The Electoral College, Faithless Electors and 2020 – What Could Possibly Go Wrong?

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by Richard Cameron   The Electoral College, “Faithless Electors” and the 2020 US Presidential Election   As if the uncertainties that loom over the 2020 Presidential election are not severe and sobering enough, mainly featuring the ongoing efforts of the Russian regime of Vladimir Putin to subvert America’s most vital democratic process – another contingency has emerged which might be added to the mix, “faithless electors”. Now – faithless electors, might at first blush, seem like a term of scorn, a badge of disgrace, a political Scarlet Letter, but once…

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The I.G. Jim Comey Report: Another Limb From The “Investigate The Investigators” Zombie Amputated

FBI public release photo of former FBI Director James Comey and Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates.

  by Richard Cameron     The results of an investigation by the Department Of Justice’s Inspector General focused on the actions of former FBI Director, James B. Comey, fired by Donald Trump, has been released. Despite the expected hyperventilating from Trump and his congressional and media surrogates while the investigation was underway and now that it is complete, the conclusions of the report add up to a nothingburger for them. Most of the investigation concerned Comey’s having passed on some internal memos he authored, through a friend, Daniel Richman, …

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Eric Garner’s Killer, Daniel Pantaleo Fired From NYPD – But Justice Is Far From Served

video still image of recently fired NYPD officer Daniel Pantaleo, terminated by New York City authorities for his role in the 2014 death of Eric Garner, in which he applied a chokehold that had been banned by the department since 1994.

  by Richard Cameron   Within the last 36 hours, there has been widespread reaction to the decision by NYPD Commissioner James O’Neill , to order the firing of Officer Daniel Pantaleo on grounds of violating department rules against employing a chokehold which led directly to the death of Eric Garner in 2014.  To recap that event.  On July 17, 2014, a large contingent of NYPD officers from the 120th Precinct approached a man on Bay Street– a business district in the Tompkinsville neighborhood of the borough of Staten Island. The call was in…

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Fake Info About Ukrainian Saboteurs in 2016 Crimea Might Have Been What Sparked Russian Invasion of Ukraine

by Kseniya Kirillova The reason for Russia’s accusations was a shootout that occurred near Armiansk (northern Crimea) on the night of August 6-7, 2016. The Russian Federal Security Service (FSB) announced that it had thwarted several attempts by a terrorist group to commit sabotage and break through to Crimea from Ukrainian territory, leading to the deaths of a Russian serviceman and an FSB officer. According to the FSB, the sabotage group had been “trained and prepared by the Main Intelligence Directorate of the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine”. Russian security…

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Trump’s ‘America First’ Politics is Conceding Global Leadership to China

by Tony Wyman With the mass shootings that left dozens of Texans and Ohioans dead during the first days of August, it isn’t a wonder that most missed two vital international news stories that demonstrated just how far down American global influence has fallen since Donald Trump became president in 2017. The two stories involved vital American allies choosing to establish treaties with other nations excluding America to preserve security in their regions. The first was Australia, without American involvement, setting up a military training unit, called the Pacific Support…

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Military-style Semi-Auto Rifles Are Meant for One Thing: Mass Murder. It is Time to Ban Them

by Tony Wyman There is only one reason the shooter in Dayton, Ohio was able to kill nine human beings in just 30 seconds.  He was armed with a weapon designed to do just that. The manufacturer of the weapon, an AM-15, practically brags about their firearm’s ability to deliver life-ending multi-calibre rounds faster and longer than other comparable models.  The weapon, says Anderson Manufacturing, “…runs cleaner, faster, longer,” delivering “An orchestra of metal and hellfire built by calloused hands, gritted teeth, and passionate hearts” according to a testosterone-drenched video…

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Open Carry – The Legality, The Ethics And The Risk To Public Safety

photo of protesters at Campbell, Ohio open carry firearms rally

  by Richard Cameron   Once again, mass shootings – of which there have been a deluge in recent weeks, are at the forefront of the national conversation. The killings in El Paso, Texas, Dayton, Ohio and Gilroy, California are the impetus to another round of policy debates on solutions. The only low hanging fruit among them are Universal Background Checks. And even that is more than likely going to require immense public pressure, teeth pulling and horse trading to move Congress – at least on the GOP Senate side,…

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Gun Violence In America – The Show Must NOT Go On

Young woman kneeling at flowers left and mourning after El Paso shooting.

  by Jennifer Keller Puebla   We’ve had another mass shooting in America. And another. And another. We say “in America” even though that’s pretty much a given. We say it in order to imagine we aren’t the only ones. But we know we nearly are. We’re the only ones making gun violence normal. The only ones making it part of the routine to just get on with our lives when hundreds of others can’t. The dead, the injured, the mourning, and the traumatized will never return to the lives…

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Trump Blames Media On Mass Shootings, Takes No Personal Responsibility

video still of Donald Trump at a rally in Panama City, Florida in May

  by Richard Cameron   After having been mostly invisible during the 24 hours since 31 people were murdered in El Paso, Texas and Dayton, Ohio, along with dozens more wounded – Donald Trump has emerged from the cocoon of his Golf resort in New Jersey, to comment on the on the mass shootings. Trump did intermittently tweet during that space of time, issuing some hollow notes about “God Bless Dayton” and “God Bless El Paso”, but these were less than consequential, not only because for Trump to invoke the…

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Is Donald Trump a Fascist?

by Tony Wyman The playbook that Donald Trump used to get elected and to maintain a passionate base of support is nothing of his own creation.  Instead, it was borrowed from authoritarian politicians just like him who divided their people into two groups, the virtuous “us” and the corrupt “them,” to take over their countries and reshape them to their liking. The tactics they used were consistent and predictable: evoke a glorious past when their nations were great; use arguments based on emotion, not fact, reason or truth, to inflame…

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