Who Won The Week? 05/10/2020

10CC3057-4EEA-4C80-B8C1-700C0FC6C906It’s time for another Who Won the Week prompt. The idea behind Who Won the Week is for you to select who (or what) you think “won” this past week. Your selection can be anyone or anything — politicians, celebrities, athletes, authors, bloggers, your friends or family members, books, movies, TV shows, businesses, organizations, whatever.

I will be posting this prompt on Sunday mornings (my time). If you want to participate, write your own post designating who you think won the week and why you think they deserve your nod. Then link back to this post and tag you post with FWWTW.

DF8FEB61-B0E0-4A31-8BF7-287973EF537FThis week I an reluctantly picking Michael Flynn as the recipient of my coveted Who Won the Week award. For those of you who aren’t familiar with Flynn, he is a retired United States Army lieutenant general who was briefly the National Security Advisor to Donald Trump before being fired just 24 days after assuming that role.

Flynn joined the Trump campaign in 2016 and is remembered for leading the “Lock her up” chants about Trump’s opponent, Hillary Clinton. After Trump’s unexpected victory in the 2016 election, he appointed Flynn to the position of National Security Advisor.

But Flynn ultimately pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI about his contacts with the Russian ambassador during the transition. He admitted to having had conversations Russia’s then-ambassador to the United States as he and the rest of President-elect Donald Trump’s camp waited in the wings early in 2017.

Flynn also failed to declare that during the campaign, he was also serving as a paid political consultant to the government of Turkey and was lobbying on that country’s behalf.

Even though Flynn twice pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI about contacts with the Russian government, Trump and many Republican allies painted Flynn as an innocent victim of a justice system run amok.

And this week, the “Justice” Department, under the leadership of Attorney General and Trump ass-kisser and presidential protector, Bill Barr, inexplicably decided to drop the charges against Flynn. That abandonment of the Flynn case is a political windfall for Trump, who had been talking about pardoning Flynn.A191C386-007C-4C81-B1C5-2191BC95EFD8So, Michael Flynn, who was still awaiting sentencing for his crimes, was granted a get out of jail free card, and yet another corrupt Donald Trump crony got off scot-free.

So much for the rule-of-law in America.

And now it’s your turn, folks. Who (or what) do you think won the week?

17 thoughts on “Who Won The Week? 05/10/2020

  1. Paula Light May 10, 2020 / 9:22 am

    The coronavirus. America shrugged and decided to allow it to have its way with us…

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  2. James Pyles May 10, 2020 / 10:08 am

    I normally leave this stuff alone because 1. I like you, 2. I know we’re going to disagree on some things and I don’t want to piss you off because I like you, and 3. Although Trump is a total f*ck up, I don’t believe he’s the Devil incarnate, and I don’t believe that all Democrats (especially Obama and Hillary) are flawless saints just because Trump is a total f*ck up.

    Also, I’ve read commentaries on both sides of this issue and am truly baffled. It’s quite possible Flynn was set up to take a fall, but given that news agencies are so polarized and inaccurate these days, there’s no longer anyway to tell (and please don’t quote CNN and MSNBC as saints, I don’t believe in them anymore than I do Fox).

    My point is that hate of Trump has reached such epic proportions that even if Biden had sexually assaulted someone, people would overlook that and vote for him in droves to defeat Trump. If Adolf Hitler were running for President against Trump, people would vote for Hitler against Trump because Trump is seen as the greater evil. If we were sending Jews, gays, gypsies, people of color and disabled people to gas chambers for death (which is exactly what Hitler did), we would still vote for that because we hate Trump that much.

    Sorry, I know that, in reality, most people (probably) wouldn’t vote for the Holocaust just because they hate Trump, but then again, the world has gone so crazy, I’m not sure anymore.

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    • Fandango May 10, 2020 / 11:01 pm

      Yes, I passionately hate Trump. But I never thought either Obama or Hillary were flawless. No one, especially no one in politics, is flawless. But Trump is a danger to this country and to our democracy (or our republic, if you prefer). And I don’t know if Biden did or did not do what his accuser claims, but more than a dozen women accused Trump of sexual misconduct and we know he was having an affair with a porn star shortly after his third wife gave birth to his fifth child. Where’s the equivalency? Biden wouldn’t have been my first choice, but I believe he is a good man, a man who demonstrates empathy, and a man who would listen to the experts and be deliberate in his actions. So to me, he represents everything Trump is not; there’s no contest. And, seriously, James, a Hitler versus Trump analogy?

      Anyway, I’m glad to hear that you like me. I like you, too, James. How about a hug?

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      • James Pyles May 11, 2020 / 6:37 am

        Aw. Actually, my grandchildren hugged me yesterday. It was a good thing. To me, Trump, politics, whatever aren’t real to me. My grandchildren are real. That’s what gets me though each day.

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        • Marleen May 11, 2020 / 12:57 pm

          Consider, for instance, that Deblasio (or however one spells his name) got run over the ringer for saying the word Jewish when referring to groups that were gathering in the street* in large aggregate. He didn’t say anything about plowing through them with vehicles, just that they shouldn’t do it and that they could be arrested like anyone else.

          Have you scrubbed your site, James, of indications you would drive on through with your car if black lives matter people were gathering in your way (most especially if you were trying to take a grandchild somewhere)? Even if you have, those posts will always be in the “way back” machine. I recommend self-reflection. I’d say that’s pretty “real” to most people.

          You said: Sorry, I know that, in reality, most people (probably) wouldn’t vote for the Holocaust just because they hate Trump, but then again, the world has gone so crazy…

          The world is not that crazy.

          There are, however, “people” saying
          capitalism is more important than lives.

          *In one instance (at least at the time I read about it),
          for the purpose of a funeral for a novel corona virus death.

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        • Fandango May 11, 2020 / 10:36 pm

          My kids are all grown up and out on their own, but in a week or two I will be a grandfather for the first time and I’m looking forward to it, although I don’t know how long it will be before I’ll actually be able to meet and hold my grandson.

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    • Marleen May 14, 2020 / 6:41 am

      … How Healthcare Industry and Silicon Valley Plan to Profit from Coronavirus Crisis

      What is discussed is much more far-reaching than that tag line indicates. And they only scratch the surface. One important takeaway is that our threats cannot be simplified to Republican and Democrat. The privatization of government function has been destroying us.

      If voting for Trump would give us reprieve from what I see coming, James, I’d do it. 🥶

      But he isn’t any kind of people’s man or reformer or even a pause in the train wreck; he’s an accelerator. Now that the accelerant has been applied, I don’t know if there’s any going back. The momentum toward private takeover is fully upon us. The video doesn’t really go into the history of privatization; it is assumed the audience is an informed sort. The whole thing is worth listening to, but I draw attention to 12:40, 14:40, and 27:40 (as starting points for listening).

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  3. rugby843 May 10, 2020 / 11:11 am

    Agreed on all points. It’s been another bad week but I have to award the CoronaVirus. It seems to be expanding its death toll as the seemingly oblivious citizens give it the bird.

    Sent from my iPad

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    • Fandango May 10, 2020 / 11:06 pm

      I’d like to flip coronavirus the bird, but only from a safe distance and wearing a face mask and disposable latex gloves.

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  4. Marleen May 17, 2020 / 4:37 pm

    https://www.thedailybeast.com/mitch-mcconnell-moves-to-expand-bill-barrs-surveillance-powers

    Barr has come under withering criticism from ex-Justice Department officials for corrupting his office on Trump’s behalf, starting with Robert Mueller last year. On Sunday, Mary McCord, a former senior department national-security official, accused Barr ally Timothy Shea of misrepresenting her position {link to NYT} on the Flynn investigation in his brief for dropping the charges. A day later, former Roger Stone prosecutor Jonathan Kravis, a public-corruption expert, wrote that Barr had “betray[ed] the rule of law” by “directly intervenin[ing] to benefit the president’s associates.”

    Bill Barr Twisted My Words in Dropping the Flynn Case. Here’s the Truth.
    The F.B.I.’s interview of Mr. Flynn was constitutional, lawful and for a legitimate counterintelligence purpose.

    By Mary B. McCord

    Ms. McCord was an acting assistant attorney general for national security at the Justice Department from 2016 to 2017 [part of a decades-long career (under administrations of both parties) at the department].

    May 10, 2020

    Mr. Flynn apparently had lied to the incoming vice president, Mr. Pence, and others in the incoming administration about whether he had discussed the Obama administration’s sanctions against Russia in his calls with Mr. Kislyak. Those apparent lies prompted Mr. Pence and others to convey inaccurate statements about the nature of the conversations in public news conferences and interviews.

    Why was that so important? Because the Russians would have known what Mr. Flynn and Mr. Kislyak discussed. They would have known that, despite Mr. Pence’s and others’ denials, Mr. Flynn had in fact asked Russia not to escalate its response to the sanctions. Mr. Pence’s denial of this on national television, and his attribution of the denial to Mr. Flynn, put Mr. Flynn in a potentially compromised situation that the Russians could use …

    ……….

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