Another mass murder but no terrorism @WTF 11/15

 

Don’t worry…

… it wasn’t terrorism.

The murderer was white.

Besides…

He didn’t spout out any religious phrases or have any connections to a certain ethnicity that is a breeding ground for terrorism.

And, it’s not a mass shooting, either.

The dude just went on rampage and shot people along the way… not all in one place. There were seven crime scenes after all.

Forget that four innocent people are dead. Forget that about the ten others… seven of who were seven children… who were wounded either by weapon fire or glass from shattered windows.

Forget that he was armed with a semi-automatic rifle and two handguns, dressed in a military-style assault vest capable of storing multiple rounds of ammunition…

Forget that he targeted a school… which except for some quick-thinking school officials and teachers who heard gunfire in the distance and immediately locked the building down… a decision which prevented the terror… oops, my bad… the mentally deficient person from entering the school and replicating Sandy Hook Connecticut all over again… just 3,000 miles in a different sleepy community that should never had have to experienced terro… I mean the sad decisions of  a sick deranged person.

None of it was terrorism.

Let me ask ya’ll… if a reporter went up to the citizens of Red Bluff and the surrounding areas and asked if they were terrorized by what happened… what do you think the answer would be?

If the same reporter asked the children who were locked down at Rancho Tehama Elementary School and heard gunfire and with some being injured from glass fragments from shot out windows… what would the answer be?

How about, if he asked the student… Alejandro Hernandez… who had two bullets removed?

The answer?

Scared? Full of terror… traumatized… maybe? Hmmm? Maybe a remote possibility?

And if that ain’t the definition of terrorism. then what the fuck is?

This “incident” at Red Bluff, California, was terrorism.

A man bent on a rampage… killed people… hurt others… some grievously… by his actions.

He terrorized a community.

And besides…

I have an issue with why this dude even was running around doing his shit. Or, at least had so many weapons and ammunition.

After he was issued restraining because he assaulted a neighbor… who by the by became the first of his murderous rampage…

And another neighbor… who by the by was Brian Flint who had his truck stolen by the murderer after he shot the other neighbor… who said, “The crazy thing is, is that the neighbor has been shooting a lot of bullets lately, hundreds of rounds, large magazines. And, you know, we just, we made it aware that this guy was crazy and he’s been threatening us”

I have an issue with why wasn’t somebody concerned enough to ask a judge for a search warrant so his property… home, vehicles, land and any out buildings… could be searched for any possible weapons… which he obviously had… and then those weapons could have been confiscated. Maybe it wouldn’t have stopped the reign of terror that was rained down upon Red Bluff and its neighboring areas but it might have. No?

And, spare me from any second amendment arguments or police state bullshit, because this was situation where the police would have been…could have been proactive with probable cause to ask a  prosecutor to go to a judge to intervene in a growing threat to, first, the immediate neighbors and second… in hindsight… to the community at large. This would not be government controlling anyone’s rights… it is a situation where someone should have had the common sense to start an intervention before a bad situation could erupt into a hell of a tragic situation.

No one did a damn thing, when it appears to me some people had sounded the alarm.

Forewarned is being forearmed?

Not in Red Bluff.

California Gov. Jerry Brown issued a statement in the wake of the shooting:

“Anne and I are saddened to hear about today’s violence in Tehama County, which shockingly involved schoolchildren. We offer our condolences to the families who lost loved ones and unite with all Californians in grief.”

Yes, it was violence that was done down in Red Bluff and Tehama County… but it was also terrorism… regardless if any tries to say differently.  It was terrorism done the other day on a mass scope.

And, let’s stop all the issuing of condolences and saying of prayers and start making some goddamn gun laws that make sense as well as start enforcing the ones already on the books.

Update: Make that five dead.

Official said today (11/15), that the murderer shot his wife to death at their rural home and stuffed her under the floorboards before descending on a his terroristic rampage less than 24 hours later.

A belated Veterans Day thought or three…

For the most part I am very anti-war.

Veterans Day 2017 observed in northern Nevada

Why do I say for the most part? Because I do believe that in this sometime cruel, hard, vicious world we live in that sometimes a military response is necessary. Pearl Harbor… WWII? 9/11?

We could debate this ad infinitum, but in my opinion, there are times when force… meaning with a deadly intent… is needed.

However, most times the United States should mind its own business and stop interfering in other nations’ business… in fact… we should eliminate at least half, if not three quarters or more, of our armed bases around the planet as well as return the majority of our men and women from overseas, especially those who are in directly harm’s way, home.

But…

That’s not why I am here writing today…

Today I write not so much to honor the men and women “who fight for the country” but to say the United States government has very seriously fucked them in uncountable ways. Among them being that the U.S. government has fallen down on providing the proper assets to help them while they are in the service and supposedly under the auspices and protection of good old Uncle Sam and then again when they come home and try to adjust themselves to be civilians… especially. the ones who might have physical and psychological problems from being in war zones… which at times are nothing short of experiencing the worst of humanity as well as living through hell itself.

Rob Cuthbert

Rob Cuthbert, a U.S. Army veteran and member of the fiduciary board of the Yale Veterans Association recently wrote an article, published in the NY Daily News on Veterans Day this past Saturday the 11th, that was titled Mental health help for all who serve.

In that piece he said, A large study conducted in 2001-2003 and funded by the National Institute of Mental Health revealed that three-quarters of surveyed psychiatric disorders began before age 24. As of 2015, in the United States, suicide was the second leading cause of death among 15- to 24-year-olds. Since four in 10 of our troops are under 25, one would expect the military to have exemplary treatment on call and an ingrained culture of awareness. But within the ranks, mental health problems are stigmatized, and resources are far too hard to get. Troops distrust mental health care and the professionals who, in some cases, can end their careers by using broad exceptions to privacy protections that civilians take for granted.

Malingering — faking an injury — is a crime, and false accusations of it can be used to shame and goad people back into formation.”

He goes on to identify the extreme case of Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl as “an object lesson in how the military can fail a young person living with mental illness.”

If you been living under a rock… google that name. It will be an eye-opener. If, you know the name and the situation, then you know the tragedy connected to it. What you might not know is this…

At the time, Bergdahl lived with undiagnosed schizotypal personality disorder — a condition that, like other mental illnesses, traditionally arises in late adolescence or early adulthood. Two years prior, he was discharged from the Coast Guard after 26 days for mental health issues. The Army — aware of that history — gave him a waiver to serve.

In Afghanistan, Sgt. Gregory S. Leatherman, who supervised Bergdahl, saw signs of mental illness and tried to assist him. In the proceedings that led to Bergdahl’s dishonorable discharge, Leatherman testified Bergdahl was a “great solider,” but, over time, not “adjusting to the deployment like the rest of the guys were.”

Beau Bergdahl

With courage, Leatherman told an intimidating senior sergeant that he thought that Bergdahl “should chat with somebody, you know, whether it be Combat Stress, or a chaplain.”

The senior sergeant told Leatherman to “shut the fuck up,” because “no one needs to hear what an fucking E-5 (sergeant) has to say about a guy in my company.”

The aftermath of that conversation has become American history.

That is a direct quote from Mental health help for all who serve.

Cuthbert then says…

Bergdahl isn’t an outlier. Throughout the military, systemic failure and crude stigma prevent service members from taking care of themselves and each other.

Clearly, mental health reforms need to be a priority for the Defense Department, Congress and the President. In the interim, every service member needs to become a Sgt. Leatherman.

Mental Health First Aid certification for all troops is a good place to start. It’s a basic, concrete way to help identify, understand and respond to signs of trouble. After a one-day course, I was certified, and I encourage others to do the same.

Cuthbert ends his article by saying…

“We have a duty to be better stewards to all our young, especially those we send into harm’s way.”

I say my belated Veterans Day wish is the same… short of stopping unneeded, unnecessary and oftentimes immoral and unethical wars meant to enrich the .01%… let’s at least provide the men and women who believe they are doing an honorable thing, the care they deserve and need. Both, when they are in harm’s way because of a perceived enemy and in harm’s way because the United States government is too damn cheap to provide the funding to give them the promised care they were supposed to have when they came home.

The Alabama jackass…

I am not going to write about this jackass down in Alabama which, again unless you been living under a rock you know all about this dumbass and have read, or heard, countless pieces in the news and on social media expressing all sorts of opinions most of which tend to be “fuck this dummy except to say did ya’ll know when the Supreme Court legalized gay marriage in America, he said… “In 1857 the United States Supreme Court did rule that black people were property. Of course, that contradicted the Constitution, and it took a civil war to overturn it. But this ruling…is even worse in a sense because it forces not only people to recognize marriage other than the institution ordained of God…”

Mike Lupica of the Daily News wrote an op-ed piece that brought that morsel to my attention.

Lupica also wrote… “Guys like Moore always talk about God, more frequently when in trouble. But he has somehow managed to convince enough suckers in his state and in the media, at least for now, of his own victimization. But it is one thing to be played by slobs we have already sent to Washington, not ones who have convinced themselves they’re on the way.”

This is me…

The truth is… he has met the enemy and it is he…

Let us all hope this shit for brains is not elected in Alabama’s special election that is happening only because Trumpty Dumpty made the guy who had been the senator from Alabama his Attorney General and we all know how well that has been going so far…among his many jackass moves Jeff Sessions wants to go after Marijuana users full bore and put them peeps in jails. He proposes this while various states are slowly, one by one legalizing the stuff either partially to be used in limited medical situations or fully which means medicinally and as a recreational drug equal to how alcohol is “managed.”

Trump with then Alabama Senator Jeff Sessions

He is also the dude, who when he was up for a federal judgeship in 1986, that Coretta Scott King, the widow of civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr., urged Congress to block.  She wrote to Congress that “Anyone who has used the power of his office as United States Attorney to intimidate and chill the free exercise of the ballot by citizens should not be elevated to our courts… Mr. Sessions has used the awesome powers of his office in a shabby attempt to intimidate and frighten elderly black voters. For this reprehensible conduct, he should not be rewarded with a federal judgeship.”

Ms. King added in the letter that Session’s ascension to the federal bench “simply cannot be allowed to happen’ due to the fact that as a U.S. attorney, he pursued “politically-motivated voting fraud prosecutions” and that he “lacks the temperament, fairness and judgment to be a federal judge…  The irony of Mr. Sessions’ nomination is that, if confirmed, he will be given a life tenure for doing with a federal prosecution what the local sheriffs accomplished twenty years ago with clubs and cattle prods… I believe his confirmation would have a devastating effect on not only the judicial system in Alabama, but also on the progress we have made toward fulfilling my husband’s dream.”

Essentially, Sessions was Roy Moore, just without the pedophilia and sexual abuse traits… well as far as we know… who knows what skeletons will eventually be found in Jeffrey’s special anxiety closet.

Oh… on last thing about Moore…

According to The Associated Press, on this past Sunday, Moore called the Washington Post’s reports on his “sexual proclivities”… “fake news” and a “desperate attempt to stop my political campaign.”

He added, the newspaper “will be sued.”

I say bring it on, Bucko. Let’s see how you answer all your accusers as they come into court to back up the Post.

Mouse gets job guarding cheese…

Trumpty Dumpty in another move to peel back and make the Affordable Care Act as ineffective as he can make it announced this past Monday on Twitter that he had picked Alex Azar to become Health and Human Services Secretary after the scandal-induced departure of Dr. Tom Price.

“Happy to announce, I am nominating Alex Azar to be the next HHS Secretary. He will be a star for better healthcare and lower drug prices!”

Azar served previously in HHS under the Bush administration, when he was the agency’s general counsel and deputy secretary.

According to POLITICO, Azar left government in 2007 for pharmaceutical giant Eli Lilly and Company, whose location in Indiana led to healthcare work with the state’s then-governor Mike Pence.

No possibility of any conflict there is there?

Alex Azar

He eventually became president of the drug company’s U.S. operations for five years, but left earlier this year and to begin a consulting company.

Now to be clear… Trumpty during his run up to the presidency slammed the pharmaceutical industry for “getting away with murder” and charging exorbitant prices to Americans.

But then there is this… as the former top executive for Eli Lilly U.S. operations, the price of a top-selling insulin drug tripled.

Lilly is one of three drug companies targeted by a class-action lawsuit that says that the company… while under Azar’s watch… exploited the drug pricing system to ensure higher profit for insulin… AND… has already been fined in Mexico for colluding on the pricing of the drug.

Talk about the mouse guarding the damn cheese!

Another thousand words…

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  1. Joe,

    A touching point about veterans. They are in several ways being shafted by our own US government. I, too, do not always agree with their thinking but I have nothing but respect for those who act on their own beliefs.

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