Giffords Discusses Being On The Palin "Hit List"

Gabrielle Giffords discusses being on Sarah Palin’s heath care “hit list“.

When people do that they need to realize there are consequences to that action

Take this with a grain of salt but Fox News is reporting that they have obtained an internal DHS memo that suggests that the shooter, Jared Lee Loughner, might have had an anti-semitic motivation as Giffords is Jewish.

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Take That You Mean Liberals!

Tea Party Nation founder Judson Phillips isn’t happy that the Southern Poverty Law Center put a number of groups that align themselves with his Tea Party on their list of hate groups. In response Phillips decided to publish a list of his own and I will give you 2 guesses as to which group he put on the top of his list, ok so you’ll only need one.

If you recall, for the first time about a month ago, the SPLC included anti-gay groups like the Family Research Council and the American Family Association on its list of “hate groups.”Republicans, and other conservative groups were predictably outraged that a social conservative group like the FRC was listed alongside the likes of the KKK.

Which might be why the SPLC topped out the Tea Party Nation list, because “this group has made a cottage industry labeling any group to the right of Karl Marx a hate group.”

That will teach them to mess with him!

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The Problem With Our Country Is…

The politics or motivation of the Gabrielle Giffords shooter today is still a mystery so we can’t definitively say it was politically motivated (I’m inclined to think it was the work of your run of the mill nutcase). I can definitively say though that there is a major problem that does exist and is on display daily from people like this guy and those like him populating his comment section.

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It is absolutely, absolutely unacceptable to shoot “indiscriminately”.

Target only politicians and their staff, and leave regular citizens alone.


Rhetoric from the likes Sarah Palin doesn’t help much either.

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In Palin's Gun Sights

Sarah Palin has again unwittingly inserted her foot into her mouth. The latest comes from her Facebook page from last year and includes a map with gun sights representing the Congressional districts that her PAC was targeting during the last election.

You will of course notice that one of those districts just happens to be that of Arizona Democrat Gabrielle Giffords who was shot in the head earlier today. Probably not the type of hit list Palin was talking about…

UPDATE 3:45 PM: Firedoglake provides us with another Palin promotional image that looks for a solution to the problem. Ouch!

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US Rep From Arizona Shot

From NPR

U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords of Arizona was shot in the head outside a grocery store in Tucson while holding a public event, Arizona Public Media reported Saturday.

The Democrat, who was re-elected to her third term in November, was hosting a “Congress on Your Corner” event at the Safeway in northwest Tucson when a gunman ran up and started shooting, according to Peter Michaels, news director of Arizona Public Media.

At least nine other people, including members of her staff, were hurt. Giffords was transported to University Medical Center in Tucson. Her condition was not immediately known.

No word on why this happened though the shooter was reportedly taken into custody so we could know more soon. But if she was indeed the target, one might surmise that the nastiness of our current political discourse might have had something to do with this.

UPDATE: 3:15 PM – Reports have Rep Giffords coming out out surgery and stating that they are optimistic about her recovery.

UPDATE 3:30 – Alleged shooter Jared Lee Loughner’s (apparent) YouTube channel is in past tense and suggests he is a troubled youth that seems, after watching some of his videos, to have quite an infatuation with the Constitution.

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It's The Moon You Idiot!

Bill O’Reilly shows his ignorance again in his latest interview on religion/atheism using his favorite “proof” of a God. “The sun goes up and the sun goes down…the tides comes in, the tide comes out

Of course you knew Colbert or Stewart would have something to say about this and Stephen Colbert didn’t disappoint. He had astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson on to explain tidal forces for Papa Bear O’Reilly who really should come up with a few better examples if he wants to provide proof of a supreme being…you know something that science hasn’t already debunked 100’s of years ago.

Maybe he should just use the fact that people actually watch him, that’s a bit miraculous isn’t it?

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P.S. – Must give a little love to Colbert for quoting the classic line in the above piece which pretty much explains the existence of all religions throughout human history.

There must be a God because I don’t know how things work.

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Some More Noem Fluff

That bastion of investigative journalism to the south, the Sioux City Journal, published your standard 20 question type puff piece (actually 19) with our incoming House member Kristi Noem yesterday with few surprises.

In it the interviewer pretty much lobbed softballs and Noem answered with your basic GOP talking points with only a couple of interesting points. First she was asked about whether she was a tea party “believer” to which she did her best tap dance routine and provided a 2 paragraph non-answer.

“Well, you know, there is a lot of discussion about the tea party, because they certainly had an impact on this election. A lot of the things I was talking about in my campaign, the tea party agreed with and supported me because of it. I was talking about balancing budgets, I was talking about not spending more money than we have, and that is certainly things they believe in as well.”

“It is hard to define the tea party. Even within South Dakota, we’ve got so many different tea party groups and they don’t do a lot of communication among themselves. So it is hard to define what is the tea party within South Dakota, but I will say that a lot of my supporters or people who supported me were tea party people, who would call themselves tea party activists.

And then she was asked about whether she thinks entitlements should be cut to which the queen of farm subsidies again did her best to tow the party line without actually saying she would be for cutting any programs and instead only mentioned cutting waste.

“I think that needs to be discussed. I think we need to sit down at the table and talk about our entitlement programs and make sure we have dollars flowing where they should be flowing. There is a lot of waste within those programs that, if we did a diligent job of making sure that benefits go to where they were intended to go, that we could see a substantial cut in some of those programs.”

The more I see and read from her the more I believe that she will fit right in. She has the doublespeak pretty much nailed. She knows the buzzwords that give her supporters goose bumps like cut, spend less, out of control, etc. but when specifics are asked for, the doublespeak comes out. Classic!

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