Monday, October 24, 2016

Grifter candidacy?

Image result for trump grifter images~Grifter~
"A grifter is someone who swindles you through deception or fraud. 

Synonyms include fraudster, con artist, cheater, confidence man, scammer, hustler, swindler, etc.
1) That grifter swindled me out of £250,000! 

2) "The first rule of grifting is, you can't cheat an honest man." 
A lot has been made of Hillary Clinton's duplicitous behavior and the perception of her being a politician first and  a person second. But on a second glance, after we cut through all the partisan bull crap, we learn that this is not necessarily true.  In fact, if we are really willing to take a look at her opponent -the Emperor without his clothes on- we would find that this scrutiny about  honesty should be directed at the other candidate in the presidential race.
Consider this:
"PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) -- Donald Trump said he received a $17 million insurance payment in 2005 for hurricane damage to Mar-a-Lago, his private club in Palm Beach, but The Associated Press found little evidence of such large-scale damage.
Two years after a series of storms, the real estate tycoon said he didn't know how much had been spent on repairs but acknowledged he pocketed some of the money. Trump transferred funds into his personal accounts, saying that under the terms of his policy, "you didn't have to reinvest it."
In a deposition in an unrelated civil lawsuit, Trump said he got the cash from a "very good insurance policy" and cited ongoing work to the historic home.
"Landscaping, roofing, walls, painting, leaks, artwork in the — you know, the great tapestries, tiles, Spanish tiles, the beach, the erosion," he said of the storm damage. "It's still not what it was."
Trump's description of extensive damage does not match those of Mar-a-Lago members and even Trump loyalists. In an interview about the estate's history, Trump's longtime former butler, Anthony Senecal, recalled no catastrophic damage. He said Hurricane Wilma, the last of a string of storms that barreled through in 2004 and 2005, flattened trees behind Mar-a-Lago, but the house itself only lost some roof tiles.
"That house has never been seriously damaged," said Senecal, discussing Mar-a-Lago's luck with hurricanes. "I was there for all of them."
Just over two weeks after Wilma, Trump hosted 370 guests at Mar-a-Lago for the wedding of his son Donald Jr.
While part of that celebration did have to be moved away from the front lawn due to hurricane damage, wedding photographs by Getty Images showed the house, pools, cabanas and landscaping in good repair.
Valuations for Mar-a-Lago are subjective, but Forbes estimated the 110,000-square-foot property's value at $150 million in its most recent appraisal of Trump's net worth. The estate's historic nature would add to any repair costs, but Tim Frank, Palm Beach's planning administrator at the time of the hurricanes, said $17 million in work would have required "dozens, maybe scores of workers." In 2004, Trump built a 20,000-square-foot ballroom from scratch for less than $6 million, according to building permits.
Palm Beach building department records show no permits for construction on that scale after the storms. Permits reflected smaller projects, including installation of new grease traps in the kitchen and tree trimming along the road. The only permits that appeared hurricane-related were for $3,000 in repairs to storm-damaged outdoor lighting and the vacuuming of sand from the property's beachfront pool. Likewise, records of the city's Landmarks and Preservation Commission reflected no repair work conducted following the 2004 and 2005 hurricane seasons.
The $17 million Mar-a-Lago insurance payment surfaced during a 2007 deposition in Trump's unsuccessful libel lawsuit against journalist Tim O'Brien, whom Trump accused of underestimating his wealth. As part of the case, O'Brien's attorneys were permitted to review Trump's financial records, including some from the Mar-a-Lago Club. They asked Trump to quantify the damage and explain why he had pocketed money instead of spending it on repairs.
Trump said repairs were ongoing, but acknowledged he could not remember which hurricane had damaged Mar-a-Lago or when it hit.
"We continue to spend the money because we continue to suffer the ravages of that hurricane," Trump said. "We're continuously spending money. It really beat up Mar-a-Lago very badly."
The insurance adjustor who assessed the insurance claim, Hank Stein of VeriClaim Inc., said there had been damage to Trump's golf course in West Palm Beach and damage to Mar-a-Lago's roof and landscaping, but he could not remember details. Trump declined to provide the AP with records about the insurance claim or answer specific questions about damage at Mar-a-Lago.
Stein, who has since left VeriClaim for another firm, said he remembered water damage from rain after windows to an observation deck atop the mansion blew open. "I wish I could give you some more information on the breakdown," he said.
Under local rules, major repairs would have required Trump to request a permit and pay permit fees. If such work were performed without permits, that could have avoided as much as $450,000 in fees but would have likely been illegal.
The city's former planning administrator said getting away with such extensive, unpermitted work would have been unlikely. Frank cited both his own agency's vigilance and wealthy Palm Beach residents' habit of calling out each other's code violations. Once, Trump's neighbors hired lawyers to report suspicions that he improperly let guests sleep in poolside cabanas during a wedding.
"If there were $17 million dollars of damage, we sure as hell would have known about that," said Frank. "I would have known if there was anything in the magnitude of $100,000."
The Republican mayor of Palm Beach at the time — and Mar-a-Lago member — Jack McDonald, agreed: "I am unable to comprehend $17 million in reimbursable damage."
Jane Day, the city's former historical preservation consultant, who helped oversee Mar-a-Lago's conversion to a private club and who has visited in the years since as a guest, also was mystified. "This is the first I'm hearing of it."
Frank said the commission would have granted immediate approval to simple repairs, but Trump or his contractors would still have needed to file for permits.
"If they changed the door knobs I was supposed to review it," Frank said.
Much of Trump's property insurance business has long been handled by Pamela Newman, a leading insurance broker for Aon Risk Services Inc. Neither Newman nor AON would discuss the case with AP.
Two former Aon employees familiar with the company's work for Trump said Trump's company was routinely late on insurance premium payments and regularly threatened to take its business elsewhere. They spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss confidential business matters and because they feared retribution since they continue to work in the insurance industry. Representing Trump allowed Newman to bring up her work on behalf of Trump in sales pitches to wealthy clients, sometimes offering him as a reference, the employees said.
Newman's ties to Trump have endured. He and she both sit on the board of New York's Police Athletic League. She has attended galas at Mar-a-Lago and donated the legal maximum of $2,700 to his presidential exploratory committee before he announced his run. She followed up last July with $25,000 in donations to the Make America Great Again PAC, according to Federal Election Commission records.
According to the Trump deposition, Newman led the effort to obtain a payout on the Mar-a-Lago insurance policy. Trump did not identify which insurer actually footed the bill and the AP was unable to identify who paid the claim.
Documenting an insurance claim as large as the one that Trump made on Mar-a-Lago typically involves extensive verification of the damage. Stein said the process went smoothly and that he worked closely with both Newman and a senior Trump executive, Matt Calamari.
"It would have been myself along with an adjustment team," he said. "It was a thorough investigation."
In the depositions, Trump said he knew little about that process that produced his $17 million payday, but praised the policy and said Newman took care of it.
"We had a very good insurance policy, actually," he said." [Source]
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PilotX said...

The Donald better be careful with his poll watching schemes because there is still a standing court order that forbids the Republicans from doing such because of a history of discriminatory actions. It is set to expire next year unless they are found in violation in such case it immediately gets extended another 8 years. Maybe this is part of their minority outreach?

Yisheng = nigger said...

Trump could care less about anyone who isn't a rich white man like he is. Seriously, he wouldn't mind if most of his supporters (most of whom are working class, something he knows nothing about) drowned in the Gulf of Mexico. That says a lot about him and his idiotic supporters.

Yisheng said...

@9:41, who da' hell you calling an idiot, you no life stalking bitch?!?!

You talk shit DAILY about Trump but at least his uses his own fucking name! You'll NEVER be as decent as Trump because you have no life without me!

So with the 2 brain cells you have left from your mother's gestational crack addition, I realize that thinking of a username that doesn't communicate your insatiable obsession and jealousy of me, is damn near impossible.

So here's a link to an online thesaurus, Ask your pimp to copy it for you and try not to use it to wipe your big jealous ass.



The Ministry of Truth said...

Yet more of the antics of Crooked Donald. Whatever he accuses others of doing, you can rest assured that HE is doing.

Really, that Mar-a-Lago club epitomizes so much that is wrong with him.

Trump bought the estate from the federal government to use as a sort of party house, a Playboy Mansion for himself and his cronies and various pieces of ass he might feel like shagging. But, as so often, he couldn't actually afford it. Trump was going through one of his many bankruptcies and couldn't make the payments on the giant mortgage. Because Trump is not such a great businessman, despite his self-proclamations.

So he decided the way he'd get out from under the mortgage would be to subdivide the estate into separate condos and sell them off. But the municipality of Palm Beach said no to that, and would not change the zoning. Trump sued them, but lost (the first of many lawsuits against the town, including an incredibly petty $25 million suit over a fucking flagpole).

Next, Trump wanted to turn the joint into a for-profit country club. As the town continued to stonewall him over zoning issues, he decided to shame them into acquiescence by announcing that his club would admit blacks and Jews and this was the real reason Palm Beach was giving them trouble: because they were big ol' racists. The Anti-Defamation League objected at the time to Trump using fake concern about bigotry to line his own pockets, but naturally, Trump couldn't have cared less.

Of course, on the campaign trail in 2016, Trump now points to this "valiant" country-club desegregation (lol) to shamelessly pretend he's some kind of civil rights defender when others point out he is, in fact, a massive hatemonger.

Trump's War With Palm Beach

Donald Trump: I’m So Not Racist, I Let Blacks and Muslims Into My Golf Club

The deeper you dig into Trump, the more you want to vomit.

The Ministry of Truth said...

One more thing. I also have a tiny penis.

Ed Collins said...

Yisheng thinks Trump is decent. Wow.

Puerto Rican food sucks ass said...

I can confidently say that Hillary will be our next President. Frankly, I don't think Trump is even worth talking about anymore. His supporters, though, are another story. We still have to watch out for them.

dinthebeast said...

Trump is just another in a series of Republicans grifting off of presidential campaigns, much like his cheerleader Newton Leroy Gingrich, with whom he shares many characteristics. Not just serial infidelity and shameless hucksterism, but remember it was the Newter who destroyed what was left of the comity between the parties back in the '90s, before being run out of the speakership and congress in disgrace.
His campaign for president in 2012 was a transparent grift, with him and Callista hawking books, DVDs, and "civic awards" (dinners with them with press availabilities and a certificate for which the recipient paid $5,000.00) and some poor staffer dressed up as Ellis the Elephant from Callista's children's books.
So, again, Trump is trying to take what he has seen Republicans do to the next level by destroying what is left of the comity not among the parties, as that's long dead, but among the citizenry themselves.
That, like his presidential ambitions, won't happen. He may be richer than Newt, but possesses none of the political shrewdness and to-the-bone meanness of the Newter. He's just a weak, pampered little creep who inherited a lot of money and blew most of it. (If he had parked that 200 million in index funds when he got it and left it there, he would be worth more than even the amount he lies that he is worth now, but isn't.)
A grifter is exactly what Donald Trump is, and not a very good one at that, as he keeps getting caught in his grifts either from running his narcissistic mouth or raising his public profile out of the safe-for-grifting zone. Even grifting has rules, and he is congenitally unable to follow them.

-Doug in Oakland

F*ck the stalkers said...

@11:47, I think you meant to say that your d*ck is thinner than my dental floss. And smells like your brother's ass.

PilotX said...

Hey Doug, what all do you have? I rely mainly on my Tele and an Epiphone Les Paul with active pickups. Since I'm getting more and more into jazz I have to finally breakdown and get a semi-hollow. I'm leaning towards the Gretch Electromatic. You ever gig with Gretch? What are your thoughts, and I'm not going over $800 so you know I'm looking for a good used one. Ha!

DQAE is a dumbass said...

Yisheng, everyone knows you never floss. Your teeth are nasty.

DQAE is a dumbass said...

And the dick comment was at 11:27, not 11:47...dumbass.

Anonymous said...

I thought Lance Cockstrong was one of the "good ones." Why is he insulting Yisheng?

PilotX said...

This is actually the model.

Stalkers eat green boogers but Yisheng eats shit said...

Remind me to never enter any building that Trump owns.

Oregon Pride said...

If Hillary ends up winning the election and continues turning this country into a shit show, you blacks will have a lot to answer for.

Anonymous said...

I live in a predominantly black neighborhood and I'm bored as shit with white people.

dinthebeast said...

Right now what I have is a cheap-ass black Les Paul, a weird Yamaha AEX-500N electric nylon string thinline hollowbody, a student size Jay Turser hollowbody that looks like a slightly smaller ES-175, and a couple of acoustics: an EKO 12 string with a pickup that I got from Ted Falconi (from Flipper) and a Yamaha FG-160 that I bought new in 1976 for $150.00.
I like my Les Paul a lot, as I pretty much always wanted one, but I bought it used to replace two stolen guitars: a Yamaha SA2100 that itself was a replacement for a stolen SA2000 (my favorite guitar ever) and a '67 SG that I really loved and did extensive work on after I got it.
As for Gretsch guitars, I've never owned one, but my friend "Koa", who is an instrument builder, built one from scratch and had me build the wiring harness and install it for him. It's gorgeous, and the only one like it in existence.
Right now I have the Turser loaned to my friend Sara, who is a symphony-level violinist who needed it to exercise her wrist to recover from some nerve damage, and I mostly play the Les Paul through a Zoom 505 and some headphones.
Good luck finding one for your budget. It can be done if you are alert, lucky, and persistent. I got my Les Paul for $400.00, traded a car for the SG, and was given the Turser by a friend who knew my guitars had been stolen. I got a bank loan for the SA2000 and ended up paying $1,100.00 for it in 1980, and paid $900.00 cash for the SA2100. Don't even get me started on my amp rig...

-Doug in Oakland

Dave Zirin said...

I used to like black people, now they bore the shit out of me.

anotherbozo said...

A matching article on the Grifter's funneling campaign donations to his book sales:

If any candidate should be "locked up," it's sure as hell not Hillary.

ctrl+halt+del said...

Grifter, mob ties, insurance fraud, adulterer, communist lover. The epitome of white privilege. Trump wanted to be a "Playboy" turns out he's more of a "Hustler." Neuropeons have no shame.

PilotX said...

"Don't even get me started on my amp rig..."

Yes, let's go there. Love the Les Paul but they're so damned heavy. Ha! Gotta do a lot of shoulder exercises to lug that sucker around.

PilotX said...

If Rick Scott had had his way 100,000 fewer voters would have been eligible for the coming elections. Hopefully he will be sent packing by these 100,000 voters the next time he runs.

PilotX said...

Uncle Pat is back. Isn't it past time for this fool to die?

OptimusPrimeX said...

My conservative poor white neighbors are good people, that have been sold snake oil by Trump. My 'fight the power' poor minority relatives are patriotic Americans who have been trapped in a marketing fairytale about ALL whites have far better lives.

The truth is: America is in a global competition and we are on the same team. We need a global, futurist, forward thinking, INTERDEPENDENCE promoter to lead the American people.

We are not hiring wall-builders, we need Tesla builders, computer science disciples, microbiology students, robot makers, energy and space explorers or America will be overrun, including the 'rich'; by an emerging class of global tech innovation zealots.

We need each other. Race/Party/Class separation is American Cancer

To a conservative, "selfishness" is more or less defined as an unwillingness to take responsibility for oneself, creating a burden that must be borne by others. I am even sympathetic to this viewpoint. However, people who think that way self-righteously judge others without understanding the sort of stuff that the author of this article is getting at.

The truth is that - all too often - the conservative perspective is self-absorbed (e.g. my stuff, my money, my rights). We Americans are hyper-focused on independence when inter-dependence should be the goal. No one succeeds in life without social and monetary capital, so as a nation and a society, we have an obligation to make sure that everyone starts out equally. That's the "equality of opportunity" in which conservatives profess belief, and we have a long way to go before we get there.

Continuously blaming the economic losers (i.e. victims) for their own lot in life is not solving the problem. It only makes you feel justified and comfortable with the inequality you can see around you. Now, I'll admit some individuals ARE chronically irresponsible, and they are the devisers of their own misery. However, there is a systemic problem that is restricting opportunity and the equitable distribution of resources. That's the kind of problem that needs to be solved.

Even if it can't be solved for years down the road, we owe it to future generations to leave them a world fit to live in

Anonymous said...

yisheng is suing KFC. She can't get enough fried chicken. Sad.

Yisheng said...

@12:42, Lance is really a librarian with NO kids or life partner.

THAT is why.

It's Yīshēng, Stalking B*cthes said...

Anonymous Stalkers eat green boogers but Yisheng eats shit said...
Remind me to never enter any building that Trump owns.

Thanks for confirming that you're a young, STUPID, white/gook racist.

And see a shrink for that booger eating habit, admitting it is the first hurdle!

It's Yīshēng, Stalking B*cthes said...

Anonymous Anonymous said...
yisheng is suing KFC. She can't get enough fried chicken. Sad.

Do people laugh at jokes like this where you're from?

Seriously, get another line, because the fried chicken "jokes" are tired and strenuously NOT at all humerus.

It's Yīshēng, Stalking B*cthes said...

Seriously, get another line, because the fried chicken "jokes" are tired and strenuously NOT at all HUMERUS.

Ha ha, my anatomy vocabulary showing it face, ROTFL!!!

Yisheng = nigger said...

Trump supporters are so far gone there is no coming back for them. They will never be able to live down their racist, white supremacist views. I don't feel one bit sorry for them.

Yisheng = nigger said...

One more thing. Even if Trump did win the election, he wouldn't follow through on most of what he campaigned for. His supporters would remain pissed off and try to overthrow the government anyway. What a sad, sorry bunch they are.

Anonymous Stalker = stupid miserable pathetic dumb lonely said...

@11:55, 11:59,

DQAE is a dumbass said...

Yisheng, I feel sorry for your husband.

PilotX said...

"We need each other. Race/Party/Class separation is American Cancer"

Has always been that way but the overwhelming success of dehumanizing blah peoples has had such an effect that it will take generations to undo the damage. Just look at the comments here.

Anonymous said...

Meanwhile, you ignore the fact that your city is a violent shithole.

dinthebeast said...

I agree. I have been preaching for years among my friends of color that we as poor people have much more in common than we do with more affluent members of our own ethnicities.
And we do things that those more affluent folks need done, so yes, we are inter-dependent. I think the right wingers may have an automatic rejection reflex to anything with "dependent" in it, but they would miss the hell out of us if we weren't around.

-Doug in Oakland

Anonymous said...

"Seriously, get another line, because the fried chicken "jokes" are tired and strenuously NOT at all humerus."

Good grief, I'm not axing you to strain. And the only bones I'm talking about are the leftover chicken bones you leave in your wake.

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It's Yīshēng, Stalking B*cthes said...

Powell is backing Clinton in this year's election!!!!!


Anonymous said...

People like Yisheng support Hillary. Another reason to vote Trump.

Lance Cockstrong said...

Wrong on all counts Yīshēng honey. What is your problem with librarians anyway? Insulted you? I have not even addressed you or anyone for that matter on this thread.

Lance Cockstrong said...

Pilot X - What? You didn't know that the whole fucking world revolves around Pat Buchanan?

It's Yīshēng, Stalking B*cthes said...

@5:43, Librarians are great!

It's COWARDLY Librarians that I have no use for.

Lance Cockstrong said...

Cowardly librarians? Whatever Dorothy. No idea what the fuck you are babbling about.

Anonymous said...

As a resident of Philly, what do you think about the violent attacks on white, Temple University students by dozens, if not hundreds, by black "teenagers" twice during this month, Field?

How would you sentence this kids for their violent, racist attacks on innocent people?

Would you rather whites leave downtown Philly?

Anonymous said...

The Cowardly Librarian and the Chicken Bone of Destiny. A tragic comedy written by yisheng.

It's Yīshēng, Stalking B*cthes said...

@6:25, so does your post mean that you wish I hadn't finally caught onto the fact that with one username you were pretending to be my "friend", while simultaneously throwing shit bricks my direction with another username?

That act alone made you what call a VERY sick fuck, a person who likely has very few if any friends in real life, and obviously no lover/partner/spouse.

But it turns out you're in very good company being a VERY sick fuck on this blog along with the racists.

It's Yīshēng, Stalking B*cthes said...

@9:18, bitchslap yourself with a Leslie Jones DVD, your bland ass ain't funny.

Lance Cockstrong said...

Yisheng. So you think this is me. And this. Neither one of these is me ok honey? There are very few people here that I attack and there is no doubt who those are, and you are not one of them. You can believe that or not.