Sunday October 15th, two weeks after the massacre in Las Vegas. That’s more than enough time.
Now we can take a hard look at the problem. Today would be a good day to go directly at it. For loyal Republicans, especially, the difficult work now begins. Who or what was really to blame for all those dead bodies?
“No affiliation. No religion. No politics. He never cared about any of that stuff,” the brother of the Las Vegas shooter said.
It was easy to miss the significance of those words — to see how revealing they are.
Timothy Carney pulls a nihilist out his hat.
…if you really listen to those words, they become a possible clue: “No affiliation. No religion. No politics.”
This rings an eerie bell if you’ve been following the dominant social and political trends in 21st Century America…
This was a man untethered to society. He was unmarried. He was unchurched. He was unrooted. He was adrift.
He was retired. But in right wing world, faced with nothing other than a well kept armory and piles of cadavers, it makes head-nodding sense that a 64 year old millionaire would go Travis Bickle on Las Vegas. A certain Bible-banging sense in particular, casually assuming fifty plus years of godless teenage resentment. Midnight basketball, anyone? [off topic: Not exactly sure The Rheumatoids were much of a punk band, oy.]
Writer Margot Talbot expanded on the publisher’s point: “Many drug addicts, he explained, are ‘trying to escape the reality that this place doesn’t give them anything.'”
There’s no support structure, no sense of purpose. Other people become abstractions, and thus they are at best means to ends.
Other than comping him at one casino after another, putting him up in fine hotels and cashing his poker tickets, what did the town of Las Vegas ever “give” Stephen Paddock? What, if anything, meaningful did he have to do there in his short-long life? You can certainly see why he would want to shoot and kill the “abstractions” all around him. You can also see how the lack of things – or, in this case, the lack of lack of things – predisposes the at-risk elderly to mass murder.
Faced with the pictures of Paddock’s hotel room stacked to the gunwales with bullets, tripods, and firearms, the faithful end up with their eyes crossed. All the wingnuts can see is…NOTHING. Which is really…SOMETHING. To wit:
“Las Vegas casino magnate Steve Wynn said Sunday that his resorts and casinos had an extensive profile on Stephen Paddock…
“‘The most vanilla profile one could possibly imagine,’ Mr. Wynn told ‘Fox News Sunday.’…
“‘He didn’t fit the profile of a problem or a compulsive gambler. … You never, ever would stop a man like this from coming in the building.’
Radio host Chuck Baldwin stares at a blank canvas…
Things just don’t add up!…
At this point, all I can say is that I am personally convinced that there was more than one shooter. It seems virtually impossible to me that an untrained 64-year-old Stephen Paddock could have carried out these shootings by himself…
…and sees a conspiracy. No one can just lay out a few thousand dollars and buy himself a bunch of war weapons. And then point them at people. And then shoot them. (In WINGNUT WORLD.)
I also invite readers to watch this compelling acoustic analysis of the shooting that seems to prove the existence of multiple shooters:
If there was more than one shooter, the only thing that makes sense to me is it had to be a professional dark ops government action. “Whose government?” you ask.
Oh please. Don’t keep me waiting.
There are only three governments that have the resources to successfully pull off a shooting of this magnitude and completely escape detection inside the continental United States – only three: America’s CIA, British MI6, and the Israeli Mossad.
Third eye, blind. Baldwin looks right past Paddock, through all the fire and smoke, and whistling lead, and sees dong dugga-dong-dong…James Bond.
Plus, the presence of “spy cameras” in Paddock’s room strongly indicates the presence of spooks. This is almost standard procedure for covert ops and suggests a degree of sophistication in this operation that I cannot imagine Stephen Paddock would have.
How would a mere poker player know to put a room service cart outside his door? And to place a camera on it? This is obviously some Aldrich Ames-level strategery on display. A REAL spree shooter barricaded in a hotel room would only…barricade himself. In his room. How Chuck Baldwin untangled this knotty scheme, ’tis a wonder.
Finally, Chuck: Yes the government planned and carried out this murder of its citizens for no good reason. But don’t you go blame Donald Trump for it, because that would be crazy.
No, this doesn’t mean that your congressman or senators (or mine) or the President of the United States or even the Pentagon knows about it – although any one or several of them MIGHT. But it does mean that there is an illegal nefarious dark side of government that surreptitiously carries out the most evil and unspeakable acts of violence against the most helpless and innocent of people ALL OF THE TIME…
Again: Guns? What – are you nuts? Surely there’s something liberal to blame. The government, of course! The Statist Specters of Sector 51.
When the American people can come to grips with the distinct possibility of what I am saying, then we can have an intelligent conversation about what to do about it…