Foreign Attack On American Soil

I guess my days of posting on weekends things that were not necessarily “big news” stories are gone.

I can remember when Fridays were considered slow news days…..those days as well are gone……..

This is not about a physical attack on American soil but rather an information war from the Russians….indictments are handed down for these “terrorists”…..

Thirteen Russians and three Russian entities were charged Friday with an elaborate plot to interfere in the 2016 presidential election, federal prosecutors announced Friday.
The indictment, brought by the office of special counsel Robert Mueller, alleges that Russians used bogus social media postings and advertisements fraudulently purchased in the name of Americans to sway political opinion during the race between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton, per the AP. The charges are the most direct allegation to date of illegal Russian meddling in the election. As for any links to the Trump campaign: Some of the suspects “interacted with Americans associated with the Trump campaign, but those Trump associates did not realize they were being manipulated,” per the Washington Post.

The Post adds that the charges are linked to a “notorious Russian troll farm” known as the Internet Research Agency. “From in or around 2014 to the present, defendants knowingly and intentionally conspired with each other (and with persons known and unknown to the grand jury) to defraud the United States by impairing, obstructing, and defeating the lawful functions of the government through fraud and deceit for the purpose of interfering with the U.S. political and electoral processes, including the presidential election of 2016,’’ the indictment states. Deputy attorney general Rod Rosenstein said the goal of those charged Friday was “spreading distrust” of 2016 candidates and the political system.

Before I go any further I need to state that NO Americans are named in this indictment……the president or otherwise.  But that did not stop the president to take this indictment and make it about him.

Following Robert Mueller’s indictment of 13 Russian nationals for crimes related to interfering with the 2016 presidential election, President Trump claimed victory, the Hill reports. “Russia started their anti-US campaign in 2014, long before I announced that I would run for President,” Trump tweeted Friday. “The results of the election were not impacted. The Trump campaign did nothing wrong – no collusion!” Sarah Huckabee Sanders added that Trump “is glad to see the special counsel’s investigation further indicates—that there was NO COLLUSION between the Trump campaign and Russia and that the outcome of the election was not changed or affected.” But the White House’s celebration may be premature.

A “person with knowledge of the probe” tells Bloomberg that Mueller is still investigating possible collusion between Russia and Trump or his associates and that Friday’s indictments are only a small part of Mueller’s investigation, which may include obstruction of justice by Trump. And federal investigators haven’t actually concluded Russian interference didn’t impact the 2016 election. Furthermore, the indictments disprove Trump’s repeated claims that Russian election interference is “fake news,” the Daily Beast reports. In November, Trump said he believed Vladimir Putin when the Russian president said Russia didn’t meddle in the election. Elsewhere, the New York Times has a profile of one of the people indicted Friday. Yevgeny Prigozhin, one of Russia’s richest men, got his start running a hot-dog stand after prison before eventually running a Russian troll farm

This did not name any American nor did it clear any American of wrong doing to include the president.

This should have all Americans on the edge of their chairs…..regardless of who won some damn election this is an attack on our soil….on our election process and I cannot understand why more Americans are not up in arms over this.

For years the Russians were the bastards of the international stage and now they are just a group of guys going about screwing with our elections our society and Americans are okay with it.

What has happened to this country that we are willing to overlook this attack?

May I suggest before you make any statement that you read the indictment or you could just go to FOX and get the pile of crap… informed for a damn change!


More Stupidity On The Shooting

Just when you thought it was safe to watch the news….the latest school shooting brings out all the morons….the latest moron is the idiot Floridians elected twice as governor, Rick Scott……

The Republican governor of Florida is calling for the resignation of FBI Director Christopher Wray in the wake of the FBI’s admission it ignored a warning about the man suspected of killing 17 people in Wednesdays’ school shooting in Parkland, CBS News reports. “Seventeen innocent people are dead and acknowledging a mistake isn’t going to cut it,” Gov. Rick Scott says in a statement. “An apology will never bring these 17 Floridians back to life or comfort the families who are in pain.” Earlier Friday the FBI admitted “protocols were not followed” after a tip was called in to the FBI’s public access line last month but not passed along to the Miami field office. Scott says that’s “unacceptable” and the FBI has damaged the public’s belief in the effectiveness of “see something, say something.”

Scott isn’t the only one with harsh words for Wray. “The FBI apologized? Tell that to families,” a family friend of one of the victims tells Reuters. “People were seeing something and saying something and it still happened.” Meanwhile Republican Sen. Marco Rubio called for a congressional investigation into the FBI’s lack of action, and Attorney General Jeff Sessions ordered Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein to “conduct an immediate review” of how the FBI and Justice Department handle violent threats. But Eric Levitz at New York states Wray isn’t the one to blame, as he doesn’t manage the FBI tip line or Miami field office. He says Scott is trying “to deflect attention away from the governor’s A+ NRA rating, or to abet the president’s efforts to ‘purge’ the FBI of ‘disloyal’ elements.”

This call is silly!

Okay the FBI was warned and apparently there was nothing that triggered their suspicion…they moved on and this twat with a gun went on his spree.

What  should the FBI done?  Lock this idiot up without probable cause?

Good one but according to the Constitution we are still a democracy with laws….at least for now.  But it is not looking good for the future.

So this call from the governor is just another coward playing politics with the shooting.

Just another asshole attacking the FBI to help the narrative set forth by the guy in silk PJs in DC.

One More Shooting Post

Late Breaking……….

Sorry to say there is more on this latest shooting.  Truth is I was going to let this go until I read a couple of reports that was just irksome on so many levels….

I realize the the GOP does enjoy blaming Obama for everything that goes wrong…..well this latest shooting is no different…..Ted Cruz when interviewed mentioned the massacre in Texas as an example…..

Cruz also asserted that President Barack Obama shared the blame for a mass shooting that killed 26 at a church in Sutherland Springs, Texas.

“Had the Obama administration simply followed federal law and enforced the law, existing gun laws made it illegal for the Sutherland Springs shooter to buy a gun,” he opined. “But the Obama administration failed to report his criminal conviction so he wasn’t in the background check system.”

And he was worried that the Dems would politicize this latest attack….and what would anyone call what Cruz did?

But the main reason I have this late post was a report on the shooter of this latest massacre…..

The Republic of Florida, a white nationalist militia, confirmed Thursday that the man charged in Wednesday’s school shooting in Parkland, Florida, was involved in some of its activities.

Jordan Jereb, the group’s leader, told The Associated Press that shooting suspect Nikolas Cruz had participated in the group’s paramilitary drills in Tallahassee.

The ROF, which says it seeks to establish a “white ethnostate” in Florida, did not order Cruz to carry out the shooting, Jereb told the ADL. However, attacks carried out by groups like the Republic of Florida are on the rise: Murders by white supremacists more than doubled in 2017 compared to the year before, according to an ADL report released last week.


This is just a “he said/they said” thing about the shooter…..but should make right wing bloggers go into shock and lash out with their usual string of insults……

“I saw him wear a Trump hat,” said Sebastian Gonzalez, a 19-year-old who graduated from the high school in 2017. “At our school you were sort of with Trump or really against Trump.” Ocean Parodie, a 17-year-old junior said that he also saw Cruz wearing the hat. “He always wore like really patriotic shirts that seemed really extreme, like hating on the Islamic religion. For example, he would say things such as like, he would degrade Islamic people as terrorists and bombers. I’ve seen him wear a Trump hat,” Parodie said.

Cruz wore the hat in a photo on an Instagram account the company said belonged to him. Over his face he wore a red, white, and blue bandana. On that account and another one, Cruz posted photos of guns, knives, anti-Muslim slurs, and a picture of a toad he killed.

(Daily Beast)

I am sure this had nothing to do with the Trumpster Movement whatsoever…..

Quick update…Pres. Trump basically blames the community for this shooting saying they should have reported this young man….and in reality they did report this dude and it still happened…..clueless in DC……


Seriously? A School Shooting?

What news is this?

There has been another school shooting……that is 12 this year….12 and it is only mid February…..

A Florida school official says there are “numerous fatalities” from a shooting at a Parkland high school Wednesday that sent students rushing out into the streets as SWAT team members swarmed in and locked down the building, the AP reports. Ambulances converged on the scene as emergency workers appeared to be treating possibly wounded people on the sidewalks, according to the AP. The Broward County Sheriff’s Office says there are at least 14 victims, the AP reports. TV footage showed police with weapons drawn, entering Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, then dozens of children frantically running and walking quickly out. A police officer waved the students on, urging them to quickly evacuate the school. The sheriff’s office tweeted that the shooter was still at large even as the evacuation was underway.

Len Murray’s 17-year-old son, a junior, sent his parents a chilling text: “Mom and Dad, there have been shots fired on campus at school. There are police sirens outside. I’m in the auditorium and the doors are locked.” The AP reports those words came at 2:30pm. A few minutes later, he texted again: “I’m fine.” Murray raced to the school only to be stopped by authorities under a highway overpass within view of the school buildings. No information was immediately given to parents, Len Murray says. And he says he remained worried for all those inside. “I’m scared for the other parents here. You can see the concern in everybody’s faces. Everybody is asking, ‘Have you heard from your child yet?’
Is this the new normal?
Damn!  This is making the case for home schooling.
But not to worry the NRA will not let there be any sensible gun laws.  I am so proud.

It Is Like Arguing With Yourself

Saturday and a day to stop worrying about the crap of the day and relax…..I had an epiphany while watching the Olympics…..the Trump government is less interesting than curling ……

Almost all stores have the self-checkout for your convenience…..which is a lie….. it is to save on the payroll expense nothing else.

I dislike these things because I will inevitably arguer with the damn thing…..I like most of us do….but did you know that people are using them to commit shoplifting?

Beneath the bland veneer of supermarket automation lurks an ugly truth: There’s a lot of shoplifting going on in the self-scanning checkout lane. But don’t call it shoplifting. The guys in loss prevention prefer “external shrinkage.”

Self-checkout theft has become so widespread that a whole lingo has sprung up to describe its tactics. Ringing up a T-bone ($13.99/lb) with a code for a cheap ($0.49/lb) variety of produce is “the banana trick.” If a can of Illy espresso leaves the conveyor belt without being scanned, that’s called “the pass around.” “The switcheroo” is more labor-intensive: Peel the sticker off something inexpensive and place it over the bar code of something pricey. Just make sure both items are about the same weight, to avoid triggering that pesky “unexpected item” alert in the bagging area.

You know I never considered using this damn contraption to steal…..but I guess if you think like that then you will find a way….”where there is a will there is a way”…..

I guess I have done enough damage today so I will take my leave… well, be safe…..enjoy your day.  chuq


The Future Of Justice

AS we draw closer to the end of the year the situation here in the US has gone from bad to worse.  I am not talking about society as a whole although for some this year has been long and unproductive but not for the news.

Our president and all his men have given the MSM a well spring of info to cover.  All of society is being impacted by this past election….some are making out like bandits while some are not doing so well.

But for this post I want to talk about the future of justice in this country…..not an indictment of the president’s person.

Everyone by now has heard and formed their opinion about the investigation that is all the rage right now.  We have an investigation into the actions of the president and some of his people.  Of course all seem to think there is nothing to see.

The rhetoric has picked up first they tried to discredit the lead man of the investigation and now the Trump loyalist are trying to bring the FBI down for their investigation basically the FBI and the technique of deciding guilt.

Let me stop here and inject… this point whether the president colluded or anything is of no matter.  This is about what this is doing to the FBI.

The FBI is not high on my list but they are the agency that is tasked to make sure that the rule of law prevails….after all it is a a pillar of our republic.

Trumpians is calling the FBI as partisan and ineffective and in tatters whatever that means (Trump’s observation not mine)….all these accusations are doing damage to the reputation of the FBI that will take years to repair, if ever.

What happens down the road when evidence acquired by the FBI is presented in trial?  Will this effect the views of a a judge?  How many felons could go free when the evidence is provided is questioned thanks to all the doubt brought into the courtroom?

If this hatchet job is successful then I ask….what will justice look like?


On The Streets Of Chicago

Best Christmas gift ever!

Surely everyone knows about the rash of crime and shootings in Chicago…..the Right wing media, Trump TV, FOX News has been pounding Obama over this when he was in office and now is pounding the mayor over the rising numbers…..something has got to be done to stop this trend.

Of course the loud mouth in the White House had to put his 2 cents worth in whenever he is talking to law enforcement officers…..”what the Hell is going on in Chicago”?….was his most recent comment…..

But what to do?

A county official has come up with an idea that should send Trump supporters into a stroke…..they will be babbling like a drunken sailor…..this is just too good to pass up….

From an article written in Anti Media……

As 2017 comes to a close, the city of Chicago has racked up over 3,400 shootings and over 650 homicides this year, and Cook County Commissioner Richard Boykin is seeking to implement a highly controversial policy to deal with the problem.

Boykin shared his plans to reach out to the United Nations Assistant Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Support, Oscar Fernandez-Taranco, to seek help with “horrific levels of shootings” in the city of Chicago. If the organization were to step in, it would mark the first time a U.N. peacekeeping mission was implemented on American soil.

While on his way to New York to meet with Fernandez-Taranco, Boykin said:

“I’m hoping to appeal to the U.N. to actually come to Chicago and meet with victims of violence, and maybe even possibly help out in terms of peacekeeping efforts, because I think it’s so critical for us to make sure that these neighborhoods are safe.”

Boykin went on to say that Chicago’s leaders have failed to protect these neighborhoods from themselves

“There is a quiet genocide taking place in too many of our communities. Eighty percent of those who are being killed by gun violence are African American, and often killed at the hands of another African American. So we must protect these population groups, and that’s what the United Nations does. They’re a peacekeeping force. They know all about keeping the peace, and so we’re hopeful that they’ll hear our appeal.”

Boykin then elaborated on what he hopes the U.N. might accomplish in the city:

“They’ve been able to help in places like Africa and abroad, where they’ve sent troops in and sent forces in to help protect minority and vulnerable populations, and so quite frankly I think the same can be said for here in Chicago. I’m talking about physical security. I’m also talking about maybe suggestions for what we can do in Chicago to help protect our minority populations. We’re being, again, decimated by the violence that we see here in Chicago. I mean this is really a genocide, and we have to do something to stop it.”


I cannot wait for this to make it to the bobble heads on the right….like I said too good to pass up…..can you imagine what they will  say if blue helmets start patrolling Chicago streets?