Category Archives: crime
Charles Manson died this week, in a hospital. He was 83.
He and his cult of followers, the Manson Family, committed the Tate – LaBianca murders near Los Angeles in 1969. They killed 7 people including actress Sharon Tate. She was 8 1/2 months pregnant.
After killing Tate they smeared the word pig on the walls with her blood. Then they sat down to a “family” dinner.
Kevin Williamson reminds us that Bernardine Dohrn, Jerry Rubin and other ’60s people thought Manson was cool. Dohrn is the wife of Obama pal Bill Ayers. She went on to become a law professor at Northwestern University. Here’s what she had to say about the murders:
“First they killed those pigs, then they ate dinner in the same room with them, then they even shoved a fork into a victim’s stomach. Wild!”
No, that’s not Jonathan Livingston Seagull in the picture.
It took a good man with a gun, and no shoes, to put a stop to a bad mad man with a gun at the First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, Texas.
Stephen Willeford, an NRA instructor, ended the mad man’s killing spree at 26 dead.
Mad Man With a Gun
While he was in the Air Force in 2012 he choked his wife, cracked his stepson’s skull, threatened to kill superiors and escaped from a mental hospital. His efforts earned him a year in the brig. Yet he passed a background check at the gun store.
That’s because military bureaucrats failed to send his file to an FBI database.
The Russian Nuclear firm Rosatom bought Canadian mining company Uranium One in 2010. The deal gave Putin control over 20% of the U.S. Uranium supply.
The Hill reported last week that the FBI knew that Russian nuclear officials were involved in racketeering schemes in the U.S. prior to the purchase. The Russians had also directed millions of dollars to the Clinton Foundation and paid Bill Clinton hundreds of thousands in speaking fees.
Robert Mueller was FBI Director when the probe of possible Russian collusion on nukes began in 2009 and James Comey was director when it ended in 2015.
Meanwhile, Attorney General Eric Holder and Secretary of State Clinton both sat on a committee that approved the Uranium One deal in 2010.
Mark Steyn’s reaction: “Fancy that! A racketeering scheme centered on the Clintons! Who’da thunk it?”
Unlike the current “Russia investigation”, where details of dawn raids on Paul Manafort are gaily leaked hither and yon, Mueller and Comey managed to keep the lid on this one for the six-plus years it was active. And happily it doesn’t seem to have obstructed either the Clintons’ or the Russians’ mutually beneficial relationship.
Hillary says this is all a bunch of baloney.
Harvey Weinstein probably won’t have much to say about current events for a while, but Jimmy Kimmel will. The comedian turned policy wonk has had a lot to say about health care and gun control lately thanks to the failed Graham-Cassidy bill and the Las Vegas massacre.
As for Harvey Weinstein’s escapades? Well, Jimmy had a lot to say about Donald Trump.
Jimmy’s Late Night Opinions
What if you don’t like Jimmy’s late night opinions? On CBS Sunday Morning he said, “I mean, you don’t have to watch the show. You don’t have to listen to what I say.”
“Yeah, I mean, I saw, I don’t know if it was a study or a poll, some combination of those two things, that, like, three years ago I was equally liked by Republicans and Democrats. And then Republican numbers went way down, like 30% or whatever. And, you know, as a talk show host, that’s not ideal. But I would do it again in a heartbeat.”
Despite the Deplorable decline his ratings are up 11% from a year ago..
Stephen PaddockStephen Paddock was a 64 year old retired accountant reportedly worth 2 million dollars. He owned rental properties, was a certified pilot and owned two airplanes. Not exactly my idea of the face of evil. But he had 23 firearms in his hotel room and shot nearly 600 people, killing 59 of them.
Face of Evil
He was also a casino gambler. He held the “highest status” at Caesars Entertainment. Does “highest status” go to people who win a lot of Caesars’ money? Did he blow his 2 million dollar fortune?
Whatever happened, it doesn’t seem like he suddenly went haywire. His killing spree was meticulously planned.
David French in National Review thinks the case is very very strange.