Daily Check-In 03/20/2019

Wednesday, March 20, 2019

 

THE RUSSIAN INVESTIGATION

Busy

This is likely getting blown out of proportion, but media loves nothing more than speculation.  Well, maybe a tragedy involving a white girl.

This came in yesterday (Daily Check-In 03/19/2019), but the short version is that the Washington Post filed a FOIA request for Paul Manafort’s records that were sealed.  This is standard procedure for any major case that the press is interested in.  The Special Counselor’s Office was reaching the deadline for when they had to respond to this request.  They filed an unopposed brief with the court that WaPo signed off on stating that they would like to meet this request, but need some more time due to a heavier than normal workload, and would like until April 1 to meet this request.

This is where the speculation begins.

There are many reasons why they’re busy, and why they picked two Mondays from now for when they could meet this request, but most of the mundane reasons were overlooked for the “OMG The Report is COMING!!! Everyone is getting indicted!!!” response.

Personally, I don’t think this is main reason, but I’m keeping my eyes and ears open for anything out of the ordinary.  This workload backlog could be as simple as a couple lawyers are on vacation or they’re working on something else that’s due next week, but this is the first time that I can recall that Mueller’s team has asked for a delay like this.

 

Butina’s Legal Bills

This is a friendly reminder that ALL secession movements in America have a Russian pumping it in the background.  All of them.

 

 

 

 

CONGRESS

 

COHEN, NEW YORK, AND THE OTHER LAWSUITS

 

TRUMP THE RUSSIAN ASSET A.K.A. INDIVIDUAL-1

 

McCAIN

Any normal, non-malignant narcissist would realize that attacking the memory of a dead man less than a year after his death and beloved by the only people that could protect you from the onslaught of impeachment and removal from office would be a bad idea.  Like, a monumentously bad idea.  Like ‘let’s piss on an electric fence’ level of bad idea.  Like ‘let’s invade Russia right before Winter’ level of bad idea.

But Trump isn’t normal.  He’s a malignant narcissist with the emotional maturity of an infant.  He’s incapable of recognizing other people’s needs, and empathy is an alien concept to him.  This also means that he’s incapable of introspection or self-revelation.  He also demands that he be the greatest need of other people’s lives.

What does this have to do with John McCain?  Once again Grandpa was sundowning, and bitching about how McCain was getting love from people.  Probably because stories about the Steele Dossier keep coming up, and John McCain was the first member of Congress to get their hands on it.  Trump heard McCain’s name, and went off.  He went so far over the line of decency that he was getting booed at his own rally.  Some of his own cult were booing him.

 

TRAITOR TOTS

“Dipshit Cowpoke” Devin Nunes

 

CONWAY

 

FIGHTING BACK

 

EMERGENCIES, SHUTDOWN & IMMIGRATION

 

RACISM, RIGHT WING TERRORISM, & WHITE NATIONALISM

 

SCOTUS & COURTS

 

#METOO & WOMEN’S RIGHTS

 

COLD WAR 2.0

Brexit

 

 

#NEVERAGAIN

 

FIXING THE INTERNET

 

THE PROPAGANDA MACHINE

 

737

 

TRADE WAR, HEALTH CARE, AND ECONOMY

 

STUDENT ISSUES

 

GOP: THE PARTY OF LINCOLN IS DEAD

 

CRIME AND PUNISHMENT

 

PRIESTS & RELIGION

 

ENVIRONMENT & SCIENCE

 

ELECTIONS

 

THINKING AHEAD

 

PROGRESS IS PROGRESS

Toke up every day? Make it so.

 

IN OTHER NEWS…

 

RUMOR MILL

IMO there are 3 or 4 major conspiracies that are part of Mueller mandate but yet to be handed down or unsealed. Everyone wanders blindly not knowing what Trump did & what Mueller will find. He will find Russian money in 2016 Trump & GOP campaigns & indict many RNC + attorneys.

Mueller has yet to describe how the Internet Research Assoc content was projected via micro-targeting. I suspect this will include indictments of Parscale and @facebookrelated parties. @twittermay dodge that bullet.

@BernieSanders‘ 2016 team had to know Kremlin was helping him and I expect Tad Devine is a Mueller target. He may have already been indicted. The missing documents in Manafort docket may support that conclusion.

The Russian/Flynn/Emeratti plutonium proliferation conspiracy will finish off the Trump family, DeVoss, Prince, Mercers, Bannon and a number of others. They’re all looking at life in prison & asset seizures & will turn them on each other to survive.

Possible that Mueller will describe the @realDonaldTrumprole in some or all of these charge documents but he may file a final charge that describes Trump’s role in everything in a single all-encompassing denouement: The script for @SpeakerPelosishould she chose to use it.

 

 

That’s it for Wednesday.  I’m going to try to take it a little easier over the next couple days.  I’ll still post, but I feel pretty worn out.  Aside from a short span last summer, I’ve posted and worked on this site every day for almost 2 years.  That can take a lot out of a person.  I’m going to try to do less over the next couple days.  Of course, every time I say that, something crazy happens.

I have several stories that I want to work on.  I think I’ll do some of them this weekend.  Hopefully.

 

Thank you, and have a good one.

 

“Without Journalists, it’s just propaganda.”

– Katy Tur

 

 

 

 

 

Daily Check-In 03/19/2019

Tuesday, March 19, 2019

 

THE RUSSIAN INVESTIGATION

Cohen’s Search Warrant

NEW YORK (AP) — Special counsel Robert Mueller began investigating President Donald Trump’s former lawyer, Michael Cohen, for fraud in his personal business dealings and for potentially acting as an unregistered foreign agent at least nine months before FBI agents in New York raided his home and office, according to documents released Tuesday.

The series of heavily redacted search warrant applications and other documents revealed new details about the timing and depth of the probe into Cohen, who ultimately pleaded guilty to tax fraud, bank fraud, campaign finance violations and lying to Congress.

The records show the inquiry into Cohen had been going on since July 2017 — far longer than previously known— and that a big part of its focus was Cohen’s taxi businesses and misrepresentations he made to banks as part of a scheme to relieve himself of some $22 million in debt he owed on taxi medallion loans.

Prosecutors were also interested in money that was flowing into Cohen’s bank accounts from consulting contracts he’d signed after Trump won office. Some of those payments were from companies with strong foreign ties, including a Korean aerospace company and Columbus Nova, an investment management firm affiliated with Russian billionaire Viktor Vekselberg.

Cohen was ultimately not charged with failing to register as a foreign agent.

Many sections of the records dealing with the campaign-finance violations Cohen committed when he paid two women to stay silent about alleged affairs they had with Trump were redacted. A judge ordered those sections to remain secret after prosecutors said they were still investigating campaign finance violations.

Lanny Davis, an attorney for Cohen, said the release of the search warrant “furthers his interest in continuing to cooperate and providing information and the truth about Donald Trump and the Trump organization to law enforcement and Congress.”

 

Oh boy.  I wonder if this is what drove Twitler over the edge this past weekend. (Daily Check-In 03/15/2019)

This won’t be a surprise to many readers here, but we finally received confirmation that Mueller was looking heavily into Michael Cohen’s work immediately after the Special Counselor’s investigation began.

This release shows that Mueller investigation into Cohen initially grabbed onto Cohen’s taxi medallion company that was essentially committing fraud to stay afloat, and that led to the campaign finance violations, FARA violations, and all of the other crimes that he took part in.  Taxi medallions are used in major cities to denote “official” career cab drivers, and are a racket.  Literally, they are barely legal on the best days.  A cab driver would pay tens to hundreds of thousands of dollars for a medallion, then sell that to the next driver.  This worked well until a couple years ago when Uber and Lyft entered the picture.  Michael Cohen ran companies that owned these medallions, sort of like a broker.  The problems came when the value of the individual medallions dropped like a rock, but he owed loans based on the original values.  Think of it like being underwater on a car loan, but a lot worse.

The scariest part of this is once again what we don’t see.  19 pages of redacted text going into explicit details about the campaign finance scheme.  This is what Cohen’s going to jail for.  Why redact it?

As the judge said, it’s part of an ongoing investigation.  If Cohen pled guilty, he’s no longer being investigated.  The only things left are his co-conspirators and their companies.  Per previous reporting, that list is the following people.

Trump, Trump Jr., Allan Weisselberg, David Pecker, Dylan Howard, Keith Davidson, Trump Org, and the Trump Campaign.  Allan, the Trump Org CFO, was granted limited immunity for his testimony and evidence against Cohen.  The same with David Pecker and Dylan Howard of AMI.  Keith Davidson was the lawyer that represented Stormy Daniels and Karen McDougal, but has said he’s willing to provide all of the information he has on this situation to investigators.  That only leaves people and groups with Trump in the name.  And keeping a file redacted like this is exactly what a court would do if there were sealed indictments on file.

What makes this brilliantly ironic is that the first attempt to get Cohen’s mails from Google didn’t work.  Even though Cohen’s in America, and he’s using Gmail, his account information was stored on servers overseas.  Because of that, Google refused to hand over his information.  This would have stayed this way until Trump signed one of the bills to prevent a shutdown.  Buried in the spending bill was a law that would allow law enforcement to get electronic information on Americans from overseas servers.  As soon as that was passed, Mueller’s team applied for a new warrant, and they saw ALLLLLLLLLL of Cohen’s illegal activities.

Trump signed the very piece of legislation which will destroy him.  Beautiful, ain’t it?

 

Rosenstein Sticking Around

I disagree with the framing of “Mueller report delivery” currently being repeated…Why do we believe Barr hasn’t already received a report? How would we know? At a minimum I imagine Barr has been briefed in detail. I see Rosenstein staying as a sign.

Mueller report delivery is likely a little anti-climatic as to how its being discussed publicly, it won’t be carried on a chariot into the DoJ with a big ceremony. AG Barr took office a month ago, after getting settled, I’d imagine he wanted a FULL update on the SCO investigation

I’d guess by week 3/4, Barr in discussions with SCO types of reports to be delivered, see here for good perspective we’ve already seen key departures SCO in both investigators & prosecutors, signs SCO investigation splintered into multiple jurisdictions

AG Barr if he’s not already received some form of report, I imagine would see it soon, & then he needs and deserves the right to think through what to do about 1 of the most important investigations in our nation’s history. I’d think a month at least to review & think it through

Barr has to make huge decisions affecting institutions & national security, how much to reveal publicly vis-a-vis Russia, what to further investigate, whether a conspiracy charge should be levied or not, and has 3 audiences (POTUS, Congress, Public) all wanting different things

I don’t think anyone right now, to include AG Barr, knows exactly closure of Mueller investigation will be, when report revealed, but a guess might be. Report delivered AG = now or soon, AG decides strategy = April, Congress demands see it = May/June, Public sees “some” = summer

in conclusion, I hope we let our institutions and their leaders take their time, so they can do what’s right. Barr, Rosenstein and Mueller are the only ones that know all the details to make the best decision for the country. Let’s hope, whatever the outcome, they get it right

Regarding Rosenstein staying as a sign, I see it as, Rosenstein offered to leave let Barr pick his own team (normal) & cause he’s seen enough crossfire. Barr arrives, reviews facts 1st time & situation (“wow, this is complicated”) sees need Rosenstein stay help sort things out

Sure Barr criticizes Mueller appointment, Rosenstein said Barr hadn’t seen all the facts, now he has, & unlike our President and Congressmen – Barr, Rosenstein, Mueller are professionals & can disagree at times but still work with each other for the common good

The non-conspiratorial part of me thinks that this is pretty standard.  Barr’s DAG nominee hasn’t been confirmed yet, so the job would go to someone to act as DAG until they’re approved by the Senate, so why go through that hassle for a few weeks or a couple months?

The other part of me thinks that Barr wants Rosenstein to stick around until this mess is further along.  He knows he’ll need a fall guy when the shit hit the fan, and what better fall guy than Rod, the man that led the investigation from the beginning?

 

Deutsche Bank

Trump is a malignant narcissist who built his entire image around being rich and powerful.  Those lies fuel his cult.  When his lies are exposed for what they are, and he’s shown to be the charlatan that he is, how many of his cult will stick around?

Daily Check-In 03/18/2019 showed some of the lengths that DB went to to continuously give Trump more and more money.

 

 

Mueller’s Team

The Justice Department says a senior prosecutor is leaving Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s team, the latest sign that Mueller’s probe into alleged ties between the Trump campaign and the Russian government is winding down. Special Counsel spokesperson Peter Carr confirmed to CBS News that Zainab Ahmad, a top terrorism prosecutor, concluded her detail with the Special Counsel’s office. Ahmad will continue to represent the office on “specific pending matters that were assigned to her during her detail.”

Ahmad, until recently an Assistant U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of New York, has prosecuted more than a dozen international terrorist suspects, traveling all over the world to find witnesses and gather evidence. She has yet to lose a single case she has pursued against an international terrorist suspect.

Zainab Ahmad is returning to the Eastern District of New York.  Remember what I said about the Justice Hydra? (Daily Check-In 04/03/2018)  This is what it looks like.  US Attorneys going to different jurisdictions with their knowledge and likely with their case loads.

 

COHEN, NEW YORK, AND THE OTHER LAWSUITS

 

CONGRESS

 

TRUMP THE RUSSIAN ASSET A.K.A. INDIVIDUAL-1

 

TRAITOR TOTS

“Dipshit Cowpoke” Devin Nunes

Not only is parody an accepted and protected form of speech, but Devin Nunes is, unfortunately, a public person.  That makes the bar for defamation so ridiculously high that this will get laughed out of court.

As far as the ‘shadowban conspiracy’ goes, Twitter has cracked down repeatedly on bots.  They do a bot purge every so often.  When they do, there is a direct correlation between accounts that were supported by those bots seeing a drop in their retweets and likes.  This is because the bots that were retweeting them were deleted.

Devin Nunes is the perfect cross between an old person who can’t tech, someone who bought into their own manufactured press hype, and a precious right-wing snowflake who got his feelings hurt.  Twitter will show that Devin’s account was supported by Russian bot farms that were deleted, and once they were deleted, no real people were sharing his tweets.

 

CONWAY

The Conway’s are trying to play both sides against the middle.  They’re trying to keep both their MAGA and NeverTrump street cred.  I don’t buy it.

 

FIGHTING BACK

EMERGENCIES, SHUTDOWN & IMMIGRATION

I included the list in yesterday’s post. (Daily Check-In 03/18/2019) Under Wall Project PDF.

 

RACISM, RIGHT WING TERRORISM, & WHITE NATIONALISM

 

SCOTUS & COURTS

 

#METOO & WOMEN’S RIGHTS

 

COLD WAR 2.0

 

#NEVERAGAIN

 

FIXING THE INTERNET

 

THE PROPAGANDA MACHINE

 

WHITE HOUSE CHAOS

 

TRADE WAR, HEALTH CARE, AND ECONOMY

 

STUDENT ISSUES

Operation Varsity Blues

 

Stupid Ideas About Student Loans

 

GOP: THE PARTY OF LINCOLN IS DEAD

 

CRIME AND PUNISHMENT

 

PRIESTS & RELIGION

 

ENVIRONMENT & SCIENCE

 

ELECTIONS

 

THINKING AHEAD

 

Bernie Sanders

 

PROGRESS IS PROGRESS

 

IN OTHER NEWS…

 

RUMOR MILL

 

That’s it for Tuesday.  Damn, another crazy day.  Remember when 2 big stories breaking in a day was a cause for freakout?  Pepperidge Farms Remembers.

I want to address something real quick about editing tweets.  Ever since I decided to copy the content of the tweet into the links I post, I’ve always been at odds with how to address edits and changes to them.  Typically, what I’ll do is leave the original as is, but there is the occasional edit I’ll make, but only for typos that the original poster pointed out themselves.  For example, the tweet from Kaz listing the states where the immigrant blacksites are located originally said AK (Alaska) instead of AR (Arkansas).  She corrected herself in a reply, but I edited the tweet itself.  Going forward, I think I’ll notate where and when I make corrections.

For the record, I think I’ve done that less than a dozen times in the past two years, but it still bothers me when I do that.  I feel like I’m changing their words without their permission, even though they admitted it.  I’ll mark the tweet somehow going forward.

 

Thank you, and have a good one.

 

“Without Journalists, it’s just propaganda.”

– Katy Tur

Daily Check-In 03/18/2019

Monday, March 18, 2019

 

THE RUSSIAN INVESTIGATION

President Trump has a long history with Deutsche Bank — one that the bank didn’t want scrutinized after he was elected in 2016, The New York Times reports.

More than 20 current and former executives and board members told the Times that despite Deutsche Bank saying Trump was not a top priority, it’s just not true. Beginning in the late 1990s, Deutsche Bank gave Trump loans despite his business bankruptcies and knowing he overinflated his net worth and the worth of his real estate assets. At the time, the German bank wanted to make a name for itself on Wall Street, so it worked with clients deemed risky by other entities, a former employee told the Times.

In 2008, Trump defaulted on a loan and then sued Deutsche Bank, claiming the financial crisis was a “tsunami” and thus an act of God, preventing him from paying the loan back, the Times reports. In 2010, the bank concluded that he was inflating some of his assets by up to 70 percent, yet still gave him a $100 million loan to buy the Doral Golf Resort and Spa in Miami.

One managing director, Rosemary Vrablic — who’d helped get Trump more than $300 million in loans — tried to get Trump a loan in early 2016 for his golf course in Turnberry, Scotland, the Times reports. An executive, Jacques Brand, opposed the loan because of Trump’s divisive rhetoric, Vrablic appealed, and top executives were aghast that the bank was considering lending him money during the campaign, ending the transaction in March.

After Trump’s election, Deutsche Bank commissioned reports to figure out how the bank became so entwined with him, and employees were told they couldn’t even say “Trump” in public, the Times reports. All told, Trump is believed to have received more than $2 billion from the investment banking and private banking arms. The New York state attorney general and congressional committees are now investigating the relationship between Trump and Deutsche Bank. You can read more about the various loans Trump managed to secure at The New York Times. Catherine Garcia

This is interesting.  Not only did Trump lie about his assets to qualify for loans from the only bank that loan to him, but that bank knew he was lying to them and they STILL gave him $2 billion in loans.  This was knowing that Trump would screw them over one way or another.

Deutsche Bank, part legitimate bank and part money laundering front, has loaned Trump more than $2 billion over the last 20 years through several different bankers and executives.  This included the time he defaulted on loans following the housing crisis.  And they still loaned to him after that.

What’s crazy is that they kept giving him money, even though they know that he’s not worth nearly as much as he claims.  They have valued him and his assets at around $788 million.  Less than a billion.  Yet, they still lent him tons of money.

 

The Deputy Finance Chair of the Republican Party had his offices raided last year.

No, not Michael Cohen, the other Deputy Finance Chair Elliot Broidy.

Elliot, who was paid a king’s ransom to try to make the 1MDB money laundering disappear, had his offices raided in association to this and other criminal behavior he participated in last summer.

 

I’d find it funny how fast this has turned from a “Hey, the owner of a rub and tug is partying with Trump” to “This is a potential national security matter.”

 

 

 

 

COHEN, NEW YORK, AND THE OTHER LAWSUITS

 

TRUMP THE RUSSIAN ASSET A.K.A. INDIVIDUAL-1

 

TRAITOR TOTS

This lawsuit will last about 30 seconds before getting thrown out.  Parody is protected speech.  Dipshit Cowpoke’s gonna Streisand himself.

 

 

CULT 45

 

FIGHTING BACK

 

CONGRESS

 

EMERGENCIES, SHUTDOWN & IMMIGRATION

 

RACISM, RIGHT WING TERRORISM, & WHITE NATIONALISM

 

 

SCOTUS & COURTS

 

#METOO & WOMEN’S RIGHTS

 

COLD WAR 2.0

 

#NEVERAGAIN

 

FIXING THE INTERNET

Twitter/FB/Reddit/Youtube could track all the clear racists, conspiracies, etc label and them accordingly or ban them. But they never will. Its a problem that isn’t nearly as hard as they make it out to be. They simply don’t want to seem biased against conservatives.

Reddits problems are super obvious and super easy to solve. It tends to be pretty isolated into bubbles of hatred and conspiracy, with an obvious chunk of users who are the problem. Twitter is the same. You could track key words and key accounts into trash heaps.

FB is largely Pages causing the problem. Almost all the trash on facebook is due to conspiracy-minded family or friends sharing Pages. Not things they go out of their way to post from other sites. Though you could also flag content from specific sites quite easily.

Youtube is I think the hardest one to solve because its much harder to know for sure what the specific content of a video is. But mostly they could look at the titles, tags, and users associated with those videos and probably get a pretty good idea of if its a problem.

And you’d rather have systems that over-correct and let users dispute, than one that completely misses huge chunks of problems. Which is what we currently have.

 

THE PROPAGANDA MACHINE

 

WHITE HOUSE CHAOS

 

TRADE WAR, HEALTH CARE, AND ECONOMY

 

STUDENT ISSUES

 

GOP: THE PARTY OF LINCOLN IS DEAD

 

CRIME AND PUNISHMENT

 

ENVIRONMENT & SCIENCE

 

ELECTIONS

 

THINKING AHEAD

 

PROGRESS IS PROGRESS

 

IN OTHER NEWS…

 

RUMOR MILL

 

That’s it for Monday.

Spoiler for Tuesday, Michael Cohen was under Mueller’s radar back in Summer 2017 and DAG Rosenstein is sticking around for a little while longer.

 

Thank you, and have a good one.

 

“Without Journalists, it’s just propaganda.”

– Katy Tur

Daily Check-In 03/15/2019

Friday, March 15, 2019 and the weekend.  Beware the Ides of March.

 

THE RUSSIAN INVESTIGATION

Rick Gates is STILL cooperating with several investigations.  Several.  This includes an investigation into the inaugural campaign, connections to Elliot Broidy and 1MDB, Manafort’s dealings with Russia, the NRA serving as a backchannel to launder Russian money into the RNC, and a few likely others.

 

This is starting to look a lot more like a a pay to play scam rolled in with blackmail and human trafficking each and every day.

 

Can Roger Stone keep his mouth shut for 8 months?  Can he do it for 8 minutes?

 

Lindsey Graham has gone full traitor.  At this point, my money is on underage gay partner kompromat.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

COHEN, NEW YORK, AND THE OTHER LAWSUITS

President Donald Trump should pay a $5.6 million penalty on top of $2.8 million in restitution for spending money from his charitable foundation on business and political purposes, the New York attorney general told a judge in seeking a ruling without a trial.

Neither Trump nor his three eldest children, all of whom had senior roles at the Donald J. Trump Foundation, have provided evidence rebutting the state’s claims that they failed to meet as a board, oversee grant-making or implement policies to protect the charity’s funds from abuse, New York Attorney General Letitia James said in court papers Thursday.

Trump used his charity to pay part of his settlement into Trump University, as well as various political and personal expenses.

Aside from the illegalities of all of this, his behavior lends credence to the likelihood that Trump is broke AF.

 

SHUTDOWN & IMMIGRATION & EMERGENCIES

 

TRUMP THE RUSSIAN ASSET A.K.A INDIVIDUAL-1

 

737

 

TRAITOR TOTS

 

CONGRESS

 

FIGHTING BACK

 

RACISM, RIGHT WING TERRORISM & WHITE NATIONALISM

New Zealand

THREAD Mosque open day had been planned before the attack in NZ. It was decided in Australia that it would continue despite the current events.This is the way we combat hate & division. Our views are very much dependent upon the American experiment

We in Australia have adopted the creed of the United States. Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free. We looked to that light burning on a hill, America, to guide our actions in a plural democratic world. We still do

Why do you think your Allies are fighting so hard for you? America has inspired the world to greater heights, to be better than what we currently are. We took your inspiration and injected it in our own democracies. We owe the Republic a debt of honour

You are still that country of principles. The heart of America is of a society inclusive of all. The truth of America is that of a refuge from tyranny. We your friend’s still believe you are that rightous people. Honor the Republic, protect the Constitution

 

 

SCOTUS & COURTS

 

#METOO & WOMEN’S RIGHTS

 

COLD WAR 2.0

 

#NEVERAGAIN

One mass shooting in New Zealand, and they’re moving to make sure this never happens again.  THIS is how normal people react to tragedy.

 

 

 

 

FIXING THE INTERNET

 

THE PROPAGANDA MACHINE

 

WHITE HOUSE CHAOS

 

TRADE WAR, HEALTH CARE, & ECONOMY

 

STUDENT ISSUES

Operation Varsity Blues

 

 

GOP: THE PARTY OF LINCOLN IS DEAD

 

CRIME AND PUNISHMENT

 

PRIESTS & RELIGION

 

ENVIRONMENT & SCIENCE

 

ELECTIONS

 

 

 

 

THINKING AHEAD

 

PROGRESS IS PROGRESS

 

IN OTHER NEWS…

 

RUMOR MILL

 

That’s it for the last few days.  I wanted to go into more detail on a few more things, but I’m having technical difficulties right now.  Nothing too big or dangerous, but facing a tech bottleneck right now.

Things are getting crazy.  Monday morning brings more details about the level of how fucked the Deputy Finance Chair of the RNC is.  No, not Michael Cohen, but Elliot Broidy.

 

Thank you, and have a good one.

 

“Without Journalists, it’s just propaganda.”

– Katy Tur

 

 

Daily Check-In 03/14/2019

Thursday, March 14, 2019.  Happy Pi Day.

 

THE RUSSIAN INVESTIGATION

Leave it to Lindsey Graham to filibuster a bill from the House that passed unanimously to tell the American people what Robert Mueller found.

3 weeks?  That’s pretty generous.

 

 

COHEN, NEW YORK, AND THE OTHER LAWSUITS

Summer Zavos

 

Pardon Me, While I Burst Into Flames

 

 

Fox News

 

CONGRESS

 

SHUTDOWN & IMMIGRATION & EMERGENCIES

 

TRUMP THE RUSSIAN ASSET A.K.A INDIVIDUAL-1

Thuggery

 

Boeing

 

TRAITOR TOTS

 

FIGHTING BACK

 

RACISM, RIGHT WING TERRORISM & WHITE NATIONALISM

 

SCOTUS & COURTS

 

#METOO & WOMEN’S RIGHTS

 

COLD WAR 2.0

 

#NEVERAGAIN

 

FIXING THE INTERNET

 

THE PROPAGANDA MACHINE

 

TRADE WAR, HEALTH CARE, & ECONOMY

 

STUDENT ISSUES

Admissions Scandal

 

GOP: THE PARTY OF LINCOLN IS DEAD

 

CRIME AND PUNISHMENT

 

PRIESTS & RELIGION

 

ENVIRONMENT & SCIENCE

 

ELECTIONS

 

THINKING AHEAD

 

PROGRESS IS PROGRESS

 

IN OTHER NEWS…

 

RUMOR MILL

 

That’s it for Thursday.  I’m running behind schedule, so this is pretty light today.  Funny how days off are busier than a normal day.

I hope to spend some time on the various articles I’ve got sitting in the draft queue this weekend.  That’s hoping that life doesn’t throw a wrench in those plans.  A relative of a relative is very sick, and might not make it through the next few days.  Cancer, a heart attack, diabetes, and a possible stroke don’t add up to a good prognosis.

 

Thank you, and have a good one.

 

“Without Journalists, it’s just propaganda.”

– Katy Tur

 

 

Daily Check-In 03/13/2019

Wednesday, March 13, 2019

 

THE RUSSIAN INVESTIGATION

Manafort

It’s not the sentence I think he deserved, but it’s better than he got last week in EDVA.  The first sentence is 60 months served concurrently with his 47 months from EDVA.  The second is 13 months, and will be served consecutively with the 60.  For a total of 73 months.  Subtract 9 months for time served and he’s looking at 64 months.  Considering the most that good behavior can knock off in Federal prison is about 54 days per year, that’s about 56 months to 64, or about 5 years.

And just when Paulie Walnut’s day started to look like it might turn around…

New York’s In Da HOUUSSEEE!!!!  The State of New York charged Paul Manafort 3 counts of Residential Mortgage Fraud in the First Degree, Attempted Mortgage Fraud in the First Degree, 3 counts of Conspiracy in the Fourth Degree, 8 counts of Falsifying Business Records in the First Degree, and 1 count of Scheme to Defraud in the First Degree.

16 felony counts.  Damn.  This was minutes after Manafort was sentenced and his lawyers begged for a pardon.

Remember, state charges cannot be eliminated with a pardon from the President.

 

Li Yang

 

 

COHEN, NEW YORK, AND THE OTHER LAWSUITS

Michael Cohen has testified that President Trump directed him to lie to Congress about Trump’s business dealings with Russia during the campaign. The weakness of the accusation is that Cohen does not seem to have any proof, other than his own testimony, that the conversation took place. But now CNN reports that Cohen has evidence of Trump obstructing justice by dangling a pardon. And this time he has receipts.

Robert Costello, an attorney working with Rudy Giuliani, emailed Cohen on April 21.  The emails assured Cohen he could “sleep well tonight” because he had “friends in high places,” according to CNN.

This is a really, really big deal. The power to pardon convicted criminals for federal crimes is a legitimate use of presidential authority. Whether it’s legitimate for the president to use this power to pardon criminals who committed crimes on his behalf, or might have otherwise testified against him, is a subject of intense debate.

HAHAHAHAHAHA!  Cohen has an email from Rudy’s lawyer dangling a pardon just weeks after his shit got raided by the FBI.  This corroborates what we talked about last week. (Daily Check-In 03/06/2019)

 

 

CONGRESS

Whitaker Returns and Changes His Story

 

 

TRUMP THE RUSSIAN ASSET A.K.A. INDIVIDUAL-1

Manafort

 

Boeing

 

Trans Ban

 

Impeachment Prepping

Daily Check-In 03/11/2019 and Daily Check-In 03/12/2019 talked about how Nancy Pelosi is trying to dissuade talk of impeachment for political reasons.  Trump’s hoping that he can take the narrative on this and paint it as a partisan attack.  This is his only move, he has to force it to happen.  If he waits until there’s evidence, he’s toast.  His only option is to stoke talk of impeachment as a political process and not a responsibility of safeguarding the republic.

 

 

TRAITOR TOTS

Jacob Wohl

 

 

FIGHTING BACK

 

EMERGENCIES, SHUTDOWN & IMMIGRATION

 

RACISM, RIGHT WING TERRORISM, & WHITE NATIONALISM

 

SCOTUS & COURTS

 

#METOO & WOMEN’S RIGHTS

 

COLD WAR 2.0

 

#NEVERAGAIN

 

FIXING THE INTERNET

 

THE PROPAGANDA MACHINE

 

WHITE HOUSE CHAOS

 

TRADE WAR, HEALTH CARE, AND ECONOMY

 

STUDENT ISSUES

Admissions Scandal

 

GOP: THE PARTY OF LINCOLN IS DEAD

 

ENVIRONMENT & SCIENCE

 

ELECTIONS

 

THINKING AHEAD

 

PROGRESS IS PROGRESS

 

RUMOR MILL

 

That’s it for Wednesday.  Looks like Beto’s throwing his hat in the ring.  I’m going to make an article describing everyone that is running, rumored to run, should run, and why Tulsi Gabbard shouldn’t be allowed anywhere near the nomination for President.

I’m going to update The Indicted with Paul Manafort’s info.

 

Thank you, and have a good one.

 

“Without Journalists, it’s just propaganda.”

– Katy Tur

 

Daily Check-In 03/12/2019

Tuesday, March 12, 2019.  The best story of the day is down in the Student Issues section.

 

THE RUSSIAN INVESTIGATION

Flynn

Flynn’s testifying against Bijan Kian, his former partner at Flynn Intel Group.  He’s asking for another delay of 90 days.  His last court appearance went poorly for him (Daily Check-In 12/18/2018).

 

Manafort

Manafort is due in DC court Wednesday for his sentencing for violating his guilty plea, and Mueller is also seeking civil asset forfeiture as well.

Let’s see if this goes better than last week’s sentencing (Daily Check-In 03/07/2019).

Stone

 

Congress

 

 

 

COHEN, NEW YORK, AND THE OTHER LAWSUITS

Double Jeopardy

This is a game changer.  New York is looking to modify their double jeopardy statute to include an exception in the case of presidential pardons.  This would let the state bring criminal charges for which someone received a presidential pardon and there is overlap between a state law and federal law.  For example, if this change goes through and Paul Manafort gets pardoned for witness tampering, New York could charge him with their version of witness tampering if it occurred in New York.  This opens the door to Enterprise Corruption charges, New York’s version of RICO.

 

NYAG Investigations into Trump’s Businesses

 

Stormy Daniels

 

CONGRESS

 

 

 

TRUMP THE RUSSIAN ASSET A.K.A. INDIVIDUAL-1

737 Max 8 Crash

 

 

Budget

 

 

TRAITOR TOTS

 

FIGHTING BACK

 

EMERGENCIES, SHUTDOWN & IMMIGRATION

 

RACISM, RIGHT WING TERRORISM, & WHITE NATIONALISM

 

#METOO & WOMEN’S RIGHTS

 

 

COLD WAR 2.0

 

#NEVERAGAIN

 

FIXING THE INTERNET

 

THE PROPAGANDA MACHINE

 

WHITE HOUSE CHAOS

 

TRADE WAR, HEALTH CARE, AND ECONOMY

 

STUDENT ISSUES

Aunt Becky from Full House got busted?  Have Mercy… I guess I’ll have to cut it out…  Wake Up San Francisco! This is a major scandal.

Ok, that’s enough.  The Pun Jar now holds $307.

I spent a couple hours reading the criminal complaint, and it is amazing.  And depressing.  CW stands for Cooperating Witness.

Here’s the short version: CW-1, a guy out of Florida running Key Worldwide Foundation, ran a scheme to help rich people get their undeserving children into prestigious schools.  Now, this isn’t exactly new, rich people have paid to put their dimwitted children in fancy colleges ever since colleges were created.  But the way this scheme was executed was blatantly illegal.

CW-1 would have the parents pay him $15,000 to have someone, CW-2, help their children cheat on the SAT and ACT college board tests.  These are standardized tests that most colleges use to determine if a student is smart enough to enter and have caused stress and nightmares in generations of high school students.  They would do this by getting the parents to register their kids at a friendly location where CW-2 would either take the test for them or give them the answers.  If that wasn’t good enough to get these dumbass kids into school, CW-1 would use what he called the “Side Door” option.

CW-1 told these parents that there were three ways to get their kids into school.  The first was through the front door, on their own merits.  The second was the back door, either by knowing someone or donating a large amount of money to the school.  The third was through the side door, by exploiting a loophole reserved for student athletes.

Schools have different admissions guidelines for different groups.  That includes athletes.  For example, University of Southern California might reject most students with less than a 1400 out of 1600 on their SAT’s or a 34 out of 36 on the ACT, but they’ll let athletes in if they scored above 1200 or 30.  That’s what CW-1 took advantage of.

CW-1 worked with the parents and the schools to scheme the kids into school by saying they were student athletes in sports that were at the schools, even if they never played a sport.  CW-1 would work out a deal with someone like a coach or a person in the athletic director’s office to strike a deal.  The school would officially recruit the kid on one of the sports teams, and in exchange the parents would pay a hefty bribe to the person.  CW-3, the Yale Women’s Soccer Coach, accepted a $400,000 bribe for one kid.

My guess is that’s how they got caught.  A college soccer coach for an Ivy League school makes a decent amount of money, but they don’t make nearly half a million dollars.  They almost certainly don’t make that much money regularly enough to not draw suspicion from the bank.  Almost certainly the bank filed a Suspicious Activity Report on the transaction.  Per standard bank procedure, both the person receiving the check and writing the check will get some scrutiny.  This got reported to the Treasury.  At the same time CW-2 listed his income as gifts and not income, so the IRS went up his ass with a magnifying glass.  These two things likely led to the FBI getting involved.

So far 50 people have been charged with fraud, and all of the CW’s are looking at lot more than that.  And this is just the tip of the iceberg.  CW-1 ran this scheme sine 2011, and got caught in the last year.  He also bragged about how he did this hundreds of times.

 

I really hate defending anything related to Jared Kushner, but this is a different situation than what came down.

The criminal complaint uncovered a scheme in which dozens if not hundreds of rich people paid a company to cheat on the ACT’s and SAT’s on behalf of their kids, and when that still wasn’t enough to get their kids into the schools of their choice, they bribed individuals and committed fraud by pretending that their kids were student athletes.

Kushner’s situation was a straight-up pay-for-play bribe.  Charlie Kushner donates $2.5 million to build a library for the school, and in exchange his kids get in the door.  Is it corrupt and immoral?  Yes.  But at the same time, that money went on to help every student who has since gone to school and used that library.

Go to any college in America and there are buildings that have someone’s name on them.  They’re an influential alumni, a big pocket donor, or some legacy.  A lot of times that person cut a check to the school as part of a quid pro quo.  They wanted their kids to go to this school, but the kids themselves weren’t deserving.  So, Mommy and Daddy paid for a new law library or business college or athletic practice field, and now their kids are enrolled.

The dividing line is on how the money is used, how much cheating is done, and how often this happens.  There’s a world of difference between the occasional large endowment and institutionalized cheating and fraud.

 

 

GOP: THE PARTY OF LINCOLN IS DEAD

 

CRIME AND PUNISHMENT

 

PRIESTS & RELIGION

 

ENVIRONMENT & SCIENCE

 

ELECTIONS

 

THINKING AHEAD

 

IN OTHER NEWS…

 

RUMOR MILL

 

That’s it for Tuesday.  Damn, it’s a busy one.  But there’s one thing I’m torn about and the kids involved in this scheme.

On one hand, they cheated to get in.  How fucking stupid does one have to be to not think that it’s weird as hell that they’re taking the SAT’s by themselves and the proctor is giving them the answers or taking the test for them, and not be in on the scam?  Surely, they had to know that something was up when their parents told them they were taking the test at a separate location away from their classmates.  Their classmates who, like them, grew up a privileged life.  They cheated to get in and lied on their college applications.  You know damn well if they were poor, black kids they’d have been expelled from school before the end of the day.

On the other hand, what have they done since they got to school?  If they’ve been upstanding students, stayed out of trouble, and done everything they should then maybe they can be redeemed.  After all, it’s not completely their fault that their parents are lying, cheating, felonious assholes.  If they’re a waste of space however, kick their asses out.

Wednesday brings new sentences and new charges for Paul Manafort.  I’ll definitely talk about that later.

 

Thank you, and have a good one.

 

“Without Journalists, it’s just propaganda.”

– Katy Tur