Richard Stanley

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The following excerpted article discusses another self-serving policy of Trump's. As the article goes on, he even has the audacity to place a Trump connected event planner as a HUD executive, over the region covering Trump's specific interest in this matter. As he lies about most everything, he even takes credit away from his father for his and his sibling's inherited stake in this property.

I wonder how well these properties are maintained, especially given all the directly paid tax dollars?

President Trump’s budget calls for sharply reducing funding for programs that shelter the poor and combat homelessness — with a notable exception: It leaves intact a type of federal housing subsidy that is paid directly to private landlords.

One of those landlords is Trump himself, who earns millions of dollars each year as a part-owner of Starrett City, the nation’s largest subsidized housing complex. Trump’s 4 percent stake in the Brooklyn complex earned him at least $5 million between January of last year and April 15, according to his recent financial disclosure.

Trump’s business empire intersects with government in countless ways, from taxation to permitting to the issuing of patents, but the housing subsidy is one of the clearest examples of the conflicts experts have predicted. While there is no indication that Trump himself was involved in the decision, it is nonetheless a stark illustration of how his financial interests can directly rise or fall on the policies of his administration.

The federal government has paid the partnership that owns Starrett City more than $490 million in rent subsidies since May 2013, according to figures provided by a spokesman for the Department of Housing and Urban Development. Nearly $38 million of that has come since Trump took office in January.

That subsidy generates steady income for Trump and his siblings, each of whom inherited an interest in the property when their father died. Although it represents a small portion of his overall wealth, it is one of the few examples of money the president derives directly from the federal government he oversees. ...

https://www.washingtonpost.com/investigations/trump-seeks-sharp-cuts-to-housing-aid-except-for-program-that-brings-him-millions/2017/06/20/bf1fb2b8-5531-11e7-ba90-f5875b7d1876_story.html
 

Richard Stanley

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A new name has slowly emerged relatively recently (over the last months) in the Trump / Russian / mob money laundering matter, Felix Sater, a long time Trump business associate. As one can see from the last Wikipedia paragraph excerpt that he was still operating with the Trump presidency as late as February of this year vis-a-vis Russia and Ukraine.

This is at the heart of the immediate danger to Trump, and the reason he is frantic to shut down and/or distract from the investigations. This is the likely cause for a false flag and /or the (r)evolution of a true imperial presidency to emerge.

The Senate Republicans appear on the threshold of passing draconian health care measures that, once enacted through reconciliation with the House measure, are likely to trigger massive civil unrest, if something else doesn't in the meantime. Then the Republicans can kiss the Republic goodbye, and it's Hail Caesar. Then we will await the scene at Pompey's Theater, but to no good reward.

http://www.msnbc.com/rachel-maddow/watch/rico-lawsuit-exposes-trump-russia-ties-on-another-front-972462659701

Felix Henry Sater (born Felix Mikhailovich Sheferovsky; Russian: Феликс Михайлович Шеферовский; March 2, 1966) is a Russian-born American real estate developer and former managing director of Bayrock Group LLC, a real estate conglomerate based out of New York City, New York. Sater has been an advisor to many corporations, including The Trump Organization, Rixos Hotels and Resorts, Sembol Construction, Potok (formerly the Mirax Group), and TxOil.

In 1998, Sater pleaded guilty to for his involvement in a $40 million stock fraud scheme. In exchange for his guilty plea, he agreed to become an informant for the Federal Bureau of Investigation and federal prosecutors, assisting with organized crime.

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In late January 2017, Sater met with Ukrainian politician Andrey Artemenko and Donald Trump's personal lawyer, Michael D. Cohen, at the Loews Regency in Manhattan to discuss a plan to lift sanctions against Russia. The proposed plan would require that Russian forces withdraw from eastern Ukraine and that Ukraine hold a referendum on whether Crimea should be "leased" to Russia for 50 or 100 years. Sater gave Cohen a written proposal in a sealed envelope that was delivered to then-National Security Advisor Michael T. Flynn in early February.[9] On 20 February 2017 Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov rejected Russia "leasing" Crimea from Ukraine claiming "we cannot rent from ourselves".[10]
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https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Felix_Sater

From Bloomberg:

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Trump has repeatedly labeled Comey's and Mueller's investigations "witch hunts," and his lawyers have said that the last decade of his tax returns (which the president has declined to release) would show that he had no income or loans from Russian sources. In May, Trump told NBC that he has no property or investments in Russia. "I am not involved in Russia," he said.

But that doesn't address national security and other problems that might arise for the president if Russia is involved in Trump, either through potentially compromising U.S. business relationships or through funds that flowed into his wallet years ago. In that context, a troubling history of Trump's dealings with Russians exists outside of Russia: in a dormant real-estate development firm, the Bayrock Group, which once operated just two floors beneath the president's own office in Trump Tower.

Bayrock partnered with the future president and his two eldest children, Donald Jr. and Ivanka, on a series of real-estate deals between 2002 and about 2011, the most prominent being the troubled Trump Soho hotel and condominium in Manhattan.

During the years that Bayrock and Trump did deals together, the company was also a bridge between murky European funding and a number of projects in the U.S. to which the president once lent his name in exchange for handsome fees. Icelandic banks that dealt with Bayrock, for example, were easy marks for money launderers and foreign influence, according to interviews with government investigators, legislators, and others in Reykjavik, Brussels, Paris and London. Trump testified under oath in a 2007 deposition that Bayrock brought Russian investors to his Trump Tower office to discuss deals in Moscow, and said he was pondering investing there.

"It's ridiculous that I wouldn't be investing in Russia," Trump said in that deposition. "Russia is one of the hottest places in the world for investment."

One of Bayrock's principals was a career criminal named Felix Sater who had ties to Russian and American organized crime groups. Before linking up with the company and with Trump, he had worked as a mob informant for the U.S. government, fled to Moscow to avoid criminal charges while boasting of his KGB and Kremlin contacts there, and had gone to prison for slashing apart another man’s face with a broken cocktail glass.

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In a series of interviews and a lawsuit, a former Bayrock insider, Jody Kriss, claims that he eventually departed from the firm because he became convinced that Bayrock was actually a front for money laundering.

Kriss has sued Bayrock, alleging that in addition to laundering money, the Bayrock team also skimmed cash from the operation, dodged taxes and cheated him out of millions of dollars. Sater and others at Bayrock would not comment for this column; in court documents they have contested Kriss's charges and describe him, essentially, as a disgruntled employee trying to shake them down.

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But Kriss's assertion that Bayrock was a criminal operation during the years it partnered with Trump has been deemed plausible enough to earn him a court victory: In December, a federal judge in New York said Kriss's lawsuit against Bayrock, which he first filed nine years ago, could proceed as a racketeering case.

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Trump has said over the years that he barely knows Sater. In fact, Sater — who former Bayrock employees say met frequently with Trump in the Trump Organization's New York headquarters, once shepherded the president's children around Moscow and carried a Trump Organization business card — apparently has remained firmly in the orbit of the president and his closest advisers. ...

https://www.bloomberg.com/view/articles/2017-06-21/trump-russia-and-those-shadowy-sater-deals-at-bayrock
 
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Jerry Russell

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Here's one for Collectivist. Sater is revered as a hero for his counterintelligence work, and feted as man of the year, by his Chabad Lubavich congregation at Port Washington, NY. In this clip, his current rabbi remembers Sater's conversations with the Lubavitcher Rebbe.

 

Richard Stanley

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Upon reflection, Collectivist seems almost as contradictory as his orange hero. How much evidence does one need to understand that Agent Orange KAOS is a globalist actor, a faux nationalist, and faux populist? Or maybe he's come to his senses?
 

Richard Stanley

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The following excerpted article briefly discusses VP Pence's 'unscheduled' meeting with the Koch Brothers in Colorado. As I have discussed before about what I finally learned about the 'real' underlying (hidden) agenda of both the (l)ibertarian and Tea Party movements (both Koch heavy), the nexus of Pence and the Koch's is aligned with those as well. The hidden agenda is what reconciles any surface contradictions between the various political masks, and hence goes back to the elite (noble) sponsorship originating from the Mont Pelerin Society boys.

Trump is merely a 'front', playing his modern day 'Samson' role in the real life, yet contrived, drama playing out before us. As were Obama, the Bushes, and the Clintons. Hence the terms 'controlled opposition', and 'divide and conquer'. Did Obama 'choke' on dealing effectively with the Russian election hacking ... or did we all get the desired result? Did Crooked Hillary run a clueless campaign ... or did we get the desired result?

The MSM is SLO....OWLY rolling out the evidence of the Russian election hacking, while on the other hand SLO....OWLY rolling out the Russian (and other) money laundering aspects of the Trump financial empire. All the while Agent Orange claims he is being dumped on. Yes, $95 million for one crappy house (now demolished) in Florida is a lot of Russian fertilizer, and that's only one Yuuuge deal.

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President Trump never much enjoyed backing from Koch ’s sprawling, secretive, political enterprise, which has emerged as a libertarian-leaning power center, sometimes overshadowing the traditional Republican Party apparatus with its high-dollar donors and vast operations. Koch’s group did not endorse the GOP presidential nominee.

But the network has always had close ties with Pence. The vice president had previously attended the exclusive gathering of donors, held this weekend at the luxurious Broadmoor hotel. And his top staff was plucked from a key Koch organization, Freedom Partners.

Pence and Koch and their top aides spoke for nearly an hour late Friday, according to a Koch spokesman. They discussed tax reform, the GOP’s healthcare overhaul and other heavy legislative lifts that have run into resistance in the Republican-controlled Congress. The aide described the talks as casual.

Pence was in the area making other stops, including at the Air Force Academy and an evening fundraiser for GOP Sen. Cory Gardner.

Even without investing in Trump, the Koch network has made impressive strides in advancing its agenda this year. Congress swiftly rolled back more than a dozen regulations, including some intended to protect the environment, that Koch-backed groups complained were too rigorous and invasive in industry operations. ...

http://www.latimes.com/politics/washington/la-na-essential-washington-updates-vice-president-pence-stops-in-for-1498321913-htmlstory.html
 

Richard Stanley

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The Senate Republicans appear on the threshold of passing draconian health care measures that, once enacted through reconciliation with the House measure, are likely to trigger massive civil unrest, if something else doesn't in the meantime. Then the Republicans can kiss the Republic goodbye, and it's Hail Caesar. Then we will await the scene at Pompey's Theater, but to no good reward.
An alternate outcome, perhaps more likely, is that the Senate health care bill will fail, as the same Goldilocks dynamic appears to be forming as happened with the first House bill. Trump has already labeled the passed House bill as being "mean", and wants the Senate bill to be more generous, guaranteeing a loss of essential ultraconservative votes. The resulting failure would force either the continuing Trump assisted down spiral of Obamacare, or for Trump and the Republicans to fix Obamacare, further inflaming the populists. In any case Trump will continue to fling flaming Russian fertilizer to ingratiate himself with his base.

The massive savings from the Republican health care efforts are intended to help fund the tax cuts, which makes it seem certain that all this is the true Trump agenda. But so far it is still impossible to determine what his real agenda is (ignoring my apocalyptic theory) as nothing Yuuuuge has really passed and that he contradicts both himself and his underlings so often about all matters big and small.
 

Richard Stanley

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Kushner is now revealed to have obtained closure on a refinancing package from Deutsche Bank shortly before the election. A bank which was not properly disclosing Russian moneys, typical of money laundering. Kushner profits an easy 74 mil.

One month before Election Day, Jared Kushner’s real estate company finalized a $285 million loan as part of a refinancing package for its property near Times Square in Manhattan.

The loan came at a critical moment. Kushner was playing a key role in the presidential campaign of his father-in-law, Donald Trump. The lender, Deutsche Bank, was negotiating to settle a federal mortgage fraud case and charges from New York state regulators that it aided a possible Russian money-laundering scheme. The cases were settled in December and January.

Now, Kushner’s association with Deutsche Bank is among a number of financial matters that could come under focus as his business activities are reviewed by special counsel Robert S. Mueller III, who is examining Kushner as part of a broader investigation into possible Russian influence in the election.

The October deal illustrates the extent to which Kushner was balancing roles as a top adviser to Trump and a real estate company executive. After the election, Kushner juggled duties for the Trump transition team and his corporation as he prepared to move to the White House. The Washington Post has reported that investigators are probing Kushner’s separate December meetings with the Russian ambassador to the United States, Sergey Kislyak, and with Russian banker Sergey Gorkov, the head of Vnesheconombank, a state development bank.


The Deutsche Bank loan capped what Kushner Cos. viewed as a triumph: It had purchased four mostly empty retail floors of the former New York Times building in 2015, recruited tenants to fill the space and got the Deutsche Bank loan in a refinancing deal that gave Kushner’s company $74 million more than it paid for the property. ...
https://www.washingtonpost.com/national/kushner-firms-285-million-deutsche-bank-loan-came-just-before-election-day/2017/06/25/984f3acc-4f88-11e7-b064-828ba60fbb98_story.html
 

Richard Stanley

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Ironic having uber-neocon Bill Kristol state that Trump is "recapitulating the decline and fall of Rome." However, this may only be the fall of the Republic, if my analysis is correct.

Conservative commentator and journalist Bill Kristol is speaking out against a video posted by President Trump on Sunday showing him beating up a person with a CNN logo on their face, saying the U.S. is “recapitulating the decline and fall of Rome.”

“The speed with which we're recapitulating the decline and fall of Rome is impressive. What took Rome centuries we're achieving in months,” Kristol tweeted. ...

http://thehill.com/blogs/blog-briefing-room/news/340443-bill-kristol-us-reliving-decline-and-fall-of-rome-under-trump

Then Republican Senator Sasse, of Nebraska states that Trump is "weaponizing distrust".

Sen. Ben Sasse (R-Neb.) said Sunday that President Trump should not "weaponize distrust" of the press. He noted that a free press is one of the necessary freedoms included in the First Amendment of the Constitution.

"I mean there's an important distinction to draw between bad stories or crappy coverage, and the right that citizens have to argue about that and complain about that, and trying to weaponize distrust," Sasse told host Jake Tapper on CNN's "State of the Union."

"And it's not helpful to call the press 'the enemy of the American people,'" Sasse added, referring to a past comment by the president. Sasse warned such rhetoric could lead to a new form of "tribalism.
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http://thehill.com/homenews/sunday-talk-shows/340438-sasse-trump-shouldnt-weaponize-distrust-of-press
 

Richard Stanley

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Twitter bites back hard.

Trump's ignorant, snowflake Brown Shirts throw a hissy fit when their patrone is incidentally called out by a traditional patriotic reading of the Declaration of Independence

This is what happens when white trash emotions trump intellect:

"Literally no one is going to read 5,000 tweets about this trash."

The "trash" in this case is the Declaration of Independence. See more amazing ignorance on display here.

I watched an interview this weekend, where the guest popped out that Trump was "acting". Ironically, it may have been Jerry Springer, who was critical that Trump's antics don't belong in the White House. Springer was a serious politician, mayor of Cincinnati, before becoming a reality TV purveyor of human trash antics.

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For the past 29 years, NPR has read out the historic document that formally announced the sovereignty of the United States of America in 1776, breaking away from the colonial control of the British Empire ruled by King George III, in a special Morning Edition programme. NPR also tweeted the document’s text in a string of more than 100 tweets.

Read line by line, the text appeared to reference more than once the current political climate in the country. “A Prince whose character is thus marked by every act which may define a Tyrant, is unfit to be the ruler of a free people,” the 241-year-old Declaration of Independence read at one point, the most retweeted line of the NPR thread.

“Oh my. Who does this sound like?” one social media user replied. Others tagged Trump’s account @realdonaldtrump in the tweet: “Does this not sound like someone we know, @realDonaldTrump?” one reply read. ...

http://www.newsweek.com/anti-trump-resistance-ready-rise-after-reading-declaration-independence-tweets-631942

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Richard Stanley

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With the current G20 trip and the visit to Poland, the contours of Trumpism appear to be finally unveiled, and, in my estimation, of what the NWO will really appear as. In his Poland speech and what we are being told that he said to Putin (and what he didn't say) is that the new order is a Traditionalist Culture. Here, those snowflakes complaining about cultural degradation will come to rue what they have been asking for. This, because by 'Traditionalist', Putin and those like Bannon and Miller mean something far more traditional than do most of the snowflakes. They are setting the clock back much further than their American base will care for, or consider possible.

By Traditional, Putin (and puppet Trump) is referring to a revanchist return to an oppressive form of feudalism run by elite oligarchs, and for elite oligarchs. The 'traditionalist' snowflakes will mostly melt, finding themselves too ingrained into the 'liberalism' that they actually grew up in.

The article below that I've excerpted discusses what Trump 'actually' said in his Poland speech and to Putin, versus what people have wanted it all to mean, mistaking that Trump finally started to appear like an adult.

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Trump did not defend Western democracies: In fact, he did not once mention democracy in his speech. As for values, he mentions them seven times: first, in the negative—immigrants who are against them—and second, in the context of traditionalism.

Trump’s challenge to Russia came with an olive branch, offering it a place in a “community of responsible nations in our fight against common enemies and in defense of civilization itself.” This signal to Putin that there is a common “civilization” to which the U.S., European nations and Russia all belong—absent the usual rhetoric of democracy or shared Western values—is a critical gesture. Previous U.S. presidents have said that Russia has a place in the community of democracies if it chooses to, but Trump’s approach was more in line with Putin’s own thinking, steeped in traditionalism and history and a narrative of a clash of civilizations.

In 2013 and 2014, Putin’s decade-long redrafting of Russia’s historical narrative culminated in a new definition of Russian exceptionalism. On March 18, 2014, he delivered a powerful speech to mark Russia’s annexation of Crimea, disavowing Soviet history and reaching back to Russian Orthodoxy to define modern Russian identity. He embraced the idea of “orthodox morality,” which rejects Western concepts like inclusivity and focuses on “traditionalism” as the foundation of national identity.

The themes of these speeches—speaking not of values but “civilization,” not of alliances but “sovereignty,” not of minority rights but the defense of the rights of the majority based on concepts of “traditional values”—were all central tenets of Trump’s speech in Warsaw, which was littered with illiberal buzzwords meant to catch the ear of those like-minded while simultaneously placating potential critics. Trump championed rhetoric and ideas that Putin had carefully crafted—ideas that some of Trump’s own advisers embrace.

“We celebrate our ancient heroes, embrace our timeless traditions and customs,” Trump said, echoing a consistent theme of Putin’s since 2013: that survival depends upon an identity based in “traditional” values. This fundamental identity is something both men define as inherently under attack from “outside forces”—perhaps terrorists, or immigrants, or George Soros, or maybe the Chinese. Trump asked “whether the West has the will to survive.” Putin defines the enemy as liberal Western values, like tolerance and inclusivity, which he views as the product of a West in decline—something the two leaders agree on. ...

http://www.politico.com/magazine/story/2017/07/07/trump-handed-putin-a-stunning-victory-215353
 

Richard Stanley

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The following link is to a 6-minute video clip about the growing fondness of the American Right, particularly among Evangelicals, for Putin. This based upon the post-Communist return to traditional Christian moral values, which trumps any concerns about Putin's authoritarian and criminally oligarchic nature. This is another element that Trump effectively tapped into, as well as the Russians having played on.

http://www.msnbc.com/rachel-maddow/watch/russia-makes-inroads-with-american-right-via-guns-religion-986677827557
 

Richard Stanley

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The first excerpted article posits that Trump developed his political schtick by emulating professional wrestling, of which he has had a long association with, and even placed the WWE CEO's wife, McMahon, as head of the SBA. BTW, Vince McMahon was the actual person that Trump fake decked in the viral video with the superimposed CNN logo head.

Making bombastic boasts. Dropping signature catch phrases. Attaching insults to rivals' names. Shouting down perceived enemies.

If President Donald Trump's recent attacks on television personalities, journalists and political rivals feel like something straight out of the pro wrestling circuit, it may not be a coincidence.

Wrestling aficionados say the president, who has a long history with the game, has borrowed the time-tested tactics of the squared circle to cultivate the ultimate antihero character, a figure who wins at all costs, incites outrage and follows nobody's rules but his own. ...

http://www.msn.com/en-us/news/politics/smackdown-trumps-insult-act-comes-from-pro-wrestling-hype/

This 'over the top' ultimate antihero aspect is what makes Trump such a Samson 'type'. The alert observer should expect that there is something larger going on than just the vain ego antics of an odd sociopath or a psychopath. [Added text]

On professional wrestling as a metaphor for Trump (and another indicator that Trump is a Lifetime Actor):

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At the heart of pro wrestling sits this basic fact: It is fake. It is a scripted television show. Yes, it requires physical ability -- no one who is not in excellent shape could perform some of the falls and bumps these wrestlers do daily. But it is, at heart, a soap opera. Scriptwriters plot character arcs and narrative building. The outcomes are known before the matches begin. The wrestlers are as much actors as they are athletes. (Look to the acting successes of Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson and John Cena for proof of that fact.)

But, and this is the really important part, not everyone who is a fan of pro wrestling knows this. Lots and lots of people who go to the shows, who buy the t-shirts and who subscribe to the WWE Network believe that this is all real. That the feuds are real expressions of dislike between the wrestlers. That "Mr. McMahon" is an evil, money-grubbing CEO. That "Bray Wyatt" is some sort of mystical southern shaman rather than just Windham Rotunda, the son of longtime pro wrestler Mike Rotunda and the grandson of "Blackjack" Mulligan. (I warned you I am a wrestling mark.)

This basic divide between fake and real is what Trump capitalizes on, too.

Anyone who has followed his career in business or politics knows that there isn't a more attentive media consumer than Donald Trump. He watches cable TV constantly -- as evidenced by the installation of a 60-plus-inch TV in his dining room near the Oval Office. (Ask yourself: If he doesn't watch TV, as he claims, then what does he watch on that TV?) He loves this stuff. Always has. Always will. And, if and when Trump ever reaches out to you as a reporter, he is tremendously solicitous; he praises your work and says you are one of the good ones. (Trump did this to me during the campaign.)

Most people -- particularly in the media -- know this fact. But lots of other people, including many of Trump's supporters, truly believe that he hates the media. That he is the fighter against "fake news" they have been waiting for their entire lives. They don't get that Trump is playing a role, that he is doing a schtick because he knows there is political gain to be had there. ...

http://www.cnn.com/2017/07/02/politics/trump-wrestling-tweet/index.html

And thus we have the irony of having as a President, a man who otherwise surrounds himself with extreme luxury proclaiming to be a 'man-of-the-people'. Every active participant in a professional wrestling event necessarily understands that everything is staged, and a hoax on most of the viewing audience. Whether a viewer understands this or not, both types are drawn in by the morality duels between the hero and the antihero.

Trump, being a bullying antihero, is thus a Samson type, the latter of which went looking "for an occasion against the Philistines".

Today, liberal America is the Philistines du jour. Trump, like Putin, has no problem in imposing an authoritarian regime that restores Biblical values. Because, these people are cynically above it all, laughing all the way to the bank. The double irony is that the Bible embeds all this cynical behavior in its various narratives, such as the Judges. [Added text]
 
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Here is a link to my recent post talking about Trump the Nazarite teetotaler and voyeur: http://postflaviana.org/community/index.php?posts/8394/

The following excerpt is about the recent revelation that Tump Jr. and friends had a meeting with a cute Russian lawyer, in Trump Tower, who happens to have a Russian oligarch client, and hence a close connection to Putin.

Just like his father, Trump Jr's changing of his accounts rings of the Keystone Cops, in this case where they are trying to lock up Crooked Hillary. With a reversal of the typology, the Samson narrative is similar where the insanely bumbling Philistine lords are repeatedly trying to get the secret so they can lock up Samson ... using a cute woman or three.

We are to believe, from Junior, that this woman linked to Putin, proferred to give up dirt on Clinton to obtain the meeting, and instead used that ruse to talk about a canceled adoption program for Russian orphans going to American parents. A program that was a canceled by Putin in direct retaliation for the American Magnitsky Act sanctions against Russia. This is a thinly veiled cover story, more like they are trying to mock us, just as the Samson narrative mocks the gullible rubes.

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The revelation about the meeting with Veselnitskaya is the first concrete evidence of attempts at collusion during the presidential campaign. But it is also, crucially, an instance of the scandal reaching into Trump’s family—his closest ring of advisers. Previous stories showed that Michael Flynn, the fired national-security adviser, had lied to the public, the vice president, and probably the FBI about his conversations with Sergey Kislyak, the Russian ambassador to the United States and that Attorney General Jeff Sessions failed to disclose meetings with Russian officials during the campaign. Kushner failed to disclose meetings with Russians after the election when applying for security clearance. Manafort faces several investigations. (Another, lower-level aide, Carter Page, is under investigation for questionable ties to Russia as well.)

The family tie becomes important if Trump Jr.’s second account of his meeting is taken at face value, which is admittedly challenging. He wants the public to believe that he, Kushner, and Manafort met with a Russian who claimed to have damaging information about Trump’s opponent, but did not tell the candidate himself; that this happened even though Trump Jr. and Kushner are close to Trump Sr., and that Trump was at Trump Tower, the site of the meeting, that day, where he lunched with Manafort. In other words, it is difficult to believe that Donald Trump did not learn about the meeting soon after it happened. The president continues to question whether Russia really interfered in the election, so either he’s being disingenuous or his son and son-in-law have kept him in the dark. Mark Corallo, a spokesman for the president’s lawyer, said on Sunday that “the president was not aware of and did not attend the meeting.” (On Monday morning, the Kremlin also denied knowledge of the meeting.) ...

https://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2017/07/if-there-wasnt-collusion-it-wasnt-for-lack-of-trying/533070/
 

Richard Stanley

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The following excerpted article if from another opinion piece by Jonathan Turley about the behavior of former FBI Director James Comey. Whatever the acceptability of Comey's actions in the release of his meeting notes, we are in a classic Hall of Mirrors. As Turley notes, the irony of Comey is that Comey was an ardent investigator of government leaks, and somehow he got his epiphany like the Apostle Paul after his improper lunch meeting with Agent Orange Leaks.

Since the FBI was founded, the FBI has been run by and for the so-called Deep State, Ephraim Zimbalist Jr.'s TV portrayals notwithstanding.

Turley does not note that Comey was improperly pulled aside after a group meeting and then the deceptive lunch occurred. Under proper FBI procedure, granting Turley's points, the information of Comey's would have been safe in the hands of the remaining FBI officials, until Sessions and Trump got around to replacing them as well. But, maybe the 'Russian' drama being played out in front of us now is what all of us are supposed to be seeing.

In one of my favorite Westerns, “The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance,” Jimmy Stewart reveals to a reporter that he was not the man who killed villain Liberty Valance — a legend that transformed him from a perceived coward to an inspiration hero and resulted in his being elected U.S. senator and ambassador to Great Britain. The seasoned reporter listens to the whole story, but in the end says that he will not print it.

He states the rule simply as “[w]hen the legend becomes fact…print the legend.” In many ways, James Comey is the Jimmy Stewart of the media production of “The Man Who Shot Lying Trump.” From the outset, reporters and Democrats (who had been calling for Comey’s firing or questioning his judgment) declared him to be the man who fearlessly stood up to a president demanding loyalty pledges and discarding legal and ethical standards.

The problem with that narrative is not the criticism of the actions of President Trump, but the consistent efforts to ignore the equally troubling actions of former FBI Director Comey. Yet, if Trump was to be the irredeemable villain, Comey had to be the immaculate hero. The script glitch centered on three allegations — all of which were actively denied by legal experts. First, Comey leaked memos of his meetings with Trump. Second, those memos constituted government material. Third, the memos were likely classified on some level. ...

http://thehill.com/blogs/pundits-blog/the-administration/341320-opinion-why-does-the-media-still-portray-james-comey-as
 
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Richard Stanley

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The above comment to the linked article about the alleged Russian PP tape resonates well with me. The whole Trump tableau is just too over the top, much like the Biblical Samson narrative (which I've been analyzing here), where if one examines it all critically then one can see that it is all a sham for the gullible. As usual, both sides are being controlled.

As I have stated before on this thread, the Trumps are implicating themselves constantly, and their sheer audacity in doing so only endears them more to their ignorant red snowflake base. The Russians, including Putin, are supposed to be intelligent spook wizards, yet their numerous links to the Trump family and team are so visible over the years that one wonders how we ever got to the election much less the inauguration. It is surreal to watch the slow motion drip, drip of treasonous buffoonery, and we are indeed left to wonder if the Founding Fathers and such never contemplated such as Trump.

It is commonly said that "history repeats" because we have forgotten the lessons of the past. I think there needs to be a corollary to that, and that being that history repeats when only a select few do remember the past.

I think we are in a dangerous phase with the Trump Jr. email 'revelation', overtly admitting their collusion (and criminal conspiracy) with someone they correctly believed to be associated at high levels. In this case to a Russian oligarch involved in massive Russian real estate scams - all under the approval of Putin. The principle of 'plausible deniability' is stretched way too thin in this case. We are supposed to believe that she flew to the USA and the golden tower to talk about Russian orphans, offering up non-existent dirt on Hillary as a pretext for her humanitarian concerns?

I watched a talking head show where a reporter that had been traveling with the Trump campaign stated that Trump was at home when the meeting with the Russian lawyer took place, one floor below. And little Don Don didn't tell Daddy anything? But Daddy did know that dirt was going to drop on Hillary, and soon. And it did. Just in Time delivery, as they say in manufacturing these days.

I say Golden Towers - Golden Showers.

Linked from the above article is another one that discusses 8 reasons why we should believe that the PP tape likely exists:

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Argument 5. It’s Too Ridiculous To Be True

The PPT sounds like the kind of rumors we learned in high school are almost always total bullshit. I mean, come on, the Republican nominee for President of the United States of America?

Fair enough. But let’s rewind a few years. Let’s say 2011. Donald Trumpis just Donald Trump. You see him on The Apprentice. He’s a gauche, loud, and tacky real estate tycoon who likes flashy things and young women, is a misogynist and serial cheater who has had several wives, says weird sexual stuff on the radio about his own daughter, has promoted for months in a row a bizarre, embarrassing, racist and hateful conspiracy theory about Barack Obama, whom he attacks on Twitter on a near weekly basis, etc etc.

The only reason people don’t believe this story is because it sounds completely insane.

For a presidential candidate.

But if we were talking about that other Donald Trump, before he ran for President, this whole thing would seem more believable.

Guess what? We are talking about that Donald Trump. ...

https://www.pastemagazine.com/articles/2017/06/im-not-a-nutjob-here-are-eight-reasons-the-trump-p.html

The above Trump behaviors are only a very abbreviated list. We just learned recently, by his own words, that this (Nazarite) teetotaler regularly attended the infamous Studio 54 so that he could watch supermodels have sex. As I have shown in the other forum thread, Trump's behavioral parallels to being a Nazarite, ala the Biblical Samson, makes for another long list. Is Trump Samson reincarnated, or is this all more stagecraft, ala the Shakespearean Julius Caesar?

The previous link argues that Trump is inherently one with an inferiority chip on his shoulder, out to prove that he not only belongs, but that he is stronger, smarter, and better. Elsewhere, it has been recounted from those who knew him as a boy from church, that he was a screaming asshole even then. But perhaps he was profiled as such, and then groomed for his fate? Samson's parent's had to ask the Lord's angel how to raise Samson, as different from normal Danite children. He was 'special', and an agenda driven agent of Kaos.

I think we are in a dangerous phase now, and the question is: which way will this break? Will this be the end of Samson, perhaps while eating his blue lobster in the Eiffel Tower, or will Trump end the republic ala Julius Caesar?

Finally, I read recently that the trip to Paris for Bastille Day was Steve Bannon's idea, as Bannon has some fascination with the holiday that celebrates an incident of the French Revolution, which many feel was all a Freemasonic enterprise. This is a seeming paradox of the supposedly orthodox Roman Catholic Bannon, but not so much under the Postflavian schema.

In any case, Bastille Day memorializes the day the Bastille prison was opened to release all its prisoners of the crown. The Biblical Samson was held prisoner by the Philistines, till he destroyed their temple and himself.

Correction (7/14/2017): Trump was invited to the Bastille Day celebration by President Macron, who seems to be exploiting Trump's vulnerabilities. Macron was caught smirking when Trump was caught having to discuss Paris, because of what Trump's invisible friend, Jim, had been telling him earlier. But Bannon does have some fascination with the French Revolution in any case.
 
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The following excerpted article by investigative reporter, Micael Isakoff, reveals the pre-existing web of financial connections behind the Trump / Russia collusion. This goes back to Trump's Miss Universe Pageant held in Moscow and a resulting intent to build a Trump Tower there. The tower was never built, because of the first set of financial sanctions imposed on Russia via the Magnitsky Act, stemming from the murder of the Russian lawyer of the same name.

Thus not only were the Russians motivated to get rid of these sanctions and the later ones, but so was Trump. Moving forward then, all of the players in this meeting at Trump Tower (and just one floor below the Trump residence where The Donald was at the time) knew each other well - and had signed a legal Letter of Intent to do business. The Agalarovs were very close to Putin.

Further bolstering all this is separate reporting where the Trump Jr. emails reveal that the Trump team knew exactly what Miss Veselnitskaya was going to discuss, from telephone calls about it. These emails also have Junior stating that the timing (late in the summer) was important, meaning this applies to the release of the Hillary emails, and not to the now moot child adoption program. There was no reason for the Trump campaign manager, or even Kushner to be bothered with being brought into such a meeting unless they were discussing something campaign related of high importance.

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Goldstone had played a key role in helping to broker the initial decision by the Miss Universe pageant — then owned by the Trump Organization and NBC — to hold its 2013 contest in Moscow.



According to Goldstone, he pitched the idea to Paula Schugart, then chief executive of Miss Universe, as a way to promote the music career of Emin Agalarov. Schugart was initially hesitant because of concerns about red tape in Moscow. “What if you had a partner who owns the biggest venue in Moscow?” Emin Agalarov responded, according to Goldstone’s account. “Between myself and my father, we can cut through the red tape. You have a new partner.”

The plans to bring Miss Universe to Moscow was announced by Trump in Las Vegas in June 2013 during the Miss USA contest. Trump at the time quickly expressed hope that it would lead to a meeting with Putin. “Do you think Putin will be going to the Miss Universe pageant in November in Moscow — if so, will he become my new best friend?” Trump had tweeted at the time.

A meeting with Putin never came off during Trump’s Moscow trip; the Kremlin expressed regret that the Russian president wouldn’t be able to fit it into his schedule on the day in question because he had a meeting with the King of Holland. But the trip gave Trump an opportunity to discuss the plans for the Trump Tower in Moscow with Agalarov, a billionaire who has been called “the Trump of Russia” and “Putin’s builder” because of massive construction projects he has done on behalf of the Kremlin. Just 10 days before the Miss Universe pageant, Putin had given Agalarov a prestigious award at a ceremony at the Kremlin: Order of Honor of the Russian Federation. ...

https://www.yahoo.com/news/new-details-emerge-moscow-real-estate-deal-led-trump-kremlin-alliance-190126219.html
 

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Remember the Lone Gunmen and 9/11?

"It's funny how a big lie can make us all kids again." The prophetic words of Judge Clement.​


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The television series Trackdown really did produce an episode featuring a “Trump” character who came to town claiming that only he could prevent the end of the world by building a wall (and also sold special force propelling umbrellas to deflect meteorites). The episode (S1, E30) aired on CBS in 1958 and was titled “The End of the World,” featuring actor Lawrence Dobkin playing the role of “Walter Trump.” A synopsis of the episode from the Classic TV Archive reads as follows:

Walter Trump, a confidence man, puts on a long robe and holds a tent meeting in the town of Talpa. He tells the townspeople that a cosmic explosion will rain fire on the town and that he is the only one that can save them from death. Ranger Hoby Gilman attempts to prove Trump is a fraud.
While Dobkin appeared in at least three other episodes of Trackdown, this was the only occasion in which he portrayed the Walter Trump character

A relevant portion of dialog from this episode has been transcribed below:

Narrator: The people were ready to believe. Like sheep they ran to the slaughterhouse. And waiting for them was the high priest of fraud.

Trump: I am the only one. Trust me. I can build a wall around your homes that nothing will penetrate.

Townperson: What do we do? How can we save ourselves?

Trump: You ask how do you build that wall. You ask, and I’m here to tell you.
A representative for MeTV, a Chicago network that airs reruns of Trackdown, confirmed that the episode was real. The rep said that the after Hoby tells Walter Trump that he is under arrest, the character gets shot by another character and may have been killed: ...
http://www.snopes.com/trackdown-trump-character-wall/
The 23-minute episode:

 
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Below is an attempt to catalogue the more clear-cut examples of conflicts of interest that have emerged so far. The most recent entries appear at the top:

 

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The opening, below, from a long piece on Trump's long history with Russian money laundering through his real estate holdings:

In 1984, a Russian émigré named David Bogatin went shopping for apartments in New York City. The 38-year-old had arrived in America seven years before, with just $3 in his pocket. But for a former pilot in the Soviet Army—his specialty had been shooting down Americans over North Vietnam—he had clearly done quite well for himself. Bogatin wasn’t hunting for a place in Brighton Beach, the Brooklyn enclave known as “Little Odessa” for its large population of immigrants from the Soviet Union. Instead, he was fixated on the glitziest apartment building on Fifth Avenue, a gaudy, 58-story edifice with gold-plated fixtures and a pink-marble atrium: Trump Tower.

A monument to celebrity and conspicuous consumption, the tower was home to the likes of Johnny Carson, Steven Spielberg, and Sophia Loren. Its brash, 38-year-old developer was something of a tabloid celebrity himself. Donald Trump was just coming into his own as a serious player in Manhattan real estate, and Trump Tower was the crown jewel of his growing empire. From the day it opened, the building was a hit—all but a few dozen of its 263 units had sold in the first few months. But Bogatin wasn’t deterred by the limited availability or the sky-high prices. The Russian plunked down $6 million to buy not one or two, but five luxury condos. The big check apparently caught the attention of the owner. According to Wayne Barrett, who investigated the deal for the Village Voice, Trump personally attended the closing, along with Bogatin.

If the transaction seemed suspicious—multiple apartments for a single buyer who appeared to have no legitimate way to put his hands on that much money—there may have been a reason. At the time, Russian mobsters were beginning to invest in high-end real estate, which offered an ideal vehicle to launder money from their criminal enterprises. “During the ’80s and ’90s, we in the U.S. government repeatedly saw a pattern by which criminals would use condos and high-rises to launder money,” says Jonathan Winer, a deputy assistant secretary of state for international law enforcement in the Clinton administration. “It didn’t matter that you paid too much, because the real estate values would rise, and it was a way of turning dirty money into clean money. It was done very systematically, and it explained why there are so many high-rises where the units were sold but no one is living in them.” When Trump Tower was built, as David Cay Johnstonreports in The Making of Donald Trump, it was only the second high-rise in New York that accepted anonymous buyers. ...

https://newrepublic.com/article/143586/trumps-russian-laundromat-trump-tower-luxury-high-rises-dirty-money-international-crime-syndicate
 

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A new best selling book, Devil's Bargain, is out detailing the relationship between Trump and Bannon. In the interview clip below, it is mentioned that 10 years ago Trump was rated as being more popular with the American black community than with the white community, and thus lionized by such as corporate advertising trying to make inroads into minority markets. Thus Trump was 'multi-cultural', albeit having many innate populist positions. Then along comes Bannon, who sees that he can mold Trump's qualities to suit his purposes, by pandering to Trump's vanities. In essence, "grooming him", IMO, and what I have suspected all along.

http://www.msnbc.com/brian-williams/watch/book-details-strange-motivations-of-trump-aide-steve-bannon-1003082819548

Consistent with my assertion that Freemasonry is merely the Inner esoteric Church of the exoteric Church, Bannon is a Traditionalist Catholic, with esoteric shadings of not only masonry but an esoteric fan of Julius Evola and René Guénon. Evola, at least, was a hero to the Italian Fascists, while less so to the Nazis.

And below, one can see the ideological affinity with Russia, that runs much deeper than the greed of Russian money laundering, as if that weren't enough.

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He isn’t alone. Before Trump came along, the clearest example of Traditionalist political influence was in Russia. Vladimir Putin’s chief ideologist, Alexander Dugin— whom Bannon has also read and cited—translated Evola’s work into Russian and later developed a Russian-nationalist variant of Traditionalism known as Eurasianism. Trump’s affinity for Putin has been well documented, Dugin’s affinity for Trump less so. But Dugin has produced a series of propaganda videos extolling Trump and seeking to enlist “American friends” in what he calls our “common struggle”.

Although Dugin’s Eurasianism and Bannon’s Traditionalism differ in many regards, Sedgwick is struck by their backward-looking commonalities. “In the end, Bannon and Dugin agree about some very fundamental things that most other people would disagree with them about,” he says. “Most people think that things are getting better, or at least should get better, while they think that things are inevitably getting worse. Most people think that new ideas are worth listening to and may hold the solution, while they know that new ideas are by definition old ideas. Most people think that conflict is to be avoided. Bannon and Dugin think it has already started.”

The global surge of nationalism has breathed new life into Guenon’s and Evola’s ideas, while the rise of political strategists such as Dugin and Bannon has given Traditionalism a proximity to power not seen since the 1930s and ’40s. To someone whose life’s work is studying this obscure and secretive intellectual tradition, it’s all very heady, though also a bit disconcerting. “I find intellectuals like that fascinating, and I respect them,” Sedgwick says. “But they still terrify me.”

http://www.vanityfair.com/news/2017/07/the-strange-origins-of-steve-bannons-nationalist-fantasia
 
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