Ayo, lesson here, Bey. You come at the king, you best not miss.
– Omar Little (Michael K. Williams) in “The Wire” (2002 – 2008) by David Simon and Ed Burns
Let’s turn over today’s open to the Tweeter-in-Chief…
There you have it, folks. The Great Disruptor is unleashed…
Here’s independent journalist Caitlin Johnstone’s summary of what happened over the weekend:
The central and foundational claim of the Russiagate conspiracy theory has been found to have been completely baseless. The report asserts that Russia hacked and distributed Democratic Party emails (a claim that the public has still yet to see any hard evidence for), and “did not draw a conclusion — one way or the other” whether Trump committed obstruction of justice in the investigation of baseless collusion allegations, but the central and foundational Russiagate claim that Trump and the Kremlin conspired to steal the 2016 election has been killed. Finito. Case closed. Debate over.
And Trump is loving every second of it.
Indeed, I discuss these matters in detail in Peak Trump: The Undrainable Swamp and the Fantasy of MAGA. On page 464, for example, I explain the truth about the Deep State’s assault on Donald Trump.
You see, despite my differences with the Donald, I knew the Mueller investigation really IS a great big “nothingburger” way back in 2016… It’s all on page 495…
The fact that Robert Mueller wasn’t laughed out of town a long time ago is a measure of the degree to which Imperial Washington has fallen prey to Trump Derangement Syndrome.
The entire Russiagate witch hunt was not merely an affront to the rule of law. It was an attack on the heart of America’s constitutional democracy itself. After all, the essence of the latter is free elections. And we expect the absolute neutrality of the organs and agencies of the State in the conduct of their duties.
That’s not what happened.
Federal law enforcement and intelligence agencies weighed in – blatantly and heavily – against Donald Trump every step of the way.
That includes the utterly unjustified opening of an FBI investigation of the Trump campaign in July 2016 based on nothing but hearsay. It includes the subsequent embrace of the Clinton-funded opposition research embodied in the groundless Steele dossier.
There’s also the abuse of the FISA courts to conduct an illegal wiretap of Carter Page and the Trump campaign. Let’s not forget the campaign of leaks to the press orchestrated by Obama’s CIA Director John Brennan and rogue FBI elements about alleged Russian influence in the run-up to the election.
It also encompasses the framing of General Michael Flynn for doing his job and speaking with the Russia’s ambassador during the transition. It extended to the attempted sabotage of the president-elect at the infamous Trump Tower “briefing” by Director of National Intelligence James Clapper and FBI Director James Comey on the eve of the inauguration.
Then there’s the launch of the counterintelligence investigation in May 2017 by unaccountable permanent bureaucrats at the FBI and the Department of Justice.
Ultimately, that all led to the opening of the Mueller investigation itself. The rationale for that move was that the permanent government apparatchiks loathed the duly elected president and wanted revenge for his exercise of his constitutional authority to fire Comey.
The entire narrative is upside-down and rotten. It obfuscates what’s important. And it legitimizes and exaggerates the trivial minutiae and irrelevancies that formed the entirety of the Mueller investigation.
The real U.S. election meddling event was conducted at the highest levels of the Obama administration by rogue elements of the FBI, the CIA, and the DNI.
The whole Mueller Gong Show goes back to the “hacked” versus “leaked” issue with regard to the DNC and John Podesta emails and the now completely discredited notion that the Russian GRU hacked the DNC emails and handed them off to Wikileaks.
It was designed first to thwart Trump’s election and then to undermine his presidency once the voters had spoken.
What it will do, ironically, is provide fresh momentum for the Great Disruptor’s reelection campaign…
This Is a “Somethingburger”…
Desperate times call for… “common sense” measures.
And these are desperate times… Markets are corrupted by monetary central planning. They’re confused. And the road back is going to be treacherous.
We’re looking at a major re-pricing for all financial assets. And thousand-point intraday or day-to-day swings are part of that equation. Those can be frightening… for “buy and hold” investors.
I have a different approach, one that combines strategy and tactics into a plan flexible enough for you to survive and thrive amid the coming chaos. It’s called “The Stockman Model.”
All we’re after is a little stability, perhaps a chance to pocket a windfall when opportunity presents…
To common sense,