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Who Shot Gabrielle Giffords?

I was in the middle of writing a column on the Republican grandstanding surrounding the idea of repealing the healthcare bill or as they call it, ObamaCare. That’s when the news flash arrived saying Arizona Democratic Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords had been shot. My heart dropped much like it did on that fateful day in 1963. I was saddened, disgusted and shamed to be a member of a society that breeds the kind people that can perform such heinous acts.

Giffords was a supporter of universal healthcare. She cared for her constituents, rich and poor. She answered to her conscience and used her strong intellect to make the decisions she felt were best for America. As I write this, the identity of the killer hasn’t been released. His motives remain a mystery.

As I do my best to resist anger and frustration, I ask “Who shot Gabrielle Giffords?”

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Activist Judge on a Hot Tin Roof

According to Merriam-Webster OnLine, activism is a doctrine or practice that emphasizes direct vigorous action especially in support of or opposition to one side of a controversial issue. Therefore an activist is the person employing the action used to support or oppose one side of a controversial issue. From the same source, liberalism is a political philosophy based on belief in progress, the essential goodness of the human race, and the autonomy of the individual and standing for the protection of political and civil liberties. That would make a liberal a person who employs that political philosophy.

Recently there have been reams of paper and monumental blocks of airtime devoted to Sonia Sotomayor, President Obama’s nominee to replace retiring Supreme Court Justice David Souter. She has been labeled an activist, a liberal, an activist liberal judge, an Hispanic, a woman, an Hispanic woman and a racist, just to mention a few of the terms applied to this judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit.

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A Rush to Failure

I think Rush has a cute face for an ass. It’s the incessant braying that drives you to distraction and makes you want to haul him to a dog food factory for processing.

He can sell exoneration for his own drug addiction to the same audience to which he sold the evils of drugs so I suppose he can sell a freezer to a polar bear or failure to unemployed homeless church goers. He’s loud, he’s proud, and he’s a pimple on the butt of the Republican Party and this country.

Certainly Mr. Limbaugh is entitled to his freedom of speech. He’s the first one to tell you that. So others are entitled to free speech if they agree with him.

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Weather Report – Hot and Windy

It was about a week ago.  I was staying in Scottsdale and awoke to an unusually brisk breeze.  Had I been in San Diego, I would have thought a Pacific storm was blowing in.  It seemed to be wind without reason.  Then I heard the news.  Rush Limbaugh had given a speech to the Conservative Political Action Committee in Washington.  Everything fell into place.  Not only did I understand the strong winds, I also figured out why they carried so much hot air.

As much as I find Limbaugh a loud mouthed buffoon, I took it upon myself to see if I could tolerate a replay of his speech.  I watched and listened and came away convinced Rush Limbaugh is not an idiot.  He may be a pompous, egotistical, self-serving media whore who can spew hateful rhetoric better than most anyone since the fall of the Third Reich, but he is not an idiot.  But the more he talked the more it became evident that his very existence is totally dependent upon the existence of idiots.  If you believe the numbers put forth by his cronies, he relies on roughly 15 million idiots.  That’s supposedly the number of people that listen to his radio show every week.

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Hunter or Gatherer – What’s Your Sign?

Even when I was in grade school, I loved museums.  It was exciting to walk back in time through a good historical museum or through the works on display at great art museums.  I never dreamed the day would come when I could actually walk backward through time into the Middle Ages, but that’s precisely what I’ve done under the guidance of George W. Bush over the past eight years.  Science be damned.  The lessons of history completely unlearned.  We left many of the precepts of civilized society behind as political and military thuggery became the orders of the day.  Hopefully, with the changing of the guard, this train can start moving forward in time again.

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Another Waste of Political Capital?

Following the attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, George the Younger had an uncountable amount of “political capital”.  He had the sympathy and support of most of the world, even the Muslim world.  It took previously unimaginable amounts of bumbling and foolish decision making to so completely squander that political capital and take us from our most favorable position on the world stage to the role of hubristic, near-bankrupt villain on the same stage, but George pulled it off.  It’s doubtful that history will ever record a more dramatic example of a nation rising to such great heights before falling to such abysmal lows all due to its own folly.

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Obama, Pastor Rick Warren, and Frankenstein

As a kid, I looked forward to Saturday nights when, along with my cousins, I was allowed to stay up late and watch “Shock Theater”.  I can still see the images of the likes of Lon Chaney, Bela Lugosi, and Peter Lorre in my mind’s eye.  We were transfixed on the old black and white TV, our mouths hanging open as the music built and the monster slowly approached its victim.  “The Mummy”, “Curse of the Werewolf”, “The Wolfman”, “Dracula” and others made us squirm, scream and hide beneath the covers that protected us from the cold night air.  But the classic starred Boris Karloff as “Frankenstein”, the misunderstood, sensitive, caring and persecuted monster.

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