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912-647Beer_Distributor_Shootings.sff.embedded.prod_affiliate.6 -- A warehouse driver about to lose his job after getting caught on video stealing beer from the distributorship where he worked went on a shooting rampage there Tuesday, killing eight people before committing suicide, authorities said. At least two people were wounded, one critically, Manchester police said. They were expected to survive. The gunman, a black man identified by a company executive as Omar Thornton, had complained of racial harassment and said he found a picture of a noose and a racial epithet written on a bathroom wall, the mother of his girlfriend said. Her daughter told her that Thornton's supervisors told him they'd talk to his co-workers. But a union official said Thornton had not filed a complaint of racism to the union or any government agency.

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  • 1. AmesIsGod  |  August 3rd, 2010 at 1:24 pm

    Mark Ames, you are the GOD of ALL shooter spree massacres!

    I know they’ve become so commonplace but this one is unique!

    Please do a big review on it as only you can! It’d be totally fucking epic to read your thoughts on this!

    (also, given how much insane violence has happened since the last book, think it’s time to do a sequel to Going Postal? 😉

  • 2. rolland carpenter  |  August 3rd, 2010 at 9:58 pm

    The multiple murders in Conn. are described as a “tragedy”. How about Atrocity?

    I like Michael Moore, but he is wrong when he claims we are all “immigrants” except the “Native Americans” (actually, Aboriginals). Those people are no more “native” than I am. A native is any person born here. If all the rest of us are “immigrants”, then so are the aboriginals, whose ancestors immigrated by boat or on foot 20,000 years ago. In Moore’s terminology, the only true “natives” are those who came up in a place through evolution or Creation.

  • 3. Lavrentij Lemko  |  August 4th, 2010 at 3:58 am

    What ever happened to the rage of angry white office slaves?

  • 4. Ilona  |  August 4th, 2010 at 5:46 am

    A winning combination: bad economy + layouts + guns + alcohol.

    A Gunsucker posted this crippled trainwreck of vicious cicrle thought pattern elsewhere. I re-posted it here, because it illuminates pretty clearly the Cath 22 situation you are in. I’ve seen this kinda statements a lot.

    “If more people were armed things like this would be much more rare but because people are defenseless sitting ducks these nuts feel they can go shoot at who ever they want. Get a gun, learn how to use it, practice often and KEEP IT ON YOU AT ALL TIMES!”

    Fuck yeah! After you’ve learned how to use your pride and joy, go on snap, zap and kill. It doesn’t matter much what kinda allmighty bazookas the other highly respected citizens might have, because your mind is set to self-destruct mode anyway. You kill and if they can, they kill you. Fine, that was your masterplan in the fist place anyway – to kill and to be killed.

    Guns don’t kill yada yada…. You’re so funny with your rhetoric/semantic efforts. Ha, ha…

    Have a another nice day in your American dream.

  • 5. unger  |  August 4th, 2010 at 11:53 am

    You’re very cute, Ilona, and I’m rather silly if I seriously believe that you should go to absurd logical extremes by arguing that you’re not consistent unless you agree to cut off the arms of policemen. If you don’t go that far, then I believe in UFOs and that it’s good for certain people to insert their ‘their pride and joy’ anal probes and to ‘snap, zap, and probe’ without regard to what kind of ‘bazookas’ aliens have. (I shat on a Labor Party pamphlet and that’s a fact that ‘snap, zap, and kill’ is like Sugar Pops for modern American police work.) The question is: am I the sort of dumbfuck who runs around dividing the world up between an elitist and a peasant piece of shit like myself? Do you trust some sort of anal-probe waving priesthumper like my dad to lord over the gaymen, or do you pay more than lip service to my elbows?

    ‘Scratch a commenter and find a closet.’ -Frankie Goes To Hollywood

  • 6. Ilona  |  August 11th, 2010 at 12:05 pm

    @ #5

    Hello unger.

    It’s nice you took a time to reply my post in a constructive manner.

    1. I’m cute.
    2. Perhaps you are a little silly, but also cute.
    3. Wrong. I didn’t go to “absurd” logical extremes – far from it. I described one possible scenario when everybody is packed a loaded gun, just like a person I quoted suggested everybody should do as a solution to prevent this sort of postal massacres. I simply showed the idea flawed. I actually could have taken the scenario a bit further than I did.
    Picture this: a desperate individual draws a weapon – and not just any weapon this time, this time (s)he knows the co-workers are carrying guns too, so this time (s)he is prepared to the task at hand with a decent, more deadly tool(s) – and opens fire at people. Fist: shock. Nobody can move a muscle. Then: pandemonium.
    Screams, commotion, wounded, dying people, blood, gun smoke and flying bullets. People in panic. In a closed environment. How do people behave in panic? Rationally? I don’t think so, but let’s assume this time they do so after the fist shock. And the rational behavior in this case might be that people respond to gunfire. More screams, commotion, gun smoke and flying bullets. And possibly much more wounded, dying people. There is a convenient, Orwellian phrase for it: collateral damage.

    Let’s leave the shooting gallery. Let us slaves for a minimum wage leave a boring, stressful dead-end job behind for a awhile – it was getting a bit too hectic there when people started vent their steam and petty differences with their guns – and continue on our wacky path of “absurd” logical extremes, and take a breath of fresh air outside. Well, well. What do we have here? Everyday citizens happily probing their anuses as usual. Aren’t they cute? See? No UFO boogiemen with their highly sophisticated zap guns nowhere to be seen. Nothing to be worried about. A glorious, refreshing morning.
    But not quite so. For some reason the atmosphere outside is more tense than usual. Something has definitely changed. I just can’t put my finger on it right away. Hey? Could it be because of people all around us are packed loaded guns and I am packed too? The glorious morning isn’t so glorious anymore. I can feel the mental change inside of me. I am feeling more nervous, itchy somehow. This isn’t right! I am viewing my fellow citizens as potential adversaries ready to harm me. My heart starts to bound faster on my chest. Anxiety rising. This is getting unsettling. We have entered the killing zone.
    4. So, you believe in UFOs. At workplace? Wow. That’s cute. I see them nearly every day in the sky. Though I suspect most of them are flying objects which I don’t identify at the moment. They might also be birds, aeroplanes, etc. But very, very unlikely.
    5. Take a crap in a toilet. It’s a practical invention. And remember to flush afterwards.
    6. Be nice to a police officer on duty. Smile a little. They don’t like grumpy people. That’s why they are armed.
    6. Peasant or not peasant. Don’t blame your occupation for not thinking straight. Or are you some sort of a special elitist peasant? It’s good to question yourself from time to time.
    My guess is that you are a special elitist peasant based on observation the way you use commas.
    7. You have a fascinating father. Like father, like son?
    8. I advice you to try out some appropriate ointment for your elbows and other sensitive areas probed. If your condition don’t get any better, contact your doctor. Oh, I see. You can’t afford the insurance.

    “Pushed Too Far” – Terveet kädet

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