2018 was an odd year for me. I spent most of the year dealing with a seemingly endless series of problems. The kind of problems that takes months to deal with, and you have to jump through 20 hoops before you resolve them. And as soon as I resolved one problem, two other problems would pop up. It was that kind of year. I don’t know if it’s because the world is getting more complicated. Or I’m getting stupider. . . Probably both.
I thought I’d check out this book to give me a general idea of what the Mueller investigation is focusing on.
The main premise of the author is that when Trump’s financial empire was collapsing in the 1990s, with three multi-million-dollar projects in a row going bankrupt, he was in desperate need for cash. But all of his American bankers had cut him off. So Trump turned to “dark sources in Russia, a long-time enemy of the United States. And thus commenced decades-long deal-making with a growing cob-web of corrupt, criminal , and powerful Russians.” Leading to a tangled web, which may have put Trump in a comprising position, and caused him to cross all sorts of legal and moral lines that now, as president, may be a direct threat to our national security. Hence, the Mueller investigation.
Trump’s actual financial dealings in Russia seem to be fairly minimal. He put on the notorious Miss Universe pageant in Moscow in 2013. And made several attempts to build a Trump Tower in Russia, none of which got beyond the drawing board stage. But his main financial dealings seem to involve pulling money out of Russia.
Numerous prominent Russians bought apartments at Trump Tower — including quite a few with direct connections to Russian organized crime. And it’s widely assumed that the Russian Mafia used Trump’s Taj Mahal casino to launder millions of dollars, an offense Trump was repeatedly fined for (apparently casinos are a great place for crooks to launder money — they walk in with illicit funds, turn the money into a stack of chips, gamble a bit, and then cash our with clean money).
And in fact, it turns out Trump was half-right when he accused the FBI of wire-tapping him at Trump Tower. The FBI was wire-tapping “one of the world’s biggest illegal high-stakes gambling rings” that was being run in one of the Trump Tower suites a couple floors below Trump’s own penthouse. The guy running the ring — another very shady Russian underworld character — ended up getting arrested and sentenced to 5 years in prison.
“So I says to Kim. Home-boy!! Y’all don’t need to be messin’ wid dem nukes ‘n’ shit. So why doncha’ siddown wid the Trumpster and you could like rap it out, dude to dude. You feel me, bro??” — Dennis Rodman
I get a kick out of Hillary’s shtick while she’s promoting her new book WHA’ HAPPENED??:
“I take full responsibility for my loss in the election. It was my fault for not realizing the voters were so stupid that they’d reject the substantive policies I was offering in favor of a reality TV show. . . And I blame myself for not realizing how many of the voters were racists . . . And I take full responsibility for that bastard Bernie Sanders and his constant criticisms of me which ruined my chances of winning over the progressives. . . And it was my fault that that bastard Comey kept falsely investigating me over my alleged wrong-doings. . . And I blame myself for the Russians colluding with the GOP and throwing the election to Trump . . . And I take full responsibility for the creep Trump who actually campaigned against me instead of just letting me be appointed president which is how it should have been . . . And it was my fault for being a woman — if I had been a MAN I would have won for sure!!”
On this date 2 years ago Donald Trump announced his candidacy for President. Which the New York Times dismissed as “improbable.” And that his chances of winning was a “remote prospect.” Adding that Trump’s “presidential posturing has seldom been taken seriously, and for good reason.” The Times went on to speculate that Trump was probably just running to get attention and promote his brand.
Meanwhile, Trump took time out from his speech to “ridicule John F. Kerry for having broken his leg in a bicycle accident.” Ha ha.