Florida governor calls for FBI director to resign after failure to investigate killer
This seems a little harsh. Yes, it was a screwup. But taken in isolation, the one comment the FBI was provided was merely concerning. It was the corroborating information -- pictures of guns and dead animals on social media, reports of threatening behavior by multiple individuals in personal contact with him -- that raised the level of concern to something actionable.
And the elephant in the room: murder is a state criminal law issue. It's not a federal law issue. Local police were called to his home 39 times. Shouldn't at least some of those visits have provoked a question about whether he was on the NICS prohibited list?
UPDATE: It strikes me that it would be awfully convenient for the current "civil service" people at the FBI if there was no FBI director with Senate confirmation in office. It would give them a lot of freedom to act in their "#resistance". It would put the swamp back in charge. And that's probably why this call is being made.
Yes, the FBI screwed up here. But I can't remember the last time the FBI director resigned because of a criminal act, even when we had warnings -- see the Boston marathon bombing for one example.
Hell, it's pretty clear from the timing of the announcement. Would Mueller indict 13 Russians associated with election meddling on Friday afternoon at news-dump-o'clock if there was anything to the charges? Of course not.
To the extent that a few Florida groups talked to the fake accounts set up by Russians to look like Americans, those groups a) are not charged with anything and b) did not know they were talking to Russians because c) the Russians were pretending to be Americans.
There's no collusion case here. And since we're talking about indictments against Russians there's practically no chance any of them go to trial.
Describing those facts as "very weird" is an understatement. Here's what leaps out at me:
1) The uber driver noticed nothing unusual? A gas mask and a rifle, going to a school? I can only assume the killer used some kind of duffle bag to hide what he was carrying, so that's explainable, I guess.
2) Almost all of these spree killers are either killed by police or kill themselves. This guy put down the rifle and left? Did he plan to get away? Did he actually do this, or did the police sieze on this guy as a convenient target because of his history of threats and disturbing social media?
Nothing to do but wait for the results of the investigation at this point.
Florida school murderer was known to FBI last year
The comment itself was threatening enough for the FBI to interview him, but apparently not to actually do anything to address the problem. Other people knew about the killer's issues, and he had been expelled for disciplinary reasons. But he passed the NICS background check, apparently.
What's the right course of action here? I'm not sure there is one. Figure out what's causing people to go nuts in a mass-murderish way and fix it? That seems to have really developed only over the last 30 or 40 years, so there's probably something that caused it, but identifying and addressing that cause is one of those projects with an uncertain time, expense, and outcome.
Short of getting at the root cause, these murder sprees seem to continue until the murderer faces armed resistance sufficient to break his momentum. Putting armed adults in schools would offer the chance to stop such attacks early, but it's only a chance, not a certainty.
There are reports that the murderer was a member of a racial separatist group in Florida. They aren't denying the connection but are disavowing his violence. Given that he also follows Syrian resistance groups, I think he was attracted to violence generally, not any specific ideology. I would not be even a little bit surprised if he turns out to be on anti-psychotic or other psychoactive medications. Is that a cause or an effect? It's hard to tell.
Summoning Chief Justice Roberts may be unprecedented, but so is the abuse that took place here. While Congress may be overstepping its power in seeking to summon a Supreme Court Justice involuntarily, Roberts may choose to cooperate voluntarily. More importantly, Congress created the FISA court and retains the power of impeachment over its members. They can certainly summon a judge on the FISA court in the context of impeachment proceedings if they so choose, or request copies of legal decisions or other records made by the court.
Regardless of the exact mechanism, someone is going to have to go to the FISA court and ask some very pointed questions about how this happened.
Daily Caller asked four experts to review the police report. Questions remain, including about his effort to use anonymous communications devices. If you are using anonymous communications devices, who are you communicating with? He also had searched for various other possible targets, and made reservations at a hotel near one of them. If you're planning to commit suicide, why make reservations at your next target? I remain convinced there is more to this, I just don't know what.
Finally: we know who to blame for the emotional support pony on the airplane
I'm a cat person. I'll admit it. I like cats because cats will cheerfully survive with minimal human attention. Food, litter, occasional ear-scritches. And the ear-scritches are really just a bonus. Cats don't need to be walked at 3am or fed every day at the same time or stared down and taught to distinguish guests from burglars.
But you can't really train cats very effectively. I believe you can train a dog to be an actual emotional and medical support animal. Not a cat, or a pig, or a peacock, or a pony. Maybe a parrot. ("Polly wanna hugs!")
Majorities think Obama spied on Trump and want a special counsel
They took their responses only from those who claimed they were following the story "very closely" or "somewhat closely". That doesn't invalidate their numbers, particularly the Democrat numbers, but does mean the results aren't necessarily predictive of election results.
Check below the fold for a poll with a more general audience.
And now what certainly appears to be an anthrax attack, or at least an attempt to cause terror by faking one. The media-driven Democrat hysteria appears to be acquiring a body count. It needs to stop. Trump won the election; let him govern until you can try to vote him out in 2020.