I had wanted to write about the Glenn Beck fan they call the Progressive Hunter, and his recently foiled plan to start a revolution in the United States by killing liberals in San Francisco, but I ended up staying up too late, reading The Iliad with Clementine. I know it might be a little out of her league, but I figure that she’s got to learn about the futility of human existence, murder, suicide, infidelity, the cruelty war, and the petty narcissism of the gods sooner or later. So, why not start at the source? I’d rather have her learn about it from Homer than from FOX News.
Back to Byron “Progressive Hunter” Williams, if you haven’t heard, he was arrested earlier this summer after a 20 minute gun battle with police. Williams was well armed, and wearing body armor at the time. In a jailhouse interview, he stated that his intention was to start a revolution in San Francisco by “killing people of importance at the Tides Foundation and the ACLU,” both of which, not surprisingly, play prominently in the conspiracy theories drawn out on Glenn Beck’s FOX News blackboard. Beck, according to Williams, was “like a teacher” to him. “Beck,” according to Williams, “would never say anything about a conspiracy, would never advocate violence. He’ll never do anything… of this nature. But he’ll give you every ounce of evidence that you could possibly need.” Beck got off easy this time, in that Williams was brought down, wounding only two officers in the process. Next time, we might not be so lucky.