21 Questions For Donald Trump


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John Schoen

21 Questions for Donald Trump. By David Cay Johnston. 

1. You call yourself an “ardent philanthropist,” but have not donated a dollar to The Donald J. Trump Foundation since 2006. You’re not even the biggest donor to the foundation, having given about $3.7 million in the previous two decades while businesses associated with Vince McMahon’s World Wrestling Entertainment gave the Trump Foundation $5 million. All the money since 2006 has come from those doing business with you. How does giving away other people’s money, in what could be seen as a kickback scheme, make you a philanthropist? 

2. New York Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman successfully sued you, alleging your Trump University was an “illegal educational institution” that charged up to $35,000 for “Trump Elite” mentorships promising personal advice from you, but you never showed up and your “special” list of lenders was photocopied from Scotsman Guide, a magazine found at any bookstore. Why did you not show up? 

3. You claimed The Learning Annex paid you a $1 million speaking fee, but on Larry King Live,you acknowledged the fee was $400,000 and the rest was the promotional value. Since you have testified under oath that your public statements inflate the value of your assets, can voters use this as a guide, so whenever you say $1, in reality it is only 40 cents? 

4. The one-page financial statement handed out at Trump Tower when you announced your candidacy says you’ve given away $102 million worth of land. Will you supply a list of each of these gifts, with the values you assigned to them? 

5. The biggest gift you have talked about appears to be an easement at the Palos Verdes, California, golf course bearing your name on land you wanted to build houses on, but that land is subject to landslides and is now the golf course driving range. Did you or one of your businesses take a tax deduction for this land that you could not build on and do you think anyone should get a $25 million tax deduction for a similar self-serving gift? 

6. Trump Tower is not a steel girder high rise, but 58 stories of concrete. Why did you use concrete instead of traditional steel girders? 

7. Trump Tower was built by S&A Concrete, whose owners were “Fat” Tony Salerno, head of the Genovese crime family, and Paul “Big Paul” Castellano, head of the Gambinos, another well-known crime family. If you did not know of their ownership, what does that tell voters about your management skills? 

8. You later used S&A Concrete on other Manhattan buildings bearing your name. Why? 

9. In demolishing the Bonwit Teller building to make way for Trump Tower, you had no labor troubles, even though only about 15 unionists worked at the site alongside 150 Polish men, most of whom entered the country illegally, lacked hard hats, and slept on the site. How did you manage to avoid labor troubles, like picketing and strikes, and job safety inspections while using mostly non-union labor at a union worksite — without hard hats for the Polish workers? 

10. A federal judge later found you conspired to cheat both the Polish workers, who were paid less than $5 an hour cash with no benefits, and the union health and welfare fund. You testified that you did not notice the Polish workers, whom the judge noted were easy to spot because they were the only ones on the work site without hard hats. What should voters make of your failure or inability to notice 150 men demolishing a multi-story building without hard hats? 

11. You sent your top lieutenant, lawyer Harvey I. Freeman, to negotiate with Ken Shapiro, the “investment banker” for Nicky Scarfo, the especially vicious killer who was Atlantic City’s mob boss, according to federal prosecutors and the New Jersey State Commission on Investigation. Since you emphasize your negotiating skills, why didn’t you negotiate yourself? 

12. You later paid a Scarfo associate twice the value of a lot, officials determined. Since you boast that you always negotiate the best prices, why did you pay double the value of this real estate? 

13. You were the first person recommended for a casino license by the New Jersey Attorney General’s Division of Gaming Enforcement, which opposed all other applicants or was neutral. Later it came out in official proceedings that you had persuaded the state to limit its investigation of your background. Why did you ask that the investigation into your background be limited? 

14. You were the target of a 1979 bribery investigation. No charges were filed, but New Jersey law mandates denial of a license to anyone omitting any salient fact from their casino application. Why did you omit the 1979 bribery investigation? 

15. The prevailing legal case on license denials involved a woman, seeking a blackjack dealer license, who failed to disclose that as a retail store clerk she had given unauthorized discounts to friends. In light of the standard set for low-level license holders like blackjack dealers, how did you manage to keep your casino license? 

16. In 1986 you wrote a letter seeking lenient sentencing for Joseph Weichselbaum, a convicted marijuana and cocaine trafficker who lived in Trump Tower and in a case that came before your older sister, Judge Maryanne Trump Barry of U.S. District Court in Newark, New Jersey, who recused herself because Weichselbaum was the Trump casinos and Trump family helicopter consultant and pilot. Why did you do business with Weichselbaum, both before and after his conviction? 

17. Your first major deal was converting the decrepit Commodore Hotel next to Grand Central Station into a Grand Hyatt. Mayor Abe Beame, a close ally of your father Fred, gave you the first-ever property tax abatement on a New York City hotel, worth at least $400 million over 40 years. Since you boast that you are a self-made billionaire, how do you rationalize soliciting and accepting $400 million of welfare from the taxpayers? 

18. You say that your experience as a manager will allow you to run the federal government much better than President Obama or Hilary Clinton. On Fortune Magazine’s 1999 list of the 496 most admired companies, your casino company ranked at the bottom – worst or almost worst in management, use of assets, employee talent, long-term investment value, and social responsibility. Your casino company later went bankrupt. Why should voters believe your claims that you are a competent manager? 

19. Your Trump Plaza casino was fined $200,000 for discriminating against women and minority blackjack dealers to curry favor with gambler Robert Libutti, who lost $12 million, and who insisted he never asked that blacks and women be replaced. Why should we believe you “love” what you call “the blacks” and the enterprise you seek to lead would not discriminate again in the future if doing so appeared to be lucrative? 

20. Public records (cited in my book Temples of Chance) show that as your career took off, you legally reported a negative income and paid no income taxes. Will you release your tax returns? And if not, why not? 

21. In your first bestselling book, The Art of the Deal, you told how you had not gotten much work done on your first casino, so you had crews dig and fill holes to create a show. You said one director of your partner, Holiday Inns, asked what was going on. “This was difficult for me to answer, but fortunately this board member was more curious than he was skeptical,” you wrote. Given your admission that you used deception to hide your failure to accomplish the work, why should we believe you now?”

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How To Take Weight Off Your Shoulders Forever


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Praise God this morning!

“Do not put your trust in princes, in mortal men, who cannot save. When their spirit departs, they return to the ground; on that very day their plans come to nothing.”

Psalm 146: 3-4

“We come into this world innocent, oblivious to troubles and free of burdens.” Yet without warning it seems, we begin to notice trials and tribulation infiltrating our lives; in addition to heavy burdens mounting up upon our shoulders.

Be warned my brothers and sisters; “the longer we live the more weight we’ll carry.”

The Lord can teach you a magnificent balancing act, if you choose to walk with Him.

“Want the weight of pain, hurt, disappointment, sorrow or guilt lifted from your worn shoulders?” Lift up the Lord right now! Say hallelujah_ thank You Jesus! Give God the Glory. You can’t do this on your own. The hands we use to carry, plant and lift are just not big or strong enough to remove loads constructed of trials and tribulations.

God will work miracles in your life if you simply work with Him; never forget the He’s not part of a life He’s not necessary in?

Are you carrying weight on your shoulder only God can remove? If so tell Him today through prayer.

When Passion Crosses The Line


  
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Brothers Scott and Steve Leader brutally beat a 58 year-old Latino man almost to a pulp, after becoming inspired by Donald Trump’s comments “all Mexicans are rapist and murderer’s.” At least half of America knows these allegations to be untrue as well as unusually cruel, racist and mean. It’s unthinkable a man hoping to be president of America one day could comfortably spit such venom. But even more disturbing, Donald Trump has followerers. Trumps says his followers are passionate; that’s how he responded to this horrific crime. 

When Donald Trump was asked about the hate crime attack perpetrated by brother’s, he told the Boston Globe: “It would be a shame . . . I will say that people who are following me are very passionate. They love this country and they want this country to be great again. They are passionate.” 

 Today it’s more important than ever before to trust God. I understand far too well what “let not your heart be troubled means.” In a nutshell, there’s nothing we can do within our own power to make evil men and women disappear. What we can do is stand up for what’s right even when our stand is unpopular.  

Brothers Scott and Steve are not a new kind of evil…….sadly. They say Trumph is right, all illegals should be deported. But, what does that have to do with them attacking an innocent 58 year-old homeless man? God works in mysterious ways……I’ll bet these two had no idea a few days ago their hatred would land them in jail, and hopefully prison, if justice prevails. 

What If Your Daughter Wrote A Letter Like This?


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“And whoever receives one such child in My name receives Me; but whoever causes one of these little ones who believe in Me to stumble, it would be better for him to have a heavy millstone hung around his neck, and to be drowned in the depth of the sea. Matthew 18:6

Yesterday while I was reading Facebook posts I ran across this one.  Somebody by the name of Jermaine  P. shared it. After reading this letter “I realized this war on women is also a war on our young girls.” Sometimes I ask myself ‘how many ways can men take advantage of or harm women and get away with it?” The answers are heart-wrenching and equally astounding.

The girl who wrote this letter to this newspaper column is only 14. She is obviously terrified and seeking answers, advice and guidance. She’s so naive, she doesn’t realize being afraid to tell her mother is her least concern. The most disgusting thing about her situation is there are multiple young girls involved with the same pervert, according to her. 11721314_851963441560608_920380418_n

My first thought after reading the letter was; I wonder how she found out she was HIV positive? She doesn’t say. So I can’t help but wonder if the person who delivered the blow really cares about those they serve,  like the teen girl, whose obviously young dumb and vulnerable? You see, if I was the adult delivering the news I would use every skill in the book, to gain her confidence in her time of weakness and overwhelming fear. My sole intention would have been to find out who the child molester and HIV spreading criminal was. I believe there was opportunity, because you can feel the girl heart speaking; she was passionately but privately searching for help.

The bible warns us of harming God‘s children. Lord knows those who’ve violated children and young adults in unspeakable ways will have no mercy due them. Of course people like this don’t know or care about God. If they did; there’s no way they could carry out acts like the one’s perpetrated on these teen girls.

Friend Me


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“The word friend may very well be the most misunderstood word in the world.”

Social media opened our eyes to a plethora of people’s worst emotional struggles. One struggle in particular warrants attention in my opinion. It’s the issue of people starving for attention, acceptance and what they deem as friendships. Some people really go off the deep-end with this, acting as if people they befriend on social networks become actual friends. This thing about ‘friends’ and how many you have on sites like #Facebook has taken on a life of it’s own. I wouldn’t be surprised if some Facebook ERS are loosing sleep over not having a lot of #Facebook friends.

It’s unbelievable how many people actually give credence to the number of friends they have on social networks like Facebook . I chose to use Facebook as an example because it’s fueled by members hunger to amass so-called friends in large numbers. However, even though Twitter pushes  getting ‘followers’, the concept and end-goal is the same. Tweeters tweet to get followers.

The word friend should never be used “all willy nilly or taken lightly.” There’s no way anybody on earth could realistically have more than a few ‘ride or die’ friends. In fact, you’re lucky if you have one person you can truly call a friend.

“A friend never intentionally hurts you, either by word or deed and will take your secrets to the grave. If you know anything about Facebook posts, those kind of friends consistently take the F out of friend.

The kinda friend I’m talking about could never be confused for an associate, buddy or friend with Fringe benefits. This friend stands by you through thick N thin. They cherish your life as much as their own. A true friend is also a life- long friend, regardless of one’s perspective geographic, or pattern of communication.

I’m so thankful to God for blessing me with at least one loyal lifelong friend, and with a few more worth their weight in gold….and who have always been there for me and me for them.

I do not take this blessing of true friendships for granted and know my life could have been different.

The most important lesson I’ve learned about friends is that, ” friend requests” aren’t necessary or relevant in real relationships; and quantity even in friends never represent quality.

Honesty 


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Honesty is the best policy is much more than an old saying.” In a Christian’s life, “honesty is the only policy.” This requirement sounds like a no-brainer but let me tell you, walking with Jesus demands much more than brains. A brain whether good or bad can tell you something’s right when it’s wrong, especially when Satan gets in your head.

If you’ve been around the block some, you know it takes much more energy to keep up with untruths than it does to tell the truth. Yet, none of that matters to some folk. And yes, none of us are perfect, but most people strive to not lie or at least not make it a habit. You can lie without ever mumbling a word, your actions can do all the work. However, when you attach words to your actions you’ve upped the wrong, big time. Now you’ve given the untruth fuel. Everybody knows fuel has to be replenished……

God hates liars, and I can understand why. Liars ruin lives. Liars can’t be trusted. Liars live to embellish truth at any cost, so…..who needs them? Well, Satan loves a liar, because he’s all about tricks! In Satan’s army liars are indispensable. They make it possible for him to confuse people, mislead folk and steal their joy. Is this the kind of life you wanna live, the life of a liar? No, I don’t think so,

Strive to be honest as you journey through this often complicated life, because one day every one of us will have to explain our actions and lies!

Praise God From Whom All Blessings Flow


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“I will send my messenger ahead of you, who will prepare your way before you.” Luke 7:27

I am thankful for this day; this is the day that You Lord have made. Father God I will rejoice and be glad in it. I am forever grateful for the power in the Blood of the Lord Jesus Christ to protect, cleanse, heal, deliver, sanctify, redeem, justify, and to make all things new. Amen

I don’t know what God has in store for me but I’m ready to receive it. My life has taken several turns over the last decade, some were a little scary.

Two years ago, and around this very same manner month, I was wondering if I was gonna get laid off. During that same month my daughter learned her doctor would be releasing her to go back to work….this was after being off on medical leave for a year. She was about to need a sitter!

There was no way for neither my daughter nor myself to know that God was working it out. The Lord can move mountains you can’t even see. If He did it for me and He’ll do it for you. Long story short, “what I thought was a bad thing, God turned into a good thing.” And, as for my daughter; He made a way out of no way.

The two of us were in two different cities, she had no other options for child care, and her job called for nonstandard hours. When the dust settled, my husband and I ended up moving back to my home state so I could help keep my grandkids. What a mighty God I serve!

Minister Neecy

Social Media Makes Minds of All Kind Matter


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Times have changed! No longer can we pretend racism is a thing of the past, thanks to social media and it’s intentional mission to provide a free-form social networking platform to dialog, inform, enlighten and report, while keeping it real. You can speak your mind even if it only make sense in your head! On today’s social media websites, everyday people have 24/7 opportunities to go where they’ve never gone before, to get fed mentally, intellectually, socially or emotionally.

For those of us who indulge in social media, we know at times the truth does the opposite of setting us free, especially on social media. However, we take our chances anyway. We love to expand our reality.

Social media has single-handedly exposed every type of evil in the world, as well as those who perpetrate it. Once a post hits the internet highway, or pics and videos, the after-math is usually explosive, revealing and sometimes damaging, definately hard to contain.
Yet there are those who continue denying certain social ills are a thing of the past….doesn’t matter if it’s in black & white.

Today race issues as well as other prevalent social issues dominate every major social media website, especially #Facebook, #Twitter and #Google Plus. These sites also share mainstream and non-mainstream news articles on various topics. “You can’t find what they offer collectively and for free any other place.”

If you don’t understand the plight and fight of others, you can get schooled on Facebook. Some will say a lot off what you read on social media isn’t true? I say a lot of what I read or watch on mainstream media ain’t true! Also, any media source worth mentioning has a Facebook page? This means you can get the best of both world’s when visiting social media sites. Above all else get understanding!

I’m so happy to be alive during this era and to finally have a non-biased news and lifestyle specific relaying resource at my disposal. If I only had a choice between watching #FOX News or reading Facebook posts about or on current news and other stories, I’d choose Facebook hands down.

When #Facebook is used in the way it was intended, it’s a powerful resource!

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Praying For Safe Passage


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“Father God, Bless my husband and I, other truck Drivers, their riding companions and everybody else on the road this morning”

I’ve been on the road with my honey 11 days now. This journey is different than any other I’ve taken on. There’s a whole nother’ world out here, “it’s the world of truckers!” This lifestyle is not for most and definitely challenging.

I would never have thought I could function in such a small space, but I’m doing it. However,  Marcus said I brought too many clothes and other stuff???? When we go home we’ve gotta off-load some stuff, but somethings won’t be negotiable LOL

Thank all truckers, men and women who are on the road every single day delivering goods to your stores so you have food and clothing.  Lord, they go through so much stress making sure their freight is delivered on time.  When hazardous conditions arise I pray You keep us safe.  When running behind, give us Your peace in the moment. Father, I pray for safe journeys for all!  Amen

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Say Yes To Peace of Mind


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Good morning everyone.

“Today is a good day to evaluate the company you keep.”

It took many years for me to recognize the warning signs of toxic people. Once I accepted God as Head in my life, He blessed me with the gift of discernment. 

A discerning spirit equips you with an ability to see into a person’s abyss. In other words, you can see the heart, which is the soul of the conscience.

If the heart is not right the mind is not right and what one does with a contrite heart is mostly wrong.

You don’t want hard-hearted people in your circle, they require too much work and they drain you to the point of emptiness, if you let them. I don’t anymore!

Remember, the battle is not yours, It’s the Lord’s!

Minister Neecy

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