Self-styled conservative Texas bomber labeled ‘terrorist’ after all

This video from the USA says about itself:

Media Attempts To Normalize White Male Bomber Instead Of Calling Him A Terrorist

22 March 2018

The racism of the corporate media is shining brightly again this week, as accused Austin bomber Mark Conditt is being normalized by the national media, including The New York Times. Papers are calling him “nerdy and quiet”, while omitting the fact that the acts he committed would be considered “terrorism” had they been perpetrated by someone of a different race or religion. Ring of Fire’s Farron Cousins discusses this.

By Nina Golgowski in the USA:

03/29/2018 06:46 pm ET

Austin Bombings Suspect Labeled ‘Domestic Terrorist’ By City’s Police Chief

The distinction comes a week after the attacker was identified as 23-year-old Mark Anthony Conditt.

The recent deadly bombings across Austin, Texas, were acts of domestic terrorism, the city’s police chief said for the first time on Thursday.

“This is a distinction that I did want to make today”, interim Austin Police Chief Brian Manley said at a panel discussion hosted by NPR station KUT. “I actually agree now that he was a domestic terrorist for what he did to us.”

Manley’s resolve came a little more than a week after authorities said the bombing suspect, 23-year-old Austin resident Mark Anthony Conditt, blew himself up amid a confrontation with police. By that time, two people had been killed and five others had been injured in explosions that had taken place over several weeks.

Manley said he was slow to designate Conditt as a terrorist because he didn’t want to misuse the word, which has a specific legal definition.

“Now that I have taken everything into consideration, his actions along with the impact that it had on this community, I have now changed my opinion and I do believe that he was a domestic terrorist”, he said.

U.S. code defines domestic terrorism as dangerous, illegal acts that appear intended to intimidate civilians, influence the government, or affect the conduct of government. …

The panel discussion also addressed race relations within the city. Three of the victims were either black or Hispanic, sparking fears that the attacks were racially motivated. Conditt was white.

Chas Moore, leader of the Austin Justice Coalition, a local group that works toward racial equality in the justice system, said Conditt’s race likely influenced Manley’s initial response to him. The interim police chief previously called the suspect a “challenged young man.”

“Because he was white, we gave him the benefit of being a human first,” Moore said, adding that he believes racial divides within Austin are getting worse.

“Because from my perspective, what I see, a lot of the overt attacks on people of color from the past are not institutionalized”, he said. “In the past, they used to move us [out of downtown] with the barrel of a gun. Today they move us with ordinances. It’s no different. They continue to move us out and destroy our neighborhoods.” …

Law enforcement officials have been accused of more quickly labeling cases as terrorism when a Muslim person appears to be the perpetrator. …

Three members of Congress spoke out last week in support of treating the attacks in Austin as domestic terrorism. They also took issue with similar attacks not being labeled the same way.

“For too long we have focused only on certain sources of terrorism and violence while ignoring others,” Democratic Reps. Bennie Thompson (Miss.), Cedric Richmond (La.) and Sheila Jackson Lee (Texas) said in a joint statement. “To be clear, these bombings must be classified as ongoing terrorist attacks and should be investigated as such.”


Hurricane Harvey disaster and ants in Texas

This video from the USA says about itself:

31 August 2017

To survive Texas floods, fire ant colonies join to form floating masses that act like a raft.

From Rice University in the USA:

Are fire ants worse this spring because of Hurricane Harvey?

Ecologists are checking to see if floods gave advantage to invasive ants

March 26, 2018

Rice University ecologists are checking to see if Hurricane Harvey’s unprecedented floods gave a competitive boost to fire ants and crazy ants, two of southeast Texas’ least favorite uninvited guests.

Extreme weather events like Harvey are expected to become more likely as Earth’s climate changes due to greenhouse gas emissions, and scientists don’t understand how extreme weather will impact invasive pests, pollinators and other species that affect human well-being.

With support from the National Science Foundation’s Rapid Response Research (RAPID) program, Rice ecologists Tom Miller, Sarah Bengston and Scott Solomon, along with their students, are evaluating whether Harvey increased opportunities for invasion by exotic ants.

Hurricane Harvey was, among other things, a grand ecological experiment”, said Miller, the principal investigator on the grant and the Godwin Assistant Professor of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology in Rice’s Department of BioSciences. “It offers a unique opportunity to explore whether a single extreme-weather event can re-shuffle an entire community of organisms.”

“We’re conducting monthly pitfall sampling at 19 established sites in the Big Thicket, a national preserve near Beaumont”, said Bengston, an ant expert, co-principal investigator on grant and Huxley Research Instructor of BioSciences. “Rice’s team has been working at these same sites for three years, and we know fire ants and tawny crazy ants, which are each invasive species, had begun to penetrate the intact native ecosystems in the park before the hurricane. We now want to know whether Harvey accelerated this invasion process.”

The RAPID funding will allow the team to document changes in ant communities and test whether changes in response to the hurricane are transient or represent new stable states.

Miller said the researchers also plan to assemble a functional trait database for the ant communities to test whether the Harvey floodwaters favored some types of ant species — such as those with larger bodies or more-protected nests — over others.

“There are dozens of native ant species in the preserve that provide valuable ecosystem services like decomposition and pest control”, said Solomon, an ant expert, co-principal investigator on the grant and associate teaching professor of biosciences. “Fire ants and crazy ants, which are each native to South America, are noxious invasive pests that tend to overwhelm and drive out almost all native ant species. If the floods cleaned the slate by drowning all the native ant colonies in the area, our hypothesis is that this may provide a competitive advantage to invaders.”

Solomon said research teams began making monthly visits to the Big Thicket test sites just a few weeks after Harvey and will continue collecting samples for one year.

“It was a cold winter, and there wasn’t much ant activity,” he said. “As temperatures warm up, we’ll be interested to see which ants come back the soonest and in what numbers.”

NSF’s RAPID grants support research of natural disasters and unanticipated events for which time is a factor in gathering data.

Record-hot Gulf of Mexico waters supercharged Hurricane Harvey, fueling it with vast stores of water and setting the stage for devastating flooding after it stalled near Houston: here.

Mark Conditt, Texas religious far-right bomb terrorist

This 22 March 2018 video from the USA says about itself:

Austin bomber Mark Conditt was part of a Christian survivalist group

Mark Anthony Conditt, 23, has been identified as the person behind a string of deadly bombings in Austin. He blew himself up as police tried to arrest him on Wednesday. The serial Austin bomber had been part of a Christian survivalist group that would discuss weapons and dangerous chemicals – as authorities reveal he had a target list of future locations to continue his reign of terror.

By Sara Boboltz in the USA today:

Austin Bomber’s Recording Says He’s Not Sorry, May Be A ‘Psychopath’

Mark Conditt reportedly had a much more deadly plan to end his bombing rampage. …

As part of his homework for an Austin Community College government class, he kept a blog for a few months in early 2012 in which he detailed conservative views on topics including same-sex marriage (he was against making it legal) and terrorism (he was against cutting deals with al Qaeda operatives).

A BuzzFeed report revealed that Conditt had been active in a Bible study group called Righteous Invasion of Truth (RIOT) that focused on outdoor survival skills, including how to shoot guns and use knives.

Authorities have warned that he may have planted or mailed other bombs prior to his death and have asked residents to stay vigilant.

Austin bomber Mark Anthony Conditt was part of Christian survivalist group that discussed ‘dangerous’ chemicals. 23-year-old terrorised Texas city with explosive packages under alias ‘Kelly Killmore’: here.

BuzzFeed reports on Conditt’s training with the Christian survivalist group while being homeschooled in a very insular, conservative Christian family in in Pflugerville, Texas. According to that report, Conditt worked on gun skills, chemistry, and Bible studies with the group of conservative Christian homeschooled teens: here.

Mark Conditt’s Politics: Bomber Called Himself ‘Conservative’: here.

Conservative homophobic bomb terrorism in Austin, Texas

This United States TV video about lethal bomb terror in Texas says about itself:

Austin bombing suspect wrote about gay marriage, abortion in class blog

Mark Conditt wrote several blog posts about gay marriage, abortion and the death penalty.

From Associated Pressin the USA today:

Conditt grew up in Pflugerville, a suburb just northeast of Austin where he was still living after moving out of his parents’ home. It’s not far from the site of the first of the four package bombings – a March 2 explosion that killed a 39-year-old man, Anthony House. …

In those [blog] posts, a blogger identifying himself as Mark Conditt of Pflugerville wrote that gay marriage should be illegal. He also … argued in favor of the death penalty. …

Of gay marriage, Conditt wrote: “Homosexuality is not natural. Just look at the male and female bodies. They are obviously designed to couple.”

In these blog posts, Conditt called himself a conservative.

Texas African Americans falsely accused of rape

This 2012 video from the USA says about itself:

The Scottsboro Boys were a group of nine black teenagers accused of rape in the 1930s South. The blatant injustice given to them during their trial lead to several legal reforms. Watch as Emory’s Associate Professor of African American Studies, Carol Anderson, discusses what happened to these boys both during and after their trial.

That was 1930s Alabama. Now, on to 1918 Texas; which, like Alabama, used to be a slave state.

By David Moye in the USA:

02/27/2018 03:28 pm ET

No Jail For Texas Teen Who Lied About Being Raped By 3 Black Men

She has pleaded guilty, saying she made up the story after cutting herself and her clothing.

A North Texas teenager who falsely claimed she was kidnapped and raped by three black men last March will likely serve no jail time.

On Thursday, 19-year-old Breana Harmon of Pottsboro pleaded guilty to four felony charges of tampering with physical evidence and government documents in relation to false reports of kidnapping and sexual assault.

“She’s very remorseful for what she did and what she said, and that’s why she decided to plead guilty,” Harmon’s attorney Bob Jarvis told the Sherman Herald Democrat. No suspects were ever identified or arrested in the case.

Harmon will be sentenced March 20. Her plea deal has two possible punishments: regular probation or deferred adjudication, which often involves fulfilling a requirement, such as treatment or community service. Neither involves jail time.

On March 8, 2017, Harmon was reported missing to the Denison Police Department after witnesses noticed the door to her vehicle was open with personal items, including a phone and keys, scattered on the ground.

A few hours later, Harmon walked into a church wearing only a shirt, bra and underwear. She said she had been kidnapped by three black males wearing ski masks, according to the Sherman Herald Democrat. Harmon claimed the men assaulted her and and that she was raped by two men while a third held her down.

Investigators noticed inconsistencies in Harmon’s story within in a few days. Medical workers didn’t find evidence she had been raped, and the holes in a pair of blue jeans discovered at the alleged crime scene didn’t match her injuries, according to the Dallas Morning News.

“The puzzle pieces just weren’t coming together,” Denison Police Chief Jay Burch said, according to the Morning News.

Harmon told police two weeks later that she made up the rape and that cuts on her body were self-inflicted.

She told officers that she was upset after she and her fiancé had been fighting, according to the Herald Democrat. Harmon said she cut herself and her clothes, then made up the rape story because she didn’t want her family to be angry with her.

Burch said Harmon’s false allegations have hurt the community, especially its African-American residents.

“Breana [Harmon’s] hoax was also insulting to our community and especially offensive to the African-American community due to her description of the so-called suspects in her hoax,” Burch said, according to the Herald Democrat. “The anger and hurt caused from such a hoax are difficult and all so unnecessary.”

Kill LGBTQ people, Texas Republican politician says

This video from the USA says about itself:

21 May 2012

Mississippi conservative Republican State Representative Andy Gipson posted a message on his Facebook page which calls for putting to death gays and lesbians.

That was over five years ago. And now …

By David Edwards in the USA:

Texas GOP candidate cites ‘Biblical law’ on homosexuals and vows to ‘gladly execute a convicted sodomite

24 December 2017

A Texas Republican candidate for governor cited what he said was “Biblical law” last week and vowed to “gladly execute” convicted LGBT people.

Out Smart magazine first reported that Larry Kilgore made the remarks about homosexuals on Twitter.

“I’d gladly execute a convicted adulterer, sodomite or bestialiter,” he wrote. “Biblical law is a blessin.”

Kilgore told Lone Star Q in 2014 that he believes LGBT people deserve to be put to death.

OKLAHOMA CITY — The vice chair of the University of Oklahoma Board of Regents announced Thursday, December 21, he would resign after an uproar over a comment on public affairs television that appeared to liken gay people to pedophiles: here.

Republican Candidate Goes Full Nazi: Jews “Pretend” to be White to Undermine the White Race. Paul Nehlen is openly spewing white nationalist hate speech: here.

Texas hummingbirds 2017 highlights video

This video from the USA says about itself:

Jewels Of The Davis Mountains: 2017 West Texas Hummingbird Cam Highlights

14 December 2017

From North America’s smallest breeding bird—the Calliope Hummingbird—to the comparably colossal Blue-throated Hummingbird, relive the rich diversity of tiny fliers (and more) that visited the West Texas hummingbird cam in 2017.

The West Texas Hummingbird Feeder Cam is nestled in the mountains outside Fort Davis, Texas, at an elevation of over 6200 feet. This site hosts a total of 24 Perky Pet Grand Master hummingbird feeders, and during peak migration can attract hundreds of hummingbirds from a dozen species that are migrating through the arid mountains.