[Trigger warning for violence.]
1. Charles Turner Habermann has been arrested for threatening to kill Seattle Congressman Jim McDermott, who is, by total coincidence, a Democrat. Habermann, who used lots of Tea Party-type rhetoric about the Founding Fathers, made the two threatening phone calls on December 9. Also by total coincidence, on Dec. 9, Bill O'Reilly published a column attacking Congressman McDermott "for daring to suggest (while discussing whether to extend the Bush tax cuts) that Jesus might have been more concerned about helping the poor get their unemployment checks than he would in ensuring rich guys get their tax cuts."
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2. This billboard advertising Rush Limbaugh's radio show, calling him a "Straight Shooter," complete with faux bullet holes, stands in Tucson, scene of last weekend's deadly shooting by Jared Lee Loughner. Copyranter, whence comes the image, notes: "It's actually been there for quite some time. I know, because my girlfriend's mother lives in Tucson."
3. Glock Sales Increase After Arizona Shooting:
Yet another unsettling backlash of the Arizona shooting: glock pistols, just like the one used to attack kill six people last Saturday, are now flying off the shelves. Michael Riley at Bloomberg reports that one-day handgun sales have risen 65 percent in Ohio, 16 percent in California, 38 percent in Illinois, 33 percent in New York and 60 percent in Arizona from last year. Since Saturday the attendance list for a concealed weapons class at the Arizona Shooter’s World in Phoenix has already doubled. Riley quotes the stores manager who explains, "Whenever there is a huge event, especially when it's close to home, people tend to run out and buy something to protect their family."Whatever happens, none of us should do any self-reflecting about whether we're taking in any unhealthy messages about violence or communicating any messages of violence, because that's just what the PC Police want! And fuck them.