CANCER ON THE PRESIDENCY

The Wrecking Crew of Giuliani & Powell

Some people get thrown into the spotlight of American history even when they don’t deserve any oxygen. Still, we give them the glory, and by “we” I mean the ever-needy media with their cameras and microphones catching the mucus of lies that drips out of their collective mouths.

I lived in New York when the Twin Towers collapsed after the 9-11 terrorist attacks and saw the leadership Mayor Rudolph Giuliani showed to the entire world during it all. I also attended a seminar where he spoke about leadership. It was illuminating and inspiring, so he wasn’t always like this. By “this” I mean his recent highly partisan and hairbrained activities on behalf of President Donald Trump.

I think Rudy started to fall off the logic track when he ran for president and obsessively used the 9-11 attacks as the reason why people should vote for him. Rudy’s “hero” claims, however, bothered those who lost family members and friends during the attack. After his unsuccessful run, Rudy started practicing law and using his fame and celebrity to gain high paying contracts to “advise” nations and people around the world.

Rudy Bleeding For Trump

As Giuliani became closer with Trump, he began a sort of conspiratorial process, warping the details of actual happenings or completely fabricating others to keep him tight with our bulbous leader. He showed Trump how easily he could morph pure, outrageous lies into “facts.” Trump was just paranoid enough to believe he needed Giuliani by his side, and this gave “the mayor” a golden opportunity to manipulate the President.

While Rudy was in Ukraine, he took a few facts at face value and then created a dark “deep state plot” around them, Russian leader Vladimir Putin played Rudy to increase his hold on the 45th President. While he was being tried for impeachment in the Senate, the Donald went crazy looking for defense lawyers. He found lots of willing partisan has-beens to lie for him, like Jeffrey Epstein’s good friend Alan Dershowitz.

Along that path, Trump picked up Sidney Powell, a lawyer from North Carolina with a connection to many cases and comments that blended right into the conspiracy-driven notions of our demented President. During a recent press conference held at the RNC in Washington, Ms. Powell showed her real skin.

Sydney Powell

Powell’s unsubstantiated conspiracy theories about election interference were disconcerting, even for some Republican supporters of Trump. Sidney claimed there was a “deep state plot” to frame Trump’s disgraced advisor Michael Flynn and, as his attorney, she was involved in getting Flynn to reverse his guilty plea.

Sidney Powell has promoted personalities and concepts associated with the QAnon conspiracy group. She has discussed a supposed effort involving international Communists, “globalists,” George Soros, Hugo Chávez (who has been dead since 2013), the Clinton Foundation, thousands of Democratic and Republican officials, including Trump ally and Georgia Governor Brian Kemp, to rig the election in favor of Joe Biden. Soon enough after spewing her falsehoods, she became the victim of the “cancel culture” of Fox News.

While making the rounds at all the pro-Trump media shows, Sidney Powell laid the foundation for her own demise. Tucker Carlson didn’t like Tucker’s approach, and he attacked her during a ten-minute monologue at the top of his Fox News show saying, “What Powell was describing would amount to the single greatest crime in American history; millions of votes stolen in a day. Democracy destroyed. The end of our centuries-old system of government.” He further disclosed that she became “angry and told us to stop contacting her” when his producers invited Ms. Powell to appear on his show and share her evidence. After that, the Trump sycophants attacked Fox News and their boy Tucker because he wanted to expose the evidence. Why?

The “cancel culture” that Tucker Carlson decries every night is very much alive at Fox News, and for years Rupert Murdoch has employed that approach to those he doesn’t like, just as Trump has. So, what would be more important to Trump? The opinions of Rush Limbaugh, Mark Leven and the far-right loonies, or his desire to overturn the election results? Ha! Do I have to ask?

Man Doing Brain Measurement

Last night, November 22, 2020, Sidney Powell’s Wikipedia page was suddenly updated: “Trump campaign lawyers Rudy Giuliani and Jenna Ellis issued a statement that Powell is “practicing law on her own” and is not (or is no longer) a part of the Trump legal team.” According to The Washington Post, “The Trump campaign cut ties with Powell because she was seen as harming Trump’s broader legal efforts, and that President Trump disliked the coverage she received on Tucker Carlson Tonight.” So, score another point for Tucker, who clearly must be the actual President of the United States.

Thus, we’re down to Trump’s two loyal lawyers, Jenna Ellis and Rudy Giuliani. Their legal arguments are just sanitized versions of what Sidney Powell was saying. When a lawyer of the sitting Republican President attacks a loyal Republican Governor of Georgia because the people of his state voted for Biden, I guess that is a road too far. Not that I would go out of my way to defend Brian Kemp, the voter suppression king of the south, but he signed the document that gave Joe Biden the state because he was doing what he is legally bound to do. He followed the law and didn’t cheat.

The ugly effect of Giuliani on the Trump presidency harkens back to the words John Dean said to President Richard Nixon during Watergate, “I think that there’s no doubt about the seriousness of the problem we’ve got. We have a cancer within — close to the presidency, that’s growing. It’s growing daily. It’s compounding. It grows geometrically now because it compounds itself.” Those are the actual words that Mr. Dean spoke to Nixon. Giuliani is a cancerous growth on Donald Trump’s legacy and presidency, but there is no one brave enough to make the rotund orange leader understand.

Sidney Powell was thrown under the bus because Rudy didn’t manage her, as if anyone could. They simply dismissed her because that’s how they roll. The American public has fired Donald John Trump, but he hasn’t yet received the word. He’s a fool surrounded by suckers and dupes, stark proof that Trump never took the job seriously. He’s just a spoiled brat game player on the playground, but he holds nuclear weaponry. He must be neutralized and removed, ASAP.

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The book that tells it like it is…

Gold, God, Guns & Goofballs: If you only read one chapter of this book, try “Take a Knee for America” and think about our never-ending conflicts between minorities and the police. I’m not asking you to take a stand but having a deep and honest conversation about why some people think the way they do would be productive. This is a book for the moment which seeks to start a conversation about peace. And if you are worried about social media, you really should check out the chapter called “Social Media Menace.”

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SUNSHINE CONSPIRACY THEORY

Civil War: Trump’s Demonic Escape Route

Back in April of this year, our “really stable genius” of a leader spoke, “I said supposing you brought the light inside the body, which you can do either through the skin or in some other way. And I think you said you’re going to test that too… So, we’ll see, but the whole concept of the light, the way it kills it in one minute – that’s pretty powerful.” Most of the world thought the guy was off his rocker, but we knew he was being serious, in his stupid, befuddled way.

That same day he also said, “I see the disinfectant, where it knocks it out in one minute. And is there a way we can do something like that by injection inside or almost a cleaning, because you see it gets in the lungs and it does a tremendous number on the lungs.” Even though Dr. Debra Birx was sitting only feet away from the orange top, she didn’t jump up and scream “No!” because if she did what was right at that moment she would have been fired. That stark reality indicates severe intimidation. Trump merely put another brick in the wall that he constantly builds around himself. Truth is never allowed in.

I’ve encountered thousands of people in my life, and there have been times when I met a rich, self-consumed pompous ass, just like Trump. My mental reaction was, “That guy is just smart enough to be dangerous,” but I always took care not to get on the wrong side of that crazy person lest he bring me bodily harm.

Emperor Donald The Trump

The State of Florida loves the Donald. He moved to Mar-a-Lago for many reasons, not the least of which was avoiding the payment of New York State taxes. Now his strategy is screwing over New York because New York didn’t vote for him. His cloudy thinking even led him to believe he could withhold a COVID vaccine from the Empire State. This inept man believes, exactly like Jeffrey Epstein did, that he can control the locals in West Palm Beach. Well, we saw how that eventually didn’t work out for our buddy Jeffrey.

Sometimes, when I get crazy watching cable TV news, I become a chess player and attempt to figure out my opponent’s next moves. Follow me here. What if Donald Trump just leaves the White House one day and moves into his Florida bunker? He convinces Governor Ron DeSantis and the Republican run Florida legislature to secede from the union. Are you with me? Hey, maybe QAnon will pick this up.

Let’s imagine in detail Trump’s grand plan to make Florida its own country, perhaps renaming it to something that sounds German, like TRUMPLANDIA! Mar-a-Lago becomes the Palace, and Donald declares himself not President, but Emperor of TRUMPLANDIA. Don Jr. is the prince and, of course, Ivanka is the princess. Sorry Melania, you are sent away because you want more money, and Trump separates you from your son because that is what he does.

The new army of TRUMPLANDIA takes an oath of loyalty to Trump and its fighters provide their own pickup trucks, guns, camo and ammo. They don’t need a stupid constitution as they drive through the streets making people take off their masks.

Trump harshly taxes the people and uses the money to build a wall at the GEORGIA – FLORIDA border to keep out those people he doesn’t like. After all, GEORGIA voted against him. He conscribes all the small boats into his “powerful” navy to defend against invaders from the north. He takes control of all utilities, and if anyone prints or says anything against him, he cuts off their air conditioning. He has military parades once a month, and every Sunday the militia sacrifices a democrat on TRUMP TV. That channel broadcasts from a satellite Trump stole from Comcast, another enemy of the people.

He orders sterilization of anyone he deems unworthy. After being banned for life on Twitter, he rails every day on his new social media platform, BoneSpur.com. He conducts an annual TRUMPLANDIA beauty contest in which each of the top five winners get to sleep with him, while the others are given to his sons. He arrests part-time Florida resident Stephen King, and initiates Fire-the-Books-Fridays when printed works he doesn’t like are burned in town squares.

He admits people into “his country” who want to join the TRUMPLANDIA ARMY, and trains them for the ultimate invasion of the USA. While all this sounds like a science fiction story, it could happen. But, my readers, I am a writer and will give you a happy ending. We all want to feel good.

Our story now moves to Fort Bragg, located in Fayetteville, North Carolina. Several airborne and special operations units of the United States Army are stationed there: The 82nd Airborne Division, the 3rd Special Forces Group (Airborne) and the Delta Force are controlled by the Joint Special Operations Command, based on Bragg’s Pope Field. The command-in-chief of the US issues an order, and the troops show a fierce force never before seen in American history.

The rebellion in Florida ends in minutes, with few causalities, and the fat, pompous leader is taken into custody. He is tried for treason and sedition, found guilty, and sentenced to life imprisonment in the Guantanamo Bay Detention Camp.

TRUMPLANDIA is closed while Mar-a-Lago is taken over by the federal government and turned into an assisted living facility, which is sort of what it was in the first place. All the king’s horses and all the king’s men are sent to DISNEYWORLD to work as cartoon characters, mostly fucking Goofy.

In the movie Cool Hand Luke, the warden, called Captain (played by Strother Martin), says to Luke, “You run twice, you got yourself two sets. You ain’t gonna need no third set ’cause you’re gonna get your mind right. And I mean RIGHT.” In the movie, a “set” is a measure of how much time one must spend in the “box,” a small confinement structure out in the hot sun. After the Captain says, “…get your mind right” to Luke, played by Paul Newman, he turns to the other prisoners and says, “Take a good look at Luke. Cool Hand Luke?”

To all Trump followers, I now say, “Take a good look at Donnie, Lying Boy Don!” He’s a loser, and just like the confederates you can deny the loss, but that doesn’t make it so. What we have here is failure to communicate. When you are given truth, you don’t believe it and when you are given lies you let them consume you. How many days in the box will it take for you to get your mind right?

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Gold, God, Guns & Goofballs: If you only read one chapter of this book, try “Take a Knee for America” and think about our never-ending conflicts between minorities and the police. I’m not asking you to take a stand but having a deep and honest conversation about why some people think the way they do would be productive. This is a book for the moment which seeks to start a conversation about peace. And if you are worried about social media, you really should check out the chapter called “Social Media Menace.”

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DEAD MAN WALKING

Mike Pence’s Political Career is Over

We are all known by the company we keep but, regardless of our self-image, there are times we must deal with our own words, deeds and thoughts. Michael Richard Pence is a lifetime member of the conservative movement. He was born on June 7, 1959 in the town of Columbus, Indiana. He was governor of Indiana from 2013 to 2017, then served six terms in the US House of Representatives from 2001 to 2013.

Pence has often proclaimed, “I’m a Christian, a conservative, and a Republican — in that order.” Funny, there’s no mention of being an American, and that is a huge part of what makes Mike Pence a terrible communicator. He doesn’t speak for all us citizens. He’s more interested in dictating what our values should be. If you want proof, just remember how he ran Indiana.

While he was Governor of the Hoosier State, Pence signed bills that restricted abortions, even if the reason for the procedure was the fetus’s race, gender or disability. This meant termination could not be performed in his state even if a woman’s fetus was suffering from a disease that would bring pain and suffering if brought to term.

When Pence signed the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA) he was surprised about the blowback from not only liberals, but also from moderate members of his own party, the business community, and LGBT advocates. RFRA provided a legal path of discrimination based on sexual orientation, gender identity, and other criteria. After a horrible press conference where he tried to explain himself, he bent to the will of the people and modified the act. By the way, the NFL threatened to pull Indianapolis as the location for a future Superbowl because of the RFRA, and that fact was probably the main driver of the uproar more than women’s rights.

Mike Pence is a homophobe, a xenophobe and perhaps a weekend racist, but he is our Vice President. Mike and his wife, Karen Batten Pence, have a strange fear of Mike being alone with another woman. They suffer from an illusion that all women he’s not married to are out to seduce him. This is a page ripped from the zealous Islamic custom of covering up women to ward off advances from men. In which century are these people living?

Why did Mike Pence team up with Donald Trump? Simple. He wants to become president. Pence thought it would be an easy path to the Oval Office after two terms of Trump, but that plan went horribly wrong. Why did Trump want Pence? Well, Boy Wonder Jared Kushner recommended Pence to secure votes from evangelicals and hard-core conservatives. Yes, that worked, but Pence’s contributions to date have been repeating the lies of his leader, totally screwing up the Coronavirus Task Force and being absolutely ineffective with legislation. Trump relies on Secretary of the Treasury Steven Mnuchin to negotiate with Congress more than his Vice President.

There is a giant conflict between Pence’s self-righteous image of a man of God as opposed to the misinformation and fraud he has promoted. If Pence believes lying is not a sin, then what does he truly think? Is it the old maxim that God is using a flawed vehicle — Donald Trump — to do his work here on the Earth? Does Pence imagine he is to facilitate God’s work to end homosexuality, stop abortions and mark those of the devil for the final days? I’m not at all sure about his faith, but his politics are certainly anti-inclusion.

SUPER SPREADER VP

The shit on Mike Pence’s shoes from walking behind Trump has tanked his political career. He’ll need more than Stanley Steemer and a bag full of dung beetles to cleanse his battered soul. Have you noticed that aside from a few hostage tweets he became INVISIBLE after the election? He’s worried about his brand just as much as Javanka (the nickname Steve Bannon uses for Ivanka and Jared Kushner) are concerned about theirs. It’s rumored that the former NYC power couple are trying to convince Daddy to admit he lost. Poor babies. BUT WAIT, this just in, PENCE is going back on the road, why?

Pence has no brand now. The title of this piece might seem a bit harsh, considering its history. Before the 1960s, prison guards would call out “Dead man walking!” as they lead a condemned man down the hallway to his execution. This practice was eventually eliminated, but use of the term has become a euphemism for anyone facing an impending and unavoidable loss. Mike Pence made a bargain with the devil and he lost. One would think a religious man would be more aware of false prophets focused on profits rather than what is good for America.

A man whose value system is based on being a Christian, a conservative and a Republican before being a good public servant, protecting the Constitution and the American people, can never be a good leader in the United States.

My greatest concern is that diabolic Donald Trump will resign from office on January 15, 2021 and newly minted President Pence will pardon Trump and his allies of any wrongdoing while in office. Would Mike Pence sacrifice his future political career for Donald Trump? Pence needs to remember how President Gerald Ford lost all respect after he pardoned former President Richard Nixon. At the end of his term, all Ford and his wife Betty had to show was a substance abuse rehabilitation hospital.

Mike Pence makes personally stupid decisions in the name of his party. As proof that he’s not that bright, recall that he attended COVID super spreader events to please Donald Trump. How could he totally ignore CCD guidelines while heading the virus task force? Is it due to a low I.Q. or just getting caught up in the rapture of the cult?

I have a feeling that Mike Pence will get a slot on the Trump TV network or Fox News to continue spouting the gospel according to Donald Trump. If he had any sense at all, he would run away from Donald Trump as far as possible. He could be called to testify against Trump, and if he lies under oath, he might be awarded an orange jump suit before the Donald gets his. Pence is meat, and not the kind we used to sneak on Fridays. He’s just another broke-dick politician with a phony disc jockey delivery that lacks credibility. Maybe the “My Pillow” guy can hire Pence to pitch a new product line called The Pence Pillow – Truthless Sleep.

As for me, I refuse to sleep! I’m ready to watch the next movie where the fallen devils get their due and Mike Pence openly admits he was wrong. It’s his only road to redemption.

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Gold, God, Guns & Goofballs: If you only read one chapter of this book, try “Take a Knee for America” and think about our never-ending conflicts between minorities and the police. I’m not asking you to take a stand but having a deep and honest conversation about why some people think the way they do would be productive. This is a book for the moment which seeks to start a conversation about peace. And if you are worried about social media, you really should check out the chapter called “Social Media Menace.”

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STOP MAKING THINGS UP

Trump’s Insidious Truth-Bending

The President of the United States is claiming that foreign nations or domestic bad actors broke into our election systems to change the vote counts against him. Now you might think I am exaggerating this, but here’s a Twitter quote from the man himself: “REPORT: DOMINION DELETED 2.7 MILLION TRUMP VOTES NATIONWIDE. DATA ANALYSIS FINDS 221,000 PENNSYLVANIA VOTES SWITCHED FROM PRESIDENT TRUMP TO BIDEN. 941,000 TRUMP VOTES DELETED. STATES USING DOMINION VOTING SYSTEMS SWITCHED 435,000 VOTES FROM TRUMP TO BIDEN.” Let me add some clarity to his words. Dominion Voting Systems is a corporation that makes and sells electronic voting hardware and software. Dominion is a Canadian company with US Headquarters in Denver. They have strongly and convincingly refuted Trump’s claims.

Internet messaging protocol suggests a person posting in all caps is SCREAMING! So, our crazy, current president is screeching his claims of fraud. His tweet inspired action in the intelligence community and they quickly responded with a news release. The group, including the Department of Homeland Security’s Cybersecurity & Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) and the National Association of State Election Directors, issued what appears to be a definitive coda to the 2020 vote.

“There is no evidence that any voting system deleted or lost votes, changed votes, or was in any way compromised. All of the states with close results in the 2020 presidential race have paper records of each vote, allowing the ability to go back and count each ballot if necessary. This is an added benefit for security and resilience. This process allows for the identification and correction of any mistakes or errors.” Do you know what? I’m going to believe these guys and not the President.

Biggest Crowd, PERIOD!

We are 69 days away from removing this narcissist from the White House. Most believe he will never concede to Biden or admit that he lost. As he has done over the last four years, Donald Trump seems to take joy in making things up, even if they embarrass our country or mislead our allies. Everyone in the world knows this man cannot be trusted, and many of them are lining up to phone Uncle Joe and congratulate him. They know it’s over; why doesn’t Trump?

This just in: the Pennsylvania law firm to bring the suit against the state wanting them not to count any mail-in ballots that arrived late but postmarked before or on Election Day, withdrew from the case. In the motion filed at 11:53 p.m. on Thursday, Porter Wright lawyers Ronald Hicks and Carolyn McGee — who work out of the firm’s Pittsburgh office — said the campaign was “in the process of retaining and causing other counsel” to take over the case. The attorneys said they and the campaign had agreed on the withdrawal, but Hicks and McGee were vague about the reason for their exit. I guess one cannot just make things up in court?

It’s shameful that the US State Department is not forwarding messages they receive addressed to President-Elect Joe Biden. It reminds me of a romantic breakup in high school, where two immature ex-lovers take inappropriate steps when ending their relationship. Yes, Donnie, it’s hard to take but can’t you suck it up? Everyone in the world thinks you’re a cry baby, even the Republicans.

Not letting GSA Administrator Emily W. Murphy execute the transition paperwork to facilitate activities, budgeting, office space and, most importantly, daily national security briefs for Biden is a childish, high school maneuver that will be challenged today by several high-ranking Republicans. The President is more focused on firing people he doesn’t like before Christmas, than fighting the virus or facing the fact that he lost the election! Get over it, Donald!

Truth-bending is just as harmful as lies, and some of his supporters say it’s just Donald’s “cute way.” The truth is, Trump’s main method of operation is always based on made up stuff because he won’t take any time to understand the truth. I’m sure you have known people who grab onto a belief early in life and then make it a focus. A well-respected businessman once told me to never trust a man who smokes a pipe. Okay, lots of smart and worthy men smoked pipes but this guy locked onto that one incorrect belief.

Bad Face Day

I have this thing about Trump’s makeup. A few men in my past wore makeup. One professor I studied under wore a light covering on his face. I always thought he was covering up his closeted homosexuality. I worked in theater and was around a great deal of makeup in those days, but that had a purpose of entertainment. Why is Donald John Trump orange?  Seriously, why? When he holds his hands up near his face you can see the vast difference in hue between his mug and fingers.

The lawsuits and the scam of raising money to help him save America from this “rigged election” precisely align with his usual ways of dealing with life challenges. He never looks in the mirror, takes off his makeup and calls it a day. He is driven to call people late at night to bolster his frail and damaged ego. What is most disturbing is the way his rhetoric and deceit have been adopted by other people in high places. When Texas Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick was confronted with the findings of the Heritage Foundation that no widespread voter fraud was uncovered in America, he bluntly blurted, “They are wrong.” That’s it, Dan? That’s all you have? Where’s your evidence or proof? Remember, the Heritage Foundation is a conservative think-tank that picked all of Trump’s Supreme Court nominations. Just saying something is NOT TRUE doesn’t make it so. It makes the person speaking the words look stupid.

Without facts and evidence, no one should believe anything Trump says. I cannot believe I am saying this about a US President, but it’s true. Trump lies about almost everything. Those times he uses an unrelated fact to “prove” an untruthful statement are nothing more than lies. It’s similar to the way some believe that that saying, “All Lives Matter” defeats the slogan Black Lives Matter, which they fear means “White Lives Don’t Matter.” A bad cop, regardless of race, is a bad cop. I don’t have to add that “not all cops are bad” to soften the danger or reality of bad cops.

The best thing now would be some adult forcing Trump into normal order so our long-standing traditions can move us toward a peaceful transition. I don’t need to see Joe and Don sitting in the Oval Office, awkwardly and uncomfortably posing with each other. I don’t need to see Donnie and Melania standing behind the Chief Justice swearing in Joe Biden in as the 46th President of the United States. Those things would be nice, but realist-me understands they are not likely.

Nothing about Trump is nice. We wish him well, but good riddance! “Don’t let the door hit you where you sit.” Oh, and see you in court, Donald!

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The book that tells it like it is…

Gold, God, Guns & Goofballs: If you only read one chapter of this book, try “Take a Knee for America” and think about our never-ending conflicts between minorities and the police. I’m not asking you to take a stand but having a deep and honest conversation about why some people think the way they do would be productive. This is a book for the moment which seeks to start a conservation about peace. And if you are worried about social media, you really should check out the chapter called “Social Media Menace.”

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ALTERNATE FACTS AREN’T FACTS

Maybe the Pollsters Got It Right

The current President of the United States has a disease that cannot be cured by public pressure or smart people telling him he’s full of shit. Donald John Trump is in a farce bubble. Compounding the symptoms are his enablers who live in fear that he will explode and bring the whole structure of government and their existence down to the ground. They are all failures in government and will be marked for life as losers and liars. Did Trump win the election? Why would he say he did? Well, he’s also a liar.

Vox.com features excellent reporting and writing. This was their headline the weekend before the election: “Biden has a big lead in the polls, but can we trust them? You mostly can rely on the polls, but that doesn’t mean Trump can’t win.” I love how some people who are paid to predict the future always have something in their pocket for a grand excuse when they lose.

This is a good time to fill in some detail about my background. For more than thirty years I was an international radio broadcasting consultant, specializing in music formats. A major part of that job was designing, conducting, and analyzing research polls to determine what the public wanted to hear when they turned on the radio. We probed why a particular station was their favorite and why they listened to others. We studied the disc jockeys, songs and formats with high audience appeal and listenership. If we found the client station had low appeal with listeners, we made wholesale and dramatic changes. The job involved big risks taken with the potential of a huge rewards, like placing Howard Stern on the air at client properties. The basis of success in music radio is totally driven by pollsters at radio ratings companies.

There is a notion in statistics called the “margin of error.” It’s typically a small amount that helps users of a study understand the possible impact of errors, such as miscalculation or change of circumstances. Now one might ask, why the “miscalculation” Larry? I once knew a researcher named Larry, thus the reference.  Larry was a straight shooter. He would answer that question with lots of words about demographic distributions, geographical weighting and probabilities. You see, research based on a sample of respondents is only as good as the composition of the sample. For example, if you are trying to understand the perceptions of African American voters, you need a strong representation of Black people in the sample of those you survey. You must balance the sample so it contains the same total percentage of groups that exist in the population you are surveying. If your sample has more or less of the type of participants you wish to measure, you must have a scientific method of adjusting the results. If you’re thinking there’s a lot that could go wrong, you are absolutely correct.  Good research involves strict, scientific discipline with a reliable margin of error.

In the old days, Gallup used 3,000 people to determine what the whole country thought about everything from cigarettes to carports. But as America diversified and changed, that kind of simple sample became unstable and unreliable. Yes, the pollster got the 2016 election wrong, but they’ve gotten other things less and more important equally wrong. First, people don’t always tell the truth. Next, the method of contact has a major effect. In the old days of radio listener research, a survey began with recruitment of respondents using a home phone. Because it was easier, many people from the same household were used for the same survey. It could be that Dad filled out the survey for all the kids, meaning their use of the radio was not measured at all. Researchers knew this, of course, and factored the probability of such possibilities into the margins of error of their radio listenership reports, “the ratings.”

In today’s world, the internet is not a reliable instrument for recruiting survey respondents. It’s too easily manipulated by evil forces. We all know that. So, with each call that a surveyor makes in a study to find out who the American voters will choose, there is an assumption made about the probability of the person on the phone actually voting how they say they will. Of course, they could be speaking the truth on the call but later change their mind before the vote. Stuff like this happens all the time and researchers adjust their margins of error accordingly.

In 2016, former poker player and famous pollster Nate Silver and his FiveThirtyEight website gave Hillary Clinton a 72 percent chance of winning the election. In 2020, the same group forecasted that Donald Trump had a 10 in 100 chance of winning while Joe Biden had an 89 in 100 chance of winning: So, FiveThirtyEight didn’t get it wrong. As I am writing this, Biden has 77,242,061 votes while Donald Trump has 72,096,110 votes. Biden got 290 electoral votes to Trump’s 217.

I thought the videos of Trump supporters in states where he was leading chanting “Stop the Vote!” while in states where the President was behind, they were screaming, “Count all the votes!” were asinine. In baseball, we don’t stop the game in the fourth inning because our team is ahead, and we certainly don’t add innings after we’ve lost. This is the most dramatic demonstration of “population density” that I have ever seen. When I say density, I mean STUPID SHITS.

When the pollsters told Joe Biden’s campaign that Georgia looked like it was moving toward the Democrats, Joe, Kamala, Barack and many other notable Democrats got off their butts and travelled to the Peach State to pitch their guy. This was like Trump in 2016 seeing that Michigan, Wisconsin and Pennsylvania were in the play for him. He went there and it made a difference. The Democrats simply used the orange man’s playbook and it worked. Hey, if you can’t read and correctly interpret the numbers, you’ll never know how to work them in your favor.

When analyzing research, there are times you see what you want to see. You see big numbers, but ignore the margin of errors. When you see a possible error ranging from plus-four to minus-four, you need to take four off your guy’s score and add four to the other guy. That is the correct way to study the numbers. I always knew this election would be close because I kept my eyes on the margins of error. When trying to judge baseball teams against each other at the end of the season, the team with the most errors is not a good one. Large errors matter.

Did they say Biden would win? Yes. Did Biden win? Yes. So, before everyone goes on TV to yell at the pollsters, stop and think. Polling is but one of the many “sciences” that openly admit they may have errors. When you hear the new coronavirus vaccine has a 90% effectiveness, look at the fine print. There is a margin of error. For one, the sample doesn’t include the extremely ill or the very young. No babies were given the serum. Remember, it’s the sample that most deeply affects the results of any study. And not to be a bit negative, but a vaccine with 90% effectiveness means that 10% of the sample would not be protected and could even die.

I know these are hard times for people to understand. The emotional upheaval of COVID-19, people losing jobs and the political vitriol, make it easy to blame pollsters for not getting it exactly right? They were conducting these surveys under high pressure during a terrible time in the history of America. They got it right, even though not perfect. Just like America.

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PENETRATING TRUMP’S BRAIN

Who Will Talk Him off the Ledge?

My father’s side of the family came to America in the late 1600s. According to family accounts, they came into James River, Virginia, then traveled up through Dover, Delaware, and finally settled in Lancaster, Pennsylvania around 1720. Most of these ancestors’ offspring were farmers, and it took them about a hundred years to spread across the state to Western Pennsylvania and Pittsburgh.

At this writing, we have just received the projected vote count in my home state. As much as this process has created tensions, nervousness and even anger with many citizens, we are finally have a conclusion to this drama. We dealt with the recovery of a damaged democracy after the Civil War, and we can’t even agree on what would have made that work better.

Trump and real president

While I was clicking on my keyboard earlier, an ABC News story came across. “This week, judges in Nevada, Georgia, Pennsylvania and Michigan have rejected the [Trump] campaign’s efforts to halt the counting process, if only temporarily, or alter it in some way based on shaky allegations of improper or nefarious conduct.” The best line in the story relates to U.S. District Judge Paul Diamond. “He appeared startled when the lawyers then acknowledged that the observers had, in fact, been permitted within 15 feet of the poll workers.” Diamond cracked, “I’m sorry, then what’s your problem?” Diamonds don’t usually crack.

Just about all Democratic internet posters have the same question. Who should be the one who will tell Trump his show has been cancelled? It won’t be his Chief of Staff; Mark Meadows just came down with COVID. Might it be Lindsey Graham, Trump’s golfing buddy? How about Mitch McConnell, leader of the Senate?  Who will have their “Barry Goldwater” moment with the Donald? You might recall that it was Senator Goldwater who dropped the reality bomb of removal on Nixon and convinced him if he didn’t resign he would be impeached and removed from office.

Maybe it will be Ivanka, Melania and Jared Kushner, coming into the Oval Office to smooth talk their way through his swollen ego to get him to admit it’s over? Nah, that won’t happen. I don’t mean to sound demeaning, but Donald’s current wife is loyal to her marriage. She’s merely an actress brought out like a trophy to speak the lines written for her. It will also not be Ivanka and Jared. They are both greedy bastards succeeded because they have the same moral-less values of winning no matter what. They have the most to lose from Trump’s removal from office. They will be continuously testifying to committees and courts for the next five years of their lives.

This brings us to the only thing that motivates Trump, money. Perhaps fellow rich powerbroker, Rupert Murdoch might be able to get through to Donald Trump. In case you don’t know, Murdoch is worth $16 billion and was originally from Australia. He owns tons of newspapers and media companies around the world, including Fox News and the Wall Street Journal. Trump knows Murdoch and he always takes his call. Why would Murdoch do this?

Rupert Murdoch

I may be sounding a bit diabolic, but Murdoch’s Fox News empire will benefit if Trump loses and goes away mad. For the next four years Murdoch’s network would be able to exploit those sore losers and loners who love the Donald. If Trump stays in office, by hook or crook, Murdoch will have to make his network more responsible and accurate and that would be bad for ratings.

What could Rupert possibly say to Donald that would inspire him to maturely deal with the loss of the presidency but still have something to look forward to? Well, what if he were to offer him a daily show on Fox News? Trump’s ego and narcissism are his central drivers, and he would revel having a daily show where he could bark out his dogma to the world. This would also be a huge win for Fox News because a Trump show will guarantee big ratings and tons of advertising bucks. What could this new job be worth to Trump? I say he might become desperate for a platform should Twitter take down his personal account when Trump leaves office. He has used that as a mouthpiece for his administration and I don’t think it would be appropriate for that account to persist.

I know it seems ludicrous that a former president would make that kind of move but look at what George H.W. Bush did after being a one-term president. He joined the Carlyle Group and exploited his fame for millions of dollars in Arab oil interests. Even one of the Bin Ladens were on his board. After his one-term wonder presidency, Jimmy Carter helped build homes for those unable to afford housing in America. Big difference.

Trump will have many coming after him after January 29, 2021, and it won’t solely be about job offers. The Southern District of New York has some legal matters on its desk. Maybe a new administration will reinstate Geoffrey Berman as the US Attorney in the Southern District so he can complete his work there. There are many other cases and issues that need to be resolved in courts. Trump could do his daily show from the veranda of Mar-A-Lago, sipping diet Cokes and making fun of the people in charge, just as he does now.

Only time will tell, but from my vantage point I see lots of work that must be done. For example, President Trump has signed, 193 Executive Orders since January 2017. Many of them are toothless commentary, rather than substantial policies. Some of them, when challenged in the court, were found to be border line unconstitutional. Others are extremely damaging and must be eradicated ASAP. The most important next step is to replace all the horribly damaged or totally unqualified people Trump has installed in powerful positions. At the top of my list are the Attorney General, the Postmaster General, administrators in EPA, DHS and the entire Trump cabinet. Then there’s Homeland Security and its 240,000 employees who are in desperate need of real leadership!

Rupert are you listening? Remember that Civil War and bodily removal of a president are bad for business. And might I say that Donald John Trump doesn’t want the lasting-forever Wikipedia page showing him being escorted out of the White House. While that would be grossly embarrassing for him, it would be much more so for all of AMERICA.

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OUR 3D PRESIDENT

Demeaning, Delusional & Dangerous

The ingredients are all there. Start with an overinflated, uncontrollable ego. Add a controlling, yet absent, father and a notion that you are the chosen person. Now slowly blend in a narcistic personality disorder combined with a depression era martyr syndrome doused with a thick layer of “go fuck yourself,” and there stands Donald John Trump.

There are three distinct drivers at the core of this man. The need to put down or bully others gives him a false sense of worth. He demeaned God by saying he will never ask forgiveness. He degrades women with misogynistic attitudes and actions, transparently hating them because of an unfulfilled need for a mother who couldn’t nourish and take care of him. He is a pathological liar, driven by a need to create the illusion that he knows something that others don’t, not realizing that most of us clearly understand he doesn’t know what he’s talking about.

His grandiose way of talking shows not only a lack of logic but what I call the “snowflake delusion.” When Donald Trump says he’s the least racist person in the room, then adds that he can’t even see everyone in the room, he exposes himself and his lie to any intelligent witness. The myth that no two snowflakes are ever alike cannot be proven unless every snowflake is captured and compared with all others. That is impossible, of course, and Trump’s self-aggrandizement with statements like, “I’m the only one who can fix it,” or “I’m the only one who knows the truth” illustrate his deep seated need to be smarter and better than everyone else in the world. He continually swirls in a delusional dance with himself truly believing that, “no one else has ever before seen the likes of —.”He is the center of his own world and his need for love fuels a delusional belief that nothing he does or says is ever mundane. It’s a pattern of unfulfilled neediness that may soon explode into desperate action.

When I first saw the title of his niece’s book, Too Much and Never Enough: How My Family Created the World’s Most Dangerous Man, I thought Mary L. Trump had gone too far. After reading her work, however, I get it. By using a the familiar construct of Donald-speak, Mary holds a lens to his orange face and we clearly see the golden boy, the chosen heir, the little miss “can’t be wrong” starring back at us. It’s just the tip of an iceberg that is dangerous to himself and others. Mary probably believes that the constant demeaning behavior of the spoiled, middle child helped kill her father, Donald’s brother, Freddy. Now we have an unusual and unnecessary number of Americas dead from a pandemic that the Donald ignored.

When someone in his circle does something wrong, he recites the refrain, “I hardly know him.” He contorts his face into a look of innocence he has perfected over the years. When he gets caught, he immediately acts surprised and then blames someone else. His very essence destroys the credibility of his words and the institutions and companies around him. He even debases those relationships he brags about. President Xi of China and President Putin of Russia don’t give a shit about Donald Trump. They are smart actors who know this fake blonde from Queens is a mark, a target, and far removed from American royalty. They laugh at him behind his back, knowing when they play him they make our nation less safe.

Donald Trump doesn’t comprehend his incompetence because he has been trained to deflect all blame or responsibility. Golf is a perfect game for him because it provides what is called a “mulligan,” a second chance for a “do over” to erase a mistake. Blunders never appear on Trump’s scorecard because he gives himself extra attempts  to cover them. Golf doesn’t kill people, but a president can kill, or simply look the other way when murder happens on their watch. Think Jamal Khashoggi.

He wonders out loud to Bob Woodward about his affinity for bad leaders and inability to get along with our allies. He admitted liking people he’s not supposed to as some kind of self-worth enhancement because he’s incapable of doing what he should. He’s the radio shock jock told by his boss not to say the word “douchebag” on the air, and then uses the word fifty times during his next show. Trump can’t see this, but he humiliates himself by doing the wrong things for the wrong reasons. His rebellion has lowered the image, value and safety of his own country.

His dangerous self-image is that of a radical, burn the house down dude, when in reality this little boy needs his father, who is no longer here. He simultaneously wants to have his father and everyone else love him, while he also wants to spit in all those faces. He’s the spoiled brat who rips up the game he’s just lost, leaving a path of destruction behind him. Trump doesn’t need a cabinet to carter to his every whim; he needs a fucking shrink.

Donnie uses the word, “disgraceful” as a weapon against anyone who challenges him. Every woman is “nasty” or “dirty” or “low IQ.” He kept struggling Black people out of his low-income housing because that was the way his father got rich. Donald Trump is a fraud and a fake, projecting those very attributes onto our election process. He has no moral compass because he is his own north star. Every direction, every decision, leads back to him. Donald, the mistakes you made during the past four years weren’t Obama’s fault or caused by Hillary’s emails. They’re all on you, DONALD. When anything goes wrong with something you claim to run, it’s YOUR FAULT.

Donald Trump could have used his latest press conference to soothe and calm the nation. But NO! He launched into a list of hearsay and conspiracy theories about election fraud. It was like a little league coach losing a game because he thought the umpire made a bad call, punching the umpire, then, punching the opposing coach in the mouth.

Us Americans with half a brain are tired of Donald Trump’s demeaning routines. We are nervous because of his delusional, flip-flopping habits and we see this man for what he is, a dangerous, exposed nerve ending with no redeeming qualities just waiting to blow. If he keeps encouraging and creating violence and harm in this country, then the “law & order” guy must just get a dose of his own medicine. He will probably look good in orange.

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TRAIL OF SCUM LEFT BEHIND

Donald Trump’s America is Sickening

Tomorrow, millions of people will cast their votes for President, Vice President and thousands of Congressional and state seats. My final argument in this last post before the election is not in support of a candidate. It’s against Donald John Trump.

Goofy President

I have never liked Trump. He was a silly publicity whore in the city that never sleeps and most intelligent people in New York didn’t take him seriously. He was a harmless game player when not in power and an insufferable braggart when he was. People got sucked into the myth watching him play fake boss on the Apprentice TV show. We love a drama and are intrigued by conflict. We get drawn into storylines that make no sense at all but still we want to predict the outcome.

I remember two co-workers at the water cooler having an intense conversation about a person named Omarosa. I was amazed at the emotional intensity of their conversation. I later realized that she was a reality TV character whom everyone seemed to hate. She was a villain of sorts in a show where the person who fired everybody was a hero?

As I watched the news yesterday and saw hundreds of Trump supporters surround the Joe Biden campaign bus in Texas, forcing them to cancel a stop on the trail, I wondered about the things Trump has done. He’s a huge part of the “cancel culture” he derides and the villain of free speech. The Donald attempts to intimidate with his tweets, speeches and rallies, but he’s just a greedy fool. Once he recovered from COVID he didn’t care if anyone else became infected. This is the scum Trump is leaving behind — EMPATHY FREE AMERICA! Who would want to live there?

After Trump was elected President, he named Omarosa, the antagonizing villain from his TV show, as the Director of African American Outreach. I’m not sure what she did in that role, short of just sitting behind Trump during meetings, but she eventually saw the light and turned against him. She was reimaged as a disgruntled, fired employee who the cult of Don did not take seriously. Those people would demonize Jesus Christ himself should he dare question Trump.

The fired-up followers use the word “traitor.” That’s the label they slapped on John Kelly, James Mattis, Stanley McChrystal, H. R. McMaster, Martin Dempsey, David Petraeus, Paul Zukunft and Joseph Dunford. These high-ranking Generals and Admirals have been disgraced by their Commander in Chief. Why? They have been demeaned not for losing a battle, but simply because they spoke out against Trump. The scum this president has slathered over the military is appalling. Notice how these days Trump talks more about police departments than the military. Donald, local cops will stand down when the military steps in, so don’t count on them for your coup.

Disbelief in Science Look

One of the things Trump doesn’t comprehend is that YOU CANNOT FIRE THE VIRUS. And this needless attack on Dr. Fauci for telling the truth is a desperate act of a delusional lunatic.

If Trump is such a great president, why do so many people hate him? Why do so many people talk about rescuing democracy by voting him out? Why are so many people voting? Ensconced in his bubble of enablers and co-liars Trump believes they are his supporters getting out the vote, but statistically a greater number of voters tend to help Democrats. Donald was never good with money or math.

The scum that Mitch McConnell, Lindsey Graham, Mark Meadows and the rest of the cult capos initially spread across this democracy was thought to be PARTY FIRST, but now it’s become TRUMP IS INFALLIBLE. They know it’s not true, but they are weak human specimens. If they genuinely believed they were protecting the country from unnecessary spending, then they made a huge mistake. President 45 has taken them to the cleaners. When Trump leaves office America will be trillions in debt, so why is keeping Trump in power so important to them? MONEY, their own money.

Almost half of those in Congress are millionaires. They earn more than $400K per year and they will have to give up some of their money when Biden takes over. They are part of the ever-growing 1% wealth class who will do anything to keep their cash, including committing murder. They don’t care about pre-existing conditions.

People get their underwear in a knot when I talk like that, but there is no way to tighten Donald Trump Junior’s briefs firmly enough. Why is that guy allowed to speak in public? He makes the characters in the TV show Succession seem empathetic and likeable. Trump Junior said the number of Americans dying from the coronavirus amounts to “almost nothing.” If fact, as I am writing this, there are about one thousand American COVID deaths every day. Hey Trump Junior, if one of your kids or girlfriends was dying, maybe you wouldn’t think it was nothing. Oh, while I have your attention, GO FUCK YOURSELF!

Dumb Don Jr.

I have always been opinionated and firm in my beliefs, but since Trump has been in office, I’ve become a monster. I got thrown off Twitter, for life it appears, and my posts elsewhere have become more direct and vitriolic. I deeply want to wash this scum off my body and mind this week. I can only hope that Trump is not the sore loser we have seen over the last four years. If he’s thinks it through, and that is not a given, he will take a potential loss properly, by just smiling and walking away. If he does anything illegal to attempt a takeover of the United States, we will march to Washington and remove him from office. That’s what good Americans do when our freedoms are challenged.

The stench and scum of this presidency will last for a long time, but here is a start. William Barr should be disbarred and charged with malfeasance of duty. Dr. Scott Atlas should lose his medical license. Mitch McConnell should be forced to resign from Congress. Lindsey Graham, if reelected, should be stripped of all committee assignments. Congress should get to work on strengthening our oversight laws and creating a firm punishment protocol for those who ignore subpoenas. And finally, while we reform the top judicial processes, let’s add two Justices to the Supreme Court and not replace the next two who die or resign. It will be a rejigger of the juggernaut. Term limits on all elected officials should be imposed at the federal level, including judges. No one is above the law and no one should be gifted a job for life.

If you are shortsighted and ignorant, go ahead and vote for Trump. Satisfy your greedy needs. Since you are reading this you are probably already in the choir, but I warn you it’s not over yet. We have a long way to go to fix the Donald-damage. I just hope I live long enough to see him GONE. Should you want to give me a Christmas gift, an orange winter jumpsuit to match his makeup would really be a nice, warm touch. Okay, it’s time now to VOTE FOR AMERICA.

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DEFINITION OF A DEMOCRAT

Trump’s Lies & Myths Show His Ignorance

I was going to dress up as a Democrat for Halloween, but I couldn’t figure out what to wear. Was I to put horns on my head, or wear a sixties hippy outfit and carry Molotov cocktails? Perhaps I should dress up in a $800 suit and carry a briefcase full of one hundred-dollar bills to give out to passers-by in a socialist effort to spread the wealth?

When Donald Trump was a private citizen, he was a registered Democrat? Why? Maybe the Donald was just flocking with the shakers in New York City. As we now know, back then Trump gave money to all candidates, regardless of party. According to the book written by his niece, Mary L. Trump, the son learned this from his father, who padded the pockets of the politicians who handled building permits in the city. Why should anyone believe anything Trump says about the Democratic party?

We have a rich history of political parties in this country. Once there were the Federalist Party and the Democratic-Republican Party, also called “Jeffersonian Republican.” Then we moved around some players into the Whig Party that came out of the National Republican Party and the Democratic Party. During the Civil War, from 1854 to the mid-1890s, we had the anti-slavery Republican Party, which adopted many of the economic policies of the Whigs, and we had the Democratic Party, which was pro-slavery. Along the way, we’ve seen attempts at third party candidates, usually bringing disaster to one of the larger party candidates.

It’s funny how the parties morphed over time. The pro-slavery, anti-labor Southern Democrats of the 1900s became pro-labor and much more liberal, while after freeing the slaves Lincoln Republicans became the staunch, conservative “leave everything as it is” party. Those who know history don’t view the Emancipation Declaration as a benevolent gift from Lincoln. They see it as a pure political move to save the Union. Modern time Republicans, like Trump, believe they have an anti-racism heritage to protect, but as soon as Lincoln was assassinated the country did everything it could to keep the Black man “in his place.”

It’s outrageous when Donald Trump says that he’s done more for African Americans than any president since Abraham Lincoln. I am sure Lyndon Johnson’s daughters are deeply offended by this president’s words, but it goes much deeper.

On June 10, 1963, President John F. Kennedy federalized National Guard troops and deployed them to the University of Alabama to force its desegregation. The next day, Governor Wallace yielded to the federal pressure and two African American students, Vivian Malone and James A. Hood, were successfully enrolled. Compare that to Donald Trump tear-gassing Black Lives Matter protesters so he could walk across the street for his photo-op of holding a bible. By the way, JFK was a Democrat.

Some say Democrats are just like the Republicans. Oh yeah, they talk a good game but deep down inside they will bend their own dogma to get up on the other party. Bill Clinton, a Democrat, wasn’t exactly a prince to the Black community. The former president made sure low-level drug users felt the full weight of state power at the same time bankers felt the removal of the shackles that bound them. Clinton simply wanted to play the “law and order” card to get reelected. Think about it. He was caught in an affair with an intern, lied about it, was impeached and still got another four years in office. Wow! It must have been the voter suppression by both parties that kept Clinton in power.

The Democratic party does NOT hate the police. As a matter of fact, many big-city cops are Democrats. Party members are not coming to burn down your suburb. And we all are repulsed by anyone tries to say we have a problem with the military. Just because we did not support the Vietnam War, we do honor our father’s service in WWI or WW2, every day. And those who fought in Afghanistan and Iraq, even if we disagreed, have a place in our hearts.

Yes, Democrats have tons of money. Look at how much Biden has collected from his Democratic donors. Republicans are silly when they claim that all the money is coming from George Soros. It’s true that 90-year-old holocaust survivor donates money to liberal causes, but maybe he knows that tyrants can gain power and turn people against minorities. Most Democrats aren’t braless radicals making bombs in the basement. Clearly that is the action of radical, right wing, nut job militias. They could care less about rich white guys telling them what to do. They are a cult with extraordinarily little financing. The guns they carry are paid for individually. It’s the far right we must watch.

The myth that Democrats are socialists is horse shit, or maybe donkey shit. Democrats feel just as much greed and need to keep money on the D side of the equation as Republicans want for the R group. Trump goes out of his way to paint Nancy Pelosi as a red, communist socialist, but she and her husband Paul Pelosi are worth about $46.5 million in real estate and various blue-chip stock holdings. Compare that to the richest person in Congress, Florida Senate Republican Rick Scott. According to Fox Business news, “Scott is worth an estimated $259 million.” Any claim that the Democrats are going to give away the treasury to out-of-work, single Moms is a bold lie. Democrats are actually, more fiscally responsible.

2016 data show that the net worth of Congressional members can be broken out into classifications of minimum, average and maximum. Based on their average net worth, 48 percent of House and Senate members are worth at least a million dollars. Yes, Mrs. And Mr. Taxpayer, they are rich and getting richer every year. They use information from confidential hearings to guide their investment strategies. This is not totally against the law. Why is that?

I find it richly ironic that Republican presidents tend to claim a Democratic government would somehow spend more money than they would. It’s a total lie. The national debt increased by 186% during the Reagan years, while George W. Bush helped increase that debt by 54%. Now before you get all crazy here, let’s look at the facts. George W. Bush’s “gift” to America totaled $5.9 billion more in debt, while Barack Obama also increased our debt by $8.6 billion.

Now let’s talk about our great bankruptcy-in-chief, Donald Trump. The national debt stood at $19.9 trillion when he took office in January 2017. In October 2020, the national debt reached a new high of $27 trillion, which is up almost 36% in less than four years. That’s an increase of $7 TRILLION! How can we permit this man to operate our country with that type of reckless spending?

Keep in mind that these figures were calculated before the coronavirus stimulus measures. In fact, the greatest debt burden of the country came from the outrageous tax cuts for the rich and large companies and banks. Trump was bribing the rich to like him, and all those fiscal hawks in Congress just looked the other way. Their complicity might help birth a new third party, the New Republicans. Here we go again.

Democrats are not the people Trump tries to imagine. Yes, Democrats generally dislike the 45th President, but they aren’t going to log in Alaska, pollute in Pittsburgh, or get rid of police departments. The need for police will be especially important in a Democrat run government. Those white supremacists, vigilantes and militias will find the men and women in blue defending our property and peace. The coin can flip quickly, and the disruptions and intimidations of automatic weaponry will no longer be tolerated by America. It’s all just a game with Trump, the former Democrat, who changed all his values and beliefs for power. I am sure he prays once every four years.

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THE BIGGEST LIE OF ALL

The Power Hasn’t Gone to Trump’s Head

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

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

Trump on 60 Minutes

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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