Stephen Paddock, Inexplicable Terrorist
More than a day after the Las Vegas massacre, no one has yet been able to answer the most perplexing question: What made 64-year-old Stephen Paddock, said to be a retired accountant, intricately plan and carry out the deadliest shooting massacre in American history? Authorities have searched his homes and have spoken with family members, but thus far there is no reasonable answer. One tantalizing clue is that his father, Benjamin Paddock, was also a psychopath.
The Killer’s Notorious Father
When it comes to criminality, Stephen Paddock has a fascinating pedigree. His father Benjamin robbed several banks in Arizona and was sentenced to 20 years in the slammer. The elder Paddock escaped from a federal lockup, landed on the FBI’s 10 Most Wanted List, and lived a rather bizarre life as a fugitive from justice. He was known for a time as “Bingo Bruce Ericksen.”
Carnage or Not, NFL Player Sits Out Anthem
Almost every player stood for last night’s National Anthem prior to the Monday Night Football game between Washington and Kansas City. But the Chiefs’ Marcus Peters sat for the Anthem, as he has all season. He was predictably savaged on Twitter for refusing to stand on one of the most tragic days in the nation’s recent history, a day when police and first responders performed heroically.
Two Dem Sits Out Moment of Silence
Just before Marcus Peters sat out the National Anthem, at least two Democratic members of Congress refused to participate in last night’s moment of silence to honor the Las Vegas victims. Massachusetts Congressmen Seth Moulton, a gun control advocate and a veteran of the war in Iraq, explained that this is not time for silence, but for action.
Pelosi Demands Committee on Gun Violence
House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi wants to form a special bipartisan committee that will presumably recommend some form of gun control legislation. At the very minimum, she is calling for expanded background checks and says Congress has a “moral duty” to take action.
Where Americans Stand on Gun Control
The two major parties are very far apart on many aspects of gun control, but there are also areas of agreement. According to a poll taken earlier this year by Pew, 89% of Republicans and 89% of Democrats agree that those who are mentally ill should not be allowed to purchase firearms. There are other areas of agreement, although Republicans are far more likely to endorse concealed carry and the ability of teachers to be armed in the classroom.
ABC News Correspondent Slams “Right-Wing Media”
In the race for the bottom among biased left-wingers in the mainstream media, ABC’s Terry Moran may be catching up on CNN’s Jim Acosta. Moran strutted his stuff yesterday when he denounced what he called the “right-wing media” and its supposed refusal to talk about guns after a horrible massacre. Earlier this year Fox News host Tucker Carlson ran an amusing and revealing segment about Moran and his anti-Trump tweets:
Prez to Puerto Rico Today
President Trump is heading to hurricane-ravaged Puerto Rico today, where he has been both praised and criticized by local officials. He is expected to meet with rescue workers, government leaders, and victims of Hurricane Maria. The vast majority of residents have no electricity and most also lack clean water. The Trump administration is reportedly ready to ask Congress to allocate $13-billion, much of which will go to help rebuild the island.
Then, On to Las Vegas
After witnessing the effects of the natural disaster in Puerto Rico, President Trump will pay his respects at the even deadlier man-made disaster in Las Vegas. He will go there tomorrow to meet with families of the victims and to resume his call for national unity.
Administration Endorses Abortion Bill
A proposed House bill that would ban abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy is being endorsed by the Trump administration. Doctors performing abortions after that period, with some exceptions, would be subject to fines and even prison sentences. It should be noted that the bill is hardly draconian – most Western European democracies ban abortions after 12 weeks unless there is serious risk to the health of the mother.
A Silencer for the NRA
As it has after previous gun-related massacres, the National Rifle Association has suspended all its social media activities. The organization, which is taking incoming from Democratic politicians and the left, is also ignoring media inquiries. If past is prologue, the NRA will wait days or weeks before commenting on the Las Vegas carnage.
Late-Night Hosts Weigh in on Vegas
Following the lead of Stephen Colbert, many late-night hosts have become extremely political in recent months, almost uniformly taking an anti-Trump and anti-Republican line. Last night was no exception, as Jimmy Kimmel, Conan O’Brien, and Seth Meyers eschewed comedy and demanded more and tougher gun control laws.
Rocker Tom Petty Dead
66-year-old Tom Petty, best known as the leader of the Heartbreakers, was found unconscious in his California home Sunday night, then died yesterday in a Santa Monica hospital. Petty had just finished a tour that celebrated the Heartbreakers’ 40th anniversary. Their major hits included “Free Fallin’ and “I won’t Back Down,” among many others.
CNN Praises President, WaPo’s Erik Wemple Objects!
Washington Post media reporter Erik Wemple took great umbrage and was even in a state of high dudgeon yesterday. Why? Because CNN had the audacity to call President Trump’s speech on Las Vegas “pitch perfect.” The cable news network obviously broke the unwritten code that bans any and all praise of the president, and Wemple was right there to enforce the rules. CNN will think twice next time before giving the president a positive review.
Erik Wemple, Call Your Office!
Meanwhile, how’s this for a headline on NBC News’ website: “Trump’s Right.” NBC was reporting on a new poll showing that coverage of President Trump’s first months in office was 62% negative and a whopping 5% positive. That compares with Barack Obama, who was effusively praised by the media eight years earlier. How long before Erik Wemple slams NBC for agreeing with President Trump?
Lawyer Fired After Extremely Offensive Tweet
Prior to yesterday, Hayley Geftman-Gold was a highly paid corporate lawyer at CBS. She then decided to go on Twitter and malign the dead victims in Las Vegas, saying they were probably “Republican gun-toters” who deserve no sympathy. Geftman-Gold was promptly fired and is presumably in the market for a new job. Come to think of it, the odious Southern Poverty Law Center could be a perfect fit for an out-of-work, well-educated, and hate-filled attorney.
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Original article at Bill O’Reilly