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Douglas Carpenter

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Gender: Male
Hometown: Corry (Erie County), Pennsylvania 16407
Home country: USA
Current location: Saipan, U.S. Commonweath of the Northern Mariana Islands
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Navy Yard gunman began by shooting people he worked with, investigators and witnesses say

Source: Washington Post

The gunman who killed 12 people at the Washington Navy Yard on Monday began his rampage by heading directly to the fourth floor and shooting people who worked with him, and authorities are investigating whether a workplace issue sparked the killings, according to law enforcement officials and witness accounts.

People in the department where Aaron Alexis was working had concerns about his job performance, and investigators are looking into whether those concerns escalated last week, the officials said.

He was not doing a very good job, and somebody told him that there was a problem,” one law enforcement official said. “Our belief is that the people who were shot first were people he had issues with where he worked, people he had some sort of a dispute with. After that, it became random. . . . After the first shootings in that office, he moved around and shot people he came upon. They were then targets of opportunity.”

Read more: http://www.washingtonpost.com/local/navy-yard-reopens-but-scene-of-mass-shooting-remains-closed/2013/09/19/387ba03a-2120-11e3-a358-1144dee636dd_story.html
Posted by Douglas Carpenter | Thu Sep 19, 2013, 11:12 PM (11 replies)

Do you believe public opinion expressed through a public outcry sometimes affects public policy?

Posted by Douglas Carpenter | Tue Sep 17, 2013, 11:33 PM (109 replies)

a lot of younger folks today are only familiar with social liberalism And in that way things have

progressed a great deal over the last few decades. My goodness when I was a kid major city newspapers still separated their "Help Wanted" classified adds from "Help Wanted Women" and "Help Wanted Men." It was considered liberal to consider homosexuality a treatable illness instead of something psychopathic and criminal. So we have seen miraculous strides in those areas. But in the mean time we have seen enormous steps backwards on the economic front. No matter how one spins it -on economic issues Richard Nixon was well to the left of Barack Obama or Bill Clinton or any other prominent mainstream Democrats who were even taken seriously as possible presidential contenders over the last twenty to thirty years. And Nixon was considered a conservative at that time - a conservative who supported a guaranteed annual income and a national healthcare program way to the left of the ACA. But I digress - When was the last time we had a real old fashion New Dealer that even came close to leading the Democratic Party who was actually proposing real changes that would expand the safety net and move boldly toward eradicating poverty in America and hunger in the world and build a more economically equitable society? Well, I would say it has been more than forty years. Since then - although we have leaders taking strong positions on social issues - I remind people that social issues don't generally cost a lot of money. The Chairman of Starbucks strongly supports marriage equality while he wants to slash Social Security. I'm sure lots of hedge fund mangers and Wall Street investment bankers feel the same. Simply wanting to protect the economic advancements that have already been under assault for the last three to four decades is now considered far left. There is no doubt that the only reason that we have been able to hang on to what little remains of the New Deal and the Great Society is because people speak up and won't let it happen. If people stop complaining about the economic policies of these hedge fund Democrats that dominate today's Democratic Party - that would be the end of all that was accomplished from the early 30's through the late 60's.
Posted by Douglas Carpenter | Tue Sep 17, 2013, 05:15 PM (9 replies)

Who was the last Democratic Party nominee to truly represent the progressive agenda you believe in?

Posted by Douglas Carpenter | Tue Sep 17, 2013, 02:43 AM (15 replies)

The withdrawal of Mr. Summers for consideration for Chairman of the Federal Reserve proves...

Posted by Douglas Carpenter | Mon Sep 16, 2013, 10:11 PM (1 replies)

What is the best strategy for advancing a progressive agenda during a Democratic administration?

Posted by Douglas Carpenter | Mon Sep 16, 2013, 07:03 PM (7 replies)

If the public had not strongly opposed attacking Syria - how would things be different right now?

Posted by Douglas Carpenter | Sun Sep 15, 2013, 01:30 AM (19 replies)

the problem with quotes on the internet

Posted by Douglas Carpenter | Sat Sep 14, 2013, 02:13 PM (7 replies)

I support the Democratic Party because....

Posted by Douglas Carpenter | Sat Sep 14, 2013, 12:03 PM (12 replies)

Nixon Library's Oral History with George McGovern

Posted by Douglas Carpenter | Fri Sep 13, 2013, 09:20 AM (1 replies)
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