Several people have sent me important items to post, but I've been too angst-y to write, or even to read the latest news. Remember that episode of Bill Maher's show which aired just before the election? You could tell that Maher knew in his gut that disaster loomed, even though the polls favored Hillary. I felt the same way. And that's how I feel now
Democrats are acting as though impeachment is a done deal. Months away. Maybe weeks.
Trump has a plan; he can survive; he can transfer his sins to his enemies, at least in the public mind. This piece
by conservative columnist Byron York gives us an advance look at the propaganda blitz that will soon hit us. In York's view, Trump's Russian connection is the Great Unprovable, while Obama's alleged perfidy is presumed. Sean Spicer gave the same rap. So will every voice on the right.
The Trumpers are going to direct public outrage against the Democrats. They will smear Obama the same way they smeared Hillary -- through repetition, vehemence, and a violent conviction. Don't forget: Cambridge Analytica and the Russians still know how to rig Facebook, Twitter, Reddit and other forms of social media. The army of bots and trolls remains undiminished. Nunes, being thoroughly under control, will soon convene the anti-Obama kangaroo court.
I predicted this outcome from Day One. Cannon's rules for political prognostication: 1. Imagine the worst. 2. Bet on that.
This is the part where you tell me that I'm worrying too much. People said the same words to me just before the election. I'll continue to feel sick to my stomach, thank you very much.
I can't resist sharing the oddest of the stories that appeared in my inbox: Covert Book Report
directs our attention to the bizarre case of the Trump-linked casino on Saipan which was recently raided. One of the owners: Former CIA Director (and notorious neocon) James Woolsey.
“Its board members include James Woolsey, who ran the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency in the early 1990s and was among national-security advisers to Trump’s presidential campaign. Former FBI director Louis Freeh and Ed Rendell, a former Pennsylvania governor and Democratic National Committee chairman, sit on an advisory committee, as does Haley Barbour, the ex-Mississippi governor and Republican National Committee chairman who’s now a prominent lobbyist.”
According to The Borneo Post, the board also included Eugene Sullivan, President Nixon’s lawyer in the Watergate affair.
Forbes reports the CEO of the operation is Mark Brown, who formerly ran several Trump casinos:
“During three decades in the casino business, Brown has worked with seminal figures in the industry, including Las Vegas Sands’ Sheldon Adelson, Steve Wynn, MGM’s Terry Lanni and a casino founder whose latest longshot bet appears to be paying off, Donald Trump.”
“I learned a lot from Donald Trump,” Brown says. “I learned a lot of how he operates, how he thinks, how he is in front of the camera, how he is behind the camera. So I know some is an act, some is the truth, some is spin. The guy doesn’t have billions by accident.”
There seem to be substantial indications that this casino was used for money laundering.
Saipan is one of the United States’ remotest territories, with around 40,000 tourists per year visiting its shores, a figure dwarfed by Macau’s annual tourist influx of 2.4 million.
And yet, as Bloomberg noted this week, the daily reported revenue for each of its VIP tables is almost eight times the average of Macau’s largest casinos.
The casino claims its impressive revenue stream is sustained by no more than 100 or so high rollers. But considering it reported $3.9 billion in bets at the casino in September alone, this would require each high-roller to wager an average of $39 million for the month.
These figures have certainly raised some eyebrows down at the Treasury’s Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN), which is believed to be investigating. And well it might.
Perhaps Woolsey will plead innocence, just like the piano player in the whorehouse who claims to know nothing about what's going on upstairs. Mein Name ist Hase
, as the Germans say. Kompomat on Woolsey means that he will testify the way Trump desires.