A Huge Nothing-Pirogi

Because “nothing-pirogi” sounds nicer than “steaming pile of bovine feces”.

Russian elite invested nearly $100 million in Trump buildings

During the 2016 presidential campaign, Donald J. Trump downplayed his business ties with Russia. And since taking office as president, he has been even more emphatic.

“I can tell you, speaking for myself, I own nothing in Russia,” President Trump said at a news conference last month. “I have no loans in Russia. I don’t have any deals in Russia.”

But in the United States, members of the Russian elite have invested in Trump buildings. A Reuters review has found that at least 63 individuals with Russian passports or addresses have bought at least $98.4 million worth of property in seven Trump-branded luxury towers in southern Florida, according to public documents, interviews and corporate records.

The buyers include politically connected businessmen, such as a former executive in a Moscow-based state-run construction firm that works on military and intelligence facilities, the founder of a St. Petersburg investment bank and the co-founder of a conglomerate with interests in banking, property and electronics.

People from the second and third tiers of Russian power have invested in the Trump buildings as well. One recently posted a photo of himself with the leader of a Russian motorcycle gang that was sanctioned by the United States for its alleged role in Moscow’s seizure of Crimea.

ZOMG! Trump is a commie spy!

But wait! There’s more!

The Reuters review of investors from Russia in Trump’s Florida condominium buildings found no suggestion of wrongdoing by President Trump or his real estate organization. And none of the buyers appear to be from Putin’s inner circle.

Trump is in the real estate business. Some of the people who bought property from his companies over the years are Russians or Russian-Americans. These transactions go back decades. The article doesn’t even show that Trump was personally involved in any of the sales or even met any of the buyers.

Like I said, a big steaming pile of bullshit.


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169 Responses to A Huge Nothing-Pirogi

  1. votermom says:

    bringing these up from downstairs

    and be sure to get your copy of Amy Lynn too, last day today (scroll down to yesterday’s Book Horde post)

  2. votermom says:

    Are those fried pierogies? They look yummy.

      • CiscoKid says:

        Because real jobs are being produced that will make real goods not reams of job killing regulations.
        Drain that swamp!

        The Trump jobs boom continues, with computer giant IBM announcing that it is set to hire 2,000 veterans of the U.S. Military after a meeting with President Donald J. Trump.
        IBM CEO Ginni Rometty, who serves on Trump’s business advisory board, is to announce the new plans on Friday.

        The company intends to open 20 new P-TECH schools in the U.S. and will retrain and certify the veterans over a four-year period, Axios reported.

        Many of the veterans will be trained in the use of IBM’s software programs used by law enforcement, cybersecurity, and national security agencies.

        IBM joins a growing list of companies announcing major expansion in the age of Trump. The list includes 45,000 jobs announced by Exxon Mobil, 10,000 new jobs at Kroger, 10,000 jobs at Walmart, another 10,000 jobs to be offered by U.S. Steel, and 50,000 by SoftBank Telecommunications, among many others.

        Follow Warner Todd Huston on Twitter @warnerthuston or email the author at igcolonel@hotmail

  3. NBD says:

    It’s frustrating to see the Republican House and Senate balk at repeal of Obamacare. Trump ran and won on a promise to repeal the damned thing, and I can’t see a case to be made for delaying repeal before a replacement is agreed upon. If, as we all admit, Obamacare is a disaster, then repealing it is a benefit, whether or not there’s a replacement. What would be so bad about returning to the system of, say, 2007? The whole scheme is collapsing anyway, so just get rid of it and let things sort themselves out.

    • mothy67 says:

      It’s not like the paid protesters harassing their offices are ever going to vote Republican. They learned nothing from election.

  4. Dora says:



  5. CiscoKid says:

    Just Obama protecting his fellow muslims.

  6. DeniseVB says:

    I’m sure it’s for her expert business savvy or that she flew in a plane and stayed in hotel? I use Travelocity or Booking.com anyhow, so I’m not really boycotting this crazy WTF of a hire?


    • Jobs like that are welfare for the rich and connected.

      • DeniseVB says:

        Annnnnd, Expedia is trending on twitter. I’m not a boycotter if I like the service or product, but it’s a competitive field, in recent years, I’ve only used Travelzoo, Travelocity or Booking.com and have been very pleased, so this is an easy boycott 😀

        • elliesmom says:

          I’ve done just as well contacting the hotel directly. I check out Trip Adviser or something similar to get reviews, and then go to the hotel site. I got a better rate at the place we stayed in Seattle when I called them than any aggregator could find, and when I told them I was having a hard time deciding if I wanted to be downtown or close to the docks, they offered to drive us to our cruise ship.

          • DeniseVB says:

            When I was looking for a hotel in DC for the Inauguration, couldn’t find anything for under 1k/night. Travelocity found one for $250 and I grabbed it, then worried what kind of hotel (not part of a chain) it would be at that price, especially only a 20 minute walk to the National Mall. For 2 nights I figured I could put up with anything. It was perfect ! Whew got lucky 😀

          • Motel 6 is perfect for me. When I travel I don’t spend much time in motel rooms except to sleep.

            Check in – sleep – get up – shower – dress – leave.

          • votermom says:

            Me too! TripAdviser has great reviews. Some chains will give you a lower price now if you are on their rewards list, and some hotels will give you a local discount (like the ones around universities will give you a college family discount etc).

          • Jadzia says:

            I usually check a few sites like travelocity and then book directly. It’s better for the hotel, especially smaller hotels, and I find they are more likely to upgrade or give you little extras if you book directly. I am not a fan of trip advisor at all, but that’s another story.

    • Chelsea Clinton has joined Expedia’s board of directors.

      A filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission this week shows the travel firm expanded the number of members on its board up from 13 to 14 members and voted for the former first daughter to take the new position.

      As MarketWatch notes, Clinton’s compensation will be a “standard” $45,000 a year, plus stock grants valued at $250,000 in accordance to the company’s proxy statement for its 2016 annual meeting of stockholders.

    • Constance says:

      ICK! I just booked a flight with Expedia two days ago.

      • DeniseVB says:

        You should be fine, even if the Fightin’ Right forces Expedia out of business by your flight time, they’ll still honor your ticket 😛

    • DeniseVB says:

      Dan Bongino is my go to guy for all things USSS. It seems to be a common theme in the former agent memoir books I’ve read, top management sucks and way too political which in turn gives you low morale, high turnover and ineffective protection. They should put someone like Sheriff Clarke in charge 🙂

  7. Born Joshua A. Barro
    July 17, 1984 (age 32)
    Residence New York City, New York, U.S.
    Nationality United States of America
    Education B.A., Harvard University (Psychology)
    Occupation Journalist
    Employer The New York TImes
    Business Insider
    Bloomberg L.P.

    Family and education
    Barro’s father is the Harvard professor and macroeconomist Robert Barro.[1] After growing up in Massachusetts, Barro received a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Harvard University.[2] While in college, he spent a summer interning for Grover Norquist.[3]

    Barro previously worked as a Senior Fellow at the Manhattan Institute for Policy Research,[4] as a real estate banker for Wells Fargo,[5] as the lead writer for the Ticker, an economics and politics blog hosted by Bloomberg L.P., and as the politics editor at Business Insider.[6]

    He appears regularly on Bloomberg Television and MSNBC and has appeared on Real Time with Bill Maher on HBO[7] and on All In with Chris Hayes on MSNBC.

    In early 2013, he was a prominent supporter of a potential trillion dollar coin,[8] but by late 2013, he had changed his mind.[9]

    Time named Barro’s Twitter feed one of “The 140 Best Twitter Feeds of 2013,” one of ten in the Politics category.[10] In 2012, Forbes selected him as one of the “30 Under 30” media “brightest stars under the age of 30,”[4] and David Brooks listed him as part of the “vibrant and increasingly influential center-right conversation.”[11] A former aide to Barack Obama included Barro on a short list of Obama’s favorite columnists.[12] He is currently the host and moderator of KCRW’s Left, Right & Center.

    In 2014, Barro left Business Insider to join The New York Times’ “The Upshot.”[2][13] In 2016, Barro was again hired by Business Insider as a senior editor.[14]

    The phrase “born on third and thinks he hit a triple” comes to mind.

  8. Don Surber:

    For some reason, though, the Einsteins in the federal government thought they had to warn America that not paying for abortions will mean fewer abortions.

    Maybe Planned Parenthood should just do them pro bono.

    The people pushing for taxpayer-funded abortions are pro-abortion.

    The people opposed are anti-abortion.

    But what do you expect from the CBO? These geniuses also said that not requiring people to buy health insurance will — wait for it — mean fewer people will have health insurance.

    They have credentials from the best universities, and yet they will fall seemingly for anything as long as it advances the agenda of more and more government.

    D.C. is the town where people think carbon dioxide — a nutrient on which life on this planet depends — is a pollutant.

    D.C. is the town where people think a president who spied on reporters, congressmen, and foreign leaders could not have possibly spied on the presidential candidate of the opposition party.

    D.C. is the town where people think you can bribe President Trump by staying one night at his hotel — but Hillary Clinton soliciting $25 million in “donations” from the House of Saud while she was Secretary of State was perfectly OK.

    We are $19 trillion in debt because we let stupid people with flashy credentials run the country.

  9. Former Democratic National Committee chair Donna Brazile joined Comedy Central’s “The Daily Show” on Thursday to discuss her time as head of the DNC. During the interview, Trevor Noah asked Brazile about her leaked emails to the Clinton campaign in which she gave out debate questions.

    “Well, first of all, I didn’t have my hands in the cookie jar. I’m an operative, I’m a strategist, and part of what my role was, in addition to being a ‘political pundit,’ was to help advance the cause of justice and equality,” she said.

    “So think about, we have six debates. I started to fight for more debates. I started to fight to ensure that Bernie and Hillary had an opportunity to talk about these issues, talk about the Flint water crisis, talk about criminal justice reform, and that was my role,” she continued.

    Brazile then said that what people know about the emails is the “Russian version” of the story.

    “Now, the Wikileaks version is the Russian version. My own version is that, had you saw my e-mails to Bernie, you would have known that I was communicating with Bernie just as much as I was communicating with Hillary, with Martin O’Malley,” Brazile said. “Because that’s what you do.”

    • swanspirit says:

      Fucking lying cheating stealing bitch. We have known you were an operative since 2008, and this country has suffered greatly from your version of justice and equality.
      Your willingness to do anything, by any means to win is exceeded only by your massive stupidity, and hubris.

    • mothy67 says:

      I hate her. She makes me puke in my mouth. 2008 she flat out said I do not matter. To bad sunset I do.

    • Venus says:

      Do she not remember that she claimed initially that she did NOT leak questions to Hillary, or do people not remember that claim?

      Well, we’ve got Jonathan Gruber, the guy who bragged that Obamacare was written in a tortured manner to fool the public on the real cost & it only passed due to the “stupidity of the American public” now all over the TV saying how terrible Ryancare is and people are acting like he’s telling the truth, so I guess Donna can pretend she didn’t deny cheating.

    • mcnorman says:

      That mess needs some serious waterboarding on live TV to tell the truth (thinking Maddow’s show which is always in for ratings).

    • lateblum says:

      First of all, she said all this while on ComedyCentral.
      Then, whatever she said proved Comedy Central was exactly the right place for her.
      She lied about being “taught by my mama” to do right and follow the rules.
      And now, she’s giving “Christian woman” a bad name.
      Now the rest of us worthless, irrelevant, deplorable folks have to grab our guns, bibles, and knitting needles and show her what for.
      And not for nothin” I hate that woman

    • lateblum says:

  10. Mom is taking a seniors bus trip to a casino today. Spending my inheritance.

  11. mothy67 says:

    I quit the facebook during gay cakes. I would not argue with people whose go to was name calling. Challenge me. I thrive on it, but don’t call me names. Because I believe a florist can turn down a gay wedding I am racist. Huh?
    Like I said I quit. Not worth my energy. Per a friend I am still discussed. He’s gay and lived in NY how can he be such a bigot?
    Since they don’t actually talk to me I am not sure where my bigotry exists. I do not like islam. I am very upfront about it. It’s not islamaphobia. I do not have an irrational fear. I don’t like islam. Cut and dry. No one gets to tell me how I think or feel. My lib friends once meant everything to me. Oh yeah I danced naked on a speaker in 1987. That was 30 years ago. I now run around looking for my readers so I can make a meal for a vegan child that has complete protein. Thank god she eats eggs
    I was out there 80’s 90’s. I did it all. Spared any illness. Blind luck. Darkest most non traditional bars blasted Express Yourself at 4 am. That was decades ago. Madonna is still residing there. It’s sad.

  12. DeniseVB says:

    I have a hunch The Daily Beast doesn’t like Tomi Lahren. The View video is at the link, I couldn’t watch it. Why do they hate beautiful and whip-smart conservative women? I know a lot of pro-choice conservatives, sounds like Tomi was just doing a riff on Hillary’s “safe, legal, rare”, but she got called on hypocrisy?


  13. taw46 says:

    • swanspirit says:

      Battling active terrorism is becoming “normalized” in France, and other European countries. But stupid libs, dems and progs don’t want to normalize Donald Trump as POTUS, the only one actively fighting that happening here.
      They are so brainwashed, Obamafied, cultified, they are incapable of seeing the big picture.

    • Jadzia says:

      This is exactly why we have military patrols at the airports, although I wonder how this guy managed to get the soldier’s rifle away from her.

  14. Because they’re idiots?

  15. #meow

  16. I think it’s safe to say he won’t be fooling around with any women.

  17. mothy67 says:

    They make a big deal here about 5th grade graduation – they rent a camp there are yuuge events all through May. They asked for a song. I offered From This Moment On. Too sexist. Huh??????

  18. Dora says:

    She looks a little nervous.


    ‘The Briefing Was All On Sensitive Matters’: Sen. Feinstein Tight-Lipped After Comey Meeting

  19. mothy67 says:

    I am ordering chinese gonna smother my self in comforters and watch last season of The Vampire Diaries. I LOVE bubble gum. And Enzo is hot. How is he not a super star?

    • dm says:

      I quit watching a couple of seasons ago, but I did DVR the final episode…there are a few hot bods on that show.

      • mothy67 says:

        Enzo is like bibi hot. It’s the voice. He is Irish, Italian and Lebonese. I also think Caroline is smoking. Its silly fun. I have very bad insomnia. Teen shows are the best at two am.

        • 1539days says:

          The actress playing Caroline should have been Elena. Yeah, she’s pretty smokin. The guy playing Damon is way too old for a teen show.

          I started watching Riverdale, which is soapy as hell.

      • mothy67 says:

        It’s funny how much I have mellowed over the last ten years. I went all Tipper Gore when crud was an infant. I couldn’t believe the sex and drugs on shows for kids. Its hopeless. No shielding.

    • votermom says:

      I quit Vampire Diaries around season 3 or 4. I am finishing up Grimm’s final season but goodness, is there any Lefty trope they won’t justify? A few eps ago it was abortion, then euthanasia.

    • 1539days says:

      Probably because the guy who plays Enzo doesn’t really have that accent.

  20. helenk3 says:


    their moms should have told them not to play in the street.
    if you want to be a speedbump you get run over

    • CiscoKid says:

      Like elections, doing stupid, I repeat stupid shit, has consequences.
      Read recently that two fools were playing Russian roulette with a revolver.
      They challenged each to put another round in the cylinder .
      After one fool fatally shot himself, police were summoned and recovered the revolver loaded with 4 rounds, 3 live, 1 fired.
      And yes of course alcohol was involved.

    • mothy67 says:

      Kind of sad. I say oh well wish there were more.
      I hate I think that way but I do.

      • CiscoKid says:

        It is but g-dammit, who in their right mind would accept a challenge to put more bullets in a gun then put it to your head and pull the trigger?

    • kanaughty says:

      they better not say this is a homicide when it is illegal for pedestrians to be on highways period. when you are on the major interstate highway you are supposed to be safe to go high speeds because human beings are not supposed to be walking or blocking it.

      a deer is lucky If they survive crossing a highway running at 45-80 mph.

      they say I-15 in the article. but it looks like I-5. so I don’t know if that is accurate. and where were the cops because this was the second time that group of people blocked the highway.

      so I would say give all the protesters fines and jail time, call out the cops for negligence in not getting those people off the highway, and maybe even give the surviving protesters jail time for manslaughter of their friends since they are the ones who put them in that situation. this is not at all the truck driver’s fault. and he will live with what he has done psychologically the rest of his life already, though it is not his fault.

      • helenk3 says:

        Yes he will have to live with the consequences of their stupidity. That is not fair but there is nothing that can change that fact.

    • gram krakka says:

      This appears to be more “fake news”. Googled it and numerous sites report this to be a hoax. I try not to have knee jerk reactions to most stuff put out by the lame stream media and internet. I don’t like getting played. If it had really happened it would have been headline news everywhere. Would have been on the Daily Mail for sure. As Ronny Raygun famously said, “trust but verify”.

      Now if there is an imminent threat to me and mine, the mama grizzly roars into action and there will be fight or flight as deemed best response in the circumstances. I tend to go out of my way to avoid being in situations that can become flash points. I earned my street smarts the hard way during the 60’s inner city riots and Nam protests. I’m always alert to what is going on around me. I’ve told my gkids that if the Gkrakka orders them to do something when we are out, do as I say and ask questions later.

  21. Dora says:

    Trump Wins: G-20 Drops ‘Anti-Protectionist, Free-Trade, & Climate-Change Funding’ Commitment

    After delays and hours of discussions amid tensions over ‘trade’ comments between the United States and the rest of The G-20, it appears President Trump has ‘won’. While China was “adamantly against” protectionism, the finance ministers end talks without renewing their long-standing commitment to free trade and rejection of protectionism after US opposition.


  22. DeniseVB says:

    More photos of Melania in Red from the UK Daily Mail. Just ignore the fact they’re keeping track of the number of visits to their “home” in Florida also.


  23. Dora says:

    I’m glad the Trumps are in Palm Beach.

  24. CiscoKid says:

    Another sacrifice on the altar of open borders. Notice how they avoid the word illegal alien.

    • CiscoKid says:

      Two immigrant 9th graders — one 18, the other 17 — charged with rape of 14-year-old girl

  25. kanaughty says:

    I was reading on conservative tree house that the queen has given her consent to brexit. nigel farage says she has been for it because the eu has been holding back Britain from communication with their 50 countries in the british commonwealth. down further I was reading a comment that the eu could actually abolish the monarchy in Britain if they wanted too. if this is all true, I can see why the queen is still alive to see this day of independence come (so that globalist Charles doesn’t take over and end the monarchy) and also why the queen supported brexit openly.

  26. Venus says:

    OMFG — I turn on the TV and what are they talking about? POLLS!! The dumb chick on FOX actually said “It looks like Pres. Trump’s honeymoon period with American public is over” (uh, what fucking honeymoon period?).
    And they have the same dumb mofos who guaranteed that Hillary was winning the GE based on POLLS on to tell us how terrible these POLLS are for him.
    Not one of these idiots who were 100% completely and laughably wrong about Trump from the day he announced lost their jobs and they are STILL coming on TV to tell us about POLLS and how terrible Trump is.
    I switched channels.

    • kanaughty says:

      it’s true, there was no honeymoon period, not even the months leading up to the inauguration. it was always and still is about delegitimizing his potential and his presidency. and then it has always been about not normalizing him and finding anyway to impeach him. so yeah, I don’t know what dream world they are in that trump had any sort of honeymoon period ever.

      • lyn says:

        Exactly. Trump never had a honeymoon. The establishment and elites want his head on a platter.

      • lateblum says:

        Even before the election, I was reading threats to impeach him if he were elected. I heard people on the street talking about impeachment on November 10th !! My dil was in tears and say how “we” had to “do SOMETHING” because his election meant the world was coming to an end or something, something…..
        Even I had a better honeymoon than Mr Trump.

    • DeniseVB says:

      I haven’t trusted polls since Trump declared in June 2016. Yeah, what honeymoon? T’s supporters sure haven’t gotten one either 😉

    • CiscoKid says:

      Their “polls” didn’t work then, and they ain’t working now.
      I wonder if the pollsters ask the newley employed now that Trump has opened up America for business how they feel.?

  27. kanaughty says:

    about trump potentially selling real estate to Russians. it is possible. I know when we bought and sold our home, we weren’t allowed to meet the sellers or buyers until the keys were getting handed over. we had no idea who they were. in real estate it is all about the price. who will pay the most and what kind of deal I can get on a property. you can’t choose your buyers or sellers. and I bet on high end real estate, it is more likely that they are international buyers because they have a lot of money to spend. I watch million dollar listing. and it seems as if 50% of their buyers are international buyers, mostly from asia, but still, they could just as well be wealthy Russians too. so I don’t have any problems with if he has bought or sold from Russians, because it is possible that he wouldn’t have known. it is all about the final price and if they can guarantee payment, period.

    • Ann says:

      If he had any holding down in Miami, Ft Lauderdale, West Palm, Boca, etc (and I am quite sure they did) the Trump real estate empire sold to Russians. Absolutely. We stayed on Sunny Isles a few years back before we bought our condo in NE Florida. TONS of foreign money there (from all over the world) even during the downturn.

      Can you refuse to sell real estate to someone based on nationality?

  28. votermom says:

    Rewatching King Kong (2005) on tv. Jack Black is so lovable even as a villain.

  29. Dora says:

    I can’t be the only one fed up with this group of miscreants. This is certainly not what I call peaceful protests.


    Exclusive ­ Progressives Plan to Storm Trump-Like GOP Congressman’s Town Hall by the Thousands to Disrupt President’s Agenda

    Anti-Trump progressive organizers in the area are flooding social media with messages detailing their plans for disruption and even expressing the hope that President Trump dies soon.

    They openly state their goal is to halt the mandate the president has from his landslide electoral college win on Nov. 8, when he crushed Democrat Hillary Rodham Clinton by winning 30-and-a-half states ­ cruising to a 306 vote electoral college victory.


  30. DeniseVB says:

    Some nice news for former Sen.Scott Brown’s family, his youngest daughter became a Veterinarian today !

    • CiscoKid says:

      Truly another healing art.
      My little guy was horribly wounded and a kind soul took him to a local no kill cat and dog shelter after finding him in an alley.
      He was saved and nursed back to health.
      I adopted him 3 years ago, three years that he wouldn’t have had except for the skills of veterinarians.
      I ❤️❤️❤️ ’em

      • SHV says:

        Al, the wife supports multiple no kill shelters, one in Yazoo City, which apparently is dog fighting country. A couple of weeks ago, she lost her mind an “rescued” a pitiful Pit Bull off of a mini-mart parking lot in Lake Village, AR.

        • CiscoKid says:

          I slightly recall a football player being involved in a pit bull fighting ring.
          I understand they are not vicious by nature but trained to become that way.
          About 5 years ago my neighbor adopted a pit bull and I , erroneously thought, gonna be problems.
          With the owners permission I gave him a Beggin’ strip afte a week or so of Bosco moving next door, that’s his name, and we became good friends, I even get to walk him now and then.
          I don’t know anything about the breed, but at about 7 years of age he still thinks he’s a puppy.

        • blowme0bama says:

          Yazoo City? Lake Village? That’s my hunting area!

      • jenlyn says:

        I have three rescue persians laying on me right now they are my joy they are my heart they are the reason I think there might be a heaven my feeling is kill the humans save the animals

  31. DeniseVB says:

    While crazy Uncle Joe was a hoot, I really think we struck the VP lottery with Mike Pence and he’s working on a Saturday!

  32. AFVet says:

    • CiscoKid says:

      Excuse me.
      These are the same fucking people that the Dem’s and other dumb shits want more of into America?
      Criminals and radical muslims.
      Peachy keen, more Dem voters.

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