Something about this story doesn't ring true to me. Well, OK, a lot of somethings. The basic story is that a mom with biracial children got a hateful message on facebook, asked police to investigate, and by sheer coincidence they arrived at the sender's house as he was walking out the door wearing body armor, weapons, and carrying a detailed plan to commit a school shooting.
The story drops on the same day we get multiple stories about pipe bombs delivered to Dem political figures in a political environment where Dems have been repeatedly and credibly accused of political and domestic violence, and right at the beginning of early voting in an election where Dems are desperate to regain some kind of power at the national level.
I question the timing. I use enhanced interrogation techniques on that mf-ing clock. We'll start with attention slaps and go all the way up to a ticking alligator surfboard with pixie dust on it.
What else is wrong?
Well, it's in "yahoo lifestyle", not news. An attempted school shooting is news.
It fits the narrative perfectly. Too perfectly.
The attacker was "headed towards two school districts" in two different counties. Wait, two? In different counties? He had a specific plan of attack... that didn't name a specific school as his target? This man is sending someone he doesn't know threats on Facebook? So, what, he picked her at random?
The only links go to ekbtv.com ("east kentucky broadcasting television", which sounds like the sort of english a Russian bot might generate. The website is very barebones, has no video report of its own (suspicious for a television station) and links to the Kentucky State Police press conference... which they held ON THEIR FACEBOOK PAGE?
I continue to suspect a false flag. Why? Mostly because this happened all at once yet none of them actually detonated as intended. They were ALL discovered, and the attacks happened without the usual ramp up warning signs of political violence from the left. No right-wing riots, no mass protests, no midnight window smashing of Democrat offices. The most I've seen is people stealing yard signs (yes, on both sides). And frankly, the left has a tradition of using pipe bombs going back to Obama's pal Bill Ayres.
We'll see what the investigation turns up. Or rather, if it does turn out to be a false flag, we'll know when it disappears from the news cycle.
False flag or not, stop it with the political violence already.
UPDATE: Pipe "bomb" and powder delivered to CNN were harmless. I'm betting the rest of them were also harmless. I became suspicious when I realized none of them had gone off. (The one found in Soros' mailbox was detonated by police -- not the same as exploding on its own).
So yeah, it's a false flag. Probably designed to try to even the score from #JobsNotMobs.
Why a false flag rather than just a failure to detonate? If it was just a failure to detonate the bomb wouldn't have been "harmless".
I'll be interested to see who the investigation turns up as being responsible.
UPDATE: Remember this election-time anthrax attack? The FBI never solved that one, even though it involved real anthrax. They blamed American researchers and said it was a false flag. So how can the idea of a false-flag attack now be absurd?
So what "shadowy, unidentified" spy agencies are keeping him quiet? CIA? NSA? FBI? MI5? MI6? I think that part of the article is probably correct, inasmuch as it doesn't specify who is keeping him quiet, or how.
People are trying to make this seem normal and not suspicious.
So he has a habit of disappearing... when he becomes the focus of a scandal. Gosh, he's the focus of a scandal right now, and he's disappeared again!
The context you usually see "proof of life" pictures is kidnappings. Is Mifsud's lawyer suggesting Mifsud has been kidnapped by these shadowy spy agencies? Which ones? What is it they don't want Mifsud to say?
How exactly is Trump, or any American, supposed to "address the root causes" of a migrant caravan when those root causes are "violent crime and poverty" in the nation they are fleeing? Those nations need to address their own problems, rather than nakedly demanding foreign aid payments.
Trump would be fully justified in deploying military force to stop this caravan at the border.
I wonder if these people will ever be caught and publicly identified? Watergate was a "third rate burglary" until the President got involved in trying to cover it up; so will there be any connections to the Democrat party found here?
We'll probably never know, because the media doesn't like to ask those questions, never mind look for answers.
Meanwhile, a security guard at a Washington DC Fox affiliate had to shoot someone breaking into their studio.
It seems like there are incidents of political violence almost daily now. Some days are quiet and some days have multiple incidents to make up for the quiet. What I almost never see are incidents of political violence from the right directed at the left. Sometimes, briefly, the media tries to paint a mass shooter as being politically motivated from the right, but closer examination invariably (so far) has shown they were just nuts with incomprehensible political ideologies.
This seems like a significant escalation from the usual. Assuming it's not simply a false flag, someone prepared an explosive device and placed it in a location where it could be found by the target, which was presumably the left-wing billionaire George Soros himself (it was found in his mailbox). The employee who found it was suspicious and NYPD detonated the device.
We see so many fake hate crime incidents and so few real ones from the right that I seriously question whether the situation is as it appears to be.
But if it is, we're a lot closer to a domestic civil war than we were yesterday.
FBI admits to using multiple informants against Trump campaign
OK, so at least two sources other than Steele. Page himself probably doesn't count for that. Was Halper one? What about Mifsud?
Were they paid? How much?
We know Halper was paid through fake contracts for fake "analysis" papers. Was he the only one? Who else did they pay? When did they pay them? Did they pay Mifsud, the "Russian" agent who has links to Western intelligence agencies rather than Russian ones?
Well, OK, he was really calling for financial aid. But he was comparing the cost to money spent on wars with people trying to kill us.
Personally, I don't think we should be sending financial aid anywhere. We can't possibly solve the problems caused by corrupt, unaccountable government officials and socialism by giving the corrupt, unaccountable government officials more money with which to pay for socialism.
Whether it's in national politics (Congress), or local politics (in my case, the local school board), politicians always seem to love borrowing money. Sometimes, states have balanced budget requirements that make debt harder to take on at that level, but even then the cities usually can and do issue bonds. Yet voters in opinion polls and often ballot issues (when asked) reject that debt. Why do politicians want debt when voters don't?
I'm convinced the fundamental answer is control and credit. By borrowing money and implementing projects immediately, politicians get immediate control of the money for the project and the credit for starting it. Control of the money means not only do they get to funnel that money to their supporters (simple corruption), they also get to deny control of that money to future politicians who may be from a different party or otherwise be in competition with them. In effect, the debt locks in funding to the current politicians' favored issues and prevents that money from being used in the future for something else, because the debt service is paid over a long period of time.
In effect, the politician uses debt to control monetary allocation in the present and prevents his competition from controlling monetary allocation in the future, even after he has moved on, moved up, or been voted out.
Chinese city wants to put three artificial moons in place
On the one hand, this is a big deal and a visionary plan to improve life on earth with space technology. On the other... they're going to replace streetlights with satellites? I'm really not sure what to think here.
Nellie Ohr invokes spousal privilege to avoid testifying
Realistically, I can't blame her for invoking the privilege, but it does make me wonder what the two of them have to hide. And whether the ability to invoke spousal privilege was a factor in selecting them to act as the information conduit between DOJ and Fusion GPS, just in case exactly this sort of investigation happened.
If there are Democrats who do not endorse violence, it's time for them to start calling out both their colleagues and their leadership to make that clear.
I'll do my part. In my local neighborhood, people are complaining that their Beto signs are getting stolen or torn down. "Beto" is a stage name for Robert O'Rourke, a privileged white male who tried to flee the scene of his DUI and wants to impose gun control on Texas and everywhere else.
Republicans: Please stop stealing Beto signs. Allow your neighbors to exercise their free speech rights and support stupid candidates without becoming victims of theft or intimidation.
Democrats: Please stop trying to murder Republicans.
Operation Choke Point finally getting exposed as illegal
This same "Choke Point" operation was also deployed against firearms businesses, and regulators of the financial industry in New York State (and possibly other anti-gun jurisdictions) are pressuring companies they have authority over to stop providing financial services (and sometimes even other services, such as YouTube banning firearms videos) to firearms companies.
Robert "Beto" O'Rourke is trying to sell Texans on gun control. That seems an unlikely sale to close. Is he trying to angle for more donations from Dem big shots like Bloomberg in light of new polling showing him down by almost ten points?
Decorated military veteran gets 7 years for missing tax paperwork
He managed to go 40 years without hurting anyone with it. Since he evidently could pass a background check due to his other firearms, the only offense here is that he neglected to pay an extra $200 tax stamp, and possibly a missing serial number.
This case seems like a good candidate for Supreme Court review. Especially if it takes a while to get there and the Notorious RBG kicks the bucket or retires before then.