Today is 11 Ik’ 0 Pohp

1358 shopping days until 4 Ahau 3 K’ank’in.


BINGHAMTON, N.Y. (AP) — A gunman opened fire on a room where immigrants were taking a citizenship exam in downtown Binghamton on Friday, killing as many as 13 people before committing suicide, officials said.


The gunman had recently been let go from IBM in Johnson City, said Rep. Maurice Hinchey, whose district includes Binghamton. The gunman opened fire on a citizenship class, he said.

“People were there in the process of being tested for their citizenship,” Hinchey said in a telephone interview. “It was in the middle of a test. He just went in and opened fire.”

The motive of the killer is as yet unclear. Also unclear is whether he did this alone or had the help of others inside the immigrant service center. NPR just reported on the possibility of the latter, and also that several people were brought out of the building in cuffs.

No matter what the killer thought he was doing, to my mind what he did was a simple enactment, if not in exact wording, certainly in spirit, of part of the GOP political platform, which I can boil down to four words: More guns; fewer immigrants.

To all the right wing radio blabbers, tv celebricons, and tea-bagging bloggers whose coy and not-so-coy incitements to violence prepares the ground for a slaughter just such as this, I say:

In the blood of the innocent you are marked with the mark of Cain.  But the Bible lies; the mark of Cain is not on the forehead, it is on the heart.


7 responses to “Today is 11 Ik’ 0 Pohp

  1. Dr. Omed,

    This goes back to my theory about mental health and the Amercian people. This applies to Democrats, Republicans, Independents, conservatives, liberals, and moderates. Everyone will want to talk about this in terms of immigration problems, drug problems, alcohol problems, gun control problems, but no one wants to talk about the elephant in the room. No one wants to admit that there is a disporpotionate number of people in the United States that are crazy as shit house rats.

  2. As one of the shit house rats, I have to think you got something there, Bearkeep.

  3. You’ve made the point that really needs to be made in your post. I grew up near Binghamton and can testify to the proportion of crazy rats, as well as to the large number of people who are simply hopeless, angry,and increasingly desperate as jobs evaporate and the area gets more and more depressed. Yet they listen to Fox and Rush and their ilk, who seem to offer someone conveniently “other” to blame, with logic that makes sense to their demographic. When I go back home, I hear what people are saying – and this is repeated in economically depressed areas all over the country. I’m afraid we’re going to be seeing a lot more of this.

  4. There are many aspects of modern life that will make one crazy – crazy enough to lash out blindly in murderous rage. Being told from birth that the measure of your worth is to be found among your possessions and in your bank balance and then having all of that ripped from you in ways you are not sufficiently educated or informed to understand is sure one of those ways. That earthly wealth is understood by a significant number as indication of gawd’s favor and a ticket for the pearly gates complicates the problem for those true believers in predestination. The seemingly never ending escalation in complexity and uncertainty is another. Over stimulation from a constant barrage of sight and sound the brain has not had time to adapt to, even were it capable, is another. The list is long. Frankly, I am surprised there are not far more frequent occurrences like this. Unfortunately, I think Beth is likely right and there will be more of this overt insanity manifested by individuals in the days ahead.

  5. The thing is, every country has crazies. It’s just our crazies have many, many guns. His guns were legally owned and purchased (and registered). Still, the 2nd amendmenters continue to argue ‘guns don’t kill people; people kill people.’ Well, people with guns kill a lot easier and a lot more frequently (and with more accuracy) than people without guns.

    This is from Charles Blow’s essay today in the Times:

    “According to the F.B.I., there have been 1.2 million more requests for background checks of potential gun buyers from November to February than there were in the same four months last year. That’s 5.5 million requests altogether over that period…”

    5.5 million requests in four months? And the usual is more than 3 million?!

    We are so doomed.

  6. We have tight and comprehensive gun laws in the UK and there are more firearms around now than ever before. It would appear to be the day of the shithouse rat wherever you are.

  7. Air America talk show noted that the perpetrators of mass murder against 49 innocents in the U.S. over the last several days had one thing in common: they had all been recently fired from their jobs.
    As ye sow, so shall ye reap, Amurika……….
    Kurt Vonnegut however had a solution to
    much of the needless mayhem: he posited a country in which every last person was assigned to one of numerous uber-families. His definition of family: those persons who have to take you in when you are down and out.

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