Daily Check-In 04/17/2018

Tuesday, April 17th.  Tax Day in the United States.

 

COHEN

 

STORMYWATCH

He looks like a douchier, Dollar Store version of Tom Brady.

Oh, here we go again.

Barbara Moore was the December 1992 Playmate of the Month.

 

COMEY DON’T PLAY THAT

“President Trump, I don’t follow him on Twitter but I get to see his tweets tweeted, I don’t know how many, but some tweets this past couple of days that I should be in jail. The president of the United States just said that a private citizen should be jailed. And I think the reaction of most of us was, ‘meh, that’s another one of those things.’ This is not normal. This is not OK,” Comey told NPR in an interview broadcast Tuesday morning. “The reason I’m talking in terms of morality is, those are the things that matter most to this country. And there’s a great danger we’ll be numbed into forgetting that, and then only a fool would be consoled by some policy victory.”

“This is not some tin pot dictatorship where the leader of the country gets to say ‘the people I don’t like go to jail.’ Our Lady Justice wears a blindfold. And the reason all those statues all over the country have a blindfold is, that’s the way it has to be,” Comey told NPR. “Lady Justice can’t be peeking under the blindfold to see if Donald Trump wants her to convict so-and-so and not convict so-and-so. If we lose that, we’ve lost the rule of law, and so there’s great danger in the president of the United States saying ‘you should be in jail.’”

 

THE RUSSIAN INVESTIGATION

Those who fail to learn from history are doomed to repeat it.

Back in the 90’s, Ken Starr was the Special Counselor investigating Whitewater, a land deal involving the Clinton family. That morphed into corruption in Arkansas, a couple claims of sexual assault, and eventually Bill Clinton lying under oath about getting a blowjob from Monica Lewinsky.

Throughout the whole process, there were several court cases that were heard, but many of the documents were sealed. On Monday, a judge decided to unseal 11 cases related to the Clinton Investigation.

Before anyone gets off a tizzy screaming “But Hilary” or “Why are reliving this crap?”, this is actually a pretty cool thing. These cases dealt with unprecedented legal items at the time, like “Can the White House be subpoenaed to turn over their visitor logs?” or “Are physical descriptions of the President’s penis admissible in court?” or “Does attorney-client privilege extend to all matters that take place in front of an attorney?” Prescient questions that we’re asking today.

 

COLD WAR 2.0

 

CAMBRIDGE ANALYTICA AND FACEBOOK

 

WHITE HOUSE CHAOS

 

THE PROPAGANDA MACHINE

On May 25, 2017, KFAQ, a radio station based in Tulsa, Oklahoma, received a cease-and-desist letter signed by two lawyers for Hannity: Victoria Toensing and Jay Alan Sekulow. Toensing’s signature sits above her name and that of her husband Joseph E. diGenova, the members of diGenova and Toensing LLP, who are identified as “Counsel for Sean Hannity,” according to a copy of the letter obtained by The Atlantic. Sekulow is also identified in the letter page as a “Counsel for Sean Hannity.”

Sekulow is now the only known personal attorney for President Trump working full-time on the response to Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s inquiry. Sekulow recently announced that diGenova and Toensing had been hired to join him, before reversing course. The letter to the radio station was sent before Sekulow joined Trump’s team.

The advisor, Elizabeth Pierce, is the former chief executive of Quintillion, an Alaska-based fiber optic cable provider operating out of Anchorage. In her capacity as CEO, Pierce allegedly raised more than $250 million from two New York-based investment companies using forged contracts with other companies guaranteeing hundreds of millions of dollars in future revenue. Pierce resigned from Quintillion in August of last year, and she stepped down from her role in Pai’s Broadband Deployment Advisory Committee (BDAC) the following month.

“As it turned out, those sales agreements were worthless because the customers had not signed them,” US attorney Geoffrey Berman said in prepared remarks, as reported by the WSJ. “Instead, as alleged, Pierce had forged counter-party signatures on contract after contract. As a result of Pierce’s deception, the investment companies were left with a system that is worth far less than Pierce had led them to believe.” Pierce was trying to raise money to help build out a fiber optic system that would wire Alaska with high-speed internet and better help connect it to networks in other US states. Pierce was charged with wire fraud last Thursday and faces a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison.

 

#NEVERAGAIN

 

GOP: THE PARTY OF LINCOLN IS DEAD

Did I go through the complete list of victims? No.

There is one victim. None of us want talk about him.

But given my age, I have the courage to say it. This victim, his name is Alexandre Bissonnette.

Alexandre, before being a killer he was a victim himself. Before planting his bullets in the heads of his victims, somebody planted ideas more dangerous than the bullets in his head.

This little kid didn’t wake up in the morning and say ‘Hey guys instead of going to have a picnic or watching the Canadiens, I will go kill some people in the mosque.’ It doesn’t happen that way.

Day after day, week after week, month after month, certain politicians unfortunately, and certain reporters unfortunately, and certain media were poisoning our atmosphere.

-Imam Hassan Guillet

A Phoenix judge denied Arpaio’s request to erase his conviction entirely, saying in October that the presidential pardon didn’t “revise the historical facts of this case.” The appeals panel, by a 2-1 vote, said that since the U.S. Justice Department won’t defend that ruling, an outside lawyer must be appointed to argue against Arpaio.

 

SAY GOODBYE TO THE ECONOMY: SPECIAL TAX DAY DAY BEFORE TAX DAY SPECIAL

China’s Commerce Ministry said Tuesday that customs officers will charge importers a fee of about 179% on US sorghum after an investigation found the shipments were unfairly subsidizedand damaging Chinese producers.

Sorghum is a grain that is used to feed livestock and make a liquor that’s very popular with Chinese drinkers.

China is the largest buyer of American sorghum products. Its imports of the crop were worth about $960 million last year, according to Chinese customs data.

Yes, I had the exact same question.  What the hell is sorghum?

 

CAN WE GET BACK TO POLITICS?

 

RUMOR MILL:  CALLING A MOBBED-UP SPADE A MOBBED-UP SPADE

Lincoln’s Bible has made digging into Trump’s mob ties into an art form.  Now that Jim Comey called Trump’s presidency a Mob Coup, it’s time to go back and look at all of the hard work he did.

Spicy Mic posted Russia’s Telegram ban is a big, convoluted mess | The Verge earlier.  Russia is trying to ban Telegram, a messaging app that is not infiltrated by Russian Intelligence.  Problem is, their attempts at turning it off are breaking everything else.  Spicy’s holding on to something related to this, and she’s teasing that it’s big.  Let’s wait and see.

Former NSA analyst connects the dots between Sean Hannity, Julian Assange and Russian spies

It’s nice to see the MSM picking up what we’ve been talking about for over a year.

 

That’s it for today.  I was going to get into more detail, but something came up in the real world that I have to take care of.

 

Thank you, and have a good one.

 

“Without Journalists, it’s just propaganda.”

– Katy Tur

 

 

 

 

 

 

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