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The Flynn Pardon Is The Right Thing To Do + Mishandling Russia


Week-end Wrap – Political Economy – November 29, 2020


  1. nihil obstet

    Ray Davies has a very good Thanksgiving Day.

  2. Plague Species

    The Perfect Crime is an excellent documentary on Netflix, fyi. Seems obvious to me Rohwedder was assassinated by the West and not the RAF or the Stasi or anyone from the GDR. Birgit Breuel replaced him and fast-tracked privatization. The Stasi files with the goods on all the corrupt West German sh*tbirds in leadership positions were lost forever. I’m guessing they didn’t entirely trust Rohwedder and he was too slow and deliberate for their tastes in the privatization process so they made him the scapegoat and sacrificed him as a relief valve for all the pressure that was building in East Germany. It worked like a charm and as planned. It released the tension in East Germany and Unification rolled across the land mostly unchecked. There is so much to discuss related to this topic. So many thought threads. It’s a time I have overlooked heretofore and when it was happening in real time for the most part, but now I find it fascinating.

  3. S Brennan

    Happy Thanksgiving, my favorite holiday. Hopefully, by next year the scourge of the Wuhan Virus will be behind us and we will be able to celebrate the holidays properly. The good news is:

    Many of America’s corporate entities who have a direct interest in America’s LONG-TERM prosperity are spooling-up to handle vaccine* distribution in the coming month. So staying well until the vaccine[s] is distributed nationwide is vital !!! Let’s hang in there !

    *Yes, yes so far the vaccine[s] is therapeutic and hence not perfection but, that was an effing fast turn-around which Joe Biden will, if all is working well, take credit the applause of all his rabid** fans…kinda like Obama accepting the Nobel Peace Prize before taking office and then starting four distinct wars which almost every liberal I know cheer/supported or ignored until their input was useless.

    “In all the excitement among objective journalists for Joe Biden’s declared victory, reporters are missing how extraordinary the Democrat’s performance was in the 2020 election. It’s not just that the former vice president is on track to become the oldest president in American history, it’s what he managed to accomplish at the polls this year.

    Candidate Joe Biden was so effective at animating voters in 2020 that he received a record number of votes, more than 15 million more than Barack Obama received in his re-election of 2012. Amazingly, he managed to secure victory while also losing in almost every bellwether county across the country. No presidential candidate has been capable of such electoral jujitsu until now.

    While Biden underperformed Hillary Clinton’s 2016 totals in every urban county in the United States, he outperformed her in the metropolitan areas of Georgia, Michigan, Wisconsin, and Pennsylvania. Even more surprising, the former VP put up a record haul of votes, despite Democrats’ general failures in local House and state legislative seats across the nation.

    He accomplished all this after receiving a record low share of the primary vote compared to his Republican opponent heading into the general election. Clearly, these are tremendous and unexpected achievements that would normally receive sophisticated analysis from the journalist class but have somehow gone mostly unmentioned during the celebrations at news studios in New York City and Washington, D.C.

    The massive national political realignment now taking place may be one source of these surprising upsets. Yet still, to have pulled so many rabbits out of his hat like this, nobody can deny that Biden is a first-rate campaigner and politician, the likes of which America has never before seen. Let’s break down just how unique his political voodoo has been in 2020…”

  4. Charlie

    We’re going to have revolving lockdowns far as the eye can see. The north in the winter and the south in summer. Why? Because that’s when people tend to huddle inside without proper ventilation and spreads illness. The same thing that happens in lockdowns.

  5. anon y'mouse

    happy THANKSgiving, Ian.

    regardless of the origin of the holiday, the sentiment and ceremonies, such as they are, around it are one of the few bright spots in humanity.

    until the arguing starts, and the indigestion.

  6. Charlie

    Also, Happy Thanksgiving to everyone.

  7. StewartM

    Happy Thankgiving, y’all. Hope everyone is doing well.

    I have contracted CoVID, despite being something of a hermit and working from home a lot since March, and wearing masks and practicing social distancing the few times I did go out. Thankfully, my case is mild, so mild that the symptoms are very atypical (both me and the clinic I went do did not think it was CoVID, just a sinus infection; and the clinic treated me if it was that, and it was my job that wanted me to get a CoVID test and it came back positive). I have been quarantining the past two weeks and I contacted everyone I might have either gotten it from or given it to, but they have no symptoms.

    Still my mask-wearing and social distancing probably helped, as there is increasing evidence that by doing so, even if you do contract CoVID, these things reduce the severity of the illness (probably by reducing the viral load one receives).

  8. Hugh

    A happy and safe Turkey Day to everyone.

  9. Ian Welsh


    sorry to hear you got Covid but very glad it’s a mild case. Hopefully it’ll clear up with no complications.

    Be well.

  10. It is a statistical inevitability at this point, if you or someone you know are not exposed to the Trump-Flu, not necessarily contract it: exposed to it … you, or they, will. We’ve been on lockdown around my house since my spouse came home from brain surgery 15 January, yet an immediate family member contracted it in August (just after she came home from spine surgery), was really sick for ten days at home while several of his co-workers were hospitalized, and of course left the entire family exposed. I myself experienced an unusual health incident early in this thing, well before testing, that almost had me thinking about seeking out modern medical attention, regardless my best efforts to keep everyone around here healthy what amounted to a ten day case of really bad indigestion – really bad indigestion. Not unlike back in the drinkin’ days, but for ten days. Spread the map out a bit I’ve family members exposed – within the past three weeks – to the Trump-Virus in Oregon, Texas, Arizona, New Mexico and several spots around New England. No doubt Mississippi. We’re past the point of prevention, need to looking to mitigation, if that’s possible.

    Not to detract your plight Stewart, I was about to light a bundle of sage when I read your post – I lit two. Don’t drink hard liquor, just a cup of cold coffee, and you got no chance of losing …

  11. Joan

    Happy Thanksgiving everyone, and to the Canadians a month late.

    @Ian, if I have a recurring Paypal donation monthly, does that continue with you indefinitely? If so I’ll just leave it.

    @StewartM, best wishes for your recovery.

  12. Plague Species

    One thing the pandemic has done, well, it’s revealed many things in fact if they weren’t already obvious, is reveal how many non-essential “workers” there really are and how the economy is largely a scam made up of non-essential “workers” grifting the system. The non-essential “workers” have the luxury of working from home in their pajamas during the pandemic so if they contract the virus, they don’t get docked any pay. Not so for essential “workers.” No sir, essential “workers” are treated disrespectfully like slaves and essential “workers” are often if not always paid far less than non-essential “workers.” This, amongst many other things, has to change for good before anything can change for good. My wife and I feel incredibly resentful about this glaring injustice. My wife, fyi, is an essential “worker.” I’m neither essential nor non-essential. I’m not a “worker.”

  13. StewartM

    Plaque Species

    As someone who works in a company making real things, and not ‘financial products’, I would rather say that what CoVID has revealed is that we don’t need as many people to come in and be physically on-site 40 hours or more a week. I can think of scores of jobs still being done from home that are in-fact essential. What our current system really is, with people being physically present on-site whether they actually need to be there or not, is a system of social control. Think of the same reason why peasants rebelled against being factory workers, you can work just as long and hard on the farm as you can in a factory, but at least you were more in control of your time. The factory took that away from people and made them subservient to the clock.

    Essential jobs that can be done from home include:

    1) Procurement folks—this is one area my company has decided foolishly to save money, by cutting the people who do procurement. Trust me, paying someone say $50-60,000 a year to talk to vendors and place orders is way smarter and more efficient than having people making 25, 50, 100, 200 % more than that do it only occasionally, and making mistakes along the way.

    2) Statisticians and other specialists: not just the professionals on the big projects involving number-crunching, but you can build factor models from home even if your job often includes coming in;

    3) QC folks, especially those involved in meeting regulatory standards (FDA, EU, etc)–surely we want these to be adhered to?–and those involved in customer complaints (surely that is too important?)

    4) Technical support staff: in many positions (say, QC labs) whereas the lab rats or the operational staff needs to be on-site 24/7/365, there are technical support staff that may work at least partially from home. These people write the methods, support and troubleshoot the instrumentation involved, etc. Nowadays connectivity allows these people to connect to the instrument from home and actually diagnose what the problem is and to instruct the people on-site how to fix it. Repairing or rebooting an instrument in some instances may involve the support staff to actually come in for the more difficult problems, but there are a lot of things that can be worked on remotely.

    This of course includes IT support; most of that is off-site though you do need people who can come in and work on the hardware at times.

    This is not an exhaustive list; I am sure there are more things I’m not thinking of now, and many of which I have direct experience with.

    What I worry about is that companies don’t need any more incentive to lay off or downsize any more essential positions; which include these; in order to better feed the Wall Street maw. My own position involves doing techniques that used to be done by about 25 people some 30 years ago, now we’re down to just 9 site-wide doing comparable jobs. I’m sure that my company is congratulating itself for a massive productivity increase but that is a false saving, as no 9 people can have the experience and expertise and focus of 25; it’s why (as Ian says) most productivity stats are bullshit. We 9 people are in no way doing the job of 25 people back then and this indeed constitutes a “hit” on the company’s capabilities to get real things done effectively.

    US companies already run chronically understaffed, which is a far bigger reason than say, immigration, of why the US un- and under-employment rates are so bad. My company could easily go out and increase its workforce by 25 % and we’d have useful things for them to work on. It’s also the reason why US companies have lost most of their technical competitive advantage and are being out-competed in the foreign markets. The long-term future of nearly all US firms is being sacrificed for the next quarterly profit report.

  14. Plague Species

    A Perfect Crime was appropriately released at just the right time. Rohwedder consistently called for Unity and so too Biden is consistently calling for Unity. Problem is, and was then too, more didn’t want Unity than those who did. The East Germans wanted freedom, not to be West Germans. If there was to be Unity, they wanted Unity in the form of coming together under the aegis of a third way that was neither socialist or capitalist, that transcended East Germany and West Germany. Instead, the Nazis in the West won the day and they purchased most of East Germany’s state assets on the cheap and privatized them and then made an astronomical return on their steal of an investment. The West tried the same approach in the former Soviet Union. Putin rose to power and shoved the West out but kept the oligarchy the West created. He ensured the spoils of the oligarchy went to Russian oligarchs versus Western oligarchs, but the privatization theft was codified and remains to this day.

  15. different clue

    @Plague Species,

    If you and Mrs. Plague Species are living in a real house with a real yard around it, you may already be food-gardening. If so, that is essential work even if it is not “monetized”. So is home repair. So is home energy conservation, etc.

    This all may lead some people to re-think, and maybe up-think, what work really is and can be.

  16. Plague Species

    different clue, I agree, all that you mention is essential, but unrecognized as essential. In that sense, I engage in a lot of essential activity as home manager.

  17. Temporarily Sane

    anon y’mouse writes
    “ regardless of the origin of the holiday, the sentiment and ceremonies, such as they are, around it are one of the few bright spots in humanity.”

    You do know the vast majority of humanity does not celebrate Thanksgiving, right? It’s very American to conflate a domestic event with something that’s relevant for “the world”. The “World Series” is probably the best known example of this.

  18. different clue

    As long as the non-monetized home-front work-doer hermself recognizes the home-front work as essential, the obsolete opinions-to-the-contrary of others do not need to matter.

    If one grew a bunch of food for personal/family use outside the Forced Market Moneyconomy, that food has value whether monetized or not.

    I have thought of an interesting mental exercise which I do not have the energy to perform. If one wanted to buy-instead the amount of food that one grew, how much money would one need to spend to buy that same amount of that same food? How much money would one have to have in an interest or income yielding instrument to yield enough money to have bought that food? How much money would one have to earn beFORE taxes in order to be left with enough money to put into that income-stream-yielding instrument to get a “food-load” of money every year?

    Well, that’s how much “money in the bank” that home-grown food was “worth” every year. Or one could say, that’s how much even more money worked for . . . . in order to get the money to put in the bank . . . which that food was “worth”. So if money in a bank yielded 5% interest, a hundred dollars worth of home-grown food each year is “worth” the $2000 in the bank it would take to yield that $100 of food-purchase money.

    The value of spending-prevention and spending-displacement work at home can be made very visible.

  19. NR

    Since this is an open thread, Trump lost yet another court case to try to overturn the election results, this time at the hands of a judge he himself appointed:

    It looks like providing absolutely no evidence and saying “don’t worry, it’s on the way!” isn’t a very effective way to make a case for massive election fraud. Who would have guessed?

  20. Zachary Smith

    Open Thread:

    On Wednesday I had to go to the local Yellow Asterisk store to pick up a few things. I was coming out of the parking lot while several yards ahead of me a woman was taking her medium sized dog into the store. She thoughtfully stopped and let the mutt take a leak on the trash container by the door before going on inside.

    On my way out I asked an employee if non-service animals were allowed in the building, and she said “They’re not supposed to be, but….”.

    Is a low-life store manager or Central Corporate to blame here? No matter, I will NOT be buying anything in that joint which isn’t on a shelf at least 18″ above the floor. Things like sugar and flour are packed in paper. Metal cans have paper labels. Soft Drinks. Clothing.

    A local farm store which also sells groceries welcomes dogs. Some of them are the big breeds, so three feet-high shelves would be my lowest level purchase there if I bought anything except nuts and bolts from them. But I don’t, and won’t.

  21. Zachary Smith

    Open Thread: #DiaperDon

    The part I don’t understand is how anybody was able to talk him into doing a news conference sitting at such an itty bitty desk.

  22. Zachary Smith

    Headline on a fringe site:

    “Former CIA Director John Brennan Slams Assassination of Iran Nuke Chief as ‘State-Sponsored Terrorism’”

    The curious thing I noticed is that not a single “Corporate Media” site in the US mentions this condemnation. Are they hoping for some pre-holiday excitement for their 24/7 news cycles? Or have they been instructed to do like NPR’s quote marks in this headline: “Iranian Nuclear Scientist Mohsen Fakhrizadeh Killed By ‘Terrorists,’ Iran Says” Or the mass usage of “apparent assassination” in those headlines. Like, who believes anything the towelheads have to say?

    Somebody or other wants some mayhem. They still have 53 days to try to get what they’re after.

  23. Zachary Smith

    My lousy Internet Search skills may be the reason I can’t find any mention of this story on the US Corporate Media:

    Jordan scrambles to affirm its custodianship of al-Aqsa mosque

    The dynamics here are pretty simple. A) DJT needs LOTS of money. B) Saudi Arabia HAS lots of money. C) Saudi Arabia has been playing footsie with the Apartheid state. D) The Apartheid state desires the 1000 year building on the site of the ancient Roman Fort Antonia to be bulldozed to make way for New Construction.

    See? It’s as simple as ABCD.

  24. Zinsky

    Ian – I usually agree with most of what you write, but it appears you might not be aware of other unfiled charges against Mike Flynn. This right-wing zealot and Islamaphobe wanted to kidnap an Islamic cleric living legally in the United States and drag him back to Turkey for some mock trial and likely execution. Here is a link:

    They still haven’t made the text of the formal Flynn pardon but it will be interesting to see whether they try to include a “preemptive pardon” to cover any crimes Flynn might still be charged with, such as this lunatic plot to kidnap cleric Gul. Obama fired Flynn because he was a loose cannon. Don’t make this asshole into a martyr or hero. He was and is a fascist right-wing traitor.

  25. Ten Bears

    I’m just idly curious as to what happened to the rest of the furniture?

    Will they turn up in the pretendident-in-exile’s Moscow television studio?

  26. Joan

    @Temporarily Sane, every agricultural society has a festival in thanks of the harvest.

  27. anon y'mouse

    Temp Sane–

    massive reading comprehension fail, and presumptuous ad hominem to boot.

    perhaps you suffer from the very thing you are accusing me of?

    very typical of this comment section in nearly its entirety though, so thank you.

  28. Plague Species

    Another great documentary on Netflix is Trial 4.

    Boston PD is, for all intents and purposes, a criminal enterprise comprised of criminal thugs abusing and ripping off the unwashed at the taxpayers’ expense. The documentary will make your blood boil. You’ll feel compelled to turn the faces of the Boston PD apologists, the tick-necked thugs, they interview into ground meat and ensure they never walk again and never breath again without a tube. There is nothing worse than corrupt criminal cops. They are the lowest of the low and deserve the worst punishment society can mete out.

  29. Plague Species

    Nick Saban, the Alabama head football coach, has tested positive for COVFEFE-45 again, so if the test results are reliable, and that’s a big IF, it means you can get COVFEFE-45 twice. Remember Amy Conehead Barrett at the Rose Garden event? She wasn’t wearing a mask and that is because she had already tested positive for COVFEFE-45 a couple of months prior and assumed she was in the clear and couldn’t get it again or pass it along again.

    Either the false positive rate on these tests is much higher than they’re letting on, or the number of people who can and do get this again is much higher than they’re letting on. If the former is the case, it means the death rate is higher than is being reported. What if, for example, the false positive rate is 40%. This means the number of positive cases should be adjusted down by 40% therefore rendering a much higher death rate.

  30. Plague Species

    There’s no word yet on who is going to foot the bill for the vaccine program. I’m sure Pfizer and or Moderna are not working on this out of the kindness of their dark hearts. They want to make an incredible profit so they’re not doing this as a freebie. The wealthy elite aren’t going to pony up for it with higher taxes on their wealth. I guess they’ll try to draw even more blood from the rock that is the unwashed and somehow make the unwashed foot the enormous bill. I can’t wait to see how all of this plays out and see if people’s immune systems begin attacking them en masse after several months to a year from receiving the vaccine.

  31. Willy

    Well, I’m trying to be thankful that we’ve got a firehose of evidence that’s gonna be sprayed our way by the Biblical Kraken herself. It’ll be the World Series of evidential firehoses, or something.

  32. Ten Bears

    Biblical Kraken ~ was that from the Book of Revelations, Willy, with the Whore of Babylon (Covid Amy?), Beast with the European horns (offspring of pimp/prostitute German trash and a Scottish chambermaid, married to a Russian hooker?), and the Four Horsemen of whatever: pestilence and plague and whomever (climate change)? The End of Times, as it were (or is, as it may, or may not, be); or from the Beginnings of Time, the Gene‘sis ~ not the first fifteen or so verses that accurately describe four billion years of the planets history: the coalescing of the sun and planets (laying down firmament), colliding planets (mingling waters, raising the mountains, arguably the kernel of the flood myth) and the seeding of life (again with the flood) ~ but the part about the giants walking about the land, and those who came from the sky, all of whom, apparently, finding the daughters of man to be easy impregnated them?

    Yeah, you know the ones who came from the sky and taught us how to grow stuff, harvest it, and be Grateful? Usually at the solstice, at the turn of the year, the turn of winter; once all the cranberries are canned, peaches put up, potatoes, pine nuts put away, fowl fielded, game gathered, the salmon and trout smoked, the firewood piled high. Then, in the darkest of winter there’s nothing better to do than drink honey beer and cavort with adult women … we drink honey beer and cavort with adult women.

    Little early but … Yule!

  33. Hugh

    Imagine my disappointment when after consulting a concordance of the Bible I found that the word “kraken” does not occur in it. No Biblical krakens, just leviathans as far as the eye can see. .

    BTW the word “cat” doesn’t show up either, although “cats” does occur in the deuterocanonical (non-Protestant) Book of Baruch 6: 21: “Upon their [Babylonian gods’] bodies and heads sit bats, swallows, and birds, and the cats also.”

    Pagan gods were apparently cooler than their Judeo-Christian counterpart.

  34. NR

    It’s pretty funny how so many Trumpers think that the reason Trump hasn’t presented any evidence of fraud yet is because he’s saving it for the Supreme Court. Do they not understand that appellate courts don’t hear new evidence, they only rule on matters of law related to the evidence that’s already been presented? Don’t answer that, it’s a rhetorical question.

  35. BlizzardOfOzzz

    Trump is really finished for sure this time, says increasingly nervous man. (lol)

  36. NR

    Trump has massive evidence of election fraud, it’s just that none of the 38 court cases he’s lost so far was the right time to present it, says the blind Trump cultist (lol).

  37. Zachary Smith

    Biblical Kraken ~ was that from the Book of Revelations, Willy, with the Whore of Babylon (Covid Amy?)

    I like that “Covid Amy” term. Trump’s appointees (including the stolen one) could well be called Heritage Foundation Prostitutes.

    That recent SCOTUS decision simply reeked with stupidity. Equating a church full of singing people with a liquor store where people quietly duck in and out is something only some scientific illiterate graduates of Heritage would do.

  38. Zachary Smith

    “When he leaves office, can ex-President Trump be trusted with America’s national security secrets?”

    The answer to that one is a definite “NO”. In the first place, Trump is an ego-driven motor mouth. AND, he need money.

    Biden will be a damned fool if he continues the “tradition”.

  39. A lawyer named Robert F. Gruler covers the Kraken lawsuits in some detail, in a program that runs an hour and 46 minutes: “Sidney Powell Lawsuits Reaction & Kraken Analysis, New Exhibits & Filings, Election Fraud Leftovers”

    This was much more interesting that the facile, superficial smears of people who seem to know as much the subject as they do about epidemiology and climate science, e.g..

  40. Willy

    Indeed. The only thing that can make the Kracken more powerful, one louder, wont be going to eleven as most commoners commonly think. It can only happen with Qanon.

    Such an event would be called The Quacken.

    And a very powerful and loud Quacken it shall be. My favorite non-facile, non-superficial non-smearer who knows more about epidemiology and climate science than just about anybody, Dr. Steven Turley (famous Dr. Turley) has rarely ever been right in any of his predictions. But when he finally does get it right, likely with a very powerful and loud Quacken, then I’d advise you all better look out!

  41. Ten Bears

    An interesting presentation, indeed. Am reminded of a class I was teaching twenty years ago, an introductory M$ Excel class with a background in statistics. Had a student, an older gentleman from out in the community (community college, duh) who put together an A-grade presentation with a solid database of recorded observations, more than enough graphs as well as circles and arrows and explanatory notes inserted in cells; altogether an A-grade project regardless it’s correlation of sunspot activities to a hundred years of Pacific surface temperatures.

    And you want me to take the drugs these people say are safe? (lol)

  42. Plague Species

    I think a more exciting pugilistic match than Tyson/Moore Jr., would be Sydney Powell versus Michael Flynn. I’d bet on Powell beating the commie Flynn’s ass to a bloody pulp. He looks like a waifish elf when standing beside her. She would pummel his ass and knock him out in the first round then drag him back to her place and chain him up in the basement and only unleash him for sexy time and house cleaning. The funds raised from the match could go to Trump’s 2024 presidential campaign.

  43. NR

    Ah yes, the “Kraken” lawsuits, such compelling evidence of fraud. Why, Sidney Powell has a witness who says his ballot was “suspiciously clean” and one who says he “infiltrated an antifa meeting in colorado” where “Rric Coomer admitted to rigging the election”, with no recording or audio of it at all of course.

    In the face of such amazing, high-quality evidence, I don’t see how the Democrat conspiracy to steal the election can possibly survive for long!

  44. Plague Species

    I bet you the wealthy elite are buying all these up as we type.

    $26,000 is chump change for them and they’re a great status symbol in this day and time. Who cares about the latest addition to your art collection, I want to see your new Stirling UltraCold freezer. Let’s have a Vaccine Party. Woo Hoo!! Tom Petty will be there in Hologram singing “one more time to kill the pain.”

  45. Dr. Jerome Corsi, who has authored 2 books on Constitutional Law, has offered up a legal strategy which he believes must succeed.

    It involves taking a Constitutional argument centered around the Voting Rights Act, directly to the Supreme Court.

    He addressed a concern of mine which has been nagging me. Viz., humongous statistical evidence generally won’t tell you which specific votes were made up/altered; and/or which specific voters were disenfranchised. Therefore, ordering a fair remedy becomes impossible.

  46. NR

    Of course, even leaving aside the fact that Sidney Powell and company have provided absolutely no evidence that votes were altered, there’s the inconvenient little fact that the Dominion voting machines provide a paper ballot backup, which can be reviewed by the voter before they turn it in to election officials, and a hand recount of the paper ballots in Georgia confirmed that Biden won the state.

    But of course, Trump cultists don’t care about facts, and they will latch on to any conspiracy theory, no matter how crazy, to explain that their Dear Leader didn’t really lose. It’s pretty sad.

  47. Plague Species

    When mentioning the rise of fascism in America, or the underbelly of it that has always been there and still is and is being stoked, few mention Massachusetts in the same breath. But the fact of the matter is, Massachusetts is one of the most corrupt fascist states in the Republic, and its “policing” and “justice system” reflects it.

    I mentioned the excellent Netflix documentary Trial 4 above. To it, I add this Boston Globe article about the Massachusetts State Police. Whether it be local police in Massachusetts like the Boston Police Department or the Massachusetts State Police, the criminal justice system in Massachusetts is thoroughly corrupt and fascist through and through and its staffed substantially by the scumbag Irish who model themselves after the corrupt Irish scum Captain McCluskey in The Godfather. Seriously, there is no doubt they have all seen the movie and by virtue of their actions as criminals with badges, they clearly see the McCluskey character as someone to respect and emulate.

    Every dirty cop, like Mulligan and Acerra and Robinson and Brazil, deserves McCluskey’s fate. Every single one of them and that’s a lot of cops. You’re not a good cop if you protect the corruption and remain silent as the criminal enterprise you work for flourishes on the taxpayers’ dime.

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