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'It is essential tonight not to demand revenge, but to demand justice. To insist not upon payback against those politicians and commentators who have so irresponsibly brought us to this time of domestic terrorism, but to work to change the minds of them and their supporters. Or if those minds tonight are too closed ... to make sure they have no further place in our system of government.' Keith Olbermann, Special Comment, MSNBC

Keith Olbermann: Special Comment on
Gabrielle Gifford's Shooting

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+11 # H.LO 2011-01-09 01:36
It is a political crime. we all sure condent. It!s a act of terrorist and instigate by Tea Party and Fox News media.
Very good speach mister Keith Olbermann. That is the way to talk. This country could came a is Mexico very soon if we don!t stop the political violent speech of who are again Obama
+58 # ER444 2011-01-09 04:08
Everybody should go to Sarah Palins web site and write a comment. Go to the article "America by Heart: Reflections on Family, Faith, and Flag" and let her know what a dangerous ignorant demagogue she is and show her followers are that we will not be silent about her unforgivable rhetoric. She was, by the way, warned many times to stop using her "reload, and target" images, she didn't listen. Mama Grizzly needs to hear from all of us. FLOOD HER WEB SITE !!!
+7 # beamamyl 2011-01-09 21:39
After you give Palin a piece of your mind, can the media and readers now finally have a permanent black out on her?
-1 # JayVeeBee 2011-01-09 23:17
Quoting Dr. Amy L. Beam:
After you give Palin a piece of your mind, can the media and readers now finally have a permanent black out on her?

Thank you, Amy. Ditto here.
Enough is enough.
+35 # Capn Canard 2011-01-09 09:49
My gut feeling is that it is an act of hate that was inspired by the constant FASCIST RIGHT WING political rhetoric. The loud voices of irrational FASCIST thought like Bill O'Reilly, Sean Hannity, Rush Limbaugh, Glenn Beck, Ann Coulter, Michele Malkin, Sarah Palin, and Michele Bachmann. To counter such unreasonable and irrational ideology CRITICAL THINKING is required. Without being well informed the rational dialogue is a whisper and IGNORANCE WILL SUCCEED, and HATE is the result of Ignorance.
+1 # Patrick J Maloy 2011-01-12 08:38
His favorite books are Mein Kampf, and the Communist Manifesto by Marx. What are you thinking?
+49 # Marty Lee 2011-01-09 10:28
Sometimes I think Mr. Olbermann missed his calling. He should have been a preacher. And while I too lament and find regrettable this recent act of violence, I know that the NRA is preparing its own speech in response to it. This incident will surely be used as a pretext to further enhance security and the security industry.

Mr. Olbermann and the Pima County sheriff are right to see that this tragedy is not the lone act of one crazed individual but indicative of our political climate. Still, I am reminded of the fact that the most vile things men do are done well within the law. Our government will momentarily pause to condemn violence by privately owned fire arms and then return to business as usual and its own use of violence, to which it is so hopelessly addicted, against its political enemies abroad, noting duly that senseless violence and the threat thereof are the province of the State.
+53 # Carol Van STrum 2011-01-09 12:20
Thank you Marty Lee. So long as we spend trillions building weapons and killing machines, and training our young to murder and maim other humans, violence will rule our society. When we spend more on weapons than on education, spend more on bombs than on health care, spend more on surveillance than on feeding the poor -- we can can only expect Tucsons to become the norm.
+19 # rkraus6422 2011-01-09 14:00
Thank you Carol. Your comments reduce the entire complex problem down to a few well written sentences. Having lived in Arizona since 1969, I find it difficult to comprehend how completely this State has desended into the depths of bigotry and hatred. When I returned from Vietnam as a disabled veteran, I hoped that this nation had learned a lesson that cost more than 58,000 American lives. How wrong I was. The venom spread daily by those with an extremist agenda has managed to infect the entire political and social fabric of the country, and perhaps nowhere as thoroughly as in Arizona. We can only hope that the Tucson tragedy will awaken the senses of compassion and justice for all, principles on which this Nation was founded. Everyone should be able to tolerate those with opposing views without resorting to violence. Let us hope that will come to pass.
-1 # Jan 2011-01-15 14:22
So true and it is fascinating and disgusting how so many simply refuse to discuss the 800-pound gorilla in the room: Arizona's lack of health-care and frightening gun laws. If an illegal alien or a Mexican had shot Giffords, I guarantee Brewer and her ilk would be OUTRAGED and crying for more $$ from DC for border security. But Loughner is a white nut-job born and bred in Arizona.
+12 # Karlus 2011-01-09 13:44
...its a sad day in america. god bless rep. gabrielle gifford, and the rest who were shot by an arm of the greatest threat in our country.
+26 # Leilani H 2011-01-09 14:01
Just wrote this at
When a woman, who has given birth to children, speaks words that put pictures in the brain of violence and execution, she has violated all motherhood and violated life. With your words of putting Gabrielle Gifford in the "crosshairs", "reload and shoot", you have committed murder in your mind. You stop the production of hormones in the brain that have the ability to love, like a mother loves. This turns humanity back into barbarians.

Sarah, you are the symbol of regression of the human race, and when this is coupled with sexual appeal, you are programming people to be less than the animals.

This is not a contest where you can use every trick in the book to "Win" the pageant. It appears that you have no boundaries, and it is the first sign of being sexually abused as a child. You are programmable and mind controlled without boundaries of "right" and "wrong" in the brain. We are aware that Alaska has had the highest rate of incest in the country.

I am sorry for you and all those you hurt. God Bless Gabrielle Gifford and all those hurt to recover to a full-functionin g life.
-3 # DaveM 2011-01-09 14:38
The shooter in this case had obvious "psychological issues", or at least his online presence strongly suggests something of the sort. That said, I cannot help but wonder if he was on any medication, and if so, what? A large body of anecdotal evidence and a certain number of studies indicate that as many as 3% of those taking antidepressants of the SSRI class (Prozac, Luvox, Zoloft, Paxil, etc.) will have homicidal or suicidal impulses as the result of the drug.

That we have mainstream rhetoric seemingly tailored to the mindset of a madman is bad enough. But what if this guy, like any number of other mass shooters of recent decades, was full of a psychoactive drug intended to help him but which may well have programmed him to kill?

I blame no one but the man whose hand pulled the trigger in this matter. But I am deeply saddened--and frightened--tha t America has developed a climate seemingly tailored to push the proverbial "lone nut" from fantasy into terrible reality.
+1 # georgina l anderson 2011-01-09 15:41
Carole does indeed have it right with one caveat. Eduction in this country does not include civics anymore. Schools fail students and thus our population which clearly is not educated as to what our government stands for or its principles (eg, divided government, or balanced-not "fair and Balanced" by the way)
States all have their nuts, some of them in a political domain or political wannabees. The population does not have the skills to identify them and so they are believed and their words have credence. Sarah Palin is an example. Her crosshairs on chairs places blame very close to her
+6 # Ying Lee 2011-01-09 15:57
Thank you, Keith Oberman, the verbal attack on anyone who supports the people who are not part of the military-indust rial complex continues to be dangerous. Your commentary on the assassination attempt against Rep. Gifford is a message that we must hear repeatedly.
+2 # Leila Diab 2011-01-09 16:17
United we stand, divided we fall. What a superb message to all Americans. The pursuit of life, liberty and happiness, must be recaptured again in the American dream.
-46 # JH 2011-01-09 18:50
Capn and the rest of you - You are responsible for this. You blame the right but your hatred of Palin, Limbaugh et al is over the top. Olbermann is one of the biggest haters with all of his ranting and name calling every night. If any one is responsible then blame Obama. He's the one who claimed that "the republicans were the enemy." Now that is hate speech.
+19 # ER444 2011-01-10 06:12
JH. Where did Obama ever say "the Republicans are the enemy" ?? If you are going to use quotes please give your source. You are doing exactly what Limbaugh, Beck and Fox News is doing. You are making shit up. The cross hairs on Palin's web site were there for all to see!! The fact is the Republican propaganda machine is abusing our rights to free speech. They are substituting lies for truth, just like you JH. Sarah Palin is a dangerous, self serving, greedy, damagogue who does anything to keep her name in the press so that the offers to give $100,000 appearances keep rolling in. The saddest about all of this is how Obama and the rest of the spineless Democrats have caved in to the Republican "machine" and haven't showed the balls to stand up and do what an overwhelming majority of Americans voted them in for in 2008. Now the majority has been wasted and the radical right is ready to pounce to undo the few things that the Dems managed to get through congress despite the screaming and wrenching of the party of no. A sad situation indeed. Pitiful in fact.
+3 # Daniel Fletcher 2011-01-10 23:54
Quoting JH:
Capn and the rest of you - You are responsible for this. You blame the right but your hatred of Palin, Limbaugh et al is over the top. Olbermann is one of the biggest haters with all of his ranting and name calling every night. If any one is responsible then blame Obama. He's the one who claimed that "the republicans were the enemy." Now that is hate speech.

Well the comment that "the republicans were the enemy" is actually true. Hate speech? Do you really think so? How is this hate speech? I hate injustice. I hate, oh, say, rape. I hate thievery, fraud, the wealthy not paying their share, being preyed upon by the financial industry, and I hate mafia style capitalism. Is this hate speech? I hate torture. I hate war crimes, I hate treason. I hate being lied into a war. I hate that our drones kill 50 innocent for every 1 guilty (allegedly). I hate hate. I hate all things that are hateful.

Let's get real about hate speech. The Rethugliecons do it best and yes, I hate them surely as much as they hate me, but I can assure you that the reasons are so incredibly different! Does this matter?
-2 # Patrick J Maloy 2011-01-12 08:44
A clear voice that I can agree with about where and who is spreading the vitriol of hate and intolerance. thank you and God Bless America where freedom to speak thruth and lie allows the individual to sort it out. Arm yourselves with truth, protect yourselves with your voices.
0 # Jan 2011-01-15 14:27
Your comment exemplifies the ignorance and refusal to see the truth for which the Right Wing has become so notorious. Give me a break. Keith Olbermann is intelligent, educated, conscientious, well-read, and articulate. Obama is all that and then some. Palin and Limbaugh are cretins by comparison.
+7 # leigh 2011-01-09 20:14
It seems to me that Americans are falling into the "tribal mentality" that is prominent in the middle east and other countries that are steeped in on-going violence. The extreme right wing conservatives in the media and the government are not much different than those Muslim extremists that plague the world. Hatred in any form only leads to more hatred and violence. Have we not learned anything from our world history? Let's rise up above our animalistic instincts and show our children how we are better than this.
+9 # angelfish 2011-01-09 21:10
The gunman is a Lunatic. It matters not what political Party he supports, however, the inflammatory rhetoric used by so many of the Hard Right Wing of the Republican party, in all probability, incited him to violence. He IS smart enough, however, to declare his 5th Amendment rights and stop cooperating with the investigation. If ever there was a wake-up call to ALL Politicians, THIS event should be the one that moves you ALL to work together for the benefit of ALL Americans. Demonizing one another doesn't work and keeps you from the productivity this Country so desperately needs. Work out your differences and get back to work rebuilding our Country. Tone down your rhetoric and find the common ground on which you can build. Our future requires accountability, our success demands it and our Nation is owed it!
+4 # Rita Walpole Ague 2011-01-09 22:46
Oh boy, more villianaire rulers' clampdown on we the sheeple than ever before is coming following this Arizona slaughter. Google: Colorado Springs Gazette, Jan. 6, 2011, "Protesters denounce trespass arrests as attack on free speech."

Like Elizabeth Fineron, the sixty-five year old, fully disabled former nun who was tripped and dragged by a cop during the 2007 St. Patrick's Day Parade until she was bloody and raw (Google: Colorado Springs Independent, Jan. 21, 2010, "No Peace or Justice"), former Presbyterian pastor Ted Nace is a dedicated, fully disabled 85 year old man who is quite hard of hearing and always walks with a walker.

For some time, many of us here in Colorado Springs who advocate for peace and liberty and justice for all have come to consider this super fusion center of the country a test site for govt. operatives to see how far they can go in ordering local authorities to suppress civil rights. And now, this tragedy in Arizona will most likely be used to throw our loss of rights even farther down the drain, under the guise of preventing more of the same. God, what a mess!
+1 # judith berrr 2011-01-10 08:43
I agree with everything Keith has said. We need to remember, too, that no matter how many times we point fingers at others, three come back at us. I'm not a Sarah Palin supporter but like Keith said there are many others that have talked about taking up arms. In my lifetime and it's been a long one, the pendulum swings back and forth on this "right to bare arms." It is a mindset, and yet, there are too many folks out there that don't no which way to point a gun.

How can a country such as ours have that mentality in the first place?
-1 # Frosty Troy 2011-01-10 09:06
Amen Brother Keith. Amen
+7 # rosetta 2011-01-10 09:44

That was one of the most impressive speeches I have ever heard. I did not know anyone had the nerve to speak the truth. I have been watching the awful speeches and wondering when someone would go out and do just what happened. Thank you Keith for speaking the truth. We can only pray that the world hears your words and heeds them.

Thank you for your bravery.
-20 # fra1gil 2011-01-10 11:45
Back up a minute. Sarah Palin scrubbed her website and took a second look at her leadership role. No longer a "Rogue" she now leads a political party and is responsible for its actions. She represents a legion of people who are not being heard. To remove her from political life would be to leave a group that needs a leader, albeit a new and improved one.
-7 # WikiMax 2011-01-10 12:54
@ ER444:

Lee Harvey Oswald .. communist left winger, visited Moscow prior to assassinating Kennedy, Ted Kaczynski, unabomber ... left wing radical enviornmentalis t tree hugger ... Sirhan Sirhan kills Robert Kennedy because of his support of Israel ... Bill Ayers , left wing radical of the weather underground a spin off of the SDS 1969 .. and the list goes on and on and on ...
-2 # Loren 2011-01-11 14:51
Quoting WikiMax:
@ ER444:
... Ted Kaczynski, unabomber ... left wing radical enviornmentalist tree hugger ...

Ted Kaczynski's "manifesto" clearly spelled out his contempt for "leftists" in general and the beliefs held by those on left end of the political spectrum.
0 # Lestrad 2011-01-14 03:28
Quoting WikiMax:
@ ER444:

Lee Harvey Oswald .. communist left winger, visited Moscow prior to assassinating Kennedy, Ted Kaczynski, unabomber ... left wing radical enviornmentalist tree hugger ... Sirhan Sirhan kills Robert Kennedy because of his support of Israel ... Bill Ayers , left wing radical of the weather underground a spin off of the SDS 1969 .. and the list goes on and on and on ...

Keep reading off your list and tell us where you got it. If you believe Kennedy was shot by Oswald you're a patsy yourself. Get wise and learn who's really behind it, or else admit you're working for them.

I'll be glad point you to some reading.
0 # Jim Cremin 2011-01-10 15:59
Thank you Keith. If we could just all be accepting humans and not violent, life would be fine. As one of the letters mentioned, we are a nation of continual war. So we reap what we sew!
0 # Bob Harrison 2011-01-10 19:17
Keith really says it all and very well indeed. President Obama should get on TV immediately and say the same things and do it like he means it with compassion and integrity. Every member of congress and every member of the administration is at risk for the same lunacy and they will remain at risk until they do something serious to correct the problem Fox news, Glen Beck, Limbaugh, ignorant Palin and news casters should stop this insanity. Thanks Keith for saying what needs to be said.
-1 # Susan 2011-01-11 01:03
Outstanding editorial, Keith Olbermann, timely and hard hitting. Is there no politician in today's arena with some moral backbone? I have waited in vain for the leader of the Democratic party and president of this country to speak out against the murderous and illegal calls from high ranking politicians for the assasination of Julian Assange, a piece of this tragic and heart breaking situation that no one has addressed.
-3 # STEVEN WAYNE 2011-01-11 15:43
this is my opinion,, that we war not against flesh and blood, but against the devil and evil, i am praying for all who were hurt and the families of those who were killed, that GOD helps them

i am not saying that GOD had anything personally to do with what went on in arizona, but this i am concerned about, that in furture, since they have kicked GOD out of schools and families etc.., that GOD might just pull His protection from us, and we both know, this, it is only by GODS mercy and grace, that keeps satan from killing all of us, and as the preachers of old used to say, that if GOD does not destroy america, then GOD will have to appoligize to sodom and gomrah, i understand what the preachers are saying, even tho the GOD of abraham, isaac and jacob (israel), He dont have to appoligize to no-one. i still see there point, that in the last days people will call evil things good, and good things evil, and the love of most will(has) grow cold

for sure we are in the last of the last days, but there still is hope
have a good one
-7 # STEVEN WAYNE 2011-01-11 15:44
as i get ready for bed, i do think palin, cooper, fox, cnn, msnbc etc....... all are in the wrong,, but this i am reminded of before bed,, i will lay down and sleep, and when and if i awake, its only because the LORD sustains me, i will live another day, only because the LORD will allow me and everyone else who does not die tonight, to awake in the morning, and only He knows for sure and JESUS has the Last Word, here i go preaching again, sorry, i know you know all this also
talk to you on tuessday, the LORD willing
-6 # STEVEN WAYNE 2011-01-11 15:46
-4 # Patrick J Maloy 2011-01-12 08:35
He has a right to his opinion, but it really demonstrates the mentality of those who erode the rights and freedoms of the American people. He spews the venimous poison used to slience those who have a right to voice thier opinion. We have a crazy, demented mind doing harm to our citizens and I speak of Mr. Olberman. He is politicising a work of evil and horror. I know who not to listen to about anything worth while.
+1 # jon144 2011-01-12 10:14
According to the Concise OED (abbreviated to fit comment length):

rogue, n.
2.d rogue and villain.
3.3 One who is of a mischievous disposition.
4.4 Hort. An inferior plant among seedlings.
5. An elephant driven away, or living apart, from the herd, and of a savage or destructive disposition.
b.5.b Any large wild animal of a similar character.
6.6 A horse which is inclined to shirk its work on the race-course or in the hunting field. rogue's badge, a hood or blinkers put on a race-horse of this description.
7.7 An inexplicably aberrant result or phenomenon
b.7.b Something that is inexplicably faulty or defective.
c.7.c That which lacks appropriate control; something which is irresponsible or undisciplined.
8.8 rogue-sapling, a sapling of an inferior kind.
   For rogue elephant, etc., see 5 and 5 b.
9.9 Special combs. with genitive, as rogue's badge: see sense 6; rogue's gallery, a collection of the portraits of criminals; also transf. and fig.; rogue's gilliflower, the rocket (Hesperis matronalis); rogue's Latin, thieves' Latin (cf. Latin B. 1 c); rogue's march, tattoo, walk, yarn (see quots.).
Added 2005:
▸ rogue state n. a state perceived to be flouting international law and threatening the security of other nations.
-3 # aviator 2011-01-12 16:14
Keith who? How convenient the left/libs forget their use of "TARGET", "TARGETED", "TARGETING" when discussing strategy against their opponents, certain districts and states during the last two major elections!
-1 # Lestrad 2011-01-14 03:30
And that makes it right?
-2 # Alan Gaddis 2011-01-17 11:10
Keith's commentary is dead on. (right on?) See how easy? Reading the follow-up comments, I see a continuation of the attitude that "mine is the only way" as opposed to people employing civil discussion that leads to compromise, mutual respect, and tolerance. In the years that I've been watching MSNBC's "Countdown" and the "Rachel Maddow Show," I've seen both hosts become animated in expressing their opinions without (excepting Keith's confessed error in judgement) any hints of violence. I am intelligent enough to recognize the difference between hyperbole and incitement; between fact and opinion; between truth and falsehood. With minor exceptions, Keith and his guests provide fair and balanced reporting and observations. Should anger be directed at me for my opinions? Not really. Should I insult someone whose opinion differs from mine. NO. Should we both support our positions with facts? Yes! Should we depart from each other with mutual respect. Certainly!
Keep up your good work, Keith Olberman!