Sunday, January 09, 2011

Alaska's Congressional Delegation Reacts To The Gabrielle Giffords Shooting; Alaska Dispatch Continues Its Anti-Palin Bias

Members of Congress have posted their reactions to the shooting of Arizona Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords. Most are attempting to defuse the passions which have toxified the political environment to the point to where someone could even conceive of committing such an act. By the way, the latest on Gabrielle Giffords' condition is that she is able to respond to simple commands like holding up two fingers, but she has not been able to speak (although the real reason she can't speak at this time may be simply because she's on a ventilator). The bullet did not go through both hemispheres of her brain; it entered through the back of her skull on her left side and exited through the front. She was in surgery for 38 minutes, and Doctors have removed about half of her skull on the left side and a small amount of damaged brain to alleviate the pressure caused by possible brain swelling.

For those who are interested, the Arizona Republic has now compiled and published a timeline of the critical events surrounding the shooting.

Alaska's Congressional delegation has also weighed in on the tragedy, as documented by both KTUU Channel 2 and the Anchorage Daily News:

-- Republican Senator Lisa Murkowski: “I join all Alaskans in condemning this horrific attack on Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords at a constituent event today in Tucson. I mourn those who lost their lives in this senseless and tragic act of violence, and my thoughts and heartfelt prayers go out to Congresswoman Giffords, the other victims and their families.”

-- Republican Congressman Don Young: His spokesman, Meredith Kenny, said “This morning's events were nothing short of horrific...Congressman Young vehemently condemns this attack and is praying for the victims, their friends, and families.”

-- Democratic Senator Mark Begich: “I join Alaskans and other Americans in being shocked over the horrifying events that unfolded in Tucson, Arizona today. It is a sad day in our country when a public servant and her constituents cannot gather to discuss important issues without fear of violence...As we learn more about this tragedy and the details of what occurred, I will continue to keep Representative Giffords, the other victims of this senseless violence and all of their families in my thoughts and prayers.”

What makes Senator Begich's response a bit more noteworthy is that he resisted the urge to use this tragedy to take a cheap shot at political opponents. In the past, Begich has used such events to score political points; this time, he's restrained himself. This indicates that as he continues to serve in the Senate, he is learning the difference between partisanship and statesmanship. Certainly, one cannot expect an elected official to always refrain from partisanship, but a tragedy like this calls for statesmanship rather than partisanship from elected officials.

Unfortunately, commenters to the Anchorage Daily News primary story are not following Begich's example. Most continue to use this tragedy to relentlessly pile on Sarah Palin and the Tea Party. Some even call for Palin's arrest. The vitriol spewing forth from the hard-line progressive left is so despicable that even the Chicago Tribune has decried it.

Alaska Dispatch has published three stories about the shooting, all with an anti-Palin tinge.

-- "Palin staffer calls using tragedy to score political points 'obscene'": The use of quotes around 'obscene" implies that Amanda Coyne is somewhat dismissive of Sarah Palin's claims. Otherwise, it's a relatively balanced article, quoting Palin staffer Rebecca Mansour as saying that the target list was not intended to allude to guns. "We never ever, ever intended it to be gun sights,", said Mansour. Mansour also noted that the graphic was contracted out to a professional, and they approved it quickly without thinking about it.

-- "Sarah Palin blamed by some for Giffords shooting": Reasonably balanced, but Amanda Coyne plays up the idea that Palin has scrubbed down her Facebook page, removing critical comments. However, Alaska Dispatch also employs censorship, albeit hiding behind its readers. Comments given enough negative ratings by readers are hidden from view, although one can make them visible. That's a form of censorship. Perhaps the pot ought to be less judgmental of the kettle.

-- "Will Palin change her mantra after today's shooting?": Overtly and flagrantly anti-Palin. But then, it's written by Craig Medred, who was also overtly and flagrantly biased against Palin protege Joe Miller, so this should be no surprise. Medred puts the sole burden of change upon Sarah Palin's shoulders without imposing any similar expectations upon the hard-line progressive left who've been defaming and smearing Sarah Palin nonstop for over two years. Extremism breeds counter-extremism; if you're going to condemn it, you need to condemn ALL OF IT.

But it would be useful for Sarah Palin to take the high road and moderate her own rhetoric for the time being, at least until the nation comes to grips with the Giffords shooting. It does seem questionable to continue use of terms like "reload" when a member of Congress has been shot in the head. It would not hurt to suspend "gun" references when discussing political activism for the time being; it's simply a matter of propriety.


  1. Democracy -- a procedure where ignorant masses elect failed lawyers to do the bidding of a criminal elite.

  2. Senator Murkowski's official statement may have been fine, but her actual comments were not so innocuous: "I do hope that as we move forward from this terrible tragedy, that as Americans, we look to those things that are causing the frustration and anger and bitterness and really try to come together to tone down some of the rhetoric that may be fostering some of what we're seeing." --Lisa Murkowski, Jan. 8, 2011

    She was clearly trying to point the finger with these comments.

  3. On another topic, do you know if you get "credit" (in terms of web hits) from mobile newsreaders that subscribe to your blog? I use a mobile RSS reader daily to read your site (which I love) and I just want to make sure that this means of accessing your site "counts."

  4. Arizona Shooter Jared Loughner is Jewish
    by James Buchanan

    The man who shot 19 people in Arizona, killing six and severely wounding Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, is Jewish according to an interview by a reporter from Mother Jones magazine.

    There was a speedy attempt by the left-wing media to portray Loughner as a right-wing lunatic even though other statements by people familiar with Loughner described him as a leftist.

  5. Check out this video: Chain just put this up..
    Jared Loughner Jewish Stars In “The Rad Ams Family!”

  6. “Did Loughner know — or care — that Giffords was the first Jewish congresswoman from Arizona? Or that one of the aides he is charged with killing, Gabe Zimmerman, was also Jewish?

    Some white supremacist websites are reporting that Loughner and his family are Jewish, and that his mother, Amy, attends a Reform synagogue. A woman who answered the phone at Giffords’ synagogue, Congregation Chaverim, told AOL News that staff had been told not to talk about it, but said, “We have no proof that they were ever members.”

    The relevance of Giffords’ religion in the shooting remains unclear, but the tragedy has focused attention on a part of her life that was central to who she was.”

  7. NEW YORK – In a bizarre turn of events, the YouTube website of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords suggests she subscribed to the YouTube channel of her suspected attempted assassin, Jarred Loughner, at some point before the shooting incident.

    Given YouTube rules, for Giffords to subscribe to Loughner’s YouTube channel would have required an affirmative action taken by Giffords or by someone with access to her YouTube username and password to establish the subscription link.

    Loughner’s YouTube subscription channel under the username “Classitup10″ was created on Oct. 25, 2010, and his last two videos were posted to the channel on Dec. 15, 2010, approximately three weeks before the shooting.

    Read more: Did Giffords subscribe to assassin’s YouTube?

    I know they’re THE trusted source on right-wing Judeo-Christian Zionist apologetics, so I wonder why they feel compelled to empty the puzzle pieces on the table and begin looking for a fit? I think a lot of their readers are conspiracy savvy (although not Jew savvy, unfortunately). Maybe it’s controlled opposition? At any rate, a relationship between the 2 has at least been established SOMEWHERE. She only subscribed to 2 YouTube channels.

  8. look at an earlier pic of jared loughner (back when he still had his jew-fro) and compare it to one of the Columbine killers, uncanny resemblance. although i do like how he shaved his head in an effort to look more the crazy nazi skinhead, but! the word is out, this child killing FREAK is a JEW! and a patsy. nice try ya peckerheads, you still wont get our guns!