Conflict of Interest on Pennsylvania Avenue

August 29, 2016

Conflict of Interest on Pennsylvania Avenue

Presidential candidate Donald Trump already has a home on Pennsylvania Avenue, a few blocks from the White House. It’s a $200 million hotel project he’s developing in the Old Post Office Building, a historic property owned by the federal government and leased to the Trump Organization for 60 years.

As Steve Perlstein observed, it’s “curious” the government “… would choose to pass over established, deep-pocketed hoteliers such as Marriott, Hyatt and Hilton in order to choose a lead developer who has spent so much time in U.S. Bankruptcy Court that he qualifies for elite frequent-flier status.” Part of the appeal might have been due to Trump’s financial bait-and-switch. Trump’s bid included funding from his Californian investor pal Tom Barrack, the guy who had sold him the Plaza (Trump sold it for a huge loss). After Trump got the Old Post Office contract, Barrack pulled out and Trump off-shored the financing, borrowing $170 million from Germany’s Deutsche Bank instead. The collateral? The federal lease on the tax-payer-owned property.

Remember, the historic Old Post Office Building’s landlord is the General Services Administration (GSA), a federal agency.

“You’d be kidding yourself if you don’t think the president of the United States has influence over this. And [Trump’s] taken no affirmative steps to separate himself from this conflict of interest. I don’t know how this is not a bigger issue. It’s crazy.”
— Jessica Tillipman, George Washington University Law School

Read the rest of this entry »

Women of Ireland

August 28, 2016

“Women of Ireland (Mná na hÉireann),” interpreted by Jeff Beck (guitar), Lizzie Ball (violin), Tal Wilkenfeld (bass) and Jonathan Joseph (drums) at Madison Square Garden, 2013.

Jeff Beck website

_____________
Short link: http://wp.me/p6sb6-nIs

Comments are welcome if they are on-topic, substantive, concise, and not boring or obscene. Comments may be edited for clarity and length.

Add to: Facebook | Digg | Del.icio.us | Stumbleupon | Reddit | Blinklist | Twitter | Technorati | Yahoo Buzz | Newsvine

Expressway to Your Heart

August 28, 2016

“Expressway to Your Heart”, written by Kenny Gamble and Leon Huff, recorded by the Soul Survivors in 1967. It was the first hit for Gamble & Huff and the only real hit for the Soul Survivors.

_____________
Short link: http://wp.me/p6sb6-nWe

Comments are welcome if they are on-topic, substantive, concise, and not boring or obscene. Comments may be edited for clarity and length.

Add to: Facebook | Digg | Del.icio.us | Stumbleupon | Reddit | Blinklist | Twitter | Technorati | Yahoo Buzz | Newsvine

Cash On The Barrelhead

August 28, 2016

“Cash On The Barrelhead” by the by the Infamous Stringdusters at Wonder Ballroom in Portland, Oregon on February 19th, 2016. The song was written by Charlie and Ira Louvin and recorded by them in 1956 as the Louvin Brothers.

Andy Hall (dobro and vocals), Travis Book (bass and vocals), Jeremy Garrett (fiddle and vocals), Andy Falco (guitar and vocals), Chris Pandolfi ( banjo and vocals). Special guest: Nicki Bluhm (vocals).

________________________

Short link: http://wp.me/p6sb6-nJp

Comments are welcome if they are on-topic, substantive, concise, and not boring or obscene. Comments may be edited for clarity and length.

Add to: Facebook | Digg | Del.icio.us | Stumbleupon | Reddit | Blinklist | Twitter | Technorati | Yahoo Buzz | Newsvine

Aw Shucks Baby

August 28, 2016

“Aw Shucks Baby,” recorded in 1957 by Tiny Topsy & The Five Chances. Tiny Topsy was Otha Lee Moore, the Five Chances were The Charms. Tenor sax: Ray Felder.

_____________

Short link: http://wp.me/p6sb6-nNs

Comments are welcome if they are on-topic, substantive, concise, and not boring or obscene. Comments may be edited for clarity and length.

Add to: Facebook | Digg | Del.icio.us | Stumbleupon | Reddit | Blinklist | Twitter | Technorati | Yahoo Buzz | Newsvine

Louisiana Flood

August 28, 2016

“Louisiana 1927” written by Randy Newman and recorded by him in 1974. The song was later recorded by Aaron Neville after Hurricane Katrina.

________________________

Short link: http://wp.me/p6sb6-onw

Comments are welcome if they are on-topic, substantive, concise, and not boring or obscene. Comments may be edited for clarity and length.

Add to: Facebook | Digg | Del.icio.us | Stumbleupon | Reddit | Blinklist | Twitter | Technorati | Yahoo Buzz | Newsvine

Parade of Pretend Presidents

August 28, 2016

The presidents of Hollywood, paraded by Candice Drouet.

Franklin D. Roosevelt (Jon Voight), Harry S. Truman  (Gary Sinise), Dwight D. Eisenhower (Robin Williams), John F. Kennedy (Bruce Greenwood), Lyndon B. Johnson (Liev Schreiber),
Richard Nixon (Kevin Spacey), Jimmy Carter (Fred Travalena), Ronald Reagan (Jay Koch),
George H. W. Bush (James Cromwell), Bill Clinton (Dennis Quaid), George W. Bush (Josh Brolin), Barack Obama (Parker Sawyers).

h/t: Casey Chan

________________________

Short link: http://wp.me/p6sb6-ooH

Comments are welcome if they are on-topic, substantive, concise, and not boring or obscene. Comments may be edited for clarity and length.

Add to: Facebook | Digg | Del.icio.us | Stumbleupon | Reddit | Blinklist | Twitter | Technorati | Yahoo Buzz | Newsvine

Our Love Is Here to Stay

August 27, 2016

“Our Love Is Here to Stay,” written by George Gershwin, performed by  Lester Young (tenor sax), Teddy Wilson (piano), Gene Ramey (bass), Jo Jones (drums).

________________________

Short link: http://wp.me/p6sb6-oh0

Comments are welcome if they are on-topic, substantive, concise, and not boring or obscene. Comments may be edited for clarity and length.

Add to: Facebook | Digg | Del.icio.us | Stumbleupon | Reddit | Blinklist | Twitter | Technorati | Yahoo Buzz | Newsvine

Chill In the Air

August 27, 2016

“Chill in the Air,” written and performed by Amos Lee with Zach Djanikian (bass, harmony vocals), Andy Keenan (pedal steel guitar, harmony vocals), Jaron Olevsky (accordion, piano, organ, vibes), Jerry Douglas (dobro), Jedd Hughes (mandolin ), Jay Joyce (electric guitar), Alison Krauss (harmony vocals), Freddie Berman and Giles Reaves (drums). The video is edited from a 1950 marriage training film titled “This Charming Couple.” Bravo, anonymous film editor.

Amos Lee website

_______________________

Short link: http://wp.me/p6sb6-nIB

Comments are welcome if they are on-topic, substantive, concise, and not boring or obscene. Comments may be edited for clarity and length.

Add to: Facebook | Digg | Del.icio.us | Stumbleupon | Reddit | Blinklist | Twitter | Technorati | Yahoo Buzz | Newsvine

The Answer To My Prayer

August 27, 2016

“You’re The Answer To My Prayer,” by  Varetta Dillard & The Roamers, recorded in 1955. Accompanists included Mickey Baker (guitar), Milt Hinton (bass), Ernie Hayes (piano), Jerome Richardson and Sam Taylor (tenor sax), Budd Johnson (baritone sax), and Dave Bailey (drums).

_____________

Short link: http://wp.me/p6sb6-nNw

Comments are welcome if they are on-topic, substantive, concise, and not boring or obscene. Comments may be edited for clarity and length.

Add to: Facebook | Digg | Del.icio.us | Stumbleupon | Reddit | Blinklist | Twitter | Technorati | Yahoo Buzz | Newsvine


Follow

Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

Join 255 other followers