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Posted by: AGelbert
« on: December 11, 2018, 01:45:54 pm »

Posted by: AGelbert
« on: December 05, 2018, 10:11:20 pm »

Agelbert NOTE: MORE evidence that the Pentagon 🦍 is WAY out of control.

Pentagon 🦍 Engaged in Unfathomable Financial Mismanagement 

December 5, 2018

Around the same time that auditors declared that the Department of Defense’s finances are unauditable, The Nation published an extensive exposé of just how deliberately falsified and mismanaged the Pentagon’s accounts are. We speak to the report’s author, investigative journalist David Lindorff


Story Transcript

GREG WILPERT: It’s The Real News Network, and I’m Greg Wilpert.

About three weeks ago, the auditors who were conducting the first-ever comprehensive audit of the Defense Department announced that the audit could not be completed because too much money was simply unaccounted for. Deputy Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan told reporters afterwards, “We failed the audit, but we never expected to pass it. It was an audit on a $2.7 organization, so the fact that we did the audit is substantial.”

The Pentagon’s annual budget is now over $700 billion and climbing. However, investigators who have looked into the Pentagon’s finances, such as Mark Skidmore, a professor of economics specializing in government policy at Michigan State University, found that at least $21 trillion of Pentagon financial transactions between 1998 and 2015 could not be accounted for.

Joining me now to make sense of what is going on at the Defense Department is David Lindorff. David is a contributor to the Nation, where he recently published an article with the title Exclusive: The Pentagon’s Massive Accounting Fraud Exposed. He also writes for Salon, London Review of Books, and Tarbell.org. Thanks for joining us today, David.

DAVID LINDORFF: Thanks for having me.

GREG WILPERT: So what is going on with the Pentagon’s accounts? Why did it fail the audit, and what exactly does failure mean?

DAVID LINDORFF: Well, it failed the audit because the numbers are so screwy that the 1200 auditors from the outside firms that were looking at it just threw up their hands and said we can’t do it. I had been warned by several people, including the head of the National Security Unit of the GAO that there would not be an audit because of this problem, and that it’ll be years before they can actually do an audit because the numbers are so bad that they’re dealing with. But the reason behind it is that the Pentagon has been deliberately falsifying numbers in its annual reports every year so that for years those numbers are, described by one former OIG supervising auditor, as garbage.

GREG WILPERT: So you requested, yourself, documents from the Defense Department’s Inspector General’s Office, and they sent you an annual report that was heavily redacted, with even the report’s title blacked out. And the slogan at the bottom of the report, though, which was not redacted but perhaps should have been, said “Integrity, efficiency, accountability, excellence.” Tell us about your efforts to get information for the Defense Department, what that was like, and what they said in response to your requests.

DAVID LINDORFF: Well, that document was actually posted on their website as though it was supposed to be public information. But it’s futile, because everything has been blacked out. And that’s a first. The same guy who said that the budgets are garbage said it shocked him as a former supervisory audit director at the OIG to see them censoring the documents, because before this all the documents they would post were were public record.

But you know, Mark Skidmore, Professor Skidmore at Michigan State University, who looked at all those documents between ’98 and 2015 did see all the documents. And the OIG, to its credit, was calling out these fake numbers. They would say, you know, these numbers, which sometimes totaled in the trillions of dollars, in Pentagon budgets were unsupported by any kind of ledger entries to back them up. And they would criticize the Pentagon accounting units and say, you know, you gotta do this right. This isn’t right. But nobody would ever get fired. The OIG would never recommend prosecution to the Justice Department. No supervisory people ever got called to the carpet for this kind of stuff.

So one has to assume that this was deliberate. And in fact, people that I talked to on the record off said that that is exactly what is happening, that it’s a deliberate effort to make the Pentagon budgets impenetrable and inauditable.

GREG WILPERT: Now, it seems like we’re talking about hundreds of billions of dollars per year that is really unaccountable. So if much money is unaccountable, doesn’t this open the door, open wide for fraud, corruption, and maybe even embezzlement? I mean, who’s to say that that’s not what’s happening?

DAVID LINDORFF: Well, actually, it is happening. And what the on-the-record interview I had with Asif Khan, who is the head of the GAO’s National Security Asset Management Unit that monitors the budgets of the Pentagon and the CIA, and various other– the Atomic Energy Commission, or NRC, rather. You know, the various entities that have national security aspects to them. Said that the Pentagon has been for years on his and the GAO’s list of high-risk agencies for fraud, waste, and abuse.

And that, you know, think of this. The Pentagon accounts for 54 percent of every tax dollar that taxpayers and corporations pay in taxes to the government. And it is on the high risk list for fraud, waste, and abuse. This is incredible, and nobody’s–I never even knew that. I don’t think it’s ever been reported that they’re on that list. It’s an absolute outrage, and the American people should be clamoring for action on this. But you hear nothing about it from Congress.

GREG WILPERT: Indeed, it seems to be truly amazing that the story itself has hardly been covered in the media. And if you consider that first of all not only is all this fraud possible, maybe even corruption and embezzlement, but they’re also not returning the money back to Congress as they’re supposed to be at the end of the year if they didn’t spend it. I mean, there’s so much illegality going on, it seems. Why isn’t Congress looking into this more seriously? Why isn’t the Pentagon being held accountable? What do you think?

DAVID LINDORFF: Well, it’s interesting. I mean, in the 1980s there were huge hearings into scandals that were raised by whistleblowers like Chuck Spinney, Ed Fitzgerald. You know, people that had, you know, real credibility and used their names, not just whistleblowers in, you know, behind the scenes. Called out massive fraud by the Pentagon, and the Congress responded by, you know, hearings and putting top people under oath, and uncovered a lot of fraud. And you know, heads rolled and everything. Spinney actually was put on the cover of Time magazine for his efforts.

Nothing like that goes on now. And I run it back to 2001 and the war on terror, which has had the effect of making people and the media, you know, worshipful of the military. They’re supposed to be the highest regarded part of the American government, and yet, you know, they’re they’re basically fraudsters. And they’re doing what bureaucracies always do. They’re enlarging their budgets and enlarging their power, and there is nothing particularly admirable about them.

GREG WILPERT: OK. Well, unfortunately, we’re out of time. We’re going to leave it there for now. I was speaking to Nation contributor David Lindorff, author of the article The Pentagon’s Massive accounting Fraud Exposed. Thanks again, David, for having joined us today.

DAVID LINDORFF: Thanks for having me on.

GREG WILPERT: And thank you for joining The Real News Network. If you like Real News Network stories such as this one, please keep in mind that we have started our winter fundraiser and need your help of reaching our goal of raising $400,000. Every dollar that you donate will be matched. Also, keep in mind we do not accept support from governments or corporations. Please do what you can today.


https://therealnews.com/stories/pentagon-engaged-in-unfathomable-financial-mismanagement


The future is bright, .... for extremophiles.
 
Posted by: AGelbert
« on: December 03, 2018, 07:25:09 pm »

Quote from: AG
The Russian Oligarchs OWNED Trump LONG before he ran for POTUS.

If you cannot handle that, you are in willful denial. Let me also add that the Republican Party DOES NOT see Russia as an adversary, simply because Russia is run by a Profit Over People and Planet Oligarchy, just as the USA currently is. So, YEAH, the Republicans are happy as pigs in poop to take all the Russian money they can. AND THEY HAVE, AND CONTINUE NOW, to TAKE RUSSIAN MONEY!

Bookmark this post. Most of the Rs in Congress are owned by Russia, and all are actively engaged in obstruction of justice. In the fullness of time all will be revealed. And the fuckwits who have declaimed that "TrumpRussia"is a neocon myth, like Caitlin **** Johnstone, will be revealed for their poor judgment and lack of understanding Or ideological blindness.

Eric Trump admitted to all this before they told him to STFU.

Yep. By the way, have you been able to wade through the 33 page Mueller Motion to get Cohen a lighter sentence? It is quite incriminating of Trump , even if Trump 🦀, as usual, is trying Orwell his way out of his PROVEN COLLUSION by making noises about having the "maximum sentence" book thrown at Cohen.

Palmer Report December 1, 2018 SNIPPET:

The document is thirty-three pages, so we’ll cut to the chase: Michael Cohen is asking for time served. This would mean that he wouldn’t have to report to prison at all. Considering the seriousness of the nine felonies he’s pleaded guilty to, as well as the other felony charges that were waived as part of his deal, this would be a very lenient sentence. The thing is, the mere act that he’s asking for it reveals something.

For a defendant, the goal in a sentencing memo is to ask for something on the lenient end of what might be considered realistic. You don’t want to ask for something absurd, because then the judge might be offended, and might be inclined to not take the request seriously. Considering how closely Michael Cohen has been working with Robert Mueller and other prosecutors – including the events of yesterday – you have to figure that he made this request after running it past them first, and wouldn’t have asked for something that they found offensive, either.

Michael Cohen’s decision to release this document right now, when his sentencing hearing isn’t for nearly two weeks, suggests that he’s trying to capitalize on the public goodwill that he earned yesterday when he helped Robert Mueller expose that Donald Trump was a part of the Trump Tower Moscow conspiracy during the 2016 election. Cohen went a long way yesterday to taking down Donald Trump, as well as bringing Trump’s kids to justice.

We’ll see what Robert Mueller comes back with as far as his sentencing recommendation. The judge could then end up realistically going with anything in between what Mueller asks for and what Cohen asks for. But again, it’s revealing that Cohen thinks he’s in a strong enough position to even ask for a free pass. If Mueller comes anywhere close to recommending time served, it’ll mean that Mueller thinks Cohen has been a really big help in Trump’s downfall.

You can  read the lengthy sentencing memo here.

Full article:

https://www.palmerreport.com/analysis/sentencing-memo-revealing-cohen/14384/

I haven't been following this closely, but I would expect Cohen to eventually be disbarred, which means he loses his livelihood, too. I'm not sure that's completely inevitable, but it has to be 99% certain. Not that I'm against it.

I hope Cohen gets to walk, just to stick it up Trump's nose, but time served seems pretty optimistic.


I don't much care about what happens to Cohen. The fact is that it is now irrefutable the Trump has been lying about his source of funds to run a Presidential Campaign from the getgo. Emptywheel has been on to Trump from the start. Emptywheel is the courageous lady that blew up a huge scandal in the Bush (Shrub, not daddy) Admiinistration that got Cheney's sidekick lawyer liar (I forget the name of that bastard right now -so many bastards - so little time) in big trouble. She wrote a book about it.

Here's the latest on Trump:

December 3, 2018/26 Comments/in 2016 Presidential Election, Mueller Probe /by emptywheel


 If Trump is still POTUS after 2020, the rotton, filthy, massive, oligarhic level of Profit Over People and Planet corruption in this country irreparable. If Mueller leaves no (Roger) Stone unturned  ;D, there is NO WAY Trump avoids indictment for Obstruction of Justice (and other impeachable crimes like "light" TREASON).
Posted by: AGelbert
« on: December 03, 2018, 07:10:38 pm »

Quote from: AG
The Russian Oligarchs OWNED Trump LONG before he ran for POTUS.

If you cannot handle that, you are in willful denial. Let me also add that the Republican Party DOES NOT see Russia as an adversary, simply because Russia is run by a Profit Over People and Planet Oligarchy, just as the USA currently is. So, YEAH, the Republicans are happy as pigs in poop to take all the Russian money they can. AND THEY HAVE, AND CONTINUE NOW, to TAKE RUSSIAN MONEY!

Bookmark this post. Most of the Rs in Congress are owned by Russia, and all are actively engaged in obstruction of justice. In the fullness of time all will be revealed. And the fuckwits who have declaimed that "TrumpRussia"is a neocon myth, like Caitlin **** Johnstone, will be revealed for their poor judgment and lack of understanding Or ideological blindness.

Eric Trump admitted to all this before they told him to STFU.

Yep. By the way, have you been able to wade through the 33 page Mueller Motion to get Cohen a lighter sentence? It is quite incriminating of Trump , even if Trump 🦀, as usual, is trying Orwell his way out of his PROVEN COLLUSION by making noises about having the "maximum sentence" book thrown at Cohen.

Palmer Report December 1, 2018 SNIPPET:

The document is thirty-three pages, so we’ll cut to the chase: Michael Cohen is asking for time served. This would mean that he wouldn’t have to report to prison at all. Considering the seriousness of the nine felonies he’s pleaded guilty to, as well as the other felony charges that were waived as part of his deal, this would be a very lenient sentence. The thing is, the mere act that he’s asking for it reveals something.

For a defendant, the goal in a sentencing memo is to ask for something on the lenient end of what might be considered realistic. You don’t want to ask for something absurd, because then the judge might be offended, and might be inclined to not take the request seriously. Considering how closely Michael Cohen has been working with Robert Mueller and other prosecutors – including the events of yesterday – you have to figure that he made this request after running it past them first, and wouldn’t have asked for something that they found offensive, either.

Michael Cohen’s decision to release this document right now, when his sentencing hearing isn’t for nearly two weeks, suggests that he’s trying to capitalize on the public goodwill that he earned yesterday when he helped Robert Mueller expose that Donald Trump was a part of the Trump Tower Moscow conspiracy during the 2016 election. Cohen went a long way yesterday to taking down Donald Trump, as well as bringing Trump’s kids to justice.

We’ll see what Robert Mueller comes back with as far as his sentencing recommendation. The judge could then end up realistically going with anything in between what Mueller asks for and what Cohen asks for. But again, it’s revealing that Cohen thinks he’s in a strong enough position to even ask for a free pass. If Mueller comes anywhere close to recommending time served, it’ll mean that Mueller thinks Cohen has been a really big help in Trump’s downfall.

You can  read the lengthy sentencing memo here.

Full article:

https://www.palmerreport.com/analysis/sentencing-memo-revealing-cohen/14384/

I haven't been following this closely, but I would expect Cohen to eventually be disbarred, which means he loses his livelihood, too. I'm not sure that's completely inevitable, but it has to be 99% certain. Not that I'm against it.

I hope Cohen gets to walk, just to stick it up Trump's nose, but time served seems pretty optimistic.


I don't much care about what happens to Cohen. The fact is that it is now irrefutable the Trump has been lying about his source of funds to run a Presidential Campaign from the getgo. Emptywheel has been on to Trump from the start. Emptywheel is the courageous lady that blew up a huge scandal in the Bush (Shrub, not daddy) Admiinistration that got Cheney's sidekick lawyer liar (I forget the name of that bastard right now -so many bastards - so little time) in big trouble. She wrote a book about it.

Here's the latest on Trump:

December 3, 2018/26 Comments/in 2016 Presidential Election, Mueller Probe /by emptywheel


 If Trump is still POTUS after 2020, the rotton, filthy, massive, oligarhic level of Profit Over People and Planet corruption in this country irreparable. If Mueller leaves no (Roger) Stone unturned  ;D, there is NO WAY Trump avoids indictment for Obstruction of Justice (and other impeachable crimes like "light" TREASON).



I can't help myself.  ;D

Everyone piles on after Donald Trump 🦀 implies someone named “Scott Free” is out to get him

Bill Palmer | 6:04 pm EST December 3, 2018

Palmer Report » Analysis

Most people are familiar with the phrase scot-free. Not everyone knows about its Scottish etymology, or even how to correctly spell it, but everyone knows that “Scott Free” isn’t a person. Then there’s Donald Trump, whose raging Twitter meltdown today was so far over the top, some people came away wondering if Trump might truly think “Scott Free” is a person who has gotten away with some very bad things, and may be out to get him.

For reference, here’s part of Donald Trump’s lengthy attack on Michael Cohen: “He makes up stories to get a GREAT & ALREADY reduced deal for himself, and get his wife and father-in-law (who has the money?) off Scott Free. He lied for this outcome and should, in my opinion, serve a full and complete sentence.” While Trump does have a history of improperly capitalizing words for no particular reason, it’s worth pointing out that “Scott” and “Free” are the only two such words in this rant. It didn’t go unnoticed.

Merriam-Webster, the famous dictionary company, was quick to use its official Twitter account to make fun of Donald Trump:

‘Scot-free’: completely free from obligation, harm, or penalty

‘Scott Free’: some guy, probably

Numerous people pointed to the DC Comics superhero Mister Miracle, who also goes by the name Scott Free. Others posted quips like “I’m Scott Free, and I did not approve this message” and “Who is Scott Free? Is this another one of your pseudonyms?” In any case, Donald Trump’s dishonest (and illegal) tweet has left us to conclude that perhaps Michael Cohen should get off scot-free.

https://www.palmerreport.com/analysis/scott-free-trump-piles/14442/


GOOD ONE, Surly.  ;D

Ya ain't seen nothing yet.


Posted by: AGelbert
« on: December 03, 2018, 01:32:10 pm »

Quote from: AG
The Russian Oligarchs OWNED Trump LONG before he ran for POTUS.

If you cannot handle that, you are in willful denial. Let me also add that the Republican Party DOES NOT see Russia as an adversary, simply because Russia is run by a Profit Over People and Planet Oligarchy, just as the USA currently is. So, YEAH, the Republicans are happy as pigs in poop to take all the Russian money they can. AND THEY HAVE, AND CONTINUE NOW, to TAKE RUSSIAN MONEY!

Bookmark this post. Most of the Rs in Congress are owned by Russia, and all are actively engaged in obstruction of justice. In the fullness of time all will be revealed. And the fuckwits who have declaimed that "TrumpRussia"is a neocon myth, like Caitlin F u c k i n g Johnstone, will be revealed for their poor judgment and lack of understanding Or ideological blindness.

Eric Trump admitted to all this before they told him to STFU.

Yep. By the way, have you been able to wade through the 33 page Mueller Motion to get Cohen a lighter sentence? It is quite incriminating of Trump , even if Trump 🦀, as usual, is trying Orwell his way out of his PROVEN COLLUSION by making noises about having the "maximum sentence" book thrown at Cohen.

Palmer Report December 1, 2018 SNIPPET:

The document is thirty-three pages, so we’ll cut to the chase: Michael Cohen is asking for time served. This would mean that he wouldn’t have to report to prison at all. Considering the seriousness of the nine felonies he’s pleaded guilty to, as well as the other felony charges that were waived as part of his deal, this would be a very lenient sentence. The thing is, the mere act that he’s asking for it reveals something.

For a defendant, the goal in a sentencing memo is to ask for something on the lenient end of what might be considered realistic. You don’t want to ask for something absurd, because then the judge might be offended, and might be inclined to not take the request seriously. Considering how closely Michael Cohen has been working with Robert Mueller and other prosecutors – including the events of yesterday – you have to figure that he made this request after running it past them first, and wouldn’t have asked for something that they found offensive, either.

Michael Cohen’s decision to release this document right now, when his sentencing hearing isn’t for nearly two weeks, suggests that he’s trying to capitalize on the public goodwill that he earned yesterday when he helped Robert Mueller expose that Donald Trump was a part of the Trump Tower Moscow conspiracy during the 2016 election. Cohen went a long way yesterday to taking down Donald Trump, as well as bringing Trump’s kids to justice.

We’ll see what Robert Mueller comes back with as far as his sentencing recommendation. The judge could then end up realistically going with anything in between what Mueller asks for and what Cohen asks for. But again, it’s revealing that Cohen thinks he’s in a strong enough position to even ask for a free pass. If Mueller comes anywhere close to recommending time served, it’ll mean that Mueller thinks Cohen has been a really big help in Trump’s downfall.

You can  read the lengthy sentencing memo here.

Full article:

https://www.palmerreport.com/analysis/sentencing-memo-revealing-cohen/14384/
Posted by: AGelbert
« on: December 02, 2018, 06:41:50 pm »

Palmer Report December 1, 2018 SNIPPET:

The document is thirty-three pages, so we’ll cut to the chase: Michael Cohen is asking for time served. This would mean that he wouldn’t have to report to prison at all. Considering the seriousness of the nine felonies he’s pleaded guilty to, as well as the other felony charges that were waived as part of his deal, this would be a very lenient sentence. The thing is, the mere act that he’s asking for it reveals something.

For a defendant, the goal in a sentencing memo is to ask for something on the lenient end of what might be considered realistic. You don’t want to ask for something absurd, because then the judge might be offended, and might be inclined to not take the request seriously. Considering how closely Michael Cohen has been working with Robert Mueller and other prosecutors – including the events of yesterday – you have to figure that he made this request after running it past them first, and wouldn’t have asked for something that they found offensive, either.

Michael Cohen’s decision to release this document right now, when his sentencing hearing isn’t for nearly two weeks, suggests that he’s trying to capitalize on the public goodwill that he earned yesterday when he helped Robert Mueller expose that Donald Trump was a part of the Trump Tower Moscow conspiracy during the 2016 election. Cohen went a long way yesterday to taking down Donald Trump, as well as bringing Trump’s kids to justice.

We’ll see what Robert Mueller comes back with as far as his sentencing recommendation. The judge could then end up realistically going with anything in between what Mueller asks for and what Cohen asks for. But again, it’s revealing that Cohen thinks he’s in a strong enough position to even ask for a free pass. If Mueller comes anywhere close to recommending time served, it’ll mean that Mueller thinks Cohen has been a really big help in Trump’s downfall.

You can  read the lengthy sentencing memo here.

Full article:

https://www.palmerreport.com/analysis/sentencing-memo-revealing-cohen/14384/
Posted by: AGelbert
« on: December 01, 2018, 04:58:40 pm »

How the Profit Over People and Planet DINOs in the Democratic Party Plan to Screw Americans Out of Medicare for All, Reality Based Social Security Pensions & A Green New Deal

Agelbert NOTE: Also in this reality based video is a (summarized) TRUE HISTORY of WHY and HOW the REPUBLICAN PARTY destroyed a MAJOR PART of the middle class in the USA.


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Posted by: AGelbert
« on: December 01, 2018, 01:41:28 pm »

Agelbert NOTE: The following selected comments highlight the importance of the article posted here after the comments:

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Eureka says:
November 30, 2018 at 7:47 pm
Well that’s a relief, another loop back into Stone besides Corsi.  I remember those posts about the earlier PACs but it is hard to keep all of the crime syndicate balls in the air as to how they may relate ultimately to the Mueller investigation.  So appreciate you are on top of it all.  These people are so exhausting!


Semanticleo says:
November 30, 2018 at 8:15 pm
Hoping Muellers self-,,,imposed gag order is lifted soon. It must be embarrassing enduring so many scofflaws of putative legal entities and low-lifes of Manaforts 😈 statuous Republican  iconography.


Jenny says:
November 30, 2018 at 9:13 pm
Thanks Marcy for continuing to put all the puzzle pieces together.  At this point, I need a score card to tell the players.

Shady Don McGahn’s name was in the book, Blinded by the Right, not very flattering back in the 80s and 90s.  Now he is front and center.  Questionable as FEC, Commissioner.  Will he go down too?

Did these individuals all go to Trump 🦀 University majoring in Crime 101: Collusion, Corruption and Obstruction?


SOME IMPORTANT HISTORICAL DETAILS  MICHAEL COHEN PROBABLY SHARED WITH MUELLER’S TEAM

November 30, 2018/19 Comments/in 2012 Presidential Election, 2016 Presidential Election, emptywheel, Mueller Probe /by emptywheel

The attention since Michael Cohen pled guilty has focused largely on his role in brokering a Trump Tower deal, which was the substance of his lies to Congress as detail in his plea. But there are other things about which he was surely a really useful witness for Mueller. ABC provided some sketchy details, including the enticing detail that Cohen knew about pardon offers (possibly, even for him).

Quote
Cohen has spent more than 70 hours in interviews with Mueller’s team. The questioning has focused on contacts with Russians by Trump associates during the campaign, Trump’s business ties to Russia, obstruction of justice and talk of possible pardons, sources familiar with the discussions have told ABC News.

But I want to point to two historical details of particular interest. 🧐

It’s clear that Mueller has some interest in campaign finance irregularities, at least those of Roger Stone . But the crowd Roger rat-f u c k s with actually has a history with Michael Cohen . Cohen set up a 527 in 2011 into which Trump Organization funneled probably illegal cash.

As I’ve noted, in 2011, one of the people closely involved in Stone’s 2016 rat-f u c king, Pamela Jensen , was involved in a 527 called ShouldTrumpRun that listed Michael Cohen as President.

 

The organization was apparently laundering Trump corporate cash into campaign spending. But when the issue came before the FEC, Commissioner Don McGahn  helped kill an investigation into it.

Quote
During McGahn’s FEC tenure, one of those he helped save from enforcement action was Trump himself. In 2011, when the future president-elect was engaged in a high-profile process of considering whether to enter the 2012 race for the Republican presidential nomination, Trump was formally accused in an FEC complaint of violating agency regulations. The case was dismissed on a deadlocked vote of the FEC commissioners.

A four-page complaint filed by Shawn Thompson of Tampa, Fla., accused Trump of illegally funneling corporate money from his Trump Organization into an organization called ShouldTrumpRun.com. McGahn and fellow FEC Republicans Caroline Hunter and Matthew Petersen voted to block FEC staff recommendations that Trump be investigated in the matter—designated Matter Under Review (MUR) 6462.

Ultimately, Trump opted not to run for president in 2012. Nonetheless, FEC staff attorneys concluded his activities before that decision may have violated campaign finance rules regarding money raised to “test the waters” for a candidacy. A staff report from the FEC Office of General Counsel, based largely on news articles and other documents about Trump’s flirtation with running for president—including Trump’s own quoted statements— recommended that the commissioners authorize a full FEC investigation backed by subpoena power.

FEC Democrats voted to pursue the recommended probe, but the votes of McGahn and the other FEC Republicans precluded the required four-vote majority needed for the commission to act.

McGahn and Hunter issued a “ statement of reasons” explaining their votes in the Trump matter in 2013. The 11-page statement blasted FEC staff attorneys in the Office of General Counsel for reviewing volumes of published information regarding Trump’s potential 2012 candidacy in order to determine whether to recommend that the FEC commissioners vote to authorize a full investigation. McGahn and Hunter argued that the FEC counsel’s office was prohibited from examining information other than what was contained in the formal complaint submitted in the case.

The Office of General Counsel shouldn’t be allowed to pursue an “unwritten, standardless process whereby OGC can review whatever articles and other documents not contained in the complaint that they wish, and send whatever they wish to the respondent for comment,” the Republican commissioners wrote.

And this public trial balloon in 2011 is interesting  ;) for another reason. It means that when Trump set up the Miss American deal in 2013, the Russians knew he 🦀 might consider running for President. Cohen was closely involved in that deal, too.

That Cohen was involved in negotiations with the Agalarovs in 2013  is interesting enough. But I’m particularly intrigued by something that happened in the wake of the disclosure of the June 9 meeting. As the Trumps and Agalarovs started getting testy about each others’ response, Ike Kaveladze called Roman Beniaminov’s attention to a picture from the Las Vegas announcement party that got leaked to the press, highlighting Cohen and Keith Schiller.

On July 13, 2017, Ike Kaveladze (who was really in charge of the meeting for his boss, Aras Agalarov) and Roman Beniaminov (Emin Agalrov’s assistant, who heard ahead of time the meeting was about dealing dirt on Hillary to the Trumps) had the following exchange by text (PDF 34).

 

[Kaveladze sends link]

Quote
Beniaminov: But I don’t recall taking any video. And I can’t understand why it looks so similar.

Kaveladze: I mean his trump organization employees.

By July 13, the Agalarovs and Trumps were increasingly at odds on how to respond to the story, not least after the Trumps leaked Rod Goldstone’s name to the press after saying they wouldn’t. After that, there seemed to be increasing amounts of dirt being leaked, perhaps by both sides:D

It appears that Kaveladze may have phoned Beniaminov right before this to raise this CNN story, which had just been posted. Beniaminov seemed to think Kaveladze had suggested that he, Beniaminov, had taken the video, even while he seems to have been present at the Las Vegas event back in 2013.

 

Scott Balber 😈, the Agalarov’s👹 ever-present lawyer (who had actually represented Trump on a Miss Universe related issue in 2013), was quoted in the piece.

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“It’s simply fiction that this was some effort to create a conduit for information from the Russian federal prosecutors to the Trump campaign,” Balber said on CNN’s “New Day.” “It’s just fantasy world because the reality is if there was something important that Mr. Agalarov wanted to communicate to the Trump campaign, I suspect he could have called Mr. Trump directly as opposed to having his son’s pop music publicist be the intermediary.”

I don’t rule out Balber having taken and leaked the video.

Or maybe not: What Kaveladze is interested in highlighting to Beniaminov is the presence of two other Trump employees in the video: Keith Schiller and Michael Cohen, shown above.

I don’t know what to make of the reference — though it’s equally possible they were involved in the 2017 response, or were viewed for some other reason as an additional concern regarding the June 9 meeting.

While Schiller actually was in the loop of the June 9 meeting (Rob Goldstone chatted with him the day of the meeting and asked about how to mail things to Trump given increased security), there’s no public evidence Cohen was.

But perhaps Kaveladze realized Cohen might know something about the 2013 events that would be of concern as the investigated heated up.

In any case, we know from Mueller’s questions he thinks the 2013 does serve as a key part of the investigation. And while Schiller 🦖with his sinecure at the RNC — may not be talking, Michael Cohen is;D

There are other aspects of Trump’s business that Cohen will explain for Mueller, including corrupt deals with Russians and related countries.

But these two past events are likely to be of particular interest for Mueller’s prosecutors.



Tags: Aras Agalarov, Don McGahn, Ike Kaveladze, Michael Cohen, Roger Stone, Roman Beniaminov

Agelbert additional NOTE: For those that don't know about the Miss America Trump DEAL with Russia, let me say that you are missing the KEY to how Russia got to Trump. All the rest of the collusion fun and games, including real estate money laundering and continuously bailing Trump out of his CONSISTENT BUSINESS FAILURES, followed smoothly thereafter.

The Russian Oligarchs OWNED Trump LONG before he ran for POTUS.

If you cannot handle that, you are in willful denial. Let me also add that the Republican Party DOES NOT see Russia as an adversary, simply because Russia is run by a Profit Over People and Planet Oligarchy, just as the USA currently is. So, YEAH, the Republicans are happy as pigs in poop to take all the Russian money they can. AND THEY HAVE, AND CONTINUE NOW, to TAKE RUSSIAN MONEY! The Republican Party is the Party of TRAITORS on behalf of CAPITALIST/FASCIST OLIGARCHY. If you think that is not the case, SEE BELOW:

Posted by: AGelbert
« on: November 30, 2018, 02:56:09 pm »

In real socialism, or communism, the bureaucrats get all the goodies. Cuba is a case in point.

So it's better that Eddie Lampert, Carl Icahn and Jamie Dimon get all the Goodies? ??? 

RE

Good one. 👍 ;D

You see, RE, the issue with Capitalist Ideology is not so much WHO gets the goodies. Capitalist Ideologues are basically immune to being convinced of the LACK of merit of Capitalism. Any other type of economic system credited with attempting to reduce inequality in society will always be mocked as a scam.

Captalist ideology, of course, requires the demonization of any system (e.g. Socialism) that attempts to reduce greed based inequality. However, all the endlessly and boringly repeated "evidence" presented "justifying" Capitalism as the "best" system is not really what drives the Capitalist to vigorously defend Capitalist Ideology (often by vigorously attacking egalitarian Ideologies like Socialism).

What drives the CAPITALIST iDEOLOGY IS not PROFIT.   

What drives the Capitalist Ideology is a (flawed) World View. But, but, aren't Capitalists all aout profit?



NOPE.

Here's a clue to what is behind the diamond hard ideological shell Capitalists surround themselves with that prevents them from objectively measuring the merits of egalitarian economic systems like Socialism.

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"Capitalist ideology claims that the world is perfectly ordered and everybody is in their place (i..e. everybody gets what they deserve). This self legitmating aspect of Capitalism is Socially Catastrophic. This is the Victorian view of the world." Rob Urie - Author " Zen Economics"

IOW, Capitalist WORLD VIEW, which I once mistakenly shared, embodies a firm belief  that human relations are governed by pecking order. This half truth morphs, in the Capitalist's mind, into accepting that the most predatory, aggressive, intelligent, manipulative, etc. (you get the idea - might is right and morality is for the weak) will ALWAYS rise to the top of the pecking order heap, no matter what the economic system. SO, since most people who buy this Malthusean World View do not consider themselves at the totally consciense free "ideal" elite level of pecking order, they ask themselves how best they can survive, and possibly thrive, in this jungle.

They look at Socialism and expect (see: Predatory Pecking Order World View) that everybody is going to have gooberment breathing down their necks while the "big boys rake it in at the top". They look at Capitalism where everybody is getting shafted, more or less, by the big boys raking it in at the top, BUT, there is theoretically more freedom from gooberment "interference" at the middle class level.

SO, they defend Capitalism, "with all its warts". 

The incorrect premise (Pecking Order justifies predatory behavior in humans) leads to the biosphere destroying behavior that Capitalists wittingly (and often unwittingly) engage in, to the detriment of our species.

The correct World View is that humans are social beings. No, we are not like the bees and ants, which are, for all practical purposes, species instinctively 100% Socialist. But, we are certainly NOT "lone individuals in competition for resources with our family, friends, peer group, etc.". That's the PECKING ORDER WORLD VIEW that "justifies" ANTI-Social behavior because "if you don't do it, somebody else will run over you to do it".

All the other (Predatory Pecking Order, Social Darwinist Ideology based) claims about varying intelligence levels, natural differences in human skill and ability that are "penalized" by Socialism, the alleged Socialst hindrence to greater economic prosperity based on education, experience, etc. are ALL realities that can certainly be accommodated in an EMPATHY BASED EGALITARIAN economic system like SOCIALISM.

Soviet Style "Socialism" was NOT TRUE SOCIALISM. Neither is Cuba's "Socialism". WHY? Because it simply replaced the Owner BOSS/Employee WORKER PECKING ORDER with the Commissar BOSS/Comrad WORKER PECKING ORDER.

THAT is why anarchists called the Soviet (FAILED) Experiment, STATE CAPITALISM.

In many places in the world today there are Socialist organizations that work as they should. They are called COOPs. The Manufactured Home Park I live in is now becomming an R.O.C. (Resident Owned Community). We will ALWAYS limit how much you can sell your home and lot for to make SURE that prices remain within the reach of the middle class to poor American Family who wants a home. We will take care of the grounds and we will ALL continue to pay the same "rent", whether we are on the board of directors or not.

THAT is how SOCIALISM WORKS. We are making our little portion of American society more stable, more secure and more environmentally conscious. If this happened all over the world, humanity would have a fighting chance to REALISTICALLY deal with making sure that EVERYBODY pays their fair share of ALL COSTS in order to mitigate Catastrophic Climate Change. There is NO CHANCE of that happening in a Capitalist World Economy.

Getting back to our (FAILED) version of Capitalism, here is just one of a video series that lays out the incredibly creative level of BOLD FACED BULLSHIT that Capitalism defending economists have engaged in to explain the "rationality" of CAPITALIST CRIMINAL BEHAVIOR, that continues UNABATED today, which is methodically destroying the world economy through increasing, totally unjustified, inequality:


How Fraud Corrodes Weak Market Regulations Governed by Market Fundamentalism

November 24, 2018

Prof. Bill Black’s talk at the forum, “Destroying the Myths of Market Fundamentalism,” held in Washington DC, on October 19, 2018



Series: Destroying the Myths of Market Fundamentalism

Ralph Nader: Destroying the Myths of Market Fundamentalism

Antitrust and How Kleptocracy Corrupts What Markets are Supposed to do Well

The Virtues and Limits of Markets

https://therealnews.com/stories/how-fraud-corrodes-weak-market-regulations-governed-by-market-fundamentalism
Posted by: AGelbert
« on: November 29, 2018, 12:35:40 pm »

Thom Hartmann thinks Trump 😈 is doing the Nixon (pretending to be totally nuts dangerous for negotiation purposes) strategy combined with the Goebbels dictate for Hitler. 👹

Goebbels told Hitler, in no uncertain terms, that they could control the populace, even though they had minority support, IF, and ONLY if, they kept everyone off balance. The other advice Goebbels is mostly known for is the Big Lie. Actually, Goebbels proposed both those ethicallly bankrupt strategies as part of a formula to achieve dictatorial power.

This required food fights, spats (real or not), outrageous demands, etc. to dominate the news cycle while a lot of 'progress' on their heinous plans went on behind the scenes until total dictatorial power was obtained.

I think Trump is following that script. I think the Koch Brothers 🦕🦖 handed it to him.

QUOTE:

"One longtime Koch lieutenant characterized the overall strategy of Koch's libertarian funding over the years with both a theatrical metaphor and an Austrian capital theory one: Politicians, ultimately, are just actors playing out a script. The idea is, one gets better and quicker results aiming not at the actors but at the scriptwriters, to help supply the themes and words for the scripts – to try to influence the areas where policy ideas percolate from: academia and think tanks. Ideas, then, are the capital goods that go into building policy as a finished product – and there are insufficient libertarian capital goods at the top of the structure of production to build the policies libertarians demand."

Read more:

The political activities of the Koch brothers include the financial and political influence of Charles G. 🦕 and David H. 🦖 Koch on United States politics.



An interesting documentary on Nixon. It leaves some important stuff out, of course. BUT, it does offer some clues about nixon's behavior not many people know about:


Reputations: The Secret World of Richard Nixon, Part One (BBC, 2000)

126,479 views


Jack Graham

Published on Aug 12, 2016

The first of a two part Reputations special, originally aired on BBC 2 in 2000.  This episode reveals Nixon's dangerous and unstable private personality, and how it deformed his political career and presidency.

PART 2


Jack Graham

Published on Aug 12, 2016

The second of a two part Reputations special, originally aired on BBC 2 in 2000.  This episode reveals Nixon's conspiracy to sabotage the 1968 peace talks with Vietnam in order to extend the war, allowing a Nixon election victory later that same year at the cost of thousands of preventable deaths.


Posted by: AGelbert
« on: November 28, 2018, 05:30:17 pm »

PART OF THE TRUTHOUT SERIES Progressive Picks

BY Karen Garcia, Sardonicky

PUBLISHED November 28, 2018


SNIPPET 1:

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With about eight dynasties now possessing as much money as half the entire world’s population combined, it is impossible to ignore the fact that extreme wealth inequality is antithetical to the health and future of humanity and every other living thing on earth.


SNIPPET 2:

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Meanwhile, back in the US capitol, House Speaker-in-Waiting Nancy Pelosi 👎 took to the pay-walled pages of the Amazon Empire’s Washington Post mouthpiece in yet another attempt to convince the oppressed that her plutocratic Congress is in their corner.

But her words can’t help but betray that the Democratic Party’s toothless new “restoring democracy” legislation is simply more sugar-coating of the continued oppression of ordinary people by the Amazon-America League of Oligarchs. She follows the neoliberal playbook of diagnosing the lethal cancer and then prescribing band-aids to keep it nicely hidden. The “big tells” are highlighted in my bold.

Full article:

Posted by: AGelbert
« on: November 27, 2018, 05:13:32 pm »


Chris Hedges - The American Empire 😈👹🦍💵🎩🍌🏴‍☠️ Will Collapse Within a Decade, Two at Most (11-19-18)

46,633 views


VulgarTrader

Published on Nov 20, 2018

Here, Chris speaks with CBC Radio about his new book and predicts that the US empire will collapse within the next 20 years, probably within the next 10.
Posted by: AGelbert
« on: November 27, 2018, 04:47:43 pm »

Sinking Donald Trump declares war on General Motors, CNN, Robert Mueller, and well, just about everyone

Bill Palmer | 12:30 am EST November 27, 2018

Palmer Report » Analysis

Donald Trump is having a particularly bad day. How do we know this? Just ask Donald Trump. He’s spent the day declaring war against, well, just about everyone. This isn’t some kind of power move, either. He’s making empty threats that he knows he can’t carry out, he’s lashing out at everyone who’s defying him or making him look bad, and he’s running out of designated enemies.

Trump spent the morning attacking Robert Mueller and the Trump-Russia investigation, the latest sign that Trump’s Matt Whitaker stunt hasn’t worked, and that Trump is as frustrated with Mueller’s ongoing progress as ever. Then Trump posted a multi-part tweet all but calling for the worldwide destruction of CNN, and hinting at launching state-run television in its place (no, he can’t make this happen). But then came Trump’s feud with General Motors.

GM announced today that, largely due to Donald Trump’s failed trade war, it’ll be shedding large chunks of its American workforce. Trump promised that he would magically bring back American automotive jobs, but instead his disastrous economic policies have made things worse. Now Trump is lashing out at GM, insisting that the car maker “better put something else in” to replace the lost U.S. jobs. That’s obviously not going to happen.

If this storyline sounds familiar, it’s because Donald Trump previously had a similar feud with iconic American motorcycle manufacturer Harley Davidson. Trump demanded that Harley keep the jobs in the United States, but Harley took them overseas anyway, and of course Trump has done nothing about it. Ford has also slashed manufacturing jobs due to Trump’s trade war.

But the bigger story here may be that Donald Trump just keeps declaring war on one American cornerstone after another, whether it be a respected public official like Mueller, or a respected news outlet like CNN, or a bedrock car company like General Motors. As Trump circles the drain, he’s now at war with everyone – except for the thugs running Russia and Saudi Arabia. But then again, he personally owes them money.

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Posted by: AGelbert
« on: November 24, 2018, 10:15:36 pm »



Tomorrow is Yesterday...
Posted by: AGelbert
« on: November 22, 2018, 08:14:34 pm »

The old FOX IN THE HENHOUSE trick

This must hear Thom Hartmann Podcast exposes how Trump AND crooked Judge Kavanagh helped deep six JFK assassination files AND gave the CIA a pass for OBSTRUCTION OF JUSTICE. Senator Mitch McConnell is also part of this continued cover up. How come? Mitch McConnell was an intern on the Warren Commission whitewash! 

November 22, 2018 Podcast
Posted by: AGelbert
« on: November 21, 2018, 01:53:18 pm »

Adam Schiff slam dunks Donald Trump


Bill Palmer | 9:09 am EST November 21, 2018

Palmer Report » Analysis

Unless you spent the weekend under a rock, you’ve heard by now that Donald Trump lashed out at incoming House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff by idiotically referring to him as “Adam Schitt.” This prompted Schiff to fire back by making light of Trump’s insistence that he wrote the answers to Robert Mueller’s questions himself. Now that Trump is in new trouble, Schiff is taking aim at him accordingly.

Donald Trump released a shameful and treasonous statement siding with the Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia, who murdered American journalist Jamal Khashoggi. Adam Schiff fired back in this manner: “To say “maybe he did and maybe he didn’t,” or that we are incapable of finding out the truth, or that knowing the truth our silence can be bought with arms sales, undermines the Presidency, credibility of our intelligence professionals, and our role as a champion of human rights.”

Then came the news that back in April, Donald Trump tried to have Hillary Clinton and James Comey prosecuted on false charges. Schiff fired back again: “To those who have said that Trump is committed to the rule of law, and that he would never seek to turn his personal or political animus into criminal prosecution of his opponents: He is not. And he would. We must pass legislation to protect Mueller before it’s too late.”

The important part here is that, after having spent the past two years stuck as minority ranking member on the House Intel Committee, Adam Schiff is now just a few weeks from becoming majority Chairman. This means Schiff will have subpoena power and the ability to hold public hearings into every one of Donald Trump’s scandals. In other words, Schiff will soon be able to slam dunk Trump with far more than just words.

https://www.palmerreport.com/analysis/adam-schiff-slam-dunks-trump/14156/


Donald Trump and Mike Pompeo were treasonously plotting with the Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia from the start

Tim Faulkner | 12:01 pm EST November 21, 2018

Palmer Report » Analysis

Even as Donald Trump publicly sides today with Saudi Arabia, we’re learning that current United States Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo, delivered a detailed plan to Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman in an attempt at assisting in the coverup of the murder of American resident and Washington Post journalist Jamal Khashoggi. This is according to a new bombshell story from the Middle East Eye. If proven true, this would be an outrageous attempt by the Donald Trump administration to cover up a crime against the United States by a foreign leader.

Just as Trump did when he sided with Russian President Vladimir Putin over the American Intelligence community, Trump is now siding with Saudi leaders over the CIA, which stated that MBS ordered the torture and murder of Khashoggi. According to the Middle East Eye’s source, Pompeo delivered the elaborate coverup plan, a step-by-step procedure to avoid culpability for the king and crown prince, in person during a meeting in Riyadh on October 16, exactly two weeks after Khashoggi’s death.

The plan involved scapegoating an innocent member of the ruling Saudi family to protect top leaders from any political or criminal fallout. Such a blatant attempt to prevent justice and protect ruthless murderers would cause worldwide outrage, but the fact that top officials in Trump’s administration were the masterminds behind the plan is stunning. Even before the story bringing Pompeo into the conspiracy came out, human rights groups across the globe were demanding the United States uncover the truth.

It now appears that top intelligence officials in the Trump administration were well aware of what happened, but instead of working to make the facts public, they did everything they could to help protect those involved in ordering the gruesome murder. “When Pompeo declared on 18 October that Saudi Arabia should be given ‘a few more days’ to complete its investigation into the case, he was giving them time to begin implementing his plan,” according to the source. While this story is sure to attract worldwide scrutiny, Trump might (temporarily) enjoy the distraction from all of the indictments of Special Counsel Robert Mueller that are likely coming soon.

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Posted by: AGelbert
« on: November 19, 2018, 11:24:47 pm »


Proof of Collusion
How Trump Betrayed America

By Seth Abramson

For the first time, the full, explosive record of the unthinkable: how a US president compromised American foreign policy in exchange for the promise of future business and covert election assistance.

Looking back at this moment in history, historians will ask if Americans knew they were living through the first case of criminal conspiracy between an American presidential candidate turned commander in chief and a geopolitical enemy. The answer might be: it was hard to see the whole picture. The stories coming in from around the globe have often seemed fantastical: clandestine meetings in foreign capitals, secret recordings in a Moscow hotel, Kremlin agents infiltrating the Trump inner circle...

Seth Abramson has tracked every one of these far-flung reports and now, in Proof of Collusion, he finally gives us a record of the unthinkable - a president compromising American foreign policy in exchange for the promise of future business and covert election assistance. The attorney, professor and former criminal investigator has used his exacting legal mind and forensic acumen to compile, organise and analyse every piece of the Trump-Russia story. His conclusion is clear: the case for collusion is staring us in the face. Drawing from American and European news outlets, he takes readers through the Trump-Russia scandal chronologically, putting the developments in context and showing how they connect. His extraordinary march through all the public evidence includes:

* How Trump worked for thirty years to expand his real estate empire into Russia even as he was rescued from bankruptcy by Putin’s oligarchs and Kremlin agents.

* How Russian intelligence gathered compromising material on him over multiple trips.

* How Trump recruited Russian allies and business partners while running for president.

* How he surrounded himself with advisers who engaged in clandestine negotiations with Russia.

* How Trump aides and family members held secret meetings with foreign agents and lied about them.


By pulling every last thread of this complicated story together, Abramson argues that - even in the absence of a Congressional investigation or a report from Special Counsel Mueller - the public record already indicates a quid pro quo between Trump and the Kremlin. The most extraordinary part of the case for collusion is that so much of it unfolded in plain sight.  :o  >:( 

http://www.simonandschuster.co.uk/books/Proof-of-Collusion/Seth-Abramson/9781471182389
Posted by: AGelbert
« on: November 16, 2018, 12:25:52 pm »

LDF (Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc.), Defend. Educate. Empower.


The midterm election proved that voter suppression is alive and well. Here's a quick overview of what voters encountered in key states where LDF staff and volunteers were on the ground as part of our Prepared to Vote initiative:

Georgia—Voter Registrations Blocked: Before the election, the state attempted to block 53,000 voter registration applications, most of which were from African Americans. On Election Day, voters encountered long lines and malfunctioning voting machines. Some polling places were even changed without notice. Now, over a week after the election, votes for Georgia's next governor are still being recounted.

Alabama—Black Students Denied the Vote: LDF filed a complaint on behalf of four Black college students who were denied the right to vote in Madison County. Across the state, voters encountered barriers to the ballot because of “inactive voter” lists, inaccurate voter registration lists, mismatches between addresses on photo ID and registered addresses, and poorly trained poll workers.

South Carolina—Machines Changing Votes: In Richland County, voters reported that machines were changing their votes. There was only one technician assigned to recalibrate malfunctioning machines for every five polling places, resulting in long wait times during the morning hours.

Texas—Early Voting Cut for Students: Last month, LDF filed a lawsuit on behalf of students at Prairie A&M University who are being disenfranchised by attempts to curtail early voting on campus. On Election Day, Texas voters encountered challenges with malfunctioning or broken machines, polling place changes, and long wait times for public transportation for voters with disabilities.

Barriers to the ballot in these states and others revealed renewed efforts to restrict voters' rights. Our report on the obstacles we encountered underscores the ongoing impact of voter suppression on racial minorities and the need for greater protections and election reform.

LDF has fought diligently over the past year to defend civil rights, and we will continue to ensure that all voters can exercise their fundamental right to vote. Watch this video to learn more and help us keep fighting with a donation in support of equality.


NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc.
40 Rector Street, 5th floor   •  New York, NY 10006


A brief snapshot of a few of the voting issues the LDF team observed on the ground and learned about on Election Day

SNIPPET:

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TEXAS

In Tarrant and Dallas counties, Texas voters encountered challenges with malfunctioning or broken machines, polling place changes, and long wait times for public transportation for voters with disabilities.

At the Lakeside Recreation Center precinct, voters—most of whom were people of color—were turned away for attempting to vote at the wrong location. The precinct lines changed 😈 from the previous election, but the voters did not receive notice.

In Harris County, long delays in the morning hours at polling sites around the county resulted in a judicial order to
extend polling place evening hours at nine locations

READ MORE about ELECTION RIGGING in Alabama, Louisiana, Florida, Georgia, South Carolina AND Missouri:


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Democracy Defended, our full report on the 2018 midterm elections, which will also include an analysis of pre-Election Day voter suppression activities, is forthcoming.

NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc.
40 Rector Street, 5th floor   •  New York, NY 10006

Agelbert NOTE: A more appropriate title for the forthcoming LDF full report would be "Democracy Destroyed" or "Democracy Attacked". 

Response to the above irrefutable evidence of  REPUBLICAN FASCIST ELECTION RIGGING by Right Wing BIGOTS (see below):





ANOTHER Agelbert NOTE: It is no coincidence that the very same racist PIGS who rig elections in the USA are in total alignment with the Hydrocarbon Hellspawn destroying our environment for profit over planet. They are ALL "Birds" of the VERY SAME empathy deficit disordered, hate filled, vile, despicable, rampant greed driven "feather". 


Posted by: AGelbert
« on: November 15, 2018, 11:29:15 pm »

Chris Hedges on the Ruleless-ness Tearing Our World Apart (Video)

by CHRIS HEDGES NOV 14, 2018


The Pulitzer Prize-winner delves into the "deep psychological distress" Americans have been plunged into as meaningful communal bonds are shattered.
Posted by: AGelbert
« on: November 14, 2018, 09:08:56 pm »

Rep. Schiff’s priorities for the House Intelligence Committee

November 13, 2018 • 8:00 PM PT

In January, Burbank Congressman Adam Schiff is expected to be chairman of the House Intelligence Committee. We ask what investigations he will open, and what recourse there will be if Acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker shuts down Mueller’s Russia probe.

LISTEN:

https://www.kcrw.com/latest/rep-schiffs-priorities-for-the-house-intelligence-committee
Posted by: AGelbert
« on: November 12, 2018, 09:11:37 pm »

November 12, 2018

By David Roth

Posted by: AGelbert
« on: November 12, 2018, 08:33:29 pm »

November 12, 2018

By Chris O'Leary 👍👍👍, former 10 years of Active Duty at U.S. Marine Corps (1989-2000)


Read a LOT MORE:

Posted by: AGelbert
« on: November 12, 2018, 02:06:08 pm »

SNIPPET:

Before we had Trump’s swarm of bloodsucking lobbyists gutting government regulations from within, we had Cheney’s. Before Trump brazenly used the White House to boost his brand, we had Cheney wallowing in emoluments: He let his energy industry pals shape energy policy; he pushed to invade Iraq, giving no-bid contracts to his former employer, Halliburton, and helping his Big Oil cronies reap the spoils in Iraq.

Read more:


Agelbert NOTE: The NYT asks the WRONG QUESTION. Trump is HERE NOW. Yeah, Trump would not be HERE without Cheney 🦖 (AND Obama 🐩), but the M.I.C. that put Cheney there is STILL HERE.  

The M.I.C. (i.e the DEEP STATE) PUT Cheney. Obama AND Trump (and ALL Presidents since WWII) IN POWER!

The M.I.C. IS THE PROBLEM, of which Trump 🦀 is currently just one of its Capitalist Profit Over People and Planet Biosphere destroying symptoms 😈👹🐉🦕🦖💵🎩🍌🏴‍☠️.

The NYT, a CREATURE OF THE M.I.C., is engaging in an attempt to DISTRACT we-the-people from the REAL PROBLEM. The article says many truths, YET refuses to connect ALL the dots that lead straight to the 'MIGHT EQUALS RIGHT' Social Darwinst RELIGION of the Wall Street 'GREED IS GOOD', biosphere math challenged evil bastards.

Posted by: AGelbert
« on: November 12, 2018, 12:55:11 pm »

SNIPPET:

Vetwife 👍 First Amendment November 11 · 07:50:20 PM

I have said over and over and over...Scott stole medicare from the elderly..Why would ANYONE think he wouldn’t steal votes.   I believe there is malware in there.   We were warned about this…….I don’t believe he actually won Florida twice.  This is fascism at it’s peak.  He took over the hospitals...cut the healthcare… robbed Floridians and has drained us dry and wants to move to the national level.  Brenda Snipes is a Bush apointee….Has Scott turned on a Bush?  He also did not have a blind trust.. His wife

Read more:


Posted by: AGelbert
« on: November 12, 2018, 11:52:50 am »

Rick Scott spirals out of control as the Florida elections start to slip away from him 

Bill Palmer | 8:32 pm EST November 11, 2018

Palmer Report » Analysis

The 2018 races for Governor and Senator in Florida have turned out to be as suspiciously stacked in the Republicans’ favor as the 2106 race for President was in Florida, and the most obvious commonality is that Rick Scott has been the Governor overseeing all of the above rig-jobs. Scott also happens to be the GOP candidate in the 2018 Senate in question. Not shockingly, he’s done everything he could to try to prevent all the votes from being counted – but his efforts are starting to slip away from him, and he knows it.

Rick Scott is a career criminal who used his position as a health care CEO to defraud Medicare, before using his position as Governor to steal the pensions of teachers and other public servants in Florida. So no one is surprised that he keeps finding himself at the center of the Republican Party’s election rigging scandals; he’s the kind of crook who’s tailor made for the modern GOP.

True to form, Rick Scott has been trying to prevent a legitimate vote count from happening in Florida this week. First he falsely accused Democrat-heavy Broward County of voter fraud, and sent in the Florida Department of Law Enforcement to investigate. But that failed when the FDLE quickly concluded that there was no fraud in the county. So now Scott is spiraling out of control.

So far this evening Rick Scott has filed three bogus lawsuits aimed at preventing the votes from being properly counted. He’s trying to have the voting machines and ballots impounded in the midst of being counted, presumably so his henchmen can screw with the results. And, even though his own FDLE officials have confirmed that there was no voter fraud on the part of Democrats, he’s still using the word “fraud” in interviews.

Rick Scott is now dangerously close to felony election tampering. He’s always been something of a cautious criminal throughout his life, which is why he’s never been brought to justice. But as his desperation mounts to rig his own Senate election and he spirals further out of control in an effort to salvage his rig-job, perhaps he’ll screw up in the kind of fashion that might finally bring him to justice for his crimes.

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Posted by: AGelbert
« on: November 12, 2018, 11:41:49 am »

Trump 🦀-Russia🦕 puppet Dana Rohrabacher 🐒 has been bounced from Congress. Now he’s in REAL trouble. 😀

Bill Palmer | 7:07 pm EST November 11, 2018

Palmer Report » Analysis

Republican Congressman Dana Rohrabacher, best known for being such a blatant puppet of the Kremlin that a House GOP leader once famously accused him of being on Vladimir Putin’s payroll, has been bounced from Congress. It took several days, but Democratic challenger Harley Rouda 👍 😎 has pulled far enough ahead in the tight race that major news outlets are finally calling it for him. But this is just the beginning of Rohrabacher’s troubles.

Back when the indictment of alleged Russian spy Maria Butina was released, it quickly became clear that Dana Rohrabacher was the Congressman who allegedly met with her during the 2016 election cycle. This led Rohrabacher to go ahead and admit that he did indeed have dinner with her, while saying that he’s not sure if he’s the Congressman referenced in the Butina indictment. That means it’s him, or he’d have denied it.

So this confirms that Special Counsel Robert Mueller, or at least his prosecutorial partners, have indeed been investigating the real reason for Rohrabacher’s open allegiance to the Kremlin all these years in general, and his role in the Trump-Russia election scandal in particular. Is it possible that Rohrabacher is simply a Kremlin puppet because he happens be in love with Russia for innocent if insane reasons? Maybe.

But if it turns out there’s a more substantive reason Dana Rohrabacher has been this far up Vladimir Putin’s butt all this time, prosecutors are going to find it – and let’s just say that if they end up indicting and prosecuting him, it’ll be made easier by the fact that he’s no longer going to be a sitting Congressman. After all, he can’t hide behind the office. For that matter, the Republican leadership will have no strategic reason to try to protect him.

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Posted by: AGelbert
« on: November 10, 2018, 06:09:47 pm »

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Elizabeth Warren
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.@SecretaryZinke shouldn't have been confirmed in the first place. He's since used his position to benefit himself and his Big Oil & Gas buddies. But now his conflicts of interest are finally starting to catch up with him. He should resign immediately. https://www.salon.com/2018/10/19/ryan-zinke-fires-doi-inspector-general/

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Posted by: AGelbert
« on: November 10, 2018, 05:05:30 pm »

November 10, 2018

BY William Rivers Pitt, Truthout

SNIPPET:

The period of time between right now and January 3 may be, mark my words, the strangest and most dangerous passage this nation has crossed in decades. 👀

Why? Because before Tuesday, Trump only suspected someone might come along with a big enough stick to do him actual damage. Now, he knows they’re coming for sure, and if Wednesday’s presser was any indication, he is not taking the new order of things in stride.

Full MUST READ article: 👍👍👍



Posted by: AGelbert
« on: November 10, 2018, 04:33:35 pm »


Given Whitaker's public and well-documented hostility towards the Mueller investigation, he should immediately recuse himself from overseeing the investigation, but given how unlikely that is to occur, Congress MUST step up to protect Mueller and allow the investigation to proceed without interference from Trump.

There's currently a bipartisan bill in Congress, the Special Counsel Independence and Integrity Act, that would ensure that Special Counsel Robert Mueller would be able to conduct his investigation independently and beyond the reach of President Trump. This bill would establish a much-needed firewall between the Trump Administration and the special counsel's office.

Add your name to the growing calls on Congress to pass the bill that would protect Mueller>>

Posted by: AGelbert
« on: November 10, 2018, 03:39:28 pm »

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