NUMBER OF STORIES ABOUT NEWS THAT DOESN’T SUCK: 6
(denoted with a *)
—–ON THE AGENDA—–
* NATO SUMMIT STARTS TODAY!
For the occasion, TRUMPISTAN WATCH has prepared a special #ArticleVforever playlist to rock out to! You’re welcome, world! Now some highlights from the POLITICO live blog:
– US Senate backs Article V: Fuck yeah they do! Article V, fuck yeah! “Only Republican Senators Mike Lee and Rand Paul voted against the motion, which was proposed by Democratic Senator Jack Reed.” Quisling shitbirds. What are they going to do? Lead us into battle with colanders on their heads and spatulas in hand? Don’t pity the fools, scorn the fools.
– Merkel rejects Trump’s projecting bullshit: “Angela Merkel dismisses Donald Trump’s criticism of Germany earlier today when he said Germany was ‘totally control led by Russia.’ Merkel says upon arriving at the NATO summit that she has herself experienced ‘Soviet occupation,’ growing up in East Germany, and that it is ‘good that we are independent today.’” Eat that Trumpenfucker! Also hilarious that Trump got played so well by his own team, afterall he was object to Nordstream2, which Russia has been clawing for. Bravo!
– Stoltenberg rolls his eyes at Donald Tusk, like TRUMPISTAN WATCH did because yeah we know Trump sucks but what was that thing about the US having few friends in the world? The political leaders are not the people and all the people are not in the death cult minority. POLITICO reports, “‘No power has as many friends and allies as the United States’ NATO Secretary-General said at the NATO Engages forum alongside the NATO summit. The comment appeared to be a direct contradiction of European Council president Donald Tusk’s comment Tuesday that the United States needs to value it’s allies, because it has so few of them.” Yeah because everyone knows we are the only ones who can trounce Russia and make them eat shit. We need our allies help to do it, but come on, the effort to trounce Russia will not be led by Poland, where Tusk is from and whose army has been led by incompetents the last few years, or the EU’s nascent army that will some day have a better name than PESCO.
From POLITICO live blog.
CALL YOUR SENATORS! BRIAN BENCZKOWSKI CONFIRMATION VOTE TODAY
The Committee to Investigate Russia reports yesterday’s confirmation hearing for Brian Benczkowski to lead the Department of Justice’s criminal division was a goddamn shitshow. Benczkowski worked for Alfa Bank while at Kirkland and Ellis and will not commit to recusing on anything Russia investigation related, not that that would matter. He also has zero prosecutorial experience! Just say no! Call up your senators, especially if you vote in a red state and blow up their phone urging them to vote “no” to further subversion of our judiciary, especially as Roll Call reports, “the Senate is expected to vote Wednesday to confirm a divisive new director for the Criminal Division of the Department of Justice.” Just say no! Call, call now, don’t wait!
—–DIVIDED WE FALL: KEEPING UP WITH THE AMERICANS—–
* MATTIS MISSION: PRESERVE THE NATO ALLIANCE
The Washington Post reports, “For Defense Secretary Jim Mattis, this week’s NATO summit presents a central test: how to preserve a U.S.-European alliance that he sees as crucial to America’s security while not crossing a boss who doesn’t share that view.” The Washington Post notes, “The summit, which will bring Mattis and President Donald Trump together with the traditional allies of the United States, illustrates the tightrope the former general has walked since arriving at the Pentagon. The two have differed on torture, the war in Syria and, most centrally for Mattis, the value of America’s alliances as it confronts an increasingly aggressive Russia and other threats.” The Washington Post notes his coping strategy – and it is sound: “Mattis has compensated by keeping a low profile, downplaying differences with Trump and quietly urging the Europeans to judge the administration by its actions and not the president’s tweets.” The Washington Post adds, “Pentagon spokeswoman Dana White said that Mattis has repeatedly stressed the importance of NATO while calling, as Trump has done, for greater military spending in Europe. But instead of issuing threats, Mattis has relied on rousing language, touting the importance of the alliance in combating terrorism and countering Russia.” The Washington Post notes, “The contrasting rhetoric is indicative of the differing perspectives of Mattis, whose National Defense Strategy touts America’s alliances as the ‘backbone of global security,’ and Trump, an America-first businessman who frequently talks about them as a drain on U.S. coffers.” Well, you know who is right.
From The Washington Post.
TRUMP PARDONS SEDITIOUS RANDOM CAUSE WHITE BOY TANTRUMS ROCK
POLITICO reports, “President Donald Trump on Tuesday issued presidential pardons to two Oregon cattle ranchers, Dwight and Steven Hammond, convicted in 2012 of committing arson on federal lands near their ranch. The father and son’s 2016 imprisonment — and the armed protest at a national wildlife refuge that followed — formed a flashpoint in the ongoing dispute between cattle ranchers and the federal government over land-use rights.” They literally shot at federal agents but them folk be the Deep State now.
TRUMP’S STUPID TRADE WAR WILL BLOW UP OUR ECONOMY
POLITICO reports, “The Trump administration escalated a mounting trade war with China on Tuesday by publishing a list of $200 billion worth of Chinese goods that it proposes to hit with an additional 10 percent tariff.” POLITICO adds, “The new tariff list broadens the types of goods caught up in the trade war by targeting items like seafood, minerals, chemicals, and personal care items, such as shampoo and soap. It also includes a number of consumer products such as handbags, luggage, gloves and paper.” Still nothing Aryan princess Ivanka sells – must be a coincidence on par with all those coincidences involving Russia. This will bring the Dow crashing down but hey, the Trumpenproletariat deserve a swift kick – but don’t think the fascism will go out of fashion then, no that is when it gets serious and that is what Trump wants. Once people have food again, they will forget all his terrible crimes.
EMIN AGALAROV, REGISTERED AGENT FOR HIS INTERESTS: GIRLS + FAME
Vice News reports, “In an exclusive interview with VICE News Tonight on HBO, airing Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. EST, Emin Agalarov, a Moscow-based real estate developer and pop star, responds for the first time to allegations that he was an agent of Russian collusion with Donald Trump’s presidential campaign. Emin also denies knowledge of any offer to send prostitutes to Trump’s hotel room during a 2013 visit to Moscow.” So that last part is pure bullshit. Vice continues, “‘I have been accused of influencing — this is gonna sound very strange — influencing the American election. Me, this guy here from Azerbaijan, living in Moscow. Because I know personally Mr. Donald Trump,’ Emin says. ‘It’s quite a strange and ridiculous accusation.’” Vice News adds, “Emin tells the full story of how he and his father, Aras, one of Russia’s largest real estate developers with close ties to Russian President Vladimir Putin, initially met with Trump in Las Vegas in an attempt to bring the 2013 Miss Universe pageant to Moscow. In addition to the $20 million fee the Agalarovs agreed to pay to host the pageant, Trump asked them to invite Putin to attend. ‘He said, “Let’s invite Mr. Putin to the pageant,”’ Emin recalls, adding, “we tried doing it, but [Putin] couldn’t come because he had [the] king of some country visiting and was unable.’” Vice notes, “Emin admits that he was the instigator behind the infamous June 9, 2016 meeting at Trump Tower at which Rob Goldstone had earlier promised Don Jr. dirt on Hillary Clinton. Emin claims not to know Natalia Veselnitskaya, the Russian attorney and admitted government informant who attended the Trump Tower meeting with Trump Jr., Jared Kushner, and then-Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort, among others.” TRUMPISTAN WATCH thinks this is probably true. He is a rich kid who lives in a playground of money and girls and if Daddy asks him to do something, he does because that is how his lifestyle continues. Emin also spoke with George Stephanopoulos of ABC News and you can see his full fecklessness on display as he promotes his music between dodging substantive questions.
GIULIANI, TRUMP LAWYER + UNREGISTERED AGENT FOR RUSSIAN INTERESTS
The Washington Post reports, “Rudolph W. Giuliani continues to work on behalf of foreign clients both personally and through his namesake security firm while serving as President Trump’s personal attorney — an arrangement experts say raises conflict of interest concerns and could run afoul of federal ethics laws.” The Washington Post adds, “he is working with clients in Brazil and Colombia, among other countries, as well as delivering paid speeches for a controversial Iranian dissident group. He has never registered with the Justice Department on behalf of his overseas clients, asserting it is not necessary because he does not directly lobby the U.S. government and is not charging Trump for his services.” So who was the last person not to charge Trump for his services? Paul Manafort, who now sits in jail while awaiting trial on a variety of charges that all have at their root money and the Russian mafia state. So it is no surprise then that The Washington Post adds, “Among the clients represented by Giuliani’s consulting firm is the city of Kharkiv, Ukraine, whose mayor was a leading figure in Party of Regions, the Russia-friendly political party at the center of the federal conspiracy prosecution of former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort. His firm worked for the mayor in 2018 and is expected to work for him again later this year, Giuliani said in an interview.” The Washington Post adds, “Another current Giuliani client is the Mujahideen-e-Khalq, or MEK, an Iranian resistance group operating in exile that was listed as a terrorist group by the State Department as recently as 2012. Giuliani said he has regularly received payments from MEK over the past 10 years; he declined to disclose his fees.” National Security Advisor John Bolton has also been paid off by the group, a veritable cult with Marxist-Leninist roots run by a woman named Maryam Rajavi; the nicest thing that can be said about her is that she often sports lovely shades of purple and turquoise.
From The Washington Post.
LOCK HIM UP! FLYNN SENTENCING DELAYED AGAIN
The Los Angeles Times reports, “A federal judge on Tuesday again delayed the sentencing of Michael Flynn, President Trump’s former national security advisor and the only former White House official charged in the sprawling Russia investigation.” The Los Angeles Times notes, “Tuesday’s hearing provided no hints about the direction of the Mueller probe,” adding, “As part of Flynn’s plea deal, he agreed to cooperate with federal prosecutors and his sentencing has been delayed. The special counsel’s office and Flynn’s lawyers recently asked the probation office to prepare a pre-sentence report”. Bloomberg notes, “Flynn was jeered by a small group of protesters as he arrived at and later left the courthouse in Washington, some chanting ‘lock him up!’”
THERE IS #ARMYSTRONG + THEN THERE IS #GENFLYNNSTUPID
The Wall Street Journal reports, “Hours after a new lobbying firm aimed at domestic and global clients announced it was partnering with former national security adviser Mike Flynn, attorneys for the embattled Mr. Flynn said the deal was off and the notice had been released as a result of a ‘misunderstanding’ among the participants in Stonington Global LLC.”
From The Wall Street Journal.
* FARABOOK GETS FIRST CAMBRIDGE ANALYTICA RELATED FINE
The Washington Post reports, “Facebook is staring down its first fine for allowing Cambridge Analytica to improperly access data about millions of people, potentially opening the door for governments around the world to slap the social media giant with other tougher penalties and stricter regulation. On Tuesday, U.K. watchdogs announced a $664,000 preliminary fine — the maximum amount allowed — after finding Facebook lacked strong privacy protections and overlooked critical warning signs that might have prevented Cambridge Analytica from trying to manipulate public opinion on behalf of clients around the world, including those who sought to withdraw Britain from the European Union in 2016.” The Washington Post notes, “The penalty from the U.K. data watchdog, called the Information Commissioner’s Office, could change as the agency discusses the matter further with Facebook.” And, “It promised another update in October.”
From The Washington Post.
FARABOOK HAS FORTHCOMING MASSIVE RUSSIA DATA SCANDAL UNFOLDING
CNN reports, “A Russian internet company with links to the Kremlin was among the firms to which Facebook gave an extension which allowed them to collect data on unknowing users of the social network after a policy change supposedly stopped such collection.” Predictable given the staggering lack of ethics that the company has! CNN notes, “apps developed by the Russian technology conglomerate Mail.Ru Group, were being looked at as part of the company’s wider investigation into the misuse of Facebook user data in light of the Cambridge Analytica scandal.” CNN adds, “Facebook would not say how much user data the Mail.Ru Group obtained or if any data was obtained about American citizens. The company declined to elaborate on its methods for determining how Mail.Ru may have used personal data, citing confidentiality between Facebook and developers,” but never the fucking users, who are just social experiments and capital for their little surveillance capitalist Stasi. Privacy is like Trump’s laws, always for thee, never for me.
* NOVICHOK VICTIM RECOVERING; NOVICHOK COULD LAST FOR 50 YEARS
The Telegraph reports, “One of the two people poisoned by novichok in Salisbury is now conscious, it has emerged, as the UK’s counter terror chief admitted the nerve agent could last 50 years.” The Telegraph adds, “Charlie Rowley, 45, had been in a coma in intensive care ever since being rushed to hospital on Saturday June 30 but the improvement in his condition has raised hopes that he might be able to help police understand how he became ill. At the weekend, his girlfriend Dawn Sturgess, 44, tragically died after also being poisoned.”
From The Telegraph.
RUSSIA NEEDS MONEY: WE’VE SEEN THIS MOVIE BEFORE! DIDN’T END WELL!
Bloomberg reports, “Russia’s Finance Ministry laid out its most ambitious borrowing program yet with a plan to raise almost 5 trillion rubles ($80 billion) domestically over the next three years, even as warnings sound over the global buildup of debt and foreign investors turn cautious after U.S. sanctions.” As you read this, keep in mind they spend less money on defense than France and have a GDP the size of Italy. Bloomberg adds, “Under the terms of a draft plan for 2019-2021, the government will borrow 1.48 trillion rubles next year, up from just over 1 trillion rubles in 2018. The Finance Ministry’s target will then rise by a quarter in 2020 before falling the following year”. Bloomberg notes, “Far from rethinking its approach after fresh sanctions in April, Russia is looking to keep its sovereign wealth fund intact and rely mostly on domestic borrowing to finance its plans for infrastructure spending. As global tensions ratchet up and developing economies try to adjust to expectations of higher U.S. interest rates, Russia must also cope with a new reality after foreign investors offloaded local-currency bonds following a round of American penalties, showing how quickly the domestic market can turn vulnerable.” They can also go after their oligarchs but that involves destabilizing their very precarious power base now.
* GREECE TO EXPEL RUSSIAN DIPLOMATS – GREECE!
Kathimerini reports, “The Greek government has decided to expel two Russian diplomats, and ban the entry into Greece of two more, accusing them of intrusion into domestic affairs and illegal acts against Greece’s national security”. Wow! While Greece is a NATO member it has long had sympathies and allegiances with Russia so this is the news to rub your nipples to today as Trump tries and flails to set the world alight. Kathimerini adds, “Athens is accusing the Russian diplomats of efforts to extract and circulate information, and to bribe Greek state operatives, which have failed. The case brings to the forefront the tension that seems to have been brewing between Athens and Moscow over the last two years, for reasons that have to do with regional security.”
SHOULD I STAY OR SHOULD I GO
The Washington Post reports, “A federal judge in Alexandria has ordered Paul Manafort moved to that city’s jail to prepare for his upcoming trial on bank and tax fraud charges. But Manafort is fighting the move, saying he wants to stay at a jail 100 miles away in Virginia’s Northern Neck.” What is Paulie M afraid of?
From The Washington Post.
—–CAMP IVANKA: FROM THE KIDDIE INTERNMENT CAMPS—–
* ARYAN PRINCESS GETS A SERVING OF HER OWN BULLSHIT BACK AT HER
The Hill reports, “Demonstrators on Monday greeted Ivanka Trump outside a Syracuse, N.Y., school, protesting the Trump administration’s treatment of migrant families who had been separated after crossing into the U.S. Protesters waved signs outside the Institute of Technology at Central High School reading ‘shame’ and ‘Ivanka! Do you know where their children are?’ Syracuse.com reported.” She might be incapable of shame but that does not mean we should not haunt her and that trash family of hers and the criminal secretaries Kirstjen Nielsen and Alex Azar forever until they are all incarcerated for their crimes against humanity and the state. Go home little girl and spend time with your own kids before that day arrives.
From The Hill.
FAV ITEM TODAY: MOSCOW, DID YOU FORGET TO DIAL SOME NUMBERS?
The Daily Beast reports, “Lobbyist Jack Burkman invited reporters to huddle around a phone in a Holiday Inn conference room on Tuesday, promising damning revelations about the 2016 murder of Democratic National Committee staffer Seth Rich. On the other end of the call, Burkman insisted, was a former intelligence operative with an explosive revelation: government agents from the DEA and ATF were behind Rich’s murder. Burkman’s source — codename ‘Luke’ — was about to blow this still-unsolved case open.” So if you thought Geraldo and the Al Capone vaults were stupid, this does not even involve a sledge hammer. The Daily Beast adds, “But Burkman couldn’t get the call to work. The call from his tipster, ostensibly whistleblowing from deep inside the deep state on the second anniversary of Rich’s death, kept getting bounced back to the phone at the reception desk at the Northern Virginia hotel. Burkman scrambled out of the room, leaving reporters and Burkman’s online audience — watching live from a variety of livestreams operated by fringe internet personalities — wondering what exactly was going on.” TRUMPISTAN WATCH can tell you what is going on: Moscow forgot to dial some numbers. The Daily Beast continues, “After the technical issues were resolved, the much-hyped call with Burkman’s gravelly voiced anonymous tipster didn’t go well. With the press and YouTube livestreamers crowded around the phone, Luke spun a confusing tale involving two assassins — or maybe three assassins — from the DEA and ATF tracking Rich to murder him and take a thumb drive containing confidential documents. The supposed whistleblower’s story grew as the call went on, with Luke claiming he had passed a lie detector test administered by the Secret Service and that he had also received vague help from the House Intelligence Committee.” Well that last part is totally plausible as the head of that committee is DARKNESS AT NUNES will partake in anything possible to protect the illegitimate president and of course nobody as DARKNESS AT NUNES about the Alpha Omega winery teen sex and coke yacht cruise, no one at all! The Daily Beast adds, “Luke wouldn’t explain why anyone should believe him, and he grew flustered when asked to explain his claim that the House Intelligence Committee was involved in his investigation. ‘Uh, they helped with… computer things,’ Luke said.” The Daily Beast notes, “On the one hand, they said he couldn’t reveal his name because he was still in the same region as Rich’s assassins. But at the same time, he felt comfortable enough to use his own voice on the call and reveal details about his supposed conversations with the assassins.” Region and not oblast? The best graf in this whole comedy hour story however is when, “Luke even got some pushback from Burkman’s own stepson and sometimes-bodyguard, David Harden, who sharply questioned Luke about his claims. Harden then delivered confusing remarks about his mother’s safety and living in Burkman’s basement before Burkman cut him off.”
From The Daily Beast.
* NEO-NAZIS DON’T OWN THE FROG THEY TRY + OWN THE LIBS WITH
The Verge reports, “After a few long years, Pepe the Frog is finally beginning to fade from the racist internet. With the help of a team of intellectual property lawyers, cartoonist Matt Furie has successfully petitioned The Daily Stormer, a popular, Trump-loving, neo-Nazi website, to remove almost all references to or images of his long-appropriated character.”
From The Verge.
WATCH: TRUMPISTAN WATCH give a TEDx talk on “Active Resistance”.
MERCH: TRUMPISTAN WATCH shop.
SUBSCRIBE: e-mail TrumpistanWatch@gmail.com with “TRUMPISTAN WATCH” in the subject line to receive the weekday e-mail newsletter.