Closing Thought–06Dec19

I read someplace that there had been 300+ shootings in this country with multiple causalities……and this week we can add 3 more to the tally….

First it was the shooter at the Pearl Harbor Memorial…..

Officials will beef up security for the ceremony to remember those lost in the attack on Pearl Harbor 78 years ago, with service members and dignitaries confronting a fresh tragedy after a US sailor killed two civilians, wounded another, and then turned the gun on himself at the storied military base, the AP reports. The National Park Service, which is hosting the event with the Navy, would not give specifics on the heightened security measures, Pearl Harbor National Memorial spokesman Jay Blount said. Across the harbor at the naval shipyard, a sailor on Wednesday shot three civilians working for the shipyard on the base, killing two, before taking his own life.

The gunman was 22-year-old G. Romero, according to a military official who spoke on condition of anonymity to provide details that had not been made public. Romero’s job was to stand watch and provide security for the fast attack submarine USS Columbia, which is at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam for maintenance. He used his service rifle to shoot the victims, then killed himself with his service pistol, the official said. Navy officials said they didn’t know the motive for the shooting. It wasn’t known if the sailor and victims knew each other. Jamie Hiranaka, the president of the union representing the three workers, said they were all quality assurance inspectors whose job was to check welding and other work completed by shipyard workers.

Then there was an attack on a UPS truck…a highjack……

Four people were shot dead after a robbery and truck hijacking came to a bloody end at an intersection in Miramar, south Florida. FBI Special Agent in Charge George Piro says the two robbery suspects, a UPS driver, and a person in a nearby vehicle were killed in a shootout at the end of a 20-mile chase, CNN reports. The incident began with the armed robbery of a jewelry store in Coral Gables, around 5 miles west of Miami. A law enforcement source tells the Miami Herald that the two suspects posed as postal workers to gain access to the store. The source says a female employee in the store was injured when a bullet that a robber fired into the floor ricocheted and hit her in the forehead.

The third attack was in Pensacola but this time the attacker was a foreign national…..a Saudi…..

It’s the second fatal shooting at a US naval facility this week: Authorities say a gunman opened fire at the Naval Air Station in Pensacola, Florida, Friday morning. The Pensacola News Journal reports that the shooter is dead, along with three victims. The newspaper reports at least seven other people were being treated at a local hospital. That includes two deputies from the Escambia County Sheriff’s Office, one of whom was shot in the knee and the other in the arm. The shooting comes just two days after a sailor killed two civilians and himself at the Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard in Hawaii.

Deputies from the sheriff’s office killed the Pensacola gunman, reports WEAR. The shooting reportedly began in a classroom before 7am. The naval base is a sprawling one that employs 16,000 military personnel and 7,400 civilians, reports the AP, which describes it as “one of the Navy’s most historic and storied bases.” It’s the home of the Blue Angels squadron and the first training stop for those becoming Navy pilots or flight officers, per the Washington Post.

Not to worry…just a typical week in the US…..not to worry…it will be repeated again……and soon.

“Lego Ergo Scribo”

Call It “Domestic Terrorism”!

The last round of mass shootings and the media has once again gone to great lengths to try and label them as “Domestic Terrorist” acts.  (Another in the news as I ready this for post)

The media is all over this terminology…..pundits are spending countless hours making the case for it.

The problem is there is NO unified definition of what a domestic terrorist act details.

A good place to start is here…..

The number of bereaved families and friends of those massacred by white terrorists in the United States tragically continues to expand. Within the last year alone bodies riddled with the bullets of military-style weapons lay strewn on the streets of large cities like Pittsburgh and El Paso to small towns like Poway and Gilroy. Fueled by anti-Semitic and anti-Hispanic rhetoric, the paranoid projections and racist rhetoric of white nationalism and white supremacy have been weaponized into white terrorism.

Yet white terrorism also stalks those seeking refuge at our southern border. Imagine a distraught mother, reeling from the murder of her child. With other young children at risk, she decides to begin a perilous journey to escape any further violence. Because she hopes to prevent being attacked on the long trek, she joins with others, equally at risk. Having only a vague hope of joining distant relatives once she arrives at her destination, she and her children withstand the many deprivations over the long haul. Finally, arriving at what she has been told is a land of refuge, her children are ripped from her care. She, in turn, is taken to an overcrowded caged facility where she finds hundreds of others languishing in deplorable conditions.

White Terrorism

That said….why is this act of terrorism so difficult?

The best is from the Patriot Act…..remember that?

Section 802 of the USA PATRIOT Act (Pub. L. No. 107-52) expanded the definition of terrorism to cover “”domestic,”” as opposed to international, terrorism. A person engages in domestic terrorism if they do an act “dangerous to human life” that is a violation of the criminal laws of a state or the United States, if the act appears to be intended to: (i) intimidate or coerce a civilian population; (ii) influence the policy of a government by intimidation or coercion; or (iii) to affect the conduct of a government by mass destruction, assassination or kidnapping. Additionally, the acts have to occur primarily within the territorial jurisdiction of the United States and if they do not, may be regarded as international terrorism.

Section 802 does not create a new crime of domestic terrorism. However, it does expand the type of conduct that the government can investigate when it is investigating “terrorism.” The USA PATRIOT Act expanded governmental powers to investigate terrorism, and some of these powers are applicable to domestic terrorism.

The definition of domestic terrorism is broad enough to encompass the activities of several prominent activist campaigns and organizations. Greenpeace, Operation Rescue, Vieques Island and WTO protesters and the Environmental Liberation Front have all recently engaged in activities that could subject them to being investigated as engaging in domestic terrorism.

Do not mistake my words for some sort of opposition….I want these low life slugs punished but there is the chance that unless we are careful then we could allow the government to go too far….as they have done on so many other issues.

Let me give my readers a couple of things to think about in the dealing with “Domestic Terrorism”…..

https://www.nbcnews.com/politics/justice-department/there-no-law-covers-domestic-terrorism-what-would-one-look-n1040386

Beware Calls in US for Domestic ‘Terrorism’ Laws

As usual the debate and discussion will go on and on…..and the shooting deaths will go on and on……

At least one GOPer has some courage…..Sen. McSally of Arizona….

“For too long we have allowed those who commit heinous acts of domestic terrorism to be charged with related crimes that don’t portray the full scope of their hateful actions,” says GOP Sen. Martha McSally. And so on Wednesday she revealed she plans to do something about it. The Arizona senator released a discussion draft of a new bill that would make domestic terrorism a distinct federal crime—and CBS News explains why that would be necessary: “Domestic terrorism is defined in the US legal code but it is not codified as a law that can be prosecuted.” As such, federal authorities end up charging those suspected of domestic terrorism with other offenses, like hate crimes or weapons possession.

McSally explained the ramifications of that to CBS: It “makes it more difficult to track acts of domestic terror and reduces uniformity in charging and sentencing.” The Arizona Republic reports she’ll introduce the bill once the Senate’s summer recess ends. Politico sees her move as a sign that Republicans are “getting serious” about responding to the recent wave of mass shootings with legislation. It offers context for McSally, too: She’s going head to head with Mark Kelly in the state’s 2020 special election for John McCain’s seat, “a contest in which firearms and fighting crime will loom large.”

How far will this go in a do nothing Senate controlled by cowards and spineless toads?

This is a problem in search of a solution and all concerned are looking in the wrong direction.

“Lego Ergo Scribo”

My Take On Gun Violence (Again)

I have written my thoughts about the debate and the violence around guns….and once again I need to make my thoughts known after a bloody weekend last.

A few of the posts I have written about the gun violence culture we live within…..

https://lobotero.com/2013/09/17/gun-vioence-here-we-go-again/

https://lobotero.com/2017/11/14/god-country-guns/

https://lobotero.com/2014/03/14/happiness-is-a-warm-gun-2/

https://lobotero.com/2019/06/01/seriously-again/

Like I said…just a small selection of my thoughts and posts on the subject of gun violence….

After last weekend I feel I need to repeat myself on guns and violence.

I will begin by saying I am pro gun…I have many guns….but I also see the need for some sort of definitive action to try and put the brakes on this spiral of violence that we are living.

Tuesday night panic broke out in NYC because of a motorcycle backfire…..watch the video here….

The mass shootings over the weekend in El Paso and Dayton have everyone on edge, and that anxiety played out Tuesday night in New York City after a loud sound sent people running. ABC News reports that thousands of locals and tourists in Times Square started screaming and fleeing in panic around 10pm when several motorcycles cruising through the area suddenly backfired, making people think weapons had been fired. “All of a sudden I heard this kind of muffled pop and said, ‘What was that,’ and I looked over and there was just a sea of people running,” one bystander tells WABC.

Some people sought shelter in nearby stores, as well as in other buildings. One place that people rushed into: the nearby Shubert Theatre, where To Kill a Mockingbird starring Jeff Daniels is enjoying its current run. “Screaming civilians tried to storm our theater for safety,” cast member Gideon Glick tweeted afterward. “The audience started screaming and the cast fled the stage. This is the world we live in. This cannot be our world.” Vulture notes police were able to tamp down the theater’s chaos, which interrupted a performance of the play, within a few minutes. The FDNY says nine people were treated for minor injuries after the incident.

WATCH: Video Shows Panic in Times Square Over Active Shooter Fear

Fear has taken hold of the American people.

It is partly because of the 24 hour news cycle….every channel has never ending coverage of each shooting….some reports last weeks with a continuous loop to the violence….people are starting to fear for their lives….keep in mind the attention span of most Americans is 30-45 seconds.

Was this a good thing?

Depends on how one cares to look at it.

This could force the spineless Congress to actually get something done….or it will just keep the people hiding in the closet waiting for the government to do something to protect them….and they will wait.

Or we could listen to those that blame everything but the person doing the shooting….they blame video games…..they blame the internet….they blame cell phones for rotting their brains….they blame so much and have so little proof that any of it is responsible….but yet the free acquisition of firearms does have its proof.

I mean think about it….does anyone need a semi auto rifle with a 100 round magazine to defend their home?  I they cannot shoot any better than that then buy a damn shotgun and your ineptitude with a gun can be overcome.

I blame the MSM for the panic the American people….their look into every aspect of a shooters life and family does little to solve the violence problem.  And the forced debate by the MSM does nothing as well.

We have had decades of lip service…..and decades of violence…..the so-called “debate” has accomplished nothing.

So what will this latest act of domestic violence bring forth?

Gun violence debate is just about as worthless as the so-called race debate….lots of lip service with NO action.

Our leader is not innocent in the BS……

I am concerned about the rise of any group of hate, I don’t like it,” he told reporters. “Any group of hate, whether it’s white supremacy, whether it’s any other kind of supremacy, whether it’s antifa. Whether it’s any group of hate.”

“I am very concerned about it and I’ll do something about it.”

(Mother Jones)

Less than 24 hours later he is back to demonizing someone….matters not who just know that it is someone that has made him pout.

So far Donald Trump has attacked: – Mayor of Dayton – Beto O’Rourke – Sherrod Brown – Joe Biden – CNN – Shepard Smith – Fox News – “LameStream media” – New York Times

His action and words are all too predictable.

“Lego Ergo Scribo”

More Of The Gun Debate

If only that were true….a gun debate.

I wrote about the gun violence over this past weekend and I asked several questions……https://lobotero.com/2019/08/05/trump-on-gun-control/

I asked what if anything our dear beloved supreme leader would have to say or do…..I got my answer…..

The president on Monday spoke out against the weekend shootings in Texas and Ohio, first on Twitter and then in a 10-minute address from the Diplomatic Reception Room. Trump tweeted in part that “Republicans and Democrats must come together and get strong background checks, perhaps marrying…. ….this legislation with desperately needed immigration reform. We must have something good, if not GREAT, come out of these two tragic events!” CNN reports he did not mention background checks in his subsequent scripted remarks, where he spoke out against the internet, social media, and “the gruesome and grizzly video games that are now commonplace.” The president said that “in one voice, our nation must condemn racism, bigotry, and white supremacy. Hatred warps the mind, ravages the heart and devours the soul.”

In the AP‘s view, Trump didn’t get specific about solutions and “signaled he would oppose large-scale gun control efforts pushed by Democrats,” which the AP saw as evident in his comment that “mental illness and hatred pulls the trigger, not the gun.” The Washington Post, however, heard a number of “possible steps,” including a mention of “red-flag laws” designed to better surface mentally ill people who should be barred from buying guns. One other comment that gained attention: his closing remarks, in which USA Today reports Trump mistakenly stated, “May God bless the memory of those who died in Toledo. May God protect them.”

Dude the attack was in Dayton….not in Toledo.  I thought he watched the news.

Ever noticed how stiff and uncomfortable Trump appears when he has to stick to script?

We now have what Trump will do to prevent this from happening again…..control video games…..

Video games are partly to blame for mass shootings, Donald Trump has said.

Games that “celebrate violence” should be discouraged and made harder to buy, the president suggested.

“We must stop the glorification of violence in our society,” he said during a speech in the wake of a spate of shootings. “This includes the gruesome and grisly video games that are now commonplace.

“It is too easy today for troubled youth to surround themselves with a culture that celebrates violence. We must stop or substantially reduce this, and it has to begin immediately.”

https://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/gadgets-and-tech/gaming/trump-video-games-toledo-shooting-8chan-el-paso-press-conference-today-a9040066.html

That ought to make a difference.  The country can sleep well tonight.

Yet another cop out by a Repub on gun violence…..as usual and expected.

“It’s like this speech was written in an alternative universe where none of the things Trump did over the last month happened,” tweeted HuffPost reporter Igor Bobic.

Trump delivered the speech—his first public appearance since the tragedies—Monday morning from the White House flanked by Vice President Mike Pence. “In one voice our nation must condemn racism, bigotry, and white supremacy,” Trump said.

“These sinister ideologies must be defeated,” he continued. “Hate has no place in America.”

(Common Dreams)

But wait!  Trump is already trying to hold gun debate hostage…..

“We can never forget them, and those many who came before them,” Trump tweeted about the victims of the weekend’s carnage. “Republicans and Democrats must come together and get strong background checks, perhaps marrying this legislation with desperately needed immigration reform. We must have something good, if not GREAT, come out of these two tragic events!”

(Vice News)

Does not take a Repub to start waffling does it?

Homeboy Trump screwed up the city and then there is old Uncle Joe Biden who screwed up the state….

The Washington Examiner reports Joe Biden made a bigger goof at a San Diego fundraiser Sunday night when he referenced “the tragic events in Houston today and also in Michigan the day before.”

In usual fashion Biden avoided offering any real solutions for the problem…..lip service is NOT a solution…as we well know after decades upon decades of violence and death.

This is exhausting.

I am finished.

“Lego Ergo Scribo”

Domestic Terror

Is the chance of a domestic terror attack unlikely?  Will it be a thing of the past?

Most of the terrorist attacks in this country have mostly been from homegrown terrorists….and not all have been zealots…..more than our Fearless leader wants to admit have been Right wing nutcases…..sadly whether you believe it or not our President is not helping the situation………….

Politics quickly eclipsed horror after Robert Bowers allegedly gunned down 11 worshipers at a Pittsburgh synagogue in October. The shooting, the worst anti-Semitic attack in American history, almost immediately became intertwined with Donald Trump’s divisive presidency. While the president appropriately condemned a “wicked act of murder” and anti-Semitism in general, he also quickly veered toward his own domestic political agenda, telling reporters that the shooting was not related to permissive gun laws and, in fact, “if they had some kind of a protection inside the temple, maybe it could have been a very much different situation, but they didn’t. And he was able to do things that unfortunately he shouldn’t have been able to do.”

Progressive Jews in Pittsburgh expressed their anger at the president, circulating a petition asking him not to visit the city because he had failed to condemn white nationalism and had targeted minorities in general. Trump then, of course, tweeted against the “Fake News” media for how they were covering the story.

https://slate.com/news-and-politics/2019/01/right-wing-terrorism-trump-rhetoric.html

Trump’s Department Of Homeland Security has decided that since there are NO domestic terrorists they will shutdown the department that tries to isolate and stop any attacks on the Homeland……..

The Department of Homeland Security has disbanded a group of intelligence analysts who focused on domestic terrorism, The Daily Beast has learned. Numerous current and former DHS officials say they find the development concerning, as the threat of homegrown terrorism—including white supremacist terrorism—is growing.

In the wake of this move, officials said the number of analytic reports produced by DHS about domestic terrorism, including the threat from white supremacists, has dropped significantly. People in and close to the department said this has generated significant concern at headquarters.

“It’s especially problematic given the growth in right-wing extremism and domestic terrorism we are seeing in the U.S. and abroad,” one former intelligence official told The Daily Beast.

https://www.thedailybeast.com/homeland-security-disbands-domestic-terror-intelligence-unit

Maybe this was a duplication of effort…if so then it needs to go….but that is about the only reason I can think of right now……

I know I feel so much safer with Trump in the lead…(that is sarcasm)….how about you?

Closing Thought–26Dec18

AS the year slowly comes to an end I would like to write about something that we seem to be suffering from but few want to admit it….domestic terrorism…..a subject that few are thinking about…..which does not make it go away.

Back in 2009 a report was released predicting the rise in right wing violence…..and since Obama was president the toads in Congress squashed the report…..and since it was the tools in the House then this responsibility for these attacks falls on the GOP in Congress…if they had listened then some of this crap could have been avoided……

Last year, a white-nationalist army veteran was charged with second-degree murder after he drove a car into a group of nonviolent protesters in Charlottesville, Va., killing one and injuring 19. Earlier this month, a far-right-wing army veteran shot and killed two people at a Tallahassee, Fla. yoga studio.

According to a new report posted Sunday by the Washington Post, the yoga studio victims were among at least 20 people who have been killed this year in the United States in suspected right-wing attacks (compared to “just one fatal attack in 2018 that may have been motivated by left-wing ideologies.”) This comes amid an “uptick in right-wing terrorism,” as the report puts it. The FBI has documented this phenomenon as an increase in hate crimes.

https://thinkprogress.org/right-wing-domestic-terrorism-rise-obamas-dhs-warned-a57940206352/

The problem is all the reports in the world cannot prepare the country for these Lone Wolf attacks…..which is domestic terrorism…..

The more we learn about our War on Terror the more we realize what a pack of crap it all is.

Time to see you guys tomorrow…..have fun…be well, be safe…..

Fake News, Racism And Bombs

We have less than a week before a historic mid-term election and we have experienced bombs, mass shootings, etc and what brings this on?

There are a couple of articles that touches on these subjects a bit……like it or not…this is Trump’s America…..

Donald Trump, the American president, has fomented violence against liberal opponents and critics who disagree with his policies, and so-called “fake news” media organisations he regards as the “enemy of the people.”

With pipe bombs mailed to some of the political targets he has singled out for retribution – several high-profile Democratic Party politicians, including two former US presidents, a liberal billionaire philanthropist and a major news organisation – Trump is the most prominent inciter of violence and facilitator of right-wing American domestic terrorism.

https://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/opinion/fake-news-racism-bombs-fear-loathing-trump-america-181025082812562.html

These right winger extremists are stalking America…..and the rhetoric from the White House is not helping…..

Four of the Saturday worshippers brutally murdered at the Tree of Life synagogue had been old enough during the Holocaust and the second world war to revere America as a safe haven in a world of hate. The other seven victims, the youngest of whom was 54, had grown up in a land where most blatant antisemitism had seemingly retreated to the shadows.

When pipe bombs were mailed to a dozen targets of Donald Trump’s wrath, the only frail consolation had been that no one had been injured. Now with the worst incident of antisemitic violence in American history all comfort has vanished.

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2018/oct/29/rightwing-terror-stalks-america-pittsburgh

I read an excellent question after the weekend of death …….

If there is one thing the massacre at a Jewish synagogue, the pipe bombs mailed to leading Democratic party figures, and the racist violence that claimed the lives of two African-Americans in a Louisville Kroger store last week show, it’s that far-right and racist extremism are serious threats in the United States. Though law enforcement took swift action towards investigating and prosecuting those accused of carrying out these attacks, it is not clear the US federal government is taking this threat as seriously as it should.

Since the September 11, 2001 attacks, the US has devoted enormous energy and resources towards countering threats posed by those accused of affiliation with extremists associating themselves with Islam both in the US and abroad. When US officials seek greater surveillance authority, they also frequently do so by emphasizing threats they say are posed by Muslims.

https://www.hrw.org/news/2018/10/29/us-treating-far-right-threat-seriously-enough

Personally, the events in the past 2 years is not the United States that I pledged to protect from all enemies foreign and domestic….and anyone that is not disgusted by the events then they are not the “patriot” they pretend to be.

But that is my opinion…..those articles are not mine and reflect the opinions of the authors…if you disagree do not tear into me contact the people in person…if you have the spine.

Further Reading:

https://www.truthdig.com/articles/the-fascist-threat-our-political-establishment-wont-acknowledge/