From The New York Times: http://www.nytimes.com/2011/01/10/us/politics/10giffords.html?_r=1&hp
By MARC LACEY
Published: January 9, 2011
TUCSON — Prosecutors charged Jared L. Loughner, a troubled 22-year-old college dropout, with five federal counts on Sunday, including the attempted assassination of a member of Congress, in connection with a shooting rampage on Saturday morning that left six people dead and 14 wounded.
Evidence seized from Mr. Loughner’s home, about five miles from the shooting, indicated that he had planned to kill Representative Gabrielle Giffords, Democrat of Arizona, according to documents filed in Federal District Court in Phoenix.
Special Agent Tony M. Taylor Jr. of the F.B.I. said in an affidavit that an envelope found in a safe in the home bore these handwritten words: “I planned ahead,” “My assassination” and “Giffords.”
Mr. Loughner, who is believed to have acted alone, is in federal custody and is scheduled to make his first court appearance before a magistrate judge in Phoenix on Monday.
An outpouring of grief was on display all over Tucson, where friends of the many victims joined complete strangers in lighting candles and offering tear-filled prayers. From the back of the temple Ms. Giffords attends, Naomi Present, the distraught daughter of a rabbi, cried out on Sunday morning, “Why, why, why, why?”
Many across America were asking the same thing, and the state found itself on the defensive, with its top lawmakers asserting that Arizona was not a hothouse of ugly rhetoric.
Complete story at: http://www.nytimes.com/2011/01/10/us/politics/10giffords.html?_r=1&hp
For years I’ve heard all sorts of bullshit about personal responsibility from the Ayn Randite Republi-Nazi right wing. They are so tough and brave when it comes to dishing it out but like all the Vietnam War draft dodging Chicken Hawks they squirm like a five year old caught violating some major rule when one of their band of thugs does the very thing they’ve been pushing their mob of brown shirt sheeple to do.
The Republican Party is nothing but Aryan Nation in a suit.
Actually they are worse than Aryan Nation because they are really a bunch of whores spreading this hate for the big bucks the corporations and Wall Street scum put in their pockets.
Well the chickens have come home to roost.
The blood of those people is on their hands…
By David Edwards
Sunday, January 9th, 2011
Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-TN) urged CNN’s Candy Crowley Sunday not to mention Fox News’ Sarah Palin in connection with the shooting of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-AZ).
In a Sunday interview, Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL) noted that public figures have used violent rhetoric against Giffords, something Palin has done.
Crowley turned to Alexander for his view.
“Is it over the line politically these days, given the kind of climate we’re in, to be talking about or graphically showing a politician in the crosshairs or talking about taking them out? Was it over the line, sort of specifically, since it’s now being talked about everywhere, Sarah Palin’s web ads for people she would like to see targeted for political defeat?” she asked.
“Well, Candy, I think you’re responsible, by bringing this up, of doing the very thing you’re trying to condemn,” Alexander shot back. “You’re making and implying a direct connection between Sarah Palin and what happened.”
“I think the way to get away from it is for you not to be talking about it,” he added.
Apparently Fox News agrees with the senator from Tennessee because when Palin’s name was mentioned at a vigil for Giffords, they cut the video feed.
Palin offered her “sincere condolences” on her Facebook page Saturday.
“We never ever, ever intended it to be gun sights,” Palin aide Rebecca Mansour told conservative talk show host Tammy Bruce.
Mansour agreed with Bruce’s suggestion that the crosshairs were simply representing.
Complete article at Raw Story: http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2011/01/gop-senator-urges-media-talk-palins-violent-rhetoric/
What do you expect from the freedom and America hating Republi-Nazis?
By Eric W. Dolan
Sunday, January 9th, 2011
Congressman Jerrold Nadler (D-NY) blasted Republicans for planning to change the name of the Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights, and Civil Liberties to the “Constitution Subcommittee.”
“Once again, the new Republican majority has shown that it isn’t quite as committed to the Constitution as its recent lofty rhetoric would indicate,” Rep. Nadler, who has served as the Chairman of the Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights, and Civil Liberties since 2007, said.
“It has yet again shown its contempt for key portions of the document – the areas of civil rights and civil liberties – by banishing those words from the title of the Constitution Subcommittee.”
The Subcommittee on the Constitution is one of five subcommittees of the US House Committee on the Judiciary. The subcommittee has jurisdiction over constitutional amendments, constitutional rights, federal civil rights, ethics in government, and related matters.
“Republicans have made a great deal of noise in recent days about standing up for the Constitution,” Rep. Nadler continued. “But, in less than 48 hours, they have already revealed their true intentions. In addition to reading selectively from the Constitution on the House floor in a much-exalted ceremony on Thursday, Republicans also blatantly violated the Constitution by allowing two of their Members to vote without having been sworn-in, and introduced unconstitutional legislation aimed at bypassing the 14th Amendment’s citizenship clause.”