Saturday, April 13, 2019

Consider This – We Still Don’t Know

It has been three weeks since the Mueller Report, and subsequent Barr Summary, were announced and released (respectively). For all of the talk online and on the airwaves, we still don’t truly know what the Report contained, and Barr – along with so many close to Trump – are playing everything close to the chest. Congress put forth a resolution for the full report to be released by April 2nd– a time which came and went without a peep from the Attorney General or Justice Department – and Barr still refuses to release the report.

Although recently, Barr did express that once the full report has been redacted, it will be released to the public. This means Barr – with unknown input from unknown sources – will be drawing lines through various sections to “declassify” the report, hiding certain segments which might be sensitive material. Information which might relate to ongoing investigations (of which there are many others which were initiated based upon early findings of the Special Counsel investigation process). Other line-outs will be to protect the innocent (supposedly), or other names which are not under investigation, presumably to protect against alleged repercussions those people might face. There is just so much to question still, and Barr is taking a longer time than many believe necessary in order to release the Report.

Pundits and other talking-heads still talk about this report, often providing opinion about the findings based upon rumor and conjecture – most of which stems from what others are talking about in their own opinion. While some of the supporting investigators from the Special Counsel’s staff have started to speak out about their duties while serving in that group, no one has specifically said anything which will be found in the report. However, there are certainly disagreements between these underlings’ statements so far, and the four-page Summary which is the only official document released so far.

Consider This – we still don’t know anything.

Until Barr releases the report – even in a redacted version – no one can say “THIS is what is on the report.” Conjecture and supposition fill the void for now, but The People, through our properly elected officials, have demanded the release of this report. Barr tries to go against precedent, through the delays and censoring of the report, but this will not deter those who demand the Truth and will not accept the lies and deceptions which are continually presented by the current administration. 

We are tired of the vitriol. Tired of the prevarication, the prejudice, the political maneuverings which have attempted to divide this country. We are a union of states, a union of The People, and we cannot sit idly by and let a select few try to foment discontent between Us. Between 2016 and now, the country has seen an exponential increase in hate-related incidents, some of which have originated with statements from the top levels of our own government. The lack of transparency with the Mueller Report just fuels the fires of discontent and distrust in the federal government, and the administration tries to redirect this by attacking others – including elected representatives within the Legislature. 

It is time – it is WAY PAST time – to release the full Report, and let The People decide how they want their country to be run; the 2018 mid-term elections are a good indicator as to the change in that direction, away from hate and towards hope.

Wednesday, April 10, 2019

Random Work

On top of the livestream video work I do, there is occasion to fill in on news and other duties with the radio station. Companies will sometimes pay to advertise and include a PSA message in their copy, and I will grab these readers to mix up the voices otherwise used; often the advertisers request our station manager - the Voice of the Eagles, Merrill Reese.

Here is just a sampling of a few of these ads:

Missing Children:  1127

Child Safety - Drive Safe: 1033

Toys for Tots:  0902

Honor Vets - Blood Drive:  0799  0800

Voiceover work is simple, for the most part, but combining it with background noises or music, timing out to meet the 30-second limitation for most commercials, and sometimes squeezing more into that brief moment than might otherwise be possible makes this a fun challenge.

Just thought I'd share the randomness.

Tuesday, April 2, 2019

Consider This – the Barr Summary

Last week the nation was abuzz with speculation and supposition about the 22-month investigation which Special Counsel Robert Mueller submitted to the Justice Department – a reportedly 300-plus page report detailing the findings. After barely two days, Attorney General William Barr proffered a four-page summary of the report, which prompted Trump to decry the whole process (once again) as nothing but a “witch hunt” and claiming full vindication and exoneration of any charges of collusion, conspiracy, or obstruction. 

Since the submission of the report to the Attorney General’s office, there have been rumors and speculation as to the actual contents of those results, with demands by Congress and the Senate originally wanting the full report to be released (and subsequently the Senate has backed off of the request, while the Democratic-held Congress is still wanting to see every page). Congress gave Barr the deadline of April 2ndto release the report, but Barr has stalled, saying the report will need to be reviewed and redacted before anything can be released to the public.

Barr’s appointment came quickly after the resignation of the prior AG, Jeff Sessions. As with nearly all things relating to the Trump regime, rumors about Sessions’ departure range from voluntary to forced out by Trump just after the mid-term elections. Barr comes in as an experienced Attorney General, having held the post in 1991-1993 under George H.W. Bush and into the start of the Clinton tenure. At the start of the Trump presidency, Barr had written op-ed articles which were against the investigation into possible collusion and other criminal activities by Trump, his family and followers. Just prior to taking over as AG, Barr expressed a desire to maintain transparency of the report’s findings – but has since been slow in the execution of this transparency.

Consider this – where can we go from here?

While Mueller did not find substantial evidence of conspiracy or collusion, his report – according to the Barr Summary – does not exonerate Trump or his entourage of obstruction of justice. There could very well be evidence which might indicate attempts of this charge, but Mueller perhaps did not feel there was enough to formally charge anyone at the time of the submission, instead (presumably) he left this decision for the AG and Congress.

We can’t really go anywhere yet. While AG Barr claims the report basically clears Trump, even his summary leaves enough questions that demand answers. With his stalling to release any of the details Congress (and the People) are demanding, it only raises more questions – what is going to be redacted as judicially classified or sensitive? What evidence did Mueller uncover about anyone related to the Trump campaign or consequent executive branch members? 

So what can we do? Keep pressuring our elected representatives, maintain the protests on social media, and be as patient as possible. We doknow that the Russians attempted to interfere with the elections – that has been confirmed by our Intelligence agencies. 
Can our legislatures get back to their job of running the country? We can only hope. There is still the question of healthcare, and the Green New Deal program the incoming Dems have established as their current game plan. Trump has been against any eco-friendly programs, rolling back a lot of regulations and other systems promoting alternative energy and other clean- or reusable-energy programs. And there is still the ongoing question of updated gun laws and other prevention measures. The list goes on, and much of it will not be addressed any time soon.

But we need to keep active in local and national-level government. Make sure our voices are heard, engage in civil discourse to share ideas and hope that solutions can be resolved to truly make America a better place.

The End of a Chapter

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