Monday, January 17, 2011

From tragedy can come poignancy.

1. Glenn Reynolds was seemingly the first to use the term "blood libel" in connection with the recent Tucson shooting in his outstanding The Arizona Tragedy and the Politics of Blood Libel for the Wall Street Journal. When Sarah Palin used it, the left was quick to impugn with familiar anti-Palin morbidity. Alan Dershowitz and other Jewish leaders dispelled the idea that she had misused it. But the appropriate use of "blood libel" in the Palin statement was further evidence of the left's engaging, like the Arizona shooter, in "lucid dreaming." Left-wingers somehow created a "climate of hate" alternate reality. Only in an induced dreaming state could a dope-smoking, anti-religious, 9/11-truthing Anti-flag listener be linked to conservatives and "blood libel" be deemed incorrect. Reynolds decried those "who would seize on any pretext, however flimsy, to call their political opponents accomplices to murder." The Washington Post's 44 blog, at 1:48 pm ET, no more than ninety eight minutes after the Arizona shooter squeezed off his first rounds, seized upon the notion that Rep. Giffords and others "were the subject of harassment over their support of the national health care overhaul," as if it had something to do with the shooting. As Glenn Reynolds suggested, the media was rather more circumspect when Maj. Nadal began firing at Fort Hood.

2. Roger L. Simon pointed out The Sixties Were Violent, Not Today on Pajamas Media. In the Sixties, Simon said, radical leftists were guilty of "hurling Molotov cocktails, setting off fatal bombs, and shooting police." Today, however, "there hasn't been any real right-wing violence...It's all a charade." Forty plus years later, how many of the radical leftists of the Sixties, from the SDS and its more violent Weather Underground faction, are now associates of the President and the Democrat party? A bunch. Obama's disgraced communist former green jobs czar Van Jones connects, superficially, Obama to most of the former SDS. Check out the excellent work of Stanley Kurtz at National Review and Trevor Loudon at his New Zeal blog. But others are more closely co-mingled. We know about Weathermen Bill Ayers and his wife Bernadine Dohrn, implicated in bombings of a New York police headquarters, the U. S. Capitol and the Pentagon. There's Jeff Jones (Weather Underground) who co-founded the Apollo Alliance, credited by Sen. Harry Reid in "helping us develop" the stimulus bill. Carl Pope (SDS) is on the Board of Directors of the Apollo Alliance. Heather Booth (SDS) was the Training Director for the Democrat National Committee. Her husband, Paul Booth (SDS) is assistant to the President of AFSCME, a politically influential public employees union. Andy Stern (SDS) is the former head of SEIU and frequent White House visitor. Wade Rathke (SDS) founded Obama's ACORN cohorts. Don't forget Obama supporter Tom Hayden (SDS), former Democrat Senator from California. And then there's the radical professor Frances Fox Piven. Certainly some of these Sixties radicals have repudiated their activism and violent pasts, but most have not. After all, you can put lip gloss on an underarm-unshaven, ho ho ho chi minh off the pig-chanting, braless radical, but she's still a...well, you know.

3. Van Helsing at Moonbattery reprised Jonathon Seidel's post at The Blaze with his Overheated Rhetoric? Try Frances Fox Piven. It would be easy to dismiss Piven, an unabashed Socialist, as a warmed-over relic of the Sixties. Back then, Piven and her husband Richard Cloward proposed a strategy to sabotage the welfare system in order to create a political and financial crisis. But this woman was instrumental in getting the Motor Voter Act passed. She was present when President Clinton signed the bill in 1993 and she received one of the signing pens. Just weeks ago, in her virulent "Mobilizing the Jobless" editorial for The Nation, she questioned "where are the angry crowds, the demonstrations, sit-ins and unruly mobs?" Van Helsing said "too bad no one ever let go with this kind of ranting onstage at a tea party" event.

4. Shannon Love at Chicago Boyz posted The Hypocritical Civility of Power. According to Love, "the leftist leaders of today were the vitriolic outsiders of the '70's." Now, however, "leftists are the establishment." Now, 'progressives' fight for the past and established policies while 'conservatives' fight for the future and innovation." Without the "unashamedly passionate" discourse that Love described, the poignarbiter believes we'll awake one day to find we reside in Capitulationistan, the exploited dhimmi of the left.

5. Frank J. Fleming at IMAO offered Time for the Left to Admit They Have a Problem with Free Speech. He claimed that with the left, "it soon becomes apparent that anything against them" becomes "heated rhetoric" and should be curtailed. As demonstrated by NPR's firing of Juan Williams, the left cannot even abide another leftist who has suffered the contagion of Fox News. By the way, when the term "liberal" became a pejorative in the early 1990's, liberals resurrected the term "progressive" which had been disgraced in the 1948 election. In 1948, Al Wallace was the presidential candidate of the Progressive Party and was endorsed by the Communist Party. Although his party was rife with communists, Wallace failed to exclude them from his campaign and "progressive" subsequently fell into disfavor. Apparently, enough time had elapsed since the Cold War that liberals in Congress were able to apply the moniker again. But that was during the heady days B. G. B. (before Glenn Beck). The poignarbiter considered using "illiberal" after the Juan Williams incident. But now, "Dupnik" seems more appropriate, in honor of the Pima County Democrat sheriff who ignored the facts of his very visible case in order to make a political statement.

6. Ace of Spades at Ace of Spades HQ provided a list of perpetrators whom the left had hoped, before they were identified, would be right-wingers in his Hillary Clinton: "Loughner Is An Extremist;" Blames Shootings on "Crazy Voices" That "Get on TV" post. These included the DC snipers, the IRS plane-bomber, the Discovery Channel shooter, the Times Square bomber, the census worker found hanged with the word "FED" written on him, the Fort Hood shooter and Loughner. To the left's profound dismay, none panned out.

7. Robert Spencer of Jihad Watch demonstrated a "Leftist/Islamic supremacist convergence" in consecutive Hamas-linked CAIR, which has publicized fake anti-Muslim hate crimes, blames Giffords shooting on "inflammatory political rhetoric" and Islamic sermons motivated killer of politician who opposed Pakistani blasphemy law posts. The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) joined the Dupnik parade even while Pakistanis celebrated the accused murderer of a politician who sought to reform blasphemy laws.

8. Diana West, on her blog, highlighted how a "Danish prosecutor is attempting to enforce Islamic blasphemy laws, which outlaw all criticism of Islam," in a The Lights Are Going Out in Denmark post. In Denmark, Lars Hedegaard has been arrested "for discussing the high incidence of family rape within Islamic cultures, which the prosecutor is attempting to outlaw as 'racism'." As West put it, "where mandarins of the left and mullahs of sharia so conspire, we risk a kind of double-dhimmification in acquiescence."

9. Andrew G. Bostom also posted about the plight of Lars Hedegaard in his Will Conservative Media Elites Defend Lars Hedegaard? for Pajamas Media. Bostom said to conservative talkers and editorial boards: "your continued silence is craven and hypocritical." Bostom said, "Islamic religio-political doctrine does not recognize individual liberties...Is it now Denmark's standard as well?" The left's own religio-political doctrine, which the poignarbiter will call Dupnikism, seems as much a religion as Islam. Dupnikism has its own sharia and blasphemy laws in the form of political correctness and "climate of hate" rhetoric. The tactics of Islam and the left are remarkably similar, to use identical charges of "racism" and "hate speech" to silence blasphemers.

10. Spengler has, in the past, advocated asymmetric warfare in the Middle East, including "promotion of competing Islamic heresies" to "sow discord." This month he exposed widespread Pashtun homosexuality in his Sodomy and Sufism in Afgaynistan for Asia Times. Spengler said that the accounts by social scientists in Afghanistan were "striking, but they place too much emphasis on the weirdness of Pashtun tradition and give too little attention to the broader role of homosexuality in Islamic (and especially Sufi) culture." Although Islam prohibits homosexuality, Spengler made a strong case that "the prevalence of homosexual pedophilia in classical Islamic poetry, Persian as well as Pashto, suggests" a religious dimension. The peculiar Afghan strain of don't ask, don't tell Allah can be very complicated.

Next month a special edition of Poignant Conservatives Power Rankings will preview the "International Judge the Quran Day" which will be held in March in Gainesville, Florida by Rev. Terry Jones. The poignarbiter has called Rev. Jones "a character who could have sprung from the pages of Flannery O'Connor." Next month's installment will analyze the pros and cons of the event through the words of O'Connor. Until then, the poignarbiter will not avoid military parlance and will attempt to stay frosty.

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