Tag Archives: Europe

A Banking Story

PLEASE NOTE: THIS STORY IS A WORK OF FICTION

I started today’s posting with a disclaimer. My first real job was in banking although the transactions I dealt with were much more pedestrian and never reached nine figures left of the decimal point. The plot is ripped straight from today’s headlines. My hope is that my financial expertise and education may help many of my readers to understand just how feasible international money laundering transactions are if you have a few unscrupulous characters and banks involved. If everyone involved stays quiet it is difficult to expose unless you have a talented team trying to unravel it. Say a team like Robert Mueller has assembled. Please join me and read on. Continue reading A Banking Story

Of WORMs And Cops

When I woke up Monday morning I decided to write about the first two aspects of this article for Wednesday’s publishing. Then, as is my habit, I read the New York Times and the Washington Post. Both had articles about a pending Trump announcement that dovetailed with my intended topics, (USA Today actually broke the story). The juxtaposition of history and the present made this a must address subject. Let’s explore. Continue reading Of WORMs And Cops

Trump’s Malarkey Machine

Years ago comedian Bill Maher still offered the best description of Donald Trump to date when Maher said, “He’s a bullshit artist.” On the level Trump is now playing you can’t do it all by yourself. You need enablers and reinforcements if you want to be a world class liar. He has Kellyanne Conway and Sarah Huckabee-Sanders on his payroll. Who can forget the soon to depart (and already removed from visibility) Sean Spicer. To top them all there was the cameo but memorable appearance by Anthony “The Mooch” Scaramucci. Outside the White House there is the entire right wing mythology machine including the king of them all Fox News. Let’s explore. Continue reading Trump’s Malarkey Machine

No Opinion Required

Today is the first work day after the Memorial Day holiday. While he was busy embracing autocrats, insulting allies and generally embarrassing America in the Middle East and Europe Russiagate got a lot more serious for Donald Trump. He began to lawyer up and is supposedly instituting a “War Room” in the White House to handle what he calls the “Russia thing”. I don’t exactly know just what is burning yet but with this much smoke I know there has to be a hell of a fire. How will Trump defend against that? His entire strategy will be summed up in two words: fake news. Let’s explore. Continue reading No Opinion Required

The Lesson Of The Kitchen Table

One of my political mentors was the late John Maloney. He taught me a lot about politics in a few simple lessons. Don’t bother googling him. He was not famous. He was just a good Democratic foot soldier who in his later years was willing to impart some of his wisdom on a young man who, though somewhat experienced, still had many lessons to learn. I’m now in my later years and hope I can pass this and other lessons on to others. Today I want to tell my readers what Mr. Maloney (I never called him by his first name) taught me about the kitchen table. Continue reading The Lesson Of The Kitchen Table