I'm still thinking about Jared Loughner, the crazy guy who shot Congresswoman Giffords.
(By the way, the Federal Marshalls released a new, more neutral mugshot.
Old Mugshot: Crazy eyes! New Mugshot: Bratty Eyes
He's less slappable in the new mugshot. Or maybe more? I can't decide.)
At any rate, what brought him back to mind was Joe Biden's statement about Egypt. At some point, and I can't say specifically when, because I was by the Equator being pummelled by the Sun, Joe Biden remarked on how much the people wanted reform. He cited a case of a 26-year old Tunisian setting himself on fire in protest.
I believe it happened. I believe it was a result of repression. But aren't there a group of people in the middle east saying, "Did you hear about that crazy college kid who set himself on fire?" "Oh, yes, that kid's obviously mentally ill."
And worse, somewhere across the seas a Dopple-Biden is claiming Jared Loughner sacrificed himself in a noble effort to rid the people of an agent of our evil government. An unsettling thought.