On the disputed matter of whether there was violence by the Spanish Civil Guard, this from Breitbart:

Commenting on widely-criticised police violence during the referendum, Rajoy said that “some mistakes were made” but that the fundamental error had been committed by his adversaries, who have put “national sovereignty” in danger.

I take that as meaning that there was some truth to the reports, but “they started it.”

Hillary Clinton in the Sunday Times:

In his campaign, Trump talked about how a victory for him would be “Brexit plus plus plus”. Did the British vote, less than five months earlier, not make her think that a similar populist earthquake was possible in the US? “Brexit should have been a bigger alarm than it was,” she admits. “It was some of the same people working for Trump, advocating for him. They thought, ‘Hey, we’ve got this figured out, just tell a really horrible lie over and over again, keep people off balance and make them think that this will, if not make their lives better, make them feel better.’ They voted against modern Britain and the EU, believing that somehow this would be good for their small village. It made no sense. The same thing played out in my race, but I didn’t think we were so vulnerable. But it turned out we were wrong — in part because the Russians played a much bigger role.”

What was the “horrible lie” they told over and over again? And us Brits “voted against modern Britain and the EU”, did we? Well, I suppose we did. But the Clintons and Obamas and all the rest of them seem to think that whatever is “modern” or “new” is automatically better than anything that is “old” or “past”. And I don’t think that’s true. History is replete with examples of the latest fad being much, much worse than what came before it. But somehow, for the left, tomorrow is always an improvement on today.

She’s a bit of a sad case, Hillary Clinton. She really ought to fade gracefully away, but she has such a vast sense of entitlement to becoming President of the United States that she’s going to just keep on running for president until she gets her well-deserved turn in the top job. But she never will. Because she doesn’t deserve anything. And so she has become a political corpse round the neck of the Democratic party.

I’d already found out that Stephen Paddock was an antismoker.  Yesterday I found out that he didn’t much like music either.

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.

His response to smokers was to pull out his own cigar, and blow smoke in their faces. Perhaps he had much the same response to loud music.

And loud music had been going on for three whole days from the country and western music festival across the road. And maybe it was very loud. I remember when the Rolling Stones played Bristol sometime in the 1980s, half the city got to hear them, they were that loud. I was over a kilometre away, but I could hear Mick’s voice clearly. There were a lot of complaints afterwards. People living nearby could probably hardly hear themselves speak. But at least it only lasted for an hour or so.

Maybe Stephen Paddock had tried complaining to the festival organisers, just like he’d complained to the hotel management about the loud music from the floor below. But it did no good. And maybe they even turned up the volume on that final Sunday night while they all sang God Bless America with lighters and mobile phones held aloft.

This time he didn’t get out his own cigar to light it. He got out the automatic weapons he’d brought in the previous day for the purpose. And gave them back as good as he’d been getting.

Multiple shooters? He was dispensing justice Rambo-style, with weapons in each hand.

Who told the crowd, “You’re all going to die”? Hotel staff who’d glimpsed the cache of weapons sometime that evening. Unable to raise the senior hotel management on a Sunday evening, they did the next best thing, and tried to warn the concert-goers, just 45 minutes before he opened up on them.

There was no plan. He hadn’t booked into the Mandalay Bay Hotel in order to kill anyone. He was there to gamble, just like always. It was simple tit for tat. That was the whole way he’d always run his life. Pay them back, and pay them back one hundred times over.  Pay them back with a jackpot as big as those he got playing Video Poker.

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23 Responses to Rambo

  1. waltc says:

    Mussolini “modernized” Italy. Hitler came after Weimar; the Ayotollah came after the Shah; the Venezualan socialists came after the capitalists; in the West, the Healthists came after the Humanists. And they all called it “progress.”

    As for the clearly premeditated action in Vegas, there’s no question that it happened (to think otherwise is nuts); the onky questions are Why? and was he acting alone?

    OT: surfing with the remote tonite, I caught the last 20 or so minutes of May’s address, and if the cartoon hadn’t been captioned, I’d never have guessed it was a Conservative speaking, or, for all the times I heard the word “global,” would I guess it was someone who’d be leading Brexit. Q: if you guys saw it, what was your reaction?

  2. Dirk says:

    I simply do not understand your favourable opinion of Trump. He has never read a book, any book, he wants to be flattered and praised like an ancient god, he favours laws that make the rich people richer, he does not know anything about geography (when he arrived in Israel after visiting Saudi Arabia, he told the Israelis that he just came back from the Middle East), and in a speech before leaders of African nations, Trump lavished praise on the healthcare system of “Nambia”, a nonexistent African country, and when he referred to Brussels as a country I became angry, because I am a Belgian citizen and Brussels is our capital.

    The sheer stupidity of that man is mind-boggling. His sexual preferences are disgusting. He did say “grab them by the pussy” look here https://www.nytimes.com/2016/10/08/us/donald-trump-tape-transcript.html

    • Frank Davis says:

      It is perhaps not so much that I have a favourable opinion of Trump as that I have an extremely unfavourable opinion of Hillary Clinton.

      He has never read a book, any book

      That shouldn’t be too difficult to disprove, of someone with a college education. Asked what he’d been reading by Hollywood Reporter:

      “I’m reading the Ed Klein book on Hillary Clinton” — a particular hatchet job, which at the very least has certainly been digested for him. “And I’m reading the book on Richard Nixon that was, well, I’ll get you the exact information on it. I’m reading a book that I’ve read before, it’s one of my favorite books, All Quiet on the Western Front, which is one of the greatest books of all time.” And one I suspect he’s suddenly remembering from high school. But what the hell.

      Trump always seems to me to be one of life’s doers, and as such a very, very busy man. And such men seldom have the time to read books. So I would concede that he probably hasn’t read that many.books.

      But is it the number of books he has read that is the true measure of a man’s education or refinement? It strikes me as more a measure of his idleness if he has read a lot of books. And why not the number of movies he has seen, or songs he has listened to?

      It seems to me perfectly possible, furthermore, that a man may have read a great many books, but be none the wiser for it. Isn’t “book-learned” synonymous with being impractical – having read how to do something, without ever actually having done it? And are all books equally educational or informative? Is Farewell My Lovely a more profound book than, say, The Wind In The Willows or The War of the Worlds?.Are some books even readable at all (many works of philosophy come to mind)?

      For the life of me I can’t think that it matters how many books a man has read, or even whether he has read any books at all. After all, most likely 95% or more of all the men who have ever lived never learned to read or write. Did that make them contemptible men? Of course not. They had other skills. Why not measure a man by the number of miles he has ridden on horseback, the number of battles in which he has fought, the number of gallons of wine he has drunk. Charlemagne couldn’t read. Nor Genghis Khan.

    • garyk30 says:

      If you think of Brussels as the EU, it is a separate country unto it’s own.

      As for ‘grab them by the pussy’, he did not say you should, he was stating the true fact that rich and famous men are surrounded by women that willingly allow that sort of thing.

      “And when you’re a star, they let you do it. You can do anything.

      Bush: Whatever you want.

      Trump: Grab ’em by the pussy. You can do anything.”

    • RdM says:

      Well, (no pun intended;-) Saudi Arabia has been considered part of the “Middle East” basically ever since the term was invented or officially deployed (although Israel is also) so… not wrong, Although he was still in it, he could say he came from it, in a sense, no?
      See https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Middle_East

      Nambia, Namibia … A really serious mistake there, eh? A missing “i”.

      Not so sure about their healthcare system though, but maybe the wikipedia link is old.

      “Locker room talk” … no comment. Except that men, women, boys, girls, might say all sorts of things in unguarded &or assumed private moments, notwithstanding own values.

      He may have done some good on the ME tour, and I certainly think he was right and well advised to get out of the absurd Paris Climate nonsense. I wouldn’t call him stupid.

      Must be a busy life.

      • Dirk says:

        RdM, Trump told the Israeli people that he came back from the Middle East, meaning that he was now OUT of the Middle East and IN Israel, meaning that he thought that Israel is not in the Middle East. On the video one sees the American ambassador grab his head in despair.

  3. Agree about ‘modern’ not being better. And agree about Hillary C. But you’ve got the wrong idea about the Las Vegas shooting. You have to ask why would he lump all those weapons up to his room, unnoticed, buy meals for TWO people, the day before, only go bananas after he’d been in the room for six days, four days with a companion room booked, presumably with a companion in it. There are SO many questions. But there are no answers. The Authorities are schtumm! Where are the photos? Where are the autopsy reports? His he even dead? I don’t know when, ever in my life, I have been more convinced this is some kind of intrigue. Smoking and loud music? Never.

    • waltc says:

      I don’t at all dismiss the idea of “intrigue” but, dealing with the details you mention, per (I think it was Joe L’s ??) research ,presuming it’s accurate, there are no hallway or elevator cameras at that hotel–which answered that same “unnoticed” question that had bugged me too, and would also have applied to who went in and out of his rooms. IF it’s accurate. But it’s odd that the cops haven’t mentioned that fact, if it’s a fact.

      The “meals for two” could have been for two or– since he had a Do Not Disturb sign up for his entire stay–, could also mean he was simultaneously ordering a meal and a later snack so he wouldn’t have to deal with a second “disturbance.”

      But if we’re speculating about a second shooter, what interested me most was the police report that, once they’d entered the main rooms of the suite, they found the door to the second bedroom (that also had a smashed window) locked, blocked or barricaded. So– could there have been someone else shooting in that room who escaped down the camera-less hall? Or wouldn’t the security guard, who arrived in the hall while the shooting was still going have seen such a person, unless said person escaped while Paddock was still shooting. Or did Paddock run back and forth, shooting from both rooms and then, in the silent period that followed, meaningless block that second door? Or did no one at all shoot from the second window that Paddock had just smashed “in case.”? And then why, with the fire power he had, would he need a second shooter?

      In any case, considering the amount of premeditation involved, he didn’t just suddenly go bananas. He either planned all along to do it at the finale, or needed the extra time to screw up his nerve for the now-or-never moment .

      As for other shooters elsewhere, ballistics would tell them if the bullets came from guns other than those in the room.

      Then there’s the as yet unfound Mystery Woman who was seen with him for several days at the hotel. Someone he knew or just someone he casually picked up, or (getting deep into unfounded conspiracy) his Manchurian handler?.

      Finally, police do, for good reason, withhold info in ongoing investigations, but if you’re thinking “cover-up” what scenario do you think they’d be covering up? And why?

  4. Frank Davis says:

    Smoking and loud music? Never.

    Why not? Such trivial things matter a very great deal to some people, if not to you and me.

  5. Vlad says:

    She gained the nickname ‘The Chimney Pot’ during her stint on Celebrity Big Brother in 2012 due to her smoking 100 cigarettes a day.

    And now former Corrie legend Julie Goodyear’s lifelong habit seems to have stopped her from appearing on I’m A Celebrity…Get me Out of Here!

    The 75-year-old actress, who played blonde barmaid Bette Lynch for 25 years, reportedly turned down the jungle series as she was unable to smoke on the 23 hour flight.

    Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz/article-4960120/Julie-Goodyear-turned-IAC-non-smoking-flight.html

  6. Dmitri says:

    And again about “modern” being “better”: Frank, I don’t know how many books you read, but here you are quoting almost literally a very good conservative thinker, namely Christopher I. Beckwith, Empires of the Silk Road. A History of Central Eurasia from the Bronze Age to the Present. Princeton University Press, 2009. He adds to it: if modern things are always better than the old things, it means that the next day yet another modern thing has to take over, and there is no end to that. Trotsky’s permanent revolution.
    And by the way, I love cases when people go back to old things. Vinyl records, and even cassets are becoming very popular again. I could not bring myself to throwing my collection away, now I feel smug.

  7. waltc says:

    Tonite’s official police update from Vegas –as of now:
    No evidence of a second shooter
    No evidence of a link to an ideology
    No evidence of a “triggering event” that might have set him on this path.
    No evidence of his having been seen with anyone else aside from his mistress in his 200 visits to Vegas over time. [But now no mention of the Mystery Woman reportedly seen by many witnesses]
    His shots at the fuel tank were on purpose [how could they know that?] possibly to try to create an explosive diversion and allow his escape.

    Biggest news: they completely changed the timeline of events from what they’d previously stated. Now say he fired i nto the hall at the guard 6 minutes BEFORE he fired at the crowd. Instead of the guard being there because of reports of shots from the room, the guard was there because an alarm went off irrelevantly elsewhere on the floor. He then stopped at the right door because he heard “drilling” (not shooting) which was possibly the guy’s drilling the bolts that were later found sealing the connecting room door.

    Iow, FUBAR.

    • Joe L. says:

      With each LVMPD press conference the official narrative makes less and less sense.

      The timeline change you mentioned (that the police commissioner called a “minor” change) raises even more questions as to why it took ~70 minutes from the start of the shooting before police located and breached the room.

      His shots at the fuel tank were on purpose [how could they know that?] possibly to try to create an explosive diversion and allow his escape.

      They couldn’t know that. Not to mention I’ve read many opinions that a standard bullet has very little chance of causing a jet fuel tank to explode. Apparently it would require incendiary rounds to cause the fuel to ignite. If this guy was as big of a closeted weapons freak that they’re painting him to be, you think he would have known this and made sure that at least a couple dozen of the thousands of rounds of ammo he brought to his room were of the incendiary type.

  8. roobeedoo2 says:

    ‘In a dramatic shift to the original Las Vegas shooting narrative, over a week after Stephen Paddock rained down bullets on a crowd and killed 58 people, late on Monday Clark County Sheriff Joe Lombardo drastically changed the timeline of the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history, and now the gunman allegedly opened fire on a security guard six minutes before he unleashed the massacre. Officials had previously claimed that Paddock, 64, shot Mandalay Bay security guard Jesus Campos only after Paddock had started shooting at the Route 91 Harvest country-music festival from his 32nd-floor hotel suite on Oct. 1.’


    • waltc says:

      Unfortunately, the above piece itself–and certainly its followers (see the comments) are a little, um, out there, seemingly accusing the US govt of doing this for , of course, unknown but nonetheless deeply dark reasons. Oy.

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