NYT: Rick Gates, Trump Campaign Aide, to Plead Guilty in Mueller Inquiry and Cooperate

“The plea deal could be a significant development in the investigation — a sign that Mr. Gates plans to offer incriminating information against his longtime associate and the former campaign chairman, Paul Manafort, or other members of the Trump campaign in exchange for a lighter punishment.”


The issue today is the same as it has been throughout all history,

… whether man shall be allowed to govern himself or be ruled by a small elite.  — Thomas Jefferson

By Blue Bronc, a Trail Mix Contributor

The significance of the students doing what we used call a “die in” is most likely lost on Trump (SFB) and the greedy old perverts. I see it as the most recent awakening of America and our history of protests. The republicans (small r), led by the like real smart person, have brought us out of a lethargic stage and into a mood to change America back to the better path. SFB has energized the Woman’s March, the scientist march, various Black Americans, Native Americans, Hispanics, Puerto Ricans and who knows how many other non-white men, women and LGBTQ people.

The talking heads focus on tut-tutting Dems for being overly confident and ready to lose the 2018 mid-terms.  This is not a D vs R fight.  This is about those willing to stay with a man who refuses to confront or stand up to the Russians and the old KGB man, Putin.  This is about people who thought they were not being represented by their elected officials. This  is about people willing to elect a person who enthusiastically told us he liked to feel up or even sexually assault women, even young women in their teens.

This is about people who are blatant racists, misogynists, homophobes and bullies, willing to attack those of us who are not.

Thinking back a little over a year ago, or back to 2004 or 1998, many of us wondered about why there were few protests about our government actions and policies.  A topic that was thought to possibly jump start protests and marches was to restore the draft, but for everyone.  That never got anywhere, as the privileged in the Congress would never endanger their own fruit of the loins. Other thoughts were that our young-uns are beyond protests due to electronics overwhelming any thinking.

None of those were acceptable or understandable.  We are Americans.  Our greatest protest made our country.  Iraq, Afghanistan, Syria, Africa, and many other lands where we are currently fighting for people who are not Americans have all been but hidden.  But, many of us volunteer our lives to protect these United States, and also to help others who are not here.  None of those wars brought the protests like we had in the late sixties and early seventies.

What is happening today?

I suspect that today’s students (I find that label wonderful – it covers many people) are finally tired of being killed when there is a very simple solution at hand.  During the period when assault style weapons were banned mass murders were nil.  As soon as the AR-15 style weapons became available mass slaughter began.  The short, ten year, ban on assault style weapons showed it worked.  Reinstate the ban.

Hunting does not require a weapon that discharges a bullet guaranteed to destroy the game.  The bullets do big damage to the victim.  A 30-30 does a better job hunting large game, such as a deer.  I know and worked with people who lived on game they hunted.  I am not concerned about that.  I am concerned about murderers who hunt and kill people. They do not need a combat weapon.  The AR-15 style and AK-47 style rifles are combat weapons. Reinstating the ban against a combat or assault style rifle is important.

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