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Elizabeth Warren reminds downtrodden on Martha’s Vineyard she’s fighting for them (open thread)

**Written by Doug Powers

Another fine summer Sunday is upon us, and with it the accompanying global warming has swept in another open thread with some odds and ends that slipped through the cracks during the week. Off we go…

Nobody can visit Martha’s Vineyard without coming away with the impression that the struggle is real. So, not unlike Hillary Clinton, Sen. Elizabeth Warren showed up at a Vineyard town hall to remind the marginalized and downtrodden that she’s fighting on their behalf:

The headline is befitting somebody with Dances With Identity Fraud’s resume, and the crowd roared in approval after Warren pledged to redistribute everybody’s wealth except those who live on Martha’s Vineyard.

After reminding the audience that “words matter” using a Trump example, Warren helped show why Dems will continue to lose by approaching the opposition like this:

“Every one of you knows somebody who lives in a state with a Republican senator . . . Urge them to get out, please. Urge them to go to the office, carry a sign. Urge them to make their voices heard, and make your voice heard. Pick up your phone, email, tweet, every part of this. We need the sound; we need your energy from the grassroots up. It’s democracy.”
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She said it is critical to speak with those who hold opposing views: “This is the moment, you’ve actually got to reach out and talk to your crazy uncle.”

Elizabeth Warren diagnosing somebody as crazy should be the new clinical definition of sanity.

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Progressives & socialists like Bernie Sanders don’t see any inconsistencies here:

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Phil Donahue’s memory in regards to the history of American politics seems to be less comprehensive than mine:

Former talk-show host Phil Donahue on Saturday reflected on President Trump’s administration, calling it “the darkest political moment in American history.”
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“He can shoot a gun down Fifth Avenue, right?” Donahue added, referencing Trump’s past claim. “All of a sudden we got a crotch-grabber for a president.”

Bill Clinton unavailable for comment.

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No words:

Jesse Watters debated a protester from ANTIFA, short for anti-fascism, a group calling for violence against the “Trump- Pence regime.”

Kevin from the Boston ANTIFA branch penned an open letter on the anarchist site ItsGoingDown.org urging liberals and progressives to violence to take down President Trump.
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“What about when an ANTIFA member stabbed a police horse in the neck with a knife,” Watters continued. “Was the horse a racist Trump supporter?”

“Yes,” the protester said.

Talk about the ultimate dilemma for PETA.

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Your Sunday laugh, courtesy of one of the media warriors fighting back against Trump’s “fake news” accusations:

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Maybe she meant to say “WWI,” but it would still be wrong.

Humble suggestion for NBC News: A “This Day in History” segment featuring Mitchell and Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee would be ratings gold.

Have a good Sunday all!

**Written by Doug Powers

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Meet Evans lawyer, Ogungbeje, known for ‘unpopular cases’

Lagos – Just when Nigerians thought no lawyer will step out to defend notorious billionaire kidnapper, Chukwudumeme Onwuamadike a.k.a. Evans, Voice Olukoya Ogungbeje has proven an exception.

Ogungbeje who heads Lawflex Chambers and is the Chairman of Voice Vanguard, stepped out Wednesday.



Voice Olukoya Ogungbeje

He grabbed the headlines as he filed a fundamental rights suit on behalf of Evans, by dragging the Inspector General of Police, and 3 others before a Federal High Court in Lagos over Evans alleged illegal detention .

Joined as respondents are the Nigeria Police Force, Commissioner of Police Lagos State, and the Special Anti-Robbery Squad, Lagos State Police Command.

In his fundamental rights the confessed kidnapper is seeking a court order directing the respondents to immediately charge him to court if there is any case against him.
He is in the alternative, seeking an order, compelling the respondents to immediately release him unconditionally in the absence of any offence warranting a charged.

In the suit marked, FHC/L/CS/1012/2017, Evans is contending that his continued detention by the respondents since June 10, without a charge, or release on bail is an infringement on his fundamental rights.

He argued that the respondents ought to have charged him to court in accordance with the provisions of Sections 35 and 36 of the Constitution.

It was further argued that the alleged offence committed by the applicant (Evans) are correspondingly intertwined with the constitutional safeguards as provided under Sections 35 and 36 of the Constitution.

In a 27-paragraph affidavit in support of the motion deposed to by Evan’s father, Stephen Onwuamadike, it was averred that the applicant has been subjected to media trial without any court’s order by the respondents.

Onwuamadike further averred that the media trial and news orchestrated by the respondents have continued to generate reactions in both print and electronic media without his son being afforded fair hearing before a court of law.

The deponent also averred that since his son’s arrest, all his family members have been denied access to him while media practitioners have been granted unfettered access to him.

The new suit has not been assigned to any judge and no date has been fixed for the hearing.

Evans lawyer, who identified himself on Facebook as Voice Olukoya Ogungbeje had been involved in controversial cases in recent times.

In April, he filed a suit asking the Federal High Court to stay proceedings on the forfeiture of $ 43,449,947 (about N13billion), N23,218,000 and £27,800 (about N10.6 million) found in a flat in Ikoyi, Lagos.

He also sought an order directing the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) to furnish the court with a report of its preliminary or final investigation on the source of the money, its owner, and how the currencies got into the building.

Ogungbeje, in a motion on notice asked the court not to order a permanent forfeiture of the money since there are claims and counter claims as to its ownership by the Rivers State government and the National Intelligence Agency (NIA)and since the Federal Government had set up the Osinbajo panel to find the truth about the ownership of the money.

“This honourable court has the inherent jurisdiction under Section 6 (6)(b) of the Constitution to order and direct thorough investigation on the sources of the monies, their owners, the owners of the Osborne Towers where the monies were found and how they got into the building.

The case did not get anywhere as the money was later permanently forfeited to the Federal Government.

Ogungbeje also once filed a suit in Lagos in 2014 asking for the reinstatement of Murtala Nyako as governor of Adamawa state. This was after Nyako was impeached by the state assembly in July of the same year and the speaker of the state assembly had taken over.

Again, the case hit the rocks.

Ogungbeje claimed the Assembly’s alleged failure to serve Nyako personally with the impeachment notice violated his fundamental right to fair hearing as enshrined under Section 36 of the 1999 Constitution.

After the court heard arguments from parties and judgment date fixed, Fintiri, through his lawyer, Chief Wole Olanipekun (SAN) urged the judge not to deliver the verdict.

The former Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) president prayed the court to set aside all the proceedings conducted in the suit so far because his clients were not served with the suit in accordance with the law.

According to him, the court should strike out the entire action since the due process of law was not followed.

Olanipekun, who was also representing Mammadi and the House of Assembly, argued that the originating processes were not properly served on his clients.

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Background of Russian Lobbyist at Trump Meeting Under Scrutiny

WASHINGTON — As a lobbyist bridging the unscrupulous world of the former Soviet Union and the corridors of power in Washington, Rinat Akhmetshin has the reputation of a charming, skillful, behind-the-scenes operator.

But now the 49-year-old finds himself very much in the spotlight after being unmasked as the mystery man who accompanied Moscow lawyer Natalia Veselniskaya to a meeting with top Trump campaign officials in June 2016, including Donald Trump Jr., the president’;s son.

His background in counterintelligence in the Soviet military for a couple of years as young man is under scrutiny, along with his client list, and court cases that include unproven accusations of involvement in hacking and smear campaigns.

“Rinat is one of those figures who operates between 2 worlds,” said writer Steve LeVine, who has known Akhmetshin for 20 years and wrote about him in his 2007 book “The Oil and the Glory.”

“He knows how to ingratiate himself with people,” added LeVine, who is the features editor for the news website Axios. “He knows how to win the trust of suspicious people.”

“All of those are qualities you learn as an intelligence officer: how to cultivate sources, how to win their trust, how to leverage that in deliverables for your client.”

Related: This Is the Man Who Connected Trump Jr. to Russian Lawyer

In a sworn court document, Akhmetshin said his clients include national governments or their high-ranking officials, as well as private entities in the energy industry.

“My business is strategic communications,” he wrote in a 2012 affidavit. “Individual and entities seek me out when they have an issue.”

The affidavit was filed connection with a federal defamation lawsuit by a former Russian politician, Ashot Egiazaryan. Accused of planting negative articles in a Jewish newspaper, Akhmetshin fought a subpoena for his emails.


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Rinat Akhmetshin at the Newseum screening of the documentary on Sergei Magnitsky in June 2016.