Huffington Post: Rep. Paul Broun Asked At Town Hall: 'Who Is Going To Shoot Obama?'

February 25, 2011- The Athens Banner-Herald in Georgia reports that a shocking question was asked at a town hall event held by Rep. Paul Broun (R-Ga.) on Tuesday. According to the article, an audience member asked the congressman, "Who is going to shoot Obama?"

Blake Aued reports

Broun's press secretary, Jessica Morris, confirmed that the question was indeed, who is going to shoot Obama? "Obviously, the question was inappropriate, so Congressman Broun moved on," she said.

However, rather than confronting the questioner or condemning the question, Broun instead acknowledged "frustration" with Obama, according to the Banner-Herald. The paper reports that Broun responded to the stunning inquiry as follows:

Christian Science Monitor: Arizona justice: Shawna Forde death sentence a rebuke to border vigilantes

February 23, 2011- Arizona is known for its tough stance against illegal immigrants, but this week a jury here sent a strong message of rebuke to anti-immigrant vigilante groups as well, sentencing the leader of a border watch group to death for her role in the 2009 home-invasion murders of a 9-year-old Hispanic-American girl and her father.

Latinos in Arizona had decried politicians' lack of attention to the brutal slayings, contrasting it with the more intense reaction to the murder of a white rancher in Cochise County last March, allegedly at the hands of an illegal border-crosser.

The death sentence handed down Tuesday in Tucson is against Shawna Forde, a resident of Washington State who headed the Minutemen American Defense group. She was convicted Feb. 14 of first-degree murder for orchestrating the killings of Brisenia and Raul Junior Flores of Arivaca, Ariz., a small community just north of the Mexican border.

Salon: Indiana official fired for tweets about protests

The deputy attorney general had advocated using live ammunition against protesters in Wisconsin 

February 23, 2011- Another week, another reminder that public figures should tread carefully on Twitter.

The Indiana Attorney General's Office announced today that Deputy AG Jeffrey Cox is "no longer employed" by the office following a colloquy between Cox and Mother Jones journalist Adam Weinstein on Twitter over the weekend.

It started when Cox, who is known as "JCCentCom" on Twitter, responded to a Mother Jones tweet about the possibility that riot police would be dispatched to clear protesters Wisconsin with the exhortation to "use live ammunition."

Weinstein, who at that point did not know the identity of JCCentCom, explains what happened next:

Mother Jones: Indiana Official: "Use Live Ammunition" Against Wisconsin Protesters

February 23, 2011- On Saturday night, when Mother Jones staffers tweeted a report that riot police might soon sweep demonstrators out of the Wisconsin capitol building—something that didn't end up happening—one Twitter user sent out a chilling public response: "Use live ammunition."

From my own Twitter account, I confronted the user, JCCentCom. He tweeted back that the demonstrators were "political enemies" and "thugs" who were "physically threatening legally elected officials." In response to such behavior, he said, "You're damned right I advocate deadly force." He later called me a "typical leftist," adding, "liberals hate police."

NYT Op-Ed: The G.O.P.’s Post-Tucson Traumatic Stress Disorder

February 19, 2011- Six weeks after that horrific day in Tucson, America has half-forgotten its violent debate over the power of violent speech to incite violence. It’s Gabrielle Giffords’s own power of speech that rightly concerns us now. But all those arguments over political language did leave a discernible legacy. In the aftermath of President Obama’s Tucson sermon, civility has had a mini-restoration in Washington. And some of the most combative national figures in our politics have been losing altitude ever since, much as they did after Bill Clinton’s oratorical response to the inferno of Oklahoma City.

Business Insider: George Soros Fires Back At Glenn Beck: Rupert Murdoch Is The Real Puppet Master

February 18, 2011- Frequent Glenn Beck viewers know that he often portrays Billionaire liberal philanthropist George Soros as a puppet-master, orchestrating a takedown of the American government. 

Now Soros, an 80-year old Hungarian of Jewish descent, is appearing on Fareed Zakaria GPS this Sunday to point out an unamusing irony (in his eyes): that Glenn Beck sees the world in terms of puppets and puppet masters... because Beck himself works for the real puppet master, Ruper Mudoch.

'"[Murdoch] has a media empire that is telling the people some falsehoods and leading the government in the wrong direction. By accusing me of doing that, it makes it rather hard to see that he is working for the man that is doing it, Fox News."

He also accuses Beck of making use of newspeak, a language that promotes thought control in the George Orwell novel, 1984.

The Daily Beast: Minuteman Murderer, Shawna Forde, Speaks

February 15, 2011- Shawna Forde of Arizona was convicted Monday of killing a 9-year-old girl and her father. Terry Greene Sterling’s exclusive jailhouse interview with the beautician-turned-border vigilante. Forde maintains her innocence, describes the jury’s guilty verdict as “surreal,” and prepares for a possible death sentence.

On Valentine’s Day, after deliberating for about a day and a half, a Tucson jury convicted Shawna Forde of murdering 9-year-old Brisenia Flores and her dad, Raul, in a brutal 2009 home invasion on the Arizona border.

Mother Jones: South Dakota Moves To Legalize Killing Abortion Providers

February 15, 2011- A law under consideration in South Dakota would expand the definition of "justifiable homicide" to include killings that are intended to prevent harm to a fetus—a move that could make it legal to kill doctors who perform abortions. The Republican-backed legislation, House Bill 1171, has passed out of committee on a nine-to-three party-line vote, and is expected to face a floor vote in the state's GOP-dominated House of Representatives soon.

"The bill in South Dakota is an invitation to murder abortion providers."The bill, sponsored by state Rep. Phil Jensen, a committed foe of abortion rights, alters the state's legal definition of justifiable homicide by adding language stating that a homicide is permissible if committed by a person "while resisting an attempt to harm" that person's unborn child or the unborn child of that person's spouse, partner, parent, or child. If the bill passes, it could in theory allow a woman's father, mother, son, daughter, or husband to kill anyone who tried to provide that woman an abortion—even if she wanted one.

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