Sunday, January 09, 2011

Bloody Knees

Barring the complications of swelling, infection, or other issues, the odds continue to climb that Congresswoman Giffords will survive her gunshot wound to the head. Naturally, her supporters and loved ones are praying that the Gabrielle that survives is the same Gabby they know and love. In churches across the country, including mine, congregations will be speaking and praying for her speedy and complete recovery.

Three staff members were also shot. Ron Barber and Pam Simon are expected to survive. Director of Community Outreach, Gabe Zimmerman, 30, was killed.

The others killed include 9 year old Christina-Taylor Green, 63 year old U.S. District Judge John Roll, and three retirees.

The southern Arizona political blogosphere has seen its traffic explode as the entire planet conducts searches on the Congresswoman and the shooting. The analytics I am seeing suggest that internet traffic is also inquiring on the violent rhetoric and the increasingly hysterical language being used at political events. In his press conference yesterday, Sheriff Clarence Dupnik didn't hold back regarding his outrage at the irresponsibly violent and hate stroking speech of talk radio and media figures. We know exactly who he means.

Some of us have been discussing this for some time. I posted Dancing with a Snake in January of 2009 and the T-shirt post in April 2009. I'm not clear why the search engines are grabbing it, but searches (and links put on Facebook pages I cannot access) are sending a lot of traffic to a 3/25/2010 blog entry Retreating, Reloading, and Aiming. It discusses Sarah Palin's reprehensible map of the country featuring the cross hairs of a rifle scope targeting members of Congress. The three cross hairs were targeting Ann Kirkpatrick, Harry Mitchell, and yes, Congresswoman Giffords. From that piece:

Using the intentionally inflammatory rhetoric of gun violence, Palin advises followers, "Don't retreat. Reload!"

She uses cross hair imagery on political opponents. This is actually happening. I think we've passed the point of no return to where real bullets are going to enter the picture.


Anonymous Observer said...

Sarah Palin is ignorant, self-serving, and grotesquely irresponsible.

The 22 year old is probably certifiable and not politically motivated. What the country doesn't seem to get is that all this violent imagery and rhetoric lands everywhere, including types like Timothy McVeigh, James W. von Brunn, Mark Chapman, and now this Loughner F-head.

1/09/2011 2:19 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

There's a lot of noise about the Palin cross hair map because it had Giffords listed as one of the targets, and the Palin goon squad took the map down from her web site today.

One of the Palin contacts said that the map was supposed to have been taken down last year. In June last year Palin's web site advertised an event to "take out Giffords" and "shoot an M-16 with Jesse Kelly!"

They probably want us to forget about all that rhetoric the Wasilla Killa was shoveling.

Giffords may live, x4mr, but unfortunately I don't think it's likely she will recover to her former self.

1/09/2011 3:52 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anonymous 3:52, how do you know anything about her recovery? Are you a neurosurgeon? Physical therapist? Any medical training at all?

1/17/2011 7:23 PM  

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