Old Friends

Harry The Greek said

“Bill Barr and Robert Mueller are best friends. Their wives have been in the same Bible study for over 20 years.”

"people familiar with the matter"

“Bernie Sanders briefed by U.S. officials that Russia is trying to help his presidential campaign

 Shane Harris, Ellen Nakashima, Michael Scherer, Sean Sullivan 16 hrs ago

U.S. officials have told Sen. Bernie Sanders that Russia is attempting to help his presidential campaign as part of an effort to interfere with the Democratic contest, according to people familiar with the matter.

People Familiar with the Matter

“People familiar with the matter” speaking to people who matter say that Russians have been throwing support to Mr. Sanders because they think Mr. Trump who Russians want to be President again can beat Mr. Sanders easier than Mayor Pete or former VP Biden, Warren or anyone else. 

A prophetic prediction – don’t you think?

Yes but if and only if Mr. Sanders is a weaker candidate than Trump, Pete, Warren or Joe, otherwise the Russians might get Sanders himself, Pete, Biden, Warren or anyone else, even minie Mike. then what would they do?

People familiar with the matter have for months known that any prospective Democrat candidate can  beat Mr. Trump.

Yah,  see what yuh mean.

Why did he nominate her?

“Trump withdraws Treasury nomination of former U.S. attorney for D.C. Jessie Liu”

This header titles an article in Stars & Stripes, attributed to Washington Post writer, Keith L. Alexander.

The article questions why the president would withdraw the appointment of Ms. Liu.

But according to his conservative supporters Liu as the president’s nominee was about to face interrogation by senators about her accepting a token jail term for someone in the Mueller probe whose offences normally exacted a far grater jail penalty than the 2 month token.

Though I learned of the likely reason for the withdrawal yesterday, still no one has bothered explaining why the president nominated her in the first place. Since everyone assumes he vindictively removed hostile witness Vindman from the White House; then similarly anyone like Ms Liu who treated his investigators sympathetically during the Mueller investigation, the president should not have nominated for a promotion.

"Change" & the State

I remember when former president Obama’s campaign promise was “change”, the “change” that could be believed in that voters have yearned for but have never got. He knew that the word “change” was beloved by everyone because most people believed that “change” resembled the horn of plenty. But real “change” frightens almost everyone: when inquiring about the cause of illness the ancient historian Herodotus said that he believed that illness was caused by “change”. Today almost everyone who says anything about politics hates President Trump -“Trump Haters” – because he threatens to “change” how things are done in the “deep state”- the state – bureaucracy that fears the temporary demands that may be put upon them every election period by disrupting officials who do not understand how things are done. Those whose work days follow procedures for keeping government functioning smoothly fear that anyone not initiated in its ways could be a tyrannical outsider demanding that they perform their duties his way.

“Whose Fare Share” look out Warren!


“Billionaire Bloomberg proposes tax plan aimed at wealthy”(Feb. 1,2020)

I once published a piece that I titled “Money meets money; money wins.” about how the winner of millionaire investor, Governor Romney’s and millionaire supported President Obama’s competition for president will be lots of money. The most recent confirmation of this crazy notion is (once a Democrat now a Republican) wealthy Mayor Bloomberg’s recent endorsement of Mr. Obama’s candidacy. Now way back on October 20, 2012 I think I was being prepared for this endorsement by a New York Times article entitled “Ever Bipartisan, Bloomberg Jabs Both Candidates” in which I read Mr. Bloomberg’s criticism of the President: “This business of ‘Well, they can afford it; they should pay their fair share?” Who are you to say ‘Somebody else’s fair share?’ and his admonishment of Romney: “I do think that Romney’s business experience would be valuable, but I don’t know that running Bain Capital gives you the experience to run the country.” But less than two weeks and one hurricane later Mayor Bloomberg announces his support for Mr. Obama because he feels that Hurricane Sandy may be evidence of global warming which Mr. Obama is better equipped to manage than Mr. Romney, and not Mr. Obama’s most repeated rhetoric since he took office in 2008/09, which is that the rich should pay more in taxes (their “fair share”).