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-Lurid Crime Tales-
The Mueller Bombshell That Wasn't - Is This Really All They've Got ?
[DailyWire] Special counsel Robert Mueller and federal prosecutors in the Southern District of New York filed sentencing memos for President Trump’s longtime personal lawyer Michael Cohen on Friday. Despite Cohen’s cooperation with the special counsel investigation, prosecutors recommended the disgraced lawyer serve 51 to 63 months in prison.

President Trump’s opponents, who eagerly awaited the memos as #MuellerFriday trended on Twitter for hours ahead of the filings, are likely to be disappointed with their findings. The Southern District linked Trump to Cohen’s payments to women who claimed to have had an affair with the president, concluding, "Cohen himself has now admitted, with respect to both payments, he acted in coordination with and at the direction of Individual-1 [Donald Trump]." However, even this implied violation of campaign finance law rings hollow after prosecutors failed to convict ex-Senator John Edwards on a far clearer cut version of this charge in 2012, to say nothing of Trump's long history of similar payouts to women, making it difficult to prove these were campaign-specific and not just business-as-usual at the Trump Organization.

The special counsel’s sentencing memo for Michael Cohen proved even more disappointing for the collusion crowd. Mueller writes:
Posted by: Besoeker || 12/09/2018 04:53 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [411 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Unless trump said ’use the campaign finances account’ (the account most likely to face scrutiny) they have nothing here. Unless there is more this is nothing.
Posted by: Rjschwarz || 12/09/2018 8:53 Comments || Top||

#2  "In marked contrast, though, when it was discovered that Barack Obama’s 2008 presidential campaign was guilty of violations involving nearly $2 million – an amount that dwarfs the $280,000 in Cohen’s case – the Obama Justice Department decided not to prosecute. Instead, the matter was quietly disposed of by a $375,000 fine by the Federal Election Commission." (Andrew McCarthy article).

First, Stormy Daniels said she didn't have a fling with DJT and then she said she did when there was a promise of more money. The MSM jumps to the conclusion these were true without proof just to try to take down Trump. It's not uncommon for celebrities with money to pay off nuisance claims just to make them go away and stay out of court whether true or not.
Posted by: JohnQC || 12/09/2018 11:32 Comments || Top||

#3  Of course, if Cohen had given Mueller "pure gold" he wouldn't be looking at hard time.
Posted by: M. Murcek || 12/09/2018 11:32 Comments || Top||

#4  With a criminal complaint filed against Mueller for trying to force people to lie, any thing he produces is now meaningless.
Posted by: Ebbavirt Clunk4147 || 12/09/2018 12:24 Comments || Top||

#5  Example #[think of a large number!]: Why the current Campaign Finance Laws are both insane and an ongoing temptation for partisan bureaucrats to invent arcane law violations.

"Show me the man and I’ll find you the crime." --Lavrentiy Beria
Posted by: magpie || 12/09/2018 14:26 Comments || Top||

#6  The other day I saw on Facebook a vocal Trump-hater crowing that Democrat control of the House means that he will be impeached. Her response to the fact that nothing had come to the Clinton impeachment in the Senate was that President Nixon had resigned in shame when faced with the same situation.

So that’s the newest ridiculous hope: Donald J. Trump will be so ashamed at being impeached by people who hate him that he will quietly slink away, never to be seen again.
Posted by: trailing wife || 12/09/2018 15:29 Comments || Top||

#7  Her response to the fact that nothing had come to the Clinton impeachment in the Senate was that President Nixon had resigned in shame when faced with the same situation.
Selective partisan blindness to the context of those times. The the 70's were still in the Cold War could go "hot" without warning. The adults in the Senate, Democrats and Republicans, told Nixon that he needed to step down for the common good. If Nixon resigned and went quietly then he would be immediately given Amnesty.... Shame? Nixon, hardly...
Posted by: magpie || 12/09/2018 18:42 Comments || Top||

-Short Attention Span Theater-
This Week in Books, December 9, 2018
The Lion's Gate
On The Front Lines Of The Six Day War
Steven Pressfield
Sentinel, 2014

If you, dear reader, are familiar with Pressfield's previous works, the cover boasts him as the author of Gates of Fire. I have read that book, it is a good book.

This book is nothing like it. The Lion's Gate is a collection of the personal stories of various participants from the Israeli side of the Six Day War.

And I found it fantastic. Unfortunately, with personal narrative stories I will again keep book quotations at a minimum so as to not give away the narrative.

Page 115

My brother Shmulik is commander of the 7th Armored Brigade. He's a colonel, thirty-seven years old. He has been called "Young Rommel." He likes that. My friend Yannush Ben-Gal was the brigade's chief operations officer, but he and my brother got into a fight and my brother fired him.

I took Yannush's place. Not because I am a trained operations officer. I'm the only one who can get along with my brother.

Yoel Gorodish is senior operations officer of the 7th Armored Brigade.

The passage goes on to describe the situation and duties of Yoel. The italics are introductions to, and throughout the book reminders of, who the participants are, a very nice feature.

The story is fast paced, especially if the reader can suspend knowledge of the outcome. The participants are keenly aware of this fact as they recollect with rather astonishing detail.

Page 350

Cheetah Cohen:

Syrian radio is reporting that Kuneitra has fallen. This report will turn out to be premature. But our radio intelligence guys in Tel Aviv jump on the opportunity and rebroadcast the piece over and over.

Who knows? Maybe it will scare more of the enemy into packing up.

A good reader with a block of time will likely finish this book in an afternoon — not a slight on the book, just how well it reads. There are pictures and photographs to illustrate situations and how young the participants were. Except for one, the stories are all personal interviews conducted by Mr. Pressfield. All are outlined in the preface, which is required reading.

Link is to Amazon for the Hardback edition. For most people, a personal narrative story is read once and shelved, unless, like in my case, gifted to another reader. Something to consider if/when purchasing.
Posted by: swksvolFF || 12/09/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [215 views] Top|| File under:

#1  This link is to the Kindle edition, for those who, like me, want immediate gratification. ;-) I grew up with the stories of the Six Day War, so this is special treat for the last night of Hanukkah.
Posted by: trailing wife || 12/09/2018 13:29 Comments || Top||

#2  I really like Michael Oren's Six Days of War
Posted by: Frank G || 12/09/2018 13:44 Comments || Top||

#3  A old, but interesting work is Kenneth Pollack's Arabs At War:Military Effectiveness 1948-1991. (Kindle edition...)
I also enjoyed Trevor N. Dupuy's Elusive Victory -- The Arab-Israeli Wars: 1947-1974.
Posted by: magpie || 12/09/2018 18:56 Comments || Top||

-Land of the Free
Army - Navy Game Prayer (watch and listen)
[Daily Caller] The prayer was give before an enormous crowd in Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia. The audience was composed of Midshipmen of the Navy, West Point cadets and other assembled active duty and military veterans.

The neutral site of Philadelphia plays host to the 119th football game between the two oldest branches of the armed forces.

The game also featured a tribute to the late Navy veteran, former President George H.W. Bush.
Posted by: Besoeker || 12/09/2018 04:35 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [219 views] Top|| File under:

#1  I can only speak for my alma mater - USMA. Here is the roll call of those West point grads who have paid the ultimate price since 9-11:


Posted by: Lone Ranger || 12/09/2018 9:12 Comments || Top||

#2  Someone recently reported that Robert Mueller (even though a former Marine), is in the Ranger Hall Of Fame at Benning. Disgusting if true.
Posted by: Besoeker || 12/09/2018 10:56 Comments || Top||

Olde Tyme Religion
Egypt’s silent epidemic of kidnapped Christian girls
[Jpost] Egypt’s Christian community faces dangers that most other Egyptians needn’t fear. Threats of violence during church services, attacks on buses filled with innocent pilgrims and their children, and assaults on successful Christian businesses happen all too frequently.

But only occasionally do they appear in the Western media.

Continued on Page 49
Posted by: trailing wife || 12/09/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [201 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Egypt's silent epidemic of being Egypt...
Posted by: M. Murcek || 12/09/2018 2:01 Comments || Top||

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Two weeks of WOT
Sun 2018-12-09
  In rain and mud, IDF exposes another tunnel from Lebanon into Israel
Sat 2018-12-08
  Hizbullah Key Financier Tajideen Pleads Guilty in U.S.
Fri 2018-12-07
  UN peacekeepers confirm existence of tunnel from Lebanon into Israel
Thu 2018-12-06
  Huawei CFO Meng Wanzhou’s arrest may prompt China to retaliate, 'take hostages,' expert says
Wed 2018-12-05
  Jihadists seize more ground inside Idlib deescalation zone as Turkish Army watches from afar
Tue 2018-12-04
  US-backed forces allegedly enter Daesh’s new capital
Mon 2018-12-03
  ISIS leader involved in murder of US aid worker Peter Kassig killed
Sun 2018-12-02
  TLP leader Khadim Hussain Rizvi booked under treason, terrorism charges: information minister
Sat 2018-12-01
  Bush the Elder dies at 94
Fri 2018-11-30
  Around 70 militants killed, wounded in 4-day operations in Kunduz
Thu 2018-11-29
  28 ISIS-K, Taliban militants killed in Afghan and U.S. forces operations
Wed 2018-11-28
  Over 200 TLP activists booked under sedition, other charges in Rawalpindi
Tue 2018-11-27
  Somali Muslim Arrested for Attempting to Mow Down Jews With Car in Front of L.A. Synagogue
Mon 2018-11-26
  ISIS-K spokesman killed in Afghan Special Forces operation in Nangarhar
Sun 2018-11-25
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