Wednesday, December 21, 2016


The Trump family is selling access to the presidency—again

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A Texas nonprofit headed up by Donald Trump’s eldest sons is selling access to the president-elect and a multi-day hunting trip with Eric and Don Jr. themselves. The private post-Inauguration Day reception with the newly-minted president and the tickets to Westworld will set you back $1 million. (You know, the cost of a small loan.)

The Opening Day Foundation was established less than a week ago, and, in addition to being led by the Trump sons, is run by friends of the family. According to a brochure first leaked by TMZ on Monday, all proceeds from the January 21 event will be donated to unnamed conservation charities.
The Center for Public Integrity did some additional digging into the organization and found that, as a nonprofit registered in Texas, the Opening Day Foundation isn’t required to reveal its donors, which allows “sponsors to write seven-figure checks for access to the president while staying anonymous, if they choose.”

This news, which comes less than a week after the Eric Trump Foundation tried to auction off coffee with de facto First Lady Ivanka Trump, has again raised alarms about the Trump family using the presidency to move money and peddle influence.

“This is problematic on so many levels,” Larry Noble, the general counsel of the nonpartisan Campaign Legal Center, told the Center for Public Integrity. “This is Donald Trump and the Trump family using a brand new organization to raise $1 million contributions for a vague goal of giving money to conservation charities, which seems a way of basically just selling influence and selling the ability to meet with the president.”

Speaking to The New York Times about the Eric Trump Foundation’s now-canceled auction, Richard Painter, an ethics lawyer who served under George W. Bush, said the foundation shouldn’t have used special access to a prominent transition team member and adviser to raise money, even though Ivanka does not yet have an official role in the incoming administration.

“If she is going to be in the government and a power behind the throne she should observe the same ethics restrictions that other White House employees face,” Painter said.

In a comment to the Center for Public Integrity, Walter Kinzie, CEO of the event management company organizing the Opening Day events, said the participation of one or both Trump sons in the hunting trip has not been confirmed.

If that’s the case, they might want to update the leaked brochure, which entices deep-pocketed donors with a “multi-day hunting and/or fishing excursion for 4 guests with Donald Trump, Jr. and/or Eric Trump, and team.”

UPDATED at 10:41 a.m. EST on 12/21/16:
Trump’s transition team has issued a statement—contradicting the foundation’s spokesperson and its Texas registration documents—insisting that Don Jr.and Eric Trump are not, in fact, affiliated with the organization.

“The Opening Day event and details that have been reported are merely initial concepts that have not been approved or pursued by the Trump family,” transition spokeswoman Hope Hicks said in an e-mailed statement to Bloomberg. “Donald Trump Jr. and Eric Trump are avid outdoors men and supporters of conservation efforts, which align with the goals of this event, however they are not involved in any capacity.”

Paperwork indicating the the eldest Trump sons are directors of the organization would suggest otherwise, but, according to another transition spokesperson in a comment to The New York Times, it will be updated to remove them and correct the alleged mistake.



It has been reported but not substantiated that the Professional Soccer Team, Hebei Fortune in China  has offered Leo Messi 100 million euros per year for five years to sign with them.
Ezequiel Lavezzi a fellow Argentinian and his best friend in the National Team, already plays there and has a contract that surpasses 30 million euros per year.

Is Messi worth that much?
If Lavezzi is worth 30, Messi is worth 100.
He is the best player in the history of the sport in the prime of his career.

Does it make sense?
No one walks away  from money.  On the other hand will he pick up his family and deal with the isolation of playing in not only a foreign country but a strange culture and language to him.

I don't believe he will accept the offer.
Realistically in 3 to 5 years he  will still decide where and for who he wants to play.
When he begins to slow down, he will be able to play anywhere in the field, eventually dropping back to mid-field and walking the ball.

Wednesday, December 7, 2016


Despite the crushing enormity of scientific research all pointing to the fact that the Earth is rapidly heating and human beings are largely responsible, some people still refuse to believe that climate change is real.
Those people (let’s call them “idiots”) probably loved it when Breitbart News published a story on a recent temperature drop as definitive proof that global warming is a hoax. The article featured a video of Weather Channel atmospheric researcher Kait Parker talking about the La Niña weather pattern—the implication being: “See! Real meteorologists are on our side!”—and was even shared on Twitter by the U.S. House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology (who have a blue check mark, so you know they’re, like, super legit).
Wow! Case closed!
Only, this week, the Weather Channel—typically known for Doppler radar green screens, and videos of people shoveling out their driveways—took the unusual step of rolling up its sleeves to slap the absolute bejeezus out of the climate change deniers at Breitbart—with science!
“Last week, published an article claiming that global warming is nothing but a scare and global temperatures are actually falling,” explained Parker in a video posted to on Tuesday. “The problem is they used a completely unrelated video about La Niña, with my face in it, to attempt to back their point.”
With that, Parker specifically hits Breitbart on three of their assertions:
  1. “Global land temperatures have plummeted by one degree Celsius since the middle of this year – the biggest and steepest fall on record.”
  2. “It can be argued that without the El Niño (and the so-called “Pacific Blob”) 2014-2016 would not have been record warm years.”
  3. Many think that 2017 will be cooler than previous years.”
Each conclusion, Parker explains, is drawn from misinterpreted, incomplete, or out-of-context data—which she then corrects, contextualizes, and uses actual scientific reasoning to back up.
Or, as she put it succinctly on Twitter:
While notes that Breitbart was allowed to use their video clip “as part of a content-sharing agreement with another company,” the station leaves little to the imagination when it comes to where they stand on the issue:
“Thousands of researchers and scientific societies are in agreement that greenhouse gases produced by human activity are warming the planet’s climate,” an article accompanying Parker’s message said. “And will keep doing so.”
Or, as Parker herself says, in the closing moments of her video dunk-a-thon: “Next time you’re thinking about publishing a cherry-picked article, try consulting a scientist first.”

Wednesday, November 30, 2016


Future of Finance
In September, the UK got new plastic banknotes, upending 300 years of history and challenging the primacy of paper money. The Bank of England began the switch to polymer banknotes because they are supposed to last longer and offer more security features. Collectors were delighted and spent thousands of pounds on the notes; other people have been frustrated, as the new money sometimes gets stuck in machines and shrinks in tumble dryers.
But there’s one thing the Bank of England failed to mention until now: The new banknotes contain animal fat.
The news emerged on Twitter, when the central bank tweeted a reply to questions about the money’s ingredients.
Tallow is to beef or mutton what lard is to pigs—rendered fat that is solid at room temperature. It’s frequently used in candles and soaps.
As you can imagine, vegans and vegetarians were unhappy to learn that the product is used in their money.
More than 20,000 people have signed a a petition demanding the removal of animal fats from the plastic banknotes. It reads:
The new £5 notes contain animal fat in the form of tallow. This is unacceptable to millions of vegans, vegetarians, Hindus, Sikhs, Jains and others in the U.K.
We demand that you cease to use animal products in the production of currency that we have to use.
Doug Maw, who started the petition, said he was “disgusted” and wouldn’t use the banknotes.
Unlike candles and soap, vegans can’t easily abstain from using cash, even in an increasingly cashless society. So far, the Bank of England has distributed 440 million of the plastic banknotes. By May, you won’t be able to use the old one. And by 2020, all of the country’s banknotes will be replaced with new polymer ones.

Tuesday, November 29, 2016


Let's see, Jill Stein the Green Party Candidate with zero chance of winning, raised the necessary funds to finance the recount in  Wisconsin.

President Elect, Donald Trump goes nuts again.
He twitted, against his own interest claiming massive voter fraud of over 2 million votes.
Donald you won!  Don't you think you are arguing against your  own position?
This is a counter argument to his own victory.
Moving forward his tweets will be an everyday tool used for misdirection.
Hopefully the media in their zeal for ratings and follow the hares let out by his tweets.

Monday, November 28, 2016


Imbecile Maradona cries over the loss of his "father" Fidel Castro.  What a crock of crap.  Hiding under the canopy of equality, both wealthy oligarchs joined their voices in support of the common working man.  The common working man was once again fodder for these unscrupulous demagogues who used words and not actions to defend their image.

Maradona was and is a poor tool, too ignorant and too egocentric realize he was being used.  Fidel Castro was Machiavellian and handled Maradona with ease.  The fool became the tool.

Wednesday, November 16, 2016


I love the common man theme.  Trump wearing a baseball hat, was a brilliantly executed campaign prop to take the gild off him.  Sublime message that stated that he is another "working man".  He is not.  Trump did not wear his cap to dinner at The Jockey Club where the powerful and elite rub elbows.
Oprah Winfrey said it best when commenting about Hilary Clinton's negative numbers. "She is not coming over your house to have dinner-you don't have to like her".  
Neither is Trump going to have dinner with middle America.

Monday, November 14, 2016


The irony of Trump's argument regarding the trillions of dollars wasted in Iraq and Afghanistan would have been better spent at home is inescapable.  The conflict between the defense industrial apparatus and the infrastructure proponents has been a life long struggle.
It will be interesting to see which side blinks first.

Republicans by nature have been pro-defense, pro-Pentagon, pro-inflating the military budget.  Trump  will be under enormous pressure to maintain feeding the expenditures in the defense-industrial complex while having to deliver on bringing jobs back.

Even though the House and Senate are held by Republicans, they will not rubber stamp Trump's legislative agenda.   It is the legislator's main job, to please their big donors in order to keep the donations flowing.


Friday, November 11, 2016


He has the House and the Senate.  He also has Palin, Giuliani, Carson and Gingrich.
What will his Cabinet look like?
Will they rely on Divine intervention?
Pence told us God is Republican or was it Wakabee?
Where will the common sense come from?
Trump tweeted that the protestors were "unfair"; he's still getting his ruffles feathered.

When will the last brick be laid on the wall?
Will Melania Trump be the first lady that walks into a room with The Trammps'  Disco Inferno playing in the background?

Monday, September 12, 2016


The trucks are being tested in California and other states.
 More than 4 % of all registered vehicles are large trucks. 
Drivers are now limited to driving no more than 70 hours a week whereas trucks would be on the road longer.
The driver-less trucks would save over 500 million gallons of fuel or the equivalent of a 1 billion dollars per year.

Uber is involved in developing the science, so is General Motors,  and Google.
The big issue will be safety.  Will they perform as promised or will they be dangerously disruptive.

Friday, September 9, 2016


I decided that I will change my name to Sergio Jimmy George Smith and run for President of our USA. I will claim to be born in the high Appalachians; my birth handled by a long-deceased mid-wife. Having no birth certificate, and no formal education will give me immediate credibility with voters of all backgrounds, races and creeds.

If elected I can secure our borders. My campaign will be narrowly focused and have one position only.

It will be  the one issue which will unite all voters. I intend to replace all Immigration forms and questionnaires with those from the DMV. The one and only question the prospect will have to answer is:  What is the left lane intended for?

I just replaced bureaucrats, made our borders safe and saved millions of dollars.

Wednesday, September 7, 2016


So Gov. Christie's pastrami on rye gang, got pissed off at Mark Sokolich, (D) Mayor of Ft Lee for not endorsing him in his reelection bid back in 2014.  It seems that his team decided to punish and spank him by directing the Port Authority to close incoming traffic lanes from NJ to NY during early rush hour traffic.
Cute behavior for a 5th grade bully or a 3rd grade thug, but a Governor's crew?
Thousands of emergency vehicles, school buses and cars we stranded for hours during the artificially created traffic jam.

Good news- Bill Stepien, a key player in his inner circle during this despicable event, has been hired by the Trump Campaign.
New word: Bridgegate