A prophet I shall raise up for them from the midst of their brothers, like you; and I shall indeed put my words in his mouth, and he will certainly speak to them all that I shall command him.  And it must occur that the man who will not listen to my words that he will speak in my name, I shall myself require an account from him.

--Deuteronomy 18:18-19

"This man is wicked. He inspires racists and bigots.  He encourages violence.  Do not listen to him."  Rabbi Shmuel Herzfeld, who leads an Orthodox congregation in Washington, did not rise out of any passion of the moment.  He had wrestled with this decision for days.  He consulted with his own mentor rabbi, with his lawyer, with his wife and seven children.  He told his kids that he felt obliged to say something, "to say 'we know who you are, we see through you.'"  His children asked him not to stage his protest because he might get hurt, but Herzfeld concluded that he had no choice.  He knew he would lose members of his synagogue (and he did).  He knew he would be accused of taking an inappropriately political stance (and he was).  But he had concluded that Trump posed "an existential threat to our country.  I've never seen this type of political figure in my life.  He's shameless in inspiring violence.  He used vile language about people from other countries.  He's open a space for ugliness to come out of the shadows."

--Michael Kranish and Marc Fisher, Trump Revealed: An American Journey of Ambition, Ego, Money, and Power

Authorities Detail How Shooter Prepared For Attack


Listening to interviews on NPR as well as reading the transcripts you will understand that Stephen Paddock, the shooter, suffered from endogenous racial hatred, in other words, Paddock hated White people.  Even the scene and location of the murders helps prove my thesis.  American music is segregated.  Country music is assumed to be White-music, although the majority of country

Musicians themselves pay homage to Black performers.  But the Trumpsters, older whites, presume the ownership of Country music and have racialized it in their political favoring Trump as their outlaw hero/representative.  This leads to how and why Donald J. Trump became President and why Paddock chose Las Vegas as the scene of his crime.

Matt Isaacs in "Sheldon Adelson Goes All In," in Mother Jones (March/April 2016) subtitled, "The billions he made in Chinese casinos may decide the presidential race.  But has he overplayed his hand?"  Isaacs declares that Sheldon Adelson, head of Sands Corp and international investor in casinos in Macau and Hong Kong, has contributed at least $71 million in dark money to political campaigns.  "Dark money accounts for more than one-third of the Miriam and

Sheldon Adelson's known political giving over the past decade--and since such

spending doesn't have to be disclosed, the real total could be even bigger.  Major dark-money donations reportedly include at least $30 million to Karl Rove's Crossroads GPS, $15 million to grassroots initiatives backed by the Koch brothers, and $5 million to the US Chamber of Commerce."  It must be remembered that the Koch brothers via the Kochtopus only supported down-ballot candidates in 2016 because of the insult that Jane Mayer reports in Dark Money: The Hidden History of the Billionaires Behind the Rise of the Radical Right (2016).

Mayer writes that Donald trump, whose unorthodox bid for the Republican nomination flummoxed party regulars, was left off the Kochs' invitation list In August 2015, as his rivals [those who became down-ballot candidates] flocked to meet the Koch [Kochtopus] donors, he tweeted, "I wish good luck to all of the Republican candidates that traveled to California to beg for money etc. from the Koch Brothers.  Puppets?"  Trump's popularity suggested that voters were hungry for independent candidates who wouldn't spout the donors' lines.  His call to close the carried-interest tax loophole, and talk of the ultra-rich not paying its share, as well as his anti-immigrant rants, made his opponents appear robotically subservient, and out of touch.  But few other Republicans candidates could afford to ignore the Kochs.

Among their most astonishing feats, the Kochs had succeeded in persuading hundreds of the other richest conservatives in the country to give them control over their millions of dollars in contributions, in effect making them leaders of a conservative billionaires' caucus.  Most of the other partners, as they called themselves, were silent.  Their names rarely if ever appeared.  When, in response to criticism, the Kochs invited the media to cover snippets of their summits, they insisted that the reporters agree not to name the other donors.  Yet this secretive, unelected, and unaccountable club was changing the face of American politics.

Moreover, Isaacs posits that Adelson is a high roller in politics which was evident in March 2015 when he came to watch Netanyahu give a speech before Congress.  In the days leading up to the event, Marco Rubio, said to be favored by Adelson in the 2016 election, dined with the casino magnate in a private room of the Charlie Palmer steak house, near the Capital.  The morning of the speech, Adelson sat near Newt Gingrich, who, within weeks of receiving his first donation from Adelson in 2012, had declared Palestinians "an invented people."  Evangelist James Hagee who created Christians United for Israel, as Adelson's personal guest, and other sycophants including Ted Cruz, said to be Miriam Adelson's choice for president.

The other presidential hopefuls, too, had made sure to be on Sheldon Adelson's radar, most notably in December, when they all appeared onstage at his Venetian resort for a prime-time debate. Even Donald Trump, who swore off contributions from his fellow billionaires, sent Adelson a glossy booklet of photographs from a gala where he accepted an award for boosting US-Israel relations.  "Sheldon," candidate Trump scrawled across the cover, "no one will be a bigger friend to Israel than me!"  (Adelson had promised to support whoever won the nomination.)

Deadline Approaches For Trump On Iran Deal


Oct. 15 is the deadline for the administration to decide whether to recertify the Iran nuclear deal. Rachel Martin talks to Mark Dubowitz, who has advised the administration on Iran policy.

The billionaire's expanding power was underscored the morning after the debate, when the Review-Journal revealed that Adelson and his family were behind a shadowy holding company that had purchased the newspaper weeks earlier and kicked off a media frenzy.  It was the only major newspaper in Nevada that supported the Trump.


The biography of Stephen Paddock reads as though he should be a Trump supporter: older White male, rich, rural, and an avid gun collector.  However, Paddock’s significant-other is/was a woman-of-color.  Apparently it was Trump's lascivious speech and racists behavior that drove Mr. Paddock over the edge.  This is not so far-fetched when one considers that John Brown was also White.  Paddock, White himself, seems to have developed a loathing--a contempt and a hatred for White people.  By choosing Las Vegas as the location for his massacre, he killed, so to say, three-birds-with-one-stone: he targeted Trump and his enabler, Adelson's city: Las Vegas, and killed or maimed a multitude, committing the largest mass murder of White Americans post 9/11.

Why Did He Do It? Authorities Still Baffled By Vegas Shooter

President Donald Trump talks with Las Vegas Mayor Carolyn Goodman and Clark County Sheriff Joseph Lombardo (right) after arriving at Las Vegas McCarran International Airport to meet with victims and first responders of the mass shooting, on Wednesday.Evan Vucci/AP

Police and the FBI acknowledge that they are not much closer to a motive in this week's massacre in Las Vegas after the girlfriend of shooter Stephen Paddock said she had little to offer investigators.

Authorities say that Paddock — who sprayed gunfire from his 32nd-floor hotel room on Sunday, killing scores and wounding hundreds — kept to himself and stayed away from social media, leaving virtually none of the usual bread crumbs that investigators typically rely on in such cases.

The few people who did know Paddock said they had no hint he was capable of such an act, let alone that he was actively planning it.

"There's all kinds of things that surprise us in each one of these events. That's the one in this one, and we are not there yet," FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe was quoted by The Associated Press as saying. "We have a lot of work to do."

"This individual and this attack didn't leave the sort of immediately accessible thumbprints that you find on some mass casualty attacks," McCabe said.

Here's the latest update:

— The death toll from Sunday's shooting has remained the same, 58 victims and the shooter, who took his own life. But the number of wounded and injured has been reduced to 489 from the figure of 527 that authorities gave earlier.

— As NPR's Lauren Hodges and Doreen McCallister report, Paddock's girlfriend, Marilou Danley, who was visiting family in the Philippines at the time of Sunday's shooting, says through her lawyer that the man she described as a "kind, caring, quiet man" gave her no "warning that something horrible like this was going to happen."

— Danley said in a statement that while she was in the Philippines, Paddock "wired me money, which he said was for me to buy a house for me and my family. I was grateful, but honestly I was worried at first that the unexpected trip home and then the money was a way of breaking up with me." The AP, quoting unnamed officials, says the amount of the wire-transfer was $100,000.

— A Philippine immigration official quoted by the AP says Danley arrived in Manila on Sept. 15, two weeks before the shootings. Seven days later, she flew to Hong Kong, returning to Manila on the 25th. She remained there until returning to Los Angeles on Tuesday night to be interviewed by investigators.

— At a news conference Wednesday night, Clark County Sheriff Joseph Lombardo said Jesus Campos, a security guard at the Mandalay who was shot through the door of Paddock's hotel room, sustaining a wound to the leg, was himself unarmed. Lombardo said that Paddock fired "well over 200 rounds" through the door at Campos, who despite his wound was able to direct police to the room. The Las Vegas sheriff said of Campos, "His bravery was amazing."

— Lombardo said that Paddock checked into the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino on Sept. 28 – three days before the shooting — and specifically requested an upper floor with a view of the Route 91 Harvest music festival – the event that became his target.

— The week prior to the massacre, Paddock had rented a high-rise condo in a building overlooking the Life is Beautiful alternative music festival, Lombardo said. It wasn't immediately known if Paddock had earlier planned an attack on that venue.

— Jill Snyder, the special agent in charge of the San Francisco field office of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives says that Paddock has been stockpiling firearms since 1982. However, he went on a buying spree beginning about a year ago, purchasing 33 firearms, most of them rifles, from October 2016 until Sept. 28 – the day he checked into the Mandalay, she says. All but three of those weapons were bought in a single month, October 2016, according to Lombardo. "What we know is that Stephen Paddock is a man who spent decades acquiring weapons and ammo and living a secret life, much of which will never be fully understood," he said, adding that investigators were looking into whether something happened in Paddock's life to set off the gun-buying spree.

— Lombardo said Paddock must have had help in amassing such a huge arsenal – nearly 50 firearms and explosives components recovered from his hotel room and two properties he owned in Nevada. "You have to make an assumption that he had some help at some point," the sheriff said.

— Twelve of the rifles recovered were fitted with so-called "bump stocks" that allow semi-automatic firearms to simulate a fully-automatic mode, the ATF's Snyder says.

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Comment by mary gravitt on October 5, 2017 at 11:23am

Why must we debate on the WHY?  It is obvious from the evidence that Paddock shot all his victims because they were White.  I know that this is hard to believe because racism is always defined on Whites hating Blacks and other peoples of color, not Whites hating Whites.  Look at the evidence and stop wondering why.  Paddock crime was a crime of pure hatred for Donald Trump and all that he stood for.


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