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Cliff Varnell

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    In the early 80's I helped weaponize rocknroll (see bio); in the early 90's I helped weaponize collectors' trading cards; since then I've been helping to weaponize the salient fact of conspiracy in the murder of JFK: the bullet holes in his clothes are too low to associate with his throat wound.

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  1. Cliff Varnell

    I agree with Trump

    Trump himself gave the go-ahead to Rod Rosenstein to hand out 12 Russian hacker indictments prior to Putin meeting Sarah K. Burris 17 Jul 2018 at 18:55 ET Republican leaders and the Wall Street Journal‘s Michael Mukasey attacked deputy attorney general Rod Rosenstein for the 12 indictments of Russian hackers last week as politically motivated. Leading with the headline, “The Russia Indictments: Why Now?,” Mukasey wrote “the plain effect of the announcement was to raise further doubts about the wisdom of the meeting—and perhaps to shape its agenda.” Today, however, it was announced that the president himself approved the roll-out of the 12 indictments prior to leaving for the NATO meeting and Russia summit, Bloomberg news reported. Trump reportedly made the move “in the hopes it would strengthen his hand in the talks, according to accounts from people familiar with the decision.” Rosenstein gave Trump the option of before the summit or after. Trump chose the former. https://www.rawstory.com/2018/07/trump-gave-go-ahead-rod-rosenstein-hand-12-russian-hacker-indictments-prior-putin-meeting/
  2. Cliff Varnell

    I agree with Trump

    Jeff, allow me to clarify my position. Here are the 6 reasons (in my view) Hillary Clinton lost the 2016 election, in order of significance: 1) the Republican voter suppression campaign led by Kansas Sec. of State Kris Kobach, including restrictive Voter ID laws and voter registration purge programs like Crosscheck. 300,000 voters in Wisconsin disenfranchised, a half million in Michigan and another half million in North Carolina --- 7 million mostly minority voters nationwide. 2) James Comey and the New York office of the FBI with the utterly phony reopening of Clinton's e-mail investigation 11 days before the election. Trump was on the ropes down double digits in the polls...and then the last 11 days was an unrelenting stream of anti-Clinton news coverage. 3) Hillary Clinton's poor campaign. 4) Bill Clinton's poor judgement meeting AG Loretta Lynch at the airport. 5) Cable news obsession with Trump hiked their ratings. Trump got billions of dollars in free advertising, his lies were rarely countered. 6) Vladimir and Julian Show. All 6 of the above had to happen for Clinton to lose. Putin punked the American public. Without all that other stuff it would have amounted to a prank. I'm not mad at Putin -- I'm pissed at Traitor Trump. The Democrats were forced from the executive, giving Republicans control over new appointments to the Judiciary. It was regime change in 1968 when Thieu torpedoed the Democratic peace deal; regime change in 1980 when the embassy hostages were kept to advantage Reagan; regime change in 2000 when the Democrats were Fox'd out of the White House; and then 2016. Soft coup d'etat. Agreed, see above. Due to the regime change in 2000 the Republicans put judges on the Supreme Court who allowed unlimited spending on campaigns. Elections have consequences. Trump had no business meeting Putin under these circumstances. The hysteria is of Trump's own making.
  3. Cliff Varnell

    I agree with Trump

    The offer was contingent on Russia interviewing American law enforcement in return. Trump and DiEugenio took this seriously, the rest of the world did not. So? https://www.thedailybeast.com/trumps-missing-dnc-server-is-neither-missing-nor-a-server Mother Jones did a great article on the Clinton non-scandal. https://www.motherjones.com/kevin-drum/2016/09/14-excerpts-fbis-report-hillary-clintons-email/ You have no clue. The investigation isn't over.
  4. Cliff Varnell

    I agree with Trump

    Any attempt by one sovereign state to attack and overthrow the leadership of another sovereign state needs to be robustly protested. When the US engages in "regime change" we must take to the streets to protest the perfidy executed in our name. When other countries do it to us we must take to the streets to protest. Me, I yell at tourist buses on Haight Street -- "Welcome to Free America -- Trump is not our President!"
  5. Cliff Varnell

    I agree with Trump

    My understanding is that it wasn't a unanimous opinion within that group. If Trump were innocent would he act so guilty? Why does he lie all the time about his ties with Russia? Why do those around him lie all the time? If we're going to declare every investigation by law enforcement illegitimate because of past abuses at all levels -- then there's no such thing as a guilty person, since no investigation can have credibility.
  6. Cliff Varnell

    I agree with Trump

    The Baltic states don't look at NATO as a defensive alliance? I agree. I think NATO was out of line in both those instances.
  7. Cliff Varnell

    I agree with Trump

    Do you think the people of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania view their membership in NATO as "out of step"? Sure, as long as you view Putin as basically a nice guy who wouldn't under any circumstances attempt to restore direct Russian influence in Eastern Europe. This goes beyond "questioning the national security establishment." Trump is trying to form a new Axis with autocrats and white nationalists. The Kaucasian Khristian Kaliphate. Wrong. People on the left are still pissed off at the FBI for helping to rig the 2016 election. All we're asking is for Mueller to do his job properly. So far so good. Trump doesn't stike you as a guy who has been acting guilty about his Russian connections? And when the US government gets out of line the left screams its head off in protest. I recall standing on the intersection of Shattuck and University in Berkeley the night Reagan invaded Grenada, for example. Someone burned an American flag. Yes, it's wrong for the US to pursue regime-change policies. Since the end of WW2 the US has been a bad actor. But on several occasions foreign influence on American elections resulted in regime change here at home: In 1968 Richard Nixon sabotaged an Averell Harriman negotiated peace deal with North Vietnam days before the election by promising So. Vietnam President Nguyen Van Thieu a better deal. In 1980 the Ayatollah Khomeini kept the American Embassy hostages in captivity until Reagan was inaugurated. In 2000 an Australian used a major organ of mass communication to prematurely declare George W Bush the winner, which gave Bush the advantage in the Florida recount. Then we have 2016 with the Russians and Julian Assange. Patriots protest. Really? You can't tell Trump is guilty by his behavior? Or the fact that he lies all the time about his ties to Russians, that all his people lie all the time about their contacts with Russians? As opposed to their agenda in 2016 to install Donald Trump in the White House? I trust Donald Trump is a crooked piece of Quad-X who's been in bed with the Russians for decades.
  8. Cliff Varnell

    I agree with Trump

    Yearning for a white supremacist movement world-wide is Presidential? Not in any country I care to live in...
  9. Cliff Varnell

    I agree with Trump

    https://www.cnbc.com/2018/02/16/russians-indicted-in-special-counsel-robert-muellers-probe.html
  10. Cliff Varnell

    I agree with Trump

    That had already been negotiated in 2014 with NATO countries agreeing to gradually increase their commitments until they hit 2% of GDP in 2024. ...What? Russia is a European country. But there may be Putin designs on the Baltics. You think it's ridiculous for the Baltic states to enjoy military protection?
  11. Cliff Varnell

    I agree with Trump

    Exactly.
  12. Cliff Varnell

    I agree with Trump

    Seriously. Trump is under investigation for conspiring with the Russian military intel to rig the 2016 election, then right after 12 Russians are indicted he goes to talk with the guy accused of master-minding it all. Dude's an idiot, face it.
  13. Cliff Varnell

    I agree with Trump

    Cory, if an innocent man is indicted for an axe murder is it a good idea for him to go around town buying axes?
  14. Cliff Varnell

    I agree with Trump

    The Justice Department indicted 12 Russian military intel types. Wouldn't it have been appropriate to wait until the legal process was over?
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