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Suspect in Attack on AZ Congresswoman Acted Alone   Leave a comment

Well, I wasn’t sure where to start today, but this event is definitely a glaring place to start!

Suspect in attack on Congresswoman acted alone.

Okay, first of all, I hope this poor woman comes out of this okay! What a tragedy! No reason one can give can condone this kind of act, I don’t care who the target is. And to have innocent people get caught in the crossfire only makes it worse. It is amazing, though, that she has so far survived her attack. Being shot in the head is obviously no minor matter.

However, what is scary about this attack isn’t so much that a single person lost it and shot a congresswoman and random people in a crowd–that doesn’t happen often enough to concern me really–but it’s all the ramifications that are going to come out of this. Already I see it coming through the liberal media, all the contemplating of what could have driven this man to kill those people and to target a congressperson! Interestingly I did not find a single mention of her political leanings, which was democrat, so I am not sure yet if that was done on purpose on not. I need to read more about this.

Suspect in attack on congresswoman acted alone

AP/Chris Carlson
Well-wishers gather outside the offices of U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, D-Ariz., during a candlelight vigil for Giffords in Tucson, Ariz., Saturday, Jan. 8, 2011.

Emergency personnel attend to a shooting victim  outside a shopping center in Tucson, Ariz. on Saturday, Jan. 8, 2011 where U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffor 

AP – Emergency personnel attend to a shooting victim outside a shopping center in Tucson, Ariz. on Saturday, …
By PAULINE ARRILLAGA and AMANDA LEE MYERS, Associated Press Pauline Arrillaga And Amanda Lee Myers, Associated Press 58 mins ago

TUCSON, Ariz. – Federal prosecutors brought charges Sunday against the gunman accused of attempting to assassinate Rep. Gabrielle Giffords and killing six people at a political event in Arizona.

Investigators said they carried out a search warrant at Jared Loughner’s home and seized an envelope from a safe with messages such as “I planned ahead,” “My assassination” and the name “Giffords” next to what appears to be the man’s signature. He allegedly purchased the Glock pistol used in the attack in November at Sportsman’s Warehouse in Tucson.

Court documents also show that Loughner had contact with Giffords in the past. Other evidence included a letter addressed to him from Giffords’ congressional stationery in which she thanked him for attending a “Congress on your Corner” event at a mall in Tucson in 2007.

Heather Williams, the first assistant federal public defender in Arizona, says the 22-year-old suspect doesn’t yet have a lawyer, but that her office is working to get one appointed. Williams’ office is asking for an outside attorney because one of those killed was U.S. District Judge John M. Roll.

Pima County Sheriff Clarence Dupnik said Sunday that Loughner acted alone.


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Meanwhile, authorities released 911 calls in which a person witnessing the mass shooting outside a grocery store in Tucson describes a frantic scene and says, “I do believe Gabby Giffords was hit.”

Loughner fired at Giffords’ district director and shot indiscriminately at staffers and others standing in line to talk to the congresswoman, said Mark Kimble, a communications staffer for Giffords.

“He was not more than three or four feet from the congresswoman and the district director,” Kimble said, describing the scene as “just complete chaos, people screaming, crying.”

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Loughner is accused of killing six people, including an aide to Giffords and a 9-year-old girl who was born on Sept. 11, 2001. Fourteen others were wounded. Authorities don’t know Loughner’s motive, but said he targeted Giffords at a public gathering around 10 a.m. Saturday.

Doctors treating the lawmaker provided an optimistic update about her chances for survival, saying they are “very, very encouraged” by her ability to respond to simple commands along with their success in controlling her bleeding.

Mourners crammed into the tiny sanctuary of Giffords’ synagogue in Tucson to pray that she quickly recovered. Outside the hospital, candles flickered at a makeshift memorial. Signs read “Peace + love are stronger,” “God bless America and “We love you, Gabrielle.” People also laid down bouquets of flowers, American flags and pictures of Giffords.

One of the victims was Christina Taylor Green, who was a member of the student council at her local school and went to the event because of her interest in government. She is the granddaughter of former Philadelphia Phillies manager Dallas Green.

She was born on 9/11 and featured in a book called “Faces of Hope” that chronicled one baby from each state born on the day terrorists killed nearly 3,000 people.

Aw, poor kid! Ironic that she should have been born on 9/11. Hopefully this act won’t be associated with 9/11 now like on a subliminal level…

The fact that Christina’s life ended in tragedy was especially tragic to those who knew her. “Tragedy seems to have happened again,” said the author of the book, Christine Naman. “In the form of this awful event.”

Authorities said the dead included Roll; Green; Giffords aide Gabe Zimmerman, 30; Dorothy Morris, 76; Dorwin Stoddard, 76; and Phyllis Schneck, 79. Judge Roll had just stopped by to see his friend Giffords after attending Mass.

An unidentified man who authorities earlier said might have acted as an accomplice was cleared Sunday of any involvement. Pima County sheriff’s deputy Jason Ogan told The Associated Press on Sunday that the man was a cab driver who drove the gunman to the grocery store outside of which the shooting occurred.

In one of several YouTube videos, which featured text against a dark background, Loughner described inventing a new U.S. currency and complained about the illiteracy rate among people living in Giffords’ congressional district in Arizona.

“I know who’s listening: Government Officials, and the People,” Loughner wrote. “Nearly all the people, who don’t know this accurate information of a new currency, aren’t aware of mind control and brainwash methods. If I have my civil rights, then this message wouldn’t have happen (sic).”

In Loughner’s middle-class neighborhood — about a five-minute drive from the scene — sheriff’s deputies had much of the street blocked off. The neighborhood sits just off a bustling Tucson street and is lined with desert landscaping and palm trees.

Neighbors said Loughner lived with his parents and kept to himself. He was often seen walking his dog, almost always wearing a hooded sweat shirt and listening to his iPod.

Why is the fact that he wore hooded sweatshirts and listened to iPod important? Just curious…I mean, considering that Homeland Security is making a big push to put telescreens in like Wal-Mart and whatnot telling people to report suspicious behavior, is this going to be it now? I am not sure why that stood out to me but I just thought I should comment on it.

The assassination attempt left Americans questioning whether divisive politics had pushed the suspect over the edge.

Really? Or is that what government wants us to start thinking about. That was not what I thought of when I first heard about this taking place. Interesting that it occurred in Arizona where we have already seen intense political debate taking place–mainly about illegal immigration–and I am shocked that this did not happen in the name of that charged issue, but I tell you, that is not what I thought of at all. I’m not so much into conspiracy theories, but that statement of assumption does not sit right with me.

Giffords faced frequent backlash from the right over her support of the health care reform last year, and had her office vandalized the day the House approved the landmark measure.

Dupnik lashed out at what he called an excessively “vitriolic” atmosphere in the months leading up to the rampage as he described the chaos of the day.

The sheriff said the rampage ended only after two people tackled the gunman. A third person intervened and tried to pull a clip away from Loughner as he attempted to reload, the sheriff said.

“He was definitely on a mission,” according to event volunteer Alex Villec, former Giffords intern.

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Associated Press Writers Jacques Billeaud, Raquel Maria Dillon and Terry Tang contributed to this report.

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Happy New Year   Leave a comment

Hello, All!

I hope everyone had an excellent end of 2010 and are ready to hunker down to the New Year full of resolutions, goals, and hope! My apologies for my unplanned personal hiatus–it is a long story–but I am here now and I have my nose back in the news and my opinions are flaring! SO much has happened since the last time I posted and there is so precious little time to catch up!

I hope this new year bring good things to this wonderful country and all that it holds dear!

~SV~

Posted January 9, 2011 by shadowvixenpatriot in Uncategorized

Today is a Big Day for Arizona!   Leave a comment

Cross your fingers! If you pray, start praying! The judge is hearing statements today in the case of Obama against Arizona SB 1070.

I will post more later. My thoughts and prayers are with Arizona today and I wish I could be there to support them.

Latino KKK: Brown Beret Says “This is America–Go back to Europe”   Leave a comment

Hi All!

My goodness, so much has been happening since I last updated my blog that I’m not sure where to start, but I’m going to go ahead and start with this video that I meant to post a few days ago but I was speechless to make comment on it.

Well, I guess the video speaks for itself.  This most likely will not make it into mainstream liberal media, much the way the new black panther video went. 

This is jus the most lunatic, insane thing I have ever seen or heard in my entire life.  These people are REALLY out of touch with reality!

TOTAL AWESOMENESS: Batman 3 Slated to Start Filming   Leave a comment

OMG TOTAL GEEK MOMENT RIGHT NOW!!!!! 

Yeah, I KNOW it’s off topic–but it’s BATMAN, so any complaints are thus rendered irrelevant 😉

And YAY Christian Bale is still Batman >dreamy sigh< I cannot wait till this is done!  I hope it’s as good as The Dark Knight! 

>cough< Ahem, yes . . . well >cough< okay, so it’s not THAT exciting really, I suppose (to ‘normal’ people 😉 )…but I will share the article with you anyway! 🙂

‘Batman 3’ production to begin April 2011

by Christian Blauvelt

Image Credit: Stephen VaughanHoly sequel-news, Batman! At the London premiere of Inception, star Michael Caine revealed to Digital Spy that Christopher Nolan’s as-of-yet-untitled sequel to Batman Begins, and the $1 billion-worldwide-grossing The Dark Knight, is slated to begin production in April of 2011. Although Nolan, his brother Jonathan, and David S. Goyer are still working on the script, an insider confirms that, although subject to change, Warner Bros. is indeed on track for an April start date, and Christian Bale, Morgan Freeman, Michael Caine, and Gary Oldman are attached.

So far, Nolan himself has been reluctant to talk about the future of the caped crusader. Apparently he’s very much of the mindset that, until his current film, the critically-adored Inception, opens this Friday, he’s not interested in discussing details of his future projects. But Warner Bros. has also penciled in the next Batman for a July 20, 2012 release date. The studio was determined to set a definitive release date this far in advance due to the strong slate of other superhero movies to be released in the next two years.

Posted July 15, 2010 by shadowvixenpatriot in Uncategorized

Refusal of Basic Care–aka Passive Euthanasia–Causes Death at SF Hospital   Leave a comment

Wow, has it already begun on a smaller level?  I assume this man was on Medicare of some sort, being that he lived alone and because of his advanced age, but it doesn’t say in the article or the video specifically.   

It’s disgusting.  Absolutely disgusting.  Is this what we are going to have to look forward to in the Obamacare future?  This was fairly recent and after the Obamacare bill was passed.  What is frightening is that this takes place in San Fransisco–in CALIFORNIA where euthanasia and physician assisted suicide are still illegal.  What the hospital called ‘comfort care’ is a euphemism used in the states of Washington and Oregon to where euthanasia and physician assisted suicide are legalized and the term ‘comfort care’ MEANS euthanasia or assisted suicide. 

The fact that the nurse stated that she ‘can’t’ help this man who was suffering after having his water and food taken from him is very telling.  Why couldn’t she help?  Who told her she couldn’t help?  If she was not directed from a higher authority to let this man die, then as a nurse, why didn’t she assist him when it was apparent that he was getting better.  Why this man?  And what makes this even more upsetting is that the hospital states that the laws (I assume HIPPA) prevent them from discussing this issue or even admitting that this man was a patient at their hospital.   

I wonder if this is something we should be expecting in the Obamacare future?  This form of passive euthanasia is disgusting.  Obama is so busy trying to defend illegal immigrants by suing Arizona, and yet he allows this injustice to happen without a single word mentioned.  In fact, this is the first time I’ve heard of it and this occurred in June.    

I hope this family sues that hospital and that this is brought out into the open because this is wrong on so many levels I can’t even BEGIN to know where to start!

Anyway, check it out for yourself.  There is a very good video imbedded in the article via the link. 

Family alleges failure of care at SF hospital   

SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) — A family from Boston says their loved one died at St. Mary’s Medical Center in San Francisco after staff broke their own code of ethics and refused to provide basic care.The members of the Murray family were home in Boston on Thursday, May 6 when an urgent call came from St. Mary’s in San Francisco — their Uncle Don had suffered a stroke. On their visit to the city just last month, the 90-year-old had seemed alive and active.”He was very inquisitive, always wanting to learn new things,” Don’s nephew Don Murray said.     

“Sharp as a tack, interested in everything, he kept his brain going,” his grand-niece Tegan Murray said.   

“We dropped everything and took a plane that night,” his niece-in-law Jean Murray said.One of Don Holley’s old neighbors in the Richmond District was acting as his durable power of attorney. A doctor told her the prognosis was not good and she agreed that Don should receive what is called “comfort care,” meant for patients near death. They placed him on a morphine drip and cut off all nutrition and hydration. Without water, the doctor said Don would be dead in two days.But, there was something wrong. When the Murrays arrived that Friday, Don appeared to be improving.”It looked as if he hadn’t had a stroke; we’d been told his mouth would be sagging a little bit to the left, but it didn’t look that way,” Jean Murray said.”And he said, ‘Hi,’ like that, he was obviously very thrilled to know that we were there,” Don Murray said.”I could tell in his voice he knew we were there and it really meant something to him that we were there, and I said, ‘Squeeze my hand,’ he squeezed my hand, I said, ‘Squeeze it harder,’ and he lifted his hand in the air squeezing my hand,” Tegan Murray said.The Murrays scrambled to tell anyone who would listen — why take Don’s life by cutting off his water when it looked like he was recovering from the stroke?The answer — the family would have to take their case to the hospital ethics committee.”And we were told that couldn’t happen until Monday, and I said, ‘I don’t think he has until Monday.’ We had no other recourse,” Don’s grand-niece Tara Murray said.The Murrays were left with the impossibly painful role of watching Don slowly die — not from the stroke or any disease or injury — but from water being withheld.Anita Silvers chairs the philosophy department at San Francisco State University. She is also on the ethics committee at San Francisco General Hospital. She questions taking such extreme measures with a patient who had suffered a stroke just four days before.”Lots of people have strokes and lots of people have very, very serious strokes and recover; he might not have recovered fully, but the standard is not that you have to recover fully,” she said.Silvers also points out that St. Mary’s is a Catholic hospital, supposedly governed by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops and their “Ethical and Religious Directives for Catholic Healthcare Services.” Directive 58 states, “There is an obligation to provide patients with food and water…This obligation extends to patients in chronic and presumably irreversible conditions (for example, the persistent vegetative state).”Don Holley was not that bad off.”Catholic hospitals have an obligation to provide hydration and nutrition because it’s not a treatment, it’s an obligation that we all have to each other, to support life and each other,” Silvers said.That Friday evening, without water, but with oxygen being administered, Don developed a severe nose bleed.”There was blood dripping down his face and blood pooling in the back of his throat,” Tegan Murray said.The nurses began to use suction to clear his throat so he could breathe.”Proper suctioning would make him be able to fall asleep calmly or to communicate or to be comfortable,” Tara Murray said.That routine continued for the next day. The Murrays say Don’s vital signs remained strong, until 4 p.m. Saturday, when a shift change brought a new nurse.”She came in and didn’t seem to want to suction him,” Tegan Murray said.The Murrays watched the new nurse fail to clear Don’s throat of blood.”And she pulled back and I said, ‘Why aren’t you doing something?’ And she said, ‘I can’t,'” Jean Murray said.The nurse would not let Don’s great-niece suction him. Tegan Murray had experience back home with an aunt and the nurse on the previous shift had allowed her to work on Don.But, the nurse on duty tucked the suction equipment in a drawer, turned off the machine and left the room.As the minutes ticked by, Don showed more and more stress.”And I did raise my voice, I started saying, ‘Do something, he’s dying, this is unethical, what are we supposed to do, call 911 in a hospital,'” Tara Murray said.The family yelled and pleaded. Finally, the nurse returned and handed the suction device to Tegan Murray. It was too late.”I was crying and suctioning at the same time, and he was lifeless,” Tegan Murray said. “They still seemed unconcerned. It didn’t faze them.”The nurse in question has 17 years of experience and no record of discipline with the state. When the I-Team reached her by phone, she said, “[She was] very deeply sorry. I did what I could. I did my best as a nurse.””The four of us were there pleading for help, he was desperately looking at us and at the nurse for help, she held the equipment that would have saved him in her hands, the equipment was hooked up, it was working and she didn’t do it,” Tegan Murray said.  The Murrays have filed a complaint with the state Department of Public Health.St. Mary’s president and CEO Anna Cheung refused to be interviewed, even though the family was willing to sign a release permitting the hospital to discuss the case. Cheung’s public relations staff issued a statement saying, “Privacy laws prohibit us from confirming or denying if the person in question was a patient at St. Mary’s Medical Center.” They would not address the decision to withhold water from Don Holley or the way he died.”Yeah, I’m angry, I’m upset my uncle died that way, his last moments of his life, he was tortured,” Don Murray said.”It doesn’t matter if you’re a one-day-old baby or an elderly person, or dying or living, I think everybody should be treated with respect and get the basic care that should be provided for them and not to die a suffering death if it’s not necessary, and it certainly wasn’t necessary here,” Tara Murray said.  Legal experts tell the I-Team the hospital is supposed to follow the directions of the person acting as power of attorney unless there is evidence the patient’s condition is improving. At that point, the hospital has a duty to re-evaluate the case.   

(Copyright ©2010 KGO-TV/DT. All Rights Reserved.)   

Favorite Political Cartoon: Post 9-11   Leave a comment

Something triggered my memory of this cartoon and I just had to show my son.  I thought I would share it with you all too.

I still remember the first time I saw this, but I can’t remember where it was.  I was so proud and it felt so patriotic in those chaotic, dark times.  There were a series of them, but this was the one that stood out for me. 

Anyway–just thought I’d pass it along as a thoughtful Sunday tribute to my most beloved country!

God Bless America!

Posted July 11, 2010 by shadowvixenpatriot in Uncategorized