Kushner’s Business Got Loans After White House Meetings – The New York Times

The reason that nepotism in the White House have never mixed is because it’s a toxic brew. So now we have the president of the United States whose son-in-law is making deals with foreign governments while meeting with them ostensibly doing business for the United States of America. Talk about someone who is apt to be blackmailed.

I wonder how long mr. Kushner has in the White House. this kind of news cannot be sitting well with his father-in-law. It just embroils this White House more and more into a quagmire that is going to be impossible to get out of.

Just to put things into perspective, this is the same Lighthouse that today had its communications director, hope Hicks resign. Yesterday she said that it was part of her job as communications director to say White Lies for the president’s to the American people. how does one shave a white lie? Are there gray lies? Any Lie from the podium of the leader of the Free World is one lie too many.

I hope Jared is gone very quickly.

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Jared Kushner’s tenure in the White House has been dogged by questions about conflicts of interest between his government work and his family business, in which he remains heavily invested.CreditTom Brenner/The New York Times

Bizarre legal brawl intensifies at Trump hotel in Panama – Washington Post

The Trump brand is toxic.

If one were to believe Donald J Trump then one would believe that all of these buildings that have his name on them belong to the Trump organization. In fact that is not true. a vast majority of the buildings that have his name on them are either a licensing agreement or a licensing and management agreement. The Trump organization does not own the buildings. Case in point Panama City Panama. Turns out having the Trump name on a building in South America is not very good for business, who would believe that? I’m sure this is fake news. In any case the manager of the hotel the owner of the hotel employees from the hotel. The hotel owner with the backing of the Panamanian government the Trump name was hurting business and he wanted to sever ties with this company.

Remember, 45 never put his Holdings in a blind Trust as has been the custom of every president. He just said that his genius son Donald jr. would run the company and they made Vape promises not to do business in foreign countries again.

I call BS.

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This July 4, 2011, file photo shows the Trump International Hotel Panama, third building from left, in Panama City. (AP Photo/Arnulfo Franco, File)

Kushner’s overseas contacts raise concerns as foreign officials seek leverage – The Washington Post

I’ve said this before, the last time there was a Jared this famous it did not end well, ask Subway.

This story from the Washington Post unveils a host of issues with Jared Kushner and his position in the White House.

Let’s start with the finances. Jared Kushner owns 666 5th Avenue in the heart of Manhattan. Yes it’s the sign of the devil but we’ll go there some other time. A year from now the mortgage will balloon to 1.2 billion dollars. I don’t especially like using the word billion so let’s put it in another way it’s 1200 million dollars. Obviously he can borrow the money from his father-in-law even if his father-in-law had the money, I don’t think his father-in-law is the kind that gives money out. So he started going from bank to bank trying to sell the idea of refinancing this white elephant on Fifth Avenue. He went to the normal Banks and they all turned away so that he started going to the more let’s say Shady Financial organizations. Like Deutsche Bank, a bank whose motto should be we longer money better than your launderette. Don’t take my word for it they have been convicted on several counts of money laundering for both the mob and terrorist organizations. He’s also tried to get investment from the Chinese. It is reported that in his meeting in China last month he talked about his personal finances with foreign officials in China. And then there’s the Russians, those lovable Russians. They’ll lend money to anyone but I feel sorry if you don’t have the money to pay them back.

Now that we have all the characters laid out you can understand why Jared Kushner would be at Giant liability to this country. He knows all of the secrets that are told to the president, he owes huge amounts of money and he cannot get a security clearance.

Can anyone say blackmail?

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Senior adviser Jared Kushner’s lack of foreign policy experience has been a concern within the White House, current and former officials say. (Jabin Botsford/The Washington Post)

Government battles Microsoft in email privacy case before Supreme Court – NBC News

Saying that this is huge is the understatement of the year. The implications globally would change the way we do business on a daily basis. Our interactions would become subject to a Court’s ability to look at our emails. I am going to say that the Supreme Court is going to say that emails are the same as snail mail. I have never heard of a court compelling the post office to turn over mail but I may be wrong.

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Microsoft’s office building in South Dublin, seen above, is at the heart of a Supreme Court case that could set off a global free-for-all of internet data storage. Niall Carson / PA Images via Getty Images

Civil Rights Act Protects Gay Workers, Appeals Court Rules – The New York Times

Two points in this case makes me feel like I’m in an alternate universe.

First, the justice department is fighting against gay rights. That’s completely unbelievable. Jeff Sessions must be in seventh heaven. And at least I did spell his name correctly.

Seconds, the case itself is so preposterous that anyone would bring a cause of action for what happens here. The gentleman in question is a skydiving instructor. His name is Donald Zarda. While skydiving with a young lady who seem to be very nervous about being so strapped to a man he told told her don’t worry I’m 100% gay. She told her boyfriend and he sued. Amazing

Because there are so many lawsuits with so many different fact patterns that have been tendered to the Supreme Court many observers believe that the Supreme Court will have to make a decision one way or the other. I fear that with one more Supreme Court Justice picked by 45, the LGBTQ community could be put in the back of the bus.

One more thing, anybody, anybody who thought that they could not vote for Hillary must not look in the mirror and see what they have brought on us.

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Donald Zarda photo credit New York Times

Ivanka Trump: Arming teachers an option that ‘needs to be discussed’ – NBC News

Before I start I wanted to make a little bit of a commentary. Looking for a picture of Ivanka Trump online I noticed up Larissa of pictures of her that were of a sexual nature. I’m not sure if it’s because her father has made comments about her and how he would like to date her if she wasn’t his daughter or if it’s a commentary on our time. I found them to be distasteful.

That being said, who elected her?

If Chelsea Clinton 1 year into President Clinton’s presidency, albeit she was a teenager, would be making these kind of comments the Republican Party would have been in an uproar. Let’s be honest here, Ivanka Trump is not an elected official. She should not be speaking for our country to foreign leaders. She should not be making policy judgements on behalf of the United States. Is she some sort of school safety expert that I’m not aware of?

I have some close friends that are teachers and I can tell you they don’t want to be policemen. If they wanted to be in law enforcement I believe they were smart enough to have gone into that field. To think that a teacher should be given the responsibility of Defending a class with a gun is beyond words. Case in point arms police officers in Parkland on several occasions decided not to confront the assailant who was wielding a military weapon. A handgun is no match for a military weapon.

So please Ms. Trump-Kushner, continue making your clothing in China, Bangladesh and wherever you can find the cheapest labor and stay out of policy for this country and for our school children. Perhaps you might want to spend time with your husband while you still have them at home.

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As you can see, I chose a much more dignified picture. I wonder if a right-wing blogger would have given the same courtesy to First Lady Obama.

Sen. Klobuchar: Fining social media for bots is a ‘great idea’ – NBC News

For the last couple of weeks I have been asking Twitter support questions regarding Bots. One question I asked is would they Institute a message to verify that individuals are real people and not butts. I also asked them how is an individual supposed to know if they’re dealing with a bot or real person on Twitter. My queries have been met by silence. I get their automated response that says thank you for your feedback so on and so on and so on. As I’ve made it quite clear I have deactivated my Facebook account. So my only social media platform is Twitter. Twitter is afraid to remove all the Box because there total user ship will fall drastically. I have noticed in the last few weeks the number of people I am following has been falling. Not by a lot but I would say between 5 to 10 a week. This idea by senator Amy Klobuchar to find the social media platforms for not looking for Bots is genius. I have asked to have my account verified by Twitter and from their guidelines I met all of the requirements but they said no. So I don’t have a lot of choices at this point other than to opt out of Twitter. Honestly, the amount of traffic that comes to this blog from Twitter and always has been. I did get a large hit when I deactivated my Facebook account but I have joined a company called BlogPros and they have helped my numbers go back up.

Social media has created this problem and they need to fix it.

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2 Weeks After Trump Blocked It, Democrats Release Rebuttal of G.O.P. Memo {and this White House is going to hate it} – The New York Times

I can say in one word what the release of this memo does, vindication.

Unlike the Republican Nunez memo, the Democratic memo lays out a clear case as to why the fisa court had the right and obligation to put a warrant on Carter page.

Carter page likes to make himself look like a bumbling idiot. I think he’s anything but that. He has spoken ill of the United States in Russia since 2013. He has repeatedly said that He is a conduit to Russia. And he had meetings with Russia after the candidate Trump said that he was one of his leading foreign policy advisors. Now, I’m not saying that this guy is a genius. The current occupant of the White House has a penchant on picking terrible people as his advisors. But I know that the Russians saw Carter page as a wonderful source of information for their intelligence services. They have been cultivating him throughout the Last 5 Years and we’re hoping that he would be one of their Prime Assets in the US.

Now that the Democratic memo has been released I can’t wait to hear this White House attack it, unfortunately it’s too well documented and has sources that are incontrovertible.

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Representative Adam B. Schiff, Democrat of California, pushed to release a memo from Democrats as a rebuttal to a Republican memo about the Russia investigation.CreditJ. Scott Applewhite/Associated Press

Paul Manafort’s fate is sealed – The Atlantic

The indictments against Paul Manafortanafort by the special counsel are so telling. This was a man who owed money to someone that would gladly have him killed so he set up scheme after scheme to try to get the money he owed. He borrowed 16 million dollars from a bank that ostensibly only lends money to Veterans for home loans. Manafort is not a veteran. Yet he received alone which amounted to a quarter of the bank’s assets. Why would a bank do this? Well, the CEO of the bank was promised to be Secretary of the army. He was so sure that he was going to be Secretary of the army, he started calling to get briefings from the Army secretary’s office. He was not going to be Secretary of the army once again Manafort was being a grifter, just like the man he helped become president.

Attacking his Protege Rick Gates was unseemly. Rick Gates was trying to help Manafort but Hanafort like all other grifters is heartless. Manafort put out a statement saying how disappointed he was Enrique Gates. I’m sure we’re Gates has more disappointed in the person he looked up to and tried to help.

At the end of the day this 39 count indictment against this slimy man is meant to get him to flip on the present occupant of the White House. The special counsel is building a case just like one builds a house. Once you have the foundation you start putting the walls up and slowly but surely at the end of the day you will have a strong house or a strong case against the president.

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