Local news blogging: Nation mourns after Fort Hood tragedy

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An attack by a U.S. Officer at the Fort Hood Military Base Thursday killed 13 people, 12 of them soldiers, and injured 28 others.  Friday, the nation and its leaders mourn the loss of the victims in the largest attack of its kind at a U.S. military base. The suspected gunman, Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan, is in a local hospital in critcle but stable condition after receiving several gunshot wounds.

Texas Bloggers offer vital information on how to help victims, report news, and provide commentary:

Burnt Orange Report: List of places to give blood in Texas to support Fort Hood victims.

PoliTex: U.S. House to honor Fort Hood soldiers.

“U.S. Rep. Chet Edwards, D-Waco, will ask the U.S. House today to pass a resolution honoring Fort Hood soldiers and their families, after Thursday’s deadly shooting.”

Trail Blazers Blog: U.S. Leaders react to Fort Hood attack.

Millard Fillmore’s Bathtub: Texas flags at half-staff today; statement from Gov. Rick Perry.

Lone Star Times: Obama praises conference, dishes shout-outs in speech before commenting on massacre.

Pondering Penguin: Senseless terror at Fort Hood.

“This was an act of terror. While he was trained to help soldiers coping with post-traumatic stress syndrom, he was never deployed overseas himself. He didn’t suffer from that himself. This is not an excuse for him to use.”

PrairiePundit: Houston Chronicle coverage off-base.

“I think the [Houston] Chronicle is being disingenuously naive. While not all Muslims are made weird by their religion this guy clearly appears to have acted on his religious beliefs.

My Reluctant Pro-Life Journey: Soldiers using twitter offer unique perspective during attack.

“It’s also fascinating to read tweets from where a story is occuring. I was reading lots of tweets from people in Fort Hood who were on lock down. Many didn’t know where their husbands were and were scared. It was a way for us to comfort those people and let them know we were praying for them. I really like that about twitter. It may be the best thing about it.”

The Ellis County Observer: ABC coverage “disgusting.”

“Disgusting journalists claimed on TV today (from the ABC network) Maj. Malik Nadal Hasan, the lunatic Muslim who killed several soldiers and wounded others in Fort Hood today, was “a common American name.”

The Rag Blog: Dahr Jamail: Ft. Hood shootings reflect problems in U.S. Military.

PrairiePundit: Accused Fort Hood killer not dead, yet.

“Fortunately, Texas does have a robust death penalty that would probably come into play in any trial of this guy if he survives his wounds. I suspect that his defense may be that his religion made him crazy.”

The White Sepulchre: Sara Island, Goodfellas, Fort Hood, and Gun Control.

“This is an incredibly sad day, and I don’t want to cheapen the tragedy by making a cheap anti-gun control point, but lord have mercy, how can someone go onto a U.S. military base and kill that many soldiers before people start shooting back?”

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