ARMED EDUCATORS

Trump’s Dangerous Demonic Deal

When constructing a sentence, our President often sounds as if he’s pitching an idea or suggesting an action. It’s not just James Comey who thought that he was getting an order from Trump. I am sure this happens to people in the administration all the time. It has to do with clarity.

During the extremely intense meeting with survivors of mass shootings the other day at the White House, Donald Trump, packed with notes and suggested comments, listened intently until the end. This is when he wanted everyone to know what idea he was most impressed with. He said, “Our concept and your idea about — it’s called concealed carry — and it only works where you have people very adept at using firearms, of which you have many, and it would be teachers and coaches. They’d go for special training.  And they would be there, and you would no longer have a gun-free zone.   A gun-free zone to a maniac — because they’re all cowards — a gun-free zone is, let’s go in and let’s attack, because bullets aren’t coming back at us.”

He also used the phrase, “We’re going to be looking at it very strongly.” And with this, the whole country started a discussion based on what Trump said at the meeting. This is a common theme with our President. During the campaign, he talked a lot about San Bernardino and Paris and he kept proselytizing a notion that an active shooter situation cannot be solved without bullets going back the other way. It’s an interesting turn of a phase that evokes a visual of ammo zipping in two directions through the air.

As the nation was trying to digest his concept, one that the National Rifle Association has talked about for years, he seemed to put on the brakes and blast out a defensive tweet: “I never said “give teachers guns” like was stated on Fake News @CNN & @NBC. What I said was to look at the possibility of giving “concealed guns to gun adept teachers with military or special training experience – only the best 20% of teachers, a lot, would now be able to immediately fire back if a savage sicko came to a school with bad intentions. Highly trained teachers would also serve as a deterrent to the cowards that do this. Far more assets at much less cost than guards. A “gun free” school is a magnet for bad people. ATTACKS WOULD END!”

I am not sure what is going on, but this sounds like someone suffering from dual personality syndrome. And talks about this being an “offense” measure, surely that would be a defensive measure, right Donald? Now if you are starting to believe that Trump was taking on the NRA, don’t get your hopes up. He’s not going to give back the $30 million they spent to help him win the election. It didn’t take very long before the Donald was back on Twitter showing his true colors: “What many people don’t understand, or don’t want to understand, is that Wayne, Chris and the folks who work so hard at the @NRA are Great People and Great American Patriots. They love our Country and will do the right thing.”  

Sure, we all get it Mr. President. The next shooter somehow figures out how to get into a school, starts to shoot the place up, and the 20% of our trained teachers with “concealed weapons” run to where they hear the AR-15 blasting and engage the shooter. Sounds like a plan, but what if there is more than one shooter? What if the next time the lunatics use a bomb? These people are terrorists and should be countered with tactical police forces and SWAT. What I believe is a shooter who is CRAZY and NUTS, like everyone is saying, either won’t know or won’t care which school has a couple of teacher-cops. The reason the Cruz kid picked Stoneman Douglas is because they expelled him, and he was a very disturbed kid. Donald Trump, your premise is totally wrong.

Hijackers are NOT discouraged because there might be an Air Marshall onboard, they are deterred by a very active logical TSA inspection. If properly executed, it’s impossible to get a bomb or gun onboard an airplane. Sure, we need to make every school safer, but the 2019 budget doesn’t provide enough money for mental health services and better doors and security procedures at all schools. You might want to move some money from the military to education so that you can properly protect the homeland.

And are these armed teachers going to have to buy their own guns, Mr. President, like they currently must buy supplies and equipment for the students out their own pockets? And will there be a database of background checks on the teachers? Will the parents get to know if they have any mental illness or criminal records? Gee, now we must make sure that the teacher is ready to kill someone. Do they have to take an oath?  And then, Trump says they should get a bonus for carrying a gun. Boy, if you don’t pack a gun you make less money, is that fair?

Trump says that if a shooter knows teachers are armed, they will think twice about attacking a specific school, really? That idea wasn’t even dry before Trump decries the use of the term “active shooter” drills. So, Mr. Know-it-all-President, which is it? Are we making a child nervous about knowing their mean teacher has a gun, or preparing them for the possibility of a shooter? They know about shooters, that’s all over the TV.

The deal the President is making with the devil can only be portrayed as clinical insanity. Let’s see, to end gun violence we need to mix in some more guns. What the President is saying is exactly what the NRA has been saying for more than a decade. The National Rifle Association is talking like a right-wing political organization, rather than a collection of gun owners. They are the tool of the manufacturers of guns and each Congress person they give money to is their bitch.

As we add more guns, more accidents will happen. We won’t be safer. Even if you could imagine every teacher and administrator having a gun, we learned today that even a good guy with a gun in Parkland (on-campus officer) stood outside while a bad gun with a gun was killing our children. Are you really basing your whole unproven theory on a few pistols defending against AR-15s? Why wouldn’t Trump know this? I guess he gets all his advice by the very people who are creating the problem.

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BANG, BANG, YOU’RE DEAD

An Open Letter to High School Students of America

As an America more than five times your age, I come to you with some advice and I urge you to listen. In my life, I was opposed to the Vietnam war. My friends and fellow students were being sent 7,400 miles to fight a war we hardly understood. Some of my friends were killed. It was obvious that my government didn’t understand what we felt. History has revealed the lies and illegal actions of the “adults” running the United States of America during that dark time. It was a bi-partisan effort to kill us.

You have been awakened by a demonic tragedy and the misuse of a lethal weapon. You are joining hands and marching and chanting. You want to make a difference. We are with you. We care about you. We cry for you. We will march with you. We understand what you are saying. Wisdom of the past will help you. Learn about civil disobedience and your right to peacefully assemble. This isn’t going to be easy.

To end the Vietnam war, we had to expose the lies. We needed help from the free press and, in some cases, brave whistle-blowers with valuable documents like the Pentagon Papers. Google it. We had to see blood being spilled on the nightly news and middle America had to understand that these were “our boys” who were bleeding in the jungles. Your classroom floors will be cleaned, but you will never forget the terror you experienced. You need to bring that horror to the public. They need to understand what happened. As macabre and disrespectful as some might think, pictures of bloody bodies would make Congress wake up and start talking about solutions.

Next, I want you to know that the NRA and pro-gun factions in this great nation of ours will see you as the enemy. They will come after you and they will attack you. They won’t be using guns; they will be using propaganda. They will do research on you and your parents, and they will disclose connections to anything that even hints at “left-wing radical” associations. They will claim that you are being funded by Democratic Super PACs and you will hear the name George Soros. Do not listen to these talking heads on TV. They are not your friends. They will be attacking your cause célèbre and the fact that you have a platform; you have a voice. Do not get sucked into their nonsense.

If you start to make inroads in your quest to get gun regulations, they will attack you on very personal levels. They will circulate rumors about your sex life, they will put you on an enemy list, they will infiltrate your schools and try to get other students to rally against you. It’s an old playbook and I am simply reading a few pages from it. You will hear the term, “outside agitators,” which is code for linking you to some communist left-winged group. Do not stray from your message.

The NRA is a very powerful lobbyist group and they will pour money into defeating you. Be careful when they say they want to meet with you. And be extremely on guard when it comes to Donald Trump. He will tell you he is open to review and modification of the gun laws. He will suggest that he is “evolving” on the issue. He will even issue a memo to his Attorney General to “look into” whether “bump stocks” are legal, while he uses executive order to push almost a million dreamers to the edge of panic. He waited four and half months after the Las Vegas shooting to write his memo. Score a D- for him.

In the end, Trump will listen to the gun hawks and will walk away from you when the story dies. He already left behind the dead bodies in Las Vegas, Texas and the other killing fields. Donald Trump is not your friend. He will use you to placate moderate Republicans. Donald Trump is not an inadequate President, he’s an inadequate person.

You need to learn the terms of the Second Amendment and their importance to the far right in America. They will continue to let you die to save this sentence: A well -regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.

Now let’s talk about the March 24, 2018 march on Washington you are planning. Get as many people as you can to attend this event and don’t worry about who will promote it. You know how to use the internet and social media to motivate people.  Do it! You also need to think about giving marchers advice on where to stay and how to get around once there. Get the National Park people to help you. That’s their job. They did it for Martin Luther King, Jr. and they did it for the Million Man March and they did it for right wing groups. They are there for you. And be sure to read up on other rallies and protests in the Capitol, here.

And finally, you must continually state your goal. You must be extremely clear in what you are demanding. An 18-year-old kid can’t buy a beer or a hand-gun but can buy an AR-15 (semi-automatic rifle) and you must change the laws. You must not waiver. If we got Nixon to end the Vietnam War, you surely can motivate a bunch of old white guys to listen. If they don’t, vote them out. Just stay the course, there will be many of them to vote out.

Dwight C. Douglas

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POLITICIZING & PANDERING

Trump’s Blame Game of Negativity

Donald J Trump continues to make himself the “issue” rather than being a leader. When Trump is being Trump, he energizes the opposition. His lack of political intelligence is stunning in so many ways. He is given opportunity after opportunity to demonstrate leadership qualities to unite the country, but he is unable to escape from his braggadocio and blunders. He chooses to politicize and pander rather than step up and become a president. He lives in a world of cheap put-downs, conspiracy theories and fraudulent excuses.

It was said that the President didn’t play golf this weekend out of respect for the students who were killed at Parkland’s Stoneman Douglas High School. But in his idle time, he disrespected America with more than 13 tweets that blamed most of all that is happening on everyone but the Russians. In his rants, there were no plans for prevention of Russian interference in the future and no additional punishments for what the Russians did to manipulate the election results. The man is impotent on Russia.

The new marching orders from the Great Orange Leader say there was “no collusion” with the Trump campaign and what the Russians did had no effect on the election. That interpretation of the 37-page indictment seems conclusive and self-serving.

We all know that this isn’t the end of the investigation, right? The Donald blamed Obama for his lack of action on the matter, but the indictment makes it clear that the illegal acts were focused on the 2016 election. In fact, it mentions the last election almost 20 times. And the sanctions Congress passed almost unanimously haven’t been launched against the evil Putin. Why is the White House not acting?

Trump, accusing the FBI of being too busy on the Russian investigation to act on signs that the shooter in Florida was ready to execute students, displayed one of his most shallow political actions. Through the Twitter Trump, we see the unfiltered, mean and manipulative man who thinks that everyone is out to get him. The tweets show his insecurity and fear of the Mueller investigation. He knows something.

Some people aren’t seeing the clues in the indictment. Back in June 2017, the Texas edition of The Patch ran a story that talked about a San Antonio-based digital operation overseen by senior White House adviser Jared Kushner and how it was under increased scrutiny.

According to Federal Election Commission filings in a story here, the web design and digital marketing company that Brad Parscale owns received more than $91 million from the Trump campaign and was in cahoots with one of Trump’s Super PACs. Brad Parscale joined the Trump Campaign and ran something they referred to as Project Alamo, which was covered in a 60 Minutes piece after Trump won the election. You can watch what they did here.

Paragraph 31 of the Federal indictment of 13 Russian nationals claims that the defendants and their co-conspirators, posing as U.S. persons, communicated with real U.S. persons affiliated with a Texas-based grassroots organization. Could this organization be Parscale’s company? Could this be the breadcrumb that leads to the future indictment of Jared Kushner?

Trump knows what Kushner and Parscale did and is doing everything he can to keep up the illusion that his campaign and administration owes nothing to the Russians. They did nothing nefarious to get him elected. It’s probably true that because of Trump’s complicated banking arrangements and because he rarely gets into detail, he may have no idea how much of his personal finances are intertwined with Russian oligarchs’ monies. He may have gotten dirty money along the way, but we will never know because he hasn’t released his tax returns.

Trump’s tweets of today (2-19-2018), about Oprah Winfrey’s appearance on 60 Minutes, seem motivated by some people on that program being negative about the President. Donald Trump suffers from a grand illusion that everyone must love him. He attacks anyone who speaks their mind about his negative actions, deeds and words. I am sure he felt Oprah didn’t do a good job standing up for him. Trump’s frame of mind is totally transparent. He’s afraid he’s going to be found out.

America must now come together about what Russia has done and figure out a way to move Trump off his cock-blocking of the charge against Russia. It’s time to do something about the cyber-attack of a foreign power. If the mainstream media wants to get beyond the Donald’s blatant manipulation of the narrative, they must deepen the investigation of what happened. What actions are being taken? It’s time to connect the dots.

A Russian company organized a propaganda effort to change the outcome of our election and, while doing so, used stolen American identities to conduct fraud. There should be a screaming alarm going off in the White House. The failure to acknowledge this indictment indicates that no siren has been triggered.

The net result of Trump’s pandering to his base on this issue is making red state Republicans feel that Russian interference was not a big deal. Can this really be happening? From wife-beaters in the White House, to another horrible shooting, to the attempts to blame the FBI for all his problems, Donald J. Trump is NOT a real President.

On this President’s Day, I confess with grave concern that we have the most dangerous president ever. If he isn’t stopped, Trump will absolutely make America less great. He is damaging our country and democracy. We must remain strong, however, because getting rid of him will cause more violence in America. After watching the Oprah Winfrey focus group on 60 Minutes, it’s clear that Trump supporters have been brainwashed like the good comrades he wants them to be.

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Now available on Amazon.

 

 

 

 


CAMO and AMMO

What Money Buys in America

A very funny writer named Lewis Grizzard wrote for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. As a true southerner, he used to say, “First, we really don’t care how you did it in Chicago. Second, if you miss it so much, Delta is ready when you are.” So, when we hear someone from somewhere else try to tell us how things are, we Americans tend to get a bit riled. As a transplanted Yankee in the South, the late, great Lewis still makes me laugh.

We all know what is going on here. One of the most powerful lobbyists in America is the National Rifle Association. It’s strange that in America one can buy a “rifle” when they are young and not fully developed mentally, but they cannot buy a pistol. Yeah, see, the “Rifle” part in the N.R.A. is what we are protecting here. Because we need to have these long guns to protect the nation from a take-over by the deep state, a dark force some believe will soon be coming to take our guns away.

Now I have a writer friend from Great Britain, who claims to know everything about anything, and every once in awhile he proves it to me. After reading our post of 2-15-2018, THAT HOLLOW FEELING, AGAIN, he dashed off a note to me with some facts from across the pond:

“The United States has the highest number of guns per 100 inhabitants than ANY OTHER COUNTRY ON EARTH! 101 guns per one hundred persons. Compare that to the UK, which has 6.6 guns per one hundred persons.

Why compare it to the UK? Because, as you will learn, as things got worse with gun violence, their lawmakers redefined their laws. There might be a lesson here. 

As CNN wrote: “In the wake of the 1987 Hungerford massacre, in which one lone gunman killed 16 people, Britain introduced new legislation — the Firearms (Amendment) Act 1988 — making registration mandatory for owning shotguns and banning semi-automatic and pump-action weapons.

After the only school massacre that took place in the United Kingdom (16 children were killed in Dunblane, Scotland in 1996), they cracked down on guns – and banned handguns altogether. The Dunblane shooter fitted the same profile as Nikolas Cruz, the latest killer in Florida. But rather than blame mental health, our British allies tackled the issue head on.

Within a year and a half of the Dunblane massacre, UK lawmakers had passed a ban on the private ownership of all handguns in mainland Britain, giving the country some of the toughest anti-gun legislation in the world. After both shootings there were firearm amnesties across the UK, resulting in the surrender of thousands of firearms and rounds of ammunition.”

We thank our friend for his facts and figures, but this banning of weapons is exactly what the hard-core Camo and Ammo hunters in the US fear. When Obama was president, gun sales soared because of a rumor that the first African President was coming to take all the guns away. We must keep an open mind here. After all, things are getting worse not better. More facts from our friend:

“Britain has never had a “gun culture” like that of the United States, but there were about 200,000 legally-registered handguns in Britain before the ban, most owned by sports shooters. All small-bore pistols, including the .22 caliber, were included in the ban, along with rifles used by target shooters. Penalties for anyone found in possession of illegal firearms range from heavy fines to prison terms of up to ten years.

Did this draconian action have any impact? Well, here’s the sobering (and, to the NRA, very inconvenient) FACT: You are 45 times more likely to be killed by a gun in the US than in the UK. In the US, we have 10.55-gun deaths per 100,000 people per year, while in the UK only 0.23-gun deaths per 100,000 people per year.”

Now it’s easy to say that banning gun ownership will never work here, and you can go back to Cleveland, or Chicago or Scratchy Bottom, Dorset Maybe we should be looking at how other places handled this problem. We certainly are doing a lousy job of it.

We hear a dishonorable slogan after a shooting, “Now is not the time” as in, “now is not the time to talk about a problem until we get over the grief and sorrow of a terrible shooting.” Really? Must the emotion be drained from the moment, so we can collectively forget about it? Doesn’t the lack of action confirm a lack of care?

Or is it a simple fact that the politicians have been bought by the N.R.A. and nothing is exactly what they are supposed to do? Donald Trump doesn’t help the matter at all. He does three things that make matters worse:

  • He constantly pushes a notion of a deep-state that somehow makes it necessary to remain paranoid about defending democracy from some invisible tyrant.
  • He aligns himself with hate and promotes fear and negativity at every turn. Most of what he says tells us how bad things were or are and that he is there to fix it. He plays with the feeble minds ready to snap and fight back. However, these unstable people fight back by killing.
  • He promotes guns and, therefore, lethal force. By demanding that we have a large arsenal of weapons to protect our country, he glorifies the need to have guns. He equates weaponry with strength and those who feel weak in the system have been given permission to have weapons and ammo.

So, we must vote against the N.R.A. at the ballot box and change things for the better in America. Why are we letting guns get in the way of our safety and happiness? If Donald Trump and Congress fail to act on this issue, they are making America less safe. And one could argue, not honoring the oath of office they took. Throw the bums out!

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New Book about Terrorism

One of the most eye-opening stories about terrorism. The famous cable TV talk show host, Jonas Bronck, leaves New York on his quest to find truth. He finds himself in the middle of terror and personal torment in the name of journalism. He once again asks, If God Could Cry, would he be crying for us, or with us?

Now available on Amazon.

 

 

 

 

 


THAT HOLLOW FEELING, AGAIN

Three Hundred Million Reasons Why

If God is all powerful, then everything that happens is part of his plan. When something horrific happens, we ask why a madman did this to us. We never ask God why he permitted this act against humanity to occur. We grant another killer free will, while we pray to a force that, once again, couldn’t stop the carnage.

And this is what we got from Donald Trump on Twitter, his personal way to depersonalize the pain for those Americans most affected: “My prayers and condolences to the families of the victims of the terrible Florida shooting. No child, teacher or anyone else should ever feel unsafe in an American school.”

It’s always amazing to me how most two-bit politician can say what we shouldn’t have, but rarely tells the truth about what we should do. In the old days, a President would go on TV immediately, face the nation and give us some hope in our darkest hour. This poor excuse of a president just doesn’t have it. Perhaps he’s not intelligent enough to handle this problem.

The headline on CNN today repeats what we have heard so often before: “Suspect’s digital profile was ‘very, very disturbing’” And the repetitious subhead regurgitates the script we have already memorized: “Suspect bought firearm and passed background check.”

Donald Trump, in his argument for overspending on the military and the need to build a big wall, demonstrated this arcane logic in his 2015 Tweet, “A nation WITHOUT BORDERS is not a nation at all. We must have a wall. The rule of law matters.” So, Mr. Big Shot Presidente, what have you done to stop these lawless infringements on the rights of US citizens to be safe? Are you doing your number one job of Keeping America Safe? Why aren’t we spending our money on prevention of this scourge?

To say that a wall and borders make a country better, safer or more productive is a false prophecy. The President constantly complains about our porous borders, where he envisions millions of people swarming in to kill us. It’s not immigrants causing this problem though. Most tragedies start with regular citizens and their right to legally buy semi-automatic weaponry.

We have too many guns and we have flimsy procedures in place to keep unstable people from buying them. Trump wants to keep those “bad hombres” from getting into the country, but has no insight about how to keep deranged citizens from getting weapons of mass destruction. And even if he had an idea to do something, the National Rifle Association would slap him upside the head so fast his copious hair follicles would fly out. Why is the AR-15 even sold in America?

For a man who wants so much power, the Donald is simply powerless to do anything about the school shootings. Congress is also complicit. It’s amazing how they clean the blood off their hands before the next shooting. America has been hypnotized by our collective inability to see this issue clearly. So, we’ll say it again, we have too many guns and we have flimsy procedures in place to keep unstable people from buying them.

As soon as we figure out what the Second Amendment really means, we will start to achieve a solution. A well-regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed. It starts with “well-regulated” and doesn’t say that an unorganized, non-militia, one-person coup is permitted to strike down our children in schools. The second amendment gives us the right to keep and bear arms and the use of those arms is clear: to secure a free state. Nothing is secured when we allow the killing of innocent people. Why do we ignore the words, well regulated?

Let it be noted that no President has ever been able to solve this problem. They may say they want to broker peace in the Middle East, or set a priority to create tons of jobs, or they might even talk about wiping out the opioid crisis by getting drugs off our streets, but none of them have been able to make America safer from gun violence. We have too many guns and we have flimsy procedures in place to keep unstable people from buying them.

The pain of the nation on the morning after this latest shooting will blur into the list of killing fields. So far there have been 18 school shootings this year, and we are on target to have our biggest year yet. The good people of South Florida will wash away the blood from the floors of the classrooms and, perhaps in an act of pure tribalism, tear down the building, but nothing will make it better. God will stand over us and, once again, hear our slogan of “thoughts and prayers.” We will be judged by our lack of action on this matter of grave importance.

And in the end, another politician will take a large contribution from the NRA and send the message that if you want to be safe in America, go buy a gun. They have gotten all politicians addicted to the money and, with each child buried, the President and Congress have more blood on their hands. Trump’s campaign promises to the NRA and the radio and TV spots that they ran for him were bought with the bodies of our kids. This is your Vietnam, Mr. Trump.

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New Book about Terrorism

One of the most eye-opening stories about terrorism. The famous cable TV talk show host, Jonas Bronck, leaves New York on his quest to find truth. He finds himself in the middle of terror and personal torment in the name of journalism. He once again asks, If God Could Cry, would he be crying for us, or with us?

Now available on Amazon.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


ARMED ASSAULTS

Trumpean Dystopia

Right after Donald Trump was elected President, he said, “I’ve really inherited a mess.” While there is some truth to that statement, history will remember what someone did, rather than what they said. Did you make things better, or did your lack of talent for leadership make it worse, Donald?

When a white man executes a group of human beings, we move quickly to peer into the psychological disturbances in that man’s soul. When a brown man takes lives, we hastily place the blame on the man’s religious dogma or where he came from. When a black man shoots up the place, we swiftly use phrases like “law and order” and “respect.”

The headline on CNN this morning (11-6-2017), points to a serious problem, Trump says Texas shooting result of ‘mental health problem’ not US gun laws. Is there really any difference between a man who has voices whispering in his brain saying “kill, kill” and someone who has been brainwashed into thinking he inherits paradise if he kills? In either case the actions are not those of a mentally stable human being.

These mass killings are a form of terrorism and should be classified as such by the legal system in this country. Why is that important? Because once an attack is considered terrorism, federal resources can be used to figure out why it happened and the penalties for those offenses can be harsher.

When you embrace the Second Amendment and give lip service to the First Amendment, you give the NRA and legal gun owners comfort. Several years ago, gun sales soared because of an imaginary fear that Obama was going to take them away. For a while after Trump’s election, gun sales decreased. But now, America will be marching to the gun shops and ranges to make sure they can protect themselves from the next armed assault.

It’s not Donald Trump’s fault that there are more than 300 million guns and rifles in America. After making a rough guesstimate from older NRA records, there are probably 2,446,294 AR-15 rifles currently available in the United States. Most likely, you are living within a few miles of someone who owns one. Not that comforting, and in this Trumpean dystopia, this will never change. We cannot legally stop the number from increasing.

In the case of the shooter in Texas, the structure that’s in place did not prevent this guy, who assaulted his wife and their child, from getting a gun. The shooter was given a bad conduct discharge from the Air Force and slapped with 12 months of confinement in 2014 after his court marshaling. When the system we have doesn’t work, we have a bad system.

After being attacked themselves on a baseball field in Virginia, and seeing 59 people mowed down in Las Vegas, our lawmakers have not banned the “bump stock” device that converts a rifle from semi to full automatic weaponry. For some reason, the people who we elect to represent us in Washington, cannot, will not, make any effort to curtail the violence. The collusion with the NRA to thwart any reasonable weapon reform in this country is morally wrong. If you failed to save one life, then you are complicit.

If hate is the root of a massacre, then you have to take off your blinders and realize what is influencing these killers. If you want to end the homegrown incidents of those holding a radical belief system, you don’t build walls or tighten up visas, instead you must peer into the root of those desires. Sure, better vetting will make you feel better, but in the end the president has no power over legal residents being radicalized because they felt left out.

I’m always miffed when someone reacts to my plea for discussion and action on this national tragedy with defense of the amendment, rather than openness for a discussion. We always hear that same refrain, “the guns were purchased legally” and we go on about our business. Nothing to see here. Or is there?

Anyone can get a gun and, if you can get a gun, you can get a semi-automatic rifle. As we painfully learned, it takes only $200 to convert that nine-pound piece of metal into a real killing machine. If you follow Trump’s logic, we don’t need to do anything about the guns, we need to focus on mental health problems.

According to HealthAffairs.org, Trump’s 2018 budget would cut funding for the Centers for Disease Control by $1.3 billion and funding for the National Institutes of Health by $5.8 billion. It would eliminate the Agency for Health Care Research and Quality, folding it into the NIH with reduced funding. Substance Abuse and Mental Health budgeted funding would be cut by almost $400 million. This sounds like a commitment to creating more mental health problems, and, by extension, more mass killings.

The other day Donald Trump announced a big push to get rid of the scourge of drug addiction and death by pills. What is he doing about death by guns.?

From the National Institute on Drug Abuse: “There were 64,000 drug overdose deaths estimated in 2016.” According to the New York Times: “The rate of gun deaths in the United States rose in 2016 to about 12 per 100,000 people, as reported by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.” We don’t have the total annual numbers beyond 2014, and the NRA is making every effort, through Trump, to block that data. In 2014, there were 33,594-gun deaths, and it’s time we budget money for the CDC to research this menace to our society. Or are we waiting until it grows bigger?

To borrow an expression from Bush #41, this “blowhard” in the White House explains it all to us, and then does the opposite of what he should be doing. We cannot start to conquer the problem without a plan to study and act on the problem of mass killings. We need to replace the planner in chief. Trump clearly doesn’t know what he is doing.

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THE CALM BEFORE THE STORM

Trump Speaks, You Should Listen

It would be too easy to call this guy a “moron,” but we might want to remember that he tends to do everything he says he will do, and he is the President of the United States. But while everyone is trying to analyze the assassin who took 58 lives in Las Vegas, it might be time to keep our eyes on the man in the White House.

The reason most experts are having trouble wrapping their minds around what happened in Vegas is because we rarely must deal with older, rich, white guys having lots of guns and ammunition. We cannot put his actions into the racially motivated box, or the angry immigrant box or the reason we need a wall box. It has not been referred to as “domestic terrorism,” why?

Donald Trump has his fingers on the nuclear codes. We want to believe that this older, rich, white guy wouldn’t use that ultimate power without a logical discussion and game plan. As we learn of the conflicts inside his administration, however, there is an uneasy feeling that logic is not in play here.

Last night (10-5-2017), with military families gathered around him for a photo op at the White House, out of nowhere, the president asked, “You know what this is?” A reporter suggested that Trump tell them, and he replied, “Maybe it’s the calm before the storm.” When pressed to explain himself, he said only, “You’ll find out.”

There is a big difference between a “bully” and a “moron” and it’s possible that one person could be both. Bullies act to keep the power of fear over their victims, but maybe all the cable news channels repeating that Tillerson called Trump a “moron” has forced another part of the Donald to the surface.

Gelotophobia is a fear of being laughed at, and is a type of social phobia. No one wants to be ridiculed, but some people have an exceedingly deep fear of being laughed at and their actions are driven by this fear.

After mixing narcissism and gelotophobia into the brain of a pathological liar, you get someone like Donald Trump. He has to be front and center, and when he says things that seem to be non-sequiturs, we should listen. They can be revealing forecasts of things to come. Trump believes everything he says and he might even have somewhat of a god complex, an unshakable belief and inflated feeling of personal ability, privilege, or infallibility. Does the Donald derive a sense of power with his predictions?

Certainly, you could say he was talking about Hurricane Nate that might be hitting the US this weekend. He could also have been talking about his problems the press is stirring up with this Secretary of State, Rex Tillerson. Perhaps he was suggesting a future military action somewhere in the world. Perhaps he was hinting that pulling out of the Iran Nuclear deal would cause such a fuss that it could be classified in storm terms.

On these pages in the past, we have written about the uncertainty that our great Orange Leader brings to the table in the form of his unpredictability. He may think of it as red meat for his base, but the rest of America doesn’t want to swallow the unknown. Most citizens want their leader to be honest, open and upfront with them.

What we and the whole Republican party now realize is that Donald J. Trump is not a mass appeal person. He was created by conning New Yorkers, inflated by reality TV and blown up into a political character by using Twitter to stir conspiracy theories and self-absorbed opinions. Nothing about him is authentic.

It’s overwhelming to me that we are debating whether his most important cabinet member called him a moron. It is depressing that Trump, who wasn’t voted into his position by a majority of Americans, is allowed to disregard 61% of the nation who disagree with the way he’s handling things. I am not going to wait around to see if he is right. America should say, “You’re fired,” as soon as possible.

Mike Pence (next in line) is another bozo on the bus. Paul Ryan (second in line) can make some sense, but his dogma is apparent when it comes to facts and actions. The person who makes the most sense in the Republican party is the guy who pitched himself for President on his record of getting things done. Sadly, he failed to cut through the circus of Donald Trump. I’m talking about John Kasich. How do we make him President?

Donald Trump will go down as the most colorful and worst US president in our history. But we should listen to him. This is the calm before the storm. The storm will be a constitutional crisis of his own making. Mueller is getting all the facts and when we learn what really happened, we will once again be forced to take sides. Perhaps this time, the majority opinion will prevail?

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THEY ALREADY BOUGHT HIM

Can Trump Challenge the NRA?

The most powerful lobby in Washington has Donald Trump tucked securely in their pocket. When it comes to politicians in Washington, it’s always open carry season and the Donald is just another politician.

Even though our President can talk about an “act of pure evil,” he doesn’t want to talk about guns, yet. He may never do anything about guns, but that should not surprise anyone. His underlings talk about how bad Chicago is, rather than answering the one special question they refuse to face. How do you control guns? How do we as Americans stop the carnage, as Trump called it in his inaugural address?

If you are taking the time to read this post, you have time to look at this incredible page that was created by the Washington Post. Just take a moment to think about this grave reality we allow.

Look at the headlines from the last five years: 59 killed, more than 500 injured in Las Vegas; 49 killed, 58 injured in the Orlando nightclub shooting; 14 killed, 22 injured in San Bernardino, California; nine killed in Charleston, South Carolina; 12 killed, three injured in Washington, D.C.; 27 killed, one injured in Newtown, Connecticut. You can see that we have a problem. And those weren’t all the shootings, there were more. We are so numb to these killing sprees, we hardly notice the shootings that kill three, four or six people. It’s like they never happened.

Another great website is this one: EveryTown. According to this site, 93 Americans are killed with guns each day in America, which adds up an average of nearly 12,000 gun homicides a year in the US. Seven children and teens (age 19 or under) are killed with guns in the US on an average day. You can read the rest and then either go back into your stupor, or start to do something about this.

What role should the President of the United States have in this critical American problem? Candidate Trump bragged about being against the Washington swamp and how he couldn’t be bought by the lobbyists and interest groups controlling Congress. He is being bought, however.

According to the spot and ad research company, Media Monitors, between June 1, 2016 and the election in November of the same year, the NRA bought and placed 28,774 radio and TV political spots that helped Donald Trump get elected. Their message was simple, Hillary Clinton will get rid of the Second Amendment. According to CNN, more than $54 million was spent by the NRA to advance Trump’s candidacy.

Does the NRA think that Trump owes them his loyalty? They certainly do. And Trump feels the need to maintain that relationship and sees the money they give him as quid pro quo for him helping advance a platform of more liberal gun laws.

When the gun store owners sold Stephen Paddock dozens of guns he used to kill more than 59 people, they saw, “No indication or reason to believe he was unstable or unfit to buy the guns at any time.” In short, the firearms were purchased legally. He also bought boxes and boxes of ammo without anyone’s knowledge. And he bought the guns in four different states, therefore no way the police or federal agents would have been warned.

We might be able to track guns used in a mass assault after the event, but it’s impossible to track large gun and ammunitions purchases before these events take place. Why? Because there isn’t a national database of gun ownership. This idea was thwarted by the NRA, which gave large contributions to all the Congressmen and women in key states. The NRA owns Congress.

All the data is on paper and the law is clear. Federal law explicitly prohibits federal law enforcement agencies from: (1) using dealers’ records of sales to establish a centralized system for the registration of firearms, firearm owners, or firearm transactions; and (2) requiring dealers’ records of sales to be recorded in, or transferred to, a centralized facility. Checkmate.

So, that leaves Trump, the great Orange Leader. We know that the Supreme Court has been slanted to the opinion that the Constitution says that no law can be made to restrict gun ownership in America, but what about munitions? Is there a way to modify the law within the spirit of the Second Amendment?

Sad to say, Trump will do nothing about these mass killings. He has been bought. Congress has been bought. The Supreme Court cannot write law, only interpret it. And even with what some researchers say is a decline of support for an assault rifle ban after the election of Trump, we are faced with the same question and the same answer. It’s a blatant lie that restrictive gun laws don’t work, read this.

The question is: Is there is nothing we can do about guns? No is the answer. Stop complaining and reload is what the NRA would tell you. If someone killing 20 grade schoolers cannot get people to act in Congress, what will?

The House has cooked up a good payback for the NRA. It’s a provision called the Hearing Protection Act, which is embedded in the Sportsmen Heritage and Recreational Enhancement, or SHARE Act. This little nugget would eliminate restrictions on silencers, you know the device spies and gangsters use to kill people without any noise. Yes, we have to protect the gun owners’ hearing while giving up protections against organized crime and gangs.

Under the National Firearms Act of 1934, suppressors – along with “destructive devices” such as grenades or rocket launchers, “sawed-off” shotguns and machine guns – currently require federal registration, a special license and a tax of $200. Well, the new SHARE Act would repeal those restrictions and then we can get really crazy using silencers. Without the BIG BANG of a gun, it might take victims and law enforcement longer to determine that a fire arm is being discharged and, of course, the source of the bullets raining down on a crowd. Too soon? I think not.

Donald Trump has no desire to get anywhere close to the sensible gun reform movement. He is not going to budge a finger about guns in support of his boys at the NRA. We will have more acts of pure evil, sponsored by the NRA and Congress. Trump already has blood on his small hands, but the most we will hear from Donald the Dotard is, “Out damn spots.”

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MOORE OR LESS A BIGOT

Trump Bets on Wrong Horse in Alabama

It’s hard to imagine that Donald Trump would waste so much time and energy on a runoff election between two Alabama Republicans who want to run for Senate. It’s even more incredible that someone who claims to have all the right-wing conservatives and evangelicals on his side, could pick the wrong candidate.

It seems rather strange, no pun intended, that Moore was endorsed by the recently dismissed Steve Bannon. Meanwhile, Trump made a trip to Alabama, at taxpayers’ expense, to support the campaign of “Big Luther” Strange, who LOST.

This event in Alabama shouldn’t give the liberals or Democrats even a smidgen of optimism. This 2018 election wake-up call is something the White House and the Republicans should watch. Now it is apparent, as we have written on this blog before, that the Grand Old Party has been split once again, only this time, the atoms of democracy are bouncing off each other and creating heat for the establishment.

First of all, why did Trump want Luther Strange? He is the more moderate right-wing offering from Alabama. Strange was the candidate who Mitch McConnel wanted to win. Strange was Jeff Sessions’ pick. The establishment party members didn’t want someone like Roy Moore, who has been proven to put his Christian faith and the Bible before the laws of the land and the Constitution. This isn’t my opinion, his own words underscore the truth of the matter, “I want to see virtue and morality returned to our country and God is the only source of our law, liberty and government.”

He can also be evaluated by his actions. Moore was suspended from his job as the chief justice of the Alabama Supreme Court for refusing to obey laws he felt violated his religious beliefs; like taking down a large Ten Commandments statue from a court house and urging state judges to defy the U.S. Supreme Court decision that legalized same-sex marriage. Moore has compared homosexuality to bestiality and called it “an inherent evil against which children must be protected.”

An old man’s homophobic opinions and overbearing religious beliefs are not necessarily evil, but when they determine how a judge rules, or how a member of the Senate votes, then we are starting a church-state. The bargain for Trump is that someone like Luther Strange was manageable, while someone like Roy Moore will aid the far-rights’ ability to stop things from getting done. If more of these Tea-Party-Part-Two types get elected in 2018, the House and Senate will be in conflict for years.

One could say it might be time to elect more Democrats to offset this religious dogma pooping on the rug, but they don’t have a strong enough message to bring more people into the tent. What trumps religion and God? Surely not a failing healthcare bill.

Can a Democrat beat a Republican in Alabama? Not likely, but the amount of money that will be spent will be outrageous.

Roy Moore is, more or less, a bigot. Hey, I am not making this up, he called Islam a “false religion” and suggested there are U.S. “communities under Sharia law right now.” Can Judaism be far behind? If the Bible is the only law that Mr. Moore believes to be true, then Alabama will never have a lottery. But to be serious, having Roy Moore is not much different than giving David Duke a seat in the Senate. To remind the readers, Duke is the former grand wizard of the KKK.

Donald Trump is physically and mentally unable to stop what he has started. Breitbart’s Steve Bannon is fanning the flames of an Alt-Right, uptight takeover of the Republican party. People like Paul Ryan and John Kasich better get their stuff together or we will be saying the Lord’s prayer before a kneeing crowd at all our NFL games. See, kneeing isn’t always bad.

Trump is the village idiot who conned America into his false vision for our great country, and now he is being manipulated by the far-right and White Nationalists. He may not be a bigot, racist, or xenophobe in his heart of hearts, but he is certainly a caustic Cretan of epic proportions. He knows not of what he has reaped, and he is so busy defending himself he cannot find a clear path to making things better.

With each passing week and each new controversy, we see the real man behind the curtain. He erased all his pro-Luther Strange tweets this morning after “big Luther” became what Trump calls, A LOSER.  So, like in book 1984, Trump is attempting to delete any history that embarrasses him. Such a little man to be in charge of our big country.


“…From many sides, from many sides.”

The Confusion from the Commander-in-Chief

During the campaign at one of Donald J. Trump strident rallies he said, “Anyone who cannot name our enemy, is not fit to lead this country.” All the things he has said have come back to bite him. And now we witness the President revealed once again. He has this problem when he talks. He can’t seem to say bad things about Putin or about Alt-right, Neo-Nazi and White Nationalists. Why? Whose team is this man on?

Indeed, Donald Trump is a President the likes of which no one has ever seen. And now we’ve had two major events that really bring a burning feeling to the surface of our citizens. Possible war with North Korea and a domestic threat from hate groups in our homeland streets. Commenting on both incidents, the President used the wrong words.

We always want to believe the President of the United States has some moral core that drives his speech and his actions. Honest, direct communication not only creates trust, but also gives Americans a sense of grounding. But what we have here is a man who obsesses on things about himself and how they make him look.

Trump surrounds himself with people like Stephen Miller, Steve Bannon, Sebastian Gorka and Michael Anton, who all carry heavy-dark-dogmas on their backs. How can Donald Trump be objective on race and equality, when he is being counter-programmed by people who see disruption as getting things done?

You can google the names above and read their backgrounds and the things they have said and become familiar with the riffraff the Donald decided to help him with this messaging. They are controlling this President 100 times more than Dick Cheney’s influence on George W. Bush. They are literally writing the words Teleprompter Trump reads.

General McMaster on Meet the Press (8-13-2017) said that the President doesn’t draw a red line. While the phrases “Fire and Fury, like the world has never seen” and announcing that we are “Locked and Loaded” were used to demonstrate the President’s possible retaliation on a country, Trump has yet to develop and disclose a plan. The only reason he doesn’t use the term “red line” is because Obama used that terminology. Whatever Obama did, Trump must do the opposite. Why?

There was a biblical quality in what our great Orange Leader said in his threats toward North Korea, but there are other good book references standing by if Trump runs out of rhetoric. There’s “death and destruction” and, even stronger, “Wrath, wailing, and woe,” or maybe Trump can use this one, “we will wreck and lay waste all your cities and poison the earth, the water, and the air.” But this assumes that the Donald has ever read the bible.

Of course, he hasn’t gone far enough yet. He still has “All the generations to come will be born crippled and twisted, and the living will envy the dead.” He should think about talking to the young North Korea dictator and come up with some Win-Win deal. Say, isn’t this President the guy who said he wrote The Art of the Deal?

Back at home, the deaths last weekend in Charlottesville, VA made the whole world watch and wait for the President to voice our position. What we got wasn’t our voice, but a rather strange grouping of words. He used his speech to distance himself from criticism of the hate groups. I yelled at the TV, “You son-of-a-bitch!” We were waiting for a President to step up and what we got was a fall guy for the white guys. Then he peppered his speech with the words “law and order” code for police brutality in the Black community. Next, not missing a beat, the Donald jumped to selling what a great job he is doing as President. Really?

Trump’s comments were designed to make sure the President didn’t anger the far Alt-Right, neo-Nazis and White Nationalists. However, the use of the words, “We condemn in the strongest possible terms this egregious display of hatred, bigotry and violence on many sides, on many sides,” angered many Democrats and some Republicans.

Being hyper-analytical here, when the President said, “strongest possible terms,” without using strong definitive terms he wasn’t being specific. If fact, the far-right neo-Nazis front took the President’s words as an endorsement of sorts.

That brings me to a question that I must ask, “If you are protesting hate, why are you awarded an equal amount of hate?” If I dislike someone’s views and I think my responsibility as the caretaker of common sense and American Democracy is to raise my voice against the hate, why do you label me a hater?

People who think Hitler was cool, are sick. People who believe that being white gives one an advantage to rule are bigoted small-minded terrorists. If you are someone who carries the myth of white supremacy to the point you join a group like the KKK, you are far out of the mainstream and endorsing the sins of others, you know, lynching, church burnings, murdering and, now, running your car into a crowd.

The visual of the torches in Charlottesville on Friday night was the final straw for many people. It was too close to the pain and hate of the past. The stars and bars, swastikas, weapons, military garb and weapons crossed a line, a deep red, white and blue line.

Trump is the wrong President for the United States. History will show how destructive he was for America. It’s time for us to fix the present situation. If I could condemn, in the strongest possible terms, what Trump is doing to my beloved country, I would simply say, “He’s the worst President, the likes of which no one has ever seen.” We need to hit the reset button.