Through the eyes of an artist, the truth is revealed:
Artist Fernando Sosa has found a novel way to protest at Donald Trump’s recent comments about Mexican immigrants: he’s turned the Republican presidential candidate into a butt plug.
Sosa used 3D printing technology to create the decidedly-unofficial merchandise, which he is selling from his store on the Shapeways website for £21.34. The plug is made from full-colour sandstone, promising “a coarse finish and a delicate feel”.
As we already know, bullying Donald Trump has thrown his toys out of the pram and stormed out of Scotland after he could not use his billions or bully boy tactics to force the Scottish Government to refuse permission for an offshore wind farm that he considered would blight the view of golfers visiting his course on the Aberdeenshire coast.
If the latest news report is correct, then he’s been so busy throwing a strop that he (and his possibly soon to be unemployed researchers) that they seem to have missed a planning application which has bee lodged for a wind farm near his new Irish resort.
He’s going to look really silly if he has missed this, and can’t arrange for it to be refused planning permission.
The application, by Clare Coastal Wind Power Ltd, states: “For grant of a ten year planning permission for development at a site in the townlands of Carrowmore South, Einagh and Shragh, approximately 2 km south of the village of Doonbeg.
“The development will comprise nine electricity generating wind turbines with a hub height of up to 85 metres and a rotor diameter of up to 82 metres giving an overall height of up to 126m, hardstandings, a control building, an electrical compound, a permanent meteorological mast, associated site roads, drainage and site works.
“The planning application is accompanied by an Environmental Impact Statement ( EIS ) and a Natura Impact Statement ( NIS ).”
A decision is due on the proposal on March 30.
The Doonbeg Golf Club in County Clare will be renamed Trump International Golf Links, Ireland and will offer golfers a 400-acre site on the shore of the Atlantic Ocean.
Maybe they will be renaming it Trump’s Folly instead, if this proves to be true.
His team will have made him look as stupid as his hair.
You’re not building houses in Aberdeen, Trump
At the same time…
The council at the centre of a row with Donald Trump has warned the tycoon he will not be able to build houses on the land previously set aside for a golf resort.
Aberdeenshire Council leader Jim Gifford insisted the businessman could only develop property on the land if he also builds a golf course.
The comments come after Mr Trump withdrew his planning application to build another resort on his Menie Estate in Aberdeenshire.
Council leader Jim Gifford told the Press and Journal: “He can do what he wants with the land he owns, but he won’t be selling it to build houses on because the houses are absolutely tied into building the golf course, the clubhouse and the hotel.
“Donald Trump was never going to build those houses, someone else was going to go in there and do that. But there is no way they can build houses on the land as it’s tied in to a progressive sequence of building.”
Trump’s staff are just as delusional as the man himself, or more likely are in constant fear of being fired if they don’t do all they can to follow his line.
Even though he has now pulled out of Scotland, and ridden off into the sunset, his mouthpieces were still trying to blackmail or shame Scotland, by trying to suggest the Scottish Government is responsible for replacing a mythical 4,000 Trump jobs with a mere 30 arising from the offshore wind turbine project.
Speaking on Friday, Sarah Malone, executive vice president, Trump International Golf Links, Scotland said: “Councillor Gifford, and everyone else taking decisions in government, are failing to understand that they will not get both projects.
“It is either one or the other – we won’t ‘muddle through’ as Gifford put it. They are mutually exclusive.
“It is either 30 jobs generated by the EOWDC or 4000 jobs created by the Trump development.
“The only way that both projects can coexist is for the wind-farm to be moved up the coast or out to sea away from our development.
“Our government leaders should be ashamed of gambling 4000 jobs. Mr Trump stated his position from the outset and we don’t know what more we can say to make it any clearer.”
The only shame is that Scotland ever let this megalomaniac get as far he did, and destroy the dunes and SSSI (site of special scientific interest) in Dundee, and bully the locals.
While he shows one face and pretends to play the part of some great benefactor for Scotland, the moment he cannot buy favours and get everything his own way, he shows just how committed he is to Scotland – by pulling the plug on his projects and storming off to pastures new, this time County Clare on the west coast of Ireland, and presumably a new set of local victims for his peculiar brand of generosity.
We lucky Scots can wave goodbye and good riddance to this bully, and perhaps wish those across the water the best of luck with their new benefactor.
We can only wait and see if Trump and his entourage spout the same hollow promises to our neighbours, and how long the honeymoon lasts if he starts to apply the same pressure and bully boy techniques and coercion he was allowed to try in Scotland.
Mr Nasty offends victims of Lockerbie and PanAm flight 103
DONALD Trump sparked renewed outrage yesterday when he compared the development of wind farms in Scotland to the Lockerbie disaster.
On Tuesday, the billionaire tycoon announced that the Trump Organisation would be turning its back on Scotland and concentrating on developing a new course on the Republic of Ireland’s Atlantic coast.
The announcement came after Trump lost his legal challenge against the Scottish Government’s decision to give the go-ahead to an offshore wind farm in Aberdeen Bay which he claims will blight the view from his luxury golf resort at Menie, on the Aberdeenshire coast.
But yesterday, Trump sparked an angry backlash after renewing his attack on green energy schemes in Scotland in an interview with the Irish Times.
He told the newspaper: “Wind farms are a disaster for Scotland, like Pan Am 103. They make people sick with the continuous noise. They’re an abomination and are only sustained with government subsidy. Scotland is in the middle of a revolution against wind farms. People don’t want them near their homes, ruining property values.”
All 259 passengers and crew on board Pan Am Flight 103 and 11 residents of Lockerbie were killed when the Boeing 747 plunged from the skies over Dumfries and Galloway on 21 December, 1988, when the plane was destroyed by a terrorist bomb.
Trump’s outburst was condemned by MSPs and relatives of the victims.
He often only has to open his mouth to offend people:
Susan Cohen, a New Jersey pensioner whose daughter Theodora, an aspiring actress, was 20 when she was killed in the disaster, said: “Obviously, there is no call for that. Donald Trump says many, many things here in the United States and I am, of course, appreciative of anyone who takes a tough stand on Lockerbie which he did at times.
“But, at the same time, I think that is an unfortunate choice of words. I wish he had not made that comparison. Lockerbie was a ghastly tragedy that destroyed many lives and is beyond comparison. It is one of the great and terrible events of man’s inhumanity to man and therefore it’s of an order where it should not be likened to anything.”
Joan McAlpine, the SNP MSP for the South of Scotland, claimed: “Even by Donald Trump’s standards, these comments are unbelievably crass and show a complete lack of respect to the families affected by the Lockerbie bombing – in the US, Scotland and across the world. He should withdraw them as a matter of urgency and apologise for any offence he has caused.”
Mr Truth and Light has his claims about wind power officially ruled ‘misleading’
And both offend and spout misinformation and lies:
Alison Johnstone, a Green Party MSP for the Lothians and member of Holyrood’s economy, energy and tourism committee, also hit out at the tycoon’s remarks. She said: “It’s grossly offensive to link renewables with the Lockerbie bombing. Mr Trump has already been reprimanded by advertising authorities for making such distasteful statements and he should apologise for his continued crass behaviour.” Ms Johnstone added: “He didn’t have a shred of evidence that renewables are bad for tourism when he was quizzed in parliament. Twelve-thousand people are now employed in renewables in Scotland, proving that Mr Trump knows nothing about the Scottish economy.”
In December 2012, Trump was accused of “sinking to a new low” and being “sick” for publishing an advert in Scottish newspapers which linked the government’s support of wind farms with the decision to release Abdelbaset al-Megrahi, the man convicted of the Lockerbie bombing.
The Scottish Green Party lodged a complaint with the Advertising Standards Authority over the controversial advert, published in two regional newspapers and urging the public to protest against First Minister Alex Salmond’s support for renewable energy.
Under the banner “Is this the future for Scotland?” the advert featured a picture of a huge wind farm in California and a photograph of the First Minister.
It stated: “Tourism will suffer and the beauty of your country is in jeopardy! This is the same mind that backed the release of terrorist al-Megrahi ‘for humane reasons’ – after he ruthlessly killed 270 people on Pan Am flight 103 over Lockerbie.”
The advert was condemned as “misleading” by the Advertising Standards Authority.
Still unable to accept that his case is crazy, and that he hasn’t been able to use his money to bully the result he wants, Donald Trump has indicated he will continue to fight and appeal a judge’s decision to dismiss his case against wind turbines being installed in the sea, because he think they will upset golfers on his golf course.
Donald Trump has lost a legal action against a major experimental windfarm being built close to his golf resort in Aberdeenshire.
The billionaire property developer had alleged that Alex Salmond, Scotland’s first minister, had secretly interfered in the decision to approve the 11-turbine European offshore wind deployment centre site (EOWDC) in Aberdeen Bay – a claim rejected on Tuesday by a Scottish civil court judge, Lord Doherty.
Making clear he was expecting to appeal, Trump alleged there had been clear and illegal bias by the Scottish government – and that his rights under the European convention of human rights had been breached.
Doherty dismissed the claims that Salmond had interfered, stating he “was not persuaded that the fair-minded and informed observer would conclude that there was a real possibility of bias on the part of the decision-maker; or that the decision not to have a public inquiry had been unreasonable or unlawful”.
In a ruling with far wider significance for the future of Scottish wind power, the judge also disputed a previous court ruling that no wind farm could be approved until or unless it has an electricity generation licence.
From New York. Trump’s mouthpiece issued a statement:
“Today’s decision has not altered our unwavering commitment to protect our investment in Scotland.
“We are reviewing Lord Doherty’s decision and will pursue the legal options available to us as recommended by our counsel. Communities worldwide continue to challenge the destructive proliferation of wind turbines and we will remain a fierce opponent at the forefront of this battle.
“Despite today’s decision, the EOWDC proposal has numerous economic and legal obstacles that will ultimately prevent its construction.”
Liking the ballooney hair, attached to the best head ever – note also the bodyguard’s hand, about to deal with the offending arm with the balloon.
The Scotsman later summed things up with a more detailed account of the case:
The headline sums up the bullying Trump, unable to buy or force the result he wants, he throws a strop and storms off somewhere else to try the same, shouting that he’s taking his toys with him.
I find it hard to believe people support this nasty individual, and wonder if there’s a room of people in Trump Tower, just paid to find articles online about their master, and post pro-Trump comments supposedly written by locals who love him.
And the locals love him – like they love Ebola…
Contacts got rid of the glasses, but…
Nothing could fix his head – and a small dog has been filling “The Donald’s” head with poop ever since!
Mad billionaire Donald Trump has now accused the ASA (Advertising Standard Authority) – the UK’s independent regulator for advertising across all media – of banning one of his adverts “to protect Alex Salmond”.
Trump said: “The ASA is only trying to protect Alex Salmond for the disgraceful decision to release terrorist, al-Megrahi – the Lockerbie bomber freed for humanitarian reasons. He killed 270 people and was supposed to live one week but lived two years. This is the same mind that is destroying Scotland with industrial wind turbines.”
The ASA refuted the tycoon’s allegation. A spokeswoman said: “The ASA banned Trump International Golf Club Scotland’s ad because it made misleading claims about the impact of wind farms on Scottish tourism and contained a misleading image of wind turbines that couldn’t be proven to be representative of a proposed wind farm in Scotland.”
The advert, which featured a picture of a wind farm in California, stated: “Tourism will suffer and the beauty of your country is in jeopardy!
“This is the same mind that backed the release of terrorist al-Megrahi, “for humane reasons” — after he ruthlessly killed 270 people on Pan-Am Flight 103 over Lockerbie. Take action. write, demonstrate and protest [against] Alex Salmond.”
Mr Trump has already been criticised by a father who lost his daughter in the Lockerbie disaster.
Jim Swire, whose daughter Flora died in the bombing in December 1988, said the tragedy had “no place in a confrontation between an entrepreneur who is interested in making money in Scotland and the government”.
Speaking in December he said: “We all know what Trump’s interest is and this is obviously to further his entrepreneurial practice.
“Donald Trump’s attempt to blacken the name of the Scottish Government and convince people the Highlands will turn into one vast wind park has very little to do with Lockerbie. Other than the government has refused a proper investigation into the issues.
“The discussion and investigation [about Lockerbie] has no place in a confrontation between an entrepreneur who is interested in making money in Scotland and the government who failed to investigate the infinitely more important questions over why people were killed in 1988.”
It’s a pity Trump and his entourage, his golf courses, and his hotels can’t be run out of the country, or bulldozed into the North Sea, as he is beginning to make a smell, and it would be a pity of that smell got so bad that people were put off Scotland as a tourist destination, lest they become tainted by the deluded ravings of this madman.
Donald Trump continues to prove he is a nasty and evil piece of work, not worthy of the effort of scraping off the sole of your shoe if you stepped in him.
He has already proven how low he will stop in his insane ranting and raving against wind farm already, when he took a swipe at Alex Salmond back in December 2012:
Under the banner “Is this the future for Scotland?” his protest displays a picture of a huge wind farm in California. It states: “Tourism will suffer and the beauty of your country is in jeopardy!
“This is the same mind that backed the release of terrorist al-Megrahi, ‘for humane reasons’ – after he ruthlessly killed 270 people on Pan-Am flight 103 over Lockerbie.”
Now he’s had his adverts banned:
The newspaper adverts featured a photograph of First Minister Alex Salmond and linked the Government’s support of wind farms with the decision to release Abdelbaset al-Megrahi, the man convicted of the Lockerbie bombing.
The Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) will publish a report this week condemning it as misleading.
The advert prompted 21 complaints, including one from Green party leader Patrick Harvie.
The MSP said: “Only a sick mind would link renewables policy with Lockerbie victims and while the ASA says the advert did not breach its code in terms of offence, it agrees it was distasteful.
“It also agrees that both the claim about tourism and the use of an American image were misleading. I believe Mr Trump owes an apology for his crass behaviour.”
The ASA decision is the second such ruling against the Trump Organisation over their anti-wind farm campaign. An earlier advert was banned for exaggerating the number and type of turbines used in Scotland.
Mr Harvie added: “He didn’t have a shred of evidence that tourism would suffer when we quizzed him in Parliament, and he’d already been censured by the authorities for anti-renewables adverts.
“The fact he went ahead and placed further adverts demonstrates his ignorance and arrogance yet again.”
WWF Scotland director Lang Banks said: “The advert was pretty distasteful, and it’s now been shown to be factually wrong too.
“If the evidence to be presented at his forthcoming court challenge is as flimsy as that used to create this misleading advert then it’s likely to be a very short case.”
We’re far too tolerant in this country, and it’s ridiculous that an American who is neither a citizen nor resident of Scotland is able to exert, or try to exert, or even have any say or influence over national policy.
One only had to think of some the documentaries aired over the years, and which show the sort of response “Good Americans” have towards any outsiders that try to influence their policies. Laws banning them seemingly appear out of nowhere, if they are lucky. If not, then it’s not long before the locals run them out of town, and we get reminded that unlike the UK, gun ownership is not restricted in the US.
Again, I’m also wondering how much George Sorial, executive vice president of the Trump Organisation, accepted when he sold his soul to Trump.
Acting as his mouthpiece, he usually speaks for Trump, and must be in danger of altitude sickness when he puts his wallet in his back pocket.
The media reports that his response to the ruling against the distasteful and incorrect adverts was not to say “Sorry”, but to say that they wanted the adverts to be stronger, and that they considered the ASA and CAP was contradictory and demonstrated how “disorganised, inefficient and wasteful these agencies are.”
Better known as – Everybody is wrong but Trump… Always!
Proving that he is the last person you would want to do business with, megalomaniac billionaire Donald Trump has made good on his promise to pull the plug on any future investment in his £750 million golf resort in Aberdeenshire, following news that an offshore wind farm that might offend the eyes anyone on the resort has been approved.
This demonstrates that he has no interests but his own in his head, and has just dumped anyone that might have benefited – after abusing all the locals in the area with his bullying and boorish tactics.
He’s not even going gracefully, and has vowed to start a lawsuit:
Mr Trump said: “We will be bringing a lawsuit within the allocated period of time to stop what will definitely be the destruction of Aberdeen and Scotland itself.
Far from aiding Scotland with his luxury golf resort – which I suspect few locals can afford to use, or be welcome at – his legal actions will end up costing a fortune in legal costs as they drag through the courts.
On the other hand, if he spends on Scottish lawyers and does not import his own American services, then we might benefit.
This blog isn’t the place to cover the matter of renewables and wind power, or more specifically, the operating criteria for wind power. but it’s truly appalling to see the amount of misinformation and ignorance displayed by those who are jumping on this issue as one which can be used to rubbish wind power.
While I am not going to get embroiled in this utter nonsense, it is nonetheless sad to see how many people are reposting the rubbish spouted by Trump and his advocates against wind power as if it were fact.
The only saving grace is that none of them actually quote any sort of factual information for reference, or dare look at the figures reported for production from wind.
Probably the most insulting thing they do is misrepresent wind as if it was a single element of renewable energy, and saying that because wind is not productive 24/7 it is useless.
In the real world away from their twisted minds, wind power is one of a number of contributing sources, which are integrated in order to provide a total package.
But – why let truth and fact get in the way of a good fairy story?
If you or I pursued a single aim with the same single-minded zealousness with which American (ie not someone who even lives in Scotland) billionaire Donald Trump has made preventing the construction of a small (11 turbine i think) wind farm out in the North Sea, folk responsible for “Care in the Community” would be wrapping us up in blankets, sitting us in wheelchairs, and taking us to the nearest hospital with psychiatric department – for our own protection, and of those who may come into contact with us.
You can probably get a pretty good idea of his mental state by considering that he sees wind turbines as windmills… and most of us know what was in Don Quixote’s head – Don Quixote has selective vision of the real world. Windmills are giant brutes, sheep are attacking armies, and slaves are oppressed gentlemen.
That description reminds me of someone… now who might it be? Give me a moment, I’m sure the answer will come to me.
Back in the real world, he sin committed by those responsible for this particular offshore wind farm was to allow the turbines to be visible to someone who (probably) may have stood on a box, or a ladder, and got a pair of binoculars or a telescope, and looked out to sea – there’s a chance that they might see the turbines. And Trump doesn’t want their view spoiled.
I would have thought the chances of them seeing turbines miles out to sea were slight, assuming they were actually there to enjoy a game of golf, or stand slack-jawed in awe at the sight of the wondrous course Trump built on the land he “acquired”.
Or maybe he thinks they’ll be blinded, or turned into pillars of salt, or maybe even die of shock at the sight (and not pay their bill!)
Speaking to the Financial Times this week, he is reported to have stated:
“I don’t think they’ll be built,” he told the FT.
He added: “I built a masterpiece. I don’t want to see it destroyed by windmills. Windmills are going to be the death of Scotland and even England if they don’t do something about them. They are ruining the countryside.
“I’ve done a great favour to Scotland and even Great Britain… A lot of people were devastated when their houses were ruined and their values destroyed when they put up a windmill near it. But they had no voice. Now they have a voice: me.
“I’ve empowered them to fight. And people are fighting these ugly monstrosities.”
Should the “windmills” be approved, he said: “I’ll bring a lawsuit and I think it will be tied up for many years in court.”
The developer has already been shown to employ people who will lie, and had a documentary film maker arrested on the basis of false statements about him harassing staff on Trump property.
Fortunately, that particular charge was caught on film, and shown to be nothing of the sort – in fact it was a sole Trump employee that saw the film maker off the premises in a less than friendly manner:
It’s interesting to note that so appalled is Trump by the “spoiled view” from his course, that he applied to add another one:
And one had to wonder if he had anything to do with the closure of a nearby course and resort, where 25 staff have been made redundant after Inchmarlo Golf Club was placed in liquidation:
Clearly, the only good golf course is a Trump Golf course (in at least ONE person’s mind.)
We first mentioned “You’ve Been Trumped” back in October 2012, when it was aired by the BBC, and revealed the shocking attitude of the megalomaniac American billionaire, whose money seems to be able to buy him anything… literally… including Scotland.
The revelations presented in the documentary, which showed an almost unbelievable scene where the film-makers were forcibly bundled into a police car and driven away while filming – on the basis of information later admitted to have been false, given to police by Trump staff – led to Trump venting his anger at the BBC for daring to show the film, and Donald Trump turned his bully-boy sights on the BBC after You’ve Been Trumped was aired.
While he has sought to use his mouthpieces to spread disinformation (lies?) and rubbish the documentary and it makers, those who still have grip on reality see the disgraceful and shameful truth it portrays of Scotland’s politics and police.
The film, already an award winner, has now won another award, and scooped Best Documentary in the annual ‘Kermode awards’.
Speaking to STV after the award, director Anthony Baxter (one of those arrested by Grampian Police) said:
There is a growing feeling of anger amongst people in Scotland about the way Scotland’s Government and Grampian Police have behaved over the Trump development.
Despite recent Freedom of Information requests by us and other journalists, Grampian Police claims it is somehow protecting the public by refusing to release further information about incidents documented in the film. We think that withholding this information is a gross distortion of the Freedom of Information Scotland Act.
Meanwhile, despite receiving over a hundred letters from concerned viewers since the film was broadcast by the BBC [in October], Alex Salmond has yet to visit the residents on the site to hear their deeply-felt concerns.”
Despite his anger, Baxter declared the success of the film was as much a testimony to the spirit shown by the Menie dwellers as it was to his own efforts behind the camera lens.
He added: “Mark Kermode [the BBC’s chief film critic] was present when we played the film alongside the great Bill Forsyth’s Local Hero at the Shetland film festival — which makes the award all the more meaningful.
This award is a real and fitting tribute to the residents of the Menie Estate and the way that they have captured the hearts and minds of people across the UK, following the film’s network television broadcast and through its cinema release, for their courage, dignity and respect for their environment.”
The shame for Scotland is, that despite all this publicity revealing Trump’s methods, his plans proceed without any hindrance from the authorities, who seem to support his claims while ignoring the voice of the locals.
It’s more like Stain’s Russia, rather than devolved Scotland, which is supposedly a nation struggling to assert its independence (according to some.)
Maybe someone should should check Trump has not already lodged a down-payment, or been buying up shares in Scotland Ltd while nobody was looking.
He has made further applications to build yet another golf course here, and clearly plans to turn Scotland into a nice little earner, once covered with greens from top to bottom.
If golf courses are so good and so desirable, why isn’t someone in Scotland developing them, and keeping all the benefits here, instead of letting them fund an American billionaire?
I don’t usually spread viral videos or memes, but when I happened to create one courtesy of little Grumpy Cat (real name Tardar Sauce), and the recipient didn’t understand it, I thought a little more publicity was needed…
This wasn’t the actual meme concerned (it was more specialised , but since I have this one to hand, it might as well be here with the video :