A man who attempted to rob two banks in Aspen, Colo., on New Year's Eve with four homemade gasoline bombs in what he called a "suicide mission" was found dead early Thursday after sparking a manhunt that shut down the city's holiday celebrations.
The man, James Chester Blanning Jr., was found dead early Thursday just east of Aspen in rural Pitkin County, said Asst. Chief Bill Linn of the Aspen Police Department during a news conference held on New Year's Day. Blanning was found in his Jeep Cherokee and died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head.
Well at least he got the "suicide mission" part right. His complaint? Apparently he was miffed that Aspen had, as he saw it, become a playground for the rich instead of remaining a poor mining town which would have allowed him to bilk potential investors. So for that, people must die.
WE HAVE ALL OF THE COP THREATS TO US UNDER VERY SOPHISTICATED ELECTRONIC SURVEILLANCE. DO NOT F—- WITH US OR THERE WILL BE MASS DEATH LIKE WE HAVE ALL BEEN PART OF OVER IN THAT F—-ING QUICKSAND TRAP THAT ROVE'S AND CHANEY'S [sic] MONKEY BUSH PUT US INTO WHERE SO MANY OF OUR SOUL MATES AND BROTHERS DIED VERY HORRIBLE DEATHS. . . .
PS - FOR ADDED INSURANCE, THERE IS ALSO A FIFTH FIRE CRACKER HIDDEN IN A HIGH END WATERING HOLE THAT WE WILL REMOVE AFTER WE ARE FULLY CLEAR AND KNOW FOR SURE ALL HAS GONE WELL. F—- THE WHOLE WORLD, ALREADY.
His last sentence sort of says it all doesn't it?
In reality he was just a common criminal trying to shift blame (unsurprisingly to Bush) and the spotlight from his crude attempt at extortion:
PUT $60,000 IN USED $100s IN THE WHITE BOX. ANY DYES, TRACKERS, OR OTHER BULLS—-T WILL CAUSE DISASTER TO ALL.
According to the Denver Post, Blanning was sentenced in Rio Blanco District Court in 1996 to 16 years in prison for racketeering and a series of white-collar crimes. According to the Colorado Bureau of Investigation, the crimes included forgery of deeds and wills, fraudulent security sales and forged money, the Post reported.
I was particularly intrigued by this case because of the content of the note. Another, in a long line of blame shifters who try to lay their behavior off on others. And yes, I'd feel the same way if the name in the note was Obama. It again highlights what I see as a growing cultural trend - the refusal of an actor to take responsibility for his actions. Like a petulant child, he claims his actions and their results are everyone else's fault.
They're not - whack job or not, they're the result of Blanning's demented thinking, not anyone else's. The obviousness of his note just serves to magnify and illustrate the problem very well. Others, especially among politicians, tend to be more nuanced in their blame shifting. It is, in my humble opinion, a sign of a sickening society. No one is ever the blame for what they do and thus no one is ever held responsible. Or at least not the real perpetrators.
Blanning's bombs and note are just a manifestation of the culture of blame shifting and the refusal to take responsibility for one's actions. Some will argue his suicide was an act of taking responsibility. Instead I'd argue it was a coward's way of avoiding it.
But there's more to it than just someone taking responsibility for their actions. They must then be held accountable for them by the society.
Making people take responsibility for their actions is a moral requirement for any society which hopes to survive and remain great. But it can't just be enforced at one level and ignored at others. It can't just be something we require of criminals. It has to be required of politicians, business leaders and other leaders within the society.
As it works now in the realm of politics some minor functionary who was dumb enough to actually carry out morally dubious orders may end up paying a price, but the real perpetrators of the problem are rarely held accountable.
A perfect example of this decline of necessary morality can be found in the financial mess we've been enduring.
Where are the stake holders in businesses such as AIG, GM and Bear Sterns and other failed business entities calling for the heads of the CEOs and their boards of directors? Where are the voters clamoring for politicians who were instrumental in the crack-up to step down?
Instead we see the rewards of position still flowing to many of them. And, in fact, in the case of some of the politicians in question, their power has actually been increased and enhanced. The perpetrators of the disaster are now being touted as our saviors.
It is hard not to be cynical when you see such things happen as regularly as they do. It makes one concerned about the long-term moral health and future of such a society.
Sorry McQ I think you’re like Rush Limbaugh on this one, trying to build too large a structure on a base that is far too small. This guy wasn’t passing blame onto anyone, he was SCAMMING THE TOWN. There’s no deeper cultural malaise here, or if there it is, it is that the threat of terrorist acts makes for a plausible cover for one’s own nefarious and mercenary acts. There’s no great secret here, other than this guy wanted to make a quick buck, and dreamed up this scheme to make it work, he just used some verbiage from modern Leftist protests as his cover. If it had been 1950 he’d have used the CPUSA, if it had been 1917 he’d have used the Workers International, if it had been 1898 the Anarchists…and along the way he’d have blamed FDR, or Wilson, or McKinley….the only difference would have been the amount requested. Don’t make this bigger than it is. It’s one guy, one criminal, trying to disguise his REAL motivations under the guise of politics. No deeper cultural significance than that. Whilst the Poh-leece/Sheriff/Vigilantes searched for the “real” culprit, he planned to be long gone.
At what point, I wonder, and given the constant connection between the barking mad and the frothing attacks on Bush, when are we going to accept that such attacks on the president are a sure sign of a mental disorder?
Geez, that wipes out the entire left end of blogdom, doesn’t it?
And, Joe? Let me tell you something; I have become firmly convinced over the last twenty years are so that the left end of the spectrum is nothing but a group of scammers anyway. "What can we get from the man?" Where in the world do you think this hatred of the rich came from anyway?
Bithead, it’s not a "hatred of the rich;" HE WAS A CON MAN AND CRIMINAL...when it was a small town he was a con man and criminal, when it got bigger and "tonier" he was a con man and criminal. He was a con mwan and criminal, and would have been in 1959, 1919, and 1899...this isn’t politics or cultural malaise, this is a con man and criminal using a poor plan to misdirect the authorities from the REAL culprit. It didn’t work. But I’m not sure that there’s a alerger point to this...
Now is the Left a scam game, sure in many ways, many LEFTISTS are scammers, just "protest" a little and get some "goodies."
The hatred of the rich businesses a symptom of something larger. No question that there’s a scam level involved. But what I’m suggesting to you is that there’s a certain mental makeup required to sign on willingly to such nonsense. Consider the following names;
Jesse Jackson. Jesse Jackson junior. Blagojevich. Charlie Rangel Chuckles Schumer . bill Clinton. Hillary Clinton. Bobby Rush. William Jefferson. Ray Nagin.
Consider the personnel qualities of each of these individuals. Consider the political line that they have all signed onto. No question that there’s a level of criminality involved with each of them and the many other examples that I could put up here. But it seems to me that all of these also share a mental makeup. A mental makeup that if were not for the democrat party, it would be considered a mental aberration, a disease to be cured. Or at least, controlled.
Hatred of the rich is certainly a part of that. After all, as Willie Sutton once observed, that’s where the money is. If you’re going to scam, were also you going to go? What you’re missing, is that whilst it is certainly a scam, the vast majority of the people who signed a new would willingly, are people who sign and onto it not as the possibility of a scam, but as a valid political movement.
Bithead - is that another game of Name That Party? Heh... You could add a few more... Say, Dodd and Frank.
Those guys don’t hate the rich, they want to be them with more power to boot. The hate the rich thing is a collection of memes used to tool the masses. Most people still get all of their world view from CNN and the like that peddle that BS, or they get it from friends that do. Given that portion of the media’s clear bias, extending to outright fabrications, one begins to wonder about complicity. It sure seems like the left consciously relies on that for cover.
Hate the rich? Most of the people on that list are rich, and the ones that aren’t are trying to get rich, and they sure don’t hang around with poor people. They are using other people’s envy and resentment; demagogues, in other words.
"WE HAVE..." "DO NOT F—- WITH US" "WE WILL REMOVE..." "... WHERE SO MANY OF OUR SOUL MATES AND BROTHERS DIED VERY HORRIBLE DEATHS"
My money is with Joe on this one. I don’t really think he gave a rat’s hindparts about anyone other than himself, and he acted alone.
Joe is right. This is just a criminal act. No need to look any deeper. And of course he targets the rich. All cons are targeted at the rich, or at least people with money. What else would he do? Target the poor!?!? To look for any deeper political meaning or "disorder" is just stupid.
Leave it to Gareth to try and find a link from this assh*le to Jesse Jackson and others.