Monday Morning Reads — Spooky Eve Edition

Happy Monday, everyone! Uber Eats just came to Cumming — life is great.

The News in Numbers

84.2 percent – Halloween is stressful. If you give gross candy, then children will rebel against you. Stressful! Thankfully, people have determined Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups have the best chance of satisfying children. You’re welcome.

74 percent – That’s the percent of Americans who think we’re just as divided as we were during the Vietnam War. Go figure Millennials — who weren’t alive during the Vietnam War I might add — were way off when compared to other age groups.

7 challengers – Congressman Woodall has a gaggle of challengers in 2018. It’s well documented that Democrats, who couldn’t win in the 6th District yet now believe they can win in the more conservative 7th District, are revving up for a fight. Woodall rightfully doesn’t seem worried. He’s aiming for to lead the House Budget Committee.

72 trips – Donald Trump is under fire (again) for playing too much golf. It’s fair, because Republicans attacked Obama for his golf trips. Let’s set the record straight: Trump isn’t playing golf with his childhood friends; he’s golfing with politicians and industry leaders and foreign dignitaries. He’s still working (just like Obama was).

60 countries – Were surveyed and the results are less than surprising: Digitization is one of the biggest drivers of economic development and that carefully planned policy is the only way to grow an economy.

12 weeks – Puerto Rico’s government is cancelling a $300 million contract to resort power to the struggling island. The way the contract was awarded is sketchy at best, yet cancelling the contract will delay work by 12 weeks.

2nd in ranking – UGA is now ranked number 2 in the AP poll. It’s the 24th time two SEC schools occupied the top two spots.

 

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Noway2016
Noway2016

I say it here. It comes out here…
http://www.kansascity.com/article181300286.html

Indypendant
Indypendant

Trump REPEATEDLY blasted President Obama for golfing.

Trump is a hypocrite and a liar.

Manafort is a traitor.

Pass the popcorn.

Noway2016
Noway2016

Traitor? Really? For tax evasion?

Noway2016
Noway2016

It’s early. But tax evasion? Yawn…

Andrew C. Pope
Andrew C. Pope

Couple of notes. First, the WSJ is reporting that he’s been told to surrender on charges “including tax fraud.” Still entirely possible that there are more charges on that indictment. (https://www.wsj.com/articles/former-trump-campaign-chairman-paul-manafort-charged-in-russia-probe-1509365767) Second, the DOJ does not take something to a grand jury unless they believe they’ve got an airtight case at trial. Even if it’s just “tax evasion,” there is tremendous leverage to be gained by the threat of serious prison time. Remember, Al Capone was sent to Alcatraz for tax fraud, not any of the other stuff he did. Third, I don’t think this is the end of Mueller’s… Read more »

Noway2016
Noway2016

Lol! Thanks! So, they just arrested Manafort for claiming unreasonable milage deductions on his POV?! LMAO!!!
To quote DeNiro, who played Capone, “You got nuthin, you got Nuthin” on Trump! This is great!!!!

Teri
Teri

Trump has childhood friends?

Noway2016
Noway2016

More good news for Hannity. $1700 per theatre average. Only Jigsaw and Tyler Perry really competed with that average this weekend. We Deplorables really like them Christian movies. And why shouldn’t we? 70% +!!! Where’s my Chick Filet this morning?! MAGA!!

chamblee54
chamblee54

https://chamblee54.wordpress.com/2017/10/29/killed-by-police-october-29/
Police killed nineteen people in the United States last week.

Andrew C. Pope
Andrew C. Pope

Here’s the indictment:
https://www.justice.gov/file/1007271/download

Conspiracy against the United States
Conspiracy to launder money
Failure to file reports of foreign bank and financial accounts
Acting as an unregistered agent of a foreign principal
False and misleading FARA Statements
False statements to the Department of Justice

Andrew C. Pope
Andrew C. Pope

$75,000,000 flowed through offshore accounts associated with Manafort and Gates. Manafort laundered more than $18,000,000. He used that money to buy a condo in New York, a brownstone in Brooklyn, and a house in Arlington. That laundered money was also used to pay landscapers and contractors at his homes in Florida and in the Hamptons. Heck, he spent over $1 million an antique rugs and $1.37 million on suits and clothes. How’d Manafort get all this money? Running the campaign of the Kremlin’s puppet candidate in the Ukraine and lobbying the U.S. government on behalf of Ukraine (and Russia) without… Read more »

Noway2016
Noway2016

Thanks for that summary. So, Manafort might ve a crook?!?! BFD!! Nothinggggggggggggggggg on Trump!! Ain’t gonna be neither!!

Jack Fitz
Jack Fitz

Replace “Manafort” and “Gates” with “Mook” and “Podesta” and I feel you’d be so blue in the face they’d have to take you down to the juicing room a la Violet in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.

Your blind loyalty is a thing of beauty.

Noway2016
Noway2016

Funny you mention those names, Jack. The second special prosecutor will be having those names forthwith!!! Lololol!!

Noway2016
Noway2016

And your side’s blind hatred is a thing of beauty…

Noway2016
Noway2016

Fine. If he’s a crook, I’ll slam the cell door on him! How’s that?! But he’s got nothing to hurt Trump with. And, I hate to say it but….it’s the “P” eord again. Pardon….
And I did not see nowhere in that there inductment the phrase”collusion with Russia..” Lololol!

Andrew C. Pope
Andrew C. Pope

Dude, he was Trump’s campaign manager. Gates was part of Trump’s inner circle through April 2017. To say that they “got nothing to hurt Trump with” is hilariously naive. Also, it was well reported that Manafort was a Russian stooge and a shady character well before Trump hired him. So your defense seems to be “Manafort is a crook and my guy willingly hired him and let him run his campaign.”

Also, if Trump were to pardon these guys, I think we’ll have fully ventured into constitutional crisis territory.

Noway2016
Noway2016

Nope. He can pardon anyone he wants for federal offenses. Including himself. All day long. The only crisis would be your exploding blood pressure…

Ellynn
Ellynn

The banking and money laundering are in New York City, And any banking in New York City, including foreign banks also falls under the New York state DA. No president can pardon state crimes. Additionally, Manaford is pardoned, he can’t lead the Fifth when questioned about any connection between his Russian deals involving anyone else.

Sally Forth
Sally Forth

Correction: Media is reporting it wrongly; he was Campaign Chairman, not Manager. Big difference in the two positions. He served as Chairman for only 3 months, and that was for verifying the state delegate counts and the campaign’s convention arrangements prior to the RNC in summer 2016. The indictment is regarding allegations about Manafort’s personal business dealings that happened in 2006-20014. Long before Trump even announced, much less running. Nowhere does the document mention the Trump campaign. Nada. Zip. This is just a smoke screen diversion to take the public’s attention off of last week’s public admission by the Clinton… Read more »

Andrew C. Pope
Andrew C. Pope

From New York Magazine in April 2016:
Over the past week, Manafort has gained control of an expanded $20 million budget, hiring decisions, advertising, and media strategy — domains that had been exclusively Lewandowski’s. “It’s pretty clear that Paul has taken over the campaign,” one senior staffer told me. Most importantly, Manafort reports to Trump.

http://nymag.com/daily/intelligencer/2016/04/how-paul-manafort-took-over-the-trump-campaign.html

So, no, Manafort wasn’t just working on delegate wrangling, he was managing the day-to-day operations of Trump’s campaign.

evergreentree
evergreentree

The Obama playing golf thing – as well as the Obama going on vacations thing and Malia/Sasha going to private school thing and the Michelle Obama having tailored dresses thing and the “Moochelle” thing – was stuff to remind certain populations that the Obamas were better off than they were financially which was supposed to be a shame and an outrage. A huge part of this: demands to see Obama’s high school and college transcripts, allegedly to prove that Obama had terrible grades and SAT scores whose entire advancement was due to affirmative action. (Even though she – unlike her… Read more »

Andrew C. Pope
Andrew C. Pope

Even though she – unlike her husband – could not pass the bar exam, no similar demands to see Michelle Obama’s academic record because she got into the Ivy League the old-fashioned way … as a legacy just like George W. Bush Michelle Obama passed the bar and worked at Sidley & Austin, one of the best law firms in the country. Also, she wasn’t a legacy at Princeton (legacy implies you have parents or other relatives that are alumni of the school), her brother had been admitted 2 years earlier. Unless the dude was making donations since the day… Read more »

evergreentree
evergreentree

1. Bush was rejected by the University of Texas law school in 1970. http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/shows/choice2000/bush/cron.html

2. Michelle Obama herself states that she got into Princeton thanks to her brother. http://www.newsweek.com/who-michelle-obama-94161

But I stand corrected on the bar exam thing.

“You’re so frequently factually incorrect that I’m really concerned about where you’re getting your information.”

No comment …

Andrew C. Pope
Andrew C. Pope

Well I learned something new about W. Mea culpa. Still not positive having a sibling necessarily counts for legacy purposes, even if Michelle seems to think it gave her a leg up. She was academically accomplished and had “soft factors” well beyond having a brother at the school. Universities kind of like donations to accompany the whole “having graduated thing.” There’s certainly a major difference between having a brother on the basketball team and having a parent (Trump’s kids at Penn) and/or grandparent (the Bushes at Yale) who’ve donated millions to the University. Plus we all the know the real… Read more »

Andrew C. Pope
Andrew C. Pope

Trump campaign adviser George Papadopoulos has plead guilty to making false statements to FBI agents. The false statements related to Papadopoulos’ meetings with a Russian affiliated connection regarding “dirt” on then-candidate Hillary Clinton. This is apparently part of a plea deal with Mueller.

Is it just me or does it seem like there are a bunch of Trump campaign officials who met with Russian agents during the campaign and subsequently failed to disclose those meetings or outright lied about the meetings taking place?

Ellynn
Ellynn
Andrew C. Pope
Andrew C. Pope

“Papadopoulos emailed the High-Ranking Campaign Official, with the subject line ‘New message from Russia’: ‘The Russian ministry of foreign affairs messaged and said that if Mr. Trump is unable to make it to Russia, if a campaign rep (me or someone else) can make it for meetings? I am willing to make the trip off the record if it’s in the interest of Mr. Trump and the campaign to meet specific people.'” Papadapoulos’ emails were forwarded on to another campaign official stating: “let’s discuss. We need someone to communicate that DT is not doing these trips. It should be someone… Read more »

Sally Forth
Sally Forth

Papadopoulos was an unpaid volunteer, hanger-on who attended ONE meeting of some honorary council. He was a wanna be who told people he had dealings with the Greek government and could be helpful there. Then he decided on his own to try and find “dirt” on Clinton’s dealings with Russia and the sale of US uranium to said country, and anything else he could dig up. He then compounded his transgression, stupidly lied to the FBI, perhaps trying to salve his self-importance. Whatever the reason, THAT is what got him arrested and led to a plea deal on that. Once… Read more »

Andrew C. Pope
Andrew C. Pope

You don’t put a “hanger-on” in a press release announcing your foreign policy advisory team. You don’t put out a photo of your “hanger-on” in a meeting of senior foreign policy staff.

Ellynn
Ellynn

Plus the editorial board interview with WaPo in March of 2016… (got Trump on tape on that one)

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/checkpoint/wp/2016/03/21/meet-the-men-shaping-donald-trumps-foreign-policy-views/?utm_term=.18470048b65f

Dave Bearse
Dave Bearse

Lest the indictment garner all of the attention, the accomplishments of the Trump administration last week are not to be forgotten. Kelly last week achieved a milestone toward becoming a Trump acolyte. It started well when Kelly was stunned that the media focused on the faulty memory that he shared to only to discredit the Congresswoman that exposed Trump as a liar. He passed the test by not apologizing. When it’s brought to one’s attention that a faulty memory used to defend a gratuitous liar that lied in calling another a liar, and one doesn’t apologize, one has, well, matriculated… Read more »

evergreentree
evergreentree

Looks like the northern suburbs are at it again, claiming that they won’t join MARTA because “it is mismanaged”: http://commuting.blog.ajc.com/2017/10/27/will-gwinnett-county-join-marta-not-likely-officials-say/ Never mind that by joining MARTA they get their own people on the MARTA board and get to help run it. But that is the rub: they want total control and not to share control with the urban Democrats. But they want the state to step in and provide the regular funding for their own bus and proposed BRT systems that MARTA never gets, knowing full well that tax revenue collected in Fulton and DeKalb and redistributed to the state… Read more »

Ellynn
Ellynn

Could this be the weakest link for future leverage?

https://www.axios.com/rick-gates-manafort-business-partner-2503800829.html

Andrew C. Pope
Andrew C. Pope

Sounds like Papadopoulos has already given them a lot of material.

Also, he’s a young guy (graduated college in 2009) and a guy that certainly hasn’t raked in $75 million bucks helping the Russian government set up a puppet state in Eastern Europe. Hence the quick plea deal.

The Eiger
The Eiger

This should be required reading for anyone who thinks they know how Washington works or thinks that they have all of the answers.

https://www.politico.com/magazine/story/2017/10/29/john-boehner-trump-house-republican-party-retirement-profile-feature-215741

Here is my favorite quote.

Boehner grins. “Gowdy—that’s my guy, even though he doesn’t know how to dress,” he says. Then Boehner leans back in his chair. “F–k Jordan. F–k Chaffetz. They’re both a–holes.”

Andrew C. Pope
Andrew C. Pope

Seconded.

My submission for best behind-the-scenes story:
“Boehner never accepted an earmark in Congress – and he enjoyed railing against those who did. His heckling once provoked Don Young, an Alaskan himself, to pin Boehner against a wall inside the House chamber and hold a 10-inch knife to his throat. Boehner says he stared Young in the eyes and said, ‘f–k you.’ (Young says this account is ‘mostly true,’ but notes that the two became good friends, with Boehner later serving as his best man.)”

Ellynn
Ellynn

My favorite is Ryan texting ‘Tan Man” pics of his old security detail with beards.

Noway2016
Noway2016

Wonder who Podesta is being “leveraged” to get? Lol!

Indypendant
Indypendant

LOL

Papadopolous. You must have missed that story.

We get it Noway, you’re okay with Trump being in bed with the Russians. Clear something up for me though, were the Russian hookers pissing on Trump or was he pissing on them?

Noway2016
Noway2016

You’re a real dillweed if you think the pissing story is true. Salacious, yes. The real collusion was done by the Dems, as is becoming more obvious by the hour… By the way, how did that laptop taste after the election?

Andrew C. Pope
Andrew C. Pope

The real collusion was done by the Dems

Clinton and the Democrats colluded with Russia to hack their own emails and spread them through Wikileaks? Clinton and the Democrats colluded with Russia to obtain a dossier of opposition research that wasn’t used or released until after the election?

I don’t think you quite grasp what the term “collusion” means.

(Also, if the pee tape was fake, Trump would be enforcing the Russia sanctions Congress pissed, errr, passed.)

Noway2016
Noway2016

Honestly Drew, fo you really think Tttump was with hookers peeing in a bed in Moscow? No teasing, do you truly believe that happened?

bethebalance
bethebalance

The pee was probably just an accident.

Andrew C. Pope
Andrew C. Pope

Noway… you answer my question and I’ll give you my thoughts on the Pee Tape

Ellynn
Ellynn