atomic_fungus (atomic_fungus) wrote,

#7136: An odd pattern emerges

Under oath, Crowdstrike says no evidence that Russia stole emails, which is the opposite of what they said when not under oath.

Under oath, former Obama defense official says no evidence of collusion with Russia, which is the opposite of what she said when not under oath.

Under oath, James Clapper said no evidence of collusion with Russia, which is the opposite of what he said when not under oath.

All these people got up in front of the media and claimed that the Trump administration was dirty and Trump needed to be impeached...but when they could go to jail for lying, suddenly they don't have the evidence they claimed to in public.

And you know what that means, don't you? It just proves (again) that the entire Russiagate fiasco was made-up bullshit, invented out of whole cloth by Democrats desperate to oust Trump from the White House.

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Related: the FBI is corrupt to the core.

But it gets worse--oh, shit, it gets a hell of a lot worse:

There's evidence that Obama was involved. Okay, that's not news, of course Obama was involved with the whole stinking mess--but there is evidence that he was involved, the kind of evidence that gets people sent to jail.

"President Barack Obama is at the center of all of this. Indeed, Obama oversaw it all, from the start."
Clearly, the president informing the top official at the Justice Department about this information triggered a criminal investigation. A criminal investigation that we now know, for certain, was inappropriate at best, criminal and corrupt at worst (and more likely.)

This appears to be the first major and direct link we have between the improper behavior of the Justice Department and President Obama.
Do I think Obama goes to jail for this? HA! HAAAAA!!!! you must think I'm an idiot if you think I think that. When was the last time a top-level Democrat was ever punished for corruption? And Barack Hussein ain't gonna be the one to break the trend.

...but a lot of underlings could get caught in this, and they need to be. Perhaps if the underlings suffered the consequences of the bigwigs' misdeeds, they'd be a lot less likely to help those bigwigs next time.

And I say "underlings" but a lot of these are top people, supervisors and managers and executives and-and-and--people who need to get punished for their roles in this clearly illegal attempt at railroading a Trump administration official.

They tried to frame him, deliberately to get him on perjury or something. "If I was a liberal, I'd feel duped by now." But the leftists do not feel "duped". They feel cheated, because Micheal Flynn should have gone to jail regardless of whether or not he had actually committed a crime. His crime, to them, was just being a member of the Trump administration, and in fact they feel that anyone who supports Trump deserves to be put in jail and maybe executed.

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"Spaniards posing as hispanics". You see, if you're a "white hispanic" you're probably a spaniard, and you don't get any racial benefits from being hispanic.

It is time to do away with the racial spoils system.

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I do indeed share these sentiments.

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Cars, everywhere. Rentals, unsold new ones--there's a huge glut of cars, so many that we're running out of places to put them.

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I have mixed feelings about all this.

On the one hand, cancelling the student loan debt which miraculously and suddenly appeared right after my student loans (the ones for which I had received regular bills) were paid off would be a fantastic thing for me.

On the other hand, we're talking about a lot of money just disappearing.

On the gripping hand, in many cases it's going to just disappear anyway.

Debt holidays used to be a feature of civilization. New king? All debts canceled, everyone's starting over! They didn't happen very often--every thirty, forty, fifty, sixty years--but they did provide a good counterweight for usury.

Bad time to be a banker? Well, perhaps next time you'll be more careful about to whom you lend your money, eh?

The bankers and the education industry don't want a debt holiday, because the bankers take it in the ass (where they should have taken it the last several times we had an economic downturn, only their friends in the government bailed them out), and because the educators then cannot charge exorbitant tuitions because the bankers are thereafter more reluctant to loan money.

Of course, a debt jubilee--even one limited solely to student loans--would be deflationary, and if there's anything the entrenched interests hate it is deflation, because then they take a hit in their own pocketbooks.
Simply forgiving the loans would do nothing to change a system that produces over-indebted students (and one component of changing that system needs to be consumers taking responsibility for their choices and thinking twice before signing up to get that masters in anthropology, or comparative lit, or gender studies).
I disagree. As I just said, forgiving student loan debt will make banks less eager to make student loans, which will take money out of the university system. Instead of reducing demand for student loans, a debt jubilee will reduce the supply of them--and as we saw from the 1980s, supply-side economics work pretty fucking well.

Right now, banks love to make student loans--there are banks which exist solely to make those loans--because they are guaranteed by the government. You cannot discharge student loan debt in bankruptcy; you have to pay it back, no ifs, ands or buts.

Having that debt just go away would suit me fine, even if I had to pay income tax on it. I've run around in circles trying to dispute it; every time I challenge it, the answer I get approximates, "Well, sorry, but you still owe us." No one has produced any documentation (such as a copy of the promissory note I signed) proving that I took out those loans, and I've asked every time I've dealt with them. I did get a couple of sheets of numbers which I could have generated in Excel in perhaps half an hour, but that's not proof, particularly considering that they did not contain any new information. And when I ask for proof, I get, "We already sent it to you."

And the fact is that I never received a bill for these loans, never got any notifications or other communications about them, until after the ones I'd heard about for years were paid off.

But you can't find a lawyer who will help you with this shit, either. Lawyers want open-and-shut bankruptcy cases, not tangled messes like these.

Anyway, no worries here: there isn't going to be any student loan forgiveness anytime soon.

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I feel a lot better today than I did yesterday--at least, I'm not in a black rage. Today I'm mainly just listless and tired.

Well...going to make dinner, and then we'll see what happens, I guess.

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