“Soft despotism is a term coined by Alexis de Tocqueville describing the state into which a country overrun by "a network of small complicated rules" might degrade. Soft despotism is different from despotism (also called 'hard despotism') in the sense that it is not obvious to the people."

Sunday, December 03, 2017

Trump Should Have Followed Through on His Campaign Promise to Prosecute Clinton Immediately - Why He picked Jeff Sessions Is Beyond Me

Trump: 'So General Flynn lies to the FBI and his life is destroyed' but 'nothing happens' to Hillary Clinton

President Trump reignited the “Crooked Hillary” attacks in a series of tweets calling attention to what he views as a double standard between how Hillary Clinton's email scandal was handled versus the controversy surrounding former national security adviser Michael Flynn, who pleaded guilty in federal court Friday to lying to the FBI.

So General Flynn lies to the FBI and his life is destroyed, while Crooked Hillary Clinton, on that now famous FBI holiday “interrogation” with no swearing in and no recording, lies many times...and nothing happens to her? Rigged system, or just a double standard?

A few minutes later the president followed up by taking a swipe at the Justice Department.

Many people in our Country are asking what the “Justice” Department is going to do about the fact that totally Crooked Hillary, AFTER receiving a subpoena from the United States Congress, deleted and “acid washed” 33,000 Emails? No justice!

During the 2016 election, Clinton was under FBI investigation for the usage of an unauthorized personal email server while serving as secretary of state during the Obama administration. She was reportedly interrogated by the FBI over a holiday weekend in 2016, which appears to be what Trump was referring to.

Ultimately the investigation found that there was no criminal wrongdoing in her actions, with former FBI Director James Comey saying last summer calling her conduct "extremely careless."

Flynn was fired as national security adviser in February after it was revealed he misled Trump officials about his communications with the Russian ambassador.
Throughout the year, Flynn has been a leading subject of scrutiny in special counsel Robert Mueller's Russia probe. He pleaded guilty Friday to lying to the FBI about his contact with Russian officials in January and has stated he will cooperate with Mueller.

Lying to the FBI could get Flynn up to five years of prison time, but court documents suggest that the sentence could be lighter.


  1. Former White House national security adviser Michael Flynn pleaded guilty Friday to lying to the FBI about contacts with Russia’s former ambassador to the U.S., admitting he violated a law that also criminalizes lying to Congress.

    Scholars have mixed views on whether Flynn’s guilty plea is bad news for Attorney General Jeff Sessions, who allegedly lied to Congress about his contacts with the same ambassador.

    Harvard Law School professor Lawrence Tribe told the Washington Examiner that Sessions should be concerned about facing the same charge as Flynn.

    “Of course he should," Tribe said.

    But Harvard Law School professor emeritus Alan Dershowitz said he's not so sure, raising questions about proof of intent.

    In January, the same month Flynn misled the FBI, Sessions told senators in written and oral responses that he knew of no Trump campaign contacts with Russia and that he had none himself.

    “I’m not aware of any of those activities,” Sessions told Sen. Al Franken, D-Minn., who asked if “anyone affiliated with the Trump campaign communicated with the Russian government in the course of this campaign.”

    Sessions added: “I did not have communications with the Russians.”

    In a written answer, Sessions told Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., “no,” he had not “been in contact with anyone connected to any part of the Russian government about the 2016 election, either before or after Election Day.”

    It later emerged that Sessions met with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak in his Senate office in September 2016, after they also met during the Republican National Convention in July 2016.

    Sessions defenders argue the questions were unclear. Justice Department spokeswoman Sarah Isgur Flores said there was “absolutely nothing misleading," and Sessions stressed he “never met with any Russian officials to discuss issues of the campaign.”

    Questions about the accuracy of Sessions’ testimony deepened, however, in October after Trump campaign adviser George Papadopolous pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI. Papadopolous reportedly said at a March 2016 meeting with Sessions that he could establish contact with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

    Sessions told lawmakers that he forgot about that meeting with Papadopolous.

    Lying to Congress is rarely prosecuted, but there are some recent examples.

    In 2007, second-ranking Interior Department official J. Steven Griles pleaded guilty to lying to senators about his links to lobbyist Jack Abramoff. Baseball player Miguel Tejada pleaded guilty to lying to Congress in 2009 after giving false testimony in 2005 about performance-enhancing drugs. Player Roger Clemens was acquitted in 2012 of similarly lying to Congress.

    Special counsel Robert Mueller, who is leading the investigation that resulted in Flynn's plea, has shown no qualms about using rarely enforced laws in his probe of Russia's links to Trump aides.

    Mueller's team dusted off the Foreign Agents Registration Act to indict former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort and assistant Rick Gates in October for pre-campaign work with Ukrainian politicians. There were fewer than 10 FARA prosecutions and just one conviction between 1966 and 2015, according to the Justice Department inspector general's office.

    Although it’s unclear what Sessions has told the FBI about his or the campaign's contact with Russia, Tribe said that his congressional testimony alone may be enough for a prosecution under the same law that Flynn admitted violating.

    “Very likely yes, assuming [there is] sufficiently persuasive proof that Sessions knew he was giving materially false and misleading answers,” Tribe said.

    Finding enough proof to win a conviction, however, may be difficult.

    “They would have to prove a direct knowing lie,” Dershowitz said, something that’s “hard to do.”

    Dershowitz said “I haven’t seen anything” that would offer enough proof. "He’s careful."


    Matt Drudge, editor and founder of the Internet news powerhouse Drudge Report, put the special counsel probe on notice Saturday.

    In a flurry of tweets, stark against an otherwise empty Twitter page (Drudge has a habit of deleting his prior tweets), the influential but reclusive conservative figure painted Robert Mueller and his Russia inquiry team as a farce.

    "Mueller’s secretive grand jury made up of residence from DC, where 91% voted for Hillary...," he began, referring to the grand jury Mueller put together to investigate possible collusion between the Trump campaign and the Kremlin.

    Mueller’s secretive grand jury made up of residence from DC, where 91% voted for Hillary...— MATT DRUDGE (@DRUDGE) December 3, 2017

    His tweet came a day after Mike Flynn, President Trump's former national security adviser, pleaded guilty in federal court to lying to the FBI about his talks with Russian officials. In the run-up to Friday's bombshell, prosecutors had canceled scheduled grand jury testimony related to Flynn. The grand jury in Washington already had indicted former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort and his former associate for crimes related to their lobbying work abroad.

    Drudge's brief Twitter rant then referred to a story reported by the Washington Examiner, about how Rep. Devin Nunes, chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, is threatening contempt of Congress in response to the FBI and Department of Justice keeping the committee in the dark over why Mueller kicked a key supervising FBI agent off the Trump-Russia investigation amid concerns of anti-Trump bias.

    "We know what happens when one lies to the FBI," Drudge said. "But what is the punishment when the FBI lies to us?"

    Turning his sights to former President Barack Obama, who is travelling around the world, meeting leaders in France, India, and China, Drudge brought up the archaic law that could mean trouble for Flynn.

    "Is citizen Obama violating the 'Logan act' when he lobbies foreign governments and world leaders against America’s current foreign policy?", Drudge queried.

    There has been chatter about Flynn possibly violating the Logan Act for talking with the Russian ambassador about sanctions while he was a private citizen during the presidential transition period. However, the grounds for what the 1799 law dictates would be a felony are untested as it has never been enforced.

    Drudge ended his Twitter train of thought musing on how Mueller will "eventually" interview Trump himself and that the "spectacle" should be "broadcast live" — an idea he has floated in the past.

    Matt Drudge zings Mueller probe: 'What is the punishment when the FBI lies to us?'

    1. Matt Drudge put the DoJ "on notice"


      That'll REALLY make a difference in the world.

    2. Certainly carries more weight than anything you might say, War Criminal and Dead Beat Dad.

    3. .

      Matt Drudge, editor and founder of the Internet news powerhouse Drudge Report, put the special counsel probe on notice Saturday.


      I wonder if Mueller knows that he has been 'put on notice'. He could be sitting there this morning drinking a cup of joe and eating a cruller not knowing what a world of shit he is in.


  3. In a flurry of tweets, stark against an otherwise empty Twitter page (Drudge has a habit of deleting his prior tweets), the influential but reclusive conservative figure painted Robert Mueller and his Russia inquiry team as a farce.


    That's the correct characterization of this.....farce.

    1. Wrong again, Robert Limp Dick" Peterson.

      This episode in US politics is deadly serious.

      Mr Trump declared war on the System, then forgot to field a dorce to fight it.

      Mr Trump hired "the best people"mostly Democrats.

      He emasculated himself, in his poor hiring choices, which is to be expected of an Apprentice.

      The buck stops with the President. His coices, his failures.

      Mr Trump PROMISED to eliminate "Carried Interest" from the tax code while campaigning.

      It is the equivalent to Mr Trump lying on the campaign trail. Time and again.

    2. Bless the internet.

      It gives even smelly little turds like you a place to mouth off.

  4. Jeff Sessions should have stayed in the Senate.

    He'd be happier, I do believe.


    1. Your belief system is terribly flawed, Robert "Limp Dick" Peterson.
      Always has been.

      Since before your draft dodger episode, all the way through your stealing from the bank using your Aunties identity.

    2. How often did you abuse your wife to make her feel she had to flee from your behavior to the safety of a village in Central America after she 'dropped the kid' ?

      Sounds like it was a daily event, War Criminal and Dead Beat Dad.

      It turned out all for the best, though.

      The lucky child has never had you in its life.

      A good thing.

      A great thing, really.

      The kid caught a break, Dead Beat Dad.

      Not having you around was wonderful for her, Self Confessed War Criminal.

    3. Post that alledged "confession", Limp Dick Peterson.

      We ALL KNOW that you cannot, you just continue to lie about your betters Draft Dodger.

  5. Geller Hour -

    - Sweden Plans 'Grenade Amnesty' as Attacks Soar :

    - Canada: Trudeau labels legit terrorism questions as “Islamophobia” :

    - Robert Spencer: Canadian University Feeds the False Muslim Victimhood Narrative :

    - Top FBI Investigator into trumped up Russia inquiry FIRED for anti-Trump texts :

    - ABC News suspends (not fires) Brian Ross over HUGE Trump fake news #FireRoss :

  6. Time to get some shuteye.


    And cheers to all except ratsass.

  7. Manhunt in NYC after car rams into people, several reported killed & injured

    Published time: 3 Dec, 2017

    1. An irate hit-and-run driver mowed down at least four people, killing one, after a knife fight outside a Queens hookah bar Sunday morning, according to police and witness.

      Cops found at least one person dead and two more stabbed after the violent fracas outside XS NYC at 129th St. and Liberty Ave. just before 5 a.m. in South Ozone Park.

      A witness spotted the brawling bunch while driving by and pulled over moments before the motorist gunned it for the mass of people.

      “This car just comes from nowhere and hits the whole group,” said Ozzie, who declined to provide a last name. “The bodies went flying. The car was going really fast, at least 50 mph on the sidewalk.”

    2. .

      Old news.

      This stuff happens every day in the US. Just watch the local news. Nobody notices and more.


    3. But Quirk, if even a hint of a non-white person or, god forbid, a Muslim, is involved then Deuce's panties get all bunched up and he rails at the injustice of it all.

  8. Liberal white Sweden reports:

    Among people from Algeria, Libya, Morocco and Tunisia, 0,46% had been convicted of rape, compared with 0,02% of Swedes, meaning they were 23 times more likely to be convicted of rape. And 0,33% of “Other Africa excl Uganda” had been committed of rape, which is 16 times higher than the rate for ethnic Swedes.

    People from Jordan, Palestine and Syria were 19 times more likely to commit murder/homicide than ethnic Swedes. People from Lebanon were the group most likely to commit robberies.

  9. All you soul brothers Ash. How are things in Canada? I already know, so don't bullshit us.

  10. While in AZ, with Jeff Flake out of the 2018 election ...

    Things are going swimmingly.

    Quite likely the Democrats will take that seat.

    If McCain falls out, the Dems could pick up that seat as well

    Mr Trump followed Sheriff Joe down a rabbit hole. No good will come of it.


  11. Murder is on the rise with the Trump Administration large and in charge

    In America's urban centers, 3,081 people were murdered in the first half of 2017, according to the Major Cities Chiefs Association Violent Crimes Survey. That's up from 2,994 people for the same period in 2016

    We need to "Make America Safe Again"

    To bad Mr Teumo is performing worse than Mr Obama, on crime and public safety.


    1. To bad Mr Trump is performing worse than Mr Obama, on crime and public safety

      Mea Culpa, amigos

    2. .

      He has increased funds for the border but decreased funds and grants to local law enforcement. New York has been complaining since the Trump budget came out. It cuts counterterrorism funds, grants for fighting violence against women, funds for fighting right-wing domestic terrorism.

      So basically, they are concentrating on a group of people who have historically had a lower rate of crime and cutting funds for combatting those who are (I would also observe that crime statistics in Europe have little immediate relevance to the US). Some might say that's a silly pray to prioritize resources.


    3. Nonsense. grants for fighting violence against women, how is that a federal responsibility?

      funds for fighting right-wing domestic terrorism , Who are they? The knights of Columbus?

      So basically, they are concentrating on a group of people who have historically had a lower rate of crime Who are they?

      Of course European statistics are relevant as "political correctness", "diversity" and
      "multiculturalism" have been internationalized and often based on "US experience".

    4. .

      Nonsense right back at you.

      Who are right-wing terrorists? Look it up. We've put up the articles and references here before. I would have expected you had seen them.

      A year or so back I put up an article from Wiki that referenced an FBI report that indicated law enforcement considered the Sovereign Citizens movement to be the biggest domestic terrorist threat at the time.

      this from wiki...


      As of June 2015, right-wing attacks since the September 11 attacks (9/11) had claimed more lives (48) than attacks committed by jihadists (26).[38] Thereafter, jihadist terrorist attacks (the 2015 San Bernardino attack and the 2016 Orlando nightclub shooting) raised the Islamic extremist death toll above that caused by right-wing extremists. As of August 2017, the New America Foundation placed the number killed in terrorist attacks in the United States (since 9/11) as follows: 97 killed in jihadist terrorist attacks, 68 killed in far-right attacks, and 8 killed in black separatist/nationalist/supremacist attacks.[39] The politically conservative Daily Caller News Foundation using data from the National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism (START), found 92% of all "ideologically motivated homicide incidents" committed in the United States from 2007 to 2016 were done "with a right-wing extremist or white supremacist motive".[40] According to the Government Accountability Office of the United States, 73% of violent extremist incidents that resulted in deaths since September 12, 2001 were caused by right wing extremists groups.[41][42]

      New America's tally shows that since September 11, 2001, incidents of right-wing terrorism have caused 68 deaths. Incidents causing death were:[39]

      So basically, they are concentrating on a group of people who have historically had a lower rate of crime Who are they?

      Immigrants. This info (articles, wiki, stats) have all been put up here numerous times before. Do I have to dig them up and post them again?

      There are hundreds of articles out there on this. I googled this

      immigrant crime statistics are lower than that of native americans and got 5,740,000 hits.

      This was the first article I came to...

      Of course European statistics are relevant as "political correctness", "diversity" and
      "multiculturalism" have been internationalized and often based on "US experience".

      Complete nonsense. The US experience with immigration has been much different that that of the EU mainly because the policies and opportunities offered in the US have been much different.



  12. Mr Trump said he wanted to preserve US heritaage ...

    Now his Administration wants to scale back our Monuments.

    Leaked Maps Show How Trump May Slash National Monuments

    Draft government maps reveal massive cuts to Bears Ears and Grand Staircase Escalante in Utah

    Our Heritage, our History, our Monuments ...
    Now threatened by the Trump Administration.

    Save US Heritage stop the New York and DC elites from destroying our Culture, Our Heritage, Our History.


    1. Save our Monuments
      Save our Culture
      Save our History

      STOP TRUMP from destroying our Heritage.

      We have to act NOW!!

      For the children.
      So they can know what made US great, so we can be great, again

    2. .

      Trump says he will follow the advice of his Interior Secretary, Gary Zinke, who has recommended reducing these monuments to 1/3 of their current size.

      You might recall the character of Zinke and how it reflects on Trump's choices for department heads.

      From the Huffingpost Post article by

      David Halperin, Contributor
      Attorney, advocate, writer at

      Updated Oct 25, 2017

      Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke Is A Disgrace

      It’s increasingly clear that Trump Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke has the awful ethics and values of, let’s say, a Donald Trump.

      Let’s count some of the ways:

      1. As reported just today, Zinke has been and remains active in funneling money to scam political committees that rip off elderly donors by taking their money and then mostly keeping it for executive and consultant salaries.

      2. As reported just yesterday, Zinke’s friend/neighbor’s two-person company somehow got a $300 million contract to repair Puerto Rico’s electrical infrastructure.

      3. As Secretary, Zinke has repeatedly used private charter planes, including a charter flight from Las Vegas to his Montana hometown on a plane owned by fossil fuel company executives, and charters between Caribbean islands ― all on routes where commercial flights were available.

      4. Zinke concealed as a congressman from Montana that he’d been living in California, not Montana.

      5. Zinke punitively reassigned many of his agency’s senior employees ― for example moving Interior’s chief climate policy expert to the royalty collection division; he also named only political appointees, including several ex-industry lobbyists, to a Department committee on personnel issues, ignoring that career staff are supposed to be part of the process.

      6. Zinke, in a speech last month to an oil industry group, praised hydraulic fracturing, which has poisoned the water in communities across the U.S. and poses tremendous risks of gas leaks and increased global warming. “Fracking,” he said, “is proof that God’s got a good sense of humor and he loves us.”

      7. Zinke has proposed to the White House that several national monuments be dramatically shrunk and opened for mining and drilling.

      8. Zinke requires his security staff to hoist a special secretarial flag on the Interior Department’s roof whenever he’s in the building, and to remove it when Zinke departs. In addition, as the Washington Post reported, “He has commissioned commemorative coins with his name on them to give to staff and visitors, but the cost to taxpayers is unclear.”

      9. Zinke last month told an oil industry group that nearly one-third of Interior Department employees are not loyal to him and Trump. He might have been understating matters, depending on your definition of loyalty. Probably more than a third now think that Ryan Zinke is a disgrace.


    3. It seems to me that you complained about federal ownership of western lands. Please correct me if I got that wrong.

    4. .

      I assume you are talking to rat.

      My position is that any land that is out there and worth anything at all whether aesthetically or commercially will eventually end up in the hands of the rich and powerful.

      The top 5 land owners in the US own more land (9 million acres) than do all the blacks in the country (8 million acres).

      The top 100 individual landowners own 2% of the US land mass and they are continually adding to their holdings.



    5. We must keep Federal control of our National Forests and Range Lands.

      And NOT state control, either, which is the first step to private control.

      This land is MY land, this land is YOUR land.....

  13. Whatever happened to the FBI guy that was given immunity?

    1. Hmmmm.....wasn't he set to testify ?

      Maybe he's in a safe house somewhere ?

      Don't know, but hope he is well.

  14. The Leaven of Political Football
    Mark Musser
    To get a whiff of where the NFL is heading, consider the once-glowing football history at the University of Washington, which was done in by political correctness. More

    Ah, I recall the glory days of Sonny Sixkiller and the boys.....

    University of Washington[edit]
    On the advice of Willis, head coach Jim Owens recruited Sixkiller and offered him a scholarship to the University of Washington in Seattle. Due to his name, he was given uniform number 6. He became the starting quarterback for the Huskies as a sophomore in 1970 and led the Huskies to a 6-4 record, a vast improvement over the 1-9 record in 1969. He completed 186 passes for 2303 yards and 15 touchdowns in what many called the Year of The Quarterback, in which Jim Plunkett passed for 2,715 yards on the year and broke his own conference record. Plunkett won the Heisman Trophy, given annually to the top college football player in the country, beating out Notre Dame's Joe Theismann and Archie Manning of Ole Miss. Sixkiller missed four games as a senior in 1972 finished his college career with 385 completions for 5496 yards and 35 touchdowns, and held fifteen school records.[4] The Huskies posted consecutive 8-3 records in 1971 and 1972.[5]


    Sixkiller even had a song named after him.

    1. Professional football[edit]
      Not selected in the 1973 NFL Draft, Sixkiller had tryouts with the Los Angeles Rams in 1973[4] and with the Toronto Argonauts of the Canadian Football League in 1974. He signed with the Philadelphia Bell of the World Football League in September 1974[6] and played with The Hawaiians in 1975, until the league folded in October. He tried out with the San Diego Chargers in 1976.

      Sixkiller was also a cast member in the 1974 film The Longest Yard. Sixkiller is currently an executive for sports marketing firm IMG College, serving his alma mater, the University of Washington.


  15. FARCE

    December 3, 2017
    Anti-Trump bias at FBI a fatal flaw of Mueller investigation
    By Rick Moran

    The credibility of Robert Mueller's Russian collusion investigation of Donald Trump took two huge hits in the last 24 hours, as it is now an open question whether the FBI can conduct an unbiased probe into the allegations against the president.

    First, it's been revealed that one of Mueller's chief investigators was fired for exchanging anti-Trump texts with a mistress who is a top lawyer in the bureau. Peter Strzok, a former deputy director for counterintelligence at the FBI was removed earlier this year and now, the inspector general is looking into other "politically sensitive cases" that Strzok was involved in, including the Hillary Clinton email investigation. Strzok was also FBI liaison with the CIA.

    Also, House Intelligence Committee chairman Devin Nunes issued an angry letter to the FBI demanding to know why he and his committee were kept in the dark about the firing of Strzok. Taken together, the picture that emerges of the Mueller probe is one of a fatal anti-Trump bias that should disqualify Mueller - and the FBI - from carrying out what is supposed to be a non-partisan, independent, and unbiased investigation.

    Byron York:

    House Intelligence Committee chairman Devin Nunes has issued an angry demand to the FBI and Department of Justice to explain why they kept the committee in the dark over the reason Special Counsel Robert Mueller kicked a key supervising FBI agent off the Trump-Russia investigation....

    1. Gotta love the comments....:) heh

    2. The Odds Of Impeachment Are Dropping

      ....Among Republicans, Trump’s approval rating has held remarkably steady. The week Mueller was named, according to Gallup, Trump’s GOP support stood at 84 percent. In the days after Donald Trump Jr. was revealed to have written, “I love it” in response to a Russian offer of dirt on Hillary Clinton, it reached 87 percent. In Gallup’s last poll, taken in late November, it was 81 percent. Trump’s approval rating among Republicans has not dipped below 79 percent since he took office. None of the revelations from Mueller’s investigation—nor any of the other outrageous things Trump has done—has significantly undermined his support among the GOP rank and file…

      Could Mueller or some enterprising journalist uncover revelations so epic that they shake Trump’s hold on the GOP, and give Republican senators cover to support his removal? It’s unlikely. After all, the vast majority of Alabama Republicans still support Roy Moore. Most conservatives consume pro-Trump media, which will downplay or distort virtually anything Mueller or the mainstream press discovers. And the more aggressively Democrats push for Trump’s removal, the easier it will be for Breitbart and Sean Hannity to rally Republicans against a “left-wing coup.”....

    3. .

      That's deplorable.

      Luckily, only 26% of Americans identify as Republican (according to Gallup).

      Actually, more people identify as Non-binary Butch and/or Guydyke than identify as Republican (according to The Weekly Androgyne).


    4. I'm ecstatic knowing we have a lifelong subscriber to The Weekly Androgyne among us here at The Bar !

      It's what makes the joint different from all the other dives.

      Any chance The Androgyne will be going daily any time soon ?

      That would be super.

    5. Please keep us all informed of the newest trends among the Non-binary Butch and/or Guydyke sets.

      We are all panting in anticipation.

    6. Is that where you picked up the name Quirk, from commenting with others at The Weekly Androgyne ?

      Just curious.....I had always assumed your mom had burdened you with it.

  16. Pope Calls Nuclear-Arms Race Irrational and Immoral....DRUDGE

    He's got it right.

    It's really quite insane.

    And may kill us all yet.

    Alas, no one wants to be the house on the block without weapons.