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So the Mueller report is finally in, and it appears that hundreds of millions of Americans have, once again, been woefully bamboozled. Weird, how this just keeps on happening. At this point, Americans have to be the most frequently woefully bamboozled people in the entire history of woeful bamboozlement. If you didn’t know better, you’d think we were all a bunch of hopelessly credulous imbeciles that you could con into believing almost anything, or that our brains had been bombarded with so much propaganda from the time we were born that we couldn’t really even think anymore.

That’s right, as I’m sure you’re aware by now, it turns out President Donald Trump, a pompous former reality TV star who can barely string three sentences together without totally losing his train of thought and barking like an elephant seal, is not, in fact, a secret agent conspiring with the Russian intelligence services to destroy the fabric of Western democracy. After two long years of bug-eyed hysteria, Inspector Mueller came up with squat. Zip. Zero. Nichts. Nada. Or, all right, he indicted a bunch of Russians that will never see the inside of a courtroom, and a few of Trump’s professional sleazebags for lying and assorted other sleazebag activities (so I guess that was worth the $25 million of taxpayers’ money that was spent on this circus).

Notwithstanding those historic accomplishments, the entire Mueller investigation now appears to have been another wild goose chase (like the “search” for those non-existent WMDs that we invaded and destabilized the Middle East and murdered hundreds of thousands of people pretending to conduct in 2003). Paranoid collusion-obsessives will continue to obsess about redactions and cover-ups, but the long and short of the matter is, there will be no perp walks for any of the Trumps. No treason tribunals. No televised hangings. No detachment of Secret Service agents marching Hillary into the White House.

The jig, as they say, is up.

But let’s try to look on the bright side, shall we? Disgraceful as this Russiagate fiasco has been, at least it was all just an honest mistake, and not any kind of plot, or conspiracy, or anything as disturbing as that. It’s not like the majority of the corporate media perpetrated a massive, coordinated, intelligence agency-initiated psyop on the Western public for two and half years. No, they just “got it wrong,” again … like they did with those Iraqi WMDs.

The corporate media, after all, are comprised of dedicated, professional journalists, who maintain the highest ethical standards, and who would never knowingly bombard the masses with hysterical McCarthyite propaganda based on absolutely nothing but the word of a bunch of deep state types who were trying to force a president out of office and delegitimize a populist backlash against the spread of global neoliberalism.

Plus, there is no “deep state.” Not really. That’s just one of those right-wing conspiracy theories that only Trump-loving fascists believe in. I mean, it’s not as if elements of the FBI, the DOJ, and the DNC paid a former MI6 spook working for a Washington PR firm contracted by a Washington law firm contracted by the Clinton campaign to fabricate a “dossier” alleging that “the Russian regime [sic] has been cultivating, supporting, and assisting Trump for at least five years” in order “to sow discord” within the Transatlantic Alliance, and then fed that fabricated dossier to their contacts in the corporate media, who used it to generate mass hysteria, which the Congress then used to justify the appointment of a special prosecutor, whose investigation of the allegations contained in the fabricated dossier the corporate media and deep state types used to generate even more mass hysteria … and so on, until hundreds of millions of people actually believed that Donald Trump was some kind of Russian intelligence asset, and was going to be impeached and tried for treason.

Now, that would be scary, if that had happened!

Another thing that (thank Christ!) didn’t happen was when the corporate media hired a bunch of ex-intelligence agency officials to appear on their “news” shows every other night disseminating Russiagate propaganda while at the same time effectively banning journalists with dissenting views from challenging their lies. Well, and OK, to the degree they did that (and they certainly did it to some degree), they didn’t do it intentionally, or knowingly, or with malice aforethought or criminal intent. They probably just misplaced the telephone numbers (and the email addresses and Twitter handles) of Matt Taibbi, Glenn Greenwald, Aaron Mate, and other infamous “collusion rejectionists,” so they had no choice but to bring in the spooks.

Look, I don’t want to beat this to death. The important thing is that we can all be grateful that none of that stuff I just mentioned happened, and, basically, just shut up and get back to work. This is not the time to remind everybody how totally insane and hysterical things got, and how they ran around like headless chickens squawking about “Russians” coming out of the woodwork, accusing anyone they disagreed with of being “Kremlin agents” or “Russian bots,” and begging corporations to censor the Internet.

No, it’s time to, you know, let bygones be bygones, and just forget about all this “Russiagate” business, and the FBI, and that made-up dossier, and how respected publications like The Washington Post, The New York Times, The Guardian, and others published completely fabricated stories about secret meetings that never took place, power grid hackings that never happened, Russia-linked servers that never existed, imaginary Russian propaganda peddlers, and … well, too many other examples to list.

Talking about all that is just a distraction (as my former colleagues on what has recently become the radical Rooskie-hunting Left wasted no time in advising everyone). Worse, it only helps Donald Trump, who, OK, maybe isn’t a Russian intelligence asset anymore, but is still almost literally Adolf Hitler … or at least some sort of inhuman monster that bears no resemblance whatsoever to Obama or any other normal president, and who is certainly going to declare martial law, proclaim himself Führer, and unleash his underground white supremacist army on us, or something more or less along those lines.

And as for the non-existent deep state, and the Democrats, and the corporate media, and the millions of Americans they accidentally bamboozled … well, I imagine they’re feeling pretty silly right now. So this is not the time to demand a full accounting from the patriots in the intelligence community, or to compare the professionals in the corporate media to the keys of an enormous Goebbelsian piano mechanically hammering out whatever tune the ruling classes decide to play. Yes, they made a few mistakes, and got a little carried away, but they’re only human, after all. I’m sure they’re all very, very sorry, and will never, ever, do it again.

C. J. Hopkins is an award-winning American playwright, novelist and political satirist based in Berlin. His plays are published by Bloomsbury Publishing (UK) and Broadway Play Publishing (USA). His debut novel, ZONE 23, is published by Snoggsworthy, Swaine & Cormorant Paperbacks. He can be reached at cjhopkins.com or consentfactory.org.

 
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  1. Russiagate is so last week I get to make the first comment. Moon landing hoax from 50 years ago is so much the subject for the day (and yesterday, April 1st). Fake news, hoaxes and disinformation everywhere you look.

  2. Another excellent summary as I have come to expect.

    I wounder why some people seem immune to woeful bamboozlement. I for instance, knew from day one that Russiagate was bullshit. I also knew from day one that the towers were not taken down by airplanes on 9/11. There are millions like me. What gives?

    • Replies: @ThreeCranes
    , @Wally
    , @sally
  3. I’m just really thankful that it turned out that our democracy is safe after all, and that our elections are free and fair!

    • Replies: @atlantis_dweller
  4. Corvinus says:

    “So the Mueller report is finally in, and it appears that hundreds of millions of Americans have, once again, been woefully bamboozled.”

    You are the one who has been flim-flammed.

    “No obstruction. No collusion. Total and complete exoneration!” is a completely false statement. Mueller said explicitly that he did not exonerate Trump as to any collusion. Mueller was also not even consulted when Barr crafted his letter. Moreover, Mueller had narrowly defined collusion not just as “conspiracy” but only one narrow part of conspiracy (with the IRA and/or Russian hackers). We need to know what evidence Mueller had that led him to be unable to exonerate Trump on that specific allegation. Mueller found evidence, just not enough to indict.

    Releasing the Mueller report to Congress is the only option. For two years, scores of investigative reporters and independent journalists, along with Mueller, has culled evidence that Trump traded American foreign policy for money. Barr’s summary of a report that does NOT even relate to that accusation. The campaign did not collude in election hacking, It colluded to advance Trump business interests, evident by his associates being brought to justice in that vein.

    So what we have here is a four page summary, rather than the entire report, that only glosses over the details. Trump was not vindicated on collusion. “No collusion” means only that Mueller did not have “beyond a reasonable doubt” evidence of a criminal conspiracy. As to obstruction, Mueller was NOT consulted by his boss as to what Barr interpreted on what he thinks was found. “No collusion” would be “exoneration”. The report says “no exoneration” and that evidence of criminality existed but not at the 90 percent level—criminal indictment.

    As to collusion, it continues to be properly investigated—not in the narrow way Trump demanded and apparently Mueller’s team acceded to—in multiple other federal jurisdictions and the inability to indict on the investigated collusion is not an inability to impeach. Besides, over 400 detailed pages is important here for insight and context. If 90% or more proof of conspiracy—a narrow vein of collusion that excludes many criminal collusive acts currently being investigated—is what is required to convict someone (and under Department of Justice Regulations to indict them in the first instance), what percent proof establishes them as a national security threat? Besides, Trump not facing an indictment for conspiracy and obstruction does NOT end the NYAG, MDAG, NJAG, NDCA, NYCDA, or other active state-level criminal probes.

  5. @Corvinus

    For two years, scores of investigative reporters and independent journalists, along with Mueller, has culled evidence that Trump traded American foreign policy for money.

    Of course he did. But Trump traded American foreign policy for Zionist money, not Russian money, and so the best-congress-that-AIPAC-money-can-buy will never impeach him for that.

    It’s all about the Binyamins, baby!

    • Replies: @Jake
  6. Tusk says:
    @Corvinus

    He said he didn’t exonherate Trump on obstruction…for potentially obstructing a crime that didn’t happen…that was made up by political opponents. We got him ladies and goytlemen!

    • Replies: @Corvinus
  7. So many Americans seem so disappointed to find out that their president is *not* a Russian asset.

    You’d almost think they’d rather be ruled by Russia.

    • Replies: @Alfa158
  8. Lu says:
    @Corvinus

    Give it up. The witch hunt is over. Your wild imaginings are not crimes committed by the duly elected POTUS who has done more for the American people in the last two years, that any of the others have done for the last several decades.

    Look at what kind of a national security threat Obama was. Hillary sold our Uranium to the Russians. The continued persecution of the innocent is just plain sick.

    • Replies: @Corvinus
  9. Anon[311] • Disclaimer says:

    You’d almost think they’d rather be ruled by Russia.

    Actually…

    That might be a considerable improvement.

  10. Realist says:

    So the Mueller report is finally in, and it appears that hundreds of millions of Americans have, once again, been woefully bamboozled. Weird, how this just keeps on happening.

    Stupidity has a way of doing that.

  11. twinfish says:

    Are you saying that Putin and Trump colluded for Trump to become President of the US, that actual treason was committed? Or is this just a stab at salvaging some evidence of bad faith on the part of Trump that fails to address the actual scope of involvement by Russia in the 2016 election.

    Because if political involvement of foreign countries in domestic elections (or other politics) is what you wish to have investigated, I say Go For It. The results of this kind of investigation in countries around the world would be very enlightening indeed. And the scope of Russian interference in the 2016 US election would be put in a much clearer perspective for all, don’t you think? Next time you look at Trump gloating, thank yourself. Or maybe suggest a much needed vetting mechanism to set some minimum standards upon any future presidential candidates. The time wasted on Russiagate could have been spent addressing the corruption festering in both parties. Time spent creating a process that more Americans would enthusiastically participate in rather than a small percentage of cynical eligible voters grudgingly hoping a less evil choice might prevail next time.

  12. yurivku says:

    Such a pity. I’d like this show to go on, it make us in Russia little more happier when watching those clowns and their wonderful tricks. Come on guys, dig it deeper.. There’re certainly some Russian skeletons hided in trump’s wardrobe.

  13. Your Trump bashing in your essays don’t play well, hombre.

    It makes you look stupid. Furthermore, many readers will simply stop reading at idiocies like “…who can barely string three sentences together..”

    Who would bother to read any further? You do yourself a disservice by devolving into TDS lunacy like that.

    You have a sense of humor–I’ve read your stuff before–but you are unreadable if you continue to exhbits such empty virtue signalling. No one who dislikes Trump will read you anyway: they believe in the nonsense still to this day. And no one who likes Trump will read you either due to your stupidly calling this canny person, Trump, an idiot.

    As I said, it just makes you look dumb.

  14. @restless94110

    Your Trump bashing in your essays don’t play well, hombre.

    It makes you look stupid. Furthermore, many readers will simply stop reading at idiocies like “…who can barely string three sentences together..”

    Who would bother to read any further? You do yourself a disservice by devolving into TDS lunacy like that.

    Which Trump are you hearing? I’ve tried listening to Trump. Saying that he can “barely string three sentences together” is being too kind by about two-and-a-half sentences. I recall reading in a Hopkins piece from a year or so ago the description “word-salad-babbling jackass.” And that’s about right.

    And no, that doesn’t mean I wanted to see the Hell-beast elected in ’16, either. But, really … the guy is what he is. There’s no virtue in denying that he’s a lazy bullshitter who got lucky, as Derbyshire describes him. That, too, is pretty well on target. It is what it is.

    • Agree: Alfa158
  15. Alfa158 says:
    @Fiendly Neighbourhood Terrorist

    I have to actively restrain myself from wishing that we were ruled by Russia. I know that it would simply change our present unsatisfactory situation into a new unsatisfactory situation, but nevertheless it just sounds emotionally satisfying.

  16. Svigor says:

    Corvinus says:SHOW COMMENT
    April 2, 2019 at 8:08 pm GMT • 400 Words

    Hey Corvanus, tell us again how lit the Mueller Report is gonna be, bro.

    I know, I know: WHEN BARR FINALLY RELEASES IT ORANGE MAN GOING DOOOOWN!!!

    You fuckin’ mope.

    • Replies: @Wally
  17. AWM says:

    There is always one reason to occasionally visit UNZ, almost always good for a laugh, or two.

  18. Anon[926] • Disclaimer says:

    While I would never want to be ruled by a foreign people, I don’t even have that luxury here at the present.

    With that in mind, I have a lot of trouble coming up with reasons how Russians are worse than the people who own our media companies and other institutions. In the globalized world that they insist on, their relative location naturally carries less weight.

    To wit, as far as I can tell the Russians aren’t trying to convince me of the natural perversion that Johnny can be Jennifer. They aren’t doing that specific, horrendous, and unforgivable damage to our collective well-being that our “fellow Americans” in-charge are.

  19. Anon[282] • Disclaimer says:
    @Corvinus

    We need to know what evidence Mueller had that led him to be unable to exonerate Trump on that specific allegation.

    You don’t “need” to know anything because you aren’t the special investigator. Full stop.

    Second, Mueller doesn’t have the power to “exonerate” anyone because he isn’t a judge nor jury. Exoneration can only occur when charges are brought, simpleton. Trump can not be “exonerated” by Mueller anymore than you can be “exonerated” for killing Nipsy Hussle or President Kennedy without charges and a trial. That’s how “exoneration” and the legal system works in general. If it were not so, then investigators could simultaneously absolve people of crimes and give them immunity from further investigation (via “exoneration”).

    You undemocratic morons just put this nation through two years of hell based on treasonous conspiracy theories, and now you are doubling down in-part through intentional misuse (for those of you with an actual education) and largely through ignorant misuse of legal terminology and a failure to grasp of basic concepts in the English language. The worst of you may have a chance at collectively avoiding long stints in prison for this, but it isn’t likely and your chances increase with every new ridiculous provocation.

    Political currency is important. You’ve just used all of yours with your insane failed gamble, hence your continued desperation, and loaded our account to the brim. Its akin to the loser insurance salesman, in Vegas, taking out a loan to try to win back the lost house. The casino is agape at the continued suicidal tendency of someone who just lost their entire life’s savings. Its a continuing fatal car accident that they cannot stop.

    • Replies: @Corvinus
  20. TG says:

    “Russiagate” was a raging success.

    “Russiagate” was never about truth or honest journalism etc. The corporate press is owned by like 6 major companies and it does what it is scripted to do, period. “Russiagate” had one purpose: to pressure Trump into abandoning the last vestiges of his populist campaign promises. Which he now has. Mission accomplished, “Russiagate” can be allowed to fade away. while The Donald continues to bloviate in public while governing like Hilary Clinton.

    • Disagree: Svigor
  21. Anon[282] • Disclaimer says:
    @Corvinus

    The majority of Corvinus’s long post in this comments section is a word-for-word duplicate from another thread.

    This poster is spamming the site with the same responses that are designed to be incendiary in each section. Agitprop that would normally be fine when posted once or with unique phrasing in consideration to the specific dialogue in each comments section. Except that the poster is in reality essentially acting as a bot and therefore lacks respect for the general dialogue that he is willing to make contentious with copypasta in multiple sections.

    See comment 87 under this article:

    http://www.unz.com/mwhitney/new-surveys-show-mueller-changed-no-ones-mind/

  22. Anon[178] • Disclaimer says:
    @Corvinus

    Here you go Corvinus. Since you are copy and pasting text that you were using at least as far back as March 23rd (and possibly further), here is a copy and pasted answer that I just left for you under an article of that date (but that I could not help but to expand for this effort: take note). For the future I suggest that you learn to write novel phrases, if not thoughts, under each article.

    Not at all evasive. Over 400 detailed pages is important here for insight and context.

    Only to those with the clearances to evaluate and make the pertinent decisions. And who aren’t demonstrated partisan zealots who have been more than willing to mortgage this nation’s social fabric to pursue a conspiracy theory. One that gave them their only chance at de facto reversing the election of a candidate for which they went to unprecedented measures to defeat in the elecion season through their agents in both the press and the NatSec State.

    So, no, we won’t be listening to any of the partisan NatSec people nor their associates who sullied their positions in the Federal government to sign a public letter against Trump the candidate. They should have appreciated the public trust and the currency that came with it before they decided to abuse their offices and associations in the election season for partisan purpose.

    Political currency is important. Right now your contingent has none.

    what percent proof establishes them as a national security threat?

    See above. Perhaps the NatSec State should have thought about that before they chose to abuse their office for their partisan politics and sign a public letter against Trump the candidate. Like you, they have no political capital. They should have valued it more when they had it.

    Besides, Trump not facing an indictment for conspiracy and obstruction does NOT end the NYAG, MDAG, NJAG, NDCA, NYCDA, or other active state-level criminal probes.

    It will, effectively if not in the public eye. These probes are nothing without the political currency that your contingent now entirely lacks. There is no hope of effectively pressing any of them. Believe me or not. It doesn’t matter. Just watch.

    Before Mueller’s report but especially after, your contingent looks like they are abusing the power of their offices to undemocratically overturn an election. Make whatever statements that you like, but the fact remains that your horse did not come in on which you had bet everything.

    • Replies: @Corvinus
  23. I don’t care one bit about the “Mueller Report.” But Robert Mueller is a former decorated Marine Corps officer (Bronze Star, Purple Heart – Vietnam – 3rd Marine Div.). That makes him AOKAY in my book. Semper Fidelis Capt. Mueller.

    • Replies: @onebornfree
    , @Svigor
    , @anon
  24. A quick scan of the blogosphere and the mainstream media landscape shows the Russiagate hysteria hasn’t died down much at all. This is not, and never has been, about facts or truth. The whole thing is a semi-coherent psyop designed to shape and manage perceptions.

    In these days of media driven totalitarian identitarianism the labels the rube “self-identifies” are tightly linked to ego and sense of self. Tribal groupthink reinforces this connection. A “self-identified” urban Democrat is already confident that he is inherently superior in all ways to deplorable hicks and their weird notions of family and community. His job is to “educate” the deplorables on their racist and misogynistic ways and tell them it’s okay to be angry, stupid and ashamed (“I would be too if I were you”) and that salvation lies in accepting his Democrat worldview.

    Someone like that is incapable of admitting that perhaps their conclusions were hastily drawn or that they were too trusting of the media…their whole identity revolves around their “wokeness” and moral and ethical superiority to a bunch of fentanyl junkie, coon hunting trailer park caricatures.

    They are like doomsday cultists or first contact fantasists. When the world doesn’t end or the aliens don’t land the only way to stave off massive cognitive dissonance, and avoid a healthy but uncomfortable dose of shame, is to move the goal posts and double down on the revised “truth.”

  25. onebornfree says: • Website

    Reality check:

    The mask is off [or should be for anyone with even half a brain].

    The corporate, US mainstream media [ABC, CBS,CNN,Fox NBC] is an essential part of the deep state.

    None of these corps are “independent” news reporting institutions who “tell it as they see it”. Same goes for all of the newspapers and magazines. Same goes for Google/Youtube, Facebook, Amazon etc.

    As Frank Zappa said:” The media is the entertainment wing of the military industrial complex”. [ Or words to that effect].

    The rot is very, very deep, and has been for very, very long time.

    Regard, onebornfree

  26. Anon936 says:

    So now do we get to see a full investigation into Israel’s interference in American elections?

  27. Jake says:
    @Digital Samizdat

    No, it is not all about the money. All the Mohammedan oil money could not buy Uncle Sam into turning Israel loose.

    It is all about the inherent long term fruits of the Judaizing heresy Anglo-Saxon Puritanism, which was the cultural force that crystalized what later would be named WASP culture. It is about the inherent long term fruits of Oliver Cromwell making alliance with Jewish bankers.

    WASP Empire is the Anglo-Zionist Empire.

    • Replies: @Svigor
    , @Vojkan
  28. geokat62 says:
    @Corvinus

    For two years, scores of investigative reporters and independent journalists, along with Mueller, has culled evidence that Trump traded American foreign policy for money.

    Trump traded American foreign policy to Vladimir (Ras)Putin for money? Poor Corvinus. He chooses to embrace this lie without a shred of evidence to support it, yet denies the mountain of evidence that proves beyond reasonable doubt that American foreign policy has, indeed, been hijacked by a foreign entity, not only for the last two years but ever since (((they))) blew off half of JFK’s head.

  29. onebornfree says: • Website

    And, by the way, the “Russiagate ” scam has worked beautifully, to date:

    “Russiagate Might Be Dead, but Big Tech Censorship Is Here to Stay”:
    https://libertyblitzkrieg.com/2019/03/25/russiagate-might-be-dead-but-big-tech-censorship-is-here-to-stay/

    Regards, onebornfree

  30. Corvinus says:
    @Tusk

    “He said he didn’t exonherate Trump on obstruction…for potentially obstructing a crime that didn’t happen…that was made up by political opponents.”

    Of course that would be a false characterization on your part.

    • Replies: @Alden
  31. Jake says:

    Liberals cannot allow themselves to see any of this, not in the sense that it means they repent. The reason is that if they do so for this insanity, then the calls for them to do so for the past will increase.

    At the very latest, the US was controlled by a Deep State with the waging of WW2. And that Deep State and its corporate media demanded the country be turned upside down and inside out with the ‘civil rights’ movement. That corporate media knew not only that MLK had sex with hundreds of females per year but that many of them were teenagers. That media knew that King’s advisors to his inner circle, like his rich white sponsors, featured a fairly large number of homosexuals, with most of them long itching to use furtive power to legalize abortion.

    The Deep State used MLK and black civil rights to make the sexual revolution the actual King, and with the CIA (with its largely Yale WASP Elite origins) experiments into LSD and other drugs, the pro-black Deep State acting to make the sexual revolution King also acted to create a true drug culture that entered middle America and would numb it.

    Corporatist Globalism did not just appear out of thin air during the Obama years, or the Bush 2 years or the Clinton years.

  32. Corvinus says:
    @Lu

    “Give it up. The witch hunt is over.”

    I didn’t realize close to two dozen other ongoing investigations into Trump and his staff is a “witch hunt”.

    “Your wild imaginings are not crimes committed by the duly elected POTUS…”

    Indeed, he was duly elected, but there is no wild imagination regarding the illegal activities that have been unearthed.

    “who has done more for the American people in the last two years, that any of the others have done for the last several decades.”

    That would be an opinion, not fact.

    “Look at what kind of a national security threat Obama was.”

    In what specific ways?

    “Hillary sold our Uranium to the Russians.”

    Sources?

  33. Corvinus says:
    @Anon

    “You don’t “need” to know anything because you aren’t the special investigator. Full stop.”

    Actually, since our tax dollars funded the special investigator, and he issued a report, we have the liberty to know what he found. Full stop.

    “Second, Mueller doesn’t have the power to “exonerate” anyone because he isn’t a judge nor jury.”

    Of course Mueller has that authority. He is the one who recommends indictments. Remember, it was Barr who wrote a summary of HIS interpretation of the findings. It would be of great importance to the American people to know exactly the evidence that Mueller found rather than rely a brief glimpse into nearly two years of research.

    “Exoneration can only occur when charges are brought, simpleton.”

    Actually, charges were not brought because the evidence did not meet a certain threshold (90%) required “beyond a reasonable doubt” to secure a conviction. Trump was not exonerated at all, as there is a preponderance of the evidence that he was involved in illegal activities.

    “You undemocratic morons just put this nation through two years of hell based on treasonous conspiracy theories, and now you are doubling down in-part through intentional misuse (for those of you with an actual education) and largely through ignorant misuse of legal terminology and a failure to grasp of basic concepts in the English language.”

    I see you are projecting your own significant lack of understanding of the legal system onto me. I thought only SJW’s engaged in such conduct.

    “The majority of Corvinus’s long post in this comments section is a word-for-word duplicate from another thread.”

    Indeed, with the purpose to educate people on the matter.

    “Except that the poster is in reality essentially acting as a bot and therefore lacks respect for the general dialogue that he is willing to make contentious with copypasta in multiple sections.”

    Actually, I am responding to essentially the same post made by different people with the proper response required to refute their position.

    • Replies: @Wally
  34. Corvinus says:
    @Anon

    “One that gave them their only chance at de facto reversing the election of a candidate for which they went to unprecedented measures to defeat in the elecion season through their agents in both the press and the NatSec State.”

    Assuming that the investigations are other than legitimate and are meant to “reverse the results of an election”.

    “They should have appreciated the public trust and the currency that came with it before they decided to abuse their offices and associations in the election season for partisan purpose.”

    Assuming that such abuse occurred. Remember, several Trump associates admitted engaging in illegal activities under his watch.

    “Political currency is important. Right now your contingent has none.”

    Again, with nearly two dozen ongoing inquiries, and a majority of the American people desiring to seek the truth, the political currency is rather high.

    • Replies: @Wally
  35. @Anon

    While I would never want to be ruled by a foreign people, I don’t even have that luxury here at the present. With that in mind, I have a lot of trouble coming up with reasons how Russians are worse than the people who own our media companies and other institutions.

    It’s almost as though we already are ruled by (((a foreign people))).

  36. Yet the “true collusion”, rolls on like the mighty Mississippi. No media speaks of it, many Americans cheer for it, and a result America loses on. The leader of this foreign country is able to speak before our congress without an invitation from our past elected president and receives countless standing ovations as he demonizes the entire middle east. This is the leader of a country which attacked a US Navy ship, killing 34 sailors and wounding another 171. No charges were ever brought against this country and survivors were threatened with their life if they ever spoke of it.

    Our congress is bought and paid for by its lobbyist, with lobbies that number in the hundreds. Speak against them and you sign your political death sentence. Think not? Ask former US Representative Cynthia McKinney.

    It’s a charade folk’s, and the true rulers of America continue lead us around by the nose, owning politicians from both parties. If you are unable to guess who this villain is, maybe a TRUE Christian pastor can help you figure it out.
    https://chuckbaldwinlive.com/Articles/tabid/109/ID/3857/I-Was-Right-About-Russia-Gate-And-Im-Right-About-Israel-Gate.aspx

  37. Rurik says:

    President Trump recognizes Israeli sovereignty over the Golan Heights

    March 21, 2019

    https://news.yahoo.com/president-trump-recognizes-israeli-sovereignty-223237670.html


    Mueller concludes Russia-Trump probe with no new indictments

    March 23, 2019

    https://news.yahoo.com/mueller-concludes-russia-probe-delivers-210406710.html

    • Replies: @Jake
  38. yurivku says:
    @TG

    had *one* purpose: to pressure Trump into abandoning the last vestiges of his populist campaign promises. Which he now has.

    That makes sense. But I think not only *one* purpose.

  39. alexander says:
    @Anon

    Which , I believe, is the whole point.

    If anything, the last election was a referendum on the catastrophic,…”horrendous” and “unforgivable” damage wrought by our deceitful and belligerent “ruling elites”.

    Are there more heinous crimes (one could commit against our country) then lying us into war , murdering millions of innocent people, and bankrupting the nation ?

    If we examine the legacy of our Neolib/Neocon oligarchs, nearly every policy decision made over the past 18 years has created absolute ruin, total chaos and near insolvency…. for everyone…..except THEM.

    The war profiteering from their unceasing wars of aggression has generated nearly SEVENTEEN TRILLION DOLLARS OF HEINOUS DEBT for the US taxpayer,… all in a mere EIGHTEEN YEARS.

    On these grounds alone, every penny of their assets should be seized, and they should all be catapulted into federal prison, right away.

    Americans should not have to pay ONE CENT for the wars we were lied into.

    Consider the consequences of their unscrupulous “War Fraud”. It has destroyed the lives of tens of millions of (innocent) people , wreaked utter havoc on nations which never attacked us, engendered the most devastating refugee crisis since WWII ,…and all but decimated the solvency of the United States.

    Can anyone argue they represent something more than the very epitome of a wholly deceitful “moral and ethical abomination” ?

    What SHOULD HAVE HAPPENED on DAY ONE of this new administration, is that the President should have called in the Marines and started seizing the assets of all our media , deep state ,and neocon “tycoons”.

    Instead we got the bogus, bait and switch “Russia-gate”…which proved to be nothing more than a fraudulent attempt to deflect from THEIR wanton criminality…no one else’s.

    The US taxpayer should not have to pay (one penny) for that three year “dog and pony show” either.

    Seize their assets.! ….Make em’ pay…the whole darn way .

    Theirs is a criminality for which they ALL should be prosecuted.

    Bar none.

  40. Rurik says:

    That makes sense. But I think not only *one* purpose.

    you’re right, there were many purposes

    one of which I just mentioned above, but many, many more.

    Continue the Eternal Wars for Israel

    Continue to menace Iran

    Continue to shower Israel with extorted lucre

    Continue to ignore the atrocities in Gaza and the West Bank

    Continue to ignore what happened on 9/11

    Continue to flood the country with inassimilable foreigners – destroying all white, Western nations is even more important to the Zionists than even bolstering a pure, Jewish race state in Israel. But both of these agendas are very much why pressure must be kept on Trump. (at least until now, as it seems his capitulation is complete and total).

    Continue to serve the interests of the neocons like John Bolton and Eliot Abrams, et al, and serve as their facilitator on the world’s stage, to slavishly service Israel’s interests in all things.

    Continue to allow AIPAC and other treasonous dual citizens to determine foreign and domestic policy.

    Continue to borrow trillions of dollars so that the ((banksters)) are swimming in lucre looted at interest.

    Build more Holohoax museums..

    Slavishly genuflect to Bibi at every opportunity.

    Fellate Sheldon Adelson (or at least have Pence do it) when it suits him, so that you’re always aware of who is boss.

    and so much more!

    These are just some of the reasons the deepstate has kept the pressure on Trump with the bullshit ‘Russia investigation’.

  41. Agent76 says:

    March 06, 2017 White House logs show Obama talked to the Russians and Iranian regime advocates… no outcry from the media for 8 years

    As reported by the Washington Free Beacon, during Barack Obama’s eight years in the Oval Office, Iranian officials and lobbyists – two high-ranking representatives of Tehran’s government – held more than 30 meetings with top administration officials, indicative of the Obama regime’s earlier admissions it began “negotiating” the so-called “nuclear deal” very early on.

    http://www.newstarget.com/2017-03-06-white-house-logs-show-obama-talked-to-the-russians-and-iranian-regime-advocates-no-outcry-from-the-media-for-8-years.html

    Mar 22, 2019 Fitton: Foreign Governments Bought Favors from Hillary Clinton

  42. @Corvinus

    Actually, Trump was completely exonerated – no matter how Mueller or Barr hedged that issue.

    I practiced law for over forty years. In that time, I had seen prosecutions brought on the flimsiest evidence imaginable. The fact that no indictments were brought actually means that Mueller couldn’t even find the “flimsiest evidence imaginable” to support an indictment. No matter how you cut this, this is total exoneration. Take a look at the history of this case. Mueller stooped to indicting people for posting on “Facebook” with the intent to influence the election! That is how pathetic this investigation turned out to be.

    Like so many people I don’t like Trump, but this entire investigation accomplished only two things. It discredited the media and discredited the political establishment. And it did both of those things – “big time.”

    • Agree: geokat62
    • Replies: @Svigor
    , @Corvinus
  43. Agent76 says:

    Mar 25, 2019 Russiagate implodes: Aaron Maté buries the Trump-Russia conspiracy theory

    Russiagate has imploded after Robert Mueller’s investigation found no evidence of Trump-Russia collusion.

  44. @WorkingClass

    “What gives?”

    Well, Thorstein Veblen would say that as a member of the working class, you are compelled to deal with the stuff of the material world, everyday. Dealing with stuff means you are confronted with the stubbornness and recalcitrance of things, how they don’t immediately bend to your will but must be persuaded to do what you want them to do. Learning how to persuade things means facing the immutability of Natural Law. Coming to grips with Natural Law takes you out of your solipsistic egoism and forces you to acknowledge that your will is small and Nature is mighty. This humbles you and puts you in your place. From this perspective you understand that to bring any process to a successful conclusion, you must deal with the world as it is and not merely as you wish it were. Dealing with the world as it is means you are less likely to make errors of judgement. Making fewer errors, you don’t have to backtrack so often. Not having to backtrack means you waste less time. Wasting less time means you get more done. And so on in a positive feedback loop.

    Veblen observed that people who don’t make stuff tend to become wooly headed. They get lost in arrantly absurd abstractions, personality cults, miracle cures (e.g. for after-market gizmos that promise 100 miles per gallon, “free” energy from the wind, solar or Tesla coils, fat-evaporating pills or devices) and other emotional fluff. Marxists get this right. Humans are tool wielding animals and our our relationship with our tools affects our consciousness.

    • Replies: @WorkingClass
  45. Wally says:
    @WorkingClass

    “There are millions like me. What gives?”

    Who controls the microphone.

    Who benefits?

  46. Wally says:
    @Corvinus

    “Actually, charges were not brought because the evidence did not meet a certain threshold (90%) required “beyond a reasonable doubt” to secure a conviction. Trump was not exonerated at all, as there is a preponderance of the evidence that he was involved in illegal activities.”

    Mueller was called in to look for collusion between Trump & Russia to fix the 2016 election.
    Nothing more.
    He did not find it.

    Barr’s released statements quoted Mueller’s own words. Hurts don’t it.

    Just one show of Maddow / Corvinus … Russia, Russia, Russia

    Cryin’ Like a Bitch

    • Replies: @Svigor
  47. Wally says:
    @Corvinus

    said:
    “Assuming that such abuse occurred. Remember, several Trump associates admitted engaging in illegal activities under his watch.”

    Yawn. So what?
    Unrelated to Mueller”s charge of looking for Trump collusion with Russia. Which he did not find.

    I’m sure they all j-walked once or twice too.

    • Replies: @Svigor
    , @Corvinus
  48. Wally says:
    @Svigor

    Hasbarist Corvinus tries to obscure the fact there is real collusion on a daily basis with “that shitty little country”.

    • Replies: @Svigor
    , @Dave Bowman
  49. Jake says:
    @Rurik

    What an amazing, unfathomable, coincidence those two dates are.

    Anglo-Zionist Empire

    • Replies: @Rurik
  50. onebornfree says: • Website
    @joeshittheragman

    joeshittheragman says: “Robert Mueller is a former decorated Marine Corps officer (Bronze Star, Purple Heart – Vietnam – 3rd Marine Div.). That makes him AOKAY in my book.”

    Well, you need a new “book” then.

    Mueller is a big time crook, and has been for many years. He’s a deep state hit man/ fix-it man who is , to this day, directly involved in the [ongoing] Clinton crime network coverups , and he was also directly involved in the 9/11 coverup. And that’s just two examples.

    My advice: for a start – stop worshiping/believing in people in uniforms with lots of stupid decorations.

    Regards, onebornfree

    • Replies: @joeshittheragman
  51. Svigor says:
    @Wally

    He’s only ever seemed Jewish in his obstinance, IMO. He’s always come across as somewhat dim.

    Not that there aren’t any obstinant, dim Jews out there, of course.

    If he wasn’t stupid, he’d know now is the time to change handles and start a new persona. What with his having completely destroyed the credibility of his current one. He obviously has no honor or dignity, so the usual barriers aren’t stopping him – no, he’s just too stupid.

  52. Svigor says:
    @TG

    If the Mueller investigation was all about forcing Trump to play ball, why allow it to fade away?

    I’ve heard this from the TRS crowd, and frankly, it makes no sense. You don’t blackmail a politician into doing your bidding then throw all the dirt you have on him into the incinerator the minute he starts playing ball; you keep it around forever, so you can control him forever.

    Same with the Mueller investigation; its end implies it isn’t the thing forcing Trump to cuck.

    You guys need to come up with a theory that at least makes sense.

    • Replies: @atlantis_dweller
  53. Svigor says:
    @joeshittheragman

    There’s been a lot of swamp living between today and Mueller’s time in Vietnam.

    • Replies: @BIll Jones
  54. Svigor says:
    @Jake

    I suppose you guys need to throw “Anglo” in there so you only feel half as anti-semitic. Truth is that Anglos don’t run the media. Insofar as they’re in power, it’s mostly as political front-men for the Judenreich.

    Ultimately it is about money; enough of it could dislodge Jews from power. Not sure what all this “Judaizing heresy” shit is about; you’re talking about a bunch of heathens and apostates, not heretics.

  55. Svigor says:

    For two years, scores of investigative reporters and independent journalists, along with Mueller, has culled evidence that Trump traded American foreign policy for money.

    And all the king’s horses and all the king’s men couldn’t put Big Media’s narrative back together again.

    Lol @ you, you stupid shitbird. You were wrong from the start, wrong all along, and you’re still wrong now.

    Funny how alt-righters can just size up a situation in five seconds and give you an accurate prediciton:

    “Duke Lacrosse boys? Innocent.” CORRECT.
    “Zimmerman? Did nothing wrong.” CORRECT.
    “Mueller? He’s got nothin. Dog and pony show.” CORRECT.
    “Smollett? Obviously a homojunigger hoax.” CORRECT.

    Etc., etc., etc.

    P.S., there’s obviously something seriously wrong with your brain. Has it been diagnosed? Not kidding.

  56. Rurik says:
    @Jake

    What an amazing, unfathomable, coincidence

    I agree!

    Anglo-Zionist Empire

    nope

    the Anglo empire was dashed on the rocks of WWII, in order to codify the Zionist empire on the Anglo empire’s ashes.

    Today Zion is the undisputed ruler of the West, bar none.

    Whereas the British people are being colonized by their former subjects. An extremely humiliating fate for a once great people.

    But that’s what you get when you serve the Fiend.

    As the marginalized, disenfranchised and defenestrated Anglos of the ZUS are about to find out.

  57. Svigor says:
    @Wally

    “Assuming that such abuse occurred. Remember, several Trump associates admitted engaging in illegal activities under his watch.”

    Corvanus seems to think he’s talking to a bunch of Boomer NPCs who know nothing about politics.

    Everyone in DC is engaging in illegal activities. Hell, probably everyone in America. There are so many laws that everyone is violating at least one at any given time.

    Only NPCs don’t know this, and fall for the “look they caught Trump’s employees” thing. The Swamp can convict almost anyone of something, if they’re motivated enough. If they get you on a bullshit process crime like “lying to the FBI” (protip, if the FBI ever asks you a question, tell them “no comprende” until they fuck off. Nothing good comes from speaking to these fucks), that’s just an admission that you’re extraordinarily clean.

  58. Svigor says:
    @Wally

    You couldn’t pay these leftist kike talking heads to criticize Russia or communism when the USSR was a real thing, but now that it’s gone they’ve flipped 180 from “HAVE YOU NO DECENCY SIR?” to 100% neoMcCarthyist (NeoMcCarthyists are like the original McCarthyists, except they’re wrong and the originals were right).

  59. getaclue says:
    @restless94110

    I agree with you–you see Trump at his rallies and without a note or teleprompter he is fabulous–no other politician comes close and Obama without a Teleprompter was laughable….This @Reactionary Utopian person likewise is parroting bs….Like him or hate him Trump speaks better than any politician in recent memory and is much quicker on his feet than any of them sans Teleprompter…to say otherwise is just lying bs….

  60. Svigor says:
    @Mike from Jersey

    I practiced law for over forty years. In that time, I had seen prosecutions brought on the flimsiest evidence imaginable.

    THIS. Thank you. This “oh there’s evidence but it’s not a complete slam-dunk so that’s why Mueller didn’t recommend prosecution” thing is leftists’ cope but it’s bullshit. Mueller was highly motivated to bring a charge, if there was any substantial evidence and any substantial chance of a successful prosecution. And he declined. End of fucking story.

    Mueller had a dream team, an unlimited budget, 2 years, and the entire establishment building him up as the Second Coming, and he still came up with nothing.

    • Replies: @Svigor
    , @SBaker
  61. geokat62 says:

    This tweet by Glenn Greenwald is directed to all zombies, especially Corvinus:

    • Replies: @Svigor
  62. Svigor says:
    @Svigor

    I mean just think of how stupidly implausible that is. How fucking caved-in your head has to be to believe that shit.

    Mueller’s literally got like 95% of the establishment of the United States of America in his corner, pinning all their hopes and dreams on his ability to get the Bad Orange Man out of the White House. He spends 2 years and 25 million bucks (or whatever it was, that’s a figure I heard, IIRC), Big Media going into total TDS meltdown assuring us that Trump’s goose was cooked for sure once the investigation had run it’s course, and he comes up with:

    Only a 90% chance of getting Trump on collusion, so he clears him instead.
    Only a 80% chance of getting Trump on collusion, so he clears him instead.
    Only a 70% chance of getting Trump on collusion, so he clears him instead.
    Only a 60% chance of getting Trump on collusion, so he clears him instead.
    Only a 50% chance of getting Trump on collusion, so he clears him instead.
    Only a 40% chance of getting Trump on collusion, so he clears him instead.
    Only a 30% chance of getting Trump on collusion, so he clears him instead.
    Only a 20% chance of getting Trump on collusion, so he clears him instead.
    Only a 10% chance of getting Trump on collusion, so he clears him instead.
    Only a 5% chance of getting Trump on collusion, so he clears him instead.
    Only a 1% chance of getting Trump on collusion, so he clears him instead.

    At what point does Mueller disappointing everyone (who matters; powerful people), and going straight from HERO to ZERO overnight, start to make sense? I mean what’s the down side of taking a shot at Trump in court and missing? At what point does “better not do that” become a thing? I’ll tell you: when it’s so fucking completely obvious that it’s bordering on prosecutorial malfeasance. When even a Swamp critter is forced to say, “I really don’t have shit. Like I can get in trouble for recommending prosecution with this level of not having shit. Even Chris Matthews is gonna be like ‘what the fuck are you doing, guy?’ if I recommend charges with this level of not having shit.”

  63. sally says:
    @WorkingClass

    This entire fox-in-the-hen-house circus explains why the governed masses need a means, a mechanism, which operates outside of the scope of the USA, in a fashion “completely independent” of the jurisdiction of the Armed Rule Making Structure (of constitutional Govt); which means or mechanism can be used by the governed to prosecute promoters of scandals or the benefactors of corruption in government.
    Could that means be that fox-in-the-hen-house operations infringe on human right and could that mechanism be the ICC?

    Engaging the govt agency FBI, and the Dept of Justice to investigate the occupant of the government office of the President is akin to putting the fox-in-the-hen-house and paying the fox side and hen side lawyers a lot of tax payer money.. to produce piles of paper with no actionable results …

    Those who prosecute a case against public political figures or who intentionally publish false facts and those who intentionally generate false premise stories that interfere with operations of government, or and those who use government for personal gain, should be held to be personally liable for economic damages and be held criminally liable for interfering with, and infringing on the human rights of the governed.

    The COUS protects both those who engage in such fox-in-the-hen-house activities as well as the hen if such hen is found to be actually involved in corruption. USA jurisdiction does not extend its jurisdiction to the violations of law or human rights inflicted by those private issues infringing on public purpose or corruption discovered by those in government. because such violations are either not made part of USA imposed laws or the violations of such law, by government officials, are not prosecuted by government.

    Were these fox-in-the-hen-house operations torts perpetrated against human rights?
    Were these fox-in-the-hen-house operations infringements of human rights of the governed?
    Are corruption by government officials violations of human rights of the governed?
    Is it possible actors involved in false and misleading fox-in-the-hen-house operations expose themselves to post activity liability for infringement of human rights ( ICC)?

    I would love to hear discussion on these points.

  64. @onebornfree

    I have no idea of what you say sir but it makes no difference to me. I’m a former Marine of that time and I will never say a word against a man who did the right time at that time of his life. When the chips were down, he stood tall like a man – End of story.

    • Replies: @Svigor
    , @Alden
  65. Trump is a full on zionist at this point. His agenda is Israel First, just like Jeb or
    Hillary.

    Israel gets 38 BILLION DOLLARS,
    while we get more mexicans.

    There was no “Russian collusion.”
    The ONLY collusion is with the nose.

    Notice that Pelosi/Dems decide against impeachment right at the very same time he says,
    “I WANT MORE IMMIGRATION!”

    The Russia hysteria is because the nose HATES Russia;
    Russians kicked out many of the oligarchs.
    Russia is a Christian nation.
    Russia sides with Syria and Iran.

    Now Trump might have intended to do something to help our people, but the nose wore him down.
    He saw the raid on Roger Stone and they warned him that Don Jr. was next.

    Who knows what kind of threats Trump might be worried about.

    In any case, Trump is not going to do anything to help white people, and in fact he will do whatever globohomo wants him to do.

    • Replies: @Svigor
    , @annamaria
  66. Hillbob says:

    The exceptional nation on full display : dimwits ruled by dip shits and both governed and governors happy in their exceptional shamelessness

  67. Hillbob says:

    The exceptional nation on full display : dimwits ruled by dip shits and both governed and governors happy in their exceptional shamelessness . Not unlike pigs wallowing in their own you-know-what

  68. SBaker says:
    @Svigor

    There’s always money to be made for the DC legal crowd– win or lose. This turned out to be very profitable for the Mule team. Regardless, Trump and American citizens win again.

  69. ” Worse, it only helps Donald Trump, who, OK, maybe isn’t a Russian intelligence asset anymore, but is still almost literally Adolf Hitler ….”

    Hey, even Hitler could occasionally be a nice chap: Here’s a shot of him as the Best Man at the wedding of his personal pilot … would have loved to hear that toast.

  70. Svigor says:
    @geokat62

    These are people who routinely say shit like “just because Mueller didn’t find any collusion doesn’t mean there was no collusion.”

    The worst part is that Americans are now so degenerate and ignorant of their own legal and political history that there are millions of people who will continue to watch this un-American filth spew totalitarian commie rhetoric, without missing a beat. “Guilty until proven innocent” sits just fine with them. Hell “give us Barabbas” would probably sit well with them.

  71. Svigor says:
    @Robert Dolan

    If I was PotUS and someone threatened me in the way you imply, he’d be frog-marched for the cameras within the hour.

    Just sayin’.

    • Replies: @Robert Dolan
  72. @Svigor

    During the raid on Roger Stone’s home (with his deaf wife scared to death, and Roger without any weapons of any kind) the MSM made many suggestions that Don Jr. was NEXT on Mueller’s list.

    So, it wasn’t one person making the threats against Trump; it was the entire (((MSM)))

  73. annamaria says:
    @Robert Dolan

    The Deciders (and their sycophantic retinue) want Trump to eliminate Assange: https://consortiumnews.com/2019/04/04/wikileaks-says-assange-can-be-expelled-within-hours/ “WikiLeaks Says Assange Can be Expelled ‘Within Hours’”

    Compare how the mega criminals Blair the Pious, Sarkozy the Gargoyle, Bush the lesser as well as rapacious Clintons and treasonous Cheney continue making good money by profiteering on human blood and flesh, whereas Assange, who exposed the criminals, has been hunted by the powerful regulars of Lolita Express and Lolita Island.

    The US context: https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2019-04-04/biden-funneled-18-billion-ukraine-while-son-bagged-sweetheart-government-deal “Biden Funneled $1.8 Billion To Ukraine While Son Bagged ‘Sweetheart’ Government Deal”

    “Suffice to say, Hunter Biden has no background in Ukraine. He has no background in energy policy. There’s really no legitimate explanation as to why he got this deal with this energy company, other than the fact his father was responsible for doling out money in Ukraine itself.

    It’s a huge problem, and it goes to this question of corruption and potential payoffs and bribes that these foreign entities were making to the Bidens in exchange for hopefully getting favorable treatment.”

    Despite the Robert Mueller-led operation’s ostensible pursuit of “collusion” between President Donald Trump and the Russian state, Schweizer noted actual financial dealings between the Biden family and foreign interests.

    • Replies: @atlantis_dweller
  74. @annamaria

    I think it ought be handed to you that, no matter if your stances be partially or mostly disagreeable, “Deciders” is a fine piece of coinage.
    It it paired with the Decided, or decided-on.
    Most are deciders (with some) and decided on (by some others), very few only deciders, quite a few solely decided-on.

    The free one is neither decider non decided(-on). He is severely lonely though.

    • Replies: @annamaria
  75. @Svigor

    “Stupid???” – It’s all how you look at things. He did the right thing as a young man and no matter what, he led his men, won the Bronze Star and Purple Heart. All men who have never served this Republic under fire are required to give him proper respect for that.

  76. Alden says:

    I stopped reading when the pompous ass supercilious idiot intellectual Hopkins claimed Trump can “ barely string three sentences together”

    Private high school, Fordham, Econ major at Ivy League University of Pennsylvania; Trump’s a lot better educated than the pompous ass idiot intellectual Hopkins I’m familiar with the entrance exam Trump took to get into his high school. Basically it means an IQ of at least 115 to pass. He speaks well, coherently and his grammar, vocabulary and sentence structure are all correct.

    Hopkins, like the rest of the idiot intellectuals can’t write an article about Trump without echoing the Trump haters silly sneering.

    Love him or hate him, no one can deny Trump isn’t well educated and well spoken. When he went to Fordham a logic and syllogism class was still required as well as strict standards on grading written work..

    • Agree: BIll Jones
  77. Alden says:
    @joeshittheragman

    Lee Harvey Oswald was a marine too. Benedict Arnold was a serving officer. Doesn’t make what they did right.

    Ted Bundy Lenin Trotsky and Stalin were all White. I’m also White so I’ll defend t them because we have something in common

  78. anon[352] • Disclaimer says:
    @joeshittheragman

    @25 I don’t want to make an enemy of you.. or anyone, but

    I have observed over my lifetime that “the very best Marines are sometimes extremely slow about climbing out of the boxes they were issued at basic training. So strong are those boxes, and so high the walls, it seems to take more than many ex marines can muster to escape. I wonder if you could explain this phenomena?

    • Replies: @joeshittheragman
  79. Alden says:
    @Corvinus

    You don’t even know what obstruction of justice means Corvinus. Try typing it into google before you repeat the ignorance you’ve learned from today’s editorials.

    • Replies: @Corvinus
  80. @Svigor

    His time in Vietnam was the first indication of what a foul murderous piece of sh t he is. Just like all the rest of the filth who went halfway around the world to murder people they did not know.

  81. annamaria says:
    @atlantis_dweller

    You have missed quite a number of years of discussion on the alternative media.

    Bush the lesser in the Rose Garden (2006):

    I hear the voices, and I read the front page, and I know the speculation. But I’m the decider, and I decide what is best.

    Now you may proceed with your stances.

  82. Antiwar7 says:
    @Corvinus

    Don’t worry, dude. The collusion evidence is no doubt buried in Syria with the WMD.

  83. @ThreeCranes

    Thanks. I have not read Veblen. We know that the Deplorables are, as a group, less educated than the woke. Less educated means less indoctrinated. That “our relationship with our tools affects our consciousness” is a new idea for me. Thanks again. I have posed this question from com boxes several times and yours is the first and only helpful response.

    I wounder. How many of our wokesters with advanced degrees have read Veblen?

  84. Well, what have “normal” presidents done for us lately? Obama’s greatest achievement was Wall St coming out richer than before the 2007 meltdown they had caused. And he was the first president to declare one category of Americans above the law, the Big Banksters.
    If Lord Hillary had won we would surely be in a war with Iraq right now, and still might be.
    When I saw the “chickens running around without their heads” comment, it reminded me of the best political editorial I’ve ever seen, written right after The Hillary Debacle. “Liberals, You Have No One to Blame but Yourselves”, by one David Penner, first published in Counterpunch, I think. It is a little mean, a lot funny, and all true. Best, it is only one page.

  85. The jig was up before there was a jig. But the jig as you say has largely derailed the president’s foreign policy and domestic agendas.

    Which means the democrats may not get their icing in the cake, but they did get their cake.

    So any applause about the anti-climatic value of what must have been a trying two years is probably going to yield little fruit aside from advancing the president’s election chances, but why he was elected has been scuttled. I don’t regret my support. But it certainly has been painful.

    And I think the author overstates the case concerning the president’s intelligence deficit and unworthiness to serve. I think he is more than capable which makes the current situation all the more painful.

  86. MB says: • Website

    As has been said repeatedly, the Mueller report was merely a cover up/for the rolling/soft coup.
    A red herring and smoke in your eyes so nobody talks about the Fusion dossier paid for by the Dimocrats which was the basis of the FISA warrants which started the whole shimshimaree.

    IOW Mueller did what he was supposed to do. Take the offensive, run a diversion and harass the opposition. Mission accomplished.

  87. @anon

    There is no climbing out of a “box.” What most people can’t understand is Esprit De Corps – The Spirit of each Marine from the Commandant on down to the lowest private (yes, we’re military but each Marine is a friend for life). That’s what most people can’t fathom. Such intense loyalty to an idea. As long as the Corps lives, each Marine lives.

  88. Corvinus says:
    @Wally

    “Unrelated to Mueller”s charge of looking for Trump collusion with Russia. Which he did not find.”

    You mean the evidence did not reach the standard required to secure a conviction. What he found is in the report. It should be released.

    “Hasbarist Corvinus tries to obscure the fact there is real collusion on a daily basis with “that shitty little country”.”

    Right on cue. The Holocaust Denier waving his finger to anyone who opposes his thinking and characterizing them as a Jew or a Hasbarist. It’s so easy for you to go that route rather than engaging in substantive debate.

    • Replies: @annamaria
  89. Corvinus says:
    @Alden

    “You don’t even know what obstruction of justice means Corvinus.”

    So why don’t you offer up your own explanation. Do you have the intellectual horsepower to pull off that feat?

  90. Corvinus says:
    @Mike from Jersey

    “I practiced law for over forty years.”

    Sure you did.

    “In that time, I had seen prosecutions brought on the flimsiest evidence imaginable. The fact that no indictments were brought actually means that Mueller couldn’t even find the “flimsiest evidence imaginable” to support an indictment. No matter how you cut this, this is total exoneration.”

    Actually, he had evidence that did not reach the threshold required to secure a conviction. But you should know that standard applies here. Even Barr said Trump was NOT exonerated. You really are going out on a limb.

    • Replies: @Mike from Jersey
  91. @Corvinus

    You are mistaking the level of proof needed for a conviction with the level of proof needed for an indictment. They are not the same thing.

    To sustain a conviction, you need unanimous agreement by a jury of proof beyond a reasonable doubt.

    To sustain an indictment you only need a majority vote by a grand jury that there is “merit” to the claim on the prosecution. That is a much, much lower standard.

    Muller said that there would be no “indictments.”

    Here, Muller could not even meet the lesser standard. He could not find enough enough evidence to convince a majority of a grand jury that there was “merit” to the contention that a crime had been committed. That makes it pretty clear he had “nothing.”

    And don’t tell me that prosecutors only indict when they feel that they can convict. Because that is simply not true. In the indictments of the Russian bloggers, Muller never thought that anyone would show up and defend the claim. When attorneys showed up for the bloggers and demanded to be given the evidence, Muller panicked and tried to get a judge to deny the request – which is a routine defense request. The reason for Muller’s attempt to block that request was because the “evidence” was so ridiculously weak, it would be an embarrassment to the prosecution.

    • Replies: @Corvinus
  92. Corvinus says:
    @Mike from Jersey

    “You are mistaking the level of proof needed for a conviction with the level of proof needed for an indictment. They are not the same thing.”

    Actually, I addressed that point in a previous thread or two.

    Here it is for your convenience.

    Barr concluded that Mueller:

    1. did not have enough proof of obstruction to convict.

    2. did not find enough proof of conspiracy to convict, but does not offer judgement on the proof of obstruction he found.

    PROOF is defined as any evidence that tends to make your position on a matter in a dispute more likely. INDICTMENTS require a certain amount of PROOF on whether a defendant is guilty or innocent. The level of PROOF required for a prosecutor to get an INDICTMENT of a defendant–the amount of evidence on the question whether a suspect is guilty that a prosecutor must have to move a case into the criminal justice system–is set at the level of PROBABLE CAUSE.

    When a prosecutor says “I do not have enough proof to bring an indictment”, it means there is “insufficient proof” on a matter of dispute–the suspect’s guilt–to reach the “probable cause” standard of proof required for indictment. Trump’s defenders say there is “no evidence/no proof” of collusion. Except there was PROOF. Mueller has tons of it in his report after nearly two years of investigating. Mueller MET the PROBABLE CAUSE standard.

    The issue is that Mueller needed to have PROOF at a much higher level than PROBABLE CAUSE to secure a conviction. To secure a CONVICTION means a prosecutor must have PROOF that is BEYOND A REASONABLE DOUBT–a term meaning a decision by a judge or jury that a given defendant is in fact guilty.

    Under the ethical guidelines governing Mueller’s work, he is not supposed to seek an INDICTMENT of a defendant unless and until he believed he had enough PROOF to secure a CONVICTION as well. He had enough PROOF at the PROBABLE CAUSE level to get an INDICTMENT–it is detailed in his report–but he believes a jury will not CONVICT the defendant because there is not PROOF BEYOND A REASONABLE DOUBT.

    There are two standards here–the media is mixing up the terms really badly.

    Mueller could proceed with the case–he could INDICT the defendant since there is enough PROOF, but he chose not to because he cannot CONVICT him. Why? The standard for BEYOND A REASONABLE DOUBT is that the PROOF must be at a 90% level to secure a CONVICTION. Mueller in his report provided the percentages of his PROOF. PROBABLE CAUSE is 25% of PROOF that someone committed a crime, while BEYOND A REASONABLE DOUBT is 90%.

    You need to distinguish EVIDENCE and PROOF. In short, PROOF is a *type* of EVIDENCE. When Trump defenders say “no EVIDENCE” what they actually mean is “no PROOF”—though they are ridiculously misstating their case in both instances. Mueller had PROOF of conspiracy enough to INDICT (at the level of PROBABLE CAUSE). But he did not have the PROOF that was BEYOND A REASONABLE DOUBT (necessary for a CONVICTION). Remember, Mueller was conducting a narrow scope of the overall collusion question (which there are almost two dozen ongoing investigations on this and other matters)–whether Trump was engaged in a “conspiracy” with two Russian entities, the IRA or the GRU.

    Since one can collude through obstruction of justice, and because Mueller did say he found PROOF of that crime, we know he found PROOF of COLLUSION…just not enough to secure a CONVICTION. Moreover, Congress does NOT require PROOF that is BEYOND A REASONABLE DOUBT to deem someone a national security threat. That is up to each member of Congress.

    Mueller performed honorably. More than likely, he farmed out several cases to other jurisdictions because it was not under his purview to delver further into those matters. But he did find PROOF in several other areas during the course of his investigation that has resulted in other jurisdictions looking into Trump and his associated.

    So, anyone, do you have any issue if the public and Congress is able to view the full Mueller Report?

    “Here, Muller could not even meet the lesser standard. He could not find enough enough evidence to convince a majority of a grand jury that there was “merit” to the contention that a crime had been committed. That makes it pretty clear he had “nothing.””

    The only way to know for absolute certainty if Mueller had “nothing” is for Congress to view his report in its full glory.

    “In the indictments of the Russian bloggers, Muller never thought that anyone would show up and defend the claim.”

    Sources?

    “When attorneys showed up for the bloggers and demanded to be given the evidence, Muller panicked and tried to get a judge to deny the request – which is a routine defense request. ”

    Sources?

    • Replies: @Mike from Jersey
  93. @Corvinus

    As far as posting sources to the Russia bloggers case, here is my advice. Try reading the news from here on out. That was in all the major papers, even the New York Times and Washington Post – for God sake. You are obviously wedded to the Russiagate thing and I have better things to do.

    One anecdote about prosecutors “not indicting” unless “they have proof that they can convict.”

    A client of my former law office (I am retired) had his house searched under a warrant. The police were looking for drugs. They found none. He was indicted anyway. This is how they did it. They ran the dollar bills in his wallet through laboratory testing and found traces of cocaine.

    Now, if old dollar bills in your wallet or just about anyone’s wallet are tested for drugs, it is common to find traces of cocaine. That is pretty well known. The indictment was total nonsense.

    It is cases like that which give rise to the saying that a prosecutor can indict a ham sandwich if they want so choose.

    So don’t tell me that Muller didn’t indict since he didn’t have enough evidence to convict. He didn’t indict because he had nothing at all.

    • Replies: @Corvinus
  94. Vojkan says:
    @Jake

    It indeed all started with the Puritan Revolution in England in the 17th century. When one sees what it has spawned, one almost feels sorry that it failed in its country of origin and as result of that failure, emigrated across the Atlantic.

  95. Corvinus says:
    @Mike from Jersey

    “As far as posting sources to the Russia bloggers case, here is my advice. Try reading the news from here on out.”

    LOL. Doesn’t work that way, “counselor”. You made a specific claim, now prove it. Did you say try to weasel your way out in similar fashion when in front of a judge or with your client?

    One anecdote about prosecutors “not indicting” unless “they have proof that they can convict.”

    “So don’t tell me that Muller didn’t indict since he didn’t have enough evidence to convict. He didn’t indict because he had nothing at all.”

    That is patently false. Mueller had specific evidence, just not the level required to indict and/or convict. The bottom line is that his report should be made available to find out what exactly was procured.

    • Replies: @Mike from Jersey
  96. @Corvinus

    I promised myself that I wouldn’t respond since you obviously haven’t followed the news on this.

    But …

    https://www.courthousenews.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/12/ConcordDiscoveryDisclosure.pdf

    This is the motion which was in all the papers.

    Now, I suppose you’ll want more.

    Enough. Try following the news from here on out. I have better things to do.

    • Replies: @Corvinus
  97. annamaria says:
    @Corvinus

    “The Holocaust Denier …”

    — Corvinus, check on the amazing deeds of your motherland: “Israel testing medicines on Palestinian prisoners” https://www.middleeastmonitor.com/20190403-committee-israel-testing-medicines-on-palestinian-prisoners/

    There are reports that the Ministry of Health issued licenses to several international companies to carry out medical tests on Palestinian and Arab prisoners in Israeli jails without their knowledge.

    It is not in the Jews’ interests to remind people about holo-biz considering that the Jewish Sate has been sending the Israel-made rifles to Ukrainian neo-Nazi and considering the medical experiments conducted by the “most victimized” on the occupied populations of Palestine.

    “Israel Is Arming Ukraine’s Blatantly Neo-Nazi Militia the Azov Battalion,” whereas the Israeli/Ukrainian citizen Kolomoisky has been the main financier of the neo-Nazi:

    • Replies: @Corvinus
  98. Corvinus says:
    @Mike from Jersey

    “I promised myself that I wouldn’t respond since you obviously haven’t followed the news on this.”

    Here are your two statements I specifically challenged.

    “In the indictments of the Russian bloggers, Muller never thought that anyone would show up and defend the claim.”

    “When attorneys showed up for the bloggers and demanded to be given the evidence, Muller panicked and tried to get a judge to deny the request – which is a routine defense request. ”

    At issue here is your characterization of Mueller’s actions and state of mind, NOT the actual contents of the motion. YOU need to show specific evidence in regards to how and why Mueller “never thought anyone would show up” and “panicked” because the evidence was “ridiculously weak”.

    For the record, here is Mueller’s legal response to that motion.

    https://www.lawfareblog.com/document-concord-management-used-discovery-disinformation-campaign-mueller-says

  99. Corvinus says:
    @annamaria

    “Corvinus, check on the amazing deeds of your motherland…”

    I’m not Jewish. I’m Polish, German, and Dutch.

    “Israel testing medicines on Palestinian prisoners…”

    Tragic. But a red herring on your part nonetheless.

    “It is not in the Jews’ interests to remind people about holo-biz considering that the Jewish Sate has been sending the Israel-made rifles to Ukrainian neo-Nazi”

    Hypocritical. But a red herring on your part nonetheless.

    The fact of the matter is that the Holocaust actually occurred despite Wally’s insistence that event was fictional.

    • Replies: @annamaria
    , @Vojkan
  100. annamaria says:
    @Corvinus

    Too much “herring” in your post.
    I stand by the facts of the Jewish State arming neo-Nazi in Ukraine (a death blow to the holo-biz wailing and profiteering schema) and the Jewish State’s subhuman practices of medical experimentation on the native populations. Time for Israelis to pay reparations to Palestinians.

  101. annamaria says:

    The Russophobes’ march against the US Constitution: https://turcopolier.typepad.com/sic_semper_tyrannis/2019/04/habakkuk-on-cockroaches-and-the-new-york-times.html

    … the ‘DFRLab’ is the ‘Digital Forensic Research Lab’ at the ‘Atlantic Council’, where Eliot Higgins is a ‘nonresident senior fellow’ [see https://www.voltairenet.org/article205934.html%5D.
    The same organisation has a ‘Cyber Statecraft Initiative’ where Dmitri Alperovitch is a ‘nonresident senior fellow’ [see https://turcopolier.typepad.com/sic_semper_tyrannis/2018/06/exposing-the-russian-hacking-fraud-by-publius-tacitus.html%5D.

    It cannot be repeated often enough that it is difficult to see any conceivable excuse for the FBI to fail to secure access to the DNC servers. One would normally moreover expect that, on an issue of this sensitivity, they would have the ‘digital forensics’ done by their own people.

    There can be no conceivable excuse for relying on a contractor [Jewish Russophobe Alperovitch] selected by the organisation which is claiming that there has been a hack, when an alternative possibility is a leak: and the implications of the alternative possibility could be devastating for that organisation.

    To rely on a contractor linked to the notoriously Russophobic ‘Atlantic Council’ is even more preposterous. The clear close integration of other cyber people from the ‘Atlantic Council’ into Orwellian ‘information operations’ sponsored by the British Government simply puts these facts into sharp relief.

    There has to be a strong possible ‘prima facie’ case that anyone in authority prepared to accept the ‘digital forensics’ from ‘CrowdStrike’ [led by Alperovitch] is complicit in the conspiracy against the constitution, and/or the conspiracy to cover-up that conspiracy. This certainly goes for Comey, and I think it also goes for Mueller.

  102. @TG

    “Legal” “investigations”, feverishly publicized by the United Media (by the way: the media is pretty much united in every country of the world in our time: the left-vs-right real clash is a thing of the past. Capitalism has unified politics and information alike. Ruling takes it no more effort than wearing social-justice clothing, and, of course and again, feverishly publicize it.)

    Probes, and also “financial markets in turmoil”, are the means used to admonish the prominent personality(ies), elected or not, that stray(s).
    If we afforded a dash of pragmatism sometime, we would, perhaps, recognize that these are less violent, more civilized means to settle disputes for power/affirm and reaffirm established powers than there ever were in human history and there are in much of our planet.

  103. @Svigor

    The screenplay, directed as it is at a mass audience, needs frequent refreshing, like anything that the TV airs and that has to have a chance of success.

  104. Vojkan says:
    @Corvinus

    The Shoah may have occurred, the Holocaust i.e. the ritual religious sacrifice of a victim by burning, that’s debatable.

    • Replies: @Corvinus
  105. Corvinus says:
    @Vojkan

    “the Holocaust i.e. the ritual religious sacrifice of a victim by burning, that’s debatable.”

    Debatable in what context? You realized that it actually happened, right?

    • Replies: @Vojkan
  106. Vojkan says:
    @Corvinus

    A ritual religious sacrifice? No, I don’t realise it happened and I believe the nazis themselves didn’t either. Actually, I believe non-Jews call it ‘Holocaust’, with a capital ‘H’, either to toady or because they don’t realise the meaning of the word.

    • Replies: @Corvinus
  107. Corvinus says:
    @Vojkan

    “A ritual religious sacrifice?”

    Which is NOT the Holocaust.

    “No, I don’t realise it happened”

    Is that being willfully ignorant or purposely naive?

    “and I believe the nazis themselves didn’t either.”

    That is other than surprising. But there were Germans who were not Nazis and found out, undeniably, that this event happen.

    “Actually, I believe non-Jews call it ‘Holocaust’, with a capital ‘H’, either to toady or because they don’t realise the meaning of the word.”

    LOL, I think after decades of research on the Holocaust, and the nation of Germany acknowledging that it occurred, that people realize the meaning of that word.

    • Replies: @Vojkan
  108. Vojkan says:
    @Corvinus

    Holocauste, from ancient Greek ‘ὁλόκαυστος’, meaning burnt whole, referring to a sacrifice to a god burnt to ashes, feel free to Google or consult any encyclopedia. How’s that not a ritual religious sacrifice? Conversely, how is what happened during WWII a ‘Holocaust’?

  109. Corvinus says:

    “Holocauste, from ancient Greek ‘ὁλόκαυστος’, meaning burnt whole, referring to a sacrifice to a god burnt to ashes, feel free to Google or consult any encyclopedia.”

    There is another definition. It is also found online.

    hol·o·caust–/ˈhäləˌkôst,ˈhōləˌkôst/noun

    1. destruction or slaughter on a mass scale, especially caused by fire or nuclear war. example–“a nuclear holocaust”

    synonyms: cataclysm, disaster, catastrophe, destruction, devastation, demolition, annihilation, ravaging

    Again, are you being willfully ignorant or purposely naive?

    “Conversely, how is what happened during WWII a ‘Holocaust’?”

    If you refer to this definition, millions of people dying a horrific death, in this case Jews, Gypsies, and other “undesirables”, in a systematic manner clearly fits the criteria for the definition I provided.

  110. FB says: • Website

    CJ delivers more chuckles per page than any satirist has a right to…well done, as usual…and keep those digs coming at the dirtballs over at CP…LOL

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