NUMBER OF STORIES ABOUT NEWS THAT DOESN’T SUCK: 7
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NOVICHOK KILLED INNOCENT BYSTANDER IN THE UK
The Washington Post reports, “A middle-aged British woman, who somehow came into contact with the Soviet-era nerve agent known as Novichok, died Sunday evening at a hospital in south England where she was being treated for exposure to the military-grade chemical weapon.” The Washington Post adds, “Dawn Sturgess, 44, was one of five people who became seriously ill after being exposed to the nerve agent in the Salisbury area.” The Washington Post notes, “Former Russian spy and double agent Sergei Skripal and his adult daughter, Yulia, were poisoned four months ago in what British authorities deemed a deliberate attack. After reviving from comas, both were released from the hospital to an undisclosed location. A police sergeant involved in the investigation of the March incident was also hospitalized for exposure but released shortly thereafter.” The Washington Post adds, “Sturgess lived in a supported-living facility that helps residents struggling with alcohol or drug addiction. Police said she was exposed to the chemical last weekend, absorbing it through her hands. She survived for eight days. Her boyfriend, Charlie Rowley, 45, was also exposed and became sick a few hours later. Rowley remains in critical condition and in a coma at the Salisbury hospital. Friends told the British press that Rowley would often search dumpsters for items to barter or sell.” So: not Russian spies but innocent civilians caught in the crossfire of Russia’s chemical weapons attack on British soil. The Washington Post notes, “Specialists at the nearby Defense Science and Technology Laboratory at Porton Down, a military research facility, identified the agent used against the Skripals, Sturgess and Rowley as Novichok.”
From The Washington Post.
REMEMBER HILLARY SAT FOR 11 HOURS OVER BENGHAZI + NO CHARGES
The New York Times reports, “President Trump’s lawyers set new conditions on Friday on an interview with the special counsel and said that the chances that the president would be voluntarily questioned were growing increasingly unlikely.” If you believed for a moment the illegitimate president will ever sit for an interview, sorry, this is reality knocking again on that door. The New York Times adds, “The special counsel, Robert S. Mueller III, needs to prove before Mr. Trump would agree to an interview that he has evidence that Mr. Trump committed a crime and that his testimony is essential to completing the investigation, said Rudolph W. Giuliani, the president’s lead lawyer in the case.” TRUMPISTAN WATCH exists to tell you not even then. The New York Times notes, “The president’s lawyers want Mr. Mueller to explain how the Justice Department gave him the authority to investigate possible obstruction of justice by the president in what began as a counterintelligence investigation into Russia’s election meddling. The order appointing Mr. Mueller authorized him to investigate possible links between Moscow’s interference and Trump associates, as well as any matters that arose from the inquiry.” Um hello, have you been listening to your client’s own statements and actions since he became the fake president or just watching faux news Fox? The New York Times adds, “The gambit by Mr. Giuliani was the latest maneuver in an all-out assault by the president and his legal team in recent months to alter public opinion about the inquiry. They have come to believe that, if the Democrats win control of the House in November, the chamber will vote on whether to begin the impeachment process no matter the outcome of Mr. Mueller’s investigation. So they want to sway Americans — and by extension, lawmakers.” FYI vote because there is no guarantee the Democrats will win the House. TRUMPISTAN WATCH long maintained that if Americans got a taste of fascism they would love it and so far, for a large swath of the population, that estimate has proven correct.
From The New York Times.
GIULIANI CONFIRMS WH PUSHBACK V. SPECIAL COUNSEL KELLY INTERVIEW
CNN reports, “Rudy Giuliani confirmed on Sunday that the White House contested a request from the special counsel to interview White House chief of staff John Kelly.” CNN adds, “Giuliani said the special counsel team was dealing with White House attorney Emmet Flood on that issue.”
LOTS OF PROJECTION HERE
The AP reports, “Lawyers for President Donald Trump unleashed a blistering attack on former FBI Director James Comey in a confidential memo last year to the special counsel, casting him as ‘Machiavellian,’ dishonest and ‘unbounded by law and regulation’ as they sought to undermine the credibility of a law enforcement leader they see as a critical witness against the president.” They know what Comey is but what are they? The AP obtained the letter and describes it as “a window into the formation of a legal strategy currently used by Trump’s lawyers as they seek to pit the president’s word against that of the former FBI director.” The AP notes, “The June 27, 2017, letter was written by Marc Kasowitz, then the president’s lead lawyer, as Mueller and his team were in the early stages of their investigation into Trump associates and as they had begun examining whether the president, by firing Comey, had sought to stymie an FBI investigation into the Trump campaign’s ties to Russia.” The AP notes, “Like Trump, the lawyer also complains about Comey’s refusal to state publicly to Congress that the president was not under investigation even though he said so privately.” Axios adds “the 13-page document” claims “Comey put his ‘own personal interests and emotions’ above FBI rules by embellishing his statement before Congress” and carries excerpts.
TRUMP’S JUSTICE DEPT CRIMINAL DIVISION NOMINEE REPPED ALFA BANK
The New York Times reports, “President Trump’s nominee to lead the Justice Department’s criminal division, Brian A. Benczkowski, has disclosed to Congress that he previously represented Alfa Bank, one of Russia’s largest financial institutions, whose owners have ties to President Vladimir V. Putin.” The New York Times notes, “Mr. Trump nominated Mr. Benczkowski, a partner at the Kirkland & Ellis law firm and a former Bush administration Justice Department official, in June, and he is scheduled to appear before the Senate Judiciary Committee for a confirmation hearing on Tuesday.” The New York Times adds, “Alfa Bank was at the center of scrutiny last year over potential ties between the Trump campaign and Russia after computer experts discovered data suggesting a stream of communications between a server linked to the Trump Organization and a server linked to the bank. Reports about the mysterious data transmissions fueled speculation about a back channel.”
From The New York Times.
* JOURNALIST TURNS SOURCE IN TO SPECIAL COUNSEL + THE FBI
The Washington Post reports, “It’s pretty much an inviolable rule of journalism: Protect your sources. Reporters have gone to jail to keep that covenant. But Marcy Wheeler, who writes a well-regarded national security blog, not only revealed a source — she did so to the FBI, eventually becoming a witness in special counsel Robert S. Mueller III’s investigation of President Trump’s possible connections to Russia.” The Washington Post adds, “‘On its face, I broke one of the cardinal rules of journalism, but what he was doing should cause a source to lose protection,’ Wheeler told me in a lengthy phone interview.” The Washington Post notes, “That she did so, as detailed in a post last week on her emptywheel blog, stunned those who have followed her work because she has so frequently criticized American intelligence agencies and their penchant for surveilling U.S. citizens.” The Washington Post adds, “Wheeler hasn’t named the source publicly, though his name may soon be known to all who are following the Mueller investigation. But her dealings with him have brought her around to believing something she initially questioned: that Russian interference in the 2016 election was a very real thing, and that Trump associates played a part.” The Washington Post notes, “Her blog post centers on a text message she says she got from the source on Nov. 9, 2016 — about 14 hours after the polls closed — predicting that Michael Flynn, who would be Trump’s appointee for national security adviser, would be meeting with ‘Team Al-Assad’ within 48 hours. Russia has been perhaps the Assad regime’s staunchest ally. As she noted: ‘The substance of the text — that the Trump team started focusing on Syria right after the election — has been corroborated and tied to their discussions with Russia at least twice since then.’” The Washington Post adds, “In addition to the knowledge of her source’s inside information, Wheeler said, she had reason to believe that the source was involved with efforts to compromise her website and other communications. And perhaps most important, that he was involved in cyberattacks — past and future — that had done and could do real harm to innocent people.” Wheeler says she “came forward, not because of a subpoena but because of a conscience.”
From The Washington Post.
DARKNESS AT NUNES: DOJ WILL GIVE HIM MORE HE WON’T READ YET
The Washington Examiner reports, “The Justice Department still has ‘a few more outstanding documents’ to hand over to Congress, despite a House-passed resolution that demanded the agency do so by Friday, according to House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes.” It’s already known DARKNESS AT NUNES does not actually read the voluminous document troves he requests so file this into the public relations covfefe of allegations that those investigating obstruction of justice – or those who should be – are doing whatever faux news Fox tell you to believe, until it abruptly reverses course.
From The Washington Examiner.
BREXIT BACKING LOSER MET RUSSIAN AMBASSADOR 11 TIMES
The Guardian reports, “Brexit’s biggest funder, Arron Banks, met the Russian ambassador at least 11 times in the run-up to the EU referendum and in the two months beyond”. The Guardian notes, “seven more times than he has admitted. The same documents suggest the Russian embassy extended a further four invitations but it is not known if they were accepted. It is the third time the number of such meetings has been revised upwards.”
From The Guardian.
* BREXIT MINISTER RESIGNS
Reuters reports, “Brexit Secretary David Davis has resigned because he was not willing to be ‘a reluctant conscript’ to Prime Minister Theresa May’s plans to leave the European Union, delivering a blow to a British leader struggling to end divisions among her ministers.” Reuters adds, “His resignation seemed to spur others to follow suit, with a source saying that a junior minister in the same department had also quit, just two days after May had held a crisis meeting with ministers to overcome the deep divisions over Brexit.”
ANOTHER DEAD PUTIN CRITIC IN LONDON, THIS TIME STRANGLED
The Daily Mail reports, “An exiled critic of Vladimir Putin was found strangled to death on the day he was due in court to fight a $99 million compensation claims”. The Daily Mail adds, “Nikolai Glushkov, 68, was pursued ‘to the bitter end’ by lawyers acting for the airline Aeroflot, the High Court disclosed yesterday. A judge yesterday ordered the firm to pay full costs, estimated at £5m, for what he considered to be politically motivated persecution by the Kremlin.” The Daily Mail notes, “The Russian dissident’s body was discovered on March 12 at his home in southwest London by his daughter, Natalia Glushkova.” So mister. illegitimate president Trump, will the KGB still be “fine” when it is Aryan princess Ivanka making such grim discoveries?
From The Daily Mail.
RUSSIA DETAINS SEVEN UKRAINIAN VESSELS IN SEA OF AZOV
Unian Information Agency reports, “Coast guards of Russia’s Federal Security Service (FSB) over the past day detained in the Sea of Azov seven merchant ships heading to or from the Ukrainian sea ports of Mariupol and Berdyansk.” Unian Information Agency calls it a “record”.
From Unian Information Agency.
UKRAINIAN JOURNALIST POW IN DONETSK DECLARES HUNGER STRIKE
Hromadske reports, “Ukrainian journalist and blogger Stanislav Aseev, held captive by militants of the self-proclaimed ‘Donetsk People’s Republic,’ has declared a hunger strike, according to former MP and friend Yegor Firsov. Firsov wrote on social media yesterday that Aseev began his hunger strike a week ago, protesting mistreatment by Russian-backed separatists.” Hromadske notes, “Aseev was captured by ‘DPR’ militants in June 2017. Prior to his arrest, he spent years secretly writing about life in occupied Donetsk for news outlets like Ukrainska Pravda, Dzerkalo Tyzhnia and Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty’s Donbas.Realii project, under the pseudonym Stanislav Vasin.”
RIGHTS ACTIVISTS ASK ISRAEL TO STOP ARMING AZOV BATTALION
Haaretz reports, “A group of more than 40 human rights activists have filed a petition with the High Court of Justice, demanding the cessation of Israeli arms exports to Ukraine. They argue that these weapons serve forces that openly espouse a neo-Nazi ideology and cite evidence that the right-wing Azov militia, whose members are part of Ukraine’s armed forces, and are supported by the country’s ministry of internal affairs, is using these weapons.” Haaretz notes, “The Azov militia was established in Ukraine following the Russian invasion of the Crimean peninsula in 2014. The militia’s emblems are well-known national socialist ones. Its members use the Nazi salute and carry swastikas and SS insignias.” Haaretz adds, “Moreover, some of them openly admit they have neo-Nazi sentiments and that they are Holocaust deniers. One militia member said in an interview that he was fighting Russia since Putin was a Jew. An Azov sergeant said that he was a national socialist, although he was not in favor of genocide, and as long as minorities in Ukraine did not demand special rights he would have no problem with them.” Haaretz notes, “The militia’s founder, Andriy Biletsky, who is now a member of Ukraine’s parliament, formerly headed a neo-Nazi group called Patriot of Ukraine, now defunct. Its members comprise the founding core of Azov.” Another reason it is wise Israel ceases this practice: Russia routinely mislabels Ukraine and its army as Nazis, ergo actively cultivating a battalion of such in its command structure validates the propaganda in part.
—–DIVIDED WE FALL: KEEPING UP WITH THE AMERICANS—–
* FOR NOW ONLY MATTIS’ WORDS CARRY WEIGHT + MEANING
Defense News reports, “German defense chief Ursula von der Leyen is banking on a personal commitment by James Mattis to keep U.S. troops in Germany, telling a magazine here that she ‘trusts’ in the word of President Trump’s defense secretary.” Mattis would be the only person to trust whose words carry any weight, so very good. Defense News adds, “Von der Leyen said Mattis had ‘assured her once again that U.S. troops feel very welcome’ in Germany. The Pentagon also continues to emphasize that the ‘diverse support by us as host nation and the infrastructure built on German soil over decades constitute an incalculable benefit,’ von der Leyen was quoted as telling Focus.” Indeed American troops do feel very welcome in Germany and any time TRUMPISTAN WATCH has spent time with them, many say they feel more at home in Germany than in their hometowns back in the former USA. Defense News notes, “Von der Leyen and Mattis last spoke by phone this week in preparation for the NATO summit in Brussels on July 11-12, but a spokesman couldn’t say whether the issue of troop withdrawals came up again.” And in what can only be described as a relief akin to the parting of the clouds to let the heavens shine down, “Kay Bailey Hutchison, the U.S. ambassador to NATO, on Thursday told reporters that reducing troop levels in Germany would not be part of Trump’s focus during his much anticipated appearance at the gathering of alliance leaders. In fact, just the opposite is being discussed, an unnamed White House official told reporters,” Defense News adds.
From Defense News.
GET READY FOR YALTA, PART DEUX
Anne Applebaum recalls the Yalta occupation of Eastern Europe that the U.S. signed off on conference of 1945, “everybody in the U.S. and British delegations, from gloomy George Kennan to cautious Winston Churchill, was pleased with the result. Britain, the United States and the Soviet Union seemed to have settled their differences, sketched out their spheres of influence and agreed that after the German capitulation, the liberated countries of Europe should all be democracies.” Of course, “Within a few months, American and Soviet soldiers were shooting at one another over armistice lines in Bavaria. The false Soviet promise to bring democracy to liberated Eastern Europe degenerated almost immediately into farce. The ‘victory of peace’ turned into the beginning of the Cold War, a generation-long struggle that involved an arms race, a massive American troop presence in Europe and the oppression of half the continent.” Applebaum notes, “the expression ‘new Yalta’ has been kicking around ever since this administration arrived in Washington. It’s an idea the Russians like enormously, because it implies that they are once again a superpower, once again America’s equal, once again sitting down at the table to divide up the world.” It’s marketing that suits them, in other words, despite being able to barely afford the occupation of Crimea and war crimes on a mass scale in Syria. Applebaum adds, “As a leader without the legitimacy conferred by democracy, he [Putin] needs to constantly prove to his countrymen that he deserves to rule. For the United States, the advantages are much murkier. Rumors of what kind of deal might be on the table are proliferating nevertheless.” Applebaum concludes, wisely, “In both Ukraine and Syria, the situation is extremely odd: The United States — still, in theory, the stronger power — appears to be negotiating to give up quite a lot in exchange for very little. The only explanation for U.S. determination to make a lopsided deal is Trump himself. Perhaps he has learned from his experience negotiating with North Korea: In Singapore he endorsed a dictator, got nothing except unenforceable promises and then came home to a hero’s welcome from Fox News. Or perhaps he still feels he owes something, after all, to the man who helped him win the presidency.”
From The Washington Post.
IN FOCUS: THE SUWALKI GAP
Defense One reports, “Ben Hodges co-authors a new report that explores how Russia might engineer a military crisis on the Poland-Lithuania border. At Poland’s northeast border there’s only a narrow strip of inland border connecting it to NATO members Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia. It’s called the Suwalki Corridor and it has long been an object of concern for Western military leaders.” Defense One adds, “To the west sits a unique spot Russian territory, the exclave of Kaliningrad, a key military port on the Baltic Sea. To the east is Belarus, a key Russian military ally. On the eve of this week’s NATO Summit, the former commanding general of U.S. Army Europe is issuing a new warning: cutting off that corridor could be how Russian President Vladimir Putin cuts off the Baltic states from the rest of NATO, possibly without firing a shot.” The warning is not new, however, as The Atlantic Council noted the geographical vulnerability in February of 2016, a NATO military exercise took on the issue in January of 2017 and TIME Magazine reported on it in March of 2017. The issue has not diminished but rather only grown in the last few years, as there has been stunningly little effort to roll back Russia’s active measures and contain them. Defense One recalls last fall’s Russian and Belarussian joint war games and notes, “For Hodges, the main lesson from Zapad was that the Russian military could move a lot of equipment and troops into Belarus at high speed, making it difficult for Western observers to distinguish between an exercise and actual military action.” Defense One adds, “Hodges, in his new CEPA report, lays out a variety of pretexts that Russia might use to spark a crisis in order to invade the corridor. They read as similar to what happened in Ukraine in 2014. Disinformation and hybrid warfare tactics would play a key role in each. In one scenario, Kremlin-backed separatists in Kaliningrad or Belarus attack a border crossing in Poland or Lithuania, forcing a police response. Russia could cite that Polish or Lithuanian response as a justification for limited military action. In another, Belarusian President Aleksandr Grigoryevich Lukashenko, (whose ties to Putin are strained) is dispatched in a phony coup, forcing a Russian invasion to stabilize the country.”
From Defense One.
COME ON SOCK IT TO ME
CNN reports, “Prosecutors for special counsel Robert Mueller intend to present evidence at the trial of former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort that a banking executive allegedly helped Manafort obtain loans of approximately $16 million while the banker sought a role in the Trump campaign.” CNN adds, “The allegation of a possible quid pro quo came amid several court filings Friday as both sides count down the remaining weeks until the trial”. CNN notes, “The bank executive ‘expressed interest in working on the Trump campaign, told (Manafort) about his interest, and eventually secured a position advising the Trump campaign,’ the filing said. The unnamed man ‘expressed an interest in serving in the administration of President Trump, but did not secure such a position.’ While the senior executive is unnamed in this filing, in a previous court filing prosecutors identified Lender D as The Federal Savings Bank.” Yep, that’s right, FSB because no irony goes untouched in this sham farce of a regime. The Chicago-based lender attached to the FSB loan has been previously identified in the media as Stephen Calk.
The AP reports, “Lawyers for Paul Manafort, President Donald Trump’s former campaign chairman, asked a federal judge Friday to relocate a criminal trial starting later this month because of pretrial publicity. The financial crimes trial of Manafort is scheduled to start July 25 in Alexandria, Virginia, just outside Washington. But his lawyers argued in court papers Friday that it would be impossible for Manafort to receive a fair trial because of the intense media coverage surrounding his case and special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation. They asked for the trial to be relocated to the more sparsely populated city of Roanoke in southwest Virginia.” Poor Paulie M! His fortunes changed so fast, almost as suddenly as the Soviet Union! It is a source of hope and inspiration for those of us who demand the downfall of the regime!
From the AP.
—–CAMP IVANKA: FROM THE KIDDIE INTERNMENT CAMPS—–
THE REUNIFICATION PLAN WAS THAT THERE WAS NO REUNIFICATION PLAN
NBC News reports, “Government lawyers said Friday that they cannot locate the parents of 38 migrant children under the age of 5, as a federal judge indicated he is open to extending the deadline for reuniting nearly 3,000 children separated from their mothers and fathers while crossing the US-Mexico border. In a status hearing with Judge Dana Sabraw of the Southern District of California, who ordered the reunification, government lawyers said U.S. Health and Human Services would only be able to reunify about half of approximately 100 children under the age of 5 by the court-ordered deadline of July 10.” NBC News adds, “For 19 children, their parents have been released from custody into the U.S. and their whereabouts are unknown. The parents of another 19 children have been deported.” NBC News adds, “Sabraw said he was prepared to grant additional time if the government could provide a master list of the children under 5 who had been separated from their parents with information on the whereabouts of their parents and any difficulties they may have in locating them. U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar said Thursday that his agency is using DNA testing to confirm parent-child relationships for nearly 3,000 children.” The government also says it’s too hard to find parents they have already deported. The New York Times notes the government “acknowledged for the first time Thursday that of the nearly 3,000 children who are still in federal custody, about 100 are under the age of 5.” Additionally, “Records linking children to their parents have disappeared, and in some cases have been destroyed, according to two officials of the Department of Homeland Security, leaving the authorities struggling to identify connections between family members.” The New York Times elaborates, “In hundreds of cases, Customs agents deleted the initial records in which parents and children were listed together as a family with a ‘family identification number’”. POLITICO adds, “The Trump administration has ‘mapped’ 86 parents to 83 children under age 5 who remain in the custody of the Office of Refugee Resettlement, Justice Department attorney Sarah Fabian said during the court meeting Friday. Of the 86 mapped parents, 46 remain in federal immigration detention, 19 have been deported, 19 have been released, and two have a criminal history that could potentially disqualify them from reunification, Fabian said.” Wait so the former USA takes away children from criminals now? What will Aryan princess Ivanka’s babies going to do when the truth catches up to her?
—–KNOW YOUR ENEMY—–
FORMER PLAYBOY MODEL SUES ELLIOT BROIDY OVER HUSH MONEY PAY
The Wall Street Journal reports Shera Bechard, “A former Playboy centerfold model has sued a prominent Republican fundraiser,” Elliot Brody, “her former lawyer and the lawyer for former adult-film star Stephanie Clifford in connection with the breakdown of a $1.6 million hush-money agreement”. The suit was filed in Los Angeles County Superior Court under seal. At issue is the fact that he said she broke the non-disclosure agreement and would no longer pay; she clearly objects.
From The Wall Street Journal.
ALL THE FASHIES HAVE A FUTURE, ONLY THE DEAD HAVE NO LIVELIHOOD
The Wrap reports, “AT&T is looking to bolster its presence in Washington, hiring Margaret Peterlin — who was an aide for former Secretary of State Rex Tillerson — as senior vice president, global external and public affairs. Peterlin served as Tillerson’s chief of staff during his rocky tenure as President Trump’s Secretary of State. She will report to David McAtee, AT&T’s general counsel.” Watch the cancer spread! The Wrap adds, “Peterlin’s hiring comes a few weeks after AT&T disclosed it paid Trump’s lawyer, Michael Cohen, as a consultant last year, while the company was in the middle of battling with the Department of Justice over its acquisition of Time Warner. AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson said the telecom giant paid Cohen $600,000 to better understand President Trump’s thought process, but admitted it was a ‘big mistake.’” Sure it was! The mistake was not that it happened rather that they got caught and had it splashed across the media.
From The Wrap.
* TWITTER SUSPENDING MILLIONS OF ACCOUNTS
The Washington Post reports, “Twitter has sharply escalated its battle against fake and suspicious accounts, suspending more than 1 million a day in recent months, a major shift to lessen the flow of disinformation on the platform”. The Washington Post adds, “The rate of account suspensions, which Twitter confirmed to The Post, has more than doubled since October”. The Washington Post notes, “The changes, which were the subject of internal debate, reflect a philosophical shift for Twitter. Its executives long resisted policing misbehavior more aggressively”. The Washington Post adds, “The decision to forcefully target suspicious accounts followed a pitched battle within Twitter last year over whether to implement new detection tools. One previously undisclosed effort called ‘Operation Megaphone’ involved quietly buying fake accounts and seeking to detect connections among them, said two people familiar with internal deliberations.” The Washington Post notes, “Some executives initially were reluctant to act aggressively against suspected fake accounts and raised questions about the legality of doing so, said the people familiar with internal company debates. In November, one frustrated engineer sought to illustrate the severity of the problem by buying thousands of fake followers for a Twitter manager”.
From The Washington Post.
KREM’GLENN GREENWALD DOES MOSCOW!
Russian state-run RT reports, “Too many people in the US consider any contact with Russia suspicious, or worse, journalist Glenn Greenwald told RT. Combating this toxic attitude is one of the reasons he decided to come to Russia this week.” Oh come now Krem’Glenn, certainly if people have a toxic view of Russia it is the correct view and they see the truth; it is not people’s views that are the problem but rather lying shills like Greenwald who troll the American people for a living. Krem’Glenn insists that despite the mountains of evidence, chronicled in TRUMPISTAN WATCH now for nearly 17 months and elsewhere that Russian interference in the elections of the former USA is “more unlikely than ever,” likening it to “a religious belief” since “as we know religion doesn’t require evidence.” But you know what Glenn, Jesus, Mohammad, these were real people, what their disciples say and think of them is another thing but at the root of religion is some truth, namely people have a desire for meaning and a necessity for survival to believe in things greater than themselves. But of course in the minds of Krem’Glenn and those he works for in Moscow, they are the gods; nothing is greater than them. And you know, they are wrong. For the cherry on this quisling sundae, Russian state-run RT notes, “Journalist Glenn Greenwald has posted a photo of him and the renowned whistleblower Edward Snowden, saying he was happy to reunite with his ‘colleague in defense of press freedoms.’” Renowned traitor? So note these two have zero to do with press freedom because they are not journalists but professional trolls. And yet, they live in freedom, even if Snowden thinks his conditional, he could come back to the former USA at any time, face the consequences for his treason and then write op-eds all he wants until his hearts content. No one might publish them (The New York Times these days likely would) but no one will stop him. Come to Trumpistan and be free, you trolls!
* RICHMOND BOOK STORE OWNER FOR RACIST LENINIST DIRTBAG
The Washington Examiner reports, “A Virginia bookstore owner called the police on a patron who was harassing former White House chief strategist Steve Bannon at his establishment.” The Washington Examiner adds, “Nick Cooke, owner of Black Swan Books in Richmond, said he made a 911 call after a woman confronted Bannon while he was looking at books, calling him a ‘piece of trash.’” Wait snowfakes much? That is a hell of a lot less badass than all the garbage that was written about him in 2016 to make him sound like some rogue badass. The Washington Examiner notes, “The woman reportedly left the store as the call was placed. The Richmond Police Department later confirmed to the outlet that a call was placed about an individual yelling at a political figure, but the call was canceled before any officers could be sent in.” Aren’t the alphas supposed to be strong enough to stick up for themselves?
From The Washington Examiner.
—–TOWARDS A PEACEFUL NUCLEAR EXCHANGE—–
THE WORLD MIGHT BE A GANGSTER BUT POMPEO IS A SMALL, STUPID MAN
The New York Times reports, “Secretary of State Mike Pompeo shot back at North Korean officials for characterizing American diplomatic behavior as gangster-like, saying on Sunday that if that were true, then ‘the world is a gangster.’” Nope, just Pompeo’s boss and his Russian mafia state backers. The New York Times adds, “Mr. Pompeo was referring to comments made Saturday by North Korea’s Foreign Ministry that accused the Trump administration of pushing a ‘unilateral and gangster-like demand for denuclearization’ and called it ‘deeply regrettable.’ The statement came just hours after Mr. Pompeo left North Korea after two days of meetings that he had called ‘productive.’” Meanwhile The Washington Post notes, “Pyongyang on Saturday lambasted the U.S. stance as regrettable, gangster-like and cancerous, directly contradicting Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s rosy assessment that his two days of talks had been ‘productive.’” The Washington Post elaborates, “Pyongyang crushed that appraisal, saying the United States had betrayed the spirit of the June 12 Singapore summit between President Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.” Someone who knows a thing or two about delivering results in difficult negotiations told The Washington Post, “‘They’re upping the ante for what they want, and downplaying what we want,’ said Bill Richardson, who has negotiated with North Korea for prisoner releases. ‘This is typical. They’re very skilled at sending messages. And their message is that this negotiation is not going to be easy. And it’s going to be very costly. So you’d better be prepared to deliver.’” The Washington Post notes, “Richardson counseled patience, endurance and restraint. ‘The president needs to restrain himself from declaring “Mission Accomplished” when the mission hasn’t really started,’ he said.” TRUMPISTAN WATCH has been known to say three Bill Richardsons when in a tough spot. It is far more worthwhile listening to him than the capitulating, self-deceiving Pompeo. Poor guy Pompeo, though, he has staked everything about his reputation on something that is not going to work well for him because he’s a bumpkin masquerading as a man of the world much like his master, a fellow know nothing.
—–THE GREAT GAME: BLOOD, SWEAT, TEARS + FOOTBALL—–
* THE BEAUTIFUL GAME: CROATIA KNOCKS RUSSIA OUT OF THE WORLD CUP
The New York Times reports, “It was only a couple of minutes to midnight, and Miroslav Romaschenko did not want to leave. As Croatia’s players bounced around in ecstasy and as Russia’s collapsed, disconsolate, onto their backs, the losing team’s assistant manager sat down, frozen in place on the Fisht Stadium’s turf.” The New York Times adds, “Nobody expected Russia to remain at its own party for quite this long,” while some of us thought Russia being as corrupt as it is, it had already bought itself the winning trophy. Instead, let the world rejoice because after knocking Russia out of the tournament, we’re all Croatia now, bitch. On the heels of Saturday’s victory Total Croatia News announced Sunday, “After the NATO summit in Brussels, U.S. Secretary of Defence James Mattis will pay an official visit to Croatia,” citing the Croatian Defense Ministry. Perhaps this World Cup defeat is the signal of real tumult within the Russia state because to lose to the mortal enemy of Serbia of all teams… or maybe even the signal to the head of the Russian national security council Nikolai Patrushev it is time to remove Putin by any and all means?
—–RADIO MOSCOW: STORIES FROM THEIR PRESS AND OURS—–
* SNOWFLAKE ALERT + MEMO TO NIGEL: HE’S JUST AN ILLEGITIMATE POTUS
The Daily Mail reports, “Nigel Farage has claimed anti-Trump protestors’ plans to fly a blimp portraying Donald Trump as a big baby is the ‘biggest insult to a sitting US president ever’.” Ah yes, if only he were a real and legitimate president, that might mean something but as is he is just a foolish quisling playing an outsized role not meant for him. And speaking of outsized things! The Daily Mail adds, “the 20ft inflatable” will “fly above Parliament Square Gardens on July 13.” Of course the fake president but real quisling snowflake “Donald Trump will not make any public appearances in London when he comes to the UK next week”. Chicken much?
From The Daily Mail.
IN MEMORIAM: LEVKO LUKIANENKO, UKRAINIAN DISSIDENT
Unian Information Agency reports, “Ukrainian politician and writer, former Soviet dissident Levko Lukianeko died after a serious illness in Kyiv on Saturday, July 7.” Unian Information Agency adds, “He is a co-founder of the Ukrainian Helsinki Group and former Ukrainian MP. Lukianenko was awarded the title of Hero of Ukraine. The politician is the author of the Act of Declaration of Independence of Ukraine, dated August 24, 1991. He was the laureate of the Taras Shevchenko National Prize in 2016.” Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty notes Lukianenko “spent 26 years in Soviet prisons”.
From Unian Information Agency and Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty.
IN MEMORIAM: CLAUDE LANZMANN, “SHOAH” DIRECTOR
The Washington Post reports, “Claude Lanzmann, a French journalist and filmmaker whose 9½-hour documentary ‘Shoah’ bore witness to the Holocaust through a harrowing selection of interviews from Jewish victims, Nazi murderers and Polish bystanders, died July 5 at a hospital in Paris. He was 92.” The Washington Post adds, “Mr. Lanzmann, a former communist resistance leader who befriended Jean-Paul Sartre and had been the lover of Simone de Beauvoir as a young man, was 59 when ‘Shoah’ opened in Paris. It was only his second film, following a documentary on Israel that led to a commission from that country’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Officials envisioned a two-hour Holocaust documentary that would take about 18 months to create. Instead it took 11 years, five of which Mr. Lanzmann spent in the editing room, chopping some 350 hours of film into a cohesive whole that focused on the Warsaw ghetto and the death camps of Auschwitz, Treblinka and Chelmno, where poison gas was first used to expedite the mass murder of Jews.” The Washington Post notes, “In an obsessive search for witnesses, Mr. Lanzmann tracked down some of the last surviving members of the Sonderkommandos, groups of Jewish prisoners ordered to assist in the arrival and disposal of victims for the gas chambers and crematoriums. And he was persistent in seeking interviews with former Nazis. He initially approached his subjects directly, telling them who he was and what he was working on. All refused. Mr. Lanzmann began using a fake name while seeking out interviews, telling his Nazi subjects that he was merely an academic scholar conducting research. He sat for interviews with a microphone concealed under his tie and a video camera hidden in an assistant’s bag. Mr. Lanzmann’s subterfuge failed at least once, when he had two of his ribs broken by a group of young Germans while trying to meet with a former SS official. On other occasions, he did not hesitate to lie to his subjects, promising them anonymity that was never granted on-screen.” See: the Nazis are cowards in the end, afraid of the murderous deeds of their own shadow in history.
From The Washington Post.
* RESISTANCE ADVICE: WE WILL MEET THE QUISLINGS WHEREVER THEY ARE
TMZ reports, “McConnell was taunted by protesters Saturday as he left the eatery in Louisville, Kentucky … confronted over immigration policies that include separate children from their parents. As McConnell strolled out with Kentucky House Majority Leader Jonathan Shell, protesters screamed, ‘Where are the babies, Mitch?’ and ‘Abolish ICE,’ and ‘No justice, no peace.’” TMZ adds, “Shell called the protesters ‘a small group of extremists’ and said their comments were ‘out of the Maxine Waters playbook.’” Ah yes, the black woman with some power, the epitome of all known evil when you are a scared little white man, a complete piece of racist trash. Remember: the only thing that stands between hell and high water is us, the only thing that makes our country livable at this moment is us. And most importantly, remember you are not alone, there are people across this great nation that loathe and abhor what these corrupt lying kleptocrats are doing to it.
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