The Score: Scott Talks Women, Guns, and Wal-Mart

On this podcast edition of “The Score” radio show….

Ralph Northam brags about his women-majority cabinet and Scott asks why not make it all women! Other liberal women’s groups present their 2018 agenda: free birth control and paid family leave.

Then Norman Leahy and Philip Van Cleave join Scott to discuss the Republican convention and the fallacy of all the new proposed gun laws, respectively. And is Scott embracing Wal-Mart?

 

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  • old_redneck

    Say, Scott, here’s something you can talk about.

    Trump called Haiti a “shithole” and said “all Haitians have AIDS.”

    Turns out, former Haitian dictator Duvalier laundered a bundle of stolen money through Trump’s real estate company . . . and Trump signed the settlement papers.

    President Donald Trump insulted Haiti during an Oval Office meeting with lawmakers, but he once signed off on a shady real estate deal with the nation’s ousted dictator.

    More than a fifth of Trump’s condominiums in the U.S. have been purchased since the 1980s in secretive cash transactions that fit a Treasury Department definition of suspicious transactions, reported Buzzfeed News.

    https://www.buzzfeed.com/thomasfrank/secret-money-how-trump-made-millions-selling-condos-to?utm_term=.amY9erMW7z#.lyGedw8PJz

    Records show more than 1,300 Trump condos were purchased through shell companies, which allow buyers to shield their finances and identities, and without a mortgage, which protects buyers from lender inquiries.

    Those two characteristics raise alarms about possible money laundering, according to statements issued in recent months by the Department of Treasury, which has investigated transactions just like those all over the country.

    The agency may even require real estate professionals to adopt new programs to keep illegally obtained funds from being plowed into luxury housing to conceal the money’s origins.

    Trump companies reportedly sold $35 million in real estate last year alone — mostly to secretive shell companies that open the president up to possible influence peddling.

    According to the Buzzfeed News report, the Haitian government complained in the 1980s that former dictator Jean-Claude Duvalier laundered money stolen from the Caribbean nation’s treasury by purchasing an apartment in Trump Tower.

    Duvalier, nicknamed “Baby Doc,” was overthrown in 1986, but three years earlier used a Panamanian shell company called Lasa Trade and Finance to buy apartment 54-K in Trump’s Manhattan tower for $446,875 cash.

    Trump, the future U.S. president, signed the deed of sale.

    Federal prosecutors charged a Russian native in 1984 with laundering the proceeds from a gasoline bootlegging operation through five Trump Tower condos purchased for $4.9 million.

    David Bogatin pleaded guilty in 1987 and served eight years in federal prison.

    Trump Taj Mahal casino was charged under anti-money laundering regulations 106 times in 1990 and 1991 by failing to identify gamblers who bought or cashed out more than $10,000 in chips.

    Those reports are required to help authorities identify gamblers who may be laundering money, and Trump’s casino paid a $477,000 fine to the Treasury Department in 1998 without admitting wrongdoing.

  • old_redneck

    Donald Trump: World’s biggest snowflake!!!!!

    President Trump’s decision to cancel his visit to London was for “personal reasons” after a series of perceived slights, British officials said last night.

    Mr Trump had been expected to open the new American embassy in the capital but has scrapped the visit after clashing with the mayor of London and Theresa May.

    A Whitehall source told The Times that the decision came after the president was left smarting over rows including a rebuke from the prime minister when he appeared to endorse a far-right group.

  • old_redneck

    How about some straight talk about Trump?? You know, the carnival barker you people elected.

    Now that Trump has been president for almost a year, it’s time the media
    called his behavior for what it is rather than try to normalize it.
    Here are the six most misleading media euphemisms for conduct unbecoming
    a president:

    1. Calling Trump’s tweets “presidential “statements” or “press
    releases.” “The President is the President of the United States, so
    they’re considered official statements by the President of the United
    States,” Trump’s first press secretary, Sean Spicer, said last June when
    asked during his daily briefing how his tweets should be characterized

    Wrong. Trump’s tweets are mostly rants off the top of his head – many of them wild, inconsistent, rude, crude, and bizarre.

    Normal presidential statements are products of careful thought.
    Advisers weigh in. Consequences are considered. Alternatives are
    deliberated. Which is why such statements are considered important
    indicators of public policy, domestically and internationally.

    Trump’s tweet storms are relevant only to judging his mood on a particular day at a particular time.

    2. Referring to Mar-A-Lago as “the Winter White House.” The White
    House says the term is accurate because Trump does official business
    from there, and, besides, Mar-A-Lago’s former owner wanted the Palm
    Beach estate to become a presidential retreat.

    Rubbish. Unlike the White House and Camp David, the traditional
    presidential retreat, both of which are owned by taxpayers, Mar-a-Lago
    is a profit-making business owned by Trump.

    The White House is open for public tours; Mar-a-Lago is open only to members who can pay $200,000 to join.

    Mar-a-Lago, along with the other Trump resort properties that he
    visits regularly, constitute a massive conflict of interest. Every visit
    promotes the Trump resort brand, adding directly to Trump’s wealth.

    Normal presidents don’t make money off the presidency. Trump does.
    His resorts should be called what they are – Trump’s businesses.

    3. Calling his lies “false claims” or “comments that have proved to be inaccurate.” Baloney. They’re lies, plain and simple.

    Early last year the Wall Street Journal’s editor-in-chief insisted
    that the Journal wouldn’t label Trump’s false statements as “lies.”
    Lying, said the editor, requires a deliberate intention to mislead,
    which couldn’t be proven in Trump’s case.

    Last fall, NPR’s then news director, Michael Oreskes defended NPR’s
    refusal to use the term “liar” when describing Trump, explaining that
    the word constitutes “an angry tone” of “editorializing” that “confirms
    opinions.”

    In January, Maggie Haberman, a leading Times’ political reporter,
    claimed that her job was “showing when something untrue is said. Our job
    is not to say ‘lied.’”

    Wrong. Normal presidents may exaggerate; some occasionally lie. But
    Trump has taken lying to an entirely new level. He lies like other
    people breath. Almost nothing that comes out of his mouth can assumed to
    be true.

    For Trump, lying is part of his overall strategy, his MO, and his
    pathology. Not to call them lies, or to deem him a liar, is itself
    misleading.

    4. Referring to Trump’s and his aide’s possible “cooperation” or “coordination” with Russia in the 2016 presidential campaign.

    This won’t due. “Cooperation” and “coordination” sound as if Trump
    and his campaign assistants were merely being polite to the Russians,
    engaged in a kind of innocent parallel play.

    But nothing about what we’ve seen and heard so far suggests
    politeness or innocence. “Collusion” is the proper word, suggesting
    complicity in a conspiracy.

    If true – if Trump or his aides did collude with the Russians to
    throw the election his way – they were engaged in treason, another
    important word that rarely appears in news reports.

    5. Calling Trump’s and Paul Ryan’s next move “welfare reform,” as in
    “Trump has suggested more than once that welfare reform might be the
    next big legislative item on his agenda.”

    Rubbish. They’re not going after “welfare.” Welfare – federal public
    assistance to the poor – was gutted in 1996. Trump and Ryan are aiming
    at Medicaid, Medicare, and Social Security.

    Nor are they seeking to “reform” these programs. They want to cut
    them in order to pay for the huge tax cut they’ve given corporations and
    the wealthy. “We’re going to have to get back next year at entitlement
    reform,” Ryan said recently, “which is how you tackle the debt and the
    deficit.”

    So call it what it is: Planned cuts in Medicaid, Medicare, and Social Security.

    6. Describing Trump’s comments as “racially charged.” “Racially
    charged” sounds like Trump doesn’t intend them to be racist but some
    people hear them that way. Rubbish.

    Trump’s recent harangue against immigrants from “shitholes” in Latin
    America and Africa comes only weeks after The New York Timesreported
    that at another Oval Office meeting Trump said Haitian immigrants “all
    have AIDS” and that Nigerians who visit the US would never “go back to
    their huts.”

    This is the man who built his political career on the racist lie
    that Barack Obama was born in Africa, who launched his presidential
    campaign with racist comments about Mexican immigrants, who saw “fine
    people on both sides” in the Charlottesville march of white
    supremacists, and who attacked African-American football players for
    being “unpatriotic” because they kneeled during the National Anthem to
    protest police discrimination.

    This is the same man who in 1989 took out full page ads in New York
    newspapers demanding the return of the death penalty so it could be
    applied to five black and Latino teenagers accused of raping a white
    woman in Central Park – and who still refuses to admit his error even
    though they were exonerated by DNA evidence.

    Stop using terms like “racially charged” to describe his statements. Face it. Trump is a racist, and his comments are racist.

    Words matter. It’s important to describe Trump accurately. Every American must understand the piece of shit we have as president.

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