Yesterday, musician Caitie Parker, a former classmate of alleged Tucson shooter Jared Loughner, tweeted that ” as I knew him he was left wing, quite liberal. & oddly obsessed with the 2012 prophecy.” Later in the day, on MSNBC’s Countdown , the Southern Poverty Law Center’s Mark Potok commented that Loughner’s confusing YouTube videos about constitutionality, government brainwashing and syntax resembled the work of David Wynn Miller , the self-identified “king of Hawaii” who writes books and offers seminars about complicated and incoherent theories, mostly about language, and how rectifying language can protect people from the government.
Carrie Budoff Brown talked to Miller, who said he never met Loughner but agreed with his statements on YouTube. Potok attended a Miller speech in 2003.
“My name is David hyphen Wynn full colon Miller,” the 53-year-old Milwaukean says, and the brows of his audience of 50 begin to furrow. This crowd of “Patriots” is used to conspiracy theories, but even at an event dominated by antigovernment ideology, Miller is tough going. “The reason I use a full colon and a hyphen in my name, the first full colon, which is full colon David, it means for the David hyphen Wynn. That’s my given name, and it’s also a noun, because it uses a prepositional phrase. … Because I use prepositional phrases, through punctuation, which is classified as hieroglyphics, which makes me a life, l-i-f-e. Now, when you don’t punctuate your name … David is an adjective, Wynn is an adjective, Miller is a pronoun. Two adjectives are a condition of modification, opinion, presumption, which modifies the pronoun, pro means no on noun. So therefore, I’m not a fact. I’m a fiction.”