Who Called Flynn?

Today I want you to give you good news because there was good news this week

We have received a sign that Special Counsel Mueller is not unaware Fred Flintstone has rolled over his work, and he’s not going to allow said Attorney General to continue to protect the obstructor in chief, by sitting on redactions.

A federal judge has unsealed a piece of evidence from Bob Mueller’s investigation, which shows that Mike Flynn’s cooperation included testimony, along with proof in the form of voicemails, that contact was made by people ”connected to” the White House and Congress in attempt to dissuade him from cooperating.

For those of you having trouble with the tiny print—

“The defendant informed the government of multiple instances, both before and after his guilty plea, where either he or his attorneys received communications from persons connected to the Administration or Congress that could’ve affected both his willingness to cooperate and the completeness of that cooperation. The defendant even offered a voicemail recording of one such communication.”

Lordy, there are tapes.

Hmm. 🤔 A person connected to Congress.

I devin imagine nunes it could be. If I matt take a gaetz, I’d mitch my mcconnells it was someone whose daily ryan was obvious. I lindsey it was someone whose behavior has become a graham erratic, cruz they aren’t good at hiding their guilty conscience. Jason case you chaffetz guessed who it might be, miller it over, steven if you’re nazi sure, it’s a harmless hobby.

Here is another voicemail message, this one left by a White House lawyer:

“It wouldn’t surprise me if you’ve gone on to make a deal with, the government.”

Wow, how rudy.

Here’s hoping this is the first of many bits of evidence to be released. Wake up, media, because when all this information is un-redacted, we might use it to clean out Congress, and then we can focus on the White House.

It’s a pipe dream, but stranger things have happened.

We Have a Winner

Flynn told Mueller people tied to Trump and Congress tried to obstruct the the the probe

Trump’s Tariffs Goal Met

Putin has been paid another installment on his investment in Trump, the gift that keeps on giving.

Any question over the reasoning behind Trump’s additional tariffs, the consequences of which will force more farmers into bankruptcy, has been answered. Trump gave Putin the US trade agreement with China.

China canceled its trade agreement with the US as a result of Trump’s latest tariffs. Putin will pick up that trade agreement and sell soybeans and poultry meat to China.

Trump’s means of obfuscation comes with the offer of a second farm bailout, (cough-socialism). The first bailout went to a Brazilian bobsled team, (yes, that’s a joke, not a bobsled team, but Brazilians who bribed officials,) and Senator Grassley. Who will be on the receiving end of this taxpayer-funded farm bailout?

Let’s a review. Trump indirectly pays Putin US taxpayer money by increasing tariffs again, which causes China to cancel its trade agreement with the US, which Russia picks up, American farmers go bankrupt straining the economy; further, Trump pays another taxpayer-funded bailout, that will probably not end up in the hands of those who need it, and the deficit goes up.

And no one notices a thing, because this is a three-ring circus, (honk🤡), and the spotlight is on whichever ring Trump tweets.

The mainstream press is easily distracted, and reports 24/7 on what Trump says or tweets, not on what is happening.

The only question that remains is, does Trump, the guy who hasn’t mastered the umbrella, understand what he has done?

Trump asking farmers to make ‘patriotic’ sacrifices in his trade war

Putin says Russia will supply soybeans, poultry meat to China

Trump administration farmers bailout money went to corrupt Brazilian brothers who bribed officials

White House explores new farmer bailout plan as US-China trade war heats up

Millionaire Sen. Chuck Grassley Applying For Trump’s Farm Bailout Funds

A Pirate Limerick Fer Yer Mums Day

*Repostin from Mum’s Days of yore— fer tis a mumosa hoistin day fer sum, argh.

Deep in me core aye heart me spawn three,

Me three spawn, they say, also heart me.

Once joined at the hip,

Till through they did slip,

Since then aye’ve naer longed to be free.

*more mother’s day👇🏼

https://alotfromlydia.wordpress.com/2016/05/07/what-did-you-weigh/

Apparently They Think That’s Okay

Trump’s defenders have moved on from “no collusion, no obstruction” to “yeah, it’s true, so what.” As indisputable truths, regarding Trump’s relationship with Russia, become common knowledge, thanks to the redacted version of the Mueller Report, the direction their argument has taken was an inevitability.

Russians bought “a couple of ads on Facebook” …so what? ~ Jared Kushner

“There’s nothing wrong with taking information from Russians.” ~ Rudy Giuliani

“I don’t care what they talked about.” ~Lindsey Graham said, regarding Donald Trump told former White House Counsel, Don McGahn, to fire Robert Mueller and then say it was his idea.

None of the statements listed above are based on the law, as those who made the comments are well aware.

An unsuccessful attempt to obstruct justice is as illegal as a successful one. Not achieving the desired result is irrelevant.

Along the same line of reasoning, if you are an unfettered idiot who committed treason, you are still a traitor. Someone tell Don (If it’s what you say I love it), Junior; his apparent exoneration by Special Counsel Robert Mueller, from the Trump Tower meeting, based on his absolute stupidity, is not the end of that story. Junior did not help himself by repeatedly committing perjury, and his penchant for spewing remorseless rhetoric on social media isn’t helping him either.

twitter.com/donaldjtrumpjr/status/1122863303397658625

Robert Mueller did not indict Donald Trump, or his (redacted) family and cohorts, which resulted in cries from the right that it’s time to move on, because “Mueller found no wrongdoing.” There is enough in Mueller’s report to impeach and to indict, but Mueller left it to Congress to do in that order.

Still, there is resentment festering among the American people who believed Mueller would save us Trump’s corruption.

I am by no means ready to join the faction who are angry at Robert Mueller because he did not take Trump off the hook; he handed the pole to Congress, with Trump and his team dangling from it… perhaps with enough line to hang themselves. Bill Barr tried to cut the line, but the line was too thick. The full un-redacted report and its corresponding evidence will be seen by Congress, eventually. The report recommends impeachment, with the understanding that Trump will face charges when he’s dethroned.

Bob Mueller has also distributed specific findings that may be of use to some of the other active investigations currently underway targeting Trump, his family, and his associates:

  • Bill Barr’s DOJ has no jurisdiction over state investigations, making them a more significant threat to the traitors in the White House.

    I am going to speculate that among the redacted, besides Trump, Don Jr, and Jarvanka, is Senator Lindsey Graham, Senator Mitch McConnell, Devin Nunes, perhaps Matt Gaetz, maybe now Bill Barr. My conjecture is based on Hamlet:

    “The lady doth protest too much, methinks” ~William Shakespeare.

    They have randomly skipped around the five stages of death.

    1. Denial: “No collusion, no obstruction!”
    2. Anger: “FIRE EVERYBODY… then say it was your idea!”
    3. Bargaining: “You can keep your job if you’re willing to sacrifice your future employability.”
    4. Depression: “Oh my God, this is terrible! This is the end of my presidency! I’m fucked.”
    5. Acceptance: “Treason is fine.”

    Mitch McConnell’s refusal to safeguard our 2020 election from the same Russian attack he mitigated during the 2016 election must have garnered some of Robert Mueller’s attention.

    Kentucky group slams McConnell for blocking a bill to protect voters

    McConnell’s obstruction is tantamount to treason. For over two years, he has aided an adversary’s attacks against our country, and his refusal to allow any safeguards to protect against future election interference is nothing less than treason.

    In 2016, McConnell kept Obama from informing the American people that they had been manipulated by targeted propaganda… not the story Kushner is selling, “a few Facebook ads.”

    Sunday, on Face the Nation, Lindsey Graham’s interview was an exercise in fence straddling worthy of an Olympic event. He vehemently agreed Russians hacked the 2016 election, but disagreed with Kushner’s portrayal of the tampering, claiming “Trump has a team working on the situation”, (*spoiler alert- he doesn’t), and Graham stuck the dismount when he said “the only way to respond to Russia is financially.”

    The solution he offers is in direct opposition to his voting record, in favor of lifting sanctions.

    A glance at Graham’s voting record gives us a timeline as to when he crossed over to the dark side. It was sometime around 8/2017.

    The Truth is, Trump’s GOP has not taken action to stop Russian election interference at all… it is the GOP lifeline.

    The objective for Trump, his family, and his political enablers is to sway public opinion. Are you buying into this new tactic they’re selling— that conspiracy, compromise, and obstruction of justice are no big deal? They hope that Trump will not face impeachment if he garners enough support. What percentage of Americans will think that’s okay?

    State Dept. Was Granted $120 Million to Fight Russian Meddling. It Has Spent $0.

    McConnell suggests the voting-rights proposal is ‘socialist.’

    Tracking Congress In The Age Of Trump

    Graham: ‘I don’t care’ if Trump told McGahn to fire Mueller

    Kushner: So Russia Bought “a Couple of Facebook Ads,” So What

    Graham says Russians ‘up to it again’ with election interference: ‘We need more sanctions, not less.’

    Orange is the New Transparency

    The Mueller report puts the suggestion of impeachment, based on obstruction, in the hands of Congress. Donald Trump is responding to the fallout of the report by obstructing justice more brazenly.

    “We’re fighting all the subpoenas. The Democrats are trying to win 2020… and they’re not going to win against me.”

    Donald Trump 4/24/2019

    He is obstructing Congress in their attempt to investigate facts described in the Mueller report.

    “I’ve been the most transparent president …most transparent administration in the history of our country.” ~Donald Trump, 4/24/2019

    Yes, he said that on the same day he said he’s fighting all subpoenas.

    He is transparent, except for his medical records, his taxes, interfering with anyone testifying to Congress, his own testifying to Mueller, his meetings with Putin, etc.

    He has ordered his entire staff to ignore all subpoenas from Congress.

    So, Stephen Miller has refused to testify regarding Trump’s immigration policy.

    White House says Stephen Miller won’t testify on immigration

    Steve Mnuchin, treasury secretary, has ignored House Ways and Means Committee’s deadline to turn over Trump’s taxes to the committee, again, and has set his new deadline in May.

    *Spoiler* He won’t meet that deadline either.

    White House officials also said they would bar Don McGahn, former White House counsel, from testifying before Congress.

    Trump won’t allow McGahn to straighten out what he claims is “Fake News.”

    House Democrats are considering monetary punishment, by way of withholding pay, for those who ignore subpoenas… yawn. They won’t care.

    “What we’re witnessing from the Trump administration is “contempt of Congress, contempt of law, contempt for the American people.” ~ Harvard Law Professor of Constitutional Law, Lawrence Tribe

    https://youtu.be/tZ2ixDAKYwA

    In related news, for those of you who still harbor doubt that Attorney General Bill Barr is a Russian asset, like Trump, this should clear that up. Barr has joined Russia in requesting Russian gun activist and spy, Maria Butina, be sent home to Moscow without serving her sentence. He is asking a judge to allow her deportation, and in so doing, eliminating a key witness to dozens of crimes.

    “Butina is a key witness in dozens of crimes, who claimed that she was the channel for Russia approving the American SECRETARY OF STATE.”

    Washington Post: Breaking News, World, US, DC News & Analysis

    But again, Trump claims transparency.

    Meanwhile, Rudy Giuliani is the latest Republican to have successfully met all the qualifications to be awarded an honorary Ass Clown Certification. Congratulations, Rudy!

    Rudy Giuliani openly threatens Clinton: She ‘better get a lawyer’

    The Bright Side

    We all have little fantasies that get us through our days… I hope it’s not just me.

    One of mine, not the one where I’m a pirate, is that I am French.

    It’s not a goal, those are attainable, it’s a fantasy, like being a pirate. I mastered pirate, the language, decades ago. Avast ye, yo heave ho, give no quarter, no prey no pay, aarrr… thar’s no aye in team!

    Almost 4 years ago I moved on, to learn French, mostly in my (Japanese) car, with audio books. I am not going to pretend I’m fluent in French, like I am in Pirate, but if we don’t have goals we don’t have a purpose to wake up in the morning, n’est-ce pas? (is it not?)

    What else?

    I drink out of a coffee mug that says Paris, while wearing a bedazzled “Paris” T-shirt.

    I speak seulement (only) French to my dogs, they all understand my French. I know I need a French Bulldog, but one of my dogs is a Brussels Griffon, and oui all know French is a language spoken in Brussels, (home of the Brussels Sprout). My neighbors think I’m nuts. C’est lavé. (fuck them)

    I have photoshopped one of my dogs into a picture of the Eiffel Tower.

    Last week, on the vegan birthday cake my daughter baked me, were the words « Bon Anniversaire, Maman » and she played Happy Birthday in French, on her phone. We did not sing along, because we knew not how.

    Speaking of my birthday, I’m old. I’ve been trying to read Albert Camus’ “The Stranger” in the original French. I pulled out my high school copy of the book in English to help me.

    I got to the middle of the book and found a coupon, for mini-pads, THAT EXPIRED IN 1982.

    So, I’ve painted a self portrait of a delusional middle aged (people can live to be over 100), woman who is emotionally detached from reality. That’s me, so what?

    Today I’d like to discuss yesterday’s fire at the Notre-Dame de Paris (Our Lady of Paris).

    I consider myself fortunate to have visited Notre-Dame. Over 4 million annually have walked through the doors. I imagine the despair I felt, was felt far worse by the people of France.

    *Photo Credit: Francois Guillot

    The picture of the spire falling, engulfed in yellow, orange, and red flames, the sky clouded with black smoke as ravens flew over head… it was watching the end of civilization.

    The history, not the catholic faith, is what led me to visit Notre-Dame. The fear that the building, after surviving 850 years: the Nazis, the French Revolution, etc, would be destroyed, and no future generations could add “see Notre-Dame” to their bucket list, was heartbreaking.

    The bright side came in the afternoon, surprising word that “all the artwork” was saved.

    *Photo Credit: Georges Gobet

    Then late last night it was reported, that enough of the structure survived the damage, that it may be rebuilt.

    *Photo Credit: Christophe Morin, Bloomberg news

    It is not a total loss. The intricately carved,walls, the flying buttresses, the Gargoyles, much of the artwork, and the towers were saved.

    *Photo Credit: Marcel Kush, Zuma press

    Maybe we can have nice things.

    If the planet survives the renovation, this fire will be added to the long list of all she has survived, part of Notre-Dame’s history, and many generations to come will walk through those doors again.

    Le bon côté. (The bright side.)

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