- Flying & Lying?
American Airlines has been fined $60,000 by the US Department of Transportation for “mistakenly” telling customers to their call center and website that certain ticket fees were government imposed taxes rather than American Airlines surcharges.
Not surprisingly AA has denied trying to intentionally blame Uncle Sam for these extra revenue generating charges.
- Trump’s Father?
Donald Trump never fails to impress when it comes to corporate greed and arrogance. This time it is a lawsuit in Chicago brought by an 87 year old woman. Jacqueline Goldberg claims that Trump reneged on a revenue sharing deal she signed with Trump when he was selling space at the Trump Hotel in Chicago.
It is up to the legal system to render a decision based on the facts, however in the court of public opinion he will no doubt lose as long as he keeps dumping on an 87 year old woman with these types of comments:
““This is a disgrace,”… “She’s trying to rip me off. She really is. She’s trying to rip me off. She concocted the whole situation.”
Of course Donald is no stranger to accusations of shady dealings when it comes to his property developments. Just read why buyers in the former Trump Tower Tampa are angry or why investors in Canada at the Trump’s International Hotel & Towers in Toronto decided to sue.
So why is this gazillionaire (I’m just playing it safe so he doesn’t sue me for not calling him a billionaire) always having to defend himself against similar charges? Could he be just a one trick pony with his “You’re Fired!” catch phrase and nothing more. A Ray Stokes character with worse hair & no “I’m not having a laugh“.
Donald Trump represents the worst of America. A narcissistic boor, who rails against welfare but gladly saddles others with debt every time one of his Trump corporations have to file for bankruptcy. All the while he continues to be incredibly cheap when it comes to giving money to charity. Just check out TheSmokingGun.com article where they referred to him as The Least Charitable Billionaire….The Donald is a miser, not an “ardent philanthropist.”
So even if Donald prevails against an 87 year old woman in Chicago, this case has shown once again that you can’t buy class and integrity. Thankfully, as he would no doubt bankrupt those two virtues as well.
Once again Fox News radio contributor Todd Starnes is apparently attempting to cash in on the paranoia and extreme ignorance of a certain sector in society that seems particularly fond of Fox News, Glenn Beck, and generally speaking all things wacky and white.
Mr. Starnes is cited as a source in a bit of fantasy fiction written by Beck regarding a supposed legitimate connection to a Saudi national and the Boston Marathon bombing. Starnes and the Mother Ship (i.e. Fox News) have removed all links and references to the original article that promotes this bizarre and baseless claim that the US government is somehow covering up for a Saudi citizen.
Unfortunately, the only cover up is by Todd Starnes and Fox News. Here is the Google cache link to the original and now deleted article I’ve re-titled ”Todd Starnes Is a Saudi Terrorist Cover Up Reporter Working With Fox News To Destroy America“.*
Please contact us with articles, links and comments regarding the ways that the “Uncle Tin Tins” of the world are going to spin this to make Starnes, Beck, Fox, and the usual cast of characters look like the righteous victims in this one.
* I hope we don’t get sued for calling Starnes a reporter.
Conservative commentator Todd Starnes posted a criticism of President Obama’s 2013 Easter Message stating:
Obama releases 5-sentence Easter statement — says it’s a time for us to “ponder our common values.”
No, sir. It’s about Jesus. Period.
According to Todd, taking the time to “ponder our common values” on Easter is just wrong. As such, he must immediately take a look at President Reagan’s 1983 Easter Address to the nation.
First, President Reagan also mentions this cockamamie “common values” theme by declaring “we’re linked in time to the ancient origins of our values.” Then Reagan went rogue by mentioning a myriad of other topics that blatantly flaunt Todd’s “It’s about Jesus. Period.” rule for discussing the Easter holiday.
Additional Non-Jesus Mentions From Reagan’s 1983 Easter Radio Address:
- Polish labor leader Lech Walesa
- An East German professor, his wife, and two daughters
- Central America Communist-inspired revolution
- Sandinista supporters
- The San Diego based World War II era ship the U.S.S. Hoel
- Some brush fires burning in two Australian States
Central America, San Diego, & a labor leader… all crazy talk! What part of “It’s about Jesus. Period.” did The Gipper not understand?
Since it was necessary to point out how wrong President Obama was for asking us to “ponder our common values”, then surely Reagan’s mere mention of the “c-word”(communism) alone in an Easter address deserves Todd’s condemnation.
The country begs of you Todd Starnes to posthumously put President Reagan in his place for so callously forgetting the true meaning of Easter. This holiday should not be used as another excuse for hippie libtards or RINO Reaganites to be spouting off all that “love thy neighbor” nonsense. Jesus wouldn’t want it and most importantly we know Todd Starnes won’t stand for it!
So what’s the next step in righteously righting Reagan’s wrong? Maybe we should start a Todd Starnes Demands An Official Rebuke Of President Reagan petition on WhiteHouse.gov? Starnes. Jesus. Period!
At least that is argument the CEOs of American Airlines and US Airways are pushing today before a Senate panel regarding the merger of the two airlines. While their “connect the dots/cities” reasoning that small to mid-level markets will be more efficiently served makes sense in theory, as consumer groups have pointed out this is rarely the result in practice. If the merger goes through as expected, it is difficult to see how this lessening of competition is not going to lead to higher prices and fewer options for the majority of air travelers.
The United States would be left with a just a handful of big players in the industry: United, Delta, Southwest & AmeriWays or whatever name they chose. Save for those Southwest Early Bird Specials, there is already very little difference in pricing between the major airlines. Moving forward, this price parity will surely continue, the only difference will be that those similar prices will now all be similarly higher.
Remember back in December of 2011 when Newt Gingrich and Donald Trump got together, and Trump announced with much fanfare that:
“We’re going to be picking 10 young wonderful children and make them ‘apprenti.’ We’re going to have a little fun with it and it’s going to be something that’s going to prove results.”
CorporateMal.com remembers it all quite clearly, as it seemed like an absurd publicity stunt by one of the least charitable rich people in the country. Nonetheless, I guess helping ten kids is better than nothing. Unfortunately, over a year later we can find no evidence of Trump starting an actual apprenticeship program to help anyone, anywhere.
So Donald what’s the good word? Were you in fact lying back in 2011 about starting a program for impoverished youth? If not, when is this program going to start? You clearly aren’t that busy as you’ve found more than enough time to continue with your thinly veiled racist claims regarding President Obama’s place of birth, sue Bill Maher over a joke, and pretend that beauty pageants are still even remotely relevant. You aren’t exactly spending your days finding a cure for cancer are you?
BTW, just in case you are confused, it is ok to help others when cameras are not present and there is no potential for personal financial gain. Millions of Americans manage to commit acts of charity and kindness in anonymity everyday and it actually works out pretty well for everyone.
UPDATE: It appears that common sense has ruled the day. The “winning bidder” only has one bit of Ebay feedback, which in this type of auction is usually a pretty good indication of a fake/shill bid.
A couple in Turner, Maine made news recently with their discovery of a piece of Dots candy in the form of the Virgin Mary. Desmond and Amy Duguay claimed that they purchased a box of Dots candy at a local Rite Aid drug store and as a joke, put “The Dot” on the Ebay auction block. At last check it was apparently God’s will that this piece of divine dental destruction should sell in excess of $200. And who said the American Dream was dead?
Corporate Mal did, that’s who! We have uncovered evidence of a possible Dot fraud the likes of which has not been seen since Groupon tried to convice us all to buy their stock for half off the retail price, today only!
The Virgin Mary Dot as presented on Ebay:
A Virgin Dot?
A Virgin Mary Mold as sold on Ebay:
Or Virgin Not?
Now there is no way to know for sure what the real story is behind this piece of piousness. However, we can all agree that as long as there are people like the Duguays and a candy like Dots, America will always be the undisputed leader in delicious delusional devotions.
The Royal Bank of Scotland was fined $612 million by the US and Britain as a result of its intentional manipulation of interest rates in the Libor scandal. However despite committing what the US Justice Department has termed “A stunning abuse of trust”, the punishment for the bank is still so relatively insignificant that RBS intends to pay the fine by simply cutting back on bonuses. No need to even completely eliminate the bonuses that are typically paid for a job well done and not for out and out fraud. The investigation is ongoing so who knows, maybe “whacky tie day” will be the next perk to vanish as the regulators continue their unrelenting crack down on corporate greed.
According to a new report, the Treasury Department approved large raises and bonuses for executives at AIG, General Motors and Ally Bank despite all having accepted government bailout money. The terrible perks of failure.
The civil settlement amounts to little more than a slap on the wrist while it continues to look extremely doubtful that any criminal charges will ever be brought against anyone from HSBC despite the nature of the charges brought against them.