The Washington Times - November 9, 2009, 02:47PM

The country continues to mourn the deaths of 13 people and pray for the 29 wounded in the shooting at Fort Hood last week.  The AP is reporting Monday that accused killer Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan is awake and talking in the hospital

“…it’s unknown when investigators might take advantage of his improving health to press forward with their probe into the shooting spree.”

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The AP story continues:

“Authorities say Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan fired off more than 100 rounds Thursday at a soldier processing center before civilian police shot him in the torso. He was taken into custody and eventually moved to an Army hospital in San Antonio, where he was in stable condition and able to talk, said Dewey Mitchell, a Brooke Army Medical Center spokesman.

“Authorities continue to refer to Hasan, 39, as the only suspect in the shootings, but they won’t say when charges would be filed and have said they have not determined a motive.”

Widely reported during the weekend, Hasan once attended the same Falls Church mosque as two 9/11 hijackers. The mosque was led by an extremist imam named Anwar al Awlaki, who praised Hasan on his personal Web page as a hero for the Fort Hood shootings.  Awlaki, an American, now lives in Yemen.

Texas bloggers comment:

Pondering Penguin: Ways to help victims and victim’s families.

“Soldiers’ Angels is collecting notes of support and NEW stuffed animals for the families and children of the injured or killed. Send cards/letters and stuffed animals (anything NEW that may brighten the life of a child)…”

Millard Fillmore’s Bathtub: Flags at half-staff.

“Flag etiquette reminder: When flown at half-staff, the U.S. flag should be raised quickly to full staff, then lowered slowly to half-staff.”

PrairiePundit: Obama’s unflattering Fort Hood response detested by Democrats and Republicans.

“I watched the statement and was surprised how awkward it was. At first I thought the media had been mislead about what to expect and by the time he got around to the subject he did not look very presidential. I suspect that scene is going to be replayed by his opponents.”

Gold-Plated Witch on Wheels: Bush demonstrates how a real Commander in Chief acts, not Obama.

“Where was Obama? Too busy shilling for Obamacare. Glad to know his priorities.”

Libertarian Republican: Libertarian group calls for apology from Obama insulting and inappropriate remarks after Fort Hood.

“Mr. Obama’s behavior was entirely inappropriate, and deplorable. He showed that he is eerily detached from events that do not directly involve his own personal ambitions and chillingly disinterested in the feelings of those he is supposed to represent.

“One year ago, good and decent Americans entrusted this President with their health and welfare, their very lives and limbs. And he has now demonstrated that they cannot even trust him to share and convey their innermost feelings in their times of deepest need.”

First Door on the Left: Watch the President’s White House address on Fort Hood shootings.

PrairiePundit: Hasan gets ready for virgins with strippers.

“He appears to be a psychologist with a virgin-whore complex.”

PrairiePundit: Alleged eye-witness account to Fort Hood shooting.

PrairiePundit: Details on weapon used by Fort Hood shooter.

PrairiePundit: Hasan spent $1,000 at Guns Galore before shooting.

The Whited Sepulchre: Foreign media upstages domestic coverage on Fort Hood.

“Thank God for the Brits. Why do I spend more and more time reading British and Australian accounts of our political events?”

PrairiePundit: Hasan’s weirdness went un-reproted for fear of being called a Islamaphobe.

“Even one of his fellow Muslims said, “There is something wrong with you.” Yet (no) one was willing to talk with his chain of command and it is probable that if they had, they would have been the ones under suspicion. Political correctness and diversity can do that to an organization like the Army.”

Gold-Plated Witch on Wheels: Fort Hood shooting and radical Islam.

“I’m not advocating that we fingerprint all Muslims or round them up and put them in concentration camps, but it seems like Hasan’s weird and creepy behavior was noted repeatedly by colleagues and supervisors, yet no one did anything to stop him. Was there simply no way to do more than “watch” Hasan before he decided to kill other soldiers?”

Social Seppuku:

“I am so sorry (that) the Fort Hood murders
were done by a Muslim.”

PrairiePundit: Deaths by Diversity?

“To use a crude analogy, not all pit bulls are killers, but it is sometimes hard to identify the ones who are. Until you know the difference, it is wise to be wary of those showing aggressive tendencies.”

PrairiePundit: Stunned Muslims.

PrariePundit: Sgt. Munley used a Beretta 9 mm to bring down shooter.

Political Teen Tidbits: Do you know this Dixie Chicks song?

“The girl who is mourning the dead soldier (from the Vietnam War) is mourning alone under the stands at a HS football game, and no one even knows that she knew him, that she fell in love with him.

“President Obama and everyone else has sent their sympathies to the families of all of the people who were killed yesterday here in Texas, but I wonder if there’s anyone else mourning who is just crying by themselves under the stands.”