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------------------------------------------------------------ To ensure that you continue to receive Anything Goes e-mails, please add jamie@gophercentral.com to your e-mail address book. ------------------------------------------------------------ Are you an NPR fan? Ever hear of the NPR Radio? Get details, info and a special deal by visiting: http://pd.gophercentral.com/u/14860/c/438/a/100109 January 12, 2011 Greetings... Whenever there is a tragedy such as the one that happened on Saturday in Tucson, Arizona, as humans, we all play the "blame game" and this incident has sparked more than its share. Emotions usually trigger the initial responses and after a while, calmer heads prevail, (or should)... The rush to judgement can be deep seated feelings based in negativity against certain people, groups, etc. Deep down we "want" the offender or offenders to belong to a group we disagree with or downright hate... President Obama will be arriving in Tucson tomorrow to pay his respects to the victims and their families of this tragedy. I know there will be those who will try to turn this into a political thing and I don't believe he is coming for personal gain anymore than George Bush did when he met with the families of the 9-11 tragedies. Both men are/were our President and human beings that felt the same way as we did. Give them both a break... When the perpetrator of this horrible crime in Tucson couldn't be pinned to any minority group, "plan B" had to go into effect and that plan was/ is the political blame game. No matter how hard some of us tried, it was a little hard to separate the speculation from the facts because all the facts weren't in and let's face it, it's much easier to develop our own opinions on it to try to make some sense of it, any kind of sense. I don't blame "us" because there is a bigger entity to blame... The media... The media, which used to be semi-responsible and gather facts before reporting have become a "victim" if you will of a much bigger, more important mission... Ratings and the almighty dollar. Truth be damned, it's all about shocking people enough to generate interest, shading the truth to keep the viewer or listener on the hook, riling up the public to create enough discourse that when and if a violent act occurs, they fall back as cowards and claim they are just entertainers. BOTH the right and the left are guilty of this and I won't argue which side is "worse" because you all have your own opinions about this and I can't and won't try to change your minds. I'll believe what I personally see and hear and you are free to believe what you see and hear. What I will NOT do is listen to third party accounts of he said/she said when there is a clear agenda that is enhanced by the media... One media outlet falsely reported Congresswoman Giffords had died on Saturday as a result of her injury. Where is the responsible media? Where are the reporters and anchormen of old that did their best to have the facts before reporting a story? They have all been replaced by the bottom line. So, in this case, I play the blame game and say, shame on the media... I also play the blame game to those people who were afraid of Jared Loughner to the point of getting him removed from school and requesting a signed statement from a psychiatrist proving mental stability. I blame the first Wal-Mart that refused to sell him ammunition because he seemed odd and troubled for not notifying authorities "just in case"... I play the blame game to those people who felt that Seung Hui Cho was mentally unbalanced and, in fact had been accused of stalking two female students. After an investigation, a Virginia special justice declared Cho mentally ill and ordered him to attend treatment. Nothing was done and he went on to shoot 32 people and wound countless others at Virgina Tech before turning the gun on himself. I blame authorites in Virgina for not being vigilant in keeping an eye on someone who was an obvious threat... And one issue that sickens me is the reported appearance by Phelps and his wackos Westworld Baptist goofballs at nine-year-old Christina Taylor Green's memorial service. This group is known for taking advantage of our first amendment rights to protest at the funerals of our fallen servicemen and women. They spew their vile diatribes and claim religious freedom as well as first amendment rights for their right to be there. Tucson citizens are ready for them and will be blocking them from the service. An emergency law went into effect today making protests be a mandatory 300 feet away. There may be hope, both the left and right voted for this unanimously... I could list plenty of disturbed individuals that went on rampages and took many lives. We knew they were disturbed because everyone that knew them got their 15 minutes of fame afterwards letting us know how crazy these terrorists were... After 9-11, we were all told to be mindful of things around us and not to be afraid to report things that may seem suspicious, no matter how small it may be. Were we supposed to just keep an eye on Middle Eastern people? Someone needs to define the rules on reporting home grown terrorists... So, if we must play the blame game, we need to place the blame where it belongs. There's enough to go around for all of us to lament on...

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