The Pardu

The Pardu
Watchful eyes and ears feed the brain, thus nourishing the brain cells.
Showing posts with label . Your GOP. Show all posts
Showing posts with label . Your GOP. Show all posts

Friday, February 15, 2019

As Trump's World Turns: How Tall?, Rose Garden Insanity, And A Need For Change




The Superfluous precedes the insanity of Trump.

How tall are you?
As sure as an echo in the Grand Canyon, Trump (overcoat and all) walked up to a Rose Garden podium and delivered the most whacked out of addresses in US History. While his choice of topics spanned China to Rush Limbaugh, the Internet and TV networks have been overwhelmed processing and developing news (segments) literally filled with lies (old and new).

Herewith is a sample of Trump's continued lying. 

We have excerpted the following from an NBC News piece linked here.

4. VIOLENCE IN EL PASO WAS "100 PERCENT BETTER" AFTER A WALL WENT UP
Speaking about crime and violence, Trump said "it was not only better, it was 100 percent better" when a border barrier was constructed in El Paso, Texas. 
Crime data published by the FBI shows otherwise, as NBC News reported in a fact check earlier this month. 
Violent crime has been dropping in El Paso since its modern-day peak in 1993 and was at historical lows before a fence was authorized by Congress in 2006. Violent crime actually ticked up during the border fence's construction and after its completion in 2009, law enforcement data shows.

Violent crimes in El Paso, 1985-2017
Crime fell long before the border city put up steel fences.

Today marked a significant day in US history. It appears Trump ran his lie account up by at least 50 additional lies during his state of emergency Rose Garden statement. Let's take a few quick peeps at Trump doing what he does as a matter of pathology.

First Keith Boykin captured and tweeted a piece which shows how Trump spends his morning hours. The White House called his post-tweeter pre arrival at the Oval Office hour as Executive Time." It appears the time should be referred to as Far Right dogma absorption via Limbaugh, Fox & Friends et al).
Now watch and listen to this. If you continue to hold onto any vestige of thought Trump is sane you should maybe seek a charge per visit Psychiatrist. whatever you do avoid a charge per hour Psych you will deplete any discretionary dollars as your stays will be lengthy.
CNN Fact Check
More?  This one is a bit longer but relevant.



"Sing along" Trump? Really? Presidential?


As we move away from Trump's Keystone Cop appearance in the Rose Garden we must stay-up on other matters inherent in Trumpism. Let's take a Twitter look at a couple of lingering examples of leadership failed.
Didn't Trump promise he would eliminate US Debt in his first term. 
Yes, of course, he is coming to the end of his term in office so he makes US debt and deficits much worse before he applies the fix, right? 

StumbleUpon

Friday, December 14, 2018

ProPublica: Trump’s Inauguration





ProPublica

Trump’s Inauguration Paid Trump’s Company — With Ivanka in the Middle

When it came out this year that President Donald Trump’s inaugural committee raised and spent unprecedented amounts, people wondered where all that money went.

It turns out one beneficiary was Trump himself.

The inauguration paid the Trump Organization for rooms, meals and event space at the company’s Washington hotel, according to interviews as well as internal emails and receipts reviewed by WNYC and ProPublica.

During the planning, Ivanka Trump, the president-elect’s eldest daughter and a senior executive with the Trump Organization, was involved in negotiating the price the hotel charged the 58th Presidential Inaugural Committee for venue rentals. A top inaugural planner emailed Ivanka and others at the company to “express my concern” that the hotel was overcharging for its event spaces, worrying of what would happen “when this is audited.”

If the Trump hotel charged more than the going rate for the venues, it could violate tax law. The inaugural committee’s payments to the Trump Organization and Ivanka Trump’s role have not been previously reported or disclosed in public filings.

“The fact that the inaugural committee did business with the Trump Organization raises huge ethical questions about the potential for undue enrichment,” said Marcus Owens, the former head of the division of the Internal Revenue Service that oversees nonprofits.

Inaugural workers had other misgivings. Rick Gates, then the deputy to the chairman of the inaugural, asked some vendors to take payments directly from donors, rather than through the committee, according to two people with direct knowledge. The vendors felt the request was unusual and concerning, according to these people, who spoke on condition of anonymity because they signed confidentiality agreements. It is not clear whether any vendors took him up on his request.

The revelations about the inauguration’s finances show how Trump blurred the lines between his political and business lives, as the real estate mogul ascended to the presidency.

On Thursday, The Wall Street Journal reported that federal prosecutors in New York have opened a criminal investigation into whether the inaugural committee misspent money and whether donors gave in return for political favors, citing people familiar with the matter. In addition, The New York Times reported that prosecutors are examining whether foreigners illegally funnelled money to the inauguration.

Peter Mirijanian, a spokesman for Ivanka Trump’s ethics lawyer, said: “When contacted by someone working on the inauguration, Ms. Trump passed the inquiry on to a hotel official and said only that any resulting discussions should be at a ‘fair market rate.’ Ms. Trump was not involved in any additional discussions.”

Mirijanian did not provide evidence that Ivanka Trump sought a fair market rate.

A spokeswoman for the inaugural committee said it “is not aware of any pending investigations and has not been contacted by any prosecutors. We simply have no evidence the investigation exists.” The White House and a lawyer for Gates did not immediately respond to requests for comment. A spokesman for the Manhattan federal prosecutors’ office declined to comment. The Trump Organization did not comment.

“That doesn’t have anything to do with the president or the first lady,” White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders told reporters on Thursday night, when asked about the story in the Journal.

President-elect Trump was repeatedly briefed on inaugural planning and specific events, according to one committee worker with direct knowledge. WNYC and ProPublica have seen presentations that were shown to the president-elect, complete with renderings and floor plans.

Trump’s 2017 inauguration committee, which was chaired by his friend the businessman Tom Barrack, raised nearly $107 million from donors including the casino magnate Sheldon Adelson and AT&T. The January 2017 festivities cost almost twice President Obama’s 2009 inauguration, previously the most expensive. The nonprofit that planned Trump’s inauguration booked many spaces in the Trump International Hotel, located in the Old Post Office building near the White House, including a ballroom, hotel rooms and work spaces, as well as paying for meals there, according to several people who worked on the inauguration.

How the inaugural committee managed to spend all the money it raised remains a mystery, nearly two years after the event. While groups that support political candidates or issues must publicly detail their spending, an inaugural committee is required to list only its top five contractors. That leaves about $40 million unaccounted for.

Greg Jenkins, who led George W. Bush’s second inauguration, was perplexed by the Trump team’s mammoth fundraising haul. “They had a third of the staff and a quarter of the events and they raise at least twice as much as we did,” Jenkins told WNYC and ProPublica this year. “So there’s the obvious question: Where did it go? I don’t know.”

As planning for the inauguration was underway in December 2016, Ivanka Trump was still an executive vice president at the Trump Organization. But she was reportedly preparing to move to Washington and take on a greater public role. She now serves as an adviser to the president.

Around the middle of the month, with Inauguration Day scarcely a month away, Ivanka Trump was asked to help resolve a dispute between inaugural planners and her family’s Washington hotel, according to emails.

The problem: Organizers thought the hotel was charging too much money.

Emails show that Ivanka Trump connected Gates with Mickael Damelincourt, managing director of the hotel. Damelincourt responded with a new rate of $175,000 per day for use of the Presidential Ballroom and meeting rooms, offering a $700,000 charge for four days of use.

It is not clear what the earlier price was, but Damelincourt’s revised rate did not satisfy one of the lead organizers of the inauguration, Stephanie Winston Wolkoff.

In an email to Ivanka Trump and Gates, Wolkoff, who had previously managed the Metropolitan Museum’s annual gala and fashion shows at Lincoln Center, expressed discomfort with the price.

“I wanted to follow up on our conversation and express my concern,” Wolkoff wrote in the December email.

“These events are in PE’s [the president-elect’s] honor at his hotel and one of them is for family and close friends. Please take into consideration that when this is audited it will become public knowledge,” she wrote, noting that other locations would be provided to the inaugural committee for free.

“I understand that compared to the original pricing this is great but we should look at the whole context,” Wolkoff wrote, suggesting a day rate of $85,000, less than half of the Trump hotel’s offer.

A former Trump hotel staffer confirmed that the inaugural committee paid for inaugural week events at the hotel. It’s not clear what price the committee ultimately paid. Previous media coverage has focused on spending by outside groups at the Trump hotel but it was not known that the official inaugural committee itself spent significant sums there.

Wolkoff also raised concerns about spending in a conversation with then-Trump attorney Michael Cohen, according to the story in the Journal. Federal prosecutors have a recording of that conversation, according to the Journal. The Times story suggests that conversation took place well after the inauguration.

Wolkoff, who is a friend of first lady Melania Trump, did not respond to a request for comment. Wolkoff’s firm, WIS Media Partners, was the inauguration’s highest-paid contractor, according to the committee’s tax filing. Wolkoff was scrutinized in media accounts this year because the firm received nearly $26 million. Most of that of the money was passed on to subcontractors, according to a person familiar with the spending. It is possible that payments to the Trump hotel were included in that sum.

If the Trump hotel charged the inaugural committee above-market rates, it could violate tax rules, according to Owens, the nonprofit tax expert who is now a partner at the law firm Loeb & Loeb.

If a person with “substantial influence” over a nonprofit group charges the group above-market rates in a transaction with their outside business, the IRS can impose steep fines. In this case, Donald Trump could qualify as a person with such influence. Should the tax agency find that a violation occurred, the Trump Organization would have to refund any overcharge and the inaugural committee would be hit with a 25 percent tax on the money, Owens said.

Owens added that IRS audits of nonprofits are increasingly rare. Since the inaugural committee was incorporated in Virginia, the state attorney general there could also have standing to investigate its operations.

A spokeswoman for the inaugural committee said its finances “were fully audited internally and independently and are fully accounted. … These were funds raised from private individuals and were then spent in accordance with the law and the expectations of the donors.”

The inaugural committee spent money at the Trump International in Washington in other ways as well. Many workers came from California and New York and stayed at the hotel, eating their meals there and holding meetings. Receipts reviewed by WNYC and ProPublica show they typically paid about $350 a night. According to an inaugural worker, 15 to 20 inaugural workers stayed at the hotel most nights for roughly a month in the run-up to the inauguration, at a total cost of what could be more than $200,000.

The professional resumes of top Trump hotel staffers indicate they worked closely with the presidential inaugural committee. The hotel’s director of food and beverage says on his LinkedIn profile that he was “working with PIC [Presidential Inaugural Committee] during the 2017 Inauguration” and a “related series of very special events.”

The day before Trump’s swearing in, the inaugural committee hosted a Leadership Luncheon in the hotel’s Presidential Ballroom, featuring his cabinet nominees and major donors. “This is a gorgeous room,” the president-elect told the crowd. “A total genius must have built this place.” And the night of the inauguration itself, Trump’sfamily and close allies such as Sean Hannity celebrated into the early morning at an exclusive after-party in the Trump hotel’s grand lobby. Thousands of red, white and blue balloons were released from the rafters.

Some vendors for the inauguration became concerned when Gates, a top inaugural committee official, asked them to take payments outside of the normal committee invoicing process, according to two people with knowledge of what happened. He proposed that they be paid for their work directly from a would-be donor rather than by the committee. Gates told the vendors that the inaugural committee had received pledges of more money than was initially targeted, and, therefore, he wished to reduce the publicly reported sum raised.

Gates did not respond to a request for comment. Last February, he pleaded guilty to unrelated charges of lying to the FBI and conspiracy, as part of special counsel Robert Mueller’s inquiry.
Over the summer, Gates was cross examined about his work for the inauguration in the trial of his former boss, Paul Manafort. Gates conceded that he might have charged personal expenses to the committee. “It’s possible,” he said.

In a separate episode this year, a U.S. lobbyist pleaded guilty to helping a Ukrainian businessman and member of Parliament buy tickets to the inauguration, in violation of rules barring the committee from taking foreign money. The inaugural committee was not accused of wrongdoing in that case.
ProPublica is a Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative newsroom.  Sign up for The Big Story newsletter to receive stories like this one in your inbox.
StumbleUpon

Saturday, July 14, 2018

Trumpism: Meme Of The Day





Image may contain: 8 people, people smiling, text

Gowdy is resigning his seat in the US Senate, I suspect with full pension and opportunity to fully leverage his Trumpism.





Peter Strzok had no business using his government cell phone to send text messages to his affair partner, granted. He had n "lat night: business responding to her conversation inquiry about his thoughts on Trump becoming president as he responded, without question. I am certain after a successful career at bringing down a massive Soviet/Russian spy ring along with other untold national security wins (over is 26 year period with the FBI), Strzok is suffering mightily as he is reported to be serving in the FBI Human Resources function. While I suspect his service is above the level of FBI HR, he is no longer deeply immersed in fighting Putin.  

All said, however, his appearance at a Congressional hearing this past week coupled with a previous 11-hour closed session with many of the same showboating Republicans is a travesty.  An effort by Paul Ryan and Mitch McConnell in providing potential damage to the Mueller Investigation well before the Special counsel move closer to key figures like Michael Cohen and Manafort.

The video above captured the essence of 15 minutes back and forth between The failed Clinton hearings chair, Gowdy, and the national hero Strzok.  

After the hearings, and just as Trump proper for his requested groveling time with Putin the Special Counsel announced indictments of 12 named Russian cyber military officials. Unarmed in the indictment are American co-conspirators of which, I feel there are a few.  

VOX dot com (highlighted sections are key)

DOJ indictment below:


If you have a few minutes more we offer another example if a member of Congress who knew the reason for the public hearing and he offered an eloquent and heartfelt perspective.

StumbleUpon

Friday, July 13, 2018

CNN Fake News? And The Baby Balloon





Watch a US President literally confirm why protesters in the UK, have developed and floated this:

Image result for baby trump balloon Image result for baby trump balloon Image result for baby trump balloon



Now take a listen to the perfect example of Trump as Baby Balloon.



StumbleUpon

Wednesday, June 27, 2018

YOUR GOP: Steve King Monikers Racism





Image result for gop racists

An unpopular topic, but a reality.
You know Iowa's Steve King, right?  If you do not know King here we offer a couple of video examples of his racist views.

White Civilization



Calves the Size of Cantaloupes




While I am careful to avoid blanket assertions regarding the GOP and racism, I am frankly a believer it is the party of the US racist. 
All GOP conservatives are not racists, yet all racists are conservative (and candidates for GOP membership and votes). 
Steve King doesn't have to admit his deeply rooted racism, he speaks it without hesitation. When he is going about denials regarding what follows is a bit baffling.
King recently retweeted.

In his own post, the Iowa Republican added: 'Europe is waking up...Will America...in time?'

Here is a close look at what he retweeted.

'65% of Italians under the age of 35 now oppose mass immigration,' Collett said in his June 12 tweet. 'Europe is waking up...'

But look and listen to King last night on CNN.

King is lying and King seems to posses decide inclination which resembles white supremacy.


Let's close with this. Click the video.

Your GOP and conservative America!
StumbleUpon

Monday, June 4, 2018

As Trump's World Turns: Americana Circa Trump



Image result for as the world turns

Monday on Trump TV

As we move the second year of Trump, we are finding more incidents involving white people overtly acting out against people of color.  A couple of notable incidents occurred within the week and occurred associated with swimming pools. 

A physician points to a restroom as a woman suggest a child simply urinate in a hotel pool and guess how it ended.

Dr. Covey Banks was attacked at a Florida pool for suggesting a family right thing and the healthy thing) and her family received a solid dose of neo-Americana.

The Raw Story

__________________________________________

The pool again? OK, who called the police?

_______________________________________

How about an ICE visit? It doesn't matter if Trump and his ICE goons are taking children from their parents (and possibly losing over a thousand of the children) Samantha Bee and her production team had no business using the "C" word during a TBS segment.
If we go beyond common decency, there is a political side to such trashy failings from the Left. It gives conservatives a small ledge on which to hang their toes as a noted conservative reality show Trump supporter, Roseanne Barr, and her Ape analogy for a former Obama adviser.

Yes, Bee's remarks lightened the flak focused on Barrs over-the-top racism. While Trump has avoided directly addressing his supporter's choice of analogy, the Right has been enjoying moments of reciprocity.  Oh yes, a liberal used the "C" Word!
Wouldn't you know?
__________________________________________

This segment of As Trump World Turns will be posted without additional comment. Purchase a Trump Hotel Mattress?  Really?

______________________________________

Who would be King?






StumbleUpon

Friday, April 27, 2018

Ending Trump's Fox News Interview






Do you recall yesterday's, Fox & Friends: The Big Trump Interview?Thirty straight minutes of total unpresidential behavior which was actually unbecoming a whining teenager.

As the interview started and ended, the faces of the show hosts told it all.





Pictures are great for snapshot imagery; the video drives the horror of the interview home. Watch as the show hosts and producers realize...this isn't working well at all.




CNN's Jeanne Moss also ran a segment on "THE INTERVIEW". If you look close you can see the panic on the faces as the hosts whether hear "end the interview" in their earphones or across the screens of their laptops (watch Kilmeade). Train Wreck.
One more:



Think Progress published a piece regarding their perception Trump made two very serious legal errors in his Fox & Friends appearance.  

Amazing!


StumbleUpon

Thursday, March 22, 2018

A Record Setting President (If You Listen; I Will Lie To You)



If You Listen; I Will Lie To You

Yesterday we published this piece regarding a long-term Fox News Left hating demagogue who decided to severe his relationship with the network rather than continue a life of lies and deceit. Colonel Peters was particularly useful to Fox when network producers crafted frequent anti-Presdient Obama segments. And Peters was particular useful to the vile anti-Obama Fox Business host Stuart Varney as shown in the (linked) segment. All things must end. 

While all of America knows Fox News isn't a news network in any sense.  The network is a conduit to conservative absorption of ideology comparable to current Sinclair Broadcasting's role (New Yorker Magazine; Mother Jones) in advancing Trumpism via local news networks. Fox has the nation's highest level of broadcast viewership of Americans (and some foreigners) who thrive off soaking-up lies, misinformation and deceit like a Goldfish bottom feeding remnants of a daily feeding.

Actually the Fox News mission parallels that of the White House Communications Department (including Sarah Huckabee Sanders) in serving as a conduit and rationalize of all things Trump. An existentially reality which carries a burden of covering for what follows in the video (below).  A President of the United States whose first thought is to always lie while also suffering from a chronic aversion to admitting lies once the lie is exposed as such. 



All Things Must End StumbleUpon

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

"I like conflict, I like to watch it. (Video)




Wonder how he likes turnover?



Image result for trump
Small pic of a small man
Everyone on Earth who has access to a television or radio and use the communication vehicles for staying abreast of news and current events, know Donald Trump's 3Bs (bluster, bullcrap & bombast). His personal paradigm and behavior aren't new to the world, however, it is manifestly obnoxious in its current state as a leader of a once great nation. 

Yesterday during a press appears with the leader of Sweden, Trump responded to a question about his dissolving administration. Of course, he claimed to like conflict, (watching, seeing it) and he went on to issues an insane claim that "everybody wants to work in the White House", "everybody wants into the administration"; alas the insanity.

No, Trump's Administration is not running smoothly.  Watch his 3Bs in embarrassing reality TV.
MSNBC'S Rachel Maddow and her production team do not agree with Trump. As is always the case with Maddow "A" Block segments, it is long, but we again offer, not one word is without merit and relevance.



I like conflict, I like to watch people with different voices, I like watching it..... Wonder if he really deeply "Likes" the turnover from his administration? Many years of Human Resources service to Fortune 250 corporations have taught me turnover at the 40% level s a sign of a sick organization; certainly an indication of very poor leadership. It is not normal nor is it healthy for the United States.
StumbleUpon

Saturday, December 16, 2017

The Daily GOP Ignominious: "Staggering Incompetence" (Trump's Mockery Of The Courts)



Image result for trump judicial nominee knows nothing

Trump Nominee for a lifetime appointment to the federal court system. Matthew Spencer Petersen was nominated to sit as a US District Court judge. While I am certain Trump never met the man, I am also certain the nomination is yet another example of Trump administration total disregard for the rule of law. The nomination also points to a reality of an administration working to destroy any credible claim of fair and balanced application of the law from Trump's inner core behind the scenes nation killers.

What follows is shameful and a top-level example of Trumpism.  We also feel it important to note some are appearing on television whit remarks of sorrow or embarrassment for Petersen. How shameful are they?  Petersen knows he is ill prepared to sit in a lifetime federal court judgeship.  He is a functionary who will willingly and wantonly work to instill Trumpism in lock-step accordance with any orders from the GOP for the span of his life on the bench. 

Sen. Kennedy: You can just raise your hand on this one, if you will, to save a little time. Have any of you not tried a case to verdict in a courtroom? 
(Petersen raises his hand.) 
Sen. Kennedy: Mr. Petersen. Have you ever tried a jury trial?Petersen: I have not. 
Sen. Kennedy: Civil? 
Petersen: No. 
Sen. Kennedy: Criminal? 
Petersen: No. 
Sen. Kennedy: Bench? 
Petersen: No. 
Sen. Kennedy: State or federal court? 
Petersen: I have not. 
Sen. Kennedy: OK. Have you ever taken a deposition? 
Petersen: I was involved in taking depositions when I was associate at Wiley Rein, when I first came out of law school, but that was… 
Sen. Kennedy: How many depositions? 
Petersen: I would… I’d be struggling to remember. 
Sen. Kennedy: Less than 10? 
Petersen: Yes. 
Sen. Kennedy: Less than five? 
Petersen: Probably somewhere in that range. 
Sen. Kennedy: Have you ever taken a deposition by yourself? 
Petersen: No. 
Sen. Kennedy: Have you ever argued a motion in state court? 
Petersen: I have not. 
Sen. Kennedy: Have you ever argued a motion in federal court? 
Petersen: No. 
Sen. Kennedy: OK. When’s the last time you read the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure? 
Petersen: The Federal Rules of Civil Procedure… I… In my current position, I obviously don’t need to stay as… invested in those on a day to day basis, but I do try to keep up to speed. We do have at the FEC roughly 70 attorneys who work under our guidance, including a large litigation division. And as a commissioner, we oversee that litigation, we advise them on all legal strategy, provide recommendations and edits to briefs and so forth and meet with them about how we’re going to handle… 
Sen. Kennedy: I’m sorry to interrupt you, but we’re only given five minutes for five of you. When’s the last time you read the Federal Rules of Evidence? 
Petersen: The Federal Rules of Evidence all the way through? Would, well, comprehensively, would have been in law school. Obviously I have been involved when I was associate, that was something we had to stay closely apprised of. There have been some issues dealing with evidentiary issues, that will cause me to examine those periodically in our oversight role in the litigation division at the FEC. There have been some issues dealing with evidentiary issues that will cause me to examine those periodically in our oversight role. 
Sen. Kennedy: Well, as a trial judge you’re obviously going to have witnesses. Can you tell me what the Daubert Standard is?Petersen: Senator Kennedy, I don’t have that readily at my disposal, but I’d be happy to take a closer look at that. That is not something I’ve had to contend with. 
Sen. Kennedy: Do you know what a “motion in limine” is? 
Petersen: Again, my background is not in litigation, as when I was replying to Chairman Grassley. I haven’t had to, again, do a deep dive. And I understand and I appreciate this line of questioning. I understand the challenge that would be ahead of me, if I were fortunate enough to become a district court judge. I understand that the path that many successful district court judges have taken has been a different one than I’ve taken. But as I mentioned in my earlier answer, I believe that the path that I have taken… to be one who has been in a decision-making role on now I’d guess now somewhere between 1,500 and 2,000 enforcement matters, overseeing I don’t know how many cases in Federal Court the Commission has been a party to during my time… 
Sen. Kennedy: I’ve read your resume. Just for the record, do you know what a “motion in limine” is? 
Petersen: I would probably not be able to give you a definition right here at the table. 
Sen. Kennedy: Do you know what the Younger abstention doctrine is? Any experience with that? 
Petersen: I’ve heard of it. 
Sen. Kennedy: How about the Pullman abstention doctrine? 
You’ll see that a lot in federal court. OK. Any of you blog? 
Petersen: No. 
Sen. Kennedy: Any of you ever blogged in support of the Klu Klux Klan? 
Petersen: No, Senator. 
Sen. Kennedy: OK, let the record reflect everybody said “No,” Mr. Chairman. 
Chairman Chuck Grassley: Thank you, senator. The record will show that. 
Sen. Kennedy: Thank you, gentlemen. I wish we all had more time to spend together.

WHY?
StumbleUpon