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The far right is being extremely defensive about the Gifford’s shooting, ready to defend their precious tea parties to the bitter end.  There are elements within the extreme left who would be rather glad to see her go.  It is all rather juvenile and really disgusting.  The Frum Forum is doing a great job covering the idiocy of the right and the left.

Frum has also uncovered the fact that Jared Lee Loughner is a “Pot smoking loner”.

“…After horrific shootings, we hear calls for stricter regulation of guns. The Tucson shooting should remind us why we regulate marijuana.  Jared Lee Loughner, the man held as the Tucson shooter, has been described by those who know as a “pot smoking loner.”  He had two encounters with the law, one for possession of drug paraphanalia. We are also learning that Loughner exhibited signs of severe mental illness, very likely schizophrenia.

The connection between marijuana and schizophrenia is both controversial and complicated. The raw association is strong:

Schizophrenics are twice as likely to smoke marijuana as non-schizophrenics.

People who smoke marijuana are twice as likely to develop schizophrenia as those who do not smoke.

But is correlation causation?
Increasingly experts seem to be saying: “Yes.”…”

Frum echoes my concern that the shooting is now going to be a vehicle for gun control.

Frum Forum

Ed Morrissey is doing some of the best work on the incident, without blaming anyone.  He suspects the shooter is an anarchist.  This makes sense – a heck of a lot of sense.  What concerns me is the rambling about the gold standard and our currency, but from what I can tell, it is the ramblings of a nut.  From Tucson Weekly.

Firedoglake has a photo: Jared Loughlin.  I was telling someone on the phone that even if the tea partiers are annoyed with Gifford, or if the absolutely rabid anti-immigration faction in Arizona is furious with her, they are not crazy enough to shoot someone.   From what I can tell about the guy he is seriously mentally ill, another John Hinckley, Jr.

Rational individuals have the right to say they are “targeting” a person in an election and not have that statement be interpreted as an actual physical attack on a person.  Unfortunately there is very little rational behavior within the right or the left lately.

Erick Erickson, who has absolutely no class, wrote the following dribble that is almost as unintelligible as the writings of the accused.  You can always count on Erickson to seek the lowest common denominator.

“…A terrible tragedy today. Rep. Giffords of Arizona was gunned down and, though early reports were that she is dead, the hospital is confirming, as of this writing, that she is alive and in surgery. 11 others were apparently shot and six others are dead.

I spent an hour with Rep. Giffords a few months ago. She and I were sitting in Jim Bohannon’s studio with Robert Reich was on the air. She’d driven him over to the studio. We chatted for an hour. We disagreed on much. She was extremely, exceedingly nice.

My prayers are for her and her family.

Unfortunately, the left is using this tragedy to score political points. Rep. Giffords was on Gov. Palin’s target list for defeat this past November. The left claims Gov. Palin has blood on her hands. So does the tea party movement.

Less than a year ago a gunman stormed into the Discovery Channel’s headquarters, taking hostages and threatening to kill them all. The left immediately accused the man of being a tea party activist.

Unfortunately for the left, the man turned out to be an envirowacko leftist raised on Algore’s global warming garbage….”

AZStar Net has a photo of the suspect.

Hillbuzz puts the whole right blame left blame into perspective.  Several years ago the far left was after Giffords.

Hillbuzz

Then there is this from Hillbuzz

Hillbuzz

Then we have the usual tea party defenders who are being extremely defensive in their defense.

Atlas Shrugs:

Atlas Shrugs

Fire Dog Lake is blaming Jesse Kelly for the incident.

Fire Dog Lake

And this:

Fire Dog Lake

Pat Dollard:

Pat Dollard

And the always classy Michelle Malkin:

Michelle Malkin

PolticusUSA:

Politicus USA

Newsbusters blames Jane Fonda for being in a snit and blaming SP and GB.

Newsbusters

Now, let’s hear from people who know Loughner:

Twitter:

The Frum Forum has been monitoring the situation.  Cindy McCain put it best:

Cindy McCain Twitter

Cindy McCain is right.  The political dialogue in this country is deplorable.  There are any number of us who have been discussing the fact that one of these days someone is going to start shooting.  Just look at the Paul Krugman blame game.

News Busters

Where does it stop?  St. Francis said it best:

Lord, make me an instrument of your peace.
Where there is hatred, let me sow love.
Where there is injury, pardon.
Where there is doubt, faith.
Where there is despair, hope.
Where there is darkness, light.
Where there is sadness, joy.
O Divine Master,
grant that I may not so much seek to be consoled, as to console;
to be understood, as to understand;
to be loved, as to love.
For it is in giving that we receive.
It is in pardoning that we are pardoned,
and it is in dying that we are born to Eternal Life.

When do calmer heads cry enough is enough, and demand the extremes on both sides sit down, shut up, grow up and act like adults?

The tragic commentary is the fact that many seemingly rational individuals who should know better have automatically assumed the worst.  When The Pink Flamingo first heard the news, I told my mother, who had called, that Arizona is a tinderbox.  I’ve been saying for years that someone is going to start shooting.  It doesn’t matter which “side”, some nut case is going to take the whole thing far too seriously and begin shooting.

Political operatives and activists may be in your face, and make threats, but they rarely if ever carry them out to such an extreme.  It is almost always the lone idiot, mentally disturbed person who has fallen through the cracks, who has a complaint, or wants to be famous, listening to the voices in their heads, who does this stuff.

As much as I might like to make a snarky remark about the really disgusting anti-immigration factions in Arizona, the out of control tea partiers, or the out of control open borders people, I told a friend I am thankful the shooter was not Hispanic and I am thankful he was not far right.

I am far more concerned about a gun store owner who sells such a high powered weapon to a person with a history of mental illness.  I am more concerned about people who knew Jared Loughner was disturbed and did nothing.  Where was his family? Why were they not keeping an eye on him?

As The Pink Flamingo writes these words, there is a report that there is possibly an older accomplice.  If so, this person needs to be taken out, if they encouraged this seriously disturbed creature.  Sarah Palin is not to blame.  Neither is Nancy Pelosi, George W. Bush, John Boehner, nor Barack Obama’s birth certificate.  Glenn Beck is not to blame.  Ron Paul is not to blame.  LaRaza is innocent.  Jared Loughner is the culprit here.

It is a terrible sign of the times to hear J. D. Hayworth pontificate on the my bad of the sheriff of Pima County. That isn’t necessary.  Like Cindy McCain said, it is time people attempt to be more civil.

If the extremes on the political scene do not learn how to play nice, I fear they are simply going to inspire more idiots to do more horrible things.

I could pontificate more, but I think we need to stop and comprehend some of the wisest words ever uttered.  If you do not understand them, or do not think they apply to you, then you are part of the problem, not the solution.

3 ‘Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
4 ‘Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted.
‘Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth.
‘Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled.
‘Blessed are the merciful, for they will receive mercy.
8 ‘Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God.
‘Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God.
10  ‘Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
11  ‘Blessed are you when people revile you and persecute you and utter all kinds of evil against you falsely on my account.
12 Rejoice and be glad, for your reward is great in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you.
13  ‘You are the salt of the earth; but if salt has lost its taste, how can its saltiness be restored? It is no longer good for anything, but is thrown out and trampled under foot.
14  ‘You are the light of the world. A city built on a hill cannot be hidden.
15  No one after lighting a lamp puts it under the bushel basket, but on the lampstand, and it gives light to all in the house.
16 In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father in heaven.
17  ‘Do not think that I have come to abolish the law or the prophets; I have come not to abolish but to fulfil.
18 For truly I tell you, until heaven and earth pass away, not one letter, not one stroke of a letter, will pass from the law until all is accomplished.
19 Therefore, whoever breaks one of the least of these commandments, and teaches others to do the same, will be called least in the kingdom of heaven; but whoever does them and teaches them will be called great in the kingdom of heaven.
20 For I tell you, unless your righteousness exceeds that of the scribes and Pharisees, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.
21 ‘You have heard that it was said to those of ancient times, “You shall not murder”; and “whoever murders shall be liable to judgement.”
22 But I say to you that if you are angry with a brother or sister, you will be liable to judgement; and if you insult a brother or sister, you will be liable to the council; and if you say, “You fool”, you will be liable to the hell of fire.
23 So when you are offering your gift at the altar, if you remember that your brother or sister has something against you,
24 leave your gift there before the altar and go; first be reconciled to your brother or sister, and then come and offer your gift.
25 Come to terms quickly with your accuser while you are on the way to court with him, or your accuser may hand you over to the judge, and the judge to the guard, and you will be thrown into prison.
26 Truly I tell you, you will never get out until you have paid the last penny.

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  • Carpenter says:

    a blame game isn’t necessary!

    All you have to do is listen to Sharron Angle’s plea for “second amendment remedies” to fix electoral problems
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SQPBtFJzhnU

    and Palin’s “Republicans Don’t Retreat they Reload” remark. (see at You-tube)

    It’s obvious what got into the killers head. His ‘Word Salad Videos” reek of that Alex Jone-ish / RonPauloian “the US Monetary System is Unconstitutional” crap (and other libertarian junk) that the PaulBots have preached for 30 years.

    His video ramblings also smell of Anti-Christian Liberalism and the Anti-Establishment Left leaning Libertarianism we seen while George Herbert Walker Bush was president. This man was a causality of the American media. They programed him to kill.

    So you see a Blame Game is not necessary! They are all to blame. Every damned one of them.

    I think that great philosophy Mick Jagger got it right when he wrote,
    “Pleased to meet you
    Hope you guess my name
    But what’s puzzling you
    Is the nature of my game”

  • Carpenter says:

    Wow!! Was I ever wrong.

    I did not believe this when I first heard it. I thought no friggin way would anyone do that, but I was wrong.

    I just found this at the Arizona Daily Star
    DATE: June 9, 2010 12:00 am

    the article from June 9, 2010 12:00 am reads:

    “Jesse Kelly, meanwhile, doesn’t seem to be bothered in the least by the Sarah Palin controversy earlier this year, when she released a list of targeted races in crosshairs, urging followers to “reload” and “aim” for Democrats. Critics said she was inciting violence.

    He seems to be embracing his fellow tea partier’s idea. Kelly’s campaign event website has a stern-looking photo of the former Marine in military garb holding his weapon. It includes the headline:

    “Get on Target for Victory in November. Help remove Gabrielle Giffords from office. Shoot a fully automatic M16 with Jesse Kelly.”

    The event costs $50. end article from June 9, 2010 12:00 am

    Can we please skip the trial and just go on to the sentencing? I mean this is a case is over. Jesse Kelly (the Tea Party Candidate who lost to Giffords) is guilty as hell.

    What I want to know is
    did Jared Lee Loughner attend the Remove Gabrielle Giffords from Office Event?

    if so
    did Jared bring his own gun?

    or
    did he get to ‘SHOOT the Enemy’ with Jesse Kelly (the
    Tea Party Candidate) like the Ad for the event says?

  • Harold says:

    Much of this fight was NOT because the right sought a fight for its own sake – it was caused because left-wing bloggers made some very vile assertions, and did nothing to correct the record when the facts showed otherwise. It seems very obvious that we are dealing with a left wing that has no sense of decency or good faith, and we might as well accept that fact that they will say anything they have to.

    When the founder of the DailyKos and a key blogger with TPM both immediately blame Sarah Palin for the attack on Congresswoman Giffords with no evidence, and do not retract their hateful accusations, then what choice do we have? I don’t think we have any choice but to fight back, otherwise, these accusations will be taken as fact.

  • SJ Reidhead says:

    The right is not behaving very well, either. There are times when you fight back and times when you behave with a little dignity. There are a few people who are showing absolutely no dignity, but then they never do.

    SJR

  • Carpenter says:

    Harold,

    Jesse Kelly, the Tea Party Candidates event was in JUNE 2010.

    It was not last week, not last month and it wasn’t INVENTED by
    the left.

    THE AD
    Get on Target
    for Victory in November

    Help remove Gabrielle Giffords from office

    Shoot a
    fully automatic
    M16 with
    Jesse Kelly

    The Tea Party is DEAD to me

  • Harold says:

    Carpenter,

    The shooter had no connection with the Tea Party whatsoever. A high-school classmate described him as “left-wing”, not right-wing. Jesse Kelly had nothing to do with this shooting at all, and to imply that he, the Tea Party, or Sarah Palin did is a despicable lie.

    There’s no middle ground on this one. You’re with with the KosKids and hard left trying to politicize this tragedy, or you are with decent Americans who are horrified by this – including the Tea Party.

    Make your choice.

  • SJ Reidhead says:

    Read what I wrote today.

    I am just saying the far right has absolutely no class at times. I know what the left is doing. But there are times when you are above it.

    SJR


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