Stephen Paddock usually kept a cigar at hand, even though he didn´t smoke. But he was quick to notice when somebody sat down beside him and lit up. Then Paddock, a denizen of hazy casinos, would take out his cigar, light it and carefully aim its smoke back into the faces of those whose puffing annoyed him. "He was the king of microaggression," said his brother, Eric. Last week, Stephen Paddock returned to the Las Vegas Strip, where he spent many hours and thousands of dollars at high-limit video poker machines, and eyed the fun-seekers crowding his oasis. But this time he did
Yesterday, NBC reported that according to IRS records, Paddock earned 5 million dollars in 2015. I read the IRJ article about video poker and it said the odds on video poker are very good, but still the house always wins, only a tiny percentage of the total amount bet over the long term, but the house always wins (The computers controlling all machines would have alerted the casinos if Paddock (or anyone else) was consistently profiting from any machine and the casino(s) would have altered the machines´ odds.) I did read that one of the casinos reduced the comps they were giving Paddock. (But still, he had sufficient comps with MGM, the owners of Mandalay Bay, to get his $592 a night suite fully comped.) Something is not right here. Paddock must have had some other source of income (and well beyond his paltry "real estate" holdings). America has many mathematical geniuses (amazing given the teachers´ unions, but still). If you could make millions playing video poker machines, there would be lines forming out the door waiting to play them.
I´ve always heard that casinos don´t want gamblers who ´win too much´. I also doubt he made millions from a few real estate transactions. And he spent lots of money of cruises, homes, traveling about. Something is missing....
So IF we´re to believe this article, he didn´t request this specific room in advance. Nah...on the spur of the moment, A GUY WHO IS OTHERWISE TOTALLY PLANNED TO THE MAX simply walks into Mandalay and requests ANY room "on one of the higher floors?" We´re supposed to believe that? And we´re supposed to believe that his request was turned down initially but a room just coincidentally "opened up" at the last minute? And THIS room just HAPPENED to be overlooking where the concert venue would be in a few days? So IF that´s true, there goes the theory that he was targeting the concertgoers. And then what? He strolled to his car which was loaded with an arsenal and bomb-making paraphernalia and began unloading this stuff in stages??? What if a room HADN´T become available??? What was he gonna do then? YES. For some reason we ARE being fed a line of bee ess. Big league.
A Texas judge denied a motion for a mistrial Wednesday from lawyers for the former priest accused of murdering a beauty queen in 1960, multiple outlets report. John Feit, 84, of Scottsdale, Arizona, is charged with first-degree murder in the beating, rape and suffocation of 25-year-old Irene Garza more than 57 years ago in one of the most highly publicized and sensational cases in Texas history. Feit, who was a 27-year-old visiting priest at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in McAllen, Texas, at the time of the killing, is accused of beating Garza, sexually assaulting her and suffocating her after allegedly putting her
(Video) Rep. Jim Jordan asks FBI director Christopher Wray whether Peter Strzok, the FBI agent who was fired by the Mueller investigation for sending "anti-Trump text messages," was involved with getting a warrant to spy on members of the Trump campaign. Jordan posits that Strzok was the agent who used the Steele dossier to obtain a warrant from a FISA court to spy on members of the Trump campaign. REP. JIM JORDAN: My hunch is it has something to do with the dossier Did Peter Strzok help produce and present the application to the FISA court to secure a warrant to spy on
(Video) Justice Neil Gorsuch finally told the truth about wedding cakes during a contentious argument about a Christian baker’s refusal to create a custom wedding cake for a gay couple planning their nuptials. Gorsuch admitted that wedding cakes just aren’t good. “In fact, I have yet to have a wedding cake that I would say tastes great,” he said, to laughter in the courtroom. (Snip) Gorsuch’s broader point was that some creation serves both utilitarian and speech interests. The primary purpose of cake is consumption, but it might also convey creative expression. This is true of other businesses involved in a wedding
The Swedish government has released new figures showing that 84 per cent of migrants tested who claimed to be children were adults. Between mid-March and late October, the Swedish government had The National Board of Forensic Medicine (Rättsmedicinalverket) carry out a total of 7,858 age assessments to find out if migrants were being truthful about their age. The tests revealed that 6,628 were likely 18 or older (84%), with a further 112 “possibly” 18 or older, the BBC reports. However, not ever migrant under suspicion could be examined, due their being missing their wisdom teeth or incapable of undergoing other tests, like MRI
A whistleblower told Rep Ron DeSantis that he witnessed a senior FBI executive suggest the FBI had a personal motive and targeted Flynn with the purpose of ruining his career. A video of this exchange between FBI brass and agents commenting on ruining Flynn’s career may exist. (Snip)Hannity and Carter also suggest Flynn may have been tricked into having the interview with Strzok without a lawyer. According to another source, with direct knowledge of the Jan. 24 interview, McCabe had contacted Flynn by phone directly at the White House. White House officials had spent the “earlier part of the week
The return of powerful winds Thursday pushed the destructive Ventura County fire closer to several communities, prompting new evacuations. Communities both on the coast and inland were under threat. At 4 a.m., officials closed the 101 Freeway between Routes 126 and 150. According to the California Highway Patrol, that left no open routes between Santa Barbara and Ventura counties. The Thomas fire has scorched about 90,000 acres and carved a path of destruction that stretches more than 10 miles from Santa Paula to the Pacific Ocean. As flames raged toward neighborhoods in Ojai, Carpinteria and Fillmore, officials issued new evacuation
The often desperate measures foreigners take to enter our borders—crossing deserts being packed into trucks, and surviving unspeakable brutalities—rightly provoke our anger and evoke our pity. Because of the pathos involved in this kind of illegal entry, we often overlook the fact that there is a far safer and common way for would-be illegals to enter our country. It is a method of entry that should produce even more anger and disgust because of its blatant opportunism; even as it is more likely to result in arrangements that could be mutually profitable. Some enterprising persons (both foreigners and citizens) have
Former FBI Director James Comey is tweeting about justice and liberty. He accompanies his tweets with creepy selfies, and the context suggests he is colluding with his conflicted friend, Special Counsel Robert Mueller, in spirit if not in practice. Opinion columns heralding the intensification of Mueller’s investigation now flow like mighty rivers carrying with them a new toxic debris: in place of the once vaunted “Russian collusion” is now the paltry charge of obstruction of justice. We all know the Left’s narrative. When President Trump asked Comey if he could go easy on Flynn for lying to the FBI and then subsequently
Don´t feud with Donald Trump. Too many have and wound up worse for wear. I gave 26 examples. No. 27 may be Robert Mueller, who has wasted the last seven months trying to frame President Trump. Mueller has nothing -- and is losing his reputation. Trump cannot fire Mueller. That would make him a martyr. On July 21, I wrote: President Trump needs to fire Robert Mueller -- but in a manner in which his enemies in Congress do not turn around and hire the Big Leak back. Trump has to make Mueller too toxic to touch. The plan is to investigate the investigator. And that
Economist Edward N. Woolf published a paper that shows that under Barack Obama, the wealthiest 1% increased their share of America´s wealth to 40%. The Washington Post blamed President Trump for what Obama did.Hilarious. From the Washington Post: The richest 1 percent now owns more of the country’s wealth than at any time in the past 50 years The paper is owned by the richest man on Earth. More from the Post: The wealthiest 1 percent of American households own 40 percent of the country´s wealth, according to a new paper by economist Edward N. Woolf. That share is higher
Groping for a way to move Democrats a seat closer to taking the Senate, Al Franken may be taking one for the team by resigning for being an ass. As I outlined last month, Franken would resign to try to hurt Republican Judge Roy Moore´s chances in next week´s Senate election in Alabama. A Democratic governor will appoint Franken´s successor for a net gain of one seat for Democrats. At 66, Franken has only 8 years seniority and has no prospects to be in Senate leadership. It is either run for president -- ha! -- or play the string out. Trump came
Don’t be so caught up watching the granules moving at your feet that you fail to step back and recognize the entire landscape is shifting. It Has Begun… and there’s so much of it, it’s hard to believe it is just another Wednesday. (Snip)In the past week, President Trump has held three full cabinet meetings. Why? Because common sense would tell us he’s executing an omnidirectional strategic agenda-push, and direct communication is critical. * Tomorrow FBI Director Christopher Wray is going to testify to the House Judiciary Committee. The MAGA-allies in the House are positioned to bring all of the
A number of US athletes have spoken out against Donald Trump during his presidency -- and skier Lindsey Vonn has become the latest to have her say. Targeting Olympic gold at February´s Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, Vonn is in St. Moritz, Switzerland, where she spoke passionately about what it means to compete for the US ski team. "Well I hope to represent the people of the United States, not the president," Vonn told CNN´s Alpine Edge. The 33-year-old Vonn is getting ready for the final act of a long and illustrious career. As well as competing for a second Olympic gold
Labelling millennials ´snowflakes´ is damaging their mental health, research claims. The controversial term is now fashionable to use when describing young adults who are seen as taking offence easily and emotionally vulnerable. Almost three quarters of 16-24 year olds surveyed believe the moniker is unfair and are adamant it could negatively affect their mental health.
Rumors that the Republican National Committee was built on the site of an ancient moron burial ground gained new credence this week when it confirmed that it was renewing its support for Alabama´s Republican Senate candidate Roy Moore. I shouldn’t joke, because the worst thing about the RNC’s decision isn’t the stupidity — though the stupidity is real, and spectacular — but the moral obscenity. Last month, the RNC and the National Republican Senatorial Committee pulled out of their joint fundraising agreements because Moore had been credibly accused by several women of having preyed upon them when they were teenagers,
On Tuesday night, Barack Obama did the inevitable when speaking at the Economic Club of Chicago: he dropped the worn out “Trump is Hitler” comparison for everyone’s enjoyment. Obama spent a lot of time talking about being a “citizen of the world,” according to Crain’s Chicago Business. The former president boasted about saving “a million lives” thanks to his efforts in the Ebola outbreak in Africa. (Snip) The danger is "grow(ing) complacent," Obama said. "We have to tend to this garden of democracy or else things could fall apart quickly." That´s what happened in Germany in the 1930s, which despite the democracy
DEVELOPING: Calling it “the worst day of his political life,” Sen. Al Franken said Thursday he will resign from the U.S. Senate following a wave of sexual misconduct allegations against him. Minnesota Public Radio reported late Wednesday he would resign, though Franken’s office pushed back saying it wasn’t a done deal yet. It will be up to Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton to appoint a successor. (Snip) Multiple sources reported that the likely candidate could be Democratic Lt. Gov. Tina Smith, a close ally of Franken. Any successor, if he steps down, would serve until a special election is held in
WASHINGTON — John Conyers III, who was endorsed by his father on Tuesday to succeed him in the House, was arrested in February after his girlfriend suffered knife cuts during an argument. Mr. Conyers, in an interview Wednesday, tried to head off a possibly disqualifying scandal just a day after his father resigned from Congress amid multiplying allegations of sexual harassment. As issues of sexual harassment and abuse roil Washington, any violent altercation against a woman could doom his effort to take the seat that his father held since 1965. The younger Mr. Conyers said that the couple began arguing around 3
Sen. John McCain´s (R-Ariz.) former presidential campaign manager, Steve Schmidt, said early Thursday that President Trump was "clearly slurring his words" during an announcement that the U.S. will recognize Jerusalem as the Israeli capital, adding that "the impairment is chilling." "I don’t know the cause of it, but when you combine it with [Sen.] Bob Corker’s critique that the president of the United States is unstable, that he’s dangerous, when you look at the private comments that are made by members of Congress around his stability, you look at his actions in recent weeks," said Schmidt, who is also an
How is it possible that Hillary Clinton escaped criminal indictment for mishandling classified documents despite incriminating evidence that she violated the Espionage Act? Why did Donald Trump become the target of a criminal investigation for allegedly conspiring with Russia to influence the presidential election despite no evidence that he ever did so? The answer, it seems, comes down to one person who played a vital role in both cases: Peter Strzok, deputy director of counterintelligence at the FBI. Strzok was exchanging politically charged texts with an FBI lawyer that denigrated Trump and lauded Clinton at the same time he was
We already know Steve Bannon believes that politics is war. But during the course of his speech at an Alabama rally for Roy Moore this week, he gave the country an ugly lesson in what scorched-earth political warfare really entails. (Snip)Still, despite all the fun he’s having attacking his favorite targets and boosting Moore, Bannon has to be aware that he isn’t winning his war on McConnell. Try as he might to deny it, he knows McConnell is now more important to Trump than the Breitbart attack machine is. It was McConnell’s successful maneuvering and negotiating that gave Trump his
Former President Barack Obama is taking credit for the robust economic growth that is taking place under President Trump. At a conference of mayors in Chicago, Mr. Obama congratulated himself Tuesday for strong employment numbers in the U.S. this year, saying his climate-change policies have contributed to growth. “As we took these actions, we saw the U.S. economy grow consistently,” Mr. Obama said. “We saw the longest streak of job creation in American history by far, a streak that still continues by the way.” He added wryly, “Thanks, Obama.” The stock market has gained about 30 percent in value since
Sen. Al Franken took a quick glance up at a jam-packed Senate press gallery as he entered the chamber Thursday, preparing to ask Alaska Sen. Dan Sullivan, who was presiding over the chamber, to allow him to make the speech that would end his political career. A senator who has long dodged questions from reporters, he finally had one for them. "Ready?" And with that, Franken, D-Minn., set out on his farewell address to the Senate — a 12-minute speech where he continued to proclaim his innocence against eight women who have accused him of sexual misconduct in recent weeks.
Democratic Rep. John Lewis of Georgia is refusing to attend the Thursday opening of the Mississippi Civil Rights museum since President Donald Trump will be there. Lewis, who played a crucial role in ushering in civil rights for black Americans, will not be speaking at the opening because Trump’s presence is an insult to the men and women represented in the museum, Time reported. (Snip) The ceremony is planned for Saturday to celebrate the 200-year anniversary of Mississippi entering the union. Republican Gov. Phil Bryant extended an invitation to the president to attend, sparking a wave of outrage from various