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TRUMP'S ILL-BEGOTTEN VICTORY: Intel dossier says Putin helped Sanders, Stein

http://www.nationalobserver.com/2017/01/14/opinion/trumps-ill-begotten-victory-intel-dossier-says-putin-helped-sanders-stein

The dossier alleges extensive active coordination between Russia and the Trump team, and suggests that much of the anti-Clinton rhetoric from the left was deliberately orchestrated by Russia and Trump's team to harm her campaign.

The dossier reports that "the aim of leaking the DNC emails to Wikileaks during the Democratic Convention had been to swing supporters of Bernie Sanders away from Hillary Clinton and across to Trump."

If true, the Steele dossier brings more clarity to some of the murkier edges of the campaign. To an unknown extent, it suggests that Jill Stein, probably unwittingly, was pulled into Putin’s orbit as part of anti-Clinton pro-Trump plan.

One intriguing feature of the election fallout is the near total silence of Bernie Sanders on the topic of Russian hacks. In light of the Kremlin's alleged pro-Sanders strategy (as a means of supporting Trump), the senator from Vermont seems a little like the dog that wouldn't bark in the night.


Posted with excerpts for discussion. It was on an opinion page.

Manatee County Woman Shot, Killed By Neighbor While Looking For Lost Dog

http://www.nbcmiami.com/news/local/Manatee-County-Woman-Shot-Killed-By-Neighbor-While-Looking-For-Lost-Dog-410375605.html

A Manatee County woman was shot and killed Tuesday night while searching a neighborhood near her home for a lost dog.
According to NBC affiliate WFLA-TV, Rebecca Rawson was with two family members near her home in Parrish – located northeast of Bradenton – searching for the animal when someone knocked on the door of 83-year-old Eugene Matthews.

Manatee County Sheriff’s deputies said Matthews opened his door and started shooting at the group and into a vehicle where Rawson was. She was taken to a nearby hospital, where Rawson died.
Matthews has been charged with second degree murder.


Source: Manatee County Woman Shot, Killed By Neighbor While Looking For Lost Dog | NBC 6 South Florida http://www.nbcmiami.com/news/local/Manatee-County-Woman-Shot-Killed-By-Neighbor-While-Looking-For-Lost-Dog-410375605.html#ixzz4VTSUB1GZ
Follow us: @nbcmiami on Twitter | NBCMiami on Facebook

http://www.abcactionnews.com/news/region-sarasota-manatee/manatee-county-woman-shot-killed-while-searching-for-dog

The victim, Rebecca Rawson, along with Kathryn Rawson (her daughter) and Rodney Rawson (her brother in law), went to Matthews' home on Pritchart Street to retrieve her dog, Bart. When Rodney Rawson went to the door and knocked, Juanita Sills answered the door. Rawson called the dog's name and the dog came to the door. Rawson picked up the dog and took him back to the car.

Eugene Matthews came out of the house and fired a handgun into the air twice. Then he pointed the gun at the vehicle and a single round went through the windshield and hit Rebecca Rawson, 65, in the face. Rodney grabbed the gun from Williams and a struggle ensued and one round was fired before Rawson could get the gun from the suspect.

Gun-obsessed conservative writer accidently killed after letting teen hold his weapon

http://usuncut.com/news/gun-obsessed-conservative-writer-accidently-killed-letting-teen-hold-weapon/

A conservative columnist who often wrote scathing criticisms of gun control for the Portland Press Herald has been accidentally shot and killed by a teenage boy.

An unidentified teenaged boy and his father had been visiting M.D. Harmon in his home on Wednesday, when Harmon allowed the teenager to handle one of his guns. The gun went off and killed him.

Harmon worked for Portland, Maine newspapers for over forty years. In a 2013 column, he railed against every proposed piece of gun control legislation that followed the 2013 Newton shootings, ironically writing “But the absolute worst part of the bill is that it would require all gun buyers to take a firearm safety course.”

He has also criticized any kind of efforts to enforce background checks or federal tracking systems for gun purchases, saying that “gun control” should instead be labelled as the government’s attempt at “people control.”


People Control, Not Gun Control

This is my generic response to gun threads where people are shot and killed by the dumb or criminal possession of guns. For the record, I grew up in the South and on military bases. I was taught about firearms as a child, and I grew up hunting, was a member of the NRA, and I still own guns. In the 70’s, I dropped out of the NRA because they become more radical and less interested in safety and training. Some personal experiences where people I know were involved in shootings caused me to realize that anyone could obtain and posses a gun no matter how illogical it was for them to have a gun. Also, easy access to more powerful guns, guns in the hands of children, and guns that weren’t secured are out of control in our society. As such, here’s what I now think ought to be the requirements to possess a gun. I’m not debating the legal language, I just think it’s the reasonable way to stop the shootings. Notice, none of this restricts the type of guns sold. This is aimed at the people who shoot others, because it’s clear that they should never have had a gun.

1.) Anyone in possession of a gun (whether they own it or not) should have a regularly renewed license. If you want to call it a permit, certificate, or something else that's fine.
2.) To get a license, you should have a background check, and be examined by a professional for emotional and mental stability appropriate for gun possession. It might be appropriate to require that examination to be accompanied by references from family, friends, employers, etc. This check is not to subject you to a mental health diagnosis, just check on your superficial and apparent gun-worthyness.
3.) To get the license, you should be required to take a safety course and pass a test appropriate to the type of gun you want to use.
4.) To get a license, you should be over 21. Under 21, you could only use a gun under direct supervision of a licensed person and after obtaining a learner’s license. Your license might be restricted if you have children or criminals or other unsafe people living in your home. (If you want to argue 18 or 25 or some other age, fine. 21 makes sense to me.)
5.) If you possess a gun, you would have to carry a liability insurance policy specifically for gun ownership - and likely you would have to provide proof of appropriate storage, security, and whatever statistical reasons that emerge that would drive the costs and ability to get insurance.
6.) You could not purchase a gun or ammunition without a license, and purchases would have a waiting period.
7.) If you possess a gun without a license, you go to jail, the gun is impounded, and a judge will have to let you go (just like a DUI).
8.) No one should carry an unsecured gun (except in a locked case, unloaded) when outside of home. Guns should be secure when transporting to a shooting event without demonstrating a special need. Their license should indicate training and special carry circumstances beyond recreational shooting (security guard, etc.). If you are carrying your gun while under the influence of drugs or alcohol, you lose your gun and license.
9.) If you buy, sell, give away, or inherit a gun, your license information should be recorded.
10.) If you accidentally discharge your gun, commit a crime, get referred by a mental health professional, are served a restraining order, etc., you should lose your license and guns until reinstated by a serious relicensing process.

Most of you know that a license is no big deal. Besides a driver’s license you need a license to fish, operate a boat, or many other activities. I realize these differ by state, but that is not a reason to let anyone without a bit of sense pack a semiautomatic weapon in public, on the roads, and in schools. I think we need to make it much harder for some people to have guns.

Democratic vice presidential nominee Tim Kaine jams with Bon Jovi in St. Petersburg

http://www.tampabay.com/news/politics/elections/democratic-vice-presidential-nominee-tim-kaine-jams-with-bon-jovi/2301643

For Tim Kaine, the personal highlight of the 2016 presidential race might have come Saturday at a Get Out the Vote rally at the State Theatre, courtesy of Jon Bon Jovi.

"Now that I've got Mr. Kaine up here — or as I like to call him backstage, T.K.," the mega-selling rocker said after Kaine concluded a brief stump speech, "we're gonna play one more together."

And so it happened that Tim Kaine, America's dad-rock candidate for vice president, got to jam out on harmonica with Bon Jovi.

On the same day Joe Piscopo stumped for Trump in Tampa, his fellow New Jersey native Bon Jovi, did the same in St. Petersburg for his longtime friend Hillary Clinton, playing a free, intimate but packed solo show for fewer than 800 ticket-holders who began queuing up around the same time Trump took the stage across the bay.


Kaine is really doing a good job. Too bad that many have only seen him for the first time.

Personally, I think when they catch that damn scary clown it will turn out to be Trump!!!


Did anyone see the interview with the Russian ambassador(?) On CNN??

No link, but he was asked about Trump's "Pussy Riot" moment like the one Russia had...I'm paraphrasing...

He said that English was not too good so he didn't want to comment because there were "too many pussies around here"!!

When they cut away, the reporter was breaking up. Christians Amanpour I think.

U.S. Supreme Court DEFIANTLY Cuts Legs Off Of NRA, Issues Historic Ruling (VIDEO)

Source: Bipartisan Report

The Supreme Court of the United States has finally ruled on an issue mentioned in the October 2015 syllabus, and first argued in February of 2016. The decision ruled that people convicted of any domestic abuse crimes can no longer legally own firearms.

The efforts were taken in order to “close a dangerous loophole” that allowed people convicted of “minor” domestic abuse to purchase and own weapons legally. Now, the ban on felons owning firearms has been extended to include people convicted of misdemeanor domestic violence.


Read more: http://bipartisanreport.com/2016/10/09/u-s-supreme-court-defiantly-cuts-legs-off-of-nra-issues-historic-ruling-video/

Here we go again...

http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-palm-springs-shooting-20161008-snap-story.html

The suspect has a history of violence, records show.

Felix was convicted of assault with a deadly weapon after an initial charge of attempted murder in 2009. Prosecutors at the time accused him of being a member of a criminal gang. He was sentenced to two years in prison. In 2013, he was accused of resisting arrest with Palm Springs police on the same street where Saturday’s shooting occurred. He pleaded guilty to a count of malicious noise.




People Control, Not Gun Control

This is my generic response to gun threads where people are shot and killed by the dumb or criminal possession of guns. For the record, I grew up in the South and on military bases. I was taught about firearms as a child, and I grew up hunting, was a member of the NRA, and I still own guns. In the 70’s, I dropped out of the NRA because they become more radical and less interested in safety and training. Some personal experiences where people I know were involved in shootings caused me to realize that anyone could obtain and posses a gun no matter how illogical it was for them to have a gun. Also, easy access to more powerful guns, guns in the hands of children, and guns that weren’t secured are out of control in our society. As such, here’s what I now think ought to be the requirements to possess a gun. I’m not debating the legal language, I just think it’s the reasonable way to stop the shootings. Notice, none of this restricts the type of guns sold. This is aimed at the people who shoot others, because it’s clear that they should never have had a gun.

1.) Anyone in possession of a gun (whether they own it or not) should have a regularly renewed license. If you want to call it a permit, certificate, or something else that's fine.
2.) To get a license, you should have a background check, and be examined by a professional for emotional and mental stability appropriate for gun possession. It might be appropriate to require that examination to be accompanied by references from family, friends, employers, etc. This check is not to subject you to a mental health diagnosis, just check on your superficial and apparent gun-worthyness.
3.) To get the license, you should be required to take a safety course and pass a test appropriate to the type of gun you want to use.
4.) To get a license, you should be over 21. Under 21, you could only use a gun under direct supervision of a licensed person and after obtaining a learner’s license. Your license might be restricted if you have children or criminals or other unsafe people living in your home. (If you want to argue 18 or 25 or some other age, fine. 21 makes sense to me.)
5.) If you possess a gun, you would have to carry a liability insurance policy specifically for gun ownership - and likely you would have to provide proof of appropriate storage, security, and whatever statistical reasons that emerge that would drive the costs and ability to get insurance.
6.) You could not purchase a gun or ammunition without a license, and purchases would have a waiting period.
7.) If you possess a gun without a license, you go to jail, the gun is impounded, and a judge will have to let you go (just like a DUI).
8.) No one should carry an unsecured gun (except in a locked case, unloaded) when outside of home. Guns should be secure when transporting to a shooting event without demonstrating a special need. Their license should indicate training and special carry circumstances beyond recreational shooting (security guard, etc.). If you are carrying your gun while under the influence of drugs or alcohol, you lose your gun and license.
9.) If you buy, sell, give away, or inherit a gun, your license information should be recorded.
10.) If you accidentally discharge your gun, commit a crime, get referred by a mental health professional, are served a restraining order, etc., you should lose your license and guns until reinstated by a serious relicensing process.

Most of you know that a license is no big deal. Besides a driver’s license you need a license to fish, operate a boat, or many other activities. I realize these differ by state, but that is not a reason to let anyone without a bit of sense pack a semiautomatic weapon in public, on the roads, and in schools. I think we need to make it much harder for some people to have guns.

Love this ad from last night's debate...

https://www.facebook.com/hillaryclinton/videos/1270833806306479/



Trump and Pence...watch it and weep!

Email Leak Reveals Clinton Ignored Calls for aid From Nigerian Prince

https://newromantimes.com/email-leak-reveals-clinton-ignored-calls-aid-nigerian-prince/

WASHINGTON DC – The latest round of emails released by WikiLeaks reveals that as US Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton blatantly ignored a desperate request for aid from a foreign head of state.

In the email, Prince Waseem Attah of Nigeria called Clinton a “DEPENDABLE AND TRUST WORDY FOREIGN PARTNER” and requested assistance in arranging a legal transfer of funds from his country to a US bank account. Server logs show the email was deleted just seconds after being opened.

Congressional leaders were quick to criticize Clinton for the slight. “The Secretary of State is our ambassador to the world”, said Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, “Such disrespect for the leaders of other countries weakens our international alliances and strengthens our enemies’ resolve.”

When contacted by email for a comment on Clinton’s handling of the incident, Prince Attah said “SHARING SHALL BE 25% FOR YOU, 85% FOR ME. PLEASE HASTEN UP TO MAKE PROVISIONS” adding “SEND TO ME YOUR TELEPHONE AND FAX NUMBERS TO DISCUSS FURTHER.”


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