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The Sivel War.

Gregg Schneider's extremely coherent take on the Russian thing.

I've facebook-friended this gentleman, and now I get a daily dose of cogent analysis on the most important issue of our time from a thoughtful and well-informed source.

He's awesome. This is from April 27th, and I thought it was important to post it here. He should be a Democratic Undergrounder, frankly. Brilliant.

Gregg Schneider
April 27 at 9:45pm

I hope this story and my associated analysis truly helps many of you who are feeling terrible angst that millions of us are at the moment:

I have some unfortunate personal experience with the DOJ and FBI firsthand. One must be quite patient with them as they continue to work on the what is perhaps the most complex and important case in American & political history. I will explain my thoughts as best I can and reveal some very personal things that even some of my closest friends do not know, in order to try to help explain why the time that is passing and making many of us crazy, is completely normal and actually a good thing, ultimately. This is all so incredibly serious and needs to be dealt with perfectly and precisely so no one escapes justice.

In late 2004, my father was running what was purportedly a hedge fund since 1997, with all the investors being family or close friends. He literally disappeared and went into hiding one day during a scheduled trip, leaving my mom and me to deal with an insane disaster he created. The fund had actually been a Ponzi Scheme, it all came to light very quickly and shockingly. My family was rightfully enraged and suspected the worst, as they should have. They waited a few weeks for him to return and then called the FBI. Of note- my wonderful great Aunt, the main victim, along with her two kids, my cousins, have Senator Charles Schumer's mother as a 1st/2nd cousin and they were gigantic supporters of him in his early Senate career. They are incredibly wealthy, generous, amazing people. If anyone could gently try to use favors to speed up a Federal investigation, it was them. To be blunt, my father did what he did and he nearly destroyed my entire family so I had no problem with their actions were behind the scenes, whatever they may have been, I will never know.

My father had vanished that day in December 2004, and sent cryptic notes once in a while via regular mail and was destroying my life and my mom's with stress and angst and pressure and had harmed people I loved. All this being said, the FBI moved so sloooowly. 7 months later, my father called me out of the blue. After screaming at him, he admitted he needed to come home and take his punishment and he reappeared when I hired an attorney- he said he could not bear being away from my mother any longer. The FBI was busy building a case, so, so slowly. It involved subpoenas to people and banks and other entities and some witnesses and victim statements etc. On and on it went, torturing everyone involved. Boxes upon boxes of evidence were gathered, I have seen a giant chunk of it. All the waiting did was make me more and more angry. I wanted closure. Even my dad did, I believe.

Meanwhile, my family was fractured and they often went months without speaking to me, understandably so. Over time they came to realize I was his victim too and I was able to repair things so well that we are all closer today than we were before this nightmarish debacle happened- family is SO important to me.

Incredibly, 16 months later, the FBI stormed into my parents' garage, guns drawn and nastily arrested my dad in front of my crying and torn apart lovely mother. I am glad I did not see that. I bailed him out a week later at massive financial cost, a huge cash bail, thankfully my money was not tainted or intertwined with his whatsoever so I could do that. I could not understand what took so long on what was an absolute slam dunk case.

The FBI builds cases so incredibly meticulously, as they should. The DOJ wins 97 percent of the cases it files for good reason. As I write this, I am looking at their 250 page sentencing memorandum, destroying my dad to pieces with what he did and all the frauds, lies and mismatched stories. One can damn well understand why I am so incredibly sensitive to lies, frauds and conartists/cons-- all embodied in Mr. Donald J. Trump. They wanted an airtight case. It forced him to plead guilty. I will not get into the rest of that story, it is not pertinent here and I have discussed it enough in the past.

SO..imagine an FBI working with the NSA, CIA, multiple foreign intelligence entities, tens of thousands of documents, other evidence, a dozen or more potential defendants who perhaps committed: treason, other high crimes, money laundering, collusion with an enemy foreign power, obstruction of justice and much, much more. Even with hundreds of agents working on this, it is unfathomable. If the DOJ tries to fuck around once all this is gathered and does not move to bring as many charges as they should, you can bet we will have another "Deep Throat" patriot type come forward and spew forth things. That being said, I believe the DOJ WILL do their job once the FBI et al have finished building their cases. This is all too important.

It all takes time. Effort, resolve, patriotism and great care. They would be working, as we speak, to try to turn one lowlife against the other and bring them to justice in a massive way. An insanely complex, multi pronged gigantic puzzle you want to be totally complete. It is hard to grasp what these people most likely did, so brazenly, and how they did it. Comey has gone massively against a sitting Republican President in the past, famously so, in 2004. That was child's play compared to this utterly insane far reaching scandal. I know firsthand the angst and pain one feels waiting for justice to be handed down. I want Comey and NY Attorney General Schneiderman in NY, to do what they need to do. To build incredibly damaging and destructive cases against any of these fiends who have violated the sanctity of our country and all that is good and that we believe in.

I no longer really care about the 40 percent of America who are full of hate or blind to the truth. I am sick of the lies and craziness, and off the charts lack of reason and logic involved in supporting a pathological liar and lifelong proven conman. Trump is a very mentally impaired and depraved man who finally took his cons one sick step too far while purposefully dividing us with those lies and bigotry he so relies on with his inner circle and cohorts. I cannot handle the "fake news" idiocy and all of it, it is like we are living in a different reality. They truly deserve Trump. We do not.

Let the intelligence agencies, the FBI and others do their jobs and do them perfectly. I believe this will all begin to come to a gigantic head in the coming months and happen in tranches as one by one people strive to save their own asses from complete destruction and turn on others.

Patience is NOT my thing. Be patient as you possibly can. We all must have it here and now in order to stay sane and let people protect our country from very sick and greedy people. Comey and gang will surprise us all in the end. I sense there will be MORE people taken down in this scandal than any of us suspect. Remember Feinstein's face. I know that face well. I have felt the horror before of possessing information that I knew would lead to terrible things for others, and my situation was 1/100000th as serious. Let all of it spill out as it may and I believe the karmic retribution here will be at record setting levels.

I do believe we will all be happy with the results and it will come to fruition in 2017, bigly. I am calm. I am confident justice will be FULLY served to many people- most likely even in the coming months as I have long suspected. I shared my story to illustrate that the wheels of justice move how they move, often mysteriously, and seemingly slow, but when they strike, they crush.

Stay tuned.

P.S. When these truly disgusting human beings are facing their day of reckoning, I will not forgive them for their wrongs and harm caused. Evil and pure greed for power and money does not deserve such respect.
Also, I believe NY Atty General Eric Schneiderman will destroy Trump with his numerous schemes relating to massive money laundering and associated charges and also regarding his complete sham of a foundation Schneiderman has been investigating. He already nailed him hugely on Trump U.

'This Lincoln guy, nice guy, good Republican, terrible negotiator.'

That's what he really meant.

'I woulda negotiated the hell out that deal. Maybe give up some of the rights, I dunno. Give and take.'

Everytime I watch 'Schindler's List' I think about today's Republican Party.

Godwin's law is dead. The insect logic used by the current GOP and libertarians of all stripes is the same as the insect logic used by the Nazi Party and the SS.

Psychopaths all. The only difference is that American soil is generally not fertile enough for such ideas to grow.

They need a few good economic shocks and perhaps an Event or two, nuclear or viral. That's all they need to bring out the Beast even here.

It's what's buried beneath all the other 'pro-American' ideas they love to display. It's where Republican logic is rooted, hatred and fear of the other, the love of cruelty, the enjoyment of misery.

Parsing terms and seeking compromise builds their road to Hell, the road their subconscious longs to walk.

Like I said, Godwin's law is dead. I see Amon Leopold Göth in Paul Ryan's eyes.

March for Science Sacramento.

What an AWESOME March For Science Sacramento: A few pictures and a video.

Amazing crowd. The best people. Getting ready at Southside Park:

Big, big crowd. Marching:

At the capitol:

Me in my Democratic Underground shirt (a lot of compliments) having fun:


I had the best time. Next weekend's going to be great.


I am enjoying this evening, making pasta, making a sign, getting ready.

Tomorrow, I am going to hang out with the coolest human beings on the planet, by definition.

This is going to be so fun and awesome. I'll post pictures.

Both CNN and the National Enquirer finally reporting the Real Truth!

Poor Donald! He's the misunderstood and manipulated patsy in Putin's dastardly scheme!

It's all those bad campaign workers he barely knew! Bad bad bad! And sad!

And that tape? The one where Donald promises to cancel the sanctions on Russia in exchange for the Presidency?

Fake News! All fake!! It was an actor, maybe even Alec Baldwin! Obama did it! Hillary helped!

I'm sure our president will get to the bottom of this right away! Trust his mighty large hands!

Gosh, I'm satisfied. All clear! Move along.

I'm starting to wonder where that vast intelligence budget I pay for goes.

Maybe it's just the recipients of the intel that suck. NSA or CIA did have people inside the hack, right? We knew all of this waaaaaay back when, right? So good on whoever that was.

But really. Huge outlays, overwhelming tides of cash, and we got beat. Beat like a drum. Whole country crumbling in slow-motion, starting to pull down the world. 'The Russians hacked our election,' tick tick tick.

All that cash and all those Beautiful Minds and Good Will Huntings couldn't foresee all of this and move to prepare for it.

'Cause we were not prepared. I read that Steele Dossier on Buzzfeed, and suddenly realized a bunch of low-life gangsters and bumbling hatchethead villains managed to pry the hinges of the Whole Thing and bust in. And they're still in, looting and smashing every goddamned day.

'Procedure'. 'Process.' 'National Security Protocols.'

It's all so much bullshit if they don't break back into the cockpit and pull up. 'Cause we're diving.

All that cash. All those brains. 'Uhhhhhhhh...'


I'm willing to die to defend democracy.

With all I have. All I am.

It's the code of life.
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