A Buffalo right-wing radio personality, Tom Bauerle, seems to have lost the plot:
During the height of the blizzard descending upon Amherst and Western New York early Wednesday, Bauerle called 911 at about 2:50 a.m. to report the suspicious person, according to two police sources in a position to know Amherst police investigations. Officers responded but found no one in the vicinity.
After an officer told Bauerle that he could not find any footprints in the snow – which would have indicated someone had been walking through his backyard – Bauerle told the officer that government operatives have special shoes that leave no prints in the snow, one of the law enforcement officials said.
Officers took away Bauerle’s loaded gun and sent him for a psych eval at the local hospital. This isn’t an isolated incident–his neighbors have called police several times recently because of his behavior. Bauerle’s delusions center around Governor Andrew Cuomo and New York’s SAFE gun control legislation.
I agree with Alan Bedenko (Buffalopundit) that this should be a personal matter, except for one thing: the management of Bauerle’s station let him back on the air on Friday afternoon, two days after he had his psych exam. He claimed on the air that he was suffering from exhaustion, and that he needed to catch up on sleep to get his “head back in the game”. Something’s clearly wrong with the management of that station if they can’t step in and make sure this guy gets enough treatment and rest to shed those paranoid delusions, but my guess is that the ratings are too sweet to pass up.