Footnotes: Videos emerge in the Austin bombings and in the Las Vegas shooting

· March 22, 2018  
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Mass Shooting At Mandalay Bay In Las Vegas Leaves At Least 50 Dead
LAS VEGAS, NV - OCTOBER 02: Drapes blow through two broken windows on the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino where a gunman reportedly opened fire through the windows on to the Route 91 Harvest country music fesival, October 2, 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Stephen Paddock, 64, of Mesquite, Nevada, allegedly opened fire from the room on the music festival, leaving at least 58 people dead and over 500 injured. According to reports, Paddock killed himself at the scene. (Photo by Denise Truscello/Getty Images)

Money, it’s a gas

“2,232 pages. $1.3 trillion. 48 hours.”

1. The omnibus spending bill is a joke.
[Here are the top 10 problems with the bill, in case you haven’t broken anything in anger yet today]

2. Sen. Mike Lee is urging his Senate colleagues to vote against the bill.
[Also urging Americans not to vote for members who vote for the bill]

3. Only 25 House Republicans tried to procedurally stop the bill.
[Bet you won’t be surprised by who’s on the list!]

Videos paint invisible portraits of killers

Videos of the Vegas shooter and the Austin bomber exist

1. Late last night, word broke that the Austin bomber left a sort of “confession” video on his phone, but offered little insight into his motives.
[“… it is the outcry of a very challenged individual …”]

2. Then, this morning, the NY Times released an exclusive video montage of the Vegas shooter from CCTV footage the paper has obtained.
[The haunting images flash before you, and while we know the ending, the videos paint a picture that still doesn’t seem to add up]

3. Even harder to watch is a minute-by-minute picture painted through cellphone videos that the NYT also spliced together.
[Watching these two videos in succession leaves me with a lot of questions and a math problem]

Steven Crowder LIVE

#LwC invades SMU tonight

1. Steven Crowder will be LIVE tonight at SMU in Dallas. If you’re in the area, you can sign up for the #MugClub ON SITE starting at 6pm. Then, bring your mug to the event in order to bypass the line in the #SwagLane.
[If you can’t make it, you can always watch it live on CRTV]

Trump v. Biden

The battle for the presidency. No, seriously, like they want to fight

1. POTUS and the former veep traded jabs on Twitter about literally trading jabs.
[2018 is the most 2016 year ever]

Social media ostracizing guns

It started quietly and is building to a crescendo

1. YouTube is ramping up its crackdown on gun videos.
[Channels have been told the new rules are retroactive, making them take down previously allowed videos, and they have only 30 days to comply]

2. One channel’s content, or at least some of it, is moving to a different site: P*rnHub.
[This link is safe; it goes to Twitter, and they link — beyond that, I can’t make promises]

Is “covfefe” still a thing?

1. Coffee: Lids for disposable cups are very complicated.
[This is eye-opening … heh, you know, like coffee. Please laugh.]

2. 17: The Stoneman Douglas hockey team had to compete for the state championship in the wake of the school shooting that took 17 of their classmates.
[Watch the moving special about how they played for their school and community]

3. Butthead: And his pal Beavis may be coming back to the big screen.
[Mike Judge is looking to reboot his two most famous shows]

4. Canada: The government of Canada looks to move away from using “mother” and “father.”
[Although their first directive to do so left a lot of people confused — sorry!]

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Author: Joseph Koss

Joseph Koss is the editor of Footnotes, a daily newsletter sent to over 100,000 readers. He is also the digital editor in charge of Twitter for CR and CRTV. His passions include fly fishing, Flannery O’Connor, and bourbon.