OPEN LETER TO LAURA INGRAHAM

This is the Rot Trump Wrought

There are two female broadcasters who are fomenters of the most wretched, vile kind. One is Ann Coulter and the other is Laura Ingraham. I put them in the same basket, but today, let’s talk about the Fox News host who is part of their opinion programming.

I don’t usually start off by stating someone’s pedigree, you know, like the first question you ask a dog owner, but I am curious about what breed of mutt Ingraham could be. Ms. Laura’s maternal grandparents were Polish immigrants and her father was of Irish and English ancestry. We don’t need the results of a 23andMe DNA test to know that her mouth is directly connected to the white side of her Anglo brain. If she was alive in the 1930s and living with her grandmother, she would have been a one-woman, flag-waving welcome wagon for Adolf and the boys as they marched into the homeland of Poland.

In August of 2018, she decided to say these things on the air, “In some parts of the country, it does seem like the America that we know and love doesn’t exist anymore.” Now I don’t know where she has been visiting, but as far as my love affair with America goes, I believe that America never stays the same and that “change” is a built-in benefit. But she continued, “Massive demographic changes have been foisted upon the American people. And they’re changes that none of us ever voted for, and most of us don’t like.”

Laura dear, demographic changes happen for a lot of reasons and they are not “foisted” on anyone. They occur for millions of reasons, 330 million reasons in this case. People do what they want in America and that is why we call it “the land of the free.”

People get to vote in America in many ways, by the babies they make and the U-Hauls they rent, for example. And when you say that “most of us don’t like” are you saying that you should have a right, or a vote on where I live or what I do or who I love? No one asked you what you thought. You just keep telling us. When you say “most of us” who the hell are you talking about? Did you let us vote? If it was up to me, you would ONLY be heard on a 1,000-watt daytime AM radio station in Fargo, N.D. with bad coffee and poor ventilation.

Why don’t you go back to the Libertarian hypnotists at the University of Virginia where you got your law degree and check on the true meaning of freedom? You know, like your First Amendment right to say stupid things on Cable TV and the basic human right to live where you want to do your pursuing of happiness. That doesn’t mean, however, that you have the power or right to infringe on common sense. America has always been changed by immigrants. Wake up and smell the cappuccino.

If Ingraham would have just left it there, she would have been fine, but she had to add, “From Virginia to California, we see stark examples of how radically in some ways the country has changed. Now, much of this is related to both illegal and in some cases legal immigration.”

Okay, I get it. Occasionally you have to take out that big dog whistle and blow it. And the sound that comes out screams, “I am a racist”. We don’t get to vote on the vitriol, hate and poison that comes out of your mouth, but we do have the right to call you out.

You may like the organic tomatoes that you pluck at Whole Paycheck, and you probably never take the time to think that a human hand had to pick that fruit, but you should know that a brown hand took that plump, red delicacy from the plant and put it in a box. And the hands of legal or illegal immigrants helped lift and push your food along the path to your plate. You eat it and you smile.

Laura Ingraham doesn’t give a shit about anyone outside of her little circle of whiteness and rightness and their self-appointed importance. She may think that America is just for Americans, but we are all Americans. Even the white racists with large megaphones are Americans, but when your sponsors pull some commercials you will get the message that not all us think like you.  And if you are asking why “love doesn’t exist anymore” perhaps you should look in the mirror and ask yourself why you hate so much.

Dear Laura, you are just a silly little lawyer. Your thin lips are drenched with xenophobic and racist spittle. Your clenched jaw holds that whistle so tightly that we can see your intense insensitivity. And that whistle plays only one note, the note of hate. And that spit is really annoying to everyone who holds the true meaning of America in their heart.

The First 200 Days Of Trump – ONLY ONE MILLION LEFT

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The Jonas Bronck Series

BOOK ONE (IF GOD COULD TALK) A Cable TV talk show host is approached by a friend who offers a guest for his show who has never been on TV before. The Diary of a TV Journalist is the story about the host of the show and his executive producer vetting the guest and attempting to determine what would happnen If God Could Talk…

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

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TWITTER KILLED THE TV STAR

The First 200 Days Of Trump – ONLY ONE MILLION LEFT

These daily diatribes from a delusional blogger give you a day by day overview of the 45th President’s first two-hundred days in office. Follow Donald Trump through the tough times on his way to impeachment. Kindle Version HERE, or Get the printed book now, CLICK HERE.

 

The Jonas Bronck Series

BOOK ONE (IF GOD COULD TALK) A Cable TV talk show host is approached by a friend who offers a guest for his show who has never been on TV before. The Diary of a TV Journalist is the story about the host of the show and his executive producer vetting the guest and attempting to determine If God Could Talk…

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

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DACA, AMAZON AND SINCLAIR

Confusion and Lies from a Desperate Donald

There is a funny episode in the original HBO series Curb Your Enthusiasm in which Larry David hires a chef for his restaurant who has Tourette syndrome. This is the ailment which can produce involuntary tics and vocalizations, some of which include compulsive, obscene utterances. The chef turned out to be very good with food, and Larry wanted him to feel at home and stay on as his chef, so, Mr. David’s character convinces the customers to randomly scream out obscene words and phrases. It’s a very funny scene, but I am starting to see a similar plot playing out with our President.

Last weekend at Mar-a-Lago, Trump’s club in West Palm Beach, Florida, the guests for dinner included Fox News’ Jeanne Pirro and Sean Hannity, former Fox News head Bill Shine, boxing legend and convicted and pardoned felon Don King, convicted felon and former New York City Police commissioner Bernard Kerik and the creator of the My Pillow company and “Made in America” activist Mike Lindell. The Donald’s guests, along with a Fox News report on a “caravan” of people fleeing Honduras moving through Mexico, sparked a weekend tweet storm that proves a link between all of Trump’s whisperers and his policy remarks and decrees.

Trump fomented, “Mexico has the absolute power not to let these large “Caravans” of people enter their country. They must stop them at their Northern Border, which they can do because their border laws work, not allow them to pass through into our country, which has no effective border laws. Congress must immediately pass Border Legislation, use Nuclear Option if necessary, to stop the massive inflow of Drugs and People. Border Patrol Agents (and ICE) are GREAT, but the weak Dem laws don’t allow them to do their job. Act now Congress, our country is being stolen!”

And so it begins, the twisted misinformation campaign to confuse more than enlighten, polarize rather than unite and push Congress without a roadmap showing where the President wants to go. His aggressive attitudes and distortions of the truth hurts him, hurts Congress, and hurts America.

This kind of tweet doesn’t help anyone: “DACA is dead because the Democrats didn’t care or act, and now everyone wants to get onto the DACA bandwagon… No longer works. Must build Wall and secure our borders with proper Border legislation. Democrats want No Borders, hence drugs and crime!” No pun here, but his stonewalling reform to get what he wants with a wall is probably going to drive the far right and far left into their respective corners and mystify the moderators into inaction.

Trump feels the need to compliment the right-wing NeoCon Sinclair TV network and ignore the draconian methods of mass editorial control of their local TV stations. At the same time, Agent Orange was bad-mouthing Amazon as if it was some evil concept. Amazon, applying the same rules on the books to avoid taxes that the Trump Organization has been using for decades, is now seen by Trump as a treasonous company. In fact, no thinking person believes the cracked veneer of Trump’s logic in these attacks. They know Trump hates Jeff Bezos, the founder of Amazon, because Bezos owns the Washington Post, the newspaper that uncovers leaks and points out the hypocrisy of the Donald’s administration.

It’s the same reason Trump pushed the Department of Justice to take up arms against the Time-Warner merger with AT&T. Republicans don’t usually rail against mega-mergers. In fact, they have promoted them in the past. So, why is a group like Sinclair allowed to buy up what amounts to 60-70% of the smaller market TV stations without challenge, while a merger of different class companies is being hassled? It’s all about who Trump likes and dislikes. Someone needs to check Trump!

It’s funny the way things work. Trump complains about how the FBI and Justice are so bad, but when he gets sued under the Emoluments Clause, the D.O.J. is defending him. Several hotel owners are suing the government and Donald Trump, claiming that the Trump hotel a block from the White House is causing damage to their businesses. They say it’s illegal scheme to make money for the President. This is probably not hard to prove.

The problem with most of what Trump said this weekend is that there is a little lie packed into every statement. He claims that people are trying to exploit DACA by coming into the country now. That is impossible. Trump claims that the post office is losing money because of Amazon. That is untrue. The United States Postal Service lost money before there was an Amazon and it will always lose money. It’s not because they are ill managed but rather because they aren’t structured as a typical capitalist company. At the end of each year, whatever money is left over in the USPS bank is taken back by Congress. The applied profits or cash flow cannot help them get off to a big start each year. They have raided that service and taken as much as $29 million from them for non-profit mail, while the USPS has put billions of dollars into their employee retirement fund each year.

Amazon turned to the USPS to help them with deliveries of smaller items but, more importantly, weekend deliveries. According to the New York Times, “…. in its latest annual report to the Securities and Exchange Commission, Amazon said it paid $957 million in income taxes in 2017. The company previously reported paying $412 million in income taxes in 2016, $273 million in 2015 and $177 million in 2014, according to the commission.”

According to CBS News, “Packages and shipping are one area that’s growing for the postal service, bringing in more than $19 billion in revenue last year even as the volume of letters and magazines declined. In fact, its projected revenue growth ’is driven entirely by increases in shipping and packages,’ the postal service said in its latest annual report.”

One of the reasons historians and political theorists will never see Trump as a serious President is because he doesn’t do his homework and uses lies in place of facts. He watches Fox News and takes their opinion and poorly researched news stories to write his tweets. He is totally under the rapture and control of Fox News. Donald Trump has become fake news and the worst president ever.

The First 200 Days Of Trump – ONLY ONE MILLION LEFT

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New Book about Terrorism

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

Now available on Amazon.

 


FIRE AND FURY: THE BOOK

Trump’s Unquestioned Certitudes

In the age when books have taken a back seat to the internet and cable TV, it was good seeing a book break through the clutter and create the kind of buzz that Michael Wolff’s Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House did last week. I, for one, having written my book Donald Trump: Repeal, Replace, Impeach, was quite interested in how this tome was constructed. For starters, Wolff’s book is a better read than my offering. As a friend mentioned, “He interviewed 200 people and did all that journalism stuff, while you just ranted.” Point made.

Being a reader and downloading the book a few minutes after it was available, I was able to read it in two days. It’s compelling. We already think that the White House is a chaotic place to work because of the massive leaks that paint a clear picture of our crazy orange king. Wolff’s book, in a sense, confirms that Donald Trump simply transplanted his bizarre need for love and lack of focus to the most important job in America.

The phrase “unquestioned certitudes” in the last chapter jumped out at me as evidence of Trump’s greatest weakness. He simply believes that “father knows best,” and the fact that this government and the people of the United States have allowed him to break a government rule on nepotism is shameful. If you have some time, Google 5 U.S. Code § 3110 – Employment of relatives; restrictions. It’s all there in plain English, Trump and his administration are in violation, and no one has stepped up to say, “NO!”

Wolff’s book is called a lie by the White House. They even released an official statement. Yet the President’s first act was to attack Steve Bannon. Then, proving the allegation about being “unfit for office,” Trump ordered his attorneys to send cease and desist letters to Bannon, the author and the publisher. REALLY? And what effect did that have? The writer laughed and the publisher advanced the release date. Trump’s pattern of self-inflicted fuckery continues. He is the problem, not the people he fires.

When Humpty Trumpty finally falls off the wall, all the king’s horses and all the king’s men will not be able to help him. His harem of female enablers, from Hope Hicks, to Kellyanne Conway, to his daughter, Ivanka, have only made him less objective and dense. For all the talk of female empowerment, Trump has grabbed the wrong women to fortify his ego. According to the book, none of them really care about America and the Constitution, they care only about HIM and their position in his court.

The book doesn’t go easy on the men either. First, I must take issued with Michael Wolff on one of his talking points. He said, “This isn’t a book about Steve Bannon, this is a book about the White House in the first 200 days.” That’s bullshit. This book, and might I suggest Wolff himself, were tools of Bannon to get back at Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump. The conspiracy is clear throughout the book. Bannon was the source of most of what has been written. Some of the sources have denied their quotes in the book, while Steve Bannon has apologized.

When Trump made the call to Bob and Rebekah Mercer, the billionaire Alt-Right backers of Breitbart and Trump, Bannon offered his mea culpa, Latin for “through my fault.” Don’t believe any of this bullshit being shoveled by the White House and Trump about this book being a total fabrication. Bannon has effectively screwed the President once again. Brannon is apologizing for the statements in the book, meaning he made them. And if only some of the descriptions are accurate, we are ALL IN TROUBLE.

In a few days, we will forget the stirring speech that Oprah Winfrey gave at the Golden Globe Awards show, but the Michael Wolff book will leave a nagging sensation in the hearts and minds of the people who have surrounded Donald Trump in a self-validating cocoon. Do they still believe that they must remain in place to save the Republic?

Please let me share fives things I took away from the book. Then I will shut up:

1.The deep-state that Bannon obsesses on is NOT some nefarious cadre of bureaucrats trying to bring down the White House. The deep state is the “Jarvanka” monster Trump created. Trump’s worst mistake was bringing his kids and family closer than experts.

2.Donald John Trump will never change and even his best ideas are nullified by the confusion and paranoia of his own mind. Trump is Richard Nixon on his worst day, every day, sans alcohol. Wolff nailed the evidence to the door that Trump has been manipulated by Bannon, Hicks, Conway, Omarosa, Scaramucci, his daughter and son-in-law from the beginning. Trump is being played like a video game.

3.Trump has no respect for women and their intellects. They are mere pieces of meat or comfort blankets existing solely for his use.

4. The Donald is a media junky and what he says he hates, he cannot live without. He craves attention and his actions and reactions to everything are based not on what is right and good for the American people but what makes him feel warm and fuzzy. Trump declares that he doesn’t drink, but he self-medicates with Diet Coke all day to get the necessary high allowing him to get through the insanity of a job he never wanted. According to Wolff, Donald never thought he would win. Oops!

5.Trump harbors a dark, unproductive need to create drama to amuse himself. He’s bored, having no attention span or need for intellectual engagement. I suspect that this man is dyslectic. Nothing wrong with that, but it would explain his lack of desire to read. It would also point to that fact that he was never corrected or taught how to overcome this flaw.

Wolff took advantage of getting just enough truth from his White House visits to piece together a truly sad story of a man who was made by other people’s money and smarts. We don’t have a focused businessperson as the leader of the free world. We have, according to Wolff’s account, a person truly unfit to be President.

A smart news organization would sue for access to the White House visitor logs. We need to see how many visits Wolff made to the place to judge the veracity of the stories he tells. Once again, what Trump doesn’t show us is what we all want to see.

With all the conflict in the world, why do we need conflict in the White House? The book, Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House, is good book, even though it doesn’t have an ending. Hopefully we might get that soon, right Mr. Mueller?

The First 200 Days Of Trump – ONLY ONE MILLION LEFT

These daily diatribes from a delusional blogger give you a day by day overview of the 45th President’s first two-hundred days in office. Follow Donald Trump through the tough times on his way to impeachment. Kindle Version HERE, or Get the printed book now, CLICK HERE.

 

New Book about Terrorism

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

Now available on Amazon.


THE FULL OF SH*T FACTOR

Trump’s Cage of Crazies

It is clear as we near the one-year mark of Donald Trump’s Presidency, that this has been a most embarrassing ride for most Americans. Some knew if from the start, while others are slowly starting to realize that we made a serious mistake.

Even the President himself doesn’t push back on the notion that chaos is part of his make-up, not the kind he wears, and nothing will ever be “normal” in the White House while he reigns.

Think of this: Mike Flynn, the National Security Adviser was in office for only 25 days, and now he’s plead guilty to lying to the FBI. Reince Priebus Chief of Staff, has left the building. Steve Bannon, Chief Strategist, is out, and wannabe Bannon, Sebastian Gorka, is gone. The rude and crude shorter termer, Anthony Scaramucci, was pounced on and pounded out before getting his first paycheck. Poor little Sean Spicer was thrown to the wind because he was one of the worst liars in the history of the government. Mike Dubke left before we even had a chance to understand what he did.

Then there’s Sally Yates, who was fired because she refused to do Trump’s dirty work. The President had the lack of intelligence to fire the head of the FBI, James Comey, so that the pressure of the Russian investigation would be lifted. His hasty action prompted Comey to testify about his relationship with Trump and motivate the appointment of a Special Counsel to take up the work of getting to the bottom of the Russian probe.

Let’s not forget the firing of Preet Bharara, US attorney in New York, Derek Harvey, Middle East advisor for National Security Council, Katie Walsh, Deputy White House Chief of Staff, Walter Shaub, office of Government Ethics, Michael Short, Press Aide, Tom Price, Secretary of Health & Human Services and now Omarosa Manigault, a Public Liaison Director of Communications. For most observers, Omarosa was nothing but a diversity prop.

Just like the character in his reality TV show, Donald Trump has a horrible record of recruitments and hires. He has no desire to keep anyone from the previous administration, regardless of their experience or expertise. Donald’s lack of patience and concentration constantly leads to misunderstandings, miscommunications and maligned employees. The man is a joke as an executive.

We must face the crushing reality that we will never have a well-oiled administration with our Great Orange Leader. The friction that Trump creates with his Tweets, uninformed opinions, conspiracy theories, harsh treatment of allies and ass-kissing of criminals and dictators will never change. Trump is a flawed, limited human being.

Trump’s cage of crazies is augmented by rich people with an agenda to paper their pockets while they have a chance to manage the money in favor of the wealthy without any serious effort to help the middle class. If this “full of shit factor” has not given you any hope, we understand. But this feckless fake should be motivating you to do something.

What can we do to thwart this maniac’s bad judgement and poor management of our blessed country? America cannot be left in the hands of a Republican majority. Without a major change in the numbers after the 2018 midterm elections, no citizen will have the right to complain about where we find ourselves. We all must act to block this madman’s agenda before he starts another war.

If you think in terms of keeping lunatics out of office, think Alabama. When the gene pool in Congress is devoid of democratic balance, the result is an aberrant, some would say criminal, shift in laws and policies. Congress is supposed to move slowly and apply gravity to make each decision considered and well formed. We can see how fast both the House and Senate moved on the Tax Cuts and Jobs act. They are trying to get what they want pushed through, without the burden of citizen review. Isn’t that taxation without representation?

There are those in Washington, DC who claim that, right after the first of the year, Robert Mueller’s investigation will unfold its big reveal and we will embark on the next season of TRUMP: A White House in Crisis. Will the main character fire more employees and maybe even the top cop in the investigation? Book it.

Will the daughter find out what she is supposed to do beyond redecorating her White House office? Will the son-in-law be able to bring peach in the Middle East in his lifetime? Will the General finally figure out that he has tarnished his reputation forever? Will the world ever regain esteem for America? Stay tuned. The second season must be watched live. The only person binging the series will the be the fat orange man sitting on the toilet with his Android phone in hand.

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These daily diatribes from a delusional blogger give you a day by day overview of the 45th President’s first two-hundred days in office. Follow Donald Trump through the tough times on his way to impeachment. Kindle Version HERE, or Get the printed book now, CLICK HERE.

 

New Book about Terrorism

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

Now available on Amazon.

 

 

 


LET THE BUYER BEWARE

Trump’s Inability to Empathize

This past Trump-week was another example of the man’s complete lack of empathy and sympathy for what the human spirit can endure. And, if I may be so bold, the media’s approach to the 45th President of the United States isn’t up to the task. This was a special moment and the media missed a major point of it all.

As I have offered before, there is a feeling of collective guilt that the press didn’t take Donald Trump seriously from the beginning. They covered him as if he was a circus act coming to town. Believing that the show would soon hit the road, they over-promoted the big, fat elephant. Well now, the elephant is here to stay and is stepping on more than your collective toes. (EPA, BANKS, LAWS, TAXES)

The Niger fallen-soldier tragedy this last week was nothing less than depressing and revolting on very many levels. A reporter asked a fair question concerning the lack of mention from our loquacious leader about the attack and the deaths of four brave men. Why hasn’t he mentioned it in twelve days? And the result? Pure defensive bullshit, a hurry up, “let’s do it now” attempt at face-saving, which was a sheer disaster.

When calling the loved ones of the fallen heroes, Donald Trump managed to make it worse. Our great Orange Leader devastated a family in Florida. Yes, we can all agree that Congresswoman Frederica Wilson, who heard the call, was overly emotional. She raged about the words of our Commander in Chief. Some say it was a political move. Well it’s true that she’s a damn politician and that is what politicians do, but she is also a friend of the family.

What happened next highlights my deepest concern with this president. He lied. He lies all the time. Lying is his defense mechanism. When he is confronted or doesn’t know what he is talking about, he simply makes stuff up, “It was Obama’s fault.” Just what an African-American family wants to hear! Trump created a severe problem, and retired General John Kelly stepped in to manage the disaster.

As the Chief of Staff of this administration, many have said that Kelly is the filter of what gets to the President and the manager of those who work in the White House. I am sure he is doing a great job at that. Just look at how many inept people have been sent away. But seeing him fall on his sword for this clown-of-a-president saddened me greatly. My respect for John Kelly hasn’t been diminished by his actions, but they were motivated by his employment and his remarks will always have a tint of politics in them.

I am the son of a Word War II veteran. My father was a Master Sergeant and served in Europe. Even when he and I argued about Vietnam, I never doubted his mission or his service. I am glad his parents didn’t become Gold Star parents, because that would mean I wouldn’t be here. More importantly, my father taught me the most essential lesson, always tell the truth, no matter what.

Now, I want you to read these next words very carefully, General Kelly wasn’t defending the President. His presentation in the press room yesterday (10-19-2017) was a cry for help, a demand for respect. It was a vastly more intellectual approach to what is happening with this president. John Kelly spoke in code, a code that conveys a message totally different from what the media is dishing out.

First, Kelly explained how someone who has never worn a military uniform or fought in a war can understand that experience. It’s clear that he is trying to work with a President that he must teach. In short, he is working with someone who doesn’t know more than the Generals.

Kelly said many things that we need to comprehend. He’s right about what the country has become and how the things that were sacred in his day are no longer so. His code was a message to his boss. Kelly was crying deep inside about the lack of respect for his personal pain. The military ritual of bringing back and burying our dead warriors was pushed into the spotlight by his inept boss. The saddest thing for me is Donald Trump will never understand the code. He should have stopped talking about this incident and should not have USED General Kelly in an attempt to nullify his mistake.

Let’s analyze the Kelly code, “Hey give this Trump guy a break because he doesn’t know what he’s doing.” I’m very proud that John Kelly told the truth and confirmed what Trump actually said on the call. Trump parroted what two generals said to each other during a moment of grief. Generals talk to Generals in a different way than a President should speak to his people. Both General Kelly and Trump made bad judgements on all sides of this issue. When a person has a limited intellectual capacity and a lack of common sense to craft a message for an audience, then someone must write every word for them. Kelly was, in a way, confessing it was his fault for Trump’s actions.

General Kelly told Trump the words he heard when learning of his son’s death, “He was doing exactly what he wanted to do when he was killed. He knew what he was getting into by joining that one percent. He knew what the possibilities were because we’re at war.” These are not the words a grieving mother or wife wants to hear. Trump never spoke the fallen soldier’s name during the conversation, truly horrible.

So, this is over, right? Kelly called a cease fire. No, that won’t work for the orange person is in the Oval Office. Trump decided to lie rather than simply admit said he didn’t convey a proper message. A soldier’s life isn’t a “let the buyer beware” reality. If Donald Trump was a real man, he would publicly apologize for misusing his words. He really should just stop talking about it, but he won’t; he can’t.

This morning, the great Orange Leader tweeted again: “The Fake News is going crazy with wacky Congresswoman Wilson(D), who was SECRETLY on a very personal call, and gave a total lie on content!”

Your obsessive-compulsive nature to continue to lie about the most sacred and sad things guarantees you the top position, Donald. You are the winner. You are Number One. You are the worst President ever!

The First 200 Days Of Trump

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FAKE NEWS vs. REAL JOURNALISM

Trump’s Attempt to Muddy the Waters

Back in February, 2017 Trump tweeted: “The FAKE NEWS media (failing @nytimes, @NBCNews, @ABC, @CBS, @CNN) is not my enemy, it is the enemy of the American People!” Then he deleted that tweet and posted something similar, but took ABC off his enemies list. Trump, obviously not a student of history, missed this fact: Vladimir Lenin and Joseph Stalin used the term “enemy of the nation/people” to refer to those who disagreed with the Bolshevik government. Did you write that one, Steve Bannon?

Trump went on a rant July 1, 2017, after receiving heavy criticism from both sides of the political spectrum due to his attacks on MSNBC talk show hosts, “The FAKE & FRAUDULENT NEWS MEDIA is working hard to convince Republicans and others I should not use social media – but remember, I won the 2016 election with interviews, speeches and social media. I had to beat #FakeNews, and did. We will continue to WIN!”

And on that same day, Mr. President continued, “My use of social media is not Presidential – it’s MODERN DAY PRESIDENTIAL. Make America Great Again!”  Along with his jingoistic rhetoric, Donald Trump, like so many other power-hungry leaders around the world, wants to control the media. He attempts to distort whatever truth is left and brands his lies as official doctrine. And the term Modern Day rings like “Modern Day Prophet” for those following along in church.

For those of us who were schooled in the trade of journalism, we take the responsibility of our craft seriously. The Fourth Estate is usually reserved for the printed press and credible broadcast news teams. The Fifth Estate, the newer term, stands for groupings of outlier viewpoints in contemporary society, such as bloggers and journalists publishing in non-mainstream media outlets and social media. The right of center to Alt-Right people use the term “mainstream media” as a pejorative term, whereas, Breitbart represents what was called “Yellow Journalism” in the 1950s.

The “fourth estate” comes from the European concept of the three estates of the realm: the clergy, the nobility, and the commoners. The Press was supposed to hold the three other estates to a standard with information gathering, storytelling based on truth and distribution to everyone equally. Yes, the King could read that he had no pants.

We know that Donald Trump has tapped into a raw exposed nerve in the disadvantaged and struggling middle class. With much of America moving away from reading the newspaper and getting their news from the internet, the line of what is credible or legit has become extremely blurred.

The price of entry into the newspaper business in most cities is so great that even large companies attempting to bring a new paper to market have an uphill, if not impossible, climb. With the internet providing more outlets than needles on a porcupine’s back there are plenty of free opinions and micro-targeted sites that can sanction what consumers think.

This tendency to interpret new evidence as confirmation of one’s existing beliefs or theories even has its own term: Confirmation Bias. It is so important to be right in today’s society that many people spend hours of every day watching a news channel that corroborates their baseline beliefs. Fox News leans to the right, while MSNBC leans to the left. That is their branding positions and, depending on who is in power, they will have better ratings.

CNN, the new Trump target, has decided like many channels and programs that there are millions of people who don’t like Trump, so that is a built-in audience. The sad part of all of this is that I haven’t mentioned journalistic integrity or award-winning writing. Those are less important in this instant gratification world. Trump produces ratings and it doesn’t seem to make a difference if you are building him up or beating him down.

THE LATE SHOW with STEPHEN COLBERT on CBS-TV has increased almost 30% according to TV News Desk (7-6-2017) and you can chart his increases with his direct aim at Trump. The Donald, whether he likes it or not, is easy to parody because of what he says and how his administration attempts to govern. Writing jokes and monologues about Trump has a built-in benefit, because if you manage to get under his thin skin he mentions you. Better yet, if he attacks you, your ratings go up even more.

I may be in the minority but I think the “news” that the President maligns is less news than fake. To our great Orange Leader, when confronted with anything that makes fun of him, or puts him down, or (can I say this?) bullies him, he launches into an overly emotional rebuttal.

The people doing the real investigative journalism are at the newspapers. Think about it, every major break or leak has come from the newspapers. The Michael Flynn lies came from the newspapers. The Comey meetings with Trump came from the newspapers. And the ethics conflicts of Kushner and the Trumps all come from the print medium.

The TV journalists at CNN are hampered by the overload of trying fit real journalism into a small box of endless talking heads and opinionated “experts” who, at times, do more harm than good. Stop and think about it, do we need Rick Santorum giving his opinion on what the news means?  He’s a failed neo-conservative right-winged politician spewing nothing by RNC talking points. What about Sean Hannity? Well he couldn’t write a lead to save his life.  Then, of course, we know what happened to poor old Brian Williams. These are the people most Americans would say represent the “news” business.? Really?

The one investigative reporter I want to hear from isn’t a journalist at all. His name is Robert Mueller. I would like to hear his story, in fact, now that would be BREAKING NEWS!


FAKE NEWS OR FAKE PRESIDENT?

Trump’s War on the Constitution

Occasionally I see, hear or read a journalist saying that Donald Trump has some grand strategy. And when pressed, the author says that this latest move was pure genius, or the tweet did exactly what he designed it to do, as if the Donald is some intelligent media designer.

There’s not much difference between Trump and a 9-year-old boy grapping the microphone at Walmart and yelling stupid kid-things into the store’s PA system. The kid’s grand plan is to get attention, same as the “leader” of the free world.

In the President’s latest tweet (7-2-2017), he proclaimed, “The FAKE & FRAUDULENT NEWS MEDIA is working hard to convince Republicans and others I should not use social media – but remember, I won the 2016 election with interviews, speeches and social media. I had to beat #FakeNews, and did. We will continue to WIN! My use of social media is not Presidential – it’s MODERN DAY PRESIDENTIAL. Make America Great Again!”

When I read this my mind heard a spoiled 9-year-old brat saying, “Mommy made me president. I’m the president. I get to be president and do whatever I want!”

This over complaining and endless whining about news coverage in the media isn’t new to presidents. Trump has decided, however, that anyone who disagrees with him, critiques him or attempts to cover his achievements or lack of them, is the enemy. One could change the term “Fake News” to “People who hate me” and it would fit perfectly in all contexts.

Steve Bannon, the administration’s dark, Spiro Agnew evil twin, has said openly that the media is the “opposition party.”  He, along with Trump surrogates, Miller, Conway and that overtly obnoxious, fake intellectual Sebastian Gorka, have crafted a White House position that is obstinate and cantankerous. Any thinking America hearing them speak can clearly see through the pretentious, defensive droning of their propaganda.

Richard M. Nixon did the same thing when he was president, even using the same terms about the media.  However, Trump is no Nixon. The 37th President had to resign in disgrace. This president, when the time comes, will have to be removed from his current residence by the Secret Service, Capitol Hill Police or maybe the Army.

Even Trump’s slogan is not new. It is a total rip-off of Ronald Reagan’s campaign motto, demonstrating that Trump is an even better actor than Ronald Reagan. An actor takes the stage and plays a part while not being the real thing. We now have a fake President and everything he does is directed to making his character likeable, rather than forging policy and decisions that are right and good for the country. #FakePresident

Trump bellyaches that his achievements are not covered in the “fake news” but he broadcasts his tirades on the very same “fake” mainstream media he continually slams. His complaints about not being covered are total lies. The media covers every speech, every signing, every tweet. His “key promises,” such as reforming healthcare, getting a better, fairer, tax code and creating jobs, have become fake, rally fodder rather than reality.

Months ago, President Trump and VP Mike Pence rode their white horses into the Carrier furnace plant in Indianapolis to announce they had convinced the company to abandon a plan to move to Mexico.  They stated publicly that this would save hundreds of jobs.  Update: many employees will soon be losing their jobs at the plant.  CNBC reports (6-22-2017) that Carrier’s plant in Indianapolis is scheduled to lay off about 600 workers by the end of the year. The jobs are going to Mexico. Nice work, little boys.

Donald J. Trump will probably write that off as “FAKE NEWS,” but the road to success for this president has to go through the media. You cannot be a great president in a vacuum. You cannot guard so dearly the Second Amendment and spit in the face of those who employ the First Amendment to keep democracy strong. Without the First Amendment, we don’t need the Second Amendment.

Fake means fraudulent, and the usage of that term by our president in the context of media coverage is troublesome on many levels. When something is fraudulent it is obtained, done by, or has involved deception – especially criminal deception. The American public, the Congress and the courts must be on-guard with this president. There’s a very small step from complaining to outlawing and, in this case, the outlawing would be executed by an elected outlaw.

At this date, the Fake President may not like the Fake Media, but if all the media outlets stopped talking about Trump, he would probably melt into a damp pool of man tan and makeup.  Sad.


THE CYBER BULLY-IN-CHIEF

Trump: Unhappy in His Own Skin

Donald Trump has once again demonstrated his thin skin and relentless mean streak. In a morning tweet, the President of the United States decided to do a silly immature, cruel and misogynistic post deriding MSNBC morning host Mika Brzezinski.

The tweet read as follows:

“I heard poorly rated @Morning Joe speaks badly of me (don’t watch anymore). Then how come low I.Q. Crazy Mika, along with Psycho Joe, came to Mar-a-Lago 3 nights in a row around New Year’s Eve, and insisted on joining me. She was bleeding badly from a face-lift. I said no!”

Now, I could have simply chalked it up to his M.O. and how Trump shows us his true colors through Twitter, but there is a problem here that is not going to go away. There is no respect for the office of the President of the United States with Trump and all his men and women.

Melania Trump, the first lady of this country, through a spokesperson said, “When her husband gets attacked, he will punch back 10 times harder.” I know that English is not Melania’s first language and I hope we didn’t miss anything in translation, but I have to say, there goes that whole bullshit concept of her being the titular head of some anti-cyber bullying campaign. Now, zero credibility.

If that was not bad enough, the protectors of the drunk uncle president were out in full force today. Sarah Huckabee Sanders commented, “I don’t think that the president’s ever been someone who gets attack and doesn’t push back. There have been an outrageous number of personal attacks, not just to him, but to frankly everyone around him. This is a president who fights fire with fire. And certainly, will not be allowed to be bullied by a liberal media and the liberal elites within the media or Hollywood or anywhere else.”

I’m not sure that the president of a country with a 1st Amendment can allow or disallow what others say about him. We have now seen the real enemy of the state and they are, indeed, those who work for the state. We are all getting burned by Trump’s fire and disregard for human beings.

The people around our president are soulless. They lie and disregard common decency to show their love for this power-hungry tyrant, Donald J. Trump. How do they sleep at night?

Whether you like Joe Scarborough or Mika or not, you have to consider that the imagery battles between the free press and the oppressive regime of Trump are now, in fact, real. The media, be it liberal, conservative, or far right, has a duty to find facts, write stories, conduct broadcasts and inform the American people.

Some talk show hosts do live in glass houses, but this president doesn’t care about anyone but himself. Those who support his abuse of power will be tried not only in the court of public opinion, but perhaps even called to testify in real court about whether they were instructed to lie to the American people. If lying to the citizens is not an impeachable offense, then what is?

 

 


NOT ALL TWEETS ARE EQUAL

Trump’s Newspeak Man: Jay Sekulow

In the brilliant classic 1984, a book by George Orwell, the term “newspeak” was introduced. This noun is defined as ambiguous euphemistic language used chiefly in political propaganda. The Wikipedia page on it says: Newspeak is a controlled language, of restricted grammar and limited vocabulary, a linguistic design meant to limit the freedom of thought—personal identity, self-expression, free will—that ideologically threatens the régime of Big Brother.

While there are those in the Trump administration who hold a belief in some “deep state” that is controlling everything, there are those Americans who believe that if our President was given more power he would become Big Brother.

It is a fact that Steve Bannon, Trump’s right brain, declared his desire to destroy the “Administrative State”, whatever that is. But now we have a new dance partner in this affair. His name is Jay Sekulow and his job is that of personal lawyer for Donald Trump. Good luck, Jay.

While the multiple personalities in Trump’s head appear then disappear, it will be Sekulow’s responsibility to explain and defend the Donald. His role is already off to a rocky start with the tweet that was heard around the world.

Jay Sekulow went on all the Sunday morning talk shows to say to make it “crystal clear” that the President is not, and has never been, under investigation. And the attorney attempted to dismiss the tweet in which the President actually says he is under investigation. Jay also said that the tweet was only acknowledging the Washington Post article. Huh?

In the tweet, Trump didn’t use a question mark.  He used an exclamation mark, which meant he wasn’t questioning the Washington Post story.  He was saying exactly what he wrote. The lame claim by Sekulow that his client was limited by 140 characters is complete BS. Anyone familiar with how Twitter works, including Trump, can create a short string of words to add more meaning. In fact, the candidate and President has many times done precisely that.

If Trump doesn’t know the facts then why are his lawyers saying he does know. How can he not be under investigation? You can’t declare a known when you’ve never been told what it is either way. I could say Donald Trump is a woman, but I have no proof he’s a man or a woman. I just know that he says he’s a man.

The best question on the issue came from Chris Cuomo on CNN (6-19-2017) when he confronted Sekulow with the simple question: You are his attorney of record, why not just pick up the phone and ask Robert Mueller if your client is under investigation? Chris, who has a law degree from Fordham University, asked the right question, a question that all those talking heads on TV who would preface their comments with, “I’m not an attorney but…” but never knew to ask.

Trump and his legal team have a right to ask that question and no prosecutor has to tell a citizen if they are under investigation, but it would be proper for an attorney to, at least, ask the question.

One of my friends over the weekend claimed I was being “hysterical” about all of this political stuff, which seems to be the new go-to word when trying to explain why people forcefully disagree with something. I told my friend, I just want to make sure when the smoke clears, and we really understand all this, that I can be counted with those who spoke out against a President who is wasting time, acting guilty and becoming so untrusted in the world.  Surely our country will suffer.

Newspeak, with its linguistic design meant to limit the freedom of thought, is what Donald Trump is all about. His lawyers will try to bend the meaning of his words by saying things like, “Oh, he is very good at using social media.” Perhaps, but he’s an abysmal writer. If someone else has to explain what his Tweets mean, then he didn’t write them very well.

When a surrogate then says, “The Tweets stand on their own,” then we must take them at face value. But you cannot Newspeak your way around this. The worst thing Trump does is using Twitter as his psychological vomiting tool. He should invest in a shrink who can come by at 3:30 AM to help him over these emotional mole hills.

If I was his shrink, my first question would be, “Why do you obsess about whether or not you are under investigation?” That comes with the job description. Now you know, Mr. Trump, how Obama felt when every action he made was questioned with a law suit or an investigation of congressional blockade. You wanted the job and you go it. Now, do your job and stop bitching!