This week on the big show, Fingers and Tracy discuss the shooting of Congressman Steve Scalise by crazed leftist James T. Hodgkinson, Finger’s trip to Disney World, and the massive fire in London.
While Fingers was in the happiest place on Earth, Congressman Steve Scalise and four others were shot by a crazed leftist named James T. Hodgkinson.
What could have possibly motivated 66 year-old James T. Hodgkinson to shoot at Republican members of Congress during an early morning baseball practice? We may never know. Oh wait, a simple skim through Hodgkinson’s Facebook posts reveals exactly what his motivations were. Too bad Facebook has removed his page. Too bad for Facebook, several people managed to both screen cap and archive Hodgkinson’s page before it was memory holed.
Here’s one of Hodgkinson’s Facebook profile photos, via a screen grab I was able to get before his page vanished.
Hodgkinson spent at least a month prior to the shooting living in his van and showering at the YMCA across the street from the baseball field where the shooting took place. From the New York Post:
Alexandria shooter James Hodgkinson lived out of a gym bag and hung out for the past month-and-a-half at the YMCA across the street from where he opened fire, according to a report Wednesday.
Bill Euille, former mayor of Alexandria, said he and Hodgkinson spoke almost every day at the Y, where the alleged gunman would be seen working on his laptop, the Washington Post reported.
“He was a very friendly person. But what I did notice about this gentleman is he’d open up his gym bag and in it, he had everything he owned,” said Euille, who lost his re-election bid last year. “He was living out of the gym bag. That, and he sat in the Y’s lobby for hours and hours. Outside of myself, I don’t think he knew anyone else in town.”
At least this psycho was friendly to the former Mayor of Alexandria.
In the wake of the shooting, CNN wasn’t about to miss an opportunity to make President Trump look bad. Via Jack Posobiec:
CNN’s Jim Acosta Tweeted fake news tonight and has not apologized for his hoaxing.
Acosta Tweeted, “WH official on hospital visit: “President Trump did not meet with Scalise and did not go into the room where Scalise is being treated.”
This was proven to be fake. Trump did visit Scalise. Numerous media outlets condemned Acosta for spreading his fake news.
Acosta has of course deleted the tweet in question, but he did tweet this out.
Thanks. The info was from a previous pool report which was later corrected. https://t.co/GqPCNKM0se
— Jim Acosta (@Acosta) June 15, 2017
So that’s that.
There was a massive fire in London this week. According to the AP:
With smoke still swirling around the charred remains of Grenfell Tower in west London, residents and community leaders demanded to know Wednesday how a ferocious fire could have swept through the high-rise apartment block with such speed that it killed at least 12 people.
The anger was particularly strong since activists had warned just seven months ago that fire safety procedures were so lax that only a catastrophic blaze would bring the scrutiny needed to make the building safe.
Fire and police officials have not specified what went wrong, but extensive video footage shows the flames climbing the exterior of the building at a remarkable pace.
“I’ve never seen a fire like that in my life,” said Joe Ruane, the former deputy chief fire officer for U.S. Air Force bases in Britain. “I’ve never seen that in a residential block.”
The 24-story public housing complex is owned by the local government council in the borough of Kensington and Chelsea and was completed in the 1970s. It is managed by the Kensington and Chelsea Tenant Management Organization, which spent 10 million pounds ($12.8 million) refurbishing the building over the last two years.
The renovation project included installation of insulated exterior cladding, double-glazed windows and a communal heating system. Investigators need to look at what materials were used in the project and who approved their use, Ruane said. But he said the speed with which the fire spread suggests that more than one fire protection safeguard failed.
The lesson; don’t expect the government to keep you safe.
And finally some good news from the Washington Free Beacon:
The House voted Tuesday to make it easier for the secretary of Veterans Affairs to fast-track the firing of federal employees for misconduct, sending the bill to the White House where President Donald Trump is expected to sign it into law this week.
Maybe, just maybe this will lead to a wave of firings across the bureaucracy.