[FRIAM] The lies of Trump and ecDNA

Steve Smith sasmyth at swcp.com
Thu Feb 29 19:40:45 EST 2024

Eric -

excellent analysis (as usual)...

I approve of the attempts to pull Trump off of the ballots, but that is 
not to say i think succeeding at the effort is the ideal outcome.  Even 
though it feeds the "politically motivated" gripe, it is a good 
nationwide reminder that his acts could very well be not just aligned 
with insurrection but possibly legally so after full due process.

On a related matter, I am wondering about Letitia James' deliberations 
right now on which properties to seize in what order.  The NY properties 
are already tied up by his and his children's ban from doing business in 
NY, so it isn't "punitive" enough to seize those maybe, even if they are 
the easiest (judicially) to grab quickly?

I think as private enterprises the actual encumbrances on those 
properties is hidden from the courts as well as the public (surely the 
jurisdictions where any liens are held know, but can't legally tell up 
front?)    I don't know if the issues with going out-of -country are 
even greater but grabbing his Scotland and Panama properties have some 
special sting perhaps?    If she knew how deeply mortgaged/leveraged 
each property was, she could grab the ones most leveraged and shake the 
nickels and dimes out of them(again this is punitive) and discard the 
husk.  Maybe strip the gold (plated?) fixtures out?

Alternatively, the properties he has most over-valued publicly (and in 
the jurisdiction) might be the right ones to grab and auction...  40 
Wall-Street is Iconic and Personal even if he no longer spends any time 
there (still maintains occupancy in the penthouse though?).   The maxim 
of real-estate is "it is worth whatever someone will pay for it"?   
Would the Saudi's or some other wealthy patron-du-Trump swoop in and pay 
the valuation he was claiming in the lawsuit (irony?!) or would all of 
the developer enemies he's made in NYC gang up and lowball the auction 
to reinforce how inflated he tried to make it?    Or take the

If he really couldn't raise the 10% bond for 550m (as he implies), I'm 
guessing he's close to or over upside down on many of his properties 
(based on inflated value vs market value?).

In my TL;DR style I can't resist one more hallucination:   Seize Mara 
Lago and turn it into a white-collar federal prison for Trump to spend 
his time in... give himan ankle monitor and build in a fake SCIF which 
is full of empty classification folders.   Trump could play golf with 
his prison-mates...   maybe mix in some high-profile gangsters or cartel 
heads like El Chapo to keep him from calling "gimmes" and "mulligans" on 
every hole and lying about his score.   I'm wondering if the social 
media reports by El Chapo's daughter in Scotland represent her scouting 
his property there for a "hostile takeover" by the cartels?

We do live in interesting times...

I'm gonna go back to carving a bump-stock for my rubber-band gun...

- Steve

On 2/29/24 11:26 AM, David Eric Smith wrote:
> I don’t suppose I want to make some strident argument about his being or not being on the ballot, since there are good reasons a careful system of laws might want to allow someone to run for an office even from a prison (didn’t Lula da Silva have to do that?)
> But trump needs to get his ass hauled into a proper court, and that promptly, for two reasons that have nothing to do with hail Mary’s to keep him out of office.
> 1. It has been extravagantly exhibited what many people already gripe about both substantively and out of habit: that the notion of “rule of law” is so strained in this country by the deferences given to the rich and the powerful (particularly the politically powerful) as to approach bitter irony.  But to those who love nothing so much as to complain and cast judgment: things can be worse, and gangster countries or absolute information-firewall countries make that visceral lest we forget.  In order that what is already not good, not get much worse, at some point we have to find that there is _some_ limit to the indulgences given.  Otherwise we just let it all go and aren’t even going to try.
> 2. Also “of course”, but surprisingly hard to get heard in a crowd: the letter of law doesn’t do much good if we are in Humpty-Dumpty world where any word is allowed to mean anything, and many words can simply be ignored on the premise that they mean nothing at all.  There is a sense of good-faith interpretation of law, which is by nature not written into the letters of laws that the good faith is needed to protect — although good law systems do use the letters of the law to get as much robustness per unit of good faith as possible, by feeding back to education, certification standards, incentives, visibility, and so forth.  It is not enough to haul his ass before judges and juries, they have to be real judges that feel obliged to good faith and competence.  And any juries have to somehow be protected from brownshirts, at least so we don’t have to rely on heroes to even accept the jury assignment without fleeing the country for their own safety.  Again, one could sort of sit on the sidelines, and suppose that whatever currently happens is about all there can be, but with SCOTUS giving near-weekly examples of the Humpty-Dumpty version, we are reminded that among degrees of sub-optimality, some are clearly way worse than others, so there is still something to actively work to hold onto.
> To the extent that anything might bear on keeping him off the ballot, I don’t at all mind that the 14th amendment has some detailed language tailored to some Civil War insurrectionists that could lead to that outcome.  But since this is a federal standard, applying to a federal office, and since the question of whether one has engaged in insurrection is not a mere matter of fact like age or citizenship, but a matter of legal interpretation, it seems pretty simple to require that any decisions on that matter should probably be made in a federal court.  (It is so weird that, with all the noise I have heard on this matter from talking heads, I haven’t heard the above thing just said that way, which seems to me the smallest and most elementary place to start.  Not sure why.)
> I haven’t tried to read (and don’t have the education to understand technically) what is in Smith’s charges of trump, and even Humpty-Dumpty aside, I don’t know how their specific language would interact in law with the language of the 14th.  But until there is some federal commitment on the charges that are currently indicted, I don’t see how any substantive conversation on any of that gets anywhere.  If he should get convicted of some palette of the charges, and some court should decide that those charges are suitably close to what the constitution wants in terms like “insurrection”, and they throw him off, that’s fine with me.  Or of there is some legal argument that you have to have actually been a general in a bona fide war to count as an insurrectionist, that would be a shame to have to let it go so far, but I could listen to why it is argued that way and try to decide whether there is some protection in such leeway that I can understand.  trump is not that important in a long-term sense (though even sudden cardiac death only lasts a few minutes, and yet has certain long-term impacts), and keeping him out by the vote long enough that he dies of MacDonalds also doesn’t solve the problem of the run to fascism in the U.S., which is very obviously a social phenomenon even if it includes institutional assistance.  But I guess to return to the theme at the start: there is some notion of a worldview upheld by some minimal set of planks of basic sanity, and if everything is just left to drift until none of those remain, we have much less to work with than the naturally-selected norms of wild animal populations to underpin life.  To just watch that happen and do nothing seems blame-worthy.
> Eric
>> On Feb 29, 2024, at 10:07 AM, glen <gepropella at gmail.com> wrote:
>> This is exactly why Trump needs to stay on the ballot(s) and be defeated by a "normal" election. Every cry of Martyr is more fuel for the much smarter younger traitors waiting in the wings. Or, if he is elected again, those of us in a position to bolster whatever Rule of Law we have left will need support.
>> On 2/28/24 20:11, Roger Critchlow wrote:
>>> I went looking for depressing news in 1924, you know, lying politicians and cancerous social movements:
>>> April 1 <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/April_1>
>>>   * Adolf Hitler <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Adolf_Hitler> is sentenced to 5 years in Landsberg Prison <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Landsberg_Prison> in Germany for his participation in the 1923 <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1923> Beer Hall Putsch <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Beer_Hall_Putsch> (he serves less than 9 months).
>> -- 
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