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An LGBT Activist burned himself to death to protest Global Warmies. Now, that’s showing commitment!

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  1. I seriously doubt that any of his now former clients would have been the type of people to understand the irony of his demise.

    I am assuming that no one heard his final shrieks.


    I guess when business is slow it’s time to go.

    Comment by Hanover — April 15, 2018 @ 1:06 pm - April 15, 2018

  2. I thought the kid doing the “animal trap challenge” was the stupidest SOB in the world. I was wrong.

    Comment by Steven — April 15, 2018 @ 1:09 pm - April 15, 2018

  3. The carbon footprint of a body doused in gasoline is pretty big. This is why so many Progressives are anti-gun. They look to the instability of their social circle and assume that instability applies to the rest of the culture.

    Comment by TnnsNe1 — April 15, 2018 @ 2:11 pm - April 15, 2018

  4. Darwin Award nominee.

    Comment by KCRob — April 15, 2018 @ 2:32 pm - April 15, 2018

  5. From NY Daily News: “I am David Buckel and I just killed myself by fire as a protest suicide,” read a hand-written suicide note left near the blackened circle of burned grass. “I apologize to you for the mess.”

    His positions and his decision aside, his last words have my profound respect.

    Comment by K — April 15, 2018 @ 2:34 pm - April 15, 2018

  6. All his ex boyfriends said they were washing their hair at the time it happened.

    Gay news silent when male nurse in Lewistown Maine got beheaded by somali moslem.

    What does it cover that is more important to gays in the US? A gay hairdresser getting electricity restored.

    Comment by Steve — April 15, 2018 @ 3:03 pm - April 15, 2018

  7. So, what evidence did he have against Hillary Clinton?

    Comment by V the K — April 15, 2018 @ 3:16 pm - April 15, 2018

  8. Like’s like Breakfast; the Chicken is concerned, but the Hog is committed.

    Comment by Ted Bunker (Charging Rhino) — April 15, 2018 @ 4:50 pm - April 15, 2018

  9. He was also the lead attorney in Brandon v. County of Richardson. This was a landmark case in which he successfully brought murdered transgender man Brandon Teena to justice.


    Comment by Frank — April 15, 2018 @ 5:54 pm - April 15, 2018

  10. Well that’s one way of feeling the burn!

    Comment by James — April 15, 2018 @ 7:14 pm - April 15, 2018

  11. I have known a few people who have “offed” themselves – though in ways less public and for reasons less attention-seeking than this chap.

    One group of these poor souls, the most sympathetic, were those suffering from clinical depression through a chemical imbalance in the brain and/or as a result of some painful chronic illness or long-term unemployment from which they saw no possibility of release and caused them to despair. While very sad, there is a logic to putting an end to one’s pain when one feels it is unlikely to ever cease.

    The other group are like this chap – wanting to make a public gesture or strike at others through their loss. It’s always a waste. It is the way of life: political allies, workmates, friends and acquaintances simply move on and the memory of the suicide recedes until it is all but forgotten. A wasted effort and a waste of a life.

    Nothing will change in a policy sense by this man’s action (government is an impersonal beast and does not feel pain or regret). Only this man’s parents or siblings or those very few that loved him deeply will feel anything at all.

    Comment by Stephen Ippolito — April 15, 2018 @ 7:25 pm - April 15, 2018

  12. @ KCRob:

    I’d say that’s a winner, but I believe the Darwin Award goes to people who expect to survive their stupidity.

    Comment by Blair Ivey — April 15, 2018 @ 9:37 pm - April 15, 2018

  13. If the people they quoted in the article were true believers and friends, they wouldn’t be so devestated by his loss. They would praise it and celebrate it, which from his note, is for what he hoped. It sickens me that anyone, regardless of why or how stupidly ridiculous it might be would make light of a man killing himself. To take his idealistic fervor so far speaks to his mental instability, which, regardless of how you feel about him as an idealist and a human being, makes the whole thing very sad. We have an epidemic of delusion and mental illness in this country. Things like this man’s suicide, Parkland, and any other number of atrocities are only going to become more prevalent until we do something about making mental illness an important issue. I don’t believe in anything this man stood for, but his suicide does nothing but make me feel sadness, pity, and sympathy for him, his friends, and family. I have been through such a loss, in the form of a parent. It’s an unfathomable situation.

    Comment by TADFORD2 — April 16, 2018 @ 3:07 am - April 16, 2018

  14. One group of these poor souls, the most sympathetic, were those suffering from clinical depression […]

    The other group are like this chap – wanting to make a public gesture or strike at others through their loss.

    These are not mutually exclusive. Though some friends and associates may make him out to be analogous to the Buddhist monks who died of self-immolation during the Vietnam War and, more recently, during the Tibetan crackdowns by the Chinese, in reality he’s no martyr and no hero. He’s not drawing attention to anyone or anything other than himself, and in quite an obnoxious way given his passions. I’ve always said that if you are truly concerned about the environment and your ‘carbon footprint’, then the quickest and most responsible way to permanently reduce that is to jump off the nearest high cliff so that the animal kingdom can dispose of your remains. Don’t leave a vehicle behind for someone else to deal with and don’t leave a mess for someone else to clean up. Apologizing for it in advance doesn’t make it better for those who have to cope with it.

    Suicide is an inherently selfish act. The reasons for doing so may be valid; and as a friend who unsuccessfully attempted suicide not once but twice liked to say, it can also be a form of self-defense. Still, very few people who are of both sound mind and body follow through with the act and statistically, males who do so want to in a quick and efficient manner. Self-immolation doesn’t seem to me to fit either of those categories. As such, I have to conclude he was a deluded drama queen who couldn’t go quietly into the good night but aimed for one last blaze of glory that received the coverage it did primarily owing to his weekend timing.

    Comment by RSG — April 16, 2018 @ 4:10 am - April 16, 2018

  15. You’re painting this with too broad of a brush, Tadford. Remember that the leftists will kill and sacrifice anyone in order to further their agenda. This is no different.

    Comment by Hanover — April 16, 2018 @ 5:15 am - April 16, 2018

  16. I will grant him this: at least he did not throw himself into traffic and turn some poor soul into his unwilling murderer, and possibly cause the injury and death of others. I pity him, that he thought this act was the only way to give his life closure or significance, and his family has my deepest sympathies.

    Comment by Sean L — April 16, 2018 @ 7:17 am - April 16, 2018

  17. Flaming queen….. Too soon? Actually I do feel sorry for anyone this deluded and/or depressed, or ideologically possessed and their loved ones.

    Comment by Rex — April 16, 2018 @ 11:47 am - April 16, 2018

  18. May God grant him eternal rest.

    P.S. There’s blood on your hands, Al Gore.

    Comment by Draybee — April 16, 2018 @ 3:12 pm - April 16, 2018

  19. If you count the guy who burned to death in Trump tower, this is the second one whour died to make a political statement.

    Comment by Professor Hale — April 16, 2018 @ 3:40 pm - April 16, 2018

  20. It is the ultimate step in Leftist virtue signaling. “Look at me I am special! “ all the while the end result (carbon mess) is exactly what he was protesting against. Totally typical just on a more final scale than the usual Leftist BS.

    Comment by Sandra — April 17, 2018 @ 1:35 am - April 17, 2018

  21. #3 – “They look to the instability of their social circle and assume that instability applies to the rest of the culture.”

    Yes, bingo.

    Comment by RGB — April 17, 2018 @ 1:30 pm - April 17, 2018

  22. This is sad, though I’m just glad he did not choose to take others with him, against their will.

    When we, as humans, get to the edge where we feel like there is nothing we can do to make a change in the world around us, suicide is not the answer. Perhaps the best thing to do is walk away from your deeply-felt cares about serious matters in the world and let someone else who can handle it take the baton. I am saying this as a person who had to give up frustration and adopt a more zero-fuques attitude, cos I rather not give a crap than kill myself over it, literally or emotionally (as in getting high blood pressure, OD’ing on drugs, etc).

    Sometimes, you just have to walk away from the problems of the world. Not everyone can handle it. Then, eventually, you just learn that life has many problems, no matter what era you live in. This doesn’t mean you throw trash into the streets and consume energy wastefully… just that you cannot take on the fight if the fight itself kills you.

    Comment by RGB — April 17, 2018 @ 1:48 pm - April 17, 2018

  23. He didn’t use a gun so who cares . Now if he had committed gun violence then his demise would have meant something .

    Comment by Jay Dee — April 17, 2018 @ 7:14 pm - April 17, 2018

  24. If you count the guy who burned to death in Trump tower, this is the second one whour [sic] died to make a political statement.

    The fire in the apartment in Trump Tower on April 7th was caused by overloaded power strips–apparently daisy-chained together–and thus ruled accidental:

    Comment by RSG — April 18, 2018 @ 9:48 am - April 18, 2018

  25. Daisy-chains are dangerous? Who knew…?

    Oh, not THAT kind of daisy-chain. **sad-face**

    Comment by Ted B. (Charging Rhino) — April 18, 2018 @ 12:59 pm - April 18, 2018

  26. I take back my burn comment at @ 10. It was sort of insensitive. I feel bad that this guy did this to himself.

    Comment by James — April 21, 2018 @ 11:34 pm - April 21, 2018

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