Inspiring a psychopath

The psychopath in Norway who bombed an Oslo government building then went on to an island where he shot to death a bunch of kids attending a youth rally wrote a 1,500-page manifesto.

Here, in Anders Behring Breivik’s own words, is his inspiration:

We, the European Revolutionary Conservatives know very well that it will take many years, even decades before we successfully manage to consolidate to a degree where we can seize political and military power in the first Western European country. In the US, the Tea party movement is one of the first physical, political manifestations which indicate that there is a great storm coming. The creation of similar conservative organizations, even the creation of revolutionary conservative movements … is about to materialize. The cultural Marxists are losing their momentum to our advantage.

And he said this:

Let us hope that the US (Democratic and Republican party) allows us, their European cultural and economical crown vassals, to liberate ourselves and deport the Muslims without them militarily intervening. We shouldn’t forget that we have many allies in the US including a sizable faction of the Republican Party.

And he believes this:

Additionally, we are calling for President Barrack Obama’s Impeachment for actually saying he was a Marxist, as well as not being able to provide proof of American citizenship. ….

We’ve been force fed this Tea Party/GOP bull for almost 2 years now. And this is what it leads to: a massacre in Norway with 76 people dead and a nation in shock.

People say you can’t judge the influence of a group by the actions of a madman. If it was just a rare occurrence, maybe they’re right. But there are a lot of gun toting psychopaths who only needed the Tea Party tantrums to set them off.

Oh, and what does America’s King of Crazy have to say about the victims?

GLENN BECK: And then there was a shooting at a political camp, which sounds a little like, you know, the Hitler youth or whatever. I mean, who does a camp for kids that’s all about politics? Disturbing.

So, the victims are Nazis?

I wonder what other demented group would gather children in a political camp?

Here’s another option now that the kids are out of school: a weeklong seminar about our nation’s founding principles, courtesy of the Tampa 912 Project.

The organization, which falls under the tea party umbrella, hopes to introduce kids ages 8 to 12 to principles that include “America is good,” “I believe in God,” and “I work hard for what I have and I will share it with who I want to. Government cannot force me to be charitable.”

And who, pray tell, came up with the concept for the 912 Project? (Do you really have to think about the answer to that question?):

The 9-12 Project (or 9/12 Project, 912 Project) is a political group created by American television and radio personality Glenn Beck. It was launched on the Friday 13 March 2009 episode of Glenn Beck, the eponymous talk show on Fox News Channel. A website was launched to promote the group, and several local 9-12 groups formed soon after in cities throughout the United States.

CORRECTION: I just realized that I never refer to Glenn Beck as a schitzoid cokehead in this post. I apologize for the omission.

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Stupid optimism

Haven’t checked in with the Rude Pundit in a while. Here’s what he has to say about the Republicans and the debt ceiling debacle:

But stupid optimism is what makes us American. And it’s that stupidity that made so many Americans elect this actually dangerous group of people. There is no Forrest Gump-wisdom in the dimwitted. There’s only the horrible consequences of their actions.

Here’s the whole item.

Tour de France

Last year, I was at the finish line for the first stage of the Tour de France. It was in Brussels, and in the last few hundred yards, there was a major wipeout of bikers. I was probably 200 yards from where that happened.

For the past seven years, I was completely aware of the race and the various stages it was in because that’s the only sports story the European media paid any attention to.

This year, I’d completely forgotten about it. Then I saw this today:

After two runner-up finishes, Cadel Evans finally stood at the top of the podium on the Champs-Elysees as champion of cycling’s great race.

Wrapped in his country’s flag and with tears in his eyes, Evans listened as Australia’s national anthem played Sunday after he became the first Australian — and the oldest rider since World War II — to win the Tour de France.

Given Rupert’s troubles this week, this is a little good news for the Aussies.

Amy Winehouse, dead at 27

Her biggest hit was about refusing treatment for drug abuse. In a perverse way, the tabloids have been on a death watch for years. So did this come as a shock to anyone?

Amy Winehouse, the Grammy Award-winning pop singer-songwriter whose sultry and profane compositions reflected — and ultimately were overshadowed by — a turbulent personal life and struggles with alcoholism and drug addiction, was found dead July 23 at her apartment in London. She was 27.

Playhouse of horror

Here’s another reason why we need to cut taxes on the rich:

Apart from the open bar by the swimming pool, the main attraction at parties held at the Houston home of John Schiller, an oil company executive, and his wife, Kristi, a Playboy model turned blogger, is the $50,000 playhouse the couple had custom-built two years ago for their daughter, Sinclair, now 4.

Cocktails in hand, guests duck to enter through the 4½-foot door. Once inside, they could be forgiven for feeling as if they’ve fallen down the rabbit hole.

Built in the same Cape Cod style as the Schillers’ expansive main house, the two-story 170-square-foot playhouse has vaulted ceilings that rise from five to eight feet tall, furnishings scaled down to two-thirds of normal size, hardwood floors and a faux fireplace with a fanciful mosaic mantel.

The little stainless-steel sink in the kitchen has running water, and the matching stainless-steel mini fridge and freezer are stocked with juice boxes and Popsicles. Upstairs is a sitting area with a child-size sofa and chairs for watching DVDs on the 32-inch flat-screen TV. The windows, which all open, have screens to keep out mosquitoes, and there are begonias in the window boxes. And, of course, the playhouse is air-conditioned. This is Texas, after all.

“I think of it as bling for the yard,” said Ms. Schiller, 40.

So this means they spend $50,000 on a playhouse when their daughter was 2.

A playhouse.

For a child.

$50,000.

I guess the GOP will say that this is a great example of why we shouldn’t tax our job creators (someone had to build that playhouse), but that probably won’t fly for people who
can’t even afford to buy a real house for $50,000.