Tuesday Open Thread | Domestic Terrorists

I spent most of the weekend trying to stay away from the news once El Palso had broken. Nobody needed to tell me what it was about.
A White Supremacist Domestic Terrorist, got in his car, and drove HUNDREDS OF MILES away from his home, to a place where he would have the maximum possibility for his given targets – LATINOS.

Now, Texas has a sizeable Latino population throughout the state, but, the 40% Latino in Dallas just wasn’t good enough for him. He had to go to a place where he thought that Latinos were just overrunning the place- El Paso, Texas.

The people killed in El Paso, by a gunman with protective eye and head gear, were targeted for their EXISTENCE.
I have to keep on repeating this, to make it clear what the objective for a WHITE SUPREMACIST DOMESTIC TERRORIST IS.

Their goal is to kill as many of THE OTHER as possible.
The people died in El Paso BECAUSE OF THEIR EXISTENCE. There is nothing that they did. No actions that they took. THEY.WERE.BORN and thus, in the eyes of this Domestic Terrorist- DESERVED TO DIE.

This mentally ill lone wolf.

Nothing mentally ill about him. He’s just full of racist hate. Not a lone wolf- cause he’s out here conversing all over the internet with his fellow haters.

They are a National Security concern. They are a danger to the United States of America.


Now, let’s get to the Domestic Terrorist in Dayton.
Thrown out of school for a KILL LIST. Think on that. We all know someone who ‘wasn’t quite there’, but, this guy had a KILL LIST IN HIGH SCHOOL.
You can’t possibly believe that his target area was chosen at random?
Come on, now. He didn’t live there. That wasn’t his neighborhood. So, you’re trying to tell me that it was a coincidence that he went to the part of Dayton frequented by African-Americans and LGBT?
That 2/3 of the people he killed were Black.
No. Nope.

Folks like me took Dolt45 seriously from the word Go. We have never had the luxury to NOT take someone who sounds like him seriously. He was never a joke. He said what he said. Had a history of racism. His father participated in a KKK rally…and, we weren’t supposed to take the man at his word?
That’s something that only White folks could have the luxury of doing, because you weren’t the focus of his hate-filled tirades.
There is nothing in the history of THIS country that would allow me not to take him seriously, or what he was fomenting. NOTHING.

He is a merchant of hate. Spreading hate. Encouraging hate. Fomenting hate.
You can’t be surprised of the results.
Sad to say, I’m not.
He is an existential threat to America. And, the Democrats better begin to say that everywhere they go.

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79 Responses to Tuesday Open Thread | Domestic Terrorists

  1. rikyrah says:

    a grown man saw a random child at the fair and then threw that child onto the ground head first, fracturing his skull.grown man’s explanation? the kid hadn’t removed his hat for the national anthem and disrespected it.https://t.co/byFk4CJwrb— Molly Priddy (@mollypriddy) August 6, 2019

  2. rikyrah says:

    ‘A body blow’: farmers grow frustrated with Trump’s trade failures
    08/06/19 10:50 AM—UPDATED 08/06/19 12:38 PM
    By Steve Benen

    When Donald Trump initially launched a series of trade tariffs, he seemed to realize that his agenda would hurt farmers who rely heavily on international markets. The president seemed convinced, however, that they wouldn’t mind shouldering the burden.

    As regular readers know, the Republican conceded last year that his plan would cause “pain” for some farmers, but he assumed they were willing to take one for the team. “I tell you, our farmers are great patriots. These are great patriots,” the president said last spring.


    That’s probably because he’s not listening. If he were, Trump would hear all kinds of farmers “speak badly” about his trade policies and their effects. Indeed, after China said yesterday it’s suspending U.S. agricultural purchases, Yahoo Finance talked to dismayed America farmers.

    “This is just another nail in the coffin,” Tyler Stafslien, a North Dakota-based soybean farmer, told Yahoo Finance. “To see this thing only seems to be getting worse rather than better is very concerning, and the American taxpayers may have to foot another round of funding if this keeps up — or we could see a ton of farmers’ loss throughout this nation.”

    American Farm Bureau Federation President Zippy Duvall said that the pain extended across the country.

    “China’s announcement that it will not buy any agricultural products from the United States is a body blow to thousands of farmers and ranchers who are already struggling to get by,” Duvall stated.

  3. rikyrah says:


    The function, the very serious function of racism is distraction. It keeps you from doing your work. It keeps you explaining, over and over again, your reason for being. Somebody says you have no language and you spend twenty years proving that you do. Somebody says your head isn’t shaped properly so you have scientists working on the fact that it is. Somebody says you have no art, so you dredge that up. Somebody says you have no kingdoms, so you dredge that up. None of this is necessary. There will always be one more thing.

    • Ametia says:

      yes, we’ve posted this repeatedly, and it doesn’t hurt to REPEAT it.

      If folks are uncomfortable about my BLACKNESS, well…….

  4. Liza says:

    Posted on Facebook:

    Barack Obama
    1 hr ·
    “Time is no match for Toni Morrison. In her writing, she sometimes toyed with it, warping and creasing it, bending it to her masterful will. In her life’s story, too, she treated time nontraditionally. A child of the Great Migration who’d lifted up new, more diverse voices in American literature as an editor, Toni didn’t publish her first novel until she was 39 years old. From there followed an ascendant career—a Pulitzer, a Nobel, and so much more—and with it, a fusion of the African American story within the American story. Toni Morrison was a national treasure. Her writing was not just beautiful but meaningful—a challenge to our conscience and a call to greater empathy. She was as good a storyteller, as captivating, in person as she was on the page. And so even as Michelle and I mourn her loss and send our warmest sympathies to her family and friends, we know that her stories—that our stories—will always be with us, and with those who come after, and on and on, for all time.”

  5. Liza says:

    “…a nation at war with itself.” Exactly.

  6. Me, daughter, son in law and Carson were eating at Hartz’s chicken yesterday and I went back to get more chicken wings and I stopped to talk with Carson. I asked…”what are you eating Carson”? He said chicken and then he look at it and said “chicken bone” because all the meat was gone.


  7. rikyrah says:

    Death By Entitlement
    by Trevor LaFauci

    He had a “hit list” and a “rape list”.

    This revelation from the Dayton shooter should speak volumes to all of us. We have reached a time in our country where entitled White men feel so empowered that they feel they can kill anyone who doesn’t worship the ground that they walk on.

    Entitlement is nothing new in this country. We were a nation founded on slavery that engaged in a genocide that wiped out all but 5 percent of the native population. We fought a civil war with half the population perfectly content to have those from the African continent be seen as property or, at best, 3/5 of a White man. For our first 300 years, we saw women as inherently inferior and unworthy of participating in our democracy. Up until 1954, we saw no problem in educating the races differently. And it wasn’t until 2015 where we decided that everyone was legally entitled to marry the person that they love. For 400 years and our first 43 presidents, White men had it pretty good in this country.

    But after the election of Barack Obama, a large percentage of White men got scared. Some of them got scared because the man’s middle name was Hussein. Others were scared because he may have been a secret Muslim. Others still were scared because he may have been born in Kenya. But mostly, these White men got scared because this Obama fellow had a year-round tan that they had never seen before by someone in the White House. He represented something foreign to them. Foreign in his experience. Foreign in the way that he talked with his peers. Foreign in the way that he interacted with certain individuals of his own race. Foreign in the way that, for the first time, they were unable to see themselves in the President of the United States.

    This lasted for 8 whole years.

  8. rikyrah says:

    Texodus and the Democratization of the Lone Star State
    by Nancy LeTourneau
    August 5, 2019

    On Monday morning, Representative Kenny Marchant became the fourth Republican congressman from Texas to announce that he won’t run for re-election in 2020. Here is what you need to know about why.

    After a generation of dominance in Texas, Republicans are now facing the same challenges as their counterparts in other parts of the country: By linking themselves to President Trump and his incendiary brand of nationalist politics, they are alienating the sort of suburban voters who were once among the Republican Party’s most dependable supporters.

    This realignment, combined with Texas’s increasing diversity, propelled two freshman Democrats, Representatives Colin Allred and Lizzie Fletcher, to victory last year in districts anchored around Dallas and Houston…

    The same demographic forces were also looming for Mr. Marchant, whose district sprawls to the northwest of Dallas. After winning re-election by 33 percentage points in 2014, his margin of victory fell to 17 percentage points in 2016 and then plunged to just three points last year. Similarly, while Mitt Romney won the district by 22 points, Mr. Trump carried it by only six points in 2016.


    But beyond that, here is what the Texas GOP was already facing coming out of the 2018 midterms.

    Tarrant County, the last GOP urban center flipped blue.
    12 state house seats flipped, which robbed GOP of their once reliable supermajority.
    2 state senate seats flipped, robbing GOP of their once reliable supermajority.
    2 Congressional seats flipped.
    6 Congressional seats held below 55% margins.
    All 59 incumbent GOP judges in Houston lost their seats.
    Harris County Clerk (Houston) flipped into voter expansion advocate’s hands.
    And finally, record turnout that blew past every internal GOP estimate.

  9. rikyrah says:

    Publisher Alfred A. Knopf says Morrison died Monday night at Montefiore Medical Center in New York. She was 88.

  10. Rest In Peace, Toni Morrison. 🌹

  11. Liza says:

    “…redeem the soul of America.”

  12. rikyrah says:

    The problem with Trump’s pitch to African-American voters
    08/06/19 09:20 AM
    By Steve Benen

    When Donald Trump sat down with CBS News’ Margaret Brennan earlier this year, the “Face the Nation” host asked for the president’s reactions to public attitudes on race. Specifically, Brennan reminded Trump that most Americans oppose his handling of race issues, and even some of his allies have acknowledged the president’s problems with race.

    Trump responded by repeatedly pointing to the unemployment rate. He genuinely seemed to believe that low unemployment was evidence of sound leadership on race – which wasn’t just wrong, it also reflected the perspective of someone who hasn’t given the issue nearly enough thought.

    He still hasn’t. This morning, Trump turned to Twitter to insist he’s “the least racist person.” To support the absurd assertion, the Republican once again pointed to the unemployment rate in minority communities – a jobless rate that was already falling long before Trump took office.

    It’s against this backdrop that Politico had an interesting report over the weekend, noting that Trump and his team hope to “shave just a few percentage points off Democrats’ overwhelming support among black voters” through a specific strategy.

    The Trump 2020 campaign has been quietly reaching out to prominent African Americans about joining its latest coalition, intended to boost Republican support in the black community. […]

    The campaign’s pitch to African Americans is simple: Ignore the president’s words and instead focus on his policies, the state of the economy, the low unemployment rate, the passage of criminal justice reform and the creation of Opportunity Zones, which are meant to bolster investment in underserved or poorer cities.

    The idea, apparently, is for Team Trump to effectively tell African-American voters, “If you overlook Trump’s racism, his record toward the African-American community is pretty great.”

  13. rikyrah says:

    Trump anti-immigrant language taints outreach to El Paso

    Rep. Veronica Escobar, whose district includes El Paso, Texas, talks about the accountability and contrition Donald Trump should show about his own hurtful language toward immigrants before he addresses the anguished community in El Paso about the domestic terror attack they have suffered.

  14. rikyrah says:

    FBI approach to racist domestic terror questioned after shooting

    While the threat of white nationalist domestic terror is, by the FBI’s own assessment, significant, whether the FBI is treating it with the same seriousness and resources as foreign terrorism is being questioned in the wake of the El Paso shooting. Nicholas Rasmussen, former director of the National Counterterrorism Center, Joshua Geltzer, former DOJ official, and Javed Ali, former senior director for counterterrorism at the NSC discuss.

  15. rikyrah says:

    Political movement grows against inert, NRA-beholden legislators

    Despite overwhelming support among Americans (and even among gun owners) for new gun safetly legislation like background checks, many members of Congress are more concerned with their NRA rating, and some are protected by Mitch McConnell from ever having to face the question in the form of a vote. Senator Chris Murphy and Shannon Watts, founder of Moms Demand Action, talk about the growing political movement to take action on gun violence by voting out members of Congress who continue have no response to repeated, horrific gun massacres.

  16. rikyrah says:

    BREAKING NEWS: Acclaimed author and Nobel Laureate Toni Morrison dies aged 88

  17. rikyrah says:

    Trump has yet to speak out against radicalism he inspires

    Evidence suggests white supremacists and white nationalists in the United States are taking inspiration from Donald Trump, which gives him the power to potentially turn them away from violent acts. Frank Figliuzzi, former FBI assistant director for counter i

  18. rikyrah says:

    Trump ignores elephant in the room: his own racist rhetoric

    Nicolle Wallace, Brian Williams, and Rachel Maddow discuss how Donald Trump’s rhetoric about immigrants overlaps with the racist screed published by the white nationalist gunman who opened fire on shoppers at an El Paso Walmart.

  19. rikyrah says:

    White nationalist domestic terror reaches crisis point for U.S.

    Rachel Maddow looks at the threat of white nationalist domestic terrorism as recognized by federal authorities and embodied in the gun massacre in El Paso, with politically emboldened adherents who have the capability and willingness to murder Americans for their cause.

  20. rikyrah says:

    Complete TRUTH 😠😠

    David D’Ag – NRA Sponsors Terrorism (@jackjonesbabe) Tweeted:
    I judge everybody by their 2016 vote. I will forever. https://twitter.com/jackjonesbabe/status/1158582884564967424?s=17

  21. rikyrah says:

    skeptical brotha 🌈 (@skepticalbrotha) Tweeted:
    I’m pleased that Trump’s crude racism has driven scores of Republicans from the party, but the Nixon/Reagan tape should prove the facade was never real. As long as Republicans were able 2 subtly race-bait & blatantly stoke homophobia they were fine w/ it. That gives me pause. https://twitter.com/skepticalbrotha/status/1158690659081105408?s=17

    • Ametia says:

      Claude is the SAFE black man white folks love to showcase when the heat is on them to BECOME DECENT HUMAN BEINGS, instead of the callous, no morals, no compassion, greedy, self-righteousness, white privileged mofos they are.

    • majiir says:

      I don’t want to hear one d@mn complaint from the farmers who voted for Trump in 2016. They liked his confrontative behavior, his lies, his promise that placing tariffs on China would make them prosperous, etc. I can only surmise that they thought the tariffs would hurt ”those other folks over there.” Well, now they’re hurting, and I can say I don’t have one ounce of sympathy for them. I wasn’t always this way, but I am now, after the rise of Trump and after witnessing Trumpers and the GOP cower in fear, watch our democracy being destroyed, and pretend everything is normal. F*ck them all.

    • Ametia says:

      Yes, JUST STOP, IAN. Claude ain’t nothing but the white mans’ toady. He’s safe, because they have reassurance that he’s just talking out the side of his neck. ***WINK*WINK****

  22. rikyrah says:

    Good Morning, Everyone 🙁🙁🙁

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