Another moron lights himself on fire

posted at 7:41 pm on December 23, 2006 by Allahpundit

Wait ’til you see why. There’s some discrepany about what his sign said. According to the AP, “(expletive) the religious establishment and KHSD.” According to the local NBC affiliate, “Expletive religious freedom and the silent KHSD.” I’m guessing the AP’s right on this one.

And yes, it pains me to have to say that.

I think maybe the guy just wanted his own vanity website. Now help me figure something out: he apparently caught fire after dousing himself with what appeared to be gasoline or kerosene while standing next to a Christmas tree he’d set alight. The NBC affiliate says he burned for about 30 seconds. Here are the stills from their news video (with thanks to Verum Serum for the tip).

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A little sooty, but note the perfect hair. He burned for 30 seconds?

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Trying for a Darwin award no doubt.

debi118 on December 23, 2006 at 7:45 PM

I think he got hit with a dry chemical fire extinguisher. That would explain the skin tone and that “blow-dried” hair style.

TBinSTL on December 23, 2006 at 7:48 PM

En fuego! Must be the global warming.

JammieWearingFool on December 23, 2006 at 7:50 PM

If he burned for 30 seconds, he’d look a lot worse than that. Anyone else think he covered himself with fire retardent gel to make sure he didn’t hurt himself?

lorien1973 on December 23, 2006 at 7:51 PM

He does not appear to be burned.

Is he on drugs?

No sign of pain, no sign of weakness of trauma to be body, especially from inhaling burning material and fumes.

Sorry,

The nut case did not burn.

Perhaps he used some magicians or special effects materials to appear that he was ablaze.

To the stooge, if at first you don’t succeed, try, try again.

William

William2006 on December 23, 2006 at 7:52 PM

As if more proof was needed that moonbattery is a mental illness.

flipflop on December 23, 2006 at 8:08 PM

My firefighter boyfriend says that 30 seconds is what it took for the gasoline to burn off. If he had burned any longer, it would’ve started to burn flesh.

CookeyD on December 23, 2006 at 8:09 PM

He obviously suffered from premature extinguishation.

He probably carves his Halloween pumpkin in September too.

(premature ojack-o-lantern)

quax1 on December 23, 2006 at 8:22 PM

Hippies just don’t burn as well as they used to.

mesablue on December 23, 2006 at 8:23 PM

Well, maybe his pants were on fire for 30 seconds.

Pablo on December 23, 2006 at 8:24 PM

IM OUTRAGED! They didn’t put out the tree first..

GoodBoy on December 23, 2006 at 8:28 PM

See, Lefties, THIS is the way to protest.

Hope you are taking notes.

Black Adam on December 23, 2006 at 8:29 PM

No! I said BUD LIGHT!

Tony737 on December 23, 2006 at 8:35 PM

I like my moonbats extra crispy… but him back on the BBQ

E L Frederick (Sniper One) on December 23, 2006 at 8:36 PM

A little sooty, but note the perfect hair. He burned for 30 seconds?

It’s a Festivus MIRACLE!

Mark V. on December 23, 2006 at 8:41 PM

Did anyone bring marshmallows?

jman on December 23, 2006 at 8:52 PM

Did anyone bring marshmallows?

Classic! lol!

Joe on December 23, 2006 at 8:58 PM

Rumor has it; he just found out Rosie was Butch and he has no chance.

Wade on December 23, 2006 at 9:00 PM

I doubt it was Rosie, but I’ll bet a woman is behind it. The things some guys will do for sex.

Scotsman on December 23, 2006 at 9:09 PM

Bakersfield is about an hour from were I live. The news said he had first degree burns and the Deputies were right there when he lit up the Christmas tree.
They were running over to put out the tree with fire extinguishers when he poured flammable liquid over himself so he probably wasn’t burning for very long, although in Bakersfield they do have a tendency to like their liberals well done.
He was protesting the Kern High School Districts’ decision to change the terminology back from winter and spring breaks to Christmas and Easter breaks.
Here’s another one for the booby hatch, welcome to California, the breakfast cereal state, the land of fruits, nuts and flakes.

Speakup on December 23, 2006 at 9:10 PM

A Very Liberal Christmas:

A man used flammable liquid to light himself on fire, apparently to protest a San Joaquin Valley school district’s decision to change the names of winter and spring breaks to Christmas and Easter vacation.

Chestnuts Roasting….

RightWinged on December 23, 2006 at 9:16 PM

T3st1ng.

Kralizec on December 23, 2006 at 9:17 PM

To risk injuring himself on such a slight pretext is really mentally ill. Pity him.

ahem on December 23, 2006 at 9:31 PM

Since atheists believe that you’re born, you live, and then you die with nothing after that, why would they want to spend what life they have fighting the belief system of others? You would think they would be out enjoying life and living it to the fullest with little thought about what others are doing with their’s. These people act like religious fanatics which is exactly what they are supposed to be against.

Rose on December 23, 2006 at 9:39 PM

You guys crack me up!

Well, this guy sure seems to have a burning passion for his cause.

Tony737 on December 23, 2006 at 9:41 PM

Pity him? Ha. That’s a laugh. He carried out and exacuted a preplanned self-immolation. I pity the Law Enforcement Security fools at the courthouse who didn’t notice the shit-for-brains walking around right outside the front door of the courthouse carrying a red plastic container… with GASOLINE imprinted on the side of it and an American Flag draped around his shoulders. I bet they’ll get sued by the guy because they didn’t stop him in time.

Pity him? …not a chance in hell.

SilverStar830 on December 23, 2006 at 9:42 PM

A little sooty, but note the perfect hair. He burned for 30 seconds?

It also said he wrapped himself in an American flag, too. Could have also been a factor, as well.

I think the guy was just mentally ill. No one is that crazy, no matter how moonbatty you are.

ScoopPC11 on December 23, 2006 at 9:51 PM

As I noted in my post, there will be media blackout on this. But can you imagine if he were a Christian upset at the forced secularization of schools, maybe in a district where they do the opposite… replacing “Christmas” and “Easter” with “Winter” and “Spring”. This would be the top story for a week, easily if the shoe were on the other foot. Remember the other lib who set himself on fire? The one that wanted to kill Rummy, etc.? I don’t believe I heard that story mentioned in the MSM at all, just here… thought it may have been a passing headline on Fox, not sure.

RightWinged on December 23, 2006 at 9:59 PM

I think the Sheriff’s department was wrong to put him out. If burning the flag is a Constitutionally-protected example of free speech, then, by extension, so is burning yourself. The Sheriff’s deptartment is guilty if infringing on this moron’s free speech rights. I hope the ACLU forces the Sheriff’s deptartment to take him back out and re-light the fire. Think of it as “evolution in action.”

If they don’t, I hope the Sierra Club gets after this nutcase for lighting a tree on fire.

rmgraha on December 23, 2006 at 10:04 PM

The worst part is that Friday was Global Orgasm Day, and not Set Fire to a Hippy Day. That’s next Friday.

rw on December 23, 2006 at 10:36 PM

The NBC affiliate says he burned for about 30 seconds.

Which, based on my understanding of Hebrew tradition, is 7 days 23 hours and 59 and 1/2 minutes too short. Which gives all of us yet another reason why a Menorah next to the Christmas tree is a vastly superior idea — not to imply in any way that the two ideas are comparable or interchangable.
(Don’t look at me. It was the whacked-out protestor’s idea — not my idea.)

CyberCipher on December 23, 2006 at 11:25 PM

The time to hesitate is through
No time to wallow in the mire
Try now we can only lose
And our hate become a funeral pyre
Come on baby, light my fire
Come on baby, light my fire
Try to set the flag on fire, yeah

Entelechy on December 23, 2006 at 11:41 PM

If he wants to burn so bad send him to Detriot or Harlem they can use the firewood! What a freakin TOOL! He should be charged with defacing the flag,not for burning it but for draping it around his girlish shoulders!

sonnyspats1 on December 23, 2006 at 11:51 PM

I’m guessing the AP’s right on this one.
And yes, it pains me to have to say that.

AP

Yeah, right. You’re just sucking up to Rich Lowry.

Jaibones on December 24, 2006 at 12:20 AM

I love the smell of moonbat in the morning. It smells like…bad hygiene, patchouli, and smoldering Marxist literature.

We can only hope that self-immolation becomes an official part of the liberal hivemind programming. Now that’s a kind of global warming I can believe in.

ReubenJCogburn on December 24, 2006 at 12:58 AM

Since atheists believe that you’re born, you live, and then you die with nothing after that, why would they want to spend what life they have fighting the belief system of others? You would think they would be out enjoying life and living it to the fullest with little thought about what others are doing with their’s. These people act like religious fanatics which is exactly what they are supposed to be against.

Rose on December 23, 2006 at 9:39 PM

In my experience a lot of atheists are atheists out of hate for religion. They didn’t come to the conclusion based on logic and fact, but rather bad experiences with those who are religious.

And for the record, at least this guy listened to me. If you have the nerve to burn the american flag, at least have the decency to wrap yourself in it first.

;)

SnakeintheGrass on December 24, 2006 at 1:07 AM

Political suicide comes to America!

Nonfactor on December 24, 2006 at 1:13 AM

Political suicide comes to America!

Nonfactor on December 24, 2006 at 1:13 AM

Heh – you must have missed the last few election cycles.

Laura on December 24, 2006 at 3:00 AM

LOL! Monty Python flashback!

BRING OUT YOUR DEAD!

AZPatriot on December 24, 2006 at 3:32 AM

Whoops link didn’t work.

BRING OUT YOUR DEAD!

AZPatriot on December 24, 2006 at 3:39 AM

BURN BABY, BURN!

Oh, dang!

They put him out….

Question: Does he have any children? I’m thinking long term damage to the gene pool, here, if he does.

georgej on December 24, 2006 at 3:39 AM

lamp oil, the stuff circus performers use when they’re spitting fire and the like, burns at low temps and extinguishes itself, pretty much. this may have been more of a completed performance than an aborted martyrdom.

jummy on December 24, 2006 at 4:42 AM

note: there appears to be a bottle of charcoal lighter fluid next to the gas can. its possible that he brought that to light the tree, and used the “gas” to light himself.

jummy on December 24, 2006 at 4:50 AM

What an idiot. He doesn’t seem very burned to me.

MoonbatMedia on December 24, 2006 at 5:03 AM

LMAO!!

Viper1 on December 24, 2006 at 5:31 AM

I don’t even leave my hamburgers on the grill that long.

DoctorDentons on December 24, 2006 at 6:29 AM

He looks like he has some special kind of makeup on. Could this just be a fake staged self imolation? I say deport him to the Middle East. Hezbollah is looking for people like him.

flataffect on December 24, 2006 at 7:13 AM

What a complete moron. If you’re going to do the self-immolation thing, at least have the decency to make it fatal

Ali-Bubba on December 24, 2006 at 7:14 AM

I have a feeling he was trying to fake it by pouring the fluid on himself but caught on fire from the tree by mistake. “I tried to make an important political statement and all I got was singed hair.” What a horse’s ass, now he looks like Michael Richards.

Jeff on December 24, 2006 at 9:03 AM

This was not a Christmas protest. It was a Hanukah protest.

Mojave Mark on December 24, 2006 at 11:02 AM

This is pretty odd. None of his hair on his head or face is singed. Must be a Hanukah miracle.

EF on December 24, 2006 at 11:05 AM

In my experience a lot of atheists are atheists out of hate for religion. They didn’t come to the conclusion based on logic and fact, but rather bad experiences with those who are religious.

Yeah, they like to think of themselves as independent thinkers — too intelligent to fall for Christian superstitions — but really they are ruled by religion more than any religious person I know. Their hatred is constantly focused on it.

Coyote D. on December 24, 2006 at 11:09 AM

Perhaps he wanted to start a new holiday – a new type of festival of lights. The only thing he screwed up is that left wingers who create new holidays usually commit violence against other people (e.g., Earth Day and Kwanzaa.)

Coyote D. on December 24, 2006 at 11:22 AM

This man’s right to protest in the way he sees fit, and his right to end his life in the manner of his choosing have been violated.

His choice should be expedited immediately.

:)

One Angry Christian on December 24, 2006 at 11:24 AM

Maybe this wasn’t a protest, after all this took place in Cali. Perhaps he was auditioning for the lead in the sequel to Man on Fire…..or maybe he just misses the 70’s and was engaged in a little disco inferno…..hey, was that Richard Pryor or Michael Jackson……..

It makes me wonder how many liberal women out there think this guy is hot…….

ritethinker on December 24, 2006 at 11:29 AM

. . . his took place in Cali.

Seeing the flames, Sheriff’s Deputy Lance Ferguson grabbed a fire extinguisher and ran to the man.

Where the Sheriff’s Deputies are quickwitted and quickfooted. lol! Now, come on. Mr. FlameBombe is extremely mentally ill. I’m glad he didn’t seriously hurt himself, for which he has Dept. Ferguson to thank.

EF on December 24, 2006 at 12:17 PM

That’s Hot.

Mazztek on December 24, 2006 at 12:27 PM

. . . his took place in Cali.

Oh, Bakersfeild. That’s part of the whole “Fruit and Nut” belt from San Fran down through LA.

I’m in Oceanside, next to Camp Pendleton, north of San Diego, the Cool Part.

Mazztek on December 24, 2006 at 12:29 PM

I’m in Oceanside, next to Camp Pendleton, north of San Diego, the Cool Part.

Cool Part? Three years ago it was a burning inferno. Very sad. Many people lost their lives.

EF on December 24, 2006 at 12:42 PM

He’s just running around half-baked. Flaming liberal!

RedinBlueCounty on December 24, 2006 at 1:15 PM

I hope every anti-war, anti-freedom, anti-West etc. etc. leftist would do this.

The world would be a better place…

Tim Burton on December 24, 2006 at 1:26 PM

“I LOVE the smell of burning Christmas protestors in the morning. It smells like … VICTORY.”

(No, I won’t apologize to the leftest movies makers in Hollywood that produced Apocolyse Now)

CyberCipher on December 24, 2006 at 1:55 PM

“Flaming liberal” hahaha good one BlueCounty. Can’t believe it took that long for somebody to say that!

Tony737 on December 24, 2006 at 2:11 PM

It makes me wonder how many liberal women out there think this guy is hot…….

ritethinker on December 24, 2006 at 11:29 AM

He’s a hunka hunka burnin’ love.

infidel4life on December 24, 2006 at 2:40 PM

He’s a hunka hunka burnin’ love.

infidel4life on December 24, 2006 at 2:40 PM

I admire the Elvis post. How about Jerry Lee Lewis?

Bill O’Reilly: “Wait a minute, Michelle. What kinda’ balls are we talkin’ about here? Baseballs?”

Michelle:”Goodness, gracious, great balls o’ fire.”

CyberCipher on December 24, 2006 at 2:54 PM

Michelle does play the piano. She would do a great Jerry Lee Lewis impression.

EF on December 24, 2006 at 3:00 PM

EF…

Cool Part? Three years ago it was a burning inferno. Very sad. Many people lost their lives.

I don’t remember “many” people losing their lives. Unfortunately, some firemen did. That was the inland part, too. They decided to not take care of their properties properly… clearing brush, ect. Plus, one fire was started by an illegal alien, the other arson.

Mazztek on December 24, 2006 at 3:42 PM

I don’t remember “many” people losing their lives.

Fifteen people died in the Cedar Fire in Northern SD County. There were so many fires and they were so big, you can’t excuse the destruction on merely failing to clear brush. Those people who died had little to no warning and never had a chance.

EF on December 24, 2006 at 4:09 PM

Unsuccessful attempt to thin the herd.

freebird on December 24, 2006 at 6:20 PM

Ahhhhhhhhhhhhh…. He ain’t hurt all that bad. His beard and hair are barely singed.

Maybe if the MoonBat had soaked his clothes in Gasoline for an hour or two and achieved ignition within 15 minutes the results would have been more spectacular. As it is, all he accomplished was burning vapors.

I’d mark that one as “Completely Unsuccessful”.

Jack.

Jack Deth on December 24, 2006 at 6:41 PM

I can’t help it, the more I look at the pictures, the more I laugh. What a dope! He looks like he just escaped from a Michael Jackson video. “It’s a THRILLAH!”

Merry Christmas to all.

Jeff on December 24, 2006 at 6:51 PM

Another liberal stoking the flames of hate.

gary on December 26, 2006 at 4:23 AM