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About tomkaz

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    The tug is my drug


  • About Me:
    Mid-50s. Escaped the People's Republic of Connecticut July 2015.
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    Chasing anything with fins but in FL, no longer LI Sound.
  • What I do for a living:
    Pushing money around (my kids' view)

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  1. thats the question the Media does not want asked in a way that must be answered. btw, notice how the usual suspects are not arguing the facts now that the Clinton News Network has reported it to be fact?
  2. seems to me the timeline does not support your analogy. mannafort was fired before the general election. trump's tweet came during the transition, likely not too long after they became aware of the wiretapping. thus the analogy falls apart given the official relationship was severed well before the knowledge of the surveillance. nice try though.....
  3. you have too much faith in humans' ability to lie to themselves and each other in their attempts to deny reality.
  4. one has to believe Trump capable of such extreme violence, or riling individuals to same, to have to argue that this was serious. just like his joke about Russia having the 33,000 deleted clinton emails, it WAS humor. now if you want a failed attempt at humor, or people defending something said as being taken out of context, go back to "deplorables" or "clinging to their..." for examples of true statements and actual intent that was rationalized away by supporters.
  5. in the fishing sense or his odor?
  6. Misdirection is their only recourse.
  7. Geez, kettle calling the pot black much? You regularly state your opinions here with great confidence and you are calling me out for my "confidence"? I know as much as you do but this clearly goes back some years to Mannafort's earlier works and his being paid many millions for his advice. The investigation of Mannafort obviously is several years old with the FBI's active surveillance going back to 2014 so it is at least the old. This is well before any indication that Mannafort had involvement with Trump's political operation, to the extent there was one in 2014. If there was tax evasion related to that income, that has nothing to do with Trump. Also, an investigation without public charges would not be known to Trump's team at the time you suggest they gave "him the keys" to run the campaign. Except your statements run counter to the often made claim that the Trump campaign was run by the family and they allowed little outside advice or control to penetrate. So which was it? Did Mannafort have the keys as you suggest, or was he just another ignored outsider who was brought in just to assuage the outside complaints that the team had no gravitas nor political experience. MAYBE Mannafort has other misdeeds to answer for related to his time with the campaign. Maybe he does not. Time will tell, either way, if he broke laws, charge him to the fullest extent possible.
  8. Who knows, but it only took McCain and a couple of others to scuttle the last attempt. New GOP ObamaCare repeal bill gains momentum A last-ditch effort by Senate Republicans to repeal and replace ObamaCare is gaining steam, suggesting lawmakers could face another vote on ending the former president’s signature law later this month. Supporters do not have the 50 votes necessary to pass the bill yet, but pressure is growing on Republicans to back the measure, which could replace much of ObamaCare with block grants for states. In a crucial boost for its chances on Monday, Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey (R) offered his support. “Congress has 12 days to say ‘yes’ to Graham-Cassidy. It’s time for them to get the job done,” he said, referring to the bill's two main co-sponsors, Sens. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) and Bill Cassidy (R-La.). Ducey’s support is important because Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) has said the Arizona governor's position would be an important factor in how he votes. McCain helped kill the repeal effort in July, calling for committee hearings and a bipartisan process, but he has left the door open to voting for Graham and Cassidy's bill. Still, McCain on Monday criticized the rushed process leading up to a possible vote next week, while not ruling out voting for the bill. “The governor of Arizona is favorably inclined, but I am going to have to have a lot more information,” McCain said. He reiterated his call for committee hearings and amendments, known as “regular order.” “We should be going through regular order,” he said. “I’ve said that about 12 times.” Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska), another crucial vote, also said Monday she is still studying the impacts on her state. Senate GOP leadership is becoming more engaged. A source who has spoken to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s (R-Ky.) office described him as “taking it very seriously.” “The Leader asked CBO to prioritize the score on the legislation," said McConnell spokesman David Popp. "We expect regular staff briefings and Member discussions to continue.” Senate Majority Whip John Cornyn (R-Texas) last week said he is conducting a whip count to gauge the level of support for the bill, though he did not say he would be pushing for it. A significant factor giving the measure new momentum is a fast-approaching Sept. 30 deadline. (snipped)
  9. moonie is trying to troll with some old rigged baits.
  10. Yeah, the story is likely tax evasion that preceded any relationship with Trump. Has nothing to do with Trump. But Mannafort MAY be bad and if so deserves whatever charges may be coming.
  11. That's donkey scat. You were caught in an overgeneralization and wrong and now have to cover your butt. Trump specifically said Trump Tower was wiretapped. He was pilloried by many politicians, pundits, media types and SOLers for suggesting so. They railed against him for use of wire tap ("You mean with alligator clips and wires in the cellar") to the concept that they were even under surveillance at all. Now both CNN and CBS confirm the core of Trump's assertions were indeed true and you are trying to divert attention from that FACT. Classic, especially since there is no "poetic license" involved to make this true.
  12. Sorry J, he's not better than that IMLTHO. When the facts are not on his side (Trump was right, HRC wrong) he has to obfuscate with nonsense.
  13. Not sure this has been posted at SOL as yet. This is not the stand-alone suppressor bill. I own own four cans but all bought over two years ago, so there's no stamp tax refund in my future. However, there are several I would like to purchase and one I own in 6.8 SPC I would like to sell to buy a more useful 7.62. I dont one know the prospects for this bill but I think its wider focus could make passage more likely than the suppressor-only version. The Senate has passed something similar to this, without the suppressor reforms, which would have to be dealt with in reconciliation meetings. There it will meet resistance and might even be dropped given the anti-gun folks have trained their focused on suppressors. The local anti-gun group in Connecticut sent out a plea to call not only the CT House members but also six national GOP members who might be soft on this issue. The narrative is this suppressor liberalization is a one being thrown to "the gun industry" to help them given declining g gun sales since Trump was elected. They also use the law enforcement argument, irrespective of the fact that few crimes are committed using suppressors. Suppressor-friendly SHARE Act passes committee, heads to House floor 9/14/17 | by Chris Eger A sweeping package of hunting and fishing reforms including the Hearing Protection Act was marked up Thursday by the House Committee on Natural Resources. The Sportsmen Heritage and Recreational Enhancement or SHARE Act won a Republican-heavy 22–13 vote a day after hearings where Second Amendment and gun control advocates squared off before lawmakers. “The SHARE Act removes bureaucratic roadblocks that inhibit Americans’ access to outdoor sporting activities on federal lands and reigns in federal encroachment on Second Amendment rights,” said Committee chair, U.S. Rep. Rob Bishop, R-Utah. The package, which rehashes a popular series of measures pertaining to federally-controlled land that passed the House as a whole in 2014 but failed to make it into law, includes language to drop suppressors from National Firearms Act regulation. While doing away with the $200 transfer tax established in 1934 and refunding stamps paid over the past two years, it mandates the devices be considered Title I weapons, enabling their transfer after a simple National Instant Criminal Background Check. National gun control groups slammed the action by lawmakers, which advances the package to a potential floor vote. “Silencers distort the sound of a gun, and in the wrong hands, they put people’s safety at risk,” argued John Feinblatt, president of Everytown. “NRA leadership and their friends in Congress have gone behind closed doors to try to prop up lagging gun sales by making it easy for anyone to buy a silencer without a background check. This sham bill is a giveaway to the gun lobby, which cannot be allowed to use Congress to put profits ahead of public safety.” South Carolina Republican U.S. Rep. Jeff Duncan, the sponsor of the bill as well as the standalone version of the Hearing Protection Act, contended sportsmen contributed most of the funding used by conservation agencies through user-pay permits, licensing and excise taxes, giving them a unique say in how public land should be used and federal gun laws implemented. “Sportsmen are the foundation of the conservation movement in the United States, yet some radical organizations seek to limit access to this pastime by restricting the Second Amendment, as well as land and game management,” said Duncan. “I believe this bill is a great start to build on in the future.” Suppressor advocates welcomed the news of the bill’s forward motion but cautioned there is still a long road ahead for the HPA. “This is an exciting time for the suppressor community because, for the first time since they were regulated in 1934, Congress has taken a vote to remove suppressors from the antiquated and onerous National Firearms Act,” said Knox Williams, president of the American Suppressor Association. While Democrats on the House Judiciary Committee want the bill reviewed by their committee, which could delay or derail a floor vote, the prospect of the Republican-controlled panel moving to hold further hearings on the SHARE Act is slim. A successful vote in the House would send the measure to the Senate, who passed a similar package last year– the Bipartisan Sportsmen’s Act– though without addressing silencer deregulation.
  14. You forgot the gerrymander, likely the single most divisive and polarizing election-related scheme over the past 50+ years. Used by both parties to lock in House seats, it has made bipartisanship an impossibility on a myriad of issues.
  15. dogs have been known to bite the hand that feeds them