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    Well, to be fair to the Somalis, there are lots of Americans that can't tell that a woman is mentally incapacitated after a 4 year period, too.
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    Meh. Harris never had any to lose. Six of one, half a dozen of the other. Never in the country's history has the president more obviously been a puppet, and Kamala would have the same people yanking the strings.
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    FWIW, Wray followed up on that later and said that the shooter climbed up some equipment and ductwork/piping to get onto the roof.
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    Yesterday, 02:14 PM
    Picked up again here after the Netanyahu address:
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    In Wray's testimony today, he was asked a couple of times about his interactions with the VP related to border security and the incoming threats. He dodged when asked if she requested any meetings with him. Then, he mentioned that she was present at some meetings along with others, but couldn't describe any specific interactions with her as the lead of the border situation. She is a political machine. She knows how to cozy up to people to increase her political stature. She has zero concept of policy or really 'working' of any kind. These issues are just a means to establish her posture.
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    To be clear, it's even worse than that. The FBI Director testified that they are only investigating the shooter - they are not investigating the security lapses that allowed the shooter to get off the shots. They're letting the internal Secret Service investigators do that piece. Yep - we will NEVER know what happened.
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    Put those people in the positive category. These are people who need the press to tell them what they should think. And guess what the press is telling them?
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    Yesterday, 12:33 PM
    So, the FBI Director just testified to Congress that he had a scope (although, he was a little unsure). But seriously, I don't practice as often as I once did, but I could EASILY hit a balloon at 150 yards with an AR-15 without a scope. Probably 9 times outta 10 depending on the wind (which was low that day). I think the more likely scenario of failure was not the shot itself, but that some local law enforcement guy or some crowd member interupted his ability to even get onto the roof. In that case, the story would have been, "A gunman attempted to sneak an AR-15 into Trump rally".
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    Sure. But none of that addresses jmdrake's point. If they wanted him dead, he would be. Maybe Lee Harvey Oswald was in Dealey Plaza and maybe he wasn't, but in any case there was more than one gunman. They wanted Kennedy dead and he died. They obviously wanted something or none of it would have happened. Let's look at some other history. Bush's friend John Hinckley's retarded son popped Reagan with a .22. Of course it didn't kill him. But it seems to have sent him a message. He was a willing dupe for everything from Iran-Contra to Star Wars from then forward. Perhaps that's a relevant sample of their psychotic past behavior to consider. Reagan and Trump have something in common. No other Republican presidents in my lifetime have managed to lay claim on the unthinking affection of GOP voters that they did. That gives an attention whore ideas that they don't need to listen to the people who put them where they are any more. Those of us with eyes to see how he was sold to us in 2016 know Trump is on the reservation. But that doesn't mean they couldn't make up their minds to take steps to keep him there.
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    Yesterday, 10:11 AM
    So, their experience has shown them that failures don't get punished. I really don't think the intention was for the kid to miss, but if that low probability did happen, they'd go into CYA mode like they are now with no (or very low) repercussions. That's not a difficult shot and if Trump didn't turn his head, that's a direct hit. Brains blown out on live TV right before the convention. Then, calls for national unity. Some other puppet for the MIC takes over, civil unrest is quelled. More power and wealth gets transferred to government to "ensure our safety". And a whole host of other horrors that exist in that timeline. But a low probability failure?? You get exactly what you're seeing now. Administrative CYA, plausible deniability, shake-ups on the DNC (which most likely would have happened anyway, but in a different way), and a push to move on. Also, I've watched The Boys. The last season really jumped the shark - they even had to put disclaimers on the last episode because it tracked too closely to real events. :)
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    So far, pretty frustrating how each agency limits their scope to one piece or another. It allows them to deflect responsibility entirely.
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    To be clear, I think speculation is ok for these forums as long as we clearly state it as such. We just need to be cautious. It tends to send people down erroneous rabbit holes when it's thrown out there like some kind of revelation. I have seen no credible evidence for a second shooter, a shattered teleprompter, anyone on the water tower, or the involvement of Maxwell Yearick. I HAVE seen lots of evidence of head-scratching security lapses that coincided with a 20-year old kid that somehow negotiated his way through them.
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    Yesterday, 08:57 AM
    Unlike the Gretchen Whitmer set up, though, dead men tell no tales. And you're relying on government to investigate government to undercover the links. Meanwhile, they've covered their tracks so that no one other than a government agency would be able to find the connections.
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    Have you ever read the book, Nudge, by Cass Sunstein and Richard Thaler? Their concept they ironically dubbed, "libertarian paternalism", was highly touted by Barack Obama. Anyway, in that book, they suggest that you only to give nudges and allow people to operate according to the incentives you've laid before them. And it's up to governments to lay out the incentives that work to government's favor. Anyway, back to this case, just to show a conspiratorial way this would be done. They have an impressionable kid on SSRI's that visits a gun range. <Side anecdote, I went to a gun range outside of DC in my teens and I was approached by strangers there that wanted to chat about my political beliefs (I had LP license plates on my truck) - not saying they were agents, but they looked like agents. I even made friends with a guy and we'd meet up there to shoot together until he got too pushy and got angry at me for missing some times that he wanted to shoot. Then, he ghosted me entirely and I never saw him again. Could have just been an asshole.> Anyway, they have records of this kid's medical diagnoses, they have records of his range visits and they have records of his online activity. They don't need to ORDER him to do anything, nor do they need to give him the right weapons. The asset will figure that stuff out on his own. They only need to give the proper nudges. "Did you know Trump's having a rally in Butler?" Kid looks up the rally. "I heard the security is so lax at that place - no one's even gonna be watching that AGR building". Agent tracks his phone and sees that the kid is doing recon, so he reports back. They coordinate an opening at the AGR building and let the kid do his thing. Again, not saying this is how it happened, but it very easily could have.
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So, you take a sniff, mistake an anti-Fed argument for a minimum wage argument, and jump off board? Do you think victims of inflation and the systematic destruction of manufacturing jobs should be stripped of the right to vote, but corporations should get to vote even though they are things, not people? You say government is the problem, not the corporations, but I don't see you acknowledging who or what it is that is paying the lobbyists to make the particular bribes they make.

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Did a delay in response give the gunman more time? Cops face questions over why it took three hours for SWAT teams to storm Orlando nightclub as police chief admits officers may have shot some of the VICTIMS

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I just can't decide who to vote for in the presidential race. They're both just so perfect! I can't believe it. Things are just going so well I never considered firing the president, but this Romney guy is just such a temptation!

Romney promises us more war. Obama promised us just the opposite, but that's ok, because he saw Dubya's two wars and raised us three police actions. I think that's a wonderful thing, and can't wait for the next one. I heard somewhere that with six you

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Once upon a time, there was a thing called the Interstate Commerce Commission. It was founded to prevent kamikaze capitalism amongst railroads in a day when their efficiencies and primitive technology pretty much guaranteed them a monopoly in viable transportation.

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