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We still want answers Las Vegas Shooting investigation

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We still want answers Las Vegas Shooting investigation

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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The rich are getting richer, and the poor are… also getting richer. What’s driving this wealth creation process? In this video, Daniel Hannan explains why it is capitalism — and capitalism alone — that has led to the unprecedented enrichment that is the central fact of Western life.

As the Rich Get Richer, the Poor Get Richer

Published: Apr 9, 2018

 

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Utah GOP establishment working hard to make Romney next U.S. Senator

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The Utah Republican Party convention was held this past weekend. Despite Mitt Romney’s failure to secure 60 percent of the vote to avoid a primary run-off, an ongoing disagreement about a new rule that allows candidates to bypass the convention to get on the primary ballot by gathering signatures instead—as Mitt Romney did—helped the party establishment pave the way for Massachusetts Mitt to replace Orrin Hatch as the next US Senator from the Beehive State.

Even though Romney didn’t need to worry about the convention, he attended in an attempt to garner the support of grassroots Republicans concerned about his obvious carpetbagger status and others who see Romney’s run as little more than an attempt to redeem his lost political glory. In that regard, Romney did not disappoint.

True to his reputation, Romney became all things to all people as he worked to appease both Republicrats and Trumplicans while playing the “severely conservative” card when necessary as we witnessed in a Q & A with delegates.

“Here’s the difference between me and a lot of other people that are running: and that is, I know how to get a group of people together. I’ve campaigned with some 40 different Republican Senators—I’ve campaigned for them, with them.

“I can get a group of them together to stand together to fight against the excessive spending that we’re seeing in Washington. I can also get Obamacare repealed.”

Repeal Obamacare? Seems to me I’ve heard something like that from a Republican before. Still, listening to Romney blather on about how awesome he is and how he’s going to bring everybody together almost makes you want to gather around the campfire, make s’mores, and sing Kumbaya, doesn’t it?

In reality, Mitt’s track record of attacking conservatives who buck the GOP establishment proves that he has more in common with Orrin Hatch than Mike Lee—despite his repeated mention of Lee’s name at the convention.

Throughout his campaign, Romney has continued to claim that he’s more conservative than Trump and Congress—a very low bar—on issues like immigration and the budget, but once again, his record tells a different story. As recently as 2014, Romney supported amnesty for illegals and making DACA permanent. And even though he now says he would support a government shutdown to get spending under control, Romney has opposed using shutdowns as leverage on important issues in the past.

As a chameleon candidate lacking any core conservative convictions, Romney will be a perfect fit in Mitch McConnell’s GOP establishment swamp we know as the US Senate. And it looks like Utah Republicans are working hard to make sure Romney gets the job.


Originally posted on The Strident Conservative.

 

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There is no “libertarian on the issue.” Legalizing marijuana is the conservative position.

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You hear a lot of Conservatives say that when it comes to marijuana legalization, they are “libertarian” on the issue. It’s a common expression even used by Ben Shapiro.

However, the linguistic choice of the word “libertarian” implies that legalization of pot is not a conservative position. Traditionally, this is true. Not many Conservatives in the past have supported this notion. To make matters more complicated, many Conservatives have argued in favor of a “law and order” approach to the issue.

Notably, an increasing amount of young Conservatives favor legalization while older Conservatives tend to side with the “law and order”. Conservatives are often free to disagree because Conservatives are not some mob of conformity. If that’s what you want, there’s a camp called leftism, but I should warn you, you’ll ever be woke enough.

Conservatives are free to disagree on methods, but underlying principles of a limited government following through on its enumerated powers remains a consistent platform for us to unite.

However, on the issue of marijuana, there is a right and wrong position for Conservatives to hold. Bearing in mind a limited government, the Conservative movement would be most correctly aligned with its principles if it advances the legalization of marijuana, foregoing the law and order approach.

Acknowledging Government Failure

At the Conservative camp, we often talk about how government is the problem, not the solution. And when the government gets involved in things, a worse outcome results. The obvious example of healthcare is a drop in the bucket in the vast ocean that is government failure. For more failures, we can point to souring college tuition prices. It was the government that turned a depression into the Great Depression. We can look at occupational licensing hurting lower-income people. Likewise, the current marijuana rules augmented a stoner population.

Ronald Reagan said in his ingratiation:

Well, if no one among us is capable of governing himself, then who among us has the capacity to govern someone else? All of us together, in and out of government, must bear the burden. The solutions we seek must be equitable, with no one group singled out to pay a higher price.

The government has royally blundered trying to curb recreational marijuana usage, and to continue down the current pathway is to meet the definition of insanity. The Conservative worldview sees the individual, not the government as the solution to cultural problems. Government solutions so often prove to be failures.

Personal Distaste Leads to Hypocrisy

Conservatives too often argue for marijuana to be illegal based off of rather weak points. I’m going to specifically address John Hawkins from Townhall seeing as this article was referenced in a NOQ Report article back in January. The article titled “5 Reasons Marijuana Should Remain Illegal” details five weak points that I will address.

Marijuana is addictive for some people

If I accept the premise that marijuana is addictive(it’s not), by what precedent are addictive properties cause for something to be illegal. Here we find a logical disconnect in the argument. Alcohol is addictive. Tobacco is addictive. Both legal. Oreo’s have been studied to be addictive in mice as cocaine. Still legal (the only lines I do). If we’re not talking about only drugs, porn is legal. Sex is legal. Hoarding is legal. Video games are legal. They made a show about strange addictions. Human beings are creatures of worship; therefore it is a tendency for people to fall into addiction. This is no reason to make something illegal.

It’s not woking well in Amsterdam

This was an incredibly weak reason because it’s based on the Dutch being horrified that their children have access to pot. That is already the case here in the US. Legalization wouldn’t change this, while it being illegal hasn’t stopped this. The arguments against marijuana legalization that invoke children present a false consequence. And it makes us seem like hypocrites when we give our children medication as a substitute for discipline.

Mental and Physical Health(2 reasons)

It would be foolish to argue against marijuana’s medicinal benefits. However, I do acknowledge that it is fair to bring up the negative side effects. In this area, a person should take responsibility for their own health. Individual responsibility is what our culture needs not a nanny state protecting us from harm in every direction.

That being said several dangerous things are legal that if used irresponsibly could have a negative impact on mental and physical health. I could list them but you get the idea. The government is a poor arbitrator when it comes to protecting the citizens from their own choices.

Marijuana decimates people’s lives

We’re back to the “protecting people from themselves” argument. This is not logic that a conservative should use. Conservatism strives for a free market capitalist system whereby the individual is responsible for their own outcome in life. Protecting people from their own poor decisions is not the role of the government. There are things that destroy people’s lives that merit being illegal, but marijuana is not one of them. Millions of Americans use it whether in the slums or the penthouse. The lack of inherent or predictable negative consequences to potheads does is insufficient reason for keeping marijuana illegal.

At the end of the day, Conservatives only oppose marijuana legalization out of personal distaste. When we let our taste buds dictate our policy instead of our principles, we become hypocrites with power. Our personal distaste for marijuana is contradicting Conservative principles that would be most aligned legalizing the plant for recreational use. In this, we become seen as hypocrites. When we distaste something, our response should never be to make it illegal claiming some sort of cultural benefit.

For example, take transgenderism. Conservatives often distaste this practice. But no one is arguing to make being a transvestite illegal. What you do in your spare time is an individual liberty. Only based off of researched negative effects would any Conservative argue that the surgery should be illegal for a consenting adult. For children, it’s practically child abuse, therefore necessary for the state to step in because there is no absolute right of parents. If you want to, as a consenting adult, mutilate your body and get plastic surgery, most Conservatives wouldn’t stand in your way unless taxpayers are paying for it. What Conservatives are strictly opposed to is the state forcing its citizens to acknowledge transgenderism as real and punishing “misgendering” someone. Forcing a person to participate in a mentally ill person’s self-image is a violation of individual freedom.

There is a Conservative way to oppose something that you find distasteful. It is not to make said thing illegal, but instead to get the government out of the issue as much as possible. The “Law and Order” crowd have created a needless rift between Conservatives and Libertarians. The difference between the Libertarian and Conservative worldview was so well articulated by Konstantinos Roditis but these differences in worldview should come to the same result on marijuana. Though Libertarians focus too much on plants, Conservatives in their distaste for marijuana became hypocrites making an activity that isn’t inherently evil a crime. It’s long past time Conservatives remind themselves of what makes them Conservative and reexamine their position on marijuana because legalization is the Conservative stance.

A Note About Comparing Marijuana to Opioids:

Opioids have a far worse and predictable outcome for users who don’t stop. So for that reason, the arguments for marijuana legalization don’t apply. The state should intervene when negative externalities arise. The negative externalities for marijuana are baseless, in comparison. Although for an interesting perspective on this issue read our article here

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