The Least Surprising News of the Week

Is anyone shocked? FBI: Shooter at Pensacola military base linked to al-Qaida.

The gunman in a deadly rampage late last year at a military base in Florida communicated with al-Qaida operatives about the attacks in the months leading up to it, U.S. officials said Monday as they laid out new details of a shooting that killed three American sailors.

The FBI learned of the contacts between Mohammed Saeed Alshamrani and operatives of al-Qaida after breaking the encryption on cellphones that had previously been locked and that the shooter, a Saudi Air Force officer, had tried to destroy before being killed by law enforcement.

Not exactly a surprise.

Defenseless Victim Zones

Doing the same thing, and expecting a different outcome, is one sign of insanity. A Pensacola Postscript | Power Line

President Trump has instructed military base commanders to rethink policies about allowing military personnel on bases to be armed. Like so many reforms of the Trump era, it is long overdue.

How many attacks on military bases have to be endured before “We’ve always done it that way” changes?

I’m Just Not Sure Why It Took 3 Months to Decide That Self-defense Is Legal in Florida

JusticeIt couldn’t have anything to do with the fact that a few of the women involved were lesbians, could it? No, anti-gay bigotry would never be a factor in Florida. </sarcasm> State won’t file charges in Fairfield Drive ‘stand your ground’ shooting death

Amy Plunkett and Deanna Stevison had previously been in a relationship for 6 years. It apparently didn’t work out, and Stevison apparently opted for the, “How dare you live without me,” position. It didn’t work out. Amy Plunkett, her mother Ollie Plunkett and Amy’s new girlfriend, Meghan Wojdyla, were in the apartment when Deanna Stevison decided to intrude.

Ollie Plunkett told investigators she had been asleep on the couch in the living room and was awoken to banging on the door just after 5 a.m. She said she went to wake up her daughter to see if she was expecting company. When Amy Plunkett opened the door, Stevison forced her way inside, according to the report.

Amy Plunkett stated that she was losing consciousness when her mother fired the shots. Stevison had her down with her hands around Plunkett’s throat. Stevison had kept her mother from calling 911 by seizing her phone and throwing it away. What exactly was the mother supposed to do, watch her daughter be strangled?

Still they did come to the conclusion that the shooting was justified. Have to wonder how mad that made the folks who make those calls.

UPDATE: Here’s a similar story where it took less than a month to determine self-defense. Fatal shooting of Greenville man was in self-defense, Sheriff’s Office says. This one is from South Carolina.

“Ritualistic” Blue Moon Killing That Didn’t Happen on the Blue Moon

Religious prejudice is an ugly thing. Homeland Security worker's triple homicide was blue moon ritual killing, says Florida Sheriff – Boing Boing.

The sheriff “claims” that this was a Wiccan killing done on the blue moon. But there is a problem with that statement…

That’s a little confusing. The recent blue moon (a second full moon within one calendar month) was on Friday, July 31, not the Tuesday date the sheriff referenced. “The sheriff did not explain the discrepancy and his office did not return a telephone call seeking clarification,” AP reports.

So it didn’t happen on the blue moon, but it was timed to happen on the blue moon. Really? Maybe the Sheriff (Escambia County Sheriff David Morgan) is a bigot as well as an idiot. Maybe he should revisit the West Memphis Three – 3 teenagers sent to prison for murder because they were outside the mainstream, not because they were really guilty. Maybe he just hates Wiccans.

Even if the killer was Wiccan, does not mean it is a ‘ritualistic murder.’ A hammer – the weapon used – is not a Wiccan ceremonial object. And are all killings by Christians ‘ritualistic Christian murders?’ Of course not. But it is still tough to be a religious minority in this country.