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Michael Cohen releases the book's Foreword. In its entirety


Last few of many paragraphs

Now, sitting alone in an upstate New York prison, wearing my green government-issued uniform, I’ve begun writing this story longhand on a yellow legal pad. I often wrote before dawn so not to be disturbed in my thoughts when my fellow inmates awoke. I had to report to the sewage treatment plant where some of us worked for a wage of $8 a month. As the months passed by and I thought about the man I knew so well, I became even more convinced that Trump will never leave office peacefully. The types of scandals that have surfaced in recent months will only continue to emerge with greater and greater levels of treachery and deceit. If Trump wins another four years, these scandals will prove to only be the tip of the iceberg. I’m certain that Trump knows he will face prison time if he leaves office, the inevitable cold Karma to the notorious chants of “Lock Her Up!” But that is the Trump I know in a nutshell. He projects his own sins and crimes onto others, partly to distract and confuse but mostly because he thinks everyone is as corrupt and shameless and ruthless as he is; a poisonous mindset I know all too well. Whoever follows Trump into the White House, if the President doesn’t manage to make himself the leader for life, as he has started to joke about—and Trump never actually jokes- will discover a tangle of frauds and scams and lawlessness. Trump and his minions will do anything to cover up that reality, and I mean anything.

Watching Trump on the evening news in the prison rec room, I almost feel sorry for him. I know him so well and I know his facial tics and tells; I see the cornered look in his eyes as he flails and rants and raves, searching for a protector and advocate, someone willing to fight dirty and destroy his enemies. I see the men who have replaced me and continue to forfeit their reputations by doing the President’s bidding, no matter how dishonest or sleazy or unlawful. Rudy Guiliani, William Barr, Jared Kushner and Mike Pompeo are Trump’s new wannabe fixers, sycophants willing to distort the truth and break the law in the service of the Boss. All this will be to no avail. Trump doesn’t want to hear this, and he will certainly deny it, but he’s lost without his original bulldog lawyer Roy Cohn, or his other former pitbull and personal attorney, Michael Cohen.

During my testimony, Republican House members repeatedly asked me to promise that I wouldn’t write a book. I refused, repeatedly. It was another way of saying I shouldn’t be permitted to tell my story, in essence giving up my First Amendment rights. It was a clear sign of desperation and fear. I have lost many things as a consequence of my decisions and mistakes, including my freedom, but I still retain the right to tell this story about the true threat to our nation and the urgent message for the country it contains.

One last thing I can say with great confidence, as you turn the page and meet the real real Donald Trump for the first time: This is a book the President of the United States does not want you to read.

Michael Cohen
Otisville Federal Prison, Otisville, New York, March 11, 2020

Nice read so far

He seems repentant

Biden/Harris coming up live in a few min (3:50pm EDT estimated)


#Cult45 #MAGA morons have their talking points already. And it's disgusting

1) claim Harris had affair w/married man to start career - Proven lie
2) claim she was a corrupt prosecutor - offers NO evidence
3) claim she hated and criticized Biden during the primary - Uh, it’s a primary. Now do Cruz & Rubio

Favorite Biden/Harris hashtags?

Post yours

Mine are:


Pac-12 postpones all sports competition through end of year, aims to play in 2021

Source: AZFamily.com

TEMPE, AZ (3TV/CBS 5) -- There will be no football season for the Sun Devils or Wildcats this fall.

On Tuesday, the Pac-12 announced that they would postpone all sports, including football, due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. The conference "would consider a return to competition for impacted sports after January 1, 2021."

The decision was made following a consultation from the Pac-12 COVID-19 Medical Advisory Committee with athletics directors, in which they expressed concern with moving forward with contact practice.

“The health, safety and well-being of our student-athletes and all those connected to Pac-12 sports has been our number one priority since the start of this current crisis,” said Pac-12 Commissioner Larry Scott. “Our student-athletes, fans, staff and all those who love college sports would like to have seen the season played this calendar year as originally planned, and we know how disappointing this is.”

Read more: https://www.azfamily.com/news/pac-12-postpones-all-sports-competition-through-end-of-year-aims-to-play-in-2021/article_d6e807ca-dbfb-11ea-b830-13af51ffa822.html

It's not just the US where we see those w/MORE education voting for more liberal political parties

Interesting. It's not just in the US where we see those with MORE education voting for the more liberal political parties.

Electoral Cleavages and Socioeconomic Inequality in Germany 1949-2017
Fabian Kosse, Thomas Piketty


This paper explores the changing relationships between party support, electoral
cleavages and socioeconomic inequality in Germany since 1949. We analyze the
link between voting behaviors and socioeconomic characteristics of voters. In the
1950s-1970s, the vote for left parties was strongly associated with lower
education and lower income voters. Since the 1980s voting for left parties has
become associated with higher education voters. In effect, intellectual and
economic elites seem to have drifted apart, with high-education elites voting for
the left and high-income elites voting for the right. We analyze how this process
is related to the occurrence of new parties since 1980 and the recent rise of

Several years ago, I'd read Piketty's Capital in the 21st Century and, essentially, his summary was that tax on capital needs to rise dramatically in order to begin to combat the massive spread of wealth inequality across the world.

Hearing Twitler today discuss a possible Capital Gains tax CUT struck me hard. It's the exact OPPOSITE of what we need and will lead to a further destabilization of the economy and an even greater widening of the gulf of wealth inequality.

I re-visited his twitter feed, hadn't gone there in a while, and came across this tidbit above. Thought it was interesting to note. I know we've definitely seen those with higher levels of education voting Democratic here in the US but the same thing is happening in other countries.

"Communist Greenville, SC"


Walter Shaub is on a snarky roll!!


He’s on a snarkathon re: a picture of the members at Bedminster before Twitler came out to speak



Many more!

My reply was:


Health directors told to keep quiet as Fla. leaders pressed to reopen classrooms

Health directors told to keep quiet as Fla. leaders pressed to reopen classrooms
As Gov. Ron DeSantis pushed this summer for schools to reopen, state leaders told school boards they would need Health Department approval if they wanted to keep classrooms closed.

Then they instructed health directors not to give it.

Following a directive from DeSantis’ administration, county health directors across Florida refused to give school boards advice about one of the most wrenching public health decisions in modern history: whether to reopen schools in a worsening pandemic, a Gannett USA TODAY NETWORK review found.


“When we voted to reopen schools, I’ll be honest and tell you I did it because we are under an executive order to do so,” Marc Dodd, a school board member in Lake County, said last week. “Do I think they’re safe? Absolutely not.”

moRon #DeathSantis is in lock-step with the criminally negligent trump admin and needs to be held accountable! This is insanity!

Feds seek seizure of Louisville's PNC Plaza, say it was bought by Ukrainian embezzlers

Source: Louisville Courier-Journal

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — The U.S. Justice Department is seeking to seize the PNC Plaza office tower in Louisville, alleging it was purchased with money embezzled from a Ukrainian bank.

In a complaint filed Thursday in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida, federal officials say that the 30-story PNC Plaza, as well as an office park in Texas, were purchased using money embezzled from PrivatBank in Ukraine, according to a statement from the department.

The complaints allege that Ukranian oligarchs Ihor Kolomoisky and Gennadiy Boholiubov, who owned PrivatBank, embezzled and defrauded the bank of billions of dollars. They purchased hundreds of millions of dollars in real estate and businesses across the country, including PNC Plaza, according to the complaint.

The buildings have a combined value of $70 million, according to the department.

Read more: https://www.courier-journal.com/story/news/local/2020/08/07/feds-seek-seizure-of-louisvilles-pnc-plaza-says-was-purchased-in-laundering-scheme/3319094001/?utm_campaign=snd-autopilot

uhh... wow

Can't help but wonder if #MoscowMitch or his corrupt wife, Elaine Chao, knew anything about this.
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