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Richard Poplawski, 23, met officers at the doorway and shot two of them in the head immediately, Harper said. An officer who tried to help the two also was killed.
Poplawski, armed with an assault rifle and two other guns, then held police at bay for four hours
At 7 a.m., (Officers) Sciullo and Mayhle responded to a 911 call from Poplawski's mother, who remained holed up in the basement during the entire dispute and escaped unharmed, Harper said.
Poplawski had feared "the Obama gun ban that's on the way" and "didn't like our rights being infringed upon," said Edward Perkovic, his best friend.
Perkovic, 22, said he got a call at work from him in which he said, "Eddie, I am going to die today. ... Tell your family I love them and I love you."
Perkovic said: "I heard gunshots and he hung up. ... He sounded like he was in pain, like he got shot."
Poplawski had once tried to join the Marines, but was kicked out of boot camp after throwing a food tray at a drill sergeant, Perkovic said.
Another longtime friend, Aaron Vire, said Poplawski feared that President Barack Obama was going to take away his rights, though he said he "wasn't violently against Obama."
On two separate occasions recently, The Reverend has blogged about encouragement to violence being carried out by right wing media brand names. There was Jim Adkisson, the Fox teevee loving, Bernard Goldberg-book reading murderer who entered a Unitarian Universalist Church in Knoxville, Tenn. and started shooting up the place, killing two......because of what "liberals had done to the country".
There was my blog about Glenn Beck and his new Fox teevee program where he incites unhappy right wing campers to violence......
Beck: "don't get me wrong, I am against the government,…and I do think they have been betraying the principles of our Founders." "Do the soldiers come in, and do they fight with the people? What does the Army, what does the military do?" Guest, Michael Scheurer, "I don't think the military is going to shoot on the American people." Beck…"People are training for civil unrest all over this country."
Right wing propaganda is starting to bear fruit inside America. Ugly, rotten, bloody and violent fruit. Three dead Pittsburgh cops because some stupid kid owned an illegal assault weapon and heard phony propaganda from people like Rush Limbaugh, Annie Coulter, Sean Hannity, Glenn Beck and the rest of the freak show, that President Obama was going to take his guns.
All the tough talk, and lies, during the criminal Bush-Cheney administration, by these same right wing spewers of hate...has now led to open calls for the failure of a new Democratic president. All the "anti-American", "traitor", "terrorist sympathizer" name calling by these extremist media nuts during Bush have now turned into open calls for resistance and fear mongering about Democrats coming to take Americans' guns.
Propaganda bears fruit. Violent, hateful propaganda....propaganda which purposely deceives to rile up violent leanings, propaganda which lies, purposely, about a new president, which leads directly to some dumb kid killing three cops in Pittsburgh.....is propaganda whose spewers should be punished to the full extent of the law as accomplices.
The longer the Becks and the O'Reillys and the Hannitys and the Limbaughs and the Savages and all their little wannabe imitators continue this campaign of fear and distortion, spreading hate and lies to their audiences and anyone gullible enough to believe every misleading canard that they screech from their media pulpits, the more incidents like the murder of these three Pittsburgh police officers by deluded and unstable individuals will continue to occur.
Finally,....the crying, sicko-f*ck, Glenn Beck....has his new, new program on Fox Lies which he calls "The 9/12 Project." It goes pretty much without saying that Beck should be kicked off the air right now for inciting national violence...but alas, no.....America is the land of assault gun-toting, bullsh*t slinging, cowboy wannabes....so Glenny's great new 9/12 stupidity show launches with the blog headline........"We Surround Them."
And this.....3 day-old Pittsburgh newspaper article.