Men in High Castles. Putin/Trump Congress ShitCans Ethics Rules in First Act

January 3, 2017

In it’s first act of the new session, the Trump session, the first Post-Russian hack session, the session where millions of Americans are asking if we have just suffered the greatest attack on America since Pearl Harbor, and an actual intrusion, if not takeover, of the White House by a foreign power – Congress asks – is it possible to gag a maggot?

These are not men that believe there will ever be a fair election in America again.

If you don’t know why Congress has ethics rules, your Reps just cut loose the regs brought on by the Jack Abramoff  Scandal.

Wikipedia:

The federal investigations into Jack Abramoff and his political and business dealings are among the broadest and most extensive in American political history,[citation needed] involving well over a dozen offices of the FBI and over 100 FBI agents tasked exclusively to the investigation.[citation needed] Given the extent and complexity of the suspected corruption, an entire inter-governmental task force, involving many federal governmental departments and agencies, has been established to aid the federal investigation.[citation needed] The U.S. Justice Department has announced that it will not reveal the details of the investigation, or who specifically has been targeted for investigation, until indictments are issued. Under his plea agreements, Abramoff is required to answer all questions by federal investigators and prosecutors.

The investigations led to several plea agreements by those involved, including Congressman Bob Ney (R-OH).[1] Abramoff himself also plead guilty to federal corruption charges, including tax fraud and bribing public officials.[2] Abramoff’s activities also became an issue for many Democratic candidates in the November 2006 House and Senate elections, as many challengers painted the incumbent Republican Congress as corrupted by Abramoff and his powerful allies.[3][4][5] On March 29, 2006, he was sentenced to five years and ten months in prison and ordered to pay restitution of more than $21 million.

As a result of Abramoff’s criminal behavior, prominent politicians with close ties to Abramoff as well as hundreds of Congressional politicians who have received money from his clients (see the monetary influence of Jack Abramoff) came under media scrutiny (with some even donating the money to charity[6]), with lobbying reform proposals presented by both parties. In September 2006 both the Senate and House passed bills and rules changes to make public earmarks but not make other substantive lobbying reforms.[7]

Washington Post:

Defying the wishes of their top leaders, House Republicans voted behind closed doors Monday night to rein in the independent ethics office created eight years ago in the wake of a series of embarrassing congressional scandals.

The 119-to-74 vote during a GOP conference meeting means that the House rules package expected to be adopted Tuesday, the first day of the 115th Congress, would rename the Office of Congressional Ethics (OCE) as the Office of Congressional Complaint Review and place it under the oversight of the House Ethics Committee.

Under the proposed new rules, the office could not employ a spokesperson, investigate anonymous tips or refer criminal wrongdoing to prosecutors without the express consent of the Ethics Committee, which would gain the power to summarily end any OCE probe.

The OCE was created in 2008 to address concerns that the Ethics Committee had been too timid in pursuing allegations of wrongdoing by House members. Under the current House ethics regime, the OCE is empowered to release a public report of its findings even if the Ethics Committee chooses not to take further action against a member.

The move to place the OCE under the Ethics Committee’s aegis stands to please many lawmakers who have been wary of having their dirty laundry aired by the independent entity, but some Republicans feared that rolling back a high-profile ethical reform would send a negative message as the GOP assumes unified control in Washington. President-elect Donald Trump has repeatedly promised to “drain the swamp” and has proposed a series of his own ethics reforms.

If you don’t know how this relates to climate, Mr Abramoff makes a brief appearance in this video about Climate, Tobacco, and Congressional Lies.

 

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106 Responses to “Men in High Castles. Putin/Trump Congress ShitCans Ethics Rules in First Act”

  1. dumboldguy Says:

    It looks like Vierotchka has finally killed discussion on this thread with her incessant whoring for Putin and Russia. To recap, 34 of the 71 comments on this thread were made by Darling V, and ~20 were made in rebuttal or response to her maunderings. Talk about hijacking the discussion.

    Darling V is the absolute master of the “bald assertion” at its lowest level—-“if I say it’s true, it’s true”—-as evidenced by these gems of wisdom from someone who brags about being ‘well-informed”:

    Absolute nonsense.
    And you are naive and ignorant enough to actually believe that propornot website?
    Well, of course, that is totally false
    ….total excreta bovines from a corporate media
    Americans are blatantly jealous of the Russians
    Putin who did no such thing.
    PBS is run by a Neocon which makes it lack all credibility on the subject of Putin and Russia
    everything you wrote is total bullshit.
    ….the USA is a totalitarian country.
    Putin is absolutely not a totalitarian, as the truly informed know full well.
    You are entirely wrong
    All that is lies, pure fabrications.
    More utter nonsense and lies from a media that has long lost all credibility.
    ….it has nothing to do with Putin being thin-skinned (he most definitely is not thin-skinned)
    Russia never invaded Crimea…
    Sheesh, you people are so incredibly ignorant and misinformed about Putin and Russia that it is truly tragic and can only lead to a lot of evil for the whole world.

    (I won’t even mention the absurdity of Vierotchka quoting MLK and saying that Putin is a believer in what MLK stood for—and that’s why Putin does NOT use hate, violence, or toughness. It’s not only absurd, it’s obscene, and President-Elect Pussy Grabber actually PRAISES Putin for his use of hate, violence, and toughness)

    Yeah, V, you ARE a “very well informed human being”, provided that “well informed” means spouting idiotic bald assertions and being the possessor of a well used “Bullshit for Putin and Russia Propaganda Whores Manual” (complete with an appendix of propaganda video clips, of which you linked EIGHT, which appears to be a Crock record for one thread).

    And thanks for the laugh about “…reading and watching the news in five different languages”. I’m going to nominate you for Guinness World Record recognition as the “Person who is confused and deluded about the news in the most languages”.

    If anyone needs any more proof that Darling V is a paid propaganda whore for RT, the FSB, the GRU, or whatever agency in that hell that is Russia pays her (except it’s not hell for the well-off and Putin’s buddies), reread this response to “Have you visited America?”

    “Yes, I have visited the USA. What I saw was very ugly houses and towns, magnificent architecture in NYC, primitive electric appliances and, even worse, primitive and ugly electricity supply lines, a great deal of vulgarity and lack of taste, pretty ignorant people, third-world-like cities, awful TV programs with long commercial breaks every five minutes to cater for the deplorable attention span of their viewers, a plethora of idiots like yourself, and some spectacularly beautiful landscapes here and there”.

    I’m done with V on this thread—-if she follows true to form, she will now post a HUGELY inappropriate and SUPER vulgar response to me. Wanna bet?

    • vierotchka Says:

      Ooooh! I obviously hit a raw nerve in you, and you have zero tolerance for being proven wrong! You are pitiful and have a severe case of cognitive dissonance coupled with a brain considerably addled by senility!

      • dumboldguy Says:

        The only “nerve” of mine you hit is the one that hates to see threads on Crock or any other honest and intelligent site hijacked by whores and climate deniers like you, Tom Bates, and Russell Cook—-you are now the Three Musketeers here, the worst being Russell, because he is the sneakiest, slickest, and sickest—-you and Tommy-Poo trail far behind Russell in egregiousness, and I’m trying to decide how to “arrange” you two—-you are amateurs.

        I actually find you to be somewhat entertaining at times—I know lots of old ladies and am married to one, but none of them are as dotty as you. And I AM glad that you chose not to embarrass yourself (yet) with a “HUGELY inappropriate and SUPER vulgar response to me”. Although it IS rather embarrassing that you would post a link to a FAUX News piece—-are you unaware of the many murky connections between Rupert Murdoch, News Corp, and the Russians?—–or the role FAUX News plays in this country? Oh, right, I forgot—-English is one of the five languages you are deluded in, as proven by yet another bald assertion gem:

        “You are pitiful and have a severe case of cognitive dissonance coupled with a brain considerably addled by senility!”. LMAO, you are such a dotty old lady that you are almost cute!

        To save time, just give us the number from your list of less hyperbolic canned bald assertions if you reply to me:

        1) Absolute nonsense.
        2) Well, of course, that is totally false
        3) Everything you wrote is total bullshit.
        4) You are entirely wrong.

        • vierotchka Says:

          This is a perfect description of you and your ilk here:

          Excerpt from POLITICAL PONERONOGY by Andrew M Lobaczewski

          REVERSIVE BLOCKADE :
          Emphatically insisting upon something which is the opposite of the truth blocks the average person’s mind from perceiving the truth. In accordance with the dictates of healthy common sense, he starts searching for meaning in the “golden mean” between the truth and its opposite, winding up with some satisfactory counterfeit. People who think like this do not realize that this effect is precisely the intent of the person who subjects them to this method. If the counterfeit of the truth is the opposite of moral truth, at the same time, simultaneously represents an extreme paramoralism, and bears its peculiar suggestiveness. We rarely see this method being used by normal people; even if raised by the people who abused it; they usually only indicate its results in their characteristic difficulties in apprehending reality properly. Use of this method can be included within the above-mentioned special psychological knowledge developed by psychopaths concerning the weaknesses of human nature and the art of leading others into error. Where they are in rule, this method is used with virtuosity, and to an extent conterminous with their power. ” something worth considering when pondering the nature of actual fake news.

        • vierotchka Says:

          Also, you really need to consult about your OCD with regard to my person.


    • @dumboldguy

      Perfectly stated. 👍

      • vierotchka Says:

        This is a perfect description of you and your ilk here:

        Excerpt from POLITICAL PONERONOGY by Andrew M Lobaczewski

        REVERSIVE BLOCKADE :

        Emphatically insisting upon something which is the opposite of the truth blocks the average person’s mind from perceiving the truth. In accordance with the dictates of healthy common sense, he starts searching for meaning in the “golden mean” between the truth and its opposite, winding up with some satisfactory counterfeit. People who think like this do not realize that this effect is precisely the intent of the person who subjects them to this method. If the counterfeit of the truth is the opposite of moral truth, at the same time, simultaneously represents an extreme paramoralism, and bears its peculiar suggestiveness. We rarely see this method being used by normal people; even if raised by the people who abused it; they usually only indicate its results in their characteristic difficulties in apprehending reality properly. Use of this method can be included within the above-mentioned special psychological knowledge developed by psychopaths concerning the weaknesses of human nature and the art of leading others into error. Where they are in rule, this method is used with virtuosity, and to an extent conterminous with their power. ” something worth considering when pondering the nature of actual fake news.

  2. dumboldguy Says:

    To Vierotchka, who is so UN self-aware that she accuses me of being OCD:

    What part of this don’t you understand, woman?

    ZZZZZZzzzzzzz…..(snort, roll over)……
    ZZZZZzzzzz……(fart, roll over)…
    ZZZZzzzz……(scratch rear end)…
    ZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZzzzzzzzzzzzz……

    Go away with your incessant nattering! I’m trying to take my afternoon nap.

  3. dumboldguy Says:

    Ditto


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