Friday, January 8, 2016

5 years ago today: tea & bullets

TEA AND BULLETS, DtB, Jan 8, 2011

"Arizona has become a Mecca for prejudice and bigotry."
—Pima County Sheriff Clarence Dupnik
(at a press conference today)

"Don’t Retreat; Instead – RELOAD!"
—Sarah Palin

"We’re paying particular attention to those House members who voted in favor of Obamacare and represent districts that Senator John McCain and I carried during the 2008 election... [W]e’re going to hold them accountable for this disastrous Obamacare vote. They are: Ann Kirkpatrick (AZ-1), Harry E. Mitchell (AZ-5), Gabrielle Giffords (AZ-8)...."
—Sarah Palin


Referring students, sight unseen, to tutoring? Huh? DtB, Jan 8 11

Jared Lee Loughner, DtB, Jan 10 11
Alleged Shooter Was Suspended by Pima CC (Inside Higher Ed)

     Jared Lee Loughner, the suspect in the shootings of U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords and others on Saturday, withdrew from Pima Community College in October, after the college had suspended him. A statement from the college said that he was suspended after five contacts with college police officers and after the college discovered a YouTube video, made on a Pima campus, in which Loughner claimed that the college was an illegal organization under the U.S. Constitution....

Trump and Other Republicans Do the Gun Lobby’s Bidding (NYT, Jan 8)
     Just when President Obama was attempting a reasoned debate on gun control this week, Donald Trump was engaged in his latest pandering to the gun rights crowd — vowing as president to strike down laws that bar firearms from schools….
. . .
     It was remarkable, too, for its contrast with Mr. Obama’s televised defense of his own modest gun proposals, for which he asked full and fair attention by this year’s presidential candidates so that all of them might rationally address genuine public concerns with the grim reality of 30,000 gun deaths every year.
     Mr. Trump quickly dashed that hope, though his response has been no worse than those of the other Republican candidates, who across the board have peddled simplistic evasions and dangerous misinformation. “Obama Wants Your Guns,” warns a deceitful fund-raising pitch on Senator Ted Cruz’s website, which also features a photograph of Mr. Obama distorted to show him in military attack helmet and combat uniform ready to confiscate the hundreds of millions of guns now in public hands. These are among other hallucinatory fictions peddled by opportunists like Mr. Cruz as they comfort an arms industry enriched by a gun mortality rate far higher than that of any other modern nation.
 PLUTO: An ‘X’ formation appears on the surface of Pluto in one of the newly released photos taken by New Horizons for Nasa. Photograph: Nasa/JHUAPL/SwRI

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