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March 1, 2018

Kushner loans story will bring the whole Trump enterprise down faster than anything else

Detailed and accurate stories about Kushner meeting with business people on policy issues and piggy backing $ 500 million in loans in the White House is going to have devastating impact on the whole Trump enterprise that will cause almost instant pressure on the Trump/Kushner enterprises which have nothing to do with either the political or legal quicksand that he is in.

If you remember back to the Trump-Clinton debates there was an instance when Secretary Clinton listed 5 different problems with Trump going to the White House and one of them was that he was way over leveraged and in financial trouble. When Trump had the opportunity to respond he repeated five times "I am not over leveraged, I am not over leveraged, I am not overleveraged". As everyone now knows Trump has an obvious tell and that is when he is really worried about the truth of a charge against him he will state the opposite and repeat; "I am very smart, I am very smart, I am very smart" or "no collusion, no collusion, no collusion".

So we know that he has a massive liquidity or cash flow problem.

We have known this for some time when we learned that Eric said, we don't need American loans we get all we need from Russia, or the fact that the Deutsche Bank is their main lender. They can't get lower interest loans from American banks.

The reporting on these loans isn't going to just cause problems for Trump/Kushner it is going to bring glaring spotlight on to the bankers. Bankers don't like spotlights. They don't like grand juries.

The New York Attorney General will probably beat Mueller on getting the bankers before a grand jury.

Here is the immediate problem that Kushner/Trump will now face:

There isn't a US banker that will be the least bit interested in talking with them now with this level of scrutiny. The good ethical bankers wont be interested in these corrupt personalities and the bad bankers will absolutely not come forward because they won't want subpoenas that will force them to open their books and create additional exposure.

It is widely reported that Kushner is upside down on the 666 W 5th Ave property and has an immediate payment of $ 1.2 billion that needs to be paid.

The collapse of Trump/Kushner financial liquidity will strike into the heart of their operations much faster than the political or legal machines that are marching against him.

And that is why Sessions and Rosenstein are sporting such wide grins tonight:

February 28, 2018

By the way, Papadopoulos Russian handler, Joseph Mifsud, has "vanished"


The "cut out" from Russia who met with Papadopoulos to offer "dirt on Hillary Clinton"

Very detailed report at Buzzfeed including screen shots texts from Mifsud


Amid the opportunists, weirdos, trolls, and pawns who make up the cast of the Russian plot to interfere in American politics, Joseph Mifsud stands out.

The Maltese professor, who allegedly delivered word of Hillary Clinton’s stolen emails to Donald Trump's campaign, is an authentically mysterious figure, his true role and ties to Russian intelligence unclear.
. . .

Neither can Anna, his 31-year-old Ukrainian fiancé, who says he is the father of her newborn child. And her story, snatched from the pages of a John le Carré novel, offers a glimpse at the human collateral damage of an intelligence operation in which the mysterious Mifsud was allegedly a central figure.

Anna, whom BuzzFeed News has agreed to identify only by her first name because she doesn’t want the attention, says she was seven months pregnant and engaged to Mifsud when he became the focus of world media attention as the professor who told Papadopoulos that Russia had “dirt” on Clinton. Shortly thereafter, he dropped from sight. He also cut off all contact with Anna, including phone calls and WhatsApp messages. That silence has held, even six weeks after the daughter Anna says he fathered was born. “He never helped me,” she said. “Only talk and promises.”
. . .

Now, however, feeling deceived, she’s changed her mind. The result is new information about Mifsud’s activities, including his claim of having dined with Sergey Lavrov, Russia’s foreign minister. “He said, ‘I have dinner with Lavrov tonight. Lavrov is my friend. Lavrov this, Lavrov that,’” Anna said. “He even show me picture with Lavrov.” Russia’s Foreign Ministry didn’t respond to a request for comment.

Fascinating story by the student newspaper where he "taught"


You think that Russian intelligence would have provided a better name than Mifsud, lol.
February 26, 2018

The Trump Conundrum


a confusing and difficult problem or question.
"one of the most difficult conundrums for the experts"

a question asked for amusement, typically one with a pun in its answer; a riddle.
synonyms: riddle, puzzle, word game; informalbrainteaser

Is he a intelligent but not very well educated person who has a basic evil intent and is clever at hitting the hot button of the vile?


Is he an idiot with less brains than God gave a grapefruit?

And no "both" is not an acceptable answer.

I have several friends who play this game on a daily basis and we have been asking this question for the past two years. It isn't as easy as it looks, the analysis can run very deep and it is not at all unusual for people playing the "Trump Conundrum Game" to switch from the former to the latter on a daily basis, if not several times during the day.

I normally tend to the former answer. Today has pushed me into the "less brains than God gave a grapefruit" camp and I may never leave it.

The "I would have run in without a gun" statement has no real upside to it, he is reminding everyone of a problem that he has no solution to it. Even if you are a Trumpster and believe that nonsense to be true you still don't have an answer because he isn't going to spend time outside schools so even his base isn't going to feel good about it. It shows how really out of touch and delusional he is, the guy who nearly fainted at the site of blood running into a violent lethal situation with only his vulgarity to defend him.

That is not the critical factor in deciding the "evil vs. idiocy" question however. He didn't shout it in front gym filled with of his normal sycophantic beer guzzling "Friends of Fox" flat earthers, he said it in front of a gathering of the country's governors, none of whom were likely to accept any part of what he was saying as tethered to a rational point in the universe.

He is not only delusional with fantasies of grandeur, he can't focus on what room he is in.

Today we are back at the "less brains than large citric fruit" camp and may never leave it.
February 15, 2018

The family who took him in.

CNN is reporting that the shooter who had been orphaned twice was taken in by a family who opened their home to take in someone that wasn't doing well.


The family took Cruz in last year after his adoptive mother died. Cruz was depressed, Lewis said. The family's son knew Cruz, so they opened their home, got him into a GED class and helped him get a job at a Dollar Tree store, the lawyer said.

. . .

Cruz had a gun. The family knew that, but they had established rules. He had to keep it in a lockbox in his room. Cruz had the key to the lockbox, the attorney said.

"This family did what they thought was right, which was take in a troubled kid and try to help him, and that doesn't mean he can't bring his stuff into their house. They had it locked up and believed that that was going to be sufficient, that there wasn't going to be a problem. Nobody saw this kind of aggression or motive in this kid, that he would ever do anything like this," Lewis said.

. . .

His host family knew nothing of his social media activity, Lewis said.

"They're not social media people. They're parents. They're just not that kind of folks. And he's an adult, and they tried to help him. But did they check up on him and follow him every minute of every day? They didn't, because they didn't see any of the signs that would indicate that there was anything really amiss, that he was capable of something violent," he said.

A good deed never goes unpunished and in this case this family will suffer for years. Ours is a throwaway society and we throw away families, children, women, vets or anyone when they no longer fit. Hillary was right that it takes a village to raise a child and when that village gets infected by the aggressive Ayn Rand philosophy of the far right Republican party it comes down to individual families doing heroic things.

Even before the victims were identified harsh sentiments were raining down on the "parents" who enabled this shooter, except that his parents have been long dead and the single mother who adopted him died of flu/pneumonia in November. Even on DU judgements were being made. Even if they had not allowed him to bring the guns into the house he would have easily found a place to store them.

The family who took him in appeared to be an example of the best of us and today, with the rest of the shooter's victims I think about the kindness of the family who took him in and all of the abuse that they will have to endure on top of their own sadness.

All I can say is thank you for the kindness that you showed him.

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