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Opinion: Donald Trump – The man who would be ‘king’.

 

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You get no crown Donald.

It has become increasingly clear, that while Trump desired to be president of the United States, he had no clue as to what that really meant.  He does not understand the checks and balances contained within the Constitution of the United States, and apparently, he thought he would be ‘king’ of the United States with all of its branches of government, and its citizens subservient to him as his ‘subjects’. Um … no Donald, you are not the ‘king’ of America. In fact, it is you who is the servant. Remember when you raised your right hand, and took the oath of office? You vowed to serve the Constitution of the United States and the people of the United States, not just yourself, your family, and your base which consists of about 30% of all Americans, but all the people.

His frustration with the court rulings have left him and his ‘base’ perplexed, as has the need for Congress to approve legislation. That indicates a lack of understanding of the fundamental values of the Constitution. He did not seem to know that the courts are co-equal with his own office, as is the congress. There is no one ruler of America, and that is exactly what the founding fathers of America wanted. No monarchy, no king, no tyrant. And it appears that without the phenomenal foresight of those statesmen, we would indeed be now in the hands of a tyrant – instead of a ‘wannabe tyrant’. But those writers of the Constitution protected us all, because Donald Trump is exactly the sort of person whom they feared, and thank goodness for that protection.

Donald Trump is a man who seems to believe that he is above the law, but also appears to be desperate for others to believe the lies he spews out on a daily basis. If lying were a crime, he would be convicted already. His lack of conscience for lying to the American people is unsettling. He promised to release his tax returns, but after he won, he refused to do so. And, it was his own base to whom he made that promise. He has proven that his word means nothing. There appear to be voids where a conscience and a heart should be.  And most of all, there appears to be an empty abyss where intelligence and knowledge are usually housed. Putin’s phrase for people such as Trump, is  a “useful idiot”.

And because he loves his children, he seems to expect all Americans to do so. But most Americans resent his bringing his adult children into the White House to work, salary or no salary.  It is nepotism that is being flaunted in the face of Americans, and it is, indeed, against the law, but the Republican-led congress does not seem to have a spine, and so they watch as he breaks rule after rule, law after law, and why? Because they want the power, and they want someone there who will rubber-stamp whatever legislation they send his way as many surmise that he does not possess the cognitive and comprehensive reading skills required to actually read, and understand, what he is signing, relying upon someone to just tell him what is written, or, watching “the shows” so that he can learn about it that way. So the Republicans watch and shake their head, but do nothing.

Donald Trump swore his allegiance to the Constitution while placing his hand on a Bible which he has admitted he seldom reads or turns to in time of crisis. So his vow means nothing, and one can search history to find those like him, who will honor nothing but their own immediate desires. One such as King Henry VIII , who changed everything so that he could get his way. But then, he was a king. Trump is not, he is merely  one of the checks and balances within the constitution – not a king. And his children are not princes and princesses who are currently treating the presidency as if it is their personal plaything.

He is firing people as if he is still on his reality television show. Someone should tell him that he was indeed the ‘king’ of that fake boardroom, but he is not ‘king’ of America. Firing good people has consequences. The people who he has fired for no reason at all, were professional civil servants who were doing their job. But in his distorted reality, he fired Comey and Yates as if they were only mere contestants on ‘The Apprentice’.  He seems to have a delusional sense of grandeur in which he envisions himself as ‘king’. Note to Donald: you did not get elected ‘king’. This is America, not Russia. This is a republic without a banana.

Perhaps Mr. Trump should resign, purchase an island, and take his circus with him, along with his ‘base’, then they can all worship him as the ‘king’ as he appears to so desperately need to be.

He continually calls any news about himself and his administration “fake news”, but that is just his way of defending that which has absolutely no defense. As with his description of  ‘climate change’ he opines that the Russia issue is just a hoax.  If that were true, it would mean that his son, Donald Jr., is a participant in the hoax, as it was his emails which became the fire from the preceding smoke. The only hoax is that Donald Trump thinks that  he is ‘king’. A prime example of his delusional sense of entitlement is that he had the audacity to advise the Queen of England that he wanted to ride in her gold leafed carriage. His trip to England has been cancelled, but even had it not been, there would be no carriage ride for Donald. Why not? Because he is not a king.

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July 23, 2017 · 6:45 am

Opinion: The Prince Estate – It’s Time To Say What We See

Yes, it is time to say what we see. And what do we see? We see allegations levied against the former estate representative, Bremer Trust. We see within those allegations, accusations of fraud, and for the most part, towards former entertainment adviser for Prince’s estate via Bremer Trust, Londell McMillan and his counterpart,  Charles Koppleman . And in those two, we see what are  allegedly attempts to personally profit off of  Prince Rogers Nelson. We see deals made in which they received commissions per deal, and now the same deals are the subject of litigation against the estate. We see allegations of money due the estate which was not given to them. Yes, it is time to say what we see.

First of all, it should be made clear that Londell McMillan was an employee of Prince Rogers Nelson, in his capacity as an attorney. Lest anyone be unsure, Prince was not one to allow anyone to take the full reins of  his business matters, and that is evident via the way he managed all of his businesses – he was ‘hands-on’.  McMillan claims he was a friend of Prince, and maybe he believes that, but did Prince? We would have to ask the question as to why Prince allegedly fired him and banned him from his life in 2014. But, after Prince died, it appears as if McMillan used the prior relationship to attain a profit-driven seat at the table as an entertainment adviser for Bremer Trust. Most were happy to see him, since they assumed he would be working in the best interest of Prince’s estate.  However, apparently, the results have been disastrous for the estate as the estate has put forward allegations of fraud and mismanagement.

                                                     McMillan and the Tribute

The first issue is the Prince Tribute, which McMillan supervised. The heirs allege that money from the tribute due to the estate was never paid. McMillan denies the allegations.

https://finance.yahoo.com/news/prince-siblings-decry-mismanagement-tribute-183140682.html

The promoter at the time, JobuPresents, LLC., has filed a lawsuit, alleging fraud and misrepresentation by McMillan, Koppleman, and Bremer Trust. You can read all of the allegations in detail here:

http://www.courthousenews.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/PrinceEstate.pdf

And in a secretly tape recorded conversation, apparently those claims although pending in litigation, have become credible.

http://www.mncourts.gov/mncourtsgov/media/CIOMediaLibrary/Documents/Affidavit-of-Vaughn-Millette.pdf

It is also alleged that McMillan and Koppleman advised the promoter that he would have to make a 2 million dollar donation to Paisley Park in order to have the right to promote the tribute, which appears to be untrue, since Paisley Park is a for-profit museum. At this point it is unclear as to whom actually received the money or what happened to it. But it is alleged that the money was loaned to the promoter so that he could pay the estate. In light of this information, the  heirs have alleged fraud by McMillan, Koppleman and Bremer Trust. And in spite of all of this, McMillan  has announced his plans for yet another tribute, however it is doubtful that the family will provide their endorsement.

                                                   McMillan and the Universal Deal

The second issue is the deal with Universal, which McMillan and Koppleman both personally received commissions.

 “The two men earned a 10% commission on the deals they were able to complete during their tenure, netting                  each man about $1.5 million on the recorded-music deal, which was led by Mr. McMillan, according to  people familiar with the matter.  It isn’t clear what would happen to their payouts if the  recorded-music  agreement with Universal was voided. ” –  Morningstar.com

However, that deal is now going south fast due to the apparent and alleged failure to properly research the rights, with Universal claiming that they did not get what they thought they were getting in the deal. Misrepresentation? And by whom? It is currently also pending litigation, which may entangle the estate for years.

http://news.morningstar.com/all/dow-jones/us-markets/201704141893/winner-of-rights-to-princes-music-fears-it-was-shortchanged.aspx

                                     McMillan and Prior Questionable Conduct

Research of public records indicate a pattern of behavior by McMillan as to accounting irregularities, and his responses have seemed to always include excuses and/or  accusing others of fabricating charges against him.Yet in a major civil case against a law firm at which, McMillan was the head of the entertainment division, the judge said:

““[McMillan] was at times unwilling to accept what was plain on the face of documents and seemed to me  to have convinced himself of a version of events which was inconsistent with the contemporaneous record.”,  Justice         Andrew Popplewell wrote. “I did not feel able to rely on his evidence where it was in dispute and not supported by a document.”

Although McMillan continued  to deny these allegations, his legal attempts against Barclays only resulted in his case being dismissed. He is now denying the allegations brought forward against him by the heirs to the Prince estate and feigning ignorance of any fraudulent activities.

                                                          Opinion: What we see

What we see is a person, who was no longer a friend of Prince, attempting to profit off  of his death, and using Prince fans as if they are a source for his personal profit. For he has announced that he is planning yet another tribute, while the income from the other tribute is being questioned by Prince’s heirs ,and while practically all he and Koppleman touched resulting in litigation and  costly to Prince’s estate. McMillan has clearly been personally enriched by millions of dollars.

It is our opinion that McMillan only saw Prince’s death as a financial opportunity for himself. He tweets that anyone who speaks against him is guilty of ‘hating’ and ‘gossip’. But there is a consistent pattern of behavior that is troubling and disturbing, along with his failure to disclose to Prince fans that he was allegedly fired by Prince and allegedly was no longer considered by Prince to be a friend. These points are important to Prince fans, who will not tolerate or accept the abuse of the legacy of Prince. And, for purposes of full disclosure, Prince siblings disagree upon McMillan as all but two of them are continuing to allow him to represent them in the estate. That too, is troubling, that they cannot see the destructive pattern of behavior that is historically accurate prior to Prince’s death and subsequent to his death. However, when a motion was filed  to have McMillan continue on after Bremer Trust was no longer in charge, but after a review of the information in front of him, the probate  judge denied that request.  Yet McMillan continues to hold on to what he may be viewing as future profit. It should be noted that the request for Van Jones was also denied, but not based upon any prior contact and conduct within the estate.

We see an estate and a family that has been besieged with dubious claims and exorbitant legal fees charged to the estate. We see a future of legal entanglements which may keep the estate tied up in court for years. But the most egregious issue is that of McMillan, who apparently was not properly vetted by Bremer Trust. Had he been vetted properly, perhaps the estate would not be in the position of having to aggressively seek redress in the courts for money which they assert is due to the estate by someone who claims to have been a friend of Prince, and claims to “love” Prince, while all the while responding to the questions and allegations with the term “haters”. Those heirs who have filed claims and objections in the court are indeed alleging fraud and mis-management.

It is our opinion that the damage being caused by the alleged conduct of Mr. McMillan. et.al is itself a form of hating the legacy of Prince.  Prince fans should  proceed with caution when it comes to anything which is sponsored by McMillan and stay true to the adage of ‘Buyer Beware“.  The links below provide detailed information as to all of the above.

http://www.courthousenews.com/princes-estate/

http://www.bizjournals.com/twincities/news/2017/04/21/prince-tribute-concert-held-last-year-sparks-new.html

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2015-06-09/barclays-wins-dewey-loan-case-against-michael-jackson-lawyer

http://www.globallegalpost.com/global-view/barclays-wins-landmark-loan-case-against-ex-dewey-partner-6696791/

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