Sunday, June 11, 2017

Donald trump...."a lot of wreckage and rancor."

TWEET METhis excellent article from   is a must read for all those people who want to know about the real Donald trump.

The field Negro education series continues:

"Dust swirled and jackhammers pounded outside the Bonwit Teller building in Manhattan as undocumented immigrants tore apart the façade. It was June 5, 1980, and a sense of bitterness hung over the work site that afternoon; paychecks were often weeks late, but since the Poles didn’t have legal status in the United States, there was little they could do about it.

The exterior they were destroying was an architectural masterpiece—bronze, platinum, hammered aluminum, glazed ceramic and tinted glass that shimmered like jewelry. Many New Yorkers had hoped the grandest portion would survive; curators from the Metropolitan Museum of Art had asked the developer to carefully remove the two bas-relief sculpture panels so they could be restored and put on public display. But that afternoon, the laborers, acting on orders from the developer, smashed the 50-year-old art deco panels into a rubble of stone, pebble and dirt.
The desecration horrified Manhattan’s art community, but the developer, a brash 34-year-old named Donald Trump, dismissed the criticism—pretending to be his own spokesman, “John Barron,” as he talked to reporters by phone. Saving the panels would have cost him $32,000 each, he said, and delayed work for a few days on his $100 million project, Trump Tower. Besides, he declared, he knew more than the curators—the panels had no artistic merit and little financial value.

This incident from long before Trump became a household name is an ideal exemplar for his business career, in which he has repeatedly left bitterness and ruin in his wake. His destructive behavior—spurred by recklessness, arrogance and an unslakable thirst for vengeance—has victimized cities, businesses, investors, partners, even members of his family.

Trump is now completing his biggest and most astonishing demolition: tearing down the Republican Party. Since the disclosure of a recording earlier this month in which Trump demeans women and boasts of sexually assaulting them, the GOP presidential nominee has vowed to make his campaign a scorched-earth mission. He now speaks of vast conspiracies against him involving bankers, the media and politicians, while raging against Republicans who have pulled away from his toxic campaign, ripping open chasms between his zealous supporters and the GOP. Win or lose on November 8, Trump, whose campaign did not respond to Newsweek requests for comment about this article, will leave the Republican Party as damaged as those art deco panels were 36 years ago.

To anyone who has watched Trump over the past four decades, none of this is a surprise. His presidential campaign is built on the claim that he’s a brilliant businessman worth $10 billion who turns every challenge into success, but Trump is none of those things. Instead, he was born into an exceedingly wealthy family and tried to build upon his father’s success with ever-riskier ventures, and by any rational measure, he failed again and again.

He’d have done better if he’d never gone into business. In 1982, Trump reported to New Jersey regulators a personal net worth of $321 million, built largely on his father’s connections, as well as loans and guarantees for bank credit. Two years later, a Trump lieutenant testified that his worth had not changed much. In 2004, in reviewing his application for a loan, Deutsche Bank concluded he was worth $788 million. Trump now makes the highly dubious claim that he is worth $10 billion; Forbes estimates that the real number is $3.7 billion. That’s a lot of money, to be sure, but suppose Trump had never done any deals and instead sold all of his assets back in 1982 and invested them in a fund based on the Standard & Poor’s 500 index. With dividends reinvested, he would have increased his wealth to $535 million by 1985. By 2004, his personal wealth would have increased to $5.9 billion. And three years ago, he would have exceeded what he claims to be worth now by more than $1 billion; today, he would be worth more than $13 billion, just under three times the Forbes estimate.

In other words, if the Republican nominee had done nothing but mow his lawn for the past 35 years, he would be a dramatically wealthier man than he is today. The huge bonus in that scenario: Thousands of people would not have been ridiculed, ripped off or otherwise have suffered from encounters with Donald J. Trump.

Demolition Man

Donald Trump loves to put his name on buildings, but there are no hospital wings named for him. No museums have a piece of artwork with a plaque reading “A Gift of Donald J. Trump.” No buildings at the University of Pennsylvania bear his name, even though he constantly cites his graduation from its Wharton School as a sign of his intelligence. (Contrary to Trump’s suggestion, he attended the school for only two years as an undergraduate and did not obtain a degree from Wharton’s far more prestigious graduate business program.)

Trump bears little resemblance to prominent billionaires such as Warren Buffett, Bill Gates, Mark Zuckerberg, Michael Bloomberg or Charles Francis Feeney, who have dedicated huge sums of their wealth to aiding the less fortunate. There is no evidence that Trump has done much of anything to make the world a better place; what he has left behind is some buildings, along with a lot of wreckage and rancor.

Trump regularly cheats at golf, even revising his scorecard after a match to transform defeat into victory, according to two people who have played with him. He persuaded an elderly couple who ran a Florida antique store to let him “try out” two valuable pieces, then refused to return or pay for them, according to someone close to the Trump family. He bought expensive jewelry at Bulgari on Manhattan’s Fifth Avenue, then colluded with the store to have empty boxes supposedly containing his purchase shipped out of state so he could dodge New York sales tax, court records show. After dragging a buddy through years of litigation, Trump told the man he had filed the suit only because he was angry the friend had not given him enough public credit for his success, according to a person who witnessed the conversation.

When business executives came to his office, Trump bragged about his current wife, Melania, and showed them nude photographs from her modeling days, two bankers say. Trump encourages staff at the Trump Organization to tell him the faults of co-workers who are standing there, creating a vicious corporate environment, a former executive says. His niece and nephew sued him, alleging Trump used his influence over his then-demented father to rewrite his will and cut out his brother’s side of the family. Enraged by the suit, Trump reneged on a family commitment to pay the medical bills for his nephew’s sick baby. (They settled under confidential terms.)

There are no names attached to those stories because the sources all know the Republican nominee strikes out viciously over any perceived criticism. They all asked to remain anonymous for fear that Trump would drag them to court or try to damage their careers. They know that is one of Trump’s greatest skills : bullying, threatening and suing anyone who criticizes him and cowing most of them into silence.

He showed his willingness to harm others for his personal benefit early in his career. Using those undocumented Polish workers in 1980 for the razing of the Bonwit Teller building, for example, was deemed part of a civil conspiracy to defraud a union pension fund, a federal judge in New York later ruled.

Another example emerged the following year. Trump purchased an old hotel and adjacent apartment building for redevelopment on Central Park South, one of the toniest streets in Manhattan. A little more than 100 tenants occupied the rent-controlled apartments, but Trump launched a campaign to drive them out, according to court documents filed by city and state officials. He filed a barrage of what the city called “nuisance suits” against the residents. He cut off their heat and hot water. He tried to move homeless people into empty apartments to annoy or even frighten the residents. He decreased security for the building, and over those 18 months, the number of burglaries in the building skyrocketed.

Trump scoffed at complaints from residents and the government, publicly disparaging occupants of the apartments as pampered millionaires—a claim he made with no information to back it up. Instead, the court proceedings showed that many of the residents were elderly or middle class. In 1986, with the legal proceedings dragging on, Trump finally abandoned his plans to tear down the apartment building, and the residents were allowed to remain.

During that five-year battle, Trump also destroyed a football league. He had been unable to purchase an NFL team—it’s unclear exactly why—so he bought one in the fledgling United States Football League. The idea for the USFL was simple: America had a passion for football and the NFL didn’t play in the spring, so that’s when the USFL would stage its games.

The USFL got off the ground in 1983. The timing could hardly have been better. The NFL was still recovering from a players’ strike in the fall of 1982 , and ESPN, a cable sports network, had recently launched, creating a demand for more programming, one that industry analysts expected would grow dramatically. There were 12 teams in the upstart USFL. ABC Sports and the USFL agreed to a two-year broadcast contract worth about $20 million; that was followed by a contract with ESPN. John Bassett, an owner of the Tampa Bay Bandits who gained a reputation as the USFL’s visionary, said he planned to have the league grow slowly. The owners would take losses for a while—as they would from investing in any promising startup—but in seven or eight years, Bassett said, the USFL would be on par with the NFL and have the money to compete for the best players.

  The USFL owners planned to build slowly and spend wisely. Trump ignored that strategy and spent wildly on players such as Herschel Walker, setting off a ruinous spending war.

After the first USFL season, Trump purchased the New Jersey Generals from an Oklahoma oilman. And with that, Bassett’s plan unraveled. Trump proclaimed that spring football was stupid. Bassett cautioned that competing against the NFL in the same season would kill the fledgling league, but Trump dismissed Bassett’s warning. “If God wanted football in the spring,” he said, “he wouldn't have created baseball.”

Rather than holding down costs, Trump began spending wildly for star players, offering so much money that he set off a salary spiral in the NFL and the USFL, one that eventually drove up the price of tickets to cover the massive expense. Trump also decided to add cheerleaders, holding tryouts in the basement of Trump Tower and selecting a number of underage girls for the job.

In 1986, Bassett was dying of brain cancer and struggled to control the brash new owner. Through browbeating, cajoling and intimidation, Trump persuaded the other teams to abandon the spring league concept and play in the fall. He and his supporters sent lawyers into court, arguing that the NFL operated an illegal monopoly. A jury eventually agreed but awarded the USFL just $1 in damages—an amount that, under antitrust rules, had to be trebled to $3.

The USFL appealed and, as part of its legal strategy, did not start playing again that spring. When the Supreme Court let the judgment stand, the USFL collapsed. Hundreds of people—players, announcers, executives, cheerleaders and others—lost their jobs.

  Ugly, Incomprehensible Fights

“I love to have enemies,” Trump once said. “I fight my enemies. I like beating my enemies to the ground.”

He uttered these words in 1989, about the same time he was in a series of pointless battles: with other billionaires, with midlevel executives, with nobodies whose lives he destroyed just because he could.
The ugliest—and most incomprehensible—fight involved a New York billionaire named Leonard Stern, who had turned a pet supply company into a real estate and media empire. The two men had been friendly enough until the spring of 1988, when one of Stern’s magazines, 7 Days, published a fairly innocuous article about Trump Tower, which contained a comment that resale prices on apartments were not as strong as their marketing suggested. This was hardly a surprise, as former Trump Tower residents had already publicly stated they had lost money on their resales.

Although the comment was true, it infuriated Trump, who wrote to Stern, saying, “I just read a highly inaccurate and biased story in 7 Days by an obvious Trump hater—it is a disgrace.” Trump soon followed up with a note to David Schneiderman, president of Stern Publishing, which owned 7 Days, announcing a mass-plaintiff lawsuit brought by virtually everyone living in every Trump property, all of whom (he claimed) were outraged by the little-noticed comment in a little-read publication. While he was not keen on bringing litigation, Trump wrote, he could not hold back the hordes of apartment owners eager to sue and so decided to join them.

Trump dropped the threat when he read a subsequent 7 Days article that included a compliment for his then-wife, Ivana, and the role she had played in redecorating his Plaza Hotel. He never explained why the infuriated (and unnamed) Trump apartment owners no longer cared about the damage supposedly done by the first piece." [More here]

America, this is your president. *shakes head*


Brigade Fifteen said...

There was also that time Trump and his slimy henchman Roger Stone masterminded a smear campaign against an entire Native American tribe because he didn't like their casinos competing with his.

"Leaders of the tribe said the campaign unfairly tarred all Mohawks as crooks. 'This is all racist propaganda promoted by special interest and racist groups hiding behind organizations such as the Institute for Law and Society,' a tribal spokeswoman told the Albany Times-Union in 2000.

'The Mohawks were incensed' said Bradley Waterman, a Washington lawyer who represented the tribe."

Trump was once so involved in trying to block an Indian casino that he secretly approved attack ads

Trump even suggested, during a government hearing that some of his competitors probably weren't really Native American anyway, in his "expert" opinion, because "they don't look like Indians to me."

His sleaziness really is bottomless.

dinthebeast said...
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Brigade Fifteen said...

Der Pumpkinführer has united the globe -- in collective hatred toward him.

The former president of Mexico, Vicente Fox, is back with another message for our sad excuse for of a national leader. And he's got jokes!

dinthebeast said...

His former attorney and mentor, Roy Cohn, a man Molly Ivins once characterized as "Maybe the most despicable man to ever walk the Earth", is the probable source of the bullying bent to his character, and once said of him "That guy pisses ice water."
Cohn was obsessed with "clout" to the point that he denied his HIV infection because "homosexuals have no clout, therefore I can't be a homosexual."

President four-year-old is the predictable result of massive wealth, no responsibility, a toxic upbringing, and never having to work an honest day in his life. There are lots of slimy fuckers like him running around, just with smaller inheritances and more human decency.
Perhaps if he'd had his ass kicked by bikers a couple of dozen times when he was in his twenties and thirties, he might have had some sense knocked into him. He is most likely too old for that to work now, and more's the pity, for him and for the country.

-Doug in Oakland

Shitlord Maximus said...

Kurt Eichenwald has been busted in the past for kiddie porn and, just last week, for looking at "Japanese tentacle porn", whatever the fuck that is.

He also recently had a guy arrested for sending him a flashing gif in a tweet, which he said caused him to have an epileptic fit. No shit.

This sick little faggot Never Trumper is just the kind of guy to produce the agitprop that gets the Field Negro gang all tingly.

LMAO you fucking losers!

Rochelle said...

Barron and Melania Trump just moved into the White House. Welcome to DC First Family!

Lilacpr said...

'an unslakable thirst for vengeance'

Now there's a man after my own heart :D

Brigade Fifteen said...

"Kurt Eichenwald has been busted in the past for kiddie porn"

No he hasn't. He wrote an expose on the child porn underworld. He won an award for it, but was also criticized for his methods in conducting the investigation.

"He also recently had a guy arrested for sending him a flashing gif in a tweet, which he said caused him to have an epileptic fit.

And rightfully so. The dude emailed/texted him the image knowing Eichenwald had epilepsy and knowing this particular image would trigger a seizure (it did). The message was from a dickhead Trumpkin and said "You deserve a seizure."

That's assault.

Shitlord Maximuus said...

"That's assault."

You are as big of a faggot as Eichenwald.

CNN is ISIS said...

When Lynch asked Comey to lie, he did.

When Trump asked Comey to tell the truth, he refused.

Baby Tentacle Porn said...

Brigade Fifteen said...
"Kurt Eichenwald has been busted in the past for kiddie porn"

No he hasn't. He wrote an expose on the child porn underworld. He won an award for it, but was also criticized for his methods in conducting the investigation.

Why does he do his research with his pants around his ankles?

Anonymous said...

I heard from a friend that Trump bought a lemonade from a neighborhood lemonade stand. The lemonade stand was operated by a girl scout troop. Then Trump paid the lemonade tab for his staff, the film crews and the girl scout troop. It's good to be a decent human being. A breath of fresh air, if you will.

dinthebeast said...

Some states are gearing up to save legal access to abortion even if president four-year-old appoints forced-birth justices to the supreme court in his bid to move conservative governance from Atlas Shrugged to The Handmaid's Tale.
Problem is that he *said* that if he got Roe v Wade overturned, the issue would go back to the states, and what he says is not worth the air he said it into.

-Doug in Oakland

Anonymous said...

Temper tantrums, or a string of Arkancides?

Temper tantrums, or a string of Arkancides?

Temper tantrums, or a string of Arkancides?

The American people overwhelmingly preferred temper tantrums. That's what you get for picking a party which cheats its public favorite out of the nomination, and anoints a candidate who is the slimiest and most evil thing to crawl out of a southern swamp since Lyndon Baines Johnson.

She'll be in jail by the 2018 elections, if she lives that long.

dinthebeast said...

Russian trolls? Still? I guess that betray-your-country-for-the-oligarchs dollar is a pretty good dollar.

-Doug in Oakland

mike from iowa said...

Ever notice how all of the trolls Drumpf pays wear kneepads? Passel of them on here today. Get paid in advance or you won't collect, tools.

mike from iowa said...

The American people overwhelmingly preferred temper tantrums.

Rumour has it HRC has a nasty temper, she can control hers. The orange mold the Russians elected can't.

As for the Clinton hit list. liar, let's see the proof. Oh that's right, there is no proof, just lies and more lies that get worse with every re-telling.

Lance Cockstrong said...

Would you expect anything less from little dick Butt Trumpet? Tiny hands, tiny dick, tiny brain.

Puerto Rican food looks, smells and tastes like shit said...

In the unlikely case that tr**p even makes it to the 2020 election, he is guaranteed to lose. Mark my words.

World of Lies said...

China commits horrific persecution of Christians, has no free speech protections, rips off billions in trademark and patent law violations from our companies, yet crickets from media in full anti-Trump mode as they attack Russia at the bidding of globalist interests.

mike from iowa said...

Drumpf is scratching his butt over rancor. I own stock in that company, don't I? Lock, stock and both barrels, Dummoe Drumpf.

mike from iowa said...

Beware of cookie-bearing constituents in wingnut districts in Arizona. File a false report on how they set cars on fire. Wingnuts must have extremely guilty .... nevermind. They don't have a conscience.

anotherbozo said...

Small wonder why Eichenwald has won multiple journalism awards and been nominated for a Pulitzer.

Field, when you're not doing your own investigations, you know how to pick good talent.

As a New Yorker I've read a lot about Trump, but never in this detail. He's the spoiled-rotten kid who never got his comeuppance.

There is still time.

Hentaichenwald said...

anotherbozo said...
Small wonder why Eichenwald has won multiple journalism awards and been nominated for a Pulitzer.

Journos are a pedo-loving bunch, that's for sure. Especially when they produce lies that fit their agenda.

Oy vay!

Winning! said...

First New Coal Mine of Trump Era Opens in Pennsylvania:

President Trump lauded the opening of the nation's first new coal mine in recent memory.

Corsa Coal Company will operate the mine in Somerset County, Pa. - outside of Pittsburgh.

Corsa CEO George Dethlefsen said the mine will be a boon to the struggling local economy.

He praised Trump's easing of regulations and encouragement for fossil fuel exploration.

I Hate Spics, Gooks, Kikes and Faggots said...

Trump campaigned as "anti-Establishment," but he is just another evil arrogant white person. Nothing new here.

#BlackPride #BlackPower #BlackisBeautiful

The Ministry of Truth said...

Coal mining is disgusting. I bet any white person who coal mines will look as black and ugly as Yisheng when they step out of that mine.

Lance Cockstrong said...

Why bring back coal? Coal is dead. The brains of these dumbass white people must be as tiny as their dicks.

mike from iowa said...

Wingnut judge coddles another vicious, right wing, wealthy criminal-
Judge Rick West initially sentenced Gianforte to four days in jail, but then reversed himself and let Gianforte both avoid jail and be allowed to leave without being booked.

“Being a congressman-elect, having to spend any time in jail isn’t something you should do,” Judge West told a courtroom packed with reporters.

Gianforte viciously assaulted a reporter then completely fabricated a scenario even Fake Noize people refused to go along with. Next thing you know he will be grabbing Drumpf's pussy and getting away with it.

Journalist faces 75 years in prison for being in the wrong place at the right time. Wingnuts are in a visible hurry to rewrite protester laws as rioting to stifle 1 st amendment protections for citizens.

In the mean time another rich whitey wingnut checked into a motel, fondled the maid, fondled the replacement maid, was arrested the next day for sexual assault and fined 50 bucks. He is also allowed to go to the Bahamas for his scheduled vacation. Good thing he didn't actually rape a maid, he prolly could have sued and become the new owner of the hotel thanks to wingnut judges.

mike from iowa said...

Rumour has it Drumpf is above the law because he was born rich and never was taught the polite rules of society. You know- affluenza all over again.

Anonymous said...

Kill white men.
Fuck white women.

mike from iowa said...

Whining says-DERP! Hate to prick your bubble while you are in a celebratory mood, but, you should look beyond the loser headlines and get your facts.

This mine was planned for, and opened, based upon decisions made in 2012.

2012 Got it. When King Obama reigned supreme. Drumpf had nothing, nada, zero, zip, zilch to do with this mine-whiner.

Anonymous said...

"China commits horrific persecution of Christians, has no free speech protections, rips off billions in trademark and patent law violations from our companies,"

aren't The Donald's ties made in China? Hmmmm

Anonymous said...

Hey Field, is Van Jones still in the house? He was on my flight the other day, real cool dude.


dinthebeast said...

So the Muslim ban gets shot down yet again. President four-year-old doesn't seem to understand that whole constitution thingie...
But the thing about that is, as Anna Diggs Taylor wrote in her ruling striking down W's warrantless wiretapping program as unconstitutional, the very presidency itself is a creature of the constitution, so any powers therein must necessarily flow from it and nowhere else.
His sheer awesomeness is not something he can base law or policy on.

-Doug in Oakland

mike from iowa said...

Dummy Drumpf's travel ban loses in appeals court.........again, too still yet.

Don't know about you, but I sure get tired of all the winning.


field negro said...

Shitlord (the name fits) @10:45, don't shoot the messenger

field negro said...
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field negro said...

Anon@12:14 please tell me that's satire.🙄

Anonymous said...

"Hey Field, is Van Jones still in the house? He was on my flight the other day, real cool dude."

Is Van Jones black?

mike from iowa said...

Whining should have said- I remember several mines closed and miners fired because Obamacare became the law of the land and mine owners pitched a shit fit.

dinthebeast said...

"Never has there been a president, with few exceptions -- case of FDR, he had a major depression to handle -- who has passed more legislation and who has done more things than what we've done,"

President four-year-old actually said that at a cabinet meeting.
I don't think he knows what legislation is, because he hasn't passed much of it. I'm not sure which "things" he believes he's "done", but I'm guessing he's counting stuff like "got out of bed" and "brushed teeth" and "walked down the hall to the meeting" and "watched Fox & Friends" because he notably hasn't done, say, staffed up the government, uttered a coherent sentence, read anything at all, much less the legislation he's trying to pass, or understood how the government works.

-Doug in Oakland

Dale said...

The Left is increasingly home for the deranged and drifting. Like Doug. And Mike.

Anonymous said...

Fuck the gooks and chinks!

You Know Who said...

The right is increasingly home for the deranged and drifting. Like Jamie Bitch.


Anonymous said...

"Is Van Jones black?"

Last I checked he was.

mike from iowa said...

Dale sez he likes Doug and me. Now I'm worried. Drifting, I'm not. I have lived all my life within 20 miles of my birthplace-CHEROKEE, iOWA.

dinthebeast said...

I have a nice drift in my toolbox, and a couple of mallots to use it with...

-Doug in Oakland

manho valentine said...

Dummy Drumpf's travel ban loses in appeals court.........again, too still yet.
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