Comic relief from the glorious Times!

THURSDAY, MAY 11, 2017

Reporters spot toilet-bowl shaped UFO in the Washington suburbs:
Did James B. Comey get fired because he requested more money for the FBI's Russia probe?

Did Comey even make this request? After reading the New York Times this morning, we had no freaking idea.

(Also after reading the Washington Post.)

We did experience a moment of comic relief—and it wasn't even in the "noteworthy facts" from the Times' page A3. Near the end of a muddy discussion of Comey's alleged request, Rosenberg and Apuzzo baffled us with the highlighted statement:
ROSENBERG AND APUZZO (5/11/17): Also on Wednesday, Mr. Burr and Mr. Warner asked the Treasury Department’s Financial Crimes Enforcement Network for financial information on Mr. Trump and some of his associates that was relevant to the Russia investigation.

Both Mr. Warner and Senator Ron Wyden of Oregon—the ranking Democrat on the Finance Committee with jurisdiction over the Treasury Department and also a member of the Intelligence Committee—have said they will block the confirmation of Sigal Mandelker, Mr. Trump’s nominee to be the top Treasury official for terrorism and financial crimes, until the network delivers the information.

[...]

The little-known bureau, which operates out of a toilet bowl-shaped building in the suburbs of Washington, serves as the financial intelligence network of the United States, gathering and maintaining a vast collection of data on transactions and suspicious financial activity that can yield valuable leads and help expose hard-to-find networks.
According to Rosenberg and Apuzzo, the Treasury Department’s Financial Crimes Enforcement Network "operates out of a toilet bowl-shaped building" in the suburbs of Washington.

Does anyone on the face of the earth have any idea what that means? Does the building have a flat white retractable roof which swings straight up toward the sky?

Did the toilet-bowl shaped suburban building possibly drop from the sky one day? Inquiring minds want to ask!

We find ourselves wondering more and more about the mental states of various players inside the question mark-shaped buildings owned by the New York Times. We end with a question which must now be asked:

Are Rosenberg and Apuzzo the scribes in charge of picking those "noteworthy facts?"

39 comments:

  1. Hint to Somerby: when the White House denies something, it doesn't mean it didn't happen.

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  2. Toilet bowl shapes are shown at https://www.google.com/search?q=toilet+bowl+shape+oval&tbm=isch&imgil=_Ieh1c4PA_aRqM%253A%253BRxX7XyV1lA0MMM%253Bhttps%25253A%25252F%25252Fwww.biobidet.com%25252Fsize-shape.htm&source=iu&pf=m&fir=_Ieh1c4PA_aRqM%253A%252CRxX7XyV1lA0MMM%252C_&usg=__82WhOz8N2dAo2CxNCBrHnlkaSX0%3D&biw=1280&bih=633&ved=0ahUKEwixw_C91ejTAhWEjFQKHYqnDZQQyjcIWw&ei=7scUWbGUM4SZ0gKKz7agCQ#imgrc=_Ieh1c4PA_aRqM:

    I think the building is oval, but with one side chopped off straight.

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    1. We all know what shape a toilet is. That is the value of using such a reference.

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    2. Comey told members of congress that he requested more resources from Rosenstein. There is no reason to believe Comey lied to congress in this case. Indeed, Rosenstein has not denied this. It has been denied by two spokespeople from the DOJ, although they offered no details. Apparently these two spokespeople pooped a floater that is getting quickly flushed away.

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  3. Assuming it's in a fixed position, is the seat up or down?

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  4. I'm pretty sure I know the building. It's in Tyson's Corner, Va. It's a black building with a large white ring encircling most of the front face. And it acquired the moniker "Toilet Bowl Building" many years ago.

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  5. Here's a web page and photo:

    http://www.trivialtraveler.com/2014/04/03/toilet-bowl-building/

    Address: 2070 Chain Bridge Rd, same as the FinCEN

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    1. I like the other local appellation for this place, "the Stargate building." It really does look like a Stargate:

      http://funny-pictures.picphotos.net/sg1-stargate-sg-1-wallpaper/images2.fanpop.com*image*photos*9100000*sg1-stargate-sg-1-9102252-500-375.jpg

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  6. Tysons Corner is known for some odd buildings - there's also the Shopping Bag Building (which I love) by Philip Johnson.

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  7. This place?

    http://s1147.photobucket.com/user/lauritshell/media/4bb5f196-a969-4375-963f-2a59b17ede4a_zpsqr7dlik3.jpg.html

    What a weird building, was the architect on drugs?

    But I do get Bob's point, why mention the shape of their offices? Was it just to get a rise? Why didn't they post a link in the article or even a picture? Instead of sending a great many of us on a Google adventure.

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    1. You see, it's funny because the government's in the toilet. Get it now?

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  8. If Comey was fired because he refused the personal loyalty oath to Trump, that implies that others currently serving took that oath. If that includes Rosenstein, we have an ongoing problem. That is another reason why we need an independent prosecutor.

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    1. tRump is now literally threatening the former Director of the FBI, right out in the open, in broad daylight on 5th Avenue Manhattan, you might say.

      On the twitter machine. Even Scarborough is astounded at the audacity, the pure unhinged lunacy of the mad king.

      *******************
      Donald J. Trump‏
      James Comey better hope that there are no "tapes" of our conversations before he starts leaking to the press!
      https://twitter.com/realDon...
      ****************************

      This is 3rd world petty dictator shit.

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    2. This tweet warns Comey against FALSE leaks. A tape of the conversation would be no threat against a true leak.

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    3. fuck you comrade Dinky. he is threatening a potential witness and he is suggesting very plainly that he illegally recorded the conversation where he repeatedly asked the fucking Director of the FBI for a loyalty pledge. just go fuck yourself you treasonous cretin.

      There is clearly no line he can cross that would disturb you.

      Oh, by the way, I understand pussygrabber pervert lying bastard traitor trump has a "certified" letter saying he has nothing to do with Russia. I hear it was signed by Epstein's mother.

      “As we were setting off, I said, ‘Eric, who’s funding? I know no banks — because of the recession, the Great Recession — have touched a golf course. You know, no one’s funding any kind of golf construction. It’s dead in the water the last four or five years.’ And this is what he said. He said, ‘Well, we don’t rely on American banks. We have all the funding we need out of Russia.’ I said, ‘Really?’ And he said, ‘Oh, yeah. We’ve got some guys that really, really love golf, and they’re really invested in our programs. We just go there all the time.’ Now that was three years ago, so it was pretty interesting.”

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    4. Where does pussygrabber pervert lying bastard traitor tRump say "false" leaks?

      You just reading his mind, comrade?

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    5. Here is what Trump said:

      "James Comey better hope that there are no "tapes" of our conversations before he starts leaking to the press!"

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  9. AnonymousMay 12, 2017 at 9:39 AM -- If Trump had demanded oaths of personal loyalty from every appointee and every key person retained, we would know it. That kind of stuff leaks out. A certain number of people would have refused such an oath and gone public with Trump's hypothetical demand.

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    1. It did leak out you asshole. Just look at how hard it has been for pussygrabber pervert lying bastard traitor rTump to get good competent experienced people to work for him. Just think about the ones who accepted. His entire career has been defined by his requirement that people working for him sign a NDA. This is well documented historical fact. I'm sorry if you're allergic to facts, but we don't have to live in your alternate reality bubble world.

      Are you saying Comey is lying? Has pussygrabber pervert lying bastard traitor tRump denied it?

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    2. It did leak out? Can you provide links to all the potential cabinet members who said Trump demanded oaths of personal loyalty?

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    3. The fucking director of the fucking FBI. Are you calling him a liar?

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    4. Here we see comrade Dinky strolling on by with his Dick & Jane 3rd grade level deductive logic. A leak comes out saying pussygrabber pervert lying bastard traitor tRump asked for Comey's loyalty.

      By treasonous comrade Dinky's logic this proves it couldn't have happened.

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    5. I had heard about this before Comey. It has been in the news since before the election, since his campaign, transition staff and volunteers all had to sign it. He then wanted all federal employees to sign it, after taking office. Then there are the people who have been fired for non-loyalty, such as his staff who said negative things about him prior to being hired, the ones who said bad things about him while working for him, and people like the White House chief usher who was just rumored to be a Hillary supporter and was then fired (unprecedented since that job tends to cross administrations). And then there is his insistence on having his own security around him, since the Secret Service doesn't have the same loyalty oath. Just google Trump nondisclosure and you'll get the press reports on it.

      This is not new for Trump.

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  10. Conservatives like DavidinCal have no problem with foreign leaders blackmailing our President as long as he gets his tax cut.
    These are the same people who accused me of "loving Saddam Hussein" and "wanting America to lose" because I was against W's Great Iraq Clusterfuck.
    If we could harness the energy from right-wing projection, we could rid ourselves of fossil fuels forever.

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    1. I may be getting a tax increase, Robert, if the Trump proposal passes. My California income tax will no longer be a deduction on federal income tax.

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    2. Comrade Dinky, you are retired collecting SS. How much state income tax can you possibly deduct? And why in any case would you be itemizing your deductions? I doubt you're still paying a mortgage.

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    3. mm -- My CA income tax is around 36% of my federal income tax. So, I stand to lose a big federal deduction.

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    4. You're full of shit comrade Dinky. Your income is SS benefits you moocher. Maximum benefits if I recall correctly from your numerous tireless efforts to screw those of us not yet getting them. And the state deduction only matters to those of us who itemize deductions. Are you saying you still itemize?

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    5. Overview of California Retirement Tax Friendliness


      Social Security retirement benefits are exempt but California has some of the highest sales taxes in the U.S.

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    6. Yes, mm, I certainly do itemize. It only makes sense, given the enormous California income tax my wife and I pay.

      One big difference between the US and CA is treatment of long-term capital gains and qualifiying stock dividends. These items are taxed at a special low rate for federal, but at the full high rate for CA.

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    7. Enormous CA income tax. You and wife are both collecting SS benefits for which you pay no state income tax.

      LTCG? Oh, I see, what do you do sell a house every year?

      I say you're full of shit as usual comrade.

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    8. Nice. DavidinCal isn't even getting a tax break for supporting foreign outfits blackmailing the President.
      He's cheaper to buy then Congress.

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  11. I hope Bob Somerby is okay. His 6-month-and-counting election post-mortem must be taking a toll. Perhaps it's time for his friends and/or relatives to hold an intervention.

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