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Shooting in Squirrel Hill, Pittsburgh #neveragain

You may have heard already about the shooting at a the Tree of Life Synagogue in Squirrel Hill, Pittsburgh. I’m pretty familiar with the neighborhood. I lived in there as a student. It’s a Jewish area of the city. Beautiful. Close to CMU and Pitt. I’m really shocked and upset by this. Rabid and violent anti-semitism is NOT a Pittsburgh value. Our city song is “It’s a beautiful day in the neighborhood” and everyday, I see thousands and thousands of Pittsburghers living that song. It’s one of the friendliest cities in the country. It’s progressive, diverse, environmentally conscience. All the good things.

We are not like this.

The governor, Tom Wolf, is headed here. And we are represented by Mike Doyle, the Net Neutrality champion. I trust that they will bring sanity to this awful situation.

Meanwhile, remember the residents of Squirrel Hill, whose ancestors migrated here from pogroms in Eastern Europe, who survived the holocaust and discrimination in Soviet Russia to find safety and sanctuary in beautiful Squirrel Hill. This shooting is unacceptable. #neveragain.

update:

We still don’t know how many fatalities there were. We hear 8-10 but the people in charge are not confirming that number. They’re grim. It’s not a good sign.

Meanwhile, Governor Wolf issued this tweet a little while ago:

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53 Responses

  1. At this point trump’s rallies are a danger to public safety and should be abolished. Yes, abolished because neither trump nor his supporters are realizing the seriousness and danger of their deeds.

    Similar to this new, there was a less reported shooting of two blacks in the last couple of days and the perpetrator there tried to get into a black church but could not and went on a shooting spree elsewhere. I will see if I can find the tweet.

  2. I thought of you when I read about this seeing as you are the only blogger I read who lives in Pittsburgh. This is a horrible thing and it seems he’s some sort of alt-right Trumper. I wonder if he was inspired by Trump’s “globalist” and “nationalist” rhetoric this week. I find this incredibly sad and it’s a dangerous time in America for anyone who is not a white evangelical.

  3. Disband his rallies of deplorables. DO. IT. NOW!

  4. What is the media strategy for saving the country? I don’t see anything, nothing.

  5. OMG, trump apparently is blaming the synagogue for not doing more to secure the premises. As emptywheel points out, trump’s talking point was foreigners were bad and being a bigot will keep you safe. Did he anticipate that those bigots he unleashed go after diversity within the country? Of course, he did. As long as it served his purpose, he does not care what happens to anyone else.

  6. There was baby there for god’s sake. What trump has unleashed is barbaric. Until everyone points the finger at him, this won’t go away. I know it is not a good thing to place blame on him but this thing, the radicalization and anger/fear mongering is happening right before our very eyes because of him that we have to call it for what it is. He should RESIGN!

  7. I watched the exciting Dodgers win in the World Series, got up this morning looking forward to the next game today; and then learned about this horror. There is no refuge. There have always been awful people in this country, and now they all have assault weapons. And Trump is a Nazi in sentiment if not nature. And he has emboldened and encouraged the Nazis in this country to be proud of their evil and their hatred of Jewish people. “Good people on both sides,” was the most support for Nazis ever uttered by a political leader of this country; and the Nazis knew what he was saying. And of course this endless targeting of Soros, is based on anti-semitism. Soros is on the side of liberal causes, and is one of the few people on that side who have enough money to make an impact. But he is certainly not some kind of sinister plotting force, and is certainly more benign than the likes of the Kochs, the Mercers, Adelson, and the right-wing billionaires who run the country, and got Trump elected.

    RD, I appreciate your words of support. I do wonder if this is Germany, 1934 or so, when so many Jewish people tried to convince themselves that it would blow over, that they could stay in the country they loved. Of course I think of that portrayal of the Jewish familyl in the play and movie “Cabaret,” and I also vividly remember the scenes in “Woman in Gold,” where the well-to-do Austrian family looked on in horror as the Austrians cheered on the Nazis, and helped them find Jewish people to send to the concentration camps. There aren’t as many Nazis here in America as there were in Europe then, but the ones now have assault weapons. And they have a President who is so sick and evil, that all he can talk about is how the synagogues should have more guns. Like the schools.

    The media allowed Trump to get where he is. Maggie Haberman, who I presume is Jewish, is understandably very upset at the horrible news. And she and her coterie of Hillary haters do not comprehend what a monster they helped get elected. The other day, Trump said that if Republicans lose the House, there will be violence. What shall we make of that? A threat? A call to his supporters to create the violence? A free pass to those who do? The extortion of the American people, the way the Mafia does it; “pay the money or we will kill you.”? The media thought he was fun, such a refreshing change from the serious and sober Hillary. And so rather than delve into his mafia history, his corruption, his refusal to show his taxes, because they would unearth his Russian ties, his crooked deals, they gave him a pass, while they probed and hammered at and tortured Hillary every second. They had a choice between a very bright, very caring, and very capable person to be President, or a deranged madman whose only impulses are to steal money from everyone else, and to destroy his enemies; and whose favorite book, one of the only ones he ever read, was “Mein Kampf.” And they chose the Nazi madman, though of course they will never admit that to themselves. And Jeff Zucker, who probably is also Jewish, is now outraged at Trump’s attacks on his network, after he gave him billions of dollars in free airtime. How absymally stupid and selfish and arrogant does one have to have been, not to have seen all of this coming, if Trump got elected?

    • William,

      Very eloquently spoken…you’ve said what I and many Hillary supporters have been trying to say since the election, but could not find the right words to express the overwhelming feelings we had about what transpired in the 2016 election and beyond. Thank you.

    • Thank you William for airing the facts of those responsible for supporting and electing this “malignant horror creature” named Trump.

  8. Rachel was must see last night, she started with the white nationalists and the rounding up of the leaders of two recently active groups, one being the Proud Boys (did you know they had a cache of long guns stashed at a strategic location above where they kicked the shit out protesters?). She has been expressing her opinions more and more lately and is clearly taking shots at both dump and the rethugs. One chilling point she made was the role local law enforcement plays in keeping us safe. Because of dump’s clear support for police rather than the FBI, DoJ, CIA and other intelligence agencies, she wonders which side the local LEOs are going to fall on, behind trump or in front of him, when the shit hits the fan. Who will they defend, us or them?

  9. We have an Al Baghdadi in the White House. He is running a madrasa through his rallies and tweets. I am sorry to be so melodramatic but people have to realize the seriousness of this ‘political’ movement set in motion. No accident that the Republican party (as opposed to the Democrats) was infiltrated and taken hostage to burn this country from the inside. People wondered early in the 2016 election season why trump ran as a Republican with no history of republican connections and this is why. He has become Republicans pet they can use to get their agenda done but he is like the proverbial scorpion.

    A scorpion asks a frog to carry it across a river. The frog hesitates, afraid of being stung, but the scorpion argues that if it did so, they would both drown. Considering this, the frog agrees, but midway across the river the scorpion does indeed sting the frog, dooming them both. When the frog asks the scorpion why, the scorpion replies that it was in its nature to do so.

    • Al Baghdadi!

    • I called him Al Baghdadi but these others will work also. Start talking candidly about what is going on here. Only way to awaken some people.

  10. Recognize the source of the problem, then we can do something about it like voting them out or getting him to resign. He is talking about cancelling the rally tonight.

  11. A friend over on Wonkette had this to say about Benedict Donald:

    What an exhaustingly, absurdly, colossally, ineffably, risibly stupid man he is. What a dreadful cow shit brained sack of meat sweat and bile. What a mandarin skinned dimwit. What a shambling fascist zombie. What a play-doh bodied skin infection in a poorly fitting suit. What a bloated cadaver dragged from a canal full of piss. What an abject buffoon. What a fucking smeg sack. He’s like sour custard wrapped in a condom ribbed for no one’s pleasure.

    Our Scottish friends don’t hold him in high esteem, either. 😛

    • Yep, the disgust we all feel is equal if not more. Saw him talking in some sedate manner alien to him reading the teleprompter, before I changed the channel.

  12. Forget acting like a President, Trump can’t even act like a goddamn human being. He won’t cancel his mini Nuremburg rally in Illinois and still “takes a pass” at calling the intended victims of a madman’s bombs.

  13. 11

    • May he die in jail (both the “Mangled Apricot Hellbeast” and his spawn). May those who were murdered rest in peace. Their poor loved ones; senseless brutality in the name of what exactly?

  14. Words, however kind, can’t stop the heartache, but know we share your grief. My condolences.

  15. Friends, I don’t know what to say. I love this city so much. I’m so sad tonight for all of the people who lost someone today. It wasn’t even personal. It was cold and cruel.
    We ARE better than this. I believe Pittsburgh will lead in the next couple of weeks.

    • So sorry for the loss, RD and it was all so preventable. People have to take cues from these horrible events to correct course for the country. That is the only way. I have been to Pittsburgh multiple times when I worked with some people at CMU and even took my brother and his family visiting from India to show them around there once. I have a colleague who grew up in those parts. We took my MiL to the temple (yes, there is a famous Hindu temple there) there on the anniversary my FiL passing thinking that she might like it but we had to turn around because of parking shortage and she didn’t care, (sort of funny). She is not religious.

    • Love you, kid.

  16. Yikes!!! You guys are so overtaken by hatred you are unable to see – in yourselves – the very types who so eviscerated Hillary and her supporters in 2008. At a point in Year 2 of Obama I recognized myself as obsessed with someone utterly unworthy of my energy and emotion. I just stopped trying to blame everything on him. No name calling, no more opinions … I just changed the channel or refused to engage any further discussion. I also stopped voting because I recognized what a fraud it all was. I can now view things much more calmly. But more importantly, I respect voters who elected Trump to move the Country back towards CENTER. He won; get over it. Stop insulting the people who “ate it” for all those years while they watched their country going Socialist. Recognize and know the difference between campaign rhetoric and governing. The comments I read above are WAAAAYYY over the line of responsible, objective and reasoned. You’re advocating the very hate crimes you accuse Trump of; only against him. I’ve stopped commenting on Facebook posts because all my “Friends” feel entitled to bash me for so much as pointing out a balancing fact to attempt to bring them to their senses. I know plenty of respectable people who voted for Trump and are taking a great deal of satisfaction with the change in tone. Is Trump blunt and uncouth? Certainly. These people found the Obamas insulting and divisive. My day stopped in its tracks when I saw that the Synagogue had been shot up by a lowlife from Castle Shannon – an area of Pittsburgh where Irish settled. They even bring their green firetrucks to the Saint Patrick’s Day parades. But I assure that the typical Castle Shannon neighbor is a transcendent saint to live in a place that must navigate Route 88 to get anywhere on a daily basis. This clown came from his own obscenely self-indulgent insanity – as all such shooters do. He didn’t come from Trump; Gab.com reports he expressed hatred for Trump. What could be more crazy than thinking that an organization like Hebrew Int’l Aid Society helping refugees to enter this country legally are bringing them here to take our jobs and kill us? The South Hills of Pittsburgh where this guy lived, is some of the most cash-rich neighborhoods in the country.

    • There was a reason why the moderation queue held your comment.
      I think it just has an instinct for this kind of thing.
      I couldn’t disagree with you more. Trump is not just uncouth. He’s a menace.
      If you choose not to vote, I’m fine with that.

  17. Like the guy did in Pittsburgh today, is that what you mean orange motherfucker? He cannot still let go of his evil base. This is from tonight’s rally!

  18. The NYT gals or one of the other outlets’ female wrote 8 days ago ‘How do you solve a problem like Hillary?’ Yes they did and they always send out females to write this stuff and there are Aunt Janes more than willing to do it. Now can they write similar headlines and a story or two about trump. Obviously, he is sending out death squads everywhere and that should count as a problem, no? What about Fox, Facebook? What about those other motherfuckers on radio, like that Rush Limbaugh, the big fat idiot? Why does MSNBC have Hugh Hewitt?

  19. This article is from April but takes on a new meaning in view of Khashoggi’s murder, no? Kushner gave MBS intel on Khashoggi’s political activities?

  20. A seasonally appropriate Wacky Packages ™ sticker, from an at least somewhat more innocent time.

  21. Incredibly, Trump tweeted about the World Series game. He was actually right that the Dodger manager made a big mistake by taking the starter out, but this is not something that he should be tweeting about on a horrible day like this, and the whole week. And who cares what Trump thinks about a baseball game? Can you imagine any other President communicating about such a thing now? Does he do it because he thinks it will gain him some votes from people who think that a good President is someone who follows sports? Did he do it to deliberately insult everyone on a day of tragedy? Did he do it because he is so absolutely soulless, that he cannot empathize with anyone else? If he wants to watch the baseball game, fine, but to start tweeting about it now,, is beyond tasteless and insulting. After the game, a reporter actually brought up this tweet to the manager, and asked him what he thought. This is not amusing, though I guess the reporter thought it was. I am running out of things to say about the person who is not only the worst President in American history, but is one of the worst humans who has ever lived.

  22. OK so now what, the Republican 2018 Political Campaign strategy has radicalized the fringe Right, and those Radical Nationalist some emboldened killers are loose in our communities.

    • We feel the pain, but get out the Vote, tRump will attempt to Divert/Attack he knows the Mid West is lost and he will attempt to trigger a crisis.

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