las vegas shooting

I feel I have the deaths of five people on my shoulders. The signs were there.
—  Kelly Fielder, a neighbor of Jerad and Amanda Miller. The young married couple were identified today as the shooters in the rampage that left two police officers and a Wal-Mart shopper dead in Las Vegas yesterday. Fielder said the Millers were staying in her apartment until Sunday morning. At about 5:45 a.m. that day, Jerad Miller brought out swastikas and an Army insignia and said: “I’m going to put one of those on every cop we kill." 
Mic Check — The Las Vegas Shooters' Disturbing Motive, Standing for a Month, and Sir Mix-a-Lot

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Las Vegas shooters spoke of white supremacy and a desire to kill police: The pair of shooters that ambushed Las Vegas police into a firefight that left five people dead reportedly shouted, “This is the start of a revolution” before opening fire and draping their bodies with cloth showing a Revolutionary War-era flag. The Las Vegas Review-Journal reports that investigators also found paraphernalia associated with white supremacists.

Mother Jones trawled through the suspected shooters’ digital history and pieced together a disconcerting portrait: The two were “were a young married couple who espoused extreme pro-gun and anti-government views" who liked YouTube videos about shooting cops and wrote about their “coming sacrifices” against tyranny.

+ It's wrong to immediately equate someone’s political leanings with a propensity for mass violence. However, PolicyMic’s Tom McKay notes that this disturbing attack is becoming more common than you may think: “Violent right-wing extremism, it seems, remains alive and well in America, and some experts worry that now or in the future it could become as big a threat as Islamic terrorism posed over the past decade. By some measurements, it already does.”

A computer just passed the “Turing Test” for the first time: A computer program became the first in history to successfully convince a panel of judges that it was a human being — more specifically, a non-native English speaking 13-year-old Ukrainian boy named “Eugene Goostman.” “Eugene” and four other computerized contenders were participating in Saturday’s Turing Test 2014 Competition at the Royal Society in London, which was held on the 60th anniversary of Turing’s death.

+ Or did it? TechDirt’s Mike Masnick looks beyond the headlines: “The whole concept of the Turing Test itself is kind of a joke. While it’s fun to think about, creating a chatbot that can fool humans is not really the same thing as creating artificial intelligence.”

Obama bypasses Congress to battle student loan crisis: On Monday, the president announced he will take executive action to help ease students’ burden of paying back loans, capping loan payments for an estimated 5 million graduates at 10% of their monthly income. “It’s not exactly a cure-all, but it’s a start,” writes PolicyMic’s Chris Miles. “But more importantly, Obama is sending a message that he will 100% bypass a gridlocked Congress on this issue to work towards a solution to a student loan problem quickly ballooning out of control.”

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We don’t necessarily believe that they are white supremacists or associated with the Nazi movement. We believe that they equate government and law enforcement … with Nazis.

In other words, they believe that law enforcement is the oppressor.

Sheriff’s department official Kevin McMahill, on Jerad and Amanda Miller, the rightwing terrorists who killed three in Las Vegas.

So not neo-Nazis or white supremacists. Just your average, run-of-the-mill ‘baggers, using their Glorious Second Amendment Freedoms to Bring Down Tyrants.

This senseless slaughter has been brought to you by the Tea Party and the NRA, with generous help from talk radio and rightwing blogs.

Guess why the Vegas shooters travelled to Vegas? For Cliven Bundy. But you probably already guessed that.

So… it’s the day after two cops were executed and a Gadsden flag was draped over a dead body.

A day after the shooter allegedly said “the revolution” was beginning.

And who does that? Who shoots two cops in an ambush and believes they are martyring themselves for a cause?

People who saw other “patriots” pointing guns at government officials and didn’t understand why THEY couldn’t do the same.

Turns out that sick feeling we all had that this is the evolution of what Cliven Bundy started was right.

The worst of people, drawn to the Las Vegas area, by the siren call to arms by a deadbeat rancher who threatened - and created - a range war and a willing group of right wing media and politicians who made that man and his cause seem heroic.

Who’s responsible?

The shooters, of course.
Cliven Bundy for his call to arms.
Sean Hannity for elevating them to the status of martyr.

The right wing media for making secessionists the new tea party.

Yesterday it was assumption.

Today, we will find out it was fact.

Which means very shortly you’ll be hearing about “mental illness” and “false flags” and how this is all a set up to get people the government wanted to get.

Don’t give it a single ounce of credence.  Remember how this started.  One man who doesn’t believe in the federal government, convicted after twenty years, gathering a private army to threaten “range war.”

People died because of domestic terrorists. And cowboy hat wearing “Bin Laden” behind that operation still walks free, believing himself to be something other than the leader of a terrorist cell.

The next time somebody gathers a private army and threatens war… believe them.


H/T to @RSchooley on twitter for finding this stuff.

Fun Fact: Fox News Nation still hasn't reported the Las Vegas Shootings

So, because I apparently hate myself, I like to check out Fox News Nation whenever there is any big news going on in order to see what the racist cretin commenters have to say about it. And interestingly enough, despite having ample time to do so, Fox News Nation has yet to post an article about the two uber-conservatives who murderered three people out of anti-government outrage. Their front page has no less than five articles about Bergdahl and multiple opinion pieces about how awful Obama is, but not a peep about two of their own showing what it means to be a responsible gun owner.

Interesting, isn’t it?