You need some background before we get into the details of efforts to cover-up the LV shooter suspect apparently owning an airplane and apparent revisions to records to cover that up.  First from military affair contributor “Warhammer”…

“A few folks are doing some dirt digging into how the Vegas ‘fish barrel faux pas’ could have ever happened.  Idaho Republican Congressional candidate Michael Snyder asks some thought-provoking questions in this blog:


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One commenter to above article aptly notes the ‘only’ people targeted were those inside the country music venue – not one outside was shot – including police helicopters. Odd, to be sure, if valid.

Next, several witnesses of ‘additional’ gunmen or suspects have surfaced, such as this Australian guest who was in the room next door to Paddock:


Others on the street swear they say shots being fired from lower floors.  Were they seeing reflections from the street or from adjacent buildings?

Now the suspicious among us might begin to see what is known as a classic ‘false flag’ operation – essentially a deceptive covert maneuver.  If this were a false flag op, who is doing the deceiving?  What is the desired objective of the operation

There’s some interesting hints of ‘pre-emptive’ damage control amidst the American population at large.  I Googled two words – false flag – and nothing else.  Among the top ten hits I received the following headlines:

– Is Vegas Shooting Latest Deep State False Flag to Destroy the Second Amendment?

– Lacking Evidence, Some Claim Las Vegas Was a False Flag

– Hoaxes, Fake News About the Las Vegas Massacre

– Right Wing Bonus Tracks:  Las Vegas was a False Flag MK Ultra PSYOPS

It seems either lots of folks are Googling the shooting as a false flag operation, or Google (as they tend to do) pumped up the first page of hits with ‘sponsored’ content.  If one selects Google News for their ‘false flag’ search, all but one article on the first page of hits refers to the Vegas ‘fish barrel faux pas.

The last interesting tidbit – Paddock allegedly took his own life before the police SWAT squad could storm his room.  Since he was already dead when the SWATT team breached the door, how do they know he shot himself? This account is all we have:


One more comment:  Examine this seemingly senseless slaughter closely and 2nd Amendment advocates have reason to worry.  If an otherwise normal, well off guy with no prior criminal history can inflict such carnage, who’s to say it won’t happen again somewhere in America, perhaps in your town or city?  Consider Sandy Hook.  Now look long and hard at Vegas.  The argument would then be to make possession of automatic weapon conversion kits and certain semi-automatic guns illegal.

My take?  As with Lee Harvey Oswald’s role in the Kennedy assassination, I believe Stephen Paddock was involved in the Vegas massacre.  As for conspiracies and false flags, I’m too detached from the facts and lacking valid information to make a reasoned judgment.  But I do think from the start that the number of dead and wounded, confined to one crowded area only, seemed far too great and localized for one man to have successfully pulled the ordeal off.  Was one or a handful of individuals the ‘target’ and the massacre just a cover for that ‘hit?’  Maybe in time we will know.  In the meantime, think tactical.

Now the problem and hints at a larger conspiracy:

A few more headlines that are swirling and suggest there is a LOT more to this than has so far met the public eye:  For example, this page at FlightAware caught our eye:

According to the FlightAware data, which we expect to see scrubbed, the current aircraft owner is in Roanoke, VA. Oh my…

Do notice the name Paddock Stephen C is displayed as a previous owner for the aircraft N5343M.

But in the FlightAware screenshot things get odd because when I put the same tail number into the FAA database, guess what comes up for N5343M?

Deregistered Aircraft

Deregistered Aircraft 1 of 1
Aircraft Description
Serial Number 15284547 Certificate Issue Date 07/07/1998
Manufacturer Name CESSNA Mode S Code (base 8 / oct) 51541026
Model 152 Mode S Code (base 16 / hex) A6C216
Year Manufacturer None Cancel Date 09/06/2001
Reason for Cancellation Cancelled Export To None
Type Registration Individual
Aircraft Registration prior to Deregistration
Name (redacted)
Street (redacted)
State CALIFORNIA Zip Code 92135

Although this seems to be a different aircraft – and maybe a problem in the database, it looks more to us like POSSIBLY someone has been engaged in federal records tampering for this reason:

Although the aircraft Type and ID (tail number) seems to have been changed, whoever is covering this up doesn’t know that pilots will check the transponder assignments.  You will see the FlightAware records show the same registration number AND TRANSPONDER CODES as the “deregistered” aircraft.

The story is starting to stink!

Since the FlightAware data is pulled from FAA records, we rather expect automated processes will “disappear” the data today or tomorrow as the FAA registration database is updated  at midnight daily.  And the San Diego address?  Well, when we Googled it…things got stranger.

Remember, Elaine and I lived in San Diego, circa 2001-2001 and my “spidey sense” is the address for the aircraft isn’t around anymore.  Lots of construction and building/address changes around the SPAWAR facility down there.

In the spook business this would be called a “cut out.”

Still, if you’re a San Diego reader and can figure out the odd address…

Meantime,  FAA records indicate he was licensed as a private pilot with instrument rating:



Medical Information:

Medical Class: Third  Medical Date: 2/2008


Certificates Description

Perhaps this might explain this headline:

“Las Vegas Strip shooter targeted aviation fuel tanks, source says.”

But again, being an old-time reporter, this is starting to smack of a much, much broader conspiracy than has yet become public.

Even the Voice of America reports “Sheriff: Hard to Believe Las Vegas Gunman Planned Attack Alone.”

Meanwhile, the NE press seems intent on turning this into a Trump-bash.  See this column for an example.\

Still, we’re focused on the FlightAware /FAA records discrepancy. Luckily, we have the FAA IG’s office on speed dial.

Still, Trump Needs to Think THEN Speak

Because his current modus results in stories like this one:  Trump said he wants to bail out Puerto Rico.  His budget head says he didn’t mean it

Job Cuts?

Improved in the Challenger Job Cut Report just out:

“Job cuts announced by U.S.-based employers fell 4.4 percent, from 33,825 in August to 32,346 in September. Last month’s total was 27 percent lower than the 44,324 job cuts announced in the same month last year, according to a report released Thursday by global outplacement and executive coaching firm Challenger, Gray & Christmas, Inc.”

Dow futures up 15-20 so far this morning.  Bitcoins around $4,300./

International Trade Deficit Better

A bit smaller this month:

“The U.S. Census Bureau and the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis, through the Department of Commerce, announced today that the goods and services deficit was $42.4 billion in August, down $1.2 billion from $43.6 billion in July, revised. August exports were $195.3 billion, $0.8 billion more than July exports. August imports were $237.7 billion, $0.4 billion less than July imports.

The August decrease in the goods and services deficit reflected a decrease in the goods deficit of $0.9 billion to $64.4 billion and an increase in the services surplus of $0.3 billion to $22.0 billion.

Year-to-date, the goods and services deficit increased $29.1 billion, or 8.8 percent, from the same period in 2016. Exports increased $84.9 billion or 5.8 percent. Imports increased $114.0 billion or 6.4 percent. ”

A $1.2 billion swing is nice but watch the 3-month moving average.

Hurricane Update

As you know, my consigliere has been visiting.  And looks like his plan to depart for Cancun Friday morning may have to be reworked:

Fortunately, looks like it will take a right before getting up into Texas and will veer over toward the Louisiana/Mississippi line, instead.

Sun Continues to Under-perform

As shown in the latest from the Solar Weather Prediction folks:

See the red “idealized trend” line?  With the Sun underperforming we rather expect some exceptionally cold weather this winter and next.  Plan for it…

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