“There is, at this point, no thought of a pardon whatsoever.”

Once in the goolies, twice shy
…Black has emerged as one of the president’s most outspoken supporters…. “I think he’s done quite well,” said Black, rattling off a list of claims that have been widely challenged—or proven to be untrue…. The jarring disconnect has prompted speculation that Black, who in 2007 was sentenced to prison in the US for fraud and obstruction of justice, is angling for a pardon from Trump. Black is quick to brush off the suggestion. “This irritating mindreading by people who don’t know me, this imputation of motives, I think, is discreditable,” he said. “There is, at this point, no thought of a pardon whatsoever.”
—Reported by Ashifa Kassam, The Guardian, July 18, 2018.

After his conviction, with the support of Brian Mulroney and Tony Blair, Black arranged for the former 41st President, George H. W. Bush, personally to deliver his petition for a pardon directly into the hands of his son, President George W. Bush. The 43rd President was in no mood to consider Black’s petition.
—Reported by H. Garfield Emerson, governancecanada.com, Jan. 20, 2017.

Yep, pretty straightforward, no chance of any blowback there
As he remarked on departing Washington, President Trump may find dealing with Vladimir Putin straightforward, compared with his proverbial “allies.” At the least, he may make some progress to normalize relations with Russia and deescalate the partisan-fueled Democratic hysteria about Putin.
—Conrad, Lord Tubby, National Review. July 11, 2018.

Not since a spunky eight-year-old Special Olympian took on Garry Kasparov at chess…
When the cant and emotionalism subside, the Helsinki summit will go down in history as a turning point in this American president’s struggle to disembowel the bipartisan regime of complacency and lassitude he successfully ran against…. President Trump knew what he was getting into in holding a press conference with Vladimir Putin.
—Conrad, Lord Tubby, amgreatness.com, July 18, 2018.

The most virulent and fearful Trump-hater—apart from Melania, of course
They all missed the point. The real issue surged to the surface and into the ether in a blinding flash about five minutes after the joint press conference ended in the form of a tweet from former CIA director John Brennan. Perhaps the most virulent (and fearful) Trump-hater of all, Brennan described Trump’s public performance (not any imagined private betrayals) as “exceeding the threshold of ‘high crimes and misdemeanors’ and justified impeachment” as “treasonous” and “imbecilic” [sic].

Jack Matlock? You mean one of those establishment, John Kerry-supporting, anti-Isaeli-settlements swamp denizens Trump vowed to extirpate?
The president could have made the point that former U.S. Ambassador Jack Matlock made last week that the intelligence community had in fact only tentatively concluded that there was official Russian meddling of a very insignificant and ineffectual kind in the 2016 election.

Oh, well, if Putin affirmed it…
And he could certainly have remarked that since Brennan and Clapper both had accused Trump of colluding with the Russians, and he had done nothing of the kind (as Putin affirmed) and since there was not a shred of evidence to corroborate that allegation or Clapper’s claim that the Russians had tipped the election to Trump, and as both Clapper and Brennan, as well as Comey, had lied to Congress under oath in related matters, he, President Trump, put more faith in Putin’s account of the absence of collusion than in the defamatory allegations of the former leaders of the American intelligence community….

Pausing only in his fulmination to wipe the smegma off his lips…
The Russian meddling is nonsense. It was trivial and though it is almost inconceivable that Putin wasn’t aware of it, that could never be proved. The president stated before the world that the U.S. intelligence community was so profoundly corrupted under his predecessor that it is less plausible than the chief occupant of the Kremlin on the subject of the late American election, which the directors of the intelligence agencies cooperated in trying to rig and then to undo, in stark and criminal violation of the Constitution…. They are trying to cover up the greatest illicit meddling in an American election in history: by American intelligence agencies. In their desperation since the defeat of the candidate they covertly supported, who would have covered it up for them, they have been trying to maintain the fraud of collusion and conflate it with the trivial and routine interventions of some Russian operatives in the 2016 election.

Trump, of course, being an innocent bystander to this whole tawdry contretemps
What makes this controversy so unique, riveting, and infuriating, is the ability of the palsied Democratic leaders, with their media accomplices and dupes, to keep this dead pigeon of collusion alive….

OK, which is it, already!?
The cyclonic American President Trump, magnificently disdainful of all opinions except those of his followers in his own country, is enjoying every moment in his great office and tumult more than serenity…. A pleasant summer to all.
—Conrad, Lord Tubby, National Post, July 13, 2018

If, on the other hand, it’s Trump other favourite Amy, Amy St. Eve, it would be an appointment on the level of Brutus’s conduct at the shanking of Julius Caesar
The desperation of the Democrats to stop the apparently inexorable rise of a president they so completely discounted and despised, and assumed they could remove or emasculate just by turning up the volume and activity of their media organ monkeys, may drive them to accidental suicide over the latest Supreme Court vacancy. I have no standing at all to intuit whom the president may nominate. But if, as I suspect, it is Judge Amy Barrett, it would be a tactical masterpiece on the level of Napoleon’s conduct of the Battle of Austerlitz, or Hannibal at Cannae.
—Conrad, Lord, Tubby, americangreatness.com, July 6, 2018.

A prophecy of Tubbidamus, made after playing with his toy soldiers all morning
I believe the president will nominate Barrett, that the Democrats will take definitive leave of their depleted senses, apostrophize the judge as a Trojan Horse of female submission, that she will clear her hearings with flying colors while the president’s formidable battery of social media and talk show supporters roast the Democrats for attacking an exemplary female achiever and a fine jurist whose only offense is to be a member of the Roman Catholic Church…. As at Cannae and at Austerlitz, the center of the defending force (Democrats), will crumble and President Trump will sweep the field.
—Conrad, Lord, Tubby, americangreatness.com, July 6, 2018.

Hard to find shabbier reasoning than that
The Democrats seem convinced, and are in any case trying to convince the country, that the president is going to assault the authority of Roe v. Wade, the shabbily reasoned decision of 1973 that gave a carte blanche to abortion on the ground of a woman’s right to determine what goes on within her own body.

Suddenly, waterboarding sounds quite benign
It is, in Keatsian terms, “a wild surmise,” but I believe the president is luring the Democrats into a trap constructed of their own witless fanaticism, compounded by his long victory streak as he has stretched them out on the rack of elusive, tantalizing, but evanescent semblances of vulnerability.—Ibid.

Or so it says in Book of Revelation
With their demand for a rollback of the Trump tax cuts and their affection for open borders, the hydra-headed pygmy army of the once (and future) great Democratic Party will complete the conversion of the blue wave, en route to the electoral shore, to a crimson tide of molten lava.
—americangreatness.com, July 6th, 2018.

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6 comments on ““There is, at this point, no thought of a pardon whatsoever.”
  1. John MacLachlan Gray says:

    Lord Black will need to put away his thesaurus if he wants to suck up to a man with the vocabulary of a 10 year-old.

  2. OJM says:

    “The good news, Conrad, is that I checked with Vlad and he says it’s OK to pardon you…bad news is that he says the pardon can only cover your shitty writing.”

  3. daveS says:

    Meanwhile downunder, the Fairfax Publishing-Nine TV Network merger this week, occasions unfond memories of Lord Black:

    “From butlers and booze-ups to a humiliating end – the sad demise of Fairfax”
    by David Marr The Guardian (Australia edition) Fri 27 Jul 2018 23.00 BST
    …”…That Fairfax came back from the dead after the catastrophe of Young Warwick Fairfax reinforced an old belief we all shared in there that Fairfax was indestructible. The Canadian tycoon – later crook – Conrad Black took Fairfax up town setting up the show on the top floors of a new city building. There were butlers, dining rooms and fleets of cars …”

  4. Forbes Kennedy says:

    For best results Tubby should write his pardon petition to Putin’s poodle in Dick & Jane style prose.

  5. SaneMan says:

    « At this point » …. operative phrase.

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