by Hilton Hater at

The first photos of Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, taken about five months after she was tragically shot in the head, have emerged on Facebook.

The images depict a a woman in recovery, smiling and with short, dark hair. They were taken by a professional photographer on May 17 at TIRR Memorial Hermann Hospital, a day before Giffords under a cranioplasty.

Gabrielle Giffords Facebook Photo

The picture above was not altered or edited, according to her staff, who said it shows "Gabby has traveled a remarkable distance since Jan. 8."

“This was Mark and Gabby’s decision,” said spokesman CJ Karamargin of the pictures' release. “There is intense interest in the Congresswoman’s appearance and on the threshold of her going to outpatient treatment, we thought this was a good way to satisfy public curiosity.”

Giffords is expected to leave the hospital this month.

The man accused of opening fire on her and her constituents in Arizona has been deemed mentally incompetent.

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by Free Britney at

It turns out that Sarah Palin's controversial list of "targets" in the 2010 elections, which included U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords of Arizona, is still on Facebook.

Giffords was shot over the weekend and is in critical condition.

No one thinks Palin was responsible or even indirectly to blame for the act of lunacy committed by Jared Loughner, but she been getting flack for her fiery rhetoric and apparent gun imagery in the wake of the shooting. Her response?

Sarah's Targets

A Palin staffer defended the above graphic, saying, "We never ever, ever intended it to be gun sights ... It was simply crosshairs like you'd see on maps."

Riiiight. Maybe we've been watching too much Sarah Palin's Alaska, but somehow we weren't thinking about cartography when we saw this. Or when she Tweeted at "Commonsense Conservatives & lovers of America [to] RELOAD!"

How about you? When you think of crosshairs, you think of ...

 

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