Sunday, February 14, 2010

Crazy, but just a little bit.

Some people are pointing out that the whacko arrested for... um... something or other in Massachusetts was, in fact, a whacko.

In fact, someone has called him a "paranoid loon". Assuming that the press has been more accurate with his paranoia than they have with his gun collection, I'll grant that this may be true. Certainly some of the statements released thus far would indicate that his Reynold's Wrap yarmulke was a bit too tight.

However, I'm sure that cherry-picking my posts here since 2005, one could no doubt come up with a pastiche of gems that made me sound like I was a pathological goober about to saddle up and bust caps, too.

And where does "being a paranoid loon" fall in the penal code, anyway? Is that state, or federal? I mean, there’s a whole web forum full of people that believe Dick Cheney blew up the WTC so he could steal Iraq’s oil, and nobody’s arresting them.

(You can check it out if you don’t believe me; the URL is… er, “something-or-otherUnderground.com”.)

17 comments:

Living in Babylon said...

Does it really count as paranoid if the thing you are afraid of really happens? I'd really call that not paranoid enough.

Alan said...

The press report made a big deal about his wife being a psychiatrist and she made the call to the police.

Isn't it a violation of ethics for doctors to treat family members? So a wife making a medical diagnosis on her husband (he's a loon) would be unethical.

Sounds like the initial action in a divorce case to me. Was anything he had actually illegal?

Tam said...

Supposedly the stun batons and OC/CS grenades are no-gos in MA, but that's according to the same internet that tells me all manner of BS about gun laws every day, too.

rickn8or said...

Crazy you might be Tam, but it's OUR kind of crazy.

Or at least my kind, if none of the rest of you out there want to step up.

Anonymous said...

He had lots of guns!
He didn't believe everything the authorities told him.
He questioned too many things.
He didn't get in line and keep quiet like he was told.
He wasn't a white sheep like everyone else.
He was baaaad!

Tam said...

"He had lots of guns!"

The hell he did.

Hypnagogue said...

This gets me thinking: an OC grenade wouldn't be such a bad thing to have lying around.

ka said...

It doesn't matter if being a "paranoid loon" is against the law or not. There are so many laws, covering every aspect of life, that it is impossible not to break them. The .gov can always find something to convict you of. They like it that way.

staghounds said...

A ragged page from the 1883 Colt catalogue and saying "damn" after dropping a plate of bacon are

"a lot of guns and expressed intent to do violence"

to some people.

Firehand said...

http://the-whiteboard.com/autowb273.html

Owen said...

well he was also apparently shooting at a lvl4 plate on the third floor with rifles, while living in a multifamily, in a dense neighborhood. I'm pretty sure that would be a reckless endangerment charge.

Independent Minded Critical Thinker said...

> And where does "being a paranoid loon" fall in
> the penal code, anyway? Is that state, or federal?
> I mean, there’s a whole web forum full of people
> that believe Dick Cheney blew up the WTC so he could
> steal Iraq’s oil, and nobody’s arresting them.

Yes, they have been arrested under a super-secret extra-judicial regulation, and then shipped to a secret prison-labor-camp in Iraq operated by Blackwater and Haliburton, where the political-prisoner inmates are forced to dig for oil using only wooden spoons.

You haven't heard of it because the right-wing corporate media is complicit in covering this up, and the American sheeple refuse to open their eyes to the truth!

Evidence of Cheney's plan was in one of the World Trade Center offices, which is why the towers had to be destroyed. Originally, Bush wanted to hire a team of his college fraternity brothers to break into the offices and steal the documents, but the leadership of the Vast Right Wing Conspiracy didn't want to risk another Watergate-like incident.

TJP said...

Mr. Girard did need to get out more. And probably not build a shooting range in his attic. That sort of thing annoys the neighbors, since the neighbor's houses are the backstop should the plate fail.

Turns out the guy wasn't actually murderous, but certainly careless and into the whole fatigues 'n' ski-mask type activism. Still, Will Grigg provides the best observation:

"Since it is unacceptable for people to believe that government agents will carry out paramilitary raids to confiscate firearms, a paramilitary force was sent to Girard’s home to confiscate his firearms."

Conspiracy Theory Confirmed!

Buck said...

Some wives you can tell anything others you can't. If he's not a loony his mistake was not know which type he had. Plus if he was a loony and her being a psychiatrist shouldn't she have tried getting him counseling before he progressed to that point?

staghounds said...

"Yes, he did tell me he was going to kill people. He did, suddenly, load up on weapons, including grenades, that he told me he intended to use. He was shooting guns off in the attic of our frame house in a populated area.

I was in fear for others and for myself.

So I did what any sensible psychiatrist would do. I told him he ought to get counseling.

Because everyone knows, dangerous, delusional people immediately rational up when presented with a chance to be counseled."

No, assuming she is telling the truth, she did the right thing.

Tam said...

staghounds,

To quote my hero, Dr. Gregory House: "Everybody lies." ;)

Any wagers on what her diagnosis of me would be if she read twenty randomly-selected "Guns'n'Politics" posts at VFTP?

kahr40 said...

No, assuming she is telling the truth, she did the right thing.

Yeah, except she filed for divorce almost immediately. Makes me think it might just be a ploy on her part to strengthen her position in the coming proceeding.