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Giffords Shot, White Vitriol Blamed

How do we know it’s White vitriol? Because that’s the only vitriol anybody in media or politics ever calls vitriol.

Many of the initial news reports spread blame via broad references to Arizonans, Tea Partiers, and Sarah Palin (and her fans).

A typical example of the mass White guilt-by-association is Sarah Palin under fire as Arizona sheriff blames political ‘vitriol’ for triggering ‘unstable’ Safeway gunman’s massacre:

‘When you look at unbalanced people, how they respond to the vitriol that comes out of certain mouths about tearing down the government,’ Pima County Sheriff Clarence Dupnik told a news conference.

‘The anger, the hatred, the bigotry that goes on in this country is getting to be outrageous.

‘And, unfortunately, Arizona I think has become sort of the capital. We have become the Mecca for prejudice and bigotry.’

He added: ‘That may be free speech. But it’s not without consequence.’

In using the word mecca Dupnik was clearly implying that fanatically bigoted White people are flocking and clustering in Arizona. He wasn’t referring to crazy muslims, and definitely wasn’t trying to remind anyone about Nidal Malik Hasan. That mass murder was completely different. That took place in Texas, not Arizona, and Hasan shouted “allah ackbar”, which has nothing whatsoever to do with who he shared his views with. How can we be sure Dupnik wasn’t broadly disparaging muslims? Because nobody has accused him of that. The many, many people quoting that particular word all seem to understand exactly which “prejudiced bigots” Dupnik was putting down.

Likewise, nobody’s making any comparisons to black mass-”racist”-killer Omar Thornton. Which is odd because White “prejudiced bigots” were assigned responsibility in that case too.

On Saturday night it was still possible to wonder how a White guy shooting a bunch of White people could inspire such invective about bigotry. The link seemed unusually tenuous, based as it was on the fast and lose assumption that Giffords was shot because she was a leftwinger who favored immigration and healthcare reform. But apparently no smear is too tenuous to believe about prejudiced, bigoted White people, being the greedy stupid latent nazis we are, always looking for any excuse to vent our well-documented proclivity for vitriol, mob violence, lynching, gassing, etc.

The link came into better focus in Sunday’s news. Gabrielle Giffords shooting reignites row over rightwing rhetoric in US | World news | The Guardian:

The National Jewish Democratic Council – Giffords is the first Jewish woman elected to Congress from Arizona – saw the attack as emanating from the polarised political debate: “It is fair to say – in today’s political climate, and given today’s political rhetoric – that many have contributed to the building levels of vitriol in our political discourse that have surely contributed to the atmosphere in which this event transpired.”

Giffords’s father was blunter. Asked if she had any enemies, he said: “Yeah, the whole Tea Party.”

“Rightwing rhetoric” is a codeword for “evil White speech”, because it’s clear the NJDC is not talking about jewish rhetoric. The full NJDC statement was even broader and blunter than Gifford’s father. Statement on the Attack on Rep. Gabrielle Giffords | NJDC Blog:

National Jewish Democratic Council (NJDC) Chair Marc R. Stanley and Vice-Chair Marc Winkelman today issued the following statment:

“NJDC’s leaders and members are stunned and horrified by the attack today on Gabby Giffords, Arizona’s first Jewish Congresswoman. Representative Giffords is a courageous and vibrant leader dedicated to advancing the causes and values we care so deeply about. Beyond being an advocate for health care reform and immigration reform, as well as the people of Arizona, she is our close friend. Gabby, those who were murdered and injured, and their families all remain in our thoughts and prayers.

The tragic attack on Representative Giffords, her staff, and citizens participating in the practice of democracy in Arizona is beyond reprehensible. One suspect, now in custody, may be directly responsible for this crime. But it is fair to say – in today’s political climate, and given today’s political rhetoric – that many have contributed to the building levels of vitriol in our political discourse that have surely contributed to the atmosphere in which this event transpired. Throughout the health care reform debate, we saw an ever-worsening level of political discourse – frequently pointing fingers at Democratic members of Congress who were supposedly directly threatening our country and our way of life. As elections approached, members of Congress increasingly received death threats, even as our public debate became more and more coarse.

As we learned in Israel through the tragic assassination of Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin, words – and an eroding public discourse – can have profound consequences. The rhetoric of hate and anger must be banished from our political discourse before the next calamity takes place.

The loss of any life – and the injury of any American – is unacceptable. While we do not yet know exactly what motivated this deranged gunman, improving the tenor of our public debate can only help. It is up to us to act now. Nothing less than our democracy is at stake.”

Got that? The NJDC doesn’t know what motivated the shooting, but they know White political discourse equals vitriol and their desire to banish political discourse equals dedication to advancing their causes and values. They also know that jew does not equal White. Because if it did they would be silencing their own rhetoric of hate and anger.

Here’s the Jewish Daily Forward’s view of how well Giffords senses and serves jewish interests. Gabrielle Giffords Shot in the Head:

Giffords, 40, is a member of the powerful Committee on Armed Services, the Committee on Foreign Affairs and the Committee on Science and Technology. A third-generation Arizonan, she is part of the fiscally conservative Blue Dog and New Democrat coalitions.

She is a vocal advocate for renewable energy, particularly solar energy, and has said improving security along the U.S.-Mexico border is among her top priorities. She is also a supporter of Israel, and is considered a safe pro-Israel vote in the House.

Giffords’ Jewish roots run deep. As the Forward reported back in 2006, her paternal grandfather, the son of a Lithuanian rabbi, was born Akiba Hornstein. He changed his name, first to Gifford Hornstien and later to Gifford Giffords, apparently to shield himself from anti-Semitism out West.

The congresswoman is the daughter of a Jewish father and a non-Jewish mother. In 2001, then a state senator, Giffords traveled to Israel on a trip sponsored by the American Jewish Committee. It was that trip, she said,, that solidified her connection to her Jewish roots and her commitment to living as a Jew.

“I was raised not to really talk about my religious beliefs,” Giffords said, in an interview with Jewish Woman magazine. ”Going to Israel was an experience that made me realize there were lots of people out there who shared my beliefs and values and spoke about them openly.”

Giffords is an active member of Congregation Chaverim, a Reform synagogue in Tucson, where she said Rabbi Stephanie Aaron is her spiritual mentor. She is also among five members of Congress to serve on United States Holocaust Memorial Council.

The two links embedded in the quote above drive home the significance jews attach to their identity, group awareness, and overrepresentation in politics. Note: none of this is bigotry until jewish political organizations see some bigot trying to practice democracy and engage in political discourse about it.

Giffords is 1st female Jew elected from Ariz.:

While Jews comprise roughly 2 percent of the U.S. population, they’re now at a record-high level of 8 percent in the 110th Congress, statistics provided by the National Jewish Democratic Council show.

Giffords, who attends Tucson’s Congregation Chaverim, is one of six freshman Jewish members in the U.S. House of Representatives, and one of 30 Jews with House seats. Thirteen of the U.S. Senate’s 100 seats are held by Jews.

Interview with Gabrielle Giffords:

The member of Congress from Arizona’s 8th District says her Jewish values have played an important part in shaping her philosophy.

Naturally Cathy Lynn Grossman, writing in her Faith & Reason column for USAToday, wondered if Giffords and her aide, Gabe Zimmerman, were targeted because they’re jewish. Sure, one of Loughner’s favorite books was Mein Kampf, but the real reason is Giffords’ strong jewish identity.

Again, the “global news service of the jewish people” was broader and blunter. Memo notes Giffords’ Judaism in motives of alleged attacker:

A U.S. Department of Homeland Security memo reportedly notes that Gabriel Giffords is Jewish in describing the motives of the Arizona congresswoman’s alleged assailant.

The memo, obtained by Fox News Channel, says that Jared Lee Loughner mentioned American Renaissance, an extremist anti-immigrant group, in some of his own postings.

“The group’s ideology is anti-government, anti-immigration, anti-ZOG (Zionist Occupational Government), anti-Semitic,” says the memo sent to law enforcement, which also notes that Giffords, a Democrat, was the first Jewish congresswoman from Arizona.

The bigotry at American Renaissance runs so deep that they don’t accept the jewish premise that jews aren’t White. To prove the point, AmRen responded with that classic incriminating line, “some of our best friends are jews!”

The people who wrote and reported that FOX/DHS memo may have known this, or maybe they just think being anti-government and anti-immigration is close enough to “anti-semitism” for government work. Sure, jews were anti-government back in the sixties, full of angry vitriol about the White establishment. But that was good. It’s only “anti-semitism” if you say it was bad. Now that jews are so overrepresented in government, anti-government is bad and the government’s obsession with fighting “anti-semitism” is good.

To drive home just how unacceptable AmRen’s kind of bigotry and “anti-semitism” really is the “global news service of the jewish people” article included this gem about wise jewesses:

“If you want something done, your best bet is to ask a Jewish woman to do it,” Giffords, a former state senator, said at the time. “Jewish women — by our tradition and by the way we were raised — have an ability to cut through all the reasons why something should, shouldn’t or can’t be done, and pull people together to be successful.”

To be honest, “zionist occupied government” is a kind of joke. Jews can recite a million ways the government could better serve their interests, and only a fraction of those have anything to do with zionism. Sure, shootings prompt jews to round up and silence their enemies, but that’s just a dim echo of the glory days in the old Soviet Union, when “anti-semitism” was punishable by death.

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19 thoughts on “Giffords Shot, White Vitriol Blamed”

  1. Megyn Kelly Asks Pima Co. Sheriff Why Are You Politicizing This Tragedy

    Dupnik’s vitriol about vitriol doesn’t appear to be based on any inside facts he’s privy to.

    One fact Dupnik did share is that Giffords had prior contact with Loughton in 2007. She sent him a letter.

    Did Giffords Know Loughner? notes her YouTube page linked Loughner’s.

    The link provided by Anonymous, Exclusive: Loughner Friend Explains Alleged Gunman’s Grudge Against Giffords | Mother Jones:

    “He told me that she opened up the floor for questions and he asked a question. The question was, ‘What is government if words have no meaning?’”

    . . .

    Tierney believes that Loughner was very interested in pushing people’s buttons—and that may have been why he listed Hitler’s Mein Kampf as one of his favorite books on his YouTube page. (Loughner’s mom is Jewish, according to Tierney.)

    It explains Loughner’s jewfro as well as his book preferences.

    Giffords shooter shows pattern of psychiatric derangement; no clear political affiliation:

    What’s clear from the shooting is that Loughner was gunning for EVERYBODY, not just Giffords. He unloaded multiple rounds (15 – 20 rounds, according to press reports) on anybody and everybody standing nearby: Children, adults, etc.

    Does this ring a bell for anyone? A young white male, disillusioned, confused, mentally deranged… and opening fire on innocent people? That’s the pattern we saw in the Columbine High School shootings in 1999, and it turned out that the shooters, Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold, were on psychiatric medications.

    Here are some bells it rings – Dylan Klebold led life of religious contradictions:

    He admired Hitler, yet his great-great grandfather was a respected Jewish philanthropist in Ohio.

    His mother considered herself Jewish, yet the family belonged to a Lutheran church.

    Dylan recited the Four Questions at a Passover seder recently held at his family home, yet he was buried in a Lutheran service on Saturday.

    . . .

    Although by Orthodox standards [Klebold's mother] Susan wouldn’t be considered Jewish because her mother wasn’t Jewish, she was active in the Reform congregation during her youth.

    . . .

    Since the tragedy at Columbine High, Susan Klebold has given several indications, indirectly to local media, that she considers herself a Jew.

    . . .

    Denver area Jews, meanwhile, have expressed discomfort at the emphasis being paid to Klebold’s alleged Jewishness. Several phone callers to the Jewish News have complained that the media coverage might betray an anti-Semitic bias.

    Rabbi Raymond Zwerin of Denver’s Temple Sinai might have been speaking on behalf of many area Jews when he questioned the apparent media fascination with the issue.

    “I wouldn’t consider him to be Jewish in any way or form,” Rabbi Zwerin said of Dylan Klebold. “He wasn’t raised Jewish. I don’t see anyone making a big deal about the fact that Harris was Catholic. Let’s not blame religion for this. This has nothing to do with religion or the failure of religion.”

  2. Indeed verified by my own experience in arguing with White liberals (and Jews) the “anti-White/pro-[j]ew” trope is a more effective Schwerpunkt than attempting to educate those mental Lilliputians in the finer points of “self-authoriality”. In fact, the latter was greeted with such rejoinders as “word-salad” and “esoteric gobbledygook”. Not precisely the foaming outrage I was looking for that would indicate I had hit a sore spot.

    Surely replacing liberalism with a true philosophy of European Being is a worthy and necessary exercise. Yet in order to win, we cannot refrain from delivering a few swift kicks to the vitals of “G-d’s” Chosen pets. And truly what a joyless victory it would be if we did not.

  3. Two examples of who got busy planting the White-vitriol-produces-White-violence meme on day one, before very much was known about Loughner or his motives.

    Paul Krugman at NYTimes, Assassination Attempt In Arizona:

    We don’t have proof yet that this was political, but the odds are that it was.

    . . .

    You know that Republicans will yell about the evils of partisanship whenever anyone tries to make a connection between the rhetoric of Beck, Limbaugh, etc. and the violence I fear we’re going to see in the months and years ahead. But violent acts are what happen when you create a climate of hate. And it’s long past time for the GOP’s leaders to take a stand against the hate-mongers.

    Michelle Goldberg at Tablet Magazine, Targeted:

    Given Loughner’s fixation on currency and his nod to Hitler, it certainly seems possible that Jew-hatred played a role in his terrible mixed-up fantasy world.

    Loughner was probably too insane to have really participated in anti-Semitic politics, or, for that matter, in the Tea Party. But it is important to note that Giffords has been relentlessly demonized by the right, the rhetoric around her charged with violence. And such rhetoric is dangerous precisely because of the effect it can have on the unhinged. Loughner was crazy, but he was also responsive to certain real-world political currents, particularly the right’s nightmare vision of federal power run amok. One can’t completely separate this mad act from earlier threats against Giffords.

    Both authors are jewish, gainfully employed and published by prominent jewish publishers. Goldberg is explicitly animated by jewish interests, Krugman implicitly. According to their own moralizing they are creating a climate of hate aimed at Republicans, Beck, Limbaugh, the Tea Party, the right – all coded expressions for Whites. They are demonizing White political expression. They shift blame from an individual to a group while explicitly dismissing the existence of any objective justification for doing so. For this reason their rhetoric about rhetoric, like Dupnik’s vitriol about vitriol, is best understood as psychological projection. They place their own dark thoughts into the minds of their opponents, and thereby reveal their own methods, motives, and who they perceive their opponents to be.

    It is reasonable to conclude from this that they, and those who echo them, wish to incite violence against the people they aim their vitriol and rhetoric at.

  4. they, and those who echo them, wish to incite violence against the people they aim their vitriol and rhetoric at.

    I don’t see how their attempt to blame Tea Party rhetoric will stick.

    The Killer was clearly deranged. Anyone can see that.

  5. I don’t think it will stick. Jews are incriminating themselves. But this message needs to be applied.

    Everybody says there is this RACE problem. Everybody says this RACE problem will be solved when the third world pours into EVERY white country and ONLY into white countries.

    The Netherlands and Belgium are just as crowded as Japan or Taiwan, but nobody says Japan or Taiwan will solve this RACE problem by bringing in millions of third worlders and quote assimilating unquote with them.

    Everybody says the final solution to this RACE problem is for EVERY white country and ONLY white countries to “assimilate,” i.e., intermarry, with all those non-whites.

    What if I said there was this RACE problem and this RACE problem would be solved only if hundreds of millions of non-blacks were brought into EVERY black country and ONLY into black countries?

    How long would it take anyone to realize I’m not talking about a RACE problem. I am talking about the final solution to the BLACK problem?

    And how long would it take any sane black man to notice this and what kind of psycho black man wouldn’t object to this?

    But if I tell that obvious truth about the ongoing program of genocide against my race, the white race, Liberals and respectable conservatives agree that I am a naziwhowantstokillsixmillionjews.

    They say they are anti-racist. What they are is anti-white.

    Anti-racist is a code word for anti-white.

  6. Jared Loughner’s supremacists tie debunked:

    David Denlinger, commander of the Arizona Counter Terrorism Information Center acknowledged that the document came from his agency, but contained errors and overstated the link between Jared Loughner, the 22-year-old charged with shooting Rep. Gabrielle Giffords and others outside a Tucson supermarket, and American Renaissance.

    “I do have no reason to believe in anything that we did that (Loughner) had any direct connection or was being directed by American Renaissance,” Denlinger, an Arizona state police major, told POLITICO Tuesday.

    Denlinger said the document “was never intended for public dissemination. It was also not a police report or even a record that is in our system. It was simply two people that put a quick summary together for their bosses in terms of here are some of the things that are being looked at right now.”

    . . .

    Taylor said Monday that since the reports aired, American Renaissance has been receiving a flurry of nasty and threatening email and phone calls. “We’ve been called anti-Semitic, racist murderers,” he said.

    . . .

    He [Denlinger] said he doesn’t remember what made his detectives draw the connection between Loughner and American Renaissance and, he conceded that the document erred in labeling American Renaissance anti-Semitic, which formed the basis for its suggestion that Loughner may have targeted Giffords because of her religion.

    The document was first mentioned by anchor Bret Baier in a Sunday morning appearance on Fox News. He called the email a Department of Homeland Security “internal memo” that was “obtained by Fox News national security correspondent Jennifer Griffin” and held some “pretty significant” clues about the investigation.

  7. A Gnawing Worry:

    Did anti-Semitism factor into the shooting of Congresswoman Giffords?

    David Greenberg January 11, 2011 | 12:00 am

    Greenberg cites Mein Kampf, Amren, and his own gnawing worry. Nothing new. Just another jewish media professional who sees the world through a judeocentric lens.

  8. Steve Sailer, Me got bullhorn. Me talk. You listen, links Adam Nagourney and Jacob Weisberg still peddling the White-vitriol-produces-White-violence meme on Monday. See Sailer for a link and excerpt of Nagourney.

    Weisberg’s hit piece, Jared Loughner, Gabrielle Giffords, and the Tea Party (with a new/alternate on-page title, “The Tea Party and the Tucson Tragedy”) is subtitled “How anti-government, pro-gun, xenophobic populism made the Giffords shooting more likely”. Following the established template, Weisberg cites the lack of evidence for his smears before slinging them.

    Apropos of nothing, Weisberg lets us know what his gnawing worry is:

    At the core of the far right’s culpability is its ongoing attack on the legitimacy of U.S. government—a venomous campaign not so different from the backdrop to the Oklahoma City bombing in 1995. Then it was focused on “government bureaucrats” and the ATF. This time it has been more about Obama’s birth certificate and health care reform. In either case, it expresses the dangerous idea that the federal government lacks valid authority. It is this, rather than violent rhetoric per se, that is the most dangerous aspect of right-wing extremism.

    Anyone who’s looking for parallels to the Loughner/Giffords shooting would be better served examining the Hinckley/Reagan shooting or the Cho/VATech shooting. Weisberg isn’t looking for parallels. Out of context invocation of OKC is an SPLC/anti-White marker. The anti-White rhetoric in the April 2009 DHS report was produced with input from the SPLC and mentioned Timothy McVeigh and the Oklahoma City bombing three times in seven pages.

    The legitimacy of the regime is in question for valid reasons. The growing perception is that the government, including the leadership of both major political parties, don’t obey the will of We the People, don’t defend our interests, and are in fact hostile to us and our interests. They import aliens, export our jobs, bankrupt us with debt, bail out bankers, force their laws and views upon us, and then denigrate and demonize us for objecting.

    The media spin in the wake of the Giffords shooting demonstrates that they are just as corrupt and hostile.

    It is perfectly normal and healthy for people to withdraw their support from institutions they perceive to be corrupt and harmful. Talking about us like we’re the enemy only reinforces our perceptions. Weisberg and the others who are sneering at xenophobia and populism are sneering at Whites. They’re alienated by us. They don’t feel our pain. They don’t empathize with us. They cannot even pretend to sympathize, being so full of fear and loathing at the prospect of losing their power and wealth.

  9. I’d categorize myself as a White nationalist, or using Svigor’s terminology, as a White ethnopatriot. I want for Whites everywhere what jews have in Israel, just as jewish nationalists wanted in Israel what White nationalists used to have in Europe and its colonies.

  10. Anon English, just a poorly-constructed joke:

    National(+ist) Treasure
    International(+ist) Treasure

    I hope that clears it up!

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