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Monday, July 8, 2019

Epstein is a monster.

 Charlie Pierce, Esquire:

"It took me a couple of tries to wade through the muck of the indictment that the Southern District of New York dropped on Jeffrey Epstein on Monday. Every time I got sort of rolling, I'd run into a sentence like this: 

Epstein typically would also masturbate during these sexualized encounters, ask victims to touch him while he masturbated, and touch victims' genitals with his hands or with sex toys. 

It is impossible that Epstein's many influential friends and houseguests didn't know about this. Apparently, Epstein was not shy about his predilections. The current President* of the United States was a frequent running buddy, and he said in New York magazine back in 2002: I've known Jeff for 15 years. Terrific guy. He's a lot of fun to be with. It is even said that he likes beautiful women as much as I do, and many of them are on the younger side. And before the flying monkeys take wing, let me say that, if any Democratic politician was involved in these late Roman Empire hootenannys, that person should be convicted and buried under the jail as well. This is not a stick-to-politics moment. 

This is going to screw up the political moment good and proper, though. Unless Epstein cuts a quick deal at the encouragement of all those people who suddenly don't know him anymore, this is going to be a long and garish public spectacle. It's going to devour news cycle after news cycle. And if anything emerges connecting the president* directly to Epstein's alleged crimes, there isn't going to be a news cycle anymore. There will be only this story, over and over again. "


 And this:

“Jane Doe” alleges Donald Trump sexually assaulted her on four separate occasions, culminating in a rape when she was just 13 at Jeffrey Epstein’s mansion.
Her evidence? Three sworn declarations – from her, a friend she confided in at the time, AND one of Epstein’s recruiters.


Infidel753 said...

I have long found it bizarre that Epstein has managed to get away with this stuff relatively unscathed for so long, given that his behavior is widely known. I suspect he "has the goods" on so many powerful men who have indulged similar predilections at his parties or in his company, that he's practically untouchable. The SDNY prosecution will need a lot of guts.

And yes, if this case goes forward, things are going to be revealed about other powerful men -- more, I suspect, than most people imagine at the moment. And yes, Republican or Democrat, if they are guilty, they need to go down.

In response to the Anon comment on your previous post, Obama's character is such that it's impossible to imagine him being involved in this kind of scandal. Sadly, I can't say the same with quite as much confidence about Bill Clinton -- another associate of Epstein's. There has to be something wrong with anyone who even would choose to be friends with Epstein.

Finally, if this story does dominate the news and other powerful men are unmasked as molesters, it will be an argument for the electability of women politicians. Nobody would have to worry about Warren or Harris being mixed up in this kind of stuff.

Shaw Kenawe said...

Infidel753 Very wise words.

IMO, we should have a clenasing of our politics and if this includes Democrats, so be it. I don't care. I'm fed up with billionaires and well-connected pols escaping justice for any reason, blackmail included, while young men and women, of all colors, get put away for years and years for possessing a few ounces of marijuana.

Raping little girls (I reject the label "Underage Women") is a crime against humanity.

WTF happened to this country that allowed a monstrous billionaire like Jeffrey Epstein to get away with just a slap on his putrid wrist for committing that crime?

Shaw Kenawe said...

NYTimes: "Under pressure from Congress, the Justice Department has opened a review into the handling of the case, and last Wednesday a federal appeals court in New York ordered the unsealing of up to 2,000 pages of related documents. Already, distressing new details are surfacing in the case. Most notably, when Mr. Epstein’s Manhattan residence was searched over the weekend, according to a court filing from prosecutors, law enforcement officials recovered “hundreds — and perhaps thousands — of sexually suggestive photographs of fully- or partially-nude females,” some of which “appear to be of underage girls.”

In his request that Mr. Epstein be held without bail, the United States attorney for New York’s Southern District, Geoffrey Berman, noted, “The defendant, a registered sex offender, is not reformed, he is not chastened, he is not repentant.”

Pedophiles rarely get over their evil urges. I hope they put this monster away for the rest of his disgusting life.

Anonymous said...

Aren’t you sick and tired of those who game the system? When in college I was so naive then outraged when I learned how some classmates ‘managed’ their course load, teacher selection and schedule of ‘gut’ courses to spike their GPA. Fast forward and that behavior was pre-K level strategy compared to the gaming we’re seeing exposed. The Panama papers, the Trump Organization, Wikileaks, Epstein Et al.....

It goes on and on.

We are toast if powerful people have no sense of common good and decency. Laws are useless if the powerful can subvert and influence their way around them.
Rather than the good will of decent people sewing the fabric of a great culture I’m witnessing the dissolution of us, one outrageous act at a time.
Only a matter of time before collapse.


Doctor Tomato said...

Interestingly, two of Epstein's legal advisors are Alan Dershowitz and Kenneth Starr. Dershowitz of course is the Harvard professor of constitutional law who also defended O.J. Simpson and who has given Donald Trump legal plausibility at every opportunity. Starr, of course, is the special pornographer (sorry, prosecutor) who authored the sexually lurid "Starr Report," which found Bill Clinton's affair with Monica Lewinsky so shocking, shocking, shocking.

Anonymous said...

WTF happened to this country? Really Shaw do you think this Epstein thing is something new, not hardly. Sordid crap like this has been going on for years and years, the difference is the instant and amount of news coverage.

Anonymous said...

Great post.