Apparently Piers Morgan believes that armed guards or civilians should actually be Tom Cruise in disguise, able to stop a shooter before the shooter pulls and fires their gun.
Mother Jones doesn’t think that any shooting where the shooter has less than 4 victims is a “mass shooting”, but Piers apparently lives in the opposite extreme where, even if an armed guard foils the attempts of a 15 year old would-be mass shooter, it doesn’t really count as stopping the mass-shooting because 1 person was shot.
“REVEALED: Armed guard was NOT able to stop Atlanta school shooting,” Morgan posted via his official Twitter account. He then linked to a story with a headline that completely contradicted his questionable claim. “Armed guard disarmed teen in Atlanta school shooting, says police chief,” the headline read.
No one ever claimed that armed citizens or armed guards are sci-fi heroes who could stop crimes before they even happen. We don’t have pale, naked, bald psychics laying around in vats of water in our basements that alert us to when and where someone is going to commit a crime; contrary to what Piers seems to believe.
This post really should have been up yesterday, but I was spending the day without a computer, unfortunately.
Wednesday night I was at work, minding my own business when a friend posted THIS on her facebook timeline.
I had to do a double take and go hunting through twitchy to see if it was real, since it was no longer on Piers’ twitter feed. No doubt deleted when he realized that he looked like a massive tool and not even his CNN time slot could disguise that fact after a tweet like that went public.
Of course Piers has consistently underestimated the power of the new media and his tweet had already been screen captured by John Nolte, over at Breitbart, and saved for posterity. Yet another reminder that, especially if you are a left-wing moron, once you put something on the internet it’s there for good. (You would think after the Anthony Weiner scandal that liberals might be watching what they post a little more, no such luck.)
Anyway, Morgan took personal offense at having his douchebaggery saved for future generations apparently.
And this exchange took place.
And Nolte updated his original post on Breitbart to include this note.
Piers Morgan responded to this article on Twitter, personally accusing me of smearing him and twisting his “obvious sarcasm.” I responded by asking how straight-forward reporting and quoting what he said constitutes twisting or smearing, and will update this post if there’s an answer.
For some reason Piers has yet to address how it is “smearing” to directly quote something someone said. My guess is the answer would be something along the lines of “but Jooooohn it’s not FAIR!” whined in a voice that could make even ME hate a British accent.
I almost feel sorry for Piers, since Nolte loves to expose him for the d-bag he is, through Morgan’s own words. Then again, he sort of deserves it for making light of a tragedy, whether he meant it in a sarcastic manner or not.
Here’s a good rule of thumb, if you don’t mean it, and it’s going to make you look like an asshole if people cannot obviously discern that you are being sarcastic, then don’t press send.
There should be an app for twitter that will read your messages back to you before you send them. If that existed, Piers might have hesitated. Maybe not — maybe he is an asshole with a chip on his shoulder and an agenda to promote, no matter who has to die to promote it.
He’s certainly been on a tear about gun control on twitter lately, judging from the tweets that twitchy is archiving.
Twitchy seems to think that he was obviously being sarcastic.
Morgan was being sarcastic, of course. But his ghoulish sense of humor and his tasteless timing failed to amuse.
I don’t think there was anything obvious about it, no matter what he said in follow-up tweets.
Morgan was incredibly offended at Nolte, piling on accusations and outright lies. One in which he stated, essentially, that Breitbart would be ashamed of Nolte’s posting a photo of his tweet for the world to see (check in the dictionary next to “Hah! Not likely” for my reaction that one) and that he “admired” Breitbart.
That’s a tall tale from someone who said (and I quote, which Morgan hates apparently):
Morgan: “Andrew let me go to you, as I said before the break, you are notoriously evil about almost everybody so what do you think of the new politics where everyone just whacks everybody else.”
Breaitbart: “Well I don’t think you know me Piers Morgan. I think we maybe spent eight seconds together.”
Morgan: “It was a long eight seconds.”
Oh well, it’s not like Morgan doesn’t have a penchant for ignoring the facts, or his own past words, when it suits him.
Watching the American news, currently have Fox turned on because it’s good background noise while I work on blogs and catch up on reading.
It’s all about the S&P credit rating, playing the blame game over who’s fault the DOW’s nose dive is, and who should be taken to the chopping block over the debt situation.
No one is talking about the riots in London and that surprises me.
Because I’m looking at pictures of central London and it looks like a war zone.
(Pictures from Boston.com)
These pictures wouldn’t look out of place (except for the European buildings) in photos from Iraq, Afghanistan or Israel after a battle or terrorist attack.
And this is happening in London.
Why is no one talking about it?
I just turned to Piers Morgan on CNN, it’s still debt talks and pointing fingers. Anderson Cooper will be on in half an hour, I give it a 95% chance that it will also be about the debt and DOW situation. More talk about S&P while people are dying in riots in the streets in a country where this sort of thing should not be happening.
There are all sorts of discussions about why these riots started, but I’m honestly not certain anyone actually knows.
The prevailing theory seems to be unrest over the shooting of 29 year old Mark Duggan by the police. The shooting is still being investigated to see if it was justified or not, but I just can’t imagine why that small action (one death is horrible, but it does not justify this kind of horrific action on the part of the citizens of the UK) could lead to all of this.
Oh Piers Morgan took 30 seconds away from the debt downgrade to show videos of the burning building in London and reference this as a horrible act of Civil Disobedience.
I hate to use a tragedy to mock Piers Morgan, but did he really just call this Civil Disobedience?
Uh, there is nothing civil about this.
Civil Disobedience: the refusal to obey certain laws or governmental demands for the purpose of influencing legislation or government policy, characterized by the employment of such nonviolent techniques as boycotting, picketing, and nonpayment of taxes.
Get your terms right Morgan, especially if you are barely going to address the issue at all.
Taiwan News speculates an entirely different theory.
It began late Saturday in London’s northern Tottenham district when a peaceful protest over the police’s shooting of a suspect turned violent, leaving parts of the high street charred and its shops looted. But some have blamed the unrest on unemployment, insensitive policing and frustration across Britain over the government’s austerity budget, which will bring deep cuts to social services and welfare payments.
If that’s true and this is their reaction to having their payments cut…well they didn’t deserve them in the first place. This whole think is remarkably immature and dangerous and horrific and there is absolutely never a good reason for behavior like this.
I can’t even imagine how people could do these kind of things for no reason whatsoever. The other prevailing theory is that no one actually cares about the politics of the death of Duggan. They just heard someone got shot by the police and that their was speculation that they wrongfully shot him and just decided to start looting and rioting over it and it spread, because apparently large sections of the population is ready to commit theft and violence if given the slightest chance.
It’s enough to make me scream.
I honestly hope there is a real underlying cause to all of this, politics, money, police brutality, SOMETHING! Because if there isn’t…that says a lot of very sad things about humanity of the rioters and looters involved…and that, in turn, says something very depressing about humanity in general.
And I’m just not quite willing to believe something that horrible of humanity just yet.
Anyway, back to discussions of Bible verses soon…I just need to write about this.
And now I need to take a break from all of this for a moment. Going to watch episodes of What Not To Wear and eat ice cream until I get tired enough for bed. I just need to not think for a while.