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TGIF –May 4, 2018.

May 4, 2018

Do we have to do this again?

By “this” we mean enduring more head-exploding liberal commentary regarding the media’s continuing serial drama headlines, “The President and the Porn Star” or the equally riveting “The Spy in the White House.”

Everybody gets it.  The President’s enemies, and they are legion, just can’t stand it that the man even exists on their planet. That results in a daily dump to feed their masses.

Oh well. Let’s grab our manure forks and tackle the latest piles.

Of course that means the latest tumult over the $130K payment to this woman.

As a matter of POTUS’s personal business, we really don’t care what happened 12 years ago. He wasn’t President, wasn’t running for President and whatever happened is nobody’s business but his own.

That brings us to the only thing even marginally politically pertinent to his duties as President, and that’s where the money came from to pay her the $130K in the first place.

Specifically,  was it paid out of publicly donated and therefore restricted campaign funds, or did it come from his own personal funds?

At the heart of this most recent furor is of course the search and seizure of his Michael Cohen’s personal and business records, as well as the “revelation” that he kept his personal attorney on a retainer plus expenses contract.

That in and of itself isn’t exactly news. Most professionals who have an ongoing relationship with their clients and who are not employees at least offer that option to their clients.

That’s attorneys, accountants,  personal trainers, writers, graphic designers, indeed anyone who markets a skill or service as an independent contractor.

They usually do not itemize every phone call,  keystroke or hour spent on the client’s business, unless the bill exceeds the client’s payment limit. It’s usually based on an estimate of how much time and money the professional expects to spend providing whatever service the client is paying for.

Direct payments, i.e. payments to outside entities on the client’s behalf may or may not be itemized. For instance, let’s say an accountant usually does the payroll and keeps the general ledger, but once a year or so, he/she pays out client funds for taxes, licenses or fees necessary to the client’s business. Those fees will probably be itemized, so the client knows he’s still in business legally and is square with officialdom.

Other added expenses, like electric bills for instance, will be noted under a catchall heading such as utilities. And of course, the retainer payments cover all the professional’s cost of doing business for that client as well, but they don’t send the client a copy of their electric bill or building rent.

If the expenses significantly exceed the limits agreed to by contract, it is generally permissible to bill the client for those overages.

So, is it credible that Citizen Trump could pay his attorney a reported $35K a month and not know specifically how the money was spent?

Yes, and he probably didn’t write the checks, although depending on his trust in his accountants, he may have personally signed them.

Now about the origin of the funds.

Did we mention that Citizen Trump is rich?

Obviously, having Rudy Giuliani bring those payments to light on the Hannity show is not good optics, given that Trump’s previous legal team had spent months stonewalling on the issue.

And it’s pretty obvious that the reason was because with Cohen’s records now available to the world, via the public information forum known as leaking, the payments were going to be public knowledge.

None of that matters a tinker’s damn unless the payments were improperly made to the attorney from campaign PAC or public funds, rather than the President’s own funds.

The rest of this rampant speculation is literally just chin music, or maybe, bad script writing.

All that being said, it’s about time the Trump team, and particularly Trump himself, learned the value of the words “no comment.”  It’s of no value being a counterpuncher if knocking down the guy standing in front of you  just clears the field of fire for the guy standing behind him with a bazooka.

In short, you don’t have to apologize for or explain something you’ve never said.

Facebook fails again.

Now for something you probably should care about.

By now you’ve either already seen or at least read about an unintended peek into the so-called beta version of Facebook’s user identification of hate speech flagging experiment.

Seriously?

This the best one of the tech giants of the late 20th and early 21st century can do? Have the looney tunes in the public teach their algorithm what to flag?

These are people to whom the word Trump is hate speech. God is hate speech. Personal responsibility is hate speech. And on the other side, Pelosi, crying closet and collusion fills the same bill. And there are those who click on something just because it’s there and it makes them feel important.

These are the extra employees Facebook is “hiring”?

OMG, Jeff. At least leave us with some shred of respect for your company’s apparently vastly overrated ability to recognize and eliminate bias. Or at the very  least, admit you have no real interest in doing so.

They like the cheongsam just fine in China.

According to this article posted by BizPacReview.com, Chinese social media busted leftie libs like Cathy Areu on their uninformed  cultural appropriation trash talk that targeted a Utah teenager.

One Chinese publication, the South China Morning Post, is quoted in the piece as noting that the dress actually symbolized women’s freedom from the repressive dynastic regimes of the past and was worn in 1919 as a silent statement of independence. How appropriate is that?.

Proving that maybe it would be wise to know a little bit about the culture you say is being appropriated before you shoot your mouth off.

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