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tRump: Stochastic Terrorist
Author: BobR    Date: 08/10/2016 13:02:00

 
Stochastic Terrorism is the use of mass communications to stir up random lone wolves to carry out violent or terrorist acts that are statistically predictable but individually unpredictable.


It's a term that you don't hear used very much, because it's difficult to prove, and casts an insinuation upon well-known people popular with certain groups. It's easy to deny intent, and easier to deny culpability should actions happen.

During the Bush Administration, what started out as a fairly innocuous term in office changed instantly on 09/11/2001. What had been a common political game of painting your political opponents with a bad brush became very ugly. It suddenly became unAmerican to criticize anything President Bush said or did. To do so was "aiding and abetting" the terrorists. This was the mantra from the Republican spin machine. Small acts of intimidation and violence followed, generally not worthy of reporting.

However, on Sunday July 27, 2008, 58 year old unemployed Jim D. Adkisson walked into a UUC church in Knoxville, TN and opened fire. His reason? He hated the "liberal movement" and blamed it for his woes. The result was 2 people dead and 8 injured. It seems like an odd reason for a person like him to target a church, but the steady drumbeat from right-wing political commentators provided him with the rationale. Unable to find a job and losing his food stamps provided the trigger to make him a "lone wolf".

In January 2011, Sarah Palin's PAC put out a news release with a graphic that had targets over the locations of certain members of Congress who had voted for the ACA. One of those targets was on Representative Gabby Giffords. Just a few days later, Jared Lee Loughner put a bullet in her head. He has never been clear on his motivations or revealed his reason for picking her. It's impossible to draw a line from one to the other. Nonetheless, the poisoning of the waters via violence-themed propaganda will eventually push a weak (and sick) minded person over the edge. The "lone wolf" will show his teeth.

In May 2011, Sharon Angle of Nevada came as close to a blatant stochastic terrorism statement as possible when she stated that she "hoped" that the "cure" for Senator Harry Reid wouldn't end up being "Second Amendment remedies". It wasn't even a veiled threat - it was an out-and-out call to anyone willing to sacrifice themselves for "the cause" to "cure" their Harry Reid "problem". The outcry and backlash was loud enough, however, that it probably quieted the urges to act in any potential "lone wolves".

ISIS actually uses the stochastic model to their advantage. The put out a non-stop barrage of propaganda over the internet, knowing that here and there it will reach the eyes and ears and hearts of the marginalized and mentally broken, and inspire them to be the radicalized "lone wolf" terrorists that wreak havoc. We can't stop this via traditional means because - as the definition states - it is individually unpredictable. ISIS knows, though, that it is statistically predictable that someone will act, so they keep putting it out there, and sit back and wait to take credit.

All of which leads us to the latest verbal diarrhea from Candidate tRump. Despite it being an off-the-cuff remark, he made a well-worded comment that could be interpreted in several ways by those who analyze syntax, but rings clear as a bell to the dog-whistle-ears of his acolytes:

"Hillary wants to abolish -- essentially abolish the Second Amendment. By the way, if she gets to pick, if she gets to pick her judges, nothing you can do, folks. Although the Second Amendment people, maybe there is, I don't know..."

The most generous interpretation is that he is calling on 2nd Amendment supporters to vote to prevent her from gaining office. However, the phrase "if she gets to pick", indicates that the solution would be coming if she's already elected. The 2nd interpretation that he was "joking" is horrific enough - that is NOT something a political candidate for President of the United States should even remotely joke about. The 3rd interpretation is the correct one: the 2nd Amendment people - the gun owners - could take of the "problem" if she gets elected. Some gun owners might fantasize about that, but would never do anything. Most gun owners just roll their eyes and move on.

All it takes, though, is one "lone wolf" who considers it their patriotic duty to protect the 2nd Amendment from a president Hillary Clinton. Just one "lone wolf" hearing his marching orders from Candidate tRump and setting into motion a plan that would result in drastic consequences. It is the definition of stochastic terrorism, and Donald tRump is a terrorist.

21 comments (Latest Comment: 08/10/2016 21:54:52 by Raine)
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Comment by Raine on 08/10/2016 13:06:13
good morning.


I am still angry at what the wretch of a human said yesterday.

Comment by wickedpam on 08/10/2016 13:34:43
Morning

Comment by Will in Chicago on 08/10/2016 13:44:25
Quote by Raine:
good morning.


I am still angry at what the wretch of a human said yesterday.



I am still furious. Let us remember that Bill O'Reilly called George Tiller, a Kansas doctor who administered abortions, a murderer. Even after Tiller's death, O'Reilly continued to repeat his claims. I fear that Donald Trump' s followers will have one at least who will take his words as a call to arms.

Comment by Will in Chicago on 08/10/2016 13:45:43
In some good news, which we could use with the outrageous comments of some politicians, I am setting up an interview for Friday and will be at a job fair for the Chicago Public Schools tomorrow.

Comment by BobR on 08/10/2016 13:49:21
BLOG IS POSTED

Comment by BobR on 08/10/2016 13:51:08
Quote by Will in Chicago:
Quote by Raine:
good morning.


I am still angry at what the wretch of a human said yesterday.



I am still furious. Let us remember that Bill O'Reilly called George Tiller, a Kansas doctor who administered abortions, a murderer. Even after Tiller's death, O'Reilly continued to repeat his claims. I fear that Donald Trump' s followers will have one at least who will take his words as a call to arms.

I was contemplating using the example of "Tiller the Baby Killer" in the blog, but there were anti-abortion groups that were in place promoting the killing of doctors, and I tend to place most of the blame on them.

Comment by Scoopster on 08/10/2016 14:00:19
Mornin' all..

I'm pissed. There's no excuse for any of this. There's no damn place for this kind of deliberate careless rhetoric in our country.

Comment by Will in Chicago on 08/10/2016 14:03:21
Quote by BobR:
Quote by Will in Chicago:
Quote by Raine:
good morning.


I am still angry at what the wretch of a human said yesterday.



I am still furious. Let us remember that Bill O'Reilly called George Tiller, a Kansas doctor who administered abortions, a murderer. Even after Tiller's death, O'Reilly continued to repeat his claims. I fear that Donald Trump' s followers will have one at least who will take his words as a call to arms.

I was contemplating using the example of "Tiller the Baby Killer" in the blog, but there were anti-abortion groups that were in place promoting the killing of doctors, and I tend to place most of the blame on them.



Those groups were calling for Tiller's death already. I view them as having more responsibility than a parrot named Bill O'Reilly.

Great blog, I just wish it was not necessary.


Comment by wickedpam on 08/10/2016 14:43:19
oh just a side note - the place where tRump called for an assassination is the college I graduated from - it looked like Trask Coliseum, which while it sounds big - is really kind of small.

Comment by BobR on 08/10/2016 14:50:08
Quote by wickedpam:
oh just a side note - the place where tRump called for an assassination is the college I graduated from - it looked like Trask Coliseum, which while it sounds big - is really kind of small.

It made his hands look big...

Comment by Raine on 08/10/2016 14:57:55


Comment by Mondobubba on 08/10/2016 14:59:11
Comment by BobR on 08/10/2016 15:03:57
Comment by Mondobubba on 08/10/2016 15:10:27
Quote by BobR:

nope.


Then my job is done!

Comment by wickedpam on 08/10/2016 15:31:06
Quote by BobR:
Quote by wickedpam:
oh just a side note - the place where tRump called for an assassination is the college I graduated from - it looked like Trask Coliseum, which while it sounds big - is really kind of small.

It made his hands look big...



LOL XD

Comment by livingonli on 08/10/2016 18:18:35
And I see the Clinton body count memes are making a comeback. Just rehash everything since Vince Foster and add a few new ones to the list.

Comment by Scoopster on 08/10/2016 18:30:28
Quote by livingonli:
And I see the Clinton body count memes are making a comeback. Just rehash everything since Vince Foster and add a few new ones to the list.

They (the b0b idiots i mean) are going after her for the recent large bunch of GOP figureheads that just endorsed her. I had some moron tell me today that Negroponte was on that list and was blaming her for accepting it (which I haven't seen any proof of at all). There's also the talk about Kissinger endorsing her, which lots of people are complaining about even tho it hasn't happened yet.

To that I say SO FUCKING WHAT?! Do you really have a problem with policy rats jumping ship because T is a major psychopath? DO YOU BLAME THEM? I sure as hell don't. They may have pushed or supported policies that I and most Dems would disagree with, but why does that equate having to reject them when they finally pull their head out of their ass for a moment and realize that they can't possibly stand for this man?

Comment by BobR on 08/10/2016 19:45:10

ooo - I see one of them works where you do

Comment by Mondobubba on 08/10/2016 20:33:37
Quote by BobR:

ooo - I see one of them works where you do



That would be the one I know. Little did I know he was a monster. The classic, "He was such a nice guy."

Comment by Raine on 08/10/2016 21:54:52
Quote by Mondobubba:
Quote by BobR:

ooo - I see one of them works where you do



That would be the one I know. Little did I know he was a monster. The classic, "He was such a nice guy."
DAmn, Mondo -- that sucks bad.