The FBI has released more information about Friday’s deadly shooting in a classroom at the Pensacola Naval Air Station in Florida.
The gunman, who was killed by sheriff’s deputies (our military people were unarmed sitting ducks because our military bases are, inexplicably, “gun-free zones”), has been identified as 21-year-old Mohammed Alshamrani, a 2nd Lt. in the Royal Saudi Air Force and student naval flight officer.
There have been reports that Alshamrani “hosted a dinner party earlier in the week where he and three others watched videos of mass shootings,” and one of the three students who attended the party recorded video outside the classroom building while the shooting was taking place and two other Saudi students watched from a car. An anonymous official also told the A.P. that 10 Saudi students were being held on the base as of Saturday while several others were unaccounted for.
This is a large and ongoing investigation, but the feds are proceeding “with the presumption that this was an act of terrorism” and are "working tirelessly" to figure out any ideology that may have been an influence in the shooting.
Good luck with that puzzler. All I can say is don’t put Michael Horowitz in charge of figuring out his motivations. More details at the link, and I’m sure, much more to come.
This is the week that is: The IG report AND impeachment insanity
At this writing (late Sunday night), it’s the calm before the storm. The Inspector General’s report about FISA abuse by the FBI is scheduled for a Monday release. And after spending the weekend in “dress rehearsals” (I am not kidding), the Democrats on the House Judiciary Committee are moving forward with more impeachment hearings on Monday. According to THE NEW YORK TIMES, they had two "lengthy prep sessions" with Harvard Law School professor Lawrence Tribe, whom you might recall said in December 2016 that Trump’s impeachment “should begin on Inauguration Day,” based on his reading of the Emoluments Clause. Five months into Trump’s adminstration, Tribe called him a “danger to our system of government.” Now there’s an objective voice.
So you can imagine what we’re in for this week. (Remember, we watch the hearings so you don’t have to!) Monday’s hearing will happen even though Democrats did a massive weekend “document dump” --- so many thousands of records that not only the Republicans but even the Democrats will have no way to read through them beforehand.
According to ranking member Doug Collins of Georgia, whose request for a stay was refused, “...they’re going to have scripted questions to a bunch of high-priced consultants that they brought in to present their reports” when, “we can read the reports.” Talking with Maria Bartiromo on SUNDAY MORNING FUTURES, he said Democrats should be “ashamed” for presenting this hearing as informative and factual when it’s really an attempt to adjust public opinion. He also complained that Democratic leaders Pelosi and Schiff are using the Judiciary Committee as a “puppet” to do their bidding.
I wanted to make sure you also read these comments:
Well, this is surprising: the Washington Post published a major investigative piece, claiming that for 20 years, through a trillion dollars, 2300 lost American lives and 20,589 wounded, the powers in Washington have been misleading the public about the war in Afghanistan.
Through comments from multiple sources and newly-released internal documents, WaPo makes the case that leaders and bureaucrats have been attempting to convince us that a fatally flawed strategy to convert Afghanistan into a modern nation was succeeding when it wasn’t. It adds, “The interviews also highlight the U.S. government’s botched attempts to curtail runaway corruption, build a competent Afghan army and police force, and put a dent in Afghanistan’s thriving opium trade.”
A typical source is three-star Army General Douglas Lute, the top Afghan war leader under Bush and Obama, who said, “We were devoid of a fundamental understanding of Afghanistan — we didn’t know what we were doing…What are we trying to do here? We didn’t have the foggiest notion of what we were undertaking.”
It’s a very long story, but a must-read for anyone who doesn’t want to see American soldiers sent into endless, unwinnable wars. I would also point out that while WaPo says upfront that this subterfuge spread across the Bush, Obama and Trump years, the people doing it under Trump were the exact type of know-it-all Deep State holdovers who have been doing everything in their power to paint Trump as an ignorant loose cannon for questioning the endless deployments of US troops in places like Afghanistan and undermine his efforts to change their failed policies. WaPo may not realize it, but they just gave Americans one more reason to oppose the impeachment of Trump and support the firing of his accusers.
Late Stage Trump Derangement Syndrome: Business Insider devoted actual news resources and media space to the shocking revelation that the salt and pepper shakers used by President Trump were bigger than those put in front of his guests at a recent state dinner. They even dug into the photo archives to confirm that during the Obama Administration, all salt and pepper shakers were created equal.
They agonized over what this might MEAN. Is it an indication of Trump’s megalomania? Was he trying to subtly bully and intimidate his guests via seasonings? Or my favorite possibility: did the dining staff just put out whatever salt and pepper shakers they had on hand, and Trump saw that one set was larger and put it in front of him because he knew that people who obsess over finding negative things to say about him 24/7 are so unhinged, it would drive them absolutely bonkers?
Give the man credit: nobody is better at pouring salt into the media’s self-inflicted wounds.
In a related story, blogger/law professor Ann Althouse uses “Saturday Night Live’s” sketch about the NATO summit to reflect on how the smug, never-ending assaults have started to come across as bullying, and they’ve actually made her sympathetic to a President she didn’t like or vote for.
She notes that the sketch is based on “high school movie” memes in which the arrogant, privileged bullies are normally the villains, but because they’re bullying Trump, we’re supposed to side with the bullies. Well, those of us not afflicted with terminal TDS do not. Needless to say, that goes triple for the nastiness aimed at First Lady Melania Trump, a lovely, stylish, warm-hearted and incredibly accomplished woman who has been either smeared or ignored for three years by the kind of women’s magazines that would fall at her feet and worship her if she were married to a Democrat.
I love one of the comments from a reader who points out that Trump’s enemies call Trump supporters “Deplorables” and don’t even realize that they are being “Despicables.”
Finally, as a side note on the NATO summit: I find it hilarious that Trump’s critics are snarking about how he wasn’t up to the high standards of dignity for such an august body of VIPs. Meanwhile, the leaders they respect were caught on a hot mic gossiping and sniping like petty school girls behind his back. One EU official tweeted out a photo appearing to show him pointing his finger like a pistol behind Trump’s back (some might argue it was an innocent gesture, but why pick that photo to put on social media if there was no particular point? And why is a supposedly dignified EU official tweeting out bad-boy photos of himself in the first place?) Personally, I thought Trump came across as one of the few adults in the room, speaking plainly and dispensing tough love to some allies who were acting like junior high brats on substitute teacher day.
Bible Verse of the Day (KJV)
"Behold, how good and how pleasant it is
for brethren to dwell together in unity!"
- Psalm 133:1
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