Within 24 hours after Representative Giffords was shot 8 Jan, the New York Times had a front page ‘analysis’ 9 Jan titled “Bloodshed Puts New Focus on Vitriol in Politics”. This, before anyone knew anything about the assailant. It brought back memories of the attempts to lay the blame for Kennedy’s assassination in 1963 on the ‘climate of hate’ in Dallas. So I wrote the following post the same day. Here’s the link — https://luysii.wordpress.com/2011/01/09/i-cant-stand-it/
The following day Paul Krugman’s column on the op ed page of the Times was titled ‘climate of hate’. I hate to admit it, but Karl Marx was right about a few things. Here’s what he had to say “History repeats itself, first as tragedy, second as farce.”
There was an interesting article in the Springfield (Massachusetts) Republican today (6 Feb ’11). Here’s the link
How did the paper play it? The title is “Friends defend accused man”. After 6 paragraphs extolling the virtues of one Manuel E. Pintado, we are finally told what he did.
“Pintado’s woes stem from an e-mail he is accused of sending to Florida state Rep. William Snyder last month from a Starbucks on Main Street (Northampton, Mass). According to the Martin Country sherrif’s office in Florida, it read
“To the Honorable William D. Snyder; You better just stop that ridiculous law if you value you rand and your familie’s lives (expletive)”.
After a few paragraphs from the Sheriff, the article concludes with 12 more paragraphs explaining just what a wonderful fellow Manuel is.
Guess when Pintado e-mailed the representative — 8 January ’11, the day Giffords was shot. It will be fascinating to see how the local press plays this one (and whether the national press picks it up).
You can’t make stuff like this up. Leo Rosten once said “Truth is stranger than fiction; fiction has to make sense.”
There is definitely a climate of hate in Northampton and the whole 5 college area (Smith, Holyoke, Amherst, U. Mass and Hampshire) and it does involve Sarah Palin. But it is directed against her.
Back to science and the lack of errata web sites for chemistry texts tomorrow