Posts tagged ‘Botched Joke’

August 21, 2009

Baird Milks Ryder Truck Comment

by lewwaters

Ron Paul CrybabyBrian Baird, congressman from Washington States Third Congressional District has lashed back at Clark County Republican’s for our outrage at his Ryder Truck Gaffe made before the Rotary Club this past Wednesday.

The Columbian’s Kathie Durbin, still fawning over Democrat Baird, wrote an article, Death threat disclosure by Baird draws criticism, critical of those of us who were offended by Baird’s insensitive comment and claiming he was just “recounting a death threat he received.”

Baird made National News for not holding public townhalls and labeling constituents Brown Shirt’s and alluding to Lynch Mobs.

He allegedly apologized for those cracks, claiming his words were not at constituents and reconsidered his no townhall stance,
holding one Tuesday evening at the Clark County Amphitheater, where he received an earful from several angry voters.

His Ryder Truck crack came the very next day before a Rotary Club luncheon, attended by several Republicans who found it unsavory. Clark County Chairman Ryan Hart issued a statement against the remark and has appeared on the Victoria Taft radio program discussing the insensitive remark.

The Columbian’s Kathie Durbin wrote,

“But after Baird alluded to the threat during brief introductory comments to the Rotary Club of Vancouver on Wednesday, Clark County Republicans denounced him for invoking the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing.”

“Commenting on why he was initially reluctant to hold town hall forums on health care reform, Baird told the Rotary Club audience: ‘If there is a Ryder truck parked out front, it has my name on it.’”

Sorry, but that last paragraph doesn’t even make sense. The context presented doesn’t make sense. A “botched joke” excuse would have made more sense.

But instead, our elected representative Baird slaps back at us with,

“This is a new low. Rather than condemn those who made the threat, I am being criticized for talking about the threat.”

No Brian, you are being criticized for your insensitivity and trying to play victim over some alleged poster of Obama as the joker being faxed to you and now, an anonymous phone call that you claim said,

“You think Timothy McVeigh was bad, there is a Ryder Truck out there with your name on it.”

As a Clinical Psychologist, Baird should be able to see this for what it is, if it even actually happened. Disgruntled people make outrageous comments they will never carry out all the time.

Still, I can see it serious enough to report to the authorities, which Baird claims to have done. According to Kelly Love, Baird’s Vancouver district director,

“The message left on Baird’s office voice mail was turned over to the U.S. Capitol Police.”

However, fellow blogger Bob Koski, of Clarkblog.org actually called the U.S. Capitol Police and according to Koski, “there is no record of any such complaint.”

The Columbian, for their part, made no such call to the U.S. Capitol Police to confirm any such threat was ever made or reported. They publish an article critical of voters and subscribers, after not saying anything about voters being offended by the comment, telling us we have “reached a new low” and the more commonly seen Democrat claim, “my words were taken out of context for cheap political gain.”

The residents of Washington State’s Third Congressional District deserve better than to be continually slighted by an elected official who has no problem repeatedly selling out constituents.

UPDATE: If Brian Baird and the Columbian are really so concerned about Death Threats, why not expose Kill a dissenter….save a life?

August 19, 2009

Brian Baird Steps On His Tongue Again

by lewwaters

Washington States congressman, 3rd District, fresh off of a controversy over referring to constituents as “brown shirts” and “lynch mobs” apparently hasn’t learned anything.

He claims to have apologized for the references in a press release saying, “Frankly, I have had concerns about how we can have constructive dialogue and, unfortunately, in response to some of the things we’ve been seeing across the nation I have said some things myself that I regret.”

Again last evening, at Baird’s first townhall this recess at the Clark County Amphitheater, he again reiterated to the audience that he “had taken the words back” and “apologized” for them.

The sincerity of that apology is highly in doubt after a comment he made at a Vancouver, Washington Rotary Club luncheon today, August 19, 2009.

The following is a press release from Ryan Hart, Chairman of the Clark County GOP. I was with Ryan at Party headquarters late this afternoon as he received confirmation from others of Baird’s words,

BAIRD DOES IT AGAIN!

“Congressman Brian Baird reverted back to making the same comparisons and comments today that he apologized for last week. Baird was the guest speaker at the Downtown Rotary Club on Wednesday where he was quoted to say “if there is a Ryder truck parked out front, it has my name on it.

Clark County Republican Party Chairman Ryan Hart said he received a call from an individual who attended the meeting informing him of the comment. “I called several other people who attended the meeting and they all confirmed that Baird made the remarks.

Baird’s remarks were a reference to domestic terrorist Timothy McVeigh. “This is just unbelievable,” Hart said. “You would think he would have learned a lesson or two over the past two weeks,” he added.

Hart said the comparison linking critics of the Democrat’s health care reform proposals to domestic terrorists makes one doubt the sincerity of his Baird’s apology.”

Is Baird that out of touch that we do not know what he is talking about? Is he trying to milk this alleged death threat he says he received?

Congressman Baird, if you really desire to see death threats issued to a politician, look no further than what was thrown towards President Bush during his time in office.

I suspect in the next few days will we hear an exasperated Brian Baird telling us to get a sense of humor, just another “botched joke,” ala John ‘F’in Kerry in 2006 when he disparaged our Troops saying, “You know, education, if you make the most of it, you study hard, you do your homework and you make an effort to be smart, you can do well. If you don’t, you get stuck in Iraq.”

We didn’t laugh at Kerry’s disparaging comment and congressman Baird, we are not laughing now.

Most people who apologize take steps to not recommit the offense the very next day.

UPDATE: Is the Columbian running cover for Baird? I’ve tried 12 times to post this quote in their comments section on various articles and it will not take. It just disappears. I’ve made other comments after trying to post this quote and they readily take.

They claim they don’t censor, but I find it very odd that I can post other comments, but this particular quote is not accepted.