The 5 Minute Mueller Report

Special Counsel Robert Mueller stated that after two years of investigation, his team was unable to exonerate President Donald J. Trump of mitting crimes.

Don’t have time to read the whole 420-page Mueller Report (pdf)? That’s understandable.

You can download an audio recording of it for FREE and listen to the whole thing while you’re driving, doing housework or exercising. A free recording of it available here, on Audible.

If you don’t have time to read or listen to the whole thing, but still want to know why it’s such a big deal and why everyone is talking about it, here’s a quick summary:

Volume I of Mueller’s Report:

Volume I describes in great detail all the ways that the Russian government worked to hurt Hillary Clinton and help Trump win the 2016 presidential election. The Russians’ actions did not involve changing votes, just influencing the public.

Russians used three means to influence the American electorate:

1)? HACKING: Russians hacked into the Democratic Party’s puters, stole approximately 50,000 emails and then made the emails public through Wikileaks at crucial moments in the election when it would help Trump the most, like within hours of the Access Hollywood tape being released (the Trump “I can grab them by the pussy” video).

2) SOCIAL MEDIA: Russian military intelligence hired a building full of people in Russia to carry out an extensive and highly organized social media campaign aimed at dividing Americans along racial and political lines and inflaming Americans’ emotions through the use of fake social media accounts on platforms like Facebook, Twitter and a website called “DCLeaks.” Russian-controlled social media accounts made over 80,000 online posts by August 2017, which reached at least 29 million and at most up to 126 million Americans.(Page 26) Trump campaign surrogates including Kellyanne Conway, Donald Trump Jr., Michael T. Flynn and others helped these efforts, promoting dozens of inflammatory Russian tweets by retweeting them. Russians also posed as Americans and, through social media, organized rallies opposing Hillary Clinton and boosting Trump.

Thursday, May 30, 2019 Daily Sentinel headline about the Mueller report

3) RUSSIAN CONTACTS WITH THE TRUMP CAMPAIGN: Russians had repeated contacts with people in the Trump campaign offering business connections, assistance to the campaign, invitations for candidate Trump and Putin to meet in person, and inviting Trump campaign officials and representatives of the Russian government to meet.

Mueller was unable to uncover clear evidence showing Trump and members of his campaign intentionally coordinated with Russians on these efforts, but said he was unable to obtain all needed information and evidence because some people his team team spoke to for the investigation refused to talk and took the 5th Amendment against self-incrimination, and destroyed evidence and municated using applications that are encrypted and designed not to preserve sensitive munications, like What’s App.

Volume II of Mueller’s Report:

Volume II lays out in great detail all the ways Donald J. Trump worked to thwart the Justice Department’s Russia investigation: by firing officials, threatening and intimidating witnesses, lying to the press and investigators, ordering his lawyers and aides to lie to investigators and the public and ordering his aides to take illegal and unethical actions, which many of them recognized as wrong and refused to do.

Below is a chart that explains a dozen critical incidents of obstruction by Trump. Green check marks indicate the threshold was met for legal action.

Why didn’t Mueller remend indictment if Trump’s acts were illegal?

Mueller explained that a Justice Department policy developed when Richard Nixon was president prevents a sitting president from being indicted for crimes while in office, and that was why he didn’t remend indicting the president on any charges. Mueller explained, though, that there is nothing stopping the Justice Department from investigating a sitting president while the evidence is fresh and documents are available, so that charges can be brought against a president and any co-conspirators after he leaves office. Mueller also said that he and his team could not exonerate President Trump of wrongdoing.

 

 

 

The U.S. has a measles epidemic, but is it in Grand Junction?

States where measles outbreaks have occurred in the U.S. as of May 24, 2019

The growing number of unvaccinated people in the U.S. has led to the largest outbreak of measles in the U.S. since the disease was declared eradicated in 2000. Cases of measles have been reported in Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Missouri, New Mexico, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Texas, Tennessee, and Washington state.

According to the Mesa County Health Department, there have been no cases of measles reported so far in Grand Junction, and only one case in Denver? in January, 2019. But don’t let that make you placent. People travel widely to and from stricken areas, and could bring the epidemic to Colorado large scale at any time.?Measles is an extremely contagious viral disease. When a person with measles leaves a room, people who enter that room afterwards can catch the disease for up to two hours after the infected person has left.

There’s a seat on Grand Junction Regional Airport Board up for grabs

Want to gain some influence in town, and have a voice without having to get elected? Here’s another chance to do just that.

With self-declared “deplorable” Grand Junction City Councilman Duncan McArthur leaving his his seat on Council, yet another position besides his Council seat has opened up: a seat on the Grand Junction Regional Airport Authority.

The seat is currently being offered to the public, albeit quietly.? You have to dig a little to find information about the vacancy and how to apply, but the page with what little information there is about the airport board is here.

Now’s your chance! City seeks to fill open City Council District E seat

The $64,000 plaza in front of Grand Junction City Hall, installed for the purposes of circumventing laws regarding separation of church and state and keeping the Ten mandments tablet on public land.

If you’ve ever wanted to serve on Grand Junction City Council but didn’t want to have to endure a campaign and election to do it, now is your chance.

City Councilor Duncan McArthur is stepping down from his seat on Council because of health problems, and City Council will be choosing his replacement.

Mr. McArthur represents District E (map). To be eligible to fill this vacant seat and if you want to obey the law, you must have lived within the boundaries of District E for a minimum of 12 months. The boundaries include all of the green area represented on this map, and prise a strip of land between 7th and 12th Streets running south from Orchard Ave., all City land south of D Road/Riverside Parkway, and all City land on Orchard Mesa. The eastern boundary extends to 32 Road, but the City is a hopscotch of parcels to the east, so if you’re interested in the seat, consult the map to see if your residence is within City boundaries or not.

Oklahoma is just the beginning of what life will be like under Republican rule

Oklahoma Republicans just passed a mind-blowingly strict law that makes abortion illegal in virtually every circumstance, effectively terminating the right of women in the state to control their own bodies and reproductive fate.

Oklahoma wasn’t alone in this, either. Other Republican-dominated states are also enacting extremely strict laws that effectively make abortion illegal, with some banning the procedure as soon as a fetal heartbeat is detected.

Republicans base these laws on their belief that a fetus is a fully legal person entitled to all the rights and privileges that all legal American citizens enjoy.

But if actually put into effect, what do these beliefs really portend for life in America?

ACLU Sues CO State Senator Ray Scott for Blocking Constituent on Social Media

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May 13, 2019

 

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ACLU Sues Colorado State Senator for Blocking Constituent on Social Media

 

DENVER – ACLU of Colorado?filed a lawsuit?in Federal District Court this morning against Colorado State Senator Ray Scott for blocking constituent Anne Landman from his official Facebook and Twitter pages. Landman, a resident of Colorado Senate District 7 in Grand Junction, speaks out regularly on public policy issues and writes about Colorado politics on her blog. She also uses social media to interact with fellow constituents and elected officials. Landman had been able to interact with Scott and others in these spaces until June 2017, when she wrote an article critical of Scott’s position regarding climate change and posted it on his official Facebook page. In response, Scott blocked Landman from his Facebook page and official Twitter account.

Sen. Ray Scott sponsors bill to eliminate price break for low-ine energy consumers

Colorado State Senator Ray Scott

Last week State Senator Ray Scott embarrassed Mesa County residents and made a fool of himself by actually saying out loud on the Senate floor that climate change has led to “massive improvements” in our climate.

Now Scott is co-sponsoring a bill, SB 19-250 (pdf), that will deal a blow to low ine people served by Black Hills Energy, the gas and electricity provider for residents of Pueblo, Canyon City, Ordway and Westcliffe. Scott’s bill would do away with a two-tiered rate structure Black Hills Energy put in place in 2017 to help low ine energy consumers by giving them more protection from a state-approved rate increase that happened that same year.

Western Colorado Atheists and Freethinkers’ spring message

Billboard by Sprouts

Western Colorado Atheists and Freethinkers (WCAF) has a message for Grand Valley residents this spring: Atheism is “a personal relationship with reality.”

WCAF is the area’s longest-serving secular group, and their billboard is to help encourage people e to logical conclusions based on verifiable facts rather than basing conclusions on dogma, fables, mythology, superstition or sheer faith. That’s the message of the group’s spring, 2019 billboard, which went up today on I-70B by Rimrock Marketplace in front of Hobby Lobby and Chick-Fil-A. The board is west-facing and visible to traffic ing into town. It will be up for one week. Take photos with it while you can.

Free digital literacy resources available from Southern Poverty Law Center

Are you a teacher looking for ways to teach kids how to tell the difference between real and “fake” news, how to determine whether an online source is legitimate, reliable and fair, and how to engage in social media discussions responsibly? Are you looking for ways to help kids negotiate topics in the news, like immigration, civil rights, race and gender identity?

Well, here’s your answer.

The Southern Poverty Law Center now offers free mon Core-patible classroom materials and resources that can help kids discern malicious online fare like propaganda deployed by hate groups to recruit new members, false conspiracy theories and racist lies. It will also help kids bee more sophisticated consumers of news and social media and navigate topics like race and ethnicity, religion, variations in ability, immigration, class, bullying and bias, gender and sexual identity and rights and activism.

And did we mention it’s all free?

SPLC’s, program, “Teaching Tolerance,” includes K-12 lesson plans that align with mon Core standards and offers professional development tools that will help teachers increase their own online savvy. Teachers can access a multitude of resources, like lessons for different grade levels, student tasks, lesson plans, teaching strategies for different grade levels, film kits, printable posters and other classroom materials, and they are all available at no cost by visiting Tolerance.org.

Colorado bill would prohibit teaching religious doctrine in public school sex ed curriculum

Colorado State Senator Don Coram

Delta County School District, are you listening?

Colorado State Senator Don Coram, a Republican who represents Montrose and Ouray counties, is a sponsor of HB19-1032, “prehensive Human Sexuality Education,” a bill to prohibit sex ed instruction in K-12 public schools from “explicitly or implicitly teaching or endorsing religious ideology or sectarian tenets or doctrines, using shame-based or stigmatizing language or instructional tools, employing gender norms or gender stereotypes, or excluding the relational or sexual experiences of lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender individuals.”

The bill would appropriate least $1 million annually for a grant program to carry out the new law, and it would give highest priority for the grant funds to rural public schools.

Why is this bill needed? Because of the?Delta County School District.