"Lough" is the Irish word for "loch" or "lake," so the origins of the name is decidedly watery in nature.
The Jared Lee Loughner case has developed into a classic weird trip through a variety of twilight language links, often with an assortment of strange space coincidences.
Here's a list of some that have been revealed, to date:
1) NASA Obsession
Jared Loughner is allegedly a believer in numerous conspiracy theories. Loughner did express views such as the U.S. Government was responsible for the 9/11/2001 attacks, a New World Order would bring about a one world currency, there would be a 2012 apocalypse, NASA had faked spaceflights, and the government was using mind control to brainwash people by controlling grammar.
Some of the more bizarre speculations that he espoused at the Above Top Secret forum (as Erad3) involved space-related topics, including that the Space Shuttles and the International Space Station were flying empty, without humans aboard, and that NASA's Mars rovers were faked. Erad3's logic was incredibly contoured. For example, he would write passages like this:
If the NASA Space Shuttle is with a crew in orbit then they're able to perform the mission with the conditions in orbit.
They're not able to perform the mission with the conditions in orbit.
Thus, the NASA Space Shuttle isn’t with a crew in orbit.And...
If the pictures are from mars then the mars rover is on mars.
The Mars rover is not on mars.
Therefore, the pictures are not from mars.
NASA creates a remote control rover that is impossible to reach mars.
NASA fakes the situation they plan with the mars rover.
Therefore, NASA creates a remote control rover that’s impossible to reach mars and fakes the situation they plan with the mars rover.
Considering Loughner's NASA-related thoughts, the factual and fictional links to the NASA Space Programs in the Tucson shooting are chilling.
2) Giffords' NASA Astronaut Husband
Loughner's alleged assassination target was Representative Gabrielle Giffords. She has been married, since 2007, to NASA astronaut and Space Shuttle commander Mark E. Kelly. Mark Edward Kelly (born February 21, 1964, in Orange, New Jersey) is an American astronaut. Kelly is the commander of STS-134 Endeavour, the final planned mission of the American space shuttle program.
3) Giffords' Husband's Astronaut Twin
Gabby Giffords' husband's brother is an astronaut too. Mark E. Kelly's twin brother, Scott Joseph Kelly, is also a NASA astronaut. The Kelly brothers are the only twins and the only siblings who have both traveled in space.
Scott J. Kelly (born February 21, 1964, in Orange, New Jersey) is an American astronaut. Kelly is the current commander of the International Space Station, Expedition 26 (ISS). He took over command after the undocking of Soyuz TMA-19 on November 25, 2010. Kelly served as a flight engineer on the final part of Expedition 25. A veteran of two space shuttle missions, Kelly joined the crew of ISS on October 9, 2010 after arriving on a Russian Soyuz spacecraft. He was in space when his sister-in-law was shot.
4) "Erad" appeared at first to refer to "radiation energy density," a term associated with e
Was Loughner obsessed with the NASA links to
5) The Very Strange Name Game Coincidence of the Two Dr. David Bowmans
Dr. David Bowman and his wife Nancy both rendered care to victims of the Tuscon shooting; they are shown above with Bill Hileman. The main person that Dr. Bowman treated was Bill's wife, Suzie Hileman. Suzie Hileman had taken 9-year-old Christina Taylor-Green to the "Congress On Your Corner" event. Christina was born on 9/11/2001.
The fictional astronaut and scientist Dr. David Bowman is a character in the Space Odyssey series. He first appears in a story jointly written by Stanley Kubrick and Arthur C. Clarke, called 2001: A Space Odyssey (which is both a book and a movie). The character later appears in the sequel to the book, 2010: Odyssey Two and the sequel to the movie, 2010: The Year We Make Contact. The character also returns in two more books by Arthur C. Clarke, 2061: Odyssey Three, and 3001: The Final Odyssey. In the foreword to 2061: Odyssey Three, Clarke makes it clear that the plots of the movies and books do not necessarily follow a linear arc, and take place in parallel universes, consequently there are apparent inconsistencies in the character of David Bowman throughout the series.
As has been pointed out on other sites and forwarded to me by correspondent SMiles Lewis, a
What other weird links will be revealed in this Loughner story?