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Posts Tagged ‘Gabrielle Giffords’

A tragedy, yes, but a political opportunity? Are you kidding me?

Posted by Roderic Deane on July 24, 2012

Last week’s horrific events in Aurora, Colorado should give us all pause. We need to reaffirm our love of family and cherish those we hold dear. Our lives can change in an instant, through no fault of our own. It could be due to a careless drunk driver, a sinister combatant in Afghanistan, or a willful, homicidal maniac in our very own neighborhood!

Life is full of joy, as God intended, and yet so full of sorrow. The sorrow is a consequence to the gift of joy, but God also made us a promise that we would be forever reunited with our loved ones in Paradise.

As we wrestle with the consequence of mortality, we must be mindful of God’s eternity. Through the horrible acts of deranged man, we should be reminded of the futility in attempting to create a perfect world. The perfect world is beyond our human capabilities and only manifested in the eternal joy of Paradise.

I am troubled by the attempt to paint our human lives as the end-all, in an attempt to capture political gain. I truly believe human life is not the end-all and resist the temptation of a man made utopia, as if God and His promises do not exist. We are tempted and encouraged to think otherwise by countless politicians, movie producers and journalists. We must resist this temptation and recognize that our time on this earth is short, by God’s design.

Who now can imagine the horrors of The Civil War, when countless young men were cut down in battle, denying their families the longevity of their family line? As a vibrant society, we benefit from everyone’s sacrifice and move forward in an attempt to do better and prosper. We should not forget past sacrifices and, instead, honor them! Those countless sacrifices made this country the envy of the world, but we now seem to have forgotten them and are suffering the consequences of aimless direction.

Thus are the lessons to be learned by last week’s tragedy in Colorado. From our current perspective, we will probably never make sense of it. Over time, however, we WILL persevere and God’s loving hand will guide us to bigger and better things, if we just believe.

Evil will always exist in our human world and it has a name. Its name is Satan, the devil. The devil will never go away as long as we toil as human beings and refuse to recognize its existence.

Do you remember the shameless and evil attempts to tie Sarah Palin to the shooting of Gabby Giffords? In addition to trying to blame the Tea Party, the lamestream media and the left-wing blogosphere pushed their story of Governor Palin’s complicity for days!

We just have to believe that truth and justice will ultimately prevail and continue to live our lives as responsible citizens, despite when the lamestream media attempts to use a tragedy for political gain.

Cross-posted from RodericDeane.com

(The above post was edited and revised for current context)

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Partners In Blood

Posted by Sheya on January 13, 2011

As many of our readers know, I am an observant Jew. I observe the Sabbath and all the Jewish Holidays. I went to Jewish schools and so do my kids. Not only do I live by all the rules, I am part of the Jewish culture and I even look the part.

Ever since I was two years old, I was told stories of Jewish persecution and blood libels. I was told how the Jews were accused for using the blood of Christian children to bake matzoh bread. I was told the stories of how whenever there was a murder in town the Jews were blamed for it. Whatever the scenario, the chain of events were the same. The Jews were accused of a murder, followed by calls for their deaths, followed by riots and then killings of all the Jews. Then, when the Jews spoke up and defended themselves, they were told to sit down and shut up and further killings took place for that reason alone.

After the horrific killings in Tucson this Saturday and the finger-pointing at Governor Palin begun, I was mad and I was angry. Not that I’m not used to seeing irrational  criticism thrown at Governor Palin, I’m used to seeing that by now and frankly I have come to expect it. But this time it was different; this time it felt as if all those stories I was told as a kid were coming to life. A heartless murderer shot and killed innocent victims. Governor Palin, who is hated just because she exists, was blamed, and that was followed by a flood of calls for her death on Twitter and Facebook. If this isn’t a blood libel than nothing is.

I have just spoken to many of my Jewish friends. Neither myself nor any other Jew I know is offended by Governor Palin’s comments. On the contrary, based on what we know and were taught about blood libels, this is exactly what this was: a blood libel.

The term blood libel wasn’t invented to define what happened to the Jews; it’s just that what happened to Jews were blood libels, and this term fits perfectly to what happened to Governor Palin.

The left and the media attacking Governor Palin are outraged at her for her using the term. Of course, why wouldn’t they be? The chain of events is following the direction blood libels always follow, and they are just mad that they are being called out.

Make no mistake: had Governor Palin not used the term they would have found something else to complain about. As far as they are concerned Governor Palin can do nothing right. This time they picked the wrong thing to nitpick, and the outcries will be an epic fail.

To all my Jewish counterparts in the media: Being Jewish doesn’t automatically qualify you to speak on behalf of all the Jews unless you actually observe at least part of the Torah’s Mitzvot.

I am a proud observant Jew, and I am always proud to stand with Governor Palin, but today we are also partners in blood.

Originally Posted: Conservatives4Palin

 

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Sarah Palin and the “Blood Libel” Controversy

Posted by Shane Vander Hart on January 12, 2011

imageFormer Alaska Governor Sarah Palin responded today to the Tucson shooting which killed six and wounded fourtneen, including Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords (D-AZ).  She also addressed the rhetoric from the media and the left who implied, if not directly said, she (along with the Tea Party and conservative radio hosts) were to blame for the shooting.  Despite evidence to the contrary.  In her remarks she used the term “blood libel.”

Vigorous and spirited public debates during elections are among our most cherished traditions.  And after the election, we shake hands and get back to work, and often both sides find common ground back in D.C. and elsewhere. If you don’t like a person’s vision for the country, you’re free to debate that vision. If you don’t like their ideas, you’re free to propose better ideas. But, especially within hours of a tragedy unfolding, journalists and pundits should not manufacture a blood libel that serves only to incite the very hatred and violence they purport to condemn. That is reprehensible.

Her use of the term “blood libel” has sparked another wave of criticism from the media and the left because of the terms historical origin dating back to the Middle Ages.  The term, in that context, refers to a prejudice that Jewish people used Christian blood in religious rituals.  This often led to persecution.

Sarah Palin wasn’t the first to link this term to rhetoric being thrown at her and other conservatives after the Tucson shooting, Glenn Reynolds in an op/ed at The Wall Street Journal published two days ago wrote:

So as the usual talking heads begin their "have you no decency?" routine aimed at talk radio and Republican politicians, perhaps we should turn the question around. Where is the decency in blood libel?

To paraphrase Justice Cardozo ("proof of negligence in the air, so to speak, will not do"), there is no such thing as responsibility in the air. Those who try to connect Sarah Palin and other political figures with whom they disagree to the shootings in Arizona use attacks on "rhetoric" and a "climate of hate" to obscure their own dishonesty in trying to imply responsibility where none exists. But the dishonesty remains.

Unlikely defenders have cropped up in light of this controversy.  Logan Penza (who is no Palin fan and he makes that abundantly clear) at The Moderate Voice writes:

Sarah Palin has it right — it is blood libel to accuse people of a heinous crime in the complete absence of any concrete evidence that they has any causal relationship to it.

Perhaps maybe we should listen to Jewish Harvard Law Professor Alan Dershowitz, a liberal, who defended Palin’s use of the term “blood libel.”

The term “blood libel” has taken on a broad metaphorical meaning in public discourse. Although its historical origins were in theologically based false accusations against the Jews and the Jewish People,its current usage is far broader. I myself have used it to describe false accusations against the State of Israel by the Goldstone Report. There is nothing improper and certainly nothing anti-Semitic in Sarah Palin using the term to characterize what she reasonably believes are false accusations that her words or images may have caused a mentally disturbed individual to kill and maim. The fact that two of the victims are Jewish is utterly irrelevant to the propriety of using this widely used term.

Also you can see the term has a much broader context than what some on the left will admit.  One controversy is falling apart as the facts become known about Jared Lee Loughner, so we should have expected they would latch onto another one.

Shane Vander Hart is the editor of Caffeinated Thoughts and Caffeinated Theology.  He is also the Communication Director for the Preserve Innocence Initiative  of American Principles Project .  Feel free to follow him on Twitter and friend him on Facebook.

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A True Blessing: Congresswoman Giffords Responding To Verbal Commands By Raising Two Fingers And Gives Doctors A Thumbs Up

Posted by Gary P Jackson on January 11, 2011

By Gary P Jackson

Millions have been praying for Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords’ recovery. All indications show that God has answered those prayers in a big way. Updates continue to bring very good news. From KOLD News-13:

Doctors treating Arizona Rep. Gabrielle Giffords’ brain wound said Monday the congresswoman was responding to verbal commands by raising two fingers of her left hand and even managed to give a thumbs-up.

When she did that, we were having a party in there,” said Dr. Peter Rhee. “That’s a purposeful movement. That’s a great thing. She’s always grabbing for the tube.”

Giffords, 40, is in critical condition in the intensive care unit of Tucson’s University Medical Center after she was shot through the head Saturday during a meet-and-greet with voters outside a supermarket. Two patients were discharged Sunday night. Eight others, including Giffords, remained hospitalized.

Recent CAT scans showed no further swelling in the brain, but doctors were guarded.

We’re not out of the woods yet,” said her neurosurgeon Dr. Michael Lemole. “That swelling can sometimes take three days or five days to maximize. But every day that goes by and we don’t see an increase, we’re slightly more optimistic.”

After Saturday’s operation to temporarily remove half of her skull, doctors over the past two days had Giffords removed from her sedation and then asked basic commands such as: “Show me two fingers.”

When she did that, we were having a party in there,” said Dr. Peter Rhee. “That’s a purposeful movement. That’s a great thing. She’s always grabbing for the tube.”

Giffords family is by her side and is receiving constant updates from doctors. On Monday, two well-known doctors with extensive experience in traumatic brain injury were en route to Tucson to help consult on Giffords’ case.

Doctors had said the bullet traveled the length of the left side of the congresswoman’s brain, entering the back of the skull and exiting the front. Her doctors have declined to speculate on what specific disabilities Giffords may face as her recovery progresses.

As for the other shooting victims who suffered injuries to the face, neck, stomach and other parts of the body, doctors said most will have a normal recovery. To ensure that they don’t suffer post-traumatic stress, depression or other problems, teams of experts will guide them through the next phase.

This is such wonderful news. We understand that Congresswoman Giffords will have struggles ahead, but we can’t wait for her recovery, and pray we get to see her back at work in Congress serving the nation as she was called to do.

We will continue to pray for God’s steady hand as he guides Gabby Giffords through this ordeal.

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Another Lefty Lie Shot Down: Confirmed, Arizona Shooter Fixated On Giffords In 2007 Long Before The Tea Party Was Created Or Anyone Knew Who Sarah Palin Was

Posted by Gary P Jackson on January 10, 2011

By Gary P Jackson

The lies from the left, and their attempts to smear Sarah Palin and the Tea Party, as well as blame them for the actions of a crazed Marxist gunman in Arizona, have been unraveling as fast as they can tell them, but now we have even more proof they are wrong, and frankly downright evil, for using this tragedy to try and score cheap political points, and rile up their already rabid and radical base.

We find it quite reprehensible that bodies were still lying on the ground as top democrats conspired to blame Palin and the Tea Party. But frankly, with this bunch we’ve come to expect no less.

We also reported early on that Jared Lee Loughner had run-ins with Congresswoman Giffords dating back to 2007. This was confirmed once the arrest records were released. A letter was found at Loughner’s home, marked “I planned ahead” and “my assassination“: From the arrest report:

On January 8, 2011, a search warrant was executed at 7741 N. Soledad Avenue in Tucson, Arizona, where LOUGHNER resides. Some of the evidence seized from that location included a letter in a safe, addressed to “Mr. Jared Loughney” at 7741 N. Soledad Avenue, from Congresswoman Giffords, on Congressional stationary, dated August 30, 2007, thanking him for attending a “Congress on your Corner” event at the Foothills Mall in Tucson. Also recovered in the safe was an envelope with handwriting on the envelope stating “I planned ahead,” and “My assassination” and the name “Giffords,” along with what appears to be LOUGHNER’s signature.

You can read the entire arrest report here.

The Wall Street Journal also confirms this, as well as what we have been reporting since the earliest hours of this tragedy, that Jared Lee Loughner is a far left radical. You can read their excellent background on  Loughner here.

Lets forget for a minute that Loughner fixated on Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords in 2007, before there was such a thing as the Tea Party, and no one but a select few even know who the hell Sarah Palin was.

Instead let’s look at even more irrefutable facts. Jared Lee Loughner is radical Marxist. A left winger. He’s against the United States Constitution, against the United States flag. He believes the United States currency is illegal, is fixated on terrorism, and is very anti-religion. That’s the damnedest Tea Party profile I have ever seen!

Contrast this with Sarah Palin and the Tea Party. One of Sarah Palin’s strengths over most politicians is she believes the Constitution is the Supreme Law of the Land, as our founders intended it to be. Obviously she loves our flag, and frequently displays flag inspired jewelry. And since the left has been saying she is some sort of religious extremist [another lie] it’s kind of hard for them to have it both ways.Sarah Palin and Jared Lee Loughner couldn’t be farther apart in ideology if they tried.

No, the truth is, Jared Lee Loughner, the disturbed Marxist who committed mass murder Saturday in Arizona was on his path of death and destruction for years. If he was “inspired” by anyone, it’s more likely that it came from his own people, the democrats.

We’ve already posted some of the very heated rhetoric from left wingers and we’ve barely scratched the surface. We’ve compiled quite a number of statements from high ranking democrats calling for the death of political opponents. We’ve also got statements from high ranking democrat politicians, including the President of the United States, urging their supporters to commit acts of violence on their behalf, if things don’t go their way.

In the coming days we will be exposing all of the violent rhetoric from the left. The exact sort of talk that would have inspired a radical like Jared Lee Loughner to go through with his long term plans.

The left wing and their media partners started the lie, now we are going to end it, and show the American people who the real violent radicals in this country are.

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Daily Kos Blogger: CongressWOMAN Giffords Voted Against Nancy Pelosi! And Is Now DEAD To Me!

Posted by Gary P Jackson on January 10, 2011

By Gary P Jackson

As reported earlier, Marcos Moulitsas, the publisher of the far left hate site: Daily Kos, targeted Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords as a “sell out” and put a “bulls eye” on her, using very heated rhetoric.

We can now report that Daily Kos blogger “BoyBlue” who lives in Congresswoman Gifford’s district, went on a wild rant because the Congresswoman voted against Nancy Pelosi as House Minority Leader.”BoyBlue” posted his disturbing rant on Thursday, January 6, roughly 48 hours before the Congresswoman was gunned down by left wing crank Jared Loughner.

Tell me these people aren’t extreme and insane. The vote “BoyBlue” refers to was the opening vote for the newly sworn in 112th Congress. The very first vote was to elect a new Speaker of the House, and a democrat Minority Leader. As Republicans have an overwhelming majority, the results of the vote were a foregone conclusion, with John Boehner getting the nod. Frankly, so was Pelosi’s election as Minority Leader.

In a Washington Times story we included in our Thursday [January 6] news round-up, 19 democrats voted against the very unpopular Nancy Pelosi. It was the worst showing for a party nominee since 1923. From what I’ve read, Congresswoman Giffords voted for Congressman John Lewis.

Now again, one has to ask what kind of wing-nut goes off against their Congresswoman over a a vote for leadership?

Evidently a Daily Kos blogger!

BoyBlue” goes on and on ranting about the “THOUSANDS and THOUSANDS” of dollars he sent Congresswoman Giffords. He goes off on Jesse Kelly, her 2010 Republican opponent, and uses the vile “teabagger” slur as well. It goes downhill from there as you can see below in screen grabs courtesy of our friends at HillBuzz.org.

After surviving a suicide attempt, when his “spouse” left him, and recovering from the wounds, this guy goes crazy because after  he worked for Giffords and raised a claimed amount of “over $100,000” as well as maxing out his own donations, the Congresswoman had the gall to vote in a manner he didn’t approve of. Incredible. And extremely disturbing.

You can see from the comments section that “BoyBlue” was on a tear.

After reading this, I can’t for the life of me understand why Markos Moulitsas ever let this get published. “BoyBlue” is obviously someone who is deeply disturbed and needs real help, not a blogging position at the Daily Kos.

Of course, the reason we are using screen grabs rather just linking to this poor disturbed blogger’s post is because Moulitsas scrubbed it from his website once he realized people weren’t buying his attempts to smear Sarah Palin and the Tea Party and blame them for the Arizona murders carried out by left wing mad man, Jared Loughner.

Again, courtesy HillBuzz.org:

It’s hard to see any good coming from the senseless mass murder in Arizona. But if there is one thing good that may come from the left’s vile attempts to blame someone else for what one of theirs has done, let it be that reasonable human beings will take the time to go read the pages of the Daily Kos, the Huffington Post, and the Democrat Underground, and experience for themselves the vile, deranged hatemongering that goes on there. These are some sick puppies.

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Left Wing Daily Kos Put “Bull’s-Eye” On Congresswoman Giffords, Targeted As A “Sell Out”

Posted by Gary P Jackson on January 9, 2011

Not all of the people will get, or even deserve primaries, but this vote certainly puts a BULLS EYE on their district.

~ Marcos Moulitsas, The Daily Kos

By Gary P Jackson

While all of the left wing hatemongers and their media partners conspire to blame Sarah Palin and the Tea Party for the senseless mass murder in Arizona, claiming the fact that Sarah “targeted” Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords incited violence against her, they conveniently leave out their own targeting of political rivals.

As we pointed out earlier, the democrats use actual bull’s-eyes when they target their “enemies.” You can see the difference between the type of “Targeting Strategy” the democrats use, and Sarah’s low key advert here.

One of the worst of the hate mongers is Marcos Moulitsas, publisher of the Daily Kos. This is a far left hate site that routinely cheers when a Republican or anyone they don’t care for, dies or gets ill. It’s a sickening place. They are not above attacking their own though, if they dare stray from the far left ideology they espouse.

Moulitsas hosts a yearly event that every top democrat in the country flocks to. Obviously they endorse the hateful rhetoric splashed across the pages of the Daily Kos.

Below is from an ad campaign Moulitsas, one of the VERY FIRST to attack Sarah Palin, put together putting a bull’s-eye target on Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, and dozens more, as “sell outs” to whatever leftist agenda being pushed.

You’ll notice that while there are dozens of names, Moulitsas makes a point of “bolding members of the Blue Dogs” for “added emphasis.” Congresswoman Giffords is a “blue dog.” This is the name democrats give to those who don’t tow the party line 100%.

Again, the very specific language Moulitsas uses in his ad: “Narrow the target to sell outs” “bulls eye“, and so on, could be construed as highly incendiary.

It’s also interesting that this supposed “Champion of the Constitution” states these people don’t even deserve a primary. Typical totalitarian thought. If you don’t agree 100% with them, you shouldn’t even be allowed to speak, or compete. Thankfully, the voters, not these little radical elites, get to make those choices.

As Marcos Moulitsas was one of the very first to blame Sarah Palin for targeting Congresswoman Giffords, and it has now been established that the killer is a Marxist, just like Moulitsas and most of his party, maybe we should consider the fact that it could have been the fiery rhetoric about “sell outs” that actually inspired the killer, who had already had at least one run-in with the Congresswoman before.

At least it’s more likely that a pro-Marxist, anti-God, anti-flag extremist would seek inspiration from a fellow traveler like Moulitsas, than Sarah Palin, who is pro-America, pro-flag, religious, and very anti-Marxist.

H/T: HillBuzz.org

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Politicizing An Horrific Tragedy

Posted by Sheya on January 9, 2011

Arizona Rep. Gabrielle Giffords is in intensive care unit following surgery for a gunshot wound in the head at close range by a liberal lone heartless gunman.

While the shooter was a lone criminal, liberals are coming out of the woodworks to pin the shooting on no other than Governor Palin for targeting 20 house democrates during the 2010 mid-term elections. Daily Kos founder Markos Moulitsas Tweeted, “Mission accomplished, Sarah Palin.”  Matt Lewis notes:

If your first response to such an event is to think of Sarah Palin, something is wrong.

It is a sad state of affairs when a tragedy gets politicized, unfortunately some on the left have no shame in doing so and as a result we are left with no alternative but to correct the record.

It is ironic that it’s no other than the far left Daily Kos who are pushing this blame Palin narrative when it was just 2 days ago when the Daily Kos indirectly called for the death of congreswomen Giffords.

On January 6th the Daily Kos had an article titled My CongressWOMAN voted against Nancy Pelosi! And is now DEAD to me. The post has now been removed.

The targeting of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords by the Daily Kos goes back to June 2008 when they placed a Bullseye on Rep Giffords:

In 2004 the Democrats had a “Targeting Map” of their own, as it turns out Arizona just so happens to be one of their targets.

Reports are still coming in but from information already available the shooter is a 22-year-old white male named Jared Loughner a nut who on his YouTube channel lists Mein Kampf and Communist Manifesto as his favourite books.

User @caitieparker on twitter claims to know the shooter, according to her, Loughner is a redical liberal, following are some of her latest tweets:

Unlike the Daily Kos, we are not trying to blame anyone for the shooting, it is obvious that the gunman is a crazy nut who didn’t need any encouragement to carry out this senseless and unconscionable act. Rep Giffords is Jewish and this may well turn out to be racially motivated, but people need to take a step back and stop using a tragic event to advance their political agendas. Our message to the Dialy Kos: People in glass houses shouldn’t throw stones

More on this from Michelle Malkin, HillBuzz, The Anchoress, All Voices, Gateway Pundit, HotAir

Cross-Posted: Sheya.com

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Our Prayers For Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords And All Victims Of The Arizona Shooting

Posted by Gary P Jackson on January 8, 2011

By Gary P Jackson

As you know by now, Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords was among those attacked by a lone 22 year old crazy named Jared Loughner. Though the news is fluid at this time, we are pleased to hear, that despite being shot point blank in the head, the Congresswoman has undergone surgery and is responding. This is a true blessing.

Sadly, among the dead are Judge John Roll, the top federal judge in the district, and a nine year old child.

We are getting information fast and furious on the shooter, and will have more to say, but now is the time for prayers for all of the victims of this senseless violence.

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