I Can’t stand it – II

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

http://www.masslive.com/news/index.ssf/2011/02/umass_manuel_pintado_accused_threatening_florida_state_rep_a_peacenik_friends_say.html

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

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  • luysii  On February 6, 2011 at 7:10 pm

    The 65 or so comments on the Republican article indicate that Mr. Pintado has had previous brushes with the law (but nothing definite is stated). This is, in itself, unusual, as when someone around here is arrested for drugs, assault etc. etc., the previous arrest and/or conviction record is usually to be found in the article.

    The vitriol on both sides in the comment section are why I blog anonymously.

    Back to matters scientific tomorrow.

  • Wavefunction  On February 10, 2011 at 7:23 pm

    Sarah Palin, Glenn Beck and others are also perpetrators of the climate of hate. Consider the cross-hairs drawn up by Palin or Beck’s paranoid, gratuitously provocative behavior described by the following blog post.

    http://sandwalk.blogspot.com/2011/01/inciting-hatred.html

    Beck dug up some obscure polemic written in the sixties by a CUNY sociology professor, now in her 70s, as proof of some kind of a communist conspiracy. The woman started receiving death threats. As the post accurately notes, you cross the line when you start depicting your opponents not as people with whom you strongly disagree, but as anti-American elements bent on overthrowing the government and American society. It then sounds reasonable to try to silence your opponents by force when other strategies fail.

    Somewhere everyone seems to have forgotten the connection between power and responsibility, between actions and consequences.

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