RACISM IS REAL

Trump’s New Ministry of Truth

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

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

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

Known Racist

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Far-Left Republican President

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

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

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

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

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VOTE EARLY & OFTEN

Trump’s Seditious Chaos Sowing

It’s all just a joke with Donald Trump. Imagine a preacher giving their Sunday sermon at the church pulpit and proclaiming that any woman who had the audacity to wear red is a whore. Not only would that cause much disdain throughout the congregation, but everyone in the sanctuary would be looking around to see what the attendees were wearing. When people in positions of authority say untrue or outrageous things, we sometimes accept them until we think about what they said.

Donald John Trump encouraged people to send in an absentee ballot and then go vote in person on Election Day, “Let them send it in and let them go vote, and if their system’s as good as they say it is, then obviously they won’t be able to vote. If it isn’t tabulated, they’ll be able to vote. That’s the way it is. And that’s what they should do.”

Voting twice in the same election is illegal and both President Trump and Attorney General William Barr know it. During an interview on CNN, Barr didn’t object to President Donald Trump’s statement that voters should cast two ballots this November. Bar expressed no outrage or dissent about Trump’s extreme suggestion. Barr said, “This is playing with fire. We’re a very closely divided country here. People trying to change the rules to this, to this methodology — which, as a matter of logic, is very open to fraud and coercion — is reckless and dangerous and people are playing with fire.”

William Barr is a disgrace to American justice. He doesn’t have the balls to stand up and tell the citizens of this country that VOTING TWICE IN AN ELECTION IS UNLAWFUL! To make matters worse, he’s the source of the Trump screed that mail-in voting is full of fraud. Having a loaded gun in your hand is extremely dangerous, but it’s not a “matter of logic” that merely holding a weapon will always lead to death. It’s wrong to demand that sick and vulnerable people risk their lives to vote. If I had a say in the matter, William Barr would be the first person I would fire in a new administration. His father gave us Jeffrey Epstein, and William gives us baskets of bullshit.

Donald Barr & Jeffrey Epstein

Barr went on to answer the question of what Trump was trying to say, “I don’t know exactly what he was saying, but it seems to me what he’s saying is, he’s trying to make the point that the ability to monitor this system is not good.” I am fed up with these feckless, fat assholes telling us how bad things are, but don’t have the brains or conviction to fix them. Listening to Barr could lead you to believe that his Justice Department is an arm of Trump’s campaign.

Continuing from the Trump playbook, Barr claimed, “I accept that there is some preliminary activity that suggests that they might try again. It wouldn’t surprise me if Russia tries something again of the same general genre before.” After that pronouncement, he added, “I believe it’s China, because I’ve seen the intelligence and that’s what I’ve concluded.” Following that, Barr declined to give more details.

I am sick and tired of William Barr, a non-elected head of the Department of Justice, spewing out his conclusions like he’s a judge. He’s an employee of the Executive Branch, but he acts more like the President’s personal lawyer.

Let me get this off my chest. When asked if Obama and Biden committed “treason” by “spying” on the Trump campaign in the lead-up to the 2016 election, the Attorney General of the United States said, “Well, treason is a legal term. I think he’s using it colloquially. To commit treason, you actually have to have a state of war with a foreign enemy. But I think he feels they were involved in an injustice. And if he feels that, he can say it.” No, No, No! If the top guy in the White House is saying that Biden committed “treason” without any charge or credible evidence, he’s attempting to hurt his opponent and not just riffing on the subject of law. Why can’t Barr just say the President shouldn’t use that term? Why did he give Trump a Get-Out-of-Jail card with the word, “colloquially?”

President Trump has said Barr could, “…go down as the greatest Attorney General in the history of our country, or he can go down as just an average guy. It depends on what’s going to happen.” While Barr wants the legal community to believe he’s doing his job in righteous ways, he uses terms like “spying” instead of surveillance, which is something the FBI does every day to Americans. Barr used the term, “Russia-gate thing” describing a fully functional and sanctioned investigation into Russian interference in our election by Robert Mueller. I concluded early on that William Barr was not a real Attorney General. He’s just another political appointee, operating in ways that clearly demonstrated he doesn’t have the American’s people’s back on the subject of “liberty and justice for all.”

Another conclusion that tumbled from his fat, bull-frog mouth is there is “no systemic racism” in America’s law enforcement agencies and police departments. William Barr admits that racism exists, and there are some police officers who might have racism in their souls, but he’s hung up on his own definition of racism. He’s trying to say there aren’t some built in racist polices, practices or procedures in the training of police officers and the exercising of their duties. He did admit that we have much work to do. What work would that involve? Making sure we know who the “bad cops” are and keeping them off the forces or in the streets with loaded guns. You see, if there isn’t a system to fairly, honestly and completely eradicate racists from law enforcement, then we have a systemic weakness. He admitted that in a roundabout way but did not say anything meaningful regarding those he oversees on the federal level.

Thinking ahead, I would love to have the next Attorney General be Preet Bharara. He was the US Attorney of the Southern District of New York before Trump fired him. Bharara is one of the only US attorneys to land a conviction during the housing and money scandal of the mid-2000s. It would then be great if new A.G. Bharara appointed another former SDNY US Attorney, Geoffrey Berman, to serve as special prosecutor in an investigation of the Trump administration. We the people need to know the depth of the corruption, who was involved and who should never hold any political office ever again. Hey, it may sound like LOCK HIM UP… but lots of Trump guys have already been jailed. Sue me if you like, but make sure you have a good attorney.

Finally, I’ll sew up this post. I voted early by mail in the Florida primary that was held on August 18, 2020. I was curious to know what would happen if I tried to vote again in person. I walked into my polling place and spoke with the folks there, explaining that I had already voted by mail and was curious what would happen if I tried to cast another vote here. They were very friendly and helpful, electronically running my driver’s license (one registers to vote in Florida when you get a license) and showing me that my vote had already been counted. They also directed me to a website where I could see if my vote was in the count for the future. You see, William Barr, you and all others who think Florida is unorganized and fraught with “logic-based” fraud are WRONG!

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BIRX, FAUCI & REDFIELD SHOULD RESIGN

Confront Trump and Save American Lives

There comes a time when things get so bad one must decide a course of action for their own survival. This can happen when a woman in an abusive marriage walks out the door to save her life and assure the future for her children. Sometimes a man stays in an equally terrible relationship and must escape before some bad disaster takes place, such as a murder. Here in America we now face a life or death situation and it’s time for someone to do the right thing.

The President of the United States is saying all the wrong things, pushing lies and distractions and waging a sinister plan that fuels the COVID-19 flames. He’s killing people! Who can step up and make a difference with him? Someone who attended the first Coronavirus Task Force meeting in months leaked a terrible account of the President’s temperament on the pandemic. According to CNN, “As some members of the task force tried to stress the dire nature of the situation to the President, Trump repeatedly attempted to change the subject. He started talking about something else.” There is no reason why anyone would make this up. Was it done to make the Donald change his tune? Assuming what was reported is true, then are we getting closer and closer to the 25th Amendment. Let’s review that potential cure for an ignorant and dangerous President.

From the Globe Gazette

The 25th deals with succession and other issues, but this paragraph should catch your attention: “Whenever the Vice President and a majority of either the principal officers of the executive departments or of such other body as Congress may by law provide, transmit to the President pro tempore of the Senate and the Speaker of the House of Representatives their written declaration that the President is unable to discharge the powers and duties of his office, the Vice President shall immediately assume the powers and duties of the office as Acting President.

Mike Pence is liked by many conservatives and evangelicals, but he has a deal with the devil and is so loyal to Donald Trump that he will lie to the American public to make Trump look good. There’s an paradox in that. Pence was so outraged when former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn lied to him that he demanded Trump fire Flynn. In this administration, lying is judged more by the source of the lie rather than its content or lack of validity. So, don’t hold your breath that Pence could muster the balls or morality to suggest he be a replacement President. Remember, it would also take a legal majority of the cabinet to vote to remove Trump from office. The 25th Amendment also mentions Congress as a source for making the move to remove the President.

I’m fairly certain the House of Representatives could attain the votes to enact the 25th, but such a move would die in the Mitch McConnell Senate. So, we are left with a challenge and a problem. Trump’s continual misinformation and pressure on states to reopen schools will probably lead to more infection, more stress on the healthcare system and more death. He has no clue how to solve the problem but he certainly knows how to sugarcoat or dismiss it. He’s ignoring experts and, much worse, he’s poisoning the reasoning of million of Americans and they are doing things that are making this pandemic worse.

I remember the outrage and swift moves that took place during what was named the “Saturday Night Massacre” on the evening of October 20, 1973. On that night, President Richard Nixon ordered his Attorney General, Elliot Richardson, to fire Special Prosecutor Archibald Cox who was conducting the legal investigation of the President’s involvement in the Watergate scandal. Richardson refused and resigned immediately. Nixon then ordered Deputy Attorney General William Ruckelshaus to fire Cox. Ruckelshaus also refused and resigned. Nixon then ordered the third-most-senior official at the Justice Department, Solicitor General Robert Bork, to fire Cox. Bork carried out the dismissal but stayed on to “protect” the Justice Department. The Supreme Court made Nixon turn over tapes of White House conversations that proved he was involved in the break in of the Democrat’s office at the Watergate hotel complex and that he initiated a coverup and used the IRS to go after people he considered enemies. Real douchebag, eh?

The resignations and firing triggered an explosion that led to Nixon’s resignation. The President looked extremely guilty to the American public, and Congress turned against the 37th President and convinced him to leave office because they were about to impeach him. Of course, Trump will never resign even if Lindsey Graham came to the Oval Office with a picture of the Donald alongside naked Russian hookers, but we are getting ahead of ourselves.

What might make a difference? Imagine Dr. Debra Birx, Dr. Anthony Fauci and Dr. Robert R. Redfield calling a press conference and announcing that they were resigning because they can no longer work with, or trust Trump. Then the fireworks would begin.

One of three things would happen, 1. Trump would say he really didn’t know them that well and he was just thinking about getting rid of them anyway, because they gave him such bad advice, 2. Trump would bring in Dr. Oz and Dr. Phil (a man without a medical degree) to say that everything is fine, or 3. Trump would issue an executive order forcing all schools and states to immediately open. Lots of people would die and Donald John Trump would then cancel the election. Okay, maybe the doctors should stay on duty.

You might be thinking, gee, so negative and panicky, but if you just listen to the B.S. of our President you can imagine what I just said playing out. When you hear Trump say that children are immune to the virus and that is why all schools should OPEN NOW, understand that he’s fucking crazy. In a letter sent to parents and obtained by CNN, the head of St. Andrew’s Episcopal School, Robert Kosasky, announced the K-12 school season will begin in early September with a virtual-learning-only plan. Ironically, Trump’s son Barron attends St. Andrew’s. I guess the sons and daughters of rich people need to be protected more than the millions of middle and lower-class kids in America. Trump is a demonic demigod who is ready and willing to sacrifice your kids to help his campaign. One could argue that Trump caused the death of Herman Cain, but there is no evidence to prove that. Still, he did reject the notion of mask wearing and Cain obeyed.

The sooner we all stop listening to Trump, the better off this country will be. I could say that he’s delusional, but that could be cured by a good doctor. If all the doctors walked away right now, our country would be in deep shit. And isn’t that why Vladimir Putin wanted Donald Trump to be president. He picked a real loser, and so did America.

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THE MARY TRUMP BOOK

Just Another Dysfunctional Family?

I know how hard it is to write a book because I currently have four on sale. I was skeptical when I first learned that Mary L. Trump, the niece of the President of the United States, wrote a book about the Donald’s family. Was this just another person trying to make money on a ghosted, tell-all work of semi-nonfiction or was it real? I subscribe to the latter.

Mary Trump is a psychologist, businessperson and author with several impressive degrees from Tufts, Columbia and a Ph. D from Adelphi University. I’m not in love with the title of her book, Too Much and Never Enough: How My Family Created the World’s Most Dangerous Man, but seeing that she sold one million copies during the first release week, what in the hell do I know? I’ve read the book. It’s well-written and tells the unvarnished truth about what she saw growing up as the daughter of Fred and Mary Trump’s oldest son, Donald’s brother, Freddie. Her father died in In September 1981 at the age of 42 from an apparent heart attack because of his alcohol abuse. Mary was sixteen when her father passed.

The writing is compelling and the story, whether you like Donald Trump or not, has a magnetic pull. It’s almost a textbook about what she terms the “sociopathic” nature of Fred Trump, the patriarch of the family and Donald’s dad. President Trump had no protection from the many forms of his father’s criticism and pushback. After reading this book, I now totally understand so many things about Trump. Living the last four years of Trump-world forced me to build a giant arch out of bricks, but I couldn’t find the keystone. This book provides exactly that.

I pledge to not give away too much of the book here because I highly recommend you read it. Still, I need to offer a reasonable spoiler alert because I am about to dig a little more deeply into this book about Trump’s past. Mary’s book informs that Trump’s limited vocabulary is not the product of a concerted effort to streamline or dumb down his messages. It’s not a strategy. It’s how he talks, and it was the way Fred Sr. talked. The fact that “nasty” is Trump’s go to term to express disgust for women was his father’s trope.

Fred and Donald Trump

The President can go on TV and say that the family never liked Mary Trump and that he has had only slight interaction with her, but he also is quite aware that Mary, and her brother Fred Trump III (known as Fritz), sued the family to contest Fred Senior’s will. The two grandchildren were cut out of any benefits even though their grandfather and uncle Donald used secret payments to a shell company for years as a tax shelter. Reading the book, I saw that most of the known timelines and historical details she delivers are totally accurate. Why make up the rest?

The contents of this book deeply troubled me. After getting through its 225 pages, a cloud of depression washed over me. I knew families in the 1950s who had the same kind of grip on their children, and the familial manipulation of one of my high school friends led to his suicide. I came out of my funk when I realized how wonderful a childhood I had. This book will lead you to an understanding of why Donald wears the same suit every day, why he sits and stands the ways he does and why his signature is so bold and strange, It’s all there. Trump is a copy of his father in some ways, but also has his own personal layers of disfunction beyond the sociopath and narcistic personality disorders bestowed by his father. The byproduct of constant abuse, bullying and putdowns by his father led to Donald’s supreme defense mechanisms, an undeserved supremacy complex, frequent gloating and constant lying. Remember, this is not an armchair analysis by Mary Trump. She holds a Ph. D in clinical psychology.

After absorbing her story, I am profoundly fearful that Donald Trump’s mental instability makes him completely unfit for the office of president. Mary writes,He is as incapable of adjusting to changing circumstances as he is of becoming ‘presidential.’” Over the years, a common media myth has been Trump’s need to surround himself with people who are totally loyal. What I learned from reading this book is that it’s not loyalty Trump wants and needs. It’s obedience.

The book Too Much and Never Enough clearly explains why “Donald takes any rebuke as a challenge and doubles down on the behavior that drew fire in the first place, as if the criticism is permission to do worse.” This is what happened after the attempted drive-by impeachment earlier this year. It makes Senator Susan Collins’ comment that Trump has learned his lesson after trial to be one of the densest thoughts of all time.

Frederick Trump

The book highlighted a significant reality of the family structure. I have never been a big fan of a family’s lack of imagination when naming children. Why reuse names or fashion similar names of parents, grandparents and others in the family tree? Remember that Frederick is the writer’s German great grandfather, Fred is the grandfather and Freddie is the father of Mary L. Trump. Confused? Mary is the granddaughter of Mary Anne McLeod and the niece of Maryanne, Donald’s oldest sister. The fact that Donald Trump named his son Don, Jr. is just a continuation of this stupid scion obsession. By the way, Donald’s youngest son is named Barron because Trump used John Barron as a pseudonym when calling newspapers in New York to leak information. Because of the similar names, it’s often a struggle to keep all the stories straight when reading Mary’s book.

While she didn’t say so directly, I learned from Mary Trump’s book that Donald John Trump, the 45th President of the United States, suffers from an intellectual incapacity. Mary hints at learning disability and says that Trump paid another to take his SAT exam so he could get into the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. The book doesn’t allude to any large contributions to Penn by the Trump family, but those records have been sealed. The school is instructed to say only, “Donald Trump is an alum of the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. He holds an undergraduate degree in business.”

It doesn’t take a Ph. D to observe the President’s weak reading skills. When using a teleprompter during a speech, Trump mixes up words, mispronounces terms and has pitiful phrasing. His attempt to loosen things up by adding little comments often distorts the meaning of the message, or worse, makes it redundant and repetitive. Read this book and you will fully understand Mary’s claim that Donald Trump’s vindictive personality is driven by exposure to too much privilege and copious amounts of neglect. I won’t lay out her full premise here, but the fact there was no love in Trump’s family, unless it was connected to money, makes it easy to understand some of his negative behaviors.

No one is left unscathed in Mary Trump’s book, not even her own father. There are so many times I wanted to kick my Kindle when reading about how everyone did whatever Fred Trump wanted and now no one confronts the Donald, no one pushes back because Trump is just one, big, living lie. He’s carries with him the baggage of his inadequacies and requires and demands enormous amounts of adulation and praise. Mary Trump is right. He has not significantly advanced emotionally from a little, four-year-old child and he has the vocabulary of a 14-year-old boy.

Mary’s book is a total A+, and I believe you will agree with me after you read it. Donald Trump must be removed from the White House in January. He must be eradicated from the Presidency and sent back to New York to stand trial. After Mary L. Trump’s revelations, I would not be surprised to see many of his family members being investigated for tax fraud and other illegal activities. She offers no proof, but Mary Trump knows more than she wrote.

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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COMMUTE OR PARDON?

When Criminals Become Judges

I have never liked Roger Stone. He carries an immature, frat-boy mentality and he will do anything to win. He is a morally depraved asshole of the highest order who now claims he wants vindication. He says President Donald Trump saved his life. Hey, good for him. That’s one life saved by the Donald who doesn’t give a shit about the 134,000 Americans who have left this world because of COVID-19. I can’t help feeling that if Roger Stone were sent to a US prison, he would have contracted the coronavirus and died.

Now Stone wants to go back into court and get a new trial to clear his name. Sure, will Trump pick the judge, the jury and which media will cover the new trial? Donald Trump is a criminal and, just like his Attorney General William Barr, thinks he has the ultimate say about everything that happens in our country. Trump could have pardoned Roger Stone so he wouldn’t have to endure being thumped on the knuckles by some “corrupt judge.” Ha, that is rich, Trump has decided that he knows more about law, order and justice than anyone else. What is next? Maybe Trump should pardon Putin and all the comrades at Russia’s interference team GRU? At this point, nothing would surprise me.

The Russian election interference investigation was NOT a hoax and Trump continues to let Putin off the hook. Why? Roger Stone conspired with Wikileaks and the Russians to help Donald Trump get elected. He’s a fucking traitor and forty months in jail is way too light a sentence. Roger Stone intimidated witnesses by threatening bodily harm, but that is just “doing business” In Trump’s mob world. Maybe it’s time to bring back the firing squad?

I subscribe to Dan Goldman’s insight that the reason Trump acted now is he knows he will lose in November. Let me add that Orange Boy is pissed at the virus and must get revenge, so he’s picking the Justice Department to spank. Who would want to work there when the “leader of the free world” tears up your hard work even when it’s successful? Again, I will mention the brilliant observation of one of our readers that, like a spoiled kid, Trump will trash the gameboard, take the pieces and march on home. If he can’t play, no one else may be allowed to enjoy the game.

This may seem far-fetched, but Trump’s suggestion the other day that he’s going to produce an executive order to give DACA kids a pathway to citizenship might not be a diversion. Perhaps it’s a giant F.U. to the remaining old-line Republicans. He’s railed against DACA so much, how could he possibly think his base will like that move? Wait until Laura Ingraham and Anne Coulter get wind of that plan. He’ll immediately go on their shit lists.

But hey, Roger Stone won’t go to jail. Maybe in Trump’s disillusionment he thinks Roger will be able to pardon him when the prosecutors from New York come to arrest him within hours after he leaves office. Trump is a flight risk. He owns planes and the man should not receive bail. Trump is the largest loser of all time and the most embarrassing president we have ever had.

Does Roger Stone deserve to go to jail? Yes, he broke the law when he lied to Congress and this brings me to the unbalance of power. Both the House of Representatives and the Senate need to show bravery and use their power to regain their power of “equal branches” our founding fathers gave us. Congress needs to stop being so polite!

If someone didn’t show up for a hearing when they were subpoenaed, were I the Speaker of the House, or the Majority Leader of the Senate, I would send the Sergeant at Arms to arrest them for contempt of Congress. I would put them in a basement holding cell and leave them there until they decided to testify or provide the requested documents. Congress has the power to do so, but they haven’t used it recently. The Washington Post reports it was used back in 1935 and again in 1951 when several gamblers were detained. Such a bold move would make criminals more fearful and dismantle the attitude that Congress has no power.

Don’t think this is not a real thing. It is. It’s not an arcane tradition or myth; it’s the law. The House Sergeant at Arms serves on the Capitol Police Board and is responsible for security. Upon an order from the Senate, the Sergeant at Arms can arrest and detain any person who violates Senate rules or who is found in contempt of Congress. If the Democrats win a majority in the Senate this fall, are you ready for some football!

If Lindsey Graham were the pious, old gal he pretends to be, he would call Roger Stone to testify next week. If Stone then didn’t appear, he should be arrested. That would certainly put Trump in a bind, because one of the things that Roger would have to do is tell the truth under oath. He’s not pardoned, only his sentence was commuted. If he lied again he could be tried for the same crime of contempt in the very body he lied to in the first place. It’s not double jeopardy; it’s a continued prosecution of a criminal act. The penalty the second time would probably be much greater than the seven to nine years the prosecutors sought the first time.

William Barr is not a valid Attorney General. He’s broken his oath to protect the Constitution, and under any other circumstance he would have been impeached. Barr is a political operative and liar for the President. He’s soiled himself so much that even a giant Depends diaper can’t save him. Congress is also not our friend. Their partisan drunkenness and self-dealing must be dealt with in the next election.

I don’t give a rat’s ass about Roger Stone; the man has a tattoo of Richard Nixon on his back and would have become someone’s wife in prison in his first week there. Perhaps you can accept the notion that Roger would love being someone’s wife in prison. Look above to the first paragraph about depravity.

I care about America and our form of government. Donald John Trump also deserves a fair trial, but one in which he is judged by a jury of his peers. You know, rich, fat, racist, white Americans with overbearing narcistic personality disorders. Better yet, how about twelve US citizens who have been deeply hurt by the COVID-19 curse. That jury should be composed mostly of African American and Hispanic people who most deeply feel the pain of the pandemic and who have suffered most under the mismanagement of the Trump administration. It would be fair because black is the new orange.

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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TRUMP SHOUTING WHISPERS

What the hell is White Power?

Us Americans love a strong marketing hook, but clichés and slogans can’t beat a virus. Donald Trump’s ego has been pumped up by the pundits and talking heads on TV saying how well he hypes and teases what is coming next. To them, everything is a “reveal.” They mention his reality TV roots and his alleged instruction to his White House team to think of every day as another episode of a show. Well we hear that, but this ain’t no television show.

It wasn’t surprising to hear the screams when “our” President retweeted a video originating here in Florida at a retirement community known as The Villages. 123,000 people live there, the same number of COVID-19 dead American bodies. At the start of the global pandemic, TV stations took their cameras to this small city of retirees who were highly vocal about the virus. Echoing their hero, they said it was a “hoax.” The University of Florida did a research project and went into the community to administer free coronavirus tests. We didn’t hear the results of either, but The Villages population is obviously hyper conservative and pro-Trump. The video was a stupid golf cart parade celebrating Trump’s birthday (June 14) and all the vehicles were decked out with Trump signs. One of the locals can be seen pumping his fist while chanting “White Power! White Power!”

After Trump’s retweet hit the internet, liberals and the cable news networks, well, all but one, highly criticized Donald Trump’s repost of the video. Tim Scott, the only African American member of the Senate was quick to decry the action of the President, but Trump took his good old time taking it down. Here are two important questions. 1. How did that video get past the Twitter censors? 2. Why is the President retweeting things that aren’t vetted? He said he never heard the yelled words “White Power!” in the video. Really? So, he’s fucking deaf?

Twitter, like all the other social media platforms, is utterly inconsistent in the way they handle matters of hate, truth, and violence. Twitter banned me for life, claiming I “interrupted conversations.” Excuse my ADD, but why wasn’t a pro-Trump video, featuring a shouted, racially insensitive slogan removed from Twitter? Do they adjust their censorship policy based on the person posting? I use the word “censorship” because that is precisely what it is. Several stories have been written by credible writers saying that Facebook and Twitter executives met with Trump face-to-face and then adjusted their policies to suit him. We have always known these platforms are money whores, but now they seem like political whores as well. Can I say that? Well, I just did.

The Village People

Let me return now to the stupid things people say. There are two hallmarks of our Trumpean dystopia. One is the automatic acceptance by some of the blatant lies continuously blasted from that unnaturally small-sized presidential pie-hole. The other is the incredible amount of meaningless or hijacked words in the “newspeak dictionary.” I’m hearing the term “unprecedented” so much that I am beginning to wonder if something can be precedented. Then there’s the distraction of claims about Obama doing this or that. What a mindless trick! Most of what the far right says about what happened during Obama’s eight-year term are blatant lies.

Mike Pence stood in front of the press and said the White House refusal to demand or decree that everyone must wear a mask has something to do with the First Amendment. I’m calling BULLSHIT. I can’t smoke a cigarette in some public places due to laws concerning public health. Tell me how these words in any way relate to public health, “…the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances,” Mike Pence and other lunatics like him in this administration don’t know how important the word, “peaceably” is to us.

So, WHAT THE HELL IS WHITE POWER? If you are just lightly aware of American history, you know that for hundreds of years citizens could not vote unless they were white, male and a landowner. White men have long enjoyed the unconditional and unchallenged right to rule. When an old man chants “white power” while riding his $4,000 golf cart, and a sitting president blasts the video of that to more than 80 million people, something is grossly wrong. One might defend this racist stupidity as tongue-in-cheek, but are we totally unaware of the uprising against police brutality and unnecessary death following the violent acts against people of color by law enforcement? Do we need to be reminded that The Villages love Trump, while 125,000 people are dead because of a virus in our country?

This is the big story people!

News broke over the weekend that the Russian government was allegedly paying the Taliban to kill US troops. Was that a clue that maybe someone wanted us to talk about WHITE POWER? If Trump knew about this and didn’t confront his buddy Putin, or take action to protect our soldiers in Afghanistan, he would be guilty of treason, the crime of betraying one’s country, especially by attempting to kill the sovereign or overthrow the government. If the president knew this as fact and did nothing, he put our men and women in danger. Some say as many as twenty soldiers were killed since this report was ignored by Trump.

Orange Boy will probably say he never saw the report or that intelligence couldn’t confirm it. Okay, but the deeper question is, WHO WILL YOU FIRE FOR NOT RAISING THIS MORE FORCEFULLY? It’s time to get serious, folks. We need a Congressional hearing ASAP. Maybe the hearing could take place in the whitest chamber, the Senate. Let’s put the power of all those old white guys to use for a constructive purpose.

Consider these words, “Whoever, owing allegiance to the United States, levies war against them or adheres to their enemies, giving them aid and comfort within the United States or elsewhere, is guilty of treason and shall suffer death, or shall be imprisoned not less than five years and fined under this title but not less than $10,000.” If Trump did not act on this intelligence, he was giving “aid and comfort” to not only the Taliban, but to Russia as well. Why do all of Trump’s roads lead to Russia?

READ ABOUT FACEBOOK AND SOCIAL MEDIA

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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DEPARTMENT OF INJUSTICE

Trump Infects Judicial System & DOJ

When I was growing up in America it was all too easy to see corruption and face the reality that who a person was determined how they would be handled by the police and the courts. The mayor’s son was arrested for painting cars in the visitors parking lot of my school. He was never charged. The case just disappeared. Most Americans believe that there are two systems of justice, one for the famous and wealthy and another for the rest of us.

I think we would all like to believe that when facts prove offenses they will be dealt with fairly in the judicial system. We know that our founders wanted to limit the power of judges, so they gave the Chief Executive lots of flexibility in determining how the law was administered. The Executive Branch gets to not only run the Department of Justice that decides which cases are brought to a court, but also which infractions they deem either unworthy of prosecution or below the level for legal action. We put a lot of faith in how they operate because they have the power to ruin a person’s life or allow them to start over and redeem themselves. We can only hope they get it right most of the time.

Let me add a wrinkle here. The President of the United States has the power to appoint judges with congressional confirmation. A president can shape the court by those he appoints. The founders also gave the President the undisputed power to pardon anyone he feels was unjustly charged or convicted. That’s an awesome privilege in the hands of a reasonable person which can be used to overturn the errors of a malicious judge, but what happens if the President is a vindictive lunatic?

Trump bullied, manipulated and forced the DOJ to drop all charges against Michael Flynn, who lied about talking to the Russian ambassador before Trump was sworn into office. Flynn admitted to the infraction in court, twice. He also lied to Mike Pence and this so disturbed the Vice President he demanded that Trump fire Flynn. Trump removed Flynn from government and said it was because he lied, a fact which no one disputes. He plead guilty to the charges and was about to be sentenced when along came William Barr. Attorney General Barr acts more like Trump’s personal attorney instead of caring about American citizens and the law.

Trump keeps declaring himself the “law and order” President while his base claps and cheers and coughs on each other. One thing is crystal clear; Trump is attempting to change the way America does business and, like a third-world dictator, has moved in ways that may make it difficult to recover our democracy when his term is over. If you control the decisions of this country’s judges, why wouldn’t you simply do whatever you want despite your action breaking a law? Trump is undermining the very foundation of our system of government. The three supposedly equal branches are being unduly influenced and controlled by Trump the man, not the President.

The courts don’t always give us logic or reason or even fairness. They give us opinions and those opinions become law.

You might say, “Oh, you’re making a mountain out of a mole hill! Trump’s just joking.” Don’t be such a blind fool. He wakes up every morning asking, “What can I do to take more power and stay here forever?” He’s the demon the forefathers warned us about and if we don’t stand up and demonstrate, we will lose our freedoms and will render the phrase “justice for all” inoperative.

Will other people who lie to the FBI or mislead the courts also get a pass simply because they have a friend in the Oval Office? Does this constitute a precedent, or is it just a goddamn miscarriage of justice? Here is what happened. A US appeals court directed a federal judge to drop the criminal case against President Donald Trump’s former national security adviser, Michael Flynn. It’s no secret that this demand came from Trump to those in the Justice Department, and it prevents a judicial review to determine the propriety of the request. In other words, the Executive Branch has power over the DOJ and can manipulate which cases are brought to court.

Just as William Barr stood before a national TV audience and declared that the Mueller Report didn’t find any laws that were broken, he has now placed himself above the court, and the disrespect he shows for truth and law is more than appalling.

In any other time, Barr would have been impeached. Attorney Generals Alberto Gonzales, Griffin Bell and General Harry M. Daugherty were on the chopping block, but they all exited rather than go through the embarrassment of impeachment. Their offenses were varied. Daugherty was allegedly involved in kickback scam involving bootleggers and the Congress delayed action.

The case of Griffin Bell is somewhat blurred by time, but five Department of Justice attorneys resigned over A.G. Bell’s reluctance to pursue others in the department for illegal activities related to domestic spying. Bell indicted the Acting FBI Director L. Patrick Gray, Mark Felt and former FBI Assistant Director Edward Miller for authorizing break-ins of New York City radical political activists’ offices and residences. This was in 1978, long after the Watergate break-in. He must have been a true-blue Democrat because President Jimmy Carter appointed him to be his Attorney General, but Bell only served two years before the chicken shit the fan. Oh, by the way, the spying truly took place. It wasn’t a hoax.

The case against George W. Bush’s A.G. Alberto Gonzales is straightforward. He was politically damaged by Democrats who lost confidence in Gonzales and accused him of excessive politicization of the Attorney General’s office. If my memory serves me right, Alberto Gonzales, kowtowed to Bush and VP Dick Cheney and paved the way for justifications of torture and the onerous Patriot Act. Lifelong Republican William Barr, who served in George H.W. Bush’s administration, is nothing but a political operative for the Red States.

Trump has infected the Department of Justice. All those who work in the DOJ should be wearing masks to protect themselves from the orange dementia virus. I have said this before; the first dismissal by the next president should be William Barr. He’s unworthy of the position and will go down in history as a big, fat liar. I can surely prove he’s fat, and so is the President. They have been eating at the same table for decades and taking everything they wanted. I hold hope that justice will eventually be served. Barr and Trump will not swallow the truth, but time will show how dishonest these “hombres” have been behind the scenes.

Although his sentence might have been only three or four months in jail, the fact that Michael Flynn is going to get off SCOTT FREE disturbs me greatly. It will be the ultimate slap to the face of justice if Trump brings him back into the administration. Of course, we know Trump doesn’t give a rat’s ass about having rats in the People’s House. Disgraceful.

FROM THE WAR ON SCIENCE TO BLACK LIVES MATTER

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.”

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


OPEN LETTER TO AMERICA

Is Trump More White Than Right?

I don’t know about you, but when I look down at my hands, I don’t see white, I see what can be best described as “skin color.” That statement is a racism misnomer, but do you understand why? When your kids investigate a box of crayons, what color do they pick to depict skin tone? I am not WHITE. I am a fleshy, old-guy Caucasian color. Just as the skin of a black man or woman is not exactly the color of black, we are all shades of different colors ranging between hardly any pigmentation to extremely dense layers. Even Crayola has a difficult time defining skin colors. They say I will find eight different colors that represent skin tones from around the globe, including apricot, black, burnt sienna, mahogany, peach, sepia, tan, and white. Amazing!

During the first five years of my life, I lived in a neighborhood that was rapidly changing from white to African American. In the 1950s, I attended a church daycare center with kids of every race. The facility had a big round communal urinal, similar in style to one of those champagne fountains you see at big parties. In terms of shape and size, my school buddies looked like me and I have carried this with me my whole life. We were alike biologically, but we had different colors of hair and shades of skin.

You experienced the reverse of the lack of skin coloration the first time you saw an albino. It’s a term that refers to oculocutaneous albinism (OCA), a condition under which a human being produces little or none of the melanin pigment.

Melanin is the term for a group of pigments occurring naturally in most organisms. They determine our skin color. According to experts, humans migrated into the arid, open landscapes of Asia, which is now eastern Europe, about 1.2 million years ago. This migration was most likely triggered by a megadrought on the African continent and the excessive ultraviolet-b radiation led to a human skin evolution, under which a darker pigmentation came about to protect against folate depletion due to increased exposure to sunlight. There is another theory claiming that the shape of certain migrants’ eyes changed to protect their sight from blindness due to a harsh sun, thus the faces of Asians are shaped differently than white Europeans and Africans.

The reason I have spent so much time on the color of skin is because it’s at the root of the racism we are seeing. Racism is simply defined as prejudice, discrimination or antagonism against someone of a different race based on your belief that your own race is superior. Most define race by the color of one’s skin.

I know you are probably thinking, “I don’t believe I am superior,” but are you sure about that? When I was five years old, I moved from the city to the suburbs and spent the next 14 years of my life going to school and living in a community that was totally white. The attitudes of the 1950s and 1960s in Pennsylvania were not as confrontational and verbally abusive as those in some southern states, but were there, under the surface. African Americans were called “colored people” where I lived, and we had black and brown crayons to represent those “others.” In the good old days, there was no “skin color” crayon in the box, only white.

Donald Trump, the present President of the United States, has had to defend a “racist” tag for years. From lawsuits claiming discrimination in housing, to his Central Park Five full-page ad calling for the execution of unjustly charged, convicted and confined African Americans, Trump has a target on his back. Most people just assume he’s a bigot and racist because of the things he does and says. His lack of strength or ability to call-out white supremacists like Neo-Nazis, KKK members and far-right anarchists is apparent. In the last four years, he’s been more white than right.

Great Day for George Floyd

You can plainly see his racism every day. Today, Trump Tweeted a letter that said the peaceful protesters the military cleared out of Lafayette Park for his photo-op with a Bible were TERRORISTS. To be fair, it wasn’t his idea. It was his broke-dick lawyer John Dowd’s letter that inflamed the president. John Dowd almost got Trump thrown out of office, why would the Donald listen to anything he has to say? And Mr. President, when you retweet, you are endorsing the thoughts of another.

We all grow up. Some of us change. According to an ABC News/Ipsos poll out today, 74% of Americans view George Floyd’s death in Minneapolis as an underlying racial injustice problem. The rash of African American male deaths by the hands of police officers that happened a hundred years ago never made the white owned and run newspapers. The crack in the ceiling of racism got its first opening because of one brave, African American boy.

After being accused of offending a white woman in his family’s grocery store, 14-year-old African American Emmett Louis Till was lynched in Mississippi in 1955. FREEZE FRAME THIS. He was executed because he “offended” a white person. We later learned that the offense he was accused of never happened.

When Emmett was six years old, he contracted polio which led to a persistent stutter. Some white people characterized this as a lack of intelligence. Southern newspapers printed funeral pictures of Emmett’s beaten, tortured and mutilated corpse in an open casket. His mother, Mamie Till, demanded that people see what the murderers had done to her son. Some newspapers editorialized, “Now is the time for every citizen who loves the state of Mississippi to ‘Stand up and be counted’ before hoodlum white trash brings us to destruction.” So, things haven’t changed that much. We just saw an unarmed black man shot to death in Georgia and another unarmed African American suffocated to death by a cop kneeing on his throat. Lots of TV people are talking about the racial problems in America, but they are saying the same things Americans heard back in the day.

Trump has done nothing to bring us together as a nation. I often repeat this, but HE IS DOING NOTHING TO SOLVE THE PROBLEM of systemic racism. His lies are destroying people’s careers, lives and livelihoods. I am hopeful that something is coming, change is coming, and Donald Trump will be dumped on the heap of those people who were too stupid to even know they are racist.

Hey, America, you could have left those Africans in Africa, but you didn’t. You used guns to force them onto boats to come to this country and do your work. You kept them down for hundreds of years. To this day, we continue to keep them underpaid, under-employed and constantly challenged in their quest for the American dream. To move forward, we must not get caught up in the guilt of the original sin of the United States. First, go to the mirror and confront your inner soul. Do you think you are superior? If so, work on yourself. If not, then ask yourself what you have done to make America great for all. You cannot say go back to where you came from unless you are willing to leave yourself. Native Americans can disregard that last sentence.

There is no superior SKIN COLOR, just as there is no singular IQ value or DNA set that makes one human better than the next. Please, for God’s sake, do not turn to Donald Trump for anything. He’s not going to be around forever and when he’s gone, we can put his statue in the Stupid Museum. Remember, he’s the guy who told us how bad immigrants are, and then proceeded to hire lots of undocumented workers and immigrants in his businesses. I’m sure he likes those people because they work for less money. What a damn hypocrite.

If you read this book, you can see why all this happened to us.

The book that tells it like it is…

Gold, God, Guns & Goofballs If you only read one chapter of this book, it’s called, Take a Knee for America and thought about this never-ending conflict between minorities and the police. It’s not really taking a stand I’m asking you to do, but having a real frank conversation about why some people think they way they do would be productive right now. It’s a book for the moment and starts the conservation of peace. And if you are worried about social media, check out the chapter called Social Media Menace.

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


42 MILLION MARCHERS

Trump’s Blunder of Biblical Proportions

It’s no secret that the President of the United States is the most powerful person in America, but the current one is certainly not the smartest. Donald Trump believes that his base is more important than the masses. One cannot debate this aspect of the builder, turned reality TV actor, turned President. The more he tells us how smart and successful he is, the worse American life gets. His legacy is dirt.

The stunt of having para-military forces clear a peaceful demonstration across from the White House in Lafayette Park so that Trump could walk to St. John’s Episcopal Church to have his photo taken while holding a Bible was contemptible. It didn’t take long for religious leaders to take issue with Trump’s use of that famous church and the Holy Bible as props for political gain. So, that was a distraction, but we still have a problem.

According to the 2010 Census, there are 42 million African Americans or Multiracial African Americans and they make up 14% of the total U.S. population. And what the Donald has failed to comprehend is that THEY DON’T THINK LIKE HIM and they never will because Trump is a rich white guy from New York who has never gone hungry. Trump simply cannot relate to the people he blocked from renting his New York apartments. He dislikes black people and believes they are bad for business.

Remember, this is the same guy who placed a full-page newspaper ad calling for the death penalty of the men who were charged in the Central Park Jogger case in 1989. We now know those five young men were wrongfully charged. Had they been executed when Trump urged it, the state would have killed innocent men. Trump has never apologized.

Should all 42 million African Americans march to the White House and demand change, Trump would have the army shoot them down. Then we would have a race war, which is what Russia has always wanted. Trump continually attacks those he doesn’t like instead of looking out for all of us. He doesn’t care about the country; he cares about how he looks.

Many Americans rally around this President because they too carry a strange, asymptomatic version of racism. They say they don’t judge people by the color of their skin, but they do. Trump says stupid things about conspiracies, medical “treatments” and outrageous legal claims while his base takes it all in. He has bolstered racists, xenophobes, anti-Semites, anti-vaccine people and hard-core, tough-cop tactics. A new ABC News/ Washington Post poll shows that 27% of those surveyed say it’s unlikely they will get the COVID-19 vaccine once it’s available: “A mix of groups express less interest in getting vaccinated – 46% of Republican women, 45% of very conservative Americans, 40% of Republicans and 37% of evangelical Christians.”

Maybe that is the reason why Trump stood in front of the church holding a bible. His staff may have seen numbers showing that evangelicals are not as happy as they once were being on the Trump train. Could it be that we will never get rid of the virus because a large percentage of unprotected people will allow the curse to continually return in small, deadly clusters? Trump has declared himself to be the “law and order” president, but to me he’s the “divide and death” president.

Trump’s exploitation of bad situations turns up the emotion and anger of those who haven’t bought into his bullshit. He gets press, forces trending and fogs up the room so people can’t see him stealing the gold (and their rights) right in front of them. Soon after rubber bullets and tear gas blasted into peaceful protesters, famed newscaster Bernard Shaw appeared on CNN and commented, “I was thinking that the critical focus of history will judge Donald Trump as a presidential aberration. Walking from the White House through the tear gas-laden Lafayette Park to the steps of the church of the presidents, St. John’s, and holding up that bible would have made P.T. Barnum proud.” WE DON’T HAVE A PRESIDENT; WE HAVE THE RINGLEADER OF A CIRCUS.

This photographic exploit will likely end up as footage in a Trump campaign ad. People of faith, however, probably thought of the 1817 hymn “Onward Christian Soldiers,” or II Timothy 2:3: “Thou therefore endure hardness, as a good soldier of Jesus Christ.” Donald Trump’s crusader mentality is similar to the way some Islamists express their allegiance to Mohammed. When war, soldiers and military tactics are brought into our places of worship, we are doomed to repeat the justification of murder under the protective dome of religious rights. Remember, the Nazis kept their gold in the Vatican bank. Some experts believe there were as many as five million people killed during the crusades, which were driven equally by politics and faith. It would be a grave sin for a church or religion to endorse violence against our fellow citizens.

Trump may be looking toward God for an answer, but God is busy and not answering the call. More than 105,000 Americans have died at the knee of COVID-19, but the government has moved on. There’s a DC rumor that our president hasn’t talked to Dr. Anthony Fauci in two weeks. I guess Trump thinks it’s over. He’s such a naïve, thin skinned, reckless, immature asshole. Think about this. When Trump takes no responsibly for the malfeasance or bad policy of his administration, it means Trump is irresponsible.

This just in; a Sarasota cop was caught on video this month putting his knee on the neck and back of a black 27-year-old Sarasota man who was later charged with felony possession of ammunition by a convicted felon. The officer has been put on administrative leave, but I have a question. Why is this hold legal? Why hasn’t Trump urged Congress to write and pass a law to prevent such a tactic? Probably because he doesn’t care about the way cops treat “criminals.” He’s already shown that he can prejudge anyone before facts and evidence are on the table. That is exactly how a close-minded bigot operates. Yes, Virginia, we have a bad man in the White House. What if 42 million people stood in defiance and demanded a solution? Trump would have no answer other than force, power and death. He’s really a “killer” president in every incredibly sad sense of that word.

If you read this book, you can see why all this happened to us.

The book that tells it like it is…

Gold, God, Guns & Goofballs If you only read one chapter of this book, it’s called, Take a Knee for America and thought about this never-ending conflict between minorities and the police. It’s not really taking a stand I’m asking you to do, but having a real frank conversation about why some people think they way they do would be productive right now. It’s a book for the moment and starts the conservation of peace. And if you are worried about social media, check out the chapter called Social Media Menace.

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


UNCOMFORTABLY NUMB

The Putrid Fumes of a Presidential Pandemic

In William Shakespeare’s dramatic offering HAMLET, the ultra-famous playwright penned a line that is often quoted, “Something is rotten in the state of Denmark.” It was uttered by palace guard Marcellus, after seeing the ghost of the dead king walking over the palace walls. He is speaking to his philosophical comrade, Horatio, saying that the situation of Denmark is like a fish that rots from head to tail. Marcellus is commenting that everything is not good at top of the political hierarchy.

In the 1979 Pink Floyd classic Comfortably Numb, the opening lyrics can be dropped directly into your brain without interpretation, “Hello? Hello? Hello? Is there anybody in there? Just nod if you can hear me, Is there anyone at home? Come on now, I hear you’re feeling down. Well I can ease your pain, Get you on your feet again, Relax, I’ll need some information first; Just the basic facts…” Eventually, this sonic masterpiece ends with the lines, “The dream is gone. I have become comfortably numb.”

Something stinks in DC and we are anything but comfortable. Even if we are a bit numb, we are not dumb. We see the numbers on our TV screens every day, there, up on the right, how many infected, how many died. By the end of Mother’s Day 2020, the United States reached the horrible milestones of 80,000 deaths with more than 1.3 million cases of infection. This is real.

A growing number of Americans are figuring out they cannot base their movements, plans or actions on what President Donald Trump says. His latest delusional adlib, at a meeting where no attendee wore a mask, introduces a theory about the COVID-19 virus. He said that it will “go away without a vaccine.” He provides no evidence other than a mention that other viruses went away. Had Limp Brain Donnie googled the subject, he would have seen that many past viruses had no cures. From the Baylor College of Medicine web site, we see that plagues such as HIV/AIDS, Dengue fever, Malaria, Respiratory Syncytial Virus and many more have no cures.

To make matters more clinical, we have a vaccine for smallpox, but that doesn’t mean it’s eliminated. We have won most of the battles with polio, but Pakistan, Afghanistan and Nigeria have never eliminated it even though there’s a vaccine for this crippling disease. We are optimistic that the smart biology, chemistry, medicine and genomic researchers will invent a solution for the current coronavirus, but great ideas take time.

Even with many time-tested inoculations, some American parents refuse vaccines out of a fear spread by misinformed anti-vaxx groups. This bad parenting of not helping their kids with vaccinations has led to an increase in cases of measles. We thought we had it eliminated within the US twenty years ago. Thanks, crazy people. All of you should be on a list to be the last to get a COVID-19 shot; you know, wait until it’s proven safe.

It’s amazing that the lyrics of a Pink Floyd song provide a narrative that could be related to treatments and testing, “Okay, Just a little pinprick, There’ll be no more, ah, But you may feel a little sick, Can you stand up? I do believe it’s working, good, That’ll keep you going through the show, Come on it’s time to go.” Most rock experts will tell you the Floyd were singing about shooting up heroin before a big show, but temporary pills and poisons are a necessary evil when times are tough. We could interpret the last phrase as a call to get back to life, which is exactly what we all want to do right now. It’s time to go.

Now a spoiler alert as we get back to Shakespeare. The play doesn’t end well for Hamlet. He is killed with a poisoned sword, leaving the reader uncertain whether the events of the play resolve Hamlet’s struggles and self-doubt. We will probably never know if self-doubt is the main ingredient in Donald Trump’s self-made conflicts. His ping-ponging and flip-flopping have been seen every day during this pandemic. The man is obviously shaken and unbelieving that his words have not yet whisked the virus away.  Maybe tomorrow.

The Observer Research Foundation provides this, “Whether Hamlet was mad or not is indeed a question that has tormented curious high-school students for generations. He started out – Shakespeare tells us – by playing mad, but by the third act it is really not clear whether he had indeed lost the plot a while back.” As can be easily seen, Donald J. Trump navigates many different universes, but each share the flaws produced by alternative facts, outright lies and stunning scientific stupidity. Is the man insane or has he fallen into the trap of becoming the character he created?

The Observer Research Foundation asks, “Could Trump’s unpredictability be a sign of his inability to quickly calculate the costs and benefits of a dramatic change in US policy?” If only it was that simple. Are we facing the frightening reality that he cannot comprehend the dire impact of this virus? Perhaps that could explain how his staff convinces him to change so many of his pronouncements. Surely everyone who works at the White House knows you should NEVER drink Lysol or any disinfectant. It’s unbelievable they had to straighten him out a few hours after he suggested such a cure.

When dipping into Shakespeare and Pink Floyd looking for parallels and meaning, you will find deeply disturbing things. For example, Donald Trump has said openly that his greatest fear in life is being poisoned. Should someone sneeze on you right now, it could end your life. The virus is a poison of sorts, and its name is derived from the halos, or crowns, seen on each viron under electron microscopic examination, thus the “corona” part of the name. Poetically it could be called a crown of thorns, but I will leave that to the devout.

Painfully we have learned that three of the country’s highest-ranking health officials on the COVID-19 Task Force are now self-quarantining after two White House aides tested positive for the novel coronavirus. They came in contact with Katie Miller, the Press Secretary for Mike Pence, and a valet who serves Trump his meals and endless cans of Diet Coke. Katie Miller is married to Stephen Miller, one of Trump’s main intimates. Will the Millers self-quarantine for 14 days?

When new Chief of Staff, Mark Meadows, said the White House was probably the safest workplace in Washington, most people just shook their heads in disbelief. Trump and Pence may never get the virus leading to the terrible symptoms many people their age have and are suffering, but they are terrible role models. Trump didn’t wear a mask when he visited Honeywell and Pence didn’t wear a mask when he toured the Mayo Clinic. Such foolish, selfish clowns! Their painted smiles are covers for their deep-down panic of this pandemic. Fear vs. denial is a wicked drama. THIS JUST IN: Two of the Generals who attended the weekend Joints Chiefs of Staff meeting (without masks) have tested positive for COVID-19.

When I put on my cloth mask, I smell the odor of a presidential pandemic. I will remember that smell when this is finally over. I bounce between anger and numbness, but that numbness is definitely not comfortable. When I hear those Pink Floyd lyrics, “Just a little pinprick, There’ll be no more,” I imagine a time when we will be LIBERATED from this curse, but make no mistake. Trump will not lead you to the promised land. He has no map, no GPS, no plan, no clear understanding of the problem, and, as we have sadly learned, his promises are lies. His inane words and wishful thinking will not bring an end to COVID-19.

The song Comfortably Numb, has this perfectly appropriate observation about Trump, “Your lips move but I can’t hear what you’re saying.” Trump will go away one day, with or without a vaccine. We must conquer the virus with science and oust Trump with our votes.

If you read this book, you can see why all this happened to us.

The book that tells it like it is…

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

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