Invoke the name of the Islamic State in your mass killing and the group will claim responsibility: Daily Bullshit, June 13, 2016 (updated)

Updated for additional stories on the Orlando shooting.


Orlando mass shooting

I comment on the Orlando shooting as part of a much larger pattern of societal violence in a blog post written before many of the following stories were available.

Ashley Fantz, Faith Karimi, Eliott C. McLaughlin, and Tim Hume, “Orlando shooting: All but one victim identified, officials say,” CNN, June 13, 2016, http://www.cnn.com/2016/06/13/us/orlando-nightclub-shooting/index.html

Gal Tziperman Lotan, Paul Brinkmann, and Rene Stutzman, “Witness: Omar Mateen drank alone at Pulse before attack,” Orlando Sentinel, June 13, 2016, http://www.orlandosentinel.com/news/pulse-orlando-nightclub-shooting/os-orlando-nightclub-omar-mateen-profile-20160613-story.html

Josh Marshall, “Matteen Was Regular at Gay Club,” Talking Points Memo, June 13, 2016, http://talkingpointsmemo.com/edblog/murkier-still

Lawrence Mower, “Orlando shooter Omar Mateen was gay, former classmate says,” Palm Beach Post, June 13, 2016, http://www.palmbeachpost.com/news/news/orlando-shooter-omar-mateen-was-gay-former-classma/nrfwW/

Ed Pilkington and Dan Roberts, “Obama and FBI confirm Pulse nightclub shooter was radicalized on the internet,” Guardian, June 13, 2016, http://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2016/jun/13/pulse-nightclub-attack-shooter-radicalized-internet-orlando

Derek Stoffel, “Orlando shooting: ISIS quick to claim responsibility but it’s likely bluffing, says analyst,” Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, June 13, 2016, http://www.cbc.ca/news/world/orlando-shooting-isis-claim-1.3632496

Josh Marshall, “At Police Academy Fellow Students Thought Mateen Was Gay,” Talking Points Memo, June 14, 2016, http://talkingpointsmemo.com/edblog/at-police-academy-fellow-students-thought-mateen-was-gay


Horse Race

It is just bizarre to me that Ben Ptashnik and Victoria Collier expect the Democratic Party establishment to respond to a grassroots movement for electoral reform.[1] The status quo serves their interests; reform does not. They will more than likely simply wait out the furor; that they don’t actually care about winning elections was demonstrated in their choice of an appallingly weak candidate in the first place.

Ben Ptashnik and Victoria Collier, “Was the Democratic Primary Just Manipulated, or Was It Stolen?” Truthout, June 13, 2016, http://www.truth-out.org/news/item/36408-was-the-democratic-primary-just-manipulated-or-was-it-stolen


Brexit

Judging from polls, it very much appears that the ‘Leave’ campaign is winning and, apparently even with Labour, “the [‘Remain’] campaign was sticking to the same message it had always made but was simply using the penultimate week of campaigning to ‘widen out the people delivering the message.'”[2] A caution: Polls misjudged the outcome of the referendum for Scottish independence.[3]

Anushka Asthana, Jessica Elgot, and Tom Clark, “Corbyn to flex Labour’s muscles as alarm grows over EU referendum,” Guardian, June 13, 2016, http://www.theguardian.com/politics/2016/jun/13/jeremy-corbyn-to-flex-labours-muscles-in-eu-referendum-debate

Riva Gold, “Looming ‘Brexit’ Vote Rattles Global Markets,” Wall Street Journal, June 13, 2016, http://www.wsj.com/articles/looming-brexit-vote-rattles-global-markets-1465846967


Footnotes

  1. [1]Ben Ptashnik and Victoria Collier, “Was the Democratic Primary Just Manipulated, or Was It Stolen?” Truthout, June 13, 2016, http://www.truth-out.org/news/item/36408-was-the-democratic-primary-just-manipulated-or-was-it-stolen
  2. [2]Anushka Asthana, Jessica Elgot, and Tom Clark, “Corbyn to flex Labour’s muscles as alarm grows over EU referendum,” Guardian, June 13, 2016, http://www.theguardian.com/politics/2016/jun/13/jeremy-corbyn-to-flex-labours-muscles-in-eu-referendum-debate
  3. [3]Steven Erlanger and Alan Cowell, “Scotland Rejects Independence From United Kingdom,” New York Times, September 18, 2014, http://www.nytimes.com/2014/09/19/world/europe/scotland-independence-vote.html

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