Friday, January 17, 2020

All You Need Is Lev

Best of Strangers
Just Friends, Lovers No More
"I don't know him. Perhaps he's a fine man. Perhaps he's not. I know nothing about him".
Donald Trump, 11/16/20
Until two nights ago Lev Parnas was little more than a caricature; in fact he seemed almost cartoonish to me. He and his pal, Igor Fruman, both "associates" of Rudy Giuliani, reminded me of a couple of villains from the Rocky and Bullwinkle Show. All this has changed as you might well imagine. I was also surprised to discover how well-and-soft-spoken he is. When he gave an interview to Rachel Maddow, and later, to Anderson Cooper, the guy started to seem a little more human - particularly because he refuses to be a patsy for the legacy of Donald J. Trump. Parnas' very existence is the latest of hundreds of wrenches thrown into the haywired Trump machine. As I've been emphasizing since the morning after Election Day 2016, this is going to end very badly.

Anything Lev says should be taken with the tiniest grain of salt. He is, after all, under criminal indictment for campaign finance violations. But he sure does sound convincing. It would seem to me that the guy has everything to lose and not a damned thing to gain by coming out now and telling a bunch of bald-face-lies about the president of the United States - and it's not only The Donald he's implicating. Also ensnarled in this scandal is Vice-President Mike Pence and Energy Secretary Rick Perry to name but two. The sheer scope of the scandal that is now imploding this disgusting administration is beyond anything that anyone - myself included - could have predicted on the day the oaf of office recited the oath of office on January 20, 2017. This is beyond anything that Dick Nixon and his gang were involved in forty-eight years ago at the height of the Watergate mess. This is the hydrogen bomb of political scandals. These really are extraordinary times to be alive.

It's almost a tragic thing to bear witness to what is happening now to Donald Trump - "almost". It's a gratifying thing to watch this most corrupt of chiefs-executive as the chickens come home to roost all around him. The dude's arrogance and corruption were bound to catch up to him eventually. I'm surprised, really, that it took this long to tell you the truth. And the senate has found itself in one hell of a pickle. We're now at the point where most Americans want him removed from office - and that number is growing every day. Trump's acquittal is no longer a foregone conclusion. It's still not very likely, but not out of the realm of possibility. For every day that passes the storm gains momentum. By this time next week his position may very well be untenable. This is going to be quite interesting, boys and girls.
"I don't know him".
You got to hand it to Giuliani. The man will go down in history as a walking disaster. Throughout this entire fiasco, everything he touched turned into shit. The very fact that Trump did not give this unhinged and incompetent twit the sack three years ago speaks untold volumes about the man's grip (or lack thereof) on basic realities that you and I take for granted. To think that nineteen years ago he was a figure of national pride - "America's Mayor" - in the wake of the tragedy of September 11, 2001. Today he has found himself in complete disgrace, more-than-likely within months of being criminally indicted. His fall has been complete and permanent. His reputation is in ashes. When his term as mayor of New York City ended in January of 2002, he should have disappeared. He didn't. Schmuck.

We still don't know if Lev Parnas or John Bolton are going to be allowed to testify before the senate in the impeachment trial. A trial without witnesses would be the greatest injustice of all.

Tom Degan
Goshen, NY


Jared and Ivanka have never met Lev Parnas either.


At 6:28 PM, Blogger Just the Facts! said...

Maybe you can explain this Tom. Nancy PELOSI said "we have been working on this for the past 2 1/2 years".. The so called crime took place in June of 2019, but democrats have been working on impeachment for 2 1/2 years. How do you work on something that won't happen for 30 months?

Nothing more than an illegal effort to overthrow the US Government, IE treason. Don't you agree?

At 11:40 AM, Blogger TB3 said...


Pelosi was clearly including the time it took for the Mueller Probe to run its course. Furthermore, the Democrats haven't been in power or had the ability to start and run impeachment for 2.5 years. They didn't get oversight powers until last year. The Democrats started the impeachment process in November, no matter what amount of pretzel logic you use will change that fact. Also, you're forgetting(?) and the President is forgetting(?) the mountains of scandals prior to the Ukraine situation. Ukraine is just where the President slipped up just enough to give the Democrats, now in charge of the House, enough provable information to proceed. It's the Al Capone scenario.

I also challenge you and the people you get the talking point from to explain what you think treason actually is and how a Constitutional process that's been undertaken in the past is both illegal and an attempt to overthrow the entire government. Donald Trump is not the US Government. Just as Impeaching President Clinton because he lied about receiving a blowjob during an investigation into a real estate venture he was involved in prior to being President wasn't an overthrow of the US Government. You won't explain it, of course.

Christ, you people.


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