Monday Reads: Tell me again, What exactly is the problem

Detail from the 10′ x 42′ fresco “California” by Maxine Albro depicts a variety of California agricultural harvest scenes. It was funded by the PWAP.

Good Afternoon Sky  Dancers!

We have another White Male Terrorist mass shooting. This dude is a real MAGA darling. Naturally, the sounds of Crickets are coming from the White House. “Waffle House suspect Travis Reinking deemed himself a ‘sovereign citizen,’ part of anti-government group.”  Of course, he’s anti-government just like Ronnie Raygun who declared our “government was the problem”  in 1981 during his inaugural address and then proceded to turn it into a problem. That statement was almost as uplifting as the dank shit we got last time out with KKKremlin Caligula, the hair fury. Gun violence in this country is the choice of a lot of white men buying politicians via the NRA. That’s the problem.

The suspected gunman on the run after riddling a Tennessee Waffle House with bullets dubbed himself a “sovereign citizen,” before being arrested in July 2017 outside the White House.

Travis Reinking, 29, used that term — which the FBI has also used to describe a group of anti-government extremists — during a clash last year with the Secret Service, according to a police report obtained by USA TODAY.

Reinking told agents he needed to see President Trump and defined himself as sovereign citizen who had a right to inspect the grounds, according to an arrest report by the Metropolitan Police Department in D.C. He was arrested on an unlawful entry charge after refusing to leave the area.

The FBI has said sovereign citizens “believe that even though they physically reside in this country, they are separate or ‘sovereign’ from the United States.”

The agency has also defined sovereign citizens as “anti-government extremists who claim the federal government is operating outside its jurisdiction and they are therefore not bound by government authority—including the courts, taxing entities, motor vehicle departments, and even law enforcement.”

Coit Tower Murals – Industries of California by Ralph Stackpole 01

This guy has a politically extreme view that motivates him. He’s another Timothy McVeigh sort. So, when do we hear the WHITE CHRISTIAN MALE TERRORIST label?

It’s unknown if Reinking’s 2017 sovereign citizen self-designation was in line with the FBI’s definition or if it played any role in the Antioch, TN Waffle House attack, which left four dead.

A motive has not been released and investigators are continuing to probe Reinking’s background, which includes several past incidents with law enforcement.

Well, obviously NOT today Satan.  Law enforcement took away the dude’s guns once and GAVE them to his father!  Raise your hand if you think any person of color would’ve had that freaking experience. I can see we have no takers.

On Aug. 24, 2017, sheriffs deputies in Tazewell County, Illinois took a state-issued card from Reinking that Illinois requires for someone to own a weapon. During a Sunday news conference streamed online, Tazewell County Sheriff Robert M. Huston said Reinking volunteered to give up his four weapons.

However, Reinking’s father was present when those deputies came to confiscate the guns, Huston said. The father had a valid state authorization card and asked the police if he could keep the weapons. Deputies gave Reinking’s father the weapons,  Huston said.

“He was allowed to do that after he assured deputies he would keep them secure and away from Travis,” Huston said, referring to Reinking’s father.

Huston and Nashville Police Chief Steve Anderson said they believe Reinking’s father returned the weapons to Reinking.

DudeBro gunned down four people in the Waffle House located in Nashville. He was all of 29. Did we mention he was nearly buck naked and the police can’t find his lily white ass?

Murder warrants were issued for the suspect, identified as a 29-year-old White male named Travis Reinking. He’s accused of killing four people and wounding four others 3:25 a.m. Sunday at a Waffle House restaurant in Nashville. Reinking, who was naked, fled on foot, the Metropolitan Nashville Police Department tweeted.

The motive behind the shooting is unknown, authorities said, according to CNN. It appears to be a random mass shooting. Investigators, however, are typically slow to declare mass shootings by White males a domestic terror attack, even though White men constitute the largest group of domestic terrorists in the nation.

Oh, wait!  Some one did recognize this for what it is!!!   Could it be: “The Epidemic Of White Male Terrorism And Its Connection To White Privilege . “Race shapes our reaction to gun violence,” professor and author David J. Leonard writes.”  Will we get the usual Dudebro just suddenly became unhinged, crazy, and violent?

Such narratives are unique to white male mass shooters. As are the efforts to humanize and to offer cultural autopsies that point to potential gambling addictions or mental illness as the reason behind a mass shooting rather than a pervasive evil inherent in white male killers.

The erasure of “white male” mass shooters from public discourse produces coverage that depicts Paddock and countless others as individuals who we must empathize with. Paddock deserves empathy because he is not the imagined Muslim terrorist, the criminal Latino immigrant, and the Black thug. Whereas they are terrorists and super predators who “terrorize communities,” who undermine the safety and tranquility of our communities,

Oh, wait… here’s another! “We should be able to eat waffles in peace — but Trump and the NRA accept this kind of terrorism”.

I shouldn’t have to carry a gun to feel safe getting waffles.

Nobody should.

I shouldn’t have to hope I’m seated near a mythological “good guy with a gun” to feel safe getting waffles.

Nobody should.

Nobody should.

We should be able to eat our waffles in peace. We should be able to send our kids to school without worrying that they’ll be gunned down. We should be able to go to church and not wonder whether an AR-15-toting person who fell through the mental-health-services cracks might stand up and open fire.

But we don’t feel that way. We can’t. This nation’s gun obsession has made it impossible, and those who stand in the way of any action that might limit access to guns — even to domestic abusers or the mentally ill — are insisting that their outlandish “right” to own any firearm they want supersedes our perfectly reasonable right to eat our waffles without toting a sidearm.

There’s a word for all this: terrorism. People don’t like to use that word when it comes to guns and Americans. But what are we really dealing with here if not terror? What do you call it when people are made to feel unsafe in the most public of places?

Four young people were gunned down early Sunday morning at that Waffle House near Nashville. A 29-year-old man from Morton, Ill., is the suspected shooter, and police say he used an AR-15-style assault rifle, the same type of firearm used in the Parkland school shooting (17 dead), the Texas church shooting (26 dead), the Las Vegas music festival shooting (58 dead) and the Orlando nightclub shooting (49 dead).

Government can do something about it.  We’ve got these problems because NRA lobbyists fund the bad guys.  The police gave an AR 15 this guy had no right to have back to HIS FATHER who just gave it back to his son.

Police said the father of suspected Waffle House shooter Travis Reinking handed his son back an AR-15 found at the scene, after it had been seized by authorities in relation to another incident.

But, yes, already there’s the usual narrative. Poor white kid deserves our help. “Waffle House shooting suspect said Taylor Swift stalked him, had history of delusions, police say”

In 2017, the year before Reinking became the subject of an intensive police manhunt after a deadly shooting at a Tennessee Waffle House, officials said he went to a local pool wearing a pink dress and swam in his underwear while coaxing life guards to fight him. Soon after, he traveled to D.C., and tried to cross a security barrier near the White House, declaring himself a “sovereign citizen” who wanted to speak with President Trump.

Police reports dating to May 2016 offer a glimpse of what officials described as Reinking’s “mental problems.”

This is just no way to run a country. No other civilized country lets military weapons out to just any one. The data shows we don’t need to live this way.  If our government is the problem then we need to vote the gun fetishists out.

Today’s art are a selection of various PWAP commissioned murals in California.  You may remember that the WPA was a Great Depression era economic policy to put Americans back to work.  It hired all kinds of artisans as well as workers to build, decorate, and document the experience of recovery from the US’s worst recession ever.  PWAP was the arm that commissioned Public Works of Art. This are 27 murals located in Coit Tower- San Francisco.  The Lillie Hitchcock Coit Memorial Tower was actually part of a gift from the Coit estate that granted the city money for beautification purposes in 1931.  The murals were commissioned in 1933 and executed in 1934.  Many of the murals were not available for public viewing until 2014.  There was a restoration project as well as an effort to allow public access.

Because all 27 Coit Tower murals were painted at the same time, in 1934, they presumably were meant to be seen as a whole. Now that all the murals have undergone the most intensive restoration in their history, an effort is being made to get people up there, but only in groups of four to eight, and only as part of a docent tour.

What’s on your reading and blogging list today?

22 Comments on “Monday Reads: Tell me again, What exactly is the problem”

  1. Pat Johnson says:

    Just another bloody day in America where the ready availability of reaching for a weapon of mass destruction is protected by the Second Amendment. We can justify just about any act of mayhem because “freedom”.

    This recent fugitive has already displayed issues of insanity. Taylor Swift, of all people, was out to get him. Yet Daddy hands back those weapons to a deranged individual for whatever reason so who do we get to blame this time around?

    My money is, and always will be, on congress. They make the laws. Yet they refuse to act on behalf of the population who now find these outbreaks in churches, schools, courtrooms, restaurants, hospitals, concerts, workplaces, and movie theaters, possible killing grounds for the disgruntled of this world willing to die and take others with them because of the need to express their own misery.

    Gun violence will never end. With 300 million guns in the hands of owners there is nothing that will stop some lunatic from terrorizing the nation. We are long past the age of commonsense that has allowed this proliferation to continue.

    All we can hope for is that congress will eventually get around to banning the sale of military weapons before that number increases in the future.

    The Second Amendment does not guarantee the right to possess a weapon designed for the battleground. But try telling that to someone whose “rights” are infringed in not having one.

  2. dakinikat says:


    As a threat to tribal sovereignty, the Trump administration is attempting to strip American Indians and Alaska Natives from health care.

    Politico reported Sunday, the Trump administration says Native Americans might need to get a job if they want to keep their health care.

    “Tribal leaders want an exemption from new Medicaid work rules being introduced in several states, and they say there are precedents for health care exceptions. Native Americans don’t have to pay penalties for not having health coverage under Obamacare’s individual mandate, for instance.” reports Politico.

    Why can’t he just drop dead or something?

    • NW Luna says:

      And there are sooo many good-paying jobs available on the rez, right? I wish he’d go visit a reservation so the real sovereign nation citizens there can arrest his ass as an international terrorist, lock him in prison and throw the key into the Dakota and Keystone pipeline ooze.

    • Sweet Sue says:

      Dak, I ask myself that every day.

    • Sweet Sue says:

      We’re only a twenty piece bucket away from freedom.

    • Mary Luke says:

      For the second time. That we know of. Hopefully no one will give him a gun.

    • dakinikat says:

      That’s good! Now they hopefully will stick his guns in an evidence locker for a change.

    • teele says:

      From the article: “Reinking requested a lawyer after his arrest and refused to answer questions or make a statement, Don Aaron, a spokesman for the Metropolitan Nashville Police Department, said at a news briefing.”

      So, keeping his mouth shut and waiting for a lawyer. Sounds like a pretty sane choice, as though the shooter had a chance to sober up from a drink or drug spree and look at things realistically. Removes any chance of sympathy from my quarter.

      Also, his father should be held responsible for these deaths and injuries, too, since he armed the son even though he knew his behavior was erratic. Maybe the father figured that it was no problem, since his son moved to another state, and it could be their problem now. If he knew he wouldn’t be able to say no when his son demanded the return of the weapons, he should have simply allowed the police to seize them in the first place.

  3. Enheduanna says:

    Happy Monday everyone. Love the murals – I wish I could get away and visit my sister in SFO!

    Does anyone know why sitting Presidents do not attend the funerals of First Ladies? That seems like a slight to the position of FLOTUS.

    • NW Luna says:

      Apparently this sitting president* was not welcome. Our real President, Hillary Clinton, was there.

    • Catscatscats says:

      Enheduanna: According to Andrea Mitchell, it is considered a courtesy for the sitting prez NOT to attend. The thinking is that the security necessary to protect the sitting prez, if not HIS mere celebrity presence, would be disruptive to the funerary services and i guess disrespectful to the deceased. Mitchell also said that the protocol is that only other First Ladies are expected to attend.

    • dakinikat says:

      We had a bunch of paintings in the little town I grew up in in Iowa and LSU has a lot of them since a lot of their campus–including the library–was built by the WPA. It’s really an underrated style of art imho. They all kind of have similar vibes and themes.

    • NW Luna says:

      Thinking about the WPA. Can you just imagine a program like that getting approved today? The WPA was responsible for so many good things in our country. I’m familiar only with what they did on the West Coast– trail, bridge, park center building, photographic documentation, and of course the murals. We need a program like that now. Putting up solar energy collectors, building water runoff structures/landscaping, community centers, trail repair, community gardens. sigh

  4. NW Luna says:

    In Canada, they do it differently.