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Just read in my local (red state, small town) rag that AR15 sales are brisk at the local gunpeddlers

Glad I pulled my kids out of their schools.

Note to self: avoid going to public places as much as possible.

Can't believe how tone deaf, defiant, truculent and downright mean these people are in the wake of dozens of mass shootings and needless gun deaths.

No wonder they don't believe in evolution. They never evolved.

You arm a teacher. You train the teacher. A gunman enters the school building.

You put down your lesson plan. You get your gun. You stalk the gunman. You effortlessly morph from teacher to police officer/marksman. What could happen next?

1. You shoot the gunman. You kill him. You now live with this memory for the rest of your life, but you're hailed as a hero.

2. You shoot at the gunman but miss. Your errant bullet takes down a student. You live with the guilt for the rest of your life.

3. You shoot the gunman and miss. He continues to mow down students. You live with the guilt for the rest of your life.

4. You shoot the gunman and miss. The gunman turns and shoots you. Welcome to America. You died a hero.

We want our teachers to parent our children when they're at school. We expect for them to impart knowledge and skill training regardless of whether the student wants it or the parents support it. We want them to discipline our children in lieu of doing it ourselves. And now we want for them to become a security force and protector of the kids as well?

I wouldn't sign up for that, not in a hundred years, and certainly not for the pittance you're offering me as compensation.

Now would be a great time for Mueller to unseal his indictments against Carter Page

We all know that "the memo" is about to be released, with all its concomitant feigned indignation over inequities in the DOJ and the FBI. At the center of this so-called controversy is Rod Rosenstein's signing off on a renewal of a FISA warrant against Carter Page. The argument will be that Carter Page, as a member of Troup Trump, was unfairly singled out and therefore there is a left wing conspiracy afoot at DOJ and FBI.

On the other hand, if Bob Mueller was able to publicly unseal his indictment(s) against Page TODAY, so that the world can see exactly what he has been charged with, it would have the effect of blunting the impact of the release of "the memo".

Yes, I'm assuming that there are sealed indictments against Page, but based on what has been reported, it seems very likely that this could be the case. The FBI has literally been following this guy around for years.

At this point, it truly feels that we are on the precipice. Help us, Robert M. You're our only hope.

Just had a right-winger, a banker, in my office this morning

Helped him settle a second mortgage for a client. Mind you, I live in rural Georgia, and may be the only liberal within a hundred miles of this place.

After the closing, he told me that his bank, a small local entity, was planning on marketing the hell out of equity lines of credit and second mortgages in 2018.

I asked him if anyone had gotten the message, that the new tax law expressly eliminates the interest deductibility on new and existing home equity loans. He looked at me incredulously, and admitted he hadn't heard that bit of news.

He offered that, perhaps, maybe, there would be some sort of offset hard-wired into the bill that would balance the scales in this regard. I told him, "nope".

He said that the bank had dropped a mint into its upcoming campaign, and that he would be conversing with the Board as soon as he got back to the office.

The bad news is beginning to trickle down to the idiots that vote GOP. We will all suffer, for sure, but the suffering of those who felt so much faux pain over the past several years and elected a bunch of fascists as their saviors is particularly delicious.

Would audiotape of Trump, et al. agreeing to quid pro quo be enough?

Most of our speculation about whether or not Mueller can cobble together a case against the Trump cabal is based on witness testimony, intercepted emails, and other compelling circumstantial evidence.

But would the existence of audiotapes between our perps and the Russians be enough to sway the public? Would it be enough to rattle the Republican Congress and force them to impeach? One has to believe that such audio exists. We've been told for a long time that foreign intelligence agencies intercepted communications that compelled them to report nefarious activity to the FBI and the CIA. Malcolm Nance has spoken on the subject.

Of course the validity of the audiotapes would be challenged - it's the spin of choice for the GOP these days - but it seems that actually hearing Kushner, Jr., Pence, Turtle and Ryan, and Donnie 2 Scoops himself captured on tape committing a crime might be the tipping point to sway public opinion.

And if Trump tries to shut down Mueller...I could easily imagine intelligence agencies, domestic and foreign, allowing these tapes to trickle out to the media, another potential backstop to Republican obstruction.

In any case, I'd love to hear ONE audiotape leak that would act as a counterpunch to the current GOP maligning of the Special Counsel Mueller.

Those write-in votes ended up being the difference

Republicans who refused to vote for Jones but couldn't in good conscience vote for Moore.

That, coupled with a GREAT turn-out for Democrats spelled GREAT NEWS FOR ALABAMA.

Have You Noticed

There's a lot of people wondering if you've noticed something lately?

I just noticed that.

LOL....no ill will intended.

When will Congress enact anti-Nazi laws similar to Germany's Strafgesetzbuch section 86a?

Until Congress acts (and I'm looking at you, MAJORITY Republican leaders), they are complicit in this devolution of our society.

Each Congressperson needs to be on record as to their stance on such legislation. Against it? Fine. You get a swastika/klan hood next to your name the next time you run for re-election.

Democrats will be running against Trump and the Nazis in 2018. Make those SOBs in the GOP own this. And why not. It's defined them for decades.

All Quiet on the Russian Front

After weeks and even months of a steady (sometimes torrential) drip, drip, drip, it seems the spigot has been closed and few if any new revelations have been leaked or reported.

Does this mean that the sources have dried up? Has Mueller buttoned down the investigation leaving little to be learned by the general public?

I must admit, I rather enjoyed the deluge of damning information that we were privy to. It was my lifeline to reality; my one source of hope in the midst of pretty bleak circumstances. Nowadays, we're only hearing the right wing counterpoints to the long-standing allegations of Russia's attack on our election and Trump's collusion in advancing the Russian incursion. The Congressional investigations feel like they've been politicized beyond neutrality and the accused are lawyered up and speaking without rebuttal to the press. It's enough to make you feel there's been a momentum shift and the brownshirts are in the driver's seat.

So I guess what I'm trying to say is: RACHEL. Talk to me.

If the Founding Fathers had a crystal ball and could see the future

Would they have defined "treason" more broadly? Would they have limited the pardoning power of the President to exclude or diminish the power in the event that the President or his co-conspirators were the criminals being pardoned? Would they have included filters on the press to filter out overt lies and propaganda being conveyed to the general public under the guise of it being truthful, veritable news?

It seems there are gaping holes in our Constitution when it comes to a corrupt and criminal executive branch. The expansive authorities granted to the President allow him to circumvent punishment for the highest crimes imaginable. The checks and balances afforded Congress are meaningless under a 2 party system in which one of the parties is willing to subvert their duties in order to protect the party brand. Our rights as citizens to vote the criminals out is a once-every-four-years solution that still allows the criminals to ply their trade for FOUR LONG YEARS.

And all of that is meaningless when the press is able to spew out absolute lies and falsities without recourse.

Yes, my fear is that Trump will have the Special Counsel fired, and will then pardon himself, his family, and everyone associated with Trump/Russia, that the Congress will not impeach, and the press will come to the briefing room every day and allow the White House to propagate its lies and deceptions without video feed and without adequate refutation of FOX News talking points.

Can someone invent a time machine, go back to the Founding Fathers, and let them see what awaits this country?
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