What I’ve learned from Lev

    If you haven’t heard of Lev Parnas yet, then I suggest you watch this brief clip from Brian Williams 11th Hour MSNBC program (aired Friday, Jan 17, 2020.)

Why does Lev matter? He’s providing a roadmap to many “high crimes” and who is caught up in them.  People didn’t want to believe Trump’s former attorney Michael Cohen after he was arrested either, but these guys were “insiders” and truly know where all the dirt and skeletons reside.

We were hearing about Rudy Guiliani and his associates “Lev & Igor” on MSNBC last fall before their October arrests.  And, a New York crime reporter reminds us:

  • Fox TV host Sean Hannity was Michael Cohen’s “Client 3.” (#1 was Trump and #2 was Elliott Broidy, an RNC finance chair.)
  • Lev Parnas and Igor Fruman claimed they had traveled to Vienna (before their arrest) to assist with Hannity’s interview with Ukrainian ex-prosecutor Viktor Shokin. 

Important because Trump World tries to discredit people who were once key figures.

The Senate doesn’t actually need to spend precious “prime time” interviewing Parnas (they can depose him privately.) We, the public, deserve and need to hear from direct fact witnesses Parnas incriminates like Vice President Pence, Secretary of State Pompeo (just as we heard HOURS of testimony from Hillary Clinton when she served in that capacity), Chief of Staff (and former Budget Director) Mulvaney, former Energy Secretary Rick Perry and probably Trump’s former National Security advisor John Bolton.  Such testimony might lead to further investigations (even other impeachments) and the need to hear even more from Attorney General Bill Barr.

Another revelation before the Senate Impeachment Trial begins:  Parnas’ VIP status as a major donor to Florida Governor DeSantis may shed light on why Trump changed his residency to the Sunshine State.  Friendly former Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi is named as one of the attorneys who will represent Trump at his trial. The new  GoP Governor barely squeaked out a win last fall.  One can see advantages to getting out of New York where state and local prosecutors aren’t so friendly–  in fact, they’ve been hot on Trump’s trail and have plenty of pending charges whenever he leaves office.

As Rachel says, “watch this space.”

Peace? Where… when?

Let’s begin with this extremely distressing, but very moving brief clip…

 

I grew up in the Midwest when America was still proud to be a melting pot of immigrants. We weren’t taught to hate or discriminate. I was wide-eyed and hopeful just like little Rachel in this video. I had friends who went to the Peace Corps and I became a journalist. We were all working for Peace and Truth in our own way…  believing if people had facts they would do the right thing.

What an eye-opening journey this life has been. I’m over 60 now and things seem so much worse than I could have imagined. I was sure that after JFK, RFK & MLK were killed, after Watergate, and after the long, horrifying Vietnam war ended, surely there would be peace in the world, or at least here in America. But no. The never-ending conflict in the Middle East raged on and the USA was in the thick of it.  Continue reading

the Butterfly Effect

Without a long academic analysis of the phenomenon called the Butterfly Effect, I want to use the concept to bring together two divergent viewpoints–  the enlightened approach versus what we now call #Trumpism. Definitions will emerge, just as a butterfly does.

I used the term Butterfly Effect while writing about my current intense grief over losing my 17 1/2 year old. She was my K9, but that does not diminish my sadness. Rather than call everyone I know to cry and lament over my loss, I tried to take a more zen approach. Continue reading

The #LastWord

or the last laugh? With a little time to reflect on the spectacle of the past few days,  maybe this McCain-planned week of “hero tribute” and flag waving  was a final flip off to #Fake45. It was no secret that Trump was persona non grata (aka uninvited.)

During the nationally televised funeral of Senator John McCain I first felt inspired seeing former presidents and political enemies mingling. We later learned this bi-partisanship was created by assigned seating that purposefully mixed political foes, men and women, and various ethnicities. Very clever, Mr. McCain.

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