In plain sight, with the deets – if we update our thinking to a new reality.
Divining the principal purpose of the DOJ/FBI raid on Mar-a-Lago on 8 August 2022 hasn’t really been that hard. The timing and its juxtaposition with the Justice Department’s motion to substitute itself for FBI employees, as defendant in Trump’s RICO lawsuit over Russiagate, have produced a “speaking timeline.”
But it’s good to know that one of the two most important events in that timeline yields a treasure trove of motive for DOJ to seize materials from Mar-a-Lago. That event is former president Trump’s filing of an amended complaint in the RICO lawsuit, which he did on 21 June 2022.
Those who identify the FBI raid on Mar-a-Lago as a crisis of the Republic are quite correct, and I am gravely concerned it’s a bigger crisis than anyone is thinking.
The reason for that is what ensued a few hours after the raid, which reportedly occurred in the “pre-dawn” hours of 8 August 2022 in Palm Beach.
Numerous TV news commentators pointed out Monday evening that nothing like this raid on the former president’s home has happened before in U.S. history. Americans aren’t the only ones who know that. We’re also not the only ones who know that proper procedure was ignored by the raiding team, according to witnesses. The FBI team should have allowed Trump’s lawyers to be present everywhere items were seized, but didn’t (the lawyers were reportedly excluded altogether); Continue reading “World crisis: Raiders of the lost files”
The ticket price for joining the mainstream debates on many topics these days seems to be ritual ad hominem attacks. Besides being unhelpful, this is evidence of profound societal illness.
The phenomenon isn’t confined to the left. We see it more and more frequently from the right-that-ought-to-know-better – or, perhaps, the right-that-ought-to-have-more-backbone. I wrote about one major instance of it last year during the crisis at the Bundy ranch, when conservative pundits whom we have counted on to bring logic and intellectual courage to public issues suffered “CLIF”: complete loss of intellectual function. They went from being able to talk about things like government limits and property rights to being unable to do anything except rail against Cliven Bundy.Continue reading “Dumbing debate down on the Mohammed cartoon contest and Jade Helm 15”
I’m very glad Congress and the president decided to make sure the uniformed military will get paid during the government shutdown. That was the right thing to do. The move averts a game-of-chicken mistake made in late 1995, when Bill Clinton was dispatching troops to Bosnia while their pay was in jeopardy.
As long as preparations are made beforehand, meanwhile, there’s enough in the trusts to make sure Social Security and veterans’ pension payments go out next month as well as this month. That’s a relief to millions of elderly who can’t just go start harvesting vegetables or sweeping floors if their checks don’t come in. We can assume Congress will keep a sharp eye out for the potential problems, and make provision for them.