Saturday, December 15, 2018

New Jersey AG probes Trump golf club after undocumented maids claim racially-charged harassment, threats

New York Daily News        CHRIS   SOMMERFELDT         
 Dec 14th 2018
New Jersey’s top law enforcement agency is looking into claims of widespread harassment and immigration fraud at President Trump’s Garden State golf club after several former and current housekeepers came forward claiming mistreatment, the Daily News has learned.

Anibal Romero, a Newark-based attorney, said Friday the state attorney general’s office recently reached out to him about claims that five of his clients were routinely threatened and called racial slurs while working at the Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster.

The women — all of whom are or were undocumented immigrants — also allege their supervisor at the extravagant estate set them up with fraudulent work permits and threatened to report them to federal authorities if they spoke out.

“These are elements of federal crimes and it’s important that the state attorney general’s office or federal authorities investigate this case,” Romero told The News. “It is unacceptable that employees of the Trump National Golf Club have to endure this type of abuse.”

Romero said he has also established contact with federal authorities at “the highest level” but declined to specify what agencies he’s been in touch with.

Citing policy, a spokeswoman for the New Jersey AG’s office declined to confirm or deny whether an investigation has been opened into the Trump club.

A spokeswoman for the Trump Organization did not immediately return a request for comment.

Victorina Morales, an undocumented immigrant from Guatemala who is still employed at the club, and Sandra Diaz, a Costa Rican national who used to work there, first came forward with their allegations in interviews with The New York Times earlier this month.

Since then, Romero says three more undocumented women who used to work at the club have reached out to him with similar allegations of harassment and immigration fraud.

Two of the women, who are from Mexico and Ecuador respectively, have declined to give their names out of fear of repercussion.

The other woman, Gilberta Dominguez, is from Mexico and said she was also subject to racial slurs, threats and was set up with fraudulent papers while working at the club, according to Romero.

Morales is the only one of Romero’s clients who still works at the club.

“Based on conversations my client has had with people who are undocumented and are still working for the golf club, no one has been fired, they are still reporting to work and are being told that everything is going to be okay,” Romero said. “This is extremely troublesome for us because we are concerned that they might be coerced into not speaking.”

The state AG development comes as the President faces a myriad of legal headaches, including federal and state investigations into his campaign, his inaugural committee and his namesake foundation.

Romero said the President is guilty of flagrant hypocrisy by spouting immigrant-bashing rhetoric from the Oval Office while at the same time employing undocumented workers at his namesake golf club. However, the attorney pointed his fiercest finger at members of Congress.

“The problem continues because the work is needed,” Romero said. “In New York City, we see undocumented immigrants in every restaurant, in every construction site, in every supermarket, and if Congress simply passed a law allowing them to work legally, the problem would be fixed.”
Witchy's opinion  : 
The problem of illegals working in the US, would be solved, if the existing laws against hiring illegals  ,was enforced and the illegals were deported.
The entire trump empire is beginning to crumble!     Is there any member of the trump empire, who is not a racist pig?  What a hypocrite.   He wants to build a wall and deport all the illegals back to Mexico at the same time he has them working for him at some golf club in the northeast.    I'll bet a respectable number of senators, congressmen and house reps have illegals working for them as well.      What a cheap man  Trump   is unless he is spending tax payers money . . millions on his GOLF trips and millions are made at his resorts which is a conflict of interest. All this while the spinless republicans stay at seats and twiddle their thumbs . . what a bunch of punks.
 If the hotel is hiring and abusing illegal aliens, they need to be investigated and the responsible management people should be prosecuted to the full intent of the law.  Doubt the President is remotely aware of such happenings, but whoever is running his Hotel Operations should damn well be held accountable and fired if the allegations are true.  Then, the ambitious Attorney General can start investigating the other thousands of businesses who use illegal alien labor.The hotel is not a person.   Trump has to be held accountable.  Ignorance of the law is no excuse.  Of course he is far from ignorant.  He thinks he is above the law.  He may be right.  Time will tell.
Trump says build the wall .Surprise... they will tunnel under it. Change the law. Any one can claim asylum and they get to stay up to a year to appeal if they are denied. We need serious reform with safety in mind. Stop printing everything in a dozen languages. You want to live here speak English. Our ancestors had to! While true asylum seekers I welcome but we need to limit  the numbers. We can't care for our homeless our aging seniors and our vets who risk their lives for this country. There are true cases where asylum is needed but not in the numbers claimed.
Mueller is after him, New York is on his heels, and now Jersey is on his back.Trump ran on how HILLARY WAS GOING TO BE CAUGHT UP IN INVESTIGATIONS.  Republicans  believed every bit of what he said. now he is involved in so many investigations.  The Trump family has been known for hiring and mistreating illegals for decades. It's just another one of those things they don't believe should apply to them.

Stay tuned   "As The Stomach Turns"                  HeHe

Friday, December 14, 2018

Senate votes to end US support for Saudi war on Yemen

See the wonderful war  Mr Trump is assisting the Saudis to wreak upon the innocent of Yemen.
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Britain and France are also responsible

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American bombs are killing children
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Worst famine in over a century in Yemen
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The US Senate has voted to withdraw US military aid for Saudi Arabia's war on Yemen and to blame the kingdom's crown prince for the murder of journalist, Jamal Khashoggi .
The historic vote is the first time any chamber of US Congress has agreed to pull US forces from a military conflict under the 1973 War Powers Act.
Some of President Donald Trump's fellow Republicans defied him to pass the measure with Democrats by 56-41. But the resolution is seen as largely symbolic and unlikely to become law.

What did the Senate actually do?

The non-binding "war powers resolution" calls upon President Trump to remove all American forces engaging in hostilities in Yemen, except for those combating Islamist extremists.
The Senate then unanimously passed a resolution blaming Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman for Washington Post reporter Jamal Khashoggi's murder in October, and insisting that the kingdom hold accountable those responsible.
The US chose to cease refuelling Saudi war planes last month, and Thursday's resolution - if it were ultimately passed into law - would prohibit that practice from resuming.

Mohammed bin Salman shakes hands with Donald Trump in the White House

What did senators say?

Independent Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders, who co-sponsored the measure with Republican Mike Lee of Utah, hailed the vote.
"Today we tell the despotic government of Saudi Arabia that we will not be part of their military adventures," he said.
He described the outcome as a signal to "the world that the United States of America will not continue to be part of the worst humanitarian disaster on the face of the earth".
Republican Senator Bob Corker told MSNBC: "If he was before a jury, the crown prince, he would be convicted in my opinion in 30 minutes."

Status quo no longer acceptable

The two resolutions send a strong message that for a majority of senators, the status quo with Saudi Arabia is no longer acceptable.
They value the strategic relationship but are deeply uneasy about the leadership of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. They've viewed his foreign interventions with growing concern, especially the human cost of the war in Yemen.
But it was the grisly murder of Jamal Khashoggi that tipped the scales: it dramatically increased support for the resolution to withdraw US military support for the Saudi-led campaign in Yemen, something that failed to pass earlier in the year. Many senators saw the Khashoggi killing as the blatantly egregious act of an ally that felt immune from rebuke.
And they were dismayed when the administration stood staunchly by the prince without censure, even though the CIA concluded he probably ordered the killing. Senators want to see the administration shape the alliance as the senior partner, and enforce red lines.
Senior Republican Senator Bob Corker noted recently that much of the bipartisan activism in the Senate has been fuelled by a perception that there's no balance between values and interests in the administration's policies

Can this legislation become law?

President Trump has vowed to veto the measure, and it is unlikely right now to pass the House of Representatives, which on Wednesday blocked a vote on the matter.
But Senator Sanders said he expects the resolution to succeed once Democrats formally take over control of the House in January following their mid-term elections victory.
The Trump administration had argued the bill would undercut US support for the Saudi-led coalition against Iranian-backed Houthi rebels in Yemen.
White House officials have emphasized US economic ties to the kingdom. Mr Trump's adviser and son-in-law, Jared Kushner, has continued to cultivate ties with the prince, according to the US media.

What's the latest in Yemen?

Earlier on Thursday, the warring sides met in Sweden where they agreed to hold a ceasefire in the port city of Hudaydah, a key entry point for aid and food imports.
After the deal was reached, negotiators for both parties shook hands to applause, though they later expressed scepticism.
United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres said he hoped this would be the starting point to bring nearly four years of civil strife to a close.
Since hostilities began in 2014, thousands of civilians have been killed, and around 14 million people have been pushed to the brink of starvation, according to the UN.
Saudi Arabia buys the bulk of its weapons from the US, Britain and France. Are we not better than this??

Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Pelosi brings up Trump 'manhood,' says meeting with him was like 'tinkle contest' with skunk

 NBC News         ALEX MOE AND DARTUNORRO CLARK             Dec 11th 2018 
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, speaking to Democrats behind closed doors on Tuesday, said President Donald Trump's "manhood" got in the way of their Oval Office meeting in which he threatened to shut down the government if Congress doesn't fund his border wall.

"It's like a manhood thing for him — as if manhood could ever be associated with him — this wall thing," Pelosi said, a Democratic aide who declined to be named told NBC News.

Pelosi, who is expected to become the House Speaker next month, made the comments at a meeting of the Steering and Policy Committee after she and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer spoke with Trump at the White House about the border wall and a possible government shutdown.

"The press is all there! Chuck is really shouting out," Pelosi recounted to her colleagues of the meeting with Trump. "I was trying to be the mom. I can't explain it to you. It was so wild."

She added, "It goes to show you: You get into a tinkle contest with a skunk, you get tinkle all over you."

At the meeting, Trump was adamant about owning a government shut down if he did not get funding for a border wall.

"If we don't get what we want one way or the other ... I will shut down the government," Trump said during the heated and on-camera dispute with Pelosi and Schumer. "I am proud to shut down the government for border security. ... I will take the mantle of shutting it down."
Witchy  sez :   
Nancy castrated the bloated orange pig and that is just a hint of what awaits him when she takes control of the House on January 3, 2019."as if manhood could ever be associated with him"
Launch the blimp baby and keep it up...since Donnie can't obviously.
Great job Nancy!   Trump needs to be reminded that he only has a "little" mushroom head!! Trump is such a joke!!
Trump is in for a different show after January, he’s going to being a huge temper tantrum. Can’t wait to watch him squirm! Republicans: Just a reminder - You hate Pelosi because you fear her.  She just owned your leader in a meeting that was broadcast on TV, and then insulted "Mr. tiny hands" about his manhood.     She had the biggest balls in the room.
Trump is scared and lashing out.  Mueller must be onto something to get him this rattled.
Stay tune "As The Stomach Turns"  HeHe

Sunday, December 09, 2018

A Little Christmas Cheer

Suggestions: I suggest you have a Merry Christmas. happens
Recycled Paper Greetings Santa Forgot Glasses Funny Humorous Christmas Card
Shorting the Christmas tree. The Flying McCoys on #Christmas #Holidays #ChristmasTree #Humor
Funny Cartoons-Santa
Poor Keebler Elf ... The Bent Pinky (Dec/13/2013)

Saturday, December 08, 2018

Band Aid

Band Aid  in 2014 was about  the 'ebola' virus in Africa, decimating  lives

Below, Same Song in 1985 - different issues...Live Aid for world hunger
Band Aid performing at Live Aid in front of 72,000 people in Wembley Stadium, London in 1985. The event was organized by Sir Bob Geldof and Midge Ure to raise funds for the Ethiopian famine disaster. Broadcast across the world via one of the largest satellite link-ups of all time, the concerts were seen by around 40% of the global population.

I wonder what they would sing about this year ... There are so many choices

Another Live Aid effort was undertaken by singers in America about 30 years ago and is still going .....Farm Aid

- Thousands of performances by hundreds of artists who come together to keep family farmers on the land growing good food for all of us.

Friday, December 07, 2018

N.Y. federal prosecutors seek prison for former Trump lawyer Cohen

 THOMSON REUTERS            Dec 7th 2018 
WASHINGTON/NEW YORK (Reuters) - Federal prosecutors on Friday asked a judge to sentence Michael Cohen, U.S. President Donald Trump's former personal lawyer, to a "substantial" prison term for paying an adult film star hush money on Trump's behalf and evading taxes.

Cohen, who has been cooperating with U.S. Special Counsel Robert Mueller's probe into possible collusion between Russia and Trump's 2016 election campaign, pleaded guilty to the charges in August in New York. He also pleaded guilty to lying to Congress in a separate case handled by Mueller.

In a separate filing, Mueller's office said on Friday that it would not take a position on Cohen's sentencing, scheduled for next Wednesday.

It noted that Cohen cooperated with its probe but described his lies to Congress about his efforts to build a Trump skyscraper in Moscow as "deliberate and premeditated."

Mueller said Cohen continued to work on the Moscow project and discuss it with Trump well into the 2016 presidential campaign.

Mueller said Cohen's untruthfullness about the project "was material" to its ongoing investigations "particularly because it occurred at a time of sustained efforts by the Russian government to interfere with the U.S. presidential election."

The federal prosecutors in the New York case described Cohen in their filing as being motivated by "personal greed" and said he "repeatedly used his power and influence for deceptive ends" in pressing the judge to reject Cohen's request he be spared prison.

They said Cohen should receive some credit for his cooperation with Mueller, but noted that he had not entered into a cooperation agreement with their office. They said his sentence should reflect a "modest" reduction from the four to five years they said federal guidelines would suggest.

Cohen is scheduled to be sentenced next Wednesday by U.S. District Judge William Pauley in Manhattan on all of the charges to which he pleaded guilty, including his admission of lying to Congress which was handled by Mueller's office. Cohen's lawyers have asked that he receive no jail time, saying he has cooperated extensively with Mueller and New York prosecutors and has taken responsibility for his actions.

Mueller is also scheduled on Friday to submit details about alleged lies by Trump's former campaign chairman, Paul Manafort, to investigators, in a separate case in a federal court in Washington.

Mueller accused Manafort last month of breaching a plea bargain agreement by lying to his prosecutors.

Manafort, who maintains he has been truthful with Mueller, managed Trump's campaign for three months in 2016.

The Mueller probe has infuriated Trump, who has regularly issued tweets criticizing the special counsel and his team.

The president has denied any collusion between his campaign and Russia, and accuses Mueller's prosecutors of pressuring his former aides to lie about him, his election campaign and his business dealings. Russia has denied meddling in the 2016 U.S. election.

The president has called Cohen a liar and "weak person."

In new tweets on Friday, Trump again questioned prosecutors and accused federal investigators and senior officials of having conflicts of interest, without offering any evidence.

Trump said his lawyer, former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani, would release a response to the report that Mueller is expected to finalize in the coming months.

"We will be doing a major Counter Report to the Mueller Report," Trump tweeted.

Representatives for the U.S. Justice Department and Mueller's office declined to comment on Trump's tweets.

(Reporting by Nathan Layne; additional reporting by Susan Heavey, Lisa Lambert, Richard Cowan Roberta Rampton and Makini Brice; editing by Jeffrey Benkoe, Paul Simao and Jonathan Oatis)

Thursday, December 06, 2018

CNN's New York offices evacuated due to bomb threat

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CNN's New York offices and studios have been evacuated due to a phoned bomb threat, the company said.
Several fire alarm bells rang inside CNN's New York newsroom, signaling an evacuation shortly after 10:30 p.m. Staffers evacuated the building and Don Lemon's "CNN Tonight" was taken off the air. In the meantime, the network has gone to taped programming. 
Numerous police and fire department trucks have blocked all vehicle and pedestrian traffic on West 58th Street between 8th and 9th Avenue due to a police investigation at Columbus Circle, where the Time Warner Center is located, the New York Police Department tweeted.
The network's bureau in the Time Warner Center was evacuated in October after a package with an explosive device, addressed to former CIA Director John Brennan, was discovered, officials said.
This is a developing story - more to come