ABUSE OF POWER

Letting Trump Be Trump

Many Trumpers use the term, “Let Trump Be Trump,” and Corey Lewandowski, along with David Bossie, titled their 2017 book with that exact advice. The aphorism is like the well-worn “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it,” while many modern visionaries say, “Break it, rebuild it and make it better.” In the last decade, more than a few millionaires preached, “Disruption can make you better.”

Here’s a great quote from the book The Traitor Prince by C.J. Redwine, “Power is neither good nor evil. It just is. It’s what people do with power that matters.”

Every American should be deeply concerned about Donald John Trump’s war against freedom and truth. I have never liked the expression “Let Trump Be Trump” because of its cloaked meaning. That construct is often used when someone is so good at what he or she does, they don’t need to play by the rules. When Babe Ruth was drunk or late for a game they would say, “He’s the Babe!”

We don’t need to let Trump do anything; he’s the President of the United States and we have in writing his responsibilities and duties. There’s no mystery here. His lack of cooperation with Congress’ oversight duties is appalling. Be careful, however, before you turn to history to understand what’s happening. The words “dictator” and “king” have been printed in hundreds of newspapers thousands of times referring to a US president. Even George Washington, the first president, was under the microscope by a watchful free press that kept reminding him of his un-royal status.

Donald John Trump is more blowhard and less a solid thinker or credible leader. You know that I am not a big fan of Twitter management, but I may have an ally in Trump when it comes to social media censorship. Donald lost it when challenged by a new Twitter policy of adding fact checking footnotes to his posts. Twitter’s management believes some of what the President says is misleading. Ironically, he went on a tweet storm protesting this action, which only gives more power to Twitter.

In the Trump Executive Order, he suggests, “A small handful of social media monopolies controls a vast portion of all public and private communications in the United States. They’ve had unchecked power to censor, restrict, edit, shape, hide, alter, virtually any form of communication between private citizens and large public audiences.” Trump continued, “This practice is fundamentally un-American and anti-democratic. When large, powerful social media companies censor opinions with which they disagree, they exercise a dangerous power.” He’s not going to prevail, but will Twitter back down? And Mr. Big Pants, you do know that “censorship” is un-American in every sense of the word.

Now, this toothless screed won’t do anything other than getting the press all crazy and giving talk shows some material. And, might I remind you, this is happening in the middle of a pandemic that has seriously impacted America. Mr. Trump is not using this battle with Twitter to create empathy. It’s a ploy to take the spotlight off one hundred thousand dead Americans and 40 million US citizens who are now out of work. What a guy!

Because of Dumbo Donnie’s outbursts and cries of “unfair,” you’ll be hearing discussion about Section 230, a provision tucked into the Communications Decency Act (CDA) of 1996. Most internet providers thought it wasn’t much more than a definition, or guideline. In fact, this stipulation came about to protect record companies from recording artist lawsuits claiming lack of control. In fact, the implications go far beyond the original intention.

The Electronics Media Foundation, a non-profit watchdog that focuses on free speech, privacy, transparency and security in electronic media, has a great article on their website about Section 230. It contains this clause, “No provider or user of an interactive computer service shall be treated as the publisher or speaker of any information provided by another information content provider.”

This means that online intermediaries that host or republish speech are protected against libel and defamation suits. This protection is needed because social media sites are not legally classified as publishers, but rather conduits to distribute content. You can’t sue the trucking company that delivers the newspaper containing libelous statements about you. Instead, you need to go after the author and publisher of the content.

Trump is contending that he is being treated poorly and that the factual information Twitter is adding to his posts will interfere with the upcoming election. Maybe now he understands what the Russians accomplished in the 2016 presidential election. Took him a while.

The speaker or publisher of the Facebook and Twitter posts that helped Trump get elected in 2016 were the product of a Russian disinformation campaign, and those bad actors have been charged in court. Trump cannot ignore this fact, his actions against social media today prove his fear of the power of these platforms.

Trump claimed to be the law and justice candidate, but once in power he changed laws to help his friends and cronies. Now, he’s taking a whack at the First Amendment. He used the First Amendment last week to justify his demand that all the churches, temples and mosques open their doors. This week, his fight with Twitter, is just another insecure reaction to being caught in a lie. We all know that press and publicity are Trump’s oxygen, if he doesn’t get enough, he’ll die.

When a newspaper publishes a faulty story, mistake or typo, it will typically print a correction in a future edition admitting the error. Adding background material to anyone’s tweet is a publisher duty and an attempt to correct misleading information. By doing this, one could argue that Twitter is taking responsibility for what is published by their users. This changes their definition.

When Twitter added the fact-check footnote to Trump’s post, they were acting as an editor of the content. Because of their power and influence, Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey and others there have taken the responsibility to correct a lie. They don’t do that for every tweet, so this it’s clear this action is being taken for only one guy, Donald Trump. They never added a footnote to any of my tweets, and as much as I would like all social media to be wide open, we must ask the question, “What happens when it hurts someone or affects an election?”

Nick Johnson, a rather outspoken FCC commissioner (1966-1973), used to quote an old Scottish saying, “Let me control the writer of the songs of a nation, and I care not who writes its laws.” In today’s world, let me control what people say on social media and I might be able to influence the way people vote. It’s dangerous either way, but somewhere in the rubble can we pull one, simple truth from the ash and breathe life into it? Without truth, democracy dies.

If you read this book, you can see why all this happened to us.

The book that tells it like it is…

Gold, God, Guns & Goofballs shows how we’ve wasted our GOLD on bad wars and corruption. While GOD is there for many people as a spiritual enrichment and the provider of glowing feelings, the truth is just praying and believing will not change our major arc. We don’t determine who gets a GUN. We aren’t sure if we have paramilitary groups ready to storm the White House or a White Castle. There is no control of weapons. The GOOFBALLS with the power constantly try to manipulate us into spending more money on bombs and tanks and wars. When all of our institutions are infected with neglect and fall in disrepair, we will only have ourselves to blame. This book is not an antidote for the left or right, it’s an accelerant to move the middle off their collective asses to go do something positive for America.

Get the Kindle Version HERE. Or order your paperback edition HERE.


LET’S TALK ABOUT TWITTER

Separate Policies & Rules for Donald Trump

Back in the good old pre-internet days, we had this thing called a “chain letter.” The concept was simple. One person would write a letter and send it to a group of others. Every recipient was requested to send a copy of the letter to a specific number of other people. This was an early exercise in “going viral.” The “chain” theoretically could have created an exponentially growing pyramid, and the concept was exploited by get-rich-quick scams. Chain letters were used by low-tech social groups that the internet eventually killed.

In the early 1970s, we had a lot of social media starts and stops from Bulletin Board Systems (BBS), but the biggest leap came when AOL introduced millions to ICQ in 1997. They bought the patent from an Israeli company named Mirabilis, which had Yair Goldfinger as a founder. Yes, true. The name ICQ was a sound-play on the phrase, “I Seek You.” This revolutionary app allowed young users to instantly communicate via typing with their friends online. Those teenagers are now in their mid-thirties and ICQ was their introduction to social media, which they never stopped using.

I studied and deployed social media to promote my comedy web site, books and blog. I have also advertised on Google, YouTube, Facebook and Twitter. Sometimes very successfully, other times, “Meh!” The power of targeting people by their interests, posts or political viewpoints has made social media companies billions of dollars. For example, last year Facebook made $70.7 billion, YouTube clocked in with $15.1 billion, and records show that Twitter earned $3.46 billion in 2019. So, they are more than social; they are rich.

That brings us to Donald Trump. In 2009, Trump created @realDonaldTrump on Twitter to promote his brand and TV show, and he has been tweeting ever since. According to the blog, TweetBinder, since 2009 Donald Trump has shared over 42,000 original tweets. With an estimated 80 million followers now, Trump uses his personal twitter account as the official mouthpiece of his presidential administration, along with various personal thoughts, complaints, bitch fests and brain farts. Not all of his 80 million followers love him. News media, political operatives and members of Congress track his tweets just to keep up with the man’s outrageous and questionable words. I won’t miss him when he’s gone from all social media. I truly believe Trump is addicted to Twitter.

Jack Dorsey, Noah Glass, Biz Stone, and Evan Williams created Twitter in 2006. The service grew rapidly, and by 2012 they had more than 100 million users. The original name was “twttr,” and when the service began each tweet was limited to 140 characters. Later, the limit was expanded to 280 characters. Their bird logo and the spelling out of the name Twitter can be seen everywhere, which was one of the main reasons I signed up. The service has 262 million international users with 42% of their users living in the US.

When I jumped on the bird, I was the VP of Marketing for an international software company, which had more than fifty web sites and services and a full complement of social media pages to promote our products and services. Sure, I asked our lawyers to read all the EULA’s (End User License Agreements), but, like most of us I clicked the [Accept] button without reading the rules. My company utilized multiple sites, accounts and pages for each social media platform. Not only were these sites in different languages, but we needed to research which approaches worked best in the various world markets where we operated. This is not uncommon, but I guess it’s more important to the providers than I thought.

In the early social media days, we got away with many things because the platforms didn’t catch us. They were too busy counting their money. Like many of us, I  have been on edge during the global pandemic. I’ve lashed out online at people who were making ridiculous statements, presenting lies and aiding Donald Trump in his supreme stupidity. I have been angrier than ever because people I knew were dying from this terrible coronavirus and some of the things I posted were demented, derogatory and dangerous.

Yes, I said some terrible things to and about the new White House press secretary, Kayleigh McEnany, after she went on Fox News and said the virus was a hoax created by Democrats to hurt Donald Trump. While people were dying, she was creating a false narrative to protect fat boy. My tweets screamed at her as she was working in her new job for the President. Right after that, I was suspended from Twitter, and I appealed.

Twitter denied my appeal and banned me for life. They sent me a letter that outlined what they described as “severe violations of their polices and platform manipulation rules.” They claimed I was “artificially amplifying or disrupting conversations using multiple accounts.” Guilty! They claimed I was operating “multiple accounts that interacted with one another in order to inflate or manipulate the prominence of specific Tweets or accounts.” Guilty! Then, they closed the coffin with this sentence, “Please do not reply to this message as this email address is not monitored.” They closed all my accounts and deleted all my content. WTF?

You might be asking, why do I care? Well, I just want to be treated the same as the President of the United States. He employs many accounts, @realDonaldTrump and @POTUS being two examples, and he uses many press room accounts to promote his maniacal messaging on the platform. Of course, he’s also in violation of posting messages that promote violent actions — like threatening an entire country with nuclear annihilation — but they look the other way and, under the law, they cannot delete his posts and he cannot block any user from seeing his tweets. They have officially said they will not take down Trump’s tweets accusing MSNBC host Joe Scarborough of murder, even though they know it’s a lie. Trump cannot be censored, but I can.

I openly admit I have also said some bad things about Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey and some of the ridiculous policies implemented at his company. Their selective censorship seemed to change right after Mr. Dorsey met with Trump in the Oval Office, but I cannot say that on Twitter, only Facebook. Dorsey is not a worthy gatekeeper and he cannot justify his actions.

If I had a big money pouch I would sue Twitter and make this an issue, but any solution would mean Twitter would have to stop their censorship regarding what can be posted and what is verboten. Pure freedom of speech would also protect neo-Nazis and anarchists. Not a good solution. Twitter claim they are not a publisher; they are only a service or platform, yet I was not in control of my account. They claim they aren’t the writer, just the printer, yet they decide what the ink can print. Doublespeak at its finest!

Mark Zuckerberg and Facebook have the same problem. When protesters in Michigan were waving Nazi flags and holding signs with terrible World War II death camp slogans, I went ballistic and wrote a blog post to condemn them. My post and link to the story were taken off Facebook because I attached a photo of the protestor’s appalling sign to my post. They claimed this was offensive and in violation of their polices on spreading hate. I wasn’t promoting hate; I was pointing out the hate so people could see it for themselves.

So, here is just another failure of algorithms that hold too much power over people. Software code cannot comprehend subtle nuances and meanings and that makes it exceedingly difficult to resolve disputers or ask for clarification.

This is not Donald Trump’s fault, but he is certainly part of the problem, a large, unmovable part. I do believe that when Trump is no longer President, all those official Twitter accounts will remain at the White House. And when Trump reverts to being a private citizen, we can complain about how he uses his account. Maybe then, he will be held to the standards. Until then, I am shooting the bird.

If you read this book, you can see why all this happened to us.

The book that tells it like it is…

Gold, God, Guns & Goofballs shows how we’ve wasted our GOLD on bad wars and corruption. While GOD is there for many people as a spiritual enrichment and the provider of glowing feelings, the truth is just praying and believing will not change our major arc. We don’t determine who gets a GUN. We aren’t sure if we have paramilitary groups ready to storm the White House or a White Castle. There is no control of weapons. The GOOFBALLS with the power constantly try to manipulate us into spending more money on bombs and tanks and wars. When all of our institutions are infected with neglect and fall in disrepair, we will only have ourselves to blame. This book is not an antidote for the left or right, it’s an accelerant to move the middle off their collective asses to go do something positive for America.

Get the Kindle Version HERE. Or order your paperback edition HERE.


DO WE REALLY CARE?

Kill a Bunch of Weak People, Get Back to Normal

I hate the coronavirus and all that it has done to our country and world. I am ashamed of Donald John Trump, our supposed leader. This crisis has revealed his lack of understanding about basic scientific principles. What he and his minions say to the press and their constituents is so partisan and stupid it makes me sick, not like pandemic sick, rather mentally agitated and anxious. So now I will lay down some thoughts to end another week of this global crisis, so that one day when I look back I will be able to say, okay, you did see it, and you reacted. I also want my kids and grand kids to know exactly what I thought about this damn mess.

Washington is wasting time

We should all just stop watching the news and go about our business, but what business might that be? As I walked out of Walmart today, carrying a package of paper towels and some disinfectant, the term “Faustian bargain” came to mind. This is what we have. This is where we’re at.

A Faustian bargain is a mythical pact whereby a person trades something of supreme moral or spiritual importance, such as personal values or their own soul, for worldly or material benefit, such as knowledge, power or riches. It’s like the pact made in the Broadway show and motion picture Damn Yankees, in which a man sold himself to the devil so his team, the Washington Senators, could beat the New York Yankees and win the pennant. That man gave up the love of his life to see his team at the top. Let me explain why this is exactly where we are right now in the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Satan-like creature who is tempting us with his Faustian bargain is the President of the United States. Donald Trump has been told over and over that with a strong economy he cannot be defeated in the election, and like the man selling his soul in exchange for a team win, Trump will do anything to achieve reelection. I am not exaggerating when I use the word anything.

As Donald Trump attempts to remake America according to his image and thought processes, he fails to understand that family, morality and kindness are more fundamental than people wearing red MAGA hats. He attempts to stir up the independent nature of some people with his LIBERATE tweets, but short of a future civil war what is the value of that contradiction? He told us the coronavirus was bad and we would have to stay safe, but then complained about his own advice. He is in an argument with himself and he truly doesn’t know what to do.

Trump’s Faustian bargain is pushed by his sycophants and miscreants who manipulate him and control his inner bully. These scoundrels don’t give a shit about whether people die or not, they care only about high ratings for their demigod. Trump pushed hard for states to open way before they should have, but that is not the real bargain. His deal with the devil is trading peoples’ lives for an economic return that will satisfy his drive to stay in power.

One reason he doesn’t wear a mask is purely a case of vanity. He slathers orange makeup on his face every morning because he thinks it makes him look better. He wastes tons of time making sure his comb-over hair looks simply perfect. He dresses in the same kinds of outfits every day because he’s insecure about his weight, and he surely believes that long ties, big blue suits and baggy pants make him look thinner. They don’t. He feels that wearing a mask would make him look weak, inferior and vulnerable. He’s the classic control-freak with low self-esteem. Deep down inside he knows he’s a fake, thus his many attacks based on the word “fake.”

There are those who will say that I am being cruel using the words “Kill a Bunch of Weak People, Get Back to Normal,” but that is the precise nature of the bargain Trump has taken. He’s pushing hard and lying more and more to get what he wants. He’s in a quandary. If people believe he’s negligent, his numbers will stay low and he will be a one-term president. If he doesn’t push the economy out of this padlocked state, the conservatives and rich donors will let the negatives fly to his detriment, and he will not tolerate that well. He has no built-in self-protection from criticism and does not think clearly when he’s angry. How did he ever become president?

Foul Shot at Puerto Ricans

When a demonic and destructive hurricane whipped through Puerto Rico, Trump was asked for help from the Mayor of San Juan. 2,975 people lost their lives when Maria leveled much of their island. Trump attacked the Mayor verbally, and when he arrived to see the damage, he unleashed his vindictive vitriol and blamed the government of Puerto Rico for the damage. These are the acts of a mean, uncaring human. And to prove this more, Trump commented while touring a plant making ventilators in Michigan yesterday, “We’re not going to close the country if there’s a second wave!” He’s just going to let you die.

The question in the title of this piece is real. Do we really care? When I see the headline: More than 1,200 pastors say they’ll defy California’s state order and resume in-person services, it’s clear these people do not have the safety and health of their flocks on their minds. Recently, a family held a funeral service in Albany, Georgia with a wonderful turnout of more than 200 unmasked, closely huddled people. Within weeks, the coronavirus spread throughout that county of 90,000 people, which now has 135 virus victims.

I get it. We are religious. We are brave. We believe God will protect us, but it’s immoral for a religious leader to promote the gathering of souls only to have them get infected and die. Read the Holy Bible. It’s not a political decision, it’s a public health decision. Protect your flock and be a good shepherd. The First Amendment was written by men who cared about the living and honored the dead by protecting their spirits. Stop producing UNNECESSARY DEATH. Perhaps that should be written on the arrest order for Donald Trump.


SELF-MEDICATED MANIAC

Trump’s Love Affair with Hydroxychloroquine

A snapping turtle on land is can be overly aggressive. When in the water, where it feels safer and less fearful, a snapping turtle tends to avoid a fight. People react to fear in different ways. When a person thinks they are immune to a germ or disease, they have the confidence to go anywhere, but common sense would dictate that they stay away from someone who is ill,. Donald Trump seems to be like the snapping turtle on land, holding on to one idea until long after the danger has been contained.

The problem of a global pandemic has not gone away. The fact that Trump must wait, like all of us, for a proven treatment or powerful vaccine makes him antsy beyond belief. On Monday (5-18-2020), the President of the United States said he has been taking hydroxychloroquine to prevent COVID-19, despite no compelling evidence that the drug is effective against the coronavirus. Even his own FDA (The US Food and Drug Administration) has warned against using hydroxychloroquine or a related compound, chloroquine, for treatment or prevention of COVID-19 unless under medical supervision in a hospital or as part of a clinical trial. So, the Donald is self-medicating. Now that may make some critics happy, but it’s extremely dangerous on two levels.

The first is the fact that the drug he’s taking could kill him. The Secret Service has the responsibility to keep the Commander-in-Chief safe and alive, but it’s unlikely we will ever see a Secret Service agent leap between the pill container and Trump’s mouth. With this little white pill, the president is putting himself in harm’s way. Let’s just look at the side effects: headaches, dizziness, ringing in the ears, nausea, vomiting, stomach pain, loss of appetite, weight loss, mood changes, feeling nervous or irritable, skin rash or itching and hair loss! Does Donald Trump know that his hair could fall out?

There are more things that this drug can do to a human taking it, like, maculopathies and macular degeneration which can occur three months to several years after exposure to this drug and the symptoms may be irreversible. Oh my, Donald Trump doesn’t know chronic use of hydroxychloroquine can cause blindness if taken for long periods of time.

Ingesting this touted drug can cause cardiomyopathy, a disease which makes your heart have to work harder to pump blood through your body. Cardiomyopathy can lead to heart failure. Okay, does Trump know this? With his weight and verified heart condition, the President is taking a giant risk, but why? The drug that Trump is consuming can also produce mood swings. Great, just what we need, an over-medicated lunatic in the oval office.

My working theory on this hydroxychloroquine insanity connects to everything I have ever written about the man. He’s only interested in himself. Part of that myth, perhaps cultivated by an indulgent mother, is that he’s never wrong and he never apologizes. Again, that image of the snapping turtle holding on for dear death comes into view.

He came out early and touted hydroxychloroquine and kept using the expression, “What do you have to lose?” He never disclosed the expert or person who claimed taking this drug was is good idea. So, his expert is an “unnamed source.” Trump claimed that, “A lot of people are talking about this.” A lot of people talk about suicide, but that doesn’t mean anyone should try it. He keeps talking about the fact the drug has been around for 40 years, but it was never used for COVID-19 until now, because COVID has existed for maybe six months, at most.

If the President backed away from his claim, and listened to the experts around him, he would be admitting that HE MADE A MISTAKE, and he will never do that no matter the consequences, even his own death. That’s not brave, that’s stupid! If the autopsy showed that hydroxychloroquine caused the death, people would make up some conspiracy theory and set medical forensics back a hundred years.

Why would Donald Trump do something that could be detrimental to his very existence? Besides his truculent management style, his reaction to this pandemic has ruined the worldwide image of America. We have given up our medical leadership.

There was an opportunity to celebrate the big pharma news that some of their vaccine work was proving positive. The stock market went up 900 points on the small trial results, but by the end of day no one was talking about the vaccine progress. All the cable networks were quick to tell the story of Trump’s self-medication and how dangerous it was. The next day the terms “obesity” and “heart disease” were being used to describe the man in the White House. Great, so he’s self-medicating.

There are two aspects of this saga and both are totally disturbing. First, one might ask, is Trump really taking hydroxychloroquine or is this just some stunt to save face? If it is ever discovered that Trump never took hydroxychloroquine, or the doctor slipped him a placebo without his knowledge, the medical world will explode. What we have now is a deeply flawed President, with deeply loyal fans who might take hydroxychloroquine thinking it will prevent the virus. If they take it and bad things happen, who will these voters blame?

Trump continued to defend himself from self-medication by claiming the trials that were done on the drug where executed by anti-Trump people who wanted to discredit him. The most damaging study were the findings by Veteran’s Administration facilities. Trump barked, “If you look at the one survey, the only bad survey, they were giving it to people that were in very bad shape. They were very old. Almost dead!” He described the research as, “a Trump-enemy statement.” Remind me not to take medical advice from him when I am “almost dead.”

The next damning part of this is the fact that doctors lie so that Trump saves face. WHY? Doctors take an oath to give people the best possible advice so they can stay healthy and alive. The White House doctor in a late-night memo wrote that he and Trump discussed hydroxychloroquine and “concluded the potential benefit from treatment outweighed the relative risks.” The FDA has warned against use of the drug for COVID beyond hospitals & clinical trials, but that doesn’t keep a licensed doctor from giving his boss that drug? If the President dies, would Dr. Sean P. Conley, the White House physician, be arrested for murdering the President? Isn’t that what happened to Michael Jackson’s doctor?

When someone talks about “relative risks” of any activity the first thing you should ask is WHAT ARE THOSE RISKS? This love affair with a drug is not what it seems. This is just another demonstration of Trump’s love affair with himself.

He adores himself so greatly that he believes everything he does is right and good. What is good for the goose is good for the gander, I guess. The sauce that Trump wants us to pour on this global pandemic is doing more harm than good. In fact, his misconceptions and bad advice will kill more vulnerable Americans and might just be a mistake that promotes Mike Pence to a more important position in the administration.

Trump is not only a lunatic, but a drug addict. From his need for compliments to Diet Cokes and now, hydroxychloroquine, Trump doesn’t know how to be healthy. He’s 243+ pounds, has high cholesterol levels, heart disease, takes a drug to grow hair, wears an unresearched makeup every day, has a thick head and really doesn’t get much exercise. Most golfers ride carts as they play the sport. I wonder if Melania and Baron are strong enough to do an intervention and help him get off this drug. I’m not complaining, it’s just another stupid fact to add to my next Trump book. Hope it doesn’t hurt him.

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JUMP, MOVE & ACT UP AMERICA

Trump Cannot Stop US from Being Great, Again

Is it time for some positive news? The cable and over-the-air network news outlets have been adding an additional story at the end of each hour to make us feel better. I get it. That’s great programming, but it doesn’t help us deal with the next hour. All too soon we learn about more damage caused by both the virus and the Trump administration. Let’s face it. America, and quite frankly the world, were not ready for a global pandemic. “Who knew this could happen?” I guess only the experts, scientists and doctors who focus on health issues, and they tried to tell those in charge.

Donald Trump has been using the phrase “pent up demand” to express the desire of people wanting to get out of their homes and do the things they could do before this pandemic came ashore. His mantra is more salesman than realist. No matter how many times he says “pent up” that alone won’t make it happen. We need lots of smart ideas to get back to business, education and entertainment. What we get instead is a ton of hype and misinformation from the White House and this President. The latest hook, “…We’re Back!” is just another lie from his puckered little lips.

The man first told us this virus wasn’t going to hurt America, then it arrived and hurt this country terribly. He told us about an “off-the-shelf” drug for malaria that would be a big “game-changer” that did absolutely nothing other than harming some patients. We were told many lies and opinions that will do more harm than good, like drinking disinfectants. And if you need some stats, as of today, May 16, 2020, there have been 1,484,579 Americans infected with the curse, and over 88,000 people in this country have died. More than 300,000 people have been taken worldwide.

Yes, We Can Do Better

We were told that the national stockpile of ventilators, PPE and medicines were left bare by Obama. Really? What Dr. Rick Bright laid out during a House of Representatives’ hearing into the Health subcommittee of the House Committee on Energy and Commerce is not exactly the wonderful report card that Trump always gives himself. Most workers in the Trump administration avoid any subject that angers the boss, so they never discussed the possibility of a pandemic. The Donald surrounds himself with only agreeable people, not the best people. Trump views agreement as loyalty.

Had the President been more proactive, honest and helpful with the states, we could have opened the country earlier. Instead he offloaded the responsibilities and duties to the states instead of using the bounty of help that exists on the federal level. We have FEMA, the US Department of Health and Human Services, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Food and Drug Administration, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, the Health Resources and Services Administration, the Indian Health Service, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, the United States Public Health Service and even more. Sure, they are all involved in the fight against COVID-19, but Trump doesn’t want them to get too involved. Why? Could it be he wants to cloak the seriousness and deleterious effects of the coronavirus in a hope it will make him more re-electable?

There is little expertise in world governments about handling a pandemic, but that cannot be an excuse for not protecting the planet’s citizens. While Trump fumes and foments hate and fear through his minions at Fox News and by his tweets and pressers, the rest of the country must deal with a serious viral threat. I want to face Donald Trump right now and ask him this question, “When did you become the president of everyone?” I know he would talk and talk and talk and go down his list of performance slogans, clichés and conspiracy theories, repeating his tired, old, hackneyed taglines. Of course, he wouldn’t answer my question. More likely he would accuse me of being a “never Trumper” or “Trump Hater” or some other besmirching name. He’s a fool.

Until I get a better picture of the spread and toxicity of this virus, there are places I will not go and activities I will avoid. Being in the demographic and health categories considered to be most vulnerable, I will tread lightly. My age, however, doesn’t keep me from saying that the depth of ignorance in this administration is stunning. They blather about wanting us to be safe, yet they are urging America to get back to work, school and play with no certainty that it’s safe to do so. When a state judge rules that a stay-at-home-order is unlawful, they are complicit in a coverup of the truth. Remember that “life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness” doesn’t work on a dead person.

Look to smart corporate leaders like McDonald’s that issued their own guidelines for safely opening their stores and franchisee’s properties. It’s a specific, detailed set of smart procedures designed to keep employees and customers safe. Companies that employ smart standards are good neighbors and should be patronized.  I’ll have a Big Mac please. Those who engage in fraud and deception during this critical time should NOT get your money. Most Americans know how to analyze data and can recognize plans and practices that will keep them safe. They will reopen America safely, not this lame-ass, broke-dick President.

This global pandemic has really changed me. My pissed off retorts to people on Twitter got me suspended. I’ve become less caring about Trump fans and know that if they follow this man into battle, he will sacrifice them if need be to look good. By the way, in this context “sacrifice” means death. Why should Americans put their lives on the line for a buffoon? Why do we have to suffer the pain and experience the disillusionment of bad governance when we are the richest and smartest country in the world? I’ll tell you why. It’s because Donald John Trump has no comprehension of science. He’s a pilot who cannot take off, fly or land the plane. How can we possibly avoid a crash?

The energy of protesters demanding their states to reopen is just one example of the poison that results from Trump’s grip on the militia types. Maybe he was test driving his civil war forces, but he should not be so cocky. We saw small groups of support that the National Guard or State Police could easily defeat. For the most part, people respect their local governments and law enforcement. The also tend to social distance from Neo-Nazi, Klan sympathizers and white supremacists, just like I do.

We will conquer the virus, and even though Donald Trump is President we will make America great again. He’s not helpful and we need to use our intelligence and common sense to do what is right, and STOP LISTENING TO THIS IDIOT PRESIDENT!

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THE PANIC OF PANDEMIC

Why Did Trump Politicize a Crisis?

We human beings are challenged by nature, and the way we handle its catastrophes and calamities demonstrate our creative minds and will to survive. When a tornado blows through a midwestern town, we automatically step up, go into action and rescue people from the ruins. We may be confronted with death when the light of day comes, but we pledge to rebuild, remodel and rethink how to guard against the same fate in the future. We even use the cliché, “[Town Name] Strong!” to convince the rest of the world that we will be back.

Donald Trump keeps using the phrase, “invisible enemy” because he, like many others, has figured out that without an electronic microscope one cannot see the coronavirus. These non-living particles invade our bodies, usually in the lungs, and start a war between our immune systems and their camouflaged sharp little crowns. Our body thinks the virus is a friend and lets it multiply and cling to the walls of our organs. Therefore, a patient with the coronavirus has trouble breathing; the growth of the virus blocks the lung’s capacity to process air.

We all know that Donald Trump didn’t invent this virus in a lab. We also know that our President has never been a big believer in science, because he cannot link the value of science to an enterprise. When you build buildings, you argue against the environment because it costs money to comply with the rules. All of this should have been forgotten once Trump got to the White House. He should have evolved and started to use science and experts to our advantage. He didn’t make that transition.

Instead, Trump has promoted and fomented some far-right disdain for experts, up to and including his retweet of the #FireFauci tag. Why? Does he not know that the 20 to 30% of the population who think he walks on water will adopt whatever raw, political meat-dogma he throws into the kennel? He may have ignited protests around the country, but could he not know he’s putting his own voters in harm’s way? Someone called Trump’s political party a “death cult,” because people are going to get the virus by protesting without masks and social distancing. That’s bit rough, but it does have a ring.

I have concluded that Trump politicized this virus and global pandemic because he just doesn’t know what else to do. He was on the stage at the briefings telling us that the virus was going to go away. Remember, “Fifteen down to none.” He told those attending a rally on Monday, March 2, 2020 in Charlotte, North Carolina at the Bojangles’ Coliseum that this virus was a “Democrat hoax.” On that date there were less than two known cases in America, but officials in Santa Clara County, California, have now determined that at least two deaths in early February can now be attributed to COVID-19. So, any idea that Donald Trump knew what was really happening all along is false. On March 2, 2020, I was moved to a different hospital for a minor operation because of COVID-19 infected hospital workers. See, there were signs. By the way, I survived that operation.

When I saw the Governor of New York on TV saying that they have gone over the top of the mountain, I felt much better. However, he also said that 166 people died in the past 24 hours. He doesn’t make me panic, but he does make me think. Gee, that could have been me.

I wonder whether more people would be wearing masks if Andrew Cuomo was president right now. Would we have these protests? Probably yes, and they would have been motivated by the zealous ideolog Fox News opinion show hosts who really are in the panic business. They prey on older conservative viewers for ratings and money. They know if they create fear and dissent, ratings will go up. They will continue to do Trump’s monkey business long after Mr. Dorito Face is gone. It’s what they do.

The stark reality? It will take years for the stock market to come back. It’s also true that this virus and global pandemic will change the way we interact as humans. Until we get a vaccine, we all need to be careful. This isn’t panic talk; it’s simply good health advice. Trump is not the leader we need right now. He doesn’t understand complex conundrums and layered challenges. Sorry, but for all of his talk about being so smart, why does he keep saying the wrong things? He has the best experts around him. He should just communicate facts and well-thought-out advice, but he can’t.

If Trump really understood and believed the science behind the novel coronavirus, he wouldn’t have launched such an aggressive campaign to restart. He wouldn’t have tweeted the word LIBERATE to those states that were trying to keep this pandemic under control. He wouldn’t have wasted time verbally abusing reporters who were asking basic questions about the administration’s role in the response to COVID-19. Donald John Trump fails to understand that the politicizing of the crisis turns off moderates and educated suburban women. It creates doubt.

They say that the biggest hinderances to stock market performance is uncertainty. Trump cannot ignore that maxim and the country will react to his actions, inactions and disruptions. By tweeting about topics not related to the pandemic, Trump reveals his lack of focus, which equates to uncertainty. Tweeting every seven minutes over the weekend and tearing into reporters is terribly beneath the office of the President, but MAGA boy doesn’t at all understand the nuances and negativity of his office and actions.

He cannot conceive that his behavior often makes things worse. He could have done a simple, information-laced presser in the Rose Garden, but his handling of the questions made things worse. If you were an alien viewing that appearance from afar, you probably would have asked, “Who put this guy in charge?” I speak alien.

We need to defeat the Pandemic and remove the man who wasn’t ready for a real crisis. The real panic will come if he’s given more time to destroy America. We must not let that happen.

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BRAVE BRAZILIANS & BAD BATS

Trump Fails the COVID Test

Has anyone ever told you, “It’s all in your head?” That dismissive statement is so disheartening. There are many hypochondriacs in the world. These people are abnormally anxious about their health and they find ailments, diseases and disorders in every corner. However, a little paranoia and fear is good in us humans when it keeps us from doing the wrong things.

We have heard much about the origin of the novel coronavirus. So much that we have no certainty where it came from other than some animal, like a bat. Folklore has demonized the bat by making it the villain in fright movies. That might have started with the vampire bat, found primary in Central America and South America. Their food source is blood, a dietary trait called hematophagy. Experts believe they evolved from frugivorous bats, with sharp teeth specialized for piercing fruit. Evolution led to eating parasites on mammals and eventually to piercing the skin of their prey to get to the blood. The human vampire myth is based on this animal. Brazil is one of the countries where vampire bats sleep at day and bite at night.

According to the renowned British medical journal the Lancet, “the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic reached Latin America later than other continents. The first case recorded in Brazil was on Feb 25, 2020. But now, Brazil has the most cases and deaths in Latin America.” I am not at all suggesting that Brazil had something to do with the origin of the global pandemic, but they are an interesting study in stupidity.

Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro, one of the world’s leading coronavirus deniers, was out this weekend jet skiing and sending a message to his fellow Brazilians that there is nothing to fear. According to Time magazine, “The far-right firebrand, who was elected in 2018 trading on conspiracy theories and half-truths, has dismissed COVID-19 as a ‘little flu’ and remarked that ’we all die someday.’” He has flouted his own health ministry’s guidance by going on walkabouts to greet supporters and has urged Brazilians to leave isolation and return to work, defying the advice of the World Health Organization.” It would be ironic if Bolsonaro got the “little flu,” but hey, he’s brave.

The medical, health and local governors in Brazil are urging President Bolsonaro to send a more cautious message to the citizens, but it’s too late. Brazil will become a global hotspot because its leader’s lack of understanding. As of May 11, 2020, Brazil had 163,510 cases with 11,207 deaths. As their testing increases, the case count will certainly go up but at what cost? Brazil has a population of 209 million. Some of the early deniers like, Donald Trump and Boris Johnson, have finally come to respect the challenge, but there are other world leaders who are militant.

The autocrat in Belarus, President Aleksandr G. Lukashenko, has yet to impose any restrictions to slow the virus. We have also heard much about Sweden’s approach to the pandemic, do nothing, let the herd take the hit and move on. Might I remind you that the expression “herd immunity” means people will die?

With a population of only 10 million, Sweden currently has 26,322 confirmed cases with 3,225 deaths. They consider this a success. While we are uncertain the stats are accurate, Belarus reported to the World Health Organization that they have 23,906 cases with 135 deaths. I guess the Belarussians can’t be infected with something they don’t know about. It’s important to point out that President Putin in Russian started out being dismissive, until it became necessary to be honest. Russia has 221,000 cases of COVID-19 with 2,009 deaths. Putin is smart and expresses caution, while probably scheming how he can grab more power in this crisis.

Getting back to America, President Donald Trump is now facing the reality that people in his inter sanctum have tested positive for the COVID-19 virus. This is not going to go well. A few minutes after a Sunday afternoon news leak that VP Mike Pence would be self-quarantined, a strongly worded retraction was issued saying that Pence would be going to the White House on Monday, as usual. I am sure a call from Trump motivated that reversal.

Just like the constant whiplash we have learned to expect from the Trump administration, we are seeing stories about the President being uptight about COVID being so close to him. Yes, I am suggesting that a certain strange personification of the COVID is taking place in Trump’s brain. He’s already working from home.

It’s like the hypocrites at Fox News who keep encouraging people to do what the president says about opening the country, yet being fearful and cowering in their homes while they broadcast their nightly diatribes. Trump is also apprehensive. We know he’s a germaphobe, but his love of money, need for approval and obsessive desire to get re-elected produce muddled messages. It’s clearly a “do as I say” rather than “do as I do” warning that he sends.

The lackadaisical attitude of our top guy produces actions by those who still respect his opinion. With each pronouncement of openings and the relaxation of social distancing, we see fewer people wearing masks in public. When Trump said, “…wearing a mask would send the wrong message” and make him look ridiculous, his MAGA sycophants heard, “If you wear a mask YOU will look ridiculous!” Someone please tell me, what is the difference between “Anti-Vaxxers” and Trump? Both say stupid things that cause harm, pain and sometimes death.

Most Americans don’t care about Sweden or Brazil or Belarus, but they do care about their children. Sadly, we are learning that our leaders, both political and medical, were wrong about this virus not being dangerous to children. That was a tragic mistake.

I gasped when this headline appeared, “3 New York Children Die From Syndrome Possibly Linked to COVID-19.” Just when we think we understand what is happening, we learn something new. We now know that COVID-19 (clinically named SARS – CoV-2 virus) will attack organs other than the lungs. We have a monster on our shores, and if we let up now we will be living in fear for a long time.

Donald John Trump has failed the global pandemic test. We were NOT ready, and his mind WAS NOT and IS NOT in the right place to cope. Our experts stepped up and tried to guide him to proper actions, but he was slow and conflicted at every turn. The President will continue to distract by casting an ever-widening net of blame. He will try to focus on some positives, but his feeble attempts will no longer work. The virus is in the White House.

Trump’s nightmares of bats, labs, germs and fear of being poisoned will continue, but deep down inside he knows the only way to beat this curse is to find a cure. His political reputation and career are currently in the hands of others and he can’t stand that. Which brings us to my best advice, “Never send a narcissist to a pandemic.”  

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NO PATIENCE FOR PATIENTS

Trump’s Propensity of Pulling Out Early

It’s amazing to me that a person can own a casino, no matter where it is located, and not be successful. There is some math involved. The average casino takes in about 6 to 8 percent of the total amount bet as revenue, while 94 percent is paid out to winners. The profit percentage garnered from the average grocery store is somewhere between 2 and 3.5 percent. A casino must have a reasonable number of winners to generate return customers and players. Trump’s Taj Mahal probably had great food and the required number of wins, but maybe Trump just wasn’t good at that business.

Trump Entertainment Resorts and its predecessors filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection four times following the $1 billion Trump Taj Mahal erection. One could speculate that the restructuring of debt may have forced Trump to pull out too early. Perhaps he would have made a killing had he stayed in the game a little longer. Donald Trump claims that it was Atlantic City’s fault, not his. Okay, but again, he was the one who pulled out.

In 1988, Trump Airlines started running shuttle service between Boston, New York and Washington, DC. By 1992, he sold off the routes. Yes, the first Gulf War made jet fuel costs soar, but Trump had invested tons of money into remodeling the planes with maple-wood veneer flooring, chrome seatbelt latches and gold-plated bathroom fixtures. Most customers didn’t care about the glitz, they just wanted a reasonably priced airline to fly them where they wanted or needed to be. Trump misread the customer base and walked away from a potential long-term money maker. He didn’t have the staying power.

Many of Trump’s big ideas are now on display in the museum of business failures. There’s Trump Vodka, Trump Mortgage, Trump the boardgame, the Donald Trump clothing line (made in China), Trump Steaks, Trump Magazine, the travel web site GoTrump.com, and, finally, Trump University. Some of these businesses defrauded people out of their money. Donald Trump’s ideas are not always successful, as he claims, but he doesn’t have the patience to hang in long enough to make some of his concepts work. He lacks commitment and scares easily. He pulls out.

Right now, America needs a strong leader to get us through a global pandemic. Instead, we have a guy who acts like a 15-year-old high school boy with ADD. He cannot concentrate on the complexity of the job and would rather trust his gut than listen to people who know more. It’s glaringly apparent that Trump is not paying attention to security briefings, or maybe he just doesn’t believe information he finds challenging or that is against his predispositions. He’s a giant orange ball of prejudgment and bias.

Trump had to finally admit things were going to be bad when he realized he could not convince America that he was protecting us from the pandemic. He couldn’t stick to his position that he was keeping us safe and that building walls and banning travel would keep COVID-19 from attacking our nation.

Let me sprinkle some facts here. The Trump administration announced travel restrictions to and from China, effective February 2. 2020. According to the New York Timesnearly 40,000 people arrived in the US on direct flights from China after Trump imposed those travel restrictions. One could say he was late, but the stronger argument is that what he did wasn’t effective in stopping the virus. His feeble attempt of coronavirus disruption totally dismissed the reality that Europeans coming to America at the same time could cause just as much virus spread as Chinese people.

After pulling together a COVID-19 Task Force to create policies and disseminate valuable information, Trump seemed a little willing to give the experts space in which to operate. However, the more they talked and the more they offered dire warnings, he felt the need to step in front of them. He was too impatient to simply let a crisis be a crisis. No, he had to make it a TRUMP CRISIS. I’m surprised he didn’t trademark that term. He also had to put his name on the stimulus checks, but utterly failed to oversee the Paycheck Protection Program so the money went to those who needed it. Once again, he took credit for an idea, pushed it verbally, then pulled out early. His involvement is always so temporary.

I was impressed when the guidelines for OPENING UP AMERICA AGAIN were published by the task force. It was well-thought out and gave our states a concrete plan for reopening. Mere hours later, Trump was announcing the plan contained only suggestions and he even taunted the task force by saying he would not be wearing a protective face mask. He pulled out of his own plan.

Then, in what will be remembered as one of the most combustible actions by a president, he urged people in states where the governors were less than pleased with his response to LIBERATE! Of course, the goose-stepping chumps brought out their Trump, Nazi and militia flags, strapped on automatic weapons and marched to the capitols to demand their states be opened. Really? Trump’s commitment to the far-right, white supremacists and neo-Nazis is mild, but obvious, “They are good people protesting.” My question to Donald Trump is full-throated, “WHEN HAVE YOU EVER MET A GOOD NAZI?”

Trump has no patience for the game, he wants only a win and the trophy. He has no real sympathy for the COVID-19 patients in hospitals. The way he bargains with their lives by second guessing how many ventilators a state needs is sickening. Just when it looked like we were making progress against this virus with the guidelines, Trump manipulated, pressured and bullied governors into opening their states early. He tried to dismantle the task force, and then, within hours, pulled out of that plan after he got calls from “respected people.” Why doesn’t he just consult those people before he decides?

Now we have Trump’s White House minions admitting these early openings will kill people. Trump even went so far as to call the citizens who will lose their lives to the virus “warriors,” as if they were his soldiers. Mr. President, they aren’t soldiers, they are civilians. I would like every one of those elitist bastards in the Trump administration to remember this term, “unnecessary death.” As a retired 70-year old man and a member of this nation’s “vulnerable class,” I must say to those in charge, “GO FUCK YOURSELVES!”

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IT IS WHAT IT IS

Voices Inside Trump’s Head

There is a common human occurrence that surfaces when people are around a tribe or group for any length of time. They take on the lingo, phrases and accents of those in that group. When pop singer Madonna married a Scotsman and moved to the UK, she soon brandished a new and strange British accent — pretty far from Detroit.

Deer Hunter, one of the more disturbing “Vietnam inspired” movies, was released in 1978. One of my favorite actors, Robert De Niro, played Michael Vronsky and the fabulous character actor John Cazale played Stanley (Stosh). There is a scene that has always bothered me. De Niro’s character says to Stosh, “You see this? This is this. This ain’t something else. This is this. From now on, you’re on your own.”

When Dr. Anthony Fauci, M.D. and Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, was asked about the lost time in the Trump administration’s response to the spreading COVID-19 virus in America he said, “It’s a shame but it’s . . . it is what it is.” Dr. Fauci admitted that the Trump administration did a poor job by using the phrase “it is what it is.” He told the truth but softened it for Trump’s ears.

On February 23, 2020, @realDonaldTrump tweeted this, “Democrats talking point is that we are doing badly. If the virus disappeared tomorrow, they would say we did a really poor, and even incompetent, job. Not fair, but it is what it is. So far, by the way, we have not had one death. Let’s keep it that way!” NOTE: Today May 7, 2020 we have more than 75,000 DEATHS.

When people with limited mental and verbal acuity attempt to express complex feelings or psychological disruptions, they typically simplify things with short catch phrases, party lines or nebulous terms.  Reread the above Tweet and make your own conclusions.

Not to get too far into the woods here, but Liane Gabora Ph.D. wrote an article which was posted on the Psychology Today website in 2014. Here are her words, “The increased use of ‘it is what it is’ seemed to be a sign that people are increasingly comfortable with ‘states of potentiality,’ which are states that could ‘collapse’ to different actual states depending on the context.” I’ll take a layman’s whack at this. It seems to indicate that people use the phrase when they know in the back of their head that in the near term something might dramatically change, and they don’t want to look like an idiot. The good news is, should it get worse, they can simply repeat the phrase and move on.

I must now build a bridge back to Deer Hunter, focusing on the last part of what Michael said to Stanley and how it now applies to Donald Trump. Michael, like many Vietnam vets, needed to get a grip on reality as best he could. When he’s saying, “this is this,” he’s not arguing that someone else might not see it the same way he does; he’s just assuring himself. After he established his personal reality, he added, “From now on, you’re on your own,” to distance himself from another person’s problems or perceptions.

Donald Trump’s feeble attempt at informing the country during this coronavirus crisis was mainly through his daily Task Force briefings. During those press conferences we learned of a major conflict between the federal government and the states. I was dumbfounded hearing what came out of Trump’s little puckered mouth as he knocked the Governors, “From now on, you’re on your own when it comes to testing.”

When asked if he should be held accountable for the slow reactions and lack of game plan, he openly admitted, “I don’t take responsibility at all.” What an astounding reaction from the most powerful person in our government. Does he not remember that he took an oath to protect this nation and its Constitution?

While Trump was boasting about pushing financial relief to the cruise industry, he wasn’t thinking at all about the supply line of PPE, testing instruments and procedures hospital workers needed to keep American’s safe. I would be negligent if I didn’t mention that most cruise line companies are not chartered in America and don’t pay US taxes. Many of their employees are foreign nationals. It’s just more cronyism and political corruption pushed into the public domain.

When the President and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin were hyper focused on bailing out the airline industry, there was no discussion about securing the food supply in America. We all may soon be enjoying eating food out of cans. While Trump was commenting on lower gas prices, we had no place to go. If you believe that Trump and his store-bought economists were telling the truth when they said they would take care of the small businesses and family farmers; you just swallowed another lie. Most farmers and small businesses aren’t getting relief and Trump knows it.

I could say, well, “It is what it is,” but you don’t need to be told that. You don’t need to hear, “this is this,” either. You’ve been quarantined for more than 49 days and you know exactly what it is. It’s a worldwide shitstorm and we desperately need to hear an intelligent, informed being describe in detail what will exist when we reach that light at the end of the tunnel. Stop continuously telling me that we are there. We aren’t, and we need information and guidance. Here’s a question, “Why didn’t the government tell us to wear masks from the beginning?” Would that have saved more lives?

They didn’t tell us that because Americans would have cleaned out the limited supplies of our PPE and caused more damage at the hospitals where professionals are fighting the curse. You saw what happened with toilet paper. I guess that means we care more about pooping than eating. Why didn’t the government analyze the public needs and try to manage them at the federal level? Well there’s a simple answer to that. It was all too complicated for the meager minds of Donald John Trump and Jared Kushner, a man who isn’t even qualified to be a doorman at 666 Fifth Avenue. This douchebag son-in-law has been a failure at everything he attempts, and when he talks, he embarrasses our nation.

Pompous VP Mike Pence is another sycophant who lives in his artificial world of self-importance. When asked why the White House was considering a phase out the Coronavirus Task Force, he said, “The anticipated wind down could happen after Memorial Day.” Then he added, “…because of the tremendous progress we’ve made as a country.” Great progress, Mikey! Thank you for helping us achieve 100,000 deaths. We couldn’t have done it without you. IRONY READERS! Yesterday Trump said the Task Force will remain on the job forever. These Junior Achievement “leaders” can’t even coordinate their messages.

The President hears people say things and then he repeats them without any filter or analysis. Someone suggested that disinfectants killed the virus, and he repeated the phrase and then embellished it into an embarrassingly stupid and dangerous suggestion.

The President is now openly admitting, as we have opined here, that HIS choice is between people dying or opening the economy. Trump has sided with death. Wow, how can a devout evangelical get behind such an initiative? Seriously, What Would Jesus Do? Better yet, what would God think?

Don’t ever expect to hear much more from Trump other than, “It is what it is.” During an interview with ABC’s David Muir, Trump was asked what he would say to the many families who live with the angst and sadness of death. Not once did he say he was sorry. In his mind, from the beginning and into the future, “You are on your own.” The simple truth is he doesn’t care about you.

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Gold, God, Guns & Goofballs shows how we’ve wasted our GOLD on bad wars and corruption. While GOD is there for many people as a spiritual enrichment and the provider of glowing feelings, the truth is just praying and believing will not change our major arc. We don’t determine who gets a GUN. We aren’t sure if we have paramilitary groups ready to storm the White House or a White Castle. There is no control of weapons. The GOOFBALLS with the power constantly try to manipulate us into spending more money on bombs and tanks and wars. When all of our institutions are infected with neglect and fall in disrepair, we will only have ourselves to blame. This book is not an antidote for the left or right, it’s an accelerant to move the middle off their collective asses to go do something positive for America.

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WUHAN TO WASHINGTON

No Hush Money Can Make It Go Away

There are certain things that money can’t buy. Some people say that money can’t buy you happiness. The Beatles said money can’t buy you love. Ayn Rand said, “Money is only a tool. It will take you wherever you wish, but it will not replace you as the driver.” On the other hand, Warren Buffet suggests, “Only buy something that you’d be perfectly happy to hold if the market shuts down for ten years.” And that brings us to our present moment.

I totally get Donald Trump. I have worked for many multi-millionaires and a couple of billionaires in my life and they all had two things in common. They loved a great meal and always left the table before the bill came. Trump will do the same thing with America. He will leave office, hopefully sooner rather than later, and hand a giant bill to our children and grandchildren. If you are young, you will be paying for Donald Trump’s mistakes your whole life.

Regular readers of this blog know that I hardly say anything nice about Donald Trump, but here goes. COVID-19 was not caused by our president. Whether you believe his diatribes or not, this pandemic could have started in any country. The common belief that the coronavirus started in Wuhan, China may have cultural overtones, but you cannot blame a whole race of people or one country for this disaster. You cannot impugn Trump, Obama, Bush or any US President for this creepy little germ. In fact, if COVID is Trump’s fault, wouldn’t we just arrest him, put him in jail and throw away the key?

It’s not his fault that we have another plague running around the world and bringing the financial markets to their knees, but what he didn’t do from day one must be analyzed because it’s important to our grandchildren. They shouldn’t be afraid to live. Donald Trump will die well before we figure out a way to end the spread of future viruses. We must have a vaccine to protect us from each future mishap between the animal and human world.

This corona-calamity has brought a new reality. We now have “social distancing” to learn and do. There are signs telling us where to stand in the grocery store. Most people where I live are not following the one-way aisles plan. I guess better signage is needed to fully instill this new abnormal.

The liberal media-types use the term “rage tweeting” to describe what the President of the United States does in his spare time. WHAT? During a global pandemic the president has spare time? He seems to be in a never-ending war with anyone who says he has no idea what he is doing. Why so much rage, Mr. President? Get a shrink.

I am sick of the words, “new normal” and “unprecedented.” First, anything that is new can’t be normal until it’s been around for a while. Donald Trump has brought the word unprecedented to new levels of trending every day. The term means “never done or known before.” We hear the President say, “No one knew this was possible,” as his copout for not knowing about the coming pandemic and his inaction at the beginning of the fight. If he were a boxer, he would have been knocked out cold in March.

More terms are popping into our lexicon, like “herd immunity” and “modeling.” If you ever spent time on a farm you know that when one of the cows gets sick you move that one bovine away from the rest of the herd. Herd immunity doesn’t always work. For a farmer or rancher, if you sacrifice some of the herd while the others get beyond the ailment you are losing money. Full-grown cows can cost between $4,000 to $5,000. Do you remember “Bovine spongiform encephalopathy?” It was better known as “mad cow disease” and farmers had to kill every cow that came down with it. It was highly contagious and destroyed the animals’ central nervous systems. Some believe it was caused by feeding beef to cows. They aren’t cannibals, they are cows. People shouldn’t eat bats and cows should be vegetarian. Got it?

The idea of “modeling” is not new to the scientific community. We use modeling to predict where hurricanes will make land. We use modeling to track where people shop and determine where a new mall should be built. Fashion designers use modeling to sell their designs. Sorry, I just had to write that. Did you laugh? Here’s the important point, though. Modeling is not reality. It’s an estimate or prediction based on all the known data at the time the model is created.

The scientists and doctors of the COVID -19 Task Force once told us that we could have 250,000 deaths. Then they changed their model and predicted we could keep deaths from the coronavirus to below 60,000. Soon that was revised to say the death toll would be larger. Yesterday, the model was recalculated because many states are reopening. Scientists now say that as many as 134,000 Americans will die by June. So, why then should we be taking the risk of opening states right now? I guess the White House thinks opening is worth loss of life. This president thinks the economy will quickly and magically pop big numbers as a result. I’m willing to lay a wager that won’t happen.

People like Putin, Xi, Kim and Trump think they are in charge. They are not. Each one of them will lie to look good. China kept COVID-19 a secret for as long as they could. Putin, in the middle of taking full dictator control of Russia, had to call off his coup d’état because of the coronavirus. Kim Jong-Un probably contracted the virus but kept his discomfort from the world. Trump tried to talk the virus out of coming here. What a pitiful, naïve fool to think his words are that powerful. These boisterous leaders are just mortal men with agendas and misdirection.

Putin, Xi, Kim and Trump view people simply as numbers or statistics. No head of a country can hold the grief of every death in their heart, but it would be better if they attempted to express more empathy during this tragedy with its great loss of life. Numbers are used in science and stock markets, and if you don’t know MATH, you don’t know JACK. Some countries teach math to every child, but because we are in this global pandemic we are now forced to teach adults how math works with respect to percentages of death, percentage of chance of getting the virus and the like.

I surely hope our US State Governors, will keep a body count during their foolish quests to “open the economy.” As former New Jersey Governor Chris Christie said on Monday of this week, politicians should all admit, “people will have to die” to open the malls and entertainment. Perhaps he sees this like Sophie’s Choice. You know, older people’s lives for money. Thanks, Chris. You can take your family back to the beach now. Maybe Trump will make you ambassador to Wuhan.

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