Black Friday redux

Happiness is a warm gun.

Happiness is a warm gun.

From our Hey, Look, There’s a Fire Over There, Let’s Pour a Record Amount of Gasoline On It Department. Boy, do I ever hate being right.

• Late update: Oh, good. The national barbecue continues unabated.

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18 Responses to “Black Friday redux”

  1. khal spencer Says:

    Heavily armed people shooting up a place for the developmentally disabled? What in the name of…..

  2. Pat O'Brien Says:

    Damn Khal, I have no answer to that question. Like I said last time, we have this conversation way too often, but twice in one week? Like the last, I won’t speculate yet, but multiple shooters with long guns seems to be the start of an answer.

  3. Ira Says:

    If only mental health care was as accessible and had as little stigma as guns…

  4. Pat O'Brien Says:

    Good morning. Once again it seems that going for a ride is a better idea than reading the news. I hope that this is the last of this bullshit for a long time.

  5. khal spencer Says:

    Multiple media are now reporting that the wife had pledged herself to ISIS. Looks like terrorism now, rather than a reaction to a bad performance evaluation.

    • Pat O'Brien Says:

      When I read that he had met here in Saudi Arabia while on a haj pilgrimage, and after a whirlwind romance he brought her back here on a “fiancee visa.” I didn’t even know there was such a thing. There are background checks for those, but they are not as thorough as if the person is coming from an known terrorist state such as Syria or Iraq. Guess nobody gets radicalized in Saudi Arabia. The rifles were purchased legally but not by the terrorists. So probably a straw man sale in Arizona or Nevada.

      • khal spencer Says:

        Or, a legal purchase to the original owner in California followed by an illegal transfer. So far no one seems to have picked up on where those guns came from. Another guy with a last name like “bin Pharteen”?

      • Larry T. Says:

        And the whole scheme (just as Bin Laden’s did) is working – the Brits are bombing in Syria, the Germans are getting involved while the US sends more “advisors” and weapons. These Daesh nut-jobs think the world will end (and they’ll all go to paradise) when all who oppose them show up in Syria to wipe ’em out. Do we really think making martyrs of all of them will end the fantasy? The only ones who profit from this madness are those who make and sell the tools of war.

      • pat O'Brien Says:

        I agree Larry. They are getting exactly what they want. The “Crusader” armies attacking muslims. Their recruiting propaganda will be much more effective both inside Syria and Iraq, and world wide. You can never kill them all. And the really ironic thing is we created the perfect environment for these assholes in Iraq. Our meddling in the middle East has never produced anything but conflict.

      • larryatcycleitalia Says:

        And cheap oil (at least when you keep the military costs out of it) + mega profits for the likes of Halliburton. Meanwhile, the regime who chops off more heads than pretty much anyone else, the thugs who run Saudi Arabia, somehow are our friends and allies?

      • khal spencer Says:

        This whole whack-a-mole strategy fails miserably. As Larry said, the only winners are the profiteers in the military industrial complex. And, of course, the nutjobs in ISIS.

  6. Pat O'Brien Says:

    This might actually get some traction next year. It was on the front page which made news by itself. I could support it, along with a buy back program for assault rifles. Now the only sticking point is the definition of “assault rifle.” Bet this is what Obama will lead out with in his address tonight.

    http://www.nytimes.com/2015/12/05/opinion/end-the-gun-epidemic-in-america.html?_r=0

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