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  • Decision to Forcibly Medicate Loughner in Judges' Hands (Case now before the 9th Circuit)

    07/11/2011 8:10:06 PM PDT · by BCrago66 · 17 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 7/7/11 | JOHN R. EMSHWILLER And TAMARA AUDI
    PASADENA, Calif.—A three-judge federal panel pressed a U.S. Justice Department attorney Thursday to justify the government's decision to force psychotropic drugs on Jared Loughner, who is accused of shooting Rep. Gabrielle Giffords and 18 others in January in Tucson, Ariz. The judges appeared skeptical of the government's argument that Mr. Loughner could be involuntarily medicated without clearance from a court.
  • Six Months After Tucson Shooting, White House Readies Gun Control Stance

    07/08/2011 2:02:09 AM PDT · by The Magical Mischief Tour · 21 replies
    Fox News ^ | 07/07 | Fox News
    Friday marks six months since the Tucson shooting which severely injured Arizona Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords and the White House is now hinting it's prepared to add its own voice to the gun control dialogue that tragedy reignited. "As you know, the President directed the Attorney General to form working groups with key stakeholders to identify common-sense measures that would improve Americans' safety and security while fully respecting Second Amendment rights," White House Press Secretary Jay Carney said Thursday. "That process is well underway at the Department of Justice with stakeholders on all sides working through these complex issues. And we...
  • Appeals court temporarily halts forced medication of Jared Loughner

    07/06/2011 5:21:56 AM PDT · by markomalley · 19 replies
    CNN ^ | 7/5/11
    A federal appeals court in San Francisco has temporarily halted the forced medication of Tucson shooting defendant Jared Loughner until a three-judge panel can hear competing arguments from his lawyers and prosecutors by mid-week. Loughner is charged with seriously wounding U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords in a January rampage that also left six others dead. The brief order from a three-judge panel of the 9th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals set a tight deadline for lawyers from both sides to file more detailed legal briefs. The federal government has until 5 p.m. PT Wednesday to argue the involuntary medication should continue....
  • Can Prison Officials Forcibly Medicate Jared Lee Loughner?

    06/29/2011 4:05:21 PM PDT · by La Enchiladita · 19 replies · 1+ views
    WallStreetJournalLawBlog ^ | June 29, 2011 | Nathan Koppel
    Arizona shooter Jared Lee Loughner was declared unfit to stand trial last month, a ruling that put government prosecutors in a position of having to try to restore Loughner to a mental state that would allow him to defend himself in court. Prison officials is Missouri, where Loughner currently is undergoing a mental evaluation, decided earlier this month to try to medicate Loughner against his will with anti-psychotic drugs. But lawyers representing Loughner have asked a federal judge to block prison officials from forcibly medicating Loughner, WSJ reports. U.S. District Judge Larry Burns is considering the issue at a hearing...
  • Judge orders hearing on forced medication for Loughner

    06/28/2011 8:21:19 PM PDT · by PROCON · 19 replies
    reuters ^ | June 28, 2011 | Tim Gaynor
    (Reuters) - A federal judge has ordered a hearing on Tucson shooting rampage suspect Jared Loughner's petition to stop prison officials from forcibly medicating him with anti-pyschotic drugs. U.S. District judge Larry Burns set the hearing for 2 p.m. on June 29 at the U.S. District Court in San Diego, California. Loughner, being held at a federal prisoners' hospital in Missouri, is not expected to attend, a spokesman for the prosecution said.
  • Rep. Giffords should resign her seat

    06/28/2011 6:59:27 AM PDT · by bjorn14 · 47 replies
    CNN ^ | 24 June 2011 | Paul Sracic
    In the months since the shooting of U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, reports about her condition have been sparse. We have learned of a follow-up surgery to repair her skull and that she was recently released from a rehabilitation hospital. Also released were a set of photos. We still, however, do not know the extent of her injuries. Out of respect for the privacy of the family, the media has not delved too deeply into the more common and troubling aftereffects of a serious trauma to the brain. Should the media and the public be so reluctant to demand more information?...
  • Loughner's Attorneys Seek to Halt Forced Medications [AZ Shooter Jared Loughner]

    06/28/2011 12:56:02 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 15 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | June 27, 2011 | JOHN R. EMSHWILLER And TAMARA AUDI
    Attorneys for Jared Loughner, accused shooter of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords and 18 others, have filed an emergency motion to block federal authorities from forcibly medicating their client with anti-psychotic drugs. The motion, filed Friday in Tucson, Ariz., federal court, argues that the Justice Department is making "an end run" around Mr. Loughner's right to contest such treatment by misusing the rules governing administering such drugs. [BIG snip] According to the Friday court filing, federal officials took this second route by declaring the defendant a danger to others. This claim only came after Mr. Loughner refused to be medicated in an...
  • Rep. Giffords should resign her seat (CNN)

    06/24/2011 6:53:04 PM PDT · by Paul Kib · 144 replies
    CNN ^ | June 24, 2011 | Paul Sracic
    (CNN) -- In the months since the shooting of U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, reports about her condition have been sparse. We have learned of a follow-up surgery to repair her skull and that she was recently released from a rehabilitation hospital... ...Should the media and the public be so reluctant to demand more information? The Arizona Democrat is not just a private citizen; she is a sitting member of Congress. Do Giffords' responsibilities demand a more searching inquiry into her health? No one is asking this question because it seems moot... ...In reality, the congresswoman is not carrying out any...
  • How the Democrats Nearly Destroyed the Economy

    06/24/2011 5:16:26 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 65 replies ^ | June 24, 2011 | Mona Charen
    History will be kind to me for I intend to write it. -- Winston ChurchillThere is history -- a chronicle of human events -- and then there is perceived history. So often, the two are wildly at odds. In 1963, a popular Democratic president was assassinated by a Marxist named Oswald, who had actually defected to the Soviet Union and returned to the U.S. with a Soviet wife, was an active member of the Fair Play for Cuba Committee, and had attempted to assassinate a right-wing general named Edwin Walker earlier in the year. Yet those who write history found...
  • Astronaut Mark Kelly; Arizona’s next senator?

    06/23/2011 2:25:02 PM PDT · by Hawk720 · 42 replies
    WashPost ^ | 06/23/2011 | Reliable Source
    Senator Mark Kelly? That’s the question in political circles this week. The minute Kelly, 47, announced his retirement from the Navy and NASA Tuesday, the behind-the-scenes speculation that’s been brewing for weeks went public: Will the husband of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords run for office himself? One of Arizona’s Senate seats is open in 2012, thanks to the retirement of Jon Kyl. Giffords has been polling way ahead of any other Democratic candidate, even amid uncertainty about her recovery. Now the name of her Gulf War vet-turned-astronaut husband is in play. “Gabrielle is working hard every day on her mission of...
  • Agents worried ATF program connected to Loughner gun

    06/16/2011 7:23:11 AM PDT · by SoonerStorm09 · 23 replies
    The Hill ^ | June 15, 2011 | Jordy Yager
    TUCSON, Ariz. - Federal agents were worried that the gun used to shoot Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-Ariz.) in the head could have been part of the controversial “Fast and Furious” gun-tracking operation. They learned eventually that it had not, sources said. The “Fast and Furious” operation was a program run by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) that authorized and monitored the sale of weapons to known and suspected straw purchasers for Mexican drug cartels with the stated goal of exposing and dismantling gun trafficking routes. House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) held...
  • Miami Media Finally Run Debbie Wassermann News! (Talking About Giffords)

    06/13/2011 4:14:45 AM PDT · by Recovering_Democrat · 6 replies ^ | 6/13/11 | Recovering_Democrat
    Debbie Wassermann has been making an ass of herself for WEEKS in the national press....but Miami "news" outlets haven't been showing her idiocy. FINALLY today, anyone wondering where DWS has gone saw some "coverage" of the chair of the Democrat Party. What news did the Democrat poodle for Obama make? She spoke about wounded congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, of course! She also flip flopped on the Weiner issue.
  • Aide: Time nearing for Giffords' hospital release

    06/11/2011 9:30:59 PM PDT · by quantim · 34 replies
    AP/WorldMag ^ | Jun 11, 11:55 PM EDT
    HOUSTON (AP) -- An aide to wounded Rep. Gabrielle Giffords says the Arizona congresswoman could be released from her rehabilitation hospital in Houston as early as this month. Chief of Staff Pia Carusone tells The Associated Press that the congresswoman may leave TIRR Memorial Hermann by the end of this month or early July. However, there is no set date for Giffords' release. Her husband astronaut Mark Kelly has said she would continue outpatient therapy in Houston upon her release.
  • Report: Gabrielle Giffords struggling to communicate; return to Congress uncertain

    06/09/2011 10:48:27 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 112 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | June 9, 2011 | By James Oliphant
    Gabrielle Giffords is nowhere close to returning to Congress. And there remains real doubt about whether she ever will. That appears to be the bottom line of an article Thursday in the Arizona Republic that provides the most complete assessment yet of the wounded congresswoman’s current condition. Giffords was shot in the head by a gunman in Tucson in January. Now, six months later, she still struggles mightily to communicate, although her staff believes her comprehension skills are strong. And it remains unclear just how much damage her brain has suffered. Asked for a blunt description of Giffords’ condition, her...
  • The Uninvited Ombudsman Report, No. 100 - NICS Background Checks Expensive,

    06/09/2011 4:37:08 AM PDT · by marktwain · 1 replies
    Buckeye Firearms Association ^ | 7 June, 2011 | Alan Korwin
    1- "Guns Save Lives" Censorship Opposed -- in Court The lamestream media told you: The city of Phoenix has censored 50 ads for the educational program of a local gun-safety training association, We oppose censorship in all its forms. The Uninvited Ombudsman notes however that: Although the "news" media steadfastly censors news about firearms, self-defense cases, new firearm products, the shooting sports and basically anything that confirms that guns are good, save lives, stop crime, and help keep America free -- the media is intolerant of censorship by government, and in this case it's a good thing. On May...

    06/08/2011 2:46:42 PM PDT · by Syncro · 70 replies
    AnnCoulter.Com ^ | June 8, 2011 | Ann Coulter
      OBAMA: HOPE, CHANGE, AND THE OCCASIONAL SEX DREAM June 8, 2011 In Part One of my new book -- released this week! -- "Demonic: How the Liberal Mob Is Endangering America," I demonstrate that liberals have all the earmarks of mob psychology. Their myths, slogans, demands for immediate action, messianic goals, demonization of opponents, creation of political idols and occasional resorts to violence -- all this is classic herd behavior. Because mobs are irrational, immature, subject to wild passions and infatuations, they cannot be reasoned with. And they are always dangerous. The mob attributes of liberals we will review...
  • Live Thread - Endeavour's Final Landing (2:35 a.m. EDT)

    05/31/2011 1:50:14 PM PDT · by Dave346 · 107 replies
    Deorbit burn scheduled for 1:29am (weather permitting). Landing at Kennedy Space Center scheduled for 2:35am.
  • Obama Administration Eyeing Gun Control 'Under the Radar,' Groups Warn

    05/28/2011 8:20:18 PM PDT · by barmag25 · 12 replies
    Fox News ^ | May 28, 2011 | Judson Berger
    The Obama administration, after keeping gun control on the back burner for over two years, is prompting concern among gun rights groups that it's slowly starting to squeeze the trigger on tighter regulation. In the wake of the January shooting of Arizona Rep. Gabrielle Giffords and 18 others, President Obama remained mostly quiet on the firearms front as lawmakers clamored for new restrictions. But the president has since made a public call for tougher background checks. The Justice Department launched a series of meetings with officials and advocates to examine gun control policy. And while gun-control bills in Congress have...
  • Giffords Shooting Suspect Ruled Incompetent for Trial

    05/25/2011 7:05:18 PM PDT · by lbryce · 28 replies
    Seattle Times ^ | May 25, 2011 | Staff
    A federal judge ruled Wednesday that Jared Lee Loughner was not mentally competent to stand trial on charges of opening fire Jan. 8 at a constituent event for U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, of Arizona, killing six and injuring 13, including Giffords. The ruling by U.S. District Judge Larry Burns means Loughner, 22, will be sent back to the federal medical center for prisoners in Springfield, Mo., until Sept. 21, when a hearing will be held to determine whether he understands the 49 federal charges against him and can help in his defense. Doctors will try to medicate Loughner to see...
  • Jared Loughner found mentally unfit for trial

    05/25/2011 9:12:45 AM PDT · by Keith in Iowa · 101 replies
    CBS News ^ | 5/25/11 | Staff
  • Tucson Gunman Jared Loughner Ruled Unfit to Stand Trial (Headline only)

    05/25/2011 12:46:53 PM PDT · by massmike · 18 replies ^ | 05/25/2011 | n/a
    Tucson Gunman Jared Loughner Ruled Unfit to Stand Trial
  • Ariz. shooting spree suspect incompetent for trial

    05/25/2011 12:47:16 PM PDT · by ColdOne · 47 replies
    ap/yahoo ^ | 5/25/11 | JACQUES BILLEAUD,
    PHOENIX – A federal judge ruled Wednesday that the suspect in the Tucson shooting rampage that wounded U.S. Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords is mentally incompetent to stand trial, putting the criminal case against him on hold indefinitely. The decision by U.S. District Judge Larry Burns means Jared Lee Loughner, 21, will be sent to a federal facility for up to four months in a bid to restore his competency. Loughner, dressed in a khaki prison suit and sporting bushy, reddish sideburns, was removed from the hearing after an outburst and had to watch part of the proceeding on a TV screen...
  • Loughner removed from courtroom after outburst

    05/25/2011 12:32:05 PM PDT · by ColdOne · 28 replies ^ | 5/25/11 | ACQUES BILLEAUD/AP
    PHOENIX – The suspect in the Arizona shooting rampage that wounded U.S. Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords has been removed from a court hearing after am outburst during the proceedings. U.S. District Judge Larry Burns had Jared Lee Loughner escorted from the courtroom after Loughner lowered his head and mumbled something loudly, his head inches from the table in front of him. Loughner's words were inaudible to many in the courtroom. The outburst occurred at a competency hearing where Burns was expected to determine whether Loughner was mentally fit to stand trial. Burns says he might allow Loughner back in "if he...
  • Kennedy's sympathy for suspect Loughner (Patches sympathy for Loughner)

    05/24/2011 10:53:34 AM PDT · by raccoonradio · 14 replies
    WPRI-TV ^ | 5/23/11 | Bill Tomison
    (WPRI) - Patrick Kennedy continues his campaign for support for brain research -- with empathy for the suspect in a serious case of violence: Jared Loughner, the man accused of shooting Rep. Gabrielle Giffords and killing six others in a rampage earlier this year. Kennedy, the former Rhode Island representative who stepped down last year, wants to eradicate the stigma attached to mental health disorders. In an interview that aired this weekend on CNN -- an hour-long program called "Patrick Kennedy, Coming Clean" -- he told the news channel's Dr. Sanjay Gupta people with mental problems have been ignored for...
  • Patrick Kennedy: Loughner has brain injury, too

    05/23/2011 2:09:07 PM PDT · by Steely Tom · 25 replies · 1+ views
    KTAR ^ | 23 May 2011 | KTAR
    The suspect in the January mass shootings in Tucson has been cited by former Congressman Patrick Kenndy as an example of discrimination against the mentally ill. Kennedy, the son of the late Sen. Edward Kennedy of Massachusetts, mentioned Jared Loughner during an interview on CNN Sunday night to discuss his past problems and addictions and his campaign for recognition of brain disease. Loughner, 22, is charged with shooting 19 people, including Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, D-Ariz., in a Tucson parking lot in January. Six people were killed. Giffords was shot in the head and is currently in a rehabilitation center in...
  • CNN's Piers Morgan Battles with Ted Nugent on Guns, Says Second Amendment Almost Killed

    05/20/2011 9:49:54 AM PDT · by marktwain · 65 replies ^ | 19 May, 2011 | Tim Graham
    CNN’s Piers Morgan Tonight has been such a parade of celebrity interviews it’s almost made Larry King Live look like a hard-news show. But on Wednesday night, Morgan interviewed Ted Nugent and pounded him repeatedly and personally, especially insulting him as a “draft dodger.” He also suggested he was homophobic and not compassionate toward the poor. Morgan naturally picked a big fight on the Second Amendment, which he declared “the reality is you end up with what happened to Gabby Giffords in Tucson.” Morgan insisted to Nugent, “Eighty people a day die in America from gunshots.” Nugent replied, “Kiss my...
  • Attempts to cut lawmaker pay stall . . . in Congress

    05/19/2011 3:21:57 PM PDT · by mdittmar · 3 replies · 1+ views
    Government Executive ^ | May 19, 2011 | Emily Long
    Lawmakers' bids to reduce their own pay are caught up in committee.While career federal employees have seen a number of threats to their salaries and benefits, including an extended pay freeze, higher health care payments and an increase in contributions to retirement accounts, lawmakers have proposed cuts to their own compensation, citing a need to reduce costs and share the sacrifice.Rep. Mike Coffman, R-Colo., in January introduced legislation mandating two-week furloughs for all federal employees that also would cut lawmaker pay by 10 percent. Reps. Morgan Griffith, R-Va., and Jaime Herrera Beutler, R-Wash., sponsored similar legislation. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, D-Ariz.,...
  • Loughner's Mental Competence Is Doubted

    05/17/2011 10:26:40 AM PDT · by La Lydia · 17 replies · 1+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | May 15, 2011
    Two federal court filings Monday in the criminal case of the man accused in the January shooting of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords and 18 others in Tucson, Ariz., strongly suggest that two health professionals who evaluated his mental state have determined he isn't competent to stand trial, according to legal experts. The filings, one by the defense and one by the prosecution, indicate that a competency hearing for Jared Loughner scheduled in a Tucson federal court for May 25 could largely be a formality. Both filings agreed that the two doctors who evaluated Mr. Loughner wouldn't need to testify. The filings...
  • Space Shuttle Endeavour Launch Live Thread (05/16/11 8:56 EDT)

    05/15/2011 4:46:27 PM PDT · by KevinDavis · 102 replies · 1+ views
    05/15/11 | Kevin Davis
  • Giffords arrives for 2d try at launch

    05/15/2011 10:11:37 PM PDT · by smokingfrog · 25 replies ^ | 16 May 2011 | AP story
    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — Representative Gabrielle Giffords arrived in Florida for the this morning’s planned launch of the space shuttle Endeavour that will be commanded by her husband, Mark Kelly. A posting on the congresswoman’s Facebook page said she flew in on a NASA jet yesterday afternoon and got a quick fly-by of Endeavour at the pad. The Democrat from Arizona arrived with the family of Endeavour pilot Gregory Johnson. The shuttle was being fueled last night, and the weather looks good for Endeavour’s 8:56 a.m. launch. An April launch try was delayed because of electrical problems. Giffords suffered a...
  • Gingrich ‘a delusional loser’ says ‘Morning Joe’ co-host Mike Barnicle (civility alert!!)

    05/12/2011 6:37:28 AM PDT · by markomalley · 50 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 5/12/11 | Jeff Poor
    Remember earlier this year when civil discourse was en vogue in the wake of Arizona Democratic Rep. Gabrielle Giffords’ shooting in Tucson? That theme has eroded somewhat over the past several months. On Thursday’s “Morning Joe” on MSNBC, Mika Brzezinski asked her co-host Mike Barnicle if former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich’s run would “reignite hope” for the Republican Party. And that led Barnicle, the once-accused plagiarist who resigned his position at the Boston Globe in the wake of those charges, to go off a diatribe about the former House Speaker. “Well, they better hope not,” Barnicle said. “He...
  • Judge won't keep Loughner records confidential

    05/05/2011 5:05:23 PM PDT · by markomalley · 4 replies
    Reuters/Yahoo ^ | 5/5/2011
    A judge has denied a bid by defense lawyers to keep confidential information about Tucson shooting suspect Jared Loughner's behavior while in federal custody. District Court Judge Larry Burns, in a ruling made public on Thursday, said there is no reason to prohibit the U.S. Bureau of Prisons from releasing to law enforcement and federal prosecutors psychological records and other information about the 22-year-old college dropout. Loughner's lawyers said such a release would violate the federal government's own guidelines and Loughner's constitutional right to protection from self-incrimination and due process. "The Court finds that neither the psychotherapist-patient privilege nor the...
  • Giffords has edge in AZ Senate Race

    05/04/2011 10:00:17 AM PDT · by fifedom · 43 replies
    The Hill ^ | May 4, 2011 | Sean J. Miller
    Arizona Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D) would start a Senate campaign with a 7 point lead over the likely Republican nominee Rep. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.)according to a survey by Public Policy Polling. The Democrat also enjoys a 57-31 lead over former Rep. J.D. Hayworth (R-Ariz.).
  • Question: Anyone Else Notice Hussein's Two "Unifying" Moments Involve Someone Getting Shot?

    05/03/2011 11:23:31 AM PDT · by Recovering_Democrat · 7 replies
    FREEPers Observations | 5/3/11 | Recovering_Democrat
    I know the two events are is a tragedy, and the other is a victory. But the liberals are POINTEDLY trying to make political capital for Hussein out of two similar events--people getting shot. BOTH events created SIMILAR reactions amongst the American people. Arizona Congresswoman Gabby Giffords' shooting created NATIONWIDE shock and dismay--throughout the entire society. Terrorist (isn't it AMAZING to see the media using THAT word again?!) Usama bin Laden's death created NATIONWIDE relief and a sense of justice--supposedly no matter WHAT you believe politically. Yet, here we are again, with Hussein and his hacks trying to make...
  • MSM Uses Palin’s Own Children as Political Weapons Against Her

    05/02/2011 2:09:32 PM PDT · by curth · 3 replies
    Big Journalism ^ | May 2nd 2011 at 9:30 am | by John Nolte
    In their ongoing crusade to target and silence decent, everyday Americans as racists, some in the MSM love to use the term “dog-whistle” in order to ascribe racial motives to words like, say, “basketball.” Well, lately I’ve been hearing a dog-whistle of my own — a dog-whistle of the journ-o-list variety that tells me that in their relentless campaign to destroy Sarah Palin and undercut her as a serious political force, the MSM is preparing to up the ante when it comes to using the Governor’s own family and children as a political weapon against her. First, a little background…...
  • Shuttle flight is delayed; Obama visits Giffords

    04/29/2011 10:12:54 PM PDT · by quantim · 13 replies · 1+ views
    AP/WorldMag ^ | Apr 29, 11:54 PM EDT | SETH BORENSTEIN and MARCIA DUNN
    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) -- The president was on his way. Space shuttle Endeavour's astronauts were riding out to the launch pad in a van. And a wounded Rep. Gabrielle Giffords had flown in from her Houston rehab hospital to watch her husband blast off Friday on the historic, next-to-last shuttle mission. Then it all came to a sudden stop. Without warning, a faulty heater part forced NASA to scrub the launch and slam the brakes on the space agency's biggest event in years, a flight made more fascinating to many by the plight of Giffords and her husband, Mark...
  • Hate Speech Makes a Comeback

    04/29/2011 5:51:49 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 20 replies ^ | April 29, 2011 | Pat Buchanan
    Well, it sure didn't take long for the Tucson Truce to collapse. After Rep. Gabrielle Giffords was shot on Jan. 8 by a berserker who killed six others, including a federal judge and a 9-year-old girl, and wounded 13, the media were aflame with charges the right had created the climate of hate in which such an atrocity was inevitable. The Washington Post story on the massacre began, "The mass shooting ... raised serious concerns that the nation's political discourse had taken a dangerous turn." Following Barack Obama's eloquent eulogy and call for all of us to lower our voices,...
  • NASA delays space shuttle Endeavour's last launch

    04/29/2011 10:35:54 AM PDT · by PDMiller · 22 replies
    AP ^ | 4/29/11 | MARCIA DUNN
    NASA abruptly called off space shuttle Endeavour's final launch Friday because of a puzzling heater failure in a critical power unit, disappointing huge crowds converging on the area for the afternoon liftoff. President Barack Obama and his family were planning to watch Endeavour blast off. It would have been the first time in NASA history that a sitting president and his family witnessed a launch. Already at Cape Canaveral for the liftoff was wounded Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, wife of the shuttle's commander.
  • Reminder of Giffords to be part of NRA protest

    04/28/2011 9:24:10 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 5 replies
    The Associated Press ^ | April 28, 2011
    PITTSBURGH (AP) — When the National Rifle Association gathers for its annual convention in Pittsburgh, gun control advocates will try to make sure Rep. Gabrielle Giffords is on people's minds, even if she's hundreds of miles away watching the space shuttle launch in Florida. The meeting of the nation's largest gun rights group "will be a great celebration of freedom" in a city where 1 million of the NRA's 3.5 million members live within a four-hour radius, said spokesman Andrew Arulanandam....
  • Kelly: Giffords Cleared To Attend Shuttle Launch

    04/24/2011 4:31:12 PM PDT · by smokingfrog · 48 replies ^ | 24 April 2011 | Marcia Dunn
    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- Rep. Gabrielle Giffords will attend husband Mark Kelly's space shuttle launch in Florida on Friday. In an interview in Houston with CBS' Katie Couric, Kelly said the Arizona congresswoman's doctors in Houston have cleared her to fly to Cape Canaveral, Fla., for the launch of Endeavor. Kelly is the commander of the shuttle mission. CBS released excerpts Sunday of the interview scheduled to air Monday on the "CBS Evening News with Katie Couric." President Barack Obama and his family also are scheduled to watch the launch, although it's unclear if they'll watch it with Giffords.
  • Giffords 'very pleased' as Obama to attend shuttle launch (Giffords clearly only reason)

    04/20/2011 5:20:10 PM PDT · by Names Ash Housewares · 35 replies · 1+ views ^ | April 20, 2011 | ZAIN SHAUK
    Giffords, whose astronaut husband, Mark Kelly, will command the shuttle, was "very pleased" to hear of the news, the congresswoman's spokesman C.J. Karamargin said Wednesday. The Arizona congresswoman, who served as chairwoman of the House subcommittee overseeing NASA, had previously asked the president to attend launches, but to no avail, he said. "She smiled broadly," Karamargin said. "This is something very important to her. She has invited the president to attend numerous launches on various occasions, both in person and in writing, so the fact that he is now going to be attending is something that is very meaningful to...
  • Obamas attending shuttle launch

    04/20/2011 4:19:40 PM PDT · by ColdOne · 50 replies · 1+ views
    Politico44 ^ | 04/20/11 | MATT NEGRIN
    President Obama plans to bring his family to the launch of the space shuttle Endeavour on April 29 to see Rep. Gabrielle Giffords's husband lead six astronauts into space. Giffords wrote on Twitter: "We are very happy that Pres. Obama is coming to Mark's launch! This historic mission will be Endeavour's final flight." The Orlando Sentinel reports that Obama decided to attend for a few reasons, one of which was that he was going to be in the state already to speak at Miami Dade College's
  • Paul Krugman Calls for the Assassination of Paul Ryan

    RedState co-founder Josh Trevino has noticed the following: back in January, Paul Krugman was one of many drooling idiot leftists devoid of any moral compass who tried to pin the shooting of Gabrielle Giffords on a lack of Republican civility. Even though, by the time Krugman’s column ran, it was clear that Giffords’ shooter was a mentally disturbed individual whose assassination plot was not motivated by coherent political theory of any stripe, Krugman was not about to let facts get in the way of a good partisan narrative: It’s true that the shooter in Arizona appears to have been mentally...
  • Palin back with a bang: Sarah eyeing Republican nomination

    04/17/2011 1:08:53 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 56 replies
    The Vancouver Province / Reuters ^ | April 17, 2011 | Nick Carey
    Conservative Sarah Palin returned to the U.S. political arena on Saturday after several months absence with a feisty speech attacking both the establishment Republican Party and Democratic President Barack Obama and proclaiming "the 2012 elections begin here." In a move apparently aimed at keeping her name in the running for the Republican nomination in next year's presidential election, Palin addressed several thousand people in Wisconsin, a state bitterly divided by a political fight over union rights. Palin has been mostly absent from politics since the January shooting of U.S. Representative Gabrielle Giffords in Arizona, when she was criticized for accusing...
  • Palin Heads to Wisconsin Tea Party Rally, Left Already "Joking" About Violence

    04/15/2011 4:00:42 PM PDT · by Nachum · 11 replies
    big government ^ | 4/15/11 | John Nolte
    Before we get started, here’s a quick and important rundown of the hopelessly biased, corrupt-to-the-core media world in which we presently live… A few dopes, most of them likely Leftist plants and Larouchers, show up at Tea Party rallies with a few dumb signs and it’s a national news story for months. No one from the Tea Party yells the N-word at a Capitol Hill ObamaCare protest and yet there’s a week-long media storm saying someone did — and nary a peep once it’s proved they didn’t. Someone commits a heinous mass murder in Tucson and the entire MSM Complex...
  • Palin Heads to Wisconsin Tea Party Rally, Left Already ‘Joking’ About Violence

    04/15/2011 10:32:04 AM PDT · by Al B. · 55 replies ^ | April 15, 2011 | John Nolte
    Before we get started, here’s a quick and important rundown of the hopelessly biased, corrupt-to-the-core media world in which we presently live…A few dopes, most of them likely Leftist plants and Larouchers, show up at Tea Party rallies with a few dumb signs and it’s a national news story for months. No one from the Tea Party yells the N-word at a Capitol Hill ObamaCare protest and yet there’s a week-long media storm saying someone did — and nary a peep once it’s proved they didn’t. Someone commits a heinous mass murder in Tucson and the entire MSM Complex spends days blaming Sarah Palin because...
  • What's Really Going On With Gabby Giffords?

    04/11/2011 6:05:32 PM PDT · by mandaladon · 42 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 10 Apr 2011 | The Daily Beast
    NEW YORK – Three months after the Arizona attack that left Rep. Gabrielle Giffords in a coma, she is walking, talking, and wants to attend her husband’s space shuttle launch. But will she ever fully recover? In this week’s Newsweek, Peter J. Boyer has the untold story of the congresswoman’s struggle. Since Giffords was shot Jan. 8, at an event at a Tucson mall, her family and staff, colleagues and friends have been eager to deliver stunning details about her recovery. The first big news was delivered by the president himself at a memorial service: “Gabby opened her eyes for...
  • Email Threats Giffords-Style Attack on New York Lawmakers

    04/03/2011 11:16:42 AM PDT · by SandRat · 62 replies
    WBEN 930 AM News ^ | Rachel Kingston Reporting
    Albany, NY (WBEN) -- State Police in the Capitol region are investigating a series of threatening emails that were sent to numerous state and local lawmakers in Albany on Friday. The emails are "similar in content," according to investigators. Troopers are not officially releasing any further information, citing the sensitivity of the investigation. But an Albany-area television station obtained a copy of the email Friday evening, from Assemblyman James Tedisco. (Click here read the entire text of the email, courtesy of WTEN-TV). [email Text near the bottom of the WTEN page that opened] In it, the writer expresses outrage over...
  • Man Threatens Arizona-Type Shooting: Cops

    04/01/2011 8:19:17 PM PDT · by matt04 · 10 replies
    An Ansonia man is accused of threatening a local state representative with a shooting like the Arizona rampage should gun legislation pass in Connecticut. John Matika, 67, of Ansonia, called the office of his Democratic state Representative, Linda Gentile, several times on March 24 and 25 about proposed gun legislation about firearm magazine capacities, police said. The bill would ban guns that take more than 10 rounds of ammunition. During the calls, he said something like the shooting in Arizona that critically injured Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, left eight people dead and 12 more with gunshot wounds would happen in Connecticut...
  • The Unconcealed Truth About Carrying Guns

    03/31/2011 6:59:29 AM PDT · by Second Amendment First · 18 replies · 2+ views
    Real Clear Politics ^ | March 31, 2011 | Steve Chapman
    "Experience is a dear teacher," said Benjamin Franklin, "but fools will learn at no other." Give some credit to fools: At least they eventually learn from experience. What would Franklin say about people who don't? By that, I refer to gun control advocates alarmed that the Illinois legislature may vote to let licensed individuals carry concealed handguns. The Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence calls the measure "dangerous." Kristen Rand of the Violence Policy Center says that it would lead to Tucson-style mass shootings as well as the killing of police. But concealed-carry, as it is known, is not a...