Former Deutsche Bank Exec Connected to Trump Loans Dies by Suicide in Malibu

https://www.lamag.com/citythinkblog/deutsche-bank-death/

Uh-oh. Looks like we need to make our first entry on the Trump kill list. Long, long way to go to catch up to the Clinton’s.

From Fox News – Ken Starr on Gordon Sondland’s impeachment hearing testimony: ‘One of those bombshell days’

Ken Starr on Gordon Sondland’s impeachment hearing testimony: ‘One of those bombshell days’

https://www.foxnews.com/media/ken-starr-gordon-sondland-quid-pro-quo-bombshell

Ken, Ken, Ken. Really? Best you got? Just for fun I’ll walk through your logic. You’re telling me the democrats started this impeachment process open minded without an agenda and their minds not made up? For someone to believe they were neutral prior to today and today’s testimony is what changed their minds is ignorant beyond belief. The Articles of Impeachment were already at the printer before this sham ever started. The only thing left to do was to date them. Today was no different than any of the others previously. No one changed their mind. No new evidence was introduced. Come on Ken. Do better!

The full Ukraine scandal timeline

Are you dazed and confused about the Trump-Ukraine story thanks to the avalanche of fake news distorting the facts? Then you need this full timeline put together by John Solomon.

Here is a detailed timeline of key events in the Ukraine scandal, complete with the corroborating evidence. You make your own judgement as to what happened.

February 2014.

Vice President Joe Biden named by President Obama to be U.S. point man on Ukrainian crisis after Euromaidan Revolution of Dignity leads to ouster of Viktor Yanukovych as Ukrainian president.

February 21, 2014

George Soros’ Open Society Foundation publishes anticorruption strategy for Ukraine identifying the Anti-Corruption Action Centre, a nonprofit that Soros’ foundation and the U.S. State Department jointly fund, as the leading edge of the foundation’s strategy for Ukraine.

Validation: https://www.scribd.com/document/403223726/Open-Society-2014-Memo

March 2014

New Ukrainian elections set for May 2014 and Petro Poroshenko emerges as top Western-friendly candidate for president.

April 13, 2014:

Devon Archer, the business partner of Hunter Biden, son of the VP, and Christopher Heinz, stepson of Secretary of State John Kerry, is named an independent director of the Ukrainian gas company Burisma Holdings.

Validation: https://www.bbc.com/news/blogs-echochambers-27403003

April 15, 2014:

Burisma Holdings makes two payments to the Morgan Stanley account of Devon Archer’s and Hunter Biden’s firm Rosemont Seneca Bohai in the amounts of $83,333.33 and $29,424.82, according to financial records obtained by Ukrainian authorities and the FBI.

Validation: Burisma Holdings financial records obtained by Ukraine Prosecutor General’s Office. https://www.scribd.com/document/436048670/Burisma-Holdings-Accounting-Ledger

FBI records obtained from Rosemont Seneca Bohai: https://www.scribd.com/document/404001731/Rosemont-Seneca-Partners-Court-File

April 15, 2014:

Devon Archer, Hunter Biden’s partner in Rosemont Seneca Bohai and Burisma Holdings, checks into White House for meeting with Vice President Joe Biden, according to the Secret Service’s official WAVES entry logs for the Obama White House.

April 22, 2014:

VP Joe Biden meets with Ukraine Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk and urges Ukraine to ramp up energy production to free itself from its Russian natural gas dependence. Biden boasts that “an American team is currently in the region working with Ukraine and its neighbors to increase Ukraine’s short-term energy supply.” Yatsenyuk welcomes help from American “investors” in modernizing natural gas supply lines in Ukraine.

Validation: https://obamawhitehouse.archives.gov/the-press-office/2014/04/22/remarks-press-vice-president-joe-biden-and-ukrainian-prime-minister-arse

April 24, 2014:

Joe Biden meets with candidate Poroshenko.

Validation: https://slate.com/news-and-politics/2014/04/petro-poroshenko-interview-ukrainian-presidential-candidate-discusses-putin-the-west-and-ukraine.html

April 28, 2014:

Britain’s Serious Fraud Office freezes $23 million in assets kept in London by Burisma Holdings and its founder, Mykola Zlochevsky, on grounds it was fraudulently transferred from Ukraine. Zlochevsky and Burisma deny wrongdoing.

Validation: https://www.sfo.gov.uk/cases/ukraine-money-laundering-investigation/

May 13, 2014

Hunter Biden announced as a board member for Ukraine’s largest natural gas company Burisma Holdings, which is run by Mykola Zlochevsky, a former Cabinet official for ousted president Victor Yanukovych.

Validation: https://www.cnbc.com/2014/05/13/bidens-son-joins-ukraine-gas-companys-board-of-directors.html

https://burisma-group.com/hunter-biden-joins-the-team-of-burisma-holdings/

May 13, 2014

Christopher Heinz, business partner to Devon Archer and Hunter Biden and stepson to John Kerry, sends email to Secretary of State’s top aides distancing himself from Archer, Biden appointments to Burisma Holdings board, according to FOIA released to Citizens United.

Validation: https://www.scribd.com/document/433436789/CU-v-State-FOIA-Doc-Ukraine

May 15, 2014

Burisma Holdings makes two equal $83,333.33 payments totaling $166,666.66 to the Morgan Stanley account of Hunter Biden’s and Devon Archer’s firm Rosemont Seneca Bohai, according to the company’s official ledger and Rosemont Seneca Bohais bank records obtained by the FBI. Similar payments are made every month for more than a year.

Validation: Burisma Holdings financial records released by Ukraine Prosecutor General’s Office: https://www.scribd.com/document/436048670/Burisma-Holdings-Accounting-Ledger

Rosemont Seneca records seized by FBI: https://www.scribd.com/document/404001731/Rosemont-Seneca-Partners-Court-File

May 20, 2014

David Leiter, former chief of staff to John Kerry, hired as a lobbyist for Burisma Holdings, Senate lobbying records show. The firm is paid $90,000 in 2014 to lobby Congress and the State Department.

Validation: https://www.opensecrets.org/lobby/client_reports.php?id=F212407&year=2014

May 25, 2014

Poroshenko wins the Ukraine presidential election

July 5, 2014:

Burisma Holdings pays $250,000 retainer to Boies Schiller law firm where board member Hunter Biden also works.

Validation: Burisma Holdings financial records released by Ukraine Prosecutor General’s Office: https://www.scribd.com/document/436048670/Burisma-Holdings-Accounting-Ledger

Aug. 20, 2014

Ukraine Prosecutor General Viktor Shokin’s office opens criminal investigation of Burisma Holdings and Mykola Zlochevsky for alleged corrupt award of gas exploration permits and eventual looting of company, according to Ukrainian prosecutor general’s case file.

Sept. 16, 2014

Burisma Holdings makes $33,039.77 payment to Boies Schiller law firm, according to company records.

Validation: Burisma Holdings accounting ledger obtained by Ukraine Prosecutor General’s Office https://www.scribd.com/document/436048670/Burisma-Holdings-Accounting-Ledger

December 16, 2014

Former deputy national security adviser Tony Blinken, a longtime Joe Biden adviser, confirmed by Senate as Deputy Secretary of State under John Kerry.

Jan. 18, 2015:

Prosecutor General’s office in Ukraine declares Burisma Holdings founder Mykola Zlochevsky a fugitive “wanted in Ukraine.”

Validation: https://www.kyivpost.com/article/content/reform-watch/prosecutors-put-zlochevsky-multimillionaire-ex-ecology-minister-on-wanted-list-377719.html

Jan. 29, 2015:

British Serious Fraud Office announces it is closing down investigation into Burisma and Zlochevsky for insufficient evidence.

Validation: https://www.sfo.gov.uk/cases/ukraine-money-laundering-investigation/

March 18, 2015

VP Biden has phone call with President Poroshenko.

Validation: https://ua.usembassy.gov/readout-vice-presidents-call-ukrainian-president-petro-poroshenko-6/

March 30, 2015:

George Soros announces plans to invest $1 billion in Ukrainian energy and technology sectors.

Validation: https://money.cnn.com/2015/03/30/investing/ukraine-soros-billion-russia/index.html

April 15, 2015

VP Joe Biden speaks in Ukraine, praising the decision to appoint a new head of the NABU, the new Ukrainian law enforcement investigative arm set up by United States.

March 22, 2015:

Hunter Biden emails his father’s longtime trusted aide, Deputy Secretary of State Tony Blinken, with the following message: “Have a few minutes next week to grab a cup of coffee? I know you are impossibly busy, but would like to get your advice on a couple of things, Best, Hunter.”

Blinken responds the same day with an “absolutely” and added, “Look forward to seeing you.”

The records indicate the two men were scheduled to meet the afternoon of May 27, 2015.

Validation: https://www.scribd.com/document/436054889/Hunter-Biden-Blinken-May-2015-Contacts

June 11, 2015

Burisma Holdings makes $20,000 donation to the Delaware Community Foundation in the name of Beau Biden, the vice president’s oldest son who died of cancer, according to the company’s financial records released by Ukraine prosecutor general’s office.

Validation: https://www.scribd.com/document/436048670/Burisma-Holdings-Accounting-Ledger

June 12, 2015

VP Biden calls President Poroshenko.

Validation: https://ua.usembassy.gov/readout-vice-presidents-call-ukrainian-president-petro-poroshenko-8/

July 15, 2015

VP Biden and Commerce Secretary Pritzker attend first ever US-Ukraine Chamber of Business meeting.

Validation: https://www.uschamber.com/first-annual-us-ukraine-business-forum

July 22, 2015:

Hunter Biden meets with Deputy Secretary Tony Blinken for lunch at State Department, according to State Department memos.

Validation: https://www.scribd.com/document/433389212/Biden-Blinken-Meeting

July 24, 2015:

VP Biden calls President Poroshenko, raises concerns about anti-corruption efforts in Ukraine.

Validation: https://ua.usembassy.gov/readout-vice-presidents-call-ukrainian-president-petro-poroshenko-10/

Aug. 16, 2015

Devon Archer throws a $10,000 a plate fund-raiser in New York for the Seed Global Health charity founded by Secretary of State Kerry’s daughter, Dr. Vanessa Kerry, according to official invite.

Validation: https://www.scribd.com/document/432522987/Devon-Archer-Fundraiser-Vanessa-Kerry

Aug. 28, 2015

VP Biden calls President Poroshenko

Validation: https://ua.usembassy.gov/readout-vice-presidents-call-ukrainian-president-petro-poroshenko-082815/

Sept. 25, 2015:

U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine Geoffrey Pyatt gives speech imploring Ukrainian prosecutors to do more to bring Burisma’s Zlochevsky to justice.

Validation: https://www.rferl.org/a/us-ambassador-upbraids-ukraine-over-corruption-efforts/27271294.html

Sept. 29, 2015

VP Biden meets with President Poroshenko in Ukraine.

Validation: https://ua.usembassy.gov/readout-vice-president-bidens-meeting-ukrainian-president-petro-poroshenko/

Nov. 5, 2015

VP Biden calls President Poroshenko.

Validation: https://ua.usembassy.gov/readout-vice-president-bidens-call-ukrainian-president-petro-poroshenko-110515/

Nov. 18, 2015

Burisma Holdings makes $60,000 payment to the American legal, lobbying and communications firm Blue Star Strategies for consulting work, according to company’s official ledger.

Validation: https://www.scribd.com/document/436048670/Burisma-Holdings-Accounting-Ledger

Dec. 7, 2015

VP Biden meets with President Poroshenko and demands the president make “hard decisions” to eliminate “the cancer of corruption” in his country.

Validation: https://ua.usembassy.gov/remarks-vice-president-joe-biden-ukrainian-president-petro-poroshenko-bilateral-meeting/

Dec. 8, 2015

The New York Times publishes article stating Prosecutor General Shokin’s office is investigating Burisma Holdings and its founder Zlochecvsky, and that Hunter Biden’s participation on Burisma board is undercutting Joe Biden’s anticorruption message in Ukraine. VP Biden office quoted in story.

Validation: https://www.nytimes.com/2015/12/09/world/europe/corruption-ukraine-joe-biden-son-hunter-biden-ties.html

Jan. 21-24, 2016:

Obama White House invites leaders of Ukraine’s general prosecutor office to Washington for a hastily arranged set of meetings to discuss anticorruption cases, including Burisma and Party of Regions case involving Paul Manafort..

Validation: https://thehill.com/opinion/white-house/440730-how-the-obama-white-house-engaged-ukraine-to-give-russia-collusion

Feb. 4, 2016

Ukraine general prosecutor’s office under the direction of Viktor Shokin announces the seizure of assets from Burisma Holdings founder Mykola Zlochevsky under a continuing criminal investigation. The seizure occurred on Feb. 2, 2016, according to the announcement.

Validation: https://en.interfax.com.ua/news/general/322395.html

Feb. 4, 2016

Burisma board member Hunter Biden sends a Twitter notification to Deputy Secretary of State Tony Blinken, a longtime adviser to Joe Biden, indicating he is following Blinken on Twitter.

Validation: https://www.scribd.com/document/433389211/HunterBidenFollowBlinkenTwitter

Feb. 11, 18, 19, 2016

VP Biden holds series of phone calls with President Poroshenko to check on status of pending items from their December 2015 meeting.

Validation: https://ua.usembassy.gov/readout-vice-president-bidens-calls-prime-minister-arseniy-yatsenyuk-president-petro-poroshenko-ukraine-021916/

Feb. 24-March 1, 2016:

An American representative for Burisma Holdings, Karen Tramontano of Blue Star Strategies, seeks meeting with Undersecretary of State Catherine A. Novelli to discuss ending the corruption allegations against the Ukrainian gas firm. Hunter Biden’s name was specifically invoked by the Burisma representative as a reason the State Department should help. “Per our conversation, Karen Tramontano of Blue Star Strategies requested a meeting to discuss with U/S Novelli USG remarks alleging Burisma (Ukrainian energy company) of corruption.”

Validation: https://www.scribd.com/document/433389210/Bluestar-Novelli-Contacts

March 2, 2016:

Devon Archer, a business partner of Hunter Biden and fellow American board member on Burisma Holdings, secures meeting with Secretary of State John Kerry, State Department memos say.

Validation: https://www.scribd.com/document/433389208/Archer-Meeting-Kerry

March 15, 2016

Assistant Secretary of State Victoria Nuland demands Ukraine “appoint and confirm a new, clean Prosecutor General, who is committed to rebuilding the integrity of the PGO, and investigate, indict and successfully prosecute corruption and asset recovery cases – including locking up dirty personnel in the PGO itself.”

Validation: https://ua.usembassy.gov/ukrainian-reforms-two-years-maidan-revolution-russian-invasion/

March 22, 2016

VP Joe Biden engages in phone call from Washington DC with Ukrainian president Poroshenko about U.S. loan guarantees. It is believed in this call that Biden renews his demands that the president fire Prosecutor General Shokin, who is overseeing the Burisma prosecution, or risk losing the next $1 billion in U.S. loan guarantees.

Validation: https://ua.usembassy.gov/readout-vice-president-bidens-call-president-petro-poroshenko-ukraine-032216/

March 29, 2016

Ukraine parliament fires Prosecutor General Shokin at urging of President Poroshenko.

Validation: https://www.nytimes.com/2016/03/30/world/europe/political-stability-in-the-balance-as-ukraine-ousts-top-prosecutor.html

March 29, 2016:

John Buretta, an American lawyer hired by Burisma Holdings, seeks to contact the Acting Prosecutor General Sevruk seeking a meeting about the Burisma investigation just hours after his boss, Prosecutor General Shokin, was fired under pressure from VP Joe Biden, according to email Buretta’s legal team sent the Ukraine embassy in Washington.

Validation: https://thehill.com/opinion/campaign/463307-solomon-these-once-secret-memos-cast-doubt-on-joe-bidens-ukraine-story

March 30, 2016:

Burisma Holdings’ U.S. legal team seeks help of Ukrainian embassy official Andrii Telizhenko in Washington seeking urgent meeting with new Acting Prosecutor General of Ukraine, according to legal team’s email to embassy.

Validation: https://thehill.com/opinion/campaign/463307-solomon-these-once-secret-memos-cast-doubt-on-joe-bidens-ukraine-story

March 31, 2016

VP Joe Biden arrives in Ukraine and announces $1 billion in loan guarantees, ending threat to withhold aid and force Ukraine into debt default, and also delivers $239 million more in promised aid.

Validation: https://ua.usembassy.gov/readout-vice-president-bidens-meeting-president-petro-poroshenko-ukraine-033116/

April 4, 2016:

George Kent, a senior US official at the American embassy in Ukraine, writes a letter asking Ukrainian general prosecutor’s office to stand down their investigation of the Soros-funded group the Anti-Corruption Action Centre.

Validation: https://www.scribd.com/document/402559592/Embassy2GPLetter4-4-16

April 6, 2016

Burisma Holdings’ U.S. legal team of John Buretta, Sally Painter and Karen Tramontano meets with Ukraine’s Acting Prosecutor General Sevruk to seek resolution of Burisma criminal investigation. American lawyers apologize for “false information” spread by U.S. government to force the firing of Shokin and offer Prosecutor General’s office an olive branch of arranging a meeting in Washington to clear the air.

Validation: Official Prosecutor General’s memo of meeting: https://www.scribd.com/document/427618143/Ukraine-PGO-Memo-Untranslated

English translation: https://www.scribd.com/document/427616178/Ukraine-PGO-Memo-Translation

April 14, 2016

VP Biden calls President Poroshenko and “stressed the urgency of putting in place a new Prosecutor General who would bolster the agency’s anti-corruption efforts.

Validation: https://ua.usembassy.gov/readout-vice-president-bidens-call-president-petro-poroshenko-ukraine-041416/

May 4, 2016:

DNC contractor Alexandra Chalupa writes email to bosses at party headquarters derailing her work to get dirt on Trump and Manafort from Ukraine.

Validation: https://wikileaks.org/dnc-emails/emailid/3962

May 12, 2016

Yurii Lutsenko named the new Prosecutor General of Ukraine, taking over investigations that include Burisma Holdings. VP Joe Biden later praises Lutsenko as a “solid guy” during 2018 speech at Atlantic Counsel.

Validation: : https://www.cfr.org/event/foreign-affairs-issue-launch-former-vice-president-joe-biden

May 25, 2016:

Senior George Soros adviser provides private briefing to Assistant Secretary of State Victoria Nuland about Russian bond market, according to official State Department memo of briefing.

Validation: https://www.scribd.com/document/421082234/SorosNulandRussia-Bond-Market

May 27, 2016

VP Biden holds phone call with President Poroshenko.

Validation: https://ua.usembassy.gov/readout-vice-president-bidens-call-president-petro-poroshenko-ukraine-052716/

June 1, 2016:

George Soros seeks and receives a telephonic meeting with Assistant Secretary of State Victoria Nuland to discuss Ukraine, according to the official State Department record of call

Validation: https://www.scribd.com/document/421081817/SorosNulandJune1-2016-Contacts-Ukraine

Aug. 4, 2016:

Ukraine’s ambassador to Washington, Valeriy Chaly, takes extraordinary step of writing an OpEd in The Hill intervening in the US presidential election, slamming Trump’s policies and comments on Russia.

Validation: https://thehill.com/blogs/pundits-blog/international/290411-ukraines-ambassador-trumps-comments-send-wrong-message-to

Aug. 12, 2016

Phone call between VP Biden and President Poroshenko

Sept. 20, 2016

VP Biden meets President Poroshenko on sidelines of UN meeting. Confirms $1 billion in loan guarantees has been made.

Validation: https://ua.usembassy.gov/readout-vice-president-bidens-meeting-president-petro-poroshenko-ukraine/

Nov. 8, 2016

Donald Trump wins election to become 45th president of United States, ending eight years of Democratic control of the White House.

Dec. 15, 2016

VP Biden holds phone call with Ukraine president and prime minister, praises work of NABU.

Validation: https://ua.usembassy.gov/readout-vice-president-bidens-calls-president-ukraine-petro-poroshenko-prime-minister-ukraine-volodymyr-groysman/

Jan. 11, 2017:

Politico reports possible effort by DNC contractor Alexandra Chalupa to seek Russia dirt on Trump and Manafort from Ukraine embassy in Washington during 2016 election.

Validation: https://www.politico.com/story/2017/01/ukraine-sabotage-trump-backfire-233446

Jan. 17-18, 2017

Biden makes final appearance in Ukraine with President Poroshenko.

Validation: https://ua.usembassy.gov/remarks-vice-president-joe-biden-joint-press-availability-ukrainian-president-petro-poroshenko/

February 1, 2017:

John Buretta, the American lawyer for Burisma Holdings, gives interview in Kiev confirming there were criminal cases open in 2016 in Ukraine but all have been settled, the last with a penalty for tax violations.

Validation: https://www.kyivpost.com/business-wire/john-buretta-us-important-close-casesagainst-burisma-nikolayzlochevskyiin-legally-sound-manner.html

Jan. 25, 2018

Former VP Biden boasts at Council of Foreign Relations events in Washington that he strong-armed Ukrainian president Petro Poroshenko into firing Prosecutor General Shokin, using loan guarantees as leverage. He also calls Shokin’s replacement, Yuriy Lutsenko, “solid.”

Validation: https://www.cfr.org/event/foreign-affairs-issue-launch-former-vice-president-joe-biden

May 9, 2018

House Rules Committee chairman Pete Sessions writes letter to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo demanding removal of US Ambassador to Kiev Marie Yovanovitch.

Validation: https://www.scribd.com/document/402558867/Sessions-Pompeo-correspondence-2018

December 12, 2018:

Ukrainian court rules that the efforts by Ukrainian parliamentary member Sergey Leschenko and NABU chief Artem Sytnyk to publicize the Manafort black ledger documents in 2016 were an improper foreign intervention in the American presidential election.

Validation: https://www.kyivpost.com/ukraine-politics/publication-of-manafort-payments-violated-law-interfered-in-us-election-kyiv-court-rules.html

Feb. 10, 2019

NABU revives dormant Burisma case, drafting a notice of suspicion against founder Mykola Zlochevsky and asking the special anticorruption prosecutor of Ukraine to bring Zlochevsky in for questioning.

Validation: https://www.kyivpost.com/ukraine-politics/nabu-prepares-draft-notice-of-suspicion-on-episode-involving-ex-minister-zlochevsky.html

March 28, 2019

Ukraine General Prosecutor’s office under the authority of Deputy Prosecutor General Kulyk announces it has opened a new money laundering investigation against Burisma founder Zlochevsky.

Validation: https://www.scribd.com/document/429942801/March282019NoticeofSuspicionZolchevskyBurisma

May 2, 2019:

Ukraine embassy in Washington issues statement confirming that in spring 2016 the DNC contractor Alexandra Chalupa sought the embassy’s help seeking dirt on Donald Trump and Paul Manafort and asking for Ukraine’s president to meet with an investigative reporter working on the issue.

Validation: https://thehill.com/opinion/white-house/441892-ukrainian-embassy-confirms-dnc-contractor-solicited-trump-dirt-in-2016

Text of statement: https://www.scribd.com/document/432699412/Ukraine-Chaly-Statement-on-Chalupa-042519

May 16, 2019:

Artem Sytnyk, head of Ukraine’s National Anticorruption Bureau (NABU), confirms investigations remain open against Burisma and its founder Zlochevsky.

Validation: https://www.kyivpost.com/ukraine-politics/sytnyk-nabu-has-not-closed-cases-related-to-zlochevsky.html

Tweets are cause for impeachment?

Fox’s Bret Baier: Trump Gave Schiff a New ‘Article of Impeachment in Real Time’ With Twitter Attack on Yovanovitch

Here’s a simple question for you. Was Marie Yovanovitch monitoring her Twitter account during her testimony today? Based upon media reports like the one linked above, she must have been and she must be following President Trump as well. Otherwise, how would she have been aware of the President’s tweets that so many are now claiming is an impeachable offense? She can’t be intimidated prior to her testifying if she isn’t aware of the tweets. Oh wait, Adam Schiff read the tweet live during the hearing so she was aware. Doesn’t that make Adam Schiff an accomplice? Yovanovitch would have never heard it during the hearing and been intimidated otherwise. It’s only because Schiff enabled it because he chose to read it aloud to her. I can only assume this was an attempt by Schiff to intimidate the witness. Clearly if it wasn’t he wouldn’t have read it live.

Yes, we can all play the stupid game. I really have no idea how every democrat doesn’t just walk out on Schiff head held in shame. They have been made to look utterly pathetic and ridiculous. Here’s an idea. How about you, Adam Shifty Schiff, stay off your damn phone during an impeachment inquiry to overturn a United States election? In fact, how about disallowing any and all electronics during these hearings so we can at least appear to have the full attention of the participants?

Tragedy in California is one more piece

Shooting at California’s Saugus High School leaves 2 students dead, suspect in custody, officials say

Let the same old arguments begin. Pro-gun supporters will point out that California already has laws in place akin to what the gun grabbers are pushing for nationwide. They clearly didn’t work today in California so why enact them nationwide? As I observed in a multitude of social media the gun grabbers argument is that the shooter may have obtained the weapon in another state without such stringent gun laws. The pro-gun people will point out that teenagers can’t legally purchase handguns in any state so it’s a moot point. The gun grabbers will say that an adult may have legally purchased the handgun in another state and the minor was able to access it somehow and commit the crime. The pro-gun people will point out that every step of the process no matter how the minor obtained the gun is already covered by an existing gun law and passing further nationwide gun laws won’t prevent what happened today. And on and on and on.

Where does this always ultimately lead to? Total gun confiscation. That’s the only potentially ironclad way to prevent these senseless killings. Of course the criminals will never abide by any such confiscation law so a police state coast to coast shakedown of each and every square foot of America would be required to accomplish this. Even after that you have guns available in other countries that can be smuggled in. You have dirty cops and military who would ensure that some amount of supply would still make it into the public’s hands. You have those who are crafty enough to build their own at home and then create their own black market.

Would America really be willing to go to an even more radical step? All existing weapons and ammunition must be destroyed. This includes law enforcement and the military. If not, how do ever insure total compliance? If you exempt enforcement agencies there will always be a black market. Who are the potential black market customers? Criminals. Yes, the very people all of our laws are passed in order to keep disarmed. If only enforcement agencies are armed, how do you ever prevent a police state? How many Americans are idiotic enough to think that would never happen here?

Even if were somehow successful enough to cleanse the country of guns, you then have to move on to knives or clubs or any type of object that could be used to harm another human. We’re a crafty little organism who always adapts. Now the gun grabbers say this is all just silly conspiracy talk and that something must be done. I agree. However, no half measures will ever work. No amount of laws. No ever more sequentially stringent confiscation measures. Even if your argument is we must do something and reduce violence in even just a small measure, how do you sell that to the future victims and their families? Will they be ok with the idea that at least you tried?

As always, the solution to a problem is best solved by addressing the problem at its source. That does not fit the narrative of the gun grabbers. They will tell you that if you merely remove temptation from someone who has temporarily lost it, we can successfully eliminate or reduce violence. This goes back to my earlier point. If you’re a person considering a violent act against another and you don’t have a gun handy and no access to get one will you just say oh well or will you use whatever will do the job? This would likely reduce events of mass violence. Will you then be that person to address the victims family and say sorry you lost your child to an attack by a baseball bat but at least it was just you and not your neighbor as well? Feel better now? This is what happens when you don’t address a problem at its source. I don’t think you can make the case that mass murderers are copycat criminals who are only driven my media attention and their trait of a tendency toward violence will simply disappear if these stories stop appearing on the nightly news. Sick people are sick. Period.

And I know I’m ignoring the elephant in the room and not even addressing those who wish to disarm the country for devious means. Tyrants and dictators and such. They couldn’t care less about the plight of the victim, only a means to an end. They recognized long ago the benefit in manipulating public opinion by utilizing fear and compassion. Americans interested in protecting themselves are labeled conspiracy nuts. They are being led down the road to mold them into believing that if dangerous weapons are removed from existence, their need for self-protection will be greatly reduced. They may then rely upon law enforcement to protect them. You may again refer to the baseball bat scenario mentioned previously. None of this removes the human aspect in which if someone wants to harm someone else they will use any available means to do so. If the public consensus doesn’t demand a solution based upon the root issue, we will never make any real headway in solving it. This idea that sick people should be allowed to just continue on unaddressed and our best solution is just keep the guns out of their hands in case they snap is psychobabble. Worse yet is the idea that perfectly normal, well balanced people somehow go over to the dark side when a weapon is available. If we just keep the guns away from good people when they stray a bit and have a dark thought they won’t act on it. Or something. I believe that speaks to integrity. Say you’re in a room all alone and your co-worker left his wallet on the table. You can easily snatch the cash and no one will ever know it’s you. What stops you? Integrity. Doing the right thing when no one else will even know. Yet the argument of the left is it is we who are bad by allowing a temptation. If we just remove the temptation. Or is the problem at a deeper level?

The bigger question becomes should we alter the lives of the many because of the few? Isn’t that always the question with big social issues? And doesn’t every big social issue also have the alternative agenda groups that latch on to a movement in one direction or the other for their own purposes? This is why big, over reaching government doesn’t solve problems, it merely shuffles the deck. Their solutions end up pitting groups of people against each other. It just shows the folly of governing hundreds of millions of very different people into one umbrella policy. Unfortunately there are those who take it even further with globalism policies designed as a one size fits all approach. Protecting ourselves from each other can’t be mandated from above. It’s pure individualism vs. collectivism. The rules of collectivism mandate taking away something of value from the collective in the name of protecting the few. There would be no need for a governing body to intervene to institute what the majority supports and is already doing. They exist to take away from the majority. All of our social justice warriors who are so eager for social change are useful idiots that can’t ever see the endgame in this progressive march towards globalism. There is very little room at the top of the globalists pyramid and the vast majority of the useful idiots helping push their agenda seemingly have no idea that they will be a mere peasant one day as well. Gun control is just a small piece of a far bigger puzzle. Today’s school shooting in California won’t be seen for the tragedy it is for those involved but just as another piece of the puzzle.

Impeachment inquiry hearings today? How about something that actually matters instead?

You’re not really watching, are you? I mean the clown show impeachment inquiry hearings on tv today. There can be no possible rational reason to do so. If you’re a never Trumper, the decision has already been made. If you’re not you know you won’t learn anything new. The inquiry serves only one purpose. The left is counting on the media to reconstruct the inquiry to paint Trump in as bad a light as possible in order to shift public opinion. If your mind isn’t already made up, you’re an idiot. Nothing personal but if you’re informed and following along you don’t need to hear anything else. If you’re a casual observer thinking you’ll become more informed by watching the inquiry then again, you’re an idiot.

I heard something on Rush Limbaugh that made me take pause. He was making the point that politicians govern based on their personal agenda all the time. Do you agree? Do you think this is a good thing? As a voter, do you vote based upon what a politician sells as their personal vision or do you vote for the candidate that best reflects your views? This is a difference with a distinction. If you vote based upon what they’re selling you, you are aware that politicians do lie? That they sometimes ‘evolve’ in their views over time, particularly career politicians? Certainly you know they are influenced by special interests and lobbyists? Point being that if you believe in what they tell you prior to being elected, they may and likely will change their agenda once in office. Of course, your views may be altered over time as well making the likelihood that your views will continue to align with that politician even less. So should you cast your vote based upon an advertised agenda? What else do you have to go on? I’ve heard it proposed that voters should submit a profile that highlights their priorities. Candidates could then spell out their agenda which could then be ‘scored’ as to how well that matches up to your personal priorities. You then simply cast your vote for the highest scoring candidate. Sounds great except for the earlier point that politicians lie and change their agenda once in office. What is the common man to do?

Perhaps you see the wisdom in the idea of a far, far smaller federal government, term limits and eliminating career politicians. Doesn’t matter where you fall in the political spectrum, the majority of what the swamp debates doesn’t even concern you. The spectacle going on today is a good example. Whether or not Trump leveraged aid to Ukraine to investigate Biden won’t affect your daily life one iota. All politicians utilize leverage whenever possible so the sanctimony of the left is infantile. The fact that Biden is dirty? Please, spare me. Go back to my first sentence in this paragraph.

I would disagree with Rush Limbaugh in that we should vote based upon choosing amongst candidate’s agendas. The focus should be on our priorities, not theirs. The allure of being a civil servant shouldn’t be an easy street career and a chance to inject one’s personal agenda. The sense of patriotism and a call to serve should be selfless, not selfish. This is true for all of us except the swamp dwellers that prioritize everything big government simply for job security. The entire debate over Trump is only about them which is why your elected officials aren’t governing in your interests. That will never stop until the people restore power to the local level. Obviously that doesn’t eliminate corruption as man is flawed but accountability is far easier to manage at the lowest level possible. You would also find that politicians would be debating issues which actually concern you in the area in which you live. We wouldn’t have to suffer the constant deluge of representatives elected for just one district making policy for the entire country. Tired of the spectacle and the same old arguments over issues that for the most part don’t impact your daily life? Vote for somebody who agrees and will change it.

CBS/ABC collude to fire whistleblower (who isn’t the whistleblower)- Updated***

Any bets on how quickly the identity of this whistleblower is revealed? No doubt it will easily meet ABC’s editorial standards unlike the Trump-Ukraine phone call never Trumper leaker Eric Ciaramella.

UPDATE***

The fired employee is Ashley Bianco. She was fired not for leaking the ABC video but merely for accessing it. The leaker still works at ABC.