Angry White Men

Even Donald Trump has a problem with fake news.

(CNN)On Thursday, President Donald Trump escalated his ongoing one-sided war with the media.

He did it, of course, via Twitter. “Why Isn’t the Senate Intel Committee looking into the Fake News Networks in OUR country to see why so much of our news is just made up – FAKE!” Trump tweeted.

But it would seem that, unlike Steve Pieczenik, he thinks that the Las Vegas shooting was a real event, in which real people were actually were shot and injured, because he was shown visiting some of them in hospital.

In fact, most people seem to think that real people really were shot (and killed) in Las Vegas last Sunday. If there’s any dispute about anything, it’s over whether it was the work of one single man, Stephen Paddock, or not. And the mainstream media seem to have pretty much fixed on a Lone Gunman account of events. Stephen Paddock has become a new Lee Harvey Oswald. And the mainstream media were very quick to use  him to call for US gun laws to be amended.

Former Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton, amid the fallout of the massacre in Las Vegas, turned the political spotlight on a gun bill that’s currently making its way through the House.

“The crowd fled at the sound of gunshots. Imagine the deaths if the shooter had a silencer, which the NRA wants to make easier to get,” she tweeted Monday morning.
She wrote later, “Our grief isn’t enough. We can and must put politics aside, stand up to the NRA, and work together to try to stop this from happening again.”

The mainstream media has also been using Stephen Paddock as a stick with which to beat Angry White Men.

How America has silently accepted the rage of white men

Mass shootings are a violent epidemic that have been met with fatal passivity for far too long. If mass shootings were perpetrated mostly by brown bodies, this would quickly be reframed and reformed as an immigration issue. If thousands died at the hands of black men, it would be used to excuse police brutality, minimize the Black Lives Matter movement and exacerbate the “raging black man” stereotype. If mass shooters identified as Muslim, it would quickly become terrorism and catalyze defense and security expenditures.

But this is a white man’s problem.

It seems that, just like we’ve got a “tobacco epidemic”, we’ve now got an “epidemic of mass shootings”. I suppose that WW1 and WW2 must have appeared to these people as a “global pandemic” of mass shootings, which might have been prevented or treated with ITF (Itchy Trigger Finger) arm patches and “Shooting Causes Mass Death” messages on gun packaging, with suitably gory images of gunshot wounds accompanying them.

That would’ve worked, wouldn’t it? If, back in 1914, French and German guns had all had sufficiently prominent health warnings on them, that would have made angry young men think twice before starting to use them to blaze away at each other, wouldn’t it? Well, it works with tobacco, doesn’t it? Why not with guns? It’s a shame that Public Health didn’t have the same prominence back in 1914 as it does today. If those saviours had been there back then, WW1 and WW2 would never have happened.

And anyway I am myself an Angry White Man.  I’m even an Angry Old White Man. Although being old or white or male isn’t the root cause of my anger. There’s something else I’m angry about. And if I was able to “reframe and reform” my anger, it would be as a “smoking ban issue” rather than an “immigration issue” or a “police brutality issue” or a “Muslim issue”. But nobody seems to have heard of the “smoking ban issue”. They just look puzzled if you mention that one. It’s not on their radar yet.

But I’m not yet angry enough to set up a firing platform in my bedroom, and let rip with multiple semi-automatic long guns at the antismokers across the road. And I’m not sure that Stephen Paddock was really an angry enough antismoker to have done that to the concert-going smokers beneath his window in the Mandalay Bay Hotel (as I was hypothesising a couple days back) either.

Which is why I’ve drifted back to my original Al Qaeda/Isis/Antifa hypothesis, according to which Stephen Paddock had been abducted, and his room used by political or religious extremists to perpetrate the massacre. It certainly looked to me like another Islamic terrorist attack of the Bataclan/Nice type. And there are rumours that Paddock converted to Islam 6 months ago, and that ISIS and Antifa material was found in his room. We still don’t know who that woman was who was telling people “You’re all going to die.” And lots of military people have said that the audio evidence is of multiple shooters.

A question I’ve asked got a partial answer today:

A note found in Stephen Paddock’s Las Vegas hotel room contained handwritten calculations on the exact angle to fire to kill as many people as possible.

The note was found on the mass shooter’s nightstand after officers stormed the room following the attack from the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino, according to CBS’ “60 Minutes.”

“I could see on it he had written the distance, the elevation he was on, the drop of what his bullet was gonna be for the crowd,” said Officer Dave Newton of the Las Vegas Police Department’s K-9 unit.

He did those calculations on paper? And left them on his nightstand?

The LVPD seems to be the only organisation that’s saying anything. The FBI and the CIA and the NSA  and all 17 intelligence agencies are saying nothing. Maybe they’re all still patiently investigating. Couldn’t they even tell us when Stephen Paddock died? There’s a fairly simple calculation using the deceased’s body temperature and the room temperature to figure that one out.

It could be that the Angry White Man theory which the MSM have adopted will turn out to be mistaken. And so another example of fake news. And we’re in the calm before the storm that will explode when the various investigating agencies release their findings.

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13 Responses to Angry White Men

  1. nisakiman says:

    Former Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton, amid the fallout of the massacre in Las Vegas, turned the political spotlight on a gun bill that’s currently making its way through the House.

    “The crowd fled at the sound of gunshots. Imagine the deaths if the shooter had a silencer, which the NRA wants to make easier to get,” she tweeted Monday morning.

    There was much sarcastic hilarity among my God fearin’, gun totin’, Trump lovin’ followers on Twitter about that statement, as they pointed out that if you fit a silencer to a semi or fully automatic rifle, the silencer will literally melt within seconds of starting to fire.

  2. Frank Davis says:

    We know that Paddock hated tobacco smoke. He didn’t like loud music either.

    Stephen Paddock usually kept a cigar at hand, even though he did not smoke. But he was quick to notice when somebody sat down beside him and lit up.

    Then Paddock, a denizen of hazy casinos, would take out his cigar, light it and carefully aim its smoke back into the faces of those whose puffing annoyed him.

    “He was the king of microaggression,” his brother, Eric, said.

    and

    Security appears to have paid little notice as he moved a series of bags containing 23 guns to the room. But they did respond to his complaints about loud music from a family staying in the room just below.

    Maybe the antismoker hypothesis just gained a bit more credibility, with an anti-open-air-music-concert added in?

  3. Dirk says:

    Why isn’t CCTV evidence available? A 5 star hotel has CCTV in its corridors. One can see how many people entered the room from where he started shooting. The terrorists in Brussels airport were caught on CCTV and arrested. Why is the CCTV evidence kept secret?

    • Joe L. says:

      I’ve been asking the same question. I’ve been to Las Vegas a handful of times for work-related conventions. I know for a fact that the casinos on the ground floors are watched very closely from all angles via CCTV. If you’re doing something that looks remotely suspicious in one of the casinos on the Strip, I guarantee you will promptly get a visit from security personnel.

      However, it appears we are to believe there are no security cameras whatsoever in the hotel itself — not in the hallways, not in the elevators, nowhere. This article from 2013 (updated in 2016) lists 23 hotels on the Vegas Strip which supposedly have no cameras in their hallways or elevators,and Mandalay Bay is on the list. I guess it’s possible that the owners of these hotels are too cheap to install security cameras anywhere except in their casinos, but I find it very hard to believe.

      Few Vegas casinos have hotel surveillance

    • Frank Davis says:

      There’s an interesting answer to this question on this video. And basically it’s that if videos show bellhops lugging cases of weapons to Paddock’s room, the hotel would be liable to be sued for negligence, and they’d probably lose.

      • waltc says:

        But they wouldn’t know what was IN those cases. True story: about ten years ago an otherwise notably weird guy in my apt bldg killed his ex-wife in his apt (I believe by drugging and strangulation) and apparently sawed up her body in the bathtub and packed up its parts — minus head– in some large cartons, which he asked a bldg handyman to carry down to his car. Did the handyman know what was in those cartons? Of course not; they just looked like cartons. As a postscript the headless parts were found scattered someplace but the first we in the bldg knew of the whole thing was when the courtyard (which my place overlooks) was suddenly floodlit in the middle of the night, swarming with cops, and all the as yet uncollected (by weekly sanitation trucks) garbage in the bldg was scattered therein. Reason: they’d just busted him and were looking for the missing head.

  4. garyk30 says:

    Supposedly, it is good to have ‘angry black men’; but, ‘angry white men’ are all bad?

    Sounds rather Racist to me.

    The left get all offended; but, the Right is not allowed the same option.

    Why is it that some claim the right to protest; but, others are not allowed the right to protest those protests?

  5. Joe L. says:

    He did those calculations on paper? And left them on his nightstand?

    I find this quite unbelievable, as well. Especially because the shots weren’t precisely targeted tactical skill shots. This was rapid (essentially automatic) fire. I’m not a gun enthusiast, but after only a couple rounds were fired, I’m pretty sure the kickback from the weapon would throw those calculations out the window (no pun intended). From that point forward, the shooter would be forced to continuously adjust his aim on the fly. With a crowd of that size and rapid fire weapons, there was practically no need for accuracy, let alone handwritten calculations.

    • garyk30 says:

      Bullets marked ‘to whom it may concern’ are the most scary.

    • waltc says:

      He had a tripod which, if locked, might have helped fix the position(???) Then, too, he was pretty much just strafing, aiming at the crowd in general. It might be interesting to check his handwriting to see if it was definitely he who made those notes or if the specs were handed to him by somebody else.

      The “white” stuff is just so much bullshit though part of an entire bullshit meme. With the exception of the politically motivated shooting at the Republican congressional baseball game, the only thing the white mass shooters had in common was extreme mental craziness, an urge to randomly kill no-matter-who and their irrelevant skin color. But the same people who decry stereotypes on the basis of skin color are overly eager to invent one now. The radical Islamists, regardless of color, have, indeed, had something crucial in common: radical Islam. As for black killers, with the exception of the few who ambush random cops in the name of an abstract political idea, for the most part they seem more pragmatic, down to earth and personal in their actions. X kills Y because Y insulted him or else because Y belongs to a rival gang. In that sense, it’s neither random nor crazy

  6. garyk30 says:

    Immigrants do not bother me too much, it is the ‘gimmigrants’ that I dislike.

  7. chris says:

    In 1914, French and German young men were actively encouraged (if not downright coerced) by their respective governments to pick up guns and kill as many people they didn’t even know as they could. Otherwise they wouldn’t have. Militarism is the same sort of social engineering as antismoking.

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