Dayton, Ohio: 9 People Dead, 26 Injured in ‘Less Than a Minute’
Americans, many still with broken hearts over the slaughter of 20 people at an El Paso, Texas Walmart, are responding to waking up to news that nine more people were shot to death at a bar in Dayton, Ohio. It is the second mass shooting in less than 24 hours, and the 250th mass shooting this year.
Death and injury toll from mass shootings attacks in public spaces in the past week across the US in Philadelphia, Brooklyn, Gilroy, El Paso and Dayton:
At least 34 killed and 71 injured.
— NBC News (@NBCNews) August 4, 2019
Mayor Nan Whaley at an early morning news conference (photo above) revealed the gunman, who was shot dead, “was able to kill 9 people and injure 26 in less than a minute.”
Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley: “The shooter was able to kill 9 people and injure 26 in less than a minute.” pic.twitter.com/Gu3GoEoRCj
— Keith Boykin (@keithboykin) August 4, 2019
Multiple reports say the shooter wore body armor and had additional high-capacity magazines. His identity has not yet been released.
“If Dayton Police had not gotten to the shooter in under a minute,” Mayor Whaley said, “hundreds of people in the Oregon District could be dead today.”
Right now every one of the top 10 trending items on Twitter is about Dayton and/or El Paso.
Here’s how some are responding to the early morning news:
How many others did what I did? — fell asleep with the latest news out of El Paso on the TV, slept fitfully for about 6 hours and woke up at 5 a.m. startled to see carnage in Dayton on the screen. In America, the nightmares come when you wake up
— Will Bunch (@Will_Bunch) August 4, 2019
— Christine Pelosi (@sfpelosi) August 4, 2019
BREAKING: 9 killed overnight in Dayton, OH.
The deadliest mass shooting in America since…yesterday.
— John Berman (@JohnBerman) August 4, 2019
It’s ok to politicize El Paso now, because now we’ve moved on to it being too soon for Dayton.
— David Waldman-1, of Yorktown LLC™ (@KagroX) August 4, 2019
There were 323 mass shootings in 2018.
In just 216 days in 2019, we’ve now had mass shooting #250 (El Paso) and #251 (Dayton).
It’s not your imagination. Things are getting worse.
— Chris Lu (@ChrisLu44) August 4, 2019
Waking up to see El Paso is no longer trending because Dayton is.
— Steven Dennis (@StevenTDennis) August 4, 2019
Another mass shooting in less than 24 hours, this is ridiculous. First El Paso and now Dayton Ohio, chunks of people are being wiped off the face of the earth for nothing. Something has to be done about this man. That’s about 30 people just today smh
— Jaron B, LMSW (@Phroz3n_TriUmph) August 4, 2019
Gilroy: 3 dead, 12 injured
El Paso: 20 dead, 26 injured
Dayton: 9 dead, 16 injured
If there were 3 ISIS-inspired attacks killing 32 and injuring 54 across 3 states in one week CAN YOU EVEN IMAGINE the policy options we would be discussing right now.
— Amarnath Amarasingam (@AmarAmarasingam) August 4, 2019
Waking up to NOW Dayton.
One of deadliest weekends in less than 24 hours.
— Karine Jean-Pierre (@K_JeanPierre) August 4, 2019
Waking up to news of a second mass shooting: https://t.co/Xh8KNs6CYC
“This American carnage stops right here and stops right now,” Trump said at his inauguration — and he hasn’t done a damn thing about it.
— Dan Rodricks (@DanRodricks) August 4, 2019
So First El Paso Walmart shooting, and now a Dayton bar shooting? I went to sleep knowing about the first shooting now I’m waking up to another shooting trending. I don’t even know what to say about this anymore.#NowDayton pic.twitter.com/dueeLYwFpK
— Paul (@PaulSLTS) August 4, 2019
Waking up to the news in Dayton, and I am absolutely sick to my stomach.
— Matthew Kist (@matthew_kist) August 4, 2019
It was a matter of time before it hit our city. Fuck this. Fuck waking up and having to make sure all my friends are still alive. Thinking about the victims and their families deeply. What kind of world is this? #EnoughIsEnough #Dayton
— コナー (@cjmund17) August 4, 2019
People in America are waking up on a Sunday morning, turning on the news to find updates on the El Paso terrorism, only to find news of another mass shooting in #Dayton.
Our country is unsafe, not because of immigrants, but because of the @GOP.
— Anonymous White House Official (@littledeekay) August 4, 2019
To those waking up, #ThisIsAmerica…
Another mass shooting, this time in Dayton Ohio…
Fuck this shit.
— Perfect Stable-Genius-Based Timing (@Perfect_Timing) August 4, 2019
What a country we live in when I wake up at 230, check my phone and read about 20 killed in El Paso, go back to sleep for a couple hours and then find out 9 more were slaughtered in Dayton. It’s a waking nightmare.
— Adam Beasley (@AdamHBeasley) August 4, 2019
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Trump Administration Quietly Moves to Pull Out of Treaty Allowing US and Allies to Monitor Russian Military Moves
“American withdrawal would only benefit Russia.”
While the world was focused on President Donald Trump’s overnight blindsiding of the Pentagon and U.S. allies, announcing he is pulling troops out of Syria so Turkey can crush Kurdish forces that have helped the U.S. fight ISIS, the Trump administration was quietly laying plans to pull out of a key and critical compact, the Open Skies Treaty.
First proposed in 1992, since 2002 the Open Skies Treaty has allowed the now 34 signatory nations to fly over each others’ territory for the purpose of monitoring and recording military deployments and movements.
In the real world, the Open Skies Treaty allows the most powerful nations on earth to monitor Russian military movements.
And President Trump wants to end that.
U.S. House Committee on Foreign Affairs Chairman Eliot Engel on Monday sent Trump’s Acting National Security Advisor, Robert O’Brien, a letter demanding he “ensure that the United States does not unwisely and rashly withdraw from the Open Skies Treaty.”
Chairman Engel also called the possible withdrawal “reckless,” and noted “American withdrawal would only benefit Russia.”
Chairman Engel’s letter was followed by this tweet:
Observation flights under the Treaty have generated additional info regarding Russian military action in Ukraine & provided a check on further Russian aggression. @NATO allies have stressed the importance of the Open Skies Treaty for their efforts to monitor Russia’s military.
— House Foreign Affairs Committee (@HouseForeign) October 7, 2019
Experts are perplexed and outraged.
Former U.S. Ambassador to Russia:
We are now pulling out of the Open Skies Treaty? Really? Please tell me this can’t be true. https://t.co/2KfZoYA8ep
— Michael McFaul (@McFaul) October 7, 2019
Investigative journalist and expert on Russia, Ukraine, and Eastern Europe says “Trump is acting like a kamikaze pilot destroying America in any way he can and in a hurry”:
Trump is considering pulling out of the open skies treaty. Definitely a birthday weekend for Putin
At this point trump is acting like a kamikaze pilot destroying America in any way he can and in a hurry. At home and especially abroad. We will pay for a long time from his damage pic.twitter.com/92ts8tzDbm
— Olga Lautman (@olgaNYC1211) October 7, 2019
Dr. Michael Carpenter’s résumé says all you need to know:
“Dr. Carpenter previously served in the Pentagon as Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense with responsibility for Russia, Ukraine, Eurasia, the Balkans, and Conventional Arms Control. He also served in the White House as a foreign policy advisor to Vice President Joe Biden as well as on the National Security Council as Director for Russia. Previously, Dr. Carpenter was a career Foreign Service Officer with the State Department.”
He says pulling out is a bad idea:
I’ve been very critical of Russia’s cheating on the Open Skies Treaty and I do believe we need a serious discussion of its pros and cons. But a precipitous unilateral withdrawal is the wrong way to address those concerns and will damage the unity of the NATO alliance.
— Michael Carpenter (@mikercarpenter) October 7, 2019
Russian Media Analyst:
The Trump administration is pulling out of the Open Skies Treaty, which allows the United States and our allies and partners in Europe to monitor Russian military deployments. Withdrawal risks dividing the transatlantic alliance. #Russia https://t.co/Zqst365U4J pic.twitter.com/UmbPR7cuRO
— Julia Davis (@JuliaDavisNews) October 7, 2019
Image via Wikimedia
Trump to Meet With Ukrainian President Amid Bombshell Whistleblower Allegations
President Donald Trump will meet with the foreign leader who may have been named in a whistleblower complaint filed against the American president by an as-yet unknown U.S. intelligence official. Trump will meet with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky in New York, according to multiple sources, including AFP.
Both presidents will be in New York City next week to participate in the 74th session of the United Nations General Assembly.
“In New York, the head of state will hold a series of bilateral meetings with foreign leaders, in particular with President of the United States Donald Trump,” Ukrinform, the Ukrainian state news agency reports.
Based on reports from multiple news outlets, especially The Washington Post, the whistleblower complaint is believed to allege Trump strong-armed Ukrainian President Zelensky to investigate and dig up dirt on his top political opponent, former Vice President Joe Biden, a Democrat, who is now running for president. Trump withheld $250 million in military aid, which some suggest may have been his bargaining chip.
The complaint also alleges Trump took multiple actions that were troubling, including making a disturbing “promise.” What that promise was is currently unknown.
President Trump’s personal attorney admitted, in a crazed rant on CNN Thursday night, that he asked Ukraine to investigate Biden and his son.
If true, experts say, Trump’s actions could be both criminal and impeachable.
The intelligence community’s inspector general characterized the whistleblower complaint as both “credible” and “urgent.”
The Trump White House has, in direct contraction to law, experts believe, refused to give Congress the whistleblower’s complaint.
‘Very Grave Situation’: Rep. Jackie Speier Hints at ‘Violation of Law’ as She Leaves Whistleblower Hearing
California Democrat Rep. Jackie Speier blasted the Trump administration on Thursday after it refused to turn over information about a whistleblower.
In a five-hour closed-door hearing on Thursday, the Inspector General of the Intelligence Community reportedly refused to hand over information about a whistleblower, who allegedly felt a duty to report on President Donald Trump’s connections with a foreign leader.
“We’ve got a very grave situation on our hands,” Speier was quoted as saying. “He is answering some questions not on the specific subject matter but it’s deeply troubling.”
Speier suggested that the Trump administration has committed a “violation of the law.”
Rep @JackieSpeier, emerging from closed hearing, says on record what NYT reported earlier: that the IG has been unwilling to discuss the substance of the complaint
Said the situation was “deeply troubling” https://t.co/zTq0NJZELJ
— Nicholas Fandos (@npfandos) September 19, 2019
“He is answering some questions not on the specific subject matter but it’s deeply troubling,” Rep Jackie Speier just said as leaving House Intel IC IG briefing. She followed up that the “violation of the law” is what’s troubling as whistleblower complaint wasnt sent to Congress
— Alex Moe (@AlexNBCNews) September 19, 2019
Dem Rep. Quigley says IC IG has not concerned basic details of whistleblower complaint. Says it is – his belief – that DOJ and President Trump were part of covering this up
— Olivia Beavers (@Olivia_Beavers) September 19, 2019
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