Water Cooler 4/1/16 Trump U Loses; Marines Scavaging Plane Parts; Man Gives Away $62 Billion (sort of)

Trump University has already lost one case.

Tarla Makaeff, who paid a total of about $60,000 to Trump University in one year, has sued Trump U and has already cost Trump nearly $800,000.

Makaeff attended a three-day “Fast Track to Foreclosure” workshop for $1,495 in 2008 and later enrolled in the “Trump Gold Elite” program for $34,995, spending a total of about $60,000 on seminars in a year, her attorneys say. In April 2010, she sued in San Diego federal court.

Makaeff didn’t imagine she would be subjected to criticism under the glare of a presidential campaign, her attorneys said. She was deposed four times for a total of nearly 16 hours and suffered anxiety about money after Trump sued her for defamation, seeking $1 million.

Makaeff eventually prevailed on the defamation claim, and a judge ordered Trump last year to pay $798,779 in her legal fees.

Trump’s tactic of counter-suing apparently did not pay off this time. Unfortunately for Makaeff, her health has deteriorated over the course of litigating with the Orange one, and she had to ask out of the trial. However, three other plaintiffs in her suit and the suits of two others will still move forward without her.

The suits are now heading toward trial, “possibly in August … and Trump appears on a list of defense witnesses who may testify”. Maybe he’s planning to have plenty of time in August with nothing better to do than sit in a San Diego courtroom.

Source: San Diego Union-Tribune


Marine aviation squadrons are salvaging aircraft parts from museums

House Armed Services Committee Chairman Mac Thornberry (R – TX) has been hearing from Marines at US military bases who have had to scavenge for parts to keep planes running.

“I have heard firsthand from service members who have looked me in the eye and told of trying to cannibalize parts from a museum aircraft … getting aircraft that were sent to the boneyard in Arizona back and ready to fly missions, pilots flying well below the minimum number of hours required for minimal proficiency,” Thornberry said.

Lawmakers are livid about the fiscal shortfalls, even if their budget infighting in Congress is partly to blame.

At issue are military readiness accounts stretched thin by more than a decade of war and four years of defense penny pinching. Earlier this month, chiefs from each of the four services told lawmakers that those two stressors have led to belt-tightening headaches for units across the military, in some cases deferring long-term needs in favor of short-term solutions.

The Marines have had to complain to lawmakers recently about being under-resourced, and are concerned that at any given time right now only 60% of their aircraft are flyable.

Source: Military Times


America – the new favorite vacation destination of foreign spies?

Former Congressman Mike Rogers (R – Mich) told a Heritage Foundation gathering on Wednesday that foreign spies are in America in unprecedented numbers, and they are stealing everything in sight:

“There are more spies in the United States today from foreign nation states that at any time in our history — including the Cold War,” former Rep. Mike Rogers (R-Mich.) said in an address at the Heritage Foundation.

“And they’re stealing everything. If it’s not bolted down, it’s gone,” Rogers added. “And if it’s bolted down, give them about an hour — they’ll figure out how to get that, too.”
When asked for the source of his claim, Rogers appeared to credit American intelligence agencies.

“That’s what the intelligence business is designed to do, is determine that we have individuals here who are engaged in espionage activities,” he said.

“It’s massive, it’s huge. And the numbers are overwhelming.”

Rogers stated that Russia sends more professionally trained spies, and China uses folks who are “not necessarily trained intelligence agents and officers.”

Source: The Hill


Meet the third Apple Co-Founder who happily missed out on up to $62 Billion

Steve Jobs, Steve Wozniak and … Ron Wayne?

The signatures of all three men appear on Apple’s April 1, 1976, incorporation documents. They also appear on a document signed 12 days later, dissolving Wayne of his 10% stake.

Wayne, Apple’s lesser-known third co-founder, signed away his share of Apple for $800. Today, 10% of Apple is worth roughly $62 billion.

Stock dilution means Wayne’s original 10% wouldn’t be worth anywhere near $62 billion today, but it makes for an amazing thought – the man who walked away from $62 billion. Wayne says he’s happier though, because he ended up having a rewarding career making video games – which was his real joy. Plus, he didn’t want to end up with Steve Jobs’ “footprints on [his] head”:

“If I stayed at Apple I would have probably ended up the richest man in the cemetery.”

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I don’t know. I’d probably still take the money.


Price tag to replace America’s electric grid with wind and solar? About $4.5 trillion. With lots of down-time.

For a dose of reality, consider master energy number-cruncher Vaclav Smil’s estimate of a cost approaching $2.5 trillion to build enough new wind and solar facilities in the United States to replace the 1,100 gigawatt (GW) generating capacity of our fossil-fueled electric system. And couple that colossal sum with another $2 trillion in capital assets now imbedded in fossil-fueled generating hardware and related infrastructure. With a national debt of $19 trillion that is increasing $2 trillion a year, an anemic economy and a shrinking middle class, how can taxpayers afford to subsidize such wasteful projects?

Without subsidies, renewable systems could find useful niches, but if they are deployed as a means of replacing fossil fuels, they simply won’t work. Just ask the almost 1 million households in Germany that no longer can afford electricity at rates three times higher than the average U.S. rate.

The Hill


North Korea and the nuke

Slideshow of the North Korea’s Nuclear Ambitions

If you ever wanted to see a picture of a million people standing at attention in perfect formation, Reuters has you covered.


Indian Steel-maker Tata has a deal too good to be true

For sale: Enormous pension fund with a loss-making steel company attached

The perfect gift for that hard-to-shop-for friend.


Trump Vodka – The Perfect Example of His Disastrous Business Practices

The Federalist’s main article this morning sums up his lifetime of business failures in one alcoholic beverage:

Thus, his foray into the premium spirits market was not a dedication to creating a quality product, it was as a “screw you” to one of his buddies. Ignoring that his friend crafted the Grey Goose recipe based on selecting a unique wheat form, and used practiced methods to craft his respected label, Donald sought to buy his way into the high-end vodka market.

–The Federalist


Picture Slideshow – Cruz and Fiorina drop in to famous Milwaukee burger spot

Carly and Ted stopped by Milwaukee’s famous burgers, beer, and Bloody Mary joint Sobelman’s a couple of days ago. Milwaukee Business Journal caught up with them and posted a photo slideshow. But they passed on Sobleman’s world-renowned giant Bloody Mary with a whole fried chicken sitting on top.


 This might be the end of the road for Bernie
If Nate Silver can’t find you those final 988 delegates you need hiding under the furniture, very few guys can.
Looks like the only people left between Hillary and the White House are a babbling psychotic orange man, a son of a mailman, and a guy who gave up on his Hollywood dreams because of a lack of looks and talent.

Have a Happy April Fools Day today folks! Just like Rand Paul. Well, not exactly like Rand Paul. It’s an open thread so have at it.

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Sanders Campaign Fires Back At Hillary By Demanding An Apology

At a campaign event in New York, Hillary Clinton gave a very angry response to Greenpeace activist, Eva Resnick-Day. The question was centered around Clinton’s acceptance of money from fossil fuel companies.

“I am so sick! I am so sick of the Sanders campaign lying about me. I’m sick of it.” said Hillary Clinton, jabbing her finger toward the reporter.

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Naturally, this did not sit well with the Sanders campaign, who are now thinking Clinton owes the second place Democratic candidate an apology.

“I think she probably owes the senator an apology for that because the senator is not lying about her record,” said Jeff Weaver, Sander’s campaign manager. “He’s talking about her record. He’s talking about her practices. She obviously doesn’t like it, but that doesn’t make it lying because you don’t like it.”

“If the Clinton campaign wants to argue that industry lobbyists giving thousands of dollars to her campaign won’t affect her decisions if she’s elected, that’s fine,” said Weaver. “But to call us liars for pointing out basic facts about the secretary’s fundraising is deeply cynical and very disappointing.”

Not surprising anyone, Hillary Clinton is lying about Sanders lying. According to OpenSecrets.org, Clinton has received over $330,000 from oil and gas industry affiliates.

Accepting money straight from from oil and gas industries is illegal, and if you get down to the nitty-gritty, Clinton’s spin is a half-truth. She’s not getting money from the industry directly, but there are ways the they can get money to a candidate by proxy. Either way, this ends up putting Clinton in a position where she has to return the back scratching.

“That’s the way it works in Washington, D.C.,” said Weaver. “If you don’t take into account the fact that you have these guys running around bundling who are giving you $100,000; $200—$300,000, they’re gonna come knocking on the White House door the day after the election and say, ‘Hey, by the way.’”

Problem is, the Sanders campaign has also accepted money from oil and gas. Not nearly as much as Clinton has, but over $50,000 is still a pretty good chunk of change, especially when “climate change causes terrorism” is one of your key issues.

 

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NOT WINNING. Donald Trump Brags About Being In Second Place In Wisconsin

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Some recent history:

As my colleagues, Neil Stevens and Caleb Howe, have posted, Donald Trump is getting his ass handed to him in Wisconsin. Cruz has a seven point lead, based on averaging the polls. If the history of this campaign season is a guide, the vote will not be that close. Trump over-polled and Cruz under-polled in most of the previous contests.

The lead is only seven because the fake-polling company, PPP, has a poll showing Cruz up by one point. When you are drowning, you will grasp at a straw and that is exactly what Trump has done:

Trump had better get used to crowing about coming in second place. Or even third. Because that is his future.

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Stop What You’re Doing and Look at the Most Adorable Thing That Happened in Washington This Week

This week, the White House hosted the annual Easter Egg Roll, where families from around the country bring their little children to the White House South Lawn to see the President for a brief moment.

After they catch a glimpse of the Commander-in-Chief, they spend the rest of the day romping around, enjoying multiple activities, food offerings, and A-List celebrities and performers.

The grounds are chaotic, as thousands of little kids and families and Secret Service flock from place to place. In all the action, however, it is hard to miss the best part of this occasion:

The tiny Presidential podium set up for babies right in front of the White House.

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IT IS THE BEST THING THAT HAPPENED, FOREVER.

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The podium was really, really small.

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But the perfect size for babies.

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Making a must-have photo for parents.

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“Nice.”

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Most babies acted very Presidential behind the podium.

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Making declarations.

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Licking their faces.

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Laughing.

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Crying.

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“I’m Sorry, Mrs. President.”

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“We will get you out of here.”

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Making more declarations.

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Pounding on the podium.

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Shouting.

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In total control.

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A Presidential stance.

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Good humored.

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Academic.

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Stern.

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Contemplative.

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Passionate!

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Nervous.

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Juice box.

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Happy.

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Questioning.

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Sneaky.

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Thoughtful.

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“Yes, that is a microphone, Mr. President.”

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“Mr. President, we need you to finish your press conference.”

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“Please…”

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“…Mr. President.”

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The podium was a bit small for some.

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But as President, you can just sit on it.

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It was a little tall for others.

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But some are just naturals:

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And some even had some staffers to help.

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So, it’s pretty clear our country is in good hands.

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Well…

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…until they get distracted by something cooler.

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Like Darth Vader!

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Happy Easter Egg Roll.

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They Noticed the Bruises on Their Granddaughter’s Face. They Couldn’t Have Known How Far It Would Go.

Like any grandparents, Craig and Alisa Clakley loved 4-year-old Leiliana Wright, who was “so beautiful,” they say, that she was like an angel on Earth.

So, when they began to notice bruises on her face and body when she would visit, they filed a report with Child Protective Services (CPS) immediately — not just once, but multiple times, CBS DFW reports.

A year later, as the parents of Leiliana’s biological father look over the police report of their granddaughter’s death — at the hands of the child’s mother and her boyfriend — they’re struggling to make sense of it all.

Image Credit: Screenshot/CBS DFW

Leiliana Wright. Image Credit: Screenshot/CBS DFW

According to police, everything came to a head on March 12th, when Leiliana’s mother, Jeri Quezada, went into the bathroom of their Grand Prairie, Texas, home to shoot heroin with her boyfriend, Charles Phifer.

When they came back out, they found Leiliana drinking her 18-month-old brother’s juice and began to beat her with a belt and bamboo stick as punishment.

Knowing questions would be asked if she took her daughter in public with the fresh bruises, Quezada left the girl at home with Phifer, who reportedly put the 4-year-old in a closet, tied her wrists and attached them to the coat rod to prevent her from sitting down.

Image Credit: Screenshot/CBS DFW

Image Credit: Screenshot/CBS DFW

Once Quezada returned home, she told police she again shot up heroin and then tried to force feed the girl. Leiliana was unable to swallow her food, police say:

“The defendant described Charles shoving the child against a piece of drywall that was inside the closet, all the while holding her by the throat with one hand…Charles then threw the child back into the closet and closed the door…”

When the couple finally let her out to take a shower, the 4-year-old collapsed. By the time paramedics arrived — who discovered “extensive bruising from head to toe” and “whip marks on her back” — Leiliana had stopped breathing and would soon after be pronounced dead.

Quezada has been charged with injury to a child, though police have yet to charge Phifer. For the girl’s grandparents, it’s a nightmare they want answers for, starting with CPS.

Image Credit: CBS DFW/Screenshot

Image Credit: Screenshot/CBS DFW

The Clakley’s say that, though they provided photographic evidence of the abuse, CPS wouldn’t remove Leiliana from her mother’s care as “things seem[ed] safe” at the house.

For Craig Clakley, it’s simply unacceptable:

“You’re still not going to get in there and do something and protect the child and children. What does CPS stand for? Child Protective Services. Protective.”

CPS, for their part, has confirmed that they looked in to the case, but they’ve not made any further comment. They’re expected to release a full report in the next several weeks.

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Before Republicans Write Off Trump in a General Election, They Might Want to See the Real ‘Enthusiasm Gap’

Republicans have started noticing a trend, as Donald Trump and Ted Cruz are struggling against Hillary Clinton in general election polls.

A recent prediction said Clinton will win 347 electoral votes in November if Trump wins the nomination, with another predicting an even more lopsided 374.

But as Republicans are increasingly about unifying the party around one candidate in November:

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It might help to start with the candidate whose own supporters like him the most.

Trump supporters are dramatically more enthusiastic about voting, as the national Gallup Poll reported in late March.

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As Gallup put it:

In both parties, people’s enthusiasm for voting in the election could reflect a combination of factors — including excitement about their preferred candidate’s presence in the race as well as confidence that the candidate will succeed in winning either the nomination or the general election. The latter could be particularly relevant on the Democratic side, where Clinton is widely seen as the likely nominee and is poised to be the first female major-party nominee. That contrasts with the Republican nomination, which remains unclear given the real likelihood that no candidate will garner the necessary number of delegates to secure the nomination before the convention.

There are definitely strong views about all the candidates, with some hard feelings held by some supporters, but on this metric, Trump seems the strongest.

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