The FBI is investigating whether anti-government sentiment led to the hanging death of a U.S. Census worker near a Kentucky cemetery. A law enforcement official told The Associated Press the word "fed" was scrawled onThe victim has been identified as 51-year-old Bill Sparkman. My immediate curiosity is whether this had something to do with a moonshine or drug operation, rather than "anti-government sentiment." Drug dealers and 'shiners are notoriously hostile toward anyone snooping around, and Sparkman may well have stumbled onto some sort of criminal situation.
the dead man's chest. . . .
My friend David Weigel (Sharmuta: "What?") wants to blame . . . Eric Cantor? Nudge, nudge. Let's wait to see what law enforcement discovers before jumping to any kind of politicized Let's-Blame-Glenn-Beck speculation.
UPDATE: Speculation from the Lizard Kingdom:
9 SharmutaNo doubt about it, Inspector Javert: The Flemish Menace!
9/23/2009 9:53:35 pm PDT 1downupreport
Any comment from Michele Bachmann's office?
9/23/2009 10:13:48 pm PDT 4downupreport
The more I think about it, the more I doubt that this was a simple drug-related killing. It's not their style at all. They would just take the body and bury it in some backwoods area where it would never be found, or sink it in a lake, or something similar. It makes no sense to stage what seems like a political statement, unless there was a political motive.