Nobody Could Have Predicted (Part MMDCCLXVII)

Nobody could have predicted that eight years of Bush fearmongering coupled with the utter nonsense spewing from the likes of the NRA and Glenn Beck would result in this sort of thing:

thumb_mediumPoplawski2_a899a.JPGThanks to some sleuth work on the Internet, we’re starting to learn more about Richard Poplawski, the 23-year-old who killed three police officers yesterday in Pittsburgh, evidently out of fear that his guns were going to be taken away.

It appears that what police may be looking at is a budding white supremacist who frequented one of the most popular neo-Nazi websites and harbored an apocalyptic dread of the federal government.

The next four years are going to be very interesting. For one thing, Poplawski was captured alive.

The Village Voice’s True Crime Report has done a lot of the sleuthing. The thread of connective tissue involving the evidence they’ve uncovered isn’t perfectly solid, but the strands are all well connected enough to suggest the general thrust is reasonably accurate.

The key is to look a little harder at the MySpace page of Poplawski’s self-described “best friend,” Eddie Perkovic — the one that contains that anti-Semitic, anti-black racist rant, recommending that folks read David Duke and the Protocols. You can see Perkovic above, spouting the gun-nut line about how “he was gonna stand by what his forefathers told him to do.”

One of his online buddies (who might be Poplawski himself) also posted at  I won’t link, but you can check it out if you wish at True Crime Report.  It’s not pretty.

Richard Andrew “Pop” Poplawski’s ex-girlfriend said he dragged her by the hair and threatened to shoot her.

He slept with a gun under his pillow in a basement room filled with firearms and ammunition, convinced that Jews controlled the media and President Obama was scheming to take away his arsenal, friends and relatives said Saturday.

“He was a violent, abusive man. He dragged me by the hair, pulling me across the floor. I saw him choke his own mother. He was controlling,” said Melissa Gladish, 23, of Verona, his former girlfriend who received a protection from abuse order against him in 2005. She said she had no doubt he would kill someone.

That’s from the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. Fox News coverage of the incident seems to be the only thing currently on YouTube, and you can watch it here and here.

The Emerging Portrait of Richard Poplawski: A White-Supremacist Radical [Crooks and Liars]

Just remember, Streisand is the threat to America. Bernard Goldberg can take it to the bank.

My question is: how soon before these patriots bring their weapons and their cause to places like Harvard Square, the Upper West Side, and Sandy Eggo? They can’t just shoot up their hometowns if they’re going to save us from ZOG.

And, for the record, I am pretty sure that nobody has been killed as a result of Bush Derangement Syndrome. Just sayin’.

The comments posted on the Youtube links are more telling and stupid.

Aside from reducing magazine capacity, when the hell has anyone talked about banning guns?

Mentally troubled loner loser with discipline issues, who knew?

Only if the NRA/radio wingnuts had the sense of the Simpsons’ Diamond Joe Quimby…
Mayor Quimby: All right, settle down, people. We are all upset by Mr. Burns’ plan to block out our sun. It is time for decisive action! I have here a polite but firm letter to Mr. Burns’ underlings who, with some cajoling, will pass it along to him or at least give him the gist of it.
Mayor’s Bodyguard: (whispering) Sir, a lot of people are stroking guns…
Mayor Quimby: Also, it has been brought to my attention that a number of you are stroking guns. Therefore, I will step aside and open up the floor.

@blogenfreude: The one travel example on file is Oklahoma. But lord knows what that upstate dude was planning.

Hey, you know what is a great way to convince politicians and the general public that you can be responsible with guns and that they shouldn’t be taken away from you? Kill a bunch of random innocent people!

“He was a violent, abusive man. He dragged me by the hair, pulling me across the floor. I saw him choke his own mother. He was controlling,” said Melissa Gladish, 23, of Verona, describing the gunman and everyone in America who voted GOP in the last 38 years.

This is the very beginning of the Adkisson reaction. Beck is loving it, no doubt. The Talibunny sitting on Levi’s face and screaming while watching the reports on CNN.

He’s got purty lips. Idiot ILHF.

You guys should read the comments on on this.


At the beginning of this session of Congress 61 Democratic members had communicated to Pelosi that that no gun ban stuff can be brought up this session cause people have wised up.. And then bingo!!!! how many “mass shootings” have we had since then??????


oddly muted or black opp’d. This is clearly looking like a Hit job MIAC style to make us all look bad. By us -I mean the conspiracy theorist who are not violently crazy or white supremisit. We have been MIAC’D.


Sounds like a set up to demonize patriots and people aware of the bigger picture to me.

No remorse at all for the cops. WTF?

@redmanlaw: Quick, someone register before someone realizes the depth of conspiracy around his frame-up as part of the islamofascist scheme to disarm America and surrender it to the control of his satanic majesty Obama and his master, Osama.

@redmanlaw: MIAC?

1. Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference

2. Minority Institute Astrobiology Collaborative

3. Missouri Information Analysis Center

Ah. Number 3. Mr. Beck fills us in about the MIAC “domestic terrorist” report, with a very disenheartening assist from Penn Jillette.

@redmanlaw: Didn’t you get the memo? If a minority shoots a cop, said cop is a fallen hero, martyred while protecting us all from the godless [insert minority here] hordes. If a right wingnut shoots a cop, said cop is a fascist storm trooper of the state, bent on taking the weapons that are our only protection from godless socialism and immigrants, and nutjob is a folk hero and patriot.

Once again white power guy ends up looking like a pouty bottom on his myspace page. These people need stylists bad.

@rptrcub / smapdi: Take away the tattoos and the hate-filled paranoia, and give him a John Deere hat, and drop him off in a hipster mecca. Instant emo band frontman.

The Right cultivates and feeds this nonsense, as anyone who remembers the Clinton era knows. Conservative powerbrokers see this brand of insane paranoia as just another avenue for sowing discontent. Is it any surprise that the OK City bombing occurred during the Clinton presidency? Is it any surprise that the militia movement took hold at a time when conservatives were pushing the absurd notion that Clinton was about to cede our sovereignty to the UN? You can expect to see even more of this insanity since black-helicopter, one world order, UN, militia paranoia has been, if anything, mainstreamed thanks to venues such as Fox and crazies like Beck. In the 90’s you pretty much had to own a Short Wave radio to tune into these levels of dysfunctional paranoia. Today you get it from Fox and Friends with your morning coffee.

I’ve been in stunned silence after this shooting, in part because we literally just gamed this very scenario with some state and local folks. In a black humor twist, Pittsburgh was actually considered too “urbane” to produce this guy; we figured Schuylkill (try that phonetically) county, with meth labs.

@nojo: Does this mean we need to start monitoring the movements of Libertarian Tool/HM?

Dumbass! Now they really did take your guns away. To the evidence room, you witless schmuck!

There are many times when I wish Penn was the silent partner in Penn and Teller.

I didn’t know until very recently that Penn Jillette was such a fappin’ tool. I guess that silly tail on the back of his head should have been a clue.
I know I should be mature enough to separate that and still enjoy the entertainment, but it just doesn’t work for me. I will cancel their booking to perform a private show here at my stately manor.
Damn non-refundable deposits!
But seriously… shouldn’t there be a big raging backlash already against Beck, O’Reilly et al for helping stir this shit up? It sickens and frightens me that this is not an isolated incident, and it is still so early in Obama’s term…

@Jebediah: Adkisson shot up a church, the police found books by Hannity and Goldberg on his coffeetable, he said he was inspired by Goldberg’s list of American enemies (the usual lib suspects), and everybody politely looked the other way.

Maybe the cop-killer will get a spot on Olbermann Monday, and that will be the end of the story. Another isolated incident, another kook. Michele Bachmann will again be reporting behind enemy lines by midweek.

One person could make an issue of it, and everyone would have to pay attention. But Barry’s only using Limbaugh to force the GOP into a corner, and I don’t see him bothering to make a serious case against the rest. Which is too bad, since he has the moral gravity to pull it off when he wants to.

@nojo: Everyone knows that Unitarians don’t count.

Maybe if Goldberg goes on Beck’s show and together they gloat about their results so far…because that is the only thing that would be more obvious than the mind-bustingly obvious obviousness that you mention.
These guys are really quite lucky that the left tends to be not murderously unhinged.

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