Thursday, November 05, 2009

Army of Darkness


Just a few very quick thoughts about today's deadly rampage at Fort Hood, Texas:

1. As soon as I heard the shooter's name -- Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan -- the first thing I did was put my head in my hands and say, "Ah, shit."

(Update, 11.6.09: So witnesses say Hasan shouted the obligatory "Allah hu akbar" before opening fire, and investigators have found internet postings, likely from him, that equate suicide bombings with the heroic act of falling on a grenade to save your fellow soldiers. Once again, "Ah, shit.")

2. An interesting series of coincidences: The gunman graduated from Virginia Tech, site of the worst mass shooting in American history; Fort Hood is located near Killeen, Texas, which had been the site of the worst mass shooting in American history -- 23 people killed at a Luby's restaurant back in 1991 -- until the Virginia Tech massacre.

3. NBC Nightly News just made what could be one of the most inexplicable decisions I've ever seen from a network newscast: After leading the show with the always-excellent Jim Miklaszewski from the Pentagon, Brian Williams then immediately tossed to someone named Jade Mingus live at Fort Hood. Jade Mingus, as it turns out, is a cute-as-a-button reporter for KCEN, the local station covering Killeen, Temple and Waco, who looks like she's about 23-years-old. For those of you playing at home, NBC News put a kid from market 89 -- who sounded every bit as green and terrified as you'd expect a kid from market 89 to sound when suddenly speaking to an audience of ten-million people -- on the air as the second element in their nightly newscast.

The more I think I understand the TV news business, the more I realize that it still confuses the hell out of me sometimes.

14 comments:

Eileen said...

I did the same thing when I found out his name. Sigh.

Lizzy Frizzfrock said...

Ditto for me too. I'm just holding my breath hoping that this has no religious overtones to it... that it is some overworked, overwrought psychiatrist who lost it.

Another thought... a TV broadcast I was listening to had an idiot saying that the shooter has "passed away". Jeez, couldn't he just have said they shot & killed his ass! "Passed away"... la, de, da. What an ignoramus!

VOTAR said...

The interesting coincidences get even better. Major Hasan was a psychiatrist, and in his undergraduate days he interned with Dr. Lincoln Ford, PhD. Dr. Ford's secretary's name was Kennedy. Before working with Ford, and shortly after her brief employ in Opa Locka Air Field with U.S. government agencies bent on developing strategic policy implementation studies aimed at the eventual downfall of Cuban president Fidel Castro (which was abandoned upon the realization -- after thirty-three failed assassination attempts, entailing two thousand people, and fifty million dollars -- that you can't kill something that isn't alive), and a follow-up tenure with CERN laboratories studying Tachyon particles, she was an understudy to 1960s era character actor Liam Sullivan, who played Timothy Leary-esque acid guru William Bentley in episode #02-18 ("The Big Prophet") of Dragnet, wherein he uttered the timeless line "I am the New Way to go, I am the Way of the Future," which was sampled by the band My Life With the Thrill Kill Cult for the song "Snakedriver" on the soundtrack to The Crow, which we used to listen to while getting high and laughing about the episode of Star Trek where the character called Parmen makes Spock sing that song; the role of Parmen was of course played by actor Liam Sullivan, who replaced Randy Watson, better known as having portrayed Joe the Policeman in the "What's Goin' Down" episode of That's My Mama!








What, too soon?

Chez said...

Dude, I love you.

Chris said...

Dude, "Snakedriver" wasn't on The Crow soundtrack. It was "After the Flesh".

Jeff Wardell said...

A co-worker made sure to tell me what his name is an soon as she saw it.

toastie said...

I hope the media bothers to mention other incidents of members of the military turning on other Americans...like John M. Russell of Texas who killed five of his fellow troops in Iraq back in May. Hmm....JOHN RUSSELL...with that name, people should have been suspicious.

On a related note (well, related to VOTAR's conspiracy theory), I hope everyone has a chance to check out Jon Stewart's scathing parody of Glenn Beck from tonight's Daily Show.

Peach said...

Well I have to say I'm really happy to hear I wasn't the only one muttering 'shit'.

99% of the Muslim/Arab community was muttering it along with you.

It does look like there were religious overtones. So..Congrats Mr. Hasan. Thank you very much for using your one life to negativly impact hundreds of thousands of Arab lives around the globe.

Way to be dickface.

jrm78 said...

Wasn't Snakedriver done by the Jesus and Mary Chain?

VOTAR said...

jrm78 for the win.

I knew somebody would suss that out.

Ref said...

I'm sure having to put up with constant digs at his ethnicity had nothing to do with it, either.

Al said...

Votar you magnificent bastard....an infinite number of monkeys on an infinite number of keyboards couldn't have pulled that off.

Kevin Davis said...

Being a reporter covering Ft Hood until a few months ago, I thank you for your estimation of our market (which was actually dma 95 last year) ... Jade's been doing it for over 3 years now, so she wasn't exactly a newbie but I see your point as it's Brian Williams. Also, this is making news because of the sheer amount of people killed but to be honest I'm not incredibly surprised. Last year a liutenant showed up to check on a soldier who was allegedly stockpiling ammo and hadn't shown up for duty... The soldier promptly shot his liutenant dead and was taken down by Killeen police. To cover Ft hood is to know the effects of PTSD, TBI's, and an attitude in the military that is only recognizing the effects of these five years into the war. I've been to Ft Hood pressers where Gen. Lynch said there was only one confirmed suicide early this year without mentioning the numerous suicide investigations as if they didn't count somehow. What about the PTSD administrative discharges without benefits that Obama had to help stop?

Now whether any of this would have had an effect on this particular individual is a valid point, but it couldn't have hurt if the military structure here focused on providing effective mental health services earlier and not letting the problem fester.

In other words, it may be news now but talking to my contacts on post (one of whom had to sleep in his office due to the lockdown), many say it was only a matter of time.

Anonymous said...

I just watch a documentary at my college about the Sikhs assaults and killings that took place in the US after 9-11. Yeah, must be great to be targeted for being Muslim when you aren't....

As a six year veteran of the Military, I ain't surprised a shrink went nuts. Some of the worst people I met in the military were attached to the medical field. Think about it... a Doc gets paid literally pennies to the dollar what they can make in the civilian world, so why do they stick around? Can't get sued. I had a kid working for me that crushed his ocular socket, fracture his sinus, and he was told to sleep it off. The kid nearly died and still can't see out of his one eye because it took medical 22 hours before they would do a fucking x-ray. The shrinks are no better. I had another kid with names and shit carved into his arm...and it took the ship shrink 2 weeks to get him removed from standing watch...in a NUCLEAR FUCKING PROPULSION PLANT!! Yeah, you really want guys on the edge operating nuclear reactors.

The sad part is...this dude is like all mass shooters... A fucking loser, complete loner, and no one gave two shits to the obvious signs that this idiot was unhinged. The need for qualified medical personnel is so great in the military that they will look over anything just to keep a body on the roll. I saw the same shit in nuclear power where we had former felons, dead beat parents, and complete fucking morons trying to operate machinery that could change the shipping lanes of the Eastern Seaboard if they fucked up bad enough.

This fucker didn't do this cause he was going to Iraq. He was unhinged. But the fact that this idiot was still on active duty is because the US military is so stretched thin. Prior to the Invasions, this tool would have lasted to O-2 before he got discharge...and yet he was on the promotional fast track because so many people do their time and can't keep up with the pace. I did three fucking tours in four and a half years....I couldn't imagine doing more. But I sure as hell can't imagine being such a monster that I would target people for my anger in such a horrific fashion.

Sorry about the rambling...