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#1126 2017-11-06 12:38:30

GW Johnson
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This was apparently yet another crazy person getting guns because no judge ever committed him.  THAT is the leak behind most of the non-terrorist incidents.  If there's no record of a judgement of insanity,  you cannot refuse to sell him a gun.

Note also that he (like so many others) picked an undefended gun free zone as his target.  The lesson of the 19th century frontier towns has long been forgotten:  you can have a gun free zone,  and there are many good reasons to have them,  but ONLY if you defend it adequately.

If you actually examine the gun violence data objectively,  those two things simply JUMP OFF THE PAGE at you,  as the two things most likely to do some good if remedied.

GW

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#1127 2017-11-06 16:06:41

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The guy was court-martialed for beating his wife and sentenced to a year in prison back in 2012. I thought felonies disqualified people from buying guns?


"I guarantee you that at some point, everything's going to go south on you, and you're going to say, 'This is it, this is how I end.' Now you can either accept that, or you can get to work." - Mark Watney

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#1128 2017-11-06 18:45:09

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Apparently he was, but the Air Force failed to notify the FBI of such a conviction, hence why he was able to purchase them anyway.
https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/breaking … ar-AAuwkQ7


The Earth is the cradle of the mind, but one cannot live in a cradle forever. -Paraphrased from Tsiolkovsky

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#1129 2017-11-06 20:00:29

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Lots more news on character of the man doing the shooting as to how disturbed he really was.

Neighbor Stephen Willeford and Johnnie Langendorff witnessed the shootout between the suspected gunman wanted in the massacre at a Texas church and as a neighbor, he decided to help. 'Why Wouldn't You Want To Take Him Down?' He ended up following the alleged shooter down a highway for 11 miles. Langendorff remained on the phone with authorities during the car chase, and told the police which roads they were taking. Eventually, when the suspect hit about 95 mph, he “lost control on his own and went off in the ditch.”

Not recomended but well done....

Fix what is broken......

Trump blamed the incident not on guns but ‘A mental health problem.’

If the president truly believed that mental health was behind the thousands and thousands of gun deaths in the U.S. every year, why would he cut funding for mental health via Medicaid in his tax bill?

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#1130 2017-11-06 20:40:36

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Wife is just now hearing about another shooting and is quite upset with the gun violence....

http://www.wcvb.com/article/boston-poli … d/13440444

The Boston Police Department has shut down Mass. Ave. at Huntington Ave. after shots were fired. Boston EMS confirms two people were taken to the hospital from the scene, one with shooting injuries one with other injuries.

"Is this the price of freedom."

http://www.cnn.com/2017/11/06/opinions/ … index.html

Massive Leak Reveals New Ties Between Trump Administration and Russia, More Indictments coming soon as Mueller Has Enough Evidence to Bring Charges in Flynn Investigation, Implicating Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross and Jared Kushner will be indicted for money laundering.

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#1131 2017-11-11 20:05:11

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This story rings of being funny coming from a 12 year old but its as real as the healthcare issues that we al face.
Jeff Sessions Is Being Sued Over U.S. Marijuana Policy by a 12-Year-Old Girl claiming that the federal prohibition on marijuana is unconstitutional.

Bortell uses a strain of cannabis oil called Haleigh’s Hope to help with her seizures, and hopes that the lawsuit will help normalize and further legalize marijuana, Bortell was diagnosed with epilepsy when she was a young child and traditional medicine was not helping. She and her family moved to Colorado from Texas so they could legally obtain cannabis oils to help treat the sixth-grader.

"As the seizures got worse, we had to move to Colorado to get cannabis because it's illegal in Texas," said Bortell.

Some doctors even suggested that Bortell should consider having brain surgery instead of using the drug, but a drop of liquid THC twice a day has kept her seizure-free for two-and-a-half years.

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#1132 2017-11-11 20:17:46

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Reading NBC a list of Republicans are saying goodbye to Washington ahead of midterms to which a growing number of House Republicans are choosing to voluntarily drain the swamp one year ahead of the midterm elections. Nearly two dozen congressional Republicans have so far announced they will not be running for re-election, leaving Democrats enthusiastic about the potential for major gains in the 2018 elections. Nine Republicans are running for a different elected position, while 12 are retiring so far. We have seen some seats already change and Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee on Thursday released its “One Year Out” strategy, announcing they plan to target 91 Republican held congressional districts.

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#1133 2017-11-12 03:26:45

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Are they voluntarily draining the swamp? Or are they reincarnating as a different critter, such as a lobbyist?


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#1134 2017-11-12 18:54:13

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Emergency Manager Resigns in Puerto Rico; Army Ends Its Mission

The moves came as Puerto Rico tries to shift away from the emergency phase of its hurricane response, and just a day after a widespread power failure underscored the enormous challenges that remain. More than 2,000 people are still in shelters, and the power grid is operating at 41 percent capacity, 52 days after the storm. The federal government had distributed 51 million gallons of water and 20 million meals and had tended to 5,000 sick residents.

Two Months After Harvey, Coastal Texas Towns Still Desperate for Housing

After six hours of sustained 131 mph winds and gusts that peaked at 151 mph, approximately 80 percent of the buildings in Aransas County — in which Fulton sits — were damaged and 35 percent of the structures in the county were completely destroyed, according to county officials.

More than two months after the hurricane made landfall, families are still living in single motel rooms or in tents next to their destroyed homes.

20 miles south of Fulton, on Mustang Island, more than 75 percent of the homes in the town of Port Aransas were destroyed when Hurricane Harvey walloped the community with brutal winds and an 11-foot storm surge.

Though five of Bujan’s constituents qualified for FEMA trailers, no one is sure when they are expected to arrive, and many said they are pushed back-and-forth between FEMA, the Small Business Administration, Texas General Land Office and the Texas Division of Emergency Management.

Jimmy Kendrick owns a 2,300-square-foot home on a corner lot in Fulton, Texas, a small town of about 1,500 people along the coast. Hurricane Harvey hit his home hard, and now he’s confined to his living room and kitchen because the roof is leaking. He still doesn’t have electricity in the rest of his house.

But Kendrick noted that his situation isn’t as bad compared to others in town. “Those people who can’t afford housing at all: their mental anguish is really hard right now,” he said.

As much as we would like to blame the federal governement for the response to those in need its also the local's of each that have also not means to make things better.

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#1135 Yesterday 17:09:32

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Well its happened agian and again the pipeline has sprung a leak causing environmental damage.
Keystone XL Opponents On 210,000-Gallon Spill: We Warned You

April 2016, just five months after President Barack Obama rejected the proposal the existing Keystone pipeline leaked 17,000 gallons of oil onto private land in southeastern South Dakota. Thursday, this time leaking 210,000 gallons ― 12 times more toxic tar sands oil than before ― on a grassy field in the remote northeastern corner of the Mount Rushmore State. It is the largest spill in Keystone’s history.

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#1136 Yesterday 20:58:00

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In sensitive areas,  the prudent thing to do with underground pipe is to sleeve it within a bigger pipe and monitor the sleeve space.  For above-ground pipe,  the prudent thing to do in sensitive areas is to pave the right-of-way,  complete with curbing and catchments,  to catch the spills. 

Spills from pipelines are inevitable,  just not as often as with rail or truck transport,  but usually larger in quantity because nobody is paying close-enough attention.  The real problem is that everything is so damned bottom-line-$-oriented that no one is willing to do the prudent things. 

Make screwing up a whole lot more expensive,  and that problem we have with deliberate neglect will change.

GW

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#1137 Today 18:02:10

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Keystone_pipeline_map_small04.png

The approval followed years of intense debate over the pipeline amid hefty opposition from environmental groups, who argued the pipeline supports the extraction of crude oil from oil sands, which pumps about 17% more greenhouse gases than standard crude oil extraction. Environmentalists also opposed the pipeline because it would cut across the Ogallala Aquifer, one of the world's largest underground deposits of fresh water.

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