Saturday Open Thread | Felix Sater confirms: Trump was pursuing deal with sanctioned Russian bank during campaign

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48 Responses to Saturday Open Thread | Felix Sater confirms: Trump was pursuing deal with sanctioned Russian bank during campaign

  1. check your emails, ladies

  2. eliihass says:


    I wish everyone would follow John Brennan’s example and just stop with this reverential calling the Putin-installed buffoon by a sacred title he has absolutely not earned and simply does not embody..

    Not only because it is undeserved and unduly elevates, legitimizes and gives a treasonous crook unearned and underserved benefit of the doubt, credibility, and worse, ‘gravitas’ – by virtue of the title and position; but worse, it undermines and trivializes the serious crimes of treason and all, that he and his cronies have committed.. and continue to brazenly commit.. And it in many ways, challenges the accuracy and minimizes the potency of accompanying reports.. in the minds of the listening public..

    I say it again, you can’t be reporting acts of treason and brazen thievery, immorality, violence etc. committed by a buffoonish traitor, and yet keep reverentially and respectfully addressing the traitor by the highest title of the land..

    It needs to stop.. address him by his name – or Mr..

    It is the easiest way to drive him mad..

    Because as long as folks are still calling him by the title, it puffs him up…even if the report is unflattering… He still thinks he’s important and powerful..

    Deflate the fragile ego of this treasonous MF.. lets start there..

    • eliihass says:

      Deny the treasonous impostor the title.. And deny his awful kkklan too the whole ‘First’ this and that that only serves to unduly elevate and legitimize a bunch of treasonous, grifting frauds..

  3. yahtzeebutterfly says:

    Video: Poem for Dreamers by Elaine Mercedes Mendoza

  4. yahtzeebutterfly says:

    “Lawsuit brought by Microsoft and Princeton University could revive ‘Dreamers’ program”

  5. yahtzeebutterfly says:

    “ICE Is Distorting The Truth To Keep Up With Trump’s Anti-Immigrant Agenda”

    One of ICE’s spokespeople recently resigned after he could no longer stomach the exaggerations that his bosses were pushing him to disseminate.

    “I quit because I didn’t want to perpetuate misleading facts,” James Schwab told the San Francisco Chronicle. Schwab added, “I told them that the information was wrong, they asked me to deflect, and I didn’t agree with that. Then I took some time and I quit.”

    Schwab said ICE was unwilling to correct the claim that immigration agents were unable to nab 800 immigrants, a figure Schwab argued was far lower. He added that the claim that these immigrants were “public safety threats” was false. Schwab said he felt unconformable about “fabricating the truth” and about his instructions to deflect questions from reporters. Realizing that his employer would not address his concerns, he resigned.

    ICE and DHS are currently undergoing a drastic culture change to justify Trump’s aggressive attacks against immigrant communities.
    This is an incredibly revealing development within the nation’s immigration enforcement agency, and it illustrates that ICE and the Department of Homeland Security are currently undergoing a drastic culture change to justify Trump’s aggressive attacks against immigrant communities. We are no longer a “nation of immigrants” in the eyes of the Trump administration, remember?

    • eliihass says:

      That’s probably why John Kelly stayed back in California after the ‘visit to the wall samples’..

      The buffoon met with the new attorney who’s trying to intimidate Stormy.. had a fundraiser with some ‘rich’ ex-felons and headed out to St. Louis..

      While alt-right Kelly stayed back in California to brainstorm with ICE to come up with some anti-sanctuary city maneuvers..

  6. yahtzeebutterfly says:

    “Immigration Advocates Warn ICE Is Retaliating For Activism”

    Activists across the country say they are being targeted by federal immigration authorities for speaking out at protests and accusing the government of heavy-handed tactics.

    The Trump administration has warned that anyone in the country illegally could be arrested and deported under tough new enforcement rules. And federal officials deny allegations of retaliation.

    But the American Civil Liberties Union and other groups say they have documented two dozen cases of immigrant activists and volunteers who say they have been arrested or face fines for their work.

    They say many of the activists who are undocumented don’t have criminal records and only came to the attention of Immigration and Customs Enforcement because of their activism.

    “We’re always at the marches and giving interviews, without fear of what could happen,” says Zully Palacios Rodriguez, one of the activists caught by ICE. “So to go against us is a way to intimidate the community.”

    Several of the arrests have garnered national and international attention.

    Two of the undocumented activists who have been arrested and put in deportation proceedings have filed First Amendment lawsuits claiming their free speech rights have been violated.
    “Victor Garcia Diaz, left, and Zully Palacios Rodriguez, at a recent demonstration in Richford, Vt. They are two of the undocumented Migrant Justice leaders arrested by ICE.”
    John Burnett/NPR

  7. yahtzeebutterfly says:

    I just came across this and found it rather interesting historically:

  8. rikyrah says:

    The Cambridge Analytica Files

    ‘I created Steve Bannon’s psychological warfare tool’: meet the data war whistleblower
    For more than a year we’ve been investigating Cambridge Analytica and its links to the Brexit Leave campaign in the UK and Team Trump in the US presidential election. Now, 28-year-old Christopher Wylie goes on the record to discuss his role in hijacking the profiles of millions of Facebook users in order to target the US electorate

    by Carole Cadwalladr

    Sat 17 Mar 2018 14.00 EDT

    The first time I met Christopher Wylie, he didn’t yet have pink hair. That comes later. As does his mission to rewind time. To put the genie back in the bottle.

    By the time I met him in person, I’d already been talking to him on a daily basis for hours at a time. On the phone, he was clever, funny, bitchy, profound, intellectually ravenous, compelling. A master storyteller. A politicker. A data science nerd.

    Two months later, when he arrived in London from Canada, he was all those things in the flesh. And yet the flesh was impossibly young. He was 27 then (he’s 28 now), a fact that has always seemed glaringly at odds with what he has done. He may have played a pivotal role in the momentous political upheavals of 2016. At the very least, he played a consequential role. At 24, he came up with an idea that led to the foundation of a company called Cambridge Analytica, a data analytics firm that went on to claim a major role in the Leave campaign for Britain’s EU membership referendum, and later became a key figure in digital operations during Donald Trump’s election campaign.

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    Or, as Wylie describes it, he was the gay Canadian vegan who somehow ended up creating “Steve Bannon’s psychological warfare mindfuck tool”.

    In 2014, Steve Bannon – then executive chairman of the “alt-right” news network Breitbart – was Wylie’s boss. And Robert Mercer, the secretive US hedge-fund billionaire and Republican donor, was Cambridge Analytica’s investor. And the idea they bought into was to bring big data and social media to an established military methodology – “information operations” – then turn it on the US electorate.

    It was Wylie who came up with that idea and oversaw its realisation. And it was Wylie who, last spring, became my source. In May 2017, I wrote an article headlined “The great British Brexit robbery”, which set out a skein of threads that linked Brexit to Trump to Russia. Wylie was one of a handful of individuals who provided the evidence behind it. I found him, via another Cambridge Analytica ex-employee, lying low in Canada: guilty, brooding, indignant, confused. “I haven’t talked about this to anyone,” he said at the time. And then he couldn’t stop talking.

  9. Ametia says:

    has the DUMPSTER tweeted about this deadly, awful life-taking disaster?

  10. yahtzeebutterfly says:

    I want the DACA program begun under Obama honored today. People signed up for it with the understanding that they had received a promise. Let’s keep that promise today.

    There are so many talented and wonderful “Childhood Arrivals” who are in the “Deferred Action” program. Many students in elementary school classes which I taught would be in this DACA program today. I pray that they ALL will eventually receive citizenship…I just know that they would all make outstanding citizens.

    There are many articles about DACA individuals:

    “DACA recipient tells her story”

    Shortly after President Trump terminated the DACA program March 5, New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman sent out a press release featuring video testimonials of the human faces of the Obama-era initiative, which included former Woodside resident Angie Kim.

    Schneiderman as well as 17 attorneys general across the country are suing Trump to protect people like Kim, who are in the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival program from deportation. The so-called Dreamers were brought to the United States illegally as children.

    “Immigrants are the backbone of this country,” said Kim in her testimonial. “We are Americans.”

    Kim came to the United States in 1993 from South Korea when she was 9 years old because her father wanted to take care of her grandfather, a naturalized citizen who was paraplegic.

    “Letter regarding update on MIT’s support of its DACA students”

  11. rikyrah says:

    When the full extent of your venality, moral turpitude, and political corruption becomes known, you will take your rightful place as a disgraced demagogue in the dustbin of history. You may scapegoat Andy McCabe, but you will not destroy America…America will triumph over you.

    — John O. Brennan (@JohnBrennan) March 17, 2018

    Gloat now, but you will be fired soon. And it’s not going to be done cowardly, as you’ve done to so many who’ve served you. There’s a storm gathering, Mr. President, and it’s going to wipe out you and your corrupt organization all the way down to the studs.

    — Rep. Eric Swalwell (@RepSwalwell) March 17, 2018

  12. rikyrah says:

    “This was a scam — and a fraud,” Paul Grewal, a vice president and deputy general counsel at the social network, said in a statement to The Times earlier on Friday. Assume we are going to see state AGs moving in here as it is unlikely the US DOJ will do anything.

    — Simon Rosenberg (@SimonWDC) March 17, 2018

  13. rikyrah says:

    In 2014, Cambridge Analytica’s lawyer warned the company that having a non-American CEO and data scientists would risk breaking election laws. Fmr. employees say company ignored the advice.

    — Nick Confessore (@nickconfessore) March 17, 2018

  14. rikyrah says:

    Wondering why they’re going so hard with Stormy, and I found this at BJ, and it made sense:

    Roger Moore says:
    March 17, 2018 at 1:03 pm
    I agree with the suggestion that at least part of it is fear that she’ll get the NDA invalidated, and that will encourage everyone else he’s ever signed an NDA with to consider if they can get theirs invalidated, too. He’s covered up so many past misdeeds behind NDAs, the risk to him if they don’t hold is incalculable.

    If she wins…the damn is broken, and a whole lot will spill forth….

    • Ametia says:


    • eliihass says:

      And thanks to his 2bit pocket handbook, putz of an attorney, the NDAs have been mostly shoddily done, and they’ve relied mostly on mafia-type threats of violence to keep the poor fools they’ve scammed and those who choose to tangle with a slimy loser and pretend-billionaire in the first place..

      They’ve now trotted out the same slimy defamation lawyer who took down Gawker..and strong-armed $3million from the daily mail for the 3rd wife… Because the daily mail was far too lazy to do the thorough oppo research they could’ve easily done to find the supporting evidence they needed to get the lawsuit thrown out… But somebody else will in the future..

      One thing everyone knows is that the buffoon kkklan are all puff and zero substance.. And they rely on you buying their act… They’ve been all about the dubious and winging it and hoping that the fake-facade will help get them by..

      Folks need to start seriously pushing back..

      If these people were on the up and up, or had nearly as much money as they pretend to have, they won’t be using slimy 2-bit pocketbook putzes to represent them..

  15. Ametia says:

    BOTTOM LINE, my PEEPS, anything POS #45 tweets, IGNORE.


  16. rikyrah says:

    Lisa Bloom
    13h13 hours ago
    If a court orders Stormy Daniels to pay $20 million I’ll eat my bar card.
    Trump is fighting so hard because he needs to keep all the other women scared into silence.

  17. Ametia says:

    #45 POS’s not texting about this is he?

  18. rikyrah says:

    He attends an elite university but lives in a trailer with no heat or sewer hookups

    By Teresa Watanabe, Los Angeles Times

    HAYWARD, Calif. – Ismael Chamu wakes up at sunrise, shivering in the drizzly morning’s chill. He rises from the floor of a small trailer, where he sleeps wedged next to his younger brother and an arm’s length from his two sisters, who share the only bed.

    As he cooks breakfast, the smell of scrambled eggs and ripe sewage combine. There is no sewer hookup so when the storage tank is full, as it is this day, everyone holds on until they can get to a nearby gas station.

    “Hurry up so you guys can eat,” Ismael, 21, tells his sisters Jocelyn, 14, and Yazmin, 17.

    At 7:40 a.m., he shepherds his sisters to high school, a 30-minute walk through gang territory in Hayward, just south of Oakland. At the school gate, he hugs them goodbye.

    Then he heads to his classes at the University of California, Berkeley, the nation’s most elite public research university.

    Ismael looks the part of a typical college student, with his backpack, black jeans and stylish fade haircut. But he bears extraordinary burdens.

    He’s one of tens of thousands of California college students slammed by the state’s affordable housing crunch.

    Ismael constantly scrambles to find shelter and enough food for himself and his siblings while working a campus job, leading a student club and trying to earn a bachelor’s degree in sociology.

    In the last 18 months, he has slept on couches and floors, in trailers and attics. Since November, he and his 20-year-brother Edward have rented the 20-foot-by-8-foot mobile home, parked in a Hayward driveway. His sisters joined them in January after their parents fell on hard times in the Central Valley and were forced to live in their car.

    But Hayward has outlawed living in residential trailers. The family is due to be evicted Tuesday. And so the scramble will begin again.

    “You do what you gotta do,” Ismael says gamely.

    Financial aid covers tuition for the state’s growing number of low-income students, but they mostly are on their own when it comes to paying for places to live. Many UC campuses are in some of the priciest real-estate markets.

  19. rikyrah says:

    Good Morning Everyone 😄😄😄

  20. nedhamson says:


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