Mr. ScorpioMr. Scorpio's Journal
NEWS IN BRIEF
January 31, 2017
VOL 53 ISSUE 04
Technology · Terrorism · Government · Internet
WASHINGTONSaying the measure would greatly aid efforts to combat the rise of anti-American sentiment online, the FBI announced Tuesday that it had shut down a prominent new ISIS recruitment website, www.whitehouse.gov. Blocking sites like this one, which spread propaganda in the effort to attract people to ISIS, is vital to winning the war on terror, said spokesperson Terrence Moreland, adding that the FBI recently became aware of the site after prominent ISIS leaders began posting on social media in support of the online recruitment hub. While it can be hard to keep up with the number of internet outlets posting Islamic extremist propaganda, ultimately sites like whitehouse.gov are the greatest resource ISIS has to incite terrorism against the U.S. Even though we finally managed to shut it down after a little more than a week, the site was so popular that theres no telling how many individuals have already been radicalized. Moreland went on to say that the FBI was also contacting Twitter to request the removal of several prominent accounts known to encourage ISIS recruitment, including @DHSgov, @POTUS, and @realDonaldTrump, but admitted there was only so much it could do to silence such a determined enemy.
My good friend Cody, a white guy from Texas who loves his country music and boots, has an important message that would do the country well if they would read with an open mind and see all of America through his eyes. It would be a beautiful thing.
I was about to check into bed a bit early for a change, before 2:00 AM, when I ran across Codys post. The sentiment in his post did not surprise me. After all, he lives it and all of his friends see it and know it. What stood out is how he expressed the rewarding nature of embracing the diversity of cultures. Many of us feel the way he does. But I think his persona and prose conveys it in a manner that could reach many whos fears are exploited by the likes of our misogynistic, sexist, xenophobic, racist, narcissistic president.
Cody wrote: Im just a regular white guy from Texas. I wear boots every day. I listen to classic country music. Alabama is my favorite band and my favorite artist would be a toss up between Garth Brooks and Roy Rogers. People sometimes make fun of my country accent, but its fine. Family is important to me. I still live about a mile from the house I grew up in. My best times are sitting on the porch out at the farmhouse my grandfather passed down to us, which he got with the GI Bill after WW2. Its so peaceful, sitting there with the family, watching the sun go down. Its something I always look forward to.
I live in a mostly minority area. In fact, I think I may be the only white person in my neighborhood and its great. I have friends of all different races and from all parts of the world. Some of my best friends are from Mexico, Honduras, Nicaragua, El Salvador, and Iraq, but I still have other friends from Russia, Iran, and Trinidad. I could not ask for better friends. They make me a better person and I could not imagine going through life without them.
My friend from Iraq is one of the coolest guys I know. He volunteers at an organization that helps refugees transition to American culture. He sometimes has dinner parties at his house. Its a great time sitting there amazed at stories from parts of the world I have never been to, listening to the hopes, fears, jokes, needs, and desires of people that came from such different backgrounds than I did, but are still just as human. We play games like cards against humanity and its sometimes just as inappropriate as when I play it with anyone else. We laugh and we have a good time.
We're getting a verse a day of a horror novel that's writing itself.
I'm wary of skipping to the ending.
I shit you not. Look it up at the page. https://www.whitehouse.gov
These motherfuckers are intentionally trying to bring down the government from within. I've never seen anything like this in my entire life.
Seeing all of these protests ALL OVER THE COUNTRY against Trump makes me feel a lot more hopeful for the future.
This will not stand.
It's just to satisfy those people, his fans, who only care that he's looking as if he's doing something, in spite of whether or not he's doing any actual work at all.
A lot of these EO's aren't even worth the paper they're printed on, due to the fact that they were drafted without any input from the actual agencies who would be responsible for carrying them out. Also, he's creating the conditions for a huge series of lawsuits that have either already been filed against the government, or will be filed against the government. Hopefully, everyone will pay attention to any pending court rulings that may or may not be filed against him.
Already the backlash against this administration is greater than any other I've ever seen before, it's completely unprecedented, even compared to the last two presidents. I've never seen this much public opposition and at such intensity ever. We are in new territory here.
And of course, the actual consequences of his busywork is yet to be seen in the amount of money that all of it may cost us, not mention our actual standing in the world. For example, why would someone who won an election go out of his way to dispute the outcome of the election that he won? That makes no sense at all, unless of course, he's going out of his way to APPEAR as if he's actually doing SOMETHING... The expense and time wasted in such a pointless exercise notwithstanding.
Not that any of that would matter to both Congressional Republicans, who have reversed their previous stances on the debt and deficits and are all too happy to open up the national checkbook, and Trump's many, many supporters, who find more and more inventive ways to justify and mitigate his words and actions.
So, I'm quite sure that his many, many supporters are happy while watching Trump engage in this form of performance art, even if many of them have absolutely no idea what the end result of any of it will be.
But he's a man of action, of course, just what America needs. Nothing else matters other than that.
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