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New Mexico Teen Planned Family Shootings for at Least a Week

This terrible event would have been much worse if everything went according to his plan
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There’s some new information in this report. There are some excerpts below. The whole thing is here.

For at least a week, 15-year-old Nehemiah Griego had been planning the attack, authorities said.

After shooting his mother and three siblings in their beds, he ambushed his father as the pastor returned home from an overnight shift at a homeless shelter.

Then the teen reloaded the family’s rifles.

His plan was to randomly shoot people at a Wal-Mart on Saturday, which happened to be “Guns Across America” day, until he could be killed in a shootout with law enforcement, according to authorities.

He also contemplated killing his 12-year-old girlfriend’s parents, Bernalillo County Sheriff Dan Houston said Tuesday.

And while Griego loaded guns and ammunition into the family’s van, Houston said, it was unclear whether the teen did go to a Wal-Mart or how seriously he contemplated continuing his rampage on the same day that thousands of gun advocates gathered peacefully at state capitals around the country to rally against stricter limits on firearms.

The “Guns Across America” events were held after President Barack Obama unveiled a sweeping package of federal gun-control proposals.

[…]

The boy’s uncle, Eric Griego [a former New Mexico state Senator], said in an emailed statement on behalf of the family that the teen is “bright, curious and incredibly talented” with a love of music and sports.

“It is clear to those of us who know and love him that something went terribly wrong. Whether it was a mental breakdown or some deeper undiagnosed psychological issue, we can’t be sure yet,” the statement said.

[…]

Eric Griego’s statement said the family had “differing views on gun rights and gun control” and asked the media “to not use Nehemiah as a pawn for ratings or to score political points.

“He is a troubled young man who made a terrible decision that will haunt him and his family forever.”

OK, we shouldn’t use the shooter to “score political points.” Can we use the family’s practice of storing weapons in a bedroom closet to make a point about gun control? I don’t see it as a bad thing if some progress on that front can be encouraged by this horrible event.

Nehemiah Griego, 15, is seen in an undated photo provided by his family.

There’s another new report here.

The 12-year-old girlfriend of Nehemiah Griego who allegedly killed five members of his family was interviewed by police today and cleared of possible complicity in the rampage.

[…]

Another version by the same AP reporter as the one at the top has this included:

[…]

In addition to the two rifles, there were two 12-gauge pistol-grip shotguns in the home, Houston said. Griego’s father had taught him to use guns, and they shot together on a regular basis, Houston said.

The house had a security-style sign outside saying: “Protected by Smith & Wesson Security Services.”

[…]

Your Right Wing Hack Moment of the Day

Tres formidable
Wingnuts • Views: 20,766

Possibly the most laughable right wing reaction to the Benghazi hearings comes from the Washington Post’s conservative figurehead, Jennifer Rubin, whose eyes popped right out of her head when Rand Paul took the microphone.

There was also this eye-popping moment in which Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) showed why he is so formidable.

[…]

And with that, he did great damage to the myth of Clinton’s competence.

She’s referring to Sen. Paul’s rant about how if he were President, he would have fired Hillary Clinton.

If I were the owner of the Washington Post, I would have fired Jennifer Rubin for deliberately misleading her readers during the presidential campaign. She does great damage to the reputation of the Washington Post with every column of hers that they publish.

But I’m not the owner of the Washington Post, and Rand Paul’s not the President, and I wouldn’t have it any other way.

Glenn Beck’s Infinitely Recursive Conspiracy Theory Theory

Like an onion, but not The Onion
Wingnuts • Views: 22,390

Sure, we all know Glenn Beck is the eager disseminator of all manner of goofy conspiracy theories. But lately he’s been diving even deeper into these mysterious waters, pondering the dark conspiracies behind the conspiracy theories. A theory of meta-conspiracies, if you will. A fractal universe of endlessly convoluted conspiracies, layers upon layers, all the way down.

How far will Glenn follow his recursive conspiracy theory theory? Stay tuned for more of Glenn Beck, Raving Freakazoid Nut Sandwich.

Sen. Ron Johnson: Hillary Planned to Get “Emotional”

What right wing sexism?
Politics • Views: 22,412

Following his heated exchanges with Hillary Clinton earlier today, Republican Sen. Ron Johnson is now accusing Clinton of planning an “emotional” response to “get out of the questions.”

Isn’t it great that Republicans are so amazingly predictable? I mean, it’s such a stereotype that one of these old white guys would immediately go out and brag that he put the uppity emotional woman in her place. You’d think they would learn at some point that it makes them look like total cavemen, but they do it every single time, like clockwork.

Live Video: Hillary Clinton Testifies at House Hearing on Benghazi Fake Scandal

Dancing with the Republicans
Politics • Views: 19,107

The idiotfest in Washington DC continues, as House Republicans posture and spout Fox News talking points at Hillary Clinton some more.

If the Republican Benghazi boogaloo seems to make no sense, it’s because they don’t want to come right out and say what’s underneath all of this nonsense, since they’re dimly aware it will make them look like real lunatics.

But back during the presidential campaign, Mitt Romney stated the true agenda on the very first night of the Benghazi incident, when he accused President Obama of “sympathizing with the attackers.” It’s the same old “black President is a secret America-hating radical” conspiracy theory, in yet another disguise.

That’s what’s behind the Fox News/right wing propaganda effort, and you can easily find right wing bloggers who say this outright — even if GOP politicians now make a cursory effort to hide it.

Video: Hillary Clinton Erupts at Ron Johnson Over Benghazi Fake Scandal

The Republican Party can’t stop doing the Benghazi boogaloo
Politics • Views: 19,473

Here we see Hillary Clinton reaching the limit of her patience with the idiotic right wing talking points parroted by Republican Sen. Ron Johnson. It’s been fascinating to watch one Republican after another mindlessly repeating the Fox News line, revealing the base deception that lies at the heart of their Benghazi boogaloo.

Here’s the full text of Hillary Clinton’s testimony: Text of Hillary Clinton’s Senate Testimony on Benghazi.

At 2pm Eastern, Clinton will be back in the chamber, and it’s going to get even more ridiculous — because this time it will be the even more deranged House Republicans asking the questions.

UPDATE at 1/23/13 9:53:29 am

And it got even dumber than Ron Johnson; in his loony rant, libertarian Rand Paul actually said Benghazi was “the worst tragedy since 9/11.”

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