I went out to an adult Halloween costume party last night, so I didn’t spend a lot of time on the open post this week.  This one’s going to be fairly bare-bones.  What did I go as, you may ask?  Ash Williams, of course.  Again.  I did it last year too.  Pretty easy costume to put together.

The biggest news this week was the backlash against Special Counsel Bob Mueller over Uranium One and the revelations that the Fusion GPS/Steele Dossier was paid for by the DNC and Clinton campaign.

The Wall Street Journal Editorial Board has called for Mueller to step down over his perceived conflict-of-interest in previously covering up Clinton scandals.  Mueller responded to this devastating week by totally-not-coincidentally letting it slip out that someone is going to be arrested on Monday.  That this information even leaked is a felony, but nobody cares.  That indictments are finally coming down probably isn’t any sort of sinister timing on Mueller’s part though.  Trump’s lawyer stated back in August that he expected Mueller’s investigation to wrap up before Thanksgiving.

We get to spend the entire weekend wondering who is being indicted and for what.  Based on my social media crowdsourcing techniques, the conventional wisdom is going with “Paul Manafort, for Money Laundering, in the Study, with the Rope.”  Manafort’s lawyer says he’s not being indicted, but then, how would he know for sure?

A question I have is whether or not the indictments will represent the end of Mueller’s investigation or whether this is just one area that’s being closed.  It’s clear to me that Trump isn’t going to fire Mueller or Rosenstein.  At least, I’m not seeing any signals that indicate it right now.  It’s going to be allowed to play out, win or lose.  Either way, it’s bound to be a week filled with outrage and bitter arguments.  Good fun!

That’s all I’ve really been paying attention to, besides Stranger Things 2.  Anybody watch it yet?  I’m only two episodes in, so no spoilers please.

What shall we talk about?  I’ll jump in when the ibuprofen takes effect.

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might start my StrangerThings Marathon today..

As for Muller, he will stay,many attempt to fire him would cause HUGE backlash. Tot eh left it would e proof that Trump is dirty, and Muller is on to him. As for the conflict of interest thing… what conflict?> there is no scandal there./. nothing to see. everyone does it…….
as for teh indictments…. who knows it might be some minor infraction of banking law or lying to teh FBI. ect ect..

Judge Dredd, Pro Se

Well, Trumpalos gonna trumpalo I guess. Whether this can be seen as direct response to Republican cucks threatening mueller’s investigation or not, it’s coming at the conclusion of (at least thus far) months of investigations. Unlike the wide eyed Trump supporters that swallow every dumb diversion he shits out on Twitter, arms to the air, swaying and singing “Hallelujah, dear leader!” I am willing to let this event mature before I pick a camp. One thing that I did get a chuckle about happened directly after discussing the NFL anthem thing last week. As soon as Drudge could post some… Read more »

Zurvan

NFL ratings still dropping. Sponsors are now starting to complain to the NFL about it.

Meanwhile, World Series ratings just hit a 5 year high…interestingly where no kneeling protests are going on.

Judge Dredd, Pro Se

I love that people keep saying the “nfl ratings are down.” Says it all right there. Lmao If there’s any question as to the incredible amount of ignorance not only in the above statement, or the clickbait stories that confirm it to the unwashed masses, there’s also the completely unknown, unconsidered and generally ignored idea that people might actually not be watching due to the treatment of the protestors. Wait, what? No fucking way, you say! Well, who knows? There doesn’t even seem to be a measure dedicated to even entertaining this segment. Could be a factor or not a… Read more »

Judge Dredd, Pro Se
Judge Dredd, Pro Se

That’s an interesting article of faith there because the stock market keeps setting records, gdp is 3 percent and trump’s approval rating is a lowly38 percent.

Zurvan

It’s like people don’t even fucking care about the truth. Lmao

Like my article being about game 4, but your article being about game 1.

Never mind that your own article was updated to say game 1 was the second most watched game 1 since 2010. It’s even in the updated headline:

World Series Game 1 Turns Out To Be 2nd Most Watched Since 2010 – Update

You are such a toolbag, you really should read articles before posting them based on the URL.

revelations that the Fusion GPS/Steele Dossier was paid for by the DNC and Clinton campaign. So I’m clear – what’s the scandal here? I mean is it really a surprise that the secret funder of the opposition research was Trumps opposition? Seriously, what’s the scandal? And that Tweet is disingenuous. No one is mad that Trump did oppo research. They’re mad at the allegations that Trump and a foreign Government colluded to break the law, hack into American servers, and release both true and fake information in order to influence the election in favour of what the Russian Government wanted,… Read more »

Zurvan

So I’m clear – what’s the scandal here? This article spells it out. Hillary Clinton’s campaign chairman John Podesta and former Democratic National Committee chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz both privately denied to congressional Russia investigators that they had any knowledge about an arrangement to pay for opposition research on President Donald Trump, three sources familiar with the matter told CNN. The interviews happened before this week’s disclosure that the Clinton campaign and DNC paid for the research. Senate investigators may seek to further question the two top Democrats and dig deeper on the origins of the so-called Trump dossier, one… Read more »

Ah ok – so the scandal is lying to congress, not hiring Fusion GPS.

If it’s discovered that Clinton and Podesta did lie to congress, they should be charged.

But it doesn’t in any way change the situation. We’d be in the same place if Bruce Campbell had paid for the firm, and then lied about it. It changes no games.

Judge Dredd, Pro Se

Zurvan, you’re so incapable of grasping any of this I honestly debate to myself whether I’m just picking on someone mentally inferior. You posted game 4 ratings OF THE FUCKING FINALS of a different sport, taking the care of an albatross landing to avoid comparing the ratings sport to sport, regular season vs. post season, hell not even year over year. I’m between you being deliberately dishonest about the article I posted stating that the ratings, year over year for this event have fallen, or if you just skimmed the srticle looking for an ounce of information that didn’t make… Read more »

by colluding with the Kremlin

How so?

Zurvan

Zurvan, you’re so incapable of grasping any of this I honestly debate to myself whether I’m just picking on someone mentally inferior.

I’m sorry, I don’t speak idiot. Perhaps you could attempt English every now and then. It would make things easier for everyone.

As for the rest of it, it’s hardly my fault you didn’t read your own link showing ratings were the second highest since 2010 for game 1, you buffoon.

Good game between the Dodgers and the Astros, now this is what sports is supposed to be like, not about overpaid SJWs.

Kevin Spacey comes out of the closet:
http://www.nydailynews.com/entertainment/kevin-spacey-gay-article-1.3598122

So does Spacey’s past behavior mean we shouldn’t watch House of Cards or any of his other performances anymore?

harvest opposition research from the Russians. Um – see this is a different perspective thing again. Steele is a spy. If he gets information about Russians, of course he gets it from Russian sources. Where do you think he’d go to get information on Trump/Russia? Jamaica? Or do we think that Judi Dench was colluding with Bloveld by getting Bond to spy on him? Did CNN get the story because they were colluding with congress? Austin Powers was colluding with Dr Evil all this time! What exactly do you think the grand Clinton plan was anyway. Call up the old… Read more »

brownbag

And not only that they did opp research, but said made up and uncorroborated information was used as THE basis for FISA warrants by the Obama administration and then ultimately a special counsel.

I mean, surely that would give anyone pause as to how far and illegal this activity should be. It’s one thing to use this to get dirt, it’s another to create false accusations to then be used to open investigations into opposing campaigns and parties.

Firstly – if those two things are the same, then I’m not sure why YOU think it’s a scandal. Because: if the Russians had some valid information about the Clinton campaign, I wouldn’t care what the source is. Only whether or not it was true. Pee. Tape. 🙂 Secondly, I don’t equate those two things. The suspicion in the Trump/Russia scandal is that the Trump Team actively worked with the Russian Government to hack into the DNCs emails, coordinate the leaking of them through Wikileaks and to help them spread disinformation to the most effective areas. The Trump team denies… Read more »

Zurvan

But that was a lie Pardon me, but The suspicion in the Trump/Russia scandal is that the Trump Team actively worked with the Russian Government to hack into the DNCs emails, coordinate the leaking of them through Wikileaks and to help them spread disinformation to the most effective areas. This is not a lie. No evidence has ever come out of any of that happening. Trump Jr. being duped into a meeting regarding opposition research that turned out to be nothing of the sort isn’t even in the same sport as your statement above. If they lied about never meeting… Read more »

This is not a lie. No evidence has ever come out of any of that happening. I was referring to the fact that the Trump team said they never met any Russians. OK, maybe not a lie. How about ‘multiple lapses in memory, and confusion when filling in forms.’ The golden shower thing was made up on 4Chan and shopped out to a journalist who fell for it and it made its way into the dossier. See the smiley face next to it…. Unfortunately, me and millions of other Americans aren’t convinced that Russia hacked the DNC Probably worth investigating… Read more »

Zurvan

How about ‘multiple lapses in memory, and confusion when filling in forms.’

Oh.

Is that like this?

I only ask because one is a crime, and one isn’t.

Yep.

#whataboutism

blameme

Again ILC, you haven’t addressed that this dossier full of fabrications and paid for by the DNC was used as THE basis for the prior administration to use wire taps etc to investigate the leading candidate of the opposition party?

Do you see no problems with this? Did the Obama team know it was all fabricated due to the fact the frickin DNC paid for it?

This is a HUGE issue that you seem unable or unwilling to address. FISA warrants etc all based on lies created by the DNC and then acting upon by the former POTUS.

It isn’t defined as anything except when anyone who had anything to do with the Trump campaign was so much as standing in the same room as a Russian, from what I can tell. There’s nothing wrong in just colluding in a thing. It depends what the thing is. I can collude with you to make a delicious lemon iced Victoria sponge. That’s fine. But if I colluded with you to throw 5,000 puppies off a cliff, then that’s bad. So 2 questions a) Did the Russians act to meddle in your election and b) Did the Trump team help.… Read more »

Apologies – I’m having trouble posting (I think it’s something my end though)

Again ILC, you haven’t addressed that this dossier full of fabrications and paid for by the DNC was used as THE basis for the prior administration to use wire taps etc to investigate the leading candidate of the opposition party? if the Dossier had some valid information about the Trump campaign, I wouldn’t care what the source is. Only whether or not it was true. /snark From what I understand that isn’t actually confirmed. But if it were – then it might point to the fact that there were things in the dossier that the DOJ and a FISA court… Read more »

Judge Dredd, Pro Se

https://www.politico.com/story/2017/10/30/mueller-manafort-gates-testimony-244339 Hate to break up the lovefest here. According to the lickspittle brigade there’s nothing to see here, and the Drudge Report assured us that this means Hillary is toast. Could be true but I found this tidbit almost unreported today but huge in unprecedented legal significance. Apparently mueller was able to convince a judge for a judicial order waiving manafort’s attorney client privilege. From everything I can understand reading about it, this is fucking huge and the burden of proof is such a high bar most judges don’t ever allow it. The inquisitive part of me thinks that this… Read more »

Judge Dredd, Pro Se

https://twitter.com/emptywheel/status/925066745408360448

Four sealed cases between the Manafort and papadopalous dockets. The mind reels!!

Is it podesta, don jr, sessions, Flynn?

That analogy is awesome. I absolutely wouldn’t disagree. The only difference I’d say is that you see the lack of concrete evidence presented (yet) as proof of innocence, and I don’t. Watergate took ages, yadda yadda yadda.

(By the way, this has been a real education. I’ve found researching your points online pretty tricky – when I imagine they’re right at the top of google for you…)

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