SYMBOLISM & THE SUPREME COURT

Trump’s Weaknesses Revealed Again

America is changing because of Donald Trump and the arduous journey back to normality will take years. I have long believed that Trump’s words and actions do not reflect his hardcore values. They’re just tools to get the job. He’s far more interested in winning than solving the problems of real people.

This brings us to the Supreme Court, which should be an apolitical body that interprets the Constitution and applies same to decisions which move the country forward. Everyone says the Supreme Court doesn’t write law, but that is bullshit. Its legally binding decisions are based on the religious indoctrination and political bias of its justices. Sorry, but that’s the truth. How can they possibly know what the founding fathers thought or meant, when much of today’s practices, terminology and language didn’t even exist back then?

In a 7-2 vote, the Supreme Court decided that a 40-foot, World War I memorial cross on public land in Maryland can stand. According to the Baltimore Sun newspaper, “The case began as a lawsuit by three people who live near the cross and the District of Columbia-based American Humanist Association, which includes atheists and agnostics. They argued that the memorial should be moved to private property or modified into a nonreligious monument such as a slab or obelisk.”

Now I know that this “important” decision hammers the First Amendment with the same tool that would have been used to chisel that cross into a slab, but reasonable minds get the point. Justice Samuel Alito wrote, “A government that roams the land, tearing down monuments with religious symbolism and scrubbing away any reference to the divine will strike many as aggressively hostile to religion.” That seems logical, but the Supreme Court is full of Catholics and Maryland is a state that has harbored both boats and Catholics for centuries. For the record, six of the Justices were raised Catholic and three came from Jewish homes. Perhaps you might want to reconsider if you believe they are free of their backgrounds and upbringings.

A chapter in my new book, Gold, God, Guns & Goofballs, describes what one sees as they travel our American highways. People are killed by the thousands each year on our roads. Almost 40,000 people die on our motorways each year, and memorial flags and crosses go up all the time. I feel they are more of a distraction and less things that should be protected.

Maybe I am being harsh on the cross, but I suggest that an Islamic edifice on the same land would not only be defaced but the Supreme Court would order its removal. Are Trump’s picks pushing religion?

They will argue that a monument holding words of a religion casts a greater shadow than a symbol alone. They will argue that crosses, which mark the graves of American soldiers, became a symbol closely linked to war. But shouldn’t the star of David, the symbol of Judaism, have equal standing and be added to the memorial? And what about an Islamic symbol, as well?

The Supreme Court had to decide if that monument should be taken down. It’s somewhat strange that their decision devalued the symbol of Christ. They are saying that the symbology of a cross is so widely used it cannot possibly offend. If this was a trademark case, the plaintiff would be up in arms. What will they do when a Swastika is erected on public land? Most people don’t know that symbol originated in the Hindu religion, although Hitler graphically flipped its perspective.

I get it. The court was dealing with only one cross and one lawsuit, but they have now paved the way for Christianity to gain more power over other religions in the US. They have said that the cross is not firmly linked to a religion. Oh, how they offend the Christians of the world. Will we now see more crosses on public lands?

The Supreme Court will never take off their robes and appear in court wearing T-shirts and jeans. They will never abandon their symbolism. Robes impart a sense of religious symbolism, like a church choir. The decorum of the court is paramount in maintaining law and order. Symbolism works where important decisions are made. Just like banning cameras from their court, the formal propriety of dress sends a message to those who must argue before them.

The Supreme Court will be tested again on the separation of church and state. I don’t understand why we have “In God We Trust” inscribed on our money. Why not put a giant cross on the new $20 bill? Why not say a prayer before every session of Congress? Oh wait, they already do that. You see, despite Thomas Jefferson’s thinking that it would be a good idea to keep God out of government, no one seems to know just how to do that.

The symbolism of racism, civil war, hate, white nationalism, the KKK, confederate flags and neo-Nazis are far greater threats to our freedoms than a cross on the side of the road in Maryland. If the Supreme Court decided to outlaw symbolisms of hate, they would be challenged by those factions using them. The bottom line is this. The Supreme Court has imposed their value system on us by deciding the presence or absence of blatant religious messaging in a symbol. Who gave them that power? The Constitution doesn’t support such a responsibility. Is it time to revisit, and perhaps restrict, the power of the Supreme Court?

A good President would try to balance the court. Along with consideration of the political leanings of candidate judges, shouldn’t their religious affiliations be examined as well? Why not have a Protestant on the court? How about an atheist? What about finding a judge who is gay or transgendered? You see, knowing how a prospective justice will rule on a woman’s right to choose is only one of many litmus tests that should be applied. If the Supreme Court cannot be unbiased, it should at least be balanced. The justices need to adjudicate things for what they are, not for what they want or imagine them to be.

BRAND NEW BOOK ON AMERICA

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.


GUNS, GUTS & GRAVITAS

Trump’s Vacuous Reactions

Have you noticed that when Trump responds to various things, he sometimes seems passionate and focused, while at other times he offers a rather perfunctory reaction? If you assume that the 45th President of the United States has some thought process at work before he speaks, wouldn’t you also believe that he would try to be a respected leader with his words.

70% of everything Trump says is negative. He continually sounds more like a small-town politician rather than the leader of the free world. And because of his lack of precision when presenting his viewpoints, many people on the other side paint him with a justified brush of racism and xenophobia. They use his own words to reach their conclusions. Donald Trump is a horrible communicator. Consider the sheer volume of his statements and orders that must be explained by others in the administration. Of course, the common thread in the explanations from Trump supporters and, sadly, those in Congress is a tinge of anti-press putdown.

Hate speech and crimes in America are on the rise. In 2017, hate crimes were up by 17% (7,175 incidents): 1,679 of them were religious bias crimes, 58.1% were anti-Jewish and 18.9% were against the Islamic community. These stats are from the FBI. While some people are quick to assign blame to Trump, hatred seems to be a global trend that must be intelligently addressed. However, don’t look to Trump for leadership here; he’s not capable.

Our president is missing a gut feel for the realities of life in America. I have often believed he treats Putin well because he fears being poisoned by him. The reason he doesn’t take a strong stand against the White Nationalists, Neo-Nazis and the failing KKK is because he’s afraid they will turn against him politically. Some Neo-Nazis have already abandoned him because of his stance on Israel. Trump’s bailiwick is fear and hate, while his lack of understanding of real people could become his Waterloo.

Think of that hate cult known as the National Rifle Association. Trump fears the guys with the guns, and they manipulate his fear by motivating him to stand behind the 2nd Amendment in fake, patronizing ways. No matter what state Trump visits for his rallies, guns are not permitted in the building. Of course not. GUNS ARE DANGEROUS and there is no way the Secret Service could protect the president if people carried guns into a rally. Despite this, Trump pushes for guns in public places like schools and churches. You know, to shot back at the bad guys.

In his response to the gunfire in Poway, California, Trump gave his obligatory comments and then said that it “might be a hate crime,” before getting a report from authorities. Why would he do that? And then he tacked on, “that’s unbelievable.” Does he mean, that a hate crime is unbelievable, or that it’s unbelievable that in 2019 it’s happening again? As is typical of this moronic man, his sentence construct gets him in trouble and misguides us.

Trump dismisses major realities like global warming and climate change without a drop of common sense. He doesn’t relate to the pain that extreme weather is causing to Americas in every state. He’s disinterested in taking a strong stance against foreign meddling in our elections because he thinks it’s good for him. He obviously doesn’t care about people, only himself.

The Trump surrogates on TV keep referencing Donald’s frustration about how the investigation into Russian interference was conducted and his belief that it shouldn’t have started in the first place. It’s appalling when semi-literate Congressional leaders paint a picture that it’s more important protect the President fragile temperament than to fortify the electorate against fraud and deception. Who are these people?

In pitching his book, Mike Lee of Utah talked about how the problem is Congress, even though he is a member of Congress. He complains bitterly about those “unelected” career government people who have done such terrible things to Trump. That’s rich. Hey, Mike, you do realize we didn’t vote for Jared Kushner, or Ivanka, or Mick Mulvaney or Betsy Devos and the rest of the low-life ideologs who are ruining America right before our very eyes. They are political appointees who should be doing their damn jobs to protect the Constitution and to help America.

Kushner says that a “few ads” on Facebook was no big deal and claimed that the Mueller Investigation did more harm to democracy than Russian interference. You lost, little boy. Perhaps your ancestors from Belarus found living under Russian rule for so long wasn’t all that bad. Well, not all that bad after getting past the imprisonments and executions.

Hardly anyone talks about GUNS these days. They focus on HATE. The thousands of parents and families who have been torn to pieces by gun violence in America have never lost their focus. We will never get any effort to curtail the White Nationalists, Neo-Nazis or the KKK from Donald John Trump. He’s simply chicken-shit-scared of them. Trump will never make a grand speech or produce a plan to reduce the hate that is flaring up in America. He holds the blowtorch in his small little hand while insincerely protesting these “sad things.”

The vile and derogatory disparagement Trump spreads at his rallies, press conferences and online tweets has penetrated the mass mentality of our nation. His highly destructive attitude toward anyone who thinks differently than him is appalling and offers a back-stage pass to radical minds intending to harm.

Trump is an idiot when it comes to understanding the fragile intellects of those who follow him. He truly believes that most Americans are so stupid he can get away with anything. He dismisses the people who are trying to tell him what he is doing wrong as haters. By simply using the word, he is promoting hate. Since Trump demonstrates a belief that he’s above the law, a lunatic-coward wielding an AR-15 believes he can make a difference, too. Sadly, people die when such errant political rhetoric is acted out. Trump has blood on his hands, just like Pontius Pilate. Happy Passover.

BRAND NEW BOOK ON AMERICA

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.


COGNITIVE DISSONANCE DONALD

A goal without a plan is just a wish

If you have been paying attention, you know that little planning, vetting or reviewing takes place in the Trump Administration. It’s a one man show, with tap-dancing tweets into policy and the monkeys telling lies to keep their jobs. Many people have left this circus. More than 45 major players in the current administration have been shown the door or found their own personal escape from the burning dumpster.

Some medical professionals and armchair shrinks have suggested that Donald Trump is suffering from a major psychological malady. The one disorder most often mentioned is Narcissistic Personality Disorder. Trump may not be in the grip of this illness, but his public displays indicate that, at least, he is an artful actor mimicking all the disorder’s signs. He regularly makes the monkey on his back come out and dance for the public more than any reasonably calm personality ever would. He’s more than insecure.

And just as disturbing is the daily dishing of Trump’s “cognitive dissonance,” the state of having inconsistent thoughts, beliefs, or attitudes, especially as relating to behavioral decisions and attitude change. It doesn’t take a doctor, lawyer or social scientist to see this in action.

The idea of declaring that he is about to close the Mexican border, without any comprehension of the problems that would cause to our workforce and economy, is reckless. More than $600 billion in trade crosses our southern border and more than five million US jobs would be affected. One of the hallmarks of the Trump presidency is solving one problem by creating a second, bigger, problem. That’s when the cognitive dissonance kicks in.

We saw that with the defunding of the Special Olympics in the Education budget. Trump asked for the cut and got it. But when Congress and the general public pushed back, our esteemed president reversed the decision and claimed he was overriding his people. Really? You know, little Donnie constantly plays the blame game; it’s always someone else’s fault.

Now let’s move on to a more serious subject. The knowledge and belief in the power of the atomic weaponry of the United States is something that Trump has always waved around. I doubt that our current president has any understanding about the workings of a nuclear bomb. I’m sure the science, the physics, and the mathematics that went into this dreadfully dangerous weapon are way over his head. Donald Trump was not in Hiroshima or Nagasaki to see the wrath those two small bombs produced. He wasn’t born yet. Still, we must assume that Trump believes atomic bombs are real.

It’s beyond ironic that the same person who relies on the fear of nuclear annihilation to push around world leaders, says that scientists are wrong about Climate change and the effects of global warming. Trump is oblivious to the fact that within the last two years weather has caused more death and destruction than the 9/11 attacks. Even more bewildering is this man’s lack of empathy for American citizens who have suffered. His visits to sites of national disasters are merely photo-ops. Trump doesn’t care for anyone other than himself and those who kiss his big, fat ass.

Scientists and mathematicians will tell you that an owner of a gambling casino knows any roll of the dice, turn of the roulette wheel, or pull on the lever of a slot machine can deliver a major win for a customer. The odds are known, and a temporary loss for a casino owner is quickly erased by math and probability theory. It’s hard to imagine that someone could fail at a gambling casino, but Trump did. Now he will blame Atlantic City, or his vendors or something else, but a casino business is almost foolproof, unless a fool is in charge or something else is going on.

Donald Trump claims outside forces explain his failures over the years. The uncertainty of the universe is not his concern, he’s only interested in what happens in Trumpworld. Clearly, the outside force that is creating radical weather patterns, lost of life and property is definitely out of Trump’s comprehension and control.

Donald Trump’s thoughtless position against climate change is much like George W. Bush’s block of funding for stem cell research to please the evangelicals. Donald doesn’t see climate change, so it doesn’t exist. His denial of science is a misguided way of pleasing people who believe God’s will can prevail over any evil, including global warming. The Donald believes a little sweeping of the forest floor will prevent wildfires and that Puerto Ricans are too slow and dumb to use the aid that was already sent. He relies on the software in his own jet, but says that aviation science is getting too complicated.

Trump walked in front of the bright lights and cameras declaring that the Republican party will be known as the party of Healthcare on the very same day that he asked his Justice Department to support a declaration that Obamacare is unconstitutional. With no replacement envisioned, let alone written, he once again farted his cognitive dissonance into the air. Then one day later, he tweeted to the world, that healthcare will have to wait until after the 2020 election. Darting around, changing his mind, lying with ease and confusing even his own party, Donald Trump has no plan. He’s ineffective at leadership and a total failure at politics. His wishes aren’t plans and he has not even an inkling of how to make America great.

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Perhaps the seas will part, and the air will clear when we see Donald Trump’s income tax returns and the full Mueller report. As the orange man claims on video that his father was born in Germany, it might be more prudent and helpful to America if his medical records were made public. Then we would know what is going on in his head.

BRAND NEW BOOK ON AMERICA

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.


ONE DIMENSIONAL DONALD

Trump’s Inability to be Presidential

In today’s hyper partisan, social media fueled reality, every word, thought and prayer is overanalyzed by a mass media gone mad. And when something bad happens, anywhere in the world, people turn to their leaders for fatherly, or motherly, guidance to get them through the trauma.

Even if you are a Donald Trump supporter, you must admit that the man rarely says the right thing during a crisis. His inaction on situations he simply disagrees with may be a more critical problem, like grounding a fleet of questionable jets. Why did he wait so long? Was he weighing Boeing stock against peoples’ lives?

Trump’s inarticulate nature exposes his real lack of intelligence and leadership talent. After each of his controversial utterances, others run behind him to the TV cameras to explain away his confused meanings and, sometimes, outright lies. This is why he has never graduated to the presidential seat of decorum.

Donald Trump, like a trapped mouse in a house with a larger than life cat, is off his meds and tweeting so much he needs a time-out. The cat in this metaphor could very well be Speaker Nancy Pelosi, a woman even Steve Bannon admires for her methods against Trump. And just like the coy house cat, she will play with her prey before finally rendering it lifelessly limp at the doorstep of the American public.

But the world keeps turning and bad events get churned into our awareness. When a neo-Nazi white nationalist decided to massacre a group of praying people, New Zealand’s Prime Minister, Jacinda Ardern, spoke to her nation. Yes, we heard and felt her pain, but we also experienced her resolve to do something about the gun laws in her country. She clearly stated an action of resolve.

When Donald Trump was asked about whether he thought white nationalism is a spreading problem in the world, he replied, “I don’t really. I think it’s a small group of people that have very, very serious problems, I guess. If you look what happened in New Zealand, perhaps that’s the case. I don’t know enough about it yet … But it’s certainly a terrible thing.”

Rather than overanalyze that response, I’d like to point out something systemic in the way Trump talks and tweets. He has a strange inability to comprehend the gravity of his words and actions. It’s as if he doesn’t realize that he’s President of the United States. And there is another disturbing tell in the Donald’s attempts.

When more than 130 people were killed in Paris in November of 2015, Trump chanted a mantra that the cure for mass shootings is guns for people on the other side so they can shot back at the bad guys. But when a white nationalist or Neo-Nazi uses a gun or car to kill people, Trump becomes a deer in the headlights. Without an empathy gene, he simply cannot show any.

Trump’s dismissive response to the threat of White Nationalism sounded like he was trying to protect those from that ilk who support him. Maybe, in his hazy way of thinking, they would protect him should something bad happen to his presidency. Those aren’t my thoughts; they are his words.

Michael Kennedy is a lawyer who represents Trump’s ex-wife. He claims Ivana Trump said that from time to time her husband would read a book of Hitler’s collected speeches, My New Order, which he kept in a cabinet by his bed. Now I would be crazy to promote or disseminate a conspiracy theory and must ask why Ivana Trump would lie about this? It makes sense, given everything Trump says and does.

In 1990, Donald Trump was interviewed by Playboy magazine. Heed the seeds of white nationalism in his words, “I’m a strong believer in genes, that my kids can be brought up without adversity and respond well if they have the genes.” He amplified that thought during an interview with Oprah Winfrey saying that people can be successful if they have the right genes. He uses his uncle’s professorship and his father’s success in business to prove his “good genes” self-evaluation.

In his manifesto, the New Zealand terrorist who killed 50 human beings asks himself, “Are you a supporter of Donald Trump?” and then answers, “As a symbol of renewed white identity and common purpose? Sure. As a policy maker and leader? Dear god no.” And if you have the stomach to read his vomit, you will see that his justification for the killing of Muslims is this dogma that says replacement of non-Europeans is the duty of the white nationalist. He clearly believes people having white genes are better than those with brown genes, because their blood is not clean. He even uses an inept warning to his “special” race that they “may find their very own genes being bred out of existence.”

The Prime Minister of New Zealand received his diatribe minutes before the massacre took place. This was a political act of terror intended to create a civil war in America. And Donald J. Trump never used the word “terrorist,” why?

The media rightfully attacked our idiot-in-chief and his response sounded much like his comments after Charlottesville. He tweeted more than 50 times, his fingers complaining and farting. He called out Fox News for suspending Tucker Carlson and Jeanne Pirro, demanding that his state TV reinstate them. And in a kind of demonic trance, he once again disrespected John McCain. Trump’s tweets are psychological tics, a disorder he cannot control.

If he was a convicted murderer, Trump’s tweets could be used to demonstrate insanity. But he’s a “stable genius” who with every tweet disproves his whole “successful gene” theory. He’s the bastard son of Iago, the most devastating of Shakespeare’s characters. He destroys several people’s lives in the play Othello, including two deaths through the manipulation of everyone around him. Yes, read it, Donald Trump is Iago. The worst lesson from the play is that even though Othello attacks Iago, the villain is still alive at the end of the play. Remember, impeachment isn’t death, it’s justice. And what America and the world needs right now, is justice.

BRAND NEW BOOK ON AMERICA

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.

 

 


TRUMP’S FATAL FLAW

The Government of One

This morning I woke up to a startling newspaper headline, “Trump bans Boeing 737 Max Flights.” To my way of thinking, and many avionics experts agree, this action should have taken place days sooner. A major flaw in the process is that we didn’t hear this decision from the FAA or it’s “acting” Administrator Daniel K. Elwell, nor did the pronouncement come from US Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao. We had to wait for Trump to decide. The plain truth in this age of a power-hungry president is that government agencies are afraid to act. They are frozen in place because everything is judged on how it will affect the Donald or how he will feel about it. Our government agencies are not making decisions in the best interest of our nation. Their actions are based on emotions, not science.

Donald Trump was more interested in talking to the CEO of Boeing than discussing matters with experts at the FAA and NTSB. He’s more comfortable dealing with business executives than lifelong government specialists. What if a plane had fallen out of the sky while Boeing’s top guy, Dennis Muilenburg, was chatting on the phone with POTUS? Trump took the word of the company that its planes were safe to fly, while every other country grounded the jets out of an abundance of caution if not plain common sense. And I would be negligent if I didn’t mention that Trump’s acting Secretary of Defense, Patrick M. Shanahan, came to the administration from Boeing. He worked there for more than two decades and was known as “Mr. Fix-it.” Was he even consulted? What did he have to say?

The United States of America is not a big company to be piloted by one person. The institutions, cabinet positions and administrative heads should be qualified in their specialty and be allowed to state their opinions quickly and unfettered. Trump wants it all to be top down, fighting the foundational concepts of our country where ideas and desires should flow from the bottom up. The people who work in our government aren’t there to agree with Trump. They are supposed to use their radar to find problems and solve them. If we must wait for King Trump to declare anything, we will only get one answer, and that will probably not be a good answer or the correct answer.

The comments from Ms. Chao and Mr. Elwell seem to say that we were making our decision based on facts, rather than emotion. Clearly, Chao wasn’t worried. She flew a Boeing Max 8 to Texas where she spoke that day. But President Donald Trump really mucked things up with this Tweet, “Airplanes are becoming far too complex to fly. Pilots are no longer needed, but rather computer scientists from MIT. I see it all the time in many products. Always seeking to go one unnecessary step further, when often old and simpler is far better. Split second decisions are needed, and the complexity creates danger. All of this for great cost yet very little gain. I don’t know about you, but I don’t want Albert Einstein to be my pilot. I want great flying professionals that are allowed to easily and quickly take control of a plane!”

Someone should ask Donald Trump if he would like the Einstein’s in the military to take the radar and telemetry out of Air Force One. This response from our Commander in Chief is lacking science, logic and facts. It demonstrates his stupidity. For someone whose company owned jets, Trump shows a worrisome lack of aviation knowledge. His tweets prove he shouldn’t be around any decision that involves science, technology or law.

We heard him on the campaign trail saying he knew more than his military generals. Most of us thought it was just another lame, boastful joke. But the longer we experience this swamp scum of a man, the more we are coming to believe he actually thinks he knows everything. Hopefully, he won’t attempt heart surgery on anyone. Or attempt to invade a country. Or launch a nuke. Or run the FAA. Oh shit, he’s in charge of most of this. Are we doomed?

This morning we are reading the news about how the air crash in Africa is affecting Boeing stock, a loss of some $25 billion. A Boeing 737 Max jet sells for slightly more than $100 million. If you are mentally calculating the cost per life, then you are guilty of the  President’s belief that everything is a transaction. You can kill a journalist, but if you want your oil and money you will look the other way. If  the Saudis, Russians and Iranians want to spray poison on their people, it’s their problem. If you don’t like dissidents, just sneak into a country and kill them. And if you want to use social media to screw with the election in our country, go ahead and do it. Trump’s beliefs and actions are those of a dictator.

Our president dodged a bullet this time. If he had waited longer and another plane had crashed, he would have had to explain to America why this government isn’t working. His supporters will believe that he was strong and made the right decision, but in truth he was SLOW and frozen by the corruption and lies of his underlings. When he should have been meeting with smart people about this air travel dilemma, he was busy watching the sentencing news of Paul Manafort.

We also learned yesterday that Trump most likely attempted to manipulate the Justice Department through his fake “acting” Attorney General Matthew Whittaker. Nonetheless, his followers simply swat another fly away from the slowly rotting administration he has created. The “trumpsters” will continue to disregard facts from the Oversight Committee in Congress while wearing their little red “Hitler hats” in public. It might be time to remind ourselves that those “best people” Trump promised to hire are mostly unpatriotic liars. Many of those people trying to “be best” are now convicted felons. People who Trump put in charge of important parts of his campaign and administration are now in jail. Could this be why the Donald thinks he must make every decision himself? Would it not have been a better idea to hire authentically good people and listen to them? Why do we have a jackass President?

BRAND NEW BOOK ON AMERICA

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.

 

 


PELOSI PLAYS WITH TRUMP

Real Politician vs. Fake Politician

One of the aspects of Donald Trump that many of his devoted followers really liked was the fact he wasn’t a politician and said whatever he wanted. When Trump told his base that making nice with Putin would be good for the country and world, they hocked their patriotism and went with him. Their blind loyalty has clouded millions of people’s judgement that Russia and Putin would never do anything to hurt the US.

Trump truly believed he would be able to run the country like he ran his businesses. He soon found out that all those “best people” he pulled into the administration were there either to self-serve or out to get him. Really? If these were the best people, then I would hate to see the mediocre people.

The Donald and his ego decided to play the game with his self-anointed deal mastery and what he believes is a likeable personality. Neither exist. He isn’t funny or pleasant in any way. He’s simply an imitation of the 1950s back-stabbing politician of Tammany Hall. His hand is out only to receive. He’s transparently transactional and none of his interactions carry any expertise or empathy. He doesn’t give a shit about any person other than himself and everyone knows it, including Republicans.

Everything was going miserably fine, until the voters woke up one morning and figured out that Republicans had been sucked into this transactional approach with little to no regard for the people. As the soy beans were rotting away in storage, the Republicans were sword dancing with the Donald over a tax cut that helped only the very rich and monumentally increased the country’s debt. They voters gave the Democrats a majority in the House and Trump got reintroduced to Nancy Pelosi.

Trump somehow believes that calling her “Nancy” is a kind of putdown. It’s her name, dumb shit, and she isn’t about to sit back and watch the President of the United States push Congress around. Remember, Nancy Pelosi grew up in the tough and demonic politics of city government in Baltimore. Her father taught her well, and Donald Trump is not nearly as challenging as the things her family faced with labor unions and dock workers in Maryland’s largest city. She has always been a Democrat, unlike Trump, who is a fake Republican.

Trump thought he could huff and puff away Obamacare. Had he read the research, he would’ve seen that the national insurance plan was actually getting good marks. As Obama suggested to Trump, just slap your name on it. Trump’s inability to see good ideas constantly gets in his own way.

Now, Pelosi has given an interview to the Washington Post Magazine saying, “I’m not for impeachment. This is news. I’m going to give you some news right now because I haven’t said this to any press person before. But since you asked, and I’ve been thinking about this: Impeachment is so divisive to the country that unless there’s something so compelling and overwhelming and bipartisan, I don’t think we should go down that path, because it divides the country. And he’s just not worth it.”

This could be the single most powerful putdown of a President ever uttered. She said that Trump is not worth impeachment! It is tantalizingly funny and a bit absurd that someone could be so bad they don’t deserve the codified method of removal built into the Constitution. Crafty Pelosi left the door open for the real event when indisputable evidence is presented, but Trump will not be able to deal with this latest salvo.

What will he do? Agree with Nancy or continue pounding his ridiculous statements about Democrats hating Jews? Has Trump finally painted himself into a corner of paranoia? Does Trump really fear Democrats or Jews? Does he fear African-Americans, or just Muslims? His ping-ponging of hate comments make him seem a crazy old man. If only he had a drinking problem all this would make much better sense.

Pelosi knows what she is doing. Her comments will take the spotlight off the “Democrats are anti-Israel and anti-Jews” nonsense that Trump has been farting out of his presidential mouth. And in the end, it’s the denotation he hugs like the flag. He wants people to say there is “no collusion” and that he’s a good boy, but a 78-year-old grandmother from San Francisco is playing Trump like a worn-out deck of cards. She has found the Joker and she’s working in her own unique way to remove it from the deck. This will take time, but she wants her next move to be a surprise. She’s is holding a full house, and she knows it.

The Trump card, a valuable resource that may be used, especially as a surprise in order to gain an advantage, is in Nancy’s hand, not the President’s. Pelosi’s measured message is like a mother who knows her son is never going to make it in pro sports. She’s saying, “Son, go have fun. Don’t worry about what the other kids are saying about you.” For now, she’s kicking the can down the road, but eventually she is going to have to comfort the kid when he’s told by the authorities to go do play somewhere else. There will come a time to pick up that can and put it in the recycling bin. Or Prison.

BRAND NEW BOOK ON AMERICA

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

 

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DENSELY DUMB ON HEALTHCARE

Trump Shows His Lack of Leadership, Again

Once again, the Republicans and their head Goofball, Donald Trump, have passed something without the comprehension on how their policy affects people. The Tax Reform the President cheered, was basically a trojan horse that gave a right-wing judge in Texas the justification to throw out the whole Affordable Care Act. What the fine print giveth, a judge wrote some large print to, in a sense, make a new law. Judges are not supposed to write law, they are supposed to judge the constitutionality of a policy.

The fact that the fine, or what Justice Roberts called a tax, was taken away by the president and all his clones in Congress, has created a problem far behind the celebration we saw at the White House. When Trump said that healthcare was very complicated, “who knew” he showed his lack of focus on subject and the reason his lack of reading and understanding anything is a giant flaw in this man. He’s unqualified to be president and has no credibility on any issue. He doesn’t take the time to understand or even take a deeper look to see the pros and cons of any important decision.

The Complicit Members of Congress

Trump tweeted without thinking again, “Wow, but not surprisingly, ObamaCare was just ruled UNCONSTITUTIONAL by a highly respected judge in Texas. Great news for America!” One of the questions someone should ask the president, “How is this good for America?” When our Great Orange Leader cheers taking away people’s healthcare insurance, how can he sleep? Trump is not incurable disease, a deity or an emperor, he can be eliminated with a cure called IMPEACHMENT.

After being excited about the Texas ruling, Trump’s more civil side sent out a tweet that said, “Now Congress must pass a STRONG law that provides GREAT healthcare and protects pre-existing conditions. Mitch and Nancy, get it done!” He totally doesn’t recognize that his bad ideas led to problems. He created the problem by sabotaging the law and then he pushes the problem to Congress as if he is an external satellite only rotating around the people, not really helping them.

With all the complications Trump faces with investigations into every part of his business and governance, he decided to attack SNL. WTF? He positioned the comedy show as part of a vast conspiracy against him. Hate to break the news to him, but it isn’t a conspiracy, they are presenting skits where you are the joke. What the Donald should deal with is the fact that more than 60% of the America public want to laugh at Donald Trump. They love when the court jester shows that the President has no pants.

The number of his rants (tweets) are increasing because he feels like he is under attack, surveillance and being second guessed on everything he does. It’s true, there are many patriots out to get him. They are smart lawyers and law makers who realize that Donald Trump does not respect the law and has no patience for regular order. He wants chaos over calm. He wants dictatorship over leadership. He serves no productive purpose in his current position and should be removed. After he is impeached, the courts can decide whether he is the crook many think he is. But for now, let’s get to it and IMPEACH him. That would make America great, again.

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 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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DENIERS AND DINGBATS

Trump Ignores Domestic Danger

What kind of President do we have? What kind of person blames the press for what has happened in the last 72 hours? The mailing of explosive devices to Democrats and critics of Donald Trump puts him is a precarious position. His mild condemnation of these findings was nullified by a reintroduction of his blast at the press. If you follow his tweets, you can easily see his redirection rather than leadership.

Last night’s tweet gave us, “Funny how lowly rated CNN, and others, can criticize me at will, even blaming me for the current spate of Bombs and ridiculously comparing this to September 11th and the Oklahoma City bombing, yet when I criticize them they go wild and scream, ‘it’s just not Presidential!’”

This is the second attack on America that Donald J. Trump is choosing to ignore or attempt to use for his own gain. The “leader” of the free world still doesn’t believe Russia tried to wreak havoc on our 2016 elections, and now he is swatting away the criticism of his harsh rhetoric with more divisive bombast. Why doesn’t he just admit that the list of those receiving the devices contains the names of many people on his shit list?

Trump sends out his dingbats, like Sarah Sanders, to agree with this assessment that the free press is somehow to blame for the deeds of a crazy person. If he and his deniers would just SHUT UP and wait for the facts, they would better serve the American people.

And then this morning (10-26-2018), the President of the United States responded to two additional bombs being sent to Former CIA Director James Clapper and NJ Senator Cory Booker with this tweet, “Republicans are doing so well in early voting, and at the polls, and now this “Bomb” stuff happens and the momentum greatly slows – news not talking politics. Very unfortunate, what is going on. Republicans, go out and vote!”

By putting the word “Bomb” in quotes, it’s clear that Donald Trump doesn’t take these terrorist acts seriously. I thought he was the President. Isn’t that what a president is supposed to do?

The terrorist mailed several bombs to people using the mail address of CNN. This shows the playbook of the nutcase is intended to disrupt the news network that Trump fears and hates the most. It’s almost like Trump is blaming CNN because their mailing address was used.

In the end, we will not gain any insight from the White House. We cannot depend on Donald Trump to tell us the truth, even when citizen lives are at risk. There is a voice in my head that whispers, “He likes what is happening.” Why would I think that? Maybe because President Trump has done nothing to make me think otherwise.

I am ashamed that Donald Trump is president.  He is just a politician who cannot see anything that happens outside of the context of elections and his own reputation. It’s all so sad for America.

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 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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DEMONONIZATION MATTERS

Trump’s Vitriol Being Acted Out

We have been writing this blog since Donald J. Trump became president, and in many of these missives we have warned that when an extreme ideolog stirs up his base, bad things happen. Trump rallies show us just how violent people can get when they are urged to hate journalists or anyone with a different opinion. With Trump holding the highest office in the land, we seem to have a domestic problem. It’s almost as if Russia has their hand in this great divide of America. It’s exactly what they would execute if they had the power. Maybe they have the power.

President Trump has multiple personalities and all of them lie. When confronted, he tries to be “presidential,” but he continually tweets messages of negativity and hate. The Donald has his enemies list, and it’s become apparent today that the crazies are attempting to gain his love by doing bad things to those on that list. When someone sends bombs to former presidents, actors and news networks, we are at a serious crossroad. Something must be done.

Trump’s harsh rhetoric, stupid conspiracy theories and hate speeches have pushed the fringe element to the edge. It’s time for Congress to comprehend that Donald Trump is bad for America. Trump has never even started to bring America together. Instead, he has divided us and turned basic traditions, customs and laws upside down. His thoughts and actions are not good for our country. He mocks decent conduct and has abandoned the respect and responsibility of the office. He has not fulfilled his pledge to protect all Americans.

We will learn more about the pipe bombs being sent to former presidents, movie stars and a news network, but Trump has can no longer brag about the lack of terrorism in America since he was elected. That was just another lie. STOP AND THINK ABOUT IT; the targets of these acts are Trump’s targets. The enemies of this terrorist appears to be the same people Trump doesn’t like.

I would urge everyone to google this reference in Wikipedia. I cannot believe that I would even think about what Hitler did to gain power when we are being attacked on our soil. I do not trust Trump and I am saddened to think he would ever promote this kind of activity.

We need to make sure that Trump is not complicit. We need to find out if these evil people are being motivated by Trump and, if so, they need to be condemned by the President. Trump has got to stop the vile demonization of Democrats and unnecessary bullying of our free press. If he cannot stop weaponizing his position, he should be impeached. He is inciting violence. And now we have proof.


MALE CHAVENISM ON TRIAL

The Lingering Stench of Trump

Some people just don’t how to pick people. Donald J. Trump will go down in history as a person who assembled the wrong people for the wrong reasons, then did everything he could to get in their way and make things worse.

The latest flaw in the Washington slaw is the process that Trump has brought to the selection of Supreme Court picks. He jobbed out the real work to the ultra-conservative Heritage Foundation, without any regard for vetting. What a mess we now find ourselves in. It shows that the good-old-boy network sees only the good in whatever boy they fancy.

The headline blazing across my local paper reads: KAVANAUGH ACCUSER COMMITS TO HEARING, while my phone is buzzing the bulletin: SECOND ACCUSER COMES FORWARD. The new allegation comes from one of Kavanaugh’s classmates from his early years at Yale University. This basketball lover and sports fan pledged a fraternity at Yale that was less about intellectual endeavors and more about “party-party” drinking and hanging with the ladies. So, now we have one accuser from high school and one from his undergraduate level. Can law school be far behind?

There was something born out of the women’s movement in America that labeled certain men male chauvinist pigs. In the locker room, there was a lot of “boy talk” that involved scoring in several ways. It was important to win on and off the court. But before the gray haired, over-the-hill gang on the Senate Judiciary Committee rolls out the “boys will be boys” excuse for these alleged infractions of decency, we must wait for the “girls” on the same committee to stir up enough dust to make Thursday’s hearing must watch TV.

In this #MeToo era, will male chauvinism get acquitted or will America throw the book at the person who really deserves it, Donald Trump? Trump has walked away from similar allegations scot-free. Without proof of the Donald’s actions, we have only his words on the Access Hollywood tape. We heard his belief that because he was a celebrity he could grab women, any woman, in the crouch. This proves his chauvinism and pushes him into the pig club, yet some of the country still elected him President.

The people who most want Brett Kavanaugh on the high court are the same people who gave the Donald a pass on his pussy grabbing. The evangelicals in America should pray that God will have forgotten their misjudgment on this ghastly, horrible President when judgement day comes.

The suburban, educated women in America are not going to take this malpractice in the highest office in the land. No, they will try to vote for some control over this clown car of a presidency. It’s now clear why the Republicans were rushing a vote in the Senate to confirm Kavanaugh. They were worried about more women coming forward. This Bill Cosby – Harvey Weinstein time in space shows we are getting better at public power to moderate government, but it cannot stop with this loser Kavanaugh. There is an orange cancer on the head guy of this presidency.

The Bob Woodward book FEAR demonstrates in exactitude the ineptness and lack of thoughtful direction in this White House. The problem is Trump, and nothing will ever get better while he remains the President of the United States.

There are moments in history that attempt to force us backward. How we respond to those unnecessary divisions and diversions is a real shining light on the hill moment. We either wake up to that fact that these old white men on Capitol Hill want our daughters to be controlled and used by men, or we sit back and close our eyes to bad people. We need to be better than this.

Our daughters know that sexual misconduct is not okay. Our daughters will rise to this occasion and take a stand. Maybe treating women poorly is not a high crime, but, in my book, attempted rape and indecent exposures are, at least, misdemeanors. Funny how quickly Al Franken was sent packing, while the Republicans enable Donald Trump and his lack of proper judgement. They see only THEM, not the American people. Trump focuses on his base, while the rest of America is finally seeing he’s an idiot.

 

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 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?

Books available on Amazon: