Tag: Jared Loughner

Jared Loughner’s Convenient Craziness

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Until he started shooting, Jared Loughner was just another alienated semi-delinquent still living with mom and dad, and this demographic is now so populous that one of Obama’s signature “accomplishments” was extending mom and dad’s health insurance to cover their low-functioning twenty-something kiddies.

Then Loughner shot a Blue Dog Democrat and a federal judge, and every little fuck-up retroactively turned into crazy.

This is a very reassuring diagnosis for Blue Dogs and federal judges, while they sell out all of us to “corporate persons.”

“You would have to be crazy to shoot us, no matter how much we fuck you over.”

Count the Murders: Loughner 6, Obama 10,000

There are so many different ways to count how many civilians Barack Obama has murdered in Afghanistan and Pakistan since he was inaugurated President of the United States (1, 2, 3) that it’s really pointless to debate the exact figure, and although I believe that 10,000 is a relatively conservative estimate, because I include some collateral damage which most reports ignore…


Instead of going to school, Marjan scavenges for hours with her 10-year-old aunt collecting trash. It is a heavy burden for such a small child but a necessary one. The trash she collects is what her family uses as fuel for cooking and, more importantly, to fend off Kabul’s bitter winter.

It is a matter of life and death for someone so young. Last winter, Marjan’s baby brother died from the cold.

“It was dark and cold, and the baby died,” she says softly, wiping her running nose. “I saw him dead and I was very sad, and I cried.”

…but I’m happy to supply a generic form where anyone can plug in his or her own numbers:

Barack Obama has only murdered (___) thousand civilians in Afghanistan and Pakistan since January 20, 2009.

It’s also worth mentioning that the final count for Jared Loughner isn’t really definite either, and it’s perfectly possible that two or three more people he shot may succumb.

Jared Loughner, Post-Modern Assassin

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Why is this man smiling?

Lee Harvey Oswald didn’t smile.

Sirhan Sirhan didn’t smile.

James Earl Ray didn’t smile.

But unlike all the others from Brutus to John Wilkes Booth to Lee Harvey Oswald…

Jared Loughner is a post-modern assassin, and for him…

It’s all just a joke.

..and that’s the essence of post-modernism.

Meanwhile, back at the White House, Barack and Michelle Obama were “expressing their grief” by standing on the White House lawn for a “moment of silence,” with their hands over their hearts, in front of a mob of photographers.


Individualism is Not a Right to Be Forever Hands Off

No definitive profile of the Arizona shooter, Jared Loughner, has yet been complied.  Nevertheless, what has been released thus far shows a profoundly troubled individual in desperate need of adequate help and treatment.  Yes, medication and therapy alone are not necessarily a silver bullet in all circumstances, but something should have been done well before Saturday.  From what I have already read, it is not as though warning signs had not been present for quite some time.  Every single time a tragedy along these lines takes place, we mourn, we try to make sense of the carnage, we seek to understand the reasons why a violent act took place, but we stop short of proposing solutions to keep them from reoccurring.