Trump this week

Trump is keeping journalists and bloggers busy. Seems everything he does is questions and it p?sses him off.

Trump claimed to have raised $6 million for veterans’ charities instead of attending a GOP presidential debate. During that time, Trump has come under intense scrutiny as reporters have been unable to account for the sum total. Trump claims that after vetting, some of the veterans’ groups no longer met proper standards and needed to be replaced. Trump only coughed up the million on May 24 — months after his promise — on the same day that sharp-eyed Washington Post reporters called to find out if and when the donation had occurred. Some groups only just got their cheques.

The Clinton campaign will assert last summer that Sen. John McCain, a Vietnam veteran and former POW, is not a war hero. “I like people that weren’t captured, OK?” Trump said last July. They will also go after Trump for declining to expressly support the latest version of the post-9/11 GI bill and his 2004 efforts to boot street vendors, including military veterans, who were hawking goods in front of Trump Tower.

Federal Judge Gonzalo Curiel involved in one of the Trump university lawsuits was called a “Mexican” by Trump. He was born in Indiana. The lawsuits are for allegedly defrauding thousands of people out of money in connection with the now defunct school. Trump demanded the judge recuse himself because he was a “hater” who had been nominated by President Obama. Curiel was first appointed in 2006 to the California Superior Court by then-Republican Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger. I guess Trump only want judges that like him.

Meanwhile, in sworn statements released this week as part of a federal class action lawsuit, former employees complained of unethical sales techniques, unqualified instructors and widely unsatisfied students at Trump University. For example, Trump University representatives telling them “…it’s ok; just max out your credit card.” Some suggested to use a husband’s disability income and a home equity loan to pay for the tuition. The school promised that the instructors had been “hand-picked” by Trump. Yet one instructor [for example] was in jewelry – never in real estate.

A “playbook” was given to employees with typical information such as how to dress at a university event, talk to the media or deal with travel expenses. Big the largest portion of the playbook is how to counter any objections or doubts they may have, encourage prospective students to sign up and how to bring in customers.

Arrogantly, Trump said that he has refused to settle the two federal cases he faces in California and the state case brought by New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman because he will end up winning in court.

The Huffington Post assigned five reporters to scour the record of one of Trump’s presidential debate performances, the team concluded: “It took us hours, but in all, we found 71 separate instances in which Trump made a claim that was inaccurate, misleading or deeply questionable. That’s basically one falsehood every 169 words, or 1.16 falsehoods every minute.”


Fan takes team to court for dozing off during game

Yes. You read it right.

A New York Yankees fan has filed a $10 million lawsuit against two ESPN announcers, ESPN, Major League Baseball and the Yankees contending they mocked him using words like “fatty” and “stupid” when he was caught on national television sleeping in his seat during a game against Boston recently at Yankee Stadium.

In the lawsuit, Andrew ector admits in court documents he “napped” during a game on April 13, but says the ESPN commentators Dan Shulman and John Kruk unleashed an “avalanche of disparaging words” against him.

Rector says he suffered “substantial injury” to his “character and reputation” and “mental anguish, loss of future income and loss of earning capacity.”

The “loss of future income and loss of earning capacity” would not have happened if he didn’t fall asleep and didn’t file a lawsuit. Now that he filed a lawsuit everyone knows his name.

Yes, the announcers did go a bit far but until the lawsuit came out, I think few would of known he was the sleeping target.

The fact that he also blames the Yankees is ridiculous as they have little to do with the issue – other than a boring game [2-1]. Maybe he included them because it was a boring game and if it was 12-10, he would of been awake!

I would suspect Yankee fans won’t be happy with him.

You can see and hear a video of the what happened here. It’s your call. :-0)

Apple administrative problems continue

An Apple investor is taking Apple to court. You would of figured that it would be because Apple’s stock has plummeted by about 35% since peaking at over $700 per share last year or maybe the company has amassed $137 billion [yes that much!] in cash lying around.

Nope. Investor David Einhorn sued Apple Inc. last week, saying a proposal slated for a vote at the company’s annual meeting in two weeks would make it more difficult to enact his plan to reward shareholders by distributing a new class of shares. Tim Cook basically laughed at the lawsuit.

Meanwhile, there is talk of Apple re-inventing the watch. Yup. The watch. I guess add music or whatever to it. It could become quite heavy.

Cook has also mention at a conference recently, that Apple may releaser a larger screen version of the iPhone at one point. In the good old days, Apple was the innovator. Now they are the follower [copycat?]. Already some of the Androids out there have larger screens and the iPhone’s biggest competitor, Samsung Galaxy S class, will probably have a larger screen with the Samsung Galaxy S IV which may debut in March.

So everything that Cook has done since Jobs left this planet [hmmmm] was probably still primarily from Jobs’ legacy. Now with him solely in control, we see that Apple is indeed having a hard time on multiple fronts.

Apple vs Samsung thoughts

You probably heard now that a judge awarded Apple $1.05 billion in some patent [and other] infringements against Samsung last month.

Here are a few tidbits since the judgement:

  • A really dumb story came out that Samsung will pay Apple the $1.05 billion in nickels. You read right. Nickels. That amounts to 21 billion nickels. Problem is that the US doesn’t have 21 billion nickels. You also need quite as few dump trucks.
  • Apple originally listed 8 devices they want banned related to the infringements. They then increased that list to 17. They recently added 4 more including the very popular Galaxy S III. In fact the S III outsold the iPhone in August – first time another phone outsold an iPhone since the iPhone came out. No wonder why it was added.

What people forget are these facts:

  • The case isn’t settled. Samsung will most likely appeal the decision citing the fine is huge considering the issue.
  • Even when the case is settled, by that time, Apple can go for the ban for the smart phones. They will all be discontinued by then. Hard to enforce a ban if an appeal is in the works.

Not really surprised Apple would go after and try to ban the Galaxy S III, whether or not it was infringed on. It is eating into the iPhone sales and getting rave reviews – in some cases better than the iPhone 4S and possibly the “iPhone 5” when released today.

NFL players file lawsuite over concussions

Here’s a good joke. More than 60 former NFL players have filed a lawsuit in Los Angeles today [May 14th], joining hundreds of others who claim the NFL didn’t properly protect its players from concussions.

Huh? The players play in a sport where concussions is probably a top five in the leading injuries to players. They knew it when they first put on a uniform before their first NFL game – before their first college game – probably even before their first high school game.

If they have someone to blame, they should be blaming their players union for not trying to protect them. While the NFL have cut down on the number of head shots recently, the players union could of asked the NFL to do something years ago.

But there is no way to stop a concussion when two players are aiming at each other or one gets flipped in the air and lands head first. To stop this, you might as well play flag football.

Ever say the George Clooney Leatherheads? See what they wore in the 1920s. Not much more than a padded leather hat. Fast forward to the 1950s, and the helmet has improved but still not as “modern” as the current helmets.

The players knew of the risk when they signed these multimillion dollar contracts to play 16 games [plus playoffs]. For some players, you’re talking $250,000 or more a game. It is a risk they take. [Even with concussions, they could retire nicely before they hit 40 years old – assuming they don’t spend their money on bling, drugs, bad investments, 20 high prices vehicles, $20 million dollar mansion, …]

Is this all coming from the Sidney Crosby concussion “legacy”? Probably.