Sunday, January 9, 2011

Sarah Palin Made Me Do It

"Sarah Palin Made Me Do It" (inks on bristol / 2011)

"Buck up or stay in the truck."

-Sarah Palin

Today I was compelled to compose a portrait of Ms. Palin lending her hand to the now infamous, Jared Loughner...

Jared Lee Loughner opened fire with a Glock 9 on U.S. Representative Gabrielle Giffords, who was hosting an open house for her constituents at a supermarket over the weekend.  She recently narrowly defeated her Tea Party opponent in the mid-term election to retain her Democratic seat in Arizona.  The shooting killed six people, including U.S. District Judge John Roll and Giffords' aide Gabe Zimmerman. Among the 14 wounded was Giffords, who was shot through the skull. 

Loughner was unhappy with the government by all accounts and preached extreme right-wing rantings to anyone who would listen.  This young man (barely out of his teens) orchestrated this- the most recent bloodbath our country has seen carried out by one of it's own citizens.  Every now and then, the every-day Joe buckles under the pressure of choking down their own little slice of the American dream, spoon fed to them by the media and government all their life.  We all know it's tough.  We all know our government is mismanaged and big business sucks us just dry enough so that we keep creeping along and making that next check.  Why does this guy snap?  Why does he decide to go on his own assassination crusade in the name of overthrowing the government?

Let's start with what he preached... you saw him carry it out through his practice.  Loughner was known to often quote a real national treasure of a right-wing mouthpiece with the rantings of Mr. Glenn Beck.  The problem with our new gods of the modern media is they don't report a damn thing.  Reporting involves communicating facts to the public.  Over the past decade, Fox News gained a large viewer base by having news personalities who spoke their opinions to fill their segments on the air.  Much of this was their own meanderings and pure speculation with little facts mixed in... just a little "news."  The success of this formula infected the other news networks so now you get no true world news in our county.  Beck feels free to tell his audience how much he distrusts the government and keeps them coming back for more with his wild theories and claims standing on the soapbox of freedom of speech.  He and Alaskan political glamor queen Sarah Palin are just a couple of examples of the mouthpieces worshiped by our new media.  Being opinion and not news, I feel such public figures should be held more accountable for their messages.  They should own what they say when people act on it. 

Sarah Palin loves her guns.  She's made it no secret her advocacy of Americans arming themselves to the teeth.  Over the past year, she's provided the world with countless soundbites in reference to her beliefs on the subject.  Last year, the image posted below was used on her website.  Rep. Giffords who was shot this past weekend was one of the targets.  Palin also held voter rallies where they let people fire assault rifles on target ranges set up for the event.  What a way to find the true pulse of your followers.... and what a way to forebode the tragic event of this past weekend.


152 comments:

  1. “As a gun owner, I am a strong supporter of the Second Amendment. In February, I was proud to sign the Amicus Brief in District of Columbia v. Heller asking the Supreme Court to uphold the lower court ruling that overturned the long standing DC gun ban.

    This is a common sense decision that reaffirms the Constitutional right—and Arizona tradition—of owning firearms. I commend the Court for ruling in favor of restoring our right to bear arms.” Congresswoman Giffords on the Supreme Court Ruling on Heller.

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  2. That is a very insightful quote and I certainly respect and agree with Miss Giffords' stance on defending our basic rights such as that to bear arms. It is an unfortunate side-product of our culture that so many men come to violent ends by abuse of such a freedom of personal power, whether it be an incident of political assassination or everyday crime. In this incident their are many seeds planted to bring about this young man's feelings which led to acts of murder.

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  3. You said "Loughner was known to often quote a real national treasure of a right-wing mouthpiece with the rantings of Mr. Glenn Beck."

    Can you provide citation, please? Because I work in the news biz, and have had to read every outlet about this story, and have not heard this anywhere but your blog so far. Thanks in advance.

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  4. saying palin is responsible for the gunmans action is pathetic. it's like saying the whole muslim religon and its followers are responsible for 9/11.

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  5. try printing the same picture with the prophet mohammed and american airplanes crashed and burning

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  6. Why not paint malcolm x shooting a policeman - that's what he advocates

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  7. Art is intended to reflect truth. This picture represents nothing but a dead soul promoting liberal propaganda.

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  8. Hey Hardin, what evidence do you have the this lunatic gunman ever saw the chart or even listen to palin ? Facts please.

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  9. I'm confused. I looked on this guys youtube account and I see no Glen Beck quotes or anything really political. In a New York Times article, a friend said that he was at one point a liberal radical but I really don't think this had anything to do with his politics. Watch all his youtube videos and you will see that this kid was just crazy. He talks about mind control, reinventing the alphabet and English grammar, and making his own currency. According to some reports, he became obsessed with Gifford when she did not give an adequate to the question "How do you know words mean anything?

    I feel this sad incident says much more about the state of our public mental health facilities than it does our political discourse.

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  10. Thanks for posting Al. I had read from a couple of sources on Sunday that he often spoke of ideals that Beck had been talking about on the air such as backing national currency with precious metals and such. I will admit that I do not watch television so I was relying on what I was reading myself. I've been TV-free for six years now and love every productive minute of it!

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  11. Anonymous I, first take into consideration that art is metaphorical and of course Ms. Palin did not put the gun in his hand. The work of art is to serve as a commentary on the power of political rhetoric to those already discontented with our government.

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  12. Anonymous IV,

    "The purpose of art is to lay bare the questions which have been hidden by the answers."

    -James Baldwin

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  13. Anonymous II & III, I find it exemplifying of some of the points I often try to make and of my my own social grievances that you obviously don't like the imagery I've posted but WOULD like to see a minority leader and a religious icon from another culture as compromised subjects of my work. I can recommend some wonderful illustration tutorials for you if you like.

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  14. There are power in words. Words can promote peace, they can promote violence. Public speakers can have an affect on the sane and the insane. Sarah, almost had a lynch mob going when she was running for VP. Doesn't take much pushing when someone already has mental issues.
    The target marks, her hateful, mocking, speeches. Yes, she played a big part in the murders. Doesn't matter if she pulled the trigger or not. I blame her. She is the unintentional murderer of the innocent. Shame on her!!!

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  15. Idiot! You're part of the problem, no the solution.

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  16. Anonymous and illiterate, I wish I "knowed" the solution. It's not my intention to fuel the fire but to bring attention to a big part of the problem. Feel free to leave further feedback with your solution.

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  17. Shaming Anonymous, thanks for sharing and commenting.

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  18. Brandt, thanks the for the reply. I have to say, I'm a little surprised by the response, though. Your reply completely contradicts your earlier statement. That the gunman may have espoused ideals similar to Beck means nothing in terms of a connection, or an influence. Realistically, you don't think it would be better to have paper money backed my gold? I do, and that hardly makes me far-right or crazy, it's just an opinion. People other than Beck think the same thing, which is why gold is about $1300 an ounce!

    I find it interesting, especially, because one of the things we're dealing with at work (at a daily newspaper) is how to work in this digital age, where so much information floats around, and how journalists can use that info without risking using libelous material. So, for example, someone told you something and it was either incorrect or got misinterpreted (like playing Post Office) in your post; then I come upon it, and luckily I asked for citations, but many "journalists" these days just see it, and figure that because they can cite you as having posted it, they are no longer responsible for finding out whether it is true. So they repeat it, and before you know it, is is spread enough that at least some people take it as truth. When that happens enough, it actually replaces truth.

    And, unfortunately, "journalists" with an agenda may be too eager to accept information as true simply because it fits in with their ideology.

    Sorry for the impromptu journalism lecture, it's just a pet peeve of mine. I think part of the problem these days is that "news" is no longer "truth" because "truth" was either not interesting enough or too slow in coming, so everyone tries to spice it up as much as possible, and what we end up with is a misinformed public, which is really dangerous, especially given the political climate that so many pols are talking about now -- I mean, there are people out there who are really angry, but they are misinformed, thus angry at the wrong people, for the wrong reasons.

    I watch Beck more often than not, and I find him to be a little too religious, a little too dramatic. But I have never heard him espouse violence, only rail against it. Most of what he talks about isn't really conspiracy theorist stuff, because he doesn't really theorize; what he does most often, and what I like about the show, is when he just puts out numbers and shows who's playing with them. I like that area of his show because everything is cited and available for review. He may put them all together, and viewers are free to believe him as well as free to believe he's stretching too much to make the connection.

    Anyway, one last thing to point out, about the Ariz. shooting, seeing as I'm already long-winded: From the accounts I've found that are at least somewhat accepted thus far, I think the shooter was just seriously mentally ill, and any political ideology he may have had was not even based in reality.

    Anyway, thanks again for the reply. Nice artwork, I like the Beatles one, reminds me of the Rock 'N Roll Over cover (Kiss).

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  19. Thanks again for posting Al. It is refreshing and relieving to hear from a journalist who is concerned with facts as well as properly communicating and citing them. You are absolutely correct and I appreciate your input. It is unfortunate that so many in your field do spin opinion over fact and run with the mob as far as what's being perceived as truth through thousands of sources via the internet. Perhaps in referencing Mr. Beck, I was not hitting the bulls-eye (pardon the pun)as far as my exemplification. Again, I do not watch television and have never seen his programming but simply relied on my own readings in search of more connections between media rhetoric and the actions of Loughner. I was seeking out more content beyond the uncanny targeting of the subject in my work (Palin.)

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  20. ...and I did mean to mention the gold Al so I couldn't resist following up here. You're talking to a very bohemian artist. A precious metal is as useless to me as paper-printed currency in the event of a complete government meltdown. I can't eat it, clothe myself in it, or shelter myself with it.

    Thank you for your warm compliment and best of luck with your writing ventures. Help to spread the real truth of ANY situation.

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  21. In all fairness, Glenn Beck does incite violence, whether directly or indirectly (even if he claims occasionally to denounce it), below are two examples (albeit from a liberal commentator).

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eFWOLSIhYMg

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YA7-BvVDV10&feature=channel

    The first link replays a radio broadcast in which Beck
    1) equates Progressives to Nazis and Fascists,
    2) denounces democracy ("Democracies have never ever succeeded...")
    3) claims that eugenics started in America with euthanasia (Whatever your personal opinion of assisted suicide, the falseness of that last statement is exemplar of Beck's fear-mongering in general.)
    4) tells a caller, terrified by his alarmist rhetoric, that "Yes you would be one of those..." whom Obama would murder if he could.

    In the second link, Beck literally loses his shit when a caller questions his health-care rhetoric--I mean, he screams like a lunatic. Now, this doesn't in and of itself promote violence, I suppose, but it does set an example for his listeners to answer open debate with hysterical verbal assaults.

    These are just a few examples; the evidence IS there if you research it.

    What does all this have to do with Gabrielle Giffords' shooter? Perhaps nothing. But those public figures such as Sarah Palin and Glenn Beck who either hype an irrational fear-driven narrative of the current social scene OR (in Palin's case) appropriate hunter/sniper jargon to denounce political rivals (one of which was Giffords), should be held at least partially accountable for inciting an irresponsible hysteria-driven political climate in which a young, troubled man such as Jared Lee Loughner might actually feel validated to act as he did. They aren't simply telling their side; they are lying, and their lies are killing people. You can and should be tried for inciting a mob.

    This is the point I think you were making with your recent piece, Brandt, and I commend you for it.

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  22. Pathetic that you would take any amount of responsibility from what this person did and put that on someone else. You disgust me.

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  23. Don't you see that you are doing exactly what Beck and Palin do? I disgust you? How about the shooter? Why don't you focus your moral outrage on him, instead of well-meaning thinkers trying to provoke intelligent debate? If you don't agree with my opinion that's certainly your right, but what disgusts ME is a person who has to attack ad hominem to prove his or her point.

    Riddle me this: do you blame Hitler for the millions who died in concentration camps? They didn't die by his hand.

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  24. That is an interesting point you made there at the end Zach. Thanks for providing so much feedback and your compliments.

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  25. I like the picture, Palin and her family are trash and deserves every negative thing said about the,. She has promoted violence outright and in code to her followers. Anyone who aligns themselves with Palin is as bad or worse than she is. They should know better, she is stupid, divisive, egotistical and callous. Her video is pathetic in its lack of self reflection and leadership.

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  26. Not much I can add. I am now following your blog. Oh, and "buck up or stay in the truck?" Really? I can't believe that there are people who would follow this propaganda-preachin' beauty queen right off the cliff if that's where she led them.

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  27. Illsa, Thanks so much for your support- I hope the illustrations keep you entertained. We can't shut her up but we can bring attention to the situation.

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  28. Sarah Palin isn't a politician or a spiritual leader. Why do so many people treat her like she is both? She is a vapid cunt who's only contribution to mankind is a pack of ginger wolves and retard.

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  29. It took real courage to create that. The image accurately reflects what a lot of 'real & good' americans are thinking, especially about the grizzly momma. However, it's really gonna make you a lot of new 'friends'. Good Luck.

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  30. Windy- Thanks for the compliment!

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  31. Grizzy Anonymous- I may have some of my new "friends" witch hunting me now. Thanks for the warm sentiments.

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  32. For most of us, idiots like this Hardin chap are immpossible to understand. I suggest reading The Liberal Mind, by Lyle Rossiter M.D.. In it he shows how modern liberalsim is caused by a mental disorder. So debating them is usually pointless. The best one can hope for is to show logic and reason to those who have simply been misinfored, lied to, and brainwashed by liberal college professors, the media, etc.

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    1. LIBERALS are the ones with a mental disorder? Talk about the pot and the kettle...

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    2. My sentiments exactly...

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  33. Logical Anonymous, thank you very much for your reading suggestion. Literature is one of the great loves and passions in my life. I do think we'd find ourselves in different isles of the bookstore however. And you are absolutely correct in your assumption of my own insanity and that of liberals. We have all sorts of absurd and outlandish ideas about things like equal rights for all races and sexual orientations, world peace, and universal health care just to name a few. Koo-koo koo-koo

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  34. Once again, the left and the media (same thing) show their true colors and become unhinged.

    Where were they when President Bush as being threatened with murder at "peace" rallies?

    http://www.zombietime.com/zomblog/?p=621

    http://www.zombietime.com/zomblog/wp-content/images2009/death-of-a-president.jpg

    The left is completely unhinged.

    Blaming Palin for the actions of a left-wing nut?

    What won't you people blame on conservatives?

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  35. I don't think it's a great comparison to the current tragedy to question whether Hitler was responsible for killing Jews (and Christian Poles and gypsies and homosexuals) even though he didn't do it himself. Palin and her ilk don't order the hit truly the way Hitler did. BUT if you want to say every time a zealot kills people or blows people up for political/religious reasons that it's always the fault of just that "crazy" person, don't you have to make the same claim for all the terrorists trying to do the same thing in the name of Islam? Can you hold their imam accountable? Do you blame radical Islam for fueling the fires? Or does none of that matter either?

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  36. Unhinged Anonymous, there are nuts on both sides of the isle.

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  37. Comparing Anonymous, I think all zealots are driven by something other than the internal voices (which are probably just projections of the things he or she has heard from outside sources.) All the examples you used are just extremes of different modes of influence. Whether the orders were specific and/or direct or not is the varying factor. Influence is influence... it's just they're on different parts of the scale.

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  38. You cannot compare Palin's narcissism to that of the Imam's. Palin was supposedly raised and cultured in the American way which espouses freedom, capitalism and gun ownership rights.

    Palin learned only the capitalize part and use her limited knowledge about the other two -- freedom and gun ownership rights -- to make money.

    She is the poster child for why mental health should be free to all, not just shaven heads. The people that are attractive enough (to old guys), but still haven't moved beyond mental midgetry (like Rosewood's Fanny Taylor) can still cause whole towns to be at war with each other based on Palin's/Fanny's tales.

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  39. By "blood libel", Palin intends to demonize the "Jewish" victim by making Giffords responsible for the "Christian" child's death. Palin is either a vile, evil, nasty person inside or she is the dumbest, unprepared speech-reader/teleprompter reader this country has ever encountered.

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  40. Sounds like you're as big a fan as myself Rosewood. Thanks for commenting! I couldn't agree more.

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  41. Thanks for sharing this URL over at the Alaska Dispatch. Unfortunately, they appended the period at the end of the sentence to the URL itself, so you're not getting the traffic you should expect.

    What I do with URLs at the end of a sentence is type them in, add two spaces, and then put the period. Hope this is helpful in the future ... I'm glad I got to see your art. And I'm impressed with your patience with the anonymous folks.

    ADispatch URL: http://www.alaskadispatch.com/voices/medred/8264-palins-response-to-the-tucson-tragedy-is-all-about-sarah

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  42. How sad that when regular real people see this sort of negative rhetoric is hurting us all and ask people to tone it down, the pundits and political celebrities who seem to make the most money and get the greatest media attention from it just dig in like ticks and try to convince people to still buy their snake poison. Anything for a buck? Really?

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  43. Oh my God...we need to outlaw pot immediately before more potheads go crazy and kill people. Outlaw silverware too as it is making people eat too much and get fat. Gid rid of facts as they get in the way of your agenda.

    Lock out all mentally ill people as they are the threat. Please shut off any logical thoughts as they will prevent the leftist agenda from going forward...we can have that.

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  44. Thanks for the info and thanks for posting Ankhorite!

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  45. Sad Anonymous... anything for a buck indeed. That's the new American way with Capitalism run rampant. She snuck into bed with Democracy and kicked her to the floor, now she's pointing at the door for what's left to get out.

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  46. Outlaw Anonymous, please do us all a favor and stay away from gun shows.

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  47. It's hard to see how anyone could see this and not take away from it that the artist buys into the idea the Loughner did so because of Mrs. Palin and Ring Wing political rhetoric which is no more inflammatory than Left Wing. Ignoring completely the violent, hate-filled speech from the Left is dishonest. An artist making a political statement should try to evoke the real problems plaguing our society in a visual way.

    There is no doubt Hate in our speech is a problem, but to consign it all to the Right makes this work little better than political propaganda. The true artist should seek to find the truth and bring it to life if they are commentating on it, no matter the medium.

    Frankly I think the work is about as subtle as a brick to the face, and the color scheme is garish to boot. Taste is relative, but if you insist on public figures being held accountable, I expect you to be held to the same standards regarding your mode of expression.

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  48. Andrew:

    How could anyone see this and not take away that "the artist buys into the idea th[at] Loughner did so because of Mrs. Palin..." ??

    All I can offer you is my own immediate reaction to this piece, as evidence that other perspectives are indeed possible (and prevalent, if this blog is any indication).

    If we analyze the piece literally, we note that the artist has created a scenario which is OBVIOUSLY false. There is no evidence that Palin and Loughner ever met, much less that Palin actually handed him a gun. There's no evidence that Loughner had ever even heard of Sarah Palin. So what's to be made of this incongruity with reality? Most people would call this social-political satire, which has a long, proud tradition of provoking thought as one means of affecting change in the face of corruption.

    "An artist making a political statement should try to evoke the real problems plaguing our society in a visual way."

    I could not agree with you more, and that's exactly what this artist is attempting to do. He is implying that a political authority who espouses violent rhetoric (even the implied violence of Palin's crosshairs, not to mention her many gun references: "RELOAD!") is dangeroiusly irresponsible. Of course she didn't literally give Loughner the glock, but she did put a metaphorical hit on Giffords' head when she targeted her District with sniper crosshairs. Of course, Palin was really after Giffords' seat in Congress, not her life, but who's responsible when some troubled kid gets confused? No reasonable person would assume that Palin is directly responsible for the Arizona shootings, but she does consistently contribute to an irrational, alarmist political climate. Whether or not that had any effect on Loughner is beside the point, but this tragedy must be a catalyst for Americans to wake up before the violence escalates.

    If you don't agree with the artist's politics, don't buy his art, but don't claim that he isn't seeking "to find the truth and bring it to life." It may not be your truth, but that doesn't mean it isn't valid.

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  49. Zach: To try and curtail political speech at all based on the faulty assumption that political speech caused the Tuscon shootings is irresponsible, and that way lies censorship and more shackles on free discourse in this country. To blame Palin at all would be the same as me blaming Ms. Gifford for not being left wing enough being the cause for Jared Loughner's actions. Or blaming President Obama's "they bring a knife, we bring a gun" comments. To assign blame to EITHER SIDE is to ignore the fundamental issue: Jared Loughner shot and killed six innocent people and injured twenty more. It was a premeditated action, so clearly while he's troubled, he's not incompetent which makes him responsible. How responsible is for a jury to decide.

    Besides, it was not the Right that immediately began pointing fingers at the Left after this incident: It was the Left. The New York Times, online commentators, news reporters-They all carried the torch of assigning blame to the Right for political advantage, a despicable thing to do. To claim that both sides share equal blame in the Culture of Hatred for this particular incident is to be dishonest.

    If the artist wishes to address the hatred and division in the country, maybe he should try looking at both sides of the aisle rather than just the Right. Understanding is a three-edged sword: Your side, their side, and the truth. The truth is that this art represents only one side of the argument, and he is free to do so. I wouldn't deny him that. But I am free to criticize it's intent and it's function as a piece of artwork.

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  50. Okay, the guy had an active Youtube account, which he used to upload videos that he skillfully edited with music and scrolling text. I outright refuse to believe that he spent that much time on his computer without hearing the violent rhetoric, particularly as a gun owner and someone so fired up politically. Actually, I'll take that a step further and say that anybody who would assume that a computer/Internet savvy person who is THAT interested in politics hadn't seen/heard the teachings of people like Beck when those of us who avoid Fox News can't even avoid it would be... well.. in serious denial or brain damaged. I find this defense of the right's rhetoric insulting and/or ignorant. Take your pick. -DC

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  51. You're absolutely correct, it is impossible to avoid. I shouldn't even know who Glen Beck is since I've not had cable in 6-7 years.

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  52. There is no doubt Sarah Palin influenced the opinion of the shooter. My question is, when will the next right-wing extremist open fire on another one of our government officials?

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  53. Let's hope never. There was another school shooting this week (all shootings are tragic but this kind is the most heart-breaking.) I question more and more every day if we should be allowed to have personal guns at all.

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  54. Dear Mr. Hardin: Right on, brother! Say it like it is!

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  55. I don't know much about art so it was good to read some of these commenters. I have heard that art should provoke a response. Reading through these comments leads me to believe you were successful in that regard.

    Personally, I consider Jared Loughner to be a symptom of a sick society, highlighting our obsession with guns and our inability to enact any meaningful reforms, the failure of our health care to meet the needs of the mentally ill etc. etc.

    I'm not sure if there was any cause and effect but it's indisputable that Jared Loughner latched onto political rhetoric.

    His youtube video is titled "Pima Community College School - Genocide/Scam - Free Education - Broken United States Constitution,"

    He talks about the failure of our educational system saying "I'm going to be homeless because of this school,"

    About the cafeteria "where they make illegal transactions" he believes this because he thinks our money should be backed by gold and silver. (btw- Al, please read Nouriel Roubini regarding a return to the gold standard)

    He also talks about "The war that we are in right now is currently illegal under the Constitution." I've heard Ron Paul express the same sentiments.

    Jared Loughner is also a sort of Rorschach test for the country. He listed the Communist Manifesto on his reading list and his high school friends recall him smoking pot. I sparked a few joints in high school myself, isn't everyone that smokes pot in high school a liberal?

    The coincidences surrounding this tragedy are too numerous to overlook. The little girl that was killed, born on 9/11. The fact that Gabriel Giffords, prior to the shooting, had expressed her concern for toning down the rhetoric, even mentioning Palin's cross hair map as an example. Loughner's obsession with grammar, necessary for us to communicate with each other. The tendency of certain politicians to use language to tap fear and anger in an effort to motivate voters.

    And now, miraculously, I've read that Gabriel Giffords may be released from the hospital this friday, January 21st, after being shot through the brain on January 8th. If I were a religious person I would consider this a sign. If I did consider this a sign from God I would be very concerned about the fate of Jared Loughner.

    The only criticism I could offer would be that many on the right will not give this much thought, but instead express their disgust and move on.

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  56. Thanks for the encouragement Dawn!

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  57. New-to-art Anonymous, thank you for your insightful response. Indeed it may be the light at the end of the tunnel for this tragedy that Gabriel Giffords experience such a miraculous recovery. Her story will end up being an inspiring one.

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  58. How can Palin POSSIBLY be responsible for any action Loughner made when she refuses to take responsibility for any of her own?

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  59. My 2 cents: To me this affair is akin to blaming Judas Priest and Ozzy for kids blowing their heads off with shotguns, blaming cartoons for kids bad behavior and blaming video games for school shootings.

    But there is one big difference: Kids and young people hold rock stars, cartoons and video games in higher regard than politicians. I think politicians are waaay down the list on who and what influences our young people.

    Having said that I also think that the nastiness that goes on in politics needs to stop. I also think that nastiness that goes on when discussing/debating politics needs to stop. We need to learn to respect the opinions of others whether we agree with them or not.

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  60. Being from Alaska, I liked her when she was there, because she cleaned up some of the corruption, alot of people were pocketing the peoples taxes. That's what I heard anyways. Brandt, you say whatever the hell you want, our constitution says that's okay, it dosen't say it's okay to take other peoples lives when you don't get your way. As for all those who oppose, but have to do it as "anonymous" you're a bunch of pussies.

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  61. Brent Hardin,

    you are a pic.

    Your work is disgusting (the picture about Palin) and is hate and violence promoting.

    And on top of it, you try to make money out of such a tragedy. You dishonor the victims.

    Also your postings/invitations/Frozen Stiff/etc. regards to Palin/Bush are disgusting. You should be the last one to point fingers.
    Here is one of your disgusting writings:
    Dec.14/2010: "The Devil and Sarah - I wanted to create a work as absurd as Sarah herself and I believe I have accomplished such. Come to the Frozen Stiff this F.... When you find the transvestite Satan wearing a Sarah Palin mask, musturbating with a Bible on her knee, you have found The Artwork of Brandt Hardin".

    You wrote hatepromoting postings about ... along that line before, see one more on Oct.11/2010, in the same hateful manner. But wait you are not listening to Palin, like you know for sure the shooter in Arizona did, but you are as hateful as him (as him that is your impression of his mind). How come?
    I am not a REP, I am quoting your postings as a Person, as a human being only. And I find them disgusting, no matter what. If somebody would write something like that about you, you would be happy about it, right? And there would be plenty of reasons, by now, to judge you.

    By the way, you should shop at Walmart, you know Mi... says so.

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  62. Billy, thanks for dropping by and commenting. I agree that the nastiness in politics does need to be laid to rest. Unfortunately, bickering and mud-slinging have found more of a home than honest and candid debate in politics. This even dates back thousands of years to our earliest organized governments. Simple civility would be a great starting point for any sort of peace in our world.

    Good luck with your ventures this year... keep artin'!

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  63. Kathryn, thanks for sharing from a viewpoint of someone closer to Miss Palin's history as far as her contributions to government. I appreciate your opinions just as you have defended my right to express.

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  64. Disgusting Anonymous, I appreciate your audience and am flattered by your intense research of my work and citing accurate quotations. I did indeed make a much more outlandish portrait of Palin which was displayed at an exhibit in Nashville this past month. Your quotation speaks my intentions and reasoning of that particular work.

    As far as "making money" off of this tragedy, you couldn't be further off-base from the truth. This is a small illustration which I've posted here on my blog as commentary. The original work nor any sort of reproduction will ever be available for sale. I drew this with one purpose only- to draw attention to the issue of the effects of political rhetoric on discontented Americans. Myself nor my business will ever see a monetary profit from this work or post.

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  65. HomeBuildingJanuary 24, 2011

    So you don't like the "gun worship" that the so called second ammendment has become?

    You have a problem with a well regulated militia--that is, it doesn't seem all the well regulated to you?

    Thank you sir--there are many that fully agree with you

    I'm proud to be one of them

    HomeBuilding

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  66. Dude!! If they liked this one, imagine how they'll feel about the other one you did?!?!? They'll love it!! :D -Mels

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  67. thank you for open, honest and personal opinion, and thanks even more for illustrating said same.... like it or not, it is what a democracy should practice...keep up the good work!

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  68. Bandt , stick to your art Dud you seem to be suffering some loose associations here . Each an every one of us is responsible for our own actions. You do Art that causes me nausea,but, some may dig it . I will wretch in private and be more careful where I gaze You pick that tree limb from your eye and don't give that eyelash in Sara's eye
    another moments thought you're not qualified

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  69. Thanks again for the encouraging comments guys!

    Loose Anonymous, sorry to upset your stomach. You are 100% correct in regards to my qualifications. I am a self-taught artist and have no credentials other than my illustration itself to represent my status as an artist. Fortunately, you don't have to hold a degree or be licensed to create.

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  70. It's a poor likeness. Looks more like Nancy Pelosi on a good day.

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  71. Brandt, I would like to thank you for having the courage to stand up against the ideologues and extremist . I find it amusing when they insist on facts from you when they use their own set of "facts" from ultraconservative think tanks to make some point. I notice that most of them (I hate to generalize) get their news from Fox News, don't read many history books, are young, and have rarely been out of the country let alone an Eastern Block country. I have to laugh when they say Reagan defeated the communist regime. Every head of state in Europe at the time seamed to make the same claim. Communism killed communism and Russia will always be poor. It's Geography that controls agriculture. Agriculture is the base for any economy. Lenin admitted that communism wasn't working before he died. My own opinion on the cold war is that it was started when we tried to save the Czar by putting troops on the ground in Russia. No wonder the Russians never trusted us. The Western and Eastern Europeans like us anyways. They embrace capitalism and democracy. Some things they do better than us and some they do worse. The one thing that seems to be in common in the four continents I've been to is that they all have some crackpot on the airwaves talking as if they were employees of News Corp.

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  72. ben marshallFebruary 07, 2011

    Like the incorrigible child, this dysfunctional artist confuses attention with validation, even affection. All that matters is getting a reaction, the addictive nature of modern blogging. Just another lefty that confirms Lyle Rossiter's disorders of the "progressive/liberal" mind.

    Now it's one thing to scab-pick and another to salve it. Problem is, the positions taken here are so peripheral its a waste of salve whether artsy-craftsy graphics are added or not.

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  73. Well Ben, we're all mad here when it comes to politics... especially the scab picking. Take that nasty habit somewheres else sicko.

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  74. JOEL BAGGETT (warehousepunk@yahoo.com)February 07, 2011

    Just sitting here enjoying "Anonomous" posts... Why dont we censor EVERYTHING that offends us! Way to take a step back!! I enjoy Mr. Hardins artwork very much & have dropped some of my hard earned cash in his pocket! I am proud to have his pics on my wall!!

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  75. Facts don't add up with the picture.

    Loughner had a grudge with the congresswoman since 2006.

    Loughner thought that the Middle east wars that bush administration were war crimes.

    Loughner thought that 9/11 was an inside job.

    It's believed that Loughner voted for Democrats in the 2006/2008 Elections.

    Loughner traditionally believed in nihilist ideas which probably played a big part in what he did that day.

    Facts are stubborn things I know but someone has to point them out.

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  76. "Palin also held voter rallies where they let people fire assault rifles on target ranges set up for the event."

    My faithful friend that wasn't Palin...that was Jesse Kelly....

    Can u at least do some research ?

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  77. Factually Anonymous- there are many drawbacks to the internet (including anonymous commenting.) If it was indeed a different candidate who held the assault rifle voter rallies, it makes no difference. Sarah Palin was used in this work to draw attention to a situation. She is a lightning rod of a metaphor for negative and violence-inducing political rhetoric. Politicians are practically all in the same to me in many regards including Republicans in this facet. If Jesse Kelly spread as much hate and condemnation as Palin, the subject of my work very well may have been that person. In my own research, I did read these rallies as being attributed to Palin (again, a drawback of the internet if I was misinformed but a mute point nonetheless.) If TIME magazine can slip up, (this past week misquoting Palin from a satirical article) I don't feel so bad. I'm an artist, not a journalist.

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  78. Hey, that "I'm not a journalist" line is the exact same one that Glenn Beck uses.

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  79. Thanks for commenting Shelly. I certainly hope that's ALL we have in common!

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  80. Brandt,

    I have a question for you… have you ever read anything about the holocaust? Maybe you have forgotten the horror that purposeful misdirection can lead to.


    By making “your statement” through a painting, even though you know Sara Palin had nothing to do with this mental guy, you are purposely intending harm to innocent people. Sara Palin has a right to her opinions, just as you do. If you don’t agree with her, vote for the other party. It is that simple.

    Keep your Hitler style of artwork to yourself.

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  81. Nazi-labeling Anonymous,

    It is both sad and unfortunate that people of your political mindset would reference such a horrific tragedy in human history as a method of slinging mud across the isle. I can't tell you how discouraging and disheartening it is in regards to intelligence of the average Republican (and human being period) to make such comparisons. I certainly hope our generation and the ones to follow never have to witness such brutality and racism despite your apparent want for it. I'll continue to not agree with it and vote based on merit and decency (I don't make my decisions based solely on one's party affiliation.)

    Keep your outlandish and obtuse generalizations and opinions to yourself (and Fox News.)

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  82. You're a moron and a liar and your art sucks.

    The shooter was a LEFT WING NUTJOB and anyone spinning this against Palin and/or the Tea Party reveals themselves as intellectual midgets or liars.

    The shooter was anti-religious.
    He LOVED reading Karl Marx.
    He supported burning the flag.
    He was a dope smoker.
    His first victim was a Bush-appointed Judge.
    His second victim was a Blue Dog Dem.

    Sounds like a fan of Obama to everyone with a brain.

    As for "rhetoric" lets try some of this:

    Democratic Congressman PaulKanjorski on GOP Gov. Rick Scott: 'They ought to put him against a wall and shoot him.'

    Or even better, 'If They Bring a Knife to the Fight, We Bring a Gun' - said by BARACK HUSSEIN OBAMA.

    Let me repeat this so you are clear:

    You're a moron and a liar and your art sucks.

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  83. Fortunately jpeditor, we all know I'm not a bad artist or a liar just because of your differing opinion and brainwashed conservative ideology. Come back and rant anytime...

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  84. Brandt, I find the dialog here interesting. It would seem that your art has done it's job by provoking discussion-even if it isn't necessarily civil. Whether or not SP'S targets on the representatives led to the shootings or not is arguable. It is also clear to me that S.P. will do whatever it takes to profit as much as possible from basically anything. S.P. is greedy and driven. While S.P. offers me nothing (positive)politically or motivationally, it is clear that she does to many others. When realizing the influence that S.P. has, the unlikely becomes plausible.

    I don't anticipate S.P. jumping into the primaries as deep-down, I think she is at least shrewd enough to realize that she isn't that smart. While her audience will continue to clamour forward to purchase ghost-written books and other nonsense, individual thought, opinion and debate are not S.P's strong suit. Making money milking the gops seems to be her talent.

    I do support the 2nd amendment. I do not see how guns would be kept out of the hands of criminals if laws were changed. Consider drug laws.

    Rob

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  85. I have it on good authority that Palin will thank her hosts with a wink and a smile when accepting the $100,000 check that covers her speaking fee, and will turn on the charm by telling her hosts about one of her favorite Indians: Pocahontas

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  86. The Second Amendment is the only reason you are able to speak aloud about anyone the way you people do.

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  87. The Second Amendment only exists BECAUSE people like me spoke the way they did... and do.

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  88. This better be satire of the left-wing's response to the shooting, if not? It's just a propaganda piece.

    The visuals of targets surrounding a "Devil on my shoulder" Sarah Palin, handing a kid a gun are too ridiculous to take seriously. About as ridiculous as when video games were blamed for the Columbine shootings. So, really, the art by itself, seems more to mock the fear of Palin from the left (and we didn't need you to "explain" your artwork. You're not very effective as an artist if you have to explain it.)

    First off, whether the kid was right or left wing is irrelevant. More importantly he freaking crazy. Anyone sincerely trying to politicize the shooting in any way to suit their agenda is little more than a monster.

    Angry rhetoric in the news and elections is hardly anything new. Go to youtube and look up "Reason TV Jefferson Adams Election". The rhetoric in the media now is TAME compared to what it used to be. Anyone saying we should 'tone down our language' is basically just saying 'I don't like what you're saying. Shut up.'

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  89. Visual Anonymous, thanks for explaining my artwork that didn't need explanation. Of course, by telling me you didn't need me explain it and that if I didn't need to explain it, it was effective art- well, you just said it was an effective work of art.

    (I think we just had a Daily Show moment.) When your right-wingers talk in one direction, you eventually walk yourselves in circles... and our country.

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  90. Visual Anon here.

    That's cute. Who said I'm on the Right? Just like the left to think anyone who doesn't believe in their bull lock, stock, and barrel must be a gun-totin' right-winger. Pot, meet kettle.

    You also didn't address the fact that the kid was just nuts first, and his political beliefs were unimportant. If he was a Rachel Maddow fan, he still would have been a murderer.

    I'm explaining MY view of your art. If you have to explain the art that YOU made? Then you're not very good at getting message across. This would either come across as

    A) Making fun of hysterical people politicizing MURDER (Something you seem okay with, which is pretty fucking sick).

    or B) Someone who honestly believes that Palin put the gun in someone's hand and pointed them to a target.

    So no, this wasn't a Daily Show moment. The message you're trying to convey is confused and muddled.

    "When your right-wingers talk in one direction, you eventually walk yourselves in circles... and our country."

    Not a right-winger, but if I talk in one direction, I am walking around a circle and the country? What the fuck does that suppose to mean? Is that some sort of "NO, YOU ARE!" response?

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  91. Also: "The Second Amendment only exists BECAUSE people like me spoke the way they did... and do."

    The Second Ammendment:
    "A well-regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed."

    So, you're pro-guns then? Cause, you know, it's the First Ammendment that secures your freedom of speech, but since you're all into political cartoons, I'm sure you knew that.

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  92. Visual Anon, my apologies for the assumption of your affiliation with the right side of the isle. Usually when someone mentions the left or the right in their first sentence as you did, it's a prime indicator.

    And YES, the kid is definitely not mentally stable, making him even more susceptible to being misled by political rhetoric, no matter who it is from.

    The original intent of the second amendment can't even be held in the same context in today's society as it's original intent. Fortunately, we no longer need to keep arms in our homes to safeguard against foreign invasion in our own back yards. I will be the first to admit I'm on the fence as far as gun control but I definitely feel we need stricter regulations as far as the sale and manufacture of lethal weapons (you don't need a machine gun to kill a squirrel.) I'm all for the government regulating the process as much as possible. Make them get a background check, make them get a psych evaluation, make them take a training course on self defense and do everything we can to make certain that person is not arming themselves for the wrong reason.

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  93. Weird dream last night..........I've been wondering lately where the missing suitcase nukes are. In my dream, they were stacked up in Palins garage. Anyone interpret dreams here?

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  94. You certainly do attract your share of trolls and Fox News apologists here. Nice post.

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  95. I love the idea of fronting Palin for the 2012 Presidential campaign, knowing she is behind in all polls. To be certain the Republicorps lose. I have never owned a gun but my father did when I was a kid. Nearly killed my whole family once. The insanity of guns has never left me. Palin is a loose cannon in the most literal of ways. Please let's do all we can to make certain she never becomes President. What a kicker.

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  96. Thanks for commenting mowgli! Ruby, that's a great idea... I'm right there with you.

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  97. Thank you for your link to your blog, because now I have a perfect example to use illustrating what happens when people trust the media (in general) to tell them the truth about Sarah Palin.

    In your case, on the day after Jared Loughner's murderous rampage, you created a bloody painting suggesting that Palin somehow had some "role in the recent violent attacks." In fact, the painting depicts an angry, pointing Palin as placing the fatal Glock in Loughner's hand. You also suggest that Fox News could get people to "snap," and in your commentary, you implicate Glenn Beck as well, claiming that Loughner was known to quote Beck.

    Did you cite an example of Loughner quoting Beck? Nope, you didn't, because Loughner never did. Did you have any factual support for your claim that Loughner somehow was stretched thin by viewing Fox News until he "snapped"? Nope, you didn't, because there is no support for that claim. Everyone who really WANTS to know what Jared Loughner is about knows from the mouths of his friends, classmates, and acquaintances: He's been Looney Tuney for at least three years now. His unique recipe of scrambled brains and his vendetta against Gabrielle Giffords pre-dates Palin's falsely accused "bullseye" map or her encouragement to "reload."

    So from where did you imagine that Palin had any role at all in the Tucson massacre? In your own words: "I will admit that I do not watch television so I was relying on what I was reading myself. I've been TV-free for six years now and love every productive minute of it!"

    OK, let me get this straight: You haven't actually WATCHED television in over half a decade, but you thought you knew all about Fox News and the effect it has on the frustrated American because you READ someone's else's mischaracterization of its programming and of what Glenn Beck says. Then, you created artwork based on your faulty information, thinking your opinions were built on solid facts when in fact you were standing on a foundation of Jell-O.

    Yup, that's what I call "productive."

    More amazing than the fact that you were doornail-dead wrong (and were called out by dozens of posters on your own blog) is that you continue to pretend that you have no credibility problem, thus your disingenuous question above "If Palin were to be elected, would our country turn into the Wild West?" You know it wouldn't, because despite your best effort to remain ignorant, the truth was placed in front of your face. But, it seems you like the taste of anti-Palin bile in your mouth so much, you've just gotta pretend such lies are true.

    To that, Mr. Hardin, I say, good luck what that denial thing. On the other hand, if you would like an accurate depiction of how Palin is treated by news media worshipful of Barack Obama, check out MY blog.

    http://lnsmitheeblog.blogspot.com/2009/08/sarah-palin-fires-warning-shots-at-web.html

    http://lnsmitheeblog.blogspot.com/2009/06/after-two-decades-and-two-networks-i.html

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  98. L.N., Thanks for commenting and giving me such wonderful visuals such as a "foundation of Jell-O" for future artistic endeavors. If you had read the previous comments, you would have seen our discussion about misinformation in the media (especially in reference to Glen Beck per my original post.) I do however stand my current and past characterizations of Fox News, with their right-wing and war-profiteering agenda which has been in place long before I stopped watching television (which I need to point out, makes one read more and therefor be better informed.)

    Best of luck making Palin a hero to your audience and using my art as an example of left-wing pinko philosophies. I certainly respect your opinion as I do anyone's. The difference between us it that I won't visit your blog and write a manifesto in an attempt to discredit your work.

    As an illustrator, I DO take offense to you referring to Jared as "Looney Toons." The Warner cartoons were a staple of my childhood and played a vital role in the development of my interest in drawing and animation. Next we'll be blaming cartoonists for inciting violence if we draw improper parallels here. Too many readers may misinterpret it and create more misinformation!

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  99. And I hereby declare all gang violence to be blood on the hands of Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton!!

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  100. You are a pathetic artist.

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  101. David AmdahlApril 02, 2011

    Nice map with the cross hairs. We have all seen it a million times. You could have been an original if you would have included the DNC map with the bulls eyes. then you could have expounded on why one was evil and the other righteous. As far as Glen Beck's rhetoric, yeah it seem a bit over the top sometimes. But one thing I have never heard him encourage is voting multiple times. That is directly encouraging a felony and a vile attack on the very foundation of our republic. But I did hear Ed Schultz advocate that in the last Massachusetts senate race. Why is that okay? In the liberal/progressive mind, does the end actually justify the means?

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  102. Irene FlickApril 20, 2011

    Your art stinks. And I am an art teacher. You would get a 'C' from me for your efforts - just to keep your self esteem up and to keep your probably crappy absent mother off the phone with me. C'mon pal, there's no place for sexism in the 21st century. Grow up.

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  103. Come on Irene...

    I appreciate the passing grade but "sexism?" Whoooo... my wife AND mother would disagree I'm sure.

    As far as your jaded blow at the woman who bore and raised me- (YOU teach America's youth?) Kim Hardin has worked as a registered nurse for 35 years and raised two children, one of whom will receive her PHD in Psychology next year and one who is a Marketing Director for the highest grossing water treatment distributor in it's size category in the world (when he's not working as a professional artist.)

    I usually avoid returning the distastefulness of some of our more conservative visitors but for you I'll make an exception. There's a phrase I've heard time and time again in the arts world (having exhibited my work in well over 100 exhibitions world-wide)- THOSE WHO CAN'T... TEACH.

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  104. Joel BaggettApril 20, 2011

    So i wonder if you depicted Obama in the same kind of portrait would these people love the pic? Most of the above would tell you how smart of a person you are & how much you "understand" our situation we are in now? That being said.... Irene.... Mrs. Kim Hardin is a very sweet lady. Just because you stand on the other of the probably political & not as much sexist side of the fence you cant say Brandt is not a good artist... you are probably just jealous you cant turn out art like that. Crappy?? great adjective there Mrs. Teacher Lady! ALSO looking at his art/blogs from a (political)neutral standpoint you can't possibly say he isn't an intellegent person either!

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  105. Brandt, thanks for dropping by my sarah palin post on Gather. This is definitely interesting, to say the least.

    Keep up the good work.

    ~Evalynn Saeyang: http://www.gather.com/viewPostsByMember.action?memberId=594662

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  106. Great work here. Congrats and tks for posting the link on HuffPo.

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  107. Thanks for comments ladies!

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  108. AnonymousMay 05, 2011

    the right to bear arms also gives gun owners the potential to judge and kill someone who has done wrong. however, only God has the right to judge and punish us for doing wrong. So what's the gun for?

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  109. Love it or leave itMay 17, 2011

    You left-wing hatemongering shitbird. How does it feel to be on the ash-heap of history ?
    You think you're hating life now ? Wait 'til we get the Senate back. And then the White House.

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  110. Outnumbered Anonymous- sticks and stones may break my bones, but ripped-off Reagan quotes will never hurt me.

    What's wrong with you Neo-Cons where you need an enemy all the time? Reagan even coined the term, "terrorism." You used your hatred of Communism to run an arms race (for profit.) You use your hatred of Muslims to run the longest war in U.S. history (for profit.) Now you turn the same hatred on your fellow Americans when you don't have full control of the government to continue war-profiteering and gutting the middle and lower class for every penny you can get out of them. The sad part of it is, you have so many of the same people you rip off fooled into thinking there is anything "conservative" about yourselves, your ideals, or your politics.

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  111. Obama's SeatMay 26, 2011

    This bears an resemblance to Islamist art depicting jews eating Arab children and the like, very effective propaganda for hate-filled peoples.

    Although this art is based on fabrications and overwrought reactionary leftist imagination, it stirs the soul, and even though palin (who reportedly uses weapons for recreation and hunting) has absolutely nothing to do with the shooting, this depiction is enough to make me HATE her!

    IOW, what a crock of pure shit. Disgusting, but so damn appropriate for the reactionary, hate-filled, cowardly lying left.

    Great stuff, in an unintended way. Rock on kids!

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  112. Obama's SeatMay 26, 2011

    "What's wrong with you Neo-Cons where you need an enemy all the time? "

    How ironical a comment from someone who creates art meant to attack someone totally unconnected to the event.

    What's wrong with you leftists, why do you have to lie to create enemies all the time - especially when the only enemies you see are your fellow countrymen who don't share your views.

    Pretty sad, but maybe someday when you mature you'll see just how ugly you were, back in the day.

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  113. Obama's seat,

    I'm beautiful baby... and so are you.

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  114. MorrisminotMay 26, 2011

    It is wrong to hold Palin accountable for some legally insane man's action. Not that I don't despise her anyways, just judging by the trash she attracts like Brandt Hardin, she is an awful petty stupid person who only panders to pointy headed fools who take Limbo and Coulter seriously

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  115. The problem is there is nobody to hold public figures accountable for their rhetoric, just as there is nobody to hold you accountable for your own insults such as calling me "trash." Who's being petty, Morrisminot?

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  116. AnonymousMay 26, 2011

    Wow. You are really ignorant. You spew as much hyperbole, rhetoric, and hate as anyone else. Quit watching Olbermann and Maddow. Get away from the circle jerk of libertards who want to blame Palin for the response of a main stream media that has so slanted discourse and fed the flames of anti-conservatism. And you blame this on one person... the person that nearly all MSM news outlets ridiculed openly and unobjectively in order to protect your messiah presidential candidate. You are a libertard drone in the worst measure because you can't think objectively.

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  117. Wowed Anonymous,

    I'm not sure who Olbermann and Maddow are because I don't watch TV, which I've addressed in this comment thread a couple of times. I think more objectively than most, while others simply jump to conclusions as you've done here. Back to your television and FOX, drone...

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  118. Obama's SeatMay 27, 2011

    "I'm beautiful baby... and so are you."

    Your "art" is, in this case, pure propaganda, have you considered soliciting Hamas for some contractual work?

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  119. I am available for commissions, Obama's Seat. I try to cater to everyone's needs. All art is propaganda in one form or the next, just as your comments are.

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  120. Obama's SeatMay 28, 2011

    Pointing out that the palin/laughner connection is a fantasy concocted by palin-haters, and has absolutely no basis in fact is not propaganda.

    The crudeness of the painting itself is somehow appropriate to the message you're attempting to convey.

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  121. I'm proud to say I'm not a Palin-hater but a Palin-despiser. If you think that's crude, you'll just love what I do next!

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  122. Obama's SeatMay 30, 2011

    Let me guess, the Koch Brothers eating Palestinian babies?

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  123. Nah, I'd just have them guzzling oil to chase a fork-full of cash while pissing on some Middle-Eastern sand. You must be a fan. Thanks for the great ideas!

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  124. AnonymousMay 31, 2011

    What a mean-spirited drawing. Can't we disagree politically without villifying our opponents?

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  125. AnonymousJune 05, 2011

    So....

    - He never referenced Palin, but she's to blame for his assassination attempt
    - A crude painting of two politicians who've held guns, as if no Democrat has every pulled the trigger on a firearm
    - Palin is hated for supporting gun right, but Giffords' support of gun rights is ignored
    - A campaign ad with "targets" is enough to drive someone to commit murder - unless it's a similar Democrat ad, in which case we won't even mention it

    The author seems to be nothing more than a partisan, rather hate-filled if baseless accusations of supporting political assassination flow so easily.

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  126. Makes me sad to read this because I agree and I wish it wasn't true :(. My site publishes a lot of opinion and trash news but we don't claim to be "news" as such like the Fox's of this world. We are just fun mainly.

    Thanks,
    Forest.

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  127. So Anonymous- If I could personally assassinate Sarah Palin's career and take back every cent of tax and public money which lines her pockets on a daily basis I would.

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  128. Forest, thanks for dropping by and commenting. Best of luck with your site... even trash news is news compared to FOX.

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  129. You are a fucking liberal idiot.

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  130. ...and you're a mean ol' crow conservative potty mouth. Sticks and stones, Mr. Cox.

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  131. AnonymousJune 10, 2011

    Palin-hatred is a disease. Now they have thousands of emails but NONE of the MAN WHO WENT TO AN ANTI-SEMITIC "CHURCH" for twenty years, opened his politicfal career in the living room of a terrorist, weakened our allies, Poland, Czechoslavakia, and Israel;
    destroyed many small businesses, has 54% of black men out of full-time employment, and who exalts Islam and the childish Quran while mocking the Bible. Yet you are more interested in a non-Candidate than the Manchurian President. THat is plain ignorant and hateful - the sign of a useful idiot.

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  132. Manchurian Anonymous,

    That's quite a story you got there! It's almost as outlandish as men walking on the moon and parting the sea. I'll bask in my useful disease and you bask in yours.

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  133. Arizona Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords returned to the floor of the House to cast a vote on the bill. It was her first appearance there since she was shot in the head at a meet-and-greet with constituents in Tucson in January.

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  134. I was delighted to see her not only return to the floor to vote but gather a round of applause which made us realize for a split second that unity MAY be possible.

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  135. Why don't you stick to your childish paintings and quit spamming blogs. Or, at the very least, pay for some advertising if you want to promote your brand. Just like a Liberal, think you have the right to leech off of other people's hard work!

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  136. I am predominantly an illustrator, and I will definitely stick with it! Thanks for the encouragement. Just like a Conservative, you think you are the center of the Universe and comment Anonymously- I bet you don't work that hard either!

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  137. Anonymous is as Anonymous Does! LOL
    Keep up the Good Work Brandt!
    The Tea Partiers are Clandestine Terrorists.

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  138. I shall remain anonymous for the simple fact that I don't want my name associated with a blog that is so filled with infantile inaccuracies, false accusations, misquotes, and animosity towards others that is inexcusable. I also find it inexcusable to use this senseless tragedy and it is senseless for your own personal gain. Shameless, egotistical and rabid hyperbole at the expense of others.

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  139. Inexcusable Anonymous,

    You'll not find a misquotation of any person or politician (they're not human) here on my site. There's no gain for me here other than humoring myself with my own political commentary.

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  140. I guess credibility is overrated. Hence this blog.

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  141. Credible James, thanks for support!

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  142. ``preached extreme right-wing rantings to anyone who would listen''

    What evidence is there, that Loughner was of a "far Right" persuasion? Is it from the books he read: Mein Kampf and the Communist Manifesto among them? That a video showing burning of an American flag was among his YouTube "favorites"? That he disliked American government -- as do, among others, various Communist outfits in the US (such as rwor.org, cpusa.org)?

    What did he "preach to anyone who would listen"? At least one former acquaintance recalled: ""he was leftwing when I knew him in hs & college, 3 years ago."

    http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-503544_162-20028022-503544.html

    Face it, he was simply a disturbed individual and any attempts to tie him to any serious political movement are wrong...

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  143. Hey, can you make another one? With Oscar Ramiro Ortega-Hernandez instead of Jared Loughner?

    http://news.yahoo.com/suspect-shooting-near-white-house-arrested-191227003.html

    Or, perhaps, just relabel the one you already have -- you aren't very good with faces anyway, are you?..

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  144. Oh Miwa,

    In the end, why do people critical of my commentary take a unsubstantiated low blow at my art? I think you just showed everyone here where you're really coming from.

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  145. I don't think, people seriously blaming Sarah Palin for Jared's madness have a right to complain about "unsubstantiated" blows from ANYONE :)

    As for your art -- you aren't even pretending to be a portraitist. This is a political caricature -- and the evidence connecting Sarah's rhetorics to Jared is exactly the same as that for Oscar (none).

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  146. More art and a little less writing, I believe it will make your posts stronger not trying to depend on HST type american dream ramblings. (Although who doesn't love stealing from him?)

    "Every now and then, the every-day Joe buckles under the pressure of choking down their own little slice of the American dream"
    I don't know what every day Joe your talking about here but if your referring to Laufard then you are way off my friend. I couldn't make it to the end of your post because i got confused pondering the ins and outs of someone heavily criticizing the media system today without having watched television six years. Do you read newspapers or get the majority of your leads from the internet. I know HST hated American Journalism and media but i doubt he'd of advocated ignoring it totally to make random general assumptions... he might joke of things like this during random tangents but thats all in the spirit of exaggeration. He would most certainly study the thing he didn't like and learn all the inner workings of what he was so against.

    I don't mean to put down your work but I would suggest as I've seen someone above me mention... if you are going to write these large political blurbs to accomplany your work your should most certinaly fill the lines with facts and sources rather then broad generalizations which boarder on cliches.

    Sorry for the overabundance of pretentiousness -safbmx.blogspot.com

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  147. Charles, I certainly have much longer political blurbs than this short spat, but with more sources per the suggestions of a few close friends since this was written nearly a year and a half ago now.

    While I idolize HST, he had his many flaws as do I and anyone else in the creative realm. Please take such idolization with a grain of salt as I am in no way attempting to replicate any author's voice other than my own. Hunter also got much better with time and practice as hopefully I will.

    I appreciate the constructive criticism. Indeed I don't watch television and rely on what I read for information, which is in a sad state of array in our country. I was just having a conversation with my wife recently about how conclusions are drawn from politicians AND media flat-out lying to the public and spinning things however they want. Am I doing the same? Am I playing the same game? Maybe. All I know is that both my writing and art bring a clarity to my own struggles and grievances. In this forum of my blog, they will remain hand-in-hand.

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  148. Nice picture!. I learn something more difficult on completely different blogs everyday. It is going to always be stimulating to learn content from different writers and follow a bit of something from their store. I'd desire to use some with the content on my weblog whether you don't mind. Natually I'll give you a hyperlink on your web blog. Thanks for sharing.

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    1. I never mind my work being borrowed Rumah... just let them know where it came from! Thanks for the comment!

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