Tucson Massacre Updates

A few new bits of information mainly from CNN:

  • Giffords is able to respond to “simple commands” which causes “cautious optimism” among the Neurosurgeons.
  • Giffords is the only person remaining of the wounded to remain in critical condition. Three are in serious condition, six fair, one released.
  • The “Suspected Suspect of Suspicion” … the second person of interest … has been identified and ruled out. He was just some guy. Conspiracy theories in three … two … one ….
  • Official charges have been made against Loughner. PDF
  • Papers or an envelopewith the words “I planned ahead,” “My assassination,” and “Giffords” have been found in Loughner’s home.

Comments

  1. #1 D. C. Sessions
    January 9, 2011

    It’s going to be very, very interesting to see how Loughner’s pretrial psych eval turns out. I wouldn’t bet on him being found sane enough to stand trial based on what I’ve seen so far.

    PS: Tucson — It’s Arizona, not Italy.

  2. #2 D. C. Sessions
    January 9, 2011

    It’s going to be very, very interesting to see how Loughner’s pretrial psych eval turns out. I wouldn’t bet on him being found sane enough to stand trial based on what I’ve seen so far.

    PS: Tucson — It’s Arizona, not Italy.

  3. #3 megan
    January 9, 2011

    This proves the dangers of increasing public discourse language invoking violence to opponents, because the moral and ethical validity of your stances cannot sway on their own, will incite those with no self control. The very fact this guy is seemingly mentally unbalanced and partly schizophrenic just allows the wingnuts to back out of being to blame for anything. The Mata Hari like ‘family/momma’ figures being encouraged by mega conservative media to push violent and savage behavior as justified is the most insidiously disgusting thing of this far rightwing movement. I suppose regardless of touting conservative Christian ‘Fore Fathers’, the true mantra pagan worship should be ‘Das Mutterland’ pushed by mothers.

  4. #4 Athena
    January 9, 2011

    Apparently the second suspect was merely the cabdriver who brought Loughner to the grocery store. That’s easy enough to verify.

  5. #5 mrcreosote
    January 9, 2011
  6. #6 Greg Laden
    January 9, 2011

    What’s the symbol for “Denialism”?

  7. #7 jmr
    January 10, 2011

    I’d like to propose that the symbol for any sort of denialism would be a twist on the classic “see no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil” monkeys, with the “speak no evil” monkey babbling away. I do not have sufficient photoshop skills for this task, but I’m sure someone will come along and remedy that. :)

    Oh, and “Hello”, by the way. I started reading some of the ScienceBlogs a few months ago when I reentered school, and now I’m hooked. Thanks for all of the great info and funny, intelligent comments.

  8. #8 gwen
    January 10, 2011

    She has a single hemisphere wound, that did not hit any critical areas of the brain. She is VERY lucky. That will decrease the amount of disability she will have as opposed to an injury across both hemispheres.

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