November 5, 2018

"I didn't see evil when I looked into Robert Bowers’ eyes. All I saw was a clear lack of depth, intelligence, and palpable amounts of confusion."

"Robert Bowers probably had no friends, was easily influenced by propaganda, and wanted attention on a sociopathic level... He’s the kind of person that is easily manipulated by people with a microphone, a platform, and use fear for motivation.... I wanted him to feel compassion. I chose to show him empathy. I felt that the best way to honor his victims was for a Jew to prove him wrong... Robert Bowers thanked me for saving him, for showing him kindness, and for treating him the same way I treat every other patient.... The fact that this shooting took place doesn’t shock me. To be honest, it’s only a matter of time before the next one happens."

Wrote Ari Mahler, quoted in "Jewish nurse who treated synagogue killer saw lack of intelligence in gunman and treated him with 'love'" (Daily News).

ADDED: Full text of Mahler's Facebook post:
I am The Jewish Nurse.

Yes, that Jewish Nurse. The same one that people are talking about in the Pittsburgh shooting that left 11 dead. The trauma nurse in the ER that cared for Robert Bowers who yelled, "Death to all Jews," as he was wheeled into the hospital. The Jewish nurse who ran into a room to save his life.

To be honest, I’m nervous about sharing this. I just know I feel alone right now, and the irony of the world talking about me doesn’t seem fair without the chance to speak for myself.

When I was a kid, being labeled “The Jewish (anything)”, undoubtedly had derogatory connotations attached to it. That's why it feels so awkward to me that people suddenly look at it as an endearing term. As an adult, deflecting my religion by saying “I’m not that religious,” makes it easier for people to accept I’m Jewish – especially when I tell them my father is a rabbi. “I’m not that religious,” is like saying, “Don’t worry, I’m not that Jewish, therefore, I’m not so different than you,” and like clockwork, people don’t look at me as awkwardly as they did a few seconds beforehand.

I experienced anti-Semitism a lot as a kid. It’s hard for me to say if it was always a product of genuine hatred, or if kids with their own problems found a reason to single me out from others. Sure, there were a few Jewish kids at my school, but no one else had a father who was a Rabbi. I found drawings on desks of my family being marched into gas chambers, swastikas drawn on my locker, and notes shoved inside of it saying, “Die Jew. Love, Hitler.” It was a different time back then, where bullying was not monitored like it is now. I was weak, too. Rather than tell anyone, I hid behind fear. Telling on the people who did this would only lead to consequences far worse.

Regardless, the fact that this shooting took place doesn’t shock me. To be honest, it’s only a matter of time before the next one happens. History refutes hope that things will change. My heart yearns for change, but today's climate doesn't foster nurturing, tolerance, or civility. Even before this shooting took place, there’s no real evidence supporting otherwise. The FBI and the Southern Poverty Law Center note that Jews only account for two percent of the U.S. population, yet 60% of all religious hate crimes are committed against them. I don’t know why people hate us so much, but the underbelly of anti-Semitism seems to be thriving.

So now, here I am, The Jewish Nurse that cared for Robert Bowers. I’ve watched them talk about me on CNN, Fox News, Anderson Cooper, PBS, and the local news stations. I’ve read articles mentioning me in the NY Times and the Washington Post. The fact that I did my job, a job which requires compassion and empathy over everything, is newsworthy to people because I’m Jewish. Even more so because my dad’s a Rabbi.

To be honest, I didn't see evil when I looked into Robert Bower's eyes. I saw something else. I can’t go into details of our interactions because of HIPAA. I can tell you that as his nurse, or anyone's nurse, my care is given through kindness, my actions are measured with empathy, and regardless of the person you may be when you're not in my care, each breath you take is more beautiful than the last when you're lying on my stretcher. This was the same Robert Bowers that just committed mass homicide. The Robert Bowers who instilled panic in my heart worrying my parents were two of his 11 victims less than an hour before his arrival.

I’m sure he had no idea I was Jewish. Why thank a Jewish nurse, when 15 minutes beforehand, you’d shoot me in the head with no remorse? I didn’t say a word to him about my religion. I chose not to say anything to him the entire time. I wanted him to feel compassion. I chose to show him empathy. I felt that the best way to honor his victims was for a Jew to prove him wrong. Besides, if he finds out I’m Jewish, does it really matter? The better question is, what does it mean to you?

Love. That’s why I did it. Love as an action is more powerful than words, and love in the face of evil gives others hope. It demonstrates humanity. It reaffirms why we’re all here. The meaning of life is to give meaning to life, and love is the ultimate force that connects all living beings. I could care less what Robert Bowers thinks, but you, the person reading this, love is the only message I wish instill in you. If my actions mean anything, love means everything.

Respectfully,
Ari Mahler, RN.

67 comments:

rhhardin said...

It's part of the religion. Chosen people means chosen for special responsibilities.

sinz52 said...

Mr. Bowers didn't know she was Jewish when she treated him.

Just before Mr. Bowers is discharged from the hospital to face justice,
Nurse Mahler should walk right up to Mr. Bowers and tell him,
"I am a Jew."
And use a smartphone to take a photo of his facial expression.

sinz52 said...

Oops, sorry, I didn't know Mahler was male.

David Begley said...

A good and moving FB post by the Jewish nurse but I note that he is a mind reader. How could he not see evil? To kill people in that manner surely requires evil. A lack of intelligence, depth and confusion doesn’t lead to mass murder.

The shooter was pure evil and hate. How he got there is speculation at this point.

I Have Misplaced My Pants said...

Am I too cynical? What else was he going to do? Not do his job?

Sometimes medical personnel have to care for human shitstains. I know lots of docs and nurses who do it every day; maybe not Bowers-level but some pretty giant meatsacks of evil nonetheless. Yes it's hard and yes they deserve respect for it but how is this guy any different?

David Begley said...

And recall the reaction to George W. Bush’s claimed ability to look into the eyes of Putin.

I Have Misplaced My Pants said...

I will give him credit for attempting to see humanity in Bowers and affirming the importance of loving everyone including the very hard to love.

I Have Misplaced My Pants said...

I'm also surprised that our language maven did not nitpick use of the word 'palpable.' Especially a medical person should not use that incorrectly.

Phil 314 said...

I’m not nurse training leads to the ability to read souls. Maybe the MRI was able to image the soul.

Left Bank of the Charles said...

I’m a bit confused by the quotes in the Daily News not matching up to the full text from Facebook. Did Ari edit his post after he was first quoted? Or did the Daily News get it wrong?

Trumpit said...
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Robert Cook said...

"It's part of the religion. Chosen people means chosen for special responsibilities."

It's something most people are capable of and many people practice, particularly caretakers. The religion is not a necessary aspect or cause of it.

Robert Cook said...

P.S. There are no "chosen people."

AllenS said...

I'm part of the "chosen people", Mr Cook, when I was drafted into the Army in 1966.

Robert Cook said...

"To kill people in that manner surely requires evil. A lack of intelligence, depth and confusion doesn’t lead to mass murder."

Evil is not necessary. Confusion, emotional turmoil, depression, intense loneliness, self-hatred externalized...these are all potential causes for such acts of violence. They are evil acts. And there are some evil people. But not all people who commit evil acts are necessarily evil people. They are certainly damaged people.

Trumpit said...

"It's part of the religion. Chosen people means chosen for special responsibilities."

Six million where "chosen" to die in gas chambers, etc. at the hands of Nazi Right-wing Animals (NRA).

SeanF said...

I Have Misplaced My Pants: I'm also surprised that our language maven did not nitpick use of the word 'palpable.' Especially a medical person should not use that incorrectly.

How was it incorrect? The first definition of "palpable" is "readily or plainly seen, heard, perceived, etc.; obvious; evident".

"Capable of being touched or felt; tangible" is a secondary definition.

AllenS said...

Trumpit said...
Six million where "chosen" to die in gas chambers, etc. at the hands of Nazi Right-wing Animals (NRA)

Funny, but the word Nazi stands for "National Socialist German Workers' Party".

That sounds kinds left-wing to me.

Ron Winkleheimer said...

The nurse, like most people. needs to identify a reason for a tragedy. Therefore, the person responsible for it is not evil, or even really responsible. Because if that was the case it would be impossible to prevent future occurrences, which is intolerable because that implies that we are not totally in charge of our lives and bad things can happen to us randomly. Therefore, the culprit is an easily influenced, not intelligent man who was caught up in the current climate.

Ron Winkleheimer said...

not all people who commit evil acts are necessarily evil people

Unless you are actually insane to the degree that you cannot distinguish right from wrong then if you commit evil acts you are, by definition, evil.

Trumpit said...

From my experience with bad doctors and nurses who blindly follow their orders, I say, "Lock them up!" Let's not forget the bad people who run bad hospitals. "Lock them up, too!" Let's not forget the bad lawyers and judges who protect these criminals. Lock them up, as well. We all know how corrupt the police and politicians are. Fill the prisons up with them. Yeah, I'm jaded. Keep Guantanamo open forever. Good and bad, right and wrong must be taught in schools. Guns are a BIG problem. I blame this killer's actions on Nazi Rethuglican Assholes (NRA), and Scalia who loved guns and gun violence against wildlife. In spite of your low intelligence, you can put two and two together. It ain't five.

"COMMON If you put two and two together, you correctly guess the truth about something from the information that you have. I could see he had put two and two together. Like me he had guessed what the police were searching for. She saw reports in the Press about the runaway Major and it didn't take much to put two and two together. Note: If you say that someone puts two and two together and makes five or puts two and two together and gets five, you mean that they guess something more exciting or interesting than the truth. Mr Lane's solicitor said after the case that the police had put two and two together and made five."

Ron Winkleheimer said...

I think a lot of the climate hysteria is driven by the need to feel we are 100% in charge of our lives. Humans and their predecessos have been killed and displaced due to climate changes and storms and other weather related phenomenon throughout all of human and pre-human history. But now we have the ability to stop "extreme weather events" if we would only stop burning fossil fuels.

Saint Croix said...

Chosen people means chosen for special responsibilities

The Jews were chosen by God to give birth to a messiah who will save us.

Jesus said, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me."

There are some Christians who believe this excludes other religions, including Jews(!) This is frankly absurd. Jesus was a Jew, talking to other Jews. The Bible is filled with Jews. The big debate among early Christians was not whether Jews could get to heaven, but whether anybody else could. To argue, or suggest, that Jews cannot make it to God is an absurd reading of Christian texts. For instance, we already know that Moses and Elijah made it to our Father, because they reappear in the New Testament.

Anyway, this man Ari, who says he is not religious, nonetheless knows quite well the path to our Lord. You love your enemies, as Christ has taught us.

A famous Christian, Leo Tolstoy, once wrote a letter to the Free Hindustan. The man who published that letter was a lawyer named Gandhi. It's worth a read.

I am a Christian so I believe that Jesus is the way and the truth and the life. There are some Christians who treat our faith like we are a tribe. "Jews are not Christians, so you are not on the path to the Lord." But Jesus never said that!

God knows everything about every individual. God knows when Ari Mahler, or me, or you, have done or said things that are anti-Christ. God also knows when Ari Mahler, or me, or you, are following Christ.

To me, what Ari is saying here is entirely Christ-like. He is on the right path. Kudos.

Trumpit said...

"not all people who commit evil acts are necessarily evil people"

Their evil/crazy acts speak for themselves (res ipsa loquitur). Lock them up or kill them. Keep guns out of their evil/crazy hands. Ban hunting now! Animals have natural rights*.

*Natural rights are basic rights that include the right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. Every species is entitled to these rights and they are to be protected from encroachment by the government or society. It is morally wrong for a member of a species to be denied natural rights.

narciso said...

Actually it does, or his message means nothing, that a heresy like Islam which compounds the errors of its predecessor has spread all through out the world Is a tragedy

Ray - SoCal said...

Things that confuse me:

Why does the left favor gun control?

Why are communist nations such strong propenents of gun control?

Why is a socialist group labeled far right?

Fernandinande said...

ADDED: Full text of Mahler's Facebook post:

Did the Daily"News" add the anti-Trump part about the microphone?

love is the ultimate force that connects all living beings

I woulda thunk it was the Van der Waals foorce acting through chondrocytes.

Saint Croix said...

To me, what Ari is saying here is entirely Christ-like. He is on the right path. Kudos.

Well, except for the part where he says "I'm not that religious."

That's what I get for trying to make judgments on who is Christ-like!

You can also find Gandhi statements that are incredibly stupid.

Faced with the Nazi threat, Gandhi urged the Jews to commit collective suicide (leaving ''a rich heritage to mankind''), the Czechoslovaks to march unarmed against the Waffen S.S. (''perishing gloriously'') and the British people, after Dunkirk, quite simply to surrender on Gandhi's personal guarantee that Hitler was ''not a bad man.'' As records go, this is not a very good record.

Fernandinande said...

*Natural rights are basic rights that include the right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.

Natural rights are the right to do whatever you can get away with, not some bullshit a philosopher pulled out of his ass, and although the bullshit is something to aim for there's nothing "natural" about it.

Trumpit said...

"Things that confuse me:

Why does the left favor gun control?

Why are communist nations such strong propenents of gun control?

Why is a socialist group labeled far right?"

You've already made up you mind about these silly questions. The Left wants to take away your guns and your hillbilly right to shoot Bambi. More than that, we'd lock you up for killing Rocky Raccoon. You've broken his dreams.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=6&v=sDcDCZGcZj8



Known Unknown said...

"he’s the kind of person that is easily manipulated by people with a microphone, a platform, and use fear for motivation"

Would this count as a dog-whistle for the NeverTrumpers? (even though Bowers was explicitly Anti-Trump)

Inga...Allie Oop said...

“Would this count as a dog-whistle for the NeverTrumpers? (even though Bowers was explicitly Anti-Trump)”

Only because Trump wasn’t far enough right for him. Everything that Bowers ranted about, was what Trump is ranting about. The Caravan and those scary asylum seekers who are going to kill Americans and the Trump anti semimitic dog whistle blaming Soros a well know Jew who supposedly is funding it. The far right support Trump, the far right believe his nonsense.

He believed Trump.

Trumpit said...

"Natural rights are the right to do whatever you can get away with..."

Thank you for straightening me out about that. I'm sure that I can learn a hell of a lot about moral philosophy from you righteous deplorables. #Bluewave.

narciso said...

There is a turtledove tale that illustrates ghandi fallacy.

rhhardin said...

"It's part of the religion. Chosen people means chosen for special responsibilities."

It's something most people are capable of and many people practice, particularly caretakers. The religion is not a necessary aspect or cause of it.


It's an ethical system. Everybody is a jew.

Robert Cook said...

"Unless you are actually insane to the degree that you cannot distinguish right from wrong then if you commit evil acts you are, by definition, evil."

What is "evil?" Is an evil person only evil? Does he or she have no part of themselves that are not evil, that are "good?" Can a good person never commit an evil act? Are good people only good? Can they have no part themselves that are evil? Many police officers have said they learn from experience that anyone is capable of anything.

Pookie Number 2 said...

To me, what Ari is saying here is entirely Christ-like. He is on the right path. Kudos.

Speaking only theoretically (I have no clue how to apply this, and Mr. Mahler’s actions seem entirely appropriate to my Westernized mind), I think this might be an important difference between Jewish and Christian theology. We share the idea of hating the sin, not the sinner, but loving actual enemies is foreign to (my possibly incorrect understanding of) Judaism.

Robert Cook said...

"I think a lot of the climate hysteria is driven by the need to feel we are 100% in charge of our lives. Humans and their predecessos have been killed and displaced due to climate changes and storms and other weather related phenomenon throughout all of human and pre-human history. But now we have the ability to stop "extreme weather events" if we would only stop burning fossil fuels."

Wrong. No proponents of climate change assert humankind is the only cause of climate change. Climate change has occurred since the earth's beginning, the cyclical outcome of dynamic processes occurring all the time. The dynamic processes are comprised of many different physical components, and, in the human era, our activity is a significant component on those dynamic processes. Particularly with our burning of fossil fuels, we have added a powerful component to those dynamic processes. In short, we have added a supercharger to processes that are always ongoing.

Roy Jacobsen said...

Robert Cook said:
Evil is not necessary. Confusion, emotional turmoil, depression, intense loneliness, self-hatred externalized...

News for you, RC. All of those are outcomes of evil.

Most people have a too-narrow idea of what evil is, restricting it to the acts and characteristics of Charles Manson types.

Evil is any deviation, any breaking, any bending--however slight--from good.

Roy Jacobsen said...

I salute this nurse's empathy and idealism in caring for Bowers.

But I have to wonder: How does one see evil in someone's eyes?

narciso said...

"There is no one good, no not one' we can't earn grace or salvation by our own power. But the shooter Is an amalekite.

Ron Winkleheimer said...

Many police officers have said they learn from experience that anyone is capable of anything.

And yet everyone doesn't do everything. Perhaps those police officers, who are forced to confront evil on a regular basis, have a perspective problem. As to the rest of your statement, an evil person can have virtues and a good person can have vices. An evil person can be hard working intelligent and brave. Which expands the scope of the evil they are capable of. A good person could be a glutton, though they should be working on correcting that.

Robert Cook said...

"News for you, RC. All of those are outcomes of evil.

"Most people have a too-narrow idea of what evil is, restricting it to the acts and characteristics of Charles Manson types.

"Evil is any deviation, any breaking, any bending--however slight--from good."


And you have a too-broad and unspecific definition of evil.

narayanan said...

on the subject of evil

https://www.quora.com/Why-did-Ayn-Rand-refer-to-Immanuel-Kant-as-the-most-evil-man-in-mankinds-history

Ayn Rand stated “The man who ... closed the door of philosophy to reason, was Immanuel Kant. . . .

Kant’s expressly stated purpose was to save the morality of self-abnegation and self-sacrifice. He knew that it could not survive without a mystic base—and what it had to be saved from was reason.”

Saint Croix said...

Speaking only theoretically (I have no clue how to apply this, and Mr. Mahler’s actions seem entirely appropriate to my Westernized mind), I think this might be an important difference between Jewish and Christian theology. We share the idea of hating the sin, not the sinner, but loving actual enemies is foreign to (my possibly incorrect understanding of) Judaism.

Jesus was not a foreigner to the Jews. He was one of them. The sermon on the mount influenced a lot of Jews, because it comported with their understanding of what is right.

The early Christians were all Jews. Certainly Jesus had a lot of novel things to say that people had not heard before, including stuff on how you treat foreigners and strangers. But Jesus himself was neither a stranger nor a foreigner to the Jews.

I can't really speak for Judaism as a theology, but I would suggest that Jesus is the highest example of Jewish thought. As the son of God, Jesus is sui generis. But it's a mistake for Christians (or Jews!) to ignore how Jewish he is. His humanity is as important as his holiness.

Mark Nielsen said...


Hatred of Jews knows no politics. It is evil and is planted in any soil that will give it a place to grow. The extremes of both right and left have proved to be fruitful acreage.

And yes, they *are* a chosen people. Their accomplishments and contributions far exceed what a group of that size *should* be able to do. They have dominated my field (mathematics) for a long time. You can credit their success to many things, I guess, if you don't believe in a God to oversee human events. But the oversized list of Jewish achievements really can't be denied.

n.n said...

He sounds broken, life without the possibility of parole.

The Crack Emcee said...

"I didn't see evil when I looked into Robert Bowers’ eyes. All I saw was a clear lack of depth, intelligence, and palpable amounts of confusion."

I see that in most people while grocery shopping.

Roy Jacobsen said...

Robert Cook said...

And you have a too-broad and unspecific definition of evil.

On the contrary, my definition is quite specific. But you also need to know my definition of good.

(Note: It is NOT "stuff that I prefer.")

Anonymous said...

Yeah, it sounds a lot like he was a victim of Trump and his microphone to me. If only that crazy Trump wasn't out there holding these noisy rallies poor old Mr. Bowers never would have thought of taking a gun and shooting up a synagogue. What a load of crap.

Robert Cook said...

"You can credit their success to many things, I guess, if you don't believe in a God to oversee human events."

I don't believe in a God to oversee human events. This is why there are no "chosen people." There would have to be some entity doing the choosing.

Anonymous said...

Alan said: Funny, but the word Nazi stands for "National Socialist German Workers' Party".

That sounds kinds left-wing to me.


I agree, NSDAP was a socialist party as the name says. I wonder why Wikipedia refers to it as a far-right political party. Maybe someone who knows how should correct that article.

The National Socialist German Workers' Party, commonly referred to in English as the Nazi Party, was a far-right political party in Germany that was active between 1920 and 1945, that created and supported the ideology of Nazism.

Robert Cook said...

And...why would a god-entity who created the universe select one particular population of human beings on a tiny pebble in a vast cosmic sea as "chosen ones?"

Robert Cook said...

The Nazis were not socialists or left-wing politically, constant disinformation to the contrary by the right notwithstanding. This has been gone over here countless times. But...there's no convincing those who are stuck in their misconceptions.

Mark Nielsen said...


Robert Cook: And...why would a god-entity who created the universe select one particular population of human beings on a tiny pebble in a vast cosmic sea as "chosen ones?"

Admittedly a tough question. My answer here isn't to try to convince you, so don't read it that way. If you don't believe in the existence of a God, I'm in no position to change your mind.

But those of us who do, also believe that God chooses to work through other humans. Genesis 22:18 -- " ... in thy seed shall all the nations of the earth be blessed."

The point of my previous post is really that whether or not you believe it was the design of a God, it's hard to deny that all nations *have* benefited from the oversized accomplishments of the Jews.

Except their music. Gotta leave that up to the Germans and Russians.

Big Mike said...

All I saw was a clear lack of depth, intelligence

Now Mahler knows exactly what evil actually looks like.

Defenseman Emeritus said...

...in the human era, our activity is a significant component on those dynamic processes. Particularly with our burning of fossil fuels, we have added a powerful component to those dynamic processes. In short, we have added a supercharger to processes that are always ongoing.

To be clear, this is a conjecture, which may have some supporting evidence but is nowhere close to being proven.

cassandra lite said...

I would've told him.

Twenty years ago I was walking to my car in Beverly Hills and saw a young man, obviously blind, standing on a corner, obviously bewildered. Dozens of people had walked by him. I stopped and asked if he was all right. He said this was his first day out of his house by himself, and he'd gotten turned around. I offered to drive him home. He gladly accepted. On the way I learned that he'd come to California as a small boy with his family from Croatia, and still lived with his elderly Croatian grandmother, who he said spoke no English. When we got to his house, she came out to greet him, and smiled at me before gesturing gratitude with her hands. I told the young man to tell her that a Jew had picked him up and driven him home. He did. The smile instantly dropped from her face, but now there was one on mine.

Ron Winkleheimer said...

Jesus had a lot of novel things to say that people had not heard before, including stuff on how you treat foreigners and strangers.

What Jesus had to say about foreigners and strangers was out of the Old Testament. Jews were not to oppress sojourners because Jews had been oppressed and held captive in Egypt. The loving your enemy stuff was novel however.

Saint Croix said...

And...why would a god-entity who created the universe select one particular population of human beings on a tiny pebble in a vast cosmic sea as "chosen ones?"

One of the great parables of Jesus is in regard to the planting of seeds.

It's really remarkable how little Jesus traveled, and how few his disciples were in number. Very small beginnings. Tiny. Insignificant to the powers that be. And now Christianity is a huge force in the world.

You might also ask why God would be interested in you, Robert Cook! You are so small and insignificant. You're a tiny pebble in a vast cosmic sea. And yet, God created you and He is interested in you and your life. He knows all about you. As David, the Jewish author of Psalms, wrote to God: "For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother's womb."

Microscopic, Robert Cook! But not too small for God. In fact some of his most amazing miracles are unseen by us, and happen at a microscopic level.

Your sense of what is big and what is small, and what is significant and what is insignificant, needs some work!

Ron Winkleheimer said...

'The “Argument from Size” seems to be in vogue today among New Atheists and popularizers of naturalistic science. But what exactly is the argument? Or, more to the point, is there an argument to offer? How, exactly, would it go? The key premise would be something along the lines of “bigger is better” or “value is proportional to size,” as in a creator God, if there were such a thing, would value the big, the whole, not the individual planet or creature. But a moment’s reflection helps us see that that line of argument is pure folly. Value is not proportional to size. As C.S. Lewis argues in his book Miracles, “we are all equally certain that only a lunatic would think a man six-feet high necessarily more important than a man five-feet high, or a horse necessarily more important than a man, or a man’s leg than his brain.”'

http://www.cslewisinstitute.org/Is_Bigger_Better_C_S_Lewis_Atheism_and_the_Argument_from_Size_FullArticle

Yancey Ward said...

Perhaps when Mahler looked at Bowers he saw that Bowers was someone who was bored easily and sought novelty, and could be impulsive, exploratory, excitable, quick-tempered and extravagant.

jg said...

Well *THAT'S* fucking convenient for you, isn't it - Trump's fault!

mccullough said...

Cook,

You are a good guy.

Bleach Drinkers Curing Coronavirus Together said...

Robert Bowers probably had no friends, was easily influenced by propaganda, and wanted attention on a sociopathic level... He’s the kind of person that is easily manipulated by people with a microphone, a platform, and use fear for motivation..

And TRUMP was just the kind of un-leader willing to GIVE IT TO HIM!

Which is why all those same attributes basically apply just as easily to so-called President Orange Blondie.

Trump is a scumbag.

cacimbo said...

I agree with Misplaced pants.A nurse in a hospital doesn't get to choose which patients they will care for.

Plus you don't need empathy to do the basics of nursing. You can roll the patient over with love or disgust, as long as the patient gets rolled over without injury. We only have Mahler's word that he "treated him with love" - so call me skeptical. We do know Mahler the nurse behaved very unprofessionally by writing a facebook post about a named patient. In that post he insults the patient and asserts a psychiatric diagnosis despite not being a psychiatrist. Of course, since the patient killed presumed Democrats and the fb screed manages to get in a little attack on Trump I expect this bit of unprofessionalism to not only be overlooked, but perhaps rewarded.

Bleach Drinkers Curing Coronavirus Together said...

...the patient killed presumed Democrats...

Hey. I thought it was bad enough that the Trump demographic voter killed Americans and had overwhelming anti-semitic motives - but now here you go and say how bad it was that he killed Democrats, on top of it.

Maybe you're a better person than we gave credit for, after all.