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I'm sick and tired of two specific lies being told by the Trump supporters

1) That Trump's transcript of his call with Zelinski proves no quid pro quo,


2) The Mueller report exonerated Trump.

Neither of these are the truth, yet the right never misses a chance to parrot these falsehoods.

Since November is the month back in 1991 the Berlin wall started being torn down

A little Elton John

Here's a pdf of Individual number 1 talking with President Zelenskyy of Ukraine


Directly from the transcript
Trump says:
"the United States has been very very good to Ukraine. I wouldn't say that it's reciprocal necessarily because things are happening that are not good but the United States has been very very good to Ukraine."

Shortly after Zelenshyy says:
"I would also like to thank you for your great support in the area of defense. We are ready to continue to cooperate for the next steps specifically we are almost ready to buy more Javelins from the United States for defense purposes."

Then Trump immediately responds:
"I would like you to do us a favor though because our country has been through a lot and Ukraine knows a lot about it. I would like you to find out what happened with this whole situation with Ukraine, they say Crowdstrike ... I guess you have one of your wealthy people... The server, they say Ukraine has it. There- are a lot of things that went on, the whole situation .. I think you are surrounding yourself with some of the same people. I would like to have the Attorney General call you or your people and I would like you to get to the bottom of it. As you say yesterday, that whole nonsetise ended with a very poor performance by a man named Robert Mueler, an incompetent performance, but they say a lot of it started with Ukraine. Whatever you can do, it's very important that you do it
if that's possible."

After talking about having William Barr visit, Trump says:
"The other thing, there's a lot of talk about Biden's son, that Biden stopped the prosecution and a lot of people want to find out about that so whatever you can do with the Attorney General would be great."

Check it out!

It really pisses me off when repukes keep saying the Mueller Report found no collusion

Mueller didn't charge Trump with collusion, but his report found plenty of evidence of collusion, and also stressed that Trump benefited from Russian interference.

Just watched Doug Collins(asshole extraordinaire) say absolutely nothing

He complained about having the hearing and never said exactly why. How did our system get so broken?

I've been away from the news for awhile. What's this Trump Sharpie stuff all about?

I understand he embellished a weather map and showed it to the press. But why? What did it do for him? What was his sorry ass trying to prove by doing such a thing? That's the part I missed.

Wow, just got around to watching some of the clips of Trump at G7

What a total whack job! He is getting worse. We must learn from this, and try our best to never elect a complete idiot as president ever again. Republicans and Trump supporters this is on you. You enable him. The man is a disaster.

Sorry, not all semi-automatics are the same, regardless of what your gun nut neighbor says

Semi-automatic means you don't have to cock the gun or chamber a round every time you want to shoot a bullet. Such guns chamber a round and cock themselves with each pull of the trigger, making them ready to shoot again and again with just the pull of the trigger. But you do have to keep pulling the trigger. In contrast, automatic weapons keep firing with just one pull of the trigger, as in a machine gun. Many non-military firearms are designed as semi-automatics, and this is where gun nuts like to seize on a favorite argument.

Extreme gun nuts will howl that restrictions on AR style weapons are not justified because they are just common semi- automatics like your father's hunting rifle or pistol, that they are not actually "military weapons", they just look that way. That is not entirely true. AR style semi-automatics are designed more in line with carbines, which are rifles designed to be lighter with shorter barrels making them easier to handle in combat. According to Wikipedia "The vast majority of AR barrels fall between the 14.5″ military M4 type and the 20″ M16 size, with 16″ being currently the most popular for civilians." This is why we call them military style weapons, so don't let your gun nut twitter tweeters tell you differently.

If killing quickly is the goal, I would argue that AR style weapons are certainly easier to use than semi-automatic handguns, and much easier than using a semi-automatic longer hunting style rifle as well.

This might be a dumb question, but why is there an open enrollment period that closes for ACA?

I have some really crappy insurance right now and would like to see what I could get under ACA, but open enrollment always seems to be closed. Plus, I hate even shopping for insurance anymore since any inquiry seems to lead to unending sales calls and spam. Any suggestions out there?

I need something explained

At the Mueller hearing yesterday Rep. John Ratcliffe, R-Texas made a big deal about the report claiming that it could not exonerate Trump.

From the Mueller report:
“The evidence we obtained about the President’s actions and intent presents difficult issues that prevent us from conclusively determining that no criminal conduct occurred,” Mueller wrote. “While this report does not conclude that the President committed a crime, it also does not exonerate him.”

Ratcliffe then said:
“Respectfully, director, it was not the special counsel’s job to conclusively determine Donald Trump’s innocence or to exonerate him because the bedrock principle of our justice system is a presumption of innocence,” Ratcliffe said, raising his voice. “It exists for everyone. Everyone is entitled to it — including sitting presidents.”

My question is this:
Does an investigation, which is what the Mueller report is documentation of, necessarily have to presume innocence? An investigation is not a trial. In a trial the presumption of innocence is, and always should be an important principle. But, an investigation is merely the collecting of evidence. In fact, I would contend that suspicion of guilt is the starting point of every criminal investigation. Investigations involve suspects, intent, motives, evidence and such. If every investigation into a possible crime started with the idea that a person was innocent until proven guilty, then there would never be an investigation of any crime, ever. Just asking.
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