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Activist Tuesday: Voter Registration Now!

Posted on: August 6, 2019

Good morning, Widdershins. What a horrific weekend we all had in America, as the two mass shootings in El Paso, Texas and Dayton, Ohio created twin waves of terror both locally, and throughout the United States. We grieve desperately for the victims and their loved ones and, once again, our sense of safety “outside” is eroded bit by bit, day by day.

If only these were the first, or last, of these mass shootings in our country. According to CBS News, there have been more than one per day since January 1, 2019.

As of Sunday, which was the 216th day of the year, there have been 251 mass shootings in the U.S., according to data from the nonprofit Gun Violence Archive, which tracks every mass shooting in the country. The Gun Violence Archive defines a mass shooting as any incident in which at least four people were shot, excluding the shooter.

The toll of 251 mass shootings include five high-profile rampages in the past eight days, in which more than 100 people were shot [bolding mine]:

*A shooting in a historic district of Dayton, Ohio, with 9 people killed and 27 injured.

*A shooting at Walmart in El Paso, Texas, with 20 people killed and 26 wounded. It was the deadliest shooting of the year.

*A shooting at the Gilroy Garlic Festival in the San Francisco Bay Area, with three people killed and 15 injured.

*A shooting at a Brooklyn block party, with one person killed and 11 injured.

*A shooting at a Walmart in Southaven, Mississippi, with two people killed and two injured.

As an ENTJ, I deal with my feelings through thinking. Figuring out how we can stop this from happening is my way of processing these senseless and terrible attacks. I hope, then, you will indulge me as I go step-by-step through the conclusions that led me to the title and point of my post.

Conclusion 1: White supremacy is now a national security threat, and white supremacists are terrorists. Since most shootings are carried out by white men with white supremacist views, we need to start treating white supremacy like other terrorist ideologies and organizations. This means not only prosecuting white supremacists as domestic terrorists, but also shutting down the forums where they organize online.

The big picture: In addition to the El Paso shooter, extremist killers from the deadly attacks on two mosques in New Zealand and a San Diego-area synagogue previewed their acts of terror on 8chan. “Once again a terrorist used 8chan to spread his message as he knew people would save it and spread it,” said founder Fredrick Brennan, who stopped working with the site’s current owners in December. “The board is a receptive audience for domestic terrorists.”

Many experts agree that domestic terrorism is inspired by white supremacy, including the head of the FBI, Christopher Wray – who, ironically, was appointed by the Nazi-in-Chief, Der Drumpfenfuhrer. And speaking of that feces-throwing orangutan squatting in the Oval Office…

Conclusion 2: With their racist words and constant talk of violence against immigrants and other people of color, Drumpf and the Republicans are encouraging white supremacy, and are therefore enabling domestic terrorism. As I wrote in October of 2018, after the attacks on the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh:

I am writing today’s post with tears in my eyes and fury in my heart.  For over three years now, we’ve seen the horrific evil of the worst of America become ascendant, and the media deliberately turn a blind eye to it; in fact, we’ve seen them refuse to call it by its name.

Let’s be very, very clear. The modern Republican party, once home to noble public servants like Abraham Lincoln and Dwight D. Eisenhower, has become a refuge for the most deplorable sub-human creatures that ever crawled upon the surface of the earth.

There is no longer any difference between Republicans and Nazis.

It is taking a long time for the realization to percolate through our culture, but this weekend we are seeing the political world begin to focus its wrath on the people who deserve it. Writes the incomparable Jennifer Rubin in the Washington Post:

For decades now, Republicans have insisted mass murders with semiautomatic weapons are not reflective of a gun problem. I can no longer comprehend how such a ludicrous assertion is remotely acceptable. But in one sense they are right: It’s not merely Republicans’ indulgence of the National Rifle Association that puts Americans’ lives in jeopardy; it is the support and enabling of a president that inspires white nationalist terrorists — and even denies white nationalism is a problem.

[snip]

…we are awash in hate crimes and white nationalist-inspired mass murders. We have a president whose words inspire and bolster perpetrators of these heinous acts. That makes Trump not only a moral abomination, which no policy outcome can offset, but a threat to national security. Those encouraged by his words in recent years kill more Americans than Islamist terrorists. If that is not justification for bipartisan repudiation of this president and removal from office at the earliest possible moment I don’t know what is. Those who countenance and support this president for his white-grievance mongering are not merely “deplorable” but dangerous.

As I write this, Democrats have taken to the airwaves and Twitter to demand #MoscowMitch recall the Senate and put the gun control measures the House passed FIVE MONTHS AGO to a vote. (Note: McConnell has allegedly fractured his shoulder. If true, thoughts and prayers, Mitch.) For those who have been yelling at Nancy Pelosi for months saying she isn’t doing enough and her strategy sucks, she was right all along. This is EXACTLY how to win against the Rethugs and Drumpf. Show your priorities. Show that you keep your promises. And if you don’t get your way, show the contrast between your actions and those of the Rethugs. Which leads me to my final conclusion…

Conclusion 3: Spend your time on voter registration efforts before the 2020 election. For far too long, there has been a “bothsides” epidemic on gun control. The truth is, when Democrats are in charge, we get legislation like the assault weapons ban in 1994; when Republicans are in charge, we get the overturning of the assault weapons ban, the loosening of laws against mentally ill people getting access to guns, open carry laws…the list goes on and on. This obvious truth has been obscured by a psy-ops campaign against the American people, led by the NRA and its enablers (now including Russia, as we know!).

In 2020, we need to both keep the House, and take the Senate and the Presidency. The Republicans’ white supremacist-enabling inaction on gun control is literally killing hundreds of thousands of people, both at the border and here at home. Let’s do our best to make sure everyone votes blue next November. Our lives depend on it.

This is an open thread.

54 Responses to "Activist Tuesday: Voter Registration Now!"

Brilliant post MB! I really like the way you laid out your three points, and yes, could not agree more, the white supremacists are terrorists and a national security threat. The nra needs to investigated inside out, by congress, govt agencies and the press, which seems to be finally starting. The photo at the top is terrifying.

Thanks Annie! I will check out Mother Jones.

Montana man fractures a teenager’s skull by slamming him head-first into the ground for not taking his cap off during the national anthem. And he’s not ashamed.

https://slate.com/news-and-politics/2019/08/montana-man-slams-13-year-old-breaks-skull-hat-national-anthem.html?fbclid=IwAR3w2-bWpGEG0wDnGo2NjLnvJz9XaZfSp7ia-PFa0HfKxItcLDleOWCe7wA

Also, after Trump read a speech off the teleprompter right after the shooting, so many people did the usual “He’s pivoting” and “It’s a new Trump.” NY Times’ headline was that Trump condemns racism and hate – (a headline they later changed after people freaked out. #ClassicNYTimes) Anyway, and the whole time I’m like: “Wait for the tweets people. That’s when Trump’s real self comes out.” And would you know it. The real Trump crawled out last night:

About time, Tim Ryan goes off on Dump’s congressional gate keeper, McConnell.

https://www.cnn.com/videos/politics/2019/08/07/tim-ryan-mcconnell-gun-violence-legislation-nr-bts-vpx.cnn

@7, I saw that–hilarious!

@8, Well said.

@5, This is so disturbing. He could have killed that boy. And the judge let him off without bail. I am so sick of the hypocritical, lunatic flag cult we have in this country.

As the Church Lady said: How conveeenient”.

In Mississippi, 680 mostly Latino workers arrested in largest US immigration raids in a decade

The raids, planned months ago, happened just hours before President Donald Trump visited El Paso, Texas, the majority-Latino border city where a man linked to an online screed about a “Hispanic invasion” was charged in a shooting that left 22 people dead.

While the raid may have been planned months ago it’s sure as hell odd that ICE decided to pull the raids today.

@11. It feels rather like destroying the lives of 680 people and their families is the Orange Turd’s revenge for being forced to read human words off a teleprompter.

Add that beyond bizarre campaign photo grin while visiting the wounded in El Paso.

Has anyone done a DNA test on that thing? Is he from Earth?

@12: Thank goodness I missed that particular photo.

DYB, check ur email.

More on that idiot who slammed a young boy into the ground, cracking his skull, for refusing to take off his cap for the anthem.

“[President Trump] is telling people that if they kneel, they should be fired, or if they burn a flag, they should be punished,” his lawyer told the Missoulian. “He certainly didn’t understand it was a crime.”

https://www.washingtonpost.com/nation/2019/08/08/man-claims-trump-inspired-him-attack-year-old-who-wore-hat-during-national-anthem-lawyer-says/?fbclid=IwAR0v_BxP-7ghBV7TeZ3iZFa_b8jsXPEPOpxvs39A2HdJ3PIgfRjile7SPFg

@17, that’s what I wanted to know. The plants were owned by Koch Foods Inc.!

Have y’all seen this?

Via Paula Chertok, points made by Chris Vickery:

Is this why #MoscowMitch got so under McConnell’s skin?? Along with other prominent Republicans, Mitch has been using a subpoena-resistant (Yandex?) email server in Russia. Does this also mean Putin has major GOP kompromat??
Paula Chertok

Chris Vickery
Here it is.
This site [CivicMerit.com] is owned/run by a leading GOP digital operative. He runs systems on servers physically located in Russia, and advertised it. Mitch McConnell is a client. Ben Carson is a client. Gingrich is a client. And many more.

He *advertises* the subpoena-resistance of his “service.”

This is not like Hillary’s email server. It had former-president level of security, and was just about the only civilian government-associated server that was NOT hacked, and was based in NEW YORK,

Russian email providers must use Russian servers by law and they have to be accessible to the FSB (secret service).

So Putin didn’t even have to hack anything to get kompromat on these goons. They handed it to him.

I’m betting the people are right who are guessing it’s election fraud — no doubt planned out in those many fine FSB-accessible emails — which is the blackmail Putin holds over these idiots.

(Going to mention this at Skydancing too.)

@18: annie, I did some checking on that Koch thing and as far as I could see at the time it’s not affiliated with the Koch Bros.

@21: Well hell, I tried to not include the parent tweet but didn’t happen.

Quixote @19, looks like we’ve all been right about them being traitors.

Fredster @20, Thanks Fredster! I did do one quick search to check on it but didn’t see anything on the front page, and had to get dinner!

@21, Hilarious!

Above tweet posted by Tommy Lee (Motley Crue drummer). I don’t know if he actually wrote it or not. You have to click on the tweet to read the full comment.

@19 quixote: That is very very very interesting!

D, I sent you a link to something if you go check ur email.

Hmmm….

https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js

@29 – he said the Dayton shootings occurred in Toledo as well. He is not up to this.

Annie, that Tommy Lee tweet was awesome!

Folks, I am going on vacation today and won’t be posting this coming Tuesday. Hang in there! Remember 2018. We can beat these Nazis.

On Joe Biden, did you see what he said today in Iowa about “poor kids” being just as bright as the “white kids?”

Biden can not help it. He is an idiot.

@29, 30, 32: I saw all of those. Why doesn’t his family get him to step down? And how the hell does he keep beating the others in these stupid polls? Can you picture the disaster if he wins the primary? Think about the debates, with two senile (dementia in dumps case) old codgers blathering away, talking over each other the whole time.

@30: Oh, I thought it was Trump who got it confused with Toledo.

Oh geez, the heat is on here. It’s 93° but the feels like temp is around 120-something at a local wx underground local wx station.

Tee-hee, lol!
Yes, I’m ready

So, Jeffrey Epstein has committed suicide in jail…

DYB

Yup, but I wonder what this means for discovery of all the dirty deeds he was hiding of his own and others, like Big Dumpster? I pray there is video of Dump with some of the young girls he molested.

I bet lawyers are in a feeding frenzy over this.

@41: Did he? What a coinkydink.

We’re living in weird times.

@36, good article.

Fredster, am happy to see you happy about football season starting up. The Dodgers are having an interesting season so we’ve been enjoying baseball this year.

@32, I saw that. Am so frustrated that he keeps topping the polls. What is wrong with these people? Don’t they listen to what comes out of his mouth?

@45: Eh, the Saints lost last night but since it’s preseason hardly any of the regular starters played. At least we got a look at some of the new guys.

It’s been hotter than all get out here the last few days. Temps are in the 90s and we’ve got heat advisories. I haven’t even gone out until after sunset and it’s still hot then.

@46: It has me stumped too as to why he’s leading in the polls. I really can’t figure it out.

Strangely enough, I’ve thought that this year was rainy-er and cooler here. Don’t know if the stats bear this out, but I’ve heard a lot of people say the same. Still, it could turn into a heat wave any time for the next couple months.

When I heard about Epstein today, my first thought was that the rwnj’s will blame it on the Clintons. Sure enough, a look at twitter confirms it.

@49: And if I believed in conspiracy theories, I’d say it was the nut jobs on the right who were responsible. They have/had the most to lose if he had spilled his guts.

@50 Agree.

Oh good grief; another gaffe by Biden.

Biden Says He Was Vice President During Parkland Shooting

(Except he wasn’t)

Except, it happened in 2018, more than a year after he left office — the latest gaffe by the Democratic presidential front-runner.

@53: But they can’t because they’re public figures and he can say what he wants.

Just like I can say about tRump and Ivanka that perhaps indeed she is daddy’s little girl.

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