Friday, August 07, 2009

Arizona Daily Star Article Shatters Its Online Comment Record

Tucson, Arizona. An Arizona Daily Star article, Giffords a no-show at movie; 'tea party' protest put on hold, penned by Jamar Younger, has shattered all records regarding the number of comments posted on articles published at the online version of the paper.

While some online Star articles have been known to solicit 200 or more comments, none to date have reached 300, less than half of the 600+ comments submitted at today's piece, an indication of the inflammatory and dangerous situation now unfolding.

Congresswoman Giffords made the right call in staying away. Her presence would have only exacerbated the vitriolic aggression of the hate mongers. She rightfully withheld her presence from a situation primed for violence.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Did you go to the event? There were 2 people there that were being instigators and worked their way back and forth across an area to get people mad. Nothing happened, so stop making matters worse by inflating the situation into something it wasn't.

And if you would take a look at those 600 comments, they are running almsot 2 to 1 in favor of the people who are mad about the situation. That is not typical of the discussions on there from the past.

Yes, we need health care reform, but not the bill that has been presented. Where is tort reform?

8/07/2009 9:53 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wow...1 comment. This is a neoCom cyber rag.

8/07/2009 10:58 PM  
Anonymous Anon said...

While much of the effort is clearly designed to kill health care reform, there’s also considerable evidence that these same astroturf corporate lobbying operations are also trying to derail clean energy jobs legislation — and the entire progressive agenda with it. And who is funding much of this — our friends in the oil and coal industries. Media Matters Action Fund has pulled together some of the lowlights on dirty energy’s ties to the astroturf army.

One prime example is Americans for Prosperity, which is trying to kill health reform, clean energy, and the Employee Free Choice Act. And who, pray tell, is this Americans for Prosperity you ask?

AFP is just one giant, multi-headed hydra of a front group for Koch Industries — a huge oil and gas conglomerate and one of the largest privately held corporations in the world. And since being funded by one giant oil company is not enough, AFP has also taken cash from ExxonMobil.

8/08/2009 8:31 AM  
Blogger Liza said...

I called out the so called Tea Party crowd and one of it's well known local blogging leaders on this very blog.

How many of you doubt me now? Outside of the wingnut hatemongers, that is.

By the way, don't try to engage me here. I don't engage. Just keep digging your f@@king political grave.

8/08/2009 8:45 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Do you want to know who if funding all of this? One person that can print flyers and knows how to use the internet. Are you really that much of a tool of the Democratic Party that you will eat anything that they feed you? If you are right tell me who the head of HR is because I know thousands of people that haven't received their pay checks here in Tucson.

8/08/2009 8:46 AM  
Anonymous Observer said...

X4mr is absolutely right that health care has become a symbol for everything Obama. Sarah Palin has claimed that Obamacare would create a "Death Panel" that would kill her child. These people truly have no limits.

The wingnuts eat this up, and Anon(8:46) thinks people are tools of the Dems? Not sure what you are talking about when it comes to people in Tucson not getting paid. Maybe it's because Tucson is sucked dry by corrupt and incompetent criminals like TREO, etc..

I think this is going to get really ugly.

8/08/2009 9:31 AM  
Blogger Liza said...

The wingnuts think they can regain some seats in Congress in 2010 if they can make health care reform fail, showing Obama to be a weak president. In the absence of anything else such as a Newt Gingrich with a Contract with America, this is their best strategy, to prey on ignorance and fear.

Does anyone know what wingnut health care "reform" looks like? The wingnut upthread mentioned tort reform. Is that it?

Just asking. I'm wondering if wingnuts actually think about it or if they just hate (and dig graves.)

As for Giffords, she is exactly and precisely who many of us said she was back in 2006. No surprises. Anyone doubt me now? That thread in the Star went up to 687 comments, and many of them seemed to be vitriolic. If Giffords is afraid of this kind of shit, she better get another job or prepare to be blasted from both sides of the political divide. She can get re-elected based on incumbency, but she will join the ranks of the mediocre and useless members of Congress who achieve very little (except for themselves) and contribute nothing to social or economic progress. She's on her way. If she thinks that solar panels will elevate her to the ranks of the useful, she has another think coming.

Jeff Latas sure as hell wouldn't be backing away from this fight. And I don't think Patty Weiss would either.

These congressional Democrats need their asses kicked up and down and sideways until more of them get some kind of clue as to what the Democratic Party is supposed to stand for and what they should be doing to support the POTUS.

Interesting article in Business Week,The Health Insurers Have Already Won.

Someone on another blog that I read made an interesting statement about the mentality of the angry mobs: "I'm willing to roll in mud if Obama has to roll in shit."

I think that about sums it.

8/08/2009 10:05 AM  
Blogger The Navigator said...

Great comments, Liza. I am so disappointed in the Democratic leadership. X4mr's high regard for Giffords is something I will never understand. She's exactly who he claims to despise, the rich kid born into wealth and privilege with a greased path to success.

What we are witnessing is the puppet show with only a marginal view of who is working the strings. Anon (8:31) is spot on about the funding of the and puppet meisters working the sheep. The reason the Republicans love these morons is that they are so easily manipulated. The Sarah Palin comment and the stuff about the Holocaust shows how ridiculous the rhetoric can get, as does the whole “birther” lunacy.

We are witnessing the inevitable decline of white male dominion and the corporate welfare it zealously supports. The grotesque abominations of the Bush administration took the nation off of a cliff. Koch and ExxonMobile and health insurance giants can fund the mayhem, but I agree with x4mr and Liza that they do so at extreme political cost to the Republican image. I know too many good Republicans to say that the party is truly composed of racists, but by catering to these wingnuts, they label themselves.

It will take some time to get all of the fangs out of the nation's neck, but we have taken the first step of seeing the fangs. I think the intelligent discourse at this time has to distinguish the Republicans into at least two camps, the smart Republicans, if any are left, and the wingnuts (Limbaugh, Beck, Palin, O'Reilly..). The smart Republicans should craft health care proposals they support and propose sound and persuasive arguments for those proposals. They should work hard with the democrats to produce genuine and intelligent solutions.

Bottom Line: The multi-trillion corporate orgy had under the worst presidency in history is over. Now we have clean up the mess and, painfully, pay the tab. The deficits we are now incurring are the result of eight years of reckless greed, incompetence, and corruption.

8/08/2009 10:17 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is f***ing Republic anarchy.
I am SICK TO DEATH of the GOP.

8/08/2009 9:16 PM  

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