Sunday Soothsayer 12/13/15

Time to bring you a look at the week ahead, but first let’s see how I did last week.

nailedit – Invest in gun makers.Or guns. You did, didn’t you?

nailedit – It’s been hotter/colder and wetter/dryer than it’s supposed to be. You know it’s true.

nailedit – “Donald Trump will say something that conventional wisdom will see as the issue that will bring about his inevitable downfall. It won’t.” He did, It didn’t.

nailedit – OK, President 0 called the actions terrorism, but went out of his was way to say Islam isn’t terroristic. Did I get this one right. Your call.

Regarding Josh Earnst’s trying to explain how an attack by Islamic terrorist is neither Islamic nor terrorism – I didn’t look to see what he said and I really don’t care.

missedit – Yes, I missed the Eagles beating the Patriots, but I don’t think Nostradamus or Jimmy the Greek could have gotten that one right.

On to this week.

  • You will be able to gauge just how geeky and awesome the people you know are by their level of excitement regarding the release of the new Star Wars movie. Those reactions will range from the something like the greeting your dog gives you when you’ve been gone for 12 hours to “Is that the one with the guy from the Priceline commercials?” – If you have friends in the later category; shoot first.
  • Divers searching the lake in San Bernardino will find 18 shopping carts, 47 Frisbees, Jeb Bush’s poll numbers, and absolutely no evidence that Islam is a religion of peace.
  • There will be as many stories discussing the moderators as there will be about the candidates following Tuesday night’s GOP debate. Bonus pick – CNN will suck.
  • You will hear “Grandma got run over by a reindeer” more often than “Joy to the World”. If you’re smart, you will question the rationale for this.
  • Someone will explain why the youngest voters are so enamored with the oldest candidate. OK, this is more a hope than a prediction. Anyone? Bueller?
  • Eagles over the Bills by 3. Once again defense and special teams will out-perform the offense. I’m OK with that as long as it goes in the W column.

Enjoy the week ahead knowing what it will bring.

San Bernardino Massacre

I saw early reports of the attack at the Inland Regional Center in San Bernardino about half way through my work shift yesterday. As is typical in these types of incidents, speculation was all over the place. It’s still the middle of the night in California as I write this, but facts are starting to replace guesses.

WFLA is reporting via AP:

SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. (AP) — A heavily armed man and woman dressed for battle opened fire on a holiday banquet for his co-workers Wednesday, killing 14 people and seriously wounding more than a dozen others in a precision assault, authorities said. Hours later, they died in a shootout with police.

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San Bernardino Police Chief Jarrod Burguan identified one dead suspect as Syed Rizwan Farook, 28, the other as Tashfeen Malik, 27, his wife or fiancee. Burguan said Farook was born in the United States; the chief said he did not know Malik’s background.

The couple reportedly left their 6 month old child with relatives before initiating the attacks. The level of apparent preparation makes it hard to imagine that this was a spontaneous attack.

A law enforcement source told Fox News that the couple were each carrying an AR-15 rifle and and a pistol when they were shot and killed by police after a brief chase in their black SUV about 2 miles from the initial shooting site. The source said the vehicle also contained so-called “rollout bags” with multiple pipe bombs, as well as additional ammunition. The couple also had GoPro cameras strapped to their body armor and wore tactical clothing, including vests stuffed with ammunition magazines.

“That’s a military tactic for a sustained fight,” the source told Fox New of the rollout bags.

Unless information is discovered to the contrary, I believe that this quote from the Fox News story linked above is key: “They came prepared to do what they did, as if they were on a mission,” San Bernardino Police Chief Jarrod Burguan said.

Ken Matthews, commenting on a post on his Facebook page, is exactly right, “the only thing more tragic than this attack will be the politically correct way it’s described.”

Other reactions from my blogroll:

“I find it curious how no one in the MSM is complaining about the “militarization” of the police departments today.” – O.K. Corral

“You don’t jump up angry and walk out of a party only to come back with your girlfriend, pipe bombs, AK-47 rifles, body armor and a large supply of ammunition.” – The TexasFred Blog