Orlando terrorist attack: When the facts don’t fit the narrative

Dan Lucas_July 2012_BW

by Dan Lucas

In the early hours of Sunday, June 12th, Omar Mir Seddique Mateen went into the Pulse nightclub in Orlando, Florida, and murdered 49 people and wounded more than 50. Mateen was subsequently killed in a gunfight with police at the nightclub.

CBS News called it “the deadliest terror attack on U.S. soil since 9/11.”

It now joins previous Islamic extremist terror attacks on U.S. soil in Garland, Texas, at the military installations in Chattanooga, Tennessee, and in San Bernardino, California – all in 2015. It joins the 2014 New York subway hatchet attack on police, the 2013 Boston Marathon bombings, the Little Rock recruiting office shooting and the Fort Hood shooting in 2009, as well as the two attacks on the World Trade Center in 1993 and on 9/11 in 2001.

CNN reported Mateen pledged allegiance to ISIS and mentioned the Boston Marathon bombers during his rampage while on a 911 call, and CBS News noted that he was a “devout Muslim.” Mateen was born in New York but both his parents were from Afghanistan. According to CBS News, Mateen’s father “has well-known anti-American views and is an ideological supporter of the Afghan Taliban.”

Speaking to the nation on the day of the terror attack, President Obama said “this was an act of terror and an act of hate.” He called out the attack as also being an act of hate because Mateen had “targeted a nightclub” where “fellow Americans — who are lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender,” “came together to be with friends, to dance and to sing, and to live.”

The day after the attack, the president stated that the attack “took place at a club frequented by the LGBT community” and noted “organizations like ISIL or organizations like al Qaeda, or those who have perverted Islam” target “gays and lesbians.”

Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.), the ranking Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee, told CNN on the day of the attack that radical Islamic extremists target the LGBT community quite often, and noted that the attack “occurred during LGBT Pride Month.” CNN also noted the attack occurred during Ramadan, and that back in May there had been a “call by ISIS to its supporters in the United States to launch attacks during Ramadan, the Islamic Holy Month”.

Severe persecution of the LGBT community is not limited to radical Islamic groups like ISIS. According to the International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex Association’s 2015 report on State Sponsored Homophobia, five countries actually implement a death penalty for same-sex sexual acts. They are all Islamic countries: the Islamic Republic of Mauritania, the Republic of the Sudan, the Islamic Republic of Iran, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the Republic of Yemen.

Orlando was an extremist Islamic terrorist attack on U.S. soil. It was also an attack that apparently specifically targeted the LGBT community.

It’s barely been covered, but Newsweek/Reuters did report that Mateen “was registered as a Democrat.”

Because the facts of this terror attack don’t fit the prescribed narrative of the left and many in the media, there have been numerous attempts at distraction and diversion. That includes President Obama when he spoke on the day of the terror attack – already he was trying to blame guns but couldn’t bring himself to say anything about radical Islam. It includes calls for banning people on the no-fly list from buying guns when Mateen wasn’t on the no-fly list.

Just because they are concerned they’ll be seen for their failed Mideast foreign policies and for failing to keep us safe doesn’t mean we shouldn’t look the problem straight on.

Instead we are getting barraged with bizarre attempts to hammer this story into some cherished narratives.

Additionally, we are repeatedly cautioned by the left and most of the media that we shouldn’t judge all of Islam by the acts of radical Islamic jihadists. Fair enough.

But then why don’t those same judgement protections apply to Christians, conservatives and gun owners? Can you imagine what would be happening if this had been perpetrated by a white, Christian Republican? Every element of that would be splattered all over the news, all the time, for months and years to come.

I look forward to the time when we can have honest public discourse about the very real problems facing our country, and when we have a media that acts as referee and not as part of one of the teams.

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  • Bob Clark

    People should be mad at Obama and Queen Hillary. These two folks tell the FBI not to engage in following new immigrants from the likes of Syria and other nations who share a hatred of Western culture. They go so far as to settle them without word in communities unsuspecting of their placement. (the same kind of thing is going on with U.S troops in conflict zones. They are not sure of the rules of engagement as it is being micro managed by inexperienced bureaucrats inside the White House.)

    Assimilation of cultures must be much more carefully orchestrated than the careless approach of Obama and Queen Hillary.

    Trump is a reflection of anger against lax respect for the country’s borders and culture. And for, government intrusion on individual rights and stifling regulation stunting small business creation.

    Unfortunately, Mr. T talks of going too far, talking of such things as profiling a specific people. So, he makes the presidential race discouraging.

    The president has too much power over us, and this position needs to be reined. Government agencies also need to be reined. Maybe a constitutional convention to update and strengthen individual rights.

    • Trump All NWO HoleCanards

      ‘reined’ – better assessed and ‘arraigned’ in court wherein both BHO and HRC, collectively, have pissed US into a straddle trench and piddling more Bernie Sanders, aka, Lenin’s groom, piss ante more over a grave scenario.

      Donald Trump, love him – or berate him; Truly speaks out like Winston Churchill, to wit denouncing the ilks of nitwit blokes like Neville Chamberlain appeasing current social pathological liars, in essence today, Democrat Party Snookers disheveling over US like drones from wtf, Hell. Dammit!

    • DavidAppell

      Lots of generalizations and assumptions there, Bob Clark.

      Does your alternative reality make you feel better?

      • Granola girl

        David why do you ALWAYS personally attack people? Its great to have a discussion, but please keep it civil. And don’t ask me to go through all of your negative comments as proof, it would be pretty much every time you reply to someone.. Treat others as you would like to be treated – an adult who can have a lively debate without the personal attacks.

        • Appell’s Pan Doobie

          Appell’s core is seeded with rooting his kind, moist often observed as road apples to be carted off, cut and dried for usage as chips fueling animal farm industry.

        • Connie Kosuda

          you’re joking, right?

        • DavidAppell

          What negative comments do you have as proof?

          • Juanito Ibañez, TopCop1988

            FBI: Omar Mateen had strong signs of radicalization
            Dan Butcher
            June 13, 2016
            http://www.hppundit.com/2016/06/fbi-omar-mateen-had-strong-signs-of.html

            FBI probed Orlando terrorist for 10 months, now sees ‘strong indications of radicalization’
            Michael Isikoff
            June 13, 2016
            https://www.yahoo.com/news/fbi-probed-orlando-terrorist-for-10-months-now-sees-strong-indications-of-radicalization-182537518.html

          • DavidAppell

            And yet Omar Mateen was easily able to buy a war weapon. Right?

          • Juanito Ibañez, TopCop1988

            None of the proposed or existing gun control laws would have stopped it either – seeing as how it was the FBI’s screw-ups that allowed him to be removed from the ‘Terrorist Screening Database’ (aka: ‘Terrorist Watch List’).

          • DavidAppell

            Then we clearly need more restrictive gun laws, don’t we?

            Or are you OK with your daughter being murdered at a protest she’s marching in?

          • Juanito Ibañez, TopCop1988

            “Then we clearly need more restrictive gun laws, don’t we?”

            You really are a dumbass; aren’t you, David?

            Let me repeat what I wrote earlier – but s l o w e r t h i s t i m e:

            “None of the PROPOSED _O_R_ EXISTING gun control laws would have stopped it either” [EMPHASIS added]

            Did you understand this time?

            “Or are you OK with your daughter being murdered at a protest she’s marching in?”

            ?????

            You’re going to have to explain that one, DA.

            What or whose “daughter”???

            What “protest”???

            Which “march”???

          • DavidAppell

            Bans on assault weapons would have stopped both of the slaughters in San Bernadino and Orlando.

            But I get the impression you don’t care at all about those.

          • Juanito Ibañez

            DavidAppell wrote:

            “Bans on assault weapons would have stopped both of the slaughters in San Bernadino {SIC} and Orlando.”

            Explain exactly HOW that would have worked, Dave – what with millions upon MILLIONS of these types of rifles already in possession of ‘Joe Average Citizen.’

            Oh; now we see what your ‘thinking’ is: you want any new ‘Assault Weapons Ban’ to include a nationwide CONFISCATION of all existing rifles NOT in the hands of LEOs.

            How ELSE could have Muslim Extremists Syed Rizwan Farook, Tashfeen Malik (San Bernardino shooters) and Omar Mir Seddique Mateen (Orlando shooter) been prevented from obtaining these type rifles?

            “But I get the impression you don’t care at all about those.”

            More than you do, Dave.

            For you see, I want to both help prevent such attacks AND support and defend the Constitution and Bill of Rights given us by the Founding Fathers.

            You, OTOH, continue to PI$$ on both!

            “To prohibit a citizen from wearing or carrying a war arm…is an unwarranted restriction upon the constitutional right to keep and bear arms. If cowardly and dishonorable men sometimes shoot unarmed men with army pistols or guns, the evil must be prevented by the penitentiary and gallows, and not by a general deprivation of constitutional privilege.”
            –Arkansas Supreme Court Decision, ‘Wilson v. State’, 33 Ark. 557, at 560, 34 Am. – 1878

            ps: My being a retired LEO/CLEO/SP means that virtually ZERO of the gun control laws you salivate over would even apply to me. So, you can see that the ‘dog’ I have in this ‘hunt’ is to – as both my civilian and military law enforcement ‘Oath of Office’ REQUIRED me to do – ‘Support and Defend the Constitution of the United States of America against all enemies, both foreign AND domestic.’

            You, DavidAppell, are most assuredly an ‘enemy domestic’ – of both the Constitution AND the Bill of Rights!

          • DavidAppell

            “My being a retired LEO/CLEO/SP….”

            Have no idea what this means.

            You might try explaining yourself instead of trying to bluff your way over an argument.

          • Juanito Ibañez

            “Have no idea what this means.”

            Apparently your stupidity has no bounds, David.

            Except for “SP” which stands for (Air Force) “Security Police” [I’ve updated that for further clarification, BTW 🙂 ], Google would show you that “LEO” stands for “Law Enforcement Officer,” while “CLEO” stands for “Chief Law Enforcement Officer.”

            Next time research before demonstrating your overall stupidity, Dave.

            “You might try explaining yourself instead of trying to bluff your way over an argument.”

            …writes the one who constantly deflects, then runs away from answering challenges.

            End of Line []
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  • Connie Kosuda

    wow Dan / don’t really think you want an ‘honest public discourse’ – or you wouldn’t associate yourself with the illogical ramblers who frequent your fascist- dominant ‘comment’ section . very sad. for them.

    • Houston, she’s a problem

      CK, your assault trifle is blanked with insurgent clap and bawl inanity. You deserve an Atta-ploy ribbon tied around your discord.

      • Reconsign her to to travail

        And that’s to toot, down range with allah boy, the Dallas downboy, murderer of 5 cops rendered justice in his own sperms.

    • MrBill

      The only illogical ramblers here who come anywhere close to being fascists have names like Eric Blair, David Appell, and Connie Kosuda. And even that’s a stretch.

      • Connie Kosuda

        raht / and you’re the clay doll!

        • MrBill

          yep

      • Eric Blair

        LOL.. seriously? I’m close to being a fascist? Mr. Bill, I had higher expectations of you. But, if you feel comfortable engaging in that behavior, let me be clear: it says a lot more about you than it does about me and speaks to your character, not mine.

        You’re aware of Godwin’s law?

        • MrBill

          just having a little fun

          • Eric Blair

            You have a strange idea of humor.

          • MrBill

            You’re not the first to say that.

          • Eric Blair

            Not likely to be the last? 😉

  • DavidAppell

    Senator Doug, you are jumping to unwarranted conclusions.

    “Investigators Say Orlando Shooter Showed Few Warning Signs Of Radicalization,” NPR 6/18/16
    http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2016/06/18/482621690/investigators-say-orlando-shooter-showed-few-warning-signs-of-radicalization

    • Juanito Ibañez, TopCop1988

      Apparently, those “investigators” need to find a new line of work, as MANY “signs” have been revealed this week.

      • DavidAppell

        What signs are those? List them, with sources.

        • Juanito Ibañez, TopCop1988

          “Google is your Friend”, David: use it!

          • DA’s floss is belicose

            DA dasn’t comprehend a right line of common sense to consort with, alas.

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  • Eric Blair

    Timothy McVeigh had once been registered as a Republican, and a member of the NRA. I really don’t remember either of those facts getting a lot of press coverage. Nor has his NRA membership been discussed for years.

    Maybe we should be on the look out for radicalized NRA members.

    • Juanito Ibañez, TopCop1988

      “Timothy McVeigh had once been registered as a Republican, and a member of the NRA. I really don’t remember either of those facts getting a lot of press coverage.”

      Then apparently you haven’t been paying attention:

      ‘Timothy McVeigh – Convicted Oklahoma City Bomber’

      “His only known affiliations are as a registered Republican in his New York days, and as a member of the National Rifle Association while he was in the Army.”

      http://edition.cnn.com/2001/US/03/29/profile.mcveigh/

      ‘20 Years After OKC Bombing, NRA Has Mainstreamed McVeigh’s Insurrectionist Idea in Conservative Movement’

      “Sunday marked the 20th anniversary of the bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City by anti-government extremist Timothy McVeigh. McVeigh’s act of domestic terrorism killed 168 people and injured nearly 700 others. Many of the victims were children, who were in a daycare center in the building. At the time it was the largest terrorist attack in the nation’s history (since surpassed by 9/11), and it was carried out not by an Islamic fundamentalist, but by an American-born insurrectionist who believed the Second Amendment provided him with an individual right to make war on his own government.”

      http://www.huffingtonpost.com/josh-horwitz/20-years-after-okc-bombin_b_7127440.html

      Deeply Confused Newsweek Story Compares Republicans to Timothy McVeigh
      The weekly gets both the past and the present wrong.

      “Dead. But alive enough for Newsweek. Republican presidential candidates gathered last month at the Oklahoma City Cox Conference Center, just a few blocks from the site of what was the Alfred R. Murrah Federal Building. Two decades ago, anti-government militia sympathizer Timothy McVeigh blew it up in what he called an act of war against the U.S. government. It was the worst crime of domestically bred terrorism in American history. McVeigh was executed in 2001, but since then, some of his militia ideals have gone mainstream and even been introduced as laws in many states, including Oklahoma.”

      http://reason.com/blog/2015/06/02/deeply-confused-newsweek-story-compares

      ‘Timothy McVeigh: Product of Democratic and Union Upbringing’

      “From listening to Bill Clinton and the left wing ‘blame Bush’ crowd, one would assume that only a youth spent with a right wing, gun toting, NRA loving, pickup driving, redneck Republican daddy could do the kind of damage required to mold a young mind to behave like… like… Bill Ayers? Blowing up government buildings and all.”

      “From the Washington Post (in 1995):

      “He was raised in a conservative, almost exclusively white community, where changes arrived years after sweeping metropolitan centers. Long patches of farmland separated many houses in Pendleton, N.Y., near Buffalo. McVeigh’s father, Bill, 55, worked the midnight shift then as now in the same auto plant where his own father had put in 30 years. Bill McVeigh raises money for civic causes, bowls, runs bingo night at the Catholic church, gardens and golfs. He is a registered Democrat and union man who on a recent afternoon sported a black nylon United Auto Workers windbreaker and baseball cap.”

      http://www.varight.com/opinion/timothy-mcveigh-product-of-democratic-and-union-upbringing/

      “Maybe we should be on the look out for radicalized NRA members.”

      Mass murders by Democrats – this decade alone:

      Hartford Beer Distributor, Manchester, CT, 8/3/2010
      Gabby Giffords Rally, Tucson, AZ, 1/8/2011
      IHOP, Carson City, NV, 9/6/2011
      Seal Beach, Seal Beach, CA, 10/14/2011
      Su Jung Health Sauna, Norcross, GA, 2/22/2012
      Oikos University, Oakland, CA, 4/2/2012
      Seattle cafe shooting, Seattle, WA, 5/20/2012
      Cinemark 16, Aurora, CO, 7/20/2012
      Sikh Temple, Oak Creek, WI, 8/5/2012
      Accent Signage Systems, Minneapolis, MN, 9/27/2012
      Newtown/Sandy Hook Elem., Newtown, CT, 12/14/2012
      Mohawk Valley shootings, Herkimer County, NY, 3/13/2013
      Pinewood Village Apartments, Federal Way, WA, 4/21/2013
      Santa Monica rampage, Santa Monica, CA, 6/7/2013
      Hialeah apartment shooting, Hialeah, FL, 7/26/2013
      Washington Navy Yard, Washington, D.C., 9/16/2013
      Cedarville Rancheria Tribal Office, Alturas, CA, 2/20/2014
      Fort Hood shooting 2, Fort Hood, TX, 4/3/2014
      Isla Vista, Santa Barbara, CA, 5/23/2014
      Marysville-Pilchuck High School, Marysville, WA, 10/24/2014
      Trestle Trail Bridge, Menasha, WI, 6/11/2015
      Charleston Church, Charleston, SC, 6/17/2015
      Chattanooga Military Recruitment Center, Chattanooga, TN, 7/16/2015
      Umpqua Community College, Roseburg, OR, 10/1/2015
      Colorado Springs mass shooting, Colorado Springs, CO, 10/31/2015
      Planned Parenthood Clinic, Colorado Springs, CO, 11/27/2015
      San Bernardino Community Center, San Bernardino, CA, 12/2/2015
      Seelye Kia Dealership & Cracker Barrel, Richland Township, Kalamazoo County, MI, 2/20/2016
      Excel Industries mass shooting, Hesston, KS, 2/25/2016
      Orlando ‘Pulse’ nightclub massacre, Orlando, FL, 6/12/2016

      Seems as though instead of banning guns, it’s Democrats who need banning.

      • Eric Blair

        Your examples do not illustrate a constant drumbeat, which is how In

        You misunderstood me. I wasn’t blaming either Republicans nor the NRA. I wouldn’t blame either political party, because neither of them call for mass killing of Americans. Today. Political affiliations are not an indicator of proclivity for mass murder.

        Back in our not so distant past, however, we did kill Americans on a grand scale, and we certainly don’t mind committing all sorts of mayhem in the world. Especially the Middle East. I wonder if the Middle East considers us to be radicalized Exceptionalists?

        • Juanito Ibañez, TopCop1988

          OK.

      • Nuts 2 Em Demz

        Write on favoring common sense, not left fling brooders link Eric Blair, David Appell, noir ComradeSuda with her ranties in a bunch wad of laundry befitting Clinton and Obama, at this time what difference does it make, WTF’s!

      • Haller Lew Jaw

        Trumpet these facts at both major party conventions.

    • MrBill

      Some, like Janet Napolitano, have warned about radicalized right wing types. But the NRA, or the Tea Party, or the Koch Brothers, or whatever right wing boogy men you care to name haven’t produced the kind of mass murder and mayhem that radical Islam is producing.

      Regarding Timothy McVeigh, neither the GOP or the NRA laments his execution. He got what he deserved.

      • Native Intelligence

        Amen.

  • Connie Kosuda

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