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DC Restaurant Sues the Chumph

Sounds like the basis for a class action lawsuit to me.

The Chumph is making his properties meeting places for government meetings, events, and even strong-arming  foreign visitors to stay at his chintzy Hotel, Taking away legitimate business from much higher quality establishments and even smaller restaurants in the city.

One owner has stood up to this Chumph blackmail and fraudulence…Perhaps more will join.

D.C. Restaurant Sues Trump, Claiming ‘Unfair’ Competition

Diane Gross and Khalid Pitts, owners of the Cork Wine Bar

The owners of a wine bar in Washington, D.C., say they face unfair competition from an unusual source: the president of the United States.

Diane Gross and Khalid Pitts own the Cork Wine Bar, located about 20 blocks north of both the White House and the nearby Trump International Hotel.

Gross and Pitts say that their restaurant is losing business to the hotel restaurant run by the Trump Organization, which is owned by President Trump. So they’re suing him and his hotel.

“We feel that the president of the United States, owning a hotel, owning restaurants, promoting those restaurants, is unfair and to the detriment of other businesses in the city,” Pitts said at a press conference Thursday.

Pitts and Gross were joined by a platoon of lawyers to announce the lawsuit filed in D.C. Superior Court.

The case involves Trump’s hotel located in a taxpayer-owned building, known as the Old Post Office Building. In 2013, the federal General Services Administration leased the historic building to the Trump Organization, which opened the hotel in the fall of 2016.

Here’s the issue: A provision in the lease says no federal elected official
can be on the lease or benefit from it.

Despite that language, GSA has taken no action to force Trump out of the lease. Meanwhile, Trump’s hotel is earning a reputation as “the place to be”
for lobbyists, political players and foreign diplomats. The GSA hasn’t publicly addressed the lease since Trump took office. An agency spokeswoman said it had no comment.

The lawsuit cites examples that it says show the president, his family and administration officials were seeking to boost what the lawsuit calls the hotel’s income-producing potential.

The suit, filed on Wednesday, seeks no monetary compensation. Instead, the plaintiffs want Trump to divest from the hotel or close it for the duration of his presidency.

At the press conference, lawyer Steven Schooner said an elected official shouldn’t be competing with the private sector.

“It’s an unacceptable conflict and nobody ever intended that this be tolerated,” he said.

 
 

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Miller Lite – “Tap the Future”​ Competition – Daymon John, No Equity Angel Investment

Daymond gives some good advice here…

Miller Lite’s “Tap the Future” Contest is underway accepting applications through April 14th. The Contest participants (rules in link above) get $20,000 for being selected in the first round, and can get $100,000 if their idea is selected as an overall winner. As Daymon John points out above, the huge advantage in participation in the competition, is the money does not require giving up equity in the winning companies, giving the a massive leg up should their business move to the point of seeking secondary of tertiary investment. If you can get to the product prototype stage (or are already there) with $100,000, this is far better financially than pursuing “Angel” investors who will want 30-50% ownership. One of the most critical factors to success of a startup is keeping the investor/ownership group as small as possible. Winning this could mean the entrepreneur retaining majority ownership through at least the Venture Capital round.

Go for it!

 
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Posted by on February 27, 2017 in General, The Post-Racial Life

 

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The New Chumph Disaster in DC

Trump is opening one of his dumps in DC. He somehow managed to win the bid to lease one of the most iconic and beautiful buildings in the city, the Old Post Office Building.

The problem here is there is no shortage of high-end Hotel space in the city. Places like the Hay Adams have been serving the city for over 100 years. The Willard, one of the historic hotels. Then there is The Jefferson. A small cut below, but wonderful are the Kimpton Donovan, Avery, Four Seasons, Mandarin, W, and St Regis… and two Ritz -Carletons…and the Rosewood

And then there are the Micro Hotels that folks seeking privacy and personal care love.

So the ugly elephant in the room (or lobby in this case) is WTF does anyone with that type of travel budget want to stay in a ticky-tacky wannabe?

I give it three years.Image result for old post office building DC

Donald Trump’s New D.C. Hotel Is Fancy, Expensive, and Probably Doomed

The GOP nominee is preparing to open Washington’s most expensive luxury hotel, but it might be doomed before the paint is even dry.

Donald Trump touts his supposed business acumen and his (self-proclaimed) reputation as a great “builder” as two of his greatest presidential qualifications. But in the heart of northwest Washington, D.C.—just a few blocks away from the White House he wishes to inhabit come January—it appears as though Trump has built himself one brand-new, luxuriously marbled flop.

On Monday afternoon, the real-estate mogul and Republican presidential nominee’s latest hotel finally enjoyed its soft opening (a quiet launch for invited guests that eschews all the pressures of an official grand opening) at the Old Post Office Pavilion.

The only celebrity spotted at the opening was, of all people, Oscar-nominated actor Randy Quaid (Independence Day, National Lampoon’s Vacationmovies, Brokeback Mountain), who has gone off the deep end and alleged that a Hollywood assassination squad was after him and his wife.

Asked why he was in D.C., Quaid simply pointed to Trump’s hotel and said “for this,” before jumping into a car and racing off.

The grand-opening ceremony for Trump International Hotel, Washington, D.C., will reportedly take place next month, weeks before election night.

In 2011, the Trump Organization beat out the competition to secure a 60-year lease from the federal government to renovate the iconic Old Post Office building. Trump broke ground on the project before officially jumping into the 2016 presidential fray last year, and he has repeatedly vowed to make his newest hotel property one of the very best in the world. Earlier this year, he used his presidential campaign to help promote and brag about the new Trump hotel.

Between now and the planned October grand opening, Trump’s D.C. venture has a way to go…

Every item of decor, from the turquoise and faux-gold armchairs to the candy dishes made out of fake dimes and nickels, was handpicked by Ivanka Trump with the help of design firm HBA. The overall aesthetic is somewhere between real, inoffensive luxury and a Red Roof Inn patron’s conception of what a stylish, upper-echelon hotel must be…

The hotel opens now with only one two-floor restaurant located in the lobby—BLT Prime, a chain steakhouse.

The bad news for Trump Hotels doesn’t stop there. Some industry estimates have reservations at Trump hotels down almost 60 percent since September of last year—and the word on the street is that Trump’s legal tiff with the two celebrity chefs has tanked his family and brand name in the eyes of the restaurant community.

“He’s clearly a racist and makes racist comments, and we have an industry that has always reached out to an immigrant population and built on the work of an immigrant population,” Top Chef’s Tom Colicchio, the owner of Craft who was reportedly approached by the Trump Organization after Andrés and Zakarian bailed, told Mother Jones magazine. (Colicchio is also a friend of Andrés.)

“I think that the remarks [Trump] makes would make it very difficult for anyone to stand up in front of their staff and want to be part of what he’s doing,” he continued.

But if none of this bothers you, and you’ve found yourself in Washington, D.C., and need a place to crash, just make sure the Trump International Hotel is in your price range.

For weeknights this fall, the hotel’s least expensive rooms will run you a minimum of $735 per night. For comparison, other luxury hotels that will compete with Trump for business ring in at $400 a night at The Jefferson for October (around the time of the opening of the Trump hotel), and roughly $300 at The Willard. Both are boutique and historic hotels in the District.

The room rates at Trump’s new establishment aren’t by simple design, but by necessity.

In a filing with the General Services Administration, lawyers for one of Trump’s competitors argued that for Trump’s hotel to stay afloat, it would have to charge some of the most exorbitant rates in the nation’s capital.

“A properly conducted price reasonableness analysis would have resulted in the conclusion that the minimum base lease proposed by Trump would require Trump to obtain hotel room revenues which are simply not obtainable in this location based on the concepts for the redevelopment,” the lawyers for the competing development team wrote.

Welcome to Trump’s D.C. hotel—perhaps a microcosm of the bigger, badder,and broke America that a President Trump could have in store.

 
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Posted by on September 13, 2016 in The Clown Bus

 

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Re Re and Ms Patti Battle of the Pumpkin Pies

Things are getting ready to get deliciously interesting here as Aretha Franklin enters into the food market that Patti La belle has done very well in. Now, Ms Patti is getting a lot of accolades for her pies sold through Walmart – but her Barbeque sauce will titillate your tongue and get your toes wriggling!

I hungrily look forward to this competition…

Aretha Franklin: ‘Ms. Patti Is Gonna Have To Move That Pie To The Side!’

It appears Aretha Franklin wants a piece of Patti LaBelle’s sweet potato pie success. Well, sort of.

During an interview with Detroit’s WDIV Local 4 news on Wednesday, Franklin was asked by a correspondent if she tried LaBelle’s popular Wal-Mart sweet potato pie.

“No, I haven’t, but Ms. Patti’s gonna have to move that pie to the side,” Franklin said before sharing that she is currently working with a Phoenix-based food group to launch her very own line of food products.

The Queen of Soul says her line of products will include chili, gumbo and baked chicken.

Franklin’s forthcoming food venture will add to the pair’s alleged rivalry, which made headlines in 2014 following a rumored fist fight between the two in Atlanta. Despite the reports, Franklin later dismissed the encounter in a statement to USA Today.

“I’ve never heard anything crazier — regarding myself and Patti allegedly fighting on March 20, in Atlanta,” she said. “Patti and I are cool and we always have been. I enjoyed her at the White House. Classic Patti.”

Ms Patti’s BBQ and Lime Sauces

 
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Posted by on February 1, 2016 in Giant Negros

 

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Southern U’s Cover of Adele’s Hello

Men…Try and ignore the eye candy on this one…The Southern University Band is cooking!

The Human Jukebox, performed a passionate rendition of “Hello” at the Bayou Classic Battle of the Bands on the Friday after Thanksgiving. With Southern – it is all about the music, and Grambling is no slouch either..

Here is the full competition –

 
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Posted by on December 2, 2015 in Music, From Way Back When to Now

 

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Thelonius Monk Jazz Institute

Still creating unbelievable musicians!

The painting is from the Bruni Gallery, If you haven’s seen Bruni Sablan’s work before – Check it out here. Reprints are available as well as originals.

Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz celebrates 25 years of keeping jazz vibrant

In 1986, four years after the death of Thelonious Monk, a benefit concert honoring the memory of the enigmatic jazz composer and pianist was held at Washington’s Constitution Hall. There was talk at the time of building a statue in Rocky Mount, N.C., Monk’s home town, but his widow, Nellie, hoped for a more dynamic way of remembering her husband.

“She wanted something that was living, vibrant and involved young people,” recalls Thomas R. Carter, who organized that concert 25 years ago.

Out of a widow’s wish grew the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz, which has become one of the most important behind-the-scenes forces in promoting the music that Monk helped define. The Washington-based institute is best known for its annual international competition, which has launched the careers of such jazz stars as Joshua Redman, Jane Monheit and Eric Lewis, and is by far the most significant musical contest in the jazz world.

“It was a huge moment in my life as a jazz musician,” says Redman, who won the 1991 saxophone competition. “I was out of college only a few months. At the time, I had every intention of going to law school the next year.”

Redman was taking a year off to explore his interest in jazz and entered the competition “as a lark,” competing against such stellar saxophonists as Eric Alexander, Chris Potter and Tim Warfield.

“I often feel a little sheepish about it,” Redman says. “I had a great time, but I honestly feel I shouldn’t have won.”

Ready for the spotlight or not, Redman became an instant star in the jazz world, and the Monk competition has come to be recognized as the nation’s top forum for discovering new jazz talent.

Redman will be among two dozen past competitors returning to Washington this weekend as the Monk Institute celebrates its 25th anniversary. Twelve young pianists from around the world will take part in this year’s competition, which begins Sunday at 1 p.m. at the National Museum of Natural History’s Baird Auditorium. Three finalists will perform Monday night at the Kennedy Center’s Eisenhower Theater, where the winner will be chosen.

The competition, which is modeled after the Van Cliburn and Tchaikovsky contests in classical music, guarantees its winners a recording contract, concert bookings and scholarship money.

“It’s one of the best things happening in jazz for younger musicians,” says Monheit, whose second-place finish in 1998 helped propel her international career. “I don’t know where I’d be without it.”

In recent years, the Monk competition has emerged as something more than a listening party for jazz buffs. It has also become one of Washington’s most glittering celebrity spectacles, bringing together luminaries from jazz, entertainment and diplomacy. The co-chairs of this year’s gala are Quincy Jones, Madeleine Albright, Colin Powell and Debra Lee, the chief executive of BET. A special honor will be given to singer Aretha Franklin on Monday…

 

 

 
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Posted by on September 10, 2011 in Music, From Way Back When to Now

 

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South Korea…Fried Chicken War!

On top of the whack job regime in North Korea shelling innocent civilians, and threatening to blow up things in an endless sabre rattling…

Move Over Colonel! This Bucket for $4!

South Koreans have a new crisis. A Fried Chicken War!

Latest Korean Crisis: Cheap Fried Chicken

One of South Korea’s biggest supermarkets began selling a bucket of fried chicken for about four bucks this week, which wouldn’t ordinarily seem like a big deal. But “few food products have left so much turbulence in their greasy wake, or revealed so clearly the insecurities that haunt Asia’s fourth-largest economy,” writes Leo Lewis at the Australian. The problem is that the price is about 60% cheaper than any competitor, leading to allegations of “fried chicken dumping,” government intervention, and debates on big-business-vs-small-business ethics.

Lewis places the controversy in context of the aggressive strategies that have brought the country prosperity in the tech world. “The same white-hot competitiveness that made Samsung smartphones readily affordable has also made dinner cheaper,” he writes. “But South Korea has also shown that, at least where food is concerned, it does not want the giants to run amok.” The store, Lotte Mart, caved to pressure from the government’s “co-prosperity committee” and said it would stop selling the wildly popular chicken this week.

 

Personally gave up on the stuff myself, to the benefit of my heart and weight when K-Fried and Popeyes became more expensive than a sit down meal at many lunch restaurants. When “fast food” starts costing more than food that is good for you… It’s time to move on.

 
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Posted by on December 17, 2010 in Nawwwwww!, News

 

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