It costs a $200,000 initiation fee to be a member of Trump’s Mar-a-Lago country club in Palm Beach, Florida. Annual dues are $14,000 per year. I was considering joining, but I came up a bit short … quite a bit short, actually. Point being, only the rich waste that much money for hedonistic ‘pleasure’, if it can be called such. Really, I would have to take it a step further and say that only the mindless wealthy who don’t realize how many starving people in the world could eat for a year for the money they throw away just for the ‘privilege’ of eating a steak, swimming in a pool, hob-knobbing with other mindless rich people, and perhaps seeing Donald Trump in person. It is naught but a tacky status symbol.
One of those mindless wealthy is this woman …Who in the Sam Heck would wear that abominable dress with all those frills and frou-frou??? Her name is Lana Marks. See all those ugly purses, pocketbooks, handbags … whatever you wish to call them … on the table in front of her? She ‘designed’ those. Take a gander at the top of her website .
Yep, folks, for only $20,000 you can own one of these ugly things. Actually, I am told that some actually cost hundreds of thousands of dollars, the most expensive going for $400,000! To add to the abomination, her products are made of alligator skin … alligators were killed to make this bimbo rich!!! And people buy these? While other people go hungry? Oh, my poor head!
But back to Ms. Marks … she is somewhat less than an honest person, as I suspect is the case with most members of Mar-a-Lago.
“I did ballet with the Royal Academy of Ballet’s South African affiliate in East London. I started my tennis career in East London. I have played in Wimbledon, the French, and South African Open.”
Turns out, there is no record of her ever playing in any of those tennis matches, and when questioned, her memory was hazy as to who she had played against, and even the year or years she played. I am pretty sure that if you played at Wimbledon, you remember the exact date! But her dishonesty doesn’t end there. According to the Palm Beach Daily News …
“Marks has repeatedly been accused of stiffing her attorneys, accountants, landlords and employees. She is also embroiled in bitter, international legal battles in South Africa and Israel with her siblings over a family trust and the care for their 89-year-old mother.”
Whoa … back up a minute — “… stiffing her attorneys, accountants, landlords and employees.” Who, I ask you, does this remind us of??? Exactly … none other than the snake in the Oval Office, Donald Trump!
All of which explains why he is reportedly planning to nominate Marks to be the next U.S. ambassador to South Africa! Granted, Marks was born in South Africa, however she has not returned there for at least 40 years, and if being born in South Africa qualifies her for the ambassadorship, it is the only thing that does! She does not have a college education, has no experience in foreign policy, no government experience. All she has ever done is draw purses and live the ‘lifestyle of the rich and famous’.
The ambassadorship to South Africa has been vacant since 2016 after Patrick Gaspard’s resignation. It is not one of the most challenging or demanding ambassadorships, however it is a bit more so since Donald Trump took office and called South Africa one of those “shithole countries”. Then, he later added insult to injury when he instructed Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to “closely study” alleged land seizures from white farmers in South Africa. The issue is racially divisive almost a quarter-century after the end of apartheid, the system of white minority rule, and Trump is woefully ignorant of the politics of South Africa. It appears his information comes from white nationalist groups and he didn’t bother to look for facts. Who knows … perhaps Sean Hannity fed him the false information. Former ambassador Gaspard said of the situation …
“The President of the US needs political distractions to turn our gaze away from his criminal cabal, and so he’s attacking South Africa with the disproven racial myth of ‘large scale killings of farmers.’ This man … has no discernible Africa policy.”
At any rate, while relations between the U.S. and South Africa have not been particularly contentious in the past, they may be becoming more so unless Trump can reign in his ignorance, and it might pay to have a real human being, one who understands the political, cultural, and economic situation in the country, rather than a rich bimbo who lacks honesty and integrity.
South African President Cyril Ramaphosa is said to be considering Marks’ appointment. He would be justified in declining to have Ms. Marks in his country and demand somebody who at least understands his country. Likely the position would remain unfilled if that were to happen, but under Trump, perhaps that is for the best. If President Ramaphosa doesn’t nix the appointment, hopefully the U.S. Senate will have enough savvy to decline to confirm her. Then again … if she is confirmed, it might save the lives of a few alligators.
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