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01.11.11 Open Thread

For all of of us open thread aficionados, here’s tonight’s, squeezed between two very hot posts …

… by Reverend Amy and Mssr. Johnson, the bad-boy, brilliant writer of irony and satire.

Tonight, I’d like to point you to David Brook’s op-ed on the Tucson shootings in The New York Times: “The Politicized Mind.” Yes, well, it IS David Brooks. However, he sometimes makes very astute, insightful remarks, and this is such a case.

Brooks’ op-ed would suffer if I tried to quote from it. It has to be read in full. And I encourage you to do so. But here’s the beginning of “The Politicized Mind“:

Before he allegedly went off on his shooting rampage in Tucson, Jared Loughner listed some of his favorite books on his YouTube page. These included: “Animal Farm,” “Brave New World,” “Alice in Wonderland,” “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest,” “Through the Looking Glass” and “The Communist Manifesto.” Many of these books share a common theme: individuals trying to control their own thoughts and government or some other force trying to take that control away.

Loughner also made a series of videos. These, too, suggest that he was struggling to control his own mind. Just before his killing spree, Loughner made one called “My Final Thoughts.” In it he writes about different levels of consciousness and dreaming. He tries to build a rigid structure to organize his thinking. He uses the word “currency” as a metaphor for an inner language to make sense of the world.

“You create and distribute your new currency, listener?” the video asks. “You don’t allow the government to control your grammar structure, listener?”

All of this evidence, which is easily accessible on the Internet, points to the possibility that Loughner may be suffering from a mental illness like schizophrenia. The vast majority of schizophrenics are not violent, and those that receive treatment are not violent. But as Dr. E. Fuller Torrey, a research psychiatrist, writes in his book, “The Insanity Offense,” about 1 percent of the seriously mentally ill (or about 40,000 individuals) are violent. They account for about half the rampage murders in the United States.

Other themes from Loughner’s life fit the rampage-killer profile. He saw himself in world historical terms. He appeared to have a poor sense of his own illness (part of a condition known as anosognosia). He had increasingly frequent run-ins with the police. In short, the evidence before us suggests that Loughner was locked in a world far removed from politics as we normally understand it.

Yet the early coverage and commentary of the Tucson massacre suppressed this evidence. The coverage and commentary shifted to an entirely different explanation: Loughner unleashed his rampage because he was incited by the violent rhetoric of the Tea Party, the anti-immigrant movement and Sarah Palin. …[AND HERE, BROOKS REALLY TAKES OFF]

  • oowawa

    I think maybe people get him confused with Jon Stewart, who has a similar POV, but is both funny and smart . . .

  • oowawa

    Hmmmm . . . and it happened in Arizona . . . wonder if that there Arizona law had something to do with it . . .

  • oowawa
  • stodghie

    kanjorski  barf bags for all please! these nitwits make me ill.

  • Samb

    I don’t understand why anyone thinks he is funny?  
    I just don’t get it.
    *DONT_KNOW*
     

  • getfitnow

    Ticked long before that.

  • Samb

    I don’t understand why anyone thinks he is funny?
    I just don’t get it.
    *DONT_KNOW*

  • getfitnow
  • getfitnow

    Ricky’s daughter(I think her name is Kris or Kristine) is an actress.

  • Breeze

    Incident Reports Related to Alleged
    Arizona Shooter Jared
    Loughner Released By Sheriff

    Fox News,
    by Staff   

    Original Article

    1/12/2011

    The Pima County Sheriff’s Department released reports on Wednesday detailing contact with Arizona gunman Jared Loughner prior to Saturday’s shooting. The reports, which date back to 2004, detail all personal contact Pima County deputies had with Loughner beginning on Sept. 23, 2004, when he was the victim of a reported assault. Loughner was later arrested as a juvenile for possession of alcohol on May 15, 2006, according to a police report.

    (Snip) On Sept. 10, 2007, Loughner was cited for possession of drug paraphernalia after he told an officer a marijuana pipe found in his pocket was his following a…..

  • getfitnow

    Sheriff Dupnik could not be reached for comment.

  • Breeze

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    FROM HILLBUZZ:

    Someone upthread has already mentioned Sarah’s preemptive timing for her statement today.

    Here’s Moe Lane laughing all over himself:

    http://www.redstate.com/moe_lane/2011/01/12/obamas-tucson-speech-preempted-by-that-woman/

  • Breeze

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    FROM HILLBUZZ:

    truth Says:
    Veterans demand an apology from Lopez. Good article.

    “What caused you to even think that this person was associated in any way with the military?

    He had a gun?

    He was male?

    He was WHITE?”

    http://bigjournalism.com/mrwolf/2011/01/09/veterans-demand-an-apology-from-arizona-rep-linda-lopez/

  • Breeze

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    FROM HILLBUZZ:

    Juliette Says:
    January 12, 2011

    Last night (Tuesday) I suffered through Bill Mahur on the Jay Leno Show. He completely bombed. All at his attemps at jokes were received with deafening silence. Of course he like all the rest of the insane left, tried desparately to exploit the tradgedy in AZ. He held only Fox news, and conservatives and Tea Partiers responsible, althought the shooter was, like Bill Mahur, a Godless liberal loon.

    For a California audience to be so unresponsive to Maher really tells me something- the left is a dead stinking corpse. I though he was going to be booed off the stage. What a pathetic looser, self loeathing middle aged white man with no sence of self. He is a vile misogynist with a vacuos sole.

    He went on Leno to kick off his new season. I guessing this one will be the last.

  • Breeze

    The lesson of Tucson: Glock sales soar
    nationwide after Arizona massacre

    Daily Mail [UK],
    by David Gardner   

    Original Article

    1/12/2011

    Sales of the semi-automatic pistol used in the Tucson massacre have shot up in the days since the shooting. Instead of hurting sales of the Glock, gun stores across America have reported a roaring trade for the Austrian-made weapon that retails for about $499.

  • Breeze

    Bill Maher Heckled by
    ‘Tonight Show’ Crowd for
    Saying Conservatives Want
    to Kill People They Disagree With

     
    Newsbusters,
    by Noel Sheppard   

    Original Article

    1/12/2011

    Comedian Bill Maher had a tough evening on the “Tonight Show” Tuesday. As he spewed his typical vitriol at conservatives and Republicans, he continued to get negative feedback from the audience.

    (Video follows with transcript and commentary)

  • Breeze

    Arizona shooting: police stopped
    suspect hours before rampage

    Telegraph [UK],
    by Jon Swaine   

    Original Article

    1/12/2011

    Colleagues said the officer was now suffering “mental anguish” after failing to prevent the killing spree later on Saturday morning.

    Details of the moment when Mr Loughner, 22, might have been apprehended before killing six and wounding 13, came to light as families in Tucson prepared to hold funerals for the victims. Mr Loughner’s home was also visited several times by police officers in recent times after calls were made to the local sheriff’s office by a member of his family. Investigators said yesterday that Mr Loughner had stayed in a motel, rather than at home, the night before…..

  • Breeze

    Rhetoric and
    Perceived Status

    National Review Magazine,
    by Victor Davis Hanson   

    Original Article

    1/12/2011

    The Left in the last 48 hours has tried to make the argument that the Tucson shootings were the result of Tea Party angst, health-care furor, talk radio, opposition to illegal immigration — almost any contemporary hot-button hoi polloi issue or any populist forum. And the more the public refuses to buy any of it, instead seeing Tucson as a madman’s evil attack on the innocent and noble, the more the liberal media seems weirdly intent on promulgating its absurd….. narrative.

  • Breeze

    Website alleges that
    Jared Loughner frequented
    UFO and conspiracy forum

    Tuscon Citizen [AZ],
    by Cherlyn Gardner Strong   

    Original Article

    1/12/2011

    The Washington Post reports that Jared Loughner, the man accused in the shooting massacre in Tucson on Saturday, may have posted on the UFO and conspiracy website, Abovestopsecret.com (aka, ATS).

  • Breeze

    A Tea Party soldier?
    Yeah, right

     
    Boston Herald,
    by Howie Carr   

    Original Article

    1/12/2011

    Jared Loughner is a basement boy, a live-at-home loser. This is what’s killed the limousine liberals’ desperate attempts to paint this guy as anything other than what he is, which is a nobody. It’s impossible to build a proper conspiracy theory around Beavis and Butt-head. Everybody knows some loser kid who’s never left home. Of course, they’re not homicidal, but they’re also not involved in any conspiracies either, except maybe to get high. There’s a Jared Loughner on every block in America.

  • Breeze

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    FROM THE COMMENTS:

    BO thinks
    1) professor dumbdumbe from Harvard was in the right
    2) that Michael Vick is the greatest quarterback
    3) that the Pres of Iran will give into US pressure
    4) that the British are still our enemy
    5) that the French like him
    6) that Van Jones is a good guy
    7) that he is a good golfer and basketball player
    8) the tooth fairy
    9) and the Easter bunny