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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‘Clear and Present Danger’: Majority of Trump Voters Believe It’s ‘Time to Split the Country’ in Two – Report
The highly-respected University of Virginia’s nonpartisan Center for Politics has released a new study that finds a majority of Trump voters believe it’s time to split the country into two, with “red states” and “blue states” seceding from the Union.
The organization, headed by Larry Sabato of “Sabato’s Crystal Ball,” reports that four in ten Biden voters agree.
“The divide between Trump and Biden voters is deep, wide, and dangerous. The scope is unprecedented, and it will not be easily fixed,” said UVA Center for Politics Director Larry J. Sabato.
“In order to figure out ways to bridge these divides, we need to understand not just the divides themselves, but also understand the ways in which we can, together, move forward to reach common ground. This project helps us do both,” said Larry Schack of Project Home Fire, a new initiative partnering with the UVA Center for Politics.
The report top-line revelations include: “Trump and Biden voters are at crisis stage”; there is tremendous “fear and distrust among Biden and Trump voters”; and “Many Trump and Biden voters believe the deck is stacked against them, and their commitment to democracy is wavering.”
Crystal Ball’s managing editor, Kyle Kondik, tweeted out some charts (below) from the project. Among the disturbing but unsurprising revelations:
Eight in 10 Biden and Trump voters say elected officials from the opposition party present a “clear and present danger” to democracy. Almost eight in 10 Biden and Trump voters say Americans who support the opposite party have also become a “clear and present danger” to the American way of life.
— Kyle Kondik (@kkondik) September 30, 2021
The report also finds strong areas of common ground, including on the need for improvements to the electric grid, water supply, roads, rail, and bridges, and raising taxes on the wealthy.
2. Some of the takeaways:
There is some potential agreement on policy matters, but there are marked differences in their levels of support for some recent proposals discussed in BIF/reconciliation saga https://t.co/42cosYKOLm pic.twitter.com/MkPCYI2bfp
— Kyle Kondik (@kkondik) September 30, 2021
McConnell Rushes to TV Cameras to Gush ‘The Era of Bipartisanship Is Over’ After Infrastructure Talks Break Down
U.S. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) wasted no time in rushing to find TV cameras to brag “the era of bipartisanship is over,” after talks between the Biden White House and McConnell’s hand-picked surrogate, Senator Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV) broke down Tuesday afternoon.
“As you look to what the Majority Leader has in mind for June, it’s pretty clear the era of bipartisanship is over,” McConnell said, referring to Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer’s intention to bring legislation on paycheck fairness, LGBTQ equality, and gun control to the floor for votes.
It took McConnell less than one hour from the time news broke about the talks, which had been going on for about two weeks, and when he spoke to reporters.
“One-hundred percent of our focus is on stopping this new administration,” McConnell said one month ago. “What we have in the United States Senate is total unity from Susan Collins to Ted Cruz in opposition to what the new Biden administration is trying to do to this country,” he added.
President Joe Biden’s initial proposal for an infrastructure bill was $2.3 trillion. He came down to $1.7 trillion in hopes the GOP would come up and meet him there. His offer is now $1 trillion. The GOP is at $330 billion, according to NBC News.
Mitch McConnell said it’s clear “the era of bipartisanship is over” after news that infrastructure talks between President Joe Biden and GOP Sen. Shelley Moore Capito are over. https://t.co/5GOvzzQAVX pic.twitter.com/2NzarQRW1H
— POLITICO (@politico) June 8, 2021
The Frightening Parallels Between QAnon and Hitler’s Nazis
The QAnon conspiracy cult enjoyed a major victory when, on August 11, far-right extremist Marjorie Taylor Greene won a GOP congressional primary in Georgia — and given how overwhelmingly Republican her district is, Greene is likely to win the general election in November and be sworn into the U.S. House of Representatives in January 2021. QAnon, known for their outrageous conspiracy theories, believe that the U.S. government has been infiltrated by an international ring of pedophiles and Satanists and that President Donald Trump was put in power to battle them. And Gregory Stanton, president of Genocide Watch and an expert on the history of anti-Semitism, believes that there are parallels between QAnon’s outrageous views and the views that Nazis promoted in Germany during the 1930s.
Describing QAnon’s views in an article published by Just Security on September 9, Stanton writes, “A secret cabal is taking over the world. They kidnap children, slaughter and eat them to gain power from their blood. They control high positions in government, banks, international finance, the news media and the church. They want to disarm the police. They promote homosexuality and pedophilia. They plan to mongrelize the white race so it will lose its essential power. Does this conspiracy theory sound familiar? It is. The same narrative has been repackaged by QAnon.”
According to Stanton, there are countless parallels between QAnon’s conspiracy theories and the anti-Semitism that Adolf Hitler and his Nazis promoted in Germany before and during World War II.
“The Nazis worshiped Adolf Hitler as the leader who would rescue the white race from this secret Jewish plot,” Stanton explains. “Nazi ‘stormtroopers’ — storm detachment, Sturmabteilung — helped bring Hitler to power. Nazi Germany went on to conquer Europe and murder 6 million Jews and millions of Roma, Slavs, LGBTQ and other people.”
Central to Nazi ideology, Stanton notes, was the anti-Semitic 1902 pamphlet, “The Protocols of the Elders of Zion,” and Stanton stresses that QAnon’s ideology is a “rebranded version” of that pamphlet.
“QAnon purveys the fantasy that a secret Satan-worshiping cabal is taking over the world,” Stanton observes. “Its members kidnap white children, keep them in secret prisons run by pedophiles, slaughter and eat them to gain power from the essence in their blood. The cabal held the American presidency under the Clintons and (former President Barack) Obama, nearly took power again in 2016, and lurks in a ‘Deep State’ financed by Jews, including George Soros — and in Jews who control the media. They want to disarm citizens and defund the police. They promote abortion, transgender rights and homosexuality. They want open borders so brown illegal aliens can invade America and mongrelize the white race.”
Stanton continues, “QAnon true believers think Donald Trump will rescue America from this Satanic cabal. At the time of ‘The Storm,’ supporters of the cabal will be rounded up and executed. The QAnon conspiracy theory has now spread to neo-Nazis in Germany, where over 200,000 German QAnon accounts infest the internet.”
Stanton goes on to write that QAnon’s critics “are perplexed at how any rational person could fall for such an irrational conspiracy theory.” But when people are suffering hardships, Stanton explains, they “respond to fear and terror” and “blame their misfortunes on scapegoats” — which is what happened in Germany during the 1930s.
“In the 1930s,” Stanton recalls, “millions of Europeans were unemployed. Violent battles between Nazis and communists raged in city streets. Democratic governments were powerless. Fascist dictators ruled Spain and Italy. Hitler took power in Germany and conquered Western Europe. Stalin’s communists conquered the East. The Hitler-Stalin Pact sealed totalitarian rule over most of Europe. It took World War II and the deaths of millions to defeat the Nazis’ genocidal tyranny, and another 50 years to free the gulags of the Soviet Union.”
Stanton adds that in 2020, it is obvious that QAnon’s influence is growing when a QAnon supporter like Greene is “likely” on her way to Congress and President Donald Trump praises her as a “future Republican star.”
“The world has seen QAnon before,” Stanton warns. “It was called Nazism. In QAnon, Nazism wants a comeback.
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