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Active Shooting Central Mich Uni--Where I am a Grad Student

I was not on campus, as I am a commuter student.

But here's the salient point for me. If I had been, it would have been MY 2ND "lock down" experience from a shooting event in 4 years.

I was working in Santa Monica in the Lion's Gate building in 2013, when we went on lock down in my office. I was the highest level manager in the office that day. We were on the 4th floor so I didn't feel like shots would come through a window. But this scenario was due to a shooter who had hijacked a car and was on Pico blvd. shooting randomly out the window.
The police were unsure if there was a 2nd shooter. Our building was near a water fountain outdoor cafe area that was very busy every lunch hour. They assumed the shooter(s) were looking for populated areas. There is a lot of confusion in getting accurate info in the early minutes.
It turned out to be a single shooter who went to Santa Monica Community College. There were many fatalities and he was killed. AR-15. I lived one block from that little college. I walked my dog there, and really loved it's quaintness (I had taught at Florida Keys Community College years ago and it reminded of that campus). I couldn't get home by car, as the streets were covered and taped off. I had news helicopters I swear 500 ft above my place all weekend, filming. It was like a war zone. I feel very fortunate to only have experienced that tragedy the way I did, on the periphery.

A couple of weeks later, a man drove his car down Venice Boardwalk trying to hit as many people as possible. Also fatalities. But less for sure. That is where I rode my bike. Not long after, a shooter came into LAX. I flew out of there for business almost weekly. It felt like the world was going mad. I really became sensitive to these events after.

I am thankful today's shooting was "only" two people and not students. But how sad it that?

Right now, everyone on campus there, today, is still in shelter mode, as the shooter is still at large. I am getting automated phone calls/messages from Central Michigan, every hour or so, telling me to continue to shelter in place.

I came to believe, and still do, that if we continue this way without restrictive measures, everyone will come to experience a mass shooting event at close proximity, or will know someone who has.

Two people were fatally shot Friday after a gunman opened fire at Campbell Hall dormitory at Central Michigan University, campus police said.

James Eric Davis Jr., 19, was identified as a suspect in what campus police believe was a domestic dispute. It was the nation's 12th school shooting this year.
Last seen wearing mustard yellow jeans and a blue hoodie, the suspect was still at large and considered armed and dangerous, according to police.
People were advised "to take shelter," law enforcement and school officials said.
The shooting happened about 8:30 a.m. Friday on the dorm's fourth floor.

Posted by Leighbythesea | Fri Mar 2, 2018, 04:18 PM (10 replies)

Jared Kushner and President Postliterate Bestwords

PPD title for Trump got me laughing. Good opinion piece from Daily Beast.


Applicants are required to spell out in great detail the specifics of foreign travel and overseas contacts. Investigators need to know where youíve made your money and to whom you have debts. I did it in my early twenties when my life was relatively uncomplicated, and it was still a pain in the ass. Itís not easy, and itís not supposed to be. Itís even harder when youíre a corrupt, entitled snake who repeatedly lies about your finances to federal investigators and serves as a living, breathing poster child for privileged venality. Itís even harder when youíve rather clumsily attempted to use both your familial relationship and proximity to the president of the United States to save your familyís failing real-estate empire.

All of which helps explain Jared Kushnerís very bad day on Tuesday. White House Chief of Staff John Kelly, a man who has compromised himself and his supposed values to accommodate and indulge President Trumphausenís various whims, impulses, urges, feuds, and paranoid episodes, finally drew the line and busted Kushnerís security clearance down from TS/SCI to Walmart Greeter Background Check (Provisional). Hear that? That was Americaís intelligence community, down to the last GS-7, breathing a loud sigh of relief.


It wasnít just that Kushner omitted tens of millions of dollars of investments from his SF-86 and was forced to revise again and again and again, or that his listing of foreign contacts and engagements was glaringly insufficient. Itís that he lied and omitted information in a way that was painfully obvious to the FBI and government officials examining his qualifications for the most elevated intelligence clearances. Then, the whispers in foreign capitals started; Kushner, they whispered, is for sale. American intelligence was listening.

Until today, Jared Kushner was one of a handful of recipients of the Presidentís Daily Brief, a product that compiles the crown jewels of the American intelligence communityís input and analysis. He was exposed to source and methods, high-grade analytical product, and the darkest secrets we have gleaned from the most sensitive sources. Although President Postliterate Bestwords has his PDB presented in graphic-novel form or performed by costumed dancers, Jared was apparently an aggressive consumer of intelligence, ordering up briefings and information outside even his broad purview. What he knows after a year in this position makes him the juiciest intelligence target in the world.
Posted by Leighbythesea | Wed Feb 28, 2018, 05:47 PM (2 replies)
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