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    Stanislav is offline Registered User
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    Quote Originally Posted by decimon View Post
    The U.S. banking system is what people of Elizabeth Warren's stripe have made of it for the past 80 years.
    People of what stripe? Liberal legal academics? A bit far fetched if you ask me.

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    Again, this brings me to the most fascinating aspect of the Trump phenomenon: how it makes its supporters act. This article is an indictment of toothless enforcement of FARA. Yep, this is but one example of how the West falls short of its own ideas and screws over the emerging democracies and the 3rd world: by enabling and aiding that world's indigenous corruption, crime, and tyranny. The only way to twist it into minimizing Manafort's offenses is the "everyone does it" defense; and this defense is remarkable to hear from a grown man about another grown man. Most people know better by the end of elementary school.

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    In 1992, Spy magazine ranked his lobbying firm as the “sleaziest of all in the Beltway,” giving it a “blood-on-the-hands” rating of four. As I wrote in my piece: “That was a full bloody hand more than the rating accorded to runner-up Edward von Kloberg, whose clients—listed in his Rolodex under D for dictators—including Iraq’s Saddam Hussein, Romania’s Nicolae Ceaucescu, and Liberia’s Samuel Doe. It’s no surprise that when asked by the Washington Times what historical figure he’d like to meet, Manafort replied: Machiavelli.” Furthermore, I added, Manafort was born to modest wealth but “monetized his misdeeds at every step of the way.”
    A bit weird figure to lead future U. S. President's campaign, isn't he? But then again, it's the Trump campaign, so maybe it's appropriate after all. Manafort's last client and Trump share taste in friends (including mutual connections to Putin and, more directly, Dmytro Firtash), as well as identical (lack of) taste in interior decoration.
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    Why did the Trump Administration miss the deadline to enforce the new sanctions on Russia? This was supposed to happen on October 1st.
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    Quote Originally Posted by sanantone View Post
    Why did the Trump Administration miss the deadline to enforce the new sanctions on Russia? This was supposed to happen on October 1st.
    Why did the Trump campaign insist on weakening the Ukraine plank in the GOP platform - the only thing in the whole document they took interest in? The move didn't make any sense. It's as if they are indebted to Russian regime for something and go out of their way to signal goodwill. Oh wait...
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    Heads are starting to role and people are flipping like Pappadopouls.
    XVI.8: Confucius said, "There are three things of which the superior man stand in awe. He stands in awe of the ordinances of Heaven. He stands in awe of great men. He stands in awe of the words of the sages. The mean man does not know the ordinances of Heaven, and consequently does not stand in awe of them. He is disrespectful to great men. He makes sport of the words of the sages."

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    https://www.theatlantic.com/politics...ileaks/545738/

    This by itself does not look like a big problem for the Trumpii. However, if you remember that WikiLeaks is basically wholly-contracted service for the Russian FSB, it looks MUCH worse. Assange might as well be a secret FSB Colonel and a Hero of Russia by now. But then again, so might Trump.
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