Speaking of paydays -Manafort got $12.7 from Ukraine

Secret Ledger in Ukraine Lists Cash for Donald Trump’s Campaign Chief

Handwritten ledgers show $12.7 million in undisclosed cash payments designated for Mr. Manafort from Mr. Yanukovych’s pro-Russian political party from 2007 to 2012, according to Ukraine’s newly formed National Anti-Corruption Bureau. Investigators assert that the disbursements were part of an illegal off-the-books system whose recipients also included election officials.

Is Trump tweeting today?

Hillary’s got a campaign ad up on the Russian connection.

For bonus “hm, what the hell is going on here?” action OllieGarkey of DailyKos notes that Rupert Murdoch’s ex-wife Wendi Deng is now dating Putin (according to US Magazine). Also, Deng is friends with Ivanka Trump. It’s all so weird.

 

Only 1 reason anybody would put themselves through this – cha ching!

The Trump surrogates are just as bad as Trump. I swear the question they all need to be asked is how much money Trump has promised them when this is all over. From Manafort on down suitcases of cash will be streaming out of Trump Tower on November 9th like a scene out of Narcos.

Was watching CNN at the time because the Olympics were on MSNBC and heard Trump spokesperson and future millionaire Katrina Pierson deliver a performance so halting, unsure and error riddled that you started… to… feel… sorry… for her.

“Remember, we weren’t even in Afghanistan by this time. Barack Obama went into Afghanistan, creating another problem.”

The host followed up:

“You’re saying Barack Obama took the country into Afghanistan post-2009?” Pierson said, “That was Obama’s war, yes.”

Interesting Conversations – “I’m Voting for Hillary but God I hate her”

Has anyone really done less to be hated so much as Hillary Clinton? Not just mistrusted, or merely not someone’s cup of tea, I mean visceral hatred – from Democrats!  Now I preferred the set of policies propounded by Bernie Sanders, but these people make me look like a Hillary apologist when I am forced, out of fairness, to defend her against the collection of zombie lies and unfounded allegations that go back 30 years.

Had a conversation with a middle-aged male relative who is uber-liberal. He loves, loves, loves Obama, wishes he could vote for him again.  Wanted Bernie, but not just for the policies, this liberal Democrat who lived through the 90’s was eager to express just how much torture it would be to hold his nose and vote for Secretary Clinton.

Okay, why?

The first thing he cited was how she made $100,000 on a $1,000 investment. Which was one of those where there’s smoke there’s fire “controversies” that was trumped up and spread throughout the Whitewater/Newt Gingrich/Starr Investigation era. I thought we’d heard the last of that golden chestnut, but no.  This person was rational enough to know that the Clintons didn’t have Vince Foster murdered and didn’t really leave trail of bodies all over Arkansas, but just fucking barely.  Like all Clinton haters (although they’re usually Republicans) he had a story from a friend of a friend who knows a Secret Service person, who knows someone who can tell you what a slimebag Bill Clinton is and… wait for it… Hillary enables him. Boom!!

That none of those stories have ever been corroborated, despite the Clintons being the most heavily scrutinized people in world history except for maybe Princess Diana, does not deter them in the slightest from continuing to spread them.

The fact that nobody who actually knows Hillary Clinton has ever turned on her, she has friends that go back to elementary school, no intimate has ever turned on her and written a tell-all and everybody who’s ever worked with her has nice things to say about her, including Republicans, just elicited this response: “they’re scared.”

Scared of what?  You grant that they aren’t actually murderers like some on the delusional right believe.  So what are they scared of?  It’s just an inability to grant that they’re humans.

Now I wanted to talk about policies I disagreed with, but he couldn’t be less interested. Policy disagreements, sure. But these are horrible people, you must understand that!

Well I’m sorry.  What I saw in the 90s was the indefatigable persecution, for political purposes, of a President and a First Lady (and yes the First Daughter was attacked as well).

Nothing either of the Clintons have ever been accused of, that could be corroborated, rises above the level of common political manipulation and poor judgment. Hiring contributors?  Pardoning contributors?  Some unforced errors there. Even lying about sex. It was stupid, but not the massive crime wave or malfeasance the right wing noise machine kept claiming was around every corner.  Truthfully, the actual conspiracy among anti-Clinton forces always undercut the alleged Clinton conspiracies with their hyperbolic screaming about much worse offenses.

In the 21st century we have Benghazi and private e-mail servers as stand-ins for actual policy disagreements. The politics of personal destruction that Newt Gingrich made an art form is more popular than ever despite it’s diminishing returns.  How did that work out for old Newtie?

There is no unblemished 30 year career in public service. Period. But there’s still 30 years of public service!

What I see is 30 years of smoke and no fire, and sometimes not even real smoke, often just imagined smoke from people who have an axe to grind saying they smell smoke when there’s none.

Only the Clintons could be investigated for a real estate deal in which they lost money. And the fact that they’re so particularly and venomously hated, as a cottage industry, is pointed to as part of that smoke that must indicate fire somewhere.

It takes a more conspiratorial mind than mine to keep sniffing the air and smelling smoke when that house should have burned down 10 times over already.

Maybe the fire is just “scared.”

Again, not defending co-opting disastrous Republican policies and claiming victory that made for a disappointing presidency, as far as I’m concerned. And not defending coziness to Wall Street and a congenital need to court approval from the elite while claiming progressive bonafides.  Just get tired of conspiracy thinking and cynicism.

 

hacktacular Hackism is rampant I say

Example 1 of Hackism in the cause of Both-Sides-Do-Itism is Mark Halperin, who is such a hack it should be written in as big a font as available

HACK!

Halperin and guest sidekick Donnie Deutsch were discussing Trump’s Second Amendment comments.  How awful it was.  Now when I heard it I thought about Sharron Angle and her “second amendment remedies” comment in 2010. Other people did as well.  Nobody, nobody thought about Joe Biden. What?  Joe Biden?  What the hell did Joe Biden ever say that was analogous?

Halperin:  “Now, we should say he’s not the first person under Secret Service protection to joke about guns and violence.  Here’s Joe Biden from 2008 campaigning in West Virginia (shows clip of Biden):

Halperin again: “Tries to pull my Baretta he’s got a problem” Taking about his running mate, both of whom are under Secret Service protection at the time. Same to me, same kind of thing (emphasis added).  Making a joke about someone being protected.”

Donnie rightly said not the same, not the same context. But Halperin continued to assert that Republicans would use the Biden clip to show that Democrats also, too joke about guns, so Both-Sides-Do-It.  Yahtzee!!

That fucking blew my mind. Of course Halperin always has to find a Democratic analog, no matter how hard it is, no matter how much of a pretzel he has to twist himself.  He for sure pulled a hammie stretching for that one.  And no, nobody else has brought up Biden’s comments, not even Trump since Tuesday.  Just Mark Fucking “Hacktacular” Halperin.

Example 2 is Hack Emeritus Bob Woodward.  Claiming that the excesses of some of the Clinton backers are fueling Trump’s excesses.  Yes, you heard that right.  If the Democrats were just kinder with Trump, he wouldn’t be so awful, disgusting and ridiculous.  So whatever outrage Trump does or says it’s Dems fault to some extent.  Maybe not 50%, but you know 40%, maybe.

“I think it’s got to be said this is not just about Trump,” Woodward said in an appearance on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe.” “A lot of the people who really are opposed to Trump, I think, are engaged in some excessive rhetoric also.”

He went on to cite a Wednesday column by New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman, who wrote Trump’s children “should be ashamed” of their father for his remark about “Second Amendment people” and called the GOP nominee “a disgusting human being.”

Friedman’s opinion of Trump as “disgusting” is a “reasonable opinion,” Woodward said, but said he couldn’t recall another time in 40 years of covering politics when someone violated the “zone of protection” generally respected for candidates’ children.

“That makes no sense. So, the excess is feeding both sides on this,” he said.

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Just a reminder…

chase & sanborn

Of how far we’ve come, when we hear about persistent sexism at the Olympics because female competitors are treated somewhat differently than male competitors by the (admittedly obnoxious) commentators.

By the way where are those competitors husbands?  Oh, they’re their coaches? Carry on.

DEA to reaffirm schedule 1 for Pot. What? Why?

This is inexplicable.

The government on  Thursday will refuse again to allow the use of marijuana for medical purposes, reaffirming its conclusion that the drug’s therapeutic value has not been proved scientifically, according to government officials, and defying a growing clamor to legalize it for the treatment of a variety of conditions.

Move on for crying out fuck!  Have you read a newspaper from CO, WA, 23 other states or even D.C. lately?

They’ll give a  little more leeway for growing pot for research purposes. Thank goodness for that.  In a few more decades they’ll get to the 21st century, maybe.

Sheesh!