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Tuesday, October 15, 2002
9:10 PM

Clayton Cramer turning in his mind the possibility the killer in Washington is not a domestic nutcase, here via a link he excerpts from Nathan Alexander

Nathan Alexander noticed something that I noticed, but I was too busy beating a ksh script into submission at work today to blog it:


Quote: “Dear Mr. Policeman. I am God.”

I’m not the sharpest knife in the drawer, but I have some experience with language and translations. I don’t think someone whose native language is English would say “Dear Mr. Policeman”. First, this is a taunt, right? Someone who grew up in the US would call him a pig, or a cop, or something, wouldn’t he? Furthermore, we don’t usually use a title after the word “dear”, except in the case where the title is part of a formal address, like “Dear Mr. President” or something. ‘Mr. Policeman’ just sounds funny to me, like ‘Mr. Sandman’ or something.


He goes on to point to other indications that whoever wrote on the tarot card is probably not someone raised in the United States. It's not spectacularly strong, but I find it interesting that I had the same reaction as Nathan.

Cramer adds later:

What Do You Know? Maybe Not One Of Those Angry White Male Gun Nuts After All

The mass media have been doing everything but putting an NRA sticker on the sniper. I have been pretty careful to acknowledge that it could be a domestic nutcase, or it could be al-Qaida terrorists or sympathizers. I haven't seen anything terribly strong either way. The mass media, of course, want it to be a white male American so that they can blame the problem on our "weak" gun laws--and above all, give no indication that we might be involved in a death match against the savages that caused 9/11, and the bombing in Bali. But today's news includes what seems to be an indication that this might be al-Qaida related:

For the first time, witnesses were able to give information about license plates on vehicles seen fleeing the scene, including a light-colored Chevrolet Astro van with a burned-out rear taillight.

A law enforcement official, speaking on condition of anonymity, said another witness gave a description of a dark-skinned, possibly Hispanic or Middle Eastern, man in a white van.

This conforms to the very first reports that suggests some swarthy sorts were involved.

But of course, speaking as a Swarthy American, that doesn't narrow it down very much around here.

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