Monday, April 02, 2018

Dystopia Realized

It seems like this really got going with Sarah Palin talking about the "lamestream media," and conservatives found there was a lot of power in attacking journalists. The problem was that they would say or do something stupid and then the newspapers would publish it, which was embarrassing. Trump picked up this anti-media theme and developed it to the point where his followers have given up believing that objective truth exists. The news media cannot be counted on to publish the kind of news the rightwingers want, for instance they are occasionally sympathetic to the victim when the cops kill an unarmed black guy, or when a well-respected, loving immigrant family is broken up by ICE in the middle of the night, or when the President lies sometimes the news will point out the incongruity between what he said and reality. These lapses of gullibility must be denounced as bias. Fake news.

I have often written on this blog that the history of our time will be a history of the media and how they have influenced public opinion. Journalists are human beings who have to depend on their perceptions, and have to transform what they learn into words for their audience. Whatever they say is necessarily a human communication, not a mathematical formula, these are stories and will have some interpretative aspect to them. The result is that we get news with the rough edges whittled off and the shadows deepened, so the bad guys and good guys stand simplified and a little more starkly contrasted. A sophisticated media consumer reads sceptically and reviews multiple sources when the news matters.

The authoritarian point of view does not accommodate the concept of objective truth, and sees facts as opinions that are for or against itself. If a young protester tears up a shooting-range target in order to make the point that children should not be targets of firearms, the authoritarian right will photoshop that image and show her tearing up the Constitution (as if they themselves supported the Constitution). It does not matter that she tore up a target, they want to see her tearing up the Constitution, and so that is what they circulate among themselves, with henhouse clucks of outrage and indignity.

This week we saw one of the most bizarre instances of this. It still makes my skin crawl.

Sinclair Communications is a huge conservative media company that has been quietly buying up local television outlets. With no fanfare their central office has been sending out pro-Trump news propaganda scripts, and forcing news anchors to read these things verbatim on the air. You as the local viewer do not realize that your familiar news-team has been taken over, these look like any other news story. There are rumors that some of the anchors are resentful or have a negative attitude about this, but they read it obediently, beaming the official party message into millions of unwary American households.

That's bad, right? We can all agree on that, some central corporate office putting words in journalists' mouths, having them parrot the party line. The polite word for this is "dystopian;" nightmare works, too.

But wait. There's more.

This week an amazing video came out -- actually two similar videos -- showing a lot of these Sinclair-backed news people reading the same script, all over the country. Each has their characteristic gestures and intonations, each one projects their well-disciplined charisma as they read this stupid thing about "fake news" and how bad it is.

That is creepy. But it gets even worse.

To you and me, this is an indictment of a rightwing propaganda campaign that is poisoning American democracy by presenting political messaging as news. Sinclair is the largest owner of television stations in the U.S. -- in the DC area if you are watching WJLA ABC7 or NewsChannel 8 you are watching Sinclair programming.

The message among the rightwing Internet has been entirely different. They do not see this as "their side" taking over local news and destroying it. They see this as an indictment of all media. For instance, the unreliable but reliably-conservative Gateway Pundit reports that "Paul Joseph Watson has created another incredible video showing mainstream media outlets talking about fake news in a concerted fake news report." Their takeaway: "Fake news talking about how they are not fake news is fake news."

And this is something else -- Paul Joseph Watson is an Infowars blogger, embedded deeply in the conspiracy-theory world of the delusional right. There is no evidence at all that he created this video -- these guys will just say anything.

Most writers agree the video first appeared on a blog at Deadspin, which is a Univision-owned sports site that, if anything, leans in the liberal direction. The original post from 3:45PM on March 31st gives no source for the video, or explanation.

ThinkProgress posted a similar video the day before, at 3:16PM on March 30th. Both these are based on a script that Sinclair gave its affiliates, and which was run in the Seattle Post-Intelligencer.

Wonkette doesn't think Watson produced it, but does screenshot a lot of crazy reactions to this video, which obviously proves that George Soros is manipulating the media.

The New York Times, says Deadspin made the video:
Timothy Burke, the video director at Deadspin, had read a report last month from CNN, which quoted local station anchors who were uncomfortable with the speech.

Mr. Burke tracked down the Sinclair affiliates and found when they had aired what he called a “forced read.”

Then he stitched together the various broadcasts to create a supercut of anchors from Seattle to Phoenix to Washington eerily echoing the same lines...

You have to watch this thing, it is unbelievable, it has been taken up by both those who believe in objective truth and those who do not believe objective truth exists, to support their own point of view.

The liberal side sees that the rightwing propaganda machine, in the form of Sinclair Broadcast Group, has taken over hundreds of television channels and is brainwashing the public with conservative garbage. The conservative side sees proof that the media are being run by some central cabal that is putting fake news into news anchors' mouths so the sheeple will obediently fall in line and obey their overlords.

Of course, not that it matters, but the President weighed in on the matter this morning on Twitter -- he l-u-u-r-r-r-ves Sinclair. He tweeted: "So funny to watch Fake News Networks, among the most dishonest groups of people I have ever dealt with, criticize Sinclair Broadcasting for being biased. Sinclair is far superior to CNN and even more Fake NBC, which is a total joke." Of course, Sinclair owns a lot of NBC channels, but ...

The Post added some details:
The controversy comes at a critical time for Sinclair. The company is awaiting federal approval for its proposed $3.9 billion buyout of Tribune Media, a deal that would add Tribune’s 42 TV stations to Sinclair’s portfolio. The deal requires the blessing of the Federal Communications Commission and the Justice Department, both of which are dominated by Trump loyalists. Opponents of the deal say it would give Sinclair too much power over local broadcast markets.

The question is whether a huge rightwing coroporation can execute a perfect self-fulfilling prophecy by undermining the free press to the point where none of us can believe any of it any more. I don't think they can exterminate truth entirely or erase it from our political discourse, but certainly this kind of subtle and sophisticated propaganda machine is going to affect a lot of people who are sitting in their living rooms innocently watching the television, and make it hard to rationally discuss anything with them.


Blogger Priya Lynn said...

Sinclair Broadcasting is evil.

When they were questioned about this "The media is rife with fake news" script they required all the stations to read they disingenuously said "Oh, we're talking about fake news like "The Pope endorsed Donald Trump" to try and make it look like they're criticizing fake pro-Trump news when in reality they're forcing the station to broadcast fake pro-Trump news and are trying to con the public into believing anything that makes Trump look bad is fake news.

April 02, 2018 7:14 PM  
Blogger Priya Lynn said...

Is it still infrastructure week?

April 02, 2018 7:24 PM  
Blogger Priya Lynn said...

You can tell Trump is freaking out over the Mueller investigation. Yesterday he said there wasn't going to be a DACA deal to help young immigrants and he threatened to end the North American Free Trade Agreement. He obviously is trying to make headlines to create a distraction from the Mueller probe.

Pretty much everyone is tired of drama queen Trump and wishes he'd just shut the hell up.

Lol, never before has the leader of a country been such a gigantic loser!

April 02, 2018 7:58 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"The question is whether a huge rightwing coroporation can execute a perfect self-fulfilling prophecy by undermining the free press to the point where none of us can believe any of it any more. I don't think they can exterminate truth entirely or erase it from our political discourse, but certainly this kind of subtle and sophisticated propaganda machine is going to affect a lot of people who are sitting in their living rooms innocently watching the television, and make it hard to rationally discuss anything with them."

Huge leftwing coroporations have been doing this since the 70s. Bernard Goldberg, who worked for CBS, wrote great expose on the topic years ago.

"You can tell Trump is freaking out over the Mueller investigation."

of course, Priya makes this stupid comment about every other day

and, of course, Priya knows a thing or two about freaking out

here's a story sure to cause a psychotic episode from a certain TTFer:

A recent poll from \Rasmussen Reports shows President Trump’s approval rating has climbed to 50 percent, putting him ahead of where Barack Obama was at the same point in his presidency. Forty-nine percent expressed disapproval.

hmmmm...50-49, Trump has a net positive rating and it's better than Obama the Worst

go ahead


April 03, 2018 7:20 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"APRIL 02, 2018 7:14 PM
Blogger Priya Lynn said...
This comment has been removed by the author."

Priya is very stable

just canna make up the ol' mind, that's all

April 03, 2018 7:22 AM  
Anonymous Monopoly said...

Details of Sinclair’s expansion plans:

The company is currently awaiting federal approval of a proposed $3.9 billion buyout of Tribune Media, which would add 42 more local television stations to its quiver, including those in New York, Chicago and Los Angeles.

Current Federal Communications Commission rules limit single station owners from reaching 39 percent of the national television audience and prohibiting ownership of more than two stations in most TV markets. But the FCC under Republican Chairman Ajit Pai — who met with Sinclair executives in the days before he was named chairman — has been in the midst of a strong push for deregulation.

Pai has stated that he favors loosening ownership standards, and the FCC can offer exceptions and waivers to those rules. If allowed to go through, Sinclair’s stations could reach as much as 70 percent of the households in the country.

April 03, 2018 9:02 AM  
Anonymous Longtime D.C. TV anchor Maureen Bunyan is latest casualty of Sinclair’s cuts said...

After more than 40 years of anchoring newscasts on Washington TV stations, Maureen Bunyan got some startling news of her own last week: Her employer, Sinclair Broadcast Group, told her that next month would be her last at WJLA (Channel 7), Bunyan’s TV home since 1999.

The station’s management decided it no longer needed Bunyan, 71, a pioneering figure who was among the first African American women in the nation to anchor a local evening newscast in the late 1970s. And just that quickly, Bunyan met the fate that has befallen other members of her once-familiar news team at WJLA since Sinclair bought the station in mid-2014.

First it was Arch Campbell, WJLA’s entertainment reporter and a 40-year veteran of local news. Then it was veteran sportscaster Tim Brant, then anchor Leon Harris. Anchor Gordon Peterson — one of the deans of Washington TV news — retired in 2014 rather than work for Sinclair.

Sinclair, based outside Baltimore, has grown rapidly over the past dozen or so years by buying TV station chains across the country. It now stands as the largest operator in the nation, with 173 outlets spread over 81 markets. Its $985 million purchase of WJLA, and seven other stations owned by Allbritton Communications, of Arlington, was one of the largest of its many deals.

But all that acquisition, fueled largely with borrowed money, has saddled Sinclair with some $4.93 billion in liabilities, necessitating a sharp eye on overhead at its many stations.

The rapid departure of so many familiar faces at a station is unusual in the TV news business, for which conventional wisdom holds that audiences flock to familiar anchors and personalities. Stability is a virtue; anchors at big-city stations tend to stay for several years.

April 03, 2018 9:36 AM  
Anonymous Red State Public School Teachers Are Not Going to Take it Anymore said...

April 03, 2018 9:47 AM  
Anonymous And another red state said...

Get ready for the blue wave.

April 03, 2018 9:49 AM  
Blogger Priya Lynn said...

Mueller Will Find Something on Trump and He'll Be Impeached If Democrats Win, Republican Strategist Says

A longtime Republican strategist claimed Sunday it was “hard” to believe that the special counsel would not find “something” illicit in President Donald Trump’s long financial history that would lead to his impeachment should Democrats take back the U.S. House of Representatives in the fall.

Alex Castellanos, who previously worked on the campaigns of George W. Bush, Mitt Romney and Bob Dole, explained on ABC’s This Week that a potential “storm” was on the horizon for the president and advised him to form a top legal team as soon as possible.

“It’s hard to believe that someone like Donald Trump, who has been a disrupter all his life, who has flouted his way to business success, that Robert Mueller is not going to dig up something in Trump’s complicated financial history to say, 'Look, the president of the United States did this and it was wrong,'” Castellanos said. “And it’s hard to believe then that when Republicans lose the House in 2018, maybe by 40 or 50 seats, that [the] House is not going to impeach him.”

And if Republicans manage to maintain the majority in the Senate, Castellanos warned that they too might be wary of sticking by Trump if special counsel Robert Mueller turned up something nefarious.

"And it’s also hard to believe that a U.S. Senate that’s going to be scared to death, though may still be in Republican hands, is not going to take a serious look when it has to deal with this president,” he said.

Castellanos concluded: "So get good legal help now, because the storm is coming."

April 03, 2018 1:25 PM  
Blogger Priya Lynn said...

Why Many Religious People Support President Trump

If hypocrisy were sugar, then every evangelical supporting President Trump would have diabetes. The Bible Belt would be on a 24 hour seven day a week insulin drip. I’ll cut this metaphor short before mentioning amputated appendages.

Brian Dalton of Mr Deity fame has a new video out : The Wisdom of Dennis Prager and King David. Brian is funny while he devastates the conservative case for President Trump.

Check it out.

Prager says god used King David who murdered the husband of the woman he was engaging in adultery with and that was okay - actually it shows the low moral standards of his god. Prager asks why his god used a prostitute to do good things when he could have picked from so many other people. Uhh, Dennis, there is nothing immoral about prostitution.

April 03, 2018 2:27 PM  
Blogger Priya Lynn said...

Trump is pushing the government to stop a CNN merger because he hates CNN while he's assisting the merger of Sinclair broadcasting because they are pro-trump.

He's attacking Amazon because Jeff Bezos also owns the Trump critical Washington post despite the Republican party's alleged policy of "not picking winners and losers".

Trump is using the presidency to punish people and businesses that won't go along with his agenda and enrich those that do.

There has never been a more corrupt administration in U.S. history.

April 03, 2018 3:32 PM  
Anonymous It's Mueller time said...

First sentence handed down in Mueller probe

"...Alex van der Zwaan, 33, a son-in-law of a prominent Russian-based banker, pleaded guilty Feb. 20 to lying to the FBI about his contacts in September and October of 2016 with a business associate of onetime Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort and with Manafort’s deputy, former Trump aide Rick Gates. Prosecutors said van der Zwaan also destroyed emails the special counsel had requested.

According to prosecutors, van der Zwaan, who is a Dutch citizen, said he had been told by Gates that the Manafort associate had been an officer with the Russian military intelligence service. Van der Zwaan turned over secret recordings to Mueller’s investigators that he had made of his conversations with Gates, the associate and a senior partner at his law firm.

“What I did was wrong,” van der Zwaan said in court Tuesday. “I apologize to the court for my conduct. I apologize to my wife and to my family for the pain I have caused.”..."

A little background:

"Deputy Attorney General Rod J. Rosenstein’s order appointing Robert S. Mueller III to serve as special counsel outlined what Mueller and his team would be investigating.

'The Special Counsel is authorized to conduct the investigation confirmed by then-FBI Director James B. Comey in testimony before the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence on March 20, 2017, including:

(i) any links and/or coordination between the Russian government and individuals associated with the campaign of President Donald Trump; and

(ii) any matters that arose or may arise directly from the investigation; and

(iii) any other matters within the scope of 28 C.F.R. § 600.4(a).'

The referenced part of the Code of Federal Regulations, 28 C.F.R. § 600.4(a), allows the special counsel to “investigate and prosecute federal crimes committed in the course of, and with intent to interfere with, the Special Counsel’s investigation, such as perjury, obstruction of justice, destruction of evidence, and intimidation of witnesses.”..."

April 03, 2018 3:51 PM  
Blogger Priya Lynn said...

Trumpcare: Higher Costs, Less Coverage, More Uninsured

The Urban Institute has done an analysis of the results of the changes made to the Affordable Care Act by Republicans, who failed to kill it off but managed to wound it in major ways. That analysis largely matches that of the Congressional Budget Office — fewer insured, higher costs and less coverage. Oh, and higher taxpayer spending too.

The stupidity of Trumpcare: Government will spend $33 billion more to cover 8.9 million fewer Americans, as premiums soar.

This is what you get when your president's main priority is blindly undoing Obama's accomplishments - Trump royally screws Americans to salve his own ego.

April 03, 2018 4:07 PM  
Blogger Priya Lynn said...

As Trump hits a bent over Wyatt/Regina with a wooden paddle with all his might Wyatt/Regina/bad anonymous screams "Please Sir, may I have another!"

Trump voters are unforgivably stupid.

April 03, 2018 4:08 PM  
Blogger Priya Lynn said...

So much for Trump's campaign promise that on day one he'd replace Obamacare with "something terrific" and "everyone will be covered".

Its one grandiose lie after another with this guy - much like Wyatt/Regina/bad anonymous.

April 03, 2018 4:19 PM  
Blogger Priya Lynn said...

That's been the Republicans unspoken campaign slogan for decades: "Government is the problem. Elect us and we'll prove it."

April 03, 2018 4:25 PM  
Blogger Priya Lynn said...

Frank Schaeffer: Many Evangelicals Spent Easter Asking “Who Do We Hate Next?”

Seeing Frank Schaeffer vent about the Religious Right is always a treat since you can’t accuse him of not knowing what he’s talking about. Frank and his father Francis are as responsible as anybody for helping create the modern Christian Right. But Frank has long been disillusioned by how white evangelicals have turned their faith into nothing more than an extension of the Republican Party.

Yesterday, on AM Joy, he explained to Joy Reid why he was so frustrated about the state of today’s Christianity.

Here’s his response to a question about why so many evangelicals support Donald Trump despite all his flaws. He began by talking about FOX News host Laura Ingraham losing more than a dozen sponsors (and counting) after her senseless tweets criticizing a student whose friends died in the Parkland shooting.

… Look at the fall that [Ingraham] has taken, now a poster child for imitating Donald Trump’s ugly intolerance! Imagine that, in Holy Week, at the time when Christians around the world are saying, “He is risen!” “Truly He is risen,” answers the other Christian. “And who do we hate next?” is the evangelical or conservative Roman Catholic view. To the point of mocking kids who stand against violence! Think about that, Joy…

… We are in a moment of betrayal of the teaching of Jesus that was the watershed — I speak of this as a Christian — the watershed in the ethical development of human consciousness that put your neighbor first and lifted humility up as something to be admired. We have an arrogant president who disrespects people, and those who follow him are now imitating this vile behavior in Holy Week and at Easter, no less.

Preach it, brother.

If there’s one thing we’ve learned from Trump’s presidency, it’s that evangelicals are willing to torch the earth, hurting everyone who’s not in their tribe, in order to get temporary power. I sincerely hope they pay the price for it after this political nightmare is over.

April 03, 2018 6:54 PM  
Anonymous March in lock-step or you shall pay! said...

Employees at Sinclair affiliates tell HuffPost that the “fake news” script is in keeping with a culture fostered by their parent company that often makes them uneasy, forcing them to choose between their own journalistic standards and the ability to do their jobs and put food on their tables.

“The new scripted ‘fake news’ segment caused a lot of anguish where I work,” one Sinclair journalist told HuffPost. “If you choose not to air a must-run, you choose to flip off your parent company, in a sense, and risk losing resources.”

“Everyone, including the anchors and the producers and the news director, hates Boris,” the employee added, referring to Epshteyn’s segments. “Everything Sinclair gives us or forces upon us is met with uproar, but we have no choice.”

Epshteyn did not return a request for comment.

Another Sinclair affiliate employee, an on-air reporter, told HuffPost he and his colleagues are concerned about the effect the segment is having on their reputations for impartiality.

“I feel really bad for the anchors who are in the promos, because it paints them in a negative light and in a manner which is not truly who they are,” the reporter said. “The ‘fake news’ phrase automatically associates us with Trump and his administration and in turn the beliefs of that political party. The irony in the promo is that the message does in fact have an agenda and is not ‘unbiased.’”

“I spoke with both anchors at our station about the promo and they hate it,” the same employee added. “We all do.”

One anchor, who declined to comment, instead pointed HuffPost to a Facebook post by Norma Holland, anchor of “Good Day Rochester” the morning news program broadcast by WHAM-13, a Sinclair affiliate in Rochester, New York. In her post, Holland, who was one of the anchors who delivered the “fake news” script, described the dilemma posed to her and her colleagues.

“The Sinclair message you saw me and my colleagues in has damaged the trust you place in us — a trust that’s taken, me in particular, 22 years to build. That hurts,” Holland wrote.

“I could have chosen to quit, but who among us has an alternate career in their back pocket ready to go?” she continued. “I have a family to support. That’s not an excuse — that’s reality.”

On Tuesday, Bloomberg reported that Sinclair employees face stiff penalties for quitting or otherwise violating their contracts, including clauses that could cost them upward of 40 percent of their annual salary.

April 04, 2018 9:43 AM  
Anonymous Blue wave continues said...

Milwaukee County Circuit Judge Rebecca Dallet won a seat on the Wisconsin Supreme Court Tuesday, a victory for Democrats that gives more momentum for a potential blue wave in the November midterm elections.

State Supreme Court races rarely merit national attention. The Wisconsin election ― which gives justices a 10-year term ― was officially nonpartisan, but it was crystal clear where the partisan lines formed.

It’s the first time in more than a decade that a liberal candidate won an open Supreme Court seat in the state. Dallet was winning by double digits when the race was officially called in her favor.

Dallet picked up endorsements from former Vice President Joe Biden, Sen. Cory Booker (D-N.J.) and former Rep. Gabby Giffords (D-Ariz.), while former Attorney General Eric Holder went to the state to campaign for her.

Dallet defeated Sauk County Circuit Judge Michael Screnock, an appointee of Gov. Scott Walker (R) who had his own big-time backing from the National Rifle Association.

“We beat the NRA, and we beat the millions in special interest money that flowed into our state,” Dallet said in her victory speech Tuesday night.

April 04, 2018 9:51 AM  
Blogger Priya Lynn said...

Remember when Trump fired Comey and said in the termination letter "I appreciate you telling me on three separate occasions that I am not under investigation."?

The Muller team has now made it official and told the popular vote losing pussy grabber he is under investigation.

Allegedly Trump is "relieved" he is the "subject of an investigation" rather than a "target of an investigation"(which would mean criminal charges are pending). Legal experts say he shouldn't be feeling relieved because a subject of an investigation can become a criminal target of an investigation in a hot minute and frequently do, particularly after the investigators interview the subject where someone like Trump is notorious for lying and letting slip damaging information.

April 04, 2018 1:59 PM  
Blogger Priya Lynn said...

Almost two years of Trump kissing Putin's butt and today he says "Nobody's been tougher on Russia than me.".

5000 comedians out of work and look who's trying to be funny.

April 04, 2018 4:36 PM  
Blogger Priya Lynn said...

Overwhelming Republican majority in Tennessee can't pass anti-Nazi and anti-white supremacist bill


April 04, 2018 6:35 PM  
Blogger Priya Lynn said...

AMA To Defense Secretary Mattis: There’s No “Medically Valid Reason” To Ban Trans Citizens From Military

There is “no medically valid reason” to exclude transgender people from serving in the military, the nation’s largest medical organization told Defence Secretary Jim Mattis on Wednesday in a letter. The American Medical Association said the Pentagon’s recent evaluation of the requirements to accommodate transgender personnel “mischaracterized and rejected the wide body of peer-reviewed research on the effectiveness of transgender medical care.”

The letter from CEO James Madara, first obtained by POLITICO, also slams the suggestion that the cost of providing medical care to transgender troops should be a reason to keep them out of the military. “The financial cost is negligible and a rounding error in the defence budget,” Madara writes. “It should not be used as a reason to deny patriotic Americans an opportunity to serve their country. We should be honouring their service.”

April 05, 2018 2:32 PM  
Blogger Priya Lynn said...

Trump’s Approval Rating Hits New Record Low

Morning Consult reports:

The month of March was unkind to President Donald Trump’s popularity among the voting public, with Morning Consult’s 50 state approval tracker showing the commander in chief reaching the lowest point of his presidency.

The new data — compiled from surveys conducted March 1 to March 31 among 97,693 registered voters in every state and Washington, D.C. — shows 41 percent of registered voters approving and 54 percent disapproving of Trump’s job performance, surpassing previous monthly lows from October and November, when 42 percent approved and 53 percent took the opposing view.

The new figures represent a 4 point net decline from February, when 43 percent approved and 52 percent disapproved of Trump. The changes were driven mainly by a loss of enthusiasm among the president’s independent and Republican supporters: Strong approval for Trump was down 2 points among GOP voters, to 45 percent, and 1 point among independents, to 13 percent.

But but RASMUSSEN!1!11!!

April 05, 2018 2:54 PM  
Anonymous Phil Bredesen holds double-digit lead over Marsha Blackburn in US Senate race, new MTSU poll shows said...

Former Gov. Phil Bredesen has a 10-point lead over U.S. Rep. Marsha Blackburn in the race to succeed U.S. Sen. Bob Corker, according to a new poll from Middle Tennessee State University.

The poll, released Thursday, found 45 percent of 600 registered Tennessee voters said they would choose Bredesen, a Democrat and former Nashville mayor, if the election were immediately held.

Blackburn, a Brentwood Republican, netted 35 percent, with another 17 percent of respondents saying they were not sure. Three percent of respondents declined to answer.

The latest poll is the first survey released this year to suggest Bredesen has a double-digit lead over Blackburn.

The MTSU poll also found Bredesen had a considerable advantage over Blackburn in terms of support from voters on the other side of the aisle.

Forty-five percent of self-described independents said they would vote for Bredesen while only 33 percent of such voters said they would vote for Blackburn, the poll found.

Twenty percent of Republican respondents said they would vote for Bredesen while 5 percent of Democrats said they would vote for Blackburn.

The political makeup of the poll's respondents included 34 percent Republicans, 25 percent Democrats and 28 percent independents. Another 8 percent said "something else."

In an interview, Ken Blake, director of the MTSU poll, said Bredesen's support among Republicans is hardly shocking given his popularity within the party while governor from 2003 to 2011.

"I think some of that good will or social capital that he built up as governor may be paying dividends for him now," Blake said.

On the other hand, Blake said Blackburn is trying to appeal to more "core conservatives."

"If she ends up having to kind of attract some moderate Democrats or Republican-leaning independents, it could be a challenge," Blake said.

The MTSU poll is the latest survey indicating Bredesen would beat Blackburn in a head-to-head matchup. Last month, a poll from a Democratic-leaning firm showed Bredesen had a 5 percent lead over Blackburn...

April 06, 2018 7:47 AM  
Blogger Priya Lynn said...

Evangelicals Plan Sit-Down With Trump Over Stormy

As allegations continue to swirl about the president and a payout to a porn star to cover up a sexual encounter, evangelical leaders are organizing a sit-down with President Trump in June, four sources with knowledge of the planned meeting tell NPR.

“We’re very concerned” about the allegations, said a leader of a faith-based ministry. The leader is involved in hosting the gathering, which organizers are aiming to take place June 19 at Trump International Hotel in Washington, D.C.

Those hypocrites! They claim they're "concerned" about allegations of Trump having concensual sex but didn't say squeak about the 20 women who say he sexually assaulted them or him admitting to sexually assaulting women on the Access Hollywood tape.

Evangelicals have greatly harmed their own credibility by looking the other way with Trump - as it should be.

April 06, 2018 2:27 PM  
Blogger Priya Lynn said...

These evangelicals realize how bad they look for supporting the sexual predator Trump so they're trying to put up a facade of "concern" to try and make themselves look less sleazy - it won't work, they've already cemented in their image as willing to work with the devil to gain power.

April 06, 2018 2:45 PM  
Blogger Priya Lynn said...

In the meeting they'll just finger wag for a 30th of a second, if that, and then declare he's clean through the "grace of god" and give him another Mulligan. It's Religious/Political Kabuki theatre of the lowest order.

"Satan loves reason. Satan loves logic." - Evangelist Joyce Meyer.

April 06, 2018 2:51 PM  
Anonymous I Quit Working For Sinclair And They Sued Me. Here’s Why I’m Fighting Back. said...

I quit my job at a television station owned by Sinclair Broadcasting, and I am fighting the company in court for trying to claw back $5,700.

My stint was less than one year at the local CBS affiliate in West Palm Beach, Florida, where I went to work as a general assignment reporter in August 2014. At the time, I had never heard of Sinclair Broadcasting.

Over the years, they’ve become the largest television station operator in the U.S. by number of stations, and the largest by total coverage, owning or operating a total of 193 stations in more than 80 markets. Those stations reach around 38 percent of American households. The media conglomerate is seeking the OK from the Trump administration to buy Tribune Media Co., which would spread the company’s scripted messages even further.

At WPEC, the team faced more than the usual midsize TV market problems. During my time in the CBS12 newsroom, I learned complaints to HR at the local and national levels were not only discouraged, but a quick route to termination. Management expressed a keen interest in keeping heads down and simply doing your job.

As reporters and anchors at the company, we were routinely told to follow leads and angles with a clear-cut conservative agenda. At CBS12, I was ordered to do man-on-the-street interviews that were clearly politically biased. I’d ask loaded questions like, “How much do you disagree with Obama this year?” It was disguised as real journalism. The funny thing is, I’m a Republican ― and I was still pissed by it. But it was more than just the questions. It was the stories that we were told to do. They often had to have a religious tie-in. We couldn’t do stories, for the most part, that involved the LGBTQ community. There were a set of parameters and we had to stick to them.

As a journalist, I found this reprehensible, but was told not to question authority. I approached management about getting out of my contract, citing mental and physical fatigue, but they wouldn’t budge, demanding tens of thousands of dollars from me. I couldn’t pay, and couldn’t work in that environment anymore, so I left.

In the TV news business, it’s customary for reporters to leave with time on their contract, as long as they don’t go to a competing station. I left to start a career in public relations. Soon after my departure, several other reporters left the station and the media industry entirely. Shortly after my exit, I began receiving threatening letters in the mail from Sinclair, demanding money that was left on my contract. So did my colleagues.

At first, I was told by my attorney to ignore Sinclair’s demands, as they are a large company and wouldn’t want to spend the time or money it would take to come after me. But almost three years later, they’re suing me for $5,700 ― an arbitrary amount they claim is “liquidated damages,” and a ridiculously small sum for a company that reported profit of $443.5 million in its latest quarterly earnings.

Sinclair argues that I caused them irreparable harm by leaving. Believe me, I was a good reporter, but not that good. Furthermore, if you do your legal homework, you quickly discover a Florida Supreme Court ruling in Lefemine v Baron that says a liquidated damages contract provision will not be enforced if it is a penalty. The same attorney suing me is also suing a former CBS12 colleague in Palm Beach County for the same reason.

I believe these lawsuits are an obvious attempt to scare former employees. Not everyone has the means to hire a lawyer. Sinclair is betting that former employees will cut checks just to make the problem go away ― and that they can make an example out of reporters. The message? Quit on us and we’ll rain hell down on you. But I refuse to cower and acquiesce to this malevolent corporation. I’m fighting back.

Fortunately, I have a tenacious and aggressive attorney. We responded to Sinclair’s lawsuit in Orange County, Florida, where I reside, and have demanded a jury trial. We are currently awaiting their response.

April 07, 2018 8:20 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Remember the sitcom news anchor Ted Baxter with the big voice and the slick haircut and minuscule IQ? Well, if you added the emotional stability of a three-year-old having a temper tantrum, you would have your typical American blogster. You could lasso a gorilla, give him a lobotomy, and teach him to do the job better than these clowns in fifteen minutes.

But perhaps I overstate my case. Or ... do I?

Let's take a look at how they posted just within the last few days.

The conservative Sinclair Broadcast Group had its news anchors around the country read an ad for the network. The ad read: “The sharing of biased and false news has become all too common on social media. Some members of the media use their platforms to push their own personal bias. This is extremely dangerous to our democracy." It then went on to say, basically, we strive to be better than the other guys but if we mess up, let us know. Which is what ads for news say. It was kind of like CNN's "This is an apple" ad, only literate and true.

An internet wag made a supercut of all the anchors reading it, so it looked like some sort of propaganda campaign. Or like an ad. Which is what it was.

Here is a sample of reactions from the fever pits of CNN and MSNBC: "Orwellian!" "Dangerous!" "State run media for an autocrat." "Embarrassing." "An assault on the democratic ... norms that helped us build a country that ... conquered the communistic one in the most existential struggle in human history." And, of course, the whole thing was put at the door of Donald Trump, who had nothing to do with it. Sinclair is privately owned.

Hysterical knuckleheads.

April 08, 2018 1:06 AM  
Blogger Priya Lynn said...

Wyatt/Regina/bad anonymous said "An internet wag made a supercut of all the anchors reading it, so it looked like some sort of propaganda campaign. Or like an ad. Which is what it was.".

It WAS a propaganda campaign by Sinclair broadcasting. Its bullshit designed to reinforce the constant lie from Trump that any news that reflects badly on him is "fake". It is bullshit designed to deceive the public into thinking non-Fox "News" media isn't true.

The non-Fox "News" media is telling the truth and on the rare occasions where they've gotten it wrong they've acknowledged that and corrected their stories.

Just like Sinclair Broadcasting bullshits about non-existent fake news from non-Fox "News" sources, they force local stations to read pro-trump propaganda by former Trump campaign staffer Boris Epshteyn.

Its irrelevant that Sinclair is privately owned, they're lying for Trump just like Fox "News" is doing.

Biased Sinclair Broadcasting, Fox "News", and Trump are the ones dishing out the fake news, they most certainly aren't trying to stop it.

April 08, 2018 1:20 AM  
Blogger Priya Lynn said...

Fact: Stock market gains in the first 444 days of a Presidency:

Obama - 32.5%
Clinton - 32.2%
GW Bush - 21.4%
Trump - 20.7%

@realDonaldTrump please explain. Mr. PresiNOT.

April 08, 2018 2:42 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"The non-Fox "News" media is telling the truth and on the rare occasions where they've gotten it wrong they've acknowledged that and corrected their stories"

you mean like how there's a story about every other day that Mueller is zeroing in on Trump?

the entire Russia-Trump collusion narrative is fake and that will soon be apparent to all

the news media is so invested in the completely false story, they will never admit it, even after Mueller's report comes out

Mueller, a defender of the deep state, will come out with a report, right before the mid-terms, that accuses Trump of obstruction of justice for firing Comey

that's all

millions of dollars for something that everyone already knew

nothing new, or the Trump even denies, simply a dispute over what powers the president has

and Mueller has already displayed a poor understanding of the law

Sinclair News is simply establishing its brand, just like newspaper chains do when they "force" all their local papers to carry some logo like "democracy dies in darkness"

but my the other primates are getting worked up

most Americans just laugh

like they do when Roseanne puts down pussy-hat nasty women

April 08, 2018 8:39 AM  
Anonymous The art of a Trump deal said...

Trump fought legislation requiring sprinklers in NYC buildings

Trump Tower apartment fire leaves one man dead in New York

April 08, 2018 1:25 PM  
Anonymous deep pussy grabber state said...

"Mueller, a defender of the deep state, will come out with a report, right before the mid-terms, that accuses Trump of obstruction of justice for firing Comey

that's all "

Trump's lawyers are reportedly getting him ready to face Mueller

President Donald Trump's lawyers are reportedly getting him ready for a possible sit-down with special counsel Robert Mueller as part of the ongoing Russia investigation, CNN reported on Friday.

Trump has been talking about his willingness to meet with Mueller for some time, and has publicly indicated that he would do so under oath. But the developments on Friday show that the president and his lawyers are taking that possibility seriously.

According to CNN's sources, the meetings between Trump and his legal team are "short and informal," and consist of possible subjects that Mueller and his investigative team may want to discuss.

Mueller — who enlisted career prosecutors and impaneled a grand jury to investigate Russia's meddling in the 2016 US election, is working to determine whether the Trump campaign colluded with Russian operatives, and is examining the president's actions while in office — has reportedly been in talks with Trump's lawyers about that in-person discussion.

The prospect has been nothing short of controversial among Trump's close associates and allies, some of whom believe Trump shouldn't give Mueller an interview, and others who believe it could be beneficial.

Some of Trump's defenders believe Mueller may try to trap him, since he is known to be unguarded in his public interactions and speak off-the-cuff.

Talks of a potential interview add to a whirlwind of news surrounding the Trump administration of late, including a simmering multibillion-dollar trade dispute with China, several ongoing scandals, White House departures, and unflattering headlines surrounding some of Trump's top cabinet secretaries.

April 08, 2018 1:38 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Trump's lawyers are reportedly getting him ready to face Mueller

President Donald Trump's lawyers are reportedly getting him ready for a possible sit-down with special counsel Robert Mueller as part of the ongoing Russia investigation, CNN reported on Friday."

they reportedly reported that, huh?

they've actually been reportedly reporting that for months

they only thing new now is that they want to keep the story current

although Trump's instinct is to talk with anyone, he should resist

Mueller has not met the standard necessary to compel a President's testimony

his only chance to take Trump down for his deep state buddies is to get Trump to perjure

wouldn't have to be a big lie, anything will do for this poster child of prosecutorial misconduct

Trump exaggerates all the time

it's his real estate background, and we knew that when the majority of states elected him

but Mueller would love to prosecute Trump for saying FBI headquarters is a "fixer-upper", when it isn't

"Trump has been talking about his willingness to meet with Mueller for some time, and has publicly indicated that he would do so under oath. But the developments on Friday show that the president and his lawyers are taking that possibility seriously."

the only "development" is that CNN has issued another unsubstantiated claim

"According to CNN's sources, the meetings between Trump and his legal team are "short and informal,""

on other words, off-the-cuff remarks

"Mueller — who enlisted career prosecutors"

who, oddly, are almost all Hillary supporters

"and impaneled a grand jury to investigate Russia's meddling in the 2016 US election, is working to determine whether the Trump campaign colluded with Russian operatives,"

he is?

breaking news!!

thanks for letting us know

"and is examining the president's actions while in office"

really? he is supposed to limit himself to an investigation of Russian interference in the election

I think we need to update his resume'

"— has reportedly been in talks with Trump's lawyers about that in-person discussion."

ah, playing the old "reportedly" card again

thing is you can someone to "report" just about anything

April 08, 2018 4:48 PM  
Blogger Priya Lynn said...

Donald Trump was helped by:

- Russia
- Gerrymandering
- Comey breaking FBI policy by revealing investigation into Hillary but not investigation into Trump
- Cambridge Analytica
- Biased electoral college
- Suppression of minority voters
- Bob Mercer (conservative billionaire)
- Facebook

And still lost the popular vote by almost 3 million.

April 08, 2018 7:42 PM  
Blogger Priya Lynn said...

‘Take that down!’: Watch Fox host Howard Kurtz panic after graphic shows Fox News is least trusted network

Speaking with pollster Frank Luntz about Donald Trump’s Twitter habits, with Luntz calling the president’s use of “fake news” detrimental to his cause, Kurtz brought up a recent poll from Monmouth University on news trustworthiness.

That is when things took a hilarious turn.

“Speaking of fake news, there is a new poll out from Monmouth University.’Do the media report fake news regularly or occasionally?’ 77 percent say yes,” Kurtz exclaimed before noticing the graphic instead showed “Who do you trust more?” with CNN at 48 percent, MSNBC at 45 percent and Fox News bring up the rear at 30 percent.

And of course the poll showed Trump is trusted even less than bottom dweller Fox "News".

April 08, 2018 7:50 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Donald Trump was helped by:"

Hillary's deceit, lack of accomplishment, support of infanticide, disregard of working class Americans, antipathy toward the Constitution, Hollywood hobnobbing, contempt for the half of the country she called deplorable, conflicts of interest between her Foundation and her job as head of our foreign policy, coziness with banks too big to fail, dull speaking skills, ....


as always, Russia tried to have an influence, like a thousand other players

the size of their effort was a drop in an ocean of spending and political activity

they had no effect


what moron wrote this?

oh, that's right

gerrymandering wouldn't have an effect on most states, which are "winner take all"

"Comey breaking FBI policy by revealing investigation into Hillary but not investigation into Trump"

Comey actually set this up to vindicate Hillary

she was guilty

"Cambridge Analytica"

you may have heard

Hillary used a opp research firm too

hers paid Russia to make up lies about her opponent

"Biased electoral college"

the electoral college ensures that mob rule doesn't prevail and all interests in the country are represented, not just California and NY

"Suppression of minority voters"

oh sure

that's why there was a black President for the former 8 years

Hillary just didn't enthrall minority voters

"Bob Mercer"

you may have heard that the three richest men in America all supported Hillary



"And still lost the popular vote by almost 3 million"

we didn't hold a popular election so Trump couldn't lose one

April 08, 2018 8:12 PM  
Blogger Priya Lynn said...

When America looks like this again, you can blame these men

April 09, 2018 12:51 AM  
Blogger Priya Lynn said...

Despite every dirty trick in the blook blowhard Trump lost the popular vote by almost 3 million

And he's soooooo touchy about it!

He knows he's the most illegitimate president in U.S. history.


April 09, 2018 1:04 AM  
Blogger Priya Lynn said...

"I'm enraged! My husband used to be an NRA member(skeet&trap). They called today and told him that he NEEDS to donate & renew his membership because the 2nd amendment is under attack by the kids in FL, who are PAID protesters"
#GunReformNow #BoycottNRA

The NRA sounds scared. Those sleazeballs fit right in with Trump. Paranoid conservatives are afraid of things like gays becoming accepted by American society so they buy guns because it makes them feel better - what a bunch of pansies!

April 09, 2018 1:05 AM  
Blogger Priya Lynn said...

The Congressional Budget Office is about to put out a report that there will be trillion dollar-plus budget deficits for every year of Trump's presidency

And all throughout Obama's presidency those slimy Republicans WAILED and SCREAMED about "Burdening our children and grandchildren with our debt!" and now they're going to blow up the federal debt during good economic times when they should be paying it down in case of an economic downturn in the future that would require running deficits to stimulate the economy. Obama didn't do this. Those outrageous hypocrites!

That's Republicans for you, their motto is "Government is the problem, elect us and we'll prove it.".

April 09, 2018 1:28 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"And all throughout Obama's presidency those slimy Republicans WAILED and SCREAMED about "Burdening our children and grandchildren with our debt!" and now they're going to blow up the federal debt during good economic times when they should be paying it down in case of an economic downturn in the future that would require running deficits to stimulate the economy. Obama didn't do this. Those outrageous hypocrites!

That's Republicans for you, their motto is "Government is the problem, elect us and we'll prove it."."

brought to you by a troll in Canada who would like to interfere in our democratic processes

April 09, 2018 5:45 AM  
Blogger Priya Lynn said...

The TTF troll laughably accuses me of being a troll. Wyatt/Regina/bad anonymous takes a page directly out of Joeseph Goebels propaganda manual - "Accuse others of that which you are guilty"

This is most hilariously demonstrated when the most prolific liar on the internet, whose motto is "there are many situations where its appropriate to lie", accuses me of lying and lists several alleged lies I've told and I go through them one by one and prove they are all true.

And then when I post his own words accusing an innocent transwoman of preying on young girls in the bathroom he pathetically tries to deny he said that. He should be down on his knees and thanking his god he hasn't been sued for defamation - he'd be paying bigtime damages.

April 09, 2018 2:59 PM  
Blogger Priya Lynn said...

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April 09, 2018 3:02 PM  
Blogger Priya Lynn said...

Shocker! Birth Control Access Reduces Abortions

In the least shocking news ever, a new study shows that if women of childbearing age had better access to the full range of birth control options, it would dramatically reduce the number of abortions and save billions of dollars in taxpayer money.

The study found that if the full range of contraception options were used by all U.S. women ages 15 to 39 who were not seeking pregnancy the abortion rate would drop by a staggering 67 percent.

So those who oppose abortion should be pushing strongly for the widest possible availability of contraception services. They should support birth control being available free and anonymously to every single person in the country. They don't because while wieners like Wyatt/Regina/bad anonymous loudly and disingenuously whine about killing embryos in reality they don't give a damn about those clusters of cells, its all about controlling women's sex lives and punishing them for having sex for pleasure. This is about maintaining patriarchy, not about stopping abortion.

April 09, 2018 3:06 PM  
Anonymous Raiding the Treasury said...

Listen to the GOPer complain after hating Obama's deficit spending to fix the hole Bush dug with his tax cuts and is now crying like a baby because Priya Lynn posted the fact that the US Deficit to top $1 trillion per year by 2020, CBO says

Own it W/R: You support the Pussy Grabber's tax cuts and deficit spending.

April 09, 2018 3:26 PM  
Blogger Priya Lynn said...

Hear! Hear! Good Anonymous!

April 09, 2018 3:32 PM  
Anonymous Heading for the hills said...

Republicans Giving Up House Seats At A Rate Not Seen In Decades
More Republicans are departing “than any year since at least 1952,” according to an elections observer.

April 09, 2018 3:57 PM  
Blogger Priya Lynn said...

"Republicans Giving Up House Seats At A Rate Not Seen In Decades
More Republicans are departing “than any year since at least 1952,” according to an elections observer."

Hee Hee Hee!

April 09, 2018 6:10 PM  
Blogger Priya Lynn said...

Its looking like the party of fiscal responsibility is going to get back in power in 2018 and then they can start undoing the damage Republicans have done.

April 09, 2018 6:12 PM  
Blogger Priya Lynn said...

"President Trump won't call out Russia for attacking the U.S. election but calls a warranted search of his lawyer's office an "attack on our country". What country is he referring to?"

"Someone may want to let him know an investigation on you and everyone connected to you is not an "attack on our country". It's called "an investigation on you and everyone connectedc to YOU." You are not our country, buddy."

"L'etat, c'est moi"

April 10, 2018 2:48 AM  
Blogger Priya Lynn said...

And the ever blundering Trump adds further evidence to support obstruction of justice charges against him by showing his corrupt intent in his statements today:

"It's a total witch hunt. I've been saying it for a long time. I've wanted to keep it down"

There he goes again, acknowledging that he has a corrupt intent to interfere with the Mueller investigation. Drip, drip, drip...

April 10, 2018 2:49 AM  
Blogger Priya Lynn said...

Whoever could've guessed that a reality TV star with no government experience, 6 bankruptcies, 5 kids from 3 marriages, 11 charges of sexual assault and 4000+lawsuits would turn out this bad?

"When you're attacking FBI agents because you're under criminal investigation, you're losing"
Nov 3, 2016

Overheard by German reporter in the WH: "I haven't heard a head of state describe an investigation into his leadership as an attack against the state since the Nazis were in power in my home country"

April 10, 2018 2:49 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"troll: to antagonize others online by deliberately posting inflammatory, irrelevant, or offensive comments or other disruptive content"

this what Priya denies being

lack of self-awareness about one's identity is but one of the many signs of psychosis

fortunately, Priya doesn't display these other signs that some psychotics may have:

1. excessive paranoia: thinking everyone is out to get them, and delusions that everyone wants to kill them

2. megalomania: thinking everything everyone says is directed at them

3. obsessive concern that they have said something that will expose their true level of intelligence: constantly deleting comments they've already made because of how stupid they sound

4. crippling envy: attacking other countries that are superior to one's own

5. personification of dependence: for example, if the psychotic person were confined to a mental "ward", they are so dependent on the institution, they begin to believe they are married to it

April 10, 2018 6:10 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

oh yeah, also excessively giggling about nothing

you see it in mental "wards" all the time

those of you who spent a lot of time there

April 10, 2018 6:12 AM  
Anonymous Thanks, Dr. Fraud Frist said...

"1. excessive paranoia: thinking everyone is out to get them, and delusions that everyone wants to kill them [Donald Trump again rants against Robert Mueller and a 'witch hunt']

2. megalomania: thinking everything everyone says is directed at them [And then there are those who are so deluded they think ..."I Could Stand In the Middle Of Fifth Avenue And Shoot Somebody And I Wouldn't Lose Any Voters"]

3. obsessive concern that they have said something that will expose their true level of intelligence: constantly deleting comments they've already made because of how stupid they sound [ Deleted Tweets From Donald J. Trump, R-D.C.]

4. crippling envy: attacking other countries that are superior to one's own [A quick roundup of US allies the Trump administration has already attacked]

5. personification of dependence: for example, if the psychotic person were confined to a mental "ward", they are so dependent on the institution, they begin to believe they are married to it" [We're Having the Wrong Debate on Trump's Mental Health: The critical question is not whether the president is mentally ill. It's whether he is dangerous.

April 10, 2018 10:08 AM  
Blogger Priya Lynn said...

Congressional Budget Office Projects $1.5 Trillion Deficits — and That’s Being Optimistic

These are very rosy projections because they assume the status quo remains in place. There are a couple of big reasons why that could be mistaken. First, the rising possibility of a serious trade war with China, which could cause a tremendous amount of damage to our export sector, trigger a higher rate of inflation and a proportionate increase in interest rates, which would put the brakes on growth. Second, the rising possibility of a foreign military adventure against Iran, North Korea or some other country, which could throw the entire world economy into chaos.

It should also be noted that this is a different situation than we saw in 2008. It’s one thing to run high deficits during a time of recession, when interest rates are extremely low. You’re borrowing money at a very low rate, so it doesn’t have to spur a lot of growth to be worth it. But running huge deficits during a time of sustained, if modest, economic growth and high interest rates is the worst possible thing you can do.

April 10, 2018 1:47 PM  
Blogger Priya Lynn said...

Wyatt/Regina/bad anonymous's entire comment at April 10, 2018 6:10 AM was the epitome of trolling - "inflammatory, irrelevant, offensive comments and other disruptive content".

Note that their comment didn't address any of the several on point comments I made but was instead one long ad hominem

Congratulations, you just further cemented your image as the TTF troll.

April 10, 2018 2:09 PM  
Blogger Priya Lynn said...

Just like I said, Wyatt/Regina/bad anonymous's comment is directly out of Joeseph Goebels propaganda manual - "Accuse others of that which you are guilty"

April 10, 2018 2:20 PM  
Blogger Priya Lynn said...

On one of the worst days for Trump to date, Fox's Tucker Carlson makes no mention of the raid on Trump's attorney and instead acts like its a slow news day and talks about sex crazed pandas

THANK YOU, Tucker Carlson, for keeping us informed tonight about all of the big news. America needs patriots like yourself who are willing to tell the truth, even when it is hard.

CNN: FBI raids Trump's lawyer's office.

NBC: FBI raids Trump's lawyer's office.

Fox "News": Pandas are aggressive and sex crazed. We'll take a look at their role in Hillary's pedophile pizza ring right after the break.

April 10, 2018 4:10 PM  
Blogger Priya Lynn said...

Fox "News" - "Hey, everybody! Nothing happened today! Honest!"

Ah, good ole Fox "News" - if the news is all bad ignore it Go to a happy place like horny Pandas or dying kids

April 10, 2018 4:16 PM  
Blogger Priya Lynn said...

Kellyanne Conway’s Husband Tweets Back At Trump With DOJ Rules On Why The Raid On Cohen Was Legal

The husband of White House counselor Kellyanne Conway responded to President Trump on Twitter after Trump tweeted that “attorney client privilege is dead!” following a raid on the offices of his lawyer, Michael Cohen. George Conway retweeted the message Tuesday morning from the president and included a link to the Justice Department’s website explaining why Cohen’s offices were not protected from a Monday no-knock FBI raid by attorney-client privilege.

This is reminiscent of election night 2012 when part way through the vote returns it looked like Obama was going to win the electoral college but lose the popular vote (Obama ultimately won the popular vote as well). Trump tweeted "The electoral college is a disaster for democracy!". Boy, you got that right Trump! In 2016 Trump won the electoral college but lost the popular vote to Hillary by almost 3 million votes!

April 10, 2018 4:30 PM  
Blogger Priya Lynn said...


Older, Educated, White Voters are Moving Away from the Republican Party

We may well be on the cusp of a major party realignment, with non-college voters becoming Republicans and college-educated voters becoming Democrats. A new analysis of Reuters/Ipsos polls taken over the past 3 months shows a 12-point swing toward the Democrats among college-educated white voters over 60 since 2016. Older white voters form the core of the Republican Party and if a sizable chunk of them is switching teams, it will mean big problems ahead for the GOP. The problem is magnified by the fact that older voters (in contrast to younger voters) are very reliable and generally show up to vote. Health care is a big issue for these voters—Republicans' numerous attempts to repeal the ACA don't play well with them, and Speaker Paul Ryan's dream of abolishing Medicare is a complete nonstarter with this group. Democratic ad makers understand this very well and their targeted ads will be brutal.

Hee Hee Hee!

April 10, 2018 4:40 PM  
Anonymous Bubble buster said...

House Speaker Paul D. Ryan (R-Wis.) told colleagues Wednesday that he will not seek reelection this year, ending a nearly 20-year tenure in Congress and adding further uncertainty about whether embattled Republicans can maintain control of the House.

“The speaker is proud of all that has been accomplished and is ready to devote more of his time to being a husband and a father,” said Brendan Buck, counselor to Ryan, adding that Ryan plans to serve out his term and retire in January.

The decision comes ahead of mid-term elections that were already looking treacherous for Republicans, who risk losing control of the House.

The party has seen a large number of retirements, and Ryan’s exit is certain to sap morale as Republicans seek to contain a surge in enthusiasm from Democrats, whose fortunes have been buoyed by the unpopularity of President Trump...

April 11, 2018 9:55 AM  
Anonymous Yes he did said...

Trump says missiles ‘will be coming’ to Syria, taunts Russia for vowing to block them

Trump called out Obama for tipping his hand in Syria. Now he's doing the same thing.

April 11, 2018 12:55 PM  
Blogger Priya Lynn said...

A new report from the "failing" New York Times. "In December 2017, President Trump, furious over news reports about a new round of subpoenas from the office of the special counsel, Robert S. Mueller III, told advisors in no uncertain terms that Mr. Mueller's investigation had to be shut down. The president's anger was fueled by reports thatt the subpoenas were for obtaining information about his business dealins with Deutsche Bank....". Mueller shortly thereafter told Trump he had not subpoenaed Deutsche Bank regarding its dealings with Trump and he backed off his frenzy to fire Mueller.

The hilarious part about this is when someone is under investigation and tells the investigators "Whatever you do, don't look at this", they automatically know that is something they should check into for criminal activities. If Trump isn't guilty of any wrondoing he wouldn't be worried in the slightest about Mueller looking at his business dealings with Deutsche Bank. Similarly, all Trump's supporters including those at Fox "News" are losing their minds over Mueller looking at anything outside of Trump essentially having called Putin up and having said"Let's collude". They're all frantically urging Trump to refuse the interview with Mueller because he'll "get caught in a perjury trap".

Obviously if you don't lie in the interview you can't be caught in a "perjury trap", there's no such thing as a "perjury trap" if you're innocent.

Essentially Trump and all his supporters are stipulating that Trump is guilty of non-Russia crimes because they are all so adamant that Mueller must not look at Trumps other business dealings under any circumstances. They wouldn't be taking this position if Trump was innocent of all wrongdoing. Trump and his supporters are basically admitting that its a given that Mueller will find criminal wrondoings if he investigates anything beyond the most narrow of possible boundaries they insist on for the Russia investigation.

This keeps getting funnier and funnier, LOL!

April 11, 2018 1:59 PM  
Blogger Priya Lynn said...

Republicans asked what they'll do if Trump tries to fire Mueller have all been saying "I'm confident he wouldn't do that", "He's too smart to do that", and "If he did that would be the end of his presidency". They're making the mistake of assuming Trump will be better off to let Mueller complete his investigation - that's probably not the case. It looks more and more likely that Trump is guilty of a criminal conspiracy with Russia and he probably knows that he's going to be exposed if the investigation is allowed to run its course so the odds of him not trying to fire Mueller are pretty slim.

Back in the fall of 2017 I was predicting Trump would try to fire Mueller by the end of January 2018 and I was a little surprised that he (apparently) hadn't tried to do so once we got into February. Turns out I was right after all and Trump had made his second attempt to fire Mueller in December of 2017.

April 11, 2018 1:59 PM  
Blogger Priya Lynn said...

Why Evangelicals Just Don’t Care

A week ago, Forbes published an opinion piece by Chris Ladd, a lifelong Republican who ditched his own party in 2016, but then they took the article down because the editors felt the subject matter was too controversial for their audience. The article was spot on, in my opinion, and Ladd put his finger on something I’ve never read anyone express so succinctly.

If you truly want to understand all the cultural and economic influences that have shaped the evangelical mind of today, you have to go all the way back to the Civil War.

Ladd states his thesis at the outset:

“Modern, white evangelicalism emerged from the interplay between race and religion in the slave states. What today we call ‘evangelical Christianity,’ is the product of centuries of conditioning, in which religious practices were adapted to nurture a slave economy. The calloused insensitivity of modern white evangelicals was shaped by the economic and cultural priorities that forged their theology over centuries.”

He then proceeds to back it up with a concise thumbnail sketch of how things got to be the way they are. He begins by pointing out that the largest evangelical denomination, Southern Baptists, formed in 1845 during a split over slavery. From that point forward, social and economic pressures dictated how white Christian churches in the South read the Bible, leaving them with a selective biblical memory so curiously inverted it makes you wonder if you’ve stepped into a Bizarro world where up is down and wrong is right.

Ladd gets right to the point:

If all you knew about Christianity came from a close reading of the New Testament, you’d expect that Christians would be hostile to wealth, emphatic in protection of justice, sympathetic to the point of personal pain toward the sick, persecuted and the migrant, and almost socialist in their economic practices. None of these consistent Christian themes served the interests of slave owners, so pastors could either abandon them, obscure them, or flee.

April 11, 2018 2:56 PM  
Blogger Priya Lynn said...

Jesus clearly belongs to that dissenting prophetic tradition within Judaism which calls out the rich and the powerful, demanding that they share their bounty with the less fortunate. But this central theme to his ministry is all but erased by the way that evangelicals read their Bibles today.

Social benevolence is alternately the secular government’s business and not the government’s business depending on whichever answer at the moment will ensure that nothing is demanded of them personally to ameliorate the living conditions of those who aren’t white, or male.

And now you know why: Any teachings of Jesus which favor the poor, the immigrant, the widow, and the marginalized were systematically expunged from the Southern white Protestant hermeneutic until they were left with a Savior who only cares about what happens to you after you die.

Don’t Worry, Jesus is Coming Soon

Dispensational theology undergirded the preaching Billy Graham, charged as it was with the expectation that Jesus could return at any second to gather his people “from the four corners of the earth” (surely you can imagine how appealing that would be to people living in the tumultuous days of the Civil War). It also provided the apocalyptic framework of Hal Lindsey‘s Late, Great Planet Earth and Tim LaHaye‘s Left Behind series preserved for us in the critically panned and only barely profitable film franchise by the same name, starring Kirk Cameron and then later Nicholas Cage (need I say more?).

In a nutshell, apocalyptic worldviews like Dispensationalism teach that in the end God is just going to torch the world and start over again, so there’s no point in trying to change the way the world works today. Are you troubled by the lack of financial and political equality in the world today? Fret not, dear ones, God is going to make all things new when the time is right. He’s going to wipe the slate clean and start over again from scratch.

April 11, 2018 2:57 PM  
Blogger Priya Lynn said...

You need not worry your pretty little heads about the responsibility of the church (or the government) in any of the world’s social ills. One doesn’t polish brass on a sinking ship, as J. Vernon McGee famously said, himself a graduate of the same Dispensational theological seminary that produced Dallas pastor Robert Jeffress (quoted in the first paragraph of Ladd’s article) as well as many other notable evangelicals including Andy Stanley, Charles Swindoll, David Jeremiah, Tony Evans, and of course Hal Lindsey.

It’s easy to see how such a pessimistic view of current events could excuse an apathetic posture toward injustice even among a people claiming to follow a man who valued the poor and the weak over the rich and the strong. The seeds of this way of thinking were sown into the very roots of this entire theological tradition from its beginning.

Slave owners couldn’t be bothered to care about the rights of their property. For that reason, white evangelicals today still cannot be made to care about the plight of the poor and the marginalized around them. In fact, they cannot even see their plight, for the interpretive lens through which they see the world systematically eliminates their concerns from view.

Learning to Care Less

Theological systems of belief evolve in the same way that living organisms do: mutations and variations which advantageously adapt them to their cultural environment help them fare better than their less congruous counterparts. Ultimately those belief systems that don’t fit the “spirit of the age” are discarded for systems which better suit the climate, and for the Deep South in the late 19th Century that meant churches were in the market for a theology which absolved them of any social responsibility (for reasons that should be obvious). That’s why Dispensationalism caught on the way that it did with its carelessness toward social justice.

Christianity in the American South became obsessed with Jesus coming back at any second because it enabled them to disregard the inequities woven into their cultural DNA. That’s why today white evangelicals are still so tone deaf to the persistent social problems of American life, and it helps to explain why they care so very little about the character of one Donald Trump.

April 11, 2018 2:57 PM  
Blogger Priya Lynn said...

All of Trump’s flaws are endemic to the privileged, wealthy white male, and since evangelical theology was built around the economic and social interests of just such a person, they are powerless to see or speak to those weaknesses. It’s as if they don’t even see them at all.

Reflecting back on evangelicalism’s track record during the Civil Rights Movement, Ladd’s says this:

"White Evangelical Christians opposed desegregation tooth and nail. Where pressed, they made cheap, cosmetic compromises, like Billy Graham’s concession to allow black worshipers at his crusades. Graham never made any difficult statements on race, never appeared on stage with his “black friend” Martin Luther King after 1957, and he never marched with King. When King delivered his “I Have a Dream Speech,” Graham responded with this passive-aggressive gem of Southern theology, “Only when Christ comes again will the little white children of Alabama walk hand in hand with little black children.” For white Southern evangelicals, justice and compassion belong only to the dead. "

I couldn’t have said it better myself. Frankly, the entire article packs in so many quotable lines you really should just go read it for yourself on the site that Ladd runs.

After reading it, I found myself shaking my head at my own inability to see it clearly before. Evangelicals today cannot even see how unlike Jesus they have become because all his displays of a social conscience have been systematically neutralized through the interpretive lens through which they see him. And that lens was made for them a long, long time ago. They cannot even see what needs to be changed.

April 11, 2018 2:58 PM  
Blogger Priya Lynn said...

The bible never opposes abortion and in fact prescribes it at least one case

April 11, 2018 3:10 PM  
Blogger Priya Lynn said...

Hee Hee Hee!

Trump Is So Angry, He Mostly Just Eats and Watches TV: Report

The president has openly expressed his frustration with the Monday raid on Cohen. “Attorney–client privilege is dead! ” he tweeted on Tuesday, following up with another message that simply read: “A TOTAL WITCH HUNT!!! ” in a repeat of the language the president has previously used to describe the ongoing probe into possible connections between Russia's interference in the 2016 campaign and the Trump team.

Several people close to the president told The New York Times that Trump had what they described as a “meltdown” over the raid, which was related to Cohen making a $130,000 hush payment to the porn star Stormy Daniels. Daniels, whose real name is Stephanie Clifford, allegedly had an affair with the president around the time his youngest son, Barron Trump, was born.

Prior to the raid, which renewed concerns over whether Trump would attempt to fire Special Counsel Robert Mueller, the president was reportedly in a bad mood—spending the weekend doing little other than dining at the Trump International Hotel, watching Fox News and bemoaning his lack of support. Two people familiar with the situation told The Times the president had watched a Fox News piece about the so-called “deep state” working to bring him down, pushing him further into a bad mood.

After he viewed the program, Trump told advisers he wanted to get rid of officials in the Department of Justice who were working against him, including Attorney General Jeff Sessions.

This isn't the first time the president's eating and TV viewing habits have made the news. His behavior in the White House has been closely watched by both those working for him and casual political observers. Former Trump campaign manager Cory Lewandowki wrote a book last year, Let Trump Be Trump, that detailed the president's preference for eating McDonalds sandwiches, drinking soda and ordering well-done steaks with ketchup.

Meanwhile, the president's associates told The New York Times in December that he can watch as many as eight hours of television at a time. His favorite program is reportedly Fox News's "Fox & Friends

April 11, 2018 7:13 PM  
Blogger Priya Lynn said...

Trump is seriously considering firing Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, and might fire Attorney General Jeff Sessions as well. He’s still angry at Sessions for recusing himself, something he had virtually no choice since he was bound to be a witness, and possibly even a target, of the Mueller investigation.

All of this is happening because Trump has no concept whatsoever of how our government operates. He thinks being president is like being a Mafia don and that everyone he hires is part of his crew. Their job, in his mind, is to protect him from anything and everything. His statement yesterday that the raid on Cohen’s office was an “attack on the country” is very telling because he clearly conflates himself with the country. He thinks when Sessions and Rosenstein and everyone else in a position of power swore an oath to protect the Constitution, that means protecting him personally, even if he’s guilty.

Thankfully, the people he put in place, like Rosenstein and FBI Director Christopher Wray, have some integrity and a very different view of what is required of them. That’s why they are doing their jobs as they should be done despite being lifelong Republicans. They put the country above politics and above Trump’s personal desires. And that is what makes Trump so angry.

April 12, 2018 12:42 AM  
Blogger Priya Lynn said...

Today Trump announced that in order to reverse another Obama achievement he is going to find Osama Bin Laden's body and revive him.

April 12, 2018 3:32 AM  
Anonymous The coming blue wave: "It's going to be a referendum on the president of the United States and his conduct in office." said...

Trump announced via Twitter that he would be firing “nice and new and ‘smart’ ” missiles into Syria and dared Russia to shoot them down. In recent days, Trump’s third national security adviser started and his homeland security adviser quit; Trump has made noises about firing the special counsel and the deputy attorney general; federal prosecutors probed payments made in 2016 to two women who alleged affairs with Trump; the Congressional Budget Office forecast years of trillion-dollar deficits because of Trump’s tax cuts and spending hikes; there are fears of a trade war; the Environmental Protection Agency administrator is embroiled in an ethics scandal; and after a fire in Trump Tower killed a man, Trump said nothing about the death while boasting about the “well built” building. [It wasn't exactly someone he shot on Fifth Avenue.]

Now Republicans are dashing for the exits. Soon after Ryan’s announcement came word that Rep. Dennis A. Ross (R-Fla.), a deputy whip, would be retiring. And House Republicans, after listening to Ryan’s announcement at a caucus meeting in the Capitol basement, emerged with grim forecasts.

“There’s a lot of weariness and a lot of exhaustion, frankly,” said Rep. Charlie Dent (R-Pa.), who is retiring. “You’re really in a no-win position if you’re running in this cycle,” he said, calling it a “pretty damn toxic political environment. . . . It’s going to be a referendum on the president of the United States and his conduct in office.”

April 12, 2018 9:24 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

since denying troll identity, Priya has ripped off 16 straight comments that neither address the current blog or anyone else's comment

yeah, that's completely normal

no mental problems here, folks

none at all

just glad Priya has found a place to mumble to self

April 12, 2018 10:14 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

America is currently giving stratospheric ratings to the Roseanne show, which regularly lampoons dumbo sister Jackie, a pussy-hat- and nasty-woman-tee-wearing member of The Resistance

why not?

funniest show in town

Among the many occasions of unintended comedy that the election of Donald Trump has given a grateful world, perhaps none is more comic than that huddled mass of garrulous disappointment calling itself “The Resistance™”

Hillary Clinton had hardly got outside her last goblet of Chardonnay in the wee hours of November 9, 2016 before “the resistance party,” a “grassroots movement fighting against the hateful and authoritarian agenda of Donald Trump and the radical right,” was infesting the internet. Media pundits across the country warned their audiences against “normalising” the President. “Trump is not a legitimate President,” screamed one typical member of the fourth estate, “Normalising fascism, the marriage of authoritarianism and nationalism with a business controlled government, is wrong.”

You can understand their anguish. Someone they did not favor was elected president of the United States in a free, open, democratic election. Can you believe it? Their candidate lost. Even worse, the opposing candidate was elected without their permission, over their strenuous objections, unremitting ridicule, and against their hermetically sealed certitude that such a thing was impossible, impossible! O tempora, O mores! The 2016 presidential election worked the way the Constitution said it was supposed to work, not the way Hollywood millionaires, Ivy-educated pundits, angry feminists, or partisan opponents wanted it to work. Clearly, end times are nigh.

No wonder the Resistance™ is so voluble and tenacious. Just a couple of days ago the comedy site Vox, reporting on the many rallies against President Trump that continue to provide free entertainment at college campuses and other redoubts of privilege across the country, noted that “While the rallies people are attending may not always be Trump-specific, they are certainly Trump-related.” Indeed they are.

The early Christian sage Tertullian opined that among the delights of the blessed in heaven was contemplating the torments of the damned in hell. Tertullian’s teaching was later declared heretical, but his psychology was sound. Schadenfreude may be an unChristian emotion. But all the best authorities recognise its delights. It is difficult to contemplate the pained contortions of the Resistance™ without a bit of tittering Schadenfreude creeping in. A case in point is The Great Lesson of California in America’s New Civil War, a much-noted bulletin just out from the front lines of the Resistance™. “The next time you call for bipartisan cooperation in America,” this cri de coeur begins, “and long for Republicans and Democrats to work side by side, stop it. Remember the great lesson of California, the harbinger of America’s political future . . .” Wait! are things as bad as that? Is California—more and more the Venezuela of the United States—is it really our future?

Here’s the thing about the Resistance™: It gets attention for the same reason that a freak show at a carnival does. Every rational person is appalled by it but somehow cannot look away. It is the incarnation of absurdity, but all the more fascinating on account of its extravagance. I earlier mentioned Tertullian. He is probably most famous for the mot Credo quia absurdum: “I believe because it is absurd.” That is no more orthodox than Tertullian’s other teachings, but it might as well be the motto for the Resistance.™

April 12, 2018 10:41 AM  
Blogger Priya Lynn said...

What does Russia want?

Russia reserves the right to pursue its interests in the post–Soviet space without Western interference, in any way it sees fit. To this end it is engaging in a multi-faceted effort to weaken and threaten Western democracies and the western response to this threat has been very weak indeed.

April 12, 2018 3:12 PM  
Blogger Priya Lynn said...

In the special elections since Trump became president there's been a huge swing in support towards the Democrats and Democrats have won the vast majority of the seats, including in Republican strongholds where it was unthinkable that a Democrat could win, but they did.

Even in those stronghold seats Republicans retained there's been as much as a 20,30,or even 40% swing towards the Democrats.

Although a lot could happen between now and the mid-term elections at this point in time there's every indication that Republicans are going to be slaughtered in the mid-term elections and dozens of Republican incumbents have announced their retirement like rats leaving a sinking ship.

The resistance is doing just fine.

Hee Hee Hee!

April 12, 2018 3:18 PM  
Blogger Priya Lynn said...

Wyatt/Regina/bad anonymous has to immerse themselves in fiction about how Trump is doing well to keep from crying about the reality of how very bad things are for him.

Hee Hee Hee!

April 12, 2018 3:32 PM  
Blogger Priya Lynn said...

Trump's Ship Is Sinking. The Rats Are Scrambling.

The hinges are all hanging loose and broken.

Inside the White House, Mr. Trump-furious after the F.B.I. raided his longtime personal lawyer, Michael D. Cohen-spent much of the day brooding and fearful and near what two people close to the West Wing described as a “meltdown.”...

Hee Hee Hee!

April 12, 2018 3:35 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

it is starting to look like that, Priya

problem is the fall elections are going to be a large national debate and Dems are showing some signs that they still don't get why they lost in 2016

if you have Conor Lambs across America, Dems will do very well

if you have Elizabeth Warrens across America, it will be a 2016 sequel

April 12, 2018 3:39 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"The hinges are all hanging loose and broken.

Inside the White House, Mr. Trump-furious after the F.B.I. raided his longtime personal lawyer, Michael D. Cohen-spent much of the day brooding and fearful and near what two people close to the West Wing described as a “meltdown.”..."

yeah, it was reportedly reported

Hee Hee Hee!

April 12, 2018 3:40 PM  
Blogger Priya Lynn said...

Trump Hires The "Best" People:

‘Proud’ Mrs. David Vitter Won’t Say Whether She Supports School Segregation

"I’ve written about a lot of Trump’s appalling nominees for the federal bench, but I somehow missed that he had nominated Wendy Vitter, wife of disgraced former Louisiana Sen. David Vitter, the diaper-fetishist who was a regular client of the DC Madam. But that isn’t the most noteworthy thing about her right now. In her confirmation hearing this week, she refused to say whether school segregation was unconstitutional."

So, that's basically an admission that she supports segregating blacks in schools away from white children.

No surprise here, Trump was elected largely on his appeal to racists and the people he's put in power don't want to turn off Trump's base and come out in direct opposition to racism.

April 12, 2018 3:42 PM  
Blogger Priya Lynn said...

$25 Million Payout for Trump ‘University’ Fraud Finalized

“I don’t settle cases. I don’t do it because that’s why I don’t get sued very often, because I don’t settle, unlike a lot of other people.” So said Donald Trump during a Republican primary debate in 2016. As with almost everything else he says, it was a lie. And now a $25 million settlement for his fraudulent Trump “University” has been given final approval by the judge he launched a racist attack on last year.

This case could be used as a textbook example in law schools of how to commit fraud. Virtually every claim Trump made in the advertisements about the school was a lie. He said that students would learn his own personal, foolproof system for getting rich from real estate, but he didn’t have anything to do with writing the curriculum. He was simply paid to put his name on a standard “get rich quick through real estate” seminar of the kind taught in Holiday Inn Express conference rooms in cities all across the country every weekend.

He told students that he had personally handpicked the “professors” and that they were all experts in his system. Reality: He never met a single one of them, had no idea who they were. In short, it was a con, a grift, a blatant case of fraud. And Mr. I Never Settle was forced to settle because he didn’t have a prayer of winning the case and it would have cost him far more to fight it out. Proud of yourself, Trump voters? You voted for a literal con man.

April 12, 2018 3:45 PM  
Anonymous You know they're desperate when... said...

Wyatt/Regina look adorable clinging to the flotsam of the TV ratings of a sitcom reboot while Mueller closes in on crimes at the highest level of government.

Lots of Americans are sick of life in Trumplandia.

The rising blue wave will ensure we get America back from Trump and his thugs.

April 12, 2018 3:46 PM  
Blogger Priya Lynn said...

Syria and the First Law of Trumpodynamics

The First Law of Trumpodynamics: For every tweet, there is an equal and opposite tweet from earlier that completely contradicts his current position. And when it comes to Syria, there are dozens of such tweets. Here’s what our buffoon-in-chief twetted out Wednesday morning:
"Russia vows to shoot down any and all missiles fired at Syria. Get ready Russia, because they weill be coming, nice and new and "smart!" You shouldn't be partners with a Gas Killing Animal who kills his people and enjoyst it!"
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 11, 2018

John Bolton has been in the White House for only a week and the missiles are already going to fly. But here’s Trump telling the whole world what he’s going to do, something he has repeatedly criticized Obama for doing, and doing it in a country he said over and over again was none of our concern and that we should ignore it and spend our resources on our own country instead. Just a small sampling.

"@ASBrowntown: .@realDonaldTrump you want to send more Americans out to war? Why don't you sign up?" I am against an attack on Syria dummy!

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 11, 2013

"@dancurran4: @realDonaldTrump take the money we would waste in Syria. Give it to you. You go rebuild Detroit." So true!

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 13, 2013

We should stop talking, stay out of Syria and other countries that hate us, rebuild our own country and make it strong and great again-USA!

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 13, 2013

Most people do not know what Presient Obama is going to do to save his legacy. I do! He's got to get back to basics.Forget Syria-FIX THE USA

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 13, 2013

Don't attack Syria – an attack that will bring nothing but trouble for the U.S. Focus on making our country strong and great again!

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 9, 2013

President Obama, do not attack Syria. There is no upside and tremendous downside. Save your "powder" for another (and more important) day!

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 7, 2013

"@Robertr369: @realDonaldTrump if only Japan had the same courtesy Dec 1941" They should have told us they were coming like us with Syria!

April 12, 2018 4:10 PM  
Blogger Priya Lynn said...

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 7, 2013

Russia is sending a fleet of ships to the Mediterranean. Obama’s war in Syria has the potential to widen into a worldwide conflict.

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 5, 2013

If President Obama was going to attack Syria, he should’ve done it a long time ago as a surprise & not after (cont)

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 5, 2013

For all of those fools that want to attack Syria, the U.S.has lost the vital element of surprise-so stupid-could be a disaster!

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 4, 2013

"@mguarino64: @realDonaldTrump " How would you treat the Syria situation if president ?" I'd let them all fight with each other-focus on US!

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 1, 2013

The President must get Congressional approval before attacking Syria-big mistake if he does not!

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 30, 2013

What will we get for bombing Syria besides more debt and a possible long term conflict? Obama needs Congressional approval.

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 29, 2013

@walaa_3ssaf No, dopey, I would not go into Syria, but if I did it would be by surprise and not blurted all over the media like fools.

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 29, 2013

And just for a little added amusement:

"@gretawire: PresObama is not busy talking to Congress about Syria..he is playing golf …go figure"

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 8, 2013

The man is a volcano of vapidity and hypocrisy.

April 12, 2018 4:11 PM  
Blogger Priya Lynn said...

Here's your party of "family values"

MISSOURI: Impeachment Looms For GOP Gov After Release Of Graphic Details On Incident With Mistress

April 12, 2018 Politics, Scandal

Talking Points Memo reports:

A woman who carried out a 2015 affair with Gov. Eric Greitens (R) accused him of coercing her into unwanted sexual contact while she wept on the floor of his basement, according to testimony included in a highly-anticipated Missouri House committee report released Wednesday evening.

The 25-page report includes graphic, disturbing claims about a March 2015 encounter at Greitens’ St. Louis home. According to the woman, Greitens held her down in a “bear hug,” fondling her while she wept “uncontrollably,” before pulling out his penis and putting it near her face.

The woman said she proceeded to give him oral sex because she thought “that would allow me to leave” and feared for her “physical self.” In addition to these shocking new claims, the woman testified about previously surfaced allegations that Greitens slapped her and threatened to blackmail her with a nude photo that he took of her without her consent.

April 12, 2018 4:11 PM  
Blogger Priya Lynn said...

TRINIDAD: High Court Strikes Down Buggery Law

"The arc of history is long, but it bends towards justice"

April 12, 2018 4:15 PM  
Blogger Priya Lynn said...

Get back to your job duties lazy Wyatt.

April 12, 2018 4:16 PM  
Blogger Priya Lynn said...

People often claim and publicly display apparent hatred and phobias for that which secretly thrills and arouses them the most.

Just ask a raging homophobe like Wyatt/Regina/bad anonymous.

April 12, 2018 7:34 PM  
Blogger Priya Lynn said...

Trump Allies Worry That Cohen Kept Tapes

The popular vote losing pussy grabber's "personal fixer" lawyer Michael D. Cohen has been with Trump for a long time fixing "problems" and he knows where all the bodies are burried It turns out he sometimes taped conversations with associates, according to three people familiar with his practice, and allies of the president are worried that the recordings were seized by federal investigators in a raid of Cohen’s office and residences this week.

Cohen, was known to store the conversations using digital files and then replay them for colleagues, according to people who have interacted with him. And Trump told Comey he'd "better hope there aren't any recordings" - how ironic! No wonder Trump is having a near meltdown!

Hee Hee Hee!

April 13, 2018 1:14 AM  
Blogger Priya Lynn said...

Trump's lawyers are calling Mueller's request to interview him under oath a "perjury trap".

There's no such thing as a "perjury trap" if you are innocent.

You simply tell the TRUTH!

And "Crooked Hillary" testified under oath 11 times without breaking a sweat.
Knowing full well the entire time that if she told a single lie or held anything back, Congressional Republicans were set to pounce on her and criminally charge her.

Obviously Hillary is squeaky clean. Trump behaves just like you'd expect a guilty person to.

April 13, 2018 1:15 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

People often claim and publicly display apparent hatred and phobias for that which secretly thrills and arouses them the most.

This may explain the obsession of a troll from Canada who just can't talking about Trump.

That's gross.

Just another psychotic aspect of Priya.

April 13, 2018 7:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"And "Crooked Hillary" testified under oath 11 times without breaking a sweat"

Hillary would only talk to the FBI without taking an oath.

And, of course, Bill was impeached for lying.

Mueller hasn't reached the standard necessary to compel a President to testify.

Americans have repeatedly denied Hillary the presidency.

April 13, 2018 7:06 AM  
Anonymous The "cat" has got his tongue said...

"Hillary would only talk to the FBI without taking an oath."

And Trump won't talk Mueller at all.

Why not?

Because he's guilty of obstruction of justice as well as violating the emoluments clause of the US Constitution.

"No Title of Nobility shall be granted by the United States: And no Person holding any Office of Profit or Trust under them, shall, without the Consent of the Congress, accept of any present, Emolument, Office, or Title, of any kind whatever, from any King, Prince, or foreign State."

The Framers' intentions for this clause were twofold: to prevent a society of nobility from being established in the United States, and to protect the republican forms of government from being influenced by other governments.

April 13, 2018 7:42 AM  
Anonymous Well said said...

"People often claim and publicly display apparent hatred and phobias for that which secretly thrills and arouses them the most."

Which perfectly explains why Wyatt/Regina have been touting their "hatred and phobias for that which secretly thrills and arouses them most" -- for LGBT folks like Priya Lynn for example, for more than a decade right here on Vigilance.

April 13, 2018 8:12 AM  
Anonymous it's TTF titter time said...

"And Trump won't talk Mueller at all.

"Why not?

Because he's guilty of obstruction of justice as well as violating the emoluments clause of the US Constitution."

He's actually quite anxious to talk about all this. He's being stopped by advisers so far because his real estate background proclivity for hype would probably be construed as perjury by a desperate Mueller.

There are no new facts to uncover. Nothing Mueller can get without talking to Trump. Just a matter of interpretation of the law.

""No Title of Nobility shall be granted by the United States: And no Person holding any Office of Profit or Trust under them, shall, without the Consent of the Congress, accept of any present, Emolument, Office, or Title, of any kind whatever, from any King, Prince, or foreign State."

The Framers' intentions for this clause were twofold: to prevent a society of nobility from being established in the United States, and to protect the republican forms of government from being influenced by other governments."

You've zeroed in on why it was wrong for Hillary to take contributions for her Foundation from foreign governments and her spouse wrong to take astronomical speaking fees from the same while she was the top foreign policy official in our government. Thanks.

Trump's hotel rates are a pittance by comparison.

"Which perfectly explains why anon has been touting "hatred and phobias for that which secretly thrills and arouses them most" -- for LGBT folks like Priya Lynn for example, for more than a decade right here on Vigilance."

ah, you don't pay attention. Priya isn't an example. Priya is in a class of Priya's own: a nasty foreign troll trying to interfere with our democratic processes

not aware of any other foreign trolls on here

the idea that Priya "secretly thrills" anyone is quite humorous, however

April 13, 2018 10:06 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Because he's guilty of obstruction of justice as well as violating the emoluments clause of the US Constitution."

You'll notice that even the radical fringe left has given up on the Russia collusion hoax

May of 2016 the FBI began looking at these bogus claims

nothing found almost two years later

remember when Mueller raided Manafort's apartment before dawn?

he confiscated a lot of material, including the famous DJT Jr meeting in Trump Tower

there were indictments about everything else but the meeting

nothing found

April 13, 2018 10:12 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

""No Title of Nobility shall be granted by the United States: And no Person holding any Office of Profit or Trust under them, shall, without the Consent of the Congress, accept of any present, Emolument, Office, or Title, of any kind whatever, from any King, Prince, or foreign State."

The Framers' intentions for this clause were twofold: to prevent a society of nobility from being established in the United States, and to protect the republican forms of government from being influenced by other governments."

This is exactly what happened under the Obama-Bush-Clinton regimes. An unelected state controlled our government and went beserk when someone unapproved by them won the election. I think Trump is a vain, crass, lying sociopath, but he was elected and we've had worse.

He is much less dangerous to our democracy than the permanent government class. They actually appear to think it was their duty to guard against people like Trump. Comey-Clapper-Brennan-Hillary: they all have lied and acted like they were proprietors of our govrnment

April 13, 2018 1:36 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sure Trump may be the most corrupt, unstable, and dangerous president ever but Obama wore a TAN SUIT, people! If you can't see for yourself how that meant he was destroying America, you're just another of the "sheeple."

April 13, 2018 2:37 PM  
Blogger Priya Lynn said...

Goldman Sachs Warns Pharma Investors: Cures Don’t Provide Sustained Revenue, Chronic Illness Is Better

All those Republicans like to preach how unbridled capitalism is morally superior and will solve all our problems - are they willfully blind or just evil?

April 13, 2018 2:58 PM  
Anonymous True Blue said...

"Comey-Clapper-Brennan-Hillary: they all have lied and acted like they were proprietors of our govrnment [sic]"

Trump lies daily, sometimes hourly, requires loyalty oaths from federal employees like mafia dons require of their thugs, praised Putin's tainted reelection, and believes he is entitled to "just grab 'em by the pussy" because "when you're rich, you can have everything."

Americans are sick of Trumplandia.

We want America back!

April 13, 2018 3:43 PM  
Blogger Priya Lynn said...

Yes, Trump is fighting sooo hard against the Mueller investigation its virtually impossible to believe he isn't trying to hide his guilt.

An innocent person welcomes such an investigation and cooperates with it fully in order to clear their name.

April 13, 2018 4:58 PM  
Blogger Priya Lynn said...

Comey is a long time Republican, Mueller is a long time Republican, McCabe is a long time Republican, Rosenstein is a long time Republican appointed by Trump as is the official in New York State jurisdiction who is overseeing the investigation into wrongdoing by
Trump's fixer Cohen.

Comey and McCabe both worked to hurt Hillary in the election. The idea that all these long time Republicans suddenly decided to switch teams and work against an honest Republican president is preposterous.

No honest person can say they think there's a realistic possibility that Trump is innocent and being framed by a Justice Department that's always been heavily Republican.

April 13, 2018 5:07 PM  
Blogger Priya Lynn said...

Many American legal experts say that in order for the FBI to raid the offices and home of a lawyer there are so many people who have to sign off on it and the bar to justify it is so high that there had to be very solid evidence that an ongoing crime is being committed or the destruction of evidence.

Thanks to Trump's fixer Cohen, the circle is tightening around Trump!

April 13, 2018 5:28 PM  
Anonymous WASHINGTON POST-ABC NEWS POLL APRIL 8-11, 2018 said...

Q: Who do you find more believable, (Trump) or (Comey)?

Trump - 32%
Comey - 48%
Both - 2%
Neither - 7%
No opinion - 11%

Watch how an honest man answers questions when George Stephanopolis interviews James Comes, Sunday night, 10PM on ABC.

April 13, 2018 5:47 PM  
Blogger Priya Lynn said...

The man who entered a Quebec city mosque and killed six Muslims last year said he was triggered by Trump's Muslim ban followed by Trudeau's tweet welcoming refugees into Canada. The correlation is clear.

Republicans are people too....Mean, Selfish, Greedy people

Trump:"Gassing innocent Syrians is bad and I'm going to bomb you for it!"

Innocent Syrians:"can we take refuge in the United States to escape a murderous dictator?"

Trump:"no way you terrorists!"

April 14, 2018 2:53 AM  
Blogger Priya Lynn said...

Judge rules transgender people are protected, keeps hold on troop ban

A federal judge in Washington ordered Friday that a halt to President Trump's transgender troop ban remain in place, saying that the government must prove its order "was sincerely motivated by compelling interests, rather than by prejudice or stereotype."

Why it matters: In addition to keeping its injunction in place, the judge overseeing the case said that transgender people represent a "protected class" and, as such, that President Trump's ban will have to meet the legal standard known as "strict scrutiny."

"Therefore, any attempt to exclude them from military service will be looked at with the highest level of care, " Judge Marsha J. Pechman wrote in the order, which was posted online by the Washington Blade. "This means that before Defendants can implement the Ban, they must show that it was sincerely motivated by compelling interests, rather than by prejudice or stereotype, and that it is narrowly tailored to achieve those interests. "

F you Trump

April 14, 2018 2:56 AM  
Anonymous Drip, drip, drip said...

"You'll notice that even the radical fringe left has given up on the Russia collusion hoax"

Another portion of what you tragically refer to as a "hoax" has been confirmed.

Sources: Mueller has evidence Cohen was in Prague in 2016, confirming part of dossier

Washington - The Justice Department special counsel has evidence that Donald Trump’s personal lawyer and confidant, Michael Cohen, secretly made a late-summer trip to Prague during the 2016 presidential campaign, according to two sources familiar with the matter.

Confirmation of the trip would lend credence to a retired British spy’s report that Cohen strategized there with a powerful Kremlin figure about Russian meddling in the U.S. election.

It would also be one of the most significant developments thus far in Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation of whether the Trump campaign and the Kremlin worked together to help Trump win the White House. Undercutting Trump’s repeated pronouncements that “there is no evidence of collusion,” it also could ratchet up the stakes if the president tries, as he has intimated he might for months, to order Mueller’s firing.

Trump’s threats to fire Mueller or the deputy attorney general overseeing the investigation, Rod Rosenstein, grew louder this week when the FBI raided Cohen’s home, hotel room and office on Monday. The raid was unrelated to the Trump-Russia collusion probe, but instead focused on payments made to women who have said they had sexual relationships with Trump.

Cohen has vehemently denied for months that he ever has been in Prague or colluded with Russia during the campaign. Neither he nor his lawyer responded to requests for comment for this story...

Read more here:

April 14, 2018 8:30 AM  
Blogger Priya Lynn said...

Black Teen Asks for Directions, Gets Shot At By Racist Jerk

This happened in Rochester Hills, Michigan. A 14-year old black teenager missed his bus and didn’t have his cell phone, so he knocked on a door to ask for directions to the high school. He got shot at after being accused of trying to rob them. Because thieves always knock on the door to break in to your house.

And the NRA says the only solution to this is for the black teenager to have had a gun as well. Imagine how the racist Republican gun nuts would portray that if the teenager had shot back in self defense.

No, the only solution is for the Republican gun nut not to have had a gun in the first place.

April 14, 2018 1:57 PM  
Blogger Priya Lynn said...

"Drip drip drip..."

Its fun to watch the slow motion collapse of the Trump presidency.


April 14, 2018 2:01 PM  
Blogger Priya Lynn said...

Meanwhile, the New York Times reports that Trump’s attorneys think the investigation into Cohen may pose a more immediate threat to him than the Mueller investigation does at this point and that “some of his own aides were reluctant to advise him about a response for fear of being dragged into a criminal investigation themselves.” And he still can’t find a top notch criminal lawyer willing to work for him. I feel so sad for him, don’t you?

April 14, 2018 2:04 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"the investigation into Cohen may pose a more immediate threat to him than the Mueller investigation does at this point"

it would have to be

right about now, the frisbee throwers on the mall are a more immediate threat

here's the humorous quote of the week:

"insulting the President of Russia is unacceptable and inadmissible"


April 14, 2018 4:26 PM  
Blogger Priya Lynn said...

Far-Right Melts Down Over Syria Strike: F* Trump!

Trumps frothing at the mouth media supporters are turning on him - I honestly never saw that coming.

In fighting is funny!

Hee Hee Hee!

April 14, 2018 5:18 PM  
Blogger Priya Lynn said...

Another godly anti-gay christian married man arrested for having sex with a teenage boy

Yep, yep, yep...Hahahahahahahaha!

April 14, 2018 5:23 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"I honestly never saw that coming"

honestly, you never see much coming

"In fighting is funny!

Hee Hee Hee!"

the kind of psychopathic evil that can't even support innocent children attacked by nerve gas

glad this vile animal, friend of the Assad monster is outside looking in

The United Nations Security Council rejected a Russian resolution calling to condemn “aggression” by the U.S. and its allies against Syria on Saturday.

The vote reflected support for the airstrikes on Syrian chemical sites.

Coordinated American, French and British airstrikes were launched late Friday to punish Syrian President Bashar Assad for the suspected use of chemical weapons on his own people earlier this month in Douma, a rebel-held suburb of Damascus, and to deter him from further use of chemical weapons. The Pentagon on Saturday said the strikes set the country’s chemical weapons capability back “for years”.

On Saturday afternoon at the U.N. in New York City, Russia’s demand for condemnation and an immediate halt to “aggression” and “any further use of force” by the U.S., Britain and France received support from only two other countries on the 15-member council — China and Bolivia.

April 14, 2018 5:27 PM  
Blogger Priya Lynn said...

The military pin-prick against Syria was decided in advance by Putin and the popular vote losing pussy grabber. They both decided this would be a good way to distract from the Russia investigation noose tightening around Trump and give him plausible deniability that he's "not really" Putin's puppet. Putin and the Syrians had plenty of advance notice so they could get everything useful out of harms way. That's why the morning after Syria's all like "Nyah Nyah Nyah Nay - didn't hurt!"


April 14, 2018 5:31 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

yes, Priya is right: Putin purposely humiliated himself just to throw off Mueller

it all makes sense now

this psychopathic piece of crap from Canada that commented above has actually claimed to never lie before

and Priya doesn't generally lie


April 14, 2018 7:37 PM  
Blogger Redneck Texan said...

America ..... Fuck Yeah.

April 14, 2018 7:58 PM  
Anonymous PtG said...

Hey RT, I bet you're having fun with this new nut running things.

April 14, 2018 8:22 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey PtG, you are very brave to hang with all the non-nuts

let's see, there's Russia, China, Bolivia.....and Priya!

well, truth is not a popularity contest

the true non-nuts think Putin humiliated himself, just to make Donald look good

April 14, 2018 9:20 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

After the U.S., U.K. and France launched joint airstrikes on Syria Friday as part of a retaliation effort against the country for alleged chemical attacks, the Pentagon made a big announcement about Russian trolls.

Pentagon spokeswoman Dana White said quote, “There has been a 2,000 percent increase in Russian trolls in the last 24 hours. Therefore, we will keep you all abreast of the facts moving forward.”

Russia, a key ally of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, is reportedly directing trolls to promote fake news and spread disinformation on social media.

Sounds like Priya may be a Russian troll.

America upholds the treaty banning the use of chemical weapons.

Putin responds by lying in an attempt to make America look bad.

Just like Priya!

April 14, 2018 10:01 PM  
Blogger Redneck Texan said...

Yep ..... I pretty much am Pass ol' buddy.

He certainly irritates the right people.

April 14, 2018 10:06 PM  
Blogger Priya Lynn said...

The Coming End Of The Trump Presidency Is Clear

There are lots of details and surprises to come, but the endgame of this Presidency seems as clear now as those of Iraq and the financial crisis did months before they unfolded. Last week, federal investigators raided the offices of Michael Cohen, the man who has been closer than anybody to Trump’s most problematic business and personal relationships. This week, we learned that Cohen has been under criminal investigation for months—his e-mails have been read, presumably his phones have been tapped, and his meetings have been monitored. Trump has long declared a red line: Robert Mueller must not investigate his businesses, and must only look at any possible collusion with Russia. That red line is now crossed and, for Trump, in the most troubling of ways. Even if he were to fire Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein and then had Mueller and his investigation put on ice, and even if—as is disturbingly possible—Congress did nothing, the Cohen prosecution would continue. Even if Trump pardons Cohen, the information the Feds have on him can become the basis for charges against others in the Trump Organization.

This is the week we know, with increasing certainty, that we are entering the last phase of the Trump Presidency. This doesn’t feel like a prophecy; it feels like a simple statement of the apparent truth. I know dozens of reporters and other investigators who have studied Donald Trump and his business and political ties. Some have been skeptical of the idea that President Trump himself knowingly colluded with Russian officials. It seems not at all Trumpian to participate in a complex plan with a long-term, uncertain payoff. Collusion is an imprecise word, but it does seem close to certain that his son Donald, Jr., and several people who worked for him colluded with people close to the Kremlin; it is up to prosecutors and then the courts to figure out if this was illegal or merely deceitful. We may have a hard time finding out what President Trump himself knew and approved.

However, I am unaware of anybody who has taken a serious look at Trump’s business who doesn’t believe that there is a high likelihood of rampant criminality. In Azerbaijan, he did business with a likely money launderer for Iran’s Revolutionary Guard. In the Republic of Georgia, he partnered with a group that was being investigated for a possible role in the largest known bank-fraud and money-laundering case in history. In Indonesia, his development partner is “knee-deep in dirty politics”; there are criminal investigations of his deals in Brazil; the F.B.I. is reportedly looking into his daughter Ivanka’s role in the Trump hotel in Vancouver, for which she worked with a Malaysian family that has admitted to financial fraud. Back home, Donald, Jr., and Ivanka were investigated for financial crimes associated with the Trump hotel in SoHo—an investigation that was halted suspiciously. His Taj Mahal casino received what was then the largest fine in history for money-laundering violations.

April 15, 2018 12:11 AM  
Blogger Priya Lynn said...

Listing all the financial misconduct can be overwhelming and tedious. I have limited myself to some of the deals over the past decade, thus ignoring Trump’s long history of links to New York Mafia figures and other financial irregularities. It has become commonplace to say that enough was known about Trump’s shady business before he was elected; his followers voted for him precisely because they liked that he was someone willing to do whatever it takes to succeed, and they also believe that all rich businesspeople have to do shady things from time to time. In this way of thinking, any new information about his corrupt past has no political salience. Those who hate Trump already think he’s a crook; those who love him don’t care.

I believe this assessment is wrong. Sure, many people have a vague sense of Trump’s shadiness, but once the full details are better known and digested, a fundamentally different narrative about Trump will become commonplace. Remember: we knew a lot about problems in Iraq in May, 2003. Americans saw TV footage of looting and heard reports of U.S. forces struggling to gain control of the entire country. We had plenty of reporting, throughout 2007, about various minor financial problems. Somehow, though, these specific details failed to impress upon most Americans the over-all picture. It took a long time for the nation to accept that these were not minor aberrations but, rather, signs of fundamental crisis. Sadly, things had to get much worse before Americans came to see that our occupation of Iraq was disastrous and, a few years later, that our financial system was in tatters.

The narrative that will become widely understood is that Donald Trump did not sit atop a global empire. He was not an intuitive genius and tough guy who created billions of dollars of wealth through fearlessness. He had a small, sad operation, mostly run by his two oldest children and Michael Cohen, a lousy lawyer who barely keeps up the pretenses of lawyering and who now faces an avalanche of charges, from taxicab-backed bank fraud to money laundering and campaign-finance violations.

Cohen, Donald, Jr., and Ivanka monetized their willingness to sign contracts with people rejected by all sensible partners. Even in this, the Trump Organization left money on the table, taking a million dollars here, five million there, even though the service they provided—giving branding legitimacy to blatantly sketchy projects—was worth far more. It was not a company that built value over decades, accumulating assets and leveraging wealth. It burned through whatever good will and brand value it established as quickly as possible, then moved on to the next scheme.

April 15, 2018 12:12 AM  
Blogger Priya Lynn said...

There are important legal questions that remain. How much did Donald Trump and his children know about the criminality of their partners? How explicit were they in agreeing to put a shiny gold brand on top of corrupt deals? The answers to these questions will play a role in determining whether they go to jail and, if so, for how long.

There is no longer one major investigation into Donald Trump, focussed solely on collusion with Russia. There are now at least two, including a thorough review of Cohen’s correspondence. The information in his office and hotel room will likely make clear precisely how much the Trump family knew. What we already know is disturbing, and it is hard to imagine that the information prosecutors will soon learn will do anything but worsen the picture.

Of course Trump is raging and furious and terrified. Prosecutors are now looking at his core. Cohen was the key intermediary between the Trump family and its partners around the world; he was chief consigliere and dealmaker throughout its period of expansion into global partnerships with sketchy oligarchs. He wasn’t a slick politico who showed up for a few months. He knows everything, he recorded much of it, and now prosecutors will know it, too. It seems inevitable that much will be made public. We don’t know when. We don’t know the precise path the next few months will take. There will be resistance and denial and counterattacks. But it seems likely that, when we look back on this week, we will see it as a turning point. We are now in the end stages of the Trump Presidency.

April 15, 2018 12:12 AM  
Blogger Priya Lynn said...

Breaking News:

97% of House Republicans voted in favour of stealing Social Security's $2.9 trillion surplus

Evil Republicans blew up the deficit with tax cuts to the ultra wealthy and now are trying to use that as an excuse to raid Social Security.

They were stopped by the 96% of Democrats who voted to honour their committement to the american people.

April 15, 2018 12:21 AM  
Blogger Priya Lynn said...

If you find yourself making excuses and justifications for child molesters, rapists, sexual assaulters, gropers, con men, liars, draft dodgers, pedophiles, Nazis, white supremacists, racists, traitors and conspirators....


April 15, 2018 12:30 AM  
Blogger Priya Lynn said...

Yes, you're right Wyatt/Regina/bad anonymous, I shouldn't have said "The military pin-prick against Syria was decided in advance by Putin and the popular vote losing pussy grabber.", I should have said "It could well be the military pin-prick against Syria was decided in advance by Putin and the popular vote losing pussy grabber.".

Talking about something uncertain like it is a fact is something you typically do, not me. I'm ashamed I sunk to your level this one time and I apologize to all for my doing so.

You see, there's the difference between Wyatt/Regina/bad anonymous and me. When I do something wrong I'll admit it and apologize for it. When Wyatt/Regina/bad anonymous falsely accuses an innocent transwoman of preying on young girls they'll lie up and down and insist they never said it even when repeatedly confronted with the very words they typed.

When Wyatt/Regina/bad anonymous repeatedly calls for the assault of transgender schoolchildren instead of repenting of their perverted desires and apologizing for it, they lie and say they never advocated assaulting transgender school children.

And as I know Wyatt/Regina/bad anonymous will lie again and deny they said these things, here's the proof:

In this thread at May 14, 2017 5:26 PM Wyatt/Regina/bad anonymous lied and said an innocent transwoman "can prey on young girls in the ladies' room as much as possible,"

In this thread at January 14, 2016 12:12 PM Wyatt/Regina/bad anonymous sad "girls" with guy parts don't belong in the girls' room they belong in the boys' room, where they will get a special swirly welcome"

"if they want to dress like a girl when they're a guy and they wander into the boys' room that way, they'll likely get a swirly welcome no real harm done, just a little social discipline to maintain decorum the answer: don't come to school dressed like a girl if you're a guy problem solved"

"Priya thinks a swirly is a "vicious assault"? it's not a big a deal just ask Ward he survived"

"a new study out shows that Swirly Reparative Therapy actually works same gender sexual attraction is reduced up to 59% among gays treated to a swirly every 4 hours the only down side is having to wake up in the middle of the night for treatment a small price to pay for a chance at a normal life for these people another triumph in the treatment of a mental disease once thought incurable"

"and don't pull that old line that you can't change because you were "born that way" there are many methods to alter behavior worse comes to worse, have Ward give you a swirly again"

Priya - imperfect but clean as a whistle

Lying Wyatt/Regina/bad anonymous - vicious, dishonest, advocating violence, and slandering innocent people.

April 15, 2018 12:47 AM  
Blogger Priya Lynn said...

NYT Paul Krugman: The Paul Ryan Story: From Flimflam to Fascism

"Look, the single animating principle of everything Ryan did and proposed was to comfort the comfortable while afflicting the afflicted."

April 15, 2018 12:50 AM  
Anonymous if only Fidel were still with us said...

just to fill in any newcomers to the blog:

Priya is a psychopath troll from Canada (yeah, the dismal place up north that gets two weeks of summer a year; lot of mental problems up there, for obvious reasons)

whenever, Priya realizes everyone sees through the evil Priya spews, Priya tried to divert attention

this morning, Priya joined up with thousands of Russia trollbots to defend a monster who gassed small children to death

only the most despicable global citizens don't side with the President on this:

Russia, China, Bolivia and......................Priya!

April 15, 2018 12:52 AM  
Blogger Priya Lynn said...

Since when have you ever seen the whole white house staff "lawyer up" over "fake news"?

Yeah, me neither, lol!

April 15, 2018 12:55 AM  
Blogger Priya Lynn said...

And remember folks, NONE of the major points of the Steele dossier on Trump campaign collusion with Russia has been disproven and there is more and more evidence its true Cohen met with Russians in Europe during the election to
coordinate ways to respond to the Manafort issues.

April 15, 2018 1:02 AM  
Blogger Priya Lynn said...

Mueller vs Trump

I wonder which one is lying? The veteran who was FBI Director under two presidents
the guy who's been sued 3,500 times.

April 15, 2018 1:06 AM  
Blogger Priya Lynn said...

Wyatt/Regina/bad anonymous's definition of a psychopath is anyone who thinks gays deserve equal treatment or people should be free to do whatever they want as long as they aren't hurting others.

Lying psychopath Wyatt/Regina/bad anonymous sometimes dishonestly truncates my statement and says "Priya explained it...the ultimate ethical principal is "do whatever you want""

And then when called on his deception he lies and says he doesn't see much difference between what I actually said and what he dishonestly portrayed my position as.

There's your psychopath - Wyatt/Regina dishonestly claiming he doesn't see a big difference between saying "harm no one" and NOT saying "harm no one" so he can pretend he's got an excuse for defamation.

Wyatt/Regina/bad anonymous - they're really perverted.

And because Wyatt/Regina/bad anonymous usually lies and denies he said the evil things he did, here's the proof at September 14, 2017 7:53 PM

April 15, 2018 1:44 AM  
Blogger Priya Lynn said...


Because god sending himself to sacrifice himself to himself to save us from himself is a bit much for any logical person.

April 15, 2018 2:38 AM  
Anonymous A very rich business leader with a great deal of political influence said...

"America ..... Fuck Yeah."

Hell yeah, Tex.

America -- of the people, by the people, and for the people, not the oligarchs.

April 15, 2018 7:27 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

when, if ever, will Priya get help?

those nuthouses in Canada don't seem to do much

you have to wonder whether a backlash is developing against the Dems’ crazed, ceaseless attacks on President Trump

there's never been anything like it: the ridiculous smears, the nightly barrage of television “comedy,” over-the-top attacks by former government officials like John Brennan and James Comey, endless investigations into nothing in particular, calls for impeachment (grounds? who needs grounds?), absurd accusations of “treason,” and yada, yada, yada...

it's unprecedented, in American history anyway, and voters are starting to think the Dems have gone too far

once, the Dems’ constant attacks, amplified every day by the press, seem to have an effect

but diminishing returns seem to have set in

the Rasmussen poll, the only daily presidential approval poll that surveys likely voters, finds President Trump with 50% approval and 49% disapproval

that's identical to the ratings of Obama the Worst at the same point, and Sir Barry had the press slobbering all over him with praise

the number of voters who strongly approve of the president is also rising, while the number who strongly disapprove is falling

it's hard to believe considering the insane hatred that is unleashed against President Trump on a daily basis

it's likely because voters have figured out that the Dems are crazed

and Americans disapprove of Dems' extreme tactics

by November, a little less than six months from now, the backlash should be at full strength

April 15, 2018 8:06 AM  
Anonymous the ayatollah stands with Russia, China, and Priya said...

President Donald Trump wants the world to know the United States is "locked and loaded" and prepared to strike Syria again if the Assad regime targets small children with chemical weapons, U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley said

"When our president draws a red line, our president enforces the red line," Haley said at an emergency United Nations security meeting. "We are prepared to sustain this pressure if the Syrian regime is foolish enough to test our will."

The U.N. Security Council rejected Russia's resolution to condemn coalition forces — made up of the U.S., U.K. and France — for launching joint airstrikes in Syria early Saturday that targeted chemical research and weapons facilities

Ambassadors for both Britain and France, but not Canada, defended the joint strike and said the military action sought to make clear the world condemns President Bashar al-Assad's use of chemical weapons

"The Syrian regime and its supporters are responsible for the greatest violations of international humanitarian law in modern history," said Karen Pierce, Britain's U.N. representative.

British Prime Minister Theresa May said Friday that the airstrikes were justified. She, Trump and French President Emmanuel Macron, but not baby Justin, held conversations Saturday in which Macron's office said the three countries' military forces, but not those of Canada, had "excellent coordination."

Macron said the April 7 chemical attack that killed dozens of civilians was in "total violation of international law."

"The red line declared by France in May 2017 has been crossed," he said

Trump assigned Russia with much of the blame for not stopping the chemical attack, which the U.S. believes involved sarin and chlorine

Pentagon officials said one of the three facilities targeted by the coalition strike in western Syria was used in the production of sarin, a nerve agent

Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei described the airstrikes as "genocide."

April 15, 2018 8:16 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

gerrymandering in Maryland favors the Dems

but, in most states, the GOP is favored by the process

in short, gerrymandering biases the Congress against change

the status quo is reinforced

the crazed Dems, who are not exactly status quo, have been hoping the SCOTUS would stop it

now, one of the liberals on the court is saying the case may not be decided before the election:

WASHINGTON, April 8 (Reuters) - Members of the U.S. Supreme Court appeared to be struggling over how to resolve a key case recently when Justice Stephen Breyer suggested that the best course might be to put off a decision altogether.

Breyer's remark, coming during a March 28 oral argument in a closely watched case involving the redrawing of electoral districts aimed at entrenching one party in power, illustrated the difficulty the nine justices seem to be having in producing rulings at their usual pace.

With five conservatives and four liberals, the court is ideologically divided, meaning common ground may be difficult to find. President Donald Trump's appointee Neil Gorsuch, who marks his first anniversary as a justice on Tuesday, restored the court's conservative majority after it was shorthanded and evenly split ideologically for 14 months.

and the GOP says checkmate

April 15, 2018 8:31 AM  
Blogger Priya Lynn said...

Wyatt/Regina/bad anonymous:

We don't understand your specific kind of stupid.

But we do admire your total commitment to it.

April 15, 2018 2:25 PM  
Blogger Priya Lynn said...

The popular vote losing pussy grabber:

"Attorney Client privilege is now a thing of the past. I have many (too many!) lawyers and they are probably wondering when their offices, and even homes are going to be raided with everything, including their phones and computers, taken. All lawyers are deflated and concerned!"

The orange buffoon is too stupid to know there is no attorney client privilege when the attorney and client are committing crimes together. Further, evidence so far is that Cohen never did any actual lawyering for Trump, he was Trump's fixer, paying off women Trump had sex with, trying to squash news stories damaging to Trump, threatening people to keep quiet, etc. As none of these involved actual lawyering none of them are covered by attorney client privilege either.

And of course contrary to Hair Fuhrer's laughable claim to have "too many lawyers", he can't find any quality criminal lawyers to represent him because they know he has a long history of not paying people for their work and representing Trump would be a stain on their image that would hurt future business.

April 15, 2018 2:36 PM  
Blogger Priya Lynn said...

Given the planet's obscene levels of population gays and lesbians should be revered everywhere.

April 15, 2018 2:45 PM  
Blogger Priya Lynn said...

An Oklahoma man fired on a driver he believed was stealing his son's truck. The driver? His other son, just 13 years old, he was pronounced dead at the scene. This is the result of American gun nut culture and its "shoot first, ask questions later" policy.

Too bad there wasn't a good guy with a gun to take the father out before he killed his son.

April 15, 2018 2:47 PM  
Blogger Priya Lynn said...

Not to mention that even if it wasn't his son, its unethical to shoot someone stealing your truck who isn't a physical threat to you.

April 15, 2018 2:50 PM  
Blogger Priya Lynn said...

Trapped in the white house: Many Trump aides are too "toxic" to get private sector jobs

Companies that would normally jump to hire presidential aides are worried about the backlash and potential legal drama that comes with hiring the Trump brand.

April 15, 2018 2:56 PM  
Blogger Priya Lynn said...

White House Gets Huffy After Posting Syrian “Situation Room” Photo Showing Pence, Who Was Actually In Peru

They're so used to lying all the time they can't even resist doing so about the littlest of things - its a habit and they get huffy when called on it because they think its their right to lie without anyone pointing it out - much like Wyatt/Regina/bad anonymous.

April 15, 2018 3:02 PM  
Anonymous How soon they forget said...

"the crazed Dems, who are not exactly status quo, have been hoping the SCOTUS would stop it

now, one of the liberals on the court is saying the case may not be decided before the election:"

Pa. Republicans ask U.S. Supreme Court to halt redistricting order

Supreme Court gives North Carolina Republicans a delay in partisan gerrymander case

SCOTUS Delays Redrawing Of Texas Congressional Districts After Lower-Court Gerrymandering Ruling

Wisconsin seeks delay in partisan gerrymander ruling

You silence until now tells us all we need to know about you.

April 15, 2018 4:12 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"You silence until now tells us all we need to know about you"

who is we? and do all of you lack grammar skills?

oh yeah, and "silent" about what?

oh yeah, and what does this theoretical silence "tell" you?

go ahead, this is your chance to express youself

and don't worry if it sounds like gibberish

remember, this is entertainment!

did Jerry Lewis or Al Franken ever worry about making any sense?

"Given the planet's obscene levels of population gays and lesbians should be revered everywhere"

have you ever flown over Canada?

the place is empty

I know that, except for the places near the border with the splendid and majestic U. S. of A., it's a pretty dismal place

but with the planet warming up, it should become more hospitable

maybe, someday, people will actually go there on purpose

there's easily room for ten times more people in the Great Gray Rockpile to the North

April 15, 2018 6:09 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

gay guy lights himself on fire:

April 15, 2018 6:54 PM  
Anonymous prosecutorial misconduct will be prosecuted said...

let’s compare Bill Clinton’s sex scandal with President Donald Trump’s

Clinton’s scandal was the people’s business

It was worthy of an investigation

Clinton had an affair with a White House intern in the Oval Office. Then he lied about it under oath. That’s a crime. Clinton’s dalliance with an intern would today be called “assault” or “sexual misconduct.” The liberal feminist #MeToo movement would likely demand impeachment.

Today, Robert Mueller has turned an investigation of “Russian collusion” that never happened into a witch hunt involving the president’s past personal life. Mueller has even destroyed attorney-client privilege with a raid on Trump’s lawyer connected to the president’s alleged affairs with Stormy Daniels and Playboy Playmate Karen McDougal and to Trump’s “Access Hollywood” videotape.

Unlike the Clinton scandal, all three incidents happened to private citizen Trump — before he was president. Everything was consensual. None of this involves the American people. It may be Melania’s business, but it’s not yours, mine or Mueller’s.

Yes, in a few rare instances attorney-client privilege has been broken. Maybe for a mob lawyer protecting a mass murderer … or a lawyer hiding evidence on behalf of a billionaire drug trafficker … or a terrorism case. But never before in American legal history has a lawyer been raided by the federal government on the basis of affairs, minor FEC infractions or a videotape of a private citizen bragging to a TV host about sleeping with beautiful women.

This is absurd. This is chilling.

The system is rigged. If this attack on attorney-client privilege stands, nobody can trust their attorney ever again. If the government can raid my lawyer’s office over minor infractions, gain access to my confidential, privileged conversations with him and try to pressure my lawyer to turn against me (for any reason), then America is lost. The judicial system is gone. If the ACLU and American Bar Association say nothing, we are a banana republic. Stalin would be proud.

We can all debate whether the Bill Clinton investigation was justified. Whether Ken Starr overreached. But today, there is no debate. Mueller’s investigation is a travesty. He is overreaching. The American people won’t stand for this. Mueller’s approval ratings are plunging. For good reason.

April 15, 2018 10:36 PM  
Blogger Priya Lynn said...

There's zero evidence that Trump colluded with the Russians!

Well, except for...

April 16, 2018 12:18 AM  
Blogger Priya Lynn said...

Paul Ryan used his late father's Social Security benefits to pay his way through college.

Then he dedicated his life to slashing Social Security for everyone else.

That's his political career in a nutshell.

April 16, 2018 12:32 AM  
Blogger Priya Lynn said...

The next time Republicans call themselves the "Party of fiscal responsibility", have them explain this:

In the last 40 years...

Reagan (R) left office with a higher deficit than when he arrived.
Bush Sr. (R) left office with a higher deficit than when he arrived.
Clinton (D) left office with a lower deficit than when he arrived.
Bush Jr. (R) left office with a higher deficit than when he arrived.
Obama (D) left office with a lower deficit than when he arrived.
Trump (R) set to have a higher deficit by 2020 than when he arrived.

Notice a trend?

April 16, 2018 12:36 AM  
Blogger Priya Lynn said...

After you telegraphed your intentions to Putin a week early, he had time to warn Assad who made sure your 103 missles succesfuly destroyed three empty buildings.

Tthat's almost as good as the empty airfield from last year - Mission Accomplished!

"A person who sees moral equivalence in Charlottseville, who talks about and treats women like they're pieces of meat, who lies constantly about matters big and small and insists the American people believe it - that person is not fit to be president of the United States, on moral grounds."

On the other hand...Comey hid news of the criminal investigation into the Trump campaign while having press conferences about Hillary's which he knew were vastly less serious and politically driven - F* Comey

Expect a flurry of Trump Rage tweets tomorrow, for Comey and The "failing" New York Times putting out a full page editorial: "THE PRESIDENT IS NOT ABOVE THE LAW"

The Washington Examiner reports "President Trump screamed at aides when he found out the U.S. planned to expel 60 Russian diplomats over the Scripal poisonings.

Poll: Trump's approval rating drops down to 39%

Did you know that 1 out of 3 Trump supporters are just as stupid as the other 2?

April 16, 2018 1:12 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Blogger Priya Lynn said...
There's zero evidence that Trump colluded with the Russians!

Well, except for..."

don't usually look at links here but I checked this out

(probably need to fire up the anti-virus software)

well, the link goes to something that looks like one of those signs homeless nuts camp out with across the street from the White House

it consists of a rambling list of "things", black text on screaming yellow

starts off with "the Manafort thing"

so, the fact that a guy who was briefly Trump's campaign manager did consulting work for Ukraine years before he knew Trump is evidence of Russian collusion?

if so, then the fees Russia paid Bill are proof Hillary the Liar colluded with Russia

(that, and the fact that her campaign provided funds to a British spy who paid sources in the Russian government to produce false information about Trump)

it ends with "Trump lifted sanctions on Russia"

if so, then when Obama the Worst unilaterally cancelled air defense systems in Eastern Europe to kowtow to Putin, that was proof Barry colluded with Russia

(that, and the fact that he was caught, when he thought the mike was dead, telling the Russian ambassador that he would be more "flexible" with Russian demands after he tricked Americans into re-electing him)

don't recall the Hillary-Obama Russian collusion investigations

oh, that's right

April 16, 2018 5:15 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Paul Ryan used his late father's Social Security benefits to pay his way through college.

Then he dedicated his life to slashing Social Security for everyone else.

That's his political career in a nutshell."

when did Paul Ryan slash Social Security?

give us the details

"Blogger Priya Lynn said...
The next time Republicans call themselves the "Party of fiscal responsibility", have them explain this:

In the last 40 years...

Reagan (R) left office with a higher deficit than when he arrived.
Bush Sr. (R) left office with a higher deficit than when he arrived.
Clinton (D) left office with a lower deficit than when he arrived.
Bush Jr. (R) left office with a higher deficit than when he arrived.
Obama (D) left office with a lower deficit than when he arrived.
Trump (R) set to have a higher deficit by 2020 than when he arrived.

Notice a trend?"

yes, Priya uses word games to lie

Obama borrowed more money than any President

as a matter of fact, more than half the country's current total debt is from Obama

remember the trillions for "shovel-ready projects"?

we still have a crumbling infrastructure

"Trump (R) set to have a higher deficit by 2020 than when he arrived"

oh yeah, remember how Obamacare was "set" to lower the deficit?

"APRIL 16, 2018 12:36 AM
Blogger Priya Lynn said...
After you telegraphed your intentions to Putin a week early, he had time to warn Assad who made sure your 103 missles succesfuly destroyed three empty buildings."

the misspellings appear to make this one of Priya's posts but who is Priya talking to?

destroying the buildings used to make WMD without collateral damage that could be used for propaganda?

it's what Americans wanted him to do

maybe we could get baby Justin to do something

that oughta scare the hell out of them

"A person who talks about and treats women like they're pieces of meat, who lies constantly about matters big and small and insists the American people believe it - that person is not fit to be president of the United States, on moral grounds."

Bill Clinton left the White House in 2001

move on

"On the other hand...Comey hid news of the criminal investigation into the Trump campaign while having press conferences about Hillary's which he knew were vastly less serious and politically driven - F* Comey"

Comey overstepped his authority and dismissed clear crimes by Hillary

unfortunately, his efforts to help Hillary were derailed when her emails containing classified information were found on the laptop of a pedophile a couple of weeks before the

and, even then, he rushed out a "finding" that inappropriately exonerated her a couple of days before the election

April 16, 2018 5:16 AM  
Anonymous Insanity doesn't discriminate: Heterosexual love triangle ends in double murder-suicide said...

Victims in apparent double murder-suicide identified as father-daughter incest couple, girl's adoptive father

April 16, 2018 6:59 AM  
Anonymous Uh huh said...

Look Which Staunch Marijuana Opponent Has Changed His Tune For $$$
Marijuana has an unexpected new advocate: former Speaker of the House John Boehner.

"oh yeah, and what does this theoretical silence "tell" you?"

Your silences about court cases on gerrymandering that actually got or sought judicial delays in GOP controlled PA, NC, TX, and WI coupled with your complaints about Dem controlled Maryland possibly asking for similar judicial relief shows you speak with forked tongue.

April 16, 2018 7:02 AM  
Anonymous that's right, matey! said...

"Your silences about court cases on gerrymandering that actually got or sought judicial delays in GOP controlled PA, NC, TX, and WI coupled with your complaints about Dem controlled Maryland possibly asking for similar judicial relief shows you speak with forked tongue."

thanks for answering, but I really think you're grasping at straws

I didn't complain about Maryland, I simply pointed it out

I also mentioned that gerrymandering is more advantageous to the GOP in most places

the Maryland case is the one that's made it's way to the SCOTUS, but an adverse ruling would have more affect on the GOP

so, the fact that a liberal SC judge is hoping to delay the ruling, indicates that gerrymandering will probably be upheld


April 16, 2018 7:39 AM  
Blogger Priya Lynn said...

Russian Spy Worked on Trump Moscow Deal

Trump has claimed repeatedly that he has no business dealings in Russia, which may be technically true but it’s not for a lack of trying. We know he tried for years to get a Trump hotel built in Moscow, and Buzzfeed reports that a former Russian spy helped him on that deal while the 2016 campaign was going on.

"A former Russian spy helped Donald Trump’s business team seek financing for a Trump-branded tower in the heart of Moscow during the 2016 presidential campaign, according to two sources familiar with the matter.

This connection between Trump and Russian intelligence — made public here for the first time — is known to special counsel Robert Mueller’s team and raises fresh questions about the president’s connections to the Kremlin. The former agent, who had served in Russia’s military intelligence arm known as the GRU and later worked as an arms dealer, negotiated for financing from a Russian state-owned bank that was under US sanctions at the time…"

It’s certainly no surprise that Mueller’s team is looking into those relationships. Russia under Putin is essentially a mafia government, where nothing gets done without greasing the right palms. Bribes are the norm, a necessity to get virtually anything done, and knowing which pockets to line is crucial. That’s where people like Sater come in. This will be very interesting to watch.

April 16, 2018 2:07 PM  
Blogger Priya Lynn said...

Wyatt/Regina/bad anonymous posted a whole bunch of "blah blah blah blah..." farther up.

Remember this is the person who says "There are many situations where its apropriate to lie", "He lied, so what?", and "most people lie all the time".

Most readers know this, but you can't trust anything Wyatt/Regina says if they haven't backed it up with a link to a reputable source (which they almost never do) - they lie as easily as they breathe. Whether not what they say is true is never even a consideration of theirs, the only thing they think is "Does this help me push my B.S. now?" and if so they'll post it, even if it contradicts what they posted earlier.

April 16, 2018 2:11 PM  
Blogger Priya Lynn said...

To tell you the truth, I think if I'm killed its more likely my killer will yell out "Jesus saves!" than "Allahu Akbar".

You can certainly see that attitude Wyatt/Regina/bad anonymous in this thread where they express their support for killing gays:

"in the U.S., you can be executed for doing nothing in Iran, you have to commit a serious crime, like homosexuality"

April 16, 2018 2:16 PM  
Blogger Priya Lynn said...

Sexual abuse in a homeschooling conservative christian family

The oldest child in the Willis family is 26-year-old Jessica Fisher, who played fiddle and write songs for the band. Her birthday was on Friday, and she marked the occasion with a new website telling her side of the story.

Because Toby’s victims were minors, we never knew their names, but Jessica says she was one of those victims. Right up front, she says she has “come to realize that I feel a responsibility to the truth itself and my conscience demands a public denouncement of the previous life I helped hide for so long.”

She writes that she had been abused “as far back as I can remember,” around the age of three...

When you get a christian conservative family that's so controlling they homeschool their children its no surprise when it turns out the children are also abused.

April 16, 2018 2:47 PM  
Blogger Priya Lynn said...

How can anyone think giving one person absolute power over other people is a good (much less "godly") idea, whether it be in a family, a church or a civil society?

April 16, 2018 2:54 PM  
Blogger Priya Lynn said...

If you find yourself making excuses and justifications for child molesters, rapists, sexual assaulters, gropers, con men, liars, draft dodgers, pedophiles, Nazis, white supremacists, racists, traitors and conspirators.


April 16, 2018 2:55 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"If you find yourself making excuses and justifications for child molesters, rapists, sexual assaulters, gropers, con men, liars, draft dodgers, pedophiles, Nazis, white supremacists, racists, traitors and conspirators.


if you can't discuss issues without demonizing your opponent

you're probably a very gay Canadian

April 16, 2018 4:47 PM  
Anonymous Fake News President said...

After the United States last week accused the Russian-backed Assad regime in Syria of a chemical-weapons attack, Russia had a ready rejoinder: сфабрикованная информация.

Fake News.

A Kremlin statement dismissed “the latest fake news about a chemical attack on Douma,” calling the charges “absolutely unsubstantiated lies.”

After the Trump administration had accused China of stealing technology, Beijing responded this month by calling the charge that it forces foreign firms to share technology “fake news.”

In Missouri last week, Gov. Eric Greitens (R), facing trial next month on charges related to sexual impropriety, said he was the victim of “fake charges” resulting from a “witch hunt.”

Also last week, the U.S. Marine Corps suspended Brig. Gen. Kurt Stein, who this month disparaged as “fake news” allegations of sexual harassment at his command, USA Today reported.

President Trump pioneered the use of the term “fake news” to discredit any report he didn’t like. Now the same allegation is being used against the United States abroad by adversaries, and against legitimate authorities at home by those credibly accused of misdeeds.

If Trump’s goal was to debase the very notion of truth, then he can truly say “Mission Accomplished.”

Trump’s constant branding of real events as fake has squandered U.S. credibility. When the United States correctly tries to discredit others’ disinformation and propaganda, it is now the country that cried wolf. A search of the website Factbase, which aggregates all the president’s words, shows that Trump has used the “fake news” label more than 350 times since December 2016. This month alone, he has used it to cast doubt on topics including Syria, special counsel Robert S. Mueller III, China, North Korea, the North American Free Trade Agreement, Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Sinclair Broadcasting.

Trump’s method is acquiring many unsavory imitators here at home. Roy Moore’s Senate campaign in Alabama fought allegations about inappropriate relationships with teenage girls by branding them “fake news.” Rep. Blake Farenthold (R-Tex.), who resigned over using taxpayer funds to settle a sexual harassment claim, dismissed the “false” charges against him. White supremacist David Duke thanked Trump after he retweeted a British anti-Muslim video for “showing us what the fake news media won’t.”

April 17, 2018 8:29 AM  
Anonymous Fake News President said...

More problematic is what is happening overseas:

Scandal-plagued Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu last month labeled major Israeli news outlets “fake news” and said they “lie to you night in and night out.” Earlier this year, Israel’s minister of communications said those “bringing fake news are bringing upon themselves a death sentence.”

India’s Ministry of Information and Broadcasting this month briefly attempted to crack down on journalists for spreading “fake news.”

In December, a state security ministry official in Burma said its genocidal campaign against Rohingya Muslims is “fake news” because “there is no such thing as Rohingya,” the New York Times reported.

Syria’s Bashar al-Assad dismissed a report about deaths in military prisons by saying “we are living in a fake-news era.”

Venezuela’s Nicolás Maduro says reports in the world media about his repressive regime are “what we call ‘fake news’ today.”

President Rodrigo Duterte of the Philippines, known for his extralegal killings, justified a media crackdown by accusing news outlets of “fake news.”

Libya used Trump’s claim about “fake news” CNN to knock down a report by the network about slavery in Libya.

Prime Minister Hun Sen of Cambodia, who has jailed journalists, applauded Trump’s fake-news attack on CNN.

Uganda justified detaining newspaper editors by claiming they published “fake news” about the government.

Spain’s foreign minister, Alfonso Dastis, said reports about police violence to stop Catalonia’s independence referendum were “fake news.”

Scandal-plagued Prime Minister Najib Razak of Malaysia said that allegations against him are “fake news.”

Suppose, in this America First era, that you don’t care about what’s happening in Cambodia or Uganda or Venezuela. You might care that when the United States needs to counter actual fake news, Trump’s fake-news charge is boomeranging.

Turkey’s strongman, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan , accused the United States in February of “spreading fake news” and of operating a “lie machine” about civilian casualties during Turkey’s military operations in Syria

China has applied the fake-news label to reports that it tortured a human rights lawyer, that it reduced its buying of U.S. debt and that it was increasing support to North Korea.

The Communist Party’s People’s Daily argued that Trump’s “fake news” claims should cast doubt on media reports about China, and the Chinese military launched a website for people to report fake news.

Russia’s foreign ministry, similarly, has been using a “fake” logo in red to discredit unhelpful news. Its own disinformation campaigns, meanwhile, are destabilizing the globe. Taking a brief break from election tampering last year, Russia used bogus photos to accuse the United States of supporting the Islamic State.

That was fake news — really. But why should anybody believe us?

April 17, 2018 8:29 AM  
Blogger Priya Lynn said...

Wyatt/Regina/bad anonymous said "
if you can't discuss issues without demonizing your opponent".

Oh, you mean like accusing an innocent transwoman of being a sexual predator or calling me a psychopath?

Wyatt/Regina/bad anonymous said "you're probably a very gay Canadian".

So, Wyatt/Regina are very gay Canadians. I was pretty sure of the gay part but the Canadian part I didn't expect.

April 17, 2018 1:55 PM  
Blogger Priya Lynn said...

Chinese version of Twitter backs down on gay ban

China’s Sina Weibo’s on Monday reversed a decision to remove gay content after outcry among gay Chinese.

Over the weekend many in the LGBT community took to the network to protest against the decision, using hashtags such as #IAmGay. Some tried testing the ban and uploaded pictures of themselves with partners or gay friends or relatives.

Among them was LGBT rights activist Pu Chunmei, whose impassioned post accompanied with pictures of her with her gay son quickly went viral. “My son and I love our country… we are proud to be Chinese!” she said. “But today I saw the announcement by Sina Weibo…as a source of news, it is discriminating and attacking minorities, and this is violence!”

So, a bit of good news for LGBT Chinese. :)

April 17, 2018 1:55 PM  
Blogger Priya Lynn said...

The man who committed mass murder at a Quebec mosque Loved Trump, Wore MAGA Hat, Followed Breitbart, InfoWars, Coulter, Ben Shapiro

Evidence from Alexandre Bissonnette’s computer presented in court Monday indicates the Quebec mosque shooter was obsessed with U.S. President Donald Trump, Muslims, Dylann Roof, mass shootings and feminists.

In the month before the shooting, Bissonnette was checking Trump’s Twitter feed every day and reading news about Trump on a daily basis, according to evidence presented at his sentencing hearing in Quebec City.

April 17, 2018 1:56 PM  
Blogger Priya Lynn said...

They keep saying "the american people elected Trump". No, the electoral college elected Trump. Hillary Clinton received nearly 2.9 million more votes than Trump, giving her the largest popular vote margin of any "losing" presidential candidate.

April 17, 2018 1:57 PM  
Blogger Priya Lynn said...

"If Trump’s goal was to debase the very notion of truth, then he can truly say “Mission Accomplished.”".

That's one of the things leaders do to create a dictatorship with them at the head. They try to convince people only what they say is the truth and to discredit any negative reports about them.

Trump has severely damaged the public trust in reality. This will harm the United States for many years to come.

April 17, 2018 2:03 PM  
Blogger Priya Lynn said...

Focus on "the family" Has Quietly Ended Its Anti-LGBTQ “Day of Dialogue”

Since 2011, Focus on the Family has sponsored an event called the “Day of Dialogue,” in which participants are encouraged to tell their LGBTQ classmates why they’re going to hell. (It’s a Christian response to GLSEN’s pro-LGBTQ Day of Silence.). They've decided not to hold it this year.

Couldn't find enough kids to participate in bully-enabling this year?

The fundamentalist model of dialogue with LGBTQ people: You are going to hell. Yes, hell, where you will be tormented forever for your perversion. HELLLLL!!!! Oh, and always know that God loves you and we do too.

Bit by bit the anti-gay bigots are fading away. Sooo Sweet!

April 17, 2018 3:35 PM  
Anonymous 'the elephant in the room' said...

One week ago, Fox News host Sean Hannity kicked off his program with a riff on the news of the day. “President Trump’s long-time personal attorney, Michael Cohen, just had his office, his home, and his hotel that he was staying in raided by the FBI today in an early morning raid. Now, what that means is [special counsel Robert S.] Mueller’s witch-hunt investigation is now a runaway train that is clearly careening off the tracks,” said Hannity.

Details followed: Hannity told viewers that the raids stemmed from a referral from Mueller to federal prosecutors based in New York, where Cohen, the longtime “fixer” for Trump, has long done his work. “Now, the FBI reportedly seized records related to Cohen’s payment to this porn star Stormy Daniels, among other items.” The host proceeded to rant about the miscarriage of justice over which Mueller and the Justice Department are allegedly presiding, before moving on to rap the media for splurging on the Cohen-raid story. “Over the weekend, according to multiple reports on the ground, anti-Assad suburb of Damascus was subject to a deadly chemical weapons attack,” said Hannity.

Now we know what Hannity had omitted from his coverage. As Bloomberg and other outlets reported on Monday afternoon, a New York court proceeding has divulged that Hannity himself has been a client of Cohen. The proceeding, adjudicated by federal judge Kimba Wood, arises from the raids against Cohen. “A gasp was heard in the courtroom when a Cohen lawyer disclosed the name of the third client: Sean Hannity,” noted Bloomberg.

Hannity didn’t want this disclosure to surface. “A Cohen lawyer, Stephen Ryan, had said that the third client, whom Cohen initially would not name, told Cohen over the weekend not to allow his name to get out,” noted Bloomberg. “The person is publicly prominent and Ryan offered instead to put the name in a sealed envelope for the judge, saying the client has said he’ll appeal if Judge Wood orders his name disclosed.”...

April 17, 2018 3:48 PM  
Anonymous Gorsuch sides with liberals said...

A divided Supreme Court ruled Tuesday that part of a federal law used to deport noncitizens who commit felonies is unconstitutionally vague, with new Justice Neil M. Gorsuch joining the court’s liberal members in striking the statute.

The 5-to-4 decision could limit the government’s ability to deport those with criminal records, something that President Trump has identified as a priority.

Justice Elena Kagan wrote that the part of the Immigration and Nationality Act was so “fuzzy” over what constitutes the kind of aggravated felony that requires an immigrant’s deportation that it violated the constitutional protection of due process.

She was joined by the court’s consistent liberals — Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Stephen G. Breyer and Sonia Sotomayor — as well as Gorsuch, who has just celebrated his first anniversary on the court after being nominated by Trump.

Gorsuch did not join all of Kagan’s opinion, but he agreed with the outcome.

“Vague laws invite arbitrary power,” Gorsuch wrote in concurring with the majority.

April 17, 2018 4:57 PM  
Blogger Priya Lynn said...

I'm so loving my life :)

April 18, 2018 3:16 PM  
Blogger Priya Lynn said...


$17 billion in profits.
Wages so low its workers need $14 billion in welfare to survive.
Proof that the American tax system is really corporate welfare

When poor people make more money they spend it and stimulate the economy.

When rich people make more money they hoard it in offshore accounts and remove that money from cirulation.

Its not that hard to realize that tax cuts for the wealthy do not help the economy.

Fox "News": [Trump] may be a mafia boss, but he's our mafia boss" - this isn't a joke, Greg Gutfeld said this last night.

Trump has now cost taxpayers $67 million on golfing.
Remember this when Republicans criticize the single mother who buys steak with her food stamps.


"Comey leaked classified info, he should go to jail" (he didn't leak classified info)
"Scooter Libby leaked classified info, he should not have been punished"

The same Trump supporters who had no problem with the five year Benghazi investigation are now complaining the 8 month Mueller investigation is too long - bless their pointy little heads.

Sean Hannity reminds you:"

Michael Cohen wasn't his lawyer
But he still expects attorney-client privilege.
And he has nothing to hide
But he ordered Cohen not to reveal him.
And he defended Cohen all week
But now Cohen's a liar.
And that's why Hillary Clinton must be stopped.

April 18, 2018 5:48 PM  
Blogger Priya Lynn said...

Trump says U.S. wages are rising "for the first time in 18 years"
This is false
real wages rose 1% annually during Obama's second term
that was more than twice as fast as real wages have grown over the past year.

The only thing we have to fear is fear itself." - Roosevelt
"ask not what your country can do for you - ask what you can do for your country." - Kennedy
"Do I look like a guy that needs hookers?" - Trump

Americans used to tell each other "Anyone can be president" as inspiration, now its a warning.

April 18, 2018 6:00 PM  
Anonymous Oh Look! Another TrumpThug Thinks He's Above The Law said...

Federal Judge Holds Kris Kobach In Contempt For Failing To Follow Court Order To Register Voters

A Kansas federal judge on Wednesday ruled Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach (R) was in contempt of court for failing to follow her order to register voters who had signed up to vote at the DMV, but failed to present proof of citizenship.

U.S. District Judge Julie Robinson said Kobach had failed to comply with a 2016 preliminary injunction order blocking a Kansas law requiring people to provide proof of citizenship when they register to vote. The decision affected roughly 18,000 people whose registrations were being held in response, and Robinson told Kobach to make sure those voters were fully registered. Kobach assured her that he would and that he would send out postcards to any affected voter.

Kansans usually get a postcard before an election informing them of their polling place, and those who didn’t get them before an election would likely have been confused, the plaintiffs said at the trial.

More than a year and a half later, the ACLU ― which is representing the voters who challenged the Kansas law ― filed a motion to hold Kobach in contempt, saying he had failed to send out the postcards and update the county election manual to reflect Robinson’s 2016 order. In a contentious hearing, Kobach said his office had orally instructed county clerks to send out the postcards, but could not force them to do anything. Robinson was furious, saying that Kobach had assured her in court that he would send out the postcards.

Robinson imposed sanctions on Kobach on Wednesday, saying he had to pay the ACLU for attorneys fees and that “any further remedial measures” would be decided when she ruled on the merits of the case...

April 18, 2018 8:16 PM  
Anonymous TTFers won't be loving their life in November said...

It's always the same. Dems convince themselves that Americans wildly support them. Then the election happens. The best polls are what's indicated by TV ratings. NFL players turn into unpatriotic protesters. Ratings go way down. Roseanne debuts with a pro-Trump antagonist. Ratings soar. The Oscars are on with constant digs and snipes at the GOP. No one watches. And how about Laura Ingraham:

Fox News Channel has figured out that if it caves to social media pressure and advertiser boycotts, it will soon have no shows left in its lineup. FNC’s co-president, Jack Abernethy, recently provided a public statement in support of prime-time host Laura Ingraham, after an advertiser boycott of Ingraham’s show.

A review of ratings for the Ingraham time slot says a lot about why FNC will keep Ingraham in the anchor seat. In the three months before the advertiser boycott frenzy, Ingraham averaged 2.5 million viewers per night, consistently winning her 10 p.m. time slot. Then the advertiser controversy got going and Ingraham went on what FNC said was a planned vacation. A week of guest hosts averaged half a million fewer viewers than when Ingraham hosts; FNC lost the time slot to MSNBC on four of the five nights during Ingraham’s absence. Since Ingraham’s return a week ago, the show’s viewership has jumped to 3 million viewers per night, more than her average before the controversy

Since Jon Ossoff nearly snatched away a safe Republican congressional seat in suburban Atlanta last summer, Democrats have been certain a “Blue Wave” midterm election is coming.
Democrats are hyping every electoral pickup—an Alabama Senate seat, a close Pennsylvania congressional race, a Wisconsin supreme court justice—as proof that American voters are repelled by President Trump and will return them to power this November. A special counsel, an onscreen prostitute, and a rabid niche of anti-Trump Republicans are helping boost those prospects.

But less than seven months out, a strong undercurrent is pulling the Blue Wave out to political sea. A trove of new polling shows the once-formidable lead Democrats had in the generic congressional ballot is nearly gone.

Wedge issues, such as gun control and immigration, are not working in Democrats’ favor. In fact, thanks to Trump even independent voters believe Democrats are using the children of illegal immigrants for political purposes rather than legitimately protecting their welfare. Although Trump’s job approval ratings remain underwater among Democrats and Independents, voters give him props for a number of achievements, not the least of which is a strong economy, proving it is politically possible to dislike a man but like what he does.

In a Washington Post-ABC News poll released Monday, voter preference in the November election only shows a four-point lead for Democrats, of 47 percent to 43 percent among registered voters. This is a drastic drop from a 13-point advantage Democrats had at the end of last year.

There is no “enthusiasm gap” for Democrats. In fact, Republicans now seem more motivated to vote in November: 86 percent of Republicans say they are absolutely or certain to vote this fall, compared to 81 percent of Democrats.

April 19, 2018 12:10 AM  
Blogger Priya Lynn said...

Republicans bark about their freedoms being taken away but the truth is they just don't want others to have the same freedoms they have.

April 19, 2018 12:20 AM  
Anonymous TTF is going to be so sad in November said...

the Dems, who are headed for another stunning repudiation by America in November, have convinced themselves of a massive Orwellianism: that having the government order and regulate and tax every aspect of our lives is "freedom"

April 19, 2018 6:09 AM  
Anonymous TTF is going to be so sad in November when Ruth Bader G resigns said...

"The only thing we have to fear is fear itself."

- Roosevelt

"I'm afraid that if the government doesn't force everyone to associate with me, no one will"

- TTF gays

"Ask not what your country can do for you - ask what you can do for your country."

- Kennedy

"Don't worry about what you can do for your country unless you are white, male, Christian, and of Northern European descent. The rest of you, boycott and shutdown the country until you get everything you want, aka your "rights"

-Mr and Mrs TTF

"Do I look like a guy that needs hookers?"

- Trump

"Do I look like someone who needs to exploit low-level intern subordinates for sex?"

- why Hillary wants to Kill Bill

April 19, 2018 6:23 AM  
Anonymous Not my president said...

Nice list of your delusional thinking.

Now look in the mirror and tell yourself why you support the pussy grabber and his thugs who enjoy getting cozy with dictators.

Then keep it to yourself.

Vigilance readers couldn't care less what you think or why you think it.

April 19, 2018 9:43 AM  
Anonymous To the Russianbot wannabe said...

""Do I look like a guy that needs hookers?"

- Trump

"Do I look like someone who needs to exploit low-level intern subordinates for sex?"

- why Hillary wants to Kill Bill"

The difference between the two supposed quotes listed above is that Trump actually said "Do I look like a guy that needs hookers" whereas Clinton never said your fake quote.

April 19, 2018 10:00 AM  
Anonymous Head Desk said...

The idea that liberals want higher taxes and want the government to do everything for them is a beautiful example of a stereotype that is so simple and stupid that even Fox viewers can understand it. This Republican Congress and President just put the US farther in debt than we have ever been and have left no avenue for digging our way out again. Any chart of spending or taxation over administrations shows the Democrats are always the more frugal party. In the meantime, "deregulation" -- meaning that corporations do not have to follow safety laws and production standards -- ensures that big business rakes in more money while life for the average American gets worse and worse. Here -- have a sip of Flint drinking water; that's what Republican policies get you.

At the same time, the President is declaring patriotic Americans to be "criminals" even when they have never been charged with any crime, in a step toward the federal government holding political prisoners. Freedom, you say?

As long as people are stupid enough to think that liberals want to spend more and invite more government control, the one percent will get what they want. And they do not have your and my interests in mind.

April 19, 2018 10:19 AM  
Blogger Priya Lynn said...

Well said Good Anonymous :)

April 19, 2018 1:53 PM  
Blogger Priya Lynn said...

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April 19, 2018 2:01 PM  
Blogger Priya Lynn said...

Schneiderman Wants Power to Prosecute Anyone Trump Pardons

New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, who has been a thorn in Donald Trump’s side for a long time, is asking the state legislature to pass a law allowing him to prosecute in state courts anyone Trump pardons for federal crimes in the Mueller investigation.


April 19, 2018 2:22 PM  
Blogger Priya Lynn said...

During the campaign, Donald Trump told the Americans that: “The rich will not be gaining at all” under his tax reform plan.

Just another in a long list of gigantic lies Trump told.

Is there anything more pathetic than a Republican voter? They shoot themselves in the foot in order to spite liberals.

I watched an interview with a couple living in coal country and who had terrible medical problems. They were Trump voters and terrified they were going to die because Trump would take away their health coverage. When asked if they regretted voting for him the said "no", they'd vote for him again.

How effed up are Trump voters that they'd vote for a guy they think is going to kill them just so they can stick it to liberals?

April 19, 2018 2:37 PM  
Blogger Priya Lynn said...

Wyatt/Regina/bad anonymous said about some Republican politician "He lied, so what?"

So, you can be pretty confident where they stand on Trump's outrageous bullshite that the rich would "not be gaining at all" under his tax plan and we're "not going to like" him for it.

April 19, 2018 3:09 PM  
Anonymous Know them by the company they keep said...

Cohen is not exactly a made man. According to this report by ProPublica and WNYC, before he joined up with Trump in the mid-2000s Cohen was involved in a series of scams, including insurance and IRS fraud, for which he always avoided indictment while others were jailed or fined.
Many of his associates in these businesses came from the former Soviet Union and had connections to Russian organized crime. Cohen married a Ukrainian immigrant whose father had pleaded guilty to a felony conspiracy to defraud the IRS in a taxi medallion fraud case. Cohen himself has made millions in the New York taxi business, which is reportedly one of the areas the FBI cited in its search warrant.

Cohen first hooked up with Trump by buying a number of apartments in Trump buildings, which led to Trump hiring him as an executive vice president of the Trump Organization. Cohen has been a part of the Trumpian inner circle ever since, whose main job, as he has said, is "protecting the family."
We learned a few months ago that Cohen had been working with another Russian-born investor, the infamous Felix Sater, on a Trump Tower Moscow deal during the presidential campaign. Sater reportedly boasted to Cohen about his ties to Russian President Vladimir Putin, claiming that they could "engineer" the election for Trump. Nobody knows exactly what he meant by that; Cohen has said that Sater was just using "colorful language" and it added up to nothing. But Cohen's relationship with Sater is likely a central aspect of this whole tangled history.
Sater himself is an extremely complicated figure, a man who was himself involved in stock fraud and spent time in prison for badly injuring a man in a bar fight. He has been associated with both the New York Mafia and the Russian mob and has also allegedly been both an FBI informant and a CIA asset. He has known Michael Cohen since they were kids in Brooklyn. (Sater was born in Russia but apparently moved to New York as a child.)
According to Josh Marshall at Talking Points Memo, Cohen's father and uncle were both doctors, but the uncle also owned a "social club" in Brooklyn called El Caribe that was a known Mafia hangout in the 1970s and '80s. The Russian mob, then run by a legendary godfather named Evsei Agron, then by his successor, Marat Balagula, (who was suspected of killing Agron) had offices in El Caribe and pretty much ran their nefarious business out of it for some years. Sater's dad, Marshall reports, was "a reputed capo in the Mogilevich organized crime syndicate."
So Cohen has been associated with mobsters and con men his whole life, which probably explains the widespread assumption that he would adhere to the pledge of omertà, the mafia code of silence. But that code isn't what it used to be. In 2001, Sammy "The Bull" Gravano finally turned on Gambino crime boss John Gotti and sent him to prison. Do you know who made the deal with Gravano? It was an assistant attorney general in the criminal division of the Department of Justice. His name was Robert Mueller.
Michael Cohen may be mobbed up, but he's no Sammy the Bull. Those who know him best seem to believe he'll crack even before he has his fingers printed.

April 19, 2018 10:07 PM  

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