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tooth

Trad climber
B.C.
Jun 15, 2018 - 05:41am PT
“So the big fat dummy insults Canada’s Prime Minister and Canadians, and says it’s an “honour” to meet the murderous dictator?”
Power Crux

Social climber
Pulled over on Park Blvd, dumping the black water
Jun 15, 2018 - 05:58am PT
Tying up a loose I told you so end, the Inspector General agrees with my assessment of Comey - incompetent bumbler. He drug the FBI (not that I feel sorry for them) into the political fray and sullied the their reputation.

To his credit he was not playing political favorites, according to the report.

But the report confirms his incompetence.

Through the eyes of a partisan.
Contractor

Boulder climber
CA
Jun 15, 2018 - 05:59am PT
Trump sickens me so much, I'm tempted to launch hyperbolic falsehoods about about him. I mean the kind of falsehoods that are so vile no one could support him. Maybe you could help me with some ideas. I'm thinking I will start with "he has sex with pornstars" and "has babies ripped from the arms of their mothers".
xCon

Social climber
909
Jun 15, 2018 - 06:44am PT
of course they can still support him!

hows my uncle put it...

"were back to keeping the niqqer down!"


back to letting companies do what they want cuz of freedom!

f*#k you workers and your rights
f*#k you neighbors and downstream and your whines about air and water
f*#k you customers and your want of getting what you paid for

and f*#k you women!
lets not forget that!!!

the way I got it figured is
they know it takes a real son of a bitch to do what they want done so when its happening their willing to give a lot of allowance...





Gary

Social climber
Desolation Basin, Calif.
Jun 15, 2018 - 08:38am PT
Say what you want about The Donald, he's a very smart and stable guy.

https://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2018/06/the-disastrous-legal-implications-of-the-trump-foundations-activities/562895/
There was nothing subtle about any of this. The campaign took full credit for the veterans fundraising program even after the Iowa caucuses. The candidate understood, as did the press, that this entire Iowa fundraising enterprise, which Trump launched in place of his participation at a campaign debate, was a campaign project. And Trump accounted for it in just those terms. The campaign at one point posted on its website a chart identifying the recipient of the charitable grants and “uploaded a news report under the headline, Lewandowski: Trump Campaign Gave between $5.5–$6 Million to Veterans Groups.”

Campaign-finance laws prohibit corporate contributions and expenditures, other than truly independent expenditures made without candidate involvement, to influence a federal election. The facts of the Iowa veterans fundraising program leave no doubt about this purpose. It's hard to imagine more of a slam-dunk violation.

Most ominous for Trump is the attorney general’s conclusion that "Mr. Trump’s wrongful use of the Foundation to benefit his Campaign was willful and knowing.” It is ironic, and highly damaging to Trump, that he made an issue in his campaign about the federal prohibition on tax-exempt involvement in campaigns. He committed that he would act, if elected, to repeal it. It appears that he and his campaign neglected to await repeal and simply declined to comply with it. In any event, his stated awareness of the law, together with his repeated execution of tax forms for the Foundation “in which he attested that the Foundation … did not carry out political activity,” puts him at severe risk of “willful and knowing” liability. As “foundation managers” under the law, Trump and his children are exposed to personal liability if they gave knowing and willful consent to the charity’s illegal expenditures. They could face similar consequences—that is, personal liability—in the event, however unlikely, that the FEC takes meaningful enforcement action.

There is no mention in the complaint about the involvement of any lawyer in any phase of this venture. It's not surprising: No counsel would have advised the Trump campaign and the charity that these Iowa fundraising events and the rallies were lawful. What emerges from the New York complaint’s account is something that has become increasingly familiar. Trump does what he wishes, acting all too often on impulse and without regard to rules or norms, and those around him are expected to do as he says. The result in this instance was, from a legal perspective, disastrous. And that is putting the matter charitably.

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/06/14/nyregion/trump-foundation-lawsuit-attorney-general.html

The New York State attorney general’s office filed a scathingly worded lawsuit on Thursday taking aim at the Donald J. Trump Foundation, accusing the charity and the Trump family of sweeping violations of campaign finance laws, self-dealing and illegal coordination with the presidential campaign.

The lawsuit, which seeks to dissolve the foundation and bar President Trump and three of his children from serving on nonprofit organizations, was an extraordinary rebuke of a sitting president. The attorney general also sent referral letters to the Internal Revenue Service and the Federal Election Commission for possible further action, adding to Mr. Trump’s extensive legal challenges.

The lawsuit, filed in State Supreme Court in Manhattan, culminated a nearly two-year investigation of Mr. Trump’s charity, which became a subject of scrutiny during and after the 2016 presidential campaign. While such foundations are supposed to be devoted to charitable activities, the petition asserts that Mr. Trump’s was often improperly used to settle legal claims against his various businesses, even spending $10,000 on a portrait of Mr. Trump that was hung at one of his golf clubs...

In 2012, a man named Martin B. Greenberg sued the Trump National Golf Club after he made a hole in one at a fund-raising golf tournament that had promised to pay $1 million to golfers who aced the 13th hole, as he did. As part of a settlement, the charitable foundation paid $158,000 to a foundation run by Mr. Greenberg.

Trump is a class act all the way through.
http://www.golf.com/tour-and-news/donald-trump-stiffed-winner-1m-hole-one-contest-report-says


A hole-in-one from 2010 could turn into a headache for Donald Trump in 2016.

According to The Washington Post’s David Fahrenthold, the Republican presidential nominee refused to pay the winner of a hole-in-one contest at a charity golf tournament held at one of his courses and later used money from his charitable foundation to settle the resulting lawsuit, actions that might have violated laws against "self-dealing."

In August of 2010, Martin Greenberg, CEO of Sterling Commodities Corp., hit a hole-in-one on the 13th hole at Trump National Golf Club in Westchester County, N.Y., winning a $1 million prize. Or so he thought.

The contest's rules stipulated that the shot had to travel at least 150 yards, and according to The Post, tournament organizers had set up the tee short of the mark.

Greenberg sued, and when the parties settled, the Trump Foundation donated $158,000 to the Martin Greenberg Foundation, which Rosemary Fei, an expert in nonprofit law, says is illegal.

"Yes, Trump pledged as part of the settlement to make a payment to a charity, and yes, the foundation is writing a check to a charity," Fei told The Post. "But the obligation was Trump's. And you can't have a charitable foundation paying off Trump's personal obligations. That would be classic self-dealing."

When reached for comment, Jason Miller, a senior spokesperson for the Trump campaign, issued a statement to GOLF.com denying The Post's allegations and attacking the paper, its reporter and Hillary Clinton.

"In typical Washington Post fashion, they’ve gotten their facts wrong," Miller said. "There was not, and could not be, any intent or motive for the Trump Foundation to make improper payments. All contributions are reported to the IRS, and all Foundation donations are publicly disclosed … The Post's reporting is peppered with inaccuracies and omissions from a biased reporter who is clearly intent on distracting attention away from the corrupt Clinton Foundation, a vehicle for the Clintons to peddle influence at the expense of the American people."
Tom

Big Wall climber
San Luis Obispo CA
Topic Author's Reply - Jun 15, 2018 - 10:47am PT
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Even Trump's "charitable" work comprises grift, chicanery, theft and fraud.

Trump is such a reprehensible sociopath, he mixes a gentleman's game of honor with a charitable fund-raising event to set the stage for a carnival conman's game that is unwinnable.


Notice that the Trump spokesman "Jason Miller" is a new incarnation of "John Miller" and "John Baron". Even Trump's defenders are embarrassed to be associated with him.
Norton

climber
The Wastelands
Jun 15, 2018 - 11:03am PT

pud

climber
Sportbikeville & Yucca brevifolia

Everyday norton??

Don't you have a better way to start your day?

Ha ha, oh now buttercup, I am just getting warmed up!

the 4th grader you put in the WH has 2 1/2 more years to go, deal with it
Tom

Big Wall climber
San Luis Obispo CA
Topic Author's Reply - Jun 15, 2018 - 11:59am PT
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Trump's fictitious press agent character is now being performed by one of his flunkies.

Andy Kaufman's "Tony Clifton" character was often performed by his friend Bob Zmuda, including when Kaufman was in the audience.



We should watch very closely for a non-speaking, slightly different-looking Trump. It will be an impersonator that Trump has hired. Dictators often use body-doubles in public.



Trump will probably try to use a body-double to serve his prison time. Trump doesn't know the IRS, but he will go down fast and hard, crying all the way

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/06/14/business/trump-foundation-irs-attorney-general.html



In 2007, Vincent Fumo, then a powerful Democratic state senator in Pennsylvania, was indicted by the Justice Department for misusing a charity run by a former member of his government staff. A federal jury convicted him. Mr. Fumo’s punishment: four years in prison.


Ms. Underwood’s petition noted that Mr. Trump signed the foundation’s tax returns, in which he stated, under penalties of perjury, “that the foundation did not engage in transactions with interested parties, and that the foundation did not carry out political activity.”


Marcus Owens, who ran the I.R.S. division that oversees nonprofits during the administrations of Presidents George Bush and Bill Clinton, said there have been several cases where people were criminally prosecuted for filing false tax returns of charities they controlled. The difference in Mr. Trump’s case, he said, is that those cases were “less egregious."



Indifference to the law is no excuse.
Fritz

Social climber
Choss Creek, ID
Jun 15, 2018 - 05:56pm PT
Here's a CNN list of all the times North Korea agreed to suspend or reduce their nuclear weapons & missle program.

In hindsight, it appears they never suspended or reduced it at all.

But!

Trump's got it done on his first try! What a guy!

1985
North Korea signs the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT).
1993
The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) demands that inspectors be given access to two nuclear waste storage sites. In response, North Korea threatens to quit the NPT but eventually opts to continue participating in the treaty.
1994
North Korea and the United States sign an agreement. North Korea pledges to freeze and eventually dismantle its old, graphite-moderated nuclear reactors in exchange for international aid to build two new light-water nuclear reactors.
2005
North Korea tentatively agrees to give up its entire nuclear program, including weapons. In exchange, the United States, China, Japan, Russia and South Korea say they will provide energy assistance to North Korea, as well as promote economic cooperation.
2006
July - After North Korea test fires long range missiles, the UN Security Council passes a resolution demanding that North Korea suspend the program.
October - North Korea claims to have successfully tested its first nuclear weapon. The test prompts the UN Security Council to impose a broad array of sanctions.
2007
February 13 - North Korea agrees to close its main nuclear reactor in exchange for an aid package worth $400 million.
September 30 - At six-party talks in Beijing, North Korea signs an agreement stating it will begin disabling its nuclear weapons facilities.
December 31 - North Korea misses the deadline to disable its weapons facilities.
2008
June 27 - North Korea destroys a water cooling tower at the Yongbyon nuclear facility.
December - Six-party talks are held in Beijing. The talks break down over North Korea's refusal to allow international inspectors unfettered access to suspected nuclear sites.
2011
October 24-25 - US officials meet with a North Korean delegation in Geneva, Switzerland, in an effort to restart the six-party nuclear arms talks that broke down in 2008.
2012
February 29 - The State Department announces that North Korea has agreed to a moratorium on long-range missile launches and nuclear activity at the nation's major nuclear facility in exchange for food aid.
https://www.cnn.com/2013/10/29/world/asia/north-korea-nuclear-timeline---fast-facts/index.html

By the way, if you still believe Trump is going to get North Korea to give us their nuclear weapons, I have some prime grazing land in Idaho, you might well be interested in.

Choss Creek is under the red arrow.
Arrow marks Choss Creek.
Arrow marks Choss Creek.
Credit: Fritz
xCon

Social climber
909
Jun 15, 2018 - 06:05pm PT
i dont get it

just a few months ago sessions and company were gloating about separating children in front of the camera's saying "just so you know, you come here and were gonna mess your kids up... and it will be your fault"

aside from a lot of woohoo's from the knuckle draggers it didn't cause the outrage that one small aspect of all the f*#ked up stuff were letting our agents do
pud

climber
Sportbikeville & Yucca brevifolia
Jun 15, 2018 - 06:15pm PT
wilbeer

Mountain climber
Terence Wilson greeneck alleghenys,ny,
Jun 15, 2018 - 06:30pm PT
Damn near offended.

How Christian of you.
Norton

climber
The Wastelands
Jun 15, 2018 - 06:30pm PT
photo not found
Missing photo ID#532115
ATG

Big Wall climber
Santee, CA
Jun 15, 2018 - 06:54pm PT
Serious question; how many of you regularly skip the psyche meds?
Tom

Big Wall climber
San Luis Obispo CA
Topic Author's Reply - Jun 15, 2018 - 07:48pm PT
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I've been skipping psyche meds my entire life.

And, I have successfully evaded any doctor who might want to prescribe such drugs.



Love is the drug, that I'm thinking of.


Norton

climber
The Wastelands
Jun 15, 2018 - 07:50pm PT
When asked if North Korean leader Kim Jong Un would visit the White House, President Donald Trump said that he likely would, complimented his “strong” leadership, and said he wished Americans would “sit up at attention” when he speaks like the North Koreans do for Kim.

“Hey, he is the head of a country and I mean he is the strong head,” Trump said of Kim to Fox News’ Steve Doocy on Friday. “Don’t let anyone think anything different. He speaks and his people sit up at attention. I want my people to do the same.”
Tom

Big Wall climber
San Luis Obispo CA
Topic Author's Reply - Jun 15, 2018 - 08:02pm PT
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Fidel Castro held out, to the bitter end, about not embracing the United States. After he was no longer in power, Cuba is being seen as, potentially, part of the global community, and not a pariah state.

Kim Jong-Un may want to move past the isolationist policy of his grandfather and father.


I give Trump props for going there, and opening relations.


Kim Jong-Un may be playing a propaganda trick for his own benefit, or he may want to genuinely want to embrace a more open national policy.

Cuba no longer wants to be marginalized on the world stage. North Korea may want to make the same move.


Trump may be able to assist North Korea in becoming great, in the manner of the Four Tigers - Japan, Taiwan, Singapore, South Korea.

zBrown

Ice climber
Jun 15, 2018 - 08:03pm PT
From the whining promoter of the archetypical instance of amphetamine psychosis.

Would ya like like some fresh yellow wee wee on your whites?



"Yeah boss, still shaking it, just tryin' to keep my head above water"

"Don't let anyone think anything different. He speaks and his people sit up at attention. I want my people to do the same," Trump said.
Tom

Big Wall climber
San Luis Obispo CA
Topic Author's Reply - Jun 15, 2018 - 08:16pm PT
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Thank you for showing a photo of what the Koch brothers' paper companies are dumping into rivers and local drainage sloughs.

The big money people feed cash into the Republican party, so that there is no enforcement of environmental protection laws that were instigated by President Nixon (a Republican).

That photo is for EPA chief Scott Pruitt, what the Russian hooker Moscow pee-tape is for Trump.


Again, thanks for making our point for us. You're a double agent, but on our side.
zBrown

Ice climber
Jun 15, 2018 - 08:19pm PT
Not the Kokes, but it's all the same in some sense.

That's Tejas recycling urine according to the article.


Desperate times call for a tall, cool glass of creativity in this patch of West Texas where water is scarce and quickly disappearing.

But a plan to pump millions of new gallons of drinking water into the system has many people across West Texas holding their noses.

This week construction started on a $13 million water-reclamation facility. That’s a fancy way of describing a treatment plant that will turn sewage wastewater into drinking water.

“That’s not something I even want to think about,” said Eunice Thixton, a Big Spring resident. “It really doesn’t sound too good.”

AS they say in the White House (Kremlin?) and Texas:

Urine is golden.
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