Lion of the Blogosphere

My statement about Michael Cohen

Russia is not our enemy. Obama himself said that the Cold War ended in the 1990s, and he mocked Mitt Romney for saying that Russia was any sort of threat to the globe.

It’s not illegal to visit Russia, do business in Russia, talk to people in Russia.

Trump owns a huge business empire that has dealings in many foreign countries. There’s nothing in our Constitution that says you can’t run for office if you own a business empire.

When people talk to the FBI, police, Congress, whatever, they have the tendency to tell little white lies and spin things to make themselves seem more innocent, even when they aren’t guilty of anything. Mueller can turn these minor things into an indictment for perjury or “obstruction of justice.”

The lesson is to never talk to anyone (except for your own lawyer) if law enforcement is out to get you. Maybe Michael Cohen thought that, because he was a lawyer himself, he knew what he was doing. There’s a second lesson for you: hubris is your enemy.

* * *

Our biggest global enemy is not Russia, it’s China. And Obama’s brother has much closer ties to China than anyone in Trump’s family has ties to Russia. So why don’t people think that Obama hopelessly corrupted by enemy influence?

And what about Uranium One, and Bill Clinton getting paid half a million dollars to give a “speech” in Russia? Are Bill Clinton’s speeches so amazing that they are worth $500,000 each, or was it some kind or bribe?

Written by Lion of the Blogosphere

November 30, 2018 at 10:17 AM

Posted in Law, Politics

37 Responses

Subscribe to comments with RSS.


    • Of the 40 seats won in the House, 21 seats were won by D by <2%,
    • Republicans crossed over to vote D and provided D with a 5% favorable swing vote,
    • 58% of I voters voted D

    So, as I mentioned in the "Trump is Weak" thread below, we now have pretty compelling info that had the vote being even 2.5% different in those 21 seats, the GOP would have held the House.

    And that plays to the unfortunate and frightening possibility that Google et al has now swung the balance in the country, without those independent voters even being aware of their social media "guidance" into "right-think" (or in this case, left-think).

    Be afraid. Be very afraid. Big Brother is watching and guiding all you badthinkers.

    Apologies for being O/T


    November 30, 2018 at 11:59 AM

    • Or maybe give healthcare to everyone like we already do for the olds and poors. Is it “badthink” to not want to waste money on the super rich, who all live in super liberal areas anyway. GOP will come around, not sure when.

      99.9% Fine

      November 30, 2018 at 5:46 PM

    • I don’t buy this reasoning.

      The Republicans lost the House because they were punished for repealing ObamaCare. The Electorate does not want to go back to the old system and, more importantly, Trump did not want to go back to the old system. He wanted a repeal and a replace, not just a repeal only.

      Nancy Pelosi’s strategy for winning was to dust-off the old 2005-2006 healthcare plan push that won her the House the first time.

      As much as I appreciate the bleeding-edge thinking we see in the Samizdat press, we also have to cultivate thinking on the margin. You will have millions of people who will vote Republican or Democrat for all kinds of reasons, but elections turn on the voter at the margin who is not concerned about any of our issues but asks only the following: 1) What do I gain; 2) What do I lose; 3) When does it happen?

      This “at the margin” voter decided that Paul Ryan and his Freedom Caucus dummies were not good for them since the healthcare issue was a looming expense that was a hair’s-breadth from becoming law. Ironically, John McCain saved the Senate by down-voting a repeal.

      Look at all the polls: Healthcare was the number one issue. It is what bound together blue collar workers, retirees and suburban moms. Everyone knows their and their friends and family financial circumstances can change radically with a major health issue and they want that fixed.

      One of the great things that Trump has done is move the Republican Party away from being “austerity junkies.” These are the losers continuously worried about “the debt” or “the deficit.” They kill Santa Claus, to the point where all the Dems have to do to trigger the austerity junkies is run-up debts/deficits. Then you hear some Republican clown talk about “we can’t afford it” and…voila…he loses.

      Who are the junkies? Flake, Ryan, McCain, Corker, etc., etc. Thankfully, they are all gone.

      Government operate on a two-Santas theory: the Dems are the Santa of spending; the Repubs are the Santa of tax cuts. Tax cuts and other economic reforms are what increase the wealth needed to make public spending possible, so that generating wealth is what allows for healthcare, education, infrastructure, social security, the military and other programs. The two positions work in harmony, the way a Father brings home the bacon, and the Mother spends it.

      But, an austerity junkie complains about the spending…and loses. The program is passed. Then, when tax cuts are on the table, he balks, insisting that we need high taxes to pay for the spending programs. This kind of Republican is a water-carrier for the welfare state and is completely useless. Bob Dole was of this type.


      November 30, 2018 at 6:50 PM

    • It’s obvious that Big Brother / tech monopoly has at least enough power to sway 2.5% of the electorate. Trump needs to take this issue seriously. Politicians in Europe want to literally criminalize criticizing immigration. Wall and censorship are the most important immediate issues.

      Panther of the Blogocube

      December 1, 2018 at 11:15 AM

  2. Aside from living in China as some sort of artist, what ties does Obama’s brother have there?


    November 30, 2018 at 12:12 PM

  3. I wish you’d concentrate on the “whaddaya mean meddle/influence” aspect rather than the “what’s so bad about Russia?” part. In other words, I announce my presidential campaign. On my website, I issue an open, worldwide call for any and all dish anyone has on my likely opponent, “so we can let voters know what a douche he/she is.” What crime?


    November 30, 2018 at 12:14 PM

  4. Yes, China is the long-term geo-political rival, but Russia’s meddling in an election elevated them above nuisance levels. As Obama has remarked, Russia has a tiny economy, based mostly on its rich natural resources and gun-running. As for Trump, he lied throughout the campaign regarding his business interests in Russia. That’s not illegal, but it’s not good. It’s true the Constitution says the president can have his business empire — so again, legal but not good. The Constitution also said slaves count as three-fifths of a person. We can see where this is going: If it’s shown Trump colluded with Russia to win the presidency, the talking point will be “It’s not illegal.” Giuliani has already said as much.

    Comparing Trump’s business interests — and decades old dream of a tower in Moscow — to Obama’s Jewish half-brother living China — comes from a position of desperation rather than strength. Similarly, the Uranium One stuff is a long-disproven right-wing hoax. This has not been a good week for the president, and that’s reflected in his Tweeting.


    November 30, 2018 at 2:59 PM

    • “but Russia’s meddling in an election elevated them above nuisance levels.”

      There has been Russian propaganda for many decades, whenever Republicans complained about it, Democrats accused them of being paranoid. As soon as the Russian propaganda was thought to be pro-Republican, suddenly Russia became our nations biggest enemy and Russian propaganda became the biggest threat to Democracy.

      Lion of the Blogosphere

      November 30, 2018 at 4:50 PM

      • You’re failing to report an important component: The election was incredibly close. If Clinton had won, then the Russian meddling story would not take on nearly as much prominence. Comey’s announcement played a bigger role in her loss, but breaking into the DNC has long been big news (and contributed to the downfall of a previous president).

        Frankly, I think it’s rich of Democrats to complain about election meddling considering the United States’ history of interfering in political elections (and trouncing the Russian economy specifically with “shock therapy” capitalism).


        November 30, 2018 at 11:26 PM

      • The Russians did not break into the DNC. The emails were leaked by Seth Rich to Wikileaks because they revealed election rigging by the Clintons against Bernie Sanders.

        Andrew E.

        December 1, 2018 at 10:14 AM

      • I believe that the question of how Wikileaks obtained the DNC emails has not adequately been answered, and Assange always claimed they didn’t come from Russia.

        Lion of the Blogosphere

        December 1, 2018 at 5:06 PM

    • Huh?? Three-fifths sounds about right to me…


      December 1, 2018 at 8:40 PM

  5. Obama’s brother? Small potatoes. The effing Clintons were selling the Chinese’s our state secrets back in the 90’s! It was absolutely treasonous.


    November 30, 2018 at 3:08 PM

  6. Russia is our enemy, you don’t have to worry about that. But absolutely, there is nothing at all odd about a real estate mogul attempting to do a deal there. I mean, why wouldn’t he do that? They don’t have a good investment climate, and I recommend against putting your money there, but many, many US corporations are major investors in Russia including McDonalds, PepsiCo, ExxonMobil and John Deere. Plus, Trump is in the hotel game, and Moscow has Marriot, Four Seasons, Ritz Carlton, Kempinski and all the rest. Why shouldn’t they also have a Trump hotel?

    On a totally unrelated note, Epstein is back in court next month, could be quite a domino effect there!

    The Shepherd

    November 30, 2018 at 3:20 PM

    • The funny thing about this so-called “deal” is that there is now no Trump Tower anywhere in Moscow. Putin got nothing and Trump got nothing.

      That means there was no collusion.

      And here added is that Putin was not interested in helping a Trump biz deal. Meaning Putin was against Trump biz deal. Anti-Collusion.

      The whole thing is an anti-collusion story.


      November 30, 2018 at 6:25 PM

  7. Neither Russia nor China are a problem. This country is it’s own worse enemy.


    November 30, 2018 at 3:35 PM

    • This country is a bathhouse


      December 1, 2018 at 8:49 PM


    You do know Obama’s half brother is Jewish, right? And he has no relationship with Obama or whatsoever.


    November 30, 2018 at 3:40 PM

    • Proving that Judaism is a religion not a race. There are even black Jews!!!

      Lion of the Blogosphere

      November 30, 2018 at 4:52 PM

      • There is no long term difference between religion and race.

        My 2¢

        November 30, 2018 at 5:54 PM

      • Non-representative sample.


        December 1, 2018 at 2:49 AM

  9. Your advice works fine in simple cases (95+% of them). It works until it is a crime not to talk to law enforcement (grand jury etc.), or until you are made a witness and then are accused of something based on your testimony, or until you are free to choose your lawyer, or until you have money to choose your lawyer, or until your lawyer actually chooses to work for law enforcement behind your back, or until you are in some secret court for violating some secret law.

    My 2¢

    November 30, 2018 at 4:21 PM

    • Can’t you be Hillaryesque before the GJ and just say “I don’t recall” over and over again?


      November 30, 2018 at 7:58 PM

  10. Putin considers America his enemy. Russia is not our enemy but Putin and his cronies certainly are. Trump dealing with “Russia” is not the issue. Trump sucking up to a politician whose avowed aim is to reduce US global power is a big problem and that was obvious long before Trump was elected.

    Peter Akuleyev

    November 30, 2018 at 5:20 PM

  11. I was stopped by the cops for leaving a bar at 1:30am. I saw him and he followed me until his partner caught up to us. I told him I had two beers. An hour later and after the sobriety test and blow test, they let me go. Never tell cops anything just change the conversation is my new motto.


    November 30, 2018 at 8:12 PM

  12. Why do we allow China to make a huge amount of our products if they are our enemy? Seems like they are our friend. Did we allow the Soviets to make our products?

    Why are people worried about China doing well if they believe in capitalism? The richer everybody is the better it is for everyone


    November 30, 2018 at 8:50 PM

  13. Obviously, Obama doesn’t like his family, so he’s free of corruption.

    Blue Tribe Dissident

    November 30, 2018 at 10:32 PM

  14. “Russia is not our enemy. Obama himself said that the Cold War ended in the 1990s, and he mocked Mitt Romney for saying that Russia was any sort of threat to the globe.”

    Obama said that about Russia in 2012. Obama was trying to reset relations with Russia. In 2014 Russia invaded Crimea and annexed it. Russia also supported rebels in eastern Ukraine. In the last few weeks Russia has ceased 3 Ukraine ships. Obama’s attempt to reset relations with Russia was a failure. Almost every except Donald Trump recognizes that.

    “It’s not illegal to visit Russia, do business in Russia, talk to people in Russia.”

    It is not for an ordinary American citizen, but there is a reason the emoluments clause was added to the constitution. Donald Trump was running for US President and advocating a much softer line on Russia. He was constantly praising Putin at the same time he was trying to get permission from Putin and the Russian government to build a billion dollar project in Russia. He was apparently even offering Putin a $50 million penthouse unit as a bribe.

    “Our biggest global enemy is not Russia, it’s China. And Obama’s brother has much closer ties to China than anyone in Trump’s family has ties to Russia.”

    This is Obama’s half brother. After Obama’s father separated from Obama’s mother in Hawaii, he went to Harvard and then went back to Kenya with another American woman named Ruth, a Jew from Boston. He had at least two sons by Ruth and one of those, Mark Obama, went to live in China. Mark Obama describes himself as Jewish. He married a Chinese woman and I believe still lives and works in China. To suggest that this relationship is similar to Trumps relationship with his family is ridiculous. Suggesting that Obama’s policy towards China was influenced by knowing his half brother lived in China is stupid.

    “And what about Uranium One, and Bill Clinton getting paid half a million dollars to give a “speech” in Russia? Are Bill Clinton’s speeches so amazing that they are worth $500,000 each, or was it some kind or bribe?”

    Uranium One is bogus nonsense.

    Past presidents have taken to giving speeches for huge feels. Ronald Reagan went to Japan and gave a series of speeches there for $2 million. Clinton’s speech in Russia was in 2010, long before the Crimea invasion and at a time the US was trying to improve relations. No questions these speeches look bad. There was a lot of criticism of Reagan’s speech too.

    Trump continued to work on the Trump Tower Moscow deal all the way through the Republican primary elections. Reading through everything it looks like Trump did not expect to win either the Republican primary or the general election, but he hopped to use his campaign to curry favour with the Russians to get approval for Trump Tower Moscow. When he actually won the Republican nomination, was when the project apparently ended. Michael Cohen back out of a trip to Russia to try to meet either Putin or Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev on June 14, 2016 just a week after the last primary. It was also just a few days after the famous June 9th Trump Tower meeting with the Russian lawyer offering dirt on Hillary. It seems that someone in the Trump world convinced Trump that after he won the Republican nomination, he could not keep trying to do a billion dollar real estate deal with the Russians.


    December 1, 2018 at 1:05 AM

    • …and in 2008 Russia invaded Georgia. As soon as Obama got into office in 2009 he dismantled our missile defense program based in Eastern Europe, and “reset” our relationship. So no, Russia’s invasions of the Crimea or anywhere else have nothing to do with it.

      Mike Street Station

      December 1, 2018 at 9:50 AM

      • …and obviously that policy was a failure.

        Obama certainly did not decide to try to reset relations with Russia because they offered Bill Clinton $500,000 for a speech.

        If you look at what Trump was saying about Russia during the Republican primaries it looks like he was trying to convince the Russians to let him build Trump Tower Moscow. Trump didn’t expect to win the Republican primary, he was just using his Presidential campaign to lobby Russia for his business.


        December 1, 2018 at 3:09 PM

      • Conspiracy talk. Trump was saying what he believed. (On the other hand, Obama was probably trying to promote Sharia law because he grew up in an Islamic country.)

        Lion of the Blogosphere

        December 1, 2018 at 3:41 PM

      • “Obama certainly did not decide to try to reset relations with Russia because they offered Bill Clinton $500,000 for a speech. ”

        I didn’t mention Clinton’s speech fee, I mentioned how Obama kowtowed to the Russians from the time he entered office until 2013. In the meantime, there was plenty of reset and the 1980’s called.

        Mike Street Station

        December 1, 2018 at 4:40 PM

    • Lion you need to do something about the spambots, they are evolving.

      Panther of the Blogocube

      December 1, 2018 at 10:39 AM

      • You think I’m a spambot?

        You know not everyone who disagrees with you is a spambot. There are real people who just see things differently.


        December 1, 2018 at 3:01 PM

      • I don’t think that MikeCA is a bot. His comments are definitely not created by a computer AI. (Although I predict that in 20 years, there will definitely be AI capable of duplicating MikeCA.)

        Lion of the Blogosphere

        December 1, 2018 at 3:40 PM

      • He’s not a bot, just another NPC


        December 1, 2018 at 9:00 PM

  15. “There’s nothing in our Constitution that says you can’t run for office if you own a business empire.”

    Our unwritten Constitution says Presidents must be members of our corrupt, incompetent, degenerate, parasitic “ruling class”. Owning business empires is shockingly prole!


    December 1, 2018 at 4:42 PM

Comments are closed.

%d bloggers like this: