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  • Austin bomber had 'target list,' used 'very unique' batteries purchased from Asia, McCaul says

    03/22/2018 10:13:12 AM PDT · 18 of 66
    livius to caww

    Yes, I think he was crazy and didn’t have any ideological motivation - except that crazy people sometimes hate the good.

    The first two people he killed were both black men who seem to have been involved in an altruistic “clean up Austin” campaign. One package (the elderly Hispanic lady) seems to have been a mistake, and as for the others that were sent through FedEx, their addressees haven’t been released, nor has the address and residents of the place with the tripwire.

    The other weird thing was that he posted angry things about people being punished for too long as sex offenders. His father was a retired FBI agent, who seems to have had the same name as an FBI agent who was removed and imprisoned after his involvement in the sexual abuse of two young pre-teen girls (prior to becoming an FBI agent) was revealed. I don’t know if the two names relate to the same person, but if they do, at some point the father had served his sentence and returned to his family.

    At this point the facts are unclear, but I’d say the bomber was a very angry, reclusive person (home schooled alone by his mother outside of a regular home-school network) who hated the “normal” world and hated the good because he felt he couldn’t join either one of them.

    So I don’t care, if he weren’t already dead, I’d want him executed immediately, but I think looking at the motivations might be interesting.

  • [Catholic Caucus] ‘Dictator Pope’ author Henry Sire suspended from Order of Malta

    03/22/2018 9:57:41 AM PDT · 8 of 14
    livius to I want the USA back

    I have it on my Kindle and I’ve been reading it - very illuminating. It’s not a rant, but a carefully researched analysis of Bergoglio, his past and his friends - and what hatred and confusion in his own mind is making him and enabling him to destroy the Church.

  • [Catholic Caucus] Lettergate produces a casualty: Msgr. Viganò. Well… not quite.

    03/21/2018 8:11:03 AM PDT · 3 of 5
    livius to Servant of the Cross

    No doubt! Poor BXVI - one insult following another.

    Francis essentially said, in his letter, that he regretted having to accept the resignation because Vigano had been doing such a wonderful job and therefore, in order not to lose such an excellent and knowledgeable person, he was creating a special new position for him (second in command to the very same office that he messed up) so that he could continue to “assist” the department. Hardly a resignation or even really a demotion.

    So in other words, Francis is signaling that he’s on board with the whole thing and it was all cool.

  • Reddit user claims to be Austin bomber, compares himself to 'Zodiac Killer'

    03/21/2018 12:00:36 AM PDT · 66 of 73
    livius to Cold Heart

    I didn’t realize that the Zodiac had become some kind of sick folk hero, or at any rate in TV land. What a horrible thought.

  • Reddit user claims to be Austin bomber, compares himself to 'Zodiac Killer'

    03/20/2018 7:44:46 PM PDT · 7 of 73
    livius to conservative98

    I think this poster is a nutcase, but he’s obviously an older nutcase and probably from California or someplace in the West. Young people wouldn’t know about the Zodiac Killer, and somebody from the East would think of the Mad Bomber first.

  • Austin bomb explodes in Goodwill store

    03/20/2018 7:33:42 PM PDT · 164 of 197
    livius to NautiNurse

    Goodwill’s whole purpose is to hire people with handicaps. I ran a group home at one point where most of our people went to work in one of their sheltered workshops - that is, a place for people who couldn’t even deal with public contact. But we had one resident who was more able and he worked with the public. A nice guy and a good employee, but just somebody who wasn’t quite up to coping with decisions on his own.

    Our local Publix hires a lot of folks like this as baggers, and they’re wonderful and helpful.

  • Site of huge Iron Age feast celebration found on Orkney

    03/20/2018 5:16:57 PM PDT · 27 of 27
    livius to Pilsner

    Well, feasting and economic depletion works too, and it’s sure a lot less bloody!

  • [Catholic Caucus] Brazilian bishop arrested, accused of stealing $600,000

    03/20/2018 4:35:58 PM PDT · 6 of 11
    livius to dangus

    I read something about him in the Spanish press, and yes, there were problems before he went to this diocese. He may be corrupt or he may just be incompetent.

  • [Catholic Caucus] Brazilian bishop arrested, accused of stealing $600,000

    03/20/2018 4:17:20 PM PDT · 2 of 11
    livius to ebb tide

    He’ll be OK. Any FOF (Friend of Francis) is always just fine and doesn’t have to worry about anything.

  • Mass Deporting of Dreamers and Other "Illegals" Would Help No One and Hurt Everybody

    03/20/2018 4:16:06 PM PDT · 31 of 98
    livius to Amberdawn

    I was very hopeful when I saw some Hispanic group hold a protest outside of Nancy Pelosi’s office (protesting because the Dems are opposing Trump’s generous offer). But I guess the Dem party bosses have gotten them back in line.

    Seriously, Trump was willing to work with them - but the Dems don’t want him to get the favorable press. So they keep moving the goal posts, going from this mysterious group they refer to as the “Dreamers” to total unrestricted immigration from every hell-hole in the universe, mostly the Middle East because what they really want is more Muslims.

  • Minneapolis Officer Charged With Murder in Australian Woman’s Death

    03/20/2018 3:59:52 PM PDT · 24 of 40
    livius to zeestephen

    This guy was a marginal cop, probably wouldn’t have been there if he hadn’t been Somali, and already had several complaints against him.

    The problem is that the police departments feel they have to take on people like him and even keep them despite the fact that they are clearly unsuited to the job. That doesn’t mean that there are no Somalis that could make good cops, but simply that he wasn’t one of them and they couldn’t get rid of him for political reasons.

  • Mass Deporting of Dreamers and Other "Illegals" Would Help No One and Hurt Everybody

    03/20/2018 3:57:09 PM PDT · 3 of 98
    livius to kathsua

    Trump doesn’t want to deport them. He has offered the Dems deal after deal, but they think that if they refuse, he will have to enforce the law and it will get him negative press. But the Dems are the ones responsible for not getting a good agreement, because Trump has been very accommodating.

  • Cop who shot bride-to-be is charged with murder

    03/20/2018 3:07:54 PM PDT · 37 of 44
    livius to DoodleDawg

    Err...that’s what I was saying.

  • Dear Uber, et al. Vehicles need human drivers

    03/20/2018 2:54:53 PM PDT · 95 of 147
    livius to rktman

    We have that in my area all the time.

    A couple of years ago, some wacko group started putting up “ghost bikes” - that is, getting old bikes, spray painting them white, and attaching them to sign or light posts. This was to commemorate all the “bicyclists killed by drivers.”

    The fact that the bicyclists were virtually all drunk or on drugs, most of them homeless people trying to wobble back to their bushes with absolutely no awareness that they were about to emerge into a major street, seems to be forgotten.

    The drivers were just sober drivers doing the speed limit and suddenly these people emerged from nowhere.

    Naturally, we’ve had horrible drivers, more and more of them stoned, now that pot is basically legal, who have simply run over people. But the majority of the time, it has been “homeless” people just staggering out in front of the traffic or across the train tracks in front of the train. Some of these are suicides, btw. A sad situation.

  • Site of huge Iron Age feast celebration found on Orkney

    03/20/2018 2:08:39 PM PDT · 19 of 27
    livius to piasa

    Very good info. I think a lot of people know noting about this. Virtually all of the indigenous peoples - when the Europeans arrived in the New World - were doing this.

    But what we have forgotten is that even as late as the 16th century, this was done in Europe. The Spanish court was the first one to become settled and tied to a place, but before that, all courts moved around, staying not only at one of their own palaces or royal monasteries, but with unfortunate local counts or other petty nobility - who were expected to put on a massive feast for the entire countryside that would virtually bankrupt the hosts.

    But that was actually part of the strategy.

  • Cop who shot bride-to-be is charged with murder

    03/20/2018 1:36:07 PM PDT · 31 of 44
    livius to DoodleDawg

    Oh stop it with this anti-cop stuff. I have LEO officer family, and believe me, they are very careful with everything and hate brutal cops. But most of the time, it is the cop-assaulters who are let off (such as the recent paroling in NYC of a cop killer who had lured two officers to the site with a 911 call).

    The police are terrified of firing a shot, especially if the person appears to be in a “protected class.” However, in this case, it was a “minority” cop who killed a person who clearly was no threat, and I think he did it because of his background and because he’d been hired as affirmative action. He already had a number of complaints against him, but the MPS police didn’t dare fire him because of the pressure that would be put on them.

  • Smithsonian moves Michelle Obama portrait to larger space over high demand

    03/20/2018 1:28:20 PM PDT · 43 of 72
    livius to Simon Green

    But it doesn’t even look remotely like her. It’s what she would want to look like, I’m sure, but in reality, there’s no resemblance.

    The flattering portrait painter of the past has gotten himself a new contract.

  • Christine Quinn bashes ‘unqualified lesbian’ Cynthia Nixon

    03/20/2018 12:55:20 PM PDT · 37 of 46
    livius to EdnaMode

    Huh? Just when you think it couldn’t get any weirder...

  • Stormy Daniels passed a lie detector test about her affair with Trump: Report

    03/20/2018 12:54:07 PM PDT · 24 of 169
    livius to SeekAndFind

    May I be about the 50 millionth person to say “who cares”?

    This is between him and his wife. It has nothing to do with anything in the real world.

  • Dear Uber, et al. Vehicles need human drivers

    03/20/2018 11:25:38 AM PDT · 29 of 147
    livius to rktman

    The photo posted above may be something else, since the person who was killed in this incident was a pedestrian, probably a homeless person (and probably drunk or on drugs), who had wandered out into the road from between two parked cars. And there actually was a human driver in the car.

    The car was going 38 in a 35 mph zone, which is pretty normal for a human driver, and the human driver didn’t react in time.

    Self driving cars are still a work in progress, so the human driver is put in as a back-up.

    However, one of the problems is that even for non-self driving cars, vehicle-pedestrian accidents are way up, and one of the reasons suggested is that there are simply so many drugged or drunk “homeless” pedestrians wandering the streets and roads that the possibility of hitting one has increased a lot since these cars were designed.

    I think they might have to make it supersensitive, but if even a human being who had the controls as well didn’t have time to intervene, I’d say this was an unpreventable fatality. Streets are streets and roads are roads - meant for vehicles.