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Jason Brian Dalton apparently randomly murdered six people and critically wounded two others in three shooting incidents in and around Kalamazoo, Michigan, last night (He seems to have squeezed his murders into the gaps in his schedule between collecting Uber fares).

This incident literally hit close to home for me, as my parents have lived in Kalamazoo for more than 40 years (I went to high school there), and two of the murders took place near their house.

Jason Brian Dalton appears to be a middle-aged white man, who seems likely to have committed these killings as a result of having a semi-automatic weapon at hand when he suffered some sort of psychotic break. So these murders would be of no interest or importance to the right wing media, since they constitute an unavoidable tragedy, as opposed to an Attack On Our Freedoms.

Except:

According to the social media scuttlebutt, the purported Facebook account of Dalton might list him as a Progressive employee at one time. The Facebook account whereby that Facebook profile appears certainly seems to fit the photos of Dalton released to the public in his booking photo, with the rotund Jason looking off into the distance in another Facebook photo, sitting on the couch with a woman who is presumably the one listed as his wife on Facebook, with two children. Another “Jason Dalton” Facebook photo shows a young boy at hunting practice with a colorful circular target, with the caption “next deer hunter.”

A different photo on the Dalton Facebook list of photos shows a man similar in appearance to Jason using a shielded snow blower with the caption that describes too much snow on February 28, 2009, which would certainly describe the abundance of snow in Kalamazoo that year, as reported by MTU.

[emphasis added]

The Gateway Pundit saw this, and immediately asked the question that would naturally spring to anyone’s mind:

Police arrested Jason Brian Dalton last night after killing six people in random shootings. Dalton described himself as a “Progressive” leftist on Facebook.
Do you think that will get any headlines?

Now it’s just possible that the phrase “a Progressive employee at one time,” is, given the phrasing and capitalization, referring to an employee of Progressive, the large insurance company. Still, it’s understandable that Jim Hoft, after experiencing the disappointment of not seeing an Arabic or at least Mexican-sounding name attached to the suspect, sought solace in the quoted report.

. . . Hoft’s post actually links to this report, which includes the following quote:

On his Facebook page, Dalton lists his employer as Progressive Insurance, but it’s not clear if he was still working there.

BTW in case you weren’t already familiar with the journalistic talents of Jim Hoft:

Today The Gateway Pundit is a leading right-of-center news website. The Gateway Pundit has 6-7 million visits (Stat Counter – Google Analytics). It is consistently ranked as one of the top political blogs in the nation. TGP has been cited by Sean Hannity, Rush Limbaugh, The Drudge Report, The Blaze, Mark Levin, FOX Nation and by several international news organizations.

Jim Hoft was awarded the Reed Irvine Accuracy in Media Award in 2013. Jim Hoft received the Breitbart Award for Excellence in Online Journalism from the Americans for Prosperity Foundation in May 2015.

[emphasis added for sheer incredulity]

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  • Ruviana

    When I first saw this post I thought, “Boy that pic of Jason Dalton looks different from his booking photo!” Oh, wait…

  • I used to think Jim Hoft was the dumbest man on the internet, but I just took a quick look at his commenters, and holy shit, these people are morons.

    • Stanislaw

      After reading a few of those comments I’d be surprised if their knuckles didn’t bleed when they walked.

    • Origami Isopod

      In the land of utter lackwits, the half-witted man is king.

    • Schadenboner

      Don’t get out of the boat man. The mangos ain’t worth it…

  • Rob Patterson

    He has 38,000 Twitter followers. O_O

    • sharculese

      Yeah, but what about facebook likes?

  • tsam

    Betcha the victims’ families are very worried about this fucker’s political beliefs.

  • randyr

    Journimalism at its finest……….

  • Snarki, child of Loki

    “Jim Hoft was awarded the Judith Miller Award for Accuracy in Reporting”, the OP should have said.

    I confidently await the WingTard reaction: “Progressive Insurance is PROGRESSIVE, and besides, the fact that the shooter could tolerate working at a place with ‘Progressive’ in its name means that he was a crypto-commie and certainly wants to Bigfoot Isreal also, too”

    • BGinCHI

      “Jim Hoft was awarded Judith Miller.”

      Fixed.

    • From the comments, this mango:

      The owner of Progressive Insurance is a “progressive” and is one of the Democratic party’s biggest donors. In “progressive” run companies employees who don’t go goose stepping along with them are weeded out.

      I guess we’ll soon hear about you going bat s#!t crazy and going on a killing spree, Mikey. I suggest you seek professional help for your anger management issues and psychopathic behavior.

      • Hogan

        Yeah, apparently that guy died in 2013.

        • I’m sure that was indeed central to commenter’s argument.

      • angrifon

        Remind me, which company was it that sued the Obama administration in order to force their employees to adhere to a narrow ideological perspective regarding reproductive health?

        Also, was it a liberal college that forced a professor out recently for wearing the wrong headgear?

        Tales of the progressive pogrom, I guess.

  • joe from Lowell

    Oh you have got to be kidding me. “A Progressive employee?”

    Once in a while, I read something so dumb that it makes my physically wince. This is one of those times.

    • Malaclypse

      This is like a bet, to see who can top Jonah’s stupidity, and Hoft won.

      • Barry Freed

        And what’s more, he made it look easy.

      • Thirtyish

        Jonah is a sage compared to Hoft.

        • Origami Isopod

          Sad but true.

    • Thirtyish

      You haven’t seem much of the Gateway Pundit, have you?

    • Sev

      In other news, shootings Nationwide in Allstates in defense of Liberty and under orders of the General have been attributed to a Geicomplaining about the state of Farmers, and who has in turn been remanded to the State Farm.

  • trollhattan

    This douche (the shooter, not Hoft in this reference) is an Uber driver. Here’s betting Uber makes a point of referencing him as an independent contractor and not an employee. Still, it seems like a flaw in their bidnez model.

    • N__B

      Most business frown on killing potential customers. Uber, I’m not so sure.

      • It’s very disruptive so they like it.

      • Hogan

        You have to admit it’s disruptive.

      • Malaclypse

        See, but that’s okay, because after the first dozen or so spree killings, people will just switch to Lyft.

        • dr. fancypants

          Of course! It’s a corporate false-flag operation!

      • John Revolta

        He shot some people at a car dealership, and some more people who were already in a car. I believe his Uberlords would probably be fine with this.

  • sharonT

    This was the guy who published safety alerts for his fellow Tea Baggers visiting DC about that well known, urban hell hole, Dupont Circle back in 2010.

    • Patrick

      Feral ghouls everywhere, and raiders popping up all over. I wouldn’t recommend it.

      (Note: My last visit to Dupont Circle was while playing Fallout 3)

  • Let us not forget when Ted “Raffi” Cruz wanted us to believe that the Colorado Springs Planned Parenthood (alleged) shooter was a “transgendered leftist“.

    • angrifon

      I believe that started with Hoft, as well.

      • Thought so as well, but didn’t bother to “research” past the headlines.

  • Sev

    Trumpology note: the guy had lost a better job on his way to Uber and besrkitude.

  • This is 12 mega-Hofts dumber than his orbital blowout fracture of the eye socket shockeroo.

    • I sometimes wonder if Hoft isn’t actually stupid like a fox. He seems to have a knack for making outrageous claims (which then bounce throughout the blogodrome, end up on Fox News, etc.) that turn out to be false but which can just barely be explained as a mistake or misapprehension. It gets him a lot of traffic that he wouldn’t get if he either only reported true things or just made shit up out of whole cloth.

      • Mike G

        His audience don’t care if it’s accurate, the whole point is to give them the sweet release of something to hate for two minutes.

      • efgoldman

        It gets him a lot of traffic that he wouldn’t get if he either only reported true things or just made shit up out of whole cloth.

        If he only reported true things, he wouldn’t be a RWNJ TeaHadi blogger.

        • If he only wrote deliberate lies like Dr. Goebbels he wouldn’t be a Teahadi blogger either. It’s bull turtle shit all the way down.

      • “It is difficult to get a man to show intelligence, when his salary depends on him being a stupid dumbfuck.”

  • bobbo1

    I eagerly await Jim Hoft’s “the fact that I am wrong merely proves my point.”

    • LosGatosCA

      He’ll unskew his post later, but the (under) lying point remains.

  • LosGatosCA

    Progressive Insurance?

    Sounds pretty likely to be a cover for Liberal Fascists.

    [emphasis added for sheer incredulity]

    My incredulity at your incredulity is enormous.

    They could easily have named those awards – For Best Ratfucking of Liberal Fascists by a RWNJ pretending to be a Journalist

  • timb

    Has abort EVER had a picture taken where he didn’t look demented? That picture looks like the shark from Nemo, just before it tried to eat Dory

  • witlesschum

    I was visiting my mom this weekend, so I wasn’t in Kalamazoo. Got an email from my wife Sunday morning that said “I’m not shot. Check the news.” Says something that I immediately understood what had probably happened.

    But this one does have some extra weird details as far as him being really, really random in choice of victims, driving all over the city to kill people (for context, first shooting was on far eastern side of Kalamazoo, then the west side, then the southwest, then he’s arrested back downtown) and working as an Uber driver in the midst of it.

  • Davis

    What if he were a Prudential employee? Wouldn’t that be ironic?

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