New Zealand Terrorist Attack

Republican Sympathy For New Zealand


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Shortly after an attack by a white nationalist in New Zealand that killed 50 Muslims in two mosques, Jacinda Ardern, the nation’s Prime Minister announced that within days, her government would introduce new controls on the military-style weapons that the Christchurch shooter used and that are so popular with American mass killers.

She delivered. Thursday, Ardern announced a ban on all military-style semiautomatic and automatic weapons, parts that can be used to turn other rifles into such weapons and high-capacity ammunition magazines. She said, “It’s about all of us. It’s in the national interest and it’s about safety.” In the U.S., we can’t even put limits on ammunition.

After the attack, she said, “The shooter chose us but we reject him.” Jacinda Ardern is a leader. The United States doesn’t have a leader. We have an ass clown.

Ardern said her nation rejects white nationalism. Donald Trump won’t even acknowledge white nationalism is a problem. Donald Trump defends Nazis. While rejecting the shooter, Ardern also rejected the gun culture that dominates the Republican party in the United States.

The majority of New Zealand’s population and in their parliament are in favor of stricter gun control. The majority of citizens of the U.S. are also in favor of gun control, but the Republican Party, controlled by the National Rifle Association, rejects any measures of gun sense.

It took one mass shooting in New Zealand to create change, and they acted within days. Here in the United States, we had at least 307 mass shootings in 2018 alone, and all we can do is offer thoughts and prayers. New Zealand has put lives over guns. Here in the United States, it’s guns, guns, guns, guns. If you troll social media right now and look at comments from conservatives, you’ll see more outrage and concern over guns than over the victims in New Zealand. Don’t even try to find any of them condemning white supremacists.

Nobody needs an automatic or semi-automatic rifle for home protection. You just don’t. These are weapons designed for one reason and that is to kill, even if most conservative gun owners only use them to overcompensate for their lack of masculinity.

Today, the Muslim call to prayer will be broadcast nationally in New Zealand. Here in the United States, we have a president who demonizes Muslims, proposed surveilling mosques during his campaign, and has enacted a ban on them entering the nation.

Ardern visited a school and told the students, “let New Zealand be a place where there is no tolerance for racism. Ever.” America’s president says there were good people among those in Charlottesville chanting “blood and soil” and “Jews will not replace us.” Ardern rejects racism while Trump invites it.

New Zealand has a leader. America has an ass clown…a racist ass clown.

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Kitty Kitty Bang Bang


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One of the many disturbing details of the white nationalism terrorist attack on two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand was that the killer live streamed a video of it on Facebook. In case you’re an internet or social network newbie, “live stream” means real time, as it was happening. Viewers were able to watch people being murdered as it happened.

Of course, the video violated all sorts of the social network’s policies. That guy won’t be allowed to post again, so there. Facebook rushed to remove the video…12 minutes after it had ended. Naturally, there are online goobers who downloaded the thing and re-uploaded it. Some of those who reuploaded did it so they could be the one to deliver breaking news to their friends. Others may have done it to share the outrage and thought they were doing a service. And, a lot of those who reuploaded were cheering and celebrating the attack. Over the 48 hours after the attack, over 1.5 million reuploads of the video were attempted.

There is a segment of our society that supports white terrorism, despite what Donald Trump says. The killer had posted links to the video, as well as his manifesto, to the racist hater board 8chan before the attack. There were people sitting in front of their monitors with popcorn waiting for it to take place.

What’s the deal with 4chan and 8chan? Why are there two of them? Is 8chan four times the hate of 4chan? Please don’t tell me the answer because those are rhetorical questions.

Facebook claims only 200 people saw the live stream as it happened and only 4,000 before they removed it. Who knows if that’s true because the network has been caught lying in the past about their views to attract advertisers. The beginning of the massacre would have been a great time for one of Facebook’s famous outages that outrage each of us so much, but those things never occur early in the a.m. east coast time.

Usually, when Facebook removes content, it’s only after a user has reported it. In this case, Facebook claims they removed it after being contacted by police in New Zealand. That is being disputed by Jared Holt, a member of Right Wing Watch who was monitoring 8chan and reported it to Facebook. And I thought the guy at Media Matters assigned to monitor Limbaugh had a shitty job.

At this very moment, Facebook is removing further reuploads of the video by white nationalists. The company says it has generated a hash of the video to prevent any unedited versions from being posted and is using audio recognition to identify versions of the video that have been screen recorded. 1.2 million attempted uploads of the video were blocked within the first 24 hours, but that means 300,000 versions still managed to slip through Facebook’s filters. On top of all this, they have their regular day job of stopping the racist shit Steve King uploads.

Other networks are combating the attempts to upload, like YouTube, Twitter, Reddit (real popular with racists), and Steam. Steam? Great. Now there’s another social network I don’t know anything about (Google+ is gone so we have that going for us). These social networks aren’t just working to remove the video, but also “tributes” to the attacker.

Personally, I ran across the video on Twitter shortly after the attack without even searching for it. I couldn’t believe what I was seeing. I didn’t watch the entire thing and I don’t recommend that you watch it either, if you haven’t already. Though, I’m sure you can still find it on 8chan (Seriously, is 4chan and 8chan like Twix? You got one for white supremacists and another for white nationalists?).

A lot of people don’t even want to deal with politics on Facebook and would rather see bathroom selfies (my nieces need to stop those), pictures of babies, vacations (yay, you), food (I don’t care), and cats. That’s all well and good until your pre-teen stumbles upon pictures of Steve King’s cat.

Creative notes: Yes, the kitty is inspired by Berkeley Breathed’s Bill the Cat from his great comic strip Bloom County. There’s an apology in small print on the cartoon acknowledging it. I Googled “Kitty Kitty Bang Bang” and my name to see if I had used the title in the past. Previously, I used Mr. Whiskers Kills. I still like that one.

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A Rising Threat


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Donald Trump went on another vile bender Sunday attacking everything he perceives as a threat.

He attacked General Motors for closing a plant in a town where he told workers not to sell their homes. Can they sue him for bad real estate advice? He also attacked the local UAW president.

He went after Saturday Night Live for making fun of him after they ran a rerun over the weekend. Trump’s whiny victimization was also a rerun as he had complained before when it originally aired. He said the FEC should look into the treatment he’s receiving from comedians, tweeting, “Should Federal Election Commission and/or FCC look into this? There must be Collusion with the Democrats and, of course, Russia!” I had no idea that the Russians were meddling in SNL skits. They’re really getting around NYC, meeting with Trump’s campaign at Trump Tower, Paul Manafort in cigar bars, and now SNL’s writing room. Fortunately, there are not any laws mandating TV shows give equal time in their comedy treatment.

Trump, the counter-puncher, went after a dead man, accusing John McCain of leaking the Russian dossier to the press before the election and of being last in his class at the U.S. Naval Academy. He was wrong on both counts. McCain, who was well-known as a poor student, graduated fifth from the bottom of his class. He also did not leak the Steele Report/dossier to the press or to Democrats. He gave it to the FBI after the election which is what you do when you’re informed of something that may be a threat. When Russians were contacting the Trump campaign to offer dirt on Hillary Clinton, nobody from the campaign contacted the FBI. Instead, they said, “Gimme, gimme.”

Meghan McCain defended her war hero father by tweeting at Trump, “No one will ever love you the way they loved my father.” Boom. Lindsey Graham, McCain’s supposed best friend, defended McCain’s war service while not mentioning Trump. I respect McCain while also disagreeing with him on several matters. For example, he had shitty judgment in friends.

What you wouldn’t find among his list of Sunday grievances was the terrorist attack on two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand or the movement responsible for the attack, white nationalism.

Mick Mulvaney, Trump’s temporary chief-of-staff because he drew the short straw, went on Fox News and told Chris Wallace that Trump is not a white supremacist, even though Wallace didn’t ask the question (there’s a reason it’s in the prepared talking points). Mulvaney asked rhetorically, “How many times do I have to say that?”

The answer to that rhetorical question is a lot. You’re going to have to defend him from being a white supremacist when he defends Nazis. When he says we should ban all Muslims. When he says Islam hates us. When he says Mexico is sending us rapists and Murderers. When he says a judge can’t preside over his trial because of his Mexican lineage. When he claims black and brown kids proven innocent of rape should still be put to death. When he’s the biggest proponent of the birther movement. When a white nationalist kills 50 Muslims after publishing a manifesto saying Trump is, “A symbol of renewed white identity and common purpose.” And, when he refuses to denounce white nationalism or even recognize it’s a growing threat.

You will also have to defend him from being a white supremacist when on the same day of your defense, he’s tweeting that Jeanine Pirro’s suspension should be lifted by Fox News, which came about because of her Islamophobic rant on their network.

Trump tweeted to Fox News, “Stop working soooo hard on being politically correct, which will only bring you down, and continue to fight for our Country.” Yeah, that’s what you should tweet about the weekend after 50 Muslims are killed by one of your supporters. You should complain about political correctness which means you want more racist viewpoints expressed by the network. Trump’s tweet was something a white supremacist would tweet or post on 8chan.

It’s been more than three days since the white terrorist attack in Christchurch. Will Trump eventually denounce white nationalism? I’m not entirely sure. After he was criticized for defending the Nazis who murdered Heather Heyer in Charlottesville and marched around the town with tiki torches chanting “Jews will not replace us” and “blood and soil,” he was forced to clarify his comments and criticize Nazis and white supremacists. According to Bob Woodward’s book, Fear, Trump told aides it was the “worst speech” and the “biggest fucking mistake” he’s ever made.

President Obama asked, probably rhetorically, “How hard can that be? Saying Nazis are bad?” Well, it’s really hard to say Nazis are bad when you’re courting them and maybe even more so when you are one of them.

Mulvaney said Trump is not a white supremacist. I’m not buying it. You’re not buying. But do you know who really isn’t buying it? White supremacists.

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Mein Trumpf


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Love trumps hate, but Trump loves hate.

While touring a disaster area created by a tornado in Alabama, Donald Trump signed bibles. He’s never read the Bible. He wouldn’t understand the Bible. But he signed them anyway. The book Trump should be signing is Mein Kampf by Adolph Hitler.

I’m sure Trump has never read Mein Kampf or any other book in his entire life, including those he had ghostwritten for him, but he understands Mein Kampf. His entire script lifts from it. He vilifies other races, talks about banning them, and uses code words his racist followers understand, like “globalists” and “invasion.”

After Nazis and white nationalists marched through Charlottesville and killed Heather Heyer, Trump said there were good people among the racists. I bet a few of them read Mein Kampf.

While on the campaign trail, Trump said Mexico was sending us rapists and murderers. He said, “Islam hates us.” He called for a “total and complete” ban on Muslims from entering our nation. He’s used the term “invasion” to describe his phony crisis and national emergency at the border. During his veto ceremony on Friday, he used it again, the same day a white nationalist, who had used “invasion” in his manifesto, killed 49 Muslims.

Trump calls for violence and then denies he has anything to do with violence from his supporters when it happens. At his rallies, he encouraged his supporters to “knock the crap out of them,” in reference to protesters. He promised to pay their legal bills.

Trump has warned us of a violent uprising from his supporters if he’s impeached or there’s an attempt to remove him from office. The day before the shootings in New Zealand, Breitbart (a racist publication) published an interview with Trump with him saying, “I have the tough people, but they don’t play it tough—until they go to a certain point, and then it would be very bad, very bad.” Friday morning in Christchurch, New Zealand, it got very bad.

The White House argued that we can’t connect Trump to the terrorist, though they didn’t use the word terrorist. In the terrorist’s 74-page manifesto, he wrote that he didn’t believe in Trump on policy or as a leader but he viewed him as “a symbol of renewed white identity and common purpose.”

Trump later refused to use the term “terrorism” in reference to the terrorist attack, which doesn’t offend his supporters who once got upset over the word not being used by members of the Obama administration about the attack in Benghazi. Trump also refused to say that white nationalism is a growing terror threat, and described it as a “small group of people.” Just like his defense of Nazis in Charlottesville, Trump extended his defense of Nazis internationally. on Friday, Trump proved he and the white terrorists share a “common purpose.”

Trump claims there’s a crisis at the border and an invasion of immigrants. He claims Muslims entering this nation are a threat to our national security. Recently, white nationalists killed 12 Jewish worshippers in Pittsburgh in 2018, six Muslims in Quebec City in 2017, nine black Christian parishioners in a Charleston, South Carolina in 2015, 77 people in Norway in 2011, and now 49 in Christchurch. In February, the FBI foiled a plot from a white nationalist, inspired by the Norway terrorist, who was planning to kill journalists and Democrats.

Trump invents emergencies and fails to recognize actual emergencies. If an immigrant from Latin America or a member of the Muslim community kills a U.S. citizen, Trump is quick to use it politically, even before he has any information (again, he doesn’t read). If a white nationalist or Nazi commits a terrorist attack, Trump will claim he doesn’t have enough information to comment, which is his excuse not to criticize a white terrorist.

Trump is afraid to call it a terrorist attack because he doesn’t want to offend his terrorist base. White supremacy is terrorism. Trump has defined himself as a nationalist without using the word “white,” but we know what he means. Flag-hugging Trump defends Nazis and white terrorists. Even if they don’t believe in his ability as a leader or to direct policy, white terrorists believe in Trump as a symbol. They know they have a friend in Trump. Trump, in return, knows he has their support. As Florida’s Andrew Gillum said of his gubernatorial opponent, “he may not be a racist, but the racist believes he’s a racist.” I’m not as delicate as Gillum and will say, Donald Trump is a racist.

White supremacy and white nationalism is terrorism. At what point are we going to acknowledge that Donald Trump is a terrorist?

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