Tuesday, May 17, 2022

It Sounds Very Alex Keatonish

 You remember Alex Keaton, the conservative kid growing up with liberal parents on the show Family Ties5/17/22 DNYUZ:

While Gendron allegedly targeted Black people in Buffalo, N.Y., a familiar banner outside of his family home in Conklin, N.Y. — a small town outside of Binghamton — proclaims that “We Believe Black Lives Matter” and “No Human Is Illegal,” and so on, concluding with “Hate Has No Home Here,” and the imperative; “Be Kind.”

That counsel seems to have escaped Gendron, who allegedly wrote a racist manifesto before driving the family car 200 miles away to specifically target Black lives, which being anything but kind.

Although Keaton was not a white supremacist or socialist. 

More unsurprising discoveries.  5/16/22 LookCharms:

The police said on Sunday that Mr. Gendron had been picked up at his high school last June by state police after making a threatening remark and had been taken to a hospital for a mental health evaluation.

Responding to a question for a class project about his post-graduation plans, Mr. Gendron said his involved a murder-suicide, a law enforcement official familiar with the case said.

But Mr. Gendron described the remark as a joke, the official said. And after the evaluation, which lasted about a day and a half, he was released, according to Joseph Gramaglia, the Buffalo police commissioner.

Now, if only New York had a "red flag" law.   Oh, it does?

It gets better.  5/16/22 American Faith quoting from his manifesto:

But in his alleged manifesto, Gendron himself rejects conservatism. “Are you a conservative?” Gendron asks himself in the document. “No,” he responds to himself. “Conservatism is corporatism in disguise, I want no part of it.”...

  • In another section, Gendron explains that when he was 12 years old, he “was deep into communist ideology.” “Talk to anyone from my old highschool and ask about me and you will hear that,” he writes, going on to say that from “age 15 to 18 however, I consistently moved farther to the right. On the political compass I fall in the mild-moderate authoritarian left category, and I would prefer to be called a populist.”...
“I would prefer to call myself a populist,” Gendron reiterates elsewhere. “But you can call me an ethno-nationalist eco-fascist national socialist if you want, I wouldn’t disagree with you.”


  1. The question no one asks is what percentage of people who make "humorous" remarks about murder/suicide actually carry them out?

    My guess would be far less than 1%.

    1. Probably right. An acquaintance in Sonoma County in a moment of frustration with the Santa Rosa Planning Department said something like that. He was released in 90 minutes but was barred from gun ownership for five years. The red flag process is dangerous for this reason.