Friday, June 12, 2009

Pathetic Face of Hate

James von Brunn

My grandmother used to say that there is no fool like an old fool. (What she actually said was, there was no fool like a damned old jackass but, you get my drift here.) Yesterday, an 88 year old James von Brunn proved to be just that... not an old fool but, what my grandmother said.



Guard Stephen T. Jones, an African American, was shot to death Wednesday by Holocaust denier James von Brunn, who left his car outside the entrance of the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum and walked in holding a rifle at his side, District Police Chief Cathy Lanier said at a news conference. von Brunn started shooting immediately, exchanging fire with two other guards who shot and critically injured him, Lanier said.

In his car, officers found a notebook with a handwritten note that read, "You want my weapons, this is how you'll get them. The Holocaust is a lie. Obama was created by Jews, "according to a court affidavit.

Von Brunn's .22-caliber rifle held 10 more bullets. Investigators found more in his car and at an apartment in Annapolis, MD that he shared with son and his son's fiancee. Security guards fired at von Brunn at least eight times, hitting him in the face.

The museum remained closed on Thursday and flags flew at half-staff in honor of Johns, 39, who had worked at the museum for six years. Bouquets of roses, lilies, and other flowers were left outside the museum walls. The entrance where the shooting occurred was still cordoned off by police tape.

You know...If this guy wasn't so full of hatred, vile, and so wrong-headed, I could almost feel a little sorry for him. His woman had left him... apparently, she had enough of his constant anti-Black, anti-Jewish diatribe. According to her "James could talk about little else." He had very little money, was semi-employed, down to his last few dollars and had no medical coverage. In his mind, all of the blame for this lies at the feet of those damn "Negroes and Jews",
especially the Jews.

Like a lot of these right-wing knuckle draggers, had several blogs and publications in circulation in which he spewed his hatred and vile around. I had heard that for a while, he was actually making a few dollars selling his books and periodicals at Gun shows, senior citizen centers, and swap meets.

Ahhh, but now we've got an African-American President don't we? And, everybody is saying that this is "post racial" America. What exactly does that mean? That we are free to meet and mix with like minded people that want to meet and mix? I imagine one huge interracial orgy! (I'm just kidding.) The thing about it is, people like von Brunn really believe that. They believe it and a half-dozen other half-baked conspiracy theories.

They say that this man was a near genius (he was a member of Mensa). For someone 88 years old, he was far better on the internet than a lot of people in their forties. So, why? Why is someone who obviously had a brain, so warped and so wrapped around such half-baked and hate-filled ideologies? Another unanswered question and another pathetic waste of a human life... both his and the innocent man he killed.

21 comments:

Captain Jack said...

Your Grandma was right Keith..That guy is a damned old jackass!

Angie B. said...

Hey Keith, Good analogy...Von Brunn and a Jackass, I totally agree.

James Perkins said...

I knew that you'd write about this.
So glad you did. His death was not a waste a life..Only the security guard's.

Toni said...

What a horrible hateful man..Hopefully most of the people that think like him are dying out.

Simon Bastion said...

Such a tragedy.

Sean said...

As usual you put a unique spin on a current story...I liked this.

Cheryl said...

He was apathetic and horrible human
being..shame he had to take an innocent man out like that!

Brenda said...

Even other White Seperatists are seperating themselves from this man. That says a lot.

Swaggie said...

Man,I read about that the other day,That was something...I heard that the other security guards lit von Brunn up..Good for him.

Lisa said...

America is still filled with these types. There was an HBO documentary
on right after President Obama's election that had several people who live in the so called "heartland" who had views just as radical as von Brunn's. It was frightening to watch..If you have On Demand, you should check it out..I think it was called "The Other America" or something or other.

Halo said...

88 years old? What was he doing with a gun?? He should've been in a nursing home somewhere... Good post Keith.

Vanessa said...

The security guard's family is in my prayers.

Tate 2 said...

I'm hearing that von Brunn is near death himself right now..I'd like to help that fool make that transition.

Jazzy said...

That whole incident was foul. That man was even fouler!

Grover Tha Playboy said...

I was in D.C. Just a few blocks from where that happened two days ago..it was something.

Sunflower said...

Your title says it all Keith...Your post does also!

Qucifer said...

UYgh Thanks for blowing that cocksucker up cause i've noticed the media has conveniently left his face out of the equation

Arlene said...

Keith, I agree with Nana, that old man was a jack___. And you know she would have had some other language for him too. These are the people we have to pray for and protect ourselves from at the same time. If this man was as smart as the news reports, what greatness did we miss out on because he was so full of hate? What happened in his life that would pervert his thinking to such a level of depravity? And he is not alone. Lisa made reference to the HBO documentary "The Other America" which is a good look at ultra-conservatives clothed in racism. One of the scenes shows a republican rally with "people" saying terrible things about Black folks and the candidacy of Barack Obama. On election night men, women and CHILDREN are shown weeping at the results. One KID said he's moving to Canada. At the time I was thinking, "Make sure you come back just long enough to get your relatives, so you can all be gone!!"
When the psalmist queried, "What is man that Thou are mindful of him?" he knew that evil had invaded are hearts and that we needed to be saved.

ShellyShell said...

That dude is beyond a jackass! It's such a tragedy that Stephen Johns was doing his job and dude shot him in the chest! He walked over and held the door open for him. It's so sad.

Beautifully.Conjured.Up said...

Like I said in my most recent post, it's those damn emotions that will have you f*cked up. They will make you do some of the dumbest things...just like him.

CurvyGurl ♥ said...

Dude should be thankful I'm not his nurse...ooops, did I step on your oxygen line? lol

On a serious note though, the face of hate is definitely rearing it's ugly head. It's time for long overdue dialogue on race issues. We'll see...




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