Monday, August 31, 2015


Oldest Koran ‘Destabilises’ Islamic History, Scientists Say It Pre-dates Mohammed

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Oldest Koran ‘Destabilises’ Islamic History, Scientists Say It Pre-dates Mohammed

Fragments of an early Koran found in a Birmingham library may rewrite Islamic history after carbon dating revealed they could be older than Mohammed.

Scientists at the University of Oxford had already revealed that the parchment was among the oldest known Koranic texts in the world, but now several historians say it could be so old that it pre-dates the Muslim prophet, thus contradicting traditional accounts of his life and radically altering “the edifice of Islamic tradition.”

The dating reveals the text to have been written between AD568 and 645, while the dates of Mohammed’s life are traditionally given as AD570 to 632. This means that at the very latest it was written before the first formal texts were supposed to have been collated, and at the earliest it was written before or shortly after Mohammed was born.

Some academics now say that the impact of the text could be comparable to finding a copy of the Gospels dating back to before the time of Christ.

Historian Tom Holland told the Sunday Times that evidence was now mounting that traditional accounts of Islam’s origins are wrong.

“It destabilises, to put it mildly, the idea that we can know anything with certainty about how the Koran emerged — and that in turn has implications for the historicity of Muhammad and the Companions [his followers],” he said.

Other very old Korans also seem to confirm that written texts were circulating before Mohammed’s death.

Needless to say, Muslim academics have disputed the claims. Mustafa Shah of London’s School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) said: “If anything, the manuscript has consolidated traditional accounts of the Koran’s origins.”

Meanwhile, Shady Hekmat Nasser from the University of Cambridge said: “We already know from our sources that the Koran was a closed text very early on in Islam, and these discoveries only attest to the accuracy of these sources.”

Dr Keith Small, a Koranic manuscript consultant at Oxford’s Bodleian Library, admits the carbon dating applies to the parchment, not the ink, while the calligraphy is characteristic of a later style.

Nevertheless, he believes the dates are probably correct and could raise serious questions for Islam.

“If the [carbon] dates apply to the parchment and the ink, and the dates across the entire range apply, then the Koran — or at least portions of it — pre-dates Muhammad, and moves back the years that an Arabic literary culture is in place well into the 500s.

“This gives more ground to what have been peripheral views of the Koran’s genesis, like that Muhammad and his early followers used a text that was already in existence and shaped it to fit their own political and theological agenda, rather than Muhammad receiving a revelation from heaven.

“This would radically alter the edifice of Islamic tradition and the history of the rise of Islam in late Near Eastern antiquity would have to be completely revised, somehow accounting for another book of scripture coming into existence 50 to 100 years before, and then also explaining how this was co-opted into what became the entity of Islam by around AD700.”



Activists portray homeless people as innocent victims of our economic system, with no responsibility for their own sad condition. (AP)

Activists portray homeless people as innocent victims of our economic system, with no responsibility for their own sad condition. Homeless veterans are cited as classic examples, but a new study by the Department of Veterans Affairs shows as many as 43 percent of homeless vets were dishonorably discharged for serious misconduct, including criminality or chronic addiction. 

The study also showed no clear link between combat exposure and homelessness, with a full 15 percent of homeless veterans engaging in military misconduct so serious that they're not even eligible for VA services. 

These numbers should serve as a powerful reminder that providing free housing or government welfare won't be enough to help transients build decent lives: there must be some change in the destructive behavior that made people homeless in the first place. The sad truth is that enabling people to continue living on the streets does nothing to bring about those much-needed changes.


On Saturday night’s broadcast of “Justice with Judge Jeanine,” Milwaukee County, WI Sheriff David Clarke reacted to the killing of Harris County, TX deputy Darren Goforth, pinning the blame on President Barack Obama and former Attorney General Eric Holder.

According to Clarke, their rhetoric has caused an “open season” on police officers.

“I am too pissed off tonight to be diplomatic with what’s going on and I’m not going to stick my head in the sand about it,” Clarke said. “I said last December war had been declared on the American police officer led by some high profile people, one coming out of the White House, and one coming out of the United State Department of Justice. And it’s open season right now. No doubt about it.”

“I’m tired of people calling these black activists,” he added.

“They’re not black activists. This is black slime and it needs to be eradicated from American society. I need every law abiding person in America to stand up and start pushing back against this slime.”

Sunday, August 30, 2015

Racist Black PIGS declare "Open Season" on whites!

The escalation of anti-white and anti-cop rhetoric has been building since militant black activists began marching in support of #BlackLivesMatter after the suicide of...


Question: Why did not local, state or federal authorities arrest this stinking black racist bitch "Sunshine" and charge the worthless slut with solicitation of capital murder?

Members of the #FYF911 or #FukYoFlag and #BlackLivesMatter movements called for the lynching and hanging of white people and cops. They encouraged others...

A person is guilty of solicitation to commit a crime if, with the purpose of promoting or facilitating its commission, he commands, encourages or requests another person to engage in specific conduct which would constitute such crime or an attempt to commit such crime or which would establish his complicity in its commission or attempted commission. It is immaterial that the actor fails to communicate with the person he she solicits to commit a crime if his conduct was designed to effect such a communication. 


Everything the democrat progressive left hates in one horribly offensive picture. I apologize for subjecting you to such horribleness this early in the morning.


By Alan Caruba

I used the verb “stupefying” to describe a long process in our nation’s schools that has produced several generations of Americans, dumbed down and resulting in more than half who are functionally illiterate, nor can do math, and, as a recent headline reported “Student’s Results in Social Studies Stagnate.”

“U.S. middle-school students’ performance on social studies didn’t improve much between 2010 and 2014, federal test scores released Wednesday (April 29) show, underscoring concerns about the uniformed citizenry and workforce.”  When it comes to U.S. history, the share of students scoring at or above proficiency last year was 18%, up one percentage point from 2010. In other words, over 80% failed to have a grasp on the subject, critical to every citizen’s understanding of U.S. history, its Constitution, and governance.

An extraordinary new book by Samuel Blumenfeld and Alex Newman, “Crimes of the Educators: How Utopians are Using Government Schools to Destroy America’s Children” ($26.95, WND Books) should be the center of conversation for a nation’s media, but I suspect this may be among the few places you would learn about it. Blumenfeld has written ten books on education and Newman is an international journalist, educator and consultant.

What history does teach us is that progressives, also known as communists, have slaughtered millions in their quest to create the perfect society where everybody earns the same amount, thus abandoning them to equal poverty. To achieve this, it was necessary to exercise complete control over what the children learned and what the media shared as news.

Blumenfeld notes that “In the United States the socialist utopians adopted a new and unique method of conquering a nation; by dumbing down its people, by destroying the brainpower of millions of its citizens.” 

This was launched in 1898 by John Dewey, a socialist, and outlined in his essay titled ‘The Primary-Education Fetich.’  “In it he showed his fellow progressives how to transform America into a collectivist utopia by taking over the public schools and destroying the literacy of millions of Americans.”

“The plan has been so successfully implemented that it is now a fact that half of America’s adult population are functionally illiterate. They can’t read their nation’s Constitution or its Declaration of Independence. They can’t even read their high school diploma.”

This was achieved by changing how children are taught to read in our government schools. Previously the method was phonetics in which children learned the alphabet, the sounds the letters represented, and how in combination they composed words. The present method is called “whole word” in which the child must recognize the whole word without identifying its alphabetical elements. “That forces children to read English as if it were Chinese,” says Blumenfeld.

He notes that most teachers are unaware of what they are doing and most parents trust the public schools that are supposed to represent the cherished values of our democratic republic. “But the unhappy truth is that today’s public schools have rejected the values of the Founding Fathers and adopted values from nineteenth-century European social utopian plans that completely contradict our own concepts of individual freedom.”

Blumenfeld also identifies a fact that is hidden in the growing numbers of people who having passed through our schools or attending experience dyslexia and learning disabilities.  Brain scans have demonstrated this. Our schools are places where the answer to the normal child’s energy and curiosity is deemed being “over-active” and our schools “push various psychiatric drugs on millions of children by requiring them to take such powerful, mid-altering stimulants as Ritalin or Adderal to alleviate such school-induced disorders as attention deficit disorder (ADD) and attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). These drugs are as potent as cocaine and have even caused sudden death among teen athletes.”

“The long-term utopian plan required destroying America’s political, social, and moral culture of religious freedom, individual rights, unobtrusive government, and high literacy for all.”

That is a virtual definition of what has occurred in America today. We see it in the attack on religion, particularly Christianity, in America. We see it in the attack on traditional marriage in the name of the homosexual objective of “same-sex marriage.” We see individual businesses attacked for not wanting to give up their spiritual values and beliefs when challenged by homosexuals. We see it in the vast growth in the numbers of single mothers, often never married. And, of late, we see it in the obscene hatred being directed against our nation’s police forces.

The statistics cited in “Crimes of the Educators” have been published by Jeb Bush’s Foundation for Excellence in Education and they include:

Eighty-one percent of American 18 year olds are unprepared for college coursework.

More than 25 percent of students fail to graduate from high school in four years; for African-American and Hispanic students, this number is approaching 40 percent.

Seventy percent of those in prison and 70 percent of those on welfare read at the lowest literacy levels according to the 1992 National Adult Literacy Survey.

According to tests in 2012 given to 15-year-olds by the Organization for Economic Cooperation & Development, U.S. students were at 17th place in the world on reading, 29th in math, and 20th in science.

“These failures,” says Blumenfeld, “ are not the result of an accident. They are the result of programs created by the best-organized and best-paid educators on the planet. All of these programs that create failure were conceived to produce precisely the results we are getting.”

This explains, too, why many concerned parents have decided to teach their children at home while others spend their money to have their children tutored to overcome the damage of our public schools.

If you have looked around and thought to yourself that too many of the people who see, hear, work with, and who vote are dumb, you now know why.

Saturday, August 29, 2015


Game of Thrones.  


Why I'm Glad I'm Gone from Academe

I have two confessions to make. 

First, I was a university professor from the late 1960s to the late 1990s.  Over four-plus decades at the same institution, I went from Assistant Professor to Associate Professor to Full Professor.  I enjoyed my career, most of the time.

I took early retirement for personal and professional reasons.

Subsequently, I was an adjunct professor at another university where a close family member is also employed.  I retired from that post mostly for personal reasons.  After nearly 40 years of teaching -- I was a high school social studies teacher for two years before pursuing the Ph.D. -- I no longer enjoyed teaching.

My second confession is that I’m glad I’m no longer in Academe.  There are several reasons for this.

Since my relative is still in the profession, I continue to hear and read about developments in Academe.  I have also read about the history of American higher education, so I believe I understand where colleges/universities have been, are now, and are headed.

Let me start by mentioning some factors that are not major reasons why I feel good about leaving Academe.

It is not, for example, a financial matter.  Granted, my salary never exceeded five figures, but I never expected to become rich as a professor, an expectation that panned out.

Nor do I harbor very strong ill-feelings about the changes in Academe -- especially the issues of scheduling and time -- that have transpired since the 1960s.  One of the incentives for choosing an academic career back then was the flexibility in setting one’s schedule and the freedom in picking a sub-field of specialization, which influenced the subject matter one taught.

I loved doing research and writing; still do.  I also enjoyed interacting with faculty from other disciplines.  I was able to choose most of the classes I taught.

It was also a joy to have students who respected the life of the mind and wanted to learn.  (Long ago, I over-heard one student tell another, “I hear that Dr. [X] is a tough professor.  I’ve just got to take his course!”)  I could require multiple books per class, and no student complained (to me, at least).

All that changed.  Students increasingly wanted to be credentialed; learning was incidental.  If one assigned more than two books, for example, the wailing was incessant.  Institutions of higher education became more and more bureaucratized, and did all they could to pound square pegs into round holes.  Schedules became more onerous, and one increasingly found oneself teaching what would formerly have been remedial classes.  Toward the end of my career, I was told to teach subject matter to college undergraduates that I’d learned in high school.

Nevertheless, issues like changes in scheduling, course content, students, etc., were minor irritants. 

Unhappily, worse things also occurred.

One was the rise of political correctness.  I wish I could remember when first I encountered that by-now hoary concept.  Two developments, however, forcefully brought home the impact of PC’s rise in institutions of higher learning.

The first was reading the late Alan Bloom’s The Closing of the American Mind in 1987.  Although Bloom did not deal directly with political correctness, he showed how American colleges and universities had been impoverished by so-called avant garde notions that increasingly undermined freedom of thought in the U.S.

About the time I read Bloom, my department was accused -- by one of its members -- of being “racist” and “sexist,” “crimes” which my university would not tolerate.  Faculty were hauled before a kangaroo court chaired by an individual known to be sympathetic to the person who leveled the charges.

Department members were required to appear before the court, sans legal representation.  We were required to testify -- i.e., confess our guilt.  (All I could think of as I went through the ordeal was the Moscow show-trials under Stalin.)

Even though the kangaroo court could not convict the department, its reputation was tarnished.  At that university, to be charged with racism and/or sexism was to be guilty.  We were as lepers.

After reading about PC, and especially after that witch-hunt, I knew what political correctness is, and why it’s rise in Academe spelled trouble.  This was long before Chris Rock and especially Jerry Seinfeld announced they would no longer appear on university campuses because of PC.

I stayed in Academe, hoping that decency and common sense would prevail.  That expectation did not pan out.

Worse was yet to come, and at least two of those calamities cause my satisfaction about leaving Academe.

One is the rise of left-wing totalitarianism in American colleges and universities.  American institutions of higher education have long been bastions of liberalism, of course, but it’s only in the last few decades that leftist totalitarianism has become as suffocating as it is now on college/university campuses.

Two recent essays explore the rise and nature of totalitarianism in America.  Although neither focuses on the phenomenon in Academe, the information they convey can be applied to the ivory towers.

The first is Tom Nichols’ “The New Totalitarians Are Here,” which appeared in The Federalist on July 6th.  Nichols opens by differentiating between authoritarians -- who insist upon being obeyed, but otherwise leave people alone -- and totalitarians -- who not only require obedience, but also demand that people think the way they think. 

The second is Rush Limbaugh’s essay, “The Left Goes Totalitarian,” which is the lead article in the August, 2015 number of The Limbaugh Letter.  In addition to summarizing Nichols’ main points, Limbaugh lists several instances of left-wing totalitarianism -- such as LGBT activist George Takei’s racist slur of Clarence Thomas -- and notes that, even when they win, leftist totalitarians are angry.  According to Rush, leftists -- who have been winning the culture war -- do not express “a sense of triumph -- just pent-up rage ….”

Why?  Limbaugh believes that leftist totalitarians realize -- although they won’t admit it -- that most Americans reject their kooky ideas, and that they’ll probably lose in the end.

I’m not so sanguine.  I’m told that local left-wing university types assert that “tolerance [of politically incorrect ideas] is not enough.”  Those who express politically incorrect sentiments must be forced to see the light, or else, which isn’t specified.  (Re-education camps, perhaps?)

This example illustrates how firmly PC and totalitarianism are embedded in Academe.

PC and totalitarianism on campus are bad, but if Greg Lukianoff and Jonathan Haidt’s essay in the September, 2015 number of The Atlantic is correct, things may be getting worse in colleges/universities.  They detail the rise of the belief that college/university students’ self-esteem is so fragile that they must be protected from thoughts and deeds they don’t like, and that people who engage in “microaggressions” -- anything that might offend anybody, especially minorities, women, Muslims, and LGBTs -- and faculty who fail to provide “trigger warnings,” i.e., alert students that they might encounter unpleasant ideas -- should both be punished.  Even feminists and admitted liberals have run afoul of this belief.

As the 2015-16 academic year begins, I can’t fathom how today’s college/university personnel who aren’t leftists cope with the academic world.   I’m glad I’m gone.

Richard Winchester is the pen name of a retired academic.


By Alan Caruba

Think about the major policy undertakings of the Obama administration over the past six and a half years. It began with a “stimulus” that wasted trillions in the quest of generating jobs, but did little to nothing in achieving that goal. That was followed by ObamaCare which most agree has been a disaster for the nation’s healthcare sector and, finally, Common Core, a one-size-fits-all testing program intended, we were told, to improve learning standards in the nation’s schools.  The only thing it has achieved is the opposition of parents, teachers unions, and entire states.

In the April edition of The Heartland Institute’s School Reform News, one could find headlines that included “Arizona House Votes to Repeal and Replace Common Core”, “Arizona House Votes to Repeal Common Core”, ”West Virginia  House Passes Common Core Repeal Bill”, and “Ohio Bill Would Protect Students Opting Out of Common Core Tests.”  In March, some 19 states had introduced legislation to either halt or replace Common Core. Do you see a trend here?

One trend of significance was noted in a commentary by Jason L. Riley in the May 6 edition of The Wall Street Journal. “The Soccer Mom Revolt Against Common Core” cited a national poll released by Fairleigh Dickinson University earlier this year that put “approval for the new standards at 17%, against 40% who disapproved and other 42% who were undecided. A breakdown by gender had Common Core support 22% for men and only 12% for women.”

Perhaps the greatest surprise among these numbers is that the nation’s largest teachers union, the National Educational Association, as Rob Bluey of the Heritage Foundation noted in February “is no longer a cheerleader for Common Core national education standards.”  In a letter to the union’s three million members, its president, Dennis Van Roekel, took Common Core to task for its failure to even provide information for implementing it in their classrooms.  The American Federation of Teachers had raised similar concerns nearly a year earlier! 

Writing on September 2014, Joy Pullman, a Heartland Institute research fellow whose expertise is education held forth on the “Top Ten Things Parents Hate About Common Core.” Among them was “The senseless, infuriating math.”  “If Common Core hadn’t deformed even the most elementary of our math abilities so that simple addition now takes dots, dashes, boxes, hashmarks, and foam cubes, plus an inordinate amount of time”, you are not going to get the right answer.

Parents in growing numbers have discovered, as Pullman notes, that “when they do go to their local school boards, often all they get are disgusted looks and a bored thumb-twiddling during their two-minute public comment allowance.”  Pullman says, “The bottom line is, parents have no choice whether their kids will learn Common Core, no matter what school they put them in.”  That, obviously, is changing as state after state pulls out of the Common Core program.

In a new book by Samuel Blumenfeld and Alex Newman, “Crimes of the Educators: How Utopians are Using Government Schools to Destroy America’s Children”, Blumenfeld points to “Growing levels of illiteracy, plunging international rankings, the decline of critical-thinking skills, mushrooming decadence, mass shootings, and companies that can’t find the skilled workers they need—these have become some of the atrocious hallmarks of U.S. public schools.”

“Common Core schemers are engaged in what can only be described as consumer fraud with monumental implications for education and the future of America.”  The bottom line is that “the scheme was never field-tested before being foisted on America.”

There is no part of student’s education that Common Core does not impede or corrupt. In the area of science, Blumenfeld says “Instead of teaching children about science—real science—the standards will offer students a steady stream of controversial propaganda presented as unchallenged fact.” Regarding climate change “students will be required to learn that human activities are mostly to blame, even though this notion is disputed by countless scientists and a vast, growing body of actual scientific observational evidence.”

Closest to home are Common Core’s “National Sexuality Education Standards” aimed to begin the “sexualization of children in kindergarten” says Blumenfeld. “Is learning about ‘homosexual marriage’ before first grade in government schools really ‘age appropriate’ or necessary?” But it gets more radical “with graphic lessons promoting everything from masturbation and fornication to transgenderism and homosexuality.”

We shouldn’t be surprised at the backlash Common Core has received from both parents and teachers unions among others. Like the “stimulus” and ObamaCare, Common Core demonstrates a thorough lack of understanding of the values of individuality that have underwritten our nation’s free market economy, helped create a respected healthcare system, and which parents have expected the educational system to pass on to new generations.

Instead Common Core teaches collectivism—socialism—and degrades various elements of education from math to English to science.

It cannot be removed from our nation’s schools soon enough.


Friday, August 28, 2015


By Alan Caruba

Napoleon Bonaparte purportedly said “Let China sleep, for when China wakes, she will shake the world.” 

As Thomas J. Christensen, the author of his recently published “The China Challenge: Shaping the Choices of a Rising Power”, reminds us, “For millennia China was arguably the greatest civilization on the planet and for many previous centuries its most powerful empire.”

China is no longer an empire, but it remains a huge nation geographically and huge in terms of its population.

From the website, we learn:

The population of China is estimated at 1,393,783,836 as of July 1 2014.
China's population is equivalent to 19.24% of the total world population.
China ranks number 1 in the list of countries by population.
54% of the population is urban (756,300,115 people in 2014).
The median age in China is 35.7 years.
Christensen is a former Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs. Currently he is the William P. Boswell Professor of World Politics and director of the China and World Program at Princeton University. After reading his book, you might well conclude that there is little about China and Asia he does not know.

We are mostly dependent on various news stories about China to have any idea what is occurring, but the fact remains that just as the U.S. has its optimists and pessimists, conservatives and liberals who influence policy the same exists for China, so a lot depends on who is being quoted. Generally, though, it is only the top leaders who are. That means we are getting the Chinese “party line” and the occasional general or admiral warning against any aggression.

China did not begin to awaken as a modern nation until after the death of Mao Zedong, the founder of the People’s Republic of China, a Communist with a capital “C.”  Christensen notes that, while keeping its political ideology, the leader that followed him made a “peaceful transformation launched under CCP leader Deng Xiaopping in 1978 and the collapse of the superpower Soviet Union thirteen years later that made China appear to stand tall again among the great powers.” The transition was to a capitalist-based economy.

These days the Chinese and the Russians are making efforts to achieve areas of cooperation and, in particular, their militaries. They hold drills together for common defense strategies.

Christensen believes that “China’s return to great power status is perhaps the most important challenges in twenty-first century American diplomacy”, but to put that in context he points out that “China’s per capita income is only one fifth that of the United States” and “though a true trade superpower, many of its exporters are controlled at least in part by foreign investors.”

“Still, the pessimists do not give enough credit to the sustainability of U.S. leadership in Asia,” says Christensen. “For example, they often underestimate the value of American’s unparalleled network of allies and security partners.”  You can be sure that the Chinese leadership does not.

They also have, as one would expect, concerns about U.S. military power in their area of the world, but they feel the same about Japan and South Korea as well. “China is not currently an enemy of the United States,” says Christensen, nor is it likely to be for a long time to come.

“It does not need to be contained like the (former) Soviet Union. Nor should China become the kind of regional or global adversary that we have faced in the past, although that outcome, unfortunately, is still a distinct possibility.” That possibility depends on China’s leadership now and in the future. For now they are concentrating on their economy and are likely to do so for many years to come.
“China’s economic clout is real and growing rapidly, especially since the 2008 financial crisis. China has been the main engine of growth for the world’s economy since that time and, by some measures, has become the world’s number one trading state.” There is only one reason why the U.S. has not yet recovered from the financial crisis and his name is Barack Obama.
I suspect that Obama is held in disdain by the Chinese leadership despite all the public handshakes. For one thing, China weathered the financial crisis far better than the U.S. “One of the burdens the new Obama administration inherited in early 2009 was a China bearing a mix of cockiness and insecurity that would negatively influence its policies in 2009-2010,” says Christensen and as the U.S. foundered in Afghanistan and Iraq “American power inspired less awe.”

“Sometime in 2012, the ‘Asia pivot’” of the Obama administration “would be jettisoned in Washington for the more subtle ‘Asia rebalance.’”  If you get the feeling that the Obama administration has no real China policy or one that will have little influence, you are right.

With regard to China, It likely does not matter what the Obama administration does for its remaining one and a half years in office.

Various scholars and diplomats will continue to keep a watchful eye on China and most surely many corporate leaders and U.S. entrepreneurs will do so as well given its huge population as a marketplace. It’s already a great tourist destination.

Napoleon was right.

Wednesday, August 26, 2015



Virginia reporter Alison Parker and photographer Adam Ward of Roanoke's WDBJ were killed by a gunman while conducting a live interview on a local business.


Suspected Gunman’s Racially Charged 23-Page ‘Suicide Note’ Surfaces: ‘BRING IT THEN YOU WHITE …(deleted)!!!!’

A man claiming to be Bryce Williams sent ABC News a racially charged 23-page fax that may provide new insight into the tragic on-air shooting that left a TV reporter and photographer dead and another woman injured in Virginia on Wednesday.

The suspected shooter’s legal name is Vester Lee Flanagan, but he is also known as Bryce Williams. The suspect, believed to be a disgruntled WDBJ-TV employee, died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound as he was being pursued by officers in the hours after the shooting.

The writer of the so-called manifesto cites the Charleston church shooting as the reason “why” he did “it.”

“Why did I do it? I put down a deposit for a gun on 6/19/15. The Church shooting in Charleston happened on 6/17/15,” the document reportedly says. “What sent me over the top was the church shooting. And my hollow point bullets have the victims’ initials on them.”

The document, apparently referred to at one point as a “Suicide Note for Friends and Family,” also specifically mentions suspected Charleston church shooter Dylann Roof, according to ABC News:
“As for Dylann Roof? You (deleted)! You want a race war (deleted)? BRING IT THEN YOU WHITE …(deleted)!!!”
The author of the document also reportedly alleged he was a victim of racial discrimination and sexual harassment at his workplace, claiming he was attacked for being gay and black.

He goes on to praise Virginia Tech mass killer Seung Hui Cho and the Columbine shooters.

“The church shooting was the tipping point,” the writer continues, “…but my anger has been building steadily…I’ve been a human powder keg for a while…just waiting to go BOOM!!!!”

More from the report on how a man claiming to be Bryce Williams called ABC News in the weeks leading up to the killings:
A man claiming to be Bryce Williams called ABC News over the last few weeks, saying he wanted to pitch a story, and wanted to fax information. He never told ABC News what the story was. This morning, a fax was in the machine (time stamped 8:26 a.m.) almost two hours after the shooting. A little after 10 a.m., he called again, and introduced himself as Bryce, but also said his legal name was Vester Lee Flanagan, and that he shot two people this morning. While on the phone, he said authorities are “after me,” and “all over the place.” He hung up. ABC News contacted the authorities immediately and provided them with the fax.
Read ABC News’ full report here.