21 thoughts on ““I’ll Take You Out!” (Subhead: “You blond, bubble-headed boob”)

  1. Mrs. Fay says:

    …or when the GOP gubenatorial candidate in Maine tells a community group he’d tell the President of the United States to “go to hell” . It is possible we’re already headed there in a handbasket. By the way the video seems to be missing…

    1. Ellen Mrja says:

      Thanks, Mrs. Fay. I had no idea “they” had taken the video down. But, it’s up again so I re-posted. Holla.

  2. john sherman says:

    Well, at least as long as the target of the threat is from the Post, the question of the liberal media doesn’t come up.

    Incidentally, Franklin balanced freedom of the press with the “liberty of the cudgel”; the idea is that the local printer could traduce you, but you could beat the crap out of him.

  3. Ellen Mrja says:

    Touche, John. There’s an interesting piece in this month’s Vanity Fair on Murdoch and his obsession with taking down the New York Times. What a strange collection of properties he owns..from the staid Wall Street Journal to the bombastic Fox News. However, he also owns my very favorites, The Simpsons and Family Guy. For those reasons alone, I tip my hat to Murdoch.

    Liberty of the cudgel. That’s what Murdoch needs. Great quote. Thanks.

    1. john sherman says:

      You ought to see his British tabloids–scandal, nuttiness and soft-core porn–and I’ve heard the Australian papers he began with are even worse. I read a copy of the Post a couple of days ago, and it was a lot like reading the old Weekly World News, only without Bat Boy.

  4. Ellen Mrja says:

    Yeah..don’t they call them “the Page Three Girls”..topless every day? Now THAT’S how to save the newspaper industry in the USA.

    1. Dennis Lang says:

      It’s an idea EM, but still can’t remotely approximate the endless variety and glories of Internet porn–for FREE!

  5. Mike Kennedy says:

    Everyone involved in this looks like an idiot. No wonder people don’t trust politicians or journalists.

    I did have to laugh at the whole thing — a couple of old guys threatening each other and acting like a couple of NFL guys getting in each others faces.

    Yes, it does get a bit tiring with all the personal attacks etc. but I don’t think our Founders would be speechless, given they lived in a time of tar and feathering people, burning down structures, throwing bricks in protest and, of course, duels, with real guns.

    I would like to see these guys above, though, put on the gloves and go a few rounds.

  6. Ellen Mrja says:

    That’s true, Mike. The Partisan Press editors were known to hit one another with a cane now and then. And even that seemed more “macho” than this. Ah, the good ol’ days…

    1. john sherman says:

      Sure is; Frank Rich isn’t bad either. Of course, D.J. Tice won’t put either on the op-ed page of the strib as long as there’s a ex-Bush speech writer or someone else from Fred Hiatt’s hack factory at Wapo available.

  7. Beth says:

    Full disclosure first: I am a conservative, so you can take this for what it’s worth, but this is an honest question.

    If you were running for office and if you had a ten year-old daughter (even yes, out of wedlock, oh noes!) in her room getting ready for a school dance, and some reporter peeped in the window to take pictures, how would you react?
    I can say with certainty that SAYING I would “take him out” wouldn’t be the worst of it, if I were in that situation. He’s lucky Paladino wasn’t in the house.

    Wouldn’t YOU go on offense to defend your child’s privacy, especially when it’s being violated through their bedroom window? To paraphrase Walter Sobchak, “Ten year olds, dude.” It’s inexcusable.

    I was shocked when I first saw this video, I thought Paladino was way over the line. But when I read the rest of the story, my opinion completely reversed. I had ignored the NY Governor race (I don’t live in NY) before this; I won’t any more.

    1. PM says:

      And Paladino reacts by accusing Cuomo of infidelity? with no apparent proof? How is that about his 10 year old daughter?

      Really, it is all about Paladino, his temper, and his judgement. Heck of a governor he’d make!

      1. Beth says:

        I won’t defend the accusations of infidelity, I am defending his anger and that he said “I’ll take you out.” I can understand it, and I think I’d be appalled if he didn’t show as much outrage over a guy being a Peeping Tom in a ten year-old girl’s window. That is just SICK.

        I have an 11 year-old daughter. I will say this, without hesitation – if I ever saw someone peeping in my daughter’s window (I realize Paladino wasn’t there and didn’t see it), they’d be peeping at the wrong end of my Glock as I dialed 911.

  8. Mike Kennedy says:

    Beth, I lean conservative, as well, but PM is right. One has nothing to do with the other, though Paladino does have a point about his daughter.

    Cuomo or Paladino. What stinky choices are those? I think they are both tools.

  9. Dennis Lang says:

    Boy, I don’t know, but I think we’re looking at the future of conflict resolution in America. Rumble in the parking lot at last bell. A return to adolescence–times were much simpler then.

      1. Dennis Lang says:

        No Beth. But when is it justified for intelligent people in public life to throw reason out the window and respond with violence–like the most base among us, like the unconscionable acts of inexplicable domestic violence prominent in todays’ Metro section?

        PS: I was being facetious of course. I’m not an advocate of rumbles. Ended up in one only–not successfully.

      2. PM says:

        I’ve got a daughter.

        If you live in a society, you play by the rules. I’m glad you will be calling 911, and hoping that you won’t be pulling the trigger on your Glock. If you do pull that trigger, and you hit someone, you’ll probably do time (shooting a peeping tom isn’t self defense), and you’ll deserve it.

        If Paladino has a complaint about the press, he needs to use the rules to get satisfaction–he can’t just take it out into the streets. Threats of the kind he is making are completely inappropriate–taking the law into his own hands. Especially not if he is running for Governor.

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