Free Times: S.C. Company Sells Engraved “You Lie” Component For AR-15 Rifle

UPDATE: As of Jan. 12 the webpage for the “You lie” etched rifle component is no longer available. Screen shots of the page are below. Palmetto State Armory president Jamin McCullam was not immediately available for comment

A South Carolina gun and accessories company is selling semi-automatic rifle components inscribed with “You lie” – a tribute to the infamous words of 2nd District Republican Congressman Joe Wilson when he shouted at President Barack Obama during a congressional speech about national health care reform in the fall of 2009.

“Palmetto State Armory would like to honor our esteemed congressman Joe Wilson with the release of our new ‘You Lie’ AR-15 lower receiver,” reads a portion of the company’s website.

Poor, Poor Sarah

-By Willaim Rivers Pitt

Twenty people were gunned down at a supermarket in Arizona on Saturday. Six were killed, including a nine-year-old girl. Fourteen others were wounded, including Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, who was the main target of the attack, and who was shot through the head. She is currently lying in a hospital bed with half of her skull removed because brain swelling from her bullet wound could kill her.

Twenty people shot.

Six killed.

Fourteen wounded.

And guess what?

It appears Sarah Palin is the principal victim of the shooting.

No, really.

Truthout: Op Ed- Why Isn't Jared Lee Loughner a Homegrown Terrorist?

-By Sahar Aziz

How many more members of Congress have to be victims of politically motivated violence before we acknowledge terrorism is defined by the act and not the identity of the actor? Any person who "use[s] violence (or the threat of violence) against civilians in order to attain goals that are political or religious or ideological in nature ... through intimidation or coercion or instilling fear" is a terrorist.

While clearly suffering from some sort of mental disorder, Jared Lee Loughner was motivated to some extent by anti-government politics. Had his name been Mohammed, we would be talking about homegrown terrorism, not gun control or mental illness.

The tragic shooting of Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords is a wakeup call that religious profiling does not work. While our nation was obsessed with Muslim "homegrown terrorism," Loughner stealthily planned his terrorist scheme.

The Week: Palin's 'blood libel' speech: The correct reaction to the Arizona tragedy?

Responding to the Gabrielle Giffords shootings, Sarah Palin has answered her critics in typically defiant style — but did her choice of words just incite more conflict?

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Sarah Palin has given her first formal response to the shootings in Arizona, slamming those who blamed her gun-themed rhetoric and her now-notorious "crosshairs" election map for the shooter's actions. In a video posted online, the Alaskan conservative paid homage to the victims of the massacre, and expressed her "sadness" at the "irresponsible statements from people attempting to apportion blame for this terrible event."  She goes on to say: "Journalists and pundits should not manufacture a blood libel that serves only to incite the very hatred and violence they purport to condemn." Was Palin's response unnecessarily provocative and aggressive — or did she say what she needed to say? Here, a sampling of reactions to Palin's statement:

Stochastic Terrorism: Triggering the shooters.

Posted by G2Geek on the Daily Kos

January 10, 2011- Stochastic terrorism is the use of mass communications to stir up random lone wolves to carry out violent or terrorist acts that are statistically predictable but individually unpredictable.

This is what occurs when Bin Laden releases a video that stirs random extremists halfway around the globe to commit a bombing or shooting.

This is also the term for what Beck, O'Reilly, Hannity, and others do.  And this is what led directly and predictably to a number of cases of ideologically-motivated murder similar to the Tucson shootings.


 

Update: the mechanism spelled out.

(This update is to resolve some ambiguity.) 

Exposing The Right's False Equivilancy: Two Sides NOT Equal

Let's Get This Straight:

By Melissa McEwan-

Both sides are, in fact, not "just as bad," when it comes to institutionally sanctioned violent and eliminationist rhetoric.

An anonymous commenter at Daily Kos and the last Republican vice presidential nominee are not equivalent, no matter how many ridiculously irresponsible members of the media would have us believe otherwise.

There is, demonstrably, no leftist equivalent to Sarah Palin, former veep candidate and presumed future presidential candidate, who uses gun imagery (rifle sights) and language ("Don't Retreat, RELOAD") to exhort her followers to action.

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