As we await whatever “the storm” is, let’s share and discuss some of the events this week that we missed while I was absorbed with spinning Las Vegas conspiracy theories. I mean, how can I not be? There are so many unanswered questions. Put more correctly, there are so few answers that have been given to us. Every day that passes that we remain in the dark about basic details of the case that the investigation should have gleaned by now, such as Paddock’s motives and potential accomplices, the more my cynicism and distrust of the FBI is validated.
The suspect’s family is the damnedest that ever lived. We’ve learned that much, at least. The patriarch was apparently a genuis-level supervillain. One of his sons is now among the most prolific mass murderers in American history. Another is reportedly a fugitive drug dealer. Then there’s poor Eric “Comped Thousand Dollar Sushi” Paddock, who is a sort of walking meme generator. As I watch him try to come to terms with what could have led his brother to murder innocent concertgoers, I am driven to wonder: “What in the hell is he on, is it available in pill form, and do you need a prescription?”
Some of you may have seen the full video of Eric Paddock’s second interview. It’s half an hour long but there’s never a dull moment. If that’s too much for your attention span, here’s a good summary video below. I’ll warn you now that if you laugh even one time, you’re a bad person. You know what? Don’t even watch it. I don’t trust you to respect the seriousness of it. I mean it. Some of you guys are dark. I know how you do.
Never in the history of post-crisis media interviews has there been a performance with this level of exceptional weirdness. It’s downright magical how all of the reporters just let him run wild with almost no interruptions. Were I a journalism professor, I’d definitely use this interview as a teaching aid.
All joking aside, he needs to get in touch with a psychiatric specialist. He looks like he’s having a breakdown and self-medicating with something. There has been enough grief and pain among that family and many, many others this week.
While we’re on the subject of getting comped, Ashley Judd and some other women have come forward with sexual harassment allegations against Hollywood big-shot Harvey Weinstein. He in turn is seeking damages against the New York Times for publishing the story. Corrupt Fake News vs Exploitative Degenerate Hollywood. It’s almost like a Hunger Games scenario with the Westboro Church versus the Kardashians. The joy is in watching the bedlam regardless of who prevails.
I know it’s politically incorrect to point this out but…
(waits for readers to assume crash positions)
…Trump’s “grab them by the pussy” comment on the Access Hollywood tape has been proven accurate by the Weinstein revelation. What he said, regardless of how awful it sounded, was absolutely true. Think about it.
“You know I’m automatically attracted to beautiful — I just start kissing them. It’s like a magnet. Just kiss. I don’t even wait.”
“And when you’re a star, they let you do it,” Trump says. “You can do anything.”
“Whatever you want,” says another voice, apparently Bush’s.
“Grab them by the pussy,” Trump says. “You can do anything.”
Weinstein, like Trump, was surrounded by beautiful starlets who were desperate to make it big in that world. Getting used sexually by gross old men with wealth and influence and keeping it quiet about it is simply a toll to be paid for women who want to advance their careers in Hollywood. Good on these women for coming forward, I say. It’s brave. Even late-night comedy, which loves to tell us how courageous and edgy it is, has cowardly avoided the subject.
Hopefully, somebody will similarly name some names on Hollywood’s pedophilia problem that Corey Feldman opened the door a crack about a few years ago. Crashing the whole rotten enterprise looks better and better all the time.
CNN has published a story on Russian Facebook ads which suggests that Putin’s trolls in Vladivostok possessed a deeper understanding of the “in-play” electoral votes in two critical swing states than the Clinton campaign did with all of its advanced data mining techniques.
Facebook has declined to release the ads, most likely because Mueller is still investigating it.
Hate groups associated with anti-Italian sentiments are planning a campaign of vandalism on Monday. Eventually, all of the statues that anger them will be removed. Doubtless they’ll be completely satisfied once that occurs and there will be no need for further destruction or violence. Of course.
A man crashed into some pedestrians in London. No link to terrorism has been reported, but he was arrested for dangerous driving. I don’t think this one was an ISIS attack, but it does appear to me that as they are being exterminated in Iraq, they’re activating every single nutjob they can in the West. Don’t be mislead into thinking that just because they’re almost done over there that we’re not going to keep seeing them over here. According to the Dabiq Prophecy, they’re supposed to lose the battle for Syria to win the war. The deaths they cause are the goal and they basically are doing it for the evulz. Then “profit”, I think. Or was it that the “Prophet” comes back? I haven’t read up on it in awhile. Either way, don’t get cocky.
It’s now no longer a felony in California for HIV-infected people to have sex with people without telling them. Honestly, I haven’t fully examined this new law or the reason for it so I haven’t formed an opinion on it. Anybody feel strongly as to whether it’s a bad or neutral one? I don’t see how it’s good, but it’s hardly the worst recent idea to come out of California.
The NFL is continuing its shitshow of decline. I don’t have much love for the players, but I’m increasingly under the opinion that the fans are worse. When they’re not bitching about how outraged they are over the kneeling displays while still paying to attend games, they’re apparently shouting racist insults at players. Really now, Chiefs Nation. If you hate black people that much, go watch hockey where you don’t have to see them or make them wealthy. Then they’ll have to get part-time jobs at Taco Bell.
The Las Vegas Massacre is an unbelievable story of horror, conspiracy, and some nihilistic dark humor (courtesy of Eric Paddock). If that’s your bag, you might check out What the Hell Did I Just Read by David Wong. It’s the third book in the John Dies at the End series. I haven’t had a chance to read it yet, but I’m a huge fan of both that series and Futuristic Violence and Fancy Suits (soon to be a Netflix series) by the same author. Check them out.
What news have you been following in between trips to Publix to purchase that $8.99 spicy tuna roll sushi you love so much, you plebeians?