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Dead Men Tell No Tales

Posted on | August 11, 2019 | Comments Off on Dead Men Tell No Tales


News of Jeffrey Epstein’s “suicide” reached me Saturday morning in the parking lot of a Hardee’s in South Carolina. After driving all night, I’d stopped in for some breakfast, then took a brief nap in the car before resuming my journey. When I woke up, I called my brother Kirby to check on his plans for attending Uncle Casper’s funeral.

“Jeffrey Epstein’s dead,” Kirby said.


“Suicide, they say.”

“You’re kidding me.”

It seemed impossible. Epstein had been placed on suicide watch after a previous reported suicide attempt at the Manhattan jail where he was being held awaiting trial on sex-trafficking charges. Now there will be no trial on those charges, and no possibility that Epstein might implicate the many powerful men who allegedly cavorted with Epstein’s harem of teenage sex slaves. Should we, as they say, question the timing?

Epstein’s death comes just 24 hours after more than 2,000 pages of documents detailing the lurid allegations of his sexual abuse of underage girls were unsealed to the public.
On Friday morning, a federal appeals court published explosive documents pertaining to a 2015 lawsuit that Virginia Roberts Giuffre had filed against Epstein’s associate, socialite Ghislaine Maxwell.
Giuffre claimed Epstein and Maxwell kept her as a ‘sex slave’ in the early 2000s, whilst she was underage.
The unsealed papers — which made international news on Friday — implicated a number of high-profile men in sex scandals.
They include transcripts of a May 3, 2016 deposition made by Giuffre, in which she alleged that she was trafficked by Epstein and Maxwell to have sex with and provide erotic massages for politicians and affluent businessmen.
Giuffre claimed that she was ‘instructed’ by Maxwell to have sex with two high powered Democrats — former Senate Majority George Mitchell and former New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson.
Both Richardson and Mitchell have denied the allegations.
According to the documents, Giuffre claimed she also had sex with Epstein’s friend Prince Andrew when she was 17 years of age.

Words like “claimed” and “alleged” must forever be used in connection with these stories, because without Epstein — either as a defendant in his own trial or as a witness against others, if he had reached some sort of agreement with prosecutors — it is unlikely that anything can ever be conclusively proven as to the involvement of “high powered Democrats” with the underage girls Epstein procured for such purposes.

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If you’re wondering about the Gainesville dateline, I spent the night at my son’s house here, a stone’s throw from the shore of Lake Lanier. Woke up this morning to the pitter-patter of granddaughter Eliza’s feet running around, which was nice. Yesterday’s funeral for my Uncle Casper was a “celebration of his life,” as the pastor said. Afterwards, the family gathered at Casper’s granddaughter’s home, and somewhere during the conversation over barbecue, one of my cousins asked, “Do you think Trump will be re-elected?” Keep in mind that many of my family are staunch Democrats, so my answer to that question had to be phrased tactfully, and thus I stuck to the facts: If the economy stays strong — a big “if” — for the next 15 months, it’s almost certain Trump will be re-elected, based simply on historical precedent. The problem, I explained, is that everybody who follows politics (including journalists) has a tendency to get so excited about the day-to-day drumbeat of headlines. Today’s Drudge headline or whatever “scandal” is being talked about on cable news isn’t going to change the basic political situation. When voters go to the polls in November 2020, they’re not going to be thinking about whatever was big news in August 2019. If the economy keeps going like gangbusters, Trump can claim to have delivered on his promise of making America “great again,” and gets re-elected, no matter who the Democrats nominate. This isn’t a controversial analysis, and I hope none of my kinfolk were offended by how I answered my cousin’s question.

Most people don’t pay attention to politics on a daily basis. TV talking heads, who get paid to care about politics, never seem to grasp how little the ordinary American cares this stuff. The beautiful thing about limited government is that we are free to live our lives without worrying too much about what happens in Washington. We should be grateful for that freedom, and perhaps Democrats who were emotionally traumatized by Hillary’s defeat in 2016 might wish to reconsider their efforts to make the federal government such an omnipotent force in our lives that elections become an all-or-nothing struggle for total power.

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My rental-car contract requires me to return this Nissan sedan by 6 p.m. Monday, so I’m likely to spend this afternoon chilling out here at my son’s house, maybe go out to dinner this evening and get back on the road early tomorrow morning with 614 miles to drive home. And of course, the Five Most Important Words in the English Language are:





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