Monday, April 11, 2011

Giffords in Newsweek

For those who have yet to see it, Newsweek magazine has just published a Peter Boyer article regarding the aftermath of the January 8th shooting of Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords. I'm not inclined to comment except to call it to the reader's attention and provide a link:

What's Really Going on with Gabby Giffords?

Those interested in the Congresswoman and what has been happening since she was shot are encouraged to read Boyer's piece.


Blogger Liza said...

I think that the Newsweek article is a fairly good and informative report that describes Gabrielle's recovery within the proper context of a person who has suffered a severe brain injury.

When Gabrielle was shot and survived, most of us were unable to even imagine what that would be like. After a couple of days of following the news reports, I started reading about traumatic brain injuries caused by gunshot wounds. It was not very long before I started thinking that the news reports could be setting unreasonable expectations for those who had no other sources of information.

However, Gabrielle's family has to balance her right to privacy with the public's "right to know" given that she is an elected official. If it were my decision, I would certainly err on the side of her right to privacy.

We will know in due time whether or not Gabrielle can return to her elected position, whether or not she will run in 2012, or whether or not she will even want to be a politician. At this time, no one can say with certainty how she will be in a year or two, but her family undoubtedly wants to protect all of her options and that it certainly understandable.

In the interim, all we can really do is wish her well and direct our positive thoughts her way. I have to believe that will help when she begins to deal with the emotional impact of what happened to her and the others who lost their lives or were injured in the massacre.

4/11/2011 7:50 PM  
Blogger The Navigator said...

I agree with Liza, and what I found particularly touching was the way Giffords reached for the newspaper when she could tell he was screening what he read to her.

The notion that she thought she had been in a car accident and did not remember the shooting is quite thought provoking. It makes my heart ache to think about someone (most likely her husband) having to tell her about those that died.

You can tell this really screwed up x4mr. His blog hasn't been the same since.

4/12/2011 9:22 AM  
Blogger Liza said...

I think that what happened to Gabrielle has most definitely affected X4mr's ability to write but it coincidentally dovetailed with other issues he needs to resolve.

X4mr is finished with the Cloth, TREO, Tucson politics, and Tucson bureaucrats. This is good, but it also leaves him without the singular focus that motivated him to invest so much time and effort maintaining his blog. You have heard of "The Long Goodbye." Well, much of X4mr's writing has been about "The Long F*ck You." He has written about many other things that are important to him, to be sure, but in the context of his blog the other writing was essentially peripheral although having a blog was certainly convenient.

X4mr probably feels, and rightfully so, that he was influential, effective, and original when exposing "the Cloth" because of his insider knowledge, writing skills, and willingness to blow the whistle. But when writing about politics in general or matters of personal interest, he becomes just one voice among many. Given the immense amount of time and effort that must be invested in a good blog, someone who is not a paid, professional blogger and has limited free time needs very strong motivations to keep doing this.

I certainly hope that X4mr continues to write assuming that what is going on here is related to some sort of inner struggle with how to move forward. However, if life is taking him in a different direction, then that is good too, for him.

4/12/2011 11:06 AM  
Blogger Cigar Man said...

X4mr tagged the Cloth better than I ever thought would be possible, and his penetrating, common sense approach caused them considerable consternation. Keep in mind, because of x4mr's blog, TREO held a meeting to discuss posting armed guards to protect their offices.

In case you haven't heard, the FBI is now investigating Rio Nuevo.

I think Liza's comment is very insightful, remarkably so, making me wonder if she knows x4mr or has communicated with him. In either case, she is "spot on."

X4mr started blogging about the 2006 election, and it was all Giffords and all that. His initial blogging had nothing to do with the cloth. That came later.

I could be very wrong, but I think x4mr's blog was in some way a means of speaking to Giffords. Of course not any more, but she read his blog, and he knew it. It was a way he could talk to her. Remember that "special person" post from way back? I think it was Giffords.

I'm not saying x4mr was important to her at all, and no drama here, but there's something. Maybe they emailed each other from time to time after she visited SAIAT. Whatever it is, x4mr started blogging when Gabby Giffords ran for Congress. Then TREO pulled its BS with the wrong marine who already had a blog for another reason, and he used his new found tool to the delight of us all.

Like Liza, x4mr, I hope you continue to find your voice and keep blogging. When a mission is fulfilled and complete, people like you do not stop.

They find another mission. Find your next mountain, and allow us the pleasure of watching your climb.

4/12/2011 8:07 PM  
Anonymous Another Anon said...

The Arizona Republic and many national publication have left the Daily Star in their dust in terms of extensive reporting on this tragedy that happened so close to us.

What a missed opportunity for the local newspaper of record.

4/12/2011 8:40 PM  
Anonymous Another Anon said...

2 errors at the top of the story.
Cutline says Sen. Gabrielle Giffords.

Third paragraph says Dr. Rhee determined in February that she could be moved -- she left Tucson at the end of January.

4/12/2011 8:44 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Another Anon said exactly what I was thinking but didn't say. Where is the Arizona Star on all of this?

You know that "team Giffords" (and it really is a team of dedicated workers) would be friendly and supportive of a good article.

4/13/2011 9:26 AM  
Anonymous Observer said...

The recent Arizona Republic article about Giffords (published last week).

4/13/2011 2:13 PM  
Anonymous Another Anon said...

From a recent Tweet:
@azweek (Arizona Week)

On Friday's panel: NPR SW Correspondent Ted Robbins; the Arizona Republic's Amy B. Wang, who has covered the Giffords story from day one

But not the Star....

4/13/2011 2:58 PM  

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