Daily Check-In 03/30/2018

Friday, March 30th.  Good Friday, for those into that kind of thing.  For the non-religious out there, Happy “Good luck trying to get a bacon cheeseburger and not fish for lunch” day.

 

THE RUSSIAN INVESTIGATION

Yevgeny Nikulin was a hacker that was involved in many computer crimes, including a possible link to the Weiner Laptop Drama from shortly before the 2016 election.  Louise was on this guy a while back.

Why do I have a feeling that when Roger Stone goes down, he’ll try to make some type of crazy last stand that ends with suicide by cop?

This last one was in the Rumor Mill yesterday Daily Check-In 03/29/2018.  It’s being reported by multiple outlets like The Guardian, so I’m less skeptical of the story, but it’s basically reporting that Ted Malloch said he was stopped by the FBI.  There are no statements from anyone else there.  Nothing from the FBI, his family, or any other witnesses.  The only reports are from Ted and his friends, who aren’t exactly the most reputable characters.

Plus, there’s a detail I can’t shake.  Ted says the FBI confiscated his phones, but he called one of his friends during interview.  Then, they took his phones with them as evidence.

Something doesn’t add up on that.  For the FBI to confiscate his electronics, they’d need a warrant.  There’s no mention that he had a lawyer present, yet they interrogated him pretty hard.  Meanwhile, every other instance of the FBI interviewing someone in this case has them going out of their way to not do any activities that could even be slightly interpreted as improper or illegal.  When George Nader was stopped (Daily Check-In 03/06/2018), Ted’s story is pretty similar.  With George Papadopoulos, his arrest was so by-the-book that the FBI didn’t ask him any questions until after his lawyer showed up.

I’m halfway between misinformation and planted honesty.  We’ll see where this goes.

 

CAMBRIDGE ANALYTICA AND FACEBOOK

 

#NEVERAGAIN

 

TEACHER STRIKES IN CONSERVATIVE AMERICA

Following years of anti-union, anti-government, and anti-social policies, teachers in Kentucky, Arizona, and Oklahoma are following West Virginia’s lead with state-wide strikes.

 

COLD WAR 2.0

 

WHITE HOUSE CHAOS

 

STORMYWATCH, FROM THE STORMCENTER 6000 METEOROPORONOLOGICAL CENTER

 

MEDIA MATTERS, AND WHY MEDIA MATTERS

Sinclair Broadcasting is forcing local news channels to spread pro-Trump propaganda.  There is no reason to pussyfoot around this.

 

CAN WE GET BACK TO POLITICS?

 

 

RUMOR MILL: CHURCHBELLS ARE RINGING

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Eric Garland posted Houston megachurch pastor Kirbyjon Caldwell insists bonds he sold are legitimate earlier today.  Aside from getting a kick out of watching one of these megachurch pastors getting busted on Good Friday, I like it because it reminds me to keep churches in the spotlight.

One of the tools used to funnel Russian money into the Republican Party in 2016 was the church system.  Just like the NRA, they were used to infiltrate the party and serve as proxies for Russian interests in the election.

Plus, I personally find the whole idea of the megachurch to be an affront to piety and humility that religion claims as its primary qualities.  Nothing says hypocrisy like telling an 80 year old woman living off of her Social Security check that she needs to give more money to a multimillionaire to buy a private plane and third summer home.

 

 

That’s it for today.  It’s a little short today.  Last night was a long one for me, and I’m working on about 3 hours of sleep.  I try not to write when I get too tired.  I make stupid mistakes, and don’t catch them until it’s too late.  Besides, my to-do list is pretty crazy.

 

Thank you, and have a good one.

 

“Without Journalists, it’s just propaganda.”

– Katy Tur

 

 

 

Daily Check-In 03/29/2018

Thursday March 29th

 

THE RUSSIAN INVESTIGATION:  MUELLER DOESN’T NEED GATES FOR MANAFORT BUT FOR TRUMP; INVESTIGATING JEFF SESSIONS AT THE REPUBLICAN NATIONAL CONVENTION

In a short succession Thursday afternoon, the three stories above dropped in rapid succession.

The first, in the order that I received the updates, was that Jeff Sessions was not going to name an Special Counselor to investigate the Special Counselor, much to the chagrin of several vocal Trump coconspirators Republican Representatives in Congress demanded it.  Attorney General Jeff Sessions will appoint the US Attorney from Utah to investigate internal procedures of the DOJ and FBI, but he said that the events in question do not meet the threshold for a Special Investigator.

As I was reading this story, I saw an alert on Twitter that Mueller had asked several witnesses before a Grand Jury about their knowledge of contacts between the Russians and Trump Campaign at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, specifically about Jeff Sessions and the Russian Ambassador, Sergei Kislyak.  This was from several weeks ago, but was just being reported now, as usual.

Finally, as I finished up that article, there was another one from CNN that tied it all together.  Mueller didn’t need to flip Gates to take down Paul Manafort.  He flipped Gates to take down the rest of the Trump Campaign.

Now, when I see 2+2, I don’t think Potato Salad, I think 4.

So, when I see three stories about Jeff Sessions, Russian contacts, and Rick Gates, I don’t think “Gee, what a coinkidink.”  I think “Damn, Gates gave Mueller enough rope to hang the Keebler Nazi.”

Rick Gates was the Deputy Campaign Chairman, and later the Chief of Staff to the head of the Trump Inaugural Committee.  He knowingly worked with Russian GRU Agent Konstanin Kilimnik (Confirmed at Person A, that’s 20 bucks for me) with Manafort during the campaign, and was involved in every major action from the beginning of the campaign to the end.  Their connections to Russian Oligarchs like Oleg Deripaska was a feature, not a bug.

I think Jeff Sessions had a clue about what Mueller was doing, too.  He’s on slippery ground, and if he made a move to try to institute a Special Counselor to investigate the Special Counselor investigating his actions, this could easily be seen as Obstruction of Justice.  The FBI hates him, the rank and file DOJ want to crucify him, the USIC has him dead to rights, and Mueller’s sending this message saying “Go ahead, let’s see how long you last.”

 

#NEVERAGAIN

Note to self:  Never pick a fight on Social Media with kids that survived a massacre.  It’s like Batman fighting Bane in the dark.  I merely adopted the Social Media.  They were born by it, bred by it.

 

STORMYWATCH, FROM THE STORMCENTER 6000 METEOROPORNOLOGICAL CENTER

Michael Cohen is a terrible lawyer.  This time, his incompetence could force Trump to testify in a deposition about Stormy Daniels.

This article breaks the point down like this…

The NDA is so horribly written, and completely one-sided, that it is likely that the whole thing is thrown out.  Not just a section or two, but the whole contract.

Further, there is an arbitration clause in the contract, but only covers disputes between Trump and Stormy, nothing involving Cohen.  Since Cohen isn’t covered by the arbitration clause, he can’t force this case in front of an arbitrator, only Trump could.  But, since Trump never signed the agreement, and the current defense Cohen is working with is that he acted completely without Trump’s knowledge, Trump can’t force this claim to arbitration either.

Also, Cohen’s excuse is a direct and gross violation of the New York State Bar Association.  Cohen is tap-dancing in the disbarment minefield.

MAGA.  Make Attorneys Get Attorneys.

Michael was the fixer. It could be anything. There were a ton of matters that took place that Michael fixed and Donald Trump wasn’t involved in every single matter,” Schwartz said. He then walked that back, saying he meant business problems in general, and suggesting that business leaders commonly have a fixer authorized to pay people off without their knowledge.

JFC.  Really?  Trump’s Lawyer’s Lawyer just implied that Cohen is Trump’s fixer (like the mob), that he operated without his knowledge and consent, and does so for other matters as well.

Wow.  This is like saying “my client couldn’t have robbed the bank because he was busy killing some people at the time of the robbery.”

 

TRUMP ORG AND CORRUPTION, FROM THE WATER IS WET DEPARTMENT

Emoluments.  This is yet another lawsuit that Trump is currently facing, this time brought by local AG’s against Trump Org and Trump for illegally accepting emoluments, or payments, from foreign governments via his hotels.

A visiting delegation from Thailand arrives in Washington, D.C.  Instead of staying at the Ritz, Hilton, or Four Seasons, they’re staying at Trump International Hotel, and scuttlebutt says it is because the White House told them to stay there.  This is the definition of corruption.

Trump and his daughter Ivanka spent hours at Trump Tower with the Russian, Igor Krutoy, who also knows attendees of a fateful meeting at the same building during the 2016 US election campaign.

Krutoy, a well-known composer in Russia, has written music for Emin Agalarov, the Russian singer whose father hosted Trump’s 2013 Miss Universe contest in Moscow. Krutoy attended the contest, where he was photographed with Trump.

Emin once named Krutoy as one of his closest friends in music. Public records show the Krutoys and the Agalarovs owned neighbouring houses in New Jersey in the 1990s, and now own condominiums in the same luxury complex in Florida. Krutoy said he considered the Agalarovs as acquaintances rather than friends.

In June 2016, the Agalarovs attended a meeting at Trump Tower with senior campaign officials that is now a flashpoint for Mueller’s investigation. Emin’s manager emailed Donald Trump Jr beforehand to say the Agalarovs would bring dirt on Hillary Clinton from the Russian government. Trump Jr responded enthusiastically.

 

WHITE HOUSE CHAOS

Shulkin was still a corrupt POS, but this is one of those “Heel vs. Heel” battles.  I want to see them destroy each other.

COLD WAR 2.0

Good news about Yulia.  Know what’s worse than trying an obviously politically motivated assassination on foreign soil?  Fucking it up.

 

CAN WE GET BACK TO POLITICS?

Starving the Beast.  That’s what Reagan called it back in the 1980’s.  Cut taxes coming in to the government that pay for social programs like Medicare and Welfare, then push to cut those programs while funneling even more money to the rich and greedy.

 

 

 

RUMOR MILL

Take this with a lot of salt.  The only sources I could find on this story all came from the Tin Foil Hat-osphere.  Prison Planet, InfoWars, and their ilk disgust me for their lack of journalistic integrity and obvious bias, as well as their willingness to exploit their readers for their own personal gains.  If I have a story that I wrote that I don’t like the outcome or if it goes against the narrative I want to build, I’ll still write about it.  I won’t deny it’s existence and blame the Lizardmen of Mars.

 

That’s it for today.  Well, yesterday.  I’m a little late on posting.  Life happens.  This weekend, I hope to start the Gun Control series, take a look at the various lawsuits and legal problems facing Trump, and a wrestling inspired post, hopefully before Wrestlemania.

Yes, I’m a wrestling fan.  Even took part in a couple matches when I was younger.  I’ll explain that later.

 

Thank you, and have a good one.

 

“Without Journalists, it’s just propaganda.”

– Katy Tur

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Daily Check-In 03/28/2018

Wednesday March 28th

 

THE RUSSIAN INVESTIGATION

From the BuzzFeed article…

Fourth, the lies and withholding of documents were material to the Special Counsel’s Office’s investigation. That Gates and Person A were directly communicating in September and October 2016 was pertinent to the investigation. Federal Bureau of Investigation Special Agents assisting the Special Counsel’s Office assess that Person A has ties to a Russian intelligence service and had such ties in 2016. During his first interview with the Special Counsel’s Office, van der Zwaan admitted that he knew of that connection, stating that Gates told him Person A was a former Russian Intelligence Officer with the GRU.

Person A worked with Manafort and Gates in connection with their Ukraine lobbying work. Person A is a foreign national and was a close business colleague of Manafort and Gates. He worked in Ukraine at Manafort’s company Davis Manafort International, LLC (DMI). Up until mid-August 2016, Person A lived in Kiev and Moscow.

I’ve got $20 riding on the GRU officer being none other than Konstantin Kilimnik.

But this is a big deal.  Rick Gates KNEW he was communicating with a Russian Spy back in September of 2016, a couple months before the election.

Let me say this one more time.

The Deputy Campaign Manager for the Republican nominee to President met with a Russian Spy before the election.

George Papadopoulos met with several people in Europe, including the Defense Minister of Greece.  Remember, George was in Greece earlier in the year at the same time as Putin.

I’ve mentioned before in GTKYG-Pardon Limitations how bad of an idea this is, but it looks like we’re heading to a challenge in court.  It’s a matter of time before Trump tries to pardon his way out of this mess, and about 30 seconds before those pardons are challenged in the Supreme Court, likely by Michael Dreeben, as mentioned in The Justice League.

But this is very bad for Jon Dowd.  If he talked with Mike Flynn’s lawyer about Trump pardoning Flynn, while representing Trump, this could be a clear cut case of Obstruction of Justice against Dowd.

Dowd’s gonna need a lawyer.

MAGA.  Make Attorney’s Get Attorneys.

 

#NEVERAGAIN

I am not writing this piece to malign Nikolas Cruz any more than he already has been. I have faith that history will condemn him for his crimes. I am writing this because of the disturbing number of comments I’ve read that go something like this: Maybe if Mr. Cruz’s classmates and peers had been a little nicer to him, the shooting at Stoneman Douglas would never have occurred.

This deeply dangerous sentiment, expressed under the #WalkUpNotOut hashtag, implies that acts of school violence can be prevented if students befriend disturbed and potentially dangerous classmates. The idea that we are to blame, even implicitly, for the murders of our friends and teachers is a slap in the face to all Stoneman Douglas victims and survivors.

This piece was written by Isabelle Robinson, one of the students at Parkland, but it could just as easily have been written by any fellow student or co-worker of any mass shooter in the last generation.

There comes a point in the blame game where we, as Americans, inevitably blame the victims and survivors of these atrocities for the actions of the perpetrators.

We blame the victims for not being nicer to a sociopath or psychopath.  We blame them for not reaching out to the weird kids, or rebuffing their awkward romantic advances.  We blame them for bullying the shooters.  We blame them for not being repulsed by terrible hygiene, or offensive views.  We blame them for not going to the authorities when given a chance, and then blame them for not doing more when the authorities can’t or won’t do anything.  We blame the bullied for not standing up for themselves, then blame them again when they do.

It has to fucking stop.

First, asking kids to do what we’re unwilling or unable to do reeks of bullshit hypocrisy.

Second, unlike the image of the loner gunman that we like to embrace, many of these monsters are psychopathic bullies who get pleasure on hurting others.  They’re the ones making life miserable for others.

Third, ever notice that most mass shooters are white guys with senses of entitlement?  “She didn’t flirt back with me”, “I’m a 26 year old virgin with no friends”, “No one likes me”, “Women don’t find me attractive” are some of the justifications given by these monsters, as if the world owed them something.  The world doesn’t owe anyone anything.  No one is entitled to friends, love, or a girlfriend.  They have to earn those things, and realize that just because they’re white, it doesn’t mean that they get them for free.

Finally, know this shooter was?  He was a radicalized right-wing terrorist.  There I said it.  The Parkland Shooter was a goddamned terrorist.  No different than the Austin bomber.  They were radicalized by hate groups online and in the real world, honed their craft, and committed acts of terror.  The only difference between them and members of ISIS is the color of their skin and the color of their hats.

 

 

CAMBRIDGE ANALYTICA AND FACEBOOK

I’m enjoying Tim Cook throwing shade at Mark Zuckerberg and Facebook.  Apple’s stance of privacy in the digital age is nearly the opposite of Facebook.  Apple anonymizes user data, and their devices and cloud services are more difficult to get in to than their competitors.

Full disclosure, I am neck deep in the Apple Ecosystem.  That company has probably made at least $10,000 off of my family over the last decade or so.

 

WHITE HOUSE CHAOS

You have got to be kidding me, right?  I’m not shocked about Shulkin getting fired, that was coming after finding out about the trip to Europe.  But Trump plans to nominate the White House Doctor, Admiral Ronny Jackson?

Remember the yearly physical from Daily Check-In 01/17/2018?  Yeah, that guy.

 

STORMYWATCH, FROM THE STORMCENTER 6000 METEOROPORNOLOGICAL CENTER

 

CAN WE GET BACK TO POLITICS?

The Maryland gerrymandering case is interesting.  Maryland is gerrymandered to favor the Democrats, using the same tricks that the GOP used in other states.  The Supreme Court may be approaching a decision.  Let’s see how this goes.

 

RUMOR MILL:  FUCK JULIAN ASSANGE

Ecuador cut off Assange’s internet today and is not letting him have any visitors in response to his promoting articles from members of the Catalonian government. This pissed off some of Ecuador’s allies.

Fuck Julian Assange, Fuck Kim Dotcom, and all of their allies.  They are enemies of Democracy.

This could be another slap on the wrist for the Surprise Sex Enthusiast (Rapist), and he’ll have his access restored soon.  Then again, the embassy has had problems with Julian for a while, and they could finally be ready to kick him out.

 

That’s it for today.  It’s shortly before 11PM EST, and this is the earliest I’ve wrapped things up in a while.  I’m putting a wrap on things now, before I dive into another rabbit hole.  Last time that happened, I ended up playing a weird game of chess.

 

 

Thank you, and have a good one.

 

“Without Journalists, it’s just propaganda.”

– Katy Tur

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Daily Check-In 03/27/2018

Tuesday, March 27th

 

CAMBRIDGE ANALYTICA AND FACEBOOK:  WYLIE TESTIFIES BEFORE PARLIAMENT

Cambridge Analytica whistleblower Chris Wylie testified before the British Parliament this morning, and what he said was downright crazy.  Not crazy like “Fish talk to me in their native language and think I’m a god” crazy, but “I can’t believe that fucking happened” crazy.  According to Wylie, CA worked their magic in Kenya to elect the current party, in India to assist Modi and his party, in Eastern Europe, in the United States and the UK.

His predecessor died in Kenya by poisoning, but the local police were bribed to not investigate the cause of death.

CA used Black Cube, a group of ex-Mossad agents, to handle their dirty work.  This group also supposedly worked for Harvey Weinstein from time to time.

CA worked with Palantir, Peter Thiel’s company that does…I’m not sure what they do, but they’re knee deep in the law enforcement IT infrastructure.  They also work with the CIA and other USIC groups.  Peter is on the Facebook board, and is an opponent of free speech, free society, and freedom of movement through society.

Wylie went all the way up to accusing Russia and Cambridge Analytica of interfering in the 2016 election, but stopped just short of that.

Mark Zuckerberg will testify before Congress, where the Republicans don’t want to investigate anything of value, but won’t testify before Parliament, where they want the truth.  Mark has a tenuous attachment to the truth.

The NRA article is old, from during the 2016 election, but mentioned their use of CA to target voters.

 

THE RUSSIAN INVESTIGATION

Steele and three others independently went to the FBI with details of Lesin’s death.  He was set to testify before the DOJ about Putin’s actions in Russia with their state media, but was found dead in his hotel room the night before.

At this point, his defense team will use the defense that Trump can’t get an adequate defense as his defense.

This is karma for a lifetime of stiffing contractors and lawyers.

The NRA is fast climbing the ladder of most despised organizations.  They’re giving Comcast and the KKK a run for their money.

Why is an American organization that is supposedly an advocate for gun owners rights taking money from foreign donors in the first place?  Why are they donating to elections?  Why are they using CA to target specific voters?  Which voters were they targeting, and what did they show them?  What kind of non-committal answer is this weeks after the story first broke?

Sens. Coons, Tillis release statement on Special Counsel Robert Mueller

WASHINGTON – Today, U.S. Senators Thom Tillis (R-NC) and Chris Coons (D-DE) released the following statement. In August of 2017, Senators Tillis and Coons introduced the bipartisan Special Counsel Integrity Act.

“We have heard from constituents – Republicans, Democrats, and Independents alike – who agree that Special Counsel Robert Mueller should be able to conduct his investigation without interference.  This should not be a partisan issue.  We introduced the Special Counsel Integrity Act because we believe that the American people should have confidence in the Department of Justice’s ability to conduct independent investigations and its commitment to the rule of law. We urge President Trump to allow the Special Counsel to complete his work without impediment, which is in the best interest of the American people, the President, and our nation.”

 

COLD WAR 2.0

CountriesNotExpel

Notice the countries listed, and ask “What do they have in common?”

They are all (or at least almost all) money laundering havens or very friendly to Russia.  Interesting that the countries that rely on Russian money aren’t kicking Russian spies diplomats from their countries.

 

#NEVERAGAIN

The shooter from Maryland killed himself before the security guard got to him.

Gun control is ugly, but I’m not sure I’d go as far as repealing the Second Amendment.  I would be in favor of refining the language in a new amendment, as long as gun ownership is still guaranteed in some way.

The problem is that if we don’t come together now to come to a solution we can all live with, then the future solution will not be a compromise, but a complete defeat for one side or the other.

 

STORMYWATCH, FROM THE STORM CENTER 6000 METEOROPORONOLOGICAL CENTER

We live in a universe where the credibility of a Porn Star is being attacked by a lawyer representing the President of the United States, and the Porn Star is coming out on top.  Then again, she’s pretty good at coming on top.  Heeyooh.

Pun Jar total is $7.

 

CAN WE GET BACK TO POLITICS?

The United States Census is used for everything from allotting representatives to figuring out where programs are focused. By trying to insert questions about citizenship in it, they are actively fucking with everything we hold dear.

There will be lawsuits. Lots of lawsuits.

 

RUMOR MILL:  THE WHISPER GALLERY

Congress is in recess for the next two weeks, with all of the Senators and Representatives heading to their home states for business.  The Dotard is down in Florida.  The Turtle went back to Kentucky, and The Human Jellyfish Paul Ryan returned to Wisconsin.

But not everyone that works in the Capitol is on vacation.  The staffers are still there doing their jobs, and the reporters and sources are still there.  And like the old phrase goes “When the cat’s away, the mice are at play.”

One example is the continuing scuttlebutt about Paul Ryan not running for re-election.  He still hasn’t filed his paperwork that he’s running, but he hasn’t filed with Wisconsin that he isn’t running, either.  He has until June 1 and May 18 respectively for each.

I don’t know what to expect, but whatever I hear, I’ll report here.

As far as CA goes, Louise has her doubts about Wylie.  She still thinks he’s a shill for Russia, and doesn’t buy his whistleblowing.  Personally, I think he had his own “Come to Jesus” moment and decided to come forward, and hopes that his work here keeps him out of serious legal trouble.

Louise also mentioned that she’s been sitting on some Peter Thiel news for over a year, out of fear that he would go to ground outside of extradition.  She says she just got the go-ahead on releasing her stories.

 

That’s it for today.  As far as the gun control posts go, I think I’ll have to make a series of them.  There are a lot of pieces of the argument, and as much as I would like to tackle the whole thing at once, there’s this little thing called life.  Things are gonna get pretty crazy over the next few months.

 

Thank you, and have a good one.

 

“Without Journalists, it’s just propaganda.”

– Katy Tur

Daily Check-In 03/26/2018

For the weekend and Monday, March 26th.

 

THE MUELLER INVESTIGATION/COLD WAR 2.0

The new development of the weekend involved, once again, The Dotard tweeting.  This time, he went on a rant about how he had no problem getting lawyers to work for him on the Russia case.

Cue the lawyers quitting his team, turning down the chance to work with him, or the ones that want to leave.

Last week, Jon Dowd quit, to be replaced by Joe DiGenova and his wife.  Two days after they were announced to join the team, they quit.  A half dozen top tier law firms have turned down the chance to work with Trump, and no one is lining up to do so.

 

CAMBRIDGE ANALYTICA AND FACEBOOK

Cambridge Analytica was confirmed to be illegally involved in Brexit, Kenya, and the U.S. 2014 elections.  This is a buildup to them being illegally involved in 2016.

By the way, if you have Facebook stock and haven’t sold it yet, you should dump it.  Move it to defense spending or companies that focus on cybersecurity.  Just saying.

 

#NEVERAGAIN

1.2 million.  More than 1.2 million people marched this weekend for gun control reform.

Emma’s Speech. Watch it. 6 minutes, 20 seconds.  Fight for your life before it’s someone else’s job.

The vitriol from the Right Wing over this past weekend was disgusting.  If your reaction to the survivors of a massacre trying to prevent it from happening again is to attack the children that survived, then you are a fucking dick.

 

STORMYWATCH, FROM THE STORM CENTER 6000 METEOROPORNOLOGICAL CENTER

I didn’t watch the interview yet, it’s sitting on the DVR.  One piece I did catch was that back in 2011, someone threatened her and her infant daughter if she talked about Trump anymore.  She assumes that this was connected to Michael Cohen.

Once again, Cohen tries to bully and intimidate Stormy into saying that he didn’t bully and intimidate her.  Stay classy, mother fucker.

 

CAN WE GET BACK TO POLITICS?

This is the second or third time in the last few weeks that rumors about Paul Ryan retiring from Congress have floated around.  I wouldn’t be surprised if in the next couple months he has something come up and he decides to “spend time with his family.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

RUMOR MILL: BANNON’S TOOLS

Here’s a link to a thread about some of the scripts used to scrape Facebook data for Cambridge Analytica.

 

That’s it for today.  I’m behind schedule on my gun control post, and the write-ups are little light tonight.  Quite frankly, it’s been a little hectic in real life.  It would be nice if I have a home repair project that doesn’t require multiple trips to the hardware store for wrong parts, bad directions, vanishing tools that only reappear after getting a replacement, or simply have a project not snowball out of control.

On the plus side, I have two new sink faucets, a relocated bookcase, and a new place to work.

 

Thank you, and have a good one.

 

“Without Journalists, it’s just propaganda.”

– Katy Tur

Daily Check-In 03/23/2018

Friday, March 23rd.

 

THE RUSSIAN INVESTIGATION

According to reports, Dowd was the main reason that Trump hadn’t interviewed with Mueller yet.  Mainly because Dowd realized that his client would lie in about 7 seconds flat.

A lawyer could lose their license to practice if they know that their client would perjure themselves.  Dowd saw this and GTFO.  DiGenova looks like he might do the same thing.

From yesterday’s post, (Daily Check-In 03/22/2018), DAG Rosenstein had a press conference this morning, where he announced indictments against hackers working for a government that the United States is on shaky terms with but the Trump family has illicit ties to.

No, it’s not Russia.  It’s Iran.

These Iranian hackers got into more than 100 universities and government agencies, stole research and information, then sold it to the highest bidder.  Often times Russia.

This does a couple things.

First, this says that we will go after people tied to governments.

Second, these actions make it harder to go after Rosenstein and Mueller.

Third, it gives the administration more to hate Iran for.

Fourth, it sets precedent.

Finally, I need to learn to count my reasons out before typing how many things I want to talk about.

The emails show Papadopoulos was the first to alert the campaign to al-Sissi’s interest in meeting and then connected top campaign leadership to the Egyptian embassy…. Trump and al-Sissi met the next night at the Plaza Hotel in New York City.

George Papadopoulos was not a “coffee-boy” like Mike Caputo claimed.  Coffee boys don’t organize meetings between Presidential candidates and foreign heads of state.

All of George’s actions in regards to Russia were performed with the approval of the Trump Campaign.  He didn’t act alone.

Remember George flipped last summer and is a cooperating witness.  Everything he knows, Mueller knows.

 

CAMBRIDGE ANALYTICA AND FACEBOOK

One of the most effective ads, according to Kaiser, was a piece of native advertising on the political news website Politico, which was also profiled in the presentation. The interactive graphic, which looked like a piece of journalism and purported to list “10 inconvenient truths about the Clinton Foundation”, appeared for several weeks to people from a list of key swing states when they visited the site. It was produced by the in-house Politico team that creates sponsored content.

The headquarters of CA were raided by the UK government on Friday after they finally received a search warrant.  The warrant was requested several days ago, and at least one person posted videos in the last couple days of CA staff packing things up into storage containers.  I’m worried that by the time the cops get there, the really good shit will be destroyed or moved offsite.

 

#NEVERAGAIN

Once again, the March for our Lives is Saturday the 24th.  Check their website for a location nearby.

 

WHITE HOUSE CHAOS

Once again, a modified transgender ban on military service.  At 9PM on a Friday.

20 bucks says this gets challenged in court by the end of the month week Tuesday Monday.

 

STORMYWATCH, FROM THE STORM CENTER 6000 METEOROPORNOLOGICAL CENTER

I watched the Karen McDougal CNN interview earlier today.  Interesting.  Karen didn’t sound like a jilted lover at all.  The only parts that were weird was when she teared up thinking about Melania.

Stormy Daniels’s interview is on 60 Minutes this Sunday on CBS.  Check local listings for time and channel.

 

CAN WE GET BACK TO POLITICS?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A couple of Roy Moore’s supporters, under direction from

 

RUMOR MILL: POISONING THE WELL

Earlier today, we learned that PatriotLou was a plant.  More specifically, a cover account in a combination of psychological experiment and an attempt to discredit various members of TeamPatriot, like Ale, TeaPain, and Dr. Dena.

This story pisses me the fuck off.

I’m pissed.  Not just because I hate being duped, it happens..  Not because I don’t like being experimented on, that part I like.  Not because I need a sharp dose of skepticism from time to time, which I do.

I’m pissed because after describing their findings of their A/B testing over last few weeks, he released a bunch of DM’s between PatriotLou and the others.  Selectively chosen for maximum impact.

I fucking hate this “gotcha” mentality.  Oh, you fooled someone.  Whoopty fucking do.

This isn’t the first time that someone pulled a move like this, and it won’t be the last.

But what this does do is it destroys the credibility of UsVsThemBlogs.  By pulling this shit, they’ve destroyed any credibility that they had.  They put so much effort into this operation to discredit TeamPatriot, TeamScooby, or whatever they’re called this week.  Yet, just by their tactics alone, they destroyed the trust they built up.

So, lessons learned…

Keep an eye out for anyone and everyone on Twitter.  Especially newer accounts.

Use your best judgement.

Just because you want it to be true, it doesn’t make it so.

It takes a longer than a few weeks to build a track record.

Even if someone trusted has vouched for the new guy, don’t trust the new guy.  We’ve all seen Donnie Brasco.

 

That’s it for today.  I’m going to start an article on Gun Control and Reform this weekend, time permitting.  I hope to get to the local march tomorrow.  I’ll describe in that article why I care so much about this.  But not now.  Now, it’s almost Midnight on Friday.  I need to get some sleep.

 

Thank you, and have a good one.

 

“Don’t trust everything you read on the Internet.”

– Abraham Lincon

 

“Without Journalists, it’s just propaganda.”

– Katy Tur

Daily Check-In 03/22/2018

Thursday March 22nd.

 

THE RUSSIAN INVESTIGATION

Representative Steve Cohen (D-TN) moved on Wednesday to have the House vote on protecting the Special Counsel’s Investigation into Russia by use of a discharge petition.  If a majority of representatives sign the petition, the Speaker of the House is required to bring the bill to the floor for a debate and vote.

This does two things.

First, it shows how much Paul Ryan is obstructing the Russian Investigation.  By refusing to bring this to the floor and requiring this kind of maneuver in the first place, it shows indifference.  Combine this with the fact that Devin Nunes is still the head of the HPSCI, this smells like obstruction.

Second, if it passes it forces a vote, and it puts everyone on the record with a public vote.  Each and every member of the House will have their votes recorded on whether or not they think that the investigation and its team should be protected.  There is 100% certainty that anyone who votes “No” on that measure will have it used against them in an re-election ad this fall.

 

Mr. Nader’s cultivation of Mr. Broidy, laid out in documents provided to The New York Times, provides a case study in the way two Persian Gulf monarchies have sought to gain influence inside the Trump White House. Mr. Nader has been granted immunity in a deal for his cooperation with the special counsel, Robert S. Mueller III, according to people familiar with the matter, and his relationship with Mr. Broidy may also offer clues to the direction of that inquiry.

Mr. Nader has now been called back from abroad to provide additional testimony, one person familiar with the matter said this week. Mr. Mueller’s investigators have already asked witnesses about Mr. Nader’s contacts with top Trump administration officials and about his possible role in funneling Emirati money to Mr. Trump’s political efforts, a sign that the investigation has broadened to examine the role of foreign money in the Trump administration.

High on the agenda of the two men — George Nader, a political adviser to the de facto ruler of the U.A.E., and Elliott Broidy, the deputy finance chairman of the Republican National Committee — was pushing the White House to remove Secretary of State Rex W. Tillerson, backing confrontational approaches to Iran and Qatar and repeatedly pressing the president to meet privately outside the White House with the leader of the U.A.E.

Rumor has hit that Erik Prince has significant ties to Chinese Intelligence. Considering that Blackwater was bought out and renamed Xi at one point, there’s some credence to this.

Nader knows a whole helluva lot about all of Erik’s dealings, and those of his family, including sister Betsy DeVos.

The part I can’t shake is why grant immunity to a convicted pedophile? If I were a defense attorney, the first thing I’d do is attack his character as a witness, hammer the point home so hard that all the jury can think of when he speaks how he likes to screw young boys.

Unless they can’t use that defense…

Nader has to be able to corroborate something terrible, even worse than Erik’s meeting with the Russians, to make an immunity deal make sense.

“Remember when they were saying, during the campaign, that Donald Trump is giving great speeches and drawing big crowds, but he is spending much less money and not using social media as well as Crooked Hillary’s large and highly sophisticated staff. Well, not saying that anymore!”

This isn’t a tweet from months ago, years ago, or even a couple weeks ago.  This was from today.  This morning.  Right as Cambridge Analytica is being dragged through the mud, and Congress is demanding their CEO show up to answer questions.

Mr. Dowd, who took over the president’s legal team last summer, had considered leaving several times in recent months and ultimately concluded that Mr. Trump was increasingly ignoring his advice, one of the people said. Mr. Trump has insisted he should sit for an interview with the special counsel’s office, even though Mr. Dowd believed it was a bad idea.

Jon Dowd was the closest thing that the Trump legal team had to a competent lawyer.  Trump fired him/Dowd quit because Trump won’t listen to his lawyers to avoid legal trouble.

Instead, he now has a team full of Fox News contributors working as his legal team.  Like Rachel Maddow said, this is a PR team designed to explain Trump’s actions, not to prevent him from going to jail.

 

We have confirmation that Guccifer 2.0 is Russian GRU.

But on one occasion, The Daily Beast has learned, Guccifer failed to activate the VPN client before logging on. As a result, he left a real, Moscow-based Internet Protocol address in the server logs of an American social media company, according to a source familiar with the government’s Guccifer investigation. Twitter and WordPress were Guccifer 2.0’s favored outlets. Neither company would comment for this story, and Guccifer did not respond to a direct message on Twitter.

Working off the IP address, U.S. investigators identified Guccifer 2.0 as a particular GRU officer working out of the agency’s headquarters on Grizodubovoy Street in Moscow. (The Daily Beast’s sources did not disclose which particular officer worked as Guccifer.)

This is huge.

I’ve described before how IP addresses work in Daily Check-In 02/21/2018, so I don’t need as much detail here, but here’s how a VPN works…

VPN’s, or Virtual Private Networks, are like wormholes through the internet.  Connect to the VPN at one point, and the connection tunnels it’s way to the server the VPN is hosted. All access to the internet is handled from the VPN host’s location, so it appears that everything done by the computer is taking place from the VPN.

Guccifer 2.0 was using Elite VPN, headquartered out of Russia but hosted out of France.  Any IP traces of their traffic from the outside would trace it to a server in France.

Except that one time that they forgot to launch the VPN before logging on.

Once that happened, it was game over.  USIC grabbed the IP addresses, and either them or friendly IC, like the Dutch (Daily Check-In 01/26/2018) traced the IP to the specific computer and pwned it.

Pwn=Utter defeat.  To completely get the better of.

I’ve mentioned many times before that Guccifer 2.0 was Russian.  But this is proof from the Mainstream Media, from the Press.  Evidence that Roger Stone bragged about working with a Russian Intelligence Agent.  Evidence that Aaron Nevins, a GOP operative from Florida, received stolen documents from a Russian Intelligence Agent.  Evidence that Julian Assange received the stolen emails from a Russian Intelligence Agent.

Evidence that a Russian Intelligence Agent had possession of stolen emails from an American political party, and used them to impact the election.

Friday morning is going to be lit.

Lit=Turned up, excited, popping, over the top.

 

CAPITOL HILL

History is going to look back at this and say that it was the most brazen example of partisan politics.  In the same two week span that news breaks of Cambridge Analytica working with the Trump Campaign with stolen Facebook data, the House Intelligence Committee says that the Trump Campaign did not collude with the Russians, even though they didn’t investigate CA or Facebook, and refused to even interview them.  On top of that, the House Judiciary Committee subpoenaed the FBI for “abuses in the DOJ”, and not the Attorney General or anyone involved in the McCabe firing.

Here’s a list of things that the Democrats weren’t allowed to research:

Thursday 3-22-18

 

FACEBOOK AND CAMBRIDGE ANALYTICA

One group of scumbags using a shady organization is odd.  Two is suspicious.  All of the scumbags using the same shady organization reeks of conspiracy.

 

#NEVERAGAIN

The massive spending bill that needs to pass by Friday to avoid yet another government shutdown includes two bills that improve gun safety in this country.

The first bill cleans up language of a previous bill which prevented the Centers for Disease Control from researching anything related to gun violence for the last two decades.

The second, called “Fix NICS”, aims to improve state reporting to the National Instant Criminal Background Check System.  Right now, not every state is required to submit information to it.  This bill would mandate that they do have to participate in it, but doesn’t include punishment for not taking part.  It does include blocks of grant money that the states can use to offset the administrative costs of getting their systems to work with NICS.

Baby steps.  That’s how we’ll fix this, with small steps one at a time, until we’re running.

 

WHITE HOUSE CHAOS

John Bolton is bad.  Real bad.  He was the craziest person in the Bush Administration, and was trying to start wars in Iran, North Korea, and anyone else he could justify.

I’m trying to stay calm.  He takes over for McMaster on April 9th.  A lot can happen in two weeks.

By the way, anyone else not surprised that Trump moved to fire McMaster after McMaster called out the Russians for their attack on Sergei Skripal?

 

AUSTIN

By 9:49 p.m., Paxton told KVUE that the devices were not connected and that he merely had repeated bad information. “I was on the show, one of my law enforcement guys called, because I was just sitting in the chair and they were coming to me periodically, and he was giving me information. He said, ‘I have no reason to believe this isn’t the same person.’ So that’s what I gave to Sean Hannity. When I got off the show, I called the Austin PD chief and talked to him. He gave me a different version, saying they were pretty sure it was unrelated, that it was an incendiary device that somebody threw in the Goodwill, so the early report was different from what the chief gave me, so I just give the information I get as I go along.”

Two things.  The Attorney General is a complete dick who is under investigation for multiple crimes, and don’t give me this bullshit that his wasn’t a terrorist attack just because he’s white.  If he was black, brown, yellow, or even had a deep tan or if the targets were white, the media, right wing, and religious zealots would be up in arms about how this monster was indoctrinated from an early age in a religion of hate, and he targeted his victims based off of racists policies.

Instead, they’ll try to ignore what this is.  Extremist, right wing religious and racist domestic terrorism.

 

STORMYWATCH, FROM THE STORMCENTER 6000 METEOROPORNOLOGICAL CENTER

“You know the last time an attorney pointed at me like this and made threats to me like this, I tagged him for $454 million dollars”

Karen McDougal interviewed Anderson Cooper on CNN, and told the details of her affair with Donald Trump, including him trying to pay her and a trip to Melania’s bedroom.

That’s pretty fucked up.

 

TRUMP ORG AND CORRUPTION, FROM THE WATER IS WET DEPARTMENT

The AP reported Sunday that Kushner Cos. stated in more than 80 of permit applications that it had zero rent-regulated tenants in its buildings when it, in fact, had hundreds.

The Kushner Cos. said Wednesday that it is the victim of “politically motivated attacks.” It said it values and respects its tenants and operates under “the highest legal and ethical standards.”

In earlier statements the company said it outsourced preparation of its permit applications to third parties, and described the wrong information as “mistakes or typographical errors.” It also said it corrected mistakes as soon as it spotted them.

The buildings department confirmed on Wednesday that its building marshal’s office had launched investigations into possible false paperwork.

A typographical error?  That’s their excuse?  A typo…on multiple sets of paperwork…for more than 80 rental properties…totaling hundreds of apartments and condos?

That snapping sound is my credulity breaking.

 

COLD WAR 2.0

So, we have Russia supporting the Taliban, ISIS, laundering money through BitCoin, and using their “Security Company” to tell the world about the USIC’s spying on ISIS.

Putin’s Russia is the enemy of freedom and democracy around the world.

 

CAN WE GET BACK TO POLITICS?

As I said before on Daily Check-In 03/02/2018, tariffs are a bad idea.  No one wins a trade war, except those not involved.

Like Russia.  Their only exports are fossil fuels and sadness, and neither of those were tariffed.

 

MEDIA MATTERS

We’re fast approaching the next phase of the shitstorm, and Fox News’s role in attacking our Democracy will not go unnoticed nor unpunished.

 

RUMOR MILL: WHAT’S NEXT?

Twitter is all atwitter that shit’s ’bout to get real, yo.

All of the insiders are are talking about imminent indictments.  Nobody was sure when, until the following press conference announcement.

Gee, a major Cyber Law Enforcement announcement, involving the Deputy Attorney General, the head of FinCEN, the US Attorney for SDNY, and the new Deputy Director of the FBI.  And, it comes on the heels of the Guccifer 2.0 GRU story, Cambridge Analytica, and after multiple times that Roger Stone’s friends have been in the news.

Countercheckist, TeaPain, PatriotLou, Louise, the Alt’s, ALL OF THEM are talking about indictments in the morning.

 

That’s it for today.  Friday is likely going to be crazy.  Historic crazy.  Be ready for anything.  This weekend has likely indictments against Russian hackers and American coconspirators, Stormy Daniels’s interview on 60 Minutes, the March for our Lives, and persistent rumors of Trump trying to fire Mueller.  That last part will be made politically impossible after indictments drop.

The plan is to write an article about gun control.  To say that gun control is a touchy subject for some people is an understatement.  I’ve had more peaceful arguments drunk off my ass arguing with priests about how their gods were figment of their imaginations. (Yes, I’m a bit of a dick.).

There is no simple answer for gun control.  If there were, we would have done it by now.

Tomorrow is probably going to be fast and furious.  Like I said before, if we’re getting indictments in the morning, then they’ll most likely be for a bunch of hackers, both Russian and American, but Roger Stone is likely to be the biggest name involved.  I don’t think Mueller’s going to make a move against the Trump family yet.  That won’t happen until everything is ready to wrap up, and when he does go for the family, it will be endgame.

 

Thank you, and have a good one.

 

“Without Journalists, it’s just propaganda.”

– Katy Tur