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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.

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  • (Score: 2) by Grishnakh on Monday June 13 2016, @05:51PM

    by Grishnakh (2831) on Monday June 13 2016, @05:51PM (#359478)

    Are you seriously proposing the Republicans will stand up for gay rights? You think I'm that big of a fool?

    With Trump now leading the party, this might just change. Trump doesn't seem to care much about LGBTQ people, said that Caitlyn Jenner could use whichever bathroom at Trump Tower she was comfortable with (and she did), and has said it's a states' rights issue (which of course is just a way for GOP politicians to avoid an issue, so they don't piss off the more conservative people too much).

    And now, with this incident squarely placing Islam against LGBT acceptance, and the Donald having a history of both nationalistic and anti-Islam statements (banning all Muslims from entering the country "until we can figure out what's going on"), while the Democrat side and the liberals having a history of cozying up to Muslims (crying "Islamophobia" against anyone who criticizes them), I could definitely see Trump using this as an opportunity to gain more mainstream acceptance by cozying up to LGBT groups while demonizing Islam even more. Obviously, as we can see here, we really do have good reasons to fear Islam: its adherents do go on killing sprees from time to time. Whereas with LGBT people, there is precisely zero evidence we have anything to fear with them: when was the last time you heard of gay people mass-murdering straight people? A politician looking to exploit fear here can do so pretty easily.

    Personally, I think this will likely go down in history books as one of the factors that helped propel Trump into the White House. Now, I'm not saying this is necessarily a horrible thing either; the alternative doesn't look any better, and in some ways worse. If Hillary gets elected, I definitely foresee us getting involved in a large-scale war in Syria within 100 days. It'll be a repeat of the Bush Administration, though probably worse since Russia is already operating in Syria and is directly working to prop up Assad, who neo-liberal globalists like Hillary hate and want to remove from power at all costs. With Trump, I expect he'll work with Russia to drop a few bombs on ISIS and that's about it, but I worry he'll wreck the economy by trying to change course too fast towards more isolationist policies.

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  • (Score: 2) by julian on Monday June 13 2016, @08:25PM

    by julian (6003) Subscriber Badge on Monday June 13 2016, @08:25PM (#359586)

    It's funny, because I get the exact opposite impression. I think Trump is likely to start a war. He's so thin skinned and takes everything personally, he's likely to get frustrated that he can't bully other governments around like he can with his own executive branch and impulsively escalate military tension past the point of no return. I don't know where in the world it would happen but his attitude makes me nervous. He's dangerously unhinged and emotional. Not the kind of calm and thoughtful personality I want for the job (Hillary isn't either, but she's a lot closer).

    He's made so many contradictory statements. One day he's an isolationist, the next we're going to ramp up the war against ISIS; torture them and murder their families (good luck getting the military to go along with that, btw).

    On the other hand I am fairly confident that Hillary will simply continue Obama's policies.