"You couldn't bring out your set with no hip-hop, because the pistols would go [gunshot noises]"—KRS-One
To quote the legendary Mike Damone, I woke up in a good mood, and I don't know what the hell happened.
Just yesterday, I was remarking to someone that every day you wake up there's some new awful thing that's happened—a new miserable experience, if you will—so you can hardly be surprised to hear that something bad happened overnight.
These days, you gotta be glad just to wake up in the morning. You could very easily Pimp C yourself. It's part of the reason I don't drink prescription cough syrup.
Still, I was kinda surprised to see that the deadliest mass shooting in American history took place at a country music festival on the Las Vegas strip late on a Sunday night. So many aspects of this tragedy don't make any sense.
For starters, who even knew there was a country music festival in Las Vegas this weekend? It doesn't make sense that there would be a country music festival, because all the songs sound the same, making a weekend-long concert difficult for even the most dedicated fans.
I guess it's still warm enough in Las Vegas in October to have an outdoors concert at night, in October. When the Art of Rap festival was there this summer, it was something ridiculous like 120 degrees out. That, and a hardboiled egg, contributed to Prodigy's demise.
As I'm writing this, the death toll has been increased to at least 50, making it the deadliest mass shooting in US history, ahead of that gay night club in Orlando, at 49. And keep in mind, 5-0 waited like six hours to intervene in Orlando. They weren't sure what was going on in there. LOL
Last night's shooting in Las Vegas will be difficult—and hence might take a few years—to top. You can't just pick 50 people off sniper-style. You need a large mass of people assembled in an at least somewhat enclosed location that you can target from a perch at a separate, nearby location.
The guy who pulled this off was either a tactical genius or an aggrieved redneck who happened to have a shedload of automatic firepower in a nearby hotel room, just in case. (You never can be too safe.)
The very first thing I read about the guy, Stephen Paddock, on Twitter (natch), is that he's a Democrat, anti-Trump, a big fan of the Rachel Maddow show and a member of Antifa. But that can't be true, right? Why would a member of Antifa be a big fan of the Rachel Maddow show?
Paddock had a jumpoff, described by 5-0 as a "companion," who appears to be a Filipina, possibly someone he had sent here in a shipping container. You'd think that would preclude him from being sexually frustrated, which is the cause of most white-perpetrated mass shootings.
The companion has been located by the police, so maybe she can shed some light on this guy's rationale. Presumably, whatever happened didn't have anything to do with her, though I'll point out that if she'd been doing her job it would have been impossible for him to shoot that many people.