White separatist James von Brunn's history of hatred, while the government was busy screening for Muslims. .Meanwhile, the murdered Museum's guard mother prays for the killer to see the error of his obsession....after the jump.
by Damozel | Abdulhakim Muhammed, an American convert to Islam, murdered one man and seriously wounded the other. They were standing in front of a recruiting station as part of a program that uses troops out of basic training to promote recruiting.
So far, investigations into any terrorists ties have proven inconclusive, according to The New York Times. The murderer said that he acted alone and that "he was mad at the U.S. military because of what they had done to Muslims in the past," according to the arrest report.(NYT) But it's emerged that on one occasion the 23 year old was detained in Yemen on a certain occasion "for possessing a fake Somali passport and
other counterfeit documents."(NYT) "[H]is travels to Yemen and possibly Somalia raise questions about whether
he met with any of the militant Islamic groups that are active in both
countries."(More at NYT)
by Bill Kavanagh: Journalist A.C. Thompson has uncovered troubling evidence of militia killings in New Orleans’ overwhelmingly white Algiers Point neighborhood during the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, as well as a three-year stonewall of official silence since then, during which no investigations were undertaken into eleven shootings there.The message Thompson found was clear: the New Orleans Police Department wasn't—and isn’t— prepared to hold residents of that community responsible for violence during the period, because it views all actions taken to “protect” their neighborhood to have been presumptively justified.
by Damozel | The September 2007 massacre in Nisoor Square was one of many shameful chapters in a long history of discreditable/tragic incidents. Private contractors ---or, as some call them, "mercenaries" --- spooked by an unfortunate incident, opened fire into a crowd of civilians who were milling around the street trying to go about their lives.
We're relieved that some of those responsible are being made to answer for this act of recklessness and indifference to human life and we hope that some or all will be held accountable for it. It won't bring back the dead, but it will show that there is a line that even private contractors (whose accountability to anyone but their corporate masters has seemed almost nil) may not cross.
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by Teh Nutroots | The judge said it wasn't "payback for anything else." And she could have given him life, according to the CNN report.
His voice shaking, Simpson had apologized in court and insisted he
was merely trying to recover property that had been stolen from his
family. He was convicted of leading a group of armed men into a room at
Palace Station Hotel and Casino, where they planned to take sports
memorabilia from dealers Bruce Fromong and Al Beardsley.
stand here today sorry, somewhat confused. I feel apologetic to people
of state of Nevada," Simpson began. At times, he appeared to be
fighting tears as he spoke. (CNN)
by Damozel | Three so far, it seems. I'd say "What on earth is the matter with people?" if there were any point. Trampling someone to death in your eagerness to sample Wal Mart's inventory? Getting into a gun fight at "Toys R Us"? Tragic. Also: pathetic. Let us assess what Larisa Alexandrovna rightly calls "the sick and twisted details of the deranged "consumer" society we live in."
The dystopian future of the consumer culture. is upon us. The 34 year old Wal Mart employee died trying to hold the doors shut against a crowd of crazed shoppers who really do seem to have lost any sense of proportion, not to mention of the season.
by Teh Nutroots | We'll let Fox News tell the tale.
Federal agents have disrupted a plot to assassinate Barack Obama and shoot or decapitate dozens of black students in Tennessee, the ATF said Monday....[T]hey broke up plans
to rob a gun store and target a predominantly African-American high
school by two neo-Nazi skinheads. Agents said the skinheads did not
identify the school by name.
by Damozel | A 28 year old man with a history of mental illness killed six people and wounded two in Washington State before surrendering himself to the police. (BBC News) One of the people killed was a sheriff's deputy who went to investigate a reported incident. (BBC News) Her body was found with the bodies of two construction workers the killer had also shot.(BBC News)
Cruelly, the murdered deputy was a woman whom the shooter's mother said had made special efforts to help him and his family in the past.(NYT)
The man stood outside his RV, yelling and shooting a gun into the
air. When Pasco sheriff's deputies confronted him, he ran inside and
wouldn't come out, according to Tampabay.com. (Bizarre Florida; more)
by Teh Nutroots | First off, I don't think Fox News caused Jim Adkisson to shoot those Unitarians. If Fox News didn't exist, I'm sure he'd have found other crazy rhetoric to justify the yowling demon inside him. I don't agree that Fox 'pushed him over the edge'---based on a certain amount of experience, I suspect he jumped. Hatred of others is the disease; Fox is just the symptom.
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by Damozel | Secretary Rice is proud ---PROUD, I TELL YOU! --- that the US invaded Iraq and, presumably, that she did her little all to assist. (Read more...) Arianna Huffington remarks on Rice's remarks at CNN (here)
Meanwhile, some GOP members think it might be best for everyone if Bush just doesn't go to the GOP Convention.
by Damozel | I can't help giggling over the dilemma of poor John McCain, who is desperately trying to distance himself from Obama.. Via The Hill, McCain said in re: the Supreme Court's decision striking down the DC handgun ban:
Unlike the elitist view that believes Americans cling to guns out of
bitterness, today's ruling recognizes that gun ownership is a
fundamental right -- sacred, just as the right to free speech and