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Three points:

1. An attorney can: a) be expected to hold in confidence any communication where legal advice is given even if it is mere cocktail party chat; and b) be held professionally liable for such communication. A formal retainer agreement is not required to form that relationship.

2. If it was mere cocktail party chat or something inconsequential as is being claimed by Hannity, why would Cohen have discoverable records about the advice given? It is believable that no body wanted the link made public even if there was no shady situation. Maybe there was a pay off for SH but we do not know that.

3. Hannity should have disclosed his conflict before commenting on the impropriety of the raid. But I highly doubt his bosses or audience cares.

someguyfromcanada  ·  link  ·  parent  ·  post: FBI Raids Cohen’s Office

I follow lots of lawyers on twitter. eg. Preet Bharara (former SDNY DA), LawfareBlog, PopeHat....

someguyfromcanada  ·  link  ·  parent  ·  post: FBI Raids Cohen’s Office

Important to note that this raid was approved by Trump appointees so can not be a witch hunt.

The probable cause apparently was found by Mueller's team who then consulted with Trump appointed senior members at the DOJ who agreed it should be passed onto the FBI in New York.

FBI NY would confer with the highly respected Southern District of NY (SDNY) DA office. The Trump appointed SDNY DA must have signed off on an application to a judge. The judge must have concluded that there was probable cause a crime had been committed. The fact that it is a lawyer's office raises the standard even further. Cohen's office is in Trump Tower and his only client is Trump so this likely relates to Trump. Solicitor-client privilege does not apply to communications in furtherance of a crime-fraud.

My understanding is that one of the investigations relates to bank fraud. I am going to guess that he did not obtain his line of credit by telling the Bank he wanted to use the money to pay off a porn star.

Another investigation relates to a election finance violation so my guess would be an illegal contribution by the payment. Any communications with Trump about these issues may fit within the crime-fraud exception and may possibly be used to indict/impeach Trump.

But who knows. This guy is slippery as fuck for some reason. I doubt his base cares and the GOP may not either.

p. s. > Mr. Cohen began his career as a personal injury lawyer and taxi fleet manager.


A good way to spend 2 hours IMO.


I was lucky enough to see the Talking Heads a couple of times many years ago but their music alone never really stuck with me. I just realized it is because that's because it was never designed that way... the visuals are an essential part of their performance. Which makes sense when you know they originated out of the Rhode Island School of Design.

And they even have a hype man.

Nice to see some frankness about MJ.

QJ is an icon, but full of himself and all over the place though. Like a Pisces I guess he would say? Just jamming? Not a big Beatles fan but to diss them like that (other than the Ringo story).... is he jealous of McCartneys's billion or what? Dude is a solid bass player and composer who has persevered for decades.

someguyfromcanada  ·  link  ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: February 7, 2018

Not surprisingly, It is pretty hard to track down information about some former members of Saddam Hussein's Iraqi regime. But I tried this week.

Since the Gulf War I have occasionally thought about a girl I went to university with. We sat next to each other in a few classes and started talking one day after I saw her being dropped off in a stretch limo. She wore a headscarf but was completely Western. Her father was a diplomat and she had gone to primary school in London when he was posted there, then high school in D.C. and Ottawa for university where he was the Ambassador.

We became fairly close even though we never saw each other off campus. We spent time together a few days a week for a couple of years.

Obviously her father must have been a trusted member of Saddam's inner circle. But I believe he defected with his family in London after the Gulf War. I have found absolutely no information about the family after this. Were they granted political asylum in London? Or elsewhere? Did he have millions stashed somewhere? What happened to my friend? I will never know.

someguyfromcanada  ·  link  ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: February 7, 2018

Ski holidays are the best holidays IMO. The physical exhilaration, the views, the feeling of zipping down a mountain, the apres ski... it is perfect for me. It also gives one the opportunity to sit in a snow bank and take in the experience of being in a place like your picture.

Lessons are the way to go no matter how long you have been skiing or how good you are. I take 2 half day lessons on the first 2 days of every trip and I am a double black diamond skier who has been doing it for 40 years.

> In 2006, he won the Elbrus Speed Climbing competition which he did by setting a new speed record, climbing from Azau station to the summit in 3 hours, 55 minutes and 58 seconds (record beaten in 2010 by Andrzej Bargiel). This climb represents a vertical rise of almost 3,250 metres or more than 10,600 feet and thus a speed of more than 800 vertical metres (2,600 vertical feet) an hour. He summited almost 40 minutes ahead of the next finisher.

He is 44 years old.

I have the Beef Bourguignon from Julie and Julia bookmarked. It is quite different than Julia's original recipe. I have made Confit Biyaldi several times and his recreation is pretty much the same as in Ratatouille. Really easy to make as well.

someguyfromcanada  ·  link  ·  parent  ·  post: GO FUND YOURSELF

An acquaintance of mine had a daughter that suffered from cancer her entire life and died in her early 20s. Horrible, long-term situation. About 2 years before she died her boyfriend raised $50,000 to help her during another round of treatment.

Excellent cause? The first priority listed was getting her a new Jeep. Her mother was an RN at a hospital that probably made a decent salary and had health care for her. Her Dad was a financial planner, who played for 12 years in the NHL, with excellent benefits and money.

I can"t believe anyone donated to that campaign. I have enormous sympathy for people like the bartender cited but far too often I see people posting and getting rewarded for idiotic reasons.

p.s. Was anyone else in that campaign to donate to cancer boy Lucas and the thank you that went out to thousands was a group message without BCCs? What a shitstorm that was.

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