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Marathon Man Newz / Re: Devin Nunes Is A Trump Sycophant
« Last post by Eddie on Today at 08:30:58 AM »
Plenty of really good journalists and news producers are putting together the interlocking stories and connecting the dots. It is all coming into focus.


I'd love to know the whole story, but I'm guessing the journalists of today lack the chops to connect the dots. I haven't read anything that proves anything about anything, from the very start of this. It's all innuendo and smoke and bullshit. Gimme the facts, straight up.
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Marathon Man Newz / Re: Devin Nunes Is A Trump Sycophant
« Last post by knarf on Today at 08:11:19 AM »
I can see it now...inside the Oval Office. "We need another false flag catastrophe, not quite as big as 9-11, but something to get the hounds off our tail."
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Marathon Man Newz / Re: Devin Nunes Is A Trump Sycophant
« Last post by RE on Today at 07:57:47 AM »
For one, I am not optimistic. As far as the House goes, it's been party-over-country all the way, as they intend to keep the battering ram they rode to power as long as they can. Before he becomes an electoral liability, that is.

It's the 2018 Midterm elections that hang in the balance here.  If more Smoking Guns appear, the Repugnants will get positively hammered and probably lose both Houses of CONgress.  They'll have to Impeach to try and save their own asses.

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It's strange to me why these guys decide to jump so often.  What is it about banksters and jumping to their death?  Is it just an overwhelming desire to end it and they live high up, and so it's just a matter of convenience?  Most of them probably do not own guns and men mostly do not overdose to kill themselves.

Goes back to the 1929 Crash.  Lotta Jumpers on Black Thursday.

They all work in Skyscrapers, so probably whenever they have bad days trading, the way they think about committing suicide is by jumping.  Nowadays the widows don't oven in these things though, so if they wanna jump they either have to get up to the roof (often locked) or rent a hotel room, as this guy did.  His townhouse isn't high enough for a guaranteed death if he jumped off that.

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I believe I can fly...

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Marathon Man Newz / Re: Devin Nunes Is A Trump Sycophant
« Last post by Surly1 on Today at 07:24:17 AM »
I don't think he'll be able to keep control over this whole "Russia" investigation. The investigation itself is ridiculous, but he's making it worse, and cutting his own throat in the process. What a dog and pony show. More circus, anyone?

This is today's NYT op-ed.


Devin Nunes Is Dangerous

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Spicer is right that we’re obsessed with Russia, wrong that it’s as random as condiments. We’re obsessed because every signal from the administration and its allies is that they don’t want us looking any further or any closer, and Nunes’s Bourne identity is the most glaring signal of all.

If Trump and his associates have nothing to hide, why all the cloak and dagger? And why such clumsiness?

This investigation is ANYTHING but ridiculous. It's the logical consequence of failing to try traitors for treason over the last 40 years. Starting with Kissinger.
The BEST thing that comes of this is that the Trump Org is exposed as a money laundering machine for Russian oligarchs. The worst is that people hang. Plenty of really good journalists and news producers are putting together the interlocking stories and connecting the dots. It is all coming into focus.

Whether our the people who man our institutions possess the political will to act upon the evidence, or whether malfeasance and inaction will ratify a right wing coup funded by billionaires (the Mercers, Adelson and the Kochs) to seize power remains wholly unknown.

For one, I am not optimistic. As far as the House goes, it's been party-over-country all the way, as they intend to keep the battering ram they rode to power as long as they can. Before he becomes an electoral liability, that is.
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You have a couple of million on the side to buy a nice sailboat and take an early retirement.

I'm guessing the ones who jump didn't read the Cryptonomicon.
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Marathon Man Newz / Devin Nunes Is A Trump Sycophant
« Last post by Eddie on Today at 07:11:52 AM »
I don't think he'll be able to keep control over this whole "Russia" investigation. The investigation itself is ridiculous, but he's making it worse, and cutting his own throat in the process. What a dog and pony show. More circus, anyone?

This is today's NYT op-ed.


Devin Nunes Is Dangerous

Frank Bruni

Devin Nunes, chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, on Capitol Hill on Tuesday. Credit Doug Mills/The New York Times
Representative Devin Nunes obviously fancies himself Jason Bourne. To sneak onto the White House grounds for that rendezvous with an unnamed source last week, he switched cars and ditched aides, vanishing into the night.

But Senator Lindsey Graham looks at him and sees a different character. Graham said on the “Today” show on Tuesday that Nunes was bumbling his way though something of an “Inspector Clouseau investigation,” a reference to the fantastically inept protagonist of the “Pink Panther” comedies.

I salute Graham’s movie vocabulary. I quibble with his metaphor. While Clouseau was a benign fool, there’s nothing benign about Nunes’s foolishness.

As chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, Nunes, a California Republican, is a principal sleuth in the paramount inquiry into whether members of the Trump campaign were in cahoots with Russia, and from all appearances, he either doesn’t want to know the answer or has determined it already — in President Trump’s favor.



Democrats are rightly calling on him to recuse himself. They’ve been joined in their alarm by Graham, a South Carolina Republican, and Senator John McCain, an Arizona Republican. As Graham summoned the specter of Clouseau, McCain said on “CBS This Morning” that “something’s got to change.”

“Otherwise,” he continued, “the whole effort in the House of Representatives will lose credibility.”

But Nunes was defiant when asked by reporters on Capitol Hill on Tuesday whether he would continue to guide that effort, saying, “Why would I not?”

Oh, many reasons.

Let’s start here: The Intelligence Committee isn’t supposed to be a partisan arm of the majority party (though it has behaved that way in the past). And any collusion with the White House is a betrayal of its special oversight role.

But Nunes is so deep in the tank for Trump that he needs scuba gear. With his words and deeds, he has labored mightily to redirect attention from Trump’s alleged wrongdoing to his claims of persecution, recasting villain as victim. It’s Trump’s gratitude that he’s after, not the truth.


When politicians on both sides of the aisle upbraided Trump for his baseless accusations about the wiretapping of Trump Tower, Nunes swooped in to say, “I don’t think we should attack the president for tweeting.” But Twitter was hardly the issue. The president’s paranoid hallucinations were.

When James Comey, the F.B.I. director, appeared before Nunes’s committee to confirm his own agency’s investigation into Trump-Russia ties, Nunes changed the subject to the media’s acquisition of classified information, going on about leaks, leaks, leaks. He sounded more like a plumber than a politician.

And when Nunes gathered reporters around him two days later, it was to say that he’d seen secret documents suggesting that people around Trump may indeed have been subject to surveillance by our government.

This was Nunes at his most irresponsible. To the casual listener, he was insinuating that Trump’s wiretapping charges weren’t so very far from the mark. But they were, and Nunes had to acknowledge that as he clarified his remarks. He was talking about the surveillance of Americans who happened to be in contact with foreign players whose communications were the real subjects of concern. He had no evidence — zilch — of any eavesdropping that targeted Trump.


This week we learned that Nunes got that information during that rendezvous, details of which he has not provided to his fellow committee members, just as he failed to share the information itself with Democrats on the committee before he went public with it.

All of this is irregular enough to peg him as a puppet of the Trump administration or a complete boob. Either way, he has surrendered his investigation’s integrity — and his own.

A Republican insider who once worked closely with him described him to me as an “overeager goofball” who can’t see “the line between ingratiating and stupid.” The insider said that Nunes crossed that line with John Boehner, the former House speaker, who gave him the committee chairmanship but grew weary of Nunes’s indiscriminate pep and constant bumming of his cigarettes.

My source wondered why Paul Ryan hadn’t kept a closer watch on Nunes, given his shortcomings. “No one is asking him to bring the potato salad to the Mensa picnic,” my source said.

Salad and more salad: Sean Spicer, the White House press secretary, complained to reporters on Tuesday afternoon that “if the president puts Russian salad dressing on his salad tonight, somehow that’s a Russian connection.”



Spicer is right that we’re obsessed with Russia, wrong that it’s as random as condiments. We’re obsessed because every signal from the administration and its allies is that they don’t want us looking any further or any closer, and Nunes’s Bourne identity is the most glaring signal of all.

If Trump and his associates have nothing to hide, why all the cloak and dagger? And why such clumsiness?

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Market Flambe / Re: Official Falling Stockbrokers and Bankster Jumpers Thread
« Last post by RE on Today at 06:50:52 AM »
The thing I don't get is why these Super-Rich Pigmen don't incorporate and put part of their money into the corporation and part into their personal account, so if their assets (like the townhouse) that aren't fully paid for can be repoed in the corporate bankruptcy but their personal account can't be touched. ???  :icon_scratch:

In Cryptonomicon, one of the characters, a real wheeler dealer, called this "Fuck You Money".  You have a couple of million on the side to buy a nice sailboat and take an early retirement.  If this isn't good enough for your high maintenance trophy wife, say fuck you to her also. (also make sure she signed a prenup before marrying her).

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FILE - In this April 29, 2016 file photo, David Robert Daleiden, right, leaves a courtroom after a hearing in Houston. California prosecutors say two anti-abortion activists who made undercover videos of…

LOS ANGELES — California prosecutors on Tuesday charged two anti-abortion activists who made undercover videos of themselves trying to buy fetal tissue from Planned Parenthood with 15 felonies, saying they invaded the privacy of medical providers by filming without consent.

State Attorney General Xavier Becerra announced the charges against David Daleiden of Davis, California, and Sandra Merritt of San Jose. The two operate the Irvine-based Center for Medical Progress.

The allegations say the pair filmed 14 people without permission between October 2013 and July 2015 in Los Angeles, San Francisco and El Dorado counties. One felony count was filed for each person. The 15th was for criminal conspiracy to invade privacy.

Becerra says they used a fictitious bioresearch company to meet with women's health care providers and covertly record them.

Daleiden, in an email to The Associated Press, said the "bogus" charges are coming from "Planned Parenthood's political cronies."

"The public knows the real criminals are Planned Parenthood and their business partners," Daleiden said.

In April of last year, Daleiden said in a Facebook post that California Department of Justice agents raided his home, seizing all of his video footage along with personal information.

Since then, the case had gone largely quiet, with virtually no revelations about the investigation and no indication that the charges were coming before they were filed Tuesday in San Francisco Superior Court.

The prosecution got a new leader this year in Becerra, a longtime Congressional Democrat, who took over for Kamala Harris when she became a U.S. Senator.

Daleiden and Merritt had previously been indicted in Texas on similar charges in January of 2016, but all of the charges were eventually dropped by July as prosecutors said a grand jury had overstepped its authority. The grand jury had originally been convened to investigate Planned Parenthood, but after finding no wrongdoing turned around and indicted Daleiden and Merritt instead.

Messages left seeking comment from Planned Parenthood representatives late Tuesday were not immediately returned.

http://www.msn.com/en-us/news/us/felony-charges-for-2-who-secretly-filmed-planned-parenthood/ar-BByZdNA?ocid=ob-tw-enus-610

They'll probably dodge the bullet again. President Bannon is one of them.
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Ah, okay. To that, I'd say convenience. Most pigmen don't carry guns. The ones at this guys level aren't heroin users, and probably don't have a bottle of opioids to take. It comes down to hanging or jumping.

Jumping is more......how shall I put it? Irreversible, and not subject to failure.

These guys are used to making hard decisions and pushing the button to make something happen...in their day job, I mean. They are risk takers by nature. They have learned to control their fear. It makes sense to me that they would jump.

Of course, some of them are thrown out the window. Of that I have little doubt.
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