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We have here an AP Exclusive regarding that cockroach Paul Manafort.

AP Exclusive: Manafort had plan to benefit Putin government
By JEFF HORWITZ and CHAD DAY
57 minutes ago

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump’s former campaign chairman, Paul Manafort, secretly worked for a Russian billionaire to advance the interests of Russian President Vladimir Putin a decade ago and proposed an ambitious political strategy to undermine anti-Russian opposition across former Soviet republics, The Associated Press has learned. The work appears to contradict assertions by the Trump administration and Manafort himself that he never worked for Russian interests.

Read the rest here.

Among this Putin Operative’s travels, he is associated with Montenegro. It seems he “freed” Montenegro to ready it for some Putin pillaging.

I mention this because it was discovered that many of the false and sleazy smear links about Hillary, which were fed to the brain-addled Bernie people during the primary –came from…….Surprise! ….Montenegro.

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I know nothing! Nothing I tell you!

Now, Sleazy Donald swears he didn’t really know a thing about Paul Manafort. No sir!  The man who says he’s got a superior brain knows nothing about anybody he hires. Ever. Not even Carter Page. Doesn’t know him either. Nope! ‘Believe me!’ I really don’t know him much! But today we will focus on Manafort. Carter Page is a post all by his own sleazy skeevy self.

So, back to Scumball Paul Manafort and his goal in life to help Vlad Putin conquer the world while working with the beholding dolt Donald J. Trump, member of the the Superior Aryan Race who hides his taxes so you can’t figure out what he’s really up to and who took ownership of his shorts since American banks got sick of being stiffed by him and told him to go fuck a duck.

Sean Spicer – who, after he is done with his current job, should try a shot at the Comedy Store considering how many people are laughing at him – said that Manafort had a basically minor role in the campaign…..in as much as Trump fired the maniacal Corey Lewandowski to make Manafort his Campaign manager

Now how did Paul Manafort become part of Trump’s Campaign staff, you ask. You are asking that, right? Welp, Donnie asked him to work for him while they were riding an elevator.

But Trump’s association with Manafort started before he tucked his buddy into The Tower. Yes, that’s right. Manafort was living in Trump Tower when Trump hired him in an elevator. A Trump Tower elevator.

The genesis of Donald Trump’s relationship with Paul Manafort begins with Roy Cohn. That Roy Cohn: Joe McCarthy’s heavy-lidded henchman, lawyer to the Genovese family. During the ’70s, Trump and his father hired Cohn as their lawyer to defend the family against a housing discrimination suit. (Cohn accused the Feds of using “Gestapo-like tactics.”) But Cohn and Trump became genuine pals, lunching at the Four Seasons and clubbing together at Studio 54. It was Roy Cohn who introduced Stone and Manafort to Trump.

Golly, Trump sure has great friends. Adds a whole new meaning to what your mother always said about, “Show me who your friends are and I will tell you what you are”.

But wait! I must digress! I can do that, it’s my blog!

“I’m fine!”

Did I see the name, Roger Stone? The guy who has a tattoo of Nixon on his back?

The guy who announced a Wiki email dump was arriving just before it happened?

The guy who provided a couple of thousand tweeters and the FBI with screen captures from his twitter account, where he chatted with Guccifer?

The guy who makes Alex Jones seem stable?

That Roger Stone?

Convenient amnesia that seems to riddle both of them aside, it is a known fact that Stone and Manafort worked together before. In fact, after Stone was freshly off from Nixon dirty tricks, he and Manafort were quite a team.

During those disco years, Stone and Manafort were tethered together.

Okay back to the subject at hand.

In summary, Donald Trump lied about his acquaintance with Paul Manafort.

Donald Trump lied.

Gee, that’s new, right?

While Manafort was supposedly ‘fired’ in August 2016 after the exposure of his scandal over a Ukraine cash payoff, he continued to help Donald with his cabinet picks as part of the Transition Team. Think Rex Tillerson and that $500 billion deal with Exxon and Vlad that is held up by those pesky sanctions. Really, no wonder Tillerson doesn’t allow the press to travel with him, and no wonder he would rather visit Russia than do the job of SOS and attend NATO. Oh wait, that’s right! Donald doesn’t like NATO, just like Putin. But that’s just a coincidence, you know? It probably has nothing to do with silly things like tax returns and or being owned by Russian Oligarch loans,  or anything important, right? I mean let’s give the guy the benefit of the doubt until he REALLY gets caught. I mean it’s not like he and his band of shady campaign people are being investigated by the FBI or anything!

“Russians make up a pretty disproportionate cross-section of a lot of our assets,” Trump’s son, Donald Jr., told a real estate conference in 2008, according to an account posted on the website of eTurboNews, a trade publication. “We see a lot of money pouring in from Russia.”

Oh my goodness. I must have pulled that quote out of my ass!

Okay, I’m going to digress again. You know the routine.

I think this might also a good time to expand the point that that Paul Manafort is definitely no stranger to the Republican Party. James Baker was literally his Mentor. When Baker ran for Texas AG, he tapped Manafort to work for him.  He was also tapped to run Ronnie Reagan’s southern operation.

He’s done it before, assisting Gerald Ford in stifling Ronald Reagan’s insurgency at the GOP’s summer classic of 1976. In the conventions that followed, the Republican Party often handed Manafort control of the program and instructed him to stage-manage the show. He produced the morning-in-America convention of 1984 and the Bob Dole nostalgia-thon of 1996.

…….And for all you assholed suckers reading this, this one’s for you and your newfound definition of “Patriotism,” which includes your perception that Putin is your cuddly benign BFF and there is no reason to give a rat’s ass that he continues to invade and annex countries in Eastern Europe for his very own:

Manafort had a special gift for changing how dictators are beheld by American eyes. He would recast them as noble heroes—venerated by Washington think tanks, deluged with money from Congress.

Okay, so let’s just cut to the quick here. Fast foward to 1:58 on the video below to see what is really going on with Trump and Russia–and watch Paul Manafort experience the worst case of Tongue-Tied you have ever seen. Why, it’s a good thing nobody asked him who bought that 19.5% of Rosneft Oil, which Putin offered in exchange for removal of Sanctions–as was mentioned in that “Untrue” UK Water Sports Dossier. Oh, no wait! That was Carter Page, not Paul Manafort!  I’ve gotta save that story for another time! — even though the transaction actually did happen –in early December 2016 -right after the election-quietly-and nobody can find out who got the shares……

Dang, I digressed again! So much Trump Campaign Sleaze, so little time!

Onto the Manafort video background: At 1:58, Paul Manafort is asked if Donald J Trump has any financial ties to Russian Oligarchs.

Scurrying like cockroaches when the light is turned on.

Yes, it’s the Town Hall time of year.

Well, not exactly. More like it’s Avoid Town Hall time of year.

For some, it’s even Run From Town Hall time of year.

Here’s Nebraska’s Sen. Deb Fischer scurrying away from her constituents who are yelling Hey Deb! Meet With Us!

Not to be undone, here’s Rep Dave Young as a constituent pours him a glass of dirty water.

Well hey, at least Dave showed up, unlike Rep. Paul Cook, who is so conspicuously absent from constituent view, his face finally showed up plastered on milk cartons.

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And here’s Senator Tom Cotton as a constituent asks him, “What insurance do YOU have?”

Honestly, I actually felt sorry for Tom Cotton. He looked like a sad puppy at that town hall. I really kind of want to hug him. I mean this.

See what I mean?

And then there’s Der Leader Mitch…..how can we forget that Chinless Old Man who is using the halls of Congress as a free Retirement Home like so many others?

Mitch said protesters don’t scare him at all. Then he entered via a back door.

Pay no nevermind to the snipers on the roof….

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Finally, Senator Pat Toomey was a No-Show at his Town Hall.

So they held it without him and put an appropriately empty suit on display in his place.

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There are many more. Let’s put them in the comments as we find them!

Oh and one more thing: Sean Spicer hasn’t found one of those buses he keeps talking about. I guess he’ll have to bus the buses in…..

And yet another One More Thing.  There are cartoons flying by Twitter. Here’s one of them.c5uhge2ucaahko3

Nixon = Trump = Fascists = Traitors = Republicans

Bringing Revolutionary War Vet‘s comments up from downstairs because they merit a discussion on their own.

Part I

Hey everybody,

Just wanted to pop my head up to say hello. It’s been a while, but I’ve been here all along, reading and seething, every day since the election. It still all seems so surreal. But here we are…fascism has taken control of our republic.

As a quick aside to Upps – so very glad to hear that you are feeling better again. Well enough to run in from the other room and lay down the law when your kids get out of hand!

We are good children, Aunt Uppity. We can get testy every now and again, but we really do respect each other. And we certainly adore you – so we promise to play nice from now on.

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Now, when it comes to “playing nice” with the current regime, I agree with others, and William above, in taking the approach of NO SURRENDER. No appeasing, no deals, no giving an inch.

Obstruct. Delay. Fight Everything.

I have already written to my Senators (Schumer and Gillibrand) to inform them that if they do not obstruct everything, then they will lose my support, and future vote. Happily, Kirsten has been tough all along, and Chuck is starting to see the light, and stiffen his spine.

Fascists. Traitors. Evil. Un-American.

That is what they are, and that is what they must be called. Every day, and everywhere. And I would add another dirty word that is not only appropriate, but just may ring the right bells:

Nixon.

This name was all over the news when Trump fired the AG on Monday (good for her, by the way, for standing up to the man-child bully) but it has receded again lately. It must be brought back and shouted from every mountaintop.

Let’s face it, the typical Trump voter and supporter is a dumb human being. There is just no other “kind” way to say it, so why should I try to soften it by saying “under-educated” or “naive” or whatever.

These are stupid people. Period. They know nothing about our country, about its history, about its government, about its constitution – they simply don’t know and they just don’t care.

But, one thing that almost everyone knows is the name of Richard Nixon. He is the great shame of the Republican party (until Trump) and his name is synonymous with criminal, corruption, resignation (and certain impeachment if he had not quit). So, from here forward…

Nixon is Trump. Trump is Nixon. Tricky Dick is Donny J.

TRUMP = NIXON.
NIXON = TRUMP.

For, even the dumbest of the dumb know that Nixon was a crook. And a disgrace. And he had to go. So, the more we can equate Trump with Nixon (and the truth is, Trump is certainly even worse than Dick) the better chance we have of it actually resonating in the hearts and minds of the ignorant. And, make no mistake, that name still scares all Republican politicians.

Fascists. Traitors. Dangerous. Corrupt. NIXON!

TRUMP = NIXON.
NIXON = TRUMP.

We will survive these dark days somehow, Uppities. We simply cannot not let Dr. Franklin down and fail “to keep it”. We must hold tight to our convictions and each other, or, as Ben warned…

“We must, indeed, all hang together or, most assuredly, we shall all hang separately.”

 

Part II

Now, if I may, I want to clarify my previous post regarding the Nixon thing. I think I failed to make my point clearly…

I fully agree that comparing Trump to Nixon is, in many ways, apples and oranges. Different times, different crimes. But, what I was suggesting is the effort in finding a word, a phrase, something SIMPLE, that all people can fully understand.

I was dovetailing off what William posted yesterday, wherein he basically suggested that it’s high time to face off against the Republicans on THEIR terms. Remember, we won. Hillary Clinton WON in every way that any candidate could possibly win:

She won on smarts.
She won on facts.
She won on experience.
She won every debate.
She won every endorsement.
She won more actual votes.

And yet…here we are with a monster in the Oval Office.

Why?

Well, in my opinion, it’s because we were trying to win-over, trying to convince with reason and intelligence, a large percentage of the American electorate that is terrifyingly ignorant. They are almost literally – illiterate. So, the question is – how does won win future elections, and/or stop Trump now, in a time when actual facts (not “alternative facts”) are almost worthless to millions of Americans?

You win by doing what we in this resistance are now doing: obstruct, delay, boycott, march, protest, etc. I am in a favor of any measure that will help people to see the light. But, the thing is, there already are MILLIONS of us who do see the light. We KNOW we are on the right side of the facts, and history, and the Constitution.

But what about Mr. and Mrs. Red America?

What about those millions of ignorant fools who will never understand the dangers that this nation is facing? They watch our protests and marches and think that WE are the crazy fools. They think: We don’t care what you say, Trump won, get over it.

You cannot fight that kind of malicious ignorance with just the facts, or intelligence. You need something else, to go along with your facts and intelligence. And my suggestion (just a suggestion, mind you) is using one simple word – so simple that even Red America knows what it means – to try to make them see the light.

And – NIXON – could be such a word.

Every American, smart or dumb, knows what the name Nixon represents: criminal behavior, corruption, and disgrace. It matters not if they know anything about the man himself of the times he lived in (as we here all do). It only matters that once they hear that name – Nixon – it means bad things.

Look, I know that I’m preaching to the choir here on this blog. You ALL know this. You are all smart, sane, perfectly reasonable Americans. But, as I see it, it behooves us to find a way, a simple way, to buttress our rational arguments with a simple message – one that THEY will all comprehend.

Remember, for over a year, the Republicans used ONE WORD to tar Hillary Clinton.

EMAILS!!!!

That was it. One fucking word. One baseless, meaningless, word. But that, along with Comey, and the Russians, and the media, and everything else, worked to set a monster loose on our nation, and the world.

So, moving forward, every time that Trump commits another “high crime or misdemeanor” (and there will be many) it could be a wise strategy to keep comparing him to Nixon. Red America will understand what that comparison means.

Trump is not just Nixon – he’s even worse. Nixon was a criminal, and so is Trump. Nixon defied the Constitution, and so is Trump. Nixon was corrupt, and so is Trump.

Trump is just like Nixon – but even worse.

Now, I know that this suggestion may seem silly and pedantic to many here. Like, okay, Rev War Vet, we get it. But, it’s just a word. One word isn’t going to make a difference.

Well, maybe. But that one word “EMAILS” certainly did its part in 2016. We are in desperate, dangerous times, Uppities. Any and all measures must be employed to try and save our Republic. All forms of resistance, whether simple or complex, must be utilized.

Let us fight lies with the truth. Let us combat ignorance with knowledge. Let us protest, and resist. But, let us also try and reach those unreachable masses with one clear and undeniable FACT…

Once upon a time, Richard Nixon was a REPUBLICAN (not a Democrat) president who engaged in criminal behavior in the White House, subverted the US Constitution, and was forced to resign in disgrace.

Donald Trump is a REPUBLICAN (not a Democrat) president who is the 21st century reincarnation of Richard Nixon. And he’s even worse.

It’s a simple message for simple people, I agree. But, it just may be an effective one, too. And, as a nice bonus, it just happens to be 100% true.

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In a rare (meaning previously non-existent) moment of integrity, Chuck Todd (yeah, fucking chuck Todd) calls out Spicer’s lies as “provable falsehoods.” Sewer Rat Barbie doesn’t even know when she’s being served a gift. She’s “rethinking their relationship with the press.” I guess that just means they’ll have to lie harder.

It was smart of Spicer to lie and it was smart of Kelly to go on this shitty show and lie more. Everyone’s talking about Trump’s lie instead of the entire world being in a protest march.

Happy New Year. Same Old Lang Syne.

The late and still-great Dan Fogelberg always said it best while conjuring up some bittersweet memory for all of us.

Happy New Year to you all. And 2016: Just move along and drop dead.