maybe it's time to de-poll
― reggie (qualmsley), Saturday, 2 December 2017 23:49 (three years ago) link
a quick poll about Russia and Donald Trump
On Dec. 29, a transition adviser to Mr. Trump, K. T. McFarland, wrote in an email to a colleague that sanctions announced hours before by the Obama administration in retaliation for Russian election meddling were aimed at discrediting Mr. Trump's victory. The sanctions could also make it much harder for Mr. Trump to ease tensions with Russia, "which has just thrown the U.S.A. election to him," she wrote in the emails obtained by The Times.
It is not clear whether Ms. McFarland was saying she believed that the election had in fact been thrown. A White House lawyer said on Friday that she meant only that the Democrats were portraying it that way.
But it is evident from the emails - which were obtained from someone who had access to transition team communications - that after learning that President Barack Obama would expel 35 Russian diplomats, the Trump team quickly strategized about how to reassure Russia. The Trump advisers feared that a cycle of retaliation between the United States and Russia would keep the spotlight on Moscow's election meddling, tarnishing Mr. Trump's victory and potentially hobbling his presidency from the start.
As part of the outreach, Ms. McFarland wrote, Mr. Flynn would be speaking with the Russian ambassador, Mr. Kislyak, hours after Mr. Obama's sanctions were announced.
"Key will be Russia's response over the next few days," Ms. McFarland wrote in an email to another transition official, Thomas P. Bossert, now the president's homeland security adviser.
― reggie (qualmsley), Saturday, 2 December 2017 23:50 (three years ago) link
Cost of Mueller investigation to date: $5 millionNumber charged or pled guilty as a result: Four
Cost of investigation of Hillary Clinton's role in Benghazi: $100+ millionNumber charged or pled guilty as a result: None
Cost of GOP Tax Scam: $1,500,000,000,000Number damaged: 323,000,000 give or take a few dozen.
― reggie (qualmsley), Sunday, 3 December 2017 00:14 (three years ago) link
U.S. House Republicans are drafting a contempt of Congress resolution against Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein and FBI Director Christopher Wray, claiming stonewalling in producing material related to the Russia-Trump probes and other matters.
Intelligence Chairman Devin Nunes and other committee Republicans, after considering such action for several weeks, decided to move after media, including the New York Times, reported Saturday on why a top FBI official assigned to Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s probe of Russia-Trump election collusion had been removed from the investigation.
― reggie (qualmsley), Sunday, 3 December 2017 19:34 (three years ago) link
we need to stand by our russian allies
― reggie (qualmsley), Thursday, 7 December 2017 13:17 (three years ago) link
ten cups of coffee says Haley was just shooting from the hip with that random shit
― El Tomboto, Thursday, 7 December 2017 13:21 (three years ago) link
"The obstructionist Democrats are going to shut down the olympics, because weak on crime, and Alabama, and the Supreme Court!"
― Josh in Chicago, Thursday, 7 December 2017 13:22 (three years ago) link
I read it again - that’s pretty classic completely-unprepared-for-the-question ad-libbing, except as an unelected official with a limited remit she could’ve said “nothing’s changed about our commitment to the Olympic Games but we are of course keeping a close eye on the situation” - but no, full derp; then again it accidentally throws the State Department under the bus, so that’s a bonus for this administration
― El Tomboto, Thursday, 7 December 2017 13:29 (three years ago) link
and then there were five . . . bannon, kushner, pence, don jr, don sr
― reggie (qualmsley), Thursday, 7 December 2017 14:02 (three years ago) link
maybe six if you count sessions
― reggie (qualmsley), Thursday, 7 December 2017 14:04 (three years ago) link
Don Jr.'s b.s. attorney-client privilege defense - that he doesn't have to reveal a conversation with his dad because there was an attorney in the room or whatever - seems like such shit that I assume he's begging for a subpoena or otherwise risks contempt.
― Josh in Chicago, Thursday, 7 December 2017 14:46 (three years ago) link
It’s as if his counsel did a completely terrible job preparing him for the interview
― El Tomboto, Thursday, 7 December 2017 15:06 (three years ago) link
& I’m guessing most of these fucking yokels are stupid enough to lie to their own lawyers, so it might not even be his attorneys’ fault
― El Tomboto, Thursday, 7 December 2017 15:07 (three years ago) link
We're dealing with matryoshka dolls of lawyers with their own lawyers.
― Josh in Chicago, Thursday, 7 December 2017 15:16 (three years ago) link
former KGB agents pulled off the most epic maskirovka troll of all time -- hijack the GOP/koch/fox nation put an un-dentured (pun intended!) servant in the white house whose debt they own. go capitalism
― reggie (qualmsley), Thursday, 7 December 2017 15:21 (three years ago) link
even charter school chait is starting to catch on
― reggie (qualmsley), Thursday, 7 December 2017 15:48 (three years ago) link
a greek, stephanopolous is providing cover for another greek here, a covfefe boy merely ~
― reggie (qualmsley), Friday, 8 December 2017 13:51 (three years ago) link
uh oh sure looks like ol' 2spurs instructed general flynndictment to lie to the FBI. who ever would have guessed?
― reggie (qualmsley), Monday, 11 December 2017 20:04 (three years ago) link
Excited to see the progresssion of these nicknames.
― Nerdstrom Poindexter, Monday, 11 December 2017 20:10 (three years ago) link
i started callin him "ol cloggy veins" but it's not caught on.
― correlated noise of conformity (Hunt3r), Monday, 11 December 2017 20:15 (three years ago) link
just don't call him 2terms
― reggie (qualmsley), Monday, 11 December 2017 20:21 (three years ago) link
― reggie (qualmsley), Tuesday, 12 December 2017 17:28 (three years ago) link
Ol Rexxon accidentally spilled the beans?? Pretty sure little yam hands isn’t gonna like that.
― Nerdstrom Poindexter, Tuesday, 12 December 2017 18:47 (three years ago) link
"a pussy-grabbing casino bankrupt who’s coherent for about 20 minutes in the morning" doesn't quite roll off the tongue nerdstrom poindexter
― reggie (qualmsley), Tuesday, 12 December 2017 19:58 (three years ago) link
Literally no part of this is "exclusive." This meeting was televised live to entire @StateDept press corps. And Tillerson says this all the time. See: Wilson Center speech two weeks ago, OSCE speech last week in Vienna https://t.co/DEG5GTaFmR— Josh Lederman (@joshledermanAP) December 12, 2017
― 𝔠𝔞𝔢𝔨 (caek), Tuesday, 12 December 2017 19:59 (three years ago) link
― reggie (qualmsley), Tuesday, 12 December 2017 20:05 (three years ago) link
what does sir richard dearlove know about anything anyways?
― reggie (qualmsley), Thursday, 14 December 2017 22:37 (three years ago) link
― reggie (qualmsley), Friday, 15 December 2017 22:09 (three years ago) link
― reggie (qualmsley), Friday, 15 December 2017 23:32 (three years ago) link
― BIG HOOS aka the steendriver, Saturday, 16 December 2017 01:38 (three years ago) link
― reggie (qualmsley), Sunday, 17 December 2017 22:46 (three years ago) link
Yeah, but other than all those facts, what do they have? Nothing! Fake white paper!
― Josh in Chicago, Sunday, 17 December 2017 22:52 (three years ago) link
deep lurching dread, all this stuff gives me
― BIG HOOS aka the steendriver, Monday, 18 December 2017 02:24 (three years ago) link
fake news, witch hunt, drivel
― reggie (qualmsley), Tuesday, 19 December 2017 01:27 (three years ago) link
the 'law & order' republican congress is investigating the FBI (who refused to disclose to the american public that they were investigating russia for influence on the trump campaign) . . . for bias against donald trump. you go, jim jordan and devin nunes. this is where america is in the age of putin :)
― reggie (qualmsley), Thursday, 21 December 2017 15:35 (three years ago) link
The GOP have taught me that I can do basically whatever I want as long as I couch it in terms that sound reasonable to those affected by my actions.
Me: 'I'm a patriot, and law and order are my paramount concerns.' (simultaneously and impressively burns down someone's house while shitting on an American flag)My victims: 'He's such a patriot, and his respect for law and order is truly admirable.'Me: 'PS, I can't believe the Democrats just burned down your house. Sad!'
― Encyclopedia Beige and the Case of the Bland Sandwich (Old Lunch), Thursday, 21 December 2017 15:47 (three years ago) link
a GOParable: FBI agent preter strzok reacting to the trump campaign lying about russian contacts they were warned to avoid is the real villainy here
― reggie (qualmsley), Thursday, 21 December 2017 16:11 (three years ago) link
I know modern conservatives have no politics outside of resentment but it’s still been pretty wild watching the “blue lives matter” crowd call for the disbanding and prosecution of the entire FBI— KT NELSON (@KrangTNelson) December 14, 2017
― frogbs, Thursday, 21 December 2017 16:42 (three years ago) link
― reggie (qualmsley), Sunday, 31 December 2017 16:43 (three years ago) link
“this secular religion” *closes lrb*
― y'know, LIBS! libertarians, libertines, even liberians and librarians (Hunt3r), Sunday, 31 December 2017 16:55 (three years ago) link
not interested in male opinions on this particular theory tbh
― maura, Sunday, 31 December 2017 17:02 (three years ago) link
Intriguing question asked: what does it mean that Rod Rosenstein has not yet recused himself?
― Josh in Chicago, Friday, 5 January 2018 17:38 (three years ago) link
2/2 Imagine a case involving a major drug ring. Investigators bypass the leaders, their lieutenants, regional dealers, money people & so forth and go straight to prosecuting a neighbor who disclosed the gang to the press. This makes just about that much sense.— Joyce Alene (@JoyceWhiteVance) January 5, 2018
― reggie (qualmsley), Friday, 5 January 2018 20:24 (three years ago) link
to go with the bad analogy: the major drug ring is being investigated and no drugs have been found
― khat person (jim in vancouver), Friday, 5 January 2018 20:30 (three years ago) link
but they're swimming in contraband vodka
― reggie (qualmsley), Friday, 5 January 2018 21:04 (three years ago) link
Hard to process the idea of anyone currently thinking there’s nothing to the Russia investigation.
― Nerdstrom Poindexter, Friday, 5 January 2018 22:29 (three years ago) link
If the Russians were out to defeat Hillary Clinton (which every intelligence agency says they were), why would try to damage her opponent?
If the Trump team is innocent, why have they consistently lied about almost every aspect of the Russia investigation?
― reggie (qualmsley), Friday, 5 January 2018 22:39 (three years ago) link
Also there have been indictments, guilty pleas, publicly admitting to obstructing the investigation, almost everything Trump does and says etc
― Nerdstrom Poindexter, Friday, 5 January 2018 22:44 (three years ago) link
feel like there's enough out there in public to make a strong case for a half dozen cases of obstruction of justice, if nothing else
also think that if Trump & his gang were ever straight up offered a quid pro quo like this they'd gleefully accept w/o knowing that such a thing would even be illegal
all that said most likely outcome seems to be a zillion crimes getting uncovered and the House and Senate doing fuck all about it besides trying to throw Mueller in jail
― frogbs, Friday, 5 January 2018 22:59 (three years ago) link
^ in case anyone's curious about the kremlin's (quite effective) strategy for dividing americans against each other, this DoJ complaint is rewarding reading
― reggie (qualmsley), Friday, 2 November 2018 12:32 (two years ago) link
So is the big moment coming when they finally take down Trump and all his cronies?
― Fedora Dostoyevsky (man alive), Friday, 2 November 2018 14:10 (two years ago) link
When is that deus ex machina perp walk that saves us from having to actually accomplish anything politically?
― Fedora Dostoyevsky (man alive), Friday, 2 November 2018 14:15 (two years ago) link
when flushing a particularly repulsive and sticky turd the jets of water must come from all directions
― Jacob Lohl (stevie), Friday, 2 November 2018 14:29 (two years ago) link
"Mark Whitaker, now in charge of the Mueller investigation, chaired the 2014 campaign of Sam Clovis, a grand jury witness in that investigation."
LOL @ GOPutin
― reggie (qualmsley), Wednesday, 7 November 2018 22:58 (two years ago) link
so this guy has even more of a reason to recuse than Sessions did
guessing he won't but lol if he does
― frogbs, Wednesday, 7 November 2018 23:26 (two years ago) link
Cool. After two years of vaguely political comments on Reddit I finally attracted a Петербу́рг/Москва́ fan, who has followed me with pro-Trump comments on wholly unrelated threads.
The only thing I've said acknowledging our new acquaintance is "вы влагалище", which Google translates as "you are a cunt". Purely based on my English-language hierarchy dick,jerk < asshole < cunt. It's not a gender thing for me.
Is this an insult in Russian? Are their more cutting and less overtly misogynistic ways of making this point?
This may be important for many others on this thread with Russian followers.
― They Bunged Him in My Growler (Sanpaku), Wednesday, 7 November 2018 23:50 (two years ago) link
i wonder who else benefited from this ; )
― reggie (qualmsley), Friday, 9 November 2018 15:08 (two years ago) link
― Fedora Dostoyevsky (man alive), Friday, 9 November 2018 15:58 (two years ago) link
maybe no one
― reggie (qualmsley), Friday, 9 November 2018 15:58 (two years ago) link
Eventually, I expect to sell my firstborn to the Qatari Wealth Fund and Glencore. As someone who has only hovered on the margins of commodity markets, the growth of both over the past two decades is just staggering.
― They Bunged Him in My Growler (Sanpaku), Saturday, 10 November 2018 00:20 (two years ago) link
from the office slack, re: barbara ehrenreich --
― BIG HOOS aka the steendriver, Tuesday, 13 November 2018 20:21 (two years ago) link
this is cute
Well now. Russians claiming a hack of the DNC was a legitimate "military attack"That's going to have repercussions for the Americans who were conspiring with them. https://t.co/ixw1jkl0Uj— Emma Kennedy (@EmmaKennedy) November 13, 2018
― reggie (qualmsley), Tuesday, 13 November 2018 21:55 (two years ago) link
hm yeah doesn't conspiring in a military action against the US govt constitute treason
― Οὖτις, Tuesday, 13 November 2018 22:01 (two years ago) link
DNC isn't the government.
But as I've been trying to push out in monthly increments to Trumpster relatives, they're unwitting accomplices to a multi-faceted information warfare attack on American sovereignty and interests. The Trump campaign was just one arm, and probably not the most important one (given its likelihood of abject failure). The more important Russian information warfare attacks have infiltrated nodes of the U.S. electric grid and major corporations. Maybe its all deterrence against similar infiltrations of Russian infrastructure, but I suspect its really Russia turning one of its few strengths (a bunch of hackers, who will work for rubles) into a force multiplier.
At first my relatives responded by regurgitating kool-aid. After a dozen or so of these I don't get responses. Maybe they've all got me blocked, or maybe they are starting to see the pattern.
― Sanpaku, Tuesday, 13 November 2018 23:57 (two years ago) link
weird how emma kennedy has became a sort of louise mensch lite
― ( ͡☉ ͜ʖ ͡☉) (jim in vancouver), Wednesday, 14 November 2018 00:01 (two years ago) link
weird how much better at chess russians are than americans
― reggie (qualmsley), Wednesday, 14 November 2018 00:05 (two years ago) link
carlos d would make a much better choice imho
More evidence of the absence of US leadership. Next up: A Russian official in charge of @INTERPOL_HQ . https://t.co/Qns7iNL9bl— Michael McFaul (@McFaul) November 18, 2018
― reggie (qualmsley), Sunday, 18 November 2018 14:07 (two years ago) link
"the head of interpol has herpes"
― fajita seas, Sunday, 18 November 2018 20:33 (two years ago) link
Days after the European Court of Human Rights ruled that Russian legal authorities deployed the rule of law for political purposes, Interpol is about to elect a Russian government official as its head. Crazy. https://t.co/uZ4oobjnPN— Michael McFaul (@McFaul) November 19, 2018
i don't know much about interpol *insert carlos D* joke, but
― Karl Malone, Monday, 19 November 2018 19:55 (two years ago) link
"deployed the rule of law for political purposes" is a very strange uh, term of art? is it?
― BIG HOOS aka the steendriver, Monday, 19 November 2018 20:02 (two years ago) link
maybe it's a autocorrect-ism for "destroyed"
― A is for (Aimless), Monday, 19 November 2018 20:04 (two years ago) link
― reggie (qualmsley), Monday, 3 December 2018 01:03 (two years ago) link
I just want them to be sure. It’s a pretty serious charge. I know a lot about hacking and hacking is a very hard thing to prove. So it could be somebody else, and I also know things that other people don’t know, so they cannot be sure of this situation.
― reggie (qualmsley), Thursday, 6 December 2018 00:13 (two years ago) link
wait, he has a boy who is ten years old?
― Rhine Jive Click Bait (Hadrian VIII), Thursday, 6 December 2018 01:03 (two years ago) link
― Οὖτις, Thursday, 6 December 2018 01:35 (two years ago) link
― fuck the NRA (Neanderthal), Thursday, 6 December 2018 01:38 (two years ago) link
What's Baron Von Trump been up to?
― Josh in Chicago, Thursday, 6 December 2018 01:52 (two years ago) link
Baron is definitely not 10
― Rhine Jive Click Bait (Hadrian VIII), Thursday, 6 December 2018 01:59 (two years ago) link
The story is from two years ago.
― Ned Raggett, Thursday, 6 December 2018 02:21 (two years ago) link
Maybe Baron was 12 then but he is 10 now
― fuck the NRA (Neanderthal), Thursday, 6 December 2018 02:32 (two years ago) link
Checking in on Trump-Russia “no collusion” dead-enders. pic.twitter.com/eOpSN1VGz8— Zachary #FBPE 🇪🇺 (@zatchry) December 8, 2018
― Nerdstrom Poindexter, Saturday, 8 December 2018 01:44 (two years ago) link
lol @ gop
“It turns out to be true now, that the Department of Justice and the FBI, under President Obama, rigged the investigation for Hillary and really turned the screws on Trump, and now it looks like in a corrupt & illegal way. The facts are out now. Whole Hoax exposed. @JesseBWatters— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 30, 2018
― reggie (qualmsley), Sunday, 30 December 2018 13:47 (two years ago) link
You do not want to miss RT’s Christmas vid for The Donald (cc @joshtpm) pic.twitter.com/014766OGId— Noga Tarnopolsky (@NTarnopolsky) December 30, 2018
― ... (Eazy), Sunday, 30 December 2018 15:34 (two years ago) link
― BIG HOOS aka the steendriver, Wednesday, 2 January 2019 18:33 (two years ago) link
what presidential campaign manager doesn't share internal polling data with kremlin officials #MAGA
― reggie (qualmsley), Wednesday, 9 January 2019 17:22 (two years ago) link
This is the filing I've been waiting for today. The SCO says evidence in Roger Stone's case was found in accounts that were searched for the GRU case, in which 11 Russian military officers were charged with a conspiracy to interfere in the election. https://t.co/yjUIoCF0wG pic.twitter.com/YtnezsGx7K— southpaw (@nycsouthpaw) February 15, 2019
― Josh in Chicago, Friday, 15 February 2019 21:35 (two years ago) link
Oh man, I was just reminded of the fact that Eric Garland runs a premium Twitter account that's *still* doing $5,000/month in revenue, down from close to $20k/mo at its peak IIRC pic.twitter.com/qhyefqnlhX— Quantian (@quantian1) April 29, 2019
― 𝔠𝔞𝔢𝔨 (caek), Monday, 29 April 2019 21:38 (one year ago) link
― findom haddie (jim in vancouver), Monday, 29 April 2019 21:46 (one year ago) link
A source close to Deutsche Bank says Trump’s tax returns show he pays very little income tax and, more importantly, that his loans have Russian co-signers. If true, that explains every kind word Trump has ever said about Russia and Putin. @TheLastWord 10pm— Lawrence O'Donnell (@Lawrence) August 28, 2019
― Jersey Al (Albert R. Broccoli), Wednesday, 28 August 2019 02:37 (one year ago) link
Today in Syria: Russia takes control of main U.S. military facility abandoned earlier this week by American forces on Trump’s orders. This area is south of Kobani and went to Russia under the Putin-Erdogan deal. Russia now also owns the airstrip we built. pic.twitter.com/uO5AHdKMi3— Brett McGurk (@brett_mcgurk) November 15, 2019
― reggie (qualmsley), Sunday, 17 November 2019 19:32 (one year ago) link
symmetry demands it
― reggie (qualmsley), Monday, 14 December 2020 00:56 (two months ago) link
loose ends ;)
― reggie (qualmsley), Tuesday, 15 December 2020 16:53 (two months ago) link
*cue the coda to "Layla"*
― Jersey Al (Albert R. Broccoli), Tuesday, 15 December 2020 17:10 (two months ago) link
dubbed "the index case for Twitter Morgellons" here https://www.todayintabs.com/p/no-true-poster, which is a pretty good burn
― 𝔠𝔞𝔢𝔨 (caek), Thursday, 11 February 2021 23:34 (two weeks ago) link
that's a fair and thorough takedown of abramson
― Dusty Benelux (jim in vancouver), Friday, 12 February 2021 00:33 (two weeks ago) link
Gotta say, I’ve lived my entire life with the stain of Russian heritage in my family. Then came their conspiracy to alter the 2016 election. A year later they hacked my computer.But now they’ve attacked my boy Panarin so I’ll make it official:Fuck you, Vladimir Putin.#NYR https://t.co/MGFd1xPeZp— Keith Olbermann (@KeithOlbermann) February 22, 2021
― 𝔠𝔞𝔢𝔨 (caek), Monday, 22 February 2021 23:52 (one week ago) link
unfortunate word choice there.
― if you meh them, shut up (Neanderthal), Monday, 22 February 2021 23:53 (one week ago) link
fun fact: Keith Olbermann has never left the United States in his life
― Li'l Brexit (Tracer Hand), Tuesday, 23 February 2021 00:22 (one week ago) link
wait i may have that wrong - he's definitely never visited Europe though
― Li'l Brexit (Tracer Hand), Wednesday, 24 February 2021 10:18 (one week ago) link