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Remember this surprise from the El Chapo trial?

Former Mexican President Peña Nieto Took $100 Million Bribe, Witness at El Chapo Trial Says


The former president of Mexico, Enrique Peña Nieto, took a $100 million bribe from Joaquín Guzmán Loera, the infamous crime lord known as El Chapo, according to a witness at Mr. Guzman’s trial.

The stunning testimony was delivered Tuesday in a New York courtroom by Alex Cifuentes Villa, a Colombian drug lord who worked closely with Mr. Guzmán from 2007 to 2013, when the kingpin was hiding from the law at a series of remote ranches in the Sierra Madre mountains.

“Mr. Guzmán paid a bribe of $100 million to President Peña Nieto?” Jeffrey Lichtman, one of Mr. Guzmán’s lawyers, asked Mr. Cifuentes during cross-examination.

“Yes,” Mr. Cifuentes said.

Mr. Guzmán may offer more details soon. Shortly after the jury was excused around 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, Mr. Lichtman submitted his client’s name to the prosecution as a potential witness for the defense, confirming that the drug trafficker might testify in his own trial.

KICKING in case someone here knows of a connection between

Larry Ellison and Kanye West!

Also, how might they intend to use Tik Tok?

Also, remember, Trump thinks some of the money from this acquisition should go to the United States treasury?!? Bill Gates laughed this off, but since Larry Ellison is 'true believer' in Trump, Ellison might go along with that outrageous and illogical idea.

A convoluted theory

Trump supporter Larry Ellison (Oracle co-founder) suddenly appeared out of nowhere two days ago and made a bid on Tik Tok, trying to usurp Microsoft's attempts to possibly buy it.

This makes me wonder if Kanye has been brought in by Larry Ellison.

Something really screwy might be going on.

I'll try to find some links and add them here.

Also, this is just a theory.

Oracle’s Ellison steps out of character with approach for TikTok

A look inside Trump's relationship with Oracle cofounder Larry Ellison, who hosted a Trump fundraiser months before his firm reportedly bid for TikTok

Larry Ellison takes on nemesis Bill Gates with TikTok bid
Oracle's emergence as a possible suitor for the Chinese video streaming app has left many in Silicon Valley scratching their heads

In my opinion, this is suspicious AF.

Robert Trump is the only Trump that's going to lie

in state in Washington D.C.

I think when Trump passes, they should just stick his body on the golf course at Mar-A-Lago.

This will be macabre. Will Trump give a eulogy? Do you think

he'll remember to mention Robert Trump?

I was talking to my mom about this dilemma. What I said was that

I feel compassion for the thirteen year old Donald Trump, but that those feelings are completely separate from the issue of his dangerousness to our country and our planet, and that my priority had to be removing him and holding him accountable for his crimes. And I think we can appreciate the awfulness of growing up in that household but still appreciate his fundamental brokenness and dangerousness.

But I get where you're coming from. My mother was interested in how I reconcile my activism and anger against Trump with being a Buddhist. There actually is no contradiction, but it's not easy to explain.

Robert Thurman, Uma's dad and a practitioner and teacher of Buddhism, has written about this issue and the compatibility of feeling compassion and anger simultaneously for someone who is a threat to humanity. I sort of have to block out my compassion when I'm in the heat of battle, as we all are now.

Actor/Activist Ron Perlman on Dean Obeidallah's program last night

This particular interview was so exceptional. I've seen Ron Perlman in films but I hadn't realized he was an activist and such a poignant, passionate and articulate one at that. I wish I could transcribe the entire interview, but here's a key moment to give you a flavor.

What's happening that's hard to process is that the appearance of a guy like Donald Trump was never contemplated, by anyone, and every time you get used to being outraged by how sick and twisted this motherfucker is, and how inhuman he is, he tops it the next day, so you can't even keep up with trying to legislate or litigate. He knows the only tool he has going for him is to desensitize us to the point where we no longer are able to tell the difference between right and wrong. And thank god we've come to this moment where a great leadership is rising up and articulating itself and saying, "This is not who we are and this is not what we are about, and the thing that you are representing is unacceptable."

He also said, at one point:

"This is so much more than an election... it is a call to save the very thing that thousands and thousands of people bled for on battlefields for the last 400 years."

What I can't capture is the poignancy, the moral indignation, the outrage and, even at times, the humor. He exactly nailed the way I've been feeling lately.

If you like what he's saying, follow him on Twitter @perlmutations

Dean Obeidallah also had on his program yesterday Rob Reiner, Joy Ann Reid and Mary Trump. It is archived on the SiriusXM website under Progressive Radio if you are a subscriber.

They did! That is a strange account. Sometimes there are suggestive

bursts of FBI Vault releases. I remember they posted some strange things...

Some Epstein related documents? (EDIT: I don't think it was this)

But there was something else. There were two or three releases of documents that pertained to "current events", something unfolding right at that moment in the news.

Damn, I'm having trouble recalling but the FBI Vault released some things that seemed unfavorable to Trump or some of his cronies at a crucial moment over the last three years, and they did so in rapid succession. At the time, it seemed intentional. But now I can't remember the specific investigations they released.

The documents turned out to be rather disappointing (and fairly redacted), compared to what came out later, but they were appropriate appetizers that validated that the FBI had looked into some incendiary events in the news.

Hopefully somebody can fill in this gap. It was the type of content Rachel Maddow might have reported on.

Excellent. Agree: It's probably difficult to corroborate a single piece of

evidence that is under the purview of a few select individuals in the GRU. Look how hard it has been to get any details about the DVDs and photographs hidden in Jeffrey Epstein's safe.

Here's the part of John Bolton's book that is worth reading

I'm going to save you $25, and the time you can never get back of having to slog through 570 pages of John Bolton congratulating himself, setting out in tedious detail every phone call and trivial thought, comparing himself favorably to every other person who appears in the book, and copiously quoting other people saying nice things about him.

It all boils down to this paragraph from page 77:

"When the situation was manageable it was neglected, and now that it is thoroughly out of hand we apply too late the remedies which then might have affected a cure. There is nothing new in the story. It is as old as the Sibylline books. It falls into that long, dismal catalogue of the fruitlessness of experience and the confirmed unteachability of mankind. Want of foresight, unwillingness to act when action would be simple and effective, lack of clear thinking, confusion of counsel until the emergency comes, until self-preservation strikes its jarring gong—these are the features which constitute the endless repetition of history.”

It's not by John Bolton.

He's quoting Winston Churchill.

—House of Commons, 2 May 1935. In a conference at Stresa, Britain, France and Italy had agreed to cooperate to maintain the independence of Austria. His fear was that this plan would be nullified by inertia. Hitler annexed Austria in March 1938. If only, Churchill was saying, these three powers had worked for peace and collective security earlier.

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