Saturday, January 08, 2011

Alleged shooter left social media hints - Ben Smith -

Twisted logic:
Among his long list of favorite books in his YouTube profile are Mein Kampf, The Communist Manifesto, Siddhartha.

Loughner also "favorited" just one video on YouTube, which shows the burning of an American flag and is accompanied by an anti-government screed. A sample from that screed:

If there's no flag in the constitution then the flag in the film is unknown.
There's no flag in the constitution.
Therefore, the flag in the film is unknown.
Burn every new and old flag that you see.
Burn your flag!
I bet you can imagine this in your mind with a faster speed.
Watch this protest in reverse!
Ask the local police; "What's your illegal activity on duty?".
If you protest the government then there's a new government from protesting.
There's not a new government from protesting.
Thus, you aren't protesting the government.
The insane, in their isolation, are relentlessly logical. Their thoughts constantly turning to the malformed syllogisms that give formal structure to their inner turmoil. If this, then this. They seek to convince themselves that what they are doing is simultaneously unreal and inevitable. If only to relieve them of the burden of taking responsibility for their actions.