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We still want answers Las Vegas Shooting investigation

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I don’t claim to be the biggest expert on the Las Vegas Shooting, but the lack of answers and results from this investigation is truly scary. Think about it, a major mass murder and months later we know nominally more information than we knew a week after the incident. The media, relatively silent on what should have been a news story stretching on for months. I supposed they think Donald Trump is more interesting to the masses, but I disagree. Matt Walsh noted that his article “WALSH: 58 People Were Killed In Las Vegas, We Still Don’t Know Why Or How, And Nobody Cares” was read by over 100000 people in a matter of days. We Americans are quite interested in finding answers. Perhaps we aren’t going about getting the answers the right way, because we are relying on journalist to revive and “old” news story, and a corrupt FBI to report details on the investigation. As citizens, we might be sitting on our hands. But the lack of transparency and answers serves to only worsen the situation. At the very least, this is incompetence. At the very most, it’s a cover up. Both are unacceptable.

I am making bold accusations, but many fishy signs about the lack of information point to the lack of information we have about Stephen Paddock’s stay at Mandalay Bay. Small stories trickle but no major insight have we yet seen.

The Las Vegas Review Journal is doing a good job maintaining dialog about the Las Vegas Shooting. They published this article on January 5th. Here are some of the highlights:

Mandalay Bay staff interacted with Las Vegas shooter more than 10 times in days before Oct. 1

“Mandalay Bay staff, room service and housekeeping had contact with Paddock or entered his suite more than 10 times over the course of his stay, including the three days leading up to October 1,” an MGM Resorts spokesperson said in an email.

Several media outlets questioned whether Mandalay Bay staff would have noticed the dozens of weapons and thousands of rounds of ammunition Paddock had brought to his room had they checked on him. But Mandalay Bay staff had made multiple contacts with Paddock and had entered his room at least once, according to the MGM Resorts statement.

“As a result of these interactions, there was no need to conduct a welfare check,” the MGM statement said.

 “All MGM Resorts properties follow a health and welfare check operating procedure that stipulates a welfare check be performed after two consecutive days where a do-not-disturb sign has been displayed on the door and the guest has not interacted in-person or by phone with housekeeping or other hotel staff over the same period,” the email from MGM said.

Government Inefficiency?

Review Journal: FBI chief says report on Las Vegas shooting expected by anniversary

FBI investigation by the numbers

—400 specialists brought in

—1500 leads followed locally, 500 worldwide

—400 people interviewed about the gunman

—40 terabytes of data collected

—22,000 hours of video collected

—250,000 images collected

—14 days to comb through the 15-acre festival site

—13 days to collect evidence inside Mandalay Bay

—12 federal search warrants filed

—500 grand jury subpoenas issued

I can’t help but suspect this will just be Warren Commission 2.0. That’s a lot of data, a lot of people, and a lot of leads from which to gather more information. Unless there are other people involved and still free, withholding so much knowledge is irresponsible, only providing fodder for bad conspiracy theories and public distrust. If Stephen Paddock truly acted alone, providing a coherent timeline on the Las Vegas Shooting and events leading up to it, should have been done by now. Is the government being incompetent, inefficient, or hiding something? At very least, the FBI should answer key questions and publish its report in full detail later on.

Las Vegas culture

TruePundit would have you think that Andrew McCabe is behind all of this. I don’t trust TruePundit, but its hard not to take their articles into minor consideration. McCabe is a corrupt figure, but being involved is a stretch. However, after the Walsh article came out, I was reminded of the old saying “What happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas.” This may reveal why we don’t have the answers we need. MGM International Resorts is one of the most powerful companies in Las Vegas, and their Mandalay Bay so happened to be the crime scene. Now it’s possible for some nefarious reason they want to withhold as much information as they can. Hotels/ Casinos in Las Vegas are notoriously well monitored. TruePundit published an article on January 9th, claiming that:

“No one has seen that on the video we were provided by MGM,” a FBI source said. “Vegas (PD) has looked at the same video. Paddock is on surveillance video but the guns are not. He’s not carrying bags or cases with rifles.”

How did more than 12 assault rifles get into Paddock’s hotel suite then?

FBI sources noted that there could in fact be video proof of Paddock transporting a dozen guns and thousands of rounds of ammunition to his 32nd-floor hotel suite in Mandalay Bay but MGM Resorts International, who owns the hotel, could be hiding the video.

“They (MGM) control the surveillance video,” one FBI source said. “I have never seen that in any other case. We (the FBI) control the physical evidence.”

Paddock supposedly stayed as a guest at Mandalay Bay for several days prior to his alleged role in the rampage which gunned down over 500 people, including 58 who were killed. Yet, FBI sources show no video of him transporting guns to the 32nd floor?

I don’t trust anonymous sources, even if they are saying something with a reasonable possibility of being true. However, this could also be the reason as to why with 22000 hours of video basic questions have gone unanswered. The more credible Las Vegas Review Journal published details on a lawsuit filed against Mandalay Bay, among others, for gross negligence and even instances of wrongful death. Perhaps, Mandalay Bay would like to not pay millions in a lawsuit for something that smells profusely of gross negligence. This is preferable to believe as opposed to the ugly conspiracy theories out there.

The Silence

The Review Journal article got some conversation going, but we are still far from where we need to be. I’m going to quote Matt Walsh on this

In fairness, some media outlets have sued the FBI to gain access to information about the shooting, but they could put more pressure on the Powers That Be if they actually reported on the story and asked this question publicly. Or this question:

How did he do it? We know he used a gun. Or guns. He had dozens of guns in the hotel room with him. How did he get them all in there? How did he set up a kill room in a major American hotel without anyone noticing? How did he manage to shoot hundreds of people from 500 yards away at night? Was he trained? Where did he train? Who trained him?

We cannot allow ourselves to become complacent on the issue allowing several questions to go unanswered. As I noted in my previous article on the Las Vegas Shooting is so tragic, it’s had a ripple effect of other victims. More people are dying and I imagine the lack of information available fails to mitigates the tragedy at all. Thus it is all the more important to keep up the conversation.

#BoycottMandalayBay to make some noise?

The Las Vegas Review Journal has done a tremendous job, but others should step it up, too. Mandalay Bay only answered a handful of questions in for their January 5th article, leaving other key questions unaddressed. Mandalay Bay already seems to be hurting from the fallout of the shooting, but perhaps people voicing a boycott could get the Las Vegas Shooting trending again. To me, this beats waiting nine more months to get answers. I spitball ideas because the public has waited long enough for answers. There is a good possibility that Mandalay Bay is hiding information, as well as the FBI and LVMPD.

Possibility of New Information

Another recent story was tweeted by Craig Fiegener as well.

On January 16th, we may get more information about Stephen Paddock. A court hearing is scheduled to possibly unseal the findings of the exercised search warrants. What is currently known about the search warrants are that the police obtained text messages dating back at least a year on seven phones Stephen Paddock had. This may be our only chance for a long while, and we can only hope that the media lawyers bring their A game.

Closing Thoughts

I find it highly unnecessary to wait until the Warren Commission 2.0 comes out with their report in October. We the people need answers. Local media is doing some investigative journalism but we as citizens all need not remain silent over the Las Vegas Shooting. 58 people died and it’s still a mystery to the public. We need to vocalize our dissatisfaction with the FBI, LVMPD, and Mandalay Bay over the information they have withheld from us and perhaps a false narrative they have perpetuated. Don’t forget. Never forget. Keep the conversation going. Let us not relent again.

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Everyone discovers something amazing later than they probably should have. I had a friend who was in his late 30s before he tried an In ‘n Out burger despite living in southern California his whole life. He probably never would have tried it until he hired a former manager at the restaurant chain who said he still eats there weekly despite working there for years. This made my friend curious and he kicked himself for passing up on trying the delicious burgers for decades.

When we first launched NOQ Report last year, one of the guys advising me about it recommended accompanying the articles with videos. He thought if we put together a proper YouTube channel and possibly even a podcast, we could add a totally different dimension and reach a separate audience. I declined for over a year because I was worried it would take too much time.

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There’s a completely different mentality when researching a topic for video. I’m forced to be more precise with my words because I can’t simply link out to other references as I can with articles. I have to explain it all, and while I thought it would be an announce, it turns out that it actually makes things easier. I can explain the details of something much more easily by speaking about it than trying to write it or reference others. That’s the beauty of video. It’s more of a direct recording of thoughts when speaking into a microphone instead of typing on a keyboard.

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Little if any progress as partial government shutdown looms

WASHINGTON (AP) — The fight over President Donald Trump’s $5 billion wall funds has deepened, threatening a partial government shutdown in a standoff that has become increasingly common in Washington.

It wasn’t always like this, with Congress and the White House at a crisis over government funding. The House and Senate used to pass annual appropriation bills, and the president signed them into law. But in recent years the shutdown scenario has become so routine that it raises the question: Have shutdowns as a negotiating tool lost their punch?

Monday brought few signs of progress. A partial shutdown that could occur at midnight Friday risks disrupting government operations and leaving hundreds of thousands of federal employees furloughed or working without pay over the holiday season. Costs would be likely in the billions of dollars.

Trump was meeting with his team and getting regular updates, said White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders. Trump was also tweeting Monday to keep up the pressure.

Exiting a Senate Republican leadership meeting late Monday, Sen. John Thune of South Dakota said, “It looks like it probably is going to have to build for a few days here before there’s a solution.”

The president is insisting on $5 billion for the wall along the southern border with Mexico, but he does not have the votes from the Republican-led Congress to support it. Democrats are offering to continue funding at current levels, $1.3 billion, not for the wall but for fencing and other border security.

It’s unclear how many House Republicans, with just a few weeks left in the majority before relinquishing power to House Democrats, will even show up midweek for possible votes. Speaker Paul Ryan’s office had no update. Many Republicans say it’s up to Trump and Democrats to cut a deal.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Trump talk most days, but the senator’s spokesman would not confirm if they spoke Monday about a plan. McConnell opened the chamber hoping for a “bipartisan collaborative spirit” that would enable Congress to finish its work.

“We need to make a substantial investment in the integrity of our border,” McConnell said. “And we need to close out the year’s appropriation process.”

Meanwhile more than 800,000 government workers are preparing for the uncertainty ahead.

The dispute could affect nine of 15 Cabinet-level departments and dozens of agencies, including the departments of Homeland Security, Transportation, Interior, Agriculture, State and Justice, as well as national parks and forests.

About half the workers would be forced to continue working without immediate pay. Others would be sent home. Congress often approves their pay retroactively, even if they were ordered to stay home.

“Our members are asking how they are supposed to pay for rent, food, and gas if they are required to work without a paycheck,” said a statement from J. David Cox, Sr., president of the American Federation of Government Employees, the large federal worker union. “The holiday season makes these inquiries especially heart-wrenching.”

Many agencies, including the Pentagon and the departments of Veterans Affairs and Health and Human Services, are already funded for the year and will continue to operate as usual, regardless of whether Congress and the president reach agreement this week.

Congress already approved funding this year for about 75 percent of the government’s discretionary account for the budget year that began Oct. 1.

The U.S. Postal Service, busy delivering packages for the holiday season, wouldn’t be affected by any government shutdown because it’s an independent agency.

Trump said last week he would be “proud” to have a shutdown to get Congress to approve a $5 billion down payment to fulfill his campaign promise to build a border wall.

During his 2016 presidential campaign, Trump promised that Mexico would pay for the wall. Mexico has refused.

Democratic leaders Chuck Schumer and Nancy Pelosi, in a meeting last week at the White House, suggested keeping funding at its current level, $1.3 billion, for improved fencing. Trump had neither accepted nor rejected the Democrats’ offer, telling them he would take a look.

Schumer said Monday he had yet to hear from Trump. Speaking on the Senate floor, Schumer warned that “going along with the Trump shutdown is a futile act” because House Democrats would quickly approve government funding in January.

“President Trump still doesn’t have a plan to keep the government open,” Schumer said Monday. “No treat or temper tantrum will get the president his wall.”

One option for lawmakers would be to provide stopgap funding for a few weeks, until the new Congress convenes Jan. 3, when Pelosi is poised to become House speaker.

Wyoming Sen. John Barrasso, who is in line to become the No. 3 Republican in the Senate, suggested a stopgap bill could be one way to resolve the issue or a longer-term bill that includes money for border security.

GOP leaders, though, were frustrated as the clock ticked away. Leaving the weekly leadership meeting, Sen. Roy Blunt, R-Mo., said any planning was a “very closely held thing. That’s why we should never let this happen. We should pass the bills the way we’re supposed to pass them.”

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Associated Press writer Laurie Kellman in Washington contributed to this report.

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Missouri poacher ordered to repeatedly watch ‘Bambi’

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Missouri poacher ordered to repeatedly watch Bambi

OZARKS, Mo. (AP) — A Missouri poacher has been ordered to repeatedly watch the movie “Bambi” as part of his sentence in a scheme to illegally kill hundreds of deer.

David Berry Jr. was ordered to watch the Disney classic at least once a month during his year-long jail sentence in what conservation agents have called one of the largest deer poaching cases in state history, the Springfield News-Leader reports .

“The deer were trophy bucks taken illegally, mostly at night, for their heads, leaving the bodies of the deer to waste,” said Don Trotter, the prosecuting attorney in Lawrence County.

Berry, his father, two brothers and another man who helped them had their hunting, fishing and trapping privileges revoked temporarily or permanently. The men have paid a combined $51,000 in fines and court costs — but the judge ordered a special addition to Berry’s sentence for illegally taking wildlife.

Court records show he was ordered by Lawrence County Judge Robert George to “view the Walt Disney movie Bambi, with the first viewing being on or before December 23, 2018, and at least one such viewing each month thereafter” while at the county jail.

Berry was also sentenced to 120 days in jail in nearby Barton County for a firearms probation violation.

His father, David Berry Sr., and his brother, Kyle Berry, were arrested in August after a nearly nine-month investigation that also involved cases in Kansas, Nebraska and Canada. The Missouri Department of Conservation said information from the investigation led to 14 Missouri residents facing more than 230 charges in 11 counties.

Investigators say David Berry Sr.’s other son, Eric Berry, was later caught with another person spotlighting deer, where poachers use light at night to make deer pause and easier to hunt.

The investigation into the Berrys began in late 2015, when the conservation agency received an anonymous tip about deer poaching in Lawrence County.

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Information from: Springfield News-Leader, http://www.news-leader.com

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