Lt. Seymour Head of the Court: You’ve heard Captain Vere’s account. Is it or is it not as he has said?
Billy Budd: Captain Vere speaks the truth. It’s just as Captain Vere says. But it is not as the master-at-arms said. I’ve eaten the king’s bread and I’m true to him.
Captain Vere: I believe you, boy.
Billy Budd:  God knows, I’m…Thank you, sir.
Lt. Seymour Head of the Court: Was there malice……between you and the master-at-arms?
Billy Budd: I bore no malice against the master-at-arms. I’m sorry that he’s dead. I did not mean to kill him. If I’d have found my tongue, I would not have struck him. [angry] But he lied foully to my face, and I had…Well, I had to say something. I could only say it with a blow.

Billy Budd 1962

If there has been one constant in the media’s coverage of Islamic Terror attacks, no matter how horrible or bloody, it’s been the “why do they hate us” meme. Over and over we have heard pundits, reports and those the media choose to elevate insist that while the individual act was wrong we must understand the underlying causes behind them, look at ourselves in the west and see how we have provoked these reactions and ask the question: “Why do they hate us”

This usually begins while the blood is still on the group and escalates from that point. It doesn’t matter how many die, how often it happens or even if kids are involved, the proper reaction is apparently to reach out to those who have wronged us and find out what we can do to make them like us better.

And that brings us to the special Election in Montana.

When I initially heard of the “bodyslaming” story in Montana I found myself rather suspicious of the story because of the lack (unlike the assault by a sitting Democrat congressman on a student reporter that didn’t generate any outrage at all in the press) of video These days there are trackers following candidates anywhere and in a race like this I presumed if there had been an assault of some type somebody anyone with a smart phone would have had it running.

And of course there was the obvious question as Ann Althouse noted of setup and changing stories of a witness.

But my gut, and the reaction I got from people at a Trump rally when wearing my press badge, told me that the media was so despised and distrusted these days that despite newspapers and members of the GOP running for the hills this story would help rather than hurt the candidate and sure enough:

Even Chuck Todd was not buying the excuses of the DNC as Hotair noted.

But more interesting than any of this at least to me is the contrast to the media’s Islamic Terror Mantra

Think about it, the media is so hated by a group of voters, apparently a majority, that a physical assault on one of them draws cheers and wins elections.

Did pundits, reporters and those the media consider this a “lone wolf” attacks?
Did they refuse to blame an entire party or president for actions they did not know or support?
Did pundits and press state while the individual act was wrong we must understand the underlying causes behind them?
Did they suggest they should look at themselves and see if anything was done to provoke these feelings?
Did they consider asking the question “Why do they hate us” even once?

Nope, no introspection, no soul searching,  this is a republican, and therefore the only possible reaction to this is outrage, outrage outrage 

Now to be fair unless the reporter said something about his mother or grandmother (which is the only situation where I gave my sons permission to swing first in school) assaulting someone, even a reporter is wrong and unjustified and it’s proper that he both show contrition (which he has) and be charged (which he was).

But having stated that for the record perhaps the members of the old media can explain to us in the new why violent and even fatal attacks on people and property require the group targeted for attack to look at themselves and ask “why do they hate us” while the only proper response by the media to Montana is exactly the opposite?

I suggest not holding one’s breath for an answer.

Exit Question:  Given that the left’s standard concerning justifying political violence:

  1.  Nazi’s should always be punched
  2. Our opponents are Nazis
  3. We are justified punching them possible.

Might now be used by the right, how long will it take for said standard to be no longer acceptable or justifiable by the same press that until now has had a nuanced approach to this on the subject?

And remember the standard isn’t if someone is an actual Nazi, the standard is does the person throwing the punch  consider them one.

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Montana state line

By John Ruberry

It seems that the Obama White House, made up of urban elitists,  favors fish over farmers. The president sides with the unremarkable three-inch long delta smelt over the farmers who have grown bushels of all kinds of food for the rest of the nation for generations.

Beginning with a court decision in 2008, a man-made drought that carries on today was initiated in the valley.

In eastern Montana, another assault on agriculture could be underway, just as its fields turn green after a long winter.

From the Billings Gazette:

It has been like this for 105 years, ever since Theodore Roosevelt promised to raise irrigated communities from the arid dust of the West. The 26th president signed the Newland Reclamation Act in 1902 and communities like Sidney started to bloom.

Lately, there has been a lot of concern in this community that the government’s century-old promise has come into conflict with yet another pledge to preserve the pallid sturgeon, a rare ray-finned fish with a spoon bill that has been fading in number largely because dams downstream from the Yellowstone, on the Missouri River, have made survival difficult for the species.

Federal biologists hope the sturgeon will thrive if given room to roam upstream from the Missouri, in the Yellowstone. But that plan entails work on the diversion dam that has watered the Sidney area since 1909.

“Everything. Everything we have is irrigated in this valley, pretty much,” said farmer Dan Strasheim, who was seeding his fields with Soron spring wheat in anticipation of the canals, eight months dry, flowing again.

While endangered, the range of the pallid sturgeon is vast: nearly the entire Missouri River and the lower Mississippi is home to the fish.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, not the Bureau of Land Management, is behind this possible reversal of a longtime Washington promise. The federal government, as we learned in the Cliven Bundy case, owns nearly all of Nevada, but the understanding until recently that these public lands could be used, yes, by the public.

Yellowstone River
Yellowstone River from Interstate 90

Back to Montana: What of the farmers and the workers at the nearby sugar beet processing plants? Beets are another crop grown with the aid of irrigated water on the Montana plains.

Are we a nation of people? Or of fish?

John Ruberry regularly blogs at Marathon Pundit.

An Exxon-Mobil pipeline in Montana (just outside of Billings, near the Yellowstone River) ruptured yesterday. (NY Times story here.)  Crude oil spilled throughout the river and the land.  One hundred forty people in Laurel, Montana were evacuated; the oil poses a fire hazard.  Other pipelines to Billings were shut down.

First things: I’ve been to that area of Montana and have a soft spot in my heart for it.   I’m trying to picture it covered in crude oil, and it’s… tough.  Second thing: a burst pipeline is an entirely different matter than an exploding well.

That said, this is one of the many reasons why the “environmental” opposition to drilling in ANWR, or near the coast, is so backwards.  By all accounts, Exxon-Mobil was able to contain the spill, shut down the pipeline, and is working to ameliorate the environmental effects.  The damaged pipe is hardly the Deepwaater Horizon oil well: the pipe was shut down in a half-hour, because it was buried all of six feet underground, not six thousand feet under water.  Likewise, even the flooded Yellowstone River is not the Gulf of Mexico; this isn’t going to create an oil slick the size of the state of Delaware or Ohio.  While oil spills always wreck havoc on the environment, they are much easier to shut down, contain, and clean up when on land.  Policies which discourage everything but far-offshore drilling are counterproductive, unless we magically will oil spills, equipment failures, and natural disasters away.

Further, to the extent that “environmental” concerns have discouraged companies from replacing aging infrastructure with new, more environmentally-safe pipes, wells, and nuclear reactors, they do us a disservice.  Now, I can’t find out how old that Exxon-Mobil pipe is – it could be brand-new – but it is likely aging and not being replaced because the onerous regulations create strong disincentives for companies to upgrade.  (We have this problem in America with nuclear reactors that simply cannot be replaced with brand-new structures, so old plants are being permitted and used far beyond their natural lives.)

At a pro-life prayer vigil an improvised Molotov cocktail was thrown at an elderly lady Thursday. Luckily the device missed her.

Considering what’s been going on in Madison I’m not surprised at this event in Montana, what I AM surprised is the reaction of police:

… instead of inspecting the bomb debris or calling evidence technicians to the scene, the officer remarked that police could never get prints or other evidence from the bomb’s remains and said he would call the city’s garbage service to dispose of all the debris.

The officer then said that the 40 Days prayer vigil participants should expect this kind of reaction if they’re protesting at the abortion business.

What is going on with the police in Montana? Cripes, what is this the 50’s in the Jim Crow South? “Well you’ve gotta expect this kind of reaction if you black folk insist on voting an all.” Stacy McCain explains the parallel in a post on a different subject:

Hmmm. Another parallel to Neshoba County, you see: Because the sheriff’s department there in 1964 included Klan members, the law protected the lawless and no one would protect the innocent. Maybe someone should bring in the U.S. Department of Justice

The Thomas Moore Society is not amused:

Tom Brejcha, president and chief counsel of the Thomas More Society says his group has filed a formal complaint with the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Field Office in Helena, Montana. The organization is for an immediate, intensive investigation of what it calls a “vicious” attack.

“We are appalled by this terrible act of violence, while we’re immensely grateful that God’s grace spared this valiant pro-lifer any serious injury,” he told this afternoon. “But the reaction of Kalispell police officers after Ms. Trierweiler called them to the scene was equally appalling, indeed outrageous.”

“We intend to file disciplinary complaints against both the officer who came to the crime scene and the desk sergeant whose tepid, indifferent, and grossly unprofessional response to this blatant act of domestic terrorism shows them both unfit to wear a police uniform and at best deserving of severe disciplinary action.

The unwillingness of the police to pursue this, along with inaction in Wisconsin is a trend that if continued will do more to undermine civil society in the US than anything else.

Oh and expect the MSM to cover this something after they do a 1 hour special on terror attack on the Fogel family and the murder of their children. Molotov cocktails are on news if thrown AT abortion clinics.

Updated: Tweeted this to @joenbc and on twitter @otoolefan objects

@DaTechGuyblog Yea, much more violence coming from the pro-choice crowd! What a joke. @JoeNBC

Yeah the media has much more important things to cover such as sending 400 reporters to the royal wedding.