Jeffrey Epstein was removed from suicide watch at the Manhattan jail where he was held without bail for reasons which are shrouded in secrecy at present. Suicide watch protocol mandates that inmate companions on five hour shifts accompany the inmate at all times and that the inmate be housed in a suicide proof room. These precautions were implemented after Epstein’s suicide attempt July 24 and then dropped after six days, for reasons which have yet to be explained. Daily Beast: The regulations add in bold, “THE DECISION TO USE INMATE OBSERVERS MUST BE PREDICATED ON THE FACT THAT IT TAKES ONLY THREE TO FOUR MINUTES FOR MANY SUICIDE DEATHS TO OCCUR.” But on July 29—six days after the incident that led to his placement on suicide watch and seems in hindsight to have more likely been an actual attempt to take his own life rather than a stunt resulting only in minor bruises around the neck—Epstein was deemed to be “no longer at imminent risk for suicide.” Regulations mandated a final evaluation by the Program Coordinator. The Program Coordinator is obligated to perform a face-to-face evaluation of the prisoner and issue a report, which details risk factors assessed and changes to risk factors plus facts proving up the resolution of the crisis and reasons for removal from the watch. Apparently Epstein was on suicide watch from July 25, the day after he attempted to take his own life, and terminated July 30. At this time, there is no explanation, satisfactory or otherwise, for such a move. Epstein was returned from the suicide prevention room to the Special Housing Unit, where he had been found lying prone on the floor of his cell last month. The SHU doubles as a discipline unit and as a refuge for inmates who fear for their safety in the general population, as Epstein reportedly did. One difference for Epstein upon his return was the absence of a cellmate such as Nicholas Tartaglione, a ex-cop turned accused quadruple murderer. Tartaglione claims to have saved Epstein during the earlier possible attempt. And there were no more inmate companions keeping watch. Epstein was with just Epstein in a cell whose architectural priority was more security than suicide prevention. A man who had acted in the outside world as if the rules did not apply to him was now left without the protection of prison rules that had been promulgated over the years to prevent incidents such as the suicide of mobster Louis Turra in 1980. Turra embarrassed everybody by hanging himself at lunchtime in the MCC’s psychiatric unit. Like Turra, there was an overwhelming amount of evidence against him. Epstein surely knew that he would be spending the rest of his life in prison, and that is what motivated his suicide attempt July 24. The key question here, is what persuaded the suicide watch program coordinator to discontinue the watch. This is where we get into speculation. Why was suicide watch terminated after only a few days? Why was Epstein left to himself? Most importantly, what is in the report which indicates that such a move was prudent? Epstein’s circumstances most certainly did not materially change after six days. In fact, Epstein killed himself the day after a report was released naming more prominent men in Epstein’s sex trafficking […]
You recall Trump’s Friday meltdown, both on the south lawn and on Twitter, over the “Anger and Hate” of Hollywood. Trump was literally in meltdown, he was pouring with sweat, sparking innuendo about everything from a drug reaction to a pre-cardiac event in progress. Be that as it may, the target of Trump’s angst has been definitely ascertained. It is a movie called “The Hunt” starring Betty Gilpin and Hillary Swank. It provoked this scathing denunciation from the *resident. ….to inflame and cause chaos. They create their own violence, and then try to blame others. They are the true Racists, and are very bad for our Country! — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 9, 2019 Universal announced Saturday morning that it was indefinitely postponing release of “The Hunt.” Deadline: The studio released the following statement this morning: “While Universal Pictures had already paused the marketing campaign for The Hunt, after thoughtful consideration, the studio has decided to cancel our plans to release the film. We stand by our filmmakers and will continue to distribute films in partnership with bold and visionary creators, like those associated with this satirical social thriller, but we understand that now is not the right time to release this film.” The Hunt follows 12 red-state strangers who wake up in a clearing and realize that they’re being hunted by liberals. Betty Gilpin and Oscar winner Hilary Swank play women on opposite sides of the political spectrum, conservative and liberal, who are targeting each other. This opus by Blumhouse Productions was originally entitled “Red State v. Blue State” an unimaginative and on-the-nose title, which reflects a script of precisely the same qualities. Here are a few lines, which I seriously doubt will go down in the same lexicon as, “This could be the start of a beautiful friendship.” “Did anyone see what our ratfucker-in-chief just did?” “At least The Hunt’s coming up. Nothing better than going out to the Manor and slaughtering a dozen deplorables.” Isn’t that scintillating? I was going to share the trailer with you, but it has been pulled from the internet, so you’ll have to take my word for it that the movie looks like gar-bage. My prediction is that “The Hunt” is going to end up in the same remainder bin at Blockbuster which “Assassination Nation” ended up in. It was also billed as a satire and “pitted the woke versus the unwoke in uber-violent fashion,”according to the Hollywood Reporter. It did great at Sundance in 2018, and was in the top earning slot at $10 Million. But when it was released it earned $2 Million, with no international rollout. “We thought people would get the joke,” said one of the filmmakers. Well, they didn’t and they’re not going to get this joke either. Plus Fox News is up in arms with Todd Starnes calling the film “a script straight from the DNC playbook. Remember when Maxine Waters said confront people at stores and gas stations? One of the first scenes in the movie involves a murder at a gas station.” There’s a culture war in progress for real, and this movie is just flat out dumb and not helping any cause — including, for now, the pocketbooks of the filmmakers.
NBC New York reported Jeffrey Epstein was put on suicide watch July 25, after having been found lying on the floor of his cell, unconscious, with marks on his neck. Today, Epstein was found dead in his cell in a Manhattan jail at approximately 7:30 a.m. EDT. Epstein was arrested July 6. New York Times: Mr. Epstein hanged himself and his body was found this morning at Metropolitan Correctional Center in Manhattan at roughly 7:30. Last month, a week after being denied bail, Mr. Epstein was found unconscious in his cell at the jail in Manhattan with marks on his neck, and prison officials were investigating the incident as a possible suicide attempt. It was not immediately clear on Saturday whether the authorities had put in additional safeguards to watch him after the incident last month. It was clear as glass two weeks ago that Epstein was on suicide watch. Here’s the quote from NBC New York: Epstein is now on suicide watch inside MCC, according to two sources. Attorneys for Epstein did not immediately return calls for comment. As you may recall, foul play was suspected in Epstein’s case. A fourth source said an assault has not been ruled out, and that another inmate was questioned. The inmate who investigators have talked to in Lower Manhattan facility has been identified as Nicholas Tartaglione, according to two sources. Tartaglione is a former police officer in Westchester County who was arrested in December 2016 and accused of killing four men in an alleged cocaine distribution conspiracy, then burying their bodies in his yard in Otisville in Orange County, according to court records. Epstein and Tartaglione were cellmates, two sources tell NBC 4 New York. Tartaglione’s attorney confirmed they shared the same cell block. Subsequently, on Thursday, a senior official reiterated that all three theories — attempted suicide, try for transfer and attack by inmate — are still in play. Sources told News 4 investigators questioned Tartaglione, and the former cop claimed not to have seen anything and insisted he did not touch Epstein, sources said. The attorney for Tartaglione denied all the claims that his client attacked the financier, saying his client and Epstein get along well. The attorney added Epstein was seen today and appears to be fine. “They are in the same unit and doing well,” said Bruce Barket, an attorney for Tartaglione. He said any claim that Tartaglione might have assaulted Epstein “is absolutely not true.” Barket said Tartaglione and Epstein have been complaining about conditions inside the MCC including flooding, rodents and bad food. I do not say this with an eye to fomenting conspiracy theory, but on a level headed basis, would somebody explain to me how a man can be put on suicide watch and two weeks later be found dead, hanging in his cell? I am put in mind of the speech Marlon Brando made in Godfather, where he makes it clear to the assembled capos around the banquet table, where he stands with respect to his son Michael, after the assassination of his son Sonny. “I’m a superstitious man, and if some unlucky accident should befall Michael – if he is to be shot in the head by a police officer, or be found hung dead in a jail cell… or if he should be struck by a bolt o flightning – then I’m going to blame some of the people in this room and then I do not […]
It Came From Hollywood — and whatever the hell “it” is, it put a bee in Donald Trump’s bonnet Friday morning. First, dripping with sweat on the White House lawn (which sparked wisecracks about him increasing his meth dosage) he ranted about how “Hollywood — I don’t call them the elites, I think the elites are the people that they go after in many cases — but Hollywood is really terrible,” the president said. “You talk about racism — Hollywood is racist! What they’re doing with the kind of movies they’re putting out, it’s actually very dangerous for our country. What Hollywood is doing is a tremendous disservice to our country!” Then, without clarifying or elaborating, he careened onto a completely different topic, and began raving about China. So, what could his denunciation of Hollywood be about? We can only speculate. This is after all, the “mind” of Donald Trump we’re talking about. Is it possible that only now is he becoming aware that “Black KKKlansman” and “Vice” were both nominated for many Oscars, and Spike Lee took home an Oscar for Best Adapted Screenplay a few months ago? Maybe so. Trump’s aides do their very best to keep him in the dark, in an insulated bubble. It’s called humoring a madman, and most of us have done it at one time or another while working in corporate America. Some bosses are nuts, sad fact of life. Trump didn’t let his Vendetta du Jour against Hollywood rest, either. A few hours later, after arriving in Bedminster for his “vacation” (he was just there last week. He clocks more vacation time than work time, but perhaps that devolves to our advantage, he screws things up less) Trump tweeted this. ….to inflame and cause chaos. They create their own violence, and then try to blame others. They are the true Racists, and are very bad for our Country! — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 9, 2019 So then journalists and pundits began looking round anew. WTF is pulling Trump’s chain? The most likely explanation for his angst was found in a post that Motley Crew drummer Tommy Lee posted Wednesday night, which was a top trending topic on Twitter by Thursday. Here’s the text of that from Page Six: “You Trumpsters better pray that liberals never gain control of the WH again because we are going to pay you back so f—ing hard for all of this sh–,” the quote reads. “Planned Parenthoods on every damn corner. We’re going to repaint Air Force One p—y hat pink and fly if over your beloved Bible Belt 6 days a week, tossing birth control pills, condoms & atheist literature from the cockpit. We’re going to tax your mega churches so bad Joel Osteen will need to get a job at Chik Fil A to pay his light bill. Speaking of Chik Fil A, we’re buying cult leaders tortured with conversion therapy. Have fun with the new menu you bigoted f–ks.” The quote adds, “Try the McPence. It’s a boiled unseasoned chicken breast that you have to eat in the closet with your mother. We’re going to gather up ALL of your guns, melt them down and turn them into a gargantuan metal mountain emblazoned with the face of Hillary Clinton. ALL parks will be renamed Rosa […]
The handwriting was on the wall November 9, 2016, when the KKK and the neo-Nazis marched proudly in the streets to celebrate Donald Trump’s victory. A few days later, on November 21, 2016, Richard Spencer chaired the National Policy Institute meeting in Washington D.C. The group describes itself as “an independent organization dedicated to the heritage, identity, and future of people of European descent in the United States, and around the world.” That day, the Ronald Reagan building hosted 200 attendees who raised their arms in the Nazi salute while chanting, “Hail Trump, hail our people, hail victory.” Therefore, it comes as no surprise that Trump’s DOJ, under the auspices of William Barr, would suppress the truth that the rash of domestic terrorism last year was directly traceable to white supremacist activity. David Badash, The New Civil Rights Movement: The Trump administration has known since at least April that alleged white supremacists were responsible for every single act of race-based domestic terrorism in the U.S. in 2018, yet not only took no action to combat the growing right wing violent extremism, but actually substantially reduced or even eliminated funding and programs that combat white supremacist extremism, violence, and terrorism – and then blocked the data from reaching the hands of Congress. “Domestic Terrorism in 2018,” a document [linked to below] prepared by the State of New Jersey’s Office of Homeland Security Preparedness, “shows 25 of the 46 individuals allegedly involved in 32 different domestic terrorism incidents were identified as white supremacists,” Yahoo News’ Jana Winter and Hunter Walker report. […] The report was “circulated” throughout the U.S. Dept. of Justice “and around the country in April just as members of the Senate pushed the DOJ to provide them with precise information about the number of white supremacists involved in domestic terrorism.” The Justice Department, under President Trump’s hand-picked Attorney General Bill Barr, refused to hand over the data or the document to Congress. This is the climate in which we live nowadays. Disinformation and denial of truth is rampant. Fox News makes every effort to soft soap white supremacy as nothing but “a hoax created by the media and the left,” to quote Tucker Carlson. Trumpworld emphatically does not want you to have the facts about white supremacy. Trump, Barr, and the GOP are pursuing a racist agenda, which is nothing new, but it has never been so pernicious as to include the suppression of routine reports and data. Make no mistake, William Barr is doing an information bottleneck at the Department of Justice. Just connect the dots: 1. Trump will not provide witnesses to congress voluntarily. In fact, he admonishes anybody subpoenaed by Congress to ignore the subpoena, and moreover, the contempt citation that follows it; 2. Trump has not turned over a page of documentation requested by the House since the Democrats took control; 3. Trump authorized Barr to give classified information to “whoever he wants, whether it’s his people, or frankly people like Devin Nunes, who is a star.” That’s a quote from Trump on Hannity’s show, July 25. Both Trump and Barr believe in an autocratic view of executive privilege. Barr is selectively releasing information. You recall how Barr wouldn’t release source materials from the Mueller report. Stonewalling of information and simple data that used to be passed along to Congress automatically, is now the […]
Donald Trump’s efforts to “act” as comforter in chief, a duty which falls to presidents when there’s a national tragedy, was a farce. He went through the motions of flying to Dayton and El Paso, leaving a string of wise cracks and taunts of his political enemies in his wake, on a day which should have been devoted strictly to mourning. In the El Paso hospital, he made nice nice for a few minutes, talking about the “incredible” and “fantastic” hospital staff, and then he reverted to type, dissing Beto O’Rourke, calling him “crazy” and saying that in dueling rallies the two had had a few months earlier, that O’Rourke had “like 400 people in the parking lot.” Trump’s crowd was much bigger, he assured those present, and certainly the hospital staff was riveted hearing about that. Disrespecting a politician in his home town is inexcusable on it’s face, but in the aftermath of a mass murder there, it’s inexecrable — but it’s vintage Trump. No matter what, no matter where, it’s all.about.him. Here’s the video, if you haven’t seen it — and bear in mind not one of the hospitalized victims wanted to meet with the man. This is absolutely disgraceful! More so bc NONE of the hospitalized victims in EL Paso would meet w/Trump, so he had two discharged pts come back to the hospital for his grossly inappropriate campaign video paid for illegally by taxpayers. #TrumpHospitalFarce — MakeGOPDisappear;BanVotingMachines (@baobann) August 8, 2019 The trip to the two grief-struck cities was merely a campaign commercial to Trump. He and his aides bragged about how he was “treated like a rock star” and of course there was the obligatory lie about crowd size, what else? El Paso Times: When his rally got underway, the president said that “69,000 signed up to be here. The arena holds about 8,000.” Trump thanked the fire department for getting 10,000 people in the El Paso County Coliseum, before noting the crowd that gathered outside for his rally. “Tens of thousands of people are watching the screens outside,” Trump said. People are dead and injured and this guy is worrying about audience size. Here’s the fire department’s version of the facts, from the Senior Editor of ProPublica: El Paso Fire Department just told us that Trump's statement about them allowing 10,000 people inside is incorrect. Spokesman says coliseum holds 6,500 and that is how many were allowed in building. #TrumpElPaso — Zahira Torres (@zahiratorres) February 12, 2019 Trump is framing the entire trip in glowing terms, talking about how much he was loved and venerated. El Paso resident and author Richard Parker sees Trump’s trip there very differently. New York Times: Along the president’s route from the airport to a hospital, people lined the roads to greet him — largely with rejection. “What’s more important?” Asked one man’s sign. “Lives or re-election?” American and Mexican flags sprouted together in the August heat. Signs with quotes bearing his name came back to haunt him: “We cannot allow these people to invade our country.” “Not Welcome” covered a stage at a park where people protested the president. The El Paso Times ran a black front page with this headline: “Mr. President, We Are Hurting.” […] As if to symbolize just how out of touch Trumpism is here and in much of […]
Robert E. Kelly is a political science professor and an expert on Asia. He was a consultant to the Ohio GOP. He minces no words in saying how the party has “definitively” revealed itself to be racists who will do anything in order to gain tax cuts for the rich, including support Donald Trump. 1. Gun rights advocates now clearly think that routine massacres are an acceptable price to pay for access to long guns. The president's teleprompter speech was so forced & hackneyed, & his desperation to blame anything – video games, mental health, the culture, hate – except /2 — Robert E Kelly (@Robert_E_Kelly) August 8, 2019 & co. now clearly prioritize gun ownership over public safety, and they will say anything to defend a capacious reading of the 2A. 2. A lot of Trump voters are racist. Again, this wasn't too hard to figure out before; the tea party pretty clearly wasn't motivated by limited /4 — Robert E Kelly (@Robert_E_Kelly) August 8, 2019 the Southern strategy. Those days are now over. 'Economic anxiety' is the standard talking point to deflect this. That is impossible to invoke after 'send her back' caused no drop in Trump's approval rating. It is apparent now that Trump wants the GOP to be like theNat'l Front /6 — Robert E Kelly (@Robert_E_Kelly) August 8, 2019 never need to take moralistic arguments from religious conservatives seriously again. They're just another interest group now, with no principled belief in elevating our debased politics. I find this sell-out the most disappointing. There is something noble in the notion that /8 — Robert E Kelly (@Robert_E_Kelly) August 8, 2019 they swallowed all the racism, misogyny, narcissism, norm-busting,& so on just for that juicy 2017 tax cut to their donors. Again,you probably suspected plutocracy before. W's 2001 & 2003 tax cuts were upwardly redistributive too. But Trump is so awful that the Congressional /10 — Robert E Kelly (@Robert_E_Kelly) August 8, 2019 so obvious as to be undeniable. Again, you kind of already knew this, but maybe the tea party was serious and Romney and Ryan really did think we were becoming Greece. Well that story is gone now too. Trump deficit spends with such abandon, that this GOP plank is revealed as /12 — Robert E Kelly (@Robert_E_Kelly) August 8, 2019 insincerity via his body language. He says the right stuff for a moment – at Charlottesville or after the shootings – but in such a fake, reading-from-the-teleprompter manner that you can easily decipher his true beliefs. This inability to mouth appropriate platitudes, to lie /14 — Robert E Kelly (@Robert_E_Kelly) August 8, 2019 come to regret after Trump is gone and no one knows what it stands for besides racism and upper income tax cuts. Aligning with Trump is a faustian bargain, and the bill will come due. But by demolishing useful, deflective GOP myths, Trump is accelerating that reckoning. END — Robert E Kelly (@Robert_E_Kelly) August 8, 2019 This is insightful and brilliant. I can only hope that the GOP does come to pay the piper and finds that the price is too high.
I’m sure you’ll be glad to hear that Donald Trump reported an “amazing day” where there was “so much respect for the office of the president,” which is good, since virtually nobody respects him personally — and that he was “treated like a rock star.” Ain’t it grand? Next he’ll be saying that the people told him that they were glad to have gotten shot, just so they could meet him. ..The President was treated like a Rock Star inside the hospital, which was all caught on video. They all loved seeing their great President! — Dan Scavino Jr.🇺🇸 (@Scavino45) August 7, 2019 Now, RawStory quotes both Brown and Whaley as saying nothing negative, quite the contrary. “He was received well by the patients, as you’d expect,” Brown said. “They were hurting, he was comforting. He did the right things, Melania did the right things.” Whaley herself said: “I think the victims and the first responders were grateful that the President of the United States came to Dayton.” So, where’s the beef? But clearly there is one. Go to the second tweet where he disses Brown and Whaley. Trump blames Dems for fact he spent day he visited mass shooting sites launching attacks against them on Twitter, alludes to how popular he was at hospitals where victims are being treated. This is not a normal guy. pic.twitter.com/UvXEZ9k5ok — Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) August 7, 2019 Then Trump got into it on Twitter. ….misrepresenting what took place inside of the hospital. Their news conference after I left for El Paso was a fraud. It bore no resemblance to what took place with those incredible people that I was so lucky to meet and spend time with. They were all amazing!o — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 7, 2019 Sherrod Brown is not a “failed presidential candidate.” He considered running but didn’t. Your guess is as good as anybody’s about what set off Trump and his aides. Here’s the bottom line: all that the tragedies in Ohio and Texas meant to Trump, was an opportunity to do a campaign commercial and talk about how loved he was and how nobody had “ever seen anything like it” — a president going to a hospital. No, in the history of the world, this is surely the first and only time that that has happened. Don’t believe historical accounts to the contrary. Trump channeled Florence Nightingale, and became the orange blossom of mercy. People lie dead and injured but sound bites and photo ops were obtained by the Trump cabal, so all is well in Trumpworld and screw the rest of us. One can only speculate that the railing back against Brown and Whaley was simply a ploy to go on record saying that the Democrats had done something wrong. Whether they had or not is immaterial. This group in power now gives new meaning to the word “corrupt.” Maybe we should coin a new word, “trumprupt,” because these people defy description.
Over thirty Americans lie dead from the weekend’s carnage, dozens more are in hospitals, and our tone deaf titular leader just keeps doubling down on his absurd rhetoric, insisting he’s blameless and it’s all the other guys’ fault. No change at all in his philosophies after the twin massacres, except that now his anti-immigrant dogma plays out as even more particularly vicious than before the tragedies occurred in Dayton and El Paso. Washington Post: …Trump dismissed critics who have suggested that his rhetoric on race and immigration is partly to blame for a rise in hate-inspired violence such as that in El Paso. “I think my rhetoric brings people together,” Trump said, adding that he is “concerned about the rise of any group of hate.” He thinks it brings people together? This is why the Mayor of Dayton vowed that she would give Trump a piece of her mind, and the Representative from El Paso said that she would not meet with Trump when he visited. Oh, yes, Trump’s rhetoric is a unifying force, absolutely. What a fool believes, he sees, as the song goes. There are layers of tragedy to what happened this weekend. Primarily, the death and injury of all those people and the trauma to those communities is paramount. Working down from that, however, is another level of tragedy. Trump has learned nothing — because he is unteachable. He cannot learn. He has rationalized any criticism of himself as being done by “people who are looking for political gain” and “some of them are running for president.” Then he went on this morning, to talk in hedonistic terms, if you can believe that, about how America is to go forward from here. When asked about banning assault weapons, Trump said, “There’s no political appetite for that at this moment. You can do your own polling, but there’s no political appetite for that.” A lot of polling has already been done. A July NPR-PBS NewsHour-Marist poll found 57 percent of the public supported a ban on “the sale of semi-automatic assault guns, such as the AK-47 or the AR-15.” Fewer than 3 in 10 Republicans supported the proposal, rising to a slight majority of independents and over 8 in 10 Democrats. Take a longer look at his breezy remarks. He’s talking about “polling” and “appetite” and there is ZERO conversation about death and avoiding future tragedies. It’s all a game show to him. You figure out what will be popular, and with whom, and change the show to please the audience. Once again, Trump underscores that he is utterly lacking in depth and substance. He’s framing this toxic social issue of gun control in marketing terms, because that’s the limit his intellect can soar to. It’s all about “appetite.” Trump spoke of there being an “appetite for background checks.” So what does that mean? That critical analysis has been thrown to the wind? Apparently. Screw empirical evidence or expert testimony, Donald Trump is once again going with his gut and now he’s gauging appetites. “There’s a great appetite for seeing that mentally unstable, seriously ill aren’t carrying guns. I have never seen the appetite as strong as it is now. I have not seen it with regards to certain types of weapons.” That’s how it now. Legislation will be […]
This is a breaking story and will be updated. EMS emphasizes this is NOT an active shooter situation. We're working to find out some more information right now. https://t.co/F2tMR4NBnp — Liz Koh (@lizkohWAFB) August 6, 2019 This isn’t something to panic over until it is. Right now it appears shots were fired, but it is not an active shooter, mass murder type of scenario. Hit this link for live coverage and updates from the local television station. UPDATE: 4:30 p.m. PDT: Baton Rouge Advocate: LATEST STORY: East Baton Rouge Sheriff’s office walks back report, now says no gunfire at Walmart, despite initial 911 report, panic in store ORIGINAL STORY A man who visited Walmart to buy his child a lunchbox Tuesday morning got caught in the middle of an altercation between two other patrons and was injured in the shooting that resulted, authorities said. East Baton Rouge Sheriff Sid Gautreaux said there was never an active shooter situation despite initial reports that suggested otherwise. He said investigators believe two Walmart patrons got into an altercation while standing in the store’s customer service line and both pulled guns out on each other. At this time, there was no gun play — although people in WalMart can be forgiven for thinking so, considering the prompting they got from El Paso. Nerves are on edge, and rightfully so. And always, better to be safe than sorry.