VOTER SUPPRESSION DEPRESSION

Cheater-in-Chief Changes the Rules

It didn’t surprise me when the newspapers broke the story about Donald John Trump, our 45th President, allegedly paying a porn movie star and a Playboy bunny $130,000 each to keep their mouths shut about the affairs. He cheated on his wife right after their son Barron was born. This is not hearsay. According to the testimony of Trump’s personal lawyer Michael Cohen, that is exactly what happened.

Russia helped Trump get elected, but the Donald would rather look the other way than take aggressive actions against further interference from China or Russia. He’s quite comfortable with cheating because he’s done it all his life. From not paying vendors before, during and after bankruptcy, to preventing African Americans from renting his properties in New York, Donald Trump doesn’t play by the rules.

If a rule gets in the way, he changes it. His deregulation actions are not keeping America safer, they are endangering communities and kids everywhere. Why would an American president say it’s okay to add pollution to our land, seas and sky? We were making great progress before Trump.

Georgia’s Governor Kemp

Brian Kemp, the current Governor of Georgia and previously the state’s Secretary of State, has been investigated by the United States House Oversight and Reform Committee, claiming that Georgians faced unprecedented challenges with registering to vote, and significant barriers to casting their votes, during the 2018 election. That’s such a blatant conflict of interest. While running for Governor, Secretary of State Kemp headed the administration of the elections. Regardless of party affiliation, any such incidents in other states need to be examined. This is plainly wrong.

Trump has been haranguing and lying about the United States Postal Service (USPS) for years, but now he has placed a true “yes man” in the position of Postmaster General. The New York Times story quoting the President, says it all, ‘“CORRUPT ELECTION’ that will ‘LEAD TO THE END OF OUR GREAT REPUBLICAN PARTY’ and become the ‘SCANDAL OF OUR TIMES.’” Trump predicted that children would steal ballots out of mailboxes and then went so far as to suggest delaying the election instead. What a desperate son-of-a-bitch.

Attacking the Post Office is not merely a budget issue with Trump. He put new Postmaster General Louis DeJoy in charge and gave him his marching orders. Along with being a major Republican donor, DeJoy’s wife serves as the vice-chairwoman of the President’s Commission on White House Fellowships, which is tasked with reviewing candidates for White House fellowships, whatever that means. DeJoy’s claim to fame is his High Point, NC company called New Breed Logistics, which he sold for $615 million.

Mr. DeJoy’s opening statement regarding the USPS was rather negative, “The Postal Service is in a financially unsustainable position, stemming from substantial declines in mail volume, and a broken business model. We are currently unable to balance our costs with available funding sources to fulfill both our universal service mission and other legal obligations. Because of this, the Postal Service has experienced over a decade of financial losses, with no end in sight, and we face an impending liquidity crisis.” I boldened that one point on purpose.

Postmaster General DeJoy

It would make much more sense for Congress to fund the service from now until the end of the year, and make a permanent course correction after the election. Let’s not thwart the mail flow during a pandemic and election year. We heard Trump whine about how he didn’t want to wait days and days for the election results, even floating the idea that it could take years. This, while people who get their medicine through the mail are waiting because their packages are being stacked up in their local post office. DeJoy told them that the guarantees on immediately delivery can be ignored. Oh, we know where that is coming from. Regardless of the result, Trump plans to challenge the election in court. It’s what he does.

When the Trump Organization was in trouble financially a few years ago Deutsche Bank called its loan. Then the Donald sued the bank. Really? He owed money, failed to make payments and then he went after them? The bank countersued and part of the settlement involved the bank loaning Trump more money. WTF?

Last night, the New York Times reported, “Deutsche Bank has opened an internal investigation into the longtime personal banker of President Trump and his son-in-law, Jared Kushner, over a 2013 real estate transaction between the banker and a company part-owned by Mr. Kushner. In June 2013, the banker, Rosemary Vrablic, and two of her Deutsche Bank colleagues purchased a Park Avenue apartment for about $1.5 million from a company called Bergel 715 Associates, which was partly owned by Jared Kushner.”

According to the Guardian, “Germany’s troubled Deutsche Bank faces fines, legal action and the possible prosecution of ‘senior management’ because of its role in a $20-80 billion Russian money-laundering scheme. The case, nicknamed the Global Laundromat, took place between 2010 and 2014 and the bank’s internal memo claims it was a scheme to move money into the western financial system.”

If any of those funds were used to pump up the businesses of Trump and/or Kushner, it would be a giant conflict of interest and possibly prosecutable criminal activity. As most experts have figured out, Trump isn’t as liquid and rich as he says he is, and he needed someone’s help to get out of the deep debt brought about by bankruptcies. It’s on record that his company borrowed hundreds of millions of dollars from Deutsche Bank.

Jared Kushner, a senior adviser to the president, disclosed in an annual personal financial report late Friday that he and his wife, Ivanka Trump, had received $1 million to $5 million last year from Bergel 715. After this story broke, Kushner’s lawyer said he had nothing to do with Bergel 715, a real estate company. Not only is that such a disingenuous statement, but the fact they released it late Friday is so Trumpean.

The debacle with the Post Office goes much deeper than its finances; it’s a corrupt and out in the open attempt to suppress the vote. Trump is a criminal, just like Richard Nixon. Congress should step up to the plate and knock this issue right out of the park. We need to fund the states so they can conduct all methods of voting. DO NOT BE BULLIED BY TRUMP.

Now, for you junior crime fighters online, focus on the connection between Trump’s and Kushner’s tax returns, Deutsche Bank and personal banker Rosemary Vrablic. After you get the data, by hook or crook, you will learn why Donald J. Trump kowtows to Putin and Russia. It’s all about the money. Always has been.

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WEEKEND IN WUHAN

Trump’s Blind Spot: Statistics 

President Donald Trump spends a lot of time blaming other people, countries or parties for things that have gone wrong. He openly stated that he takes “No responsibility” for any part of the global pandemic and the war against it here in the USA. He’s more interested in fingering China for his problems because he’s run out of American citizens to throw under the bus.

How is Wuhan, the alleged birthplace of COVID-19, doing? The state of Hubei, which Wuhan calls home, has had 68,135 cases to date, cured more than 63,000 and had only 4,512 deaths. Maybe those aren’t true numbers, but let’s put them in perspective. I live in Florida and we have had more than 465,030 cases with 6,843 deaths. I just hope America can contain the virus as well as the Chinese have.

We keep hearing from our intrepid orange leader that China should have “stopped the virus in its tracks.” Well, if that is true, why haven’t we been able to stop this thing in its tracks? Why can’t Trump fix the situations he critiques? He can’t fix the post office. He can’t fix the mail-in voting dilemma and he obviously cannot stop COVID-19. I guess he’s just not that good at his job.

Donald John Trump will not shut down the economy, no matter how many people die. They come out to the press room every day and read a list of things the administration has done, but it’s more repetition and less revelation of a light is at the end of the tunnel. I don’t see a plan. You know, like we will do A, then we’ll do B, and when we do those things, we should see C. Why is there no strategy?

All the professional sports leagues have commissioners. This is a tradition and those officials have absolute power over multiple, incorporated entities. Sure, players’ associations and unions have a large say in how these multi-millionaire players are treated. Yes, they get COVID tests in the morning and in the afternoon. Their test results obviously have a short turnaround but isn’t that how everyone should be treated? Most states follow the lead of the Feds but some governors are less effective than others. Why can’t the Federal government develop a blueprint to bring all states into the same focus? It’s because the White House is wasting tons of time with Trump’s reelection rather than fighting the virus. After reading Mary L. Trump’s and John Bolton’s books, I see no reason why Trump should be the President of the United States.

Getting back to Wuhan, it’s a city of 19 million people. We need more information from that location to study how they got this virus under control rather than painting them as a demon. Can we learn from the Chinese or will Trump continue to taunt them into silence? Our President has scuttled productive communication with China. No matter how many times Donald Trump brags about his great relationship with President Xi I am sure he will not be getting his help. It’s ironic to suggest, but maybe if Xi didn’t have such a wonderful relationship with Trump we might have known more about the coronavirus from the beginning. Trump keeps saying he loves her, but she’s cheating on him at every turn.

Chinese people are not a strange aberration of human life. They are living, breathing people who allow their smartest scientists to make decisions and deliver opinions. Research is not tweeting. It takes time to gather evidence, discuss possible solutions and then come up with a plot to solve the problem. Anyone who has ever watched an episode of the doctor TV show House, knows how it works. Trump’s fantasyland belief that the more he talks about something the faster it will become a reality is so deeply egotistical and out-of-whack with reality that he’s just plain dangerous.

One can be impressed with the constant diet-Coke stoked energy level pushing the “leader of the free world,” to argue at every turn, but just like any other disgruntled killjoy Trump wastes so many words, gestures and time on complaining and being an ingrate that nothing gets done. When things get bad, he walks away. When confronted with truth, he walks away. Donald Trump, surrounded by the virus, has surrendered. He is so incredibly incompetent, batting away criticism instead of developing a strong game plan.

According to The Economic Times newspaper and website, “Three months after it reopened its economy, Wuhan’s uneven recovery offers a glimpse of the hard road back to normality for cities after containing the coronavirus. As of May, factory output, retail sales and exports in the city were nowhere near the same level as last year. The end of Wuhan’s quarantine on April 8 was a triumphant moment for China and an important show of confidence that it had successfully contained the deadly virus in the place where it first broke out. While factories and offices quickly got back to business, consumers were slower to return, with residents cautious and habits such as cooking at home and shopping online persisting after the 76-day lockdown.”

That’s not propaganda but rather an objective viewpoint on what happens after the virus is confined by an effective strategy. Can we learn from them? They employed extensive contract tracing and surveillance. The government gathered data on the whereabouts of every one of its citizens, well, at least those with cell phones. This draconian effort by the Chinese clearly shows they didn’t “let the virus escape.”

With more than 50,000 people coming to America during the most critical days of the pandemic there was little blame to China. Let’s place culpability where it existed, which was our inability to stop travel from China, Europe and other hotspots. We were dumb because we didn’t jump on the mask bandwagon like China did. We still have little to no contact tracing, unless you work at the White House, are a professional athlete or live on a reservation or commune. Why?

I can’t believe that in a country as smart and rich as the United States we are stalled with rising death counts, famous people succumbing to this virus and shitty testing. When the big orange monster gets up and says, “No one has tested as much as we have!” he is farting out his mouth. I wouldn’t even hire Trump to drive a clown car. He’s a walking disaster.

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WILLIAM BARR THE DOOR

Political Operative Ideolog A.G.

I respect most of the institutions of our government, but I never assume everyone nominated and confirmed to run those departments, commissions and agencies are honest or hold our citizens’ interests as a priority. Simply put, we have dishonest people in every walk of life, including government. It’s sad, but true.

When Donald John Trump was elected President, it wasn’t a great surprise that he nominated Jefferson Beauregard Sessions III as Attorney General of the United States of America. Sessions was the first member of Congress to endorse Trump and he became a central figure in his campaign. Mr. Sessions led to the administration bringing onboard Stephen Miller, the vile speech writer and immigration hardliner. As much as I do not like Sessions, when he was called upon to do the right thing, the legal thing, he recused himself from the Russian interference investigation.

BORED BILL

Trump lost it and bitched that he didn’t have an Attorney General to protect him from people who wanted to get at the truth. In Trumpean thought, the A.G. is supposed to be the President’s attorney, not the head of all law enforcement in America. That notion is clearly wrong. The White House has their own legal counsel who work with the President and the administration. The Department of Justice is supposed to be a fully independent part of the Executive Branch and work for equal justice under the law. So, Sessions hung on until the Donald found William Barr to be his shield against oversight.

How did Trump find his new A.G.? Barr applied for the job by writing a white paper sharing his belief in the “almost absolute” power of the Chief Executive. Of course, he was the perfect choice. There is no doubt that William Barr is a far-right ideolog who doesn’t see the difference between his political desires to protect his version of the republic and his responsibility to protect the America public from injustices, political tricks and the lies of President Trump. He judged and announced his view of the Mueller Report before we had a chance to see it. Who made him the Supreme Court or Chief Justice?

In his haste to please Trump, William Barr has trampled the First Amendment and caused many to distrust his department and the system. He is making things worse, not better, just as his orange boss does. The members of Congress, and especially those Senators who confirmed Barr, are complicit in his corrupt reign. Showing a long, cunningly edited video during the House Judiciary hearing was an over the top excess of propaganda.

I am highly irritated by William Barr because he never presents unbiased and apolitical viewpoints on law or the Executive Branch. I hate to say this because we have a lawyer in the family, but Barr comes off as a sleazy back office lawyer with his hand out, not so much for cash but for approval from those who agree with him. He’s not focused on ways to make things better. He never advises the President to use negotiation tactics. At every turn, Barr understands what Trump wants, spoken or unspoken, and proceeds to deliver the goods.

Barr is using the statistics of white and Black deaths at the hands of law enforcement as evidence that systemic racism is not part of police departments in America. This is Donald Trump’s position and now we hear Barr’s frog-like mouth spewing the same drivel. After being so confident there is no racism with police, he wraps those decrees with words about Tim Scott, the Black Senator of South Carolina, being pulled over by police in D.C. Isn’t that a glaring example of systemic racism?

“Operation Relentless Pursuit” is an anti-crime program which was started right before the coronavirus pandemic. According to Barr, that plan was brushed aside while the administration wielded their shoddy combat against the pandemic. The program was restarted under orders from Trump who named it “Operation Legend.” I have no idea what that means, but I am always skeptical of any domestic law enforcement effort that needs a name. They should be reserved for military actions abroad. The strange label is Orwellian phraseology to justify their unconstitutional acts.

William Barr thinks he is above the law because he is part of the Executive Branch. He can be arrested and tried for any crime, but here’s a question. Who would arrest him? The person who initiates prosecution is Barr himself. Yes, he could be impeached, but that has proven to be a partisan activity without any truth being presented. We must wait for an election.

Rep. Pramila Jayapal

During the House hearing yesterday, Barr continued to deny the use of tear gas at Lafayette Park on June 1, 2020, while a US National Guard major testified in different House hearing that tear gas was used, and he knows it. He picked up the shells on the street that day. And when Representative Pramila Jayapal of Michigan challenged Barr on why white nationalist protesters in Michigan earlier this year did not face the same federal response as Black Live Matter protesters, Barr argued it’s a matter for governors. It was alarming to this observer that the Attorney General had no awareness of the threats of death and hanging of the state’s Governor during those protests, where right wing radicals were armed with automatic weaponry. The Justice Department sees the pro-Trump people as positive, while Black Lives Matter people are thought of as terrorists. Who is this man?

I have no respect for William Barr. I am sure that if he was the first Trump A.G. there would never have been the Mueller investigation or report. I’m also quite sure the facts of Russian interference during the 2016 election would have been swept under the rug. We live in a world where the only things that matter are Donald Trump’s priorities, and all that Trump cares about are those things that make him look good. There is no regard for what is best for our citizenry, and Barr is a parasite on the wounded body of American democracy, eating away at people’s rights.

I know that being the Attorney General is a tough job and the number of cases that person must oversee is outrageous. With thousands of pending decisions, the A.G. must keep a focus on the most important matters. Yes, the Attorney General should appear at Congressional hearings to explain to the American public what they are doing and how they are doing it. They also must justify questionable words and actions. When they lie under oath, they are breaking the law. We cannot have a deceitful Attorney General.

Barr will leave when Trump leaves and he will probably write a book that will show him as the big, fat, white-man hero riding a white horse, but he’s just another dirtball politician who shades, covers and lies to protect Donald Trump. It’s just another brick in the wall separating us all from truth and justice. Barr’s father gave us Jeffrey Epstein and he gave pardons to all the Iran-Contra criminals. We need to get serious about confirmation hearings. Barr should never have been confirmed. We need to STOP BAD GUYS from gaining power in America.

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THE AUDACITY OF IGNORANCE

Politically Motivated Mask Wearing

Donald John Trump doesn’t want to be President, he wants to be Roger Ailes. Donald Trump doesn’t want to be the “leader of the free world,” he would rather be Mark Burnett. The Donald would much rather be doing a daily TV show, which is why he is always prepared by wearing his orange makeup should a television gig be suddenly offered. Just in case you don’t remember, Roger Ailes is the late CEO of Fox News network who was forced out over dozens of sexual harassment charges. Mark Burnett is a British TV producer who gave us the reality shows, Survivor and The Apprentice. Just yesterday, when Trump announced that the COVID-19 Task Force would resume daily television briefings, he had to brag about the big ratings for those events. WHAT?

That came on the same day this substantially rotund fat storage container tweeted a picture of himself wearing a mask saying that he’s been told people who wear masks are patriots. He capped the tweet with this announcement, “There is nobody more Patriotic than me, your favorite President!” Every time Trump makes what I call a “snowflake” claim, I always ask how can he possibly declare himself to be the most anything? By the way, I use “snowflake” to debunk the claim that every snowflake is unique. Since we cannot capture and photograph every snowflake, the assertion can never be proven. Trump cannot prove anything he says because most of his vocal output is pure bullshit.

I must admit, my mind has been forever changed after reading the brilliant observations in Mary L. Trump’s book. No longer will I give Trump credit for anything he says or does. Billions of dollars of broadcast airtime are wasted by talking about him every week but, sadly, his malfeasance and criminal activities are still not known and understood by all Americans.

Trump’s joy of putting down people and his vindictive and mean personality were exploited by Mark Burnett during The Apprentice show. The truth is, Burnett’s consistent scripting and brilliant editing made Trump look like a competent decision maker and businessman. What the book points out, and what we’ve seen and experienced with Trump’s inability to focus and move quickly, has deeply wounded America.

What Trump most envied about Ailes was his amazing power to shape opinions. After all, this was the guy who controlled everything and everyone at Fox News. The ratings soared and Fox News’ constant anti-Obama rhetoric excited and solidified a group of Americans which Trump exploited to get elected. Trump is titillated by the idea that Roger Ailes brought his women workers into a locked office to leer at and harass them. That is precisely the job Trump wants, but if he were in the corporate world and tried those acts he would be hauled into court. He misses the point that Mr. Ailes is a “disgraced” former head of the network and shortly after he left, he died.

Those who worked on The Apprentice show know that Mark Burnett has tons of outtakes on his hard drives. If they were to be released to the public, they would damage Trump just as much as the Access Hollywood video. NBC/Universal do not own this content, Burnett does. Maybe he has a fantasy to use Donald Trump as talent on a future show or perhaps Trump will start his very own news network after he leaves the White House so that his kids have something to do. Who knows?

Sure, America could use a daily virus task force briefing, but if they become more opportunities for long-winded, unfocused political tirades by Trump, who cares?  We don’t want or need that! What angers me most is the way his puppet governors in red states watch and imitate him and his routines. They are helping to spread COVID-19 by their bad policies while spreading a great amount of another virus, vitriol-2020.

Trump damaged America with his denial, inconsistency, poor language skills and inability to convince anyone he knows how to fight a pandemic. He says something then locks his mind on it, not because it’s a good idea but merely because it’s his idea. He wants to decrease or eliminate payroll taxes, which would cut off funding for Social Security. Why would you want to take away a payroll tax when there is so much unemployment? Once again, he’s talking without thinking.

He brags about taking the Montreal test, which helps medical professional gauge the scourge of Parkinson’s, dementia, or Alzheimer’s. It’s not what he says it is. The test, which you can take yourself RIGHT HERE, has nothing to do with intelligence. Once again, Trump says we have the lowest mortality with the COVID-19 cases, when we don’t. We are 7th in the world, and he won’t even admit he’s wrong even after he’s been shown the facts.

In the well-written conspiracy show on CNN last night, Fareed Zakaria revealed the many conspiracy theories Trump has embraced over the years. The show itself was not a theory, just facts about Trump’s known machinations against truth. He complains constantly about the “deep state,” that was baked into his brain by his father who was, at least, a Nazi and KKK sympathizer. The idea that repeating a lie makes it true is the logic of the ignorant.

Trump didn’t want to wear a mask for the same reason he doesn’t go out in public without wearing a mask of orange-hued foundation from Swiss brand Bronx Colors. What does he think he gains by lathering that putrid orange makeup on his face each day? Has he ever asked his wife if she thinks it looks good? The people around him  consistently protect him from criticism, meaning he will never know how badly he appears to everyone, except Stevie Wonder.

Trump said he wouldn’t wear a mask because it would make him look ridiculous. That was his word, not mine. Now that he’s wearing one proves two things. One, his words mean nothing and two, he’s only doing it now to help his poll numbers. If he were an intelligent person he would have sat down in the beginning of the crisis and gotten the best advice on how to fight this attack and lay out a plan. All he does in meetings is talk, and when others talk he doesn’t listen. With all due respect to Richard Nixon, Trump is the worse president ever. The Nixon mention was irony.

I wanted to make a mask with boldly printed words PRO-LIFE… and in smaller print underneath (mine). After some thought I decided against the plan rather than getting spat upon by some COSTCO shopper. We have systemic ignorance in America, and the head dunce Donald will lead some of the lemmings off the cliff. Don’t listen to him.

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THE BOLTON BOOK

For those too busy to read

Most people have one of two viewpoints on John Bolton. Some see him for what he is, an intelligent neoconservative (neocon) while others view him as a self-serving public servant who decided that he knew better than Donald Trump. According to his book, The Room Where It Happened: A White House Memoir this Bolton curmudgeon is always right and has the power to back sell. In diplomatic terms, his righteousness attempts more to impress and less to illuminate. That being said, there is value in reading this book. For those on the left, it reinforces all the previous memoirs and hatchet jobs. For those who follow the neocon religion, you will see that Bolton is just as recalcitrant as Trump. If you call anyone who confronts President Trump’s petulance and lies a traitor, you will only get steamed.

One of the best quotes in the book is Bolton’s reaction to the way Trump typically handled communication. Bolton said, “As was often the case, Trump had truth mixed with misunderstanding and malice.” One of the low points in the tome is Bolton’s defense of his statement that we should employ the “Libyan model” when dealing with North Korea and Kim Jung-Un. In fact, after Muammar al-Gaddafi got rid of his nuclear capabilities the Arab summer came. The two have nothing to do with each other, but in the latter Gaddafi was run out of office, captured by a mob and murdered on a road. Bolton uses the Latin “post hoc, ergo propter hoc,” which means after this, therefore, because of this. The use of Latin throughout the book is a literary trick. He inserts arcane words and phrases to stamp his IQ on the text rather than aiming for effective and understandable writing.

Throughout his book, Bolton posits an incredulous vision of the past. Of course, the supreme leader in North Korea heard the phrase “Libyan model” and assumed that America was going to take away his bombs, overthrow him, then kill him and unite the peninsula. The walk-back in the book is flimsy.

Bolton clearly highlights one of Trump’s worst habits, not listening. Certainly, one can keep their mouth shut while not listening, but Bolton points out a different situation with Trump. When someone starts talking, the “leader of the free world” rudely interrupts and filibusters until everyone submits to his will and parrots his opinions. Bolton claims his role was keeping Trump from disastrous actions. He also shares his harsh criticism of the Trump term, “My Generals.” It can best be said that Bolton had a pure Napoleonic complex and viewed himself as “protecting” the nation from an ill-prepared president.

John Bolton’s book is noticeably big. Its 592 pages seem to cover every event that happened while John Bolton was Trump’s “Assistant to the President for National Security Affairs.” Hmmm, his title is just about as long as the book. It’s written in diary style and follows the timeline of the way events unfolded. Don’t expect any descriptive passages based on visual observation. The book mostly focuses on the dialogs of its main characters.

Caution, in its initial release this book has many semi-typos. This is probably the result of too many hands touching the work. The White House wanted much of it to be redacted because they said it contained extremely sensitive, classified information. That’s doubtful. I think they were concerned about how the book’s details make Trump look bad.

Most of the book covers what Trump said, and how he handled leaders around the world. Those accounts are embarrassing not only to Trump, but to all of us. We elected an idiot. Trump’s lack of discipline with and execution of the duties of his office is stunningly glaring in this book. I came away from each chapter thinking the 45th President is so misinformed that he’s dangerous.

Who should read this book? The person who first comes to mind is Donald Trump. It’s John Bolton’s big reveal of all those times he didn’t speak truth to Trump’s face and the information he didn’t share with the oversight committees in Congress. If only Trump could read, perhaps he could begin to understand how people feel about him. Of course, it would hurt his feelings, but at this point who gives a damn?

A legal specialist might suggest that much of what is in Bolton’s book is hearsay, but at least he has conveyed those things he “thought” and “witnessed.” It would have been so much better had Bolton testified during the Impeachment Trial. Those involved in supporting Trump during that debacle should study this book and then ask themselves, “Why am I supporting our imbecile president?”

I highly recommend this book to any young person who is thinking about going into government, law or politics. It clearly expresses not only how governance should NOT be conducted, but how things SHOULD work in our Executive Branch. What I took away from this book is that Bolton believes Presidents George H.W. Bush, George W. Bush and Barack Obama are not as smart as he is. Each of his opinions is highly filtered through his own ideological prism. While at times he can be objective, his sense of humor is sarcastic and heavily dosed with ad hominem.

There are some descriptions in Bolton’s book that make me question if he wrote the opposite of what he believes or was just being sarcastic. Most of the time my conclusion was the latter, but anyone could easily misunderstand his position. I have an impression that John Bolton is just as recalcitrant as his former boss. He’s also a “save his own ass-type” with a lengthy chapter on Venezuela, which is Trump’s and Bolton’s personal “bay of pigs” embarrassment. Bolton blames everyone else for the failures, just like Trump blames Bolton.  Bolton admits that he combined the pandemic healthcare group with the biological warfare group, claiming that made them more efficient. He says they did their job on the COVID-19 case but that the real problem was the empty seat behind the resolute desk in the Oval Office, a clear attempt at his own vindication.

Now that we have psychological details about Trump’s life in the new book by his niece, Mary L. Trump, Bolton’s tome will be pushed aside and slowly dropped from news coverage. For a true news freak and political junky like me, Mary L. Trump’s book is amazing. A person trying to figure out who to vote for in November will view the book’s content through their own filters and prejudices.

If you want to save your money, you could wait until Bolton’s book arrives at your public library, if it is still open during the pandemic. To me, John Bolton has confirmed what all others have said before. When your critics think you are bad at what you do, and everyone who once worked for you thinks you are stupid or foolish, what more do we need to know? Many who have any sort of conversation with Donald Trump feel that he doesn’t know what he’s talking about. Bolton’s book simply confirms this.

Bolton says he won’t vote for Trump or Biden in November. Although Bolton wants us to think he’s some great “patriot,” he will waste his vote on someone else, like a “Bernie-bro.” I had no respect for John Bolton before I read his book and that hasn’t changed. He’s just another person who was tormented in his youth, spent his life being a good student with an excellent IQ and worked over and over to prove himself. He may be getting back at those who scorned his intellect, but he is in no way helping America. He’s helping John Bolton. At best, the book is a B-minus. It has some pictures at then end, but still, Trump will never read it.

The book that tells it like it is…

Gold, God, Guns & Goofballs: If you only read one chapter of this book, try “Take a Knee for America” and think about our never-ending conflicts between minorities and the police. I’m not asking you to take a stand but having a deep and honest conversation about why some people think the way they do would be productive. This is a book for the moment which seeks to start a conservation about peace. And if you are worried about social media, you really should check out the chapter called “Social Media Menace.”

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


BIG LIES & LITTLE MINDS

We Cannot Trust the Trump Government

Well, we’re almost through another week but that certainly doesn’t make things feel any better. There is no “light of the end of the tunnel” because we still have the same people telling the same lies, cherry picking data and hurting states with Democratic governors. With soaring, positive tests, hospitalizations and death, Trump is now pressuring and pushing to open our schools. I hope we can beat this virus, but the lies are really clogging our brains.

First, let’s take the biggest lie Donald Trump keeps telling. That because he shut down the flights from China, he saved millions and millions of lives. According to the Associated Press, “An analysis of Commerce Department travel entry records and private aviation data shows that nearly 8,000 Chinese nationals and foreign residents of Hong Kong and Macao entered the U.S. on more than 600 commercials and private flights in the first three months after the ban was imposed.” Donald Trump’s myth has no factual backing. He didn’t stop everyone coming from China and it probably hurt us, but he’s the orange knight on the white horse here to save us all.

From the beginning, Trump has downplayed the threat of the coronavirus and spent more time blaming China and its people for the origin and death this curse brought to our shores. What he totally ignored was the virus was equally spreading in Europe and the UK at the same time. He failed to understand the virus is not a product of any one country but a global pandemic. You cannot put a tax or tariff on a virus; it travels where it wants to. Trump’s ridiculous blaming of the World Health Organization and China doesn’t help our fight against the plague.

Trump has no comprehension of how a virus works. He’s too busy pushing medicines that he “heard would be a game changer” rather than listening to the experts. He invented a solution to a problem that could hurt a lot of people. On July 6, 2020, Peter Navarro appeared on CNN, talking about the merits of hydroxychloroquine and why he bought so much of it. He’s a fool. He has no medical expertise and was promoting a Trump plan that can hurt people. Why is he in the government? The obsessive Trump endorsement of an unproven drug was one giant lie.

The next lie that I find most despicable is the shell game Trump plays with the COVID-19 Task Force. I knew we were in trouble when Mike Pence was appointed to head this group. That man can talk for ten minutes, never answering any question and never offering anything but vague cheerleading, preposterous platitudes and misinformation. He must either think people are stupid or he believes all that bullshit that comes out of his mouth, which would mean he’s stupid.

The country wasn’t prepared for a pandemic and no one will admit that our sales of PPE to China early on left our stockpiles dangerously low. They lie about the wearing of masks, which I believe was caused by the rush on toilet paper. Yes, the brain trust in the White House saw so much toilet paper flying off the shelves at stores and they feared a run on masks which would hurt medical workers and hospitals. So, they admitted by omitting that good advice from the beginning that the administration was not ready.

Early in the pandemic, President Trump was asked about testing and he brazenly said, “There is no way we are going to test everybody in the country. Not going to happen.” Had I been in the room, I would have yelled out, “Why not?” If we truly are this great country with all this money, technology and medical expertise, why would we not test everyone and stop this virus as fast as possible? WHY? Because Donald Trump was unable to confirm his belief that the coronavirus was even here in the USA.

In the midst of a global pandemic, American healthcare and safety is being hijacked and put on hold by Donald Trump, whose only priority is getting reelected. Every one of his predictions, pushes and pontifications have been lies that only made matters worse.

I am about to say something here that I am so sad writing. Moving too fast to reopen the country, which was totally Donald John Trump’s idea, has killed people. With all the political misdirection, Trump has convinced the very dull that they don’t need to wear a mask. Why? The answer to this will be obvious in the new Mary Trump book, but it was also pointed by a smart comment on this blog, “I don’t think he cares anymore, period. He knows he has lost the war against the virus, the war to “save” the economy, perhaps even the war to save himself. A spoiled child who can’t have his own way will pick up his marbles and go home — game over. But a spoiled narcissist with no conscience — he blows up the game. No one can play if he can’t. I fear that is the real Donald Trump playbook we are seeing now.” Oh my God, if this is true, how can we get rid of him, NOW!

The book that tells it like it is…

Gold, God, Guns & Goofballs: If you only read one chapter of this book, try “Take a Knee for America” and think about our never-ending conflicts between minorities and the police. I’m not asking you to take a stand but having a deep and honest conversation about why some people think the way they do would be productive. This is a book for the moment which seeks to start a conservation about peace. And if you are worried about social media, you really should check out the chapter called “Social Media Menace.”

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


RAMBLING AND DISCORDANT

The Ever-Slowing Trump Show

I want to be perfectly clear before we get started. The title for this post was borrowed from a Washington Post article of two excellent writers, Philip Rucker and Robert Costa. When I read Trump rallies in red-state America — and faces a sea of empty blue seats, that phrase jumped off the page because it’s an objective and accurate description of Donald Trump’s messaging.

Sunday morning, after Trump’s “big rally” in Tulsa, Oklahoma, the never-Trumpers and zealous Democrats quickly pointed out that what the orange man hyped as the “biggest rally” ever turned out to be small crowd that didn’t fill the arena they had leased. The outdoor pre-speech was scrapped at the last minute, its stage quickly torn down and the two-dozen people lingering outside sent away. To some this might be hailed as a “sea change,” a term Shakespeare anointed in The Tempest written in 1610, but hold your horses. Let’s look more closely.

Computer social media strategist and consultant Brad Parscale stole Facebook data to help Candidate Trump in 2016, and the President rewarded Parscale by elevating him to Campaign Manager in 2020. I have always thought Parscale was just another hacker, like Edward Snowden, but he’s clearly not as good as Snowden. He got tricked this weekend. Badly!

Parscale failed to realize that the design of the campaign website to accept requests for tickets didn’t know if the requestors intended to attend the rally. His team used a database of applicants’ cell phone numbers to determine if they were real. Where did they get that list? Well, the answer is simple. Former US president Barack Obama signed a law in 2016 which required FEMA to design a system enabling the president to send mobile phone alerts in national emergencies. The Trump campaign used this database, but don’t wait to hear Trump thank the former White House inhabitant.

Sure, Parscale and his cronies thought they were brilliant while harvesting all those names and email addresses from the database, but as they were basking in the glow of large numbers they failed to comprehend that two forces were at work. The campaign mass mailed Trump supporters directing them to the Tulsa rally site. Many of those hard-core supporters clicked the link and signed up. Maybe they thought they were getting a free red hat or just supporting the old man. Next, a mass of young people organized a “grass roots” effort to request tickets when they had no intention of attending. They knew exactly what they were doing, just like a group of activists flooding cable TV talk show surveys.

New York Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez tweeted this, “Actually you just got ROCKED by teens on TikTok who flooded the Trump campaign w/ fake ticket reservations & tricked you into believing a million people wanted your white supremacist open mic enough to pack an arena during COVID!” AOC clearly knows the inner workings of social media.

Parscale’s first response was a stupid claim that protesters had blocked the entrances and metal detectors at one entrance were not working. Reporters on the scene saw no evidence of those inane claims. Trump has never understood the potential of social media being used to create distorted and destructive data. Bolton is right. Our president is totally unfit for office. Payback is a bitch! Will Donald Trump’s income tax returns get posted on WikiLeaks tomorrow?

Genius Brad Parscale failed to understand that the internet is open, free and exploitable. Yes, you had a million requests for tickets, but something else was going on. The Tulsa Fire Marshall released the numbers of those who went through the metal detectors at the Bank of Oklahoma Center and the count was only 6,200 people. With a central stage configuration, BOK Center holds 19,199 guests. Do the math and understand that’s 33% of the venue’s capacity. Pull the camera back and realize that only .62% of the people who said they wanted tickets attended the event. In other words, there just weren’t enough Trump supporters to fill the arena. They didn’t come.

The excuse that the news media created a panic that kept people away, was ludicrous. The fear that Trump birthed with his screaming about ANTIFA was the source of the nervousness. Being the birther that he is, fear mongering comes easy.

Trump’s long and windy speech Saturday night included his COVID-19 phrase “Kung Flu,” which Asian Americans find highly racist and insulting. Then, out of nowhere, Trump claimed the fundamental problem with the virus is “too much testing!” If this is true, our nation has a long way to go before getting out of this pandemic mess. Will Trump’s loyal, ass-licking state governors direct their health departments to stop testing? What a fucked-up piece of advice! The administration talking heads on the Sunday TV talk shows told us that Trump was just joking. Really? This just in, Arkansas hasn’t published case data for two days, could that be a result of the President’s words?

What I found most disturbing from the Tulsa rally was another display of Donald John Trump’s obsessive behavior. The President spend time trying to explain why he walked so slowly down the ramp at West Point. He has been ridiculed for that walk and the awkward way he drank a glass of water. Of course, the way one walks and drinks are not presidential requirements, but let’s return to Shakespeare and one of his most famous lines, “The lady doth protest too much, methinks.”  The more Trump tries to explain away critiques, the worse he makes things. He is truly not a smart man.

The Shakespeare line about protesting too much was from the play Hamlet. Remember how that play ends? Hamlet stabs Claudius with the poisoned sword and then forces him to drink poisoned wine. Claudius dies, and then Hamlet dies immediately after achieving his revenge. If Trump dismisses Brad Parscale, will another outsider-looking-in give us a clearer picture of the malfeasance and treason in this presidency? How can there be so many disgruntled former White House people? Is the fucking clown car empty yet? Sorry, but there is at least one clown left.

Trump has no problem going after his enemies, even if it will permanently end his chance of redemption. Trump will throw anyone under the bus and blame them for his incompetence, and that apple doesn’t fall to far from the tree. Witness this Sunday afternoon CNN headline, “Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump ‘pissed’ at Trump campaign manager over his rally crowd size predictions.”

Trump will make any dissident drink the poison and die if he believes it will make him look better, but better than what? When the President of the United States uses the word “success” to describe more than 100,000 American deaths and 84 million people are out of work, things must get better. Let’s all vote to make sure HE WILL BE GONE IN 2021.

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: If you only read one chapter of this book, try “Take a Knee for America” and think about our never-ending conflicts between minorities and the police. I’m not asking you to take a stand but having a deep and honest conversation about why some people think the way they do would be productive. This is a book for the moment which seeks to start a conservation about peace. And if you are worried about social media, you really should check out the chapter called “Social Media Menace.”

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

 


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 PANDEMIC VOTING ACT

Trump’s Attempt at Voter Suppression 

I believe there is a way for the United States to make voting safer with more accountable and reliable results. I am proposing the PANDEMIC VOTING ACT, which you will see later in this post.

I don’t remember the first time I voted, not because it wasn’t a special moment, but because it was more than fifty years ago. The only time I failed to vote was in 2000 when I was living in India. We saw how that one turned out. I was embarrassed by not voting, but the Bush vs. Gore fiasco that gave us “hanging chads” proved that EVERY VOTE COUNTS. So, we should always vote.

Let’s look at what the Constitution says. In Article I, Section 4, the most important document in our country says, “The times, places and manner of holding elections for Senators and Representatives, shall be prescribed in each state by the legislature thereof; but the Congress may at any time by law make or alter such regulations.” It’s clear that the time and rules of elections are not in the domain of the Executive Branch.

Congress determined in Title 3 of the United States Code that we will have presidential elections every four years, on the first Tuesday in the month of November. The election of the president and the vice president of the United States is an indirect election in which citizens of the United States, who are registered to vote in one of the fifty US states or in Washington, DC, cast ballots not directly for those offices but instead for members of the Electoral College. Those members may or may not have to pledge to vote for the person who won the state or their district, but this might become more defined by the Supreme Court before November of this year.

The 15th Amendment states, the right of citizens of the United States to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of race, color, or previous condition of servitude. The 24th Amendment to the US Constitution eliminated poll taxes nationwide, which means that no one must pay to vote. And that would include, paying with their lives.

 

Now with the COVID-19 global pandemic, we need to consider safer and better ways to vote. We should never see long lines of potentially sick people like we did in the most recent Wisconsin primary election. As of this writing, state health officials in Wisconsin are reporting 19 new cases of coronavirus linked to election activities. So, what are we going to do?

Even though November 3, 2020 seems like a long time from today, we don’t know what is going to take place with the virus, and we have someone in power who thinks that anything other than face-to-face voting is somehow tainted. Donald Trump has long suffered from a mental defect where he takes one little piece of information and then explodes it into a full-blown conspiracy theory without any further research. He has proven repeatedly that he lacks the ability or intelligence to figure out what is really happening in any complicated issue.

Donald Trump lost the popular vote in the last election, NOT because of cheating voters or a bad system, but because some of the largest states have democratic majorities. Trump also has been told by partisan political statisticians that if America had a mail in vote Republicans would never win another election. How do I know this strange revelation? Because he said it out loud!

This thin-skinned, paranoid, narcissist of a president cannot imagine losing and looking bad, so he is going to do everything he can to push back on voting by mail, even though he himself used an absentee ballot in the 2018 midterm election. If Congress oversees the rules and procedures of voting, exactly how far is Trump willing to go to block voting by mail?

How diabolical is Trump? He’s attempting to bankrupt the Post Office. If the USPS is not operating in November, there is no way for America to vote by mail. He’s not really attacking the Post Office just because they deliver packages for Amazon, he’s doing it to divert your attention from his true goal, SUPPRESSION OF VOTES.

THE PANDEMIC VOTING ACT

The best way to handle our elections is simple. First, why just one day? Polling places should open on November 3, 2020 and stay open for four days to eliminate the long lines for those who want to vote in person. Next, any registered voter should be able to obtain in advance of voting a paper ballot, then mail it or drop it off at their voting place. This becomes a record of their vote, and the voting officials in every state should feel good about having a paper back up for every vote cast. One person, one vote.

Trump cannot and will not stop this election. If he attempts to delay or postpone the election, the people will rise and act. The COVID-19 crisis has slowed our lives and four days of voting would encourage more people to vote. An unfound fear of paper ballots hasn’t stopped this concept from successful use in many states. Twenty states permit voters to cast absentee ballots but require an excuse, six states and the District of Columbia allow voters to request “Permanent Absentee Status” and three states (Oregon, Washington and Colorado) conduct their elections completely by mail. If you want to read more on the subject, click here. That’s 28 states, plus the District, that already have these procedures in place, and they’re working.

Donald Trump is a Neanderthal. He wants us to go back to coal, his minions have gotten rid of many environmental rules and policies and he doesn’t want us to vote by mail. It’s good enough for him, but not for the common man? Trump simply doesn’t understand technology and wants everything to revert to the good old days. It’s time for the American public to just scream at the guy in charge, “We don’t want to go backwards!”

Trump couldn’t conceive of a novel virus bringing down the economy. How did he miss that? He keeps mentioning the pandemic of 1917, when it really started in 1918. You would think he would remember because the flu that year killed his grandfather. Frederick died on May 30,1918. Donald Trump should recuse himself from any discussion about voting and voting restrictions. I mean, why should he be involved; he’s one of the candidates.

Yes, if the virus is still here in November millions of people will vote regardless of how they cast their ballot. A smart government, however, would use this crisis to make our voting procedures better and safer.  Every vote should count. Trump’s opinions are worthless. I am sure a bunch of lawyers are waiting for any false move from Trump and will seek legal relief from the courts. We all must keep our eyes on him. Trump cannot be allowed to pry Democracy from our caring, protective arms.

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.

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FROM COVFEFE TO CONVID

Trump’s Longwinded Attempt at Truth

This high verbal, self-focused and confrontational style of Donald J. Trump will never convince most Americans that he truly cares about people. He talks in terms of keeping the coronavirus body count below 100,000 people and says that will mean his administration did a good job. Really? Recall that just a few weeks ago he told his rally fans that the virus was a hoax, he enabled Fox News to claim it was a Democratic plot and he told us that 15 patients will be down to zero “real soon.”

He was lying and he sent a message to many of his sycophants that you don’t need to worry about this pandemic. Now he’s saying things are going to be really bad and you probably should worry. He cannot bring himself to tell his fan boy in Florida, Governor Ron DeSantis, to shut the state down. DeSantis has left it up to the counties, just like Trump has allowed the states to bear most of the responsibilities during this crisis. Who are these guys? They claim to be tough on crime, law and order kind of politicians, when they are just political whores who care more about money than saving lives. Trump waited too long to take it seriously and now claims he was just trying to be positive. THIS JUST IN: Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis Issues Stay-at-Home Order – finally.

Ronnie and Donnie

When I think about misinformation being used in what some say is a positive way, I have to believe that they don’t see any difference between a lie and the truth. Donald Trump is a liar, and he simply makes up a lot of the information he pumps out. If a “little lie” leads to deaths, how is that constructive? Trump also misinterprets what people say. We’ve seen it when the doctors and experts say something, and then Trump attempts to reiterate their point while changing the facts. The authorities then come back and attempt to clear up the misinformation, but Trump doesn’t comprehend his error and the damage has been done.

The misuse of time with these long-winded press conferences, which he loves because they’re getting big ratings, are less productive than what New York’s Governor Andrew Cuomo does each day. Cuomo’s well focused pressers give valuable, precise, concise information. I guess Trump likes Cuomo’s reports as well because yesterday he used the exact same line that Andrew delivered hours earlier.

Trump believes that the more he talks the better things get. What our idiot president doesn’t realize, and no one has the balls to tell him, is the more he talks the greater the chance he will say something that is either misleading or totally WRONG. Donald only makes things worse when he attacks the press and Democrats and repeats that strange talking point that he inherited a broken system. Well he’s been President for more than three years so he’s admitting that he never saw it, or worse, knew it was broken but did nothing to fix it. He is so blame-oriented that he cannot objectively analyze his own words and moves. He’s disconnected from the truth and has been fora long time. He’s not well.

Let’s be clear on one point, when your press conference is broadcast on all three major cable news networks and many local TV stations you should have good ratings. People tune in because they want to know what’s going on. More than 40% of Americans believe Trump and think he’s going to help them. The pollsters got their underwear in a knot when they saw Trump’s approval ratings on the coronavirus polices jumped to 49% but pull the curtain back and see that Andrew Cuomo’s rating is 80% to 85% positive. The latest Fox News poll shows that if the election were held today, Biden would get 49% of the vote while Trump would net only 40%. The blowhard on TV keeps telling everyone what a great job he’s doing but most of America isn’t buying it.

Trump talks about how his efforts prevented millions from dying while every day the death toll in this country gets larger. It’s clear that he acted too late and incompetently yet what does he do? He claims that New York and New Jersey were tardy to the party. That brought this tweet from the New York Governor’s office, “This is not the time to debate, but the states were not slow to respond — the federal government was absent.”

Why is this happening? Why are people working hard to save lives being taunted by some fat-ass loser from the sidelines? Trump talks about how hard his team is working, and I am sure they are, but when does this bullshit stop? I think Trump feels he can talk and buy his way out of this problem. He got caught cheating on his wife then sent the porn star a $130,000 stimulus plan, or as we call it HUSH MONEY. This president saw Obamacare working too well and did tried to crush it. Can you believe the Department of Justice is suing to get rid of a legislative act? WTF? Can you believe that Trump questions the orders for ventilators from hospitals? Who is the feckless dick?

I don’t believe anything Trump says. He claims that 500,000 test kits were sent out but were never used. So, where the fuck are the kits? Why wouldn’t he have known where they were and why they couldn’t be used? The answers given in the latest briefing were farcical. It’s just like this administration didn’t know the location of the kids who were separated from their parents at the southern border and now the Federal Government cannot track the test kits they sent out. Does no one in the White House have a computer?

I think they are lying about a lot of things, perhaps even the death count. Trump’s team urges the stay at home policy, but this president doesn’t have the balls to sign a nationwide shutdown. When it comes to the cruise ships needing to offload sick and dead people, Trump simply says, “DeSantis should do the right thing,” BUT TRUMP NEVER SAYS WHAT THE RIGHT THING IS. The man cannot admit that he is wrong, and his disciples carry forth this insane, egotistical approach to management. They are all idiots and the sooner we get rid of them the better off America will be.

New Book About America

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.