I don't think a lot of people understand that what Trump says (or tweets) has little to do with what the executive branch has actually been doing. He's says stupid stuff while the professionals behind the scene roll their eyes and just do what they should do.
It's why the Pittsburgh synagogue shooter turned so virulently anti-Trump. Trump may whistle Dixie to excite his "base" but the FBI and DOJ have been prosecuting white supremacists on a regular basis.
I grew up in one the areas being threatened by fire today. When I was a kid, there was a similar fire that spread so fast that we couldn't get all of the horses out. My mom drew a big "S" on their bums with an indelible marker and set them free.
I'm watching So Cal ranches putting out emergency calls on Twitter for horse trailers and volunteers and it's heartbreaking.
We were lucky. Our horses ran and were taken in by a nice guy a few miles away, who left a note at the feed store about where we could pick them up.
The fire from my childhood ended up burning 435,000 acres, a huge swath of land that experienced a major fire every couple of decades and has since been developed into thousands and thousands of homes.
A lot of reporters are doing an exceptional job pulling together details about Cesar Sayoc, the Floridian accused of sending the mail bombs to key Democratic leaders and voices. As usual, Heavy has a detailed summary: heavy.com/news/2018/10/c…
There are some indicators of a particular extremist group that I'm looking into further and I'll post updates on this thread as I look into these markers further.
Based on the method used (pipe bombs either hand delivered or sent via the mail) and the intended political targets (Clintons, Obama, Holder, Brennan, Waters, and Soros,) I'm comfortable calling this an act of domestic terrorism.
Please note that that while it was reported that devices were sent to the White, Andrew Cuomo, and Kamala Harris, none of these turned out to be real.
While George Soros, John Brennan, Hillary Clinton, and Maxine Waters are active boogeymen in right wing chatter, Eric Holder, Obama, and Debbie Wasserman Schultz (used as the return address) are relatively outdated in comparison.
My take on Russian propaganda is very different from most. My theory is that they started egging on extremists years ago to turn on govt, police, and each other and only then moved on to electoral issues in 2015.
Some at the more extreme end of right wing extremism have been fixated with ricin for decades. There was a limited interest in pure nicotine and abrin but those seemed to have died down in popularity after darknet sites like Black Market Reloaded were targeted by the FBI.
So a bunch of armed guys in camouflage (but not militia, mind you) are wandering around in an armored vehicle in an Arizona town where they don't live just trying to "stimulate speech" in the name of "freedom."
I wonder how "free" the people who live there feel right now.
Thread Update: The criminal indictment for Lewis and his buddies contains two felony counts.
1 count of criminal trespass in the first degree, a class six felony
1 count of burglary in the second degree, a class three felony
If convicted on both counts, Lewis & gang would face a sentence range between 2 years and 10.25 years. He knows this, yet has decided to represent himself under the theory that he can use the court time to expose Cemex and Tuscon officials as child sex offenders. He is incorrect.