Good Morning, Conflucians!!!!
I’ve been surfing around the ‘net for awhile, and I’ve come up with a somewhat eclectic collection of links that mostly ignore current events in Washington DC. These are some stories that caught my eye. What are you reading? Is there anything big happening in the Village that I missed?
First up: more evidence that Professors with Harvard degrees are no better than the rest of us regular folks.
Three faculty members at the University of Alabama in Huntsville were shot to death, and three other people were seriously wounded at a biology faculty meeting on Friday afternoon, university officials said….a biology professor, identified as Amy Bishop, was charged with murder.
According to a faculty member, the professor had applied for tenure, been turned down, and appealed the decision. She learned on Friday that she had been denied once again.
The newspaper identified Dr. Bishop as a Harvard-educated neuroscientist. According to a 2006 profile in the newspaper, Dr. Bishop invented a portable cell growth incubator with her husband, Jim Anderson. Police officials said that Mr. Anderson was being detained, but they did not call him a suspect.
Officials said the dead were all biology professors, G. K. Podila, the department’s chairman; Maria Ragland Davis; and Adriel D. Johnson Sr. Two other biology professors, Luis Rogelio Cruz-Vera and Joseph G. Leahy, as well as a professor’s assistant, Stephanie Monticciolo, are at Huntsville Hospital in conditions ranging from stable to critical.
This is a terrible tragedy that also demonstrates that academics are no more immune to rage, violence, or psychological dysfunction than anyone else. I was thinking about how horrible this must be for the students at UAH, and then I read this.
From MSNBC: Professor charged in university shooting
Gina Hammond, a UAH student, told WAFF that she lobbied the University of Alabama trustees to allow students with gun permits to carry their weapons on campus. She was turned down.
“I’m scared to go back to school,” Hammond said. “However, if they were to allow me to carry my pistol on campus, I would not be as scared.
“… I’m sorry that nobody in that room had a pistol to save at least one person’s life,” Hammond said.
OK, I’m not sure allowing everyone to carry guns on college campuses is the solution to this kind of tragedy. Maybe it would have been better if Dr. Bishop hadn’t had access to a firearm. Then maybe she could have calmed down a little bit, thought things over, and started looking for another job.
Here’s another odd, sad story along similar lines: Psychiatrist Tips Off Police about Her Husband’s Paranoia and Weapons Stockpiling
Gregory Girard, 45, is now being held without bail pending a dangerousness hearing tomorrow in Salem District Court, where he pleaded not guilty yesterday to multiple weapons charges.
Police arrested Girard late Tuesday night after a brief standoff outside the 23 Bridge St. condo where he had been living with his wife and their 16-year-old son.
Girard had a huge collection of weaponry in the family’s home and a shooting range in the attic.
On Monday, Girard’s wife, a psychiatrist, contacted police to express concern about her husband’s increasing paranoia and apparent stockpiling of weapons, Segal said.
Kristine Girard told police that while her husband hadn’t threatened her, she was afraid to return home after an argument.
She said her husband had recently told her, “Don’t talk to people, shoot them instead,” and “It’s fine to shoot people in the head because traitors deserve it,” Segal said, reading from a police report.
This guy is too old to have recently developed schizophrenia. Paranoid schizophrenics sometimes function fairly well. Perhaps he has suffered with the disorder for years and has taken medication that helped him, or perhaps he has some other type of bipolar disorder that can lead to psychotic episodes (bipolar disorder or major depression are possibilities).
Regardless, this man has some kind of severe psychological disorder that wasn’t caused by attending tea party demonstrations or admiring Sarah Palin as the prog blogs have been busy implying. More nutty interpretations of a psychologically troubled person’s motivations at TPM here and here. Meanwhile, right wing blogs are focusing on the fact that Girard’s wife is psychiatrist who works in Cambridge, MA.
Guess what you Obot morons, psychiatrists are subject to human failings just like Harvard education professors and all the rest of us “ordinary people.” Get a clue, why don’t you? This is a human tragedy, and the man has a 16-year-old son who is probably really upset right now.
Yesterday, linked to the NYT Magazine piece about the wingnuts on the Texas school board who control the textbooks American children are exposed to in school. Today, Harvey Wasserman has a good diary up at the Cheeto that responds to the wingnut claims that our founders were all Christians who wanted our country to force everyone to follow suit.
1. Actual Founder-Presidents #2 through #6—John Adams, Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, James Monroe and John Quincy Adams—were all freethinking
Deists and Unitarians; what Christian precepts they embraced were moderate, tolerant and open-minded.
2. Actual Founder-President #1, George Washington, became an Anglican as required for original military service under the British, and occasionally quoted scripture. But he vehemently opposed any church-state union. In a 1790 letter to the Jews of Truro, he wrote: The “Government of the United States, which gives to bigotry no sanction, to persecution no assistances, requires only that they who live under its protection, should demean themselves as good citizens.” A 1796 treaty he signed says “the government of the United States of America is not, in any sense, founded on the Christian religion.” Washington rarely went to church and by some accounts refused last religious rites.
And so on. It’s well worth a read.
The Wall Street Journal has an interesting story on the lawyer for the “missionaries” who recently attempted to smuggle 33 children out of Haiti and into the Dominican Republic: Missionary Group’s Lawyer is Investigated by El Salvador
Police in El Salvador said Friday they are trying to determine if Jorge Puello, the lawyer for 10 American missionaries detained in Haiti for having tried to leave the country with 33 children, is the same person as a Salvadoran man wanted on child-trafficking charges.
El Salvador’s National Police said in a statement they are investigating whether Mr. Puello is Jorge Torres Orellana, a man who is wanted on charges of child trafficking in El Salvador. The Salvadoran police posted pictures of both Mr. Puello and Mr. Torres on their Web site and said it asked for U.S. help in comparing the fingerprints of the two men.
Mr. Puello has been the main legal adviser to the Americans since shortly after their Jan. 28 arrest, when the group was detained for trying to cross into the Dominican Republic with 33 children on a bus and without the right paperwork. They have been in jail since, under investigation for possible child abduction and conspiracy.
Mr. Puello’s name doesn’t appear on the registry of the Dominican Republic College of Attorneys, a list on which all attorney’s names are required to appear for them to litigate in the country’s courts…
Hmmmm… I plan to keep an eye on this story.
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What an A-hole, with a capital A!
If you haven’t read Joseph Cannon’s (with assistance) take-down of Gerry Posner, do not miss it! Posner is the author of the supposedly (but not really) authoritative book on the JFK assassination, Case Closed. NOTE: The book was written well before many recently released revelations, which are probably only the tip of the iceberg of what is in the government’s archives. Thanks to Cannon and a couple of other terrific researchers, Posner has been fired by The Daily Beast for plagiarism. Cannon’s stories:
I’m not going to post any links to stories about “health care reform” or the “jobs bill”–not! or anything to do with Congress or the President. I’m just a little bit fed up with those people. But feel free to post links to any stories you want in the comments!
HAVE A STUPENDOUS SATURDAY EVERYONE!!!!!!
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