Daily Archives: January 13, 2011

Conservatives Accuse Obama Of Lying About Giffords Opening Eyes; Her Doctors Disagree

In the midst of everyone trying to be more “Civil”, the Conservative Media have shown that they don’t know the meaning of the word.

This from Media Matters:

clipped from mediamatters.org
In one of the most cynical displays in recent memory, following the lead of Gateway Pundit Jim Hoft, several  conservative websites – including Fox Nation and MRC arm CNS News – suggested that President Obama lied last night when he said that Rep. Giffords had opened her eyes for the first time shortly after his Wednesday night visit to the hospital.
In a recently-completed press conference, Giffords’ doctor Peter Rhee explained that what Obama said last night about Giffords opening her eyes was “true.”
In response to a question from a reporter about previous statements that Giffords could open her eyes, Rhee and Dr. B Michael Lemole, Section Chief of Neurosurgery at University Medical Center in Tuscon, explained the important distinction. Namely, Giffords previously opened her eyes in response to “stimulus,” and yesterday she opened them spontaneously, which represented a “major milestone” in her recovery.While it’s depressing to have to parse this — rather than simply be happy about the good news — such is the state of the conservative media, where absolutely everything Obama says is fodder for their attacks. Instead of chalking up any potential discrepancy between what Obama said and previous statements by doctors to the complex nature of medicine, conservatives went ahead and accused the president of lying. It’s as despicable as it is predictable. 

Expect Jim Hoft to accuse Giffords’ doctors of being in on the conspiracy shortly.

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… and Britt Hume said the President’s speech was too long!


Being Civil… Why not take incivility out of naming Bills in the House?

After the Giffords shooting touched off a heated debate over the use of violent political rhetoric, the schedule and name of the health care repeal bill fell into doubt. 

An exerpt from TPM:

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In the wake of the shooting spree in Arizona, Democrats pressed Republicans to change the name of their health care repeal bill — the bluntly titled “Repealing the Job Killing Health Health Care Law Act.”
No luck. A spokesman for House Majority Leader Eric Cantor says they’re sticking with that name. 

As first reported by Greg Sargent, that vote is scheduled for next week. In a statement sent my way, Cantor spox Brad Dayspring confirms, “As the White House noted, it is important for Congress to get back to work, and to that end we will resume thoughtful consideration of the health care bill next week.”

“A good place to start a more civil dialog would be for my Republican colleagues in the House to change the name of the bill they have introduced to repeal health care reform,” wrote Rep. Chellie Pingree (D-ME) in the Huffington Post.
Changing the name of the bill would require another act of Congress, according to the new Rules of the House.
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Separating Politics From Guns…

We need to separate politics from guns, and by that I mean we have to deal with the NRA lobby. I am judging editorial cartoons for this weekend’s “Cartoon(s) of the Week”, a regular feature on this blog, and I am struck by how many of them deal with gun laws and the NRA. Maybe the tragedy at Tucson will get us into a good gun/politics discussion.

And we have a way to go… think of these statements from politicians in the past months:

If this Congress keeps going the way it is, people are really looking toward those Second Amendment remedies.”Sharron Angle

“I want people in Minnesota armed and dangerous…“  – Rep. Michelle Bachmann

“Get on target for victory in November.  Help remove Gabrielle Giffords from office.  Shoot a fully automatic M16 with Jesse KellyJesse Kelly campaign ad

“Don’t retreat– reload.” Sarah Palin

I am convinced the most important thing the Founding Fathers did to ensure me my First Amendment rights was they gave me a Second Amendment. And if ballots don’t work, bullets will.”  –Joyce Kaufmann, former chief of staff for Rep. Allen West

If we’re “armed and dangerous” and seeking “Second Amendment remedies” then other events that become tragedies are bound to happen.

When you look at Cartoon(s) of the Week” on Saturday (or later), please think of ways we can lower the dependence on guns which has built up over the years.

“You Lie” Rifle Part No Longer Available…

Here’s some more good news…

Joe Wilson

As you may know, it was revealed after the Saturday shootings that a gun store in South Carolina was selling an assault rifle part with the etched words “You Lie” referring to Representative Joe Wilson’s (R – SC) shouted words during Obama‘s State of the Union Address in 2009.

The dealer, Palmetto State Armory, put an ad for the item on their web site with the words “Palmetto State Armory would like to honor our esteemed congressman Joe Wilson with the release of our new ‘You Lie’ AR-15 lower receiver.”

Yesterday this report of the products withdrawal from the market was broadcast on CNN:

CNN reports that Rep. Joe Wilson has been told by a South Carolina gun company that it is discontinuing the sale of a rifle part engraved with the words “you lie.”

Wilson, R-S.C., attracted national attention for screaming out “you lie” during a speech by President Obama in 2009.

CNN quotes a letter from Wilson, forwarded to the network by the congressman’s staff, thanking Palmetto State Armory for discontinuing sales of the rifle part.

“I thank you for quickly suspending sales of the product that uses my words,

It’s good to see something like this taken off the market, but it begs the question of why it had been put there anyway (wasn’t South Carolina the first state to secede from the Union causing the Civil War?).

Perhaps some good news after Saturday’s tragedy…

clipped from www.mcclatchydc.com
After Arizona shootings, gun sale background checks increase
Background checks for handgun sales spiked in Texas and other states just two days after a mass shooting in Arizona left six people dead and U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords fighting for her life.
Texas saw the number of background requests rise to 724 on Monday, up from 621 on the corresponding Monday in 2010, according to FBI records.
But workers at some North Texas gun stores said they didn’t have as big an increase as they expected in actual sales of guns, ammunition and accessories.
Some Arizona stores have reported a major surge in sales since Saturday.

“We haven’t seen anything, and we expected more of a wave to hit,” said Glen Furtardo, manager at the Winchester Gallery gun store in east Fort Worth.

“It has been pretty much normal.”

Since the 2008 presidential election, some gun store workers have seen a rise in sales at least partly due to a widespread concern that the Obama administration will raise taxes on ammunition, guns and other firearms-related materials or ultimately reinstate an assault weapons ban that expired in 2004.

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In case you missed it… Obama’s speech from last night…

Definitely worth listening to a couple of times!