The DailyKooks Left And The Arizona Shootings

It’s not a novel by Dickens. We do however have a gunman with the Dickensian tag name of Loughner (think LONER). We have a murdered federal district court judge. We have a bullet in-through-out of the brain of a congressional representative. And yet some people thought the shootings in Arizona would not be politicized? That’s nuts.

Yesterday just about the time we published a bit of questioning drollery called “What Becomes Of The Broken-Hearted?, we received an answer to our question: into madness and delusion. In “What Becomes Of The Broken-Hearted?” we asked what the Big Blog Boys and Big Media Obama sycophants would do now that they, according to Politico, are finally aware that Barack just ain’t into them.

As soon as we published our article the news of the dead and injured in Arizona drowned all the news broadcasts and discussions. It was and is still All Arizona All The Time. As the details of the shootings and the shooter began to emerge there was sadness at the loss of life as well as mounting evidence that the shooter was not the most articulate nor rational of personalities. Just as immediately, what passes for the American left these days (we call them “PINOs” – Progressives In Name Only and have nothing to do with them) indulged in madness and delusion. We were not surprised by this. What does surprise is in what reality do these Kooks think this is a political plus for them?

We suppose that the goal was to establish the narrative that the Tea Party (remember how before the November 2010 elections the assorted DailyKooks used the term “teabaggers” to denigrate the potent political force?) was responsible and to somehow try to intimidate the Tea Party activists. We doubt the Tea Party movement will in any way stifle itself in order to please the DailyKooks.

Perhaps the goal was to somehow make the Tea Party anathema to the all important political independents. If this is the strategy, we doubt it will work. We doubt it will work because the shooter, the gunman has a history of mental instability. The Washington Post published a story about how the gunman, Jared Loughner, was expelled from college because the instructor feared for his own life:

“Ben McGahee, a third-year instructor at Pima Community College, taught Loughner in an elementary algebra class last summer. McGahee said that while Loughner never threatened him directly, he was concerned by his behavior.

“I always felt, you know, somewhat paranoid,” McGahee said. “When I turned my back to write on the board, I would always turn back quickly–to see if he had a gun.”‘

LONER Loughner has some odd fixations on grammar and math. On one exam Loughner answered a math question with “Eat+Sleep+Brush Teeth=Math.” A student in the class said “I kept saying to people, ‘I’m afraid he’s going to come into the class with a gun.'” There was other odd and disturbing behavior by Jared Loughner none of which could be termed political. But that did not stop the DailyKooks from turning a Kook into a tin foil for their Kookiness. The Kooks latched onto the Kook.

The DailyKooks demonstrated their Kookiness by blaming Sarah Palin and the Tea Party. The DailyKooks were not alone. Lots of Kooks came out of the Hopium dens to create theories about how the Kook shot because of Sarah Palin. Howard Kurtz published some sanity:

“One of the first to be dragged into this sickening ritual of guilt by association: Sarah Palin. Last March, the former Alaska governor posted a map on her Facebook page with crosshair targets representing 20 Democratic lawmakers she was singling out for defeat after they voted for President Obama’s health care plan. One of them was Giffords. Palin, who touts her caribou-hunting heritage, also tweeted, “Don’t retreat, RELOAD!”

This kind of rhetoric is highly unfortunate. The use of the crosshairs was dumb. But it’s a long stretch from such excessive language and symbols to holding a public official accountable for a murderer who opens fire on a political gathering and kills a half-dozen people, including a 9-year-old girl.[snip]

This isn’t about a nearly year-old Sarah Palin map; it’s about a lone nutjob who doesn’t value human life. [snip]

Let’s be honest: Journalists often use military terminology in describing campaigns. We talk about the air war, the bombshells, targeting politicians, knocking them off, candidates returning fire or being out of ammunition. So we shouldn’t act shocked when politicians do the same thing. Obviously, Palin should have used dots or asterisks on her map. But does anyone seriously believe she was trying to incite violence?”

Kurtz points out that Sarah Palin also said “Gear up! In the battle, set your sights on next season’s targets! From the shot across the bow—the first second’s tip-off—your leaders will be in the enemy’s crosshairs, so you must execute strong defensive tactics.” Palin was referring to basketball and the Final Four.

An Obama Dimocrat, Representative Raul Grijalva joined the Kooks and blamed Palin. Keith Olbermann who during the 2008 primaries wanted Hillary Clinton to be taken into a back room and not allowed to emerge demanded Sarah Palin “… repudiate her own part in amplifying violence and violent imagery in politics, she must be dismissed from politics.” KO continues to prove he is a KOOK.

Kurtz does attempt to link Bill Clinton to the Arizona shootings. Writes Kurtz:

“The act of transforming tragedy into political fodder has deep roots in American history. After the Oklahoma City bombing in 1995, President Bill Clinton attacked “the purveyors of hatred and division” for “reckless speech,” saying the nation’s airwaves were too often used “to keep some people as paranoid as possible and the rest of us all torn up and upset with each other. They spread hate, they leave the impression that, by their very words, that violence is acceptable.”

What Kurtz misses is that indeed McVeigh was aligned with militia groups and McVeigh was politically motivated for his mass murder. We know from the results, whether you agree or not with what Bill Clinton said, that Bill Clinton made a strong case in 1995 and politically profited. In this case, the man is a KOOK, a LONER. No matter how much Obama Dimocrats and the Broken-hearted try to decorate this fruitcake with political frosting, the nuttiness will stick out.

Does anyone seriously believe that the DailyKooks are going to come out ahead by pushing the absurd argument that the Arizona Kook is a product of the Tea Party and Sarah Palin? This appears to be a losing argument. Republican/conservative blog Legal Insurrection makes a coherent argument that the DailyKooks are about to have their Kooky heads handed to them on a dirty plate:

“The first and most serious is the sickness living in Loughner’s head. Evidence in the form of farewell videos, internet postings, and the recollections of people who knew him reveal a profoundly disturbed person who had veered far into a paranoid world. Loughner’s complaints about government mind control and other rants were not “anti-government” in any political sense, but anti-government or anarchist in the Ted Kazynski-deranged sense. We do not know Loughner’s motives, but those motives whatever they were were the byproduct of Loughner’s clearly delusional view of the world.[snip]

Within minutes of the shooting being made known, two of the highest profile left-wing bloggers, Markos Moulitsas of DailyKos and Matthew Yglesias of Think Progress, pulled out a 10-month-old electoral map used at a Sarah Palin website showing almost two dozen congressional districts being targeted, including Giffords’ district. The map was similar to one used by the Democratic Leadership Committee to target Republicans in the prior election cycle, and as Howard Kurtz points out, simply typical of campaign rhetoric using military-themed language.

Markos explicitly accused Palin of having blood on her hands and Yglesias did so implicitly. Through retweets of this message and the map, the left-blogosphere (with some exceptions who took a wait-and-see attitude) took up the cudgel of turning this shooting to their political advantage. Think Progress ran updates with details on the Palin map and also an advertisement several months ago by Giffords’ congressional campaign opponent also using military terminology. But clearly, Palin has been the focus, with a larger attack on “right wing vitriol.”

Not surprisingly, Keith Olbermann — one of the most hateful television personalities who names a nightly “Worst Person In The World” — joined the chorus. Even The New York Times joined the fray, reporting on the Palin map in its initial coverage, and running a Paul Krugman blog post blaming right-wing rhetoric. [snip]

Yet not a single person pushing the blame-Palin line has offered a shred of evidence that Loughner ever saw Palin’s electoral map, was motivated by it, was right-wing (anectodally it appears Loughner was quite left-wing as of a few years ago), was motivated by right-wing radio, or did any of the things being assumed by the left-blogosphere, the mainstream media and some Democratic politicians.”

Legal Insurrection notes several other failed attempts to win this type of argument:

“Unfortunately, this is not the first time we have seen this type of reaction. The meme that opponents of Obama are crazy and dangerous has been an explicit Democratic Party campaign strategy for over two years. Here is just a partial list of events in which the left-wing and Democratic Party media operation has immediately blamed right-wing rhetoric, only to be proven wrong when the facts finally came out: Bill Sparkman, Amy Bishop, The Fort Hood Shooter, The IRS Plane Crasher, The Cabbie Stabbing, and The Pentagon Shooter.”

As a political strategy, the Kooks utilizing the Arizona Kook to make a point, does not seem to be a very productive ploy. Jane Fonda adding her voice to the debate on the side of the Kooks does not seem wise either. Removing the “diary” posted earlier in the week called “Gabrielle Giffords is Dead To Me” from the DailyKooks website does not strengthen the case made by the Kooks either.

Today the names of those murdered by Jared Loughner have been released. The killed are a 9 year old girl called Christina Greene who was born on the day the World Trade Center was destroyed, Republican District Court Judge John Roll (63 years old), Dorothy Murray (76), Dorwin Stoddard (76), Phyllis (79). and Gabriel Zimmerman an employee of Congresswoman Giffords (30). Also today the five criminal charges filed against Jared Loughner were released.

Eventually there will be a trial of Jared Loughner. We’ll discover what, if any, politically motivated Loner, er, Loughner soon enough. But when all is said and done we are most sure that the results will be a four letter word: KOOK.

We’ll hear more about how Loner, er, Loughner, wanted to kill cops. At some point Representative Linda Lopez will apologize to veterans for her attack on those who served their country. We will also at some point hear what Big Media so far is avoiding in broadcast reports – the allegation that the gunman was “left wing” and “quite liberal”. We will also at some point have confirmed or denied the already denied report that LONER was a member of an alleged “hate group” American Renaissance. But whether he is a Lefty or a Righty won’t matter. This guy is a KOOK. And every non-KOOK knows that irrationally knows no borders or party.

We will also hear more about Sarah Palin and her use of language. The response will be Barack Obama and his use of language:

** Obama: “They Bring a Knife…We Bring a Gun”
** Obama to His Followers: “Get in Their Faces!”
** Obama on ACORN Mobs: “I don’t want to quell anger. I think people are right to be angry! I’m angry!”
** Obama to His Mercenary Army: “Hit Back Twice As Hard”

** Obama on the private sector: “We talk to these folks… so I know whose ass to kick.
** Obama to voters: Republican victory would mean “hand to hand combat
** Obama to lib supporters: “It’s time to Fight for it.”

** Obama to Latino supporters: “Punish your enemies.”
** Obama to democrats: “I’m itching for a fight.”

After all the arguments are made, after all the evidence is produced, after all the stories are heard, the DailyKooks and the assorted Kook friends and Hopium Guzzlers will scratch their heads and wonder why things went so wrong.

The KOOKs will wonder why they failed so spectacularly to soil their enemies. They will eventually say “What were we thinking?” They will in the court of public opinion, like the LONER KOOK in federal court, plead insanity.

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283 thoughts on “The DailyKooks Left And The Arizona Shootings

  1. Ahuh……Attorney appointed to defend Jared Lee Loughner is Judy Clarke, known for defending Unabomber Ted Kaczynski.

  2. http://politicalwire.com/archives/2011/01/09/shooting_renews_gun_control_debate.html

    Politico reports that the Arizona shooting that left Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-AZ) critically injured and a federal judge and others dead has revived debate on Capitol Hill over gun control. Rep. Carolyn McCarthy (D-NY), whose husband was killed in a 1993 shooting, is readying gun-control legislation and will introduce a bill “as soon as Monday.”

    “Gun control activists cried it was time to reform weapons laws in the United States, almost immediately after a gunman killed six and injured 14 more, including Rep. Gabrielle Giffords in Arizona on Saturday. Many said that people with a history of mentally instability, like the alleged shooter, 22-year-old Jared Lee Loughner, should not be able to buy a gun — and no one should be able to buy stockpiles of ammunition.”

    “Loughner legally purchased his weapon – a Glock 19 with an extended magazine – from an Arizona store.”

    …………………………………

    Can’t these people just wait until all the facts are in, these kneejerk bills do no one any favours and should be stopped.

  3. The Arizona Tragedy and the Politics of Blood Libel
    Those who purport to care about the tenor of political discourse don’t help civil debate when they seize on any pretext to call their political opponents accomplices to murder.

    http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748703667904576071913818696964.html?mod=rss_opinion_main

    Shortly after November’s electoral defeat for the Democrats, pollster Mark Penn appeared on Chris Matthews’s TV show and remarked that what President Obama needed to reconnect with the American people was another Oklahoma City bombing. To judge from the reaction to Saturday’s tragic shootings in Arizona, many on the left (and in the press) agree, and for a while hoped that Jared Lee Loughner’s killing spree might fill the bill.

    With only the barest outline of events available, pundits and reporters seemed to agree that the massacre had to be the fault of the tea party movement in general, and of Sarah Palin in particular. Why? Because they had created, in New York Times columnist Paul Krugman’s words, a “climate of hate.”

    The critics were a bit short on particulars as to what that meant. Mrs. Palin has used some martial metaphors—”lock and load”—and talked about “targeting” opponents. But as media writer Howard Kurtz noted in The Daily Beast, such metaphors are common in politics. Palin critic Markos Moulitsas, on his Daily Kos blog, had even included Rep. Gabrielle Giffords’s district on a list of congressional districts “bullseyed” for primary challenges. When Democrats use language like this—or even harsher language like Mr. Obama’s famous remark, in Philadelphia during the 2008 campaign, “If they bring a knife to the fight, we bring a gun”—it’s just evidence of high spirits, apparently. But if Republicans do it, it somehow creates a climate of hate.

    There’s a climate of hate out there, all right, but it doesn’t derive from the innocuous use of political clichés. And former Gov. Palin and the tea party movement are more the targets than the source.

    read on………….

  4. “Attorney appointed to defend Jared Lee Loughner is Judy Clarke, known for defending Unabomber Ted Kaczynski.”

    Omg.

  5. The liberal left doesn’t believe in personal accountability. Does anybody really expect better of these whiners? The liberal left drones on-and-on about individualism, but when it comes time to hold an individual accountable for their action(s), they make all sorts of excuses and/or try to pass the buck, often times trying to blame an entire group. Those on the liberal left hypocrites of the highest order; irresponsible ones at that.

  6. BTW, we are aware that on TV they are pronouncing Jared Loughner’s name as “Lofner”. But that is as unfunny as pronouncing Speaker Boehner’s name as “Bayner”. We prefer to laugh and call Congressman Boehner “Boner” and Loughner “Loner”. 🙂

  7. Conspiracy Theory:
    The Obama Administration made this guy a deal to commit this crime in order to disarm the American people and abolish the US Constitution. Of course this is only a theory unless, there is ever proof of the theory that 9/11 was an inside job or Obama is not a legal US citizen!

  8. Tim, regarding the sheriff, Jack Shafer at Slate is oddly making sense today:

    http://www.slate.com/id/2280616/

    The attempted assassination of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, D-Ariz., and the killing of six innocents outside a Tucson Safeway has bolstered the ongoing argument that when speaking of things political, we should all avoid using inflammatory rhetoric and violent imagery. [snip]

    The lead spokesman for the anti-inflammatory movement, however, was Pima County Sheriff Clarence Dupnik, whose jurisdiction includes Tucson. Said Dupnik at a Jan. 8 press conference in answer to questions about the criminal investigation:

    I’d just like to say that when you look at unbalanced people, how they are—how they respond to the vitriol that comes out of certain mouths, about tearing down the government, the anger, the hatred, the bigotry that goes on in this country is getting to be outrageous. And unfortunately, Arizona, I think, has become sort of the capital. We have become the mecca for prejudice and bigotry.

    Embedded in Sheriff Dupnik’s ad hoc wisdom were several assumptions. First, that strident, anti-government political views can be easily categorized as vitriolic, bigoted, and prejudicial. Second, that those voicing strident political views are guilty of issuing Manchurian Candidate-style instructions to commit murder and mayhem to the “unbalanced.” Third, that the Tucson shooter was inspired to kill by political debate or by Sarah Palin’s “target” map or other inflammatory outbursts. Fourth, that we should calibrate our political speech in such a manner that we do not awaken the Manchurian candidates among us.

    And, fifth, that it’s a cop’s role to set the proper dimensions of our political debate. Hey, Dupnik, if you’ve got spare time on your hands, go write somebody a ticket.

    Sheriff Dupnik’s political sermon came before any conclusive or even circumstantial proof had been offered that the shooter had been incited by anything except the gas music from Jupiter playing inside his head.

    For as long as I’ve been alive, crosshairs and bull’s-eyes have been an accepted part of the graphical lexicon when it comes to political debates. Such “inflammatory” words as targeting, attacking, destroying, blasting, crushing, burying, knee-capping, and others have similarly guided political thought and action. Not once have the use of these images or words tempted me or anybody else I know to kill. I’ve listened to, read—and even written!—vicious attacks on government without reaching for my gun. I’ve even gotten angry, for goodness’ sake, without coming close to assassinating a politician or a judge.

    From what I can tell, I’m not an outlier. Only the tiniest handful of people—most of whom are already behind bars, in psychiatric institutions, or on psycho-meds—can be driven to kill by political whispers or shouts. Asking us to forever hold our tongues lest we awake their deeper demons infantilizes and neuters us and makes politicians no safer.

    The call by Sheriff Dupnik and others to take our political conversation down a few notches might make sense if anybody had been calling for the assassination in the first place, which they hadn’t. And if they had, there are effective laws to prosecute those who move language outside of the metaphorical. [snip]

    The great miracle of American politics is that although it can tend toward the cutthroat and thuggish, it is almost devoid of genuine violence outside of a few scuffles and busted lips now and again. With the exception of Saturday’s slaughter, I’d wager that in the last 30 years there have been more acts of physical violence in the stands at Philadelphia Eagles home games than in American politics.

    Any call to cool “inflammatory” speech is a call to police all speech, and I can’t think of anybody in government, politics, business, or the press that I would trust with that power. As Jonathan Rauch wrote brilliantly in Harper’s in 1995, “The vocabulary of hate is potentially as rich as your dictionary, and all you do by banning language used by cretins is to let them decide what the rest of us may say.” Rauch added, “Trap the racists and anti-Semites, and you lay a trap for me too. Hunt for them with eradication in your mind, and you have brought dissent itself within your sights.”

    Our spirited political discourse, complete with name-calling, vilification—and, yes, violent imagery—is a good thing. Better that angry people unload their fury in public than let it fester and turn septic in private. The wicked direction the American debate often takes is not a sign of danger but of freedom. And I’ll punch out the lights of anybody who tries to take it away from me.

  9. admin — wow is all I can say, from Slate, which is pretty left leaning.

    looks like the right leaning weasel Zippers site has finally figured just how horrible MSNBC was to Hillary. They have a post on this.

  10. After all the arguments are made, after all the evidence is produced, after all the stories are heard, the DailyKooks and the assorted Kook friends and Hopium Guzzlers will scratch their heads and wonder why things went so wrong.
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    General Betray Us II

  11. Gotta wonder if the speed with which the media screamed that the tea party and Palin were responsible for the shooting wasn’t the work of the Journolisters coordination.

  12. here is the link:

    http://freedomslighthouse.net/2011/01/09/cnn-reporter-raises-palin-crosshairs-map-in-relation-to-shooting-of-rep-giffords-video-1911/

    and this is what the website that posted this video says:

    “Good grief. “Palin Derangement Syndrome” on full display.

    Here is video of CNN reporter Jessica Yellin bringing up Sarah Palin’s map last year “targeting” Democrats for defeat because of their support of ObamaCare – including the district of U.S. Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords who was shot in the head yesterday in Tucson, Arizona.

    She brings this up despite the fact she admits that there is no evidence whatsoever that the suspected shooter was in any way a supporter of Sarah Palin, or had been influenced by her at all. In fact, there is evidence that his political leanings were to Left, although the truth is that he appears to be a complete nutcase.

    Of course, they failed to point out that Democrats have also long used the “target” symbol in political discourse – which is perfectly fine.

    The only person responsible for this shooting is the shooter himself.”

  13. “Rep. Carolyn McCarthy (D-NY), whose husband was killed in a 1993 shooting, is readying gun-control legislation and will introduce a bill “as soon as Monday.”
    [….]
    “Loughner legally purchased his weapon – a Glock 19 with an extended magazine – from an Arizona store.”

    …………………………………

    Can’t these people just wait until all the facts are in, these kneejerk bills do no one any favours and should be stopped.

    ================

    Well, it’s a better use of knee-jerk energy than blaming Palin. And this may be the only way to get better gun control. (Hint: the military recruiter wouldn’t take him. That should have disqualified him from buying this kind of equipment.)

  14. I don’t give a damn about left wing blogs. They are delusional thus arguing with them is a lifetime exercise in futility. What I care about is big media. They are the ones who pretend to be the gatekeepers. They are the ones who have major audiences and swing elections. They are the ones who let the left go off like a roman candle in this case, and after the damage is done they attempt to consolidate their gains with this hollow call for peace. Make no mistake. These people are in the business of manipulating public opinion through censorship, sensationalism, nuance and evasion. They and their producers are the real dark mover behind the scene and if we value democracy then it is axiomatic that we must drag them into the broad light of day and expose their treachery. They produced hysteria and character assassination by who they chose to talk about this incident, and showed not an ounce of pity for the victims. To repeat, fucking forget about the left wing blogs–and Put the Blame on Mame–main stream media because that is where it belongs.

  15. Target symbols and military words are obviously metaphors, not to be taken seriously.

    The real inflammatory words, meant seriously, are words like these: “vitriol that comes out of certain mouths […] the anger, the hatred, the bigotry […] prejudice and bigotry.”

  16. May they all rest in peace.

    JANUARY 9, 2011

    Victims in Giffords Shooting

    Six people died in the shooting that left Rep. Gabrielle Giffords critically injured. Learn more about Judge John Roll, Christina Taylor Green, Phyllis Schneck, Dorwan Stoddard, Gabriel Zimmerman and Dorothy Morris.

    John Roll, 63 years old, was a federal judge on the federal Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in Phoenix. He was appointed to the federal bench by President George H.W. Bush in 1991, and had served as chief judge of the District of Arizona since 2006.

    He was at the event Saturday in Tucson to thank Rep. Giffords for signing a letter arguing that the court should declare a judicial emergency in his district due to the high number of immigration cases that were being heard in that district, a fellow Ninth Circuit judge said. An emergency declaration would put certain new measures in place, such as allowing judges to delay a trial because there were not enough bodies to hear the cases.

    Before joining the federal bench, Judge Roll served as an Arizona state judge and as a prosecutor at the city, county and federal levels. He graduated from the University of Arizona in 1969 and the University of Arizona College of Law in 1972.

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    Nine-year-old Christina Taylor Green died of her wounds at the hospital. Born on Sept. 11, 2001, Christina had recently been elected to her school’s student council and had come to the event with a neighbor to meet the congresswoman, according to local news reports.

    She attended St. Odilia Catholic Church, where she was part of the “Joyful Noise Choir” and last year received her First Communion.

    An athletic young girl, she played on a local little league baseball team. Her interest in baseball runs in the family. Her grandfather, Dallas Green, was a major league pitcher in the 1960s and later general manager of the Philadelphia Phillies. The team said Dallas Green was en route to Tucson on Sunday. Her father worked for the Los Angeles Dodgers in its scouting department.

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    Phyllis Schneck, a 79-year-old homemaker, wasn’t politically active, said one of Ms. Schneck’s daughters, B.J. Offutt, who answered the phone at Ms. Schneck’s Tucson house on Sunday. But Ms. Offutt said she believed that her mother once mentioned admiring Rep. Giffords’s stance on “needing to better control the border.” She speculated that was why her mother attended Saturday’s event.

    Ms. Schneck and her husband, Ernest Schneck, raised their family in Rutherford, N.J., where she was a homemaker and he was a sheet-metal fabricator. After Mr. Schneck retired, the couple began to spend winters in Arizona, and then, around 2002 or 2003, they moved to Tucson permanently. Mr. Schneck died four years ago.

    Ms. Schneck is survived by her three children: Ms. Offutt; Ernie Schneck, of Rutherford, N.J.; and Phyllis Rautenberg of California. She also is survived by seven grandchildren and one great-granddaughter.

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    A retired construction worker, Dorwan Stoddard attended Rep. Giffords’s constituent event with his wife, Mavy. After a prayer and a few songs Sunday at Mountain Avenue Church of Christ in Tucson, Minister Mike Nowak, who visited Mrs. Stoddard in the hospital, described what happened to the couple.

    “Mavy said she heard firecrackers going off, but Dory knew better and knew they were gunshots. She didn’t know she’d been shot because she thought Dory had hurt her leg by falling on her,” Rev. Nowak said.

    Mr. Stoddard, an avid Arizona Wildcats fan, and his wife were involved in benevolent and maintenance ministry. They cared for sick people, helping provide them with transportation, and Mr. Stoddard kept the church facilities in proper condition.

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    One of those who died was one of Rep. Giffords’s congressional aides, Gabriel M. Zimmerman, 30.

    He loved his job working as a congressional aide because it allowed him to be involved in developing social policy while giving direct assistance to those who needed help, such as veterans and people with mental illness, said his mother, Emily Nottingham.

    Mr. Zimmerman had been engaged to be married. He received a bachelor’s degree in sociology from the University of California at Santa Cruz and a master’s in social work from Arizona State University. In addition to his mother, he is survived by his father, Ross Zimmerman, step-mother Pam Golden, brother Ben Zimmerman, and fiancée Kelly O’Brien.

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    Dorothy Morris, 76, was a mother of two grown daughters and grandmother.

    She and her husband, George, a former airline pilot, spent several years traveling the country in a motor home.

    Mrs. Morris was killed at the scene. Mr. Morris was shot twice and remains hospitalized, according to a longtime family friend, Bill Royce. The couple, high-school sweethearts, retired to Arizona in the mid-1990s and built their dream home in the mountains, where they often entertained friends, Mr. Royce said.

    http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748703667904576072311512268074.html

  17. tim
    January 9th, 2011 at 8:04 pm
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    Marvelous video. It puts this renegade sheriff in his place. Used to be the case that politics stopped at the waters edge. Not so with Obama. His people bare their souls to China about the state of Arizona’s position on illegal immigration. His buddy Castro acts like an amen corner for him. And he trashes the United States to foreign nations. By the same token, domestically, he never lets a tragedy go to waste to paraphrase Emanuel. He is expanding the scope of government, curtailing our liberty and playing the race card wherever he can get away with it. And now we have a bot sheriff blaming Sarah Palin for the actions of a bod leaning nutjob. It is all part of a coherent strategy of the left to take down the country. When Jane Fonda weighs in on the issue, you know we are in the realm of sickos.

  18. Great post Admin.

    I agree that many have tried to make a political statement out of this tragedy, instead of trying to see why this lone-gun-slinger, demented as he is, acted. Many skilled doctors and profilers say they think he is either Schizophrenic or Bi-polar.

    Today a woman that was able to grab the second round of bullets from Loughner, claimed she is no hero, the two men that held him down, are the hero’s. But, although seemingly humble in her portrayal of her actions, she jumped on the chance to say she agreed with the sheriff, and that the Republicans that get people pumped up against the Obama policies, are to blame for this.

    I am torn toward my admiration of this woman, although I give her kudos for helping to keep the killer from killing many others.

  19. One of the names that I have read lately directed at tea party supporters is the coined word “teahadists”, equating tea party supporters with jihadists. I find that despicable, especially since my heartfelt belief is that the vast majority of tea party people are quite passive. I am really starting to hate the left.

  20. From what I have seen in the past few years, the left is very adept at stirring the pot when it comes to inciting people with their rhetoric.

  21. Shadow- here is another article depicting the woman who save so many others from the deranged shooter’s fate. She herself had already taken a bullet from the shooter and had the strength to grab the second magazine he was trying to load… I get sick and tired of reading the meanspirited insults to women here as well.
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    Shadowfax
    January 9th, 2011 at 9:33 pm
    Great post Admin.

    Heroic Woman Charged Jared Loughner, Averting ‘Huge Greater Catastrophe’

    First Posted: 01- 9-11 01:53 PM | Updated: 01- 9-11

    At a press conference on Sunday afternoon, Pima County, Ariz., Sheriff Clarence Dupnik offered more details on how suspected Arizona shooter Jared Loughner was disarmed.

    Dupnik said that when Loughner ran out of bullets in his first magazine clip, a woman who had already been shot “went up and grabbed” the new magazine “and tore it away from him.” Dupnik said the name of the woman was known but he did not share it during the press conference.

    After the confrontation with the woman, Loughner was able to load another magazine into his weapon, but “the spring in the magazine failed,” Dupnik said, and two men were able to get his weapon away from him and subdue him until law enforcement arrived.

    Dupnik said the work of these three people potentially averted a “huge greater catastrophe.”
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  22. Admin, I am glad that you seem to like to use some of the material from the Legal Insurrection blog. I like that blog.

  23. From the biggovernment blog.

    http://biggovernment.com/jhoft/2011/01/09/breaking-democrats-plotted-to-blame-tea-party-for-slaughter/

    Breaking: Democrats Plotted to Blame Tea Party for Slaughter

    Don’t ever let a horrible slaughter at a supermarket go to waste.

    Democrats plotted to blame the tea party patriots for yesterday’s slaugher in Arizona.

    A democratic operative admitted this to The Politico.

    Of course, Politico buried it in their story.

    One veteran Democratic operative, who blames overheated rhetoric for the shooting, said President Barack Obama should carefully but forcefully do what his predecessor did.

    “They need to deftly pin this on the tea partiers,” said the Democrat. “Just like the Clinton White House deftly pinned the Oklahoma City bombing on the militia and anti-government people.”

    Another Democratic strategist said the similarity is that Tucson and Oklahoma City both “take place in a climate of bitter and virulent rhetoric against the government and Democrats.”

    This Democrat said that the time had come to insist that Republicans stand up when, for example, a figure such as Fox News commentator Glenn Beck says something incendiary.

    The shooter was a pro-Marxist, anti-flag, anti-Constitution, anti-religious crackpot.
    He was hardly a tea partier.

    So… Is this why DHS is going after a hate group that just happens to have Gadsden Flags ads on their website?… And, the media is trying to link the pro-Marxist lunatic to the tea party

  24. If anyone here has any doubts about what I said yesterday about the focus of the shooting, ‘it will be directed at Sarah Palin because she is the ‘real’ target of this tragedy to subvert her chances for the presidency’. Think again- It’s not Occam’s Razor, not chicken little.. This is a tragedy turned on it’s head blaming by association Sarah Palin.

    Read what has surfaced on line/e-mailes from a fundraising arm of the Dem Party.
    _______________________

    Democratic Group Using Giffords’ Shooting for Fundraiser

    An extreme, left-wing Democrat group calling itself 21st Century Democrats has had the gall to send out an email blast using as a fundraising tool Saturday’s criminal shooting of Representative Gabrielle Giffords in Arizona. Judge John Roll and four others were killed in the incident, one of them a 9-year-old girl, but these Democrats are ignorant enough to be using this incident to try and squeeze donations from its supporters. Some might think the action of 21st Century Democrats is itself a crime — a crime against decency.

    The email blast sent out Sunday morning to its supporters tells members that “we don’t know yet” why Jared Loughner shot Gabrielle Giffords but goes on to lay the blame on Sarah Palin and Gifford’s opponent in the past election for using “violent imagery” in his campaign.

    The email goes on to ask members to “join us in sharing your thoughts and prayers to the Congresswoman and her family by visiting our website where we have set up a page for you to do so.” Naturally once you click on the link you are taken to a page that prominently displays the group’s DONATE NOW button. It is not in the slightest way discreetly designed. As soon as you go to this so-called prayers page you see a large button asking for donations and another one underneath it urging visitors to “sign up” for email blasts and information.

    Disgustingly, 21st Century Democrats is using this crime in a fundraising effort.

    Gauche is hardly a strong enough word to describe this action.

    21st Century Democrats is no unheard of fringe group, either. Styling itself as one that is “building a progressive majority from the grassroots up,” it is interesting to note that some major top-down players in the Democrat Party founded the group. The group was created in 1986 by Senator Tom Harkin, a powerful Democrat from Iowa, and was co-founded by left-wing pundit Jim Hightower and former Illinois Congressman Lane Evans. These folks are hardly “grassroots” sort of folks.

    Worse, even as this email blast accuses Sarah Palin and former candidate Jesse Kelly for using “violent imagery” and for “targeting” Giffords, this group is associated directly with The Daily Kos run by Markos Moulitsas who used precisely that same sort of “targeting” rhetoric last year during the campaign for the midterm elections.

    In 2009 21st Century Democrats joined the Service Employees International Union, The Daily Kos and others in a new political action committee (PAC) called Accountability Now PAC.

    Will 21st Century Democrats quit this PAC now that it has become aware that Markos Moulitsas used the same “violent imagery” and “targeting” rhetoric against Gabrielle Giffords? Will this purported “grassroots” groups founded by powerful members of Congress avoid charges of hypocrisy and stand on its supposed principle?

    I’ll bet you’ll know the answer to that already.

    http://biggovernment.com/wthuston/2011/01/09/unbelievable-democrat-group-using-giffords-shooting-for-fundraiser/?utm_source=twitterfeed&utm_medium=twitter&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+BigGovernment+%28Big+Government%29&utm_content=Twitter

  25. Another thing- This past Monday, I read “Sarah Palin’s Alaska” would be renewed for it’s second season.

    On Friday, it was announced Sarah Palin’s show is cancelled. Friday it was cancelled. Not Saturday, after media, within an hour of the shooting, were the first to blame Palin’s midterm rhetoric for Giffords shooting. I agree, the shooter is a mental case but authorities have to look deeper and further into who he has been in contact with just before Christmas when he fell off the radar on his My Space blog Christmas Dayand didn’t resurface until December 30th..

  26. Mrs. Smith
    January 9th, 2011 at 10:54 pm

    huh.
    I don’t think it was cancelled, it was never renewed for a second season, so not sure why they are calling it “cancelled”, it was never agreed to in the first place, can’t cancel something that never existed.

  27. Mrs. Smith
    January 9th, 2011 at 10:54 pm

    Mrs. Smith have you had a chance to watch some of these episodes, what a beautiful state. I knew AK was beautiful, but whoever produced these episodes did a wonderful job highlighting all the scenery, absolutely breathtaking.

  28. Sarah Palin’s Alaska’ Likely To Be Renewed

    Maybe Sarah Palin, 46, has finally found her niche.

    TLC, the network that airs the reality program, Sarah Palin’s Alaska, is eager to get the former Alaskan governor to sign on for a second season of the show, which enjoyed a solid debut of over 4.96 million viewers in November.

    Since then, the show’s viewership has remained strong. The recent episode featuring Kate Gosselin’s now-famous meltdown aired to 3.066 million viewers. “That is more people than are watching Bravo’s Housewives series or most other cable shows,” an insider told PopEater.com. “For sure the network is doing everything it possibly can to convince Sarah to do another season, but at the end of the day it looks like it will all come down to money.”

    For Season One of the show, Palin is reportedly receiving $250k per episode, bringing her total for the 8-week series up to two million. “Sarah knows to strike when the iron is hot,” said a friend of the former politician. —KIMBERLY STEELE

    http://uinterview.com/news/sarah-palins-alaska-likely-to-be-renewed-2026

    Read more: Sarah Palin, Kate Gosselin, Sarah Palin’s Alaska

  29. Mrs. Smith
    January 9th, 2011 at 10:54 pm

    … I agree, the shooter is a mental case but authorities have to look deeper and further into who he has been in contact with just before Christmas when he fell off the radar on his My Space blog Christmas Dayand didn’t resurface until December 30th..

    ———
    Someone posted a screen shot of his MySpace, and although it was difficult to read (very small print), I could see that he wrote something against the gov. about not being able to find a job.
    He also bought the gun sometime near the end of Nov. Seems that this guy was frightening to his teachers in Jr. College, and to some students.
    I don’t think this kid just snapped, it seems as though he has been going down hill for awhile.
    Maybe he stopped taking meds, maybe he was never on meds and dabbled to some degree in drugs.

    My impression by what has been reported so far, is this is not just someone with a real political agenda, but someone that is really mentally sick.

    Time will tell.

  30. The left is nuts and grasping at straws. The sad part is how they are using this tragedy but will quickly drop it the minute the truth of this very ill young man comes to light.

  31. tim, I went to Alaska in July last year and went up and down the state. Started in Fairbanks and went up North on Haul Rd (seen Ice Truckers show?) to Prudhoe Bay and dipped my toe in the Arctic Ocean and then came back down to Denali NP and went south to Anchorage. While driving on the way to Portage glacier south of Anchorage, I was truly overcome with all the beauty surrounding me and started to cry and even exclaimed ‘this is where gods come to play’ and I am a confirmed atheist. It is breath taking everywhere you look.

  32. tim
    January 9th, 2011 at 10:57 pm
    Mrs. Smith
    January 9th, 2011 at 10:54 pm

    huh.
    I don’t think it was cancelled, it was never renewed for a second season, so not sure why they are calling it “cancelled”, it was never agreed to in the first place, can’t cancel something that never existed.
    __________________

    You see, Tim- I wasn’t kidding. I read the announcement even closer to the date in the article just this past Monday. I was shocked to hear on Friday, the show was cancelled because it was in the works to be renewed. I doubt Palin is the greedy kind and money was not the object or the reason for Friday’s cancellation.

  33. Democrat Candidate For Congress Places Gunsight On Face Of Republican Congressman So Media Is Outraged!
    —DrewM.

    And by outraged, I mean totally disinterested.

    Via @NathanWurtzel (who you should be following on Twitter, if you aren’t already).

    I’ve flagged it as inappropriate for promoting terrorism.

    As I said on Twitter…I thought the MFM went all in with their credibility during the ’08 campaign for Obama but that was nothing compared to the fact free frenzy we are seeing now.

    I’ve sent a couple of lefty reporters /commentators a scoop but none of them seem interested yet: Army vet put Giffords on a “Target List”.

    Also note the difference in reaction between the left and MFM complex’s reaction to Muslim terror, “We just don’t know what could have caused this” to their giddy rush to blame this nut in Arizona on Palin and conservatives.

    “The important thing is for everyone not to jump to conclusions,” said retired Gen. Wesley Clark on CNN the night of the shootings.
    “We cannot jump to conclusions,” said CNN’s Jane Velez-Mitchell that same evening. “We have to make sure that we do not jump to any conclusions whatsoever.”

    “I’m on Pentagon chat room,” said former CIA operative Robert Baer on CNN, also the night of the shooting. “Right now, there’s messages going back and forth, saying do not jump to the conclusion this had anything to do with Islam.”
    When it comes to Islamic terrorism they are Inspector Clouseau but when the chance to jump on the right comes along, it’s like they are Sherlock Holmes, solving the crime and identifying motive in 8 minutes flat.

    The left is also forever warning us about a backlash against Muslims but now they are positively whipping one up against conservatives. It’s pretty clear who they think is more dangerous.

    One other thought…If Palin and the right were so excited about inciting violance like this, shouldn’t there be some celebrating that it actually happened? Yet none of the usual suspects like Kos, Ygleias, Olbermann, etc. can point to a single persona on the right who is anything but horrified by this.

    I’d submit it’s people like Kos and Olbermann, etc who are pretty excited about this attack. Their first reaction was to score political points with the blood of innocents. On the right, the reaction was prayers for the victims and a desire to punish the perpetrator regardless of motive.

    Credit where it’s due: One voice of reason in the immediate aftermath? Rachel Maddow.

    There is nothing to be gained from speculating on the motives and affiliations of AZ shooter w/o facts.
    We’ll see how long that lasts but it was the right first reaction.

  34. Mrs. Smith
    January 9th, 2011 at 11:12 pm

    Yep, you were correct, sorry about that. I wonder why it was cancelled? Oh well, I enjoyed some of the episodes, it was very well produced.

  35. Having watched the show, I didn’t see a growth in terms of storyline for the Palin’s Alaska show. It is not surprising that there is no second season. A popular show, why would they not debate whether to renew for another season. Maybe she said no.

  36. pm317
    January 9th, 2011 at 11:23 pm

    that might be it, I guess I never thought of it like that, not sure if the series has ended, but I do remember reading something that each episode was at least 3 million or close to it, those are pretty high numbers, but in terms of storyline, what you say might be true, better to finish on top with such high viewership than have it slowly decrease. If that’s the case, then she seems to have very good instincts about media, etc.

  37. tim
    January 9th, 2011 at 11:16 pm
    Mrs. Smith
    January 9th, 2011 at 11:12 pm

    Yep, you were correct, sorry about that. I wonder why it was cancelled? Oh well, I enjoyed some of the episodes, it was very well produced.
    _____________________

    Of course, you’re right, Tim- The scenery was beautiful and the filming illustrated the most luscious indigenous bounty of natural landscape Alaska has to offer.

    There are many stories out there of why the show was canceled at the last minute when it was on track to be renewed.. I think, I’ll wait to hear the reason from Sarah herself.

    My point was the timing of the cancellation, the day before the shooting, and the media pointing to Palin’s posts targeting Giffords within a short time of the shooting. It’s just all too convenient and tidy for my sensibilities.

  38. In her call-in interview the woman that grabbed the magazine clip said the sheriff has a few of his facts wrong. She said she was already on the ground when the two guys tackled the shooter, they all landed right next to her. She said the shooter was trying to get the new clip out of his pants pocket while the two guys were restraining him, and she wrestled or grabbed it away from him (and tossed it?), then she sat on his ankle to help them continue to restrain him. That the shooter didn’t say anything during all this and “had no choice” but to be restrained. “Loughner was able to load another magazine into his weapon, but “the spring in the magazine failed,” Dupnik said” has to be more utter bullshit by the sheriff, as her direct involvement testimony contradicts this latest version too. But, I had to roll my eyes to hear her blame the rightwingers & tea party while Shep Smith just let her do it with not one peep of pushback from him. No fairness or balance from Shep, no siree.

    It’s getting ridiculous that any of them won’t admit evidence is piling up that shows the shooter is a deranged Obot. Or that congresswomen and ALL female politicians are routinely attacked, maligned, viciously targeted, smeared, and now shot, and in much more danger every day of the week than any males. Enough is enough.

  39. Apparently she was a rising star in the Dem party and we never knew.. I did like what I saw of her in the videos..I don’t know if Rebecca Traister was using all superlatives getting ready to write an obituary. If she was really all that, then we certainly should mourn another missed opportunity for a female politician. Here is hoping for a miracle that she will recover well and come back full force.

    http://www.salon.com/news/politics/war_room/2011/01/08/traister_giffords/index.html

    Of course, the human losses of today’s attacks in Arizona are immeasurably greater than any political or social toll. But it would be irresponsible to fail to note that a young, highly educated, ambitious Jewish woman like Gabrielle Giffords, despite her centrism, represents much that is revolutionary and hopeful about the changing face of American politics, as well as about the new and varied paths and possibilities available to women. She is the kind of politician this nation could barely have imagined existing just a decade or two ago. And so, when I have been asked about which women are not yet national stars but have the peculiar, groundbreaking alchemy it might take to someday become the nation’s first female president, again and again my answer has included the same name: Gabrielle Giffords.

  40. “My impression by what has been reported so far, is this is not just someone with a real political agenda, but someone that is really mentally sick.”
    ____________________

    Here is something I wrote yesterday:

    “Man linked to Giffords shooting called ‘very disturbed’

    And easily pliable when their hatred is played into, even remotely by something as simple as a flyer naming a date and a time the object of their dislike/hatred is sent to his e-mail or postal box, naming a day and a time the subject is easily accessible to the assailant.

    The fact that Palin’s name was linked to Giffords within an hour of the shooting is highly suspect. When in the due course of an investigation, a reasonable time had not elapsed in discovery of facts, facts verified for truth and accuracy and finally connected to the event. Adding insult to injury- Gifford’s husband is a member of the armed forces. How will Palin’s association with Gifford resonate with them?”
    ___________________

    To get to the point- The kid’s mental instability was used by someone with a plan in play. It took very little to trigger this kid to go out and do their dirty work for them setting their plans in motion.

    Yesterday, I used Hinckley as the example. President Reagan’s would be assassin in 1981 who also is or was in a mental institution after the assassination attempt. Who some say was put up for the job of vacating the Oval Office so Bush could move from VP to the number one slot in a heart beat-

    The Loughner shooter demonstates a similar profile to Hinckley. Both of them are chronic nutcases.

  41. “Man linked to Giffords shooting called ‘very disturbed’

    And easily pliable when their hatred is played into, even remotely by something as simple as a flyer naming a date and a time the object of their dislike/hatred is sent to his e-mail or postal box, naming a day and a time the subject is easily accessible to the assailant.

    ===============

    Gifford would have put out publicity herself about her event, and since it was at Loughner’s local Safeway (5 minute drive from his house) he had probably seen it there (if he wasn’t on her mailing list).

    So a mystery anti-Palin conspirator is an unnecessary assumption — especially one who doesn’t bother to send Loughner any Palin literature along with his ‘flyer’.

  42. Gabrielle Giffords, despite her centrism, represents much that is revolutionary and hopeful about the changing face of American politics

    =================

    Giffords sounds admirable and I pray for her full recovery. But I’m not sure she was all that ‘centrist’ before this happened. Previously she might have been described as ‘conservative’ or even ‘rightwing’.

  43. Democratic Group Using Giffords’ Shooting for Fundraise
    ———————-
    Seeing how the democratic party responds to a tragedy like this, and uses it for crass political purposes, it is hard to escape the impression that they are now, today, a radical, extremist, anti white, anti American organization. Yes, I am afraid it is true. Whether or not any of this registers with the American People however is doubtful. Most of them want to believe this is business as usual. If that were only true. I believe this is the year that will tell the story.

  44. She is saying the youtube videos were uploaded after the crazy guy went into custody.

    =============

    By whom and with what motive?

  45. To get to the point- The kid’s mental instability was used by someone with a plan in play.
    —————————–
    Perhaps so. But I doubt it. If you have hard evidence of this you may wish to pass it along to the Pima sheriff. He is thinking along the same lines. In fact, he has already decided who is responsible, only the proofs do not line up. Earlier today Morris Dees had pinned it on right wing organizations, whereas the posting on his facebook suggests he was a hard core Obama supporter. Big media thought they had a second suspect but now claim the authorities have ruled that out. So if there really was a dark mover behind the scene we need to know who it is.

  46. She is saying the youtube videos were uploaded after the crazy guy went into custody.

    ===============

    By whom and with what motive? It would have to be very quick work, between his arrest and the authorities freezing his account.

    Family or friends with access to the account might have a motive to give him an insanity defense — but so fast?

    Anyone trying to smear some political group would have used videos of the target group.

  47. A popular show, why would they not debate whether to renew for another season. Maybe she said no.

    =============

    Maybe she wants to go rogue and produce and sell it herself. Didn’t Bristol buy a house in the southwest where there is a college offering instruction in reality tv production?

  48. wbboei
    media thought they had a second suspect but now claim the authorities have ruled that out. So if there really was a dark mover behind the scene we need to know who it is.

    ____________

    Hi Wbboei: They ruled out the second suspect as he was only a taxi driver. Loughner only had a $20 bill so the driver went with him into the mall so they could change it and he could be paid and then he left. I agree with you that the media and talking heads should not always jump to conclusions, which are ultimately mostly proved to be wrong. There are too many derogatory assumptions being made by people who should know better.

  49. The non-renewal of the Palin show may have something to do with her potential run for the WH. Wouldn’t campaign laws have an effect? That is the explanation on conservatives4palin. Besides it has served its purpose in starting to counter the memes about her and painting her as a normal Everywoman. The canceling story is just then another negative spin

  50. If we are to change the political climate of inflammatory rhetoric softening to a more amicable tone, it should begin at the Top. Beginning with President Obama setting the example. Websites such as Daily Kos wishing violence on people should be curbed and edited by their administrative staff and made a permanent part of their rules for posting etiquette.

    I am reposting Admin’s examples of Obama’s quotes if in fact he doesn’t admit to contributing to the surge in violence that has overtaken our political culture since he’s taken office.

    “** Obama: “They Bring a Knife…We Bring a Gun”
    ** Obama to His Followers: “Get in Their Faces!”
    ** Obama on ACORN Mobs: “I don’t want to quell anger. I think people are right to be angry! I’m angry!”
    ** Obama to His Mercenary Army: “Hit Back Twice As Hard”

    ** Obama on the private sector: “We talk to these folks… so I know whose ass to kick.“
    ** Obama to voters: Republican victory would mean “hand to hand combat”
    ** Obama to lib supporters: “It’s time to Fight for it.”

    ** Obama to Latino supporters: “Punish your enemies.”
    ** Obama to democrats: “I’m itching for a fight.”


    ______________________________________

    Giffords Shooting in Arizona May Soften U.S. Political Rhetoric

    The shooting rampage in Tucson, Arizona, that killed six people and left U.S. Representative Gabrielle Giffords in critical condition is contributing at least momentarily to a cooling of U.S. political rhetoric.

    The incident on Jan. 8, coming after the Jan. 5 opening of a new Congress in which Republicans took control of the U.S. House, led the House to postpone legislative business for the coming week as both parties rushed to condemn the attack.

    It is also likely to hurt the image of former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin, said Ross Baker, a congressional scholar at Rutgers University in New Brunswick, New Jersey.

    The former Republican vice presidential candidate has posted on the Internet a map of the U.S. with the cross-hair symbols for a rifle scope dotting the home states of lawmakers, including Giffords, whom she was targeting for defeat in the 2010 congressional election.

    The tragedy “will take some of the edge off of the polarization” and “will be used by lots of people as an exhortation for people to be kinder to each other,” said Baker. At the same time, Palin’s brand of “female macho,” he said, “is not going to wear very well after this.”

    Lawmakers were careful to stress that the suspected shooter, identified as 22-year-old Jared Loughner, has a troubled past and appears mentally unstable. Regardless of whether it is determined that Loughner also had political motivations, members of both parties said politicians and the media play a role in setting an example of civility.

    Toxic Atmosphere

    “We are in a dark place in this country right now; the atmospheric condition is toxic,” Representative Emanuel Cleaver, a Missouri Democrat, said yesterday on NBC’s “Meet the Press” program. “Much of it originates here in Washington D.C., and we export it around the country.”

    “My colleagues are very concerned about the environment in which they are operating,” House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer said on CBS’s “Face the Nation.” The Maryland Democrat termed the political climate in recent years an “angrier, confrontational environment,” and cautioned that “what we say can, in fact, have consequences.”

    Republicans also said it’s time for members of both parties to come together.

    ‘Cool It’

    “We ought to cool it, tone it down, treat each other with great respect,” Tennessee Republican Senator Lamar Alexander said on CNN’s “State of the Union.”

    House Speaker John Boehner ordered flags on the House side of the U.S. Capitol flown at half-staff to commemorate those killed, who included U.S. District Judge John Roll. “An attack on one who serves is an attack on all who serve,” Boehner said at a press conference yesterday in West Chester, Ohio. “Such acts of violence have no place in our society.”

    Senator Mike Lee, a newly elected Republican from Utah interviewed on CNN, said “any time you have political rhetoric that rises to the level of personal, you have a problem.”

    Planned legislative business in the House is being postponed for the coming week, House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, a Virginia Republican, said in a statement yesterday. The House had planned to vote Jan. 12 on a repeal of Obama’s health-care overhaul. The House instead will consider that day at least one resolution honoring Giffords and other victims in the attack, according to Cantor’s office.

    President Barack Obama has postponed a Jan. 11 trip to Schenectady, New York, and called for a national moment of silence today at 11 a.m. Eastern time.

    Sarah Palin

    The shooting put a spotlight on Palin. Last year, Giffords was one of 20 Democrats who supported health-care legislation who were targeted on the crosshairs map for defeat by Palin’s political action committee, SarahPAC, in last November’s elections.

    An aide to Palin, the 2008 Republican vice presidential candidate, said the images were never meant to evoke violence. “We never ever, ever intended it to be gun sights,” Rebecca Mansour told the talk radio host Tammy Bruce in an interview transcribed by the Alaska Dispatch.

    Senator Dick Durbin of Illinois, the chamber’s No. 2 Democrat, said on CNN’s “State of the Union” that such images aren’t helpful. “These sorts of things, I think, invite the kind of toxic rhetoric that can lead unstable people to believe this is an acceptable response.”

    Media Role

    Conservative public relations executive Keith Appell issued a statement saying “some in the media have implicated conservatives, the Tea Party, talk radio, Republicans, etc., by extension” in the shooting and that those efforts are “insidious, dishonest and divorced from reality.” He cited a posting on the Website redstate.com saying the media is trying to blame conservatives for the shootings.

    The tragedy is also prompting calls from lawmakers for greater security at political events that are often open to the public.

    “It needs to be a wake-up call for members who’ve treated their own personal security in a cavalier way,” said Representative Debbie Wasserman Schultz, a Florida Democrat who said she always has police officers present at her events.

    “It’s not just our personal safety that matters, it’s also the personal safety of our constituents,” she said on the “Meet the Press” program. “We need to strike a balance.”

    Impossible to Stop

    Still, some security experts are cautioning there are no easy solutions. “It’s impossible to stop,” William Pickle, a former Senate Sergeant at Arms, said on CNN’s “State of the Union.”

    “Until candidates stop campaigning, these things are going to continue to happen,” said Pickle, who also said there aren’t resources to protect 535 congressmen and senators.

    Boehner said he has asked the House’s Sergeant at Arms, U.S. Capitol Police and the FBI to conduct a security overview for members on Jan. 12.

    Giffords, 40, herself warned last year about the tone of the rhetoric in her district after her office was vandalized.

    “The way that she has it depicted has the crosshairs of a gun sight over our district. When people do that, they have to realize that there are consequences to that action,” Giffords said in an interview with MSNBC.

    Tea Party

    Her father told the New York Post that “the whole Tea Party” was her enemy, referring to the loose-knit national group pressing for smaller government and less taxes.

    Giffords, first elected to her seat in 2006, narrowly won a third term in November over a Tea-Party backed Republican.

    Representative Raul Labrador, a newly elected Republican from Idaho elected with Tea Party support, said on “Meet the Press” that a level of vitriol exists on both sides of the ideological divide.

    “We have to be careful not to blame one side or the other,” Labrador said. “You have crazy people on both sides.”

    Pima County Sheriff Clarence Dupnik, whose jurisdiction includes Tucson, said yesterday that while officials don’t know the gunman’s motives, he was concerned about extreme rhetoric in the U.S.

    “The anger, the hatred, the bigotry has gotten out of control,” Dupnik said. “Unfortunately, Arizona has become sort of the capital. This has become the Mecca for bigotry and prejudice.”

    Representative Trent Franks, an Arizona Republican, said on “Meet the Press” that Loughner is “a deranged lunatic that had no respect for his fellow human beings and completely rejected any kind of constitutional foundation of this nation.”

    http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2011-01-09/lawmakers-urge-end-to-political-rhetoric-after-tucson-shootings.html

  51. #
    wbboei
    January 10th, 2011 at 4:09 am

    To get to the point- The kid’s mental instability was used by someone with a plan in play.
    —————————–
    Perhaps so. But I doubt it. If you have hard evidence of this you may wish to pass it along to the Pima sheriff. He is thinking along the same lines. In fact, he has already decided who is responsible, only the proofs do not line up. Earlier today Morris Dees had pinned it on right wing organizations, whereas the posting on his facebook suggests he was a hard core Obama supporter. Big media thought they had a second suspect but now claim the authorities have ruled that out. So if there really was a dark mover behind the scene we need to know who it is.

    ___________________________

    The Pima Sheriff is no longer in charge of the investigation. He is working along with Federal agents sharing any info he may have gleaned up until and since they have taken over the investigation. Loughner has been taken into Federal Custody and will be arraigned today in I believe, Federal Court where charges will be lodged against him as responsible for the shootings in Tuscon, Az. Loughner, himself, is the hard evidence needed to ascertain what, where and when his dislike of Congressman Giffords turned into a deadly obsession in his mind, where he felt shooting her dead and firing at innocent bystanders would satiate his mind as an appropriate action.

    There is a new video at the link of the FBI Director Mueller’s current plans:

    http://www.wesh.com/video/26418076/detail.html

    FBI Director Robert Mueller says Ariz. state and federal authorities are working to determine if anyone else was involved in the deadly shooting at an event help by Rep. Gabrielle Giffords Saturday. A 22-year-old man is in federal custody.

    If admin can post the video at the link-

  52. turndownobama
    January 10th, 2011 at 3:53 am

    She is saying the youtube videos were uploaded after the crazy guy went into custody.
    ———————-

    That commenter is a nutcase.

  53. Here you, the tragedy had nothing to do with rhetoric or anything else, just some guys warped upset grudge with a politician it seems.

    http://motherjones.com/politics/2011/01/jared-lee-loughner-friend-voicemail-phone-message

    That was it. But later in the day, when Tierney first heard about the Tucson massacre, he had a sickening feeling: “They hadn’t released the name, but I said, ‘Holy shit, I think it’s Jared that did it.'” Tierney tells Mother Jones in an exclusive interview that Loughner held a years-long grudge against Giffords and had repeatedly derided her as a “fake.” Loughner’s animus toward Giffords intensified after he attended one of her campaign events and she did not, in his view, sufficiently answer a question he had posed, Tierney says. He also describes Loughner as being obsessed with “lucid dreaming”—that is, the idea that conscious dreams are an alternative reality that a person can inhabit and control—and says Loughner became “more interested in this world than our reality.” Tierney adds, “I saw his dream journal once. That’s the golden piece of evidence. You want to know what goes on in Jared Loughner’s mind, there’s a dream journal that will tell you everything.”

    snip….

    Tierney believes that Loughner was very interested in pushing people’s buttons—and that may have been why he listed Hitler’s Mein Kampf as one of his favorite books on his YouTube page. (Loughner’s mom is Jewish, according to Tierney.) Loughner sometimes approached strangers and would say “weird” things, Tierney recalls. “He would do it because he thought people were below him and he knew they wouldn’t know what he was talking about.”

    snip….

    After Loughner apparently gave up drugs and booze, “his theories got worse,” Tierney says. “After he quit, he was just off the wall.” And Loughner started to drift away from his group of friends about a year ago. By early 2010, dreaming had become Loughner’s “waking life, his reality,” Tierney says. “He sort of drifted off, didn’t really care about hanging out with friends. He’d be sleeping a lot.” Loughner’s alternate reality was attractive, Tierney says. “He figured out he could fly.” Loughner, according to Tierney, told his friends, “I’m so into it because I can create things and fly. I’m everything I’m not in this world.”

    snip….

    Since hearing of the rampage, Tierney has been trying to figure out why Loughner did what he allegedly did. “More chaos, maybe,” he says. “I think the reason he did it was mainly to just promote chaos. He wanted the media to freak out about this whole thing. He wanted exactly what’s happening. He wants all of that.” Tierney thinks that Loughner’s mindset was like the Joker in the most recent Batman movie: “He fucks things up to fuck shit up, there’s no rhyme or reason, he wants to watch the world burn. He probably wanted to take everyone out of their monotonous lives: ‘Another Saturday, going to go get groceries’—to take people out of these norms that he thought society had trapped us in.”

    Tierney dwells on the phone call he missed early Saturday morning. But it was late, and the TV show Tierney was watching was creeping him out. So he didn’t pick up. “I sort of wish I would have,” he says. “I wonder what would have happened if I answered it.”
    ………………….

    Not one thing to do with Palin, rhetoric or what else, the guy just lost control of reality and nothing anybody said would have made a difference.

  54. PM Obama needs to be careful or risk looking a fool, the reasons look so far like this guy was just plain nuts and obsessed with a duff blow off answer Giffords gave him in 2007. They guy had no control on reality and took it out on her. End of.

  55. Have I got the facts right here?

    The cartel “media” propaganda machine is attempting to make a hero out of Rep. Giffords, who supported Obama’s so-called health care reform.

    At the same time, the propaganda machine is using the case to attack Sarah Palin, who had targeted Giffords and 19 other Congressmen for defeat in the last election specifically because of their vote for Obama’s so-called health care reform.

    August ’09: The Senate Finance Committee drops a controversial provision on consultations for end-of-life care from proposed healthcare bill, its top Republican member said. “We dropped end-of-life provisions from consideration entirely because of the way they could be misinterpreted and implemented incorrectly. […] rate physician quality of care based on the creation of and adherence to orders for end-of-life care.”

    So that didn’t make it into Obama’s so-called health care reform.

    Until …

    A regulation issued by Obama’s man Donald Berwick, Director of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services in November, set to take effect on January 1, 2011.

    This being a resurrection of the Section 1233 of the House health-care bill, authored by euthanasia advocate Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-Ore.) and the Hemlock Society (now under the name “Compassion and Choices”). Section 1233 was killed by the Senate in August ’09.

    Berwick’s newproposal went further than rejected Sec 1233; the latter authorized end-of-life counseling every five years, whereas the Berwick regulation encourages such counseling on an annual basis.

    When Berwick included this in his regulation issued in November 2010, Rep. Blumenauer ordered his supporters to keep quiet about it in an email: “Thus far, it seems that no press or blogs have discovered it, but we will be keeping a close watch…. The longer this goes unnoticed, the better our chances of keeping it.”

    Just after New Year’s Day, Obama was forced to rescind the snuck-in regulation. (True? I’ve read references to that, but I’m uncertain if it actually happened. I’m up past my eyebrows in work. Apparently announced about 4 January Obama forced to rescind 1233 – But I can’t find any other references to that!)

    And the new Congress talk of rescinding Obamacare in January? Now business on hold because of the shooting?

    Now, the idiots at dailykluck and the media propaganda machine is wildly demonizing the forces (e.g. Palin) that forced Obama to rescind the snuck-in regulation.

    I wish I had more time!

  56. I was unsure whether to post this but i think it should be seen because all factions have opinions and rights in this. Its a point that needs to be made.

    Jim Geraghty : Among the politicians who have featured pictures of themselves aiming guns at targets: Gabrielle Giffords.

    http://www.nationalreview.com/campaign-spot

    People need to realise we are all in this about weapons.

    Are we really to believe that if a politician poses in a photo, aiming a gun at a target, that they are ipso facto contributing to an atmosphere of hatred and violence?

    In that case, are advocates of this argument willing to blame the victim? Because Gabrielle Giffords did the same.

    Of course, Gabrielle Giffords did nothing to contribute to the actions of her attacker. Nor did Sarah Palin or Glenn Beck or the Tea Parties or anyone else other than the gunman.

    I suspect some of what we’re seeing is the desire to lash out at somebody. The gunman’s been caught. He’ll face a trial soon. But in the interim, everyone else in society, particularly those who admired Giffords want to do something, to take some action that will satiate their need for justice and/or vengeance. They can’t tackle the gunman. He’s already in custody. They can’t change anything that has already occurred. So they’ll find some other figure they already disliked, assert some implausible connection between a word or a graphic and this horrific act, and do what they can to get the others with “blood on their hands.”

  57. If the political parties want to change the angry environment they need to do something themselves, all parites.

    1. They should immediately pull from any primary, or general election any candidate that turns to negative advertising. If you are serious about defusing the environment, then all of you should be willing to take this drastic action, and then follow through and do it. Negative campaigning would stop. I would bet a lot of money this will not happen.

    2. Quit complaining about the environment that has been created, as you are a part of it, and unless you are willing to take action NOTHING WILL HAPPEN.

    3. Voters need to immediately turn negative advertisements off, and if one side goes to this tactic, vote against them.

  58. I am tired of the complaining and blaming without anyone being will to take serious action. It always, ALWAYS appears that money and power win out over civil and responsible campaigning.

    I CHALLENGE ALL POLITICAL PARTIES TO TAKE ACTION, INCLUDING THE SHERIFF IN TUCSON. Actually what the Sheriff did in Tucson was a negative act against the other parties, with little or no proof that the political environment was any part of this young man’s actions.

  59. Admin, that Slate article pretty much speaks for me.

    The bar for speech “inciting violence” is very high in this country, and for good reason. I’d like for it to remain so. No one, not even the RW pundits I despise the most, ever encouraged their listeners to go shoot anyone. Not once. And when you have to resort to vagaries like “it was implied, or an unbalanced person could have heard it that way, then you are going down a very dangerous road indeed. No thanks. I really like living in a country where I can freely and off-handedly say “I hope GWB chokes on his damn hotdog at that ballgame”.

  60. HillaryforTexas

    Yes, someone who really understands a Democracy. Whether we like it or not, in a Democracy you have a right to voice your opinions, and even challenge people to act. That is what created this country.

  61. They ruled out the second suspect as he was only a taxi driver. Loughner only had a $20 bill so the driver went with him into the mall so they could change it and he could be paid and then he left.

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    Hnh! If that’s correct, that he had to take a taxi, and the site was only a 5 minute drive from Loughner’s home — then transportation was a problem for him. Which might be one reason he chose this event, this victim.

  62. Clinton says Arizona shooter was “extremist”

    10:03am EST

    ABU DHABI (Reuters) – Secretary of State Hillary Clinton called the shooter who attacked Arizona congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords an “extremist,” and said people worldwide should reject radical ideologies.

    Clinton, speaking Monday in the United Arab Emirates, made the comment in response to a question about the September 11, 2001 attacks, carried out by al Qaeda.

    At a televised town hall-style meeting, Clinton was asked why U.S. opinion often appears to blame the entire Arab world for 9/11. Clinton said this was due to misperceptions and the media impact of political violence.

    “We have extremists in my country. A wonderful, incredibly brave young woman Congress member, Congresswoman Giffords, was just shot by an extremist in our country,” she added.

    “We have the same kinds of problems. So rather than standing off from each other, we should work to try to prevent the extremists anywhere from being able to commit violence.”

    The U.S. government has charged the 22-year-old suspected shooter with trying to assassinate Giffords by shooting her in the head during a rampage that killed six people and wounded 14 in Tucson, Arizona.

    The shooting has fueled debate about extreme political rhetoric in the United States after an acrimonious campaign for congressional elections in November.

    Clinton, who said she hoped her current trip to the Gulf would help to strengthen U.S. and Arab mutual understanding, said both societies should work to offset the sometimes overly loud voices on the political fringes.

    “The extremists and their voices, the crazy voices that sometimes get on the TV, that’s not who we are, that’s not who you are, and what we have to do is get through that and make it clear that that doesn’t represent either American or Arab ideas or opinions,” she said.

    She said Muslims and particularly Arabs around the world should not believe media accounts of widespread U.S. antipathy toward them in the wake of the September 11 attacks.

    “Although 9/11 was a very terrible tragedy for our country, in the years since, we have been working hard to build our partnerships and our relationships with the Arab world in particular,” Clinton said, noting that President Barack Obama had made improving links with the Muslim world a key goal.

    “This president and this administration are determined to isolate the extremists and not to let the extremists color the view in any place.”

    http://www.reuters.com/article/idUSTRE7092G220110110

  63. In Dubai, Hillary Clinton likens Tucson shooter to a terrorist

    Appearing on a TV show, the secretary of State says American society, like the Muslim world, suffers from extremism.

    Reporting from Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates — Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton on Monday joined the debate about the motive in the shootings in Arizona that targeted U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, comparing the shooter with an ideologically driven terrorist.

    Appearing on “Sweet Talk,” a satellite-TV show for Arab women, Clinton said American society, like the Muslim world, suffered from extremism and cited the shootings Saturday in Tucson.

    “Look, we have extremists in my country,” Clinton said while taping the show at Zayed University in Abu Dhabi. “A wonderful, incredibly brave young woman Congress member, Congresswoman Giffords, was just shot by an extremist in our country. We have the same kinds of problems.”

    The shooting of Giffords has stirred a debate about whether the angry political climate in the United States motivated the shooter or whether it was mental illness. Alleged shooter Jared Lee Loughner, 22, has been charged with murder and attempted murder in the rampage that killed six people and wounded 14 others, including Giffords.

    Clinton said the extreme views that often draw attention in the United States and the Middle East don’t represent the majority of the public.

    She said “the crazy voices that sometimes get on TV” are “not who we are,” and the violent extremists in the Muslim world are “not who you are.”

    Clinton is visiting the Persian Gulf region in part to build Arab support for peace talks between Israelis and Palestinians. She said the peace effort had a better chance of success now because Barack Obama was president.

    She said she was “absolutely committed” to the peace effort, “as is President Obama.”

    http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/world/la-fgw-clinton-giffords-20110111,0,4432452.story

  64. Sarah Palin, who had targeted Giffords and 19 other Congressmen for defeat in the last election specifically because of their vote for Obama’s so-called health care reform.

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    I remember looking at Palin’s site at the time it first went up. Its message was not primarily about the Obamacare vote, but about districts that had voted for McCain but still had Dem Congresspersons, so these were districts that the GOP might pick up. The fact that some of the Dem Congs had voted for an unpopular bill would be just one of many reasons they were vulnerable.

  65. Clinton urges Arabs for broader settlement of Mideast conflict

    Jan 10, 2011
    WAM By Mahmoud Sulaiman.

    ABU DHABI, Jan 10th, 2011 (WAM) — U.S Secretary of State Hillary Clinton urged Arab states to help restart stalled Palestinian-Israeli peace talks to reach a broader and comprehensive settlement of the conflict based on the Saudi-proposed Arab Peace Initiative.

    In remarks made across the TV program “Sweet Talk” (Kalam Nawaem) co-hosted by the MBC channel at the Zayed University in Abu Dhabi, Clinton stressed that the United States is committed to a two-state solution to the Middle East conflict.

    “We (the U.S) are committed to a state for the Palestinian people and to security for the Israeli people.. and we are pursuing that every single day”.

    Clinton warned that “it is hard for both the Palestinians and the Israelis to have enough trust and confidence in the other to take the risks for peace.” She further stressed that Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and Prime Minister Salam Fayyad need the support of the world in order to continue that state-building efforts “because this is really hard work”.

    “Each side has to make decisions that are very difficult for them,” she remarked adding that her husband, former U.S President Bill Clinton, “got very very close back in 2000 to resolving the conflict,” she said.

    “If we would have been successful at that point, we would have had ten years of a Palestinian state”.

    “It is hard for both the Palestinians and the Israeli to have enough trust and confidence in the other to take the risks for peace”, she said.

    Clinton said her effort includes trying to build up outside support for the peace process and the Arab Peace Initiative that H.M King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia put forth.

    “It was an extraordinary document. And the more the Arab world and the Middle East can say the peace initiative needs to be implemented, it will be stood behind.. the more confidence that gives to the parties that this will be a broad and comprehensive peace”.

    “We are working all the time, literally every day to try and build that level of confidence for each side to go ahead and make a decision”.

    Clinton cited two things she believes are significant: The extremely impressive” progress by the Palestinian Authority in building their state, and the World Bank’s report last year showing that “if Palestinians stay on the track they are on, they would be ready for statehood within two years.

    http://www.wam.org.ae/servlet/Satellite?c=WamLocEnews&cid=1293604649707&p=1135099400124&pagename=WAM%2FWamLocEnews%2FW-T-LEN-FullNews

  66. Clinton on a WikiLeaks ‘apology tour’

    Jan. 10, 2011

    ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates, Jan. 10 (UPI) — Secretary of State Hillary Clinton says she is on a global “apology tour” to clean up the damage from U.S. cables revealed by WikiLeaks.

    The messages contained frank and often unflattering portraits of world leaders.

    Speaking to reporters en route to Abu Dhabi, in the United Arab Emirates, Clinton said, “I think I will be answering concerns about WikiLeaks until the end of my life, not just the end of my tenure as secretary of state.”

    “I’ve told my team that I want to get one of those really sharp looking jackets that rock ‘n’ roll groups have on tours,” she said. “And I could have a big picture of the world, and it could say ‘The Apology Tour,’ because I have been very, very much involved in reaching out to leaders and others who have concerns about either the general message of our confidential communications being exposed in this way or specific questions about their country or themselves.”

    “That aspect of it has receded a lot,” she added. “I’ve done an enormous amount of work, as have other members of our government, but it still is in the atmosphere.”

    http://www.upi.com/Top_News/World-News/2011/01/10/Clinton-on-a-WikiLeaks-apology-tour/UPI-30541294675421/

  67. http://www.nationalreview.com/campaign-spot

    People need to realise we are all in this about weapons.

    Are we really to believe that if a politician poses in a photo, aiming a gun at a target, that they are ipso facto contributing to an atmosphere of hatred and violence?

    In that case, are advocates of this argument willing to blame the victim? Because Gabrielle Giffords did the same.

    ==============

    This otherwise good op-ed at National Review seems to be suggesting that Palin was photographed aiming a gun at a ‘target’ — and leaves it unclear what sort of target. (The picture of Gifford with a gun also does not show her target.)

    Imo they should clarify that (I assume) neither woman was aiming at a POLITICAL target.

  68. Who said/says it was “authorities” that shut down his accounts? When the punks that run those sites are all Obots (especially Facebook) along with the so called media are all Obama’s personal 527’s and covering his Usurper ass? Of course they got yanked instantly, there was too much damning evidence that he was a hardcore Obot in his insane ramblings that needed to get *disappeared* stat.

    IF the opposite had been true, of him being say a RW’er, not only would those accounts still be online for the world to fisk to the last comma, but they’d be running excerpts in a continuous nonstop loop on TV & papers, even as we now type. The first clue something was not right was the disappearing act of info when the tragedy was announced.

  69. The double standard of the press re: political speech is ridiculous. I spent too much time hearing and participating in the most overblown vitriol imaginable against the Bush administration to get my panties in a wad now that the shoe is on the other foot.

    I didn’t get all verklempt over the ominous lack of civility and “violent imagery” when I marched next to signs with a noose around GW’s neck, or faux-blood-spattered war posters, because I understood that they were a metaphorical expression of anger, not a call to real violence.

    Sorry, but I think there is a real blind spot on the left when it comes to anger. See, we think that the things WE are angry over are justified (and they are), so our over-the-top expressions are therefore okay. But when the right does some over-the-top expressing of their own, we are horrified – not because it is really any different in kind from what we did, but because we disagree with them, so do not see it as “justifiable exaggeration”.

    There’s a disconnect there. And the right does it too. When the “inflammatory language” is in service of a cause you support, you see it as emotional hyperbole. When it’s in service to a cause you reject, it’s ominous. But there is really not a hair’s worth of difference in the actual vitriol – only its political aims.

  70. I agree with H4T, I want to continue to live in a country where I have free speech and internet. As I said 2 days ago, the village idiots at the nut farm have been restless and that’s what this is all about. The guy was a wacko, but Odumbo is going to milk this for everything he can get and of coarse we’ll have to put up with another speech. Lets hope no one watches it. He’s like the old toy of my childhood, the “jack in the box”, you wind him up and out pops Obama with another speech! All bullshit!

  71. Mrs Smith’s article:
    “Giffords Shooting in Arizona May Soften U.S. Political Rhetoric”

    Reminds me of Jon Stewart’s rally on the theme “Hey America, take it down a notch!” Not likely to happen soon.

  72. Who said/says it was “authorities” that shut down his accounts?

    ==================

    The Facebook staff might have got to it sooner. But this happens every time some nut makes an attack: his website gets shut down so we only get his manifesto (or whatever) through readers who were quick enough to grab it. Same with Stack who flew his plane into an IRS office, and he wasn’t a bot.

  73. ACE…Seems any blog with a brain is on the same page
    ************

    Jared Loughner’s Skull and Oranges Potpourri Tea Party Holiday Arrangement

    See where hate speech has taken us?

    A sinister shrine reveals a chilling occult dimension in the mind of the deranged gunman accused of shooting a member of Congress and 19 others.
    Hidden within a camouflage tent behind Jared Lee Loughner’s home sits an alarming altar with a skull sitting atop a pot filled with shriveled oranges.

    A row of ceremonial candles and a bag of potting soil lay nearby, photos reveal.

    Ceremonial candles and a bag of potting soil are standard tools of conservative political expression. Vendors sell the shit outta that stuff at Tea Party rallys.

    Lots of good links in the headlines regarding the batshit crazy overreach from the MFM and the drumbeaters on the left who leapt past their layers and layers of obviously overworked fact checkers to push their stupid agenda once again.

    Some actual reportage would be refreshing.

  74. She is saying the youtube videos were uploaded after the crazy guy went into custody.
    ———————-

    That commenter is a nutcase.

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    That’s my guess. It happened too fast to be anyone but a Dark Mover Conspirator — who would have uploaded something more useful to his Conspiracy.

  75. BELTWAY CONFIDENTIAL
    POLITICS FROM THE NATION’S CAPITAL

    Journalists urged caution after Ft. Hood, now race to blame Palin after Arizona shootings

    By: Byron York 01/09/11 8:58 AM
    Chief Political Correspondent

    On November 5, 2009, Maj. Nidal Hasan opened fire at a troop readiness center in Ft. Hood, Texas, killing 13 people. Within hours of the killings, the world knew that Hasan reportedly shouted “Allahu Akbar!” before he began shooting, visited websites associated with Islamist violence, wrote Internet postings justifying Muslim suicide bombings, considered U.S. forces his enemy, opposed American involvement in Iraq and Afghanistan as wars on Islam, and told a neighbor shortly before the shootings that he was going “to do good work for God.” There was ample evidence, in other words, that the Ft. Hood attack was an act of Islamist violence.

    Nevertheless, public officials, journalists, and commentators were quick to caution that the public should not “jump to conclusions” about Hasan’s motive. CNN, in particular, became a forum for repeated warnings that the subject should be discussed with particular care.

    “The important thing is for everyone not to jump to conclusions,” said retired Gen. Wesley Clark on CNN the night of the shootings.

    “We cannot jump to conclusions,” said CNN’s Jane Velez-Mitchell that same evening. “We have to make sure that we do not jump to any conclusions whatsoever.”

    “I’m on Pentagon chat room,” said former CIA operative Robert Baer on CNN, also the night of the shooting. “Right now, there’s messages going back and forth, saying do not jump to the conclusion this had anything to do with Islam.”

    The next day, President Obama underscored the rapidly-forming conventional wisdom when he told the country, “I would caution against jumping to conclusions until we have all the facts.” In the days that followed, CNN jouralists and guests repeatedly echoed the president’s remarks.

    “We can’t jump to conclusions,” Army Gen. George Casey said on CNN November 8. The next day, political analyst Mark Halperin urged a “transparent” investigation into the shootings “so the American people don’t jump to conclusions.” And when Republican Rep. Pete Hoekstra, then the ranking member of the House Intelligence Committee, suggested that the Ft. Hood attack was terrorism, CNN’s John Roberts was quick to intervene. “Now, President Obama has asked people to be very cautious here and to not jump to conclusions,” Roberts said to Hoekstra. “By saying that you believe this is an act of terror, are you jumping to a conclusion?”

    Fast forward a little more than a year, to January 8, 2011. In Tucson, Arizona, a 22 year-old man named Jared Lee Loughner opened fire at a political event, gravely wounding Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, killing a federal judge and five others, and wounding 18. In the hours after the attack, little was known about Loughner beyond some bizarre and largely incomprehensible YouTube postings that, if anything, suggested he was mentally ill. Yet the network that had shown such caution in discussing the Ft. Hood shootings openly discussed the possibility that Loughner was inspired to violence by…Sarah Palin. Although there is no evidence that Loughner was in any way influenced by Palin, CNN was filled with speculation about the former Alaska governor.

    After reporting that Pima County Sheriff Clarence Dupnik had condemned what Dupnik called “the vitriol that comes out of certain mouths about tearing down the government,” CNN’s Wolf Blitzer turned to congressional reporter Jessica Yellin for analysis. The sheriff “singled out some of the political rhetoric, as you point out, in creating the environment that allowed this kind of instance to happen,” Yellin told Blitzer. “Even though, as you point out, this suspect is not cooperating with investigators, so we don’t know the motive. President Obama also delivered that message, saying it’s partly the political rhetoric that led to this. So that’s why we want to bring up one of the themes that’s burning up the social media right now. On Twitter and Facebook, there is a lot of talk, in particular, about Sarah Palin. As you might recall, back in March of last year, when the health care vote was coming to the floor of the House and this was all heating up, Palin tweeted out a message on Twitter saying ‘common sense conservatives, don’t retreat — instead reload.’ And she referred folks to her Facebook page. On that Facebook page was a list of Democratic members she was putting in crosshairs, and Gabrielle Giffords was one of those in the crosshairs.”

    Yellin noted that Palin had “posted a statement on Facebook saying that ‘my sincere condolences are offered to the family of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords and other victims of today’s tragic shooting in Arizona. On behalf of Todd and my family, we all pray for the victims and their families and for peace and justice.'” Yellin continued: “And I should point out that Republican leaders in Washington have said that this is not a partisan issue, this is about violence, as have some tea party groups. But clearly this is a moment to talk about our political rhetoric.”

    “It certainly is,” Blitzer agreed. “But the question is, is there any evidence that the suspected shooter in this particular case was a Sarah Palin fan, read Sarah Palin’s website, was a member on Facebook, watched her tweets, or anything like that?”

    “None at all,” Yellin responded. “And there is no evidence that this was even inspired by rage over health care, broadly. So there is no overt connection between Sarah Palin, health care, and the [shootings].”

    Indeed, there is no “overt” or any other sort of connection between Loughner and Palin. If such evidence came to light, it would certainly be news. But without that evidence, and after a brief caveat, the CNN group went back to discussing the theory that Loughner acted out of rage inspired by Palin and other Republicans. Conclusions were jumped to all around.

    And it wasn’t just CNN. Other media outlets were also filled with speculation about the attack and pronouncements on the state of American political rhetoric. What a markedly different situation from 15 months earlier when, in the face of actual evidence that Maj. Hasan was inspired by Islamist convictions, many media commentators sought to be voices of caution. Where was that caution after the shootings in Arizona?

  76. And remember the kooks in Hollywood during the 2008 election…I think they have selective memory

    Life-size Halloween doll resembling Sarah Palin with noose causes outcry

  77. Life-size Halloween doll resembling Sarah Palin with noose causes outcry in 2008 election

    Brings to mind the selective memory of the left

  78. H4T,

    Thanks for a very good and fair post! I agree that violent imagery is used on both sides.

    But imo what’s worse, is the serious-sounding words that some of us leftists use: ‘hate, bigotry’ etc. Images are obviously not serious, but these words are seriously attributing ugly things to the opposition.

  79. FYI…

    blogs.phoenixnewtimes.com/valleyfever/2011/01/jared_loughner_alleged_shooter.php#

    Jared Loughner, Alleged Shooter in Gabrielle Giffords Attack, Described by Classmate as “Left-Wing Pothead”

    story is there

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    I happened to catch the morning news cycles and how they were reporting the arizona shooting story…most stations had some dialogue but mostly live interviews with people that were actually there…

    all of course, except MSNBC…they are the most self serving and condescending people on TV…they started off going on and on about Sarah Palin, with Joe S blaming “his” party…then later started to pull back and get more neutral and consider that maybe they are part of the problem…

    …to me, it was almost as if they may have gotten some inside info that this ‘loner’ was a leftie…we know his facebook has been pulled and we know that the officials have found letters, etc, in a safe…

    …who knows what else is in that safe? who knows what else has been scrubbed? there could be all kinds of literature supporting O…we do not know how this person voted…Gabby Giffords was considered a moderate, Blue dog dem…this kid has had it in for her since 2007 that we know of…long before Sarah Palin was a political force…many of the lefties were targeting Blue Dog dems…

    …the other ironic thing is that MSNBC is pretending to do some soul searching in taking some responsibility and then they play only clips of the right protesting…the only images they project are to make tea partiers looks crazy…not one word about O…not one word about Shultz, Olberman or Maddow and there nonstop crazy talk…

    MSNBC is the worst of the worst…

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    lastly as mentioned yesterday…the left, the dems, even the right have gone after Sarah Palin non stop…and they have gone after her children…she even had her privacy invaded with a reporter moving in next to her…

    …so what happens if some leftie nutcase tries to harm her or her family…would the left try to look in the mirror or blame her for being attacked…they would…they would rationalize that ‘she asked for it’ bla, bla, bla…

    …this reminds me of when during the primaries when Tim Russert and Chris Matthews were really trying to provoke the racism theme against Bill Clinton…I remember feeling so outraged and writing to MSNBC that if anything happened to Bill or O, MSNBC would have the blood on their hands for inciting and creating this whole racism BS…

  80. Hm, there’s quite a parallel between the media and others taking Palin’s ‘target’ metaphors seriously — and anti-Muslim people taking the Koran’s metaphors seriously.

  81. The ladies on the View are defending Palin, stating that the blame game especially of her really had no part of what went on.

  82. I found it.

    U.S. Alters Rule on Paying for End-of-Life Planning
    New York Times
    A version of this article appeared in print on January 5, 2011, on page A15 of the New York edition.
    nytimes.com/2011/01/05/health/policy/05health.html

    The first article I found had a headline more to the point, I think:
    Outrage Leads to Reversal of ObamaCare Regulation That “Nudges” Elderly to Reject Lifesaving Treatment

    ——————-

    turndownobama
    January 10th, 2011 at 11:24 am

    From Sarah Palin’s Facebook page:
    http://piggington.com/files/images/palin_crosshairs_map.jpg
    Read what it says.

    Others say, “We’ve DIAGNOSED the problem. Help us PRESCRIBE the solution.”
    Sounds like it was about HEALTH CARE to me.

    So,

    Have I got the facts right here?

    Propaganda machine is attempting to make a hero out of Rep. Giffords, who supported Obama’s so-called health care reform.

    Propaganda machine is using the case to attack Sarah Palin, who had targeted Rep. Giffords and 19 other Congressmen for defeat in the last election specifically because of their vote for Obama’s so-called health care reform. Read the words on Palin’s map.

    August ‘09: The Senate Finance Committee drops a controversial provision on consultations for end-of-life care from proposed healthcare bill. The Committee’s top Republican member said, “We dropped end-of-life provisions from consideration entirely because of the way they could be misinterpreted and implemented incorrectly. […] rate physician quality of care based on the creation of, and adherence to orders for end-of-life care.”

    So that didn’t make it into Obama’s so-called health care reform.

    Until…

    A regulation issued by Obama’s man Sir Donald Berwick, Director of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services in November, set to take effect on January 1, 2011. (Berwick was a recess appointment. He also refused to take office until Obama’s “healthcare reform” was passed into law.)

    Berwick’s regulation being a resurrection of Section 1233 of the House health-care bill, authored by euthanasia advocate Rep. Earl Blumenauer and the Hemlock Society (now under the name “Compassion and Choices”). Section 1233 was killed by the Senate in August ‘09, before healthcare reform was passed.

    Berwick’s new regulation went further than the rejected Sec 1233; the latter authorized end-of-life counseling every five years, whereas the new Berwick regulation encouraged such counseling on an annual basis.

    When Berwick included this in his regulation issued in November 2010, Rep. Blumenauer ordered his supporters to keep quiet about it in an email: “Thus far, it seems that no press or blogs have discovered it, but we will be keeping a close watch…. The longer this goes unnoticed, the better our chances of keeping it.”

    Just after New Year’s Day, Obama was forced to rescind the snuck-in regulation. (See New York Times link above.)

    And also there is the new Congress’ talk of rescinding Obamacare in January… Now Congressional business on hold because of the shooting. Oh to be a fly on the wall.

    Now, the idiots at dailykluck and the media propaganda machine are wildly demonizing the very forces (e.g. Palin and the ever-growing angry population of the USA) that forced Obama to rescind the snuck-in regulation.

    Not only is Obama not to be trusted…

    CNN (for example) too. What do you think they were trying to do to us on September 11, 2001? (I watched that hideous mind-manipulation for much less than 20 minutes.)

    What do you think they are trying to do today?

    Oh, to be a fly on the wall.

  83. NewMexicoFan
    January 10th, 2011 at 12:28 pm
    The ladies on the View are defending Palin, stating that the blame game especially of her really had no part of what went on.
    ****************************
    Whaaat? the word must have gone out to the left that he is not a rightwinger, so the supposedly moderate talk has begun. Does their hypocrisy never end with these View women?

  84. turndownobama
    January 10th, 2011 at 12:24 pm
    Hm, there’s quite a parallel between the media and others taking Palin’s ‘target’ metaphors seriously — and anti-Muslim people taking the Koran’s metaphors seriously.

    This is so dishonest! Palin’s “target” is a metaphor. The violence in the Quran is NOT. It is a specific commandment to all Muslims. That not all Muslims believe it is not evidence that it is metaphorical but evidence that moderate Muslims are embarassed by these violent passages. The history of Islam is VIOLENCE. Muhammad is a violent man. He is a pedophile, murderer and thug. Those are the facts. Don’t try to create equivalence when no equivalence exists. This is the heights of dishonesty.

  85. Jared Loughner, Alleged Shooter in Gabrielle Giffords Attack, Described by Classmate as “Left-Wing Pothead”
    By James King, Sat., Jan. 8 2011 @ 5:02PM Comments (786)
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    Jared Loughner is described as a “left-wing political radical.”
    ​A classmate of the man accused of shooting Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords this morning describes him as “left wing” and a “pot head” in a series of posts on Twitter this afternoon.

    Caitie Parker did not immediately respond to our request for an interview, but her “tweets” in the hours after the shooting paint a picture of Jared Loughner as a substance-abusing loner who had met Giffords before the shooting. She says, Loughner described the congresswoman as “stupid and unintelligent.”

    We’ve confirmed that Parker and Loughner went to school together at Mountain View High School in Tucson and that both attended Pima Community College, so her claims of knowing Loughner seem to be legit.

    Related story: Palin and Tea Party Rhetoric Was Not the Reason Gabrielle Giffords Was Attacked — America’s Treatment of Mental Illness is to Blame.

    Parker “tweets” that she and Loughner were in the band together and were friends until 2007 when he became “reclusive” after getting alcohol poisoning and dropping out of college.

    She describes him as “quite liberal” and as a “political radical.”

    Below is a log of “tweets” posted by Parker beginning around the time of the shooting.

    @antderosa it’s loughner just checked my year book. less than 20 seconds ago via Twitter for iPhone in reply to antderosa

    @lakarune I haven’t seen him since ’07. Then, he was left wing. 25 minutes ago via Twitter for iPhone in reply to lakarune

    @noboa more left. I haven’t seen him since ’07 though. He became very reclusive. 27 minutes ago via Twitter for iPhone in reply to noboa

    @antderosa he had a lot of friends until he got alcohol poisoning in ’06, & dropped out of school. Mainly loner very philosophical. 29 minutes ago via Twitter for iPhone in reply to antderosa

    @antderosa As I knew him he was left wing, quite liberal. & oddly obsessed with the 2012 prophecy. 33 minutes ago via Twitter for iPhone in reply to antderosa

    @antderosa he was a pot head & into rock like Hendrix,The Doors, Anti-Flag. I haven’t seen him in person since ’07 in a sign language class 35 minutes ago via Twitter for iPhone in reply to antderosa

    @antderosa He was a political radical & met Giffords once before in ’07, asked her a question & he told me she was “stupid & unintelligent” 37 minutes ago via Twitter for iPhone in reply to antderosa

    @antderosa I can. That is him. 39 minutes ago via Twitter for iPhone in reply to antderosa

    @antderosa I went to high school, college, & was in a band with the gunman. This tragedy has just turned to horrific. 43 minutes ago via Twitter for iPhone in reply to antderosa

    Official I went to high school & college, & was in a band w/ the gunman. I can’t even fathom this right now. about 1 hour ago via Twitter for iPhone

    Saying Jared Laughner was the gunman. Really hoping that’s not the same guy I went to HS with, really good friend. Freaking out right now!!! about 1 hour ago via Twitter for iPhone

    antderosa Arizona law enforcement official: “A person in the crowd shot back at the gunman.” about 1 hour ago via TweetDeck

  86. BigCatLover
    January 10th, 2011 at 12:41 pm

    NewMexicoFan
    January 10th, 2011 at 12:28 pm
    The ladies on the View are defending Palin, stating that the blame game especially of her really had no part of what went on.
    ****************************
    Whaaat? the word must have gone out to the left that he is not a rightwinger, so the supposedly moderate talk has begun. Does their hypocrisy never end with these View women?
    *****************************************************

    EXACTLY what I am thinking…

    i bet there is all kind of stuff tying him to the crazies on the left in arizona…because you know if there was anything tying him to Sarah Palin or the right wing it would be leaking like a sieve…

    ****************************************

    BTW…i took a quick look at the Michelle Matlin’s

    michellemalkin.com/2011/01/10/the-progressive-climate-of-hate-an-illustrated-primer-2000-2010/

    *********************************

    someone should clue Michelle and the right into the previous advice Admin has given to them…they should not stop at the left’s hate for the right…

    …if they were really smart they would include all those examples of how the left went after Hillary and Bill and their supporters in the primary…how the left would “kill and eat its own” as it were…

    …if they were smart, they would show all those horrible t-shirts and cartoons the lefties put out about Hillary…how the extreme left and cable news tried to tag the Clintons as racists and worse…how randi rhodes called HC a whore…the primary threats, etc…oh, we could go on and on and on…

    …if the right really wants to expose the hate of the far left…the PINOS…then they should start with the Democratic primaries and really EXPOSE the hate that comes from that crowd…the hate and the hypocrisy and the LIES…

  87. Hillary calls shooter an extremist.
    ———————————
    Yes. He was an extremist all right. However, contrary to what we have been told by MSN, it looks like he was a dope smoking, left wing, Obama loving, extremist. Teched in the head too. So who did MSNBC (hatemonger Olberman), CNN ( Wolfe Blitzer guests) blame for this tragedy? Why the Republicans and Sarah Palin of course. And so does the deranged democratic sheriff of Pima country–he has already hung them without a little thing called evidence. It is all so simple you see. Sarah corrupted his innocent mind, after they knew from his algebra teacher that he was a bit unstable. And their motive? Use your head: It has nothing to do with governing philosophy, economic strategy, taxes, spending, foreign policy failures–it is none of that. That is a Republican lie. The sole reason they did this was because they cannot stand the fact that we have a black man in the White House. If you find fault with that logic you must be a racist. Which begs the question of who the real extremists are.

  88. #turndownobama
    January 10th, 2011 at 12:24 pm

    and anti-Muslim people taking the Koran’s metaphors seriously.
    —————–

    I write this comment as a counter force to the idiocy put on this board. But idiots are free to show their idiocy in this country and we respect that right.

    Criticizing Quran’s metaphors when executed against humanity by Muslims who take it seriously — how is that anti-Muslim?

    What is the evidence of anti-Muslim here and everywhere? How many mosques were burnt/vandalized after 9/11 in this country? How many Muslims are discriminated against at workplaces? How many are gunned down and others celebrating their murders? and on and on..

    The problem is not anti-Muslims. The problem is the everyday Muslims in many countries taking the Koran’s metaphors seriously. Recent example is the assassination in Pakistan of its Governor. People, lawyers, clerics celebrated the murder and the murderer (he was showered with rose petals in the court at his arraignment!!) because he implemented what Quran tells them to do — that is, to kill the blasphemer. These bad Muslims are killing their own and killing others in their religion’s name. Even liberal Muslims are appalled and instead of providing support and encouragement to those good Muslims, these ignorant PC people (like the commenter in question) want to silence everyone. These PC people have a warped understanding of what is right and wrong.

  89. if there was anything tying him to Sarah Palin or the right wing it would be leaking like a sieve…

    ===============

    You betcha.

  90. Another mysterious death, so many since Obama came to office!

    ——————————————————
    A D.C. fire investigator takes photos of a burned-out BMW in a garage on the 800 block of A Street Southeast on Monday morning. Ashley Turton, former chief of staff to Rep. Rosa DeLauro (D-Conn.) and wife of White House liaison to the House of Representatives Dan Turton, was found dead in the car, according to a source. Updated: 11:55 a.m.

    Ashley Turton, former chief of staff to Rep. Rosa DeLauro (D-Conn.) and wife of White House liaison to the House of Representatives Dan Turton, was found dead in her car Monday morning, according to a source.

    Turton worked as a lobbyist for the Raleigh, N.C.-based utility giant Progress Energy.

    According to the D.C. Fire and Metropolitan Police departments, Turton’s car was discovered ablaze in a row house garage, presumably the Turton home, in the 800 block of A Street Southeast near Eastern Market.

    Metropolitan Police Lt. Nicholas Breul said there is a joint investigation into the cause of the accident. Homicide detectives have been called to the scene.

    “This could be just a tragic freak accident,” Breul said. “And that’s why we’re crossing our i’s and dotting our t’s because it is a little freaky, and we need to figure out why. But there is no indication now that there was any crime.”

    Neighbors said the fire started about 5 a.m. Breul said fire officials were at the scene two minutes after neighbors dialed 911. When the fire was extinguished, firefighters discovered Turton’s body inside the car.

    Family members are still being contacted.

    At 9 a.m. Monday, two fire trucks were at the scene in addition to nearly a half-dozen police cars. Neighbors and passers-by stood outside as police continued to survey the wreckage in the garage attached to Turton’s home.

    Police said there was a heavy fire in the garage that caused significant damage to the car, which was still parked in the driveway and looked singed. Fire damage could also be seen on a corner of the brick home.

  91. BTW, the shooter had it in for Giffords since 2007 as the article in Mother Jones (which moononpluto linked above) indicates and Palin was not even known to the national audience then.

  92. This struck me as spot on.

    by Dave In Texas at 11:28 AM New Comments Thingy
    An Open Letter to my MSM-enabling Friends [krakatoa]
    —Open Blogger

    To all who still watch, listen or read the MSM and insist there is no bias,
    Who continue to support them via donating to “Public” broadcasting or purchasing subscriptions,
    Who fatuously spout the vile rhetoric the MSM and their ideological brethren feeds you in regards to,

    The Tea Party
    Sarah Palin
    The 2nd Amendment
    The Constitution & Bill of Rights in general
    Illegal Immigration
    Racism in America
    Islam as a “Religion of Peace” vis-a-vis the supposed creeping fundamentalism of Christianity and the various insidious plots of “the Jews”
    The need to reign in the “heated rhetoric” of just the Right side of the political spectrum
    The narrowly targeted definition of “heated rhetoric” or “hate speech”
    Every atrocity, every natural disaster, every drought or snowstorm an effect of the evil machinations of Conservatives such as I…

    With all due respect, open your damned eyes…!

    … and try reading for comprehension.

    Do you not note the abject hypocrisy in calling for patience anytime an open Islamist goes on jihad pending “all the facts” which invariably lead to the self-serving and contorted conclusions that they were driven to murder by the intolerance of people like, um, me?
    I am really getting tired of being called the bad guy. Every single bad outcome in this world has its blame laid at my feet, and while it is flattering to be considered so very nearly omnipotent, it is getting more than a little old and remains as far from the truth as it ever was.

    Let me put you some frick’n knowledge here: All sorts of people engaged in all sorts of ideologies do all manner of horrible things, and they do them for a wide variety of reasons, most bad and even occasionally some good.

    Pretending that you can compartmentalize all the woes in the world into one neat box of causation called “Republican/Conservative/Colonialist White Male bigotry” gives you the illusion of the power to easily deal with those problems.

    It is a coping mechanism, one that almost everyone uses at one time or another when faced with a problem that seems beyond our ability to solve within our preferred idea of how the world works, and one that usually ends badly when the illusions of control are finally shattered. How badly depends on how invested one has become in the utilization of this mechanism.
    Bluntly, the more you enable those who demonize roughly 50% of the country while ignoring the reality of the various woes we are blamed for, the further you paint yourselves into an ideological corner wherein the only solution you leave yourselves will be to agree to violently punish those who don’t think like the gatekeepers of your information.

    And if that happens, my friends, you will find many reasons to regret your decision to abdicate your thought & judgment to those in the media, in academia, and in politics who, in the pursuit of power, never let a crisis go to waste*. Assuming of course, that you survive the broader violence you will have bred in the vain attempt to deal with the real issues of the world in ways that don’t offend your tender sensibilities.

    It is your duty to speak out. Your duty to demand a fealty to truth, rather than to the fanciful outcome of “fairness” at all costs.

    You are good people. You are my friends & family. We break bread, we live and love, we celebrate and we mourn together. If I am not so evil a person to be a part of your daily life, how is it my ideological cohort must be?

    I understand that your view of the world gives you comfort. I am asking you to give up some of that comfort, and examine just what it is that the MSM and their ideological soul-mates demand of you.

    This latest media frenzy is madness, and if we do not get serious about the many issues facing our country & the world at large, there will surely be hell to pay.
    Is this a threat?
    Not hardly.
    It is a historical certainty.

  93. basil9
    January 10th, 2011 at 2:11 pm
    ————-

    that guy is right on. What he says about what liberals and PC people do regarding Islam is also right on the money — played out even in this little microcosm we call Hillaryis44 everyday.

  94. Janis would agree with me here — in going after Palin rabidly like the left media and others do there is a certain attitude. Something like ‘how dare she?’ Why didn’t she just go away silently like Ferraro did? How dare she use and amplify the opportunity her VP nomination gave her? How dare she the moron that she is to think she can even play with us let alone at our level? The viciousness of it all is really mindboggling and it is a replay of everything that happened to Hillary and Palin is getting it from everywhere too, left and right.

  95. pm317,

    On a microscopic level, I have personally ex[perienced the rabid dogs of the rabid left seeking my demise over unpolitically correct reporting of an environmental issue in my area. Becasue I refuse to spout the environmental justice crowd’s talking points without daring to question much less critisize them I have invoked their wrth and some, I am sure, are gunning for me to lose my position.

    Ironically, I just received e-mails from the non-crazy scientific community and a couple of readers thanking me for my “balanced” coverage of the issue. They’d cc’d my editors and confessed that until reading my version of a recent event they weren’t sure they’d attended the meeting the lib media had reported on. It’s a tough, uphill climb.

  96. I wasn’t going to write anything about the incident because—unlike, say, the frequent and ongoing atrocities inspired by the very intent of Islamism or Communism—it didn’t seem to be a murder caused by any sort of coherent idea. Bad ideas have to be answered by the best ones we’ve got, or they continue to claim the minds of believers and the lives of the just. Madness and evil, on the other hand, are simply things that happen in this broken world. The only proper response is the one in King Lear: “Howl, howl, howl, howl!”

    But while little useful can be said about the murders themselves, the rush to narrative of our dishonest and increasingly desperate leftist media does have to be addressed. The Left—which has been unable to discover any common feature uniting acts of Islamist violence worldwide—nonetheless instantly noticed a bridge between the Tucson shooting and its own political opponents. The Chicago Sun-Times ran a slavering editorial blaming “the right.” MSNBC’s Keith Olbermann and the Washington Post’s Eugene Robinson suggested that the killings were inspired by right-wing rhetoric. Politico’s Roger Simon did the same….

    http://www.city-journal.org/2011/eon0109ak.html

  97. admin
    January 9th, 2011 at 8:15 pm
    BTW, we are aware that on TV they are pronouncing Jared Loughner’s name as “Lofner”. But that is as unfunny as pronouncing Speaker Boehner’s name as “Bayner”. We prefer to laugh and call Congressman Boehner “Boner” and Loughner “Loner”.
    &&&&&&&&&

    Monty Python skit: It’s spelled Raymond Luxury-Yach-t, but it’s pronounced ‘Throat-Warbler Mangrove’.

  98. I get so goodamned sick of Wolf Blitzer. He puts this vile joker on CNN, lets him spout delusional theories, and then says well we don’t know for sure.

    See how this works?

    1. find a left wing ideologue who will spout left wing talk consistent with your narrative, i.e tea parties violent

    2. put him on your show and let him spout off his delusional theories, i.e. to advance your narrative, emotionally

    3. then introduce a caveat after the fact which gets you off the hook, i.e. well we dont know that for sure, etc.

    This is how a subtle whore operates.

  99. ohanson
    January 10th, 2011 at 12:34 pm
    I found it.

    U.S. Alters Rule on Paying for End-of-Life Planning
    New York Times
    A version of this article appeared in print on January 5, 2011, on page A15 of the New York edition.
    nytimes.com/2011/01/05/health/policy/05health.html

    The first article I found had a headline more to the point, I think:
    Outrage Leads to Reversal of ObamaCare Regulation That “Nudges” Elderly to Reject Lifesaving Treatment
    ——————————–
    Yes. There it is. Buried in obscurity. But if someone asks NYT can always say we printed it under our unfailing masthead all that is fit to print. Only one problem: page 15 New York edition. So who is kidding whom. And what praytell does it prove? That Obama wants to save the lives of old sick Americans. Rather it is that he wants to end them. The next step will be eugenics, and we will be back in the glorious days of the 1930s having learned nothing about where this path eventually needs.

  100. “Tommy is going to the “big house”! Well, its about time! Now to the Chicago crooks!”
    __________________________

    The master cockroach killer will have plenty of business in prison. He’ll probably be released in a year and a half.

  101. It appears that big media’s newest celebrity Sheriff Dupnik who blames conservatives for what happened . . . . has an Obama problem–campaigning when he should be governing. By his own admission the bad guy here has made many death threats to many people in the sheriff’s jurisdiction. But the sheriff did no act on them. The endless campaign leaves no time really for anyhing else–like maybe pre empting a future mass murderer. It is easier for the left to find scapegoats than look in the mirror, where they are likely to find the guilty party.
    ————————————————–

    Did Dupnik dismiss Loughner threat?
    Posted by Moe Lane (Profile)
    Monday, January 10th at 3:30PM EST
    3 Comments
    ————-
    I have a rule of thumb: if I write a post on a topic, and I get either hate mail or hate posts about it, then I’m onto something. Well, yesterday I wrote a post on Pima County Sheriff Clarence Dupnik’s rather strange tactical decision to imply that the Chinese were behind Jared Loughner’s attempted assassination of Giffords*, and I got both. Apparently, the Left was not too happy at my suggestion that Sheriff Dupnik’s re-election chances have taken a fatal hit; which was perhaps a bit surprising, because I’ve had Arizona political mavens tell me that Dupnik’s typically seen as being fairly safe.

    Well, about that. Reportedly, Loughner had a history of making public death threats that been ignored by the Pima County Sheriff’s Department.

    Let us be clear: it is not a matter of controversy whether or not Loughner made death threats, or at least it should not be. As was reported by both local sources (via here) and Reuters, Sheriff Dupnik himself revealed that Loughner had made death threats against at least one person who was not Congresswoman Giffords. This happened. What the The Cholla Jumps site is alleging – and which has not yet been confirmed- is the following:

    Jared Loughner has been making death threats by phone to many people in Pima County including staff of Pima Community College, radio personalities and local bloggers. When Pima County Sheriff’s Office was informed, his deputies assured the victims that he was being well managed by the mental health system. It was also suggested that further pressing of charges would be unnecessary and probably cause more problems than it solved as Jared Loughner has a family member that works for Pima County.

    The question is, is this true? We don’t know – yet – but it’s certainly plausible. Again, we know that there were death threats made, because Dupnik himself admitted that they had happened (that’s the NPR link). And we also know that Loughner was sufficiently unstable to have been thrown out of college as being, frankly, a menace to the local community. And when I say ‘thrown out’ I want it to be understood that the police were involved, because they were. But it could be that this is not actually a true report: a violent paranoid schizophrenic with a history of erratic behavior might have managed to restrain himself to making death threats to one specific person outside of the jurisdiction of the Pima County Sheriff’s Office – thus making him not specifically the problem of one Clarence Dupnik.

    But if it comes out that the Sheriff’s office was aware of the threats, and did not act on them, then Clarence Dupnik needs to stop blaming the Right for the murder of six people and start blaming himself. Because Sheriff Dupnik is not in office to, say, fight partisan battles over state immigration policy: he’s in office to keep the peace. If he’s forgotten that, the voters will be happy to remind him.

  102. reporting via phone on the Sean Hannity radio show from Tucson says the parents of accused Rep. Giffords shooter Jared Loughner are blocking the FBI from entering their home.

    Gallagher @ 3:15 said, Fox is sending a crew to the scene.
    _______________________

    I thought it was reported officals accessed a safe in his room. Where several documents (notes) were recovered? One being a farewell letter.

  103. pm317,

    Thanks. I admire true scientists. The incident I am reporting on involves the Harvard School of Public Health, the organization that glorified Erin Brockovich and awarded her their highest honor in 2005.

    Yuck. The BS is hip-deep, not so much from the scientists’ study as from the media reporting results according to a pre-determined earth-justice approved outcome which simply isn’t true.

    It is tough. My own colleagues doubt what I reported because they’re such slaves of the leftie POV. I’ve managed to defend myself – so far.

  104. pm317,

    The self-delusion, the self-aggrandizement, the lies are breath taking. I sometimes wonder if, as some hypothesized two years ago, Squat really did use some hypnotic device to brainwash people.

    It is bizarre to hear normally logical people froth at the mouth in defense of the indefensible. Stunning.

  105. Clinton says her husband still ‘handsome’
    (AFP) – 9 hours ago

    ABU DHABI — US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton still thinks her 64-year-old husband and former President Bill Clinton is “handsome,” she said in a talk show Monday on the Arabic-language channel MBC.

    When “we met at law school… I thought he was incredibly handsome and still do. I told him we should be introduced,” Clinton said during the recorded episode.

    She also described her husband as an “excellent saxophone player,” adding that he was training in a small room at home.

    During his presidency, he had no time to practice, she said.

    When asked about her son-in-law, investment banker Marc Mezvinsky, Clinton described him as “perfect.”

    “We’re extremely happy,” she said, adding that her only daughter, Chelsea, had known him since childhood.

    Clinton talked casually throughout her conversation with three female presenters – an Egyptian, a Lebanese and a Saudi – recorded in the presence of students from Zayed University in Abu Dhabi.

    When asked whether she would run again for the presidency, she said she would not.

    http://www.google.com/hostednews/afp/article/ALeqM5i38h2I0Y1qP8mGDykCxh0DVCmcOA?docId=CNG.d97ed5e856a6676a1ccb9ec80af01549.b1

  106. Clinton on a WikiLeaks ‘apology tour’

    — Secretary of State Hillary Clinton says she is on a global “apology tour” to clean up the damage from U.S. cables revealed by WikiLeaks.

    Speaking to reporters en route to Abu Dhabi, in the United Arab Emirates, Clinton said, “I think I will be answering concerns about WikiLeaks until the end of my life, not just the end of my tenure as secretary of state.”

    “I’ve told my team that I want to get one of those really sharp looking jackets that rock ‘n’ roll groups have on tours,” she said. “And I could have a big picture of the world, and it could say ‘The Apology Tour,’ because I have been very, very much involved in reaching out to leaders and others who have concerns about either the general message of our confidential communications being exposed in this way or specific questions about their country or themselves.”

    “That aspect of it has receded a lot,” she added. “I’ve done an enormous amount of work, as have other members of our government, but it still is in the atmosphere.”

    ———-

    Hillary is so funny. She beats folks like Hannity before they say anything, calling it the Apology Tour!!!

    Our little Rock Star Hillary.

  107. I made some decisions today, my number one target,oh i’m sorry, i mean. No1 candidate i want to take out, i mean, politician i want to see crash and Burn in 2012 is Claire McCaskill.

    I have never and never forgive her for her treatment of women in 2008. I want her gone yesterday.

  108. Oh i forgot about this one, shouldnt he be arrested for hate crimes according to the Dem standard.

    Democratic Congressman on GOP Gov. Rick Scott: ‘They ought to put him against a wall and shoot him.’

    While Paul Krugman and other liberal commentators continue to exploit this weekend’s tragedy by making hay out of supposedly extreme rhetoric on the right, perhaps they would do well to examine some of the rhetoric that has come from the left. On October 23, The Scranton Times reported that Rep. Paul Kanjorski, D-Pa., said this about Florida’s new Republican Governor Rick Scott:

    “That Scott down there that’s running for governor of Florida,” Mr. Kanjorski said. “Instead of running for governor of Florida, they ought to have him and shoot him. Put him against the wall and shoot him. He stole billions of dollars from the United States government and he’s running for governor of Florida. He’s a millionaire and a billionaire. He’s no hero. He’s a damn crook. It’s just we don’t prosecute big crooks.”

  109. Westboro (wacko) Baptist Church to Picket Funeral of 9-Yr-Old Girl Murdered in Tucson……

    ………………………………………….

    Doesnt that just make you want to march down to Tucson, pick up a large 2 x 4 and start swinging when they do. I would not be held responsible for my actions if i saw that happen.

  110. Now this is INSANE.

    Westboro (wacko) Baptist Church to Picket Funeral of 9-Yr-Old Girl Murdered in Tucson……

  111. Moononpluto, are you trying to say that you’d like to see our dear Missouri Senator Claire McCaskill put out to pasture?

  112. put out to pasture, after what she did, i want her to lose worse than Blanche Lincoln did, i want her career so much in tatters, she can never come back….the only thing is, if she loses and bambi somehow manages to get re-elected, that cretin will get a losers job in the WH….you just know it.

  113. OOh what prompted this :

    Just in from the WH: Retired Major Gen. Arnold Fields has resigned as Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction.

    The WH statement makes no reference to Congressional dissatisfaction with his performance & gives no reason for his resignation.

  114. Accused Tucson Shooter Jared Loughner Smirks in Court, Smiles for Mug Shot

    Bald head, black eye………crazy ass smile and evil eyes.

    Jared Loughner, the man accused of the Tucson massacre that left six dead and injured 14 others, appeared in a packed courtroom today shackled and in khaki prison garb, appearing to smirk as he stood before the judge.

    Federal officials released Loughner’s mug shot, showing him smiling into the camera despite hints of a black eye.

    “Yes, I am Jared Lee Loughner,” said Loughner, with a freshly shaved head, when the Judge Lawrence Anderson asked him to confirm his identity.

    Holding up a financial affidavit, Anderson asked the Loughner, “I can’t read your signature. I know how hard it is to sign with handcuffs on. Did you sign this?”

    Loughner, with a fresh bruise on the side of his head, leaned forward to look at the paper and responded, “”Yes I signed it. Mrs. Clarke did help me out.” Mrs. Clarke refers to his court appointed public defender, Judy Clarke.

    http://abcnews.go.com/US/jared-loughner-alleged-tucson-shooting-gunman-appears-court/story?id=12580344

  115. Moon, I was just teasing. I live in Missouri. You have NO idea how much I dislike Claire and what she did. I”ll never forget what she said and did in the presidential election about Bill and Hillary.

    I plan to not only vote against her but also to work to see that she is not elected. And you are right, after all that sucking up to BO if she is not re-elected and BO is, she will probably get some sort of job in his administration, however, I’d rather see her there than representing us here in MO.

    Bad stuff.

  116. Yipes –

    “At this stage in the game, no change is good,” Dr. Lemole said.

    Doctors removed nearly half of Ms. Giffords’ skull to prevent damage to her brain caused by swelling from the wound. While Ms. Giffords has remained under sedation, hospital officials corrected earlier statements that she had been placed in a medically induced coma.

    “At this stage in the game, no change is good,” Dr. Lemole said.

    Doctors removed nearly half of Ms. Giffords’ skull to prevent damage to her brain caused by swelling from the wound. While Ms. Giffords has remained under sedation, hospital officials corrected earlier statements that she had been placed in a medically induced coma.

  117. ABC can go fuck themselves with their shaved head nonsense. By this description they seek to send a subliminal message that this killer is a right wing nut, consistent with their never ending narrative about Tea Parties. In fact he is a left wing nut job. But for that it is hardly an important detail, and a picture will do. That said, I am going to go out on a limb and say there was no political agenda here, much as big media has moved heaven and earth to manufacture one. It was a violent act by a delusional man who is more like Charles Manson than anyone else you can think of. Yet somehow these details escaped the ever vigilant attention of a media obsessed sheriff who sees land where there is no land, and now suspects that Red China may have had a hand in it. But the real culprit here is NBC, CNN and ABC. Now that they fanned the flames of hysteria and accused the wrong people, people of good will can see for themselves just how they seized this opportunity, to stampede public opinion against Sarah Palin and the tea party in their continued attempt to censor their voice and the middle class along with it.

  118. People are not buying this crap, wbboei. The only ones salivating over it are the media themselves and those already far left. They are making themselves look insanely partisan and rabidly nuts.

    Average Joe/Jane is looking at this and going, “WTH do Sarah Plain or Glenn Beck have to do with this nutjob? Not a thing! WTF???”

  119. I think it is fine for Hillary to say something like this. Foreign leaders will receive a hyper distorted view of our country from big media, which will cause people in other countries to wonder are all Americans like this. The proper word however is not extremists. The proper word is delusional killers. But it is useful to expand the definition as she does, because it can strengthen the forces of moderation such as they are in Muslim countries where religious extremism is on the march. This is very different from the terrible judgment displayed by Deputy Secretary of State Posener–an Obama appointee who complained to Red China about the Arizona law. Politics should stop at the waters edge, but not for that over educated idiot.

  120. turndown, and this is relevant, how? Is there any connection whatsoever between the shooter and ANY political party, event, or ideology? Is there any evidence he ever saw that ad? Is there any evidence he ever even listened to political shows, or posted on a political blog, ANYTHING? Nope.

    We can do this all day – find examples of “violent imagery” used by both Dems and Repubs. But there is no connection I can find between those examples and this guy. None.

  121. People are not buying this crap, wbboei. The only ones salivating over it are the media themselves and those already far left. They are making themselves look insanely partisan and rabidly nuts.

    Average Joe/Jane is looking at this and going, “WTH do Sarah Plain or Glenn Beck have to do with this nutjob? Not a thing! WTF???”
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    That is ALL I want. For people to turn on the television and realize that most of what they see is not the truth, but advocacy of a particular philosophy and world view which is in most respects repugnant to their interests. The people here who have commented about how this attack on Sarah mirrors the attack on her during the primary, and prior to that the attack on our girl. Big media is slime. No other word is quite adequate to describe them. Slime. If I believed what you do, that the average Americans see through all this I would be at peace. I suspect more of them do see through it in places like Texas. The coasts are a different story. In my town, it is fashionable to drive around in a gas guzzling compact with signs like save the planet impeach bush obama biden hope change eat vegetarian etc. I look at these people, I know they live to watch Olberman, and I believe they can levitate and spin their heads around 360 degrees like Dameon in The Exorcist.

  122. BERWICK, BLAIR, OBAMA AND HITLER

    A widespread fraud, perpetrated by much of the press, attempting to blame former Vice Presidential candidate Sarah Palin, among others, for creating the “climate of hate” that led to Saturday’s shootings in Tucson, Arizona. Within hours of the Saturday morning shooting spree by 22-year old Jared Loughner, at a campaign appearance by Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-Ariz.), a media propaganda barrage, led by the New York Times, the London Guardian, MSNBC’s Keith Olbermann, and others, targeted Palin and other critics of the Obama Administration’s Nazi-modeled so-called health care reform bill, as politically and morally responsible for the shootings.

    The mere idea that critics of Obama’s Nazi-modeled euthanasia policy should be held accountable for this crime is, in itelf, criminal. The basic facts, known to anyone who cares to look are that President Obama imposed a so-called health care reform, manufactured in Britain by Sir Donald Berwick and then-Prime Minister Tony Blair, that was modeled, precisely, on Adolph Hitler’s 1939 T-4 program for euthanasia and genocide against targeted segments of the German population, who were deemed ‘lives no longer worth living’ by the Nazis. The doctors and other Nazi officials who were the authors and executors of the T-4 program, beginning in September-October 1939, were later tried, convicted, and hung at Nuremburg, for crimes against humanity.

    How can anyone be criticized for opposing outright crimes against humanity, modeled on Hitler’s own T-4 program? This is the media fraud to which I am referring. The New York Times, the Fabian Society’s London Guardian, and others, propose that it is a crime to attack those perpetrating a revival of the very Nuremburg crimes that led the Nazi Doctors to the gallows after World War II. This is the mentality inside the U.S. government today, including inside the U.S. Congress. They show a zeal to commit the crimes of Hitler, because it is so important to save money for the continued bailout of London and Wall Street, that people must die, needlessly. There are some elements of the corrupt U.S. and British media who say that those condemning Hitler-style genocide are annoying them.

    Congressional Democrats came under massive pressure from the White House, and from President Obama, personally, to pass this euthanasia bill. The President was fully witting in this revival of Nazi policies, transmitted through Britain, where Tony Blair’s N.I.C.E. (National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence) first revived the T-4 program through the National Health Service. Donald Berwick, President Obama’s current chief health care policy advisor, as chairman of the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services, was an architect of the Blair revival of Hitlerian euthanasia in Britain, and he is now working with President Obama to impose the identical policies here in the United States—targeting the elderly, the chronically ill, and other of the most vulnerable among us.”

    Palin in the Cross-Hairs

    Note the speed with which Sarah Palin was targeted, ostensibly for posting a list of 20 incumbent Members of Congress who backed the Obamacare, and were therefore targeted for defeat in the November 2010 elections. During the fight over the Obama health care bill, Palin had rightly denounced the bill for promoting “death panels” that would deny care to the elderly and to those with life threatening conditions, on the grounds that care would be “too costly.” Indeed, the final bill, passed by Congress and signed into law by President Obama, created an Independent Payments Advisory Board (IPAB), delegated with precisely those “death panel” powers. The backlash against the “death panels” did, however, force the President to remove section 1233 of the draft bill, that would have established government-financed “end of life counselling” for Medicare and Medicaid recipients.

    When President Obama’s CMA chief, Sir Donald Berwick, attempted to reinstate section 1233 through regulatory means, a public backlash threatened repeal of the entire Obamacare bill. The President backed down from the provisions that would have created financial incentives for doctors to curtail end of life care, and would have eliminated whole categories of life-saving treatments for patients with terminal conditions.

    Note the speed with which the usual corrupt media outlets here and in Britain launched their coordinated campaign against Palin and other critics of President Obama’s Nazi-modeled policies. It is as if they were waiting for precisely such a heinous incident to occur, to attack those criticizing the attempted revival of Hitlerian euthanasia. The J.P. Morgan-backed New York Times and the Fabian Society-linked Guardian have a long track record of support for such outright genocidal policies. The Guardian was the chief booster of Tony Blair, when he was Prime Minister, and pushed through his N.I.C.E. program of premeditated targeted denial of life-saving medical care, for purely austerity reasons. These were Nuremburg crimes between 1939 and 1945, and they are still Nuremburg crimes today.

  123. “I am going to go out on a limb and say there was no political agenda here”

    ———————–
    bbbut…there was a “political agenda” when it was a right wing scandal. Now that it is a left wing, of course there is no political scandal.

    The only political scandal here is the disgusting push by media and the dims in the first place to fingerpoint.

  124. HillaryforTexas
    January 10th, 2011 at 7:39 pm
    turndown, and this is relevant, how? Is there any connection whatsoever between the shooter and ANY political party, event, or ideology? Is there any evidence he ever saw that ad?

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    None that I know of so far.

    My point is, to show the fact so that people will not imagine Palin’s or Jesse Kelly’s material worse than it really was. For instance, there’s a meme going around about photos of people with gunsight superimposed — UNTRUE, apparently.

  125. Oh, okay turndown. And yes, that ad for that event was likely not thought through very well. Sounds like they were trying to be witty. But it’s being talked about as if he asked folks to come target-shoot AT a pic of giffords or something.

  126. “It was a violent act by a delusional man who is more like Charles Manson than anyone else you can think of.”

    After seeing his mug shot and hearing accounts of class mates over the past couple of days I believe you are right.

    FWIW, in my tiny neck of the woods (just to give an example of public incredulity) people have been mocking the big city newspaper report of the environmental issue I wrote about upthread as hyperbolic and blatantly false. OTOH, the story I wrote for several smaller publications has been praised. From that I think I can safely say I detect a growing underlying support for fact based reporting, or so I have been told by local readers. If that’s happening in this small marketplace, perhaps it’s a national trend. Not to say my reporting is better, just (hopefully) more honest. And that’s what journalism is supposed to be about.

  127. I first thing I thought of when I saw the mugshot was Charles Manson. And as someone commented on another blog, blaming anyone else for this, besides the perpetrator, is like blaming the Sharon Tate murders on the Beatles.

  128. “Not to say my reporting is better, just (hopefully) more honest.”

    ——————-

    basil9,

    Based on your posts here, I would venture to say that your reporting is honest, fact-based, and full of integrity.

    And yes I would think more and more people would want to read something like that than the trash that is out there.

  129. basil9
    January 10th, 2011 at 2:11 pm
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    Wow………………………………………………

  130. crazy horse
    January 10th, 2011 at 9:11 pm
    ===========================

    Not trying to be funny, and I know this is weird, but the first thing I saw was an young version of ‘Al Bundy’ without hair.

  131. This picture is worth a thousand words.

    http://www.tobytoons.com/td/20110109/msm-vulture-catharsis-aura.html

    The only problem I have with it is they have got the wrong target. If big media only preyed on the right then it would be hard to explain their attacks on Hillary who is center left. The truth is big media is elitist to the core, worships wealth and credentials, and their real target is the middle class. They any leader or presumed leader who stands up for the middle class. The right is too self absorbed to grasp this critical point, but it is fundamental to understanding where they are coming from.

  132. How do we take on the media? Is it possible to get them to report facts versus their world view? One way people have held them to account is to not watch their news programs any longer. I guess that works to some extent as they lose money through a loss in advertisement revenue, but that just doesn’t seem to be enough. This is a very dangerous thing that the country is dealing with. Our supposed free media is not free. That’s why I depend on the blogosphere to provide balance. I believe what makes the most sense to me after considering the facts as presented. That’s why sites like Hillaryis44 are important. The admin writes excellent, though provoking commentary, and then the people who visit the site provide further input. Who needs the lamestream media, other than as a means to get a topic going, and even then, it’s not a necessity.

  133. Actually, all of the knee jerk blaming of the likes of Olbermann and his posse will only get more Americans angry with them.

    On another note, Giffords brother-in-law reinforced the meme today about words being the reason for so much violence (my words). That bothered me some since it is the repetition of what the left is trying to get people to believe about this incident. The same as with the sheriff Limpdick in Tucson, or whatever his name is.

  134. I read the following article by George Will today and thought it good.
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    The charlatans’ response to the Tucson tragedy

    By George F. Will
    Tuesday, January 11, 2011

    It would be merciful if, when tragedies such as Tucson’s occur, there were a moratorium on sociology. But respites from half-baked explanations, often serving political opportunism, are impossible because of a timeless human craving and a characteristic of many modern minds.

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    The craving is for banishing randomness and the inexplicable from human experience. Time was, the gods were useful. What is thunder? The gods are angry. Polytheism was explanatory. People postulated causations.

    And still do. Hence: The Tucson shooter was (pick your verb) provoked, triggered, unhinged by today’s (pick your noun) rhetoric, vitriol, extremism, “climate of hate.”

    Demystification of the world opened the way for real science, including the social sciences. And for a modern characteristic. And for charlatans.

    A characteristic of many contemporary minds is susceptibility to the superstition that all behavior can be traced to some diagnosable frame of mind that is a product of promptings from the social environment. From which flows a political doctrine: Given clever social engineering, society and people can be perfected. This supposedly is the path to progress. It actually is the crux of progressivism. And it is why there is a reflex to blame conservatives first.

    Instead, imagine a continuum from the rampages at Columbine and Virginia Tech – the results of individuals’ insanities – to the assassinations of Lincoln and the Kennedy brothers, which were clearly connected to the politics of John Wilkes Booth, Lee Harvey Oswald and Sirhan Sirhan, respectively. The two other presidential assassinations also had political colorations.

    On July 2, 1881, after four months in office, President James Garfield, who had survived the Civil War battles of Shiloh and Chickamauga, needed a vacation. He was vexed by warring Republican factions – the Stalwarts, who waved the bloody shirt of Civil War memories, and the Half-Breeds, who stressed the emerging issues of industrialization. Walking to Washington’s train station, Garfield by chance encountered a disappointed job-seeker. Charles Guiteau drew a pistol, fired two shots and shouted, “I am a Stalwart and Arthur will be president!” On Sept. 19, Garfield died, making Vice President Chester Arthur president. Guiteau was executed, not explained.

    On Sept. 6, 1901, President William McKinley, who had survived the battle of Antietam, was shaking hands at a Buffalo exposition when Leon Czolgosz approached, a handkerchief wrapped around his right hand, concealing a gun. Czolgosz, an anarchist, fired two shots. Czolgosz (“I killed the president because he was the enemy of the good people – the good working people. I am not sorry for my crime.”) was executed, not explained.

    Now we have explainers. They came into vogue with the murder of President Kennedy. They explained why the “real” culprit was not a self-described Marxist who had moved to Moscow, then returned to support Castro. No, the culprit was a “climate of hate” in conservative Dallas, the “paranoid style” of American (conservative) politics or some other national sickness resulting from insufficient liberalism.

    Last year, New York Times columnist Charles Blow explained that “the optics must be irritating” to conservatives: Barack Obama is black, Nancy Pelosi is female, Rep. Barney Frank is gay, Rep. Anthony Weiner (an unimportant Democrat, listed to serve Blow’s purposes) is Jewish. “It’s enough,” Blow said, “to make a good old boy go crazy.” The Times, which after the Tucson shooting said that “many on the right” are guilty of “demonizing” people and of exploiting “arguments of division,” apparently was comfortable with Blow’s insinuation that conservatives are misogynistic, homophobic, racist anti-Semites.

    On Sunday, the Times explained Tucson: “It is facile and mistaken to attribute this particular madman’s act directly to Republicans or Tea Party members. But . . .” The “directly” is priceless.

    Three days before Tucson, Howard Dean explained that the Tea Party movement is “the last gasp of the generation that has trouble with diversity.” Rising to the challenge of lowering his reputation and the tone of public discourse, Dean smeared Tea Partyers as racists: They oppose Obama’s agenda, Obama is African American, ergo . . .

    Let us hope that Dean is the last gasp of the generation of liberals whose default position in any argument is to indict opponents as racists. This McCarthyism of the left – devoid of intellectual content, unsupported by data – is a mental tic, not an idea but a tactic for avoiding engagement with ideas. It expresses limitless contempt for the American people, who have reciprocated by reducing liberalism to its current characteristics of electoral weakness and bad sociology.

  135. That sheriff should be made to resign.

    This is the report that Pima County Sheriff Clarence Dupnik has been dreading since the tragic event on Saturday January 8.

    The sheriff has been editorializing and politicizing the event since he took the podium to report on the incident. His blaming of radio personalities and bloggers is a pre-emptive strike because Mr. Dupnik knows this tragedy lays at his feet and his office. Six people died on his watch and he could have prevented it. He needs to step up and start apologizing to the families of the victims instead of spinning this event to serve his own political agenda.

    http://thechollajumps.wordpress.com/2011/01/09/jared-loughner-is-a-product-of-sheriff-dupniks-office/

  136. pm317
    January 10th, 2011 at 10:17 pm

    what a cute picture, both of the them, very cute. I didn’t realise she and sarakozy don’t have kids.

  137. tim, admin and I raced to put up a bunch of Carla videos a while back on another post. I like Carla. Seen her interviews and everything she said resonated and there was quite a bit of depth and intrigue in her outlook on things — I don’t think anybody can dismiss her easily.

  138. Nice to know someone else sees what I see and is able to write about it pointing out how we and Sarah Palin are being exploited. Remember the words, “Never let a crisis go to waste.” The “we” was a given because it is all we can talk about. Sarah Palin was the targeted Wild Card, as I pointed out from the beginning!
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    How America’s elite hijacked a massacre to take revenge on Sarah Palin

    On a sunny Saturday morning outside the local Safeway in Tucson,­ Arizona, a man pulls out a powerful handgun, opens fire – and engulfs the U.S. in a political ­firestorm.

    Six people were killed on ­Saturday, including a nine-year-old girl. But it was the fact that the target was a ­Democratic congresswoman – who is fighting for her life – which has sparked such a furious row, not, as one might expect, over the nature of America’s gun laws, but over the vitriolic nature of its politics.

    Defenders of gun rights like to say it’s not the gun that’s dangerous, but the user. Now the argument swirling across the U.S. is whether it’s not the user but violent political ­rhetoric that may have ­ultimately pulled the trigger.

    In short, did the killer Jared Loughner – who has a history of mental instability and has made a series of bizarre postings on the internet – go out looking to kill because political voices told him to?

    Could the inflammatory ­language used by some Right-wing politicians – in ­particular, Sarah Palin – have encouraged the killer to act as he did?

    That’s the question at the heart of a febrile political blame game that started even before the most basic details had emerged about the background and possible motivation of the gunman. Already it has drawn in politicians, commentators, police and even the families of the victims.

    Conservatives have come to despise liberals, and vice versa, with an intensity the like of which few can recall. Right-wing anger with the high-spending Obama administration’s handling of the financial crisis, a weak economy and high unemployment has prompted thousands of ordinary Americans to break away from conventional two-party politics to support the Tea Party movement with its call for small government.

    As the name (a reference to the 1773 Boston Tea Party) implies, Tea Party supporters see their movement as rooted in the rebellion against George III, and the language has ­inevitably been full of ­military metaphor.

    In the fractious lead-up to last November’s congressional mid-term elections – which saw a major victory for the Right – there were scuffles outside town halls, occasional brandishing of firearms at ­rallies and reports of rising membership of armed militias, ‘weekend warriors’ training for the day they believe will come when they will have to defend the U.S. Constitution.

    Gabrielle Giffords was a Democrat and much – but not all – of the badly spelt, incoherent YouTube jumble that passed for the politics of her attacker was broadly ‘Right-wing’.

    As a result, many liberal ­commentators and establishment figures have leapt at the opportunity to blame conservative politicians.

    The rush to make political capital out of a mass shooting shows just how nasty U.S. ­politics has become. Under Barack Obama, America is more polarised than it has been for 40 years.

    (If you are still reading, there is more at the link.)

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/debate/article-1345952/Arizona-shootings-How-Americas-elite-hijacked-massacre-revenge-Sarah-Palin.html

  139. Does anyone know how this crazy person was able to get a gun? First in Virginia, and now in Arizona, was he certified in anyway as mentally unstable?

  140. warehouse553
    January 11th, 2011 at 1:19 am
    Does anyone know how this crazy person was able to get a gun?

    ==============

    And furthermore a semi-automatic gun that could shoot 31 bullets before reloading. And he had one or two more clips of 31, one of which he nearly managed to get in.

    He bought it a couple of months ago in Tucson — legally and locally.

    For starts, here’s some background:
    http://hotair.com/archives/2011/01/10/did-dupnik-miss-the-red-flags-on-loughner/

  141. Sheriff Dupe ( or dickless,thanks nomobama) should resign or be fired. If he wasn’t so busy going around making a fool of himself, I’d swear he was being briefed by the WH.

  142. Does anyone know how this crazy person was able to get a gun?
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    Well . . he has been a sheriff for a very very very long time. In fact, he has held that office since before Arizona became a state. Back then he carried an A-44 for protection against marauding Apaches. Whenever they attacked he hid in the root cellar and when the hostiles departed he emerged from his hiding place like a ground hog and blamed the Tea Parties for inciting the Apaches through provocative statements on talk radio. Thus, in his case, sanity was never a condition precedent to gun possession, because he was grandfathered in. And now that he has uncovered a Red China link to this tragedy, along with tea party subversives, he will need that weapon even more. It will deter them from pillaging the land. But then again, why would they need to pillage anything with that surrender monkey in the White House. He will give them whatever they want, and at that point the sheriff will say it is a wonderful idea and put away his gun.

    Oh . . . forgive me . . . I thought you were talking about the Sheriff.

  143. The only political scandal here is the disgusting push by media and the dims in the first place to fingerpoint
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    Let this be the final nail in their coffin. If their snarling, hydrophobia hatred and depravity was not obvious to most Americans during the primary or the general election then let us hope that the American People pay attention to this matter and consign these loathsome people to the dustbing of history where they belong., If you have ever seen a dog with hydrophobia, that poor animal bears a striking resemblance to Olberman, Matthews among others.

  144. Obama pisses off the British again.

    Barack Obama has declared that France is America’s greatest ally, undermining Britain’s Special Relationship with the U.S.

    The President risked offending British troops in Afghanistan by saying that French president Nicolas Sarkozy is a ‘stronger friend’ than David Cameron.

    The remarks, during a White House appearance with Mr Sarkozy, will reinforce the widely-held view in British diplomatic circles that Mr Obama has less interest in the Special Relationship than any other recent American leader.

    Mr Obama said: ‘We don’t have a stronger friend and stronger ally than Nicolas Sarkozy, and the French people.’

    Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1346006/France-biggest-ally-declares-Obama-Presidents-blow-Special-Relationship-Britain.html#ixzz1Aid7Yosv

    ……………………………………………………

    This is not clever..Britain always helps America out and Obama just is an ass.

  145. THERE ARE NO POLITICS IN MURDER

    By DICK MORRIS & EILEEN MCGANN

    Published on DickMorris.com on January 10, 2011

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    The conventional wisdom of the media establishment that strident and outspoken political debate catalyzes violence is an absurdity! Telling people to “kill pigs” as the sixties radicals did, in fact, encouraged violence. But vigorous political debate and strongly or even passionately held views have nothing whatever to do with the decision of some nut to kill a Congressman or a president.

    Fantasies about Jodie Foster, instructions from Son of Sam, or delusions of omnipotence all can cause violence, but heated political debate doesn’t. To stigmatize strongly articulated opinions on the left or the right and blame them for the insane attack on Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords is outrageous.

    Oklahoma City was an act of political terror, incited by resentment against federal tactics at Waco. It was not some speech that ignited Timothy McVeigh but a massive act of violence.

    Ft. Hood was an act of political terror. No speech incited the attacks, but a culture of violence spawned throughout the Islamic world. The same is true of the shoe bomber, the Detroit airplane bomber, the Times Square bomber and, indeed, the terrorists of 9-11.

    Neither the left nor the right should confuse political terrorism with the random insanity of a crazed gunman. The attack on Giffords had as little to do with ideology as the attack on the students of Virginia Tech or Columbine High School.

    Daniel Greenfield makes a key point:

    There has not been a single act of Muslim violence in the last two years that the media was willing to identify as motivated by Islam. Each and every time they had to be dragged kicking and screaming, past their cover stories, through groundless claims that the attackers were motivated by psychological problems, bullying, imaginary medical conditions or financial problems– to some adjunct of the truth. And at the same time over the last two years, each prominent act of violence by non-Muslims was followed by an attempt to identify the attacker or attackers with mainstream Republicans in a cynical attempt to demonize and criminalize the political opposition.

    But what if the killer had been a political conservative? What if he had attended Tea Party rallies or – for that matter – been active in Moveon.org or a left-leaning union? Would the killings have made the movement fair game? Would it be right to cast aspersions on tens of millions of nonviolent citizens exercising their democratic rights in the name of discouraging violence?

    Since the shootings, I have gotten e mails from the BBC and Sky TV in the UK and Der Spiegel in Germany requesting interviews. How much they would like to link conservative opinions with the attempted assassination of a Congresswoman! Suddenly, they are all ears.

    But their attempts at linking this insane killer to any political movement are ridiculous and preparatory to an abridgement of free speech.

  146. Last year, New York Times columnist Charles Blow explained that “the optics must be irritating” to conservatives: Barack Obama is black, Nancy Pelosi is female, Rep. Barney Frank is gay, Rep. Anthony Weiner (an unimportant Democrat, listed to serve Blow’s purposes) is Jewish. “It’s enough,” Blow said, “to make a good old boy go crazy.” The Times, which after the Tucson shooting said that “many on the right” are guilty of “demonizing” people and of exploiting “arguments of division,” apparently was comfortable with Blow’s insinuation that conservatives are misogynistic, homophobic, racist anti-Semites.
    ——————————
    Blow is an African American with a huge chip on is shoulder. I had never heard of him before so I looked him up on Wikipedia. His bio tells you next to nothing about him. It says he graduated magna cum laude from Grambling and a few other minor details, but nothing of substance. Thus, the only way we can measure the man is by the kind of tripe you see above. The mystery is why anyone would treat him as if he was a credible journalist. His credentials, and his rhetoric do not justify such respect. He appears to be little more than a spiteful left wing ideologue.

  147. The above paragraph is enough to mark nowhere man Charles Blow for the ideologue he is. If you parse his words, what he is saying is that conservatives oppose these politicians because of their group identity–nothing else. Thus they hate Obama because he is black, Pelosi because she is a woman, Frank because he is gay, and Weiner because he is a Jew. That is the sole reason for their animus, according to the illustrious Charles Blow. Reasonable people (not ideologues) would reject such logic. Conservatives oppose these individuals because of their abuse of power. Group identity has little or nothing to do with it. However, let us accept his twisted logic for the moment, change the names and see where it leads: Charles Blow and the rag he works for hate blacks (Clarence Thomas), women (Sarah Palin), gays (Larry Craig) and Jews (Bibi). Simply put, he is a truly stupid man, and a stupid man is never puzzled. Why then should any reasonable person quote him or take him seriously?

  148. I’ve not caught up on overnight comments, so perhaps this is a repeat. (And of course, it’s a repeat of admin’s current post!!!!!)

    …Unnoted by Giffords then, or Krugman now, is the routine use of similar language and imagery by both parties in a culture obsessed with “battleground” states. Indeed, a nearly identical map, included in a Democratic Leadership Committee publication in 2004, featured nine bullseyes over regions where Republican candidates were considered vulnerable that year, and was accompanied by a caption reading: TARGETING STRATEGY. A smaller caption, beneath the bullseyes, read: BEHIND ENEMY LINES. The map illustrated an article on campaign strategy by Will Marshall of the Progressive Policy Institute…
    www dot foxnews.com/politics/2011/01/10/arizona-massacre-prompts-political-cheap-shots/

    AND from a smaller New York City TV news station:

    The Shameless Politics of Tragedy
    Doctors are now cautiously optimistic about the recovery of Gabrielle Giffords, a Democratic congresswoman who was shot in the head during an open meeting with constituents in Tucson, Arizona on Saturday. In total, 14 people were shot, six were killed. A deranged and socially isolated 22-year-old man who was turned down by the military and recently thrown out of community college wielded the gun. But if you’ve been reading Internet dialogue or listening to cable news, you’d swear Sarah Palin was an accomplice.

    Immediately after word of the shooting hit the Internet on Saturday, amid the expected reactions of shock and sympathy, political trolls were trying to use the shooting to their political advantage. The liberal website Daily Kos put up a link to a Sarah Palin website that put crosshairs over Democratic-held congressional districts targeted by the Tea Party, including Congresswoman Giffords’s district. Then Kos founder and columnist Marko Moulitsas sent out this message via Twitter: “Mission accomplished, Sarah Palin.”

    That was followed by Tweets, posts and comments accusing Sarah Palin and the Tea Party of murder:

    “Palin should be arrested.”

    “Blood is on Sarah Palin’s hands.”

    “It is as if Sarah Palin pulled the trigger herself.”

    Again, these Internet accusations happened within minutes of the shooting without one shred of evidence that the shooter is a member of the Tea Party or a follower of Sarah Palin. Within an hour this seemed to snowball into a coordinated narrative.

    “You can’t put bull’s-eyes or crosshairs on a United States congressman or a federal official.” That’s what Philadelphia Democratic Congressman Bob Brady told CNN, as he described a bill he was proposing to outlaw “language or symbols that could be perceived as threatening or inciting violence against a member of Congress.” Meanwhile on MSNBC, Keith Olbermann blamed Palin, along with Glenn Beck and Sharron Angle, for inciting violence against the government. He demanded apologies. Again, investigators in Arizona had still not released any information about a motive or the shooter’s political leanings; and worst of all, Gabby Giffords was still in critical condition and her fate was uncertain.

    And then information started to seep out of Arizona that seemed to clear Palin and the Tea Party. Jared Loughner’s tangled worldview seemed to be neither conservative nor liberal; if anything his politics were bipolar. Drugs, mental illness and an obsession with both grammar and Giffords seemed to be the driving forces in a three-year assassination plot. Loughner believed in mind control. He thought the world would end in 2012. And his favorite readings included the Communist Manifesto.

    Now with the mounting evidence seemingly clearing Sarah Palin, who needs to apologize? Apparently no one, the narrative just has to be tweaked slightly. Now the shootings are being blamed on hateful political rhetoric. Again, with no evidence that the rhetoric had anything to do with motivating this deranged man. As one Democratic operative anonymously admitted to Politico: “They need to deftly pin this on the Tea Partiers … Just like the Clinton White House pinned the Oklahoma City bombing on the militia and anti-government people.” It is unthinkable that people are admitting to politically strategizing this tragedy without a sense of shame or responsibility. Six people are dead and political operatives are trying to “pin” this on their opponents — specifically Sarah Palin — while ignoring the actual shooter.

    Was using cross hairs on the website an irresponsible thing to do? Yes. But there’s no evidence it has anything to do with this tragedy. And the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee and the Democratic Leadership Council both used similar bull’s-eye imagery on their “target” maps. That is just one of many blatant hypocrisies. The same people who rushed to link the Arizona shootings to Palin and the right-wing, using incendiary rhetoric, are asking others to tone that rhetoric down. Also, this is the same group of people, who after the massacre at Fort Hood, begged everyone not to jump to conclusions because Major Nidal Malik Hasan might just be a disturbed individual.

    Despite those hypocrisies and some media backlash today, you can be certain there will be no apologies to Palin today for the false accusations. That would require shame — and there is none in politics.

    http://weblogs.wpix.com/news/larrymendte/

  149. Let us hope that Dean is the last gasp of the generation of liberals whose default position in any argument is to indict opponents as racists. This McCarthyism of the left – devoid of intellectual content, unsupported by data – is a mental tic, not an idea but a tactic for avoiding engagement with ideas. It expresses limitless contempt for the American people, who have reciprocated by reducing liberalism to its current characteristics of electoral weakness and bad sociology.
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    Dean belongs in a straight jacket. Really. He is one sick puppy.

  150. wbboei
    January 11th, 2011 at 6:06 am

    I made the mistake of listening to CNN while at my dentist’s office yesterday, I have never seen anything like this, Palin this, Tea Party that, all the while absolving themselves by saying “not that we have any proof or anything”. Its nonstop, I frankly thinks the radical far lefty people we saw in full view in 2008 have completely taken over, while I was at my dentist’s office, the dentist who is a democrat, but one who doesn’t watch or follow politics that much, he turned and asked the people in the waiting room if they would like something else on. I chimed in and said Fox News or something neutral like weather channel, he decided on Fox News. He seems very upset at this whole blame Sarah Palin with no proof, nothing, and he doesn’t even like Palin, he does support the principles of the Tea Party, and seemed pretty upset that CNN kept blaming them over and over again, again with no proof.

    Just read that Patrick Kennedy is now openly calling for Palin to be arrested or something along those lines, I think we are watching the complete falling apart and destruction of the undemocratic party. People who are normally not that in tune with politics but follow it generally have been stunned into seeing just how destructive the media as well as the demonRats have become.

    Makes me very sad to see what the left has done, the lame media is 100% complicit in it as is the undemocratic party.

    And Dean is exactly what you post, something is wrong with that man.

  151. An interesting quote from one of the (British) papers cited above:

    “Noel Hentschel, a former mental health adviser for the UK Royal Society of Medicine, called the shooting ‘a critical breakdown of mental health care in America’.

    She wrote yesterday: ‘The bar is so high for proving someone is a threat to themselves or to others that they literally have to already be in the middle of a horrendous act like this vicious attack for law enforcement, family or medical professionals to be able to provide treatment to the disturbed person.”
    *******

    Personal anecdote connected to this:

    This Loughner makes frequent mention of his favorite activity of “conscience dreaming”, which IMO resembles something to which I myself have been subject periodically since 2001.

    In my case, ‘conscience dreaming’ is a state where I sleep less and less because I don’t need sleep – I’m dreaming all the time, thoughts running wild, and I get the idea I’m some kind of genius. It is a very pleasant feeling, but I do crazy things like walking through the streets all night in my bare feet, write crazy letters to world leaders, which I send by registered mail, etc. I don’t get violent because I’m fundamentally not a violent person, nor a law-breaker.

    My first bout of ‘conscience dreaming’ came to an end when I fell asleep on the grounds of the Bégin hospital after a long walk east of Paris in 2001. I was taken from there to a psychiatric hospital where I was treated, came out of the dream state and was released in the care of a psychiatrist, who prescribed a medicine called “Tercian”. Tercian ‘closes the mind’ and prevents this dream state.

    When I came back to the US in 2003, I ran out of my supply of Tercian after a few months and eventually my mind ran amok again. Once again, I stopped sleeping and began wandering the streets in my bare feet. This time, the police picked me up in handcuffs and had me hospitalized.

    Despite my protestations and explanations, and my call for Tercian (which does not exist in the US), the psychiatrist diagnosed me as “bipolar” and put me on depressants. I thus entered an 18-month medically induced depression which did ‘close my mind’ but also closed down other body functions. Eventually, the psychiatrist prescribed other drugs to pull me out of the depression, along with a monthly shot that kept me depressed. So it was a contradictory treatment that had deleterious side effects like permanent dizziness.

    When I went back to France in 2005, I no longer took any treatment at all, until I again started to ‘conscience dream’. So I went through another hospitalization and came out with the curative Tercian treatment which I am now taking religiously.

    My point in telling this is to confirm the above opinion of the British expert, further that psychiatry is not up to snuff in the US. Even when they have a confirmed nut like me on their hands, telling them exactly what’s wrong and what the treatment is, psychiatrists will fit the patient into a convenient label like “bipolar” and “schizophrenic” (that was part of my diagnosis), give those labels strange meanings, and slap an ineffectual or counterproductive treatment on the patient.

    I think Loughner was suffering from the same disorder as me. I have no idea what prompts this disorder, but I do know it can be cured. I doubt, however, that, even if Loughner had been committed to a psychiatrist’s care, anything would have been done about his condition.

  152. In WikiLeaks fight, U.S. journalists take a pass

    WASHINGTON — Not so long ago, WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange could count on American journalists to support his campaign to publish secret documents that banks and governments didn’t want the world to see.

    But just three years after a major court confrontation that saw many of America’s most important journalism organizations file briefs on WikiLeaks’ behalf, much of the U.S. journalistic community has shunned Assange — even as reporters write scores, if not hundreds, of stories based on WikiLeaks’ trove of leaked State Department cables.

    Some call him a traitor, responsible for what’s arguably one of the biggest U.S. national security breaches ever. Others say a man who calls for government transparency has been too opaque about how he obtained the documents.

    The freedom of the press committee of the Overseas Press Club of America in New York City declared him “not one of us.” The Associated Press, which once filed legal briefs on Assange’s behalf, refuses to comment about him. And the National Press Club in Washington, the venue less than a year ago for an Assange news conference, has decided not to speak out about the possibility that he’ll be charged with a crime.

    With a few notable exceptions, it’s been left to foreign journalism organizations to offer the loudest calls for the U.S. to recognize WikiLeaks’ and Assange’s right to publish under the U.S. Constitution’s First Amendment.

    Assange supporters see U.S. journalists’ ambivalence as inviting other government efforts that could lead one day to the prosecution of journalists for doing something that happens fairly routinely now — writing news stories based on leaked government documents.

    “Bob Woodward has probably become one of the richest journalists in history by publishing classified documents in book after book. And yet no one would suggest that Bob Woodward be prosecuted because Woodward is accepted in the halls of Washington,” said Glenn Greenwald, a lawyer and media critic who writes for the online journal Salon.com. “There is no way of prosecuting Julian Assange without harming investigative journalism.”

    Woodward, who rose to fame by exposing the Watergate conspiracy that forced President Richard Nixon from office, told a Yale University law school audience in November that WikiLeaks’ “willy-nilly” release of documents was “madness” and would be “fuel for those who oppose disclosure.” But that appearance came before U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder launched a criminal probe against Assange. Woodward didn’t respond to e-mails seeking comment.

    Woodward’s newspaper, The Washington Post, however, is one of the few that’s editorialized against prosecuting Assange. “The government has no business indicting someone who is not a spy and who is not legally bound to keep its secrets,” the Post said.

    Assange increasingly has presented himself as a journalist in the weeks since Holder’s threat to bring charges. He’s the website’s editor, and WikiLeaks publishes editorials.

    Few could argue that WikiLeaks didn’t perform journalistic functions in April when it released video taken from an Army helicopter of a 2007 incident where Army pilots fired on civilians in Baghdad, killing 17 Iraqis, including two employees of the Reuters news agency, and wounding two children. In addition to editing and captioning the video, WikiLeaks interviewed the Iraqi families about the incident. The release of the video, which Reuters had sought for years but had been denied, was widely covered by U.S. news organizations.

    U.S. journalists have been far less zealous about WikiLeaks, however, in the ensuing months, as the Obama administration has mounted increasingly vocal attacks on the organization over three batches of leaked U.S. documents — military logs of events from the war in Afghanistan, including the names of Afghans who’d cooperated with the U.S.; initial incident reports from throughout the Iraq War; and most recently, thousands of diplomatic cables.

    The problem with speaking up for WikiLeaks now, said Lucy Dalglish, the executive director of the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press, one of the country’s most prominent defenders of press freedom and one of the groups that backed WikiLeaks in its 2008 court case, is that she doesn’t consider Assange to be a journalist.

    Assange, she said, “has done some things that journalists do, but I would argue that what the New York Times does is more journalism. They vet the information. . . . They consider outside sources. They take responsibility. They publicly identify themselves. . . .They do some value added. They do something original to it,” Dalglish said.

    She added that part of her hesitation to back Assange is that the public knows so little about him and how he acquires information.

    WikiLeaks “takes secrets. But they are secretive. We don’t know who they are. I think one thing journalists pride themselves on is transparency. …

    ————-

    There’s more, but that was enough for me.

    http://www.mcclatchydc.com/2011/01/09/106445/in-wikileaks-fight-us-journalists.html

  153. Addendum to holdthemaccountable January 11th, 2011 at 5:48 am
    I should have specified that this entire opinion piece was taped with Larry Mendte and broadcast early this morning. It’s likely that the piece also saw air time yesterday.
    Am hoping the worm is turning. And it’s not a moment too soon.

  154. moononpluto: “Barack Obama has declared that France is America’s greatest ally, undermining Britain’s Special Relationship with the U.S.

    The President risked offending British troops in Afghanistan by saying that French president Nicolas Sarkozy is a ‘stronger friend’ than David Cameron.”
    **********

    ø has no business comparing Sarkozy to Cameron, but his simple declaration that France is America’s greatest ally is rooted in fact and deed. Certainly over the last 250 years, France is America’s oldest ally and the two have never been pitted against each other in war, whereas the US and UK have been at war with each other.

    I’d often wondered why W thought the US and UK had a “Special Relationship”. Tarpley has an answer: The Brits are the inspiration of and are part and parcel of the ‘invisible government’ of the US, which is operated on the US side by members of Skull and Bones, of which Bush Senior and Junior are both members. Whereas on the Continent, England is known as “perfidious Albion” – always acting in its own best interests by pitting its enemies against each other.

    Perhaps Hillary is aware of this perfidy infecting British foreign policy. In any case, she has a much more confidential relationship with Bernard Kouchner, whom she knows from her first lady days, than with her British counterparts. So I don’t think she objects to ø’s statements in this regard.

  155. more from 11:14pm (cont)

    the news you will never hear coming from our national media.
    _____________________________

    Political leaders with an ear for the populist mood ­harnessed that militancy.

    As the temperature level in American political debate shot into the red, Washington ­security chiefs reported that threats against Congressmen and women had tripled in a year, many of them coming from furious opponents of the Obama health care reforms.

    In Maryland, an effigy of ­Democrat Representative Frank Kratovil was found hanging from a mock gallows.
    Gabrielle Giffords’ Tucson office had been vandalised — the door shattered, possibly by shotgun pellets — after the healthcare vote.

    Rahm Emanuel, Mr Obama’s former chief of staff and a ­figure compared to Labour’s Alastair Campbell, once said: ‘You never want a serious crisis to go to waste.’

    Controversial: Sarah Palin’s Take Back The 20 Facebook page shows a U.S. map with the cross-hairs of a gun scope imposed over 20 Democrats’ districts
    And those on his side of the political divide have clearly seen the Tucson tragedy as an opportunity to score points and settle scores.

    None more so than with Sarah Palin, a politician who is almost as divisive as the President. The former Republican vice-presidential contender has become a spiritual figurehead for many Tea Party supporters, but is loathed by many on the Left.

    So it was that within minutes of the Tucson shooting, anti-Palin internet bloggers and Twitter users were highlighting a so-called ‘target map’ Mrs Palin had posted on her Facebook page last March.

    Controversially, it used gunstyle crosshair targets to flag up Democrat politicians whom Palin felt could be vulnerable at the polls: Miss Giffords was one.

    Despite the lack of any ­evidence that the Tucson gunman had supported Mrs Palin, let alone seen the graphic, ­critics — including senior ­Democrats in Congress — have decreed she is somehow culpable.

    Yet her critics choose to ­forget the crosshairs could be all a part of her image as a hunter of big game. (It is worth noting, too, that Miss Giffords had been photographed ­handling a semi-automatic weapon — no doubt aware it would appeal to a certain ­voting constituency.)

    Palin’s favourite maxim — inherited from her father — is ‘Don’t Retreat, Reload’, a ­typically bullish phrase she’s been trotting out for months as an injunction on the faithful to stick to their political principles.
    Since the Tucson shooting, Left-wing critics have leapt on the words as some kind of proof that she was encouraging ­supporters to use real weapons.

    Other far more loaded Republican comments are being quoted by those keen to make a connection between the ­Tucson shooting and inflammatory political rhetoric.

    Last year, Sharron Angle, a Tea Party favourite who stood unsuccessfully for senator in Nevada, warned that people might seek ‘Second Amendment remedies’ — referring to the right to bear arms — if they didn’t get what they wanted from Congress.

    Then there was a campaign poster produced by Jesse Kelly, a former marine who stood against Miss Giffords last year.

    It was headlined: ‘Get on ­Target for Victory in November. Help remove Gabrielle Giffords from office. Shoot a fully automatic M16 with Jesse Kelly.’ It was pure Wild West hokum, but was it really incitement to violence, as is being suggested by the Left?

    Liberals have made much of the words of the Tucson sheriff, Clarence Dupnik, who yesterday launched into a diatribe about the ‘vitriol that comes out of certain mouths about tearing down the government’.
    Even the actress and activist Jane Fonda waded into the row with a succession of internet tweets blaming Mrs Palin, the Tea Party and Glenn Beck, a rabble-rousing broadcaster on Fox News, for the shooting.

    The Tea Party leaders have been rushing to condemn the shooting and distance themselves from the gunman.
    Whether they should really have to do so is another matter. The reality is that there is as yet no evidence that the political Right, and the Tea Party in ­particular, has — as its opponents say — ‘blood on its hands’ over the Tucson murders.

    While some liberals have slyly implied that Loughner was a Tea Party supporter, former classmates remember him as being ‘Left-wing’ and ‘liberal’.
    Another said he was ‘on his own planet’, which seems nearer the mark. No existing political organisation – including the Tea Party – comes close to championing Lough-ner’s deranged world view.

    Paranoid and nihilistic (he kept a miniature altar with a replica human skull in his backyard), he had clearly surfed the wilder shores of political views on the internet, preaching about the evils of religion, and even picking up and espousing a theory that the government was using grammar as a form of mind control.
    History shows how dangerous it is to try to second-guess the motives of political assassins.

    John Hinckley shot Ronald Reagan because he was obsessed with the actress Jodie Foster, not because he hated Right-wingers.

    Likewise, Lynette Fromme tried to shoot Gerald Ford because she revered the cult killer Charles Manson.

    But those lessons from ­history won’t stop some Democrats (the White House… my addition) exploiting the shooting of a nine-year-old girl and five others at the weekend with precisely the sort of foam-flecked over-reaction for which they love to condemn their opponents on the Right.

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/debate/article-1345952/Arizona-shootings-How-Americas-elite-hijacked-massacre-revenge-Sarah-Palin.html#ixzz1AjTPpUtS

  156. OurGirl “Still on the roadd ”

    Unannounced Visit to Yemen
    January 11, 2011
    tags: Current Events, Diplomacy, Foreign Policy, Hillary Clinton, Hillary Rodham Clinton, news, Secretary of State Travel, State Department, terrorism, Yemenby stacyxSecretary Clinton arrived in Yemen, an unannounced stop on her Persian Gulf tour. The trip had not been announced for security reasons:

    Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton arrived in the Yemeni capital on Tuesday in a rare visit intended to strengthen U.S. ties with an impoverished country that is increasingly at the heart of U.S. efforts against al-Qaeda.

    Clinton’s visit, which was kept under wraps as a security precaution, is the first by a U.S. secretary of state since a brief stop by then-Secretary of State James A. Baker III in 1990. The nine-hour visit was expected to include wide-ranging talks with Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh, as well as meetings with opposition leaders and ordinary Yemeni citizens.

    In brief remarks to reporters after arriving in Sanaa, Clinton said the Obama administration had “rebalanced” its aid package to Yemen, which last year jumped to $300 million in combined military and non-military support. Economic assistance this year will total more than $130 million, up from $16 million in 2008.

    She praised the Saleh government for its cooperation in battling al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula., an al-Qaeda offshoot.

    “Yemen recognizes the threat that AQAP poses to it, and it has become increasingly committed to a broad-based counterterrorism strategy,” Clinton said.

    Shortly before departing for Yemen, Clinton praised what she said was “increasingly, a very strong partnership” with the country’s leaders in fighting terrorism. But she said the Obama administration would seek a more comprehensive strategy to help Yemenis to overcome formidable problems that have made the region a magnet for arms-trafficking and extremist groups.

    “It’s not enough to have military-to-military relations,” Clinton said. “We need to try to broaden the dialogue.”

    ….

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    Hillary Clinton’s Townterview in Abu Dhabi
    January 10, 2011
    tags: news, Foreign Policy, Hillary Clinton, Current Events, Diplomacy, Secretary of State, Iran, Hillary Rodham Clinton, Photos, Secretary of State Travel, Video, Abu Dhabi, Townterviewby stacyx

    Hillary Clinton’s Townterview in Abu Dhabi, posted with vodpod
    Photos from the day in Abu Dhabi (not just the townterview):

    Hillary Clinton addresses local staff members of Masdar City outside Abu Dhabi on January 10, 2011,

    Hillary Clinton talks to UAE’s Minister of Higher Education Sheikh Nahyan bin Mubarak al-Nahyan, during her visit to Sheikh Zayed University in Abu Dhabi on January 10, 2011

    Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed al-Nahayan meets with US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in the Emirati capital on January 10, 2011.

    Secretary of State Hillary Clinton attends one of MBC 1 shows “Kalam Nawaem” at Sheikh Zayed University in Abu Dhabi January 10,2011.

    Secretary of State Hillary Clinton middle with Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of Masdar, Sultan Jaber in front of the solar ‘Beam Down’ research project at Masdar City in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, Monday Jan. 10, 2011.

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    Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton Interviewed for the Cover Issue of the Gay Rights Publication, The Advocate
    January 10, 2011
    tags: Current Events, Equality, gay rights, GLBT, Hillary Clinton, Hillary Rodham Clinton, human rights, news, Politics, Secretary of State, State Department, Women’s Rightsby stacyxThere is on newstands now. It is a very long and very wonderful cover story and interview about Secretary Clinton’s commitment to GLBT rights at the State Department. Here is an excerpt (go read the whole thing, it’s long):

    Secretary of State Hillary Clinton reveled before a standing-room-only crowd of more than 500 State Department employees celebrating gay pride at the agency’s Loy Henderson Auditorium in Washington, D.C. last summer. “Gee, let’s do this every week!” she said. This, it seemed, was to be more of a reunion of old acquaintances than a perfunctory speech on diversity.

    At first, Clinton glanced down—to the lectern and her prepared remarks. But her focus on the written page melted away as she looked up and rolled on with the speech, channeling the myriad mental notes she had made over the years.

    Displaying an uncanny depth of understanding for the challenges that many LGBT youth experience, Clinton spoke of tragedies that would only come to national attention months later after a spate of heart-wrenching teen suicides dominated headlines for weeks. She called on the staff members before her to help create a safe space for gays and lesbians everywhere, “Particularly young people, particularly teenagers who still, today, have such a difficult time and who, still, in numbers far beyond what should ever happen, take their own lives rather than live that life.”

    Men and women around the world were being “harassed, beaten, subjected to sexual violence, even killed, because of who they are and whom they love,” she said.

    “This is a human rights issue,” Clinton told the rapt audience. She ad-libbed, recalling an oft-quoted line from a landmark speech on women’s rights at a U.N. conference in China: “Just as I was very proud to say the obvious more than 15 years ago in Beijing—that human rights are women’s rights, and women’s rights are human rights—well, let me say today that human rights are gay rights, and gay rights are human rights, once and for all.”

    Asked months later what was going through her mind when she offered the unscripted line at the pride celebration, Clinton responds with her inimitable laugh. “Oh, heavens, I don’t know—I don’t know,” she says before settling back into the moment. “I was looking out at the audience where a lot of longtime friends, political supporters, colleagues were sitting, and it just seemed so important and right to make that statement.”

    Hillary Rodham Clinton was in the midst of running damage control on one of the most revealing and frenetic episodes in State Department history when I interviewed her by telephone in early December. Two weeks earlier I’d still been planning for a sit-down meeting to discuss her work on LGBT rights at the State Department when I received an ominous preemptive e-mail from the White House press office.

    “We anticipate the release of what are claimed to be several hundred thousand classified State Department cables on Sunday night that detail private diplomatic discussions with foreign governments,” the statement began, foretelling a tidal wave of international correspondence that would become equal parts historical treasure trove and diplomatic nightmare. From that moment on, my place on the secretary’s calendar was tenuous at best. Finally, Clinton’s schedulers managed to work in a call two days before this magazine went to press.

    Feeling your way through an interview with one of the world’s most powerful women is more art than science. Marriage seemed like the place to start, since Clinton had been caught off guard by a recent inquiry on the issue while visiting Australia. Her husband has said that he now supports full marriage equality: Many of his gay friends are in committed relationships, former president Bill Clinton said in 2009. As far as marriage goes, he said, he had just been “hung up about the word.”

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    Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on Tucson Shooter Jared Loughner
    January 10, 2011
    tags: news, Hillary Clinton, Current Events, media, Secretary of State, Politics, Arizona, Extremism, Jared Loughnerby stacyxDuring a town hall meeting in Abu Dhabi (also see post below):

    In Abu Dhabi today, at a town hall meeting at Abu Dhabi’s Zayed University for a taped show on MBC television called “Sweet Talk,” Secretary of State Hillary Clinton labeled the Tucson shooter an “extremist.”

    “Look, we have extremists in my country,” she said. “A wonderful, incredibly brave young woman congressmember, Congresswoman Giffords was just shot in our country. We have the same kinds of problems. So rather than standing off from each other, we should work to try to prevent the extremists anywhere from being able to commit violence.”

    The label “extremist” in that context suggests a political motivation. President Obama and officials in the law enforcement community have been more circumspect in their public remarks, suggesting it is too early to ascribe motive.

    It perhaps is too soon to ascribe motives. Only Loughner can provide that, but Secretary Clinton’s overall point is well-taken. Irrespective of this kid’s ideology and the ideology of the victims, there is no reason NOT to tone down the political rhetoric. The rhetoric has quite frankly become overly-provocative and tinged with violent symbolism and imagery. It’s politics, not war, and it’s high time people remember that. I don’t care whether someone is on the right, left, middle or totally apolitical. There is no place for thinly-veiled violent rhetoric in a democracy and I’m as big a free speech advocate as you are likely to find.

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    Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in Abu Dhabi & Travel Schedule
    January 10, 2011
    tags: Current Events, Daily Appointment Schedule, Diplomacy, Foreign Policy, Hillary Clinton, Hillary Rodham Clinton, Iran, Mideast Peace, news, Photos, Secretary of State, Secretary of State Travel, United Arab Emiratesby stacyx
    Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is pictured during the taping of a special episode of the Arabic ladies’ talk show “Kalam Nawaem” to be broadcast on the Saudi-owned MBC-1 satellite channel at Zayed University in Abu Dhabi
    Secretary Clinton had a full day in Abu Dhabi (keep in mind the time difference).

    Some news trickling in:

    U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton said Monday that sanctions have slowed Iran’s efforts to develop atomic weapons and accused the country of trying to foment new conflict in the Middle East to distract attention from its nuclear ambitions.

    On the first stop of a three-nation tour of the Persian Gulf, Clinton said the Arab world in particular should act to sharpen enforcement of the sanctions and reject attempts to stoke Mideast tensions. She also said Arab states had a special role to play in helping restart Israeli-Palestinian peace talks by promoting a broader Arab-Israeli settlement.

    Continued Below

    “The most recent analysis is that the sanctions have been working. They have made it much more difficult for Iran to pursue its nuclear ambitions,” she told a pan-Arab television talk show. “Their program, from our best estimate, has been slowed down. So we have time, but not a lot of time.”

    If Iran succeeds in developing an atomic bomb, it will plunge the Mideast into a disastrous nuclear arms race, she said. “It is first and foremost in the interest of the region to prevent Iran from getting a nuclear weapon.”

    As the sanctions have taken effect, Clinton said it was clear Iran was actively trying to scuttle peace efforts by promoting tensions that some fear could lead to war between Israel and Iranian and Syrian proxies in Lebanon and the Gaza Strip.

    “I am aware of the drumbeats and I think that those unfortunately are being created for very cynical purposes,” she told the audience. “Let’s be very blunt here. I think that there is very little doubt that Iran does not want to see any kind of negotiated peace between the Israelis and the Palestinians.”

    “We cannot let that attention get diverted and we cannot let any outside influence cause a conflict in the Middle East that would be a disaster for everyone,” Clinton said. “The responsible leadership in the region must do everything it can to prevent anyone from taking action that could launch a conflict.”

    As part of that effort, she said Arab nations should recommit to a Saudi-proposed comprehensive land-for-peace proposal under which the entire Arab world would normalize relations with Israel. That, she said, would help give the Israelis the security assurances they need to take the risks needed to make peace with the Palestinians.

    “The Arab world needs to make it clear that the Arab peace initiative will be implemented,” Clinton said.

    Clinton made her comments on the program “Sweet Talk,” often described as the Arabic version of “The View,” hosted by three women.

    During the wide-ranging interview and chat with the audience, Clinton also urged Arab women to press for equal rights and said they should begin to prepare for changes in traditional gender roles that are inevitable. She said she thought America is ready for a female president but again shot down suggestions that she might make another White House run.

    “I am not going to run again,” she said.

    Her travel schedule:

    11:00 a.m. LOCAL Secretary Clinton participates in a townterview co-hosted by Middle East Broadcasting Company’s Kalam Nawaem, at Zayed University in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.

    1:30 p.m. LOCAL Secretary Clinton meets with Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Zayed, in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.

    3:20 p.m. LOCAL Secretary Clinton meets with the staff and families of Embassy Abu Dhabi, in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.

    4:15 p.m. LOCAL Secretary Clinton visits Masdar City and the Masdar Institute of Science and Technology, in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.

    6:00 p.m. LOCAL Secretary Clinton holds a bilateral meeting with Emirati Prime Minister Mohammed bin Rashid, in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.

    Secretary of State Hillary Clinton poses with the presenters of the Arabic ladies’ talk show “Kalam Nawaem”

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    Statement by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on the Demolition of the Shepherd’s Hotel in East Jerusalem
    January 9, 2011
    tags: Current Events, Hillary Rodham Clinton, Israel, Israeli Settlements, news, Secretary of Stateby stacyxThis just in:

    STATEMENT BY SECRETARY CLINTON

    Demolition of the Shepherd’s Hotel

    We are very concerned about the initiation of demolition of the Shepherd’s Hotel in East Jerusalem. This disturbing development undermines peace efforts to achieve the two state-solution. In particular, this move contradicts the logic of a reasonable and necessary agreement between the parties on the status of Jerusalem. We believe that through good faith negotiations, the parties should mutually agree on an outcome that realizes the aspirations of both parties for Jerusalem, and safeguards its status for people around the world. Ultimately, the lack of a resolution to this conflict harms Israel, harms the Palestinians, and harms the U.S. and the international community. We will continue to press ahead with the parties to resolve the core issues, including Jerusalem, in the context of a peace agreement.

    I wish she would use stronger language. The EU’s Catherine Ashton issued a much more forceful statement several hours ago. These demolitions are more than “disturbing” or “concerning.” They are illegal under international law, unnecessary and an outright provocation. That said, until the Democrats step up to the plate and stand behind this administration on this issue, I understand why she may be unwilling to be more adamant and forceful about this.

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    The Sunday Afternoon Photo Bomb: SOS Hillary Rodham Clinton
    January 9, 2011
    tags: Bill Clinton, Cat Blogging, Dilma Rousseff, Hillary Clinton, Hillary Rodham Clinton, Hugo Chavez, Photos, Secretary of State, Secretary of State Travel, State Department, Sunday Afternoon Photo Bombby stacyxI found some photos of Secretary Clinton at Dilma Rousseff’s inauguration that I hadn’t posted before, so I added quite a few of those. Also below are several pictures of Secretary Clinton and Bill Clinton meeting with the Saudi King in New York on Friday. I love the photos of her at Rousseff’s inauguration because I think they show what an outstanding diplomat she is- she could have acted cold and avoided speaking with people with whom the U.S. politically disagrees but in my opinion, that would serve no purpose and quite frankly, Secretary Clinton is above that. The political right made a big stink about Secretary Clinton daring to exchange greetings with Venezuela’s Hugo Chavez but at the end of the day, what the U.S. seeks is mutual understanding and conflict-avoidance- something the right doesn’t understand.

    There is still no word on the beginning of her Persian Gulf trip but when I see something I’ll post it.

    For your viewing pleasure:

    Scooter

    It’s a tough life!

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    A Sunday News Round-Up
    January 9, 2011
    tags: news, Foreign Policy, Israel, Current Events, Environment, Diplomacy, State Department, Elections, Haiti, Democrats, Pakistan, Iraq, Defense, Military, Sarah Palin, Sudan, Barack Obama, Republicans, Department of Defense, Violenceby stacyx

    Map of the interconnectedness of the world blogosphere
    This post is cross-posted over at Taylor Marsh where I do a news round-up bright and early every Sunday morning.

    I’ll be doing a photo bomb later, so check back if you are so inclined. I’ll also be keeping an eye on Secretary Clinton’s current travel to the Gulf.

    Here is a round-up of links of stories in the news:
    ~Here is a run-down of who will be on the Sunday talk shows.

    ~By now every single person has heard of the horrific tragedy that took place yesterday in Arizona. There really aren’t words to adequately describe the senselessness of the killing. Hopefully Gabriella Gifford will make a full recovery but there were others who died on the scene, and my thoughts and prayers are with their family and friends.

    ~We now have a name and a face to go with the shooter, who may not have acted alone- we just don’t know at this point. The Tuscon sheriff perhaps said it best when he said yesterday, with a clear look of frustration and even sadness, that Arizona had become a mecca for prejudice and bigotry.

    ~Taylor wrote about this yesterday, but I think it bears repeating again. The use of violent imagery and rhetoric by the right is unacceptable and has consequences- and those that use the rhetoric know it. Who is responsible for the deaths and injuries yesterday? Jared Lee Loughner. But lets not pretend that the violent symbolism and gun-rhetoric from right-wing politicians is all just a coincidence. Just as the despicable Southern Strategy is like a dog whistle for racists and anti-Semites, the thinly-veiled fear-mongering and use of language such as “overthrow,” “second amendment remedies,” “lock and load” etc. is meant to whip people up into an angry frenzy and we shouldn’t all act shocked, shocked, when someone acts on it.

    Exhibit A:

    As most know by now, Sarah Palin effectively used Facebook and Twitter to call attention to her political hit list for the 2010 midterm elections (image above). Palin provided a map of the United States with a gun crosshair over each of the states of Democrats that she was targeting. Palin’s use of the words “reload”, “aim” and “fire” on her Facebook page when discussing the above strategy was irresponsible. Palin’s use of the words “reload”, “aim” and “fire” on her Facebook page when discussing the above strategy was irresponsible. Is Palin responsible for the violent acts of others? No, but again, I do not accept that the overheated rhetoric of the right since Obama’s election is totally benign. Lets see who will step up to the plate among the conservative pundits and GOP leadership and call for the rhetoric to be toned down- will it be Boehner? Limbaugh? Beck? Fox and Friends? Or will all of the above simply revert to defensive mode and lambast liberals for daring to point out the obvious? The problem for the far right is that it isn’t just liberals who are asking hard questions right about now.

    Ok, other stories in the news:
    ~The GOP made a bunch of budget promises that they have absolutely no intention of keeping.

    ~Team Obama hoping to shed their boys-club image with their new press secretary pick? Oh please, they can’t help themselves. Here’s some free advice to Obama- select someone who is a) an adult, b) not thin-skinned, c) doesn’t hate the democratic base and d) actually knows how to deliver a message.

    ~Along those same lines, Frank Rich is hoping that Obama’s vacation reading of a biography of Ronald Reagan results in Obama learning a few lessons about communicating and governing.

    ~The U.S. has upped the ante in its battle against WikiLeaks, having reportedly issuing a subpoena for the organization’s Twitter account.

    ~Southern Sudan’s referendum begins today and spates of violence have broken out in the run-up to the vote.

    ~Israel’s retiring Mossad chief has turned back the clock on Iran’s nuclear abilities. Trying to predict when Iran will have a nuclear weapon has been something of a political parlor game for almost two decades. For a sobering list of how often US, Israeli and British officials (and others) over the past two decades have predicted Iran is two or three years from full nuclear weapons capability, see here.

    ~Along those lines, David Ignatius has a more thorough take on how Stuxnet, other sabotage methods and sanctions have slowed Iran’s nuclear progress. This provides a bit of breathing room for Team Obama and other nations who are trying to work out a non-military solution.

    ~Secretary Gates aims to cut military health spending much to the annoyance of hypocritical deficit hawks on the Hill. Some have read between the lines and noted that Secretary Gates has been playing word games with his “defense cuts” talk, which previously amounted only to a reshuffling of funds from one area of the DoD to another- in other words, they weren’t really “cuts” as the average person understands them. Now with Jacob Lew as head of the OMB, things might get a bit trickier for Gates. Even the NYT has joined in and criticized Gates for not making the defense cuts more substantial.

    ~Iraq is now a hotbed of fundamentalist Islam. I’m not sure I would define that as “success.”

    ~The son of the assassinated Punjab Governor, Salmaan Taseer, wrote an op-ed in the NYT yesterday that is worth a read.

    ~According to a new report, the West German security service knew about the assumed name and whereabouts of Adolf Eichmann, one of Hitler’s key architects of the Final Solution. Apparently they knew about his location almost a decade before he was captured by Israel and put on trial (and sentenced to death). Strangely, Germany did not pass along the information to, well, anyone.

    ~It’s not just Hamas that was making money (in bribes) off the Gaza blockade.

    ~Golly gee, no second season for Palin’s reality show? Maybe she just needs some time to beef up on her gun-handling skills before heading back to kill some animals that CLEARLY had it coming. Can I just say that after that episode where she acted like a prima donna and had her father carry her rifle and she generally acted like she had never handled a gun before (“does it kick?”), her show lost a lot of credibility, even among some of her followers.

    ~One of Blackwater/Xe’s latest iterations has won yet ANOTHER State Dept. contract, which is beyond disappointing. What’s rather unclear to me is why the State Dept. hired them to provide security in the occupied West Bank?

    ~ The State Dept. is trying not to antagonize the right-wing members of Congress and has shifted course on a bureaucratic change to how it refers to parents. Apparently they had been ready to make a change to using gender-neutral terms instead of “mother” and “father” in an attempt to be more inclusive. That upset the righties because, well, even symbolic progress upsets them.

    ~Environmentalists are none too pleased with British Prime Minister Cameron. It looks like the new Tory party is a lot like the old Tory party, despite Cameron’s pre-election re-branding efforts.

    ~The political turmoil in Haiti continues and the State Department has indicated that it might be willing to shift its policy and support an election do-over depending on the findings of investigations looking into allegations of election fraud.

    The End.

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    Saturday January 8th 2011: Hillary Clinton Leaves for the Gulf and South Sudan Will Soon Head to the Polls *updated*
    January 8, 2011
    tags: news, Hillary Clinton, Current Events, Secretary of State, Jordan, Lebanon, Saudi Arabia, Sudan, Hillary Rodham Clinton, Secretary of State Travel, Richard Holbrooke, United Arab Emirates, Qatarby stacyxSecretary Clinton heads for Oman, the UAE and Qatar and I’m sure it will be a trip that gets a lot of media attention given the issues she will be addressing while there. In addition, the Sudan referendum vote takes place on January 9th and it balloting will go on for a week. Secretary Clinton will no doubt be keeping a close eye on what takes place there. Initial rumors (in the Sudanese press) that she would travel to Sudan were never confirmed.

    Last evening Secretary Clinton was in NY where she met with the recovering Saudi King and Prime Minister Hariri of Lebanon:

    Hillary reaffirmed strong US support for Lebanon’s independence and for the work of the UN-backed tribunal that is investigating the 2005 assassination of Hariri’s father, Rafiq, a source who attended the Hillary-Hariri meeting said.

    The Saudi ambassador to Washington also met Hariri and it was not excluded that the Prime Minister could also meet with the Saudi monarch, who is in New York recovering from back surgery, diplomats said.

    Hillary first met King Abdullah. No details of the talks were given but State Department spokesman PJ Crowley said before the meeting: “Certainly, she will emphasise to the king, as well as to the prime minister, our support of the democratic government in Lebanon, as well as our ongoing support for the special tribunal.”

    The US Secretary of State went from the hotel where the king is staying straight to a nearby hotel next to Central Park to meet Hariri.

    “Secretary Clinton expressed her strong support for the independence and sovereignty of Lebanon,” a source who attended the Hariri meeting said.

    Hillary also “expressed very clearly her support for the Hariri tribunal.” Lebanon’s Prime Minister has said several times he will not give into pressure from the Hezbollah militia to end support for the tribunal.

    The secretary of state left the hotel saying her talks had been “excellent” but no other official details were given. The United States has repeatedly underlined its commitment to Hariri’s government and to the tribunal.

    Just after she left, the Saudi ambassador to Washington, Adel Al-Jubeir, was seen going to the Hariri suite.

    Saudi Arabia and Syria have been trying to mediate an end to tensions between Hariri’s government and Hezbollah movement over the Special Tribunal for Lebanon (STL) investigation into the murder of the elder Hariri.

    The tribunal is expected to announce indictments for the assassination within weeks and several media reports have said top Hezbollah officials will be among those charged.

    Hezbollah, which is backed by Iran and Syria, has called for a boycott of the tribunal and has been pressuring Hariri to disavow the tribunal’s work. It has denied involvement in the assassination and warned that Lebanon could be plunged into a full-blown crisis should any of its members be implicated.

    In an interview with the Arab daily Al-Hayat, Hariri said he was travelling to New York to meet with the king for a second time in a bid to boost the Saudi-Syrian efforts to defuse the crisis.

    “I am going there to discuss ways of boosting the mediation efforts that are a guarantee to Lebanon’s stability,” Hariri was quoted as saying.

    He revealed that Saudi-Syrian mediation had led to an agreement months ago but accused the Shi’ite militant movement Hezbollah of not living up to its end of the deal.

    “Any commitment on my part will not be carried out until the other party (Hezbollah) implements what they agreed to,” the Premier told Al-Hayat.

    Prime Minister Saad Hariri and Secy Clinton in NY

    Here is an article from Business Week on some of what is at stake (oil) in Sudan:

    …On Jan. 9, about 3.9 million voters start a week of balloting to decide whether to remain part of Sudan or form the world’s newest nation, 54 years after Africa’s biggest country by area gained independence from the U.K. A majority and a 60 percent turnout are required for a valid result, which is scheduled to be announced Feb. 1.

    A vote for independence will give the south control of about 80 percent of Sudan’s current oil production of 490,000 barrels a day, pumped mainly by China National Petroleum Corp. and Malaysia’s Petroliam Nasional Bhd. Sudan’s output is close to a quarter of the volume produced by Nigeria, Africa’s top producer. Independence would be declared on July 9.

    “The balance of resources and power will shift overnight,” Andrew Natsios, George W. Bush’s former special envoy to Sudan and now a professor at Georgetown University, said in a telephone interview from Washington.

    The authorities in Khartoum, Sudan’s capital, and in the south have pledged to ensure that oil production isn’t disrupted and to work out how to share oil revenue. About 8 million of Sudan’s 42 million people live in the southern region.

    Oil Cooperation

    “They’ll put behind them the usual rhetoric of demonizing each other,” Fouad Hikmat, Sudan’s special adviser at the Brussels-based International Crisis Group, said in a Jan. 1 telephone interview from Khartoum. “I’m sure they will try to reach an agreement.”

    While most of the oil is in the south, the export pipelines, the port and refineries are in the north.

    With Southern Sudan depending on oil revenue for 98 percent of its budget, it has no interest in undermining crude exports, Southern Sudanese Energy Minister Garang Diing Akuong said in November in Juba, the region’s capital.

    “We need cooperation between the north and the south so that the oil flows,” he said.

    The vote is the centerpiece of a 2005 peace agreement ending a civil war that lasted almost 50 years, except for a cease-fire from 1972 to 1983, between the Muslim north and the south, where Christianity and traditional religions dominate. About 2 million people died in the second phase of the war.

    Southern Sudanese overwhelmingly favor independence, according to an Oct. 20 study by the Washington-based National Democratic Institute, based on 63 focus groups surveyed in 48 locations last year.

    Foreign Investors

    An independent Southern Sudan would present foreign investors with “enormous opportunities,” Sebastian Spio- Garbrah, managing director of DaMina Advisors LLP, a New York- based research group, said in research note on Dec. 29. In addition to oil and gold, he said, the region is believed to have “abundant” deposits of minerals including marble, gypsum and chromite, which is used to make ferrochrome, an ingredient in stainless steel.

    Southern Sudan would be free of the restrictions imposed on Sudan since 1997. The country has been classified by the U.S. as a sponsor of terrorism since 1993.

    “Because Sudan has been under Western sanctions for more than a decade, many Eastern mining and energy firms have shied away from investing in the country,” Spio-Garbrah said.

    Revisiting Sanctions

    If the referendum runs smoothly and the government accepts its results, U.S. President Barack Obama will begin formal steps to evaluate the current designation of Sudan as a state sponsor of terrorism, Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman John Kerry told reporters today in Khartoum.

    If Sudan is lifted from the terrorism list, “it takes you to the next step, which is to consider some of the sanctions,” said Kerry, a Massachusetts Democrat.

    Besides the north-south peace process, resolving the seven- year conflict in Sudan’s western region of Darfur continues to be a key issue that would affect future relations between the two countries, the senator said. Kerry urged rebel groups to join peace talks, and for the government to cease hostilities by its army in the region.

    The authorities in Juba are in talks with Toyota East Africa to construct an oil pipeline to Kenya’s Lamu port. The pipeline would take three to four years to complete, Akuong said.

    ‘Time Bomb’

    “We are certain that an independent Southern Sudan will act as a positive force in the region, contributing to important regional and African objectives of peace, stability and development,” former South African President Thabo Mbeki said in a lecture at a cultural center today in Juba.

    U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton described north- south tensions as “a ticking time bomb” in a Sept. 8 speech at the Council on Foreign Relations. George Clooney has set up the Satellite Sentinel project using Google’s Map.Maker technology to monitor the border region. Aegis Trust, a London-based charity, said a return to war would cost more than $100 billion, about two-thirds of Sudan’s gross domestic product, in lost economic output and humanitarian and peacekeeping aid.

    “A month ago we were much deeply concerned, but the recent developments have been very encouraging,” former U.S. President Jimmy Carter, whose Atlanta-based Carter Center is monitoring the vote, told reporters today in Khartoum.

    President’s Pledge

    Sudanese President Umar al-Bashir, in his last visit to Juba before the vote, pledged to respect the results of the referendum.

    “If the south chooses independence, we will come and congratulate and celebrate with you,” he said on Jan. 4.

    Al-Bashir’s government in Khartoum and the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement, which governs the south, would have to negotiate border demarcation, responsibility for the country’s $38 billion foreign debt and the status of Abyei, a disputed border region whose own plebiscite on whether to join the north or the south has been postponed indefinitely.

    For more information on the referendum, visit the website of the Enough Project. Also see this article over at Foreign Policy.

    In other news …the Washington Post’s resident rightwing neocon hack, Jennifer Rubin, wrote last week about how Hillary Clinton is “utterly irrelevent” to the Mideast peace process and her elementary school analysis is a good lesson in how terrified some on the right (and sadly, many Democrats) are of having the US be an honest broker in the peace process and how afraid they are of actually having any administration successfully negotiate a viable solution to this decades-long conflict. The Rubin mindset is really why nothing ever changes. Jennifer Rubin started her hypocritical propagandizing over at the WaPo only about two months ago but so far she has made Secretary Clinton a frequent target of her ire and I suggest that people check out her blog regularly and correct her misinformation in the comment section. You know, to keep Rubin and the WaPo honest

    Also, this from Politico on Richard Holbrooke’s upcoming memorial service:

    President Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will speak at a memorial service Friday for Richard Holbrooke, the former special envoy to Afghanistan and Pakistan, who died Dec. 13.

    The service is at 3 p.m. in the Kennedy Center. An administraton official told POLITICO’s Mike Allen: “Invites went out formally this week but the planning started last month. … The media coverage is still being nailed down. A number of diplomatic figures are coming that represent different phases of his life.”

    So, Secretary Clinton will be back in time for the memorial service on Friday.

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    TGIF: SOS Hillary Rodham Clinton’s Appointment Schedule January 7th 2011
    January 7, 2011
    tags: Daily Appointment Schedule, Diplomacy, Foreign Policy, Hilary Rodham Clinton, Hillary Clinton, State Departmentby stacyxBusy, busy, busy. She starts out in DC and ends in NYC:

    SECRETARY OF STATE HILLARY RODHAM CLINTON

    10:00 a.m. Secretary Clinton meets with Ambassador to the UN Susan Rice, at the Department of State.

    11:15 a.m. Secretary Clinton meets with the senior development team, at the Department of State.

    12:00 p.m. Secretary Clinton conducts a swearing-in ceremony for Ambassador to Syria Robert Ford, at the Department of State.

    1:30 p.m. Secretary Clinton attends a meeting at the White House.

    7:00 p.m. Secretary Clinton meets with Saudi King Abdullah Bin Abdulaziz, at the Plaza Hotel in New York City.

    TBD Secretary Clinton meets with Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri, in New York City.

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    Disappointing.
    January 7, 2011
    tags: Blackwater, Current Events, Israel, news, Private Contractorsby stacyxI don’t understand why the U.S. Consulate in Jerusalem needs private U.S. security contractors in the Israeli-Occupied West Bank. From the WaPo:

    A company closely associated with the security firm once known as Blackwater has won a new State Department contract worth more than $84 million over five years.

    The contract was won by International Developments Solutions, a joint venture that includes U.S. Training Center, a company until recently owned by Xe Services, which changed its name from Blackwater following a cascade of legal problems over several years.

    The consortium will provide protective security in the Israel-occupied West Bank, “services that are based from the U.S. Consulate in Jerusalem,” State Department spokesman Mark Toner said.

    The initial contract, awarded Jan. 3, is for one year, “with the possibility of four, one-year renewable options” with a total value of roughly $84.3 million, Toner said.

    [snip]

    Despite its legal troubles, Blackwater-associated companies have continued to score government contracts. Last June Xe Services won a $100 million contract from the CIA to provide protective services in Afghanistan. Then in October, partnering with another company, Xe won a share of a $10 billion State Department contract for worldwide protective services.

    “The mere fact that the [State Department] is still throwing millions of dollars their way for work is completely amazing and speaks to their ability to get around things,” said a former Blackwater employee who asked to remain anonymous because he now works for the government.

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    Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s Upcoming Travel to the United Arab Emirates, Oman, and Qatar
    January 6, 2011
    tags: Hillary Rodham Clinton, Jordan, Qatar, Secretary of State, Secretary of State Travel, United Arab Emiratesby stacyxI guess she’s going in honor of my birthday! Does that mean she won’t be at my party?

    Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton will travel to the United Arab Emirates, Oman, and Qatar from January 8-13. At each stop, Secretary Clinton will consult with government officials on a full range of regional and bilateral issues, and emphasize the importance of government-civil society engagement. In addition to these meetings, the Secretary will engage with civil society and community leaders in each country working to help citizens realize shared aspirations for progress. This engagement underscores the U.S. commitment to support civil society and promote partnerships that lead to prosperity for the people of the region.

    In Qatar, the Secretary will participate in the Seventh Forum for the Future, a joint initiative of the countries of the Broader Middle East and North Africa region (BMENA) and the industrialized countries of the Group of Eight (G-8). The ministerial event brings together civil society representatives and government officials to discuss and exchange ideas on how to best work together to foster progress and expand opportunities for the people of the region.

    I guess maybe this means she’s not going to Sudan? However if she was going, I don’t think they’d announce it before-hand.

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    Aaron David Miller on Secretary Clinton’s Roll in Mideast Peace
    January 6, 2011
    tags: Aaron David Miller, Barack Obama, Benjamin Netanyahu, Diplomacy, Foreign Policy, Hillary Rodham Clinton, Israel, Israel Lobby, Mideast Peace, Palestine, Palestinians, Politicsby stacyxFood for thought. I don’t always agree with Miller (a former Mideast peace negotiator during previous administrations) and I’m not sure I completely agree with him here, but I was wondering what others thought about his piece over at Foreign Policy (this is only a short excerpt- definitely go read the whole article):

    …This four-part structure — or more accurately absence of structure — hasn’t served the United States well. It’s not that these centers of influence are in ferocious competition; everybody — or almost everyone — seems to get along. It’s just that there appears to have been no adult supervision to differentiate what might work from what absolutely wouldn’t. Had there been, the Obama administration may not have solved the Arab-Israeli conflict these past 20 months, but it wouldn’t have run off the highway so badly.

    And the mark of that dysfunction is the stunning fact that 20 months in there’s still no real sense of who or what was responsible for several false starts — the search for a settlement freeze, the much-touted hyperlaunch and rapid breakdown of the talks last September, the effort to bribe the Israelis into accepting a freeze, and the more generic problem of why the U.S.-Israeli relationship has resembled (with a lot of help from Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu) a roller-coaster ride at Wally World.

    All this of course raises the truly scary possibility that the administration’s failures weren’t a result of confusion or of too many cooks in the kitchen, but came about because everyone involved actually agreed with the approach taken.

    Let’s be clear again: Fixing the bureaucracies won’t overcome the huge challenges standing in the way of an Israeli-Palestinian agreement. But if it’s to be fixed (and even if it can’t), there has to be a change. Somebody — the secretary of state — has to take charge. And there’s no doubt she is capable of doing it.

    If, as it appears, the administration is going for the endgame on the big issues — proposals to bridge the gaps between the parties or even a U.S. plan — then Secretary of State Hillary Clinton needs to identify and fight for a strategy that reflects the needs of both Israelis and Palestinians, and get the president not just to allow her to take the lead, but to watch her back at home and abroad.

    I think Hillary Clinton is in command of the Mideast portfolio and I don’t think that having a Special Envoy dilutes her authority but I do think that there seems to be a lot of hands in the pot. It’s no secret that Bibi would prefer to work with Dennis Ross of the NSC over George Mitchell or the State Department but my response to that would be to remind Bibi how things work and I think the administration should avoid giving in to every one of Bibi’s whims.

    One thing that concerns me is that we are seeing less and less of Senator Mitchell and seeing and hearing more and more about Dennis Ross’ role in the peace negotiations (or lack thereof) and I don’t like that. Many see Mitchell as a more honest brokers than Ross and the AIPAC types were very worried when Mitchell was named Special Envoy. He has a proven record of being an objective mediator of such conflicts and some don’t want the US to be anything resembling objective. Ross doesn’t like putting any pressure on Israel and he apparently (according to media reports) was behind the overly-generous “incentives” package offered to, and then rejected by, Bibi Netanyahu.

    In his book, Aaron David Miller actually refers to he and Dennis Ross during the Bill Clinton years of Mideast peace negotiations as seeing themselves more as “Israel’s Lawyers”- something which he later came to recognize was/is a problem. Secretary Clinton, for her part, has shown that she can play good cop/bad cap and be very objective when necessary and it often is necessary, with both parties. It does seem like we keep repeating the same mistakes of the past (see excellent article here about this), despite the fact that Clinton and Mitchell are involved, and I can’t help but wonder if our own domestic politics here at home is to blame. The Congress, including Democrats, have not been supportive of this administration’s efforts and I think that has been a huge, albeit under-reported, problem.

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    Thursday January 6, 2011 Appointments: Secretary of State Clinton
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    SECRETARY OF STATE HILLARY RODHAM CLINTON

    9:15 a.m. Secretary Clinton meets with the Assistant Secretaries of the Regional Bureaus, at the Department of State.

    1:30 p.m. Secretary Clinton meets with Japanese Foreign Minister Maehara, at the Department of State.

    5:00 p.m. Secretary Clinton attends a meeting at the White House.

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    SOS Hillary Clinton Meets with Chinese FM
    January 5, 2011
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    SOS Hillary Clinton Meets with Chinese FM, posted with vodpod
    SECRETARY CLINTON: Good afternoon. It’s once again a great pleasure for me to welcome the foreign minister. I’ve had the honor of working with him on a very regular basis ever since I became Secretary of State. We are preparing diligently for the upcoming state visit by President Hu Jintao. It’s very much anticipated and looked forward to. And both the minister and I feel a great sense of responsibility to ensure that it continues the positive, cooperative, comprehensive relationship between our two countries.

    So again, Minster Yang, welcome.

    FOREIGN MINISTER YANG: Thank you. Thank you, Madam Secretary, for your very warm remarks and very sincere remarks as well. And we would like to thank President Obama, thank Secretary Clinton, and thank all my American colleagues for working so hard with the Chinese side for the preparation of the state visit to be paid by President Hu Jintao to the United States later this month. This visit will occur against the ever-evolving international situation and it will happen during the first year of the second decade of this great new century and will happen on the 40th anniversary of the opening of China-U.S. relationship.

    I think China-U.S. relationship is on the right track. We are confronted with common challenges and we are enjoying common opportunities. It is in the best interests of China and the United States and the world for us to continue to work better so that our relationship will bring more benefits to both our two peoples and to the people of the world.

    I believe that the preparation is proceeding very well, and my job here is to do my little part for a successful visit. And I thank the American Government, particularly the President and Madam Secretary and Mr. Donilon for their warm hospitality, and let’s all work hard for an even more beautiful tomorrow of China-U.S. relationship.

    Thank you, Madam Secretary.

    SECRETARY CLINTON: Thank you very much, Minister. Thank you all very much.

    ps. Hey China, free Nobel Laureate Liu Xiaobo!

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  157. Jan and nobama,

    Thank you. I didn’t post upthread to blow my own own horn but to provide perspective on what the public is saying about biased reporting, no matter what the topic.

    I am fairly new to the business so it is personally gratifying to get responses such as what I’ve included below. But I’m trying to give those of you who don’t (but obviously could) write for publication the sense of how difficult it is to get the truth out in any politically charged issue. I get near hostility from some reporters and other media when I write a an article covering a politically incorrect POV. It has been a real wake up call for me. The group-think, the lockstep accounts, the brainwashing is horrifying.

    From a DEC official,

    I just read your story and unlike the other recent new story in the ***** I would like to thank you for your balanced reporting on this very serious issue.

    From a longtime subscriber,

    Your account of the meeting put the ************ and others to shame….
    I attended the meeting and until I read your account of the meeting I had doubts that I attend the same meeting as other reporters, from both print and electronic media had.
    …….the story …. report the news and not editorialize it as others chose to do. You provided the reader with the information they need to develop an opinion, something lacking in most media today

  158. basil9
    January 11th, 2011 at 8:32 am

    Toot your horn 🙂

    that’s great that at least a small number of people are recognizing this mindset.

  159. Did anyone else notice that the heros on tackling this young man were an older group of American’s. The retired wounded military officer, another older gentlemen, and a gray hair women who knocked the ammo out of his hand. They had him incapacitated by the time the young man came along.

    Hurrah for the vintaged generation, who with wounds, and all managed to bring down a 22 year old. They might not be as quick and strong as the younger generation, but their courage, and ability to get it done save some lives that day. Too bad they don’t honor and respect that group more.

  160. jeswezey….sorry but thats rubbish.

    The Brits have come to the aid of the Us on many occasions, when France stood on the sidelines. You seem to forget how much the US was aided with the staunch help of Thatcher. Not tomention WW2 where the French sat down for the nazi’s and had it not been for the Uk and the US, the world would be a very different place today.

    The US has much better relationships with Germany and the Uk than France.

    Theres no point going back 250 years to place where colonialism was how the world worked, that was a different world altogether but look at the last 70 years at who was watching our backs.

  161. Biden: U.S. would stay in Afghanistan beyond 2014 if Afghans ask ………………..

    Bet the east coast libs choked on their breakfast hearing that. In other words we are in Afghan for good.

  162. VP Biden to Karzai: “We are not leaving if you don’t want us to leave,”

    lol, thats basically saying to Karzai we aint going, as we tell you what to do, not the the other way around.

  163. “I’d often wondered why W thought the US and UK had a “Special Relationship”. Tarpley has an answer: The Brits are the inspiration of and are part and parcel of the ‘invisible government’ of the US, which is operated on the US side by members of Skull and Bones, of which Bush Senior and Junior are both members.

    Whereas on the Continent, England is known as “perfidious Albion” – always acting in its own best interests by pitting its enemies against each other.”
    _____________________

    Obama’s nose is curiously out of joint because the Monarchy, including Prince William and Kate, have disinvited Barry and Moo-moo to their wedding.

    Remembering that Obama chooses to act like a thin skinned high school adolescent, he picked up his ball and went to play with the French Team. However,we’ll see how that plays out, seeing the Sarkozys think of him as the village idiot house-sitting the White House.

  164. Bill Clinton also recognized America’s “special relationship” with the UK. waffles is as Mrs.Smith just so astutely pointed out some thin-skinned immature “man” who seems to really dislike Britain (and Israel for that matter).

  165. or as Hillary put it in Feb 2009

    “Our countries have stood side by side through global challenges,” said the former first lady, after an hour-long meeting with Mr Miliband.

    “We share fundamental values and objectives ranging across combating terrorism and weapons of mass destruction and working to solve the global economic crisis.

    “It is often said that the US and Great Britain have enjoyed a special relationship. Well, it’s certainly been that in my mind this relationship really stands the test of time and I look forward to working with the foreign secretary.”

  166. tim
    January 11th, 2011 at 9:33 am

    Bill Clinton also recognized America’s “special relationship” with the UK. waffles is as Mrs.Smith just so astutely pointed out some thin-skinned immature “man” who seems to really dislike Britain (and Israel for that matter).
    ____________

    Ding-dang right, Tim. The clintons know at all times who they are dealing with and they also know how to handle them getting them to see their point without losing their cool or causing hard feelings during the negotiation process.

    I noticed jesweezy used the HBO movie title “Special Relationship” which is a great summary of the close association between Britian and the US existent since Paul Revere, screamed on horseback, “The British Are Coming!”…

  167. NewMexicoFan

    “Hurrah for the vintaged generation, who with wounds, and all managed to bring down a 22 year old.”

    Agreed.

    moononpluto. I heard it’s about 60 percent who believe the reporting on the Tuscon shooting is biased. It should be much higher, IMHO. That shows you just how successful MSM is.

    Tin, I heard some locals laughing over the skewed reporting of the incident I referenced. The problem is, published lies are too often taken as gospel by those too lazy to look for alternate accounts.

  168. Yes, Basil9 I posted the article at 11:14pm last night.
    Which confirmed my predictions over the last few days, this was similiar to the Hinckley assassination attempt on Reagan. You can copy it and paste it elswhere if you wish.

    How America’s elite hijacked a massacre to take revenge on Sarah Palin

    We’ve been conversing about it since then…

    Here are a few paragraphs from the article for commentary:

    Political leaders with an ear for the populist mood ­harnessed that militancy.
    As the temperature level in American political debate shot into the red, Washington ­security chiefs reported that threats against Congressmen and women had tripled in a year, many of them coming from furious opponents of the Obama health care reforms.

    Don’t you think it interesting media thought it beneficial to cover up the discontent and animus growing across America resentful for the unanimous passage by Democrats of Obama’s HCR Bill without knowing what it contains for the good or bad for our future Health Care thereby silencing populas voices?

    In Maryland, an effigy of ­Democrat Representative Frank Kratovil was found hanging from a mock gallows.

    Gabrielle Giffords’ Tucson office had been vandalized — the door shattered, possibly by shotgun pellets — after the healthcare vote.

    This is just the tip of the iceberg, as I mentioned the other day before the shootings even occurred. All the shootings did for me besides feeling empathy and compassion for the innocent victims, including Congress woman Giffords, was to affirm my position we are on the brink of Civil War in this country. Noting the unhappiness of the majority of people entrapped by a grim, intractable president, aided and abetted by a broken system of congressional representatives, has devolved into anger and discontent standing ready to explode into action.

    Rahm Emanuel, Mr Obama’s former chief of staff and a ­figure compared to Labour’s Alastair Campbell, once said: ‘You never want a serious crisis to go to waste.’

    The shootings in AZ are the proverbial ‘warning… shot over the bow’. The haste with which this tragedy was turned on Sarah Palin only reaffirms to me, the Chicago Combine is alive and well and may have had a hand in triggering Loughner to strike after cultivating his dislike for Congress woman Giffords who, unbeknown to Loughner, was a proponent of “Centrism”= “Third Way”= “Clintonism”. After she contacted several of her colleagues in preparation for scheduling a talk with Kentucky House Representatives speaking to them about turning away from Obama’s Left Leaning governance after the mid-terms, when he was inspired for some reason to purchase a weapon.

  169. moononpluto
    January 11th, 2011 at 4:51 am

    Obama pisses off the British again.

    ——————-

    Oy vey! As if Hillary doesn’t have enough to do fixing this idiots mistakes already.

  170. Tuesday January 11, 2011

    Clinton in Yemen for 1st U.S. Sec State visit in 20 yrs

    SANAA (Reuters) – U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton made an unannounced visit to Yemen on Tuesday to press for a broader partnership with Yemen’s government in the face of an al Qaeda insurgency increasingly seen as a global threat.

    “It’s not enough to have military-to-military relations,” Clinton said before her plane touched down in Yemen’s capital Sanaa, making her the first U.S. secretary of state to visit the Arabian peninsula country in over two decades.

    U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton speaks to reporters about the Afghanistan-Pakistan Annual Review from the White House Briefing Room in Washington December 16, 2010. (REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque/Files)

    “We need to try to broaden the dialogue. We need to have this dialogue with the government,” she said.

    http://thestar.com.my/news/story.asp?file=/2011/1/11/worldupdates/2011-01-11T163939Z_01_NOOTR_RTRMDNC_0_-540738-1&sec=Worldupdates

  171. From The Advocate January 2011

    Madame Secretary

    “Gay rights are human rights.” With that declaration — and the team she has assembled at the State Department—Hillary Rodham Clinton has elevated the dialogue on LGBT rights around the globe.

    By Kerry Eleveld

    Secretary of State Hillary Clinton reveled before a standing-room-only crowd of more than 500 State Department employees celebrating gay pride at the agency’s Loy Henderson Auditorium in Washington, D.C. last summer. “Gee, let’s do this every week!” she said. This, it seemed, was to be more of a reunion of old acquaintances than a perfunctory speech on diversity.

    At first, Clinton glanced down—to the lectern and her prepared remarks. But her focus on the written page melted away as she looked up and rolled on with the speech, channeling the myriad mental notes she had made over the years.

    Displaying an uncanny depth of understanding for the challenges that many LGBT youth experience, Clinton spoke of tragedies that would only come to national attention months later after a spate of heart-wrenching teen suicides dominated headlines for weeks. She called on the staff members before her to help create a safe space for gays and lesbians everywhere, “Particularly young people, particularly teenagers who still, today, have such a difficult time and who, still, in numbers far beyond what should ever happen, take their own lives rather than live that life.”

    Men and women around the world were being “harassed, beaten, subjected to sexual violence, even killed, because of who they are and whom they love,” she said.

    “This is a human rights issue,” Clinton told the rapt audience. She ad-libbed, recalling an oft-quoted line from a landmark speech on women’s rights at a U.N. conference in China: “Just as I was very proud to say the obvious more than 15 years ago in Beijing—that human rights are women’s rights, and women’s rights are human rights—well, let me say today that human rights are gay rights, and gay rights are human rights, once and for all.”

    Asked months later what was going through her mind when she offered the unscripted line at the pride celebration, Clinton responds with her inimitable laugh. “Oh, heavens, I don’t know—I don’t know,” she says before settling back into the moment. “I was looking out at the audience where a lot of longtime friends, political supporters, colleagues were sitting, and it just seemed so important and right to make that statement.”
    Hillary Rodham Clinton was in the midst of running damage control on one of the most revealing and frenetic episodes in State Department history when I interviewed her by telephone in early December. Two weeks earlier I’d still been planning for a sit-down meeting to discuss her work on LGBT rights at the State Department when I received an ominous preemptive e-mail from the White House press office.

    “We anticipate the release of what are claimed to be several hundred thousand classified State Department cables on Sunday night that detail private diplomatic discussions with foreign governments,” the statement began, foretelling a tidal wave of international correspondence that would become equal parts historical treasure trove and diplomatic nightmare. From that moment on, my place on the secretary’s calendar was tenuous at best. Finally, Clinton’s schedulers managed to work in a call two days before this magazine went to press.

    Feeling your way through an interview with one of the world’s most powerful women is more art than science. Marriage seemed like the place to start, since Clinton had been caught off guard by a recent inquiry on the issue while visiting Australia. Her husband has said that he now supports full marriage equality: Many of his gay friends are in committed relationships, former president Bill Clinton said in 2009. As far as marriage goes, he said, he had just been “hung up about the word.”

    Did she share his experience? I wondered. Was she at odds with President Barack Obama’s stated position in support of civil unions but against marriage equality?

    But on the phone, Clinton is circumspect about her husband’s comments. “Well, I share his experience because we obviously share a lot of the same friends, but I have not changed my position,” she says without elaborating. The secretary wasn’t taking any political bait, nor was she going to tangle with anything that could figure negatively for her boss.

    Clinton’s chief of staff and counselor, Cheryl Mills, had modeled the same on-message discipline when I sat down with her a few weeks earlier, avoiding any comparison between the secretary’s movement on LGBT issues and the president’s. Mills and Clinton have been friends for nearly 20 years, dating back to when Mills served as deputy White House counsel for President Clinton. She arrived on the national stage as part of a legal team defending the president during the 1999 impeachment trial. A quick Google search of Mills’s name turns up the crux of her argument, spoken on the Senate floor from the perspective of an African-American woman: “I’m not worried about civil rights, because this president’s record on civil rights, on women’s rights, on all of our rights, is unimpeachable.… I stand here before you today because President Bill Clinton believed I could stand here for him.”

    Anyone who’s worked in a high-level government position knows the hours are grueling, the pay is paltry, and the demands are endless. But when Hillary Clinton asked her friend Mills to leave her position as a senior vice president at New York University, Mills acquiesced. Despite her intellectual heft and considerable accomplishments, Mills is surprisingly down-to-earth. When I first meet her in the maze of State Department hallways and address her by title, she is quick to say I should just call her “Cheryl.”
    Mills is striking and quick-witted but doesn’t seem enamored of either Washington protocol or hierarchy. She’s not here for prestige—she’s here to champion the cause of Clinton, who she believes is a model public servant. “If you are a student of who she has been, even from her beginning days coming out of law school, [you know that Clinton] starts from a frame of, ‘What maximizes each person’s opportunity to live up to their God-given potential?’ ” Mills says.

    That sentiment has served as the foundation for Clinton’s work at the State Department. And the bond between Clinton and Mills—their laser-like focus, their common passion for advancing the cause of justice—has yielded what is arguably the Obama administration’s most progressive and productive agency on LGBT equality, one that has overhauled discriminatory personnel policies while championing gay rights internationally.

    Optimizing conditions for LGBT employees and their families was a crucial step forward. Of the nearly 2 million federal workers in the United States, the State Department’s gay employees have perhaps the most at stake when it comes to domestic-partner benefits. Not only does working abroad make for a demanding career, but relocating one’s partner and family also creates added stress for the department’s roughly 13,000 Foreign Service members. The spouses of heterosexual employees based overseas have long been considered when it comes to expense allowances, housing, emergency evacuations, passport and employment assistance, and other benefits. But prior to Clinton’s tenure, same-sex partners received none of these benefits. As Mills notes, “There were a number of things here that looked very obvious as inhibiting the opportunity to get the very best out of people.”

    A member of the agency’s LGBT employee group, Gays and Lesbians in Foreign Affairs Agencies, raised the issue of inequity during Secretary Clinton’s first employee town hall meeting in February 2009. Clinton responded that she had already asked her team for a review of the policies. “It’s on a fast time line,” she said. Patrick Kennedy, the undersecretary for management and a 38-year veteran of the State Department, remembers the charge Clinton gave him: “Her instructions to me and to Jim Thessin, the deputy legal adviser, were, ‘Let us do everything that I in my powers can do to resolve this.’ ”

    While federal employees with a same-sex partner are excluded from many benefits conferred upon their straight counterparts—a result of the 1996 Defense of Marriage Act—the Foreign Service Act gives secretaries of State broad authority over passports, housing, shipping, transportation, and access to health facilities necessitated by living abroad. Kennedy, who also happens to be the senior officer assigned as the department’s leadership liaison to GLIFAA, performed a bureaucratic Houdini act to change the policy in a matter of months, managing to identify the fixes, push the paperwork through four separate bureaus, and vet it with the department’s lawyers. Thessin, Kennedy adds, “brought to the table as many of his lawyers as we needed in order to work this through.”

    “That was very impressive, absolutely,” says Jon Tollefson, president of GLIFAA. “Given the way that everything else functions in a bureaucracy, this was full throttle.”

    By May 2009 the department was ready to move on the changes—one month before President Obama signed an executive order conferring on all government workers a limited set of benefits not prohibited by DOMA, including sick leave to take care of a domestic partner. Obama further instructed each federal agency to review which internal policies could be made more equitable.

    The State Department also aggressively revised passport regulations for transgender citizens, who were previously required to provide proof of sex-reassignment surgery in order to change their gender marker. Now trans people only need to provide certification that they are under a physician’s care for gender transition. At the time the new policy was announced last June, Mara Keisling, executive director of the National Center for Transgender Equality, marveled at the expeditious change. “It came faster than I thought,” she said.

    The change was particularly important for transgender individuals who live in states with antiquated driver’s license and identification rules; now they can travel both domestically and abroad with government-issued ID that accurately reflects their gender identity. It’s one of the most important advancements for transgender civil rights ever made at the federal level.

    Brenda Sprague, deputy assistant secretary for passport services, says the issue had apparently been identified years earlier by a State Department bureau but suddenly became a priority when Clinton took office. “If you saw my in-box,” she says, “you would know that there’s 100 good ideas and initiatives in it, and sometimes it is encouragement from higher up that enables it to move from the bottom of the in-box to the top.” When Mark Bromley of the Council for Global Equality met with the State Department’s assistant secretary for human rights under President Bush in 2008, he says he tried to persuade the administration to take a stand against laws abroad that criminalize homosexuality. “I was basically told, ‘It’s difficult for us to speak out against a law that is legally and democratically enacted in another nation,’ ” Bromley says. “It was a polite, diplomatic way to say, ‘This is not part of our agenda.’ ”

    That’s the fundamental dilemma of every diplomacy dance between countries: When does a nation’s action interfere with another nation’s self-interest? The answer largely depends on how one views the core values that define one’s “self-interest”—and it looks quite different as seen through the eyes of Cheryl Mills.

    “It’s a delicate balance,” Mills acknowledges, “because we recognize that we are culturally different—each country and each culture gets to determine who they are. But when they are making determinations that go to fundamental human rights, that’s a place that we have to draw a line.”

    By the time a Uganda bill surfaced in the fall of 2009 that would make homosexuality—already illegal in the nation—punishable by death or life in prison, the Obama administration had already joined more than 60 other nations in supporting the U.N. General Assembly’s statement on human rights, sexual orientation, and gender identity. Nonetheless, the “kill the gays” bill put the State Department’s diplomacy surrounding LGBT rights to the test.

    Johnnie Carson, the assistant secretary of state for the Bureau of African Affairs and a former U.S. ambassador to several African countries, says Mills showed immediate interest in the bill, asking him what the U.S. embassy in Uganda was doing in response. “She also asked me to take advantage of any meetings with high-level officials to raise this matter,” says Carson, who was scheduled to visit Uganda on a couple occasions to consult with President Yoweri Museveni on issues surrounding his country’s involvement with peacekeeping forces in Somalia.

    As those conversations concluded, Carson used the opportunity to urge Museveni to stymie the antigay bill being advanced by parliament member David Bahati. “I told him that we felt it was a violation of human rights and that this kind of legislation would have a negative impact on Uganda’s image,” he recalls.

    Carson implored Museveni several more times, both in person and by phone, as did Secretary Clinton herself. By design, these discussions were done outside the media spotlight: The State Department didn’t want to inflame an already bad situation and further endanger Uganda’s gays and lesbians. “It was not until there was a greater public debate in the Uganda newspapers and we were questioned more directly here in Washington by gay and lesbian groups that we felt that it was appropriate to respond more openly outside of diplomatic channels about what we had done,” Carson says. By that time, Museveni had already acknowledged to the media that he’d had discussions about the bill with U.S. diplomats—a key step, Carson notes, to avoid shaming and potentially damaging relations with a foreign government at a critical time.

    “We do not need to do something publicly when we can achieve the same goals and objectives privately,” Carson says.

    For Secretary Clinton, operating in the shadows while enabling LGBT groups on the ground to exert their influence was really the best option. “Sometimes, what we might consider an appropriate political or social action on behalf of people who are under threat would not be helpful in certain cultures,” she says.

    Bromley calls the State Department’s level of engagement on the Uganda bill “remarkable for any human rights issue, not just an LGBT issue.” Indeed, it’s serving as a model for U.S. diplomats in Africa, where anti-LGBT sentiment has led to violence and unjust imprisonment in countries such as Cameroon, Malawi, Zimbabwe, and Kenya.

    “There is this rising global tide of violence against the LGBT community around the world,” Clinton says, “and we are taking the lead in confronting the dangers of the lives and the livelihood of LGBT people as they go about their daily lives.”

    As she works to redefine the U.S. role on international gay and lesbian rights, part of Clinton’s job has been to make sure a cultural shift permeates all levels of the State Department and the furthest reaches of its bureaucracies, including U.S. embassies, where change can sometimes come at a slow pace.

    As part of that effort, Clinton sent a diplomatic cable shortly after her pride speech to all U.S. embassies clarifying the department’s LGBT human rights policy. The agency created a fund to support gay rights activists around the globe who may be in danger and in need of resources to relocate. “We’ve tried to put LGBT issues near the top of the administration’s foreign policy agenda and made that clear to our ambassadors and other personnel around the world,” Clinton says, “particularly in places where violence is permitted by the law, where it is inflamed by public calls, and in places where it just persists as a stumbling block to people realizing their own aspirations.” No one has ever questioned Hillary Clinton’s wit, her policy credentials, or her ability to outmaneuver the most agile of Beltway operators in order to achieve her goals. But rarely does one read about her personal touch, the fierce loyalty she inspires in the people who work for her—emanating from her inner circle of advisers all the way to the outer reaches of the State Department walls.

    “It’s just evident—this secretary cares about people,” says undersecretary Kennedy. “She wants to make sure that we hire the best people, give them the best training, do what we can to retain them, do what we can to deploy them in ways that advance the national interests.”

    Mira Patel had only worked in the office of then-senator Clinton for about six months when Obama appointed Clinton as secretary of State. “I was still feeling my way around in what I thought was the greatest job I had ever gotten,” says Patel, who was 25 at the time and serving as Clinton’s legislative correspondent for foreign affairs and finance. She had started as an intern, tasked with meeting Clinton at her car each morning when she arrived at the Senate to help carry her briefing book–laden bags upstairs. “She knew my name after the first week of picking up her bags—knew I had gone to Wellesley [College], where she had gone,” Patel says.

    As the senator prepared to transition into her new role, Clinton called Patel into her office. “She had her glasses on, and a cup of tea, and a whole stack of policy papers,” Patel says. “She said, ‘Mira, sit down, I want to talk to you. As you know, I’m going to the State Department, and I would like you to come with me.’ ”

    At that moment, the senator’s future chief of staff walked into the room. “Before I could react, Hillary said, ‘Oh, and I’d like you to meet my friend Cheryl—why don’t you tell her a little about yourself?’ ” says Patel, who eagerly informed Mills of her background and areas of interest. “I was thrilled. I just remember saying it would be an honor to do anything for the senator. If she had said, ‘I’d like you to wash the windows in my car,’ I would have happily done it.”

    Patel ended up on the secretary’s policy planning staff with women’s and refugees’ issues in her portfolio. “As I was here, I realized there was an acute need to cover LGBT issues,” she says with the classic enthusiasm of a young Washington overachiever.

    With Clinton’s blessing and Mills’s open-door policy, junior staffers such as Patel—as well as GLIFAA members on up to deputy assistant secretary Dan Baer, the highest-ranking openly gay official domestically based at the department—have been able to effect change in the U.S.’s approach to LGBT issues, one that’s visible from Serbia to New Zealand to Uganda. “Having a very visible commitment from the top makes everything that I do on this issue easier,” Baer says.

    As part of the policy planning staff, Patel is stationed in the office that vets every memo bound for Clinton’s desk—meaning she can flag any gay-related matter and weigh in if necessary. When LGBT issues were added to Patel’s portfolio in the fall of 2009, she authored her own memo on gay human rights strategy that helped facilitate a dialogue on the subject between top State Department officials—people like Anne-Marie Slaughter, director of the policy planning staff, and Mills, who emerged as a central figure in almost every conversation I had.

    “Cheryl has really been the point person who has helped to lead these efforts along with the senior leadership at State,” Clinton says. If the e-mails start flying at 5:30 a.m. about some antigay atrocity overseas, Mills is on the list, along with the corresponding bureau, Baer says. If Patel and GLIFAA’s Tollefson have a concern, they’re never more than an e-mail away from getting on the chief of staff’s calendar.

    Sitting with Mills in the State Department, I can’t help but compare her to another recent chief of staff in the Obama administration: Rahm Emanuel. Both served in the Clinton administration, and while Emanuel seems to have emerged gun-shy on LGBT issues, Mills frankly is just the opposite. Although she avoids saying much of anything on the record that is overtly personal, she does offer me a window into why the battle for LGBT equality stirs her.

    “My life has been created based on the other people who have fought for the privileges that I have—the privileges that I have to be a lawyer, to have gone to the institutions that I’ve gone to, even just to get educated as an African-American,” Mills explains. “So when I look at some of the limitations that others experience, I’m conscious of the fact that other people chose, for me, to put their lives and their privileges on the line, and I have an obligation to step up as well.”

    And as Mills sees it, the State Department under Secretary Clinton has been perfectly positioned to change and even mainstream the global dialogue on LGBT rights: “One of the opportunities of being Secretary Clinton, and certainly one of the opportunities of being at the State Department, is you are representing America’s highest self, if you will, in terms of how it engages the world. At least, that’s what we seek to do.”

    But as close as she and Clinton are, Mills says she had no idea the secretary was going to couple human rights and gay rights during her speech at last summer’s State Department pride celebration—a speech that might well go down in history as a turning point for LGBT rights around the globe. “This struck me as part of the continuum and consistency of where [Clinton] starts from and how she looks at the world. So I was glad that she did say it,” Mills says. “But it’s also something that she lives every day.” Not everything where LGBT rights are concerned has gone perfectly at the State Department under Hillary Clinton. A U.N. vote last November removed “sexual orientation” from a resolution condemning executions on a variety of discriminatory grounds. Advocates said administration officials should have seen the vote coming and disrupted the group of African countries that banded together to push it through. But the setback was quickly erased by a successful December vote that reversed the ruling.

    HIV/AIDS activists have railed against the administration’s PEPFAR funding levels, which in 2010 fell far short of Obama’s promises during the campaign to provide at least $50 billion by 2013—which would have necessitated an increase of about $1 billion each year. But a new plan of providing $63 billion over six years for a broader global health initiative in which 70% of the funding is dedicated to HIV/AIDS now appears to have set the administration on course to reach Obama’s campaign pledge by 2014, albeit a year late.

    And an internal effort to designate a specific person as an LGBT policy adviser failed based on disagreements about such a position’s overall efficacy.

    But here’s what has become objectively clear: It’s not necessary to have such an adviser when people like Clinton and Mills are thoroughly conversant on the issue— constantly leaning into it rather than away and empowering those below them to help change the culture.

    I made one interview request to the secretary’s office, and after a short vetting process, it was granted. Clinton’s communications staff also set up more than a handful of interviews with high-ranking officials and gay people serving in the department in order to illuminate their internal policy making regarding LGBT rights.

    Clinton also kept a commitment to discuss her department’s LGBT advances at a time when most people in her position might have understandably tabled the interview. “I just really have a strong negative reaction to prejudice, discrimination, hatred, violence—anything that tries to delegitimize or marginalize any of our fellow human beings,” she says. “So it fits into my long-term and personally felt commitment to expanding the circle of human rights for everyone.”

    http://www.advocate.com/Print_Issue/Cover_Stories/Madam_Secretary/

  172. Dress code should not be imposed on women Nissar Hoath

    10 January 2011

    Visiting US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, on Monday spoke out against imposing a dress code on women, saying Muslim women should have the right to wear clothes of their choice. This was in response to a question posed on the veil ban in some European countries.

    “I’m in favour of women having the right to choose what they want to wear. I’m against women being forced to choose a particular code of dress,” she said. “I believe strongly that each woman should have the opportunity to choose (what they wear).”

    The US Secretary of State said there was a big shift towards women’s development issues in the region. “There has been tremendous change and progress in the entire region as a whole towards women’s development — whether government positions or in business and diplomatic career,” she told the girl students during an interview on MBC1’s Kalam Nawaem (Sweet or Soft Talk).

    “Women’s voices should be heard and should be respected,” she said.

    The US Secretary of State felt women were far advanced in the Muslim world, particularly in the GCC region. “We have seen more women involved in local politics, elected to parliaments and I have seen many of them as diplomats and ambassadors to the US from the region, particularly from Bahrain and Oman,” she added. Clinton said today’s women do not just sit at home. “They are multi-taskers and have great influence in changing society as mothers, sisters and wives.”

    http://www.khaleejtimes.com/DisplayArticle09.asp?xfile=data/theuae/2011/January/theuae_January252.xml&section=theuae

  173. My take on the mainstream media:

    They’ve piled a lot of knowledge into their heads. Unfortunately, this resulted in space being at a premium. So they’ve shoved their sanity out their ears to make room.

  174. Netanyahu defends settlement after U.S. criticism

    Mon Jan 10, 2011

    JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, saying Jews have a right to live anywhere in Jerusalem, defended on Monday a settlement project that drew criticism from U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

    Israeli bulldozers cleared the way for 20 new homes for Jews in East Jerusalem, an area captured by Israel in a 1967 war and which Palestinian want as the capital of a future state, by demolishing a derelict hotel on Sunday.

    Clinton, in Abu Dhabi on a tour of U.S. Gulf Arab allies, called the Israeli action a “disturbing development” and said it “undermines peace efforts to achieve the two-state solution.”

    A statement issued by Netanyahu’s office made no direct reference to Clinton’s criticism, but said “there should be no expectation that the State of Israel will impose a ban on Jews purchasing private property in Jerusalem.”

    The Shepherd Hotel, torn down as part of a project first announced in 2009, was declared “absentee property” by Israel after it captured and annexed East Jerusalem. Israel views all of Jerusalem as its capital, a claim that is not recognized internationally.

    The title of the hotel was transferred to an Israeli firm, which sold it in 1985 to Irving Moskowitz, a U.S.-based patron of Jewish settlers.

    “Actions undertaken yesterday at the Shepherd Hotel were conducted by private individuals in accordance with Israeli law. The Israeli government was not involved,” the statement from Netanyahu’s office said.

    It added, however, “no democratic government” in the world would prohibit Jews from buying real estate, and “Israel will certainly not do so.”

    “Just as Arab residents of Jerusalem can buy or rent property in predominantly Jewish neighborhoods in Jerusalem, Jews can buy or rent property in predominantly Arab neighborhoods in Jerusalem,” the statement said.

    Egypt’s Foreign Ministry condemned the demolition and said “the settlement policies of the current government in Israel will only inflame the situation further and stir passions, not just in Palestine, but in the Arab and Islamic worlds.”

    A U.N. spokesman said Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon “deplores” Israel’s action and warned it could stoke tensions.

    The settlement project at the hotel compound, whose ownership is contested, stoked Palestinian anger as Washington tries to revive peace talks stalled by a dispute over Israeli settlement construction in the West Bank and East Jerusalem.

    Some 190,000 Israelis live in East Jerusalem and adjacent areas of the West Bank that Israel annexed to its Jerusalem municipality. East Jerusalem has 250,000 Palestinian residents.

    http://www.reuters.com/article/idUSTRE7093CN20110110

  175. nomobama
    January 10th, 2011 at 9:34 pm
    Actually, all of the knee jerk blaming of the likes of Olbermann and his posse will only get more Americans angry with them.
    &&&&&&

    This can’t be the SAME “Keith Olbermann” who made a not-so-veiled mock threat that candidate Clinton should be taken into a room and not come out, can it? I mean, that would be hypocritical.

  176. [Dalglish] added that part of her hesitation to back Assange is that the public knows so little about him and how he acquires information.
    WikiLeaks “takes secrets. But they are secretive. We don’t know who they are. I think one thing journalists pride themselves on is transparency.

    ====================

    So much for anonymous bloggers.

  177. HillaryforTexas
    January 11th, 2011 at 11:13 am
    My take on the mainstream media:

    They’ve piled a lot of knowledge into their heads. Unfortunately, this resulted in space being at a premium. So they’ve shoved their sanity out their ears to make room.
    _______________________

    They did it for the gelt and the assurance of having a job when so many don’t. They continue at our expense. We are the ones paying for their propaganda and cover-ups of the true mood of the country by the skin on our backs.

  178. HillaryforTexas
    January 11th, 2011 at 11:13 am
    My take on the mainstream media:

    They’ve piled a lot of knowledge into their heads. Unfortunately, this resulted in space being at a premium. So they’ve shoved their sanity out their ears to make room.
    _______________________

    They did it for the gelt and the assurance of having a job when so many don’t. They continue at our expense. We are the ones paying for their propaganda and cover-ups of the true mood of the country by the skin on our backs.

  179. I noticed jesweezy used the HBO movie title “Special Relationship” which is a great summary of the close association between Britian and the US existent since Paul Revere, screamed on horseback, “The British Are Coming!”…

    ========================

    Huh? I don’t think it started quite THAT soon.

  180. Just when you think the dems cannot sound anymore stupid. What has happened to this party of a great president like JFK?, it has completely gone down the toilet. We could have had Hillary, heck even Mccain wouldn’t have been that bad as president, now we an immature thin-skinned man who belives in nothing but his own greatness.

    ——-
    “The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, for example, used red bull’s eyes on a map to show the GOP candidates in its sights. Ryan Rudominer, a spokesman for the DCCC, told the Palm Beach Post over the weekend that the Democratic map was not threatening since it used an image that is also associated with Target, the national retail chain.”

  181. the Chicago Combine is alive and well and may have had a hand in triggering Loughner to strike after cultivating his dislike for Congress woman Giffords

    ==========================

    And how did the Chicago Combine contact Loughner to “cultivate” his dislike? (And why did they not arrange for evidence linking him to Palin?)

  182. basil9
    January 11th, 2011 at 11:10 am
    I was referring to the great title.

    Congrats for being the first to post it
    _____________________________

    Just for a point of clarification.

    Why I posted it, I explained here:

    http://www.hillaryis44.org/2011/01/09/the-dailykooks-left-and-the-arizona-shootings/#comment-321202

    beginning with:

    Mrs. Smith
    January 10th, 2011 at 11:14 pm

    Nice to know someone else sees what I see and is able to write about it pointing out how we and Sarah Palin are being exploited. Remember the words, “Never let a crisis go to waste.” The “we” was a given because it is all we can talk about. Sarah Palin was the targeted Wild Card, as I pointed out from the beginning!

  183. JanH,
    The article you post about Hillary and gay right’s was great. I enjoyed reading it and realized again what a “true leader” and an inspiration Hillary Clinton really is…thats why she scares the hell out of the republicans. If people really knew her…she’d hold the Presidency for her entire life…LOL!

  184. NMF @8:44,

    Hooray!! for us “old geezers” who are such a drag on society now!!! Our social security checks are on the cutting block as well as our medicare, but we can save their asses from a 22 year crazed gun freak!

  185. Great.

    A person known to be mentally disturbed easily buys a gun that shoots 31 bullets — and what is everyone talking about? Chain store logos vs viewfinder marks.

    “The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, for example, used red bull’s eyes on a map to show the GOP candidates in its sights. Ryan Rudominer, a spokesman for the DCCC, told the Palm Beach Post over the weekend that the Democratic map was not threatening since it used an image that is also associated with Target, the national retail chain.”

    Look, even that paragraph uses the term “in its sights.” This is a metaphor everyone uses without thinking about it. One of the columns denouncing the graphic (Palins, not the DCCC’s of course) has been officially titled “The War Room” for a long time.

  186. wbboei
    January 11th, 2011 at 4:30 am
    Does anyone know how this crazy person was able to get a gun?
    ********************
    wbboei, you are very funny at 4:30 in the morning. Chuckling away here.

  187. Oh please shoot me right now, i can’t bear another one, another lecture coming from the windbag in chief.

    Obama might give speech about “greater context” of Arizona shootings.

    http://hotair.com/archives/2011/01/10/obama-might-give-speech-about-greater-context-of-arizona-shootings-what-could-go-wrong/

    He’s handled it well thus far, actually, by keeping things low key. But alas, my friends, alas.

    Mr. Obama was considering delivering a speech about the greater context surrounding the shooting, but advisers said it was premature to do so until Ms. Giffords’s condition stabilized and more became known about the gunman’s motives…

    The subtext for the political discussion was the new balance of power in Washington, and how the shootings might play into Democratic efforts to regain initiative — and Republican efforts to keep it — after their losses in November. Both sides emerged from the weekend cognizant of the ways in which a politically charged act of violence, whatever the actual motives or mental state of the gunman, can recalibrate the national dialogue…

    Some Democrats were urging him to look back to recent history, when President Bill Clinton seized the political high ground after the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing, placing blame on the growing antigovernment sentiment.

    read on…………………

  188. Ok we better start getting our word bingo boards ready for the speech…i bag “commander in chief” 37 times and “I” 56 times and me me me about every sentence.

  189. moon — I agree with you, he was doing a good job keeping a low profile… God no, now he’s going to lecture America, after calling anyone who opposes him “enemies” and “racists” and “They bring a knife, we bring a gun” from 2009.

    The man is pathetic excuse for a leader, he is a far lefty, and will always be one, he cannot even think for himself, he has to look to Bill Clinton and others.
    I was going to watch tommorow, I don’t think so anymore, he’s going to make this another damn political speech rather than just focusing on the victims and their lives.

    He just cannot leave things alone, its all about how can he gain politically!

  190. moononpluto, Allahpaundit at hotair had a humorous article last night about Obama giving a speech and which way he will go. He is going there tomorrow and I am sure he will lecture everybody saying things from all corners of his mouth.

    http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-503544_162-20028105-503544.html

    Nearly six in 10 Americans say the country’s heated political rhetoric is not to blame for the Tucson shooting rampage that left six dead and critically wounded U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, according to a CBS News poll.

  191. pm317
    January 11th, 2011 at 12:41 pm

    for a chicago controlled WH who closely looks at polls, it surprises me they never alter their speeches to reflect the country’s moods, if the country over 60% say political rhetoric had nothing to do with this, why the heck would they then lecture America, from a memorial no less, about “heated political rhetoric”?

  192. Now that it has come out that he was a “left Wing” terrorist, I’m sure obama will encourage one and all to hold off on judgements and defer from putting a political twist to it.

  193. #
    moononpluto
    January 11th, 2011 at 12:30 pm

    Funny i never saw this much action from Dumbo when the Fort Hood shootings happened.
    ————————————————–
    And that’s exactly what is frying my grits today. From fox.com right now, Obama speaking to reporters: “It’s going to be important…to feel as if we are speaking directly to our sense of loss, but also speaking to our hopes for the future and how out of this tragedy we can come together as a stronger nation.”

    When he and Meme attended Fort Hood memorial, I think he did a speech. But what I recall is that they left presidential coins by the empty boots and helmets. effin coins depicting himself.

    Well, he’s got a lot more to gain from being fully involved emotionally this time around. Know I can count on you all to tell me how it goes….

  194. DAVID BROOKS’ POINTS OUT THE HYPOCRISY

    I’m surprised the NY Times still prints his column.

    nytimes.com/2011/01/11/opinion/11brooks.html?_r=1&ref=opinion

    The Politicized Mind
    ===================

    By DAVID BROOKS
    Published: January 10, 2011

    Before he allegedly went off on his shooting rampage in Tucson, Jared Loughner listed some of his favorite books on his YouTube page. These included: “Animal Farm,” “Brave New World,” “Alice in Wonderland,” “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest,” “Through the Looking Glass” and “The Communist Manifesto.” Many of these books share a common theme: individuals trying to control their own thoughts and government or some other force trying to take that control away.

    Loughner also made a series of videos. These, too, suggest that he was struggling to control his own mind. Just before his killing spree, Loughner made one called “My Final Thoughts.” In it he writes about different levels of consciousness and dreaming. He tries to build a rigid structure to organize his thinking. He uses the word “currency” as a metaphor for an inner language to make sense of the world.

    “You create and distribute your new currency, listener?” the video asks. “You don’t allow the government to control your grammar structure, listener?”

    All of this evidence, which is easily accessible on the Internet, points to the possibility that Loughner may be suffering from a mental illness like schizophrenia. The vast majority of schizophrenics are not violent, and those that receive treatment are not violent. But as Dr. E. Fuller Torrey, a research psychiatrist, writes in his book, “The Insanity Offense,” about 1 percent of the seriously mentally ill (or about 40,000 individuals) are violent. They account for about half the rampage murders in the United States.

    Other themes from Loughner’s life fit the rampage-killer profile. He saw himself in world historical terms. He appeared to have a poor sense of his own illness (part of a condition known as anosognosia). He had increasingly frequent run-ins with the police. In short, the evidence before us suggests that Loughner was locked in a world far removed from politics as we normally understand it.

    Yet the early coverage and commentary of the Tucson massacre suppressed this evidence. The coverage and commentary shifted to an entirely different explanation: Loughner unleashed his rampage because he was incited by the violent rhetoric of the Tea Party, the anti-immigrant movement and Sarah Palin.

    Mainstream news organizations linked the attack to an offensive target map issued by Sarah Palin’s political action committee. The Huffington Post erupted, with former Senator Gary Hart flatly stating that the killings were the result of angry political rhetoric. Keith Olbermann demanded a Palin repudiation and the founder of the Daily Kos wrote on Twitter: “Mission Accomplished, Sarah Palin.” Others argued that the killing was fostered by a political climate of hate.

    These accusations — that political actors contributed to the murder of 6 people, including a 9-year-old girl — are extremely grave. They were made despite the fact that there was, and is, no evidence that Loughner was part of these movements or a consumer of their literature. They were made despite the fact that the link between political rhetoric and actual violence is extremely murky. They were vicious charges made by people who claimed to be criticizing viciousness.

    Yet such is the state of things. We have a news media that is psychologically ill informed but politically inflamed, so it naturally leans toward political explanations. We have a news media with a strong distaste for Sarah Palin and the Tea Party movement, and this seemed like a golden opportunity to tarnish them. We have a segmented news media, so there is nobody in most newsrooms to stand apart from the prevailing assumptions. We have a news media market in which the rewards go to anybody who can stroke the audience’s pleasure buttons.

    I have no love for Sarah Palin, and I like to think I’m committed to civil discourse. But the political opportunism occasioned by this tragedy has ranged from the completely irrelevant to the shamelessly irresponsible.

    The good news is that there were a few skeptics, even during the height of the mania: Howard Kurtz of The Daily Beast, James Fallows of The Atlantic and Jonathan Chait of The New Republic. The other good news is that the mainstream media usually recovers from its hysterias and tries belatedly to get the story right.

    If the evidence continues as it has, the obvious questions are these: How can we more aggressively treat mentally ill people who are becoming increasingly disruptive? How can we prevent them from getting guns? Do we need to make involuntary treatment easier for authorities to invoke?

    Torrey’s book describes a nation that has been unable to come up with a humane mental health policy — one that protects the ill from their own demons and society from their rare but deadly outbursts. The other problem is this: contemporary punditry lives in the world of superficial tactics and interests. It is unprepared when an event opens the door to a deeper realm of disorder, cruelty and horror.

  195. Ya know, I am just not that into all the stupidity that is duplicated in the MSM right now.

    Maybe I have reached the saturation point.

    Ugh…….

  196. When Big Media, leading dimocrats, (from racist Clyburn to Street Money Bob Brady) and traitors like Hanoi Jane use this national tragedy to convict, charge and execute their political opponents for something they did not do, I think back to Jackie Kennedy: “Why couldn’t he have been killed by some white southern racist rather than some dirty little commie”? In one sentence half a century ago, she summed up precisely what these forces of the New Left must be thinking now.

    Who are these people in the media, the party and Hollywood who seek to exploit a national tragedy to their own crass ends. This is an important question because they are inclined to masquerade as something they are not, and gullible people are inclined to fall for it.

    First of all, these people are not Democrats. The Democratic Party is the party of the working class. These people have rejected the working class in favor of union bosses and money men. They have become the party of lifestyle. And when these facts come to light as they did with the appointment of Bill Daley Jr., their camp followers throw a minor hissy fit, and then like Howard Dean they fall in line. The last thing they do is stand on principle.

    A traditional Democrat would never condone violence and intimidation at the voting booth. Nor would a traditional Democrat tolerate a RGB decision that violates fair reflection. These are core principles of the traditional Democratic party, peoole fought and died for them, yet these people sweep then aside when the stand in the way of political expedience, and the achievement of anti Democratic ends through anti Democratic ends.

    If these are not traditional Democrats then what are they? They are totalitarians. They want to curtail free speech, economic liberty and bring down this country. That is their game. They are elitists, and they despise the middle class. Too much of the nations wealth is locked up in the savings and entitlements of the middle class. They want to loot that money and use it to reorder society to achieve what they claim is a more just order. Their order consists of open borders, and the creation of a new society which consists of elites, technocrats and the working class. And if that means dislocation for many Americans, then they would agree with Lenin: “To make an omelette an egg must be broken”.

    The presence of Hanoi Jane in the midst of all this his hardly a coincidence. Unbeknownst to most people she is something of a fixture on Capitol Hill. On one particular occasion, our people were in to see Senator Ted Stevens (R-Ak) the day before on some legislation, and he mentioned that to our CEO who sat in the same chair she had. Many of you may not recall but during the Viet Nam War she was so strung out on drugs that she was preaching violence when she was not posing on top of a NVA anti aircraft gun. Why should someone like this, a billionaire, with anti American aims be permitted to exercise insider control over our system? She is part of the New Left.

    What people need to understand is this: the New Left now runs both the executive branch and the Dimocratic Party. They are the flotsam and jetsome of the Viet Nam war, and the dark movers behind the protest movement–as opposed to the thousands who did not want to be drafted, or wanted to preen in front of a mirror, or just wanted to get laid. These people were the manipulators in the press, in the party and in the Academy.

    At times, life imitates art. If you compare this episode to the Oxbow Incident, you can see that. This was a high tech lynching by the left, and by the Left Wing Hate Machine. We saw the same thing directed against Hillary. If the American People wake up to what is happening then they can stop this thing dead in its tracks. But the hard part of it will be rejecting big media as a responsible voice in our political system–NBC, CNN, ABC, NYT. Cold turkey is never easy. But if the American People allow themselves to be bamoozled again, they will be taken down one of those paths which lead only to despair and from which no one ever returns.

  197. Correction: Their order consists of open borders, and the creation of a new society which consists of elites, technocrats and THE MANIPULABLE MASSES. And if that means dislocation for many Americans, then they would agree with Lenin: “To make an omelette an egg must be broken”.

  198. Good, the Cholla Jump’s leads are working their way up the food chain.

    Apparently Loughner would have failed his background check for gun purchase, if the various people who had complained about his condition in the past had been listened to (or if they had complained more persistently).


    Jared Loughner has been making death threats by phone to many people in Pima County including staff of Pima Community College, radio personalities and local bloggers. When Pima County Sheriff’s Office was informed, his deputies assured the victims that he was being well managed by the mental health system.

    thechollajumps.wordpress.com/2011/01/09/jared-loughner-is-a-product-of-sheriff-dupniks-office/

    npr.org/2011/01/09/132780313/sheriff-accused-shooter-unhinged-made-threats
    “As we understand it, there have been law enforcement contacts with the individual where he made threats to kill,” Dupnik said during a press conference Saturday evening.

  199. David Brook, a pseudo conservative at NYT, is the same sorry son of a bitch who sat there in awe and swallowed eveything candidate Obama read into a teleprompter like it was gospel. He says many of the right things, but his judgment is fataly flawed. You might even say he is gullible.

  200. a few comments on media and PINOS…the more bits and pieces i hear from the so-called media the more that the little things that slip out during live interviews convince me this crazy murderer was hanging out with those crazy lefties i mentioned in the last couple of days…yesterday i caught a report on CNN from that male correspondent reporter (can’t remember his name, he is kind of attractive) in the field doing live interviews in arizona…

    …at one point one of the young people he asked about the shooter’s political leanings let slip out that the shooter was into conspiracy stuff like 911 truthers…they are not just into it in arizona, it is an obsession…lots of meetings, rallies, on and on…it is a big movement there…what bothers me about this when i would hear about it from my friend when she lived there was how convoluded her thinking was…one bad thing led to another bad thing and then everything and everyone was bad…with no solutions…and all the blame was to project it on to others…(if he had been say a ‘birther’ we would be blasted with those headlines)

    another person that was asked about him during one of the interviews let slip out that shooter AGAIN was a LIBERAL and supported the left…most of you probably saw the young guy with the red hair who was a friend of shooter…i do not want to make a snap judgement but he does look like a tea partier or conservative to me… I could be wrong!

    when correspondent then connects back to discussion with host…cannot remember if it was anderson or blitzer or savage?…they just ignore those big RED FLAGS and evidence of shooter’s political mindset and gloss over with he did not vote in 2010

    can you imagine if there were any, ANY…tea party or Palin connection…those little slips that came in live would be blown up into whole segments and front page headlines…or god forbid, this guy had any, ANY…connection to a Clinton…

    ************************************

    above Tim mentions that SP is getting organized death threats…so where are they coming from? certainly not the right…where is the left…where are the dems on this…if anything happens to SP or her family, the media and the dems should look at themselves and take responsibility for fanning and exploiting these flames…

    she has been scapegoated

    ************************************************

    i wasn’t going to bring this up or even bother to mention but in looking around to how blogs are responding and intepreting things I cannot help but be even more disgusted than previously with TM…is there nothing that website will not exploit? is there no momentary bandwagon they will not jump on?

    if nothing else, that site should show extra and more lucid responsibility for the stupidity and lack of integrity and objectivity from the far left…when some of us used to post there during the primaries way back when we all were witness to the depravity, dishonesty and vileness of the left that was directed at us…us being Hillary supporters…to see the topics and the tack that site takes and the one sided perspective is just unbelievable…and sickening…this is the kind of stuff that drives many of us from the current dem party…we used to be fair minded people, not reactionary, explotive robots…

    of all places they should be able to look in the mirror and see that the left is as bad…and at times worse…than anything they want to project and direct on to others…

    I think it is tim above that is also expressing such disappointment is what is left of our once great democratic party…how patrick kennedy is suggesting Palin be arrested…we saw this during the primaries, what is left of the dem party is a bunch of control freaks that think they know better than everyone else and there is no compromise with them…just look at how they forced that health care scam through…and then they wonder why half the country wants it repealed…and common sense, moderate dems flee the party and become the independents that O now tries to trick into coming back…

    sigh…so disheartening…integrity has taken a big hit and is sadly mission on the left…they have lost the high ground…

    …the left is attempting to use this horrible, sad tragedy to pit everyone against each other…there is no compassion, no compromise with them…just the blame game and more power tripping…

  201. David Brooks was the one all agog and aflutter in 2008 over Teh One’s “perfectly creased pants leg”, which let Brooks psychically know that he was “one of us” (the Beautiful People). Because we all know that perfectly creased pants make one qualified to be the leader of the free world.

    What a precious preening ivory-tower asshat.

  202. “But the political opportunism occasioned by this tragedy has ranged from the completely irrelevant to the shamelessly irresponsible.”

    ———–

    Indeed.

  203. 11 January 2011

    Bill Clinton: Politics must change after Arizona attack

    Mr Clinton said there was a need for care in political discourse

    Former President Bill Clinton has told the BBC the US political climate must change after the shooting of a US Congresswoman and others in Arizona.

    “No one intends to do anything that encourages this sort of behaviour,” he said. But political rhetoric “falls on the unhinged and the hinged alike”. He said political differences should not “degenerate into demonisation”.

    Some commentators suggest the vitriolic political rhetoric in the US may have contributed in some way to the attack. Speaking on a trip to Haiti, Mr Clinton said: “We cannot be unaware of the fact that – particularly with the internet – there’s this huge echo chamber out there.” He called on the US House of Representatives to “lead the way” in toning down the discourse.

    “This is an occasion for us to reaffirm that our political differences shouldn’t degenerate into demonisation, in the sense that if you don’t agree with me you’re not a good American,” he said.

    “I’m hoping there will be a lot of good debates that go beyond turning this into politics… about how and why it happened and what else we can do to minimise those things.”

    Earlier on Tuesday, doctors said US Gabrielle Giffords, an Arizona Democrat, was still in critical condition in hospital.

    Jared Loughner, 22, is charged with the attack in Tucson, in which six people were killed, including a federal judge and a nine-year-old girl, and more than a dozen injured. In an initial court appearance on Monday he was ordered jailed pending trial.

    A Mass for the victims of Saturday’s gun attack was set to take place on Tuesday evening in Tucson, Arizona, where the attack took place.

    Memorials planned

    Dr Michael Lemole, who is treating Ms Giffords at the University Medical Center, told NBC Ms Giffords’s brain was “working at a higher level” and she was responsive to commands. He said it was a “good thing” her condition had not changed.

    Continue reading the main story Suspect: Jared Loughner Aged 22; lived with parents in TucsonDescribed by former class-mates as “disruptive” drug-user and a lonerReportedly posted rambling web messages complaining of “mind control”Attempted to enlist in US Army but was rejectedProfile: Jared Loughner
    The White House has announced that President Barack Obama will attend memorial service on Wednesday evening at a basketball arena in Arizona.

    He will address the crowd, and the service will include a Native American blessing, a moment of silence and a poetry reading.

    Meanwhile, as the debate over personal security for US Congressmen – who typically have little or none – heated up in Washington DC, the US Senate sergeant-at-arms told US television he opposed lawmakers arming themselves against potential threats.

    “I don’t think introducing more guns into the situation is going to be helpful,” Terrance Gainer said.

    But he acknowledged that there had been 49 threats against US Senators over the past year, an increase on previous years.

    Mr Loughner has been charged with five federal crimes – the attempted assassination of a member of Congress, the first degree murder of two federal employees and the attempted murder of two federal employees – and may face additional state charges.

    He walked into the courtroom in Phoenix, Arizona’s capital city, wearing handcuffs and in a prison uniform, with a cut on the right side of his head. Magistrate Judge Lawrence Anderson scheduled a preliminary court appearance for 24 January.

    Mr Loughner is represented by Judy Clarke, a prominent defence attorney who represented an infamous parcel bomber and the man convicted of setting a bomb at the 1996 Olympic games in Atlanta. He did not contest the detention order.

    AdvertisementBill Badger: ‘I held Arizona gunman by throat’

    The attack occurred on Saturday during an open-invitation meeting at a Safeway grocery store in Tucson, Arizona, which Ms Giffords had arranged for constituents.

    Ms Giffords, 40, was shot from close range by the gunman, who then began shooting into the crowd. Among the dead were a nine-year-old girl and a federal judge.

    It is unclear whether the US justice department will seek the death penalty against Mr Loughner, should he be convicted.

    Ms Clarke is known as a staunch opponent of capital punishment who successfully evaded the death penalty for Ted Kaczynski, the so-called Unabomber parcel bomber, and Eric Robert Rudolph, a militant anti-abortion activist convicted in the Olympics bombing and bomb attacks on abortion clinics.

    A total of 19 people were shot.

    Flags across the US were flown at half mast on Monday, and Mr Obama said the nation was “grieving and shocked”.

    Lawmakers paid tribute to Ms Giffords and other victims of the mass shooting on the steps of the Capitol building, and in Tucson, small groups gathered in public spaces, in offices and in shops and stopped in silence for a minute.

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-12164122

  204. moononpluto
    January 11th, 2011 at 9:47 am
    Mission failure by Democrats: only 32% of public convinced by media spin on Tucson massacre
    *********

    That’s too high IMHO

  205. don’t know if anyone here had the chance to comment or see Arizona Gov Jan Brewer’s speech yesterday…she changed her State speech to reflect on the tragedy and how Arizona would respond and I just want to say that I think she did a great job…her tone was caring and strong…I do not know every single thing there is to know about this woman but I will say that I have been impressed and admire the way she has stood up for and represented Arizona..

  206. Mission failure by Democrats: only 32% of public convinced by media spin on Tucson massacre
    *********

    That’s too high IMHO

    ………………..

    I expected it to be higher Gonzo after the MSM’s weekend overboard hate shitfest.

  207. We’re not anti Gov ( the Left )
    ….. anymore!!

    ***********
    Pima County Democratic Chair: I Don’t Have Any Evidence To Back This Up But I’m Certain I’m Right To Throw Around Baseless, Reckless, Dangerous Rhetoric About Conservatives Using Baseless, Reckless, Dangerous Rhetoric
    —SPADES-OF: ACE

    Adventures in Elevating the Discourse, Chapter 183:

    Conservatives gloating about the biography of the suspected shooter of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-AZ) will eat their words in the end, according to the chair of the Pima County Democratic Party.
    “Here’s what I think you’re going to find,” Jeff Rogers told me in an interview today. “I think you’re going to find that he was [a conservative].”

    Rogers, a defense attorney in town and a man with long connections to the city he calls “the Berkeley of Arizona,” said that he’s convinced people who immediately connected the shooting to the violent right-wing rhetoric of the past two years in Arizona have the right idea. He’s convinced that once more is known about Loughner, a connection to the right will be found.

    “I think we’ll find a treasure trove of stuff from his computer,” he told me. “How much of that we’re going to get from law enforcement and know about and when? I don’t know. But I’m betting you’ll see a fair amount of that.”

    Rogers told me he’s closely read Loughner’s available internet postings and said that they suggest a rightward slant.

    “How many lefties are anti-government?” he said. “I mean, That’s not us.”

    “Maybe in the the 60s, but not now,” he added. “We [on the left] tend to view government as the solution to problems, not as the problem.”

    Fact: It’s hateful and inciting and in all ways untrue to say Democrats are socialists.

    Fact: We know that Loughner couldn’t have been a Democrat because he was anti-government and we know Democrats aren’t anti-government; they’re socialists by selective admission.

    Reconcile these two facts at your leisure.

    Thanks to SJ.

    Ponder: Democrats continue insisting it’s unforgivably inciting to call a socialist a socialist, but also insist that it’s okay to continue calling of their opponents murderers.

    See, you can’t call a socialist a socialist, because even though that either is true, is arguably true, or is otherwise acceptable rhetoric, people get too upset when they think socialists are running their government and they may resort to violence to oppose them. So, that’s out of bounds.

    However, you can call conservatives such as Bush, Palin, Cheney, Rumsfeld, Rice, etc., murderers all the live-long day. Apparently people might get upset if they realize a socialist has achieved a high political office, but they will not — not — be overly incensed to discover a killer has gained same office.

    Compare and contrast to Keith Olbermann branding the right as inflicting a “New Holocaust” on the country. See, it’s not like avoiding a Holocaust is a good reason to take up arms and go extralegal or anything. That’s just some tough rhetoric, that’s all that is.

    But if you say Obama is pushing a New Socialism, that is excessively dangerous because people might resort to force of arms to stop that.

    But a New Holocaust? No biggie!

    These Are Not The Facts You’re Looking For: Loughner was anti-government, in the sense he thought the entire space program was a hoax and the government was covering up UFO visitations.

    Actually, even on a UFO site, Loughner manages to convince everyone there he’s crazy. Because he can’t even stick to the crazy topic at hand. No, he needs to talk about…

    “What is wrong or right with the current date? How is the current date right or wrong? Why is or isn’t this the date? When is or isn’t the date ending or beginning? Today is July 7th 2010. Why is the year infinite in the date,” he wrote in another.
    See, even when the accepted topic is already kind of out there, Loughner can’t restrain himself to that topic; he’s got to indulge in his brain-damaged sage crap about dates being somewhat arbitrary. (Wow, major insight there, Detective Einstein… next thing you’ll be telling me that “Tuesday” is just an artificial idea I impose on the world.”

    Then he just rambles more about dates and, of course, grammar.


    In one comment thread, Loughner put forward his theory that the entire space program was a hoax and that space shuttles were unable to support life, another poster soon questioned Loughner’s grammar. “This is sad to bring grammar into the argument,” Loughner said in response. “Get out of my face you miscreant with misconception!”

    Perhaps the irony of that hasn’t been underscored, with all the more serious stuff to discuss — Loughner obsessed over “grammar” but in fact was an illiterate who knew nothing of proper grammar.

    I believe maybe that’s why he fixated on it — because he was too stupid to understand what most kids pick up by middle-school, and also (as many lunatics do) conceived of himself as a messianic genius, he invented the theory that grammar is a conspiracy to explain away his complete FAIL at the English language, blaming his own illiteracy on dark government forces making up crazy rules just to confuse him and make him sound “wrong.”

    Oh PS it’s Sarah Palin’s fault because she said “refudiate” and that gave him a clue that top-level government people were changing the language on a daily basis.

  208. Now i understand how Daley got the job…..

    Top US business group offers Obama olive branch

    WASHINGTON (AFP) – The powerful US business lobby warned Tuesday it would not walk in “lock-step” with President Barack Obama despite recent improved ties, but offered qualified backing for key legislative fights ahead.

    After two years of spats with the White House, the US Chamber of Commerce said it would support Obama-backed moves to secure trade deals, tax reform, more infrastructure spending and debt reduction.

    Just weeks before Obama makes a high profile address to the chamber — which claims to represent three million businesses — chief executive Thomas Donohue struck a conciliatory tone, and offered the prospect of help on battles set to mark the second half Obama’s term.

    http://news.yahoo.com/s/afp/20110111/pl_afp/useconomypolitics

    …………

    Daley is one of theirs….the about face turnaround is too damn quick

  209. Frankly, if Hillary does not run in ’12, I hope Sarah Palin does, she would have my full support. Actually at this point I will vote for any repub over Waffles. Admin is correct, this party has to be defeated throughly in ’12, this people aren’t democrats — they aren’t for the working class; they are elitists, arrogant and look down on regular Americans and think they know better than all Americans.
    they are the far far left and their lunancy is now on full display, before they could hide behind the moderate/centerist/conservative dems, like Hillary dems, now that Hillary dems got a taste of that vitriol (that’s the new buzzword it seems they are using) in 2008, most of us are no longer deceived, and neither is the general public or the independent voters.

    And their politization of the latest tragedy just shows their vileness even more magnified for all to see.

  210. I am laughing so hard right now.

    Mark “pay me 5 million for my book” Halprin is mad that the tea party, conservatives, indepedents are fighting back against the lies that the left is spreading as they are politizing the tragedy in AZ
    this video is worth seeing, they are all sitting around a table, in an ivory tower no doubt, pontificating why the pushback is so hard against their lies, these elitists really do live in a bubble. And then he gets mad and says the other side should “all turn the other cheek”. Not happening this time and in the future!

    http://freedomslighthouse.net/2011/01/11/mark-halperin-criticizes-conservatives-for-not-turning-the-other-cheek-to-baseless-attacks-by-the-left-video-11111/

  211. S
    January 11th, 2011 at 2:47 pm
    don’t know if anyone here had the chance to comment or see Arizona Gov Jan Brewer’s speech yesterday…she changed her State speech to reflect on the tragedy and how Arizona would respond and I just want to say that I think she did a great job…her tone was caring and strong…I do not know every single thing there is to know about this woman but I will say that I have been impressed and admire the way she has stood up for and represented Arizona..
    ————

    Ditto.

  212. JanH
    January 11th, 2011 at 2:44 pm
    Republican strongman DeLay gets three years in jail
    &&&&

    How much can DeLay bench press?

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