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Jeffrey Epstein Had A Dream: He Wanted ‘To Seed The Human Race With His DNA’

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FILE – This July 27, 2006 arrest file photo made available by the Palm Beach, Fla., Sheriff’s Office shows Jeffrey Epstein. Epstein, a wealthy financier and convicted sex offender, has been arrested in New York on sex trafficking charges. Two law enforcement officials said Epstein was taken into federal custody Saturday, July 6, 2019, on charges involving sex-trafficking allegations that date to the 2000s. (AP Photo/Palm Beach Sheriff’s Office, File)

On Wednesday, the New York Times published a lengthy article written by three writers which offers a glimpse into the world of sex offender Jeffrey Epstein. The trio interviewed over a dozen of Epstein’s acquaintances to gather material for this story. And they paint a picture of an unusual man with some very unconventional interests.

In addition to his enormous brownstone in Manhattan, his Palm Beach mansion, his private island in the Caribbean, Epstein owns a 33,000-square-foot ranch located just outside of Santa Fe, New Mexico. It was here, he told friends, that he wanted women “to be impregnated with his sperm and to give birth to his babies” – 20 at a time.

According to the article, not only did Epstein like to surround himself with beautiful women, but with brilliant scientists. He actively cultvated friendships with many distinguished physicists, researchers, doctors and engineers. This group included:

Nobel Prize-winning physicist Murray Gell-Mann, who discovered the quark; the theoretical physicist and best-selling author Stephen Hawking; the paleontologist and evolutionary biologist Stephen Jay Gould; Oliver Sacks, the neurologist and best-selling author; George M. Church, a molecular engineer who has worked to identify genes that could be altered to create superior humans; and the M.I.T. theoretical physicist Frank Wilczek, a Nobel laureate.

He was especially interested in transhumanism which is “the science of improving the human population through technologies like genetic engineering and artificial intelligence. Critics have likened transhumanism to a modern-day version of eugenics, the discredited field of improving the human race through controlled breeding.”

Another of his acquaintances told the writers that Epstein was fascinated by cryonics which is “an unproven science in which people’s bodies are frozen to be brought back to life in the future. Epstein told this person that he wanted his head and penis to be frozen.”

The writers spoke to several of the scientists whom Epstein had been involved with. They were told that the “lure was Mr. Epstein’s money…The prospect of financing blinded them to the seriousness of his sexual transgressions.”

Here’s how this mad man entertained his scientist friends:

Scientists gathered at dinner parties at Mr. Epstein’s Manhattan mansion, where Dom Pérignon and expensive wines flowed freely, even though Mr. Epstein did not drink. He hosted buffet lunches at Harvard’s Program for Evolutionary Dynamics, which he had helped start with a $6.5 million donation.

Others flew to conferences sponsored by Mr. Epstein in the United States Virgin Islands and were feted on his private island there. Once, the scientists — including Mr. Hawking — crowded on board a submarine that Mr. Epstein had chartered.

Epstein had allegedly once told a NASA scientist about his idea for the baby ranch. This man said:

Mr. Epstein had based his idea for a baby ranch on accounts of the Repository for Germinal Choice, which was to be stocked with the sperm of Nobel laureates who wanted to strengthen the human gene pool. (Only one Nobel Prize winner has acknowledged contributing sperm to it. The repository discontinued operations in 1999.)

He said he had the impression that Mr. Epstein was using the dinner parties — where some guests were attractive women with impressive academic credentials — to screen candidates to bear Mr. Epstein’s children.

Such was the high life of accused sex trafficker Jeffrey Epstein. His money bought him friends, women, the company of renowned scholars, and for a long time, his freedom. Let’s see if it helps him now.

A strange man with even stranger interests.

Read the full article here.

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Buffy the Vampire Slayer Goes to (Twitter) War with Glee. Uglier is the FakeNews Fisticuffs by America’s Favorite Magazine

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Do you know the greatness of Buffy the Vampire Slayer?

Respectfully, I’m not referring to the enjoyable Sarah Michelle Gellar; I’m talking about the real Buffy — the original. That would be actress Kristy Swanson, star of the 1992 hit film which featured Donald Sutherland, Paul “Pee-Wee Herman” Reubens, Hillary Swank, and the great Luke Perry (here).

Long before 90-pound movie maidens regularly punched 200-pound men with their Kermit-the-Frog arms and sent ’em flying ‘cross the room, Buffy was a butt-kickin’ brawler — and in a much more believable way.

Kristy still packs a punch, and she recently used such to slay the notion of America being a joke.

Witness:

Someone posted the following video to Twitter…

Quite the concoction.

I watch that and think, “Aw, that girl wanted to make her mama’s dreams come true. So she leaned into the strike zone and took one for the team.”

51-year-old Glee actor Patrick Gallagher had a slightly different thought, and he tweeted it:

Cue Buffy, who treated Patrick like a fanged foe:

And it was on.

Patrick struck back with his own Jedi judo. Karate chop:

He also didn’t appreciate the efforts of a troll army:

Patrick threw his American citizenship amid a couple more jabs:

Back to Buff:

Oy. The ugliness of Twitter wars.

But here’s where it gets uglier. The real story is People Magazine’s coverage of the Tinseltown tiff.

What they wrote:

The initial controversy started when Trump fired off a string of racist tweets earlier this month to criticize progressive Democratic congresswomen and urge them to “go back” to the “crime-infested places from which they came,” despite the fact that they are American.

“A series of racist tweets.”

They are, of course, referring to this:

So for all who read People, the message is clear: It’s an objective fact that the President of the United States is an out-and-proud racist; this is something we all know and understand. This is America.

No qualifier. No evidence.

Will readers take People’s news as gospel? Surely some will assume the publication understands the definition of racism — the judgement of human beings solely according to the color of their skin. That concept is wholly absent from Trump’s above tweets, yet those who aren’t abreast of political goings-on will remain in the dark (see more here).

#NotGood.

Oh, well. While they’re hunkered down in darkness, they’d might as well enjoy a flick. I think I might, too. And no better time for an early 90’s classic. Check out the trailer below, and if you’ve got the time, soon enjoy some fantastic cinematic satisfaction. It slays.

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Tulsi Gabbard Is Now a Russian Agent

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The Democrat party and their media stenographers have one play in the playbook at this point and it’s Russia.

Anything they don’t like is Russia’s fault. Anyone they don’t like is a Russian agent. Do you eat hamburgers? You’re probably a Russian sympathizer according to The Washington Post. Everything is blamed on Russia, no matter how nonsensical the charge is.

We’ve seen this play out most recently with the #MoscowMitch hashtag and numerous media outlets rushing to telling us that Mitch McConnell is actually Putin’s puppet. It never stops and that means it’s not going to stop in the Democratic primaries either.

As I wrote this morning, Rep. Tulsi Gabbard absolutely wrecked Kamala Harris at the debate last night. If they haven’t seen it, here’s the clip again.

In response, Kamala Harris picked herself up off the floor and gave a riveting counter to the attacks on her record.

lol…just kidding…she had her boosters go out and accuse Gabbard of being a Russian agent.

Wait, you mean to tell me that Russia Today reported on the most explosive exchange at the debate? The same exchange that ever other media outlet on earth reported on? Well, this changes everything. I’ll also note that Stengal has no proof that Russia started the #KamalaHarrisDestroyed hashtag. It’s a baseless accusation that mirrors many other baseless claims about evil Russians controlling social media.

Harris’ campaign also got directly involved. Here’s her Press Sec. weighing in.

You see, it couldn’t just be that Kamala Harris a terrible politician who has no business running for President. No, the only reason Gabbard attacked her is because the Russians made her do it. Do you sense trend yet? Anytime anyone threatens mainstream Democratic thought, it’s always the Kremlin’s fault. Funny how that works.

MSNBC’s Joy Reid, who’s never met a conspiracy theory she didn’t love, chimed in as well.

That’s called having a debate, Joy. That’s what the purpose of that gathering last night was.

Here’s the reality. If Gabbard goes after Biden, she only helps Harris stay ahead of her. The way you claw your way into a race with many people is to go after those standing between you and the front runner. This isn’t new or revolutionary to most people. To Democrats, it’s proof of a Russian disinformation campaign to take down the unimpeachable Kamala Harris.

These people are crazy and this is a preview of the general election. Every single bit of positive news for Donald Trump is going to be blamed on the Russians. We are going to get countless evidence free think pieces about Russian trolls, bots, and social media campaigns. All of this will be spun to paint Trump as being helped by the Russians. You can also bet there will be some fresh conspiracy theories dealing with Russian contacts by the Trump campaign. Why? Because they have nothing to actually run on.

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Is Amazon’s Series ‘The Boys’ The Allegorical Tonic for Our Political Climate?

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While this adult-aimed series is focused on superheroes it also serves as a metaphor of our current social upheaval.

The new streaming frontier we are experiencing has brought out some competition, and it has also led to a new golden era of television quality. Not only are there more choices between services (with many others arriving) but these competitors are trying to lure customers with a novel concept; offering quality content.

Amazon has been adept at bringing the quality and its latest offering – “The Boys” – is both a challenge and a rewarding experience. The premise surrounds a world where superheroes are a recognized way of life, an elevated class who are also media famous. They are regulars on news features, appear in pay-per-view events, and are treated with all of the same awe and deference as Hollywood celebrities.

This group of supers are also shown behind the scenes to be a venal and corrupt lot of characters. Hundreds of super heroes operate across the country under the mantle of a corporate conglomerate. Entitled Vaught International the company concentrates on a core group of heroes, called The Seven. This proto-Justice League serves as the face of the company and their success and images are what is the focus of Vaught executives.

The figurehead of The Seven is a Super-Man hybrid named Homelander. There are others who serve as avatars of the DC Comics universe, such as Queen Maeve (Wonder Woman), A-Train (The Flash), and The Deep (Aquaman). There is also the silent Black Noir, and the carbon-influencing disappearing Translucent. Newcomer to The Seven is Starlight, a young naive and wholesome girl named Annie who has strong electrical powers.

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The story opens with a mortal named Hughie Campbell who is with his girlfriend on a street. She meets an untimely end, the result of a superhero accident (the scene deserves to be witnessed) and as a result the distraught Hughie falls into an alliance with Billy Butcher, a self-proclaimed leader of The Boys who are mercenaries against the Supes. Karl Urban plays Butcher in brilliant fashion, a blunt cold-approach individual but also an understanding sort.

Also excellent is Elizabeth Shue, the corporate manager of The Seven. She is a calculating villain but does not play her character as an arch caricature. She is a great vehicle for this production that takes a dark view of heroes but does not lapse into full cynicism. The presentation is unflinchingly harrowing, showing these national icons as full-on anti-heroes. THough dealing with comic book heroes this is an unmistakably adult property. Conjure an image of a Hollywood celebrity steeped in scandal, and you have the sense of daily activities for many of these Seven.

While rooted in a comic book series from 2006 of the same name, this property has been attempted to be adapted a number of times unsuccessfully. Seth Rogan and Evan Golddberg managed to get this moved to Amazon, with the creator of the hit series “Supernatural” Eric Kripke on as primary writer. While that means you could depend on a proper dark and twisted view of things what we also have served up is a decent allegory for our current political climate (intentional, or otherwise.)

These Supes resemble politicians who are seemingly out to serve the citizenry but ultimately are just an avaricious group looking for personal gain. When Annie/Starlight is brought into the fold she is an idealistic figure, wanting to make the world a better place. She is instantly faced with an entity that is more focused on media presence and polling numbers, above actually fighting crime. She also encounters a workplace sexual assault, so her disillusionment is instantaneous.

The Seven has their entire image massaged and presented to the public with the most glossy package possible. All scandal and negative optics are scrubbed, and staging of rescues and missions is not out of consideration. The version served up to the public has a wide gulf between the dark reality. Butcher and The Boys are working as the counterbalance, acting as the corrective force who knows the truth and works to find the proof of their actual state.

In this way they feel emblematic of the social media and citizen journalist pushback we frequently see in our current political climate. In much the same way the media narratives frequently get battled these days The Boys are fighting a powerful complex with vastly greater resources. The quest for truth leads to guerrilla tactics, but getting that message out compels them.

The feeling throughout “The Boys” is one where lessons are not just being delivered but a roadmap may also be offered up. What are we to do when we discover the paragons of our society are truly not the heroes they have been positioned to be? While it could feel fruitless to battle such a massive force we see that if we just sit back and absorb the messaging things are no less dangerous, and possibly more so.

Even putting aside the potential messaging you have a show worth watching. The graphicness and intensity are there, but so is the quality. The writing is strong throughout, and the performances elevate that content. Even though it is steeped in the bad nature of all concerned it delivers the goods.

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Michael Moore Signals the Democrat’s Lack of Faith In Their Candidates Against Trump

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It’s not looking good for Democrats. The entirety of the 2020 crop of candidates they’ve produced are lackluster at best, and likely won’t stand a chance against Donald Trump in the upcoming general elections.

And it’s not just people on the right who see it. Many Democrats do too, only they’re loath to admit it, but they will in other ways.

Take Michael Moore, for instance. The documentarian is so unimpressed that his attention is wandering to people who may beat Trump that aren’t even in the race. As such, his wandering eye landed on former First Lady Michelle Obama.

According to The Hill, Moore expressed his desire for Obama to run, saying that while others could beat Trump, Obama definitely would:

“She would beat him in the debates, he wouldn’t be able to bully her, he wouldn’t be able to nickname her,” he said.

Moore cited Obama’s popular tour for her memoir “Becoming.”

“She takes the stage and she’s so powerful and so good you just look at that and think of course she could win,” he said.

Obama, however, is not among the vast field of two dozen Democrats looking to face Trump in 2020.

“Well, has anyone asked her?” Moore said. “If asked to serve, I believe she would serve.”

Moore didn’t say anything about Obama’s qualifications, just that she’s a street fighter with a “powerful presence.” In truth, she hasn’t done anything of particular merit that would put a lot of people’s faith in her.

What Moore is likely seeing is a greener shade of grass on the side of a field he can’t get to. He’s none too happy about the fact that his team is headed into 2020 with what the B squad upfront, and in his desperation, he’s looking for someone he thinks will radiate bright enough to outshine Trump. The problem is that he’s basing that feeling off of a book tour where Obama was continuously tossed softball questions in a relaxed atmosphere.

Obama is admired, that is true, but being admired won’t save her against a strong debate opponent like Trump who is bringing his economic numbers and momentum with him.

All that aside, Moore’s suggestion doesn’t speak well for the 2020 contenders.

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Son Of Osama bin Laden, Hamza bin Laden, Reported To Be Dead

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Three U.S. government officials, who wish to remain anonymous, have confirmed to NBC News that, at sometime during the first two years of the Trump administration, Hamza bin Laden was killed. The officials did not provide details, but did indicate that the U.S. government was involved in the military strike which caused his death. They said the US government recently received intelligence confirming that he was dead. He was thought to be 30 years old.

In February of this year, the U.S. State Department, unaware of his death, offered a $1 million reward for information about his location. The State Department claimed that bin Laden was “emerging as a leader in the Al-Qaeda franchise” and believed he was being groomed to ultimately lead Al Qaeda. They referred to him as the “crown prince of jihad.”

His death is viewed as a symbolic victory rather than the removal of a threat.

President Trump was questioned by reporters on Wednesday about bin Laden, but declined to comment.

Former F.B.I. agent Ali Soufan, an Al Qaeda expert, told the NY Times “it is unusual for Al Qaeda not to announce the death of a leader and celebrate him as a martyr. But if the American government’s assessment is accurate, it significantly damages Al Qaeda’s plans for moving to the second generation.”

According to Soufan:

Unlike other Qaeda leaders, Mr. bin Laden never criticized the Islamic State in his public speeches, The tactic suggests that he was holding back so members of the Islamic State, which began as a Qaeda affiliate and shares its ideology but broke away from its control, might have eventually accepted him as leader in any future reunification.

Bin Laden was not in the Abbottabad compound in May 2011 during the Seal Team Six raid which killed his father. But, afterward, he would regularly release “audio and video messages calling for attacks on the United States…especially to avenge his father’s killing by US forces in Pakistan in May 2011.”

In August of 2015, he was introduced as the “face” of Al Qaeda. The group called him “a young lion to carry forth the cause.”

Thomas Joscelyn, a senior fellow at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, told the NY Times that bin Laden “was likely operating on the Pakistan-Afghanistan border.”

Mr. Joscelyn said bin Laden “had an important role, both in terms of ties to the Taliban and as a spokesman…They were building him up to potentially be the No. 1 someday; he was not thought of as the heir apparent today.”

One of Osama bin Laden’s sons, Khalid, was killed in the 2011 Abbottabad raid and another, Saad, was killed in a 2009 drone strike.

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POLITICO Agrees: Trump Won

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POLITICO Agrees: Trump Won

It’s Pretty Bad for the Dems When POLITICO agrees with me. In today’s unsigned opinion piece, Politico and I appear to be walking the same path; The President was the clear winner last night. From the article.

Trump won Wednesday night’s debate by a mile. Unlike Tuesday night, none of the top contenders in the Democratic field stood out or looked comfortable defending their positions and records or prosecuting the case against the incumbent president. It seemed as if there were more attacks on the past policies and practices of the Obama administration than on today’s Trump administration. Outside of Vice President Biden’s very effective opening statement and some early swings at the president by Senator Harris, the two leading candidates focused their fire on one another and failed to take the fight back to President Trump until nearly two hours in.

I am rapidly running out of popcorn and my Amazon Prime restock isn’t due for a few more days. I’m not sure I can handle all this winning.

The piece winds up with,

It is absolutely mind-boggling to me that the Democratic candidates think their best path forward is to aggressively and personally attack one another over the finer points of their white papers and decades-old positions, given the intensity of their base’s desire to remove Trump from the White House. It’s mind-boggling that there would be several candidates taking shots at Barack Obama when he’s broadly popular, Trump isn’t, and the whole point of this enterprise is beating Trump.

And finally,

And so in that regard, the loser of the debate tonight was the eventual Democratic nominee, who it is clear will win only after being a victim of some aggressive friendly fire.

Being a victim of aggressive friendly fire, fire that depends on whether you are tied to Obama or not. What a turn of events. Side note: I believe this article gave way too much deference to Kamala Harris. It totally failed to mention the thumping Tulsi Gabbard gave her over her unethical and in some cases, downright criminal behavior towards persons, many of color, caught up in California’s criminal (in)justice system. There will be more on that down the road.

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Here’s Just How Badly James Comey Mishandled Classified Information Per New Documents

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As I shared last night, sources are telling The Hill’s John Solomon that James Comey was referred to the DOJ for prosecution. This deals with his mishandling of classified memos, which he purposely leaked to get Robert Mueller appointed.

Unfortunately and inexplicably, those same sources are also saying that the DOJ is going to decline to prosecute due to a lack of evidence to prove intent. This is confusing for several reasons, not the least of which is that Comey admitted in a Congressional hearing that he purposely leaked the memos.

At nearly the same time that news broke, Judicial Watch obtained documents that show just how badly James Comey mishandled classified information.

Not only was Comey keeping confidential and classified government documents at his house, which is illegal in and of itself, but he “lost” memos as well. Here’s what one of those memos was about.

There’s noway that’s a coincidence. The most likely reason Comey “lost” that specific memo is because he lied to the President about what surveillance had been used against his campaign and associates. But no matter. Comey just has to say he misplaced it and all of this just goes away apparently.

So to recap, Comey illegally possessed government documents at his house, he leaked those documents for partisan reasons, he admitted to leaking them for partisan reasons, and he “lost” other memos which likely contained further incriminating evidence against him.

Despite that, he’s not going to be prosecuted because of a lack of intent, which is not even required by the specific criminal statute. What I’m quickly learning is that intent is a meaningless term in Washington, used only as a means to deflect responsibility. A “get out of jail free card” for the entrenched elite. No amount of direct admission and obvious evidence is ever enough.

Think about how ridiculous this is. James Comey investigated Hillary Clinton and cleared her of mishandling classified materials, citing lack of intent. Now, he’s getting off for the same crime, for the same reason. The culture of corruption within our government is just perverse. No one is ever held accountable for anything. It’s the epitome of a two tiered system of justice.

I wish I could say I hold the same faith that my colleague Elizabeth does on the matter, but I believe this is it for Comey. I don’t believe this is all part of a plan to nail him on some bigger charge down the road. If they can’t prove intent here, when he directly admitted what he did, there’s noway they can prove intent dealing with FISA abuse (and that’s assuming you could pinpoint a specific statute violated anyway given how ungoverned the FISA court is). Comey did also lie to the FBI, but the DOJ has already said they won’t prosecute that either according to Solomon’s sources.

In the end, nothing changes. No one is made to pay and this kind of ingrained corruption within our bureaucracies will undoubtedly continue.

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Here’s the Trailer for ‘The Irishman’—The Mob Movie About The Hit On Jimmy Hoffa

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The long-awaited Martin Scorsese film, starring Robert De Niro, Al Pacino and Joe Pesci, about Jimmy Hoffa’s alleged killer is due out in the fall. Here’s the trailer…

Netflix has finally scheduled the long-awaited and highly-anticipated gangster epic, The Irishman—which is based on Charles Brandt’s book “I Heard You Paint Houses”—for release this fall.

Scorsese’s The Irishman stars De Niro as Frank Sheeran, a World War II veteran who became a mob hitman, as well as president of the Delaware Teamsters Local 326, and played a role in Jimmy Hoffa’s disappearance. Pacino is starring as notorious mob-connected union boss Hoffa and Pesci plays Pennsylvania-based mob boss Russell Bufalino.

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President Trump Orders Navy To Revoke Medals Given To Eddie Gallagher’s Prosecutors

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Navy Special Operations Chief Edward Gallagher embraces his wife, Andrea Gallagher, after leaving a military courtroom on Naval Base San Diego, Thursday, May 30, 2019, in San Diego. The decorated Navy SEAL facing a murder trial in the death of an Islamic State prisoner was freed Thursday from custody after a military judge cited interference by prosecutors. (AP Photo/Julie Watson)

On July 3, a court martial panel at San Diego Naval Base returned a verdict on not guilty in the trial of SEAL Chief Eddie Gallagher. Gallagher had been accused of premeditated murder, along with other charges in the death of an Iraqi insurgent. The trial was rife with prosecutorial misconduct (the prosecution team actually attempted to insert malware into the phones of defense attorneys to try to find out who was leaking counter-spin to the media) and a blinding level of stupidity (the key witness against Gallagher, testifying under a grant of immunity, testified that he, himself, not Gallagher, had killed the insurgent). All in all, the prosecution gave the impression that Gallagher had been targeted for destruction and the monomania by the Navy JAG office and the NCIS drove them to do just about anything they thought would get a guilty verdict. And like so many things, there was a President Trump angle. The story of Eddie Gallagher had caught his attention and he had toyed with the idea of issuing a pardon. When Gallagher was acquitted he got a tweet of congratulations:

As is so often the case, particularly where Trump is concerned, the Navy JAG office doubled down and decided to show their disapproval of the verdict and of Trump by awarding the Navy Achievement Medal to four prosecutors in the case.

The Navy’s Region Legal Service Office in San Diego hosted an award ceremony on July 10 in one of its courtrooms for four attorneys and four legal support staffers involved in the Gallagher case, according to a motion filed in a companion case on July 19 by military attorneys representing Navy SEAL Lt. Jacob Portier, Gallagher’s former platoon commander.

The prosecution team all received Navy Achievement Medals, which “commended the trial teams’ ‘exceptional witness preparation,’ ‘expert litigation on constitutional issues,’ and ‘superb results,’” the motion said, apparently quoting from the award citations.

The motion also claimed that the RLSO Chief of Staff said words to the effect of “no matter the result, we were right to prosecute [Gallagher],” and “justice was done.”

Just two points. An achievement medal, no matter the service, is a nothingburger. When it was first introduced it was unofficially restricted to enlisted men and junior noncommissioned officers. But it gradually became a gimme handed out for bullsh** because the approval level is at the lieutenant colonel level. I had a couple of them but only wore them when I had to have my official photo taken because otherwise I had to give blow jobs down at the bus station for a couple of weeks to get my self respect back. But an acheivement medal under these circumstances is actually an affront against the awards system and the military justice system. Essentially, the commander authorizing these awards was saying that Gallagher was actually guilty and throwing the middle finger at the commander in chief. While the Navy’s chain of command let this slide, someone didn’t.

This might very well be unprecedented but not in a bad way:

Other presidents have been dissatisfied with military prosecutors, but experts could not recall another instance in recent times when a commander in chief intervened so directly in a case like this. In other administrations, they said, any objections to medals would usually be expressed privately and resolved outside of public view.

“What makes this unusual is the president’s decision to do it through Twitter, thus making it a very public rebuke of everyone involved,” said Peter D. Feaver, a specialist on civilian-military relations at Duke University and former national security aide to Presidents Bill Clinton and George W. Bush.

“Of course, the president as commander in chief has the prerogative to give his rebukes however he wishes,” Mr. Feaver added, “but the approach President Trump has chosen to take seems calculated to inflame rather than calm the issue.”

This is actually hilarious. And the reactions by the #Resistance types was equally funny:

Mighty courageous to donate your “I wuz there” ribbons. I hope you have actual ones somewhere.

On a serious note, the idea that a Navy commander, anywhere, would give awards for a failed prosecution, particularly one marred by misconduct, reeks of a sense of entitlement. To the extent this was brought on by President Trump’s interest in the case, it is a blatant case of insubordination and disrespect and the brainiac behind it should be hammered in a very public way. There is really no innocent explanation for these awards and it is a very good thing that President Trump stepped in to impose discipline where the Navy seemed unable or unwilling to do so.

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