The Oregon standoff: Is it terrorism or something else?

When the Oregon standoff started and left-wingers took to social media to call the protesters “terrorists,” I found the name-calling ridiculous…but also a little confusing. This was coming from the same political movement that is for providing billions of dollars to Iran, advocates negotiating with the Taliban, and whose practical solutions for Palestine always involve bringing Hamas to the table. So, naturally I assumed these social media posts were a call to bring the ranchers to the White House for negotiations or give them billions in bailouts… All joking aside, I don’t…

About those angry white guys with guns in Oregon…

About those white guys with guns in Oregon (I hesitate to call a bunch of unemployed wannabes a “militia”): Absolutely, leading an armed takeover of a federal building is idiotic, illegal, and counterproductive. Absolutely, all these guys should be arrested, charged, prosecuted, and jailed. Absolutely, it is bizarre that black people get shot for holding cell phones or toy guns or even just looking like they might be holding something while white people can surround federal agents with armed men or take over federal property and be mostly ignored by…

Mass shootings and heroes

There was another school shooting yesterday, this time at a community college in Oregon. There are all kinds of rumors and arguments flying around Facebook. For the most part, that just makes me want to turn off my computer for the day. But there is one thing I want to share first. Almost exactly one year ago, Mother Jones published an article summarizing research concluding that “Rate of Mass Shootings Has Tripled Since 2011.” I’ve read the research claiming that the rate has actually not increased and, after reading the article…