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Somebody Just Shot Two Cops At The Pentagon Metro Station

Posted by Phoenix Woman on March 4, 2010

That’s about all we know right now.

Well, not all we know. We also know the following:

If the shooter is white: He’s a “frustrated” citizen whose motives deserve to be taken seriously.

If the shooter isn’t white: He’s a terrorist and should be tried in a military court.

Or at least, that’s how our GOP/Media Complex will see it.

03/05/10 update: And sure enough, he was a white guy, therefore his anti-government 9/11 truther rants and advocacy of the sort of violence he committed don’t count as terrorism:

A California man killed in a shootout with Pentagon police drove cross-country and arrived outside the military headquarters armed with two semiautomatic weapons, authorities said Friday. The shooter apparently left behind angry, anti-government Internet postings airing suspicions about the 9/11 attacks.

John Patrick Bedell, 36, of Hollister, Calif., was named as the gunman in the Thursday evening attack. Authorities said he’d had previous run-ins with the law.

Investigators have found no immediate connection to terrorism. The attack that superficially wounded two officers guarding the massive Defense Department headquarters appears to be a case of “a single individual who had issues,” Richard Keevill, chief of Pentagon police, said Friday.

Hints of those issues emerged in anti-government Internet postings linked to Bedell. One blog linked to Bedell’s page on the social networking site LinkedIn contained a two-part treatise on big government, including its vulnerability to being controlled by a criminal organization.

“This organization, like so many murderous governments throughout history, would see the sacrifice of thousands of its citizens, in an event such as the September 11 attacks, as a small cost in order to perpetuate its barbaric control,” the blog post read.

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The Gilded Age Redux: Woman Cleans Home Of Banker Who Evicted Her

Posted by Phoenix Woman on March 4, 2010

I kid thee not:

At first, Minneapolis janitor Rosalina Gomez said she didn’t realize she was cleaning up after the CEO of the bank that bought her foreclosed home in a September sheriff’s sale.

“At the beginning I didn’t know he was the guy,” said Gomez through an interpreter in an interview with HuffPost. “I didn’t know the relationship between my house and him. I saw him one time but never talked to him.”

The guy is Richard Davis, CEO of Minneapolis-based US Bank, the nation’s sixth-largest bank and recipient of $6.6 billion in TARP bailout funds. On Feb. 28, Davis was set to receive an “Executive of the Year” award from the Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal at a banquet — 11 days before Gomez and her family had to comply with an eviction order.

The Service Employees International Union, of which Gomez is a member, could not resist the opportunity to draw attention to the soon-to-be-evicted woman cleaning up after one of the bankers taking her home away (US Bank is the trustee; Chase is the mortgage servicer). The SEIU began agitating for Gomez, an effort which dovetailed with a union campaign on behalf of area janitors fighting for a better contract.

This story has a somewhat happier ending: The publicity drawn to Gomez’ plight got the bank to postpone the eviction for 60 days while she and Chase work out a deal.

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