Mental illness and terrorism

The leaders of the NRA terrorist group have a saying. You know it. It’s a lie, as this cartoon proves:

Because this happened:

James Shaw Jr. single-handedly wrestled an AR-15 from a man at a Waffle House who had just gone on a shooting rampage in Antioch, Tenn., early Sunday, killing four people.

Shaw said he didn’t consider it heroic when he rushed at the man, took his gun and pushed him out of the restaurant. Shaw was getting breakfast with a friend at the time.

“I’m not a hero. I’m just a regular person, and I think anybody could have did what I did if they are just pushed into that kind of cage,” he said, growing emotional, at a news conference Sunday. “You have to either react or you’re going to fold, and I chose to react because I didn’t see any other way of living, and that’s all I wanted to do. I just wanted to live.”

So this takes care of one lie on the right. Here’s the other lie:

THERE WERE plenty of warning signs about Travis J. Reinking. He once told police that music superstar Taylor Swift was stalking him and hacking into his phone. Another time, he barged into a community pool, jumping into the water wearing a woman’s pink housecoat and challenging lifeguards to a fight. Then there was his arrest by the Secret Service for breaching White House security because he wanted to meet with the president.

Yet there he allegedly was early Sunday morning — just nine months after his White House arrest — at a Waffle House outside Nashville, in possession of an assault-style rifle that authorities say was used to kill four people and wound several others.

This is the typical “white guy is mentally disturbed” mass killer explanation. But look at the names of the people he killed:

Joe R. Perez, 20

DeEbony Groves, 21

Taurean C. Sanderlin, 29

Akilah Dasilva, 23

This is a racially motivated shooting. If Travis J. Reinking has Muhammad as his first name and the victims’ list consisted of Janet, Chrissie, Jack and Mr. Roper,  the pussygrabbing Orange Utan would be rearing himself up on his haunches and screaming “TERRORIST, TERRORIST, TERRORIST” to appease his inbred base. But he doesn’t make a sound. Reinking is a right wing gun nut terrorist, encouraged and motivated by the NRA.

Don’t pretend it’s just a mental health issue.

And while we’re talking about mentally disturbed white guys, here’s the latest from Toronto:

The Globe and Mail spoke to three of Alek Minassian’s former classmates who described him as being socially awkward, believing he may have suffered from a social or mental disability. 

Minassian kept mostly to himself at school, and seemed to constantly rub his head or hands – a sign of obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), they added.

Other classmates suggested he had never exhibited any indication of possessing extremist views or violent tendencies and was described by one couple as being “friendly”.  

One student said Minassian did not interact particularly well with other students, but would not describe him as a loner. 

And this:

At a news conference Tuesday, Detective Sgt. Graham Gibson said that “the accused is alleged to have posted a cryptic message on Facebook” minutes before he began his attack. The Facebook post referred to a misogynistic online subculture for “involuntarily celibate” men.

If you want to say he’s crazy, fine. But the last paragraph indicates a hatred of women. If he acted out of hatred for women, he’s a terrorist.

The terrorist label in the American media seems to be reserved for brown people. The mentally disturbed label is usually applied to whites. Either call everyone involved in mass murder a terrorist or call them mentally disturbed. Don’t stereotype groups because it serves a political purpose.

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Not to mention his other specialty of Russian money laundering. (We don’t know that yet, but what do you think the odds are?)

When you have three clients, and two say they don’t pay you, how else do you survive in New York?

In Spanky they trust

They honestly don’t care what he does. And that’s the lesson from the 2016 election.

But at least we get the satisfaction of seeing Spanky’s spanker troll the hell out of him.

Sources close to Penthouse have informed The Daily Beast that [Stormy] Daniels “talks about everything” concerning her alleged 2011 affair with President Donald Trump during the interview—including several NSFW bits left out of her 60 Minutes chat.

Referring to her defamation case against Trump lawyer/fixer Michael Cohen, as well as the allegation that someone possibly connected to Trump/Cohen threatened her, Daniels says in the interview, “I don’t have shame. You can’t bully me.” She also reveals that, should she win her case, she plans to donate the $130,000 to Planned Parenthood in Cohen and Trump’s names.

“We are really excited to have Stormy back on the cover of the magazine,” said Kelly Holland, CEO and owner of Penthouse. “She was a Penthouse Pet back in 2007, so we have a history with Stormy, and she has a good relationship with us.”

I’m old enough to remember when working at the White House was a sign of honor

But no more (Via BuzzFeed):

Companies and firms who used to recruit from presidential administrations and brag when they were successful in poaching an aide are making the calculation that the risks of bringing on a Trump administration official outweigh the rewards, according to interviews with 10 current and former administration officials, top recruiters, and lobbyists who did not want to be named to talk candidly. BuzzFeed News reached out to them after previously reporting during an especially chaotic stretch for the Trump White House that some officials were trying to leave but finding their job prospects to be “pretty bleak.” That’s especially pronounced for more junior staff.

The leadership at a prominent, bipartisan Washington public affairs firm went as far as to make an active decision not to hire from the Trump White House because of the “reputational risk” associated with it, a former White House official was recently told. The official asked BuzzFeed News not to disclose the name of the firm.

In another case, a White House official said he was rejected out of the blue for a job after being given indications he would be hired and was explicitly told his affiliation with the Trump White House had been a problem for some at the company.

Honestly, if you owned a PR firm, would you want Ellie Mae Huckabee or the Mooch or Bullshit Barbie Conway or Sean “Biggest Crowd Ever, Period” Easter Bunny trying to convince people that everything they say isn’t a damn lie? Their only hope is if Fox News plans a massive expansion.