Category Archives: mass-murder

re Sutherland Springs

Yaaaawwwwwwwwwwwwwwwn.

Apparently some “madman” took an assault rifle into a church and killed a buncha people.

Again.

Whatever, right? The act of mass murder (and why the authorities have not labeled this ‘incident’ an act of terrorism is beyond us) has become as American as mom and apple pie. Who cares; flip the channel and let’s watch supposedly mature men do permanent damage to themselves, right? Listen to Texas AG Paxton double down on teh stoopid:

Riiiiiiiiiiiiight.

Again with the litany:

If we’re down with killing kindergartner’s, double-fuck a buncha CW fans.

See here.

See here.

And here.

And here.

And here.

And here.

Or here or here or here or here or here or…you get the idea.

There’s no sense in writing anything new about America’s insane love affair with guns; we’re not Australia, we won’t do the right thing. 1 2

re Sutherland Springs

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  1. Instead we’ll continue to ignore the situation, hoping it will just go away. Hey – it’s worked so far… Right?
  2. It’s a crying shame Steve Scalise and his ilk weren’t present at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino; maybe being shot multiple times at multiple venues would wake those fuckers up.

re Orlando shooting

See here.

See here.

And here.

And here.

And here.

And here.

Or here or here or here or here or here or…you get the idea.

There’s no sense in writing anther damned word about America’s insane love affair with guns; we’re not Australia, we won’t do the right thing. 1 2

Orlando Pulse nightclub shooting

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  1. Instead we’ll continue to ignore the situation, hoping it will just go away. Hey – it’s worked so far… Right?
  2. And now, just to add some “flavor” to what has so far been a monomaniacal theme, anti-gay!

Boston Thoughts

  1. The media is slowly waltzing around an unspoken fear – the Tsarnaev’s weren’t alone. If this were true ‘terrorism’, history would not only demand the likelihood of more participants, it’s also doctrine: chances are that well ahead of the actual event the “event director”, bomb maker, logistics (someone needed to gather the bomb supplies, someone who didn’t lead back to the brothers Tsarnaev) and support (security) personnel left Boston. Because these are actual assets; the bombers themselves would be considered expendable (we never believed McVeigh/Nichols acted ‘alone’, either.)
  2. Our thinking goes thus: large cities that act as ports will be the future targets - easier access/exits.
  3. Targeting certain public events multiplies terror far beyond actual destruction. The goal being as far-reaching trauma as possible…the most bang for their buck.
  4. Drone use would not have prevented the Boston bombing.
  5. S.W.A.T., a buncha Rangers or even SEAL Team 6 could not have prevented this
  6. One bright policeman or even a curious bystander could have prevented this: “Hey – what’s this perfectly good and obviously jam-packed back-pack doing here all by its lonesome?” Do you believe for a second that back-packs abandoned in public spaces in London, Frankfurt or Tel Aviv would have been ignored? The world has moved on and we deed to do the same: change our thinking, not add weapons or personnel.
  7. In line with that, the people rushing directly to the site of the explosion immediately afterward? While that may have once been considered admirable, it will soon self-deselect as a useful survival mechanism.
  8. Another way of looking at the NRA is as a support organization for home-grown terrorists: how else would one be able to purchase large quantities of gun powder?
  9.  Zubeidat Tsarnaeva does not accept the premise of her sons’ guilt. She instead claims a conspiracy, citing the death of her eldest son. This should be easy to refute and should have been done so last week: simply release all raw video footage shot by the Boston Police Department showing their sons firing on BPD and the footage of their youngest son running over his older brother. Release all raw footage now – there’s not a single reason not to.
  10. Either NH State Rep (R) Stella Tremblay is an omniscient genius, or she’s a buffoon. There’s no in-between on this. 1
  11. How long will it be before the U.S. Government steps in and censors the innernetz?

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  1. To help you decide, make a list of the number of state and national ‘genius’ legislators you are aware of, then divide the result by the remaining number of corresponding pols. For example, the number of genius Kansas state legislators would be  {-10:165 = -.06}  nonexistent.

Boston

“An aberration, a nut-job,” says the Federal Police Officer searching my briefcase.

One hopes. The revealed information seems to point that way: the use of egg timers 1, no prior warning or claims of credit afterward 2, the relative ineffectiveness of the improvised M18A1s 3, and the location of the devices themselves. 4

Regardless the motivations of the actor the end effect is still the same.

Everyone entering any Federal building the last couple of days has been subjected to a complete bag/package search – no exceptions. I’ve heard similar tales regarding state and municipal offices. Because we just don’t know.

Security at all public events/venues has been heightened and will remain so for the foreseeable future. This may be the new ‘normal’.

Because uncertainty and fear have begun to spread, the President’s words aside; it is possible that the ricin mailed to Sen. Wicker is tied in somehow. It is possible there are other events/acts planned in conjunction with the Boston slaughter. It is possible that the individual(s) responsible have a long-term agenda. We just don’t know.

But I’m holding out for a nut-job with a grudge.

Someone on the order of Kaczynski or McVey, extremists done with ‘suffering in silence’ or who broke away from a fringe organization because it wouldn’t “act”. Someone with limited resources and thus reach.

Someone we’ll catch relatively soon.

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  1. This probably saved lives; had the individual used a digital watch, chances are the explosions would have gone off hours earlier, when the streets would have have been jammed with people. Although the use of the circuit board –as a means of controlling the flow of the binaries?– would seem to contradict that thought. It’s a puzzler…
  2. That we –the Public– are aware of; we –the Government– don’t always share everything with the Public. In fact we –the Government– don’t always share everything with ourselves. Bureaucratic infighting between agencies is not something that was made up for novels and movies.
  3. There’s a reason the services pack claymores with C-4 and shape them to a particular dispersal pattern.
  4. Had a ‘terrorist’ planted the bombs, they would have been located closer together; the first device detonates, followed 30 seconds to a minute later by a second device in the same area. The idea being to kill/maim as many first responders (police, firemen, EMTs et cetera) as possible.

Why we can’t have nice things

The NRA had already lost the fight to defeat the Brady Bill and was determined to prevail in this one so that Americans would retain their right to “keep and bear” rapid-fire, large magazine weapons designed for one purpose only: to kill a great many people in a hurry. These weapons worked: crime victims shot with them were three times more likely to die than those whose assailants had fired regular handguns.” (p. 610)

“Just before the House vote (on the “Public Safety and Recreational Firearms Use Protection Act”), Speaker Tom Foley and majority leader Dick Gephardt had made a last-ditch appeal to me to remove the assault weapons ban from the bill. They argued that many Democrats who represented closely divided districts had already…defied the NRA once on the Brady bill vote. They said that if we made them walk the plank again on the assault weapons ban, the overall bill might not pass, and that if it did, many Democrats who voted for it would not survive the election in November. Jack Brooks, the House Judiciary Committee chairman from Texas, told me the same thing…Jack was convinced that if we didn’t drop the ban, the NRA would beat a lot of Democrats by terrifying gun owners….Foley, Gephardt, and Brooks were right and I was wrong. The price…would be heavy casualties among its defenders.” (pp.611-612)

“On November 8, we got the living daylights beat out of us, losing eight Senate races and fifty-four House seats, the largest defeat for our party since 1946….The NRA had a great night. They beat both Speaker Tom Foley and Jack Brooks, two of the ablest members of Congress, who had warned me this would happen. Foley was the first Speaker to be defeated in more than a century. Jack Brooks had supported the NRA for years and had led the fight against the assault weapons ban in the House, but as chairman of the Judiciary Committee he had voted for the overall crime bill even after the ban was put into it. The NRA was an unforgiving master: one strike and you’re out. The gun lobby claimed to have defeated nineteen of the twenty-four members on its hit list. They did at least that much damage….” (pp. 629-630)

“One Saturday morning, I went to a diner in Manchester full of men who were deer hunters and NRA members. In impromptu remarks, I told them that I knew they had defeated their Democratic congressman, Dick Swett, in 1994 because he voted for the Brady bill and the assault weapons ban. Several of them nodded in agreement.” (p.699)

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