University of Rhode Island professor Erik Loomis is defending his angry, violent tweets on the grounds that they were metaphorical.

So to clarify, I want to make it blindingly clear that I did not call for the assassination of Wayne LaPierre. In my world, calling for someone’s head on a stick is a metaphor to hold them responsible for their actions. I think the last time “head on a stick” actually meant murder was sometime around 1450. That anyone would take this seriously as a murder threat is completely absurd. What stinks about it is that it has now involved my family, colleagues, and university. So I’ll apologize to them and to anyone legitimately offended by my metaphor.

Or, as he put it so eloquently yesterday,

We suppose he’ll soon be telling us that “Let’s hunt down Dick Morris like a pig and skin him for breakfast” is a metaphor for “Let’s invite Dick Morris over for some bacon and eggs.”

But as Jim Treacher points out, Professor Metaphor wasn’t always such a big fan of symbolism. Writing about political fallout from the Gabrielle Giffords shooting nearly two years ago, Loomis was singing a rather different tune:

From a political perspective, the big loser is Sarah Palin. Truthfully, the whole Tea Party movement loses here because a lot of Americans are flinching in the face of the violent rhetoric that propelled them to power. Many Republicans are defending themselves vociferously. Some, such as Rush Limbaugh, claim that Loughner was a liberal and a Democrat, but this just alienates most people at this time. But no one lost more than Palin.

Perhaps she was right to be irritated that people connected her with the shooting, but then again, she’s the one who had a target over Giffords’ district. Her aide claiming that it was actually surveyor symbols just insulted our intelligence.

Someone’s insulting our intelligence, but it’s not a Sarah Palin aide.

  • Keep Honkin, I’m Reloading

    Metaphors are for me, not for thee…

    • http://www.facebook.com/terri.hulmes Terri Miller Hulmes

      And we pay this man to teach our children? That is what’s wrong with our educational system today.

      • http://PalinsDirtyLittleSecret.blogspot.com/ Assclowntroll

        Know why Sarah Palin’s bus tour was really canceled? Do you know why she stayed 30 miles away from the second debate and chose the death of Steve Jobs to drop out of the election? Know what leaked out? Sarah Palin and Cain weren’t in the race for the same reason, the truth leaked out. The link in my profile exposes the biggest cover up in history

  • Glenda Jones

    Is saying someone should be “Beaten to death” a metaphor also? If so what’s it a metaphor for?

    • $18912735

      It’s a metaphor for “someone should be beaten to death”.

      • http://PalinsDirtyLittleSecret.blogspot.com/ Assclowntroll

        It means divert attention from the real cover up

    • $18912735

      It’s a metaphor for “someone should be beaten to death”.

  • Steve_J

    What a dickhead.

    • http://PalinsDirtyLittleSecret.blogspot.com/ Assclowntroll

      classy

  • S Davidson

    What a tool.

  • http://www.facebook.com/fred.rennie Fred Rennie

    He is a metaphor pretending to be a Human Being.

  • Fire and Adjust!

    “In my world, calling for someone’s head on a stick is a metaphor to hold them responsible for their actions.”

    OK Erik, I would like to call for your head on a stick for making a stupid @$$ comment and then trying to weasel your way out of taking responsibility for it……………

    • TWG2A

      Don’t forget that he retweeted a comment calling for Conservative gun rights advocates to be “beaten to death”

      • $139615

        TWG2A yup he sure did. I am a grandma in Texas, and I want him to come to my door step and say that to my face, I doubt he would leave unscathed.

  • AntonioAngelo21

    professor is a metaphor for grad student that never moved beyond college

    • $139615

      They never leave school, because they don’t to do real work.

  • Steve_J

    Eric Loomis is a metaphor for dildo.

    • Finrod Felagund

      I sense a future Urban Dictionary entry. “What an Eric Loomis” == “What a dildo”.

      • Steve_J

        Along the lines of “What an Eric Loomis for giving that Lewinski.”

      • Steve_J

        Along the lines of “What an Eric Loomis for giving that Lewinski.”

  • TWG2A

    I researched some of his earlier articles and he’s a hard core communist. We knew that, just from how vile he is, but seeing some of the things he’s said is quite alarming to think that he’s standing at a pulpit in front of our children, spewing this trash. Why are parents allowing things like this to indoctrinate their children? It’s pretty clear WHY America is in the shape we’re in today. Those “educators” are destroying our children and our society.

    • $139615

      TWG2A hit the proverbial nail over the head. ^5. I warned my grandchildren about professors like him. Take that which they are supposed to teach, and leave the rest of the swill they spew to the trash. I’ve read some of his crap as well, and communist is the nicest thing you could say. lol

  • Hello Jerry (D)

    Erika is just terrified that Sarah can beat his pansy ass to a pulp without blinking an eye.

  • Hello Jerry (D)

    Erika is just terrified that Sarah can beat his pansy ass to a pulp without blinking an eye.

  • Debra Barron Bradley

    Typical liberal, get caught with your pants down in bed with another woman and claim amnesia…….IDIOT.

  • Debra Barron Bradley

    Typical liberal, get caught with your pants down in bed with another woman and claim amnesia…….IDIOT.

  • $18912735

    A hypocrite on the left? And a professor to boot? SHOCKED I tell you, shocked!

  • $18912735

    A hypocrite on the left? And a professor to boot? SHOCKED I tell you, shocked!

  • $139615

    Just for the record: I would like to observe that Erik Loomis might be have a Phd, in History, but apparently his vocabulary is poor, so that he must resort to language such as this:
    “Dear Republicans, do you know the definition of family values?” he continued. “It’s not having our kids FUCKING SHOT AT

    This is what is teaching your kids at URI? wow, pull them out quick!
    As for metaphor with his original comment about the NRA president; he didn’t use metaphor when he called for all NRA members to be beaten to death.
    NUF SAID.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/KDX6MKQ3V5OZ3RG5FXUQIAJ5DU John

    This clown Loomis is easy to figure out. To reference a movie, “Some people are born assh*les and just grow bigger.”

    • http://PalinsDirtyLittleSecret.blogspot.com/ Assclowntroll

      That reference is to government workers

  • Dorakin Warhammer

    Typical liberal – the only standard they have is a double standard

    • Pell

      Liberal’s have no standards @ all !