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Thursday, October 10, 2019

YUK YUK YUK


It is very difficult to think deeply and seriously about Karl Marx, Max Weber, and Karl Mannheim while watching an impossibly small car drive into the center ring under the big tent out of which climb an endless stream of clowns in funny costumes with big noses and huge flapping shoes on their feet.

So two shady characters are picked up at Dulles as they attempt to flee the country, charged with various campaign finance violations and suspected of complicity in the Ukraine disaster and of course it turns out they were spotted yesterday at Trump’s Washington Hotel having lunch with Crazy Rudy.

Who wants ideological analysis?  What I need is a whoopee cushion with a buzzer that tickles your rear end when you sit on it.

7 comments:

s. wallerstein said...

You're right: they are clowns.

It strikes me how incredibly unprofessional these clowns are. I've read most of John Le Carré's spy novels, and I have a vague idea of the kind of measures that real pros take to avoid being caught. They just don't meet Rudy Giuliani, a guy who is undoubtedly recognizable to anyone who watches the news, at Trump's hotel (they would want to avoid signaling any connection to Trump) the day before they're planning to flee the country.

David Palmeter said...

Interesting that the prosecutors who obtained the indictments and the FBI agents who made the arrests were part of Barr's Justice Department. He apparently was even briefed beforehand. Ah, the power of the Deep State.

Matt said...

I've read most of John Le Carré's spy novels, and I have a vague idea of the kind of measures that real pros take to avoid being caught.

I think it's important to _not_ over-estimate the abilities of "real pros" in this area. There's a lot of evidence to suggest that they are not, in fact, as good as fiction would make them out to be. (My favorite example, though it's far from the only one, is the case of Robert Hanseen, who worked as a spy for the Soviet Union and then Russia for several years, all while climbing in the FBI, including being in charge of the investigation looking for himself! That's already pretty funny - but he had no special methods - when asked how he got away with making copies of top secret material he gave to the Soviets, it turned out he didn't make copies - he just stole the originals and didn't replace them. No one looked, for years. Nothing was sophisticated. These people are not James Bond, are not especially clever, and are not like in fiction. They are mostly mid-level managers in their make-up. (This, I think, also helps show that strong "deep state" claims are almost certainly not true - the people involved are not smart enough to do what is attributed to them.)

Dean said...

"The people involved are not smart enough to do what is attributed to them." If I had a nickel for every time this circumstance turned out to be the case... There in a nutshell is the USofA, top to bottom, beginning to end. Do I condescend? I do.

Enam el Brux said...

It's hard to imagine more appropriate images for current developments than the clown car and the whoopie cushion.

Anonymous said...

do you know,dummy, these 2 businessmen donated too much to Trump, which was immediately flagged at team trump, at the time, the money frozen in a separate account for this and never used?? damage: zero, zilch nada.

compare this to organised and coercive union contributions by democrappers, which is perhaps "made legal" but certainly unfair and more damaging to the electoral process.

write a karl marx booklet about that, DUH.

Unknown said...

a professor giving courses on kant marx and freud, for decennia, but doesnt know german?

lol

isnt that like teaching higher maths but cannot add numbers

only in leftwing madrassas hahaha

thats right boast a bit about your anarchism book

go trump, clear the deck of this parasiting scum