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Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Not Simply Upset About His Unclean Pores

From Andrew Gant at the NWF Daily News comes another story of a former member of the US Military that has gone over the deep end.

The events that led to the shooting deaths of two Okaloosa County sheriff's deputies Saturday began in a small top-floor apartment in Fort Walton Beach - with an argument over a tube of Clearasil.

On Sunday, lawmen still were investigating why Joshua Cartwright, a 28-year-old U.S. Army Reserve soldier with a history of violence, killed Okaloosa County sheriff's deputies Burt Lopez and Warren "Skip" York at a gun range in Crestview.

A few minutes after he killed the deputies, Cartwright was himself killed in a shootout with lawmen in DeFuniak Springs.

A reoprt filed against Cartwright on the day that he died characterized him as:

an angry husband who threatened his wife, kept guns and knives on hand, was "severely disturbed" that Barack Obama had been elected president, and believed the U.S. government was conspiring against him.

Though Cartwirght, according to the story, was not a member of a named, right-wing extremist group, his behavior is clearly indicative of what the DHS report had laid out. Reading through this story, you will begin to agree with the headline - this doesn't make sense.

The supporting storyline to this is still the unwillingness of the conservative Right to get beyond thier own reactionary stance. Are they willing to stand behind a flacid set of talking-points that do nothing more than create a cloud of ignorance around themselves and ther audience? Or, are they prepared to put their own self-interests and pride away, for once, so that they can see what is truly happening in America.

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