"As I knew him he was left wing, quite liberal and oddly obsessed with the 2012 prophecy." She also described him as "more left." -- Caitie Parker, writing on Twitter of Jared Loughner, a high school and college classmate and who was in a band with the gunman. She said she hadn't seen him since 2007. (Source, World Net Daily.)
From the Associated Press:
The suspect Loughner was described by a former classmate as a pot-smoking loner, and the Army said he tried to enlist in December 2008 but was rejected for reasons not disclosed.
Federal law enforcement officials were poring over versions of a MySpace page that included a mysterious "Goodbye friends" message published hours before the shooting and exhorted his friends to "Please don't be mad at me."
In one of several YouTube videos, which featured text against a dark background, Loughner described inventing a new U.S. currency and complained about the illiteracy rate among people living in Giffords' congressional district in Arizona.
"I know who's listening: Government Officials, and the People," Loughner wrote. "Nearly all the people, who don't know this accurate information of a new currency, aren't aware of mind control and brainwash methods. If I have my civil rights, then this message wouldn't have happen (sic)."
In Loughner's middle-class neighborhood - about a five-minute drive from the scene - sheriff's deputies had much of the street blocked off. The neighborhood sits just off a bustling Tucson street and is lined with desert landscaping and palm trees.
Neighbors said Loughner lived with his parents and kept to himself. He was often seen walking his dog, almost always wearing a hooded sweat shirt and listening to his iPod.
Loughner's MySpace profile indicates he attended and graduated from school in Tucson and had taken college classes. He did not say if he was employed.
High school classmate Grant Wiens, 22, said Loughner seemed to be "floating through life" and "doing his own thing."
"Sometimes religion was brought up or drugs. He smoked pot, I don't know how regularly. And he wasn't too keen on religion, from what I could tell," Wiens said.
Lynda Sorenson said she took a math class with Loughner last summer at Pima Community College's Northwest campus and told the Arizona Daily Star he was "obviously very disturbed." ''He disrupted class frequently with nonsensical outbursts," she said.
In October 2007, Loughner was cited in Pima County for possession of drug paraphernalia, which was dismissed after he completed a diversion program, according to online records.
We'll hear more than we ever wanted to know about this homicidal lefty nutburger's "philosophy" in the coming days.
The question will be -- how much use will the collectivist disarmament blood dancers make of this? Much, I suspect. Although they have not yet released the facts on where this loon got his 9mm Glock, Expect more howls of "gun show loopholes" and calls for bans on extended magazines. The fact that the target was a Congresswoman will resonate in DC, even -- perhaps especially -- among the GOP whose principles are often non-existent on a windy day.
This hands the advocates of Leviathan a huge propaganda weapon -- almost on the scale of the OKC bombing. It seems likely that this is the act of a lone madman, but in any case the blood dancers and the collectivist tyrant wannabes will push their advantage.
The White House, frightened about the "Project Gunwalker" scandal and the death of Border Patrol officer Brian Terry at the muzzle of a rifle smuggled with a wink and a nod from ATF breaking out into the major news media, can now breathe a huge sigh of relief. This horrific madness will suck all the air out of that story for the next weeks.
As Three Percenters, we must stand by our principles and be ready for what comes. And if that is more infringements on our liberties passed with the complicity of a frightened GOP, then we must resist by every means consistent with those principles -- refusal, uncivil disobedience and, ultimately, self-defense.