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August 10, 2009

Waiting for the other gun to drop...

A conservative activist dogging Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-AZ) dropped his gun during a meet 'n greet with the congresswoman at a local Safeway last week, a police official confirmed to TPM.

The SEIU has released the following threatening message left on its central voicemail. A female caller identifying herself as "Diana" from Oregon warns: "I suggest you tell your people to calm down, act like American citizens, and stop trying to repress people’s First Amendment rights. That, or you all are gonna come up against the Second Amendment.

The caller seems to be referring to the fact that SEIU has sent members to counter disruptive anti-reform protesters who have been shouting down Democrats making the case for Obama's health care plan at town hall meetings. An anti-reform protester claims that he was attacked by an SEIU member outside a townhall in St. Louis.

Brian Beutler catches a New Mexico activist named Scott Oskay urging his hundreds of twitter followers to bring guns to town hall meetings and to badly injure disruptive SEIU and ACORN members.


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And just to top it off with whipped cream and a cherry -- they're FURIOUS at the suggestion that this behavior is considered un-American. How dare anyone suggest such a thing!?

Keith Olbermann implies that Sarah Palin is inciting violence by her writing this:

The America I know and love is not one in which my parents or my baby with Down Syndrome will have to stand in front of Obama’s “death panel” so his bureaucrats can decide, based on a subjective judgment of their “level of productivity in society,” whether they are worthy of health care. Such a system is downright evil.

The House bill doesn't contain such a system.

It seems to me that its conservative and libertarian thinkers who are in the habit of assigning human worth based on economic productivity, to the point where poor people are often dehumanized as "parasites". Which is of course why they're pretty much okay with a system where private industry "death panels" can deny you coverage based on the fact that you're bad for their shareholders.

Uh, oh. Nobody better tell Palin about the "Futile Care Law" in TX. Signed by none other than George W. Bush.

Perhaps some research on what laws Palin signed while Gov. would be in order.

Meanwhile, Fox is saying that Pelosi calls "health care critics" un-American, instead of just people who disrupt town halls.

Who cares what Palin thinks? She's too stupid to pay attention to. And if you do, then no one should be paying attention to you.

Dropping a gun is a sign of highly irresponsible gun use. In Massachusetts, if you had a license to carry and law enforcement saw you drop it in a public place, they'd likely revoke your license for being unable to handle a firearm safely in public. Do these people proclaiming the glories of the second amendment actually know anything about firearm safety or do they just think that carrying a handgun around is cool?

TB, I care what Palin thinks, for the same reason I care what Hugo Chávez, Jean-Marie Le Pen, and Ismail Haniyeh think. Some people you just have to take seriously, no matter how insane their ideas are.

Chairman Mao had insane ideas, but he did advise that one should despise the strategically, while tactically taking him into full account.

I agree with Alon Levy above. We had better stay on top of Sarah Palin. Noone was taking Ronald Reagan seriously back in the 60's either.

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