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“Greed is good” **

Posted on: May 9, 2017

The caption reads: History Repeats Itself – The Robber Barons Of the Middle Ages And The Robber Barons of Today

And there is a bigger copy of the image here

** so said Gordon Gekko in Wall Street


Good Tuesday Widdershins!

So have you ever heard that phrase or one similar that goes something like “I know a friend of a friend of…the police chief, the Mayor…” or someone else that implies the person knows the high muckety-mucks and that relationship can help…you.  That’s a pretty good description of an event that was held at the Ritz Carlton in Beijing this past weekend. The event was sponsored by the Kushner crime uh family.

The shindig was an “investment opportunity” for wealthy Chinese citizens to plunk a cool half million dollars into a Kushner luxury apartment complex in Jersey.  And it has the additional sweetener that by plunking down said $500k you can also apply for what’s known as an investor visa.   That program is called the EB-5 Immigrant Investor Process.  I might refer to it as “grease the skids on getting entrance to the U.S.”.

And of course it was all on the up and up.  Of course.  And we know it was on the up and up because it included Nicole Kushner Meyer, Jared’s sister.  And of course she was introduced just that way, as Jared’s sister.  And these people knew exactly who Jared Kushner is; the son-in-law of the President of the United States.

The tagline on a brochure for the event: “Invest $500,000 and immigrate to the United States.”

Over several hours of slide shows and presentations, representatives from the Kushner family business urged Chinese citizens gathered at a Ritz-Carlton hotel to consider investing hundreds of thousands of dollars in a New Jersey luxury apartment complex that would help them secure what’s known as an investor visa.

The potential investors were advised to invest sooner rather than later in case visa rules change under the Trump administration. “Invest early, and you will invest under the old rules,” one speaker said.  [me – I wonder if they ran that line past Col. Cornpone and Steve Bannon?  Those two might now want any of these yellow people getting into ‘Merica.]

Gawd, do these people, any of them, have any shame or is it all about the almighty dollar, regardless of what it looks like.

The event underscores the extent to which Kushner’s private business interests have the potential to collide with his powerful role as a top official in his father-in-law’s White House, particularly when it comes to China, where Kushner has become a crucial diplomatic channel between Beijing and the new administration.

While Kushner has reported divesting from elements of the family business, including the specific project that his sister pitched in Beijing, the session Saturday demonstrated that the company is perceived as enjoying close ties to the Trump administration. Ethics laws prohibit government officials from profiting personally from their public-sector work.

Divest, my backside.  The family will be holding Jared’s share for after he leaves government, ya know…after the impeachment.

Still, it’s the image of what this implies.

Watchdogs and ethics experts on Saturday criticized the Beijing event as an attempt to cash in on Kushner’s newfound proximity to power.

“It’s incredibly stupid and highly inappropriate,” said Richard Painter, the former chief White House ethics lawyer in President George W. Bush’s administration, who has become a vocal critic of the Trump administration. “They clearly imply that the Kushners are going to make sure you get your visa. . . . They’re [Chinese applicants] not going to take a chance. Of course they’re going to want to invest.”

And this particular type of visa has become very popular with the Chinese, especially as a way to get their money out of China.

Also, it has become a source of getting dubious investment dollars without really following through on what it was designed for.

The program was launched with the goal of securing investment and creating jobs. But instead, in recent years, many real estate developers have used the program as a source of cheap financing by using foreign investors, especially from China, for flashy projects in Manhattan and other city centers.

A Government Accountability Office report in 2015 found the EB-5 program carried a high risk of fraud, was rife with counterfeit documentation and had “no reliable method to verify the source of the funds of petitioners.”

In other words, a way to finance Trump and Kushner investments and real estate.


There’s much more at the link, so check it out when you can.

Lastly, real life issues came up with Prolix so I took today’s post.  I apologize for such an un-Prolix type of post.  It will make us appreciate all the more, the real deal when he has time to post again.  Of course this is an open thread.




69 Responses to "“Greed is good” **"

That Kushners in China story is crazy! How does Jared’s sister not realize how inappropriate this is??? And they assaulted a Chinese employee of Washington Post and forced her to delete videos she made there from her phone! It’s crazy.

The post above says this was for a NJ complex? But I saw some article saying that this is all for that 666 address that is hemorrhaging money. They got a Chinese loan previously for it, then after media scrutiny the loan was cancelled. Now this. Maybe they should have not bought an address with 666 as its number.

Great post Fredster. Yes, this bold real estate deal to get rich and pass out American visas will come back to bite the Rump’s and the Kushners in the ass, bigly. They think they are getting away with all these dirty deals and corruption…but their second mistake is doing it all in the public.

Plus they knew they’d need a distraction from the Yates & Clapper testimonies.

Are you folks following the Comey disaster?? Holy shit. I’m gonna write about it for tomorrow’s post. But holy shit…

Are you folks following the Comey disaster??
What am I missing??

Shadow, I almost want to say wait until my post tomorrow morning! LOL. But – Comey lied (misspoke? said something untrue?) in his Senate testimony last week about Human Abedin forwarding hundreds and thousands of e-mails to Wiener’s computer so they could be printed for HRC. This made front pages of several papers and lead stories on news. Ted Cruz had many questions about it for Comey and for Clapper yesterday. But it was not true. Abedin only forwarded a handful of e-mails, NONE were classified at the time she sent them. This was the entire crux justifying Comey’s Letter in October and his defense of his actions at the hearing last week. It was not true.

Thanks DYB, I did hear that at the hearing and also saw some news about it today…can’t wait for your post tomorrow.


Is FLL Florida? It’s always Florida!


@12: Yep, it’s Florida.

Terrible choice here: Listen to Chuckles Todd or Wolfie.

@13 Son of a bitch! Comey out! I was off by 4 months!

So the AG, who had to recuse himself from all things Russia, for lying to Congress under oath – at his confirmation hearing – about secret meetings with a Ruskie, recommended to the Liar-In-Chief, that the FBI Director, who is investigating the Russian connections and just lied to Congress, be fired. Yep, that makes sense… Will the fact Comey lied about Huma Abedin be forgotten now? Probably.

Wonder what Hillary’s thinking now? 😀

Well, what does it mean for the Russia investigation?

And Luna, do check in! Was that tunnel collapse near you?

GAGal @19: I’m hearing that bursting amused laugh all the way over here!

Re the post, about have they no shame? Of course they do. Didn’t you hear about the PR flack saying “This is not the kind of news we want”?

@21: Contrask, Hanford is pretty far away from Seattle, still…tunnel…underground water? Geez.

@22: LOL Just embarrassed that the news of it got out.

Yes, Luna is a good distance from Hanford. Still, it sounds pretty scary.

Can you guys believe the Comey stories today?!?! Wow. Nixonian. Can wait to hear all of your opinions.

Firing is an abuse of power and everyone on tv is talking about how Nixonesk this is to fire the man that is ahead of the investigation at this point in time.

Looks like it will probably force an independent investigation and that the excuse that Hillary was mistreated by Comey and that was why he was fired by Lock Her Up, Rump.

Preet Bharara…Sally Yates…Phony Comey. We’re in a dictatorship now.

“Secretary Hillary Clinton has no comment at this time.”

(Everyone at CNN just giggled at that, like I bet she has a lot to say about all this…)

I would love to be a fly on the wall in the Clinton house tonight.

annie said: Can wait to hear all of your opinions.

Honestly…none of it surprises me anymore. And with some other things going on IRL, I don’t even know how far or deep this registers. To be honest, I feel like I just want to walk away from all of it.

I hope Hillary is enjoying some very expensive wine and enjoying watching these bastards get what they have coming to them.

On twitter, there’s a lot of talk that Grand Jury subpoenas being issued to associates of Flynn; and, there’s a long thread saying that Wisconsin voter machines were hacked. It has a lot of technical info, which is over my head. In any event, I agree its likely. I think there was a lot of fishy shit that went down last November.

I’m trying to write a post for tomorrow – and I just know by the time it’s posted it’s going to be out of date! LOL.

I can’t keep up!

CNN officially reports multiple grand jury subpoenas have been issued.

Fredster, we’ve been talking longingly about New Zealand and Australia lately.

How long before impeachment now? We should take bets.

As for Hillary, yeah. You cannot beat her. She outlasts you and always has the last laugh!

DYB, it probably will be out of date, but we’ll enjoy it anyway!

@36: Oh I don’t even mean anything like that. No way I could do it.

35 DYB

There is no way you or anyone else could possible cover all that has happened by the time you post, any day of Rump’s term. Part of it is because he tosses out drama on purpose, at anyone’s expense…to change the narrative when he sees he is stepping in quicksand again. One day, he could easily bomb the crap out of some country, just to change the story.

I guess the schedule of this blog to post on certain days is in conflict with the Rump schedule.

We will appreciate and read what ever you end up posting.

I guess the schedule of this blog to post on certain days is in conflict with the Rump schedule.

The schedule of the blog has pretty much been out of kilter for awhile now.. LOL!!

@42 – SIGH 😦

I’m still working, by the way….

@43: We adapt.

I thought those tweets would travel together. – Roger Wilco response to EW – great!

@35 DYB, don’t worry about it! Trump peeps are practicing ‘strategic chaos’, as James Carville says. Yesterday we were all talking about Yates and Clapper. Today, not so much. That’s the way he’s operated since he started running. He says or does something stupid, then while the idiot pundits are still scratching their heads trying to figure the crazy man out, he throws more shit at the wall.

A friend posted this: “Watching Hannity and getting the “rights” perspective. All they can focus on is the Hilary email server and Comey’s failure to lock her up. So Comey is totally incompetent because everyone knows Hilary broke the law. They are hoping the investigation of Hilary will be reopened.”

I agree GAgal

You know El Douche is in deep poop when he has to send Conjob out to speak for him, after saying Trump was wiretapped by a microwave oven.

I’m sure Hillary will come out with a gem when she finally tweets about Comey being fired on her ‘behalf’.

Stump still plans to meet with the Russian prime minister at the WH tomorrow… LOL.

@51 I saw about thirty seconds of Conjob. She immediately deflected as usual. Anderson was hilarious – bobbing his head back and forth from shoulder to shoulder-like. Conjob is a bobble-head.

@52 – It really boggles the mind, doesn’t it?!

All I can think of is the CEO analogy. Drumpf is dumb as a box of tangerine hair, so he’s still not figured out that the Presidency is different from being king of his family-owned business. If an employee is troublesome or insubordinate, you just fire him or her, and they have no recourse. And the next morning, you just go on being told “Yes sir, you are both charming AND handsome!”

If it weren’t such a deadly constitutional crisis, it would be laughable.

It looks like the Democrats are going to do something major tomorrow morning in the Senate. I look forward to the rare occurrence of Chuck and crew being on offense.

Actual footage of Anderson Cooper listening to Kellyanne Conjob.

Sounds like Democrats are having an emergency meeting tomorrow.

NY Times’ take: “Trump lands a punch.”

Fredster, contrask, annie, all, yes fortunately Hanford is on the other side of the Cascade Mtns from me. Just got back from work. I peeked at the news in late afternoon and there was Hanford, and Comey getting the axe.

Hanford — they’ve had a number of problems over the years (at least that we know about). Then there’s the “downwinders” who have suspiciously high incidences of some nasty health conditions which the gov’t finds are probably not related to Hanford. What jumped out at me was that this tunnel collapse was discovered during a “routine inspection.” Uh—so how bloody long had it been collapsed?

What’s embarrassing for whoever wrote that article you linked to, Fredster, is this: “[Gov.] Inslee, a Democrat who previously represented the Hanford region in Congress.” LOL. Inslee was a Rep for the area just north of Seattle, about 3-4 hours drive away from Hanford.

DYB, we all understand that these days Trump is causing bad news at high speed.

Oh, shit. But surely this would backfire?

@58: Luna, I just pulled that link from a article. It’s KOMO tv.

@60, yes, I saw that and thought it was weird since KOMO is in Seattle. Some new kid must have written it and will get chewed out for not fact-checking it.

1 says Trump “Lands a Punch”

More like, “Rump lands in the punch!”

Or, “He doesn’t know it, but trump slits his own throat”.

The republic, or the president. That’s a tough choice?

Thomas Wright, the director of the Project on International Order and Strategy at the Brookings Institution, said: “This ought to scare the living daylights out of Congress. They now have to choose between safeguarding the republic and protecting the president.”

Orange onesies! Chains! Walk! NOW!

(God, I am so tired of waiting. Sooo tired…. Tired………)

@59> Luna…who can even tell anymore! Would it backfire? I don’t know… nothing makes sense.

I’m only catching bits of TV coverage, but I just saw Robby Mook on with Anderson Cooper. They actually shut the fuck up for once and let the man talk. Amazing they finally gave him the respect to actually listen and the looks on their faces told the story. Assholes. Go Robby! As soon as I can find a clip, I’ll post it.

There’s something very wrong with Rosenstein’s bullshit letter. I believe he thought he was going to be promoted. Nope.

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