To Glock or not to Glock, or, how little Cristina-Taylor Green saved many.

Sadness, tears and horror notwithstanding, I followed the service held for Chistina-Taylor Green, the nine year old girl killed last saturday.Was too down to post anything (so this post has been evolving since the 12) Walls of grief, sheer rage, the impossible possible. That day, while the tragedy unfolded on Cable TV, I thought: what the hell is a child-a girl- doing in a town hall meeting? Spontaneously, I was contrasting her smiling face with the inimaginable images of child combatants, (why??) in asia, africa, central america and colombia holding machine guns bigger than themselves. Soon we knew she was a newly elected member of the student council of her school; being born in 9/11, her life was shaped by that tragedy: she wanted to contribute to society, wanted to meet Ms Giffords; she played little league with boys, she was in with life, she was a magic girl, like all children (even those hosting guns).

And Christina Taylor contributed: perhaps in the most tragic possible way nobody ever imagined. By death. Her neighbour took her to the meeting. And four bullets later-35 in total according to the surces- Christina was dead and herself, the neighbour, wounded in the outcome. The neighbour must feel overwhelmed with grief (her husband has reported this morning that in fact she feels that way).So are we. Will her death prevent further crimes? Do we know? More than any of the ones that died that day, her death summarizes the horror and tragedy of all the stories that converged there; Barack choked when he was speeching in AZ mentioning her-CT-and his daughters, our daughters, my daugthers. To my surprise, to many actually, Babas’ speech was so religious. And critizised. Is there any other way of speaking about this massacre or Christina? I mean how much bullying can BO get: from: “you lie”, to judge Alito uttering not true to, now, dont get religious BO. (I wonder: how do atheists mourn ? ). (James Croft answers for atheists: something like “with my face pressed against the stained glass outside the church”). Flies on wheels claims BO has no business being religious (sic): why not? and realizes atheists dont go inside services. Ms Benson (of flies on wheels) is a bully.

Today Wednesday 19 in the NYT

To the Editor:

Over a long academic career, I have researched and written about 21 American assassins, would-be assassins and domestic terrorists. It is pure nonsense to suggest, as some have, that the political environment has nothing to do with the actions of very disturbed individuals — as Jared L. Loughner appears to be — who plan and attack political figures in public venues.

James W. Clarke
Tucson, Jan. 14, 2011

The writer is professor emeritus of political science at the University of Arizona and the author of “Defining Danger: American Assassins and the New Domestic Terrorists.”

This is what the healer in chief said a wek ago:

“Imagine for a moment: here was a young girl who was just becoming aware of our democracy; just beginning to understand the obligations of citizenship; just starting to glimpse the fact that someday she too might play a part in shaping her nation’s future. She had been elected to her student council; she saw public service as something exciting, something hopeful. She was off to meet her congresswoman, someone she was sure was good and important and might be a role model. She saw all this through the eyes of a child, undimmed by the cynicism or vitriol that we adults all too often just take for granted.
I want to live up to her expectations. I want our democracy to be as good as Christina imagined it. ”

Read more http://www.newyorker.com/online/blogs/closeread/2011/01/a-memorial-in-arizona.html#ixzz1B7gLvIvw (link to amy davison column: she calims that in the original speech the “I want…” was ” i want us..”

Her death didnt impact the conscience of the usual morons, encased high in their preposterous bastions of turpitude, or the death of any of the victims. Oh man o’man. Darling little Christina: Were you in the cross hairs of Palins’ assheaded postings?-Palin didnt even say: Im so sorry for Christinas’ death or Im so sorry Ms Giffords; she quoted an anodine message, with Todd and all- while trying to deflect her “blood libel” infamous quote- darling Christina Taylor were you in Angles’ threats of the second amendement kind, in Limbaughs’ obscene diatribes, in Beck’s call for rebellion, while crying?. They are all bullies. Is there any evidence that links the killer,this kind of hate speech and Ms Giffords and the six dead including little Chrstina? asks Michael De Dora: There is no objective evidence that “causally links them” writes De Dora in ‘Rationally speaking” (gimme a break) blog. Obviously not. How can it be? (read below: Social Medea has a point). Mr Blow at the NYT asks the same thing. We dont know, he answers. To what?: That there is no causal link?. This is not even a wrong (Pauli) question or a flawed reasoning. It is a moronic reasoning. Ms Giffords explicitly said that the crosshairs and other ‘elements of poltical discourse” were freaky dangerous ans made her wonder (about being shot).

MacCain in the WPost yesterday (sunday):”That doesn’t mean, however, that those injuries are always easy to slough off and bear with perfect equanimity. Political leaders are not and cannot reasonably be expected to be indifferent to the cruelest calumnies aimed at their character. Imagine how it must feel to have watched one week ago the incomprehensible massacre of innocents committed by someone who had lost some essential part of his humanity, to have shared in the heartache for its victims and in the admiration for those who acted heroically to save the lives of others – and to have heard in the coverage of that tragedy voices accusing you of complicity in it”

Social Medea (Forbes) answers;” But should we pretend that the violent rhetoric of Palin and her followers is “just an overheated metaphor,” asks Huffington Post writer Marty Kaplan. How many times have we heard Jon Stewart and others speak out about how the GOP-Tea Party machine, with its angry bombast, pushes people? This “lock-and-load” mentality is today’s U.S. politics–reptilian, raging, uncivil, unyielding and here, possibly murderous”. Exactly Medea.

Today (Monday) i read that Palin bullies once more BO claimig “he seeks to weaken our country”. This is more bullying. As she bulies with most of her remarks. This is not free speech. This is bully talk. Palins’ bullying speech. She bullies the president, she bullies everybody. Except the grizzly bears.

Stanley Fish reviews today Palins’ last book; I havent read it. Fishs’ review convinced me of what?. American exceptionalism? Manifest destiny? No wonder Palin feels entitled to bully, if she keeps all the bs arguments in front of her public discourse. At the WP, Robinson compares Palin to Eva Peron…does anybody know any history of the world, in USA? Certainly not Robinson.

Ah. Almost forgot: the claims about the shooters’ mental illness-there we have a causal link- are only matched by the claims-or not-that Beck, Palin, Angle, Limbaugh and MacConnell are not mentally ill. Beck wont apologize for calling BO a racist.

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