One month ago, Twitchy criticized University of Rhode Island professor Erik Loomis for a series of angry, profane tweets and retweets bashing pro-gun organizations and individuals such as National Rifle Association chief Wayne LaPierre in the wake of the Sandy Hook Elementary school shooting massacre in Newtown, Conn.

One of the many tweets we mentioned was this one:

Loomis has defended that tweet on the grounds that it was 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 tweeted so eloquently,

As far as we know, he has not yet defended his retweets wishing for those who support arming teachers to be “beaten to death” and Dick Morris to be hunted down and skinned for breakfast.

Yesterday, the death threat retweeter took a break from talking to his students about historical dildos to complain about death threats and defend his use of metaphorical language once again. He cited this Twitchy post as evidence of blatant hypocrisy on the part of Twitchy owner/founder Michelle Malkin, who neither wrote nor edited the post.

Today, Amanda Marcotte lambasted Rush Limbaugh for saying, “You know how to stop abortion? Require that each one occur with a gun.” Actual violence and intimidation occurs against women trying to obtain their constitutionally guaranteed right to abortion. Limbaugh and others incite people to violent actions (assisted by the high-powered assault rifles and huge magazine clips the NRA supports) against abortion clinics and abortion doctors. Ask the family of David Gunn, of George Tiller, of Shannon Lowney and of Lee Ann Nichols. So it’s far from clear that Limbaugh isn’t completely serious when he says these things.

You know is outraged by Amanda supposedly not understanding metaphor (well hyperbole technically)? Yep, Michelle Malkin.

Ugh indeed, Amanda. Anyone familiar with Limbaugh is well aware of his hyperbolic style and understands that his point wasn’t that abortions should be performed with guns; he was saying that the Left would actually care about the lives snuffed out by abortions if guns were involved.

The gall, the gall, the gall of these people.

Marcotte made similar points:

To summarize:

1) It’s OK to retweet “First fucker to say the solution is for elementary school teachers to carry guns needs to get beaten to death” because that’s metaphor.

2) It’s not OK to use crosshairs on an election map, because that’s violent.

3) It’s not OK to say that liberals care about the killing of unborn babies only if guns are involved, because … violent!

Talk about gall.


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Rhode Island professor Erik Loomis deletes his Twitter account; Update: What is he hiding?

Professors decry ‘witch hunt,’ rally around Erik Loomis in name of ‘academic freedom’

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  • Randi Starr

    Anytime someone starts talking”In my world” should clue you in they are not part of this world, ie,here and now on Earth.

    • Ronald

      Good point.

    • TundraThunder

      “In my world” could also be code for “in my dreams”, which would suit them better, since they seem to have “bad” dreams about those who disagree them.

  • Callie Mendoza

    I love that the claim is “stupid right-wingers don’t understand metaphors” when “heads on a stick” is not a metaphor, by any means. It is just what is mentioned above, a hyperbole, an exaggerated statement to encite or communicate strong emotion.

    • Joseph Phillips

      Exactly. I love it when The Left tries to act smarmy and ooh so smart and then they get it wrong.

  • Danny Wheeler

    More hypocrisy at its finest!

  • stuckinIL4now

    I think it doesn’t matter what you call it. If libturds say it or use or do it, no matter how offensive or gross it is, it’s okay, but not so for righties. As for the accusation that Rush Limbaugh incites violence. Really, libturds? I thought your were all “civil” and refined people. I thought that people who have self-control can’t be incited to violence and therein lies the problem with libturds.

  • AaronHarrisinAlaska

    We know exactly what they mean, we just choose to treat them the way they treat others. If Libs find themselves hyperventilating at the site and sound of hyperbole and metaphors, why can’t every one else?

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  • GaryTheBrave

    Since Amanda has decided to no longer use the PC term of pro-life, is it now okay to substitute the PC term pro-choice with pro-death?

    • Jack Deth

      Hi, Gary:

      Just as “There is no spoon” in the Matrix. There is no choice with the ridiculously titled, “pro choice” fascists.

      Only abortion.

  • Jason

    They would have you believe that violent rhetoric only comes from the right because their own violence isn’t violent. Besides, conservatives deserve it.

    • lainer51

      The would????

      • answer1776

        Y’all can’t read past a typo? Seriously?

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  • Teresa Davis McCormick

    “constitutionally guaranteed right to abortion.” And this is a college professor folks.

    • dwsmokin

      What college would keep a doddering idiot like this on staff? Certainly not one I would value a degree from.

  • Terry

    Rush spent considerable time that day talking about Obama and the lefts recent attempts violate US citizens rights under the Constitution. He made that statement at the end of a segment, just before a commercial break. In context, I took his point to mean that libs hate guns so much that if all abortions were required to be completed by shooting the preemie, the libs would no longer support abortion. To which I agree. Of late, Rush hasn’t limited his discussion to the 2nd amendment violations of the left. He also pointed out that Obama and Sebilius have trampled on the rights of millions under the 1st Amendment related to freedom of religion by the abortifacient and BC mandates in ObamaCare.

    What is stunning is that the left can’t see their own epic hypocrisy. They want to take away a real Constitutional right of US citizens to own guns for “the safety of the children” but remain adamant that none must take away the fake “right” to allow the killing of millions of innocent children each year, just because their mama’s don’t want to have to deal with them.

  • Cuz Grandma Says

    Actually Loomis needs to learn his metaphor actually comes from the ritual of shrinking heads from life sized heads and then placing them on a stick for display. That is a ritualistic action meaning death. In addition, winning armies would cut the heads off the losing armies and plop their heads on sticks. Yeah that isn’t violent at all.

    That metaphor has nothing to do with “accountable for their actions”. Liberals should quit using metaphors where they do not know the original meaning. Just because you change the meaning in your head, it does not change the original meaning.

  • no_hate_speech

    Excellent article. “It’s a metaphor” is an excuse for using Hate Speech. Glad to find Twitchy calling it out with intelligence and accuracy.

  • dwsmokin

    The fact that Loomis is still employed-and walking around freely-is a much scarier proposition than anything Limbaugh says. Loomis is Looney.

    • tredglx

      Anyone else think this guy looks like Jared Loughner – with red hair?

      Talk about loony…

  • AmericanMom

    When the healthcare deductions start coming out of paychecks (2014), we’ll see how enthralled the useful idiots are. With a jail penalty facing them for nonpayment, they’ll wish they’d listened to Rush.

  • answer1776

    “Its a metaphor” = Hate speech and incitement of violence for me, not for thee.

  • Mapache

    Eric Loomis has eyes like the Aurora, Arizona and Newton shooters. That, plus is tweets warrants I he needs a psychological evaluation.

  • BeeKaaay

    Leftwingwackos are bloodthirsty. They love to incite violence.

  • j95lee

    How many of the recent mass shooters, or other criminals who shoot up other people on the street are actually active listeners of Limbaugh?

    The irony is that the left blames violent political rhetoric for the recent mass shooting, and yet every single one of them that occurred last year was borne out of silence and isolation. Mentally disturbed individuals living in their little cocoon until they snapped.

  • Judy B

    Does Eric Loomis kiss his mother with that mouth?

  • PennyRobinsonFanClub

    Eat a Glock, muttonhead.
    /That’s purely a metaphor, of course.


    People like him are so brilliant—except for the fact none of their solutions work in real life. I guess they will have to stick to meaningless awards!!!

  • lana ward

    I would love to see omuslims’ head on a stick

    • Noah Lee

      that’s just wrong. he’s not a muslim…he’s his own god.

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  • Alexander Ivan

    Doesn’t this pathetic wretch make you just want to wipe snot on his car seat?