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August 09, 2018

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narciso

So there are some parallels with the movie swordfish, the bureau is trying to nab a certain hacker, who they don't know is connected to Gabriel Speer a shadowy operator who is creating a secret terrorist anti terror militia funded through black ops accounts.

Miss Marple

Captain KIRK Mocks Alexandria Ocasio Cortez' Embarrassing Interview on PBS' Firing Line😂😂😂#FridayFeeling #FlashbackFriday #AlexandriaOcasioCortezhttps://t.co/DLjTg5GuCL

— Arch Kennedy (@ArchKennedy) August 10, 2018

Video at link.

Eye Doctor

Tommy boy

Have you changed your mind on Mueller? You said Mueller was working with Trump.

henry

Sessions, Rosenstein and Horowitz

if they were good guys, they would be complaining instead of smiling.

Miss Marple

http://thefederalist.com/2018/08/08/sen-dianne-feinsteins-ties-china-go-way-deeper-alleged-office-spy/

Eye Doctor

Tommy boy

You now think Rosenstein appointed bad guy Mueller SC but Rosenstein is a good guy.

Have I got it correct?

Tom R

if they were good guys, they would be complaining instead of smiling.

People smile when good things happen. Have you noticed Trump smiles a lot too? They all know everything is coming to fruition soon.

Ghoulianis Gambit


OPINION
KNOW WHEN TO HOLD ’EM
Trump Will Fold if Mueller Calls His Bluff. Giuliani Is the Tell.
ELIE HONIG
08.10.18 5:23 AM ET

PHOTO ILLUSTRATION BY THE DAILY BEAST
As negotiations continue between Robert Mueller and Rudy Giuliani over a potential sit-down interview with President Donald Trump, Giuliani has gone on a public relations tour announcing that he has offered to bring the president in to speak with Mueller, under certain (unspecified but certainly wildly self-serving) conditions. According to Giuliani, it is now up to Mueller to accept or reject those proposed conditions. Some have likened the back-and-forth to a chess match, but it’s more like the parties are actually playing two different games: Mueller is playing the legal game while Giuliani is playing a political one.

Anytime a prosecutor wants to speak with a person about a criminal matter, there’s an easy way (an interview) and a hard way (a subpoena). In an interview, the subject agrees to come in to the prosecutor’s office, typically with a lawyer, and answer questions from the prosecutor. There is no grand jury or stenographer, and the witness is not placed under oath. Notwithstanding the relatively informal setting, if a subject lies, he can be prosecuted for making false statements. Martha Stewart famously was charged, convicted and imprisoned not because she lied under oath in a grand jury but because she lied to a prosecutor in an interview.

At times, the prosecutor will agree to certain narrow limitations, but nothing remotely resembling the extraordinary conditions Giuliani apparently has proposed to Mueller. Giuliani has reportedly requested that Mueller submit written questions and that the president be permitted to respond in writing. I’ve done hundreds of subject interviews as a federal prosecutor, and never once submitted a single written question. That’s because it is essential to the prosecutor to get a direct, in-person read on the subject. There is no substitute for sitting in the same room as a subject and gauging his responses, body language and demeanor as the questioning progresses. Any written responses to Mueller’s questions would be heavily lawyered, likely to the point of complete uselessness.


“I’ve done hundreds of subject interviews as a federal prosecutor, and never once submitted a single written question.”
Even more conspicuously, Giuliani appears to insist that certain subject matter areas, including obstruction of justice, must be off-limits to Mueller’s interrogation. Giuliani has complained that any such questions would be a “perjury trap.” Here’s a little free legal advice to Giuliani and the president: the best way to avoid a perjury trap is to not commit perjury. Many apt comparisons have been made by others: Giuliani’s argument is like calling a bank a “bank robbery trap,” or a DUI checkpoint is a “DUI trap.” Indeed, it is unsettling to see the president of the United State take any position other than “Ask me whatever you want and I’ll answer because I want the truth to come out”—never mind a position of “I can’t possibly answer questions from you because that would cause me to commit perjury.”

Mueller understandably might be willing to agree to more or different conditions than usual, given that his subject is the president. However—as Giuliani surely knows based on his own long experience as a federal prosecutor—it is unlikely Mueller will agree to the extraordinary conditions proposed here. That would set the stage for the next step in the showdown. Mueller could walk away and simply carry on his investigation without speaking to Trump. That seems unlikely, given that Mueller has been working to get Trump to the table for at least eight months now. Further, for Mueller to walk away would undermine his standing and authority. The message would be: Put up a hard enough fight and insist on ridiculous enough conditions and I’ll leave you alone. That’s not Mueller’s style.

So the likely next step would be issuance of a subpoena and that’s when the different games kick in. Mueller is looking at this legally. He knows that, if he issues a subpoena, Trump will fight it in the courts, and ultimately the matter will end up in the Supreme Court. Mueller knows history and case law, both of which suggest he would prevail in a subpoena battle with the president. In 1974, in United States v. Nixon, President Richard Nixon asserted executive privilege to challenge a subpoena from the Watergate prosecutors calling for production of the now-infamous White House tapes. The Supreme Court, in a unanimous 8-0 decision (including three Justices who had been nominated to the Court by Nixon himself), delivered the ultimate good-news/bad-news decision to Nixon. The good news: executive privilege does exist. The bad news: you can’t use it here. The Court ruled that executive privilege is intended to protect the nation’s military and diplomatic secrets, not to insulate individuals against potential criminal liability. Just sixteen days after the Court’s decision, and the revelation of the “smoking gun” tape, Nixon resigned.

Three decades later, President Bill Clinton received a subpoena for grand jury testimony from Independent Counsel Kenneth Starr. Clinton challenged that subpoena but the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals rejected Clinton’s claim on similar grounds as set forth in the Nixon case. Clinton—ever the pragmatist—then backed down and “agreed” to give videotaped testimony to the grand jury. (During that testimony, Clinton delivered one of the more indelible lines of his career: “It depends on what the meaning of ‘is’ is.”)


Mueller of course knows about these cases and likely has concluded that, as a legal matter, he will prevail in a subpoena battle. Giuliani must know the same. As much as he has become a cartoonish buffoon, Giuliani still must have a grasp of basic tenets of legal principle. The Trump team may be counting on newly-nominated Judge Brett Kavanaugh to make good on his prior writings indicating hostility to the notion of enforcing a subpoena against a sitting president. But even if Kavanaugh is confirmed in time to rule on a Trump subpoena battle, it seems unlikely that even the most partisan court can contort itself to get around the Nixon and Clinton precedents.

On Wednesday, Giuliani and co-counsel Jay Sekulow staged a bizarre, oh-so-spontaneous call on Sekulow’s radio show. “Host” Sekulow and “caller” Rudy from New York talked about how they had sent a letter to Mueller offering to do an interview, with certain (unspecified) conditions. Giuliani said the same in various interviews with actual media outlets.

Giuliani’s strategy here appears to be more political than legal. Giuliani knows that, if he demands unreasonable conditions, and Mueller declines, then Mueller likely will issue a subpoena. The court battle over the subpoena, in turn, will take several months, running up to and through the midterms. If that happens, Giuliani and Trump can claim: “Hey, we offered to come in for an interview, Mueller rejected us, now we are in court thanks to Mueller, so blame him for ‘politicizing’ this investigation.” This strategy dovetails with Trump’s “Rigged Witch Hunt” refrain and the notion that Mueller’s investigation is politically motivated. At a minimum, this approach will mobilize hardcore Trump supporters. It may even lead to long-term public fatigue as the case winds its way through the courts over many months. Mueller, of course, has run the tightest of ships and will say nothing publicly to rebut these accusations, no matter how much Giuliani taunts him.

Assuming Mueller prevails on the legal game and the courts uphold a subpoena, and that Trump and Giuliani succeed at their political game, the Trump team still will have to deal with one lingering problem: the subpoena itself. Whatever happens at the polls, if the court agrees that Trump must answer the subpoena, then Mueller has the right to put Trump in front of the grand jury. That is a terrifying scenario for the Trump team..

Comanche Voter

It's odd; a President who spews a lot of bullshit--and come on now, even us Trump supporters have to acknowledge that; surrounds himself with players in key positions who take no bullshit.

John Bolton, Mike Pompeo, Mad Dog Mattis, Nikki Haley raise your hands! Not all of Trump's personnel choices have been good. But some of them have been outstanding.

JimNorCal

Sharyl asks

http://thehill.com/opinion/white-house/401116-what-would-the-intelligence-communitys-insurance-policy-against-trump
What would the intelligence community's 'insurance policy' against Trump look like?

henry

Trolls hardest hit:

The blockbuster economic expansion has done the one thing the left most feared: It has put the lie to the Obama-era socialist nonsense.

http://thehill.com/opinion/finance/401215-the-trump-economy-is-destroying-the-obama-coalition

Miss Marple

You know, I still think this was a plan to leave Russian "footprints" around Trump in order to frame him after Hillary won.

Since a lot of this started BEFORE it looked like he would get the nomination, and then continued with all of the polls and experts telling us Hillary would win, I cannot help but think I am right.

Then, once he won, they realized they had left evidence of their plotting all over London, DC, and Moscow, they had to double down, hoping to find something to get him thrown out.

henry

But here’s the bigger point: In a short year and a half, Trump has been able to deliver what Obama couldn't — wouldn’t — in eight long years. Through his economic success, Trump is showing that his predecessor was the “emperor with no clothes’’ — and his leftist policies were equally naked.

Eye Doctor

Tommy boy

So you were 100% wrong on Mueller working with Trump but you are right about Rosenstein working with Trump.

Got it, Tommy. Thanks for all your thoughtful insight.

Eye Doctor

MM

If Hillary won she would still need to project Russia sins on Trump to distract/divert attention from Uranium one and other crap.

GUS

Henry, I guess they weren't giving the KENNEDY KLAN free oil anymore?? I mean for "charity".

narciso

Pdvsa is the proof of that old joke, if communism came to Egypt in short order they'd run out of sand.

narciso

That is the umbrella outfit for citgo, so people understand. Over in russia, sechin is trying to extort Exxon and other partners since his privatization deal for Rosneft went sideways.

henry

GUS, they may have to stop now. The asset is seized and tossed to the bankruptcy collection lawyers. The feeding frenzy should be epic.

Miss Marple

https://nypost.com/2018/08/10/tech-billionaire-busted-for-drug-trafficking/

Donald Foghorn

From the looks of it, the Nazis lost the battle of Charlottesville. After all, Donald Trump’s handling of the aftermath of the rally, in which he said there were “very fine people” on both sides of the protest, drew bipartisan condemnation. The attempted rebranding of white nationalism as the genteel and technologically savvy alt-right failed, the marketing campaign faltering after the murder of the counter-protester Heather Heyer and the attempted murder of several others revealed to the nation the logical conclusion of alt-right beliefs and arguments. The bloody outcome of that day foiled the white nationalists’ attempt to garner sympathy from the mainstream right, and in doing so, make themselves respectable.

But the alt-right and its fellow travelers were never going to be able to assemble a mass movement. Despite the controversy over the rally and its bloody aftermath, the white nationalists’ ideological goals remain a core part of the Trump agenda. As long as that agenda finds a home in one of the two major American political parties, a significant portion of the country will fervently support it. And as an ideological vanguard, the alt-right fulfilled its own purpose in pulling the Republican Party in its direction.

A year after white nationalists in Charlottesville chanted, “You will not replace us!” their message has been taken up and amplified by Fox News personalities. Tucker Carlson tells his audience that “Latin American countries are changing election outcomes here by forcing demographic change on this country.” Laura Ingraham says that “the America that we know and love doesn’t exist anymore” because of “massive demographic changes” as a result of “both illegal and sometimes legal immigration that progressives love.” They echo the white-nationalist claim that America is at risk because the nation is growing more diverse, an argument that treats the mere presence of nonwhite people, citizen or noncitizen, as an existential threat to the country.

narciso

Wow that was quite a bender, apelbaum in the comments notes that halper and Steele had communicated in May of 2016, now as McIntyre points out, at the time he did this analysis helpers place on the board had only been hinted at.

White Knucklers

All of this would simply be a sad commentary on the way the world's oldest democracy handles the most basic democratic act of all. But Kris Kobach is involved, so good faith blows away like dandelion fluff. I don't trust his recusal as far as I can throw Allen Fieldhouse. I know very little about Jeff Colyer, but I do know that he hasn't made a career out of suppressing the franchise of minority voters, and I do know that he didn't head up a "voter integrity" commission that wasted vast amounts of taxpayer money chasing the phantoms present only in the mulch between the ears of the current president*. I wouldn't vote for Colyer on a bet, but that doesn't mean I'm not a fan at the moment.

GUS

"Sessions, Rosenstein and Horowitz"

Hahahahahahahahahahhahahahahahahahaaha.

narciso

No laufman fell on his sword after the fiasco with vault 7, but there were some like McCabe which had to dragged picking and screaming.

Eye Doctor

Tommy boy

Do you think Rosenstein is sharing all the details of how he helped cover up Uranium One with Trump?

Beasts of England

I wonder about the physical value of Citgo's operations in the states. What about the franchisees and the jobbers? Does the judge get a three percent kickback from the plaintiff's attorneys benevolent association?

DebinGA

"It’s also true that Democrats appear to enjoy an enthusiasm advantage heading into the November elections." (The Hill)

Nothing kills enthusiasm like living in a safe R district represented by a GOPe squish like I do. Hope DT encourages courageous Rs to challenge these potted plants in 2020. Potential Speaker in Waiting Rep. Kevin McCarthy-CA seems to be in the witness protection program.

Tom R

Clarice @ 6:57

The American Thinker article you linked reinforces what I said yesterday about the Ohr/Steele emails that were recently leaked. The author clearly points out that while Steele was actively trying to get Mueller to rehire him, there is zero evidence that Mueller ever gave him the time of day.

But even as Steele and Ohr were emailing and talking, the wheels were about to come off their schemes. IG Horowitz had become aware of the incriminating texts between Strzok and Page, and Strzok was about to be sent packing back from the Mueller team to FBIHQ, in disgrace.

If Mueller had ever had any doubts about the wisdom of "reengagement," the realization that Horowitz was looking over his shoulder certainly confirmed them.

GUS

Beasts. there will be nothing left of this side of CITGO'S operations. Lawyers will get rich, businesses will close. Occasionally-Coherant will say a lot of IGNORANT BULLSHIT, Bobs' you Uncle, the world moves along, Venezuela gets closer to CANIBALISM.

narciso

Well he was an associate at skadden, and then an asst us attorney for Wilmington, but you raise an interesting point, only the gas stations and the distribution network have any value since pdvsa imploded. This decision makes it less likely that they will continue to pay the debt which had been lucrative on wall atreet.

Eye Doctor

I wonder if Soros figures into the current Citgo situation?

Beasts of England

That's what I'm thinking, GUS; and there will be a lot of real estate and oil infrastructure at auction in the next few years.

henry

Mueller jailing more people:

CNBC @CNBC
3m

Roger Stone's former aide held in contempt for refusing to testify at special counsel Robert Mueller's grand jury, report.

https://www.cnbc.com/2018/08/10/roger-stone-ex-aide-held-in-contempt--in-mueller-probe-report.html?__source=twitter%7Cmain

Pinandpuller

Did you guys know Bob Dole and Arlen Specter were from the same town?

Are they still alive? Is McCain dead yet?

Eye Doctor

Tommy boy

Is Horowitz the hero of your story? Please tell us who we need to root for.

narciso

Bob dole, McCain is,like John gill in patterns of force, or perhaps Christopher pike in the menagerie.

Pinandpuller

Saw an Ohio licence plate HEB. So hurtful.

Miss Marple

https://hotair.com/archives/2018/08/10/mueller-mystery-eliot-spitzers-former-madam-tell-grand-jury/?utm_source=Twitter&utm_medium=social&utm_term=mueller-mystery-eliot-spitzers-former-madam-tell-grand-jury&utm_content=0&utm_campaign=PostPromoterPro

Pinandpuller

Wife bought me a MAGA hat at the truck stop. Let the games begin.

Tom R

Whatever happens to CITGO someone needs to make sure this sign is never removed.

https://goo.gl/images/x3h7Wd

Jane

Jim NorCal posted this link above.

I would not miss this article:

http://thehill.com/opinion/white-house/401116-what-would-the-intelligence-communitys-insurance-policy-against-trump

Eye Doctor

Tommy boy

As part of the "4d" game will Rosenstein grant himself immunity so that he can better help Trump?

Tom R

The NR article that henry linked at 9:09 is a good article, especially the points made in the last 4 paragraphs, which I will copy/paste below:

And this is exactly the problem with our government in 2018. Nobody looks to Congress for redress of grievances anymore, for it would be foolish to do so! Nobody respects Congress. Nobody likes Congress. Congress, at least to judge from its members’ constant campaigning against it, does not even much like itself. Congress has systematically shrugged power off its shoulders over the past 80 years, and it inevitably screws up the handful of authorities it retains, such as income taxes and “discretionary” spending. The legislature is manifestly incapable of managing the burdens of a modern economy.

In a republic, this is a major problem, because the people are supposed to be sovereign — and it is the legislature that is supposed to represent their interests. But because the legislature cannot represent those interests responsibly, it hands power off to unelected courts or an executive with just two offices out of millions that are popularly elected.

To be clear, the tariff is not the cause of this dysfunction. Rather, it was the first real indication that congressional irresponsibility was a systemic weakness of our government, and it has come to undermine the republican notion that the people should rule.

This, to me, is more worrisome for republican government than whatever effects, great or small, Trump’s decision on steel and aluminum ultimately generate. It is not just that the president has the power to level tariffs unilaterally. It is not just that Congress handed it over. It is that Congress, the branch of the people, handed it over because it screwed it up, again and again. A republic requires a legislature that can handle such tasks, and we simply do not have one.

Trump's MAGA agenda will hopefully start fixing a lot of the problems with Congress but I'm not holding my breath.

Eye Doctor

To be on the safe side Rosenstein should get immunity for his wife Lisa Barsoomian as well.

She can probably help Trump too

Pinandpuller

Saw a guy with a Triumph at the Phillips 66. It's not my bag but it looked sweet so I asked him about it. Said it was the last year made in a England. Make India Great Again.

anonamom

We're watching Killing Eve pin

Pinandpuller

I love BBC anonamom.

I got a MAGA hat compliment at Subway already. Told the lady whoever wants to take it is going to earn it. Makes me wonder about Texas where you can defend property with deadly force.

Miss Marple


Rudy Giuliani
‏Verified account @RudyGiuliani
19h19 hours ago

The Sun Times seems more concerned with my incorrect spelling and typos. For that I apologize but not for having provoked a national debate with Bernie Kerik on the long term out of control shooting and killing in Chicago. Maybe we can save some lives.

Miss Marple

Hey look it’s @SpeakerBoehner at the Iowa state fair pic.twitter.com/awEXmr10jE

— Mike Memoli (@mikememoli) August 10, 2018

Photo at link. He's in shorts.

David Martosko of the Daily Mail thinks he's running. Surely not.

Frau Spione

OK I've never stayed in a hotel with central air before.

The train leaves at midnight...

GUS

Running?? he smokes 3 packs a day. He's a GOPe PUSSY. Run Weeping Johnny Cougar Boehnerpart Run.

Rocco

I tried climbing up that sign the night Fisk hit his walk off home run in Game 6 of the 75 World Series. But there were too many people already up there and I gave up trying.

Extraneus

From the CTH link at the end of the previous page:

This is also the period when we know that “contractors” with the FBI were doing unauthorized searches of the NSA and FBI database for opposition research….

No we don't. We suspect it.

GUS

Rocco, I've always wondered about that night.
I wasn't sure if FISK'S fly ball STAYED FAIR or NOT.

Hehehehehe.

Eye Doctor

Tommy boy

Study this. There will be a quiz.

Meet Lisa H. Barsoomian – The Wife of Whom?
https://www.google.com/amp/s/patriots4truth.org/2018/03/27/meet-lisa-h-barsoomian-the-wife-of-who/amp/

Janet

MM's 12:06 link - Mueller mystery: What does Eliot Spitzer’s former madam have to tell a grand jury?

" Note the dig at CNN for hiring Spitzer while Davis “went to prison”:"

That **IS** interesting.

The other old news story, about the DC Madam, was sketchy too. She ended up killing herself. - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Deborah_Jeane_Palfrey

2 or 3 Republicans names were released but that was all. (Vitter & some guy at the State Dept.)

But here's where her client list ended up -

"Ultimately, ABC News, after going through what was described as "46 lb" [21 kg] of phone records, decided that none of the potential clients[14] was sufficiently "newsworthy" to bother mentioning.[15]"

Now who in the world would trust ABC News to decide which names were newsworthy or not?

narciso

True, but consider some of the other outfits nellie worked for before fusion, plessas (founded by a former army operator, mitre when she left Harvard, miklos.

Jane

Tom are you in Boston?

Miss Marple


Richard Baris
‏ @Peoples_Pundit
3m3 minutes ago

President Trump will hold a rally in Charleston, West Virginia on Tuesday, August 21, at 7:00 pm ET. That's B/C internal data no doubts tells him Joe Manchin is more vulnerable than he appears to be.

Miss Marple

https://americandigitalnews.com/2018/08/10/is-the-deep-state-using-ham-radio-to-avoid-surveillance/#.W23BtjEnbct

I can't read most of the screen caps the guy has posted, but it seems some of the Q people are searching ham radio licenses and cross-indexing with government employees.

I think I will go find that poster's account and see what's up.

Eye Doctor

Tommy boy

Is all this "immaterial to you"?

Extraneus

Who TF reads this dumb pest Eye Doctor?

Beasts of England

I hope a ham radio is someway involved in this attempted coup. At least it shows a little initiative. Kinda like a private server...

Dave (in MA)
I got a MAGA hat compliment at Subway already.
I would never wear anything pro-Trump within view of people handling my food.
Frau Spione

Janet - this reminded me of the red marker "Tax Cheat" on Timothy Geithner bills.

Frau Spione

...and someone is making vinyl copies of Donald Trump's Hollywood star! Someone who follows Janet.

Miss Marple

Frau,

I had forgotten about that! I loved that idea so much!

Rocco

GUS, I ended up walking home to my apartment on Gainsboro Av but on the way noticed several Boston PD motorcycles parked out front of Punters Pub on Huntington Av. Being nosy, I went in to find half a dozen officers sitting at the bar watching the game. They were the only ones in there so I ordered a beer and while they drank their coffee we watched Fisk hit that bomb.

Frau Geburtsurkunde

It should be easy enough to find Bruce Ohr's birth certificate and see who his parents are. I imagine the state of TN is a good place to start.

Kevlar Kid

Reposting: "Thread by @_ImperatorRex_: "1. Assange has exculpatory evidence on collusion that never included in the FISA applications. The DNC was NOT hacked by Russia. He can prov […]" #Hannity #MAGA"

https://threadreaderapp.com/thread/1027721493117952000.html

daddy

Good Morning!

From yesterday's Howie Carr interview with Joe DiGeneva that I finally got to, here's his take on Rod and Donalds bromance:

Howie Carr:...What do you make of that (WSJ) story, that they're supposedly good buddies now?

Joe DiGeneva: Listen, the President hates Rosenstein's guts. This is making lovey-dovy because Rosenstein has told him there's nothing to the Russian probe, nothings going to happen, and they're agreeing to start to release documents. I think that what happened is that the President finally had it up to his scuppers with this crap and said "You know what, it's time guys, we're going to declassify a bunch of stuff", and I think the stuff that is going to come out is going to be petrifying to Senior FBI people, and little Adam Schiff, the little sleaze ball from California with a pencil neck, is going to be vomiting.
================

Thats from about the 5 minute 30 second mark of the interview.

Dave (in MA)

Rocco, I forget whether it was '76 or '77, but one day my HS phys ed teacher decided it was too hot so we watched a movie about the '75 Sox instead.

Dave (in MA)

Daddy, I guess that's what the "stay tuned" tweet was about?

daddy

Mark Steyn sitting in for Rush will have Jim Jordan on just after this commercial break. So click on Rush in about 3 minutes.

The news yesterday that one of Jordan's accusers recanted publicly yesterday naturally got way less press coverage than the initial accusation.

Extraneus

Hey, the Yanex browser accepts chrome extensions on Android. 🙂

 joan

Hey, PinandPuller, while you're out in flyover country maybe you can find a place tonight to watch the Milky Way and the Big Dipper and the rich display of stars where lights don't obscure our heavens:

https://www.space.com/41421-perseid-meteor-shower-2018-skywatching-tips.html?utm_source=notification

Kevlar Kid

Thanks for the threadreader on NOKO- via Wictor, MM.

the details it provides is consistent with my theory that Team Trump doesn't need a quick "deal" with NOKO--- his DISRUPTION strategy has sandbagged the NOKO corruption chain that fueled their nuke program, which includes Communist China's infusion of "supports".

the covert ops? there's more where that came from. but so far, the disruptions in "biz as usual" has the rats scurrying without the "stability they once enjoyed under past presidents--- especially The Rat and his Dumpster Hag SOS and the Giggolo.

things will continue to evolve in our favor as POTUS exerts more disruption diplomatically, keeping Communist China's feet to the economic fire.

Can't bite with rotten teeth, eh Chinos?

Just a theory.

Kev

Rocco

Dave, that reminds me of a class I took at Boston State called Coaching Basketball and taught by former Celtic, Jim Loscutoff. All we did in his class was watch films of him playing for the Celts!

Extraneus

Yandex, btw. Seems pretty good. Russian, too. :-)

Ignatz Ratzkiwatzki

As I approach my sixtieth go round I can't remember a single meteor shower that didn't disappoint.

caro

In cleaning out my stuff for my move I came upon the tax cheat stamp. Threw it away. That White House one is hilarious. I think I’ll order one.

Janet

(( this reminded me of the red marker "Tax Cheat" on Timothy Geithner bills.))

I STILL do that to bills with Geithner's signature!

**Anything worth doing is worth doing to excess**

 joan

sbw: I used to love watching The Holiday, was a big fan of Jude Law (bet you can't guess why -- :) -- Cold Mountain being one reason.) Anyway, after his HBO and the Catholic pope series, I sort of sickened on him. Maybe because he's such a good actor I 'believed' his pope. I didn't finish the series.

Anyway, actors and Hollywood have turned me against the film industry. I used to love Jason Isaacs, thought his British soldier in The Patriot displayed spectacular acting and loved him in Jackson Brodie role, but, then, he became so political I can't enjoy him anymore.

Wish actors would keep their mouths shut and just go vote -- but, to be fair, I guess they're human beings like the rest of us, but I wish 50% of them would be conservatives. :)

JimNorCal

Yes, little eye dr is a twit.
Is it possible that his intelligence is less than jor?
A tough decision.

Tom R

Tom are you in Boston?

I tried climbing up that sign the night Fisk hit his walk off home run in Game 6 of the 75 World Series.

No I'm Bama born and bred. Back in the early 70s before cable the only baseball game I got to watch on TV was the NBC game on the week on Saturday afternoons. Because the Red Sox were very good that year they were the featured team on a lot of the NBC Saturday games. Fred Lynn was a rookie that year and on the very first Red Sox game I ever watched he made some crazy catches in centerfield and hit a homerun so from that point on I was a Fred Lynn fan.

Because Fred Lynn was playing in it the 75 World Series was the first WS I ever watched. I remember begging my mom to let me stay up and watch the end of game 6. It wasn't until after the WS was over that I became a Red Sox fan. I'm going on 43+ years of rooting for them.

daddy

Nothing earth shattering from the Mark Steyn/Jim Jordan chat that we who have been paying attention didn't already now, but nice to get it out to the Public. Jordan is hustling to try to get Nellie and Bruce Ohr subpoenaed and testifying within about 2 weeks. Most of the chat focused on the new info gleaned from the Bruce Ohr handwritten notes and the fact that Ohr was feeding info from Steele back to the FBI well after Steele had been "fired" from giving info to the FBI. Jordon sounded very upbeat as usual and on offense!

Jordon was unable to say who specifically Steele was referring to when Steele was pressing Ohr to try to get permission for some foreigner to stay in the US since the foreigner would be in severe danger if he/she had to return to their country of origin. They speculated it might be Deripashka but Jordon could not verify that it was him but you could tell that he plans to find out who it was.

Miss Marple


Paul Sperry
‏ @paulsperry_
3h3 hours ago

BREAKING: Notes from DOJ official Bruce Ohr indicate Steele and Simpson -- aka the Clinton campaign -- were also behind the false rumors that Trump created a "secret server" with Russian-based Alfa Bank through Trump Tower. The hoax sent the FBI on yet another wild goose chase

GUS

Rocco, I was in grade school and I've always been a YOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOGE baseball fan, I remember that homer and I always will. I was an Orioles fan then. My first foul balls was from Brooks Robinson, I've got dozens. When the Brewers won the ALCS, Rod Carew hit a grounder to Yount who threw to Cooper......WORLDS SERIES BABY.
I was in the first row of the left field bleachers, with a broken leg. I jumped over the wall CAST and all. 10 ft up. I took my girlfriend, now wife to see a White Sox game vs Boston. I pointed out that the Catcher #72 had worn #27 at Boston. Wade Boggs was at the plate.
Next pitch he foul tips and the ball bounced right to me. He refused to sign it after the game. Fisk was awesome and big. His number was retired in Boston on my wifes birthday.

daddy

Mark Steyn says that the way he wants all this to end is he wants Mueller to stick around long enough to lose the Concorde Construction Case. He wants Mueller publicly humiliated. He is fed up with Mueller but he is also really, really fed up with the US Justice System because Steyn personally is still wrapped up in the DC Courts with the Michael Mann "Hockey Stick" Defamation Case and that's been going on for 6 years already. He says that inNew Zealand that case would have been tried and settled in 6 weeks.

Jane

Cool story Tom.

 joan

We keep getting messages from:

"headquarters ...
"there are 4 serious allegations against you ...
"we would request you get in touch with us ...
"you have 24 hours, then it will be expired ...
"after expired ...,
"you will be taken into custody by local cops...
"our number is: blah, blah, blah"

The criminal mind is such a labyrinth of devious ideas. (Also stupid -- that's what a close attorney friend, who was an ex-ADA and had experience with all sorts, once told me.)


Jane

You are getting those calls Joan?

Jane

So what's the argument against giving Julian Assage immunity and guaranteeing his return in exchange for his testimony?

henry

Jane, standard spam calls. Right up there with "your assists can be seized if you don't call now about student loan" and "your car extended warranty is expiring" plus the ever popular "your credit card has an issue." All you can do is hang up, and report the number to the do not call people. Never speak first on an inbound call from a number you don't recognize, just imitate a beep. Anything else is recorded as confirmation to be used in a later scam or three.

GUS

Joan, I called back and pretended to be scared, then I ripped the INDIAN DUDE a new a-hole.
My Brother in Colorado's wife had my brother tape her, as she begged for mercy and asked where to send the money. It went on for 5 minutes. Then she told the (again) Indian dude, that she is a POLICE DETECTIVE.....priceless.

clarice feldman

Judge holds Roger Stone associate in contempt for refusing to testify in Russia investigation
The Washington Post ^ | 10 Aug 18 | Spencer S. Hsu and Devlin Barrett
Posted on 8/10/2018, 12:29:57 PM by EVO X

A federal judge has found a witness in contempt for refusing to testify before the grand jury hearing evidence in special counsel Robert S. Mueller III’s investigation of Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election. U.S. District Chief Judge Beryl Howell made the ruling Friday after a sealed hearing to discuss Andrew Miller’s refusal to appear before the grand jury. Miller is a former aide to longtime Trump confidant Roger Stone. Miller’s lawyer Paul Kamenar said after the hearing that Miller was “held in contempt, which we asked him to be in order for us to appeal the judge’s decision to the court of appeals.” Howell stayed her order while Miller’s legal team appeals the judge’s decision.

henry

Jane, Assange may well be a spy for China or whomever. I don't trust him. (Same with Kim Dotcom, or Snowden [Russia], or Awan or Manning).

Kevlar Kid

"Listen, the President hates Rosenstein's guts. This is making lovey-dovy because Rosenstein has told him there's nothing to the Russian probe, nothings going to happen, and they're agreeing to start to release documents. "

POTUS has staying power. that means "enduring" the presence of fools and pansy-assed suits who block his plans; and, his revenge is served up like ice blocks served on their heads from 20 stories up.

they do not see it coming, especially that dweeby wannabe Rosenstein. he is a "company" man--- he is the dog that brings bones to POTUS and POTUS feeds him poisoned bones to take back to the pack.

POTUS is a modern day Kutuzov sans wodka. how's that for some Muh Russia irony.

daddy

Watching Perono's FOX Show. Judge Sullivan in the news again. He is threatening Session's with Contempt of Court. Sullivan ordered a deported illegal named Carmen and her child flown back from El Salvadore to the US. Apparently he had been told they would not be deported. Don't know any of the facts but Judge Sullivan
has still shown me nothing to be overly optimistic about.

There is always the undeniable reality in DC that if you rule one way (ie: Left) you will get kudo's on the Cocktail Circuit, whereas if you rule contra the Left you are likely to be treated like Clarence Thomas, or Sarah Huckabee Sanders at the Red Hen. So that said, I am agnostic on Judge Sullivan. I will await Clarice's usual effort on setting me straight:)

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