Saturday, July 25, 2015

Black Lives Matter

You could have easily guessed.

...but hey, do what you will anyway.

This picture made me think of something else.  When I was working at the library in Galveston, Texas, a city with a large black population, a co-worker once complained that the blacks, not willing to work, wanted food stamps and government assistance (I believe the term used was "hand-outs"), but they all managed to have expensive smart phones.

I didn't say it at the time, and I should have, that smart phones aren't necessarily expensive.  But what I didn't even think, and I should have, is that to a black person, a smart phone is not a luxury, but a necessity.  Without the ability to record what's happening to them, there wouldn't even be the current  "conversation" about how they're treated in the "law enforcement" system.

Friday, July 24, 2015

And Another One

Mother Jones has another mass killing to add to their chart.

...but hey, do what you will anyway.

Lafayette Shooting - Further

Later it emerged that two teachers who had been in the theatre had raised the alarm and one had even thrown herself in front of the shooter to save her friend.

Louisiana governor Bobby Jindal told a press conference he had talked to the teachers, whom he described as heroes.

“Even though she was shot in the leg, she had the presence of mind to pull the fire alarm to help save other lives,” he said.

“Now, I think as we learn more about the details tonight, we are going to hear about other acts of selfless heroism of people trying to help each other and trying to save other lives.”

Jindal commended the first respondents, who he said “ran towards the shots fired, towards danger”.

“This is a time for us to come together,” said Jindal. “What we can do now is pray.”

  The Guardian
Pray? That's your answer? "Selfless heroism" and prayer?

Looks like this Onion faux-report from last year pegged it:
ISLA VISTA, CA—In the days following a violent rampage in southern California in which a lone attacker killed seven individuals, including himself, and seriously injured over a dozen others, citizens living in the only country where this kind of mass killing routinely occurs reportedly concluded Tuesday that there was no way to prevent the massacre from taking place. “This was a terrible tragedy, but sometimes these things just happen and there’s nothing anyone can do to stop them,” said North Carolina resident Samuel Wipper, echoing sentiments expressed by tens of millions of individuals who reside in a nation where over half of the world’s deadliest mass shootings have occurred in the past 50 years and whose citizens are 20 times more likely to die of gun violence than those of other developed nations. “It’s a shame, but what can we do? There really wasn’t anything that was going to keep this guy from snapping and killing a lot of people if that’s what he really wanted.” At press time, residents of the only economically advanced nation in the world where roughly two mass shootings have occurred every month for the past five years were referring to themselves and their situation as “helpless.”

  The Onion

Something Is Terribly Wrong with Us

Remember this just a day or two ago?

I don't know about the mall, but it's getting risky to go to a movie.
As the previews ended and the lights dimmed for the screening of the comedy "Trainwreck," a man stood up inside a Louisiana movie theater, pulled out a handgun and began firing indiscriminately.

The shooter, a 58-year-old man, killed two people and wounded nine others at the Lafayette multiplex Thursday night before he turned his gun on himself and took his own life, police said. The shooting comes within days of the guilty verdict in the Aurora, Colorado, theater massacre.

All they've reported at this time about the man's identity is that he was a “lone white male.” (So you know it wasn't an act of terrorism.)

Our politicians want us to be afraid of an attack by foreign radicals.  Your chances of being attacked by a member of ISIS, or any other foreign radical organization, are infinitesimally small.  By the nutjob in your neighborhood, or a cop if you're black...getting higher and higher.

Mother Jones doesn't have this one in Lafayette up yet, but they are keeping a tally of US Mass Shootings from 1982.  (In spreadsheet format here.)

Is there any other country in the world where this kind of madness goes on so regularly that they have to keep a tally card?

...but hey, do what you will anyway.

Passing Out the Rewards

An Obama campaign bundler and prominent Washington, D.C., attorney has been tapped as the new general counsel for the National Security Agency, according to multiple sources familiar with the matter.


[Glenn] Gerstell was a managing partner in the firm Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy. But his résumé shows no deep experience working with intelligence and national security issues that the NSA’s counsel contends with on a regular basis.

  The Daily Beast
I don't see the problem. The job clearly calls for a campaign fundraiser.

...but hey, do what you will anyway.

Try to Keep Up

Thursday, July 23, 2015

So What Else Is New?

At the top, they're ALL friends.

What I want to know is, what happened to George's hair?

In a Nutshell

During a discussion yesterday in Aspen with even-more-sycophantic-than-usual CNN anchor Wolf Blitzer, FBI Director James Comey somberly warned that ISIS now officially poses a bigger threat to the “U.S. homeland” than the one posed by former title-holder Al Qaeda – because, of course, the Latest Threat must always be the Greatest Threat. Comey also said that the previous bigger-than-Al-Qaeda contender, “The Khorasan Group,” has been “diminished” by “the work done by our great military” – because the War on Terror narrative requires that it must always be somehow simultaneously true that (1) the Terror Threat facing Americans is Greater Than Ever™ and (2) U.S. military actions against Terrorism are succeeding.

  Glenn Greenwald
But wait!  There's more.
[T]o dramatize ISIS as The New Greatest Threat to the Homeland, FBI Director Comey first summoned the TV-actor-who-plays-the-journalist-character-called-Wolf-Blitzer to Aspen, and then NBC News posted to the top of its news article a slick, scary, music-and-graphic-driven video using all of Hollywood’s horror film staples to provide the visceral kick (that video has now been replaced on the NBC page with a video of this morning’s Matt Lauer/TODAY show “breaking news!” segment hyping Comey’s warning). I’m really grateful that because Americans have a free press, we’re not subject to state propaganda the way people in those bad, unfortunate countries are.
You are welcome to watch it here. I'll pass.

This Is the Bottom Line for Us, Isn't It?