20 thoughts on “News/Politics 5-27-22

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  2. Yes, AJ, when seconds count, sometimes the cops are only minutes to hours away.

    Criminals are far less likely to perform their dastardly deeds when they do not know who else may be armed. An “armed & trained” parent, school administrator or teacher on site would have altered the situation trajectory…


    “Several witnesses at the scene of the Texas mass shooting said that police waited to enter, as videos surfaced of parents telling officers, “Go protect the kids!”

    “What are you doing—get inside the building!” a person yelled in one of the videos, while another screamed, “Go protect the kids!”

    Law enforcement authorities faced questions on May 26 about how much time had elapsed before they stormed a classroom in Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, where an 18-year-old gunman opened fire, killing two teachers and 19 children on May 24.

    Investigators were also unable to say with any certainty whether an armed school district security officer outside Robb Elementary in the town of Uvalde exchanged fire with the attacker, Salvador Ramos, when Ramos first arrived.

    Texas Department of Public Safety Director Steve McCraw confirmed to news outlets on May 25 that 40 minutes to an hour had elapsed between when Ramos opened fire on the school security officer to when the tactical team shot him. Ultimately, officials confirmed that a Border Patrol agent shot and killed Ramos.”

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  3. The Democrats only answer ever is a gun ban.

    But common sense reforms that could help secure schools?


    “Chuck Schumer Blocks Senate Republicans’ School Safety Bill Named After Parkland Victims

    “We need real solutions—We will vote on gun legislation starting with the Domestic Terrorism Prevention Act.””


    “After the shooting at a school in Uvalde, Texas this week, Republicans in the Senate advanced a school safety bill, named the Luke and Alex Safety Act after Parkland victims, which was promptly blocked by Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY).

    It’s almost like Schumer doesn’t really want solutions.

    Jessica Chasmar reports at FOX News:

    Schumer blocks Senate GOP school safety bill, angering Republicans

    Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., on Wednesday blocked a school safety bill that has Republicans crying foul.

    After the horrific mass shooting at a Uvalde, Texas, elementary school that killed 19 children and two teachers, Sen. Ron Johnson, R-Wisc., asked for the Luke and Alex School Safety Act to be passed by unanimous consent.

    The bill, named after Parkland, Florida, shooting victims Luke Hoyer and Alex Schachter, would require the Department of Homeland Security to establish a “Federal Clearinghouse on School Safety Best Practices” for use by state and local educational and law-enforcement agencies, institutions of higher education, health professionals, and the public. And it would require DHS to “collect clearinghouse data analytics, user feedback on the implementation of best practices and recommendations identified by the clearinghouse, and any evaluations conducted on these best practices and recommendations.”

    The clearinghouse, which is already available at SchoolSafety.gov, would be codified into law with the bill’s passage.

    Schumer objected to Johnson’s request, claiming on Twitter that the bill “could see more guns in schools.”

    “The truth: There were officers at the school in Texas,” Schumer tweeted. “The shooter got past them. We need real solutions—We will vote on gun legislation starting with the Domestic Terrorism Prevention Act.”
    That last part gives away Schumer’s game. He doesn’t want solutions. What he wants is an issue that Democrats can run on and the only acceptable outcome is more gun control.

    Ron Johnson of Wisconsin called him out:”


    “It seems to me that Schumer doesn’t really give a damn about these kids or any other real victims. Notice how he chokes up talking about the kids who were shot this week but doesn’t forget to include the lame “MAGA Republicans” talking point. This is all just about politics and power.”

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  4. In contrast to the previous article, there are still heroes out there…


    “An off-duty Texas Border Patrol agent rushed into Robb Elementary School with a shotgun and rescued several-dozen children and his daughter during a mass shooting on Tuesday after his wife sent him a text message.

    Jacob Albarado told the New York Times that he was getting a haircut when he received a message from his wife, a fourth-grade teacher at the school in Uvalde.

    “There’s an active shooter,” she wrote, according to Albarado. “Help,” she sent, adding: “I love you.”

    Albarado said he got out of his seat and took the barber’s shotgun to the school. His daughter, who went to the school, was locked inside a bathroom while his wife hid underneath desks with students, he told the outlet.

    The suspect, 18-year-old Salvador Ramos, shot and killed 19 students and two teachers in another part of the school. Officials on Thursday said that he shot his grandmother, texted a stranger online that he was going to shoot up a school, crashed a truck, fired shots at a funeral home, and then apparently walked into the school, which was unlocked.

    Albarado said he entered the school where his daughter was located before “clearing all the classes in her wing,” he told the paper. “I did what I was trained to do,” Albarado added.

    He recalled that two police officers with guns drawn provided cover to him while two others led dozens of children and teachers to the sidewalk.”

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  5. I’m still waiting for an explanation on how a kid with no job, who only ever worked briefly at a Wendy’s, could afford over 5K worth of guns and gear.

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  6. Ya think?

    “Top Texas cop admits cops botched Uvalde school response: ‘Wrong decision, period’”


    “Cops responding to the Uvalde, Texas school massacre “made the wrong decision” when they waited to breach the classroom door where a gunman had barricaded himself inside with children, a top law enforcement official said Friday.

    The on-scene commander made the call that the carnage at Robb Elementary School on Tuesday had gone from an active shooter situation to a “barricaded suspect” situation, Col. Steven McCraw, director Texas Department of Public Safety said in a briefing Friday.

    McCraw said with the benefit of hindsight, it was clear there were still students inside and in danger.

    “Of course it was not the right decision, it was the wrong decision period,” McCraw said.

    The admission came as police revealed the first time that shooter marched in through an unlocked door that had been propped open by a teacher.

    The teacher propped the door at 11:27 a.m. a minute before 18-year-old gunman Salvador Ramos crashed his car into a ditch near the Robb Elementary School Tuesday.

    Authorities are scrambling to explain why it took an hour to take out Ramos, whose rampage at Robb Elementary School Tuesday left 19 children and two teachers dead.”


    “It took cops about an hour to shoot and kill Ramos, who barricaded himself inside a classroom — and officials have struggled to account for that gap in time.

    Emergency response experts have said a quicker response may have limited the slaughter, or could’ve meant getting the injured life-saving treatment before it was too late.

    Distressing videos have emerged showing desperate parents outside the school begging with officers to storm the building while the madman remains inside with kids. Some parents were ready to take action themselves, and officers are seen in the clips holding one parent down and shoving another.

    We’re parents! Take him the f—k out!” one mother begs an officer in a video obtained by the Washington Post.

    “You know that they are kids right?” one angry man yelled at cops, who appear to be standing their ground.

    “They’re little kids, they don’t know how to defend themselves… 6-year-old kids in there, they don’t know how to defend themselves from a shooter!””


    This inaction just makes it even worse.

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  7. “FBI ignored lies to get their hands on Trump”


    ““Tell me lies, tell me sweet little lies.” Sounds like I’m humming Fleetwood Mac, but I’m really just capturing the signal that top officials at the FBI seemed to be sending to Clinton campaign lawyer Michael Sussmann.

    Sussmann claimed he was not representing any client when he brought the FBI internet data that he insisted showed that Donald Trump had established a communications back channel with the Kremlin, through servers at Russia’s Alfa-Bank.

    In reality, Sussmann was representing the presidential campaign of Hillary Clinton. He wanted an “October surprise” to torpedo Trump’s chances, and what better way than to make it look like the FBI was investigating the candidate?

    It’s clear from text messages and testimony that Sussmann lied about not having any ulterior motives, and simply acting as a concerned citizen.

    But his defense presents a problem — both to the FBI’s reputation and special counsel John Durham’s prosecution of the lawyer. Sussmann argues that no matter what he said, FBI officials knew he was aligned with the Clintons.

    The bureau’s top-tier officials at the time — counsel James Baker, Director James Comey, Deputy Director Andrew McCabe and top counterintelligence agent Bill Priestap — were sophisticated actors. It is inconceivable that they did not grasp the partisan source of the information. Just months earlier, Sussmann had represented the DNC when it claimed to be hacked by Russia. In fact, Sussmann had blocked the FBI from examining the DNC’s servers, retaining a private contractor so that Democrats could maintain control of the investigation. The bureau knew exactly who Sussmann was and whom he represented.

    What we learned at the trial this week is that, notwithstanding Baker’s insistence that he believed Sussmann’s cover story, FBI headquarters officials fully realized they were acting on highly political information and took steps to conceal that fact.

    First, a decision was made to treat Sussmann, the source, as a confidential informant. This was not done to protect Sussmann’s security. It was done to protect the FBI’s reputation. The informant pretext enabled headquarters to conceal Sussmann’s identity from the line agents in Chicago who were tasked to assess the Alfa-Bank information. ”


    Every single one of the Deep Staters above, Baker, Comey, McCabe, are trash, just like I’ve told you from the start.

    And so is Mueller. He uncovered this too, and said nothing, like the NT scum he is.

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  8. It just gets worse….


    “One of the questions being mulled over yesterday was how the shooter so easily gained access to the school. Robb Elementary didn’t have the same “hardening” efforts, including a buzz-in security vestibule, that the Uvalde high school had. But there was supposedly a security plan that included keeping doors to the school locked from the outside.

    A short time ago Texas DPS director Steven McGraw gave a timeline of the incident which revealed a teacher had propped open that door moments before the shooter arrived. “We know from video evidence at 11:27 the exterior door…where we knew the shooter entered, was propped open by a teacher,” McGraw said……..”


    “McGraw also cleared up another mystery from yesterday. Was there an armed school resource officer on scene? Initially there were reports an SRO had exchanged fire with Ramos before he entered the school. Today, McGraw said the SRO was not present on campus but heard a radio call about a man with a gun and raced to the school. The SRO identified a man walking at the back of the school who he thought might be the suspect. He drove straight there but the man turned out to be a teacher. “In doing so, he drove right by the suspect who was hunkered down behind a vehicle,” McGraw said. All of that happened at 11:31 am.”

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  9. Once a traitor…. still a traitor. That’s John Kerry.

    This is treason.



    And he’s a liar.

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  10. So many failures..


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  12. I shall withhold judgement until we have the full picture, to the best of our ability.

    Sounds like: a teacher propped open a door that was supposed to be closed and locked. Was the teacher working with the shooter? Or did the teacher plan on a group of students coming in or going out momentarily or that it was stuffy inside?

    The SRO arrived and eyes on target to a plausible thought in a chaotic moment.

    The police arrived and misunderstood that he was barricaded and no more shots fired (did they not hear them or were they correct?) in which case, try to talk to the gunman and get the children out rather than scare the gunman into further action makes some sense. Meanwhile, trying to evacuate all the children not in that room as quickly as possible.

    The border patrol arrived and were told to wait, probably due to the false assessment.
    The border patrol made a decision to move, a great one.

    That being said, we really don’t know enough yet though we can be alarmed, disgusted, revolted, praying for God’s return to end the madness.

    And no, taking guns away from legal holders will not help as seen in Chicago, New York, DC.

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  13. AJ @1:12pm Very good question, and how about that very expensive truck he was driving as well. My very first job was at a Wendy’s – with my $3.10/hr wage I could never have imagined the day when such an employee could have thousands of dollars in disposable income…

    Something isn’t right here – similar to Parkland, or when the Capitol police held the doors open for the ‘Insurrection’ to take place. It’s almost as though our government is deliberately encouraging great tragedy so that they can push gun control, with the end goal of disarming Americans.

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  14. Also, the police have been trained and trained and trained to not be brutal. And at times like this, we rather wish they had. But if they are not able to act and act quickly for fear of being brutal, that leaves it up to our politicians, as Tychicus says, to disarm Americans (though we all know it will only be the law abiding ones)

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  15. The idiocy is off the charts with this guy! Infuriating!

    “As we grieve the children of Uvalde today, we should take time to recognize that two years have passed since the murder of George Floyd under the knee of a police officer.” Obama tweeted. “His killing stays with us all to this day, especially those who loved him.”

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  16. The shooter’s truck was his grandmother’s. I haven’t seen anything yet about where he got the guns.


  17. Good piece from World on the long-range view following Uvalde


    Tackling mass violence will take all of us
    Daniel Darling | That includes Republicans and Democrats, gun owners and non–gun owners

    It’s hard to know what to say, think, and feel after yet another horrific news cycle in which innocents are gunned down in cold blood. But here we are again, this time at an elementary school in Uvalde, Texas, west of San Antonio. Parents who dropped their kids off at school as part of a routine that millions of us repeat every day are now dealing with unexpected and unimaginable horror.

    The precious and innocent blood spilled so unnecessarily on those classroom floors understandably drives us to rage. Death, Scripture says, is the final foe, the work of the enemy. Jesus, peering at the corpse of his beloved friend Lazarus both wept and inwardly seethed (John 11). Ultimately, the shooting in Uvalde is the wicked handiwork of the one Jesus called a “murderer from the beginning.” As a parent of four children, I can hardly even process the news.

    We rage at a culture of death, where life has become so cheap and disposable. We rage at intractable political dysfunction, where massacres like the one in Uvalde become one more talking point in an endless political cycle. We rage at the normalcy of the abnormal, the numb sameness of school shootings that dominate our headlines—27 in this calendar year already.

    Yet, what won’t solve this epidemic of violence is the kind of performative stunts that masquerade as prophetic action, such as what Texas Democratic gubernatorial candidate Beto O’Rourke did, interrupting a news conference held by sitting Gov. Greg Abbott. The event included the families of victims, who were none too pleased to see the perennial political candidate vie for his viral moment as they were grieving. …

    … Anger is good and can stir us to action, but what we need from our leaders is not manufactured self-heroism that excites a political base but genuine and meaningful work to prevent the next massacre. We have to ask ourselves if we are interested more in making a difference or making a point. Our instinct is to reach for monocausal explanations in horrific moments, but gun violence is a multilayered problem. …

    … The truth is that these mass shootings have many causes. As Elizabeth Scalia so soberly and poignantly wrote: “It’s a gun crisis, a mental health crisis, a spiritual health crisis. It’s a family crisis, a societal crisis, a crisis of hopelessness, of emptiness. It’s a crisis of meaning, of people feeling unseen or thrown away. It’s a gun crisis, a mental health crisis … on a cruel loop.” …

    … Our rage and grief shouldn’t cause us to do nothing. We can’t look away from the horror of children being killed and pretend it’s normal. And yet, political stunts like Beto O’Rourke’s gratuitously disrespectful self-heroism won’t change the status quo. Those interested in producing change should see allies, not adversaries.

    We should demand that our elected officials come together, cross party lines, and act where there is consensus. This problem will not go away by sloganeering for the next election, pretending that half the country is to blame, demonizing those whose solutions might be different from ours, and collapsing this entirely into the fault of gun manufacturers or sociological explanations alone. If we solve the problem of deadly violence, we will have to do it together, Republicans and Democrats, gun owners, and those who don’t own guns. Reason—not opportunism—will be necessary.

    What’s more, while our lawmakers craft and debate legislation, we might be more vigilant in looking out for alienated young men, forgotten by society and radicalized by the internet, with so many wounded by absent fathers. All of us—pastors, parents, police, teachers—can do more than we are doing. We won’t stop every act of murder in a culture of death in a fallen world, but we may prevent some. And in doing so, keep another group of parents from experiencing the terror of Uvalde.

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