Friday, November 30, 2007

Hostages At NH Clinton Office (Update: Freepers Cheer)

It's all over everywhere - some nutter walked into Clinton's campaign office in Rochester, New Hampshire, demanding to speak to her. He showed what police have described as a pipe bomb strapped to his chest and took at least four hostages. Two adult hostages and a baby have been released. The place is surrounded by cops.

Local police are believed to be negotiating with a man described as a well-known local resident with a history of mental illness who told his son to "watch the news today." He is said to be in his 40s with salt-and-pepper hair.
Local station WMUR9 has continually updating local coverage.

Memeorandum has mainstream and blogger reaction and development of the story. Even Malkin is being circumspect and editing the worst of her commenters.

Update As MoJo notes, the Freepers have no such compunctions, however.

What was that story about conservatives self-identifying as more mentally stable again?

Update 2 The incident has come to a close without anyone hurt. Police have taken into custody Lee Eisenberg, who apparently wanted to talk to Clinton about the state of mental healthcare, and reportedly believed he was the target of a government conspiracy.

The AP notes that:
Eisenberg made local headlines in March when he held a news conference on the steps of Rochester City Hall to complain about a police policy of placing fliers in unlocked cars warning motorists to lock their doors.

"This is nothing more than a gimmick to get around the Constitution and go around in the middle of the night upon unsuspecting citizens in their own yard and search their vehicles," Eisenberg said.

Police, who said they were just trying to reduce theft from motor vehicles, changed the policy in response.
Despite fervent wingnut wishes, he doesn't appear to have been any kind of Muslim.