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Friday, February 23, 2018

Here's Three Common Sense Questions for the NRA That All Americans Should Ask

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Few things stir up Americans more than gun rights. 

Facts:

There's 325.72 million Americans according to the 2017 census.

The National Rifle Association has five million members. That's a total of 12.4 percent of all Americans.

According to the latest polls 75 percent of all Americans want more gun safety laws.

The NRA is one of the biggest spenders in elections, ranking 9th among all outside groups, according to the Center for Responsive Politics.

A Quinnipiac poll released Tuesday found 97 percent support for universal background checks, while 67 percent backed a ban on the sale of assault weapons.

Questions for the NRA :

1. How is it that such a small percentage of Americans - spearheaded by your organization - can control Congress and stop any gun legislation from being enacted?

2. Why does the NRA refuse to budge, or compromise, with the majority of Americans who are calling for sensible gun safety laws?

3. Why did you give Trump $30 million dollars? Quid pro quo? The other question is, what did YOU get in return for those millions of dollars?

To The Reader:

If you're interested in learning more about the NRA's current lobbying dollars, which congressional candidates got money from the NRA, and more, click here.

Related story:

Trump Praises NRA As It Mount's Offensive Against Gun Measures

Final comment:

The NRA tries to mislead people with deceiving statistical figures  like "Forty percent of  Americans live in gun-owning households."

On the surface, that's probably right. Does that mean everyone in those households approve of having guns? Common sense tells us NO.

Many people don't have a choice. They live with other people who have guns because they're minors (with no voice), or out of financial necessity.

Think about it. Because there's one gun owner in a household, it doesn't mean the others approve and count themselves NRA supporters.

Yet, the NRA casually throws out deceiving statistics as cited above, all the time.

The truth is the NRA represents a small (but vocal)percentage of Americans, yet the political power they exert on Congress is overwhelmingly complete.

When was the last time you read about any gun law being passed without the blessing of the NRA? That in itself, is proof of the power this small organization wields.

Time for me to walk on down the road...

Thursday, February 22, 2018

Why I Believe This Current Student Protest Movement Can Make A Difference

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I was a teenager in the 60s, full of passion and distrust of our government.

I recall my peers who were already protesting against the "illegal war" in Vietnam, when I graduated from high school in 1968.

Politically, I was clueless. I didn't even understand what was really happening in Vietnam when I voluntarily joined the Army.

Why did I join? Friends and family still ask me that. I can only say that I wanted a change in my life and going into the Army seemed like an interesting adventure at the time.

I never seriously thought about having to go to Vietnam. I wasn't exactly a deep thinker in those days. I shouldn't have been surprised when I got orders to go to Vietnam in the fall of 1969. I was 19-years old.

After serving my time in Vietnam and Cambodia in 1970, as a combat engineer, I came home to a rude greeting. No one liked Vietnam veterans. At least, it felt that way.

My time in Vietnam taught me many lessons. Perhaps the most important one was that we - America - were the "bad guys" invading their homeland.

I felt like I'd been duped by the government after what I saw in Vietnam. The corruption and senseless slaughter of civilians singed my soul. I felt dirty and betrayed.

 When I returned to the United States a powerful youth movement against the war was underway in colleges across the nation.

The passionate protests coming from the country's youth made a difference. We got out of Vietnam.

When I look at the survivors of the recent school slaughter in Florida, I see the youth from my days. Anger. Resolve. Persistence. Bucking the system to stop the madness.

This time it isn't college students leading the way for change. It's high school students. Survivors with a message for our polarized politicians.

"We want to feel safe when we go to school!"

The NRA and right-wing nuts are trying to delegitimize these brave teenagers by claiming some are hired actors paid by left-wing forces.

That's bullshit ,and the world knows it.

I stand in solidarity with teenagers nationwide who are trying to make a positive difference, and save future lives.

Right on!

Time for me to walk on down the road.... 

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

WH Spin Department Has A Communication Problem

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The White House apologizers, aka the Communications/PR Department, is functioning like a ship lost at sea.

At the helm of the tempest-tossed ship is chief WH house apologizer, Sarah Sanders.

After no communications for a week with the mainstream press, Sanders slithered out of her hiding place yesterday to spew a few lies and dodge facts.

In other words, a normal WH Press Conference filled with so many falsehoods reporters are still floundering to make sense of them.

The press conference was an hour late, and Sanders took limited questions, before retreating back to the bowels of the White House.

Obviously, the inhabitants of the West Wing are becoming camera shy. But they do have one friend in the WH Press Corp...

The Gateway Pundit web site, where conspiracies crop up daily, and truth is lost in the shuffle of sensational headlines and claims.

The Trump spin room likes the Gateway Pundit because the publication and it's WH correspondent Lucian Wintrich, love Trump.

Wintrich's hit piece criticizing Florida shooting survivor David Hogg is a fabrication of his fevered mind, and nothing more than another crazy conspiracy story to deflect attention away from the Do-Nothing About Gun Safety White House minions and master.

Trump's announcement yesterday that he's instructing his puppet Jeff Sessions to propose changes that would ban so-called Bump Stocks, which make it easier for a weapon to fire rounds faster, is another delaying tactic.

Remember Las Vegas?

I wonder how long Sessions (an NRA darling) is going to take coming up with an answer for Donny?

It's was a good soundbite in a week of negative news for the minions of Trump, and the Liar-In-Chief himself.

As for today's planned "Listening Session" with students, teachers, and local lawmakers, you can expect some theatre from reality actor Trump.

Don't expect answers. Expect Trump to make it all about himself somehow. That's the way he operates.

It's about Donny trying to look like he cares. He needs good vibes coming from somewhere. His fantasy presidency is being pushed to the limit by unpleasant realities.

Among them, is the forthcoming truth that the Trump Campaign did collude with Russia in the 2016 election, and Donny knew what was going on.

The WH spin machine is malfunctioning worse than a year ago. Most of the original parts, like Sean Spicer, etc., have been kicked out and replaced with the likes of lying Sarah Sanders, who has no reservations about protecting her master. 

Until the spin factory flunkies start using verifiable facts, which is about as likely as an honest politician, we have to accept the fact this will be the norm as long as Donny sits his fat ass in the Oval Office!

Time for me to walk on down the road...

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Our Obstructor/Groper-In-Chief Can't Make Accusers Go Away

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Fact: Trump has yet to answer for sexually harassing more than a dozen women.

Lie:
White House counselor Kellyanne Conway said Sunday that those alleging misconduct against the president have "had their day." 

However, Trump's accusers my actually "get their day" yet.

Ironically, Trump may have called for that accounting inadvertently when he urged the public to "always report" instances of bad and erratic behavior, or actions by somebody that's mentally disturbed, after the Parkland High School shootings.

Congress has that same responsibility.

Whether it's reacting to school shootings with new gun safety laws, or to a president who has yet to pay for sexually abusing women.

One of the things Democrats are talking about is if they take the House back during the midterm elections, is appointing a Congressional committee to look into the numerous allegations of sexual abuse against Trump.

A Democratic House could also mean Impeachment for Trump for Obstruction of Justice, and Conspiring Against the America People.

Both are unfinished business that Trump has to confront...someday.

Hopefully sooner, rather than later.

Time for me to walk on down the road...

Monday, February 19, 2018

Students Nationwide To Speak Out For Gun Safety - Can They Make A Difference?

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Parkland High School students hope to make history after a tragedy.

They are trying to do what Congress has been unwilling to do; get sensible laws passed on gun safety, and outlawing assault style rifles (semi-automatic AR-15s).

The "adults" in Washington are going to be schooled by outraged high school students/teachers coordinating a nationwide protest against the NRA.

Lawmakers that are beholden to the NRA because of the political donations they accept, are going to be highlighted during the planned nationwide walkout by students and teachers on March 24th.

Students and teachers are also planning on sit-ins and other protest activities on April 20th - the anniversary of the Columbine massacre that left 12 students and one teacher dead.

Can our nation's students cries of "BS" on the NRA and Republican lawmakers in Congress make a difference? Thus far, each tragic shooting has not produced any changes.

Republicans send their condolences to the victim's families. Democrats cry for reform. It's like watching an evil version of "Groundhog Day."  

It's time for students to speak out. They're tired of being silent victims while so-called adults argue about the issue of gun control. 

They're the victims, as are the teachers, in this deadly standoff. Students are saying they're tired of being sacrificed in order to get money from the NRA.

Will the upcoming demonstrations shame those weak-kneed and greedy, lawmakers into action?

If history is any kind of yardstick, the protests will happen, but no changes will be made. There will be more mass shootings at schools, and other locations.

Shame is not enough for change. It can only happen at the polling booths.

Related:

Florida Students: "You Are Either With Us Or Against Us"

Time for me to walk on down the road...

Sunday, February 18, 2018

Trump's Parade: Every Good Dictator Deserves A Show Of Strength

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Trump's desire to have a military parade goes back further than his visit to France last year, when he saw the French put on a patriotic parade.

Pundits suggest that after he was done clapping his tiny hands together in glee at the sight of so many troops and military equipment, he told the French president that he was going to have a bigly parade of his own.

While that may be true, let's unfold the rest of the reasoning for Donny's big parade.

Since attending military school while growing up, Trump developed a love of generals and authoritarian figures. He particularly loved military pomp and showy parades.

But, being the chicken-shit he is, Trump avoided the draft five times. That's where he earned the nickname Cadet Bone Spur.

Little Donny never forgot his dream of being a grand marshal in a military parade to end all military parades.

A quick look at Donny's favorite appointees reveal "his generals" who are ready to obey his commands.

Most Republicans and Democrats don't want to have Donny's $30 million (*estimate by Pentagon) dollar parade, and are saying that's the kind of thing dictators - like Putin, Kim, Jiping - do. Not Americans.

Exactly. But Donny doesn't give a shit about what anyone thinks. His ego and desire to see naked power paraded past him - honoring him - has no limits.

His dream is America's nightmare. 

Stretching this nightmare out, is those Republicans who'll try to enable him, and give him his parade for partisan reasons.

After all, every good dictator deserves a parade.

Time for me to walk on down the road...

Saturday, February 17, 2018

You Can Stop 'The Witch Hunt' Bullshit Now Donny!

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Now that 13 Russian nationals and three Russian entities have been indicted by a federal grand jury on charges of interfering in the 2016 presidential election, Trump can stop crying about a "witch hunt."

That tune isn't going to play well now that it's official: Russia did interfere with our last election and these charges are only the beginning.

Most of the fake news planted by the Russians was derogatory towards Hillary Clinton and favorable to Trump, according to the 37-page indictment.

R
eal Americans were paid to organize and attend Trump rallies to support him. The irony of this is Trump claimed the Democrats were the one's paying people to disrupt his campaign rallies!

To no one's surprise, Trump interrupted the indictment as saying there was no collusion between his campaign and the Russian trolls.

On his way to hide out in his Florida retreat aboard Air Force One, Trump tweeted "NO COLLUSION."

Congressman Adam Schiff tweeted in return:

"No, Mr. President. The Special Counsel's indictment states no conclusion on collusion or electoral impact of Russian inference on the election. The former is under investigation and the latter is beyond his scope."

Trump and his cronies are soon going to be on the hot seat themselves. It's just a matter of time.

The White House will try to spin this indictment...but the truth is out. There's no stopping the consequences. 

Related News:

Mueller Probe: California Man Created Fake Bank Accounts and Sold Them To Russians 

How Russia Sent a Small Idaho Town Into a Fake News Tailspin

Time for me to walk on down the road...

Friday, February 16, 2018

Generic Condolances, Cops/Alt-Right Victimizing Trump Protestors, WH Security Joke

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After the deadly school shooting in Florida, Republicans are sending their condolences to families...and little else.

The subject of gun laws surfaced, as it has numerous times this year after mass shootings, but no talk about proactive action to address the nation's gun problem.

Trump tweeted his condolences, but didn't even hint at looking at current gun laws to see if something can be done.
To America's shame, we live in a gun happy world dominated by the NRA, and corrupt lawmakers.

More cop corruption in Washington D.C.

DC police and federal prosecutors have been collaborating with notorious right-wing groups known for their fascist statements and using doctored videos to ambush their targets in an attempt to convict and jail protesters at Trump's inauguration.

The cops are working closely with the Oath Keepers and Project Veritas, both known for fabricating accounts to ambush the media and the political left.

Laughing About Security In The White House

We'll start with the biggest security joke, Trump. His affair with a porn star while married to Melania is only the tip of the iceberg.

Trump is a known groper, and at least a dozen women can attest to that.

His buddy Putin probably has some interesting blackmail photos of Trump doing something bad.

Let's not forget about the 47 members of the White House who still don't have security clearances for their jobs, a year after Trump was elected.

When it comes to security risks, we need to look no further than the White House and the jackass in the Oval Office.

Time for me to walk on down the road...

Thursday, February 15, 2018

The Trump Adminstration: Whose the Bad Boy Today?

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If you're going to try to follow the antics and blatant lies put out by the Trump's administration, be prepared for a daily dose of corruption.

Trump's Veteran's Affairs Secretary, David Shulkin, is the latest member of the Trump team to get ensnared in a scandal. The charges are criminal fraud.

Another great appointee by the orange-faced fool sitting in the Oval Office.

This bad boy comes on the heels of some more Trump bad boys that have recently stepped on their dicks. I'm talking about his Chief-Of-Staff, John Kelly, and his personal and White House Counsel lawyer, Don McGahn.

They both lied about how much they knew, and when, about WH staffer Rob Porter's background. FBI Director Chris Wray testified to lawmakers they both knew well in advance of last week.

Of all people, Republican Trey Gowdy is conducting an investigation into what they both knew and how far the cover-up for Porter extended.

Gowdy is also looking into why, and how, so many White House Staffers have been working without a full security clearance. A lot of people want to know that.

I can see the investigation getting dicey when they look at Jared Kushner's FBI files and see why he hasn't been cleared yet. He's the next bad boy to have his ass roasted by some lawmakers.

We all know Donny is the "baddest" of the bad boys lurking around the White House.

It ought to be amusing when Trump's ex-girlfriend, porn star Stormy McDaniels, starts singing about her illicit relationship with Trump who was married to Melania at the time and who had just given birth to their son Baron.

Another Trumpie will soon be joining the bad boy club of shame. That's attorney Michael Cohen, who claimed he gave Stormy $130,000 out of his own pocket, and that he never billed Trump for the money.

Think about that claim for a moment. A lawyer pays Trump's hush money out of his own bank account...because he doesn't want anything bad to happen to Donny.

That's about as believable as Trump never lies!

Here's the kicker, when Cohen publicly announced he paid her a $130,000, Stormy felt she was free to tell her story, according to her manager.

And let's not forget another Trump appointee, Scott Pruitt, who is the first EPA administrator to have a 24-hour security detail that accompanies him at all times, even at the agency's headquarters in Washington.

His first-class flying habits have been questioned for months by taxpayer groups who demand an explanation.

Pruitt was asked about the issue following a Washington Post report on Sunday that detailed some of his travel expenses, including a $1,641.43 first-class seat for a short flight in June from Washington to New York City.

Pruitt's ticket cost six times what EPA paid for his aides seated in coach.

His reasoning for this? He's afraid of the public. Probably for good reason.

A recent AP report also talked about how Pruitt personally took off (he sat there and dictated to a flunky) all climate change information from the EPA website. 

The use of luxury air travel by members of Trump's Cabinet has been under scrutiny for months, after the resignation of Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price in September following media reports he spent at least $400,000 in taxpayer funds on private jets for himself and his staff.

No shortages of bad boys during the Trump regime. The question is, whose the bad boy today?

Time for me to walk on down the road...

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Immigration/Infrastructure Scam Spending Proposed By Trump is Heartless

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Our Moron-In-Charge has been acting like a troll again on Twitter, threatening that this is the "last chance" for DACA and Immigration reform, if he doesn't get his full agenda.

On the chopping block, so-called entitlement programs like food stamps for the poor, to offset state infrastructure costs.

Under Trump's proposal, states and local governments are responsible for coming up with the money to carry out their own infrastructure needs.

And the way to do that - according to Trump's latest scam - is to dismantle social safety nets across the country by making the states do what the federal government couldn't do.

Giving up domestic programs for the poor in exchange for some political agenda. It sets well in Trump's putrid playbook, and the GOP have been trying to do just that for years.

Trump also made sure to include a ridiculous waste of money ($25 billion) to build his "wall," or there would be no deal.

He tweeted a thinly-veiled threat by noting March 5th is coming up (a deadline he imposed on the DACA program) and there won't be another chance to help the Dreamers if he doesn't get his way.

As usual Trump has it wrong. A recent court ruling has rendered that threat meaningless by erasing Trump's timeline.

Another Judge Blocks Trump Administration From Ending DACA Program

Threats. Lies. Diversions. This is Trump's management style and Republican lawmakers are enabling him.

But, there will be a price to pay at the voting booths this fall when Republicans have to face an accounting for their treatment of the Constitution, laws of this land, and slavish support of Trump.

Speaking of Immigration...

I wonder why Trump isn't talking about Melania's parents who are now living in the USA?

How did they get here? Chain migration? Living here illegally? Work permits? Special exception?

We'll never know because the White House has refused to talk about it. Like so many other issues.

Time for me to walk on down the road...