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Political Assassination Prevented In Rome As Unemployed Man Tries To "Shoot Politicians"

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While suicides out of desperation had long been a tragic, if recurring, staple in depressionary Europe, so far popular anger had been directed at within, with few if any murderous outbursts targeted at other people, and certainly not at politicians (or financiers). This obviously has been a critical aspect of the current economic collapse in Europe - one needs but recall that it was a political assassination that sparked World War I in Sarajevo, and indirectly, via the Weimar collapse of Germany, set the stage for World War II, leading to the death of tens of millions around the globe. Today we came close. As the AP reports, during today's swearing in ceremony of Italy's new pseudo-technocrat yet anti-austerity government which has the blessings of Berlusconi, an "unemployed Italian gunman shot and seriously wounded two policemen Sunday in a square outside the premier's office in Rome, but he "wanted to shoot politicians," Rome prosecutor Pierfilippo Laviani said.


"Shots rang out in Chigi Square near a busy shopping and strolling area shortly after 11:30 a.m. just as Italy's new government -- Premier Enrico Letta and his new ministers -- were taking their oaths at the Quirinal presidential office, about a half-mile away. The suspected gunman, dressed in a dark business suit, was immediately grabbed by other police in the square, wrestled to the ground and taken away. Laviani, who later questioned the alleged assailant, said the man "wanted to shoot politicians, but given that he couldn't reach any, he shot the Carabinieri" police. Laviani added that the man "confessed everything," but didn't appear mentally unbalanced."

From AP:

The shooting "was the tragic gesture of an unemployed man," Interior Minister Angelino Alfano also told reporters after briefing Letta and his new Cabinet about the attack.




Alfano said the alleged gunman -- 49-year-old Luigi Preiti -- wanted to kill himself after the shooting but ran out of bullets. He said six shots were fired.


Italian media reports said the assailant was from southern Calabria and had lived for several years in northern Italy before moving back to Calabria after his marriage fell apart.


Sky TG24 TV quoted the man's brother as saying the alleged attacker had lost his job in a construction firm and was upset over marital problems.

This time only innocent policemen were shot. What about next time? Surely the socio-economic situation of the assailant is not in any way unique in Italy or any other depressionary European countries, of which there are many. And it doesn't take much for any one person, hope crushed and money gone, to go so far beyond the metaphorical ledge, that they are willing to die but not before taking some politicians with them.

More :

A woman passing by during the shooting was also slightly injured, Rome's mayor said. It was unclear if she was grazed by a bullet or hurt in the panic sparked by the gunfire.


It was not immediately clear if the shooting outside the Chigi Palace, which houses the premier's office and other government offices, was timed to coincide with the swearing-in ceremony. But tensions have been running high in Italy following inconclusive elections in February that left the country mired in political deadlock amid a deep recession.


The 46-year-old Letta nailed down a coalition deal only a day ago between two bitter political enemies -- his center-left forces and the conservative bloc of ex-Premier Silvio Berlusconi.


Reporters inside the Chigi Palace press office heard the shots and raced outside. An AP television producer saw the two wounded Carabinieri officers in the square outside the palace. One of them lay on the pavement with blood pouring out of his neck.



Security was immediately stepped up near key venues in the Italian capital, but Alfano said authorities were not worried about related attacks.


"The general situation of public order is not causing any worry," he said. "Our initial investigation indicates the incident is due to an isolated gesture, although further investigations are being carried out."


Doctors at Rome's Umberto I Polyclinic said the more seriously injured of the two police officers was a 50-year-old brigadier. They told reporters that a bullet had entered the right side of the officer's neck, damaged his spinal column and was lodged near his shoulder.


The doctors said it wasn't yet known if the spinal column injury had caused any paralysis.


The other victim was a 30-year-old officer who was shot in the leg and had suffered a fracture, hospital officials said.


Preiti was taken to another Rome hospital. News reports said a protective collar was seen around the man's neck.


An aide to Foreign Minister Emma Bonino told reporters at the presidential palace that the new Cabinet members were kept briefly inside for security reasons until it was clear there was no immediate danger.


The new Cabinet ministers were seen smiling in a group photo as news of the shooting broke and it was apparent they weren't immediately aware of the attack.


"The news arrived after the swearing-in," said Dario Franceschini, one of the new ministers. `'Premier Letta is following the situation."


Metal fencing closes off Chigi Square, which flanks Via del Corso, one of Rome's most popular streets with strollers. The public can cross the square by showing identification,  and sometimes people can cross it without being stopped. It was unclear if the assailant had asked permission to enter the square.


Rome was jammed Sunday with tourists and residents enjoying a warm sunny morning on the last day of a four-day weekend.

All of this goes back to the bigger picture: for now the myth of the solvent welfare state, both in Europe and the US, has been successful at keeping the broader population within acceptable limits of docility, with only occasional bursts of murderous rage, either accompanied by terrorist intentions or not. Yet as every passing day demonstrates to the public that just like the stock market and the global economy, so too the welfare net is one big ponzi which is just as insolvent as every other aspect of the "developed" west, how long before political assassination attempts either in Rome, or everywhere else where a demoralized public just sees no other way out, become the norm?

And how many policemen will be taken down as they protect a regime which has no other mathematical option but to fail?

Finally, as noted earlier, it was a political assassination that set off the WWI dominoes some 100 years ago.

Will this time not be any different either as history once again repeats itself?


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Sun, 04/28/2013 - 17:02 | 3508148 FieldingMellish
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Note to police: next time, stand aside....

Sun, 04/28/2013 - 17:08 | 3508158 negative rates
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Now we know what to do when a politician just won't do.

Sun, 04/28/2013 - 17:09 | 3508177 kushmere
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Funny how we haven't seen stories like these out of Iceland. Amazingly, punishing crime is effective at making a population happy.

Sun, 04/28/2013 - 17:44 | 3508253 knukles
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When malefactors of any shape, size, position, color, creed or persuasion are all held equally before the law, this kinda shit doesn't happen.
Pssst... It's a clue.

Sun, 04/28/2013 - 18:39 | 3508361 ZerOhead
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Unfortunately they never will be held before the law. The system itself has been completely corrupted

And as ShItaly descends further into economic depression ugly incidents such as these are bound to increase. Police state time is just around the corner. Might be a very good time to get out of Dodge...

Sun, 04/28/2013 - 19:35 | 3508490 DeadFred
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Everyone is getting all drama-queen about this. The assassination of Archduke Ferdinand may have been the trigger for WWI but tensions were already high and people were itching for a war anyway. Do you see conditions like that today? Oops, my bad.

Sun, 04/28/2013 - 19:37 | 3508493 12ToothAssassin
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"Our initial investigation indicates the incident is due to an isolated gesture" until the copy cats get the idea...

Sun, 04/28/2013 - 21:45 | 3508768 Pure Evil
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The guy was an idiot. If he read ZH he'd know that shooting politicians was a waste of bullets. Should've set his sights on banksta's instead.

Mon, 04/29/2013 - 08:25 | 3509459 Urban Redneck
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The bankers' bench is deeper and replacements don't usually have to deal with the formalities of elections, confirmations, and other public consensus circuses.  Central Bankers on the other hand...

Mon, 04/29/2013 - 20:15 | 3511907 WTFUD
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PE wrong on that one. Working people do not vote for Banksta but they do for Politicos to represent them. In my book that makes Politicos 10 times worse.

Tue, 04/30/2013 - 13:55 | 3514658 Pure Evil
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Well, if anyone has some extra clips, now is the time to spray and pray.

Sun, 04/28/2013 - 17:08 | 3508172 HoofHearted
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If the dude having his face held down to the ground is the elleged assailant, it looks more like he is wearing the same outfit as the policeman in the foreground and not like a dark business suit. Someone tell me if I'm wrong...look at the pants lef with the red stripe going up the side. I don't have any dark business suits like that. Any of you bitchez have one of those???

I know, I've gone all conspiracy nutjob, but it looks plain as day that something is wrong with this picture. AndI don't even subscribe to Highlights magazine any more. (Who needs it these days? We've got the regular press to provide us with pictures that are wrong.)

Sun, 04/28/2013 - 17:28 | 3508217 panelvan76
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Look at the photo again.  There is a policeman straddling the assassin.  That is the policeman's leg with the red stripe.  

Sun, 04/28/2013 - 17:38 | 3508239 HoofHearted
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Oops. I'm an idiot. Carry on, people. Nothing to see here. 

Go ahead, up arrow the fact that I'm an idiot. I'll be the first up arrow on the comment.

Sun, 04/28/2013 - 18:14 | 3508322 SilverRhino
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+1 for having the balls/character to admit error.

Sun, 04/28/2013 - 18:29 | 3508355 tenpanhandle
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Kinda hard to bluff that one out.

Sun, 04/28/2013 - 17:35 | 3508237 Mototard at Large
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Take a second look at the photo.  The red stripe is on the pant leg of the policeman who is kneeling on the guy's back and handcuffing him.

Try again on your conspiracy theory.

BTW, no conspiracy theory required here. Most of the PIIGS countries truly distrust and often hate their politicians.  The only surprise to me is that there are not more shootings and suicides like this one or the pharmacist who killed himself in Syntagma Square.

Come to think of it....

Sun, 04/28/2013 - 18:46 | 3508388 master of the u...
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That IS the police officer's leg you see with the red stripe OVER his leg, not the man on the grounds. If you look at the other officer, you will see the same red stripe.

Sun, 04/28/2013 - 21:09 | 3508692 t_kAyk
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Take a second, third and fourth look at that top photo.  Notice the perfectly situated weapon on the ground, the grimace on the face of the man being subdued, the gun firmly gripped and hanging over the head/neck area of the dissedent... 


THIS be your fate should you choose to oppose, you sheep; stay within your fence and obey your shepherd. 

Sun, 04/28/2013 - 22:59 | 3508916 H E D G E H O G
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it's the fight club hoof', you've got 15(and counting) down errors because of your misspelling of alledged, and leg. please enable your spell check. (was a forward from the Tylers:)

Sun, 04/28/2013 - 17:09 | 3508175 e_goldstein
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Second note to police: Practice proper trigger discipline (see 1st pic).


Sun, 04/28/2013 - 17:22 | 3508207 Anusocracy
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Using the term 'innocent policemen' is like saying innocent mob enforcers.

Oh well, evil is in the eye of the beholder.

Sun, 04/28/2013 - 17:36 | 3508240 Uncle Remus
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Does that explain the jaundice?

Sun, 04/28/2013 - 17:52 | 3508282 Anusocracy
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Jingoism yes, I'm not sure about jaundice.

Sun, 04/28/2013 - 18:30 | 3508357 fattail
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Who we rooting for?


Sun, 04/28/2013 - 17:38 | 3508247 Mototard at Large
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Good point. Finger on the trigger is not a good sign of what the military would call fire discipline.

Sun, 04/28/2013 - 18:54 | 3508402 Oldwood
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Thats part of the "shoot first and ask questions later" training.

Sun, 04/28/2013 - 17:30 | 3508211 lolmao500
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Get real. Cops never side with the good side (the people) they always side with the scum (the tyrants). History shows this again and again.

Cops are dumber than a box of rocks. Doesn't matter if the people they protect rob their kids and grandkids's future... they firmly believe that if cops don't side with government, it'll be total anarchy and it'll be the end of civilization. They truly have been brainwashed.

/I know, my uncle is one of these brainwashed bastards. They always say : BUT BUT BUT DEMOCRACY WILL FIX EVERYTHING!! YEAH FUCKING RIGHT. We've seen what corpotracy has done in the last 50 years...

The truly good cops who have understood the game have left the force A LONG TIME AGO.

Sun, 04/28/2013 - 17:37 | 3508245 tenpanhandle
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"Get real. Cops never side with the good side (the people) they always side with the scum (the tyrants). History shows this again and again."



Sun, 04/28/2013 - 17:56 | 3508293 Anusocracy
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Half brainwashed, half programmed by nature.

That what your enemy is.

Mon, 04/29/2013 - 07:50 | 3509381 jimmytorpedo
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Ask the black dude at a KKK rally if he favours democracy.

Sun, 04/28/2013 - 21:01 | 3508697 overbet
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No wonder he is unemployed he cant do anything right.

Sun, 04/28/2013 - 22:24 | 3508838 Hopeless for Change
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And this, ladies and gentlemen, is why there is such a push to take our guns away.

Sun, 04/28/2013 - 17:02 | 3508150 Saint Pitbull
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His heart was in the right spot,

but it sounds like his aim was off.

Sun, 04/28/2013 - 17:51 | 3508279 Hongcha
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Unemployed?  He appears gainfully employed to me ;)

Sun, 04/28/2013 - 17:02 | 3508151 JustObserving
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More Austerity, Anyone?

Sun, 04/28/2013 - 17:02 | 3508152 wee-weed up
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He only wanted to kill politicians?...

What? No bankers?

Sun, 04/28/2013 - 17:07 | 3508163 negative rates
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They actually have guards at the bank too, so the end result would most likely be the same.

Sun, 04/28/2013 - 17:03 | 3508154 Oldballplayer
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Little kids get shot and they try to control guns. If Politicians start getting shot, they will outright ban them.

Sun, 04/28/2013 - 17:10 | 3508169 LetThemEatRand
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After Reagan was shot, we had the Brady Bill supported by Reagan.   Windshield cowboys all.  Of course only a complete fool would believe that politicians want to restrict guns to protect the people.  Whether it is power, control, or just fear for their own safety, the reasons behind gun control legislation are never what they are claimed.

Sun, 04/28/2013 - 17:17 | 3508193 DoChenRollingBearing
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+ 1

You wrote:

"Of course only a complete fool would believe that politicians want to restrict guns to protect the people.  Whether it is power, control, or just fear for their own safety, the reasons behind gun control legislation are never what they are claimed."

Very astute.  

Maybe you will wind up joining us at FEMA Camp 116 (Belle Glade) after all...  


Sun, 04/28/2013 - 17:27 | 3508215 LetThemEatRand
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I wonder if they still have oranges there?  Then again we probably wouldn't be allowed to eat them.  We'd just be picking 'em for the guards.

Sun, 04/28/2013 - 17:32 | 3508228 DoChenRollingBearing
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Now that's the spirit!  Our custodian/watchers PUD, James_Cole, Praetorian Guards and MDB would be happy for us to pick their oranges.

You'll fit right in...


FYI, they're putting the gold bugs in Compound 3, Building 16.  See ya there!

Sun, 04/28/2013 - 17:33 | 3508235 LetThemEatRand
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You are right about MDB.  In fact, they would probably appoint him the head the the national propaganda office, not realizing he is being ironic.  Maybe he's on to something....

Sun, 04/28/2013 - 17:53 | 3508272 knukles
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Outlawing Guns?
If the politicians were truly interested in keeping their citizenry safe by stripping them of guns, they'd already have started in the inner cities, for Fuck's Sake.

They're not and thus, aren't.
They  have other clearly apparent motives which I'll leave you all to discern, personally.

Sun, 04/28/2013 - 22:00 | 3508795 DoChenRollingBearing
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They're too chicken (cluck-cluck) to start confiscating in the inner cities.  Or else, the inner cities have the base population for Obama's new internal army...

Sun, 04/28/2013 - 18:15 | 3508326 Oldballplayer
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I will have a couple diamonds with me. But I don't think you will want to see them.

Sun, 04/28/2013 - 18:39 | 3508378 Atomizer
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RE: DoChenRollingBearing

An alias of the original PUD has surfaced on ZH. It’s up to Tyler and the group to decide. I was apart of observing this character repeat the same actions on the Market Ticker Forum during 2007-2008. Again, it’s not the same person. They do wish to copy his personality. Funny how time catches up. LOL

Sun, 04/28/2013 - 21:56 | 3508790 DoChenRollingBearing
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Mr. (Ms?) PUD definitely has his/her limits as a smart commentator.

As a prison guard, s/he might be pretty good.  Shrill helps!

Sun, 04/28/2013 - 22:48 | 3508888 Atomizer
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Never doze off while watching the security monitor. Look & listen for the panther heading up the staircase. LOL

Sun, 04/28/2013 - 17:26 | 3508212 Uncle Remus
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"Being mortal is a bitch." - Dubiously attributed to Dick "Darth" Cheney.

Sun, 04/28/2013 - 17:32 | 3508232 LetThemEatRand
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He had the perfect gig -- shoot at birds kept in cages until he arrived in his truck, no accountability if he shot a friend while drinking, and armed guards everywhere to keep out the riff raff.  That is the model to which almost all modern politicians aspire.

Sun, 04/28/2013 - 17:45 | 3508257 tenpanhandle
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Actually, this sounds pretty good to me, also.

Sun, 04/28/2013 - 18:04 | 3508306 Anusocracy
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You just destroyed any chance of being appointed leader of your barracks at the FEMALAND Security Camp.

Sun, 04/28/2013 - 18:55 | 3508403 hivekiller
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George Bush senior arranged for the attempted assassination of Reagan so he could become President the old fashioned way - by killing the man in his way. Deja vu back to Dallas when Johnson, with the help of the CIA, Prescott Bush and George Bush helped assassinate Kennedy so LBJ could become president.

Sun, 04/28/2013 - 20:58 | 3508683 Treason Season
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WADR JFK's murder is a little more complicated than what you descibe. Now if you had mentioned Lansky and Korshak and Rothschild.... .

Sun, 04/28/2013 - 21:41 | 3508760 hivekiller
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Yes I know it was a group involved. But in this instance I was talking about that family of murderers called the Bushes. The Jewish mob was involved but primarily it was a CIA/military hit.

Sun, 04/28/2013 - 17:58 | 3508296 CheapBastard
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Why didn't he just throw a shoe at them to send a message? long as your shoes are registered.....

Sun, 04/28/2013 - 17:08 | 3508159 observer007
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Germany: New Golden Mark?


Germany is on the verge of seeing its capital base plundered from the inevitable dynamics of this tragedy of the commons. It should leave the EMU, reinstate the deutsche mark (DM), and anchor it to gold.

Sun, 04/28/2013 - 17:16 | 3508185 DoChenRollingBearing
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It probably would be better for everyone in Europe in Germany leaves the EU.  Germany spends less money, the S. Med countries do not have anyone bossing them around.

Italy, Spain, Greece and Portugal would have to find their own way though.

Sun, 04/28/2013 - 17:21 | 3508205 negative rates
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The Germans are owed alot of money, and after they had to pay back war reparations to the penny with interest, they have no desire to part ways without being repayed in public land , public buildings or roads to tax. 

Sun, 04/28/2013 - 17:30 | 3508221 Uncle Remus
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I'll take "War, What Is It Good For?" for DM1.000,00, Alex.

Sun, 04/28/2013 - 17:48 | 3508266 tenpanhandle
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besides, they can't implement this plan for seven years.

Sun, 04/28/2013 - 18:39 | 3508371 Sean7k
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Sorry, the Germans still owe reparations and continue to dodge collections, even after the unification with East Germany (which was supposed to be the trigger).

Sun, 04/28/2013 - 19:07 | 3508424 Winston Churchill
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Which warS reparations exactly ?

You may want to check your facts.

Sun, 04/28/2013 - 17:08 | 3508161 ebworthen
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More to follow, this is just the beginning.

Sun, 04/28/2013 - 17:08 | 3508162 news printer
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At least he didn't commit suicide;

trend is changing

Sun, 04/28/2013 - 17:36 | 3508242 Cognitive Dissonance
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There's always tomorrow.

<Despondent unemployed Italian shooter hangs self in cell with dental floss.>

Sun, 04/28/2013 - 17:47 | 3508259 negative rates
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Uhh, they take your shoe laces and pillows their Einstien, plus anything in your pockets including your wallet.

Sun, 04/28/2013 - 17:53 | 3508277 tenpanhandle
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but do they check your teeth for dental floss?  And what about the roll of gold coin in his rectum?

Sun, 04/28/2013 - 18:00 | 3508294 Cognitive Dissonance
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I thought the sarcasm was self evident with the dental floss mention. :)

Sun, 04/28/2013 - 19:36 | 3508484 Room 101
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Dental floss?  Naah.  He could potentially survive that.  He'll pull a Richard Durn.

Richard Durn, 33, was being interviewed by two senior officers on the top floor of the building after spending a night in police cells when he ran to a window, opened it and threw himself out.

The two officers rushed forward and grabbed his legs but Durn, whose only words on being arrested were "Kill me, kill me" and who left a 10-page suicide note at his home, broke free and fell 60 feet to a paved interior courtyard.

"Shortly after 10am, Durn was asked by the two officers to stand and look over a document when he suddenly made a dash for the window," a police statement read.

"He opened it and fell towards a parapet where the two officers held him by the legs. The criminal was so determined that their effort was in vain and one of the officers injured his hand in the struggle."


Sun, 04/28/2013 - 17:29 | 3508164 LMAO
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Just released suspect's name: "Giuseppe Tsarnaev"

Sun, 04/28/2013 - 18:22 | 3508336 strangeglove
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He was wearing ZH underwear

Sun, 04/28/2013 - 17:07 | 3508166 Cognitive Dissonance
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Sorry, but I don't believe a word of mainstream press. My default setting is now on total disbelief until proven otherwise.

<And I get to determine what is proof. Safer that way.>

Sun, 04/28/2013 - 17:19 | 3508198 YHC-FTSE
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Took me awhile, but I got to the same default setting. It is neither comfortable nor easy to discern facts from multiple sources, and I sometimes wish I was blissfully unaware that news in "free" countries can be censored,  manipulated, and used as an effective tool by propagandists. 

Sun, 04/28/2013 - 17:28 | 3508218 Cognitive Dissonance
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We have been conditioned by the idiot box and movie screen to suspend disbelief whenever the flickering picture show begins. So old habits die hard and lifelong conditioning dies even harder. 

Sun, 04/28/2013 - 17:30 | 3508227 LetThemEatRand
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Wife and I had a long conversation about this very topic this morning.  If it weren't for a few shows that still entertain us (Walking Dead, Breaking Bad, and Archer), we'd literally cancel cable.  

Sun, 04/28/2013 - 18:09 | 3508318 Cognitive Dissonance
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Mrs. Cog and I will soon be moving to our Plan B residence on a permanent basis (thus making it Plan A) and we have decided that we will not activate the satellite TV already installed by the previous owner. As it stands now we rarely if ever watch television (I have kept it turned on for my business and the resident teenager) and we just can't justify it once we move. Anything the teen wishes to watch on the TV will be received from the over-the-air antenna or not at all.

Sun, 04/28/2013 - 18:25 | 3508351 TuesdayBen
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Cog, I find life without tv more enriching, less stressful, and more free. Good luck with your new plan, hope you keep ZHing.

Sun, 04/28/2013 - 18:58 | 3508404 Cognitive Dissonance
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We (Mrs Cog and I) will definitely continue our love affair with ZH. However.....considering the DSL speed at the end of the mile long dirt road is at best 1 MB download we will be ZHing < is ZHing a verb or adjective? > at a much slower pace.

An interesting side story. When we were searching for a homestead the only requirement I had was a minimum of DSL. I was NOT going back to dial up. Regarding every other requirement Mrs. Cog told me what I wanted. We were just a few days from closing on the Plan B residence (cash is king bitches) when I made a call to the phone company to order up the DSL. Whoops. I soon found out that the local DSL system was deemed "exhausted" meaning there was no bandwidth available and no "new" customers welcome.

Understand that this home is out beyond where the cows come home. I called the real estate agent and told him we needed a solution or we were going to pull out of the sale, even if it meant losing the deposit. We had made the real estate agent know from the very beginning that DSL was mandatory.

Well, this being cow county everyone knows everyone else including the local phone man. A few phone calls later we were "accommodated" via the back door and we closed a few days later.

Mr. Cog is happy that he did not have to pay for Satellite Internet access. The teenager is NOT happy that Skype is no longer an option. :)

Sun, 04/28/2013 - 19:11 | 3508432 Ricky Bobby
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Born in 52 pretty much at the dawn of the television age. My parents really could not comprehend the power of this demon box. So it took me many years to do so. I will continue to warn my progeny of this evil siren.

Sun, 04/28/2013 - 18:30 | 3508363 WTFx10
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I gave up paying for my propaganda months ago.  Best thing in the world. How fucking stupid are we to pay these lying bags of mucus for their bullshit.

Sun, 04/28/2013 - 18:35 | 3508375 ZerOhead
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Free hi-def antenna TV kicks ass.

Except for the programming (excluding PBS) that is...

Sun, 04/28/2013 - 19:03 | 3508413 Cognitive Dissonance
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On the other hand PBS has it's own more subtle version of "programming".

Sun, 04/28/2013 - 20:24 | 3508583 Dyhana
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My TV life has been pretty much non existent in all my years. When I was growing up it always seemed to "break" and we had to read or go outside and play, when I moved away from home I just didn't care about it or couldn't afford to buy one anyway, when i got married my husband was a TV freak so we had cable for three years, then moved way up in the new england countryside in 1990 and only got two fuzzy channels via rabbit ears. I dunno, never got in the habit. My daugher grew up without much TV, except the fuzzy channels, and didn't seem to hurt her any. LOL except she would get mad at me when all the kids were talking about a TV program they all watched and she had no clue as to what they were talking about! But she did have a horse, which most of them didn't have, so I figured it was a good trade-off.

Sun, 04/28/2013 - 18:29 | 3508365 Kirk2NCC1701
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+1 for Archer.

Sun, 04/28/2013 - 21:05 | 3508699 LetThemEatRand
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Danger zone.

Sun, 04/28/2013 - 18:07 | 3508311 Freddie
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F TV and F Hollywood with their Operation Mockingbird brainwashing. If you watch - you financially support your serfdom. Carry on sheep who watch their shit.

Sun, 04/28/2013 - 19:59 | 3508537 Miffed Microbio...
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Freddie, I agree with you about the filth of Hollywood today but realize it wasn't always so. I lived in Malibu 1969-74 when I was a kid and have a lot of fond memories. Burgess Meredith helping mom and me picking out a good brand of yogurt at the health food store. Taking riding lessons with Bill Bixby and being invited to the set of Courtship of Eddie's father. I went to school with many of Hollywood actors children. There was no security and no "us vs them" elitism. You'd be shocked at the " normal" life most of them led. I think the problem is the exaggerated worship of Hollywood and the power given to them. Exalt anything to inappropriate heights and it goes bad. Absolute power corrupts absolutely. Take away this power and shameless idolizing and it will shift back. And the best way to do this is simply not participating. We've been completely without tv for about 6 months now and haven't been to a movie in years but I do admit we occasionally watch old shows off of Hulu and rent a movie from Netflix. If everyone else did the same it would really open their eyes. Unfortunately that won't happen anytime soon.


Sun, 04/28/2013 - 17:22 | 3508208 negative rates
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I did that with my parents 10 years ago, gonna pay off fat soon too.

Sun, 04/28/2013 - 17:12 | 3508167 tallen
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I'd like to see Burlesconi get a Banga Banga party, where instead of underage girls, he gets put in a room with machine guns and angry unemployed Italians. 

Sun, 04/28/2013 - 18:44 | 3508381 Terminus C
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Make it: young naked unemployed ladies with machine guns.  Reality TV ftw!

Sun, 04/28/2013 - 17:07 | 3508168 hourglass86
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Sometimes i really thank God that we have a blog like ZH. Thank you for telling the truth ZH 


so too the welfare net is one big ponzi which is just as insolvent as every other aspect of the "developed" west,

Sun, 04/28/2013 - 17:10 | 3508170 Everyman
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This is a good sign and a better headline than "Itly seeks another bailout of banks".


AP got it wrong though, but when you own the ink barrel:


The shooting "was the tragic gesture of an unemployed man,"

Should have said "was a proper response to corrupt criminal bankers and corrupt politicians by a true nation loving patriot."


Sun, 04/28/2013 - 17:12 | 3508174 quietdude
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Note the idiot with his finger on the trigger of his pistol. The pistol is pointed toward the ground. Looks like a possible accidental discharge with bystanders wounded by ricochet to me. How do you say Barney Fife in Italian?

Sun, 04/28/2013 - 17:24 | 3508206 thatthingcanfly
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Not likely. Appears to be a 9 mm Beretta. Maybe pushing 1200 fps out the barrel, dependng on the load. In the case of an accidental discharge with the gun pointed at the ground, the bullet would likely hit the stone driveway and disintegrate. The cop holding the pistol might maybe take some shrapnel to his shoe.

Sun, 04/28/2013 - 17:12 | 3508178 Atomizer
Sun, 04/28/2013 - 17:12 | 3508179 apberusdisvet
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If this was Amerika. DC would already be under martial, "lockdown".

Sun, 04/28/2013 - 17:22 | 3508199 markovchainey
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No, no..."shelter in place" sounds so much's Happy Fun martial law. 

Sun, 04/28/2013 - 18:03 | 3508302 tenpanhandle
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this is why timing is so important and why I read zero hedge, so as I can maybe guess right and preclude being caught unaware.  With a one day headstart, I'd be content to, then, shelter in place. 

Sun, 04/28/2013 - 17:11 | 3508180 GrinandBearit
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Good.  We need about 100,000 of him.  Bankers should be at the top of the list.

Sun, 04/28/2013 - 17:15 | 3508182 RebelDevil
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At first glance, I thought putting a bullet in the head of a corrupt politican was a good thing.. but then I remembered Franz Ferdinand.

Sun, 04/28/2013 - 17:19 | 3508192 Catullus
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Except no one in Europe has an army.

Sun, 04/28/2013 - 17:25 | 3508213 RebelDevil
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Doesn't mean they can't have some a year from now. Hitler proved that one. ("rags to riches" in terms of military power.)

Sun, 04/28/2013 - 17:39 | 3508243 Dr. Engali
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All of these countries have a lit of unemployed youths. I don't think raising an army will be too difficult.

Sun, 04/28/2013 - 18:03 | 3508308 tenpanhandle
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especially if they promise free tatoos and maybe medals actually being pinned to chest.  nGosd help us or something like that.

Sun, 04/28/2013 - 18:23 | 3508337 Freddie
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LOL! I was thinking of the band Frnaz Ferdinand.

WW1 was due to all these treaties that were set up. It was just another Roth****d business venture to kill millions for financial gain.  Something they have been doing since before the US Civil War aka genocide for profit.  Wars are also used to cover up great thefts of money and banking collapses.

Sun, 04/28/2013 - 17:17 | 3508186 bluskyes
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Sounds like a business opportunity. Start printing targets with politicians pictures on them.

Sun, 04/28/2013 - 18:05 | 3508313 tenpanhandle
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been there, done that.  Shot up all my profits.

Sun, 04/28/2013 - 18:07 | 3508316 shovelhead
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"No officer, those targets are for 'no-shoot' situational training...Ya know, like the Moms & kids with guns targets like DHS uses."

"No sir, that's not the President...that's Debt Bro, a mythical character."

Sun, 04/28/2013 - 19:19 | 3508439 knukles
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No officer, and that's not even an American citizen.  He's supposedly a foreigner of odd religious persuasion trying to destroy America.
Yes sir, I'm a patriotic American.
Why would you ask that?

Mon, 04/29/2013 - 00:10 | 3509064 awakening
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A deck of cards would be better, ZH answer to this:

Fitting the set of fleecebook articles they started ages ago to that would be a huge bonus. :)

Sun, 04/28/2013 - 17:20 | 3508187 kill switch
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Political Assassination Prevented In Rome As Unemployed Man Tries To Kill Politicians, Police Shoot Out Ensues


Let the games begin...  Reverse bread and circuses.


Sun, 04/28/2013 - 17:41 | 3508250 Mototard at Large
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Good point - especially how the whole bread and circuses thing got started in Rome!  (one or two empires ago).

Sun, 04/28/2013 - 17:18 | 3508188 ShortTheUS
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Radicalized businessman? Sounds like more taxes are in order. Can't have job creators trying to interfere with the Central State.

Sun, 04/28/2013 - 17:18 | 3508189 jonjon831983
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Mr Dogan - leader of Bulgaria's Movement for Rights and Freedoms party vs "crazed gunman"

Sun, 04/28/2013 - 17:18 | 3508190 thatthingcanfly
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This isn't news. Let's focus on what's really important Tyler.

For example, I see absolutely no coverage of Kelsey whats-her-name who looked too pudgy in her cheerleader outfit at the OKC basketball game the other day.

Sun, 04/28/2013 - 17:18 | 3508191 alien-IQ
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Do not arrest that man. GIVE HIM A FUCKING MEDAL AND A SECOND SHOT!!!!

Sun, 04/28/2013 - 17:20 | 3508195 20834A
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Better luck next time...

Sun, 04/28/2013 - 17:20 | 3508196 kito
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What I'm finding interesting about this Boston bombing is that the intelligence community is being blamed for not doing enough to have prevented the patriot act and it's espionage allowances....the drones......the ndaa.....the formation of homeland security......all of this is now NOT ENOUGH....keep your eye on the ball people.....we all know what comes next.....

Sun, 04/28/2013 - 17:26 | 3508210 negative rates
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All the more reason to tax you my dear.

Sun, 04/28/2013 - 18:46 | 3508387 LetThemEatRand
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Assuming the day comes that there is an attack (false flag or otherwise) involving mass casualties, it's game over at this point.  The sheep are already conditioned to thinking that the answer to such things is more security, and the next logical step is constant open surveillance and routine checking of "papers" when we travel about.  In addition to DUI checkpoints, we'll have "freedom checkpoints."

Mon, 04/29/2013 - 09:38 | 3509688 Disenchanted
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Maybe the Boston Marathon Bombing was all along another "Showtime" operation like the ATF's on the Branch Davidians in Mt. Carmel, TX...done to justify(or attempt to) a larger budget for the ATF and to (attempt to)improve their image. In other words to show the sheeple how much we need them.


in which a reporter found, “Almost all the agents we talked to said they believe the initial attack on that cult in Waco was a publicity stunt – the main goal of which was to improve ATF’s tarnished image.”[3] This would explain the codename of the raid, Operation Showtime. [4]


What happened to the Branch Davidians in 1993 was my personal WTF moment that caused me to start doubting everything I thought I knew and believed up to that point. To start questioning everything and digging deeper. It hasn't been pretty for my personal life, family ties, etc., etc.. Yes I'm well aware that Koresh was no saint, but what happened to his followers was completely uncalled for IMO.


Another take on that:

We’re All Branch Davidians Now


The United States has never lived up to its rhetoric.

Sun, 04/28/2013 - 17:24 | 3508202 news printer
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Anyone who could translate it from Italian?

It seems they accuse Beppe Grillo

Sun, 04/28/2013 - 18:10 | 3508319 TNTARG
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Sì, it says that among "grillini" there are "dangerous" people (ah ah! It does!) and that it's necessary to be careful with words (that because Grillo has been accusing politicians of being corrupted and coopted by banksters.

Such an opportunistic "attack" on politicians that didn't got politicians but cops...

It does look as a false flag. They're all claiming for "more security", so it does look that they're using it to prevent social turmoils...

Because they're gonna take people's money from bank accounts, some sort of Cyprus thing...

Sun, 04/28/2013 - 17:20 | 3508203 Catullus
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The difference between this and the US, the American press immediately labels anyone who would even attempt to assassinate a politician as "crazy". Or a lone nut. Never bother to think about the motive.

Sun, 04/28/2013 - 17:28 | 3508223 RebelDevil
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Very true. Though it goes further. Using intuition, we can see that all of Obama's totalitarian polices are for "Terrorists and enemies of the state" In the eyes of the federal government and the presss, there is no difference between revolutionaries and terrorists.

Sun, 04/28/2013 - 17:47 | 3508264 negative rates
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Call it what you want, we call it the lost war on drugs.

Sun, 04/28/2013 - 17:28 | 3508225 The Abstraction...
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Politicians assassinate tens of thousands each hour. This is a non-story in comparison.

Sun, 04/28/2013 - 18:01 | 3508304 TNTARG
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Oh, no! They labeled him inmediately as "pazzo"!

It may be a false flag either...

Sun, 04/28/2013 - 17:27 | 3508216 Angus McHugepenis
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The gunner wears better boots than I can afford by the looks of it in the photo. He looks in much better health than me also. Somebody please verify the names of anyone "killed" or injured by this madman and go interview their families. Somebody go to the funerals. Follow up on this. This smacks of bullshit to me.

Sun, 04/28/2013 - 18:12 | 3508244 Angus McHugepenis
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Almost forgot... the "patsy" in the photo looks like he was meticulous about keeping his hair trimmed and making sure he shaved that day. You know, stuff you'd want to do to look good for the camera...

Edit: The fact his feet/ankles appear to be unrestrained is a SERIOUS fuck up by the arresting officers. Hands & Feet bitchez... that's the FIRST thing you control.

Sun, 04/28/2013 - 18:14 | 3508328 tenpanhandle
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all done in good american tradition.  When Eldorado Johnny faced off with Farmer Peel in Virginia city Nevada in the 1860's, he said..."barber, give me the works because before the day was over I'd either be chief of Washoe or the best looking corpse in the graveyard".

Sun, 04/28/2013 - 18:16 | 3508331 tenpanhandle
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P.S. when I look at the guys face in the picture I get the feeling he is sincere.

Sun, 04/28/2013 - 18:32 | 3508369 Angus McHugepenis
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Tenpan: LOL... great story. I digress when it comes to this guy being sincere. Follow the story and see where it leads. Keep asking what happens to this guy.

Sun, 04/28/2013 - 17:28 | 3508219 The Carbonator
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As long as the guy only has 7 rounds in his 10 round magazine.

Sun, 04/28/2013 - 17:28 | 3508224 Burticus
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Maybe if he had 'splained to the coppers that he was only after the parasite class (politicians, banksters), this whole tragedy could have been averted.

Sun, 04/28/2013 - 18:59 | 3508407 Oldwood
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The policeman's first job is to protect those who sign his paycheck, especially when they are broke.

Sun, 04/28/2013 - 17:33 | 3508229 petaloka
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Where the hell did Luigi get ammo? I've been looking everywhere!

Sun, 05/19/2013 - 00:31 | 3577267 Schmuck Raker
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Why the FUCK didn't I see this comment weeks ago?!?!

Funny as all get-out!!! LOLOLOLOL

+10 Billio....NO, wait, +10 Trillion

Sun, 04/28/2013 - 17:34 | 3508236 YHC-FTSE
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The man was confirmed to be Russian/Chechen/Syrian/Iranian in origin, the result of a genetic invitro fertility experiment. Traces of a toxic substance, possibly sarin, was found in his anus and authorities believe he was about to shit in Rome's water supply. 

What? It's more plausible than the bullshit WMD, lockdown, and heavily armed firefight stories from Boston. 

Sun, 04/28/2013 - 18:16 | 3508249 booboo
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"one needs but recall that it was a political assassination that sparked World War I in Sarajevo, and indirectly, via the Weimar collapse of Germany, set the stage for World War II, leading to the death of tens of millions around the globe."

yea, I used to naively believe that too.

Sun, 04/28/2013 - 17:43 | 3508256 THE DORK OF CORK
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Weekends of quiet vommit .................

Sun, 04/28/2013 - 17:51 | 3508269 Lord Koos
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Wow, an "unemployed Italian gunman" -- things must be slow even for the mob.

Sun, 04/28/2013 - 17:52 | 3508271 q99x2
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Finally someone with some balls. Seriously why kill yourself when you...

Sun, 04/28/2013 - 17:49 | 3508273 razorthin
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That's more like it.  Well-directed aggression.  Next time, bring a few thousand friends.

Sun, 04/28/2013 - 17:51 | 3508280 americanspirit
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This happened half a mile away from the swearing-in ceremony? Half a mile? That is hardly going after politicians. No planning - obviously - and couldn't shoot straight either. More like that idiot who wasted a perfectly good airplane by flying it into the bottom floor of an IRS building and killing a janitor instead of into the top floor corner offices where we all know the big shots hang out. I admire the spirit, but what a waste.

Still - nice try today. Keep 'em coming. Sooner or later someone who is halfway competent will snap and then we'll see some justice done. Or maybe it won't be a lone wolf but an actual team of competent shooters who have a plan and can execute it. Even better if there's no collateral damage like cops or bystanders - pure black-blood from politicians and bankers. Now that's a heart-warming thought.

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