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Circumvention


Though the memo issuance is routine, it could appear that Trump — via Mnuchen & Tillerson — might try to circumvent the Russia sanctions.

Of course that would be morally wrong and legally questionable, but when has that ever bothered this White House.

Stay tuned…

Circumvention

16 Things

16 things you must believe to buy the ‘Witch Hunt’ Russia narrative:

  1. That Donald Jr., Paul Manafort, and Jared Kushner did nothing wrong by meeting with a Kremlin-connected Russian offering dirt on Clinton. The emails requesting the meeting specifically mentioned a “Russian government attorney” and added that the requested meeting concerned “very high level and sensitive information” that “is part of Russia and its government’s support for Mr. Trump.” That doesn’t prove a willingness to collude
  2. That concern about Paul Manafort’s extensive links with Putin’s former puppet in Ukraine, Viktor Yanukovych, including at least $12.7 million in payments, is, to quote Manafort’s words, “silly and nonsensical.”
  3. That Donald Trump’s stubborn refusal ever to breathe a critical word about Vladimir Putin, even as he has freely criticized U.S. allies, or acknowledge Russian meddling in our election, is not strange.
  4. That Donald Trump’s stubborn refusal ever to breathe a critical word about Vladimir Putin, even as he has freely criticized U.S. allies, or acknowledge Russian meddling in our election, is not strange…

New Rift

Russia’s 2016 Disinformation Campaign

I know, I know: We’re also sick and tired of 2016 election post-mortems (not to mention our normal knee-jerk antipathy toward the McClatchy organization) but…

By Election Day, an automated Kremlin cyberattack of unprecedented scale and sophistication had delivered critical and phony news about the Democratic presidential nominee to the Twitter and Facebook accounts of millions of voters. Some investigators suspect the Russians targeted voters in swing states, even in key precincts.

Russia’s operation used computer commands knowns as “bots” to collect and dramatically heighten the reach of negative or fabricated news about Clinton, including a story in the final days of the campaign accusing her of running a pedophile ring at a Washington pizzeria.

The long and short of it is that the Russian promulgated fake news pushed those Dems and liberals barely voting for Hillary (’cause ¡Pendejo!) to vote for a third party candidate instead. And even though Hillary out-polled ¡Pendejo! by nearly 3 million votes, enough Dems voted for third party losers candidates to give the White House to ¡Pendejo!.

Regardless whether OMP and His Crew turn out to have directly worked with the Russians to rig the election, this McClatchy article should put paid to the idea of not enforcing more sanctions on Russia, much less giving them their special party mansions back.

Russia's 2016 Disinformation Campaign

A Painful Truth

Thus a painful truth for those patriotic Americans who oppose Donald Trump: He will not be impeached. His son’s emails basically admitting collusion with Russia will ultimately mean little if anything.

Why is this?

Because there is likely no amount of empirical evidence or facts that will turn the Republican Party and its supporters against President Trump. He is a tool for accomplishing the Republican Party’s goals of giving more money to the very richest Americans, punishing poor and working-class people, destroying the commons and the social safety net, creating a Christian theocracy, undermining the middle class, giving corporations full control over the country, destroying the environment, taking away women’s control over their own bodies, abusing Muslims, and denying the civil rights, freedom and equal citizenship of African-Americans and other people of color. In all, the Republican Party, its voters and the right-wing media have chosen political power over loyalty to country. In that context, Russia’s meddling in our presidential election to put Donald Trump in the White House is but a means to an end.

We find this depressingly accurate.

Worse, as we’ve mentioned elsewhere, Bob Mueller’s final report may well make no recommendation. Put another way, Mueller may identify and tut-tut a whole raft of ‘questionable’ behavior by OMP and His Minions, but decide to do absolute squat about it.

Not that we may ever know. Again we’ll state there’s no law that says Mueller’s report must be made public; he might hold a simple press conference wherein he briefly says “Go home, everyone; nothing to look at here.”

A Painful Truth

ПРЕМЬЕРА!

And so from Russia…with less tongue than Miley, and less ‘tude than nearly every American pop performer 1,we present the irrepressible Ira Levitskaya

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  1. Though what’s up with the brightly colored children’s clothing (same with Google’s new logo)? Thought that trend died out in the early days of hip-hop… Also? Gratified that the dancers cum models properly displayed the requisite amount of anomie, de rigueur since at least Palmer’s Addicted To Love.

North Korea

MOSCOW — Russia is seeking closer economic ties with North Korea in an effort to develop its backward Far East and counter America’s strategic shift toward Asia.

Deputy Prime Minister Yury Trutnev traveled to Pyongyang last week, becoming the highest-ranking Russian official to visit since North Korean leader Kim Jong Un succeeded his late father.

Trutnev, a confidant of Russian President Vladimir Putin, serves as presidential envoy to the Far Eastern Federal District. While in North Korea, he met with Kim Yong Nam, the nominal head of state, and Premier Pak Pong Ju, the Itar-Tass news agency reported. They discussed plans for a pipeline through the country to carry Russian natural gas to South Korea and a rail corridor spanning the Korean Peninsula, as well as Russian investment in North Korean mining.

Trutnev also proposed holding a conference in Russia to promote three-way economic cooperation, an idea in which Pyongyang showed interest.

Rêves doux

You’re Vladimir Putin

You’re Vladimir Putin, and you don’t understand why the so-called “West” finds you so hard to understand. Perhaps because the United States and the European Union are so blinded by their ideology that they genuinely can’t even see that they have one?

But it is glaringly obvious from inside the Kremlin looking out. Their leadership and their press proclaim that their globalized transnational banking dominant brand of market economy is no ideology but the triumphant “end of history,” as their pundit Fukuyama so grandiosely put it before their “Great Recession” and their current so-called “New Normal,” with its massive national governmental debts, massive unemployment, downward pressure on wages, and grotesque levels of income and wealth inequality rendered such ideological breast-beating pathetically ridiculous.

You’re Vladimir Putin, and since you were a product of the Soviet Union’s Communist ideology, you can certainly recognize a failed ideology when you see one! Just because Communism failed it doesn’t meant that predatory globalized transnational capitalism is in the process of succeeding. In Greece, for horrible example, in Spain, in Ireland, indeed in the European Union as a whole or for that matter in the holier-than-thou United States.

You’re Vladimir Putin, a former KGB professional, and therefore a pragmatic realist who doesn’t make decisions on the basis of any ideology at all. You’re the thrice-elected President of the Russian Federation, and your job is to defend, protect, and enhance the national self-interest of the Russian State and the Russian people, period…

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Sochi

The Astas can barely wait for the Sochi Olympics.

The summer games they aren’t nearly as enthused about; you can keep your ribbon fluttering rhythmic dancing, it’s the ski jumpers, snowboarders and ice skaters that draw their attention.

Here’s hoping we only have to explain the nature of venality 1  to the girls and not the nature of terrorism.

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  1. Ice skating judges; most of them should be horse-whipped on a regular basis.