Handbasket Report — Cognitive Dissonance?

Lots of blogs I read are discussing the possibility of civil war in the United States. Recent events, however, suggest another type of violence is already underway.

July 28, 2008: “Cops Say Church Shooting Suspect ‘Hated’ Gays, Liberals”

This good old boy had lost his job.

Gotta blame somebody, so he walked into a Unitarian church and started shooting.

April 4, 2009: “Police: ‘Disrespected’ Binghamton Shooter Distraught over Firing”

The shooter, a Vietnamese immigrant, had lost his job.

Gotta blame somebody, so he walked into a civic center that helped immigrants and started shooting.

Today: “Gunman ‘Lying in Wait’ Kills 3 Pittsburgh Officers”

A young man lost his job.

According to his friends, he also feared President Obama was going to take away his guns.

The President’s out of the country, but gotta blame somebody, so he gunned down some police officers and continued a firefight for four hours.

Why do I have a horrible feeling we are going to see more of these events?



2 Responses to “Handbasket Report — Cognitive Dissonance?”

  1. Sybil Says:

    U6 is close to 20%. We’re going to see quite a bit more of this, especially since the right wing is busy fomenting hatred.

  2. Cassandra Says:

    This from “Spurned by Wife, Man Kills His Five Children, Self”



    Criminologist Jack Levin, of Northeastern University in Boston, Massachusetts, said there appears to be a link between the failing US economy and rising body count.

    “A mass killer is someone who has almost always suffered a catastrophic loss — that’s the link between a recession and mass killings,” he said, citing the loss of a job, the loss of a lot of money or the loss of a relationship.




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