the hard core base of the Republican party. Including those involved with strange Dominionist cults, Aryan Nation and the KKK who actually use the Celtic cross shown in those tiny markers on their flags.

It is time to stop these preachers of ultra right wing violence and tell them they are not going to steal our heritage, erase it and replace it with lies.

This is not the Confederacy.  This is not Nazi Germany and we will not stand mutely by like the good Germans who said nothing and did nothing to prevent the rise of the moral monsters of the Third Reich.

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Arizona shooting: ‘Does she have any enemies?’ ‘Yeah. The whole Tea Party

From The Guardian UK: http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2011/jan/09/arizona-shootings-giffords-tea-party

Shock turns to anger as mourners blame vitriolic right wing rhetoric for creating climate of violence in US politics

Chris McGreal in Tucson

guardian.co.uk, Sunday 9 January 2011

Paul Wellman laid his handwritten sign among the collection of candles, flowers and messages keeping vigil outside congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords’s office. Then he stepped back and surveyed the scene.

To the right, another sign said: “Hate speech = murder”. But Wellman went further with his angry declaration in large black letters on white cardboard: “Blame Palin. Blame the Tea Party”.

The 60-something former miner did not wait to explain why. “They’re trying to say that a lone nut was responsible for this, but Sarah Palin and the Tea Party might as well have put the gun in his hand. They are the ones who painted Giffords as some kind of traitor,” he said.

Wellman did not take much notice of the small woman with the camera watching him from the edge of the car park. After he moved off, she stepped forward.

“There have been a number of these,” she said grabbing his sign and declining to give her name. “It’s wrong. Why make it about politics?”

Then she carried off Wellman’s sign to dump it.

Another sign had already been removed: “Republicans are murderers and un-American”.

Continue reading:  http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2011/jan/09/arizona-shootings-giffords-tea-party

Oh yes remove the signs that speak truth about the Republi-Nazis.

Just like in Germany no one wants to admit the truth about these moral monsters.

Sarah Palin blamed by the US Secret Service over death threats against Barack Obama

From The Telegraph UK: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/northamerica/usa/sarah-palin/3405336/Sarah-Palin-blamed-by-the-US-Secret-Service-for-death-threats-against-Barack-Obama.html/

Sarah Palin’s attacks on Barack Obama’s patriotism provoked a spike in death threats against the future president, Secret Service agents revealed during the final weeks of the campaign.

By Tim Shipman in Washington

January 10, 2011

The Republican vice presidential candidate attracted criticism for accusing Mr Obama of “palling around with terrorists”, citing his association with the sixties radical William Ayers.

The attacks provoked a near lynch mob atmosphere at her rallies, with supporters yelling “terrorist” and “kill him” until the McCain campaign ordered her to tone down the rhetoric.

But it has now emerged that her demagogic tone may have unintentionally encouraged white supremacists to go even further.

The Secret Service warned the Obama family in mid October that they had seen a dramatic increase in the number of threats against the Democratic candidate, coinciding with Mrs Palin’s attacks.

Michelle Obama, the future First Lady, was so upset that she turned to her friend and campaign adviser Valerie Jarrett and said: “Why would they try to make people hate us?”

The revelations, contained in a Newsweek history of the campaign, are likely to further damage Mrs Palin’s credentials as a future presidential candidate. She is already a frontrunner, with Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal, to take on Mr Obama in four years time.

Details of the spike in threats to Mr Obama come as a report last week by security and intelligence analysts Stratfor, warned that he is a high risk target for racist gunmen. It concluded: “Two plots to assassinate Obama were broken up during the campaign season, and several more remain under investigation. We would expect federal authorities to uncover many more plots to attack the president that have been hatched by white supremacist ideologues.”

Continue reading at: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/northamerica/usa/sarah-palin/3405336/Sarah-Palin-blamed-by-the-US-Secret-Service-for-death-threats-against-Barack-Obama.html/

Forbes’ rich list of nonsense

From RealClimate.Org : http://www.realclimate.org/index.php/archives/2011/01/forbes-rich-list-of-nonsense/

6 January 2011

Guest commentary from Michael Tobis and Scott Mandia with input from Gavin Schmidt, Michael Mann, and Kevin Trenberth

While it is no longer surprising, it remains disheartening to see a blistering attack on climate science in the business press where thoughtful reviews of climate policy ought to be appearing. Of course, the underlying strategy is to pretend that no evidence that the climate is changing exists, so any effort to address climate change is a waste of resources.

A recent piece by Larry Bell in Forbes, entitled “Hot Sensations Vs. Cold Facts”, is a classic example.

Bell uses the key technique that denialists use in debates, dubbed by Eugenie Scott the “Gish gallop”, named after a master of the style, anti-evolutionist Duane Gish. The Gish gallop raises a barrage of obscure and marginal facts and fabrications that appear at first glance to cast doubt on the entire edifice under attack, but which on closer examination do no such thing. In real-time debates the number of particularities raised is sure to catch the opponent off guard; this is why challenges to such debates are often raised by enemies of science. Little or no knowledge of a holistic view of any given science is needed to construct such scattershot attacks.

The approach also works somewhat in print, if the references are sufficiently obscure and numerous. Ideally, someone will take the time to answer such an attack, but there is a fundamental asymmetry of forces at work. It is, in fact, easier to form an allegation than to track down a reasonable explanation of what it means and how it really fits in to the balance of evidence. Also, the skills required to reflect the science are deeper than the ones required to attack it; hence the defenders are outnumbered and outgunned. Still, sometimes an article is prominent enough that it merits a detailed response.

The slightly out of the ordinary thing about Bell’s piece is that he casts his attack not as an attack on science (his usual method) but on the media:

Continue reading at:  http://www.realclimate.org/index.php/archives/2011/01/forbes-rich-list-of-nonsense/

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Workers World statement: The forces behind the massacre in Tucson, Ariz.

Published Jan 9, 2011 9:17 PM

Jan. 9 — Twenty people were shot, and six of them died, while attending a political rally for Rep. Gabrielle Giffords in Tucson, Ariz., on Jan. 8. The authorities are now saying they have evidence that the shootings were an attempted assassination of the Democratic Congresswoman, who is in critical condition.

The shooter, 22-year-old Jared Lee Loughner, was captured on the spot by people attending the rally in a supermarket parking lot and turned over to police. He is reported to be a mentally deranged person with a recent history of fascination with right-wing rhetoric.

At this point, no evidence has surfaced in the media or from the authorities that Loughner had accomplices in the massacre of so many people. However, evidence of a conspiracy may turn up later. Let’s not forget, all information is in the hands of the FBI and the Arizona authorities — the capitalist state.

But whether Loughner acted alone or with accomplices, this was a political act. It was not another Columbine. Its target was a politician who had already been verbally attacked and threatened by the far right. It must be seen in the context of the poisonous anti-worker, anti-immigrant, sexist, racist, anti-Muslim, anti-gay and anti-Obama offensive of the Republican right, working through the Tea Party, that has allowed a neo-fascist movement, even further to the right, to ride on its coattails.

Arizona has been the epicenter of this movement. Even the sheriff of Pima County, Clarence Dupnik, said that Arizona had become “the capital for prejudice and bigotry.” John McCain, the Arizona senator who ran for president in 2008 with Sarah Palin, is a war hawk for the Pentagon, which practically owns the state. However, McCain isn’t right-wing enough for Palin, who on her website during the 2010 elections showed a map with Representative Giffords’ district behind the crosshairs of a rifle accompanied by the words, “Don’t retreat, RELOAD!”

But this appeal to violent reaction is not just an Arizona phenomenon. Dozens of states are planning to model their immigration laws on Arizona’s infamous SB1070, signifying that powerful forces in the ruling class are getting behind this anti-immigrant racism.

The right and far-right — and often the “middle,” too — have been using the capitalist economic crisis to scapegoat immigrants, Muslims, unions — anyone but the super-rich who have milked not only workers’ wages and benefits but government social funds to keep their profits coming in despite the crisis.

The ultimate responsibility for this bloody act lies with the millionaires and billionaires who have financed the right in the recent period, beginning with the racist “town hall” meetings against the weak health care bill. They poured hundreds of millions of dollars into the last election to promote Tea Party candidates and the right wing in general.

At a time of economic crisis and mass unemployment that has lasted for more than three years, this kind of divisive, scapegoating politics serves the interests of the entire ruling class, all the way up to the summits of finance capital.

The FBI has now taken over custody of Loughner and the case. This is the same FBI that has been lawlessly raiding the anti-war movement and persecuting solidarity activists.

The FBI stood passively by when armed vigilantes calling themselves the Minuteman Project formed what amounted to a fascist militia along the Arizona-Mexico border and openly hunted down undocumented workers. The capitalist state was totally complicit in this crass violation of bourgeois legality. And on Jan. 6, a member of the Border Patrol fatally shot an unarmed Mexican youth, 17-year-old Ramsés Barrón Torres.

The FBI, Homeland Security and other government agencies spy on and monitor groups and individuals all over the U.S. Reportedly, the killer mentioned the American Renaissance Party, a known fascist group, on his Facebook page. This together with his behavior and other signs, such as recommending Hitler’s “Mein Kampf,” would have made him a suspect to be watched — if that’s what the capitalist state was looking for. But they close their eyes to the activities of ultra-right and fascist groups.

The Obama administration has responded weakly to this massacre, trying to reduce it to a non-political event — in the same way that Washington stood by while the semi-fascist Sheriff Joe Arpaio of Arizona’s Maricopa County was creating a police state for undocumented workers. While this resurgence of reaction is pushed mostly by Republicans, it also feeds on the weakness of the Democratic leaders, who have compromised and retreated on every issue, from health care to Social Security to workers’ rights.

This atrocious act is a wake-up call. The people cannot rely on the capitalist government to protect them from the ultra-right and the fascists. Progressive organizations, community groups, unions and all fair-minded people need to unite in a massive response to the hate and prejudice spewed forth every day in the political establishment and the media. They can be turned back. Now is the time.


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Man who saved Rep. Giffords’ life is openly gay/Woman, 61, helped subdue gunman

Man who saved Rep. Giffords’ life is openly gay

From Raw Story: http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2011/01/man-who-saved-rep-giffords-life-is-openly-gay/

By Nathan Diebenow
Sunday, January 9th, 2011

The man credited with saving the life of a US congresswoman who was shot at point-blank range Saturday morning is openly gay, according to a published interview.

“She’s been a great ally to the LGBT community,” Daniel Hernandez Jr., a 20-year-old college student intern, told the Dallas Voice Sunday.

Hernandez, a member of the City of Tucson Commission on Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Issues, applied pressure to Giffords’ entry wound to stop her bleeding after checking the life signs of other victims of the shooting in Tuscon, according to the Arizona Republic.

“First the neck, then the wrist,” he told the Republic. “I don’t even know if the gunfire had stopped.”

Hernandez said he made sure Giffords breathed property by holding her head in his lap before he taught a bystander how to use the same technique on the wounds of his boss, Ron Barber.

Continue reading at:  http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2011/01/man-who-saved-rep-giffords-life-is-openly-gay/

Woman, 61, helped subdue gunman

From The LA Times: http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/nation/la-na-arizona-shooting-heroes-20110110,0,4654216.story

Two men tackled the shooter and a woman took away his ammunition clip before kneeling on him. Authorities also credit a staff member for helping the wounded Rep. Gabrielle Giffords.

By Sam Quinones and Nicole Santa Cruz, Los Angeles Times
January 9, 2011

Reporting from Tucson —

Patricia Maisch watched a gunman shoot a woman who was using her own body to shield her teenage daughter.

“I thought: ‘I’m next. I’m next to her. He’s going to shoot me. I’m next,’ ” she said in an interview Sunday.

But two men tackled the gunman when he stopped to reload, and Maisch, 61, restrained his hand as he reached for an ammunition clip, helping stop the attack in a Tucson shopping center that killed six people and wounded 14, including U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords.

Maisch did not get a good look at the gunman’s face as she struggled with him. “I was too busy in the outcome, that things not go any further,” she said.

Maisch arrived at Giffords’ Congress on Your Corner event about 9:30 a.m. Saturday because she wanted to thank the three-term representative for voting for the economic stimulus package.

Continue reading at:  http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/nation/la-na-arizona-shooting-heroes-20110110,0,4654216.story

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