Steve Bannon took a break from turning into compost for long enough to speak with Michael Wolff for Wolff’s latest book, Siege: Trump Under Fire. And Bannon had a lot of salty things to...
If there is a lawless hotspot on the globe, the Trumps are there. Increasingly, it looks like the Trump organization specializes in one business more than any other, money laundering. They don’t even try to hide it much, either. Ivanka might be worse at it than her daddy. A deep investigation carried out by Global Witness, an anti-corruption organization, and reported upon by Talking Points Memo, reveals that Ivanka Trump followed Don’s pattern to a “T” in the two projects most identified as “hers,” the building projects in Azerbaijan and Panama. Both projects suffered from shitty construction (duh) and “untimely bonuses” (double duh). Of course they did, Trump projects are internationally renowned for shoddy construction and untimely cash-vacuums, cash being perhaps the only thing regularly “vacuumed” at all in Trump projects, if the rumors are to be believed. So there is no breaking news to be gleaned from an investigation showing that Ivanka branded a building architecturally-inspired by Walmart, built from military surplus supplies, nor news in hearing the Ivanka was last seen heaving two garbage bags of money into a helicopter and jumping aboard. The story is in where “the money” came from to begin with. It is a story that is becoming just as associated with Trump properties as the bedbugs. It seems Trumps have a hard time taking-in “good money,” if you know what I mean: “Trump’s business approach,” wrote anti-corruption group Global Witness in a recent report, “has been to lease his name and for him and his family to drum up sales in some of the world’s dirty money hotspots, in some instances aided — knowingly or unwittingly — by networks of money launderers. The result is that Trump’s current wealth has depended in part on securing significant infusions of untraceable foreign funds.” Yes. Well, alright, people that rely heavily upon “significant infusions of untraceable foreign funds” are highly sensitive to having their taxes released that does sure seem to fit. The real story, however, is in how brazen these people are. To fully appreciate just how little the Trumps care about their obvious association with criminality requires us to “pretend” for a moment. Let’s pretend we are someone bright, but we have no business or legal background or acumen. Indeed, we have NO interest in business, law, politics … We are … veterinarians. We specialize in puppies. We are the best puppy specialists on Earth and cannot spell “IRS” if we were spotted the vowel. We are just good normal people who rely on experts when it comes to business and law. Our aunt left us a big real estate investment in Panama! We attend a meeting about our investment and learn the things that Ivanka knew. Would we not go into the street screaming upon learning that our customers for these multi-million dollar condos: Paid in cash, millions in cash. Units purchased in bulk, in cash. Purchased by shell companies just created the week before and without any other assets. Purchased in “Bearer Shares” (illegal in the Bahamas and U.K., these are, like, worse than cash in some ways.) And a highly disproportionate number of purchasers were Colombian or Russian. Now, puppy doctor with a great aunt, would you not go to your accountants and lawyers and ask: “Hey, how come we are paying a fortune to armed guards to […]
The CIA specialist on Iran may be half right. Trump probably has flummoxed the Iranian leadership. Totally is too strong a word. But I think that the fact that they allowed General Suleimani to be...
Donald Trump just can’t stay on message or on script. He simply can’t. This is his fatal flaw, and it undoubtedly is the one that keeps Mitch McConnell pacing the floor at night, pouring the Kentucky bourbon into the warm milk. If Trump would just STFU and let the big boys do the heavy lifting, everything would be just fine in GOP world. Yesterday Bill Barr went to a great deal of trouble to create a P.R. stunt and stage a public rebuke of Donald Trump’s tweets. He went on ABC News and said that he “couldn’t do his job” at the DOJ, “with a background of commentary.” This was supposed to come across as Barr putting on his big boy pants and finally, at long last, ending his subservience to Trump, and standing up to him — except that nobody with two brain cells functioning believed it –certainly nobody smart. Barr staged it and I’d bet with a heads up to the White House! https://t.co/tPn5MsK02i — John Dean (@JohnWDean) February 14, 2020 Nevertheless, Trump had to have the last word, just like he has to have the two scoops of ice cream, while others have one. He has to assert his dominance — even when it’s to his detriment. “The President has never asked me to do anything in a criminal case.” A.G. Barr This doesn’t mean that I do not have, as President, the legal right to do so, I do, but I have so far chosen not to! — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 14, 2020 What the Inbecile in Chief doesn’t get is that Bill Barr is trying his best to disguise the fact that the Justice Department is no longer the Justice Department, but rather a tool for Trump to prosecute his personal vendettas. It has a dual function of protecting Trump’s crooked allies, like Rudy Giuliani, who has a direct line to the department to feed his Ukraine dirt, even though he himself is under investigation by SDNY for alleged criminal activities, while simultaneously launching investigations into his enemies, such as James Comey. And there will be others, now that Trump is post-acquittal and feeling his godliness full force. So, yes, Barr did tell the truth yesterday, in a cockeyed sort of way, that Trump’s tweets are hindering his ability to do his job, that’s correct — but the job he was talking about is the job of weaponizing the Justice Department and undermining the rule of law. Barr needs to work in darkness to do this, and Trump shooting off his mouth, yet again, is just shining a spotlight in the kitchen when Barr and the rest of the cockroaches are at their busiest. Trump really needs to STFU.
As we noted yesterday, everything has changed, and Politico sets out just some of the new reality greeting everyone getting back to Washington after Trump’s attack on Iranian special forces leader Soleimani. Trump’s top aides were met Monday with stark reminders of the new risks facing the administration in the new year: enhanced security measures across the White House including additional Secret Service agents, tighter security at entrances and greater scrutiny of visitors. One White House official said the new posture involved guards taking a bit more time, or more closely screening cars entering the complex, “but nothing over the top that would disrupt entry for people with legitimate reasons to enter.” Well, good. And, obviously, I am not being facetious. As odious as we believe Trump to be, we cannot allow an attack on our most sensitive infrastructure, nor personnel. That would be a bad thing and bad precedent to be at all vulnerable. But it’s a big country, yes? This is one of those times that perhaps the ammosexuals will – somewhat – regret the fact that this nation is drowning in guns. It wouldn’t be hard for anyone already here (or someone coming here) to gather military grade weaponry, in the same way that Donald Jr. found himself possessing just such a weapon yesterday. Permit me to post my own tweet: This is, of course, insane. https://t.co/UOcskmM7Jm — Jason R Miciak (@MiciakZoom) January 7, 2020 All that and much more could be brought to bear, and it seems like Trump knows it: Days after one of Iran’s top leaders was killed in a U.S. drone strike, President Donald Trump spent his first day back in Washington after two weeks in Mar-a-Lago in a business-as-usual posture — but with no public events. He held his usual weekly lunch with Vice President Mike Pence. He tweeted six times. He met with new foreign ambassadors. And then Trump went on Rush Limbaugh’s talk show to defend his decision to kill the Iranian general who he insisted should have been taken out years ago. We can be sure that public events will be few and far between in the near future. That is rather silly, because, of course, any Iranian-backed soldier or terrorist would demonstrate some of the scary patience for which they’re known, and wait until the immediate aftermath has passed, knowing a campaign is coming. That is a terrifying thought. Trump does appreciate his ability to “bunker down,” and yet still get his message out: “Without Twitter I think we’d be lost. We wouldn’t be able to get the truth out.” Remarkable, because I believe this country got by without Twitter and without getting “lost” for many years, with a lot more truth coming out. Admittedly, the Gettysburg Address might’ve been the best tweet thread ever sent by an American president, or anyone else. We wouldn’t be that lost. Regardless, the new threat is very real, with or without Twitter. CentCom increased its usual tight security, and there is an increased awareness that a cyber-attack could literally cripple this country. The internet was developed by the military specifically because it made it impossible to shut down an entire network by targeting any one center, thus the “web.” However, such a structure only makes the web safe from a physical […]
I try to be careful engaging the internet rumors that often fly about Trump’s behavior or posture and what the symptoms may mean from a medical perspective. Some of the commentary out there can only be described as clueless, irresponsible, and perhaps just mean-spirited. On the other hand, this is one of the oldest men to ever hold the office and one of the most secretive. He lives an unhealthy lifestyle, has always had drug accusations swirling around him, and has a family history that is peppered with issues. He has earned some probing questions. The net is lit about Trump’s strange gait, most recently seen last night when Trump attended an otherwise perfect football game. Just me or is Trump swinging his right leg around his body in an awkward-looking way? pic.twitter.com/nMU3EG9DVO — The Hoarse Whisperer (@HoarseWisperer) January 14, 2020 All I see is an old, increasingly obese man unable to really move well, nothing medically meaningful. But, then again, I don’t have the background to evaluate it, perhaps some of these people do and are accurate. It’s front temporal dementia. Affects gait n posture. It’s why he stands curved at podiums and hangs on to the sides for dear life — Joan Wilson 🇨🇦🇺🇸🇬🇧 (@joanwilsonorg) January 14, 2020 There might be some truth to the “stands curved” thing, he does have an extremely odd stance. Trump's relationship with gravity is like all his other relationships. Dysfunctional and disconnected. pic.twitter.com/1O4HN2SXNb — 🇺🇸 David Ward ☕ (@DavidGalenWard) January 14, 2020 Or he might be compensating for putting on a massive amount of weight over the last few years. But many people do believe that dementia is playing a role, and it would explain more than just his gait. Trump’s balance & gait have steadily deteriorated. Often noted here, bc it reflects what's happening to his brain- dementia. He needs real neurological care from a place like the Mayo Clinic. Another doctor messaged me w an expert observational opinion after his last copter walk: pic.twitter.com/j3fYhhKVWh — Tom Joseph (@TomJChicago) January 12, 2020 The rumors about a possible minor stroke taking him to Walter Reed a couple months ago always come around again during these instances. The Walter Reed visit has never been sufficiently explained. It also comes after slurring his way through an important speech last Thursday. I thought so.It’s called ‘circumduction’ and can be a minor side effect after a minor stroke. — VeryBadGerman🍺 🚨Unstable if genius tweets🚨 (@Speed_Peete) January 14, 2020 Of course, the fact that some think it is dementia while others think that Trump suffered a minor stroke just reinforces the fact that we don’t know, and cannot know without a complete medical review. Not even a physician examining Trump could make a real diagnosis without seeing the medications and other substances Trump might ingest. Via Rawstory: Many observers perceived Trump as sniffling extensively and having difficulty articulating words during that speech, and suggested that his pupils appeared to be dilated. This was taken as more evidence that this obese, 73-year-old man does lines of Adderall all day to remain conscious, or is heavily tranquilized by his handlers to manage him, or perhaps both. (Those observations would indeed tend to pull in different directions, drug-speculation-wise, although that’s hardly the biggest flaw in this whole zone of […]
Look out, “he” is on another tweet storm. Thankfully, this one constitutes hard evidence that Trump is feeling the heat, bigly. He must be worried that soliciting a bribe from a foreign country to meddle in the U.S. election is a crime or something. He went “third person,” where he goes when most maligned by truth. I guess he believes his victimhood rings clearer? “It appears that an American spy in one of our intelligence agencies may have been spying on our own president. The complaint suggests that this intel agent was listening in on Trump’s conversation…. — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 21, 2019 Not done: ….with a foreign leader. Was this person officially asked to listen to the conversation or was he or she secretly listening in?” @GreggJarrett — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 21, 2019 Yes, I know he is “officially” quoting someone else, and yet you know as well as I do that he’s actually not. Those words are his, just “adopted.” But, this is how he does it. It is all now – according to Don – about the process itself, how his actions got to be discovered, not about his actions or what was said. In the “FISA issue,” he wanted to investigate the investigators, and make an enemy out of Jim Comey. He now doesn’t want to talk about his actual bribery of the Ukraine, he wants to discuss why it is that someone was “spying” on him, and make that “spy” the enemy of the United States. It is all a plot against him, it always is, according to First-Victim. This is why we have whistleblower statutes. Because sometimes someone sees things, and doesn’t want to explain how or why they know of the issue, nor do they want to face the wrath of a superior, caught in a crime. But, more importantly, we know that Trump is deeply worried. He has lost the discipline needed to stay quiet about what the actual scandal might entail, and has now legitimized the Washington Post story. He is, in effect, admitting that he solicited a bribe from Ukraine. This is the “so what?” phase, with the victimhood built-in. Last, and perhaps I am the only lawyer on earth who sees it this way since I haven’t seen it mentioned elsewhere, but I think he just “waived” his right to “executive privilege” by discussing the contents of the whistleblower claim, and referring it to a Fox News Media analyst. Remember, all privileges can be waived, and once they’re waived, they do not come back. He cannot – in my mind – pick and choose which aspects of the whistleblower complaint he discusses. He is supposed to have some level of discipline. Ha, I know. “Discipline.” We will see. One thing that ought to put a small smile on your face and you consider your Saturday evening, Trump is one scared man. It would seem that his fear is sincere, which is ironic, since … Never mind. Happy Saturday night. UPDATE TIME MORE TWEETS: Rollin’ rollin rollin, keep that tweet-fest rollin, rawhide! The LameStream Media had a very bad week. They pushed numerous phony stories and got caught, especially The Failing New York Times, which has lost more money over the last 10 years than any […]
As a Hispanic-American with ties to Florida that barely precede Trump’s ancestral ties to the United States, I want to keep an open mind to accepting outsiders with orange skin tone who may lack the...
Maybe Donald Trump will finally go the way of Al Capone and crucify himself with his taxes. ProPublica has obtained property tax documents, using New York State’s freedom of information law, and sure enough, it appears there’s two sets of books, one to appease the IRS and another one to lure lenders. ProPublica: Taxes have long been a third rail for Trump. Long before he famously declined to make his personal returns public, a New York Times investigation concluded, Trump participated in tax schemes that involved “outright fraud,” and that he had formulated “a strategy to undervalue his parents’ real estate holdings by hundreds of millions of dollars on tax returns.” Trump’s former partners in Panama claimed in a lawsuit, which is ongoing, that Trump’s hotel management company failed to pay taxes on millions in fees it received. Spokespeople for Trump and his company have denied any tax improprieties in the past. In February, Cohen told Congress that Trump had adjusted figures up or down, as necessary, to obtain loans and avoid taxes. “It was my experience that Mr. Trump inflated his total assets when it served his purposes,” Cohen testified, “and deflated his assets to reduce his real estate taxes.” […] In response to ProPublica’s questions about the disparities, Laura Feyer, deputy press secretary for New York Mayor Bill de Blasio, said of the Trump International Hotel and Tower, “The city is looking into this property, and if there has been any underreporting, we will take appropriate action.” What Trump did was tell people what they wanted to hear, about how there was a great rise in leasing momentum and the building in question would soon be full. He backed up those claims with fraudulent records. There can be legitimate reasons for numbers to diverge between tax and loan documents, the experts noted, but some of the gaps seemed to have no reasonable justification. “It really feels like there’s two sets of books — it feels like a set of books for the tax guy and a set for the lender,” said Kevin Riordan, a financing expert and real estate professor at Montclair State University who reviewed the records. “It’s hard to argue numbers. That’s black and white.” What is ironic, is that Donald Trump spent his entire life trying to be a big shot in New York, to no avail. It’s very probable that his recent decision to make Florida his home state is based upon this investigation. The people that Trump spent a lifetime trying to impress, New Yorkers, may be the ones that finally take him to task. Good for them. It can’t happen soon enough.
A picture is worth a thousand words, and here’s a body language expert to analyze the pictures that were taken of the now-famous Trump-Pelosi confrontation last week over the Syrian debacle, wherein Pelosi declared, “All roads lead to Putin.” It is scarcely a new insight that Nancy Pelosi scares the living s**t out of Donald Trump, but this point by point analysis, not only of the Trump-Pelosi dynamic, but of the attitudes of the other participants in last week’s “meltdown” meeting, as well, is nothing short of fascinating. 2/ When a person has little or no empathy — and/or when they're far from their emotional baseline, their ability to interpret how others will view an event becomes dramatically distorted. — Dr. Jack Brown (@DrGJackBrown) October 20, 2019 4/ After Donald Trump engaged in ad hominem attacks toward Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer left the meeting. After the meeting, Donald Trump tweeted out the above image which will no doubt become historic. — Dr. Jack Brown (@DrGJackBrown) October 20, 2019 6/ What follows is a detailed nonverbal analysis of this now-famous photo, with multiple cropped close-ups. — Dr. Jack Brown (@DrGJackBrown) October 20, 2019 8/ Moreover, the President's hands are hidden beneath the table. This too is not at all Trump's normal behavior. When he's seated at table or a desk, his hands are most often on its surface — otherwise, they're folded across his chest. What we see here is rare for Trump. — Dr. Jack Brown (@DrGJackBrown) October 20, 2019 10/ Donald Trump's medial (inner) eyebrows are vectored downward. The expression on his face is an amalgam of both anger and fear. — Dr. Jack Brown (@DrGJackBrown) October 20, 2019 12/ Look back at the full picture. Notice how Trump repositioned his glass forward on the table? He frequently does this with any objects placed in front of him. — Dr. Jack Brown (@DrGJackBrown) October 20, 2019 14/ In contrast, Nancy Pelosi's body language is hyper-alpha. She's not only standing up — she's the only one standing. Pelosi's whole body is leaning forward — her thighs against the table. pic.twitter.com/mPv6sIumk5 — Dr. Jack Brown (@DrGJackBrown) October 20, 2019 16/ Speaker Pelosi is pointing just over the head of President Trump, seated directly across the table from her. Pelosi's eyebrows and her forehead are elevated. — Dr. Jack Brown (@DrGJackBrown) October 20, 2019 18/ Later that day, Speaker Pelosi recounted what she had been saying to the President when this image was captured: "With you, all roads lead to Putin". — Dr. Jack Brown (@DrGJackBrown) October 20, 2019 20/ Three out of five of the men sitting to Trump's right have their head, neck, and torsos bending forward. Quite notably, NONE of these three men are looking up. This is consistent with shame, sadness, and/or deception. pic.twitter.com/fT23B06fYP — Dr. Jack Brown (@DrGJackBrown) October 20, 2019 22/ He's not only looking down, but his eyebrows are also dramatically lowered. His lips are thinned (anger). The corner of his mouth is angled downward (indicating regret and/or sadness). His fingers are tightly intertwined (frustration). — Dr. Jack Brown (@DrGJackBrown) October 20, 2019 24/ Seated to Senator McConnell's right is Deputy Secretary of State John Sullivan. He's also leaning forward, looking down. His hands are clasped. His mouth is foreshortened with the left corner […]