Hey kids! Guess who’s being sued for being a YUUUUUGE slum lord asshole?
That’s right, it’s Jared “Couldn’t Pass an FBI Background Check if Given a Decade” Kushner!
The slumlord’s legal team had been attempting to move this case to a federal docket where, presumably, a jury would be less sympathetic to the tenants. The downside to this was the Federal court demanded Slumlord Kushner reveal all the corporations’
Russian investors, said information to also be made public.
So…surprise surprise surprise!…it appears that the case will remain in The Crab State:
Jared Kushner’s family real estate company has backtracked on its effort to have a lawsuit filed against it by tenants of its Baltimore-area apartment complexes moved to federal court, after a judge ruled that this transfer would require it to reveal the identities of its investment partners.
The tenants’ class-action lawsuit was filed in the Circuit Court for Baltimore City in September, four months after a ProPublica article co-published with the New York Times Magazine described the highly aggressive tactics used by Kushner Companies to pursue tenants and former tenants over allegedly unpaid rent or broken leases. The lawsuit alleged that Kushner Companies, which owns 15 large apartment complexes in the Baltimore area, was improperly piling late fees and court fees onto tenants’ bills, often in excess of state limits, and using the threat of immediate eviction to force payment.
In early November, the various Kushner affiliates named in the lawsuit filed a request to have the case moved from the state court, where it would be heard by a Baltimore City jury, to the federal courts, where it would be heard by a jury drawn from a broader geographic swath of Maryland. To get approval for this request, Kushner Companies had to show that none of the investors it has brought in as partners on the complexes are based in Maryland.
The Kushner affiliates also filed a motion in federal court seeking to have the list of the investment partners shielded from public view, citing the high degree of media interest in Jared Kushner, who as Kushner Companies CEO presided over the purchase of the complexes before moving into the White House to serve as senior advisor to President Donald Trump, his father-in-law. “Given the tenor of the media’s reporting of this case, including politically-motivated innuendo no doubt intended to disparage the First Family, there is foreseeable risk of prejudice to the privacy rights and reputations of innocent private investors,” the Kushner lawyers wrote.
What do you think – there are probably tons of mom and pop investors in Kushner’s
money laundering scheme side gig, n’est-ce pas? Small folk who might be tarred with the same fake illegalities brush? Sad! Bigly!
Jonathan Rauch and Benjamin Wittes at The Atlantic call for a total boycott of the Republican Party:
This, then, is the article we thought we would never write: a frank statement that a certain form of partisanship is now a moral necessity. The Republican Party, as an institution, has become a danger to the rule of law and the integrity of our democracy.
Ah ha! truth to power!
We’re suggesting that in today’s situation, people should vote a straight Democratic ticket even if they are not partisan, and despite their policy views. They should vote against Republicans in a spirit that is, if you will, prepartisan and prepolitical. Their attitude should be: The rule of law is a threshold value in American politics, and a party that endangers this value disqualifies itself, period. In other words, under certain peculiar and deeply regrettable circumstances, sophisticated, independent-minded voters need to act as if they were dumb-ass partisans.
…more of this, followed by their reasons:
This is not about the Republican party’s extremism or even about policies. This is not about Trump being awful (though he is), but about the Republican party being unwilling to check his abuses of power; Anti-Trump forces in Republican party have been shut out, and Trump owns the base now. This presents the Republican party as not just complicit by inaction, but actively operating to support Trump and his program of political destruction.
- The GOP has become the party of Trumpism.
- Trumpism is a threat to democratic values and the rule of law.
- The Republican Party is a threat to democratic values and the rule of law.
And a final appeal:
We understand why Republicans, even moderate ones, are reluctant to cross party lines. Party, today, is identity. But in the through-the-looking-glass era of Donald Trump, the best thing Republicans can do for their party is vote against it.
We understand, too, the many imperfections of the Democratic Party. Its left is extreme, its center is confused, and it has its share of bad apples. But the Democratic Party is not a threat to our democratic order. That is why we are rising above our independent predilections and behaving like dumb-ass partisans. It’s why we hope many smart people will do the same.
Jesus H Kerist on a fucking pogo stick. The WH can’t do shit. The president* should be tarred and feathered and ridden out of WDC on a rail just for so baldly harming the US citizens in Puerto Rico.
Then Mueller can have whatever’s left…
Wikipedia has the sadz…
Used to be when someone tagged a Wiki entry, it was there forever as a revision. Not any more – it sure looks like Wiki has taken to hiding some of the revs.
For instance, it certainly appears that this revision for noted internet dancing clown & dunce Ajit Pai used to read like this back on November 22nd:
Ajit Varadaraj Pai (born January 10, 1973) is a bought-and paid for corporate shill for the telecom monopolists, who’s dicks he sucks for money. His only mission in life is to destroy net neutrality, a favor for which his corporate overlords will reward him with more fat sacks of cash. If this is allowed to happen, the freedoms we now have on the web will cease to exist. He is the first Indian American to abuse his office. He also has an incredibly punchable face.
All of which is obviously true, as evidenced below. Why hide it?
An award-winning U.S. diplomat who was seen as a rising star at the State Department has issued a scathing resignation letter, accusing Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and the Donald Trump administration of undercutting the State Department and damaging America’s influence in the world.
Elizabeth Shackelford, who most recently served as a political officer based in Nairobi for the U.S. mission to Somalia, wrote to Tillerson that she reluctantly had decided to quit because the administration had abandoned human rights as a priority and shown disdain for the State Department’s diplomatic work, according to her letter, obtained by Foreign Policy.
“I have deep respect for the career Foreign and Civil Service staff who, despite the stinging disrespect this Administration has shown our profession, continue the struggle to keep our foreign policy on the positive trajectory necessary to avert global disaster in increasingly dangerous times,” Shackelford wrote in her Nov. 7 letter…
Tillerson should have walked a long time ago.
However, like Pruitt, Mnuchin, Zinke, Sessions, Ross, Carson, Perry and especially DeVos, he’s not quite finished dismantling a perfectly good department. Once he has it in shambles, then he’ll walk.
It will take a generation to recover from this administration’s ineptness and deliberate sabotage.