Doug's Darkworld

War, Science, and Philosophy in a Fractured World.


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Nearly ten years after 9/11, and ten years of staggering spending on security,  ever expanding powers of government search and surveillance, terror alerts and terror warnings, ever more humiliating and intrusive searches to go on a  plane  (and coming soon searches in buses, malls, and train stations,) … and a terrorist was able to simple walk up to a completely unprotected congresswoman in a crowd and open fire? What the hell is going on here? Where the hell was Homeland Security?

To put it mildly, I have some serious questions about this tragedy, questions every American should be demanding answers too.  This is exactly the sort of terrorist attack our government has been endlessly warning us about for a decade, and the government did exactly nothing to prevent it. There wasn’t even a local cop on hand, let alone the Secret Service or one of Janet Napolitano’s agents. Isn’t preventing terrorist attacks on congressmen and women a high priority? If Homeland security isn’t even trying to protect members of Congress, what the hell have they been doing with all that money for the past decade?

If the USA had any real press, these questions would be a major part of this story. And if the USA had real leadership, Janet Napolitano would have already resigned in disgrace. Hell, in countries with real leadership half a dozen careers would have ended before the good congresswoman’s ambulance even made it to the hospital … and the president would be on live TV taking responsibility for the mind-numbing lapse in security that allowed this to happen. And lastly, if the country had any real Americans, they would be in the streets demanding answers to the questions this appalling crime raises. Sadly, America no longer has a free press, our government is incompetent and corrupt and completely subservient to big business, and the American population has largely been reduced to little more than junk food chewing cows.

I’m rather upset about this shooting, does it show? Mostly because it illustrates what a corrupt farce the whole “Homeland Security” concept is, we have wasted endless sums of money on a problem that can never be completely eliminated, while our country’s infrastructure, schools, and health care systems continue to decay … and in the case of health care, continue to become less available and more expensive to the average American.

For the reader with any imagination, try to imagine if the shooter had been a, gasp, Muslim. We’d be bombing Tehran as I speak and rounding up millions of Muslim Americans. Well, maybe it wouldn’t be quite that bad, maybe, but it would certainly generate a huge and hysterical outcry by the media, the government, and all who stand to profit from our state of permanent war. The shooting wasn’t by a Muslim though, so all we are going to see is political hand wringing and finger pointing. The Dems immediately attacked the right for its “violent rhetoric,” as if their voting record on violence was any different the past few decades. War and violence are the norm for our culture, though we prefer to inflict it on faraway lands.

There was a time when America’s youth embraced peace and nonviolence, and we’ve spent decades since deriding the hippies for their supposed failings. Now America’s youth embrace confrontation and violence as the solution to our nation’s problems, and this type of shooting is the price we pay for it.  And our country has some terrible problems, and in unhappy times more and more people are pushed over the edge. I fear these were the first shots in a period of increasing political violence in the USA.

I hope I’m wrong.

(The above image is claimed as Fair Use under US copyright law. It’s not being used for profit, it is central to illustrating the post, and it is arguably an historically  important image. Credit/copyright: James Palka/AP. It’s one of the victims being treated by paramedics in the aftermath of the shooting. God rest the souls of those who died in this tragedy, peace and healing to their friends and families.)




Written by unitedcats

January 9, 2011 at 1:59 pm

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  1. Nidal Hassan had quite a few people loudly saying that it was unreasonable to jump to conclusions about whether it was because he was a Muslim that he shot people.

    Tom Dickson-Hunt

    January 9, 2011 at 3:48 pm

  2. Doug your comments are right on. When I first heard this I was wondering if this was someone mad about Arizona’s immigration law but this was some random nut on a rampage. What next is the TSA going to strip search everyone at political events?


    January 10, 2011 at 8:08 am

  3. Yes, a nut job acted out. As tragic as it is I suppose it will be used by the nut jobs in congress to further restrict a once free society, making the tragedy even bigger. Even the father of the 9 year old girl who was killed has the courage to call for no further restrictions on Americans.. what a brave man. He said that we are loosing our society and freedoms after 911 and he does not want to further fuel the misguided attempts to control citizens.

    Remember, it is the nut jobs in congress who fund the dispensing of violence both here and abroad.. but they get a free pass apparently. Congress is OK with killing innocents abroad.. which is what happens when you send bombs into villages.. killing a bunch of women and children in pursuit of ‘suspected terrorists’ gets NO press. Those dead get NO respect… and this of course ‘creates’ more people who dont like us. It is all quite disgusting.


    January 10, 2011 at 9:53 am

  4. Some are saying that this is going to be Obamas “OK city bombing” type event, but I dunno, something is fishy for sure, why the hell were ther not ANY type of security, and why was she a subscriber to HIS youtube cannel, weird….


    January 10, 2011 at 3:27 pm

    • I haven’t read a single description of this kid that hasn’t made sure everyone knows he was an atheist. That really annoys me.


      January 10, 2011 at 5:25 pm

    • Right. I get a weird feeling on the whole thing too. And the youtube part does not compute. Certainly makes a person wonder…


      January 29, 2011 at 3:48 am

  5. This is a tragedy from every angle. A tragedy that innocent lives were lost, that homeland security did not see any threat or warning signs, and a tragedy that the polical atmosphere in the United States breeds this kind of violence against innocent people. Even the news correspondents in Canada are not asking ” where was homeland security? or any security for that matter?” It makes me think that even if we are American or Canadian things may get much worse before they get better. If a government can spend billions, make catastophic mistakes and not be accountable for it, it seems to me we are living in some scary times. My heart goes out to the families of the lost loved ones.


    January 11, 2011 at 11:44 am

  6. So it seems that the Sheriff KNEW about three previous death threats this kook made, yet Mr. Sheriff did nothing about it.

    Now Mr. Sheriff is trying to blame radio personalities and bloggers!

    Just goes to show you that there are plenty of laws.. it is the non-performance of law enforcement that allowed this to happen.. how sad it is.


    January 11, 2011 at 12:53 pm

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