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3/24/2012

A Call for Civility in the Wake of an Attack on a Democrat . . . by a Homeless Man Who Talks About Aliens

Filed under: General — Patterico @ 5:32 pm



A Democrat state senator has her office firebombed, and implies that it was done because of Republican rhetoric:

On Wednesday, Davis used the incident to call for civility: We should “be careful about the type of rhetoric bandied about.”

We need “to stop demonizing (political opponents) … in a way that might incite these kinds of responses.”

. . . .

Davis was at her law office in downtown Fort Worth at the time.

She said that when she heard of the attack she thought of the January 2011 shootings in Arizona in which six people were killed and U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords and 13 others were wounded.

“It’s a sad but true fact of public service that we have to feel concerned sometimes for our personal safety,” Davis said. “But we can’t let that stop us.”

Damn Republicans!

By the way, let me introduce you to the arsonist: a 40-year-old homeless dude who likes to rant about aliens:

A 40-year-old homeless man who spoke of aliens and twice visited state Sen. Wendy Davis’ offices demanding to see her returned Tuesday and tossed a paper bag filled with six Molotov cocktails against the outer door, sparking a small fire, police said Wednesday.

. . . .

Steele had visited Davis’ office Friday and again Monday, requesting to speak with the senator about a tazing incident that occurred in Michigan, according to an arrest warrant affidavit.

He left behind part of a dead animal, “stating it was a new species and wanted the senator to see it,” the affidavit said.

. . . .

Before his arrest, Steele “spoke of an alien species” to officers and said he “had another piece of the alien in the rafter” of the vacant residence on Donnelly, the affidavit says.

It could not be more obvious that this fragile man was wound up by excessive Republican rhetoric about alien parts. I, for one, demand that Republicans stop making incendiary speeches about new species of animals and alien pieces in rafters — lest we have another tragedy like this one.

For shame, Republicans.

For shame.

UPDATE: Thanks to Ag80, who noted this earlier this week.

28 Responses to “A Call for Civility in the Wake of an Attack on a Democrat . . . by a Homeless Man Who Talks About Aliens”

  1. Wendy Davis vows to “stand strong” in the face of these hateful attacks. “We need civil discourse”, says she.

    Another victim of discrimination and the politics of crazy, homeless, alien-crazed firebombers.

    Colonel Haiku (bd479c)

  2. The guy votes? Maybe if ACORN picks him up and fills out his ballot for $5 and a Four Loko, but certainly not GOP

    SteveG (e27d71)

  3. I told you the lizard people were behind this…

    Ghost (6f9de7)

  4. I wonder what she has to say about the frenzy in Florida ? Blacks demanding lynching. Interesting.

    Mike K (326cba)

  5. Colonel Haiku:

    Another victim of discrimination and the politics of crazy, homeless, alien-crazed firebombers.

    He also claims he was tased, Haiku. It could be a conspiracy.

    DRJ (a83b8b)

  6. Someone mentioned this earlier this week. Who was it? Oh yeah:

    This is way off topic, but it was just on local news in Dallas-Fort Worth.

    I predict this will be big news before the week is over.

    Although, it’s not in the written story, the Texas State Senator whose office was attacked managed to bring Gabby Giffords and the current “discourse” into her comments on TV as she said she would continue to fight for women’s issues and other talking points.

    I figure this will go one way, then perhaps another. We’ll see.

    Comment by Ag80 — 3/20/2012 @ 8:12 pm

    David Axelrod (b0b671)

  7. Wait a second, I’m not David Axelrod.

    Ag80 (b0b671)

  8. Good catch, Ag80. Are you sure you aren’t David Axelrod?

    DRJ (a83b8b)

  9. Before reading the linked article I wondered whether the dude talking about aliens might have been Senator Hank Johnson from Georgia, the Guam tipping over guy, but I see they have positive identification on the alleged culprit.

    daleyrocks (bf33e9)

  10. DRJ:

    No, I just play him on TV. The weaselly mustache causes the confusion.

    Ag80 (b0b671)

  11. They peacefully rape and murder while we violently speak our minds.

    Ghost (6f9de7)

  12. Nothing new of course, when the Democratic State HQ in Denver Colorado was vandalized in ’08 during the DNC, the GOP was blamed.

    Turned out to be a transgender anarchist who’d been hired to work in the office for the Dem party.

    SPQR (26be8b)

  13. Didn’t you people, see ‘Dark Skies’ it’s been known to happen,

    narciso (cf7360)

  14. UPDATE: Thanks to Ag80, who noted this earlier this week.

    Patterico (feda6b)

  15. That’s not how I saw it, but I’ll give props, since you noticed it.

    Patterico (feda6b)

  16. Jared Loughner’s most pressing political issue was mind control via grammar. Obviously a Sarah Palin devotee.

    Dustin (330eed)

  17. Thanks, Patterico. I’m just glad to see great minds think alike.

    I mean you and DRJ.

    Besides, wife and kids are out tonight, so I’m seeking attention.

    Ag80 (b0b671)

  18. Clearly, Newt’s speech about a return to the moon, set him off, sarc.

    narciso (cf7360)

  19. The sad thing about the whole non-story is that Wendy Davis kept harping on the incivility business long after it was found out that the poor guy was mentally unstable.

    The other sad thing is — although I disagree with her politically — she is not stupid. She managed a parliamentary run-around on Rick Perry and the GOP-controlled Legislature that caused him to recall the Legislature out of recess to deal with education funding.

    I think she will be a rising star in the Texas Dem party as long as courts thwart GOP redistricting plans, or even if they don’t.

    Ag80 (b0b671)

  20. A follow up, and take a look at the note at the end

    http://www.star-telegram.com/2012/03/21/3826147/brother-suspect-in-davis-attack.html

    narciso (cf7360)

  21. He also claims he was tased, Haiku. It could be a conspiracy.

    Comment by DRJ

    Tased and crazed… bad combo!

    Colonel Haiku (da0fa5)

  22. The Black Panthers need to put out another bounty.

    AZ Bob (1c9631)

  23. i seem to recall a poll in 1992 that said a freakishly high number of people who believed that aliens were visiting earth, also voted for clinton.

    Just saying.

    Aaron Worthing (73a7ea)

  24. I think Bill Clinton’s existence is proof that aliens have visited earth.

    He doesn’t resemble any life form that could have evolved here.

    Oh, wait a minute. I forgot about pond scum.

    Never mind.

    Dave Surls (46b08c)

  25. i seem to recall a poll in 1992 that said a freakishly high number of people who believed that aliens were visiting earth, also voted for clinton.

    Just saying.

    Comment by Aaron Worthing

    aliens brought Clinton the gift of Astro Turf, which he used to line the bed of his El Camino.

    Colonel Haiku (0ee692)

  26. operative hired
    tased and crazed Ziggy Moondust
    she needed the press

    Colonel Haiku (0ee692)

  27. I just thought you should know…

    THIS IS ALL BUSH’s FAULT.

    IGotBupkis, Three Time Winner of the Silver Sow Award (8e2a3d)

  28. Turned out to be a transgender anarchist who’d been hired to work in the office for the Dem party.

    Well, true, but s/he was channeling a member of the GOP.

    Fake but True story.

    It supports the Left, who are our superiors, so they should know if it’s Right or Wrong™

    And so do we, if you think about it.

    Damn, that’s a nice slogan.

    IGotBupkis, Three Time Winner of the Silver Sow Award (8e2a3d)


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