Blame Bristol Palin For Arizona Shootings

We’ve uncovered the culprit responsible for the Arizona shootings. It’s Bristol Palin that gets the blame. We’ll explain below.

As Barack Obama heads out to Tucson for his “Together We Thrive” publicity stunt we continue to examine the Arizona shootings. First, more on the “blame Sarah Palin and the Tea Party” fiction concocted by the Obama Dimwits to try to prop up Obama and take the Obama car out of the ditch. ABC News interviewed a friend of Jared LONER who makes it clear that LONER was a loner and acted out of his personal demons, not political ideology espoused by Sarah Palin or the Tea Party:

“This morning on “Good Morning America,” ABC’s Ashleigh Banfield sat down with Zach Osler, a high school friend of Jared Loughner, the suspect in the Tucson massacre.

Osler says his friend wasn’t shooting at people, “he was shooting at the world.” Regarding the high-pitched talk radio and cable news political rhetoric, Osler says his friend didn’t even watch the news.

He did not watch TV. He disliked the news. He didn’t listen to political radio. He didn’t take sides. He wasn’t on the left. He wasn’t on the right.



The testimony from Zack Osler goes directly to the point made by many of us – what is the evidence that Jared LONER was acting politically at the behest of Sarah Palin or the Tea Party or for that matter Republicans/conservatives? Steve Kornacki, as liberal and pro-Obama a journalist as anyone in Big Media, does the honors:

“CBS News is out with a new poll today that finds Americans strongly rejecting the notion that the political climate played a role in Saturday’s attempted assassination of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords. [snip]

This is somewhat heartening, given that so many commentators on the left — including, I must say, some of my colleagues here — have since Saturday been playing up the extreme rhetoric that Sarah Palin and other Tea Party favorites have spouted these past few years, claiming that it all somehow created a climate conducive to Jared Loughner’s shooting rampage.

As I wrote on Sunday night, I find this to be a very slippery argument. We know that no connection between Loughner and Tea Party politics has been established, and what we have learned about him strongly suggests that he lacked a recognizable political identity. He looks to be a deranged young man and it’s unclear if he was even aware of the political debate/conversation that the rest of us follow every day. There’s just no evidence of any connection between Loughner and Palin, the Tea Party and conservative movement.”

That’s exactly right. Where is the reality based community? Where is the bias on the side of logic and evidence? Obama Dimocrats and the Big Blog Boys have a form of political syphilis that leads them to demented arguments and ugly boils of political whoring.

Zack Osley testifies that his friend LONER was not “on the left”, was not “on the right.” Kornacki asks “where’s the evidence?” There is none. This entire narrative “blood libel” is a ploy to prop up Barack Obama. As we argued from the very first, this is a dangerous narrative for the Obama left and the Dimwit Dimocrats. Kornacki calls it a “slippery argument”. Indeed this latest ploy from the demented Obama left will cause a further rejection of their claims and eventually will lead to a fiery backlash that will burn. More Kornacki:

“Thus, the “climate of violence” argument feels to me like a backdoor way for some on the left to attach blame to Palin and the Tea Party anyway. I might be more sympathetic to it if someone could explain how, precisely, it worked in this case: What specific evidence is there that the “climate” was relevant to Loughner’s thinking? When was the moment that the tone set by Palin and the Tea Party kicked in and turned his obsession with grammar, literacy and “currency” into something lethal? Where’s the evidence that he was even aware of the “climate” in the same way that those of us who watch cable news and read blogs all day are? All I’ve heard so far is evidence-free, non-quantifiable speculation.”

Hausfrau “experts” are not concerned with evidence. Big Blog Boys cannot produce a timeline nor a set of data points that lead from Palin/Tea Party “into something lethal.” According to friend Zack, the question raised by Kornacki “Where’s the evidence that he [LONER] was even aware of the “climate?”‘ has been answered with a big fat ZERO.

Kornacki addresses what can only be called the weakest of circumstantial evidence and 20th party hearsay allegations:

“The same congresswoman whose district Palin’s website once framed in cross hairs has now been shot in the head! But there’s absolutely no proof that this is anything more than a horrible coincidence. Political scientist Brendan Nyhan put it best on his blog yesterday:

People have been having a hard time holding two ideas in their head at the same time:

1. What Paul Krugman calls “eliminationist rhetoric” is bad.

2. Contrary to his suggestion, there is no evidence that such rhetoric caused Saturday’s events. Even if such evidence is later found, it would not justify the evidence-free claims that have been made in the last 48 hours.

Also at liberal Salon, a mental health professional discusses Jared LONER:

“To try and untangle the influences that might lead one lone gunman to fire his Glock at a political rally, we turned to Dr. E. Fuller Torrey, respected psychiatrist and one of the foremost experts on paranoid schizophrenics. Torrey has written several books on the mental illness, including the bestselling classic “Surviving Schizophrenia.” He is founder of the Treatment Advocacy Center in Virginia, a national nonprofit for the mentally ill.

Quite early in the news cycle, the media more or less diagnosed Jared Loughner as paranoid schizophrenic. Do you think that’s accurate?

He’s a textbook case. Most psychiatrists will tell you they need to examine a patient before diagnosing him, but this guy has all of the symptoms. He has the right age of onset. He has a deteriorating social course, as they say in the [DSM], social and occupational dysfunction. He has delusions, and they’re pretty strange. It’s common for schizophrenics to think people are trying to control their mind, but thinking the government is trying to control your grammar — I’ve never heard that before. The real tip-off is the markedly disorganized speech, which you see in the rambling videos. This is the kind of disorganized speech that you virtually never get in any other condition. It’s what we call pathognomonic of schizophrenia. That is, when you hear that symptom, it’s “schizophrenia until proven otherwise.” He’s also got the affective flattening of emotion, which you see in that mug shot.

Let’s talk about that mug shot, because it’s pretty striking. This guy is getting booked on six murders. Why is he smiling?

That’s pretty bizarre, and that’s something a person with schizophrenia will do, because their emotions are disconnected from what’s going on. When you tell a schizophrenic your mother died, they might smile instead of cry.”

Frankly, we’re not at all impressed by this doctor who deplores a long distance diagnosis while providing a long distance diagnosis. We excerpt from this interview because Obama Hopium Guzzlers are so impressed with credentials and are very much in need of intervention (in this case with a healthy heaping dose of reality) before they do more damage to themselves, their tattered reputations, and their tenuous links to reality. Like Jared LONER these Obama Dimocrats, desperate to save their clay clown from Chicago, are constructing their own reality in which Obama is something other than a clod who has flim-flammed them.

[A short digression prompted by Hillary Clinton comments on the Arizona shootings which require some clarification because they are being attacked in a crazy way by people who should know better but prefer to sooth themselves with their usual Hillary hate. What Hillary said was not an attack on Sarah Palin nor the Tea Party. Furthermore Hillary Clinton acknowledges that Jared LONER was motivated by “animus toward the congresswoman”. Hillary condemns violence “from the right, the left, from al Qaeda, from anarchists, whoever it is.” Hillary’s “extremism” comment is about “political views” which she describes as “however bizarre and poorly thought through“. And in her remarks Hillary Clinton is correct – especially when we consider the countries and viewpoints she is trying to reach out to (many of which define bizarre). The Arizona gunman might have some “political” views if we stretch the meaning of “political” to the breaking point.

The full crazy that mental health professionals are labeling as “schizophrenic” indeed has a “political” component – but one which is extremely tenuous. Those who want to explore this aspect of the news story may conduct a search for “David Wynn Miller“. Some of these “political” views are very odd and difficult to describe or understand even as they have been used as defenses by a very few tax resisters. None of this crazy is related to Sarah Palin or the Tea Party or any stream of mainline conservatism or Republican Party ideology.

These theories which have some similarities to writings by the Arizona killer involve Bill Clinton and the Supreme Court as students of David Wynn Miller. Other crazy in this theory is the use of math and grammar. David Wynn Miller denies and contact with Jared Loughner and there is no evidence that Jared Loughner knew of David Wynn Miller and it is possible that Loughner thought up this crazy on his own. You may check out this bizarre world view HERE. For a direct dose of David Wynn Miller check out his website and see if you can figure him out (see HERE). For an interview with “grammar conspiracy theorist David Wynn Miller” go HERE. If you want to try to decipher Jared LONER’s videos check out the above links – this is a trip we do not recommend. ]

Another, no longer practicing, mental health professional by the name of Charles Krauthammer chimes in:

“The charge: The Tucson massacre is a consequence of the “climate of hate” created by Sarah Palin, the Tea Party, Glenn Beck, Obamacare opponents and sundry other liberal betes noires.

The verdict: Rarely in American political discourse has there been a charge so reckless, so scurrilous and so unsupported by evidence.

As killers go, Jared Loughner is not reticent. Yet among all his writings, postings, videos and other ravings – and in all the testimony from all the people who knew him – there is not a single reference to any of these supposed accessories to murder.

Not only is there no evidence that Loughner was impelled to violence by any of those upon whom Paul Krugman, Keith Olbermann, the New York Times, the Tucson sheriff and other rabid partisans are fixated. There is no evidence that he was responding to anything, political or otherwise, outside of his own head.

A climate of hate? This man lived within his very own private climate. “His thoughts were unrelated to anything in our world,” said the teacher of Loughner’s philosophy class at Pima Community College. “He was very disconnected from reality,” said classmate Lydian Ali. “You know how it is when you talk to someone who’s mentally ill and they’re just not there?” said neighbor Jason Johnson. “It was like he was in his own world.”

His ravings, said one high school classmate, were interspersed with “unnerving, long stupors of silence” during which he would “stare fixedly at his buddies,” reported the Wall Street Journal. His own writings are confused, incoherent, punctuated with private numerology and inscrutable taxonomy. He warns of government brainwashing and thought control through “grammar.” He was obsessed with “conscious dreaming,” a fairly good synonym for hallucinations.

This is not political behavior. These are the signs of a clinical thought disorder – ideas disconnected from each other, incoherent, delusional, detached from reality.”

Krauthammer declares LONER a “paranoid schizophrenic. And a dangerous one.” Krauthhammer provides further testimony from LONER’s classmates on the “terrifyingly mentally disturbed” LONER. Like us, Krauthammer notes that

“Furthermore, the available evidence dates Loughner’s fixation on Rep. Gabrielle Giffords to at least 2007, when he attended a town hall of hers and felt slighted by her response. In 2007, no one had heard of Sarah Palin. Glenn Beck was still toiling on Headline News. There was no Tea Party or health-care reform. The only climate of hate was the pervasive post-Iraq campaign of vilification of George W. Bush, nicely captured by a New Republic editor who had begun an article thus: “I hate President George W. Bush. There, I said it.”‘

As to the militaristic language of politics (“battleground states”) Krauthammer echoes Jack Shafer (“fighting and warfare are the most routine of political metaphors.”) It was also Democrat Joe Machin who “dispensed with metaphor and simply fired a bullet through the cap-and-trade bill – while intoning, “I’ll take dead aim at [it]”‘.

Meanwhile, today the victim of political assassination, Sarah Palin spoke.


Sarah Palin: “America’s Enduring Strength” from Sarah Palin on Vimeo.

Sarah Palin expressed sympathy for the Arizona victims and had tough words for those trying to pin the blame on her:

“But, especially within hours of a tragedy unfolding, journalists and pundits should not manufacture a blood libel that serves only to incite the very hatred and violence they purport to condemn. That is reprehensible.

There are those who claim political rhetoric is to blame for the despicable act of this deranged, apparently apolitical criminal. And they claim political debate has somehow gotten more heated just recently. But when was it less heated? Back in those “calm days” when political figures literally settled their differences with dueling pistols? In an ideal world all discourse would be civil and all disagreements cordial. But our Founding Fathers knew they weren’t designing a system for perfect men and women. If men and women were angels, there would be no need for government. Our Founders’ genius was to design a system that helped settle the inevitable conflicts caused by our imperfect passions in civil ways. So, we must condemn violence if our Republic is to endure.

As I said while campaigning for others last March in Arizona during a very heated primary race, “We know violence isn’t the answer. When we ‘take up our arms’, we’re talking about our vote.” Yes, our debates are full of passion, but we settle our political differences respectfully at the ballot box – as we did just two months ago, and as our Republic enables us to do again in the next election, and the next. That’s who we are as Americans and how we were meant to be. Public discourse and debate isn’t a sign of crisis, but of our enduring strength. It is part of why America is exceptional.”

Hillary Clinton supporters recall all too well how threats of race riots in Denver were used to squelch a legitimate open vote. Hillary Clinton supporters recall all too well how an historical reference to Robert Kennedy’s death in 1968 resulted in blood libel with Obama supporters declaring that to be a call for assassination.

Sarah Palin’s “blood libel” charge was defended by well known liberals such as Alan Dershowitz. That did not deter Obama Dimocrats from attacking her use of the term. Indeed, defending herself was a controversy. Because she defended herself from those Obama Dimocrats who falsely accused her of responsibility, Sarah Palin was accused of forcing herself onto this ugly tale:

“BOTTOM LINE: Sarah Palin, once again, has found a way to become part of the story. And she may well face further criticism for the timing and scope of her remarks.”

Common sense Americans are rejecting the nonsense and making judgments. A growing backlash?:

“Most Americans reject the idea that inflammatory political language by conservatives should be part of the debate about the forces behind the Arizona shooting that left six people dead and a congresswoman in critical condition, a USA TODAY/Gallup Poll finds.

A 53% majority of those surveyed call that analysis mostly an attempt to use the tragedy to make conservatives look bad. About a third, 35%, say it is a legitimate point about how dangerous language can be.

And there is little sense that stricter gun control laws in Arizona might have averted the tragedy. Only one in five say they would have prevented the shooting; 72% say tighter controls wouldn’t have prevented it.”

As Jared LONER continues to sit “in his cell with a smirk on his face, nothing else” – who is to blame? Obama Dimocrats absolve Jared LONER of his crime. Obama Dimocrats want someone to blame. Let’s help them in the hunt for a scapegoat.

Obama Dimocrats can blame the victim – Representative Gabrielle Giffords:

“TUCSON — “I have a Glock 9 millimeter, and I’m a pretty good shot.”
The quip, by Representative Gabrielle Giffords, was made in an interview last year with The New York Times, when tensions were running high in her district. It speaks not only to her ability to defend herself but also to the passionate gun culture in Arizona, which crosses political lines and is notable for its fierceness, even in the West.

Indeed, the federal judge who was killed on Saturday in the shootings here, John M. Roll, had his wife and many people who worked with him take lessons at the Marksman Pistol Institute, an indoor range downtown. One of the doctors who operated on Ms. Giffords after the shooting rampage was a member of the Pima Pistol Club, an outdoor range where federal and local law enforcement personnel were practicing on Monday.”

Obama Dimocrats can drag out now divorced Tipper Gore and ask her to join the hunt for someone to blame:

“Gore, whose 1985 testimony before a Senate panel was countered by musicians Frank Zappa and Dee Snyder of the group Twisted Sister, says she wasn’t out to censor the objectionable material. “I’m a strong believer in the First Amendment,” she says. Instead, Gore continues to advocate “consumer information in the marketplace.”

We’re all for “consumer information”. But why not blame the music?

“Sure, why not? If we’re going to start blaming cultural influences, let’s go nuts. (So to speak.) Weed, heavy metal, Sarah Palin — was there no dangerous stimulus to which this delicate mind wasn’t subjected?

In particular, a pounding metal song used as the soundtrack for the lone video Loughner marked as a favorite on YouTube — one in which an American flag is burned by a hooded man — contains lyrics that reference bodies hitting a floor. The video for the song itself — a 2001 release from the band Drowning Pool titled “Bodies” — features one of the band’s members screaming instructions to what appears to be a mental patient housed in an insane asylum.

“You’re never sure what caused an individual to commit a specific act,” Brad Bushman, a communications and psychology professor at Ohio State University, told the Washington Post’s J. Freedom du Lac. “But I’ve been doing research on violent media for 20 years, and the evidence is that it leads to aggressive behavior. It’s not the only factor that leads to violence, but it’s one of them.”…

The band reiterated that stance when it issued a statement about the controversy surrounding the song and Loughner on its website on Monday.

“We were devastated this weekend to learn of the tragic events that occurred in Arizona and that our music has been misinterpreted, again,” the statement reads. ” ‘Bodies’ was written about the brotherhood of the mosh pit and the respect people have for each other in the pit. If you push others down, you have to pick them back up. It was never about violence. It’s about a certain amount of respect and a code.”

Perhaps Jared LONER read The Catcher In The Rye. That evil book incited the killer of John Lennon so perhaps it is time to ban it.

There was a murder at Altamont when the Rolling Stones played songs like Sympathy For The Devil (based on the Russian novel The Master And Margarita – ban the book.) Ban the music of the Rolling Stones.

There is much evidence of the violence caused by Rap music – ban the whole genre. Don’t let Marilyn Manson and Ozzy Osborne escape from the ban. Wasn’t there a guy who killed a gay icon because of the evil Twinkie cakes? Ban it all. Link Wray’s song Rumble caused all sorts of trouble decades ago so ban that. Imprison Jody Foster so she does not incite another person to murder a president. To protect Sheriff Dupnik isn’t it time to imprison Eric Clapton and ban Bob Marley for I Shot The Sheriff? Ban it all.

On an episode of Dancing With The Stars, Bristol mentioned Drowning Pool as one of her favorite bands.” That’s all the proof required to pin the blame on Bristol Palin.

Bristol Palin + Jared LONER favorite youtube song by band Drowning Pool = Guilty.

It was Bristol all along. Ban her too. Ban Dancing For The Stars as well – America will be a better place for that.

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255 thoughts on “Blame Bristol Palin For Arizona Shootings

  1. The video Jared LONER liked which includes the song by the band Drowning Pool. Bristol Palin likes Drowning Pool. Guilty.

  2. Bravo, admin. Preach on.

    Has anyone else noticed how squat and his handlers usually support the unsupportable?
    He came to the aid of Henry Louis Gates, accusing the Boston police of racism.
    He supports and protect Nidal Hassan rather than the American soldiers killed at the Fort hood massacre.
    He protects the Xmas crotch bomber.
    He comes out in favor of the Ground Zero mosque.
    He calls the owner of Michael Vick’s new team to praise giving a brother a second chance.
    He praises the crazy sheriff in Tuscon who clims the shooter was inspired by the tea party.

    It’s sickening that he and his team have turned a tragedy into a game of let’s score political points rather than one of mourning for the victims.

    It’s what he does, time and again. It’s disgusting.

    ings were ins

  3. O.M.G.

    I just caught a glimpse of the auditorium where squat will speak tonight. Draped over the backs of each (empty) chair is a banner reading Together We Thrive.

    I am so disgusted.

    I will not be watching or listening tonight and will rely on reports from the hillaryis44 trenches.

  4. basil9
    January 12th, 2011 at 7:28 pm
    Bravo, admin. Preach on.

    Has anyone else noticed how squat and his handlers usually support the unsupportable?
    _______________________________________
    It’s because he’s anti-American. It is his nature. He can no more do the American thing than he can fall up a tree.

  5. Is Together We Thrive Obama’s new mantra and did his staff drape all the seats with that? Fox News just quoted his staff as saying BO understood this is a time of mourning and will not insert himself into it. Right!

  6. I heard a guest on Charlie Rose last night talking about the mental health aspect of this and he also pronounced Loughner as Loner. That’s the first time I think I’ve heard it pronounce that way on tv.

  7. basil9
    They’re t-shirts so the guests can have a souvenir to remind themselves of this solemn occasion. Seriously? t-shirts?

  8. Do I have absolute proof this the BO team’s idea? No. But it sure sounds like something they would cook up. And even if I don’t have the proof, what difference does that make, right?

    👿

    http://www.kold.com/Global/story.asp?S=13829471

    TUCSON, AZ (KOLD) – “Together We Thrive: Tucson and America” will begin at 6 p.m. at McKale Memorial Center and is free and open to the public. Doors open at 4 p.m. and attendees are encouraged to arrive early because of increased security and large crowds.

    Oh, and they’re tee shirts, not banners.

  9. I suppose it could be Tucson’s idea of showing a solidarity to bring residents together to heal, etc. But if it is Obama, it is too tacky.

  10. I wonder if it will be awkward to have Obama, Pelosi and the dem leadership there with the AZ politicians who are mostly Republican.

  11. The flap jawed Sheriff Dupnik is shown in the crowd talking to people and smiling. I was hoping he was so discredited that he would be in hiding.

  12. By all means let us waste more taxpayer dollars on subliminal garbage like those banners. What is he holding? A pep rally?

    I wish he would just go on vacation again and shut the hell up. Hillary exhausts herself on the real business of the nation and he throws stupid parties just to hear himself speak. Have to wonder if he is bussing anyone in for it.

  13. My last post but I chanced on a clip when I was looking for Pawn Stars and there he was, nose in the air, jaw jutting out, chin raised.

    Who in the world ever told him that was an attractive pose?

  14. The man giving the native american blessing says he is half mexican and not really a medicine man, just a doctor.

  15. Sec. of State Hillary Clinton on Jared Loughner’s ‘Extremism’

    January 12, 2011

    In a sit-down interview with CNN’s Jill Dougherty, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was asked to explain comments she made on an overseas trip about extremists and Jared Loughner, the man accused of shooting of Rep. Giffords and 18 others in Tucson over the weekend.

    Read more about her initial comments, in which she called Loughner an extremist, HERE.

    Clinton explained on CNN that pursuing criminal activity connected to political views, no matter how “bizarre and poorly thought through” they might be “that’s a form of extremism.

    Here’s the relevant portion of the transcript:

    QUESTION: On this trip, you’ve had some very interesting comments about extremists when you made that comparison between extremists in this region and extremists in the United States. You mentioned the man who unfortunately shot Congresswoman Giffords. Were you rushing to judgment on his motivations (inaudible) shooting people? And also, could you explain a little bit about what you meant by it?

    SECRETARY CLINTON: Well, I think from what we know – and of course, I’m reading the newspapers and watching TV like everyone else who was deeply affected by this tragedy. I knew that people all over the world would be expressing their sympathy, as they have been, on my trip. I happen to know the congresswoman. I think very highly of her. She’s an extraordinary person as well as a great public servant. And the loss of all of the people – the federal judge, the nine-year-old girl, and others – is just heartbreaking to me.

    Based on what I know, this is a criminal defendant who was in some ways motivated by his own political views, who had a particular animus toward the congresswoman. And I think when you cross the line from expressing opinions that are of conflicting differences in our political environment into taking action that’s violent action, that’s a hallmark of extremism, whether it comes from the right, the left, from al-Qaida, from anarchists, whoever it is. That is a form of extremism. So yes, I think that when you’re a criminal who is in some way pursuing criminal activity connected to – however bizarre and poorly thought through – your political views, that’s a form of extremism.

    http://blogs.abcnews.com/thenote/2011/01/sec-of-state-hillary-clinton-on-jared-loughners-extremism.html

  16. Okay, Googling for [ “blood libel” -Jewish -anti-Semitic -Israel -Palin ]
    for period Jan 1, 2000 to Jan 1, 2011
    I just got About 916,000 results.

    Here’s an item stretching the meaning to a wider context:

    White House Blood Libel by Chris Floyd
    Aug 25, 2006 – What Rove is giving voice to here is nothing less than the new blood libel of our age: that those who oppose the Bush Administration’s unconstitutional …
    lewrockwell.com/floyd/floyd23.html

    There’s one about gays not being allowed to donate blood.

    There are a few usages stretching this to current or then-current politics, but still most of them are the traditional meaning. Haven’t checked beyond a couple of screens.

  17. Michelle almost forgot to put her hand over her heart for the national anthem. She’ll catch flack for that.

  18. Could we take up a collection and buy Michelle Obama a sweater that fits, not one borrowed from her daughters?

  19. Bigcatlover,

    I can’t watch. I’ve been poking around the live blogging sites. It sounds absolutely dreadful

  20. admin
    You showed great restraint in not mentioning Michelle’s sweater before now. That was my first thought, even though I keep trying not to focus on her wardrobe.

  21. @ BigCatLover @ 7:56

    “national pastor”? Ugh. That creeps me out. He may be her own personal jesus. but he ain’t mine.

  22. I’m blown away by the crowd cheering at everything that’s said, but I guess there are alot of students there from the university. It’s just a little odd.

  23. Are they giving out gift bags with “Together We Thrive” branded on the side? This event has all the solemnity of a football rally in a parking lot. Maybe Jan Brewer will brig some dignity to the proceedings. Will Jan Brewer be booed?

    BTW, does this mean the boycott of Arizona if over?

  24. Made it home just in time for Daniel’s humble speech – what a great guy.

    Now Jan Brewer, love this rethug.

    And time for Baracko Bingo. (ugh, if I can stomach him and his MO)

    I am excited to read Admins new post after Bingo.

  25. I’m not watching but I’m sure this is what it must look like.

    “This must have been planned by a multicultural committee of students and White House staffers who have never, ever been to a memorial service, because it is completely unlike any memorial service I have seen in my 55 years on this earth. Or maybe I’m finally having an acid flashback.”

  26. something tells me that they will cheer all the way through Obama’s speech. The standing ovations were not for the speakers, but the victims of the shootings.

  27. admin

    Could we take up a collection and buy Michelle Obama a sweater that fits, not one borrowed from her daughters?
    ——–

    😆 Admin, no more $$ for MO.

  28. The crowd should not be cheering, its meant to be a memorial somber occasion, this is like WWF wrestling crowd.

  29. My electric keeps going off, in middle of a huge storm, i think i’ll go to bed, this is sickening, this is not a memorial, its more like an Obama pep rally.

    Still thinking, didnt our servicemen who were murdered in Ft Hood deserve something like this…………………………

  30. Ah Moon, these kids are excited to be in the same room as all these important people, and their state needs something to feel good about after this tragedy.

  31. The schedule:

    Opening music
    · Native American blessing
    · Welcome by UA President Robert N. Shelton
    · Playing of the National Anthem
    · Remarks by President Shelton
    · Remarks by UA Student
    · Remarks by Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer
    · Remarks by Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano
    · Remarks by U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder
    · Remarks by President Obama
    · Moment of silence.

  32. Okay, no one is to cheer at my funeral, no matter if I die heroically saving 47 people from a burning building. It’s tacky. Ugh.

    Oh, and the only thing I want read at my funeral is this poem by ee cummings:

    into the strenuous briefness
    Life:
    handorgans and April
    darkness, friends

    i charge laughing.
    Into the hair-thin tints
    of yellow dawn,
    into the women-coloured twilight

    i smilingly glide. I
    into the big vermilion departure
    swim, sayingly;

    (Do you think?) the
    i do, world
    is probably made
    of roses & hello:

    (of solongs and, ashes)

  33. Oh God, help us all though the Bingo read…here it comes……….

    Get the teleprompters ready, let the kids pass the bong quickly.

  34. I have never ever in my life heard whistling and cheering at a memorial, its creepy, undignified and frankly disrespectful, i can just see Obama turning this into his campaign show………..

  35. Sorry but this is just wrong…..Pres. Obama now takes the lectern to cheers and applause, more campaign rally than memorial service.

    Is this an election special…….for fucks sake give me strength, this is about 6 murdered people and they are clapping, whooping and cheering.

  36. Obama: “There is nothing that I can say that can fill the sudden hole torn in your hearts.”

    er not the best choice of words for 6 shot murdered people.

  37. He justs comes across as too happy to be there, whether its nerves, but he looks like he is laughing and smirking at times.

  38. Oh God help us, now he’s in campaign rhythm and is actually pausing to wait expectantly for applause. This is just weird.

  39. From the text of the speech, the cheek…..

    Obama to also say: “For the truth is that none of us can know exactly what triggered this vicious attack. ”

    Obama to also say: “what we can’t do is use this tragedy as one more occasion to turn on one another.”

    …………………..

    you better talk to your party, mate.

  40. The one thing that bothers me is, if this had not had a judge and a congresswoman would he be there doing this……no uh.

    christ its like a baptist revival.

  41. This is really just weird now, Barack is sending out applause with big cheers at a memorial, I’m just jawdropped.

    this is off the scale weird.

  42. They have taken a tragedy and turned it into a massive election campaign job. I’m sickened, Obama is smirking like a madman. Seriously am i reading this wrong, its like he’s enjoying this, you should not be enjoying this.

  43. I cannot get what they are clapping for. No matter what is sais, they cheer. Now he’s tallking aobut the national discourse. Here we go.

  44. Now he’s trying to take the high road about finger-pointing. Which might have worked had he said it before several days of screeching blamefest, instead of after it became apparent that wasn’t going to fly.

  45. I think the cheering and applause is what is going to be remembered most about this. And not to his credit.

    We’ll see.

  46. I cant believe how they have turned this into a highly political speech, this is disgraceful what they have done.

  47. Put yourself in the place of the victims families. How would you feel that he has turned this to being about him?

  48. We sat down to relax after shoveling snow and instead the One was on. I couldn’t stomach it but my husband is watching. I told him I wished that you know who would just curl up and die or drop off the planet, I detest him so much. My husband says that he does not even know who I am anymore that I have this hatred and I said that I don’t understand how he could have voted for this monster.
    I came to the blog for something to distract but it is more about O.
    Don’t know how you folks can stand it . I can’t. Think I’ll go have a glass of wine and pray for the faux memorial to end soon.

    Oh…just watched a cute, happy movie with beautiful scenery…..letters to Juliet…..nice distraction.

  49. What a disgrace, this sounds like a campaign speech than a memorial, and the cheering?! who the hell cheers at a memorial?!

    This is pathetic and embarassing. And that sly arrogant smile, this is not “feeling your pain”, this is “I know better than you”.
    I truely was hoping to give him the benefit of the doubt, but alas, with Waffles its all about him, all the time, everytime.

  50. fox commenting on the fact that this memorial has not had the feel of a solemn service. Standing ovation for the prez.

  51. I totally lost the Bingo game too, only 19 points.

    I actually like MOST of what he said, I only wish that he would take to heart his own words of us living up to the hopes of our children.

    ————
    Gabbie opened her eyes tonight, that is awesome, and her husband must be going though Hell.

  52. Shadowfax…guaranteed Obama won’t stick to any of that, it was a speech designed for now, he will throw it out the window first chance he gets.

  53. Palin did a superb job, it was not about her [other than defending the libel nonsense spewed at her], it was about America, America’s goodness, the innocent victims. When I watched her speech, it sounded genuine, I believed her sincerity.

    This on TV on the other hand is about Waffles, no solemness, it was a campaign speech with sprinking mentions of the entire tragedy at Tucson. This was beyond disgusting. This was nothing like Bill Clinton’s beautiful speech after the Oklahoma incident, and nothing like GWB’s stoic “we will not be defeated” speech after 9/11.

  54. Krauthammer praising O’s speech both in tone and in content. What’s up with this guy? He loved the ‘and then Gabby opened her line’ part and says it was appropriate. He’s trying to cut off any criticism by the other pundits. He’s still going on. What is behind this Obama love from Krauthammer.

  55. I’m going to c-span and listen to what the callers have to say about the whole event. The pundits are making me sick.

  56. Click on the link in admin’s article to get the details on the Together We Thrive slogan. It’s even bigger than we first thought.

  57. I wonder what he promised his idiot audience to cheer the bejeesus out of this unholy event.

    This whole mess was an excuse for bambi to…

  58. Pundits are all DC or NY people, they don’t want to upset the Waffles love from the media, so no one will say anything to rock the boat. This is just what happened in the ’08 primaries. No one wants to be the one that says “The Emporer has no clothes on”.

  59. Jan, maybe the students were promised no classes tomorrow if they cheered at almost every sentence or two that BO said.

    It was strange just really strange.

  60. obama will have to double up on his golf games tomorrow. All this jocularity and bad taste has probably tired him all out.

    Once again no emotion in his voice or actions…fake…fake…fake…trying to be John F. Kennedy, Martin Luther King, and Bill Clinton and falling very very short.

  61. SouthernBorn, the pundits are wrong. Perhaps they are sincere, or just afraid to say anything negative about a memorial speech and look like asses themselves.

    I guarantee you that the vast majority of people found the cheering and the pauses for applause and the campaign cadence irreverent and weird as hell.

  62. If you had only heard the reaction of the crowd and not BO’s speech, you would surely think you were at a big basketball game or sporting event, not a memorial service.

  63. All the callers to c-span loved the speech. god help this country. I wonder if c-span screened the callers and only put the positive ones on the air.

  64. I don’t get Krauthammer who has been so critical of Obama in the past and now seems like a total Obot. I don’t remember him being like that during the ’08 election. Isn’t he a Republican? Also, are his predictions ever on the mark? He may think this speech is a plus for Obama but I can’t see the American public suddenly praising Obama and causing his poll numbers to skyrocket.

    I didn’t listen to the speech but saw the visuals on TV and it even looked odd for a memorial service.

  65. Meh, C-Span does that all the time. Plus, the Obots always gang-call, even on the “republican” lines.

  66. House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand and Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, all close friends of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, were in the hospital room with the Arizona Democrat when she opened her eyes for the first time since she was shot in the head Saturday during a rampage that killed six in Tucson, Ariz.

    http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0111/47533.html

  67. Cornell West questioned the tone of the event and all the cheering. Now Gergen is trying to make him feel bad about saying that. Now they are talking about the president can control any event he’s part of and he was not expecting this tone and his speech was not written with applause lined. But, I’m sure they will say he handled it spectacularly.

  68. LOL!!!! Is this the same Gergen who has pronounced Palin’s career dead and buried about a zillion times now???

  69. not expecting this tone and his speech was not written with applause lined.

    ……………………………..

    What utter shit, There were so many pregnant pauses in that speech, it was designed for maximum reaction.

  70. Okay this is my last comment. Every dem congresswoman is on the phone with CNN talking about the eye opening miracle. Milking it for all it’s worth (- going on and on (Wasserman-Schultz, Kirsten Gillibrand).

  71. We watched BO’s speech with friends. They all remember the presidental campaign, the actions of BO since then. The words I kept hearing them say was “hyprocritical, hyprocrite”. They especially did not like his talking about puttting our hands over our hearts to pledge…they certainly remembered the campaign and the picture of Hillary and others doing just that and there stood BO. There were so many moments like that.

  72. Reminded me of the I’L Duce Benito Mussolini with his nose held high speaking to his captive audiences who finally hung him in the town square.Makes me wonder where the cheering squad came from.A race rally perhaps?

    Hillary your country needs you and be careful for he could destroy you

    ABM90

  73. If I had the energy (and stomach for it) I’d run a word count on both Obama’s and Palin’s speeches and how many times words like ‘I’ and ‘me’ appeared in each.

  74. well, Hotair guy Allahpundit liked the speech and says most of the righties liked it too: “this is playing remarkably well thus far among righties on Twitter: Rich Lowry, Jonah Goldberg, Jim Geraghty, Andy Levy, S.E. Cupp, Philip Klein, and Ace’s own co-bloggers Drew and Gabe all thought it was rock solid.”

  75. not expecting this tone and his speech was not written with applause lined.

    ……………………………..

    What utter shit, There were so many pregnant pauses in that speech, it was designed for maximum reaction.

    ———–

    Yeah, you pack 2/3 of the audience with college students because you did not want any “fanboyz” atmosphere at all.

  76. Southern Born
    January 12th, 2011 at 9:53 pm
    If you had only heard the reaction of the crowd and not BO’s speech, you would surely think you were at a big basketball game or sporting event, not a memorial service.
    —————-

    Exactly.

  77. So Palin got excoriated today (by even many of the righties who don’t like her) for defending herself and Obama gets his rose petals tomorrow for his speech — mission accomplished.

  78. Pelosi is a “close friend” of Giffords? really? wonder why Rep. Giffords then voted against her for minority leader?

  79. AP link on Drudge is saying Giffords eyes opened shortly after Obama’s visit. Also called the speech electrifying..soaring cheers…summoning the soul of a nation…

    Sheesh, could you be more obvious in your Obama love?

  80. Southernborn at 9:46

    I think what all those people fail to verbalize is, everyone knows he can really preach well, but unlike before he was elected, he now has a track record, and his speeches now feel like fiction, and not a forcaster of the future.

    He certainly did pay honor, and honor was what he should have portrayed. But he still has to look like a leader. That comes when you start putting together legislations, and then working both sides of the aisle, something he has been sorely unable to do. The incident in Tucson, has not taught him how to do that. It only gave him the opportunity to make another campaign speech.

  81. Palin was a casualty yesterday and she is a casualty after this speech. She does not have the advantage of the vast leftwing conspiracy machine nor the bully pulpit that Obama enjoys. I feel very bad and sad for her.

    commenters on Althouse who are mostly right of center all have positive comments on the speech. here is one: “The Dems were using a Good Cop/Bad Cop game. Obama did an excellent Good Cop tonight. He sent the message that if the Tea Party/GOP will surcome, then the Good Cop will be kind to them,but if not, then the dogs of slander war will be loosed again by the Government Owned Media. That was a good recovery for the Dems. Point Obama who made that move well. He went from a line of “known blame of Limbaugh-Palin-Beck” to a line of “We will never know who is to blame”. That was an escape from a trap the Dems were in for having a monster that turned out to be apolitical. Point Obama. Stay tuned.”

  82. Some comments from No Quarter

    Wow. Just wow. That was the most DISRESPECTFUL display of low class behavior for a memorial service ever. Obama and Co turned it into a pep rally.

    Obama wants the nation to heal? Then HE needs to resign!

    I like the “photo session” in the audience afterwards.
    Maybe they could drop by the morque and pose with the corpses!

  83. I repeat myself, I know, but he is one lucky bastard. Having somebody like Palin to kick around is icing on the cake.

  84. turndownobama
    January 12th, 2011 at 10:08 pm

    If I had the energy (and stomach for it) I’d run a word count on both Obama’s and Palin’s speeches and how many times words like ‘I’ and ‘me’ appeared in each.
    ———

    ‘I’ was one of my Bingo words, so Barry said it 13 times on my tally.

  85. Okay, Palin’s speech on her Facebook page is 1,141 words.
    ‘I’ occurs 8 times.
    ‘me’ occurs 1 time.

    How many words was Obama’s speech? Rather not dirty my word clipboard with it.

  86. Admin, I was really getting into this article, and then you just had to do it. In the very last sentence, you seemingly advocated for banning “Dancing With The Stars”. How could you?!!!!!! I am devastated! 🙂

  87. I didn’t watch the fraud tonight because… I just didn’t want to. If memory serves me right, didn’t Paul Wellstone’s memorial service back in 2002 turn into a big pep rally for Democrats. Typical.

  88. If Giffords opened her eyes, it was probably to make sure that Øbama didn’t pull any of the plugs on the equipment that is helping her stay alive. You know, those darn death panels in all. She wanted to make sure that he wasn’t taking things into his own hands.

  89. Let’s see how long the DemoRats can desist from making personal attacks on say someone like Sarah Palin. It won’t take long for them to go back to their nasty selves.

  90. This was on Salon today. I want so much to use the b word here, but I won’t out of respect to you all. I have to wonder how she can overlook the Narcissist in Chief, yet slam Palin for sticking up for herself. The left is made up of soulless ghouls for the most part; pathetic hypocrites who don’t even realize how foolish they appear.

    Sarah Palin will never be president
    The stunning narcissism and inability to even fake empathy show why she’ll never lead the nation
    By Joan Walsh

    AP/YouTube
    Pat Buchanan and Sarah PalinI don’t know what’s worse: That Sarah Palin knew the term “blood libel” has historically been a cornerstone of anti-Semitism (it specifically refers to the gruesome lie that Jews murdered Christian babies to use their blood in matzoh) or that she’s so ignorant she didn’t know what “blood libel” meant.

    I am honestly not sure which is true, but I know one thing, having watched her atrocious, tone-deaf, all-about-me video: Sarah Palin will never be president of the United States.

    The narcissism required, on a day the nation is commemorating the Arizona shooting victims, to put her own sense of victimhood front and center, is stunning. The “blood libel” idiocy may be the worst of it, especially given that Giffords herself is Jewish. But that’s not the only thing wrong with her performance. Hilariously, after all the times she’s mocked President Obama for using a teleprompter, you can see a teleprompter screen reflected in her eyeglasses throughout much of her Facebook chat. Seeing the flickering teleprompter in her eyes is eerie; it’s where some flicker of her soul should be, but you don’t see any. Looking into Palin’s eyes, you see a blazing, self-pitying anger that’s shocking, even for the self-described “pit bull in lipstick.”

    Palin delights in shocking us; this rant is worse than most of what she’s done, but it’s all of a piece. She’ll rally her friends to her side and further alienate those who already hate her, but she may add new people to the latter group. Her friends are already circling the wagons: On Twitter this morning, the National Review’s Kathryn Jean Lopez defended Palin and said “‘blood libel in purest sense of the phrase’ is how one political insider approvingly spoke of palin’s use of the phrase to me this morning.” In the purest sense of the phrase? Really? “Blood libel” in the purest sense can’t possibly have anything to do with the criticism Palin has experienced since the Tucson shooting. National Review founder William F. Buckley must be in despair over the folks who’ve inherited his project. Buckley kept John Birch anti-Semites out of his magazine, and in 1999, Buckley devoted a whole issue to his 40,000 word essay (which became a book) “In Search of Anti-Semitism,” examining examples of right-wing animus against Jews in modern-day conservatism. Buckley sadly concluded that his friend Pat Buchanan’s attacks on Jewish neocons (while ignoring the movement’s non-Jews) amounted to more than “mischievous generalizations”; they were anti-Semitic.

    Predictably, Pat Buchanan defended Palin on MSNBC today. “Frankly, I thought it was an excellent statement with regard to the phrase ‘blood libel’,” Buchanan said. “That, of course, refers to the libel that was used in the Middle Ages, charges against Jews that were utterly unsupportable slanders and I think she’s using it in that context.” That statement makes absolutely no sense, of course.

    Buchanan went on to say that Palin “is not a dispenser of hate, she’s a victim of hate.” Buchanan’s seal of approval isn’t likely to reassure Jewish voters. But at least one Jew has defended Palin: Alan Dershowitz, who’s already proven he’s happy to flout Jewish social teaching by defending torture, said he’s fine with her use of the term. But many Jewish groups, from the liberal J Street to the often conservative Anti-Defamation League, have criticized Palin’s use of the hateful term.

    I’m not making the case here that Palin is anti-Semitic (although it’s interesting that one of her first advisors was Fred Malek, the guy who counted the number of Jews in the Nixon administration for Buchanan’s old boss). More than any other American president, Palin reminds me of Richard Nixon, who rode a coalition of resentment and grievance to the presidency. Nixon had his own deep well of self-pity, immortalized in his famous “last” speech in 1962, where he promised, “You won’t have Nixon to kick around anymore.” But Nixon also learned from his loss to John F. Kennedy and the reaction to his “last” speech to project more leadership and less anger and bitterness. Palin hasn’t learned anything since she lost her campaign for the vice presidency in 2008, except how to “reload” on her enemies after criticism.

    Tuesday’s speech isn’t really surprising, but it did make it plain to me: Palin can’t be president. She’s a divider, not a uniter, and she can’t even pretend to be anything else. Americans won’t forget that while Giffords and other shooting victims were still hospitalized, Palin was tending to her own psychic wounds. So very petty, so hugely unpresidential.

  91. Just like in the 2008 primary and the presidential election obama fans the flames of hatred ( though others) then become the voice of reason. I am sickened by this shameless propaganda.

  92. No, ACE was NOT thrilled with the campaign speech…
    ************

    Full Text of Speech
    —Ace

    If, like me, you were just thinking, “Hey, he’s keeping the focus on the victims, that’s good” (and by good I mean awful, because they were real living people, once), brace yourself, he’s about to turn bad.

    He doesn’t so much make accusations as continue to pander to deranged leftists who insist that Sarah Palin is an accomplice to murder. But who knows — given that the left is now determined to avenge the shootings via some eliminationist rhetoric and possibly actions of their own, maybe it’s helpful and will save lives.

    If he wants to make the left understand I mean you too he has to say so though, because of course otherwise they assume they can do no wrong.

    “We cannot use this occasion as one more reason to turn on each other.” Nice thought, but I sure hope that at some point the word goes out I mean the left too.

    No… I tried to give him a break, but it’s the heavy implication this was a political attack (why else all the emphasis on disagreeing without being disagreeable?).

    Yup, trying to run the Bill Clinton 1995 playbook.

    Question: Why did he stage this yet again at a college? I know that’s where he prefers to campaign, but, um, this wasn’t supposed to be a campaign event.

    Why was the audience filled with people entirely unconnected to the victims? Was it an accident these people were college students? I.e., Obama fans?

    All the audience cheering? What?

  93. On Palin , how dare she defind herself.
    ***********8

    ABCNEWS: She ‘once again has found a way to become part of the story’…

    CBSNEWS: ‘Plays the victim card’…

    NBCNEWS: ‘Ignorant’ for using ‘blood libel’ term…
    ********
    All memorial services and funerals have their own slogans and t-shirts these days. Didn’t you know that?

  94. obama fans the flames of hatred ( though others) then become the voice of reason.

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

    Ya, bad cop / good cop.

    Community Organizer stuff. Get the street people to break windows, so he can go to the shopkeepers and be a hero to stop them.

  95. If I opened my eyes from a coma and the first thing I saw was nancy pelosi, I would be certain I had died and gone to hell…a comment on yahoo…

  96. Btw, the line about Rep Giffords opening her eyes “for the first time” when Nancy Pelosi was there is an out and out lie. News reports 3 days ago said she had her eyes open and was responding to simple commands.

  97. So much great info in this post, admin although the most valuable for me is the Gabby quote about her Glock. Perfectly acceptable that she would make such a statement, yet so obviously the one thing which might have triggered the assassin’s action.

    Seems to me the media went all out to hype the speech (oops, it’s not a speech – it is ‘remarks’). Extremely orchestrated from the t shirts to Jim Lehrer’s News Hour being pushed back from 7 PM (WNET-13 NY) to 9:30 PM with coverage of event at approx. 8:35. Special announcement of that time change and the reason for it was announced by Gwen EyeFull just before 6:30PM.

    Think they were reaching for a higher comparison than Clinton/OK City. Think they are hoping for Bush/9 Eleven. IMO public opinion will take a few days to settle out resulting in much less favorability. I know 80-something friend Shirley (with no computer access) will see the event for what it was.

  98. the entire event seemed like a campaign rally and a launch for the ’12 campaign, they even had t-shirts made up. I wonder who really forms their opinions listening to the DC/NY pundits or who makes up their own mind?

  99. Mark Kelly looked incredulously at MO holding his hand, leaning into to him, when BO mentioned Gaby opened her eye. He was looking for a ‘real’ tear.

  100. http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2011/jan/12/2010-joint-warmest-on-record
    The year of devastating floods, freak snowstorms, forest fires and heatwaves that was 2010 has tied for the warmest on record, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration announced today.
    [….]
    It was the 34th consecutive year of above-average global temperatures – a trend NCDC scientists said provided further evidence of the effects of greenhouse gas emissions on the climate.
    [….]
    Each year since 2000 has ranked as one of the 15 warmest since records began. The last year with below-average temperatures occurred in 1976, NOAA said.
    [….]
    In another marker of climate change, Arctic sea ice cover was the third smallest since record-keeping began in 1979.

    Last year was also the wettest year on record, and NOAA scientists are beginning to focus more intensively on the potential for extreme rainstorms because of the warming of the atmosphere.

  101. Tnaks Big pink posters for the commentary. I couldn’t watch.

    Question: Anyone else think it weird that Napolitano and Holder were both speakers? It struck me as odd.

  102. admin, lady in a sweater 4 sizes too small..

    http://www.michellesmirror.com/2011/01/and-oscar-goes-to.html

    “Oh, and speaking of little girls, Lady M went dressed as one again. Full dirndle with inverted pleats, 6 inch patent leather belt and mini-me cardi. Oh, and pearls. Cute.

    Butt we still need to work on that unhappy little girl face when things don’t go our way, don’t we? and we need to try to remember, when we sit, we’re not really a little girl.”

  103. Obama was repeating some reporter’s stupid line in his speech and now it is going to cost the feds to bring full charges against the suspect..What a moron!

    Obama speech undercuts federal charge for judge’s murder

    It may have been inadvertent, but a passage in President Barack Obama’s speech to a memorial service it Tucson Wednesday night could undercut a criminal charge federal prosecutors have leveled at suspect Jared Loughner for the death of U.S. District Court Judge John Roll in a shooting rampage Saturday.

    “Judge Roll was recommended for the federal bench by John McCain 20 years ago, appointed by President George H.W. Bush, and rose to become Arizona’s chief federal judge,” Obama told the crowd at the University of Arizona. Roll’s “colleagues described him as the hardest-working judge within the Ninth Circuit. He was on his way back from attending mass, as he did every day, when he decided to stop by and say, ‘Hi,’ to his representative.”

    In the complaint supporting Loughner’s arrest, federal prosecutors argue that Roll wasn’t simply seeking to pay a social call on Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-Ariz.) when he showed up at the community outreach event where the shooting spree took place Saturday. Prosecutors and the FBI insist that Roll “was engaged in official duties” because he wanted to talk to Giffords and her staffers about problems with a surging caseload in federal courts in Arizona, particularly along the Mexican border.

    Loughner’s alleged killing of Roll may only be a crime under federal law if Roll was on business and not merely stopping by to say hi to a friend. The death penalty is likely available to the feds anyway, because of the death of Giffords’s aide Gabriel Zimmerman. However, multiple murders are an additional aggravating factor that could lead to the death penalty under federal law, as is the killing of a federal judge when carrying out his official duties.

    http://www.politico.com/blogs/joshgerstein/0111/Obama_speech_undercuts_federal_charge_for_judges_murder.html

  104. I posted this on TC, and I’m going to repeat it here. Watching the left fall all over themselves to play right into Palin’s strengths is becoming sadly comedic.

    In the current political climate, the ONLY way for the left/center left to succeed is to take Palin and other conservatives seriously, and go head-to-head with them over policy, and the role and function of government. Demonizing isn’t going to work. Calling them selfish or cold-hearted or crazy isn’t going to work. The debate is going to have to be over the role and function and limits and benefits of govt.

    Liberals can actually win that debate, if they’ll have it honestly. If they refuse to have it, if they sidestep and just rail on conservative personalities themselves, and how “hateful” they are, expect another ass-whipping in 2012.

    Someone said that the conservatives are not making policy argument either, but specific policies are not necessarily what the public is questioning.

    Conservatives are making arguments about the role and function of govt – in a concerted and cohesive fashion. You may not like what they are saying, but oh yes indeedy they are addressing it like gangbusters.

    The Dems are not. They are walking around acting as if it’s just ridiculous to even talk about that. Behaving, in the face of a very real grassroots disgust with a bloated, corrupt, expensive, ineffective State, as if they do not even have to address the issue of WHY more govt is so much better than less govt, and what is their vision of its role and its limits, and its benefits.

    It is a deadly error on their part. When your opponent’s arguments are resonating with the audience, sputtering around going “well that’s just silly and they’re just stoopid, and why are these morons even on the same STAGE with me!” ain’t gonna cut it.
    If that was going to work, it would have worked by now.

  105. Its just as well Obama has everyone distracted….epic fail

    Jobless Claims Make Big Spike To 445K

    The number: Way worse than expectations of 415k, and a big jump last week, and a big jump from that sub-400K that we got right at the end of 2010.

  106. …………………a government official attributed the sharp increase largely to administrative backlogs. Some people don’t file claims right away during the holiday season and state unemployment offices are open fewer hours, leading to paperwork delays.

    First it was the snow, now it’ the holiday season’s fault, next to blame is Sarah Palin and then the Easter Bunny.

  107. I can see it now, Dem pundits will say Sarah Palin and her political rhetoric is to blame for the biggest jump in unemployment in the last 6 months. That evil vile woman is stealing jobs and food from kiddies tables with political rhetoric.

  108. A comment on John Smart “….My feeling is that he turned the memorial as the first event of Campaign 2012, and he especially used Christina and her awful death as well. I was left feeling really sick.”

    which prompted me to say this

    You know I can already picture his 2012 campaign theme — ‘I will be the public servant that little Christina hoped for, died for.. blah, blah..”

    So there you go.. 2012. I don’t see any room for Hillary in this (that makes me sad — life is not fair, there is no fairness or justice in democracy.) He and his sock puppets and bootlickers are in full assault mode. They got rid of Palin and some Republicans are thanking him and them for it.

  109. H4T, I hope you’re right. But I don’t feel confident. He and his cronies are in full swing as they were in 2008 against Hillary. Nothing has changed. I know, I know he has a record now but he had a record then too.

  110. I just drove quickly by Fox & CNN looking for coverage of the T-shirts, but nada. Drudge pointed me to this ( a slideshow photo):
    Shirts sit on the back of chairs before a memorial service for the victims of Saturday’s shootings at McKale Memorial Center on the University of Arizona campus Wednesday, Jan. 12, 2011, in Tucson, Ariz.
    (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)
    http://news.yahoo.com/nphotos/slideshow/photo//110112/480/urn_publicid_ap_org_ffb533d16d6548058df1085e682a679d/

    Does anyone know where there is more non-blog coverage of these T-shirts?

  111. Palin will surge because of this disastrous series of events. She demonstrated her metal… speaking Truth to Power. Palin isn’t diminished one bit by the stealthy, underhanded ploy orchestrated by the Chicagocrats. Besides Hillary, how many other politicians can you point to that are as sincere as Sarah Palin is, who means what she says when she says it? Is there one Republican you can point to?

    The entire system is so corrupt, the Capital building should be fumigated regularly with DDT every day of the week.

  112. pm317
    January 13th, 2011 at 8:35 am
    admin, lady in a sweater 4 sizes too small..

    http://www.michellesmirror.com/2011/01/and-oscar-goes-to.html

    “Oh, and speaking of little girls, Lady M went dressed as one again. Full dirndle with inverted pleats, 6 inch patent leather belt and mini-me cardi. Oh, and pearls. Cute.

    Butt we still need to work on that unhappy little girl face when things don’t go our way, don’t we? and we need to try to remember, when we sit, we’re not really a little girl.”
    ***************************
    Did you notice in the comments following this article that one person thinks the cheers and clapping were prerecorded. He/she cites the fact that while cheering was going on the camera panned the crowd and they were sitting there quietly. Also the fussy baby would have been too far away from BO’s microphone on the stage to have been picked up by it. I’ll be interested to see if anyone else discusses this possibility.

  113. FOX News had a guy on from I think it was THE WEEKLY STANDARD this morning and he was bashing Hillary’s commnent as was the “news reader”.

    Yes indeed, FOX, let’s overlook most of the vile things BO does or says but let’s take every opportunity to twist anything those silly women say!

    It’s so aggravating and disgusting.

  114. BigCatLover
    January 13th, 2011 at 10:13 am
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    I don’t have time to read the comments. I like the wit and the on point sarcasm of that blog writer.

  115. BTW, call me cynical when Obama is caught mouthing the words to the national anthem last night and I found the key to that in his speech. Notice how he says talking about little Christina and the 9/11 Book of Hope (how convenient for him!) — the inscription on either side of her entry in the book — one of them referred to the hope that she memorizes the words to the national anthem. There you go, he mouths the words to the anthem at the memorial because he knew will read about that in his speech later.. everything about this man is fake.

  116. “Lady M went dressed as one again. Full dirndle with inverted pleats.”
    _____________________

    I didn’t see what was under MO’s coat because I didn’t watch the speech last night. I did see the pictures posted earlier in the Royal purple coat though. The coat’s bottom button working overtime corraling those hips looked as if it wouldn’t have taken much more before it gave up and popped off in relief.

    Last night, my neighbor’s husband had what we perceived as a heart attack shoveling. We were out in the snow pounding on his chest trying to revive him until the rescue arrived. When the Rescue team arrived, they used the defibrillator and restarted his heart… Lucky guy!

  117. BigCatLover, forgot to add that comment reads too much like conspiracy. Then the attendees should dispute that characterization.

  118. pm317
    I wonder if the commenter about the prerecording was a audio geek because of the way he/she puts the case, not as a wild and random conspiracy theory, but as someone who understands audio. He could be dead wrong or he might be onto something.

  119. I would like to say two things, one: it is significant to me that the Obama T-shirts say “together we thrive Tucson and America – not Arizona and America.

    And although I didn’t listen to his speech I over heard a part of it. The part where he says a series of things about America and Americans with ever increasing cheers. I wish I could remember some of the exact words so it would be easy to find and verify. Anyway, as I heard that interchange I got a glimpse of his point of view. And because I had listened to Sarah Palen’s message twice the contrast between points of view was striking.

    I want to live in Sarah Palen’s America.

  120. BigCatLover
    January 13th, 2011 at 10:38 am

    Are you thinking what I am thinking that they will used this recording for campaign 2012? They can’t introduce all the cheering then if we didn’t hear it the first time. I don’t know.

    He has found his key to 2012 campaign, it is Christina. Watch me.

  121. Sick…..

    Gibbs on “pep rally” nature of memorial service: it was about “celebrating the lives” that were lost

    You don’t celebrate a memorial with whoops, cheers, claps, whistles and “we love you Obama”

  122. A caveat about the possibility of canned audience response. Sorry I’ve not time to investigate this interesting observation, but please be aware that there was an overflow audience at another location on campus. Perhaps that fact plays a role.

  123. gonzotx
    January 13th, 2011 at 3:18 am
    If I opened my eyes from a coma and the first thing I saw was nancy pelosi, I would be certain I had died and gone to hell…a comment on yahoo…
    ========================

    I saw that comment, and thought it very well said. It’s hard to laugh at something like this, but that gave me a chuckle.

  124. BigCatLover
    January 13th, 2011 at 10:40 am

    Mrs. Smith
    One lucky guy.
    ______________________

    Her husband was shoveling the snow around the bird feeder blocked by the shoulder high snowbank the plow driver piled up.

    Lucky too, the liquor cabinet produced a little pear brandy left over from the holidays..

  125. Mrs. Smith
    January 13th, 2011 at 10:33 am
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    Wow, that’s scarey for all involved. I hope that he pulls through without serious damage (because every heart attack kills a portion of the heart).

  126. JANUARY 13, 2011

    Clinton Blasts Arab Governments on Reforms

    By JAY SOLOMON

    DOHA, Qatar—U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton blasted Arab governments for corruption and stalled political reforms Thursday and warned that extremist groups were exploiting this lack of democratic development to promote radical agendas in the Middle East and North Africa.

    Mrs. Clinton said the situation is exacerbated by the large population of young people in the region, who she said were finding few jobs or channels through which to express their aspirations. If left unaddressed, this issue could set the stage for more violence and conflict, she said.

    “While some countries have made great strides in governance, in many others, people have grown tired of corrupt institutions and a stagnant political order,” Mrs. Clinton told the Forum for the Future, a regional conference established to promote democracy and good governance. “The region’s foundations are sinking into the sand.”

    The U.S. secretary of state added: “If leaders don’t offer a positive vision and give young people meaningful ways to contribute, others will fill the vacuum… Extremist elements, terrorist groups and others who would prey off desperation and poverty are already out there appealing for allegiance and competing for influence.”

    Mrs. Clinton’s hard-hitting words came at the end of a four-nation swing through the Persian Gulf region that was originally aimed at promoting political and economic reforms, and intended to galvanize Arab support for financial sanctions against Iran for its nuclear work. She also traveled to Yemen to try to strengthen U.S. ties to President Ali Abdullah Saleh and to underpin the fight against al Qaeda.

    Still, the U.S. secretary’s tour was dominated by news of the ongoing turmoil in key U.S. allies like Egypt, Tunisia and Lebanon. Mrs. Clinton spent much of Wednesday trying to fashion a response to the move by the militant political group Hezbollah to topple the government of Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri, a key U.S. ally. She also was forced to address rioting and other political troubles in Cairo, Tunis and Algiers.

    http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748703583404576079294166247686.html?mod=googlenews_wsj

  127. Clinton may visit Turkey next month

    Clinton will pay an official visit to Turkey next month at the invitation of her Turkish counterpart, Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu, several news reports said on Thursday.

    Thursday, 13 January 2011

    US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will pay an official visit to Turkey next month at the invitation of her Turkish counterpart, Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu, several news reports said on Thursday.

    Turkish diplomatic sources approached by cihan news agency said plans for a visit from Clinton have been on the agenda for a while. The same sources, however, declined to confirm reports suggesting that the visit will take place in February. Officials at the US Embassy in Ankara were also unable to confirm the reports.

    If the planned visit takes place in February, it will come after the second round of nuclear talks between world powers and Iran, which are expected to be held on Jan. 21-22 in İstanbul. Clinton most recently visited Turkey in the spring of 2009, an event followed by the landmark visit by US President Barack Obama.

    On Thursday Clinton wrapped up a five-day tour through the Gulf region, with Qatar her last stop. Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan also paid an official visit to Qatar earlier this week.

    Also earlier this week, Clinton made an unannounced visit to Yemen, just as Turkish President Abdullah Gül was wrapping up his visit to the country. No contact between Turkish and US officials in Yemen was reported.

    http://www.worldbulletin.net/news_detail.php?id=68523

  128. Predictably, we find money changers in the temple. Their presence confirms that he has turned a solemn speech to commemorate a national tragedy into a crass campaign campaign event. The only thing missing are the Corinthian Columns. The owner of Red State who is a regular on CNN takes a rather restrained view of the manner. He says Bambi managed to say the right things, but doubts he can live up to them. One of the commenters at that site however (below) saw though the whole charade and intimated that it was the kick off to his presidential campaign, which takes precedence over everything. And even if someone did put the right words in front of him to read, by someone who did a cut and paste from Sarah’s speech it is no tribute to him. For him the presidency means golf, lavish parties and sporting events–and the endless campaign. Its not his words, but his actions or inactions that count. Here his actions tell the story, and the words/ . . . why they are nothing more than props, since the old Corinthian have been tossed in the styrofoam garbage dump along with his paper moon and cardboard sea.
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    What struck me was the t-shirts.
    Christine (Trelaina) Thursday, January 13th at 5:39AM EST (link)

    I didn’t watch the speech. Couldn’t. But I followed the reaction on Twitter, and was FLOORED when I saw a picture of a staffer setting out t-shirts prior to the event.

    Erick, I’m sure it was a great speech, and maybe that is what needs to be said….but I just can’t get past those t-shirts. It’s beyond any word I can use to describe it. Tacky is the first one I think of, but it’s not enough.

    This man, who gave a queen a collection of Obama speeches as a gift, who gave a Prime Minister a stack of movies – had to put a logo on a tragedy that took 6 beautiful people away from us and injured so many more.

    He handed out t-shirts.

    It’s DISGRACEFUL.

  129. To provide some balance to the global warming crowd. I don’t believe Al Gore, nor the version of the “science” of climate change that he promotes. There is a wealth of information on this site.

    http://www.climatechangefacts.info/

    One caveat, I am not a scientist, nor do I play one on tv.

    ▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬

    The Global Warming Debate – The Facts

    Virtually all scientists agree that the Earth has warmed a small amount since the year 1000 or, if you choose, since 1850, when instrumented temperature records became reasonably accurate and distributed in key areas of the world. An increasing number believe that any warming is so small it is indistinguishable from the noise in the environmenal data sets, and that the data have not been properly adjusted for such things as urban heat island effects (are the city temps warmer than the suburbs where you live? Has the city grown since 1850? Have the runways increased near the temp gage at your airport since 1920?), and instrument calibration. This is particularly true of the global data set, even though “urbanization has caused regional increases in temperature that exceed those measured on a global scale, leading to urban heat islands as much as 12°C hotter than their surroundings”. Most scientists agree that warming is better than cooling and many believe CO2 provides important enhancements for forests and agriculture, even while also believing we should not be fouling our nest.

    Our site makes every effort to present the true science of climate change. When the news broke of the Arctic ice being at its 30 year low in 2007, the same source (U. of Illinois) reported the Antarctic at its record high, but this was not reported in the media. To show the imbalance, as one reads in the popular press, we have created a companion site that presents the evidence for global cooling, just as most newspapers and alarmists present only the science that supports warming. There are many reasons to be cautious about accepting CO2 as the causative agent if there really is warming. This is highlighted by 2 papers published in March 2008. Scafetta and West showed that up to 69% of observed warming is from the sun and Ramanathan and Carmichael show that soot has 60% of the warming power of CO2. They claim both factors are underappreciated by IPCC. Many scientists believe the temperature changes are more dependent on the sun than CO2, similar to the relationship in your home with your furnace. The soot may well explain much of the Arctic melting, as it has recently for Asian glaciers.

    It is generally accepted that the Earth has been much warmer than today, for example, in the time of the dinosaurs (the mid-cretaceous period) when the CO2 was 2 to 4 times greater than today (NOAA). More recently, in the prior period between ice ages, just 125,000 years ago, the Earth also was much warmer than today and the sea level much higher – by about 13 to 20 feet (4 to 6 meters) (IPCC). The primary driver of the past climate shifts is believed to be orbital mechanics and solar variability, with some contribution from Earth geophysical processes, such as volcanic eruptions. It is also known that mankind’s contribution to CO2 is just a small percent (3%) of the total amount and that the total is very small – there is 23.6 times more argon (0.009) in the atmosphere than CO2 (0.00038). The Earth’s ability to absorb CO2 has apparently been underestimated and the climate models need revision per the 31 December 2009 publication of work by Wolfgang Knorr that shows “No Rise of Atmospheric Carbon Dioxide Fraction in Past 160 Years” (a seminal study). Lastly, we know that the Earth’s temperature and the level of CO2 rise and fall roughly together, but it is not clear (not proven) whether this is cause and effect by either variable. In a first attempt (Hadley-chart) to use a CO2 – based model to predict temperatures, the results are not impressive at all and are exactly opposite observations.

  130. And what is Holder doing giving a speech at the memorial. He said NOW is the chance to act civil. This man who is suing AZ?

    Immigration? We are NOW all AMericans? What?

  131. nomobama
    January 13th, 2011 at 11:07 am
    Mrs. Smith
    January 13th, 2011 at 10:33 am
    ============================

    Wow, that’s scarey for all involved. I hope that he pulls through without serious damage (because every heart attack kills a portion of the heart).
    _______________

    Really scary when there is no prior history of heart problems. His wife did the nose pinch/m2m while I did the double handed heart massage. Never having done anything of the kind before, it hits you like a ton of bricks later on. Her husband will remain hospitalized for a few days of testing, but all in all.. He IS one Lucky guy!

  132. He certainly is, Mrs. Smith. He’s lucky someone was there to respond quickly. If memory serves me, most people who have heart attacks die from their heart attack.

  133. Does GOPUSA say blame the crowd … or not?

    …John Hayward, writing for Human Events, described the service as “two events in Tucson.” Hayward adds, “One of them was a memorial service for the dead and wounded from Jared Loughner’s rampage on Saturday. This event went quite well. The other was an embarrassing political pep rally, held before a mob of rowdy kids.”

    The undisciplined audience was bad enough to provoke criticism from observers across the political spectrum, and that leads to some questions. It is said that the event organizers cannot be blamed for the behavior of the crowd. Is that really true? They staged this thing like a pep rally, complete with rush-week T-shirts bearing the rock-concert name of the event, “Together We Thrive.” Organizers could have prepared the crowd by insisting on silence during the speeches, and making sure the kids understood the gravity of attending a memorial service that would be viewed by the entire world.

    Kudos to President Obama for delivering remarks that were made to heal… not heal a constituency or voting bloc, but all of us. The crowd, however, should have had some kind of clue what a memorial service is all about. In addition, t-shirts and themes were not necessary in order to pay tribute to those who were killed. This is about honoring the fallen, not promoting a concert.
    http://www.gopusa.com/theloft/2011/01/13/a-memorial-service-with-a-theme

  134. nomobama
    January 13th, 2011 at 11:37 am

    ___________________________

    nomobama, most people who take a bullet to the head usually never survive. Two miracles within a week. We’re on a roll. We must be doing something right! 🙂

  135. holdthemaccountable
    January 13th, 2011 at 11:44 am
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    Yes, they are saying blame the crowd, but how can the crowd be blamed for pre-made t-shirts with slogons that are very much like campaign t-shirts. The memorial was turned into a the first stop of the Øbama promotional tour 2012. His words at an event such as this were “just words” since his sincerety was checked in order to make the event about him, not about the victims. It’s the same old story with him. His babies have been clamoring for Sarah Palin’s head because “she was trying to make this all about her (not!), so why the acceptance of Øbama turning a supposed memorial service into the beginning of his final tour through election 2012?

  136. I don’t know what happened, but I couldn’t get into this website for a few minutes. I left a comment, hit the submit comment button, and bye bye. Now I see my comment didn’t make it here.

  137. My Mother died as a result of brain trauma. I am very familiar with neuro ICU situations.

    Giffords has / had been in a drug induced coma as part of the treatment. The doctors may have started the process of allowing her to come out of that state. ….could have been manipulated and timed to some degree….not that it is / wasn’t part of the normal process for a patient with her situation.

  138. A comment on John Smart “….My feeling is that he turned the memorial as the first event of Campaign 2012, and he especially used Christina and her awful death as well. I was left feeling really sick.”

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

    Reading this I got a flashback to how sick I felt when Bush and the media used the 9/11 attack as an excuse for Bush’s war.

    This time at least the families of the Tucson victims might get heard if they too get disgusted and decide to speak out.

  139. Giffords has / had been in a drug induced coma as part of the treatment. The doctors may have started the process of allowing her to come out of that state. ….could have been manipulated and timed to some degree….not that it is / wasn’t part of the normal process for a patient with her situation.

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

    There were reports a couple of days previous that she had been responding to commands and iirc talking. Dunno if she had opened her eyes previously.

  140. Feh. Rheumatologist just called with my bloodwork results, and my anti-Smith and anti-RNP titers are way high. Which is likely why I’ve been feeling like a muddled and achey crap sandwich for a few weeks.

    Lupus sucks. A body that doesn’t know the difference between a pathogen and it’s own fecking ribonucleic proteins sucks. And politics right now sucks big green donkey ones. I need to go read a book or something before I snap and start engaging in “eliminationist rhetoric” about the whole lot of them up there in DC.

  141. I couldn’t comment from work on your speech blog, but you guys had me rolling in the floor. Moon you out did yourself last night, LOL!

    I have to say if Obama walked in my room after a serious gunshot to my head I’d open my one eye too to see if I was in hell and the devil just walked in to meet me. Of coarse the whole “death panel” came to her room, it would be wise to keep one eye on all of them, LOL!

    Seriously though, ICU has rules on how many FOLK can come in, but I guess POTUS carries some weight, even with nurse Rachett! What this has turned out is a publicity stunt, just as admin predicted….all the while Hillary is out saving our country…the only thing they report over and over is her tripping getting into the airplane….what a bunch of crackheads!

    Who has had a heart attack???

  142. Shadowfax,
    I started hearing the “D” word yesterday. Its pretty scary! I hope I can maintain my job, otherwise I am a sunk duck…no savings!

  143. H4T

    They think my daughter has it…but it’s hard to diagnose, right? She keeps swelling and her joints swell. It’s really weird, sometimes she perfectly normal and then she’ll just start swelling for no apparent reason…she is 28.

  144. H4T, sorry to hear about your Lupus as well. I hear it is very painful at times. I have an aunt who had it plus a cousin and her daughter. I’m assuming it may be genetic?

  145. Noogan
    PALIN is getting DEATH THREATS at UNPRECEDENTED LEVELS, thanks to the utter depravity of liberals. And, speaking of utter DEPRAVITY, watch the video at the end of this blog post.

    Chris Matthews says we “still can’t exonerate Palin!”

    WTF?!!!

    That is so offensive. Matthews is depraved.
    —————————————–
    The Left Wing Hate Machine is in full gear. Do you want to know how the German People embraced Nazism. Watch the behavior of Big Media, as the gleefully dance around the fire–and light the fuse.

  146. Breaking

    Kay Bailey Hutchison in official release: “I am announcing today that I will not be a candidate for re-election in 2012.”

  147. “TOGETHER WE THRIVE?”

    If that isn’t a misnomer of characterizing Obama’s governance during his tenure as president, I don’t know what IS…

    FAILURE TO THRIVE

    Is more like it and a medical term for ‘not doing well’.

    This medical term is more commonly used for infants and is a condition seen in adults.

    In adult medicine, “failure to thrive” is a descriptive, non-specific term that encompasses “not doing well”: e.g. malaise, weight loss, poor self-care that can be seen in adult elderly individuals.
    ________________

    Obama may have cached the wrong phrase for a campaign slogan.

    It just may comeback to smite him.

  148. Sorry to hear you have Lupus, HillaryforTexas..

    I have a friend w/Lupus. When things are good, it’s all good. When things are not good, it’s Hell!

  149. I was looking forward to coming here today for some sanity regarding the resurgence of the O Narcissism Tour for 2012 re-election…

    no doubt about it, last night was the launch for his re-election bid…t-shirts, the screaming college kids, etc…they are going to try to re-brand the hysteria of the first campaign and try to co-opt the “uniter”…the O ‘new way of doing things’ bla, bla, bla…yeah, ‘together, we thrive’ I can see it all now…all while trying to make it impossible for the other side to oppose…those nasty obstructionists seeking to divide our country with their ugly rhetoric…bla, bla, bla…the brainwashing for 2012 has begun…

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

    Admin…I knew we all connected and noticed that sweater and thought the same thing at the same time…MO connects the world in a second simply by wearing…that ill fitting sweater…doesn’t she have a mirror or anyone that can clue her in???

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

    here is something novel for the repubs to think about…why doesn’t Jan Brewer through her name into the republican for Pres mix?
    why don’t the repubs give serious thought to putting Arizona Jan Brewer on their ticket???

    of course, I support Hillary…but if Hillary takes a pass, the repubs should put a strong woman into the mix…

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

    also nothing has changed, unemployment is increasing, more home prices falling and many more foreclosures on the horizon…

    what is the reason to re-elect O again?

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

    Udall is calling for both parties to sit together during state of the union…just wait…that’s when all the division starts again

    …anyone want to take any bets on long it will take for O to start with the ‘us vs them’ diviseness again?

    …now the dems want to trick the other side into sitting with them so they will feel uncomfortable doing anything but “cheering for O”

  150. Its good to hear of the old senators voluntarily leaving to make way for the younger fresher blood.

    Obviously the run for Gov was her last hurrah, she wants retirement now i think.

  151. Hutchinson is retiring…hmmm, hmmmm, I don’t think so. She has got the backing of old man Bush…she’s running for Potus….betcha yah!

  152. MRs.Smith,
    You were out in the snow saving lives last night….well that’s great! Hope the neighbor does well!

  153. American Thinker…
    *************
    January 13, 2011

    My Name is Betsy. I’m a Killer.

    By Betsy M. Galliher

    My name is Betsy. I’m a wife and proud soccer mom, a writer, and a small business owner. I’m also a killer.

    On the morning of January 8, 2011, I intentionally entered a gathering held by Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords and shot her at near-point-blank range. I injured fourteen others, killing six — among them a beautiful, curious, doe-eyed, nine-year-old girl. I didn’t actually pull the trigger, but I’m as guilty as the psychopath who did.

    Here are just a few of the charges against me:

    I am a conservative.

    On occasion, I listen to Beck, Limbaugh, and Fox News.

    I’ve been known to pick up a book or two by conservative authors: Thomas Sowell, Andrew McCarthy, or the Founding Fathers, for example!

    I believe that the federal government is too large, far too intrusive, and dangerously powerful.

    I believe in personal responsibility and the amazing generosity of Americans to aid those in need rather than permanent entitlements.

    I believe that the private, not the public, sector is the backbone of our economy.

    I believe that our progressive tax system is punitive. We are over-taxed, over-regulated, and over-lectured.

    I believe in the power of the free market to correct itself, without government (taxpayer) intervention.

    I believe that the Constitution is intended to limit government and empower the individual.

    I believe in holding our elected officials’ feet to the fire, be they Republican or Democrat (incendiary pun intended).

    I believe that our sovereignty is at risk via unsecured borders, out-of-control spending, our crippling deficit, reckless abuses of the Constitution, and the moral decay of Washington.

    In short, I’m a madman. Guilty as charged, and armed with the belief in my 1st-Amendment right to peaceably question those we elect to serve.

    The only person who actually pulled the trigger on that terrible, fateful day was Jared Loughner — by every account, a deeply troubled young man. But the real guilty walk among us: senior citizens in red, white, and blue, armed with signs saying “Taxed Enough Already”; flag-wavers clinging to guns and religion; doctors; the wealthy; business owners; talk radio; and any citizen — particularly a conservative — who dares exercise his or her right to free speech.

    We’re called greedy, stupid, and racist. We’re ridiculed with snide “slurpee” innuendos and called lewd and malicious names, such as “teabaggers.” Ordinary citizens are maligned by their own government while the pious, liberal elite get a free pass on reason and truth, while Islamists invoke their religious cloak, while the ideologue professes his moral superiority, while the media uses the power of spin, and while leftists, including Robert Gibbs and Barack Obama, employ their bully pulpit.

    We defend conservatism by our very way of life: as self-reliant, taxpaying, moral citizens, and as faithful defenders of limited government and the power of the individual. We are violent inciters only insomuch as we threaten the current leftist, agenda-driven stranglehold on government. So alarming is our threat that the real inciters wasted no time in politicizing the tragic deaths of six innocent citizens, not to mention one revered congresswoman still fighting for her life. And they will waste no time in shamelessly exploiting a “crisis” at the hand of a lone psychopath to further enact gun control and squelch freedom of speech under cries of “civility.”

    Does the left really believe that the “rhetoric” of Palin, Beck, Limbaugh, and Fox is incendiary? Do they fail to understand that the language of conservative “talk” is the echo of ordinary citizens calling for limited government and individual freedoms? Or do they silence us because we know our current leaders don’t actually believe in their own limited power? Truth be told, even Jared Loughner undermines their agenda. And they know it. They know that their “transformation” of America is failing and that people like me are not afraid to say so.

    My name is Betsy, and I’m a killer. They are determined to stop me before I kill again.

    Contact Betsy Galliher.

  154. Aint heard from Obama yet today…is he too busy combing the obituary section looking for new campaign events.

  155. HERE COMES THE “REBOUND”…

    Immediate surge in approval??? Give me a break.

    realclearpolitics.com/epolls/other/president_obama_job_approval-1044.html

    Assoc. Press has him 53% approve 46% don’t (+7%).
    Rasmussen -3%
    Fox -11%
    Others +2% to +4%

    I guess it was because of his “stirring speech”.

  156. HillaryforTexas
    January 13th, 2011 at 1:20 pm
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    I have a sister that was diagnosed with lupus, or at least they think it is lupus since her bloodwork has many of the indicators of it. It amazes me how many people don’t think Lupus is something that can make you feel like crap when it is such a terrible disease to have to deal with, especially when you have a flare-up. My sister was prone to getting big red bumps on her legs, and it all came about during her first pregnancy, and repeated itself again with her second. She is in her forties now, so no more kids, but she still has her flare-ups. All the best to you.

  157. Or will this faux surge in approval be offset by continued failure:

    1. One Million Homes repossesed:

    money.cnn.com/2011/01/13/real_estate/foreclosures_2010/index.htm

    NEW YORK (CNNMoney) — Foreclosures were at a record high in 2010, and more than 1 million people lost their homes, even as notices started leveling off during the end year.

    In total, there were nearly 2.9 million foreclosure notices filed during the year, according to report released Thursday by RealtyTrac. That was a record high, but just 1.7% above 2009.

    [snip]

    2. There go the jobs down the tube; heckuva job, Obamie:

    thestreet.com/story/10972348/1/initial-jobless-claims-rise-35000.html?cm_ven_int=alertbar#

    NEW YORK (TheStreet) — The number of Americans filing unemployment claims unexpectedly rose last week, the Labor Department said early Thursday.

    The advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims increased by 35,000 to 445,000 in the week ended Jan.8, the highest level since October. Economists were expecting initial claims to drop to 405,000, according to consensus estimates from Bloomberg. Estimates ranged from 400,000 to 415,000.

    [snip]

  158. Notice how the media paints it as “Palin can’t but help insert herself into every story”, yet this doesn’t get mentioned about Zerobama?

    What, Obama isn’t a publicity *hore?

  159. I was just reading about the state of Illinois and their raising of taxes to help resolve their budget crisis. Illinois will be the poster child for what a state should or should not do in dire situations like they are currently experiencing. My guess is that this will backfire big time on them. I feel sorry for the people of Illinois, especially those who would rather not live under an inept Democratic party.

  160. PALIN is getting DEATH THREATS at UNPRECEDENTED LEVELS, thanks to the utter depravity of liberals. And, speaking of utter DEPRAVITY, watch the video at the end of this blog post.
    _________________________
    In 1938, Orsen Wells broadcast a long remembered radio broadcast which warned that a Martian Invasion was underway. The country was in a vulnerable state of mind. It had been through a depression and the early signs of World War II were in evidence. The effect of the broadcast was to create a state of public hysteria, and on the odds, it would have required marshal law to suppress it had it been allowed to run its course. A dangerous hoax.

    Fast forward 70 years. We are in a depression, and embroiled in two wars which we are not winning. Once again, the public is in a vulnerable state of mind. And once again a hoax is being perpetrated on the public by our own beloved big media. It is not just MSNBC which makes a market in hate. Even more so, it is MSNBC, CNN, NBC and ABC who pretend to be neutral, but bring on left wing nuts who parrot the same trends. And after watching them operate these past few years, their motive is crystal clear. They will do ANYTHING fair or fowl to eliminate Sarah Palin and her influence, and protect Obama.

    I have a friend who works for one of those newsrooms. He tells me that when they heard about all the death threats, they were actually high-fiving each other. I asked him why. He said they were jubilant because they had finally managed to do what Gibson, Couric and 17 NYT reporters had been trying to do for two long years–finish off Sarah Palin.

    But by making Sarah responsible for this tragedy, without evidence, they have induced not only these death threats, but they have perhaps motivated some other madman to answer the call. And if he is successful, then based on what we have seen so far, it is reasonable to assume that these same people will break out the champagne. Least credible of all, however, are those of the same faith who now call for moderation only now because they fear a backlash against them.

  161. Gag me. They are blaming the audience…

    January 13, 2011

    Critics Assail Cheering and T-Shirts at Obama Tucson Speech

    Posted by Brian Montopoli

    There has been relatively little criticism of the context of President Obama’s speech last night calling for civility in the wake of the Tucson tragedy – in fact, conservative blogger Ed Morrissey called it perhaps “the finest moment of his presidency.” But some are pointing to both the response of his audience and the fact that t-shirts were handed out to cast the memorial as an inappropriately political event.

    T-shirts reading “Together We Thrive: Tucson & America” were handed out to attendees at the event, prompting conservative pundit Michelle Malkin to complain: “Isn’t the churning of the instant messaging machine a bit, well, unseemly? Can’t the Democrat political stage managers give it a break just once?”

    Pointing to the fact that the slogan appeared on various items at the event, Malkin wrote, “Yes, the Tucson massacre is being branded.” She later wrote that she had been informed that the University Of Arizona had been responsible for the t-shirts and other items, but added: “Given the Obama White House’s meticulous attention to stage prop details, however, I would say the odds of involvement by Axelrod/Plouffe & Co. are high.”

    Added Jim Hoft of Gateway Pundit, sarcastically: “Every memorial needs a special T-shirt. Doesn’t it?”

    Also coming in for criticism was the boisterous crowd at the event, which included 14,000 in the arena and another 10,000 in the overflow room, many of them college students. While the president was cheered wildly, some in attendance booed Arizona Republican governor Jan Brewer, prompting complaints that the event was more partisan pep rally than solemn remembrance.

    In the New York Post, John Podhoretz wrote that “the president’s stunning speech was marred by the feeling of the evening that surrounded it and the appalling behavior of the crowd in Tucson listening to it.”

    “It was as though no one in the arena but the immediate mourners and sufferers had the least notion of displaying respectful solemnity in the face of breathtaking loss and terrifying evil,” he added. “… The tone of the event came to resemble a pep rally, no matter the monstrous fact of the six dead and the many injured.”

    “Surrounding a clearly stricken President Obama were the devastated survivors, mourning family members, and heart-broken friends of the lost or wounded,” added Melissa Clouthier. “They stoically sat in the sea of frivolity with their pain written on their faces. The contrast was jarring to watch. It felt wildly inappropriate. It was rather embarrassing in a skin-crawling, get-me-out-of-here way.

    Conservative pundit Tammy Bruce called the event “Massacre Rally Theatre” that was “a complete abomination.” The headline at Fox Nation was: “Disrespectful? Memorial Sounded Like Campaign Rally in Tucson”

    National Review’s Rich Lowry, who thought the speech was “magnificent,” nonetheless wrote, “The pep-rally atmosphere was inappropriate and disconcerting.”

    White House press secretary Robert Gibbs was asked in his briefing Tuesday about “the pep rally aspect and tone of the event.” He responded that “part of the grieving process is celebrating the lives of those that were lost, and celebrating the miracles of those that survived.”

    “I read the speech several times, and thought that there wouldn’t be a lot of applause, if any. I think many of us thought that,” he continued. “But I think there was a celebration, again, of the lives of those that have impacted, not just at that grocery store, but throughout the country. And I think that if that is part of the healing process, then that’s a good thing.”

    Gibbs was also asked why the speech was delivered in an arena instead of a smaller venue or church. “I would point you to the university on that,” he said. “And I think it’s important to understand, we were invited to and accepted quite happily the invitation of the university. I think having that many people there and being able to include people from the community was again was and is an important part of that healing process.”

    Tucson Republican Mayor Bob Walkup told Politico that the mood of the rally was appropriate. “If there was one thing that was appropriate, it was cheering,” he said. “I’ve been in the hospital, and the people that are healing, they want to hear people cheer.”

    http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-503544_162-20028447-503544.html

  162. Øbama… the giver of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. He created the universe full of goodness and hope. He confronts evil in all its forms, and can do no wrong. He is an omnipotent, political superhero, and that’s why he’s the Democrat messiah. Bleck!

    I’ll put my David (Sarah Palin) against that demonic Goliath (Øbama) any day.

  163. What a surprise…groan…

    Jan 13, 2011

    Will Obama face a different crowd at State of the Union?

    In light of the Arizona shooting, President Obama is reworking his State of the Union speech to be delivered in only a dozen days — and if a Democratic senator has his way, the president will be speaking to a different kind of audience.

    Sen. Mark Udall, D-Colo., is proposing that Democrats and Republicans sit together in the House chamber when Obama speaks the night of Jan. 25, rather than — as is traditional — have one party sit on one side and one on the other. “Beyond custom, there is no rule or reason on this night we should emphasize divided government, separated by party, instead of being seen united as a country,” Udall wrote colleagues. He added: “The choreographed standing and clapping of one side of the room — while the other side sits — is unbecoming of a serious institution.”

    White House press secretary Robert Gibbs called it an “interesting idea,” though he’s not sure what Obama and other aides think about it. “We’re not going to remove the disagreement in politics,” Gibbs said. “We’re going to have debates soon. But, you know, maybe not having a physical aisle separate us would be a good thing as we talk about the state of our union.” Gibbs also cited the pep rally aspect of speeches past, and dueling standing ovations by each party. “It’s like a see-saw,” he said.

    The spokesman said the State of the Union address should be “a very serious and sober discussion of the important challenges that lie ahead.” He added: “It’s time to reflect on the strength of our country, the resilience of our citizens in tough times of either war or economic turmoil. But, more importantly, to chart that course forward. I think that’s the way the president is approaching the construction of and the writing of that speech.”

    http://content.usatoday.com/communities/theoval/post/2011/01/will-obama-face-a-different-crowd-at-state-of-the-union/1

  164. LIKE 2008 AGAIN??

    Who can forget those days…when any word uttered out of candidate Obama’s mouth was greeted by MSM as glorious and further evidence of his genius and magnamousness.

    We’ll have to endure another round of it for a while, it seems.

    Such as Shrum’s quote from :

    theweek.com/bullpen/column/211029/taking-sarah-palin-seriously

    “On Wednesday, Barack Obama bound up the hurts, touched our souls, and lifted our hopes. As he has before, he rose to the occasion with a magnificent grace.”
    &&&&&&&

    Oh, for goodness graciousness. Oh the humanity.

  165. I just read in our local newspaper that Canada will be getting the Kennedy mini-series after all.

    Should be interesting.

  166. confloyd
    January 13th, 2011 at 2:29 pm
    MRs.Smith,

    You were out in the snow saving lives last night.
    _____________________

    con- a rare occasion hearing screams coming from the front of my house. At least I was doing something gratifying, while “il duce” was busy exploiting “never let a serious crisis go to waste” passing out remembrances at his 2012 kick-off campaign. 🙄

  167. Rahm Emanuel’s campaign says former President Clinton will campaign for his former White House aide in Chicago in mayor’s race.

  168. rgb44hrc
    January 13th, 2011 at 4:03 pm

    LIKE 2008 AGAIN??

    Who can forget those days…when any word uttered out of candidate Obama’s mouth was greeted by MSM as glorious and further evidence of his genius and magnamousness.

    We’ll have to endure another round of it for a while, it seems.

    Such as Shrum’s quote from :

    theweek.com/bullpen/column/211029/taking-sarah-palin-seriously

    “On Wednesday, Barack Obama bound up the hurts, touched our souls, and lifted our hopes. As he has before, he rose to the occasion with a magnificent grace.”
    &&&&&&&

    Oh, for goodness graciousness. Oh the humanity.

    This is exactly like 2008. More than the worship of Obama, the MSM is helping Obama by attacking his opponents for him. This manufactured outrage about the rhetoric is exactly what happened with the manufactured racism in the 2008 primaries. This gives Obama an unprecedented advantage over his political opponents. It always follows the same progression:

    1. Obama campaign/team sends talking points to MSM
    2. MSM attacks Obama’s opponents
    3. Obama remains silent and let’s the issue simmer
    4. Opponent responds to MSM attacks
    5. MSM attacks Opponent’s response
    6. Obama remains silent
    7. Obama rises above the fray and calls for civility

    This type of help is really effective as not only does it manages to destroy Obama’s political opponents, it also shields Obama from criticism as his team is not engaged directly in attacking his opponents. This is the most corrupt form of MSM bias there is.

  169. basil9
    January 13th, 2011 at 7:29 pm

    So how do we stop it?

    Everyone who can should call them on it. Those journalists who are disgusted with this should expose it and detail how the bias is happening. For us who are not journalists, we should be aware of how the bias is being perpetrated and tell as many people that we know that it is going on. In all our discussions with our friends who may or may not be Obama supporters, we should always be ready to discuss how unprecedented the bias is in favor of Barack Obama.

    I don’t know if all of what I said will help, but we must do our little part in exposing this corruption.

  170. Secretary Clinton Delivers Remarks Friday, January 14 on U.S.-China Relations for the Inaugural Richard C. Holbrooke Annual Lecture

    Notice to the Press
    Washington, DC

    January 13, 2011

    Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton will deliver remarks on U.S.-China relations on Friday, January 14 at 9:45 a.m. for the inaugural Richard C. Holbrooke Annual Lecture. The speech will take place at the Department of State.

    Secretary Clinton’s speech will present our broad vision of U.S.-China relations in the 21st century, setting the stage for the upcoming state visit of Chinese President Hu Jintao on January 19, 2011.

    The Richard C. Holbrooke Annual Lecture is a tribute to the memory and accomplishments of one of our nation’s finest diplomats and most dedicated public servants. The annual lecture will provide a forum to discuss challenging and important foreign policy issues like those Ambassador Holbrooke grappled with and left an indelible mark upon throughout his distinguished career, including as Assistant Secretary for the Bureau of East Asian and Pacific Affairs from 1977-1981.

    This event is pool coverage only.

    NOTE: Due to space limitations, we will have an overflow room. The Department of State Briefing Room (2209) will serve as the overflow room.

    http://www.state.gov/r/pa/prs/ps/2011/01/154628.htm

  171. January 13, 2011

    Holbrooke “proving very hard to replace”

    World leaders are arriving in Washington to attend Richard Holbrooke’s memorial service at the Kennedy Center Friday, which President Barack Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton are both due to attend.

    Among those attending will be Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari, U.S. Ambassador to Afghanistan Karl Eikenberry and Swedish Foreign Minister Carl Bildt, who worked closely with Holbrooke on Bosnia, where Bildt served as the first U.N. high representative.

    Holbrooke, meanwhile, is “proving very hard to replace,” a U.S. diplomat tells POLITICO. “My understanding is that the secretary wants someone senior and is interviewing lots of people.”

    “My sense is she [Clinton] would prefer someone who, as Holbrooke did, has separate standing with members of Congress, the Democratic Party, the media, etc.,” one former senior U.S. South Asia hand said. “But admittedly there are very few such individuals.”

    Holbrooke’s former deputy and acting Special Representative to Afghanistan and Pakistan (SRAP) Frank Ruggiero has taken himself out of the running to take the job permanently, believing it should be held by someone of very “high stature,” a State Department official said.

    Veteran U.S. diplomat Jim Dobbins said, if asked, he would give it serious thought, but said “he is very happy” where he is and “wouldn’t regret not being asked,” he wrote in an e-mail.

    Foreign Policy.com reported that former Deputy Secretary of State Strobe Talbott, a close friend of Clinton, would merit consideration, but he “already has a very good job,” the diplomat said, suggesting Talbott would likely stay put as president of the Brookings Institution. (He didn’t respond to a query.)

    Nor did former U.S. ambassador to Pakistan and Iraq Ryan Crocker, now dean of Texas A&M University’s Bush School of Public Affairs, who has already been floated by conservatives as the “dream team” companion to Gen. David Petraeus, the top U.S. military commander in Afghanistan. Crocker worked closely with Petraeus when the general commanded international forces in Iraq. Crocker “is widely admired on the Hill, for his service and commitment, but is he willing to do this to himself?” the former South Asia hand wondered. “For most people Islamabad directly to Baghdad would be enough for one lifetime (to say nothing of Beirut, etc.).”

    (The well-regarded former U.S. ambassador to Pakistan, Anne Patterson, is already preparing for another assignment — POLITICO previously reported she is expected to be named to a diplomatic post in Sudan.)

    The search for a new special representative to succeed Holbrooke comes amid other changes in the wider administration South Asia power structure. Among them, the expected departure later this winter of the NSC senior director for South Asia Anish Goel, and a broader restructuring of the NSC that among other things may rethink the way the South Asian directorate — minus the staff working on Afghanistan and Pakistan — currently reports to the NSC senior director for the Central Region Dennis Ross, regional experts said. (Goel did not respond to a query.) The White House did not have immediate guidance on the NSC structural changes being considered.

    http://www.politico.com/blogs/laurarozen/0111/Holbrooke_proving_very_hard_to_replace.html

  172. Good job, Hillary

    Posted By Blake Hounshell
    Thursday, January 13, 2011

    Hillary Clinton gave a good speech today, excoriating Arab leaders for their lousy record on reform and bluntly warning that if they don’t shape up, they’ll face growing extremism and alienation among their beleaguered populations.

    “In too many places, in too many ways, the region’s foundations are sinking into the sand,” she said. “The new and dynamic Middle East that I have seen needs firmer ground if it is to take root and grow everywhere.”

    And she warned that “others will fill the vacuum” if “leaders don’t offer a positive vision and give young people meaningful ways to contribute.”

    “Extremist elements, terrorist groups, and others who would prey on desperation and poverty are already out there, appealing for allegiance and competing for influence,” she added.

    Clinton’s talk, at a democracy conference here in Qatar, took place against the backdrop of spiraling unrest in Tunisia, growing tension in Gaza, and the collapse of the Lebanese unity government led by Sunni billionaire Saad Hariri. She seemed fired up, perhaps because she had met earlier with civil society activists from across the region and during her previous stops in Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Oman, and Yemen.

    According to Stephen McInerney, head of the Project on Middle East Democracy, Clinton struck the right notes.

    “Secretary Clinton’s remarks today are the clearest sign yet that she understands the vital need for genuine reform and progress in the region and the dangers of maintaining the status quo,” he said in an email. “I think we’re seeing the impact of recent developments in Tunisia, Egypt, and elsewhere around the region, as well as the impact of the Secretary’s meetings with civil society on each stop of this trip.”

    Still, things are not looking good for the U.S. position in the Middle East right now. The peace talks between Israel and the Palestinians are hopelessly stalled; Lebanon is in shambles; traditional U.S. allies like Egypt and Saudi Arabia are losing influence. There’s definitely growing frustration with the authoritarian order across the region, though not necessarily to America’s advantage.

    Improbable as it may have seemed a month ago, much depends on how events play out in Tunisia. A relatively peaceful transition of power could inspire and empower reforms across the region. An even bloodier crackdown could provoke more destructive feelings of despair and empower radicals. Or, most likely of all, the Middle East will continue to limp along as it has been, never really advancing but never really dissolving into chaos. We’ll see.

    http://blog.foreignpolicy.com/posts/2011/01/13/good_job_hillary

  173. Thank you Hillary…

    Clinton Defends Israeli Sovereignty, Decisions to Arab World

    Assails Lack of Reform in Region

    •Terrorists responded to Israeli peace moves by firing missiles
    •Arab World desperately needs internal reform, anti-corruption measures

    Washington, Jan 13 – U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton reminded Arabs on Thursday (Jan 13) that Israel had made far-ranging moves for peace by withdrawing from Gaza and southern Lebanon but these steps had been met by thousands of terrorist rockets and missiles aimed at its civilians.

    In an impassioned response to an Al-Jazeera reporter accusing the United States of double standards in the way it treated Israel and Arabs, Clinton emphasized Israel’s security needs and recalled its withdrawals from southern Lebanon in 2000 and Gaza in 2005.

    “You often make decisions based on your own experience and history,” she said. “And when the Israelis pulled out of Lebanon they got Hezbollah and 40,000 rockets, and when they pulled out of Gaza they got Hamas and 20,000 rockets,” Clinton said.

    “Israel is a sovereign country and it makes its own decisions,” she added.

    Clinton delivered the remarks to Arab diplomats and civic leaders at a regional development conference in Qatar’s capital of Doha. She warned that ignoring rampant corruption and a lack of human rights among other problems in the Arab world could lead to growth in Islamic radicalism.

    “Those who cling to the status quo may be able to hold back the full impact of their countries’ problems for a little while, but not forever,” Clinton said. “If leaders don’t offer a positive vision and give young people meaningful ways to contribute, others will fill the vacuum.”

    The Secretary of State also rejected charges that the U.S. has not pushed hard enough for a peace agreement between Israel and the Palestinians. Palestinians walked out of the talks last September and are refusing to return unless Israel freezes all construction in the West Bank.

    Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas was quoted on Thursday as saying he would not return to the talks unless the United States agreed to recognize a Palestinian state within 1967 borders. He criticized the Obama administration for not doing enough to make a Palestinian state a reality.

    Clinton picked out rampant corruption as the single biggest problem Arab countries and holding back their progress.

    “Extremist elements, terrorist groups and others who would prey on desperation and poverty are already out there appealing for allegiance and competing for influence,” she said. “This is a critical moment and this is a test of leadership for all of us.”

    http://www.theisraelproject.org/site/apps/nlnet/content2.aspx?c=hsJPK0PIJpH&b=689705&ct=9024405

  174. New poll shows Americans still not buying media spin on Tucson shootingsShare136posted at 8:48 am on January 13, 2011 by Ed Morrissey
    printer-friendly The last poll from CBS that showed Americans rejecting the “extreme rhetoric” blame game was taken in the first couple of days after the shooting. This Gallup poll for USA Today was conducted on Tuesday, with plenty of time for the media’s “magical thinking,” as Allahpundit put it, to mold public opinion. It’s still no sale:
    Most Americans reject the idea that inflammatory political language by conservatives should be part of the debate about the forces behind the Arizona shooting that left six people dead and a congresswoman in critical condition, a USA TODAY/Gallup Poll finds.
    A 53% majority of those surveyed call that analysis mostly an attempt to use the tragedy to make conservatives look bad. About a third, 35%, say it is a legitimate point about how dangerous language can be.
    And there is little sense that stricter gun control laws in Arizona might have averted the tragedy. Only one in five say they would have prevented the shooting; 72% say tighter controls wouldn’t have prevented it.
    To no one’s surprise, Democrats were more likely to claim it as a legitimate point, with 52% supporting the argument — but even 35% of Democrats think it is an attempt to attack conservatives. Independents have just the reverse reaction, with 36% thinking the point is legitimate and 53% believing it to be intended to make conservatives look bad. Republicans split 15/75 on the question.
    On gun control, there is much more consensus that it would have done no good in Tucson. Only a third of Democrats believe it would have made a difference, and 58% think stricter gun laws would have made no difference. Independents split 19/72, and Republicans 8/89. If anyone wonders why very little has been said about gun control in the wake of the shooting, this should make it clear; gun control has stopped being a mainstream political position.
    These are remarkable findings just three days after the tragedy. Gallup concludes that Americans largely are not looking for scapegoats but are instead “laying responsibility for the shootings squarely on the alleged killer, perhaps due to his reported psychological problems.” Let’s hope that’s the case.

  175. rickya,

    Good advice. My limited experience with other reporters/publications/newspapers demonstrates just how vicious they are when you don’t toe the party line. It’s happening to me, now, because of an article I wrote which didn’t spout their rhetoric about an environmental issue. I have a Harvard professor attacking me for not reporting on his work the way the bigger boys did. It is unfrigginbelievable. And I can tell you that I don’t know how much of the vitriol I can, or want to tolerate.

    I’m being accused of incompetence, sloppiness, stupidity, ignorance, and that’s from the professor via e-mail.

    It’s so over-the-top it’s frightening. It is nasty out there.

  176. HERE COMES THE “REBOUND”…

    Immediate surge in approval??? Give me a break.

    realclearpolitics.com/epolls/other/president_obama_job_approval-1044.html

    Assoc. Press has him 53% approve 46% don’t (+7%).
    Rasmussen -3%
    Fox -11%
    Others +2% to +4%
    ——————-
    Discount it. It is not real.

  177. Mrs. Smith,
    I sent that photo to Teguila…its one I took with the computer so its not good, but you can see the hairdo! Headed to Nacogdoches tonight so I won’t be on the computer much this weekend. I don’t have much time for discussion anymore…but I’m having a great time, LOL!

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