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Today's Commentary: Chasing down leads -- Rex Tillerson story -- Transgender surgery regret is real -- Democrats unveil legislation -- Jimmy Kimmel is misinformed -- News Bits
Police are following any leads to try to track down the motivations, movements and any possible connections that the Vegas killer might have had. Thus far, they haven’t found any answers, at least nothing much that they’re willing to reveal publicly. Searches of his computer and other effects haven’t turned up any signs of radial affiliations or mental illness. They believe he might have led a secret life and begun assembling his arsenal decades ago. They assume he must’ve had some help, but so far, they haven’t located any accomplices.
Some other possibly important revelations: The weekend before the shooting, he rented an apartment overlooking the "Life Is Beautiful" alt-rock music festival, but they’re not sure why. He was a major gambler but mostly at video poker, which again means no connections with any other human being who might be able to shed any light. He apparently had a plan to survive and escape, but he committed suicide instead.
Add these to the growing list of puzzling mysteries that authorities are working to solve. And in the meantime, please continue praying for the victims, some of whom were injured so badly, they’re still fighting for their lives.
Rex Tillerson story
By Mike Huckabee
Apparently having no real news to report, NBC continued the media’s tireless efforts to undermine the White House by claiming that Secretary of State Rex Tillerson had called President Trump a “moron” and was on the verge of resigning. Trump took time out of what is probably a pretty busy schedule to tweet that it was more “fake news” and a “disgrace to good reporting.”
For his part, Tillerson said he has never considered resigning, and as for calling Trump names, he stated, “I'm not going to deal with petty stuff like that. This is what I don't understand about Washington. Again, I'm not from this place. But the places I come from, we don't deal with that kind of petty nonsense. And it is intended to do nothing but divide people.”
Just to remind you of where Tillerson is from: he’s the former CEO of Exxon/Mobile, former national president of the Boy Scouts and an Eagle Scout. In other words, his background involves doing important, adult things that provide a vital product while creating thousands of private sector jobs and maintaining a personal pledge to be trustworthy, loyal, helpful, friendly, courteous, kind, obedient, cheerful, thrifty, brave, clean and reverent.
No wonder he doesn’t understand Washington!
Transgender surgery regret is real
By Mike Huckabee
The story that the media don’t want you to hear because it blows up the liberal narrative: the head of a surgery clinic in Belgrade, Serbia, revealed his concern over the rising number of patients (all men over 30 who became transgender women) who are coming to him with regrets about undergoing gender reassignment surgery over the past five years. Many wish to reverse the procedure and report suffering “crippling levels of depression,” including suicidal thoughts. The professor said that “reversal surgery and regret in transgender persons is one of the very hot topics,” and he’s urging the medical community to do more research into it.
But therein lies the problem: even to suggest looking into that field is a defiance of the politically-correct narrative that a belief that you’re in the wrong body should be treated with surgery instead of therapy. And this doctor is already on thin ice for refusing to perform sex change surgery on patients under 18 because he’s afraid of what might happen to their minds five or ten years later. One British university already banned medical researchers from looking into any negative aftermath of such surgeries for fear of being attacked on social media.
Science, including medical science, is supposed to be based on the pure pursuit of truth, wherever it may lead. Activists are doing transgender patients no favors by blocking doctors from learning more about their condition because the truth might be politically incorrect. Before cutting off patients’ body parts, let’s make sure they also haven’t been cut off from vital information.
Democrats unveil new legislation
By Mike Huckabee
Not surprisingly, Democrats already have a new piece of gun control legislation locked and loaded. It’s one that even some Republicans say they are willing to consider: it would ban the sale and possession of devices that make semi-automatic weapons work more like automatic weapons. On the surface, it makes sense, since nobody is favor of private citizens owning machine guns (that’s already been largely banned since 1934.) On the other hand, the use of even unaltered semi-automatic rifles in killings is rare, and anyone who has the skill to convert a weapon like that would probably find a way to do it anyway, despite the law.
This may be a case of doing something that will make no real difference, but at least that’s a step up from “do something even if it’s wrong,” so maybe it will actually find some bipartisan support.
Jimmy Kimmel is misinformed
By Mike Huckabee
I can certainly understand why late night TV host Jimmy Kimmel would feel deeply about health care policy and the Las Vegas shooting. Vegas is his hometown, and his own baby son has a life-threatening medical condition. So viewers tend to cut him a lot of slack, and we should all be praying for his child’s health just as we are for the shooting victims.
But if he’s intent on following Stephen Colbert in turning his comedy show into a nightly one-sided political diatribe, then eventually, the other side will start hitting back with facts. It was unfair for him to attack Republican efforts to replace Obamacare with misleading talking points straight from Chuck Schumer (and does he really think that leaving Obamacare in place will guarantee all Americans affordable, quality health care?) But it was simply unconscionable to attack Sen. Bill Cassidy as a lying, uncaring tool of the insurance industry. Dr. Cassidy has devoted much of his life to trying to provide health care to the poor, including starting and working in a free clinic, co-founding a free vaccination program for kids, and running a free clinic for Hurricane Katrina victims out of an abandoned Kmart. I think he’d earned the benefit of the doubt and the right to a fair hearing to defend his plan.
The deference to Kimmel’s feelings may finally have worn thin following his anti-NRA, pro-gun control “monologue” on Tuesday. Feelings should be respected, especially in times of intense grief, but they shouldn’t be allowed to substitute for facts when crafting public policy, as Daniel Payne at the Federalist makes clear at the link in refuting the many misleading and outright false claims that Kimmel made.
I would hope that Jimmy Kimmel would read this article not as an attack but as necessary information that he obviously isn’t getting from his current sources and as a cautionary tale against abusing your entertainment platform to advocate for government policy. Having spent much of my life in politics, I can tell him that before sticking your neck out, you’d better do your research. And develop a really tough neck.
The Las Vegas Review-Journal reports that Stephen Paddock got a prescription back in June for diazepam (Valium), a powerful sedative whose possible side effects can include aggression, withdrawal and psychosis. Intriguing if true, but that wouldn’t explain why he allegedly started compiling an arsenal long before then.
One former intelligence official claims to have sources who tell him there might be a “political angle” to the Vegas killer’s motivations that police have yet to reveal because it’s still under investigation.
In a tragic irony, Christopher Roybal of Denver survived a heroic term of military duty in Afghanistan only to die from a sniper’s bullet at a country music festival in Las Vegas. At the link, his chilling final Facebook post.
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