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December 1, 2019

Daily Kos: Donald Trump was bailed out of bankruptcy by Russia crime bosses

Among the powerful facts that DNI missed were a series of very deep studies published in the [Financial Times] that examined the structure and history of several major Trump real estate projects from the last decade—the period after his seventh bankruptcy and the cancellation of all his bank lines of credit. ...

The money to build these projects flowed almost entirely from Russian sources. In other words, after his business crashed, Trump was floated and made to appear to operate a successful business enterprise through the infusion of hundreds in millions of cash from dark Russian sources.

He was their man.


The Trump Organization was a hollow shell and Trump was bankrupt, but Donald Trump the public figure was a “successful businessman,” a screen behind which criminal activity could be carried out on a massive scale. Throwing his name at every scheme in existence wasn’t a strategy, it was a fire sale on Trump’s respectability. Steaks? Water? Vodka? Fake real estate school? You pony up the cash, and Trump will slap his name on it. Because by the early 2000s, Trump wasn’t just broke, he had nothing left to pawn. He wasn’t a successful businessman, but he still played one on TV. His image had more value than his real estate portfolio.

But the apartments and buildings where Trump held some degree of ownership could be turned into value again. All it took was partnering with foreign crime bosses looking for a place to stash their cash. To inflate the value of his portfolio, Trump had to do nothing other than look away as the dirty money poured in from one LLC to the next. Citizens in Russia, Kazakhstan, and other former Soviet states lost hundreds of millions, but Trump got a cut as looted funds flowed through offices and apartments in buildings that carried those critical gold letters.


November 29, 2019

Hillary is a class act

Oh what we have missed out on after the Russians installed Trump into the White House and yet Hillary
keeps right on working to help people.

T** --

Before you sit down and share a meal with loved ones today, I’d like to ask you to consider making a donation that will be evenly split among 12 groups working to protect children and families who have been affected by the administrations cruel border policies.

More than a year after the first reports of children being taken away from their parents at the border, there is still so much work to do, from reuniting families to making sure that those seeking asylum have the resources they need to navigate a complicated system.

Too often, it feels as though all we can do is read the news and be heartbroken. I’m grateful that, over and over again, this team has chosen to take action.

This Thanksgiving, please make a contribution to support 12 groups working on protecting and reuniting families at the border:

Thank you -- I hope your holiday is warm and wonderful,


BTW if anybody wants to donate they can go to ... I am giving a little, wish it could be more.


The 12 groups

Dream Big Nevada
Al Otro Lado
Texas Civil Rights Project
La Union Del Pueblo Entero
Asylum Seeker Advocacy Project
Human Rights First
Florence Immigrant and Refugee Rights Project
American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU)
Women's Refugee Commission
Families Belong Together
Kids in Need of Defense (KIND)
Total charged

November 28, 2019

Thanksgiving 2019

Turkey (Fresh) 12 LBS baked with an apple and a clementine in it
Stuffing bread herb cubes, regular bread with onion, celery, apple, raisins, & herbs de Provence
Mashed Potatoes little red spuds & gold
gravy cream, s. & p., pan fat, flour, little pieces of turkey liver, a little stock from the giblets, corn starch
Cranberry Sauce
crude de te (some kind of dipping sauce open to suggestions)
corn bread or pillsbury rolls from a tube
and what ever kind of dessert my daughter in law sends down ... she manages a bakery in Akron

BTW we are having the dinner on Saturday because that is when other parts of the family can be here

November 27, 2019

'War on Thanksgiving' Goes From Fox News to Trump's Rally: 'People Want to Change the Name'

What fresh hell is this? A Fox News made up story now has Donny Dumb Ass pushing this bullshit at one
of his Bund Rallies. Do people really believe this shit? And what DUer started the war on Thanksgiving?


President Donald Trump warned that an unnamed force wants Thanksgiving to be called something other than “Thanksgiving” at a rally Tuesday night, a belief that is likely derived from Fox News segments declaring a “war” on the holiday.


“Some people want to change the name Thanksgiving,” Trump said at the beginning of his rally in Sunrise, Florida. “They don’t want to use the term Thanksgiving. And that was true also with Christmas. But now everybody is using Christmas again. Remember I said that?”

“People have different ideas why it shouldn’t be called Thanksgiving,” Trump continued. “But everybody in this room I know loves the name Thanksgiving and we’re not changing it.”


This month, an article from HuffPost offered advice on how to have an environmentally friendly Thanksgiving dinner. That story sparked mass coverage at Fox News: it was covered on Fox & Friends, Fox & Friends First, Tucker Carlson Tonight, The Five, Fox News @ Night. It gave us this incredible graphic, spawning the War on Thanksgiving:

November 26, 2019

'Of course I'm joking': Tucker Carlson and John Kennedy walk back their pro-Russia comments

Source: Washington Post

It has been more than three years since President Trump asked Russia for help in finding Hillary Clinton’s emails and then insisted he had been joking. And his allies are still allegedly stumbling into pro-Russia comments.

Fox News’s Tucker Carlson said Monday night that he was rooting for Russia in its conflict with Ukraine, only to insist later in his show that he was just joking. Also Monday night, Sen. John Neely Kennedy (R-La.) took to CNN to insist that his suggestion the day before that it might have been Ukraine rather than Russia who hacked the Democrats in 2016 was just a misunderstanding.


If it was a joke, it didn’t come across that way in real time. And his entire comment was about how he didn’t even care about Ukraine in its conflict with Russia. He insisted “I’m serious.” He also then repeated his assertion that he was being serious about the matter. “Why should I root for Ukraine against Russia?” Carlson added shortly after the initial comment. “I’m sincerely confused. … Why should I care at all? … If I don’t root for Ukraine in some esoteric border war with Russia, I’m like a Russian agent?"


The other gift to Moscow in recent days came from Kennedy, who said on “Fox News Sunday” that it might have been Ukraine rather than Russia who hacked the Democratic National Committee and the Clinton campaign in 2016. It was precisely the sentiment that former White House aide Fiona Hill warned against a few days earlier, testifying that the very idea was part of a misinformation campaign spearheaded by Russia’s security services.

Read more: https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/2019/11/26/course-im-joking-tucker-carlson-john-kennedy-walk-back-their-pro-russia-comments/

BTW go to the link to the story and look @ the chyron for the screen shot of Tucker/Fox News
and see how far down the rabbit hole Fox News has gone, Poll: "Support for impeachment has declined."
November 25, 2019

Just an idea can we trade Trump to Canada for Justin Trudeau?

We can throw in the Dakotas, Nebraska, Kansas, and Oklahoma.

His Bio. https://starsunfolded.com/justin-trudeau/

Marching in a pride parade in Vancouver 2015.

OK throw in Texas too.

November 25, 2019

Trump is crazy...Rick Wilson is right*. "You know on his best days he's barely coherent and sane."

Trump, "I asked Tim Cook to see if he could get Apple involved in building 5G in the U.S.”

Not only did Trump claim to have had Apple build a new factory in TX (it opened in 2013)
but this gibberish? Does he know anything about "Tech stuff" outside of turning off the
spell check on his twitter machine he is clueless.


During his Fox and Friends segment Friday morning, Trump said Cook is “going to be building a $1 billion facility to make whatever he makes," despite the fact that the new campus will not include any manufacturing jobs.

* https://www.democraticunderground.com/100212726549

November 23, 2019

My Granddaughter is coming into town for Thanks-day and she is 2.5 years old

any ideas for a gift? BTW she has more than enough clothes.

November 21, 2019

NY Times: Wait, How Do You Pronounce Kiev?

KEEV in Ukrainian
Key-EV in Russia


Key-EV or KEEV? Ukraine or THE Ukraine? The testimony in the public impeachment hearing before the House Intelligence Committee on Wednesday spurred discussion of the right way to say each, so we asked two experts.

The first question, they said, is by far the trickier of the two.

Yuri Shevchuk, a lecturer in Ukrainian at Columbia University, said that native Ukrainians stress the first vowel, and pronounce it like the “i” in the word “kid” or “lid.” The second vowel is pronounced as a separate syllable, and sounds like the “ee” sound in “keel.” The v is also pronounced a bit differently, like the end of the word “low.” It’s a bit hard to describe.

But spoken in Russian, Kiev, Ukraine’s capital and home to about three million people, sounds more like “Key-EV.” Americans tend to be more accustomed to hearing it the Russian way. (The official language in Ukraine is Ukrainian.)

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