Almost May, Springtime Open Thread

Thread!!!!!

Here’s to springtime and the coming of May! Whatever you’re thinking about, whatever you feel like talking about, have at it here, while I’m getting my garden ready and doing other springtime chores.

Happy new week! 

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217 responses to “Almost May, Springtime Open Thread

  1. ~ olson … Muller should be in jail now. And then hanged. YEP YEP YEP!
    https://www.wnd.com/2019/05/investigative-report-suggests-mueller-hired-steele/

    • With OUR money, no doubt. That’s one of the biggest scandals here: That all this illegal activity was done using OUR MONEY, AGAINST OUR POTUS, OUR CHOICE.

  2. PERFECT .. so BRING …IT >> ON! $$$$$$ TALKS?
    ~~~1MDB’s Jho Low, Rapper Pras Michel Indicted Over Obama Donation
    Bloomberg Greg Farrell and Sridhar Natarajan,Bloomberg
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    1MDB’s Jho Low, Rapper Pras Michel Indicted Over Obama Donation
    (Bloomberg) — U.S. prosecutors brought additional charges against Jho Low, the Malaysian national accused of looting the 1MDB wealth fund, for campaign-finance violations related to President Barack Obama’s 2012 re-election effort.

    According to an indictment unsealed Friday in Washington, Low transferred $21.6 million to Pras Michel, a musician and film producer, who spread approximately $865,000 among 20 people. These straw donors, in turn,
    gave the cash to a presidential fundraising committee without indicating it had come from a foreign source. Michel also sent more than $1 million to
    an independent election committee, prosecutors said.

    OBAMA’S ..lacks TRANS-parency??? ha’ LOVE IT!!! KEEP DIGGING!
    https://www.yahoo.com/finance/news/1mdb-jho-low-rapper-pras-201220620.html

    • Don’t we need a special prosecutor to investigate this? Malaysian interference in the 2012 election? What did Barry know and when did he know it? We’re supposed to believe he knew NOTHING about this ILLEGAL FOREIGN SCHEME? Let the plea bargain begin. What will “Pras Michel” say in order to save his own butt from what appears to me to be sedition or maybe treason. Who knows? What do you call it when you conspire with foreigners (collude?) to undermine the free and fair elections in our country? Will Pras flip?

      • I confess to never hearing of this guy before, but he and Barry are long-time peeps. A little background I found:

        https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2019-05-10/ex-fugees-rapper-poised-to-be-charged-in-case-tied-to-1mdb-probe

        “Mr. Michel is extremely disappointed that so many years after the fact the government would bring charges related to 2012 campaign contributions. Mr. Michel is innocent of these charges and looks forward to having the case heard by a jury,” said his lawyer, Barry Pollack.

        A Justice Department representative declined to comment. …”

        (I’m pleasantly surprised. This is called “chickens coming home to roost.” Bravo!)

        https://freebeacon.com/politics/the-other-fugee-is-an-ofa-donor/ From 2013:

        “Rapper Prakazrel Michel, better known as Pras, became a founding member of Organizing for Action after donating $20,000 to President Barack Obama’s dark money group. …” (FOREIGN SOURCED MONEY?)

        “He traveled to Somalia in 2009 to film a documentary on the topic of piracy off the African coast. Pirates invaded the ship he was on, the Maersk Alabama, during filming and took the ship’s captain hostage.

        The captain was rescued by Navy SEAL snipers, who shot three pirates in the process.

        Pras explained in an interview with CNN, that the Navy SEAL rescue actually foiled his plans to meet with the pirates, because it created anti-American sentiment amongst the pirates. … “They [the pirates!] feel compelled to protect what they feel like is their waters,” Pras said. “They feel like the ships that are coming through are polluting the water and affecting their fishing industry. They feel like this has been going on for centuries, and they feel like they are taking matters into their own hands.”

        They have a compelling argumens,” he concluded.” (Sounds about what you’d expect from a friend of Barry.)

        https://web.archive.org/web/20131024085902/https://pagesix.com/2013/10/21/ex-fugees-member-goes-from-music-to-energy-investments/ 2013 again:

        “While Lauryn Hill just finished serving three months in prison for tax evasion, her former Fugee bandmate Pras is launching a private equity fund to invest in renewable energy.

        The musician, along with Obama bundler Frank White Jr. and former Morgan Stanley investment banker Shomik Dutta, has launched DC-based DuSable Capital Management LLC and will manage $500 million to $1 billion in investments.

        “I’m fascinated that as the most powerful country, we should be No. 1 in energy and infrastructure, and we’re not,” Pras told Page Six. “We’re trying to do our part.”

        Aside from funding research, Pras — who met his DuSable partners during the 2008 election — also prefers an eco-friendly car. …” (Environmentalism, and green energy, too. Likely he knows Barry’s bros, too.)

        https://www.dailystar.co.uk/news/latest-news/397024/Fugees-rapper-flies-to-North-Korea-for-wrestling-match 2014 now:

        “The former Fugees star is travelling to North Korea to watch a wrestling match hosted by a Japansese politician and former pro wrestler.

        Yet Michel, who is a friend of President Barack Obama, insisted the visit to the isolated country is only to explore.

        He said: “Honestly, I don’t know if Obama knows I’m going to North Korea. He’s probably going to know – and at some point the State department is going to know – but this is not a political trip, this is just a human being going there to explore something.” …”

        https://www.thedailybeast.com/billionaire-pawns-plaza-hotel-for-bail 2015 now:

        “The owner of New York’s fabled Plaza Hotel has hawked it like the world’s biggest pinky ring to bail himself out of an Indian jail.

        To make the situation all the more remarkable, he hawked the house of Eloise along with two other hotels to an investment group that includes a Grammy-winning hip-hop artist and a noted New York sports agent.

        Who would have guessed that Pras Michel of the Fugees would go on to become a record-breaking bail bondsman and help spring an Indian billionaire from a New Delhi hoosegow?

        The Plaza owner, 66-year-old Subrata Roy, made the tentative deal from Tihar jail, where he has been held for nearly a year in lieu of $3 billion bail for allegedly defying a court order to refund investors in financial schemes that Indian regulatory authorities nixed. …” (Why?)

        Gee, one of Barry’s favorite songs: http://player.listenlive.co/35791/en/track/06_a8ac0c88-6980-411d-8c88-3eed140f71ed/9e_b6115d1d-6aca-4b3e-aa34-b6a

        https://theurbandaily.cassiuslife.com/2954540/pras-united-nations-child-support-war/ 2014 again:

        “The Fugees member Pras Michel has been getting help from the United Nations in helping fight poverty in his native country Haiti, but his child support battle is souring his political relationships.

        According to the New York Daily News, Pras was due in court for a mandatory child support hearing in June but skipped the date and went to Brazil for the World Cup. While dealing with his child support issues, the Grammy Award winner was also being vetted to speak at the U.N. General Assembly. Although the child support case will be resolved as early as next week, he was axed from the speaking engagement and he believes it has to do with the stigma of him being a deadbeat dad. … Pras, real name Praskazrel Michel, began a fling with Angela Severiano on New Year’s Eve 2010. Michel pays Severiano $3,100 a month for his three-year-old son Landon, who was born in October of 2010. Severiano is asking the court to raise the monthly payment to $9,000 because she says it’s difficult to raise a child. Friends of Pras wonder why his child’s mother needs an increase in child support when she has a nice job where she earns $72,000 a year.” (Sounds about right for a friend of Barry.)

        https://freebeacon.com/politics/rap-star-probed-doj-political-donations-clinton-foundation-donor/ 2017:

        “A rapper who is reportedly under investigation by the Justice Department for receiving $20 million from a Malaysian fund just before he emerged as a major donor to groups supporting former President Barack Obama is also a Clinton Foundation donor.

        The investigation into rapper Pras Michel, best known as a founding member of the Fugees, is centered on his relationship with Malaysian financier Jho Low, whom the DOJ believes is behind a $4.5 billion fraud scheme, the Wall Street Journal reported this week. Michel received $20 million in “gifts” from Low in 2012—about the same time that he gave nearly $1.3 million to a Super PAC supporting Obama’s reelection, gave $40,000 to the Obama Victory Fund, and gave $20,000 to become a founding member of Obama’s Organizing for Action advocacy group.

        Michel’s money also flowed to the Clinton Foundation, which discloses on its website that it received between $50,001 and $100,000 from Michel.

        The Clinton Foundation doesn’t disclose when contributions were received, and did not respond to inquiries into the contribution from Michel. A legal representative for Michel also did not respond to inquiries into the time and reason for his contributions to the foundation.

        The Clinton Foundation also received between $1 million and $5 million from Frank White, a top fundraiser for both Obama and Clinton who partnered with Michel to found DuSable Capital Management LLC, a firm that has done major business with the Malaysian fund targeted by DOJ. …” (The plot thickens, along with Cankles ankles.)

    • https://thehill.com/opinion/white-house/442944-fbis-steele-story-falls-apart-false-intel-and-media-contacts-were-flagged

      Apparently they now unredacted this memo and it reads almost as ridiculously as the dossier. https://theconservativetreehouse.com/2019/05/10/graham-sends-letters-to-horowitz-and-pompeo-fbi-backtracks-on-self-serving-redactions/

      Suddenly the info doesn’t have to be hidden until 2041!

      I have to laugh about the “by the book” meme that’s suddenly EVERYWHERE. Remember this was in Susan Rice’s memo to herself where she memorialized that Barry, in a meeting at the WH before he exited stage LEFT, said he wanted everything done in the investigation of Trump “by the book.” (An investigation which, by the way, he didn’t even know about until his people read it in the paper, and so somehow Barry had magically talked about in a meeting with Rice without knowing about at all. Well, we knew he was unnatural …)

      Anderson Cooper and Comey–done “by the book.” Uh, huh.

      Their newest line of “defense” is that, and I read this somewhere, Steele is floating the trial balloon that “maybe” he was fed “disinformation” (the dossier crap) on purpose by the Russians and it was part of their scheme to disrupt the election. Now, keep in mind, Steele HATED Trump, so why would he suddenly suggest that all the B.S. in his dossier is disinformation? Only to save his own sorry ass. Better to be judge a useful idiot, who wanted to lap up anything negative about Trump, then to be seen as what he likely is, imho: An active participant in an illegal, international conspiracy to prevent a fair election and then to overturn the results of the election, when the person We the People chose won. Now it’s CYA time. They’re trying to pretend that they believed the “disinformation” and had to be patriots to save our national security just in case anything in the disinformation was true. That’s why they LIED to Congress, the president, and the American people. They LIED when they said they weren’t targeting POTUS. They LIED when they said the investigation began only in July 2016. LIES. Comey et al lied under oath. But, you see, they HAD TO. They had to do it “by the book” and keep information from the “target” by any means necessary, in order to not undermine the “investigation.” By the book, by the book, by the book. It’s a Rice meme, sort of like the Benghazi attack was inspired by a video. LIES and LYING LIARS. All of them. Treasonous, too.

    • More of the typical progressive reinvention of history? Note how many famous people are first speculated to be, for example, gay, and then suddenly it becomes TRUTH. Tchaikovsky, who was married, is one notable such person. Some say Shakespeare was also gay. No EVIDENCE. SPECULATION that then eventually becomes the new progressive TRUTH and gets taught AS IF it’s true, even though it wasn’t true throughout all prior history.

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