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Sunday, November 20, 2005

This post may not make much sense

New Face of Terrorism.

The United States faced a terrorist attack today. No one will identify it as such, but that is exactly what it was. A man walked into a Tacoma shopping mall and opened fire shooting at least six. This type of attack has been predicted by the FBI since before 9/11. The theory has been that al Queda would use gunman and suicide bombers to take over a shopping mall, detonating their bombs once the press arrived.

Today the first half of this came true. Why will this not be called a terrorist attack? Because the suspect is a white male in his 20s (at the time of this article, CNN is the only one reporting this, the AP is not). The theories have always involved middle eastern males, this has become the common definition or terrorism. If it does not fit into this rubric, the press considers it crime. Merriam-Webster defines terrorism as "The unlawful use or threatened use of force or violence by a person or an organized group against people or property with the intention of intimidating." If this does not meet those specifications, then only something on the scale of 9/11 seems to.

The result of this attack is yet to be seen. My guess is that, because it will not be called a terrorist attack, the effect will be minimal. One effect that I am guessing is a backlash against current gun control laws. The CNN report mentions immediately that the attacker was carrying an "assault rifle." Unfortunately the majority of Americans have no clue what this means. It does not mean it is an automatic weapon, it does not mean a weapon that is by definition more dangerous. Because of the way gun control laws are set up, this weapon is no more dangerous than any other weapon available. The label "assault weapon" was construed to make these weapons seem more deadly and dangerous than they really are.

Mo Money Mo Problems

It is being reported that al-Zarqawi's family has disowned him and may be considering killing him and collecting on the US reward. Additionally, there are some reports circulating that al-Zarqawi was killed in an attack in Mosul today. The government is saying that this is "highly unlikely" which is probably true because they have no freakin clue as to where he is.

Tricky Dick

Members of former Secretary of State Powell's office are reporting that Cheney provided "philosophical guidance" that made it acceptable to torture detainees. Well members of my office are reporting that I am providing "philosophical guidance" suggesting that anyone who gave orders to torture should be strung up by their scrotum (I don't think this will be a problem for anyone in that office, including Condi).

Sky Net

The UN is reporting that in a matter of years non-human devices will out number humans on the Internet, possibly providing an opportunity for minimal thought or intelligence. AWESOME, i can tell that this is going in the right direction. How many more movies have to come out that show how bad of an idea artificial intelligence is?

A lot of random stuff today I know, I don't really have the concentration to focus on one big thing, the Eagles game threw me off. If anyone has any story ideas, lay them on me.
On a side note we have hit a milestone of 500 hits a few days ago, not bad in my opinion! Two and a half weeks and I have 500 hits and over 100 unique visitors! I would love to get to 1000 hits by the end of this week so get the word out and pass the link around.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

It wasn't a terrorist incident. It was a crime.

The legal definition for "terrorist" is not the same as the dictionary definition. The law has and always will be like that.

7:59 PM  

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