January 10, 2011

Could Sheriff Dupnick Have Prevent Loughner’s AZ Murders?

Clarice Feldman at the PJ Tatler:

Pima County Sheriff Dupnik has been making a fool of himself charging on no evidence that heated rhetoric was behind the madman’s shooting rampage in Tucson.

But Cholla, a blogger with an impressive background in the Navy and journalism, reports that sources inside the Department who have seen original police reports have told him that Dupnik’s own office dropped the ball on Loughner.

Cholla’s important claim and bottom line:

Jared Loughner has been making death threats by phone to many people in Pima County including staff of Pima Community College, radio personalities and local bloggers. When Pima County Sheriff’s Office was informed, his deputies assured the victims that he was being well managed by the mental health system. It was also suggested that further pressing of charges would be unnecessary and probably cause more problems than it solved as Jared Loughner has a family member that works for Pima County.

… The Pima County Sheriff’s Department was aware of his violent nature and they failed to act appropriately. This tragedy leads right back to Sherriff Dupnik and all the spin in the world is not going to change that fact.

Given that Loughner bought a gun in November, it’s worth asking if any of his death threats pre-dated that purchase. If so, and if the sheriff’s office had treated those threats seriously, Loughner might never have obtained the weapon he used — or any other gun.

Feldman speculates that “Perhaps one of those crack TV reporters who let Dupnik wax on about his theories of the shooters’ motivation might ask about this report.” I hope I’m wrong, but I’ll bet that instead the sound of crickets chirping in establishment media news rooms will be deafening.

Andrew Klavan: ‘The Hateful Left’

At City Journal (HT Instapundit):

Where incendiary political rhetoric truly resides in America

the Left’s sudden talk about incendiary political rhetoric in the wake of the Arizona shooting isn’t really about political rhetoric at all. It’s about the real-world failure of leftist policies everywhere—the bankrupting of nations and states by greedy unions and unfundable social programs, the destruction of inner cities by identity politics, and the appeasement of Muslim extremists in the face of worldwide jihad, not to mention the frequently fatal effects of delirious environmentalism. Europe is in debt and on fire. American citizens are in political revolt. Even the most left-wing president ever is making desperate overtures to his right.

But all that might be tolerable to leftists if they weren’t starting to lose control of the one weapon in which they have the most faith: the narrative. The narrative is what leftists believe in instead of the truth. If they can blame George W. Bush for the economic crisis, if they can make Sarah Palin out to be an idiot, if they can call the Tea Party racist until you think it must be true, they might yet retain power in spite of the international disgrace of their ideas. And though they still mostly dominate the narrative on the three broadcast networks, most cable stations, most newspapers, and much of Hollywood, nonetheless Fox News, talk radio, the Internet, and the Wall Street Journal have begun to respond in ways they can’t ignore.

That’s the hateful rhetoric they’re talking about: conservatives interrupting the stream of leftist invective in order to dismantle their arguments with the facts. As for leftists’ reaction to the Arizona shooting, call it Narrative Hysteria: a frantic attempt to capitalize on calamity by casting their opponents, not merely as racist or sexist or Islamophobic this time, but as somehow responsible for an act of madness and evil. Shame on them.

They clearly have no shame.

Lucid Links (011011, Morning)

Filed under: Lucid Links — Tom @ 8:01 am

Michelle Malkin’s must-read, must-bookmark: “The progressive ‘climate of hate:’ An illustrated primer, 2000-2010.”


At NewsBusters: “Arizona Sheriff Admits There’s No Evidence ‘Vitriolic Rhetoric’ Incited Giffords Shooter”

Since making his claim Saturday that the Tucson shootings were caused by “vitriolic rhetoric that we hear day in and day out from people in the radio business and some people in the TV business,” Pima County Arizona Sheriff Clarence Dupnik has become a media darling being regularly quoted by press outlets from coast to coast.

On Sunday, during strong questioning from Fox News’s Megyn Kelly, Dupnik admitted that his department has not uncovered one shred of evidence to support his now well-publicized assertion.

Later in the referenced interview with Fox’s Kelly, Dupnik, a Democrat, said that, “We see one Party trying to block the attempts of another Party to make this a better country.” What a joke. He’s supposed to be conducting a murder investigation, not campaigning for his next reelection or next move to a higher office by fanning partisan flames.

As NBer Noel Sheppard noted: “In the end, Dupnik is just another Democrat that is hostile to Republicans and is expressing his opinion as such. Yet media outlet after media outlet have quoted the comments he made Saturday as if they were coming from a legal perspective and not a political one.”

Update: Here’s the video.


Dem targetsposition_indicatorSBVOR: “Palin’s ‘gunsights’ are merely ‘position indicators’”

(The left’s) purported “evidence” against Palin is an allegation that she used “gunsights” in a graphic to “target” Democratic members of Congress — including Gabrielle Giffords — in the 2010 ELECTIONS.

(But) Palin did not use “gunsights” on her graphic. As any geek worth his or her salt knows, Palin used the Unicode character (#2316, seen at left) described as a mere “Position Indicator”.

… If Palin wanted to employ gun imagery, she would have selected Unicode character 25CE (seen at right), sorta like the Dems did in 2004.

I have little doubt that we’ll spend the next two years or more hearing and seeing the establishment press lie about this.


Glenn Reynolds in the Wall Street Journal:

The Arizona Tragedy and the Politics of Blood Libel
Those who purport to care about the tenor of political discourse don’t help civil debate when they seize on any pretext to call their political opponents accomplices to murder.

… When Democrats use language like this—or even harsher language like Mr. Obama’s famous remark, in Philadelphia during the 2008 campaign, “If they bring a knife to the fight, we bring a gun”—it’s just evidence of high spirits, apparently. But if Republicans do it, it somehow creates a climate of hate.

There’s a climate of hate out there, all right, but it doesn’t derive from the innocuous use of political clichés. And former Gov. Palin and the tea party movement are more the targets than the source.

To be clear, if you’re using this event to criticize the “rhetoric” of Mrs. Palin or others with whom you disagree, then you’re either: (a) asserting a connection between the “rhetoric” and the shooting, which based on evidence to date would be what we call a vicious lie; or (b) you’re not, in which case you’re just seizing on a tragedy to try to score unrelated political points, which is contemptible. Which is it?

Read the whole thing.


From the “At Long Last, Have You No Decency?” Department:


The full item is at BigGovernment.com.

Positivity: Bishop Morin to re-consecrate Biloxi church

Filed under: Positivity — Tom @ 6:39 am

From Biloxi, Mississippi:

Jan 9, 2011 / 01:11 pm

For one east Biloxi parish, the New Year signifies a new beginning.

Bishop Roger Morin will re-consecrate the “Fisherman’s Church,” as St. Michael Church is commonly known, on Jan. 27 at 6:30 p.m.

The cylindrical church with the scalloped shell roof suffered extensive wind and water damage as a result of Hurricane Katrina.

St. Michael pastor, Father Greg Barras, said the church building, much like the people who worship in it, is a powerful symbol of resiliency.

“The most important thing in my mind is simply the resilience of the community as is symbolized in this architecture, which is resilient to major hurricanes” said Father Barras, who was assigned to St. Michael in Jan. 2006.

“The community still exists and supports the parish. It still comes to worship. We’ve drawn a very diverse community since the storm. We’re growing more now than they were before the storm.”

Before Katrina, St. Michael had 180 registered families. Today, the parish has 300 families.

Father Barras sees the increase in membership as another powerful symbol of that resiliency.

“It is the resilience of the people,” he said. “This icon of a church draws from the casinos. We’re drawing from D’Iberville, Ocean Springs, Gulfport and Latimer. It’s a welcoming, warm community with good liturgy and good music.”

But, undoubtedly, the main draw is the building itself.

“When people walk in this space, a common comment is ‘I just feel so lifted up.’ There’s a circular energy. It does that,” Father Barras said. …

Go here for the rest of the story.