Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Despicable

This is sick.

The Trump Organization took in healthy profits in recent years for hosting a charity golf event to benefit children’s cancer research, despite claiming the use of the course had been donated Forbes reported Tuesday.

Since 2007, President Trump’s son Eric Trump has held an annual charity golf event at the Trump National Golf Club in Westchester County, N.Y., to raise money for the Eric Trump Foundation on behalf of the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis, Forbes reported. To date, Eric Trump has raised more than $11 million — including $2.9 million last year — for the hospital’s research, most of it through the golf tournaments, according to Forbes.

The costs for the tournaments averaged $50,000 during the first four years, which is about what other charities pay for events at Trump courses. But the expenses quickly began to rise, reaching $322,000 by 2015, Forbes reported, citing IRS filings.

If accurate, these figures are hard to reconcile with Eric Trump’s claims that the charity is able to use the course for free and that many other expenses are donated. “We get to use our assets 100% free of charge,” the president’s son told Forbes.

“In reviewing filings from the Eric Trump Foundation and other charities, it’s clear that the course wasn’t free — that the Trump Organization received payments for its use, part of more than $1.2 million that has no documented recipients past the Trump Organization,” Forbes reported. “Golf charity experts say the listed expenses defy any reasonable cost justification for a one-day golf tournament.”

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According to Forbes, the spike in costs for the tournament started in 2011 when Donald Trump insisted the charity begin paying the Trump Organization for the events.

Ian Gillule, who worked as a membership and marketing director at the Westchester course, told Forbes that Donald Trump was not happy with the expenses the charity wasn’t being billed for.

“Mr. Trump had a cow,” Forbes quoted Gillule as saying. “He flipped. He was like, ‘We’re donating all of this stuff, and there’s no paper trail? No credit?’ And he went nuts. He said, ‘I don’t care if it’s my son or not — everybody gets billed.'”

There are fewer things in this world that I hate more than people who use other people’s pain for their own profit.

Monday, January 25, 2016

Political Correctness

One of the memes of this year-long campaign for president is an attack on “political correctness” in which Donald Trump and folks who emulate him (Ted Cruz, Marco Rubio, and the rest of the Me-Too chorus) rail against people who don’t like it when they use terms like “illegals” to describe undocumented immigrants or other words that offend minorities.  (Yes, it’s always minorities that they get called out for offending, they claim, but call someone a racist and they get their tail all puffed up.)

What I think they’re really upset about is that they’re getting called out for being a dick.  But the good news is that there’s a simple way to prevent that from happening: Don’t be a dick.

If four words of wisdom are too much — or too crude — how about three: Don’t be rude.  Or two: Be nice.  Or one — and it’s the hardest one: Think.

If you didn’t learn that in kindergarten, then it’s time you did.

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Chaffetz Interruptus

No matter where you stand in regards to what Planned Parenthood does or does not do for healthcare, it was just plain rude the way the Republicans treated Cecile Richards, the president of Planned Parenthood, at the House hearing yesterday.

It went something like this:

REP JASON CHAFFETZ (R-UT) : Ms. Richards, tell me how you murder babies.

MS. RICHARDS: Well, I…

MR. CHAFFETZ : I don’t want to hear it!

And on and on.  Every time Ms. Richards opened her mouth, someone from the Republican side was there to interrupt or talk over her, and rudely so.  Don’t believe me?  Here’s a video compilation.

Just one more example of how your Republican party is out to win over the women — and the men who support them.  Not.  Even the anti-choicers were embarrassed by their behavior.

Didn’t anybody teach them any manners?