Feeling Punked over Guns

Everyone knows by now I just am in love with everything democrat. The two party system is the best system ever. In fact, if god himself/herself could have invented the perfect political system it would be one in which two dominant parties could become so confident of their divine calling that they would nobly and bravely ignore all of the voters in the nation and instead tell them whom they should vote for, rather than having to suffer the strain and indignity of having to decide for themselves.

We sure did hear a lot about guns this year. Every time Obama said something like, “whoa, guns” the rightwing media erupted with screams decrying gun grabs by the government. Recall Des Moines and Salt Lake City, in which Obama goons in black armor helicoptered in and confiscated all of the guns. But the media hysteria was the alarm to a public to rush out and buy guns before they were banned. The result, despite an, eh, year for the stock market saw gun profits were through the roof.

I naively asked why Obama was essentially silent and action-less on gun issues of any kind, save for the occasional laconic “somebody ought to do something, sometime,” which translated into “FOX-ese,’meant, of course, GUN BAN! But what if it was all just a game? Hmm. What if both parties really were the same, except to make it competitive and compete for individual fortunes and privilege through the dichotomy of their respective bases. Sort of like, people from both parties went off to lobbying firms, Monsanto, weapons industries, banks and oil companies? Wouldn’t that be a co-inky-dink?

So maybe Obama, who spent far more energy getting TPP passed than he did on single payer, who could have paid the mortgages of damn near every foreclosed homeowner instead of the trillions given to banks, is in the pocket of the gun industry. Okay, maybe just in the pocket of the corporate America, you know like giving insurance companies a windfall which is enforceable under penalty of law, or a backdoor boost to companies who no longer need to offer insurance or fulltime work as part of a compensation package.

And maybe going after whistleblowers as if they were public enemy number one is all just a coincidence, sort of like fining an oil company within their profit margin after a historic oil spill destroyed tens of thousands of lives, killed as many as three dozen (including suicides, but not cancers) and ruined the Gulf of Mexico. That’s all probably coincidence.

So the gun industry finishes the year with record profits. How to start the new year, at a time when the economy is struggling and the stock market is getting pounded by the China market? Let’s put our heads together and find something that isn’t affected by China. I know, GUNS!

So Obama has been silent, or at the very least ineffectual about anything on guns. So why now? Within hours before Obama even said a word on gun violence the gun industry, gun legislation or gun banning. Where were the presidential orders to stop straw purchases or gun show loopholes? So why now? The Gun industry and NRA will happily tell you. It’s because its a new year. Profits are up just on the word of the industry’s best salesman, according to ex-congressman Joe Walsh. And that may be the only time I ever agree with that child support abandoning, self-felating, gun pornographer-pushing, tea bagging, anti-Christian, lying, pretend tough guy, hypocrite and cat raping, Joe Walsh.

I just threw in the cat raping part for purely satirical and political commentary purposes, pursuant to my first amendment rights and antipathy for cats. Still, I can’t help feeling I have been punked, and while my disdain for the right and gun-porn industry remains peaked, I have a feeling Obama’s hands are hardly clean on this one too.

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On Gun Porn. Did you know:

Israel is more anti-gun than Obama.

They regulate, ownership, the type of weapon and the amount of ammo an owner can have or buy. Sales and transfer of guns and ammo are strictly regulated, with stiff penalties for violations. Gun ownership is very low, and so are homicides and gun suicides. The US is first in ownership, Israel 80th. All weapons and ammo are marked. Gun manufacturers must keep records of every weapon produced. In Israel, the law does require that a record of the acquisition, possession and transfer of each privately held firearm be retained in an official register, unlike the US. In Israel, gun owners must re-apply and re-qualify for their firearm license every three years, unlike the US.

In Israel, authorities maintain a record of individual civilians licensed to acquire, possess, sell or transfer a firearm or ammunition, unlike the US. The minimum age for gun ownership in Israel is 27 years. Applicants for a gun owner’s license in Israel are required to establish a genuine reason to possess a firearm, for example self-defense, hunting and sport, unlike the US. The US ranks 91st in the world for per capita murder rate, compared with Israel at 144th.

So the next time you hear gun pornographers from the right and the NRA say we should look to Israel as an example on guns, maybe the Right is, well right!

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Mass Shooting Rating System

Love me or Hate me. Tomorrow I guarantee it will be one or the other…

Be honest, do you really care about the shooting in San Bernadino, except for the same fleeting outrage you feel over any other reality TV story? The happiest man in the world right now is the guy who shot and killed three, including a police officer and a war vet, at a Planned Parenthood in Colorado Springs last week. Both of whom were forgotten by a Press that routinely uses cops and vets to argue for guns and against the Black Lives Matter movement. The unhappiest group in the world? ISIS who thought this would engender some sort of backlash against a national minority, reminding the world yet again how hypocritical we are about fake phrases like “civil liberties,” and “freedom.”

We’re still hypocrites on all of that, don’t get me wrong, but surprise, this reality series featuring endless episodes of carnage and mass murder, about which America reacts like an 8 year old on a school playground just doesn’t drive Americans into the streets with pitchforks and torches to smite the wrong-doers. They certainly aren’t serious about the perverse gun religion and violence porn paraded daily on the news.

Incidentally, at my local grocery store Cleavage the cover of Cosmopolitan is covered by a plastic shield, while Guns and Ammo; no shield. The lesson is simple, America loves gun violence. its like someone gave us video game, and every American could own one even though each year the video game was guaranteed to explode in the faces of 33 of every 100 thousand people and would kill 11 of them. To be fair we aren’t the worst for gun violence. We are still beat handily by Swaziland, Guatemala and El Salvador. Still, not as safe as Bosnia and Ukraine, despite their ongoing civil war. No figures currently for North Korea, although they definitely lead us in Anti-Aircraft gun deaths, so that’s something.

Mass murder in American is entertainment. Its a game show. Who’s going to get shot tomorrow? Let’s spin the wheel of potential shooters. Muslim zealot of antiabortion white Christian? Anti-government nut or crazed kid off his meds? How about the crazy bat-sh@t “Its not Happy Holidays, its Merry Christmas,” mongrels? Will it be a church? A school? A mall? Will there be video? Hey mom and dad, look, that’s me leaving the scene with my hands in the air, I’m the 8th in line!

So, taking a page from George Carlin, in a great bit he did on terrorism years ago, let’s not be shy. Let’s really turn this into the proper industry it has become. I am proposing a Mass Murder rating system. The worst, you know, no one killed and no good video would get a Single Bullet rating, one and a half if the shooter goes down in a hail of bullets. Sand Hook Gets 4 1/2. San Bernadino, eh, 2 1/2. It just wasn’t that exciting. Not even the out of their minds Right wing media could muster any hysteria.

Honestly, the lack of real national hysteria over this latest massacre has me rethinking the whole brand. Paris would have gotten 5 bullets easily, except that it didn’t happen here. Sorry, Ricky Gervais’ The Office-the British version- didn’t qualify for an Emmy; wasn’t made here. Maybe time just to cancel the whole series. Doubt if America will do that any time soon.


Listen Saturday’s from 11am-1pm to WC Turck, Brian Murray with Jack Hammond and guests on Chicago’s real alternative media, AM1680, Q4 radio, streaming at www.que4.org.
CAM00236WC Turck is an author, artist, playwright and talk radio host in Chicago. He has been called the most dangerous voice on the Left. His new book “A Tragic Fate: is an unflinching look at the events leading up to the shooting down of Malaysia Air Flight 17.” His first novel, “Broken” was recommended by NAMI for its treatment of PTSD. In 2006 he published “Everything for Love,” a memoir of his experiences during the siege of Sarajevo. He wrote and produced two critically acclaimed plays, “Occupy my Heart” and “The People’s Republic of Edward Snowden.” He works with the homeless and foreclosure victims in Chicago. He partners in a weekly radio show dedicated to issues, society and politics with cohost, activist and artist Brian Murray For more information, past shows, videos and articles, visit www.revolutioandbeer.com

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The Paris Judgment

Paris was a turning point on Friday. Certainly this will affect the economic debate in the US presidential election. As I wrote back in May and June, election predictions too far out are dangerous, as they can turn on a dime. The West and the US will edge a bit closer to fascism paraded as security. Europe’s ultra-right wing will be invigorated, and while the West, particularly NATO and the US will appear to take a more aggressive stance against ISIS and its affiliates, like yesterday’s airstrike by US warplanes in Libya, that is merely a matter of competition now between the US and Russia over oil and gas in the Mideast. The US is simply attempting to keep pace and compete with Russia.

Following the French terrorist incident Friday in which at least 129 were killed France found resolve with Russia, paving a new boost in prestige for Russia. Russia, smarting from an attack on an airliner two weeks ago in Egypt is benefitting from a resurgence of nationalism. It is likely, even predictable that a new more powerful rightwing, anti-immigrant and aggressively violent, will grow to prominence across Europe and Russia. This comes at a time when Europe is struggling to cope with hundreds of thousands of predominantly Syrian refugees. The timing of these attacks is hardly coincidental.

The attacks in Paris by ISIS is a rebuke of a renewed assault, now including Russia, but they are also a calculated political move. Europe is already polarizing in the wake of the attacks. That means two forces are attempting to radicalize immigrants and Muslims in Europe as a resurgent rightwing drives division through hate and opportunism. The refugees lay squarely in the middle of that equation. The attacks will also slow or stop progress in addressing the refugee crisis just as winter begins. That will mean a rise in desperation that will drive more violence potentially.

In this country whatever initiative Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton may have had will evaporate quickly as fears rise, valid or not, of possible terror attacks within the US going into the holiday season. The narrative will be on security and guns, not economy. The attacks immediately undercut the so-called million student march on pressing economic issues here. Rightwing commentators have already begun describing the #BlackLivesMatter effort as terrorism. This weekend would be dictator Donald Trump capitalized ghoulishly by criticizing the French for gun control laws. He is just the first of what will be a gleeful orgy on the right concerning guns. they will point to France as an example against any sort of reasonable gun legislation.

In fact, French citizens are allowed to own guns. In this country there has been a call for screenings based upon mental illness. French law requires competency exams by a doctor annually, along with a regular check up. The weapons used in this weeks attacks are smuggled into the country illegally. French gangs receive many combat style weapons from the former Yugoslavia where in the aftermath of war unregistered guns still proliferate. It is the same issue facing Chicago’s violence with straw purchases from gun stores ringing the south and west borders of Chicago. One of Friday’s gunmen, Omar Ismail Mostefai, born in France, was a petty criminal with access to illegal weapons before becoming radicalized. The suddenness of attacks and the nature of those attacks would have neutralized any would-be pistol packing party-goer in a dark crowded, loud and confused environment. Furthermore, the attackers were already resolved to die.

The truth is, gun laws in France work. There were just 665 murders in 2012 in France, with a per capita rate of 1 compared with 15,000 and a per capita rate of 5 for the US. The United States has FAA rules and licensing for aircraft, but that did not prevent 9-11, so by the gun lobby’s logic we should close the FAA. To drive a car Americans must have a valid license, which doesn’t stop car thieves.

ISIS is calculating and the West is still reacting blindly. More security undermines democracy and civil liberties. They are shrewdly sowing discord in target countries. Attacks and threats of violence driven by FOX and the right in this country from these attacks will increase pressure on American Muslim and immigrant communities, exactly what ISIS hopes to achieve. They want unrest and division in Europe by enlivening radical rightwing groups and politicians and by polarizing normally reasonable communities. In the US, the Paris attacks fit perfectly to the Republican effort to polarize whites by sowing fear from immigrants and Muslims, since they have all but lost Hispanic, and Black voters.

It remains to be seen how this will turn out. Given the level of narrative and its tolerance by the American people, that does not bode well for civil liberties, the election, civility and democracy in America, in Europe and beyond. Put this one in the win column for ISIS. This was an attack on social and community fault lines, which just became wider and more dangerous. Just like Osama bin Laden and September 11, 2001, the attack was on the crumbling vestiges of democracy and civil society.

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Milwaukee Sheriff calls #BlackLivesMatter Terrorists

Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke said on Twitter Tuesday that Before long, “Black Lies Matter will join forces with ISIS to b(r)ing down our legal constituted republic. You heard it first here.” It was an open comparison with a foreign terrorist group. Speaking this morning on a rightwing radio show in Chicago Clarke, now the darling o the rightwing media also linked ISIS with Iran, although the two are enemies. Iran currently is a was with ISIs.

He spoke on AM560 in Chicago, known for it attacks Clarke’s conspiracy paranoia would just be the confused ramblings of a fool if his NRA backed elected official did not have the power of life and death over people. This from Salon earlier this year:

“Of course, deflection is an effective tactic. A real organization doing a good deal of terrorizing is Clarke’s own Milwaukee police department, which according to Salon has been sued for dozens of illegal strip searches and has seen multiple officer-involved killings of unarmed black citizens during Clarke’s tenure, including Dontre Hamilton in 2014 and Derek Williams in 2011. What do black citizens of Milwaukee have to fear from terrorists overseas when the threat of death hangs over them from their own police everyday?”

Cark’s framing of #BLM as a terror organization, claiming also that ISIS is infiltrating SEIU and other labor organizations brings up disturbing questions about the safety and civil rights of civilians in Milwaukee County. Will or are his officers harassing or targeting anyone displaying #BlackLivesMatter signs? Even more, Clarke believes and said this morning that America can and should arrest its way out of the current social and economic turmoil plaguing the inner cities and poor.

Yet Clarke is silent on economic development, the banks and Wall Street in creating the foreclosure crisis which has crippled Black, minority and poor communities, and has called for open armed rebellion against any reasonable gun legislation. Most guns used in crimes in Milwaukee, like neighboring Chicago come from guns bought legally which are then given r sold to criminals; so-called straw purchases. Badger Guns in Milwaukee was found liable this month in a straw purchased linked to the shooting of two police officers. Ironically, Clarke’s own department could see a financial windfall from lawsuit against Badger and other gun outlets accused of straw purchases.

Meanwhile, the voters must realize that the true threat of terror faced n Milwaukee County comes from ulra-authoritarians, media hounds and protectors of the culture of greed, racism and corruption that have driven inner cities and the poor into corners of desperation in a society which then blames the symptoms but ignores the disease.

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Proposed 28th Amendment to the Constitution of the United States of America: The Ninja Amendment

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Be it soon resolved that We the People of these United States of America hereby propose that all schools in this great nation will henceforth be guarded by “good” Ninjas through a Constitutional convention of the States and ratified by the Congress. We further contend that this is as valid and an equally responsible response to initiatives to militarize schools with guns, forcibly arm teachers and increase the proliferation of guns by creating a virtual army to patrol the 130,000 schools in the nation. A single well-hidden Ninja would be far more effective and a greater deterrent than a dozen roaming part-time security guards.

Be it also noted by all parties that not a single crime or mass violence has ever been attributed to Ninjas, and that Ninjas are silent and stealthy and could dispatch a criminal with such lethal force as to provide minimal or no disruption to students, unlike a gun battle in a hallway. Further, it is laid down here that if it is proposed to force teachers to carry guns, that the wiser course, grasshopper, would be to train teachers in the moral, honorable and philosophical ways of the Ninja. Be it expressed in the strongest terms that the benefits to children schooled by Ninja teachers would reap untold positive benefits for America’s children. God himself forbidding a crisis, a school-full of children trained in the ways of the Ninja would become a formidable army in their own right.

We here affirm the noblest aspects of the Ninja. A Ninja never panics. a Ninja is kind and perpetually helps those in need. They are courageous, adaptable, versatile, patient, and persistent. Ninjas express loyalty to ones country, loyalty to ones parents, trust and brotherhood among friends. Ninjas believe that large egos are carried by small minds. Ninjas never cry.

Upon this date the draftees of this bill declare that this is the Ninja Amendment as proposed. We call upon the people of this nation to spread this proposal far and wide to all citizens, their elected representatives and the National Rifle Association for the sake and safety, the sanity and security of these United States.
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Listen Saturday’s from 11am-1pm to WC Turck, Brian Murray with Jack Hammond and guests on Chicago’s real alternative media, AM1680, Q4 radio, streaming at www.que4.org.
CAM00236WC Turck is an author, artist, playwright and talk radio host in Chicago. He has been called the most dangerous voice on the Left. His new book “A Tragic Fate: is an unflinching look at the events leading up to the shooting down of Malaysia Air Flight 17.” His first novel, “Broken” was recommended by NAMI for its treatment of PTSD. In 2006 he published “Everything for Love,” a memoir of his experiences during the siege of Sarajevo. He wrote and produced two critically acclaimed plays, “Occupy my Heart” and “The People’s Republic of Edward Snowden.” He works with the homeless and foreclosure victims in Chicago. He partners in a weekly radio show dedicated to issues, society and politics with cohost, activist and artist Brian Murray For more information, past shows, videos and articles, visit www.revolutioandbeer.com

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Gun Free State

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Guns do not lesson the police state, they enshrine the police state. Gun proliferation does not protect freedom, it eliminates it. Everyone presumed a possible suspect in the aftermath. 4th , 1st, 5th and even 2nd amendment rights suspended whenever the police and state decide there is a security risk. Mass searches without warrant. Mass detention. Those suffering and managing mental illness are now trolled by neighbors, law enforcement and the state. For god’s sake don’t reveal that you have ever been depressed, manic, bipolar to any degree. What else becomes scrutiny to the state and to the suspicious minds? ADD. There are calls now to make medical records available to the state as part of ongoing profile and management of who should not only own a gun, but who should be watched and monitored.

You are surrendering your rights through the enrichment of the gun industry.
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DARK HORSE: Bernie Sanders 2016- Murder and the Media

It was murder pure and simple.

At about 10:45 a gunman, identified as 24 year old Mohammod Youssuf Abdul-Aziz, began a shooting spree in Chattanooga Tennessee, targeting military personnel. Four Marines were killed. A Marine and sailor, and at least one policeman were wounded. Authorities were quick to describe the attacks as domestic terrorism. It took days before that same term was applied to the Charleston Church Massacre in which 9 were killed by Dylann Roof, a self-described white supremacist. Lost to the histrionics of the rightwing and cable news media were critical questions regarding both attacks.

On a local Salem radio affiliate several callers called this an act of war. Former republican tea party representative Joe Walsh was adamant that America is at war with Islam. He was quick to dismiss Dylann Roof as a loner, evil and insane. For Walsh, yesterday on his program, Abdul-Aziz, an American citizen born in Kuwait, was confirmation of the antipathy all Muslims hold for America. Walsh quoted a wholly unsubstantiated number of hundreds of millions of Muslims aligned with ISIS or openly calling for the destruction of the West. That number is derived from a false estimate proliferated in the media of “10% of Muslims around the planet hating America. Bigots like Walsh, sowing and promoting hatred and discord for political purposes, simply have accepted and added to that fictitious figure.

While the media was very quick to connect Abdul-Aziz with ISIS, capitalizing that ISIS claimed responsibility for the attack, there was almost no investigation into Roof’s connections to white supremacist groups. ISIS, to be accurate, has called on Muslims in America to attack military targets. White supremacists have called for a new American revolution, quoting Jefferson’s “blood of tyrants and patriots.“ Michael savage, along with virtually every rightwing pundit has called Barack Obama a “tyrant.”

There are critical questions not being addressed in the national narrative. They are, instead, being narrated and spun for political party expediency. On July 4th, The New York Times reported that Roof had indeed been in contact with local white supremacists groups. While there is no evidence they directly encouraged the shooting at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church, they certainly inspired a malleable young mind. The State newspaper in Columbia, S.C., reported that officials had widened their investigation to others who may have helped Roof in some way. The same seems true for Abdul-Aziz, who lived in a comfortable upper middle class home and was described by friends and family as a likable, easy going person. At some point, like Roof, he became radicalized and driven to an act of terrorism.

Attention for the shooting shifted in the media, pushed by the NRA, doubtlessly to protect market interests and profits, to the gun free zone sign on the door. The easy answer as to why soldiers, as many, including Walsh, were demanding, do not carry guns just as off duty police officers may within limits, is that America is not a military junta. The Posse Comitatus Act was signed into law on June 18, 1878 by President Rutherford B. Hayes. The purpose of the act, supporting the Insurrection Act of 1807 was to limit the powers of the federal government in using soldiers to act as domestic law enforcement personnel. The Act of 1807, incidentally, was signed into law by then President Thomas Jefferson.

Reports and shell casings outside the door where the Marines were killed indicate an ambush. Being armed would have made no difference in this case. The Marines were killed at their desks as Abdul-Aziz, who was later killed by police, fired multiple rounds through the windows. While notable and shocking, the attack also comes at a time on falling crime rates nationally. The assertion by pro-gun activists and the NRA to openly carry guns into public buildings, private businesses, restaurants and shopping centers has led to growing complaints by many who feel intimidated by the weapons as they wait in line for coffee or shop. The intimidation aspect is a clear feature of the activism, a factor that carries the threat of violence.

A clear majority of people, oppose open carry, while supporting reasonable second amendment rights. A University of Texas/Texas Tribune poll found that 68% of Texans were opposed open carry(http://www.newsmax.com/US/open-carry-guns-texas-poll/2015/02/24/id/626526/). Those numbers are consistent nationally.

There is also a greater concern, and that is that we have fallen prey to politicized and corporatized media on both sides of the political spectrum that is unwilling or incapable of adequately informing the American people. News was never intended to be a commodity that is bought and sold, and which is subject to the whims of the powerful and wealthy to control the populace. News was intended to inform the public on issues critical to responsibly maintaining a healthy, functioning democracy. The Public airwaves changed from the late 1980’s as corporate consolidation gobbled up local and national programming. 94% of all media in the country is controlled by just 3 corporations. Those corporations also pour billions into swaying government opinion. The media outlets they own and control as less news organizations and more company messaging wings.

There is a critical lack of confidence in once trusted institutions. The rightwing decries the liberal media, while the left decries the corporate and rightwing media. Those who commiserate with the suffering of innocent Palestinians and Israelis become outraged as the media and politicians unfairly favor one side over another. Network news refuses still to adequately discuss climate change, and allows deniers unchallenged on programs. That media impugns and denounces, or ignores altogether the fight for fair wages and the Occupy movement, but is sympathetic to a far smaller Tea Party movement of belligerents. There is no confidence any longer in leadership. That is dangerous.

Young people and the disillusioned have fled from that media towards the so-called alternative media of the Internet. The internet, through Facebook and other venues can radicalize the susceptible and gullible. It is quite possible and easy to settle into a cul-de-sac online of information and views that insulate some from any other information, but that which validates and strengthens skewed perspectives on the world and their community. Facebook in 2014 was excoriated for an experiment in which they focused certain types of stories as a means of manipulating users. In the cases of Charleston and Chattanooga, it would seem that was a lesson ISIS in reaching Abdul-Aziz and white supremacists and anti-government types taught to Dylann Roof.


Listen Saturday’s from 11am-1pm to WC Turck, Brian Murray and guests on Chicago’s real alternative media, AM1680, Q4 radio, streaming at www.que4.org.
CAM00236WC Turck is an author, artist, playwright and talk radio host in Chicago. He has been called the most dangerous voice on the Left. His new book “A Tragic Fate: is an unflinching look at the events leading up to the shooting down of Malaysia Air Flight 17.” His first novel, “Broken” was recommended by NAMI for its treatment of PTSD. In 2006 he published “Everything for Love,” a memoir of his experiences during the siege of Sarajevo. He wrote and produced two critically acclaimed plays, “Occupy my Heart” and “The People’s Republic of Edward Snowden.” He works with the homeless and foreclosure victims in Chicago. He partners in a weekly radio show dedicated to issues, society and politics with cohost, activist and artist Brian Murray For more information, past shows, videos and articles, visit www.revolutioandbeer.com


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San Fran shooting a racist attack on White People

The shooting death of Kathryn Steinle, 32, last week in San Francisco is, not was, a racist attack against White people. I say is, rather than was, because the actual crime does not appear to have been intention. The AP today “that the San Francisco woman’s death appeared accidental.”

Certainly, given the suspected shooter’s long criminal history shows the confused and convoluted nature of the criminal justice system in the US, which is overburdened with minor drug cases and pressed upon by a for profit prison quotas, as well as “free passes” for law enforcement officials engaged in or accused of criminal behavior. San Francisco Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi was embroiled in an ugly domestic violence case in which his wife was injured at the time that Juan Francisco Lopez Sanchez was released from jail, according to rightwing Breitbart.com.

The case is indeed tragic on a number of levels. On FOX and rightwing and corporate media outlets the shooting death of Steinle has received more attention than the Charleston Church massacre by avowed White Supremacist Dylann Roof. Sanchez, the alleged shooter of Ms. Steinle, who was deported 5 times is hardly the criminal mastermind portrayed by the media. What emerges instead is something of a lost drug addicted middle-aged man with emotional difficulties. All of his arrests were for possession or use of narcotics, or for entering the US illegally. The incident was conveniently placed to bolster comments by Republican presidential frontrunner Donald Trump’s comments about Mexican immigrants being rapists and murders. Trump however is merely tool in a much larger game going into the 2016 elections, especially as Hillary Clinton and Democratic challenger Bernie Sanders dominate the field far ahead of their republican counterparts.

Trump, supported and defended by the rightwing media as well as the failure of republican candidates to repudiate Trump’s caustic, unfair and bigoted statements about Mexican immigrants has all but cost the right the Hispanic vote. Defense of the Confederate flag and comments about the shooting being “an accident” by JEB Bush, or Rand Paul’s unwillingness to call it a racially motivated attack, despite the shooters own statements, virtually guarantees the overwhelming bulk of the African-American vote will fall to the Dems. Those two blocks were monumentally important in re-electing Barack Obama over Mitt Romney in 2012. The Romney campaign pointed to their inability to engage the Hispanic vote as a primary reason for Romney’s loss.

What’s left?

This terrible story elevates the immigration issue to absurd proportions. After the shooting the right and Trump doubled down against immigrants. They used an eternal lie parroted throughout history about immigrants spreading disease. Apparently they never heard of epidemics of chlamydia and herpes following championship wins at mostly Caucasian US universities. Indeed, the disease myth was used to immigrants in the early part of the 20th Century, following World War 2, Haitian boat people, Vietnamese immigrants and now Mexican immigrants. In every case there was a political subtext based upon White fear. Recently a rightwing Talk host referred to fictional stories that refugees from Europe after World War 1 or even Chinese immigrants were responsible. After nearly a century of study, according to the CDC, the cause, origin and spread of the disease will and likely will always remain a mystery. One article even attributed the pandemic to a passing comet.

The right has painted itself into a corner, at first the champion of corporate America, they now take a back seat to corporatism to the Obama administration, as evidenced by former Attorney General Eric Holder returning to a law firm for a multi-million Dollar salary that represents big banks and corporations. The Republican party is now the party of bigots and extremists, which corporate America is abandoning more and more. The right’s, twisted by the Tea Party and an extremist arm of evangelical Christianity, only hope is to create a climate of fear in hopes of pressuring whites to vote to those fears, all of which are anchored in racism.

In truth, the Right is targeting Whites simply to convince them they are better off protecting the White power structure of the nation because people of color are dangerous criminals, rapists and murderers, except, as Trump puts it, some are okay, he guesses…

The bigger question not yet explored is why a Federal agent’s weapon was wrapped in a shirt and left for Sanchez to find? Why was it reported missing after the shooting? Those questions have been lost to the Trump distraction. Stay tuned.


Listen Saturday’s from 11am-1pm to WC Turck, Brian Murray and guests on Chicago’s real alternative media, AM1680, Q4 radio, streaming at www.que4.org.
CAM00236WC Turck is an author, artist, playwright and talk radio host in Chicago. He has been called the most dangerous voice on the Left. His new book “A Tragic Fate: is an unflinching look at the events leading up to the shooting down of Malaysia Air Flight 17.” His first novel, “Broken” was recommended by NAMI for its treatment of PTSD. In 2006 he published “Everything for Love,” a memoir of his experiences during the siege of Sarajevo. He wrote and produced two critically acclaimed plays, “Occupy my Heart” and “The People’s Republic of Edward Snowden.” He works with the homeless and foreclosure victims in Chicago. He partners in a weekly radio show dedicated to issues, society and politics with cohost, activist and artist Brian Murray For more information, past shows, videos and articles, visit www.revolutioandbeer.com


The Illinois Policy Institute (IPI) is a conservative think tank with offices in Chicago and Springfield, Illinois, and member of the State Policy Network. IPI is a member of the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) as of 2011. IPI is also a member of ALEC’s Health and Human Services Task Force and Education Task Force. Senior Budget and Tax Policy Analyst, Amanda Griffin-Johnson, presented model legislation (the “State Employee Health Savings Account Act”) to the HHS task force at ALEC’s 2011 annual meeting.[4] Collin Hitt, Director of Education Policy, is a private sector member of the Education Task Force representing IPI. He sponsored the “Local Government Transparency Act” at the ALEC 2011 States and Nation Policy Summit. In its 2006 annual report the Cato Institute states that it made a grant of $50,000 to the Illinois Policy Institute. The Cato Institute is a libertarian think tank founded by Charles G. Koch and funded by the Koch brothers.

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Dark Horse: Bernie Sanders 2016-Charleston

At just after 8 in the evening on June 17, 2015, 21 year old Dylann Roof walked into the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, South Carolina. The sandy-haired Roof, with white supremacists ties and leanings sat quietly among the 12 African American worshippers attending a basement Bible study, including The senior pastor, the Rev. Clementa C. Pinckney who was also a Democratic member of the South Carolina Senate.
Just before 9 Roof stood and pulled a pistol from a fanny pack and announced to the stunned attendees that, “I have to do it. You rape our women and you’re taking over our country. And you have to go.” With that Roof began firing, stopping several times to reload. When he was finished nine were dead.

There were two other attacks against Black churches that night and the next day, one in Tennessee and the other in Virginia. In the weeks to follow, incited and by encouraged by FOX News pundits and Rightwing Talk shows, white hate groups would be suspected in at least 6 church burnings. The Charleston attack was the deadliest church shooting in American history, ranking alongside the 1991 execution-style murders at a Buddhist Temple in Waddell Arizona and the murders of 6 Sikh worshippers at the hands of a white supremacist, Wade Michael Page, at a Wisconsin temple in 2012. Since 2001 some 400 Americans have been killed by white supremacists, including almost 2 dozen law enforcement officers. In 2012 two white supremacists executed 2 Nevada police officers as they ate lunch before storming a nearby Walmart and announcing the start of a white revolution.

The Charleston attack came at a period of heightened racial tension and awareness, amid a national conversation on race which was long overdue. In the weeks and months preceding the attack an alarming trend appeared to be developing after a string of controversial deaths and assaults by police which were caught on video. Just a week earlier a police officer in Texas slammed a 14 year old girl in a swimsuit to the ground and drew his weapon after complaints that Black teen agers had attended a pool party in a predominantly white neighborhood.

After the Charleston gunman, Dylann Roof was seen in photographs with a Confederate flag became the symbol of a racist thread still evident and virulent in the American weave. Republicans quickly countered that Americans, in particular republican and southern white Americans were not racist. While that was partly true, it was obvious that the Republican Party and its Tea Party offshoot had adopted icons and legacies of a more overtly racist and traitorous past.

On the candidate trail the reaction was predictable. While all of the candidates, Republican and Democrat, condemned the shooting itself, they split along seemingly irreconcilable partisan lines. Clinton, Sanders, Chafee and O’Malley all cited America’s legacy of racism. Clinton and Sanders both called for greater gun control. Roof had obtained the gun legally through a loophole in the law which does not require documentation or licensing of person to person private sales. With a pending felony charge he was prohibited from buying the gun in a store. The Republican candidates, in contrast to Democrats, were quick to defend the Confederate flag and guns, even before the victims had been publically identified. Others on the Republican side were silent.

Former Texas governor Rick Perry, who was adamant about calling the Fort Hood shooter Nidal Hassan a terrorist instead dubbed the Charleston shooting an accident. Rand Paul jumped quickly to defend the broadest possible interpretation of the Second amendment. The NRA blamed the victims for not being armed, which included an 83 year old woman and her 7 year old granddaughter. Jeb Bush said that he didn’t know if the attack was racially motivated, then canceled a trip to Charleston. Neither Lindsay Graham nor Rick Santorum could bring themselves to admit the attack was racially motivated, despite Roof telling his surviving victims and the police that his actions were indeed racially motivated!

In fact, none of the candidates on the right could bring themselves to describe the attack in terms of domestic terrorism. The issue, which seems obvious to most on the Left and many on the Right, would indicate a growing crisis in American society that is not being squarely addressed in the media and by too many political figures on the Right, especially among the current crop of presidential candidates. Many of those same pundits demand any act committed by a Muslim to be described as terrorism. Not such demand or outrage was made regarding the Charleston Massacre.

That might point to a deeper and darker problem America faces in confronting homegrown terrorism. Former FBI agent Mike German, who specialized in domestic counterterrorism from 1988 to 2004 told Democracy Now’s Amy Goodman that:

“…you can imagine the different reaction that would have occurred if Dylann Roof was wearing an ISIS flag on his jacket rather than a Rhodesia flag. And for somebody like me who knows a lot about the white supremacist movement and having been undercover in it, seeing those symbols, seeing the target—you know, the Emanuel AME Church, like many AME churches, isn’t just the spiritual center of the black community, it’s the political center, it’s the social center, so the fact that it’s targeted fits the FBI definition, which is an act of violence intended to intimidate or coerce a civilian population. And the political purpose is obvious. One of the victims, who was specifically picked out, was a state legislator. So the idea that somehow this wasn’t political, I think, says a lot about the way the FBI views terrorism.”
(http://www.democracynow.org/2015/6/25/does_us_ignore_right_wing_terror)

In 2009 the Department of Homeland Security disbanded a unit tasked with looking at domestic rightwing terror groups. Since then the number of hate groups in America has mushroomed to more than 1000 in 2008, according to the Southern Poverty Law Institute, which tracks white supremacists hate groups, to more than 2100 by 2010. Both Michael Savage and Rush Limbaugh describe SPLI, for its outspoken investigations about white hate groups, as a terror group that should be closed down. Savage, through music choices and guests regularly courts a white extremist agenda paraded as populist.

What that points to is a problem with race that America seems unwilling or unable to come to terms with. Both Clinton and Sanders appeared to be in agreement on the issue of race and guns in America. Clinton forcefully condemned the shootings and was more candid than ever before regarding racism. Sen. Sanders issued a statement saying, “The Charleston church killings are a tragic reminder of the ugly stain of racism that still taints our nation.” Earlier this year, however, according the Huffington Post’s Paul Blumenthal and Ryan Grim (http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2015/05/31/hillary-clinton-speeches-keystone_n_7463108.html)
Clinton took $1.6 million in speaking fees from the Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce (CIBC) and TD Bank, both closely connected to the Keystone XL Pipeline. The pipeline remains a hot button issue with Progressives and Liberals who aggressively oppose the pipeline over environmental, safety and property rights concerns. Grim and Blumenthal write that:

Both banks have financial ties to TransCanada, the company behind the Keystone XL pipeline, and have advocated for a massive increase in pipeline capacity, including construction of Keystone. Further, Gordon Giffin, a CIBC board member and onetime U.S. ambassador to Canada, is a former lobbyist for TransCanada and was a contributions bundler for Clinton’s 2008 presidential campaign.
It is the belief that Hillary tends to play strongly to the ambiguous, except where it is politically safe and expedient. Her stand on banks is illustrative. While saying she would be tough on Wall Street…

It is arguable that the United States had not had a true statesman or stateswoman in recent history. President Jimmy Carter, John F. Kennedy and Dwight D. Eisenhower are the first examples that come to mind. In 1990 Sanders, running as an independent against Republican Rep. Peter Smith, benefitted from an NRA campaign against Smith who supported a ban on assault weapons. While the NRA money did not go to support Sanders, his silence was enough to allow him to beat Smith and the Democratic challenger. In 1994 Sanders voted in favor of a ban on assault weapons, a vote which some believe nearly cost him his House seat that same year.

Certainly the gun issue in America and the debate in Congress has been a contentious, complex and evolving one. There are, according to one conservative website, roughly 32000 gun deaths in, with close to a 1000 accidental shootings (which the pro-gun site attempts to minimize) and about 11000 homicides. More than half of gun deaths, almost 60% are suicides. With accidental deaths, and since most homicides are committed by acquaintances, spouses and family members, that means that gun owners are far more likely to die by a gun in the home than by a stranger’s hand. What that describes is an effort by the gun lobby to manipulate public opinion for sales, portraying a community as far more dangerous than it actually is. The gun proliferation industry has gone so far as to fictionalize even the Holocaust, pushing historical revisionism to the point of saying the Hitler’s so-called banning and confiscation of guns led to the deaths of millions of Jews.

There are numerous credible sources regarding Hitler and guns. The Nazis did not impose any gun registration or restriction laws. In fact, the Weimar government plagued with rampant violence and near insurrection between communist organizations and Nazis imposed restrictions targeting both groups. Those laws remained in place and were merely tightened in 1938 against Jews. At less than 1.5%, or about 500,000 people, the Jewish population would have merely escalated and hastened their destruction with a token insurrection, that is if enough could have foreseen the Holocaust, which to most Jews in Europe, despite the growing hate speech and isolated violence against Jews still remained unfathomable in 1938. (http://www.straightdope.com/columns/read/1791/did-hitler-ban-gun-ownership)

For Bernie Sanders the issue resonates strongly. Sanders, the youngest of two sons, was born toPolish parents fleeing the Nazis. The war would end before the family would learn that almost the entire family in Poland had been wiped out in the Holocaust. Through the Nuremburg trials of Nazi war criminals the world and America would weigh the difference between vengeance and justice through the rule of law. Sanders father was paint salesman. Life in Brooklyn in the 1940s and 50s was defined in the hard-scrabble culture of poor and working class families. There were lessons to be learned there, Sanders, looking back at those formative years is candid about those lessons.

“I saw unfairness,” He told the Guardian newspaper, “That was the major inspiration in my politics.”


Listen Saturday’s from 11am-1pm to WC Turck, Brian Murray and guests on Chicago’s real alternative media, AM1680, Q4 radio, streaming at www.que4.org.
CAM00236WC Turck is an author, artist, playwright and talk radio host in Chicago. He has been called the most dangerous voice on the Left. His new book “A Tragic Fate: is an unflinching look at the events leading up to the shooting down of Malaysia Air Flight 17.” His first novel, “Broken” was recommended by NAMI for its treatment of PTSD. In 2006 he published “Everything for Love,” a memoir of his experiences during the siege of Sarajevo. He wrote and produced two critically acclaimed plays, “Occupy my Heart” and “The People’s Republic of Edward Snowden.” He works with the homeless and foreclosure victims in Chicago. He partners in a weekly radio show dedicated to issues, society and politics with cohost, activist and artist Brian Murray For more information, past shows, videos and articles, visit www.revolutioandbeer.com


The Illinois Policy Institute (IPI) is a conservative think tank with offices in Chicago and Springfield, Illinois, and member of the State Policy Network. IPI is a member of the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) as of 2011. IPI is also a member of ALEC’s Health and Human Services Task Force and Education Task Force. Senior Budget and Tax Policy Analyst, Amanda Griffin-Johnson, presented model legislation (the “State Employee Health Savings Account Act”) to the HHS task force at ALEC’s 2011 annual meeting.[4] Collin Hitt, Director of Education Policy, is a private sector member of the Education Task Force representing IPI. He sponsored the “Local Government Transparency Act” at the ALEC 2011 States and Nation Policy Summit. In its 2006 annual report the Cato Institute states that it made a grant of $50,000 to the Illinois Policy Institute. The Cato Institute is a libertarian think tank founded by Charles G. Koch and funded by the Koch brothers. .

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