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posted by takyon on Sunday June 12 2016, @06:00PM   Printer-friendly

A suspected Islamic terrorist opened fire at a gay nightclub in Florida, killing 50 people and wounding another 53 before he was killed by police. While authorities continue to investigate to determine whether this man had ties to ISIS, the terror organization has not been quiet in praising the attack. This comes three days after ISIS announced they would attack somewhere in Florida. Today's attack marks the largest act of terrorism on US soil since 9/11.

takyon: The gunman reportedly called 911 emergency services to pledge allegiance to ISIS. The President will hold a briefing momentarily. Compare this article to the original submission.


Original Submission   Late submission by physicsmajor

 
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  • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Sunday June 12 2016, @06:33PM

    by Anonymous Coward on Sunday June 12 2016, @06:33PM (#358751)

    This is going to feed itself.
    People with "islamic" or "arabic" sounding names or complexion
    doing these things then people will start to avoid them
    and these people will then feel even more isolated / different
    making them even more susceptible to a "cause" that
    will again lead to more violence, isolation and their own death?

  • (Score: 2, Interesting) by Anonymous Coward on Sunday June 12 2016, @06:47PM

    by Anonymous Coward on Sunday June 12 2016, @06:47PM (#358757)

    Nerds who appear "different" and "awkward" and "unkempt" in public are avoided and isolated, making them feel bitter and rejected, and making them susceptible to recruitment by terrorists. Yet you don't see lonely nerds joining terrorist groups and turning to violence and shooting up nightclubs. Not even terrorists want nerds. Nobody wants nerds.

    • (Score: 1, Interesting) by Anonymous Coward on Sunday June 12 2016, @07:10PM

      by Anonymous Coward on Sunday June 12 2016, @07:10PM (#358780)

      We generally also have very strong, strange sense of morals. I've observed that there is an overwhelmingly consistent sense that harming people, and especially murder is fundamentally wrong.

    • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Sunday June 12 2016, @07:13PM

      by Anonymous Coward on Sunday June 12 2016, @07:13PM (#358784)

      You haven't heard of engineers being recruited by ISIS? It doesn't hurt that teenage girls are flowing into the group mostly by themselves.

    • (Score: 2) by Kilo110 on Sunday June 12 2016, @10:37PM

      by Kilo110 (2853) Subscriber Badge on Sunday June 12 2016, @10:37PM (#358930)
  • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Sunday June 12 2016, @06:52PM

    by Anonymous Coward on Sunday June 12 2016, @06:52PM (#358758)

    Fuck 'em

  • (Score: 2, Insightful) by Anonymous Coward on Sunday June 12 2016, @07:21PM

    by Anonymous Coward on Sunday June 12 2016, @07:21PM (#358785)

    You can't really do anything about your complexion. You can choose a normal name, easily for your children, and with more annoyance for yourself.

    When I hear that somebody's name is Osama or Ahmed or especially Mohommed or Muhamed, am I supposed to assume he is a normal American who accepts our culture? Heck no.

    Your name is a statement about your identity. Call yourself "Running Bear" or "Adolf" or "Peace Flower" or "Trevon" or "Jose" and everybody knows something about your values and/or the values of your mother. (normally the values are pretty similar so the distinction rarely matters much)

    Having an Islamic name is basically flipping the middle finger to American culture. It's silly to expect anybody to ignore that very obvious choice. You are signalling that you want to be apart from the rest of us. There is nothing to stop a person from having a normal American name even if they look Arabic, North African, Malaysian, or whatever. You can be "Kevin" or "Jack" or "Robert".

    With an Islamic name, **you** have made the choice to be isolated, and we are merely acknowledging that.

    • (Score: 4, Insightful) by art guerrilla on Sunday June 12 2016, @07:31PM

      by art guerrilla (3082) on Sunday June 12 2016, @07:31PM (#358795)

      so, free to be you and, well, you...
      that is some potent freedom you got there...

      • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Sunday June 12 2016, @09:28PM

        by Anonymous Coward on Sunday June 12 2016, @09:28PM (#358875)

        You are free to pick a name which indicates you reject American culture.

        I am free to reject you for doing so. You want to be isolated? Fine, I will do my part to isolate you. Your wish is granted.

    • (Score: 4, Touché) by number11 on Sunday June 12 2016, @08:25PM

      by number11 (1170) Subscriber Badge on Sunday June 12 2016, @08:25PM (#358823)

      Have a name like McLendon or McVeigh or Holmes or Hennard or Huberty or Nichols or Roof? Everybody will know that you're a potential terrorist and you should be isolated.

      • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Sunday June 12 2016, @09:20PM

        by Anonymous Coward on Sunday June 12 2016, @09:20PM (#358863)

        But everyone is a potential terrorist already.

        • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Sunday June 12 2016, @10:26PM

          by Anonymous Coward on Sunday June 12 2016, @10:26PM (#358924)

          Don't forget Arnold, B.

          :)

          Or how about 'Judas' or 'Brutus' or Caine?

          Or for the ladies, Lillith

      • (Score: 1) by kurenai.tsubasa on Sunday June 12 2016, @11:49PM

        by kurenai.tsubasa (5227) on Sunday June 12 2016, @11:49PM (#358960) Journal

        I found another one! Howell [latimes.com].

        That's right, folks! The Muslim terrorist killed a bunch of people, but the Christian terrorist got caught this morning.

        I was going to post something about how it's a matter of time before a Christian attempts something like this. I guess I didn't have to wait. At least, I assume he's Christian. Maybe he'll turn out to be an atheist for extra plot twist. I suppose I could see the lizard people going either way on that one.

        Santa Monica Police Chief Jacqueline Seabrooks said on Twitter that the 20-year-old man told one of her officers after he was arrested that he wanted “to harm Gay Pride event [in Los Angeles].” But she did not provide any details, and officials said they are still trying to sort out his motives.

        Police identified him as James Wesley Howell of Indiana. A Facebook page for someone with the same name in Indiana shows a young man posing next to a white Acura with the same license plate as the car searched in Santa Monica for the weapons and explosives.

        • (Score: 1) by kurenai.tsubasa on Monday June 13 2016, @12:05AM

          by kurenai.tsubasa (5227) on Monday June 13 2016, @12:05AM (#358971) Journal

          Found the mentioned Facebook page [facebook.com].

          Notably, this guy may have recently left jobs at both Geek Squad and Universal Protection Services (Clarksville, IN). Guy seemed to really like his car. He was a Sanders supporter? O.o;; “Looks like if you aren't voting just pick Bernie; because he looks like he isn't a charismatic Hitler. Unlike nearly every other candidate...” At least we know he didn't like Obama. “Wow; found "Vladimir Putin" talking shit online wat that punk ass obameramoo gunna do about this one?”

          May have been working in Jeffersonville, IN pressing steel. Lots of music video links, nothing that particularly sticks out.

          This gets stranger and stranger. Back on November 20, 2015, he linked here: Charlie Hebdo Shooting: Paris Attack Hoax NWO Exposé (Documentary) [youtube.com]. On August 21, 2015, he posted about liking his job in Louisville with selfie in a suit.

          It gets even more strange. On June 1, 2015, he signed a change.org petition to end the war on marijuana. “I am supporting this petition because I believe that the federal government's overall regulation against this "schedule I narcotic" (weed) is a disgrace against our national freedoms as a country we should be allowed to smoke some pot or use it in a supplemental form to stimulate the endocannabinoid system in our own bodies if we choose to do so.. Our founding fathers would roll in their graves if they had the opputinity to see just where this country ended up.”

          On March 3, 2015, left a job with Amazon.com. Seemed to be unhappy about his Nvidia GTX-970 card, but I find that hard to imagine having one myself. 2015 post where he started working at Universal Protection Services. Started working at Amazon.com November 2014.

          Hmm… maybe that gets to the bottom of it. Damn this guy couldn't hold down a job. But why the hell would he drive all the way to LA to shoot up a gay pride parade?

          MKULTRA? Lizard people moon matrix?

          • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Monday June 13 2016, @04:48AM

            by Anonymous Coward on Monday June 13 2016, @04:48AM (#359163)

            Drug abuse?
            Girlfriend dumped him for a woman?
            Unable to accept his own homosexuality?
            Was fired by a gay boss?
            Beat up by a straight person who planned on attending the parade with their gay friends?

            Hurt people get fixated on all kinds of ancillary characteristics.

        • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Monday June 13 2016, @03:57AM

          by Anonymous Coward on Monday June 13 2016, @03:57AM (#359117)

          Howell Told Police He Was Going to Look for a ‘Friend’ at the Parade [heavy.com]

          He's a cutie, he coulda found a "friend" or two real quick.