IT WAS TO BE PREDICTED
First of all, the Tundra Tabloids is not, nor ever has been a supporter of Ron Paul, nor of his wacky foriegn -and in part- domestic policies. The TT finds his views concerning American responsibility for the attack on 9/11, whether it’s by “Trutherism” or failed US foreign policies”, both disgusting and irresponsible.
That said, Charles Johnson’s predictable lunge at the throat of the Ron Paul movement, concerning the attack on the Pentagon by John Patrick Bedell, is both disgusting and irresponsible as well. The Tundra Tabloids posted about it when the news broke, saying that from the initial reports, it sounds like a Left-wing nut job. The TT was right.
LGF: The Pentagon Shooter’s Extreme Right-Libertarian Beliefs
Fri, Mar 5, 2010 at 2:21:06 pm PST
Charles Johnson : “How about the fact that Bedell was angry about anti-marijuana laws? Well, guess who else wants to legalize pot? Yep. Ron Paul.
And let’s deal with one more excuse that’s circulating among those who are desperate to assign Bedell to the “left wing” — that he was registered as a Democrat in California.
Here are some facts. In order to vote in primary elections in California, you are required to do one of two things: declare a party affiliation, or declare yourself “unaffiliated.” If you declare as unaffiliated, when you go to vote you’ll receive a ballot consisting of only unaffiliated candidates, unless you specifically request that you be allowed to vote for a particular party.
Bedell, by the way, had not voted in the past five years. And given his extreme right wing variant of Bush Derangement Syndrome, it makes perfect sense that he would register as a Democrat. He certainly wasn’t going to vote for Bush.
To sum up, Bedell’s party registration tells you absolutely nothing about where he lies on the political spectrum. His actual words, however, paint a very clear picture of an anti-government right wing extremist of the Ron Paulian persuasion.”
Wrong again Charles:
Pentagon shooter had a history of mental illness
HOLLISTER, Calif. – The man who opened fire in front of the Pentagon had a history of mental illness and had become so erratic that his parents reached out to local authorities weeks ago with a warning that he was unstable and might have a gun, authorities said Friday.
It’s still unclear why John Patrick Bedell opened fire Thursday at the Pentagon entrance, wounding two police officers before he was fatally shot. The two officers were hospitalized briefly with minor injuries.
Bedell was diagnosed as bipolar, or manic depressive, and had been in and out of treatment programs for years. His psychiatrist, J. Michael Nelson, said Bedell tried to self-medicate with marijuana, inadvertently making his symptoms more pronounced.
“Without the stabilizing medication, the symptoms of his disinhibition, agitation and fearfullness complicated the lack of treatment,” Nelson said.
His parents reported him missing Jan. 4, a day after a Texas Highway Patrol officer stopped him for speeding in Texarkana. Bedell told the highway patrolman he was heading to the East Coast, and began acting strangely — sitting on his knees by the side of the highway and turning off his cell phone when it would ring.
Bedell said it was his mother calling, prompting the patrolman to answer the phone and talk briefly with her. Family friend Reb Monaco said Kaye Bedell asked the officer to take him to a mental health facility, but that the son refused.
The patrolman let Bedell go after issuing a speeding ticket and a citation for possession of drug paraphernalia, including a pipe and a green plastic box with marijuana residue.
The next day, Kaye told deputies in California that her son had no reason to travel to the East Coast because he had no friends or family there and she and her husband were worried about his mental state, San Benito County Sheriff Curtis Hill said.
Hill also said Bedell’s parents found an e-mail from their son that indicated he had made a $600 purchase from a shooting range in the Sacramento area that could have been a gun or ammunition.
The 36-year-old Bedell returned to his parent’s home Jan. 18, telling them “not to ask any questions” about where he had been. But he left after that, and his parents didn’t know where he went.
Little is known about his trip east, but authorities know he spent time in Reno, where Washoe County Sheriff Mike Haley said he was arrested on Feb. 1 with two ounces of marijuana in his car but no weapons.
The Bedell family put out a statement Friday saying they were “devastated as a family by the news.”
“We may never know why he made this terrible decision,” the statement said. “One thing is clear though — his actions were caused by an illness and not a defective character.”
Charles Johnson is an idiot. KGS
UPDATE: Here’s an excellent post that takes the media to task for its tar and feathering of the Right-wing.
UPDATE: To show just how imbalanced this guy was, the website he designed for some kind of project he was involved with, contained the following line:
The project will strive for user-language neutrality and a release for popular computing and gaming platforms in late 2007(إن شاء الله).”
The Arabic characters translate as “God willing” (Insha’Allah).