Lying Liar DOJ Head Firmly Places Blame on DOJ for Unfathomable, Incomprehensible Series of Mistakes Leading to Epstein’s Suicide




To me, this is like one of those classic English murder mysteries, where 37 people have really good motives to want Victor Victim dead.

Generally, the first chapter or so points to a lot of good reasons why it was probably the butler.

You have to read all the way to the end.

It’s never the butler.

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The man was suicidal. If you wanted him dead, all you would have to do is pay off the folks at the prison to stand aside and let him kill himself.

Does Not Each of Us, in Our Own Way, Bear Some Measure of Guilt in the Death of this Fine Man?


Fox News unimpeachably reports that Marc Fernich, one of Jeffrey Epstein’s legal team,

said that “overzealous prosecutors,” “pandering politicians,” “compliant judges” and a “hysterical press corps” were all to blame for Epstein’s death while he awaited trial for sex trafficking charges.

“Breathless reporters excavating every corner of Mr. Epstein’s life to pile on, tear him down and kick him at his lowest — while still presumed innocent, before he’d had his day in court,” he said. “All these actors appear to bear some responsibility for this calamity. All seem to have a share of Mr. Epstein’s blood on their hands. All should be ashamed of their behavior.”

This is the sort of thing that gives lawyers a bad name.

In my preceding post, I called attention to Harry Litman, who pointed out the bleeding obvious: that something is badly wrong in the state of Denmark.

If hordes or rich, desperate men faced an existential threat from the possible testimony of Mr. Epstein, does it beggar imagination to suppose that one of them might have put out a contract on him?

Alternatively, it is said that child molesters are not popular among the more respectable class of criminals.

I understand the Trumpster has tweeted a tweet implying that Bill Clinton probably put a hit on Epstein.

Politico, meanwhile, has put up an utterly asinine piece comparing suspicions like Litman’s with wingnut conspiracy theories.

And a former Justice Department inspector general urges us not to leap to accepting conspiracy theories, and notes that the FBI and the current inspector general are looking into the matter.

Yes, indeedy, the Justice Department is doing that very thing.

But wouldn’t it be nice if the Attorney General had not so shamelessly lied about the Mueller Report. Now, he can investigate till the cows come home, and many of us probably wouldn’t believe him if he told me that Monday follows Sunday.

Unicorns Sighted Near the Metropolitan Correctional Center


This afternoon, Harry Litman, who is extremely well qualified to offer an opinion, allowed as how Jeffrey Epstein’s apparent suicide is unfathomable:

First, consider the MCC itself. It is a high-rise, forbidding administrative detention facility in the south of Manhattan. Its population consists almost entirely of prisoners, like Epstein, awaiting trial in federal court in Manhattan. It has been referred to as the “Guantanamo of New York” for its stringent security measures. It is the facility of choice for notorious federal defendants, often in special administrative segregation units, having previously housed John Gotti, Bernard Madoff, Omar Abdel Rahman and, recently, Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán.

In other words, it is the very place to put a high-profile and potentially suicidal defendant such as Epstein.

Second, consider the BOP’s suicide prevention protocol. Epstein was found last month unconscious in his MCC cell with marks on his neck. If he was not on suicide watch, it would be astonishing. Yet if he were on suicide watch, his death would be virtually inconceivable.

The BOP’s suicide prevention protocol entails, first and foremost, human eyes on the prisoner 24 hours a day. It also requires a strict deprivation of anything — shoelaces, sheets, pillowcases — that could possibly be used to hang oneself. It also requires disabling anything that could be used to tie a noose — vents, sprinkler heads, etc.

Finally, we are not talking about inexperienced yokels. BOP personnel, especially at MCC, are the best professionals in the corrections industry, and they receive special training in administrating suicide prevention. Who better to guard against such a horrific development?

Why Obama Was Exactly Right to Talk about America and Racism the Way He Did

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Conor Friedersdorf, who apparently was suffering from insomnia yesterday, posted this piece for The Atlantic at 6 AM this morning: What Ails the Right Isn’t (Just) Racism: An authoritarian fear of difference best explains the intolerance sweeping the Republican Party. The title and subtitle accurately summarize his thesis, which is based on research and analysis by a political psychologist, Karen Stenner, as laid out in her book, The Authoritarian Dynamic.

The gist is that racism is really a subset of attitudes prevalent among people who are upset about contact with those who are “different.” If your neighbor is such an authoritarian, don’t urge her to accept the new refugees in the neighborhood by talking about their delightfully different food and music. Talk, instead, about how the refugee parents’ struggle to get to America shows how much they love their children, just like you love your children.

In short, talk just like Obama did when he spoke of “one America.”

IMHO, Friedersdorf’s piece will provoke needed thought and will richly repay the reading. I also think it’s incomplete. I’m perfectly prepared to accept the existence of the kind of diversity phobic “authoritarian” personality he describes. But I also have fixed firmly in my mind the Republican Party’s decades long loving outreach to the people who had lovingly embraced Jim Crow.

All that said, the immediate issue is not understanding all the finer points of political psychology. The immediate issue is winning the damn election.

We must win by advancing fact based, intellectually honest arguments. But there are some fact based, intellectually honest arguments that will appeal to one audience but badly piss off another audience. Friedersdorf concludes that exuberant celebration of the diversity of our country is one such position. And he may very well be right. Instead, he urges, keep talking like Obama talks.