The Radio Equalizer: Brian Maloney

23 December 2006

California Anti- Christmas Protestor Sets Himself Alight


Unhinged Protestor Burns Up Over Christmas

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What is is about the word "Christmas" that brings out truly unhinged behavior in some people this time of year? From where does this intense level of inner anger emerge?

In Bakersfield, a man was so incensed over a skool board's decision to rename winter and spring breaks for Christmas and Easter that he set himself on fire.

From the AP:

Man sets self aflame in Calif. protest

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (AP) -- 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.

The man, who was not immediately identified, on Friday also set fire to a Christmas tree, an American flag and a revolutionary flag replica, said Fire Captain Garth Milam.

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

Flames were devouring a Christmas tree next to the Liberty Bell, where public events and demonstrations are common.

Beside the tree the man stood with an Amer- ican flag draped around his shoulders and a red gas can over his head.

Seeing the deputy, the man poured the liquid over his head. He quickly burst into flames when the fumes from the gas met the flames from the tree.

The deputy ordered the man to drop to the ground as he and a parole agent sprayed him with fire extinguishers.

"The man stood there like this," the deputy said with his arms across his chest and his head bent down, "Saying no, no, no."

The man suffered first degree burns on his shoulders and arms, Milam said.

Kern County Sheriff's Deputy John Leyendecker said the man had a sign that read: "(expletive) the religious establishment and KHSD."

Does that seem like a reason to burn up in anger? And who says there's no war on Christmas?

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  • Clearly the man believes strongly in the U.S. constitution, secularism and the separation of church and state.

    He realizes that the type of people pushing the "War on Christmas" talkng points are the same people with the values of Ted Haggert, Jimmy Swaggert, Jim Baker, Bill O'Reilly (aka The Falafel King) and the soon to be replaced Republican majority.

    We live in multicultural, multi-race, multi-religion society that is predominantly different in its diversity of population than it was 200 years ago.

    Get over it.

    By Blogger Elmonica, at 23 December, 2006 15:06  

  • Smoke 'em if you got 'em.

    By Blogger Rich in MT, at 23 December, 2006 18:11  

  • Xmas, like the Brian Mulrooney blog site, is strictly for kids.

    By Blogger aaazzz111, at 23 December, 2006 23:14  

  • Skool? Did you ever GO to a "skool"?

    Oh, I believe there is a war on Christmas...

    Would anyone like to have the cojones to stand up and explain to the studio audience WHO you think is behind it?

    Or, will you forever whine elliptically without spitting out your TRUE beliefs, and pawn it all off on the ACLU or some other such ridiculousness?


    By Blogger hashfanatic, at 23 December, 2006 23:57  

  • I was hoping that maybe it was michael newdow....=)
    you know it had to be an atheist..who else could get this angry over religion? good evidence of the way atheism works in a persons life...
    burn yourself up......emotionally mentally and literally

    By Blogger elisloew, at 24 December, 2006 00:54  

  • Ironic how this guy gets attention for setting himself on fire, yet the guy in Chicago, depressed about the Bush war, did the same on a local freeway...and the right wing mocked him and reported it as "Delay on highway, major backup, suicide..."

    Conservative "family values", eh?

    A family of WHAT???


    By Blogger hashfanatic, at 24 December, 2006 00:59  

  • Did they save the Christmas tree?
    Look, joking aside, The man was obviously mentally ill. Not to be a complete caveman, but let's just be glad that he didn't take anyone else down with him, and stop the polemic BS.

    Also, Merry Christmas to everyone not on fire!

    By Blogger paul the pirate (Yar!), at 24 December, 2006 20:31  

  • Hey, Monica, clearly the man was a mental patient that got out of the funny farm. Too bad he wasn't in my town. It's cold here, and he could have saved me some fire wood. I love the smell of roasting loser in the morning.

    Merry Christmas loser.

    By Blogger Owen, at 25 December, 2006 11:44  

  • hashfanatic,

    Time to get off the drugs. It's a shame more people don't do that, then this country would be a better case. Last thing needed is some panzy wandering around blaming everything he does on Oprah. Good for him, I hope he didn't hit an American made car.


    P.S. We're having a terrorist book burning party tonight. You should come by, I think I'll have a couple of drug addicts coming over. Free used needles for you.

    By Blogger Owen, at 25 December, 2006 11:50  

  • Now, now, oweeee....

    Didn't Santa forward you..your widdle pwesent??

    We LIKE to set neocons on fire...y'all turn such pretty colors when you burn!

    Always tomorrow, oweeee.....

    By Blogger hashfanatic, at 25 December, 2006 13:24  

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