‘Blood libel,’ social sin and Sarah Palin

By Elizabeth Tenety Sarah Palin released a nearly eight-minute video Wednesday morning that says that those who imply she bears … Continued

By Elizabeth Tenety

Sarah Palin released a nearly eight-minute video Wednesday morning that says that those who imply she bears some responsibility for the tragic shootings in Arizona are guilty of “blood libel,” a loaded phrase that dates to the Middle Ages and has deep and painful connotations for Jews.

“Journalists and pundits should not manufacture a blood libel that serves only to incite the very hatred and violence they purport to condemn,” Palin said in the statement.

The term refers to the false claim made by Christians starting in the Middle Ages that Jews murder non-Jews and use their blood for ritual or medicinal purposes. According to the Anti-Defamation League, the words are connected to anti-Semitism and have a long and painful history for Jews:

“The allegation that Jews murder non-Jews to use their blood for ritual or medicinal purposes dates back to the Middle Ages and has spawned many variants over time. Jewish law expressly prohibits the consumption of any blood. Nevertheless it was alleged that Jews drank Christian blood on Passover and mixed it into matzah, the unleavened bread eaten on that holiday. During medieval times two popes expressly declared such claims to have been fabricated. Nevertheless, instances of what has come to be known as the “blood libel” have persisted into modern times. Blood libels have frequently led to mob violence and pogroms, and have occasionally led to the decimation of entire Jewish communities.”

Blood libel wasn’t the only religious reference in Palin’s statement.

Paraphrasing a verse from the Book of Isaiah, Palin said America would not be deterred by “those who embrace evil and call it good.”

Palin also used the video to point to the need for personal responsibility for sin over collective guilt or social sin. Many have suggested that while not directly responsible for the shooting, politicians and pundits who use incendiary language to describe their opponents have created a hostile public square which may embolden the deranged. Palin rejected the notion that she or society at large is responsible for the actions of a “single evil man.” Her concern for the individual is a rejection of the notion of social sin, a somewhat controversial theological concept promoted by religious progressives, among others. (“Bashing the social gospel is common among old school evangelicals,” Paul Raushenbush wrote for Beliefnet on the blog Progressive Revival).

Palin said:

“President Reagan said, ‘We must reject the idea that every time a law is broken, society is guilty rather than the lawbreaker. It is time to restore the American precept that each individual is accountable for his actions.’ Acts of monstrous criminality stand on their own. They begin and end with the criminals who commit them, not collectively with all the citizens of a state, not with those who listen to talk radio, not with maps of swing districts used by both sides of the aisle, not with law-abiding citizens who respectfully exercise their First Amendment rights at campaign rallies, not with those who proudly voted in the last election.”

Palin also talked about America’s divine roots and exceptionalism, and called the Constitution, from which Rep. Gabrielle Gifford (D-Ariz.) recently read, a “sacred charter of liberty.”

“Just days before she was shot, congresswoman Giffords read the First Amendment on the floor of the House. It was a beautiful moment and more than simply ‘symbolic,’ as some claim, to have the Constitution read by our Congress. I am confident she knew that reading our sacred charter of liberty was more than just “symbolic.” But less than a week after congresswoman Giffords reaffirmed our protected freedoms, another member of Congress announced that he would propose a law that would criminalize speech he found offensive.”

UPDATE: By William Wan, 3:12 p.m.: Among Washington’s political Jewish camps, the reaction was swift on the Democratic side. National Jewish Democratic Council quickly issued a condemnation of Palin statement. “This is of course a particularly heinous term for American Jews,” said the group’s president, David A. Harris, “given that the repeated fiction of blood libels are directly responsible for the murder of so many Jews across centuries–and given that blood libels are so directly intertwined with deeply ingrained anti-Semitism around the globe, even today.”

Although Harris added this caveat:

“Perhaps Sarah Palin honestly does not know what a blood libel is, or does not know of their horrific history; that is perhaps the most charitable explanation we can arrive at in explaining her rhetoric today,”

Reaction was noticeably more muted on conservative side. Staffers for Rep. Eric Cantor’s – the only Jewish Republican in Congress — declined to talk directly about Palin’s comments, but spokeswoman Laena Fallon said their hope is that people remain focused on the victims of the shooting and their tragedy.

Reached in New York, former Bush press secretary Ari Fleischer said he watched the video in its entirety and had no objections on religious or historical grounds to her use of “blood libel.”

“But from a political point of view, she could have done better,” Fleischer said. “It would have been much more effective to devote her speech 100 percent to rising above the acrimonoy and debate and focus it entirely on healing, the suffering, hope and inspiration.”

“I will add this caveat. You have to put yourself in her shoes, having been accused of being accomplice to mass murder. This is coming from someone who is not necessarily a strong supporter of Sarah Palin, but all this back and forth kind of misses the point of how maligned she’s been in a very public way. Especially in light of things that have been said about her and her family. I can understand her natural reaction and desire to push back strongly.”

Many Jewish groups came out against Palin using the term, including the Anti-Defamation League. Simon Greer, president of Jewish Funds for Justice, had this interesting take:

“The term ‘blood libel’ is not a synonym for ‘false accusation.’ It refers to a specific falsehood perpetuated by Christians about Jews for centuries, a falsehood that motivated a good deal of anti-Jewish violence and discrimination. Unless someone has been accusing Ms. Palin of killing Christian babies and making matzoh from their blood, her use of the term is totally out-of-line.”

Also of note, Jim Geraghty at National Review has published an interesting collection of other political types who have used “blood libel” themselves.


What do you think? Did Palin strike the right tone? Is her assessment of the atmosphere surrounding this tragedy accurate? And what of “blood libel”?

More On Faith:
Susan Brooks Thistlethwaite: Collective guilt not just for Muslims, Sarah
Rabbi Hirschfield: Blood libel: Palin agrees with her detractors that words can inspire violence
Nathan Diament: Palin’s response keeps civic discourse in the gutter

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  • dh1976

    Palin and Beck and the rest don’t get it. Whether it is of the vast left wing conspiracy or the media, they just love being the victim, and that is the height of hypocrisy. The hard truth is this: Palin has decided that as part of her political persona, she is going to use extreme, aggressive, in your face, and threatening language and imagery to dehumanize and marginalize her opponents. Fine, that’s her right. But now, when people respond in kind because of a senseless and tragic event that more or less mirrors the imagery and language she uses, she is the victim? Please. She is incapable of bearing responsibility or showing humility. Had she said, “In light of what happened in Tucson we regret our use of unfortunate images and language in the election, and never intended for it to be construed as wanting to cause harm to anyone. We are shocked that this sick individual did this and will work to do whatever it takes to make sure these sorts of tragedies never occur again” she would probably deflect much of this. But no, Sarah nor the right can never admit to being wrong, or mistaken, or in error, not when there is an opportunity to cast themselves as the victim. If you need to be reminded just how dangerous and extreme the noise from the right and Palin’s beloved Tea Party has been, take a look here -

  • UncommonCommoner

    Wow DBW1, unless I counted incorrectly, more than ten posts in less than two hours. Sounds like someone has a crush on lovely Sara. Typing with one hand are you?The only reasonable conclusion that can be reached watch the Half Governor and reading these comments is that conservatives, including without limitation Tea Baggers, are the biggest crybabies on earth.

  • USA4ALL

    This is not the proper forum to evaluate $arah’s response. The question should be located in WaPo’s business or market section.

  • Dadrick

    Obama will send sick children to DEATH PANELS!Now THAT’s blood libel.

  • tepexpan

    Palin your 15 minutes of fame are coming to an end, please hide (retreat) some were in Alaska along with your guns, the nation is tired of your delusional, egotist, arrogance, ignorance, insensitivity and downright meanness rhetorical and creepy comments, just about every time you open your mouth you get into a deeper hole. If anybody is guilty of “blood libel” is you, Journalists and pundits only comment what comes out of your mouth. Maybe you are not direct responsible for the massacre in Tucson, but your incendiary comments and targets and rifle crosshairs list will never separate you from this tragedy.

  • bags2007

    I don’t think we should obsess over Sarah Palin’s use of the phrase “blood libel.” She may or may not be aware of the historical meaning, and in any case the phrase is probably a translation from Mittelhochdeutsch, church Slavonic or some other language spoken in the middle ages on the continent of Europe, where I believe the concept originated. I think Palin was using the two words to convey her point that a lot of people are 1) libeling her 2) on the subject of spilled blood.I’m much more concerned at Palin’s use of the straw-man technique on two very important points.First, claims that Palin’s map of targets probably influenced the shooter have been few in number and open about their own speculative nature. I have not seen anyone claim with certitude that Loughner directly heard and processed the overheated campaign rhetoric last year.The argument that far more people have been raising is that violent political rhetoric has the *potential* to incite someone to actual violence even when that’s not the intent. In my mind, this seems beyond question, regardless of what was floating around in Jared Loughner’s mind last week, and I think we should view Saturday’s shooting as a wake-up call.And even beyond the rhetoric and imagery that are violent per se, such as Palin’s target map, the last 20 years have seen an alarming increase in reductive and dehumanizing punditry. In other words, it has become common for a pundit, particularly on talk radio and cable television, to caricature politicians, political groups or demographic voting blocs he doesn’t like, and boil down his target’s positions to one or two distasteful motives. In many cases, the motive doesn’t even seem plausible to someone who isn’t already in the pundit’s thrall. The pundit doesn’t intend to mark his target as a target for violence, but the threshold level of craziness required to harm a person is certainly lowered when that person is no longer seen as a person with a wide range of competing values and a complex decision-making process.Palin is also making a straw-man argument with the phrase “personal responsibility” and the writer appears to take this argument somewhat seriously. Yet I personally have not seen a single person come close to arguing that Jared Loughner deserves less than the full punishment allowed by law. And even our warnings that violent rhetoric can be a factor in a murder don’t imply that fire-breathing politicians and pundits should be punished judicially. Some of us would like to see them punished in the court of public opinion, for sure, but I think our main point is asking them to please take the conversation back to a calm and rational level for the sake of public safety and national unity. Surely we can disagree without conjuring up evil motives for one another and drawing targets on one another’s home towns.

  • karlmarx2

    True, Uncommoncommoner. DBW1 kinda proved my point that Sarah’s fans are as nutty as she is.Sarah’s instinct for making every issue about herself has served her well for a long time, but for once it may be hurting her. I can’t say that it destroys her political career, since that has always depended on a steady supply of saps like DBW. They are determined to see Sarah through this.

  • massmedia77

    “Oh, and that reflection in her glasses? A teleprompter.”That statement alone defines Sarah Palin. A complete and total hypocrite.

  • mediamaverick

    Her response is sad, but not surprising. Palin’s only interest in all this is promoting herself. One reason her name came up so early following the shootings was due to the fact one of the victims, Gabrielle Giffords could be found on Youtube lamenting Palin’s “targeting” rhetoric and worrying about the consequences.Her statement reeks of narcissism. Rather than seek to heal, she again seeks to incite passions. She is NOT the victim and apparently she continues to have NO SHAME.

  • ibwilliamsi

    She speaks of Ronald Reagan as if he spoke for God. He did not. Our Constitution is the most important document, but it is not “Sacred”. Is blasphemy no longer a sin?I have to admit, I have never been to an Evangelical church, and I don’t understand their teachings. But in my church, raising a political ideal of any sort to the level of Sacred, no matter how fine it is, would not go unpunished.

  • iamweaver

    OK – I just have to ask. What’s the problem with a teleprompter? Do we really expect people to make every speech without notes, or text? I constantly see folk on the left and right complaining whenever those with whom they do not agree use one – but I have yet to see why it’s a bad thing, frankly.

  • alwaysAlabama

    Sarah Palin represents the segment of people who will resort to senseless statements when sound reasoning cannot be offered as good sense. Being our youth are easily influcenced this makes her very dangerous. Palin’s “difference in a hockey mom and a pit bull is lipstick” showed her fangs. She is not the only one that has led the poliitcal party to a bull ring. The Repub Party has gotten to the point of bullying in order to get things their way, I seriously believe the speaker of the house tears were to soften the image of the Repub Party. The people have been tricked. What happened in Arizona says a lot about the status of America’s government.

  • mightysparrow

    Spidermean2 said: “The shooter is an evolutionist, an atheist and a pot smoker.Sorry to burst your bubble, Spidermean2, but the vast majority of murders in the USA are committed by monotheist Christians. For you to equate evolutionists and atheists to “monsters” is itself stereotyping and dishonest.

  • jp1943

    Thanks alot John McCain! Two years ago you thoughtlessly imposed Sarah Palin on the electorate. The media built her up beyond her minimal accomplishments and now she dominates the main stream media. Enough! She has done nothing to warrant such press coverage. Let her go back to her small town in Alaska and sink back to obscurity and give us regular folks some peace. Sarah, for the love of God, please go home.

  • clairevb

    I wonder what Gabby Gifford would say to Palin about the the target she placed over her name. Oh wait, she already said that it could lead to violence. And Palin coincidentally waited until Gifford was shot before she removed the target site. Why didn’t she leave the site up if she was just express her freedom of speech? How would Palin feel if she were targeted in like manner?

  • pnorman811

    Thank you. I was just asking what “blood libel” means. Now I know. If only Ms. Sarah knew before she agreed to read this speech to us.

  • SuzinKS

    Representive Clyburn was 1000% correct. Sarah Palin is intellectually incapable of understanding the Arizona shooting. Genisis tells us that all things reproduce after their own kind. Hate produces more hate. Violence produces more violence. Intolerance produces more intolerance. Ignorance produces more ignorance. She and people like her (Limbaugh, Coulter, Hannity, O’Reilly, Ingrahm, et al) have blood on their hands over this and many other instances like it. If you sew this kind of vitrol, you will have it come back in kind. It is the basic law of nature. It is taught in the earliest scriptures. In trying to incense the party faithful, she helps to incense the warped minds. When you create an environment of hate, ignorance, and intolerance, it always produces an outcome. It can’t help but.

  • kennedye

    I’m not a religious person and had no real exposure to it growing up, so today is the first time I’ve ever hear of the term “blood libel.” Did people seriously use to believe that others would use blood in making bread? That’s not the craziest thing I’ve ever heard, but it’s definitely up there.

  • js_edit

    “Paraphrasing a verse from the Book of Isaiah, Palin said America would not be deterred by “those who embrace evil and call it good.””She’s right. For instance, we won’t be deterred by Sarah Palin.

  • BornAgainAmerican

    Only a deranged and unstable person puts the cross hairs of gun targets over members of congress, because they disagree with their vote over healthcare reform, that’s crazy. I don’t blame Palin or the Tea Party for the latest violence, but I do think they desperately need to take a course in reasoning and critical thinking. Palin’s crazy rhetoric was blamed by the Secret Service for a huge spike in violent threats on the President and his family. regards

  • hartresearch

    I dont think she understood the meaning because she is not the one that wrote the speech. She just reads what someone hands her. Im sure is is asking now what it means. Remember one thing here, the Congresswoman that was shot is jewish, perhaps in another circumstance these may not have been taken as offensive but to bring up a painful an ugly use of this term when it is connected to someone that is involved and jewish is unforgivable. She still take no responsibility for her ugly language, yes its free speech but when an elected or prominant officials uses terms as reload, taking someone out, gathering our arms (not votes-arms)using our 2nd amendament for solutions -to the normal SANE person it’s just ugly ugly comments but to someone that is looking for justification to send him over the edge it’s harmful and our leaders are suppose to be role models not antaganizers. A leader would find leadership in saying “the words I used were wrong and were not meant to influence or justify violence and I appall anyone that uses words that I have used in the past as anything other then political rhetoric and I apologize to anyone I may have offended and challenge others who have done the same to step forward and say the same”. This would have been a better speech.

  • garoth

    Sarah ALWAYS thinks she is the victim. There is SO much wrong here, it’s hard to know where begin! Has’t she read the prophets? There is certanly a place for personal responsibility, but also a place for social responsibility. In our own laws, we recognize “fighting words;” as a psychologist who teaches conflict resolution, I am aware – as any one with any brains is also aware – that speech is also action – it is th first action in dehumanizing the “other,” demonizing them, so that a perpetrator does not feel their victim is truly human, so that they can be “eliminated” as a threat without harm – in fact, the world is being done a favor, and they are th hero. The constant barrage of vitrol by Palin and others creates a direct line of responsibility for acts such as these. It is very predictable that some who are mentally ubalanced will take this vitrol to heart and thinking “something needs to be done about it, will act, seeing themsleves as heroes, eliminating those who have been portrayed to them constantly as enemies, and already less than human.As for American exceptionalism, the idea is totally foreign to any acceptable Christian understnding of church and state relationships. There is nothing sacred about our constiution, nor does it have divine roots. It is a secular document, forged, not by prophets, nor by divine revelation, but by people, for the sake of governance of an earthly “kingom.” To take that which is secular, or “less than God” and make it “sacred” is to commit blasphemy against God. It is a crime against the first two commandments. Palin’s “Christianity” seems to be “civil religion,” not actual Christianity. Unfortunately, she doesn’t seem to know the difference.

  • dparks2

    I doubt seriously that Sarah Palin had any idea what the term blood libel meant. She constantly mangles language, and often takes delight in it. That’s OK. It’s not a crime; she just happens to revel in her own ignorance.

  • ChipShirley

    GOD SAVE THE FCCFor years I have been ridiculed or ignored by my fellow liberals and the FCC as I desperately tried to warn people that our society must address the dishonest hate-speech and bigoted propaganda that has been spewing unabated from AM stations across the nation on our public airwaves.I have tried to point out that Limbaugh and Hannity and their ilk have been abusing our free speech laws to demonize their political opponents, literally speaking. Time after time I have been told by liberals in the press to ‘just ignore them, turn the channel’. But I couldn’t turn away from this hateful spectacle because I knew that there were millions of Americans who were also listening to these shows and were coming to the conclusion that the dishonest revisionist history being taught by these talk-radio hosts ‘must be true, otherwise they wouldn’t be allowed to say it on the radio’.I have filed many FCC complaints to no avail. I am not asking the FCC to control what these people say, I am simply asking for the FCC to make some room for opposing views on our public airwaves because it is only when opposing views are heard on the air on the same radio stations these hate-talkers monopolize that their followers will hear them and be forced to consider the question ‘maybe they’re right, otherwise they couldn’t say it on the radio…could they?’CHIPSHIRLEY.COM

  • usapdx

    Did Sarah hear Gabby on national news speaking at the U.S. Capital on the subject? I guess it reload time.

  • Hawaiian_Gecko

    I had a bowl of chili for lunch a bit ago, and the waitress asked me if I wanted a cracker.I then gave her a 5 minute dressing-down about how divisive and hurtful her use of the term ‘cracker’ was and that she should be ashamed of using a term that causes such pain in white people.The fact that this is an issue at all shows how depraved, contemptuous and lacking of serious thought the political left is in this country.++

  • julie10

    Sarah Palin was probably not familiar with the term “blood libel” prior to a few days ago. This statement of hers just emphasizes to me how shallow her thinking is, how dependent on words and ideas of others she is, and how ill equipped she was to accept the the Vice Presidential nomination.

  • FactChecker1

    All you have to do is look at the photos of the memorials set up to honor Rep. Giffords to understand that there is an unimaginable outpouring of love and support for her from friends and strangers alike…something that Sarah Palin, in her delusional self-indulgence, will never witness for herself. I do believe that Palin has bought the Beck fabrication of herself as the savior of the nation. The best most of us can do is ignore her. I wish the media would follow suit.

  • elderbetty

    As usual as epitomized by Sarah Palin, Republicans take all the credit for the good, but no responsibility for the bad. Sarah Palan, Sharon Angle, Michele Bachmann, Rush Limbaugh, Glenn Beck, Sean Hannity, Savage. All these have the same things in common: they never take responsibility for the lies or the incendary statements they make. And they all claim Christian authority! The Republican Party is led by liars and hypocrites and yet it leads America as easily as a race car driver parallel parks. That speaks volumns about the media and Americans.

  • loco71

    She is refusing to accept any individual responsiblity for her words and actions. And apparently she doesn’t know the difference between “evil” and “psychotic,” or “mentally ill.” But I’m not surprised.

  • MHawke

    Do not accept kool-aid from that woman!She getting really creepy.

  • DonJuan1

    All the lipstick in Alaska can’t disguise what she is.

  • ChooseBestCandidate

    who will be the first democrat to step up to the plate and denounce what went on here?who will say, “we were wrong to try and punish this woman and hold her accountable without even knowing if this man even visited her page ever…”who will admit you do not go after someone within minutes of learning of what someone else did?where are the leaders among democrats?

  • djl2357

    I think Sarah Palin’s video was well done. Blood Libel? Seems like a fitting description of what the loons are accusing her and others of. The historical accuracy and application of the term is a little off, though. But so what. She got her point across and had every right to do so. And besides, there is no copyright on the term “blood libel”, right? I’m sure though that the media will feed on this for the next week or so until people get sick and tired of it, then we can get back to more important discourse. And everyone, please pray for Rep Gifford’s recovery (assuming you pray).

  • thomasmc1957

    Next the airhead will be claiming that anyone who doesn’t agree with her is antisemitic!

  • oreosilver

    Once Ms. Palin understands what she said, she’ll no doubt “REFUDIATE IT”!!!

  • Skowronek

    Palin said: “President Reagan said, ‘We must reject the idea that every time a law is broken, society is guilty rather than the lawbreaker. It is time to restore the American precept that each individual is accountable for his actions.’ Acts of monstrous criminality stand on their own. They begin and end with the criminals who commit them, not collectively with all the citizens of a state, not with those who listen to talk radio, not with maps of swing districts used by both sides of the aisle, not with those who proudly voted in the last election.”“This is a favorite quote of conservatives, as it speaks to individual responsibility. But few people remember when Reagan said it–or why.The answer is July 31, 1968, at the platform hearings of the Republican convention in Miami that nominated Richard M. Nixon as the GOP candidate against then Vice President Hubert Humphrey. Reagan would not get elected until 12 years later, but his appearance before the platform hearings was a sensation and helped launch the fervor on the right that ultimately took him to the presidency.But he made his remarks in the middle of a debate over the urban riots that had swept the nation in the aftermath of the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr. Some in the party, such as New York Mayor John Lindsay, argued to the platform committee that policies that would help end poverty and racism were needed to stem urban violence. Reagan disagreed, saying society was not the root of crime and suggesting that Democrats had coddled criminals, ignoring the victims.”

  • Garak

    Blood libel? That’s when Zio-fascists accuse critics of Israel of anti-semitism.

  • ChooseBestCandidate

    Did Palin strike the correct tone? NO! Her comments are defensive and meant to deflect responsibility. Posted by: AMviennaVA | Janu

  • scoran

    To the libs blaming hateful rhetoric for the shooting, look in the mirror.

  • j3hess

    First, Palin absolves herself and her rhetoric of any contribution to political violence, and then she accuses the left and the media’s response of contributing to an atmosphere of violence and hate.She tries to have it both ways. Her words are powerful when she claims credit for the victories of candidates she endorsed; her words are absolved when bad consequences follow. I’m not referring to Loughner, but to the increase in right wing militias, violence against federal employees, and the threats tracked by the Southern Poverty Law Center. There is an effect of encouraging hate and fear. It occurs over and over in the political life of many nations.

  • bkllal6020

    I don’t think Sarah Palin know’s how to regret. That ability implies the existance of a conscience and intellect, and knowing the difference between right and wrong. All Palin knows how to do is incite people to violence, to divide, to hate…very base instincts common to lower forms of life.

  • tomguy1

    Discussing Sarah Palin’s musings in a column called “On Faith” is like examining Mother Teresa’s role in the BP Oil Spill.

  • miglefitz

    I applaud Palin’s use of the loaded term, because it will generate interest in the term’s true history and in the characteristic efforts by many Jews to lay exclusive claim to it as a part of their endless special pleading and victimology.[• the possession of an outlook, arising from real or imagined victimization, that seems to glorify and indulge the state of being a victim. Oxford American Dictionary] Holocaust and no end.Here is a part of an historical account of the blood libel: “Propaganda arguing that the Christians literally drank blood based on their belief in transubstantiation was written and used to persecute Christians. Romans were highly suspicious of Christian adoptions of abandoned Roman babies and this was suggested as a possible source of the blood.” This is not a history that many Jews want to share with other people who have been the victims of vicious knowing lies. It’s time they were called to account for it, in my opinion, and I applaud Palin for her courage in the face of the certain baseless charges of “anti semitism” that are already being called down upon her head. But at long last “anti semitism” is a charge that is rapidly losing the special anathema so carefully constructed for it by professional Jewish apologists since the end of World War II. For not much longer will it provide skirts to hide behind.

  • scoran

    I’m not a religious person and had no real exposure to it growing up, so today is the first time I’ve ever hear of the term “blood libel.” Did people seriously use to believe that others would use blood in making bread? That’s not the craziest thing I’ve ever heard, but it’s definitely up there.Yes, muslims and their liberal apologists still perpetrate the blood libel against jews.

  • MikeV2

    I’m not watching Palin’s video. I don’t watch or listen to Glenn Beck & Rush Limbaugh. I like to be happy. I’ve got some years left & I really don’t want to walk around with a grump on or be mad and angry. If more people sought contentment, then the world would be a much better place.

  • ken44

    It is so sad that Sarah Palin is getting so much attention for this tragedy – which is of course what keeps the cash coming in for her. Her comments are so disconnected from reality, it is hard to imagine her leading anything, let along a state or (yikes) a democratic country.

  • ken44

    along = alone.

  • yeswecan3

    I do not believe that Mrs. Palin understands what blood libel means. Her command of words and their proper usage boggles the mind. Are her ramblings that much different than Loughner’s? It is hard to believe that she holds a degree in communications.

  • awesomelm

    Unbelieveable that she actually broadcast this to the World. It is as if though, she lives in a bubble and is out of touch with the rest of America. No one, I mean absolutely no one, uses the term blood libel anymore; because, we know it can only be offense to Jews; whether meant to be or not.

  • janecarroll1

    I tried to watch the video, but like everything else she says, her comments are manufactured, unclear, creationist (pun), and just blather. Nothing is there. Like her brain, there is nothing in her speech. So after 30 seconds of blather, I turned her off. She does not deserve to have a voice in our political arena–she’s just a shill.

  • tmcbride1

    Palin’s use of the term “blood libel” was by no means just an accidental phrase on her part, given how religious she is, but it should the final straw that makes us realize she is not at all able to hold office. This is a bigoted comment, and a terrible one to make today of all days. For one thing, the person shot was a Jew, and she was shot I think by a non-Jew. Second, she makes the comment stirring up hatred and controversy when everyone else is trying to make the point that we need to tone down the rhetoric and hatred. Third, as one poster here said Palin thinks SHE was the victim, not Rep. Giffords or the child who was murdered or the other more than dozen people shot and their loved ones. It is all very sad,and she is a very sad and ignorant person.

  • StevenTAbell

    If you want to hate Sarah Palin, nothing in the universe will be able to stop you from doing it. So go ahead: this is clearly your Two Minutes Hate. And if someone puts a bullet through her, what will you say then?Steven T Abell

  • Jiggymon

    Just when you think Sarah Palin cannot stoop any lower, she does. This woman is to Christianity what Osama bin Laden is to Islam. She has no knowledge or respect for religion or mankind and spends all her time inciting hate and violence on this planet. Interesting how she is calling Jared Loughner a “lone, deranged individual”. If Jared Loughner were a Muslim, he’d be called a terrorist and would be in Gitmo right now getting waterboarded.

  • WmarkW

    “This woman is to Christianity what Osama bin Laden is to Islam.”I wouldn’t go THAT far.She’s more like what Britney Spears is to music.

  • WmarkW

    “And if someone puts a bullet through [Sarah Palin], what will you say then?”I’ll say I never suggested that it should be a capital offense to quit the position you were elected to, rake in bucks with empty rhetoric while pretending to maybe run for President, and talk up family values even though her own is dysfunctional.

  • lufrank1

    Bottom Line: The Rifle-Scope cross hairs and the NRA style vitriol spewed by Beck, Palin, O’Reilly (remember Dr. Tillman’s MURDER?), Coulter, Limbaugh and Fox News, Has OBVIOUSLY played a significant role in triggering nuts in their ultra-conservative base to Kill !ANYONE who does not understand that is, in a word, STUPID!

  • EarlC

    As a Christian, I am concerned about those like Palin who either proclaim or are viewed as mouthpieces for the right to speak for all Christians. Palin is the face of Christianity to many people in America, which is based on her elevation in politics thanks to John McCain – you remember him – the man who could not even be bothered to use the name “Jesus” when he was in Saddleback Church in the 2008 campaign. Palin began her campaign with three unsubstantiated claims, which were later proved to be false claims. So much for a Christian approach to politics. The stakes are high for President Obama at the memorial service in Arizona tonight. I pray that he speak as long as necessary to make the few points that I am sure that he will. A more intelligent, level-headed, and honest politician is very hard to find. So Sarah took eight minutes to defend herself. Too bad she did not use the past several days to do honest prayer and reflection on the events of last Saturday. Obviously, her soul searching went only as far as to present her defense. It is times like these that really test our character.

  • areyousaying

    How incredible for Palin, the political leader of fundamentalist Christians, who still put signs outside their churches that say “The Jews Killed Christ,” to use the words “Blood Libel” when their ancestors invented it.

  • mixterooney1

    Palin’s use of the term “blood libel” is offensive to Jews. Also offensive is Palin’s cynical use of the idea that a “single evil man” uninfluenced by society or the media is responsible for this crime. Of course Loughner is responsible and he will be tried and punished for his crime. However, all individuals are shaped by society and the mdedia. This is why conservatives for years have tried to ban sexual and violent content on broadcast TV or restrict the sale of pornography — because they believe that social forces and media can influence people. Now conservatives like Palin and media outlets like Fox are arguing that Loughner was an insane or “evil” aberrationa and that in general individuals act as isolated organisms immune to influence by society and the media.

  • areyousaying

    Is that a reflection of a teleprompter in her glasses? Do-as-I-say-not-as-I-do?

  • mykulw

    so much sadness on so many levels. just when i thought that the former Governor of Alaska held no surprises for me, she pulls a stunner. yes, knowing of her public nature i held no delusions about any meekness or reluctance to pull punches. yet in what can only be described as a solipsistic exercise in over defensiveness (for which i was predisposed to forgive considering) she goes and wittingly or not compares herself to persecuted, oppressed, maligned, and brutally murdered victims of racial prejudice.

  • abqcleve

    I don’t think we should obsess over Sarah Palin’s use of the phrase “blood libel.” She may or may not be aware of the historical meaning, and in any case the phrase is probably a translation from Mittelhochdeutsch, church Slavonic or some other language spoken in the middle ages on the continent of Europe, where I believe the concept originated. I think Palin was using the two words to convey her point that a lot of people are 1) libeling her 2) on the subject of spilled blood…….Interesting post—thanks for that. Just a couple of thoughts on the above. • Etymology of “blood libel”: indistinct, though first recorded use of the term was in Greece, against Jews. Terrific article here: • I agree with others here that Palin likely thought as you describe above. However, as TPM reviews today, the term “blood libel” has been in curious currency in the conservative blogosphere over the past couple of weeks, preceding the events of Saturday. Palin/her writers did not come up with this metaphor on their own. Considering this term is, in my experience, used almost exclusively in the US by Jews to describe Christian and Nazi libels against/persecution of Jews, I have a hunch the term gained currency in the conservative world because conservative Jews may have sought to draw a victimization parallel between Jews and conservatives. I highly doubt, as some have speculated, that this was some sort of coded appeal to anti-Semitism; I think it’s more likely the opposite. Palin is a strong supporter of the fundamentalist perspective that appears to revere certain aspects of Judaism, especially as it relates to prophecies of the “end time.” I really think that’s what Palin is going for: the main theme of her video was “Sarah as victim.”• Whatever one thinks of Palin, you do have to hand her props for so consistently elevating malapropism to the level of legitimacy. We haven’t seen someone with skill at this level since Yogi Berra.

  • bags2007

    It looks like people in every corner of this debate are hollering about collective guilt. Several liberals on this comment board are howling about “The Right,” as if all conservatives share a single brain. Several conservatives are howling about “The Left,” as if all liberals share a single brain. Where will it end?

  • abqcleve

    who will say, “we were wrong to try and punish this woman and hold her accountable without even knowing if this man even visited her page ever…”….Posted by: ChooseBestCandidate | January 12, 2011 2:22 PM Not many, but a number of us on the WAPO blog have been all week. Also, TNR and other “liberal” journals have been pointing this out as well. I get the frustration of many liberals who leaped at the apparent “opportunity” to blast the worst of the conservatives; but as I and others have been pointing out, that’s not only morally and logically wrong, it’s doing nothing but handing a plausible but specious (because, regardless of Tucson, Palin and Beck, especially, have been riding the knife’s edge of propriety) defense case to the right, as we see evident in your post and Palin’s video.

  • areyousaying

    psst …she’s not “Governor” Palin. She quit before her term was over. Remember?

  • civilityfreak

    Thank you, JFV123, for raising the issue of accountability. Is it “accountable” to suggest that cross-hairs on a map of congressional districts were actually “surveyors’ marks” and were never intended to suggest gun sites? Really?

  • October10S

    I’m not surprised that Sarah Palin would use a religiously and socially loaded term like “blood libel,” without any clue what it means. She is the leader of a group that accused the health reform bill of creating “death panels” and likened President Obama to Hitler. First, this is precisely the kind of inflamatory rhetoric that sane people are tired of hearing and that likely influenced (even if indirectly) JLL. Second, it shows profound ignorance and a lack of sensitivity to people who actually did face “death panels” and suffered at the hands of Hitler. It undermines and belittles their very real suffering. But Palin and her ilk are just too obtuse to get that. NOTHING that has happened in the past 50 years compares to the Third Reich. NOTHING!! And certainly no accusation lobbied against Sarah Palin by the media or any liberal commentator compares to the “blood lible” leveled against Jews. To use that term in such a cavalier and self-serving way is craven. Sarah Palin isn’t the victim of a “blood lible,” she is simply suffering the consequences of her choice to rely heavily on inflammatory and violent rhetoric to get her message across. Only her deluded sycophants would defend her. Sarah Palin has no sense of gravitas, decency or restraint. She is done as any kind of viable candidate. I, for one, thank God for it.

  • catshoes2008

    Did she strike the right tone? No. Better would have been if she had said, “Let there be peace on earth, and let it begin with me”… and taken just a teeny little bit of responsibility for her use of, uh, surveyor’s marks. (Do surveyors really say “RELOAD!” a lot?)

  • sarvenk63

    Forgive her. For the idiot knows not what she talks about. She just read what some other idiot wrote for her. As long as there is a good mix of words like “God given” “liberty”, “freedom”, “Reagon”, “founding fathers”, “constitution” etc. she thinks she has done a good job.

  • FactChecker1

    ‘If you want to hate Sarah Palin, nothing in the universe will be able to stop you from doing it. So go ahead: this is clearly your Two Minutes Hate. And if someone puts a bullet through her, what will you say then?’ So wrote one person here.I do not see one person saying they hate Sarah Palin. You see, this is what your ilk attempt to do. Disdain, dismissal, dislike, disregard…none of these translate to Hate. It is such simplistic thinking that precludes any rational debate. Listen. Think. Analyze. We will all be the better off for it.

  • Good2

    I think she ‘gets it’ fine, you and this paper don’t get it with your hateful attacks on her.Did Barack Øbama’s Violent Rhetoric Inspire Mass Murder In Arizona?The media and democrats want us to focus on the nation’s “caustic political climate” after the tragedy yesterday. Maybe they should start with President Obama.He may be the worst offender.** Obama to His Followers: “Get in Their Faces!”** Obama on ACORN Mobs: “I don’t want to quell anger. I think people are right to be angry! I’m angry!”** Obama to His Mercenary Army: “Hit Back Twice As Hard”** Obama on the private sector: “We talk to these folks… so I know whose ass to kick.“** Obama to voters: Republican victory would mean “hand to hand combat”** Obama to lib supporters: “It’s time to Fight for it.”** Obama to Latino supporters: “Punish your enemies.”** Obama to democrats: “I’m itching for a fight.”If the media really wants to improve the “caustic political climate” they may want to start at the White House, each other and their contant personal vitriol against Sarah Palin.

  • bags2007

    Interesting statistic: I just did a couple of CTRL+F searches. Three commenters who were apparently liberals referred to “The Right” as a single entity. Meanwhile, eight conservatives referred to “The Left” in that way. Most of these 11 commenters were blaming the other side for one thing or another. Based on this admittedly small sample, we might conclude that a conservative is more likely to embrace the idea of collective guilt or social sin than a liberal is.The difference between eight and three looks starker if we adjust for the overall composition of the sample, which I estimate to be 40 percent liberal, 25 percent are conservative and 35 percent neither particularly liberal nor particularly conservative. That’s just an off-the-cuff estimate, though. I didn’t take the time to count liberals, conservatives and “neithers” in the overall sample. And, in any case, both the three liberals and the eight conservatives are in the minority for their respective groups, so I still think it’s fair to say that neither “most liberals” nor “most conservatives” believe in collective guilt.

  • abu_ibrahim

    «How incredible for Palin, the political leader of fundamentalist Christians, who still put signs outside their churches that say “The Jews Killed Christ,” to use the words “Blood Libel” when their ancestors invented it.»Posted by: areyousaying | January 12, 2011 3:12 PM O AreYouSaying, ¿where is the church with this sign outside it? Huh? Is it east or west of the Mississippi River? Is it north or south of the Mason-Dixon Line? Can you name the town this church is in, the street or avenue that it is on? What «fundamentalist Christian» denomination does this church belong to, huh? The Westboro Baptist Church, ¿does even the Westboro Baptist Church have a sign outside it that says «The Jews Killed Christ»? Has someone taken a picture of this sign and posted it on YouTube, or elsewhere on the Internet? If there is no picture of the sign on the Internet, I do not believe that such a church with such a sign exists.Sense, anyone with any sense knows that this «collective guilt» is a libel, a lie, the whole thing is a lie, none of it ever happened, we know it is a lie because the Holy Quran says in Surah 4:157-158, That they said (in boast), «We killed Christ Jesus the son of Mary, the Messenger of Allah», but they killed him not, nor crucified him, but so it was made to appear to them, and those who differ therein are full of doubts, with no (certain) knowledge, but only conjecture to follow, for of a surety they killed him not. Nay, Allah raised him up unto Himself; and Allah is Exalted in Power, Wise.Dumb enough, there may be Christians (Mel Gibson?) who are dumb enough to believe the «blood libel» that «The Jews Killed Christ», but they are not dumb enough to put up a sign saying so outside their churches, the Zionists would sue them for their back teeth for libel and slander and defamation, and the Zionists would have the Holy Quran on their side (for once!), because for a surety the Jews killed him not.

  • Rand-al-Thor

    Within 2 hours of the shooting, a NY Times columnist blamed the shooting partially on Sarah Palin.She is a victim.Speaking of victims… in three months, most of the liberals on this blog will be calling the murderer a “victim: when he gets the death penalty. Save your self-righteousness for then.

  • Nemo24601

    So I guess it’s all right to crucify Sarah Palin for her use of the term “blood libel”. Crucify? Oh, my bad.

  • harrytam

    I would advise everyone who is not an atheist to pray. Go into a quiet room and ask for God’s wisdom instead of listening to pundits or politicians. The Holy Spirit will guide you and our Lord Jesus, our Wonderful Counselor and Prince of Peace will teach you not to hate and not to be self-righteous. To those who spew hatred and anger, you know full well that this is NOT from God.The foundation of Christ’s teachings is love and compassion, even love for the enemy. For those who focus on hatred, even if it is hatred towards sinners, you know that it is not from Christ.Beware of false prophets.

  • adc35

    From reading the comments posted here, I really can’t see how come the conservatives, republicans, teaparty members (simply Palin, Limbaugh, Beck, Bachman, Angle followers)don’t see how their divisive, inflammatory, cynical mutinies rhetoric has led to this incident. The fact of the matter is this was a young kid -disturbed-yes but evil-no. He was influenced by the media’s consistent display of the evil views of thoses called out in this message. These people are responsible for what happened and the followers that blog will disagree but in the same instance call me a liberal dog, or lib or some other deragotory name meant to demean or belittle me (as if I wasn’t an American as they and from some foreign country or planet). Listen to how angry they are towards the people that are simply sick of this unintelligent woman trying to make herself look like somebody. She shouldn’t be on the national scene in anyway, not DWTS, the discovery channel or any form of public display. Its not that I don’t like the woman, I actually can’t stand her because she is illinformed and unitelligent but wants eveyone that sees her to beleive she is presidential or even congressional. Give her an SAT test, then write an article about her score. But her followers don’t want to be civil, they want to attack. This is the way they express themselves but they don’t think any of this is to blame for this kid’s decision to shoot people. I bet in five minutes after this post, I will be every libthis or libthat in the book. This is the kind of stuff that caused the incident in Arizona. Wake up! (see I didn’t say idiots or anything else) Just Wake Up!

  • Good2

    Maybe Obama is to blame for the shooting? Using the lefts logic, he may be the worst offender.** Obama to His Followers: “Get in Their Faces!”** Obama on ACORN Mobs: “I don’t want to quell anger. I think people are right to be angry! I’m angry!”** Obama to His Mercenary Army: “Hit Back Twice As Hard”** Obama on the private sector: “We talk to these folks… so I know whose ass to kick.“** Obama to voters: Republican victory would mean “hand to hand combat”** Obama to lib supporters: “It’s time to Fight for it.”** Obama to Latino supporters: “Punish your enemies.”** Obama to democrats: “I’m itching for a fight.”If the media really wants to improve the “caustic political climate” they may want to start at the White House, each other and their constant personal vitriol against Sarah Palin.

  • adc35

    From reading the comments posted here, I really can’t see how come the conservatives, republicans, teaparty members (simply Palin, Limbaugh, Beck, Bachman, Angle followers)don’t see how their divisive, inflammatory, cynical mutinies rhetoric has led to this incident. The fact of the matter is this was a young kid -disturbed-yes but evil-no. He was influenced by the media’s consistent display of the evil views of thoses called out in this message. These people are responsible for what happened and the followers that blog will disagree but in the same instance call me a liberal dog, or lib or some other deragotory name meant to demean or belittle me (as if I wasn’t an American as they and from some foreign country or planet). Listen to how angry they are towards the people that are simply sick of this unintelligent woman trying to make herself look like somebody. She shouldn’t be on the national scene in anyway, not DWTS, the discovery channel or any form of public display. Its not that I don’t like the woman, I actually can’t stand her because she is illinformed and unitelligent but wants eveyone that sees her to beleive she is presidential or even congressional. Give her an SAT test, then write an article about her score. But her followers don’t want to be civil, they want to attack. This is the way they express themselves but they don’t think any of this is to blame for this kid’s decision to shoot people. I bet in five minutes after this post, I will be every libthis or libthat in the book. This is the kind of stuff that caused the incident in Arizona. Wake up! (see I didn’t say idiots or anything else) Just Wake Up!

  • mmwatch

    The following “loaded” terms should also be considered “off limits” for use in any manner other than the strictest definition:”Witch hunt” — only to be used when discussing the history of witchcraft, I’ll be working on completing this list over the next say, 30 years or so, I expect it will eventually be about 600 pages long, so until then WATCH WHAT YOU SAY, LEST YOU OFFEND SOMEONE; in particular, DON’T EVER USE ANY WORDS THAT JEWS HAVE LAID EXCLUSIVE CLAIM TO.

  • DavidC8

    Does anyone see the parallel of this type of online video release with those of similar ilk by Osama Bin Laden coming out of hiding to preach in religious code to his followers? Gosh it’s a freaky similarity.

  • DavidC8

    Does anyone else see the parallel of this type of online video release with those of Osama Bin Laden coming out of hiding to preach in religious code to his followers? Gosh it’s a freaky similarity.

  • Ivfab

    Perfect speech by Palin.And a little sound bite to get all the whining computer geeks busy and focused. I almost want to cry over the tragedy felt by many that Sarah Palin used again the WORDs. Soon no one will be allowed to say anything that might displease some special interest groups who use every possibility to get into spotlight with Sarah’s name as a ladder. But then, how would they support their cause. That would be nice, right? Be glad ( as You really are) that Sarah said what she said. Vanity Fair.Knowing the reaction will be predictable, better ask why Palin used ,as it appears, politincorrect word. I am absolutely sure she knew the reaction and all this whining vanity (like of those who eat chicken but can not kill a moose) will again increase the numbers of her supporters.She threw the bite, so many got caught.Wise move, Sarah. Very refreshing to hear voice of normalcy in the society corrupted by people earning money on pretending to be victimized by virtually everything.

  • Duffey

    Ms. Palin has never had a creative thought. I believe one of her “born again” speech writers penned this, and as usual Ms. Palin never bothered to evaluate the content, but just read it verbaitim. I know some will say she can’t read. Not true, she just can’t think for herself.

  • otis1

    Anti-semitism, racism, incendiary rhetoric, unsubstantiated accusations, like pornography, we all know what it is when we see it or hear it. We hear Congressman call the president a liar during a state of the union address, when another Congressman prays for Obama to fail during open session, when Palin talks about blood libel, a drug addicted Limbaugh rants on liberals, Imus with his “nappy” comments back on the air, Beck talks about death panels…what a sad and degenerate state our public discourse has become.

  • medpeakyoung

    Whether or not the murderer felt any kinship

  • ianf46

    As a foreigner, I am astonished that this strange woman is taken so seriously by so many in the US. Of course, in a time of crisis in 1930s Germany, thousands identified with the simple solutions and stirring rhetoric of a similarly attractive speaker. But if you listen to what she actually says it is shallow, self-serving and often just plain wrong – but she says it so well. Wrapping herself in the Flag as a ‘good’ American and self-describing herself as a crusading Christian is a gross libel to both groups. So many of her views on America and Christianity would be repugnant to most adherents to both. Without Fox to promote her and her inflammatory rhetoric, she would be hunting furry animals for a living. Fox, the GOP and the shadowy forces of big business have much to apologise for. She’s just their enthusiastic tool, just as Loughner is just a deranged but well-armed individual, susceptible to anyone promoting simple remedies to complex issues.Of course the squawking Hawks are not guilty of the shootings – but nor are they totally innocent. America has much to be proud of and to teach other communities but there is also much the rest of us are pleased to have avoided – so far. Hopefully we will have learnt those lessons as well.

  • mmwatch

    IANF46: You may be a foreigner, but you spout the party line like a lifelong, thoroughly indoctrinate American socialist liberal (er, progressive). Welcome to America.

  • razelme

    Seriously, what are the chances that Sarah Palin picked the term ‘blood libel’ out of the air? She knew exactly what she was saying. Does she even realize that Gabrielle Giffords is Jewish? And if she does, her comments are even more insensitive.

  • laskafootNmouth

    Would someone please stick some duct tape over Sarah’s mouth so she can’t get her foot in?

  • poodlemom

    All the pundits that I have listened to all said they did not blame Palin but criticized the words she used that crazies may take in the wrong way but they did bring up FACTS like, Palin’s map with cross-hairs with names of those running that she wanted voted out. The FACT that there is a video of Rep. Giffords talking about this and how words have consequences and the FACT that this woman has been shot in the head. The FACT that Palin took this map off her website after the shootings. So it is now wrong that journalists and pundits can’t bring this up because it may make Palin feel uncomfortable?? Somehow she is able to say what she wants but when anyone criticizes her they are stepping on “her” free speech. I personally don’t trust anyone who can’t look at themselves and say that maybe they have said or done something that was a mistake I thought that was a Christian thing to do. And to say that words don’t have consequences knows nothing about history. Palin has proven that she isn’t a leader just a woman that is way over her head in this political game and her little speech on this tragedy just shows her how much she thinks everything is always about her and the dead and injured be damned

  • usapdx

    Better off staying in your igloo till the dust settles.

  • tomguy1

    abqcle said: “Whatever one thinks of Palin, you do have to hand her props for so consistently elevating malapropism to the level of legitimacy. We haven’t seen someone with skill at this level since Yogi Berra.”Except that Yogi Berra was a genius playing the fool, while Palin is exactly the opposite.

  • scoran

    The same liberals who are “defending” Jews today when they normally demonize them, especially over Israel (Remember Helen Thomas, and how the jews control america?) are the SAME people who say if someone makes an antisemitic comment, and the speaker is arab, you say “that’s not possible! arabs are semites too!”Shows how liberals will behave when they have a political point to make, and tomorrow they’ll go back to hating jews like usual.

  • scoran

    I bet if I searched for author names on any topic about Helen Thomas and get comments about Jews, I would find these liberals here who are feigning support for jews were teh FIRST ones to day that jews control the media when the Helen Thomas story broke out.

  • Chops2

    All she has is attack, she’s a one trick pony and I am so sick of seeing the same trick over and over

  • bleuu007

    I agree with you,Duffey. It is not possible that Palin was able to pen the speech. She may have even been tricked into releasing it. That way she can blame someone else for it’s content.

  • mini1071

    I’m sure Mrs. Palin had no intent in her use of the term bloodlibel based on its historical meaning – she would not have known that anymore than knowing that haze in the distance from her backyard wasn’t Russia.

  • wwIIbaby

    Well. . .Sarah Palin has what she always

  • sportsfan2

    Does the desire for more tolerant discussion mean the end of two years of blasting Palin?

  • MrMeaner

    Leftists have attacked Palin since the day McCain picked her as a running mate. And for what? What has this woman done or said that would cause you to devote your miserable existences to destroying her?

  • AMviennaVA

    Did Palin strike the correct tone? NO! Her comments are defensive and meant to deflect responsibility. I hate to point out that Christianity requires the individual to search within himself and identify ways to improve himself. The last thing Christianity permits is deflection of responsibility FROM oneself.

  • grason

    Sarah thinks she is the real victim of this shooting.

  • Jose5

    Sacred charter? Really? It was written by men who had no respect for non-propertied men, non whites, and women. How can it be sacred?

  • pirate1

    I don’t think her use of the term “blood libel” was in any way an accident. She is speaking in fundamentalist code to her people.

  • eurohistorian

    Palin ought to get her facts straight and look up the term blood libel rather than assign her own meaning to it. (In this sense she may feel yet another affinity with Loughner, who ranted against the overregulation of language). And if she thinks it really is libel, then she should put her money where her mouth is and sue the alleged libelers. As to individual responsibility, nobody operates in a complete vacuum. On a related theme, I note already that several on the left (Olbermann, Sharpton) have apologized for inflammatory remarks they made in the past. I have yet to hear the same from th e likes of Beck, Palin, Limbaugh, Hannity, et al.

  • glacialerratic

    Palin’s apologia pro vita sua is a particularly disgraceful piece of political charlatanry.

  • tracymohr

    She really doesn’t understand that it’s not about her.Oh, and that reflection in her glasses? A teleprompter.

  • tinyjab40

    Mrs. Palin is getting what she wants. She is still being written about and discussed on TV.I hope she continues to be a talk show host and author and doesn’t run for another elective office . . . ever.

  • jessicagreen1

    Sarah Palin is a master of rounding up her flock and pointing to the rest of us as those who are responsible for all that is wrong. “Blood libel” is a perfect example. In one emotion-gripped phrase she has managed to identify with the persecuted, bring in religion, and tie it all to historic horrors Jews faced…which of course cannot help but bring up thoughts of Hitler, Nazis, death camps and all the imagery Palin keeps close.She is an divisive extremist that appeals to the worst in people.I hope her map is her undoing.

  • lindsaycurren

    Sarah Palin, north western queen of the “Open mouth, insert foot” territory.However, one needs to have compassion for Palin. Like most things that come out of her mouth, she rarely understands what she’s saying. I doubt she knew the social and historical context of this phrase, or how wounding it could be for so many of her fellow Americans, and Jews watching from abroad. But, as she said in her statement, she’s wholly responsible for that lack of knowledge, because every man is an island, and the acts of a deranged person, are her’s alone.None of this will likely stop her seeking election. Maybe in 2012 her signs will read, “I’m voting for the Shiksa.”

  • manv

    Notice the flag to her left! Who does this media hog think she is?

  • hitpoints

    Regarding the unfortunate use of “blood libel”: Sarah Palin is either an ignorant idiot, a socially inconsiderate jerk, or both. My money’s on the latter.

  • arancia12

    Stunningly self-centered, self-serving, and obtuse.

  • 2mtsenie

    I think Palin’s handler’s and speech writers should have waited on this one. The use of the one line negative zingers is what got her in trouble… She’s is wayyy to divisive…She was reading a teleprompter..!!!!

  • rhalter3633

    Well, as a Catholic who attends one of the more progressive churches, and prefers the Jesuit and Franciscan orders for their emphases on education and social justice, no, I do not think she stuck the right tone because I do not agree with her basic precepts. I also do not think she has her religious facts straight. Jesus called for us to act in ways that are counter to her rhetoric. I believe that what he preached WAS a social gospel, and that Christians are failing en masse in following his example. I believe that she is being sincere about what she believes, however, to me it smacks of self-involved narcissism and political opportunism. Too bad for her.

  • JimZ1

    Sarah Palin’s expressions during this video are nothing short of CREEPY. It looks like she’s giving a speech to the local Rotary Club. There is nothing genuine about her.

  • ehsmith1

    All the perfumes of Arabia will not sweeten Sarah’s little hands.

  • Maddogg

    Palin loves to stir the pot of hate and discord. Just think of how many nut jobs, like herself, she has stirred up.

  • fishman2

    Is it any wonder it took Palin six years to graduate college?

  • philipdclarke

    Sarah Palin never gets it right, in order to do so she would need an education.

  • mono1

    for so god loved the world he nailed his *only son* to the cross and his blood is all over the place for the sin and sake of mankind?????????could,not god forgive mankind instead of nailing his $only son$ in this brutal manner ?and for what?because of nippleing on the tree of knoweldge?what do you expect from the above blood libel?and delusion??????

  • denver13

    It’s a wonder she could deliver a speech without snarling and I’m surprised she wasn’t carrying her gun. And face it. A lot of people really love her gun toting, bible banging rhetoric.

  • spidermean2

    The shooter is an evolutionist, an atheist and a pot smoker.The school is to blamed for making this young man a monster.

  • 02Pete

    It has been a couple of years now since the 2008 elections and the emergence of the Tea Party — enough time for some of those who have become prominent political candidates or public figures to use their First Amendment rights to build a public record of their views, expressed in their own words.Their public records, and their words, speak for themselves. Sarah Palin names her perceived political adversaries, including Representative Giffords, as “targets,” uses rifle crosshairs to mark the locations of their legislative districts on a map, and urges her supporters to “reload.” Michele Bachmann encourages her supporters to be “armed and dangerous,” and tells them that the President of their country is “anti-American.” Sharron Angle suggests that if her supporters are not successful at the ballot box, they should consider resorting to “Second Amendment alternatives.”More broadly, officeholders and candidates such as John Kyl, Jim DeMint, Jeb Hensarling, Mike Pence and Rand Paul have built their public identities and their political careers not on devising workable solutions to our country’s many challenges, but on vilifying anyone they perceive as disagreeing with them.As Americans and as voters, we are entitled to evaluate for ourselves what conclusions to draw about their moral and intellectual fitness to hold public office or exert political leadership, based on the public records they have built in their own words.

  • fmamstyle

    Please defend this cretin, all of you teabaggers. But when you do, take ownership of the fact that you are utterly beneath contempt. This is what passes as leadership among the tea party. This is what you wanted, so do not attempt to hide from it. Say it loud and proud in public. Present yourselves for who you are, or we will need to carve it into your foreheads.

  • pjohn2

    If the press would ignore this delusional egotist, maybe the country would be in a better place. She has proven her ignorance, insensitivity and downright “meanness” again and again. Stop giving her a platform. She is the darling of a lunatic fringe with no concept of historical, religious or moral values nor of “normal” behavior.

  • spidermean2

    Stupidity is self destructive.More destruction is coming very soon.

  • Badger21

    The reality is that in the recent closer examination by the public of her hate rhetoric and the posting of crosshairs on candidates is that Sarah’s disturbed little 15 minutes of fame is quickly coming to an end.No doubt she will resurface from time to time to spew more drivel…lets continue to ignore her and she can have Alaska to herself.

  • lindsaycurren

    Yes Fishman2. Here we have Gabby Giffords, Jewish, bloodied, and hanging on to life. And then Sarah Palin, Christian, (and as I am also a Christian I wont say she’s “allegedly a Christian,” but I do have serious doubts with both her behavior and her use of faith publicly in what looks like actions counter to Christ’s call), unbloodied, opportunistic, and alleging she’s suffering from blood libel. She’s not just a ding bat. She’s got a forked tongue.

  • jonswitzer

    To the pure all things are pure, to the wicked all things are wicked. Sarah’s seven and a half minutes were pure Conservative philosophy delivered with genuine sincerity: 1. Each individual is responsible for their own actions. Lawbreakers should be held to account personally. 2. Intense debate is a hallmark of our nation and one of it’s greatest strengths 3. The Constitution should be treated with respect and honored by endeavoring to learn from it’s precepts not by seeking to re-interpret it 4. Good people know how to rise up in crisis and do what’s right. That was a good summary of the last 200 years of conservatism from Edmund Burke down through Reagan. I assure you that conservatives will stand up and cheer.

  • jhpurdy

    I believe the term “blood libel” refers not only to the myth of the murder of Christians by Jews for ritual purposes, but to the supposed murder of Christian children (e.g., in England the story of “Little Hugh of Lincoln.”) What I don’t understand is where Palin possibly got the term from. It can’t be something she just thought up. I am betting that one of her advisers came across it and thought it simply meant accusing someone of having blood on his or her hands. In any event, it exposes her ignorance of history, which surprises me not at all.

  • ChrisFord1

    There is nothing special about the Jews. Other groups throughout history have been victims of blood libel, so ADL claims that ONLY Jews can use the term in their own special history is ridiculous. And overlooks that when Lefties went on the attack blaming Palin, Limbaugh, Fox, Red Staters, the “hating haters of the Tea Party and Republican rhetoric” while the dead had yet to be bagged and the wounded were still in ER – many of the blood libel accusers were actually progressive Jews. Maybe the ADL should focus not on claiming that only Jews can use the term blood libel…and focus instead on telling Jewish leftists to knock off the exploitative blood libel directed at their political enemies. Starting with Paul Krugman.And in ironies of ironies, the shooter, Jared Loughner, is half Jewish. As was the Congresswoman, and another of the 20 shot.Fortunately, no one decided to pin what Loughner did on his being Jewish…though that “connection” was a lot more tenable than blaming Sarah Palin (who I don’t like but will defend from a lynching)..

  • gigigirl2

    wow, such hatred for this woman, so much vitriol….

  • fmamstyle

    SPIDERMEAN2, Defend this cretin proudly. Take ownership of your leadership among the tea party. This is what you wanted, so do not attempt to hide from it. Say it loud and proud in public. Present yourself for who you are. Do not be anonymous in here and vomit your ugliness. Do it in public where people can respond to you with the appropriate methods. Are you chicken?

  • Maddogg

    Real issues are being lost with discussion of these nut jobs like Palin, Beck, Hannity.I’d like to know why Republican/Tea Party voters support candidates that export their jobs and lower their wages and allow illegals into the country (like Ronnie Raygun). I’d also like to know why Republican/Tea Party voters support death camps in Arizona for the medically ill, while they also support (and fund) single- payer health care for Iraqi’s.

  • enzo2

    Unbelievable.The posters here so far seem to have forgotten, or have not bothered to search out, the truth behind the shooters motives, and the evidence is piling up that those motives had absolutely zero to do with Palin, Beck, Limbaugh, and anyone else on the Right side of the political spectrum.Yet, in their rush to score political points, the vast majority of the Left stated that, without any doubt, Palin and others on the Right were responsible.Now that the Left has been proven wrong (once again), will we hear any apologies from them for the viscous libeling of Palin and others? No. And this tragedy will continue to be used by the more unscrupulous Lefties as a convenient sound bite to try scoring points for the next few years.Palin has every right to sound somewhat defensive – she has been accused in the media and on the political stages around the world, as being an accessory to murder.Too bad that the law does not allow suing against political libel speech – the majority of politicians would be in jail.

  • fishman2

    Is it any wonder it took Palin six years to graduate college?

  • lamurud

    With rambling like this from Sarah Palin, is it possible she is becoming more and more looney by the day? How did this woman ever become a governor? She is better off talking about the elk and deer of the Alaskan wilderness.

  • fmamstyle

    sarah palin does not speak for me. i am not a “real” american.

  • lddoyle2002

    Shotgun $arah should know something about “manufacturing” libel. It’s a practice she’s made millions from over the past 2 years.

  • arancia12

    I hope the WaPo and On Faith will pull Spidermean’s post about destruction down quickly. He is a true disciple of Mrs. Palin and her ilk and his post is disturbed, much like Spider’s disturbed mind.Perhaps the WaPo should have Homeland Security investigate since the rhetoric sounds much like Loughner’s.

  • WESHS49

    Once again Sarah Palin has demonstrated that her thinking is much to shallow for a candidate for the Presidency.No member of the media has accused her of being directly responsible for this terrible incident.She has been rightfully criticized for her bizarre comments consisting of gun-play analogiesThere are mentally disturbed people who very well may be encouaged to commit acts of violence by her comments.The horrific incident in Arizona should serve as a reminder of this fact.

  • da55

    Hypocrite

  • joshuaostevens

    Look, Former Half-Term Governor Palin. I get it, you make noise for a living. And I am willing to listen to anyone who might have something to contribute to our national discussion, even you. but you lost me at ‘blood libel.’ This isn’t a blood libel. even if I said publicly ‘this is Sarah Palin’s fault, one hundred percent’ it still isn’t a blood libel. Little Saint Hugh? Simon of Trent? there are some blood libels. No one, Former Half Term Governor Palin, is dragging your family into the street, butchering and burning them. but then, words mean what you think they mean, don’t they? what they mean to others is irrelevant to you, only what you (or the guy who writes your fb page) want them to mean. you don’t even know what a blood libel is, do you? do you know the history of the term? the damage it has done? or did it just kind of sound cool?it’s that very same denial that words have meaning to others that so many pundits are using (cough cough, Dr. Krauthammer) to loudly proclaim how clean their hands are. when faced with a claim that maybe we ALL should take a good hard look at ourselves in the aftermath of tragedy, spending all your time searching for reasons you aren’t responsible is the act of an immature child (or a really good lawyer) We have real problems, as a country, as a society and as a world. Caterwauling children don’t help. That’s what you are, Former Half Term Governor Palin: a child. you are a spoiled little girl standing over spilled milk screaming about how it wasn’t your fault. Fine, we get that. but since you have nothing to contribute beyond that, why don’t you let the grownups talk now?

  • Barnes848

    Up until this point in time, I was willing to give her the benefit of the doubt. This nails it for me. She is a political opportunist and she sees no merit in the view that heated rhetoric pushes mentally unstable people over the deep end. SHE WILL NOT take responsibility in any way for her overheated and irresponsible way of talking. As far as she is concerned the whole talking point about overheated rhetoric and martial terms applied to politics is a non sequitor…it is just not relevant here. Frankly, something rare has happened here as a result of her behavior on this video. I am struck speechless.This woman is a professional victim. I never saw that before in her.This video explains a lot about her mindset and her emotional state. It seems that I cut her too much slack in the past.This woman is not well. Not at all.CWO3 Tom Barnes, USCG (Ret.)

  • arancia12

    wow, such hatred for this woman, so much vitriol….POSTED BY: GIGIGIRL2 ________________As a veteran of the military I tend to have strong emotions about a person who threatens my country. Guess it was just impressed upon me to defend the Constitution against domestic enemies.

  • lordmi

    she sounds like it is time to question her mental abilities…

  • phillyrs1

    The ‘save the world’ culture of the child like American left wing is rationalizing this by a call to action to demonization of the right wings value’s. It’s looking to polics for a rationalization and clinging to left wing culture in a time of need. Sarah Palin and the Tea Party’s value’s did not kill those people. To demonize the right

  • JoeODonnell

    Sarah Palin celebrates a culture and supports of a system of laws that promote easy access to firearms for pretty much anyone not yet identified as a criminal or a kook. She has used gun-related imagery in her speech and writings. It would be unfair to connect her directly with the enormity in Tuscon. But she bears a piece of ongoing responsibility for all the gun mayhem in this country.

  • ZZim

    Sarah thinks she is the real victim of this shooting. = = = = = Well, her political enemies WANT her to be the real victim of this shooting. I suppose it’s still up in the air as to whether they will succeed.Here’s the Liberal thought process at work: “Oh heavens, look at this trage… wait a minute, I can use this fortunate event against Sarah Palin, woo-hoo!”.

  • jjlj

    There must be something in Ms. Palin that absolutely drives liberals nuts. I have never seen the fixation by a group on one individual manifest itself in such blathering. Makes me wonder why I voted for Obama instead of McCain.

  • sharronkm

    Perhaps Sarah would have been wiser to keep quiet rather than issuing this statement. As usual, her choice of words is troubling.

  • saltydog3

    Her comments are not surprising since her beliefs embrace the philosophical underpinnings that underlie our constitution: Individualism. Her show is a showcase for individualism.

  • jjlj

    There must be something in Ms. Palin that absolutely drives liberals nuts. I have never seen the fixation by a group on one individual manifest itself in such blathering. Makes me wonder why I voted for Obama instead of McCain.

  • TheHillman

    I’m not Jewish. But I do have Jewish friends. No, really, I do.I’ve talked to two of them this morning.Neither of them is very political.Both said that using the term ‘blood libel’ in this case was astonishingly insulting to pretty much the entire Jewish experience over the past several thousand years.It took Jews centuries to convince people that they didn’t kill babies for their blood.And Palin revives the idea for cheap political gain?She can count on losing what few Jewish votes she had.And maybe that’s the point. Trade a few Jewish votes for countless Christian ones.

  • abqcleve

    Many folks this morning have already commented on what I also saw: a petty, defensive performance. With this video, Palin has clearly told the nation that she has no aspirations whatsoever beyond milking the right wing fringe. I’m actually someone who completely agrees that too many on the left in the past few days blew it when the leaped from Loughner to Palin and Beck in their frantic chain of causality. But this video “refudiates” any claim this charlatan may have made to step boldly onto a national platform. She’s a petty, greedy, small human being.

  • arancia12

    I altered your post, Zim, so you could see how it appears from the other side. Please explain why this is not true but your assertion is? “Here’s (the Liberal) Sarah Palin’s thought process at work: “Oh heavens, look at this (trage)tragedy… wait a minute, I can use this fortunate event (against Sarah Palin,) to promote myself and make money off the lemmings, woo-hoo!”.POSTED BY: ZZIM

  • maestrojmk

    Thank you Sarah Palin for taking a day of mourning and turning it into a pity party for yourself. Thank you for butchering the meaning of blood libel and making your 8 minute diatribe against the evil media into an anti-semitic rant. Thank you for having the uncanny ability to insert foot into mouth. I sincerely hope you win the 2012 GOP nomination!

  • Misty630

    So if Sarah Palin and her followers believe in absolute individualism then why do they want to tell me what to do with my body? And for that matter, who I worship and where I worship?

  • mmwatch

    “Blood Libel” is a truly excellent, descriptive, insightful, and evocative description of what liberal pundits and politicians have engaged in since the shootings, especially as so many of those hateful words have been directed at Sarah Palin (see this thread).Well said, and well done, Mrs. Palin. She looks more statesmanlike with every passing day.

  • TheHillman

    Is Palin aware that Giffords is Jewish, and that the shooter quoted Mein Kampf as an influence? You know, the book where Hitler blames the Jews for everything?And still she comes out with ‘blood libel’ against her? Really?

  • abu_ibrahim

    O Elizabeth, yes, Sarah did strike the right tone, she is using «blood libel» as a metonym for «collective guilt», and she is repudiating the idea of «collective guilt», the proof that this is what she is doing comes from her quotation of our President Ronald Reagan, who said, «We must reject the idea that every time a law is broken, society is guilty rather than the lawbreaker. It is time to restore the American precept that each individual is accountable for his actions.»Biggest blood libel, it comes from Christian Bible, Gov. Palin was governor of Alaska, Gov. Pilate was governor of Palestine (before Zionists occupied it in Christian year 1948), Gov. Pilate is talking to a mob of Zionists, here is what Christian Bible «book of Matthew» says:«Pilate saith unto them, What shall I do then with Jesus which is called Christ? They all say unto him, Let him be crucified.Blood libel, this is a libel, libel means «lie», the whole thing is a lie, none of it ever happened, we know it is a lie because Holy Quran says in Surah 4:157-158, That they said (in boast), «We killed Christ Jesus the son of Mary, the Messenger of Allah», but they killed him not, nor crucified him, but so it was made to appear to them, and those who differ therein are full of doubts, with no (certain) knowledge, but only conjecture to follow, for of a surety they killed him not. Nay, Allah raised him up unto Himself; and Allah is Exalted in Power, Wise.«Collective guilt», based on this blood libel from Christian «book of Matthew», Christians have used this «collective guilt», they said «all Jews are guilty, they killed our god!», they said this in Europe, Crusades (which killed more Muslims than Jews!), Inquisitions, Pogroms, all based on «collective guilt». America, USA is great because of pioneer freemen, they crossed the trackless ocean, they dared the might of kings, made a wilderness the home of Freedom, they set up a Free Country where there is no «collective guilt», where «each individual is responsible for his actions», as our President Reagan said.Conservatives, those (Krugman??) who want to smear conservatives with the blood libel of «collective guilt», they should remember what «collective guilt» was used for in Europe, and whom it was used against (Krugman’s people!!), and they should resolve to leave «collective guilt» in Europe, it has no place in America.

  • TheHillman

    Interesting point on individualism.If Palin really believes this, she’ll be all in favor of gay marriage for any individual that wants it, right? After all, even if there were a societal reason to deny it we can ignore that, right?

  • karlmarx2

    It’s always about Sarah for Sarah. Instead of simply admitting that she has ramped up the same violent metaphors that everyone else is using (and that’s about as fair as you can be), she turns the murder of a 9-year-old girl into a martyrdom drama revolving around her.She’s a sick woman, much like her fans.

  • HardyW

    “America would not be deterred by “those who embrace evil and call it good.” “That’s what we’ve been trying to tell her. She’s not listening though.

  • vincereardon

    Sarah Palin (“Don’t retreat, reload”), Sharon Angles (“Second Amendment remedies”), Michele Bachmann (“Minnesotans need to be armed and dangerous…”) and many right-wing shock jocks have ratcheted up their political rhetoric since Barack Obama was elected President. They have demonized their opponents for political advantage and created a fetid atmosphere for political discourse.

  • danthedanimal

    Palin still can’t face a real media. Taped messages, tweets and facebook. Guess she just can’t “man-up” enuff to face real questions.

  • october30

    “AIRWAYS” PROPAGANDISTS > NOW YOU HEARD IT. NO YOU DIDN’TTHE ARGUMENTS FOSTERED BY THOSE WITH A VESTED INTEREST TO PROTECT SOURCES OF TALK RADIO AND CABLE INCOME IS TOXICITY IN OUR POLITICAL DISCOURSE HAD NO IMPACT WITH THE KILLINGS IN ARIZONA. WHY ARE THESE JOCKS PAID IN THESE AMOUNTS? THEY HAVE A CAPTIVE AUDIENCE OF HIGHLY SUSCEPTIBLE LISTENERS, WHOSE PRESET POSITIONS OF FACTS ALONG WITH THEIR TEETH GRINDING WAR WITH A CHANGING AMERICA, MAKES FOR AN ADVERTISERS DREAM. THESE CABLE VIEWERS AND RADIO LISTENERS GLUM ONTO THESE PURVEYORS OF HALF TRUTHS, RACIAL, ECONOMIC, AND ETHNIC INNUENDO WHICH IS SPOKEN IN A LANGUAGE CLEARLY UNDERSTOOD BY THAT CADRE. THESE PEOPLE ARE WAITING PATIENTLY TO TAKE THEIR COUNTRY BACK AND THE JOCKS CARRY THEIR BANNER WHILE SELLING THEM THE LATEST MIRACLE CURES.AS A PEOPLE WE ARE BEING LED BY “AIRWAYS” PROPAGANDISTS, WHO IF THEY FIND DISAGREEMENT EVEN WITH THE PROVEN FACTS OF THE MATTER, HAVE NOW ENOUGH AUDIENCE TO SWAY AN ENTIRE REGION OF THE POLITICAL SPECTRUM. THIS ASSURES ELECTIONS OF LIKED MINDED IDEOLOGUES WHO WILL CONSTANTLY SEEK SECURITY IN A BEATEN PATH TO THE PAST.

  • dbw1

    karlmarx2:Could you take a minute for reflection, and tell me who first brought up Sarah Palin in regards to the shooting. Was it Sarah herself? Or was it left-wingers seeking to use a tragedy to smear their opponents for political gain?As soon as you have even a fragment of evidence that Loughner was ever influenced by Palin, feel free to weigh in. Until then, continue posting more messages like the one above that illustrate simulataneously your ignorance as well as the hate you harbor for anyone who disagrees with you politically.

  • lindsaycurren

    TheHillman, I agree that Palin’s statements were way off base and showed yet again her startling lack of any intellectual or historical insight as well as her lack of communication savvy.However, there’s a lot of us Christians out here. We’re not all painted with the same brush you might imagine. There’s actually a good many of us who are aghast at how Christ is used as a stooge for Capitalism and for conservative values of me-first individualism.If there is an apparent war left versus right or right versus left in this country, there’s also one in and among Christians. There are many of us who call for looking to Jesus’s words, and not the distortions made in his name. Jesus was in to mercy, selflessness, serving others. He isn’t this capitalist cretin the conservatives want to make him into.

  • abqcleve

    “Blood Libel” is a truly excellent, descriptive, insightful, and evocative description of what liberal pundits and politicians have engaged in since the shootings…Is that a fact? I wondered what Charles Krauthammer might have to say about this term, so I looked it up. Want a really good read this morning? Check out Krauthammer’s excellent review of Mel Gibson’s “The Passion of Christ” from 2004: I especially agree with another earlier poster who, like me, is curious about how this phrase made its way into her speech. The term is absolutely uncommon in American English; I only encounter it rarely and only in the context of medieval and Nazi readings. I really wonder if her use of this term points to nefarious connections she may have to shadowy hate organizations. Trust me, I am not prone to conspiracy theories; but for the life of me, like the other poster above, I cannot figure out how she came across this term. Oh, and hint to Palin’s staff: “blood libel” is not a surveyor’s term for painted red labels on pavement.

  • dummy4peace

    “Don’t retreat, reload.” on bullseyes.Sarah Palin can’t deny these words coming out of her lips. She owns these words forever no matter if she understands them or not.

  • ddzeke

    Once again, Mrs. Palin, former half term governor, has revealed herself to be ill-suited for higher office. She is intemperate, prickly, narcissistic, and self centered. Of course her rhetoric (and media displays), did not directly cause this tragedy. Unfortunately, Mrs. Palin, in nearly 8 minutes, could not see herself rising above her critics and showing more that a perfunctory modicum of sympathy for the victims, of which she is not. That she would use the term ‘blood libel’ in describing her critics reveals yet again a historical tin ear and per usual, a histrionic over the top response to the chattering class. In a moment that could be instructive to ‘our children’ as to how adults ought to behave, Mrs. Palin appears to want to keep us in the 5th grade, where ones actions are justified because ‘the other side does it, too’. That’s not an excuse I accept from my children and we shouldn’t accept it from so-called ‘national leaders’.

  • lindsaycurren

    In other words, TheHillman, I don’t think she’s gaining votes for Christians when using ignorant hate-speech. Or I should say, more ignorant hate speech.

  • dbw1

    vincereardon:Obama said he was ready to bring guns to a fight with Republicans.Chris Matthews mused about someone blowing Rush Limbaughs head off.Keith Olberman (I think, but someone I heard on msnbc) proposed ripping Dick Cheney’s heart out and playing football with it.Now tell me, oh brilliant left-winger….explain the miracle of mental health science that restricts the impact of violent speech on the mentally unstable to only words uttered by Republicans.And I issue the same challenge to you as to any other dispicable left-winger seeking to use the deaths of these innocent victims for political gain….point me to one shred of evidence that shows Loughner was influenced in his actions by right-wingers.Until then, continue contributing to the idiocy that seems to run abundant among the leftists posting on these boards today.

  • moderate2010

    Why doesn’t she say: “Let’s all tone down the rhetoric.”? Isn’t that a rational safeguard? Are the fortunes of the GOP really welded to the strategy of “attack, accuse, and incite”? This is definitely not my father’s GOP. His was rational.

  • october30

    “AIRWAYS” PROPAGANDISTS > NOW YOU HEARD IT. NO YOU DIDN’TTHE ARGUMENTS FOSTERED BY THOSE WITH A VESTED INTEREST TO PROTECT SOURCES OF TALK RADIO AND CABLE INCOME IS TOXICITY IN OUR POLITICAL DISCOURSE HAD NO IMPACT WITH THE KILLINGS IN ARIZONA. WHY ARE THESE JOCKS PAID IN THESE AMOUNTS? THEY HAVE A CAPTIVE AUDIENCE OF HIGHLY SUSCEPTIBLE LISTENERS, WHOSE PRESET POSITIONS OF FACTS ALONG WITH THEIR TEETH GRINDING WAR WITH A CHANGING AMERICA, MAKES FOR AN ADVERTISERS DREAM. THESE CABLE VIEWERS AND RADIO LISTENERS GLUM ONTO THESE PURVEYORS OF HALF TRUTHS, RACIAL, ECONOMIC, AND ETHNIC INNUENDO WHICH IS SPOKEN IN A LANGUAGE CLEARLY UNDERSTOOD BY THAT CADRE. THESE PEOPLE ARE WAITING PATIENTLY TO TAKE THEIR COUNTRY BACK AND THE JOCKS CARRY THEIR BANNER WHILE SELLING THEM THE LATEST MIRACLE CURES.AS A PEOPLE WE ARE BEING LED BY “AIRWAYS” PROPAGANDISTS, WHO IF THEY FIND DISAGREEMENT EVEN WITH THE PROVEN FACTS OF THE MATTER, HAVE NOW ENOUGH AUDIENCE TO SWAY AN ENTIRE REGION OF THE POLITICAL SPECTRUM. THIS ASSURES ELECTIONS OF LIKED MINDED IDEOLOGUES WHO WILL CONSTANTLY SEEK SECURITY IN A BEATEN PATH TO THE PAST.

  • WmarkW

    Sarah, Andy Warhol lost interest in you ten minutes ago. You’re making conservatism look bad with your empty, note-card written pronouncements about “real” Americans agreeing with you.Still, claiming that “blood libel” is an anti-Semetic reference, instead of to something like the Hatfield-McCoy duel is a stretch.

  • TheHillman

    “In other words, TheHillman, I don’t think she’s gaining votes for Christians when using ignorant hate-speech.”My apologies. I should have been more specific. I think she would gain some votes from people claiming to be Christians and using Christianity to justify bigotry or hatred toward Jews. I didn’t mean to infer that all Christians would be this way.

  • abqcleve

    Until then, continue contributing to the idiocy that seems to run abundant among the leftists posting on these boards today.Posted by: dbw1 | January 12, 2011 11:07 AM As a liberal, I completely agree too many on the left (notably NOT including the President) overplayed this hand and it wasn’t good.But you seem to be missing the point of 99% of posters to this story this morning: Most Americans are recognizing that Palin thinks this whole thing is about her and her petty grievances. She revealed more clearly than I thought possible that she is not ready–not close to ready–for leadership.

  • dbw1

    lindsaycurren:Please, by all means continue your theological direction and point us to the Scriptures where Jesus promoted using the power of secular government to bring social justice, or where Jesus defended killing unborn children as a legitimate protection of individual privacy rights.I’ll be here waiting….

  • dolph924

    Being as willfully ignorant as Carribou Baribie means you never have to face up to your faults. Palin lacks the intellectual curiosity and the integrity needed to be able to engage in any self-analysis. To her, what she says and does is right because she says and does it — it doesn’t go any deeper than that.

  • birddog2012

    What is so galling about the Right is not that they think its alright to violate their opponent’s right to disagree, as guarenteed by the First Amendment, but that they then turn around and try to site that same Amendment as an excuse for shouting down and cutting off their opponent’s aurgument. This is an old tactic of intimidation employed by totolitarians and dictators of every stripe including Franco, Hitler, Stalin and Pinoche for at least the last 75 years-Shout down your opponnet and then claim discrimination when they object to your attempts at shutting off discussion. Palin and Beck are simply the latest in a long line of Shouters. Birddog

  • haveaheart

    “Palin rejected the notion that she or society at large is responsible for the actions of a ‘single evil man.’”It’s interesting how the Republicants consistently place blame on large, generic groups of people (e.g., Muslims) except when they’re having to defend themselves and their principles. Then they look to pin the blame for a huge, wide-ranging social ill on a single individual who can be easily demonized.Hypocrisy at its finest.

  • JilliB

    Palin’s probably scrambling right now to find out what “blood libel” actually means. She didn’t write that speech – she simply read it from a teleprompter.

  • MollieKaye

    Out of all her inciteful talk, this is by far the most disgusting. Admittedly, I was unfamiliar with the phrase “blood libel” until this morning. But, having done a little research (which is more than she and her ghostwriters did) her choice is either totally ignorant or else it’s code for her followers. I was especially disgusted by the description of Christians being canonized after being sacrificed by Jews. Also – the justification for persecution and genocide of Jews used “blood libel”. Sadly, this is all fodder for her followers.

  • dbw1

    abqcleve:Uh, you appear to be the one missing the point. Have you been living in a cave for the past few days? Sarah Palin has not tried to make this tragedy about her. Democrats and the left-wing media have made this tragedy about Sarah Palin, in spite of the lack of ANY evidence pointing to any ties between the shooter and herself.I invite you to count how many times the media has shown Palin’s ‘crosshairs’ map the past few days, and then come back and tell me who is making this tragedy about Palin.

  • tmonahan54

    Here we go again. Now “blood libel” is an off limits term. We will be hearing this nonsense in the left wing television media and newspapers for days on end. I never watch Olberman but I can’t wait to turn him on tonight to see him rail against the term “blood libel”, so I can laugh at him. Who wants to bet that the unoriginal goof Olberman doesn’t jump all over this term tonight?

  • chgobluesguy

    No one is blaming society, Sarah. They are blaming YOU. Bottom line is you put a target on Rep. Giffords, she rightly said it made her feel unsafe, and now she is clinging to life. A normal person would retreat, look inside themselves, and pray. You, on the other hand, compare yourself to victims of two millennia of antisemitism. You are deranged; please just go away.

  • jporcelli

    Doesn’t Osama bin Laden twist relgious scripture from undisclosed caves in the wilderness against the United States? Isn’t she from a state that wants to secede from the US, meaning she wants the US out of her land.Looks and sounds just the same to me

  • Woodie731

    Sarah Palin is a dim-witted and attractive woman who happened to be in the right place at the right time (for her, not us) when John McCain picked her. Had he thought with the head with hair on it, she would be a pathetic failed Governor of a state that most Americans will never see in person. As for her being the “designated demon,” no one on the left is forcing her to say and do the crazy things she says and does. These are all “Classic Sarah Being Sarah.” I will come to her defense and say that I do not believe she believed that the cross-hair statements would be a challenge to the crazies out their to take her literally. I say this because I now know her to lack both the wisdom and the judgment required to be intuitive enough to know when she is crossing a dangerous line. She’s just too dumb to know any better. Her smarts come from her greed and need for cash. She was smart enough to realize that the salary she was making as Alaska’s Gov was no where near what she could make if she quit the job tout de suite and cashed in on her 15 minutes of fame. She’s “Livin’ The Dream!” I just wish she’d stick to filming reality shows. However, her network just fired her from that job. Hmmmm….could it be her complete lack of talent and/or appeal?

  • fishman2

    Is it any wonder it took Palin six years to graduate college?

  • annemiller

    Sarah Palin has come out of the closet. She is Jewish!! She is the namesake of the wife of Abraham and the mother of Isaac, the godmother of all Jews. Stay tuned for her announcement about her bat mitzvah…

  • tinyjab40

    Oddly enough, my reading of all this causes me to pray for President Obama tonight. May he find words which promote peace and help comfort grieving families.

  • dbw1

    haveaheart:Like most left-wingers, you apparantly struggle to get your head around what the word ‘hypocrisy’ means. So let me help. Hypocrisy can easily be illustrated by contrasting the response of liberals and the media to the Ft. Hood shooting, vs their response the past few days to Tuscon.In the case of the Ft Hood shooting, liberals were incensed by any haste in labeling the shooter an Islamic radical, in spite of the evidence early on that:In spite of that evidence, liberals said we shouldn’t jump to label the shooter as an Islamic extremist.However, apparantly no such caution exists this week….liberals everywhere have jumped at the chance to label this shooter as influenced by Sarah Palin, the Tea Party, and any other political foe who displeases the left. And the evidence they have to tie the shooter to any right-wing political entity is:So hopefully now you have a better picture of what ‘hypocrisy’ really looks like.

  • mmwatch

    abqcleve wrote:

  • ggrant9170

    what is offensive and repugnant about Sarah Palin’s professing to be a Christian, hangs a cross around her neck, but has no problem using over and over methaphors regarding gun violence!i was so excited this country was going to finally having discussions on health care reform, congress adjoured to go home to hold town hall meetings, what we got was Sarah Palin’s fear mongering tactics on DEATH PANELS over and over and over….my family has had a small business for over 25 years, every month we paid in, so this was an important issue for families like mine, but instead we got intimidation, fear, anger, at these town hall meetings and sceaming yelling finger pointing and nothing got rationally discussed, sarah palin never answered for this type of social evil…by the way…what has sarah palin ever done for america?Narcissit one’s own self or attainments….this blood libel by sarah palin might just show some important incites into this woman’s character!!

  • pdeblin

    Anyone who uses the term “blood libel” in any context has to know the history of the term and how it was used to persecute Jews. If anything “blood libel” enforces the notion that speech itself and its echo chamber are intended to provoke hysterical thought, talk and action. Just look at the history of the forgery, “The Protocols of the Elders of Zion.” This libelous document was used for a century to enhance anti-semitic ideas. Henry Ford reprinted it in his anti-semitic book to extend the myth. It’s not that people like Palin utter their thoughts in a forest–it’s the opposite–they are designed to bounce around the airwaves until a critical mass is reached. When one group usurps words like “liberty,” “patriot,” “conservative” and then castigates its opponents as “Liberals”, “socialists,” and worse–they are obviously inciting.

  • HookedOnThePost

    Palin doesn’t regret anything she has ever done, including hurting and getting fired anyone who ever criticized her.There is no room in her heart for regret or meditation. When she talks to God, God listens.

  • stillcynical

    So, “Acts of monstrous criminality stand on their own. They begin and end with the criminals who commit them…” unless they were committed by Muslims. Then we condemn the entire religion and everyone associated with it, and make damn sure they don’t build anything in Real America.Is that how it works, Sarah?

  • MikeinBoston

    It’s terribly troubling that Sarah Palin and those like her who invent their own “facts” seem to be beyond the reach of reason, even moreso that they are not being chastised by their more rational colleagues on the right wing of the political spectrum. For someone who in particular claims to be religious, I recommend pondering Galatians 6:7-8 — “Whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap” — and the Prayer of Saint Francis — “Where there is hatred, let us sow love…”

  • Provincial

    Sara Palin’s position is that liberalism is guilty of all that is wrong in the word. Meanwhile, by definition, conservative society cannot be guilty of anything.Some other leaders that would agree with her are in North Korea, Iran, Israel, Sudan, Cuba etc.

  • dbw1

    If anyone wants to see the very embodiment of ‘hate’, just start scrolling up this message board and read what Democrats have to say about Sarah Palin. It’s revealing to see the seething hatred the left has for Palin explode forth, even when there is nothing that ties her to what happened in Tucson. But pure-hatred blinds even the most rationale, so I guess I shouldn’t be surprised that leftists are having a hard time putting together coherent arguments above.

  • pcannady

    No, Sarah Palin won’t regret using the term “blood libel.” You will.

  • robertdoubleday

    The clearest and loudest voice criticizing the ‘gunsight map’ was also the first voice: Gabrielle Giffords herself. We have all heard her prescient words replayed, and her reminder that words have consequences.Apparently, Sarah Palin finds it ‘reprehensible’ that Gabby would criticize that map and the accompanying words “don’t retreat-reload”.But it is beyond belief that Sarah would then characterize that criticism – coming from the victim who also happens to be Jewish – as a ‘blood libel’.This is a shameful attack.

  • RichS3

    She still just does not get it.

  • dbw1

    MikeinBoston:Finally, someone willing to look consider Scripture in this environment of hate! Mike, please refresh everyone regarding what the Bible has to say about ‘bearing false witness’, especially in light of the left-wings effort to assign blame for what happened in Tucson to Sarah Palin in spite of there being absolutely ZERO evidence to support doing so.I’m sure once you assist others in taking time to reflect on such Scriptures, the tone of hate exploding on this board towards Sarah Palin will die down.

  • Farnaz1Mansouri1

    ON the “Blood Libel”: It was a poor choice of words, momentarily obscuring her message. Since the Blood Libel is still current with racist lunatics, when I first heard her, I was bewildered. My God, who would accuse her of that? Of course, the libel, itself, is ironic since, unlike the Christians, Jews may not ingest blood and that has been the case throughout recorded history. It is in the Bible: Kosher food contains no blood. But racist lunes are no more interested in facts than they are in logic.That said, I think Palin did have a point as do all of us who think that the language of “public discourse” has gotten out of hand. This is not to say that the recent bloodbath resulted from prevailing verbal violence. But anything goes speech has been known to cause great harm. The Rwandan genocide was orchestrated by radio, and there was the Shoah. What to do?The answer is not simple. Rage and bad manners are the lingua franca of the media. Try it another way and you often get nowhere. Try it the unwholesome way, and you may arrive. What to do….

  • spynnal

    Palin sadly believes herself to be the center of the issue, rather than the horrible event itself.Associating the phrase blood libel to her current predicament, she draws a parallel to Jewish persecution.Clearly, poor Palin, coming off her reality show can be viewed a having suffered the equivalent of thousands of years of Jewish persecution. Anyone who can’t see that is just a liberal hater, right?

  • abqcleve

    I’m sure once you assist others in taking time to reflect on such Scriptures, the tone of hate exploding on this board towards Sarah Palin will die down.Posted by: dbw1 | January 12, 2011 11:42 AM I’m not seeing much hate, friend. I’m reading: disgust, contempt, revulsion, pity, wonder, sadness, resignation, nausea, abhorrence……

  • NCDem1

    Sarah Palin’s knowledge and education is only inch-deep. She reads a phrase here, picks up on a verse there, sees a quip by Reagan, perhaps on Wikipedia, and then cobbles together a meaningless diatribe meant to sway those who already believe in her.She is probably hearing the definition of “blood libel” for the first time. This is a woman who is politically savvy and good at public relations and self promotion, but otherwise not very smart. She is what passes for a political idol in some circles these days, and it’s depressing to see her garner any more publicity.

  • jckdoors

    Palin is too self-absorbed to regret anything.

  • dbw1

    stillcynical:No, actually this is how it works. If you are on the political left in our country, you can talk all you want about bring guns to a fight, dreaming of someone blowing Rush Limbaugh’s head off, or talk in any other sort of violent rhetoric you want…and it will never be implied that there is anything wrong with such talk.However, if you are on the political right, anything and everything you ever say will be taken out of context in an attempt to smear you politically, since leftists have no shame in using the deaths of innocent victims to libel their opponents and use tragedy for their political gain.Because, you know, the end of using such despicable and sub-human tactics justifies the ends of the liberal agenda.

  • RunSlow

    Palin obviously doens’t understand that when she flippantly uses inflammatory rhetoric in the media there are consequences. She is feeling the wrath of those consequences now and her garbled defense of her actions are transparent and laughable.

  • stinkingtuna

    I agree with Governor Palin. It should be added that the attacks on her have been shameful from the beginning of her rise to national leadership. You go girl in spite of America’s enemies!

  • valntino

    Sacred charter? Really? It was written by men who had no respect for non-propertied men, non whites, and women. How can it be sacred?Posted by: Jose5 | January 12, 2011 9:50 AMEasy… these were the same men who wrote that “All men are created equal”, men who tried to rise above the culture, “wisdom” and prejudices of their time and create something better. You are so mired in your victim status, that you are blind to the hope and character embedded in their words. If succeeding generations have sometimes stumbled, sometimes resisted adopting their thoughts and ideas to change how a society lives and matures, how is that their fault? How does that diminish the quality of the basic propositions contained in that document?

  • mac7

    Who is Sara’s leader? Someone is writing this for her and these ideas. He husband, her father? AIP? Just when you think things couldn’t get worse they do and add weird to it!

  • seaduck2001

    Her timing is about as insensitive as humanly possible. I am truly sickened.

  • iamweaver

    dbw1 writes:Please, by all means continue your theological direction and point us to the Scriptures where Jesus promoted using the power of secular government to bring social justice, or where Jesus defended killing unborn children as a legitimate protection of individual privacy rights.I’ll be here waiting….There’s nothing in the Bible about abortion (though personally, I’m not comfortable with the idea, as we don’t know when that blastocyst becomes a human) – but Ezekiel 22 makes it abundantly clear that governing bodies (princes – whose income was derived from taxation) are responsible for taking care of the marginalized of society and observing social justice.While I am uncomfortable using the Bible arbitrarily as a reference for secular law-making, I am perfectly comfortable doing so whenever the precepts it espouses are about inter-human relationships, like this one – as they have demonstrable results at the secular level and can be applied to us regardless of religious affiliation.

  • mmwatch

    ABQCLEVE wrote:I stand by my observation, it should go without saying. The term is used in Jewish communities,———————————-

  • gannon_dick

    Palin’s apologia pro vita sua is a particularly disgraceful piece of political charlatanry.Posted by: glacialerratic | January 12, 2011 9:57 AM

  • politbureau

    Two more accomplishments to add to the extensive resume of the Wacky Witch of the North:236. Played the anti-Semite card when criticized politically237. Complained with no sense of irony about the same heavy handed government curtailment of civil liberties she’s championed in the past now that they’re coming back to bite her.

  • dbw1

    abqcleve:Then perhaps you should take off your rose-colored glasses, and read again. If you can’t decipher the hate illustrated above, then you are part of the problem.

  • John1263

    palin might want to read something other than the old testament. And she might want to take a long hard lok in the mirror – and not just to adjust the layers of paint he needs to keep up her illusion of “beauty.”

  • csintala79

    Yes, she is insensitive and ignorant of history. What is new? It is all about her. She could have easily said that the intention of her past statements was never to incite violence, but on the offhand chance that allusions to the use of firearms or other violent actions in promoting a political position might incite someone that is mentally unbalanced to violence, she would forego such loaded references in the future. After all, she is not a psychologist or mental health professional so she has no knowledge or experience as to how the mentally ill react to suggestive language, which is the category of language she often uses. However, in her diatribe against the media, she again demonstrates her insensitivity to the nuances of language and the origination of figures of speech. Her words continue to trip her up.

  • sufi66

    Sarah the victim again. Vomit!

  • mmmapache

    1. $ Paylin wins the I-Quitterodd.2. Innocent people are butchered by a deranged man. 3. $ Paylin, a.k.a., The Narcissist, declares herself the victim.I am a conservative libertarian. She is neither. The errors of the unthinking left, who have sought to blame the murders on the Alaskan Bufoon, do not justify her self-serving reply. She should just shut up and continue counting her money. Those who love her–and share her small mental capacity–will continue to enrich her. Do not trouble her or them with your big (two syllable and more) words.Shudder.

  • ohwell1

    Ms. Palin did as well as anyone that is incapable of a ignoble thought of their own.

  • osha1

    I think there is a simple way to quell all this bashing of Sarah Palin–she should have a surveyor’s symbol added to all pictures of her that appear in print and they should digitally add one to the screen over her face for all TV appearances.Clearly this would be an illustration of how she lives to the Golden Rule.

  • Alex3

    I’m so utterly disgusted by Ms. Palin. I would hope she’d say something like, “We all need to be more careful how we use words in politics.” Instead she appears to be digging in. I despair for this country. I sincerely do.

  • dbw1

    iamweaver:So, in other words, you like to use the Bible when it’s convenient, and ignore it when it’s not. Makes sense. However, I still invite you to point to the passage where Jesus advocated overthrowing the oppressive Roman empire, and redistributing the wealth of the ‘rich’ to the poor by governmental force.By the way, isn’t using the government to accomplish social justice a violation of the 1st Amendment? I mean, I know left-wingers are not especially notable for being deep thinkers, but if a government entity posting the 10 Commandments on their edifice is a violation of the 1st Amendment, then surely using government employees and entities to achieve the “social justice” you believe to be a value taken straight out of the Holy Scriptures would be a violation of the highest order against the 1st Amendment, would it not? Please, do attempt to explain that one away….I’m in the mood for humor right now after continuing to read all the hate the left has for a single woman they perceive to be so powerful.

  • schatter003

    Please understand that the real voice and brain behind Sarah Palin is Rebecca Mansour (definitely of Arabic origin, not sure whether Rebecca is Christian or Muslim), therefore the casual and blatant anti-Semitism is understandable but the bigger point is that the flippant way the whole tragedy is being framed by them points to their ignorance as to the very basics of humanity, decency, morality, you name it. Sadly this is what happens when you pick somebody like Rebecca who was literally turning tricks on Hollywood Boulevard to be your main voice. That is why, for Sarah and Rebecca, in their callous ways, it is just a public relations issue.

  • mmwatch

    Interesting comment SCHATTER003; if I wasn’t sure that Loughner was being denied access to a computer, I might think that he was posting his paranoid, rambling delusions to this thread under a new pseudonym.

  • TheBigcat1

    She who lives by the sword (using the term “blood libel”) shall die by the sword.

  • marvel777us

    The use of the term blood libel shows the depth of her ignorance and lack of good breeding. How dare she use the term that is an old jewish slur that means jews use the blood of christian children for their passover rites. Is she actually referring to the blood of Taylor Green? Why is she even bringing the word up at this point? Why is she using a word that normally refers to the blood of a christian child?She has no tact no grace, no home training.I can’t even wrap my head around what she is trying to say. Is she saying she is being accused of using the little girls blood for fame? What is this woman? O M G!!!

  • WHill1

    New word from coined by Sarah: ‘pundints’ @ 3:30 right before she says ‘blood libel’

  • ubblybubbly

    She has not done an examination of conscience. She is arrogant and self centered. She should be sending words of condolence to the Memorial, not defending her own calls to violence.

  • schatter003

    Hi MMWATCH, I am not Jared Loughner with access to a computer but I totally believe that the current tragedy has nothing whatsoever to do with the current political rhetoric, especially from the right. Just look at the facts at hand:

  • Beverly7649

    WASHINGTON POST, PLEASE STOP WRITING ABOUT THIS WOMAN! HERE 15MINS ARE UP!

  • DrHaynor

    THIS IS MS. PALIN’S HIGHER CALLING?TO SEND OTHERS INTO ETERNITY?

  • shadowmagician

    “Abe, you and your fellow poster must live in an unusually small world; I do not consider myself particularly well read, have read only a couple of “medieval” text and exactly zero “Nazi readings”, yet I have routinely encountered the term “Blood Libel” in print and film. A little less emphasis on medieval and Nazi literature might do you some good.”

  • 02Pete

    Doctor: Gentlewoman: Lady Macbeth: Doctor: Lady Macbeth:

  • diehardlib

    I think she was sending a clear message to the media that there will be legal consequences for their irresponsible implication of Palin in this tragedy.The Post better get its legal staff ready (if they even have one anymore after all those budget cuts). Palin has a case here.

  • jjedif

    Like it or not, Sarah Palin IS the annointed sword of the vengeful Jehovah sent to vanquish and trod on the heads of the Christian’s many enemies. I thank my lucky starts (not God) that I’m not a “Christian” so I don’t have to continually explain how Palin’s continual tirade of hate speech is NOT inconsistent with the message of Jesus’ love of a loving God.

  • DWSouthern

    What did you expect? Sarah Palin is libel to say anything.

  • Nosy_Parker

    Is Palin paranoid? Or just a galloping narcissist?She seems to think this is all about HER, and that she’s the victim (as opposed to the six dead and 14 wounded, including Rep. Giffords, still in critical condition).

  • ubblybubbly

    Sarah Palin is no friend to Christianity.She shows no compassion for people.She is intolerant and panders to the darker side and to fear.She uses evil to attain her goals. Her goals are to become more wealthy and more powerful.

  • DrHaynor

    WOW. I JUST LISTENED TO PALIN’S RHETORIC RELEASED 1/12/2011. I AM APALLED. THIS DEPLORABLE WOMAN USED THE PLATFORM OF TRAGEDY AS A SOAP BOX FOR HER POLITICAL GAIN. I HAVE SEEN ONE OF THE SADDEST MOST IRRESPONSIBLE MOMENTS IN HISTORY. SHE HAS NO REGRET, NO HUMILITY. INGENUINE SORROW.IN THE FACE OF OTHERS PAIN, SHE STAGES PERSONAL GAIN.

  • davidm4

    To all those who want to vilify Sarah Palin and consider her irrelevant, stupid, whatever…let’s just look at who started this conflict. It’s the left that is jumping on this situation for political traction. It’s literally an all hands on deck initiative to give the President the political cover to reinstitute the fairness doctrine by executive order. It is likely she would NOT have commented on this in any respect except for sympathy. She has been forced into this by attacks linking her directly to a situation where the facts are unknown. Was the political left responsible for Lee Harvey Oswald as that was deemed his motivation or was Lee Harvey Oswald responsible? She has no option but to respond in strength because of the level of animosity directed at her. A little objectivity please.

  • iamweaver

    DBW writes:——————————————-You must not have understood my last paragraph, so I will rephrase it in purely Christian terms.We are told that all of the Bible can be condensed down to the Shema and “love your neighbor as yourself”.It’s common in Christian literature to refer to our acts as Christians as lying along these two axis – the vertical, between God and human, and the horizontal, between human and human. Commands and actions along the vertical axis are simply not enforceable for a secular society, or a multi-religious society, and should never make it to the US law books – things like blue laws, as a perfect example.On the other hand, acts that fall into the “golden rule” have their equivalents in many cultures – but more importantly, they have observable secular results that are usually in opposition to the principles of the US Constitution. These kinds of Biblical precepts can be codified into secular law.——————————————-DBW writes:By the way, isn’t using the government to accomplish social justice a violation of the 1st Amendment?DBW writes: However, I still invite you to point to the passage where Jesus advocated overthrowing the oppressive Roman empire, and redistributing the wealth of the ‘rich’ to the poor by governmental force.Please, do attempt to explain that one away….I’m in the mood for humor right now after continuing to read all the hate the left has for a single woman they perceive to be so powerful.Posted by: dbw1——————————————-I don’t need to find a reference in the New Testament, DBW. Jesus himself validifies the OT – and in addition, Paul, in his second letter to Timothy, mentions that (NIV) “All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness…” At the time of this writing, there was no New Testament – thus, Paul is referring to what we call the Old Testament (and which we now extend to cover the books of the New Testament as well).Nonetheless, I think you need to think a bit about what a government does before you start taking about “forcing” things – every single action taken by a government is “forced” upon its citizens. I think you are just upset when you don’t completely agree with those actions (like feeding the hungry, etc).

  • angie12106

    Palin’s lack of knowledge about “blood libel” is scary!And of course, suggesting Democrats are “evil” is synonymous with the venom delivered by Fox & Frightwing radio shock jocks.Her video – delivered via a TELEPROMPTER – is nothing more than CYA.

  • iamweaver

    I agree, DavidM4. The initial targeting of Sarah Palin was foolish and inaccurate. Here was a perfect opportunity to focus on the vitriol in a general sense – and, unsurprisingly, it turned into a partisan battle to prove that one side is better than the other.

  • msmccormick3

    How much respect would she have won from left and right and middle if she would have instead said, “Maybe we COULD tone it down a little and be more respectful.” But instead she continues to build on her tower of irony.

  • bubbasouth

    In her response to the Tucson tragedy and the media’s slanderous treatment of her, Gov. Sarah Palin was brilliant, beautiful, and true to her own character. Magnificent!

  • rjr49

    C’mon, does anybody really believe a mental midget like Sarah Palin came up with this all on her own? Pastor Beck’s paws are all over this!

  • Observer001

    Oh man the tea-baggers/wing nuts/Fox Noise/Beck/Limbaugh etc. etc. are dancing as fast as they can to deflect blame that hasn’t even been directed at them.All people are saying is that the political climate in this country has become toxic. No one said this was Sarah’s fault but they DID comment that very shortly after this tragedy a map was removed from a Palin website. THEN the Fox talkers started nervously saying “hey don’t rush to judgment”. The tea-baggers began shrieking “don’t blame us” (even though no one had).Let’s just forget Sarah and reflect on what is important here. Six people are dead because of very lax gun laws. That is the issue. Common sense gun laws now.

  • wireman65

    Poor little Sarah has no clue as to the meaning of the term blood libel, she just read it off a teleprompter. I guess it sounded good at the time. What a ditz.

  • whyyesbrain

    Lets see, first, those that disagree with her and call out her overstatements are guilty of supressing her first amendment rights. Now, those who want to hold her to account for her violent rhetoric (first crosshairs on Rep Gifford’s district and then a bullet through her head – the events are probably unrelated, but still, you expect people to not draw a connection) are guilty of inciting genocide? While I thought it impossible for her to up the ante, she always seems to come through.

  • uh_huhh

    LOL @ MATTR1970.While ranting about the wikipedia entry for “blood libel,” he tries to defend Palin’s usage by claiming “blood libel” has a broader meaning. He quotes it as “unfounded allegations that a particular group kills people as a form of human sacrifice, and uses their blood in various rituals.”It’s unclear how this supports Palin’s usage, as I’m not aware of anyone accusing her of killing as a form of human sacrifice for the ritual use of the victim’s blood. It’s hilarious, though, that he seems so ideologically blinded that he imagines he has somehow validated her usage.

  • ee112299

    I am definitely not a Palin fan, but after watching her video today about the Tucson tragedy and listening to her comments about how she is wronged, I have to say that Sarah Palin is even more self centered that I have always believed. Then to add to the ridiculousness of her focus on herself relative to the Tucson tragedy, were the even more preposterous comments of Michael Gerson regarding Palin’s video on the Anderson Cooper CNN segment following President Obama’s speech in Tucson tonight. What is wrong with those two? President Obama’s speech was warm, empathetic, non partisan, encouraging, and touching. Sarah Palin actually thinks she was wronged and has the nerve to put the focus on poor little self? and Michael Gerson agreed??????????Unbelievable!!!

  • pocodot

    Oh oh, another “Sara Palin moment”

  • lany

    Yall are being too hard on the woman. I love Palin as a fellow human being, but unfortunately all the evidence suggests that Palin is too apathetic and intellectually disinterested to know (or care) what the term “blood libel” means. IMO she ought to come with a package label that says “WARNING: For comic relief only. Everything that comes out of my mouth was preceeded by deep foot insertion. NOT to be taken seriously as a voice in the national conversation.” But…on the other hand, the video seemed to have been produced to give the viewers a kind of presidential feel, didn’t it? This ought to be a chilling warning to people everywhere. We COULD land ourselves in a situation where we have to listen to these kinds of excuses for “speeches” from the Oval Office itself… if Mama Grizzly wins the GOP nomination and good men (and women) sit back and do nothing in the 2012 elections. (oh and by the way I’m a follower of Christ who is constantly amazed at the way people like Palin demagogue and inflame while claiming to represent him in public. Please don’t paint us all with a broad brush.)

  • Patriot_Son

    Hear, O Israel, the Lord our God, the Lord is one.Did not God bring you out of Egypt with a mighty hand? Were you not kept safe during the forty years of wandering in the desert afterward? Did not God send judges and prophets to you in your time of need and answer your pleas with kings? Was your heavenly Father who loves you so weak and thoughtless he could not see what was coming and not warn you, time and time again? No. In all of these things He has proven himself faithful and yet it is you, O Israel, who have turned away and failed to listen. It is you who murdered the prophets and destroyed the men and women God sent to warn you. It is you, you sons and daughters of David, who vilify and demean the righteous for the sake of your own traditions. It is you that condemned and do condemn and crucify the living Christ, your own redeemer and that according to your own Law. God made it plain he would provoke you stiff necked people to jealousy; and that by the love and affection of a people who are not His. God will reconcile mankind to Himself and through Jesus bring salvation to his people, Israel.Sarah Palin stands for and represents the gospel truth. She stands for the righteousness of the Law of God. Not that she herself is somebody but that her faith remains pre-eminent in that she knows Gods faithfulness through Jesus will bring about the salvation of the world. It is a small difference to write about and yet bridges an insurmountable gap between those who are perishing and those who are being saved day by day!Hear, O Israel, the Lord our God, the Lord is one.

  • EarthCraft

    I have manufactured stone on my wall.there is nothing that can truly emphasize the quality of burning wood. gas fireplaces just either blow you out or don’t put out. Is there a happy medium in this world?fireplace safety should be discussed. clearances?

  • piinob

    Whatever the meaning of what she said. No matter the intended meaning of what she said. The significant thing here is that when she spoke, during this time of national grief including the death of an innocent child, she spoke about Sarah. At a time when a leader would be focused on helping the nation try to make some sense of things and maybe get over it, his would be leader is all about her self. Kind of says a lot if you think about it.

  • Patriot_Son

    Posted by: mightysparrow | January 12, 2011 1:22 PMSorry to burst your bubble, Spidermean2, but the vast majority of murders in the USA are committed by monotheist Christians. For you to equate evolutionists and atheists to “monsters” is itself stereotyping and dishonest.Uh, look homeboy, if you are going to quote a statistical distinction please cite your evidence so the rest of us can either believe or disprove your contention.

  • POCOPAZZO

    It was inappropriate to engage is butt-covering, vapid speech making while the burials and memorial services were still pending. No respect.

  • TexJal

    Sarah……..you go girl! After reading these comments it’s obvious to me your words struck a chord of truth and fear in the hearts of all of these poor liberals commenting on this article. Nowhere, do I see or read anyone discussing the horrific crime that was committed by a lone lunatic, rather, we see and hear attacks on conservatives and Sarah Palin. This is a new low for the left. Get over it people. Sarah 2012!

  • Farnaz1Mansouri1

    Und hier ist “jenna,” amongst other blood liblists. Moi, J’aime les Christian and Muslim racist lunes on threads. They are such silly clowns, suffer so amusingly from cranio-rectal disorder. First, the racists slander and kill us Jews, then complain that they are the real victims, or that we shouldn’t complain.The blood libel which the Catholics began in 1144 (one supposed victim was canonized–attesting to the sheer number of morons among us), accelerated with Hugh of Lincoln, and rapidly spread throughout Europe.The last blood libel accusation that nearly went to trial was made in ButcherHouse Russia in the latter part of the twentieth century.On Moronic Muslim RAcism, see Bernard Lewis, who eloquently explains spread and Islamization of the blood libel, current throughout the MuslimMOron, as opposed to the Muslim World.Hard to decide whether the Christian Moron Racists or Islam Moron Racists are more debased. That question, we leave up to the Mentally Bereft Cs and Ms. The rest of us need to concentrate on raising our families and making a living.And yes, we are challenged by the IslamoChristian Middle Passage begun for us two thousand years ago, with jenna’s ancestors, but we’ve survived, and will continue to do so.And note, jenna, ibrahim, and co-Lunes: We are armed.

  • pocodot

    Sara Palin wants to become a Jew?…

  • Farnaz1Mansouri1

    Sara Palin wants to become a Jew?…Posted by: pocodotHowever….the conversion process is rigorous, takes more than a year, entails learning Ancient Hebrew, etc. ?

  • RinOregon

    Palin carefully staged this to appear presidential and timed it to appear as though her message was an official response to Obama’s speech at the memorial that evening. What a mistake. First, in her 8 minutes she gave the real victims of the crime short shrift, painting herself as the 21st victim in Tucson. Second, she argues that political rhetoric does not incite hate and violence one paragraph before accusing the people who criticized her of inciting violence and hate. Third,, she equated criticism against her with genocide and religious persecution of an entire people. I know that Palin is belligerently ignorant, proud to be ignorant and that she works really hard to maintain her ignorance -even refusing to study for the vice-presidential debates. I doubt, however, that she was ignorant of the meaning of blood libel. She’s an evangelical – the one thing I would assume she knows is religious history and movements. That’s information that falls within her narrow range of interests. I assume she will claim she had no idea what it meant when she does her image-polishing visit on Sean Hannity’s show. Whether we should believe it or not depends on whether or not a person finds anything she says credible after her death panel lie, her Obama doesn’t love America lie and the dozens of other lies she has told. As to watching one’s language, defending the right to say any reckless, irresponsible, horrible thing is ironic coming from this woman who wanted Letterman fired for talking about her daughter and demanded Rahm Emmanuel’s head for using the word retarded.

  • spaded_glory4

    Blood Libel, and terrorists, and Palin, oh my!*yawn* Sarah, you did it again.Alright, alright, I’m a republican…well my values are republican but I like democratic views on social justice and equality. One thing I hate, hate, hate, is the undereducated and ill-represented female members of the Republican Party. I like my politics-savvy and silver tongued democrat sisters better, only because they don’t show their @ss and naivety as much as their republican counterparts seem to do… or less often, anyway.How many of you have had that awkward experience of using the wrong word at the wrong time, or have hatched a not-so-well thought out analogy or metaphor thinking it was clever at the time, and then it, uh…turned out not to work so well after all? You’re lying or not putting enough thought into it if you’re saying no. It’s different with Sarah, because she’s supposed to have people that look over her statements (for christ’s sake she’s reading off a teleprompter, you can see the reflection in her glasses if you look at the videos)and I’m sure the “targets” were purely some stupid gimmicky campaign idea.No matter what the issue, people always look around for someone to “blame” when things go wrong, how about the person or persons involved, instead of some trumped up political “personality” you see on the TV? Shame on you media, shame on you liberals. Dang, we get all crazy about someone using the word “Blood Libel” and such, how about getting crazy about the media inciting people to dream up ridiculous libel and falsities against political candidates they don’t like? Do you know because of this stunt, Sarah’s security is now at risk? Oh crap, there I go “blaming the media” for FANATICS.

  • EarthCraft

    Accepting responsibility for loss of life is a personal choice? sometimes it’s someone elses? the last words anyone wants to here is, “we’ll never know, will we?” or “where were you?” and then comes the breakdown of, moment by moment, for the rest of your life! that’s a lot of guilt to lay on one person. And, if not guilty, well, I’ve seen the darkest of nights send fear into the most confident stone throwers.somethings can be fixed some can’t, second chances are nice and mostly they never compensate. In truth this topic disgusts me…but hey it is the center of our government, side bar that it is,I’d like to make a motion that we move this debate to the house floor?

  • Farnaz1Mansouri1

    Jenna:Re: Your postIt is certainly true that Jews have not been the only people genocided by the Christians–far be from me to say no. One need only go so far as Native Americans and Muslims to see the truth of this.It is also the case that the Blood Libel against Jews began in 1144, led nearly to a trial in the ButherHouse RussoChristian establishment, and continues to this day on ChristoNazi web site. IN addition, it has been thoroughly Islamized (see Bernard Lewis) and is a source of great industry among the Muslim Morons of this world as opposed to those who are not Morons.If Sarah Palin wants to be a Jew, more power to her; however, she will have to do more than adapt our victimization for speechifying. She will have to become a victim since this world allows us no other choice, and like most of us, certainly, like me she will have to be armed. Since there is no other way.Whoever wrote her speech knew exactly what s/he was doing. The ironic part of it all is that among the Conservatives I know, there is none who actually supports her for anything. She is useful to the media, and that is all.And bigots are useful to me on threads. They show the ethical Cs and Ms of this world what we all have to contend with.Happy Blood Libeling to you.

  • Morgaine

    Before you comment on blood libel, people, look it up. It has a specific meaning and cultural context and Palin’s use of it in this context was so perverse that it borders on the delusional.Actions speak louder than words. Before I heard any criticism on the Left, I heard that Palin was scrubbing her website. She knew it was inappropriate, or she wouldn’t have taken it down.If anyone else published a hit list like that and someone on the list got shot, they’d be in custody right next to Loughner. She needs to STFU before the Secret Service decides to do its job and picks her up for questioning. One religious extremist is as bad as another. If she was Muslim instead of Christian, she’d be in jail right now.

  • Morgaine

    Before you comment on blood libel, people, look it up. It has a specific meaning and cultural context and Palin’s use of it in this context was so perverse that it borders on the delusional.Actions speak louder than words. Before I heard any criticism on the Left, I heard that Palin was scrubbing her website. She knew it was inappropriate, or she wouldn’t have taken it down.If anyone else published a hit list like that and someone on the list got shot, they’d be in custody right next to Loughner. She needs to STFU before the Secret Service decides to do its job and picks her up for questioning. One religious extremist is as bad as another. If she was Muslim instead of Christian, she’d be in jail right now.

  • GaiasChild

    Does anybody think Sarah knew this term herself? She’s got somebody working full time to dredge up comments that make her appear historically literate to some degree. It is code to her people yes and I for one am glad there are not very many of them and that they are all outing themselves so we know who and where they are and which media to avoid to diminish our exposure to them.

  • DarkWatcher7

    Surely Palin used the Blood Libel reference knowingly. During the 2008 campaign multiple media sources chronicled Palin’s extensive religious training. While a ghost writer or handler most likely wrote her Blood Libel statement, she surely understands the religious meaning of the term. Palin’s primary pastors are adherents of a particular end times view that true believers will not be taken up in the Rapture, but will remain on earth to wage battle against the anti-Christ and demonic forces. That view provides ample motivation for its adherents to pursue political power to be better positioned to engage in the end times battle.

  • rwnbeachdrivesw

    sarah palin is a convience christian, when convient for her to be christian she is otherwise i don’t believe she follows christien values.

  • makelle

    This controversy over connotations of Jewish nomenclature really doesn’t matter at all. I don’t care for Palin’s political stand but I do think that she has the right to interpretation precedence about the meaning of what she says. The term blood libel also has a more general meaning that doesn’t particularly allude to alleged Jewish practices.Another statement that she makes that I would like to point out is that she rejects that society can be held accountable for criminal acts committed by an individual. This statement is clearly debatable. She says her self that if everybody were angels then there wouldn’t be any need for government. But this statement actually points out the role of government; to take responsibility for individual actions.Palin, being a republican, obviously don’t see society or government as responsible for peoples’ circumstances. Her main purpose as a politician is to see to that rich people and corporations prosper and oftentimes that means bringing them cheap manpower from the poor working classes…Palin is so used to marginalize common people that she don’t know how they feel. She even calls the shooter apolitical obviously meaning that she cannot see any correlation between his act and politics or government. Also this constant talk about praying and Gods blessing clearly states that all things their politics doesn’t cover, like e.g. irresponsible people, is the responsibility of God.