Saturday, December 7, 2019

After stonewalling Tucker Carlson, Sen. Sasse finally responded. Carlson mocked him some more.

Yesterday, Tucker Carlson briefly recapped his Tuesday Fox News show about how hedge fund (Elliott) manager (Paul Singer) wrecked Cabela's and its home, Sidney, NE with typically rapacious, predatory business practices, destroying 2,000 Cabela's jobs there.
     Carlson suggested that NE GOP Sen. Ben Sasse's stubborn silence on the Sydney economic apocalypse (1/3 of the town lost its jobs) might have something to do with the fact that Paul Singer gave him the maximum allowable contribution for his senate race.
     Though Sasse ignored Carlson's attempts to speak to him before the episode was shown, he released 77 words of pandering, evasive drivel a statement after the fact:
     Melissa and I know the families in Sydney and I've constantly told companies, including Cabella’s and Bass Pro Shops, that nobody outworks or outhustles Nebraskans. Sydney hasn't given up and neither have we. There's a real problem with American communities coming apart, and it's going to require creative policymaking. But this problem isn't going to be solved by the easy overpromising big government advocates on either the left or the right.
     Back to Carlson:
     Creative policymaking is what Senator Sasse says we need. And of course, we agree with him. Here are three creative policies the U.S. Senate ought to consider in response to what happened in Sydney and Nebraska. First, call it what it is. This wasn't creative destruction. Nothing was created. It was just destruction. Destruction for the enrichment of a tiny number of people at the expense of many others. You don't have to make this illegal to call it disgusting, because that's exactly what it is. So, our first creative policy ought to be to tell the truth.
     Second, return the money. We're not saying Ben Sasse, or any other senator is doing Singer's bidding purely for the cash, but why not remove all doubt about it? If one of your biggest donors turned out to be a pornographer or a mass distributor of OxyContin, you'd send back the donation. You wouldn't want to be associated with someone like that. You'd want to be clear about your own values. Senator Sasse should be clear about his.
     Third, and finally, Republican senators ought to resolve to speak to the rest of us like adults. No more baby talk. Stop with the bumper sticker phrases from 1986. It's a different country now... Wake up. We're almost out of time. If we don't rein in the excesses of our system, and soon, we could very easily lose it.
     Elliott Management, which refused to respond to Carlson, posted a response on Medium, denying responsibility for the Cabela's sale. The company was exploring a sale before Elliot bought a stake, Elliott said, adding that it did not exert "direct influence on the Cabella's board to pressure them into that decision."
     Carlson then noted that SEC findings contradict Elliott Management's claim:

     Capella's did consider selling itself before Paul Singer arrived, but in August 2015, they rejected that path. Suddenly, after Singer's purchase, they reversed course."

Friday, December 6, 2019

Trump may still be hiding his taxes, but WaPo found out where he gets his face concealer

It's sold by a Swiss firm which calls the line Bronx Colors... and who would be more Bronx streetwise than Zurich Huenenberg chemists, we ask you.
     The president's makeup is not listed among the products "For Men" on the manufacturer's web site, but the Trump administration has no policy so far penalizing the transgender application of concealer.
     Shady Trump's shade is Orange BHC06 Boosting Hydrating Concealer and it isn't removed from his shirt collars easily. Just ask the minion Trump yells at for failing to do so. Or Melania, whose clothes go into a separate washing machine.
     Unlike Trump, Bronx Colors are a cruelty-free cosmetic.

Tucker Carlson just ripped Ben Sasse apart, directly and maybe in between the lines too, on his Fox show

Update: Senator Sasse and Elliott Management have responded to Carlson's piece;
he found their answers lacking.

Pete Ricketts and Don Bacon both took money from vulture capitalist Paul Singer, whose firm, Elliott Management destroyed Cabela's and devastated Sidney, Nebraska.
     Tucker Carlson just did a piece about this on his Fox show:
 "One of the last thriving small towns in this country went under. We recently sent 2 producers to Sidney, NE to survey the wreckage there and to consider what happened. Our producers talked to more than a dozen former employees. Almost all of them refused to speak to us on camera, fearful of legal retribution from the famously vicious Paul Singer. But off-camera, they told us their story..."
After the segment, Carlson did an interesting thing. Behind him, he put up a picture of Senator Ben Sasse (If you're in third grade and reading this, say Ben Sasse 3 times, quickly). Then Tucker looked into the camera and said this:
As we were doing that story, we were warned repeatedly by people around Washington, "Don't criticize Paul Singer. That's not a good idea," and as that package played I got a text from a very well known person in Washington: "Holy smokes! I can't believe you're doing this. I'm afraid of Paul Singer."
     Blind item! If you have any idea who Carlson may have been talking about, tweet us at @aksarbent, won't you?
     Anyway, then Carlson continued, as the picture of Sasse stayed up behind him.
     "You might think that the death of a town in his state might be of concern to Ben Sasse, again, U.S. Senator from Nebraska. But so far, it doesn't seem like he's ever commented on what's happened to Sydney. We looked hard. Then we called Sasse's office to see if they could point to a time when he commented on the destruction of Sydney or simply supply a statement to us about what happened there. But Ben Sasse's office didn't even respond to our producers. Huh! That's odd. But then, here's one possible explanation for that: During his senate run, Ben Sasse received the largest possible donation from Paul Singer."