It was a dark and stormy daniels night. In the daylight you know when they are going to use the bayonet. It is in the darkest hours of night that you least expect someone will use cold Steele to drive a dagger into the heart of American democracy – our system of free and fair elections.
He doesn't look dangerous, does he? He looks like the very image of a noble ally, not like some ignoble troll. What possible deed could he have done to draw the ire eye of the American government? We know what Russian trolls did. Check the 13 Troll indictment:
"U.S. law bans foreign nationals from making certain expenditures or financial disbursements for the purpose of influencing federal elections. U.S. law also bars agents of any foreign entity from engaging in political activities within the United States without first registering with the Attorney General."
" strategic goal to sow discord in the U.S. political system, including the 2016 U.S. presidential election. ….. derogatory information….."
Hmmmm. I'm sure this gentlemen, still under the obligations of the Official Secrets Act, is a registered foregn agent in the US, right? I'm sure Her Britannic Majesty's government is quite happy with what this "former" intellegence officer has done with his knowledge, skills, abilities and of course, contacts, to affect the special relationship between our nations.
I've forgotten, is it "Fake news never lies", or that "people never lie to fake news"?
"After Mr Trump won the election, an ally of John McCain, the Republican senator, visited Britain to meet Mr Steele and read the dossier for himself. ….. He was reportedly told to "look for a man wearing a blue raincoat and carrying a Financial Times under his arm” at Heathrow Airport. A copy of the dossier was eventually passed to Mr McCain. "
That sounds like a scene from an episode of Rumpole of the Bailey. Only that episode featured biscuits……. Somehow I think Victoria Nuland will eventually come into the picture here too.
Undoubtably what Mr. Steele found, compiled or created was presented to somebody somewhere – besides "allies" of one of Mr. Trump's political opponents – Senator McCain:
I wonder who got that into Bruce's hands? Hopefully the FBI didn't just sit on in like it was a tip about a teenager who threatened to shoot up a school or something. I'm sure a warrant to investigate could be obtained at any Federal Courthouse. It's not like we have a secret Star Chamber court where the facts never see the light of day.
What? I'm sure somebody wrote a memo. Nunes memo. Or two. Grassley-Graham memo. Wow. Something seems rather Schiffty. Sigh. "classified" It seems politicians don't trust Americans with the truth. Letting the Truth out wouldn't be good for re-election, would it?
Confused yet? Keeping track of this scandal is hard work; it could drive a man to drink.
I wonder what drink the big dogs would have about now? I'll just ask.
Snoop! Why you look like you've been inhale'n more than the leader of the Choom Gang ever did. Give us a word:
"You bitches drinkin' lemonaide, but I'm the Coolaid Man" Well. Okay then.
Aaack! Pftwtewy. Yuk. That'll leave a bitter taste in your mouth. Like bad tea in a disreputable shop in the shady side of London. I wonder if he sent anyone to London? Maybe we could check the travel records. I'm sure they asked for reimbursement.
Now if that's the flavor I know I don't want to be Drinking the Koolaid.
Just what does that mean, Drinking the Koolaid, anyway? Let me quote:
"It signifies that the person in question has given up personal integrity and has succumbed to the prevailing group-think that typifies policymaking today. This person has become "part of the problem, not part of the solution."
What was the "problem"? The sincerely held beliefs of a small group of people who think they are the "bearers" of a uniquely correct view of the world, sought to dominate the…."
Yeah, we've all had a bit too much of that flavor. There is one thing sure to wash that particular taste away.
Ah, fresh covfefe. There's nothing quite like the smell of covfefe in the morning. Just the thing to brighten your day.
Still feeling glum? Just chill. This is the internet, and drafting this stuff is hard, expecially when you have to wear a tie:
Now where was I? Ah, yes, Our Noble allies. I wonder why American presidents love them so much? Like we see here.
Like a virgin, touched for the very first time. Sorry, wrong song. "Moon River,…" Just like "Breakfast at Tiffany's". I wonder who the weather report was shared with, or …… Or…Ohr…
Exercise in rhetoric:
ore – material from which a metal or valuable mineral can be extracted (like the metal used to make steel)
oar – useful if up a creek without a paddle.
or - introducing a synonym or explanation of a preceding word or phrase; such as "the espionage novel, or, as it is known in the trade, the thriller"
Whoa Nellie! Where have I heard that one?
Ohr. Nellie. ……. Methinks that deserves a little closer scrutiny. Let's take a look.
Do I have this thing pointed at the alt-right, right wing, always at the right in the correct direction? Let's see. If only I were an agent of the FBI or a real reporter like Farheed Zakaria of GPS. I'm sure he'd get to the heart of the matter. GPS? Why oh why is that familiar? Ah.
Let me quote one of our favorite Middle Easterners:
Now why would anyone send a Breakfast at Tiffany's style weather report to an employee of Fusion GPS? To get the word out to who was to do what to whom? I wonder. Now what the heck does that have to do with Ohr and Steel? Ohr… right, an employee of Fusion GPS. Which just happens to employ our noble ally Mr. Steele. Ohr, who's husband just happens to be….
Just happens to be married to a DOJ official. Well nobody believes fake news anymore, how about we verify before we trust:
"Bruce Ohr, the Department of Justice official who brought opposition research on President Donald Trump to the FBI, did not disclose that Fusion GPS, which performed that research at the Democratic National Committee’s behest, was paying his wife, and did not obtain a conflict of interest waiver from his superiors at the Justice Department,….."
Why there can't be any conflict with that. Let's check the official DOJ code of conduct. I know it's around here somewhere.
Crimethink – Nope, not happening here. Bellyfeel. Well a lot of that goin' on, but nope, nothing to do with integrity. Thoughtcrime- Nope. All the correct bellyfeel was happ'n. Integrity. That word is not in that dictionary, so that conduct must be OK if you are with her. Congratulations, you get to keep a job and your pension Bruce almighty. For now.
What else is in that book? Doubletalk? Naw, that's in the fake news handbook. The DOJ would never stoop that low.
Now if only somebody at the Counter Intellegence section of the FBI could get to the heart of the fbi lawyer he's banging on the side. matter about what criminal conduct was occuring. Did that FBI agent responsible for counter-intellegence talk to DOJ attorney Bruce Ohr's boss, the attorney who just happened to be…. the
Well, at least after more than a year we finally have some indictments. So what kind of conduct that influenced the election is criminal, according to the indictment handed down by the Mueller team?
Count 1: "…. U.S. law also bars agents of any foreign entity from engaging in political activities within the United States without first registering with the Attorney General. And U.S. law requires certain foreign nationals seeking entry to the United States to obtain a visa by providing truthful and accurate information to the government." If you have someone fly to london and get that info is that OK or is that criminal?
Count 2: "… defraud the United States by impairing, obstructing, and defeating the lawful functions of the government through fraud and deceit for the purpose of interfering with the U.S. political and electoral processes, including the presidential election of 2016." If you delete all your emails – 384 pages does that count as "imparing, obstructing and defeating the lawful functions of government"? Has the Mueller team interviewed Strzok and Page? How about not telling anyone your wife works for Fusion GPS, creator of the dossier that was essential to obtaining the FISA court indictment?
Count 3: "……. ORGANIZATION began operations to interfere with the U.S. political system, including the 2016 U.S. presidential election. Defendant ORGANIZATION received funding for its operations from …. and companies he controlled …. Defendants …. spent significant funds to further the ORGANIZATION’s operations and to pay …. other uncharged ORGANIZATION employees, salaries and bonuses for their work at the ORGANIZATION."
Who paid Fusion GPS at each stage of their work? Is that criminal?
Count 4: "….. operated social media pages and groups designed to attract U.S. audiences….."
If a firm knowingly changes the ranking of social media pages others have created does that affect the "attraction of US audiences" and thus count as interference in the electoral process? How about just making sure users of social media never see the content? ex1 ex2
What a tangled tale they weave. Worthy of Hollywood, pre-Harvey. If nothing else the fallout has permanently affected some political families. What was it the Dowager Empress said in "55 days at Peking"? "The Dynasty has fallen". Just like the Hilary's. If only she had had an insurance policy.
Now that is a fine piece of art. Some people look younger when all the life has been taken out of their political careers. I wonder who did the final deed: Yates, Power, Rice? Perhaps the artist just merged a successful triumverate of legal beauties. Who gave the go-ahead? Somebody with a legal mind should dig into the weeds and figure that out.
If only we had a group of lawyers adept at trimming the verge. Sadly, I think we have too many that drank the koolaid. "What we have now is a highly corrupted system of intelligence and policymaking, one twisted to serve specific group goals, ends and beliefs held to the point of religious faith."