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Posted by: AGelbert
« on: July 22, 2017, 04:10:34 pm »

Agelbert Observation: It appears that Trump is trying to corner the market on Pig Lipstick.  :D

Team Trump unraveling: With three major changes in 24 hours, what's next?

By Kerry Eleveld 
Friday Jul 21, 2017 · 12:55 PM EDT


Posted by: AGelbert
« on: July 10, 2017, 02:51:41 pm »


NOT LONG BEFORE a major crisis ripped through the Middle East, pitting the United States and a bloc of Gulf countries against Qatar, Jared Kushner’s real estate company had unsuccessfully sought a critical half-billion-dollar investment from one of the richest and most influential men in the tiny nation, according to three well-placed sources with knowledge of the near transaction.

Kushner is a senior adviser to President Trump, and also his son-in-law, and also the scion of a New York real estate empire that faces an extreme risk from an investment made by Kushner in the building at 666 Fifth Avenue, where the family is now severely underwater.

Qatar is facing an ongoing blockade led by Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates and joined by Egypt and Bahrain, which President Trump has taken credit for sparking. Kushner, meanwhile, has reportedly played a key behind-the-scenes role in hardening the U.S. posture toward the embattled nation.

That hard line comes in the wake of the previously unreported half-billion-dollar deal that was never consummated. Throughout 2015 and 2016, Jared Kushner and his father, Charles, negotiated directly with a major investor in Qatar, Sheikh Hamad bin Jassim al-Thani, known as HBJ for short, in an effort to refinance the property on Fifth Avenue, the sources said.

Trump himself has unsuccessfully sought financing in recent years from the Qataris, but it is difficult to overstate just how important the investment at 666 Fifth Avenue is for Kushner, his company, and his family’s legacy in real estate. Without some outside intervention or unforeseen turnaround in the market, the investment could become an embarrassing half-billion-dollar loss. It’s unclear precisely how much peril such a loss would put Jared’s or his family’s finances in, given the opacity of their private holdings.

Full Eye Opening ;D Article from The Intercept:

Posted by: AGelbert
« on: July 10, 2017, 02:26:09 pm »

What I believe I see here is an incredibly corrupt American family doing business with criminal gangs that are way, way out of their league, and that are in league with the institutions of government, and the formidable security apparatus, of an authoritarian state. Talk about punching out of your weight class. This isn't cheating some poor subcontractor. These people throw you out windows. And the Trumps have being doing business in this financial abattoir for years. This doesn't make them sharp. This makes them compliant minnows in a shark tank.

Yep. That accurately describes the situation for Mr. Dunce-ald Trump and his ENTIRE Wrecking Crew, not just his family. We are all suffering because of Chump Trump's Treason.
Posted by: AGelbert
« on: July 09, 2017, 06:31:24 pm »

Misinforming the Majority: A Deliberate Strategy of Right-Wing Libertarians

Sunday, July 09, 2017

By Mark Karlin, Truthout | Interview


How would you draw a line connecting Buchanan  to the Koch brothers?

Charles Koch supplied the money, but it was James Buchanan who supplied the ideas that made the money effective. An MIT-trained engineer, Koch in the 1960s began to read political-economic theory based on the notion that free-reign capitalism (what others might call Dickensian capitalism) would justly reward the smart and hardworking and rightly punish those who failed to take responsibility for themselves or had lesser ability. He believed then and believes now that the market is the wisest and fairest form of governance, and one that, after a bitter era of adjustment, will produce untold prosperity, even peace. But after several failures, Koch came to realize that if the majority of Americans ever truly understood the full implications of his vision of the good society and were let in on what was in store for them, they would never support it. Indeed, they would actively oppose it.

So, Koch went in search of an operational strategy -- what he has called a "technology" -- of revolution that could get around this hurdle. He hunted for 30 years until he found that technology in Buchanan's thought. From Buchanan, Koch learned that for the agenda to succeed, it had to be put in place in incremental steps, what Koch calls "interrelated plays": many distinct yet mutually reinforcing changes of the rules that govern our nation. Koch's team used Buchanan's ideas to devise a roadmap for a radical transformation that could be carried out largely below the radar of the people, yet legally. The plan was (and is) to act on so many ostensibly separate fronts at once that those outside the cause would not realize the revolution underway until it was too late to undo it. Examples include laws to destroy unions without saying that is the true purpose, suppressing the votes of those most likely to support active government, using privatization to alter power relations -- and, to lock it all in, Buchanan's ultimate recommendation: a "constitutional revolution."

Today, operatives funded by the Koch donor network operate through dozens upon dozens of organizations (hundreds, if you count the state and international groups), creating the impression that they are unconnected when they are really working together -- the state ones are forced to share materials as a condition of their grants.

For example, here are the names of 15 of the most important Koch-funded, Buchanan-savvy organizations  each with its own assignment in the division of labor:
There's Americans for Prosperity,
the Cato Institute, the Heritage Foundation,
the American Legislative Exchange Council,
the Mercatus Center,
Americans for Tax Reform,
Concerned Veterans of America,
the Leadership Institute,
Generation Opportunity,
the Institute for Justice,
the Independent Institute,
the Club for Growth,
the Donors Trust,

Freedom Partners,
Judicial Watch
- whoops, that's more than 15, and it's not counting the over 60 other organizations in the State Policy Network.
This cause operates through so many ostensibly separate organizations that its architects expect the rest of us will ignore all the small but extremely significant changes that cumulatively add up to revolutionary transformation. Gesturing to this, Tyler Cowen, Buchanan's successor at George Mason University, even titled his blog "Marginal Revolution."

In what way was Buchanan connected to white oligarchical racism?

Buchanan came up with his approach in the crucible of the civil rights era, as the most oligarchic state elite in the South faced the loss of its accustomed power. Interestingly, he almost never wrote explicitly about racial matters, but he did identify as a proud southern "country boy" and his center gave aid to Virginia's reactionaries on both class and race matters. His heirs at George Mason University, his last home, have noted that Buchanan's political economy is quite like that of John C. Calhoun, the antebellum South Carolina US Senator who, until Buchanan, was America's most original theorist of how to constrict democracy so as to safeguard the wealth and power of an elite economic minority (in Calhoun's case, large slaveholders). Buchanan arrived in Virginia just as Calhoun's ideas were being excavated to stop the implementation of Brown, so the kinship was more than a coincidence. His vision of the right economic constitution owes much to Calhoun, whose ideas horrified James Madison, among others.

And from that kind of thought, Buchanan offered strategic advice to corporations on how to fight the kind of reforms and taxation that came with more inclusive democracy. In the 1990s, for example, as Koch was getting more involved at George Mason, Buchanan convened corporate and rightwing leaders to teach them how to use what he called the "spectrum of secession" to undercut hard-won reforms through measures that have now become core to Republican practice: decentralization, devolution, federalism, privatization, and deregulation.  We tend to see the race to the bottom as fallout from globalization, but Buchanan's guidance and the Koch team's application of it through the American Legislative Exchange Council and the State Policy Network reveals how it is in fact a highly conscious strategy    to free capital of restraint by the people through their governments.

Another way all this connects, indirectly, to oligarchic racism: wanting to keep secessionist thought alive for this practical utility, the billionaire-backed right necessarily gives comfort to white supremacists. A case in point: the Virginia governors who supported the Buchanan-Koch enterprise at George Mason University also promoted a new "Confederate History and Heritage Month." Likewise, the Ludwig von Mises Institute, which honors one of Koch's favorite Austrian philosophers, is located in Alabama and led by Llewellyn Rockwell, Jr., a man who has long promoted racist neo-Confederate thought, yet was still thought fit to run the Koch-funded Center for Libertarian Studies. It's thus a mistake to imagine that the Koch and so-called alt-right causes are wholly separate; there's a kind of mutual reinforcement if you understand what Koch learned from Buchanan and how they operated.

As I conclude in the book, as bright as some of the libertarian economists were, their ideas gained the following they did in the South because, in their essence, their stands were so familiar. White southerners who opposed racial equality and economic justice knew from their own region's long history that the only way they could protect their desired way of life was to keep federal power at bay, so that majoritarian democracy could not reach into the region. The causes of Calhoun, Buchanan and Koch-style economic liberty and white supremacy were historically twined at the roots, which makes them very hard to separate, regardless of the subjective intentions of today's libertarians.

What would a society based on Buchanan's principles and goals look like?

Full Article:

Posted by: AGelbert
« on: July 07, 2017, 09:11:16 pm »

The New Gilded Age is HERE

July 6, 2017

Thom talks with a caller about the Gilded Age periods of the past, how they came about, and if we're entering another one.

Voter suppression accelerates in Georgia:

Thom speaks with guest Greg Palast (Investigative Journalist, Filmmaker - The Best Democracy Money Can Buy) about the recent appearance of junk mail looking postcards requiring voters to mail them back to verify their registration and not get purged from rolls. Will your state be the next to do this?

On tonight’s Big Picture, Thom talks with Greg Palast about Kris Kobach’s fraudulent voter fraud investigation and where the states stand in compliance. Then he talks with Bryan Priutt and Alex Lawson about Trump’s “Nuremburg rally” speech, states suing Betsy DeVos over student loan protections and Trump’s scheme to buy leverage over CNN.
Posted by: AGelbert
« on: July 03, 2017, 09:38:53 pm »

On Contact: Noam Chomsky - Part I

RT America

Published on Jul 1, 2017

On this week’s episode of On Contact, Chris Hedges travels to Cambridge, Massachusetts for a conversation with America’s most important intellectual, Professor Noam Chomsky. In Part I of their conversation, Chomsky discusses the adverse effects of neoliberalism on the working class, as addressed in his book, “Requiem for the American Dream: The 10 Principles of Concentration of Wealth & Power”.
Posted by: AGelbert
« on: July 03, 2017, 06:26:58 pm »

Trump Will Not Be Cleared | The Resistance with Keith Olbermann | GQ



Published on Jun 30, 2017

The fallout from Donald Trump’s admission that the Russians meddled in our election.
Posted by: AGelbert
« on: July 01, 2017, 08:41:43 pm »

Sad but True: The Republican Party
Somehow Still Exists

Friday, June 30, 2017

By William Rivers Pitt, Truthout | Op-Ed


You have to get up bright and early to achieve numbers so astonishingly low, even in these strange days. If you read the thing, though, it should come as no surprise: The bill is so utterly repulsive, McConnell should have named it "The Soylent Green Is People Reconciliation Act of 2017." For those who don't get the reference, it's from a movie about eating people. The shoe fits. 


Posted by: AGelbert
« on: June 29, 2017, 07:36:09 pm »

Robert Reich: The Resistance Report 6/27/2017

Inequality Media Civic Action
Posted by: AGelbert
« on: June 29, 2017, 07:29:59 pm »

Why Are We Appeasing Trump? ???

The Resistance with Keith Olbermann | GQ

Published on Jun 27, 2017

As they fret about cameras in the briefing room, far graver threats go unmentioned.

Posted by: AGelbert
« on: June 23, 2017, 10:35:08 pm »

Published on Jun 23, 2017

What if Trump Actually Fires Mueller? | The Resistance with Keith Olbermann | GQ

Doing so might create the tipping point that ends him.  ;D

Posted by: AGelbert
« on: June 20, 2017, 07:30:41 pm »

Posted by: AGelbert
« on: June 15, 2017, 02:06:29 pm »

Why Are Republican Senators Hiding Their New Healthcare Bill?

(News Roundup 6/13/17

Thom covers current stories you're not likely to hear on corporate owned media. Republican senators writing their healthcare bill in secret, democratic candidates getting death threats, and more.
Posted by: AGelbert
« on: June 13, 2017, 11:23:19 pm »

Jun. 12, 2017

On tonight’s Big Picture, Thom discusses the parallels between the Labour Party’s gains in the U.K. and the progressive movement in the U.S. with Larry Cohen of Our Revolution. Then, Thom talks to Dave McCulloch of Capitol Media Partners and Alex Lawson of Social Security Works about attorneys general suing Trump for violating anti-corruption provisions and some unusual phone calls between the president and fired attorney Preet Bharara.

Posted by: AGelbert
« on: June 13, 2017, 11:07:35 pm »


June 13, 2017

Democratic Party Neoliberalism Cannot Defeat Trumpism

Michael Lighty of National Nurses United and one of the main organizers of The People Summit tells Paul Jay that the Summit has helped to spur the candidacy of many progressives that are challenging corporate Democrats at every level

Posted by: AGelbert
« on: June 10, 2017, 10:44:07 pm »

May's UK election gam ble backfires as Tories lose majority

Source: ABCNews.com

British Prime Minister Theresa May's gam ble in calling an early election backfired spectacularly, as her Conservative Party lost its majority in Parliament and pressure mounted on her Friday to resign.  

The shock result throws British politics into chaos and could send Britain's negotiations to leave the European Union — due to start June 19 — into disarray. The pound lost more than 2 cents against the dollar.

With 636 of 650 seats in the House of Commons declared, the Conservatives had 310 to the Labour Party's 258. Even if the Conservatives won all the remaining seats, the party would fall short of the 326 needed for an outright majority. Before the election the Conservatives had 330 seats and Labour 229.
The results confounded those who said Labour's left-wing leader, Jeremy Corbyn, was electorally toxic. Written off by many pollsters, Labour surged in the final weeks of the campaign. It drew strong support from young people, who appeared to have turned out to vote in bigger-than-expected numbers.

http://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory/mays-uk-election-ga mble-backfires-tories-lose-majority-47931750

May called the snap election in the hope of increasing her majority and strengthening Britain's hand in exit talks with the European Union. She clearly overplayed her hand...by holding Trump's.   ;D
Posted by: AGelbert
« on: June 10, 2017, 06:37:59 pm »

Trump Cuts Millions from the US Holocaust Museum, Sparking Outrage

By SemDem 

Saturday Jun 10, 2017 · 1:33 PM EDT


Agelbert NOTE: As I have always thought, Trump and his wrecking crew, (despite Jared Kushner) are closet NAZI anti-Semitic Fascists.  >:(

Posted by: AGelbert
« on: June 08, 2017, 11:59:56 pm »

What We Now Know From James Comey


Published on Jun 8, 2017

Parsing the FBI director's extraordinary insights into Trump’s ever-growing quagmire
Posted by: AGelbert
« on: June 07, 2017, 09:43:25 pm »

James Comey's prepared statement to congress  ;D

By Frank Vyan Walton 

Wednesday Jun 07, 2017 · 2:13 PM EDT

Published on the Senate committees website, before his scheduled testimony tomorrow.

Read the full statement — with emphasis — over the flip.

Statement for the Record

Senate Select Committee on Intelligence

James B. Comey

June 8, 2017

Chairman Burr, Ranking Member Warner, Members of the Committee. Thank you for inviting me to appear before you today. I was asked to testify today to describe for you my interactions with President-Elect and President Trump on subjects that I understand are of interest to you. I have not included every detail from my conversations with the President, but, to the best of my recollection, I have tried to include information that may be relevant to the Committee.

January 6 Briefing
I first met then- President-Elect Trump on Friday, January 6 in a conference room at Trump Tower in New York. I was there with other Intelligence Community (IC) leaders to brief him and his new national security team on the findings of an IC assessment concerning Russian efforts to interfere in the election. At the conclusion of that briefing, I remained alone with the President-Elect to brief him on some personally sensitive aspects of the information assembled during the assessment.

The IC leadership thought it important, for a variety of reasons, to alert the incoming President to the existence of this material, even though it was salacious and unverified. Among those reasons were: (1) we knew the media was about to publicly report the material and we believed the IC should not keep knowledge of the material and its imminent release from the President-Elect; and (2) to the extent there was some effort to compromise an incoming President, we could blunt any such effort with a defensive briefing.

The Director of National Intelligence asked that I personally do this portion of the briefing because I was staying in my position and because the material implicated the FBI’s counter-intelligence responsibilities. We also agreed I would do it alone to minimize potential embarrassment to the President-Elect. Although we agreed it made sense for me to do the briefing, the FBI’s leadership and I were concerned that the briefing might create a situation where a new President came into office uncertain about whether the FBI was conducting a counter-intelligence investigation of his personal conduct.

It is important to understand that FBI counter-intelligence investigations are different than the more-commonly known criminal investigative work. The Bureau’s goal in a counter-intelligence investigation is to understand the technical and human methods that hostile foreign powers are using to influence the United States or to steal our secrets. The FBI uses that understanding to disrupt those efforts. Sometimes disruption takes the form of alerting a person who is targeted for recruitment or influence by the foreign power. Sometimes it involves hardening a computer system that is being attacked. Sometimes it involves “turning” the recruited person into a double-agent, or publicly calling out the behavior with sanctions or expulsions of embassy-based intelligence officers. On occasion, criminal prosecution is used to disrupt intelligence activities.

Because the nature of the hostile foreign nation is well known, counter-intelligence investigations tend to be centered on individuals the FBI suspects to be witting or unwitting agents of that foreign power. When the FBI develops reason to believe an American has been targeted for recruitment by a foreign power or is covertly acting as an agent of the foreign power, the FBI will “open an investigation” on that American and use legal authorities to try to learn more about the nature of any relationship with the foreign power so it can be disrupted.

In that context, prior to the January 6 meeting, I discussed with the FBI’s leadership team whether I should be prepared to assure President-Elect Trump that we were not investigating him personally. That was true; we did not have an open counter-intelligence case on him. We agreed I should do so if circumstances warranted. During our one-on-one meeting at Trump Tower, based on President-Elect Trump’s reaction to the briefing and without him directly asking the question, I offered that assurance.

I felt compelled to document my first conversation with the President-Elect in a memo. To ensure accuracy, I began to type it on a laptop in an FBI vehicle outside Trump Tower the moment I walked out of the meeting. Creating written records immediately after one-on-one conversations with Mr. Trump was my practice from that point forward. This had not been my practice in the past. I spoke alone with President Obama twice in person (and never on the phone) – once in 2015 to discuss law enforcement policy issues and a second time, briefly, for him to say goodbye in late 2016. In neither of those circumstances did I memorialize the discussions. I can recall nine one-on-one conversations with President Trump in four months – three in person and six on the phone.

January 27 Dinner
The President and I had dinner on Friday, January 27 at 6:30 pm in the Green Room at the White House. He had called me at lunchtime that day and invited me to dinner that night, saying he was going to invite my whole family, but decided to have just me this time, with the whole family coming the next time. It was unclear from the conversation who else would be at the dinner, although I assumed there would be others.

It turned out to be just the two of us, seated at a small oval table in the center of the Green Room. Two Navy stewards waited on us, only entering the room to serve food and drinks.

The President began by asking me whether I wanted to stay on as FBI Director, which I found strange because he had already told me twice in earlier conversations that he hoped I would stay, and I had assured him that I intended to. He said that lots of people wanted my job and, given the abuse I had taken during the previous year, he would understand if I wanted to walk away.

My instincts told me that the one-on-one setting, and the pretense that this was our first discussion about my position, meant the dinner was, at least in part, an effort to have me ask for my job and create some sort of patronage relationship. That concerned me greatly, given the FBI’s traditionally independent status in the executive branch.

I replied that I loved my work and intended to stay and serve out my ten-year term as Director. And then, because the set-up made me uneasy, I added that I was not “reliable” in the way politicians use that word, but he could always count on me to tell him the truth. I added that I was not on anybody’s side politically and could not be counted on in the traditional political sense, a stance I said was in his best interest as the President.

A few moments later, the President said, “I need loyalty, I expect loyalty.” I didn’t move, speak, or change my facial expression in any way during the awkward silence that followed. We simply looked at each other in silence. The conversation then moved on, but he returned to the subject near the end of our dinner.

At one point, I explained why it was so important that the FBI and the Department of Justice be independent of the White House. I said it was a paradox: Throughout history, some Presidents have decided that because “problems” come from Justice, they should try to hold the Department close. But blurring those boundaries ultimately makes the problems worse by undermining public trust in the institutions and their work.

Near the end of our dinner, the President returned to the subject of my job, saying he was very glad I wanted to stay, adding that he had heard great things about me from Jim Mattis, Jeff Sessions, and many others. He then said, “I need loyalty.” I replied, “You will always get honesty from me.” He paused and then said, “That’s what I want, honest loyalty.” I paused, and then said, “You will get that from me.” As I wrote in the memo I created immediately after the dinner, it is possible we understood the phrase “honest loyalty” differently, but I decided it wouldn’t be productive to push it further. The term – honest loyalty – had helped end a very awkward conversation and my explanations had made clear what he should expect.

During the dinner, the President returned to the salacious material I had briefed him about on January 6, and, as he had done previously, expressed his disgust for the allegations and strongly denied them. He said he was considering ordering me to investigate the alleged incident to prove it didn’t happen. I replied that he should give that careful thought because it might create a narrative that we were investigating him personally, which we weren’t, and because it was very difficult to prove a negative. He said he would think about it and asked me to think about it.

As was my practice for conversations with President Trump, I wrote a detailed memo about the dinner immediately afterwards and shared it with the senior leadership team of the FBI.

February 14 Oval Office Meeting
On February 14, I went to the Oval Office for a scheduled counter-terrorism briefing of the President. He sat behind the desk and a group of us sat in a semi-circle of about six chairs facing him on the other side of the desk. The Vice President, Deputy Director of the CIA, Director of the National Counter-Terrorism Center, Secretary of Homeland Security, the Attorney General, and I were in the semi-circle of chairs. I was directly facing the President, sitting between the Deputy CIA Director and the Director of NCTC. There were quite a few others in the room, sitting behind us on couches and chairs.

The President signaled the end of the briefing by thanking the group and telling them all that he wanted to speak to me alone. I stayed in my chair. As the participants started to leave the Oval Office, the Attorney General lingered by my chair, but the President thanked him and said he wanted to speak only with me. The last person to leave was Jared Kushner, who also stood by my chair and exchanged pleasantries with me. The President then excused him, saying he wanted to speak with me.

When the door by the grandfather clock closed, and we were alone, the President began by saying, “I want to talk about Mike Flynn.” Flynn had resigned the previous day. The President began by saying Flynn hadn’t done anything wrong in speaking with the Russians, but he had to let him go because he had misled the Vice President. He added that he had other concerns about Flynn, which he did not then specify.

The President then made a long series of comments about the problem with leaks of classified information – a concern I shared and still share. After he had spoken for a few minutes about leaks, Reince Priebus leaned in through the door by the grandfather clock and I could see a group of people waiting behind him. The President waved at him to close the door, saying he would be done shortly. The door closed.

The President then returned to the topic of Mike Flynn, saying, “He is a good guy and has been through a lot.” He repeated that Flynn hadn’t done anything wrong on his calls with the Russians, but had misled the Vice President. He then 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.” I replied only that “he is a good guy.” (In fact, I had a positive experience dealing with Mike Flynn when he was a colleague as Director of the Defense Intelligence Agency at the beginning of my term at FBI.) I did not say I would “let this go.”

The President returned briefly to the problem of leaks. I then got up and left out the door by the grandfather clock, making my way through the large group of people waiting there, including Mr. Priebus and the Vice President.

I immediately prepared an unclassified memo of the conversation about Flynn and discussed the matter with FBI senior leadership. I had understood the President to be requesting that we drop any investigation of Flynn in connection with false statements about his conversations with the Russian ambassador in December. I did not understand the President to be talking about the broader investigation into Russia or possible links to his campaign. I could be wrong, but I took him to be focusing on what had just happened with Flynn’s departure and the controversy around his account of his phone calls. Regardless, it was very concerning, given the FBI’s role as an independent investigative agency.

The FBI leadership team agreed with me that it was important not to infect the investigative team with the President’s request, which we did not intend to abide. We also concluded that, given that it was a one -on-one conversation, there was nothing available to corroborate my account. We concluded it made little sense to report it to Attorney General Sessions, who we expected would likely recuse himself from involvement in Russia-related investigations. (He did so two weeks later.) The Deputy Attorney General’s role was then filled in an acting capacity by a United States Attorney, who would also not be long in the role.

After discussing the matter, we decided to keep it very closely held, resolving to figure out what to do with it down the road as our investigation progressed. The investigation moved ahead at full speed, with none of the investigative team members – or the Department of Justice lawyers supporting them – aware of the President’s request.

Shortly afterwards, I spoke with Attorney General Sessions in person to pass along the President’s concerns about leaks. I took the opportunity to implore the Attorney General to prevent any future direct communication between the President and me. I told the AG that what had just happened – him being asked to leave while the FBI Director, who reports to the AG, remained behind – was inappropriate and should never happen. He did not reply. For the reasons discussed above, I did not mention that the President broached the FBI’s potential investigation of General Flynn.

March 30 Phone Call
On the morning of March 30, the President called me at the FBI. He described the Russia investigation as “a cloud” that was impairing his ability to act on behalf of the country. He said he had nothing to do with Russia, had not been involved with hookers in Russia, and had always assumed he was being recorded when in Russia. He asked what we could do to “lift the cloud.” I responded that we were investigating the matter as quickly as we could, and that there would be great benefit, if we didn’t find anything, to our having done the work well. He agreed, but then re-emphasized the problems this was causing him.

Then the President asked why there had been a congressional hearing about Russia the previous week – at which I had, as the Department of Justice directed, confirmed the investigation into possible coordination between Russia and the Trump campaign. I explained the demands from the leadership of both parties in Congress for more information, and that Senator Grassley had even held up the confirmation of the Deputy Attorney General until we briefed him in detail on the investigation. I explained that we had briefed the leadership of Congress on exactly which individuals we were investigating and that we had told those Congressional leaders that we were not personally investigating President Trump. I reminded him I had previously told him that. He repeatedly told me, “We need to get that fact out.” (I did not tell the President that the FBI and the Department of Justice had been reluctant to make public statements that we did not have an open case on President Trump for a number of reasons, most importantly because it would create a duty to correct, should that change.)

The President went on to say that if there were some “satellite” associates of his who did something wrong, it would be good to find that out, but that he hadn’t done anything wrong and hoped I would find a way to get it out that we weren’t investigating him.

In an abrupt shift, he turned the conversation to FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe, saying he hadn’t brought up “the McCabe thing” because I had said McCabe was honorable, although McAuliffe was close to the Clintons and had given him (I think he meant Deputy Director McCabe’s wife) campaign money. Although I didn’t understand why the President was bringing this up, I repeated that Mr. McCabe was an honorable person.

He finished by stressing “the cloud” that was interfering with his ability to make deals for the country and said he hoped I could find a way to get out that he wasn’t being investigated. I told him I would see what we could do, and that we would do our investigative work well and as quickly as we could.

Immediately after that conversation, I called Acting Deputy Attorney General Dana Boente (AG Sessions had by then recused himself on all Russia-related matters), to report the substance of the call from the President, and said I would await his guidance. I did not hear back from him before the President called me again two weeks later.

April 11 Phone Call
On the morning of April 11, the President called me and asked what I had done about his request that I “get out” that he is not personally under investigation. I replied that I had passed his request to the Acting Deputy Attorney General, but I had not heard back. He replied that “the cloud” was getting in the way of his ability to do his job. He said that perhaps he would have his people reach out to the Acting Deputy Attorney General. I said that was the way his request should be handled. I said the White House Counsel should contact the leadership of DOJ to make the request, which was the traditional channel.

He said he would do that and added, “Because I have been very loyal to you, very loyal; we had that thing you know.” I did not reply or ask him what he meant by “that thing.” I said only that the way to handle it was to have the White House Counsel call the Acting Deputy Attorney General. He said that was what he would do and the call ended.

That was the last time I spoke with President Trump.

There’s a whole lot wrong with this.  Trump clearly doesn’t understand the focus and integrity requirements on the FBI.  Comey had said before congress that Trump wasn’t being personally investigated during his testimony on March 20th.  He seem obsessed with pushing the press narrative about himself personally, but not so much about “satellite” people and even admits “They may have done something wrong” while claiming that he and Flynn didn’t.

Flynn may have violated the Logan Act by interfering with U.S. foreign policy while he was still — at that  time — a private citizen.  He also lied to the FBI and on his security forms claiming both that he didn’t discuss sanctions with Kislyak when he did, not disclosing this meeting on his SF-86 form and then telling the FBI that the $45,000 he received from Kremlin backed Russia Today in 2015, the $11,250 from Kaspersky Government Security Solutions, and the $530,000 he received from a Russian Oligarch which had been laundered through Turkey were from “U.S. Sources.”  Even his attempt, along with Kushner, Bannon and Eric Prince to establish a back-channel to Russia even just to bring them more into support of the fight against ISIS in Syria is illegal based on a NDAA passed by Congress in 2015.

Accordingly, Flynn, through the NSC, began suggesting the Pentagon embrace Russia in Syria. A senior defense official summarized Flynn’s entreaties as: “Well, we should work more with the Russians, so we’re fighting the same enemy in Syria.” Although Flynn never communicated a formal plan or articulated an actual series of steps, he wanted the Pentagon to use the deconfliction channel to explore what the Russians considered possible for a team-up against ISIS.

If put into effect, such a proposal would clearly violate the NDAA prohibition on cooperation with Russia. A cadre of Pentagon lawyers had already aggressively reviewed the provision and provided guidance to keep the Pentagon on the right side of the law. That contributed to Pentagon opposition to a 2016 proposal from John Kerry to expand intelligence sharing with Russia over Syria in order to keep the Russians aboard a ceasefire.

So yeah, Flynn likely violated multiple laws — perhaps Trump doesn’t understand that, and if he doesn’t he likely wouldn’t know if he himself had violated similar laws, which he might have or he might be afraid of.

In conjunction to Flynn addressing sanctions with Kislyak there were three separate attempts by White House and NSC personnel to push the State Dept to lift sanctions on Russia, the first almost immediately after the inauguration which prompted Senators Graham and Cardin to draft legislation to require the approval of Congress before they can be lifted.  Trump’s personal attorney Michael Cohen and Felix Sater tried to get a plan to end sanctions on Russia to Flynn.

Then even after Flynn was fired, NSC personnel pushed State again to have Russian Oil sanctions lifted only to have them argue back that it wouldn’t benefit U.S. oil companies and would hurt future sanctions if Russia didn’t back off Crimea first.  Exxon/Mobil also tried to get a waiver for oil sanctions only to have them denied two days later.  All of this shows a pattern of behavior that goes far beyond just Flynn.  This smacks of a criminal conspiracy.

Trump seems to not trust then Deputy FBI Director McCabe because his wife had received some campaign support funds from Terry McAuliff when she ran for office as a Democrat in Virginia. Trump plays a hop-skip-and-a-jump game with that to his having some ties to Hillary Clinton, when Trump himself has given money to Clinton and has a closer tie than that. Chelsea and Ivanka are closer than that.

Asking Comey to do an investigation intended to kill the narrative of the Steele Dossier which was publicly released on Jan 10th — some of which has since been confirmed by U.S and foreign intel services — is really dumb, and Comey is correct that that would create a personal investigation of Trump, which is the opposite of what he wants. Besides, as some of it has been confirmed that would have made things worse for Trump too.

It is very clear that Trump repeated asked for “Loyalty” in the direct context of Comey keeping his job. Trump really wanted to get the story of his innocence out, and to get the Russia “cloud” from over his head — so that leads us to the stories of Trump reaching out to Dan Coats and Mike Rogers to get that story out, which they refused as being inappropriate.  He also attempted to get them to publicly state there was “no evidence of collusion with Russia” which they also refused because that’s not their job — that’s for the FBI or DOJ to do once they’ve completed their investigation.  I’d be curious if he’s already extracted this type of loyalty pledge from incoming FBI director nominee Christopher Wray?

Rogers has sent out agency wide memos to the NSA that “There is no question that we [meaning NSA] have evidence of election involvement and questionable contacts with the Russians” so he clearly doesn’t think there’s no “there” there. 

It’s also notable that Sessions didn’t respond when Comey said he didn’t want to be left alone with Trump, but the fact is that Sessions and Rosenstein had already discussed removing Comey before both of them were confirmed — so really most of this was an extended loyalty test for Comey, which he ultimately failed and so Trump fired him right after Sally Yates testified about all the problems with Flynn’s behavior.

Most of this looks bad, very very bad.

For perspective here’s what the obstruction statute says:

18 U.S. Code Section 1505 Obstruction of proceedings before departments, agencies and committees:

Whoever corruptly, or by threats or force, or by any threatening letter or communication influences, obstructs, or impedes or endeavors to influence, obstruct, or impede the due and proper administration of the law under which any pending proceeding is being had before any department or agency of the United States, or the due and proper exercise of the power of inquiry under which any inquiry or investigation is being had by either House, or any committee of either House or any joint committee of the Congress—

Shall be fined under this title, imprisoned not more than 5 years or, if the offense involves international or domestic terrorism (as defined in section 2331), imprisoned not more than 8 years, or both.
My comprehensive Trump Russia corruption timeline has now been updated with specifics from Comey’s written statements.

Wednesday, Jun 7, 2017 · 4:19:15 PM EDT · Frank Vyan Walton
Added because we’re over 100 comments now.

My articles here — like that of so many others — are voluntary. If you appreciate this article any and all support you can offer to make more and better diaries in the future would be deeply and sincerely appreciated.  Thanks very seriously, you guys have helped so much already.

Wednesday, Jun 7, 2017 · 8:28:17 PM EDT · Frank Vyan Walton

On the technical issue of whether there needs to be a “pending judicial or congressional proceeding” in place before obstruction of justice can be applied legally,  Jonathan Turley had made this case today , but on the same day that Comey was fired, a Federal Grand Jury issued subpoenas for financial information connected to Michael Flynn.

People may claim that Trump is “vindicated” because Comey said he wasn’t personally being “investigated” and at the time he wasn’t— but I bet you dollars to donuts that under Mueller there is now a personal investigation of Trump.

Wednesday, Jun 7, 2017 · 8:44:29 PM EDT · Frank Vyan Walton
Dershowitz is saying that since President GW Bush pardoned Kasper Weinberger just before he was about to face a trial, that Trump has a “constitutional right” in direct the FBI and interfere with an investigation but I think that’s bullshit.  The power to Pardon is absolute and has no specific limitation, but Obstruction of Justice was part of the Impeachment articles against Nixon — for directing his people to tell the CIA to make the FBI stop the Watergate investigation by telling them that it was a matter of national security related to the Bay of Pigs and also against President Clinton for telling his staff and assistants that “there was no relationship with Monica.” 

Even though Trump could issue a pardon without consequence It’s quite clear that it’s impeachable for him to ask for Comey to “Let Flynn Go” and then fire him for not doing it therefore impeding and improperly influencing a current proceeding, just as Nixon and Clinton were accused of.

Posted by: AGelbert
« on: June 06, 2017, 05:08:53 pm »

Robert Reich: The Resistance Report:

Monday, Published on Jun 5, 2017
Posted by: AGelbert
« on: May 30, 2017, 10:34:52 pm »

Jimmy Carter Brilliantly Explains How The Establishment Gave Us Trump

Published on May 11, 2017
Posted by: AGelbert
« on: May 30, 2017, 08:36:22 pm »


Our democracy no longer represents the people. Here's how we fix it

Larry Lessig | TEDxMidAtlantic


Harvard Professor Lawrence Lessig makes the case that our democracy has become corrupt with money, leading to inequality that means only 0.02% of the United States population actually determines who's in power. Lessig says that this fundamental breakdown of the democratic system must be fixed before we will ever be able to address major challenges like climate change, social security, and student debt. This is not the most important problem, it's just the first problem.

Lawrence Lessig is the Roy L. Furman Professor of Law and Leadership at Harvard Law School, former director of the Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics at Harvard University, and founder of Rootstrikers, a network of activists leading the fight against government corruption. He has authored numerous books, including Republic, Lost: How Money Corrupts Our Congress—and a Plan to Stop It, Code and Other Laws of Cyberspace, Free Culture, and Remix.
Posted by: AGelbert
« on: May 30, 2017, 05:42:34 pm »

Robert Reich : Trump's Infrastructure Scam
Published on May 26, 2017
Posted by: AGelbert
« on: May 29, 2017, 07:59:45 pm »

Baltimore-area renters complain about a property owner they say is neglectful and litigious. Few know their landlord is the president’s son-in-law.

Posted by: AGelbert
« on: May 29, 2017, 05:32:41 pm »

K_dog: I still want to know what the beef is about Russia.

Simple: Russia is the biggest country in the world, and has over 7,000 ICBMs aimed at the US, which has absolutely NO DEFENCE against them, other than to fire first and hope Putin instantly surrenders. This gives Putin the confidence to stand up to the Empire in Syria and Iran and Ukraine, and thereby giving confidence to Cuba, Venezuela, Philippines and North Korea, to do likewise.  This won't do at all, undermining US ability to coerce little countries into making economic deals favourable to the US, and supporting economic sanctions against its enemies even though it harms them economically.

Unfortunately, Trumpoversky has managed in a few short months to upset the Pacific countries by scrapping the TPP, to upset the Europeans by scrapping the TTIP, refusing to go along with the Paris Agreement on Climate Change, and demanding they pay more into NATO, and dumping the Ukrainian mess into their laps. HE has also managed to alienate Turkey with the failed coup and his choice of proxy forces in Syria, and Muslims everywhere with his rants about them all being terrorists, and Mexicans with his rants about them all being criminals and rapists, and insisting Mexico pay for The Wall. Let's not forget the Philippines, who he has driven into the arms of the Chinese and Russians.

On the Grand Chessboard method of scoring the great game, he has been a complete disaster, which probably led to Brzezinski's death from apoplexy.

In other words, no good reason!  Preserving the empire of affluence is no good reason, not enough people are members and new members are not being accepted.  The bit about defense from ICBMs is a bit exaggerated.  There is more up in the sky than most people have a clue about.  Yet the biggest deterrent is that Russians suffer from sanity.  Nowhere in your explanation do I see evidence of Russian aggression which would be a good reason.

Cashing in on a cold war cultivated hatred of Russia for short term gain seems to me to be grasping at straws.  But I forget which side of the bell curve I live on.  Remembering that the strategy becomes effective.  Yet effective or not it is a move which reeks of desperation. 

Nothing Palloy said had BEANS to do with "Russian aggression" (retaliatory nuclear weapon capability IS NOT aggression when dealing with the empire, it is SANITY), "grasping at straws" or "cold war cultivated hatred".

Palloy stated REALITIES the empire is uncomfortable with because the empire does not like to share power with anybody.

What Palloy left out, and you certainly always wish to ignore or downplay, is the  fact that Russia is not averse to gaming useful idiots like Trump for their survival against a neocon mad max machine run by BOTH the Democrats AND the Republicans. That is treason. Yeah, the empire does exactly the same hither and yon, including inside Russia itself. AND? Do you really think that all the nefarious skullduggery we have been involved with has endeared us to Russia? Anyone that thinks that is nuts or a Trumper (but I repeat myself  ;D).

The COLD WAR stopped on the Russian side with Gorbachev. But BUSH double crossed Gorbachev and KEPT IT GOING  by OWNING corrupt Yeltsin the same way Russia now owns corrupt Trump (Clinton did NOTHING to stop or slow down that destruction of the Russian economy BY the U.S.). THAT caused Russia to go through a WORSE DEPRESSION than the one the U.S. went through in the 1930's.

So, Putin is clearly out to castrate the empire on the behalf of Russian Oligarchs. That makes Russia a THREAT to our Oligarchs for a VERY GOOD REASON.

The only one grasping at straws here is YOU. The claim that a foreign government OWNING the POTUS is "no big deal" is a STRAW, and evidences a rather desperate straw grasping attempt to defend Trump's Treason.

The rational that "the Democrats are worse because they would start WWIII" is what remains to be proven by any actual acts by the empire. The total destruction of the social contract of this country and rampant resurrection of racism is a price you seem all too will to pay based on your hysterical claim that Trump is "averting WWIII, so we should all be happy campers". I don't think so.

Trump  Treason is NOT TRIVIAL (see below):

40 Shady Things We Now Know About Trump and Russia

Published on May 24, 2017

After a deluge of revelations, here’s what we’ve learned so far.  :(

This is How Low the Trump Apologists Will Stoop

Published on May 22, 2017

The shameful conspiracy theory that won’t distract from Russia.
Posted by: AGelbert
« on: May 29, 2017, 04:42:43 pm »

40 Shady Things We Now Know About Trump and Russia

Published on May 24, 2017

After a deluge of revelations, here’s what we’ve learned so far.  :(

This is How Low the Trump Apologists Will Stoop

Published on May 22, 2017

The shameful conspiracy theory that won’t distract from Russia.
Posted by: AGelbert
« on: May 29, 2017, 02:29:34 pm »

K_dog: I still want to know what the beef is about Russia.

Simple: Russia is the biggest country in the world, and has over 7,000 ICBMs aimed at the US, which has absolutely NO DEFENCE against them, other than to fire first and hope Putin instantly surrenders. This gives Putin the confidence to stand up to the Empire in Syria and Iran and Ukraine, and thereby giving confidence to Cuba, Venezuela, Philippines and North Korea, to do likewise.  This won't do at all, undermining US ability to coerce little countries into making economic deals favourable to the US, and supporting economic sanctions against its enemies even though it harms them economically.

Unfortunately, Trumpoversky has managed in a few short months to upset the Pacific countries by scrapping the TPP, to upset the Europeans by scrapping the TTIP, refusing to go along with the Paris Agreement on Climate Change, and demanding they pay more into NATO, and dumping the Ukrainian mess into their laps. HE has also managed to alienate Turkey with the failed coup and his choice of proxy forces in Syria, and Muslims everywhere with his rants about them all being terrorists, and Mexicans with his rants about them all being criminals and rapists, and insisting Mexico pay for The Wall. Let's not forget the Philippines, who he has driven into the arms of the Chinese and Russians.

On the Grand Chessboard method of scoring the great game, he has been a complete disaster, which probably led to Brzezinski's death from apoplexy.

Of course. Everything you said is common knowledge to those who have unbiased eyes to see. But that excludes a statistically significant portion of the voting public (though not the majority IMHO). The propaganda pushers consistently refrain from voicing the facts you just mentioned because it might make people think logically.
Posted by: AGelbert
« on: May 29, 2017, 02:14:37 pm »

A 91-Year-Old to the Illinois Governor: Pass a Budget, Help People  

Monday, May 29, 2017

By Paul Nyhan, Equal Voice News | Interview


Dr. Alfred Klinger, 91, has joined other Illinois residents in walking from Chicago to the state Capitol in Springfield to call for a full budget that helps all residents. (Photo: Jane Adams Senior Caucus) at article link

As Illinois neared its second year without a complete state budget, Dr. Alfred Klinger decided to start walking. He joined advocates and families on a 200-mile march to the state Capitol this month to demand an end to the mind-boggling impasse and a budget that puts people first.

A World War II veteran, Dr. Klinger had marched with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in Mississippi in 1965. At 90 years old, it was time to march again, this time from Chicago to Springfield, because the government couldn't even agree on a fiscal plan that invests in its most vulnerable families.

On the road, he joined other marchers led by ONE Northside and the Peoples' Lobby Education Institute' Lobby Education Institute and supported by the Grassroots Collaborative and Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights (ICIRR).

Along the way, they are asking people how the Illinois budget stalemate is changing their lives and discussing their own "people and planet first" budget. On May 30, after marching into the state Capitol, they'll hold a People's Assembly on their plan.

Their budget plan for greater investments in pre-kindergarten-through-high-school education, universal health care, moves to green energy, improvements to infrastructure and Illinois's pension commitments.

To pay for these investments, their plan would close corporate tax loopholes, create a graduated income tax and develop a financial transaction tax, raising $23 billion, according to a statement from Fair Economy Illinois, which is organizing the 200-mile march.

After a long day of walking, Dr. Klinger, who turned 91 on the road, talked with Equal Voice News about why he is marching, the need for voices of poor families and what's gone wrong in the Illinois state capitol.



Proverbs 28:27 King James Version (KJV)

He that giveth unto the poor shall not lack: but he that hideth his eyes shall have many a curse.
Posted by: AGelbert
« on: May 28, 2017, 01:17:48 pm »

Off the keyboard of RE at the Doomstead Diner

zublished on The Doomstead Diner May 28, 2017

Discuss this article at the http://www.doomsteaddiner.net/forum/index.php/topic,9692.msg132280/topicseen.html#msg132280 Geopolitics Table inside the Diner

Well, we are about halfway through the first year of the Presidency of His Trumpness over the ever decaying corpse of Amerika.  Global citizens can count themselves lucky that at least so far he hasn't pushed the button to glaze over Beijing or Pyongyang, or whoever else is pissing him off over breakfast while he fires off the tweets.

This week as I begin this recap, he took a break from the weekly Golf rounds at Mar de Lago flying in on Air Force 1 surrounded by an Army of Secret Service Agents to go Jet Setting around the world to meet with a variety of Foreign Leaders.  This of course costs the Taxpayer just slightly more than your average First Class Ticket on United for a Hawaiian Vacation.  In fact I could  LIVE in Hawaii for the rest of my life for the cost of one of these trips!  It's in the $MILLIONS$ for every weekend round of Golf he needs to play down in Florida to relieve the high stress during the week of getting out his Morning Tweet.

However, Deal-maker extraordinaire that he is, the money should be recouped by all the financial deals he will make for the FSoA during the trip!  According to Newz Reports in the MSM, in just the first day he sold $110B worth of military hardware to the Wahabist Killers running Saudi Arabia!  By itself, this easily pays for the trip!  Although of course, they could have done the same deal over the internet and saved a lot of money on what is basically just a Photo Op.  All the deals are already worked out long before El Trumpsky walks down the stairs from Air Force 1.

BTW, don't you find it a bit curious that all shots of the POTUS coming off one of these airplanes <em>(there are actually a fleet of them, not just one) have a portable stairway on open tarmac, no terminal in sight?  On my first flights in the 1960s down to Brazil, this was very common.  Even international airports of the time did not sport the big hydraulically powered jetway ramps that today attach themselves to just about every aircraft, unless you either are flying in an incredibly small and uncomfortable Regional Jet, or are flying to some complete Buttfuck location in the middle of 3rd World Nowhere.

Today however, you can't fly from Milwaulkee to Cleveland and disembark the plane without walking through a hydraulically powered Jetway tube.  When Air Force 1 lands in Riyahd though, there are apparently no available Gates at the terminal for the plane to dock at, so the POTUS is forced to walk down stairs to a waiting Limousine on the Tarmac.  You would think by now they would have at least devised a Mobile Escalator for the purpose of shipping the High & Mighty Meat Package of the POTUS off the fu cking 747!

So anyhow, what the expensive trip amounts to is an opportunity for numerous Photo Ops with Trumpovsky looking "Presidential" as he shakes hands with various Foreign Leaders. Also in theory for him a Welcome Relief from the last couple of weeks of Domestic Attacks on his credibilty and the way he is running the Executive Branch of Goobermint here on Home Soil.  Whether he can resist the temptation to Tweet while he is Jet Setting though remains an open question as of today when I begin writing this essay.

Back here in the FSoA though, the non-stop chatter about parallels with Watergate and the possibilities for the Big "I" of Impeachment continue, and not strictly from the so-called "left" of the Demodopes or Wing Nut bloggers.  It's being bandied about by WaPo on a daily basis, with heavyweight Law Professors from Harvard like Alan Dershowitz weighing in.  Regardless of who is interviewed though, they all pretty much say the same thing, that even if Donaldovitch is guilty of Impeachable crimes, it's unlikely the Repugnant controlled CONgress will pull the plug on him.  This takes a 2/3rds majority in the Senate,  so even if all the Demodopes vote to Impeach, you still need around 17 Repugnants to join them.  This does appear highly unlikely, except for a couple of things.

First is that currently the entire Goobermint is in complete dissarray and nothing on the Repugnant agenda is getting accomplished.  Well, at least none of the major stuff, some small stuff like eviscerating the EPA is happening.  Still haven't got rid of that pesky Obamacare yet though.  Also women can still get birth control and abortions, evolution is still being taught in the schools, teachers are still Unionized and there aren't any **** Oil Drilling Platforms off Malibu or Virginia Beach yet!  Also they have not yet raided all the public pension funds or privatized Social Security.  So things are not going as smoothly as the Repugnants would like here under the Trumpoyetsty Regime, mainly because the constant turmoil he creates with the Daily Lie on Twitter keeps them too bizzy doing Spin Control and trying to save their own sorry asses.

The second major issue is that the CONgressional elections are coming up in 2018, and Repugnant candidates are currently getting pelted with Rotten Eggs & Rotten Tomatoes at Town Hall meetings all across the FSoA.  It's gotten so bad that they need to arrest reporters for the serious crime of asking questions and give their speeches from inside a Shark Cage protected by Secret Service carrying Bazookas.  Gerrymandering and voiding voter ballots may not be enough to get these clowns re-elected, and they know it.  At a certain point you gotta cut your losses and throw somebody under the bus, and with every Tweet Donaldovitch looks more and more like good Bus Meat.

Lopping off Donaldefsky's head isn't likely to make things better, it may in fact make them worse since we will get Pensky as replacement POTUS.  Pensky is likely to be worse since he is an experienced career beltway politician who knows where the money goes and how to buy favors and not just try to bully everybody in town.  He's already got a Super-PAC formed to collect money from Billionaires to help fellow Retardican pols get re-elected, and then himself too once he takes over the Oval Office from Trumpovitch and becomes the unelected POTUS, Gerald Ford style.  He can then grant a Pardon to Trumpov for Money Laundering for the Ruskie Mafia, after of course he deposits a nice chunk of change to Pensky's account in the Cayman Islands.

The whole Ruskie connection deal with the Donaldov is so blatantly obvious it's not even funny.  First is the fact he refuses to disclose his Tax Returns, which no doubt are loaded with Fake Numbers.  Next is the fact it's <strong>KNOWN</strong> information already that he sold numerous properties in his buildings to Ruskie Oligarchs, who all also are trying to find some mattress to stuff the money they rip off from the Ruskie people into, somewhere outside Mother Russia.  Then there are all the meetings by various members of his staff and family with high level Ruskies and/or high bank account Ruskies.  Then of course is the Praise being dished out at him by Vlad the Impaler, who definitely would not be doing that if there was not something in it for him.  One has to suspect that Trumpovitch is PWNed by the Ruskies and Vlad is counting on him to deliver some good pipeline deals through Rex Tillerson.  If it looks like Donaldov cannot deliver, Vlad the Impaler will cut him loose and leave him twisting in the wind.  Instead of sleeping next to Melania, he will find the head of Cloud Computing in his King Size bed.  Then after that he will be Sleeping with the Fishes.  Compared to a takedown by the KGB, Impeachment is a very positive outcome for Trumpotsky.

Despite all of this ongoing bullshit, a significant number of Deplorables still support Trumpsky, he amazingly has still a 36% approval rating!  The lowest in all of Recorded History at this point in a POTUS administration, but still at least 36% above where it should be.  In reality, it should be measured in the Negative Imaginary Numbers!  It's still unclear though whether a POTUS Popularity Index matters at all, sort of like it doesn't matter what the latest bullshit number is coming out of the BLS or the CBO.  Unemployment is down to 5%, but 50% of the population has dropped out fo the workforce!  The Economy is Growing at 2%/year, but the debt is growing at $2T/year!  Probably more, but you get the picture, none of these stats matter worth a damn anymore, even if they're correct.  Nobody actually in charge of Da Goobermint gives a flying ****, and no matter who you vote for the debt will keep going up and the number of employed people will keep going down.  Whether your POTUS is LOVED or HATED doesn't matter either, in both cases said POTUS won't be able to do a damn thing to change the downhill trajectory here.  Of course, a complete JERK like Donaldov can speed things up a bit, and is doing a good job with that in his first year shitting in the White House toilet.

After his jaunt through Saudi Arabia picking up Beheading techniques from the Saudi Princes, Trumpovitch is due to hit Israel to talk to NetanYAHOO, then over to the Vatican where he will have an audience with His Popeness Francis, Vicar of Christ on Earth.  In one 10 day vacation, Donolovov is covering the Muslims, the Jews and the Christians!  Very broad minded of him.  Buddhists and Hindus may feel slighted here.

After making the Religious pilgrimmage, his next stop is in Brussels and then back to Italy for the G-7 meeting where the Economistas will further **** up the Global Economy while dining on Canapes, Oysters Rockefeller and $23,000 bottles of Chateau Mouton-Rothschild 1945.  Followed for desert by the <strong>BEST </strong>Chocolate Cake ever to go through the pie hole of his Putin Puppet head, even better than that last chocolate cake he ate in Syria.  Following his Impeachment, you can count on Donalditry Trumpovetsky to sign up as chief Spokesmodel for Betty Crocker.

K-Dog the Trumper jumps in to attempt a distraction:  ;)

I still want to know what the beef is about Russia.  They are a country with about the same history as France only with their revolution being much more recent.  Are we at war with them?  Are they trying to control our bowel movements?  You are next to that big Air Force base and Russia is only a few hundred miles away from you right?  Perhaps you can explain.

The Russians I have met have all been intelligent refined and friendly.  Dimitry does not count, he is only Russian when he wants to be.  Real Russians would have nothing to do with him.

I respond to the K-Dog innocent sounding attempt to avoid the real issues with Trump.

Despite all of this ongoing bullshit, a significant number of Deplorables still support Trumpsky, he amazingly has still a 36% approval rating!  The lowest in all of Recorded History at this point in a POTUS administration, but still at least 36% above where it should be.

Yep. And many of those die-hard racist supporters that applaud whatever Trump does, including taking a dump in their faces, (just as long as General Sessions is continuing to make the South and the rest of the USA Racist again  ) will innocently ask what the big deal about Russia is..... 

And, that "cat" might be a bad doggie in disguise.  

Posted by: AGelbert
« on: May 24, 2017, 07:35:05 pm »

Dr. Richard Wolff - The Problem with “Reactionary Keynesianism"

Published on May 23, 2017

Economist Dr. Richard Wolff, Capitalism's Crisis Deepens Essays on the Global Economic Meltdown/Democracy At Work. Earlier today - the White House officially sent its 2018 budget plan to Congress. It has a patriotic-sounding name - but the so-called "New Foundation for American Greatness" is really just an all-out assault on poor and working Americans. If the President gets his way - billions will be cut from vital programs - including Medicaid - which candidate Trump promised never to cut. "Cruel" doesn't even begin to describe this budget plan. 

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