Which came first? The narrative or the nut?

There's a lot of speculation here about the Pentagon shooting suspect who has been identified as "John Patrick Bedell" since Glenn Reynolds linked the original report. If the Freepers are correct, he may be a Lew Rockwell-following, gay, Obama-loving, pot-growing, Bush-hating 9/11 conspiracy theorist.

As to whose narrative this might fit, I have no idea.

MORE: Obviously, I cannot vouch for the integrity of any of the information at the links I found at Freeper, and by reciting and mentioning them here I am in no way implying that the person(s) to which they pertain is (are) necessarily the suspect.

There's a lot of information floating around on the Internet, and this illustrates that speculation is not without risks. I'm not speculating about anyone; only observing the phenomenon as it unfolds.

Regardless of what the shooter's politics turn out to be, unless there are others who helped him, he alone is responsible for his actions. Not Lew Rockwell, not the marijuana agenda, not the gay agenda, and not even the 9/11 conspiracy theorist agenda.

MORE: And if the accused turns out to be this guy (as some say he is), then Wikipedia is not responsible either!

AND MORE: Bush-hating Truther or not, it didn't take long for certain leftists to start calling the suspect (now reported dead) a "Tea Bagger" while pointing the finger at libertarians and the Tea Party movement.

If the same Bedell was a committed libertarian devoted in part to legalizing marijuana and in full to reducing government control over our lives, he might be a "teabagger" ideologically-speaking, for the Tea Party movement has sought to bring both libertarians and extremely conservative Republicans into the fold.If the same Bedell was a committed libertarian devoted in part to legalizing marijuana and in full to reducing government control over our lives, he might be a "teabagger" ideologically-speaking, for the Tea Party movement has sought to bring both libertarians and extremely conservative Republicans into the fold. But Bedell possibly having a teabagger attitude towards the government may not in the end be to blame for his alleged, attempted rampage. It may just be that he was nuts all along.
It may just be, huh? Reading his Wiki user page was enough to convince me. (If he's the same guy, which it is appearing that he was.)

MORE: Here's a YouTube video in which J. Patrick Bedell describes his "Rothbardix" "information currency" software.

Will anyone blame the late Murray Rothbard? Or Linux?

UPDATE: Thanks to Memeorandum for the link.

posted by Eric on 03.04.10 at 11:03 PM










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