Authorities say that James Patrick Bedell pulled a handgun on two police officers at the building's entrance adjacent to the Washington D.C. Metro station and opened fire, grazing the two officers manning the checkpoint and was mortally wounded when they returned fire.
Not quite able to make the allegation that Austin suicide pilot Joseph Stack was affiliated with the American Right and the Tea Party movement stick, some MSM outlets such as CNN had repeatedly referred to Bedell as 'anti-government'....gosh, just like the tea parties! [I don't normally watch CNN, but they had me as a captive audience of 1 in the overnight hours of Thursday and early Friday- NANESB!]. Bedell left behind a number of online posts and audio clips accusing the US Military of smuggling drugs out of Central America and orchestrating the September 11th, 2001 terrorist attacks and expressing outrage at his seizure of marijuana plants by law-enforcement in Orange County in 2006. As it turned out, Bedell hated President Bush and was a registered Democrat as well.
Blogger Patterico also came across an Amazon.com wishlist for somebody with the same name as Bedell that includes topics like the 9/11 Commission and the 'Bush Crime Family'; hardly the laundry list of reading materials for neo-cons, 'Teabaggers' or a card-carrying member of the vast right-wing conspiracy. Also, isn't the vast right-wing conspiracy supposed to be in league with the eeevil military-industrial complex? If I'm going to play this stupid little game the MSM insists that the rest of us play, why would one of the VRWC's own flip out on the doorstep of their biggest benefactor instead going postal trying to get into the White House, Congress or their nearest Federal Building or IRS office?
Apparently, the Christian Science Monitor isn't above indulging in the latest round of playing 'Gotcha!', citing the Southern Poverty Law Center for that extra dollop of hysteria.
So-called “Patriot” groups, steeped in antigovernment conspiracy theories, grew from 149 in 2008 to 512 in 2009 – an increase that the SPLC report judges as “astonishing.”"Astonishing" indeed!
Apprently the Southern Poverty Law Center, Christian Science Monitor and husky, pony-tailed bloggers prone to abrupt and intellectually dishonest ideological pivots feels that we've gotten nothing but good governance from the Obama Administration and the same Congress that nationalized General Motors, Citibank and AIG while hell bent on ramming their overreaching, costly and economically crippling legislative agenda down the American public's throat. According to them we have zero reason to be upset and if we are, well, that just makes us anti-government extremists. I'm curious- what "So-called Patriot" group was Bedell a member of? And correct me if I'm wrong, but aren't high-profile temper tantrums directed at the US Military traditionally a brainchild of the American LEFT?
Question to the SPLC and Christian Science Monitor: if the Tea Party or other anti-government protesters were as dangerous and violent you insist they are, wouldn't there be
A) More concrete ties between these groups and high-profile violent acts? Or
B) Many more high-profile violent acts to document?
/It's OK....you all don't have to answer at once.