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Mike 03

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It looks like they thought of that already:

Lawmakers demand explanation for cutting federal funding to states for National Guard deployments


The lawmakers are also demanding an explanation on the Trump administration's decision to continue covering all of the cost of the Florida and Texas National Guard troops, as POLITICO reported on Tuesday, while cutting back funding for all other states.

“Why, for god’s sake, are Florida and Texas set aside?” Bustos said in an interview. “It’s not like those are the only two states in the nation with hot spots. And if you call any governor in the nation, they’ll tell you they can’t, all of a sudden, take on 25 percent of the cost.”

Surreal, isn't it?

This does feel like a "do or die" moment in our history

right now, right here, today, with the assault on USPS and Executive Orders designed to circumvent congressional authority.

When we look back from November 4th, we'll be able to say we won it or lost it by how we handle this dual crisis right now, IMO.


We had three weeks' notice this was coming. Hopefully our best and brightest leaders have consulted with the most creative and knowledgeable legal minds at their disposal (about this and the USPS situation too). Beyond that, I can't console myself and feel that we are really at the breaking point we've feared and theorized about for a couple of years now.

I haven't received a piece of mail since Tuesday. Not even junk mail.

Not even the Wednesday Safeway ad circular I usually get on Wednesdays. Could it be a coincidence? Maybe. Some mathematically-inclined DUer could possibly figure out the odds of that. (The mail hasn't come yet today, it's only nine AM here).

The key is, can legal maneuvers stop his executive orders from going into effect

before courts rule on it.

John Yoo has said that the Executive Orders may be found unConstitutional in the long run, but that it would take two or more years to get that legal finding.

His vision is that these EO take effect, and that even if Biden wins he would have to enforce them as they work their way through the court system, presumably up to the SCOTUS.

Yes, it is incredibly dangerous what is happening. I'm so glad people understand this. We've come a long way from last week, when people were saying, "He's just bluffing, he can't do that, it's illegal, don't worry..."

We've been through this before. Trump diverted congressionally allocated money from the Pentagon to build his wall, in total violation of the Constitution, and more than eighteen months later we are just now starting to get very preliminary rulings that Congress can sue him for that.

This is why my question is always: Yes, it is illegal, but who is going to stop himi between now and November?

Can the Supreme Court take special action to clarify its DACA ruling, and put to bed any notion on John Yoo's part that the ruling opens the door to serial abuse of Executive Orders?

The new lawsuits against Trump for the Census change will be a test. It all comes down to: Can we stop the EO from taking effect before and until courts rule on it. John Yoo is banking on the idea we can't.

This sounds similar to the Russian Troll Farms CNN busted in April that was operating in Ghana

stirring up racial resentment and presenting themselves as Black Lives Matter.

CNN worked with two Clemson University professors -- Darren Linvill and Patrick Warren -- in tracking the Ghanaian operation. Linvill said the campaign was straight out of the Russian playbook, trying to mask its efforts among groups in the US.

"They were very closely engaged in the Black Lives Matter community," he said. "They talked almost exclusively about what was happening on the streets of the United States and not on the streets of Africa."

Kailee Scales, managing director of Black Lives Matter Global Network Foundation, said her organization was proactive when it came to protecting its voice online. "We are walking into the 2020 election cycle with eyes wide open to the fact that international and domestic actors are striving to undermine our organizing, and we are not going to let that happen," she told CNN.

Russian election meddling is back -- via Ghana and Nigeria -- and in your feeds


Deep Down, Trump is Rupert Pupkin:

But it's also the underwriting of Trump loans by VTB

I'm actually more interested in this than the inflation/deflation of asset values, because it raises the question of why Putin would underwrite such risky loans. Was he literally guaranteeing Trump's debt? Was this repayment for the fact that Trump allowed billions of Russian dollars to be laundered into Trump properties? This could point directly to money laundering, the Rosetta stone some of us have been hoping to uncover.

Trump Deutsche Bank Loans Underwritten By Russian State-Owned Bank, Whistleblower Told FBI

Deutsche Bank’s loans to Donald Trump were underwritten by Russian state-owned VTB Bank, according to the whistleblower whose collection of thousands of bank documents and internal communications have captured the recent attention of federal investigators.

Val Broeksmit acquired the emails and files of his late father, Deutsche Bank executive William S. Broeksmit, after Broeksmit tragically took his own life in 2014.

Val informed the FBI in late 2019 about his knowledge of VTB’s underwriting of Trump’s loans, information he attributed to a network of sources connected to the bank he cultivated over the past five-plus years.

Underwriting is the process where financial institutions assess the ability of potential customers to fulfill their obligations. Underwriters have access to “credit and financial information, as well as the state of the [property],” according to US News, though underwriters can sometimes be unknown to the person seeking the loan.


Thank you. I've been tempted to get the audiobook, in spite of reading it already,

to hear her narrate it herself.

It is awfully well written and I absolutely believe she wrote it herself. She avoids the mistakes a lot of first-time authors make, and she knows how to conclude a paragraph powerfully, and to zone in on specific details while not getting bogged down in the peripheral or mundane. She has a sharp eye for what's important, excellent memory for particulars, and is honest when she can't recall something. It's an authentic and most valuable contribution to this genre.

I ordered a second copy because I want to re-read it and make some marks on the text, and I hate to mark up an "only copy."

I want to be able to lend it out to others as well.

Yes, exactly. There's another code too that also encompasses what is happening.

Did you know the USPS has its own Inspector General? I've been wondering if that individual should be contacted, or could be of any help?

The Office of Inspector General (OIG) audits the operations and evaluates the specific infrastructure of the Postal Service. The OIG also has the responsibility of protecting and maintaining the integrity of postal processes and personnel. To contact the OIG, please call 1-888-877-7644, email hotline@uspsoig.gov, visit USPS OIG Contact Form, or mail 1735 N Lynn Street, Arlington, VA 22209-2020.


I don't know anything about the process of contacting an Inspector General. It just seems like we have heard nothing about this, and that it could be of use.
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