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  • 11 Killed in Synagogue Massacre; Suspect Charged With 29 Counts

    Armed with an AR-15-style assault rifle and at least three handguns, a man shouting anti-Semitic slurs opened fire inside a Pittsburgh synagogue Saturday morning, killing at least 11 congregants and wounding four police officers and two others, the authorities said.

    In a rampage described as among the deadliest against the Jewish community in the United States, the assailant stormed into the Tree of Life Congregation, where worshipers had gathered in separate rooms to celebrate their faith, and shot indiscriminately into the crowd, shattering what had otherwise been a peaceful morning.

    The assailant, identified by law enforcement officials as Robert D. Bowers, fired for several minutes and was leaving the synagogue when officers, dressed in tactical gear and armed with rifles, met him at the door. According to the police, Mr. Bowers exchanged gunfire with officers before retreating back inside and barricading himself inside a third-floor room. He eventually surrendered.

    Mr. Bowers, 46, was injured by gunfire, although the authorities said it was unclear whether those wounds were self-inflicted or whether the police had shot him. He was taken to Allegheny General Hospital.

    Federal officials charged Mr. Bowers with 29 criminal counts. They included obstructing the free exercise of religious beliefs — a hate crime — and using a firearm to commit murder. He also faces state charges, including 11 counts of criminal homicide, six counts of aggravated assault and 13 counts of ethnic intimidation.

    The authorities said that he had no previous criminal history.

    Though a bris, a ceremony to mark a child’s birth, was among the ceremonies taking place Saturday, no children were among the casualties, law enforcement officials said. The wounded included a 70-year-old man who had been shot in the torso, and a 61-year-old woman with soft tissue wounds, said Dr. Donald Yealy, chairman of emergency medicine at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine.

    The attack Saturday morning struck the heart of the city’s vibrant Jewish community, in the leafy Squirrel Hill neighborhood that is home to several synagogues, kosher restaurants and bakeries. Hours later, hundreds gathered at three separate interfaith vigils on a cold, rainy evening to mourn the dead and pray for the wounded.

    The assault on the synagogue unfolded on a quiet, drizzly morning, and came amid a bitter, vitriolic midterm election season and against the backdrop of what appears to be a surge in hate-related speech and crimes across America. It also took place in the wake of the arrest Friday morning of a man who the authorities said sent more than a dozen pipe bombs to critics of Mr. Trump, including several high-profile Democrats.

    Calling it the “most horrific crime scene” he had seen in 22 years with the F.B.I., Robert Jones, special agent in charge in Pittsburgh, said the synagogue was in the midst of a “peaceful service” when congregants were gunned down and “brutally murdered by a gunman targeting them simply because of their faith.”

    “We simply cannot accept this violence as a normal part of American life,” said Gov. Tom Wolf of Pennsylvania, speaking at a news conference Saturday afternoon in Pittsburgh. “These senseless acts of violence are not who we are as Pennsylvanians and are not who we are as Americans.”

    The anguish of Saturday’s massacre heightened a sense of national unease over increasingly hostile political rhetoric. Critics of President Trump have argued that he is partly to blame for recent acts of violence because he has been stirring the pot of nationalism, on Twitter and at his rallies, charges that Mr. Trump has denied.
    https://www.nytimes.com/2018/10/27/u...-shooting.html

    "I guess I just hate the fact there is public property at all." - Mr. Raceboy.

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    • Does anyone still think it's media narrative / Huffpo clickbait / insignificant emotionalism?
      "I guess I just hate the fact there is public property at all." - Mr. Raceboy.

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      • Originally posted by skooly View Post
        Does anyone still think it's media narrative / Huffpo clickbait / insignificant emotionalism?
        I think that narrative is still a factor. I don't think there's anything inherently wrong with that.

        Pete (thinks this particular incident would be big news no matter what, though)

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        • Today I was at my cousins bar Mitzvah in suburban Boston. There was armed security, at least two people watching the perimeter.

          That's fucked up. Armed guards at a 13 year olds birthday party.
          They speak in bulletpointese leftist nutjob drivel. It doesn't matter. Nothing is as great a motivator as the chance to truly be free.
          -Mr. Raceboy

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          • Originally posted by skooly View Post
            Does anyone still think it's media narrative / Huffpo clickbait / insignificant emotionalism?
            I think there's a kernel of truth in the whole "Fake News" narrative, but it's much better described as "media bias." That said, the kernel of truth has turned into the 83 pound Tumor of Psychotic Self-Affirming Paranoia.
            "Whenever you find yourself on the side of the majority, it is time to pause and reflect." –Mark Twain

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            • Yet another shining moment for the AR-15... a weapon of war whose only value is murdering people en mass.

              It's the mass murderer's weapon of choice.
              "I guess I just hate the fact there is public property at all." - Mr. Raceboy.

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              • I'm pretty sure the basic AR-15 platform is the weapon of choice for just about everyone.

                Pete (thinks simplicity and standardization make this so)

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                • Baltimore ‘Fiddler’ Disrupted by ‘Heil Hitler, Heil Trump’


                  The first act of “Fiddler on the Roof,” one of the most popular American musicals, which is performed frequently across the country, had just ended at the Hippodrome Theater in Baltimore on Wednesday night. The Russians had staged a pogrom against the Jewish residents of a village — an organized act of ethnic persecution — storming a wedding celebration.

                  Connor Drew and his girlfriend had just stepped into the lobby after the house lights went up when he heard a disturbance in the upper balcony.

                  There was shouting. In a display that shocked audience members, a man stood up and yelled “Heil Hitler, Heil Trump” repeatedly during the intermission, according to several witnesses. It was the latest in a recent string of anti-Semitic incidents in the United States. Mr. Drew said the man was escorted out minutes later.

                  “Everyone was whispering and consoling everyone because a lot of people were really startled,” Mr. Drew said in an interview. A woman sitting nearby was on her phone expressing fear that there was about to be another mass shooting, he added. “I wasn’t afraid of violence. I was just more afraid of the situation in general and seeing how people were shaken by it.”

                  Beth Pendergast attended the touring production with her 23-year-old daughter. She was sitting near the man in the balcony when he started to yell, and said the incident was “frightening and disturbing.”

                  “I’m like shrinking in my seat thinking, ‘Oh my God, does this guy have a gun?’” Ms. Pendergast said.

                  Matthew Jablow, a spokesman for the Baltimore Police Department, said that no charges would be filed.

                  “As reprehensible as the man’s words were, they are considered protected free speech because nobody was directly threatened,” Mr. Jablow said. The show went on after intermission.
                  https://www.nytimes.com/2018/11/15/t...jszth_m8undWAI
                  "I guess I just hate the fact there is public property at all." - Mr. Raceboy.

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                  • Wait...

                    ...is this a deranged Trump supporter...

                    ...or a deranged Trump critic?

                    Pete (thinks it's pretty bad when people can't understand your protest)

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                    • For the third consecutive year, hate crimes rose nationwide last year, up 17 percent from 2016.

                      If the fish rots from the head, let’s start with the man leading the country. Donald Trump was elected president because of his racism, not in spite of it. In him, racists have someone who will never unequivocally condemn them or the violence they commit. Trump even calls himself by their name — “a nationalist” — and encourages his supporters to do the same, evoking every violent image of jackbooted intolerance.

                      Trump’s brand of nationalism is white supremacy gussied up as patriotism.
                      https://www.bostonglobe.com/opinion/...Rw49HbzbkXTodE
                      "I guess I just hate the fact there is public property at all." - Mr. Raceboy.

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                      • Donald Trump was elected president because of his racism, not in spite of it.


                        I really hope that's not true.

                        Pete (isn't certain it isn't)

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                        • Swastikas spray-painted on a Jewish professor’s office at Columbia

                          Elizabeth Midlarsky, a clinical psychologist and Holocaust scholar at Columbia’s Teachers College on the Upper West Side of New York. The vandalism included swastikas and an anti-Semitic slur, “Yid,” painted in bright red on the white walls of her office foyer. The outer door had been closed but not locked, one student said.

                          “I was shocked. I couldn’t believe it,” she said in an interview with The Washington Post. “I’m usually not a fearful person, but they got me. I’m afraid.”

                          The episode comes amid mounting concerns about anti-Semitism, rebooted for the 21st century as memory of the Holocaust begins to fade. In February, the Anti-Defamation League reported that the number of anti-Semitic incidents was nearly 60 percent higher in 2017 than in 2016, marking the largest single-year increase on record and the second-highest number reported since the organization began collecting incident data. Meanwhile, many Americans lack basic knowledge about the Holocaust, such as the name of a single concentration camp, according to a survey released in April.
                          https://www.washingtonpost.com/natio...=.599455f674a3
                          "I guess I just hate the fact there is public property at all." - Mr. Raceboy.

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                          • 100 years is a long time.

                            Pete (knows that people forget)

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                            • Originally posted by Plezercruz View Post
                              100 years is a long time.

                              Pete (knows that people forget)
                              Apparently, even 75 years is long enough to forget...
                              They speak in bulletpointese leftist nutjob drivel. It doesn't matter. Nothing is as great a motivator as the chance to truly be free.
                              -Mr. Raceboy

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                              • House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and the entire Democratic leadership on Monday condemned Rep. Ilhan Omar for suggesting that Israel’s allies in American politics were motivated by money rather than principle, an extraordinary rebuke of a House freshman in the vanguard of the party’s left flank.
                                https://www.washingtonpost.com/natio...=.b4100c427166

                                The Democratic Party’s civil war flared anew this week with a battle on the Israeli front. Freshman Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., made headlines with a Twitter outburst that criticized Israel backers, which was widely seen as anti-Semitic. Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer echoed other party leaders when he called her comments “offensive and irresponsible.” Omar apologized, claiming ignorance of the “painful history of anti-Semitic tropes” — as if she had never heard them before, or been exposed to them her entire life?
                                https://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/2019/02/14/progressive-democrats-ilhan-omar-rashida-tlaib-anti-semitism-israel-column/2851440002/
                                Last edited by Just Jon; 02-15-2019, 07:18 PM.
                                I'm for defending all rights for everyone.

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