Saturday Mob


Find the mobsters in this photo. (Hint, there’s 4)

While there are some financial subjects on which the media has dared to grill the billionaire — ABC’s George Stephanopoulos last month got Trump to deliver a blunt “no” when he asked about the Republican nominee-apparent’s repeated refusal to release his recent tax returns, something every other recent presidential candidate has done — there has been remarkably little interest shown in some of Trump’s less-than-savory connections.

One of the exceptions is Johnston, who, over the course of 27 years, has had ample occasion to pay attention to Trump’s finances and mob ties. He was not the first investigative reporter to do so. In 1992, Johnston favorably reviewed the longtime Village Voice reporter Wayne Barrett’s highly unauthorized biography, Trump: The Deals and the Downfall, which, in Johnston’s words, “asserts that throughout his adult life, Donald Trump has done business with major organized-crime figures and performed favors for their associates.” As Barrett said not long after Trump declared for the presidency last year, Trump’s life “intertwines with the underworld.” Barrett updates his treatment of Trump in a new digital edition called Trump, The Greatest Show on Earth: The Deals, the Downfall, the Reinvention.

As Trump cements his leads atop the polls, questions about how he made his billions, and who helped him make them, are starting to take center stage.

Barrett’s quote appeared in a July 31, 2015, CNN online piece by investigative reporter Chris Frates, who added:

“The allegations are getting new scrutiny as Trump runs for president, largely on his record as a successful and extraordinarily wealthy businessman. As Trump cements his leads atop the polls, questions about how he made his billions, and who helped him make them, are starting to take center stage”.

While the story ran on CNN’s website, it never got any air time on the cable network. I tried to ask Frates why his investigation didn’t get onto TV, but didn’t hear back from him. In any event, nearly 11 months later, those questions about Trump’s financial life have still not reached that elusive center stage. The question is why.

@ Bill Moyers


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19 Responses to Saturday Mob

  1. jimhitchcock says:

    Who will be the next Bill Moyers?


  2. Den says:

    You don’t make it big in NY unless you have Mob connections and definitely don’t make it big in Atlantic City without them.

    That is an elephant in trumps room the media conveniently ignores.


    • jimhitchcock says:

      “People say ‘thus and such is the elephant in the living room’, meaning a thing that’s too big to be ignored, but you’d even ignore an elephant if it was in the living room long enough.”

      “Except when you have to clean up the poop,” I said.

      -Stephen King, Revival


  3. jimhitchcock says:

    Oh man, did not plan on watching Ted 2, but it turned out to be disgustedly funny. Amanda Seyfried is not pretty, but she is a beauty. Watch for the black guy with an afro at minute 51.


    • º¿carol says:

      I didn’t like that one, I liked the first “Ted” much better.

      Amanda Seyfried and Emma Stone should be in a movie together. They look like sisters with their big eyes.


  4. º¿carol says:

    Experimented with English Muffins to make a pizza casserole. Came out damn good! Took forever, but that’s because I insist on a variety of vegetables being on my pizza. Had to wash, cut, saute several things. I toasted the muffins, cut them up, covered the bottom of my biggest glass cake dish with melted butter and sprinkled garlic powder, placed the cut up muffins as close together as possible then covered it all with pizza sauce. A layer of pepperoni, packed tightly together, too, then I put mushrooms, 4 colors of sauteed peppers and onion, sliced some Compare tomatoes, cleaned and cooked asparagus and a some broccoli and topped it with mozzarella cheese. Baked it about a half hour. Tasted just like pizza!


    • jimhitchcock says:

      This just in:

      English muffins were invented in America!


      • David B. Benson says:

        Not so, according to Wikipedia.


        • jimhitchcock says:


          The Merriam-Webster dictionary gives the origin of the term “English Muffin” as 1902.[4] In a trademark filing in 1926, it was stated that the Thomas’ name of the product was first used in 1894.[4]


        • jimhitchcock says:

          Also, from some site named funtrivia:

          The origins of English Muffins are not completely clear, but the word ‘muffin’ appears in print in Britain in the 18th century although the recipe and method for them seems to be older than the name, and not necessarily limited to Britain.

          In Wales, a very similar bread/cake called ‘bara maen’ was baked on hot stones (rather than a griddle) as far back as the 10th century.

          An Englishman named Samuel Bath Thomas is credited with introducing the English version of muffins to America, and the name “English Muffin”.

          “Although tea muffins that were once popular in England resembled the American “English muffin,” there is no single muffin in Britain by this specific name…Most of the store-bought varieties [of English muffin] derive from those made by the S. B. Thomas Company of New York, whose founder, Samuel Bath Thomas, emigrated from England in 1875 with his mother’s recipe and began making muffins at his Ninth Avenue bakery in 1880. The name was first printed in 1925.”
          —Encyclopedia of American Food and Drink, John F. Mariani [Lebhar-Friedman:New York


        • David B. Benson says:

          “A rose by any other name would smell as sweet.” His mother’s recipe came from England.


        • jimhitchcock says:

          ‘kay, Billy Shakespeare


    • David B. Benson says:

      Indeed “english muffin pizza” is suggested by Google as a search term.


  5. David B. Benson says:

    To the TVD bridge and back to the Nuevo Vallarta in 41 minutes. Having tacos de pescado y Negra Modelo again.

    Day 7: 282+41=323 minutes for a passable week’s stick walking.


  6. º¿carol says:

    My English Muffins, Bay brand, came from Meijer’s Shifty Acres in Mason. 😉


  7. Den says:

    I now have one Thomas Original Muffin in the cupboard, it is not stale, I might even eat it.


  8. Den says:

    Awake late due to tremendous celebration/memorial for the Shanghai Bar and Restaurant.

    Abundant music, food, beer, and merriment was enjoyed by all.


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