Mass Shooting

A couple of thoughts on the #DallasShooting

I am a Dallasite (I know that I now live in West Virginia). I wasn’t born in Dallas, but moved to Dallas at the age of 6. I grew up in Dallas. I did medical school in Dallas. The sadness and guilt around the Kennedy assassination was then and continues to be palpable. Dallas is a great city with all of the benefits and problems of a large American metropoli. This is going to hurt for a long time. This #DallasShooting happened blocks from where Kennedy was shot. Kennedy, adding with many of the victims of this shooting, were taken to Parkland Hospital.

The fact that someone decided that targeting police was an idea which needed to be acted on is sad, twisted and unhinged. The killing of innocents is always wrong. It is un-American and it is not consistent with our Judeo-Christian heritage.

It has been reported that one of the shooters claimed that he wanted to kill white people; especially white police officers. He stated that he had acted alone. These proclamations prove that he was indeed an unhinged racist.

It is relatively ingenious the way the Dallas police neutralized the shooter. After negotiations broke down, there was an exchange of gunfire. It became apparent to the police that the suspect was barricaded in fairly well. So they used a robot to deliver a bomb, killing the suspect. I have no problem with this. None.

There was some looting of a 7/11. There is no excuse for this whatsoever. I understand frustration. I understand the feeling of disenfranchisement. I can not understand taking advantage of a moment of lawlessness to break into a store and steal beer and wine. that is crazy, unnecessary, and unhelpful. The whole purpose of the protest was to show America that Black Americans are Americans, too… It was to show that Black Americans can, and do, follow the rules like everyone else in America. Therefore, we deserve the same rights as other Americans. This act of stupid selfishness just isn’t helpful.

For some reason we Americans seem to have trouble articulating two ideas at once. The media would have us believe that you have to be either for the police or for #BlackLivesMatter. This is wrong. I appreciate and support the police. At the same time I understand that there is something wrong when Black men die at a high rate when they (we) encounter the police. Something has to change.

 

 

 

 

By |2016-07-11T20:33:09-04:00July 10th, 2016|Domestic Issues, Mass Shooting|Comments Off on A couple of thoughts on the #DallasShooting

Obama speaks on the Orlando Shooting

From CNN.com:

Orlando shooting suspect Omar Mateen was interviewed by the FBI in 2013 and 2014, FBI Assistant Special Agent Ronald Hopper told reporters Sunday. “Those interviews turned out to be inconclusive, so there was nothing to keep the investigation going,” Hopper said. Mateen was not under investigation at the time of Sunday’s shooting and was not under surveillance, Hopper said.
An American-born man who’d pledged allegiance to ISIS gunned down 50 people at a gay nightclub in Orlando — the deadliest mass shooting in the United States and the nation’s worst terror attack since 911, authorities said Sunday.
* The gunman was Omar Mateen of Fort Pierce, Florida, a law enforcement source told CNN.
* Mateen called 911 around the time of the attack to pledge allegiance to ISIS and mentioned the Boston bombers, according to a U.S. official.
* Orlando police shot and killed Mateen.
Mateen carried an assault rifle and a pistol into the packed Pulse club about 2 a.m. Friday and started shooting, killing 50 people and wounding at least 53, police said. After a standoff of about three hours, police crashed into the building with an armored vehicle and killed Mateen.
“It appears he was organized and well-prepared,” Orlando Police Chief John Mina said early Sunday. Authorities have not described finding any accomplices.
There has been no claim of responsibility for the attack on jihadi forums, but ISIS sympathizers have reacted by praising the attack on pro-Islamic State forums.
“We know enough to say this was an act of terror and act of hate,” President Obama said in an address to the nation from the White House. (more…)
By |2016-06-13T17:47:35-04:00June 12th, 2016|Mass Shooting|Comments Off on Obama speaks on the Orlando Shooting

News Roundup: Taliban, Mandatory sentencing, Russian Economy

You can tell me that you are an agent of God. Okay, I will believe you, but I will also watch your actions. If you are killing children in the name of God, you are confused. The Taliban in Pakistan stormed a military school and killed over a hundred people in the name of God. They are sad and misguided.

A federal judge speaks out against mandatory sentences.

The Russian economy is imploding (more from Krugman):

It’s impressive just how quickly and convincingly the wheels have been coming off the Russian economy. Obviously the plunge in oil prices is the big driver, but the ruble has actually fallen more than Brent — oil is down 40 percent since the start of the year, but the ruble is down by half.

What’s going on? Well, it turns out that Putin managed to get himself into a confrontation with the West over Ukraine just as the bottom dropped out of his country’s main export, so that a financing shock was added to the terms of trade shock. But it’s also true that drastic effects of terms of trade shocks are a fairly common phenomenon in developing countries where the private sector has substantial foreign-currency debt: the initial effect of a drop in export prices is a fall in the currency, this creates balance sheet problems for private debtors whose debts suddenly grow in domestic value, this further weakens the economy and undermines confidence, and so on.

The central bank may (or may not, as seems to be true in Russia right now) be able to limit the currency plunge by raising interest rates (now above 13 percent on Russian 10-years), but only at the cost of deepening the recession. Eichengreen et al (pdf), in a good discussion of all this in the Latin American context, give the example of Chile, which was hit very hard by falling copper prices at the end of the 1990s despite a much more favorable institutional setup than Russia right now — and, of course, without having de facto invaded a neighboring country.

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By |2014-12-16T22:04:28-04:00December 16th, 2014|Civil Rights, Economy, Foreign Affairs, Mass Shooting, Pakistan|Comments Off on News Roundup: Taliban, Mandatory sentencing, Russian Economy