Miniature altar with human skull replica in backyard tent at Jared Lee Loughner's home.
The more we find out about the demented assassin Jared Loughner's life and apparent thought processes, the less factual basis there obviously is for the manufactured "Brown Scare" (to use the term of historian Robert Churchill) which is currently being whipped up by the media and the collectivist political party that "Blue Dog" Rep. Gabrielle Giffords belongs to, but is despised by.
The New York Daily News reports a "frightening, twisted shrine in Arizona killer Jared Lee Loughner's yard."
A sinister shrine reveals a chilling occult dimension in the mind of the deranged gunman accused of shooting a member of Congress and 19 others. Hidden within a camouflage tent behind Jared Lee Loughner's home sits an alarming altar with a skull sitting atop a pot filled with shriveled oranges. A row of ceremonial candles and a bag of potting soil lay nearby, photos reveal. Experts on Sunday said the elements are featured in the ceremonies of a number of occult groups.
Investigators have focused on Loughner's online anti-government ramblings as the chief motivation for the shooting Saturday of U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-Ariz.). The discovery of the shrine raises the possibility that Loughner, 22, may have been driven by other forces. Students and faculty at Pima Community College, which he attended until his suspension last summer, said Loughner was clearly at odds with the world. . .
"It was obvious to everyone that Jared wasn't a normal guy," said neighbor Anthony Woods, 19. Loughner worked as a volunteer at the Pima Animal Care Center, where he walked dogs and cleaned cages. "He loved animals and was a good worker," said another volunteer.
"Driven by other forces" indeed. A former classmate describes Loughner as a "left-wing pothead."
World Net Daily reports that:
In a bizarre turn of events, the YouTube website of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords suggests she subscribed to the YouTube channel of her suspected attempted assassin, Jarred Loughner, at some point before the shooting incident.
Given YouTube rules, for Giffords to subscribe to Loughner's YouTube channel would have required an affirmative action taken by Giffords or by someone with access to her YouTube username and password to establish the subscription link.
Loughner's YouTube subscription channel under the username "Classitup10" was created on Oct. 25, 2010, and his last two videos were posted to the channel on Dec. 15, 2010, approximately three weeks before the shooting.
While it is now known that Loughner worked for Gifford's election campaign in 2007, that Gifford subscribed to Loughner's website since Oct. 25, 2010, suggests the two may have been in contact more recently.
The Washington Post reported:
Loughner appeared to have planned the shooting, according to court documents. In a safe at his parents' home, investigators found an envelope with the words "I planned ahead" and "my assassination" written on it, along with the name "Giffords.'' Loughner's signature is also believed to be on the envelope, the complaint says.
In the same safe, authorities found a 2007 letter to Loughner from Giffords, using congressional stationery to thank him for attending a "Congress on Your Corner" event in Tucson. Saturday's shooting took place at another such event, where Giffords was meeting constituents outside a supermarket.
Yet the headlines do not say "Insane Former Campaign Supporter Shoots Congresswoman." Likewise, they do not say ""Left-Wing Pothead Kills Six." Nor do the cable talking heads blame the Pima Animal Care Center, though there is a more direct connection between that worthy establishment and the assassin than with the Tea Parties or Sarah Palin or me. Indeed, other than the target which makes this a political crime, there is no evidence that it had a political motive -- unless the obsessions of an isolated, occult-driven mentally disturbed individual can be said to be a political platform of one.
Various reporters, including one from the New York Times, called me yesterday asking if I knew Loughner or if I thought that my alleged call to "break her windows" and anything to do with the mass shooting. Their single source, as detailed in these pages, was the libelous story in Mother Jones by James Ridgeway.
After I pointed out that I had only asked for the breaking of local Democrat party windows and not the windows of congresscritters* and that in any case to conflate violence against property with assassination and mass murder was a huge leap of logic, they went away disappointed. Since none of my quotes fit the meme, I am not in any of those reporters' stories this morning, which suits me just fine.
(*Note: I did that specifically and deliberately because the one is a local vandalism charge and the other a federal crime. What I advocated then and now, is a discrete and calibrated response by those who insist upon being free to those who would enslave us with their nanny-state tyranny. Intelligent resistance to tyranny is a cumulative and nuanced process, allowing the would-be tyrant to change his mind at any point along the continuum. Study the Founders. Political and legal remedies are the first steps. Civil disobedience is the next. Uncivil disobedience is another. Only after we have tried everything else and we have provoked the frustrated tyrant into first use of violence are we justified in defending ourselves and our property with firearms. Anyone who tells you differently is selling something, or trying to discredit your cause. Maybe both.)
Yet the "Brown Scare" drumroll goes on and, worse, Congress with the help of the new GOP leadership seems poised to make this awful situation infinitely worse. The Blood Dancers leaped onto the stage before the corpses had cooled outside of Safeway. Politico reports:
Carolyn McCarthy readies gun control bill.
One of the fiercest gun-control advocates in Congress, Rep. Carolyn McCarthy (D-N.Y.), pounced on the shooting massacre in Tucson Sunday, promising to introduce legislation as soon as Monday targeting the high-capacity ammunition the gunman used. . . “My staff is working on looking at the different legislation fixes that we might be able to do and we might be able to introduce as early as tomorrow,” McCarthy told POLITICO in a Sunday afternoon phone interview.
Gun control activists cried it was time to reform weapons laws in the United States, almost immediately after a gunman killed six and injured 14 more, including Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, in Arizona on Saturday.
Many said that people with a history of mental instability, like the alleged shooter, Jared Lee Loughner, should not be able to buy a gun — and no one should be able to buy stockpiles of ammunition used by the 22-year-old assailant.
McCarthy said she plans to confer with House Speaker John Boehner and Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi to see “if we can work something through” in the coming week.
McCarthy’s spokesman confirmed the legislation will target the high-capacity ammunition clips the Arizona gunman allegedly used in the shooting, but neither he or the congresswoman offered any further details.
“Again, we need to look at how this is going to work, to protect people, certainly citizens, and we have to look at what I can pass,” McCarthy said. “I don’t want to give the NRA – excuse the pun – the ammunition to come at me either.” . . .
Another vocal supporter for gun control, Illinois Rep. Mike Quigley, told POLITICO that he hopes “something good” can come from the Arizona tragedy – perhaps discussion on a new assault weapon ban, sales at gun shows and tracing measures.
Loughner legally purchased his weapon – a Glock 19 with an extended magazine – from an Arizona store. The same kind of extended magazine was illegal under the assault weapons ban that expired in 2004.
“The ability to buy a weapon that fires hundreds of bullets in less than a minute,” said Quigley. “He had an additional magazine capability. That’s not what a hunter needs. That’s not what someone needs to defend their home. That’s what you use to hunt people.”
Bad enough. But wait, there's more:
Pennsylvania Rep. Robert Brady, a Democrat from Philadelphia, told CNN that he also plans to take legislative action. He will introduce a bill that would make it a crime for anyone to use language or symbols that could be seen as threatening or violent against a federal official, including a member of Congress.
"Symbols?" Like this, maybe?
The El Guapo of citizen disarmament, Josh Horwitz, has also seized on this incident in an article entitled "Tucson Shooting Shows True Face of NRA's 'Second Amendment Remedies'" to beat his "government must have a monopoly of force" drum, mentioning me, among others, by name.
‘If They Bring a Knife to the Fight, We Bring a Gun’ -- Barack Obama, June, 2008.
Understand that all of this "Brown Scare" stuff is not mere unconscious hypocrisy. Talking heads have been predicting that Obama could retrieve his flagging fortunes with an "Oklahoma City moment." This refers to how Bill Clinton exploited Oklahoma City for political gain.
The references to the bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City in 1995 echoed in other ways. That horror, which killed 168 people including many children, helped then-President Bill Clinton stigmatize extreme anti-government rhetoric and re-energize his presidency at a time when Newt Gingrich and conservative Republicans were riding high in Congress.
One veteran Democratic operative, who blames overheated rhetoric for the shooting, said President Barack Obama should carefully but forcefully do what his predecessor did.
“They need to deftly pin this on the tea partiers,” said the Democrat. “Just like the Clinton White House deftly pinned the Oklahoma City bombing on the militia and anti-government people.”
Another Democratic strategist said the similarity is that Tucson and Oklahoma City both “take place in a climate of bitter and virulent rhetoric against the government and Democrats.”
This Democrat said that the time had come to insist that Republicans stand up when, for example, a figure such as Fox News commentator Glenn Beck says something incendiary.
Jared Loughner has now provided that Oklahoma City moment just in the nick of time. No matter that Loughner was a nutjob, left-wing doper, the problem is "right-wing rhetoric." No matter that the facts don't support the allegation. No matter that the first reaction of some collectivists was to demand that "Democrats should Retaliate and kill Sarah Palin." No matter. They need this to be an Oklahoma City moment, so an Oklahoma City moment it shall be.
The principal question is: how badly will the GOP in the House be stampeded on this one? Which will they choose? Principle or panic? Based on past experience, don't bet the farm on principle.
And yet, for those of us with principles, a panic is precisely the wrong time to compromise them or to run away from them. For those of you who last week were giddy at the successes of the Tea Parties, did you think that it would really be that easy? The collectivist enemies of the Founders' Republic are nothing if not dynamic and opportunistic. Look at how masterfully they have turned a set of contradictory facts into a serious counter-offensive against their opponents.
But for those of us with uncompromisable principles, whether the GOP panics or not is immaterial. We should fight this new "Brown Scare" with facts, reminding the GOP of their duty and their oaths to the Constitution. But if we fail to convince them -- if the collectivist blood dancers twist this act of a madman into new infringements on our liberties -- we must and will fight. We will fight it with our refusal, our resistance, our civil and uncivil disobedience, and, if attacked violently, with our rifles.
Keep calm. Keep cool. Be restrained. Be determined.
We can say truthfully that this act of murderous insanity had nothing to do with us. Anyone who tries to make it into something it is not and use that big lie to pass more infringements will find themselves ultimately muzzle to muzzle with the Three Percent. And if they do, I hope they take their Dear Leader's advice and "bring a gun."
They'll need it.
The alleged leader of a merry band of Three Percenters.