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Full steam ahead. Rush Limbaugh continues the rhetoric unabated by suggesting Democratic Party supports Jared Loughner

January 12, 2011

I guess I am naive – I must be to think that following the devastating events in Tuscon the past weekend, that people would step back and think again about the political climate in America.  Of course no one can be sure of the motives of would be assassin Jared Loughner but what has been plainly clear for everyone is that moving forward we can not surely continue with the rhetoric that has, although been a part of the political landscape for a very long, has become more heated over recent years with more prominent party representatives and “role models” using rhetoric which sits on a line of decency or non-decency.

I, following an article I read in the Huffington Post yesterday, wrote a piece calling for a Change the Rhetoric Pledge.  You may have seen it – the graphic I put together, which links to the page (also seen on the top nav bar) sits on the right hand side of this blog – but no one, not left, nor right, has signed it of yet.  Not one person.

And why, why should they?  I mean it seems as if the events in Tuscon have not quelled the fire but added more fuel to it.  You have the left saying that Palin has blood on her hands and the right claiming Jared Loughner has the full support of the Democratic Party.  Yes I had to stop when I read that too. Read more…


Instead of denouncing rhetoric the right fights back in aftermath of Arizona shootings

January 10, 2011

Many of us hoped after the terrible shootings in Arizona over the weekend that an adult debate would begin and a line would be drawn against the spread of violent rhetoric used by some politicians and political commentators.

Sadly, it seems that a backlash is beginning, an attempt by some to create an alternate narrative in an attempt to gloss over what is fact and instead deflect attention on others.

As I said in my piece yesterday, no one is directly blaming the right, no one is directly blaming Palin and if they are they are wrong, but surely it is not wrong to be asking that we look again at the way the political spectrum has been so widely divided and changed that some think using emotive language such as “second amendment remedies” or “reload” as a campaign strategy is right?! Read more…

Lessons to be learnt – the shooting of Gabrielle Gifford and the violent rhetoric in American politics

January 9, 2011

I like everyone am still reeling from the tragic events in Tucson Arizona on Saturday.

The attempted assassination of Representative Gabrielle Gifford, and the tragic death of innocent bystanders, including a 9-year-old little girl, taken tot he public event because, as her uncle Greg Segalini told the Arizona Republic, she had recently been elected to the student council and was interested in government, has brought a stark reality on many as to the way American politics has been conducted over the past couple of years.

The gunman, 22-year-old Jared Lee Loughner has yet to cooperate with police and therefore no one is any nearer to knowing exactly what his motivations were.  However one thing has become clear, people are sitting up and taking a stand – a stand to say enough is enough, an end to the violent and hateful rhetoric that has dominated American politics. Read more…

Professor who is seeking to edit Huckleberry Finn has an interesting history

January 7, 2011

You know a story is not always all it seems and there is always something beneath the surface.  Yesterday I blogged about the effort by Auburn University (Montgomery) Professor Alan Gribben to release what he calls an “updated” version of the Mark Twain classic Huckleberry Finn.  As I wrote yesterday, Gribben will be removing all mentions of the “N” word and replacing them with “slave” and will be making other “updates” to the book, in an effort to return what is a highly misunderstood book to the classroom.

It was no surprise to me therefore to see some right wing sites comment threads calling out the action as another dark and deviant actin of the Progressives.  For example, Glenn Beck’s The Blaze had several commentators make this and similar assertions (BTW for any Beck fans out there, I actually agreed with some of what beck said on his progra, yesterday evening regarding this – not all but some): Read more…

Huckleberry Finn censorship fiasco

January 6, 2011

First of all happy new year to all Views Across The Pond readers.  I hope you all had a great christmas and are settling in to the new year with gusto. I spent the past couple of weeks relaxing at home with my husband and visiting family and genuinely turning off for a while.  But, I can’t stay away any longer, as hard as I try.

2011 is going to be an interesting year in terms of politics, what with the new 112th Congress sworn in yesterday (5 Jan).  But there was one subject that has peaked my interest over the past few days and I wanted to comment on it. I’m actually setting myself a target of at least a post a week in 2011.

It has been reported that the classic Mark Twain book Huckleberry Finn is being censored or as Auburn University Prof. Alan Gribben who is editing the new edition calls it, an “update”. Read more…

VATPs Patriot and Prick of the Year awards 2010

December 23, 2010

I wondered whether I should do this, but as we come to the end of the year – nay the end of the decade, and given the fact that with Christmas quickly approaching I am likely to be otherwise engaged over the next week or so, I thought I would indeed do a quick segment which I am calling “Patriot” and “Prick of the Year” awards.

To be fair, for me personally, it’s not so hard to choose the two people I want to choose – one who is very deserving of his reward for “Patriot of the Year” and the other who without a doubt, even in the heated shortlist (in my head anyway), stands above all others for “Prick of the Year”.

And I know, I know, isn’t this a little juvenile?  Well yes I admit it is – I am not someone who will resort to ad hominem attacks and neither is this meant to be in that vein, it’s just a tongue in cheek look at two people.

I would be interested to see who your own “Patriot” and “Pricks” are of this year too.

Both of the posters on this article have been created by myself.

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Not so lame duck

December 23, 2010

It’s been an eventful week or so in US lawmaking.  On one hand we have had the Republicans puffing chests and beating the war drums, emboldened by their gains in November, and using the extension of the Bush Tax Cuts as a ways and means to stop any and all legislation that the Obama administration has wanted to push through.

Mitch McConnell minority leader of the House, wrote a letter co-signed by all Republicans that said until the Bush Tax Cuts were extended nothing that Obama wanted to get through in the so called Lame Duck session, would be passed. And for a while that seemed likely.

Key votes on Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell, START and the 9/11 Health Care Bill (H.R. 847 James Zagroda Bill), have been held up with the premise that once the tax cuts were passed, until it was ratified by Obama still the Republicans would hold up the rest of the votes. Read more…

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