The Left’s most recent blood libel has been dispelled. The Associated Press reported today a Kentucky census worker found killed in a national park committed suicide. On September 12th, 51-year-old Bill Sparkman was found naked with a rope around his neck in Daniel Boone National Forest, bound with duct tape, with the word “Fed” scrawled on his body. (He was not “hanging,” as the media often reported.) The Left, at a loss over the town hall uprisings across the country, found another useful corpse and blamed conservatives for the murder. But according to the AP:
Authorities said Sparkman alone manipulated the scene to conceal a suicide…Sparkman had recently taken out two life insurance policies that would not pay out for suicide, authorities said. If Sparkman had been killed on the job, his family also would have been be eligible for up to $10,000 in death gratuity payments from the government.
MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow went out of her way to make this connection on her program. The night Sparkman’s death hit the national media, Maddow asked her guest: “Have you heard anything? Are you hearing anything, even circumstantial evidence, in that regard?”
In a subsequent interview with Gilbert Acciardo, a friend of Sparkman’s, Maddow had an anti-climactic exchange.
In terms of this part of southeastern Kentucky…are folks in this area familiar with the census and its purpose? I don’t know if there’s any way to generalize about that. Is there any fear that you’re aware of that the census might be seen as kind of a government intrusion?
Translation: Didn’t you all star in Deliverance? You’re almost as backward as John Murtha’s constituents, right? Acciardo replied:
No. I’m not aware — Of course, it’s been 12 years since I worked for the state police. I wasn’t aware of any problems then, and I’m not aware of any problems like that right now.
Time magazine stirred the pot in an article entitled, “Did Government Distrust Lead to a Census Taker’s Death?” The down-the-middle, straight-shooting journalists wrote:
The discovery of the body of Bill Sparkman, 51, a substitute teacher and a field worker for the bureau, comes at a time when talk media, tea parties and white-hot town-hall meetings have fanned antigovernment sentiment. Speculation has run rampant that the Sparkman case may be related to the vitriol. Kentucky, like many other Southern states, voted overwhelmingly for Senator John McCain during the 2008 presidential election.
As it turns out, it was suicide. (Much like leftism itself.) The case should tell us everything about leftists. They see a cancer survivor commit suicide and blame Middle American Moms; they see a radical Muslim phone al-Qaeda before going on a terrorist shooting at Ft. Hood and blame exhaustion.