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Re: “Multiple shootings of law officers in Baton Rouge

Hours after my first post and still very few facts are reliably established except the death toll, which includes three law enforcement officers and the (lone) suspect, who now has been identified as a veteran. I will note that Trump has posted publicly at least three times and in a consistently provocative fashion including the words "We demand law and order." I expect him to say something at least that provocative on 60 Minutes, which I guess is happening right now. Then we move on to the shitshow circus of his convention. Ugh.

9 likes, 2 dislikes
Posted by mag on 07/17/2016 at 6:41 PM

Re: “Multiple shootings of law officers in Baton Rouge

So sorry I didn't capture a screen shot but Baton Rouge tv station wafb.com originally had a witness statement that said "This was not a come at police shooting." That statement has now been edited from the website.

Here is the clip of the original witness statement:

Officials have confirmed that three law enforcement officers have died and several others were injured during an early morning shooting on Airline Highway near Old Hammond Highway in Baton Rouge. They also say one suspect is dead and believe two others may still be at large.
A witness described hearing at least 25 to 30 gunshots in the area of the B Quick store on Airline Hwy. It started shortly before 9 a.m. Sunday morning.
“I walked out into the street to see what was going on, there was a man lying in the street," the witness said. "I assume he was dead because he wasn’t moving."
The witness believes the shooting started before police arrived and said, "This was not a come at police shooting."

The news story is being lengthened as more happens but the sentence "This was not a come at police shooting" has been deleted.

Twitter and other social media sites are alive with blame and hatred and the word "ambush" is being used repeatedly.

No facts have been established whether this was a scene of shooting between civilians or an "ambush" but peoples' comments are falling, of course, across the fault lines of their opinions.

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Posted by mag on 07/17/2016 at 12:54 PM

Re: “Arkansas Health Department blasts medical marijuana

Best wishes, Vanessa. Avail yourself of all resources to recover well!

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Posted by mag on 07/12/2016 at 8:55 PM

Re: “Monday: An open line and a video roundup

Reposting because this is the open line:

A great deal of information is emerging right now that the Orlando killer may have been a self-loathing, conflicted person who frequented gay clubs and was seen dozens of times at the Pulse; that conflict about his sexuality and religion may have played the major part in his actions.

Over time the killer variously stated that he was connected with Al Qaeda; with Sunni and with Shia groups (they are enemies, this is quite unlikely and makes it obvious he had no true affinity with them) and with ISIS. Witnesses have shown reporters and police his history of using gay dating apps. His ex-wife said today that at the time they married he told her that he had a past of going out drinking and to clubs (he didn't say they were gay clubs). That's not an observant Muslim. That's a person rebelling against the teachings of his religion.

I think we may have one messed-up individual who has committed mass murder and suicide by cop, not a true-believer religious extremist even though he claimed extremist ties. This is currently inconclusive and doubtless more information will be reported. He's a "lone wolf" in that he was an individual mentally disturbed person, perhaps. I think this may be more like Eric Leonard than 9/11.

In the meantime, the presumed Republican nominee Trump has spent the day in wildly outrageous and inflammatory statements and accusations that should cause every GOP party member to repudiate him and they should speak up about that, right now.

This whole tragedy/crime has slammed together the volatile issues of civil rights of gay people, gun control, the civil rights of Americans who happen to be Muslim, plus religious extremism and conflict in Muslim countries where we are engaged in war. Trump is hammering all those hot buttons with horribly irresponsible rhetoric and feeding more possibly imbalanced, extremist followers domestically and abroad with plenty of ammunition and encouragement. He is dangerously reckless and is inciting possible violence. More and more reasonable voices need to be pointing that out and countering his behavior and speech. Like, in droves. The likely outcome of Trump's outrageous behavior is the injury or death of more people.

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Posted by mag on 06/13/2016 at 9:49 PM

Re: “The law-abiding gun community

A great deal of information is emerging right now that the Orlando killer may have been a self-loathing, conflicted person who frequented gay clubs and was seen dozens of times at the Pulse; that conflict about his sexuality and religion may have played the major part in his actions.

Over time the killer variously stated that he was connected with Al Qaeda; with Sunni and with Shia groups (they are enemies, this is quite unlikely and makes it obvious he had no true affinity with them) and with ISIS. Witnesses have shown reporters and police his history of using gay dating apps. His ex-wife said today that at the time they married he told her that he had a past of going out drinking and to clubs (he didn't say they were gay clubs). That's not an observant Muslim. That's a person rebelling against the teachings of his religion.

I think we may have one messed-up individual who has committed mass murder and suicide by cop, not a true-believer religious extremist even though he claimed extremist ties. This is currently inconclusive and doubtless more information will be reported. He's a "lone wolf" in that he was an individual mentally disturbed person, perhaps. I think this may be more like Eric Leonard than 9/11.

In the meantime, the presumed Republican nominee Trump has spent the day in wildly outrageous and inflammatory statements and accusations that should cause every GOP party member to repudiate him and they should speak up about that, right now.

This whole tragedy/crime has slammed together the volatile issues of civil rights of gay people, gun control, the civil rights of Americans who happen to be Muslim, plus religious extremism and conflict in Muslim countries where we are engaged in war. Trump is hammering all those hot buttons with horribly irresponsible rhetoric and feeding more possibly imbalanced, extremist followers domestically and abroad with plenty of ammunition and encouragement. He is dangerously reckless and is inciting possible violence. More and more reasonable voices need to be pointing that out and countering his behavior and speech. Like, in droves. The likely outcome of Trump's outrageous behavior is the injury or death of more people.

9 likes, 0 dislikes
Posted by mag on 06/13/2016 at 9:41 PM

Re: “Summertime open line

Insightful article by Matt Taibbi:
http://www.rollingstone.com/politics/news/…

9 likes, 0 dislikes
Posted by mag on 06/11/2016 at 8:13 PM

Re: “Thursday: An open line and news video

Yes, I am inclined to believe Gilkey's reversal of position had everything to do with economic pressure on his business. Why he didn't think of that when he started ...

7 likes, 0 dislikes
Posted by mag on 05/26/2016 at 11:45 PM

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