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Hand dyer mainly to the quilters market, doll maker, oil painter and teacher, anti-fas, cat owner, anti nuke, ex navy, reasonably good cook, father of three happy successful kids and three happy grand kids. Life is good.

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How Banks Unwittingly Finance Mass Shootings

How Banks Unwittingly Finance Mass Shootings


Omar Mateen used six credit cards to buy two guns and thousands of rounds of ammunition before he opened fire inside the Pulse nightclub.
Orlando, Fla. | 49 dead

James Holmes used credit to help buy more than $11,000 in guns, grenades, a gas mask and other military gear to attack a movie theater.
Aurora, Colo. | 12 dead

Stephen Paddock had two dozen guns inside the Mandalay Bay Resort when he rained fire on a music festival below. Police found four credit cards.
Las Vegas | 58 dead

The New York Times reviewed hundreds of documents including police reports, bank records and investigator notes from a decade of mass shootings. Many of the killers built their stockpiles of high-powered weapons with the convenience of credit. No one was watching.

His web browsing history chronicled his anxiety: “Credit card reports all three bureaus,” “FBI,” and “Why banks stop your purchases.”

He needn’t have worried. None of the banks, credit-card network operators or payment processors alerted law enforcement officials about the purchases he thought were so suspicious.

A New York Times examination of mass shootings since the Virginia Tech attack in 2007 reveals how credit cards have become a crucial part of the planning of these massacres. There have been 13 shootings that killed 10 or more people in the last decade, and in at least eight of them, the killers financed their attacks using credit cards. Some used credit to acquire firearms they could not otherwise have afforded.

Those eight shootings killed 217 people. The investigations undertaken in their aftermath uncovered a rich trove of information about the killers’ spending. There were plenty of red flags, if only someone were able to look for them, law enforcement experts say.

<huge snip well worth reading>

John Shrewsberry, chief financial officer of Wells Fargo — which counts the National Rifle Association as a client — has dismissed the notion that banks should regulate the use of its credit cards for gun purchases.

“The best way to make progress on these issues is through the political and legislative process,” he said in April on a conference call with investors.

There may be good reason that no bank executive wants to talk out loud about guns: In October, Senator John Kennedy, Republican of Louisiana, introduced a bill, the No Red and Blue Banks Act, which would “prohibit the federal government from giving contracts to banks that discriminate against lawful businesses based solely on social policy considerations.”

The bill was directed at banks that changed their policies regarding guns.

“Our friends at Citigroup and Bank of America apparently aren’t busy enough with their banking business; they have decided that they are going to set policy for the Second Amendment,” Mr. Kennedy wrote on Twitter.

And a policy expert at the American Civil Liberties Union recently expressed concern about how efforts to prevent mass shootings could infringe on individual rights.

“The implication of expecting the government to detect and prevent every mass shooting is believing the government should play an enormously intrusive role in American life,” Jay Stanley, senior policy analyst at the A.C.L.U. Speech, Privacy, and Technology Project, wrote in July.

In 29 states, consumers cannot use credit cards to buy lottery tickets because legislators don’t want consumers wracking up debt gambling. And under the Gun Control Act of 1968, firearms dealers must report if someone buys two or more handguns in a span of five business days.

That requirement can be evaded simply by buying at more than one store, but a system involving the banks and credit card networks could have the opportunity to flag the purchases.

Olivia Carville contributed reporting. James Williamson contributed research. Design by Andrew Rossback. Graphic by Keith Collins and Troy Griggs.
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Its good to know the GOP has some interests that are harmless to the nation ...

as a whole, though I'm sure there's an out of work curd grader somewhere who will dispute that.
The timing is awkward as was the Texas Rep chairing the meeting trying to gin up some dunder over any questioning of the issue and the timing on Rachel last night. They didn't turn off the shot until he clammed up. We need to quit giving them soundbite opportunities, we need to show them flat footed and blathering once they get past the 10 sec script. Ask hard questions and be prepared to answer them ourselves.

cheetolini will be gone bye/at 2020. We'd better be thinking about getting back as much Senate as possible. And there's even more Republican seats coming up in 2022. This is about more than ridding cheetolini, its about clearing out those who enabled him and abetted him.

Next 10 years is tough domestically and internationally. But we can do it. We have an amazing amount of talent in the wings. Lets get all of them in office. I don't know of anyone from any list of 10 candidates for POTUS by any of us on DU that couldn't beat cheetolini and/or Pence. We need to be concentrating on all other state and federal offices as hard as possible. In 2024 we could be facing Mitt Romney. A solidly Democratic Congress would be very helpful.

Frankly if I get the choice between good solid Democatic woman and a good solid Democratic white ...

male candidate, I'm voting for the woman. People who look like me are already overly represented.

The fact is that all six candidates are capable of being President. Klobachar and Harris deserve the more serious look not because they're women but because they have the same capability to lead as do the B's - then comes they're being women.

We have the best and deepest bench I've ever seen for an election. The truth is I will vote for Klobochar or Harris before I'd vote for the three B's. And no matter which one gets through to convention - I will have absolutely no problem voting for anyone of them against cheetolini. If he's even there in 2020.

What would you think of nominating Pelosi after she's been made President after the resignations of cheetolini and Mike Pence? I'd vote Pelosi - certainly has the experience.

Welcome to DU. Actually there is no evidence of anything, just facts and a child's remains ...

Something happened under circumstances 100% controlled under our President's deadly fix for a non existent problem.

Its a crying shame when the death of a seven year old has to bring it home and yet will not even slow it down.

If I were her father, an extremely unsophisticated to US culture but used to military/police/political violence in my own country sort of man - I'd consider closely what I'd say against an authority that has me in jail and has had my daughter "die" alone already. Not speaking or understanding English, of course.

Donald Trump Jr. Attacks Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez With Dog-Eating Meme

Donald Trump Jr. Attacks Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez With Dog-Eating Meme
The meme shared by Donald Trump’s eldest son suggested Ocasio-Cortez’s policies would result in Americans eating dogs.

By Lee Moran


Donald Trump Jr. used Instagram to attack Rep.-elect Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) on Thursday.


President Donald Trump’s eldest son shared a meme featuring photographs of his father and Ocasio-Cortez, 29, which suggested that her progressive policies would result in Americans having to eat dogs.

“It’s funny cuz it’s true!!!” Trump Jr. captioned the post.

In reality, hunger in the U.S. is already a widespread problem.

Ocasio-Cortez became the youngest woman ever elected to Congress in November, winning her race for a U.S. House seat in New York’s 14th District. As of Friday morning, she had not responded to Trump Jr.’s post.

However, Ocasio-Cortez did fire back at former Gov. Mike Huckabee (R-Ark.) earlier this week after he dubbed her “looney” for likening her election victory in November, and those of several other progressive candidates, to the U.S. moon landings.

It wasn't the e-mails ...

Posted by marble falls | Mon Dec 3, 2018, 05:41 PM (2 replies)

Parkland Dad Praises George H.W. Bush For His Rejection Of The NRA

Parkland Dad Praises George H.W. Bush For His Rejection Of The NRA
The late president denounced the extremist gun group decades ago.

By Sebastian Murdock


The father of a teenage girl killed in this year’s mass shooting at a Florida high school praised the late President George H.W. Bush for rejecting the NRA decades ago.

Fred Guttenberg, whose 14-year-old daughter, Jamie, was killed at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in a February mass shooting, tweeted about Bush, who died late Friday night at 94 years old.

“A lot will be written today about President George Bush,” Guttenberg tweeted. “Whether you agreed or disagreed with him, most would think that he always served with honor and decency. This resignation letter that he wrote resigning his NRA membership is only one example.”

Bush resigned as a lifetime member of the extremist gun group in 1995 after NRA executive vice president at the time, Wayne LaPierre, compared federal agents to Nazis following the 1993 Waco siege and criticized them again following the 1995 Oklahoma City bombings in which 168 people were killed.

“To attack Secret Service agents or A.T.F. people or any government law enforcement people as ‘wearing Nazi bucket helmets and black storm trooper uniforms’ wanting to ‘attack law abiding citizens’ is a vicious slander on good people,” Bush wrote in a letter published in The New York Times.

“Al Whicher, who served on my [United States Secret Service] detail when I was Vice President and President, was killed in Oklahoma City,” Bush continued. “He was no Nazi. He was a kind man, a loving parent, a man dedicated to serving his country ― and serve it well he did.”

At the end of his letter, Bush ― an avid hunter and pro-gun enthusiast ― asked that the organization remove his name from their membership list.

Guttenberg has become a strong advocate for better gun control following the shooting that left 17 people dead in Parkland. LaPierre, who is now the NRA’s CEO, has advocated that the only way to stop gun violence is to arm schools with guns.

Posted by marble falls | Sat Dec 1, 2018, 10:12 PM (3 replies)

Obama Comments On Death Of 'Patriot And Humble Servant' George H.W. Bush

Obama Comments On Death Of ‘Patriot And Humble Servant’ George H.W. Bush
“George H.W. Bush’s life is a testament to the notion that public service is a noble, joyous calling. And he did tremendous good along the journey.”

By Paige Lavender


Former President Barack Obama issued a lengthy statement early Saturday on the death of former President George H.W. Bush, who died Friday at the age of 94.

Obama praised Bush as “a patriot and humble servant” who left “a legacy of service that may never be matched, even though he’d want all of us to try.” Obama visited Bush on Tuesday ahead of a speaking engagement in Texas, according to Bush’s spokesman.

Read Obama’s full statement below:

America has lost a patriot and humble servant in George Herbert Walker Bush. While our hearts are heavy today, they are also filled with gratitude. Not merely for the years he spent as our forty-first President, but for the more than 70 years he spent in devoted service to the country he loved – from a decorated Naval aviator who nearly gave his life in World War II, to Commander-in-Chief of our Armed Forces, with plenty of posts along the way. Ambassador to the United Nations. Director of Central Intelligence. U.S. Envoy to China. Vice President of the United States.

George H.W. Bush’s life is a testament to the notion that public service is a noble, joyous calling. And he did tremendous good along the journey. Expanding America’s promise to new immigrants and people with disabilities. Reducing the scourge of nuclear weapons and building a broad international coalition to expel a dictator from Kuwait. And when democratic revolutions bloomed across Eastern Europe, it was his steady, diplomatic hand that made possible an achievement once thought anything but – ending the Cold War without firing a shot.

It’s a legacy of service that may never be matched, even though he’d want all of us to try.

After seventy-three years of marriage, George and Barbara Bush are together again now, two points of light that never dimmed, two points of light that ignited countless others with their example – the example of a man who, even after commanding the world’s mightiest military, once said “I got more of a kick out of being one of the founders of the YMCA in Midland, Texas back in 1952 than almost anything I’ve done.”

What a testament to the qualities that make this country great. Service to others. Commitment to leaving behind something better. Sacrifice in the name of lifting this country closer to its founding ideals. Our thoughts are with the entire Bush family tonight – and all who were inspired by George and Barbara’s example.

Jim McGrath, Bush’s spokesman, announced the former president’s death late Friday.
Posted by marble falls | Sat Dec 1, 2018, 10:08 PM (0 replies)

Ivanka Trump Says 'Lock Her Up' Doesn't Apply To Her

Source: HuffPo

Ivanka Trump Says ‘Lock Her Up’ Doesn’t Apply To Her
President Donald Trump’s eldest daughter said there was “no intent to circumvent” with her use of private email for government business.

By Hayley Miller


“There really is no equivalency,” Trump, the president’s eldest daughter and a senior White House adviser, said in interview with ABC’s “Good Morning America” that aired Wednesday.

She continued: “All of my emails that relate to any form of government work, which is mainly scheduling and logistics ... are all part of the public record. Everything’s been preserved.”


The report casts the president and his family in a hypocritical light, as he made 2016 Democratic opponent Clinton’s misuse of a private email server a constant line of attack. Trump supporters still regularly chant “Lock her up!” at rallies ― a call to send Clinton to prison over the emails.


“People who want to see it as the same, see it as the same,” Trump told ABC. “In my case, all of my emails are on the White House server. There’s no intent to circumvent.”

Read more: https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/ivanka-trump-lock-her-up-email_us_5bfe8557e4b030172fa8d811

Situational Ethics:101 at Trump University.

The real big deal with Manafort is ...

Mueller knew he was lying: no prosecutor worth a bean would not know the real answers to the question he'd ask anyone in a case.

What he ended up with is lies he used to fashion questions for cheetolini. He gave cheeto a change to perjur himself and show that there most definately was collusion between Manafort, Gates and cheetolini and cheeto Jr.

Collussion is an element in conspiracy. Federal Conspiracy falls under RICO act. That's where the Government siezes the ill gotten gains from a criminal conspiracy.

Now we're going to find out exactly what the cheetolini family and Monteford is worth.

Conspiracy to commit treason, to steal an election with the Russians, income tax fraud .... The possibilities are breath taking.
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