Very disconcerting news on the mojo wire at sunrise this morning, about a mass shooting at an Orlando gay nightclub. [Aren't all nightclubs supposed to be gay?... Oh... I see what you mean... Ed.] Some 20 people of the LGBT persuasion have been killed and at least twice that number wounded, just at closing time when, as one witness aid, "they were taking their last sips."
The alleged shooter is reported to have killed himself, which will make it difficult for Inspector Bubba to interrogate him. However, an FBI spokesthingy says the massacre is being investigated as an act of terrorism. But (Walt asks) what kind of terrorism was it? Domestic or imported? Did the shooter act alone or was he part of some terrorist cell? Was this an egregious example of homophobia? Anti-semitism? Anti-Americanism? Or just plain old Islamic terrorism?
I can almost hear the Clintonistas and anti-Trumpers praying [Do they do that? Ed.] "Please, Allah, let it not be a Muslim or a black guy!" But this is (obviously) a breaking story so Walt will refrain from making any phobic comments until more facts are known.
IN THE COLD LIGHT OF DAWN... Orlando cops are now saying there are fifty (50) dead, including the gunman.
Congersman Alan Grayson (Dem-FL) immediately laid down the PC party line, telling reporters, "It's no coincidence the attack took place where it did and when it did. Because it's a gay club and it might be that we've seen the commission of an awful hate crime last night."
Unfortunately for those hoping and praying there was no Muslim connection, the killer was identified as Omar S. Mateen, of Port St. Lucie FL. Mr Grayson hastened to assure us that Mr Mateen "was a U.S. citizen. That's not true of some of his family members." Mr Grayson did not say which part of Ireland Mr Mateen's family came from.
Ooooops. Turns out the Mateens weren't from Ireland after all. CBS News says they came from... wait for it... Afghanistan. How did they get into the USA? Not as refugees, surely!
There has so far been no motive confirmed for the shootings, but FBI Special Agent-in-Charge Ron "Claude" Hopper said the gunman "may have leanings" toward Jihadist ideology. No shit, Sherlock!