An armed man in San Antonio named Ralph Pulliam sent Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton around “one hundred” email pages full of threats to Hispanics, including the threat to shoot Hispanics down in a “bloodbath.” The Attorney General is the state’s top law-enforcement officer. In response to these hateful emails promising murder, Attorney General Ken Paxton did exactly nothing. It gets worse. Local police did know of Pulliam, but did not have sufficient information to arrest him: Though Paxton’s office reportedly did not communicate the threat to local officials, police did frequently visit his house on 911 tips. At no point was he arrested or stripped of his firearms, because local authorities — who weren’t aware of the threatening messages — did not have any evidence he had committed a crime. In the wake of the report, police are now trying to build a case against him. Local police knew of Pulliam due of anonymous tips, but because A.G. Paxton did not communicate the actual threats, law enforcement could not act upon the vague 911 calls. In short, the A.G.’s failure to pick up the phone kept the man on the streets, a hand grenade waiting to go off. Now, the situation is garnering the notice it deserved, and a local politician is demanding answers: “These messages are clearly threats of deadly force against San Antonians based solely on the color of their skin,” wrote state Rep. Trey Martinez Fischer in a complaint to Paxton demanding a meeting. “It is deeply alarming to me that despite the large volume and explicit nature of the messages from Mr. Pulliam, the Office of Attorney General has taken so long to cooperate with local law enforcement.” Texas, being its own worst enemy in this situation, does not have “red flag laws” which allow the removal of firearms (temporarily) from someone who has exhibited potentially unstable mental health or behavior constituting a threat. In case you wondered about Attorney General Paxton’s background in politics, it is just as one might expect of a Trump-supporting Texas Republican who ignores threats to kill Hispanics. Paxton, an extreme right-wing official who is under indictment for securities fraud and is leading the multi-state lawsuit to strike down Obamacare in full, has made his stance against gun control clear, suggesting at a GOP convention that merely talking about gun laws means “more people are gonna die.” Sounds to me like this guy is fine with “more people dying,” so long as he is in charge of who dies. Here is where many Republicans will tell you that Donald Trump is not complicit with respect to the rise in homegrown terrorists like Pulliam. Trump – in one of his first acts in office – stopped the immigration of people from eight countries, in theory, because these nations posed an increase terrorist threat to Americans. Americans could die at their hands. Meanwhile, Trump himself is stoking homegrown terrorism. In Trump’s America, and apparently in Paxton’s America, it is only terrorism if white people are killed by a brown-skinned Muslim. If a white Christian guns down Hispanics, he is a mentally-ill person who played too many video games. Doubt me? Ask yourself, would Attorney General Paxton ignore emails sent by a Muslim man threatening to kill “Baptist Infidels in Dallas” in “bloodshed,” signed […]
I won’t strain the aphorism implied in the title, but let’s just say Dowd produced a good column Saturday. NY Times Titled “Trump’s Pile of Rubble” she begins her essay by comparing two photographs, one which has come to represent the best of what Barack Obama’s Presidency meant to people of color… And a second one destined to represent the worst of his successor’s residency: Needless to say the orange idiot suffers in this comparison. Granting that the uncle of the child pictured above, whose parents died shielding him from the death dealing El Paso shooter, wanted to meet Trump and was so complicit in the farcical image that meeting produced, Maureen says what normal people feel when they look at the photo: “But still, there is something sickening about the photo. The picture of Obama with a child was luminous with hope and idealism. The one of Trump with a child was dark with pain and shattered ideals. Devoid of empathy and humanity, Trump is mugging with an infant who will never know his parents. They were shot by a psychopath whose views echoed Trump’s dangerous and vile rants painting people with darker skin — like the baby’s father — as the enemy, an infestation and invasion aiming to take something away from real Americans. It is the same slimy chum thrown out by other Republicans, only more brutally direct and not limited to campaign season.” But even after writing those paras, Dowd still feels the need to walk the high wire of normalizing the abnormal, musing that Trump, like Nixon to China, stands uniquely qualified to confront the NRA and actually do something about our national immolation by gunfire. After briefly tonguing that particular abscessed molar and finding the pain of that fruitless exercise too much to bear, she fetches her rhetorical pliers and rips the diseased carnassial out: “If the president and Republicans come up with anything at all, it will be a remedy just marginal enough to give themselves cover, denying Democrats a powerful campaign issue. Moscow Mitch and Dreadful Donald will keep talking compromise and hope that things settle down by September, when Congress gets back. But point-blank: Our Republican leaders are cowards. We shouldn’t let things die down. Because people keep dying.” Good for you, Maureen. Please take better care of the rest of your teeth. When used correctly they are quite effective. ………………………………………………………………………………………………………………… Please follow me on Twitter @durrati
A boy…man with a rifle spotted brandishing a knife near a immigrant community center in El Paso was briefly detained and then sent on his merry way. He plans to drive to Portland to decorate the protests there. Cop — “He has rights.” NBS News “An armed Trump supporter was detained and released by police Wednesday outside a community space for immigrants in El Paso, Texas, days after a mass shooting that killed 22 people at a Walmart in the border town. Witnesses said they called police after Thomas Bartram, 21, made threatening comments to people and brandished a knife while sitting in his truck outside of community center Casa Carmelita. His truck was emblazoned with pro-Trump banners and bumper stickers promoting InfoWars, a far-right conspiracy website and radio show… …Bartram acknowledged he was legally carrying a pistol but denied waving it around, and said the gloves and knife could be explained. “I was eating prickly pears,” he said. The white powder was a protein supplement, Bartram said he takes along with other Alex Jones’ branded nutritional supplements. Bartram is no longer in El Paso but on his way to Portland, Oregon, to attend a protest that local officials have warned is expected to turn violent… …Ana Deveze, of Casa Carmelita told NBC News that police also recovered a loaded gun, ammunition and a bag of white powder from the man’s truck. She said people at the community center are still “terrified” and “frustrated.” Deveze said El Paso police officers were confrontational with the witnesses and eventually told them Bartram hadn’t broken any laws. “He has rights,” Deveze said police told her.” I know you can carry whatever you want in Texas, brandishing a knife seems to me to be breaking some laws. I guess its OK if you are a white supremacist Trump loving idiot. ………………………………………………………………………………………………………………… Please follow me on Twitter @durrati
Unfit To Lead
Trump is one of the few people outside my ex-wife who can leave even a word spigot like myself speechless. Kinking my hose is different than the capacity to surprise, because Trump’s ability to visit a scene of unrelenting grief and talk about himself is his least surprising behavior. Weep: After tuning into Fox News and One America News Network, Trump tweeted about “Radical Left Democrats,” his political nemeses like Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders, the “Fake News” that he’s “up against,” and the specter of “ANTIFA” street fighters. Later in the day, he railed against Democrats for negatively portraying the reception he received at a hospital (though they did no such thing) and—once more—cable news hosts for being less than glowing in their coverage. It underscored a reality that’s become obvious to anyone who has ever worked for or even casually observed Trump: He’ll find a way to make nearly any national tragedy into an airing of his personal grievances, and neither he nor virtually anything else will change in the process. Trump on his very own has sapped the moral authority of the oval office, he has made presidential visits to scenes of tragedy into scenes of sick comedy. He cannot do what president’s are supposed to do, be a representative of us, a reflection of ourselves, someone Americans can aspire to be. But all of that requires someone willing – even in the most awful of circumstances – to forget for a moment their own selfish needs. Trump wills for something different, always, his needs surpass all. This includes rejection of representing ALL Americans. I truly do not understand why he even goes anymore. Some might think: “Well, maybe Trump supporters appreciate his presence.” But I would argue that Trump supporters support him precisely because he has no empathy. They love that he doesn’t care about family separation, or minorities, or even victims of crime. The Trump-voting families of victims in El Paso likely don’t feel any empathy from Trump. They likely noted his presence and then turned to friends. He added nothing, and they expected nothing, but will not hold it against him. None supporters? That is something entirely different, he added to their pain. At Sandy Hook, President Obama hugged family members, he shed tears. Some of the family members may not have voted for him, but they knew he hurt along with them, and in doing so, he did speak for a nation. In South Carolina, Obama visited the black church as only Obama could, and surprised those gathered by leading them in Amazing Grace. He understood his environment, and what they needed from him. He understood what we all needed. Amazing grace indeed, personified. This president lacks the ability or desire to stand in someone else’s shoes, never mind represent the nation’s better angels. No one likes having to “be there” among people feeling everyone’s worst nightmare. But we go, and the president goes, because that is what it means to be human. Animals do not comfort each other over a loss, or at least most don’t. I cannot speak for dogs. They, too, seem to understand better angels. There is a lesson in there somewhere. I don’t know anyone who doesn’t appreciate dogs. **** God’s peace, y’all. Especially to the grieving everywhere, about anyone. I […]
When the Trump campaign swooped down on The Miami valley Hospital in Dayton yesterday to produce a freaking political ad…. The travelling press was not allowed to accompany the group, so that the cretins trying to re-elect the shit-for-brains could pick and choose who he met with. El Paso was later in the day, so if they make another campaign ad we’ll likely see it today. But before this other piece of propaganda comes out, read the following in the Washington Post so you will know the whole story: (Bolds mine) “EL PASO — On a day when President Trump vowed to tone down his rhetoric and help the country heal following two mass slayings, he did the opposite — lacing his visits Wednesday to El Paso and Dayton, Ohio, with a flurry of attacks on local leaders and memorializing his trips with grinning thumbs-up photos. None of the eight patients still being treated at University Medical Center in El Paso agreed to meet with Trump when he visited the hospital, UMC spokesman Ryan Mielke said. Two victims who already had been discharged returned to the hospital with family members to meet with the president. “This is a very sensitive time in their lives,” Mielke said. “Some of them said they didn’t want to meet with the president. Some of them didn’t want any visitors.” Before Trump’s visit Wednesday, however, some of the hospitalized victims accepted visits from a number of city and county elected officials, as well as Reps. Veronica Escobar (D-Tex.) and Jesús “Chuy” García (D-Ill.).” The Trump campaign doesn’t give a shit about the people of Dayton or El Paso, they only care about their value as props for his BS campaign ads. Remember this as you see the photos coming out. And tell your friends. ………………………………………………………………………………………………………………… Please follow me on Twitter @durrati
No doubt, we all knew it was coming. I admit, I am shocked that it occurred this soon and that it happened while the instigator visited what is still a crime scene, loaded with the spirit of simple citizens simply going about their business. Huff Post lays out the nightmare: President Trump: "I am concerned about the rise of any group of hate. I don't like it…Whether it's white supremacy, whether its any other kind of supremacy. Whether it's Antifa. Whether it's any group of hate. I am very concerned about it and I'll do something about it." pic.twitter.com/QJg4ztFMS9 — CSPAN (@cspan) August 7, 2019 Sweet baby Jesus with a pacifier chewed to bits. Alright, Antifa doesn’t go about their self-perceived mission in a way that I would choose. But, might I point out that Antifa actually stands for “anti-fascist,” which, actually is a sign of concern for this country. Juxtapose that fact with people who are inflamed to kill Hispanic Walmart shoppers because such people assume they are all intolerable immigrants and cannot possibly be welcomed guests, never mind actual Americans. Murderous, xenophobic, monsters are not equivalent to antifa. They are not even equivalent in Trump’s dead battery brain. He knows very little, but he does know the comparison is wrong. Has being wrong ever stopped him before. I really do not know what all to add here. I am somewhat at a loss for words. I just … Oh, I remember now! F-You, Trump. That is close enough. **** I will be with y’all again with a post later today. Your feedback has been invaluable. We are growing like a sweet baby, and it is due to you, not us. We have some surprises up our sleeves, and they will reward you. Thank you, you actually make this work easier, if not always enjoyable. Peace, y’all Jason
Until now, I didn’t know it was physically possible to laugh one’s ass off while also shake in fear. Until lately, I didn’t have to read the “deep thoughts” of Donald Trump Jr. Science will someday isolate the gene responsible for Don Trump Jr.’s triangle shaped brain and head, point on top, obviously). First, the requisite predicate. People who read this site are, by definition, well-informed, intellectually curious and care for others. Therefore, you surely know that any significant campaign contribution to a candidate for federal office, including the President of the United States for godsake, is a public record that anyone – foreign or domestic – can access from anywhere, anytime. In other words, there is no “doxing” a campaign contributor, because it gets published by law. Such obvious common sense hid while Don Trump Jr. wandered onto the set of Fox and Friends, his playpen of choice, to threw up stupid with danger, to all Fox favorites. Donald Trump Jr. told Fox & Friends on Wednesday that the publicly available list of Trump donors that Rep. Joaquin Castro (D-TX) shared on Twitter is the same thing as the hit list the Dayton shooter created in high school. Appearing on his father’s favorite morning program, the presidential son complained about the amount of criticism that his dad has received in the wake of the mass shootings in El Paso and Dayton. After saying nothing the president does will satisfy his critics, Trump Jr. brought up Castro, who was blasted by the right this week for sharing a list of his constituents who gave the maximum donation to Trump. Catch your breath, friends. I realize that was breathtakingly dumb. But, I am obligated, as your loyal servant, to set forth why our collective breath threw itself out our chests in a symbolic cry for help. In high school, the Dayton shooter kept a list of people he planned to kill or rape. Apparently some of his classmates knew of the list. It is unclear to me, and irrelevant to the story, whether he actually shared the names on the list with a few in his class. As noted above, Castro tweeted the names of rich, Trump-supporting El Paso resident. You surely see where this is going. Some media outlets on the far right – including Fox and Friends hosted by folks who stared vacantly at the moron in their midst – believed Trump Jr.’s assessment that the acts were equivalent. The implicit message is twofold. That Castro is as irresponsible as a suicidal, murderous maniac. And, that Castrol is putting the donors’ lives in danger because progressive anti-Trumpers are known to associate with each other on 8chan and discuss how to utilize their AR-15s to maximum benefit as a genius act to elect Elizabeth Warren The fact that progressive Democrats are not so obviously associated with mass shootings is not something those who populate the far right care about, nor does Don Jr. who wholly manipulates anyone easy to manipulate. Fox cares only about ratings, stirring up hatred for Democrats is what they do. None of the above care about the truth. You know the conclusion like you know gravity. The “list” complied by the Dayton shooter was private, we cannot even be sure he showed the actual names to […]
Texas Representative Veronica Escobar wanted something real from Donald Trump, a phone call to discuss the power of his hurtful words. She wanted to discuss words powerful enough to motivate a monster. She wanted to discuss how those words contributed to the deaths of her brothers and sisters. He declined, and so she declined to be part of Trump’s public relations visit in El Paso today. Rep. Escobar used her personal twitter machine to set out – with wonderful clarity – why she went about pawning Trump. My message would’ve been that he needs to understand that his words are powerful and have consequences. Using racist language to describe Mexicans, immigrants and other minorities dehumanize us. Those words inflame others. — Rep. Veronica Escobar (@RepEscobar) August 6, 2019 Yes, yes, yes. And she was not done: I have publicly said he has a responsibility to acknowledge the power of his words, apologize for them, and take them back because they are still hanging over us. I asked for a call so I could say this to him over the phone and ask for a dialogue that could lead to healing. — Rep. Veronica Escobar (@RepEscobar) August 6, 2019 He was “too busy,” presumably with “executive time” spent yelling at the television. Well, a few things of which we can be sure; 1) He ain’t never going to apologize about nothing, ever. 2) He does not have the capacity for self-reflection, the desire to exam whether he might have made a mistake, nor the humility to ever apologize, and 3) He only invited you for optics, hoping soccer moms see him as a caring bi-partisan person, and 4) He’s a dick. The Office of the President of the United States deserves some respect. If I ever met and shook hands with Trump, I would be polite, and refer to him as “Mr. President,” and not “Dickhead.” BUT, I would certainly hope, or aspire, to having the conviction that this wonderful representative clearly has. Unlike Trump, she is doing her job. She asked to speak to him about the hurtful things he says, all in an attempt to speak for her constituents. When declined, she refused to grant Trump the veneer of “support” by accompanying him through her district, again, supporting her voters. That is the best in American democracy, and we damn well ought to recognize it when we see it. Not the least because we will need far more people like Veronica Escobar – and her convictions – in the future, if we are to have a future. Peace, y’all. Jason
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