Hump-Day Handouts


Trump is on the hook for a quarter-billion in fraud restitution:

The lawsuit, filed in New York Supreme Court, is the result of a more than two-year investigation by James and names 23 properties in the Trump Organization portfolio, including his Mar-a-Lago Club in Florida, his Seven Springs estate in Westchester County, N.Y., and the D.C. hotel he leased from the federal government until he sold it in May.

“The inflated asset valuations in the Statements cannot be brushed aside or excused as merely the result of exaggeration or good faith estimation about which reasonable real estate professionals may differ,” it says.

Damn right it can't be brushed aside. In just four years, Trump inflated the value of his triplex apartment in Trump Tower from $80 million to $327 million, in order to leverage loans and impress idiots. Here's the complaint if you have the stamina. Speaking of disgusting fraudsters, these crooks stole (another) quarter-billion earmarked for feeding hungry children:

Prosecutors allege that from that powerful perch, the nonprofit’s leader, Bock, ultimately “oversaw a massive scheme to defraud carried out by sites under its sponsorship” — one allegedly spanning dozens of individuals, some in her employ, and shell companies operating throughout the state. In total, Feeding Our Future opened more than 250 sites in Minnesota, according to the government.

One of the entities her organization sponsored, known as ASA Limited, repeatedly submitted falsified records about the number of children it provided with free meals, according to the government. In September 2021, for example, one of the defendants tied to the firm allegedly populated a spreadsheet with a formula that generated a random number between 7 and 17 in the age column for thousands of children.

Throw away the damn key.

Not that you needed more proof, but Phil Berger is a jackass:

Don’t expect the state of North Carolina to waive income taxes on student loan debts forgiven by the Biden administration. Senate President Pro Tem Phil Berger, one of the most powerful elected officials in the state, said Tuesday that he doesn’t see the need to do so.

“I think it’s something that, in my opinion, we do not need to address,” Berger said.

Berger, R-Rockingham, told reporters Tuesday that he questions the Biden administration's legal authority to forgive student loan debt and that waiving state income taxes “would be totally unfair” to people who pay taxes on other forgiven debts, such as credit card and mortgage settlements.

Cooper noted last week that the legislature waived tax collections on forgiven Paycheck Protection Program loans, which businesses received to avoid laying people off during the pandemic. Berger said that program was authorized by Congress in response to the government shutting down the economy.

You misspelled "pandemic," jerk.

Speaking of jerks, Putin is calling up 300,000 reservists to go and die in Ukraine:

President Vladimir Putin has reacted to Ukraine’s recent successful offensives by ordering Russia’s biggest military mobilisation since World War II.

The partial mobilisation could see up to 300,000 reservists being called up over the coming months, potentially about two to three times the estimated size of the initial force Russia deployed when it invaded Ukraine on February 24.

Heavy losses have thrown Russia onto the defensive during the summer. Russian Defence minister Sergei Shoigu admitted that 6,000 Russian soldiers had been killed in the seven-month conflict. US military officials last month estimated the number of Russian dead at 20,000 and Ukraine estimates the number at 54,000.

Russia launched a drive to recruit volunteers in early July, with limited success. Ukraine’s Skibitskyi told the Kyiv Post that a Third Army Corps, which Russia had said would be formed by the middle of August, is still not fully formed or functioning as a single combat unit.

'bout time for another revolution, methinks.