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2010-03-05 Home Front: WoT
3 Shot Outside Pentagon Metro Station
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Posted by Steve White 2010-03-05 00:00|| E-Mail|| Front Page|| [614 views ]  Top

#1 The shooter, identified as John Patrick Bedell, 36, of California, died hours after being admitted to a hospital in critical condition, authorities said. They had no motive for the shooting.
Posted by Lumpy Elmoluck5091 2010-03-05 01:16||   2010-03-05 01:16|| Front Page Top

#2 Sounds like a good place for suicide by cop.
Posted by Bobby 2010-03-05 06:37||   2010-03-05 06:37|| Front Page Top

#3 H/t Instapundit
Anti-Bush Truther shoots up Pentagon; Should we play the political blame game?
Posted by g(r)omgoru 2010-03-05 07:45||   2010-03-05 07:45|| Front Page Top

#4 If, say, 5,000 suicide bombers in a row are invariably Islamic fundamentalists — well, OK, we’ve got a problem with the belief system, not just with the individuals. Yet I don’t see a pattern in these “going postal” violent outbursts which seem to happen perhaps three or four times per year, every year, no matter who’s in power or who’s president: it seems that the “philosophy” (if you can even call it that) of each of the attackers is unique, idiosyncratic and just plain illogical. Even so, if he starts shooting or killing when a Republican is president, he is deemed a left-wing psycho (see: Charles Manson); if he starts shooting or killing when a Democrat is president, he is deemed a right-wing psycho (see: Joseph Stack). But the truth is, paranoid people simply feel threatened by the external power structure

Excellent point. The Daily Beast's headline was 'Was the Pentagon Shooter a Wingnut?', posted with a pic of Glenn Beck and Sarah Palin.
It is human nature to blame someone else,& not just paranoid people do it. I am not excusing bad behavior, just explaining it, btw. Scapegoating of those in power goes with the turf--maybe why all the Dems are dropping out? I wouldn't want to be a Congresscritter that passes this health care bill.
Posted by Lumpy Elmoluck5091 2010-03-05 08:37||   2010-03-05 08:37|| Front Page Top

#5 Lots more from Ay Pee:

The gunman is now dead, of head wounds. The two Pentagon police officers received one each superficial wounds to the thigh and shoulder.

He apparently took the sight-seeing route from California to DC, leaving his car in a DC parking garage along with some ammunition. He was carrying two 9 millimeter semiautomatic weapons and "many magazines" of ammunition.

Apparently he had garnered police attention several times in the past, despite being well-educated and having a comfortably middle class background. He has a LinkedIn page that connects to some of his rants.

Credit where due: the AP reporters did a good job on this one.
Posted by trailing wife 2010-03-05 12:27||   2010-03-05 12:27|| Front Page Top

#6 J.P. Bedell, Joseph Stack and Amy Bishop all have an oddly similar profile. All highly educated in high tech science, all with weird ideas.

"The woods are lovely, dark, and deep, but I have promises to keep. And miles to go before I sleep. And miles to go before I sleep. Remember, Dmitri. Miles to go before I sleep."
Posted by  Anonymoose 2010-03-05 13:09||   2010-03-05 13:09|| Front Page Top

#7 I knew it! It was one of those damn physicists! They're a dangerous breed when they go feral.
Posted by Thing From Snowy Mountain 2010-03-05 13:09||   2010-03-05 13:09|| Front Page Top

#8  Intelligence and education don't provide much protection against going nuts.
Posted by Anguper Hupomosing9418 2010-03-05 13:19||   2010-03-05 13:19|| Front Page Top

#9 there is actually a high statistical correlation between high intelligence and some classes of psychosis. something like %70 of schizophrenics have an IQ more than 2 std deviations above the mean. (stat from old memory area... YMMV)
Posted by  abu do you love  2010-03-05 13:39||   2010-03-05 13:39|| Front Page Top

#10 highly educated in high tech science, all with weird ideas.

Ouch! I resemble that remark!!
Posted by Glenmore 2010-03-05 13:58||   2010-03-05 13:58|| Front Page Top

#11 The folks at the CSMonitor have labeled this anti-GWBush truter as a right winger.

That will get them invited to some nice wine and cheese affairs.
Posted by lord garth 2010-03-05 15:19||   2010-03-05 15:19|| Front Page Top

#12  Intelligence and education don't provide much protection against going nuts.

More Ay Pee -- his parents say he's bipolar, and four times spent time in in-patient mental institutions. To their credit, the parents did report to the local sheriff that he had a gun and might be on his way to do something dangerous.

AP is not claiming he's a right-wing nutjob.
Posted by trailing wife 2010-03-05 16:10||   2010-03-05 16:10|| Front Page Top

#13 I knew it! It was one of those damn physicists! They're a dangerous breed when they go feral.

And the chicks are the worst! Fear me!
Posted by Angie Schultz 2010-03-05 17:16||   2010-03-05 17:16|| Front Page Top

#14 Planned attack, two weapons, plenty of ammo...

Someone buy these officers a beer for me.
Posted by swksvolFF 2010-03-05 17:53||   2010-03-05 17:53|| Front Page Top

#15 Damn, AP sound like they want to stay in business.
Posted by Bright Pebbles 2010-03-05 19:45||   2010-03-05 19:45|| Front Page Top

#16 Good work by the Pentagon guards.

Saved the taxpayers the cost of trial.

Sad when someone goes off the rails like that, even a lefty truther, like having to shoot a rabid dog.


Posted by OldSpook 2010-03-05 23:45||   2010-03-05 23:45|| Front Page Top

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