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Jon Stewart comments on the Arizona tragedy

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  1. I’m glad he did this.

    I watched SNL on Saturday Night and they just ignored the massacre. No mention of it at all on their fake news.

    I understood that there wasn’t anyway to make fun of it or laugh but …. it WAS news. I’m sorry they didn’t have someone in their cast who could do something like this.

    Just step outside their normal mission and say something short and sweet.

  2. Stewart is our Comedian Laureate.

  3. Jon seems to hit the right note every time. He was perfect.

  4. I think this is the sanest, most compassionate, most real comment I have seen from the “professional left” (if Stewart can be considered part of the “professional left) and it makes me proud as a liberal to see our ideals so genuinely reflected.

  5. Jon is pretty close to my pov. At least he isn’t in denial even if the parties are losing their minds.

    • I really liked how he expressed it — that if the politicos would at least start sounding sane, it would help us recognize the real crazies.

  6. […] Jon Stewart’s commentary opening the Daily Show has lightened my load. […]

  7. please, why couldn’t barack obama have been human? why couldn’t he have said half of this? why? he’s supposed to be the great orator. maybe a great speech reader, but a real disappointment to me. i listened to that ridiculous moment of silence on the radio, that ridiculous moment that was so cold and inhumane. does the man have a temperature above his surrounding environment?

    • Barack Obama is the Ed Wood of politics.

    • I believe a former aide recently described Obama ad the most unsentimental man he has ever met.
      That’s why.

    • “please, why couldn’t barack obama have been human? why couldn’t he have said half of this?”

      Here’s just one, out of many, example of Obama’s emotional … disconnect. Worth reading, and noting, even if written by a Republican.

      “Obviously, the loss of Daniel Pearl was one of those moments that captured the world’s imagination because it reminded us of how valuable a free press is.”

      Now Obama’s off the prompter, when his silver-tongued rhetoric invariably turns to sludge. But he’s talking about a dead man here, a guy murdered in public for all the world to see. Furthermore, the deceased’s family is standing all around him. And, even for a busy president, it’s the work of moments to come up with a sentence that would be respectful, moving and true. Indeed, for Obama, it’s the work of seconds, because he has a taxpayer-funded staff sitting around all day with nothing to do but provide him with that sentence.

      http://www.ocregister.com/opinion/pearl-249812-daniel-obama.html

    • Beautiful and thoughtful. I kept thinking “John Stewart for President” has a ring to it.

      Why not? We have done worse.

      djmm

  8. Some kind of public airing of the topic was necessary. Difficult but Jon does a good job. No one else has come close from what I’ve seen shared on the web.

  9. It seemed like he was just copying the 9/11 comments, but he was able to inject some sanity.

  10. Two men riding horse, mule arrested for DWI 🙂

    Police video shows the two being stopped by officers. In the video, Rios appeared to be so intoxicated that he couldn’t even finish his sobriety test.

    Austin police arrested the pair for DWI.

    “The law has recently changed and the motor vehicle definition is a little ambiguous, but they felt that it would fit that criteria,” said Commander Jason Dusterhoft, of the Austin Police Department.

    The DWI charges may be lowered to public intoxication.

    “In the city of Austin it is legal to ride a horse on a public street,” said Commander Dusterhoft. “What we were obviously concerned about is them being intoxicated, inviting people out into the street causing a danger, causing a danger … to themselves, the public, the horses.”

  11. This is like finding a water hole in the middle of the desert! I’m so sick of the politicization of this tragedy.

  12. Bravo, Jon. I am absolutely disgusted by the political exploitation of this tragedy. If you read the comments on the network news blogs you realize the backlash is underway. I suppose if Palin were assasinated the blame could be laid then at the feet of Daily Kos and the misogynist hatemongers at MSNBC like Olbermann??? What’s sauce for the goose…

  13. I’m catching up on posts and some of them have closed comments already. Hope it’s okay to bring one question up here.

    fif, on January 9, 2011 at 5:28 pm said:
    Having said that, using the gun sights imagery is over the line. Bad choice of graphics and you can make your point without it. I do not hear Palin using ‘hate speech’ when she talks. She makes impassioned arguments for her point of view and is willing to challenge O directly. I do not agree with her positions, but I am not aware of verbal invocations of violence.

    I haven’t noticed any verbal or written statements that could be classed with Angle’s or Beck’s etc. What have I missed?

    • You missed Dogwhistles 101

      That’s the class that teaches progressive bloggers how to hear the secret messages Sarah sends to her followers.

      For example, when she says “You betcha!” what she REALLY means is “Obama is not a U.S. citizen!”

      • But of course, Obama calling the GOP his “enemies” & telling them they bring a knife & he’ll bring a gun, isn’t inflamed or over the line at all because it is him that is saying it.

        • Obama speaks in 11th-dimensional metaphors. When he says “bring a gun” he is referring to the penis, which *everyone* knows is the sole source of wisdom and knowledge.

          This is my weapon, this is my gun. This one’s for killing, this one’s for fun

    • ● Rep. Paul Kanjorski (D-PA) said this in October of Florida Republican Governor Rick Scott (a Tea Party candidate): “Instead of running for governor of Florida, they ought to shoot him. Put him against the wall and shoot him.”

      •Members of the St. Petersburg Democratic Club:
      “And then there’s Rumsfeld who said of Iraq “We have our good days and our bad days.” We should put this S.O.B. up against a wall and say “This is one of our bad days” and pull the trigger.'”

      There are more examples. Google is your friend. Unfortunately most of the examples of leftwing hate speech are to be found on rightwing websites just as examples of hate speech from the right are to be found on leftwing websites. It’s called finger-pointing.

      What’s ironic is that former Congressman Kanjorski is now calling for civility after having called for a GOP governor to be shot.
      http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/01/11/paul-kanjorski-rick-scott-shot_n_807608.html

      • But what has Palin herself said, that’s even ‘vitriolic’, much less ‘calling for violence’?

        I disagree with a lot of her ideas, but that’s different. Or is it?

  14. The blame the shooting on Palin talking points and tactics from progressive bloggers since Saturday have been virtually identical, very coordinated…and I’m talking about the lead posters. The proggers usually piss me off because of their misogyny and race baiting, but I’ve assumed these were their misguided opinions and tactics. What’s become so clear to me since Saturday is that they are getting instructions from somewhere else. Whether it’s Markos or Yglesias or Marshall or the dozen others, these opinions aren’t even their own. They are simply executing from the same scripts created by someone near the administration…the same scripts repeated almost verbatim by DC based admin supporters on facebook. It’s been uncanny. I feel a little less naive.

    • True, very True.

    • So where and who is the nexus of misogyny? Corporate Media? Is the nexus from outside our country? Inside our country? Do they run both parties or just the Democrats. Because this “blame it on Palin” strategy could just be the old Republican boy network. Whoever they are they are completely out of touch with regular people.

    • I don’t know what the source is, or how coordinated the dissemination of the meme is, but it’s filtering all around me, and people are specifically at her.

      I have a minister friend who made a comment on Facebook about this terrible shooting and Palin’s “vitriolic rhetoric” and a female friend of hers commented that “I hope the same thing comes right back to her and we all get to watch it happen.”

      Sweet Jesus, what is happening to people? Jon S. is right when he says we need to focus on making it easier to discern the truly disturbed individuals. Cause there are lots of folks around me who are making that very difficult to do.

      • I don’t think it was coordinated. The progressive blogosphere is an echo chamber these days – dissent at your own risk.

        Kos and WKJM led the way and the others just picked it up and ran with it. Any new information (true or not) that fit the “blame Sarah and the GOP” narrative was added in and repeated over and over, anything that didn’t fit was discarded and ignored.

        • I think it was coordinated. The shooting took place 1/08/2010 at 10:10 A.M. MST, and by 1:40 MST the blogosphere was on fire that SP had targeted Giffords. The media didn’t have the right information that Giffords had survived, but the media and the blogosphere were blaming one person, Sarah Palin.

          To me it felt like a campaign rapid response. I posted that both parties use the word “target” but everyone knows it’s not to be taken literally. I was attacked for not seeing it. It was SP’s map and her attacks. It was ugly and coordinated attack, imo. Later, the Tea Party was blamed, but not at first.

  15. A good friend of mine who did his time in the jungle in Nam recently died. It got me thinking about violence and politics. “Two hundred million guns are loaded Satan cries take aim”

  16. Well I feel better after watching that and I am not a Stewart fan. In trying to keep up with the news I have been bombarded by the “Palin is to blame” idiocy and I am just stunned at how stupid people are who believe that. It is like the knee jerk response of Liberal/Progressives is always to go out and find a woman to blame for everything. Sort of a fanatic witch burning thing. It is about the ugliest thing I have seen in a long time and it is disturbing that people with this mindset “own” the media. How about the Daily Kos guys who had a similar map with a similar target on Gifford and who published a column titled “Gifford is dead to me”? Oh yeah they are guys and Liberals/Progressives need a woman to blame, what was I thinking!

  17. Over at Salon there is a very thoughtful post on the history of political violence in America.

    This was the second comment:

    Rightwing Terrorism

    What we witnessed this weekend was nothing less than an act of terrorism by an avowed rightwing assassin. Loughner believes in “grammar control” and several other fringe rightwing ideologies espoused by Windmiller, Jones, Hickey and others. He expressed hatred for all the “non-English” speaking people in his “congressional district”—that’s how he put it. He’s a political assassin. The fact that his views are extreme and seem crazy to many people does not make him clinically insane. And even if he were, he would still be responsible for his actions. Hinckley was insane, but that didn’t matter. To say otherwise here is to invite an age of fascist terrorism against anyone left of center. That’s why he is being charged with attempted assassination by the federal government, and that’s why he should face the harshest punishment.

    Sign the petition to indict Sarah Palin for inciting violence in the attempted assassination of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords. http://www.petitiononline.com/IndictSP/

    The petition was started by Dr. Stuart Jeanne Bramhall and is directed to the Dept of Justice. Feel free to share, repost, feature the link. Thank you.

    And SIGN FOR SANITY.
    —BOKO

    • sounds like the guy from the Southern poverty law center who’s been on MSNBC. He pinned the right-wing and the left-wing stull Loughner has written to proportedly right-wing groups, even when they are contradictory.

  18. Glad he agreed with me. yes, I watched, and I nodded at every word.

  19. In this case, I think Jon is just wrong. We can definitely assign some blame to inflamed right-wing rhetoric. Not to do so would be to shirk our responsibility to the fallen and injured.

    I think Cenk
    http://www.theyoungturks.com/story/2011/1/11/121621/205/Diary/Was-Jared-Loughner-s-Act-Political-

    says it better than Krugman
    http://www.nytimes.com/2011/01/10/opinion/10krugman.html?_r=1&ref=paulkrugman

    but they’re both right and it’s long past time that we started acknowledging that. We need to stop crying in our beer and lamenting our fate and instead start calling out egregious behavior. And doing something to stop it. Remember those quaint liberal positions we used to hold called ‘gun control’ and ‘fairness doctrine?’

    • For most of the past two years we’ve been hearing all about the batshit crazy Tea Partiers and how they were violent and dangerous.

      How did that work out last November?

      • Not too well when Democrats revealed themselves as chronic lying shits. (said as a former Democrat) Some choice.

    • I still don’t see how an anarchist leftie (according to his acquaintances) was supposedly influenced by inflamed right wing speech to take out a Dem because she was for Obamacare or against the immigration legislation. It simply doesn’t make sense.

      It is irresponsible and dangerous for the Left wing to use this event to further the meme that right-wing talk is inherently violent and vitriolic [a point which I somewhat agree with, although Jon Stewart’s claim of “hyperbolic” is more apt]. Mainly because Democrats actually have ended up to look like hypocrites by lambasting a group of people instead of the individuals themselves and especially after the stupid vitriolic remarks that Obamacrats have made over the last couple years in their support of everything Obama. Moreover, the lack of evidence makes us real thinking Liberals (as so wonderfully exhibited by Jon Stewart) look like idiots and only undermines our credibility because we look disingenuous and merely political opportunistic. One thing about the American public — they are adept at smelling hypocrisy when its thrown in their faces so eagerly, and this will be no exception.

      And yes, I fail to see the mere “symbolism” in Obama’s speech about bringing a gun while he made PA citizens look like thugs as pointed out in defense by so many Obamacrats as of late. Anyone who supported Hillary experienced what his remarks that contained mere symbolism resulted in.

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