Monday, August 26, 2019
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#ClintonBodyCount is trending courtesy of your friendly neighborhood trollbots

Don’t think the ratf*#kers are still hard at work trying to elevate Donald Trump and smear Democrats? Well, take a gander at this: https://twitter.com/cbouzy/status/1160238251011117059 Yup, that’s #ClintonBodyCount trending today in the wake of Jeffrey Epstein’s apparent suicide...
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Impeachment has begun while Andrew McCabe and Peter Strzok sue the DOJ and FBI

This week Judiciary committee Chairman Jerold Nadler openly and verbally admits that his is in the midst of official impeachment proceedings against Donald Trump. Nadler: "This is formal impeachment proceedings" pic.twitter.com/95wivZSO8N — TPM Livewire (@TPMLiveWire) August...
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From the Guy who coined “Moscow Mitch” — we get this Blunt call-out of...

I’m kind of liking the directness of this recent new ally of the Democratic Party. MNSBC host Joe Scarborough said Monday that President Trump’s reelection campaign donors are funding white supremacy. “The president never tones down his rhetoric. In fact, for those...

Barr Annouces He “Declines” to Prosecute Comey on “Leaked Information”

How did this one slip through my sight? Time Magazine reported yesterday that A.G. Barr “declines” (for now) to prosecute former FBI Director James Comey on “Leaked information” concerning memos Comey wrote prior to his termination. The Justice Department has declined to prosecute former FBI Director James Comey over his handling of a series of memos he wrote that documented personal interactions with President Donald Trump, a person familiar with the matter said Thursday. The memos, some of which Justice Department officials later determined contained classified information, were written in the weeks and months before Comey’s firing by Trump in May 2017. A week after he was fired, Comey authorized a friend to describe the contents of one of the memos to the news media. He has said his hope in having one of the memos become public was to spur the appointment of a special counsel to run the Justice Department’s investigation into possible ties between Russia and the Trump campaign. Where the hell to even begin? How about here. If an FBI Director had initiated an investigation into the president, and that president had obstructed justice (or at least made a great attempt at it), had that FBI Director NOT made a memorandum right after the event, the FBI Director is either incompetent to hold the position, or “in” on the cover-up. It is one or the other. At this level, no one “plays.” Everything should be written, and he knew that. Barr knows it, too, by the way. That may well be one reason that Barr “declined” to prosecute. Second, through Barr’s confirmation hearings  – when he knew nothing at all about the situation – Barr fully admitted he planned to investigate the investigators. He said it to please … well, Trump for one, Trump supporters for two, and probably half the Senators at that hearing. Yet Trump supporters are taking the investigation as “evidence” that Comey was dirty and there is more to come. Barr SAID he would “investigate” the matter, now he “declines” to prosecute. Barr’s play worked perfectly, the base is chomping at the bit, without thinking for shit. Third, Barr’s decision to “not prosecute” was surely made out of self-preservation as much as anything. Barr surely noted the calendar demonstrating he was 18 months from possible replacement and he likely knows that federal crimes have a five year statute of limitations (generally). How vulnerable would Barr feel as possible soon to be ex-A.G had  he orchestrated prosecution of a respected FBI leader, facing investigation of HIM in the future? If he’s even half as smart as he thinks he is, that alone would lead to him “declining” to prosecute Comey. Right now, I might have some respect had Barr committed to prosecuting Comey precisely because I’d know that Barr would face tight scrutiny over it should he (please baby Jesus, please) be replaced in January of 2021. Fourth, Comey likely DID make a mistake in having his friend release the memos to the media. That was rather dumb. There are a few legal loopholes in that equation, however. Comey might state that he wrote those memos precisely because he feared retribution as a private citizen, and wrote an “official” memo to keep in the file. Change one word between the two memos and he can […]
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Trump Offers Putin Help With Siberian Wildfires, California No Longer Stunned

Does he know that we’re watching? He can’t. No, a president who chastised California for having not raked its forest like Smokey-Trump might have, would never phone up the world’s biggest criminal to offer assistance in fire control would he? Would he? Well, you know the answer. From Vanity Fair. While the brunt of the political world’s attention was focused on the Democratic debates Wednesday night, the White House released a bit of news: in a readout to reporters, the administration detailed a call between Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin in which the two world leaders “discussed trade between the two countries,” and Trump “expressed concern over the vast wildfires afflicting Siberia.” The readout came hours after Moscow detailed the call, in which Trump apparently “offered help in putting out wildfires in Siberia,” and which the Kremlin said it considered “a sign that it is possible that full-scale bilateral relations will be restored in the future.” Sneaky guy!: “I will just call my good friend, Vlad, during the Democratic debate, they will never know. Genius!” But, while we were not watching, apparently some were, and they include Russians. Russian media states that Putin was quite pleased with the phone call. Sure, I can see that, I would be pleased, too, if something about my existence made the United States President want to do anything to assist me. But, with respect to the actual fire? How would one go about even assisting in  … never mind: How exactly Trump would go about putting out wildfires in Siberia is unclear; neither the White House nor the Kremlin offered much detail So, he literally picked up the phone without any sort of plan, and offered the assistance of the American people? Can he even do that? Meanwhile, lest you forget, The offer stands in contrast to his attitude toward similar disasters in his own country. He’s repeatedly complained about having to provide assistance to hurricane-ravaged Puerto Rico—“Puerto Rico got far more money than Texas & Florida combined, yet their government can’t do anything right,” he tweeted in April, “The place is a mess”—and last August he blamed a string of deadly California wildfires on “bad environmental laws” and “gross mismanagement of the forests.” He subsequently threatened to stop sending federal money to the state unless it fixed its forest-management methods, pronto. In case you’re attempting to keep some sort of ledger of all this, it is now not just our allies like Justin Trudeau who get treated far worse than North Korean leader Kim, but whole American states now get treated worse than Siberia. You probably never thought you would see this in your lifetime, an instance where a president feels a greater obligation toward Vladimir Putin’s endless expanse of Siberian boreal forests, than California and its fifty-five electoral votes. Of course, you never had to question whether a U.S. president owed a greater obligation to a Russian president than certain blue state Americans. As is all too typical, we’re left wondering what the hell Putin has over Trump. Except now, we know enough to be thinking about loans, lies, cash and some extremely young “women.” Nothing else explains this. When will some prominent U.S. politicians start making the accusation, in public?
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Michael Flynn admitted meeting with Putin, may seriously need that new lawyer

The House Oversight Committee is continuing to look through documents connected to the Trump campaign and foreign entanglements. And the same stack of documents that turned up the fact that Trump had the UAE...
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Pro-Kremlin bloggers had prepared a Twitter campaign, #DemocracyRIP, on election night …

And Russian diplomats "were prepared to publicly call into question the validity of the results" had Secretary Clinton won in November 2016 (see page 33).  {aka. They had more “active measures” in the works, assuming Trump lost.} Here are...
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Things that Mueller agreed were True

Robert Mueller, one of America’s verifiable national heroes, has just sworn to “tell the truth, the whole true, so help him God.”  And even though his affect was staid and reserved, his precision in...
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Terrible timing, or perfect timing? It depends on your view.

The meek shall inherit the earth. But only after everybody else is dead.   Anonymous Break out the band! Raise the flag! Send in the clowns! Gimme a beer! Our national sanity break is here. As of this moment, we’re on a six week hiatus from the dimwitted machinations of Washington D.C. They’re on their summer recess. You know what that means, don’t you? It means that for the next six weeks, they can spend their time boring their families, friends, and constituents silly instead of the rest of us. Oh yeah, and they have to spend their own money, instead of ours. Normally, like any other summer vacation, the congressional summer recess is looked forward to by all. But this time is different. This time there is deep trepidation over the timing of the summer break for Democrats. Because the break started two days after Robert Mueller’s congressional testimony, and this whole to impeach, or not to impeach. That is the question thing is supposed to be coming to a head. Political pundits, commentators, and the other flotsam and jetsam of the media who are incapable of driving a truck, fixing an air conditioner, or soling a shoe to make a living, are all bemoaning the fact that the recess is going to deprive the Democrats of any momentum that Mueller’s testimony may have given them to move the impeachment needle. And as usual, as a quasi pundit, who still has 12 functioning brain cells, since I’ve never been interviewed on national television, I strongly disagree. Because, despite their desperate hopes and wishes, not every important national decision emanates from inside the beltway. Politicians still have to make at least a passing attempt to listen to their constituents if they hope to be reelected, and their summer break is chock full of things like town hall meetings with constituents, and accidental meetings with same in places like grocery stores and shopping malls. And therein lies the possible salvation of the Impeach Trump! movement. Being an old fart, I can remember a decade ago. Hell, I’m damn near old enough to recall the creation of dirt. And ten years ago, once he stopped the global economy from recreating the final scene of Thelma and Louise, then President Barack Obama turned to what was to be the signature piece of legislation for his first term, the passage of The Affordable Care Act. As with the Trump impeachment, the Democrats initial explanation was as fuzzy as a badly tuned TV. But it was the top item on the legislative agenda when congress went on its summer recess. Which turned into a nightmare for Democrats. Almost nightly for three straight months, television screens were full of images from one congressional town hall or other, filled with screaming “constituents,” ranting about “death panels for Granny!” and “socialized medicine!” Forget the fact that half of those screaming idjits were actually GOP plants, specifically sent into those town halls to disrupt the proceedings and get televised. The fact of the matter is that those protests at the events moved the national needle on the popularity of the bill! And it could happen again, and it ties into my little quip at the top of the article. Because, while many, many people may vote, many fine people so to speak, it’s the activists who get things done. Why? Because they’re freakin’ active, […]
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Mueller actually answered the “Most Important Question.” Not just once, but twice.

For the entire wee between Mueller’s anticipated testimony on July 17th, an his actual testimony on July 24th, the blabbing skulls of punditry on the networks constantly floated the tantalizing teaser of whether or not Robert Mueller would answer “The Ultimate Question.” Said question of course being, Mr Mueller, would you have charged the President with obstruction of justice if it were not for the OLC memo?” Vegas wouldn’t even take odds on that one, the prohibitive favorite was a resounding “NO!” But it had to be tried, and it was Democratic congressman Ted Lieu from California who tried it, albeit in a slightly sneaky manner. In a series of quick, direct questions, meant to elicit simple “yes” or “no” answers, Lieu slipped in “Director Mueller, the only reason you did not in fact President Trump for obstruction of justice was the OLC memo, correct?” To which Mueller replied “Correct.” Lieu played it perfectly, continuing to ask questions to try to cover that exchange up, but everybody in the world knew that Mueller would have to correct his response, which he did in his opening statement in the afternoon session. But then, in the afternoon session, a funny thing happened on the way to the boredom. Colorado GOP congressman Ken Buck, who has apparently spent the last week using his head to perform a self colonoscopy, since there has been unanimous agreement on the answer asked a rather dimwitted question; Buck” So, you believe that a President can be charged with a crime after he leaves office? Mueller: Yes Buck slipped on the ice and fell on his ass. But apparently Buck was blissfully unaware that everybody on the planet already knew that answer, because he tried to ask the same question again, only with a couple of devastating word changes; Buck” So..So you could charge the President with obstruction of justice after he left office? Mueller: Yes If you weren’t paying really close attention, it appeared that Buck was stunned by Mueller’s initial answer, and repeated the question, looking for a different response. But it was by no means the same question. In his first attempt, Buck asked a generic question, could anybody charge a president, any president, with a crime, any crime after he leaves office? The answer was yes. But on the second go around, Buck screwed up major by getting specific, “So…So you (Mueller specifically) could charge the president with obstruction of justice (a specific crime), after he left office?” Mueller: “Yes”. Now one can claim that the first time around with Lieu, that Mueller was caught unaware, and simply replied “yes” to yet another in a string of questions that all elicited similar responses, without realizing the import o his answer. I find that likely, since Mueller moved quickly to correct the record when he realized what he had actually said. Similarly, it is possible that Mueller missed the subtle changes in Buck’s second question as well. But it has been more than 48 hours now, and no correction has been offered by Mueller, so I’m assuming he knew what he said, and feels no need to change the answer. But the fact of the matter is simple. Special Counsel Robert Mueller was asked a simple and direct question, could he successfully charge President Donald Trump with obstruction of justice once […]

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