UPDATE: Perhaps it's time for all of us to shut up and listen to the only voice from the last 48 hours that matters. Christina Green's dad.
An addendum to Ragspierre's piece on the Giffords media feeding frenzy...
Flashback: November 5, 2009 - the day after the terrorist attack at Fort Hood - we knew Nidal Hasan began his shooting rampage shouting "Alahu Akbar", his business card was marked SoA (Soldier of Allah), he exchanged 18 emails with top ten terrorist Anwar al-Awlaki, he posted praise for Islamic suicide attacks on the net, attended a known radical Islamic Mosque, openly opposed military involvement in Iraq and Afghanistan and told a neighbor he was about to "do a good work for God." In other words, he did everything but paint "Radical Islamic Jihadist" in red letters on his forehead. Yet the universal mantra from the press, POTUS and the moonbats was "We must not jump to conclusions." Hasan was..."troubled."
But now, almost literally before the smoke clears, every MSM/moonbat piece on Giffords' attack begins with, "We do not yet know the motive for the shooting, but..." followed by a tyrade about rightwing "vitriol." Yet not one instance can be offered citing specific calls to violence apart from the absurd references Palin's "target map" of election districts. Puh-lease. "Target, bullseye, in your sites" are broad metaphors used across the culture. Every campaign identifies "target districts" - are they advocating mass murder? Every news.communication effort has a "target audience." So, they advocate killing their audience? In urban slang, a bar, workplace, classroom etc with a large number of members of the opposite sex is a "target rich environment." So obviously these singles want members of the opposite sex shot? BTW - for obvious reasons stay away from your local "Target" store.
According to his friends, Jared Loughner was a "far left pot-head." I don't buy that any more than that he was a tea partier. Read about his public behavior and his online rants - then look at the clinical symptoms for Paranoid Schizophrenia.
- Auditory hallucinations, such as hearing voices - Check
- Delusions, such as believing someone is controlling you or out to get you. - Check
- Anxiety - Check
- Anger - Check
- Emotional distance - Check
- Argumentativeness - Check
- Self-important or condescending manner - Check
- Suicidal thoughts and behavior - Check
- Violence - Hello! Jackpot
Talk is cheap now, unless it is prayer, care and comfort for the Giffords', Greens and other victims. This isn't a political football, it's a heartache. Let the healing begin.