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Name: Pet Rock
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Thank you for making the point that...

(quote) "Davis can't be on the record giving an opinion on something that should only be determined by a jury."

One would think that Trump and his motor-mouth attorneys would know that. Or, maybe they do and are doing it intentionally.

Of course, they may not be the ones ultimately defending him in court but the psychological effect on potential jurors is still there. Trump and his minions are essentially pre-defending him by using the presidential bully pulpit.


K&R - major truth. Thanks for sharing that story and perspective.

I love your approach. I hope we can somehow pound into the public's mind 1.) the level of professionalism (including checks and balances) of our main-stream journalists and media companies, and 2.) explain the motives and funding sources of right-wing specific companies like News Corp., then we may stave off this attack by Trump and his plutocrat backers.

I hope professionals like you can somehow find platforms that are heard by our public to spread that message. The essence of this long-standing problem is that a large number of high-wealth individuals believe their wealth entitles them to not only control news content and editorial opinion, but also the entire direction of our politics.

This attack on our Constitution-backed norms and traditions is nothing but pure evil. It's equivalent to massively attacking the professional credibility of general practitioners in our medical field, to a degree that people would just stop going to a doctor for anything.

We're lending too much validity and authority to Twitter.

Trump should be banned from Twitter and he needs to put his big boy pants on and communicate like public servants always have - through written memos, press releases and press conferences.

The press around the globe is giving him a free political platform, some of which is executed at his bedside or while he's on the shitter. If he was discussing golf or McDonald's menu, that's no problem - but he's saying things that damage international trade and political relationships, not to mention the destruction of many people's well-being and safety in America.

This practice must stop......

Trump's Splashy New NAFTA Deal Doesn't Actually Exist - Vanity Fair

Trump’s Splashy New NAFTA Deal Doesn’t Actually Exist
Despite the president’s threats to be ditching Canada, lawmakers say the move is likely illegal, if not impossible.
by Tina Nguyen
August 27, 2018

See: https://www.vanityfair.com/news/2018/08/trumps-splashy-new-nafta-deal (limited free access)

Mexico's President Nieto diplomatically put Trump in his place.....
Of course, Trump’s understanding of the “understanding”—as well as his blustery, nebulous threat against Canada—was about as artful as his attempt to stage a dramatic conference call. Nieto repeatedly insisted, both on Twitter and to Trump himself, that any renegotiation of NAFTA, regardless of its name, must be a three-party deal. Indeed, lawmakers told The New York Times that Trump’s willingness to ditch Canada “may not be legally permissible, let alone smart.”

Apparently Trump's cabinet wants to disassemble every trade deal, peace deal and nuclear arms deals the US has every created and start from scratch. This is all for the benefit of the hard-right free market billionaire globalists that put him in office. They want small, limited-commitment bilateral deals that can be manipulated on a whim.


More detail here....

This happened in Southport, IN, a suburb of Indy. Still trying to find info on how this played out long-term. Many Indiana papers have strict access controls, just as Pence planned it.

See: https://thefreethoughtproject.com/working-car-police-harass-while-black/
Note: This is the original article cited on YouTube and contains some innaccuracies.

As Evans’ video shows, he was simply working on his car this week when a Southport police officer approached him and began harassing him. The officer was relentless in his pursuit to treat Evans like a criminal yet he’d done absolutely nothing wrong.

The officer asked Evans why he was outside, a question that Evans is not obligated to answer. He then asked if Evans lived in the complex and, even though he did not have to answer the officer, Evans told him that he did, in fact, live in the complex.

The conversation should’ve ended there, but it did not. Instead, when confronted with an intelligent man who knew his rights, the officer reacted with hubris and then called for backup, telling Evans that he was “going to do it the hard way.”

(edited to correct name to Jaquon Dean and add a further, more accurate report here)

Man says he was profiled, assaulted by officers outside his Indianapolis apartment complex
Link: https://www.theindychannel.com/news/local-news/crime/man-says-he-was-profiled-assaulted-by-officer-outside-his-indianapolis-apartment-complex

INDIANAPOLIS -- An Indianapolis man is planning to take legal action after he says he was profiled, then assaulted, by a security officer outside his own apartment.

Jaquon Dean was sitting in his car outside his northwest side apartment Saturday when, he says, a security officer approached asking if he lived there. Dean says the officer demanded to know his name and called in backup when Dean declined to answer his questions. “He’s there every day so he knows I live there,” Dean said.

Dean filmed his interaction with the officer, James Reynolds, who identified himself as a courtesy officer for the complex. Reynolds runs a security company, Reynolds Security Consulting Corp., out of Plainfield and is also a reserve officer for the town of Sheridan. He’s currently running as a Republican candidate for Hendricks County Council.


I'll bet those round NRA stickers invite break-ins as well.

An old quote comes to mind: "pride goes before destruction, a haughty spirit before a fall" .

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Read more here...

Jacksonville ABC TV:

Link: https://www.firstcoastnews.com/article/news/local/sources-4-dead-11-injured-at-madden-video-game-tournament-at-jacksonville-landing-mass-shooting/77-587766926

UPDATE (4:30 p.m.): Police are reporting that one shooting suspect is dead and that there are no outstanding suspects. The scene is secure. Polie have said they will brief again in a few hours with more information. Police have said the shooter is a man who was dead at the scene of the crime which was a restaurant at the Landing.

The Jacksonville Sheriff's Office is aware of the videos circling social media which show streams of video games during the tournament when the shooting occurred. Police are asking anyone with any more video or information please contact them at 904-630-0500. The Jacksonville Sheriff's Office is on the scene of a mass shooting at the Jacksonville Landing, multiple fatalities have been reported.

Miami Herald:
4 dead, 11 shot in mass shooting at Florida video game tournament, reports say

Link: https://www.miamiherald.com/news/state/florida/article217365830.html#storylink=mainstage

Four people were killed and 11 wounded in a shooting Sunday at a video game tournament in Jacksonville, according to reports.

The Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office said “one suspect is dead at the scene” and that it’s unknown at this time if we have a second suspect. Searches are being conducted.” The Los Angeles Times reports that the shooter was a gamer at the tournament who lost.

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Two key things Wilson's article does not address or confess..

1.) The outright lies and massive deception that's been pervasive in Republican and right-wing media for decades. He implies it but soft-pedals it. There must have been a hidden Reagan 12th Commandment that says: "never use the word lie or admit to lying".

2.) The massive layoff of journalists and editors across the country in the last twenty years or so, particularly in the print media industry.

One might also ask Mr. Wilson why a number of highly respected news outlets in Europe did indeed regularly call out Trump's lies and bullshit in no uncertain terms, while it was crickets in America.

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Yes, that's the stranglehold capitalism has on us.

I'm 70 now and my parents went through the Great Depression and WW2 the hard way - very poor (farming and timber). Much of our days of better economic times with high happiness in life were pre-merger/acquisition days when companies gave a damn about both employees and the communities where they were located.

Almost every small town where I was raised in a TN farm belt had a garment factory (or two), a milk plant, one or two feed stores and three or four family-owned grocery stores. Also (typically) a radio/TV shop, at least one five-and-dime store, one or two jewelry shops, a hardware store, two or three clothing shops, three or four gas station/garages, usually two funeral parlors, a florist shop, at least one community bank, a couple of barber shops and a couple of small restaurants and a dairy dip. Plus, a grammar and high school, a fire house, city hall and police station and numerous small churches. Whew!! (my brain walking through town in around 1960, LOL). And guess what - they all thrived and made a good living!

Something's very wrong with this picture of today's America...... .......

Just think of all the scams tRump can run in prison...

Perfect place to keep his flim-flam skills well honed...

* laundry scam,
* snacks and condiments concessions,
* Trump In-Prison University.....................
* TV and radio rentals with free Faux Prison News,
* in-prison reality shows,
* gambling and bookie services,
* medical services (only the best quacks),
* mail and email services,
* cell phone provisions,
* sexual services (lots of experience there).....
* financial and legal consultations (LOTS of experience there).....

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