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General Discussion / Someone who allegedly has no love for Putin ...
« on: July 21, 2018, 01:44:45 PM »
https://www.reuters.com/article/us-russia-usa-lavrov/lavrov-tells-pompeo-free-russian-woman-accused-in-u-s-of-espionage-idUSKBN1KB0JU?utm_campaign=trueAnthem%3A+Trending+Content&utm_content=5b5352ae04d30115d3c265d5&utm_medium=trueAnthem&utm_source=facebook

 Russia’s foreign minister told his U.S. counterpart on Saturday that a woman arrested in the United States on accusations she was a Russian agent had been detained on “fabricated charges” and should be released.

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo holds a press briefing at U.N. headquarters in New York City, New York, U.S., July 20, 2018. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid

Sergei Lavrov made the comments about Maria Butina in a phone call to U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo that was aimed at improving bilateral relations, the Russian Foreign Ministry said in a statement in the wake of the recent summit in Helsinki.

On Wednesday, a U.S. judge ordered Butina jailed until her trial after U.S. prosecutors argued she has ties to Russian intelligence and could flee the United States.

Butina has been accused of working with a high-powered Russian official and two unidentified U.S. citizens, trying to infiltrate a pro-gun rights organization in the United States and influence the United States’ foreign policy toward Russia.

Lavrov said the actions of the American authorities, who arrested Butina “on the basis of fabricated charges”, were unacceptable and called for her release as soon as possible.


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So #Hitler is a lying fraud and traitor and you cult fuckers are liars, frauds, and traitors too.

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The Trump Administration / Trump’s Road to American Martial Law
« on: July 18, 2018, 02:16:02 PM »
https://www.nytimes.com/2018/07/18/opinion/trump-putin-summit-republicans.html


For Putin, Trump is the gift that keeps on giving. Republicans may grumble over this, but they are Trump’s indecent enablers.

This time, Trump’s crossed the line! He’s done! He’s finished! He’s toast!

How many times do I remember this refrain, all the way back to the Mexican “rapists” remark more than three years ago that established Trump to the right of all his Republican rivals on immigration and so launched his campaign?

Yet he’s not finished.

Since then we’ve had Trump’s talk of “some form of punishment” for women having an abortion; and “grab ’em by the pussy” as his approach to women; and African nations as “shithole countries”; and his moral equivocation over the Charlottesville neo-Nazis who were not so bad really; and his Administration’s sadistic treatment of immigrant children; and the European Union as “foe”; and thousands of false or misleading statements since taking office; and now the disgusting spectacle of the American president kowtowing in Helsinki to Vladimir Putin, whose denial of Russian interference in the 2016 election he credits over the  findings of United States intelligence agencies!

Yet he’s not done.

Trump claims he misspoke in Helsinki when, alluding to his director of National Intelligence, he said: “My people came to me, Dan Coats came to me and some others, they said they think it’s Russia. I have President Putin; he just said it’s not Russia. I will say this: I don’t see any reason why it would be.”

Now, Trump wants us to believe he wished to deploy a double negative, no less. A double negative! What he meant to say was: “I don’t see any reason why it WOULDN’T be Russia.”

This is nonsense. Simple declarative sentences are also available, as in: “I believe that, in an act of aggression, Russian interfered in the 2016 election.” They have particular impact when the Russian president is standing next to you.

No, Trump was in full Putin-pandering mode. He said that Putin was “extremely strong and powerful in his denial.” Besides, Russia is a place where Hillary Clinton’s 33,000 emails “wouldn’t be gone so easily.”

Yuck. Yet Trump’s not finished.

Even if he does daily damage to America’s standing in the world, conducts “diplomacy” with no preparation and no coordination with allies, believes he can wing it on the world stage with his rabble-rousing rally shtick, and, as William Burns, the president of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, put it to me, “leaves Putin looking bemused at this gift that keeps on giving.”

Yet the lines Trump crosses — the endless indications that, as James Fallows put it in The Atlantic, he is either Russia’s “conscious tool” or “useful idiot” — never bring about his downfall.

That is, above all, due to the corruption and debasement of the Republican Party, which has turned into the Trump party, roared on by the right-wing talk machine honed over many years now through Fox News, Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity and the rest. The machine that says that Democrats are evil and want to blow up the American way of life — guns, God and all. The machine that said Barack Obama was a Kenyan socialist.

“Republicans in Congress have responded in a spineless and morally vacant way to this president who is a horrible embarrassment,” Norman Ornstein, a political scientist at the American Enterprise Institute, told me. “They know that, other than on immigration and trade, Trump has no policy views. Their attitude is, ‘anything we can pass, he’ll sign, we can manipulate him, get the judges we want.’ But they’re trapped in a culture that’s almost cultlike and know that if they challenge Trump, the base will turn on them.”

Most Republicans stuck with Nixon well after indications of wrongdoing emerged. But as the Watergate evidence piled up, they did begin to desert him. Still, with the exception of Senator John McCain, Ornstein does not see the likes today of Hugh Scott, John Rhodes, Howard Baker, Barry Goldwater, William Cohen and other leading Republicans who broke with Nixon.

And so Trump is not done, not yet, not by any means.

“The framers were very much aware that we could end up with an immoral demagogue,” Ornstein said. “They built in safeguards, the most significant being an independent Congress, with power of the purse, oversight, confirmation, impeachment. But at every level, this Congress has failed miserably. Republicans have done nothing but try and protect Trump, despite outrageous ineptitude, cabinet offices being manipulated to make money, children treated in criminal fashion — no oversight hearings, nothing! This is the biggest abdication I have ever seen.”

Yes, some Republican lawmakers did raise their voices to denounce Trump’s interactions with Putin, or at least express confidence in American intelligence agencies. But these were mere words — too little, too late. They are complicit in Trump’s Russian complicity, his base, possibly criminal, flirtation.

The president is not done.

Soon, there may be indictments from Robert Mueller, the special counsel, of high officials or members of Trump’s family. What then? Ornstein’s nightmare scenario: Trump fires Mueller, pardons himself and everyone else, sends his followers into the street, and, after the inevitable bloodshed, declares martial law.

Not yet. Not yet.

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https://www.google.com/amp/s/articles.nj.com/opinion/index.ssf/2018/07/george_will_americas_child_president_had_a_playdat.amp

America's child president had a playdate with a KGB alumnus, who surely enjoyed providing daycare. It was a useful, because illuminating, event: Now we shall see how many Republicans retain a capacity for embarrassment.

Jeane Kirkpatrick, a Democrat closely associated with such Democratic national security stalwarts as Sen. Henry Jackson and former Sen. and former Vice President Hubert Humphrey, was Ronald Reagan's ambassador to the United Nations. In her speech to the 1984 Republican National Convention in Dallas, she explained her disaffection from her party: " They always blame America first."

In Helsinki, the president who bandies the phrase "America first" put himself first, as always, and America last, behind Vladimir Putin's regime.

Because the Democrats had just held their convention in San Francisco, Kirkpatrick branded the "blame America first" cohort as "San Francisco Democrats." Thirty-four years on, how numerous are the "Helsinki Republicans"?

What, precisely, did Donald Trump say about the diametrically opposed statements concerning Russia and the 2016 U.S. elections by U.S. intelligence agencies (and the Senate Intelligence Committee) and by Putin concerning Russia and the 2016 U.S. elections?

Precision is not part of Trump's repertoire: He speaks English as though it is a second language that he learned from someone who learned English last week. So, it is usually difficult to sift meanings from Trump's word salads . But in Helsinki he was, for him, crystal clear about feeling no allegiance to the intelligence institutions that work at his direction and under leaders he chose.

Speaking of Republicans incapable of blushing -- those with the peculiar strength that comes from being incapable of embarrassment -- consider South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham, who for years enjoyed derivative gravitas from his association with John McCain.

Graham tweeted about Helsinki: "Missed opportunity by President Trump to firmly hold Russia accountable for 2016 meddling and deliver a strong warning regarding future elections." A "missed opportunity" by a man who does not acknowledge the meddling?

Contrast Graham's mush with this from McCain, still vinegary: "Today's press conference in Helsinki was one of the most disgraceful performances by an American president in memory."

Or this from Arizona's other senator, Jeff Flake: "I never thought I would see the day when our American president would stand on the stage with the Russian President and place blame on the United States for Russian aggression." Blame America only.

Secretary of Defense James Mattis, White House chief of staff John Kelly, Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats and others might believe that they must stay in their positions lest there be no adult supervision of the Oval playpen.

This is a serious worry, but so is this: Can those people do their jobs for someone who has neither respect nor loyalty for them?

Like the purloined letter in Edgar Allan Poe's short story with that title, collusion with Russia is hiding in plain sight. We shall learn from Robert Mueller's investigation whether in 2016 there was collusion with Russia by members of the Trump campaign.

The world, however, saw in Helsinki something more grave -- ongoing collusion between Trump, now in power, and Russia. The collusion is in what Trump says (refusing to back America's intelligence agencies) and in what evidently went unsaid (such as: You ought to stop disrupting Ukraine, downing civilian airliners, attempting to assassinate people abroad using poisons, and so on, and on).

Americans elected a president who -- this is a safe surmise -- knew that he had more to fear from making his tax returns public than from keeping them secret. The most innocent inference is that for decades he has depended on an American weakness, susceptibility to the tacky charisma of wealth, which would evaporate when his tax returns revealed that he has always lied about his wealth, too. A more ominous explanation might be that his redundantly demonstrated incompetence as a businessman tumbled him into unsavory financial dependencies on Russians. A still more sinister explanation might be that the Russians have something else, something worse to keep him compliant.

The explanation is in doubt; what needs to be explained -- his compliance -- is not. Granted, Trump has a weak man's banal fascination with strong men whose disdain for him is evidently unimaginable to him. And, yes, he only perfunctorily pretends to have priorities beyond personal aggrandizement. But just as astronomers inferred, from anomalies in the orbits of the planet Uranus, the existence of Neptune before actually seeing it, Mueller might infer, and then find, still-hidden sources of the behavior of this sad, embarrassing wreck of a man.


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Your lies and your smears don't cover the fact that you are traitors and racists. Blue tsunami is 3 1/2 months away. WE, THE PEOPLE will put you back in your place.

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General Discussion / Your treason extends beyond your cult leader
« on: July 17, 2018, 09:05:43 PM »
https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.wsj.com/amp/articles/alleged-russian-agent-cultivated-ties-with-u-s-conservatives-nra-1531865613

A Russian woman arrested over the weekend on charges of failing to register as an agent of a foreign power spent years in the U.S. cultivating relationships with influential conservatives and the National Rifle Association, according to interviews, court papers and her social-media postings.

Maria Butina, 29 years old, who earned attention for her work as a gun-rights advocate in her native country, is scheduled to appear Wednesday at a bail hearing in federal court in Washington.

Born and raised in Siberia, Ms. Butina started a Russian gun-rights group called the Right to Bear Arms and moved to the U.S. in August 2016 to attend American University. She had traveled extensively in the U.S. for years before that, paying special attention to conservative politics and the gun-rights cause, according to interviews and social-media postings.

Before and after her arrival in Washington, the FBI alleges, Ms. Butina was part of the Kremlin’s surreptitious effort to influence U.S. policy toward Moscow, working at the direction of a high-level Russian official as she sought to cultivate friendships with people who might have influence in D.C.

She focused her efforts especially on people associated with a gun-rights organization that isn’t named in the court papers but is identifiable as the National Rifle Association. NRA officials didn’t return repeated phone calls and emails seeking comment.

The case against Ms. Butina is separate from special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 U.S. presidential election.


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General Discussion / You traitors sound just like David Duke
« on: July 17, 2018, 08:40:58 PM »
https://mobile.twitter.com/DrDavidDuke/status/1019004602673434624

David Duke

@DrDavidDuke

Bravo Trump! Bravo Russia! Bravo to all the true American Patriots who put America first and Peace and Justice first before the Zionist Deep Evil State ruling American Media and Politics. Russia has values America once had and America the values that Communist Russia had!

6:43 PM · Jul 16, 2018


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General Discussion / Article II, Section 4
« on: July 17, 2018, 08:30:24 PM »
The President, Vice President and all civil officers of the United States, shall be removed from office on impeachment for, and conviction of, treason, bribery, or other high crimes and misdemeanors.

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General Discussion / Another turd flushed
« on: July 17, 2018, 06:05:12 PM »



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are stinking, filthy lying sacks of shit and traitors.

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is more likely to be arrested than a white man commiting high treason on national tv.

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Let that sink in.

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Fucking traitors. You are slime. You are scum. I hate you.

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#TrumpRussia / I spoke with Osama
« on: July 16, 2018, 09:41:06 PM »
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