When I attended Carnegie Mellon School of Drama, I lived just on the other side of Frick Park from Squirrel Hill. I know the area well. And yesterday’s tragic shooting was a gut punch.

It isn’t the first time this area has known such violence.

At the time I was living there, a man named Richard Baumhammers went on a killing spree that included shooting up two synagogues in the Pittsburgh area, killing five and leaving one victim paralyzed.

A short time later, not far from my home, Ronald Taylor set his apartment on fire and went into a McDonalds in Wilkinsburg shooting five people. Taylor, an African American man, left behind in his apartment an angry screed and a “suicide” note where he railed against white people and Jews.

Taylor didn’t have the opportunity to kill himself. Instead, he surrendered to police and was sentenced to death in November 2001.

Including yesterday’s horrific attack at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Squirrel Hill, there have been six spree killings in the Pittsburgh area since Richard Baumhammer’s in 2000.

There are no words to describe how terribly tragic this is. And I grieve for the families and the community.

Before the facts were even known, so-called “journalists” and other blue-checkmark ghouls on Twitter were circling overhead like vultures – eager to pick over the bodies and find a way to blame the President of the United States for what happened.

When Ivanka Trump – herself a Jew – tweeted about this tragedy, a writer for The Nation tweeted this:

It matters not to these vultures that the depraved killer hated President Trump as much as they do.

Of course it doesn’t.

Facts, reality — none of that matters.

All that matters to them is finding a way to exploit the deaths of fellow Americans for their own political ends.

These people aren’t “journalists;” they’re vultures – despicable, craven, inhuman vultures.

Is it not bad enough that this community has been so traumatized and targeted? Do these vultures really need to pile on by turning the victims into sock-puppets to be exploited for their political ends?

For God’s sake, stop!

One of these vultures even attacked reporter Salena Zito – a Pittsburgh native – when she arrived at the crime scene.

Zito has spent the last several years traveling the country and interviewing Trump supporters without any danger or threat. And yet, in her own backyard, she is threatened by a fellow “journalist” who hates Donald Trump.

These people are so filled with hatred for the President that they are incapable of human compassion.

Now is not the time to try and gain political advantage. And bullet-ridden bodies should never be political fodder for Midterm Election positioning.

And the fact that these ghoulish vultures see nothing wrong with exploiting the deaths of fellow Americans in order to advance their agenda is beneath contempt.

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4 thoughts on “Vultures

  • October 28, 2018 at 5:51 pm

    In another life I had a girlfriend on Kensington, off South Bradddock. We’d go downtown to Sunny Daze – a hole-in-the-wall jazz club – to listen to Eric Kloss play his sax. The town was starting to clean up (remember buying a 6-pack of Iron City and the tops of the cans had cinders on them ….
    Hope you’re feeling better –

  • October 28, 2018 at 7:00 pm

    that’s rich from Obama, the chief anti Semite for 8 years, he dissed Israel repeatedly, tried to keep Bibi out of the Prime Ministership, gave billions to Iran, tried to proscribe Christians, and NOW he is decrying anti Semitism? That would be like Linda Sarsour chanting the Kaddish over the dead tonight.

  • October 29, 2018 at 11:33 am

    Human nature and human behavior has not changed since the beginning. We are all the things we see in the news. Violent. Selfish. Hateful. Bigoted. Racist. Kind. Supportive. Helpful.

    All of these are constants in the human condition.

    What has changed are the definitions we apply and to whom they are applied. The left has been slowly and inexorably changing the fundamental definitions of all groups in our society. They have skewed many of these to places we cannot recognize if we were back in our youth.

    As the re-definition of our society goes along, groups that were formerly considered good citizens and fundamentally correct are now extremist and out of step with the rest of society. This is how a person who condemns violence against jews is consider a violent and antisocial person themselves.

    Controlling the language and descriptions along with the place where national discussions take place (the media) are the tools of the left as they corrode and destroy what was America so they can take over and institute their own form of socialism and totalitarianism. Those who defy their wishes are destroyed and yet, the left is never considered the attacker or creator of violence so well have they skewed our national perspective.

  • October 30, 2018 at 4:16 am

    Loyalty? Honesty? Integrity?

    Pffft. Old school. How de classe….

    So, anyway…My sources tell me Trump said this morning….

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