Yep. The crack reporters at the Associated (de)Press(ed – hat tip to Mark Levin) are rested, ready and a-rarin’ to go, with coverage on the Jared Lee Loughner phenomenon. Well, that is if you count “incompetent sheriff’s apologist” as Excellence in Journalism. When even the New York Times feels obligated to point out that the police and sheriff’s office knew about Loughner long before the attack, and had several run-ins with him, you’ve got to enjoy the contortions the AP’s going through, to spin the story to exonerate the sheriff, and implicate the Right.
The AP sounds amazed that “It turns out there is not a [government watch] list in the United States for people like Loughner.”
Um…nope. And to save the reporters from any hard work, perhaps it’s a good time to mention that Minority Report was just a movie, We still labor under the U.S. Constitution as the supreme law of the land, and water is still wet.
One of the things I love about Liberals is they seem to think that there’s an answer for everything. Get into a conversation with one about anything – guns, violence, poverty, the environment, you name it, and the conversation will go something like this:
Hey, Bob…how ’bout that ____________(insert subject matter here). Kind of a difficult nut to crack, eh? I wonder if there’s a way to solve that problem.
(replying in a condescending, paternalistic tone) Of course there is, Stan. That’s what the government is for. THEY can fix it…if only you conservatives would let them.
Um…not so much. If that were true, we wouldn’t have crime (police), poverty (entitlements), pollution (the EPA), et cetera. In fact, unless we want a government that incarcerates first, and asks questions later (see: U.S.S.R.), we’d best be careful what we wish for.
Of course, when you get past the fact that you can’t arrest someone for a crime they have not yet committed, you have to observe that you CAN bloody well arrest them for making threats, or have them committed to a mental health facility for evaluation, when they appear to be a few clowns short of a circus. Note that nobody that was close to Loughner thought the guy was stable. And the police had visited his home on several occasions. For what, we don’t know, because they’ve been uncharacteristically tight-lipped on the subject. Of course, that hasn’t stopped Pima County Sheriff Clarence Dupnik from opining that the current political discourse (i.e.: the Tea Party) is to blame.
So when you rest your head on your pillow tonight, sleep well, for the Associated Press is on the case, twisting stories around with tortuous logic, so they will conform to their Worldview. Regardless of the facts.