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Monday, March 07, 2011

Those damned signs

What's Mallard raving about today?

Protestors, Violent Rhetoric

Thanks to the power of the Internet, we can look at Mallard's claim. The Wisconsin GOP very helpfully put together a video montage of offensive signs to make much the same point.

So, there you go, some signs comparing Walker to Hitler. One sign (shown twice, presumably because it was the only one they could find) quoting the now infamous "Don't Retreat, Reload" slogan and showing a crosshairs over Governor Walker's face.

Most of the signs, of course, are amazingly tame, comparing him to Hosni Mubarak, with whom Governor Walker shares some actual parallels (such as shutting off Internet access).

One chilling sign says (in comparing Walker and Mubarak) "One Down; One to Go" and shows the terrifying specter of an airplane to take Walker away! Heaven forfend! (Seriously, this is the worst the Republicans could find?)

Now, of course, let's ask what's prominently missing from the video? And that would be anyone of the prominence of Glenn Beck, Rush Limbaugh, Newt Gingrich, or Sarah Palin spewing such rhetoric.

The point, Mallard, is that no credible person claimed that not one soul on the Left utilizes violent rhetoric. The fact is that it is not an inherent feature of the Democratic Party's discourse, unlike the Republican Party and their Fox Propaganda network which make use of violent and eliminationist rhetoric virtually every day of the week. And in that lies all the difference.

Shorter version: Mallard Fillmore: swing and a miss!


Tog said...

Don't you love it? After all that First Amendment Martyrism (dating back to the earliest teabagger town hall screaming fests and Bill Clinton's request to "tone it down"), Tinsley's now bawling hysterically because the teabaggers are being given a small taste of their own crap by those they would have lined up and shot.

Reap what you've sown, crapsack.

Rootbeer said...

"* actual sign" is NOT a valid citation.

I don't know what he's complaining about, though... it's been well established that using crosshairs and saying it would be better if someone were dead is just harmless metaphor, and everybody knows it, and that speech cannot possibly inspire an insane person to act insane.

Iron Dragon said...

Fascinating, apparently rhetoric that is aimed at republicans is only bad, or is it that only certain people using such rhetoric are the ones in the wrong?

Frank Stone said...

And for every sign like that, there have been at least a dozen signs that were even worse -- not to mention actual loaded firearms -- being brandished by protesters on the far right. But, of course, those weren't even worth a moment of sarcastic finger-wagging by our resident selective outrage merchant.

By the way, Mallard/Brucie, thanks for admitting (albeit inadvertently) that watching Fox News Channel doesn't qualify as "watching the news".

WV: tranti: What Brucie orders at Starbucks (e.g., "Gimme a tranti! an' it better have some damn bourbon innit!")

rewinn said...

Who made and carried those signs?

We know Fox lies (?palm trees in Madison LOL!). We know Walker considered sending thugs into the crowd to cause trouble (because he was recorded admitted it.) And we know in the past that LaRouchies carry crazy sign to rallies (they are an affliction to every major political party.)

Then there's Karl Rove's history of dirty tricks.

Personally, I don't see anything wrong with the Mubarak reference. The anti-Mubarak forces committed no violence, just like Wisconsin's workers. As for the rest ... maybe some idiots made those signs, but most likely they came from Koch-heads.

But that's o.k. I look forward to Tinshley's continued attackes on teachers, librarians, police, firefighters etc ... the middle class who buys newspapers.

Tinshley is attacking his own base. It would be sad if it weren't funny.

Anthony said...

Actually, Mallard, I saw a few provocative signs being mocked by John Oliver on The Daily Show:

... giving the example of one theoretically left-leaning source willing to make the point that you can't have it both ways.

I've also heard the prank phone call where Walker told someone he thought was a Koch brother that he considered throwing fake protesters into the crowd to incite unrest, therefore creating controversy out of whole cloth. So if I do see a sign putting Walker in the cross-hairs, even if it's an "actual sign," I now have to wonder if it's planted.

Even if it's not planted... I'm not sure how a cause taken up by hard-working middle-to-lower class people, including the police and firemen who've joined in, are inherently liberal... aren't these the people that the right drag out all the time for examples of "real America." So now police and firemen are left-wing commies?

Finally, Tinsley continues to mention anything framed in sympathy related to the Arizona shooting victims. His only response has been "not fair" and "they do it, too..."

DiR said...


Also, nice citation there, fuckface,

Bill the Splut said...

So it's a CRISIS when libruls accuse you of inciting violent speech, cuz you're totally like NOT doing that, but it's also a CRISIS when you claim libruls do what you do, because...they're not you?

How can a right winger hear over the sound of his trains of thought crashing into each other?

Kip W said...

Oh noes! The people whose livelihoods Walker is trying to destroy are being impolite to him!! That's as terrible as Bugs Bunny being wascally when that nice Mr. Fudd only wanted to shoot him.

Anonymous said...

It's only wrong when conservatives do it. When liberals use harsh or violent rhetoric it's perfectly fine. And this isn't hypocrisy.
Please, people, grow up!

DiR said...

I like how you miss the part where prominent figures within Republican Party itself, and sundries within Republican media, are given national platforms for with which to explain to people how Democrats and Al Qaeda are the same thing.
Where as these are some guys with signs.
Therein lies paradise.

Also, if we pretend all else is equal, Republicans are much more likely to actually murder people. Right off the top of my head, that guy in Chicago (I believe?) who was convinced that Obama and those damn democrats were going to take his guns away.
So he called 911, got police to knock on his door, shoot them both point plank, then killed himself.
That sorta thing.
Not a hard concept.

Tog said...

Someone with the mind of a four-year-old telling everyone else to grow up. Ah, if only Tinsley could be this funny every day.

Randy said...

@DiR: I'm pretty sure that was Philadelphia, or maybe Pittsburgh, or thereabouts. Of course, it wouldn't take any of us long with the Google....

dlauthor said...

Ah, Anonyrast's favorite thing to say: "it's time for you to grow up, little boy."

His least favorite thing: "Hi, my name's Nicky, and I'm required by law to inform you that I have moved into your neighborhood."