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  1. Gezza

     /  February 23, 2018

    Mentioned on Aljaz tv morning news:

    Briefing notes photographed at Donald Trump’s White House listening session with survivors of gun violence show he needed to be reminded to say “I hear you”.

    Close-up pictures of the note revealed that it had five points, of which the first was a reminder to ask the question: “What would you most want me to know about your experience”. The second question listed is “What can we do to make you feel safe?”

    The president’s note also prompted Trump to ask survivors for their ideas, or what resources they think might be needed.

    But it is the final note – “I hear you” – that has attracted the most criticism, with the implication that without a prompt the president would be unable to show sympathy towards those affected by school shootings, some of whom had travelled from Florida for the occasion.
    https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2018/feb/22/i-hear-you-trump-uses-cue-cards-to-remind-him-to-listen-to-shooting-survivors

    Aljaz showed an excerpt of him saying that if the school coach had a gun he would’ve used it “and that would’ve been the end of it”.

    I read somewhere last night that the school had an armed police security officer, but he was in another part of the school, was unaware of the attack throughout, & never even drew his gun.
    http://www.nydailynews.com/news/crime/armed-guard-florida-school-encountered-rampaging-gunman-article-1.3822777

    And Aljaz tv news just showed the NRA CEO, giving an address at a Conference Mike Pence was attending & would also speak at, saying that those calling for better gun control were “the elites” who hate the Second Amendment & the freedoms of American citizens”.

    This guy sounds like an out & out lying alt righty deliberately stirring things up on behalf of the gun manufacturers & sellers of the biggest arms dealing country in the world – the USA.

    Jesus their politicians are corrupt – falling for this crap & remorselessly accepting bribe money from these bloodstained shysters for decades.

    • Joe Bloggs

       /  February 23, 2018

      And there was something else we missed in the trump talking points/empathy list photo…

      • Corky

         /  February 23, 2018

        Not the brightest, are you, Keef. Question 1 is connected to the 45 using the index finger
        ( the pointing finger). I guess that’s why Trumpy is the Prez..and you’re a nobody.

  2. Gezza

     /  February 23, 2018

    Messengered my nephew, a Kiwi science teacher in Maryland, USA, telling him I worried about him & to stay safe. His American wife, also a secondary school teacher, at least is probably relatively safer at home having taken 2 years off to be a stay-home mom & raise their two young boys. Got the following responses:

    “Maryland has at least tighter gun rules than other states. Got told by police at school visit that you should be thinking about alternative exits wherever you go! If that’s is not a sign things are wrong I don’t know what is.
    ……..
    It’s true, the cost of what they propose versus the cost of tightening gun ownership laws is ridiculous. Irony is, the heavy gun power is to be sure the army doesn’t take over. So they just gave military another 160 billion per year in the budget. The story lines the politicians make up here are so incoherent, but no one calls them out on it.”

    • Gezza

       /  February 23, 2018

      * (He means ‘alternative exits’ of course. He’s a science teacher, not an English teacher!) 🙂

  3. Alan Wilkinson

     /  February 23, 2018

    Mueller’s gang of Democrat lawyers. So much for his objective independence:

    * None of the 16 lawyers known to work for special counsel Robert Mueller are registered Republicans
    * There are 13 registered Democrats on the investigation and three lawyers with no party affiliation
    * Campaign finance records reveal that 11 lawyers are Democratic donors

    http://dailycaller.com/2018/02/21/exclusive-zero-registered-republicans-mueller-lawyer/

    • Mefrostate

       /  February 23, 2018

      Mueller was a Republican for most of his life, and was hired by W Bush, being overseen by a DOJ under Rosenstein who’s also been reported as a registered Republican, as we’ve discussed.

      Mueller is also legally prohibited from considering the party affiliation of the people he hires. Blind hiring would produce mostly Democrats, as 68% of lawyers who have made political contributions have given more to Democrats than Republicans, with this rising to 76% among graduates of the top 14 law schools. Even Ty Cobb, Trump’s own lawyer on Russia, has donated thousands to democrats. According to the Justice Department, campaign donations do not comprise a conflict of interest.

      The Daily Caller do not mention all this context, presumably because they’re a conservative newspaper owned by Tucker Carlson, with a right bias and mixed factuality (they’ve made false claims in the past).

      • Alan Wilkinson

         /  February 23, 2018

        Of course they have a conflict of interest, Mefro. Don’t be ridiculous.

        • Alan Wilkinson

           /  February 23, 2018

          Actually they have several. As well as their political allegiances they are incentivised to make their present job last as long as possible and to produce scalps for their future employers.

          • Mefrostate

             /  February 24, 2018

            In the words of Michael Palin, that’s not an argument, it’s just contradiction.

            If you’re complaining about there being a conflict of interest in lawyers finding scalps (32 counts today) among individuals connected to the leader of the world’s largest democracy, then you’re truly beyond help.

    • Joe Bloggs

       /  February 23, 2018

    • Griff

       /  February 23, 2018

      Gee alan
      That’s because many with an education are more likely view the republican party as a bunch of nutters living in a dream world.
      More education less Republican.
      More god bothering more Republican.

      • Alan Wilkinson

         /  February 23, 2018

        You are going to enjoy all the Democrat judges Trump is appointing then, aren’t you?

  4. Mefrostate

     /  February 23, 2018

    Since Alan wants to talk about the Mueller investigation, we should also talk about the fact that a new 32-count indictment has been issued against Manafort and Gates, relating to false tax returns, bank fraud, failure to report foreign accounts, and money laundering.

    This includes the laundering of $33m of money connected to work with Yanukovych (currently in exile in Russia), and the activities include the time period during the Trump campaign and up to at least January of 2017.

    These are likely a strategic play by Mueller to put pressure on both individuals to take a plea deal and testify on individuals higher-up. If convicted of these crimes, Manafort would likely due in prison, so plea bargaining will get interesting from here.

    https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2018-02-22/manafort-faces-new-charges-of-tax-and-bank-fraud-in-russia-probe

    • Joe Bloggs

       /  February 23, 2018

      Yay for Mueller! Draining the swamp… Making America great again…

    • Joe Bloggs

       /  February 23, 2018

      These additional charges on Manafort appear to be related to the property Manafort has been trying to use to make bail.

      So the court has gotten sworn statements about the property Manafort has been trying to use to make bail, and if he’s found to have lied on them, he’ll lose his current release conditions.

      I think Manafort might finally spend his first night in jail.

  5. Joe Bloggs

     /  February 23, 2018

  6. There’s some signs that Trump has been impacted quite a lot by the Florida school shooting and is seriously thinking about what needs to be done to address what is an awful ongoing problem in America.

  7. Pickled Possum

     /  February 23, 2018

    ‘Respectable’ Dope Pushers

    Drug firms shipped 20.8M pain pills to West Virginia town with 2,900 people

    Over the past decade, out-of-state drug companies shipped 20.8 million prescription painkillers to two pharmacies four blocks apart in a Southern West Virginia town with 2,900 people, according to a congressional committee investigating the opioid crisis

    The House Energy and Commerce Committee cited the massive shipments of hydrocodone and oxycodone — two powerful painkillers — to the town of Williamson, in Mingo County, amid the panel’s inquiry into the role of drug distributors in the opioid epidemic.

    More than 880 people fatally overdosed in West Virginia in 2016.

    West Virginia Laws & Penalties http://norml.org/laws/item/west-virginia-penalties-2
    For Sale or Distribution…
    Of Any amount of cannabis …
    Mandatory minimum sentence 1 year jail …
    penalty …felony
    Max fine $15,000.

    Looks like cannabis is out and 2 powerful painkillers that can kill are in.
    Beam me up Scotty!!!!!

    • Gezza

       /  February 23, 2018

      Cripes! Where’d she go? One minute she was here…
      Wait … there’s something up there glowing in the night sky … no – it’s suddenly just disappeared at warp speed ! 😮

      • Gezza

         /  February 23, 2018

        Gorgeous, big, white, shining half-moon in the West at 9 O’clock at the moment. Lighting up the edges of passing fluffy clouds with pastel rainbow colours. I tell ya, Welly has the BEST moons.