Thursday, November 17, 2011


Yeah, yeah, I know what you're thinking:

Oscar Ramiro Ortega-Hernandez, the man arrested on Wednesday for allegedly firing bullets at the White House on Friday night, referred to President Barack Obama as “the anti-Christ” and told a witness he "needed to kill him," according to an FBI special agent....

The suspect ... has the word "Israel" tattooed on his neck....

Yes, but:

The Park Police, the authority in the area of the National Mall, found evidence, including a gun and spent shells, in a vehicle abandoned several blocks away that led to Ortega's arrest warrant.

The web posting describes Ortega-Hernandez, who is from Idaho, as 5 feet, 11 inches and 160 pounds, with brown eyes and black hair and with the following marks: "His right hand has a tattoo of three dots, he has a tattoo stating 'Ortega' on his upper back, a tattoo on his right chest of rosary beads and hands clasped in prayer, a tattoo of folded hands on left chest, and the words 'Israel' tattooed on left side of neck."

(Emphasis added.)

I'm assuming that Ortega-Hernandez is (or at least was raised) Catholic. And while that doesn't in any way rule out that he's a right-leaning Zionist (Christian Zionist?), I could just as easily imagine that the tattoo is in honor of someone he knows, a relative or friend, possibly deceased. Israel is a fairly common given name among Hispanics.

Ortega-Hernandez's interest in the year 2012 and belief that children are about to be tracked by GPS at President Obama's behest suggests a classic paranoid's set of interests. (The GPS thing gets talked about a fair amount in Alex Jones land.) Ortega-Hernandez's tattoo may refer to Israel the country, but he may just associate Israel with things biblical and world-historical and possibly apocalyptic. The noise on the right may be tickling his synapses, but I still say he's more clinical paranoid than committed wingnut.


ploeg said...

Or perhaps he has "Sasquatch" tattooed on the right side of his neck.

Steve M. said...

Ah, yes.

c u n d gulag said...


Damn it ploeg, you beat me!!!

It will be the worlds ugliest hairpiece between you and me from now on - Hell Toupee!!! :-)

M. Bouffant said...

Despite the Waffle House geezers, I doubt truly committed (if not certifiable) wingnuts would shoot at a White House the Prez had just vacated on his way to San Diego.