Closing Thought–15Aug19

It is that time again….the approach of another tiresome exercise we call an election. Since it is that time again the “S” word is being passed around like a cheap hooker….of course the GOP will use it as some sort of grade for the Dems……..even that person in the White House is using it liberally (no pun intended)……

But did you know that our Beloved Supreme Demagogue back in 2009 back during that crash of the markets had offered a solution of our problem…nationalization……

Though it surely won’t matter to his legion of supporters, back in 2009, business mogul Donald Trump supported the bailing out of the banks. Not just that, he suggested he was comfortable with the national government taking them over ― at least temporarily ― as a means of market stabilization.

The comments came during an interview with CNN’s Larry King in April 2009. King, who has since left the network, asked Trump what he thought of the new president, that being Barack Obama. Trump replied that he “really like[d] him” ― which, for any other current Republican presidential candidate, would probably be considered apostasy in its own right. But then Trump went further:

https://www.huffpost.com/entry/donald-trump-nationalizing-banks_n_55ef2d4de4b002d5c076e9df

You do realize that some sort of nationalization is par for socialism, right?

Does that make His Majesty a socialist?

He is a person with absolutely NO principles……all he has is his showmanship after years of reality TV, the popularity of the mindless…..he will say whatever gets him attention….personally I have NO use for egocentric d/bags….and even less use for a pretend “genius”who went to the best schools and made Daddy proud.

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Call It “Domestic Terrorism”!

The last round of mass shootings and the media has once again gone to great lengths to try and label them as “Domestic Terrorist” acts.  (Another in the news as I ready this for post)

The media is all over this terminology…..pundits are spending countless hours making the case for it.

The problem is there is NO unified definition of what a domestic terrorist act details.

A good place to start is here…..

The number of bereaved families and friends of those massacred by white terrorists in the United States tragically continues to expand. Within the last year alone bodies riddled with the bullets of military-style weapons lay strewn on the streets of large cities like Pittsburgh and El Paso to small towns like Poway and Gilroy. Fueled by anti-Semitic and anti-Hispanic rhetoric, the paranoid projections and racist rhetoric of white nationalism and white supremacy have been weaponized into white terrorism.

Yet white terrorism also stalks those seeking refuge at our southern border. Imagine a distraught mother, reeling from the murder of her child. With other young children at risk, she decides to begin a perilous journey to escape any further violence. Because she hopes to prevent being attacked on the long trek, she joins with others, equally at risk. Having only a vague hope of joining distant relatives once she arrives at her destination, she and her children withstand the many deprivations over the long haul. Finally, arriving at what she has been told is a land of refuge, her children are ripped from her care. She, in turn, is taken to an overcrowded caged facility where she finds hundreds of others languishing in deplorable conditions.

White Terrorism

That said….why is this act of terrorism so difficult?

The best is from the Patriot Act…..remember that?

Section 802 of the USA PATRIOT Act (Pub. L. No. 107-52) expanded the definition of terrorism to cover “”domestic,”” as opposed to international, terrorism. A person engages in domestic terrorism if they do an act “dangerous to human life” that is a violation of the criminal laws of a state or the United States, if the act appears to be intended to: (i) intimidate or coerce a civilian population; (ii) influence the policy of a government by intimidation or coercion; or (iii) to affect the conduct of a government by mass destruction, assassination or kidnapping. Additionally, the acts have to occur primarily within the territorial jurisdiction of the United States and if they do not, may be regarded as international terrorism.

Section 802 does not create a new crime of domestic terrorism. However, it does expand the type of conduct that the government can investigate when it is investigating “terrorism.” The USA PATRIOT Act expanded governmental powers to investigate terrorism, and some of these powers are applicable to domestic terrorism.

The definition of domestic terrorism is broad enough to encompass the activities of several prominent activist campaigns and organizations. Greenpeace, Operation Rescue, Vieques Island and WTO protesters and the Environmental Liberation Front have all recently engaged in activities that could subject them to being investigated as engaging in domestic terrorism.

Do not mistake my words for some sort of opposition….I want these low life slugs punished but there is the chance that unless we are careful then we could allow the government to go too far….as they have done on so many other issues.

Let me give my readers a couple of things to think about in the dealing with “Domestic Terrorism”…..

https://www.nbcnews.com/politics/justice-department/there-no-law-covers-domestic-terrorism-what-would-one-look-n1040386

Beware Calls in US for Domestic ‘Terrorism’ Laws

As usual the debate and discussion will go on and on…..and the shooting deaths will go on and on……

At least one GOPer has some courage…..Sen. McSally of Arizona….

“For too long we have allowed those who commit heinous acts of domestic terrorism to be charged with related crimes that don’t portray the full scope of their hateful actions,” says GOP Sen. Martha McSally. And so on Wednesday she revealed she plans to do something about it. The Arizona senator released a discussion draft of a new bill that would make domestic terrorism a distinct federal crime—and CBS News explains why that would be necessary: “Domestic terrorism is defined in the US legal code but it is not codified as a law that can be prosecuted.” As such, federal authorities end up charging those suspected of domestic terrorism with other offenses, like hate crimes or weapons possession.

McSally explained the ramifications of that to CBS: It “makes it more difficult to track acts of domestic terror and reduces uniformity in charging and sentencing.” The Arizona Republic reports she’ll introduce the bill once the Senate’s summer recess ends. Politico sees her move as a sign that Republicans are “getting serious” about responding to the recent wave of mass shootings with legislation. It offers context for McSally, too: She’s going head to head with Mark Kelly in the state’s 2020 special election for John McCain’s seat, “a contest in which firearms and fighting crime will loom large.”

How far will this go in a do nothing Senate controlled by cowards and spineless toads?

This is a problem in search of a solution and all concerned are looking in the wrong direction.

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The Economy, Stupid!

The markets have had wild swings for about a year now….but with that the profits roll on for the corporations…..the president’s lack of economic knowledge and the wild lies of something good is just making things worse.

And this past week it has come to a head (as they say)…..it happened in the bond markets……

An economic alarm bell has sounded in the US, sending warnings of a possible recession ahead—and sending the Dow plunging 800 points by the end of the day. Yields on 2-year and 10-year Treasury notes inverted early Wednesday, a market phenomenon that shows investors want more in return for short-term government bonds than for long-term bonds. It’s an indication that investors have lost faith in the soundness of the US economy, the AP reports. What appeared to be a slight thaw in trade relations between the US and China that had sent markets sharply higher Tuesday was quickly forgotten, with the Dow opening down 400 points. By 12:30pm ET it was down nearly 650 points; a half-hour later it had plunged 737 points, or 2.6%, reports CNBC. By end of day it was down 800, the S&P 500 was down 86, and the Nasdaq was down 242, per Marketwatch.

CNBC notes that bank stocks like Bank of America and Citigroup have been the big losers today, down 5% and 5.2% respectively, as “it gets tougher for [them] to make a profit lending money in such an environment.” The yield on the benchmark 10-year Treasury note hit 1.622%, falling below the yield of a 2-year, which was 1.634%. The last inversion of this part of the yield curve was in December 2005, two years before a recession brought on by the financial crisis hit. An inversion like the one taking place Wednesday has preceded the last nine recessions dating back to 1955. When a recession might hit, if it does, is a little hazier. Months or even years have passed after an inversion takes place, and before economists can connect the two. Marketwatch notes Wednesday was the Dow’s worst day this year.

Here comes the “R” word…. a “recession”…..some are running worried….

Then there are the multiple lies about China and tariffs….remember when he said China would pay for the tariffs not the American people?  That was the same lie as Mexico would pay for that damn silly border wall.  Don’t forget the lie about all the billions flowing into the coffers of the nation…that was a lie as well…..

If China was gonna to pay and the pain would all be on someone else then why did Trump decide to postpone tariffs until mid-December?

U.S. President Donald Trump on Tuesday backed off his Sept. 1 deadline for 10% tariffs on remaining Chinese imports, delaying duties on cellphones, laptops and other consumer goods, in the hopes of blunting their impact on U.S. holiday sales.

https://uk.reuters.com/article/uk-usa-trade-china-tariff/trump-backs-off-china-tariff-plan-with-delays-for-cellphones-laptops-idUKKCN1V31CR

Would “impact US holiday sales”…..that should tell you everything you need to know about these pseudo-economic solutions….even if you are not a genius like our Supreme Leader Trump.

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Remember When?

Just One More Gun Post

Before I begin let me assure my readers that this is not some anti-gun rant…..just a short look back at history and scratch my head.

What got me thinking about this more was a photo of a guy at a coffee stand with is carbine slung over shoulder…..since I could not find the one I wanted I give you this one…..

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If you need a gun to get a cup of coffee stay home and make your own.

I see these photos of people carrying guns at protests, parades and just strolling around a city to be named.  It got me thinking back to my younger days when I was a Leftist protester……

https://lobotero.com/2013/06/14/could-not-happen-in-days-gone-by/

I remember just what the conservatives thought in those days and they would have given themselves an irritable bowel if we had shown up with a gun….

Okay how about the Black Panthers of their day…..not the new worthless bunch?  They were always pictured with their guns…..

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Remember those days?  Those were the days when conservatives were hot for some sort of gun control…..when black people openly displayed guns….the GOP lots their collective minds…..and the irritable bowel returned.

The images from the two mass shootings this past weekend — in El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio — were, as with all mass shootings, devastating. No matter how many news cycles come and go, it is impossible to stay numb to the story of a woman in El Paso who was shielding her baby son so that her dead body’s fall broke his bones while saving his life.

But for the generation that came of age in the wake of the 1999 Columbine shooting, these horrors and the constant anxiety that they bring have begun to feel normal — even inevitable. There have been well over 2,000 mass shootings in this country since 20 children and 6 staff members of Sandy Hook Elementary School were gunned down six and a half years ago. That’s just about one per day. And if gun violence in the United States now feels as inevitable as sickness, old age, and death, any cure feels equally unattainable.

https://www.buzzfeednews.com/article/joshuamanson/gun-control-history-race-black-panther-party-conservatives

Yes I am an old fart and remember those days (dementia has not set in yet)

My point is that conservs are freaking hypocrites…..all is good as long as it is white people doing the deed.

How many Black men do you see in an open carry scenario these days?

According to Dr Jonathan Metzl, a psychiatrist and sociologist at Vanderbilt University, white supremacy is the key to understanding America’s gun debate. In his new book, Dying of Whiteness: How the Politics of Racial Resentment is Killing America’s Heartland, Metzl argues that the intensity and polarization of the US gun debate makes much more sense when understood in the context of whiteness and white privilege.

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2019/aug/08/racism-gun-control-dying-of-whiteness

Time for a change.

The longer we go….the more game playing we do…the more people die…..

The U.S. has the most guns per capita and the weakest gun control laws of any developed country. It is estimated that at least 30 percent of American adults own a gun, and an additional 11 percent lives with someone who does. Nearly 48 percent of U.S. adults grew up in a household with guns. Nearly two-thirds of Americans who own guns own more than one.

The National Rifle Association (NRA) has been unrelenting in its efforts to influence lawmakers. Although the majority of Americans say that gun laws should be more restrictive than what they are today lawmakers, to a large extent, are deaf to these demands.

https://www.commondreams.org/views/2019/08/07/us-culture-violence-killing-us-all

And the rhetoric goes on…..and on.

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Better Angels?

Seriously?

The group ICE just had its largest raid to date and it is in my home state…..

US immigration officials raided numerous Mississippi food processing plants Wednesday, arresting 680 mostly Latino workers in what marked the largest workplace sting in at least a decade, the AP reports. The raids, planned months ago, happened just hours before President Trump was scheduled to visit El Paso, Texas, the majority-Latino city where a man linked to an online screed about a “Hispanic invasion” was charged in a shooting that left 22 people dead in the border city. Workers filled three buses—two for men and one for women—at a Koch Foods Inc. plant in tiny Morton, 40 miles east of Jackson. They were taken to a military hangar to be processed for immigration violations. About 70 family, friends and residents waved goodbye and shouted, “Let them go! Let them go!” Later, two more buses arrived.

A tearful 13-year-old boy whose parents are from Guatemala waved goodbye to his mother, a Koch worker, as he stood beside his father. About 600 agents fanned out across the plants involving several companies, surrounding the perimeters to prevent workers from fleeing. The raids occurred in small towns near Jackson with a workforce made up largely of Latino immigrants, including Bay Springs, Carthage, Canton, Morton, Pelahatchie and Sebastapol. Some employees tried to flee on foot but were caught in the parking lot. Workers who were confirmed to have legal status were allowed to leave the plant after having their trunks searched. “It was a sad situation inside,” said Domingo Candelaria, a legal resident and Koch worker who said authorities checked employees’ identification documents.

Really?

Who is in charge?

Trump just let a horrific news report step all over his day with the two affected cities.

It would be laughable if it were not so damn pathetic.

All I can think is stupid in, stupid out!

On the first day of school….this is not who we are as a country…this is so goddamn pathetic that it makes me ill.

I will admit that we need better immigration laws….but not when it makes victims of children.

Better Angels…..MY ASS!

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My Take On Gun Violence (Again)

I have written my thoughts about the debate and the violence around guns….and once again I need to make my thoughts known after a bloody weekend last.

A few of the posts I have written about the gun violence culture we live within…..

https://lobotero.com/2013/09/17/gun-vioence-here-we-go-again/

https://lobotero.com/2017/11/14/god-country-guns/

https://lobotero.com/2014/03/14/happiness-is-a-warm-gun-2/

https://lobotero.com/2019/06/01/seriously-again/

Like I said…just a small selection of my thoughts and posts on the subject of gun violence….

After last weekend I feel I need to repeat myself on guns and violence.

I will begin by saying I am pro gun…I have many guns….but I also see the need for some sort of definitive action to try and put the brakes on this spiral of violence that we are living.

Tuesday night panic broke out in NYC because of a motorcycle backfire…..watch the video here….

The mass shootings over the weekend in El Paso and Dayton have everyone on edge, and that anxiety played out Tuesday night in New York City after a loud sound sent people running. ABC News reports that thousands of locals and tourists in Times Square started screaming and fleeing in panic around 10pm when several motorcycles cruising through the area suddenly backfired, making people think weapons had been fired. “All of a sudden I heard this kind of muffled pop and said, ‘What was that,’ and I looked over and there was just a sea of people running,” one bystander tells WABC.

Some people sought shelter in nearby stores, as well as in other buildings. One place that people rushed into: the nearby Shubert Theatre, where To Kill a Mockingbird starring Jeff Daniels is enjoying its current run. “Screaming civilians tried to storm our theater for safety,” cast member Gideon Glick tweeted afterward. “The audience started screaming and the cast fled the stage. This is the world we live in. This cannot be our world.” Vulture notes police were able to tamp down the theater’s chaos, which interrupted a performance of the play, within a few minutes. The FDNY says nine people were treated for minor injuries after the incident.

WATCH: Video Shows Panic in Times Square Over Active Shooter Fear

Fear has taken hold of the American people.

It is partly because of the 24 hour news cycle….every channel has never ending coverage of each shooting….some reports last weeks with a continuous loop to the violence….people are starting to fear for their lives….keep in mind the attention span of most Americans is 30-45 seconds.

Was this a good thing?

Depends on how one cares to look at it.

This could force the spineless Congress to actually get something done….or it will just keep the people hiding in the closet waiting for the government to do something to protect them….and they will wait.

Or we could listen to those that blame everything but the person doing the shooting….they blame video games…..they blame the internet….they blame cell phones for rotting their brains….they blame so much and have so little proof that any of it is responsible….but yet the free acquisition of firearms does have its proof.

I mean think about it….does anyone need a semi auto rifle with a 100 round magazine to defend their home?  I they cannot shoot any better than that then buy a damn shotgun and your ineptitude with a gun can be overcome.

I blame the MSM for the panic the American people….their look into every aspect of a shooters life and family does little to solve the violence problem.  And the forced debate by the MSM does nothing as well.

We have had decades of lip service…..and decades of violence…..the so-called “debate” has accomplished nothing.

So what will this latest act of domestic violence bring forth?

Gun violence debate is just about as worthless as the so-called race debate….lots of lip service with NO action.

Our leader is not innocent in the BS……

I am concerned about the rise of any group of hate, I don’t like it,” he told reporters. “Any group of hate, whether it’s white supremacy, whether it’s any other kind of supremacy, whether it’s antifa. Whether it’s any group of hate.”

“I am very concerned about it and I’ll do something about it.”

(Mother Jones)

Less than 24 hours later he is back to demonizing someone….matters not who just know that it is someone that has made him pout.

So far Donald Trump has attacked: – Mayor of Dayton – Beto O’Rourke – Sherrod Brown – Joe Biden – CNN – Shepard Smith – Fox News – “LameStream media” – New York Times

His action and words are all too predictable.

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Trump On Gun Control

After a weekend of mass shootings and all the coverage it has gotten from the MSM our Dear president has made a statement that may surprise many……but not before spending time Tweeting about a UFC fight…..

As the nation reeled from two mass shootings in less than a day, President Donald Trump spent the first hours after the tragedies out of sight at his New Jersey golf course, sending out tweets of support awkwardly mixed in with those promoting a celebrity fight and attacking his political foes, the AP reports. Trump was to travel back to Washington later Sunday and aides said he would likely address reporters, but the nation did not glimpse the president in the immediate aftermath of a shooting in El Paso, Texas, that killed at least 20 people and, hours later, one in Dayton, Ohio, that claimed at least nine lives. Never seemingly comfortable consoling a nation in grief, Trump will be carefully watched for his response to the attacks, again inviting comparison to his predecessors who have tried to heal the country in moments of national trauma.

“The FBI, local and state law enforcement are working together in El Paso and in Dayton, Ohio,” Trump tweeted Sunday morning. “God bless the people of El Paso Texas. God bless the people of Dayton, Ohio.” His first tweet after the El Paso shooting on Saturday hit similar notes, with Trump calling it “terrible” and promising the full support of the federal government. But just 14 minutes later, he tweeted again, a discordant post wishing UFC fighter Colby Covington, a Trump supporter, good luck in his fight that evening. That was soon followed up with a pair of retweets of African American supporters offering testimonials to Trump’s policies helping black voters, though the president polls very poorly with blacks. Trump’s two elder sons attended the UFC fight, while social media photos show that Trump stopped by a wedding at his Bedminster club on Saturday night.

But not to worry he finally found the words for a nation reeling from the violence…..

President Trump emerged from his New Jersey golf club Sunday and said “perhaps” the government could do more to control guns, CNN reports. “We’ve actually done a lot,” he said on a tarmac before boarding Air Force One for Washington. “But perhaps more has to be done.” The president, who has used explosive rhetoric and posted tweets that many consider racist, added that “hate has no place in our country and we’re gonna take care of it.” He also said the weekend’s two major mass shootings, which left 29 dead and 53 wounded, would have been worse without good law enforcement.

“It would have been unbelievable,” he said. “It [was] horrible but it would have been so much worse.” Still, USA Today quotes him as saying “we have to get it stopped. This has been going on for years.” CNN notes that Trump did manage a bump-stock ban, but hasn’t gone after gun control on a larger scale, unlike President Obama, whose executive actions on the issue included mental health and background checks. Trump said he had spoken to Attorney General William Barr and others about guns and would make a statement Monday at 10am, per Bloomberg.

How long will it take for his “people” to “clarify” what the president has said?

Will the NRA stand by for such talk?

Better yet will those enablers of Trump within the GOP stand by this type of rhetoric?

Wait!  Even better yet will Trump walk back and waffle as he seems to do on most issues?

Or will he use his Executive Power to do something substantial?

How long will it take for yet another unstable individual to go on a shooting rampage?

Will the Democrats get some much needed traction on this issue?

Finally, does anyone really care…other than the media?

So many questions….and so few answers.

In case you are interested…this is what a 100 round drum that a shooter had looks like…..

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A disgusting piece of weaponry.

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