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8/26/2015

Virginia Shooting: Awful

Filed under: General — Patterico @ 6:05 pm



There’s nothing to be gained from making some kind of political comment about this thing, or watching any videos, or naming the crazy scumbag who did it. It’s just sad.

19 Responses to “Virginia Shooting: Awful”

  1. yep

    Dustin (2a8be7)

  2. Haters will hate and nut bags will do what they do. Sickening.

    Colonel Haiku (2601c0)

  3. But that didn’t stop ol’ Josh Earnest from immediately trying to link this to the need for new gun laws or for his boss, the Dear Leader, to later call for gun control AND tell us to quit being obsessed with terrorism. Quite a Daily Double, even by the standards of Barack Obama.

    JVW (ba78f9)

  4. Maybe to be complete fair I should say that Obama intimated that we shouldn’t be so obsessed with terrorism. My comment makes it sound like his was explicit, which he was not.

    JVW (ba78f9)

  5. There might be good to be gained by condemning the practice of equating supposed “virtual” violence in the way of words with actual violence in the way of deeds.

    I only blame the criminal. But I want to punch people in the face who talk about the justifiable rage in the community.

    Which may seem to be an oxymoron, and we can talk about that, too.

    I’m only guessing at this point but I bet this guy suffered from “justifiable rage.” Nobody involved actually did anything to him. He was just butt hurt from life. And life, at least in terms of the LHMFM we have here, told him his butt hurt was justified.

    Steve57 (3b2e7d)

  6. The killer had a very poor work history, having been fired more than once previously due to poor job performance and volatile behavior. The man had anger issues. My guess is that there will be a lawsuit or three, because WDBJ-TV either did not do their due diligence, and unknowingly hired a man with a significant history of problems with previous employers, or knew about those problems, and hired him anyway.

    The Dana who can see the big picture (f6a568)

  7. Cue up calls from Obama and Earnest for common sense gun control – ban scary looking semi-automatic assault style weapons!!!!!

    Some lives do matter more. This will not be the same as many recently, the homosexual minority killer trying to start a race war and acting out against his perceived injustices does not fit Teh Narrative

    JD (34f761)

  8. Gay black man in rural South commits suicide after systematic bullying by co-workers, employers, and local Sheriff and state police.

    nk (dbc370)

  9. “6.The killer had a very poor work history

    He was also censured for wearing an Obama sticker while recording a segment at a polling booth during the 2012 US Presidential Election – a clear breach of journalistic impartiality. (if such actually exists among leftist journalists).

    “The man had anger issues”

    No he didn’t. The man had “I’m a black victim and I deserve what I want” issues. They were taught to him through public school, college and journalism school. They were reinforced by hanging with leftist propagandists and fellow democrats.

    “My guess is that there will be a lawsuit or three, because WDBJ-TV either did not do their due diligence, and unknowingly hired a man with a significant history of problems with previous employers, or knew about those problems, and hired him anyway.”

    My guess is that had he been denied employment on the basis of his psychological problems the also would have been a lawsuit or three based on him screaming “RACIST”, discrimination etc., and he most likely would have “received a settlement” as they say. Then the next guys, in fear of a discrimination suit would have hired him anyway.

    So a black, gay, leftist, journalist, anti- gun, anti-white racist Obama loving pinko murdered two people to start a race war. I’m shocked!

    Rev. Barack Hussein Hoagie (f4eb27)

  10. WDBJ-TV had fired him a long time ago. There’s no there, there.

    nk (dbc370)

  11. The Imam Barack Hussein Hoagie wrote:

    “My guess is that there will be a lawsuit or three, because WDBJ-TV either did not do their due diligence, and unknowingly hired a man with a significant history of problems with previous employers, or knew about those problems, and hired him anyway.”

    My guess is that had he been denied employment on the basis of his psychological problems the also would have been a lawsuit or three based on him screaming “RACIST”, discrimination etc., and he most likely would have “received a settlement” as they say. Then the next guys, in fear of a discrimination suit would have hired him anyway.

    While I can see him thinking that way, if the TV station had known anything about his prior work history, they’d be able to defend themselves against such a claim easily. But a prospective employer is under no obligation to tell an applicant why he wasn’t hired, and due diligence should have resulted in Mr Flanagan’s résumé simply being thrown away; he should never have made it to the interview stage.

    Apparently he was somewhat talented in his chosen field, but his personal problems kept getting in the way.

    The employer Dana (f6a568)

  12. Flanagan worked as a reporter in several different markets including Tallahassee, Florida, where he worked as a reporter for the current San Diego 6 News Director.
    Shafer hired Flanagan at WTWC in 2000.
    “He was a good on-air performer, a pretty good reporter. And then things started getting a little strange,” Shafer said.
    The same year Flanagan was hired, he was also fired by Shafer for “odd behavior.” Flanagan was known to be involved in arguments and did not get along with co-workers.
    “I know that there were some issues with him and his personality that kind of (spiraled) down, and that’s why we had to get rid of him,” Shafer said. “I don’t want to say anything more about that, but … I didn’t see (a dangerous aspect) in his personality.”
    Flanagan later sued the Tallahassee station, but the case was thrown out.
    WTWC went off the air in November 2000.
    “We ended up having to terminate his contract and let him go for bizarre behavior and fighting with other employees,” Shafer said on San Diego 6, where he now serves as news director.

    “He threatened to punch people out, and he was kind of running fairly roughshod over other people in the newsroom,” Shafer added.

    Former colleagues told The Daily Beast that Flanagan blew up at two female coworkers in Florida—and that one woman’s husband considered coming to work to defend her.

    “In one case, the husband of one of the women, came this close to coming into the station and pounding the hell out of him,” Leval said.

    “When he left WTWC in Tallahassee, I don’t think anybody shed a tear,” Leval added.

    There but by the grace of God goes Lester Holt.

    papertiger (c2d6da)

  13. There there that little bit of …

    “He threatened to punch people out, and he was kind of running fairly roughshod over other people in the newsroom,” Shafer added.

    … Micheal Brown, Trayvon Martin, peeking out.

    papertiger (c2d6da)

  14. same year Flanagan was hired, he was also fired in Tallahassee

    Flanagan sued the Tallahassee station, but the case was thrown out.

    WTWC went off the air in November 2000.

    The psycho killed a whole station the last time, so WDBJ in Virginia is getting off light.

    papertiger (c2d6da)

  15. papertiger #14 … too soon …

    (but valid in a couple of months – humour is a proven and excellent crisis coping mechanism)

    Alastor (2e7f9f)

  16. Last night on Megyn Kelly’s TV show she interviewed Alison Parker’s father. He assured Kelly, and by extension her viewers, that to honor Alison’s memory he’d work to keep guns out of the hands of violent disturbed individuals.

    Tonight, Kelly blatantly misrepresented his position to portray him as advocating stricter gun control when he pointedly said his goal was to keep guns out of the hands of the mentally unbalanced.

    Tonight Megyn Kelly twisted his words to suit a purpose he specifically wanted to distance himself from. That’s journalistic malpractice. It wouldn’t surprise me if he’s now refusing to take any more calls from so-called journalists.

    ropelight (b6c46a)

  17. Last night on Megyn Kelly’s TV show she interviewed Alison Parker’s father. He assured Kelly, and by extension her viewers, that to honor Alison’s memory he’d work to keep guns out of the hands of violent disturbed individuals.

    Tonight, Kelly blatantly misrepresented his position to portray him as advocating stricter gun control when he pointedly said his goal was to keep guns out of the hands of the mentally unbalanced.

    I watched it — and I never, ever watch her program — because I wanted to see how she dealt with Ramos. (I was not pleased.)

    I found the segment you are talking about embarrassing, by the way.

    I don’t see a big distinction between the two, and didn’t hear the portrayal she gave it tonight, but your summary of what he actually said last night is 100& accurate.

    Patterico (3cc0c1)

  18. Is it too soon to say Trump told you so?

    Icebergs right ahead!

    papertiger (c2d6da)

  19. Actually I believe some good can come from talking about this despicable murderer and his crimes. If only to prevent equally despicable individuals from controlling the narrative.

    Like Barack Obama, as JD reminded us upthread.

    Powerline has a couple of thought provoking posts up about it.

    http://www.powerlineblog.com/archives/2015/08/the-facts-dont-matter-the-answer-is-always-gun-control.php

    http://www.powerlineblog.com/archives/2015/08/dylann-roof-and-vester-flanagan-compare-and-contrast.php

    …I agree with Hugh Hewitt that it is a mistake to pay attention to “manifestos” left behind by insane killers. It only encourages them. But if we are going to take seriously the ideology of lunatics, it must be a two-way street. Dylann Roof’s racist ideology was taken very seriously, to the point where Confederate flags came down across the South. In Flanagan’s case, the focus is on gun control rather than his equally racist ideology.

    Flanagan was consumed with race hatred, and was disciplined by the television station for which he worked at the time for, among other things, wearing a Barack Obama button while he stood in line to vote. So why do we not retroactively conclude that images of Barack Obama are hateful, like the Confederate flag, and must be banned? Glenn Reynolds asks, “Will Obama apologize for the behavior of one of his followers?” Of course not. But imagine if a racist white killer who worked for a television station had been similarly disciplined for wearing, say, a Ted Cruz button. Do you not think that fact would be deemed highly relevant, and highly embarrassing to Senator Cruz?…

    Steve57 (3b2e7d)


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