I was in DC stuck in traffic near Walter Reed which is several blocks from the Discovery Channel Building. i watched the drama unfold on CNN in the Walter Reed lobby. I got home last night to find my cable and TV out. So it wasn’t until this morning that I found this picture of James J. Lee.
I was shocked when I saw that familiar face staring back at me because I’ve had a few encounters with him when I was filming protests last year.
I videoed him at the “Shoe Bush” rally the day before the inauguration last year;
You can read his comments on the video with his screen name “DCProtest”.
I had a long conversation while waiting for the Code Pink/IVAW protest last October;
Here’s what his sign said;
He was steeped in all kinds of Leftist blather. But he spewed out a lot of Ron Paul crap mixed with some Republican talking points – whatever fit his protest sign. He was a raving lunatic and I wouldn’t blame any political party for James J. Lee like some people have. He was just an average DC nut job.
You can see why the Montgomery County police shot him – his mood swings are kind of frightening. I remember during our conversation on the park bench last Fall, he’d be smiling and talking calmly one second and then become a raving lunatic the next. You can see that in the video.