Tuesday, October 30, 2018
THE RUSSIAN INVESTIGATION
- As special counsel closes in, Roger Stone suits up for legal battle
- Mueller Investigators Probe Roger Stone Conference Calls
- Russia Is Meddling In The Midterms. The White House Just Isn’t Talking About It.
Ratfucking Gone Sideways
Remember yesterday (Daily Check-In 10/29/2018) how I mentioned that there were some weird rumors floating around about how someone was trying to smear Robert Mueller with a sex assault claim. Less than an hour after I posted, all hell broke loose.
What started with a story about a woman emailing a reporter and disappearing soon turned into a dozen reporters all receiving the same information, a GOP conspiracy theorist named Jack Burkman claiming that he had a woman ready to go public with claims, another woman coming forward saying that she was approached and offered money to lie in an affidavit that Robert Mueller assaulted her, and the press uncovering that this was all orchestrated by one troll shitgibbon named Jacob Wohl.
I’ve only mentioned him briefly once before, last week on Daily Check-In 10/26/2018. He was one of the Right Wing people that claimed that the MAGABomber was a false flag attack. I’ve run into him a few times on Twitter, and he’s always getting his ass handed to him. He’s a troll, plain and simple.
He also writes for the Gateway Pundit and is the youngest hedge fund manager to ever be banned for life from the financial industry. His events in that escapade should have landed him in jail. Now, he’s fucked six ways to Sunday.
Jacob Wohl set up a fake company called SureFire Intelligence and worked with Jack Burkman to entice women to make false claims against Robert Mueller in an attempt to scuttle the Russian Investigation. They offered to pay at least two women to make these claims. Wohl then published this story on Gateway Pundit, where he works as a writer, claiming that he had “inside information.”
From those couple paragraphs, we’ve got Conspiracy, Obstruction of Justice, Wire Fraud, Subornation of Perjury, Fraud, and probably a few dozen computer crimes. And that’s just from what broke in the news.
The only reason I’m not blazing mad with this blatant attempt by a troll to try to sideline the investigation is that I’m laughing at how amazingly bad he executed his plan.
The company website was registered using his email from his banned hedge fund company. The website’s phone number directs to his mom’s voicemail. The employees are stock photos and celebrities. The people he contacted immediately reached out to the press and to the Special Counselor’s office.
Yes, Robert Mueller knows. And they immediately forwarded this to the FBI for further investigation.
Below are the Twitter threads that illustrate all of the work that the nearly dozen journalists working this story.
- Journalist Scott Stedman is warning of an attempted Mueller smear story tomorrow
- Special Counsel Alerts FBI Of Scheme To Pay Women To Accuse Mueller Of Sexual Assault
- Scott Stedman and the Thread that started it all
I wasn’t going to report on this, but I think my fears are coming true. Based on information that I am privy to, I believe false accusations will be spread about Mueller in order to discredit him and possibly the journalists who are preparing this story.
Scott Stedman added,
Jacob WohlVerified account@JacobAWohl
Several media sources tell me that a scandalous story about Mueller is breaking tomorrow. Should be interesting. Stay tuned!
Two weeks ago, I was contacted by a woman who claimed to be a former associate of Mueller who said that she got a phone call from a man working on behalf of a GOP operative who was paying women to come forward to make up sexual assault allegations.
I worked on this story and chased down leads, but found the woman to be very unreliable. She wouldn’t get on the phone, she lied about journalists she was working with, etc. Furthermore, I got in contact with the man who allegedly was offering the money….
He was extremely willing to confirm that he was indeed paying women to tell stories about Mueller. I concluded that this was an effort to discredit journalists working on the Trump-Russia story by planting a false story and see who would print it.
I still don’t know what to make of the entire situation, but I fear that this is a scheme to discredit those who are reporting on the Russia investigation. If the story coming out tomorrow matches the story I heard, I will post more details.
I know that some journalists who were contacted by the woman* are becoming increasingly worried that something sketchy is afoot here. *we have no idea who this person is
IMPORTANT: If you see a story tomorrow or anytime in the future of former colleagues of Mueller coming forward with sexual assault claims then please check in with my feed. I have receipts.
I was super hesitant to post this thread because I didn’t want to give these people any attention or put this out to the public. However based on Wohl’s tweet and some rumblings behind the scenes, I think it’s necessary to give a heads up.
Wohl just told me his info is coming from a GOP lobbyist, which makes me increasingly worried. I fear that someone covering Mueller has fallen for a fake story.
The creeps behind whatever scheme this is don’t deserve name recognition UNLESS the story about Mueller gets printed. I won’t be saying anything else on this topic if/when something develops further.
.@Jack_Burkmanis behind a GOP scheme to offer women money to make up stories about Robert Mueller’s alleged sexual harassment. The Special Counsel’s office has referred the matter to the FBI. I was privy to this scheme. This thread will detail my experience.
2 weeks ago, I, along with other journalists were set an email from a woman who alleged that she was a former colleague of Mueller. She said that Jack Burkman, via an intermediary, offered her tens of thousands to make up sexual assault claims against Mueller.
I found the woman to be unreliable, she wouldn’t get on the phone, she wouldn’t give me any other contact information. She did however give me the phone number of the intermediary who allegedly offered this money on behalf of Burkman.
The intermediary, in messages to me (see attached) confirmed the story. I don’t know the true identity of this person OR the person who sent the original email.
I discussed this with other journalists, mainly @NatashaBertrand, but I concluded that this was an effort to discredit the media. However, it appears now that Burkman is trying to move forward with these claims. The Special Counsel’s office has referred the matter to the FBI.
I don’t know what to make of what has transpired. I didn’t find the woman reliable. I found that the intermediary was oddly eager to share details. I came public with this story because Jacob Wohl teased that this was coming. He appears involved in the campaign as well.
I faced a huge internal struggle here. I didn’t want to give these people any credence, but when I learned that Burkman and Wohl were going through with this, I felt the need to speak up.
Scott Stedman Retweeted Scott Stedman
Scott Stedman added,
Scott Stedman @ScottMStedman
I want to make this entirely clear: There is ZERO evidence that a woman actually exists in this story. The only people known to be involved are Wohl and Burkman.
- Angry White House Staffers: Everyone ready for the same people who just rammed Kavanaugh through to lecture us about how we have to believe survivors?
- Natasha Bertand: Can confirm
- Caroline Orr on Jack Burkman
Today: A woman alleges that she was offered roughly $20,000 by a GOP activist named Jack Burkman “to make accusations of sexual misconduct & workplace harassment against Robert Mueller.” Feb 2018: Burkman offered $25,000 for proof of wrongdoing at FBI (https://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2018/feb/8/jack-burkman-dc-lobbyist-offers-25k-evidence-fbi-w/…)
This is Jack Burkman, the GOP operative who reportedly offered a woman $20,000 to make false allegations of sexual misconduct & harassment against special counsel Mueller. Two hours ago, he was announcing plans for a news conference to parade the woman in front of the media. 1/
And here is Jack Burkman’s Facebook announcement where he talks about his plans to bring forward allegations of sexual misconduct and harassment against special counsel Robert Mueller. He hasn’t canceled it yet, but I assume he will. 2/ https://www.facebook.com/jackburkmanradio/videos/838373133160974/…
Then there’s a private intelligence company called SureFire Intelligence. – A few days ago it posted about a media request from the New Yorker’s Jane Mayer, who often reports on sexual assault. -This afternoon it posted about a “flurry of press inquiries.” hmm, wonder why? 3/
- Looks Like Someone May Be Planning False Sexual Assault Accusations Against Robert Mueller
- MAGA Trolls’ Efforts to Take Down Robert Mueller Flame Out in Hilarious and Spectacular Fashion
- Ming: Has Wohl been taken into custody yet?
- Aric Toler: This is Weird
Hahahahahhaha Jacob Wohl (the “LA hipster cafe” guy) is tied to the DNS records for the place that did the “investigation” for this thing. He used firstname.lastname@example.org when setting up the site. https://surefireintelligence.com.cutestat.com/
This information was not changed or added ever since Wohl started tweeting about a Mueller accusation. Google cache from October 27 shows that his email was in the DNS records then (archived: https://web.archive.org/web/20181030195017/https://webcache.googleusercontent.com/search?q=cache:1qkRbrCNqSQJ:https://surefireintelligence.com.cutestat.com/+&cd=1&hl=en&ct=clnk&gl=us …)
Looking into the employees for “Surefire Intelligence” on LinkedIn, and it’s not a promising start for this being a legit place.
Surefire Intelligence’s “Tel Aviv Station Chief” is an Israeli supermodel
Jacob Wohl is a moron and didn’t realize that there are reverse image search engines other than Google when he was adding filters to these pictures. Yandex got this as the very first result.
Surefire Intelligence’s LA “Private Investigator” is British model/photographer Nick Hopper.
Surefire Intelligence’s “Head of Government Relations” also works as a model for stock photos.
Surefire Intelligence’s “Financial Investigator” in Zurich is Christoph Waltz. What a great hire!
Surefire Intelligence’s “Deputy Director of Operations” is a minister from Michigan.
- Mueller refers sex assault scheme targeting him to FBI for investigation
- Mueller’s office asks FBI to investigate claims that women were offered money to falsely accuse Mueller of sexual misconduct
- Natasha Bertrand: NEW: The Special Counsel’s office was made aware of a scheme to pay off women to make up sexual harassment claims against Mueller. It has referred the scheme to the FBI. STORY:
- Radio Host Denies Offering Payments to Women to Make Claims About Robert Mueller
- Tea Pain: 15 minutes ago, these two #MAGAMorons walked into a federal bear-trap. The FBI was aware of their plot to discredit Mueller LAST WEEK.
- Women offered payouts to accuse Mueller of sexual harassment
- Will Sommer: Gateway Pundit, which published the Jacob Wohl-backed dossier filled with wild accusations about Mueller, is back-pedaling fast. They’ve taken down the file and are now trying to claim Mueller making a criminal referral to the FBI is an abuse of government power.
- Angry White House Staffer: <Returns from last dad joke> Catfishing Robert Mueller seems like a SureFire way to go to jail. I’ll see myself out again.
- Angry White House Staffer: Guys, don’t fall for the Mueller distraction if it even materializes. They’ve been looking for a way to go after him since he was appointed, and nothing has worked yet. Besides, he probably kept very detailed calendars to refute these frivolous claims.
- Keyser Soze Bro: A Jacob Wohl Story
My little Jacob Wohl story: August 2016, we’re sitting around the trading turrets at my office on a bored to tears slow day. Our receptionist said someone was here for his 2pm appointment. None of us had an appointment on schedule. Who is it? we ask? Some guy named Jacob Wohl 1/
Jacob Wohl, for those out of loop, gained quite a bit of notoriety for becoming the youngest guy to ever get himself barred for life from the financial industry. Now he’s waiting in our lobby to pitch something. We’re a large merchant bank. 2/
Send him in, we said. In walks young Jacob asking to be seeded with $25mm to start a new hedge fund in exchange for an ownership stake in it. Oh, & he needs an office. And a Bloomberg station. And needs to borrow staff until he can hire some guys. And he needs a leased car… 3/
And he needs an answer today. Right now. Because there’s a competing offer from Izzy Englander’s firm Millenium (we know those guys well). We fight the urge to literally start laughing, but do ask him…hey, you the same guy who got banned by regulators? He didn’t even flinch 4/
He went on about that being untrue & handed over a letter he said was from his lawyer who had confirmed he was not barred, had been vindicated but it ‘just wasn’t in the system yet at the SEC, CFTC’…whatever that means. 5/
One of my colleagues politely told Jacob that we don’t usually do seed deals & when we do it’s only after someone works here as a PM for a few years, so no. Take the deal with Izzy, kid. We ended the meeting right there. 6/
The attorney letter was on obviously forged letterhead for Davis Polk (including a wrong address). Less than an hour later we get a call from someone we know at Millenium asking who the hell this kid using our name to get a meeting is. We had a laugh. Hey, the kid tried. /fin
Update on the plot against Mueller: I can vouch for @jentauband @NatashaBertrand‘s story. On Oct. 22, Jen sent me a screenshot of this email offering to pay her for information (dirt) on Mueller, long before anyone had mentioned “Surefire Intelligence”… (i.e., @JacobAWohl)
Jed Shugerman Vote 11/6 added,
Natasha BertrandVerified account @NatashaBertrand
NEW: Another woman, @jentaub, was contacted on October 22 by a man claiming to work for Surefire Intelligence, who offered to pay her to discuss her “past encounters” with Mueller. (She’s never met Mueller.) Story has been updated: https://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2018/10/special-counsel-refers-scheme-targeting-mueller-to-fbi/574411/ …
Jed Shugerman Vote 11/6 Retweeted Yashar Ali 🐘
2/ See also:
Jed Shugerman Vote 11/6 added,
Yashar Ali 🐘Verified account @yashar
13 days ago I received this tip alleging an attempt to pay off women to make up accusations of sexual misconduct against Special Counsel Bob Mueller. Other reporters received the same email. Now the Special Counsel’s…
Jed Shugerman Vote 11/6 Retweeted Jane Mayer
3/ From @JaneMayerNYer: @JacobAWohl, surefire criminal mastermind.
Jed Shugerman Vote 11/6 added,
Jane MayerVerified account @JaneMayerNYer
Odd. Jacob Wohl says he doesn’t know nuttin’ about Surefire Intelligence, the firm tied to the bizarre Mueller allegations. Take a look at the photos below of Mathhew Cohen, head of ‘Surefire,’ and of Jacob Wohl.
4/ Backfire Intelligence, amirite?
5/ @Mimirocah1at @MSNBCalso received this same email from @jentaubon Oct. 22d, eight days before Surefire Intelligence was in the news.
6/ To those claiming @Jack_Burkman& @JacobAWohlwere merely punking the media: I have the email to @jentaub& it debunks your theory. They were intending to pay a real woman to frame Mueller. Even a conspiracy that is too stupid to succeed is still a criminal conspiracy.
7/ Just to clarify: the email doesn’t say, “We’ll pay you to lie.” But the email shows that Surefire was looking to pay a real person for dirt. This wasn’t just a little prank to show media bias, as the Wohl defenders have asserted.
- Conservative activist Jacob Wohl accused of creating a bogus company with fake employees in a ploy to level false sexual-misconduct claims against Robert Mueller.
- Countercheckist: Dear patriots, Relax. There’s no need to panic about everything potentially negative that crosses your feed. Take things in stride, and remember: #TeamTreason’s increasing desperation is a good sign… 😉
- Countercheckist: Today Twitter learned what some have known for a long time; @JacobAWohl is a moron. Enjoy your FBI investigation, sport. #FoiledByMooseAndSquirrel
- John Schindler: 21 months since Trump became POTUS have been difficult for those of us who care about democratic norms, our allies & basic decency. But it’s also the Peter Principle at atomic levels, so highly enjoyable. The “secret op” to take out Mueller is too stupid for the Coen Brothers.
- Inside the Crazy Cabal Trying to Smear Robert Mueller
- Lachlan Markay: Surefire Intelligence
@SurefireIntel website contains images uploaded to the same Google cloud account as images uploaded to websites for three of Wohl’s asset management firms https://www.thedailybeast.com/inside-the-crazy-cabal-trying-to-smear-robert-mueller …
One of the more amusing asides to this Surefire stuff is the comically wannabe-ish titles its employees give themselves. Station chief! For a PI firm!
More! At least three supposed Surefire employees, including “station chiefs” in DC and Tel Aviv, use fake LinkedIn headshots. The two station chiefs’ pics are actually of Israeli model Bar Rafaeli and Sigourney Weaver’s husband
Trump’s legal team is staying far, far away from these sketchy allegations against Mueller. Giuliani tells
@willsommer and me: “Something like this would be totally inconsistent with what I know of him…I’ve never had any issue with Bob’s character.”
- Special Counsel Alerts FBI Of Scheme To Pay Women To Accuse Mueller Of Sexual Assault
- Special counsel asks FBI to investigate conspiracy against Mueller
- Special Counsel Refers Scheme Targeting Mueller to FBI
- Rick Wilson: It’s. A. Trap. My operative theory is that this is soon-to-be indicted geriatric ratfucker Roger Stone and his alt-right bitch boys, wannabes, and clingers trying to shank Robert Mueller. Expect it to drop on Thursday night.
- Postimus Maximus: The rumored Mueller story is likely just the 900th attempt at conspiracy to discredit the investigation. If it does come out, ignore it and move on. We’ve been here a million times. Obama wiretapping, FISA memo, Strzok texts, etc. It all leads nowhere.
- Pro-Trump troll busted for running fake intelligence firm tied to Mueller smear
- A Crime A Day: 18 USC §1622 makes it a federal crime to corruptly procure someone to commit perjury.
RIGHT WING TERRORISM
- ‘I’m Dr. Cohen’: The powerful humanity of the Jewish hospital staff that treated the suspected gunman
- Despite calls to stay away, Trump heads to Pittsburgh after synagogue massacre
- Don Lemon: ‘Right-winger’ responsible for synagogue shooting; ‘I don’t see Democrats killing people’
- Fox News Has Done More to Incite Domestic Political Violence than Donald Trump
- Funerals begin in Pittsburgh as Trump prepares to visit
- Local, national officials decline to appear with Trump in Pittsburgh
- Michael Avenatti: I was informed this afternoon by the FBI that I was targeted by Cesar Sayoc. I applaud the hard working men and women of the FBI for his arrest and their continuing investigation. At some point, Trump will be held accountable for his role in the events of the last few weeks.
- Pittsburgh Mayor Sends Message To Trump: Don’t Come During The Funerals
- Pittsburgh readies itself for funerals, Trump visit after synagogue shooting
- Pittsburgh shooting: thousands march to remember victims and denounce Trump’s visit
- Pittsburgh suspect echoed talking point that dominated Fox News airwaves
- Republicans and Democrats Snub Controversial Trump Visit To Grieving Pittsburgh
- Synagogue shooting victim’s family rejects offer to meet Trump
- Thousands Gather In Squirrel Hill For Protest Against President Trump’s Visit
- Pointing to Trump’s rhetoric, attorneys for Kansas militiaman convicted of mosque bomb plot ask for a more lenient sentence
- Kansas militia men blame Trump’s rhetoric for planned attack
- Trump made us do it: Kansas militia men behind mosque bomb plot blame president’s rhetoric
- The Bible says to welcome immigrants. So why don’t white evangelicals?
- Migrant caravans won’t bring disease — anti-vaxxers will
- One day and 28 miles with the migrant caravan in Mexico: Thirst, songs and a police showdown
- Trump Administration is Illegally Turning Away Asylum Seekers
- I’m Old Enough to Remember When a President Moving Troops Into Texas Was a Sign of the Apocalypse
- Top general anticipates more than 5,200 troops might deploy to border
- U. S. will deploy 5,200 additional troops to the Mexican border, officials say
- Veterans slam Trump for border ‘stunt’
- Dave Chappelle: Russia didn’t make us racists
- She was ‘white and hot’ in a racist video. Now she’s viral and unemployed.
- Don’t fall for Trump’s desperate, race-baiting birthright citizenship stunt
- Donald Trump wants to end birthright citizenship. Ted Cruz supports that. Beto O’Rourke doesn’t.
- The Fourteenth Amendment Can’t Be Revoked by Executive Order
- President Trump’s Birthright Citizenship Idea Is Part of His All-Out Midterm Strategy
- Trump eyeing executive order to end citizenship for children born in U.S. to noncitizens
- Trump eyeing executive order to end citizenship for children of noncitizens born on U.S. soil
- A Blatant Lie and ‘Obvious Stunt’: Trump Claims He Can End 14th Amendment Protections by Presidential Fiat
- Trump has ‘zero authority’ to end birthright citizenship, and this is a ‘Hail Mary’ a week before the midterms, legal experts say
- GOP lawmaker blasts Trump: ‘Birthright citizenship is protected by the Constitution’
- Speaker Ryan: ‘You cannot end birthright citizenship with an executive order’
- Paul Ryan dismisses Trump’s vow to end birthright citizenship
- Facebook and Instagram Ban The Proud Boys and Founder Gavin McInnes
- Facebook is banning far-right militia The Proud Boys after a violent attack in New York
- Pwn All The Things: White Nationalism
Too much commentary on how the birthright thing is unconstitutional and not enough about how it is white nationalism.
What folks forget is how the premise works. First they get rid of birthright citizenship. “It only counts if one of your parents is a citizen” they will claim.
Then once they’ve done that, they will go after the people who do have a parent that is a citizen, and they will attack the basis of that citizenship.
- Tea Pain: When White Nationalists were known as “Constitutional Conservatives”, they called for Obama’s impeachment when he used an Exec Order to extend an insurance sign-up deadline. Today they cheer as a white (orange) President promises to repeal the 14th Amendment by Exec Order.
- White Supremacists Are Out of the Shadows and Running for Office
- Adam Davidson on White Nationalism
Dear Media, here is the clear truth: Donald Trump is explicitly seeking to turn America into a white Ethnostate. He is following an openly racist plan, crafted by open racists. If you report this story any other way you are not reporting the facts or being objective. 1/
If you think this is an extreme position or an opinion, you haven’t read enough about the white nationalist movement, Stephen Miller, Bannon, Sessions, etc. Eliminating birthright citizenship is a central plank in a well-articulated, coherent movement to make America whiter. 2/
Blaming Soros is a central tool. It is part of a (crazy, wrong, but internally coherent) theory of the case: – By nature, people can only form society with their closer kin. – Yadda Yadda (the arguments are terrible) White people have certain values that non-whites don’t. 3/
(continuing the white power explanation) – All whites, by nature, would know they only want a white society. – An outside group–hint, it’s the Jews!–is tricking them into going against their nature (white nationalists think they know a lot about core human nature). 4/
(continuing views I hate to explain them) – There is an existential race to save America. By 2046, it will become majority minority and then (in this fevered nonsensical view) there will be a civil war because unlike people can’t form stable societies. 5/
(more stuff I despise, so others understand) – The solution (in their minds) is twofold: 1. Slow down minority growth through expulsion, denial of citizenship, closing borders to non-whites. 2. Awakening/uniting white identity by scaring them about brown people. 6/
The white nationalists have an open debate about the Jewish Question (they just call it “JQ”), which boils down to some think Jews are white and others think Jews are the cause of the de-whitification of America. 7/
Every reporter covering Trump should know this argument, its vocabulary and key points. You will no longer have any questions about what Trump is up to. You will no longer be able to cover this story as a case of two sides with extremists, or as a tentative debate. 8/
You will be able to cover Trump properly, objectively, truthfully. You will not see him as a nutjob who spouts off like Archie Bunker. He is a grifter con man who wants to make money and hide his ill-gotten gains and is also deeply racist. 9/
He has learned–as so many awful leaders have before–that your corruption will go unchecked if you embrace the ugliest form of nationalism. He found a coherent movement with a thickly drawn ideology and game plan, hired their proponents and applied their language. 10/
Journalists covering Trump: Please, please, please, for the sake of the country, go read, go study. Understand: – JQ – 2046 – why (wrongly) WP folks think evolutionary kinship preferences can only be racial in the modern age. It’s ugly work, but it’s your job. END
One last thing: hey @andrewmarantzcan you draw up some kind of reading list, podcast listening list for people to learn that world? I hate to promote such things but people gotta learn what’s out there.
KHASHOGGI & SAUDI ARABIA
- WWE’s all-women show comes amid controversy as another event will have none
- Jamal Khashoggi was brutally murdered four weeks ago. We’re still waiting for answers.
COHEN, NEW YORK, AND THE OTHER LAWSUITS
- The Judiciary Has A Plan To Deal With Sexual Harassment. Law Students, Former Clerks, And Professors Say It’s Not Enough.
TRUMP THE RUSSIAN ASSET
- Trump Is Willing to Destroy the Constitution to Win an Election
- Trump sometimes doesn’t start his work day until 1 p.m. and has tons of free time
- Trump struggles to balance midterm aggression with empathy after massacre
- Trump: Our Plan Covers Preexisting Conditions. It Does the Exact Opposite.
- Trump’s claims of ‘voter fraud’ are to deny upcoming Democrats win, Krugman warns
- After crises, White House mixes scorched-earth election attacks with calls for unity
- Zinke’s own agency watchdog just referred him to the Justice Department
- Biden: ‘I am sick and tired of this administration’
- Chesley B. ‘Sully’ Sullenberger III: Vote for leaders who’ll protect us all
- ‘Sully’ Sullenberger slams ‘cowardly, complicit enablers’ leading America
- Colin Powell, dismayed, says Donald Trump has turned America from ‘we the people’ to ‘me the president’
- Dan Rather: Any media operation that acts as a stenographer for this president, in headlines or tweets, is at risk for sending false information into the world. There is no joy in saying this, but he lies. And it is the job for all of us not to serve as a megaphone for those lies.
- Trumps and Jared Kushner Confronted by Thousands of Protesters at Pittsburgh Synagogue: “President Hate, Leave Our State”
- What’s happening now in America isn’t normal — and we shouldn’t accept it as such
COLD WAR 2.0
- David Hogg: Thank you @FedEx for taking this bold step by ending your relationship with the NRA
- Exclusive: FedEx drops NRA deal by snail-mail – Breakingviews
- FedEx cuts ties with the NRA
- Four shots fired into a Republican Party office in Florida
FIXING THE INTERNET
THE PROPAGANDA MACHINE
- GOP casts Soros as threat amid criticism that attacks are anti-Semitic
- Fox News Has Done More to Incite Domestic Political Violence than Donald Trump
- Sarah Huckabee Sanders says only killers are to blame for actions, but Trump blamed video games for school shootings
- Kanye West distances himself from campaign urging black people to quit Democratic Party
TRADE WAR AND ECONOMY
- Unions Did Great Things for the Working Class
- Cashiers continue to vanish: Sam’s Club joins trend of stores without checkout lines
- China has a big trade weapon it hasn’t used: Tourists
- Yellen says rising deficit is unsustainable: ‘If I had a magic wand, I would raise taxes’
GOP: THE PARTY OF LINCOLN IS DEAD
CRIME AND PUNISHMENT
Whitey Bulger Gets Whacked
The Vor y Zakone, Chinese Triads, et al.? They will murder every one of you to protect their money, their stores of money, their flow of money.
Your pissant ninth-grade education is not worth their trillion-dollar money flow. Get that through your thick, Mobster skull.
THEY GOT WHITEY DURING A PRISON TRANSFER. GO TO THE SPECIAL COUNSEL. RUN. IT IS YOUR ONLY CHANCE TO LIVE, DUMBASS.
2. Let’s “date stamp” this up, shall we? Dec. 16, 1985, Gambino crime boss, Paul Castellano, is assassinated. The hit was an unprecedented inside job, orchestrated by his underboss Sammy “The Bull” Gravano, and Sammy’s crack-pipe driver, John Gotti.
3. I know y’all have been sold a bag of romantic about Gotti, but he was a prop. Anyhoos, Gotti (as prop) got voted up to crime boss, & the dye was cast. The much smarter Gravano kept running the 5-burrough concrete biz, w/ dotard as their favorite front.
4. If you’re
@FBI OC unit, you gotta hunt down the assassins, no? I mean… that’s the f*cking GAMBINO crime boss. Shot dead. In the street. By assassins wearing Russian hats. HOLY SH*T. So, who are you looking at? What looks suspicous? What just ain’t right?
5. A: The crack-pipe driver, who somehow ascended straight to crime boss. That’s what. That does not look right to agents who track the mob. No, no, no. THAT looks like an inside job. So…gotta squeeze the insiders. That’s where the goods are. With me? Good. Back to the dates.
6. End of ’85 is the hit. It takes 5 yrs for Gotti to be arrested (Dec ’90). B/c that’s how long it takes to squeeze informants, until you get to the boss. Then, a trial beginning in ’92 & conviction on April 2. With Gravano delivering the testimony that sent the crack pipe away.
7. So, how did Mueller get to Gravano? Well… how do agents get informants? One way – a favorite way – is to squeeze some in-the-know folks, who are under investigation for their own crimes. They’d be helpful, right? Right. https://a.fastcompany.net/asset_files/-/2016/03/04/Trump1992MOB.pdf …
8. Wait. Back up. I forgot to tell you that it’s helpful for prosecutors if their informants are already well-known to
@FBI organized crime agents.
9. SUPER helpful if you’ve given them subpoenas and gotten them to spill.
10. Oh look, more investigation. Super, duper, helpful.
11. Oh my. The New Jersey gaming commission needed some info from the DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE. You know… the big boys. Well, they have their pat answer.
12. But, when it comes to investigations, there are always ways to get the information out – sometimes, even to the soon-to-be-rat-informant himself.
Thread broke (my bad). Here’s the rest, ICYMI.
- Mobster James “Whitey” Bulger Was Found Dead In Prison
- James ‘Whitey’ Bulger, Boston gangster, killed in prison – CNN
- Whitey Bulger Killed at West Virginia Prison: Report
- Whitey Bulger, Boston crime boss and elusive fugitive, dead in prison at 89
ENVIRONMENT & SCIENCE
- Climate change could cause a beer shortage
- Government Lawyer Says Puerto Rico’s Hurricane Response Plan ‘Does Not Exist’
- Scientists are terrified that Brazil’s new president will destroy the ‘lungs of the planet’
- North Carolina joins Paris agreement, citing historic storms like Florence
- A football player took a hit to the head. The pain lasted nearly 4 months.
As someone who has suffered with concussions in the past, I know how bad this can be. My worst one came when I fractured one of the bones in my neck. I had a third degree concussion. I usually have a great memory, but I don’t recall much of those few days. I was sensitive to light for months, and had to wear a horse collar for a while. It took about 3 years before I could raise my head to look up for more than a minute at a time without having to spend hours in pain.
The problem with a concussion is that there is no linear path to recovery. It’s not like a broken bone or torn ligament which has a set rehab schedule. One day, you could be real, the next feel like the world’s worst hangover. And it can be this way for months, if not years.
- Gillum responds to Trump attacks: ‘Never wrestle with a pig’
- GOP scrambles to save suddenly vulnerable House candidates in Trump districts
- In Campaign’s Homestretch, Trump Tosses Out Ideas to See What Sticks
- Iowa Jewish Leaders Condemn Steve King After His Meeting With Far-Right Austrian Org
- Land O’Lakes Pulls Support for Iowa Congressman Steve King Over Racial Remarks
- Poll: Abrams leads Kemp by 1 point in Georgia governor’s race
- Scott Walker Pleads With Wisconsin to Love Him Just One More Time
- Spirit Lake Sioux tribe sues North Dakota over voting rules
- Taylor Swift announces vote for Democrat Phil Bredesen in Tennessee Senate race
- What does George Soros have to do with the race for Harris County clerk?
- You’re Disillusioned. That’s Fine. Vote Anyway.
A wave of hope.
A wave of beauty.
A wave of sisters.
A wave of brotherhood.
A wave of compassion.
A wave of courage.
A wave of humanity.
A wave of love.
A wave of patriots.
Lightning will be flashing. Thunder will be rolling. Trees will be bending.
The wave is coming. VOTE.
- Ming: Trump and GOP escalating craziness tell Ming they know the know end is near.
- John Schindler: Some important 1979 events: Fall of the Shah, Iranian revolution Disco Demolition Night Soviets invade Afghanistan My Sharona is the No 1 single Radicals seize US Embassy Tehran Soviet Bloc intelligence places a deep-cover spy close to Donald Trump
- Alt Scales of Justice: A staunchly @GOP senior government executive told me today that he really enjoys watching @PressSec’s press briefings, because she is so absurd it’s like watching a comedy show
That’s it for Tuesday. I might not post anything for Wednesday, since it’s Halloween. I might combine it into Thursday’s post. However, I did see an interesting story from Politico where they ask if Mueller has subpoenaed Trump, and they analyze a lot of small information that points to that conclusion.
Also, sorry about all of the threads. I’ll try not to include so many next time a troll decides to rat fuck the Special Counselor.
Thank you, and have a good one.
“Without Journalists, it’s just propaganda.”
– Katy Tur