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This is not a long diary, but it contains a connection that I haven't seen others make yet.  If there has been a diary on this topic, I missed it and apologize in advance.

Wednesday, January 12, 2011:

A day planned to be a National Celebration of Life - honoring and celebrating the lives of those we lost and celebrating the joy of the lives which were miraculously saved...

Cancellation of all business in Congress except the honoring of heroes and the celebration of life...

A Celebration of Life open to over 14,000 citizens in Tucson...

Suddenly, at the strange hour of 5:49 am, someone woke up to kidnap the news cycle...

The connection is below the fold.

UPDATE: I never was good at spelling. Thanks to those of you who can spell hijack and apologies.

As Politico points out:

As Democratic and Republican lawmakers filed into the well of the House to offer prayers for the severely wounded Giffords and the six people who were killed, Palin’s eight-minute Facebook video — in which she accuses her opponents of "blood libel" — dominated the national political conversation...

The video, released shortly after 6 a.m. (actually posted to facebook at 5:49 am), was the top topic on MSNBC’s "Morning Joe," Palin’s name had appeared 16 times on the front page of The Washington Post’s website by midafternoon, and "blood libel" was the No. 1 "hot" search on Google...

Others continue to debate the self-centered defensive content and word choice in that teleprompted prepared canned-video speech.  That debate is not the the central theme of this diary and I have little to add to it.

After four days of absolute silence - not even a tweet - the poster of that prepared video elected to post it to facebook at 5:49 am.  Obviously a deliberate timing choice - unless the video itself was actually recorded in the wee hours of the morning.

The second paragraph of the Politico quote above seems to identify the general consensus as to why the video was posted when it was - a deliberate attempt to hijack the news cycle on a national day of celebration.

Monday, January 17, 2011 - Martin Luther King Day:

A Federal Holiday to celebrate the life and teachings of Dr. King...

According to Wikipedia: (bolding mine)

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day is a United States federal holiday marking the birthday of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. It is observed on the third Monday of January each year, which is around the time of King's birthday, January 15. (It will be observed on January 17 in 2011).

King was the chief spokesman for nonviolent activism in the civil rights movement, which successfully protested racial discrimination in federal and state law. The campaign for a federal holiday in King's honor began soon after his assassination in 1968. Ronald Reagan signed the holiday into law in 1983, and it was first observed in 1986. At first, some states resisted observing the holiday as such, giving it alternative names or combining it with other holidays. It was officially observed in all 50 states for the first time in 2000.

Wikipedia also points out:

Sen. John McCain (Republican of Arizona) voted against the creation of the holiday to honor King, and later defended Arizona Republican Governor Evan Mecham's rescission of the state holiday in honor of King created by his Democratic predecessor. After his opposition grew increasingly untenable, McCain reversed his position, and encouraged his home state of Arizona to recognize the holiday despite opposition from Mecham.

CBS News reports that the infamous video poster:

...will appear on Sean Hannity's program on Fox News Monday, the New York Times reported Thursday night.

After more days of silence (and the absence of tweeting is soooo enjoyable), suddenly the video-poster and her lackey manage to select a national day of celebration to deliver volley #2.

Do we see the connection yet?

Another slam on John McCain?

Another slam on Arizona?

Another hijacking of a National Holiday?  

Hmm, one can only wonder.  The coincidences in life always amaze me.

Originally posted to Eman on Fri Jan 14, 2011 at 02:03 PM PST.

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  •  Tips for not using the name once. (7+ / 0-)

    "When I use a word," Humpty Dumpty said in rather a scornful tone, "it means just what I choose it to mean -- neither more nor less."

    by Eman on Fri Jan 14, 2011 at 01:57:23 PM PST

  •  Good thoughts. I do not give that woman (1+ / 0-)
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    the time of day, literally. Unable to avoid the headlines as I read on other topics, they provide info enough for me. Eventually there will be headline:
    "S_____ P_____ is Going Down" and her day in the limelight will be over.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                

    This above all: to thine own self be true...-WS

    by Agathena on Fri Jan 14, 2011 at 02:16:06 PM PST

  •  Since it's your headline.... (3+ / 0-)
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    the word is "hijacking."

  •  "hyjack" should be "hijack" (1+ / 0-)
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    Media Cycle Hyjacking and MLK Day

  •  speaking of strange things near MLK day (2+ / 0-)
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    King Might Understand Today’s Wars, Pentagon Lawyer Says

    http://www.defense.gov/...

    By Terri Moon Cronk
    American Forces Press Service

    WASHINGTON, Jan. 13, 2011 – If Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. were alive today, would he understand why the United States is at war?

    Jeh C. Johnson, the Defense Department’s general counsel, posed that question at today’s Pentagon commemoration of King’s legacy.

    In the final year of his life, King became an outspoken opponent of the Vietnam War, Johnson told a packed auditorium. However, he added, today’s wars are not out of line with the iconic Nobel Peace Prize winner’s teachings.

    "I believe that if Dr. King were alive today, he would recognize that we live in a complicated world, and that our nation's military should not and cannot lay down its arms and leave the American people vulnerable to terrorist attack," he said.

  •  The Right's Been Doing This for Years Now (2+ / 0-)
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    Eman, vcmvo2

    and it was constant during the 04 and 08 campaigns, any time a Democrat had an announced event. Homeland Security participated too with trumped up or fabricated security alerts.

    We are called to speak for the weak, for the voiceless, for victims of our nation and for those it calls enemy.... --ML King "Beyond Vietnam"

    by Gooserock on Fri Jan 14, 2011 at 03:51:35 PM PST

  •  12:49 am Alaska time (0+ / 0-)

    5:49 am Eastern Time was 12:49 am Alaska time.  Maybe she happened to be in Wasilla for some reason--- although I can't imagine why, since her reality TV show has been canceled.

  •  but she doesn't mention the child who was killed (1+ / 0-)
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    Eman

    The "blood libel" refers to a medieval myth--- still repeated in modern times--- about how Jews ritualistically kill Christian babies.

    Palin mentions 9/11 in her "blood libel" speech.

    BUT, Palin doesn't mention the little girl who actually was killed, and who was born on September 11, 2001.

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