I hope John Burciaga can swim. Why? He keeps going off the deep end.
“Arizona in the crosshairs,” in the January 14th issue of The Newburyport Current is yet another of his misguided, conclusion-jumping endeavors.
Wait until John reads the New York Times article entitled, “Looking Behind the Mug-Shot Grin,” in their January 15th issue. The NY Times reporters reveal that, brace yourself John, Tucson shooter Jared Loughner was a Bush-hater.
The theme of John’s article is to tie Arizona Governor Brewer, Arizona Senator Kyle, and Sarah Palin to what happened in Tucson. But if the shooter was indeed a Bush hater then, using John Burciaga’s normal logic, we’d have to transfer the blame instead to those who have never stopped blaming Bush for everything.
John regularly uses guilt-by-association in his articles. Someone does something, and even without solid proof he’ll connect them to something else. Sarah Palin puts crosshairs on a map and so because of it someone like Jared Loughner rushes off and shoots people. Far fetched, don’t you think?
I also take issue with John describing Arizona Governor Jan Brewer as being, “homely.” That’s an unfair call as well as a dubious way to make a point. If I tell a reader that every time I see Barack Obama give a speech his ears seem to fill the room, am I being persuasive?
I’m hoping that in a future article John will do a guilt-by-association story surrounding the recently sentenced Patrice Tierney. Our US Congressman’s wife, according to published reports, has a father, son, and two brothers involved in illegal gambling.
Their illegal gambling operation shifted to Antigua in 2003 after one of Patrice’s brothers was convicted in the US of tax evasion and money laundering.
Patrice managed the US bank account used by her out-of-the-country brothers from 2003-09 before getting charged by the feds. The feds said that she had lied to the IRS about the source of the nearly $7 million that flowed into that bank account. Her excuse for her behavior was that she was just trying to help her brother’s family in the US and was, “willfully blind,” as to how the money sent her way was earned.
Meanwhile, anyone trying to connect Congressman John Tierney to his wife’s illegal activities has been confronted with the Sergeant Shultz trifecta – “I see nothing! I hear nothing! I know nothing!” Remarkably, it would seem, the crooked background of Patrice’s family and the fact that she managed an account for them while they’re on the lam in Antigua, failed to get the Congressman’s attention, over a seven year period, about any possible improprieties.
Does it look like a stretch to you to use that guilt-by-association approach on John Tierney? However, can anyone out there recall a Democrat ever being subjected to such scrutiny from Mr. Burciaga?
(This article appeared in the January 21st issue of The Newburyport Current.)