29 January 2007

So it has come to this again

A wounded veteran has been spat at by "anti-war" demonstrators.

As far as I'm concerned, the worth and credibility of the "anti-war" crowd stands or falls by whether or not they condemn this behavior, without hedging or equivocation, and without "on-the-other-hand"-type dodges.



Blogger Larry Hamelin said...

digby at Hullabaloo has several comments on this controversy:
Spitting Image
No Spit Zone
Civil Freeper Counter-protesters

Anyone who calls him- or herself a skeptic needs to check these sorts of stories out, especially if they come from Michelle "if she says the sky is blue stick your head out the window and make sure" Malkin.

30 January, 2007 10:21  
Blogger Larry Hamelin said...

As a red-hot bleeding-heart liberal, let me come out unequivocally against spitting on anyone, real or imagined

Without exception, spitting is stupid, puerile, ineffective and contrary to civilized behavior and common courtesy.

30 January, 2007 10:39  
Blogger Infidel753 said...

Thanks for the comments.

The story actually originated with the New York Times, not Malkin. The wording of the Times report implies that the incident was witnessed by a reporter or otherwise verified independently, not based on a statement by Sparling -- nowhere in the description is there any such qualifier as "Sparling said" which one would expect to see if it were the latter. I think it's unlikely that the Times would distort its reporting to make anti-war protesters look bad.

As for the Hullabaloo postings, if Sparling has indeed been targeted more than a couple of times, then there may be something to look into, but nothing in the postings strikes me as being evidence that this specific reported incident did not happen. Frankly, I think the postings' condescension and innuendo undermine their credibility.

If the Times report is indeed false, then that will undoubtedly come out, and I'll post the fact here as well.

I encourage other readers to visit BB's website, a wealth of material targeting religious illogic and authoritarianism.

30 January, 2007 11:50  
Blogger Infidel753 said...

On Vietnam-era spitting, see this.

08 February, 2007 06:31  

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