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Barry Blitt has caught the glint in her eye I've noticed more than once:

I've used this blog to bring together important informative articles, essays and news reports before, and over the past few days new researched information, essays and evidence from the DNC archives about Trump has helped solidify the case that Trump is worse than an allowed (by law) fraud.  I have three lucid interviews and two columns to share, and conclude on an opinion piece on the hatred beginning to be spewed out at Mrs Clinton.

First the three interviews, each of which brings out all the evidence that Trump is a crook whom teams of lawyers and American law set up to protect corporate self-enrichening pests continue to protect. See Krugman (below) on the principles of the Republican party:

In the first she interviews Cay Johnstone of USA Today there is "incredibly strong evidence that Trump has committed tax fraud.

Donald has done a very good job of trying to keep a number of things out of the public record and shut down investigations, but I found two tax appeals he filed from the year 1984, one with the City of New York and one with the state. And in one of these two cases, Donald filed something called a Schedule C. That’s what a freelancer files. He reported zero income and $626,000 of expenses, with no receipts and no documentation. That’s something that could be construed as tax fraud.

During the hearing, which lasted two days, the CPA and lawyer who had done Trump’s tax returns for years was shown the tax return, and he said, "Well, that’s my signature, but I didn’t prepare that tax return." Now, it was a photocopy. And, of course, you can put a name on a document with a photocopy machine. My first big national investigative reporting award was for just such a device used by a corrupt Michigan politician. And The Trump Organization didn’t respond to any of my questions—the Trump campaign—about this. Donald was hit in one case with a 35 percent penalty. And in the other case, the 25 percent penalty was not applied, only because nobody could find the original tax return, which I think suggests that a photocopy is what was mailed in in the first place.

It also shows, in these two cases, that in the year 1984 Donald paid no federal income taxes. And there’s very good reason to think he doesn’t pay them now, because of a provision in federal law that allows large real estate professionals to live without paying income taxes.

Then she interviewed the two writers of The New York Times who "detail[ed] how Donald Trump bankrupted his Atlantic City casinos, but still earned millions. Reporters Russ Buettner and Charles Bagli write, "[E]ven as his companies did poorly, Mr. Trump did well. He put up little of his own money, shifted personal debts to the casinos and collected millions of dollars in salary, bonuses and other payments. The burden of his failures fell on investors and others who had bet on his business acumen." Their new article is headlined "How Donald Trump Bankrupted His Atlantic City Casinos, But Still Earned Millions."

He bankrupts casinos and garners millions, left contractors unpaid and ruined investors

In the last she interviews Steve Reilly also of USA Today to show that hundreds of former employees and contractors have accused Donald Trump and his businesses of failing to pay them for their work. Victims have included a dishwasher in Florida, a glass company in New Jersey, a carpet company, a plumber, 48 waiters, dozens of bartenders at his resorts and clubs, and even several law firms that once represented him in these labor lawsuits. "Hundreds Allege Donald Trump Doesn’t Pay His Bills."

This is about:

lawsuits involving allegations of nonpayment against Donald Trump’s companies, and specifically more than 60 lawsuits, along with hundreds of other mechanic’s liens, judgments, other filings, which indicate there are allegations Donald Trump hasn’t paid contractors, workers, employees for their services.

Specific examples. The article discusses the Friel cabinetry company, based out of Philadelphia, which did work on the casinos in Atlantic City in the 1980s. They built bases for slot machines, registration desks. And there was a dispute at the end of their work over about $83,000. And the allegation is that Donald Trump didn’t pay the company for the work, which eventually contributed to the bankruptcy of that company, which employed about 80—I’m sorry, 20 workers in the 1980s.

Then two columns making sense of this the larger and immediate political context of the election

The first is by Paul Krugman in the New York Times:

It’s not about the fraudulent scheme that was Trump University. It’s not about his history of failing to pay contractors, leading to hundreds of legal actions. It’s not about how he personally profited while running his casinosinto the ground. It’s not even concerned with persistent questions about whether he is nearly as rich as he claims to be, and whether he’s ever done more than live off capital gains on his inheritance.

Krugman shows that what Trump has done outrageously is done in all sorts of much more circuitous ways by many Republicans and that on principle they are a group of grifters, to them much of it may seem petty but not to the average citizen.

The second is by David Remnick: it's the lead essay in this week's New Yorker Talk of the Town:

Remnick begins with the possibility of a woman president for the first time in US history, but soon moves to the obstacles, among which Donald Trump as the presumptive Republican nominee takes central stage. I call attention especially to these two comments:

The current leadership of the Republican Party and most of its traditional funders show every sign of knowing that a pernicious buffoon has become their standard-bearer

He advises her on the stage to maintain "unassailable poise" in stance. That's hard.  He worries:

If her concentration slips, if she falters in the debates or is upended by some ethical failing, if some event (a terrorist act, for instance) takes place that allows Trump to twist its meaning and rally voters to his banner of America First—if any of that happens, not only could the prospect of a female President remain a fantasy but power will be in the hands of a malevolent fraud. And then what? A disaster beyond the imagining of any screenwriter


My own thoughts:  The one with Reilly, a younger reporter from USA today was telling. The young guy tried to get the information out and he was too afraid to speak up and speak back and soon it seemed that one dishwasher didn't get paid in 2008 .Trump said he expected better from a USA today reporter. They are so scared of him and he will say anything and loudly .

It's to be expected that Trump rallies would begin to call Hillary Clnton the "b" word, so I close this over-linked omnibus blog by simply saying I've read about three essays this morning in mainstream publications over the past couple of weeks (one I link in is Joan Walsh in Nation) about how the majority of women recognize in Trump an abuser of women, rank misogynist (whose ratings have led Fox to force Megyn Kelly or give up her job to kowtow to Trump, and MSNBC to take a swerve to the right).  His brand of misogyny comes out in a particular poisonous way. For example, the twisting of Mrs Clinton's husband's sexual misbehavior into a stream of hatred aimed at her

Related in reality senseless violence wreaked on women:  On the day of the Orlando massacre a man stepped up to a known female singer and just shot her dead; the murder (all these deaths this week -- and those from US drones are included are tragic) death of a genuinely liberal Labor leader: first the man came up and tried to beat her and then he shot her dead. Jo Cox, destroyed by senseless violence. Emily Ashton and Siraj Datoo: A woman who believed in a better world and really fought for it (from BuzzFeed)

Jo Cox

Miss Drake


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Jun. 17th, 2016 02:41 pm (UTC)
Avaaz and Brexit
Avaaz is organizing special events in Britain as a response to Trump's visit onJKune 22, the eve of our referendum on whether or not to stay in. We reckon he stands for everything the Leave party support. We , like President Obama, prefer the arguments for remainng. Our emphasis will be on love and acceptance.
I'll forward you the email.
Carolyn D. Williams
Jun. 17th, 2016 04:02 pm (UTC)
A con artist?
Catherine: I knew Trump was a con artist, but now I know he is a bigot too"

Me: Oh my dear he's a crook. Read the piece or listen to Johnstone from USA today on what those of his tax documents we know about (because of court cases) show.
Jun. 18th, 2016 02:48 pm (UTC)
Trump's numbers going down
Fran: "In a week that seems to have seen only violence, there has been a small ray of light: the media here have been reporting that Trump’s ratings seem to be taking quite a hit as more and more news of these shady dealings becomes public and at least some people are finally beginning to come to their senses and realise what they’ve done in allowing a man of his ilk to come so far. That it’s not a joke on the system, but a sick joke that that threatens to backfire on themselves and the rest of the world, seems to be slowly penetrating.

Significantly, too, though, they are also saying the Democrats should start finally getting their own act together and present a more united front in the face of the massive attack on sane political and moral standards that Trump represents if they really want their own candidate to win. Most of the lumps that Clinton is sporting in that cartoon have come from her own side, not the Republican.

Jun. 18th, 2016 02:49 pm (UTC)
Trump's numbers going down
I don't know how much this is wishful thinking on the Washington Post's part, but there have been a number of stories about leading Republicans trying again to contest the nomination. Paul Ryan's utterly despicable endorsement of Trump is a problem here for them as well as their problem finding a candidate to rally around. There were 16 very bad people on that stage of Republican contenders when they started out: one apparently sane (Jeb Bush), one your usual garden variety shit-conservative (Kasich).

Beyond the fraudulent dealings of Trump which hit the general public (not his inoculated fans who delight in this as after all are not "all" successful businessmen this way -- they have a paranoid view of the world) what is becoming obvious is he'd set up a tyranny insofar as he can. No press that does not adore him and accept his lies. No fair judges. I think that the man is beginning to scare people who value their ordinary independence. Who knows what he'll do.

Sanders is trying to get behind Clinton while not giving up on his progressive program which I am firmly convinced he is utterly sincere about.

Miss Drake
Jun. 18th, 2016 07:04 pm (UTC)
Death of Jo Cox
Fran: "The picture that is emerging of the murderer over here seems to be that of a man consumed by an explosive mixture of neo-fascist sympathies and mental problems, all of which may well have been exacerbated by the climate of hate generated by politicians and media in the run-up to the Brexit referendum, during which Jo Cox had been a passionate pro-European advocate.

Brendan Cox’s message of love not hate coming at such a time of huge personal loss and grief was all the more striking.


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