NO COLLUSION

Trumpers Rally Around Denials

As I walked to my local library, I couldn’t help but notice a small card table at the doorway with a couple sitting in the hot sun. The poorly made sign said, “No Collusion.” They were passing out Trump reelection brochures. Even before the ink on the Mueller Report was dry, the idea of using the phrase, “No Collusion” as a slogan for a reelection campaign seemed rather senseless. But with Trump denying things and lying his way out of any situation this seems to be standard operating procedure. Trump the martyr.

Even the first statement Trump made after the 4-page letter from the Attorney General William Barr was read to him was a lie. WHY? Clearly, in this documents (Here v0) you can read the line, “The Special Counsel states that, ‘while this report does not conclude that the President committed a crime, it also does not exonerate him.’” And yet, that sentence in black and white was totally ignored by Donald Trump. His first sentence included the phrase, “… total exoneration.”  Clearly, if you believe what the Special Counsel said, then Trump’s problems of misdeeds, misconduct and malfeasance while in office is not quite resolved.

The Southern District of New York office of the Justice Department may charge Trump and his organization for things done before Trump became president, but that doesn’t mean that Congress cannot hold Mr. Trump to a certain ethical standard while he remains in office. He is making a ton of money being President. Isn’t that against the law? There are some very important issues at stake here and the sooner we Americans focus on them, the quicker we might be able to stop Trump from trampling over the rights of the citizens.

Depending on the demographics, most voters are focused on healthcare/healthcare costs, employment/jobs, the effect of immigration and its administration on the general well-being of America. Whether the Mueller report has some great consequence in their lives is far from where the rubber meets the road. Now, the lunatic in the White House has a new push.

According to Vox.com, “The Trump administration wants the federal courts to overturn the Affordable Care Act in its entirety, an escalation of its legal assault against the health care law. The Justice Department said in a brief filed on Monday that the administration supports a recent district court decision that invalidated all of Obamacare.”

The ACA covers 15 million Americans and along with Medicaid expansion that covers another 15 million, Trump and his henchmen will destroy the healthcare of more than 30 million Americans with the stroke of a pen. They will take away the right to get insurance if you have a pre-existing condition. A free and open market in healthcare, hospital care and pharmaceuticals will guarantee price increases. This might be good for all the Congress men and women who own stock in healthcare and drug companies but will only hurt the common man and women. Eyes open people. Medicare is next.

Trump has continually claimed that by getting rid of Obamacare, we would have a better and cheaper healthcare system. But the big orange glow job of the West Wing has never laid out what that post-Obamacare policy will be. His administration is so wrapped up with catch phrases and sales pitches, there is never any meat on the bone. No one knows what he will say, so no one on his staff commits on details.

Here is what America should be asking, would we have wanted P.T. Barnum or Teddy Roosevelt commanding the troops during the Spanish – American War? Barnum, who was a lot like Trump said, “Nobody ever lost a dollar by underestimating the taste of the American public.” Our taste in leaders is highly suspect. While President Theodore Roosevelt said, “Speak softly and carry a big stick; you will go far.” And President Trump will always be known for, “No Collusion.” Sad.

When I read that 4-page letter from Attorney General William Barr, I was rather confused. Didn’t they just do exactly what Jim Comey did with the whole Hillary email scandal? They said they wouldn’t exonerate but couldn’t bring a charge in that case. Why are they allowed to do this? Oh, yeah, that’s right, they aren’t the judicial branch, they are the executive branch. They are the order, not the LAW. That is up to Congress and the Supreme Court.

Here is a newsflash for you folks, Mueller, Barr and Rosenstein are convinced Donald Trump’s words on Twitter or news conferences or campaign rhetoric cannot be used to codify his intent. So, why didn’t they put Trump under oath? Even the judges during the Muslim ban hearings kept questioning whether slogans and declarations on Twitter and the campaign trail were just jokes and just part of some political, public masturbation. Clearly, Trump asserted more than 183 times that Robert Mueller was corrupt, confused or conflicted. But when the letter from Barr came out, Trump said Mueller did his job honorably. So, which is it? Trump hates someone until they agree with him, then they are “tremendous.”

If your campaign slogan for 2020 is “No Collusion” you must be crazy. Next Tuesday, if the DOJ complies to the demand from Congress for the whole Mueller report to be handed over, we will see the details of Robert Mueller investigation. I predict some of the more obvious and embarrassing details will motivate Trump to keep up the “Witch hunt” mantra. The President is quite insecure. Someday we will have a real “leader” in that position, so think about who you would like to replace him in 2020. Get to work.

BRAND NEW BOOK ON AMERICA

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

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


TRUMP’S FATAL FLAW

The Government of One

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

BRAND NEW BOOK ON AMERICA

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

 

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PELOSI PLAYS WITH TRUMP

Real Politician vs. Fake Politician

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

BRAND NEW BOOK ON AMERICA

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

 

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

 


SURPRISE! SURPRISE!

Welcome to Trumpworld, Suckers

As much as we want to believe that the judicial system is unbiased, sometimes we feel that an American judge hands down a decision based on a deep-seated bias. Feeling this way, can cause a loss of faith in the system, leading to the phrase, “this system is rigged.”

If you are wondering why the court always pronounces a duration of incarnation in terms of months, you wouldn’t be alone. The clue might be in the “time off for good behavior” policies and laws which are earned in monthly increments. When you looked at your phone and saw that Paul Manafort got 47, you might at first have thought it was 47 years. No, that was 47 months, sucker!

Judge Judy was even surprised

It’s obvious that Senior U.S. District Judge T.S. Ellis decided that the crimes leading to Paul Manafort’s conviction were not so bad. This judge was quite talkative during the trial and seemed to berate the prosecutors and editorial comments at every turn. Conservative Judge Ellis said in his ruling that Manafort led an “otherwise blameless life.” Really? Just to remind everyone, the recommended mandatory sentence of Manafort’s crimes is 19 to 24 years. That’s more like 200 months, but the guy got a sentence short of four years.

Let’s put this in perspective. Being caught in Florida with 20 grams or more of marijuana can mean a five-year or 60-month sentence. Why would Paul Manafort get only 47 months? The cynical mind might ask if Judge Ellis is a Republican. Is Judge Ellis anti-tax laws? White collar criminals are not always given such an easy sentence. Bernie Madoff got 150 years in prison. Was that decision because many of his victims were rich white people?

Manafort was found guilty of eight counts of bank and tax fraud by a jury of his peers, He stole from the US Treasury in the form of tax evasion and lies over decades. This decision will certainly pale in comparison to the upcoming sentence that will take place next week in the District of Columbia, where he pleaded guilty to witness tampering and conspiracy related to his illegal lobbying and money laundering. This surely sounds to me like he is a menace to society.

Judge T.S. Ellis did order Manafort to pay restitution of $6 to 35 million and undergo three years of “supervised release” after his nearly four years in jail. I’m not sure what that means exactly, but we all know where this is headed. President Donald Trump wants to pardon Paul Manafort because he thinks he’s a “good guy” and he is “very sad” about what has happened to him. This is based on Trump’s doctrine that “rats” are bad and people who “don’t flip” are good. But Trump has a political decision to make in this matter.

If Trump pardons Manafort, or any of his associates, before the 2020 election, he will risk that the central argument in the next election will be his seemingly lawless acts in a “law & order” administration. Trump fears not being re-elected, because the day after the inauguration of the new president could be the day Donald J. Trump is taken into custody. This next election for Trump might be the most important event in his life.

Paul Manafort is just another bottom feeder scumbag who has fleeced the political system and ignored the tax laws for his own benefit. Like Roger Stone and Dick Tuck, this ruthless, soulless human has bilked candidates around the world out of their money. You might say, “Let the buyer beware,” but there are some significant changes in US policy that were engineered by these self-serving bad guys. Our policy toward Turkey was massaged by retired General and convicted liar Michael Flynn. Paul Manafort manipulated the Republican platform taking arms away from our Ukraine ally. Also, Roger Stone, may have managed the Wikileaks damage from the US. Doesn’t all that sound like treason?

While the House of Representatives passed a resolution against hate and bigotry, the judge in the Virginia courthouse was, in a sense, giving Manafort a gift. Manafort will get more time, but he will serve only a little more than 600 days, not 47 months. If Trump gets re-elected, the first thing he will do is pardon all the criminals he likes. Welcome to the new rules of an evolving despot. The gangster in the White House simply doesn’t care about anything or anybody other than himself.

The President might claim vindication with Manafort’s light sentence, but Trump talks out of his ass most of the time so we can disregard his transparent use of social media. The artful use of the term “collusion” is code for “don’t flip.” You don’t need to be Alan Turing or Michael Cohen to know the subtle subtext of his hyperbole.

Most of the lies and misinformation Trump has transmitted should be reason for his impeachment. But don’t be discouraged, Trump, like Putin, won’t live forever and the worst case is that he will attempt to stay in office by declaring a national emergency. If this asshole gets re-elected, democracy must be on guard.

I take a severely cynical approach to the Manafort sentencing. Judge T.S. Ellis fell for the defendant in the wheelchair trick. Yes, the defense lawyers used the oldest ruse in the book. Like prisoners who ate soap to affect their health and get early release, Manafort ate rich foods all his life and now has gout in prison. Anyone who has tasted prison food knows there’s nothing in that slop that could give a person gout. If I was being even more cynical, I would suggest that Judge Ellis is jealous of the power given to a DOJ Special Counsel. He might see that investigative body as a threat to his own power. We will never know.

Next week will bring another act in this political passion play as Judge Amy Berman Jackson lowers the curtain on the witness tampering, illegal lobbying and money laundering case in Washington. Manafort hid $55 million from the IRS and was caught. He pleaded guilty because he knows that Trump’s pen is surer than another jury trial. Once again, the rich and powerful seem to have a different system of justice. How did this ever happen? Oh yeah, MONEY!

BRAND NEW BOOK ON AMERICA

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

 

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

 


FAMILY FALACIES & FRAUD

The President Should Be Indicted

Donald Trump has broken the law. Our president has failed to properly administer law and policies. He has ignored his oath of office. If I was tasked with writing the charges of impeachment, this is where I would start:

Violation of 5 U.S. Code § 3110. Employment of relatives; restrictions. It clearly states that A public official may not appoint, employ, promote, advance, or advocate for appointment, employment, promotion, or advancement, in or to a civilian position in the agency in which he is serving or over which he exercises jurisdiction or control any individual who is a relative of the public official.

Election Laws: The statute prosecutes individuals who conspire to commit any offense against the United States, or to defraud the United States or any agency thereof in order to violate election laws. Pursuant to 18 USCS § 241, two or more persons are prohibited from conspiring to injure, oppress, threaten, or intimidate any person in any state, territory, commonwealth, possession, or district in the free exercise or enjoyment of any right or privilege secured to him or her by the Constitution or laws of the United States, or because of his or her having so exercised the same.

New York State 176.05 Insurance fraud is a fraudulent act committed by any person who, knowingly and with intent to defraud presents, causes to be presented, or prepares with knowledge or belief that it will be presented to or by an insurer, self-insurer,  or  purported insurer, or purported self-insurer, or any agent thereof: any written statement as part of, or in support of, an  application for  the issuance of, or the rating of a commercial insurance policy, or certificate or evidence of self-insurance for  commercial  insurance or commercial self- insurance, or a claim for payment or other benefit pursuant to an insurance policy or self-insurance program for commercial or personal insurance that he or she knows to: (a) contain materially false information concerning any fact material thereto; or (b) conceal, for the purpose of misleading, information concerning any fact.

The Title of Nobility Clause is a provision in Article I, Section 9, Clause 8 of the United States Constitution, [1] that prohibits the federal government from granting titles of nobility, and restricts members of the government from receiving gifts, emoluments, offices or titles from foreign states and monarchies without the consent of the United States Congress. The government/monarch of Saudi Arabia, according to the Washington Post, in December 2016, spent more than $270,000 to house six groups of visiting veterans at the Trump Hotel in Washington. This arrangement continues and Trump personally benefits from this business holdings and this case is proceeding through Maryland and D.C. courts.

Trump’s bold nonsense about doing nothing wrong must be met with major oversight and investigation. The facts are in broad daylight and people in power are going to have to answer some questions.

Rather than wasting our precious breath on whether President Trump forced security clearances on Jared and Ivanka Kushner, we should be asking why they are even there in the administration. Their appointment was a violation of the nepotism code and they should be removed from their positions immediately.

Donald Trump and Michael Cohen, along with David Pecker, conspired to withhold the details of the Donald’s dangerous and damaging liaisons with women because they believed those facts would have an impact on the 2016 Electoral process. This is a clear violation, which might warrant a $10,000 fine but could also involve jail time with a ruling of the right judge. We have the canceled checks to prove the arrangement.

Clearly, the Oversight testimony of Michael Cohen and the skillful cross-examination by newly minted Congressperson Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez showed that Donald Trump conspired with his CFO Allen Weisselberg and Cohen to lower the value of his properties for tax benefits, while submitting inflated values to get better insurance deals in the State of New York. If this is true, Weisselberg and Trump should be indicted.

And finally, Trump is not nobility We have no place for kings or royal families in the United States of America. The President cannot cast aside laws, traditions and statues at his will and for his financial benefit. The beginning of transparency begins with his tax returns. This is the evidence he doesn’t want us to see, therefore it’s a great place to start!

And in the end, Trump either shows his taxes and schemes or we, the American people, will show him the door.

BRAND NEW BOOK ON AMERICA

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

 

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


THE WALLS ARE CRUMPLING

The Trump Train in Peril

Donald Trump, the titular head of the Republican party, was not able to maintain the majority in the House after the midterm elections, and now he is feeling the pain of investigations coming out of various committees of the House of Representatives. He may be able to veto laws, but he cannot stop the inquiries into his campaign, his inauguration, his presidency and his personal and business lives.

One could feel sorry for the novice politician, but with daily revelations about who he really is, one can see the puzzle pieces of a man who has far fewer morals than those evangelicals who genuflect at his feet. He has displayed demigod-like attitudes and actions toward the institutions of government as well as law and order. It has been reported that he commanded his underlings to ignore security problems with his son-in-law, Jared Kushner, and demanded that the Justice Department sue to block the Time-Warner – AT&T merger. Why would he do these things? Well, we have a gangster in the White House who thinks he is above the law and it’s time that Congress does something about it.

Making up emergencies so that he can manipulate the Federal budget should be against the law. Threatening federal witnesses while offering pardons to people to falsify their testimony before Congress and courts is against the law. Where are the keepers of our democracy? Who will step forward to condemn these activities and block the power grab taking place before our very eyes?

On Monday (3-4-2019), House Judiciary Chairman Jerry Nadler announced a sweeping investigation into President Donald Trump’s campaign, businesses, transition and administration. This probe would lay the groundwork for Democrats if they choose to pursue impeachment proceedings against the President. And Trump could have avoided this whole mess by disclosing his income tax returns. They might help us understand why he pals with dictators and to whom he owes favors and money.

Many Americans are getting tired of Trump catering to his base in language, thoughts and deeds. Many people living here truly want a president who can lead us and do great things for America. Trump is not that guy. By dividing the country from the start, he has only emboldened both sides. The far left is more left and the far right has become so extreme that it seems murder is now permitted without rebuke from this president.

The charade we are witnessing is downgrading America in the eyes of other world democracies, while global dictators borrow Trump’s language for their speeches. Antagonizing the free press, spreading conspiracy theories and denigrating law enforcement may be an attempt to distract our attention from Trump’s dirty deeds.

Putin killed people he didn’t like. Trump looked away. The Saudi Crown Prince killed a reporter. Trump seemed confused about who did it. Kim Jong-Un imprisoned an American college student who died shortly after being returned to his parents. Trump claimed Kim didn’t know anything. Who is this person? A respectable country would have landed sanctions on the countries involved and marched their leaders into the world court.

Trump sees things through the distorted lens of always being rich and always being right. No one challenges him, but things are changing, and Donald J. Trump doesn’t have Fred and Mary Anne to tell him he’s a good boy. They raised a liar, cheat, racist and xenophobe.

Trump is simply a paper Mache president who will be brought down by the flames of the Senate, the House and his own justice department investigations. The ash that remains won’t be worth the pardon that the next fake president will give him. Pence is doomed to nothing, because his only power in Washington is kowtowing to Trump. Those Republicans who are now standing blindly with Trump will slowly be weeded out, and their futures back home will find them looking in from the outside. Trump needs a wall, but not on the southern border. He needs a wall built around himself and his family because the law is coming to get him. And in the end, AMERICA WILL WIN!

BRAND NEW BOOK ON AMERICA

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

 

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

 


LIARS ALWAYS BELIEVE LIARS

Trump Fails to Defend Decency

We learned a lot about President Donald Trump this week, and none of it was good. In the history of American presidents, we may have challenged some of their political intents or lack of awareness on certain issues, but we always believed they upheld America’s best interests. It’s getting harder and harder to believe that Trump sees another liar for what he is. Putin lied; Trump took the bait. Kim Jong-Un lied; Trump came running into his arms.

The 45th President of the United States is what is known in foreign relations circles as a naïve “chicken shit.” In my book, Gold, God, Guns & Goofballs, I bared my feelings about the relationship between Kim and Trump, “We saw what happened to a kid from Cincinnati who was slowly murdered while incarcerated in North Korea. After he came home to die, the head Goofball genuflected at the groin of a despot for a freaking photo op. Have you no decency, Goofball-in-Chief?”

To quote another stable genius, Britney Spears, “Oops, I did it again.” Trump stood on the international stage in Vietnam, imaginary bone spurs and all, and once again said that he believed the word of a deranged tyrannical dictator about the death of someone. If you are keeping score, he believes that Putin wasn’t involved in the attack on our democracy during the 2016 election. He believes the Crown Prince and his royal family had nothing to do with the brutal murder of a Washington Post reporter, Jamal Khashoggi. Shamefully, he also believes the denials of Roy Moore and those who support him. Now, he says that Kim knew nothing about the treatment of Otto Warmbier. What a farce.

The people who would be most affected by Trump’s comments are very disturbed by the siding with Chairman Kim. And it only took 48 hours for the Warmbier family to respond, “We have been respectful during this summit process. Now we must speak out,” Fred and Cindy Warmbier said in a statement. “Kim and his evil regime are responsible for the death of our son Otto. Kim and his evil regime are responsible for unimaginable cruelty and inhumanity. No excuse or lavish praise can change that.”

What Trump has done, slowly but surely, is lower the moral value of America. He doesn’t defend decency; he steps over it. This brings us the Michael Cohen hearing that took place while Trump was in Vietnam. The House of Representatives Committee of Oversight called the convicted ex-lawyer and Trump fixer to testify the same way one might interrogate a spy to learn how to keep the wolfs away next time.

The Republicans on the committee were woefully unprepared to use the evidence that was provided to defend their president. The best confrontations were the product of young fresh faces and minds from the Majority. Michael Cohen has an agenda. The Democrats in Congress also have an agenda. Not all agendas are bad. An agenda is simply a list of items to be discussed at a formal meeting. While that word has been hijacked by zealous persons and hyper-partisans, it’s true meaning persists. Michael Cohen is a liar who the head liar, Donald Trump, employed for almost ten years, most likely because Cohen would lie for him.

There are some experts who think that Trump watching the Cohen testimony so bothered the “leader of the free world” that when North Korea proposed a reason to step forward, Trump childishly rejected the offer and walked. He was rendered stupid by what was happening in Washington.

The goal of the hearing was clear and totally in the purview of the committee. They were exercising their duty to conduct oversight regarding what has been happening in the administration. And what did we learn about Trump? Well, most of it is old news, but often obscured by the multitude of tweets, public statements and known legal documents. The hearing emphasized the reality that Trump is not a trustworthy person. Doh!

We all know he lies, he cheats, he deals and he double-deals. He’s underhanded and will commit crimes to protect his name and money. To put a bow on it, he’s the most unsavory and corrupt President since Richard Nixon. Just why do we let this man continue to be our president?

As more holes were torn in his reputation, it was fitting that he was in Vietnam, a place where 58,220 US soldiers were once killed in its jungles and cities. As Michael Cohen was quoting Trump’s mea culpa on faking a medical deferment to get out of serving his country, Kim Jong-Un was Donald Trump’s master puppeteer, once again.

Kim gets to take the long train ride home to accolades and proclamations in his homeland about the way the little murderer stood up to the blowhard leader of the United States. Trump will come home to face questions about the fantasies of a friendship that was supposed to help him get a Nobel Peace Prize. There will be other questions about what he knew, and when he knew it. Russian investigation is one thing, but the legal beagles in the Southern District of New York are searching a scent. It’s the stench of lies, crimes and felonies. It won’t be long now.

Silly man. Trump doesn’t even realize the whole world is doing more than watching; they are laughing at him. And because he is the President, they are laughing at America too, and that should make us all angry. It’s time for action!

BRAND NEW BOOK ON AMERICA

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

 

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


I FEEL SORRY FOR HIM

The Confessions of a Trump Supporter

I had the pleasure of sitting next to a real Trump supporter at a fund-raising event near my hometown last weekend. When she learned that I was NOT a fan of our President, she began gently while I came boldly forth and said he was stupid. She rebuked me and said he wasn’t stupid. We could have ended it there, but more logical minds prevailed.

I was caught by her phrase, “I feel sorry for him.” Being the glib and sarcastic person I am, I agreed and added, “He doesn’t understand anything about the way the government and politics work, and even if he has something good to accomplish he’s so destructive that he’ll never be successful.” She then went to the talking points that most partisans use, like the 2018 tax cuts, which as of this writing appear will deliver refunds 8.4% less than last year. Of course, if you have lots of money you benefited from the Trump tax cuts; the rest of us did not.

I had to ask why she feels sorrow for Trump. She said that everyone seems to be against him, and she didn’t understand why we all don’t just back off and let him to his job. I wasn’t about mention that if he is left alone to do whatever he wants America could be at risk. I didn’t ask her the question I should ask of any supporter, “Do you really want a President who constantly lies?” The answer is always the same, “They all lie.”

Then something happened that really surprised me. She quickly changed the subject and said that she likes Howard Schultz (Former Starbucks CEO) who might run for president. Once again, my partisan logic reminded her that a third-party candidate would simply help reelect Trump. She smiled and said, “I win either way.” Then I thought, OMG, educated, intelligent people in the rapture of Trump simply don’t understand how politics work in America. And this is the real problem with the electorate.

People see only what they want to see and hear only what they want to hear. People in Virginia must have regressive racism genes. They seem to feel that what Governor Northam is experiencing is mostly a joke from his medical school yearbook. Could it be that the Democrat and Republican politicians are attempting to normalize blackface? What?

During an interview on CBS TV, Northam called slaves “indentured servants.” That refers to a class of people who worked for a landowner or another individual, typically for a period of five to seven years, in exchange for an expensive passage out of Europe. How can someone at the level of Governor of Virginia be so stupid? Slaves are slaves, and they were stolen from their land and violently made to submit to a trip across the Atlantic Ocean with no say in their future. THEY WERE FUCKING SLAVES!

Without much of a push, I must blame Trump for much of what has surfaced in America today. He believes all one must do to get out of any tight situation is to lie and deny. I believe his methods are eroding our ability to look at ourselves in the mirror and grasp our own beliefs and values.

During the campaign, Donald Trump said he could shoot someone on Fifth Avenue in New York City and it wouldn’t affect his popularity. He literally thinks he can get away with murder. He’s a spoiled child-bully with no moral compass. As long as the money flows and the hate is condoned, we will never see Trump for who is really is.

Without so much as a blink, I say Donald J. Trump is bad for our country. I feel deeply sorry for all those people who just can’t grasp that this lowlife, overweight, political whore is the worst president ever.

BRAND NEW BOOK ON AMERICA

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

 

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

 

 

 


OPEN LETTER TO HOWARD SCHULTZ

The Flaw of a Two-Party System

This is a funny country. When someone announces they want to run for President, the press and social media go crazy. Even though we are more than 600 days from the next presidential election, the political PR machine is already cranked up to full speed.

We have heard announcements from many Democratic hopefuls, but when the former Starbucks’ CEO billionaire said he would run for President as a third-party candidate the screams from the DNC could be heard around the world. Howard Schultz’s announcement is the beginning of a strong debate about how a third-party candidate, having like-minded values of one party, can definitively hurt that party. When such a candidate runs, there’s a true risk that the opposite of the intended result will happen.

We can count the examples, from Ross Perot helping elect Bill Clinton and the likelihood that Ralph Nader helped George W. Bush get elected. And those disgruntled Bernie Sanders fans who voted for Jill Stein probably helped Donald Trump get elected.

Political math based on Electoral College votes can indeed lead to an unintended consequence. When an election is very close in certain states, a third-party can easily disrupt the power of either party. Imagine a far-right, more racist candidate with a billionaires’ bankroll running against Donald Trump. If they ran as a Republican, they might not earn a spot on the ballot in certain states. If they declared themselves an independent, however, they would get on the ballot and could hurt Trump severely. At this point, no one from the far-right has challenged the President, but it’s early in the season.

Whether it’s Howard Schultz or Charles Schulz running in a third-party slot,  enough votes can be syphoned leading to a result further away from voters’ values. I remember first-time Gen X voters in 2016 saying they would place a revenge vote against Hillary Clinton because of the DNC email disclosures. I gently warned they could get exactly what they didn’t want by voting for someone having no chance of winning. Sadly, the flaw of our Constitution-based two-party system doesn’t handle more than two parties very well. The math doesn’t support it. If enough third, fourth- or fifth-party candidates run, we could end up with a president having less than 40% of the vote. What kind of mandate would that be?

Knowing he will probably never read my words, this is an open letter to Mr. Schultz. Hey, someone has to speak up. Howard Schultz is a chicken shit, white, rich guy who thinks he will get no respect running in a field of Democrat candidates. He is right. Schultz would never be nominated by the Democrat or Republican party. Let’s investigate why he’s not an electable human being. His is one of those rags to riches stories. He didn’t create Starbucks, he simply observed a successful idea and then bought it. He deserves credit for the expansion and amazing success of selling overpriced coffee to young and old across the world, but we have already experienced a “successful” business person’s presidency bringing nothing but blundering breakdowns to our country.

What does a self-made coffee huckster know about governance and it’s inner working? Most people from business placed into the White House take years to grasp how everything works. This has been proven. General Eisenhower needed a few years to develop a feel for being an effective President, and he was smart.

People who run surely want the job. The driver for these types of folk might be a promise they made when they were younger, a sincere desire to make things better or a ravishing hunger to become the most powerful person in the world. In the third case, it’s all about an overactive ego reaching for the ultimate prize, the attainment of which leads to a sober comprehension of the weight and isolation of a new reality. Can they handle that pressure? What guarantee does a voter have that such a person can responsibility and successfully execute the duties of the office? No guarantee, my friend.

Schultz’s company, Starbucks, has been at the center of some stupid things. The company attempts to project an open and free atmosphere, yet they called the cops when a couple of Black guys sat down in one of their Philly locations. I was never fooled by the faux altruism of “Seattle-type” coffee stores. They are a place of status more than a place “for the people.” To their credit though, they recycle materials, ban straws and work for the environment in ways that that many companies should copy. If we are judging candidate Shultz by the company he built, we can all agree that he has been very successful. I’m not sure why his connections or non-connections to Israel have anything to do with his running for president, but more material facts will surely follow if he gets more serious about campaigning.

I suspect Howard Schultz is unable to separate his ego from his aspiration. If he thinks Donald J. Trump is wrong for America and wants to displace him, he needs to run as a Democrat, not as a third-party candidate. If he’s not smart enough to leave his self-interest at the door and fully understand the nation’s electorate, he shouldn’t run for president. Why vote for someone who would deliver exactly the opposite of what they pledge? We already have a person in the White House who does just that. Of course, Donald Trump isn’t sure what he wants, period.

Stand down Howard Schultz. You are entering a room from which you will not be able to escape. You can waste millions of your own money to get what you don’t want, but that is your right in America. Should you follow your folly you will create Trump Version Two. Howard, enjoy your time with Ralph Nader, Ross Perot and Jill Stein on the wall of big blunders. If you were truly a brave American rather than a wimpy coward, you would run as a Democrat.

BRAND NEW BOOK ON AMERICA

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

 

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


WHO FRAMED ROGER STONE?

Trump Whisperer Gets Caught in the Web

It’s time. When someone from the Trump camp says they did nothing wrong, we must turn over that stone and see the evidence. When Trump himself continually says “No Collusion,” we have a pattern of denial that is baked into the man’s shallow credibility. When Roger Stone claimed there was no evidence linking the 2016 Presidential campaign to Russian interference and leaked DNC emails he was lying, just like his buddy, Trump.

There are a lot of things Donald Trump could do to ease the anger that is being fueled by his obvious lack of candor and the thousands of lies he has told, but I doubt that will ever happen. There are clear signs of obstruction of justice in this case, as well as a genuine lack of respect for the law.

Roger Stone is an old school political operative who has worked for Republican politicians like Richard Nixon, Ronald Reagan, Jack Kemp and Bob Dole. Many of his actions may have not been unlawful but they were certainly awful. Most people who know him say this man would do anything to help his client get elected. In the 25-page indictment of Roger Stone, it’s clear that he truly believes he is above the law. His long, late-night conversations with Donald Trump made Mr. Stone more than an employee. He’s a co-conspirator in the attempted hijacking of America’s democratic process.

Stone has been charged with obstruction of justice, making false statements to law enforcement and attempting to persuade a witness to provide false testimony to, and withhold pertinent information from, investigators. The latter is the very reason Paul Manafort has been jailed since he was charged. Why shouldn’t Roger Stone also be incarcerated now?

There are many more shoes that will likely drop and one must ask some basic questions. If you could have a president who didn’t lie, would that be better than the president we have now? Would you like to have a president who has a reasonable understanding of America’s political strength in the world and our need to help keep global peace? Would you like to have a president who doesn’t seem to be working for Putin and Russia? Well, assuming we all want that, we have the wrong president. It’s time to Impeach Trump before he is arrested. He’s been lying through this whole mess.

Why can’t we just get back to NORMAL government? Who framed Roger Stone? He framed himself, just another narcissistic human being trying to seem like a big shot with Donald Trump. As the bullshit veneer is stripped away from the packaging of lies and deceit, Stone and others like him will all go down. They are an embarrassment to the United States of America!

BRAND NEW BOOK ON AMERICA

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

 

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