Liberal nut takes hostages at Discovery Channel

James Jay Lee, the man who attacked the Discovery Channel building yesterday, turns out to have been driven over the edge by his liberal obsessions. His manifesto references Daniel Quinn’s eco-book My Ishmael, and demands that “all programs promoting War and the technology behind those must cease.”

The Atlantic Wire has a useful run-down of the ways that bloggers have been politicizing the incident. “Imagine the clamor for censorship if Rush Limbaugh, not Al Gore, had ‘awakened’ a nutjob gunman,” a conservative blog consolidator opines. Here’s what a “A Chicagoan’s Conservative Chronicles” has to say:

My feelings today knowing what we know about Obama and his friends who include domestic terrorist William Ayers and his wife Bernadine Dorn, I’d go as far to say that nearly EVERY domestic terrorist in the modern American era besides Eric Rudolph, Tim McVieh, his partner Terri Nichols and some very sad and obscure David Duke types are either liberals, Muslims or converted African American Muslims.

Every time.

My own feelings today knowing what we know is that the operative word is “nut.” No one could read Lee’s manifesto and claim with a straight face that it’s some kind of left-wing policy brief–he’s clearly psychotic. Yes, he wants to stop global warming and war and save the planet (dangerous, fringe ideas), but his stance on immigration would give pause to anyone except maybe Tom Tancredo:

Programs must be developed to find solutions to stopping ALL immigration pollution and the anchor baby filth that follows that. Find solutions to stopping it. Call for people in the world to develop solutions to stop it completely and permanently. Find solutions FOR these countries so they stop sending their breeding populations to the US and the world to seek jobs and therefore breed more unwanted pollution babies. FIND SOLUTIONS FOR THEM TO STOP THEIR HUMAN GROWTH AND THE EXPORTATION OF THAT DISGUSTING FILTH!

I’m going to stop right now, because frankly I think it’s pretty pointless to keep score in this way. Rightists who make a point of flaunting their weapons and talking about rising up against the government should have thicker skins when people accuse them of sounding like terrorists; leftists should keep their focus on the lunatics who occupy the ostensible mainstream, as they kill a lot more people than any number of “obscure David Duke type” outliers.

Considering how many psychotics there are, and how easy it is for them to exercise their Second Amendment rights, we’re going to have to deal with a lot more Lees, von Brunn’s, and Kaczynskis.


3 thoughts on “Liberal nut takes hostages at Discovery Channel

    1. You’re right, of course. I was using the word “liberal” the way that anti-progressives do, as a catch all pejorative for everything from Krapotkin to the Kennedys. And you’re right about Nativists’ faux concern for the environment. That link is fascinating.

      I suspect, a la Neiwert, that Lee’s psychosis wasn’t so much “activated” by political hatred as it resonated with its general toxicity–it provided it with an organizing principle and an objective correlative.

  1. Interesting, (No I haven’t actually seen the article) I didn’t know “critical populationists” got militant. I wonder if he actually meant to call people vermin or if it leaked out in a One-of-the-people-that-fear-technology (Luddite?) tangent.

    Loved the Chicagoan’s “what we know about Obama and his friends” *nudge-nudge* implication. Classic poli-racism strategy. Oh! What a thing to see.

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