Getting Columbine Wrong For 20 Years

I found this YouTube video (Ask A Mortician) recently on how we have all been getting Columbine wrong for 20 years. This is an important discussion to have. It is important because psychologists have cited Columbine as the beginning of the current mass-shooting culture, many of the more recent shooters drawing direct influence and inspiration from it. The only part of the Columbine mythos that has solid evidence behind it is that the shooters listened to Marilyn Manson even though he wasn’t a favorite. The video points out that Columbine was “never meant to be a shooting. It was meant to be a bombing.” The attackers planted several large propane bombs, and the guns were bought as back-up. The boys fell back on the guns when the bombs failed to go off. What if the story was reported differently, meaning accurately; as a failed bombing? That in itself could have changed the future. Taking the emphasis and “glamour” out of the shooting aspect-emphasizing it was a failed bombing attack would seem much less inspiring to later lunatics. Take a few minutes and watch what the lady has to say. T.K. McNeil (*The comments from viewers, some from Columbine are also interesting to read.)

OPEN LETTER TO ROBERT MUELLER

An open letter to Robert Mueller from Calamity Politics

An Open Letter to Robert Mueller From Calamity Politics

An Open Letter to Robert Mueller

May 5/25/2019

Dear Mr. Mueller,

We at Calamitypolitics.com respectfully ask that you appear before the Judiciary Committee of Congress to specifically address the factors described in your report. Mr. Mueller, our reading of your report clearly indicates Donald J.Trump, President of the United States, has participated in obstruction of justice. Your  testimony must occur in front of  television cameras. The public must know the truth, whatever it may be. Watching your face, your demeanor is essential. We believe such openness is required for the public to grasp the essentials of your report.

Mr. Mueller, impeachment by its very nature is “political”. The Founding Fathers made the president’s removal a political process.  The public is a central part of that process. The public needs to hear. The public needs to hear you say what you found. At last count nearly a thousand former prosecutors have stated the president’s crimes are indictable. In addition, Trump is an unnamed conspirator in the Michael Cohen case in the state of New York.

In this same vein, we would appreciate it if you would appear to testify whether  subpoenaed or voluntarily.  Our country is at a dangerous point in history. No matter how much pressure you receive from the White House please appear. To be honest, if you describe “no collusion” or “no obstruction of justice” committed by the President that would be great.  The public will be able to sort out the truth if you give it to them.  The public needs a spin-free Mueller interpretation of your investigation.

In two separate letters to Attorney General Barr you complained that the AG had misinformed the public about the findings. It is imperative that you appear in person and sit for a filmed under oath testimony Mr. Mueller. We truly believe any testimony you give that is then presented to the public by transcript will be a failure. You complained that Bill Barr has manipulated your original report; let’s make sure your testimony is not manipulated.

Sincerely,

D.S. Mitchell

David L. Shadrick

@calamitypolitics                                                                            www.calamitypolitics.com

 

SEARCHING FOR ALTERNATIVES TO OPIOIDS

Science has found no drug alternatives to opioids

Science has found no drugs that work as alternatives to opioids as the U.S. faces 3 decade opioid crisis

Habits, Addictions & Alternatives To Opioids

Definitions: *Opiate and opioid are often used interchangeably although that interchange of usage is not precisely accurate. The following would be more correct:

Opiate: A drug (such as morphine, codeine or heroin) containing or derived from opium or the opium poppy, used to alleviate pain, or induce sleep or euphoria.

Opioid: A synthetic or semi-synthetic drug producing an opium-like effect, often prescribed for the alleviation of moderate to severe pain; a prescription painkiller in the opiate class.

By D. S. Mitchell and T.K. McNeil

Balancing Act

Caffeine is considered a "safe" drug

Caffeine is considered a “safe” drug

With drugs, even those considered alternatives to opioids, there is always a risk. Even a “safe” drug such as caffeine.  Caffeine is regularly consumed by children, and has had documented negative effects. The same goes for nicotine, deemed for the most part “safe” except when smoked by children. Some of those effects include paranoia, muscle spasms and heart arrhythmia’s. The question becomes how much of a risk is there; and are the positive effects worth the negative risks?

Mesopotamia

It was in Mesopotamia over 3,500 years ago that farmers in the Southwestern section of the region began extracting the seeds from opium poppies and ingesting them for pain, digestive disorders, sleep and a blissful euphoria. The once wild poppy soon was cultivated for its medicinal properties and its use spread across the world.  With no alternatives to opioids, addiction accompanied the spread of opium.

Painkillers Are Controversial

One of the more complicated areas of medicine has been in painkillers. Historically, everything from alcohol administered by mouth, to ether administered by inhalation has been used to reduce or block pain. Particularly in the context of surgery. The surgical suite has limited ability to use alternatives to opioids.

Take Home Medication

Doctor writes prescription

Doctors write prescriptions and keep writing them when they know opioids are addictive 

Prescription painkiller addiction was long a silent addiction. Over the last two decades, prescription painkiller addiction has become the most common and the most deadly addiction(s) in America. Prescription drug addiction deaths have far outpaced “street drugs” like heroin in overdose deaths in the United States. It has become so serious it is being called a “crisis,” “epidemic” and a “national emergency.”  We, as a nation, have to find alternatives to opioids.

Opium Chemistry

One of the most common and successful drugs used for pain-relief is opium. As previously noted, Opium and its related drugs are called opiates while synthetic versions are called opioids. These medications are some of the most effective painkillers on the planet but also the most addictive. Doctors have looked for alternatives to opioids because of these addictive properties.

Success

Sadly, they are also incredibly addictive. It is most effective in the clinical setting for acute, short-term pain. Unfortunately, these medications have moved from the clinical setting to the doctor’s prescription pad and the street chemist’s lab. The unparalleled success of such medications has led to an alarming spike in abuse.  With abuse has come an increase in overdoses leading to unprecedented death counts leading to the search for alternatives to opioids.

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60,800 Professionals Agree: The President of the U.S. is a Crazy Ass Criminal

26000 mental health professionals signed on to a letter warning the public about Trump's mental health.

Professionals Agree U.S. President Is A Crazy Ass Criminal

By D. S. Mitchell

60,000 Mental Health Professionals Agree

60,000 mental health professionals have signed on to a letter warning of Donald J. Trump’s mental instability. Now 800 former prosecutors claim if Trump were not president he would have been indicted for obstruction of justice. So, that is 60,800 people who point to the president of the U.S. as a crazy ass criminal. Hmm.

800 Former Prosecutors Sign On

Recently 800 former prosecutors signed on to a letter stating that if Donald J. Trump was not President of the United States he would be indicted for obstruction of justice. Sadly, Donald J. Trump is president of the United States. This is not the first time that Donald Trump has been identified as unfit to be president of the United States.

Please Read

Robert Mueller was Special Counsel

Robert Mueller was appointed Special Counsel to investigate the Russian interference in 2016 Presidential election

The former prosecutors who signed on to the public letter are begging the American people to please read the Mueller Report. The Report can be downloaded from the internet or purchased at Amazon or Wal-Mart. By reading the report anyone will be able to see Trump’s efforts at obstruction of justice close up.

Listen To The Experts

It might serve us well to listen to the experts when it comes to criminal obstruction of justice. I am reading the Mueller Report as I write this post, and it is disturbing. No matter what AG Bill Barr and President Trump claim, the experts are screaming at us. Donald Trump is not only mentally ill, he is also a criminal.

DOJ Policy

The Mueller report did not determine that Trump had committed criminal obstruction of justice, in part because of the DOJ policy against indicting sitting presidents, but Mueller did write that “if we had confidence after a thorough investigation of the facts that the President clearly did not commit obstruction of justice, we would so state.”

Over, Is Not Over

There are so many troublesome questions about what the president did, and is doing, that it is impossible for any thinking American to believe that we should just turn off the lights, close the door and ignore the findings of a $25 million dollar, two-and-one-half-year investigation. Maybe the bought-off Republicans are ready to sign on to AG Barr’s fictional exoneration story but most of us are not.

Corrupt Attempt

In their public letter, now 800 prosecutors state, “The Mueller report describes several acts that satisfy all the elements for an obstruction charge: conduct that obstructed or attempted to obstruct the truth-finding process, as to which the evidence of corrupt intent and connection to pending proceedings is overwhelming.” The eleven following areas of possible obstruction are taken as direct quotes from the prosecutor’s letter.

800 former prosecutors claim Trump committed obstruction of justice

800 former prosecutors claim Trump committed obstruction of justice multiple times

The Eleven Areas of Possible Obstruction  

  1. Trump campaign denies Russian connections. “After WikiLeaks released politically damaging Democratic Party emails that were reported to have been hacked by Russia, Trump publicly expressed skepticism that Russia was responsible for the hacks….Trump also denied having any business in or connections to Russia, even though as late as June 2016 the Trump Organization had been pursuing a licensing deal for a skyscraper to be built in Russia called Trump Tower Moscow. After the election, the president expressed concerns to advisors that reports of Russia’s election interference might lead the public to question the legitimacy of his election.”
  2. Trump asks Comey for “loyalty,” and then to “go easy”  on Michael Flynn.  “On January 27, 2017 the day after the President was told that Flynn had lied to the Vice President and had made similar statements to the FBI, the President invited FBI Director Comey to a private dinner at the White House and told Comey that he needed loyalty. On February 14, the day after the President requested Flynn’s resignation, the President told an outside advisor, ‘Now that we fired Flynn, the Russia thing is over’… Later that afternoon, the President cleared the Oval Office to have a one-on-one meeting with Comey. Referring to the FBI’s investigation of Flynn, the President said, ‘I hope you can see your way clear to letting this go, to letting Flynn go. He is a good guy. I hope you can let this go.'”
  3. Trump rages against Session’s recusal, and puts even more pressure on Comey. “In early March, the President told White House Counsel Donald McGahn to stop Sessions from recusing. And after Sessions announced his recusal on March 2, the President expressed anger at the decision and told advisors that he should have an Attorney General who would protect him. That weekend, the President took Sessions aside at an event and urged him to ‘unrecuse’…(T)he President reached out to the Director of National Intelligence and the leaders of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) and the National Security Agency (NSA) to ask them what they could do to publicly dispel the suggestion that the President had any connection to the Russian election-interference effort…The President also twice called Comey directly, not withstanding guidance from McGahn to avoid direct contacts with the Department of Justice.”

    James Comey Reports Distressing Conversations

    James Comey Reports Distressing Conversations with President Donald Trump

  4. Trump fires Comey. “The day of the firing, the White House maintained that Comey’s termination resulted from independent recommendations from the Attorney General and Deputy Attorney General that Comey should be discharged for mishandling the Hillary Clinton email investigation. But the President had decided to fire Comey before hearing from the Department of Justice. The day after the firing Comey, the President told Russian officials that he had ‘faced great pressure because of Russia,’ which had been ‘taken off’ by Comey’s firing. The next day, the President acknowledged in a television interview that he was going to fire Comey regardless of the Department of Justice’s recommendation and that when he ‘decided to just do it,’ he was thinking that ‘this thing with Trump and Russia is a made-up story.'”
  5. Trump freaks out over Mueller’s appointment and tries to quash it. “The President reacted to news that a Special Counsel had been appointed by telling advisors that it was ‘the end of his presidency’ and demanding that Sessions resign. Sessions submitted his resignation, but the President ultimately did not accept it. The President told aides that the Special Counsel had conflicts of interest and suggested that the Special Counsel therefore could not serve. On June 14, 2017, the media reported that the Special Counsel’s Office was investigating whether the President had obstructed justice…The President reacted to this news with a series of tweets criticizing the Department of Justice and the Special Counsel’s investigation. On June 17, 2017  the President called McGahn at home and directed him to call the Acting Attorney General (Rosenstein) and say that the Special Counsel had conflicts of interest and must be removed. McGahn did not carry out the direction, however, deciding that he would resign rather than trigger what he regarded as a potential Saturday Night Massacre (a reference to Nixon firing numerous DOJ officials on October 20, 1973 related to the Watergate scandal).
  6. Trump tries to stop Mueller’s investigation. “On June 19, 2017, the President met one-on-one in the Oval Office with his former campaign manager Corey Lewandowski, a trusted advisor outside the government, and dictated a message for Lewandowski to deliver to Sessions. The message said that Sessions should publicly announce that, not withstanding his recusal from the Russia investigation, the investigation was ‘very unfair’ to the President, the President had done nothing wrong, and Sessions planned to meet with the Special Counsel and ‘let (him) move forward with investigating election meddling for future elections.’ One month later, in another private meeting with Lewandowski on July 19, 2017, the President asked about the status of his message for Sessions to limit the Special Counsel investigation to future election interference. Lewandowski did not want to deliver the President’s message personally, so he asked senior White House official Rick Dearborn to deliver it to Sessions. Dearborn was uncomfortable with the task and did not follow through.”

    Donald Trump Jr. gave conflicting stories about Trump Tower meeting with Russian lawyer

    Trump Jr. gave conflicting stories about the Trump Tower meeting with Russian attorney

  7. Trump suppresses information on Trump Tower meeting with a Russian agent. “On several occasions, the President directed aides not to publicly disclose the emails setting up the June 9 meeting, suggesting that the emails would not leak and that the number of lawyers with access to them should be limited. Before the emails became public, the President edited a press statement for Trump Jr. by deleting a line that acknowledged that the meeting was with ‘an individual who (Trump Jr.) was told might have information helpful to the campaign’ and instead said only that the meeting was about adoptions of Russian children. When the press asked questions about the President’s involvement in Trump Jr.’s statement, the President’s personal lawyer repeatedly denied the President had played any role.”
  8. Trump again pressures Sessions to un-recuse and get control of Mueller. “In early summer 2017, the President called Sessions at home and again asked him to reverse his recusal from the Russia investigation. Sessions did not reverse his recusal. In October 2017, the President met privately with Sessions in the Oval Office and asked him to ‘take (a) look’ at investigating Clinton. In December 2017, shortly after Flynn pleaded guilty pursuant to a cooperation agreement (with Special Counsel), the President met with Sessions in the Oval Office and suggested, according to notes taken by a senior advisor, that if Sessions unrecused and took back supervision of the Russia investigation, he would be a ‘hero.'”
  9. Trump orders Don McGahn to lie about earlier efforts to fire Mueller. “In early 2018, the press reported that the President had directed McGahn to have the Special Counsel removed in June 2017 and that McGahn had threatened to resign rather than carry out the order. The President reacted to the news stories by directing White House officials to tell McGahn to dispute the story and create a record stating he had not been ordered to have the Special Counsel removed.”
  10.  Trump tries to flatter and perhaps bribe Flynn and Manafort.  “After Flynn withdrew from a joint defense agreement with the President and began cooperating with the government, the President’s personal counsel left a message for Flynn’s attorneys reminding them of the President’s warm feelings toward Flynn, which he said ‘still remains,’ and asking for a ‘heads up’ if Flynn knew ‘information that implicates the President’…During Manafort’s prosecution and when the jury in his criminal trial was deliberating, the President praised Manafort in public, said that Manafort was being treated unfairly, and declined to rule out a pardon. After Manafort was convicted, the President called Manafort ‘a brave man’ for refusing to ‘break’ and said that ‘flipping almost ought to be outlawed.'” **Reporting on May 16, 2019 indicates that General Michael Flynn and his attorneys were contacted multiple times by Trump surrogates in the Congress (person or persons as yet unidentified).

    President Trump blamed the Democrats and "liar" Michael Cohen for his problems

    President Trump blamed the Democrats and “liar” & “rat” Michael Cohen for his problems

  11. Trump tries to intimidate Michael Cohen.  “The President’s conduct toward Michael Cohen, a former Trump Organization executive, changed from praise for Cohen when he falsely minimized the President’s involvement in the Trump Tower Moscow project, to castigation of Cohen when he became a cooperating witness…(A)fter Cohen began cooperating with the government in the summer of 2018, the President publicly criticized him, called him a ‘rat,’ and suggested that his family members had committed crimes.'”

Summary Of Principal Findings

William Barr provided his summary of principal findings

William Barr provided a 4 page summary of principal findings.

On March 24, 2019 Attorney General William Barr issued a four page letter giving a “summary of principal findings” of the Mueller Report. Three weeks later, on April 18, 2019 Barr stood before television cameras and said that Robert Mueller had found no actionable incidents where the President had committed a criminal obstruction of justice. Nor, was there ‘collusion’ with the Russians.

Mueller Report Contradictions

Despite Barr’s claims the Mueller’s Report was a clear depiction of exactly what President Trump did to stop the investigation. In other words, to commit a criminal obstruction of justice. Barr with the flat affect of a zombie told the world it would be hard to prove such allegations beyond a reasonable doubt.

Disputed Findings

Barr determined that the Mueller report was “not sufficient” to establish any criminal wrongdoing by the president including criminal obstruction of justice. However, 0ver 800 former federal prosecutors acknowledged the potential defenses of Trump’s behavior and rejected Barr’s reasoning anyway.

Report Hamstrung

Many feel that The Mueller Report was hamstrung by DOJ regulations. However,”To look at these facts and say that a prosecutor could not probably sustain a conviction for obstruction of justice — the standard set out in Principles of Federal Prosecution — runs counter to logic and our experience,” wrote the 800 plus former prosecutors who signed a letter of protest to the Attorney General Barr’s reported conclusions on criminal obstruction of justice.

In Favor Of Prosecution

“As former federal prosecutors, we recognize that prosecuting obstruction of justice cases is critical because unchecked obstruction — which allows intentional interference with criminal investigations to go unpunished — puts our whole system of justice at risk,” they concluded. “We believe strongly that, but for the (Office of Legal Counsel policy against indicting a sitting President), the overwhelming weight of professional judgment would come down in favor of prosecution for the conduct outlined in the Mueller Report.”

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25 Things To Love About America

Nascar is a big deal

I have been on a hair pulling rant for the last 48 hours.  I recognize that. I am taking off my Calamity Politics Editor’s cap, and putting on a ball cap, and getting the hell out of this office. The blogger’s life is a good life, most of the time. Sometimes, however, U.S. politics and political rhetoric can just sap the energy from a person, no matter how earnest their intent.

So, let’s take time, lighten up, smoke one and check out, ‘25 Things To Love about America.’ These strange bits of illumination were partly supplied by Bowers’ and Gottlieb’s amazing book ‘1,000 Things To Love About America.’  Although I have used some of their text, but I have changed the numbering.

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Rudy Giuliani: Moments Great And Small

Rudy Giuliani was elected as the mayor of new york city

Rudy Giuliani: Moments Great And Small

By D.S. Mitchell and Michael Leonard Douglas

Chances Offered

Rudy Giuliani has great moments and small

Most men are offered only one chance at greatness. Fewer men yet rise to extraordinary levels of heroism to be followed by extraordinary levels of greed, depravity, and personal and political immorality. But, Rudy Giuliani isn’t your average guy.

Background

Rudolph William Louis Giuliani was born in East Flatbush, Brooklyn, borough of New York City, N.Y. May 28, 1944. Rudy was the only child of working class parents Harold Angelo Giuliani and Helen D’Avanzo Giuliani. Both parents were children of Italian immigrants. Rudy Giuliani’s large extended family was mostly made up of criminals, cops and firefighters. “I grew up with uniforms all around me,” he has reportedly said.

Secrets Exposed

Rudy's father spent 18 months in Sing Sing for felony robbery and assault

Rudy’s father spent 18 months in Sing Sing for robbery and assault before Rudy’s birth

In 1934, ten years before Rudy Giuliani’s birth, his father was arrested for robbing a milkman at gunpoint.  He was later convicted of felony assault and robbery. He served 18 months at Sing Sing, a maximum security prison in New York state. When he was released from prison he had trouble finding employment and ended up “working as an enforcer for his brother-in-law Leo D’Avanzo. D’Avanzo ran an organized crime operation involved in loan sharking and gambling” (Wikipedia).

A Move 

To Harold Giuliani’s credit he moved his small family from East Flatbush to Long Island to distance his son from the mob connected members of the family. In fact, Rudy Giuliani remembers his father constantly reinforcing a deep respect for law and order. “He made sure that I didn’t repeat his mistakes-which I thank him for, because it worked out” (Biography.com)

Education 

Rudy Giuliani received his early education at St. Anne’s a local Catholic elementary school. He attended Bishop Loughlin Memorial High School. He was an average to mediocre student, graduating in 1961. Despite being a less than enthusiastic student Giuliani was an organizer and class politician. By the time of graduation he had begun to think about entering the priesthood. Giuliani went on to study at Manhattan College in the Bronx. He studied political science and philosophy.

The Law

Rudy Giuliani chose law over the priesthood

Rudy Giuliani chose law over the priesthood

After a less than stellar high school and undergraduate college career Rudy Giuliani discarded his intent to enter the priesthood and decided to pursue a law degree. Rudy took to the law like the proverbial duck to water. He graduated from New York University School of Law cum laude with a Juris Doctorate in 1968.  After excelling at his law studies he earned him a prestigious law clerk position with Judge Lloyd Francis MacMahon.  MacMahon was a U.S. District Judge for the Southern District of New York.

Beginning Career

When his clerkship with Judge MacMahon ended the judge recommended Rudy Giuliani for a position in the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Washington, D.C.  In 1973, at age 29, Giuliani was appointed the attorney in charge of police corruption cases resulting from the Knapp Commission. He worked under Harold “Ace” Tyler.  In 1977 he left the U.S. Attorney’s Office to work in private practice. He was hired  as an associate at Tyler’s prestigious New York law firm, Patterson, Belnap, Webb & Tyler.

Exaggerated  Self-Image

Just three years later he returned to public service. He was tapped by President Ronald Reagan to become the number 3 at the  Department of Justice. In 1983 Giuliani was appointed U.S. attorney for the Southern District of New York. The SDNY is one of the most visible and prestigious U.S. attorney’s office in the country.  It was a  natural fit. Rudy’s style of news conferences and camera-ready prosecutions made him a natural. Harold “Ace” Tyler who worked with Rudy Giuliani in private practice and at the DOJ described Giuliani’s tactics as “overkill” (Time Magazine).

Record Setting

At the SDNY Rudy Giuliani’s efforts were mostly directed at the prosecution of white-collar lawbreakers, organized crime, and corruption within various government institutions. His conviction record was astounding. He became one of the most revered U.S. attorneys in American history. Rudy Giuliani was responsible for a total 4,152 successful convictions. He had a mere 25 reversals. However, his many critics saw him as a boisterous  grand-stander. In several high-profile cases he had people arrested and paraded before cameras for the 6 o’clock news shows. He would later quietly drop the charges.

Taking On The Mafia

Rudy Giuliani was instrumental in mafia convictions

Rudy Giuliani was instrumental in mafia convictions dramatically weakening the “5 Families”

Between 2/25/1985 and 11/19/1986 Rudy Giuliani became the most famous prosecutor  in America. Giuliani played center stage on the high-profile Mafia Commission trials.  Using the RICO (Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act) he indicted 11 organized crime figures including heads of the “Five Families”. He summed up the indictments this way, “Our approach is to wipe out the five families”.

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