Thursday, December 8, 2016

UPDATES on the Trump SoftBank and Carrier Job Deals: The Rest of the Story

Trump Makes a Deal with SoftBank: Well, Sort of a Deal 
(At Trump Tower with CEO Masayoshi Son)

Speech at Carrier: Presidential or Campaign Stop

Original News Story (December 6, 2016) (and also the following post): Donald Trump announced that Japan's *SoftBank (more below) has agreed to invest $50 billion in the U.S., aiming to create 50,000 jobs. He announced the deal after meeting with SoftBank CEO, Masayoshi Son, a Japanese billionaire and technology investor at the Trump Tower in New York City. 

Then on Twitter later that same day (always on Twitter, right?) Trump claimed that Mr. Son said he would never do this if Trump had not won the presidential election.”

But, the $50 billion that Trump said Mr. Son said he “WOULD NEVER DO THIS HAD TRUMP NOT WON THE ELECTION” will in fact come from a previously-announced $100 billion international investment fund set up with Saudi Arabia, according to Dow Jones and reported on by Reuters here.  

*SoftBank Group Corporation (not a traditional bank per se) “So-fu-to banku Gurū-pu Kabu-shiki-gai-sha” is a Japanese multinational telecommunications and Internet corporation established on September 3, 1981, headquartered in Tokyo.
It has operations in broadband, fixed-line telecommunications, e-commerce, Internet, technology, finance, media, marketing, semiconductor design, and other hi-tech businesses. 

SoftBank is headed by its founder Masayoshi Son (Japanese-Korean: 손정의). He has a personal worth of some $17 billion. It was ranked in the Forbes Global 2000 list as the 62nd largest public company in the world, and the third largest public company in Japan listed after Toyota and Mitsubishi UFJ Financial. Between 2009 and 2014, SoftBank market capitalization increased by 557%, the fourth largest relative increase in the world over that period.

Update on all this from the Washington Post (December 8, 2016): My emphasis (in RED) make me wonder if this the trend of Donald Trump we’ll see in the White House to “Make America Great Again, to simply pad the Trump bottom line and trademark (his family name) for those who get a direct business line to him? If so, then we are in very bad shape as a country – as a people – as a whole.
Now, as the late great Paul Harvey used to say: “Now the rest of the story” about that SoftBank “deal.”
When President-elect Donald Trump made that announcement on Tuesday that Japanese corporate giant SoftBank had agreed to invest $50 billion in the United States and create 50,000 new jobs, he presented it as a triumph for American workers.
But, [now] economists and analysts who have been scrutinizing the announcement suggest it might be a bigger win for the Japanese telecom and Internet Conglomerate, SoftBank, and its billionaire founder, Masayoshi Son [than for any American workers, et al], to wit:
Analysts said the Japanese company could be angling for lucrative benefits, including the regulatory approval to carry out one of the largest telecom mergers in recent history, between Sprint, which SoftBank owns, and rival carrier T-Mobile. It could also be cultivating a friendly environment for further technology investments Son is seeking to make in the United States.
I think Son must have thought how to use Trump and this opportunity for his business,” said Mana Nakazora, chief credit analyst at BNP Paribas Securities.
Shares of SoftBank Group rose 6.2 percent on the Tokyo Stock Exchange on Wednesday to close at their highest level in more than a year. Shares of Sprint Corp. rose nearly 9 percent on Wednesday, while T-Mobile’s stock climbed more than 4 percent. Collectively, the companies added billions of dollars in market value after the announcement.
Trump said Tuesday on Twitter that Son said he would not have made the investment if Trump had not won the election – they key to this bogus statement is above about that money (will in fact come from a previously-announced $100 billion international investment fund set up with Saudi Arabia), that according to Dow Jones and reported on by Reuters here.

What to make of this? Simple: Trump continues to seek and stay in the limelight as the center of attraction and never, and I mean never, let anyone or anything upstage him … from now until Hell freezes over … and we know how long that will take (never).

Trump continues to show he will do anything, say anything, lie about anything, and threaten anyone at any time (i.e., threats made towards Chuck Jones the Carrier local Union President soon after Trump tweeted nasty stuff about him that story is here), and about anything to get what he wants for himself and then arrogantly claim it is to “Make America Great Again.” All I can say is bullshit…

At some point with Trump, it will be too late to turn back. I am never one to cry wolf or to cry over spilled milk (to coin two old clichés), but folks, this the most-troubling I have seen of this nature in my lifetime. What about you?

My assessment with Trump: It will only get worse, I hope I am wrong, but these recent key events (SoftBank and Carrier) I believe bode ill in the long run, but time will tell.
Thanks for stopping by. 

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Q: Is Donald J. Trump a Serial, Compulsive, Pathological Liar, or Not

A Nasty Word to Call Anyone but for Trump
Could be a Hard Cold Fact

Even with this so-called good deal, Trump has to lie ... spot the lie below (RED).

Trump just announced that Japan's SoftBank has agreed to invest $50 billion in the U.S., aiming to create 50,000 jobs.

He announced the deal after meeting with SoftBank CEO, Masayoshi Son, a Japanese billionaire and technology investor at the Trump Tower in New York City. 

On Twitter later that same day, Trump claimed that Mr. Son said he would never do this if Trump had not won the presidential election.”

But, the $50 billion that Trump said Mr. Son said he “WOULD NEVER DO THIS HAD TRUMP NOT WON THE ELECTION” will in fact come from a previously announced $100 billion international investment fund set up with Saudi Arabia, according to Dow Jones and reported on by Reuters here.

So, what’s true and what is not? F/N: this is not the first time Mr. Trump has been caught flatfooted with a lie. 

Very troubling to say the least at least this part from Son, who said: We are going to invest $50 billion into the U.S. and commit to create 50,000 new  jobs.” (Son added that he saw a lot of “deregulation under a Trump administration).

WTF does that part mean that Son saw a lot of deregulation under Trump? Trump is not even in office, so, were under-the-table promises made to get the $50 billion, like promises of deregulation that would end up helping Mr. Son and his banking business? 

We deserve an honest answer, don't we?

Stay tuned.

Sunday, December 4, 2016

Taiwan Presidential Call: To or From (Who Really Knows) — This Major Development

Major Hotel in Taiwan. Did I Discuss Such a Deal
(Duh, let me think a minute)

A good introduction to this post is this proverb: “A nod, you know, is as good as a wink to a blind horse.” [The source of that proverb appears in the “Letters of the English Lawyer and Writer,” Joseph Ritson in February 1793].

This update on the post and video below (posted after the fact but relevant): 

Directly related to all this and now this video (from the Washington Post reporter) is this piece from the Huffington Post:

In November, the mayor of Taoyuan, a municipality that holds Taiwan’s main airport, told Taiwanese media that a representative of the Trump Organization had traveled to the island and expressed interest in building a hotel there. The Guardian reported that the representative, only known as Ms. Chen, expressed interest in a new development near Taiwan’s airport. 

The Guardian did not confirm Chen’s association with the Trump organization. 

The New York Times also found from Anne-Marie Donoghue, global director of transient sales and Asia for Trump hotels, in which she posted about being in Taipei for a work trip. [But] in a statement, the Trump Organization said it had no plans to expand into Taiwan.

“There are no plans for expansion into Taiwan nor are any of our executives planning a visit. The rumors of a planned development in Taiwan are simply false. There have been no authorized visits to Taiwan on behalf of our brand for the purposes of development nor are there any active conversations,” said Jennifer Rodstrom, Trump Organization spokeswoman in an email.

Donoghue did not respond to a request for comment on the nature of her trip.

Reminder: Trump has said that he will separate himself from his business interests before he is sworn in, but has not said how exactly he plans to do that. He faces numerous potential conflicts of interest around the world. 

The original post starts here with these two linked stories. One is from The Guardian (UK) and the other from here

Both offer accounts of the same story: Did Trump call the President of Taiwan or if she called him, did they talk about a possible hotel deal, or not? That phone calls has everyone up in arms, or the Trump side, I am sure, doesn’t give a damn (e.g., the Trump loyalists and mouthpieces like Kellyanne Conway).

As noted in the two stories, it appears that Trump’s call was preceded by an earlier inquiry by Trump’s corporation, or his corporation representative, about the possibility of building a new hotel in Aerotropolis, which is the sprawling commercial complex adjacent to Taiwan’s Tao-yuan International Airport.

Okay, how about a possible Rick Perry “oops moment” right about right now, um, Mr. Trump?

If this proves to be true and accurate, then folks we have a downright corrupt, crooked, bribe oriented, unscrupulous, and deceptive man about to take the oath of office to be the next president of the United States… is this what people voted for or now want?

I expect more to follow on this… and, let’s hope more mainstream media join in to prove or disprove this story and events therein. If true, then this is truly a really big story with deep, deep consequences.

Stay tuned.

Friday, December 2, 2016

Donald J. Trump: Unfit and Unqualified to be President and Certainly the CINC

Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl (R) - Released in a 5-Taliban Trade Deal

First and right up front the foremost to set the scene, watch this short (1-minute) review and reminder of exactly what Trump's views of Sgt. Bergdahl and the pending case are — in Trump's own words, not mine:

Now this update on the case with this NY Times headline:

Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl Facing Desertion Trial Asks President Obama for Pardon

As for me, I hope Mr. Obama does grant the pardon and here is why I hope so:

Eugene R. Fidell, Sergeant Bergdahl’s lead defense lawyer, declined to comment on the pardon petition. 

But if the case is still pending on Inauguration Day, January  20, 2017, Fidell says he will file a motion to have it dismissed arguing that a fair military trial will be impossible after Mr. Trump becomes the Commander-in-Chief (base on the remarks he has made in prejudgment of Sgt. Bergdahl - the video above is proof alone).

In that video Trump also falsely claimed that six Americans were killed searching for Sergeant Bergdahl, and that the five Taliban ex-detainees were back on the battlefield.

Attorney Fidell additionally complained about comments by Senator John McCain (R-AZ) who is the Senate Armed Services Committee chairman and oversees confirmation hearings for commissioned officers wherein he called Sergeant Bergdahl a deserter and vowed to hold an oversight hearing if he went unpunished.

However one looks at this case, simple logic must be applied, which is simple: The original decision to get his release conforms with and is in line with our time-tested military creed of “I Will Never Leave a Fallen Comrade.” This is no different.

Stay tuned... More later, I am sure.

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Trump Treasury Nominee: Back to Reganomics — What Part Pray Tell

Here We Go (Again): “BACK TO THE FUTURE”

Marty: Git Back to 1980's
(I'm serious)

Americans should expect the “largest tax change since Reagan,” (Note: also back then a recession and out of control deficits followed which the Reaganites said Hey, deficits are no biggie) with federal tax cuts for average income earners as well as U.S. businesses, says President-elect Trump's nominee for Treasury - banker, movie producer, and former Goldman Sachs partner Steven Mnuchin on CNBC Squawk Box which was his first public comments on the incoming administration's economic priorities.

Then he says a heluva lot more: “There will be a tax cut for the middle class. Any tax cuts that we have for the upper class will be offset by less deductions to pay for it.” 

(My note: Hang on to your wallet Mr. and Mrs. Average American).

Mnuchin continued: Tax deductions for charitable contributions would still be allowed, there would be a cap on mortgage interest payments, though some deductibility would continue.

Then he echoed elements of tax plans Trump outlined during his campaign: (1) the proposed changes also call for cutting the nation's 35% top business tax rate to 15%, (2) enable large corporations to bring cash back to the U.S. from overseas subsidiaries.

Mnuchin continued with more: “We think by cutting corporate taxes we'll create huge economic growth and we'll have huge personal income, so the revenues will be offset on the other side.” 

Mnuchin then added the proverbial icing for the proverbial cake in essence saying the changes should help increase sustained U.S. economic growth as he predicted, then added: “I think we can absolutely get to sustained 3% to 4% GDP. And that is absolutely critical to the country. To get there, our No. 1 priority is tax reform. This will be the largest tax change since Reagan.” (My hint: refer to the graph above and here).

I note: Some tax experts voiced cautious optimism about the proposals, even as they cautioned about a potential repeat of the federal deficit increases that followed the Reagan tax overhaul in 1981.

Slashing the corporate tax rate and allowing businesses to expense capital investments in the year they're made could make 3% to 4% GDP growth “a reasonable goal,” says Robert Goulder, senior tax policy counsel for Tax Analysts, a non-partisan publisher focused on tax policy and administration.

However, capping mortgage tax deductions and other cost-saving proposals, such as reducing or eliminating deductions for state and local taxes, could prove politically difficult, said Goulder. Others have tried such plans and failed, he said, citing the federal tax reforms proposed in 2014 by then-Rep. David Camp (R-MI).

Goulder asked: “Where are the spending cuts? Where are the federal entitlement reforms? Can we run up a larger deficit without having negative effects that outweigh the positives of pro-growth tax plans?

Cutting the corporate tax rate will generate more investments, factory growth and jobs, said Chris Edwards, director of tax policy studies at the Cato Institute, a non-partisan public policy group focused on limited government and free markets.

However, referring to personal income taxes, Edwards predicted it would be “difficult to ensure that everyone gets a break.”

My B/L review: Matters not to Trump and the top 1-2%, its balls to the walls for like-minded billionaires. We saw it before and we’re about to see it all over again.
Hang on tight… next election is in 2 more years ….

Further I see this part of the “plan” as nothing but a huge bribe to big business:

“… The proposed changes also call for cutting the nation's 35% top business tax rate to 15%, along with enabling large corporations to bring cash back to the U.S. from overseas subsidiaries.”

I note: Those trillions and yes, trillions are from huge profits they made, moved them off-shore to get lower or no taxes and now, they want more to come back home for lower taxes, make another bundle and what, more broken promises?

Folks that is precisely what this is: a sleight of hand trick from Trump. I think honestly that we all can fairly call all this: “The Art of the Con.”  

Think hard about this, too, what Mnuchin says and seems to imply: “We think by cutting corporate taxes we'll create huge economic growth and we'll have huge personal income, so the revenues will be offset on the other side.” 

WTF does that mean in layman's terms? Simple: (1) Help the top (again), and (2) screw the middle and bottom along the way.

Yep – so duck – as before, folks we have been had (again). Thanks for stopping by. Now just wait until it gets passed, signed into law, and hits us squarely between the eyes.

Sticker shock — check, and soon on the way.

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Doomsday Begins Jan. 20, 2017: The GOP Will Gain Total Control of Everything

Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-UT): Big Mouth. “Yeah, so…”

Chaffetz on Embassy Funding
(Which Included Benghazi)

Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-UT) headhunter for Hillary Clinton on a lot of issues is back and says he is not done with her yet. So, she is a criminal in his eyes? But, what crimes did Hillary Clinton commit, Mr. Chaffetz?

Background on this post is from this short clip with Chaffetz on FOX with that aspect. Of course, on FOX – the place where assholes like him go to get attention and spread BS (again).

But, if you want a real honest-to-goodness criminal, then look no further than to disgraced former Army General David Petraeus (who was CIA chief). He pleaded guilty to overtly giving highly-classified documents to his adulterous lover, Paul Broadwell, the woman who was writing his bio. He knew it was wrong and pleaded guilty and was fined $100,000.00, and he is still on a 2-year probation until sometime in 2017.

What he did is miles beyond that which the GOP wants to nail Hillary on about her private email server and all that regardless of the fact that she has been cleared twice by the FBI – there was no CRIMINAL INTEND or CRIMINAL ACTIVITY.

Updated Info from here (Politico):

Trump said Hillary Clinton’s use of a private server for classified State Department emails made her unfit for high office and he said if elected he would appoint a special prosecutor to “lock her up.” He backed down after the election, but that may come back with Chaffetz’s help?

All that, however, is not stopping Trump from considering Petraeus for secretary of state. Trump’s hour-long meeting Monday with Petraeus, a retired general and former CIA director, to discuss the Cabinet position is the latest in the president-elect’s outreach to retired military leaders who have clashed with President Barack Obama on foreign policy and national security.

But it also calls into question the sincerity of Trump’s stance on the importance of safeguarding the nation’s secrets, according to former government officials and intelligence experts — a stance that was driven home with campaign trail chants of “Lock her up.”

Then this update: How will Chaffetz react to this request? Democrats now have made their strongest call to date for a congressional investigation into President-elect Donald Trump’s business entanglements and possible conflicts of interest, asking the GOP’s top House investigator to launch a formal probe.

Seventeen Democratic members of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee called on the panel’s chairman, Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-UT) to “begin reviewing [Trump’s] financial arrangements in order to identify and protect against conflicts of interest.”

The demand, in a seven-page letter, comes two weeks after the committee’s ranking Democrat, Rep. Elijah E. Cummings (D-MD), made a similar request to Chaffetz.

Cummings letter said in part: “You have the authority to launch a committee investigation, and we are calling on you to use that power now. You acted with unprecedented urgency to hold ‘emergency’ hearings and issue multiple unilateral subpoenas to investigate Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton before the election. We ask that you show the same sense of urgency now.”

Natch, that request, according to the Democrats, did not receive a reply.

A spokeswoman for Chaffetz did not return a request for comment, either.

Now the proverbial icing on the proverbial cake: Chaffetz hammers Hillary over her private email account but guess what – oh, never mind, here look at this this official House business card:

Also, regarding the GOP's Embassy security budget cuts – well, he said he was proud to have voted “No.” Reference to that is here.

Chaffetz’s middle initial surely must be “H” for hypocrite. What does it all mean, probably not much with the GOP hardcore side … don’t confuse their one-sided, narrow-minded views with fact. Lessons learned, but not by them.

Welcome to the new and sustained GOP majority of hypocrites about ready to gain it all. Why should anyone be surprised or worried, right?

Thanks for stopping by.

Sunday, November 27, 2016

Betsy DeVos Must Not Be Confirmed as Education Secretary — Never, Ever

Outside the Trump Camp, Doesn’t Have Problem With This Quote

Right up front, I will state that there are many reasons why I strongly believe that Donald J. Trump should not be our next president. However, he won, and now he gets to pick and choose those around him. His choice for Secretary of Education, Betsy DeVos, has to be at least in my view, and in the view a heck of lot of others, to be the worst choice of all. Many of the reasons are listed below.

But, first of all and perhaps the most-critical is that quote above from her.

It should be the most-logical and rational legal reason for the U.S. Senate NOT to confirm her. Why not you might ask? I see it as her direct and open philosophy stating that she supports and advocates “quid pro quo” of any kind and without doubt or hesitation. 

… now wait and watch the Trumpets spin it otherwise.

However, I hope Senators take her at face value about that quote and further, I hope that they overwhelmingly reject her nomination. Will they – that remains to be seen.


Betsy DeVos is a billionaire major GOP funder and party activist from Michigan. Her choice clearly signals Mr. Trump’s intention to put the expansion of taxpayer-funded charter schools and vouchers for private and religious schools at the center of his national agenda on education. Many decry this choice as a looming disaster for public schools all across America. 

Here are two examples:

1.  Lily Eskelsen Garcia, NEA president, observed that DeVos “efforts over the years have done more to undermine public education than support students. She has lobbied for failed schemes, like vouchers – which take away funding and local control from our public schools – to fund private schools at taxpayers' expense.”

2.  Randi Weingarten, AFT president, stated that “Betsy DeVos is everything Donald Trump said is wrong in America – an ultra-wealthy heiress who uses her money to game the system and push a special-interest agenda that is opposed by the majority of voters. Installing her in the Department of Education is the opposite of Trump's promise to drain the swamp.”

Through her riches, Betsy DeVos has had a disproportionate influence on national and state policies affecting millions of Americans, helping to force through changes to the law that gut the rights of workers and redirect American tax dollars to fund risky charter school experiments that have repeatedly failed for America's children.

She has also applauded efforts to gut election laws that are designed to prevent corruption, recasting the issue of money in politics as free speech and her right to speak “as loudly as we please.” (Her remarks about this and her praise for Tom DeLay's (yeah, that Tom DeLay) honesty begin at the 52-minute mark here on C-SPAN). (Note: DeVos is past director of and a big funding source for the James Madison Institute - seen here).

Here are five facts to get smart about who Betsy DeVos is and what her nomination could mean for America [click here for the story’s five facts].

My personal statement of facts: I am a product of the public education system from 1st grade through high school (there were no kindergartens in my day), three community college degrees, one public university dual degree, and one private university (USC) M.S. Ed degree on my GI bill. I am also a firm support of teachers (all 3.1 million of them), and their Unions. I have taught grades 7-12; Adult Basic Skills in the military; at two community colleges; and, at one 4-year college. 

Our country takes pride in our long history of public education and also in “choice” that dates back to the 1600’s. 

We need to keep public education alive, strong and viable, and focused on the kids with programs and activities that are well-funded with no waste to educate and produce generations who will run the country with a set of high achievable standards and ethics and critical thinking for each and every one of them to reach their highest potential and goals.

Related: Education Fast Facts (great link here).

Thanks for stopping by.

Friday, November 25, 2016

"Con Artist of the Deal" — Forthcoming Book About Donald J. Trump

Possible Temporary Security Solution for Trump Tower (NYC)

Current Solution Spotted at Trump Tower (NYC)

The New Look at Trump Tower for Next Four Years (NYC)

Trump Golf Course Solution for Rude and Nosy Neighbors in Scotland

Two most-interesting stories about what to expect from the Trump years about to befall America at large.

THE FIRST BIG STORY: The Secret Service is set to take over two floors of Trump Tower costing taxpayers more than $3 million a year (story) highlights:

1.  Secret Service to take over two floors of New York's Trump Tower which could cost more than $3 million.
2.  Agency and NYPD plan to run a command post out of the Manhattan tower. 
3.  Donald Trump's wife Melania and their son Barron will continue to live during the first year of his presidency.
4.  Trump said he'll be home frequently and even more while Melania is there.  
5.  Mayor Bill de Blasio said city has never dealt with anything of this scope. 
6.  Local police are required to protect president and family when he's home.
7.  Mayor de Blasio said he will request reimbursement for the officers' overtime.
8.  The Secret Secret and the NYPD allegedly plan to run a command post out of the gaudy gold tower where Donald Trump's wife Melania and their son Barron will continue to live during the first year of his presidency.
9.  Around 250 Secret Service agents and cops will be based on two continuous floors, which is 40 floors below Trump's $90 million penthouse apartment.  

Now the kicker to this: The taxpayers of America, we the people, will be paying the president-elect's own corporation for the high price of his protection rental – his own home — the Trump tower. 

(But, hey to the Trump’s it’s just chicken feed, merely walking around change for the week-end, right?).

THE SECOND BIG AND VERY PERSONAL STORY: This firsthand story and account of Trump business deals in Scotland (golf course, of course)… wow – what a load of utter craziness from the NY Times:

BALMEDIE, Scotland — President-elect Donald J. Trump has already built a wall — not on the border with Mexico, but on the border of his exclusive golf course in northeastern Scotland, blocking the sea view of local residents who refused to sell their homes. Then he sent the residents the bill. WTF???

Example of one couple, David and Moira Milne. They had already been threatened with legal action by Trump’s lawyers, who claimed a corner of their garage belonged to him. One day when they came home from work, they found his staff building a fence around their garden and then two rows of grown trees went up next, blocking the view. Their water and electricity lines were temporarily cut. And then a bill for about $3,500 arrived in the mail, which, Mr. Milne said, went straight into the trash.

Now enter Susan and John Munro, who also refused to sell up and now face an almost 15-foot-high earthen wall built by Mr. Trump’s people on two sides of their property. 

Then this from Michael Forbes, a quarry worker whose home sits on the opposite side of the Trump property, added a second flag — “Hillary for President” — perhaps because Mr. Trump publicly accused him of living “like a pig” and called him a “disgrace” for not selling his “disgusting” and “slum like” home.

As many Americans are trying to figure out what kind of president they have just elected, the people of Balmedie, a small village outside the once oil-rich city of Aberdeen, say they have a pretty good idea. 

In the 10 years since Trump first visited, vowing to build “the world’s greatest golf course” on an environmentally protected site featuring 4,000-year-old sand dunes, they have seen him lash out at anyone standing in his way. 

They say they watched him win public support for his golf course with grand promises, then watched him break them one-by-one  like these:

1.  A promised $1.25 billion investment has shrunk to what his opponents say is at most $50 million.
2.  Six thousand jobs have dwindled to 95.
3.  Two golf courses to one.
4.  An eight-story 450-room luxury hotel never materialized. 5. Promise of 950 time-share apartments (instead a manor house was converted into a 16-room boutique hotel).

Trump International Golf Links, which opened in 2012, lost $1.36 million last year, according to public accounts. 

“If America wants to know what is coming, it should study what happened here. It’s predictive. I have just seen him do in America, on a grander scale, precisely what he did here. He suckered the people and he suckered the politicians until he got what he wanted, and then he went back on pretty much everything he promised,” says said Martin Ford, a local government representative.

Or ask Alex Salmond, a former First Minister of Scotland whose government granted Mr. Trump planning permission in 2008 by overruling local officials, but now he concedes all those points, adding: “Balmedie got 10 cents on the dollar.”

I say rename Donald J. Trump to Donald “F.F.” Trump, with F.F. meaning Flim-Flam man – con artist of the deal… pathetic, isn’t it?

My Short Message: America: We have been had.

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Bye American Pie or Hello Wall Street: Trump Steak and Wine and More

Good Bye Good Old Days, or Hello Golden Goose

Source of this pretty good article … real food for thought as they say:

Literally within his first few days in office, Republicans are going to dedicate most of their time to trying to erase anything related to Barack Obama’s eight years in office. Within a few weeks, it’s going to be like much of his presidency never existed. 

Another set of issues, critically important, or maybe not. Cite: This extract (highlight, really): It was good to hear Donald Trump “disavow and condemn” the white nationalism of some of his supporters, at the meeting at The New York Times.

It was good to hear him acknowledge that climate change is linked to human activity, and that maybe waterboarding isn’t such a great idea after all and it was good to hear him even call The New York Times a “great, great American jewel.”

It was, of course, hard to square all these statements with his record of (1) spreading the birther lie about President Obama, (2) calling climate change a “hoax,” (3) promising “to bring back waterboarding or far more” and (4) describing The New York Times as “failing.”

Yeah, that evolving Donald J. Trump… CINC-in-Waiting as it were.

Psst: I thought Republicans didn’t believe in evolution? Um… interesting on that point, too (smiling as I wrote that).  

Thanks for stopping by… those are really good links – so, check ‘em out.

Monday, November 21, 2016

Watch, Listen, Take Notes (or Bookmark), Try to Hold Laugher for the Whole 5-Minutes

Most-Honest Thing Donald Trump Has Ever Said in His Entire Life

Now his policy outline:

How much do you think he will really accomplish — cancelling Obama EO's with his own EO's, probably a few... May get court challenges nevertheless. Any new laws and regulations — probably a few — less important — more showmanship than substance I predict. Some Americans, however could be harmed: the most-needy, ill, sick, weak, and vulnerable seniors, et al.

Stay tuned... a heluva lot more to follow – bet on it.

Thanks for stopping by. Come again … comments always welcome.

Sunday, November 20, 2016

Trump Hits SNL and Free Speech: Demands "Equal Time" (Now that's funny)

November 19, 2016

Winnie Nails It

The Real Donald Trump and Actor Alex Baldwin

Real presidential, Mr. Trump, or actually real childish? Easy choice.

Mr. Trump weighed in on NBC’s SNL segment (November 19th) and then he tweeted in his usual self-conscious, negative, and insecure way his reaction to the show, which I presume he watched to gather his ammo? Was that at 3 am? No, actually it was at 5:26 am – amazing time nevertheless.

He blasted the producers and Alec Baldwin who portrayed him, tweeting: “It is a totally one-sided, biased show – nothing funny at all. Equal time for us?”  — Donald J. Trump [@real Donald Trump] November 20, 2016

Of course it’s one-side, moron-elect; it's their show. Equal time!! Ha, no way. 

It’s a humorous TV show, not a public forum or debate, therefore the equal time rule does NOT apply. (Psst: You are no longer a candidate and do not have that right).

It is their production, their right, plus it was downright hilarious. Good grief, Trump should be nowhere near the Oval Office, ever… the man is not fit to be president, period; In short, he is a walking and tweeting disaster.

I have a hunch his first E.O. will be two steps: (1) Repeal Obama-care, (2) order the AG-in-waiting, Jefferson Beauregard “Jeff” Sessions III, to issue an arrest warrant for all the SNL producers, NBC execs in general, the entire SNL crew, and specifically for Alex Baldwin. He will call it sedition, slander, libel, or for being traitors. Add double parking and jaywalking to make it seem more legal if necessary.

The EC should not approve Donald J. Trump to be our president. They can ask themselves along the way if any of them has any doubts about voting for him: “My God, what have we done?”

Thanks for stopping by and catch SNL from here on out … I suspect they will not lighten up on him now that he has declared open war on them. I also hope NBC-SNL acts the way they always have and the way fans want them to produce shows.

Three cheers for SNL.

Friday, November 18, 2016

Prepping for Armageddon — What Could Be Worse — Um ... Trump-in-Charge

Key Question Stephen Bannon Holds the Key To

Nope, Not April Fool’s Day Joke, Either
(Real Possibility)

Pretty scary headlines for next April, right … possible, too. So, are you still not worried? Well, maybe tomorrow, right? In the meantime, get ready for another big scare and more plans from Stephen “Grigori Rasputin” Bannon who has both ears of Donald J. Trump, or will have very soon as he becomes the 45th President of the Untied Stated and the CINC... Bannon’s latest right after this short personal introduction:

I strongly believe that anything about our great nation and people with all the warts and moles and hang-ups... that it will all change for the worse commencing Jan 20, 2017 at Noon or shortly thereafter...

At that hour on that day, tons of key people will be in place with a mandate and instructions to tear down and repair everything the GOP, Conservatives and TEA nuts, most right-wingers all across Talk Radio and La-la land, and conspiracy nuts from the 4-corners hate about things that others cherish and like that they do not and then try to give us, what pray tell?

Crying wolf you say? Hardly ... just an honest assessment of those jockeying for power and and half the country saying: “Do, it, do – lock 'em all up if they disagree with us... this is America, and we can be hateful and spiteful and ugly and nasty as anyone in history... just watch us, and it is our right to be that way.”

All I would add is Holy crap…!!!

Now the main thrust of the man at the center: Stephen Bannon, hatchet or henchman for the CINC. He has been under relentless fire from critics on the left since he was named chief strategist and senior counselor to President-elect Donald Trump.

Before joining Trump's campaign as his CEO, Bannon was the executive director of Breitbart News, an outlet he described in July as a “platform of the alt-right” (“Alternative to the Rightwing” – more right than right).  His selection as one of Trump's top advisers prompted harsh rebukes from groups such as the Anti-Defamation League and the Southern Poverty Law Center, as well as top Democrats, who called Bannon an unacceptable choice.

But in a new interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Bannon seems unbothered by the response to his selection. “Darkness is good. Dick “Dark” Cheney. Darth Vader. Satan. That's power. It only helps us when they get it wrong. They're blind to who we are and what we're doing,” he told the reporter. Bannon then noted that many people had completely missed the driving forces that ultimately propelled Trump to victory, saying:

The media bubble is the ultimate symbol of what's wrong with this country. It's just a circle of people talking to themselves who have no [f**king] idea what's going on. ... It's a closed circle of information from which Hillary Clinton got all her information – and her confidence. That was our opening. They got it more wrong than anybody. Rupert Murdoch is a globalist and never understood Trump. To him, Trump is a radical. Now they'll go centrist and build the network around Megyn Kelly.” 

Now, Bannon predicts Trump will ride his coalition of traditional Republicans and white working-class former Democrats to a permanent electoral powerhouse – perhaps without the small government conservatives who had steered the party for the past eight years, adding:

Like Andrew Jackson's populism, we're going to build an entirely new political movement. It's everything related to jobs. The conservatives are going to go crazy. I'm the guy pushing a trillion-dollar infrastructure plan. With negative interest rates throughout the world, it's the greatest opportunity to rebuild everything. Shipyards, iron works, get them all jacked up. We're just going to throw it up against the wall and see if it sticks. It will be as exciting as the 1930's, greater than the Reagan revolution – conservatives, plus populists, in an economic nationalist movement.”

He summarized this way:If we deliver we'll get 60 percent of the white vote, and 40 percent of the black and Hispanic vote and we'll govern for 50 years. That's what the Democrats missed, they were talking to these people with companies with a $9 billion market cap employing nine people. It's not reality. They lost sight of what the world is about.” Then despite Breitbart News' embrace of the so-called “Alt-Right,” a loosely organized movement associated with white nationalism that developed in response to mainstream conservatism, Bannon pushed back against aspersions on his own character, saying:

 “I'm not a white nationalist, I'm a nationalist. I'm an economic nationalist. The globalists gutted the American working class and created a middle class in Asia. The issue now is about Americans looking to not get [f**ked] over.”

So, let’s change the Trump slogan from “Make America Great Again” to “[Bye] American Pie” or just simply: “Sayonara, or Adios, Adieu, Addio, Adeus, Arrivederci, Ciao, Auf Wiedersehen, Au Revoir, Bon Voyage, Shalom, Totsiens, Vale, or even in Chinese Zaijian, or Korean Annyong.  It's been nice to know you, America...” 

Related are these excellent bunch of articles by 16 very reputable reporters via the New Yorker.

It seems that Bannon's philosophy, in tune with Trump's is to be as outrageous as possible, hear it, then ignore it and the heat by adding something far hotter the next time. If people don't like it, well f**k 'em all... next question.

Thanks for stopping by… come again and I’m sure you will stay tuned… we are now headed for serious and troubling times and truly in uncharted waters.

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Trump White House Day 1: "Bringing Back Vanishing Miner, Baker, Assembly-line Jobs"

January 20, 2017: Trump Shows Off New National Salute

Day One That He Vowed
(The long haul back home)

Trump’s first 100 days in office and 20 of his possible actions along with his cabinet and these possible Department Heads and much, much more follows below. and on real and perceived hot spots for conflicts of interests this neat piece of reporting from Politico with several examples ... so, imagine our president in this scenario? Wow...

His first day in office – he pledged is this:

Possibly roll back regulations, impose tariffs, or making some none-too-discreet phone calls from the Oval Office to who-knows-where, candidate Trump vowed to “bring back the vanishing jobs of miners, bakers, and assembly-line workers, beginning on Day 1 of my administration.” He then added: “It’s going to happen fast. This is so easy.” (Vowed to a crowd in Charleston, WVA).

#1 tremendous potential “conflicts of interests” between Trump, Inc. CEO and Trump in his duties as President for USA, Inc.:

Introduction and Background: Trump, Inc. is worldwide and renowned, but he is subject to huge and massive conflicts of interests between his job and his business interests. Simply having everything in a blind trust is not an answer … with his 3 kids running that trust – see CRS report to Congress below.

… In essence a blind trust means he has zero involvement and that would mean family members running the show and counting the money as it were in his name.

Solutions: (1) Create a bona fide “blind trust” independent from him and his family, or, (2) divest all of his holdings before taking office, since he would after Jan 20, 2017 be president and therefore obligated to appoint people in high positions and courts that could rule on conflicts that could arise…

Related to above:

Trump’s immediate family members, i.e., wife or children cannot take over in what he describes as a “blind trust.” Federal law and rules do not allow that. Cite the following extract from a CRS report to Congress:  

“A blind trust,” as discussed in this report, is a device employed by a federal official to hold, administer and manage the private financial assets, investments, and ownerships of the official, and his or her spouse and dependent children, as a method of conflict of interest avoidance. In establishing a qualified blind trust upon the approval of the appropriate supervisory ethics entity, the official transfers, without restriction, control and management of private assets to an independent trustee who may not communicate information about the identity of the holdings in the trust to the official. The trust is considered “blind” because eventually, through the sale of transferred assets and the purchase of new ones, the public officer will be shielded from knowledge of the identity of the specific assets in the trust. Without such knowledge, conflict of interest issues would be avoided because no particular asset in the trust could act as an influence upon the official duties that the officer performs for the Government.”

From NPR (PBS) – a very key example.

America’s system of political checks and balances may vanish in the first 100 days of a Donald Trump presidency and Republican-run Congress. Facing no restraints other than protests they can ignore, Republicans driven by far right-wing ideologies, partisan score-settling and fealty to corporate America may seek to erase all traces of the Obama years and reset the political and judicial stage for years to come. It’s not just Trump’s draconian campaign pledges that stand to be initiated or imposed; it’s (1) House Tea Party types who have been obstructing and investigating the Obama administration for years, (2) Senate Republicans who put their party’s interests before the nation by blocking jobs bills, infrastructure bills and Supreme Court nominees, now feel vindicated.

Listed are the 16 worst-case scenarios that could mark Trump’s first 100 days.

USSC Vacancies:

USSC nominees: Trump unveiled a list of 11 potential Supreme Court picks in May and has added several names since. Asked by CBS interviewer Lesley Stahl about his criteria for selecting judicial appointees, Trump confirmed he'd pick “pro-life” judges who would also be “very pro-Second Amendment.”

As for Roe v. Wade, the Supreme Court decision barring states from preventing women from having an abortion, Trump said that women seeking the procedure might have to “go to another state” if the decision were overturned.

Immigration Reform: Trump has said he would quickly cancel a program Mr. Obama put in place by executive action that gave protection from deportation and work permits to about 800,000 undocumented immigrants who came to the United States as children (DREAMERS) part of the EO on the DACA ruling, sort of a ruling (4-4).

(CNN) (June 23, 2016) – In a crushing blow to the White House, the Supreme Court announced Thursday it was evenly divided in a case concerning President Barack Obama's controversial executive actions on immigration. (And this is why we need 9 justices and not 8 – but Trump still wants it 5-4 and this GOP will not process Judge Garland – shitty politics that impact people and their lives).

The one-sentence ruling, issued without comment or dissent, means that the programs will remain blocked from going into effect, and the issue will return to the lower court. It is exceedingly unlikely the programs will go into effect for the remainder of the Obama presidency.

Mr. Obama, speaking at the White House, lamented the ruling. “For more than two decades now our immigration system, everybody acknowledges, has been broken. And the fact that the Supreme Court wasn't able to issue a decision today doesn't just set the system back even further, it takes us further from the country that we aspire to be.”  

The ruling will impact the more than 4 million undocumented immigrants seeking to be able to come out of the shadows and apply for these programs to stay in the United States. Immediately after Obama announced them in late 2014, Texas and 25 other states challenged the plans and they were blocked nationwide by a federal district court the next year.

IMPACT: Millions would lose their jobs and college scholarships that allowed many to attend college and start careers. They would be vulnerable to deportation.

From the LA TIMES: Nearly a third of the 742,000 so-called Dreamers — those given protection under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program — live in California and are potentially at risk of losing legal status.

Using the same executive authority that Obama used to create the DACA and other initiatives (DREAMERS), Trump also can quickly fulfill his promises to severely restrict the number of refugees admitted each year and to effectively bar visitors from countries with large Muslim populations.

Trump said he quickly would cancel all those Obama programs. So, “police state” here we come why? All that would take massive law enforcement operations to be required to ramp it up with widespread raids in communities and workplaces.

Mr. Trump is also likely to expand detention centers along the border for illegal line crossers, ending the Obama administration’s practice of releasing many families who have come fleeing violence in Central America so they can seek asylum in immigration courts.

Mr. Trump has said he will punish so-called sanctuary cities, which have curbed their cooperation with the immigration authorities, by withholding federal funding.

Update: Many today again say they will not enforce his harsh immigration steps... a huge movement is afoot in that regard, bet on it. Police Chief in LA said “That is not our job and I won’t make it our job.” 


Now what about that Wall and Mexico fitting the bill?

Trump also has promised to start construction right away on a wall across the Southwest border that was the signature proposal and rallying cry of his campaign.

But, that will take money from Congress, Trump now says. Um… first broken promise and pledge. Mexico will pay for it – yeah, sure they will. Second broken pledge.

How many more Trump oops are forthcoming? I’d have to say a ton…!!!

I don’t know what will or will not happen in Trump’s first 100 days – no one knows for sure, but we all have our guesses and imaginations – and none are pretty based on what we know about this man.

My summary for all Trump voters: You have been had … it’s that simple.

Stay tuned, and thanks for stopping by.