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|Saturday, July 16th, 2016|
|Some of Donald J. Trump's Biggest Lies
1. Trump held a bizarre news conference in an attempt to dispute the easily verifiable fact that Trump Steaks had gone out of business years earlier. Trump proudly displayed a pile of what he described as “delicious Trump steaks.” In fact they were steaks from a local butcher. They didn't even bother taking the stickers off the meat.
This is the most blatant example of how brazenly Trump lies, refuses to acknowledge that what he says is demonstrably untrue, doubles down on the lie...and how lazy the media is at calling him out on it.
2. On his Sterling, Va. golf course, Trump erected a plaque that reads: “Many great American soldiers, both of the North and South, died at this spot. The casualties were so great that the water would turn red and thus became known as ‘The River of Blood.’ ” Only problem: This never happened.
Confronted with the actual facts, Trump's reply was: “That was a prime site for river crossings. So, if people are crossing the river, and you happen to be in a civil war, I would say that people were shot — a lot of them.” That's a key insight into the workings of Trump's mind: If Trump says something
makes sense to him, that's more important than the fact that it never happened.
3. “It has not been easy for me," Trump has said. "And you know I started off in Brooklyn, my father gave me a small loan of a million dollars.”
Trump's father did in fact provide a million dollar loan to help repay draws on a line of credit he'd arranged for his son for his first deal, building the Grand Hyatt hotel in 1978. But Donald was essentially a front man on this project for his dad, Fred Trump, who (jointly with Hyatt) guaranteed the $70 million dollar construction loan and assumed 50% of the obligation if Donald was unable to complete it. (That same year, Donald received $47,200 from a trust his dad had established in 1976; by 1981 it was paying him $214,605 a year.) A document from the Casino Control Commission lists several other loans Fred Trump had made to his son, including a $7.5 million loan that was still outstanding in 1981. Trump admitted in a 2007 deposition he had borrowed against his inheritance, “like in the $9 million range.” Most important, Fred Trump's political connections are considered crucial to the tax-abatement arrangement that made the deal practical: Donald sold the property to New York's Urban Development Corporation for a dollar and leased it back tax-free for forty years, effectively saving him hundreds of millions of dollars.
This laid the groundwork for Trump's history of making real-estate deals at the expense of taxpayers, including most recently a $40 million tax credit for a D.C. hotel project.
4. Trump likes to paint himself as a successful businessman, but his resume is littered with failed businesses. His Atlantic City casinos lost money every year, even when other casinos in town were thriving.
Trump launched a publicly traded company to acquire a new casino, then saddled its shareholders with billions in debt by selling it his two already-failing casinos. Trump kept the business afloat in part with what casino regulators later determined were illegal loans.The company went to bankruptcy court four times, and a fifth time after the shareholders finally had enough and kicked him off the board. Trump Shuttle never showed a profit
and was acquired by creditors in 1990.
Even while his businesses flopped, Trump did make money from them, paying himself millions in salary and bonuses while shareholders lost billions. Even so, in 1991, Trump was $900 million in debt, and lost his 282-foot yacht to creditors; it was sold to a Saudi prince
, who also took over the controlling interest in the Trump plaza when Donald was unable to make debt payments in 1995. Critics argue in the long run Trump would have made as much money or more simply investing his inheritance in mutual funds.
Trump didn't even run many of the businesses that bore his name but merely licensed his named to entrepeneurs like Trump Steaks, Trump Vodka and, perhaps most infamously, Trump University.
5. Trump University's ads claimed Trump had “hand-picked” its instructors, and quoted Donald as saying “I can turn anyone into a successful real estate investor, including you.”
In fact, according to court affidavits, Trump University wasn't a university; Trump didn't hand-pick instructors, and didn't attend any of the three-day seminars; the courses were generic third-party real-estate seminars like you see pitched all the time on late-night infomercials; and their real purpose was to pitch advanced “mentorship” programs for up to $35,000.
6. Trump told Bill O'Reilly he'd seen calls for a moment of silence for the Dallas police shooter.
He reiterated the claim in Indiana: “The other night you had 11 cities potentially in a blow-up stage. Marches all over the United States—and tough marches. Anger. Hatred. Hatred! Started by a maniac! And some people ask for a moment of silence for him. For the killer!” These are just flat-out lies and fear-mongering. No one has found a single media reference to anyone calling for a moment of silence for the suspect in the Dallas shootings, and the idea of “11 cities potentially in the blow-up stage” is just made up out of thin air. Nothing new for Donald though...
7. Trump famously said: "Hey, I watched when the World Trade Center came tumbling down. And I watched in Jersey City, New Jersey, where thousands and thousands of people were cheering as that building was coming down. Thousands of people were cheering.” Trump has repeated these claims despite abundant evidence that no such scenes were ever broadcast, or ever happened.
He even used the occasion of the Orlando Pulse nightclub shooting for a self-congratulatory tweet that it “proved he was right” about the Muslim celebrations.
|Friday, December 25th, 2015|
|Tuesday, November 24th, 2015|
|Tuesday, November 17th, 2015|
|Screw That, I Did It My Way
I happened to be checking something on my Shop Your Way page and discovered a message that they'd loaded $11.00 worth of points on my account to be spent at KMart, and expiring tomorrow. So I talked my dad and sister into driving to that side of town for our regular Tuesday lunch excursion and dropping by the KMart afterwards. I couldn't believe my luck when I found they had black jeans on sale for $10.99. I'd quite forgotten that I'd thrown out my last pair of black jeans after the thighs became 100 percent fray.
Then I couldn't believe it when the cashier told me I had zero points. I hadn't realized that the Shop Your Way card on my keyring and the Shop Your Way site on my computer were for two entirely separate Shop Your Way accounts I'd signed up for over the years.
So when I got home I checked and found that, yeah, the $11.00 credit was on an entirely different account number. But I hated to pass up free jeans, so I printed out my membership card, drove back to the KMart and picked up those free jeans. They didn't even charge me sales tax! That's a big deal in Mobile, where the sales tax is like ten percent and they charge it on everything
, groceries included. They even threw in a bunch of coupons for my next visit! But the heck with that, I'll wait until they give me more free money.
In other news, the coupon for a free bottle of Old Orchard juice that I signed up for on-line finally showed up in my mailbox, but KMart doesn't stock it.
|Sunday, November 15th, 2015|
I won a $5 Amazon gift card, which gave me enough in my account to order an Amazon Fire Stick with free shipping. Now I'll finally be able to watch the movies I keep writing about!
|Saturday, November 14th, 2015|
|The Most Wonderful
I generally start my holiday shopping around the time I hear hooves clattering on my rooftop.
|Thursday, November 12th, 2015|
|Thunderbirds Are Go
Worth watching for the cameo by The Shadows, if nothing else.
But holy crap, that Lady Penelope is one bloodthirsty dame.
|Wednesday, November 11th, 2015|
The guy's stories are riddled with more holes than Sonny Corleone.
|Tuesday, November 10th, 2015|
|Great Ideas in Horticulture
I thought of crossing Cranberries and Raspberries to make Craspberries but then I realized some smartass would just shorten it to Crapberries.
|Monday, November 2nd, 2015|
|Sunday, November 1st, 2015|
|Saturday, October 31st, 2015|
|Away We Go On A Comet
Not counting paid programming that filled the wee hours, the newly launched Comet channel kicked off (as far as my waking self was concerned) with Fred Olen Ray's Alienator
, a microbudget sci-fi romp distinguished by the usual Ray cast of celebs just past their celeb-by date (Jan-Michael Vincent, John Philip Law), 50's B-movie stalwarts (Leo Gordon, Robert Clarke), a B-horror icon (Robert Quarry), and Ray regulars Dawn Wildsmith, Jay Richardson, Hoke Howell and Ross Hagen. Poor P.J. Soles is stuffed into an outfit with two panels cut out over her cleavagenal area, which really isn't a flattering look for her. It's all somewhat redeemed when one character reminisces about getting Edgar Rice Burroughs tales from the Science Fiction Book Club.
But hey, even James Cameron cast Dick Miller in the day's next feature, The Terminator
, to be followed by the goofy nadir of Bond pictures, Moonraker
. Later tonight, Dead Space
. And they'll be airing re-runs of Stargate SG-1
An interesting mix of fare, although it's worth keeping in mind that over on Get TV, November will be Noir Month. Or, as they prefer to call it, Noirvember.
|Friday, October 30th, 2015|
|Now They're Really Reaching
Mail in my spam folder letting me know that my online account has been suspended with Diners Club International.
|Thursday, October 29th, 2015|
|For Your Viewing Pleasure
The same local station that carries Columbia's back catalog on MeTV is now adding another channel: Comet Sci-Fi, firing up October 31 at 5 a.m. I can hardly wait to see what riches they mean to present us. The name isn't quite as off-putting as the description I saw for Galaxy Buck
- "Christin Sci-Fi For Kids!" - but it will do until the real thing comes along.
|Monday, October 26th, 2015|
|Sunday, October 25th, 2015|
|Friday, October 23rd, 2015|
|Thursday, October 22nd, 2015|
I thought I had a toothache when I woke up this morning, but I guess it was all in my head.
|Tuesday, October 20th, 2015|
|Monday, October 19th, 2015|