Why does the Montross Tea Party post bullshit on their Facebook page?

If it were not for fearmongering bullshit, the Montross Tea Party would have nothing to post on their Facebook page

Virginia’s Northern Neck once was home to two active Tea Parties — the 99th District Tea Party and the Montross Tea Party.  The 99th is dead — they disappeared in late 2016.  The Montross Tea Party is barely hanging on — they meet only when the Board of Directors calls a meeting (last one was in April 2017).

The fact that they are irrelevant has not stopped the Montross Tea Party from spreading the usual Tea Party bullshit.  Here’s a link to their Facebook page.  When you get to their page, scroll down and check out the photo of scary, heavily-tattooed men.  The caption on the photo hints that these are “criminal aliens” who should be deported.  IN FACT, this photo is from the inside of a prison in El Salvador and has nothing to do with the US, immigrants, or Donald Trump.  Of course, this is typical Tea Party bullshit based on fear, fear, fear . . . which is all they have.

Trump’s lawyers are lying to him about Mueller’s investigation to keep him from flipping out

Courtesy of Raw Story:

Addressing Trump’s belief that he will be exonerated, Bernstein said Trump is lying but also may be in the dark because his legal team is afraid of what he might say or do if he knew what was really going on.

“There is no reason to believe almost anything Donald Trump says because what we know is that the president of the United States and his presidency is characterized, above all else, by the lying of the president of the United States,” Bernstein explained.”That doesn’t mean that lying by the president is a crime, but it does mean that we see him covering up events, but not necessarily criminally covering up events. And where this is going definitively we don’t know.”

“He has expressed, I am told by people in the White House, the desire to fire Mueller and the desire to pardon people under investigation including his family,” Bernstein continued. “His lawyers are telling him what he wants to hear; that’s what I’m told by lawyers in the White House.”

“They are telling him what he wants to hear to keep him from going off and firing Mueller in a rage because they have an out of control client” he stated. “The president of the United States is out of control a good deal of the time, especially when it comes to this investigation.”

 

So the troubling question to ask as  is for how long can Trump’s lawyer keep him  reined in before the news becomes too much for him to take and he snaps?

And the follow up question would be, what happens when he snaps?

The small Montana town that is a center of Nazis and Trumpistas

Whitefish, Montana, population 6,500, is something out of a Stephen King novel. It’s unprepossessing on the outside, and strangers in town stick out like the proverbial sore thumb. But if you scratch the surface and hang around, you’ll find some unusual characters. The main cast of Whitefish includes Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke, Blackwater mercenary Erik Prince, neo-Nazi Richard Spencer, plus a couple of tiny reclusive companies called Whitefish Energy, totally unheard of prior to a few months ago, and Amyntor: a security company perhaps soon to be famous.  How do those seemingly disparate characters connect up in a small western town? You’d be surprised.

Incongruously, the least of the connections to the White House is the Whitefish Energy deal which, as you recall, started out with Whitefish Energy being retained at a cost of $300Million to get the power grid back up in hurricane ravaged Puerto Rico. The firm had two employees and had been in business for less than two years, but it was awarded the Puerto Rico contract over far more qualified candidates, until the Puerto Rican government, sensing unethical dealings, insisted that the contract be voided out.Despite it’s short time on the job, Whitefish claims that it was owed $80Million in fees for work done through November; not bad for a few weeks work. The matter is still under investigation. Ryan Zinke steadfastly maintains that he did not broker the deal between Puerto Rico and Whitefish Energy, although he doesn’t deny knowing Whitefish CEO Andy Temanski because Whitefish, “Is a small town and everybody knows everybody else.”

That being the case, everybody must know the neo-Nazis because they abound in Whitefish, which is a hotbed of white supremacy, if not the white supremacy capital of the west. None other than neo-Nazi poster child Richard Spencer calls it home. Buzzfeed via Alternet:

The town is home to white supremacist leader Richard Spencer and Chuck Baldwin, a radical-right extremist minister who preaches Islamophobia, anti-Semitism and homophobia among other strains of hate. Buzzfeed News looked into the remarkable growth of white supremacism in this isolated region, and explained the trend of neo-Nazis moving to the area as follows:

“Flathead County, population 96,000, is one of the whitest places in the nation (95.2%). There are other allures for people at odds with mainstream American culture: the large pockets of open space, the ability to live off the grid, the lack of restriction when it comes to gun ownership. The Montana political ethos—some mix of libertarian, conservative, and ‘don’t f**k with me’—is inviting that way. As a local pastor put it, ‘It’s a place where people can feel safe when they say outrageous things.'”

Neo-Nazis in Spencer’s camp planned to march on Whitefish around the same time as the Women’s March earlier this year, in a rally targeted “against Jews, Jewish businesses and everyone who supports either.” The Daily Stormer promised around 200 skinheads would invade the town “carrying high-powered rifles” to defend Spencer’s honor. In response, counterprotesters gathered, local residents handed out matzoh ball soup and the skinheads never showed up.

To the city’s credit, it issued this statement:

“The city of Whitefish repudiates the ideas and ideology of the founder of the so-called alt-right as a direct affront to our community’s core values and principles. The city of Whitefish rejects racism and bigotry in all its forms and expressions.”

Ryan Zinke is steeped in white supremacy up to his eyeballs. Fusion:

In October, Zinke threw his support behind a newcomer to Republican politics, Taylor Rose, who was running for a seat in the Montana House. Rose’s candidacy came under fire almost immediately for his involvement in Youth for Western Civilization, a now-defunct group that Rose led as a student at Liberty University. The Southern Poverty Law Center classified YWC as a white nationalist organization for its virulent opposition to multiculturalism and its stated goal of defending “Western civilization”–both frequent dog whistles for white supremacists. When the co-director of Montana Human Rights Watch suggested that Rose’s candidacy was “no different than David Duke,” Rose pointed to endorsements from elected officials like Zinke as evidence that he couldn’t possibly be a flaming white supremacist.

There’s a thought; if a Republican politician endorses you, how could you possibly be a racist? Also take note that this candidate attended Liberty University, haven of Jerry Falwell. In the modern GOP, once you find the white supremacists/Nazis the other two splinter groups, the evangelicals and the KKK are only steps away. Many alt right leaders, Spencer among them, are considered cross-overs, the Nazis and the KKK being virtually indistinguishable in much of their platform.

This year, journalist Wayne Madsen reported that Zinkes’ two sons were friends of Richard Spencer and that one reason Spencer moved his headquarters to Washington, D.C., after the election was to be closer to the Zinkes and his friend, Stephen Miller.

Zinke made news during his 2014 election campaign when he accepted a $500 donation from Earl Holt, head of the Council of Conservative Citizens, whose writings about “brutal black on white murders” inspired Dylann Roof, who gunned down nine black worshippers the following year in a Charleston, South Carolina, church.

To this group of alt right luminaries operating out of Whitefish,  introduce another one, Blackwater mercenary, evangelical bankroller of Mike Pence, none other than Erik Prince. Prince is in Whitefish because he wants to provide Donald Trump, as authoritarian a leader as this country has ever had, with his own private CIA, via a contract with a reclusive company called Amyntor; and Oliver North is onboard to sell the idea to Washington. Alternet:

The resurfacing of Oliver North in Trump’s deliberations is telling. North, a frequent Fox News commentator, was brought on to sell the idea in Washington.

Thirty years ago, North was a National Security Council staffer when Congress forbade the Reagan administration from spending any money on military intervention in the civil wars of Central America. With White House approval, North set up a secret, “off-the-books” network to wage a covert war against the leftist government of Nicaragua, which was soon uncovered by investigative reporters.

“It was a shadow CIA, hidden from Congress, unaccountable to the American public and answering only to the White House,” wrote Robert Parry and Brian Barger in the New Republic in 1986.

Evidently, that sounds just fine to Erik Prince. Amyntor is a reclusive company located in Whitefish, and if the saga of Whitefish Energy teaches us anything, it would be that being a tiny firm in rural Whitefish is not only no impediment to sudden and immense success, it may in fact be the shortcut to same. BuzzFeed:

Amyntor’s website describes its mission as “providing extraordinary security solutions.” It claims to “maintain an experienced cadre of cleared professionals that possess Subject Matter Expertise (SME) in the areas of intelligence training, collections and analysis, risk assessment, and counterintelligence to support U.S. and friendly foreign government activities around the globe.”

The pitch to the Trump administration began in the summer, according to the former intelligence official familiar with it. It involved at least three components: collecting intelligence on terrorists using “a network of assets in a denied area” (meaning spies in hostile countries), an online propaganda operation to counter Islamic extremism, and the rendition plan.

One source saw the plan presented in a PowerPoint. He says it appeared that the pitches coincided with a widely publicized effort by Erik Prince — the private security official, founder of Blackwater, and brother of Education Secretary Betsy DeVos — to privatize the war in Afghanistan. […]

As BuzzFeed News reported earlier in November, a CIA official assigned to the NSC once worked on an assassination plan at a time when the agency had contracted it to Prince.

If this seems alarming and new to you, au contraire, the United States has been down this road before when Reagan was in office; although Reagan’s administration was a model of governance compared to what’s in Washington, D.C. today. The White House is literally sounding out proposals from Erik Prince to create a private organization that can mount secret operations in places where the CIA and the military prefer not to. What could possibly go wrong? The Intercept via Alternet:

Like Reagan, Trump is considering a private clandestine service to bypass his own government and achieve his foreign policy dreams.

Like North, the Amyntor Group is offering a belligerent president the tantalizing possibility of a foreign policy “win.”

As the Intercept notes, Prince and North have long chafed at the failure of the U.S. government to bring two suspects from “a high-profile terrorist event in the 1980s” to justice. That sounds like a reference to the 1985 hijacking of the Achille Lauro cruise ship by Palestinian commandos. An American hostage, Leon Klinghoffer, was murdered during the hijacking.

“Pompeo says he’s going to quit pussy-footing around,” the colleague said, “but a Blackwater for renditions is not going to fly.”

The Prince and DeVos families have contributed heavily for years to Mike Pence’s political career. Mike Pence, Erik Prince and Betsy DeVos are theocrats, dedicated not only to anti-gay initiatives of which they have spearheaded plenty over the years, but to the implementation of a theocratic government. Erik Prince was an unofficial member of the transition team and he took a now-famous meeting in the Seychelle’s Islands in January, 2017 with a representative of Vladimir Putin for the purpose of setting up a back channel communication between the Kremlin and the Trump transition team. Erik Prince is also on the slate of candidates that Steve Bannon wants to use to remake the Senate in his own image. Prince is planning to primary Wyoming Senator John Barrasso — or at least he was pre-Roy Moore.

The dots all connect and they all connect in Whitefish, Montana

“Evangelical christians” have traded Christianity and morals for Trump . . . and now there’s a reckoning to be had

White Evangelical Christians en masse and other Christians voting for the likes of Donald Trump and Roy Moore have done irreparable damage to their faith. They now have absolutely no moral authority outside the cult they have become. Associate editor of The Marginalia Review of Books uses scripture and logic to destroy their rationale for supporting deviancy.

Ed Simon’s article “For Those Who Have Traded Faith for Power, There’s a Comeuppance Ahead” lays out in stark detail the level of willful ignorance and denial that was required for the Evangelical Christians and their leaders to leave the principles of their teachings. How else could they support the evil that is blanketing of the country because of their vote? He wrote the following.

This Advent season, while watching Donald Trump in front of a garishly green-and-red banner which proclaims “Make America Great Again,” take the opportunity to reflect on the Faustian bargain which allowed conservative evangelical Christians to “Keep Christ in Christmas” while seemingly divorcing Christianity from Christ. That Republican supply-side economics, exemplified by Paul Ryan and Mitch McConnell’s cruel tax “reform,” contradicts Matthew 5:3 is clear. That Trump’s draconian immigration policy, which new reports indicate could now involve splitting families apart, violates the essence of Exodus 22:21 is obvious. And it shouldn’t have to be said that the new nationalism, this new fascism, with its “blood and soil” metaphysic, stands in opposition to the sublime universalism of Galatians 3:28.

For that 81 % of white evangelicals who voted for Trump, and more troublingly for the profoundly inhumane, greedy, wrathful ideology that he embodies, and who have seemingly forgotten their scripture, I have another passage to remind them of Matthew 4:10. Following the dark Adversary who took Christ up “an exceeding high mountain, and sheweth him all the kingdoms of the world, and the glory of them; And saith unto him, All these things will I give thee, if thou wilt falls down and worship me.” And Christ, choosing to follow the small, humble, yet sacred path rejected the temptations of worldly power declaring, “Get thee hence, Satan: for it is written, Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and him only shalt thou serve.” America’s conservative evangelicals, however, have taken up that diabolical offer.

Simon further points out that selling out Christianity is not a new thing. Referring to it as hypocritical capitulation, he wrote the following.

Christianity, by its own definition, is a countercultural faith, one which stands in opposition to the things of this world while still being in this world. But humans being humans the history of the religion is replete with moments where Augustine’s City of Man has overwhelmed the City of God in the heart of the believer. From Constantine’s usurpation of the Roman Church to Henry VIII’s appropriation of ecclesiastical power, Christians have been more than willing to sell their allegiance for thirty pieces of silver. Trumpian Christianity is but one chapter in a long lineage of hypocritical capitulation of principle to sovereigns in the name of worldly power.

He even equates Donald Trump to a leader more in line with the anti-Christ.

There is an irony in all of this. Since the resurgence of politicized evangelical Christianity with the ascendency of Ronald Reagan, many apocalyptic minded conservative Christians made a sort of prophetic parlor game out of conjecturing who the potential anti-Christ could be. Figures from Hal Lindsey, to Pat Robertson, Oral Roberts, and Jerry Falwell often fingered world leaders or liberal politicians as being in league with Satan. An irony since if the anti-Christ is supposed to be a manipulative, powerful, smooth-talking demagogue with the ability to sever people from their most deeply held beliefs who would be a better candidate than the seemingly indestructible Trump?

Simon has an ominous warning.

Trump is arguably the logical culmination of some strains of right-wing evangelical Christianity in America, from the political theology of dominionism to the hermeneutics of presuppositional apologetics, dogmas which see no inconsistency to rendering all to a Caesar whom they have declared to be a Christ. We may have yet to see the arrival in the United States of a type of powerful, theocratic, fascistic Protestant Falangism enabled by the opportunism of a Trump, and which makes the traditional Christian Right look positively liberal.

That is a scary thought and is why one must remind America that we must not forgive Evangelical Christians’ who support a litany of degenerates, and evil policies. Most importantly, we must expose their leaders as self-serving hypocrites leading their pews down a wrong path. Going after the leaders of the Evangelical Christians and not the followers themselves open the doors for them to repent and reenter an honorable existence.

Read the entire article here.

Another Trump scam . . . is anyone surprised?

Short version:  Taxpayers build a FOR OFFICIAL USE ONLY helipad at Mar-A-Largo.  Only use has been to land private helicopters.

Full version.

Courtesy of the Palm Beach Daily News:

On Dec. 22, 2017, the Friday before Christmas, the new helipad at Mar-a-Lago was used for only the second time. A private business helicopter with the corporate Trump logo landed and took off from there a few hours before President Trump’s arrival in the area via Air Force One. The only other time the new helipad has been used was on April 8, 2017. In that instance it was also a private business helicopter with the corporate Trump logo that landed and took off. 

Helicopter takeoff and landing in the town of Palm Beach is strictly regulated, as one might expect. Essentially, it is limited to only emergency helicopters such as Trauma Hawk. 

So when President Trump moved to have the federal government build a helipad at Mar-a-Lago for him, he had to seek a waiver from normal town rules to allow for helicopter take off and landing. The issue was taken up at the Jan. 10, 2017, Town of Palm Beach Town Council meeting. Under the advisement of long-serving Town of Palm Beach legal counsel John “Skip” C. Randolph, the Town Council voted 5-0 to grant the waiver with the caveat that it only be for government, not personal or private sector, use. Specifically, it designated Mar-a-Lago for the “take-off and landing of helicopters pursuant to the provisions of Section 14-34 of the Town Code of Ordinances during the term(s) of office of the President-elect Donald J. Trump for business related to the Presidency only.” 

Given that both times the helipad has been used a private business helicopter with the corporate Trump logo landed and took off, it would seem to violate the waiver allowing “for business related to the Presidency only.” This is not an issue of politics and has nothing to do with whether one does or does not agree with President Trump’s policies. This is an issue of the rule of law and no one — not even the President of the United States and not even in Palm Beach — should or can be above it.

Apparently the local officials have no idea who is using this helipad, and for what purpose.

Courtesy of the Palm Beach Post: 

“I wish I could answer that,” said Palm Beach Mayor Gail Coniglio about who was using the helicopter and why. “If that’s the case and it’s being used for official business, so be it.” 

Even Battalion Chief Sean Baker, spokesman for Palm Beach Fire-Rescue, said he has “no clue” who is using the helicopter, adding that Fire Rescue is “called to Mar-a-Lago when the Secret Service needs us.” 

The local residents are kind of fed up.

Neighbors and residents complained that the council had not given enough public notice before agreeing to modify the aircraft ban and build a helipad. 

“It is one thing to bring in Marine One with the president on it. It is another thing to bring in helicopters with the president not on it, or private helicopters,” Jesse Diner, attorney for Palm Beach resident Nancy deMoss, said at a February Landmarks Preservation Commission meeting. “So there needs to be a restriction on use as far as that goes to only Marine One when the president is on it.” 

Their concern: noise, downdraft, personal use of the helipad by friends, family and Mar-a-Lago members and setting a precedent for other residents to seek their own helipads.

So to be clear taxpayer money paid for a helicopter landing pad that has only been used twice, and most likely not for any government related business.

And really is this a surprise to anybody?

Why did the FBI open an investigation in Trump campaign collusion with Russia?

Why?  Because George Papadopoulos blabbed about collusion with Russia!!

In his endless effort to demean the FBI and delegitimize the Trump–Russia investigation, Donald Trump has been pushing the idea that the investigation was started by Clinton partisans who ‘funded the Steele dossier.’ But the New York Times is reporting a very different origin for the FBI’s involvement.

During a night of heavy drinking at an upscale London bar in May 2016, George Papadopoulos, a young foreign policy adviser to the Trump campaign, made a startling revelation to Australia’s top diplomat in Britain: Russia had political dirt on Hillary Clinton. …

two months later, when leaked Democratic emails began appearing online, Australian officials passed the information about Mr. Papadopoulos to their American counterparts, according to four current and former American and foreign officials with direct knowledge of the Australians’ role.

The FBI opened its investigation long before the election, not on the basis of the dossier or any other opposition research. The investigation began because a member of Trump’s own campaign blabbed to foreign officials that the Trump campaign had knowledge about Russia’s role in stealing information from Democratic officials.

[Papadopoulos’] saga is also a tale of the Trump campaign in miniature. He was brash, boastful and underqualified, yet he exceeded expectations. And, like the campaign itself, he proved to be a tantalizing target for a Russian influence operation.

The FBI began investigating collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia, because a member of the Trump campaign bragged about colluding with Russia … which seems like a pretty good reason to investigate.

UPDATE:  Let’s examine the NYT story in detail.  Trump KNEW about and approved Russian interference in the election.

(THREAD) BREAKING: The NYT has published a bombshell report on George Papadopoulos—the biggest Trump-Russia news since Flynn’s plea. This thread dissects the new revelations—as well as some major implications for the Trump-Russia collusion narrative. I hope you’ll read and share.

1/ First, here’s the article. The NYT foregrounds the story’s significance as a rebuttal of Trump’s claims the Russia investigation began with the Steele Dossier. But in fact, anyone who knows criminal investigations knew long ago Trump’s claim was untrue.

2/ As has been discussed by @AshaRangappa_, the Steele Dossier alone would never have been enough to earn the FBI the July 2016 FISA warrant it was granted to monitor Carter Page. So attorneys and those in intelligence long ago knew the Dossier didn’t launch the probe by itself.

3/ The NYT story gives us—it appears—an additional piece of the warrant application the FBI filed to get a FISA warrant in July ’16. But again, this is merely a piece—as was the Dossier. We know multiple intelligence agencies, not just Australia’s, provided the FBI with evidence.

4/ So Trump’s claim that the FBI grabbed a dossier of raw intelligence it hadn’t yet confirmed and ran to the FISA court to secure a warrant to wiretap Americans connected to the Trump campaign has been laughably false from Day 1. And media has not done enough to underscore that.

5/ What we learn from the NYT (though again it’s not—contrary to what the NYT seems to believe from its headline—what makes today’s breaking news significant) is that the Australians informed U.S. law enforcement in July 2016 that Papadopoulos had made covert contact with Russia.

6/ In fact, while today’s NYT story is indeed this month’s second-biggest Trump-Russia revelation—after the December 1 guilty plea by Mike Flynn—what makes it significant isn’t that it rebuts Trump’s false claims but that it may have *sealed the Trump-Russia collusion narrative*.

7/ If the NYT understood this, it would’ve led with it. But one must know the *prior* reporting on Papadopoulos to understand why today’s news constitutes one of the biggest revelations in the 18-monthy history of the Trump-Russia probe. So I’ll *briefly* summarize what we know.

8/ On September 22—40 days before we learned Papadopoulos was cooperating with the Mueller probe—I said that he had directly identified himself to Trump as a Kremlin agent in March 2016. This led to major-media coverage of the now-infamous “TIHDC meeting.”

9/ It hadn’t previously been discussed that Papadopoulos was at the first meeting of Trump’s national security (NatSec) team at the Trump International Hotel in DC (TIHDC) on March 31, 2016. But he was there—a *week* after revealing himself as a Kremlin agent to the NatSec team.

10/ So when (per the NYT) Papadopoulos revealed in May ’16 to an Australian diplomat that he knew Russia had committed major federal crimes against the U.S.—via computer theft and fraud—it was two months after he told Trump’s NatSec team *and Trump* he was in contact with Russia.

11/ The nature of the contact that Papadopoulos revealed in March 2016 to Trump and his team was that he was a *legal* agent—in the law we’d say “special agent”—of the Kremlin. He was authorized to represent the Kremlin’s interests in setting up a clandestine Trump-Putin meeting.

12/ That authority came to Papadopoulos—from Kremlin officials—through another Kremlin agent, Joseph Mifsud. This is why Papadopoulos, per public reporting by WP, identified himself to Trump on March 31, 2017 as a Kremlin “intermediary” designated not by Trump but by the Kremlin.

13/ As has been exhaustively detailed by WaPo (WP), Trump’s NatSec team spent *two months*—from March to May of 2016—discussing how to handle Papadopoulos’ “offer” of acting as an intermediary between Trump and Putin. They did *not* dismiss the offer in March, whatever some say.

14/ It was in the *middle* of this deliberation by the NatSec team that Papadopoulos, in April 2016, was told the Kremlin had committed federal computer crimes by stealing emails from a presidential candidate. Papadopoulos *knew* his team was then deliberating a Trump-Putin meet.

15/ During this period, Papadopoulos was *personally* hounding top Trump officials—per the WP—to give him more authority and allow him to travel abroad to arrange a Trump-Putin meeting. His April intelligence on the Clinton emails was *without a doubt* a card he would’ve played.

16/ So while Australian law enforcement knew of the stolen Clinton emails in May 2016, and the FBI knew by July 2016 (via Australia), it’s a *lock* that Papadopoulos gave this intel to Trump and his campaign—from whom he wanted present authority *and* a future job—in April 2016.

17/ So when Trump said, in July 2016, “Russia, if you’re listening…” let’s be clear—he a) knew they were listening, b) knew they’d stolen the emails he was urging them to release, and c)—this is key—had already promised, *via Papadopoulos*, to reward them for being good to him.

18/ This is the first real bombshell from the NYT: we now know Papadopoulos helped write the April 27, 2016 speech in which Trump promised Russia a “good deal” if they’d be his “friend,” and that Trump *knew* Papadopoulos would transmit to Russia that that speech was a *message*.

19/ In March 2017, Seth Abrahamson was the first to argue that Trump’s Mayflower Speech was the orchestrated beginning of a negotiation with the Russians—a negotiation about unilaterally dropping Russian sanctions. That thread essentially launched this feed (see link).

20/ The NYT has just confirmed the crux of that March 2017 thread: that Trump had—by April 27, 2016—established sufficient means to send a message to Russia that the careful placement of Kislyak at the event (violating diplomatic protocol) signaled the beginning of a negotiation.

21/ Per the NYT, Papadopoulos was that means. Papadopoulos told Trump he was a Kremlin agent; Trump put Papadopoulos on his campaign’s Russia beat (not Papadopoulos’ specialization); he let him help with the Mayflower Speech; he knew Papadopoulos would communicate that to Russia

22/ Per the NYT, Papadopoulos working on the Mayflower Speech was a signal to Russia negotiations had begun. So: Papadopoulos tells Russia he’s helping with Trump’s foreign policy; Russia tells him of the emails; Papadopoulos tells the campaign; Trump offers Russia a “good deal.”

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23/ All of this happens in April 2016, which is why Papadopoulos was feeling pretty damn good about himself in May 2016 when he let slip about the emails to an Australian diplomat.

It also explains why Trump was so frustrated when the Kremlin didn’t give Don the emails in June.

24/ Don was excited to meet Kremlin agents in June 2016 to get Clinton “dirt” because Papadopoulos told the campaign in April Russia had that dirt. When Veselnitskaya left only a slim file with Don, the campaign was dissatisfied. They thought Russia would then release the emails.

25/ That didn’t happen—other hacked info was released instead—which is why Trump made the appeal himself, on TV, in July 2016.

He’d already promised Russia a “good deal” on sanctions if they’d be a “friend”—he said he’d “reward” friends—but he felt they hadn’t delivered enough.

 

So — is Roger Merdith saying the Montross Tea Party wants to interfere with elections??

Here’s a bit of information copied DIRECTLY from the Montross Tea Party Facebook page.  The individual identified as “Rodger” is Roger Meredith.  All dates are 2017.

Members and Friends,

We met on the 24th of January and had a pizza party to celebrate the inauguration of our President Donald Trump. We had 13 members present. We enjoyed the pizza and stories about the inauguration.

Rodger read the many accomplishments of the Montross TEA Party. Here are a few of our accomplishments.

1 Became THE source for conservative workers in local elections.
2 Became the major source for conservative letters to local papers.
3 Reached directly to the public with two highway signs.
4 Held annual ceremony honoring veterans on Memorial Day. This is now a tradition.
5 Disseminated hundreds of Constitutions at fairs and parades.
6 Helped elect conservative as Chairman of 1st District Republican Committee.
7 Sponsored forum for Republican candidates seeking nomination for 99th District Delegate.

For our business part of the meeting we discussed the future of the Montross TEA Party. Everyone present was in favor of continuing MTP, but only having meetings when necessary. We will keep our members informed by email and facebook of any items that may be of interest to our membership and of any meetings scheduled. The Board will meet periodically and will announce the meetings by email and facebook. These meetings are open to any member to attend. If any member who has a concern or item that they would like to bring before the membership they can contact a board-member. We will still support our Memorial Day Observance.

We also by unanimous vote adopted the revised By-Laws that reflect the above changes. These were sent out to the membership in December.

MTP Board of Directors

Notice his number 1 accomplishment in which he states the Montross Tea Party  ”  Became THE source for conservative workers in local elections.

This needs some clarification.  Does he mean the MTP is THE source of conservatives who stand outside the polling places and hand out campaign literature on election day, or, does he mean the MTP is THE source of Officers of Election who actually operate the polling places?

If it’s the former — that is, people who stand outside the polling places on election day and hand out campaign literature — that’s one thing.  HOWEVER, if ol’ Roger thinks that “conservatives” serving as official Officers of  Election, working inside the polls with pollbooks, voters, voting machines, tallies, etc. will be able to influence the outcome of elections, then, ol’ Roger needs to move to Moscow where his election-tampering will be welcome.

Of course, as anyone who has been around Roger for any length of time will tell you, he’s not the brightest bulb on the Christmas tree.

On another matter — notice the MTP changed their bylaws to hold meetings only when called by the Board of Directors.   This action by the MTP makes the following of their Facebook posts even more telling.

Members of the Montross Tea Party,

According to our By-Laws in March we are to send out an email to invite any member who would like to serve on the Board of Directors to summit their names.

This is that email.

If you are interested in being on the Board of Directors or know someone who would be interested in serving on the Board. We want you!! Please contact a Board member or send us a email. You can also let us know at the meeting on April 4th.

Thank you!

So — the MTP will meet only when a meeting is called by the Board of Directors . . . but they can’t find anyone to serve on the Board.

Hmmmm.  Can anyone spell D E F U N CT ????