The Las Vegas Massacre – One Year Later Questions Still Remain

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Today is an anniversary which no one will celebrate.

The Los Angeles Times reports that

Marquees at resorts along the Las Vegas Strip will go dark Monday at about the time a year ago when a gunman began a shooting rampage that left 58 people dead and hundreds more injured.

As locals and visitors alike remember the massacre, two new memorials serve as vivid, tangible tributes to the 58 people who died.

Work has been underway at the Community Healing Garden in downtown Las Vegas, transforming a temporary memorial into a permanent remembrance.

The garden, quickly created in the aftermath of the shooting, is now enhanced with features such as a large pair of angel’s wings. The initials of all the victims have been etched into the stone. 
 
What began as a local landscaper’s tribute to those who died has been further developed in recent days.

Placed amid 58 trees planted last October, a compelling message is etched into a rock-and-wood memorial containing photos of many of the victims.

“October 1, 2017 changed Las Vegas forever,” it begins. “This time, we are a community pushed back with a very deliberate act …. Together we planted a garden not only of trees and flowers, but we planted a garden of love, hope and compassion.”

The garden, at 1015 S. Casino Center Blvd., will be dedicated Monday at 6:30 p.m.
 
Marquees along the Strip will go dark at 10:01 p.m. in a tribute that will last several minutes. The iconic signs also went dark on Oct 8, 2017, one week following the horrific tragedy at the Route 91 Harvest Festival.

At 10:05 p.m., the time at which the first shots rang out, the names of the 58 victims will be read at the Community Healing Garden.

The Las Vegas Police formally closed their investigation of the Las Vegas Massacre at the beginning of August.

However, this old college radio news director still believes that there is something awfully fishy about the closing of the investigation of the Las Vegas Massacre.

There were all sorts of leads out there in the beginning of the investigation.

For instance, Paddock’s girlfriend, Marilou Danley, who was a “person of interest”.

According to Fox News

Danley’s LinkedIn profile reportedly listed her as working as a “high limit hostess” at Atlantis Casino in Reno between 2010 and 2013. The casino told the Reno Gazette-Journal it was cooperating in the investigation.

An Australian newspaper, Brisbane’s Courier-Mail, reported Monday that Danley was an “Australian citizen originally from the Philippines.”

The newspaper said they believe she left the home she shared with Paddock in Mesquite, Nevada, around two weeks ago to head to the Philippines.

Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop said American authorities contacted the country after the shooting for help trying to track down Danley.

“They did make inquiries of our authorities about her whereabouts, but she is no longer a person of interest,” Bishop told Channel Seven, according to the Sydney Morning Herald.

Multiple media outlets have reported that Danley’s now-deleted Facebook page identified her as a “proud mom and grandma who lives life to the fullest.”

She previously was married to Arkansas resident Geary Danley, until the pair divorced in 2015.

A person listed as her witness in the divorce records insisted Danley isn’t connected with Paddock’s behavior.

“She had nothing to do with this psycho,” the man, who was not identified, told the Reno Gazette-Journal. “The poor lady, she is in the Philippines visiting family.”

Authorities have said Paddock has no links to international terrorist groups, despite ISIS claiming him as “a soldier” who converted to Islam months ago, The Associated Press reported.

As I was gathering information after the massacre, the words “radicalization” and “The Philippines” piqued my curiosity.

On June 15, 2017, in an op-ed titled “How ISIS Grew in the Philippines”, The New York Times’ Editorial Board wrote that…

While President Rodrigo Duterte of the Philippines was bragging about his brutal war on drugs, the Islamic State was consolidating its sway over Islamist rebel groups on the island of Mindanao. The extent to which ISIS has succeeded is now alarmingly evident, as a pitched battle between Philippine troops and Islamist militants for control of the largely Muslim city of Marawi enters its fourth week.

With the presence of foreign fighters, including Malaysians and Indonesians, who are working alongside militant leaders with strong ties to ISIS, Mr. Duterte has a serious problem on his hands that threatens the security of the entire region.

The news on Wednesday that, in addition to American military advisers and intelligence assistance, United States troops are now on the ground in Marawi raises the stakes. Mr. Duterte, who has threatened to eject American forces from his country, said Sunday that he was unaware of the presence of military assistance in Marawi. In fact, the Pentagon has no permanent presence in the Philippines, but for years has kept 50 to 100 Special Forces troops in the south of the country on rotational exercises. Despite Mr. Duterte’s hostility to America, his army has close ties to the Pentagon, values its help against the extremists and has resisted Mr. Duterte’s efforts to expel the Americans.

Let’s look at three facts, and, just for a moment, take them at face value, boys and girls.

  1. Marilou Danley was originally from the Philippines. ISIS and the Deterte Government are presently locked in a battle for the sovereignty of the Philippines.
  2. The Las Vegas Shooter, Stephen Paddock, had been sending copious amounts of money overseas, including $100,000 shortly before that fateful night. And, a photo of he and Ms. Danley sitting with another woman in the Philippines surfaced shortly after the massacre.
  3. As I stated earlier, Marilou Danley was a “Person of Interest” early in the investigation while Paddock was being investigated for possible Islamic Radicalization.

The additional facts that came out concerning the meticulous planning required to stage Paddock’s perch on the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay Hotel are as follows:

It was something that required time, effort, and coordination. It was not something that could have been accomplished shortly after a “psychotic break”. This was not a spur-of-the-moment action.

Paddock was a millionaire. He had the monetary means to gather every bit of the firearms found in his perch.

He was an accountant, a job which requires you to be meticulous.

His girlfriend was from an area of the world which is in the process of losing its cultural identity and land masses to the Radical Islamists of ISIS.

Now, I may be way off base, but there is so much that we do not know compared to what we do know.

Like you and millions of others, I am still just trying to make sense of the brutal, senseless massacre. which occurred on that fateful Sunday night in Las Vegas.

The conclusions of the investigation simply do not match the intricacy of the meticulous planning, and the physical set up of the crime scene, which was highlighted by two gun platforms.

There are too many questions left unanswered.

Of course, Stephen Paddock could have just been an out-of-control grieving Hillary Supporter or a Far Left Member of Antifa.

But, then again…

Until He Comes,

KJ

Las Vegas Police End Massacre Investigation With “No Motive” – May I Suggest One?

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The day after  the Las Vegas Massacre, there were a lot of conjectures out there as to the  motive of Mass Murderer Stephen Paddock.

Some claimed that he converted to Radical Islam.

Others claimed that he was driven mad due to enormous losses at Video Poker.

Some claimed that he was apolitical, even though his rapidly taken down Facebook Page showed him to be a supporter of Barack Hussein Obama and Hillary Clinton and that he hated Donald J. Trump…which was something that never saw the light of day in ANY of the newscasts about the horrific massacre.

And, now, some 10 months later, it appears that we may never know why he killed his fellow Americans.

The Las Vegas Review-Journal reports that

Las Vegas police have concluded their investigation into the Oct. 1 shooting with no clear idea of why the gunman murdered 58 people and wounded hundreds more.

Clark County Sheriff Joe Lombardo released the Metropolitan Police Department’s final report on Friday but said investigators were not able to determine a motive for the deadliest random shooting in U.S. history.

“What we have been able to answer are the questions of who, what, when, where and how,” Lombardo said at a news briefing. “What we have not been able to definitively answer is the ‘why’ Stephen Paddock committed this act.”

Paddock, 64, opened fire with high-powered rifles on concertgoers attending the Route 91 Harvest country music festival from his 32nd-floor room at the Mandalay Bay resort shortly after 10 p.m. He fitted the rifles with devices known as bump stocks so they would fire sustained bursts like automatic weapons.

The final report includes the most complete tally yet of those killed and wounded. Investigators identified 869 people with documented physical injuries, including 413 wounded by bullets or shrapnel. Thirty-one people died at the scene and another 27 were pronounced dead at area hospitals.

Paddock also fired several individual rounds at jet fuel tanks on the west side of McCarran International Airport, striking and penetrating one of the tanks but causing no fire or explosion.

The attack ended when he killed himself with a gunshot to the head.

Paddock acted alone, left no suicide note or manifesto, and police found no evidence that he belonged to or supported any hate group or terrorist organization, domestic or foreign. He had no criminal record, and financially, he was indebted to no one, the investigation found.

Lombardo said Paddock showed evidence of a “diminished mental state” in recent years but had not been diagnosed with or treated for mental illness.

“An interview with his doctor indicated signs of a troubled mind but no troubling behavior that would trigger a call to law enforcement,” the sheriff said.

Police did not release the name of the Las Vegas doctor who was interviewed by the FBI and who turned over Paddock’s medical records in response to a federal grand jury subpoena.

According to the report, the doctor described Paddock as odd and almost emotionless and thought he might have bipolar disorder. He said Paddock seemed fearful of medications and refused to take antidepressant drugs, though he did accept prescriptions for anti-anxiety medicine.

Those drugs were found in his system during his autopsy. A separate examination of his brain done at Stanford University found no major abnormalities.

“In reference to the 2,000 investigated leads, 22,000 hours of video, 252,000 images obtained and approximately 1,000 served legal processes, nothing was found to indicate motive on the part of Paddock or that he acted with anyone else,” the report states.

…Lombardo said the FBI’s Behavior Analysis Unit is expected to release its detailed review of Paddock’s “psychopathology” by the end of the year.

Sgt. Jerry MacDonald, who helped lead Metro’s investigation, said he doesn’t expect that report to reveal a motive either, but “it might be the closest we get.”

As far as Metro is concerned, the investigation is complete “unless new information comes to light,” Lombardo said.

The sheriff said he is looking forward to forgetting all about Stephen Paddock.

“It was very hard for me to even mention his name today. I don’t want to remember this individual,” Lombardo said. “I will remember the act and the victims, but I will not remember the suspect.”

There is something awfully fishy about the closing of the investigation of the Las Vegas Massacre.

There were all sorts of leads out there in the beginning of the investigation.

For instance, Paddock’s girlfriend, Marilou Danley, who was a “person of interest”.

According to Fox News

Danley’s LinkedIn profile reportedly listed her as working as a “high limit hostess” at Atlantis Casino in Reno between 2010 and 2013. The casino told the Reno Gazette-Journal it was cooperating in the investigation.

An Australian newspaper, Brisbane’s Courier-Mail, reported Monday that Danley was an “Australian citizen originally from the Philippines.”

The newspaper said they believe she left the home she shared with Paddock in Mesquite, Nevada, around two weeks ago to head to the Philippines.

Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop said American authorities contacted the country after the shooting for help trying to track down Danley.

“They did make inquiries of our authorities about her whereabouts, but she is no longer a person of interest,” Bishop told Channel Seven, according to the Sydney Morning Herald.

Multiple media outlets have reported that Danley’s now-deleted Facebook page identified her as a “proud mom and grandma who lives life to the fullest.”

She previously was married to Arkansas resident Geary Danley, until the pair divorced in 2015.

A person listed as her witness in the divorce records insisted Danley isn’t connected with Paddock’s behavior.

“She had nothing to do with this psycho,” the man, who was not identified, told the Reno Gazette-Journal. “The poor lady, she is in the Philippines visiting family.”

Authorities have said Paddock has no links to international terrorist groups, despite ISIS claiming him as “a soldier” who converted to Islam months ago, The Associated Press reported.

As I was gathering information after the massacre, the words “radicalization” and “The Philippines” piqued my curiosity.

On June 15, 2017, in an op-ed titled “How ISIS Grew in the Philippines”, The New York Times’ Editorial Board wrote that…

While President Rodrigo Duterte of the Philippines was bragging about his brutal war on drugs, the Islamic State was consolidating its sway over Islamist rebel groups on the island of Mindanao. The extent to which ISIS has succeeded is now alarmingly evident, as a pitched battle between Philippine troops and Islamist militants for control of the largely Muslim city of Marawi enters its fourth week.

With the presence of foreign fighters, including Malaysians and Indonesians, who are working alongside militant leaders with strong ties to ISIS, Mr. Duterte has a serious problem on his hands that threatens the security of the entire region.

The news on Wednesday that, in addition to American military advisers and intelligence assistance, United States troops are now on the ground in Marawi raises the stakes. Mr. Duterte, who has threatened to eject American forces from his country, said Sunday that he was unaware of the presence of military assistance in Marawi. In fact, the Pentagon has no permanent presence in the Philippines, but for years has kept 50 to 100 Special Forces troops in the south of the country on rotational exercises. Despite Mr. Duterte’s hostility to America, his army has close ties to the Pentagon, values its help against the extremists and has resisted Mr. Duterte’s efforts to expel the Americans.

Let’s look at three facts, and, just for a moment, take them at face value, boys and girls.

  1. Marilou Danley was originally from the Philippines. ISIS and the Deterte Government are presently locked in a battle for the sovereignty of the Philippines.
  2. The Las Vegas Shooter, Stephen Paddock had been sending copious amounts of money overseas, including $100,000 shortly before that fateful night. And, a photo of he and Ms. Danley sitting with another woman in the Philippines surfaced shortly after the massacre.
  3. As I stated earlier, Marilou Danley was a “Person of Interest” early in the investigation while Paddock was being investigated for possible Islamic Radicalization.

The additional facts that came out concerning the meticulous planning required to stage Paddock’s perch on the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay Hotel are as follows:

It was something that required time, effort, and coordination. It was not something that could have been accomplished shortly after a “psychotic break”. This was not a spur-of-the-moment action.

Paddock was a millionaire. He had the monetary means to gather every bit of the firearms found in his perch.

He was an accountant, a job which requires you to be meticulous.

His girlfriend was from an area of the world which is in the process of losing its cultural identity and land masses to the Radical Islamists of ISIS.

Now, I may be way off base, but there is so much that we do not know compared to what we do know.

Like you and millions of others, I am still just trying to make sense of the brutal, senseless massacre. which occurred on that fateful Sunday night in Las Vegas.

The conclusions of the investigation simply do not match the intricacy of the meticulous planning, and the physical set up of the crime scene, which was highlighted by two gun platforms.

There are too many questions left unanswered.

Of course, Stephen Paddock could have just been an out-of-control grieving Hillary Supporter or a Far Left Member of Antifa.

But, then again…

Until He Comes,

KJ

CNN Reporter Labels Country Music Fans “Trump Supporters” After Las Vegas Massacre. Can You Say “Liberal Bias”?

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For those of us who live in the Heartland, and especially in the South, the Main Stream Media have shown themselves over the years to be lower than the stuff you find in a cow pasture which leads to an outhouse.

In the aftermath of the Las Vegas Massacre, the largest mass shooting in the history of America, they continue to demonstrate that they believe that “class” was something that they skipped during school.

CNN.com reports that

CNN Senior White House Correspondent Jeff Zeleny still hasn’t explained why he thinks so many country music fans “likely” support President Trump after making the claim shortly after Trump’s remarks Monday about the mass shooting in Las Vegas.

“A lot of these country music supporters are likely Trump supporters,” Zeleny said on air. “This is something, of course, hitting the tapestry of all Americans and there are going to be victims from across the country here.”

Zeleny didn’t elaborate on what he meant, but it’s safe to wonder if he thinks most country music fans are white. After all, this is the same CNN reporter who said Trump’s July trip to Poland included a “white America” speech.

“Thousands of thousands of people were waving American flags and Polish flags, but this is not a speech he could have given, really, anyplace else. This was a white America, America first kind of speech,” Zeleny said last summer after the Warsaw speech. “He was offering a very stark view, actually, about, you know, migration, immigration, about other things. It wasn’t a modern-day speech, if you will. It was sort of a throwback speech.”

A gunman opened fire at the Route 91 Harvest Music Festival in Las Vegas late Sunday night, killing at least 59 people and sending more than 500 others to hospitals in what is now the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history.

Media Research Center Vice President Dan Gainor said that a reporter wouldn’t be able to get away with assuming a group of predominantly African-American concertgoers supported a specific candidate. 

“A reporter who made inferences about people of color would probably be accused of stereotyping,” Gainor told Fox News. “The backlash is always more severe about anything the left doesn’t like.”

Zeleny wasn’t the only person to whip out stereotypes following the tragic event. CBS parted ways with one of the company’s top lawyers after she said she was “not even sympathetic” to victims of the Las Vegas shooting because “country music fans often are Republican.”

Back in 2009, Zeleny famously asked President Obama what had “enchanted” him about occupying the White House. The clip is now frequently used when political watchdogs compare the way the mainstream media treated Obama compared to how Trump is treated.

Zeleny has also been criticized for declaring that Trump had little “empathy” for victims of Hurricane Harvey,  and was accused of lying by former GOP-presidential hopeful Rick Santorum.

He was even called  “pathetic” and a “wannabe journalist” by Trump himself during a November Twitter tirade.

CNN did not respond to Fox News’ request for comment. 

I am sure that they did not.

What are they going to say,

Which do you believe, us or your lying eyes?

As a child of the 60s and teenager of the 70s, I can say that beyond a shadow of a doubt  that this is the most divided that I have ever seen the United States of America.

Former President Barack Hussein Obama’s agenda of racial division and class warfare is now not just political rhetoric, it is status quo and standard operating procedure for the Democratic Party and their Propaganda Arm, the Main Stream Media.

The MSM, including CNN, are not worried anymore about repercussions brought about by their obvious East Coast/West Coast Elite Liberal Democrat Bias.

They view themselves as being above all that.

Just as 2016 Democrat Presidential Candidate Hillary Clinton viewed those of us between the coasts as being beneath her, taking us for granted during the campaign, the MSM views us as poor, dumb, gullible sheep…fodder for insult and ridicule, just like the United States President whom we elected.

And, just like Clinton’s overestimation of her intelligence and overconfidence in her inevitability cost her the presidency, so does the arrogance and hubris of the MSM cost them viewers. Which explains why Sean Hannity, after being moved back to his old spot of 8 p.m. Central by Fox News, is more than doubling the viewership of MSNBC’s Rachel Madcow…err…Maddow.

By assuming that those 22,000 fans attending that Country Music Concert in Las Vegas on that faithful Sunday Night were all Trump Supporters, this clown from CNN let his “objective broadcast journalist” mask slip completely off revealing the ugly, judgmental completely biased Liberal beneath.

Evidently, Jeff Zeleny’s parents never warned him not to “assume”, because it makes an ASS out of “U” (you) and ME.

However, that’s okay.

It makes sense.

After all, an ASS is the symbol of the Political Organization he bows and scrapes to…

The Democratic Party.

And, he was just being true to his nature.

Until He Comes,

KJ

 

The Las Vegas Massacre: Another Horrific Tragedy, Another Opportunity For the Dems to Push For Gun Control. – A KJ Op Ed

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You won’t get gun control by disarming law-abiding citizens. There’s only one way to get real gun control: Disarm the thugs and the criminals, lock them up and if you don’t actually throw away the key, at least lose it for a long time… It’s a nasty truth, but those who seek to inflict harm are not fazed by gun controllers. I happen to know this from personal experience. – President Ronald Reagan

Per CNN.com (so, take it with a grain of salt)…

The massacre in Las Vegas was at once a national tragedy and a family one. When Stephen Paddock opened fire on the Route 91 Harvest Festival, he committed the largest mass shooting in America’s history and struck at the heart of country music and its fans — a community that often describes itself as family.

But in the wake of the tragedy in Las Vegas, some members of the country family are reflecting on the gun culture long associated with the music.

Plenty of debate

Since Sunday’s massacre, debate has taken place on the airwaves at country music radio stations, around dinner tables and on social media over gun control.

Caleb Keeter is a guitarist for the Josh Abbott Band, which performed at the 91 Harvest Music Festival.

In a social media post on Monday, Keeter wrote that the tragedy had changed his views on guns.

“I’ve been a proponent of the 2nd Amendment my entire life,” he wrote. “Until the event of last night. I cannot express how wrong I was.”

Crew members on Keeter’s bus had weapons and licenses to carry them, he said, but those “were useless” during the Vegas shooting for fear police would confuse them for the gunman raining bullets on the crowd.

“These rounds were powerful enough that my crew guys just standing in a close proximity of a victim shot by this f***ing coward received shrapnel wounds,” Keeter wrote. “We need gun control RIGHT.NOW.”

The late Johnny Cash was such a firearm aficionado that the National Rifle Association (NRA) shared the story of a Colt Model 1860 Army Revolver he is said to have given his friend, Gene Ferguson, on its site.

But Cash’s daughter, singer Rosanne Cash, has been an advocate for increased gun control measures for 20 years. She called on more people in the country music community to join her in a New York Times column published Tuesday.

“I encourage more artists in country and American roots music to end your silence,” Cash wrote. “It is no longer enough to separate yourself quietly. The laws the N.R.A. would pass are a threat to you, your fans, and to the concerts and festivals we enjoy.”

Close ties to the NRA

As evidenced by Tennessee Ernie Ford’s “The Shotgun Boogie,” Justin Moore’s “This Is NRA Country,” or Hank Williams Jr.’s 2016 single “God and Guns,” country music, in countless songs, has showcased support for the Second Amendment.

And the NRA has worked to cultivate that.

The gun lobbying organization’s NRA Country campaign features a roster of country music brand ambassadors, including Florida Georgia Line, Trace Adkins and Luke Combs.

“I kind see the similarities that run between what you guys do and what I do,” Combs said in a video posted on the NRA Country site when he was selected to join the campaign last year. “I enjoy going outdoors, shooting my guns, and stuff like that stuff.”

Combs, who performed at the festival in Las Vegas, announced he will play a song in honor of the shooting victims on an upcoming “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” show.

“Music is a healer,” Combs tweeted. “In this overwhelming darkness, I believe we will find hope when we rise together.”

Take a good look

The country music fanbase is not a monolithic group of gun-toting advocates.

Greg Bieck lives in Nashville and has worked as a country and pop music producer for almost 25 years.

He told CNN he would like to see the government step up and do more to curb mass shootings.

“It’s not the wild West anymore,” Bieck said. “People have a lot of money tied up in these weapons, and I think it’s worth it for the government to offer a buyback program for them. That would make everyone feel safe and be a win for both sides.”

Katie Toupal, a country music DJ in Minnesota, was present in Las Vegas during the shooting.

She told CNN’s Brooke Baldwin Wednesday that she believes the tragedy will have an effect on attitudes in the country music family.

“I do think some people will take a second look at it [gun control], especially after so many tragedies and the biggest one we’ve seen in our time happening on Sunday night,” Toupal said.

Dave Mann is a 31-year-old minister in Bellingham, Washington and a country music follower who considers himself to be a moderate when it comes to gun control.

He told CNN that while he doesn’t expect fans or the country music industry to become anti-gun after the Las Vegas tragedy, he believes reflection is in order.

“I think we need to take a good look at ourselves in the mirror and ask if we want to be so strongly aligned with the gun industry,” he said. “Is this the kind of world we want to live in?”

Bellingham, Washington? Seriously? Yeah, I’ll bet they listen to a lot of “Country Music” up in that Blue State. Their idea of Country Music is probably “The Dixie Chicks.”

Why didn’t they interview a Southern Baptist Preacher in Horn Lake, Mississippi?

I knew, as soon as I started watching the coverage on Fox News that fateful Monday Morning, that the Liberals would be all over this horrific massacre of innocent Americans like Rosie O’ Donnell on a donut, pushing for Gun Control.

David Mamet, in an  article for The Daily Beast, published on January 25, 2013, wrote the following:

…where in the Constitution is it written that the Government is in charge of determining “needs”? And note that the president did not say “I have more money than I need,” but “You and I have more than we need.” Who elected him to speak for another citizen?

It is not the constitutional prerogative of the Government to determine needs. One person may need (or want) more leisure, another more work; one more adventure, another more security, and so on. It is this diversity that makes a country, indeed a state, a city, a church, or a family, healthy. “One-size-fits-all,” and that size determined by the State has a name, and that name is “slavery.”

The Founding Fathers, far from being ideologues, were not even politicians. They were an assortment of businessmen, writers, teachers, planters; men, in short, who knew something of the world, which is to say, of Human Nature. Their struggle to draft a set of rules acceptable to each other was based on the assumption that we human beings, in the mass, are no damned good—that we are biddable, easily confused, and that we may easily be motivated by a Politician, which is to say, a huckster, mounting a soapbox and inflaming our passions.

The Constitution’s drafters did not require a wag to teach them that power corrupts: they had experienced it in the person of King George. The American secession was announced by reference to his abuses of power: “He has obstructed the administration of Justice … he has made Judges dependent on his will alone … He has combined with others to subject us to a jurisdiction foreign to our Constitution, and unacknowledged by our Laws … He has erected a multitude of new offices, and sent hither swarms of officers to harass out people and to eat out their substance … imposed taxes upon us without our consent… [He has] fundamentally altered the forms of our government.”

…The police do not exist to protect the individual. They exist to cordon off the crime scene and attempt to apprehend the criminal. We individuals are guaranteed by the Constitution the right to self-defense. This right is not the Government’s to “award” us. They have never been granted it.

…Will increased cosmetic measures make anyone safer? They, like all efforts at disarmament, will put the citizenry more at risk. Disarmament rests on the assumption that all people are good, and, basically, want the same things.

But if all people were basically good, why would we, increasingly, pass more and more elaborate laws?

The individual is not only best qualified to provide his own personal defense, he is the only one qualified to do so: and his right to do so is guaranteed by the Constitution.

Way back in February of 2013, I had a fascinating conversation with a quite Liberal young lady.

I had posted the following Tweet under the hashtag: #LiberalTips2AvoidRape

Move on down to Dixie, where everyone, Southern Belles or Southern Gentlemen, open or concealed carries.

The young lady replied to my Tweet:

therefore, according to your “logic”, there are no rapes down in ‘ole Dixie?

I, then replied:

I did not say that. However, statistics do prove that a well-placed bullet does prevent an attempted rape 10 out of 10 times.

Here is the rest of the discussion:

Her: If you want to use a statistic then give me a site to back it up.

Me: Ummm…how would a perpetrator rape someone if he was incompacitated?  Duuuh. Courtesy of the Kingsjester Institute of the Obvious.

Her: Suppose the rapist doesn’t want to wait ’til you draw your gun, aim and shoot?Or he comes from behind w/a knife to your neck?

Me: Shoot him in the foot.

Her: ok, but I think you’d have to walk around with your hand on your gun for that to work. Rapists are the worst kind of predators.

Me: You can shoot through a purse or a holster. So, are you saying that you want to comply with what the Dem in CO wants you to do?

Her: I was trying to point out that a gun won’t stop a rapist unless you walk around with your hand on the trigger at all times.

Me: You have no reflexes? Are you unaware of your surroundings? Are you a victim?Are you a fatalist? Would you not fight back?
It was then that she left the conversation.
A couple of things in closing:
Where you have the most armed citizens in America, you have the lowest violent crime rate. Where you have the worst gun control, you have the highest crime rate. – Ted Nugent
Why are they trying to take away the guns from law-abiding citizens, when it is the criminals who use their guns to kill, rape, and rob?
You know, it is almost as if the Far Left Liberals in the Democratic Party want the American Citizenry to be defenseless.
Why would they ever want that?
Because…
One man with a gun can control one hundred without one. – Vladimir Lenin
Until He Comes,
KJ

 

 

Are There Ties Between Paddock and ISIS in the Philippines? Was Paddock Radicalized by His Filipino Girlfriend? – A KJ Analysis

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The search for the motivation behind the senseless massacre last Sunday Night in Las Vegas, Nevada by millionaire Stephen Paddock continues.

The Guardian reports that…

Las Vegas gunman Stephen Paddock’s girlfriend is “a person of interest” in the criminal investigation into America’s worst mass shooting, police said on Tuesday.

Sheriff Joseph Lombardo of Clark County said detectives are in contact with Marilou Danley, who was travelling in the Philippines at the time of the massacre and remains there. “The investigation with her is ongoing and we anticipate some further information from her shortly,” he told reporters. “Currently she is a person of interest.”

Lombardo declined to comment on an NBC news report that 64-year-old Paddock wired $100,000 to an account in the Philippines some time in the week before the attack.

Paddock opened fire from the windows of his room on the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay hotel, killing 59 people – all but three of whom have been identified – and injuring more than 500 at a country music festival. Police stormed his room and found he had killed himself.

Lombardo said the first report to police came at 10.08pm and Paddock continued to fire for nine minutes. The sheriff also told a press conference Paddock had set up cameras inside and outside his room, including one on a food service trolley. “I anticipate he was looking for anybody coming to take him into custody,” he said.

The evidence offers an insight into Paddock’s careful planning of the shooting. Lombardo said: “I’m pretty sure he evaluated everything that he did in his actions, which is troubling.”

Police have said they found 23 guns in Paddock’s room at the hotel. The sheriff added: “We are aware of a device called a bump stock that enables an individual to speed up the discharge of ammunition.” Bump stocks can be used to modify guns and make them fire as if they were fully automatic.

Bump stocks were a novelty popular with YouTube gun enthusiasts wanting to simulate machine gun fire. Then they were found in a mass shooter’s arsenal
 
He also said authorities had completed their investigation at the gunman’s property in Reno, finding five handguns, two shotguns and a “plethora” of ammunition.

Paddock’s motive remains unknown. “This person may have radicalized, unbeknownst to us, and we want to identify that source.”

The sheriff said the number of people injured would go down slightly because of some double counting. “We also had very heroic acts of people attending the event … Citizens providing medical aid and transport for people to get to the hospital.”

Lombardo added: “It’s an ongoing investigation and when I say I don’t know, I may know … I assure you this investigation is not ended with the demise of Mr Paddock.”

According to Fox News

Danley’s LinkedIn profile reportedly listed her as working as a “high limit hostess” at Atlantis Casino in Reno between 2010 and 2013. The casino told the Reno Gazette-Journal it was cooperating in the investigation.

An Australian newspaper, Brisbane’s Courier-Mail, reported Monday that Danley was an “Australian citizen originally from the Philippines.”

The newspaper said they believe she left the home she shared with Paddock in Mesquite, Nevada, around two weeks ago to head to the Philippines.

Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop said American authorities contacted the country after the shooting for help trying to track down Danley.

“They did make inquiries of our authorities about her whereabouts, but she is no longer a person of interest,” Bishop told Channel Seven, according to the Sydney Morning Herald.

Multiple media outlets have reported that Danley’s now-deleted Facebook page identified her as a “proud mom and grandma who lives life to the fullest.”

She previously was married to Arkansas resident Geary Danley, until the pair divorced in 2015.

A person listed as her witness in the divorce records insisted Danley isn’t connected with Paddock’s behavior.

“She had nothing to do with this psycho,” the man, who was not identified, told the Reno Gazette-Journal. “The poor lady, she is in the Philippines visiting family.”

Authorities have said Paddock has no links to international terrorist groups, despite ISIS claiming him as “a soldier” who converted to Islam months ago, The Associated Press reported.

As I was gathering information for today’s post, the words “radicalization” and “The Philippines” piqued my curiosity.

On June 15, 2017, in an op-ed titled “How ISIS Grew in the Philippines”, The New York Times’ Editorial Board wrote that…

While President Rodrigo Duterte of the Philippines was bragging about his brutal war on drugs, the Islamic State was consolidating its sway over Islamist rebel groups on the island of Mindanao. The extent to which ISIS has succeeded is now alarmingly evident, as a pitched battle between Philippine troops and Islamist militants for control of the largely Muslim city of Marawi enters its fourth week.

With the presence of foreign fighters, including Malaysians and Indonesians, who are working alongside militant leaders with strong ties to ISIS, Mr. Duterte has a serious problem on his hands that threatens the security of the entire region.

The news on Wednesday that, in addition to American military advisers and intelligence assistance, United States troops are now on the ground in Marawi raises the stakes. Mr. Duterte, who has threatened to eject American forces from his country, said Sunday that he was unaware of the presence of military assistance in Marawi. In fact, the Pentagon has no permanent presence in the Philippines, but for years has kept 50 to 100 Special Forces troops in the south of the country on rotational exercises. Despite Mr. Duterte’s hostility to America, his army has close ties to the Pentagon, values its help against the extremists and has resisted Mr. Duterte’s efforts to expel the Americans.

Let’s look at three facts, and, just for a moment, take them at face value, boys and girls.

  1. Marilou Danley is originally from the Philippines. ISIS and the Deterte Government are presently locked in a battle for the sovereignty of the Philippines.
  2. The Las Vegas Shooter, Stephen Paddock has been sending copious amounts of money overseas, including $100,000 recently. And, a photo of he and Ms. Danley sitting with another woman in the Philippines has surfaced.
  3. Marilou Danley is now a “Person of Interest” while Paddock is being investigated for possible Islamic Radicalization leading to the worst mass shooting in American History.

The additional facts that we know, concerning the meticulous planning required to stage Paddock’s perch on the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay Hotel are as follows:

It was something that required time, effort, and coordination. It was not something that could have been accomplished shortly after a “psychotic break”. This was not a spur-of-the-moment action.

Paddock was a millionaire. He had the monetary means to gather every bit of the firearms found in his perch.

He was an accountant, a job which requires you to be meticulous.

His girlfriend is from an area of the world which is in the process of losing its cultural identity and land masses to the Radical Islamists of ISIS.

Now, I may be way off base, but there is so much that we do not know compared to what we do know.

Like you and millions of others, I am just trying to make sense of Sunday Night’s brutal, senseless massacre.

Of course, Stephen Paddock could have just been an out-of-control grieving Hillary Supporter or a Far Left Member of Antifa.

But, then again…

Until He Comes,

KJ

 

 

 

The Las Vegas Massacre: A Day After of Politics, Grief, Confusion, and a Missing Motive

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In the early 1800s, doctors who worked with mental patients began to notice that some of their patients who appeared outwardly normal had what they termed a “moral depravity” or “moral insanity,” in that they seemed to possess no sense of ethics or of the rights of other people. The term “psychopath” was first applied to these people around 1900. The term was changed to “sociopath” in the 1930s to emphasize the damage they do to society. Currently researchers have returned to using the term “psychopath.” Some of them use that term to refer to a more serious disorder, linked to genetic traits, producing more dangerous individuals, while continuing to use “sociopath” to refer to less dangerous people who are seen more as products of their environment, including their upbringing. Other researchers make a distinction between “primary psychopaths,” who are thought to be genetically caused, and “secondary psychopaths,” seen as more a product of their environments. – William Hirstein Ph.D., “Psychology Today”

When I awoke yesterday morning, I began my daily ritual. While puttering about before it was time to wake up my wife, I turned on the local news, only to find that CBS was covering a national story of immense proportions.

I immediately turned on Fox News and wound up watching them for several hours during my day off.

Foxnews.com reported that

Law enforcement officials were working Monday to determine what may have motivated a gunman described as “aggressively unfriendly” — with an arsenal of weapons — to kill at least 59 people and wound more than 520 enjoying a country music festival on the Las Vegas Strip. 
 
The killer, identified as 64-year-old Stephen Paddock of Mesquite, Nev., was a gambling multimillionaire who made much of his money investing in real estate, according to his brother, Eric, who added that he had no reason to believe the gunman had run into financial trouble. 

On Sunday night, Stephen Paddock shot down at the packed Route 91 Harvest Festival from the 32nd floor of the hotel, where he had been staying since Sept. 28. Officials said he booked one suite, with two rooms that had windows facing different directions.

Neighbors in Reno — where he had a home, in addition to a property in Mesquite — described Paddock as “extremely standoffish,” The Washington Post reported. One neighbor told the paper that Paddock occasionally revealed a refrigerator-sized safe when he opened his garage door, but otherwise kept the blinds drawn.

“No affiliation, no religion, no politics. He never cared about any of that stuff,” the gunman’s brother, Eric Paddock, told reporters as he alternately wept and shouted. “He was a guy who had money. He went on cruises and gambled.”

He told reporters outside his home Monday that the shooter was a multimillionaire who had no history of mental illness.

Eric said he and his brother had business dealings and owned property together. He said he was not aware that his brother had gambling debts. “He had substantial wealth. He’d tell me when he’d win. He’d grouse when he’d lost. He never said he’d lost four million dollars or something. I think he would have told me.”

Investigators uncovered 19 firearms, explosives and several thousand rounds of ammunition at the gunman’s Mesquite home, police said. In addition, authorities found 23 firearms in Paddock’s hotel room. The weapons consisted of a mixture of handguns and long rifles, which, according to Lombardo, traveled up to his hotel suite through 10 different suitcases.

A computer was also found in Paddock’s hotel suite, and is being evaluated as part of the ongoing investigation.

Authorities also found “several pounds” of tanerite, a product used for firearms target practice, at the Mesquite home.

The shooting Sunday was the deadliest in U.S. history. Gunfire rang out from inside Paddock’s hotel room before SWAT officials broke down the door and found the gunman dead from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

Lombardo said earlier that the rifles found included scopes on them. Two of the guns were modified to make them fully automatic, two U.S. officials told The Associated Press.

It was unclear if Paddock used a hammer to break the windows he shot from, or if he just shot them out. Investigators are looking at both possibilities.

Upon inspection of Paddock’s car, officials found ammonium nitrate — an ingredient that’s harmless alone, but when combined with other chemical ingredients, can make a bomb.

Asked about a potential motive, Sheriff Joseph Lombardo said he could not “get into the mind of a psychopath at this point.”

But in spite of what the shooting has brought to the city of Las Vegas, goodness is coming out in full force. There’s a six to eight hour wait to donate blood at nearby centers, supply donations are abundant and a GoFundMe account set up by officials has raised over $2.2 million from more than 30,000 separate contributions as of late Monday night.

Today, more than 24 hours later, the perpetrator of the largest mass shooting in United States History remains an enigma.

There are a lot of conjectures out there as to his motives

Some claim that he converted to Radical Islam.

Others claim that he was driven mad due to enormous losses at Video Poker.

Some claim that he was apolitical, even though his rapidly taken down Facebook Page showed him to be a supporter of Barack Hussein Obama and Hillary Clinton and that he hated Donald J. Trump…which was something that never saw the light of day in ANY of the newscasts about this horrific massacre, yesterday.

But, I digress…

When I was participating in a group chat with my fellow writers at SpartaReport.com about the massacre, I told them that I knew from the moment I found out that it was a Country and Western Music Concert that it was not a member of the Far Right who perpetrated this evil deed.

My fellow writers and I just knew that this murderous nutjob had to be affiliated with either Radical Islam or the Far Left Fascists of Antifa, because both Radical Muslims and Far Left Zealots would view a concert of 22,000 C & W Fans as a target-rich environment.

Evidently, so did a CBS Vice-President.

Hayley Geftman-Gold, a VP and senior counsel in strategic transactions at CBS wrote on Facebook Monday just hours after a shooting in Las Vegas at a country-music festival left at least 58 dead and hundreds more injured, “If they wouldn’t do anything when children were murdered I have no hope that Repugs will ever do the right thing. I’m actually not even sympathetic bc country music fans are often republican gun toters.”

In an effort to cover their Liberal Backsides, CBS fired her later that day and issued a carefully worded apology.

President Trump, for his part, performed his duties in a highly professional and heart-felt manner yesterday, delivering an excellent address about the massacre and later holding a Moment of Silence on the South Lawn of the White House.

Meanwhile, Democrat Politicians, including Hillary Clinton, in an embarrassing exhibition of tone-deaf rudeness, spent the day calling for Gun Control.

At least, the Democrat CBS VP was honest enough to say how she felt about the victims, instead of using them to further a political agenda.

Yesterday, has already become a seminal moment in the life of our Sovereign Nation.

It will forever be a somber reminder that evil is real…and it walks beside us everyday.

As Christians, we must pray for the fallen and their families and friends.

As Americans, we must remain alert and ready to defend ourselves against the evil around us.

For as one of our Founding Fathers, Patrick Henry said,

We are not weak if we make a proper use of those means which the God of Nature has placed in our power… the battle, sir, is not to the strong alone it is to the vigilant, the active, the brave.

Until He Comes,

KJ