And now Highland Park


You remember Vendetta.  Nothing wrong with this kid….

Well it might have been Independence Day but it was just another day in America. Another under 21 white male picked up his legally bought weapon and gunned down 6 people and wounded some two dozen others at a 4th of July parade.  The streets of the Chicago suburb were filled with families and kids along the parade route.  There was a kid’s parade, young boys and girls riding bicycles or pushing their toy lawn mowers.  Grand parents. parents and kids

Then the shots rang out and a high school marching band began running as did everyone else.

Robert “Bobby” E. Crimo III, the shooter identified by police left a long trail of tributes to mass shootings and public killings on social media platforms, according to numerous profiles that appear to belong to him.

Crimo performed as a rapper who went by the name “Awake,” whose recent music videos included depictions of mass murder.

Crimo’s most recent video posted to YouTube showed him in the aftermath of a school shooting. It ends with Crimo draping himself in an American flag. Another music video showed a cartoon depiction of a man wearing a shirt with his YouTube channel’s logo on it, holding a long gun and being shot by police.

The YouTube account that hosted his videos, which had previously been accessible to the public, was unavailable Monday night.  Of course, none of the weirdos who watch such shit reported it to anyone.

“Crimo had his own Discord server, where fans and people who knew him would chat. The community featured a politics board filled with nihilistic political memes. The most recent post before the shooting, which was posted in March, was a picture of Budd Dwyer, the Pennsylvania state treasurer who shot and killed himself on live television in the late 1980s, along with the caption “I wish politicians still gave speeches like this.”

On Discord, fans would share posts that Crimo had made of himself. One apparent selfie Crimo took in March reads: “Cursed image screenshot and send to everyone or commit not alive anymore,” a reference to suicide.

A video posted to Crimo’s YouTube page on Jan. 2, 2021, appears to show Crimo among a throng cheering for Trump’s presidential motorcade outside an airport. Crimo flips the phone’s orientation to reveal his face at the end of the video.  Crimo is also seen draped in a Trump flag in a June 27, 2021, post on Twitter.

After Monday’s shooting, 4chan trolls invaded the community, using it as a meeting point to laud the shooter and post memes about the attack. The Discord channel was shut down around 6 p.m. ET, just hours after Crimo was named as a person of interest.

Just another disconnected young man sitting in front of his computer, hating life, the world and his place in it.  None of those in his chatroom report him.  They are just as disgruntled as he is.  The social platforms do nothing.  They are in it for the money.  The government can only spy on social media in open platforms.  They cannot enter a private chatroom without a warrant.  Fourth Amendment.

And of course it is his god given right to buy a gun.  No questions asked.  Yesterday the NRA commented “We are free because citizens were armed.”

That’s cold on a day 6 people were murdered.

Shouldn’t take guns away from law abiding citizens.

But then we are all law-abiding……

until we’re not.


About toritto

I was born during year four of the reign of Emperor Tiberius Claudius on the outskirts of the empire in Brooklyn. I married my high school sweetheart, the girl I took to the prom and we were together for forty years until her passing in 2004. We had four kids together and buried two together. I had a successful career in Corporate America (never got rich but made a living) and traveled the world. I am currently retired in the Tampa Bay metro area and live alone. One of my daughters is close by and one within a morning’s drive. They call their pops everyday. I try to write poetry (not very well), and about family. Occasionally I will try a historical piece relating to politics. :-)
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6 Responses to And now Highland Park

  1. beetleypete says:

    I want to know why all those people with legally-held guns didn’t fire back at him. Perhaps they were scared? Surley not? So much for a ‘good man with a gun’.
    Best wishes, Pete.

    Liked by 1 person

  2. Lauren says:

    And Jaylan Walker (a young black man) was shot an estimated 60 times yesterday by police. Was he a menace, yes. He fired out his window toward police. Did he arm himself and kill innocent people, NO. The white man was taken into custody, ALIVE. The black man was shot 60 times. It is disgusting on too many levels.


  3. Don Ostertag says:

    Thoughts and prayers, said a man running for governor of Illinois. followed up with the advice of don’t think about and get back to enjoying the holiday…

    Liked by 1 person

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