Shooting government representatives is something done in 3rd world countries. Yet, the U.S.A. has been there several times, and we’ve made it there, again.
A lone gunman unleashed several rounds with an automatic weapon at a congressional baseball practice.
Welcome to the 3rd world. Again.
There is a congressional charity baseball game scheduled. Today was practice day, and a gunman was at the Republican practice going on early this morning.
Rep. Steve Scalise was injured as were several others including police officers. There are no reports of any deaths.
This is no way to get a message across to anybody, and whether I agree or disagree with current legislation on the table, this is not how we handle our democracy.
The person who perpetrated this event is not a hero, and not a legitimate spokesperson for our democracy.
There were heroes in this shooting incident including a woman who, was walking in the vicinity prior to the shooting who noticed a man with a rifle on the street in this residential area.
She became alarmed, ran in to the nearby YMCA to immediately call 911, which could account for the almost immediate arrival of back-up local police to the scene.
Some of us may be alarmed for major personal losses due to upcoming legislation. Some may be left speechless, and exasperated watching as the country we once knew is evaporating.
It is still, no excuse. This is not the answer. It’s wrong. There are only consequences for the gunman. No rewards. No influence on legislation.
The police are the heroes.
Help me! I am being eaten for lunch, all day, every day.
If I don’t put an end to this, nobody else will put an end to it.
I don’t have anybody to blame, and no excuses. If I’m being eaten for lunch, being had on a daily basis, I should find someone to blame.
How about America’s media? There has to be someone or, something to blame.
My wife wants to know where I am, and all I can say is; I’m being eaten for lunch 24/7.
My family is badgering me for answers. Oh, I know. I certainly can’t body slam my family but, the questions keep on.
Who else jumps on board? My son with the same questions. Where am I disappearing? Damn family keeps asking the same questions every time I see them.
My disappearance is typically because the politicians in this country are incapable, imperfect foolish brats, and they are consuming me with their outright stupidity, and again with the questions!!!! And I have to write about it.
I’m just going to body slam my son. No more questions.
I have learned from Greg Gianforte a lack of self control is acceptable behavior. Montana exit polling of voters gave Gianforte points for strength! Thank you, Greg.
There will assuredly be no body slams here. It would not be a sign of strength, I actually don’t have the strength, and I have more self control.
I guess I won’t be moving to Montana because, it seems that according to those few exit polls of voters in Montana, being a bully is a sign of strength, and it’s how they’re bringing up their kids.
Further, it’s okay to tell a lie in Montana. When, and if witnesses counter your story then, and only then do you offer a well rehearsed, quick, under the breath apology.
These are Republicans supposedly representing family values. I do realize, not all Montana residents agree with the few interviewed after voting.
By the way, Gianforte at the suggestion of Paul Ryan made a ‘heartfelt’ apology. The apology escaped his lips with a murmur. Before the mumbled apology had a period on the end of it, one of his supporters yelled out, ‘you’re forgiven.’
I guess the forgiveness was given in the name of party politics, not because of a wrongful act.
Forgiven? Yes. What about the example it shows children? Is it simply just okay as long as it’s for the win? While forgiven, aren’t children allowed to see the bar set higher by a public figure?
Greg, Donald, and a cast of characters will be in my best thoughts as they need forgiveness, and mercy, not contempt. Their actions are theirs, and they are actions they will ultimately have to be facing the consequences.
They have been teachers for me. What not to do in life when I have only me to blame for my actions.
Greg Gianforte, Donald Trump, and his cast of characters no longer have access to me for their around the clock meal.
It was never about them. It was always about my response to them.
In order to accomplish not being eaten for lunch, I am going to leave you to MSNBC, FOX, newspapers left, right, and everywhere in between to get you proper information. It is, and always has been ‘real news’ with a spin. It is up to you to digest it as you will.
It was falsely called, ‘fake news’ only as Donald Trump came on to the political scene, and whether unknowingly or knowingly was following the Russian Intelligence play book to cause the general public to turn on its’ own free press as a strategic way to furnish alternative supporting facts whenever the ‘fake news’ does not support the regime.
I leave this venue of writing to give me a new found freedom. It won’t be easy but, I need to rediscover who I am, and not who I am based on someone else.
This blog is not going away. It’s just getting back where it once was.
Rather than being eaten for lunch, I think I’ll be eating lunch…..with the family.
The Universal ledger of Cause, & Effect is flawless, and must always be in perfect balance.
Greg Gianforte, the Republican candidate for Congress in Montana is running in a special election to fill a Congressional seat.
What does Gianforte think of the latest health care bill with the improved numbers from the Congressional Budget Office?
The newest version of the bill is designed to throw only 23 million off of health care rather than the previous 24 million.
A reporter tried to ask Gianforte’s opinion on the new CBO rating.
Rather than answer, it seems the candidate resorted to a strong arm act of violence on the reporter. To think a reporter held a recording device up to the candidate’s lips for an answer.
The candidate body slammed the reporter to the floor.
Something finally broke the usual patented Donald Trump scowl. I’ll bet that frown was turned upside down, while Trump probably smiled with pride that his campaign pep rally dissidents were physically moved out, and a fellow Republican is following Trump’s example.
Trump is a traitor to his own core base, and they stay. Little to no to negative change is coming for the common worker as Trump helps to turn the screws.
One thing unknown is the Montana Republican candidate’s opinion of the CBO rating.
Dems, and Repubs aligned but, combined for our Constitutional Democracy or, one nation under Russia. That’s the choice.
The USA’s 2020 President may not be fairly elected. The 2020 President of the USA may be quite familiar. A puppet. An American but, a puppet complete with strings to a puppeteer in Moscow.
How could this happen? Vladimir Putin found a willing playmate to assist Americans to play right in to the Vladimir Putin play book.
Some of the characterizations of the Putin play book include but, are not limited to the following description.
Target the free press. Use the term, ‘fake news’ to describe every news story that is non-supporting. Do not deviate from the practice as the general public will begin, and finally turn on their own free media. Create an alternative fact volume to contrast any ‘fake news.’
Rise above any one theology, thought or, group, and become a beloved personality. Promise the Promised Land, promise everything to everyone. You don’t have to deliver once arriving.
Create extreme divisiveness between factions within a country by, incorporating the steps below.
Create chaos. Create enhanced hatred amongst factions of democratic societies.
Infiltrate via social media. Plant ‘fake news.’ Shift from subject matter, and bully with racial, religious epitaphs in comments.
Enhance personal relationships with foreigners to incorporate as cooperating agent.
Those are just a few characterizations taken from Russian Intelligence papers generally available to anyone willing to look for them.
Judging from the above, wouldn’t you say, far, and wide, the USA is playing right in to this play book?
Look at the comment pages on any place from Youtube to Facebook to Twitter.
Many bullying comments leaving subject matter way behind in favor of a change to who could insult who with the deepest stab wounds.
Those are the trolls for the Russian government. They may not even realize it but, they are catering to, and assisting Vladimir Putin.
So, while we may align with one political party or, another, Vladimir Putin is playing us in preparation for puppet strings pulled from Moscow.
Many Americans are playing directly out of the Russian play book to insure our democracy is brought down with other democracies around the world.
Thanks to worldwide intel, the French people would not bow to the Russians as we bowed. Putin wanted Trump, and got him. Look how well the play book worked for Donald Trump. By contrast in France, Putin’s intended new president was defeated as the French public was paying attention, and keenly aware of Russia’s desires.
Personally, I couldn’t support either candidate in our last election but, how much of that was spoiled successfully by the Putin Play book?
The point is; Are we going to come together as Republicans, and Democrats combined or, as one under Vladimir Putin, and a Russian regime pulling the strings in Washington? After all, Putin has found more willing play mates in the USA than he has in France.
This paves the way for a Vladimir Putin victory in the USA 2018 elections!
The Turkish autocracy has no respect for peaceful protests. They have also not been reprimanded though, John McCain wants to throw the Ambassador out of the country.
Turkish President Recep Tayipp Erdogan was at the Turkish Embassy in Washington, D.C. last week amidst a peaceful protest. Erdogan sent some thugs out to physically accost the protesters, and turned a peaceful protest in to something it didn’t have to become.
And constitutionally, it’s not allowed to happen, in the United States.
Erdogan ‘stole’ an election in Turkey, turning it in to an autocracy at a rapid pace, and now on a fast track to become Turkey’s dictator. It is where a lot of autocracies seem to end up.
The press in Turkey is getting the screws turned. They better be careful on how this incident is brought forward as jail could be imminent with any opposition to the leadership. Kind of like what Trump would like to do with the opposing media in contrast to Constitutional protections in the United States.
It could be that Trump considers that ‘piece of paper’ merely a piece of paper that can be cut up with a pair of scissors. He hasn’t an inkling as to what is contained in the Constitution as he feels free to run rampant with his own rules even in contrast to the document that governs our country.
The way this Turkish scuffle was handled was counter to our rights as outlined in our Constitution. The right to assembly, and the right to peacefully protest.
Kind of like several Trump campaign rallies. In one of these pep-rallies, Trump asked the crowd where these people come from???
Where do these people come from? Do I really have to answer that?
While there are two major political parties, there are several others, and Independents like me as well.
Trump was running to become President of all of us, and should have been cognizant of what is capable of happening at a politically charged pep rally. It was up to him to take the high road but, without any surprise for me, he didn’t.
His handling of the opposing Americans at his pep-rallies was anything but, American. He could have acknowledged them without the strong arm tactics so many ruthless autocrats, and dictators handle protests.
The protesters should have shown a little class as well by, maintaining a peaceful protest outside of the Trump pep-rallies. It was not a reason for Trump to dip down in class as well. He was running to become leader of the free world. Trump’s example then, as well as now seems to be the attitude of someone taking ownership of yet, another property. Not a leader of freedom.
Trump appears serious all the time to a fault. He appears old, and grumpy without any happiness or joy in his life. Seems as though it is an effort to keep up the persona of a tough guy with the usual seemingly purposeful frown.
Washington, he is learning, is not as simple as deal making. At least not the kind of deal making he’s done in the past.
Trump has since said, “This is not as easy as it seems.” No. It isn’t easy. He owes lots of apologies that will never be given. Tough guys don’t say they’re sorry. Probably a sign of weakness.
It’s not a sign of weakness. It’s a sign of a kid who’s never grown up. Just a little kid who can’t get along with most of the adults in the room or, their kids. A spoiled, coddled child.
Unfortunately, as Trump well knows, it takes a full grown man (or woman) who can diplomatically face his opponents.
Any Erdogan like bumble brain can use a little paid for muscle. Imagine, you can be a total idiot to hire muscle to quell an opponent’s voice. The problem with that simplistic solution is; You may get a few for now but, they keep coming back in bigger numbers.
That’s why it takes merely an idiot to pay for muscle.
We don’t know that for sure. Not yet, anyway. From appearances we might arrive at that conclusion. These are appearances only.
The media has their stories, and their ‘spins’ on those stories. The ‘spins’ are not ‘fake news.’ They are, as they’ve always been, the free American press expressing a wide variety of views. We enjoy the freedom of press by Constitutional Law.
None of it is ‘fake news’ only opinion of the real news. This is why I write with my own ‘spin’ based on the ‘spin’ I have received.
One of Donald Trump’s newest assertions being, “Maybe some of the media should be jailed.” That might be how they do it in Russia. Who knows where some of the press in the room last week might be right now. Only the Russian press was allowed into the room.
Trump took the opportunity of a Commencement speech to the Coast Guard to lament that “there has never been a politician in history who has been picked on by the media” to the degree he has been abused. This is all part of it.
He may feel abused by the press but, I don’t think he is abused by the media. There’s just a lot of news being generated out of the Oval Office, and it will be reported by the American free press.
There are several internal investigations that are now tainted with partisanship.
Most of us want the truth, and believe neither the Democrats or, Republicans can arrive at the truth if left to their own resources because they seem to be comprised of too many party loyalists.
More Americans distrust the government to handle any controversial investigation on their own.
I still trust the FBI is working diligently, and independently.
Personally, I want only the truth. I don’t trust ‘bi-partisan’ internal committees to arrive at the truth. Who’s hiding what?
We have a call to duty. Putting America first. A call to protect Constitutional Law. How do we do that? We need a politically untainted Independent investigation to arrive at the facts, and proceed appropriately.
There are House Members already calling for impeachment of President Trump, and we don’t even have all the facts, yet.
Hang tight because, the impeachment call at this point is as offensive as the resistance to an independent investigation.
I’m not a Trump fan, and I remain without a political party affiliation.
Trump campaigned on, “America First.” Much to the chagrin of Republicans, it seems to be, “Donald Trump First.”
Addendum: After writing this entry, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein has redeemed his reputation by appointing Special Counsel to continue the investigation citing public interest would best be served by an independent investigation.