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Blood libel against Palin, Limbaugh: Liberals stoop to new low to score points from murder
The Washington Times ^ | January 12, 2011 | The Editors

Posted on 01/12/2011 10:57:10 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet

Sarah Palin issued a statement yesterday condemning the "reprehensible" response to Saturday's shooting in Tucson by some members of the media. "Within hours of a tragedy unfolding," she wrote, "journalists and pundits should not manufacture a blood libel that serves only to incite the very hatred and violence they purport to condemn."

Some have keyed on the use of the expression "blood libel" as inapt. The term usually refers to the centuries-old accusation that Jews use the blood of gentile children in making matzos for Passover. The appearance of the blood libel is often the prelude to massacres or other forms of anti-Semitic persecution and is alive and well in some parts of the world, especially the Middle East.

Mrs. Palin is well within her rights to feel persecuted. Since the Saturday bloodbath, members of the liberal commentariat have spoken in a unified voice, charging her and other conservatives with being indirectly or somehow directly responsible for the lunatic actions of accused gunman Jared Loughner. Typical of blood libel, the attack against Mrs. Palin is a false charge intended to generate anger made by people with a political agenda. They have made these claims boldly without evidence and without censure or consequence.

This is simply the latest round of an ongoing pogrom against conservative thinkers. The last two years have seen a proliferation of similar baseless charges of racism, sexism, bigotry, Islamophobia and inciting violence against those on the right who have presented ideas at odds with the establishment's liberal orthodoxy.....

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TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Editorial; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: arizona; bloodlibel; dinosaurmedia; freepressforpalin; giffords; msm; palin; rushlimbaugh; sarahpalin; talkradio; tucson
Hear, hear!!
1 posted on 01/12/2011 10:57:13 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

“within hours”

ha. I bet they were doing it before the bodies were picked off the pavement of Safeway.

The libel media is what I will call them now.

Plus I cannot wait to see what Rush says about the kickoff of Obama2012 at the “memorial service”.


3 posted on 01/12/2011 11:01:18 PM PST by GeronL (How DARE you have an opinion!!)
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To: Nut Flush

What Foxman blathered is a matter of “mind over matter”. I don’t mind his ravings because he doesn’t matter!


4 posted on 01/12/2011 11:03:58 PM PST by sheik yerbouty ( Make America and the world a jihad free zone!)
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To: Nut Flush

In the Jews’ and in Palin’s cases, the ‘blood libel’ is a baseless, farfetched, illogical accusation that the object has killed your own for some evil reason.


5 posted on 01/12/2011 11:07:07 PM PST by HiTech RedNeck (I am in America but not of America (per bible: am in the world but not of it))
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
"Hear, hear!!"

I'll second that.

According to Alan Dershowitz (who should probably be able to tell the presstitutes to STFU on this issue), "blood libel" has been universally accepted by scholars to mean EXACTLY what she said;

"The term “blood libel” has taken on a broad metaphorical meaning in public discourse. Although its historical origins were in theologically based false accusations against the Jews and the Jewish People,its current usage is far broader. I myself have used it to describe false accusations against the State of Israel by the Goldstone Report. There is nothing improper and certainly nothing anti-Semitic in Sarah Palin using the term to characterize what she reasonably believes are false accusations that her words or images may have caused a mentally disturbed individual to kill and maim. The fact that two of the victims are Jewish is utterly irrelevant to the propriety of using this widely used term."

http://biggovernment.com/publius/2011/01/12/exclusive-alan-dershowitz-defends-sarah-palins-use-of-term-blood-libel/

"Perhaps she didn't know of the context of that phrase," NBC correspondent and MSNBC anchor Andrea Mitchell said.

"Maybe she was ignorant of it, to give her the benefit of the doubt," Mitchell added.

Ignorance, thy name is Andrea. And the rest of the jourbalists that jumped all over this. This is really p*ssing me off, the way they are trying to Bork Sarah Palin before she even announces anything.

6 posted on 01/12/2011 11:07:39 PM PST by jessduntno ("'How fortunate for governments that the people they administer don't think." - Adolph Hitler)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Andrew Sullivan used the term to describe anti-gay behavior. No one gave him any grief.


7 posted on 01/12/2011 11:10:34 PM PST by Yaelle
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

“within hours”

Dupnik’s first verbal attack referencing Palin was less than 45 minutes after it happened. Then he spent most of Sunday on either TV or the radio blasting the Tea Party for he attack. On Monday, he went on TV accusing Limbaugh.All the while he knew that Loughner was threatening people for the past 5 years, and in fact a peace officer had pulled Jared over on Saturday Morning, and had let him go. Dupnik is a miserable failurend he is obviously hiding something


8 posted on 01/12/2011 11:10:58 PM PST by realcleanguy
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To: jessduntno

For a supposedly unsophisticated non-thinker Sarah sure has a knack for distilling the crux of the issue down to a couple of words. Like “Obama death panel” the libs are weeing themselves over “blood libel”, but once again it’s justified and correct. They just aren’t used to having the targets of their slander fire back, let alone hit bullseyes. And yes, that’s a metaphor.


10 posted on 01/12/2011 11:25:39 PM PST by Hugin ("A man'll usually tell you his bad intentions if you listen and let yourself hear it"--- Open Range)
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To: Hugin

“They just aren’t used to having the targets of their slander fire back, let alone hit bullseyes. And yes, that’s a metaphor.”

Heh heh ... yep ... this must be killing them.


11 posted on 01/12/2011 11:28:04 PM PST by jessduntno ("'How fortunate for governments that the people they administer don't think." - Adolph Hitler)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
This is simply the latest round of an ongoing pogrom against conservative thinkers.

Make no mistake. The editorial writers of this essay used the word "pogrom" on purpose to counter the phrase "blood libel."

Let's now be re-educated on the meaning of a "pogrom" as we were re-educated on the meaning of the words "blood libel."

-PJ

12 posted on 01/12/2011 11:37:00 PM PST by Political Junkie Too ("Comprehensive" reform bills only end up as incomprehensible messes.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Wish I had seen this thread first. Just posted the following comment to an earlier thread.

"journalists and pundits should not manufacture a blood libel"

This evening Kieth Olbermann tried to diminish Palin's bite by accusing her of an apparent callous abuse of the term "blood libel." Historically, the term relates to false accusations against Jews for using the blood of murdered Christians, particularly children, in the making of matzos for Passover.

In Olbermann's view Palin's analogy amounts to an offense against Jews who as a group have been victim to this libel. To give some kind of credibility to the claim against Palin, he brought on Simon Greer who runs Jewish Funds for Justice to explain why he and other Jews were offended by Palin's misuse of the term. Basically, Greer wants the term exclusively restricted to describe accusations against Jews and the persecution resulting from those accusations. What Greer wants from Palin seems to be an abject apology.

As a political term, Palin once again has introduced a neologism and done so with excellent flare and perfect application. In my opinion, accusations against Conservatives in the liberal media and among liberal posters pretty much reeks of a Blood Libel. In context, I don't see how any person can mistake the false accusations against Conservatives for the historical slander against Jews.

What the two meanings share in common is the intensity of hatred directed at an identifiable group. We should use the political aspect of Blood Libel as often as possible to describe the false accusations leveled against Conservatives and those who support Conservative causes.

13 posted on 01/12/2011 11:39:00 PM PST by Racehorse (Always preach the Gospel . . . . Use words if necessary.)
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To: Hugin
They just aren’t used to having the targets of their slander fire back, let alone hit bullseyes. And yes, that’s a metaphor.

Nope, the usual Republican response is to assume the fetal position while whimpering. Except, of course for W. His response was silence.

14 posted on 01/13/2011 12:00:15 AM PST by Jeff Chandler (Judas Iscariot - the first social justice advocate. John 12:3-6)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Re: Blood libel

I would like to point out that the Wall Street Journal ran a piece by Prof. Glenn Harlan Reynolds (Instapundit) on Jan. 10, titled The Arizona Tragedy and the Politics of Blood Libel. Reynolds uses the term in the text.

15 posted on 01/13/2011 12:13:17 AM PST by TChad
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Liberals setting new rules for the use of metaphors - imagine that.


16 posted on 01/13/2011 12:21:06 AM PST by Gene Eric (Your Hope has been redistributed. Here's your Change.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Did you notice something different about Palin in her Tuscon video? I get the sense she’s matured the equivalent of 5 hard political years within the span of days. If this is any indication of the future, this is her Country.


17 posted on 01/13/2011 12:33:16 AM PST by Gene Eric (Your Hope has been redistributed. Here's your Change.)
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To: Gene Eric

Abraham Lincoln was a different man after 4 years of civil war, Generals Washington, Jackson, Grant and Eisenhower after their respective wars and Ronald Reagan after dealing with the communists who infested his union. Steel sharpens steel.


18 posted on 01/13/2011 12:42:30 AM PST by 2ndDivisionVet (Please donate to FreeRepublic, sanity in a world gone mad!)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

This is Palin I’ve been waiting for save the circumstances.


19 posted on 01/13/2011 1:02:44 AM PST by Gene Eric (Your Hope has been redistributed. Here's your Change.)
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This is the Palin I’ve been waiting for save the circumstances.


20 posted on 01/13/2011 1:03:30 AM PST by Gene Eric (Your Hope has been redistributed. Here's your Change.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
The overwhelmingly irrational response of the Left demanding that conservatives stop whatever they are doing all comes down to one thing.

The Left is using any excuse to drive home their singular desperate message...

PLEASE DO NOT LOOK AT, or, if you have already started, PLEASE STOP LOOKING AT THE MAN BEHIND THE CURTAIN!

21 posted on 01/13/2011 1:26:33 AM PST by SonOfDarkSkies ('Stop the Political Vitriol' translates: 'PLEASE do not look at the man behind the curtain')
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To: realcleanguy

It is not enough to defend Governor Sarah Palin. It is not enough to make our voices heard. It most certainly is NOT the time to allow LIBs to control the argument.

EVERY SINGLE PERSON HERE, EVERY INDIVIDUAL TEA PARTY ADHERANT, EVERY SINGLE CONSERVATIVE IS BEING LIBELED. I personally had no part in the shootings, direct or indirect, active or passive. Yet I am being accused of being so.

Is there a single lawyer here that can tell me how I can sue that dumb a$$ Dupnik? I want a gag order on him and a sincere apology to ALL TEA Party adhereants and ALL Conservatives.


22 posted on 01/13/2011 1:41:34 AM PST by NTHockey (Rules of engagement #1: Take no prisoners)
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To: Jeff Chandler

Re: Republican response... You nailed it.


23 posted on 01/13/2011 1:45:00 AM PST by antceecee (Bless us Father.. have mercy on us and protect us from evil.)
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To: Gene Eric

They seek to control what you say AND HOW YOU SAY IT.


24 posted on 01/13/2011 1:46:10 AM PST by antceecee (Bless us Father.. have mercy on us and protect us from evil.)
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To: Gene Eric

I do believe she is aware of what the stakes are and that she is full on in it to protect the USA.


25 posted on 01/13/2011 1:49:04 AM PST by antceecee (Bless us Father.. have mercy on us and protect us from evil.)
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To: Nut Flush

None other than the famous Jewish Harvard Law Professor, Alan Dershowitz, has declared Sarah Palin’s use of this term to be perfectly acceptable. Heard this on TV this a.m.


26 posted on 01/13/2011 2:00:39 AM PST by jazzlite (esat)
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To: Racehorse

This speech needs to go viral on the internet.....That was the speech America needed to hear.... Sarah Palin is the best there is out there, you can have Romney huckleberry and everyone else..... This was the most Presidential I have heard anyone in two years, maybe longer........did you see her eyes....she never looked away, she never showed any signs of reading even if she was....she was absolutely great They're really going to attack her now. I salute you Madam President


27 posted on 01/13/2011 2:06:18 AM PST by The Wizard (Madam President is my President now and in the future)
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To: antceecee

...”I do believe she is aware of what the stakes are and that she is full on in it to protect the USA”...

Their attacks on her will mature her into the leader everyone will want. I have always believed that she is similar to the Biblical “Ester” in that her purpose is to save her “people,” the UNITED STATES OF AMERICA. This may sound simple to many, but it is what I believe. She is the flip side of everything which has destroyed us over the years since the 60s and her greatest asset is that she is NOT a member of the IVY LEAGUE ELITE in government and the media, who have grown so secular and, in some cases, so corrupt.


28 posted on 01/13/2011 2:07:31 AM PST by jazzlite (esat)
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To: Hugin

Liberals didn’t like “death panels” and death panels they turned out to be.

It is more than obvious that the Left and their handmaidens in the msm are engaged in a “blood libel.”


30 posted on 01/13/2011 2:18:54 AM PST by Cincinatus' Wife (Allhttp://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2122429/posts)
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To: Gene Eric
This is the Palin I’ve been waiting for save the circumstances.

I said it about 3 months ago, she is not a Momma Grizzly, she is a Cougar (not in the street lingo).

A large cat will stalk it's prey and will not back down and waits for the moment to strike. She has been playing possum the whole time, in my gut I knew she had it in her, and would show it when the time was ready, this one one of these times. It will be a glimpse of her in the primaries. Her competitors and Oboingo don't stand a chance.


31 posted on 01/13/2011 3:08:09 AM PST by taildragger ((Palin / Mulally 2012 ))
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To: jazzlite
None other than the famous Jewish Harvard Law Professor, Alan Dershowitz, has declared Sarah Palin’s use of this term to be perfectly acceptable. Heard this on TV this a.m.

A leftist at times yes, but old enough to a classical education (compared to today) and has enough logic and critical thinking skills to understand that her analogy was correct.

32 posted on 01/13/2011 3:14:17 AM PST by taildragger ((Palin / Mulally 2012 ))
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To: realcleanguy
"Dupnik is a miserable failurend he is obviously hiding something.."

Primarily, he's trying to divert attention from the fact that his office had ignored complaints about Loughner, so a big part of the blame is on HIM and not Sarah Palin.

I wonder if the Arizona Tea Party can encourage some opposition for him in the next election??

33 posted on 01/13/2011 3:42:02 AM PST by Wonder Warthog
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"A leftist at times yes, but old enough to a classical education (compared to today) and has enough logic and critical thinking skills to understand that her analogy was correct."

And despite his leftism, a man with sufficient intellectual honesty to "go public" with the commentary, COMPLETELY unlike most liberals, who will tell any lie to gain advantage.

There "are" a (very) few honest liberals out there. Most are not.

34 posted on 01/13/2011 3:46:51 AM PST by Wonder Warthog
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

“Within hours of a tragedy unfolding,” she wrote, “journalists and pundits should not manufacture a blood libel that serves ONLY TO CITE THE VERY HATRED AND VIOLENCE THEY PURPORT TO CONDEMN.”

The CAPs added by me because this is the important part of this sentence for me. The journalists and pundits have jumped on the “blood libel” so everyone will ignore the hatred and violence of these people. They don’t want to talk about what they actually do, only to destroy Mrs. Palin and other. I asked my senators and representative if they knew a leader who would say the journalists and pundits were the ones creating this havoc; so glad Mrs. Palin is capable of being a leader.

Truth is beyond their ken.


35 posted on 01/13/2011 3:48:01 AM PST by winkadink (During times of universal deceit, telling the truth becomes a revolutionary act. George Orwell)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Not a psychiatrist, but there seems to be a Sado-Massochistic, Love\Hate element to the Palin\Left “thang”.

The left is Sadistic in their abuse of Sarah, yet, at the same time, they are willing to set themselves up for the beating that she will inflict upon them in response.

The stupidity of the Left is beyond belief. Sarah is obviously a threat to them, yet they CONTINUE to keep her name ‘above the fold’.

This event is now nearly a week old and Sarah Palin, thanks to the Left, is emerging a more powerful force than before.

You go Girl !


36 posted on 01/13/2011 4:05:35 AM PST by Paisan
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To: Nut Flush

Don’t forget Hillary Clinton’s catalogue of Jew-hating comments.


37 posted on 01/13/2011 4:30:27 AM PST by ViLaLuz (2 Chronicles 7:14)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
I think that what really pissed them off was her use of the verb, "purport."

Whenever I've used it I get a strong reaction from the purporter.

38 posted on 01/13/2011 5:45:41 AM PST by HIDEK6
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To: winkadink

Sarah has shown a knack for finding the words that are most effective at hitting home with her critics. With that in mind, I think there’s a second reason for her using the word “libel”... perhaps as a warning shot to all those in the print media who tried to implicate her (and all things conservative) in a multiple homicide.


39 posted on 01/13/2011 7:16:40 AM PST by adingdangdoo
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
CHRONOLOGY OF ANY EVENT:

1) Negative Event Occurs.
2) Immediately blame Sarah Palin.
3) Events unfold showing Sarah Palin not at fault, or even involved.
4) Blame Sarah Palin harder.
5) IF SARAH PALIN DOES NOT RESPOND: Declare her out-of-touch and non-Presidential.

40 posted on 01/13/2011 10:33:30 AM PST by Lazamataz (If Illegal Aliens are Undocumented Workers, than Thieves are Undocumented Shoppers.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

CHRONOLOGY OF ANY EVENT:

1) Negative Event Occurs.
2) Immediately blame Sarah Palin.
3) Events unfold showing Sarah Palin not at fault, or even involved.
4) Blame Sarah Palin harder.
5) IF SARAH PALIN DOES NOT RESPOND: Declare her out-of-touch and non-Presidential.
6) IF SARAH PALIN RESPONDS MILDLY: Declare her wishy-washy and incapable of leadership.
7) IF SARAH PALIN RESPONDS FORCEFULLY: Declare her too provocative and incendiary.


41 posted on 01/13/2011 10:41:55 AM PST by Lazamataz (If Illegal Aliens are Undocumented Workers, than Thieves are Undocumented Shoppers.)
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