@Windthin Do you have this one yet?
I have not seen it yet, no, though I am aware of the movie coming out soon. I missed a lot today; I spent most of the day in the ER for severe gastritis caused by the meds they put me on after I had an emergency tooth removal Saturday.
It’s been a wild week for me.
Hope you are feeling better soon.
So sorry. Feel better soon
@Windthin that’s sounds awful, rest up, hopefully you’ll feel better soon.
Yikes! Hope you make a fast recovery.
Massive video round up today!
The Lincoln Project
Republican Voters Against Trump
The Biden Campaign
I miss Portlandia
What does any of that even mean
The Best People.
Trump flotilla leader to be charged with felony, his lawyer says
Jupiter resident Carlos Gavidia expected to be charged with sending a threatening text
Carlos Gavidia, who earned national attention for his “Trumptilla” boat parades, is expected to be charged with sending a threatening text, a felony, to a resident of his former Jupiter country club community after they clashed over politics, his attorney told The Palm Beach Post on Monday.
Gavidia will surrender at the Palm Beach County Jail on Tuesday morning, said attorney Stuart Kaplan.
The criminal charge would come just days after Gavidia attended President Trump’s Republican National Convention speech on the White House lawn Thursday night.
Gavidia organized the boat parades with his vessel as the centerpiece. He renamed his 42-foot Yamaha Invincible boat “Trump” and wrapped it with a banner containing the president’s name adorned with an eagle and stars.
He has been embraced by the Trump family and other high-profile supporters and was interviewed on conservative commentator Sean Hannity’s television show on Fox News.
Gavidia’s Linkedin page says he’s a committee member of the Trump Victory Finance political action committee, a major fund-raising arm for the president’s re-election. He has also recently posted photos on Instagram of himself with Trump as well as Donald Trump Jr.
The Trump campaign has used the boat parades as a fund-raising tool, sending out an email blast on Sunday asking for donations in return for a replica of flags flown by the vessels. “Trump boat parade supporters are some of the President’s fiercest defenders,” the email said.
In a lengthy interview Monday with The Palm Beach Post, Gavidia said that he and his family were victims of constant harassment in Jupiter’s exclusive Admirals Cove. He said he was just defending himself in the text message in question after days of harassment from one person.
Gavidia told The Post that he moved out of Admirals Cove this week because of continued taunting by a group of people and clashes with the Property Owners Association.
“Sometimes I regret even wrapping the boat and starting this nationwide movement because I got a target on my back,” Gavidia said. “Everybody wants to make Trump look bad. Unfortunately, I took a stand and I even took a bigger stand when I got ridiculed.”
Kaplan, Gavidia’s attorney, said that after talking to Jupiter Police detectives he expects his client to be charged with written threats to kill or do bodily injury. The charge is a felony carrying up to 15 years in prison.
Gavidia offered to apologize to the resident who received the text message, but the proposal was rejected, Kaplan said.
“It’s outrageous and really shameful that law enforcement is involved,” Kaplan said. “I think it is being used as a vindictive means to get even with Carlos.”
Carlos Gavidia and wife Laura at the White House.
Gavidia has faced criminal charges before. He served six months of a 20-month sentence for trafficking in marijuana in Virginia in the late 1990s. He called the event a youthful mistake in which he served only as a go-between.
Gavidia and Kaplan said the Admirals Cove resident making the accusation was an old friend who became angry because of Gavidia’s overt support for Trump. At dinner at the Admirals Cove country club last week, Gavidia said, the resident continued his harassment of him and his wife, Laura, in the restaurant.
With his wife getting increasingly upset, he said, the couple left the club’s restaurant. At that point, an angry Gavidia texted his former friend.
“I’m like, ‘you are (expletive) with the wrong guy. How dare you (expletive) flip me off and start harassing me and my wife at dinner. I’m coming after you. I’m going to ruin your life,” Gavidia said.
“He is trying to take it like I said I was going to kill him. I was going to post and expose him for the racist that he is and the political taunting he is doing to me.”
Gavidia, a Peruvian native who came to the United States as a toddler, said he has received hate mail from residents of Admirals Cove, one which he shared that said, “America does not need showy trashy brown people like you.”
Gavidia went on the offensive on social media, posting on Facebook that the pending charges were “bogus.” The post had a photo of Gavidia with Trump confidante Roger Stone.
Kaplan and Gavidia identified the Admirals Cove resident who went to law enforcement as Paul Edenbaum. The Post contacted Edenbaum for comment but he directed all questions to the state attorney’s office before hanging up.
The text message exchange is just the most recent trouble Gavidia has had in Admirals Cove.
In May, he crashed his Porsche into a palm tree in the gated community and left the scene of the accident. According to a Jupiter police report on May 12, an officer found the Porsche with extensive front-end damage but no driver.
Laura Gavidia told the officer that her husband suffered from a medical episode, possibly blood pressure-related, and was sleeping.
Gavidia eventually told police he had a friend bring him home after the accident and that he fell asleep. He told the officer that he felt he didn’t need to report the accident since it happened on private property. He was issued a citation for leaving the scene with property damage, according to the police report
In the interview Monday, Gavidia said that his flip-flops got stuck under the accelerator, causing the crash. Admirals Cove tried to ban him from driving in the community, but he beat the sanctions at a Property Owners Association hearing, he said.
Gavidia came up with the idea of the “Trumptillas” after Admirals Cove neighbors complained about a Trump flag he had hoisted on his boat that violated POA rules. The boat was docked at Admirals Cove.
Before he became an advocate for Trump, Gavidia co-owned a credit card processing business called Direct Connect.
Gavidia was sued in Palm Beach County Circuit Court in February 2009 by two investors who said they had invested $4 million in Direct Connect but failed to see any returns. Gavidia was accused in the lawsuit of running a “racketeering enterprise” in order to defraud investors.
The lawsuit, which sought $12 million, was dismissed after it was moved to federal court and the plaintiffs missed filing deadlines.
Gavidia called the lawsuit “a shakedown” and said the plaintiffs never gave him any money.
A decade before that, Gavidia served federal prison time for conspiracy to distribute marijuana. He was charged in 1998 in Alexandria, Va., and entered a plea the following year.
His original sentence of 60 months was reduced after he provided substantial assistance in investigating or prosecuting another person.
Gavidia entered the media spotlight when he caught COVID-19 during a ski trip to Colorado. He was profiled internationally as a survivor and claimed that hydroxychloroquine, a treatment promoted by Trump, saved his life.
The Food and Drug Administration has cautioned against using the anti-malarial drug for the treatment of COVID-19 because of the risk of heart rhythm problems.
“I’m telling you,” Gavidia told The Post for a profile in May. “It saved my ass.”
As his profile rose in May due to the flotillas, Gavidia turned flamethrower on social media in the name of Trump. He posted a photo of the Joker from the Batman film The Dark Knight, writing: “This is what the radical left is trying to position people into FEAR!”
Also on Instagram, Gavidia reposted a video of a man in camouflage with what looks like an assault rifle who says he is “hunting ANTIFA.” Gavidia added the text to the post: “These ANIMALS NEEDED TO BE HUNTED!!”
On Friday, he posted on Facebook that he and his wife were harassed by Black Lives Matter protesters after the president’s RNC speech the night before, posting “cancel culture is REAL.”
“Laura and I witnessed first hand the anarchy of BLM! It was unbelievable. BLM terrorists were there as we left the Whitehouse(sic) gates, after being overwhelmed with hope, gratitude and love of our country!”
Gavidia said “BLM antagonists” yelled obscenities and even spit on people who attended the president’s speech and that the couple had to circumvent the crowds and take an alternate route to their hotel.
“The verbal and physical attacks from these ‘friendly protesters’ have to be dealt with head on! The system is protecting the antagonist if you defend yourself in anyway(sic)!” Gavidia wrote.
Call me childish if you will, but I remember what Jupiter rhymed with when I was a kid.
This one is Non political but watch this crazy asshole, 2020 is so weird.
Pop Quiz - Who are “Dopey” and “Tuberculosis?”
On Rachel Maddow’s show on MSNBC, she interviews Stephanie Winston Wolkoff about her new book Melania & Me. The new tell-all which profiles Melania’s now former friend who organized the Inauguration and parties in January 2017. When people started questioning how did the T’s raise $106 million dollars for the Inauguration, and yet only approximately $60 million was spent, the T’s pinned it on Stephanie, who never siphoned off any additional money, but says that she became the scapegoat for the Trumps. Therein lies the one of the reasons for this book and many others - including Michael Cohen, Peter Strzok etc
Rachel mentions in the intro that Michael Cohen records some conversations he has with Stephanie for purposes of putting on the record what happened. In that recorded conversation, they refer to two member of the T family OR staff as “Dopey” and “Tuberculosis” - code names.
Who are they?
My guesses - “Dopey” - Don Jr “Tuberculosis” - Jared
What are your guesses?