Sunday, January 9, 2011

My thoughts and prayers are with the victims of the Tucson massacre

Allow me to start by stating how deeply saddened I am by the news out of suburban Tucson.

I was not sure how to address this story: if at all. This is a primarily political blog and the notion of politicizing such a tragedy nauseates me to no end.

But, before the clock struck midnight on Saturday night it had already begun.

An Associated Press article on the shooting that ran on the main page of Yahoo! angered me more than the loss of life. I eventually was able to successfully search for it after it appeared to have been pulled by the AP.

When you read it, you'll notice the first two paragraphs damning the "raw politics" and "rhetoric" are followed by the offering, "The gunman's motive is not known."

But, the article immediately returns to its slant by citing an opinion of Pima County Sheriff Clarence Dupnik, who is quoted in a pithy diatribe about the so-called consequence of free speech.

Correct me if I'm wrong, but I'm certain one of the central components to Sheriff Dupnik's oath of office when he was sworn-in was to "defend the Constitution."

The families and other loved-ones of those fatally shot on January 8 barely had a chance to let the weekend's news sink-in or even begin the grieving process and we're already getting spin.

Shameful. Nothing less than shameful.

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