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Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Making Nonsense of the Shooting at Sandy Hook

Posted by on Tue, Dec 18, 2012 at 8:31 AM

Mike blames gays, "government-funded abortion pills" (which exist only in his imagination), anti-discrimination laws, atheists who don't like religious displays on public lands, and the vile and vicious left. Wonkette:

You can all put away your theories about there being too many or too few guns, because Heavenly Megaphone Mike Huckabee knows why unhinged sociopaths keep using military equipment to decimate fellow humans in everyday settings. Huck’s got his eye on you, over 99% of sexually active women of child-bearing age who’ve used contraceptives! Oh, and gays too. Don’t think we’re not well aware of your role in all of this.... And yes, this may sound like basically the same argument made by the Westboro Baptist Church without the “and we’re glad it’s happening, too” packaging, but before you become biased against it for being watered down, consider the much more hateful message behind all that already hateful sounding code...

Ungodly behavior must not be tolerated in America any longer.... Did you chat up a gay while checking out at American Apparel yesterday? Next time, try a curb stomp. Have you been popping taxpayer-funded abortion pills like Tic-Tacs? Kick the habit, sister! Little by little we can all appease God’s righteous wrath and end the bloodshed, if only everyone does his/her individual part.


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bugwitch 1
We need to stop giving Huckabee and his ilk the time of day, let alone any air time. First it was because we took prayer out of school (see link for nice breakdown of how wrong he is) and now he's just pulling more bull out of his arse.…
Posted by bugwitch on December 18, 2012 at 8:33 AM · Report this
Max Solomon 2
a FB "friend" re-posted this - the original posting asked "why isn't this man president?"

because he's a terrible, terrible theologian. God cannot be removed from anyplace - is God not Omnipresent?
Posted by Max Solomon on December 18, 2012 at 8:36 AM · Report this
Mike Huckabee must not be tolerated in America any longer.
Posted by suddenlyorcas on December 18, 2012 at 8:37 AM · Report this
Pope Peabrain 4
Maurice Clemmons was let out of prison by this dolt and he murdered four policemen. Idiot.
Posted by Pope Peabrain on December 18, 2012 at 8:40 AM · Report this
someday i will travel a great distance--use up all me vacation hours even!--just to gleefully piss on this man's grave.
Posted by Adrian Ryan on December 18, 2012 at 8:40 AM · Report this
bugwitch 6

A step-uncle of mine posted an image on FB telling us that the shooting was evidence of God wanting prayer in school. Really? I'm so glad I'm not going home for the holidays. I might have to bitch slap him if I did.
Posted by bugwitch on December 18, 2012 at 8:41 AM · Report this
NotSean 7
Flying Spaghetti Monsters
Posted by NotSean on December 18, 2012 at 8:42 AM · Report this
bugwitch 8
There's an FB image going around on my feed currently stating we should station three or four armed veterans at the entrance to every school. Yes, because that worked so well in at that military base.
Posted by bugwitch on December 18, 2012 at 8:44 AM · Report this
What a jackass.
Posted by dbgill56 on December 18, 2012 at 8:55 AM · Report this
I don't think Mr. Huckabee is quite as irrational as Dan makes him out to be. The fact of the matter is that the United States experienced a dramatic increase in crime and violence in the 1960s as social reform movements questioned the authority of established institutions such as the church and the traditional family. We are a lot more free today thanks to the women's movement, the civil rights movement, etc. We shouldn't pretend that freedom hasn't come at a price.
Posted by Ken Mehlman on December 18, 2012 at 8:59 AM · Report this
...or maybe god doesn't like fat, old bigoted bastards like Mike who ramble on and on and on about the mind of god while only actually giving proof to the declining state of their own mental faculties.
Posted by Huckabeestiality on December 18, 2012 at 9:08 AM · Report this
Max Solomon 12
@10: correlation is not causation.

and this "discussion" isn't about the fucking sixties. it's about huckabee and his ilk thinking that their god could/would stop an amoklauf killer if we hadn't stopped kissing his ass 24/7.
Posted by Max Solomon on December 18, 2012 at 9:09 AM · Report this
pfffter 13
@10 another simple correlation without causation. Next.
Posted by pfffter on December 18, 2012 at 9:10 AM · Report this
venomlash 14
@10: Yes, and cancer causes cell phones. (No, that's not backwards.) Correlation alone does not imply causation.
Posted by venomlash on December 18, 2012 at 9:18 AM · Report this
Give Huckabee a break. It's just like 9/11 happened because we allow feminists, abortions and gays. Pat Robertson said so!
Posted by Clayton on December 18, 2012 at 9:30 AM · Report this
@12 & 13 The shooter was raised by a single mother. Studies show that children who grow up in two-parent homes are more likely to turn out OK. Is it possible that two loving parents with the support of a faith-community could have prevented Adam Lanza's psychological problems from escalating to the point where he felt the need to shoot 6 and 7 year old children in the face?
Posted by Ken Mehlman on December 18, 2012 at 9:30 AM · Report this
Backyard Bombardier 17
@16: Is it possible that one parent who didn't feel the need to own multiple weapons would have prevented [redacted] from having the tools necessary to shoot 6- and 7-year-old children in the face.

The logical contortions you go through would be comical if they weren't so fucking tragic.
Posted by Backyard Bombardier on December 18, 2012 at 9:34 AM · Report this
Frank Blethen's vodka distiller 18
Hey Fuckabee, Maurice Clemmons says hello from hell.
Posted by Frank Blethen's vodka distiller on December 18, 2012 at 9:35 AM · Report this
smajor82 19
@10 Has anyone pointed out the flaw in conflating correlation with causation yet? Did you know that increased ice cream sales cause people to go to the public pool more?

On a serious note - there is a correlation you're missing, which is the increase in the availability of heavy firepower. Remember the Boston Massacre (well, remember hearing about it?) A number of soldiers opened fire on a crowd, killing five. That's right 5. Nowadays, one person kills 28. If that psycho had to use muskets, I'm guessing it would have gone a little differently.
Posted by smajor82 on December 18, 2012 at 9:41 AM · Report this
Banjax 20
Fact-based finger-pointing, please.
The latest reports say the parents divorced when the shooter was 17 (hardly a young child), and they attended the local Catholic church.
Posted by Banjax on December 18, 2012 at 9:43 AM · Report this
smajor82 21
@17 - exactly. Blaming the fact that she was a single mother and overlooking the presence of assault weapons in the house is mind-boggling.

@16 - Studies also show that being born into a low income household hurts your chances of growing up to be healthy. But if you bring that up, then you have to address poverty, which isn't one of the conservative talking points. Instead, you chose to blame the recently deceased mother of a psychopath for having been single. Nice.
Posted by smajor82 on December 18, 2012 at 9:46 AM · Report this

ok geniuses.

what HAS caused the escalation in social mayhem in the US?

Correlation does not rule out causation.
Posted by what does the jack-off circle say? on December 18, 2012 at 9:48 AM · Report this
@10, 16
Gosh--I wish this disusssion had taken place a couple of weeks ago, when I was still teaching logical fallacies.

You and Huckabee are both guilty of classic "Post Hoc" arguments (cause and effect arguments) in which you're arguing that because two things happen in sequence, the first causes the second to happen. Both of you are arguing that civil rights and social progress have caused the Newtown shooting.

From your position @10, you move on to a statment that includes two fallacies at once.

The first is hasty generalization. You wrote "Studies show that children who grow up in two-parent homes are more likely to turn out OK. " While that may be true, I don't know of any studies that show that children who grow up in single parent homes (as you suggest) are more likely to become mass murderers. The second is is hypothesis contrary to fact, in which you argue that events today would have been different if certain things had or had not happened in the past: "Is it possible that two loving parents with the support of a faith-community could have prevented Adam Lanza's psychological problems"? Sure. Anything is possible. But we don't know. Jim Jones had two loving parents. So did O.J. Simpson. Lizzie Borden was raised in a two-parent household (though one parent was a step-mother), and Lizzie was active in the church to boot.

Again, I wish this discussion had happened earlier in the semester, but I may print the thread so that I can use your comments next time we cover logical fallacies.
Posted by Clayton on December 18, 2012 at 9:49 AM · Report this
@23, Lizzie Borden was acquitted, and there's lots of disagreement over whether she did the killings.

Yes, yes, I know--not the point.
Posted by clashfan on December 18, 2012 at 9:56 AM · Report this
@10, 22
There was plenty of violence BEFORE the civil rights movement, though much of it was unreported and tacitly condoned.

Wife beating and lynching are no longer fashionable.

Posted by Clayton on December 18, 2012 at 9:59 AM · Report this
@24 OJ was acquitted, too.
Posted by Clayton on December 18, 2012 at 10:03 AM · Report this
@10 I don't know what planet you spend most of your time on, but here on Earth, in the United States, violent crime has decreased precipitously in the last few decades; it's now at the lowest level it's been since the 1970's. Last time I checked, we didn't all become the Cleaver's in that time - in fact, religion probably plays a much larger role in our civic debates now than it ever did in the 60's. Also, right up to the 60's, lynching was a pretty common phenomenon, and I doubt law enforcement was adequately tracking this crime. I think there's even less chance that law enforcement took gay-bashing seriously back then. Should we return to the "traditional values" that excused that kind of cold-blooded murder? Maybe it's not so much that violent crime has skyrocketed, but that the people it most often targets finally started to matter to mainstream America.
Posted by esperando on December 18, 2012 at 10:03 AM · Report this

And don't forget that Hitler was a homosexual.
Posted by never forget on December 18, 2012 at 10:10 AM · Report this

well that's great to know.

so maybe goldy can keep his fucking greasy paws off our guns since we live in this safe utopian paradise.....
Posted by you are full of shit. on December 18, 2012 at 10:13 AM · Report this
emor 30
Escalation in social mayhem? On the whole, violent crime has declined precipitously since the early 1990s.
Posted by emor on December 18, 2012 at 10:13 AM · Report this
What came to my mind when I heard about this, yesterday, was the Children's Crusade. God permeated every facet of life at that time in Europe, but somehow this did not save those children - children who were, in fact, aiming to do God's work.

This kind of argument is rejected even by theologians - those who make the study of God their life's work. Simply put, that's not the way this shit works.
Posted by agony on December 18, 2012 at 11:21 AM · Report this
smajor82 32
@22 2 points:

1) If you don't know the answer to a question, you can't just make up one that fits your ideology.

2) Overall crime rates are actually going down. Why do school shootings in particular seem to be on the rise - no one knows. That includes you.

Fun fact - someone did an actual study using actual data and found that increased access to birth control and abortion was strongly correlated with decreases in violence by the generation of children effected. Using your logic, you must also believe that allowing parents to plan families by not having kids they don't want leads to a safer, more wholesome society. Do you believe that? I'm going to guess no, because that particular correlation gives you the sads.
Posted by smajor82 on December 18, 2012 at 11:24 AM · Report this
smajor82 33
@29 - The opposite conclusion actually follows: violence that affects small numbers of people is falling steadily, while we are seeing a rise in things like mass shootings. Therefore the types of guns that get used in mass shootings, which are growing in abundance, are prime targets.
The evidence suggests that you can keep your hunting rifle, but we'd all be better off if you forked over the AR-15.

I get the impression that some people would get more upset over the loss of their semi automatic weapons than they would over the deaths of, say, 20 children and 7 adults. Newsflash - you aren't going to defend the country against Tyranny. Assault rifles get used for two things - having fun by blowing the holy be-gezus out of a target and killing dozens of innocent people at a time. It's like an X-box that can also kill people.
Posted by smajor82 on December 18, 2012 at 11:35 AM · Report this
@ 32 - I remember reading about that - they found that crime stats, especially of stuff like vandalism, car theft, B&Es, started to decline about sixteen years after Roe v Wade. The theory is that a lot of unwanted kids who would have gone on to lives of crime just hadn't been born. Don't know how we would go about actually proving that, though - correlation does not imply causation even when it's our side doing the arguing.
Posted by agony on December 18, 2012 at 11:45 AM · Report this
treacle 35
@1 I'm not sure "stop giving him attention" is the best route. I think "mock the fuck out of him and turn him into an enormous joke" is far, far more effective.
Posted by treacle on December 18, 2012 at 12:22 PM · Report this
venomlash 36
@32, 34: It's written up nicely in "Freakonomics".
Posted by venomlash on December 18, 2012 at 12:24 PM · Report this
Bauhaus I 37
Can you believe this Doofus Mulroney? He makes the rounds on TV shows such as The Daily Show and sounds reasonable (if wrong). Then, he makes these wack statements on his own TV show that one would think would disqualify him FOREVER from a presidential candidacy (but it doesn't). It's like me being on Today to give an well-balanced argument about the Palestinian issue, then going home and eating a plate of my own shit and posting it on You Tube.

I know Jon Stewart (love you, Jon!) is a fair-minded man when it comes to his guests, but I think this merits cancelling any future appearances by Huckabee - because he sounds bananas.
Posted by Bauhaus I on December 18, 2012 at 12:36 PM · Report this
keshmeshi 38

But Clemmons said he loved Jesus. Who would think twice about releasing him?
Posted by keshmeshi on December 18, 2012 at 12:49 PM · Report this
keshmeshi 39

No. The shooter was raised by both parents until he was 16 years old, i.e. nearly an adult.
Posted by keshmeshi on December 18, 2012 at 12:52 PM · Report this
keshmeshi 40
One nice thing about this asshole's comments and his complete abandonment of "compassionate" Christianity is that it's obvious that Fuckabee has given up any pretense of becoming President. He knows where the money is, and it's in spewing this shit, not in unsuccessfully running for president.
Posted by keshmeshi on December 18, 2012 at 12:54 PM · Report this
keshmeshi 41

The guy who examined that data originally did so to "prove" that abortion rates among black people was responsible for the decreased crime rate. He cleaned that theory up for widespread publication in Freakanomics. Also, real researchers who aren't pushing pseudo-research to make a buck dispute his findings.

One far more probable reason for the decreasing crime rate: Baby Boomers getting too old or imprisoned or dead to continue committing crimes. The worst period of crime and violence in recent U.S. history also happened to be the same period when Boomers were teens and young adults.
Posted by keshmeshi on December 18, 2012 at 12:58 PM · Report this
Tim Horton 42
@10 - You are full of shit.

You know who goes to church way fucking less than Americans? Canadians. You know who pops contraceptives at higher rates? Canucks. You know who has more affirmed athiests? Yep, the 51st State of Hockey. You know who also consumes the same fucking violent video games, movies and entertainment, but DOESN'T routinely shoot up the building? Canadians.

Another thing. It is SUPREMELY FUCKING INSULTING to suggest that someone's child died because someone didn't pray enough.

One more thing Ken. I used to be with you, a moderate Republican/Conservative Democrat. No more. I am fucking done. That was a massive stupid fucking "look how cool I am to be on the fence" moment of my youth, i.e. last month. The Republicans and their NRA ilk are directly responsible for blocking policies that would have given those Sandy Hook children a fighting chance to escape. They have pediatric blood on their hands. Nothing else matter. Not tax policy, not off shore drilling, not Social Security.

Watching Obama speak at Newton made me thank fucking god he won.

I hereby serve notice to all politicians who oppose sensible gun control: you have an enemy in me, and I will do everything in my financial and political power to crush you.

Fuck I am pissed.
Posted by Tim Horton on December 18, 2012 at 2:37 PM · Report this

and this, for any US citizens who want to add their names:…

or this one, about tax exempt status:…
Posted by agony on December 18, 2012 at 3:44 PM · Report this
<3s Jelly Bean 44
Again, where's the fucking thumbs up for #42... another fantastic comment.
Posted by <3s Jelly Bean on December 18, 2012 at 4:30 PM · Report this
"The Republicans and their NRA ilk are directly responsible for blocking policies that would have given those Sandy Hook children a fighting chance to escape." Yes! This. This is what all the people running around saying What difference would an assault weapons ban have made He would have shot up the place anyway refuse to acknowledge. Odds are, he would have shot up the place anyway, but he would have been less of a walking Angel of Death. Only 2 of the people whom he shot survived. Because he was such a good shot? No - because he mowed them down, up to 11 bullets in some bodies. Imagine 11 bullets in the body of a six year old child. With lower-capacity weapons, some of those children, and their teachers, would have had a fighting chance. And to tell me that chance at life doesn't stack up against your right to own a blah blah blah insane weapon of your choice? That's just obscene.
Posted by MyKidsMom on December 18, 2012 at 5:39 PM · Report this
It could be hate-mongering; it could be a right-wing dog whistle; but the simplest explanation is that Huckabee and his ilk are possessed of the Just World Fallacy (google it). In their world, good is rewarded, and evil is punished, and if something really bad happens, then the victims must have done something really bad to deserve it.

The alternative is that these things are arbitrary, and it could have been them, and tomorrow it could be them. They don't have the cojones to live knowing that we all walk on the edge of the abyss, all the time.

Rather than getting angry, we should call them out for the moral cowards that they are.
Posted by Kije on December 18, 2012 at 6:01 PM · Report this
@10: Yes, because once Canada, the UK, France, Italy, Germany, Switzerland, Finland, Norway, Sweden, Denmark, and Australia passed civil rights into law, the bloodshed began!

Oh wait, I forgot. America is the only place that any of that ever happened.
Posted by gromm on December 18, 2012 at 7:56 PM · Report this
Simone 48
He's so full of noise that I don't listen to him.
Posted by Simone on December 18, 2012 at 9:03 PM · Report this
Simone 49
I'm talking about huckabee of course.

@42, two thumbs up from me. I've used that same argument about you know who else watches/reads/plays the same "violent" video games/movies/books/etc except I referred to Scandinavians not Canadians.
Posted by Simone on December 18, 2012 at 9:11 PM · Report this
@42. Love your post! Thank you.
Posted by Paisley on December 19, 2012 at 12:33 AM · Report this
sissoucat 51
@42 Thank you...
Posted by sissoucat on December 19, 2012 at 2:50 AM · Report this
He says God showed himself in the teachers who put themselves in between the kids and the gunman. I don't know what to call that kind of behaviour when it comes from a supposedly all powerful, all seeing entity. "Cowardice" seems way too mild a word. Reminds me of the scene in Dead Zone where Michael Douglas holds up an infant to shield himself from a bullet.
Posted by karraflarra on December 19, 2012 at 10:13 AM · Report this
thelyamhound 53
@52 - That was Martin Sheen. :)
Posted by thelyamhound on December 19, 2012 at 12:41 PM · Report this
Ah yes, so it was. But you see my point.
Posted by karraflarra on December 19, 2012 at 2:17 PM · Report this

Of the zero sources you cited, I find all of them credible.
Posted by James Hutchings on December 20, 2012 at 3:24 AM · Report this

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