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FAKE NEWS ALERT! Gateway Pundit has finally jumped the shark of believability. Everyone occasionally makes mistakes in journalism, but this is so bad I don't think they can make a comeback from this.  Gateway Pundit identified the wrong man as the Vegas shooter before pulling the story down but not before starting a firestorm on social media. The reason alt-media exists is because the mainstream media has been doing this for years. In the rush to be first they throw accuracy and truth right out the window. That's why alt-media began to rise and that's why we exist. The idea that alt-media is morphing into what looks like a copy of mainstream media is painful. Stop it, Jim Hoft. Just stop it. It's better to be accurate than first.

The misidentified man, Geary Danley, is suffering backlash from this bad report like death threats to his entire family. This is unconscionable. Gateway Pundit ought to offer a full=throated retraction and apology (NOT just disappear the story into the memory hole) and then, like The Federalist suggests, adopt a 72-hour rule after one of these events where nothing is said other than encouraging, positive thoughts for survivors in order to avoid this kind of major screwup. Hoft defends his actions by claiming that he's scooped the MSM on many occasions. That doesn't wash for me. Anyone can scoop the MSM without reporting false information. The MSM isn't known for their journalistic ability, and that's where we come in. We're supposed to be better than them, not use their failure as an excuse to be equally bad while giving ammunition to our enemies.


Well looky here ...

The committee vote is a significant step toward implementing President Trump's goal of building a border wall, which otherwise has been stalled. Trump himself agreed to delay money for the wall last month in order to quickly resolve a fight over raising the debt ceiling and extending federal spending for the first few months of the new fiscal year.


Media setting up all around the L.A. Federal Building where the Vegas shooter's girlfriend is being questioned. All were just patiently waiting, some were eating lunch. She's obviously going to be there for a while.

And now for something completely different...

State Dept. Spokesperson Heather Nauert addressed the Tillerson imbroglio at the State Dept. press briefing a short while ago.

"The secretary is committed to staying here at the State Dept.," Nauert said.

She also said that after Tillerson met with the president following his press conference, this morning, he told her: "It was a good conversation and they are all good."

Okay, everyone who has never called their boss a moron in a private conversation, raise your hand.

Megan, that comes down to "might he have taken Valium for anxiety?" and the answer is "yeah sure". But arguing that the Valium caused the mass shooting is unsupported to the point of being silly. There are something like 15 million Valium prescriptions in the US every year, and there's been one of these shootings ever.

The Alex "Consummate Ass" Jones chemtrails crowd has been pushing the notion that SSRIs cause these things for years, as has Scientology, but it's always based on a fairly silly fallacy: they note that some high percentage of mass shooters have taken SSRIs and other psychiatric drugs (although this is the first time I've seen diazepam connected to one.) The fallacy is that most all mass shooters have had psychiatric problems, and in this country, the first line of treatment is almost always psychiatric drugs.  So the observation is equivalent to noting that out of a population in which 95 percent of the people take SSRIs, 95 percent of the mass shooters have taken SSRIs.

Everyone would like to know how this happens. My own guess is they'll find he had a brain tumor, like Charles Whitman, but it's just a guess.

This was the best shot I could get of the chopper hovering over the federal building near me where the FBI is questioning the Vegas shooter's girlfriend. Heading over now to see if I can get any other pics.

Megan, you can count one for me.

I'm one of the 1 in 1000 whose cataract surgery didn't go well, so I'm not as comfortable driving as I once was. I also work 100 percent at home, my car is broken down, and I haven't been able to get it fixed or replace it.

Autonomous cars, especially ones from ride services, would be a big help.

Is anyone you know just dying for self-driving cars to take over our highways? No one I know has this on the top of their wish list which begs the question...what is the Senate doing? Don't they have other things to do? ex. BUILD THE WALL! What is the obsession with these cars? I don't get it.