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Joke 1

1.  The following are excerpts from staff writer Rebecca Klar's June 7, 2020 news report headlined "Scott: China trying to sabotage, slow COVID-19 vaccine development".

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Sen. Rick Scott (R-Fla.) accused China of trying to sabotage the development of a coronavirus vaccine on Sunday without providing details to back up his claims.

"We have got to get this vaccine done. Unfortunately we have evidence that communist China is trying to sabotage us or slow it down," Scott said on the BBC's "Andrew Marr Show."

Scott said China "won’t cheer" if the U.S. or England is the first country to develop a COVID-19 vaccine.

Marr pressed Scott on his comments, asking him what evidence he was referencing.

"China can't stop us developing a vaccine, can it?" Marr asked.

"It came to our intelligence community. ... I’m on Armed Services, so clearly there's things I can't discuss. ... I get provided information. But there's evidence that they've been trying to either sabotage or slow it down," Scott responded...  (End excerpts)

Source:  thehilldotcom

2.  Using an analogy, a man sued his neighbour for either sabotaging or slowing down his "production process".  When pressed by the judge for what evidence he was referencing for his childless woe despite ten years of futile attempts, the impotent man asked back angrily "My neighbour can't stop me having a baby, can he?"

"The evidence came from a spirit medium. ... I know nothing about black magic, so clearly there are things I can't discuss. ... I get provided information from the spirit medium. But there's evidence that he has been trying to either sabotage or slow it down.  The spirit medium said my neighbour curses me nightly, even in his dreams, knowing that I work very hard every night to have a child," the infertile man responded.

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Post time 2020-6-11 22:21:38 |Display all floors
Joke 2

Marco Rubio's house of horrors

....David Rivera: Scandal-plagued former congressman under investigation in a federal campaign-finance probe.

In many ways, it has been a house of horrors for Rubio, a financial and political liability heading into the 2016 election. While he and Rivera were state legislators, they paid way too much for it in 2005, only to see foreclosure proceedings embarrassingly initiated against them during Rubio’s 2010 Senate race. At another point, a tropical storm flooded the entire neighborhood so badly that neighbors used canoes to get around.

Now, the three-bedroom property stands as a stubborn symbol of both a politically problematic friendship and lingering questions about Rubio’s personal finances, which dogged him on the campaign trail in 2010 and may do so again. The friendship has frayed in recent years, friends say, as the fortunes of Rubio, 43, and Rivera, 49, have diverged. Last week, they put the 1,228-square-foot house up for sale. The list price is $125,000 — $10,000 less than what the two men paid for it a decade ago....

Rubio declined to comment for this story or about his relationship with Rivera, with whom he bought the Tallahassee home for lodging when the two up-and-coming legislators served together in the Florida House. A Rubio spokesman and Rivera both denied that the sale of the house had any political motivations. The home’s tenant since 2010 recently moved out, and they’ve been trying to sell the house, unsuccessfully, for years.

Asked about the status of Rubio’s relationship with Rivera, which dates to 1992, when both men worked for the congressional campaign of Lincoln Diaz-Balart, spokesman Alex Burgos said in a written statement: “David Rivera is an old friend of Senator Rubio’s. His hope is that Mr. Rivera can put his recent troubles behind him and go on with his life.”

But interviews with more than a dozen friends and political insiders who have known the two for years suggest that the story is more complicated, and that Rubio is stuck between his sense of loyalty to his friend and his need to move on with his life and political career. Three people close to Rubio say he has referred to Rivera on multiple occasions as “Nixonian.”

And yet others describe a brotherly closeness that became strained only as Rivera weathered state and federal investigations into his finances, a related state ethics case that recently resulted in a proposed $58,000 fine, and the more serious campaign-finance scandal that erupted in 2012. At the time, Rubio and Rivera shared a rental home in Washington for the two years they both served in Congress.....

Rubio owes a measure of his early success in politics to Rivera. Rivera advised and stumped for Rubio in his first campaign for the state House in 2000. Once elected, Rubio repaid the favor and helped Rivera win a state House seat in 2002. The following year, Rivera was instrumental in helping Rubio collect pledge cards from fellow Republicans to eventually become the first Cuban-American speaker of the Florida House. A relentless political operative, Rivera popped up in seemingly every corner of the state throughout the year to pressure, cajole and win over GOP House members to support Rubio for speaker.

As the two climbed the rungs of power together in the Florida House, they decided to buy the home at 1484 Bent Willow Drive in the Timber Lakes subdivision for $135,000. The March 2, 2005, deed was executed about a week before the 60-day lawmaking session began that year. When Rubio was formally voted speaker, he was nominated by Rivera, who served as chairman of the Florida House Rules Committee during Rubio’s speakership in 2007 and 2008. The post gave Rivera life-and-death power over much of the legislation in the House.

Affable, intense and intelligent, Rivera was often a source of mystery to his colleagues in the part-time Florida Legislature. Year after year, his financial disclosure forms claimed income from the U.S. Agency for International Development. But years later, The Miami Herald reported that USAID had no record that he ever worked with the agency....


P.S. Even though Marco Rubio has left the house of horrors, it won't be surprising that it would remain a haunted memory with him for the rest of his life.

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Post time 2020-6-11 23:33:42 |Display all floors
Rubio is a wacko ...
Believe it or not, it's true.

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Post time 2020-6-12 12:46:47 |Display all floors
Liononthehunt Post time: 2020-6-11 23:33
Rubio is a wacko ...

Yes, absolutely right.
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Post time 2020-6-12 13:19:00 |Display all floors
Joke 3

1.  The following are excerpts from a news report by ABC News' Matt Seyler, dated 12 June 2020, under the headline "Pompeo slams international court after Trump approves economic sanctions on officials investigating US military for war crimes in Afghanistan" and subheading "Barr claimed his agency has evidence of ICC corruption, but didn't give details."

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Secretary of State Mike Pompeo censured the International Criminal Court at a press conference Thursday (11 June 2020) after the White House announced President Donald Trump had signed an executive order authorizing economic sanctions and visa restrictions on ICC officials involved in investigating U.S. service members.

A blitz against the ICC by Pompeo and other cabinet officials Thursday came three months after the court announced it had approved an investigation into members of the U.S. military and CIA for possible war crimes in Afghanistan....

The U.S. never consented to the ICC's founding document, the Rome Statute, and so is not subject to its judgment, according to Pompeo.

"And even if a prosecution were to proceed, it would make a mockery of due process," Pompeo said. "There's no requirement for unanimity for a conviction; the prosecution can rely on hearsay to obtain a conviction; there's no real guarantee of a speedy trial; instead of facing a jury of one's peers, it's a panel of judges who aren't subject to any American accountability."

The secretary went on to call the ICC "grossly ineffective and corrupt" and a "kangaroo court," warning U.S. allies: "Your people could be next."

A statement from the White House Thursday morning suggested the ICC's investigation is a politically motivated ploy involving antagonistic countries to harm the U.S.

Attorney General William Barr named Russia during Thursday's press conference with Pompeo.

"This institution has become in practice a little more than a political tool employed by unaccountable international elites," Barr said. "These people wield this tool to manipulate and undercut the foreign policies of a democratically accountable sovereign nation, and other nations, including the United States ... Worse yet, we are concerned that foreign powers like Russia are also manipulating the ICC in pursuit of their own agenda."

Barr claimed his agency has evidence of ICC corruption, but did not give details.

"The U.S. government has reason to doubt the honesty of the ICC: The Department of Justice has received substantial credible information that raises serious concerns about a long history of financial corruption and malfeasance at the highest levels of the Office of the prosecutor," Barr said.

Secretary of Defense Mark Esper, also at the press conference with Pompeo, pledged that no U.S. personnel will ever stand before the Hague-based court.

"Rest assured that the men and women of the United States armed forces will never appear before the ICC, and nor will they ever be subjected to the judgments of unaccountable international bodies."...

National Security Advisor Robert O’Brien joined his fellow Trump cabinet members in condemning the ICC Thursday, saying U.S. service members should only be accountable to U.S. laws and institutions.

"I was a JAG officer in the Army and I can tell you the United States government military justice systems are far more effective at holding Americans accountable than the ICC ever has been or ever will be, and we will never allow our American soldiers, sailors, airmen and Marines to fall into the jurisdiction of that purported court," O'Brien said.  (End excerpts)

Source:  abcnewsdotgodotcom

2.  John Bolton, U.S. President Donald Trump's (former) national security adviser, threatened on September 10 (2018) that Washington would impose sanctions against judges and prosecutors of the International Criminal Court (ICC) if they proceed with an investigation into war crimes allegedly committed in Afghanistan by Americans.

"We will ban its judges and prosecutors from entering the United States," Bolton said. "We will sanction their funds in the U.S. financial system, and, we will prosecute them in the U.S. criminal system. We will do the same for any company or state that assists an ICC investigation of Americans."....

"This president will not allow American citizens to be prosecuted by foreign bureaucrats, and he will not allow other nations to dictate our means of self-defense," Bolton said.

The ICC is the world's first permanent judicial institution that claims jurisdiction to prosecute individuals under international law for genocide, crimes against humanity, and war crimes.

It was established as an intergovernmental organization at The Hague, Netherlands, in 2002 under a treaty known as the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court.

The court is overseen by an assembly of the 123 countries that have ratified the Rome Statute. Those member states include all of South America, almost all of Europe, most of Oceania, and about half of Africa....

Source:  rferldotorg

3.  It is laughable that the US “will not allow American citizens to be prosecuted by foreign bureaucrats" but it could pass legislations or laws anytime to convict foreign citizens, even top officials, in absentia for alleged crimes committed in their own countries.

Furthermore, the US regime could go to great lengths to stalk foreign citizens and order its allies to arrest and extradite them to the US while objecting to American citizens being tried in foreign courts.


4.  Here I coin the term "pomparroo" for an individual, an organisation or a country that not only operates double standards in the rule of law but also plays the dual role of criminal and judge in a "pomparroo court".
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Post time 2020-6-16 11:55:37 |Display all floors
5.  The following are excerpts from Ian Young's 13 June, 2020 article, headlined "Revealed: Canada spy report written hours before Meng Wanzhou’s arrest predicted ‘shockwaves around the world’ once Huawei CFO was taken in".

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A secret report by Canada’s spy agency, finalised just hours before Huawei executive Meng Wanzhou’s arrest in Vancouver in 2018, describes how her impending detention would “send shockwaves around the world” and provides evidence of “coordinated state misconduct” between the US and Canada against her, according to her lawyers.

The two-page Canadian Security Intelligence Service (CSIS) report bolsters Meng’s case that she is a victim of an abuse of process, her lawyers said.

Completed the morning of Meng’s arrest on December 1, 2018, the report, according to the lawyers, says “advanced communication to the CSIS came from the [US] FBI”. Meng’s lawyers said it also provides a timeline for the forthcoming operation at Vancouver’s international airport.

“CSIS’s knowledge that Ms Meng’s arrest would not be effected until ‘approximately 16:00 Vancouver time’ is troubling, since it is consistent with CSIS knowing that the CBSA [Canada Border Security Agency] would first detain, search and interrogate Ms Meng upon her arrival at YVR [airport] at 11.30am,” her lawyers said in a newly disclosed motion.

Meng’s lawyers have argued that her rights were abused when she was questioned and searched by CBSA officers before her arrest, and that this was not a normal border procedure but a covert and illicit evidence-gathering exercise conducted on behalf of the US’ Federal Bureau of Investigation.

The existence of the two-page CSIS report was disclosed late Thursday, when federal court documents relating to the matter were shifted to a public court registry from a “designated” registry. The report itself was not made public....

Canada’s attorney general provided the CSIS report to Meng’s lawyers on April 23 – a “late disclosure”, they said – but it was redacted. A further six documents related to the report were disclosed on June 2, but are also “heavily redacted” on national security grounds.

The material is described in a June 5 motion from Meng’s lawyers seeking the appointment of a special court officer with security clearance, known as an amicus curiae, to discuss the secret material before a judge in closed-door sessions. The amicus would not be allowed to disclose the secret information to Meng or her lawyers.

The attorney general, representing US interests in the extradition case, consented to the appointment of the amicus, which was ordered on Wednesday. The amicus, whose fees will be paid by Meng, is Anil Kapoor, a Toronto barrister.

Meng’s lawyers – Richard Peck, Eric Gottardi, David Martin and Scott Fention – said in their motion that deciding whether it was reasonable to withhold the redacted material on national security grounds should not be made with only the attorney general’s lawyers making the case before a judge.

The report, they contended, underscored “the seriousness of the coordinated state misconduct that is the focus of the applicant’s abuse of process allegations”.

“The author of the CSIS report also was aware that the arrest of Ms Meng would be a high-profile political event, saying ‘the arrest is likely to send shockwaves around the world’,” the lawyers wrote.

Meng’s lawyers quoted the report as saying “FBI will not be present in an effort to avoid the perception of influence”.

“The CSIS report makes plain that not only was CSIS involved in communicating with the FBI and others regarding the planning of Ms Meng’s arrest … but that the CSIS had an ongoing role after the arrest,” they said.

“The latter is supported by the CSIS report’s closing line, ‘Updates will be provided on a regular basis as this issue develops’.”

The report “was also pre-occupied with when the news of Ms Meng’s arrest might become public and states that the timing of the arrest ‘may delay Chinese recognition of the event’”.

At the time, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, US President Donald Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping were at the G20 summit in Buenos Aires, Argentina, and they dined together on the evening of December 1.

In a response Monday to the motion, the National Security Group at Canada’s Department of Justice consented to Kapoor’s appointment as amicus, but disputed aspects of his role. It cited case law that “the amicus is bound by a duty of loyalty and integrity to the court and not to any parties to the proceedings”.

“In short, playing a role that sometimes may be opposite to that of the Attorney General does not make the amicus a defence counsel,” National Security Group lawyer Andre Seguin wrote.

“The work done by the amicus undoubtedly will benefit the applicant. But the role is not adversarial in nature,” he added.

In her order on Wednesday appointing Kapoor, the Federal Court’s Madam Justice Catherine Kane said that “the amicus will keep confidential from the Respondent [Meng], her counsel, and any other person not participating in the in camera ex parte hearing, all information and documents to which the amicus had access”....  (End excerpts)

Source:  scmpdotcom

6.  The two-page Canadian Security Intelligence Service (CSIS) report confirms my long-held suspicion that the US has been tracking the movements of important targets, Chinese and non-Chinese, in order to take action against them at the ripe time.  Nowadays, flight & hotel booking could be done long before the trip.  The US intelligence agency must have obtained all the information long before Meng's trip, and scheduled the Sino-US summit meeting in Buenos Aires on the day of her arrest.

The US covert operation against the Huawei CFO once again reveals the true face of the global lawlessness of the "pomparroo".
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Joke 4

1.  The following are excerpts from an article by Tom Cotton, the Republican senator from Arkansas, dated June 3, 2020, under the headline "Tom Cotton: Send In the Troops" and subheading "The nation must restore order. The military stands ready."

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....the rioting has nothing to do with George Floyd, whose bereaved relatives have condemned violence. On the contrary, nihilist criminals are simply out for loot and the thrill of destruction, with cadres of left-wing radicals like antifa infiltrating protest marches to exploit Floyd’s death for their own anarchic purposes....

The pace of looting and disorder may fluctuate from night to night, but it’s past time to support local law enforcement with federal authority. Some governors have mobilized the National Guard, yet others refuse, and in some cases the rioters still outnumber the police and Guard combined. In these circumstances, the Insurrection Act authorizes the president to employ the military “or any other means” in “cases of insurrection, or obstruction to the laws.”

This venerable law, nearly as old as our republic itself, doesn’t amount to “martial law” or the end of democracy, as some excitable critics, ignorant of both the law and our history, have comically suggested. In fact, the federal government has a constitutional duty to the states to “protect each of them from domestic violence.” Throughout our history, presidents have exercised this authority on dozens of occasions to protect law-abiding citizens from disorder. Nor does it violate the Posse Comitatus Act, which constrains the military’s role in law enforcement but expressly except statutes such as the Insurrection Act...  (End excerpts)

Source: nytimesdotcom

2. Renowned Trump critic Jack Holmes has pointed out that Tom Cotton, the Republican Senator from Arkansas, is "one of the most brazenly irresponsible people in elected office today".

Source: esquiredotcom

3.  I coin an idiom "Let a cotton brain wield an iron fist" which means "Let a brazenly irresponsible politician exercise total authority." That is certainly a recipe for disaster as it could put all his fellow countrymen in mortal danger.
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