Monday, September 26, 2016

Best Analysis of Keith Scott Shooting Videos

VIDEO Atlanta Woman Opens Fire and Kills Home Invader

You don't mess when homeowners have guns. Heroic.

The Washington Post sets the scene:
Authorities in Georgia are searching for two suspects in a home invasion in which a woman opened fire on armed intruders — swapping gunfire with them, then fatally shooting a third suspect in self-defense, police said.

Surveillance video released by the Gwinnett County Police Department shows the incident unfold in the early morning hours Sept. 16 when authorities said at least three intruders broke into an Atlanta-area home. A woman, who has not been publicly identified by police, appears to emerge from a bedroom still wearing her pajamas, shooting at the suspects running from the gun-smoke-filled scene.

“She has every right to defend herself,” Gwinnett County Police spokeswoman Cpl. Michele Pihera told The Washington Post in an email. “She is to be commended for not only saving her life, but also the life of her roommate.”

The woman, a business owner in the restaurant industry, told police that about 4 a.m. she and a male housemate heard a possible intruder, so she pulled a handgun and went to search the home, police said in a statement.

Police said she saw three men — who were armed — walking through the front door during what police think was an attempted robbery. She fired multiple rounds, police said, striking 28-year-old Antonio Leeks, who died of his injuries.

The two other suspects fled from the scene. Police described the two men, who are estimated to be about 20 to 30 years old, as “armed and dangerous,” and are asking for public’s assistance in finding them.

“We want to get these people off the streets as quickly as possible,” Gwinnett County Police Cpl. Deon Washington told CBS affiliate WGCL. “As you’ll see, they are very, very dangerous individuals who are very bold and 

Report from a Trump Event; Blacks Profiting Off Trump

David Mueller emails:
I went to the Trump rally in Roanoke Saturday night.

I was curious to get the sense and size of the crowd.  There are 10,600 seats available in the Bergland Center (where the event was held).  It was less than half full.

It was a standard Trump stump speech.  Nothing particularly noteworthy.  Trump does want a bigger, more powerful government.

There were a lot of vendors outside the center.  I found it interesting that a lot of the vendors were black and making money off of the Trump event.

The crowd was solidly white, a handful of Blacks, and some Asians.
Black profits matter? Good for them.


‘Libertarian for Life’ Donates to GOP Candidate

From The Boston Globe:
Back in May, when Bill Weld attended his first Libertarian national convention seeking to become the party’s vice presidential nomination, a skeptical candidate for the same position summoned the former two-term Republican governor of Massachusetts back to the stage.

“Pledge to our party that he will not betray us and that he is not a Republican,” Alicia Dearn demanded.

Weld returned to the stage and announced, “I’m a Libertarian for life.”

What Weld didn’t say is that even a Libertarian can root for Republicans once in a while.

Just a few months after the convention, Weld made two donations totaling $450 to support Republican Chris Sununu’s bid to become New Hampshire governor this fall. Sununu is running against a Democrat, Colin Van Ostern, as well as a Libertarian, state Representative Max Abramson of Seabrook.
This is serious:
Johnson and Weld are at best opportunists, if not deliberately setting out to damage the Libertarian Party.


Sunday, September 25, 2016

Ahead of the Debate, Trumps Seeks Out More Voters

Ah whoops, not a voter.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu met with Donald Trump for nearly 90 minutes at Trump Tower on Sunday morning.

Jared Kushner, Trump's son-in-law and a close adviser to his presidential campaign, and Ron Dermer, Israel's ambassador to the United States, were also on hand for the meeting, reports CNN.

Per a readout provided by Trump's campaign, the two discussed "military assistance, security and regional stability."


Spotted Last Night: Benjamin Netanyahu at Broadway Play 'Hamilton'

And here's a report on how he goes to the bathroom via RT:

Netanyahu blocks toilet: Israeli PM needs 20 agents to go to bathroom

Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu was the source of amusement in New York after he was spotted heading to the bathroom with a whopping escort of 20 bodyguards.

Netanyahu was out for dinner with his wife in the Sherry-Netherland Hotel’s Harry Cipriani restaurant when nature called. As he got up, half of his 40-strong crew of security agents followed him.

According to a bystander, a few went into the bathroom with him, while “one watched the door and the rest lined up with their arms up to form a human barricade, so nobody could enter the bathroom or even get close.”

The agents are part of the elite Shin Bet arm of the Israeli Security Agency.

It wasn’t just the toilets that had a wall of men surrounding it. The hotel itself was surrounded by a ring of security personnel and the restaurant was barricaded, giving New York diners a taste of Israel’s infamous security checkpoints.

“In order to get to the restaurant, you had to walk around the block to a barricaded area, which was manned by security and attack dogs,” a witness said. “Guests were patted down and had to go through metal detectors.”


White Presidents Matter?

It is a small crony, evil club and we aren't in it.


Trump Adds More Potential Supreme Court Picks (But not Judge Napolitano)

On Friday, Donald Trump added the following to his list of potential Supreme Court nominees. In a statement, Trump said this is the "finalization" of the list.

Libertarian-leaning Judge Napolitano did not make the list. It's not as though Trump does not know who he is. The judge lives in the Trump Tower.

Here are the names Trump added to the list:

Keith Blackwell is a justice of the Supreme Court of Georgia. He was appointed to the position in 2012.

Charles Canady is a justice of the Supreme Court of Florida. He has served in that role since 2008, and he served as the court's chief justice from 2010 to 2012.

Neil Gorsuch is a judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit. He was appointed to the position in 2006.

Mike Lee is the Junior U.S. Senator from Utah and currently serves on the Senate Judiciary Committee.

Edward Mansfield is a justice of the Iowa Supreme Court. He was appointed to the court in 2011 and retained by voters in 2012.

Federico Moreno is a judge of the United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida and a member of the Judicial Conference of the United States.

Margaret A. Ryan has been a judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces since 2006.

Amul Thapar is a judge of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Kentucky, serving since his appointment in 2007, when he became the first South Asian Article III judge.

Timothy Tymkovich is the chief judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit. Judge Tymkovich was appointed to the bench in 2003.

Robert Young is the chief justice of the Supreme Court of Michigan. He was appointed to the court in 1999,

The full list of the twenty-one individuals. Trump will consider is below:

1. Keith Blackwell

2. Charles Canady

3. Steven Colloton

4. Allison Eid

5. Neil Gorsuch

6. Raymond Gruender

7. Thomas Hardiman

8. Raymond Kethledge

9. Joan Larsen

10. Mike Lee

11. Thomas Lee

12. Edward Mansfield

13. Federico Moreno

14. William Pryor

15. Margaret A. Ryan

16. Amul Thapar

17. Timothy Tymkovich

18. David Stras

19. Diane Sykes

20. Don Willett

21. Robert Young


How Winston Churchill Got Around Prohibition When He Visited the U.S.

Laws are for the little people.

(via Letters of Note)

Saturday, September 24, 2016

CONFIRMED: Last Night's Shooter at a Mall Outside Seattle Was a Turkish Muslim

This is a developing story, Return to this post for updates.


Police identify the arrested man as 20-year old Arcan Cetin of Turkey.



Cetin had previously been ordered to undergo mental health counseling by a court.


Skagit County court records show Cetin has a criminal record that included three domestic-violence assault charges in both Burlington and Island County, with the victim identified as Cetin’s stepfather. He also was arrested for drunken driving.

My Cabbie Earlier Today on Who He Voted for in the Primary

This morning my cab driver told me:
"I was a Bernie Sanders supporter in the primary but I voted for Hillary just to start to prepare myself for voting for someone I don't like because I can't vote for Trump even though Hillary is terrible."

Dr. Lisa Bardack’s Faustian Bargain

By Jay Micaheals “Oh what tangled webs we weave, when we first practice to deceive.”  Sir Walter Scott

When Dr. Lisa Bardack[*] was asked to become Hillary Clinton’s personal physician in 2001, it had to have been a crowning moment in the career of the Mt. Kisco internist.  Dr. Bardack could have anticipated little downside.  She already had the responsibility -- and legal obligation under HIPAA -- to protect the privacy of her patient.  She and her staff would have to be especially scrupulous in the case of a senator with presidential ambitions, but this should not have posed a serious problem.

Unfortunately, Hillary Clinton corrupts everyone who serves her.  And this year Bardack encountered difficulties she could not have foreseen in 2001:

1.  Clinton developed serious medical issues.

2.  The candidate was being videoed, not only during campaign stops, speeches, townhalls, and the rare press conference, but before and after events -- by individuals with cell phones who were under no obligation to obey orders given to servile journalists to turn off their cameras.

3.  The internet not only permitted the mass distribution of these videos and photos, but it enabled those who were curious to check Bardack’s reports against information available on reputable medical sites.  It also enabled skeptical physicians to share their doubts with hundreds of thousands of readers.

In July 2015, the Clinton campaign asked Bardack to give the candidate a clean bill of health.  She was to disclose, selectively, some of her patient’s medical history.  But the letter was not widely analyzed until after the disturbing September 11 video by Zdenek Gazda

Read the rest here.

(ht Derek Au)

Donald Trump is an Alpha Male, and Lester Holt is a Nerd

By Kyle Smith

Hillary Clinton is going to be armed with facts, logic and policy chops at tomorrow night’s debate.

It’ll be like bringing a knife to a gunfight.

Unless Donald Trump has been hitting the briefing books and spending his evenings perusing back issues of National Affairs and The Economist — hey, the man has surprised us before! — it seems unlikely that he will have as many facts and details at his command as Clinton. And it doesn’t matter. Nobody comes out of a debate saying, “Wow, Senator Blutarsky had an impressively detailed answer on how to save 11 percent at the Department of Housing and Urban Development!”

Debates are about style, comportment, authority, the occasional zinger and the dreaded gaffe.

They’re about the direction of the country and who will steer us down the right path.

They’re about matching the emotional temperature of the voters. Now more than ever, they’re also about sizing up which candidate would be less unbearable to see on TV every night for the next four years.

So Trump could win a debate, or all of them, without getting unnecessarily acquainted with facts.

Factual command could even hurt Hillary, if she starts to sound like a lawyer-bureaucrat-weasel: Remember how everyone hated Al Gore when he droned on (though not during a debate) about how “no controlling legal authority” had forbidden him to make fundraising calls from the White House?

 Presidential debate expected to be the most-watched ever
Presidential debate expected to be the most-watched ever
Trump may not have a lot of facts, but he has a lot of slick moves: He knows debate kung fu.

Monday night’s moderator, Lester Holt, like most journalists, probably lives in a media bubble, meaning he will be out to impress his friends and colleagues with tough, probing questions.

But his friends know far more about policy details than the median voter.

Moreover, the median voter doesn’t like to be reminded that he doesn’t know that much, and might well take Trump’s side if the questions are too picayune.

If Holt tries to catch Trump in a gotcha question like, “Mr. Trump, you say you have a plan to get the economy moving again but can you even estimate the size of the US economy within 2 trillion dollars?” Trump could easily win the exchange by turning the question into an attack on the current state of journalism:

Read the rest here.

Washington Post Math

Headline of Washington Post story: Police continue search for gunman who killed 6 at a Washington state mall 

First sentence of story:  A manhunt is underway Saturday for a gunman police said opened fire at a mall in Washington state, killing four women and one man, authorities said.


Baseball Player Banned from MLB For Criticizing Riots

Newly Released Docs Show Obama Used Pseudonym in Emails to Clinton

President Obama used a pseudonym in emails to Hillary Clinton, documents from the FBI released Friday show, reports The Hill.

The FBI released a large batch documents related to its investigation into Clinton’s private email server Friday afternoon. The files include notes from interviews with several top Clinton aides, including longtime adviser Huma Abedin.
The FBI said in its notes from an Abedin interview that the address on a Clinton email chain “is believed to be a pseudonym used by the President."

Abedin said she didn’t recognize the name and “expressed her amazement” that Obama used a pseudonym.


There's Another Major Donald Trump Play Coming Before the Election

Roger Stone emails me a link to this Variety article:Trump’s Trickster Roger Stone Explains Donald’s Playbook for Winning and Losing