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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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Not All Republicans are Idiots

I voted Republican for most of my life.  My father is a Republican.  My brother is a Republican.  Many of my friends are Republicans, misguided as they may be.  I know for a fact there are many Republicans that are very intelligent, highly educated, thoughtful and caring people.  But if the party is to survive in any form even resembling the party of old, the small minority of smart Republicans had better come to the fore and reclaim the party.  But I fear it’s too late.

All beginnings have their causes.  When you think about it, this pretty much says there are no beginnings because they’re always preceded by something causal.  However, for the sake of discussion I’m going to define the beginning of the current Republican malaise as being with the arrival of Karl Rove and his strategists.  In their successful effort to get a cartoon character elected to the White House, they analyzed the electorate and realized there was a vast block of under-informed, gullible voters that could easily be swayed with idiotic, paranoia rooted, drivel.  In a nutshell, Rove and the Republican machine actively solicited the support of the idiot faction.  They were successful beyond their wildest dreams.

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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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