THE BIGGEST LIE OF ALL

The Power Hasn’t Gone to Trump’s Head

We live in a rich and productive country, yet the United States now finds itself in a quagmire of misinformation, distrust and divide. During the 60 Minutes interview with Donald Trump, Lesley Stahl asked if he was responsible for dividing the nation. The Donald said, “I’d like not to, but perhaps everybody has to take a little responsibility for it.” Really?

His answer was perhaps the most revealing aspect of the interview he eventually cut short. He castigated Ms. Stahl for what he perceived as a setup because, before the “official” interview had begun, she asked if he was ready for some tough questions. Trump used the release of the sit down’s raw footage, showing the off-camera chit-chat between interviewer and subject to support his claim that the pre-interview question showed bias. What? That made him look childish and dumb.

Trump on 60 Minutes

This man’s disconnect between facts and reason once befuddled me, but my confusion was totally cleared up by reading the book, Too Much and Never Enough: How My Family Created the World’s Most Dangerous Man by Donald’s niece, Mary L. Trump. From the accounts of inside sources and their personal experiences, we’ve learned that Trump has a colossal lack of attention span. The joke and analysis during his COVID hospital recovery could have been, this man has ADD – on STEROIDS!

Smart women always throw Trump off his game. There are so many examples about his poor reaction when challenged by a woman. From his attack of Megyn Kelly in the early debates to his condemnation of the Governor of Michigan, Gretchen Whitmer, we can all see how he strong-arms women. He reaches for that defense when anyone, man or woman, disagrees with him or points out an obvious weakness such as his low IQ. Does he really think he is smarter than most people?

In the beginning, people like Anthony Scaramucci laughed at Trump’s inept jokes but ignored his disconnect with reality because they felt he was trying to do the right thing, at least for Wall Street. The Mooch initially blamed the people around Trump, like Steve Bannon and Reince Priebus, but in the end, Anthony learned they were merely enablers of a misguided egomaniac. Many say he was, well, different before he became president. The power has gone to his head and exposes his real mental limits daily.

Some have come to their senses, like retired General John Kelly, who recently said, “President Trump is the most flawed person I’ve ever known.” He’s right, and his perception is bolstered by Mary L. Trump’s tracing of the unhinged and unreasonable pathological nature of the most powerful man in America. The Lesley Stahl 60 Minutes interview is just the latest piece of evidence that amplifies how Trump’s mind doesn’t work properly.

When watching the interview, one can see his fragile ego and mental maladies fighting themselves in conflict. Look at this exchange. Lesley Stahl, “All right. So, you said in the briefing room, ‘Nobody likes me. It can only be my personality.’” Donald Trump, “I said that jokingly, that is sarcastic. Nobody likes me, it must be my personality. I say it all the time. Nobody likes me, it must be my personality. I say it all the time, Lesley.” This exchange occurred during a portion of the interview when Stahl asked Trump if his tweets turned people off. The negativity of his tweets has been a sore spot with Donald, and we saw Lesley expertly pricking that pressure point during the interview.

Stahl then hit paydirt with this. Lesley Stahl, “You promised that there was going to be a new health package, healthcare plan.” Donald Trump, “Yeah.” Lesley Stahl, “You said that it was going to be great. You said that it’s ready.” Donald Trump, “It will be.” Lesley Stahl then landed a solid right hook, “It’s going to be ready, it’s all ready. It’ll be here in two weeks. It’s going to be like nothing you’ve ever seen before. So why didn’t you develop the health plan?” After a bit of contentious back-and-forth, Trump abruptly left the interview.

Then, an amazing attempt at trickery unfolded. Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany delivered a heavy binder of papers to Lesley Stahl, as if it contained that plan Trump keeps talking about. The papers contained executive orders and congressional initiatives, but no comprehensive health plan. So, where is this plan he keeps talking about? Why didn’t an administration that worked day and night to get rid of the Affordable Care Act craft a viable alternative? They couldn’t develop a plan during the three-plus years of this administration? Everyone but Trump knows he’s lying about the existence of a plan.

Let’s parse the dialog that triggered Trump’s terse exit from the interview. Lesley Stahl, “You’ve all but said that Attorney General Barr should go after President Obama. If you lose, you will be here, okay? If you lose. How would you feel if then President Biden went after you?” As Mary L. Trump pointed out in her book, this question hit Trump right where he lives, in paranoia and fear. His answer? Oh, he probably will because I think he’s a very dishonest guy and he probably will look for something. Probably will. We’ll see. But you know what? Attorney General Barr has been very nice. That’s all I can tell you. He’s been very nice. He’s been very respectful.” One could almost feel his intense panic kick in.

Despite his little mind, Donald Trump has grasped the reality that once a new President gets in William Barr and all the Trump protectors and enablers will be gone. He will be on his own to defend himself in the press, in the courts and maybe even in the prison shower stall. His fear erupted in that moment and made him run away from Lesley Stahl. He’s not only afraid of strong, smart women, he’s fearful of the truth.

Despite the overblown power that lives in Trump’s head, he holds a deep-seated fear that the whole world will finally realize he’s a total fraud. He’s not a real president, but rather a fake news, cardboard cutout who used an inane TV show to propel him to a fantasy job he cannot handle. Donald John Trump has done a terrible job, and his psychological flaws will only get worse. He shouldn’t be allowed to hold a gun, much less America’s nuclear arsenal. Next!

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FOLLOW THE MONEY

Sickening Stench at the Trump Campaign

There is nothing normal about the way Donald Trump and his organizations handle money. It’s like a game within a game, a sleight of hand by the protagonists trying to leave the party with not only the door prize but all the silverware. I am astonished by the way the President’s reelection campaign handles their money. Where is it all going?

According to ABC News, “President Donald Trump’s reelection team kicked off 2020 with what seemed like an unbeatable cash advantage, boasting a massive fundraising operation, bolstered by the joint efforts of the Republican Party. Fast-forward 10 months and they’ve burned through a whopping $1.4 billion of the more than $1.6 billion raised over the last two years.” Okay, how and where did they spend it?

NPR tells us that Biden raised $130 million in the first half of October while the Trump team brought in only $43 million. The Biden coffers currently hold $162 million in ready cash, according to the NPR report.  My jaw dropped when I read this story, “In a closed door meeting with donors in Nashville last week, Trump told GOP donors it will be ‘very tough’ for Republicans to keep its Senate majority because ’there are a couple of senators‘ that he can’t support.’” What is this man doing? If I was a donor at the meeting, I would have been on the phone with my banker requesting a stop-payment on all my checks to the Republican National Committee.

Politicians in tough battles, even Trump’s golfing buddy Lindsey Graham, will not get financial support from the RNC in South Carolina. The Donald doesn’t care about him or anyone else. He will use all the money for himself. Maybe Trump thinks he gets to keep all the left-over money if he loses. Where is the IRS when we need them?

We are almost one week away from the election and there is a sense of quiet before the storm. With Trump running around the country on taxpayer purchased jet fuel, it’s a wonder how the General Accounting Office will get funds from the campaign to reimburse the people for its expenses. We will probably never hear any details about that.

According to ABC News, “The vast majority of the money spent [by Trump] during that time — nearly $45 million — went to television and online advertising, according to the latest disclosure report filed to the Federal Election Commission, as Biden and pro-Biden efforts ramped up his ad spending.” But some of the Trump – Pence campaign expenditures have raised eyebrows, including hundreds of millions that have gone to alleged ‘pass-through’ vendors that have been accused of masking the ultimate recipient of the money. A portion of those expenditures have been the subject of a Federal Election Commission complaint.

A detailed report by Business Insider describes an internal audit the campaign is conducting of “spending irregularities” during Brad Parscale’s time helming the president’s reelection efforts. The new campaign manager, Bill Stepien, denied that Parscale was being audited, but other sources contradicted that. Unless this is a concerted effort to hurt Mr. Parscale by the Trump people, it’s most likely their denials will remain suspicious, at best.

The New York Times reported that a noticeable percentage of Trump campaign Facebook ads were not launched from Trump’s official pages, but from one of Parscale’s firm — building an online following for Parscale, not the president. They put the figure at $325,000. The Times also reported that the person who replaced Brad Parscale, Bill Stepien, has been running a consulting firm that’s been paid $653,000 by down-ballot candidates, even as he’s been helping to run the Trump campaign. If true, it’s a clear conflict of interest or perhaps a cover for Trump to avoid Federal Election Commission rules.

The ABC News investigation has learned that over the last two years more than $5 million of campaign cash has gone to Trump’s various hotels, resorts and other interests. In the last four months, Trump Victory, which raises money from some of Trump’s most generous donors, spent nearly $900,000 for facility rental and catering at Trump-branded properties. When Trump is gone, the Emoluments Clause must be clarified and enforced.

Trump seems to be buying loyalty left and right. RNC Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel nets $372,000, or $30.000 a month, while the campaign’s communications director, Tim Murtaugh, makes $20,000 a month. The Biden people are making much less.

Back to the grand totals for this campaign season, Biden has raised $952.2 million while Trump has brought in $612.7 million. There is a reason why Trump’s donors are getting nervous. It’s because they, like millions of other Americans, have lost faith in Trump’s attitude and policies surrounding the COVID-19 global pandemic. They know we will never have a total economic recovery without defeating the virus.

Two companies set up and run by Trump’s campaign leadership, including Parscale, appeared to provide a variety of services to the campaign but really served as “clearing houses” to dole out deals and payments to subcontractors and vendors without revealing the ultimate recipients of the donor money. The Campaign Legal Center wrote in a complaint that the lack of disclosure of the campaign’s payments to subcontractors is a violation of the Federal rule that requires campaigns to itemize disbursements to its ultimate vendors. This must be audited after the election.

Now all this would be a rather mischievous exercise on my part, if only Brad Parscale hadn’t gone on an alcoholic bender telling his wife he was going to kill himself with one of his many guns to celebrate the Second Amendment, I don’t mean to kick a guy when he’s down, but if Parscale had so much money why was he so depressed? My supposition is that the other partners in Brad’s consulting firm are none other than Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump and they will all be caught red handed with their hands in Daddy’s cookie jar. Perhaps this is why they are trying to muzzle the press and not disclosing all the records. Jeez, we already know that Trump payed a Playboy bunny and a porn star more than a quarter of a million dollars to keep their mouths shut, which is a Federal campaign fund violation. Why would the Trump family’s skimming off the top in broad daylight surprise anyone? TRUMP CANNOT BE TRUSTED. Let’s throw him out, lock him up and throw away the key.

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OLD JOE & THE JERK

Pure American Political Graffiti

Most Americans have an aversion to the political season. Every four years it disrupts our lives, goes on far too long and the bombardment of TV spots, direct mail and information overload makes it seem like a giant circus has come to town. Of course, the political process also produces a lot of horse and elephant shit that no one cleans up. I am glad the debates are over, and we are coming to the end of this insanity.

There was no winner at last night’s debate. The Democrats are saying Biden won while Trump followers say their man really landed some punches. All that aside, what we clearly saw last night were the differences between old Joe Biden and the jerk we’ve come to hate, Donald John Trump. Like any two characters in a movie, both are flawed. One is harmlessly competent, while the other is dangerous to our democracy.

Trump is always on defense when it comes to race, racism and racist rhetoric. We heard Joe Biden distance himself from bad decisions of the past. He knows and admits he was wrong in his handling of Anita Hill during the Clarence Thomas’ confirmation hearing. Biden was a major force in the passing of the 1994 crime bill, and he’s played straight regarding its impact on African American men. In the past Joe has said, “There’s another part of my long record that’s being grossly misrepresented: the 1994 crime bill.” Last night, however, he was noticeably direct when saying it was a mistake. That has meaning in a historical context. When looking back at the impact of Ronald Reagan’s policies and executive orders on people of color, you would think Reagan was working for the Klan.

Perhaps Donald Trump’s most unbelievable line during the debate was his repeated statement of, “I am the least racist person in this whole room.” It’s a declaration not only impossible to prove, but nonsensical to any thinking individual. It reminds me of the disingenuous lie often said by a person accused of being a racist, “I am not a racist; some of my best friends are Black.” I have no doubt that Trump is a racist. Here’s an excerpt of a TIME magazine article, “In interviews over the years, Trump has credited his genes for everything from his health to his success, and he’s noted that his children and grandchildren will benefit from them as well.” Once you go down this path, you fall into the trap of what was once known as eugenics, a misguided medical movement of the early 1900s.

This extremely flawed theory was based on the work of British scientist Francis Galton, who concluded that superior intelligence and abilities were inherited. He coined the term “eugenics,” meaning “well born.” Galton theorized that humanity could be improved by encouraging the fittest members of society to have more children. If this sounds a bit like Nazi thinking, you would be right. Trump’s father Fred also believed this to be true, and he taught his kids that they were better than any Black person. My source is the excellent book written by Mary L. Trump, Donald’s niece. You should read it.

Joe Biden is not a racist. He’s just an old man who has experienced the pain of personal loss throughout much of his life. As a political operative, he had an ability to move things forward by bringing both sides together on many issues. I doubt that many of the idiots currently in Congress can be moved off their hidden racist agendas, partisan political dogmas and sick use of power, but, hey, let’s give old Joe a try. What we have now is clearly not working.

Donald Trump is a limited human being, at best. He’s like the game show host who has been parroting the intro line and explanation of how “we play the game” rap which has grown tired, cold and perfunctory over the years. Donald’s endless, repetitive babble leads to the same conclusion; he really doesn’t know what the hell he is doing. He used the debate insult that Obama and Biden built the cages, but no one swings the retaliatory bat with “But, Mr. President, you put the kids in them.” Trump brags about his record on immigration and claims the kids who were separated from their mothers and fathers are being treated very well. REALLY?

Biden landed a good debate punch with this, “I have not taken a penny from any foreign source ever in my life. I have released 22 years of tax returns. You have not released a single year. What are you hiding?” Yes, good question, what is Trump hiding? Few voters care about Hunter Biden. He’s just another offspring, cashing in, like Trump’s kids who aren’t talented, smart or exceptional; they are just Trumps.

Even with new debate rules in place, the Donald interrupted and tried to throw old Joe Biden off the trail, but we aren’t voting for a debate winner. We need a political resolver and uniter. Can Biden unite us? Will Biden unite us? Probably not, but Trump had his damn chance and failed miserably. So much for the myth that we needed a “really good businessman” to run the government. If that was the goal, we should have elected Mitt Romney, who is a great and wealthy entrepreneur. Trump has never been a good businessperson, as the whole world will learn when his tax returns eventually become known.

BusinessInsider.com had this to say about the virus policies of our government, “Upwards of 130,000 coronavirus deaths were ‘avoidable’ if President Donald Trump and his administration had acted sooner and implemented widespread public health precautions, according to a new Columbia University report released on Wednesday (10-21-2020).” The Columbia research is probably correct. Trump cannot defend his conduct related to this pandemic.

Trump stated that the virus is not his fault, and he graciously informed us it’s also not Joe Biden’s fault. Trump blames China and cannot understand why they didn’t stop its spread. His statement about COVID-19 containment proves the Donald has no idea what he’s talking about. If China failed to keep it from “getting out” of their country, then the Trump administration did a morally indefensible, hideous, blatantly incompetent job of controlling its spread across this land. Biden kept reminding us how bad the crisis is, while Trump made fun of Joe in his basement. Comic criticism of Joe Biden’s self-quarantine and mask wearing plays to the hard core Trumpers who deny climate change and the danger of this deadly virus, but most people think Biden should wear a mask. He’s an old guy.

Few of us have ever attained a no-cut, four-year, $400,000 contract to run anything, let alone the United States. Now think about this. Some say Uncle Joe is too old, but let’s not forget Trump promised to hire “expert people” to surround and help him. Remember that line, “Only the best people!” Well, he hired all the wrong people. More than 80 folks have left his administration and, oh yeah, some of them are in jail. One almost put a gun into his mouth to get away from Trump.

The real difference between Trump and Biden is simple. Biden will truly hire the best people. We need Joe only to get us through the next four years, repair Trump’s damage and truly make America great again. Make no mistake, that is exactly what he will do. There’s no reason to debate it.

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OPEN LETTER TO STANFORD

The University Should Protect Its Reputation

Today, I’ve had enough. I’m tired of people who are hurting our fellow citizens and we must speak out. We need to point out that when educational institutions enable false information, they are wrong and must be confronted. Stanford University is a great school, but they may be risking that reputation. So, I wrote a letter:

Dear Stanford University,

Is Stanford University willing to trash its good reputation because of SCOTT ATLAS?

I hope this message finds its way to the person responsible for causing all the problems. Is Dr. Atlas the sole member of Stanford’s HOOVER INSTITUTION? Who oversees this? What oversight is applied by the University? THIS EMAIL SHOULD BE READ BY THE PROVOST AND PRESIDENT. I would have sent this to Marc Tessier-Lavigne, but I can’t find an email address for him.

Let’s start with some basic knowledge.

  1. More than 220,000 people in the United States have died because of the COVID-19 crisis.
  2. The Trump administration has produced a confusing and misinformed policy on fighting the virus.
  3. The White House has hired a Stanford Fellow to advise the President.
  4. Dr. Scott Atlas, that advisor, has contributed to the confusion and misinformation.
  5. Dr. Scott Atlas has tweeted that face coverings (masks) do not work.

So, let’s get real. If I were the President of the United States, I would fire this man ASAP. If I were running Stanford, I would disassociate myself from this individual immediately. Why?

LIES for a LIAR

What Scott Atlas is really saying is that front line people are NOT protected by PPE. ANY MEDICAL PROFESSIONAL KNOWS THAT IS NOT TRUE. Doctors wear coverings during an operation to protect the patient and themselves. This is a fact. Is that what Dr. Atlas meant? I assume that SNC uses best practices, so why would the president’s advisor perpetrate a lie? Why wouldn’t Dr. Atlas recommend that people going out in the public during a global pandemic wear a mask to protect themselves? This man is harming people with his false words.

Dr. Atlas told millions of Americans with pre-existing conditions they should take the risk of getting the virus. What oath did he take? What, or who, is guiding his advice? Is he adhering to the Hippocratic Oath? Remember, a piece of that oath says, “First, do no harm.” Could it be that Dr. Atlas is being manipulated by someone trying to affect an election rather than save people’s lives? Only the good doctor knows the answer, but what responsibility does STANFORD UNIVERSITY have in this equation?

I don’t believe Dr. Atlas comprehends the position he is in. He got hired, appeared on TV, got noticed and walked away from all his medical knowledge and expertise just to be “another opinion.” The number of doctors and other medical experts who have spoken out against Dr. Atlas is overwhelming. Perhaps he’s in the leech business wanting to bring back arcane ideas that have long been disproved. He talked about “herd immunity,” then he distanced himself from his own proposal. VACILLATION is not a VACCINATION.

I am not a “cancel culture” person, I am a concerned citizen.

You don’t need to cancel Scott Atlas. You must decide whether you want our grandkids to go to Stanford. Right now, Dr. Atlas is not much better than soiled PPE. You can keep putting him on, but it’s dangerous for America. Ask Paul Romer, ask Dr. Fauci, ask any doctor on the front lines.

I am posting this to social media in the hope that someone will share this with the person responsible for protecting the reputation of STANFORD UNIVERSITY. No action is just complicity, not intelligent management of people you pay. Do the right thing.

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VOTING IN AMERICA

Trump’s Greatest Challenge & Flaw

Statistics provide a clear picture of who we are as a people. Many Americans have taken the right of voting for granted. In 2016, 250,056,000 Americans voted, which was only 55.5% of eligible voters. That’s a strange statistic for a country where more than a million people have fought and died to protect the right to vote. Why do so many not take that privilege seriously?

President Johnson

In 1964, only six percent of African Americans voted, but after the Voting Rights Act of 1965 more Black people voted. By 1969, 59 percent of African Americans voted. According to the Pew Research Center, the Black voter turnout rate in the presidential election of 2016 declined for the first time in twenty years, falling to 59.6% after reaching a record-high of 66.6% in 2012. That seven percent decline from the previous election is the largest on record for Blacks. One could conclude that neither Hillary Clinton nor Donald Trump were attractive to those voters, or perhaps African Americans felt they had a sure win with Obama in the race.

Another statistic that cracks right between the eyes is 38% of those in Congress are millionaires. Startlingly, that’s not much different from the first years of the American government. The flatly stated theory goes like this; let the rich, white, planter-plantation owner class protect their business interests, and everyone else will be fine. Sadly, there’s not much difference today.

While Trump stirs up dust about Twitter and Facebook taking down his lies and misinformation they feel will hurt their subscribers, more people are dying of COVID-19 infections. While Trump is passing along stupid QAnon conspiracy theories and lies, there are people in Georgia and other states waiting eight hours in sprawling, hot lines to vote. How can any of us believe we are a great country when one of our political parties works so hard at voter suppression? They openly state their belief that when fewer people vote they do better. What is the difference between Republican actions to suppress voting and ballot burning in a third-world country after all the citizens have voted? Any US citizen involved in vote suppression, regardless of their place in society, should at least be charged with voter intimidation.

Trump sees the electorate through the filter of his belief that the American public will believe whatever he tells them. Remember, he said he could shoot someone in the middle of New York’s Fifth Avenue and wouldn’t lose any supporters. Maybe Trump feels he must react to some of the “fake news” that has been published about him. But in reality, this guy has no credibility pushing back because he’s stuck in a ad hominem loop. He truly believes all negatives about him are untrue, therefore, even when the other guys tell almost truths about him, no one on the Democratic side believes him. He’s the boy who cried wolf so much, no one is really listening anymore.

Lunatic Leader

Probably emboldened by Trump’s successful fight with COVID, the West Wing is now pushing the B.S. that “everyone is going to get the virus.” It’s the same “herd immunity” idea Dr. Atlas dumped into Donald’s defective brain months ago. Our President now says, “See, it’s not that bad. Get back to work and reelect me.” What about losing the lives of two million people? “We are just going to have to live with it.” To a young person, the fact that they are still living is an invitation to party recklessly.

The flaw in Trump’s thinking is that people thoughtlessly do what he says. All his supporters shouting and screaming arm to arm at his rallies won’t get sick and die, but maybe some of them will come to their senses when they or a loved one starts to violently cough while gasping for air. Each false step, each tragic error, forces another crack in Trump’s armor.

The reality Trump must now confront is the wave of voters who are NOT going to stay at home. We already know that more than 15 million people have voted, and more than 60% of all mail in ballots were cast by Democrats. Trump made so many amateur mistakes as an incumbent. He could have embraced mask wearing from the beginning and air dropped millions of MAGA masks into swing states. It’s too late now. He politically over-positioned mask-wearing and the result could be many of his supporters too sick to vote.

Another junior achievement Trump ploy was getting his donor-lover-boy Louis DeJoy to disrupt the United States Postal Service in an attempt to sabotage mail in voting efforts. The overweight, orange pumpkin did this while fomenting distrust by saying the process of mail in ballots is ripe with fraud. If true, why did he make no effort to fix the problem? He is the most impotent president of all time if he can’t stop a pervasive fraud.

It’s impossible to apply logic to the actions of Trump and his grifter-enablers in Congress. They are all broke-dick cult followers and failures as patriots and people. It takes a whole nation to be a whole nation, and despite Trump’s position of needing walls to have a nation, what we truly need are voters to save our democracy. As many as legally possible. Maybe I am naïve or over-optimistic, but I believe the 2020 election turnout will be larger than ever. After the election, I want to start a campaign against the hypocrites who have too much power over us. I will be writing letters to suppress not only their voices but their Congressional votes.

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PLEXIGLASS BUSINESS BOOM

Trump’s Virus Makes Some Rich

I grew up hearing the phrase “American Ingenuity” and was always proud of waving the red, white and blue. We are quite the country with our innovations and advancements, including the telephone, the polio vaccine and, of course, the internet. We are smart and whenever things change or a loophole is found, we invariably move quickly to make money on a success or a tragedy.

When the stock ploy of “selling short” was first explained to me I couldn’t understand how that could possibly be legal. When I hear about the travesties of some people with reverse mortgages I wonder why such a loan even exists in our banking system. Then there’s tobacco. Even after we controlled the sales of those products, their use causes 480,000 deaths per year, which includes more than 41,000 deaths resulting from secondhand smoke exposure. So, now that a global pandemic has hit, opportunistic people are stepping up.

I recently learned that Etsy, the resale website, helped sell $346 million worth of homemade masks this year. Plexiglass has become a hot item as the need for coronavirus protection has increased. The Plaskolite company in Columbus, Ohio is working full time to fill their orders. Not only do they make plastic face shields, but the demand for plexiglass dividers for business use has increased. The commodity intelligence service, ICIS, told CNBC, “For some plexiglass manufacturers, April and March output increased by 300% compared to February,”

When I heard the news that Vice President Mike Pence was rejecting the use of plexiglass to protect him at tonight’s debate, I shook my head. Why? The Trump administration systemically fails to comprehend the damage COVID-19 can do, has done and will continue to do if they don’t start taking it seriously. I contend that Pence must run everything past the Donald to get daddy’s permission. I’m sure this latest rub-up happened because a fat, orange guy, high on steroids, screamed bloody murder. They really don’t want more protection. Does Pence also have a death wish?

It wasn’t surprising to see Katie Miller, Pence’s communication person and the wife of top presidential advisory and speech writer Stephen Miller, post a snarky tweet about how the Vice President didn’t want to have a plexiglass shield in front of his face and blamed Kamala Harris for the rule. In the true spirit of poetic justice, hours later her husband tested positive for COVID-19 and they both went into quarantine. Let’s not depend on Katie for important information. She also tweeted this recently, “I know this may be controversial, but I’m anti-umbrella — this Florida girl loves walking in the rain. And you should find yourself a spouse who ALWAYS lets you be YOURSELF.” By the way, we have tons of lightning here in Florida, so walking in the rain could be dangerous.

Stephen Miller Positive for COVID-19

At least 34 people close to Trump have contracted COVID-19 in the past few days. They believed Donald Trump knew more than the experts they first pushed to the back of the podium and then pulled completely from the press conferences. Trump paraded out his puppet, Dr. Scott Atlas, to sing the praises of how he handled the crisis and to promote the stupid concept of herd immunity. I suppose some of Atlas’s medical friends beat him up badly because he started to distance himself from his own message. Also, have you noticed that Atlas has been missing in action since the President got infected by the virus?    

I would love to publish a full-page, open letter to the President in every newspaper in America with the headline, “WHY THE GAMES?” Now we have the Donald John Trump tweet that he has stopped all talks with Congress regarding more coronavirus relief until he gets reelected, after which the stock market fell 375 points. Then, late last night, our President pounded out a sixty-post tweet storm. I might remind our readers that some of the side effects of taking Dexamethasone are vision changes, swelling, rapid weight gain, sleep problems, mood changes, depression, mood swings and agitation. Should this man be allowed to tweet while he’s still high on drugs? Maybe his Twitter account should be disabled until the effects of the medication are gone.

Self-destructive behavior is common when Trump feels he’s losing. After blame was dumped on all the people Donnie wanted to hurt, he ran out of options. Then, he tried to blow everything up like a child with no moral or logical grounding. Can’t we just send him back to military school to “straighten him out?” Maybe we should send him to the time-out chair for the next four months. He’s a dangerous psychopath, suffering from chronic mental disorders. He may soon move into violent social behavior to protect himself and his tender ego. If he lived in Florida, all his guns would be taken away.

If the result of this man’s game playing leads to civil war, it will prove that he’s worse than the virus. There isn’t enough plexiglass to protect us from this jackass. When his eventual trial for insurrection and treason takes place, our law and order leaders should throw the book at this failure of a man. Half of the states are showing increases in COVID infections, almost 211,000 people have died, and their families are still grieving and dealing with the pain of loss. Yet, there’s Trump parading around and bragging about his possible immunity. What a turd.

TRUMP is a problem, but we have a possible cure coming on November the third. Register, vote and stand by! We may need to take the People’s House back by force, but I believe George Washington, Thomas Jefferson and even John Adams would think tossing the bum out is a perfect plan. I hope it doesn’t come to that. I am happy with my government despite this screwed up situation.

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FAKING HIS OWN DEMISE?

Trump’s Baked Conspiracy Cake

After it was translated into Latin in the 15th century, an obscure story told in ancient Greece became popular. It’s about a shepherd boy who repeatedly tricked nearby villagers into thinking a wolf was attacking his town’s flock. When a wolf actually appeared and the boy called for help, the villagers ignored him assuming it was just another false alarm. Because of the shepherd boy’s lack of credibility, all the town’s sheep were eaten by the wolf. In later English-language versions of this fable, the wolf also ate the boy. So, in the Latin version the boy gets redemption and learns a lesson while in the English version poetic justice deals him a harsh punishment.

I am now going to take the liberty of applying this fable to our current affairs, The wolf is the embodiment of immigrants, especially Mexicans, coming to our country in large caravans to sell drugs and kill us. Suddenly, the wolf morphs into a “deep state” out to ruin America and impeach the President. Next, the wolf shapeshifts into China after a virus was first encountered in Wuhan, a capital city in central China. Our President ignored the experts who tried to convince him that Russians were interfering with our election and the COVID-19 global pandemic was the most serious threat to our national security. Instead, Trump kept talking about the big bad wolf that was out to get him and the rest of us.

Remember, this is the President who attacked state governors daily when they were trying to enact serious plans to mitigate the virus. Like the little boy crying wolf, El Presidente trumped up a false charge against those state leaders he didn’t like and then boldly directed his sycophant militia and domestic terrorists to “LIBERATE” those states. Donald John Trump was endorsing civil unrest and, under any other set of circumstances, he would have been impeached and removed from office. Congress should have liberated the White House months ago.

According to USA Today, a former lawyer and now author named Richard Greene is claiming that Trump has faked his positive COVID-19 test. Greene gives us three reasons not to trust the White House’s announcement.

  1. Trump was on his way to losing his reelection bid after his performance during the first presidential debate and the positive virus test would redirect attention from the topic of white supremacists.
  2. By “sailing through” a fake illness, Trump could prove his mettle to supporters and emulate Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro.
  3. Greene doesn’t trust “anything that comes out of (Trump’s) mouth or his ‘Twitter thumbs.'”

I feel Mr. Greene’s premise and points are flimsy. If Trump wanted to distract the US from the “white supremacist” controversy, he could have invaded Grenada. Read it and weep. There are innumerable things Trump could have done to pull focus from the debate. In fact, he repeatedly said that he won the debate, but now he has lost a fight with COVID-19. Thoughts and prayer going your way, big man.

Trump never wanted to get coronavirus. He’s a paranoid germaphobe with an addiction for diet Coke and hand sanitizer. One he puts in his body to make him feel good while he lathers the other over his hands constantly. Admitting that he contracted COVID was probably a difficult decision for him. Trump’s medical condition underscores the reality of the virus and it is his political kiss of death, transmitting a strong signal that everything he’s been saying IS WRONG!

We don’t need Mr. Greene to tell us that most of what Trump says are lies, but he needed three things, because there always must be three things. So, I now present my three reasons why Trump’s COVID infection is not a hoax. Feel free to comment on this page and let me know what you think.

  1. Donald Trump has not said that his hospitalization and dire condition is a democrat, “deep state,” media hoax. He’s trying hard to show us that he’s okay. He looked rather humble and sincere in the “hostage videos” he released, but he also had an ashen appearance and uncertainty in his voice when using phrases like “I guess.”
  2. The fact that Dr. Sean Conley, the President’s doctor, went out of his way to avoid the question of whether the President had taken oxygen anytime after the positive test shows that Trump is managing the messaging of his medical support team. Dr. Conley’s mistake that confused the press about when the President tested positive can only mean that he’s not speaking his own words. A few hours later, he released a memo attempting to clarify his meaning. WTF? It would be stupid for a person trying to pull off a fake ailment to prevent his doctor from telling the American people it was serious. When did the temperature readings of the President of the United States become a state secret? Is Trump so vain that he doesn’t want you to know his temperature? Wouldn’t that information help people? As Michael Cohen disclosed, Donald Trump has chronic asthma and that is the REAL REASON he’s in the hospital. TELL THE TRUTH DONALD!
  3. Because the experimental serum cocktail Trump is taking must be administered in a hospital under a five-day regimen, the Donald should not be back in the White House for days, but now they say he gets discharged on Monday. WTF? Even though he wants to protect his macho, tough-guy image, he’s in a bad place. Given his age and physical condition, along with the fatigue that has set in, I suspect the Donald will need to be under observation for at least a week. If Trump is acting out a sympathy-martyr scenario, it’s a bad script. “The president’s condition” is a phrase that sends a visceral message of weakness. Hard-core fans don’t care that Trump mishandled the global pandemic, but they certainly were talking at the grocery store about his hospitalization. Trump is not faking it; he craves adulation and would never fake a hospital stay. By the way, the doctor finally revealed 45’s temperature was up to 99 degrees on Friday.

Trump has cried wolf so many times for so many years that no reasonable person can believe anything he says. So, of course, when the Donald announced he had contracted the coronavirus millions of Americans immediately thought it was a ruse. It’s amusing to me that Trump low-keyed his exit from the White House to the helicopter about to whisk him to the hospital. We saw him walking carefully and deliberately, waving at the press but not stopping to shout over the whine of the chopper, while, wait for it, WEARING A MASK!

This just in. A brand-new ABC/Ipsos poll revealed that three out of four Americans feel Trump did not seriously take the threat that COVID posed to his well-being nor follow the steps necessary to avoid contracting the virus. Trump flouted the rules and policies of his own administration and now he has contracted the virus.

Isn’t it interesting how all Trump’s minions who haven’t been wearing face coverings are now full on with the program? They were putting themselves in danger’s path to please the boss. Chief of Staff Mark Meadows leaked a more damaging assessment of Trump’s condition than the doctors. What are these people doing? How many more people must die before this administration admits they screwed up? It’s time for them to confess and promote the best medical practices to keep all of us safe.

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THE UNCOMFORTABLE TRUTH

Trump Should Have Worn a Mask!

This is not how events should have unfolded, but it’s too late now. Some spread misinformation and lies while others spread viruses and diseases. Now, we have learned that the President of the United States has tested positive for COVID-19, as has his wife, Melania, and top White House advisor Hope Hicks. The reckless, dangerous and foolish plan of holding large rallies with little mask wearing was a national travesty which has now led to Trump’s most personal, precarious failure in his life. There are those people who believe they are so powerful and above it all that they have no need to defend themselves. Virus is not an army, it’s a germ.

Heading to Hospital Last Year

The good news on this day is Donald John Trump is surrounded by some of the smartest virus experts in the world. Hopefully, he will listen to what they tell him to do. Knowledgeable experts have not been hyping or misleading the public; they have been warning us about exactly what could happen and what has happened. The President’s maligning, denying and lying must stop. He has been wrong on so many things so many times some might feel the current outcome is poetic justice, but for America it’s a terrible result of bad governance.

I know it’s speculation, but if the leader of the free world is ordered onto a ventilator, we might have to invoke the 25th Amendment. Its Section 4 is very clear: Whenever the Vice President and a majority of either the principal officers of the executive departments or of such other body as Congress may by law provide, transmit to the President pro tempore of the Senate and the Speaker of the House of Representatives their written declaration that the President is unable to discharge the powers and duties of his office, the Vice President shall immediately assume the powers and duties of the office as Acting President.

On April 3, 2020, during the early days of the coronavirus pandemic’s US presence, Trump said this, “So it’s voluntary. You don’t have to do it. They suggested for a period of time, but this is voluntary. I don’t think I’m going to be doing it. I just don’t want to be doing — I don’t know, somehow sitting in the Oval Office behind that beautiful resolute desk, the great resolute desk. I think wearing a face mask as I greet presidents, prime ministers, dictators, kings, queens — I don’t know, somehow I don’t see it for myself. I just, I just don’t.” Well, he was wrong.

Trump knew on Thursday that Hope Hicks tested positive for COVID-19, yet he foolishly and amorally pushed ahead with an indoor fundraiser at his Bedminster golf club in New Jersey. This President ignored best medical practices, putting himself and others at serious risk. This is a damn virus, not some form of “never Trumper” he can attack with wishes and words. Now the truth is seeping out that the President has not felt well all week. WTF? He’s the worst patient a doctor could have. While the doctors were telling us to wear masks, he was telling his loyal fans and family TO IGNORE THE EXPERTS. What a fucking jerk!

I hate to use the phrase, “I told you so.” No, let me take that back. I will say only that it hurts me inside to know that the events covered in today’s headlines did not have to happen. This President could have acted to save lives. Under proper leadership we could all have bonded as a nation, just like we did after 9-11. The worst reality is how ignorance was winning until COVID said, “I don’t care what you say, I am going to get you.”

Donald, it’s not a red state / blue state problem. It’s a global, human disaster. It’s not your fault this virus came to America, but if you would have been smarter and more proactive you would not be where you are right now. You have been a foolish man without a plan. Are you at all ready to admit that this virus is real, is not going away soon and that we all should be following the advice of our medical experts?  Are you?

I always protect my family and go out of my way to find truth. The current reality is we have an enormous problem, and we need a leader, not a patient. One could say this is the BIGGEST OCTOBER SURPRISE — ever. Of course, we all wish you the best, Mr. President, and we sincerely hope you win your battle against the “Chinese virus.”

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THE ESSENTIAL DEBATE FOR AMERICA

Trump, Biden or the Soul of the Nation?

We can live a cliché, or we can live a lie, but in America, in my country, we get up every day, pull on our boots and do our jobs. We can believe what we want, and pretty much say what we want, but our actions are typically constrained by one driving, overarching force. It’s something that our fathers taught us, or our mothers demanded from us. It’s RESPECT.

The Clown & the VP

We respect our flag; we respect our neighbors and even if we think the person sitting next to us is a lunatic, we defend that persons’ right to hold and express their viewpoint. The totality of different people and their thoughts is the glue that keeps our country strong, diverse and successful. All of us are all cut from the same cloth embodied by John Adams and Thomas Jefferson, but it’s now clear to me that a traitor to our national respect has invaded our house.

Last night we saw two men debate, not under any sort of a traditional format but in an over the top, blatant perversion of the concept. Political performance art is supposed to help us determine who we should task with leading this great nation. Many times in our history, a presidential debate became more of a damn show and entertainment and less a dialog about ideas and plans but at least they included some productive discourse. However, 2020’s first presidential debate in Cleveland, Ohio last night was a total disaster and waste of time for America.

We hear people talk about the soul of this nation. What exactly is that soul? Some would say it’s a spiritual and immaterial part of our country which forms the immortal essence of who we are collectively as a nation. Others might say it’s the emotional and intellectual energy or intensity living inside all the citizens who call this place home. I believe our country has something beyond the big buildings, big bank accounts and big ideas. We have a spiritual core that keeps us all, well, American!

Last night we saw a desperate child trying to force himself to the front of the stage with nothing but boorish interruptions. He wasn’t even paying close attention, as evidenced by his inability to put forth reasonable rebuttals and lack of a clear, logical path to his next outburst. The President of the United States lacks substance and decorum, and through his shameful performance he embarrassed himself in front of our country and the entire world last night.

Donald John Trump is trailing Joe Biden by as many as ten points in the election polls of some states. Last night we witnessed this frantic man fumbling for a way to claw himself out of the deep, dark, dank, dismal hole he inhabits because of his utter incompetence and lack of understanding. I can’t help wondering what advice Rudy Giuliani and Chris Christie offered Trump that led to this public farce. I liken this bullshit “debate” to a public spectacle of feeding an entire meatloaf to a red bellied Piranha, only to have the fish eat so much and so fast that his entire bulbous form explodes right in front of our eyes.

During the early portion of the debate I started to fact check things I heard, but then realized that was a total waste of time. I didn’t need a motherfucking fact check. What I yearned for was a sock full of high school combination locks to bash the heads and knock some sense into the assholes who have let this Trump-monster out of the box. My anger is directed mostly to the complicit bastards in Congress.

Bozos on the Bus

In the more rational light of day, I humbly offer some points about what I learned last night. Donald Trump is a racist who would rather protect right wing crazies with AR-15’s than the rights of all Americans. He’s a fat, fake, mentally challenged, little prince, without any crown jewels. In fact, he’s both financially and morally bankrupt. He stood before the American public last night and lied about his tax returns. What an unpatriotic fool.

He’s not the friend of Black Americans, white Americans or any Americans. He will never hold accountable any police officer who breaks the law because those are “his boys.” How could Trump fairly judge any encounter with law enforcement when he simply believes people who agree with him are right those who disagree with him are the enemy. He sees himself as the top cop with the final word that cannot be challenged. Hey, wake the fuck up America. That is what kings think. Our President’s words and deeds permit and promote the growth of systemic racism.

Donald Trump doesn’t care about the well-being of America. He continues the repetition of a strange mantra about his “plan” to solve America’s pandemic crisis, yet he cannot describe his intention beyond use of the vague word “strongly.” Let’s face it. The Donald has no strategy to solve our terrible COVID crisis. As he said to Bob Woodward, “There’s nothing else that can be done.” Donald Trump is not equipped to make decisions because he’s either afraid of being wrong or he just doesn’t care about you.

Things will only get worse If Donald Trump is given four more years. The bile, hate and lies that ooze from his already stiff, stinking carcass has North Korea, China and Russia circling above us like vultures, waiting to swoop down and fight over the scattered remnants of our nation’s soul.

The headlines speak for themselves: “Lying, Cheating, Barking, Bullying: Donald Trump Hijacked the First Presidential Debate” (Huffington Post), or try this one on, “Donald Trump plunges debate into chaos as he repeatedly talks over Joe Biden” (The Guardian) or how about these shameful thuds, “With Cross Talk, Lies and Mockery, Trump Tramples Decorum in Debate With Biden – Interrupting Joe Biden nearly every time he spoke, President Trump made little attempt to reassure swing voters about his leadership. Mr. Biden hit back: ‘This is so unpresidential.’” (New York Times).

All those were clever but, quite frankly, CNN’s Dana Bash spoke the truth more concisely and precisely, “This was a shitshow!” Now, there are those who will attack and try to blame the debate’s moderator, Fox News’ Chris Wallace, but if you think he had a bad night imagine his late father, Mike Wallace, looking down and smoking a whole pack of Camels watching an unruly, festering, waste of fucking time.

I will be extremely disappointed if Joe Biden doesn’t end this farce with Trump right now. Why should us Americans have to sit through coverage that does nothing to help us know more about Joe Biden and his policies? We already know that Donald Trump is a sleazy, lowlife grifter who should be arrested for tax evasion, fraud and bad hair. When charged, we hope his punishment will include additional jailtime for his excessive, foul looking makeup. I know drag queens who are more attractive than Trump.

There will come a time for a full Trump postmortem, but can we all realize in this moment that this man is worse than Benjamin Harrison, Chester A. Arthur and Herbert Hoover combined? What is he one thing those three men have in common? They were all ONE TERM PRESIDENTS that America survived. We recovered our nation’s soul after those tragic presidencies, just as we will when our current clown President makes his exit from the Big Top.

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GET RID OF THE BALLOTS

Trump Controls Nothing

I think our current president’s only daily goal is getting people to talk about him on TV. Then again, it could be that the man simply can’t stop constantly lying. He doesn’t even realize how angry he makes most people in this country. President Publicity Whore shows his true colors every day. At best, he’s a racist race baiter. At worst, he’s an agent of Russia. Everything he’s done is straight out of the Putin playbook.

There is a solid stream of evidence that Fred Trump, Donald’s father, and the Donald himself cheated and lied their way through bountiful deals in the New York real estate market. Applying those approaches to government means someone loses, and that someone is the taxpayer. There are too many odd accounting methods, movements of funds and unexplained shifts in procedures that suggest money is flowing from the US Treasury into the coffers of the Trump Organization. Make no mistake about it, Donald Trump still owns all the companies making up that conglomerate.

Trump’s new Election Day plot involves launching multiple federal lawsuits in “blue” states to have the court declare that all the ballots must be counted on November 3rd, 2020. Not sure why a Law & Order guy like the Donald would not want to count all the ballots? Trump says any ballots not counted before the end of that day should be thrown out. Really, people, pay attention!

I have always believed that voter suppression is just another name for racism. The fact that this evil activity was born during reconstruction after the Civil War gives my opinion great credibility. Georgia’s Secretary of State back then, Brian Kemp, took many African American citizens off the voter rolls. Let’s remember that Mr. Kemp won an election against Stacey Abrams, a Black woman. He oversaw the election but never recused himself because of this serious conflict-of-interest. Say hello to the “new south,” just like the old south.

All secretaries of state swear an oath to not only protect the US Constitution but also their state constitutions. They know that engaging in a conspiracy against voting privileges, or deprivation of the constitutional rights of any citizen (18 U.S.C. §§ 241 and 242), could get them a ten-year sentence. It’s a felony to “conspire to injure, oppress, threaten, or intimidate” any person in the free exercise of any right or privilege secured by the Constitution or laws of the United States. Throwing out ballots or not making every possible effort to count each legally cast vote is a Federal offense. Any worthy secretary of state would probably not want to throw an election, lest they end up in prison alongside Trump.

The argument about why the Supreme Court got involved in the 2001 election fracas between Bush and Gore could go on forever. Some believe the high court should never have gotten involved in a state election procedure, while others would gladly see states’ rights trampled to get their person in the White House. Once again, Trump is baiting the trap and encouraging election officials to commit a felony. He is building a case that mail-in, absentee and other types of non-polling place votes are fraudulent, even though that is how he votes. Could his own ballot be thrown out? Signature verification?

What we really need is a new government. The smoke screen of Trump saying he will not comply with the “peaceful transfer of power” is total bullshit. Why would Donald Trump want his final official photo showing him being escorted out of the People’s House by armed militia? If the US Senate, House of Representatives and Supreme Court ordained the final vote count, the presidency of Donald John Trump would end. Yes, it’s never been done before but now would be a great time to start!

Deep in my heart I believe that if Trump stole the election millions of Americans would march on Washington to show the world that we are better than Belarus. Even Republican Senator Mitt Romney responded with this tweet, “Fundamental to democracy is the peaceful transition of power; without that, there is Belarus. Any suggestion that a president might not respect this Constitutional guarantee is both unthinkable and unacceptable.” Romney’s just another stupid politician, giving Trump a Supreme Court pick yesterday and rattling his sword today. I think Romney fears Trump, knowing for certain that the fat, orange pumpkin will cheat on the election.

What if all the Republicans in Congress just went along with Trump? That could mean that Trump’s legal actions could put their election results in jeopardy as well.

What this President is trying to do is unconscionable, especially during a pandemic. He wants to suppress the vote and cast doubt on the process by claiming it’s rigged. What a revolting plot against America by a sitting president. Putin got just want he wanted with Donald Trump. Promoting peaceful transitions is patriotic. Trump’s plan proves him to be a traitor to America and our principles of democracy.

Trump cares about nothing other than winning. He will continue to lie, distort and denigrate, even going so far as trashing the Constitution and luring state leaders into committing crimes against America. This president is nothing less than a bully who needs a good, swift kick in those big, baggy pants or, as he said, “a good smack in the face.”

The only thing Trump has in his direct control is the news cycle. He’s become worse and worse, and I can imagine his final act will be destroying all the puzzle pieces on the table. America has been constructing this great, experimental jigsaw puzzle called democracy for more than 240 years, and our sack of shit president would gladly obliterate what we’ve accomplished rather than admit defeat.

In the early days of America, when city elections were controlled by mob and/or union bosses, it wasn’t unusual for boxes of hidden ballots to be found months after an election was held. We have worked hard to get organized crime and zealous criminal politicians out of the election process. The amount of voter fraud is so little and Trump’s efforts to make daily headlines based on charges of voting improprieties is a smoke screen. The polls indicate that he’s going to lose, so he is offering blame in advance of his potential loss. He calls voting by mail a “hoax” and a “scam” by Democrats. It’s funny that when he’s winning the processes are fine, but when he’s losing, he tries to find a way for all of us to lose. I can’t wait until this guy is as far as possible away from any institution that involves people unless that institution is located behind iron bars. I do not wish Trump well.

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