Congresswoman’s Shooting Raises Questions: Correction!

U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-Ariz.)

U.S. Rep. Gabrielle “Gabby” Giffords (D) of Arizona’s 8th Congressional District died is in critical condition, according to a Fox News Channel broadcast update at 1:47 p.m. Central numerous news reports, after being shot in the head at point blank range during a “Congress on the Corner” event she was holding in Tucson this morning.

Several others — including members of her staff — were shot as well.  While their conditions remain unknown at this point, the condition of our country — and how Americans will react to the news as more details begin to surface — becomes an even larger concern.

If the shooter turns out to be a right-wing conservative, I fully expect members of the liberal media to attempt to portray the shooter as a typical member of the Constitution-loving side of the political fence.  In addition, they will use the event as another reason to clamp down on gun rights.

If the shooter turns out to be an illegal immigrant, those same media outlets will paint the person as a victim of his circumstances and gloss over the “elephant in the room” that is the lack of real security at our nation’s borders.

If the shooter turns out to be an Islamic extremist, they will downplay his religious affiliations and spin the Muslim shooter’s actions as criminal but not an act of terrorism.

Of course, other possibilities exist.  Stay tuned for updates.

UPDATE 1/8/11 at 2:44 p.m. Central: A state senator who is a friend of the congresswoman said the congresswoman is alive and responding to some commands of doctors.  The state senator also said that the shooter was — or claimed to be — a veteran of the war in Afghanistan.  Will seek to confirm.

UPDATE 1/8/11 at 2:56 p.m. Central: Fox News just reported that the shooter has been identified as a 22-year-old white male.  Nothing else until 6 p.m. Arizona time.

UPDATE 1/8/11 at 3:08 p.m. Central: News outlets have identified the alleged shooter as Jarod Laughner, but provided no more details.

UPDATE 1/8/11 at 5:48 p.m. Central: In the spirit of keeping an eye on the enemy, I watched ABC World News tonight at 5:30 p.m. Central.  During the coverage of the shooting, anchor David Muir mentioned the remark of Congresswoman Giffords’ father.  When asked if his daughter had any enemies, the father reportedly said, “Everyone in the Tea Party.”  It took the network a full 13 minutes to delve into the shooter’s background.

UPDATE 1/8/11 at 6:03 p.m. Central: Hat tip to Dana Loesch for saving me some research time to solidify the points I made about the liberal media’s “spin” about the alleged shooter:

Shooter’s favorite books: “Mein Kampf” and “The Communist Manifesto.”  YouTube page:  http://bit.ly/hK5wFj

Someone who knew him from high school: “Very liberal”:  http://www.businessinsider.com/woman-who-says-she-went-to-school-with-alleged-shooter-says-he-met-giffords-in-2007-2011-1

Daily Kos writer said Giffords was “dead to me”:  http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=491088264535&set=a.56799009535.63644.741139535

Kos scrubbed his sites ASAP before Palin:  http://www.democraticunderground.com/discuss/duboard.php?az=view_all&address=439×139805

Daily Kos had listed Giffords as a target:  http://www.dailykos.com/story/2008/6/25/1204/74882/511/541568

Dems had listed Giffords as a target:  http://www.verumserum.com/?p=13647

Judge killed was Bush appointee:  http://bit.ly/ePWDsR

Senator Says Eliminating Earmarks Phony Issue

I tend to be against funding of special projects that reek of favoritism and payback.  On the other hand, I tend to agree with Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) when it comes to so-called “earmarks reform.”

The senior senator from Oklahoma describes the push to eliminate earmarks as a phony issue.

Fox News is reporting on its blog today that the Full Senate Could Be Challenged As Early As Wednesday on Earmark BanStay tuned!

White House Issues 111 ObamaCare Waivers

The White House granted waivers allowing 111 organizations to escape the unfair, unConstitutional, job-killing aspects of President Barack Obama’s health care reform (a.k.a., “ObamaCare”).  The Fox News Channel video below explains.

To read other BMW posts mentioning ObamaCare, click here.

Vandals Strike, Remove Mojave Cross

Only two weeks after the Supreme Court decided the Mojave Cross could remain on display near the Mojave National Preserve in California, vandals struck the site and removed the cross that has stood since 1934 as a memorial to veterans of World War I.

I just learned of the vandalism via Fox News Channel.

Developing…

SEE ALSO: Supreme Court to Hear Veterans Memorial Case (2/23/09)

Like Glenn Beck, I Highlight Legal Immigrants

On his Fox News Channel show this afternoon, Glenn Beck highlighted the issue of illegal immigration by playing host to an audience made up entirely of legal immigrants.  Below, rather than try to steal his thunder in this space, I highlight the legal immigrants I’ve featured on this blog during the past 12 months:

‘Let ‘em have one finger, they take your whole hand’ (top video)– Ionel “Greg” Grigore and his mother Dumitra. The Grigores, 54 and 74 respectively, came to this country during the 1980s in search of freedom and prosperity after spending their entire lives in Romania under the oppressive “thumb” of communism.

Three First-Generation Americans Offer Advice (bottom video)– From Cuba, Brazil and India, three first-generation Americans, including Marty Martinez from the video above, took time to share powerful messages every freedom-loving American should hear.

Clinton’s Waco Actions Render Claims of OKC Bombing Cover Up More Believable Than Ever

If President Bill Clinton was the man in charge of the federal government’s bungling of the standoff at the Branch Davidian compound in Waco 16 years ago, then claims about his involvement in a cover up of the Oklahoma City Bombing become more plausible.

The video above shows former Clinton advisor Dick Morris sharing details with Fox News Channel’s Sean Hannity of a deal made between President Clinton and Attorney General Janet Reno related to the tragedy in Waco.  In short, according to Morris, Reno threatened Clinton by saying she would tell the world how he was in charge of the mishandling of events which resulted in the deaths of 82 Branch Davidians — including 20 children — and four federal agents at the Texas prairie compound of David Koresh and his followers.

The statements by Morris come seven months after I published four posts based on exclusive interviews with two people who suspect President Clinton engaged in a cover up of details about who, in addition to Timothy McVeigh and Terry Nichols, was responsible for the bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in downtown Oklahoma City two years to the day after the Waco siege began.

One of the people with whom I spoke was David P. Schippers, a man who served as chief investigative counsel during the Clinton Impeachment Hearings in the U.S. House of Representatives and in similar proceedings in the Senate.  Below is an excerpt from the Sept. 30 post in which I recounted my interview with the Chicago-based attorney:

I began the interview by asking Schippers why no one had pursued Hussain Al-Hussaini, the Iraqi native Davis identified in her book as the third terrorist who, along with Timothy McVeigh and Terry Nichols, carried out the attack?

“My honest opinion is that the original shot was made by (President Bill) Clinton in 1995,” he explained.  “Remember, it was 1995, and he had lost the congress — both houses of Congress — and people were saying he would never get reelected, and his numbers were way the hell down.

“If he had had another attack against the United States, he would have had to act, and he didn’t do a damn thing on the first Twin Towers bombing,” he continued.  “Clinton said, ‘Let’s not overreact,’ and, at that time, we had the Department of Justice with (Janet) Reno in there who was completely politicized, and I think (Clinton) just decided we’re not going to do it.”

Schippers continued, “riding” a bipartisan train of thought.

“Now, why didn’t the (President George W.) Bush people do it?” he asked rhetorically.  “That’s the one that really bothered me.  We deliberately waited until Reno and that gang got out of the administration and then Bush came in.”

Unfortunately, no one ever bit on the information Schippers said a president could have used as a legitimate reason to invade Iraq, and he blames it on a pact between the Bushes and Clintons — something akin to the mutually-assured destruction mindset that prevailed during the Cold War between Russia and the United States.

The other person I interviewed was Jayna Davis, award-winning investigative reporter and author of The New York Times Best Seller about the OKC Bombing, “The Third Terrorist”.  In three posts published Sept. 28, I share details of the interview during which she broke her four-year silence with the media and spoke to me about the OKC Bombing video tapes the FBI refuses to release — most likely, because they will reveal that officials at the highest levels of government knew more than they let on.

File this under “Once Bitten, Twice Shy”.

Diplomat-Shoe Bomber Arrested on Flight to Denver

BREAKING NEWS: Ace of Spades is reporting tonight that a man was arrested after attempting to light his shoe on fire during a flight from Washington, D.C., to Denver this evening.  On top of all that, the man’s name is Mohammed al Modadi, and he’s reportedly a vice-consul at the Qatari embassy.

Developing…

UPDATE #1 4/07/10 at 9:33 p.m. Central: Fox News’ Greta Van Susteren just reported that there are conflicting reports about a disturbance aboard the flight, but did not provide details.

UDPATE #2 4/07/10 at 9:35 p.m. Central: Greta just read a TSA statement offering few details other than the fact that a man is in custody after the plane landed safely.

UDPATE #3 4/07/10 at 9:38 p.m. Central: The Chicago Sun-Times is confirming the information above and, in addition, reporting that an explosives team is on the way to the airport.

UPDATE #4 4/07/10 at 9:42 p.m. Central: It has been confirmed that the incident took place aboard a United Airlines flight.

UPDATE #5 4/07/10 at 10 p.m Central: TSA released this statement tonight (graphic placed atop post):

TSA is monitoring an incident on board United Airlines flight 663 from DCA to DEN after receiving initial reports that a Federal Air Marshal responded to a passenger possibly causing a disturbance on board this aircraft. The flight landed safely at Denver International Airport.

Law enforcement and TSA have responded to the scene and the passenger is currently in custody. All steps are being taken to ensure the safety of the traveling public.

FINAL UPDATE 4/07/10 at 10:36 p.m. Central: KDVR-TV in Denver is reporting that no explosives were found aboard United Flight 663.