Sunday, November 22, 2015

Attention GOP Naysayers, Obama Haters, Narrow-minded Bigots, Chickenhawks

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Reference the above map which was taken from this fine article here. A very good site with this headline:

“The three step plan to crush ISIS: Former UK military chief LORD WEST reveals how to rid the Middle East of the terror group now threatening to bring chaos to the world”

My summary here is primarily for the GOP naysayers here at home who say we aren’t doing enough – just blame the refugees and worsen their plight and oh yes, send more American ground troops (that’s the ticket they profess).

Air strikes and bombing so far by Coalition (and Russian) forces against ISIS

Code: (1) Black: ISIS controlled areas; (2) Red Stripes: Contested areas; (3) Blue Dots: Coalition Airstrikes; and (4) Red Dots: Russian Airstrikes

US:  3,500                            NETHERLANDS:  225  RUSSIA: 400
AUSTRALIA:  130             BRITAIN:  350                    
CANADA:  130                   FRANCE:  300

What specifically does the GOP candidates for president want to combat ISIS, um ...

Lot's of criticism (as usual) but few specifics ... a "just trust us to do the right thing once we win office." Yeah, right.

More on that aspect here. Check it out. 

BTW: We've heard it all before, maybe not as loud or radical or downright insane as a Donald T-rump and Dr. Ben Carson, and most of the others running, but does sound familiar: Be scared, just trust us, we are your salvation and we alone have the answers.

Their real message is fear and hype ... so .... it's up to you:

Thanks for stopping by ... and as always, stay tuned. We have a long way to go.

Saturday, November 21, 2015

Another GOP Lowdown Cheap Stunt by House Member Rep. Ann Wagner (R-MO)

Another GOP low - if it's even possible to sink this or any lower for that matter. All-in-all, it is disgusting and sickening to say the least.

GOP Rep Says: “Obama Stands Up for ISIS by Fighting Republicans on Syrian Refugees”

Rep. Ann Wagner (R-MO) said this week that when President Obama picked a fight with the GOP over refugees, he was standing up for ISIS. During a radio interview this week, Wagner said the president’s comments about refugees –– mocking Republican concerns and calling their rhetoric a potent ISIS recruitment as “disgusting and an absolute disgrace.

Then she added: “He decided to pick a fight, stand up for ISIS, and stand up against the side of freedom.” (Her words words imply that President Obama stands with our enemy (ISIS) and by extension calls him a traitor).

Her precise words are here on this short radio clip:

Ms. Wagner is a very sick, sick woman and worse, a member of Congress. She should be expelled if possible, or if not possible, then the voters of MO should recall or neverreelect her next term.

She is a total disgrace. The question is I believe: “How much longer will the decent American public tolerate crap like this.”

Thanks for stopping by.

Thursday, November 19, 2015

NRA (Not Really American) Their Latest Rant: Arming Terrorist Suspects is OK

Major Headline in December 2012 Following Sandy Hook School Massacre
Right on the Mark

Now in November 2015
How Hard Is It Really to Define Insanity????

From NRA Supporters: They Helped Us Get These Guns
Leave the NRA Alone or Else

This story is stark and chilling from here with this headline:

NRA defends stance on law that allows terror suspects to get firearms

At first glance that headline is startling, digging deeper proves to be true. The NRA says it’s just trying to protect the rights of law-abiding citizens to buy guns — even if their names appear on a terror watch list.

They fired back (no pun intended) at critics of its opposition to a proposed law banning terror suspects from buying guns in the United States, saying in part:

The National Rifle Association wants to prevent terrorists from obtaining any deadly weapon and to suggest otherwise is offensive and wrong. It is not surprising that anti-gun politicians and publications are distorting the facts to push a gun control agenda.” [Statement from NRA spokeswoman Jennifer Baker to the Daily News].

There was no direct word from the group’s executive vice president, Wayne LaPierre.
The News reported the federal Denying Firearms and Explosives to Dangerous Terrorists Act (click here) has been stalled for eight years — with proponents blaming the NRA and GOP lawmakers for its failure to pass.
Impact: A legal loophole allowed more than 2,000 suspects on the FBI’s Terror Watch list to legally purchase weapons from 2004 and 2014.
Bill sponsor Rep. Pete King (R-NY) remained pessimistic the bill would pass this year, despite last week’s carnage in Paris.
Continue at the link above.
Oh, yeah, fer all you gun nuts out there in la-la land, don’t fer git to renew your NRA membership… old Wayne needs a pay raise. Lock and load … 

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

"It's Not The Money, Money is Needed to Run" Okay, Just Give the Country Away

Here, go run for the White House. More Where That Came From
/s/ Handful of Billionaires

Here's what the USSC unleashed on America ... $ U P E R P A C $ …!!!

Sen. Marco Rubio's super-PAC recently took in $5 million from Norman Braman, a billionaire car dealer in Miami and a close ally of Rubio for years who is a relative unknown outside of Florida. Braman is a die-hard Rubio fan willing to give significantly more than the $5 million he has already put into Rubio's super-PAC. That floodgate is wide open.

A relatively new phenomenon, Super PACs proliferated following the January 2010 Supreme Court Citizens United v. FEC decision that said the government cannot restrict the spending of corporations, unions, and other groups for political campaigns, maintaining that it's their First Amendment right to support candidates as they choose.

The Citizens United decision opened the floodgates for unlimited amounts of money to be poured into political campaigns

It also dismantled the McCain–Feingold campaign-finance law that banned issue ads and soft money (funds contributed to the Republican and Democratic National Committees, and to the party committees in each state) in political campaigns.

In that majority decision, Justice Anthony Kennedy said, “We now conclude that independent expenditures, including those made by corporations, do not give rise to corruption or the appearance of corruption.” (Whew boy)….

In my view, Super PACs may very well be the downfall of our country and I am not one to cry wolf of screech about money in politics since it is needed. But the issue for me is simple: The big massive uncontrolled amounts and the sources, but more importantly the purpose behind the donors - that is their intent - what do they want at the end of the day.

By any standard or measurement, all this money from a handful of donors is what matters the most in my view ... it is by any name corruption, and yes, is does corrupt. I believe it is truly a direct threat to our future and time-tested system of government.

Saturday, November 14, 2015

Need Worldwide Effort to Locate, Close With, and Destroy ISIS (Infantry Tactics)

ISIS: The Faces of Evil Worldwide

 Innocents and Wounded Recently in Paris 

A very direct and simple message with one premise for the entire free world:

Image result for the time to act is now

The attacks in Paris teach a valuable lesson. Below are various world comments (my emphasis in red and are my views which I have said from day). The free world must unite and eradicate ISIS and all forms of terror on a worldwide front.

First a short 2 minute video at the scene of one of the attacks – the Concert Hall:


Link here http://www.usatoday.com/videos/news/world/2015/11/14/75772696/

Introduction: ISIS released a statement claiming responsibility for the attack. In an audio statement released online in Arabic and French, the group said “ISIS soldiers targeted the capital of prostitution and obscenity by eight and this attack was the first of the storm and a warning to those who wish to learn.”

World reaction (finally a united free world response – better late than never, I guess?):

1.  French President Francois Hollande blames ISIS for the attacks all across Paris Friday night that left at least 127 dead and many more injured, including Americans calling the attacks, saying in part: “An act of war and when faced with war, the country must take appropriate decisions. An act committed by a terrorist army, DAESH [ISIS], against what we are, a free country that speaks together with the planet. An act of war prepared, planned, from outside, with outside complicity which an investigation will establish. An act of absolute barbarism. In this painful period, so serious, so decisive for our country, I appeal for unity, for togetherness, for cool-headedness, and I will address Parliament in a joint session at Versailles on Monday.”

2. President Obama said in a televised address: “Once again we've seen an outrageous attempt to terrorize innocent civilians. This is an attack not just on Paris and not just on people of France, but this is an attack on all of humanity and the universal values that we share. The French people have stood shoulder to shoulder with the United States time and again. And we want to be very clear that we stand together with them in the fight against terrorism and extremism.  

3.  Secretary of State John Kerry said: “These kinds of attacks are the most vile, horrendous, outrageous, unacceptable acts on the planet. So we are witnessing a kind of medieval and modern fascism at the same time. Which has no regard for life, which seeks to destroy and create chaos and disorder and fear. And the one thing we can say to those people is what they did in this is stiffen our resolve. All of us to fight back, to hold people accountable and to stand up for rule of law which is exactly what we're here to do.”

4.  British Prime Minister David Cameron said: “The terror threat level in the United Kingdom would remain at severe (which is the second-highest level).”

5.  German Chancellor Angela Merkel said: “This attack on freedom was aimed not just at Paris, it targeted and it hits all of us. That is why we must all respond together.”

6.  Russian President Vladimir Putin sent a telegram to French President Francois Hollande saying: “These are the latest testimonial to the barbaric essence of terrorism which throws down a challenge to human civilization. It's obvious that an effective fight against this evil demands a real unity of the forces of the international community. I would like to confirm the readiness of Russia for the closest cooperation with our French partners in investigating the crime that took place in Paris. In this difficult time for France, I ask you to pass along words of sincere sympathy and support to the relatives and those near to those who were killed and wishes for a fast recovery to all those who were hurt at the hands of extremists.”

7.  Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman, Hossein Jaber Ansari, said: “Those terrorist groups that committed the Paris crimes do not believe in ethical principles and they are not loyal to any type of divine religions — including Islam.”  

8.  Pope Francis said: “I am close to the people of France, to the families of the victims, and I am praying for all of them. I am moved and I am saddened. I do not understand, these things hard to understand. There is no religious or human justification for these attacks, and the attacks are a piece of the piecemeal of a Third World War.”  

A few others from around the globe:  

9.  Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Hong Lei said: “China is deeply shocked by the attacks and pledges solidarity with France in combating terrorism. Terrorism is a common challenge facing humanity. China resolutely supports France in maintaining its national security and stability and in attacking terrorism.”

10.  Japanese Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida said: “I am deeply shocked and outraged by the news of the terrorist attacks in Paris. Japan stands by France to cooperate in this international fight against terrorism. We strongly condemn the act of terrorism, which we do not tolerate for any reason. The families of the victims have our condolences.”

11. DOD Secretary Ashton Carter called the attacks: “An assault on our common human dignity,” adding “the United States stands with the people of France and its vibrant, multicultural democracy.”

12.  Canada’s newly-elected Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau said: “Our hearts and thoughts and prayers go out to our French cousins in this dark and terrible time.”

13. Turkish President Recep Tayyip said he feels the pain by France, adding: “The attacks were aimed at the two countries' peace and security and calls for unity against all terror groups.”

14.  Jordan’s King Abdullah II expressed strong condemnation and indignation at the cowardly terrorist act, and solidarity with the French people.

15.  Italian Premier Matteo Renzi said in remarks ahead of top security officials’ meeting that the  terrorists who attacked Paris were striking at our way of life, adding: “The security in Italy has been intensified after the attacks, and we will not underestimate anything. We will win this battle [but] it won't be easy, and I don't think it will be quick. It will take months, maybe years, and require all of our strength, all of our determination and resources necessary to win this historic challenge. In striking France, the terrorists had struck at all of humanity.”

16.  UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon condemned the attacks calling them despicable.

The world must put a blanket on the ISIS fire wherever it is located and snuff it out forever.

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Don't Think FOX is the Most-Detrimental Source for Any Media: Ha ... Think Again

FOX: One Message, One Song, One Dance, One Tune: Bash America

Exhibit A: Bully O'Lielly

I had to read and watch this twice and scratch my head three times to see just wild and insane his man is – yet, FOX pays him a bundle ($15 - $18 million a year) just to blow his crap over the public/cable airwaves. Their actions would put Herr Doktor Goebbels to shame. Really.

Here's the bully in a recent clip on the topic of President Obama “Drug offender release policy” seen in this 6-minute clip. 

Can you believe that man? Sadly, millions do ... call them the FOX brain dead crowd for surely they are. Drug offenders: “Hang 'em...” (His words, not mine). 

BILL O'REILLY:  “I'll remind you, in Singapore they have no [drug] problem. Why? They hang them. They hang them.”

JESSICA TARLOV:  “OK, but we're obviously not suggesting that as the answer to…” 

O'REILLY:  “I don't know. I mean, look, Singapore at one time had the most pernicious opium problem you could possibly have, it destroyed their entire society. So they said, you know what, we're not going to have this anymore. And that's what they did, bingo, no drug problem.”  

Thanks for stopping by.

Saturday, October 31, 2015

ISIS Again Claims Credit for Disaster While Spreading Fear and Horror

ISIS Again Claims "Victory"

ISIS Kills 4 Kurdish (Peshmerga) Soldiers 
(watch at your own risk)

The headlines is awful news about the Russian airliner disaster (all 224 dead), but the ISIS latest video is worse by any accounts.

ISIS once again claims (see their message above) credit another horrible event. They will claim credit for anything via their extensive PR network. They are masters of the so-called “social network” game and it works to their PR advantage. One key question remains for the world to ask: WHO FUNDS ISIS?

Or as Bob Woodward was told by “Deep Throat” in the Watergate mess: 
“Follow the money.” In other words, how do we cut off their money and then destroy them?

ISIS is the greatest menace since Hitler and Stalin and others of that same ilk. Not only in their methods and growing scope, but their horrible tactics and certainly and sadly in the shocking outcomes and results they proudly show like in the video linked above.

Honestly, the world must unite and wipe them out ... but the U.S. cannot and must not go it alone!!!

Finally, I say again and caution about the video posted above (with the English speaking killer leading the horrible deed):  
                                          WARNING: IT IS EXTREMELY GRAPHIC

Both of these actions again illustrate to the sane world the main reason ISIS must be eradicated at all cost and on civilization’s terms and not on ISIS terms.

Decent men and women cannot wait much longer to engage and wipe ISIS out - they will only grow bigger and stronger and get worse, even if that is possible.

Thanks for stopping by.

Thursday, October 29, 2015

Another Big Problem With Big Money: Buying Justice, But, Not Justice for All

Equal Justice Under Law: Yeah, if you have enough money to buy it

Justice May be Blind but Only in One Eye

Money Over Justice
(works all the time)

From the best source for tracking money in politics, the Brennan Center for Justice at NYU, this dramatic headline:

Outside Spending by Special Interests Floods Judicial Elections

Sub-title: Once Rare, Multi-Million Dollar Judicial Races Have Become Commonplace 

Part of that story here:

Special-interest groups accounted for a record-high 29 percent of total spending in state judicial races in the 2013-14 election cycle, according to a new report by the Brennan Center for Justice at NYU School of Law, Justice at Stake, and the National Institute on Money in State Politics.

Offering a detailed analysis of the latest state Supreme Court campaign trends, Bankrolling the Bench: The New Politics of Judicial Elections 2013-14 shows how special-interest spending has impacted the composition of state courts nationwide — and calls into question how campaign spending may affect courts’ decisions.

The study finds that multi-million dollar judicial races, once unheard of, are now common across the country. Social welfare organizations and other outside groups are also increasingly spending on court races, the report notes, spurred in part by the U.S. Supreme Court’s Citizens United ruling in 2010.

The cycle also saw a notable development in a highly public initiative by a national group, the Republican State Leadership Committee, which spent nearly $3.4 million across judicial races in five states.

Now, for those who say big amounts of uncontrolled money doesn’t matter – may I suggest, think again.

Thanks for stopping by and keep in mind: we need to all work to turn off that money spigot – it is running our entire system – believe it.

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

GOP in a Tizzy About Budget (as usual): But, As More War Looms, No Sweat

GOP War Cheer Leader
(how ironic is that)

Okay, let's ask an expert shall we???
(just don't ask the GOP, okay - some maybe - not all...)

This is a status report update: Nine nations agreed to help the U.S. combat ISIS that includes training and equipping the Iraqis. Those nine are: the UK, France, Germany, Canada, Australia, Turkey, Italy, Poland, and Denmark. Also, some 21 of the 22 states in the Arab league (Syria has been suspended since 2011 due to their Civil War) also have pledged support. That is all very good news and potentially bad news for ISIS/ISIL but with caveats; i.e., will it be enough and why is it not working effectively right now? Plus, factor in Russian involvement in Syria – things could get real ugly real fast.

Also, past sustained GOP criticism of President Obama appears to have been premature in the sense of actual events and actions and operations in the areas where ISIS operates. The GOP is always hot or cold or totally silent about a previous statements, but only those statements match their political posturing like saying: “We need all-out war to combat ISIS and that means more American boots on the ground,” or some other macho kind of “let’s go get them” attitude. Yet that same GOP will not take the legal mandated Constitutional step and actually declare war (too complex I guess?).

Lest we forget the Tonkin Gulf resolution that got us into Vietnam for over 10 years.  I know that era very well having served two full infantry combat tours there. Then we stayed in Iraq for 8 years, and we are still Afghanistan after nearly 15 years. Then add the other hot spots in the ME (i.e., Syria today and Yemen).

I have to be clear: Afghanistan was the right call for the right reason at the right time until we lost the focus and headed into Iraq on a pack of lies, and we all know that story.  

A very good reflection on this from comes from the NY TIMES and columnist, Thomas Friedman. He reminds readers that ISIS emerged from a context of three civil wars raging in the Arab world, which makes the U.S. response incredibly complicated. He urges caution, writing in part that: “ISIS is awful but it is not a threat to America's homeland” (I would interject: Not a direct threat to us yet, but don’t hold your breath) … Friedman continued, which I mostly agree with him this way:  

I'm all-in on destroying ISIS. It is a sick, destabilizing movement. I support using U.S. air power and Special Forces to root it out, but only as part of a coalition, where everybody who has a stake in stability there pays their share and where mainstream Sunnis and Shiites take the lead by demonstrating that they hate ISIS more than they hate each other. Otherwise, we'll end up in the middle of a God-awful mess of duplicitous allies and sectarian passions, and nothing good we do will last.”

So, who can logically answer this question: “Why is it safe or otherwise appear to be safe in assuming or saying that ISIS fighters — well-armed, with lots of money, U.S. and EU passports in many cases, and having and displaying a thirst for American blood on display with the public execution of the two American journalists: James Foley and Steven Sotloff — won't bring the fight directly to our shores?”

ISIS is not a case or set of circumstances that warrants any kind of containment or deterrence – not one bit. They have to be totally wiped out and off the face of the Earth, and that must be in harmony with an international coalition of like-mined countries focused on that same single goal.

The U.S. can and must set the example and lead. The “how part” is always the toughest part. Just “how” deep should our involvement be? “How” much must we invest compared to the countries in that region where ISIS is literally in their backyard?  There is a lot the U.S. can do … but shedding more blood and spending billions like we did in Iraq and continue to do in Afghanistan – well, that’s very different kind of “why” now isn’t it? That word apparently is weak in GOP-speak and the results kind of speak for themselves I think.

So, my thinking is somewhere along these lines. See if you agree or not with some or any of them:

1.  War should not be our first, second, or even third choices. However, war may be necessary in cases where we are up against an ideology or over zealous religious perspective that acts the way we see it acting today – that in short, denies any logical reasoning.
2.  Certainly going to war in cases or in response to attacks such as Pearl Harbor and 9/11 are totally justified.
3.  Fighting against Nazism and Japanese Imperialism in World War II are classic examples which highlight the need for strong, united, direct, and decisive military intervention no matter the cost; no matter the time; and no matter the suffering along the way. 
4.  Not acting in those cases benefit the attackers and their goals and not those of freedom-loving decent people – thus we cannot allow ourselves or our citizens to become slaves or cowards in the face of that kind of thinking.
5.  I do not advocate a hawkish national policy across the board, either. Simply stated: we must be prepared and ready and willing to intervene and act if circumstances require or warrant it.
6.  Identifying and clarifying the threat and circumstances to act must be in harmony with public support. That is key.

What we face today, I strongly believe in view of video tapes of ISIS beheading of two American journalists who were not combatants, and others they hold captive, warrants strong and swift and decisive military action to eradicate them forever or as much as possible.

I see no other way – especially in light of this recent news and update about ISIS horrible acts all over the ME – and it is very concerning and the world had better wake up. In view of that, this vis-à-vis U.S. ground action just recently addressed by Sec Def Carter before the Senate:

Short Sec. Def. Carter segment seen here:

Mr. Carter revealed that the U.S. will openly begin “direct action on the ground against ISIS forces in Iraq and Syria” (say the media). But, in his testimony before the Senate Armed Services committee on Tuesday, Carter said this in part: “We won't hold back from supporting capable partners in opportunistic attacks against ISIL ... or conducting such missions directly, whether by strikes from the air or direct action on the ground.”

Mr. Carter pointed to last week's rescue operation with Kurdish forces in northern Iraq to free hostages held by ISIS where Army Master Sgt. Joshua Wheeler from OK, an American Commando, was killed in raid that in fact did rescue dozens of hostages about to be slaughtered by ISIS.

We need to focus on the precise words spoken by Mr. Carter, in part: “…when the opportunity dictates with capable partners.” That does not mean we will go it alone in ground combat operations like we did before in Iraq and Afghanistan.  

We should go all out with many allies and if not, we must not go it alone on the ground like we did in Iraq and Afghanistan as I said.

Thanks for stopping by and as usual: stay tuned.

Saturday, October 24, 2015

MEMO to Members of Congress Out of Touch (i.e., Most of Them): WTFU

Projected for 2016: $612 billion (veto in place)
[click image to enlarge]

Discretionary Means "Congress Picks and Chooses" 

The GOP is having kittens over Mr. Obama veto on the 2016 NDAA (National Defense Authorization Act) bill for some $612 billion - citing fear of us “becoming or Mr. Obama making” us weak(er)? Are they insane as shown on the first chart ... actually we spend on defense more than the top 10 or so countries of which 8 are our allies and ones we sell military hardware to also, which keeps as Ike once stated: “The MIC in top shape.” We produce and sell and use more military stuff than the whole world and yet we see our members of congress complain... 

Here is what Mr. Obama said when he vetoed the bill - it is very short but his words have meaning... just not for the hard-nosed, hard-liner GOP – they are having fits about:

More charts are linked below. I didn't want to clutter this post with more charts ... so please enjoy the research yourself. 

I am always on DOD's side for a lot of valid reasons, but even high ranking members of DOD and cabinet know we spend too much for what we truly want and need ... sadly, a lot of people in Congress only measure what they think we “need” or what they “want” (designed mostly for their own political survival).

Thanks for stopping by. This issue and fight is only beginning. Stay tuned.

Sunday, October 18, 2015

GOP Renamed to GOJ: "Got Our Jokers" — JEB Bush is Top Dawg

JEB Bush, "Couch Shrink" Assesses T-rump Mental Stability

I can't stop laughing at this headline from Jebbie here:

You can't trust Donald Trump with our nuclear codes

So, I'm a guessin Mr. Bush thinks one of the others in the GOP hunt (namely himself) is more stable to handle the nation's nuke codes?  Shall we choose from this shrinking pool of whomever? 

BTW: My prize is a free ticket to la-la land and a white jacket with arms that fold in the back ... all on the house:

The "Shrinking Field" 

That first place prize

It will fit anyone left standing to a Texas "T" as they say.

Thursday, October 15, 2015

New Hit Song and Top 10: Drones Across the World Duck!! What Duck???

New Warfare Weapon: Saves Friendly Lives, Take Bad Guys Lives
(or so the script says)

Absolutely excellent article - seems to be very factual, historically correct and timely.

I wanted post a good eye-opening extract ... so, maybe this one fits that bill taken from the article (which I have to say is very extensive and quite long) – thus my choice would be this: the actual introduction to the article:

“The Obama administration has portrayed drones as an effective and efficient weapon in the ongoing war with al-Qaeda and other radical groups. Yet classified Pentagon documents obtained by The Intercept reveal that the U.S. military has faced “critical shortfalls” in the technology and intelligence it uses to find and kill suspected terrorists in Yemen and Somalia.”

Continue at the link. It is a worthwhile read and as I said, very timely.  

Thanks for stopping by.

Monday, October 12, 2015

U.S. SUPREME COURT: New Term, New Issues, New Concerns, New Hopes

The "Marble" Palace 
(The U.S. Supreme Court HQ)

Possible Key Case
(2013 Testimony from Experts)

Always a Case Reference and in Our Hearts
(The 20 innocents killed at Sandy Hook Elem School)

The Kind of Weapons Now in Question
(Again and Again)

The high court calendar can be seen here for the 2015 session which started October 5, 2015.

This case, reported on here from NBC News could be as they say a “biggie” with this headlines:

Assault Weapons Ban Before U.S. Supreme Court

The key points (my emphasis in red):

The Supreme Court could announce as early as October 13, 2015 whether it will hear a challenge to a suburban Chicago law banning firearms commonly known as “assault weapons.” If the court agrees to hear that case, it would cast a shadow over similar bans in seven states.

Declining to take up the case (re: the ban) would boost efforts to impose such bans elsewhere, at a time of renewed interest in gun regulation after recent mass shootings.

Gun rights advocates are challenging a 2013 law passed in Highland Park, IL that bans the sale, purchase, or possession of semi-automatic weapons that can hold more than 10 rounds in a single ammunition clip or magazine (called hi-cap mags).

In passing the law, city officials cited the 2012 shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut and a movie theater in Aurora, Colorado.

[The Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting occurred on December 14, 2012, in Newtown, CT, when 20-year-old Adam Lanza shot and killed 20 children and 6 adults (school staff) members].

The ban also lists certain specific rifles, including those resembling the AR-15 and AK-47 assault-style firearms.

Semi-automatic weapons are capable of shooting a single round with each pull of the trigger and, consequently, can fire rapidly. Large capacity magazines reduce the need and time to reload as often. (Note: Thus, a shooter or shooters can take down lots of people in a few single bursts of fire w/o reloading and thus increasing their kill ratio greatly – the same with hi-cap pistols applies).

A federal district judge upheld the law, and so did a federal appeals court panel by a 2-1 vote.

Central to the dispute is the Supreme Court's 2008 ruling that, for the first time, said the Constitution's Second Amendment provides an individual right to own a handgun for self-defense. 

While it was a watershed ruling for gun rights, the high court also said “dangerous and unusual weapons” can be restricted

Now watch the NRA crank up their routine PR game ... more guns means less crime and such other BS nonsense, to me and most logic thinkers, however: More guns mean more gun deaths as seen below compared to terrorist attacks, and articles posted here and here - FYI:

As usual, thanks for stopping. 

Saturday, October 10, 2015

UPDATE RE: Latest Asinine Donald J.[erk] T-rump Remark and GOP Silence

T-rump Spoke in Las Vegas (October 8, 2015) - His Remarks Drew Cheers

Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl
(Still going through UCMJ Process)

Updated:  This is potentially big (and good) news for Sgt. Bergdahl as reported from ABC news about the on-going military review of his case. Special attention is directed to the T-rump camp for his previous remarks cited below following this update. The specifics of this update are these key points:

1.  The Army officer who presided over Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl's preliminary hearing last month has recommended that he should not face any jail time or a punitive discharge for charges of desertion and misbehavior before the enemy, the sergeant's lawyers said.

2.  According to Bergdahl's defense team, the officer has also recommended that Bergdahl's case should proceed to a lower level court martial that limits a maximum penalty for convictions to a year in prison. A four star general will review the officer’s recommendation and determine how Bergdahl's case will be handled.
3.  Bergdahl's civilian attorney Eugene Fidell confirmed to ABC News that Lt. Col. Mark Visger “recommended that the charges be referred to a special court-martial and that a punitive discharge and confinement would be inappropriate given all the circumstances.”
4.  Special Court Martial review cases that would equate to misdemeanors in the civilian system and limit maximum punishments to one year of jail time, a reduction in rank, and a bad conduct discharge.

5.  Under a General Court Martial, Bergdahl could face a maximum life sentence for the charge of misbehavior before the enemy and five years jail time if convicted of desertion

I wonder based on this whether Mr. T-rump rested well or will eat normally - since he advocated Sgt. Bergdahl being executed w/o due process - see below.

In a word: Donald J. Trump is a despicable human being and should be nowhere near the Oval Office or DOD as the country's CINC.

ORIGINAL POST FROM HERE:  This headlines from ABC News via the AP report is stunning: 

Donald Trump Says Bowe Bergdahl Should Have Been Executed

T-rump (the name I call him) once again opens his yap and inserts not one, but both feet. He implies by this remarks (see below) that we should have summarily executed Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl for the crime his is charged with but NOT yet tried and convicted of.

I can't even begin to image a presidential candidate saying something that stupid, let alone that callous about anyone and especially about soldier still in uniform and still on active duty awaiting the military judicial process to complete its work (the UCMJ).

I am stunned by his remarks but I am just as astonished by the silence from the GOP about T-rump, their leading (right now) candidate in the polls. Yes, that GOP: the party who professes to be the party of justice and constitutional law and legal processes ... their silence is stunning to say the least.

Here is a bit of what Mr. T-rump said in Las Vegas:

We're tired of Sgt. Bergdahl, who's a traitor, a no-good traitor, who should have been executed.”
He was speaking to a rowdy rally inside a packed Las Vegas theater at the casino-hotel Treasure Island.
T-rump then said: “Thirty years ago, he would have been shot.”
Now a bit of irony for the GOP (and other) history buffs who might read this post.
FYI: The last and only American soldier to ever be executed for desertion since the Civil War was Pvt. Eddie Slovik, who was the bravest soldier that one World War II veteran says he ever encountered. That man was a witness to the execution speaks out in this article and said in part: World War II veteran Nick Gozik says that the bravest soldier he encountered during two years of combat was the one he saw executed for desertion.  

That soldier proved to be the only one of more than 20,000 convicted deserters during that war to suffer the death penalty. The last deserter to be executed had been during the Civil War. There have been no others.
T-rump favors summary execution [Summary execution: An execution in which a person is accused of a crime and immediately killed without benefit of a full and fair trial. This includes show trials, but is usually understood to mean capture, accusation, and execution all conducted during a very short span of time] something like this the world saw in 1968 in Vietnam (the time I was about to start my second infantry combat tour). 
The image (here - warning graphic) speaks for itself and story here:
Is that what Mr. Trump was advocating ... sure seems like it.