Exposed

The emperor has no clothes, just faux dough.

Colbert: “The one thing he hates more than anything is people hearing he’s not as rich he claims he is.”

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  1. New York AG Letitia James sues Trumps, their business for alleged fraud – The Washington Post

    NEW YORK — New York Attorney General Letitia James filed a lawsuit Wednesday accusing former president Donald Trump, three of his grown children and executives at his company of flagrantly manipulating property and other asset valuations to deceive lenders, insurance brokers and tax authorities into giving them better bank-loan and insurance policy rates and to reduce their tax liability.
    The 222-page civil complaint asks the New York Supreme Court to bar Trump, as well as Donald Trump Jr., Ivanka Trump and Eric Trump, from serving as executives at any company in New York, and to bar the Trump Organization from acquiring any commercial real estate or receiving loans from any New York-registered financial institution for five years.
    It seeks to recover more than $250 million in what James’s office says are ill-gotten gains received through the alleged deceptive practices. While the lawsuit itself is not a criminal prosecution, James said she has referred possible violations of federal law to the Justice Department and the IRS.
    […]
    “Claiming you have money that you do not have does not amount to the art of the deal. It’s the art of the steal,” James said, mocking the titled of the former president’s 1987 book. “There cannot be different rules for different people in this country or in this state.”
    [continues]

  2. New York State is suing the former president for bank fraud, and Russia’s leader announced a major escalation of the war in Ukraine.

  3. 11th Circuit finds for Justice Dept. on Mar-a-Lago Trump appeal – The Washington Post

    […]
    In Wednesday night’s ruling, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit in Atlanta found fault with Trump’s rationale that the classified documents seized on Aug. 8 might be his property, rather than the government’s. The appeals court also disagreed with the rationale used by U.S. District Judge Aileen M. Cannon in agreeing to have the classified documents reviewed by a special master to see if they should be shielded from investigators because of executive or attorney-client privilege.
    “For our part, we cannot discern why [Trump] would have an individual interest in or need for any of the one-hundred documents with classification markings,” the court wrote, noting that the stay it issued is temporary and should not be considered a final decision on the merits of the case.
    The lower court “abused its discretion in exercising jurisdiction … as it concerns the classified documents,” the panel wrote in a 29-page opinion. Two judges on the panel were appointed by Trump; the third was appointed by President Barack Obama.
    A Trump spokesman did not immediately respond to a request for comment.In an interview Wednesday with Fox News that was recorded before the appeals court issued its ruling, Trump claimed he had declassified the documents, and he suggested there would not have to be any written record of such an action.
    “I declassified the documents when they left the White House,” Trump said. “There doesn’t have to be a process as I understand it. You’re the president of the United States, you can declassify … even by thinking about it.”
    [continues]

  4. Complete Fiction.  Bolton provides the title for the definitive book about T****’s administration… and anything that comes out of that KFC hole in his face. 

  5. Trump claimed he had declassified the documents, and he suggested there would not have to be any written record of such an action.“I declassified the documents when they left the White House,” Trump said. “There doesn’t have to be a process as I understand it. You’re the president of the United States, you can declassify … even by thinking about it.”

    Not that he really thinks about anything before he says anything, but if there’s a process for classifying documents- such as identifying, marking, segregating and restricting access to the documents and conducting investigations into people who handle government documents and giving them ratings for the classification level they may view – there must be a process for declassifying them. Otherwise the classification process is a fictitious process. Fucking moron. 

  6. The nut of the 11th Circuit ruling:

    In any event, at least for these purposes, the declassification argument is a red herring because declassifying an official document would not change its content or render it personal.

    To me that is the single most important sentence in the 29 page opinion. It’s the “even if we assume everything T****’s attorneys say is true, and we do not concede there is any evidence to suggest it is, he loses on the merits” statement, the “too bad, so sad, go away and stay away” line.

  7. https://www.cnn.com/2022/09/22/middleeast/iran-protests-mahsa-amini-father-internet-blackout-intl-hnk/index.html

    “The father of an Iranian woman who died in police custody last week has accused authorities of lying about her death, as protests rage nationwide despite the government’s attempt to curb dissent with an internet blackout.”

    “Amjad Amini, whose daughter Mahsa died after being arrested in Tehran by morality police, said doctors had refused to let him see his daughter after her death.”

    “CCTV footage released by Iran’s state media showed Mahsa Amini collapsing at a “re-education” center where she was taken by the morality police to receive “guidance” on her attire.”

    “This week, several Iranian state government websites — including the official sites of the President and of Iran’s Central Bank — were also offline, with the hacker collective Anonymous claiming responsibility.”

    “(Greetings) Citizens of Iran. This is a message from Anonymous to all Iran. We are here and we are with you,” a social media account affiliated with the group tweeted on Tuesday.

    “We support your determination for peace against brutality and massacres. We know that your determination stems not from vengeance, but from your longing for justice. All tyrants will fall before your courage. Long live free Iranian women.”

    Iran is literally a dumpster fire filled with flaming hajibs.

    “Videos from protests nationwide show people destroying posters of the Supreme Leader, and women burning their hijabs and cutting off their hair in a symbolic show of defiance.”

  8. https://www.cnn.com/2022/09/22/europe/russia-protests-partial-mobilization-ukraine-intl-hnk/index.html

    “More than 1,300 people were detained across Russia on Wednesday for participating in nationwide anti-war protests — with some directly conscripted into the military…”

    “The government has said that punishment for refusing the draft is now 15 years in jail.”

    Hmmm, if it were me, I think I’d help the Ukrainians with whatever weapons and intel the idiotic, Russian govt gave me. Sending anti-war protestors to fight for you doesn’t make any sense. Putin is desperate. Someone with access to him could put a stop to this very quickly.

  9. I would enjoy watching the video of SFB receiving each bit of news of these rulings.  We have been regaled with stories of him turning purple in rage at slights, hopefully he understands how serious these real actions are.  Hehe

  10. https://www.cnn.com/2022/09/21/politics/lawmaker-lawsuit-migrant-flights/index.html

    DuhSantis “…pointed to a provision in the state budget that sets aside $12 million for a new program to transport people unlawfully present in the United States. But the budget, signed into law by the Republican governor in June, said the money was for transporting those individuals “from this state.” All of the individuals transported by Florida were picked up in Texas.”

    “If we are able to get this in front of a man or a woman in a black robe, how the hell is the state going to contend any of these people are from Florida?” Pizzo, a former state prosecutor, said.

    DuhSantis, again. “Florida, he said, has individuals on the ground in Texas who “profile” people likely headed to the Sunshine State.”

    “Pizzo said that justification does not allow the governor to ignore Florida law. “You can’t even play by your own rules,” Pizzo said. “This isn’t something that we passed 12 years ago. It was done four months ago at your request.”

    “My reading is that by even the most loose interpretation, the funds could be used only for the portion of the flight from Florida to the Vineyard,” Brandes posted on September 15. “Who paid for the Texas to Florida leg of the flight?”

    “But that wouldn’t explain the other costs incurred in Texas. A class action lawsuit filed in court this week against DeSantis alleges that migrants were recruited by someone working for Florida and lured onto flights with a $10 McDonald’s gift card. On Fox News last week, DeSantis confirmed to host Sean Hannity that migrants were put up in hotels and offered haircuts and other services before the flights.”

    Mis-use of state funds. Hmmm, sounds serious.

  11. My money is on they decamp in the dead of night for sunnier climes carrying every ounce of filthy lucre they’re able to glom onto.

  12. And I love it when they distill their criticism into a footnote.

    5 The district court referred fleetingly to invoking its “inherent supervisory authority, ”though it is unclear whether it utilized this authority with respect to the orders at issue in this appeal. Doc.No.64 at 1,7 n.8. Either way, the court’s exercise of its inherent authority is subject to two limits:(1)it “must be a reasonable response to the problems and needs confronting the court’s fair administration of justice,” and (2) it “cannot be contrary to any express grant of or limitation on the district court’s power contained in a rule or statute.” Dietz v. Bouldin,136S.Ct.1885,1892(2016)(quotation omitted).The district court did not explain why the exercise of its inherent authority concerning the documents with classified markings would fall within these bounds, other than its reliance on its Richey-factor analysis. We have already explained why that analysis was in error.

    Anyone who’s done appellate work knows that Courts use footnotes for a number of purposes – one being to set authority out without gumming up the works with string citations in the body of the opinion – and another – applicable in this instance – to emphasize the basis of its decision and keep it from getting lost in the body of a somewhat lengthy decision. While I recall one Justice remarking in an opinion from our Supreme Court of Appeals regarding a quotation of the Court cited in a brief in a prior case and relied upon by the author of the brief that if they had intended that to be a holding they would not have “buried” it in a footnote, but rather would have put it in the body of the Order, that is exactly what they do so that it isn’t lost in the opinion or simply considered dicta. BTW that remark from the Justice was in a footnote in that Opinion. I love irony.

  13. Hmmm.  I wonder what color orange and purple make? 
     
    BiD… the same color as shit…   brown…

  14. Way back when, the state of Michigan had a special brown that was slapped on everything in the state park system.  It was all the left over paint used to paint things like, signs, buldings, benches, posts, etc.  It was dumped into a holding tank to be used to paint buildings, benches, posts, signs, markings and just about anything that did not get out of the way.

  15. https://www.cnn.com/videos/world/2022/09/22/christiane-amanpour-iranian-president-interview-head-scarf-newday-vpx.cnn

    “The Iranian President canceled an interview with CNN’s Christiane Amanpour after she declined his team’s attempt at requiring her to wear a head scarf.”

    https://www.cnn.com/2022/09/22/politics/indiana-abortion-ban-blocked/index.html

    “A state judge on Thursday blocked an Indiana law banning abortion at all stages of pregnancy with limited exceptions from being enforced, a week after it went into effect.”

  16. Saudi rule isn’t something i support or under which i’d like to live, but the current administration, as well as previous ones, have approved billions upon billions of arms deals to them, so how outraged can one get over golf?
     
    Golfers and morality have never been too closely related, in my estimation.  It’s certainly the pastime of choice for evil skunks

  17. I hope the armadillos didnt establish too great an occupation force while Tony was laid up.  

    I Spotted an armadillo in the yard the other day–i shivered, sensing that they’re moving north in relentless hordes.

  18. There is an 8 mile traffic jam at the  Russian , Georgian border.
     

    Russian President Vladimir Putin is personally giving orders directly to his generals on the battlefield in Ukraine, causing confusion within his military leadership, according to a new report.
    CNN reported Thursday that intelligence intercepts have captured Russian military officers arguing about strategy, tactics, and Putin’s decision-making from Moscow, even voicing their frustration with loved ones back home in Russia. The report cited multiple unnamed sources familiar with US intelligence.

    https://www.businessinsider.com/putin-giving-orders-generals-ukraine-battlefield-dysfunction-grows-us-intelligence-2022-9
     
    Right out of the Hitler playbook. 
     

     

  19. Was Putin ever a military guy?  I know he studied Law (obviously can’t trust him) then became a KGB spook, but that doesn’t do much to teach battlefield strategy. Sounds like the Russian high command needs to give him one of those Captain Peter Peachfuzz fake helms so he thinks he’s steering the “boat”.

  20. Mar-a-Lago: Special Master Asks for Proof That FBI Planted Evidence (businessinsider.com)

    The outside arbiter reviewing records seized from Mar-a-Lago has asked former President Donald Trump’s legal team to definitively say whether they believe the FBI planted evidence when it searched Trump’s Florida home.
    Judge Raymond Dearie was appointed special master earlier this month and is tasked with sifting through the thousands of documents seized from Mar-a-Lago and filtering out those that may be covered by executive or attorney-client privilege.
    On Thursday, he said in a new court filing that Trump’s legal team must submit, by September 30, a declaration or affidavit that includes “a list of any specific items set forth” in the FBI’s inventory of items removed from Mar-a-Lago that Trump “asserts were not seized from the Premises on August 8, 2022.”
    The line appears to reference the former president’s public claim that the FBI planted evidence when executing a search warrant at Mar-a-Lago last month.
    […]
    In Thursday’s court filing, Dearie also referenced the Justice Department’s revelation that an FBI filter team had conducted an initial review of the Mar-a-Lago records and determined that roughly 500 pages could be covered by attorney-client privilege.
    Noting that the government had provided Trump’s team with that initial set of documents, Dearie ordered Trump’s lawyers to decide by September 26 which of those items they want to assert privilege over. And he gave the former president’s team until October 14 to submit all their privilege claims.

  21. 300,000 reservists……………  Ages 18 to 60.
     
    First to go …… Medical personnel, doctors .
    They can’t train them , equip them , or move them fast enough to move the needle much  this Fall and Winter. 
    More over who’s going to lead them ?
    The officers that ran away this month ? 
    Hitler was ordering around armies he no longer had from the bunker. This has the stink of those times. 
     

  22. Lord, at Sibylline, said it would take at least three months to gather, train and deploy Russian reservists.
    “At which time we will be in the depths of a Ukrainian winter,” Lord said. “As such, we’re unlikely to see an influx of reservists have a serious impact on the battlefield until spring 2023 – and even then they are likely to be poorly trained and ill-equipped.”
    Mark Hertling, a former US Army general and CNN analyst, said he had seen firsthand how poor Russian training could be during visits to the country.
    “It was awful…rudimentary first aid, very few simulations to conserve resources, and…most importantly…horrible leadership,” Hertling wrote on Twitter.
    “Placing ‘newbies’ on a front line that has been mauled, has low morale and who don’t want to be (there) portends more (Russian) disaster.
    “Jaw-dropping,” Hertling tweeted.
    Telenko said newly mobilized troops would likely become just the latest casualties in Putin’s war.
    “Russia can draft bodies. It can’t rapidly train, equip and most importantly lead them.
    “Untrained waves of 20 to 50 something men with AK something assault rifles and no radios will fall apart at the first Ukrainian artillery or armored attack,” he said

     
    https://www.cnn.com/2022/09/22/europe/russia-mobilization-logistics-analysis-intl-hnk-ml/index.html

  23. No need to expound on the short fallings of the Soviet Army, which is what the current conscripts are being equipped with.
     
    I finally got to do a first flight with my new drone.  Oh happiness.  Such a joy.  My first drone was a crappy thing and almost impossible to control.  This new one, larger and heavier, popped up and held position even in gusty winds.  Yay.  A new toy to play with.  Can’t do too much until I get the pilot certificate, but until then I can have fun learning how this one goes good. Autel controls are so nice.  Autel Evo Lite+. 

  24. Poot’s waiting on the midterms with bated breath.  
    He’ll be pulling for his guys in america.   

  25. The Wall Street Journal  has an Op ed up –
    “Don’t Believe the Hype About Antarctica’s Melting Glaciers” .  If anyone sees this leak out from their paywall , please let me know .  

  26. Neil DeGrasse Tyson on the view said that if the ice on the poles were to melt the water would rise to the statue of liberty’s armpits. 

  27. centrist Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.)Va) 
     
    He is the only  person  in Congress that get’s this billing. If he’s a centrist , I’m an Aztec warrior back from the dead. 

  28. Good thing it is never to late to celebrate…Happy Birthday Old Man!  Keep on truckin’

  29. SFB will never admit wrong doing.  He just paves over anything that doesn’t fit his side of things.
    I do not think his supporters will riot again.  It’s clear no pardons are coming.
    I can’t wait to see what the siblings concoct to save themselves.

  30. Lso many scenarios are possible:
     Ivanker  and Junior both want to be fat daddy’s successor.  Eric plays kingmaker, throwing one or the other under the bus.  
    Junior and Ivanker team up to throw Eric under the bus.
    The whole, crime family gets on a plane and hightails it outta the US.  

  31. Ms. Cracker –
    God speed us all, as we move to the big can crusher in the sky.  Although  I never believed  that .  The idea of an after  life is far more appealing , than a disarticulated mass of atoms  being turned into plant food.
    But I still  like the plant food path.  There is wisdom in that far  beyond radio preachers telling me to put  my billfold on the radio

  32. KC, the old KGB wore nice uniforms, too, but Vlad was in counter intelligence at first and then did a buncha things, none of which appeared to be military in any real sense of the word. I don’t think that counts for training to be a combat strategist. But hey, what I know about military strategy is thankfully almost nothing.
     
    Judge Dearie appears to be giving the Dumbass legal team a put-up-or-shut-up ultimatum, calling them out on Dumbass’ public claims of FBI planting documents.  Now if I was him I’d be pressing them for an explanation about the contents of the empty classified document file folders. Could be that there’s an innocent and perfectly reasonable explanation, but I’d think that would start to tighten their jock straps a bit.  He’s pressing the government to certify that the document inventory regarding the classification of the documents collected is accurate.  I see that as a problem with an affidavit as a solution.   If I’m Dumbass’s lead lawyers I’m starting to get concerned about the ability of my client to assist in his own defense. Now about those boxes that went onto the plane headed for Bedminster….?

  33. A new American  Civil War   ?
    As I see it these people couldn’t hold-up a 7-11 .
     
    Can they  murder people ?  O yes. 
    MAGA  makes the Russian Army look like a well oiled machine. 

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