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Weird News: Portman’s Ghost in Ohio; Bad Michigan Poll; Killer’s Ex-Girlfriend

Posted on | August 8, 2012 | 8 Comments

Just a lot of weird stuff in the news today, beginning with this: My friend Chris Moody stayed at the historic Ohio hotel owned by the family of potential GOP running mate Rob Portman — and was warned to beware of ghosts! (OK, but is it a Republican ghost?)

Meanwhile, in yesterday’s Michigan Republican primary to replace accidentally retiring Rep. Thad McCotter — who forgot to collect enough petition signatures to qualify for the ballot — the Detroit Free Press published what Dave Weigel calls the worst poll ever.

Finally, in a strange twist to the investigation of the Sikh Temple shooting in Wisconsin, the ex-girlfriend of killer Wade Michael Page has been arrested on a gun charge — that story actually has some interesting information on the shooter’s background.

You’ll notice that there hasn’t been a lot of media attention to the Wisconsin killer since it emerged that he was a neo-Nazi skinhead, rather than (as various left-wing idiots on Twitter initially claimed) someone inspired to his crime by Michele Bachmann.

There were some complaints about CNN calling the killer “far right,” but I’m not going to get all excited about that: OK, Wade Page was “far right” in the same sense that Lee Harvey Oswald was “far left.” The important distinction to be made is not between what ideological “wing” a killer belongs to, but rather whether there was any actual connection between the criminal and a mainstream political movement.

It was evidently the hope of some on the Left that the slaughter in Oak Creek, Wisconsin, could be blamed on mainstream GOP politics. Once this political theory of the crime was disproven, the national media began to lose interest in the criminal and his crime.

A fringe kook, evidently driven to murderous despair by a breakup with his fringe kook girlfriend? Neither of them with any connection or affinity to the political mainstream?

Not a Rush Limbaugh listener? Not a Michele Bachmann supporter?

The media shrugs: Nothing to see here, move along.


8 Responses to “Weird News: Portman’s Ghost in Ohio; Bad Michigan Poll; Killer’s Ex-Girlfriend”

  1. The Osprey
    August 8th, 2012 @ 12:34 pm

    Is it just me or does the Sikh temple shooter bear an odd resemblance to the Fort Hood Jihad shooter? The shape of his bald head, the eyes and eyebrows, the cheeks… very strange. 

  2. Bob Belvedere
    August 8th, 2012 @ 1:42 pm

    I suppose it’s okay to believe the ABC News report you link to because I don’t see Brian Ross listed as an author.

  3. Adjoran
    August 8th, 2012 @ 2:40 pm

    Say, anyone seen Rob Portman today?  OMG!  He must be closeted with Romney aides prepping for the rollout!  But wait – anyone seen Pawlenty?  No?  Uh-oh, it MUST be him!

    Oh, has no one seen Rubio or Ryan or McDonnell today?  But what can it mean if we have this conclusive proof?

    Oh, NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!  He’s going to choose them AAAAAALLLLLLLLLL!

  4. Evi L. Bloggerlady
    August 8th, 2012 @ 7:05 pm

    I think what you are recognizing is the bat shit crazy look that each of them have.  

  5. Evi L. Bloggerlady
    August 8th, 2012 @ 7:06 pm

    Pretty much if it has Brian Ross’ name on the by-line, you know it is a lie.  

  6. Evi L. Bloggerlady
    August 8th, 2012 @ 7:07 pm

    And if he did Adjoran, they will still weigh less collectively than Chris Christie.  

  7. Evi L. Bloggerlady
    August 8th, 2012 @ 7:13 pm

    And RSM, will all due respect, the Wisconsin Sikh shooter is not far right.  Nazis are not far right.  They are Nazis.  They are a chimera of some leftist elements, new age paganism, and kleptocracy with a heavy dose of bile and hatred.  
    Now you are right, while Lee Harvey was a leftist (he did defect to the USSR) but motivation in shooting Kennedy appeared to be personal.  Or he was a patsy.  Or he was nuts.  We just don’t know because Ruby shot him.    And talking about Kennedy, his old man was a Nazi lover.  And Joe Kennedy Sr. was a Democrat.  

  8. Shawn Gillogly
    August 8th, 2012 @ 7:25 pm

     Exactly. The attempt of the modern intelligentsia to claim Fascism was “Right-Wing” is self-indulgent lunacy based in the bald-faced lie of an assertion that “right-wingers’ are more comfortable with authority than the left, along with the assertion that the “reactionary propaganda” of Goebbels was “right-wing” because it recalled past glory.

    Pfaw. The Soviets did the same, and were just as authoritarian. Nazism was, if anything, slightly to the right of Communism. State-run centralized economy, supported by an oligarchy of not-truly-private crony businesses (something like how Obama picks favorites, in truth). It disrupted and dismantled any ‘established’ pillar of society that it could not conquer (including the Church, which the Right would naturally respect). Every aspect of Nazism was consistent with a militant form of Socialism, stripped of its Communist eschatology.