Shooter Planned Assassination, Compared Abortion to Terrorism

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The New York Times has some details from the federal complaint filed against Jared Lee Loughner, showing clear evidence of premeditation.

In a search of Mr. Loughner’s home, authorities found a note in a safe with a handwritten note saying, “I planned ahead,” “My assassination,” and “Giffords,” as well as what appears to be Mr. Loughner’s signature. Investigators also found a note, dated Aug. 30, 2007,  addressed to “Mr. Jared Loughney” from Ms. Giffords’s office thanking him for attending a “Congress in Your Corner” event in Tucson.

The complaint also details how Judge Roll came to be at the event. He received a call about it on Friday, and he came to speak to Ms. Giffords about the volume of cases at his federal district court — bearing out the hypothesis offered by his colleague, Judge Alex Kozinski, to The Times’s John Schwartz.

Meanwhile, as right wing blogs work themselves up into a perfect frenzy of denial, spewing crazed accusations that Loughner was a “leftist,” here’s what we know about his “ideology,” such as it was: he was anti-immigrant, anti-government, and obsessed with currency and the gold standard, a pretty clear indication that he was aligned with the extreme Ron Paul libertarian right wing, far more than with any leftist cause.

And then, there’s this:

Don Coorough, 58, who sat two desks in front of Mr. Loughner in a poetry class last semester, described him as a “troubled young man” and “emotionally underdeveloped.” After another student read a poem about getting an abortion, Mr. Loughner compared the young woman to a “terrorist for killing the baby.”

UPDATE at 1/9/11 1:48:17 pm:

Sarah Palin aide Rebeccas Mansour said yesterday that those gunsights on Sarah Palin’s enemies map weren’t gunsights. They were surveyor’s symbols.

I can’t even make fun of this. It’s just sickening.

UPDATE at 1/9/11 2:35:45 pm:

Unfortunately for Sarah Palin, the Internet never forgets:

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