WTF 11/8

307 Mass murders and counting…

There has been another mass murder in America. This time in a church, during Sunday Services, in some small rural Texas town called Sutherland Springs. This time at least 26 people dead and 20 injured.

The last time there was at least this many murdered by terrorism… and make no mistake about it all of these mass murders are terrorism by sick dumb motherfuckers… call it murder; call it whatever you want, but when a man regardless of the reason, regardless of his color, regardless of his religion, ethnic background, philosophy or politics, kills people in these ways; he is waging terror upon his community and he is waging terror upon we the people.

“Homegrown Extremists Tied to Deadlier Toll Than Jihadists in U.S. Since 9/11”.

A June 24, 2015, New York Times article written by Scott Shane … Homegrown Extremists Tied to Deadlier Toll Than Jihadists in U.S. Since 9/11 …  says, “If terrorism is defined as ideological violence… should an attacker who has merely ranted about religion, politics or race be considered a terrorist? A man in Chapel Hill, N.C., who was charged with fatally shooting three young Muslim neighbors had posted angry critiques of religion, but he also had a history of outbursts over parking issues. (Nonpartisan Washington, DC think tank) New America  (https://www.newamerica.org/) does not include this attack in its count of terrorist attacks.”

Shane also says, “Likewise, what about mass killings in which no ideological motive is evident, such as those at a Colorado movie theater and a Connecticut elementary school in 2012? The criteria used by New America and most other research groups exclude such attacks, which have cost more lives than those clearly tied to ideology.”

My definition of what encapsulates terrorism is obviously much broader and encompassing. You go around killing folks then on some level you are terrorizing humanity, the community at large. That to me is the epitome of being a terrorist. A bully to the nth degree… a really extremely despicable, nefarious, vicious, heinous, evil, wicked, abominableterriblehorribledreadfulvileoutrageousshockingdisgraceful and fucked up bully. A damn terrorist! 

But… again… the last time there was at least this many murdered by terrorism it was also on a Sunday. Then, it was in Las Vegas at a concert and it was some jackass mad man, who indiscriminately and wantonly fired high powered weapons from the 32nd floor of a hotel, killing or wounding hundreds of folks.

According to figures from Gun Violence Archive, as of October 3rd, 2017, America has seen 46,695 shooting incidents so far in 2017. Of those, 11,686 resulted in death, and 23,717 were injured, and more than 540 of those injured or killed this year were children, and 2,439 were teenagers.

It is now November 7th, 6:51 PM, as I write this, and the numbers are: 52,482 incidents; 13,182 deaths; 618 children, 11 and under gone; 2,762 teens killed; 307 incidents of mass murder that have been reported and verified (meaning there may be more); 262 cops killed and 1,762  suspects or subjects killed by cop involved incidents.

Go to http://www.gunviolencearchive.org/ to see how the numbers have changed since I wrote this.

Want more facts?

Trump promised to end the “American carnage.”

Yet, gun deaths are up 12 percent.

More?

Mass shootings happen all the time, but you don’t always hear about them in the establishment press.

For instance, in Sanford, Florida some guy had an argument with his lady friend, first at a gas station and then outside a home, over some stupid car keys.

Cops were called and stopped the argument at the gas station… hours later they were called again and intervened in a domestic disturbance at the home.

Then just after six in the morning, on the same day, the cops got another call… the dude had returned to the home with an AK-47-style assault weapon, broke down the door and shot and killed his lady friend… shot her father and her two sons, 7 and 8 years old, who were sleeping on the couch. The 8-year-old eventually succumbed to his gunshot wounds. As the shooter fled the home, he shot and fired on two others… complete strangers, one a teen waiting for a bus.

That is murder… a mass murder… and, in my mind it is a form of terrorism, It may not fit into many peeps neat little definition of terrorism, but it damn well is terrorism.

Then, one day earlier this occurred…

In Cincinnati, Ohio, a bar fight turned into a blood fest when someone pulled a gun and began shooting into the crowd of about 200 partying and 17 people were shot. According to Cincinnati.com and the Gun Violence Archive, it was the bloodiest shooting in the country at that point in 2017.

That was in March.

Two mass murders… cases of terrorism… in two days.

Go to http://www.gunviolencearchive.org/reports/mass-shooting to see every mass murder/shooting ending with November 6th… Sutherland Springs.

The strangest part of all this carnage… which involved 23 victims… the media coverage was extremely light…

Anyone remember anything about these mass murders… even hear about them?

They were either mentioned in passing on broadcast news… or buried somewhere on the 6th or 7th page or deeper in your morning news rag in a short terse news bite column… essentially a filler to complete that page.

That was the coverage of two mass murders on back to back days… one of which was the bloodiest of the year at the time…

In March… remember?

Gun violence in America is rampant and… here is where Trumpty Dumpty is partially correct… is now, and has been for quite a while, an out of control health epidemic.

But, if it’s never brought to light by the establishment news media, then how can there ever be a real and cogent conversation regarding gun violence and about what constructive measures can be done to put a stop to it… at least from being so prevalent in America… the so-called land of the free and the home of the brave? How can we the people of all types of opinions… conservative, liberal and all points outside of and between the two… ever have the truth about how prevalent gun violence is in America and maybe realize “Damn… maybe we do have to think about regulating guns in America because this is some crazy ass shit going on!”

Maybe because the participants in these murders were Black people… the press could give two shits?

Please, that is a real possibility.

For instance, there was no opioid epidemic in America as long as it was contained and maintained in mostly Black urban communities, but as soon as it involved white communities in places like Beverly Hills and Bel Air in Los Angeles, Los Altos Hills in San Jose, Westlake in Dallas, Bryn Mawr in Philadelphia, Glencoe in Chicago, Bronxville in NYC, and the suburbs outside of NYC… Greenwich and Darien in Connecticut… then, whoa baby, America suddenly has got a bad opioid epidemic on its hands and something, good by gosh damn, needs to be done to rectify the situation.

So, it is not beyond the realm of reality that mass murders involving mostly Black and Brown folks don’t get to be as news worthy as mass murders done on a college campus or a church.

Or… maybe if the people being murdered were white, then the press would “care” more?

Or maybe there was no sufficient terrorist link… by terrorist in this instance, I mean an American citizen who is Muslim who is the shooter, or at least a foreign immigrant from a country with a significant Muslim community.

The reality is that the media seems to believe that homegrown mass murderers sell less papers and or commercials than a so-called Muslim mass murderer shouting Allah Akbar!

But, think about it… who gains the most from this peculiar way that the mass media publicizes… or… “reports” … mass murder in America

The National Rifle Association and the elephant party… yeah, the elephants who are the primary recipients of NRA largesse, and who therefore are the primary supporters of the NRA’s programs of putting a gun into the hands of every American person and in every American home that they can.

Now think… what would happen if every mass murder was given front page coverage or was the first news item at your local news at six?

Think what might run rampant trough the minds… the consciousnesses… of America, if every mass murder was reported as real news and people began to understand that the real number of people who got shot, either fatally or non-fatally, was about 86,000 a year, or roughly 235 a day.

Right… every day 235 people get shot.

And, that in all of the shootings that can be labelled mass shootings… where at least four people, not counting the shooter, are injured or killed in the shooting… the totals are more than 1,500 folks injured and more than 300 murdered.

Do you think then the conversation about real serious gun control might be a hell of a lot different than it is currently?

He lies!

Remember when I wrote Trumpty dumpty was partially correct in saying gun violence and mass murders… terrorism… is a mental health issue?

Now, I present where Trumpty misses the boat by a huge margin by either neglecting or refusing… or a combination of the two … to address real gun control in America.

And one thing… before I go any further…

Do not even try and say to me that prayers and good will goes out to those affected by mass murders… prayer and good have proven to be no more effective than anything else so far done (which is little to nothing) to slow down mass murders in America. Ask the people in Sutherland Springs, as well in Charleston, South Carolina, who were in church praying and still got murdered and maimed. Prayers don’t mean diddly squat when madness is on the loose and enters upon the scene… especially if the madness has a loaded weapon like an AK-47 or similar assault rifle.

In January, Trumpty Dumpty signed an executive order banning people from seven Muslim countries from immigrating to the United States. Trumpty said that the executive order would protect we the people from “radical Islamic terrorists.”

But in the almost eleven months since Trumpty was inaugurated more of we the people have been killed by white American men with no connection to Muslims, ISIS, Islam or al-Qaeda than by any Muslim terrorists or immigrants, legal or otherwise.

To be truthful, Isis itself has been the cause of many mass murders or acts of terrorism that have resulted in death or deaths (not necessarily by a gun) throughout the world, but here in America most of the mass murder violence have been very white or by a person who entered the US very legally… meaning the person had been vetted thoroughly before being allowed to enter the U.S. and may or may not have green card which would grant him to be a permanent legal resident.

Police officers in riot gear mobilized around a statue of Robert E. Lee that Charlottesville officials plan to remove.

November 6th … A white gunman killed 26 people and wounded 20 at a church in Sutherland Springs, Texas.

October 1st… Sunday night, a 64-year-old white man opened fire on a crowd of more than 22,000 people at a country music festival in Las Vegas, killing more than 50 and wounding more than 200.

August 12th … White supremacists held a rally in Charlottesville, Virginia to protest the city’s decision to remove a statue of Robert E. Lee. As the white supremacists shouted out various racially insensitive slogans, about 30 or so students from nearby University of Virginia showed up to counter demonstrate the white supremacists. As the rally dispersed a white nazi sympathizer drove his car into the crowd of anti-racist protesters in Charlottesville, Virginia, killing a woman and injuring at least 19.

June 14th … a 66-year-old white man shot at elephant Congresspeeps as they were at an early morning baseball practice, although no one was killed, five people were severely wounded.

May 26th … a white male passenger riding on a light-rail train in Portland, Oregon began yelling what cops said “would best be characterized as hate speech toward a variety of ethnicities and religions.” When he directed his hatred towards two Muslim teenaged women, three men intervened and the man stabbed two of the men to death while the other man suffered non-life-threatening injuries.

March 19th … a white supremacist an Army veteran traveled from Baltimore to New York City with the express purpose killing Black men. In what was called a “practice run” he stabbed a 66-year-old Black man to death. He was initially charged with murder but authorities later charged the man with terrorism… including murder as an act of terrorism and murder as a hate crime.

White supremacist man who stabbed Black man in NYC

January 6th … Esteban Santiago-Ruiz, an American citizen who was born in New Jersey, and who was a former Puerto Rico National Guard member who served in Iraq and later served in the Alaska Army National Guard, opened fire at a baggage claim area in Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport murdering five, wounding six, and another 36 sustained injuries in the ensuing panic.

Out of the eleven incidents in 2017 that have been officially labeled as acts of terrorism that have involved either people being killed or injured, or instances where both occurred, six involved white men who were citizens, another a man of Puerto Rican descent but a born in the U.S.A. citizen; two involved Black men who were permanent residents in American… one who was a born here and the other one who had come to America a three-month-old child from Somalia. The other incidents were by people who were considered Muslim but one was a green card permanent resident and the other was a white man who was a born in the U.S.A., who had converted to Islam.

Grok all that?

In fact, in the 16 years since Al Qaeda carried out attacks on New York and the Pentagon, more Americans were killed by homegrown right-wing, and sometimes left wing, extremists than by Islamist terrorists, according to a study by New America,.

In Trump’s very first speech to Congress, he said, “the vast majority of individuals convicted of terrorism and terrorism-related offenses since 9/11 came here from outside of our country.”

But the truth is that even if an act of terrorism had a Muslim or Islamic connection none of the these people that have carried the major U.S. terrorist attacks years have come from the nations on Trump’s travel and the reality is that the people who did the acts of terror have been from people inside the US… citizens of or legally in the U.S.

Zach Beauchamp from the website Vox wrote in a June article

A September report, from Cato Institute analyst Alex Nowrasteh, is one of the most sophisticated attempts to investigate this question. What it found was striking: The number of immigrants who commit terrorist attacks is astonishingly tiny.

Nowrasteh’s research is on really solid ground: He combed through data on terrorism and immigration from nine different sources, covering 1975 through 2015. He counted any attack on US soil in which an immigrant participated as a terrorist attack by immigrants, even if some native-born Americans also helped in its planning or execution.

Virtually all the deaths from immigrant attacks (98.6 percent) came from one event: 9/11. Other than that, fatal immigrant-linked terrorist attacks in the US were vanishingly rare … and ones linked to refugees specifically rarer still.

The average likelihood of an American being killed in a terrorist attack in which any kind of immigrant participated in any given year is one in 3.6 million — even including the 9/11 deaths. That is a very, very, very low number.

… perhaps the most interesting breakdown concerns refugee visas. Despite all of the panic from Trump and Breitbart News about ISIS members sneaking in as refugees, this kind of thing is incredibly rare (partly because of the intense vetting that refugees, and Syrian refugees in particular, are put through). The odds of being killed by a refugee terrorist? One in 3.6 billion.

“Of the 3,252,493 refugees admitted from 1975 to the end of 2015, 20 were terrorists, which amounted to 0.00062 percent of the total,” Nowrasteh writes. “Of the 20, only three were successful in their attacks, killing a total of three people.”

In 2014, there was a mini panic …  fueled largely by elected Republicans … about ISIS sneaking into the United States through the Mexican border. Nowrasteh examined that, too, looking to see how many unauthorized immigrants ended up becoming terrorists.

The answer, once again, was almost none.

“Only 10 [unauthorized] immigrants became terrorists, a minuscule 0.000038 percent of the 26.5 million who entered from 1975 through 2015,” he writes. “Only one of those [unauthorized] immigrants, Ahmed Ajaj, actually succeeded in killing an American.”

The data, then, is very clear: There is no evidence, either pre- or post-9/11, that immigration poses a serious terrorist threat to the United States. Yet Trump has enacted draconian restrictions on immigration in the name of preventing terrorism anyway.

Again, on October 1st, a man shot and killed 58 people at an outdoor concert in Las Vegas … the largest mass murder in modern American history.

People run from the Route 91 Harvest country music festival after gun fire opened up upon the crowd

On October 3rd, Trumpty Dumpty was asked if the shooting… the terrorist attack… would havean impact on current gun laws.

He said that his administration and Congress would “be talking about gun laws as time goes by.”

When he was asked if the shooting was an act of terrorism. He said nothing.

The next day… October 4th, a reporter asked if there would be any action on gun laws. He said, “We’re not going to talk about that today. We won’t talk about that.”

Fast forward 30 days…

On October 31, a man who had emigrated… legally… from Uzbekistan in 2010 drives a rental truck down a bicycle lane in NYC and kills eight while wounding many more.

Within hours of that terrorist attack on innocent people, Trumpty Dumpty tweets, “In NYC, looks like another attack by a very sick and deranged person. Law enforcement is following this closely. NOT IN THE U.S.A.!”

Then later he tweets, “We must not allow ISIS to return, or enter, our country after defeating them in the Middle East and elsewhere. Enough!”

As if that is not enough, he redoubles his efforts and tweets, “I have just ordered Homeland Security to step up our already Extreme Vetting Program. Being politically correct is fine, but not for this!”

Never do we hear a word about gun control. But, when the doer of a terrorist act fits his racist agenda regarding immigrants… damn and tarnation, there is not enough time in the day for him to threaten and condemn. Threaten and condemn with fucking misdirections of the facts, mistruths and outright dishonesty and lies.

But not one word from Trumpty Dumpty about terrorism or gun control… Why is that?

In Las Vegas when some schmuck murdered which outside of 9/11 was the worst act of terrorist murder in the US ever, Trumpty said it was too soon to make any comments or to rush to judgment.

But when the NYC incident happened, he was so damn busy tweeting out his lies about how dangerous those damn Islamic terrorists were… those terrorists from outside the country… he never called  NY Governor Andrew Cuomo or NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio and offer his condolences… not until 24 hours after the fact did he bother to call and offer sympathetic words of condolence and encouragement.

The epitome of the cliché a date late and a dollar short.

Instead what he did do was in another bullshit move, he tried to turn this into another political lie fest with hunt by blaming the entire so-called Islamic terrorist attack all upon the shoulders of NY Senator Chuck Schumer…  the Senate Minority leader.

Trumpty in no uncertain terms lied straight faced when he tweeted, “The terrorist came into our country through what is called the ‘Diversity Visa Lottery Program,’ a Chuck Schumer beauty. I want merit based.”

The truth?

The murderer, Sayfullo Saipov, would have been granted entry into the U.S.  regardless of how the rules were set, His country of origin is not even on Trumpty’s chosen list to be blocked from coming to America… and as far as his radical ISIS friendly beliefs… they began long after he was granted entrance into this country.

The victims weren’t even identified before Trump took to politicizing the tragedy in NYC

All the time bent, smashed, mangled bicycles were strewn all along West Street… the eight dead people… victims of stupid ass insanity of a madman asshole were yet to be identified but Trumpty could not offer even a semblance of a prayer for the victims of a senseless tragedy.  And the eight dead victims had not yet been identified but when Trumpty the asshole had to started tweeting about “extreme vetting.”

Schumer replied on Twitter…  “I guess it’s not too soon to politicize a tragedy.”

There is one thing that links all of these incidents together… a terrorist is a terrorist regardless of the ethnicity involved. They all need to be dealt with. They all need to be brought into a court of law and administered justice.

Then Trumpty took it another step forward and redoubled his redoubled efforts by first spouting that he would send Saipov to Guantanamo Bay to be incarcerated and tried by the military… but upon further review when even his own loyalist doubted that would be even possible if not simply a poor course of action he change tact and spouted this bullshit, “Would love to send the NYC terrorist to Guantanamo but statistically that process takes much longer than going through the Federal system…There is also something appropriate about keeping him in the home of the horrible crime he committed. Should move fast. DEATH PENALTY!”

Way to go to taint any possible impartial jury pool to a greater degree than they might of already been.

Or as elephant Representative Peter King (R-NY) told CNN, “Presidents have to realize whatever they say can be used by the defense counsel to either cause a mistrial or have the trial delayed,”

Trumpty, for a man who claims to have such a great intellect… you are one dumb motherfucker.

And on top of being a dumb motherfucker… you are a damn son of a bitch of a liar.

I can say that because the ass opened the door when he called the protesting NFL atheletes.. sons of bitches.

Sauce for the goose is sauce for the gander or some such thing.

Sooner or later the shit will hit the fan and a fair amount of elephants will have no choice but to cross the aisle to join with the donkeys to obstruct Trumpty Dumpty from doing some really dumb stuff… if not, I hate to predict what may happen down the line as more and more people find themselves pushed into a corner.

Well, well, well…

From Tuesdays (11/7) nationwide non presidential elections which were about local politics…

Danica Roem (center) is first Transgender Woman to win State Seat in Virginia

-2 new Democratic governors
-2 black lieutenant governors
-2 transgender officials
-A Black Lives Matter lawyer as DA in Philly
-A Sikh mayor in Hoboken
-A socialist in Virginia
-Lesbian mayor in Seattle
-First African American mayor in Montana in Helena
-First black woman mayor in Charlotte, NC
-Ousting of GOP mayor in Atlantic City
-Medicaid expansion in Maine

and no super-pac $$$!!!

(Thanks to my Facebook friend Tangerine who borrowed the list from Mauri…)

Maybe this is the beginner of a course direction from which the U.S.S. America has tragically been headed down?

One can only hope so.

ACA enrollment period…

Just though ya’ll might want to know… I mean just in case ya’ll haven’t read the news lately…

It has been big news how the elephants, and of course Trumpty, have been trying to repeal the Affordable Care Act… aka Obamacare… and failed.

Then as Trumpty and his cronies figured if they could not repeal the ACA, then they would brick by brick weaken it, if not tear it apart to be rendered essentially an ineffective law.

In fact, Trumpty recently cut off important ACA subsidies to insurance companies to help lower out-of-pocket medical costs for low-income Americans.

Then Trumpty signed executive orders that dialed back certain requirements on insurance companies and de-funded outreach efforts to let people know the dates of the enrollment period.

But guess what…

A record number of Americans have signed up for Obamacare in the first few days of open enrollment … despite Trumpty’s and the elephant law makers best efforts to try and thwart it from achieving anything near last year’s enrollment numbers.

Right… despite White House cuts to outreach and promotion, more than 200,000 people signed up November 1st.  That’s double the 100,000 who signed up on the first day of enrollment last year.

And internet visitors to healthcare.gov that enrolls people in the Affordable Care Act also set a new record… about 1 million visitors browsed the site, compared to 750,000 a year ago.

Democrats had worried that the Trump administration’s cutbacks to outreach and advertising would result in lower enrollment.

The exact opposite happened. And I am willing to bet it was because a grass roots program combined with peeps like the Bamster and other donkeys publicizing the dates people could enroll in the program.

Just to make sure it’s clear…

The window to sign up for health care for 2018 opened November 1 and will close December 15.

Dumber than a sack of rocks…

First, I apologize to the sack of rocks…

Now…

A fact sheet connected to the tax laws being written by the elephants says Americans earning $450,000 a year are “low- and middle-income.”

Fact… The median household income in the United States is $59,039.

Fact… A salary of $450,000 a year would put a person in the top 0.05 percent of American taxpayers.

Fact… The Tax Policy Center defines the middle class as people earning between $48,300 and $85,600 a year.

When informed of the income classifications by the elephants, AFL-CIO Policy Director Damon Silvers said, “Did somebody make a mistake? They think that the income level of the top one percent is lower- and middle-class. This is a world where if you make less than $500,000, you don’t exist.”

NY Senator Chuck Schumer said the bill is a “middle-class con job.”

Connecticut Senator Richard Blumenthal said, “For America’s middle class, this monstrously regressive Republican tax plan gives ‘mean’ new meaning,”.

But maybe we the people actually are beginning to see through the elephants bullshit… according to an ABC poll 60 percent say the tax cut plan favors the wealthy.

One more time…

The median household income in the United States is $59,039. A salary of $450,000 a year would put a person in the top 0.05 percent of American taxpayers.

The Tax Policy Center defines the middle class as people earning between $48,300 and $85,600 a year.

So, the next time the elephants say they are giving ya’ll a tax break with their new tax code, and you go “Yeah!” …

Would ya’ll also be interested in buying a bridge in San Francisco? Cheap? I got one in Brooklyn that’s even cheaper.

News item: The Trump Organization has won 70 visas for foreign workers in various positions at Mar-A-Lago.

The Trump Organization has won 70 H-2B visas for the upcoming tourist season at Mar-a-Lago.

The Palm Beach Post reported  that Trump has been granted permission to hire people from overseas to fill vacant maid, cook and server jobs at his Palm Beach, Fla., resort on H-2B visas,.

The workers would be employed during the 2017-2018 winter tourist season, newly released data from the U.S. Labor Department suggests.

Despite President Trump’s quest to “Make America Great Again” and bring jobs back to the United States, he has repeatedly sought out H-2B visa holders to fill roles at his resorts.

During the 2016-2017 season he reportedly had 64 foreign employees working there through visas for foreign workers.

Just thought someone might be interested in that fact…

I certainly found it very strange and curious.

Another thousand words…

 

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