Tuesday civility briefs

Say, remember all that talk from the left about civility? Yeah, that’s why the head of California’s Democratic party called Paul Ryan a Nazi.

Ryan told “a bold-faced lie and he doesn’t care that it was a lie. That was Goebbels, the big lie,” Burton told reporters from the Chronicle and CBS News.

For the record, the saying is “bald-faced lie“. A Republican would be forced to resign over something like this. A Democrat? Shyeah. This tool didn’t even really apologize.

“If Mitt Romney, Paul Ryan, or the Republicans are insulted by my describing their campaign tactic as the big lie — I most humbly apologize to them or anyone who might have been offended by that comment,” he said.

See the apology? I didn’t insult you, but if you took it that way, I’m sorry. Also note that he did not use “Goebbels” in his apology, he used it to repeat the insult. Right. Civility. Uh-huh.

Then there’s this: The chairman of the Massachusetts Democratic party said that Scott Brown is an “honorary girl” because he folded laundry in a campaign ad. Calling the Senator a girl, which is an insult to both him and to women. Because there’s so much wrong with being a girl, or folding laundry. And get this lame-ass apology:

“In the excitement of getting the convention underway and getting the message out about how important it is to re-elect President Obama and elect Elizabeth Warren, I made a statement about Scott Brown that I regret,” party Chairman John Walsh said in a statement this afternoon. “I apologize for that remark.”

He regrets, but is not sorry, for insulting women (and Scott Brown). That makes him an honorary asshole. No, actually, he’s a real asshole. No honorary about it.

Watch them arrest Jews for it: Someone painted “No to war” in Farsi, Hebrew, and English in Shiraz, Iran. See title.

Revving up the war engines: Hassan “Chipmunk Cheeks” Nasrallah is heading out from his secret underground hideout to give a fiery speech in Tehran about how Iran, Lebanon, Egypt, and anyone else who wants to hop on the wagon are going to destroy Israel. But there’s no need to worry that they might be serious about it. Just ask people like Stephen Walt and John Cole. It’s just rhetoric. Like the rhetoric that Lebanon won’t use chemical weapons against Israel, only lots of exploding missiles. And we believe him. (Actually, I think we really do, because he knows damned well that if chemical weapons from Lebanon hit Israel, retaliation would be awful.)

The outrageously outraged outrage machine is running: For five straight years, the Negve Museum has held a wine festival in the courtyard between it and a neighboring mosque. There was not a peep from the world about “insulting” Muslims. Suddenly, there’s an organized, world-wide outrage over the “insult to Islam”. There’s a picture of the courtyard. Tempest. Teapot. Deliberate. The Muslim Brotherhood and its allies are looking for reasons to get the Muslim world to hate Israel even more than they already do. That’s my feeling. Watch for this story to get legs in the wire services.

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