Ummmm…have you watched the news lately, Michelle?

Just a few days ago, some fork-and-spoon-raspberry in California decided it would be a real hoot to hang an effigy of Sarah Palin from his house and have a John McCain mannequin appear to be on fire in his chimney. You know, “in the spirit of Halloween.”

“It should be seen as art, and as within the month of October. It’s Halloween, it’s time to be scary, it’s time to be spooky,” homeowner and jerkstore Chad Michael Morisette told a local news station.

No, Chad, it’s not art and it’s not in the spirit of Halloween. It is wrong and offensive at any time of year. I think we can all agree on that, right?

But for some on the far right, it’s not enough. People like Michelle Malkin never miss a chance to cry “reverse racism!!!!!!”

If somebody had strung up an Obama, “It would be another sign of ‘insane rage’ and ‘violent escalation of rhetoric,'” she hyperventilates on her blog. “And: RAAAAAAACISM.”

The post on Malkin’s blog is titled “Can you imagine if an Obama effigy were hung from a noose?”

Uh, yeah Michelle, I can…because I don’t know if you’ve watched the news much lately, but IT’S HAPPENED AT LEAST THREE TIMES.

The first time was in late September at a small Christian college in Oregon. That particular effigy had a sign on it reading “Act Six reject.” “Act Six” is a scholarship program that aims to increase the number of minority and low-income students at several Christian colleges, mostly in the Northwest.

George Fox University, where the incident happened, has 17 students in the program, which is named after the New Testament book of Acts. All but one of the students, who are selected on the basis of leadership potential and receive full scholarships, are minority.

The second and third happened earlier this week, just a few days after Malkin’s post. One was in Redondo Beach, where a nice young lady hung a blood-splattered Obama on her balcony with a butcher knife through it’s neck and a sign reading “Nobama.”

The other was found – and you’d better be sitting down before you read this shocking bit of information – in Kentucky of all places. (Yeah, I was stunned, too.) Just two days ago the effigy was found in a tree on the campus of the University of Kentucky.

There are also reports of faux-Obamas hanging outside homes in Ohio and Indiana.

And where are the cries of “insane rage” or “violent escalation of rhetoric” or “RAAAAAAACISM”? I haven’t heard them. In fact, the responses have been more stunned than anything else. Katlyn Search, a 21-year old student who works part time as a janitor to pay for college, was part of the crew that discovered the effigy at Fox.

“I was offended for the Act Six students and for ourselves,” she said.

She may have just been referring to the students at Fox when she said “ourselves,” but she might as well be speaking for all of us as citizens. These incidents should give us all pause and force us to take a step back, especially as the rhetoric is heated up to boiling in the final days of the campaign.

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