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Finally! And at the last minute! The Southern District of New York (SDNY) has filed its sentencing guidelines for Michael Cohen, and they are not pleased with him. They spend 40 pages detailing Cohen's very many crimes and his bad attitude and we are pretty sure there's a section about how they just don't like his face so they recommend it be removed via guillotine, but maybe we just hallucinated that section.

Remember, this is different from Robert Mueller's special counsel investigation (SCO) into Donald Trump, which Cohen is helping out a lot with. Mueller has filed his own addendum to this document, and it is a lot nicer to Cohen than SDNY's thingie. We'll look at it after we look at the SDNY thingie, OK? Be fucking patient.

Cohen pleaded guilty in August to eight felony crimes, including tax evasion, bank fraud, and all the dirty campaign finance lady boning payoff crimes, which he admitted he committed in COLLUSION with and at the orders of Trump, who is an unindicted co-conspirator. SDNY recommends that everybody throw the book at Cohen, and then throw some more books at him, because he is BAD.


Here is the SDNY part!

SDNY's preliminary statement foreshadows just how through SDNY is with Michael Cohen's shit:

Cohen, an attorney and businessman, committed four distinct federal crimes over a period of several years. He was motivated to do so by personal greed, and repeatedly used his power and influence for deceptive ends. Now he seeks extraordinary leniency – a sentence of no jail time – based principally on his rose-colored view of the seriousness of the crimes; his claims to a sympathetic personal history; and his provision of certain information to law enforcement. But the crimes committed by Cohen were more serious than his submission allows and were marked by a pattern of deception that permeated his professional life (and was evidently hidden from the friends and family members who wrote on his behalf).

FUCK YOU AND YOUR LITTLE DOG TOO!

SDNY is highly unimpressed by Cohen's argument in his own sentencing memorandum that he was just a simple country lawyer who got in with a bad crowd, and should get off easy, citing the well known legal standard of Bite Me, Asshole, You Know What You Did. Somebody who has spent their whole life bragging about what a good "fixer" they are for MIS-TURR TWUMP does not get to suddenly turn around and act like he accidentally got involved in something way above his pay grade. ASSHOLE.

The filing literally cites this tweet, in a footnote:

The filing also responds to Cohen's suggestion that maybe a good prison sentence for him would be "time served" with a jolly "LOL!"

SDNY allows that Cohen helped with Mueller's investigation, but notes that he probably shouldn't have dicked them around for an entire year if he was going to want a good report card at the end. They note that he doesn't have an official cooperation agreement with SCO or with SDNY, and also he didn't fucking move mountains or anything, Jesus Christ.

SDNY provides background on how it was that Michael Cohen came to be the personal attorney to "Individual 1," who is the tiny-handed short-fingered vulgarian currently making diarrhea mouths all over Twitter. Also "Individual 1" is the president of America. The filing explains how once "Individual 1" became president, Cohen created these fake-ass consulting companies that paid him many Ameros to "consult," based on his close relationship with President "Individual 1."

Then it goes through his crimes. They are:

  • SOOOOOO MUCH TAX EVASION, mostly from his fraud-y taxi medallion businesses, and also from other odd jobs, like for instance the $200,000 he pilfered from an assisted living in, and the $30,000 he made from selling some fancypants French purse. That's right. MICHAEL COHEN, PURSE SALESMAN. Michael Cohen tried to blame this on his accountant in his sentencing submission, and SDNY is not. having. it. SDNY says Cohen actively and willfully hid all kinds of shit, and if you want to learn all the shit he hid, you'll have to read it yourself because it is a Friday night in December and we have Christmas parties to go to, OK?
  • SOOOOOO MUCH BANK FRAUD. Cohen lied to a buncha banks to get funny money loans and home equity lines of credit. Hence the "fraud." He would lie about his net worth to get terms more favorable to him, blah blah blah, WHAT MORE DO YOU WANT HERE, LET'S GET TO THE PORNS!
  • THE PORNS! For a good recap on the crimes Cohen committed, at the behest and in collusion with Donald Trump, to pay off Stormy Daniels, click here. For a similar recap on what he and Trump did with Karen McDougal, conspiring to have AMI, the parent company of the National Enquirer, and then trying to buy back the story because oh no, what if Enquirer editor/Trump pal David Pecker gets hit by a bus and McDougal talks before the election, click here. SDNY details what Cohen and President "Individual 1" did, and adds that they committed these grievous sins "with one or more members of the campaign, including through meetings and phone calls," and notes that because of these schemes, "neither woman spoke to the press before the election," which was the whole purpose of the crimes to begin with.
  • Oh yeah, Cohen lied to Congress about matters concerning Mueller's investigation. Did you already forget about that?

We should note here that SDNY is pissed at Cohen for trying to blame his lawyers for all his shit. More on that in a second.

As to the nature of Cohen's cooperation with SDNY, let's just say it was middling:

He did provide what could have been useful information about matters relating to ongoing investigations being carried out by this Office. But as Cohen partially acknowledges, it was his decision not to pursue full cooperation, and his professed willingness to continue to provide information at some later unspecified time is of limited value to this Office, both because he is under no obligation to do so, and because the Office's inability to fully vet his criminal history and reliability impact his utility as a witness.

The filing notes that Cohen didn't lie to SDNY or SCO once he flipped (but not as an official cooperating witness), but he didn't want to talk about all the other criminal shit he may or may not have done. Indeed it states that Cohen "repeatedly declined to provide full information about the scope of any additional criminal conduct in which he may have engaged or had knowledge." Also:

Cohen only met with the Office about the participation of others in the campaign finance crimes to which Cohen had already pleaded guilty. Cohen specifically declined to be debriefed on other uncharged criminal conduct, if any, in his past. Cohen further declined to meet with the Office about other areas of investigative interest.

THAT'S NOT FLIPPING ALL THE WAY, ASSHOLE.

So they're recommending that he get a a sentence modestly lower than the sentencing guidelines (51-63 months in prison), but not any sort of so-called "sweetheart deal," Jesus Christ it's not like he's Mother Theresa or something.

SDNY also says that despite how Cohen may be trying to see himself as some sort of hero trying to do the right thing, he didn't even start helping Mueller's investigation until he found out SDNY was about to indict the fuck out of him. So fuck him.

Did we mention SDNY's lawyers are really pissed at Cohen? Your FDF would like to mention that again. (A brief sidebar by Five Dollar Feminist, who wrote this part!)

It is impossible to overstate how FUCKING FURIOUS the prosecutors at SDNY are with Michael Cohen as a lawyer. Were he a plumber, they would probably go a lot easier on him. But this is a guy who had tangled with the FEC before when he first tried to foist That Orange Idiot on America in 2012. He knew damn well that those pornstar payoffs were against the law, and he didn't give a shit.

Cohen's submission suggests that this was but a brief error in judgment. Not so. Cohen knew exactly where the line was, and he chose deliberately and repeatedly to cross it. Indeed, he was a licensed attorney with significant political experience and a history of campaign donations, and who was well-aware of the election laws. In fact, Cohen publicly and privately took credit for Individual-1's political success, claiming – in a conversation that he secretly recorded – that he "started the whole thing . . . started the whole campaign" in 2012 when Individual-1 expressed an interest in running for President.

He committed brazen tax fraud by failing to report income, he lied to banks about his debts to get loans, and he came back a year later claiming insolvency when he wanted the loan's terms adjusted. Cohen is the proverbial guy who murders his parents and then throws himself on the mercy of the court because he's a poor orphan!

Cohen, who himself studied tax in law school and displayed an awareness of complicated tax laws in real estate transactions, took purposeful steps to avoid paying taxes on millions of dollars in income over a five-year period. He made private loans at double-digit interest rates and did not report the millions of dollars in income it generated.

And then to come before the court and claim to be a simple country lawyer whose accountant didn't fill out his 1041-EZ right? BITCH PLEASE!

As the Probation Department noted in evaluating Cohen's efforts to blame his accountant for Cohen's voluntary and intentional efforts to evade taxes, "the defendant's contention that he provided the accountant with all relevant bank records appears to minimize his responsibility in the instant offense and attempts to place the burden on his accountant."

And, oh by the way, as an attorney, Cohen certainly knows that telling all those lies makes him useless as a witness, even for the limited information he did offer. But nice job trying to claim credit for helping the NYAG out when you know damn well you're just a witness they could subpoena anyway, COUNSELOR.

Now as for Mueller's memorandum to this filing!

Mueller's addendum is much shorter, thank God. Like SDNY, Mueller says Cohen was a real piece of shit who deliberately and in a premeditated way lied to Congress and to his office in order to obstruct the Russia investigation. He lied to Congress in writing, he lied in public so that other witnesses could hear what kind of lies he was telling, and he willfully concealed that MIS-TURR TWUMP was actively pursuing a Moscow Trump Tower project with Russia during the campaign and lying about it to the American people. (Read this for a refresher on what he did there, as revealed in his guilty plea last week.)

However, since Cohen decided to come clean, he has helped a lot, according to Mueller. He's met with the SCO's office seven times, he's corrected all his lies, and he continues to be a very good helper with areas central to Mueller's Russia investigation. (NO COLLUSION.) Interestingly, the filing also says Cohen has "provided relevant and useful information concerning his contacts with persons connected to the White House during the 2017–2018 time period." What's that about? (Obstruction of justice. It is about that. And maybe more!)

There are a couple of new details in Mueller's filing. For instance, Cohen had lied about an attempt to set up a meeting between Trump and Vladimir Putin at the United Nations General Assembly. Russia apparently also was reaching out to the campaign as early as November 2015, when the Moscow Trump Tower project was ongoing, in order to set up a meeting between Trump and Putin. According to the filing Cohen didn't set up the meeting, because he was already conspiring with a different Russian on the project. (LOL!)

Mueller closes by saying that it has no comment on what kind of sentence SDNY wants, but that because Cohen has been such a GOOD BOY, any sentence imposed in the special counsel's investigation should run concurrently. Isn't that nice of Robert Mueller? What a mensch he is.

Cohen will be sentenced December 12.

We almost feel sorry for him. Almost.

(SAYS WHO?)

P.S. Oh yeah, Mueller's thing on Paul Manafort's breach of his plea agreement came out too. Sorry, guys, but Mueller's not tipping his hand yet. It's here if you want to read it, but the basic gist is "Paul Manafort Is A Fucking Liar, Can You Believe It?" It's mostly about Manafort repeatedly lying about his contacts with his Russian spy buddy Konstantin Kilimnik, and also lying about his contacts with the Trump administration. In the expert opinion of Ourselves and also Five Dollar Feminist, if there's any big reveal in there, it's the stuff about his contacts with the Trump administration, which could be where a pardon dangle might have been dingle-dongled. We'll probably do more analysis next week, but for right now we need to get ready for a party and FDF has her hand up a chicken's ass.

(In the culinary way, you perverts!)

With additional reporting by Five Dollar Feminist

[Cohen sentencing guidelines from SDNY / guidelines from Mueller]

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OOH BOY HOWDY, The Federalist is on fire this week! Just this morning we told you about the hilarious Federalist column where one neo-Nazi's mom and dad are Democrats, ipso facto QED NEO-NAZIS ARE THE REAL LIBERALS, FUCKERS! Is America's dumbest woman whose name doesn't rhyme with Cara Snailin' over there being a total fuckin' Mollie Hemingway right now? Sadly, she blocked us on Twitter, so how could we possibly know? The answer is WE DON'T CARE.

But now we have a gem of the Federalist genre, an article written by a whiny-ass gay quisling conservative, who would like to chew on his blankie and whine about how much harder it is out there for a conservative than it is for a gay person. This is a subject we happen to have some knowledge about, because we are super gay! And we know a lot about conservatives, both firsthand -- being subjected to them every single one of our almost four decades of life -- and also from covering extremist right-wing Christians for a very long time. Particularly the kind that tell young, impressionable, vulnerable gay kids that they need to pray away the gay if they want Jesus to exercise some self control and refrain from sending them to a fiery hell for all eternity.

We clicked on the article with high hopes. See if you can spot why:

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pic via Glamour Shots, we mean this dude's old website

The House Education and Workforce Committee was all set to have a hearing today all about the horrors that a higher minimum wage would wreak on the economy. Horrors like rich people being slightly less rich. Horrors like business owners claiming they will have to fire people and charge $15 for a McChicken if forced to pay workers a living wage, which they won't actually do because no one will buy a $15 McChicken and they would go out of business if they tried that, and they already don't hire more people than the bare minimum they can get away with. Horrors like poor people not being "motivated" to work harder and get better jobs that do not pay them an amount no human being could possibly live on.

Alas, as Politico reports, it was not to be, as committee members discovered their big witness for the hearing, San Diego State University economist Joseph Sabia (pictured above in a Glamour Shot from his archived website), was kind of a wacko.

Sabia, as it turns out, once had a blog called "No Shades Of Gray," in which he wrote many columns of an extremely homophobic and sexist persuasion. In one of these columns, in 2002, Sabia was very mad about one man's lawsuit against several fast food giants for contributing to his health and obesity problems by failing to disclose the nutritional information of the food they sold. In retrospect, I think most people are now on board with these chains being required to post calorie counts and other nutritional information, but in 2002, Sabia was convinced that requiring them to do this would be an assault on freedom for all Americans everywhere. His response to this was to try and attempt a Jonathan Swift posture and suggest taxing gay sex, which he claimed leads to "disastrous health consequences."

Because sure, that's the same thing, basically.


In gay sex, we have an activity that is clearly leading to disastrous health consequences. What rational person would engage in this sort of activity? There is only one solution - let's tax it.

"Come on, Sabia," you say, "how are you going to enforce these taxes? Are you going to send government officials to peep into everyone's bedroom?"

Eventually. But first we have to mount the assault on Big Gay (no, I am not talking about Rosie O'Donnell). We can tax gay nightclubs, websites, personal ads, sexual paraphernalia, and so forth. Talk about a sin tax!!! We can cripple gay-related industries and get them right where we want them. All gay clubs will have to feature huge, flashing warning signs like "CAUTION: Entering this nightclub may increase your chance of contracting STDs and dying."

Big Gay clearly lures people into trying their "product" without discussing the risks to mind, body, and soul. The average Joe on the street does not understand all of the possible bad outcomes. I can almost hear him now:

"They said '100 percent hotties.' I thought that meant it was fun. I thought gay sex was OK…Now I have all these diseases. Big Gay has wrecked my life."

In the immoral words of Warren G, "Regulators!! Mount up!"

EXTREME SHUDDER.

In another 2002 article, classily titled "College Girls: Unpaid Whores," Sabia laments that feminists have led college girls to stop trying to be like the Holy Virgin Mary and instead to aspire to be more like that hussy Ally McBeal.

No, really.

As women have strayed from the church, they have replaced what is holy with what is temporally pleasing. For Catholics, the model woman is Mary, the virgin Mother of God. She is beloved by the faithful for her unflappable devotion to and trust in God, her nurturing of the Son of Man, and her deep love for all humanity.

Today's college girl looks to Ally McBeal, the trollops of Sex in the City, and the floozies on Friends to set their moral compasses.

The sad truth is that college girls are so desperate to find love that they are willing to degrade themselves to get it. But true love can only be understood in the context of the Word of God. Any other notion of "love" is secular and, by definition, limited and finite.

Not only that, but instead of going to college to find a husband, they have boyfriends. Boyfriends they have S-E-X with. And sometimes, not even that. Sometimes they have sex with people just because they want to have sex with people, and not even in exchange for Valentine's Day cards or money!


Additionally, other sex-based relationships have become commonplace. In recent years, a new and disturbing arrangement known as "friends with benefits" has emerged. In this arrangement, men are not even forced to perform the normal duties of boyfriends, i.e. flowers, Valentine's Day cards, rides to the abortion clinic, etc. Instead, girls consider these guys "just friends" whom they happen to screw every now and again. No strings, no attachments, no dinners. Just sex when they feel like it.

This type of arrangement is the next logical step in the direction that young women have drifted in the last few decades. These women have become unpaid whores. At least prostitutes made a buck off of their trade. These women just give it away.

How cute! He was like the ur-incel, basically.

Anyway, following the discovery of the posts, the House Education and Workforce Committee's GOP communications director Kelley McNabb told Politico that "members were uncomfortable moving forward on the hearing." A more optimistic person might think this was a step forward, that maybe those committee members actually thought it was bad to suggest that being gay means being a disease-ridden monster or that college girls are whores, but it's probably more to avoid embarrassment than anything else. Guess they'll have to start from scratch and find a crappy economist who will tell them what they want to hear about the minimum wage but who doesn't have an embarrassing Geocities blog in their past. Good luck with that!

[Politico]

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