Russian billionaire Deripaska paid Manafort to 'greatly benefit' Putin before Manafort joined Trump campaign


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Originally published at: http://boingboing.net/2017/03/22/manafort.html


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The only case in which I really unabashedly support the death penalty is in cases of high treason.


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Trump can see Russia from Deripaska.


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“To suggest that the president knew who his clients were from 10 years ago is a bit insane,” Spicer said.

Spicer continued: “If he couldn’t be bothered to do his due diligence before opening up a casino resort in Atlantic City that went bust, it’s ridiculous to expect him to do his homework in this case.”

Having less flexible principles than the president* and his henchmen, I can’t say I support the death penalty in any case. However, I’ll be perfectly happy if Manafort gets locked up for a decade for not having registered as an agent of a foreign power and for the inevitable related perjury charge. Same goes for Carter Page and the rest of Putin’s catamites in this regime.

Even if they all end up in the slammer, though, Putin still wins. One way or another he’s demonstrated how easy it is to suborn the most powerful democratic institution in the U.S.


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"I have the best people working for me, " declared Trump, “I mean, I assume they’re the best people. I don’t actually know anything about them.”


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Don’t forget Flynn! I believe he also failed to do this, and was literally working for Turkey, not to mention the payments he received from the Russians.

Red is the new black.


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FTFY 


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Shouldn’t this be on the thread on map projections?


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So - you’d have supported the execution of Paul Revere?

In my view a truly democratic state cannot have an offence of high treason. Actions should be covered by general laws such as murder, fraud, burglary. But the existence of a democracy implies that opposition to the government is permitted, and high treason is a slippery slope argument that ends in a dictator who killed anyone who disagrees with him.

[for absolute clarity, I don’t have heroes, cf Brecht’s Galileo, but Paul Revere is one of my favourite historical characters.]


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“To suggest that the president knew who his clients were from 10 years ago is a bit insane,” Spicer said.

So much for Mr. Extreme Vetting.

Knowing the major foreign powers that your campaign manager worked for in the past is the most basic vetting imaginable.


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I would argue that there’s a difference between an independence movement fighting for democratic representation, and a foreign power trying to take control of the USA in the years 2016-2017.

And Paul Revere was pretty cool, but Daniel Shays was our local hero growing up (being from Western MA and all):


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I hear that Mexico will pay for Trump’s prison cell.


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Washington was our hero regarding Shays insurection.

Of Shays’ Rebellion, Washington wrote, “if three years ago any person had told me that at this day, I should see such a formidable rebellion against the laws & constitutions of our own making as now appears I should have thought him a bedlamite - a fit subject for a mad house.” He wrote that if the government “shrinks, or is unable to enforce its laws . . . anarchy & confusion must prevail.”


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:point_down: :clap: :point_down: :clap: :point_down: :clap: :point_down: :clap: :point_down: :clap: :point_down: :clap:


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#Cheetolini #BizarroJesus


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Lock Him Up! Lock Him Up! Lock Him Up! :slight_smile:
(sorry thought i was at an election rally.)


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