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3DHS / Trump is a crappy businessman
« on: November 08, 2016, 05:26:33 PM »



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Trump’s big line is he should be president because he is a successful businessman. After reading this devastating Newsweek story, no Trump apologist can ever say that again.

The story goes through the bankruptcies of course, but there are defaults, people ripped off, and lie upon lie upon lie upon lie.

My favorite stuff from the article:

    Trump lied to Congress.
    Trump was publicly insulting Native Americans while other real business people were making deals to help manage their casinos.
    Trump signed a deal with one Native American casino, and they paid him $6 million to go away.
    Trump punched his second grade teacher
    Trump lied in his books, then blamed the same woman he blamed for Melania Trump’s plagiarized speech.
    Trump lied in a filing with a bank where he was trying to get a loan about how much he was worth.
    Trump lied about how much money he got from his dad.
    Trump’s dad gave him illegal loans by taking cash to his casino, turning it over at a craps table, loading up a suitcase with $5,000 chips, and leaving.
    Trump’s earliest deals all lost money and he only did well when his dad guaranteed loans.
    Trump spent $1 million per plane to turn a shuttle into a luxury trip that no one wanted to take. The planes were only worth $4 million each.

There is just so much more. I want to give a few quotes:

    Lost contracts, bankruptcies, defaults, deceptions and indifference to investors—Trump’s business career is a long, long list of such troubles, according to regulatory, corporate and court records, as well as sworn testimony and government investigative reports. Call it the art of the bad deal, one created by the arrogance and recklessness of a businessman whose main talent is self-promotion.

    He is also pretty good at self-deception, and plain old deception. Trump is willing to claim success even when it is not there, according to his own statements. “I’m just telling you, you wouldn’t say that you're failing,” he said in a 2007 deposition when asked to explain why he would give an upbeat assessment of his business even if it was in trouble. “If somebody said, ‘How you doing?’ you're going to say you're doing good.” Perhaps such dissembling is fine in polite cocktail party conversation, but in the business world it’s called lying.

Trump tells everyone he is a gazillionaire. How does he decide his net worth?

    Trump is quick to boast that his purported billions prove his business acumen, his net worth is almost unknowable given the loose standards and numerous outright misrepresentations he has made over the years. In that 2007 deposition, Trump said he based estimates of his net worth at times on “psychology” and “my own feelings.” But those feelings are often wrong—in 2004, he presented unaudited financials to Deutsche Bank while seeking a loan, claiming he was worth $3.5 billion. The bank concluded Trump was, to say the least, puffing; it put his net worth at $788 million, records show. (Trump personally guaranteed $40 million of the loan to his company, so Deutsche coughed up the money. He later defaulted on that commitment.)

And the money quote:

    Trump’s many misrepresentations of his successes and his failures matter—a lot. As a man who has never held so much as a city council seat, there is little voters can examine to determine if he is competent to hold office. He has no voting record and presents few details about specific policies. Instead, he sells himself as qualified to run the country because he is a businessman who knows how to get things done, and his financial dealings are the only part of his background available to assess his competence to lead the country. And while Trump has had a few successes in business, most of his ventures have been disasters.

It’s a long article, but it puts the lie to Trump’s lie that he is a successful businessman. He’s just a guy who inherited money.

3DHS / How the GOP suppresses Black voters in North Carolina.
« on: November 08, 2016, 08:44:40 AM »
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North Carolina GOP Brags Racist Voter Suppression Is Working—and They’re Right
Early-voting data confirms that blacks in the swing state aren’t voting as much as in 2012—not for a lack of enthusiasm or effort, but because of rules designed to stop them.
Jay Michaelson
Jay Michaelson
11.07.16 12:16 PM ET

It’s quite possible that the 2016 election will be decided by North Carolina. And according to early voting data, North Carolina may be decided by voter suppression.

Early turnout among black voters in the state has been running below 2008 and 2012 levels—so far, the bloc is turning out at only 82 percent of their 2012 numbers, as The New York Times reported. (Early voting overall was up in North Carolina, with 4.6 million ballots already cast.)

What the Times didn’t report was that the decline wasn’t due to lack of enthusiasm or effort, but voter suppression. In fact, there’s a near perfect fit between where black voters aren’t voting and where Republicans have made it harder to vote—a fact highlighted by a press release issued today by the state Republican Party, which called the decrease "encouraging."

The data crunchers over at insightus have demonstrated the correlation conclusively. During the first half of the early voting period, in the 58 “unimpaired counties” —i.e., those in which voting has not been made more difficult in the last four years—black people are turning out at 91 percent of their 2012 levels. In 17 “suppressed counties,” that number is 72 percent.

Hurricane Matthew, which flooded 32 counties, also affected turnout: There, blacks have voted at 79 percent of 2012 levels. But think about that for a moment: Turnout was higher in counties under a state of emergency than in counties with new voter suppression rules.

That’s not surprising when you consider how egregious North Carolina’s policies have been.

First, North Carolina passed HB 589, which eliminated early voting entirely, eliminated same-day registration, and set up onerous ID requirements. That law affected more than 1.2 million people: 900,000 people utilized early voting in 2012, 130,000 used same-day registration in 2008, and more than 200,000 registered voters don’t have driver’s licenses. By way of comparison, Barack Obama won the state by 15,000 votes in 2008, and Mitt Romney won by 117,000 in 2012.

In July, the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals struck down HB 589, going out of its way to note the racist nature of the law.  The state’s general assembly had “requested data on the use, by race, of a number of voting practices,” wrote the court. And then, “Upon receipt of the race data, the General Assembly enacted legislation that restricted voting and registration in five different ways, all of which disproportionately affected African Americans.”

With HB 589 struck down in such damning terms, one might have thought that early voting would be fully restored. Instead, based on the earlier law that required “at least one” polling place open for early voting, Republican-controlled boards of elections in those 17 counties closed all but one early voting site per county. In other words, the barest legal minimum.

Not only has that created long lines at the polls, it’s also put early voting totally out of reach for people without the time or resources to travel long distances to vote. And in Mecklenburg County, which includes Charlotte and has more than 15 percent of the state’s black voters, the Republican-controlled election commission cut early voting locations from 22 in 2012 to four this year.

Even that wasn’t enough, however.

In three counties, boards of elections canceled thousands of voter registrations based on outrageous rules that allow anyone to challenge another person’s voter registration based on a single piece of returned mail. In at least one of those counties, the mail campaign was itself organized by the secretary of the local Republican Party, N. Carol Wheeldon.

Wheeldon, incidentally, has ties to North Carolina’s conservative Voter Integrity Project, which after three years of pursuing allegations of fraud—including showing up unannounced on doorsteps and sending repeated mailings on which to challenge voters—has yet to uncover a single one. The Voter Integrity Project also recently accused Democrats of “raping the ‘Retard’ vote.”

Of the three counties, Cumberland County is 35 percent black, Moore County 13 percent, and Beaufort County 29 percent.

On Friday, a federal judge in a lawsuit brought by the NAACP enjoined those three counties from purging their voter rolls, which, the court said, violated the National Voting Registration Act. By the time the judge ruled, 3,951 registrations had been challenged in Cumberland County, 400 in Moore County (all by Wheeldon), and 138 in Beaufort County.

In one case, a 100-year-old African-American woman in Beauford County named Grace Bell Hardison had her registration challenged by the same method, and was unable to reinstate it because she could not come personally to a hearing. President Obama mentioned her in a speech.
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Rev. William Barber II, president of the North Carolina NAACP, and one of the most powerful speakers at the Democratic National Convention, said in a statement that “The NAACP is defending rights of all North Carolinians to participate in this election and we will not back down and allow this suppression to continue. This is our Selma.”

As we reported last February, North Carolina’s new voter restrictions were the strictest in the nation, except perhaps Texas, which is not yet a swing state. And the patterns are easy to discern.

First, the ban on early voting hit Democrats more than Republicans: In 2012, 48 percent of North Carolina’s early voters were registered Democrats and 32 percent were registered Republicans, an edge of 140,000 Democratic voters. The restrictions in the 17 affected counties are sure to have a similar impact.

Second, voter-ID laws hit people of color disproportionately. The American Civil Liberties Union estimates that 25 percent of black Americans lack a government-issued photo ID, compared to just 8 percent of whites. Low-income and elderly voters are also disproportionately affected.

Third, there’s the timing. Dale Ho, director of the ACLU’s Voting Rights Project, told The Daily Beast that “Ten years ago there were zero states with a strict voter-ID law, and no states cutting back on early voting. All these laws started after the 2008 election, which saw record numbers of young voters and record participation by people of color. And then, as if by coincidence, we have all these laws passed—25 in 2011-12 alone—that disproportionately impact young people, people of color, and poor people. That is, to put it mildly, suspicious.”

Finally, the restrictions are chasing a “voter fraud” epidemic that—like Donald Trump’s claim that the entire election is rigged against him—simply has no evidence to support it. A detailed study by a Loyola University law professor found that between 2000 and 2014, there were indeed 31 reported instances of voter impersonation out of more than 1 billion ballots cast.  In other words, the odds of voter fraud are 1 in 32 million. By way of comparison, your odds of being struck by lightning are 1 in 134,906.

In short, challenging voter registrations, requiring IDs, ending early voting, and other voter suppression methods don’t stop fraud—they stop voting, particularly by people of color.

That said, with the injunction issued Friday, most of North Carolina’s worst restrictions have now been lifted, and there is encouraging news that the efforts have backfired, inspiring non-white voters to turn out in record numbers in the state. Encouraging, that is, for Hillary Clinton. Perhaps a life-saver for American democracy itself.
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Decision Day for America’s Family Feud: The Strongman Vs. Stronger Together
A Trump victory tonight would be the greatest upset—and greatest shock to the system—in American history.
Jonathan Alter
Jonathan Alter
11.08.16 1:15 AM ET

Elections are meant to be civic reflections of who we are, not fun-house mirrors of grotesque distortion. As Americans vote, the only question on the ballot is: Who do we want to see in the looking glass?

Do we want to be a people who try to restore an imagined past by stoking fear, validating bigotry and sexism, and disrespecting everyone in the world with the possible exception of Vladimir Putin?

Or a people who make history by electing our first woman president and who remain—despite big problems— a tolerant and inclusive nation trying to do better?

Amid the campaign noise, the choice between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton is stark:

An ignorant demagogue so reckless that his staff had to confiscate his phone so he wouldn’t tweet versus a seasoned and earnest if overly defensive believer in the ability of government to improve lives.

An outrageous liar and confirmed deadbeat versus a public figure whose distortions and evasions are regrettable but well within the norm for politicians.

An authoritarian who says “I alone can fix it” versus a communitarian —far more in the American grain—whose message is “Stronger Together”.

To get a sense of just how unprecedented Trump’s candidacy is, consider this: We have never in 227 years chosen a president who had not served as an elected official, a Cabinet officer or a general. In a nation of immigrants, we have never elected a president who ran as a “Know-Nothing” xenophobe, nor one who so nakedly exploited fear for votes. And we have never come close to electing a president who was so uncouth and publicly disrespectful to women.

Women have noticed. The gender gap—an important feature of presidential elections (and Democratic victories) since the 1990s—is now opening up wide across the kitchen table, touching off what may yet be an important national discussion about men, women and the way we relate to each other.

A Trump victory tonight would be the greatest upset—and greatest shock to the system—in American history. But even if he loses, historians will ask how a man so manifestly unqualified for high (or any) elective office—a man who understandably terrifies the rest of the world and about half of American voters—got so close to the American presidency.

Trump was both politically brilliant and lucky. Understanding the power of entertainment in modern politics, he mounted a hostile takeover of a rotting Republican Party that had fallen out of touch with its base and lacked the fortitude to take him on.

While principled conservatives like Senators Lindsey Graham, Ben Sasse and Jeff Flake stood up against him, appeasement by what George Will calls “Vichy Republicans” became the norm in the party. It infected House Speaker Paul Ryan, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and other leadership quislings who lacked the strength of character to oppose someone they know for certain to be a “con artist” (Marco Rubio’s words). For all their caveats, they advocated putting an unhinged man in charge of protecting the Constitution and handling the nuclear codes.

If you’re a busy person with no connection to politics and know little about Trump, a vote for him is comprehensible. But well-informed people who put party before country—who would rather have a fraud in the White House than a moderate like Merrick Garland on the Supreme Court —have a lot to answer for. There’s a word for their backing of Trump: unpatriotic.

Even with no campaign organization, Trump was always going to be a threat after he won the GOP nomination in July. In our polarized politics, any major party nominee starts out automatically with about 40 percent support. Trump has a more powerful message than Clinton (demagoguery works) and if he’d broadened it and applied any consistent personal discipline, he would have been a much stronger candidate.

If Trump loses, he’ll be remembered by history less for tactical flaws than for the way he poisoned our politics. I’d offer three thematic explanations that might inform our thinking about how Trump got as far as he did: democratic fragility, white male insecurity, and media instability.

The founders, worried about the long-term prospects of their creation, might not have been surprised by Trump. They weren’t reality TV fans but they did study antiquity—especially the Roman republic— and they understood that it was demagogues and “mountebanks” (con artists) who had wrecked occasional earlier efforts at self-government.

The 19th Century Scottish historian Alexander Tyler argued that all democracies are “temporary in nature.” They bring liberty from bondage through faith and courage only to be destroyed by complacency, apathy and dependence that lead right back to bondage.

Trump’s election would not likely destroy democracy, but his authoritarian impulses and the crew of alt-right Banana Republicans he would bring to Washington would undermine our system in ways that make Nixon and his crowd look benign. Shredding alliances and expanding the nuclear club—both possible without Congress—would risk war. And implementing even one or two of his outlandish ideas—banning Muslims, muzzling journalists, crushing protestors, just for starters—would set off a constitutional crisis and wrenching social unrest.

A Hillary victory—especially a narrow one—also brings risks to our democracy. Trump, who’s charged throughout his campaign that the system is “rigged” against him, refuses to commit to conceding if he loses, threatening the peaceful transfer of power that is the bedrock of our constitutional stability.

Strangely enough, democracies have often been most vulnerable not at a moment of supreme crisis but when the crisis has passed, especially if much of the populace remains embittered by its aftermath. That’s when they fall prey to a “man on horseback” (usually a strong military leader, but nowadays a tough-talking celebrity will suffice).

Athenian democracy survived the big war with Sparta but not Philip of Macedonia, who seemed less threatening. Weimar democracy survived hyper-inflation but not the clownish Herr Hitler, who came to power in an election when things were looking up for the German economy. In our own time, we survived two wars and the worst economic collapse since the Great Depression but we’re facing the prospect of Trump when the wars have wound down and unemployment, inflation and interest rates are all below five percent. Obsessing over Hillary’s emails reminds me of obsessing over her husband’s sex life in the 1990s. They are luxuries of relative peace and prosperity.

If we were in a war or depression now, Trump would likely go nowhere. He’d be too risky. But in a “change election” when much of the middle class feels left behind, he became a genuine threat. Had he toned down his rhetoric about Latinos, sincerely apologized to women and run a more conventional campaign, he wouldn’t have been the authentic Trump. But he might be president.

Trump is empirically a racist, a misogynist, and a bully but he is also something that at first glance sounds less bad. He’s a rule-breaker. He’s like an obnoxious fullback on a middle school football team who takes the ball and runs out of bounds on every play, knocking down cheerleaders and cursing the refs.

The problem is, democracy depends on boundaries, rules and traditions—the sense that we may not agree on much but we do concur that we’re all playing football, not some other sport. These standards of conduct in a democratic society—articulated over the last 400 years by Edmund Burke and other super-star conservative theorists— are backed not by the sword but protected by a thin membrane of decorum and mutual respect, now under assault from Trump.

Which leads us to a second explanation for the Trump phenomenon. The losses of non-college educated white men have been well-documented this year. They are suffering from shortened lifespans, increased substance abuse problems and a sense of abandonment by politicians in both parties. They are in no mood for decorum—especially when it shades into political correctness—and thrill to Trump’s attacks on elites. For them, his gaffes have become his fuel.

We have also heard a lot about why so many voters react badly to Hillary—her sense of entitlement, lack of transparency and reputation for untrustworthiness.

What’s less understood is the interaction between the two—how Trump’s monumental insecurity (why else would he brag so incessantly?) and the insecurity of his followers (battered by the demise of American manufacturing and nursing cultural resentments) are turbo-charged by misogyny and the presence of Hillary in the race.

Gender is the axle on which so much of the 2016 campaign turns. We’ve never seen a woman presidential nominee of a major party, so we have had no way before the election to assess the psycho-sexual dynamics at work in the electorate.

We do know that the U.S. is late to electing a woman as head of state—behind, among others, Great Britain, Germany, Brazil and even India and Pakistan. And we know that going back to Eve in the Garden of Eden, men have distrusted —even felt betrayed by—assertive women. Yet we have barely plumbed the sexist double-standards at work this year. Imagine it was Hillary bragging on tape about groping men, shouting “Get ‘em outta here!” or “Lock him up!” at her rallies, or lying virtually every time she opened her mouth, as non-partisan fact checkers have established about Trump. It would not be a close race.

If Trump wins, it will be because he was the testosterone candidate—the personification of white working class male dysfunction. Just as Barack Obama for many older white voters was (quite literally) the threatening face of a new, multi-cultural America, Hillary represents emasculation at a time when many men feel they’ve been stripped of their manhood by the bruising global economy. There’s no use pretending that racism and sexism aren’t consciously or unconsciously motivating many Trump voters. Hillary stupidly said that half were in a “basket of deplorables.” Her basket was too big, but not by much.

The insecurity argument also helps explain why—despite a sizable gender gap—millions of mostly non-college educated women are voting for Trump. Many are longtime Republicans who, like male supporters, are under-informed about Trump’s unfitness and genuinely see the issues they care about (e.g. abortion) as more important than anything offensive he might have said. But the explanation for others may go back to Professor Tyler’s reasons for the demise of democracies: dependency.

An unmeasurable cohort of American women from all economic backgrounds are trying to figure out if they want to stand up for themselves or be dependent on the men in their private and public lives, even if those men do not respect them. The way these suburban white women vote today will determine the election. My bet is that they turn out heavily for Hillary.

The final explanation for the rise of Trump lies in the media landscape, which has been transformed more in recent years than at any time since Gutenberg developed the printing press. Today’s news media is an unstable industry in search of a business model and more anxious than ever for the eyeballs that Trump has provided. By some estimates, the big ratings he generated with his 2015 appearances brought more than $100 million in additional ad revenue to the networks.

For 35 years, Trump slaked his thirst for publicity by manipulating the New York media. When he brought those talents to presidential politics, he dominated coverage of the campaign. The implicit deal, which didn’t break down until summer, was simple: Trump gave tons of access but let producers know that if he was asked hard questions, he wouldn’t come back and their shows would lose ratings and status. Some TV interviewers threw fastballs anyway, but most of the aggressive reporting this year came courtesy of the old-fashioned print press, especially David Fahrenhold of the Washington Post, who proved repeatedly that Trump only pretended to give money to charity.

Historians may conclude that the most lasting significance of Hillary’s email “scandal” was that network evening news broadcasts devoted three times more attention to them than to every story on the issues facing the next president combined. Climate change—arguably the most important challenge facing the world—received no TV coverage at all during the general election. This despite the fact that Trump’s position, which calls for abrogating the Paris Accords signed by the U.S., China and nearly every other nation, would doom global efforts to begin confronting the problem.

So what happens tomorrow? If Hillary wins, she should soon embark on a listening tour of red states, reaching out to Trump voters in a spirit of reconciliation. The conventional wisdom is that she would be powerless to move forward legislatively. But many Republican leaders in Washington have received the message—partly through Trump’s success—that the old obstruction doesn’t cut it any more, including with their base. They know Hillary from her Senate years, when McConnell called her a “friend”, and may work cooperatively for incremental change on issues like infrastructure and tax reform.

If Trump wins, he and the Republican Congress would have trouble enacting the full rightwing agenda, which calls for trillions in tax cuts for the wealthy and cuts of more than 40 percent in all domestic programs. But they might succeed in pushing through many radical right ideas—including union-busting— that their working-class supporters know nothing about. In the meantime, Trump would have the power to unilaterally launch a trade war (“What the hell is wrong with a trade war?” he said), which, according to most economists, would lead to retaliation and a deep recession. His reckless talk and dangerous defensiveness would roil markets, further hurting the economy. And according to many foreign policy experts, Trump’s temperament would likely lead to war.

On that cheery note, at least we can all agree on this: After this stomach-turning election, the new president—whomever he or she is—will need, as Lincoln put it in his Second Inaugural, to ”bind up the nation’s wounds…to do all which may achieve and cherish a just and lasting peace among ourselves and with all nations.”

3DHS / This is what it is all about.
« on: November 06, 2016, 08:20:45 AM »


       A black man was elected president, and white people lost their minds.

Not all of them, no. Not even most of them. But not a piddling few, either.

That, in a nutshell, is the story of America’s hateful and obstructionist politics over the last eight years — and of the nasty, arduous excuse for a presidential campaign that finally ends on Tuesday. Granted, many pundits have chosen to explain those things in terms of “economic anxiety,” the fiscal insecurity of the undereducated white working class. But here on election eve can we, for once, be honest with ourselves about ourselves?

Not to say that sluggish economic growth isn’t a valid concern. But that world where men like Archie Bunker could, with a high school education or less, find factory work that would allow them to buy a house and raise a family, did not suddenly disappear when the black guy took over at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. It’s been gone for quite awhile.

And the white guy who preceded the black guy spent a $128 billion surplus into an over $400 billion deficit, presided over a cratering stock market and anemic job creation. Yet for all the grief he was given, nobody ever called him a “subhuman mongrel.”

Lawmakers from the other party did not declare their refusal to work with him on even the most routine matters of governance.

People did not take to showing up at his events carrying rifles. Nobody shouted, “I want my country back!”

So as much as or more than it is a referendum on the economy — or foreign policy, or terrorism — this election is a referendum on demographic change. A nation that elected a black guy president and enshrined the right of same sex marriage into law, a nation where Muslims, transgender people and Spanish speakers are more visible and rising higher than ever before, will now tell us how it feels about all that, whether it is ready to plunge ahead into the unknowable future or whether it will seek refuge in a sepia-toned past that never was.

The Republican Party’s preference is no mystery. To succeed the first black president, it put forth a racist enthusiastically supported by the Ku Klux Klan. To oppose the first woman to be a major party candidate, it offered a misogynist trailing accusations of sexual assault. “Make America great again,” indeed.

Every four years, pundits solemnly intone the same cliche: “This is an important election.” Fact is, they’re all important elections. Choosing a leader for the economic and military giant of the planet is by definition consequential.

That said, this country finds itself facing an electoral decision starker and more portentous than any in modern memory. We don’t just choose new policies on Tuesday, or even a new vision. No, we choose identity. We decide who and what we are.

Are we a backward-looking nation defined by those who lost their minds because a black guy was elected president? Or are we a forward facing people, challenged by change but never shying from it, never so terrified by it as to betray our fundamental selves?

The thing is, change doesn’t care what we decide. It comes regardless, and you can no more question it than you can gravity. The toothpaste won’t go back into the tube, the gay people back into the closet, the women back into the kitchen nor the African Americans back to the rear of the bus.

The past will not be restored. So the only question here is how we will respond to the future. With fear or faith? With cowardice or courage?

It’s time for us all to take a deep breath.

And decide.

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3DHS / was Melania Trump a mail order bride?
« on: November 02, 2016, 11:37:16 AM »
Melanija Knavs, was born in 1970 in Yugoslavia, now know as Slovenia. Knavs studied design and architecture at the University of Ljubljana in Slovenia. She then worked as a model for fashion houses in Milan and Paris before relocating to New York City in 1996.

After moving to New York City , Knavs supposedly met Donald Trump at a Fashion Week party in New York City in September 1998. Their relationship gained attention after a 1999 interview on The Howard Stern Show, and additional publicity after the 2004 launch of Trump's successful business-oriented reality television show, The Apprentice. Donald Trump described their long courtship in 2005: "We literally have never had an argument, forget about the word 'fight' . We just are very compatible. We get along."
After becoming engaged in 2004, Donald Trump and Melania Knavs were married on January 22, 2005, at The Episcopal Church of Bethesda-by-the-Sea in Palm Beach, Florida, followed by a reception in the 17,000-sq.-ft ballroom at Trump's Mar-a-Lago estate.

Trump has always stated he met his wife Melanija at a fashion week party in 1998. But Anna Novak a matchmaker who operated an office in Slovenia for several "Mail Order Bride" companies, including a company called A Foreign Affair, says she received a call sometime around 1995 from the head office to help arrange a call between a female member Melanija, and A VIP client she only knew as Donald. Shortly after the call, Melanija asked to be removed as a member and to have her profile completely removed from the websites.

If this was truly "The Donald" and the "Melanija" then why the secrecy? Trump was married at the time, even when they met each at the Fashion Week party. It is not a secret that Trump has had a long history of infidelity, When married to his first wife, Czech model Ivana Zelní Ková, he had an affair with actress Marla Maples, In 1992 Ivana's and Donald's divorce was finalized, shortly thereafter Donald sued Ivana for $25 million, alleging she was not honoring a gag clause in their divorce agreement by disclosing facts about him. Maples and Donald were married the following year after his first divorce on December 20, 1993. The couple's divorce finalized in June 1999, nearly one year after the Fashion Week party where supposedly Donald met Melanija for the first time.

A spoke's person for A Foreign Affair' in Phoenix AZ, says. "We have a strict confidentiality policy so we can not make any comments about any member or client." They did admit they do help many rich and or famous clients find love overseas.

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Apparently so.

Nothing, but NOTHING this creep says is true.


Well, it took me several days and a lot of code writing to sift through the millions of achieved pages on the Wayback Machine achieves. Was about to give up when a colleague gave me mining script to look at all archived pages whether displayed or not. And lord and behold jackpot, here she is!
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Two days before what is widely seen as a make-or-break presidential debate, Donald Trump was again forced to defend himself against Republicans and Democrats after a tape emerged of him speaking about groping women, adultery and other crude, sexually aggressive comments.

In the recording, published by the Washington Post, the Republican presidential nominee speaks of trying and failing to seduce a married woman during a 2005 conversation with Billy Bush, a television host, that took place before they taped a segment for "Access Hollywood."

“I did try and f--- her. She was married,” said Trump, whose third marriage began earlier that year. He also said he would "grab them by the p---y," referring to women he was attracted to. “And when you’re a star they let you do it,” he says. “You can do anything.”

The condemnations were swift and emphatic, beginning with the top of both the Republican and Democratic parties.

"No woman should ever be described in these terms or talked about in this manner. Ever,” said Reince Priebus, the chairman of the Republican National Committee.

Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton denounced Trump's remarks as "horrific," saying "We cannot allow this man to become president."
The Fallout

In the immediate aftermath of the news, some Trump insiders were candid in expressing fears the tape could prove fatal to the campaign, but several others played down the impact, saying the tape was more than 10 years old and Trump had immediately apologized.

While most Republicans initially kept quiet, Democrats in battleground states excoriated them for continuing to support their candidate. The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee even re-circulated a Republican press release previewing Speaker Paul Ryan's appearance on Saturday on a stage with Trump in Wisconsin.

Minutes after the Post story was published, Trump released a statement that acknowledged what he said and launched a new accusation against the former president and husband of Hillary Clinton.

“This was locker room banter, a private conversation that took place many years ago, " he said. "Bill Clinton has said far worse to me on the golf course - not even close. I apologize if anyone was offended.”

Equally unforgiving were two of Trump's most prominent foes in the GOP primary who have since refused to endorse him. Ohio Governor John Kasich called Trump's comments "indefensible." Jeb Bush, the former Florida governor and cousin of Billy Bush, invoked his family. "As the grandfather of two precious girls, I find that no apology can excuse away Donald Trump's reprehensible comments degrading women," he wrote on Twitter.
Already Behind

Trump is trailing Clinton by 4.7 percentage points in national polls tracked by Real Clear Politics. He lags Clinton in support from women voters by 14.8 points, according to Bloomberg's Poll Decoder. Without broadening his coalition to include more women and minorities, he faces an exceedingly narrow path to victory.

Corey Lewandowski, Trump's former campaign manager turned CNN commentator, struggled to defend his former boss's comments. "Clearly this is not how women should be spoken about," Lewandowski said during a phone interview with CNN's Wolf Blitzer. "Is this defensible? I don't think so."

Lewandowski said he would advise Trump to find a way to discuss the comments "with a serious journalist" before Sunday night's debate. "If I was consulting Donald Trump right now, my advice would be, in addition to the statement that he's put out ... my advice would be, sit down and do an interview," he said.

Trump adviser Keith Kellogg, a retired Army lieutenant general who has helped the candidate with debate prep and was in a national security meeting at Trump Tower this morning, said he still has confidence in Trump. “I think ‘change’ is what has others nervous,” Kellogg said. “We are a great republic and we will be fine.”

In a sign of how Trump's standing in the election could affect down-ballot races, Senator Kelly Ayotte, already under fire from challenger Maggie Hassan for saying she "absolutely" thought Trump was a role model for children during a recent debate, quickly condemned Trump's comments.

"His comments are totally inappropriate and offensive," the New Hampshire Republican said in a statement emailed by her campaign.

Ayotte, however, has repeatedly said she will support Trump but not endorse him.

Other Senate Republicans in tough races were facing similar attacks Friday night for continuing to stand by Trump.
A History of Controversy

Throughout the election, Trump has fought off accusations of sexism while videos, recordings and testimonies from former associates and co-workers outline a history of vulgar comments.

A series of interviews Trump did on The Howard Stern Show during the 1990s and 2000s revealed him commenting on women’s physical and sexual attractiveness. This week, Trump was accused of repeatedly making “sexist and lewd” comments on the set of his reality show The Apprentice, according to a Monday report from the Associated Press.

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The Republican has also come under fire for sexualizing his own daughters. In April, Comedy Central's "The Daily Show" aired a segment from 1994 in which Trump said Tiffany Trump, then one-year-old, had inherited her mother’s legs but “time will tell” if she would also inherit something else, motioning to his chest. During a 2006 segment on ABC's "The View," Trump said that his daughter Ivanka Trump has a “very nice figure,” adding “if Ivanka weren’t my daughter, perhaps I’d be dating her.”

Following the first presidential debate, former Miss Universe Alicia Machado publicly condemned him for criticizing her weight and calling her "Miss Piggy" and "Miss Housekeeping."

During a Wednesday interview with KSNV in Las Vegas, Trump defended his comments and insults toward women as “entertainment." "A lot of that was done for the purpose of entertainment, there's nobody that has more respect for women than I do," he said.
Regrets and Provocations

On the campaign trail, Trump has repeatedly said he regrets some things in his past, but argues that he had no idea he’d be running for president one day.

“Now, had I known that I would be doing this I would have commenced with certain television interviews, radio interviews,” he said in Pueblo, Colorado on Monday. “I would have said things slightly differently. And I wouldn't have had as good a time in life and as much fun in life, but it would have made my life as a politician a little bit easier.”

As he did in Friday's statement in response to the tape obtained by the Post, Trump turned the topic into an attack on his Democratic rival on Monday. “You know, these people, holier than thou, they never said anything around the breakfast room table," he said "They never do. Bill and Hillary never say anything like this around the breakfast table. Can you imagine what they say?”

Still, Trump said the vulgar term on the campaign trail on the evening before the New Hampshire primary, his first victory of 2016. At the final rally on the eve of the primary, Trump repeated an attendee's comment that Cruz, who had beat him in the Iowa caucuses, was a "p---y."

"You know what she said? Shout it out,” Trump said. The woman repeated her remark. “You're not allowed to say that and I never expected to hear you say that again. I never expect to hear you say that again. She said he's a p---y,” Trump said.

3DHS / I Want to Believe!
« on: October 07, 2016, 01:09:24 PM »

3DHS / Ode to Yahweh
« on: October 07, 2016, 12:47:44 PM »

3DHS / We need to be led by a parasite
« on: October 05, 2016, 09:36:01 AM »
Essentially, the argument with Trump's tax dodging is that one side says he is a parasite, who avoids contributing anything to the society that he feasts upon with his  casinos to bilk the public and his fancy hotels and other crap, and the other side that argues, "Yes but he is LEGALLY ENTITLED to be a parasite, but you must elect him so that he will ban anyone, including himself, from ever being a parasite again.".

Anyway you look at it, Trump is a parasite, determined to prevent anyone from seeing how much blood he has sucked out of the rest of us.

It will be ever so much better being led by a parasite than a (yuck!) Negro or a (ewwwww!) woman!

3DHS / Trump stiffs wedding caterers.
« on: October 02, 2016, 06:13:55 PM »

By Christine Lavin:

Today I did something I never did before — I ‘defriended’ someone who chastised me in a letter about how offended she was by “Trumped Up Cards,” and how she wanted me to know she was voting for Trump. This was not a fb friend, but someone who subscribes to my website newsletter ( So I told her a true story I’ve known about Trump since 1994.

An actor friend of mine worked for a caterer in 1993. It was a new caterer, and this caterer was thrilled to land the kind of job that can really boost a career — catering Donald Trump and Marla Maples wedding. At the time she wondered why he didn’t hire other caterers he’d used in the past, but just thanked her lucky stars he hired her.

Everything went beautifully — the food was a hit, the waiters/waitresses all were totally professional. Everything was first rate.

Donald Trump refused to pay the bill. He told the caterer, “I know you are new at this, and when you tell people you catered MY wedding, you will get more business than you could ever dream of. So I am doing you a favor. And when I do favors, I don’t pay. End of discussion.”

She couldn’t believe it — she sent numerous bills — ignored. She threatened to sue — he said “Go ahead. I don’t lose in court.” She explored suing, but came away knowing it would cost her high legal bills, and wouldn’t be worth it. After more than six months of his stonewalling she ended up paying her staff out of her own pocket, though couldn’t pay them fully or she’d be out of business. So Trump stiffed not only her, but her staff, her chefs, her busboys.

This is not a story I recently heard — it’s one I heard 22 years ago. We know many stories like this now. The woman who wrote to me today said, “I know you have a big heart and won’t hold it against me, but I wanted you to know I’m 100% for Trump.”

I wrote back, “I may have a big heart, but it’s not that big. Goodbye.”

Should she write back to chastise me more, her email will go straight to the trash where it belongs.

Trump seems to think that he is some sort of royalty. Like Her Royal Britannic Majesty, Elizabeth.
Lots of British companies attach  a label to their products stating, "Official purveyor of fine (whatever) to HRH Queen Elizabeth II" .
I have no idea whether her Royal Majesty pays for the stuff she buys. I suspect that she does.

But apparently Trump thought that he should get his wedding catered for free because other lesser customers would flock to a caterer who catered to him and his second wife (or was it the first?)

3DHS / Watch The Donald try acting in a softcore porn tape.
« on: October 02, 2016, 10:31:17 AM »
Hugh Hefner was Trump's God for a while.
Buzzfeed is of course, buzzfeed, but just watch this for yourselves.

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