so The Decider could keep us safe from him?
You've heard the story:
Police: Man shot churchgoers over liberal views
By DUNCAN MANSFIELD
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. - An out-of-work truck driver accused of opening fire at a Unitarian church, killing two people, left behind a note suggesting that he targeted the congregation out of hatred for its liberal policies, including its acceptance of gays, authorities said Monday.
A four-page letter found in Jim D. Adkisson's small SUV indicated he intentionally targeted the Tennessee Valley Unitarian Universalist Church because, the police chief said, "he hated the liberal movement" and was upset with "liberals in general as well as gays."
Adkisson, a 58-year-old truck driver on the verge of losing his food stamps, had 76 rounds with him when he entered the church and pulled a shotgun from a guitar case during a children's performance of the musical "Annie."
The Knoxville News Sentinel reported Monday that Adkisson may also have chosen the church because his ex-wife was a former longtime member of the congregation.
He remained jailed Monday on $1 million bond after being charged with one-count of murder. More charges are expected. Four victims were hospitalized in critical condition.
The attack Sunday morning lasted only minutes. But the anger behind it may have been building for months, if not years.
"It appears that what brought him to this horrible event was his lack of being able to obtain a job, his frustration over that, and his stated hatred for the liberal movement," Police Chief Sterling Owen said.
Adkisson was a loner who hates "blacks, gays and anyone different from him," longtime acquaintance Carol Smallwood of Alice, Texas, told the newspaper.
Yes, the world is full of violent madmen.
But not every madman comes with a billion-dollar army of media backup singers that all sound exactly like the
voices in his head.
From Knox News (h/t Digby)
Inside the house, officers found "Liberalism is a Mental Health Disorder" by radio talk show host Michael Savage, "Let Freedom Ring" by talk show host Sean Hannity, and "The O'Reilly Factor," by television talk show host Bill O'Reilly.
Not every madman gets to have his madness validated every single fucking day by a whole political infrastructure
that holds power by telling him that his paranoid delusions are perfectly reasonable.
Nor every psychotic has his homicidal, eliminationist, victimhood fantasies
hand-jobbed to screaming climax by scripture-quoting, millionaire hate-mongers.
The entire, vast, powerful, ridiculously profitable Conservative Media/Political/Religious Empire is based on three little rules:
"Keep 'em stupid. Keep 'em scared. Feed 'em lies."
At one end of that pipeline you have hatepimps in $1,000 suits like Micheal Savage, Rush Limbaugh, Jerry Falwell and Karl Rove who built their careers telling pig people that Liberals, gays, uppity women and assorted brown people are to blame for their miserable lives.
The other end of that pipeline empties into the toxic "Always wrong but never in doubt" sewer of Modern Conservatism out of which yet another "Running low on food stamps, but with plenty of ammunition" wingnut oozed, girded with that distinctly ignorant brand of vengeful righteousness the Conservative movement doles out by the job-lot, armed with all the firepower he could carry, looking for some Liberals to kill.
However, as tragic as their rampages always are, at the end of the day the handful of domestic terrorists who routinely boil out of the noxious heart of the Conservative Movement don't scare me half as much as the millions of just-as-deluded-but-not-quite-killcrazy, dog-loyal, Fox-addled, Hate Radio junkie Americans who fervently believe exactly what the likes of Adkisson and McVeigh and Rudolph believe. Who go to the polls every two years all burning with the same wingtard certainty that if only they could force-march humanity backwards into a New Dark Age, the Liberal monsters under their bed would finally be banished forever.