" Facts are stubborn things;...

...and whatever may be our wishes, our inclinations, or the dictates of our passions, they cannot alter the state of facts and evidence."— John Adams, speaking as the defense attorney for the Boston residents—no, wait!—for the British redcoats who had fired into the crowd at the Boston Massacre

In the wake of the AZ shooting, Washington Post cartoonist Jeff Danziger published this cartoon:

As blogger Ed Frank writes, "It’s one thing to hastily jump to conclusions before the facts are known, but it’s another to stick to those hasty conclusions in the face of contradictory facts." Frank was sufficiently troubled by the clear implication of the cartoon that he wrote to Danziger, and reproduced the exchange (with Danziger's permission) in his blog, Frank Strategies (via Hot Air).  As you read the whole post, notice how quickly Danziger's justifications descend into complete moonbattery.  But perhaps I repeat myself—lefty "justifications" and "moonbattery" often end up being identical.  But we're the nutty ones.