by Karl Denninger, Market Ticker:
You pretty much have to decide here folks.
I’m down to a very short list of people I will associate with. I’ve already eliminated anyone who supports what Hillary Clinton did with classified information or thinks it’s “no big deal” and shouldn’t have led to her being indicted — and still doesn’t.
It’s even worse if you think Trump shouldn’t be indicted now but think Hillary should be, or vice-versa, particularly after this little escapade from President Trump himself on Twitter, in which it appears he incriminated himself, literally giving the finger to the rule of law in public. Having figured out this morning (apparently) that he really stuck it to the pooch’s cornhole with that tweet the backpedaling has become so furious that you can actually feel the air being sucked out of the room as Trump tries to bury what certainly appears to me to be a public admission of not only an impeachable offense but a criminal felony by the President himself.
Maybe the truth is that I have no “Tribe” as there’s no rule of law left and everyone in this nation is willing to excuse outrageous criminal conduct by one person or another so long as they’re a member of their favored political group. If that’s the case then I think it’s time for me to go find a nice secluded piece of dirt somewhere, put up a fence with “The hell with the dog, beware the owner!” and “Live fire rifle practice takes place on this property at all hours of the day and night; DO NOT ENTER” signs all over the place, buy a few chickens and goats and live out whatever time I have left with me, myself and I, saying “**** you” to everything and everyone.
There’s a young woman who’s dead in California exactly because nobody gives a **** about the rule of law, may I remind you.
There have in fact been plenty of Americans killed for this exact reason over the last couple of decades. This is not just the story of one young woman killed by an illegal invader who five times illegally entered the United States and who was set free on purpose just before he killed her by a city government that willingly and knowingly ignored that fact. In fact re-entry in this fashion to the United States is not a “mere” process crime or a little misdemeanor; it is a felony.
It’s also those who died in Benghazi while Hillary looked on and laughed after being embroiled (along with others) in what was almost-certainly a very-illegal and outrageous arms scheme in that part of the world which she really wanted to keep quiet. It’s Brian Terry, a border agent killed by a Mexican invader who was using a firearm that our own Attorney General allowed to be knowingly illegally sold into Mexican drug rings from a shop here in the United States.
If we open it up to those who were financially ruined or had their health destroyed by willful misconduct and lies then the list expands to an utterly huge number of Americans — maybe even a majority.
It’s all those who got scammed by Wells Fargo, a serial offender in the mortgage scam, in car loans and in opening fake accounts — yet nobody went to prison and the bank is still operating, despite being busted again recently for screwing FX customers. That, I count, is four serial offenses; exactly how many times do you have to rob people of far more than would qualify for “grand theft” treatment by anyone else, and why does not “three strikes” apply to them? There are people sitting in prison for life for stealing a few hundred dollars worth of merchandise as their third strike, as that’s a third felony.
“Doctors” and other “medical professionals” knew their “dietary guidelines” were **** and didn’t care. They knowingly told you to eat trash — in many cases by being bribed and in others by simply refusing to actually square what they were allegedly being told with basic biological fact that any farmer who has fattened up a cow or pig has known for hundreds of years and which the Bible strongly suggests has been known for over 2,000 years when speaking of “killing the fatted calf.” Instead of working against such corporate and their own personal interests, both of which lay in making as much money as possible those so-called “physicians” lied and took your money while you got fat, sick, diabetic, had your toes and feet cut off one at a time, were forced onto dialysis and died, all while they earned a new Porsche every ****ing year and sent their kids off to tony private schools to learn how to screw you some more with the money you were forced to give them after their advice got you sick! They started this horse**** in kindergarten and it continues today in the schools. It wasn’t just carbs and fats they lied about either. It was also rage monster attacks linked to psychiatric drugs they handed out like candy — including to kids through what amounted to (and still does) forced drugging, despite knowing full well (because it showed up in their clinical trials) that in a small but real percentage of people, especially those under the age of 25, it made them literal homicidal maniacs. A huge number of mass-shootings are in fact linked to exactly this as I’ve reported on repeatedly over the last decade. There has been exactly zero accountability for any of it; not one drug company or physician group has ever been prosecuted, jailed or hung for that despite the dead bodies stacked like cordwood on an annual basis; so-called “medical errors” alone are the third leading cause of death in the US. Hell, we could go back to the tobacco issue if you’d like too. Oh, sure, why not? Gee, want me to dig up the infamous Congressional hearing where they ask if tobacco is addictive? That was easy — this is as recently as 1994 folks.
How many tobacco executives went to prison for lying to Congress, which I remind you is a felony, and was trivially proved not much later when internal corporate documents came to light that demonstrated exactly that? That count is zero, may I remind you.
For more than 10 years I’ve been reporting on this crap, writing more than 11,000 articles skewering officials in the Bush, Obama and now Trump administrations. The Market Ticker began publication in 2007 with, if you remember, an article on WaMu’s paying dividends with money that didn’t exist, an act that the FDIC, OTS, OCC and Fed (never mind the SEC) should and could have body-slammed their executives with safety-and-soundness charges, and likely criminally charged people as well. They didn’t and a year and change later the bank collapsed. Then there was IndyMac in which an OTS super
visor knew about backdating deposits and actively worked with the bank to conceal it — they collapsed too. Nobody went to jail in either instance That latter abuse was especially outrageous because the very same “examiner” was later identified, he did the same thing just before the S&L collapse and not only wasn’t prosecuted he wasn’t fired either, or he wouldn’t have been there to do it with IndyMac.
Then there’s Ben Bernanke who testified before Congress that he added liquidity during the original phases of the crash in 2008. The NY Fed’s own public desk reports proved that The Fed in fact pulled over $120 billion from the banking system right into the maw of the collapse over a 4-day period, exacerbating it, and given the timing might have in fact caused it — the exact opposite of what he testified to having done. I reported on this and faxed all 535 members of Congress with said proof and yet in the ensuing months of his testimony not one Representative or Senator asked him to square his statements before Congress with the facts published by his own NY Fed’s desk, nor did any member of the media go after him on that very-apparent and outrageously false statement either.
Now people want to talk about “Making America Great Again” and how “Trump” is “doing that”, wearing cute red hats and crowing about the record stock market. Really? We have more anti-trust violations than ever, not one thing he promised to do to decapitate the (felonious) medical monster has been done (despite there being not one but two Supreme Court decisions making clear he could direct his AG to do so and they’re not only winners in court he could jail executives in hospitals, insurance and pharama firms; restoring competition in that industry would drop costs 80% in an afternoon instantly and permanently fixing virtually all federal state and local budget problems without raising a single tax on anyone anywhere), there’s not been one instance of the Rule of Law actually being applied against anyone in the corporate or political sphere (despite all the promises to “lock her up”) and now we have a brazen, in your face middle finger erected to the rule of law in the form of a tweet.
No wonder the stock market is at record highs when robbing people becomes sport for anyone on the Forbes 400 list — but too bad you’re not a CEO and thus can’t rob the American people blind yourself. That “privilege” is reserved for people like Beelzebezos, Zuckerpig, Hastings and Mr. “Gods Work” himself in NYC, never mind the so-called “health” industry mavens.
Instead you’re drowning in student debt you were conned into taking on for a worthless degree within a system that has seen costs ramp relative to wages by something like 10x, football players get huge monuments erected to them in college stadiums while they don’t even need to show up to class in order to get a “degree”, you’ve got an 8 year auto loan on a car that will be obsolete in 5, household debt has never been higher and median income has barely moved in over 10 years and that’s before all the theft you’re exposed to on a daily basis.
If you’re not in the 1% you’ve been rat****ed for the last couple of decades while those in the 1% and above have robbed the other 99 — and not only gotten away with it half the country cheers them on while they are being actively bent over the table depending on who is in office this week, month or year!
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