Sunday, January 9, 2011

No comment necessary

Pima County Sheriff Clarence Dupnik ...  blamed the vitriolic political rhetoric that has consumed the country, much of it occurring in Arizona.
“When you look at unbalanced people, how they respond to the vitriol that comes out of certain mouths about tearing down the government. The anger, the hatred, the bigotry that goes on in this country is getting to be outrageous,” he said. “And unfortunately, Arizona, I think, has become the capital. We have become the mecca for prejudice and bigotry.”
Giffords expressed similar concern, even before the shooting. In an interview after her office was vandalized, she referred to the animosity against her by conservatives, including Sarah Palin’s decision to list Giffords’ seat as one of the top “targets” in the midterm elections.
“For example, we’re on Sarah Palin’s targeted list, but the thing is, that the way that she has it depicted has the crosshairs of a gun sight over our district. When people do that, they have to realize that there are consequences to that action,” Giffords said in an interview with MSNBC.
In the hours after the shooting, Palin issued a statement in which she expressed her “sincere condolences” to the family of Giffords and the other victims.
During his campaign effort to unseat Giffords in November, Republican challenger Jesse Kelly held fundraisers where he urged supporters to help remove Giffords from office by joining him to shoot a fully loaded M-16 rifle. Kelly is a former Marine who served in Iraq and was pictured on his website in military gear holding his automatic weapon and promoting the event.

And so it goes.

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

It's good to be the king

I know that as one grows older, things get lost in the brain dustbin. Still.

I don't believe I have ever witnessed a statewide coronation more elaborate or unnecessary than that of King Rick Scott, first King of Florida.

Presidents don't make that big a deal about their inauguration.

But this wasn't an inauguration. It clearly was a coronation. Suppose if he makes such a big deal, people will forget about Shifty Rick's dubious past?

And so it goes.