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How is El Paso holding up since the white supremacist attack?


I went to my favorite El Paso local gun store today. Almost no .380 ACPs left. Nearly empty cases once filled with Glocks, Walthers, and SIGs.

S&W SW99 in .45 ACP; Walther P99c AS in 9mm

Elsewhere across town, concealed carry courses are sold out, and additional classes are being added.

Colt Government Models in .45 ACP and .38 Super +P

The next white supremacist piece of garbage coming here is going to be in for a rude awakening.

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Just Some of the Ways Donald Trump has Victimized El Paso


Suspect I refuse to name with what appears to be a WASR-10

As I write this, El Paso, Texas, the 22nd largest city in the United States, is mourning, in shock, and attempting to return to a sense of normalcy. It’s going to be a long haul. Yes, Ursula and I are fine. We were grocery shopping at a westside El Paso Albertson’s when the word spread of this apparent right-wing terrorist attack.

EPPD SWAT responds to Cielo Vista Mall

Well get back to this terrorist attack later, but for now I’d like to list just some of the ways this wonderful city have been victimized since the elevation to the presidency of Donald J. Trump. Let us begin:

Victimization 1:

The ‘alternative fact’ that El Paso was an unsafe city known for rampant crime before a border wall was erected here in 2008-2009

But let’s get something out of the way first. The alternative to a fact is fiction. And a fiction presented as fact is a lie. The crime rate in El Paso peaked in 1993, some sixteen years before a border barrier was completed. The El Paso Times compiled the statistics, and this is a chart derived from those numbers:

Reported violent crimes by year. Source: El Paso Times.

You’ll note that violent crime in El Paso bottomed out in 2006, and actually went up slightly following completion of the wall in mid-2009. So, the president, trying desperately to rationalize a monument to himself along the southern border, chose to disparage El Paso as a den of violent crime, when in fact El Paso is routinely listed as one of the safest cities in the U.S., and has been since the late 1990s.

Victimization 2:

The Trump Campaign stiffs the taxpayers of El Paso for $470,417.05

On February 11 of this year, the Trump Campaign held one of Donald Trump’s notoriously raucous and frequently racist MAGA rallies in El Paso. The itemized bill for the campaign’s expenses for that rally are presented below:

Trump Rally Invoice

Note the invoice date, March 27, and the due date of April 26. In mid May, the city sent the Trump Campaign a dunning letter giving the already delinquent deadbeats thirty days to pay up or suffer the consequences of a 21% collection fee. That collection fee is now in effect, and the total now owed the city of El Paso is an astounding $569,204.63.

City officials still await so much as an acknowledgement that the money is owed.

Victimization 3:

Hundreds of detained migrants released onto the streets of El Paso with zero advanced notice. Two days before Christmas. Another 180 more released on Christmas Day:

On December 23 of last year, with no warning to civic leaders or local charities, 214 asylum seekers were dumped by the Trump Administration onto the streets of El Paso. And while U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) claimed this was but an oversight, we all know better. No such ‘oversight’ would have occurred in, say, a battleground state such as Florida, Nevada, or Arizona. This was a political decision to stick it to a largely Democrat supporting area. Similar releases occurred in the Las Cruces, New Mexico area, in a state that was won by Hillary Clinton with an 8.2% margin. Coincidence? I think not.

Victimization 4:

Inspiring racists, white supremacists, white nationalists, and Neo-Nazis to the point where El Paso has now endured the 8th worst mass shooting attack in U.S. history.

Yesterday, August 2, the Walmart Supercenter located adjacent the Cielo Vista Mall in El Paso came under terrorist attack. The person arrested for the shooting claimed that a Romanian WASR-10 was the weapon he planned to use, and video footage seems to bear out that an AK-47-type weapon, which would include the WASR-10, was indeed used.

Scene outside the Cielo Vista Walmart Supercenter

The suspect appears to have traveled from his residence in Allen, Texas. That’s a 650-mile/1,046-kilometer trip. Think about that for a moment. Why travel 650 miles when Allen is only 25 miles north of target-rich Dallas, a city considerably larger than El Paso, and a metro area many times larger when you take into account Fort Worth and surrounding communities.

Shoppers escorted to safety

When I heard this, I immediately suspected the reason even before we knew much about the suspect. So, what’s the answer? It’s this:
Assuming a populated target matches closely the demographics for El Paso, a random killer spraying bullets indiscriminately into a crowded store will discover that approximately 81% of his victims are Hispanic.

Shoppers escorted to safety

I managed, after some online detective work, to acquire a copy of the suspect’s ‘manifesto’, a hate-filled diatribe of racist views that uses much of the same language as President Donald J. Trump. I’m not going to post images of that screed, just as I’ve refused in this article to mention the name of the suspect lest he get some twisted satisfaction of having his name out there one more time. Instead, I’m going to select from this abhorrent white supremacist, anti-immigrant harangue those words and sentiments identical to those used frequently by President Trump.

Suspect I refuse to name in EPPD custody

Yes, the suspect takes to task both political parties, but his sentiments are almost word-for-word straight out of President Trump’s tweets and rallies. In his racist diatribe, the suspect took the following straight from the Donald J. Trump playbook of racist grievances:

  • I am simply defending my country from cultural and ethnic displacement brought on by an invasion. (How many times as President Trump characterized the southern border situation as an, “Invasion”?)
  • Due to the death of the baby boomers, the increasingly anti-immigrant rhetoric of the right and the ever increasing Hispanic population, America will soon become a one party-state. The Democrat Party will own America and they know it. They have already begun the transition by pandering heavily to the Hispanic voting bloc in the 1st Democratic Debate. They intend to use open borders, free healthcare of illegals, citizenship and more to enact a political coup by importing and then legalizing millions of new voters. (Note the Trumpian words and phrases: ever increasing Hispanic population; open borders; political coup; importing and legalizing millions of new voters)
  • This is an encouraging sign the the Hispanic population is willing to return to their home countries if given the proper incentive. An incentive that myself and many other patriotic Americans will provide. (Another ‘incentive’ would be the Attorney General of the U.S. implementing in April, 2018 a zero-tolerance policy designed to facilitate family separations)
  • Hispanics will take control of the local and state government of my beloved Texas changing policy to better suit their needs. They will turn Texas into the instrument of a political coup, which will hasten the destruction of our country. (The sentiment of the current Republican Party, and the Trump Administration, is to suppress minority voting around the country under the guise of ‘voter security’, even though the only organized, wide-spread election fraud during the last election was perpetrated by Republicans in North Carolina’s 9th Congressional District. Yet, despite that, the rhetoric targeting minorities continues.)
  • Our government has killed a whole lot more people for a whole lot less. (Remember the following rationale for not criticizing the Russian nerve agent attack on U.K. soil? “There are a lot of killers. We’ve got a lot of killers. What do you think, our country’s so innocent?)

Some additional quotes that show the sick mind of the suspect, but which do not directly tie with tweets or statements from President Trump:

  • Even if they are shameless race mixers . . . .
  • I am against race mixing because it destroys genetic diversity and creates identity problems.
  • 2nd and 3rd generation Hispanics form interracial unions at much higher rates than average.

And then, after all the direct evidence to the contrary, much of it presented above, we get this little disclaimer at the end attempting to absolve the president from responsibility:

  • My ideology has not changed for several years (by way of contest, the suspect is 21). My opinions on automation, immigration, and the rest predate Trump (not bloody likely considering the similarities in tone and language; and he would have been in this teens when these views solidified without Trumpian inspiration?). I putting (sic) this here because some people will blame the President or certain presidential candidates for the attack. I know that the media will probably call me a white supremacist anyway and blame Trump’s rhetoric (so, the suspect readily admits that he is indeed familiar with this rhetoric; it’s simply not rational to believe he wasn’t influenced by it). The media is infamous for fake news (where have we heard that term before?).

My take on all this:

Will this be a massive turning point in President Trump’s support? Not so much. Many still supporting the president do so fully aware that they are supporting someone who actively courts racists, white supremacists, white nationalists, and Neo-Nazis. We see evidence of that courtship on an almost weekly, and sometimes daily, basis. I do believe, however, as more comes out on the human piece of excrement who perpetrated this vicious terrorist attack, that just enough Texans may be swayed to potentially cost President Trump her 38 electoral votes, and with those electoral votes go any chance he may have for reelection. So, ironically, the outcome of this attack in ‘reliably red’ Texas may be 180º out from what the suspect intended. I also believe that, because of his repeated inability to criticize the president, Texas Senator John Cornyn may very well be vulnerable in his reelection bid next year.

Meanwhile, let us watch how exactly President Trump passes out cans of gasoline and books of matches at his MAGA rallies:

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Baltic Cruise — Gdańsk and Solidarity (and some political commentary)


Solidarność (Solidarity)

In the aftermath of World War II, Eastern Europe fell under the domination of the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics (U.S.S.R., a.k.a., the Soviet Union). This ‘Eastern Bloc‘ included, among others, Albania, Bulgaria, Czechoslovakia, East Germany, Hungry, Romania, Yugoslavia, and, of course, the Polish People’s Republic. All were puppets of the Soviet regime. That would eventually change, and the beginning of the end of Eastern Europe’s domination was the Solidarity Trade Union at the Lenin Shipyard in Gdańsk.

European Solidarity Centre

But, while Solidarity began here in 1980, the history of dissent toward U.S.S.R. domination really had its start in the Coastal Cities Protests of 1970, in which 42 Poles lost their lives and another thousand injured when the protest was crushed by the Polish People’s Army and the Milicja Obywatelsk (Citizen’s Militia). Many of those killed worked at the Lenin Shipyard. A decade later this uprising was commemorated with the Monument to the Fallen Shipyard Workers of 1970, which became the first monument in a communist state dedicated to victims of communist oppression.

Monument to the Fallen Shipyard Workers of 1970

Monument to the Fallen Shipyard Workers of 1970

Monument to the Fallen Shipyard Workers of 1970

Now for some blatantly political comments (and a warning):

There is a very fine line between communism and socialism, with socialism having been viewed by Karl Marx as but a first step toward Marxist Communism. Remember that lesson well before you consider voting for an avowed Democratic Socialist come next year’s Democrat presidential primaries and caucuses. Conversely, do not allow the Fox News crowd or many supporters of Donald Trump to confuse you with their attempts to erroneously equate social programs (Medicare, Social Security, etc.) with actual socialism. Social programs are most assuredly not synonymous with socialism, as socialism requires state control of the means of both production and allocation. Anyone trying to link the two is either too ignorant to warrant heeding, or they are trying to scare you into voting against your own interests (and for theirs). Either way, such individuals have no credibility on the subject of either social programs or socialism.

Think social programs have a role in today’s United States? By all means, vote for them. Think socialism does, even if it’s billed as Democratic Socialism? Think again, and heed the examples of Venezuela, Nicaragua, and countless other such experiments in ‘Democratic Socialism’ (an oxymoron if there ever was one), because it is awfully hard to regain your democracy once you open that door toward true socialism.

Okay, off my soapbox for the day. Here are more images of Gdańsk to tide you over until this week’s Fun Photo Friday favorites:

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