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Wednesday Evening Open Thread - Tuscon Twofer Edition

  • Posted on: 25 May 2011
  • By: Open Thread

I've heard of "Home on the Range" but this has gotta be a major factor for calling Tuscon "Home of the Crazy." First up: the competency hearing of Jared Lee Loughner. Spoiler alert! - he's incompetent to stand trial:

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Loughner found incompetent to stand trial

Jared Lee Loughner’s "major mental illness" leaves him so delusional and psychotic that he is incompetent to stand trial, a federal judge ruled today.

U.S. District Court Judge Larry A. Burns viewed hours of videotape of Loughner, he said, and agreed with the conclusion of the psychiatrist and psychologist who evaluated him: Loughner can't understand the court proceedings or help his lawyers.

"The defendant was generally unable to provide rational and coherent thoughts," Burns said.

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Burns ordered that new evaluations of Loughner be prepared by Aug. 31. He tentatively set a hearing for Sept. 21 but said it may not go forward if the evaluators find he continues to be incompetent.

A defendant can continue to undergo treatment and evaluation for months and even years as officials try to bring him to a level of competency that would allow him to stand trial.

Contact reporter Tim Steller at tsteller@azstarnet.com or at 807-8427.

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Hat-tip to amytrine of Pulling to the Left, a Delphi Forum

Who's surprised by the finding?

And the number two crazy Tuscon tidbit?

There are those who are proposing that the entire shooting was a hoax:

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Tucson Shooting Conspiracy Theories Upset Victims

On fringe sites around the web, a new conspiracy theory is being cultivated: the Jan. 8 shootings in Tucson, Arizona that took the lives of six and wounded 13 others, including Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-Ariz.), never actually took place.

According to the New York Times, believers of the theory, peddled primarily by conspiracy enthusiast Ed Chiarini, claim that the solemn day's events were all part of an elaborate government hoax carried out by Tucson-area actors.

[...More at HuffPo...]

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Hat-tip to lordrag of Pulling to the Left, a Delphi Forum

If you happen to be travelling to or through Tuscon any time in the near future, it may be a good idea to not drink the water. And remember: that same water's used to make their deliriously unique brand of tea.

If you've got anything to add, do it below the fold. This is an Open Thread.

 

 

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  • Posted on: 17 January 2009
  • By: GreyHawk

Crossposted to DailyKos.

"What's in a name" might well be answered in the phrase "a picture is worth a thousand words" -- evidence of a vast left-wing conspiracy to control the blogosphere, the internet, US politics and even the WORLD has now crept out of the shadowy depths and into the light...

Yes, that's right -- the Great Orange Satan has finally tipped its hand. Er, claw. Whatever.

No, really. And I'm sure the reich- right-wing pundits will be all over this as evidence of a nefarious, insidious conspiracy any time now.

~pause~

...any time now...

Oklahoma State Rep. Sally Kern's Anti-Gay Rant

  • Posted on: 10 March 2008
  • By: GreyHawk

On March 7, 2008, a jawdroppingly vile screed against gays by Oklahoma House of Representatives member Sally Kern.

It was pointed out to me by peskydang of Delphiforums, who found it on Crooks and Liars, who found it at Pam's House Blend. Kossack jmbranum wrote it up yesterday, here -- it's still rec'able. Please bump it up. I'm going to post the video (really just the audio, but with a video someone added to it) below the fold.