Thursday, September 26, 2019

Well, son of a bitch

"Yep, these people are stone cold crooked" (Knapp).

So lemme get this straight.  Joe Biden expressly withholding loan guarantees to Ukraine in order to force them not to investigate the company enriching his son is fine, even something that Joe boasted about ("Well, son of a bitch. (Laughter.) He got fired.").  On the other hand, Trump's implied threat of withholding military aid - and you have to stretch to find the threat, as it is not express, and is only implied in the normal subservient approach of a leader of a vassal state to the President of the hegemon - unless Ukraine investigates the issue, is worthy of impeachment?  Wasn't Trump just doing his job?  Or is the fact that Joe Biden is on the other side of the partisan political spectrum mean that any wrongdoing/corruption by him and his son has to be allowed?  The entire Hunter Biden thing was mega-hinky at the time, and still is.

It is very interesting that Trump seems to think the Clinton email servers - you know, the ones that the FBI has never even tried to look at? - are physically in Ukraine, moved there presumably by the Ukrainian outfit CrowdStrike:  "Does Trump Actually Believe That 'Server' Bullshit? Yes, Ukraine Call Notes Show" (Cameron).  It is more than slightly weird that Trump is depicted as the confused victim of 'conspiracy theory' when the freaking most important point of this whole mess is that the FBI has never done its own research (I wonder if Trump is getting his information from the FBI, whose excuse for not investigating is that they can't get access to the servers which are hidden in Ukraine), and has relied entirely on the say-so of foreign nationals at a Clinton-connected 'security' firm, a firm that was itself completely embroiled in the scandal itself (remember this is the same people who waited a month after detecting alleged hacking before doing anything about it - not suspicious at all!)!

"The Bidens, Trump, Kiev and Impeachment" (Grossman) (I'm surprised to see this in the utterly degraded CounterPunch):
"Has anyone noticed how often the media, in condemning Trump’s treachery, swiftly and inconspicuously brush off the “unsubstantiated” and “vague” accusations against Hunter Biden’s and his father’s connection with Kiev as if they were of no concern, and only Trump mattered. Somehow the reports and op-eds I’ve read are simply not interested in such unimportant matters and Trump’s telephone calls make the case for impeachment unquestionably unimpeachable.
But a quick look back at the New York Times of May 1st 2019 gives food for thought, and rather undigestible food at that. We read that after getting thrown out of the Naval Reserve because of positive cocaine questions but negative results on experience with Ukrainian questions,  Biden Jr. got a job estimated at $15,000 a month with a notoriously corrupt, oligarch-led Ukrainian company interested in big fracking profits. When an overly conscientious prosecutor started investigating the case the two Bidens insisted he be fired – or else no more money from Washington. He was fired. When his successor, after obediently quashing the case, found it necessary to take it up again, son or father stepped in with new threats – which again worked.
At least that’s how it sounds in the New York Times report. And in a related interview, Bill Biden recalled how during a visit to Kiev he had threatened that he was leaving in six hours. Either the prosecutor would be fired by then or no billion. He was fired."
Tweet (Yasha Levine) (see also):
"The Ukrainian-American connection in RussiaGate and the Ukraine meddling scandal. Shout out to @MarkAmesExiled who first reported on this angle back in 2016. Naturally, a Nazi collaborator family is involved! My latest Immigrants as a Weapon letter:"
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