Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Another Manafort bombshell

I didn't want to top the preceding post so early in the day, but this can't wait.
Donald Trump's campaign chairman helped a pro-Russian governing party in Ukraine secretly route at least $2.2 million in payments to two prominent Washington lobbying firms in 2012, and did so in a way that effectively obscured the foreign political party's efforts to influence U.S. policy.
This could well be a violation of the Foreign Agent Registration Act. There is a serious possibility that Trump's campaign chairman could go to jail.

No wonder Trump quickly hired that Breitbart bozo!

Added note: Steve Bannon, the Breitbart chieftain who is now running Team Trump, was a Goldman-Sachs banker. Oddly enough, so is Betsy Hambrecht, who runs Salon. Weird, huh? Trump's finance manager, Steven Mnuchin, spent 17 years with Goldman-Sachs. Yet they all want us to hate Hillary because she gave speeches at Goldman-Sachs.
I wonder if our national security briefers might not pull an old trick. Feed some false piece of data to Trump and his handlers, and then see if it shows up in Russian intelligence traffic.

Our military intelligence had broken the Japanese naval code in WW2, and used such a trick to find out that the Japanese were going to try to take the Midway Islands.

Our intelligence knew the Japanese were going to strike at objective “AF”. But what did “AF” mean? They guessed Midway, so a message was sent saying that Midway’s water desalinization plant had broken down (the Midway Islands have no fresh water source). Our intelligence soon intercepted a Japanese message that “AF” was short of fresh water.
"Midway" is just about my favorite WWII movie; I've probably seen it fifty times. It certainly proves that timing is everything and luck counts, along with code breaking guile!
Wasn't one of those lobbying firms the Podesta Group, Joseph? Didn't they accept more than half of that $2.2 million to lobby the Obama Administration, and the State Department in particular, on behalf of the pro-Russian faction in the Ukraine? Why do the Podestas get a pass on this?
Irrelevant and trivial: The last time a Democratic presidential candidate was elected when a Democrat was the incumbent (excluding those who became President upon the incumbent's death, e.g. HST and LBJ) was long ago in the 19th century.

A most worrisome October Surprise would be a huge spike in gasoline prices. The summer 2008 spike (over $4.00/gal prices) initiated the September financial meltdown, which happened sooner than later, being inevitable. It not only insured Obama's election, but it also insured his administration's economic impotence. Every presidential election's outcome follows the economy at the moment: good with jobs = keep the incumbent party; bad with unemployment = elect the opposition. The economy is easily manipulated.

Trump would be the first complete outsider to be elected; a proof of concept for being careful what you wish for.

A Trump presidency would effectively guarantee that Congress would regain its Constitutional place as first among equal branches. A Trump presidency would be held hostage on a daily basis to impeachment and removal. I would trust the Joint Chiefs to be on trigger alert and activate their own a coup d'etat, which Trump will be informed about after the election but before the inauguration.

Pawnbroker Nazerman was right: Money is second only to Einstein's theory that the speed of light is the sole absolute in the universe.

I didn't watch any primary debate, I didn't watch either national convention, but I will watch the Clinton-Trump (alphabetical order of names) debates, which promise to be as extraordinary as the Ali-Frazier and Ali-Foreman encounters.

Not only are elections "rigged", but also the Constitutional Convention and the Founding were rigged. The "snaggle-toothed hillbillies" have always been feared and unenfranchised.

In fairness to Clinton, her vote for the authorization of force against Iraq was cast by the U.S. Senator from New York, which suffered the worst of the 9/11 attacks. She might regret the vote in hindsight, but she has nothing to apologize about.

A global abolition of nuclear weapons must happen or we'll never enjoy good governance.
Mr. Harrison, and any other naval buffs who visit this site, might enjoy this website about the Imperial Japanese Navy in WW2.
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