FBI finds another alleged home-grown jihadi in Pennsylvania

posted at 10:12 am on January 14, 2011 by Ed Morrissey

A federal judge denied Emerson Begolly a pretrial release to a halfway house yesterday after the FBI produced evidence that the 21-year-old “loner” had
corresponded on a radical jihadi website about methods of committing terroristic acts. The defense objected to his detention, arguing that the evidence pulled together by federal prosecutors all consisted of constitutionally protected rights of bearing arms and free speech:

A 21-year-old loner from Armstrong County had an arsenal in his bedroom, a radical Islamist online persona and videos suggesting paramilitary training before his arrest last week for biting two FBI agents, federal prosecutors charged in court Thursday.

As a result, Emerson W. Begolly will remain in jail pending trial, U.S. District Judge Maurice B. Cohill decided, over the strenuous objections of a defense attorney who said his client was nonviolent. A magistrate judge’s decision last week to ship him to a halfway house, which was stayed during its appeal, was shelved.

Mr. Begolly “has a strong desire to kill non-Muslims and many other groups of people,” said Assistant U.S. Attorney Soo C. Song. “He was preparing, and he was getting closer and closer to bringing his words and aspirations to fruition.”

The FBI has apparently been tracking Begolly for quite a while. They waited for him to leave his house before executing search warrants, and arrested him at a burger joint. Begolly apparently went for his concealed firearm — a really bad idea when chatting with FBI agents — and then bit them while they arrested him. Just for this alone, one would assume that a federal judge might be reluctant to release a defendant before trial.

The FBI came up with more, however. In their response to the request for pre-trial release, they produced Begolly’s communications with someone named Abu Nancy, and the discussions weren’t about the finer points of prayer:

One communication detailed how an old Buick could be turned into a car bomb using gasoline and tanks — apparently of propane — that could be ignited with a gunshot.

Another talked of “being a suicide martyr on your school,” or taking school kids as hostages and demanding the freedom of Muslim prisoners.

“Clearly, not just military, but also civilian targets can be used,” Mr. Ferguson read from a transcript of the communications. “How can [Western forces] destroy our weddings and not expect to pay?”

They also released this video confiscated during their search warrants that depict Begolly taking target practice, shooting at a pumpkin. The other man in the video is Begolly’s father Shawn, who congratulates him for “wounding” the pumpkin:

Presumably, the prayers in Arabic that start the video come from Emerson rather than Shawn. Nothing Begolly does in the video is illegal; in fact, Emerson Begolly looks like a poor marksman in any case, missing a pumpkin repeatedly from a relatively close distance, thanks to a movie-pose firing stance. The creepiest moment comes from the long pan of the aircraft as its landing as part of this sequence of target practice.

The family claims that Emerson Begolly has Asperger’s Syndrome and that the attack on the FBI agents came because they “surprised” him. I’d find it a little difficult to believe that someone would put a semiautomatic rifle in the hands of their Asperger’s son, though, and that still wouldn’t explain the communications to jihadis about hostaging and terrorism. It looks as though the FBI managed to get ahead of yet another home-grown jihadi wannabe before they managed to upgrade to professional status.

Update: I got a thoughtful note from the father of a son with Asperger’s, and I really need to clarify my thoughts:

My son has Asperger’s Syndrome which is in the Autism Spectrum. It does not mean that Begolly is disconnected from the world or “rainman” like. Most Asperger’s cases are fairly intelligent with poor social skills. 80% of communication is non verbal and that is the part of communication that most asperger’s cases have problems with. They also tend to take verbal communication literally which makes things more interesting when it comes to jokes and liars. I take my son shooting all the time. He is physically and mentally capable of leading a normal life. He knows right from wrong. The “surprise” part makes a little sense, but not more than most other people defending themselves if they are startled. I cant see the “surprise” standing up in court. The disturbing part is the communication with jihadis. Someone who he trusts has been telling him its okay to commit Jihad and more than likely his parents have been supporting it. Please don’t publish my name for obvious reasons, but you can call if you would like to talk to someone with experience with aspergers.

I am aware that Asperger’s is a spectrum, with the high end being more like ADD. What I meant, and what I should have written, was that the father seems to be arguing that Begolly has a form of Asperger’s that is disabling enough to not know how to respond to FBI agents, not know that carrying a concealed gun without a permit is illegal, and perhaps not knowing right from wrong enough to avoid falling into the arms of Internet jihadists, although it’s more likely that they’re just denying any such contact. If Begolly’s Asperger’s is that disabling, then one has to wonder why the father allowed his son to accumulate that much weaponry and apparently encouraged it.

Update: Rusty from My Pet Jawa e-mails to explain that “Abu Nancy” was one of Begolly’s noms des guerres, not someone with whom Begolly was communicating — a group which includes some “very bad people.” Rusty will be following this story closely, so keep up with it at MPJ.


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…communications with someone named Abu Nancy

Oh, so that’s her Muslim name.

myrenovations on January 14, 2011 at 10:15 AM

Begolly apparently went for his concealed firearm —

So why isn’t he enjoying his 72 virgins right about now???

BigWyo on January 14, 2011 at 10:16 AM

Let’s not jump to conclusions yet about his connections to jihad and Islamic fundamentalism.

Give the MSM time to find a connection to Palin first. Then we can jump to conclusions.

BobMbx on January 14, 2011 at 10:19 AM

Palin’s fault.

forest on January 14, 2011 at 10:19 AM

I don’t care if he’s got Asperger’s, is autistic, retarded, or mentally ill.
He’s obviously got intentions to kill people.
For that alone, he should not be let out on bail.

Badger40 on January 14, 2011 at 10:19 AM

Mr. Begolly “has a strong desire to kill non-Muslims and many other groups of people,”

Once you target “non-Muslims,” how many other groups of people are there to target?

29Victor on January 14, 2011 at 10:19 AM

Wow, the invisible Palin incitement rays are causing Americans to become Jihadis.

mwbri on January 14, 2011 at 10:21 AM

Abu Nancy is about as authentic a name as you can get in the Muslim world!!!!!

search4truth on January 14, 2011 at 10:22 AM

As long as there is at least one other person actively involved with this little time bomb’s practice sessions, one would think that the Feds would be thinking a charge of Conspiracy to Commit Murder at a minimum. I don’t think we have to wait for this guy to pull the trigger as long as there is credible evidence that he was making preparations to pull the trigger.

Lew on January 14, 2011 at 10:23 AM

Sorry, I meant to say, “Some are saying this could be related to heated Tea Party rhetoric and Sarah Palin’s infamous crosshairs map. The map does violently target PA-3, Kathy Dahkemper’s former district in Western PA that includes half of Armstrong County.”

forest on January 14, 2011 at 10:24 AM

That darn Tea Party rhetoric! Someone send another death threat to Sarah Palin via Twitter to tell her to tone this down!!!!!111

Asher on January 14, 2011 at 10:24 AM

Bit FBI agents?!?!

Uh… wow?

JohnGalt23 on January 14, 2011 at 10:24 AM

Oh by gosh
Begolly!
You got to pay
for your jihadist folly!

Mr. Bingley on January 14, 2011 at 10:25 AM

Abu Nancy sounds like the “Dear Abby” of Jihadists..

“Dear Abu Nancy,
I have been trying really, really hard to blow up infidels, but every time I see a chance to kill the dirty Kafir, my desire to live the decadent western life prevents me from pleasing allah. What should I do?”

Signed,
Emerson Begolly

viviliberoomuori on January 14, 2011 at 10:26 AM

myrenovations on January 14, 2011 at 10:15 AM

Yep. Those who know her call her Sharmuta Nancy.

Being “muslim” is the new radical chic in America.

Been going on for at least a decade at various college campuses and has invaded our high schools as well. Around here, in flyover country, one can see average white middle class guys sporting kafiyas, girls in hijab, though they are not Moslems…just trying to be “cool.

Che is soooo 1980′s.

A kafiya, now we are talkin’ real kewl.

And the kids, some of them, easily get wrapped up in it….since they usually have no fundamental framework at home, never been inside a church, and the schools have been teaching Islam as a cultural thing for well over a decade, what should we expect?

Easy pickin’s for jihad in America…blond-haired blue-eyed bomb totin’ terrorists.

coldwarrior on January 14, 2011 at 10:26 AM

The lack of civility by the extremist Right must be to blame.

Palin encourages jihadis by killing fish!

profitsbeard on January 14, 2011 at 10:28 AM

IOW; watch us make the system work after you watched it fail on saturday, or something.

Look, the FBI knows about a lot of these guys and they ‘just so happen’ to lower the boom on him in the days after another individual had committed a heinous crime. The big question on this kid is “Why now?”

ted c on January 14, 2011 at 10:28 AM

The Climate of Hate strikes again.

Wait! sorry I was wrong. Lone wolf this time.

Mord on January 14, 2011 at 10:28 AM

Kudos to the FBI for being on top of this loony.

Are they also watching the dad? He seems to be awfully supportive of junior’s activities.

inmypajamas on January 14, 2011 at 10:28 AM

Abu Nancy

translation: that’s arabic for “sissy”…

ted c on January 14, 2011 at 10:29 AM

I don’t care if he’s got Asperger’s, is autistic, retarded, or mentally ill.
He’s obviously got intentions to kill people.
For that alone, he should not be let out on bail.

Badger40 on January 14, 2011 at 10:19 AM


I don’t think they were trying to use the Asperger’s excuse for him being a home-grown extremist. I think they were saying that for the reason why he bit the FBI agents. As a father of an Asperger’s child, I can see this.

However, because he has Asperger’s, I would take this person seriously that he intends to want to due harm as a terroist. Those with Asperger’s have a hard time dealing with nuances and such things as sarcasm. They think literally, and if he is communicating with jihadis via the internet, I would suspect he is literally serious about committing acts of violence.

DoS_Conservative on January 14, 2011 at 10:29 AM

Why announce it?

/Unless FBI can make a case to link to Tea Party, of course….

Sir Napsalot on January 14, 2011 at 10:30 AM

I’d find it a little difficult to believe that someone would put a semiautomatic rifle in the hands of their Asperger’s son, though, and that still wouldn’t explain the communications to jihadis about hostaging and terrorism.

You would think that, wouldn’t you? But that is because you are not a nut. I remember all these murders by minors in the 90s. The kid would have a history of violence, psych problems, kicked out of school, etc. As a reward for not getting in trouble for a week, the parents would reward the kid with a big azz knife or rifle, which they promptly used to kill the parents and others.

Blake on January 14, 2011 at 10:31 AM

Another example of the FBI harassing a peaceful Muslum!

Didn’t BIG SIS direct these people to check out the VFW and Boy Scouts to find the real terrorists?

Stupid FBI, can’t follow orders. /

FOWG1 on January 14, 2011 at 10:32 AM

One communication detailed how an old Buick could be turned into a car bomb using gasoline and tanks — apparently of propane — that could be ignited with a gunshot.

there’s this stuff, the name escapes me that is a two part explosive. Each component is legal and sold separately. Once mixed, and hit with a rifle round, it produces a helluva explosion. Dudes have blown up cars with it by hitting either a gal paint can or 5gal can of the stuff thats in the trunk. The name starts with a “T” and I can’t recall what it is off the top of my head but “travertine” comes to mind…but that’s a paint color…*stumped*

ted c on January 14, 2011 at 10:32 AM

Again, if my kid had problems like this kid and Loughner, I would be snooping on the internet to see what they were doing for their own protection.

Blake on January 14, 2011 at 10:33 AM

Ooof….look at the flinch when he’s firing the handgun.

Lucky the perp isn’t a zombie or those FBI agents would be in trouble after getting bitten.

Bishop on January 14, 2011 at 10:34 AM

The Climate of Hate strikes again.

Wait! sorry I was wrong. Lone wolf this time.

Mord on January 14, 2011 at 10:28 AM

And hence, a bill needs to be brought to the floor banning infidels within 1000 feet of people with thoughts of violence. Yeah, that should work.

Electrongod on January 14, 2011 at 10:35 AM

does anyone else find it, ironic, that this guy happened to be clinging to his gun, and his religion, ……in Pennsylvania???

Hmmmmmmmm?

ted c on January 14, 2011 at 10:36 AM

does anyone else find it, ironic, that this guy happened to be clinging to his gun, and his religion, ……in Pennsylvania???

Hmmmmmmmm?

ted c on January 14, 2011 at 10:36 AM

Who can stand up today and say, “Look, I was right!”

ted c on January 14, 2011 at 10:37 AM

Blake on January 14, 2011 at 10:33 AM

Aw, c’mon, that is sooo 1950′s.

Parents don’t do that stuff anymore. That’s hard work.

Today’s ideal parenting?

Um, let’s see.

“Gotta go. Have pilates at 11, and headin’ for the slopes this afternoon. Dinner is in the freezer, Swanson’s or something. If ya don’t like that, there $50 in the top desk drawer, order pizza or whatever. And put gas in the Beemer on your way home. And no parties while we are gone, ‘K? Tweet me if you can. Love ya.

coldwarrior on January 14, 2011 at 10:39 AM

Eric Holder was unavailable for comment.

BuckeyeSam on January 14, 2011 at 10:43 AM

I blame McGruff the Crime Dog. He is always going on about taking a bite out of crime. Crime, crimefighters, whatev’s.

He needs to tone down the violent retoric.

Lily on January 14, 2011 at 10:45 AM

does anyone else find it, ironic, that this guy happened to be clinging to his gun, and his religion, ……in Pennsylvania???

Hmmmmmmmm?

ted c on January 14, 2011 at 10:36 AM

But according to the Obama administration, he was clinging to the right religion.

So it’s all good.

BuckeyeSam on January 14, 2011 at 10:45 AM

Those with Asperger’s have a hard time dealing with nuances and such things as sarcasm. They think literally, and if he is communicating with jihadis via the internet, I would suspect he is literally serious about committing acts of violence.

DoS_Conservative on January 14, 2011 at 10:29 AM

I had a student with that condition.
I do understand what you are saying.
But I also believe that no matter your condition, resisting arrest should still be punishable by law. Obviously sentencing is where understanding & compassion come into play.

Badger40 on January 14, 2011 at 10:45 AM

Eric Holder was unavailable for comment.

BuckeyeSam on January 14, 2011 at 10:43 AM

Holder? At home? Reading the Bible, no doubt. /

coldwarrior on January 14, 2011 at 10:46 AM

Man, those poor agents having to take those rabies shots.

faol on January 14, 2011 at 10:48 AM

Again, if my kid had problems like this kid and Loughner, I would be snooping on the internet to see what they were doing for their own protection.

Blake on January 14, 2011 at 10:33 AM

I password protected our computer at home last month bcs the kids woldn’t respect my wishes & ask before they got online.
I’ve noticed that if you trust your kids 1st, monitoring in the background, & they break your trust whereupon you have to take measures to control them bcs they effed up, kids are usually so dejected by this they do try harder next time.
But we’re talking about nomral kids here.
Not religious wack jobs.

Badger40 on January 14, 2011 at 10:48 AM

The parent need to be held accountable for aiding and abetting.

Col.John Wm. Reed on January 14, 2011 at 10:51 AM

Holder? At home? Reading the Bible, no doubt. /

coldwarrior on January 14, 2011 at 10:46 AM

Daydreaming of getting Cain convicted.

I could do it…”

BobMbx on January 14, 2011 at 10:52 AM

Presumably, the prayers in Arabic that start the video

So if we are to use the new liberal logic of words being responsible for other people’s actions….then we need to start rounding up muslims and shutting down mosques who use “vitriolic rhetoric” after this right??????

Baxter Greene on January 14, 2011 at 10:53 AM

Col.John Wm. Reed on January 14, 2011 at 10:51 AM

Down in Tucson, as well.

coldwarrior on January 14, 2011 at 10:53 AM

Thank God they grabbed him when they did. What’s wrong with these people that they can even consider attacking schools?

If these are the kind of targets jihadis are discussing online then I hope the FBI and associated agencies are all playing at the top of their game. Beslan was one of the most despicable acts ever committed- another such incident cannot be allowed to happen.

Jay Mac on January 14, 2011 at 10:54 AM

Baxter Greene on January 14, 2011 at 10:53 AM

+1000!!

coldwarrior on January 14, 2011 at 10:54 AM

Did anyone else notice the al Queda flag on his left sleeve. I believe that might be considered a clue in law enforcement circles other than Sheriff Dipsh!t in Arizona.

walkingboss on January 14, 2011 at 10:56 AM

Friggin’ Amish! Oh, sorry…….

CurtZHP on January 14, 2011 at 10:59 AM

FBI finds another alleged home-grown jihadi in Pennsylvania

Actually, the folks over at the Jawa Report have been on to him since last June.

steebo77 on January 14, 2011 at 11:02 AM

has a strong desire to kill non-Muslims and many other groups of people,”

So, uh, he was going to kill Muslims, too? I think non-Muslims sort of covers “many other groups” of people.

reaganaut on January 14, 2011 at 11:03 AM

I was starting to worry, reading down, missing the ever available “parent” saying their nice boy was just misunderstood. I’m glad to see my worry was for nothing.

MNHawk on January 14, 2011 at 11:03 AM

coldwarrior on January 14, 2011 at 10:54 AM

Thanks…

….Appreciated your insight on the START Treaty…..it was absolutely dead on.

Baxter Greene on January 14, 2011 at 11:03 AM

coldwarrior on January 14, 2011 at 10:39 AM
Badger40 on January 14, 2011 at 10:48 AM

I know. It’s not something I would like doing or doing to me. OTOH, both these kids have psych issues and there are too many people on the internet who are more than willing to take advantage of kids like that.

Blake on January 14, 2011 at 11:09 AM

or done to me…

Blake on January 14, 2011 at 11:10 AM

then we need to start rounding up muslims and shutting down mosques who use “vitriolic rhetoric” after this right??????

Baxter Greene on January 14, 2011 at 10:53 AM

Heh.

Beslan was one of the most despicable acts ever committed- another such incident cannot be allowed to happen.

Jay Mac on January 14, 2011 at 10:54 AM

And of course most schools in America are sitting ducks for this.
At our school we were given little ‘bags’ with lists, a flashlight, a towel, band aids, etc for dealing with emergency situations.
What a freaking crock.
I may not be allowed to pack in my classroom, but any nut case or jihadi entering my classroom will get a 6 inch blade in the chest, followed by a bottle of 10M Hydrochloric acid in the face.
And if that doesn’t stop him, I’ll rip his eyes out with my thumbs.
No one is going to hurt my students.
And I would wager many of my students would be more than happy to join in.
Probably several would just leap out the back to their pick ups & grab their hunting rifles.

Badger40 on January 14, 2011 at 11:19 AM

This. This is a direct result of environment of hate generated by the rhetoric of THAT WOMAN.

antisocial on January 14, 2011 at 11:20 AM

has a strong desire to kill non-Muslims and many other groups of people,”

So, uh, he was going to kill Muslims, too? I think non-Muslims sort of covers “many other groups” of people.

reaganaut on January 14, 2011 at 11:03 AM

Well, there’s that whole Sunni v. Shiite thing….

cthulhu on January 14, 2011 at 11:24 AM

Emerson Begolly has Asperger’s Syndrome

Is he one of the many “simpletons” that Ed Rendell referred to in his interview with 60 Minutes regarding gambling?

VibrioCocci on January 14, 2011 at 11:25 AM

ted c on January 14, 2011 at 10:32 AM

I know what you mean. The stuff creates a heck of an explosion, albeit “harmless”. My previous neighbor had a shooting range, and they loved hanging a bag of the stuff on the range and blowing it up, although in their minds it was akin to shooting off fireworks. Nothing jihadist about that bunch. Just some fun lovin’ rednecks.

a capella on January 14, 2011 at 11:28 AM

Sunni v. Shiite thing….

cthulhu on January 14, 2011 at 11:24 AM

Sunny and Shiite…wasn’t that an old rock group back in the 60′s in Beirut? “I got you, Bebe.” “Brother Habib’s Traveling Show?” “Gypsies, Tramps and Jihadi’s?” “The Jihad Goes On?” “”Bang Bang (Osama Shot Me Down)?”

Ahh, the memories.

coldwarrior on January 14, 2011 at 11:32 AM

Other online communications dealt with how to handle an arrest attempt. “I would make Waco look like a tea party,” one posting read by Mr. Ferguson said

If that isn’t enough, this wingnut was probably from one of Palin’s “target districts“.

Case closed.

forest on January 14, 2011 at 11:39 AM

I’d find it a little difficult to believe that someone would put a semiautomatic rifle in the hands of their Asperger’s son,

It’s not the Asperger’s that would bother me–my daughter has Asperger’s, but she’s not a terrorist jihadi. No problem with her having a gun. :)

Bob's Kid on January 14, 2011 at 11:43 AM

Well, Mr. Obama did indeed say “bring a gun”. I don’t know what it is about those folks in Pennsylvania and their tendency to suddenly go crazy with firearms.

unclesmrgol on January 14, 2011 at 11:45 AM

It is not the Asperger’s Syndrome that’s a problem for anyone.

Its the Jihadi Syndrome.

When are parents going to get a clue?

coldwarrior on January 14, 2011 at 11:46 AM

Once you target “non-Muslims,” how many other groups of people are there to target?

29Victor on January 14, 2011 at 10:19 AM

When not fully occupied slaughtering innocent kuffar, the true jihadist turns his attention to slaughtering those Muslims who don’t live up to jihadi standards.

The folks over at Jawa Report have been on to this clown for a long time. It isn’t just the FBI tracking these guys. No surprise he finally managed to get himself arrested, he has been asking for it. I suspect I pay more attention to that stuff than some folks, but for those interested I highly recommend Jawa Report.

novaculus on January 14, 2011 at 11:57 AM

My question is: if they were on to this guy for so long, why aren’t they on the 35 terror training camps in the USA?

Rebar on January 14, 2011 at 11:59 AM

Rebar on January 14, 2011 at 11:59 AM

That old church mosque and state thing gets in the way? /

coldwarrior on January 14, 2011 at 12:05 PM

By golly, is Begolly Towelish?

Mason on January 14, 2011 at 12:21 PM

If you asks the liberals in Portland, Oregon, this is just another poor soul set up by the FBI.

ORconservative on January 14, 2011 at 12:35 PM

Looks like another rush to judgment by the islamophic wingnuts, who don’t appreciate how important it is to wait for facts to be uncovered before jumping to conclusions about a criminal’s motives. This is why all of you need the responsible professionally-trained media to filter the news for you.

Oh, wait.

Cicero43 on January 14, 2011 at 12:43 PM

He’s just like the BLM–nothing but Pray & Spray.

Christien on January 14, 2011 at 1:07 PM

This is not Bush’s fault.
This is Sarah Palins fault.
Update the Template.

Haiku Guy on January 14, 2011 at 1:38 PM

coldwarrior on January 14, 2011 at 10:26 AM

Young folks just out of high school and freshly into the military are also ripe targets for recruiting as “new muslims”. It has been happening for over 25 years, sometime after the method gained great traction in prisons, other tightly enclosed mini-societies were considered the next best places for such recruitment. It doesn’t make them all potential threats to the republic, but stages of selection can find those who are gullible enough to be so turned.

Just don’t jump to conclusions. And before a guy like this has done anything truly violent, make sure you identify him as a “lone wolf”. There’s nothing else to see here…

Freelancer on January 14, 2011 at 1:51 PM

Sure an’ Begolly!

He BIT ‘em? Did someone have the presence of mind to kick his teeth in?

mojo on January 14, 2011 at 3:11 PM

I am glad the FBI is on top of this, but I suspect that it will not amount to much. His jihadism is probably nothing more than posturing in the same vein as some Harry Potter fans like to think they are Slytherins. One thing to bear in mind is that many people with this type of problem see themselves as above social norms. This is because they usually are more intelligent than average and their poor social skills mean they lack the ability to appreciate people with differnt abilities or interests than their own.

Not that there aren’t some darker elements in Mr. Begolly’s case, as Ed points out. The violent reaction to the FBI arrest and the jet landing in the video are, indeeed, worth looking into. But my guess is this guy will turn out to be just another Mall Ninja who happened to choose the wrong personna for these troubled times.

JackOfClubs on January 14, 2011 at 4:07 PM

While it may not be material to the accusations against this kid, I would certainly like to know who actually radicalized him. Real jihadis, or the FBI?

It is awfully convenient that a lot of these “home grown” terrorists seem to have been “grown” and extensively coaxed along by law enforcement.

And yet, the constant threat of domestic terrorism is used as justification for heightened security measures, infringement of freedom, etc, when the majority of the threat is college-aged kids who are maleable to FBI encouragement.

BocaJuniors on January 14, 2011 at 5:28 PM

WTF?!!!
I’m an Aspie and I’ve never had the urge to go jihadi or shoot a congressman.
Am I doing it wrong?
///
Asperger’s is a communication disorder.
It has ZERO bearing on weather someone goes all whack…and I’m getting highly pissed(in a verbal way only)off with those that imply that it had ANYTHING to do with Loughner or this worm behaving in the way that that they did.

Now if you excuse me-I’m going to go kick a kitten and pull the wings off of a moth.
///sarc

annoyinglittletwerp on January 14, 2011 at 7:36 PM

Those with Asperger’s have a hard time dealing with nuances and such things as sarcasm. They think literally, and if he is communicating with jihadis via the internet, I would suspect he is literally serious about committing acts of violence.

DoS_Conservative on January 14, 2011 at 10:29 AM

That’s not always true.
I have Asperger’s and have a very sarcastic/snarky sense of humor.

Aspies-like everyone else-are individuals.

annoyinglittletwerp on January 14, 2011 at 7:41 PM

I’d find it a little difficult to believe that someone would put a semiautomatic rifle in the hands of their Asperger’s son,

It’s not the Asperger’s that would bother me–my daughter has Asperger’s, but she’s not a terrorist jihadi. No problem with her having a gun. :)

Bob’s Kid on January 14, 2011 at 11:43 AM

I’m not a danger with a gum either…unless you threaten me or mine with harm.

annoyinglittletwerp on January 14, 2011 at 7:42 PM

‘Gum’ should be ‘gun’.
Been a long day.

annoyinglittletwerp on January 14, 2011 at 7:47 PM

The family claims that Emerson Begolly has Asperger’s Syndrome and that the attack on the FBI agents came because they “surprised” him.

I can state with more authority than anyone else here, save for annoyinglittletwerp, that this is pure, unadulterated Barbra Streisand.

Cylor on January 15, 2011 at 11:33 PM