Open thread April 23, 2019 Dan Crawford | April 23, 2019 3:45 am Tags: open thread Comments (3) | Digg Facebook Twitter |
Not to be dragged down to his barfing level but I think I have found a good characterization of the abusive personality of the worst president in history: he acts like a 42nd Street pimp from the early ’70s when I lived around Times Square (I saw Shaft in the movie house Shaft started outside of) — loudly bullying, foully abusive, chronically self-obsessed.
(Even pimps don’t think they can grope women who don’t “belong to them.” Maybe the Donald could give pimps a bad name.)
I’m descending to the Times Square pimp level. I’m thinking in terms of fending of his penchant for sarcastically type casting others: “crooked Hillary”, “low energy Jeb.” Just look at the bad times, 42 Street source of the slanders and their harm pretty much fades away.
“As a mayor from a city with a 40 percent minority population, Mayor Pete’s integration of African Americans on his staff and campaign lags far behind 2020 candidates like Julian Castro and Cory Booker, who were also mayors. While the black residents of South Bend, Ind., may be patient with Mayor Pete’s tepid black policies, it’s hard to imagine his record will translate well to the black base of the Democratic Party as a whole. In the face of Trump’s open bigotry and white nationalism, will symbolic gestures and good intentions be enough for black voters?”
Just another day.
” Surely It’s a Coincidence That a Firm Tied to a Russian Oligarch Is Pouring Millions Into Kentucky
The Louisville Courier-Journal is chasing a story that further illustrates what a wonderful environment for coincidence the current political moment happens to be.
‘Kentucky might be going into business with the Russian mafia. Not the rough-and-tumble “Godfather” crowd with the bent noses and such names like Tessio, Barzini and Luca Brasi. If all goes according to plan, by the middle of the year, we’ll be in business with Oleg Deripaska, a buddy of Vladimir Putin.
He could be sending $200 million — if you believe media reports — in what could very well be mobbed-up money to northeastern Kentucky to build a $1.7 billion aluminum plant on an old strip mine there. The 51-year-old billionaire emerged as a powerful businessman following the 1991 fall of the Soviet Union after a bloody fight for control of Russia’s aluminum industry. Last November, the New York Times quoted Mikhail Khodorkovsky, another Russian billionaire, saying he stayed out of that battle and urged those he worked with to do the same because of the ruthlessness of the fight. “There were so many murders, I refused to go into this business,” Khodorkovsky said. According to the Times, many have claimed that Deripaska “engaged in theft, intimidation, bribery and even murder, notably of a Russian banker in 1995,” but that none of those claims has been substantiated.’
It seems that Kentucky Governor Matt Bevin was hot to build a new aluminum milling plant, but that the proposed location was not suitable for such a large operation. The cost of finding a new location drained the project’s funds. And along came the Volga Bagmen to the rescue.
Enter Rusal, a Russian aluminum company that until just three months ago was barred from doing business in the United States in part because of its ties to Deripaska. The Trump administration lifted the sanctions in January after Deripaska agreed to reduce his ownership stake in the Moscow-based company, the world’s second-largest aluminum manufacturer, from 70% to less than 45%.
But there was Kentucky-specific help needed, too.
‘And that came only after Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell backed that decision despite large numbers of Republicans and Democrats who objected to allowing Rusal and its parent company En+ Group into the United States. The House voted to keep the sanctions 362-53, but the Senate fell three votes short of the 60 votes needed to end a filibuster. McConnell, along with Sen. Rand Paul, voted against the resolution.’
Two of the three votes needed to maintain the sanctions against goons like Deripaska came from senators representing a state into which his company was pumping money he’d obtained god knows where or how, and one of whom is the Majority Leader of the U.S. Senate into whose PAC Deripaska’s partner dumped $3.5 million between 2015 and 2017. Oddly, one of the stories that has sunk like a stone over the past few years is the story of how much Russian ratfcking money went into Republican campaigns generally over the past few cycles.
Again, nobody knows what the ultimate sources of this money may be, but since Russia is a thoroughgoing thieves’ paradise, anybody’s guess is as good as anybody else’s. But only a fool believes in accidents any more.”