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    Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords

    Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords

    Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords (D-AZ) and over a dozen others were shot earlier this afternoon. 

    At last reports, she was in critical condition and in surgery.  The gunman is in custody but no details on his identity or motive have been released.

    The left-blogosphere already is blaming the shooting on Sarah Palin and the Tea Party.  I’ll have more on that later. 

    For now, my prayers go out for Congresswoman Giffords and the other shooting victims.
    Consider this an open thread.


    Chief Judge of the U.S. District Court Arizona, John M. Roll, a George H.W. Bush appointee, is confirmed shot. (per FoxNews 4:09, confirmed dead)

    The shooter is identified as Jared Laughner (sp?)(update: Loughner).  If anyone can find out something about him, please post in comments.

    4 p.m. E.S.T. hospital news conference, 10 patients, 1 dead (young child, 9 years old), 5 in critical.  Congresswoman in critical condition, “very optimistic about recovery” “following commands” “shot one time in head through and through on one side of head” “about as optimistic as one can be in this situation”.

    It’s becoming apparent that the shooter was psychotic and likely not aligned with any political movement, as witnessed by his farewell video on YouTube:


    This other video the shooter posted reflects psychosis:


    Remember when a deranged environmental activist  took hostages, Media Matters was quick (and correct) to point out the following:

    Markos Moulitsas, who founded and runs DailyKos was one of the first to blame Sarah Palin, based on a chart of targeted districts she had on her website several months ago:

    Markos must have forgotten that he wrote that Giffords district had a “bulls eye” on it based on Gifford’s voting record:

    Markos’ website also hosted a blog post declaring that Giffords was “dead to me”:

    As soon as Markos was called out on it, he took down the post [update – the DailyKos blogger who posted it apparently was the one to take it down]:

    Matthew Yglesias also has been at it all day, posting links suggesting a connection between the Palin chart and the shooting, but then denying he actually meant to draw a connection when people called him out on it:

    It’s interesting how all these left-wing bloggers are seizing on a chart from a Palin website without ANY evidence that the shooter ever saw it or acted on it.

    Via Verum Serum, here’s a chart of Republicans being targeted from the Democratic Leadership Committee website:

    For what it’s worth, as several commenters note, a women who claims to have known the shooter claims that he was fairly left-wing as of a few years ago:

    The 2012 prophecy refers to a Mayan end of times prediction.

    I don’t blame the guy’s left-wing politics, I blame his obvious mental illness, which hopefully will not give him a legal excuse like John Hinckley.

    While some of the bloggers at Firedoglake are playing the Palin connection, as least Jane Hamsher seems to have it right (emphasis mine):

    He encourages people to read the Constitution in order to “apprehend of the current treasonous laws.” He appears to be more paranoid than political, however, and concludes “The government is implying mind control and brainwash on the people by controlling grammar.”

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    11. "If you push a negative hard and deep enough, it will break through into its counterside… every positive has its negative."

    12. "The price of a successful attack is a constructive alternative."

    13. Pick the target, freeze it, personalize it, and polarize it. In conflict tactics there are certain rules that [should be regarded] as universalities. One is that the opposition must be singled out as the target and 'frozen.'…

    "…any target can always say, 'Why do you center on me when there are others to blame as well?' When your 'freeze the target,' you disregard these [rational but distracting] arguments…. Then, as you zero in and freeze your target and carry out your attack, all the 'others' come out of the woodwork very soon. They become visible by their support of the target…'

    "One acts decisively only in the conviction that all the angels are on one side and all the devils on the other." (pps.127-134)
    Rules for Radicals

    And so the meme will be, it's all the right's fault. And a nice side benefit will be another successful character assassination of Sarah Palin.

    "Never let a serious crisis go to waste" Rahm Emanuel

    Where do memes and Alinskyite talking points come from?

    This is a screen grab taken just after the tragic Giffords shooting. Note the tweet from Democracy Now, the socialist radio group, and Felix Salmon, Journolister and Reuters finance blogger located about two thirds down the list.
    You can use your mouse to enlarge the image.

    "Sarah Palin literally put a gun sight on Rep Giffords"

    MSNBC talks to Rep. Gabrielle Gifford about the death threats, vandalism and harassments she endured. Aired 3/25/10:

    'Sarah Palin has the crosshairs of a gun sight over our district and when people do that, they’ve gotta realize there are consequences to that action.'"

    msspurlock | January 9, 2011 at 3:12 pm

    I don't expect decency from filth like davemartin7777 and the rest of the PDS-diseased subhuman garbage posting here, but I do expect silence, now that the shooter has been shown to be one of you.

    The shooter is of the new mainstream Democrat strain, just like you. A Marxist, just like you. You killed these people. You are guilty. By the same measure you have used in smearing Rush and Beck before, you are murderers. An adult human would have shame, but you are not human, nor are you adults.

    So shut up.

    Moulitsas did not remove the post from Daily Kos member BoyBlue referenced above. The user took the post down himself.,-The-Victims,-and-Rep.-Gabrielle-Giffords

    Kindly correct.

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