[We The People Daily] In reaction to the horrific mass shootings in Dayton, Ohio, and El Paso, Texas, this weekend, many people on both sides have been engaged in the same game of slogan-shouting and cliche-spewing that always follows these kinds of things. One side says guns are the problem. The other retorts that mental illness is the real culprit. Both agree that extremist ideologies are partially to blame, but they disagree on which extremist ideology is most to blame. Round and round we go. Nothing is accomplished. Nothing changes. And lost in the fog of talking points is the hard reality of these tragedies ‐ the fact that actual, real people are dying.
It is indeed an epidemic. Mass shootings are still exceedingly rare, but the fact remains that 20 of the 27 deadliest mass shootings in American history have happened in the last 15 years. Since the Virginia Tech massacre in 2007, this country has seen 9 of the 13 deadliest shootings in its history. The worst one ever was two years ago. The second worst was the year before that. It’s true that the media tries to grossly (in multiple senses of the word) inflate mass shooting statistics by counting gang violence in the total, but the numbers are still extraordinary even without being manipulated to prove a political point. For some reason, shootings like El Paso and Dayton are way, way more common today than they were 20 years ago or anytime previous. That is not debatable. The only debatable question is why.
As for that question, we never get close to answering it because we are determined to focus the conversation around guns, mental illness, and extremism. Yes, guns obviously are part of the picture. But our existing laws, if enforced, would have prevented many of these slaughters already. We don’t need more laws. We need, rather, to utilize the ones that are already on the books. The Dayton shooter apparently was caught keeping a hit list of classmates he wanted to kill in high school. I think we can all agree that people with hit lists shouldn’t be able to obtain firearms. But that, again, is a matter for better enforcement, not additional laws. Besides, there have always been guns in this country. There have not always been this many mass shootings.
The left thinks people should lose their job over a social media post that they disagree with. But felons should vote. The left thinks any sexual allegation against a man should be subject to a no due process kangaroo court. But extreme discipline infractions in public schools, especially if committed by a favored minority group should be overlooked completely. And now even GOPe squishes are ready to go down teh red flag law road, where anybody with a grievance, even if only imagined, can squawk and cause your Constitutional rights to be abrogated, again without due process.
Posted by: M. Murcek ||
08/07/2019 13:45 Comments ||
No great surprises here. However, the left still continues to blame the firearm and not the shooter...And of course Trump. They also like to pin shootings on conservatives when they can. Most shooters have psychiatric disorders. One could argue that all shooters such as those who are killing citizens are seriously mentally disturbed.
[AmericanThinker] The aftermath of the terrible recent shootings surprised no one. The apparent white nationalist sympathies of the El Paso shooter, despite his anti-Trump comments, set off a lefty firestorm of attacks on the president and the NRA. Beto O'Rourke, desperately trying to reclaim the political spotlight, was the most despicable of all in blaming Mr. Trump. Never mind: for every shooter who the media decides must have conservative thoughts, there are several leftist mass shooters. The Dayton shooter was a Liz Warren fan; the GOP baseball team shooter worked on the Bernie Sanders campaign; and the Dallas police shooter, like President Obama, was an ardent BLM-supporter. Yet no one calls out these politicians for spreading hate and creating a climate of violence.
That's because our liberal news media are interested in a story only if they can somehow twist it for their own agenda. If a tree falls in the forest, it gets reported only if they can blame Mr. Trump.
That's incredibly unhealthy for our democracy. The voters and their elected representatives are denied any kind of honest back-and-forth on the policy issues of the day by such extreme and misleading media coverage. Criticize the corrupt black leaders of American cities, and you are a racist. Deny that the mass shootings are the product of white supremacists and gun-makers, and you are even worse than a racist.
Too bad, because we actually know quite a bit about why these disturbed men become mass shooters, and it has nothing to do with their politics. Researchers, for example, have found that something like 60% of mass shooters had a mental illness. The Secret Service puts the number at 67%. (Unfortunately, the politically correct American Psychiatric Association likes to downplay these numbers, lest we "stigmatize" the mentally ill.) I suspect that these may even be lowball estimates, as, often, where the shooter died in the incident, there was not enough information left to properly diagnose a particular mental illness. My own personal experience from years in the courthouse confirms all this. Really violent, senseless acts all seem to come down to severe schizophrenia or bipolar disorder.
Less than 2% of the population suffers from either or both these conditions, but they occur in over 20% of the homeless population, and chronic drug abuse makes things much worse. Marijuana, which might be tolerated by a lot of the adult population without great consequence, seems to have a terrible effect on the brains of young men with these mental diseases ‐ diseases that start to reveal themselves only in the late teens and early 20s.
The resulting high correlation among mass shooters, mental disease‐psychotic behavior, and marijuana has long been known ‐ even when they don't shoot, but bomb, like McVeigh and the Tsarnaev brothers.
Now, if the liberals have been utterly dishonest about mass shooters, sometimes we conservatives have not helped the situation if we lose the sight of the underlying drug and mental health causes and get distracted on other issues. The general breakdown of the family and traditional society, and the coarsening of the arts and entertainment the last 30 years, while lamentable, is not the reason for mass shooters. There are three more specific factors:
1.The rising levels of marijuana use among young people.
2. The ACLU's disastrous campaign to end institutionalization of the mentally ill, making it impossible to hold persons for care until they actually hurt somebody, which they often do and are then sent to prisons unequipped to treat them.
3. The media (social and conventional) hype devoted to mass shooters and the copycats they create. Disturbed young men, being outsiders and loners, are particularly inspired by the publicity and sense of power they might attain by doing a mass killing.
We should focus our efforts there. Any progress in such areas would be highly salutary for society and likely reduce the incidence of mass shootings.
Tevi Troy recently pointed out that traditionally, U.S. presidents did not want to talk about mass shootings for the very good reason that it only encouraged potential copycats, and the media respected that. Bill Clinton, though, had to feel everyone's pain, so now every shooting is a cause for public spectacle with a presidential speech.
It's probably too much at this late date for President Trump to announce that the White House will no longer respond to news about mass shootings so as not to encourage copycats ‐ or to ask media companies, especially social media firms, to voluntarily censor chatter about these incidents. (I would exempt actual print newspapers, because nobody under 60 still reads these.)
But at the very least, he should insist that any kind of new "red flag laws" should be limited to a real, medical diagnosis concerning the mental health of the accused, and if judicial supervision is found in order, it must include a rigorous and long-term program of drug testing.
When it comes to mass shootings it needs to be made clear: guns don't kill people. Political rhetoric doesn't kill people. Drug-fueled psychotics are what kill people.
According to leftist logic, there should be no such thing as medical malpractice (the scalpel did it!) financial malfeasance (the pen did it!) or a bad outcome at the garage when your car is in for service (the screwdriver did it!)
Posted by: M. Murcek ||
08/07/2019 10:17 Comments ||
...the same thing about poverty. Can't blame people who 1) do drugs and alcohol, 2) procreate before they have the means to put a roof over their own head, food on the table and clothes on their backs, 3) blow off education (see - acting white), 4) making the same self destructive and self limiting choices their parents, grand parents, great grand parents did. Fifty years of Great Society and we still have poverty, because they don't hold those accountable for their own actions but rather blame anything and everything else for the consequences.
[American Thinker] America desperately needs to have a conversation, and it’s very different than the one we have been having when reflecting on mass murders. Despite the hysteria that these events cause, there is no significant upwards trend. These crimes have been a part of the public sphere in the U.S. since the country’s inception. While most studies reflect the better-recorded data in the latter half of the 20th century, mass killings were just as prevalent in the 1920s and 30s, although the use of a firearm was less common.
Sometime in the last few decades, Americans have lost to ability to think rationally about mass killings. We are collectively trying to blame some other factor besides the individuals themselves. However, access to guns has never been cited as a reason for a mass shooting and mass killings share no correlation in ideology. No one political party, no one race or ethnicity, no one religion, etc. is a constant factor, but there are specific commonalities between mass shooters that are never widely discussed over the calls for gun control and party reform.
There are five stages that culminate in a perfect storm that leads to individuals committing these massacres (also known as the Levin & Madfis model). This is gravely important for our society to know, as identifying these factors can lead to prevention of these atrocities.
Early reporting is often inaccurate, and is overall plain harmful.
This is because "reporting" in the modern sense is not about documenting objective facts on the ground, it is about pushing "the narrative." If facts don't line up with the narrative, the facts are memory holed and the narrative is doubled down upon.
Posted by: M. Murcek ||
08/07/2019 9:43 Comments ||
We used to have serial killers: Son of Sam, the Night Stalker, John Wayne Gacy. Remember those guys? They aspired to get away with it. They were a lot more cunning and subtle but every bit as deadly.
Posted by: Abu Uluque ||
08/07/2019 10:03 Comments ||
[JWR] This is the genius of the act: He's Bertie Wooster with Jeeves' brain. Out on the street, he's everybody's friend; among his actual alleged friends, he's utterly ruthless: Within twenty-four hours of entering 10 Downing Street, he'd pulled off the bloodiest cabinet reshuffle of "modern times", as the papers say - although actually I can't think of a bloodier one even from non-modern times. (Only four members of the May regime were retained: Michael Gove, Amber Rudd, Baroness Evans and Matt Hancock.)
Is he a nice person? Well, he's left an awful lot of human wreckage in his wake. Some of the women he's used and discarded seem to me, without naming names, to be sad and profoundly damaged from their brief intersection with his wandering zipper. His latest squeeze seems likely to be moving into Number Ten without benefit of clergy - a first for the Tories and a sign of how desperate they are after years of letting all the sober, serious, earnest types turn their party into a laughingstock.
What does he believe in? Other than himself, not terribly much. About a decade ago, I was in London for a couple of days and had lunch with him and Stuart Reid at a favorite Italian restaurant. Stuart was the deputy editor who did all the hard grind at the Speccie, while Boris was the great fizzing impresario fronting the operation - a business model he transferred successfully into his mayoral regime, and will no doubt be trying again in Downing Street.
[Rudaw] President Erdogan’s heightened rhetoric over northeastern Syria during the last two weeks indicates The Sick Man of Europe Turkey ...the only place on the face of the earth that misses the Ottoman Empire... intends to invade the area soon. On Sunday Mr. Erdogan said: "We entered Afrin, Jarablus, al-Bab. Now we will enter the (area) east of the Euphrates. We shared this (information) with Russia and the US. As long as harassment fire continues, we cannot remain silent."
Despite Turkish propaganda to the contrary, the Turkish-Syria border in the northeast of Syria remains a good deal calmer and violence free than the Gaza-Israel or Lebanon-Israel border. What Turkey actually wants in the area is therefore not a safe zone but the complete elimination of the Kurdish-led de facto autonomous cantons and a place to resettle the 3.6 million Syrian refugees currently in Turkey.
According to the Daily Sabah: "The Ottoman Turkish military has recently increased its deployment near the Syrian border, including heavy weaponry, armored vehicles and tanks, as it prepares for an imminent offensive against the PKK terror group’s Syrian branch the People’s Protection Units (YPG)."
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Posted by: trailing wife ||
08/07/2019 00:00 ||
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[Babylon Bee] ATLANTA, GA‐The 2019 National Convention of the Democratic Socialists of America got off to a good start, with presenters, speakers, and DSA leaders giving inspiring speeches and policy papers while being really, really careful not to use any gendered language.
But the complaints began to roll in from attendees anyway.
Eventually, one attendee, who identifies as an owlbear, stood up and bellowed into a microphone, "POINT OF PERSONAL PRIVILEGE: LANGUAGE ITSELF REPRESENTS SPECIES SUPREMACY AND IS VERY TRIGGERING TO ME," threatening the entire convention. After a brief pantomimed discussion, conference organizers came up with a solution: they would just use interpretative dance.
Conference speakers then gave speeches calling for the death of capitalism and the seizure of the means of production entirely by coordinated dance numbers. One particularly powerful dance entitled "The Blood Flows from the Animal Farm and It Is Delicious" had dancers reenact the Bolshevik Revolution. It would have garnered a standing ovation, but standing is considered ableism, so it only got jazz hands. Then a man without hands performed a scathing solo dance routine to inform everyone that jazz hands were very triggering to him. Everyone tried to apologize with sign language but only made things worse.
Finally, the convention was brought to a standstill when a white girl said dancing in rhythm with a song was offensive to her culture.
If a person is offended and nobody else cares, is it traumatic?
Posted by: M. Murcek ||
08/07/2019 9:34 Comments ||
The actual videos are just as funny. Do these morons really think they're going to lead us all into a "glorious socialist future"? They couldn't lead a parade with arrows painted on the street. "Arrows are so triggering I can't even!"
[DAWN] THE dire predictions of Kashmire observers and human rights One man's rights are another man's existential threat. groups have proved correct. The special status given to India-held Kashmire under Article 370 of the Indian constitution has been all but removed through a resolution in the upper house of parliament, in a move to avoid the lawful route of a constitutional amendment. India is poised to forcibly convert Indian Kashmiree into a Union Territory in violation of all its commitments, including those made at the UN.
The resolution and a presidential order were used to deprive the Jammu & Kashmire assembly of the right to have a say in any changes desired in its status. Meanwhile, ...back at the dirigible, the pilot and the copilot had both hit the silk. Jack! Cynthia exclaimed. Do you know how to drive one of these things?
Jack wiped some of the blood from his knuckles. No, he said. Do you?... a bill in parliament called for separating Ladakh from J&K, but if this amounted to justifying the division of areas on the basis of faith, it was not something that the BJP leaders were likely to lose sleep over, reassured of their own powers of intimidation after their election win earlier this year. Not just that, they also drew strength from India’s image in the international community as a prospering capitalist model. as well as Pak's decreasing status and dimwitted leader, Khhhhaaan!
The changes reduce IHK to the status of a colony. The special status the region enjoyed since 1954 was basically a measure that guarded against any attempt at changing the demography of an overwhelmingly MoslemKashmire. Its abolition could mean an invasion of the Valley sponsored by the BJP in its current belligerent mood.
The move will have violent consequences. The Kashmiris have shown in recent months that, although abandoned by many supporters, their ability to take on the might of the occupiers has far from diminished. In fact, it is the subterfuge, the force, the tricks employed by the BJP that have stoked the fires.
Pakistain has vowed to campaign against the new developments, which the world must have known were in the making. Serious concern of the latest Indian action in IHK was being expressed for some time. Paks will be asking their government as to what exactly transpired, and in precisely what context did Kashmire feature, at the recent meeting between Prime Minister Imran Khan ... aka The Great Khan, who who convinced himself that playing cricket qualified him to lead a nuclear-armed nation with severe personality problems... and President Donald Trump ...His ancestors didn't own any slaves... Indeed, Islamabad is being advised to link its support for the normalisation of Afghanistan in a post-American pullout scenario with Kashmire. That is easier said than done given the current sense of global indifference towards IHK. The world watched in silence as thousands of troops moved into the disputed occupied valley in recent days. Few took notice ‐ even though there may be no cruder version of how a majority living by the tenets of an ideology built on fear of a minority than the one present today in Kashmire.
The hatred inherent in such a brand of politics has been formally accepted as fair and correct by a parliamentary decree in the biggest democracy of the world.
Posted by: Fred ||
08/07/2019 00:00 ||
Top|| File under: Govt of Pakistan
[Washington Examiner] Are there more rats in Washington, D.C., or Baltimore? actual rats vs Rat Bastards™?
Experts say there's no way to know.
As rats in East Coast cities have found their way into the news, residents and politicians have debated the rodents' prevalence.
President Trump pointed to the vermin last month as he took aim at Rep. Elijah Cummings and Baltimore, calling the Democrat's home city a "rat and rodent infested mess."
Since the dispute, debate has swirled over which city has the biggest rat problem, with residents of Washington, D.C., and New York City complaining about encountering numerous rats roaming the streets.
But urban rodentologist Bobby Corrigan, who told an audience in D.C. on Tuesday "Rats are my life," said the debate is most prevalent in the Boston to D.C. corridor, which includes Hartford, Connecticut, New York City, Philadelphia, and Baltimore.
"The answer is all of those cities have a lot of rats because all the trade ships coming from Europe were pulling into these cities," Corrigan said. "Is Baltimore or D.C. really the worst rat-infested city? It would have to be measured by some kind of study, which, there is none."
He added that the only way to estimate which cities have higher rodent populations is by gauging the age and socioeconomic status of certain areas of the city, nothing more.
"As cities get old, the older they get without infrastructural resources, they're going to be, without a doubt, more vulnerable to rat populations," he said. This vulnerability is a direct result of cracked foundations of buildings that rodents can squeeze through and sewers not being replaced when necessary.
There is zero scientific evidence that there are more rats in one city than the next, experts say.
Dr. LaQuandra Nesbitt, the director of the D.C. Department of Health, said that there is no such thing as a "rodent census," therefore it is impossible to know how many rodents reside in a city.
"It's hard to get people to understand that when we get these reports that come out that say, 'D.C. has the worst rodent population in the country,'" said Nesbitt, "that it's a function of the pest controllers and how many requests go to pest controllers."
The number of rats in various cities was just one of the rat-related myths Corrigan busted in his talk. Rats don't follow walls, they're not bigger or more brazen than in years past, they're not becoming immune to poisons, and cities can't poison their way out of a rat problem.
Humans, Corrigan said, are the real problem.
"Sanitation is rat control," said Corrigan. "If you do not want rats, do not give them food. The public thinks just put out some bait in my yard and take care of this, please. They don't want to hear a lecture on, you know, you could use a better trash can."
Nesbitt echoed this idea. "Get rid of the things they don't want to eat, then we have less things for them to do," she said.
"You can't just hire 300 exterminators, give them buckets of bait and say get out there and kill a bunch of rats," said Corrigan. "We've been doing that for 250 years in America."
If you see rats as a result of construction, Corrigan said, those rats were most certainly already there. Subways or trains don't cause them, either.
"Subways are not a major player for rats," he said. "They're not a great environment for rats. The public actually thinks subways are a secret rat city because of the dark tunnels."
Instead, Corrigan said that sewers are the number one reservoir for rats, which is where all the disease carried by rodents comes from.
Scott Mullaney, the director of animal services and principal at UNIQUE Pest Management, which uses dogs to help hunt and control rat populations, agreed with Corrigan's claim that the actual amount of rats can't be calculated or differentiated.
"We've done hundreds of jobs in both Baltimore and D.C., and it doesn't make a difference," Mullaney said. "There's such nasty areas in both parts."
As far as the president's claim of Baltimore being rat-infested, Corrigan said he believes Trump was "just being colloquial."
"It's just too loosely said, quite frankly. I've spent a lot of hours myself doing surveys and inspections in both cities. It has nothing to do with technical science at all, those comments," he said.
...The RN is still tough and smart, but it's hopelessly outnumbered and undermanned. They'll be stretched to the absolute limit just getting a second ship to the Gulf, much less actually conduct escort missions.
Posted by: Mike Kozlowski ||
08/07/2019 6:15 Comments ||
Lots of opportunities for CIWS and SeaRam testing / training...
Posted by: M. Murcek ||
08/07/2019 9:22 Comments ||
Since the Romans the tried and true "solution to pirates" is to burn their harbors and sanctuaries into a pile of ashes** (**Erecting a forest of occupied crucifixes for the "onshore co-conspirators" is optional but recommended).
[Rudaw] If The Sick Man of Europe Turkey ...Qatar's colony in Asia Minor... invades Kurdish-controlled northern Syria (Rojava) in the coming weeks it will likely use its formidable air power to support its forces on the ground and bomb People’s Protection Units (YPG) targets across the region.
I don't see Turkey's military able to perform in an operation such as this threatened invasion without excessive casualties both material and troops.
A few foreign anti-air manpads, etc., along with a flexible, light and mobile infantry should be the Kurds' response. Long logistics lines are vulnerable.
Posted by: Roger Smith ||
08/07/2019 13:54 Comments ||
If i were the Kurds I'd:
(a) Be working partially from the Palestianan playbook and have fake casualties ready for journalists if any bombing occurs, this ensures limited foreign support for Turkey (b) I'd be infiltrating my people into Turkey to ferment unrest in the Kurdish regions there to take the war to the enemy (c) Moving civilians into Turkish Iraq, where the combined numbers in smaller region will be something defendable.
But that's me, just an arm-chair general without all the facts so who knows.
[ARABNEWS] Five months after the last ISIS stronghold in Syria was overrun by US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), there are worrying signs that fighters belonging to the now defunct self-proclaimed caliphate are regrouping.
The US envoy to the international coalition fighting ISIS, James Jeffrey, told news hounds in Washington last week that thousands of the Death Eater organization’s members scattered around Syria and Iraq remained a global threat.
US State Department counterterrorism coordinator, Nathan Sales, also told news hounds that "ISIS branches and networks now span the African continent from east to west and north to south," and he claimed that around 1,200 ISIS fighters were now in Europe ...the land mass occupying the space between the English Channel and the Urals, also known as Moslem Lebensraum... with more trying to cross borders.
He warned that while ISIS had taken on much of the world’s focus, al-Qaeda had rebuilt itself and was as strong as ever.
Coinciding with these statements, a UN report by specialists released last week warned that a recent pause in international terrorist violence may soon end, with a new wave of attacks possible before the end of the year. It pointed to the fact that many of the estimated 30,000 imported muscle who travelled to the "caliphate" to fight may still be alive.
The report, which is based on information supplied by intelligence agencies of UN member states, concluded that "some may join al-Qaeda or other terrorist brands that may emerge," adding that the threat from ISIS and al-Qaeda, or similar groups is unlikely to decline further. The report warned that the threat to Europe remained high.
Last week bandidosholy warriors belonging to ISIS launched an attack in Iraq’s Salahuddin province for the first time since the group was defeated in 2017. Earlier this month ISIS also grabbed credit for a bloody suicide kaboom on a cop shoppe in Aden, Yemen ...an area of the Arabian Peninsula sometimes mistaken for a country. It is populated by more antagonistic tribes and factions than you can keep track of... which killed 13 coppers. ISIS is active in Afghanistan, according to various reports.
This is not the time for complacency. The 80-member anti-ISIS international coalition must mobilize to make sure that ISIS or any other Death Eater group does not reform or dig roots in the region and beyond.
One area where international cooperation is urgently required is in Syria ‐ a country still embroiled in civil war and where a number of state and non-state actors are vying for control. There are literally thousands of imported muscle and their families in make-shift prisons awaiting repatriation. With minimum oversight of these incarceration centers the possibility of some fighters finding their way back into the open desert is high.
ISIS emerged out of the chaos and vacuum that plagued Syria and Iraq following 2011. It took massive international and regional military and intelligence resources to defeat the group.
Posted by: Fred ||
08/07/2019 00:00 ||
Top|| File under: Islamic State
💡 Put all those fighters 'awaiting repatriation' into one or two large facilities in Afghanistan or Iraq. Arrange an Altimira type riot, act all gaspy shocky at finding headless and lifeless bodies. Opine at length on CNN about how 'shit happens.' And f↺ck the families.
A multi-volume chronology and reference guide set detailing three years of the Mexican Drug War between 2010 and 2012.
Rantburg.com and borderlandbeat.com correspondent and author Chris Covert presents his first non-fiction work detailing
the drug and gang related violence in Mexico.
Chris gives us Mexican press dispatches of drug and gang war violence
over three years, presented in a multi volume set intended to chronicle the death, violence and mayhem which has
dominated Mexico for six years.