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Robert Mueller’s Trump staff probe Update Nov. 10, 2017…Mike Flynn…

Mike Flynn is in some serious trouble….

The lawyer for former U.S. national security adviser Michael Flynn on Friday labeled as “outrageous” and “false” media reports suggesting his client may have been involved in an alleged plan to seize a Muslim cleric and deliver him to Turkey in exchange for millions of dollars.

The rare statement from lawyer Robert Kelner came after the Wall Street Journal reported on Friday that Special Counsel Robert Mueller was investigating an alleged proposal under which Flynn and his son would receive up to $15 million for seizing Fethullah Gulen from his U.S. home and delivering him to the Turkish government.

The Journal cited people familiar with the investigation.

NBC also reported on Friday about an alleged December 2016 meeting, saying Mueller’s team was investigating whether Flynn met with senior Turkish officials in the weeks before President Donald Trump’s January 2017 inauguration about a possible quid pro quo in which Flynn would be paid to do the bidding of Turkey’s government while in office. NBC cited multiple people familiar with the probe….

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What if Nothing Happens after Mueller can prove Trump and Co. committed crimes?…Open Thread for 11/3/17

Vox is out with a piece that asks a question that SHOULD be asked….

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What happens if the Republican majority in the House are MORE afraid of losing their jobs by voting to impeach a guy who 60% of America doesn’t approve, of and 49% are all right if they do bring him up on charges…… BUT….60% of Republicans do approve of the guy, not caring about his politics , or that he can remember what he said ten minutes ago …(Most American actually don’t seem to care about these doings because they do NOT affect them directly)

What happens if 60% of the Grand Ole party voters/supporters/party members poll that they do NOT care if Donald Trump starts a war with North Korea that could get tens of thousands of Korea’s killed and thousands of American soldiers also?

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What happen’s if Donald Trump keeps coaxing his adopted party to KEEP TRYING to ‘steal from the poor and give to rich?’…..

All these things ARE FUCKING SCARY…..

But so far?

It seems that almost NOTHING is more important to most Republican lawmakers than  KEEPING their jobs….

Some of those who don’t like what going on have stood up and been greeted with applause….But most who question Trump out loud are subjected to abuse from some of their local vocal party members …..

They get to add that to Trump berating them in public…..

In reaction to THIS?

Some have announced they’re giving up and not running for re-election…

But most?

Most keep their heads down, swallow hard and vote to support Trump’s all over the place requests and proclaim their allegiance to Trump’s  wishes….

The specter of Donald Trump winning the GOP nomination and Presidency still haunts these party members….Heck, it still spooks the media which has always ignored the rightwingnuts…But now tries to front some of their crazy stuff….

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If you get the time to read the Vox piece by David Roberts…..It IS good to understand NOT the law and legal part of Trump’s story for the last year…It sis also important to understand the political dynamic he is running on the American government…..And things unimaginable  COULD occur next year that could change the American way of governance and way of life if one parties lawmakers do NOT grow the ball’s to stand up be counted if  Robert Mueller and his investigators and prosecutors lay down a story of a cover-up’s , lie’s ,  money, laundering, conspiracy , obstruction and maybe even treason….

What if facts and persuasion just don’t matter anymore?

As long as conservatives can do something — steal an election, gerrymander crazy districts to maximize GOP advantage, use the filibuster as a routine tool of opposition, launch congressional investigations as political attacks, hold the debt ceiling hostage, repress voting among minorities, withhold a confirmation vote on a Supreme Court nominee, defend a known fraud and sexual predator who has likely colluded with a foreign government to gain the presidency — they will do it, knowing they’ll be backed by a relentlessly on-message media apparatus.

And if that’s true, if the very preconditions of science and journalism as commonly understood have been eroded, then all that’s left is a raw contest of power.

Donald Trump has the power to hold on to the presidency, as long as elected Republicans, cowed by the conservative base, support him. That is true almost regardless of what he’s done or what’s proven by Mueller. As long as he has that power, he will exercise it. That’s what recent history seems to show.

Democrats do not currently have the numbers to stop him. They can’t do it without some help from Republicans. And Republicans seem incapable, not only of acting on what Mueller knows, but of even coming to know it.

Maybe I’m wrong. Maybe US institutions have more life in them than I think. But at this point, it’s just very difficult to imagine anything that could bridge the epistemic gulf between America’s tribes. We are split in two, living in different worlds, with different stories and facts shaping our lives. We no longer learn or know things together, as a country, so we can no longer act together, as a country.

So we may just have to live with a president indicted for collusion with a foreign power….

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George Papadopoulos’s boss has appeared before a Mueller Grand Jury….

…Drip….DRIP….DRIP.

Don’t matter what Donald Trump says….

He and his boys ain’t skating on this one….

And something IS very rotten…..

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Sam Clovis, the former top Trump campaign official who supervised a man now cooperating with the FBI’s Russia investigation, was questioned last week by special counsel Robert Mueller’s team and testified before the investigating grand jury, a person with first-hand knowledge of the matter told NBC News.

Clovis, who is President Donald Trump’s pick to be the Department of Agriculture’s chief scientist, could not be reached for comment. His lawyer, Victoria Toensing, would neither confirm nor deny his interactions with the Mueller team.

“I’m not going to get into that,” she said in an interview.

Clovis, spotted by NBC News in the Hart Senate Office Building, declined to answer questions.

George Papadopoulos was arrested in July and began cooperating with agents, records show — disclosing his interactions with a professor and other Russians whom the FBI suggested in court documents may have been working for Russian intelligence agencies. He pleaded guilty to making false statements on Oct. 5….

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Will Trump keep this guy at the Department of Agriculture?

Update…

Clovis won’t work for Trump….He won’t take the job.….

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Breaking Paul Manafort and Richard Gates indicited by Mueller Grand Jury ….12 charges

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Manafort was the campaign manager for Donald Trump last year…..Richard Gates worked for Manafort….

Gates took over as liaison between campaign and RNC after Manafort left the campaign….

The charges go for 31 pages….

The highest is Conspiracy ….

They involve tax issues from money laundering and failure to report foreign government contacts, hiding the income. and failing to report that income….Tens of Millions ( in the $70 area ) possibly from 2006 to  2016….The charges had to be made before the end of the month….

There is NO mention of the Trump campaign…..

But there IS a Russian connection here….

The money trail is pictured as going to people who are associated with Ukrainan’s and Russian’s that are connected to Putin…Manafort did try to advance a pro-Russian stance by the Trump campaign….The charges indicate the Grand Jury has heard from people who can support Mueller’s charges…White House staff are currently being interviewed….

The action of the two where during the time before and during the time they worked for the Trump campaign…..

Manafort  and Gates have surrendered to the FBI for processing….

(Manafort is also being investigated by the New York State Attorney General’s office….)

Gates has not as I type this…

They made sure they where in Washington….

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There will be updates to this post as they become known….

Richard Gates….

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A copy of the indictment….

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Breaking….Mueller Grand Jury has handed up first charges….

This is a fast moving story….

It is unknown who will be charged and arrested….

There are 3 Grand Juries working with Muellers lawyers….

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The Grand Jury sitting in Washington DC is the one in this case….

Subjects charged will likely be brough in either tomorrow Friday or anytime afterwards….

It has begun….The firts shoe drops

Stay tuned for more….

Washington (CNN)A federal grand jury in Washington, DC, on Friday approved the first charges in the investigation led by special counsel Robert Mueller, according to sources briefed on the matter.

The charges are still sealed under orders from a federal judge. Plans were prepared Friday for anyone charged to be taken into custody as soon as Monday, the sources said. It is unclear what the charges are.
A spokesman for the special counsel’s office declined to comment.
Mueller was appointed in May to lead the investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 election.
Under the regulations governing special counsel investigations, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, who has oversight over the Russia investigation, would have been made aware of any charges before they were taken before the grand jury for approval, according to people familiar with the matter….
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Anybody who thought that all of Mueller’s work would NOT amount to anything need’s to have their head examined….
Note #2….
Could this be  why the Hillary Clinton/Barack Obama stuff was all the sudeen pulled out to be thrown at the media?
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Mueller is working with NY State AG on Manafort probe….

Paul Manafort is in deep shit….(And Trump  and his lawyers HAVE to be worried about this)

It appears that even a potential Trump Presidential pardon will not call off the investigation into his contacts with foreign governments and what he filed on his tax forms….

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Special counsel Robert Mueller’s team is working with New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman on its investigation into Paul Manafort and his financial transactions, according to several people familiar with the matter.

The cooperation is the latest indication that the federal probe into President Donald Trump’s former campaign chairman is intensifying. It also could potentially provide Mueller with additional leverage to get Manafort to cooperate in the larger investigation into Trump’s campaign, as Trump does not have pardon power over state crimes.

The two teams have shared evidence and talked frequently in recent weeks about a potential case, these people said. One of the people familiar with progress on the case said both Mueller’s and Schneiderman’s teams have collected evidence on financial crimes, including potential money laundering….

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A look at Trump and New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman….

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Senator’s Harris and Paul co-sponsor a Bail Reform Bill for States….

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Yup….

That’s Democratic California Senator Kamala Harris, a former Attorney General …..

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Senator Rand Paul, The Republican Senator from the Red State of Kentucky  , together offering a bill to assist states  in reforming their ‘money based’  Bail Rules and Regulations ,,,

This from a NY Times Op-Ed written by both….

…’Our bail system is broken. And it’s time to fix it.

That’s why we’re introducing the Pretrial Integrity and Safety Act to encourage states to reform or replace the bail system.

This should not be a partisan issue.

First, our legislation empowers states to build on best practices. Kentucky and New Jersey, for instance, have shifted from bail toward personalized risk assessments that analyze factors such as criminal history and substance abuse. These are better indicators of whether a defendant is a flight risk or a threat to the public and ought to be held without bail.

Colorado and West Virginia have improved pretrial services and supervision, such as using telephone reminders so fewer defendants miss court dates and end up detained.

These nudges work. Over the second half of 2006, automated phone call reminders in Multnomah County in Oregon, resulted in 750 people showing up in court who otherwise may have forgotten their date.

Instead of the federal government mandating a one-size-fits-all approach, this bill provides Department of Justice grants directly to the states so each can devise and carry out the most effective policies, tailored for its unique needs.’….

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Trump wiring his White House Oval office raises serious legal question’s…

The NY Times, one of the media outlets that pursued the Watergate/Nixon story back then deletes into the implications of Donald Trump threatening James Comey about conversations he THOUGHT where private….

…drip…Drip…DRIP..

Allies and former employees of Mr. Trump have long said that he taped some of his own phone calls, as well as meetings in Trump Tower. During the campaign, Mr. Trump’s aides told reporters that they feared their offices were bugged and that they were careful about what they said.

But the implicit threat to Mr. Comey was ripped from a familiar playbook that Mr. Trump relied on during the campaign to silence critics or dissent.

He threatened on Twitter to tell stories about Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski, the hosts of “Morning Joe” on MSNBC, after they criticized him. He threatened to air unspecified dirty laundry about the wealthy Ricketts family as it financed efforts against him. And competing with Senator Ted Cruz of Texas for the Republican nomination, he threatened to “spill the beans on your wife!”

 

“If this were an actual criminal investigation — in other words, if there were a prosecutor and a defense lawyer in the picture — this would draw a severe phone call to counsel warning that the defendant is at serious risk of indictment if he continues to speak to witnesses,” Mr. Buell said. “Thus, this is also definitive evidence that Trump is not listening to counsel and perhaps not even talking to counsel. Unprecedented in the modern presidency.”

Mr. Trump’s mention of tapes did nothing to dispel the echoes of Watergate heard in Washington this week. The dismissal of Mr. Comey in the midst of an investigation into Mr. Trump’s associates struck many as similar to Nixon’s decision in October 1973 to fire Archibald Cox, the Watergate special prosecutor who demanded secret White House tapes, in an episode that came to be known as the Saturday Night Massacre.

The difference, according to Luke A. Nichter, a historian at Texas A&M University who has specialized in the tapes, is that “Nixon’s rantings were done in private,” and he did not cancel news briefings. “The reason I have a hard time with the label Nixonian is that we’ve surpassed it,” Mr. Nichter said. “To be Trumpian is something of a greater magnitude than simply being Nixonian.”….

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Remember this?

Trump accuses Obama of having ‘wires tapped’ in Trump Tower

President Trump lashed out at his predecessor on Twitter early Saturday, claiming former President Barack Obama ordered electronic surveillance at Trump Tower during the election campaign.

“Terrible! Just found out that Obama had my ‘wires tapped’ in Trump Tower just before the victory,” Trump tweeted at 6:35 a.m. as part of a flurry of early-morning tweets. “Nothing found. This is McCarthyism!”

The six-message tweetstorm intensified the controversy over his administration’s ties to Russia, fed by a torrent of leaks from opponents within the government.

An Obama spokesman denied the charges Saturday afternoon.

Ny Post…March 4, 2017

(Maybe ALL the above is why the guy has NOT returned to his office/home in Trump Tower but for a brief visit?)

A past post here….

EVEN TRUMP’S OWN LAWYER’S DON’T TRUST HIS MEMORY ….

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Breaking…Chris Christie could be charged in State Court for Bridgegate…

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KNEW THIS WAS coming after the Federal trial info pointing to him….

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie faces an official misconduct complaint stemming from the closure of lanes leading to the George Washington Bridge.

A judge signed the summons Thursday, sending the case to the Bergen County prosecutor’s office, which will decide whether the case will lead to an indictment.

The Republican governor appointed the prosecutor.

Municipal Court administrative specialist Jessica Lemley says a complaint of official misconduct would mean Christie is accused of knowingly refraining from performing a duty imposed on him by law or clearly inherent in the nature of his office….

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Trump wants Cops to step up the use of ‘Stop-and-Frisk’….

The controversial police action  mention sends a clear signal to most Blacks that Donald Trump REALLY does NOT want THEIR vote….

Donald J. Trump on Wednesday called for the broad use of the contentious stop-and-frisk policing strategy in America’s cities, embracing an aggressive tactic whose legality has been challenged and whose enforcement has been abandoned in New York.

His support for the polarizing crime-fighting policy — which involves officers’ questioning and searching pedestrians — collides with his highly visible courtship of African-Americans, who have been disproportionately singled out by the tactic, data show. It also came as police shootings were once again drawing scrutiny and protest.

For Mr. Trump, the timing was especially inauspicious: It came as police shootings of black people were once again drawing scrutiny and protest.

Mr. Trump has long championed stop-and-frisk as a crime-fighting tool in his hometown, New York, but on Wednesday he recommended that it be deployed in cities across the country that are struggling to control violence.

It was the latest twist in Mr. Trump’s awkward, and at times counterproductive, outreach to black voters, who polls suggest remain deeply skeptical of him — and it occurred right after a prominent black supporter, Don King, used a racial epithet as he introduced Mr. Trump at a church in Cleveland Heights, Ohio….

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Trump doesn’t read much….

In suggesting that the New York City Police Dept. use ‘Stop and Frisk’ he is NOT AWARE of a Judges’ ruling against New York City stopping the extensive use of the process that is being overseen by a Federal Monitor….

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Chicago has already had 500 Homicides this year….

Last year closed out @ 491….

Chicago recorded its 500th homicide of the year over the weekend. In all of last year, 491 people were killed.

It seemed like the Labor Day weekend would not be as bloody as other recent summer weekends in Chicago. By the end of Sunday, four people had been killed and 34 shot—relatively low numbers for a city where homicides are on the rise. But then as the holiday weekend continued into Monday, there was an 11th-hour surge in violence. Between 6 a.m. Monday and 3 a.m. Tuesday, an additional nine people were killed and 31 were shot. The Chicago Tribune explains:

The uptick in shootings in this weekend’s final hours mirrored the end of the Fourth of July. Gunfire in the final hours of that holiday made up half the entire weekend’s bloodshed.

Police attributed the 11th-hour surge to retaliatory acts, often involving gangs, after a weekend of parties and tense encounters.

This weekend brings Chicago’s homicide total to 512. Nearly 3,000 people have been shot this year.

It was also the deadliest holiday weekend of the summer, surpassing the six dead from Memorial Day and five dead on the Fourth of July….

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Trump wants ‘Tough Cops’ going after Crime….

A guy who has NO IDEA WTF Crime is like is advocating what?

Check Trump’s comments to Bill O’Reilly….(Mostly about Cops in Chicago where there IS a serious crime problem)

In the end he wants them to ‘counterattack’ to raise their ‘spirits?

“You have unbelievable—how? By being very much tougher than they are right now,” Trump said. “They are right now not tough. I mean, I could tell you this very long and quite boring story but when I was in Chicago, I got to meet a couple of very top police. I said, ‘How do you stop this? How do you stop this? If you were put in charge,’ to a specific person, ‘Do you think you could stop it?’ He said, ‘Mr. Trump, I would be able to stop it in one week.’ And I believed him 100 percent.”

Further efforts to clarify what exactly this “specific person” would do and what “tough police tactics” are did not get far.

“You have to have a warrant to arrest people,” O’Reilly said. “You can’t beat them up.”

Trump replied that he didn’t ask for an exact plan because he’s “not the mayor of Chicago.”…

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Beautiful. Remember Donald Trump’s claim that he’d talked to an unnamed but “very top” and “rough, tough” Chicago police official, and said rough, tough man had assured Trump that he could put a stop to violence in a week if were just allowed to use the right “tough police tactics”? The Chicago police department could have swatted that story down in a couple different ways. They could have said “our people did not say that,” for instance. But they went another direction—a direction Trump-watchers will find familiar:

“We’ve discredited this claim months ago,” CPD spokesperson Frank Giancamilli said in a statement. “No one in the senior command at CPD has ever met with Donald Trump or a member of his campaign.”

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Open Thread for August 15, 2016…Desperate time for Republicans…

Must be….

Some Republicans are STILL begging the Fed’s to charge Hillary Clinton with SOMETHING…

She’s been  thru the Benghazi hearings….

She’s been thru the email examination….

She’s past the foundation questions….

She’s been thru the email server examination….

Now the Republicans are asking to subject her to a perjury  charge for dealing with the GOP House fishing expedition …..

Donald Trump on the other hand ?

He’s in court on SEVERAL Civil cases…

For one he’s gone after the judge with racial and heritage disses…

(That one got him in hot water)

He just settled one for $10 M…..

Nobody cares, Right?

Most of those Republicans KNOW their nominee is working for a loss come November….

So these people are trying to save the day for their party by keeping at something that is NOT gonna happen….

Their voters have put them in this mess….

The Department of Justice isn’t gonna get them out of it, no matter how despoerate they are with a guy repping them from an Alternate Universe….

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Two Police Officers and a Sheriff’s Dep killed by another ex-solider….

This went down in Baton Rouge….

This like the shooting to death of 5 police officers in Dallas had NOTHING to do with terrorism…

Its is another example of American men having dificulty adjusting to life after being in a war….

The man who killed two police officers and a sheriff’s deputy in Baton Rouge Sunday was a former Marine sergeant who served in Iraq and had no known ties to any extremist groups.

Gavin Eugene Long, whose last known address was in Kansas City, Missouri, carried out the attack on his 29th birthday. Police say he also wounded three officers before he was killed him in the latest in a string of violent incidents involving police and the black community.

According to military records, Long was a Marine from 2005 to 2010 and rose to the rank of sergeant. He served in Iraq from June 2008 to January 2009, and records show he received several medals during his military career, including one for good conduct. Long, who received an honorable discharge, was listed as a ‘‘data network specialist’’ in the Marines…..

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Breaking…FBI will NOT suggest Charges against Clinton….

The FBI Director James Comey has announced that the FBI will NOT recommend to the Dept. of Justice that Hillary Clinton, or Staff members  be charged in the Email Server  case….

The Director DID use the words that Hillary Clinton was ‘extremely careless’ in her handling of emails…..

This was a NOT really a surprise outcome….

Almost EVERY Lawyer has predicted this ….

The Dept. of Justice was involved  in this….

The President and others would NOT have gone out so strongly in their support for Clinton if they had ANYTHING to really worry about…

Comely  has got this out within 48 hours of his agencies interview of Clinton at FBI Headquarters…

Hillary Clinton has cleared the last legal hurdle anyone in the GOP or some  Sanders supporters where hoping for that might stop her efforts to gain the Presidential nomination….

Comely also said.….”No reasonable prosecutor would bring a case.” Determination hinged on definition “intentional” & “gross negligence”

The F.B.I. director, James B. Comey, on Tuesday said “no reasonable prosecutor” would bring a case against Hillary Clinton for her handling of classified information as secretary of state. The F.B.I.’s recommendation will have an enormous impact on the presidential election.

Mr. Comey said the F.B.I. is not recommending charges against Mrs. Clinton to the Justice Department. But he said Mrs. Clinton and her staff were “extremely careless” in their use of email.

The statements by Mr. Comey concluded an investigation that began a year ago when the inspector general for the intelligence agencies told the Justice Department that he had found classified information among a small sampling of emails Mrs. Clinton had sent and received….

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To Politicize or Not to Politicize? Ruminations on Orlando

….’The clarion calls for weaponry restrictions grow ever louder. I have mixed feelings on this. Putting my own personally Conservative, pro-Second Amendment ideology aside for the moment, I never thought it was the decent thing to do to inject high-stakes political positioning into such situations. Having said that, the terrorism angle already brings into the fore many a political consideration. The fact that this was an orchestrated attack upon a gay night club also brings into discussion, among many others, a civil rights element. At this point, I suppose it is only natural to bring talk about weaponry-related ‘solutions’ into the spotlight.

The people who have for years screamed “DON’T POLITICIZE!,” seemingly unaware of how their response already innately politicizes the situation, don’t help matters. It frankly allows Conservatives to be portrayed as an ideology unwilling, perhaps even too scared, to have an argument or a debate on these important matters. “Thoughts and Prayers” has also, unfortunately, become a cliche phrase. While I’m sure there are a lot of people who do this, it has become, like “DON’T POLITICIZE!” before it, almost sort of a cop-out for a side seemingly unwilling to have a debate on an important issue. To be totally fair, though, the other side of the ideological coin is not served well by attention gluttons like Connecticut Congressman Jim Himes and Senator Chris Murphy, who both seem to utilize tragedies like this one as a means of getting on TV to do their share of soap-boxing. Taking on the political elements of delicate situations like this requires a good bit of careful thought, and is not served well by those who solely want to bring attention to themselves.

Frankly, my own solutions in that regard are simple and are positions that I think can be quickly agreed upon by any rationally thinking person. I think all military-grade weaponry(AK-47s, AR-15s, elephant guns, flame throwers, grenades and their launchers, and machine guns) should probably be restricted to only usage by our military and police forces. Civilians have all the rights to own a handgun, a rifle, and/or a shotgun, but military-grade artillery is going absolutely overboard….”

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