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Barcarolle interlude.

I woke up this morning and Trump was still President. That could ruin my day.

But there is still Valentine’s Day coming up. Note to Amazon Prime members, you can get two dozen roses at Whole Foods for $19.99. Just thought I would throw that out there.

Also, the Pittsburgh Ballet is beginning its run of Swan Lake next Friday until Feb 25. And it’s Carnival in Rio and Mardi Gras in New Orleans. So, lots to do.

I’m heading off to the Y for a swim. But I’ll be thinking of Venice.

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  1. Katrina vanden Heuvel is editor of the progressive magazine The Nation. She is married to Stephen F. Cohen, the professor emeritus of Russian studies at Princeton University and New York University. This is from Cohen:

    Steele’s dossier, which alleged that Trump had been compromised by the Kremlin in various ways for several years even preceding his presidential candidacy, was the foundational document of the Russiagate narrative, at least from the time its installments began to be leaked to the American media in the summer of 2016, to the US “Intelligence Community Assessment” of January 2017 (when BuzzFeed also published the dossier), the same month that FBI Director James Comey “briefed” President-elect Trump on the dossier—apparently in an effort to intimidate him—and on to today’s Mueller investigation.

    Even though both have been substantially challenged for their lack of verifiable evidence, the dossier and subsequent ICA report remain the underlying sources for proponents of the Russiagate narrative of “Trump-Putin collision.” The memo and dossier are now being subjected to close (if partisan) scrutiny, much of it focused on the Clinton campaign’s having financed Steele’s work through his employer, Fusion GPS. But two crucial and ramifying question are not, Cohen argues, being explored: Exactly when, and by whom, was this Intel operation against Trump started? And exactly where did Steele get the “information” that he was filing in periodic installments and that grew into the dossier? In order to defend itself against the memo’s charge that it used Steele’s unverified dossier to open its investigation into Trump’s associates, the FBI claims it was prompted instead by a May 2016 report of remarks made earlier by another lowly Trump adviser, George Papadopoulos, to an Australian ambassador in a London bar. Even leaving aside the ludicrous nature of this episode, the public record shows it is not true. In testimony to the House Intelligence Committee in May 2017, John Brennan, formerly Obama’s head of the CIA, strongly suggested that he and his agency were the first, as The Washington Post put it at the time, “in triggering an FBI probe.” Certainly both the Post and The New York Times interpreted his remarks in this way. Equally certain, Brennan played a central role in promoting the Russiagate narrative thereafter, briefing members of Congress privately and giving President Obama himself a top-secret envelope in early August 2016 that almost certainly contained Steele’s dossier. Early on, Brennan presumably would have shared his “suspicions” and initiatives with James Clapper, director of national intelligence. FBI Director Comey, distracted by his mangling of the Clinton private-server affair during the presidential campaign, may have joined them actively somewhat later. But when he did so publicly, in his March 2017 testimony to the House Intelligence Committee, it was as J. Edgar Hoover reincarnate—as the nation’s number-one expert on Russia and its profound threat to America (though, when asked, he said he had never heard of Gazprom, the giant Russian-state energy company often said to be a major pillar of President Putin’s power).

    I would tell you to read the rest but I know you won’t because you can’t handle the truth.

    • Lol! You’re hilarious.
      Christopher Steele is a well respected former MI6 operative. He’s an expert on Russia.
      And the person who first funded the Fusion GPS ops research was a conservative names Peter Singer.
      George Papadopoulos has pleaded guilty to something. Keep that in mind.
      Also keep in mind that this would all have been over two years ago if Trump had let everyone see his tax returns just like every other candidate.
      I guarantee he has something to hide. You wanna know why? Because he’s acting like a fucking baby who’s afraid of what the grown ups are finding out. He’s weak, a big, fat, ugly, stupid rich guy with a comb over that sucks the sexy out of a 10 mile radius.
      He doesn’t have Clinton’s cojones to go talk to the special counsel. He would rather trash some very well respected investigators.
      The guy you are cleaving to acts like he has a consciousness of guilt and he still thinks that if he just pays enough money to the right people that it will all go away.
      If he tries to pull another Saturday night Massacre, his presidency is over. Not only is it a tacit admission that he has something to hide, it will be the last piece of confirmatory evidence that he’s a dangerous autocrat.

      Be careful who you hang around with.

      • I wonder why Cadet Bone Spurs hasn’t fired whomever he needs to fire to get Mueller fired yet?

        Maybe he’s been informed that it’s ALL coming out if that happens?

        • I wouldn’t be surprised. What is the cardinal rule of Washington? Don’t piss off the spooks?

  2. This message is for Niles:

    The whole country of japan is obsessed with manga and anime and cute schoolgirls.

    Stop being an offensive prick or you’re going in the spam filter where nobody can hear you scream.

  3. Meanwhile, this comic classic was mentioned over on Wonkette:

  4. Also from Wonkette:

    I USED TO BE A LIEBRUL DEMOCRAT UNTIL OBUMMER STOLE MY GUNZ AND THE CANTALOPES CROSSED TEH BORDER AND VOTED FER THE GHEYS!1!!1!!

    MAGMA BITCHEZ!1!!!!

    That’s one of us snarking, not an actual wingnut. 😛

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