I was a fan of Robert Heinlein when I was a teenager--as I've gotten older, I appreciate him more for his prescience than for his actual writing. I was all set to write this bit on what Heinlein called "the crazy years" in his novella Methuselah's Children, and being lazy, was googling my ass off to find the headlines Heinlein came up with for his story. What do i find instead?

The Reality Stick had beaten me to it. Oh well. At least I can add this to the collection of madness surrounding Terri Schiavo.

A man arrested in Buncombe County Friday was charged with threatening the husband of Terri Schiavo, the brain-damaged Florida woman at the center of the right-to-die case gripping the country.

Richard Alan Meywes was arrested in Fairview by the FBI and the Buncombe County Sheriff's Office, the FBI said in a prepared statement.

Meywes is accused of sending an e-mail putting a $250,000 bounty "on the head of Michael Schiavo" and another $50,000 to eliminate a judge who denied a request to intervene in the Schiavo case, the FBI said. The FBI did not immediately identify the judge.
How long before Randall Terry or some of the others involved in this start calling for Meywes' pre-emptive pardon?

These right-wingers have been called the American Taliban, and I think that's accurate, but I wonder if the only thing keeping them from becoming suicide bombers is their level of personal comfort? It's tough to recruit people in the US for suicide missions because the standard of living is pretty high here, even for people at the bottom of the economic ladder, compared to that of people in the Middle East for example. There's not as much desperation to feed them with. But if the economy goes as deep in the shitter as it could, based on the dollar's weakness and our current economic policy, maybe some of these nutjobs will start thinking they really do have nothing else to lose, and if the voice in their heads that they think is God's promises them heaven in return for sending a few dozen evolutionists or homos or liberals to hell, then we could find ourselves in a shooting war.

Admittedly, it's an extreme scenario, but then again, who would have predicted the insanity that this story has already given us?

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