HERD IMMUNITY

Another Trump Distortion

My father grew up on a farm and my younger brothers helped out there during their high school years. I used to say that farmer kids learn things city kids never do. For example, most farm kids know how reproduction works. It wasn’t the birds and the bees; they learned from the pigs and cows.

We are hearing our President talk about “herd mentality” and “herd immunity” as if they are interchangeable terms. He’s an idiot and knows nothing of the denotation or connotation of his own words. The utterances that tumble out of his mouth aren’t backed by thoughts, they are merely words, and this brings us to a huge problem in our country right now.

Before starting, here are the denotative boundaries for this discussion. Herd immunity occurs when enough people or animals become immune to a disease to make its spread unlikely. Understanding when herd immunity has been achieved is science, requiring the same kind of disciplines as creating medicines and vaccines.

Connotatively, the term “herd immunity” reduces human beings to the level of farm animals. Decades ago, cattle ranchers believed herd immunity was a solution for bovine brucellosis, an infectious bacterial disease. Farmers and ranchers, often with the help of veterinarians from the US Department of Agriculture, blood-tested every animal they owned to discover, trace and isolate the disease’s source and control its spread.

Many European countries had to deal with mad cow disease, or bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE), a transmissible, slowly progressive, degenerative and fatal disease affecting the central nervous systems of adult cattle. The ranchers employed surveillance, culled sick animals and banned bovine meat products from their feed. Cows are vegetarian, not cannibals, so their diets do not normally include meat. What did farmers do when they found cows having the virus? They KILLED THEM.

It’s patently clear that Donald Trump, Dr. Scott Atlas, Senator Rand Paul and Florida Governor Ron DeSantis have no idea what they are talking about in terms of herd immunity. First, we are not going to kill people and burn their bodies should they test positive for COVID-19. Okay, sick joke here, but who would pay for that? Seriously, these goofballs are using the term “herd immunity,” blissfully ignorant that enacting such a plan requires the execution of human beings. This survival of the fittest routine is rather Darwinian, even by Republican standards.

My head exploded when I read the following in The Lancet, the highly respected medical journal, “Studies in June and July cast doubt on prospects for herd immunity: despite months of exposure, antibody surveys found a low seroprevalence,” less than 10%, in cities in Spain and Switzerland.” Commentators in The Lancet concluded that, ”In light of these findings, any proposed approach to achieve herd immunity through natural infection is not only highly unethical, but also unachievable.” *Seroprevalence is the level of a pathogen in a population, as measured in blood serum.

Unfortunately, Americans tend to collect and hold onto buzz words and catch phrases more than they do facts. The goofballs are trying to pull off their greatest lie yet, that somehow it might be better to let the virus “run its course” rather than fighting it head on with science, testing, tracing and a national plan. For months and months, we have heard about the forthcoming “great solution” but no one has presented a reasonable plan of action.

Some of our older readers may remember a hairbrained idea that was bounced around during the HIV/AIDS crisis. It suggested that those having the disease should be shipped to a deserted island. The trouble is, we tried that before with another misunderstood ailment. Until 1969, Hawaiian law allowed leprosy sufferers to be forcibly moved to the islands’ leprosy settlement where, over the years, more than 8,000 patients lived. The sad truth is, Leprosy continues to infect more than 215,000 people globally each year and there is no proof that isolation works. The dark side of HIV/AIDS included discussions about culling the population by execution of those with the virus.

Dangerous Enabler

People like X-Ray doctor Scott Atlas and eye doctor Senator Rand Paul challenge the VIRUS experts and think they know more, when the frontline scientists are openly willing to admit that they don’t know everything. These politician jerks are wasting our time. Every time I hear Rand Paul challenge Dr. Fauci, I can’t discern the point he is trying to make. Paul’s mission seems to be discrediting rather than seeking knowledge.

I’m tired of all this nonsense. Let me say it clearly, “herd mentality” will kill people. “Herd immunity,” by its very nature, will kill people. Let’s work on less death, fewer infections and keep pressing on with the known, scientific methods of mitigation. To be bold and direct, it’s time for Trump, Atlas, Paul and DeSantis to SHUT THE FUCK UP!

Okay, let me put my mask on.

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LEFT, CENTER, RIGHT

The Trump Divide Widens

One could argue that without Donald John Trump’s candidacy and presidency, we would have sailed along without committing to any particular position along the “left-right scale.” When I first joined social media, I listed myself on Facebook as a “radical Democrat.” When one of my posts was later rebuked by a right-wing hooey, I had a change of mind. The goofball stated that I had no credibility because of my political declaration. Perhaps I was being a weakling, but I deleted my political listing that very day. I would like people to hear me without prejudging according to my tongue-in-cheek quip from the past. In fact, because of Trump I’ve become more radical, not less. It’s all his fault!

The people who have joined the “cult,” as Michael Cohen calls it, possess neither the mood nor the mentality for a thoughtful discussion about why four more years of the orange pumpkin would be bad. See, I did it! I “disrespected” the man by calling him a name, because that is what he’s done to us, to me. I can argue intellectually to delineate the difference between a barb and a substantial act that might harm more that help people. On the other hand, most Trumpettes do not have the capacity or desire to take on facts that are against their preconceived notions. It’s such an ordeal to point out that those very predetermined opinions are incorrect. Trump is not a good guy.

I used to describe political polarity using the image of a giant circle, with 12 o’clock being at the top middle. As you move to the right, or to the left, you traverse the circle until the most radical forms of right and left meet at the bottom, near 6 o’clock. Think about it. Those in the ANTIFA movement are right next to the far-right Neo-Nazi and aggressive militias. Both are into violence and carry weapons they aren’t afraid to use. When local police departments endorse, support or look the other way with the far-right crazies, they are tilting justice toward that political segment. Where should the police department be on the political scale? I hope they would be in the middle, near 12 o’clock, but many aren’t.

The “Blue Lives Matter” campaign is not a cry for help. It’s a general defense of the institution of law enforcement. I get that, but call me a patriotic moderate when I ask why Blue Lives Matter proponents desecrate the US flag to underline their position? In the 1960s, it was an offense to create peace flags by changing the American flag. Why is it okay now? Aside from the fact that Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia claimed that burning the US flag was supported under our First Amendment rights, it bothers me when people change the flag. LGBTQ banners did so, and the day has passed when our flag colors were sacred.

At a demonstration in Tampa, Florida over the weekend, the rallying cry of the activists said America needs to be saved from the “destruction and division” being promoted by the left wing. They claim that the far-left is intolerant. Not only is that oxymoronic, it’s a childish reverse response, “No, you’re the idiot.” Unbelievably, the President of the United States has taken the liberty of telling millions of us which other Americans we are supposed to hate. Why? Because he believes that pushing radical people further into their political leanings will somehow help him. Sorry, but I don’t see how that helps at all.

Let me say this as clearly as possible. I would rather not have visceral, emotional reactions to the things Donald Trump says. I would like to see him go away after we elect a true moderate to the presidency, moving us toward healing without the daily desperation and heat blasted forth from the current administration. Trump’s deceitful tweets and proclamations zap energy from all of us, be we left, center or right. We all must decry his ridiculous claims and point out the hypocrisies, otherwise our silence justifies his insanity. Donald Trump is like the drunken uncle who keeps grabbing the young girls at family dinners. We can say he’s losing his mind, or laugh at him for being himself, but in the end he’s just a dirty old man, not President of the United States.

Sure, I tend to lean toward social programs that help people and keep the peace. The intrinsic inner core of my being is based on the Christian principles that we should love our neighbor and help those souls in trouble. Wow, I guess I am a faith-based “radical Democrat.” How can that be? Well, because it’s who I am. Who are you? People on the far-right have a kind of baked-in racism which manifests as a denigration of “lesser beings.” They honestly believe the old “pull yourself up by your bootstraps” to fix your problems, and don’t forget to add the demand, “don’t expect me to pay for it!”

I wrote a book titled “If God Could Talk.” God is a character in the book and, spoiler alert, he speaks. While doing so, he points out some fallacies of the Holy Bible. He’s quite a pro-life deity, and why wouldn’t he be? You can read the book, but I’m always curious about why the far-right and evangelicals are so hell bent on getting rid of Roe Vs. Wade when they have absolutely no desire to pay for the care and education of all those unwanted babies. Sure, adoption is an option, but that will never offset the large population bubble without a pro-choice law left intact.

Now we face a significant national debate about putting far-right conservative judges on the Supreme Court. Why are judges right or left? Why would it matter if there are three or eleven judges on the high court? Shouldn’t a judge simply read the complaint, apply the law and write a well-researched, deeply considered opinion? They know their words will be read for hundreds of years after, and they certainly don’t want to embarrass themselves and the court. The fact that any judge is known for their political leanings taints the court, lowers the faith in justice and gives the President of the United States too much credit. I am not suggesting that we all get a vote, that’s how we got Trump, but there must be a more pure, better way.

If I think your ideas are stupid, I am not necessarily against you. If I concentrate on your opinions, with a fair and balanced perspective, I can still like you while thinking your conclusions are shit. Should your beliefs be harmful to others, I won’t like you — the person. I don’t like David Duke, the KKK guy, because he believes white people are superior to Black people. I won’t shed a single tear when he goes “Bye Bye, in the Car Car.” When someone on the right goes too far, they are dangerous. When someone on the left goes too far, they are dangerous. A person can never be “too moderate.” Think about it. We need moderates right now, not people like Donald Trump, William Barr, Tom Cotton and Ted Cruise. They can all go pleasure themselves while reading QAnon posts. And God forbid any of “those people” ever get appointed to the Supreme Court.

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RACISM IS REAL

Trump’s New Ministry of Truth

I don’t know about you, but I hate it when someone tries to rewrite history. The latest Trump riff is he will fix America by controlling what our kids learn in school. As much as that may bother you, keep in mind that many school districts in the “red states” have been under the influence of stupidity for decades. There are school board members who have banned books on sex, homosexuality, the Civil War and religion. While you may not want your school’s gym teacher exposing your children to the “facts of life,” you might want to consider if your own biases and misinformation are not helping your kids.

Trump’s announcement of forming some kind of “1776 Commission” to investigate the latest conspiracy sprouting in his inadequate brain states that our kids have been exposed to left-leaning-learning that has made them disgruntled little protesters and never-Trumpers. Our bulbous president goes further by claiming he must point out the lies and elevate our Founding Fathers to a holy level. I am not sure what “lies” your kids have been taught, but now might a good time to sit them down and ask what they know about 1776. But don’t stop there, find out what they know about 1619 and why that year is significant.

I’m at an advantage and disadvantage because I am reading the book Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America by Ibram X. Kendi. This scholarly work on racism should be read by every high school student in America, but then, I’m not the president so my opinion probably doesn’t matter. I used the word “disadvantage” because I’m learning so much about our country and its leaders that I’m left in a simmering anger. That is not a good position for a thinking person trying to analyze current events, but all this pushback against the New York Times 1619 Project gives me the “advantage” of clearly seeing how uninformed Donald Trump and Arkansas Senator Tom Cotton are.

Known Racist

I sent an open letter to Senator Cotton asking him to withdraw his bill S.4292 that attempts to censor those school districts teaching a deeper understanding of what slavery meant to America from its inception, not starting with the 1776 Declaration of Independence. Donald John Trump is proposing to erase all things racist that happened prior to 1776 so that we can paint our Founding Fathers as more patriotic and just. Nice try, Donnie Boy, but the facts exist and speak for themselves. You can read my letter here: OPEN LETTER TO SENATOR TOM COTTON

And in case you’ve been totally brain dead, a lot of bad racist things happened after 1776 and continue to happen in America. Why there was even a landlord in New York City in the 1970s named TRUMP, who banned African Americans from his buildings.

President Trump keeps telling us how bad everything is while babbling endlessly about how he will fix it all, but he has never presented or even suggested a plan for change. When he falls short, he blames the Democrats, the “deep state” or even himself. Yes, we have heard the Donald complain about the result of something he initiated, only later realizing and admitting the idea was bad. He becomes that boss who yells, “Who approved this?” only to have a co-worker remind him, “You did!” The sad news is no one in his administration has the balls to tell him the truth.

Racism is little understood by white Americans, even though they think they understand all its nuances. As we work our way through the slave trade of the 1600s, and the deployment of over 462,000 Africans as free labor by 1770 in the 13 colonies, we fail to comprehend the scope of this injustice. There were almost 700,000 slaves in the US in 1790 which was 18 percent of the total population or roughly one in every six people. And remember, Black slaves were considered three-fifths of a person when determining taxation and representation in the House of Representatives. Boy, I have always been a whole person; you?

Maybe Donald Trump wants to stamp out the fact that Thomas Jefferson took a 14-year-old slave girl to Paris with him. She was the daughter of a bi-racial union between his father-in-law and one of his slaves. Her name was Sally Hemmings, and she had at least six children fathered by Thomas Jefferson. Eventually, our third President freed all of Sally Hemings’s children, but he did nothing for the two hundred other slaves at Monticello. Nice guy. These are the kinds of facts that Trump would like to eradicate with his book burning 1776 Commission.

Trump said Democrats and the New York Times’ 1619 Project promote an inaccurate version of US history by over-emphasizing race and the legacy of slavery. The big, orange pumpkin emphasizes “patriotic education,” saying that his commission “will encourage our educators to teach your children about the miracle of American history and make plans to honor the 250th anniversary of our founding in 2026.” It’s funny to me that he made his speech warning of “left-wing segregation” at the National Archives, which is the very building holding all the facts and statistics to prove he’s dead wrong. By the way, Mr. Trump, it wasn’t a miracle to be raped, whipped and killed by white “supremacist” landowners.

Trump justifies confederate statues as “part of our heritage.” Those are strange words coming from a guy who was born and raised in the Jamaica Estates section of Queens, New York. We would have called him a “damn Yankee” in Georgia. He’s defended neo-Nazis, white supremacists and the KKK, while claiming he’s done more for African Americans than any other president, except maybe Abraham Lincoln. Well, there’s a fine Honest Abe shout-out, but Trump knows little of Lincoln. Yes, he was a Republican President, but the comparisons between him and Trump stop there. I can’t imagine what historians will eventually write about Trump; oh boy.

Far-Left Republican President

Yes, Lincoln created the Emancipation Declaration that freed all slaves, but the results didn’t happen all at once. Many southern border states continued their slaving ways for years in exchange for loyalty to Lincoln. We will never know what Lincoln would have done with reconstruction had he lived. Many historians are driven crazy when learning that many of the presidents after the Civil War openly regretted giving Black men the right to vote. Remember, women didn’t get the right to vote until 1920. If you would like a sober and uncensored view about how the south reacted to a freed Black man, here’s a quote from the NAACP, “From 1882-1968, 4,743 were lynched in the United States. Of these people, t 3,446 were black and African Americans represented 73% of all people murdered.” You did notice the dates, right?

In George Orwell’s timeless book 1984, our hero, Winston Smith, works for the Ministry of Truth where, as a writer, he corrects the archives and news clippings so that they align with what Big Brother and the government want to call “history.” I froze when learning that Michael Caputo, a Trump loyalist and information officer at the Department of Health and Human Services, changed the documents released by that agency so that their message would line-up with the misinformation Trump was promoting.

What happens to these people? Who is the lord of truth? It cannot be Trump. Spoiler Alert: At the end of the book 1984, Winston Smith is symbolically lynched. In the movie, we saw the character O’Brien, played by Richard Burton, torture Winston until he was a broken man or, as they say, a dead man. By using pain and brainwashing, the 1984 government erased the real man to make him into “one of them.”

Be careful, dear readers, you are seeing yet another cancer on the presidency of Donald Trump. He is certainly a racist because he goes out of his way to claim he isn’t. Look at his deeds and actions trying to revise the history of racism in America. Trump and people like him (Tom Cotton) believe that if they can obliterate racism, they will have no guilt for openly being racists. You can try to change history, Donald, but you will look foolish and terrible after all those left-wing writers disclose and describe your buffoonery. Sorry, but you certainly deserve it.

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COVID-GATE AND TRUMP

Denying Doesn’t Work Anymore

Why do we apply the term “gate” when naming many American scandals? The handle first appeared when the offices of the Democratic National Committee in the Watergate apartment and hotel complex in D.C. were burglarized on June 17, 1972. When the investigation revealed that the burglary was ordered and then covered up by high-level officials in the administration of President Richard Nixon, that scandal became known as Watergate. Nixon later resigned over the matter. In post-Watergate America, when a coverup or corrupt acts by people in high places get exposed, we often add the expression “gate” to the name of the misdeed.

Watergate, Washington, D.C.

With the releases of more and more Bob Woodward tapes of his interviews with Donald Trump, we now know the President of the United States was complicit in a coverup of the seriousness of COVID-19. We heard Trump telling Woodward the virus was extremely dangerous, while not only keeping that fact from the American public but presenting a deeply positive spin that led many to conclude the virus was not a big deal. After 194,000 Americans have died from the coronavirus, it’s not believable that Trump’s cheerleader routine helped anyone.

I can only wonder if Herman Cain would still be alive had he been more careful with the virus. There are many people who refused to wear a mask because that’s what our President told them to do. In a video clip, a young man at a public location was asked why he wasn’t wearing a mask. He replied, “Well, if the President isn’t wearing a mask, why should I?” The lemmings have been following the rotund, orange pumpkin over the ledge. It didn’t have to be like this.

Woodward’s tapes reveal more than the COVID-coverup; they expose Trump’s lack of empathy and the need for him to talk more than listen. When answering the question about how the white privileged class relates to African American fears, Trump accused Woodward of “drinking the Kool-Aid.” What does that mean? Trump was suggesting that caring about equal rights for all Americans, systemic racism and the Black Lives Matter movement is the result of ingesting a poisonous elixir. Trump has once again shown that his north star is not concerned with helping people of color or focusing on civil rights. He has classified empathy and sympathy for the movement as a liberal conspiracy. The man seeks and feels nothing other than the adulation of others.

It was not funny hearing all the Trumpets on TV last weekend using the phrase “fog of war” as an excuse for the President’s overt lies and misdirection at the beginning of the pandemic. Bob Woodward called Trump the “dynamite,” leading any thoughtful person to believe it’s not the fog we should worry about but rather the explosive ready to detonate in our faces.

The sales pitch that our 45th President was simply being calm and attempting to avoid a public panic doesn’t hold water. Trump told us that COVID-19 was just like the flu and we would be able to extinguish the “little flareups” and “embers” of the virus. In reality, Trump’s malfeasance was more like pouring gasoline on the embers. Running around the country holding rallies and exposing his own voters to the virus has been more important to him than executing a powerful plan for mitigation.

Trump and his minions cannot admit that he’s a goddamn liar. Sending out campaign surrogates and economic advisers to claim that Trump did the right thing by misinforming the America public is an affront of intense proportions. He and his mouthpieces need to be compelled to testify in a thorough investigation. A price must be paid for harming American citizens.

As for Donald Trump, there are those who have sipped the Kool-Aid and believe that he’s a deity here to save humanity. Funny, but the savior is luring his faithful to the mountain of crosses. For this metaphor, think about Roman soldiers with their cats o’ nine tail as the virus. As I have barked through my rally megaphone, “HE’S GOING TO KILL YOU!”

Woodward & Trump

For more and more people, the leaks, lies and misdirection are no longer working. In Bob Woodward’s new book Rage, the leaker is the President himself. He talked at length to a seasoned and astute reporter and got it all wrong — a display of sheer stupidity. Donald John Trump a fool! I wonder what secrets his loose lips have given to foreign leaders.

Before the Woodward book was released, Trump was tweeting it would be “fake” without knowing its contents. When asked about Woodward, the Donald claimed he knew little about his work. WTF? The singular reason Donald gave Bob access was because he knew his past critical work and wanted to con him into writing a pro-Trump book. He was angry about Woodward’s first Trump book called Fear and, as they say in golf, Donald wanted a “mulligan,” a do-over. Trump has also said he should get a third term because he was treated so poorly in his first. What Kool-Aid has he been drinking?

I ping-pong between thinking the Donald is a daft dupe or a conniving criminal, but maybe I need to think outside of the box. Why can’t he be both? He has no sense of history, an inability to keep facts straight and a lack of courage to do the right thing, especially when it might hurt his image. He’s utterly transactional and cannot be trusted. Everything is a win or lose game for our President. If Americans cannot determine what winning means to the man why should they trust Trump to oversee anything?

Trump said the goal of dealing with North Korea was to get them to denuclearize, but the result was a more powerful nuclear threat. Trump was played by a young, fat tyrant and he lost. All that remains are dozens of embarrassing love letters between Kim Jong-Un and Donald Trump. Think of the delusion of a football coach who is speaking with the press after a significant rout, “We did a fabulous job today. What a success!” When a reporter points out that coach’s team lost by a score of 49 to 3, the coach yells, “You should be ashamed for asking that question.” Really?

I am done with this nonsense. Trump is a loser and a con man. Period. Let’s eject him on November the third!

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WHAT IS THE REAL ANSWER?

Trump Pushes Workers to the Edge

Maybe because I grew up in a household with a former member of the military, I learned to respect authority figures. That lasted until I got to college and was exposed to radical leftist anarchists, which was a joke. Those radicals were basically white kids from the suburbs of northeastern cities who got into college by the skin of their teeth to avoid going to Vietnam.

The college collective rejected Kennedy, Johnson and Nixon with their goosed-up thinking promoted by Pentagon Generals. They said we couldn’t leave Vietnam because so many have already died, and the domino theory meant the entire world would collapse into communism. We assumed they were lying about the Vietnam war, and after the Pentagon Papers were released, we witnessed the enormity of their lies. We saw the carnage right before our eyes as the body bags and blood were blasted nightly over network TV news.

When we were protesting that war, we were just trying to communicate “Our lives matter,” but many parents, teachers and authority figures said that we were being unpatriotic. When African Americans were involved in police shootings in Ferguson, Missouri, a cry for help in the form of the “Black Lives Matter” slogan came about. It wasn’t long after when people felt a need to produce an American flag in black and white, with one blue strip to promote the safety and welfare of those in law enforcement. The Thin Blue Line campaign even sells merchandise. Some saw this as backlash to the criticism of various community’s police policies and activities. There were valid protests but didn’t solve the problem.

The power of the President of the United States is vast but can be questioned. We live in a democracy with a strong First Amendment and I use it every day to say what I really think about the distorted, disillusioned and demented man waddling within the White House. While he was busy selling his Make America Great Again hats, the country was attacked by a virus. It’s not a stretch to say our government was caught off guard. The administration was warned and chose to ignore.

People’s lives have been sacrificed throughout the history of our government. We have fought many wars in which some of our best lost their lives to support land grabbing, philosophical differences and aiding our allies. Recently disclosed documents showed that the US military used our soldiers as guinea pigs to examine the effects of drugs.

In 1971, President Nixon initiated a military drug urinalysis program to identify which service members returning from Vietnam should be rehabilitated. Project MK-Ultra was the code name of a clandestine US Central Intelligence Agency mind control program which conducted experiments on human subjects, some of which were illegal. LSD was just one of the mind-altering drugs that were tested in the program to see if and how they could be weaponized to control human behavior. Many of the unwitting subjects of these experiments were subjected to what amounts to psychological torture. Yes, it was our government without oversight or transparency that implemented this program. In 1994, the US General Accounting Office issued a report stating that between 1940 and 1974 the CIA, Department of Defense and other national security agencies used thousands of human subjects in tests and experiments involving hazardous substances.

During Donald Trump’s reality TV show, broadcast live from the (I Never Promised you a) Rose Garden, he said, “I just want to make something clear. It’s very important. Vaccine or no vaccine, we’re back. And we’re starting a process.” These amazing words were uttered during an utterly ridiculous press briefing on May 15 which did nothing other than revealing the absurd name “Operation Warp Speed” for his quest to quickly deliver a COVID-19 vaccine.  It’s a stupid name and we have no details about how this goal might be achieved.

“Operation Warp Speed” implies it’s going to happen fast, but most experts are doubting that a vaccine will come more quickly just because of a flashy name. Might I add a bit of marketing critique here? When the pilot of the Star Trek vehicle clicked the Warp Speed switch, it was generally to get away from an imminent attack. I am not sure if Trump wants us to run away from problems or get to the unspecified promised land sooner.

As the Washington Post published this weekend, Trump has been touting the drug hydroxychloroquine for more than two months. He even forced the FDA to approve the drug for treatment of COVID-19 patients. Many Fox News hosts have also heavily promoted use of this drug, while clinical trials, academic research and scientific analysis showed its danger, especially for those with heart disease. Trump’s justification for taking the drug was “What do you have to lose?” Most experts say that the drug doesn’t seem to have any positive results against coronavirus. A study from the Veterans Administration showed that 27% of the patients treated with hydroxychloroquine died. WHO ELECTED THIS CLOWN?

What the world needs now is not just “love,” but truth. Many Republican governors put reopening their state’s economy way ahead of concern about the continuing challenges of the global pandemic. In states with Democratic governors, a ginned-up revolt has been used to confront their actions to keep their citizens safe. I am sure most of the charges against restaurants, taverns and hair salons will be thrown out of court when all is said and done, but the general ignorance and lack of respect by many of my fellow Americans is depressing. They may die because they believed in Trump’s bullshit.

Trump’s misinformation and distractions have once again divided us into two groups, but there is a more important aspect of his actions. If people take his word as true and then end up suffering or even dying because of it, will we ever believe another president during a pandemic? Maybe the thinning of the herd is based on awareness and knowledge, not muscles.

The good news is Trump does back down on stupid ideas and plans when masses of Americans show their teeth. The most embarrassing thing he suggested was drinking disinfectants. Second was hyping a drug that could kill people. Third was being elected President. We should march on Washington, D.C. The Vietnam war ended because we the people revolted. We need another rebellion now, before it’s too late.

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THE ROARING TWENTIES ARE BACK

What Will the Future Bring?

We do the same thing on the last day of the year, every year. We review what happened in the year about to end, including a photo album of those who are “gone but not forgotten.” This year, we add a certain twist to the tradition. We are also ending a decade, which is supposed to make this next leap into a leap year more significant.

As we get ready to turn the page to a new year, we have many challenges facing us. We have an impeached president, who sits at home more concerned with his twitter feed, than what seems to be happening to real people. He’s so obsessed with who likes him and who doesn’t like him, he cannot achieve greatness on any level.

Most of the country, as we grow older, have a keen interest in all aspects of healthcare — the doctors, the pills, the cost — and we get no real answers from the executive, judicial or legislative branches of government. The Affordable Care Act which was signed into law by President Barack Obama on March 23, 2010, has been challenged, criticized and contradicted for almost ten years. No one in the Congress or the White House has come up with some plan to either replace it or make it better. They are complicit in their inaction, while things are not getting better. Costs for services and medicine keep going up and our President keeps telling us how bad things are, but has no concrete solutions.

Hate has been given more oxygen these days, and many experts claim this is the result of someone in the White House stimulating this vile cancer. Oh, it’s not blatant. It’s a few words here, a denial over there, or just plain ignorance, but it’s a real thing. Just like President Woodrow Wilson didn’t openly admit he was a racist, he surely was. Even Dwight Eisenhower believed segregation was good for America. Have times really changed? It’s not just the xenophobic zealots, white supremacists and marching neo-Nazis that should give us all pause. It’s the actions and policies of the man in charge that keep people of color and economic inequality down. It’s not Trump’s speech writer’s fault, it’s clearly the responsibility of the President to bring us all together. Trump has not and will not do that; it’s just not who he is. He’s the great divider.

There is an old expression, if you can’t stand the heat, get out of the kitchen. But what if the kitchen in this case, is the whole world? There were many who never understood the term GLOBAL WARMING. They challenged the meaning and the facts. So, we changed it to CLIMATE CHANGE hoping the term would help more people understand what was happening on our only planet. Clearly, the demon in this equation was heat and for some reason, Donald Trump decided that it wasn’t true. Who is he to decide?

He never really excelled in science and bases most of what he knows on TV pundits who stir up some arcane instinct in him. He truly believes everything is a controversy, or worse, a damn conspiracy. Clearly, we are going to be facing major problems soon, and our current government chooses to do nothing about it. Why, these fools have even rolled back environmental laws and policies to let big business pollute more. Trump doesn’t get it and never will.

Probably one of the most lucid right hooks to Trump’s denials came from 16-year old climate activist Greta Thunberg who said she wouldn’t have wasted her time talking to Donald Trump about climate change at the UN summit in New York. She added, “Honestly, I don’t think I would have said anything. Because obviously he’s not listening to scientists and experts, so why would he listen to me?”

Healthcare, Heat and Hate are the things that will remain the challenge after all the balls have dropped and your New Year’s Eve hangover has worn off. Some people will still argue that Trump is the greatest president ever, while others will continue to believe in their heart of hearts, that America will never be great again until he is gone. The oceans will continue to warm, because Trump gave up on the planet because he’s not intelligent enough to comprehend what is really happening. He will simply bail out the insurances companies who will have to pay for his mismanagement. And the national debt will grow some more. What does Trump care? He’ll be dead when the bill arrives.

Trump main job seems to be conflict and hate, not leadership. The healthcare promises made have never happened, because he doesn’t care about you and doesn’t have a clue what to do about it. At least Obama tried, but short of nationalizing the whole corrupt pharmaceutical industry and creating a national healthcare policy, nothing will change.

And as far the rising seas, we can only hope that Trump lives long enough to see the water slapping the walls of Mar-A-Lago. Until something personally affects the Donald, he will not concentrate on problem solving. And the hate he dismisses and pays lip service to, will only slowly grow in the swamp he promised to drain. He’s just another con man with too much power.

Happy New Year America. Welcome to the Roaring Twenties. Can I hear you roar for America? We need your voice more than anything, right now.

New Book About America

The book that tells it like it is…

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

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


LET’S BE SERIOUS HERE!

Macron’s Statesmanship vs. Trump’s Incoherence

The President of France, Emmanuel Macron, is the son of a physician and a professor of neurology. Macron was an assistant to a famous philosopher in his early years and he was an editor for a literary magazine. One of Macron master’s theses was on Machiavelli and Hegel, and he has a master’s degree in “Public Guidance and Economy.” But what propelled Macron to the top job in France was his expertise as an investment banker. While working his way through the banking system he amassed power and influence. To be succinct, he’s an extremely intelligent man of letters and degrees. Imagine what is going through his mind when he sits down with imbecile Trump.

During the North Atlantic Treaty Organization Summit being held in the UK this week, Trump decided to attack President Macron. When asked about Macron’s comment last month that American indifference to the alliance is leading to the “brain death of NATO,” the Donald barked that those comments were “very insulting” and “nasty.” Trump took the bait hook, line and sinker and was forced to defend NATO, something that is totally out of character for him.

Emmanuel Macron won this battle. He was saying that Trump is brain dead and our great white leader totally missed the point, the joke. When Trump asked Macron if he would like to take some ISIS fighters, Macron rebuked the 45th President with the retort, “Let’s be serious, here!” Trump believes that he is funny, but it’s dangerous to attempt comedy when trying to achieve diplomatic goals. Aside from the language barrier, there are times when you must not attempt to joke a problem away.

If the leader of America is to fulfil the desires of those who elected him to office, you would think he would be aware of how most people in the country think about issues like climate change. According to the Washington Post, “8 in 10 — say that human activity is fueling climate change, and roughly half believe action is urgently needed within the next decade if humanity is to avert its worst effects. Nearly 4 in 10 now say climate change is a ‘crisis,’ up from less than a quarter five years ago.” Why would the United States be the only major country in the world to officially ignore this research?

Macron doesn’t blur his disdain for Trump’s decision to pull out of the Paris Accord which created substantial goals to reduce emissions and pollution in the world. The reason Trump continually gives for pulling out of the deal makes no sense. The agreement wasn’t as binding as any trade agreement we have signed, so what is the real reason?

Something Trump said on the campaign trail plainly displays his idiocy and lack of knowledge. It was a climate change joke about China creating a hoax to gain economic advantage over America. His base responded with cheers and applause and later Trump baked his ignorance into US policy. People must wear masks just to go outside in Beijing. China is moving ahead of us by producing more solar panels and they have more people working on climate change initiatives there than the number of folks in this administration saying climate change doesn’t exist. Trump doesn’t take climate issues seriously. He never talks about them.

This is not merely a story about France and Trump. It’s a sad portrayal about how we have lost our position in global affairs. Trump has given Russia, North Korea and even China, a free hand to take power and exploit influence to higher levels. Don’t focus on Trump walking in front of the cameras at NATO; listen to the other guys. In them you witness well-crafted answers, statesmanship and intelligence, while Trump comes off as a total bullshit artist.

It’s refreshing hearing other leaders using the words “we” and “us,” rather than “me” and “I,” which dominate Trump’s speech. He cares not what his country is doing, it’s only about what he wants, does, thinks and decides. And when his clown car crashes into a wall, he never blames himself or apologizes for the mistakes he’s made. Therein exists his greatest lie. He sees himself as a perfect man with a “perfect call” and he truly believes he’s infallible. In reality, he embarrasses our country while on the international stage.

New Book About America

The book that tells it like it is…

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

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

 

 

 

 


THE NEED TO INFLICT PAIN

Trump Finds Pleasure Without Gain

With more and more Republican Representatives and Senators deciding to retire rather than deal with the devil in the White House, we are seeing the effect of Trump being the head of the party and the government. The defectors know that anyone who says anything negative about the Donald will be doomed to ridicule and possible presidential endorsement of a primary challenger.

One of the most disturbing aspects of Trump’s personality is that he seems to get off on putting people down and inflicting pain. Even when there is no apparent gain or reward for him, this President has a deep need to feel superior to other people. He not only never admits a mistake, but he adds lies on top of lies to protect his fragile ego. We saw that clearly with the doctored weather map he used to defend his blunder of warning Alabama about a hurricane that wasn’t going to happen there.

Why does the press make such a big deal about this visual lie Trump showed to defend himself? Well, besides it being against the law to alter a federally issued weather report, it’s just plain stupid. When will Donald Trump learn to let the experts report the facts and stay out of the way? Oh yeah, that’s right, he’s not capable of learning. Being rich doesn’t make him smart; many wealthy people are mentally bankrupt.

At a New Year’s Eve party this year, a widowed millionaire asked what I thought about Trump. I told her, “Trump is an idiot.” She quickly disagreed saying that he was a brilliant marketer and great for our economy. I wasn’t interested in having a negative discussion ruin a perfectly good party, but I took that as evidence that most people who are on the R side of the political spectrum don’t give a rat’s ass about anything other than their money. And that is where we part company. If the only thing Americans care about is money, then why do we even pay taxes? If most of the money goes to the rich people, then why wouldn’t there be a revolution?

Trump focuses on things that help himself and his friends. If you analyze his tweets, his inter feelings and thoughts, you will see a pattern of putdowns and falsehoods that have no connection to the important priorities of our country. Sure, it’s important for a president to warn people if a storm is coming their way, but if Donald Trump doesn’t have the time to consult with experts from the agencies that work to keep us safe, he is unqualified to hold the office.

Bill Maher calls Trump a “Whiny Little Bitch,” and that certainly has a ring to it, but I would rather just call him a dangerous pathological liar. So, where do we go from here? As we head into an election year, we all know who Donald Trump is and we will all be challenged to decide what to do about him. Some would like to impeach him, a solution I do not prefer unless he gets reelected. If Congress was to impeach Trump before the election, President Pence would pardon him, and we would never learn the depth of corruption.

As we go through additional oversight hearings, we will learn more but, please people, stop the stupid arguments. It’s clear that Donald Trump is not doing the people’s business; he is taking care of his own bank account. The fact that a judge said that the state of Maryland and the District of Columbia didn’t have standing in court to challenge him on Emoluments, Trump now believes he can push as much money to his properties as he wants. Why wouldn’t a state have standing to challenge the chief executive on a law codified in the Constitution? States must approve changes to the Constitution, why can’t they challenge an infraction?

For those not aware, the Emoluments law is Article I, Section 9, Clause 8 of the United States Constitution. It prohibits the federal government from granting titles of nobility, and restricts members of the government from receiving gifts, emoluments, offices or titles from foreign states and monarchies without asking Congress for permission. Trump didn’t ask Congress before Mike Pence transferred large amounts of money to a property owned by Trump in Ireland. Since conflicts of interest don’t seem to bother our President and Vice President, they both are complicit.

When Trump’s actions and words hurt people, few of his own party are there to protect the victims of his wrath. Those who do complain about his stupid remarks are simply wasting their breath. They should be taking actions against his bad policies and hurtful executive orders. You can either deny the hurt and live your life like an abused spouse, or you can confront the person who is making life bad for you.

I choose to confront Trump and tell the truth. This guy is a lousy piece of shit who would lie to anyone just to make it seem like he knows what he is doing. He’s a feeble, feckless fart who doesn’t have the wherewithal to differentiate right from wrong. He doesn’t feel the pain he causes because he lacks empathy and care. Who made this guy president? Who will remove him from office?

When I saw the altered weather map, a phrase popped out of my mouth, “What a small man.” There is irony here. He’s a big, fat, overweight asshole who acts like a small little man without a true north star. It would be comforting if we found out later than he was suffering from a mental disorder because then we could feel sorry for him.

Read About The Country We Love

The book that tells it like it is…

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

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

 


DORIAN, DEDUCTIONS & DECEITFULNESS

Trump’s Incurable Appetite for Attention

Politicians tell us about all the wonderful things they are going to do for us, and they always fall short. This creates a distrust more sorrowful than any other industry in America. A special responsibility falls upon the leader of the free world, yet the current White House resident is aimlessly governing our nation without a plan or doctrine. Trump’s malfeasance and miscalculations in office are hurting our citizens. To warn people in Alabama about hurricane Dorian was a mindless example of his lack of preparation and accuracy. Alabama was not in the path of the storm, but Trump just wanted to add that to his tweet and press harangue.

It’s senseless for our idiot-in-chief to brag about a tax cut that clearly has been erased by his draconian trade war with China. If the tax cut gave the average person $800 a year, the tariffs on Chinese goods will cost each family $1000 and it could get worse. The Donald misunderstands the impact of tariffs on the America public. He sees a trade deficit as profit for another country, rather than the way economies match up when selling and trading goods across borders with different monetary systems. He keeps saying that China is paying for the tariffs, when in fact it’s the American importers and distributors of those products who are footing the bill. Of course, they then pass those tariffs along to consumers by raising the prices of the goods.

When politicians and presidents attempt to benefit themselves by changing the meaning of words to construct a false definition of what actually happened, we all lose. It goes far beyond a voting decision; it affects our very lives. The National Weather Service in Alabama had to post an official statement that Hurricane Dorian was NOT going to reach their state. This is why a president’s statements are so important during a disaster or military conflict. Sadly, we cannot trust that Trump will ever get it right.

There’s a certain explicit deceitfulness with Donald Trump. He really doesn’t care about lies. It’s a baked-in gene misalignment that defies all Christian guilt and guidance. The corruption of the evangelical elites gives him a vast reach of confidence and lawlessness that has never before been seen in any president. Trump is a con man.

The deduction of rights and protections under the Trump administration is just as much a problem as the lack of reasonable actions for economic progress. Donald Trump is planning to open large areas of public lands for mining, logging and pollution, lowering the measures to protect the environment from methane gases and drain off from factories into public waters. They are fighting with auto manufacturers about fuel efficiencies and lowering emissions. WHY? They make no effort to explain how their moves are GOOD FOR AMERICA, either before or after rolling back controls. Why would we ever want to go back to less efficient cars?

Dorian is not the last hurricane that will threaten this country and China is not the only player in the world that wants to sell their products to America. Trump has been so hyper focused on China that he doesn’t listen to the moderate trade voices who fully comprehend how much WE SELL TO OTHER COUNTRIES.

It seems that Donald Trump believes the United States of America is a monolithic entity, invincible to the ever changing supply and demand fluctuations around the world. When the US imposed tariffs on China’s steel and aluminum, they slapped tariffs on US soybeans which killed the market. Trump fails to see that once prices rise too high for soybeans and pork, a country like China will buy them from someone else. Once they get a taste of products from other places at a lower price, they may never come back to us.

Trump starts each day by getting attention, then after tweeting he talks to his people seeking encouragement and adulation. None of them feel compelled to offer another viewpoint or a different strategy. They already know what he wants before the meeting, so why fight his tweets? It’s a destructive recipe for failure.

The appetite for solving problems is simply not there. Trump is like an elephant suffering with a neurosyphilis brain leading to confusion and poor concentration. Eventually, this leads to depression or irritability causing further mistakes. A trade war becomes a real war with the power to destroy the world economy. We wish he would just go away so more logical minds could prevail, but we don’t have a quick remedy for this.

One of the things the Trump tax cut took away were many of the deductions that middle-class homeowners used to make their lives better. There is no one other than Trump to blame for the cost of living increases flowing from his insane trade war. Let’s not be fooled by his rhetoric and deceptions. He’s the problem, and more and more people in our country are figuring it out. The election cannot come fast enough. The winds of discontent are turning, and the damage of another Trump term will be permanent and extremely destructive. He must be stopped.

Read About The Country We Love

The book that tells it like it is…

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

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


THE WORST DEAL EVER

More Posturing Than Progress

Here’s a twist of logic that has become the go-to harangue when Trump loses, “I didn’t need to do this, but I’d rather do it much faster.” Yes, Donald J. Trump has lost many battles while being the president. He never apologizes but certainly takes time to justify his actions when things go wrong. In most cases he over-talks and shows his real intent with poorly constructed sentences saturated in doubt.

Over the weekend we learned more from leaked cables sent to the UK government by the former United Kingdom ambassador to the United States, Kim Darroch. He said the Trump administration was, “set upon an act of diplomatic vandalism,” in its decision to abandon the Iran nuclear deal. He further opined that President Trump abandoned the Iran nuclear deal to “spite” predecessor Barack Obama. I personally wonder why Donald J. Trump hates Obama so much. Could the President be a racist?

So, the deal that Trump railed against with Iran, which was signed by China, France, Germany, European Union, Iran, Russia, the United Kingdom and the United States, had no value to Trump other than something he could erase from the list of Obama accomplishments. The pact provided a way to see if Iran was enriching uranium, but Donald never believes the reports he doesn’t read. And all the money he kept referring to during his scream-filled speeches, was money we took from Iran during the sanctions. We were lawfully obligated to give that money back, with interest.

When we pulled out of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (the Iran Deal), we unilaterally paved the way for Iran to do whatever they wanted. Trump not only failed the American people, but he failed those other countries that believed the JCPA could bring some stability to the region. Trump’s action made things worse.

When Trump receives criticism for his exploits, he dishes up the same red meat that his “base” loves in an attempt to get all the world to believe him. It’s not working. Not only did the UK Ambassador see through Trump, but the whole world is laughing at the fool in the White House.

When Alexander Acosta resigned from his job as Secretary of Labor, Trump brought him out on the lawn to shout at the press over a whining helicopter in a vain attempt to justify his departure. The president expressed regret over Acosta’s decision saying Acosta was a “great labor secretary” and reassured the secretary with “you don’t have to do this.” Trump made it clear that it was Acosta’s decision and not his own. Really? If he’s great at his job and Trump liked him, why would he leave? He left because Trump knows much more that most about the Jeffrey Epstein case, and in his small little mind he believes this will make it all go away. Trump fears being drawn into his own past.

Trump walked away from NAFTA and made Mexico and Canada, our most important trading partners, very uncomfortable with our government. Through the fog and insanity of Trump, the three countries did manage to get a new deal, the USMCA trade agreement. Time will tell if much was gained with this new concept, but Trump’s imaginary problems with NAFTA was more campaign rhetoric than actual crisis. It’s ironic that after the USMCA passes the trade numbers between the countries may be about the same.

One can argue that the damage of NAFTA, or any older trade deal, has already been done because the American work force was never retrained to maximize the global economy. Pittsburgh didn’t die when the steel mills closed, but the hefty union wages disappeared. But then, cheap goods and free trade were hallmarks of the Republican party, so assign blame to Nixon, Reagan and the Bushes in addition to the Democrats.

When Trump loses an argument or a deal, he calmly says “we didn’t have to do this.” We didn’t need to shut down the government to work on the budget for border security, but he did, and Americans suffered. We didn’t need to get rid of Alex Acosta, but his resignation was accepted. You see the pattern here? It would be more believable if Trump didn’t pontificate so much. We overdose on today’s lie, only to hear him rescind his entire premise. It’s a dizzy ping-pong game.

Over the weekend, Trump blasted out some extremely racist tweets against women in color in Congress. Rather than back him up, one official source of the White House said it never happened. WTF? Trump by Monday was telling anyone who doesn’t like America to go back to “their country.” Not sure why I would want to go back to Scotland, after all, my family has been here for more than 320 years. And what would he say to a native American?

Trump has no new Paris Accord. Trump has nothing signed with North Korea. Trump has no trade deal with China. Trump hasn’t replaced NAFTA with an amazing agreement that will make us all rich. Trump gives away money to farmers who are suffering because he’s a piss-poor negotiator, and he hasn’t made things better for the future farmers of America. It just might be the time for everyone to ask, “Are we really better off than we were four years ago?”

I’m sick of Donald Trump and his family. I’m sick of the President’s stupid statements and lies. I’m sick of hearing him coddle his base. And by the way, WHO IS HIS BASE? You don’t lose more than 100 people in an administration without realization that the problem is at the top. The fish rots from the head, and the head of our government is a lame-ass liar.

Each Day This Book Is Making More Sense

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

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