The Campaign For DA

1.11.2017

Random Wednesday Morning Thoughts



  • Ok, let's get this Trump "controversy" straight: (1) There is no question that both Trump and Obama were briefed by U.S. intelligence agencies that the Russians claim to have compromising financial and personal info on Trump. It was included in their last security briefing in a two page memo. That is uncontested. (2) That two page memo has not been made public and no one, other than those briefed, knows the details in it. (3) Late yesterday, Buzzfeed released a 35 page report allegedly created by a retired British intelligence officer who had been hired by the anti-Trump people during the election to investigate Trump for dirt. That's the report that has everyone talking and are assuming that's the basis for the two page memo. (4) So we have two different documents. A two page memo provided to Trump and Obama summarizing the claim that the Russians having dirt on Trump, and a 35 page report which is getting all the headlines because of the seediness contained therein.  (5) That 35 page report has been circulating for a while and had been forwarded to the CIA by John McCain after he learned about it. The details had not been made public until yesterday by Buzzfeed. Every agrees that at this point the report is "unsubstantiated." (6)The Trump people deny that the Buzzfeed report is true. And Reince Priebus said this morning on MSNBC the same thing and went further by implying that the two page memo provided to Trump and Obama wasn't based upon the Buzzfeed released report. (7) Rumors started this morning by well known fake news sites that the 35 page report was not created by a retired British Intelligence Officer but was a scam created by 4Chan. (8) The identity of the British guy has not been revealed. 
  • All that said, if the 35 page is in any way true (and that is a HUGE if), we've got a problem. If the escort allegations against Trump are real it's a major problem not because he used escorts in a seedy way (the American public won't care -- heck, it's Trump), but it's a major problem because the Russians have a tape which they could use to blackmail the President of the U.S.  But if the following excerpt of the report is true, all hell is about to break loose. It's one thing to have a sex party. It's another thing to conspire with the Russians to manipulate a U.S. election. That would be treason.
     
  • Who knows what is true. First, Trump should demand the CIA, FBI, NSA and White House dog catcher to get to the bottom of this and find out the truth. But the worst thing you can do is to throw up your hands and say, "Aw, shucks. I don't know what to believe anymore so I'm not going to pay attention to it." If at this very moment you assume the 35 page report is true, you are doing yourself a disservice. If you believe the 35 page report was a ruse by 4chan, that's equally lazy. 
  • And the fact Trump is having a press conference today -- which means take questions -- will be beyond fascinating. 
  • "FORT WORTH - Devon Energy is being sued for allegedly using sham transactions to underpay thousands of property owners in North Texas millions of dollars in royalties from natural gas processed through a Bridgeport plant." This is serious. A federal judge has granted a class action status for the lawsuit. (Side note: The judge is the brother of a former pastor of The First Baptist Church of Bridgeport.) 
  • A Harris County deputy is accused of an act even worse than what was in the 35 page Trump report. 
  • Fox News had to settle a sexual harassment claim brought against Bill O'Reilly (who has to be thanking Buzzfeed this morning for taking the focus of the news off of him.)
  • No, you moron. President Obama's mother-in-law will not receive $160,000 pension. That was fake news during the election. And the fact that you aren't smart enough to realize it is fake news is why we are in the mess we are in. 
  • I remember Trump loving radio guy Mark Davis saying during the campaign that, "Trump is playing Putin like a fiddle." Good lord. 
  • "Johnny Manziel signing autographs in Texas during Super Bowl week. $99 for an autograph, $50 for selfies!" Johnny Football has had a rough couple of years. 
  • Baylor reached #1 and then got absolutely throttled at West Virginia last night. And I do mean throttled. 
  • The Charleston Church killer was sentenced to death yesterday. If you are against the death penalty, you have to be against this verdict, too. 

52 comments:

Anonymous said...

Devon settlement will depend on how many Baptists got shafted on royalties.

Anonymous said...

You should have burned something last night Barry.

Anonymous said...

Hold onto that 2 page memo for as long as you can loser.

Anonymous said...

I'd expect better from a criminal defense lawyer than to misuse the legal term "treason." Even if it's all true, it's not treason, if for no other reason than Russia is not our "enemy." We are not in "open hostility" with Russia.

Baylor Too said...

Let me get this straight (no hetero-gender-normative pun intended), The Left--that great champion of the right to exercise sexual deviancy without judgement or consequence--is asserting that the President Elect's alleged sexual deviancy somehow disqualifies him to be President? That's trolling Level Expert.

wordkyle said...

That a known Democrat ally like the NY Times knew about the info the memo was based on ("Details of the reports began circulating in the fall and were widely known among journalists and politicians in Washington.") and couldn't substantiate it enough to run the story BEFORE the election undercuts its validity immensely. That they are holding the story at arm's length when their Liberal nutjob brethren are running around screaming "See? See?!" is even more telling.

Anonymous said...

Republicans will not care even if the allegations end up to be verified and 100% true.

Trump knows Republicans. He said himself: "I could stand in the middle of 5th Avenue and shoot somebody and I wouldn't lose voters." He's right about that.

People like Wordy will defend him no matter what.

Anonymous said...

Our long national nightmare is only 9 days away. Good riddance Obammy!!! In his adios speech last night, you would have thought he cured cancer, brought world peace, lowered the sea levels and never had a scandal in his eight years.

Anonymous said...

The dog was of legal age and consenting. Just saying.

DF Former Harris County Deputy Sheriff

Anonymous said...

Wordy is now citing the NYT as credible. LOL

Anonymous said...

9:05, treason is not defined in the constitution. But colluding with a foreign government to affect an internal election in exchange for favors if elected should certainly fit the bill.

Rage

wordkyle said...

936 - No, sorry, you're wrong. I'll defend against claims made in this forum that are not well thought out. If you had read my comments in the past you'll see that I'm not a big fan of Trump. He was simply the only option to prevent Hillary Clinton from taking the White House, so I wound up on the same side as him. Your side are so eager to embrace or create controversy against your opponents wherever you can that you often makes stupid, easily-disprovable claims. (In my experience here, you realize your claim's been proved wrong when the personal attacks start.)

Anonymous said...

I couldn't care less if Trump had a three-way with that cop and German Shepherd. But his lawyers better start boning up on the particulars of Title 18, Chapter 115, in the U. S. Code. This thing could have legs if even a little is true.

DF Fort Leavenworth Federal Prison

Anonymous said...

An article/interview at Politico called Trumpology: A Master Class is a must read I think.

Anonymous said...

Any bets on if the President-elect gets hacked off by the questions at the press conference today and walks off early?

DF Edward R. Murrow

Anonymous said...

Bill O'Reilly needs a little saltpeter in his diet.

DF Sister Mary Francis

Anonymous said...

Even if a shred of the unsubstantiated garbage on Trump ends up being substantiated, he still beats the heck out of Obama or Hilary.....

Anonymous said...

How many folks do you think called to order advance tickets to the Johnny Football signing parties? Over or under 25 people? I'll take under and give odds.

DF Jimmy the Greek

Anonymous said...

9:36 - well said and sadly true.

9:12 - sexual deviancy?? You are funny. Why should we care how other people have sex? Sex is sometimes strange, and should just be accepted as a personal choice. As much as people claim to understand "God's plan" and the "natural" order, you should be aware that we now have footage of a monkey f&%king a deer. So there goes all that "natural" sex talk. I guess that monkey was morally compromised.

The point is not that Trump has different sexual preferences, it's that these preferences are possibly being used to leverage him. Ammarite?!

Anonymous said...

Priebus may have argued himself into a corner. If the CIA briefing is not based on the 35 page report that was drafted as opposition research, then it must be based on other sources, or have been at least partially vetted by the intelligence agencies. That makes it credible, not the result of a hack newspaper, or an investigation funded by a Democratic opponent.

You want to know why Trump has been saying that he knew more than the intelligence agencies and has been taking shots at them to discredit them? It's because he knew what information they had. And at some point, he knew it because they showed it to him.

There is clearly reason to be cautious here. In a way, I hope the allegations are not true. In a way, I hope they are. But it won't matter--establishment Republicans are completely on board with him, and getting moreso as time goes along and they line up for political favors or at the very least to avoid political retribution. Redneck Republicans don't care because they voted for a guy that they saw on film say he could sexually assault women because he was wealthy and nothing would happen.

While the sources need to be verified to avoid another GWB/National Guard fiasco, it looks like to at least some extent that has been done by the CIA--if not the media.

Probably the saddest part about this whole thing is that Wikileaks can be leaked to Putin and release info on the DNC (info that I find to be credible, even though it was illegally obtained), and Republicans froth at the mouth and believe it 100%. But our own intelligence agencies brief the damn president about their findings, and Republicans are frothing at the mouth to discredit the information. This blatant hypocrisy perfectly sums up, in one single issue, what people like Wordkyle will do and say to keep supporting a candidate as long as they share some common political ideals. They would not care if he was the devil himself, as long as he promises to get rid of Obamacare and build a wall. Their patriotism and their faith are on the auction block. They will support him to the end, diffuse any negative information, and outright change stance on the subject/source of information with a completely straight face, and say that you have a mental disorder called liberalism, just because you think that perhaps people should be treated with dignity instead of as a free market pawn.

If false, this information will just bolster Republicans and the fake news issues, even though they created the fake news fight to begin with.

If true, this is a watershed moment for our country. We will see if Republicans are truly patriots and Christians. If they stick with Trump in the face of confirmed intelligence that this is true, they are clearly not.

And at the end of all of this, what will we get if true? President Pence? You think Trump is bad, wait until the Pence theocracy is running the country--more than it already is as Trump's policy puppet master, anyway.

Rage

Anonymous said...

Good that we have a free press to put pressure on the people who need to be held accountable, to account!

Anonymous said...

At least killers get a trial...victims just get random death sentences that are enacted immediately.

Anonymous said...

That was all just "locker room tawlk"!

Anonymous said...

9:36 - Projection is a trademark of the left.

Anonymous said...

9:36 So right on. They are entrenched. There is absolutely nothing that Trump can pull that will make them any less so. Nothing.

Anonymous said...

10:03, Having the press hold people accountable would have come in handy if they had done it for the last eight years.

Anonymous said...

It says a lot about a president that is trying to join a country club but they are not going to let him join because of his anti-semetic views towards the Jews. If he didn't have a D by his name, that would be front page news, all day and all week.

Anonymous said...

I have from time to time seen a boxing event where for whatever reason the opponents are mismatched- and what transpires is that one has been beaten to a pulp, starts swinging wildly with swollen almost closed eyes, eventually resorts to clinging to the victor in hopes of bringing about a different result than the inevitable, and the winner can be seen with some empathy in his eyes, and walks to the opposite corner for the referee to handle the outcome.
Barry, show a little class for gosh sake. You have been beaten. The flailing about is embarrassing.

Not Sam

Anonymous said...

9:05

Treason against the United States, shall consist only in levying War against them, or in adhering to their Enemies, giving them Aid and Comfort.

Article 3
Section 3

Anonymous said...

RTG looks like a mannequin.

Anonymous said...

Anyone hear about Henson leaving Bridgeport? ?

Anonymous said...

The greatest post last night regarding Baylor was the mascot with a crying Jordan head on it.

Anonymous said...

Why does fake news of Trump making fun of a handicapped person OK to bring up by an ultra liberal actress at the Golden Globes, but if Trump or a conservative brings up fake news there is a major issue?

wordkyle said...

They're very credible when even they refrain from running with a story that hurts Republicans. "Speaks volumes," you might say.

Anonymous said...

"Our long national nightmare is only 9 days away."

I couldn't agree more.

Anonymous said...

11:12, you got me. As I remember it now, treason os the ONLY crime defined in the Constitution.

Brain Fart. It happens.

Rage

Anonymous said...

Rage, David Guinn is disappointed in you, too.

Anonymous said...

I can't believe that a Kenyan-born, muslim community organizer turned out to be a better American than a fancy-pants New York pretty boy born with a golden spoon in his mouth, but it's true. Holey Smokes!

Well, let's all just enjoy a cool Budweiser, the King of Beers.

DF Harry Caray

Anonymous said...

Hell, that's nothing new.

In my defense, I think he thought he taught Article III to our quarter, but he was thinking if the class three quarters before.

Rage

Anonymous said...

You know he was videoed doinit, right?

Anonymous said...

My sainted East Texas aunt was a Yellow Dog Democrat through and through. Would vote for a candidate, even if they were a wife beating, dog kicking, church embezzler, as long as there was a "D" in front of their name at election time. I thought that was insane back then. Now I watch folks do the same thing with Trump. They admit that he is a rude, immoral, lying, business cheater, with a thin skin and massive ego, yet he is our REPUBLICAN jerk, so he gets our vote. Insanity. I thought we elected the person, not the party. Maybe Ross Perot had the right idea. Throw out the Donkeys and Elephants and start over.

DF Admiral James Stockdale

Anonymous said...

His contract is not being extended so is only choice is to leave.

Anonymous said...

Obammy said he bowled a 129 and like he was a special Olympian. He's special alright. And Meryl Street is offended by Trump calling out a reporter for being stupid?

Anonymous said...

What's the status of all the sexual harassment charges that Gloria Alred was going to bring against Trump?

Anonymous said...

Houston District Attorney Announces an End to Misdemeanor Pot Prosecutions

Former District Attorney Devon Anderson, the Harris County prosecutor, believes that filling jails with non-violent pot offenders is a waste of time and of tax payer money

Anonymous said...

I didn't know there was a law against killing churches.

Anonymous said...

2:07 if there was really video somebody would have already paid a bunch of money for it there's no video.

Anonymous said...

I'm against the death penalty but I am for abortions, letting in illegal alien gang members, giving them sanctuary in our cities and making our children vulnerable in gun free zones.

Mr. Mike Honcho said...

11:34... fill us in. His contract hasn't been extended... YET. Still plenty of time to do that.

PLEASE school board members... DON'T!

Anonymous said...

The Trump Train is pulling in the station and all you sniffling, whining, spoiled liberal elites must finally accept reality. He may be crazy. He may be arrogant. He may even be a complete jerk. But, he can't be as dirty as Hilary and can't be as grossly incompetent as Obama. He is our next President. Deal with it!

Anonymous said...

I greatly enjoyed Trump refusing to take questions from CNn and outright calling them fake news. LOL. The liberal media does not know how to deal with a Republican President who fights back.. other than making up fake scandals and running with it before it is verified and looking like the idiots they are

Anonymous said...

That is great news