Incredibly Detailed, Interactive Map Of 2016 Presidential Election Results

No matter who you voted for this map is AMAZING.

Type in your zip code…..wow!   Use you mouse to zoom in and out. The New York Times has published an incredibly detailed, interactive map of 2016 presidential election results.

Country Star Eric Church Blames NRA For Las Vegas Gun Massacre

Spot on.

The soulless NRA do not care.   They are out to make money on bloodshed.

In a new interview with Rolling Stone, Church discussed the Vegas shooting and placed blame on the National Rifle Association and gun lobbyists for being a “roadblock” to safety.

“There are some things we can’t stop,” he said. “Like the disgruntled kid who takes his dad’s shotgun and walks into a high school. But we could have stopped the guy in Vegas.”

He added: “I blame the lobbyists. And the biggest in the gun world is the NRA.”

Church, who paid tribute to the victims of the shooting in a moving performance at the Grand Ole Opry in October, days after the shooting, told Rolling Stone that he is not a member of the NRA, but that he considers himself “a Second Amendment guy.”

“I feel like they’ve been a bit of a roadblock,” Church said of the NRA. “I don’t care who you are – you shouldn’t have that kind of power over elected officials. To me it’s cut-and-dried: The gun-show [loophole] would not exist if it weren’t for the NRA, so at this point in time, if I was an NRA member, I would think I had more of a problem than the solution. I would question myself real hard about what I wanted to be in the next three, four, five years.”

White House Must Not Ban Reporters

It is not possible for his blogger to make comment on every pressing issue that makes the news.  For instance, the need to make sure Ukraine is not subjugated by Russia was part of the dialogue this week as Secretary of State Mike Pompeo spent more than three hours before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.  Ukraine is a huge concern and though I care about the nation, I find summer days draw me outside and away from my home office.  So posts on important issues get delayed.

But there was one story yesterday which demands a few minutes to blog about as it impact freedom of the press and the ability of citizens to have facts about what their government is doing.

The Trump administration made what can only be described as a jackass decision when it escalated their ongoing conflict with CNN.   This time they barred White House correspondent Kaitlan Collins from covering an open press event which took place yesterday in the Rose Garden.

In a statement released by CNN they said that after Collins asked questions of President Trump as a pool reporter, she was ushered into a meeting with White House deputy chief of staff for communications Bill Shine and press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders in Shine’s office.  At the meeting, the two officials told Collins she was “disinvited” from a press event.

What took place was simply Stalin-like–and there is no way to deny or refute it.

The fact that action by the White House was so outrageous is underscored by the reaction form other journalists.  And even from the ones who play journalists at Fox News.  On his show Wednesday, Bret Baier made it clear that Fox News is standing with CNN.

“As a member of the White House press pool, Fox stands firmly with CNN on this issue of access,” Baier said, before noting the White House had not responded to a request for comment.

I have stated many times when it comes to the press corps that the reporters and journalists need to display solidarity.  There is no way for any thinking person to react other than with utter dismay when the Trump administration barred  a reporter from attending a presidential event in the Rose Garden–because she has asked questions at another event Trump did not like.

Well too bad forTrump!

If Trump does not like questions which embarrasses him there is a remedy to that matter.  Keep your zipper up, stay out of bed with strippers and hookers, and go home to your wife at night.  Stop making money deals to hide your actions.   And also do not cozy around with Russian autocrats.

Collins was doing her job.  A job, by the way, which is more important to our republic than any other–gathering facts and reporting them to the citizenry.  (Recall what Thomas Jefferson said.) Trump will do stupid things and can also ignore reporter’s questions.  But the White House must NEVER punish reporters for inquiries they don’t like.

House Conservatives Always Play Political Games At This Time Of Year

Parents know how it is with kids at this point of the summer.  The young ones have been home for a number of weeks from school and have become bored with too much free time.  So they start to put blasting caps in the mailbox and think paints balls might be their future outlet for stress.

That is much like the conservatives in congress who have taken to the impeachment road.  They have filed articles of impeachment in an effort to oust Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, the overseer of Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation.

It should be noted that these partisan tools have always done something like this right before the August recess. They tried to take down John Boehner, they tried to push out the IRS commissioner, they tried to force a repeal of Obamacare and this year, they are trying to push out the deputy attorney general.  They are eager beavers, but short of common sense and political clout in the real sense of the term.

Now they say the need for ousting Rosenstein is due to legitimate issues.  That smacks of  a lack of candor by a mile.  These conservatives desire is to raise money and split Republicans for the all-important election for them—the one for House Speaker.

They care not one bit for the needs of the nation.    Or law and order.

House Conservatives Wish To Politicize Justice–House Speaker Ryan Pushes Back

Bad news all the way around for those who wish to undermine law and order—and politicize justice.
 
Speaker Paul Ryan dismissed a push by House conservatives to impeach Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein.
 
The Wisconsin Republican said the Department of Justice was largely complying with the GOP demand for documents surrounding the FBI’s Russia investigation.
 
“I don’t think we should be cavalier with this process or this term,” he said of impeachment. “I don’t think this rises to the level of high crimes and misdemeanors.”
 
Attorney General Jeff Sessions on Thursday threw his support behind Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, who was recently targeted by conservative Republicans in Congress moving to impeach him over his handling of the Russia investigation.
 
“Rod Rosenstein is highly capable. . . . I have the highest confidence in him,’’ Sessions said in Boston.
Senior Justice Department officials have rejected the criticism of House conservatives and described historic levels of cooperation with Congress to share files connected to the FBI investigations of Hillary Clinton’s email server and Trump campaign contacts with Russia