Escaping Medusa: The Secret of Lightness

By: Sunday January 16, 2011 9:30 am

There was a frightening heaviness to the days following the Tucson shootings. Some years ago, Italo Calvino perfectly described the feeling I had last week: At certain moments I felt that the entire world was turning into stone: a slow petrification, more or less advanced depending on people and places but one that spared no [...]


Gun Sight Ad Still Part of Palin’s YouTube Channel

By: Friday January 14, 2011 5:15 pm

Never one to publicly back down, America’s half-governor, Sarah Palin, quietly scrubbed her web presence of images of the now infamous “gun sight” ad. Team Sarah first tried to excuse the targets as “surveyor’s symbols,” but also deleted the ad from the website of SarahPAC. . . or so they thought.

Yes, Mr. President, We Must Usher More Civility into Our Public Discourse

By: Thursday January 13, 2011 4:45 pm

In his remarkable speech Wednesday night at the “Together We Thrive” gathering in Tucson, President Obama offered up words of hope that in responding to the tragedy in Tucson, we should strive to improve our civil discourse and to live up to the example that young Christina Green expected in how our democracy should function. The word “civil” has many shades of meaning in the context of Obama’s speech and in our society. Considering these meanings brings to mind some suggestions for how our country can move forward.

Doctor on Giffords’ Eyes Opening: “You Don’t Understand, This Is Amazing”

By: Thursday January 13, 2011 4:00 pm

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi were in the room when Gabrielle Giffords opened her eyes last night, less than a week after the tragic shooting that killed six and gravely wounded her. In the background of the commentary of this event, there has been this improbable success story, as Giffords’ condition continues to improve, beyond the expectations of even her doctors.

New Judge Named for Jared Loughner Case; Federal Jurisdiction an Issue

By: Thursday January 13, 2011 1:30 pm

A new judge, from outside of Arizona, has been appointed to handle the Federal Criminal case against Jared Loughner, and he will have a substantial issue of jurisdiction on his hands when he first takes the bench on it.

With Arizona Shooting in Mind, Debate Over High-Capacity Clips Continues

By: Thursday January 13, 2011 9:35 am

This will call for some leadership. So far in the President’s two years, despite campaigning on renewing the assault weapons ban and closing the gun show loophole, the only gun legislation he’s signed expanded concealed carry rights to national parks.

Look Inward, Angels: Thoughts on the President’s Tucson Address

By: Thursday January 13, 2011 7:30 am

I think it’s a worthwhile exercise, instead of pointing fingers, to look inward, to ask ourselves what we could do better with the limited time we have on Earth, how we can do our part to build a better America. This call to service is a feature of Obama’s rhetoric.

AZ Shooting Calls Attention to Broken Government: Four Years and Counting Since a Confirmed ATF Director

By: Thursday January 13, 2011 6:08 am

One of the things that maybe surprised everyone after the assassination attempt on Gabrielle Giffords is the fact that the United States has not had a confirmed director of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms for four and a half years. Potential directors nominated by George Bush and Barack Obama alike, both of whom seemed to have the proper credentials for the job, were immediately opposed by the NRA. They objected to unbelievably minor transgressions on the part of the nominees, like revoking gun licenses of sellers who broke the law, and opposing giant .50 caliber bullets. And they were quickly able to find a US Senator to take up their cause and block confirmation.

Right Wing Conservatives Going Nuts Over Seeing Themselves in Mirror

By: Wednesday January 12, 2011 6:50 pm

The great identity problem the right seems to be having at the moment is not about whether they are complicit in these particular murders, but whether it’s plausible they could have been. That’s especially true since Glenn Beck has rhetorically encouraged violence against groups and individuals, and, as Media Matters’ David Brock points out, some nut has followed up. It’s not whether people like that knowingly stoked Loughner’s particular incoherence, delusion and detachment from reality but whether far too many of them have exhibited the same dangerous fantasies and eliminationist tendencies in their own statements and writings.

Liveblog: President Obama Speaks at “Together We Thrive” Event in Tucson

By: Wednesday January 12, 2011 4:56 pm

The President will speak sometime during the “Together We Thrive” event happening at the McKale Center on the campus of the University of Arizona in Tucson, four days after the assassination attempt that wounded 15 people, including Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-AZ), and killed 6 others, including a Giffords staffer, a federal judge and four constituents. It is expected that he will speak for 20 minutes and focus mainly on the victims themselves

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