Putin place or Put in place. Trump’s interest conflicts because conflicts interest him.

By ann summers


Chinese wall is a business term describing an information barrier within an organization that was erected to prevent exchanges or communication that could lead to conflicts of interest. … Firms are generally required by law to safeguard insider information and ensure that improper trading does not occur. (wikipedia)

Trump tried to claim the government can’t walk and chew gum, but fails three days later at getting a Temporary Restraining Order in an attempt to isolate Cohen raid booty.

Darned irony for a guy who has emolument issues and has spent 100 million tax dollars on golf. T’aint nothing to a guy who doesn’t use prophylactics when he has flings at tournaments.

Darn that political economy of lawfare not quite working like Sun Tsu’s Art of War in the use of Chinese walls. Much unlike Trump’s Mexican Wall.


“U.S. District Court Judge Kimba Wood on Monday afternoon rejected a motion by the lawyer that attempted to block the FBI from reviewing the files they seized from Cohen last week.”

ripe for abuse

A taint team (what used to be referred to as a Chinese Wall, thanks to quaint Anglo-American legal tradition) is just to separate unrelated and client privileged information from legitimately seized items.


Trump “sued his business adversaries some 1,900 times in the past decades, which, according to the study, is far out of proportion from what similar businesses were doing,” said Arizona State University law professor Orde Kittrie, a senior fellow at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies. “And if you look at quotes from Donald Trump, and you look at quotes from people associated with him, they see law as a weapon to be used to advance their business interests and crash their adversaries in business.”

Kittrie, author of the book Lawfare: Law as a Weapon of War, sees the concept as neutral “just like a rifle or a missile” that “can be used by the United States or by our enemies.” “when law cuts to our advantage, we should use it and we should approach it very systematically.”

Biglygate features some structural coordination of external and internal 2016 election mischief, both foreign and domestic.

That includes the data-mining and the stolen Facebook info, the hacking, the troll-bots, the stolen emails, all less related to the vaporware and behavioral influence/persuasion claims and more about affecting GOTV in swing states. Wisconsin’s vote suppression alone should have brought compensatory legal action.

The 2016 US election was a lawfare battle-space, where force symmetry was not a governing principle, and information asymmetry is at a premium.

There was collusion and criminal intent, but like neoliberal capitalism, there was no single agency / cause other than the creative destruction of US democracy. Many institutions and individuals wanted to maximize money and power. The GOP was sufficiently mercenary to seek and accept Russian assistance to achieve their goals.

The perfect storm emerged from having the optimal candidate with decades of kompromat sufficient to manipulate money and power, and to enlist Americans willing to expedite active measures.

As we saw with the perfect storm of the 2016 election, the margins decided things, regardless of Russians, but they were a contributing factor if only because finance capital has the means, motive and opportunity to corrupt democratic elections.

But it will still be all about the oligarchic money trail and the perfect storm of 2016 (совершенныйбрать штурмом) in which the Giant Orange кит swam.


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ON THIS DAY: April 16, 2018

April 16th is

Eggs Benedict Day

National Orchid Day *

Save The Elephant Day *


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TCS: Lend Me Your EARS – Part One – Shakespeare’s Songs and Poetry

Good Morning!


Welcome to The Coffee Shop, just for you early risers on Monday mornings. This is an Open Thread forum, so if you have an off-topic opinion burning a hole in your brainpan, feel free to add a comment.

“If music be the food of love, play on . . . ”

– William Shakespeare, Twelfth Night – Act I, scene 1

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The reign of error of the Trump regime’s Final Days will be narrated by The National Enquirer.

By ann summers


Mike Pence is about the Race Bannon resemblance, but he’s really in the wrong Sarah Huckabee Sanders multiverse if he thinks he’s going to be 46* because Mighty Mango will probably not be impeached. They’ll cut ribbons at many a supermarket until 2020 unless Congress goes Blue in 2018.

For the Democrats to run for the purpose of impeaching Trump would rile up conservatives who have (to borrow President Donald Trump’s famous promise) gotten tired of all the winning.

Republicans, though, face their own risks in trying to push Democrats to call for impeachment. For one, a Democratic response could talk about the importance of letting the investigative process run its course while listing the burgeoning list of issues which require inquiry…


There’s removing managers and baristas because of imagined micro-aggression or false consciousness, and then there’s boycotting things because their coffee might suck or be overpriced. Unfortunately like the supermarket checkout or the eatery, we can be bombarded with racism. Or like Pence’s Indiana wedding cakes, bigotry of all kinds can occur in the agora of ideas.


Greensboro NC Four


Two Chinese-American women eating at a Manhattan diner early Sunday morning said a man called them bitches and whores and told them to “go back to Tokyo” after one of the women asked him to lower his voice while he complained about Vice President-elect Mike Pence’s cold reception at a weekend performance of Hamilton: An American Musical. The 56-year-old man was later arrested for pepper-spraying another diner patron in the eyes—according to one witness, because that patron had spoken up in defense of the women. (2016) gothamist.com/…


Enter the Supermarket, exit the check-out line. The reign of error that is the Trump regime will be narrated by The National Enquirer.

So when one looks at the bios of Steve Bannon, the white victimization hypothesis remains essential to some folk theories of American history. Bannonism’s nativist shibboleth, similar to Steve King’s American apartheid, is all about the “let them call you racist” victim’s discourse.

It was baffling how so many RWNJs came to convert as adults to Catholicism: Laura Ingraham, Newt Gingrich, Mike Pence, but I was reminded of a colleague who shared with me that many Moonies had left the Catholic faith because “it just wasn’t conservative enough”. Slippery slope from St Ignatius to the One True Family, maybe, but without worrying about Pius XII or the Latin Mass, there are paths to Traditionalism.

Because it’s about the race, Bannon, not the Race Bannon. Continue reading

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ON THIS DAY: April 15, 2018

April 15th is

Glazed Ham Day

Jackie Robinson Day *

Rubber Eraser Day *

World Art Day *

U.S. Income Tax Day
(Actual deadline is Tuesday this year)


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ON THIS DAY: April 14, 2018

April 14th is

Webster’s Dictionary Day *

Look Up at the Sky Day

National Dolphin Day

Pan American Day *

National Pecan Day

Slow Art Day *

International Moment of Laughter Day *


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ON THIS DAY: April 13, 2018

April 13th is

Donate Life/Blue & Green Day *

Make Lunch Count Day *

Peach Cobbler Day

Scrabble Day *

Thomas Jefferson Day *


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