From Borscht to Stroganoff

Ah yes, leave it to to those beacons of truth, purveyors of factual reporting, stalwarts of unbiased reporting, CNN and YAHOO!, to continue to provide the latest breathless scoop of Trump and associates getting down with anything Russian from Borscht to Stroganoff, and everything in between.

Report suggests FBI has travel, business, and phone records that could tie Trump’s campaign to Russia

An FBI official claims to have information that suggests collaboration between President Donald Trump’s associates and Russian intelligence officials during the 2016 election, CNN reported Wednesday night.

Of course we’re not told what FBI official, but does it really matter?

russia-641554_640The anonymous law enforcement official told the news outlet that FBI evidence shows “people connected to the campaign were in contact and it appeared they were giving the thumbs up to release information” in order to promote Trump and erode trust in Hillary Clinton’s campaign.

Always the “anonymous” source.

From the CNN original post:

The FBI is now reviewing that information, which includes human intelligence, travel, business and phone records and accounts of in-person meetings, according to those U.S. officials. The information is raising the suspicions of FBI counterintelligence investigators that the coordination may have taken place, though officials cautioned that the information was not conclusive and that the investigation is ongoing.

Ah…right.  The information is not conclusive but we’re going to keep investigating anyway.  Seems the FBI enjoys using the Lavrentiy Pavlovich Beria method of investigation. Beria was a Soviet politician, and chief of the Soviet security and secret police apparatus under Stalin. He told Stalin:  “Show me the man and I’ll find you the crime.

The main thing is to keep this “Russian” narrative boogieman thing going.  Far better to put as many cogs in the wheels of a new administration as possible to keep it from doing anything except navel gazing. We wouldn’t want them talking to the Russians at any point in time…nor the Iranians, nor the North Koreans, nor the guy in the street.  We’re the opposing party and as the opposing party it’s American politics as usual – thwart every attempt for the opposing party to do anything, except continue on with business as usual with the fleecing of Americans, the wars, the regime changes – that’s the kind of shite we can get behind!

We can’t have the US contacting and possibly interacting with a Russian leader who said the following:

Russia opposes attempts to destabilise and weaken international relations, as this could lead to a chaotic and ever less controllable slide towards greater tension in the world.

We support joint action to ensure a democratic and fair world order based on strict respect for the norms of international law, the United Nations Charter, recognition of the unquestionable value of cultural and civilizational diversity, national sovereignty, and the right of all countries to decide their futures freely, without external pressure.

The international situation does indeed require improvement. This calls for restraint, wisdom and responsibility. I would like to reiterate that Russia supports joint efforts to resolve the real problems facing the entire international community today.

Putin Urges Nations to Reject ‘Chaos’ and Join Russia in Creation of ‘Fair’ World

No…we must discourage – at all costs – any type of cooperation or any type of talks with the Russian bear.

We’re the US government…we have more important things to do.

The U.S. Senate Just Sold out Your Internet Privacy –

Despite widespread disapproval from constituents, S.J.Res 34 has passed the United States Senate with a vote of 50-48, with two absent votes. Earlier today, at 12:25 Eastern March 23, 2017, the US Senate voted on S.J.Res 34, and will use the Congressional Review Act to strip away broadband privacy protections that kept Internet Service Providers (ISPs) and telecoms from selling your internet history and app data usage to third parties. S.J.Res 34 was first introduced by 23 Republican Senators earlier this month and its blitz approval is a giant blow to privacy rights in the United States.

…the insanity continues.

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