1. Dimitrious Gargasoulas, the guy who went on the shocking killing rampage on Friday in his car in Melbourne. The Daily Mail has a run down on his recent Facebook entries, all of which indicate he had been ranting and obviously mentally unwell for sometime. Friends are quoted saying he was seriously drug addled by ice; the police knew him from a violent past. The Facebook entries indicate some religious element to his derangement, but none of the entries indicate it was Islamic. If anything, they in fact indicate he thought he was following an esoteric Kurdish, pre-Islamic religion.
2. The people who comment at Catallaxy. If a random attack first appears that it might be Islamic terrorism, there is no persuading them, ever, that it wasn't. Their compelling evidence - the one tourist witness who was on video saying that Gargasoulas was yelling "allah akhbar" from his car. Oddly, it seems no other witness has come forward to confirm it, nor is there any phone video around to back it up. Gargasoulas was yelling and ranting, and his actions did resemble some recent overseas Islamic terrorism: doesn't it seem to reasonable people at least possible - maybe even likely - that the tourist mistakenly thought he heard the phrase? The only other evidence - a friend quoted by the Daily Mail saying that Gargasoulas had recently "converted to Islam." Yet, the Facebook rants don't support that, at all. There has been no one saying he has ever stepped foot into a mosque.
But the high functioning fools of Catallaxy - for that is what most of them are - latched onto "it's Islamic terrorism" and won't let go. Even the weirdo Fisk - who I have not been able to make sense of for years - is seeming to play some sort of anti-immigration game with this.
In any event, even if it were later proved that he had yelled what the tourist thought he did - if every religion is supposed to be responsible for the killings of its clearly mentally ill so-called converts, I'd like to know how many Christian or Catholic "terrorists" there have been over the years.
3. David Leyonhjelm: I've said before he seems to me to be kind of depressed since the last election, probably because all of the Senate balance of power attention has switched to One Nation and Xenophon. But he is a deeply foolish man - one who doesn't have normal sensibilities and constantly seems to seek controversy for the sake of attention - to do what he did on Friday.