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Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Orlando shooting updates

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4 comments:

Daryl said...

Hi Linh. Have you seen this video? http://www.liveleak.com/view?i=846_1466021191

It shows omar Mateen in 2010 as a security guard during the BP oil spill clean-up. Amazing stuff.

Ian Keenan said...

This guy is the Magic Doorman.

I posted here recently about sprinting around urban Orlando in the pouring rain not wanting my vermicelli and spring rolls to get wet. I'm not that fast. The blocks are small, and you can get around the corner in a few seconds, as the Google map indicates is the case around Pulse, with the massacre occurring in the dark of night.

But no, Luis is outside but he hangs around to see what is going on and then hears the gunman is getting closer to the door, then holds it shut. No reason to run away. "Hi, long time listener first time caller. I'm Luis Burbano and I live on the corner of ____ and ____ in a grey house. I decided to hold the door shut rather than run away. Did people want to get out? Was that what the pounding on the door was about? Gee, I'm sorry, I didn't know. Don't think I'm a bad guy. I gave someone CPR. Really we can talk this over, millions of raging TV mourners. Just wanted to check in and tell you who I am. Didn't know they.. So how bout them Devil Rays? I bring my own costumes, can do accents and sing baritone."

Linh Dinh said...

Hi Daryl,

Executed men can't defend themselves, but judging from this LiveLeak video, Mateen was a pretty straight up guy.

Linh

Linh Dinh said...

Yo Ian,

A Magic Doorman with a Magic Bullet. A R-15 bullet cannot stick out five inches from anything.

Linh

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Born in Vietnam in 1963, I came to the US in 1975, and have also lived in Italy, England and Germany. I'm the author of two books of stories, Fake House (2000) and Blood and Soap (2004), five of poems, All Around What Empties Out (2003), American Tatts (2005), Borderless Bodies (2006), Jam Alerts (2007) and Some Kind of Cheese Orgy (2009), and a novel, Love Like Hate (2010). I've been anthologized in Best American Poetry 2000, 2004, 2007, Great American Prose Poems from Poe to the Present, Postmodern American Poetry: a Norton Anthology (vol. 2) and Flash Fiction International: Very Short Stories From Around the World, etc. I'm also editor of Night, Again: Contemporary Fiction from Vietnam (1996) and The Deluge: New Vietnamese Poetry (2013). Blood and Soap was chosen by Village Voice as one of the best books of 2004. My writing has been translated into Italian, Spanish, French, Dutch, German, Portuguese, Japanese, Korean, Arabic, Icelandic and Finnish, and I've been invited to read in London, Cambridge, Brighton, Paris, Berlin, Leipzig, Halle, Reykjavik, Toronto, Singapore and all over the US. I've also published widely in Vietnamese.