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Speaking Out

Thursday, January 13th, 2011

Inspired by Sheriff Dupnik’s criticism of political ‘vitriol’ resonates with public ( 1/09/11), Rush Limbaugh: Dupnik Knew About Loughner ( 1/12/11), Arizona sheriff may be worst in U.S. (Michelle Malkin, DC Examiner 1/13/11), and Sheriff Dupnik shoots before aiming (Gregory Kane, DC Examimer 1/13/11).

“I think it’s time that we as a country did a little soul searching. Because I think it’s the vitriolic rhetoric that we hear day in and day out from people in the radio business and some people in the TV business and what we see on TV and how our youngsters are being raised that this has not become the nice United States that most of us grew up in… When you look at unbalanced people, how they respond to the vitriol that comes out of certain mouths about tearing down the government. The anger, the hatred, the bigotry that goes on in this country is getting to be outrageous and unfortunately I think Arizona has become sort of the capital. We have become the Mecca for prejudice and bigotry.” – Pima County Sheriff Clarence Dupnik

“To say, as Dupnik did, that comments made on the airwaves essentially motivated this person to commit this crime is exactly what he blamed talk radio of doing, inciting through pure rhetoric. It was complete misuse of his power and he owes the media in town, TV and radio, an apology for his horrible comments in the middle of such a tragic day. He should step down immediately from his position as Pima County Sheriff.” – Tucson right-wing radio shock jock Jon Justice

“On the day of the shooting we know that officers stopped the suspect. They let him go, but they stopped him. He slipped through the sheriff’s hands. It’s kind of rhetorical to ask if the sheriff, Mr. Dupnik, will apologize. But Dupnik, the sheriff, knew that Jared Loughner had written ‘Die, bitch’ on that note to her in 2007. He knew that on the day of the shooting, which calls into great question the motives of Sheriff Dupnik here in the way he has conducted himself since the shooting and since he decided to go public on television with his idle speculation as to the reason for the shooting. From a layman’s perch here, it appears that Sheriff Dupnik has been acting with malice as he runs around and blames Sarah Palin and blames me and others who do what I do for this sordid incident.” – Rush Limbaugh 1/12/11

“”They were reckless and dangerous statements made by someone who should have known better.” – Jon Justice again, speaking not of his, Rush’s, or Sarah’s statements… but about Sheriff Dupnik

Thank you, Sheriff Dupnik, for what you said.

It would be nice if the right wing commentators would say it instead.

You’ve been criticized for being political

By those who are less used to being criticized than critical.

Due to your inappropriate allegation,

You’re apparently now the worst sheriff in the nation.

Rush has even said that Loughner’s brutal assault

Was in fact all your fault.

Letting themselves be silenced is something your critics will never do,

But they sure seem to want to silence you.

I know it’s easy to get pessimistic

And sometimes even fatalistic.

But please, don’t hang up your badge and gun

Until the work we need to do is done.


Here’s your theme music, Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door. It was of course written by Bob Dylan, but I really love this AC/DC version.


Here’s Sheriff Dupnik’s moving statement (live broadcast 1/08/11 on MSNBC via Crooks & Liars).


Here’s Sheriff Dupnik 1/11/11 on Hardball.

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