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That Bullied Grandma on the School Bus? NY Times Imagines Rush and Newt as Her Tormentors
News Buster.com ^ | June 24, 2012 | Tim Graham

Posted on 06/24/2012 8:13:48 PM PDT by Kaslin

From the Wow That's a Stretch Department: New York Times columnist Charles Blow has taken the story of a grandma being bullied by children on a school bus in upstate New York and found another metaphor for Rush Limbaugh, Newt Gingrich, and conservatives in general.

"Those boys are us, or at least too many of us: America at its ugliest. It is that part of society that sees the weak and vulnerable as worthy of derision and animus," with the "us" being the conservatives. "This kind of behavior is not isolated to children and school buses and suburban communities. It stretches to the upper reaches of society — our politics and our pulpits and our public squares."

Whether it is a Republican debate audience booing a gay soldier or Rush Limbaugh’s vicious attack on a female Georgetown law student or Newt Gingrich’s salvos at the poor, bullying has become boilerplate. Hiss and taunt. Tease and intimidate. Target your enemies and torture them mercilessly. Maintain primacy through predation.

Mr. Blow thinks the conservatives are in Bullying Mode because they're losing and getting increasingly insecure:

A Gallup poll released Thursday found that a record number of people (54 percent) say that they would be willing to vote for an atheist for president, and 1. a Gallup poll last month found that more people support same-sex marriage than oppose it.

These dramatic shifts are upending the majority-minority paradigm and are making many people uneasy.

The Republican-Democratic divide is increasingly becoming an all-white/multicultural divide, a male/female divide, and a more religious/less religious divide — the formers the traditional power classes, and the latters the emerging ones.

This has led to some increasingly unseemly attacks at traditionally marginalized groups, even as — and possibly particularly because — they grow more powerful.

Women are under attack. Hispanics are under attack. Minority voting rights are under attack. The poor are under attack. Unsurprisingly, those doing the attacking in every case are from the right.

Seldom is power freely passed and painlessly surrendered, particularly when the traditionally powerful see the realignment as an existential threat.

The bullying on that bus was awful, but so is the bullying in our politics. Those boys were trying to exert power over a person placed there to rein them in. But bullying is always about power — projecting more than you have in order to accrue more than your share.

Sounds like the frightened, insecure part of American society. 

Naturally, they loved this rhetorical tactic at the Daily Kos blog. The diarist "Xaxnar" picked up where Blow left off on the bullying theme, and hilariously claimed that the liberal establishment gave Occupy Wall Street "tepid" support:

The Republicans have been perfecting their media machine and their messaging for decades. They win by mobilizing their troops and demoralizing their targets. Turn on FOX, Rush, Beck, Hannity, etc. etc. You'll hear a constant stream of taunting, lies, insults, and false victimhood. You'll hear any opposing voices that manage to break through momentarily instantly shouted down and cut off. They have incorporated bullying into their DNA - and they're not afraid to use it.

Contrast that with the tepid support for Occupy Wall Street from the establishment that should have been on its side. Damn few Democratic politicians turned out to support it; the party distanced itself from what was and is a genuine spontaneous uprising against the bullying ordinary people experience every day, the bullying that is the driving engine of Wall Street and conservatives. The Tea Party enjoyed the backing of billionaires funding them in the shadows and pointing them at targets. Occupy Wall Street was actively suppressed by the forces of Homeland Security and the rest of the police state apparatus put together by the bullies who ran the country (badly) up until 2008. And yet this suppression has come with covert support from the highest levels of the administration. Who is playing who here?


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Editorial
KEYWORDS: alteredsource

1 posted on 06/24/2012 8:13:54 PM PDT by Kaslin
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To: Kaslin

Isn’t Michelle O the one going around saying American kids are too fat? The Dems are the ones banning foods because kids are too fat. The lib comedians are the ones making jokes about Americans being fat. Pfft.


2 posted on 06/24/2012 8:23:24 PM PDT by ReneeLynn (Socialism is SO yesterday. Fascism, it's the new black. Mmm mmm mmm...)
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To: Kaslin

Has the President called her to see if she is ok?


3 posted on 06/24/2012 8:24:15 PM PDT by Jumpmaster (Defund the Left!)
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To: ReneeLynn

Isn’t Michelle O the one going around saying American kids are too fat? The Dems are the ones banning foods because kids are too fat. The lib comedians are the ones making jokes about Americans being fat. Pfft.
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You’ve NAILED it!


4 posted on 06/24/2012 8:26:26 PM PDT by RushIsMyTeddyBear (Wings cannot be redistributed, they can only be broken. ~ Oleg Atbashian (People's Cube))
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To: Kaslin

Charles Blow, eh? You really CAN’T make this stuff up, can you?
One thought that flickers through MY little six-volt mind is: “Ya’ know, it’s one thing to have been stuck with a name like that through no fault of one’s own. But to then go out of one’s way to put that name up for ridicule by attaching it to half-a$$ed, teeth-itchingly stupid displays of non-logic like Chuckie Blow did in this article, leaves me agog with amazement!”


5 posted on 06/24/2012 8:26:28 PM PDT by Tucker39 ( Psa 68:19Blessed be the Lord, who daily loadeth us with benefits; even the God of our salvation.KJV)
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To: Kaslin
America at its ugliest. It is that part of society that sees the weak and vulnerable as worthy of derision and animus,...

In traditional Bolshies fashion the left transfers its world view onto its enemies. Conservatives have nothing but the best wishes for the weak of society, but, find it beneath contempt that one group has to be robbed in order to secure the support of the vulnerable.

6 posted on 06/24/2012 8:33:00 PM PDT by depressed in 06 (6 November, 2012, the day our embarrassment is sent back to Kenya.)
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To: Kaslin
there they go again...projecting their own
(personal) biases/faults/problems on others.

7 posted on 06/24/2012 8:39:11 PM PDT by skinkinthegrass (WA DC E$tabli$hment; DNC/RNC/Unionists...Brazilian saying: "$@me Old $hit; different flie$". :^)
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To: Kaslin
Again I say, liberalism is a mental disorder. This man has never read, seen or listened to any comments by those bulling Republicans he refers to is my bet. I read this type of rhetoric on FR for the chuckles, but it has become deadly serious, ie, Fast and Furious serious. This crowd in charge will stop at nothing.
My question to idiots like Blow and the media he represents, why have so many important documents throughout this administration reign been redacted or locked up. There are pages of documents given to the Congressional Committee on Oversight that is totally redacted with the exception of a line of space. No printing shows. And Blow says the Republicans are bullies. And this is supposed to be a political witch hunt by the Republicans in congress?? It's mental illness. The Ritalin is slowly wearing off and nothing will help them. Obama doesn't know how to tell the truth or would even recognize it. He only knows what is in his head and finds there to be no other answer to any problem but his answer. Mental illness I say. Chris Matthews couldn't tell the truth if his life depended on it. Rachael Maddow gets lost in her admiration of her commentary and to top it off, Juan Williams thinks it's ok if people die, after all it happens every day. Mental illness is the only answer. Solution=Shut them off. They don't have any meaningful ratings. Nothing to hear from their mouths that is truthful. Don't expect to hear anything that resembles common sense and logic. Amen!!
8 posted on 06/24/2012 8:39:21 PM PDT by bramps (Newt was the one, but Romney will do.)
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To: Kaslin
I consider flash mobs group intimidating bullies on a large scale. And judging from the pictures I see, 99% Democratic supporters.

But what do I know compared to Charles Blow?

9 posted on 06/24/2012 8:51:18 PM PDT by CaptainK (...please make it stop. Shake a can of pennies at it.)
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To: Kaslin

Target your enemies and torture them mercilessly. Maintain primacy through predation. ........................................Yeah he’s correct, he should know, it worked for them on Palin.


10 posted on 06/24/2012 8:54:27 PM PDT by Bringbackthedraft ( WHO WE ELECT AS PRESIDENT IS NOT AS IMPORTANT AS WHO THEY APPOINT.)
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To: Kaslin

Homosexuals are the masters of projection.


11 posted on 06/24/2012 8:55:14 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (In honor of my late father, GunnerySgt/Commo Chief, USMC 1943-65)
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To: CaptainK

You really think 1% is republican?


12 posted on 06/24/2012 8:56:17 PM PDT by MNDude ( Victimhood is the Holy Grail of liberalism)
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Maher and Letterman. Go to Hell, NYT.


13 posted on 06/24/2012 8:56:35 PM PDT by Gene Eric (Your Hope has been redistributed. Here's your damn Change!)
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To: Kaslin
It is that part of society that sees the weak and vulnerable as worthy of derision and animus," with the "us" being the conservatives.

Is he admitting that Democrats/Socialists/Communists are weak and vulnerable? Sounds like a tacit admission that Beck is right in his latest book.

14 posted on 06/24/2012 9:02:15 PM PDT by Chipper (You can't kill an Obamazombie by destroying the brain...they didn't have one to begin with.)
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To: Kaslin

These people are delusional!


15 posted on 06/24/2012 9:06:15 PM PDT by bamagirl1944 (That's short for Alabama, not Obama)
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To: Kaslin

“Women are under attack. Hispanics are under attack. Minority voting rights are under attack. The poor are under attack. Unsurprisingly, those doing the attacking in every case are from the right.”

Gee, Charlie, exaggerate much? I guess this is how you must justify your token position there at the Slimes.


16 posted on 06/24/2012 9:17:59 PM PDT by A_Former_Democrat (Free the Zimmermans. . . end this political, racist travesty of a "prosecution")
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To: Kaslin

I’d bet dollars to donuts that the parents of those kids weren’t fans of Rush or Newt. That’s the kind of behavior produced by liberal parenting.


17 posted on 06/24/2012 9:18:19 PM PDT by Boogieman
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To: ReneeLynn

Neither Rush nor Newt are in a position to call anyone fat.

And even if they were, they would not do it.

Rush wouldn’t for sure, he’s a gracious guy.

Don’t think Newt would either.


18 posted on 06/24/2012 9:27:08 PM PDT by altura
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To: depressed in 06

And, conservatives are per capita the most privately charitable people on the planet.


19 posted on 06/24/2012 9:35:59 PM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (Let me ABOs run loose Lou!)
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To: A_Former_Democrat

Conservatives don’t want to extend the gummit dole without limit. They have no criticism for charity and for equal treatment in commerce (which does not guarantee equal outcome). All liberals can see is their big centralized control structure being threatened. They are blind to any virtue of what would take its place.


20 posted on 06/24/2012 9:39:59 PM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (Let me ABOs run loose Lou!)
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To: MNDude

Libertarian.


21 posted on 06/24/2012 9:45:25 PM PDT by CaptainK (...please make it stop. Shake a can of pennies at it.)
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To: Kaslin
There was a time when the likes of Charles M. Blow would be deemed mentally insane and picked up in a new straight jacket outfit:


22 posted on 06/24/2012 11:26:45 PM PDT by jonrick46 (Countdown to 11-06-2012)
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To: Kaslin

Rush and Newt as the woman’s tormentors?

Naw, this Blow guy’s all wet. A far more apt pick would be Lawrence O’Donnell and Jon Stewart.


23 posted on 06/25/2012 12:00:53 AM PDT by shhrubbery! (NIH!)
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To: Kaslin

I guess this is the perfect example of one of Charles Blow media “blow jobs”.

He sure does “huff and puff” a lot in his imaginary world. He’s a one-hand wonder out there.

Down here he would be called insane.


24 posted on 06/25/2012 1:09:51 AM PDT by MadMax, the Grinning Reaper
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To: Kaslin

Obama wrote that he did “BLOW”....wonder if..........???


25 posted on 06/25/2012 2:55:24 AM PDT by Ann Archy ( ABORTION...the HUMAN Sacrifice to the god of Convenience.)
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To: Boogieman
I’d bet dollars to donuts that the parents of those kids weren’t fans of Rush or Newt. That’s the kind of behavior produced by liberal parenting.

That's a testable thesis; just wait a while until the kids are outed and their parents summoned to answer for what their kids were doing. The parents will tell us how liberal they are .....

Have a Coke and just wait a bit.

26 posted on 06/25/2012 3:07:59 AM PDT by lentulusgracchus
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To: Boogieman
That’s the kind of behavior produced by liberal parenting.

Remember the strong effect of peer pressure and the fundamental barbarism of teens.

27 posted on 06/25/2012 3:13:48 AM PDT by lentulusgracchus
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To: Kaslin

The Left is just annoyed that the American people - out of the goodness of their hearts - helped this poor woman. Blowin’ Smoke wanted the government to intervene.


28 posted on 06/25/2012 3:26:17 AM PDT by miss marmelstein
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To: Kaslin

Well I thought it was the Democrats and that Lying Fraud Stuart Smalley who called Rush Limbaugh A Big Fat Idiot! All the Other Lefties have done the same thing as MOOOchelle,who called Oprah a Fatso and she did not want her waddling around the White House


29 posted on 06/25/2012 3:50:26 AM PDT by ballplayer
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To: ReneeLynn

“The Dems are the ones banning foods because kids are too fat”

But it’s for the children...


30 posted on 06/25/2012 4:06:37 AM PDT by Rebelbase (The most transparent administration ever is clear as mud.)
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To: lentulusgracchus

True, but remember, after the parents found out, they didn’t even make their precious angels apologize to the bus monitor face to face. Sounds like liberals to me.


31 posted on 06/25/2012 5:45:44 AM PDT by Boogieman
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To: ReneeLynn

“Isn’t Michelle O the one going around saying American kids are too fat? The Dems are the ones banning foods because kids are too fat. The lib comedians are the ones making jokes about Americans being fat. Pfft.”

Exactly! It’s breathtaking what a twisted, false view of life that Libs have. I can’t believe the load of BS in this editorial, but it’s another example of the divisiveness BHO practices on the American people. And how much you wanna bet that the higher percentage of money donations to the bus monitor came from Repubs/Conservatives? It’s already been documented that we donate much more to charity than Dems/Libs.

Finally, if Repubs/Conservatives were half the bullies and dirty fighters portrayed in the article (instead of the mild-mannered wimps we usually are), we’d have political control a LOT more of the time!

This is one of the most glaring examples of pot-calling-the-kettle-black that I’ve read lately.


32 posted on 06/25/2012 6:12:15 AM PDT by llandres (Forget the "New America" - restore the original one!!!)
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