Miss. Shooting Rampage, Europe on Its Own
Monday, May 29, 2017
Vol. 6, No.140
Nation: A Mississippi man is under arrest after a house-to-house shooting rampage that left eight people dead, including a sheriff’s deputy and two children. The suspect is Willie Corey Godbolt of Bogue Chitto, who later told a newspaper reporter, “I ain’t fit to live, not after what I done.”
Police said Godbolt got into a dispute with his wife and members of her family when someone else present called the police. A deputy sheriff was shot dead when he arrived. “They cost him his life,” Godbolt told the reporter from The Clarion-Legder while sitting handcuffed.
Godbolt, who was wounded, said he didn’t intend to be taken alive. “My intentions was to have God kill me. Suicide by cop was my intention.”
Foreign Policy: Speaking yesterday after President Trump’s trip to the Middle East and Europe, German Chancellor Angela Merkel said that Europe “really must take our fate into our own hands.” It was a blunt response to President Trump’s mercurial relationship with NATO and the European Union and his “America First” credo. Merkel, who is Europe’s unofficial leader, told a packed beer hall rally in Munich that the days when her continent could rely on others was “over to a certain extent. This is what I have experienced in the last few days.” What she experienced was Donald Trump.
Fake President: Somebody get the President of the United States a fidget spinner, please.
President Trump went on a twitter rampage yesterday against the press in light of recent stories that say his son-in-law Jared Kushner is under investigation.
In a trail of three tweets Trump said, “It is my opinion that many of the leaks coming out of the White House are fabricated lies made up by the #FakeMedia media.” Well, they are either leaks or they are lies, but they can’t be both.
Trump went on, “Whenever you see the words ‘sources say’ in the fake news media, and they don’t mention names…. it is very possible that those sources don’t exist but are made up by fake news writers. #FakeNews is the enemy!”
Hours later, he said, “The Fake News Media works hard at disparaging & demeaning my use of social media because they don’t want America to hear the real story!”
Survivor: White House: Several news outlets report that Trump is contemplating a shakeup in his shaky administration. The president is said to be considering a comeback for his former campaign manager, Corey Lewandowski, and former deputy campaign manager, David Bossie. Familiar names that could be on the way out are political adviser Steve Bannon, Chief of Staff, Reince Priebus, Counsel Don McGhan, and Press Secretary Sean Spicer.
Son-in-law Jared Kushner may not be safe, either. There’s the Russia thing, and recent newspaper stories describing Kushner as a real estate magnate who’s a nasty and litigious apartment landlord. Trump felt the need last night to issue a defensive statement. “Jared is doing a great job for the country,” Trump said. “I have total confidence in him. He is respected by virtually everyone and is working on programs that will save our country billions of dollars. In addition to that, and perhaps more importantly, he is a very good person.”
Hermit Kingdom: North Korea has launched yet another ballistic missile that came down in the Sea of Japan in an area travelled by Japanese cargo and fishing boats.
Speed: Takuma Sato, a journeyman driver, became the first Japanese winner of the Indianapolis 500 on Sunday in what came down in the final minutes to a 230-mile-per-hour wheel-to-wheel contest against three-time winner Helio Castroneves.
The race was marred by a spectacular crash when driver Scott Dixon, the favorite to win, hit the car of Josh Howard and went airborne. Helio Castroneves actually drove under Dixon’s car while it was in the air. Dixon and Howard walked away.