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(Think Progress)   Mitch McConnell offers comforting words regarding the Boston Marathon bombing. Just kidding, he actually blames the victims for being too complacent   (thinkprogress.org) divider line 324
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2013-04-16 04:00:33 PM
The rightwing/Republican military industrial complex must be fed, otherwise there is not enough profit for the billionaires who profit over death/war and profit over the paranoia of possible death from a crazy rightwing nutjob.


/1984 is a good movie or read.
//Based on facts of the 'mid 2002 and up' Republican propaganda mission.
///Science fiction: Seeing into the future and hoping it does not happen like that.
 
2013-04-16 04:00:36 PM
This guy is trying to get re-elected, right?
 
2013-04-16 04:00:49 PM

Aarontology: FEAR. FEAR. FEAR. FEAR. FEAR. FEAR. FEAR. FEAR. FEAR.


chameleonsden.com
 
2013-04-16 04:01:47 PM

simplicimus: Would someone throw a bucket of water on this guy so we can watch him melt?


Lets throw him in the Charles instead.
 
2013-04-16 04:01:58 PM

SkinnyHead: There's nothing controversial about warning people against complacency when it comes to terrorism.   Unless you happen to be a big fan of complacency.


Except that is a completely transparent attempt at ginning up fear so that you will vote GOP and Big Government [Depart of Defense] and line the pockets further of defense contractors, but I guess in the post WWII era that isn't controversial, that is just the same happy bullsh*t we live with every day, much like oxygen poaching Fark posters who force us to respond to their retardation.
 
2013-04-16 04:02:17 PM

impaler: I think it's safe to say that for many, the complacency that prevailed prior to September 11th has actually returned

Oh for shame!

---------------
And so we are newly reminded that serious threats to our way of life remain.

Be afraid! Damn you!


And obviously the GOP strategy is to fark up our way of life so badly that threatening it would just be unnecessary. Keep it up Mitch.
 
2013-04-16 04:02:31 PM

Somacandra: ASSHOLE: On 9/11 we forever disabused of the notion that attacks, like the one that rocked Boston yesterday, only happen on the field of battle or in distant countries.

[i.imgur.com image 413x333] [i.imgur.com image 408x599]

fark YOU MITCH MCCONNELL.
SERIOUSLY.
fark YOU AND ALL YOU STAND FOR
YOU INCREDIBLE ASSHOLE


/OKIE


I was in OKC that day on a field trip.  We had just left downtown OKC and were heading back to Sequoyah county were I am from and had made it to Shawnee when we heard the news, don't even remember what we were there for at the time.

Fark you Mitch McConnel from another

/OKIE
 
2013-04-16 04:03:14 PM
But we've been stopping the construction of Mosques and protecting our 2nd amendment rights!

everything marked everything membered!
 
2013-04-16 04:04:21 PM
please
Reading his comments, he basically said "we've become complacent again".  Is that really blaming the victims?

No, but I reserve the right to consider him a jackass for what he said.

/After all, they should have been searching backpacks at an open event to make sure their weren't terrorists there.  Or maybe control the sale of bulk ball bearings.

//Where does one buy bulk ball bearings anyway?  Isn't that a lead?
 
2013-04-16 04:04:29 PM
OH! and preventing the infiltration of our Government of Islamic extremists!
 
2013-04-16 04:07:10 PM

coeyagi: SkinnyHead: There's nothing controversial about warning people against complacency when it comes to terrorism.   Unless you happen to be a big fan of complacency.

Except that is a completely transparent attempt at ginning up fear so that you will vote GOP and Big Government [Depart of Defense] and line the pockets further of defense contractors, but I guess in the post WWII era that isn't controversial, that is just the same happy bullsh*t we live with every day, much like oxygen poaching Fark posters who force us to respond to their retardation.


The actual reason why libs are so offended by talk about complacency is that they see it as an attack on their complacent president.
 
2013-04-16 04:07:17 PM
Yes how complacent of me for gathering in large groups, going outside and doing things.  I should be ever vigilant and huddle in the darkness, alone so not to make myself a target.
 
2013-04-16 04:08:34 PM
What a coincidence. I was just wondering what a cartoonish super villain would say.
 
2013-04-16 04:08:46 PM

SkinnyHead: There's nothing controversial about warning people against complacency when it comes to terrorism.   Unless you happen to be a big fan of complacency.


You know who else was complacent in the face of terrorism?
 
2013-04-16 04:09:03 PM

SkinnyHead: coeyagi: SkinnyHead: There's nothing controversial about warning people against complacency when it comes to terrorism.   Unless you happen to be a big fan of complacency.

Except that is a completely transparent attempt at ginning up fear so that you will vote GOP and Big Government [Depart of Defense] and line the pockets further of defense contractors, but I guess in the post WWII era that isn't controversial, that is just the same happy bullsh*t we live with every day, much like oxygen poaching Fark posters who force us to respond to their retardation.

The actual reason why libs are so offended by talk about complacency is that they see it as an attack on their complacent president.


I know! just ask Osama Bin Laden!!! oh wait..
 
2013-04-16 04:09:12 PM
disingenuous headline. he's not blaming the victims.
 
2013-04-16 04:09:34 PM

vernonFL: SkinnyHead: There's nothing controversial about warning people against complacency when it comes to terrorism.   Unless you happen to be a big fan of complacency.

You know who else was complacent in the face of terrorism?


lh6.googleusercontent.com
 
2013-04-16 04:09:46 PM
Still not as low as what Wolf Blitzer did.
 
2013-04-16 04:11:51 PM
I'm no fan of Mitch McConnell (actually, I'd like to put him on top of a fence post and watch him struggle to get down), but I don't quite read this as him blaming victims. I mean, yes, he said people have become complacent, but as poorly worded as his statement (and command of English) was, nothing in it seemed to indicate the blame lay with the people. He credits law enforcement agencies for preventing attacks and says we'll keep working on that, which at least hints that the blame lies with terrorists.
That being said, it won't surprise me if the powers that be use this an yet another excuse to try and restrict our liberties.
 
2013-04-16 04:13:13 PM
That's some pretty sleazy politicizing by good ol' ThinkProgress right there, folks.
 
2013-04-16 04:13:34 PM
Yeah, Mitch, sorry, I didn't piss myself over 9/11 like turtles do when scared, I'm not going to do it now.

/Complacency: realizing perfect security is impossible, especially if you have to pay for it.
 
2013-04-16 04:14:27 PM

please: Reading his comments, he basically said "we've become complacent again".  Is that really blaming the victims?


It's worse.  It's indicting our society for learning not to jump at shadows.
 
2013-04-16 04:14:56 PM

Enemabag Jones: please
Reading his comments, he basically said "we've become complacent again".  Is that really blaming the victims?
No, but I reserve the right to consider him a jackass for what he said.

/After all, they should have been searching backpacks at an open event to make sure their weren't terrorists there.  Or maybe control the sale of bulk ball bearings.

//Where does one buy bulk ball bearings anyway?  Isn't that a lead?


you could steal them two or three at a time from Lowe's. theoretically.
 
2013-04-16 04:15:12 PM

SkinnyHead: There's nothing controversial about warning people against complacency when it comes to terrorism.   Unless you happen to be a big fan of complacency.


When the entire point to terrorism is to make people afraid then... yeah, standing there telling people they aren't terrified enough isn't controversial.

Stupid, counter-productive and predictable? Yes. Controversial? Not so much.
 
2013-04-16 04:16:25 PM
Dammit! I don't see anyone else doing it, so I guess I will.

I'm sorry. It was all my fault. I'm pretty sure "it" has always been my fault. I've been sitting here in Seattle for the past several years feeling complacent. No, actually being complacent. All those bad things that have been happening to people who have been going around living their lives in a state of pants-shiating fear -- those things are all my fault. I'm sorry. My complacency led to all manner of bad stuff. Really, I'm sorry.

Starting today I changing my life. I promise to get my 'fear' level up to high and do my best to keep it there. I'm pretty sure that will finally stop bad things from happening.

Again, I'm sorry.
 
2013-04-16 04:16:30 PM

vernonFL: You know who else was complacent in the face of terrorism?

lh6.googleusercontent.com


Complacent?  No.  He decided to, instead of attacking the system where the best intelligence indicated the Rebels were located, target a system that had no involvement with the Rebellion, and in fact had disarmed according to the mandates passed by the Galactic Senate.  I'm convinced Tarkin was at some point slighted by Bail Organa; perhaps he was convinced Organa was behind an assassination attempt targeting his father, H.Wilhuff Tarkin.  This is the most likely reason behind his vendetta with Alderaan.
 
2013-04-16 04:17:24 PM
FTFA:  And so we are newly reminded that serious threats to our way of life remain. And today again we recommit ourselves to the fight against terrorism at home and abroad.

Hmm.

Total deaths from terrorism in US history: ~5,000.
Average deaths per year from auto accidents in the last ten years: ~39,000.

Tell me again how our way if life is threatened and why we should be living in terror?

Oh, right.  Fear mongering for political gain.  Got it.

/Take your fear-based political strategy and farking shove it into your dark smelly orifices.
//All of them.
 
2013-04-16 04:17:48 PM
If only McConnell was in some sort of position of power where he could do things like pass legislation that would make have this country spend more on important matters like this...

...Oh wait what he is?

...What he cut those fund going to those actual programs?

Asked if the cuts would make the country more susceptible to acts of terrorism, Napolitano said: "It's always a threat. We do what we can to minimize the risk, but the sequester makes it awfully, awfully tough."
 
2013-04-16 04:18:48 PM
ain't no doubt about it, Mitch is a biatch.
 
2013-04-16 04:19:39 PM

Aarontology: FEAR. FEAR. FEAR. FEAR. FEAR. FEAR. FEAR. FEAR. FEAR.



Works Works Works Works Works Works Works Works Works Works Works Works
 
2013-04-16 04:20:35 PM

FirstNationalBastard: I'm more frightened of Republicans than terrorists or even the random nutjob.

See, Republicans have the power to destroy us all, and want to use that power to destroy us all if we don't bow to their whims. Terrorists and random nutjobs? They only pop up occasionally, and their bodycount is generally much lower.



the real threat to this Nation and what's left of its Democracy will come from within, not without.
 
2013-04-16 04:20:43 PM

Trayal: Total deaths from terrorism in US history: ~5,000.
Average deaths per year from auto accidents in the last ten years: ~39,000.


US Gun related deaths year 2000 = 75,000
 
2013-04-16 04:21:29 PM

SkinnyHead: coeyagi: SkinnyHead: There's nothing controversial about warning people against complacency when it comes to terrorism.   Unless you happen to be a big fan of complacency.

Except that is a completely transparent attempt at ginning up fear so that you will vote GOP and Big Government [Depart of Defense] and line the pockets further of defense contractors, but I guess in the post WWII era that isn't controversial, that is just the same happy bullsh*t we live with every day, much like oxygen poaching Fark posters who force us to respond to their retardation.

The actual reason why libs are so offended by talk about complacency is that they see it as an attack on their complacent president.


Please hold for "diplomacy", arriving at Gate+++CARRIER GROUP FOUND+++

[obama-drone-incoming-diplomacy.jpg]

// why could I not find that pic?
 
2013-04-16 04:21:43 PM

Because People in power are Stupid: If the good guys had bombs then they could have stopped the bad guys with bombs, with bombs.



good bombs always defeat bad bombs.
 
2013-04-16 04:21:50 PM
This is just him beginning to set the stage for another PATRIOT act.  He's not blaming victims, he's using a bad situation to allow the federal government to seize more power and become even more restrictive.
 
2013-04-16 04:22:58 PM
Biggest proof of complacency: Kentuckians keeping this shiatstain employed.
 
2013-04-16 04:23:12 PM

SkinnyHead: There's nothing controversial about warning people against complacency when it comes to terrorism.   Unless you happen to be a big fan of complacency.


We get complacent about alt trolls, and then they pop up again.
 
2013-04-16 04:23:14 PM
Not turtley enough for the turtle club.
 
2013-04-16 04:23:15 PM
I didn't see it as blaming the victims so much as the usual assumption that terrorists are never our fellow (white) Americans.
 
2013-04-16 04:23:15 PM
1) He doesn't appear to be blaming anyone, just mentioning something (complacency) that he observed but didn't necessarily cause anything.
2) He doesn't even MENTION the victims.
3) Submitter is a troll.
 
2013-04-16 04:23:39 PM
The Only thing we have to Fear,
is the GOP itself.

--FDR
 
2013-04-16 04:23:47 PM
I wonder if Senator McConnell has any suggestions for how to attend a marathon in a non-complacent fashion.
 
2013-04-16 04:23:50 PM
Dear Mitch,
Eat a cock you desiccated pile of old turkey shiat!
Hurry up and die out. You are not part of my America any longer.
 
2013-04-16 04:24:07 PM

JolobinSmokin: Somacandra: ASSHOLE: On 9/11 we forever disabused of the notion that attacks, like the one that rocked Boston yesterday, only happen on the field of battle or in distant countries.

[i.imgur.com image 413x333] [i.imgur.com image 408x599]

fark YOU MITCH MCCONNELL.
SERIOUSLY.
fark YOU AND ALL YOU STAND FOR
YOU INCREDIBLE ASSHOLE


/OKIE

I was in OKC that day on a field trip.  We had just left downtown OKC and were heading back to Sequoyah county were I am from and had made it to Shawnee when we heard the news, don't even remember what we were there for at the time.

Fark you Mitch McConnel from another

/OKIE


Also could have worked:


websites.wnc.edu

csb:
my wife and I were on Oahu for our honeymoon and took a day trip to visit pearl harbor. While we were on the Arizona Memorial one of the survivors entered with the group behind ours. The staff called the place to attention and there was a huge round of applause.

It's tough to put into words how we felt that day. It was sobering. It was terrifying. It was beautiful. Everything that happened that day was recorded down to the minute. To this day I get chills thinking about that experience.
 
2013-04-16 04:26:00 PM
"Also, Ashley Judd was behind it all. Her hate for turtles knows no bounds!"
 
2013-04-16 04:26:11 PM
I understand the fark meme to make the headline say something different than what was actually said but really subby?

He didn't blame the victims.

Subby is a grade "A" asshole.
 
2013-04-16 04:26:30 PM
Sure, after all we have forced our government to end all the post 9/11 security stuff, TSA/air marshals, attacks on foreign soil, patriot act, warrantless wiretapping, not going 5 minutes without giving each other hand jobs about how much we love America and our minature flag pins.


Maybe if the Republicans weren't so soft on terror that Obama would have been freerer with his use of drone attacks!
/sarcasm
//if the shoe were on the other foot I'm sure we would be hearing these statements
 
2013-04-16 04:27:06 PM

Cletus C.: That's some pretty sleazy politicizing by good ol' ThinkProgress right there, folks.


You presume sleaze is a variable that can't be canceled out. In this case, McConnell easily cancels out any analysis his phrasing invokes, leaving the balance negative and ball firmly in his court.

ThinkProgress would have to photoshop  McConnell's head on to #8 to even begin to get the terms to balance (dont forget McConnell's multiplier for being an actual "representative" of.. well.. someone. Easy rookie mistake)

/science, it works, biatches.
 
2013-04-16 04:27:16 PM
If I wanted to see society grind to a pants-wetting halt every time someone leaves an unattended bag in public I'll go to London.
 
2013-04-16 04:27:29 PM
On the one hand, this is a strangely phrased variation of the "eternal vigilance is the price of liberty" shtick. And I kind of agree with it in an abstract way. On the other hand, though, given that our country has continually upped our law enforcement efforts non-stop since 9/11 (though not every step taken was equal in size or magnitude nor at regular time intervals) it is hard to imagine he is talking about anyone except the average American citizen here. And, frankly, the vast majority of us are more worried about our day-to-day affairs like paying bills, getting the kids to school on time, and keeping a job (or landing a job, if you're unemployed). We have enough very real, very immediate concerns to focus our attentions on that asking people or expecting them to maintain an incredibly heightened awareness towards the incredibly small (and increasingly diminishing) possibility of a particular type of concern - no matter how severe it is - is not only unreasonable, but physically and psychologically very dangerous to do (i.e. heightened awareness = more stress = more health problems, including fatigue which affects the capacity to maintain vigilance, etc. etc.). In all honesty, if we're going to up our vigilance it should be for more mundane crimes like theft, assault, property damage, or fraud, as they happen all the time. Acts of terror are so infrequent and do not warrant this kind of shaming of the general public.
 
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