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13 July 2016

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Seamus Padraig

And what about those initial reports from the scene that there were 4-5 snipers, not just one? Does anyone know what became of them?

turcopolier

Seamus Padraig

Cops are civilians. they were totally surprised. Fog of war stuff. pl

b

I fond it quite interesting that the guy was not only upset about white policeman, but was upset about BlackLivesMatter

/quote/
During the standoff, Mr. Johnson, who was black, told police negotiators that “he was upset about Black Lives Matter,” Chief Brown said. “He said he was upset about the recent police shootings. ..."
/endquote/
http://www.nytimes.com/2016/07/09/us/dallas-police-shooting.html

The BLM people were too peaceful for him? Not radical enough?

It must have been part of his motivation that he felt that no one else was taking the case in a way he would have agreed with.

rakesh wahi

not uneducated though

robt willmann

It appears to have been established that Micah Johnson was in ROTC in high school. Thus, being in the reserves was likely not just to get extra income or benefits or something like that. He had some interest in the military.

turcopolier

rakesh wahi

If you mean the media people. You are quite wrong. I know a great many, on-air people, producers, bookers, etc. and they are 99% the product of vocational "education" in communications arts or journalism school. In other words they are uneducated in any sense that I would recognize. They know no history, no philosophy, no geography. they are technicians. pl

turcopolier

Robert willman

High school JROTC has nothing to do with becoming an officer in spite of the name. It is basically a patriotic Armed Forces sponsored youth group in which enrollees are taught a few of the skills of the soldier in the hope that some will enlist after graduation from secondary school. I agree that he must really have been interested in military service. pl

sillybill

Seamus,
There were several people on the march who were carrying rifles - 'open carry black' - it was Texas after all, and when the shooting started they took off running with the rest of the crowd.
Chief Brown said 'They started running, and we started catching.'
So that, combined with the shooters tactic of shoot and move, which resulted in shots coming from different places led the police to think there was more than one.

Haralambos

My take was that there were several reports of an individual carrying a weapon to show his support for the right to bear weapons: http://tinyurl.com/h4zufhe Caveat: consider the source on this.

I also believe that we Americans are fed a steady diet of fear and have been for many years. Anything to do with guns, pedophilia, rape, scandal, and general worry is picked up immediately and magnified by the MSM.

I have lived in Europe for 38 years, and over many of them I returned to the US in the summer to work for dollars to pay my student loans off and earn USD when currency controls were in effect in the late 70s to the early 90s. Every summer, there was another set of fear-inspiring reports from killer bees to child abductions to rabid raccoons and skunks in my little village on the upper Hudson River.

Nancy K

He could have had a psychotic break. He was at the right age 18-25 for 1st schizophrenic episode. He apparently had become reclusive and possibly paranoid. The situation you suggest could have triggered such episode.

kao_hsien_chih

Col,

These are fascinating questions raise, precisely because too many people think that the answers to these question are "obvious" and will not rethink them for a minute.

For all the superficial dissimilarities, I suspect that this Johnson person has more in common with Tim McVeigh than not.

turcopolier

KHC

McVeigh? That is probably true. If McVeigh had not failed of selection for the Green Berets? Who knows? pl

JMH

This Daily News article offers some fragments of insight:

http://www.nydailynews.com/news/national/dallas-shooter-accused-sexual-harassment-army-tour-article-1.2705323

‘A former bunkmate who served with Johnson wrote on Facebook that the hateful menace was a sicko.

“We all knew he was a pervert cuz he got caught stealing girls’ panties but murdering cops is a different story,” Wells Newsome wrote. “You never know what someone is capable of until too late.”’

The article has some pictures, one of which appears to show Johnson with (out of regs) extra-long fingernails which is some kind of hood/thug thing. There is also a photo of the attractive female soldier he harassed.

turcopolier

JMH

She looks East Asian. He liked the smell of woman? Yes, what an obvious pervert he was. pl

David Habakkuk

Colonel Lang,

Ah yes. How the world has changed.

In ‘my day’ – as we old fogies tend to say – very few who wanted to be journalists would have gone near ‘communications or journalism school.’
A normal route to ‘Fleet Street’ was to serve ‘indentures’ on local or ‘provincial’ papers.

So, commonly, either people left school after ‘A-levels’, and joined a weekly paper, or they did a degree in something unrelated to journalism, and became a ‘graduate trainee’ on a paper in a large city outside London.

I ended up as a ‘graduate trainee’ out of a curious chapter of accidents.

It involved being a – peculiarly inept – unskilled labourer in London, and then a tutor in a conservative Catholic (and pure Spanish) family in Mexico City.

My start in journalism came by pure accident, and turned out to involve working on something close to an extreme right-wing monthly magazine which was in the process of going bankrupt.

After ‘jumping ship’, and spending some months on the ‘dole’ in London, this ‘CV’ got me taken on as a trainee by the ‘Liverpool Daily Post & Echo’.

And then, I was plucked out of obscurity, when the editor of the ‘Echo’ – the evening paper – decided I was an appropriate person to write his leaders for him. So between 8 and 10.30 am in the morning, I ‘opined’ about all kinds of issues in Liverpool and the world, and then went off to sub-edit features.

It was a happy time.

I would not normally have gone into this kind of excursus into autobiography.

But it does point to an enormous difference.

While my own route into journalism may have been more idiosyncratic than most, back in the ‘Seventies and early ‘Eighties very many of us in the ‘MSM’ either did not come from a cocoon, or if – as I had – they came from a ‘privileged’ environment, wanted to know something about wider worlds.

When I failed my shorthand examination first time round, I practised from a passage from Kipling’s ‘The Man Who Would be King’ dictated onto a cassette recorder.

Babak Makkinejad

"Ma" is a Chinese last name - "horse" - I think - it means.

Fred

Harlambos,

yes the brother of the organizer of the BLM protest march. Just coincidentally supports open carry in Texas and - just coincidentally - was doing that when Micah Johnson started his terrorist attack. A curious person would ask who are the social media contacts on Micah Johnson's electronic devices to determine if there was any coordination of his actions with the organizers of the march. (regardless of their knowing of his expected course of action). Curious minds want to know, especially if they have an interest is stopping other such attacks. Perhaps the Johnson family will follow the Clinton families example and have their lawyers clean these devices in a fashion that prevents finding anything because you know she had nothing to hide and but this now deceased killer certainly should be allowed to do so. I'm sure that AG Lynch has her best man on the job.

turcopolier

Babak

Yes "horse" "ma" in a name often means Chinese Muslims. she looks a bit like that. pl

Kooshy

"Their reaction is just about as brainless about this as was their fascination with the hunt for the particular "guilty alligator" at the Disney resort in Florida. Apparently any shiny object can hold their attention. "

Colonel LANG
Sir, IMHO I think majority of US MSM' news "performers" truly know what's going on, and how far and how deep they are allowed to go if they care to keep their jobs, be read, heard or seen, again. IMO, they very well know who their bosses are, we the people,or the Borg Inc. At the end of the day they rather keep their jobs, and "perform" to the Borg' direction, rather than reporting the truth to us.
As Walter Cronkite use to say, that's the way it is today.
On another note, although the pols show the gap between the Trump, and The Borg' queen of deceit is closing, but, IMO and my experience, the queen will be our next presidente, deep in hearth this is one opinion of mine, that I love, hope and pray to be wrong.

turcopolier

kooshy

"truly know what's going on" Sorry, but you are wrong. this is your ME conspiratorial nature showing again. They are incredibly ignorant. I know them and you do not. pl

kxd

It has many meanings depending on tone. It can mean mother as well.

jerseycityjoan

I also wondered about the sexual harassment case -- whether the allegations were true and what effect it had on Johnson.

Separate from that though, I'm going to share a few things I saw over the weekend about Johnson and a group that he had contact with. I saw this early Washington Post article that filled in some information about Johnson.

http://www.latimes.com/nation/la-na-dallas-police-shooting-live-suspect-joined-facebook-groups-that-1468001887-htmlstory.html

Within that story was a reference to someone named Omowale [real name: Dwayne Johnson] who is a leader in two Dallas area groups:

"Omowale, of the People’s New Black Panther Party, said he last saw Johnson a few months ago, when he attended what Omowale described as a “social event” at the Pan-African Connection.

...

"“We want every black man and woman throughout the country to legally arm themselves,” he said. But Omowale said that Johnson never attended any of those events and that he never saw Johnson carrying a weapon.

The People’s New Black Panther Party and its supporters see the police as “basically a military unit inside the black community,” Omowale said, so when they are in public facing off in a protest against a white supremacist group, as Omowale said they did a few months ago to defend a local Nation of Islam mosque, they carry guns.

Omowale and other party members and supporters, some bearing arms, were marching Thursday before Johnson’s shots sent everyone running."

Here's a link to the page at Huey P. Newton website, which says what they're all about and what they want. It's quite a stew of goals, resentments and assertions:

http://hueypnewtongunclub.org/about

I have to wonder what exposure to all this did for Johnson. Did it inspire or encourage him to do what he did, or did reinforce anger he already had? I also have to wonder if we'll be seeing more groups like these spring up and get members that they never would have gotten before. The frustrations out there are real and growing.

aleksandar

I have seen people changing in Afgha,becoming anxious,secretive, asocial, insensible, afraid of everything.You don't have to be in a platoon or squad to have PTSD. Anxiety and fear are enough.Seen people 3 or 6 months back home checking if they have weapons and flag jacket before leaving their home,avoiding any kind of gathering, jumping to every noise akin a CHICOM, giving no attention to wife and chidren, seeing taleb and terrorist everywhere, devoured by anger and so on.
Who knows what happened to this guy ?
Not me.

turcopolier

aleksander

Who were you with in Afghanistan and when? your thing sounds like the fiction of a troll. pl

Anonymous

His problem was stealing the panties, but not wearing them, otherwise he would become doubleplusgood media protegé, what with black transniper martir and all.
I sense you may try a joke on me on account of me being a disturber of serious matters. I apologize in advance, and in reply to a possible question... yes, I think in today's world the better thing to do when caught stealing panties is to wear them on the spot and call yourself Caitlin. Whole careers in the media can sprout from that virtuous choice, certainly an easier and more "virtuous" way than the complex tortuous paths true journalists happen to be forged along, as we can see in Mr. Habakkuk's trajectory.

The girl looks mixed race to me. From that picture I would say chinese-black. Asian father with cute black mother. Perhaps she was slutty towards whites, but less so towards blacks. Her east-asian component would prefer to be upward mobile (at least in public) and perhaps she thought he wasn't as professionally aggressive as he was flirtatious (I'm not sure I'm using the right words here, I'm sorry.)

The Old Microbiologist said, as I understand it, that Sappers are trained till 500 meter accuracy, which seems to me rather hard, without telescopical sight. I wonder if his shooting spree was a way of showing he was up to the task of an accomplished Sapper.

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