Monday, December 04, 2017

Steel - Farytales - 'Illness'

Much as I hate to admit it, Dershowitz is spot on in his analysis of Mueller and Flynn.  Mueller's case is so weak he was reduced to charging his prospective star witness against Trump with lying, making him useless in a court as any defense lawyer will tear his credibility apart on cross examination.

"What the Flynn Plea Means" (McCarthy):
". . . when a prosecutor has a cooperator who was an accomplice in a major criminal scheme, the cooperator is made to plead guilty to the scheme. This is critical because it proves the existence of the scheme. In his guilty-plea allocution (the part of a plea proceeding in which the defendant admits what he did that makes him guilty), the accomplice explains the scheme and the actions taken by himself and his co-conspirators to carry it out. This goes a long way toward proving the case against all of the subjects of the investigation.

That is not happening in Flynn’s situation. Instead, like Papadopoulos, he is being permitted to plead guilty to a mere process crime. A breaking report from ABC News indicates that Flynn is prepared to testify that Trump directed him to make contact with the Russians — initially to lay the groundwork for mutual efforts against ISIS in Syria. That, however, is exactly the sort of thing the incoming national-security adviser is supposed to do in a transition phase between administrations. If it were part of the basis for a “collusion” case arising out of Russia’s election meddling, then Flynn would not be pleading guilty to a process crime — he’d be pleading guilty to an espionage conspiracy.

Understand: If Flynn’s conversations with the Russian ambassador had evinced the existence of a quid pro quo collusion arrangement — that the Trump administration would ease or eliminate sanctions on Russia as a payback for Russia’s cyber-espionage against the Hillary Clinton campaign and the Democratic party — it would have been completely appropriate, even urgently necessary, for the Obama Justice Department to investigate Flynn. But if that had happened, Mueller would not be permitting Flynn to settle the case with a single count of lying to FBI agents. Instead, we would be looking at a major conspiracy indictment, and Flynn would be made to plead to far more serious offenses if he wanted a deal — cooperation in exchange for sentencing leniency.

To the contrary, for all the furor, we have a small-potatoes plea in Flynn’s case — just as we did in Papadopoulos’s case, despite extensive “collusion” evidence. Meanwhile, the only major case Mueller has brought, against former Trump-campaign chairman Paul Manafort and an associate, has nothing to do with the 2016 election. It is becoming increasingly palpable that, whatever “collusion” means, there was no actionable, conspiratorial complicity by the Trump campaign in the Kremlin’s machinations."
Flynn seems to be putting up with this nonsense, and even taking a few months of jail, in order to protect his son, who, lacking experience of the swamp, wasn't likely as adept at compartmentalizing power and power broking.

"From The Archives: Obama Administration Confirms "No Problem" With Flynn Contacting Foreign Officials" (Durden).

"Anti-Trump FBI Agent Fired From Mueller Probe Relied On Russian Farytales From Fusion GPS Dossier" (ZeroPointNow).  "Brian Ross Suspended After False Michael Flynn Report, ABC Colleagues ‘Furious’" - he straight-up lied about the crucial timing point - how did he possibly think he would get away with it?!

Where did this bizarre idea come from that Mueller is some kind of prosecutorial genius?  He just another mediocre Washington swamp-dwelling hack.

"The Media and the Myths of Trump" (Van Buren).  The idea that Trump is literally insane - ironic, given that he's not the guy pushing for WWIII - isn't going to play well with the deplorables.  The consequences of real insanity:  "Slave Markets in ‘Liberated’ Libya and the Silence of the Humanitarian Hawks" (Clark).

I think any patriotic American would see Trump administration efforts to seek a rapprochement with Russia - a rapprochement which, despite all the sabre rattling, has actually occurred, with wonderful results - while avoiding WWIII, as a necessary part of MAGA, but the Khazars are, as you would expect, furious:  "Taking Stock, Pt. 1: The Race for Russia".  If there is any treason it is by the deadender Obamanauts trying to subvert Trump's progress towards peace and understanding.

Here's where it gets interesting:  "Kushner Is Leaving Tillerson in the Dark on Middle East Talks, Sources Say" (Tillerson setting things ups so if Kushner is removed, Tillerson has a clean slate and can ignore all the problems created by Kushner-Salman; linking is iffy, so here's the Bloomberg url:  https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-12-01/kushner-is-said-to-leave-tillerson-in-dark-on-middle-east-talks) and (in Newsweek!!!) "Jared Kushner Failed to Disclose He Led a Foundation Funding Illegal Israeli Settlements Before U.N. Vote" (the real foreign influence you aren't supposed to notice) and (more vigorously directly to the point) "Double Standard: Court Jew Kushner Failed To Disclose Donations To Illegal Israeli Settlements" (Cicero).  Not disturbing Ivanka remains the crucial problem for Trump, MAGA, and America.

Tweet (Michael Tracey):
"Haim Saban, now fellating Jared Kushner for his "pro-Israel" devotion, had a direct line to the highest echelons of the Hillary campaign"
Haim isn't Khazar!  Contrast:  "Israeli interviewer shreds Jared Kushner for inept Mideast team: ‘A bunch of orthodox Jews who have no idea’" (note how misleading and clumsy the headline is!)  and "Clinton mega-donor Saban thanks Kushner for ‘collusion’ on Israel’s behalf" (now that's how you write a headline!). See also:  "Jared Kushner at Saban Forum: Israel Needs Peace With Palestinians Before It Can Form Alliance With Arab States" ('peace with' means 'stomping down hard on', which isn't new, and has been the plan for over 100 years).

"Opinion: The US-Israeli Gang of Trump, Netanyahu and Kushner" (Stehling).

Tweet (Allison Deger):
"Netanyahu: "Obviously there are some important differences between Nazi Germany and the Islamic Republic of Iran, but both regimes do have two important things in common. One, a Ruthless commitment to impose tyranny and terror. And second, a ruthless commitment to murder Jews.""
Tweet (John Hudson):
 "Joe Lieberman just thanked Tom Friedman for his radioactive MBS column. "I think you've affected public opinion here in a very constructive way." He added: it may be the "most important column" you've ever written"
"How A Dubious BBC Report Gave Israel The "Green Light" For Last Night's Attack On Syria" (Durden).  Fairly straightforward - Israel produces phony intelligence, washes it through (((friends))) at the BBC to provide 'objectivity', and then tries to start a war - to distract Israel from Bibi's corruption problems - on the basis of the washed phony report.  What is interesting is that Israel, after the incident with the F-35, now seems to fear Syrian air defense.

"How did Yemen's Houthi-Saleh alliance collapse?" Sounds like Salman got to Saleh, probably on Kissinger's advice, funneled through Kushner.  As bad as this is - and it will fail, as Saleh has no power - at least it shows some craft.

Pakistan has been corrupted by its connections to the Saudis (but wisely has stayed out of the Yemen mess):  "Sucking Up to the Saudis" (Zakaria).

Lawfare is essentially the illegal forced extra-territorial application of American law by Khazar traitors (Hello, Newman!), and it is good somebody called them out on it:  "Erdogan Says U.S. Sanctions on Iran Weren't Binding for Turkey".

"How Trump Botched Iran Policy" (Pillar).  Hardliners in each country feed off each other's stupidity.

"What We’re Supposed to Think" (Swanson).

"What the Republican Tax Bill Portends for the Future" (Welsh).  I tire of hearing that Republican grasping is (eventually) going to lead to the glorious revolution.  I blame psychoactive drugs for the passivity.  The 0.1% has finally found the holy grail of how to take everything without provoking a backlash.  Climate change inactivity - whatever, dude - and robots taking all the jobs - whatever, dude - and AI taking over the world - what's that, dude? - are more evidence.  The invention of ADHD, and the normalization of chemical-induced stupor from childhood, leading to a 'normal' lifetime of deadening by drugs, was the key.  Positive change has to come from places not pharmaceuticaled up the wazoo.

"Pamela Anderson Reportedly Tried To Get Mike Pence To Pardon Julian Assange".  The problem is getting Pence to commit the mortal sin of being in the same room with her.

It pays to increase your word power:  pretendians.  The only people who seem to care about Warren passing herself off are the non-pretendians.

"MSNBC Host Joy Reid Wrote Numerous Anti-Gay Articles on Her Old Blog"!

"And Then They Came for Opera Conductor James Levine" (Sailer).  Another notorious character known for years to gossipers, and for years by management and donors to the Met, but covered up until it could be covered up no more.

"9 Women Accuse Playwright Israel Horovitz of Sexual Misconduct, Including Assault and Rape".

"Bryan Singer Has Stepped Away From The Freddie Mercury Biopic Due To “Illness”" (Dlisted).  See also:  "Blind item #3" (CDaN).

To me, the most striking case is Terry Richardson.  For years, the (((fashion houses))) would specifically request the (((editors))) of the (((fashion magazines))) to insist on (((Richardson))) as their photographer for fashion shoots, as only he could provide the 'edgy' look they insisted on.  This 'edgy' look consisted of putting obviously under-aged women - well, girls - in sexual situations, either simulated or actual, up to and including rape.  This activity was notorious in the gossip columns, as the models, some of whom became famous, complained about it constantly, but were out of that job, and out of modelling altogether, if they refused his advances.  It was as if there was a three foot circle around (((Richardson))) where the normal laws of sexual assault and rape didn't apply, and (((everybody))) in power just smirked about it, as he produced the 'look'.
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