Paul Manafort indictment filed in The United States District Court for the District of Columbia on October 30, 2017.
Paul Manafort “Release to PSA’s High Intensity Supervision Program” filed on October 30, 2017. Manafort was given home confinement, except for meeting with attorneys, court, medical emergency or religious services. Manafort is not to travel outside the DC-area. He must check-in by telephone every day.
Paul J. Manafort, Jr. “Appearance Bond” filed in United States District Court for the District of Columbia on October 30, 3017.
Manafort was released on a $10 million unsecured bond.
The state of Georgia destroyed all of the ballots from the last election – digitally. Today, Georgia’s attorney general announced the attorney general’s office will not defend government officials suspected of wrongdoing.
When that voting data was destroyed, along with it was the evidence of possible Russian hacking. Georgia’s election system has been under fire for being antiquated and not secure.
It’s not inconceivable that one or more of Georgia’s government employees, officials or politicians could give a Russian hacker, or hackers, a backdoor into this antiquated system. Then all the people in Georgia have to do is look the other way, the GOP candidate wins, delete the data and evidence of the crime. Boom, you just stole and election.
We may never know the answer.
Donald Trump’s former campaign manager Paul Manafort was indicted this week on several serious felonies in connection with Russia’s manipulation of our democratic processes to benefit Trump and harm his opponent Hillary Clinton.
Manafort, 64, was born in New Britain, Conn. His grandfather, James A. Manafort, immigrated from Italy in 1907. James founded the construction company New Britain House Wrecking Company. It was later renamed Manafort Brothers Inc. in 1947. Paul was named after his father, a World War II veteran and the mayor of New Britain from 1965 to 1971.
New Britain is about a 2-hour drive from New York City.
Before Manafort started his long career working for strongmen and thugs, he corralled delegates for the Republican party.
In 1976, Manafort worked for President Ford as a delegate hunter in eight states. Between 1978 and 1980, he worked for the Ronald Reagan campaign and Manafort was a deputy political director for the Republican National Committee. Manafort also worked as a political advisor for the George H.W. Bush and Bob Dole presidential campaigns.
But it’s Manafort’s lobbying career that made him his millions. In 1980, Manafort and Roger Stone and Charles Black, Jr. started Black, Manafort & Stone. Manafort worked for that firm until 1996 when he joined Richard Davis and Matthew Freedman to form Davis, Manafort and Freedman.
As an aside, Roger Stone was recently, permanently banned from Twitter for, among other things, calling CNN New Anchor Don Lemon a cocksucker on the social networking platform.
As a lobbyist, Manafort’s clients included, Philippines Ferdinand Marcos when he was the president of the Phillipines, Mobutu Sese Seko of Zaïre, and the governments of Dominican Republic, Equatorial Guinea and Kenya. These clients made Manafort’s firm one of the top five lobbying firms receiving money from human-rights abusing regimes in the Center for Public Integrity report “The Torturer’s Lobby.”
In the mid-1990s, Manafort was caught up in the so-called Karachi Affair. For work Manafort did with Edouard Balladur in the 1995 French elections, approximately $200,000, Manafort wasn’t paid directly. For some reason, he was paid through a friend, Lebanese arms-dealer Abdul Rahman al-Assir, using middle-men fees paid for by arranging the sale of three French Agosta-class submarines to Pakistan. That’s the Karachi Affair.
In the 1990s, Manafort was paid $700,000 for work in Pakistan intelligence to spread disinformation about the threat of terrorism in the country. For this job, Manafort pretended to by a CNN reporter and interviewed three Indian government officials.
In the late 1980s, Manafort ran some sort of HUD scam that netted him more than $300,000.
It was 2004 when Manafort started working for Russian President Vladimir Putin. Manafort was a political advisor for Putin’s buddy Viktor Yanukovych. The United States government opposed Yankovych because of his close ties to Putin, but that didn’t stop Manafort from advising him.
From there, Manafort got deeper and deeper in with with Russian oligarchs. In addition to some real estate deals, Manafort was awarded a $10 million annual contract with Russian oligarch Oleg Deripaska to promote Russian interests in Europe and the United States. That was in 2005.
Over the years, millions of dollars has flowed in and out of Manafort’s hands via shady banks and questionable financial transactions. Some reports show that when Manafort took the job as chairman of the Trump campaign, he was $17 million in debt to Russian oligarchs.
In February, hacked text messages from Manafort’s daughters’ phone appear to show that his daughters believe their father was implicated in murders while working in Ukraine, according to Politico story.
The hacked text messages from his daughters’ phones show that at least one believes her father was involved in the death of demonstrators in Ukraine. In one messages his daughter writes that his “strategy that was to cause that (2014 Hrushevskoho Street riots), to send those people out and get them slaughtered”
It needed to happen years ago, certainly last year, but it’s never too late. We, the left, progressives, liberals, Democrats need to #occupyDC.
There needs to be sustained, permanent occupation of land in DC, for instance, the National Mall. We need thousands of people to be camped out on that parcel of land until Trump is gone and we’ve broken the back of the Republican.
How do we do that? That I don’t know, I’m not a political organizer, but here are my thoughts.
With the help of organizations like MoveOn.org, Media Matters for America, League of Women Voters, the NAACP, the Nation of Islam, the DNC, churches that actually believe in Jesus Christ, and people like Rev. Al Sharpton, Rev. Jesse Jackson, Alyssa Milano, Ted Lieu, Corey Booker, Elizabeth Warren, the Obamas, etc help organize a massive #occupyDC permanent protest in DC.
Through some sort of app, web platform to communicate, coordinate and collaborate thousands of people to rotate in and out of the occupation site, as well as to promote it, book speakers, bands, etc, whatever it takes to sustain a longterm occupation of DC.
This post is largely a stream of conscious. I really do not how to do this, but I do know we need to do it. Step up. Activate yourself. Engage.
The Huffington Post has an excellent story about how one goofy financial transaction lead to the explosive accusations by many women that Weinstein had raped or sexually assaulted them.
In the Huffington Post story, reporter Yashar Ali details a complex scheme perpetrated by Kenneth Cole and Weinstein. I feel like I need to read the story again, but the details of one $600,000 transaction are murky. It seems to be some sort of scheme to manipulate two charities to the benefit of one Weinstein’s for-profit plays.
New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman has opened an investigation into this shady financial transaction. That deal, while sketchy as eff, is relatively boring, but that deal toppled over a stone, exposing Weinstein’s truly dark side.
One of the non-profits involved in the deal, amfAR, hired an investigator to look into this deal Weinstein and Cole cooked up. While nosing around, the investigator started hearing from people that Weinstein is allegedly a sexual predator.
There are accusations of rape. And had it not been for that sketchy pseudo-loan scam Cole and Weinstein concocted using Cole’s own charity, amfAR, maybe Weinstein would have gotten away with it.
Kudos to Huffington Post and reporter Ali, it’s an excellent piece.
Donald Trump has repeatedly bragged about his incredibly high IQ test score. Just today, The Washington Post reported that Trump has now challenged Rex Tillerson to compare IQ scores after it was reported a few days ago that Tillerson called Trump a “fucking moron.”
What happens each time Trump brags about his high IQ test score is that everyone points at Trump and laughs, which is an appropriate response to such stupid statements about ones alleged high IQ test score.
But it’s long past time for Trump to put up or shut up. President Obama had to show his damn birth certificate, and he didn’t run around bragging that he was born in the US. No, idiots like Trump made up this entire fake story that Obama wasn’t born in the US and that he’s an invalid president.
Well, Trump has repeatedly bragged about his IQ test score and he must release documentation proving that he took an actual IQ test, and the results of that test.
I have submitted a Freedom of Information Act request to the White House for any and all documents related to Trump’s IQ test and his IQ in general.
I don’t support the destruction of cake. And watching Tina Fey go all Jeffrey Dahmer on an innocent cake was unsettling. But Fey did it for a good cause, she gave a chance to laugh at Trump and his Nazi friends.
Like all good humor, it was funny and also kind of sad when you think that this is where we are politically in this country in 2017. We’re actually being forced to defend the position that Nazis are bad. I think most of us thought that that was a universally accepted fact – Nazis are bad.
But apparently not since the Republican party nominated Donald John Trump to be president. And then they conspired with Russia to cheat Hillary Clinton and the Democrats out of the Oval office – again.
People who don’t pay very close attention to politics are shocked that racists and Nazis are comfortable as members of the Republican party. They shouldn’t be, just look at the Republican party’s recent history.
On August 3, 1980, Republican presidential candidate Ronald Reagan gave his now-infamous states’ rights speech at the Neshoba County Fair near Philadelphia, Mississippi. That’s where three civil rights workers Andrew Goodman and Michael “Mickey” Schwerner from New York City, and James Chaney of Meridian, Mississippi were murdered in 1964.
Current critics of the GOP claim that with Donald Trump as president the party is no longer “dog whistling” to racists. I argue, there never was a dog whistle. Reagan’s states’ rights speech at the Neshoba County Fair wasn’t subtle. Everyone knew exactly what Reagan was doing. He was implementing the Republican party’s southern strategy that President Nixon concocted before resigning in shame.
The Republican party has for my entire life used race to convince ignorant white people to vote against their own economic self-interest. The problem for the GOP is that tapping evil to win elections is that evil will eventually overrun the party and destroy it. I believe that is what we’re currently witnessing – the total destruction of the Republican party after 5 decades of using race to win elections.