GRAND JURY JUGERNAUT

Will Trump Do the Right Thing?

No man is above the law. Those who know history will recollect that it was Teddy Roosevelt who made that sentiment famous. “No man is above the law and no man is below it: nor do we ask any man’s permission when we ask him to obey it.” Theodore Roosevelt’s face is on Mt. Rushmore. People who know Donald Trump personally, claim that one of the Donald’s fantasies is to have his face on the mountain along with Teddy, George Washington, Thomas Jefferson and Abraham Lincoln. May God pull the hammers from any men or women who would attempt to place Trump’s mug on that sacred edifice.

Things are getting interesting in Washington, DC. The Trump legal team has used their old tactic of releasing information they thought would help their client. Jay Sekulow, one of Trump’s many attorneys, took notes during the discussions with the Special Counsel’s team and constructed 49 questions, all in a row, that would likely be posed to the President by the Special Counsel. It was all the President’s men who released these inquiries, not some dark, mysterious, deep-state operative out to get the sitting president.

Supreme Court of the United States of America

This is a pattern. It’s like using the Republicans on the House Committee to release a bogus version of the investigation with a conclusion of no collusion by the Trump election campaign. And then, prompted by the inner circle at the White House, the Republicans pushed to get the James Comey memos which he put on file after each meeting with Trump. Within five minutes, those memos were leaked to the press. Trump felt the memos were proof that he did nothing wrong, but they brought the Comey matter to the front page, again. The memos helped the former Director of the FBI sell books but they did absolutely nothing for Trump’s case.

Trump thinks telling the truth is a trap. He even posted this on Twitter today (5-2-2018), “There was no Collusion (it is a Hoax) and there is no Obstruction of Justice (that is a setup & trap). What there is is Negotiations going on with North Korea over Nuclear War, Negotiations going on with China over Trade Deficits, Negotiations on NAFTA, and much more. Witch Hunt!” (We always copy and paste Mr. Trump’s tweets. Sorry about the mistakes.)

Yes, Mr. President, it is a set-up and a trap where people will ask you a few questions about what you knew and when you knew it. Trump was eager to bring his presidential opponent before a court of law and lock her up. He stated that he thinks reporters should be put in jail to force reveal of their sources. And now he is faced with a potential subpoena to appear before a grand jury. What will he do?

If he “pleads the fifth,” it will be tantamount to admitting he did something wrong. We know what Trump has said about those who use their Fifth Amendment right to not incriminate themselves. Trump is on video at an Iowa campaign rally saying, “The mob takes the Fifth. If you’re innocent, why are you taking the Fifth Amendment?”

Donald Trump may get two accolades before he leaves office, worst president and worst legal client, ever. And his legal team must consider this. If Donald Trump appears before a grand jury, he will have no lawyers sitting next to him. And that’s when this “no man is above the law” thing would kick in. And we are sure that if this happens, as it did in the Clinton scandals, the Supreme Court will be asked to decide whether the President of the United States is above the law. This would be a perfect “Constitutional Crisis” which is generally not good for the democratic process.

If the Justices were to decide that a sitting President didn’t have to answer for anything they’ve done before being elected, during their campaign or while in office, it would send a violent bolt through the foundation of our law. The shift would codify the thinking that the President of this country is different and immune to the laws of the land. Isn’t that what we fought against in the Revolutionary War? Do we really want a king in the White House? To borrow a term that Trump likes to use, it would be disgraceful if the Supreme Court said that a president doesn’t have to testify in court. No man is above the law.

Donald Trump is not a man of law. He is a shallow person of whim and self-interest, the most corrupt president in the history of the United States. We will all learn the truth soon, but will we as Americans be able to deal with it?

The First 200 Days Of Trump – ONLY ONE MILLION LEFT

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

 

New Book about Terrorism

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

Now available on Amazon.

 

 

 


POOR RONNY JACKSON

Trump Ruins Another Chance

Donald J. Trump is a disastrous failure. He has clearly demonstrated the many disabilities which prevent him from doing his job as the top executive in the country. The case of Dr. Ronny Jackson is the latest example of the White House’s chaotic, haphazard journey through Governance 101. The people who surround this president have neither the nerve nor the knowledge to stop these horrific mistakes. Even the most unskilled observer can simply count the number of people who don’t work out in this administration. If you claim that you will have this “really great vetting” and then you have to reject people after you nominate them, you are a colossal crash.

Listening to Donald Trump on Fox News this morning (4-26-2018), I’m reminded of a babbling old lady on too much coffee. He talked more about Kanye West than Dr. Ronny Jackson. He bounced between subjects like a kid who didn’t take his Ritalin. Why does he feel the need to keep patting himself on the back? I guess now that President Macron of France is gone, he must pleasure himself. What a buffoon. He paints himself the victim and claims everyone is out to get him. Paranoia and power are never good ingredients to mix.

Our Great Orange Leader had a chance to move forward and find a highly qualified person to fix the broken Veterans Administration. It’s rather funny that he said he wanted his private pilot to run the Federal Aviation Administration and his personal doctor to run the VA. It’s like promoting the bag boy at the grocery store to head up the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Makes sense, right? I mean that kid handles more produce in a day than anyone presently in government.

Here are some basic stats on the VA from NBC News: There are 150 VA hospitals, 820 VA community-based outpatient clinics and 300 VA Vet Centers, which offer counseling, suicide prevention and other services. The expanding number of people involved in this enterprise is breathtaking. There were 5.69 million patients in 2013, with 8.92 million people enrolled in VA health care system. There are 3.84 million veterans getting VA disability compensation and 310,000 veterans receiving VA pensions.

The United States Department of Veterans Affairs claims that 377,805 people work for the VA and the American Federation of Government Employees represents 230,000 VA employees. It’s clear that the person who runs the Veteran Administration must have experience in dealing with a large labor force and unions. This is a major undertaking.

Perhaps Dr. Jackson has gotten enough beyond his personal problems and alleged prescription drug malfeasance such that he could have done a good job with such an important administration, but the damage is done. A person who was a trusted medical advisor to our Presidents is now not worthy of that job. He cannot stay in his current position, let alone be promoted.

But the more important aspect of this embarrassing event is that the President of the United States is not a clear-thinking human being. Dissonance, distortions and delusions have permanently damaged this dingbat’s brain. Listening to our raving lunatic of a president talking to his enablers on Fox News was frightening on many levels. When will someone explain to the Donald that his frame of reference on the people he considers for these jobs is limited and unqualified? He needs help but refuses to ask for it.

Before Trump antics delivers a massive dose of Ambien to the whole nation, there are some important issues to accomplish. First, we need to prepare the nation for a new president, albeit, President Mike Pence who would be a dull and dogmatically driven fake president, just like Trump.

This morning on Fox News channel, Trump dodged the questions about the decision of his personal attorney, Michael Cohen, to “take the fifth.” He is now distancing himself from Cohen and his businesses. For those playing along at home, taking the “Fifth Amendment” is a guaranteed protection in the Constitution that says no person “shall be compelled in any criminal case to be a witness against himself.” Trump in the past has said, “The mob takes the Fifth Amendment. If you’re innocent, why are you taking the Fifth Amendment?” So now we see that the President’s “fixer” has been declared guilty by his boss.

Trump stood by Dr. Ronny Jackson for about 17 hours. That’s perhaps the maximum amount of allegiance that can be expected from the man who demands a loyal pledge from all his minions. Trump’s attacks on anyone with a critical word about him is a never-ending disorder that no doctor can cure. We are already seeing the president’s gentle but obvious disengagement from Michael Cohen. If Trump thinks he has a “get-out-of-jail” pardon card to finally put an end to all his pain, he is dreadfully wrong. The investigation into this corrupt administration and broke-dick president will continue and, in time, we will learn what is truly missing in Donald Trump. He has no core moral value.

The First 200 Days Of Trump – ONLY ONE MILLION LEFT

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

 

New Book about Terrorism

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

Now available on Amazon.

 


OUR WACKO PRESIDENT TRUMP

Vindictive, Never-Ending Screeching

Here is a question one might ask. Why is the President of the United States so worried about all these investigations if he didn’t do anything wrong? Is he just a person suffering from paranoid schizophrenia with daily delusions and strongly-held beliefs that are untrue?

With the fear of what Robert Mueller’s investigation might find and the risk of something being on his lawyer Michael Cohen’s computers, Donald Trump is becoming boxed. While Cohen is investigated for criminal activity in the Southern District of New York, there are ominous footsteps. The office of the Special Counsel is getting closer and closer to releasing something big. And then we will know if this was that “witch-hunt” or a serious misuse of power.

The Great Orange Leader keeps tweeting. This was from Saturday 4-21-2018, “The New York Times and a third-rate reporter named Maggie Haberman, known as a Crooked H flunky who I don’t speak to and have nothing to do with, are going out of their way to destroy Michael Cohen and his relationship with me in the hope that he will “flip.” They use non-existent “sources” and a drunk/drugged up loser who hates Michael, a fine person with a wonderful family. Michael is a businessman for his own account/lawyer who I have always liked & respected. Most people will flip if the Government lets them out of trouble, even if it means lying or making up stories. Sorry, I don’t see Michael doing that despite the horrible Witch Hunt and the dishonest media!”

The Donald’s tweets on James Comey have reached critical mass with his suggesting that Comey should be jailed for leaking his personal recollections of each meeting with the President Elect and then President. This move, so tyrant-like, is pure candidate Trump. Does he truly feel a need to keep running even after he’s won? Trump will never escape his reputation as a huckster. His tweets declaring people guilty or innocent are unethical.

And what about the lip service of working to cure the drug crisis in this country? Only a blithering fool makes fun of alcoholism and addiction. Donald Trump lost a brother to addiction, but he feels the need to incorporate drug usage and drunkenness as a putdown of someone who talked too much. This Trump guy is mentally unwell.

James Comey pointed out that Trump never laughs, unless laughing at his own vindictive slams. How can someone who spends so much energy screeching out his dogma have time to guffaw? Most of what the Donald says is negative. He lives in a dark world of people out to get him, countries ready to screw America, politicians wanting to thwart his agenda and the evil press working to end his presidency. It’s clear he believes these things and they affect his moves and motives.

It would be different if President Trump had inherited a peaceful world. With more than 500,000 people dead in Syria and nearly two million refugees displaced, Trump’s answer was launching surgical strikes. The net result of his actions in Syria have not made a difference. He seems overprotective of Russia and not at all knowledgeable about how the Middle East works. Where is Jared?

With Iran aligned with Russia in Syria, it’s clear Trump is ready to terminate the U.S. part of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) with Iran, which will leave our allies high and dry. If the pact falls apart, Iran will be able to restart a nuclear program and sabotage the United States’ deal-making credibility. Just when we are trying to do the same kind of deal in Korea.

In North Korea there is a hope that the Donald and Kim Jong-Un will meet and come to an agreement. However, anyone with diplomatic intelligence knows that this is a high-risk proposition. If Trump could achieve denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula, he would certainly win the Nobel Peace prize and could cement a second term. Do you have your barf bag?

What Trump does to himself is curiously wacko. Instead of working to be a good president, he spends too much time psychologically vomiting into his phone. His tweets are more like a daily visit to his shrink, where he can spew all the poison soiling his soul. Then when asked about those tweets, he merely repeats them in his speech without offering any illumination or support for his ambiguous words. It’s a never-ending, repetitious cycle of lies and misconceptions.

I would not be surprised if I were to wake one morning to learn that Donald J. Trump decided he no longer wanted to be president. In my dream, he decides to go back into business where he is arrested for past dirty deeds done. President Pence pardons him, and Donald resumes being the asshole he’s always been. He then builds his presidential library that holds all his books, you know, “The Art of the Deal,” the Holy Bible his mother gave him and all those crumbled pieces of paper containing his tweets. Real treasures.

The First 200 Days Of Trump – ONLY ONE MILLION LEFT

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

 

New Book about Terrorism

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

Now available on Amazon.

 

 

 


THE COMEY BOOK

Trump Will Never Read It

I just finished reading the book and must say it was better than I had expected. But, like most books that focus on the beginning of a story, it’s impossible for the author to give us an ending.

By now, 80% of those who watch TV have seen James Comey’s face and might have heard one of his many interviews. Donald Trump fired the Director of the FBI on May 9, 2017 and first said the reason was the Attorney General and the Deputy Attorney General recommended the move.

During an interview with NBC’s Lester Holt two days later, Trump changed his story, claiming that firing Comey was his decision alone and citing the ongoing Russian interference investigation as the cause.

In that 31-minute interview, Trump said that Comey was a “showboat” and admitted that he asked Comey whether he was under investigation for alleged ties to Russia. Then Trump made the amateur mistake of saying he was thinking of “this Russia thing” when he decided to fire FBI Director James Comey.

The next day, while meeting with Russian ambassadors in the Oval Office, Trump said, “I just fired the head of the F.B.I. He was crazy, a real nut job. I faced great pressure because of Russia. That’s taken off.” This was first leaked to the New York Times, but most of the statements were verified by the Russian official version of the meeting.

Now we have a book by the fired James Comey: A Higher Loyalty: Truth, Lies, and Leadership. It has resurrected all the items that Trump would like to forget. Unfortunately for the Trump lawyers, their client has blasted out dozens of tweets to denounce Comey.

On the surface, the book’s intent is to discuss James Comey’s life and his advice on what makes good leadership. Nice try, but the real value of this book is the documentation of events during the months that James Comey served the Department of Justice and the FBI. Trump claims that Comey was the worst FBI Director in the history of the country. Trump obviously knows nothing about the history of the FBI.

Comey’s book is easy to read. If you are a policy wonk or history buff, it’ll be a rich source of quotes, especially if all this eventually sees the light of day in a courtroom. The number of large cases Comey has been involved with during his career as prosecutor and lawyer is amazing. He worked to get Martha Stewart behind bars. He was involved in the Scooter Libby leaking and lying case. He investigated the pardon of Marc Rich by President Bill Clinton. Side note, Scooter Libby was Rich’s attorney during the tax evasion case that propelled him to become a fugitive.

Some mock critics have slammed Comey for using the color orange to describe Trump’s skin or the need to mention the myth of Trump’s small hands. That is total bullshit on their part. Most of the narrative was written in almost lawyer-ese and the exposition was well done, albeit simple. Comey’s visual imagery isn’t literary genius, but it gets the job done. He doesn’t attempt to make fun of someone who everybody on TV already makes fun of, so the reviews are misguided, or perhaps partisan.

In many ways the book falls short on proof, mainly because Comey cannot disclose what he learned while being on the government payroll. But the tome does give insider glimpses into people like Jeff Sessions, Reince Priebus, George Bush, Barack Obama and others. You will come away with a truly dim view of some of them, while others show honestly true leadership.

What Comey doesn’t make a big deal about is his wish to have a special counsel in the matter of Russian Interference. He fails to take credit for his part in getting a special counsel appointed. The post-Trump meeting memos leaked to the New York Times by James Comey were a driving force in moving the “Russia-thing” into high gear. He downplays this fact and makes sure that he says “unclassified” every time he mentions his contemporaneous notes. Comey’s book will continue to deeply disturb our thin-skinned President because he cannot stop the details revealed in it.

And now, we get late breaking news that the Department of Justice has released Comey’s memos to members of Congress (4-19-2018). Less than an hour later they were circulated to the public, an ultimate act of transparency. These are the memos written by Comey and, according to his book, he gave a copy of each to his supervisors and placed them in a folder in his office. The contemporaneous observations add color to the conversations.

In one of the meetings with Trump, he claimed the President of Russia told him, “We have the most beautiful hookers in the world’. And under these same headlines we learned that Reince Priebus asked the Director of the FBI if there was a FISA warrant on Michael Flynn, who later pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI. This sure smells like collusion, obstruction and totally questionable activities to me.

So now Congress, which is portrayed in the Comey book as inflexibly partisan and totally ineffective at challenging Trump, will get a shot at seeing the real deal. This will bring the whole mess back into the light of major media outlets. And, predictably, Trump will constantly berate, denigrate and demean this Justice Department veteran.

James Comey released his book now because he doesn’t want the greater good of his words to be lost in time. We are an instant gratification society, so don’t read the book if you are looking for new information. Trump is a chump and the book shows us why. And our Great Orange Leader will never read the book, but he should.

The First 200 Days Of Trump – ONLY ONE MILLION LEFT

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

 

New Book about Terrorism

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

Now available on Amazon.

 


MORALLY UNFIT

Can Donald Trump Save his Presidency?

There is something sickening in the unseasonable winter winds blowing up the east coast, hitting both Washington and New York City. Those who voted for the President of the United States learn each day that he is not quite what they thought he was. Those of us who have never supported him are finding that he is much worse than we ever believed.

As James Comey continues his book selling tour of the media landscape, we cannot see what is on the horizon for Comey, but it’s becoming clear that Donald Trump is going to have to do more than tweeting to escape his self-inflicted credibility problem. He has entered the labyrinth, and in the end, he will have no one to guide him out.

First, let’s look at the story that got less coverage because of the high courtroom drama taking place in New York. While everyone was focused on Comey and Michael Cohen’s mystery client, Trump was up to his old tricks with Russia.

Nikki Haley, the U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, said that additional sanctions would be placed on Russia because of their involvement and lack of preventative action in the chemical attack by Assad in Syria. While French President Emmanuel Macron took credit for convincing Trump to keep some troops in Syria, Trump took his eye off the ball back home.

Mr. Trump changed his mind about pulling out of Syria. Now he has changed his mind about imposing Russian sanctions after naming them in the announcement to bomb Syria. What is going on here?

Underneath the announcement of additional sanctions that were to be announced on Monday (4-16-2018), our Great Orange Leader must have heard Putin’s footsteps coming up the hallway because he quickly rescinded them. Once again, Trump is more interested in placating Putin than confronting that leader and his misdeeds. Could it be that the Russians have something on Trump as Comey suggests?

With Trump’s “attorney,” Michael Cohen, being under criminal investigation, the Donald is acting more like someone who has something to hide rather than an open, transparent person. Trump was quick to Twitter with more than 100 words condemning the seizure of Cohen’s data with the cry, “Attorney-Client privilege is dead!” Then Trump sent in his new personal attorney to argue for protection of his communications with Cohen.

What took place in New York yesterday was the same kind of circus we have been subjected to again and again with this White House and President. We learned that Michael Cohen had only three clients in the past year. One, Donald Trump, who he protected with a hush-payment to a porn-star. Two, top GOP fundraiser Elliot Broidy, who he shielded from a damaging paternity P.R. nightmare with a payment of $1.6 million to a former Playboy model. Broidy resigned from his post at the RNC after the settlement was revealed. If you are keeping score, a one-night stand gets you $130K, a ten-month affair nets $150K and impregnation goes for $1.6M.

Three, the mysterious client that Cohen and his attorney attempted to cloak turned out to be Fox News channel’s Sean Hannity. As soon as this revelation hit the fan, Hannity was quick to point out that he was never represented by Cohen in any legal matter and never paid him for any advice on what he said were real estate matters and involved no third parties. Hannity, not a true newsman or journalist, never revealed that he was a Cohen client, even when helping him through his nightly harangues about the FBI raids on his TV show which, according to Variety magazine, tops 3 million viewers.

What does it mean to be a “client” of a lawyer? The attorney-client relationship is created by an agreement of representation. It can be verbal, but usually is detailed in a written engagement agreement. It’s important to point out that a lawyer has ethical duties to prospective clients, current clients, and former clients. You don’t have to pay an attorney for representation, but whether you are a perspective client, a current client, or a client from the past, your communication with that lawyer is protected. There is an exception however, the privilege cannot be used to conceal a crime. As a person of privilege, Donald Trump has used that advantage in his business career to work around rules, laws and regulations. While Trump continues to go soft on Russia, Russians and Russian interference, America is seeing one of the worst side shows in its history.

We have learned about “taint” teams and how the law works with the clear message that no one is above the law. With all the daily “BREAKING NEWS” reports, we have a sense that this President cannot exist without chaos and confusion. He even seems perplexed about what he has and hasn’t said.

Does he really believe that the sanctions he requested were not supposed to be executed against Russia? It’s the old case of the boss who yells and screams at his workers, “Who’s stupid idea was this?” and the workers reluctantly answer, “That was your idea.” The closed-minded boss can only deny he ever proposed the idea. Trump paints himself into the corner all the time, proving that he is truly UNFIT to be President.

James Comey claims the President is “morally unfit” to serve but gives him a pass on the mental piece of the puzzle. One day, he says no one has done more to confront Russia, then the next day we get this from his talking sour-head, White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders, “Sanctions were merely under consideration.”

In August 2017, long before the Syrian chemical attack, Congress passed a measure to add Russian sanctions. Trump signed it, and then ignored it. Right after signing, Trump said, “The bill remains seriously flawed — particularly because it encroaches on the executive branch’s authority to negotiate. Congress could not even negotiate a health care bill after seven years of talking.” Even though Trump signed it, he was more interested in putting down Congress instead of taking up the battle against Russia.

For the 60% of Americans who don’t believe this guy, Trump would have to disclose everything about his business and financial structure to save his presidency. He would have to demonstrate, beyond a shadow of doubt, why he gives Putin a pass. Right now, he appears to be the Manchurian Candidate. You might want to watch the movie.

The First 200 Days Of Trump – ONLY ONE MILLION LEFT

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

 

New Book about Terrorism

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

Now available on Amazon.


“MISSION ACCOMPLISHED”

Three Strikes and We’re Out!

There is a wonderfully appropriate lyric from the Lynyrd Skynyrd song Simple Man that goes, “Forget your lust for the rich man’s gold, all that you need is in your soul. And you can do this, oh baby, if you try. All that I want for you, my son, is to be satisfied, and be a simple kind of man.”

I am sure the Generals who consulted Donald Trump on the Syrian crisis were cognizant that they had to keep it simple for our Great Orange Leader. Perhaps when Trump played with his little toy soldiers as a young boy, he wanted to command that green plastic army having total world power. Still, he is a simple man.

His telling tweet after those “precision strikes” on known chemical research facilities and factories in Syria clearly showed this president’s lack of sophistication, A perfectly executed strike last night. Thank you to France and the United Kingdom for their wisdom and the power of their fine Military. Could not have had a better result. Mission Accomplished!

Maybe the Donald lives in an alternative universe with his “alternate facts,” but it’s clear that by using the words “Mission Accomplished” he has seriously damaged his brand. Could Trump have forgotten the George W. Bush “Mission Accomplished” speech, which took place on the aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln on May 1, 2003? Does our President not remember Bush’s monumental screw up? It remains one of our country’s great punchlines.

Whatever, that didn’t prevent President Donald from using the term after three sites in Syria were targeted, bombed and taken out in retaliation for Bashar al-Assad’s use of chemical weapons in Douma, a town south of Damascus. Now we must deal with the reality that Trump believes this maneuver is a total fix for what has ailed Syria and the world for the last eight years.

The far-right conspiracy theorists quickly latched onto a strange idea. They felt that the chemical attacks were not perpetrated by Assad and the Syrian army but were a photo opportunity and invention of a rebel group or, worse, Russia bating the U.S. into war. I’m not sure why Alex Jones of InfoWars would adopt such a wacko position, but then there is little he does to win a Nobel Peace Prize.

During my research while writing the book If God Could Cry, I was nose down for two years on about a dozen tomes about Islam and the Middle East. I discovered a diverse group of opinions about the challenges on the ground, and I developed a better understanding of the region’s people and what drives their conflicts. My study revealed a never-ending string of decisions and mistakes pushed onto the Middle East nations. Each move was a big foot stomping a tube of toothpaste. What looked like a quick way to solve a problem was simply making a mess.

Back to Syria, aside from the baked-in conflict of the Sunni and Shia family argument that has been going on for 1400 years, we have the geo-political problem of two varieties of leaders in the Levant.

One is the supreme leader based on Sharia Law, basically a theocracy. The other is the totalitarian leader, with fascist and dictator leanings, who applies Sharia to the people they rule. Nowhere in this mix is a democracy. And, make no doubt about it, Bashar al-Assad is that kind of total dictator who was appointed to the position by his late father, Hafez al-Assad, a despicable blood-thirsty king.

There are probably very few people in America who believe the reports from Douma and have seen the video of poisoned children, who would argue that the actions taken by the joint efforts of British, French and American troops were unjustified. But that brings us to the next step in this process. What is our strategy and what happens now?

The Lynyrd Skynyrd song urges the simple people to beware of “lust for the rich man’s gold.” If you believe campaign-Donald, this is the oil living underground in the Middle East. The lyric references that which resides in the simple man’s soul, and here is where Donald Trump gets confused and vague. It makes one wonder if this simple man even has a soul.

He wants the satisfaction of the world thinking he is good, but he dodges the heavy lifting of understanding the true nature of the problem. He never mentions that Assad and his war machine have killed 500,000 people using big bombs and guns – no gas was needed. Politically and morally, our Orange Leader doesn’t want to think about the five million people who left Syria and are now refugees. He has openly classified such exiles as UNACCEPTABLE and DANGEROUS to America.

The real mission in Syria should be regime change, highly unlikely to be accomplished by any country or leader. Israel doesn’t want an Ayatollah in Syria, Iran does. Russia would like to take the place over, like they did in Crimea, but that would cause major problems for the West and would cost the Russian people a mountain of rubles.

So, here we go again. It’s another example of other countries trying to “do what is right” by changing the world when, deep down inside, they know that they cannot go too far without upsetting the apple cart. It would be nice for five million people to return to a peaceful home country. One could say the same thing about the expatriates of Mexico, Honduras, Venezuela or El Salvador.

Donald Trump is finding out the hard way that he cannot be an “America First” president and please all its citizens. He cannot be an isolationist and anti-globalist, while claiming he wants to help the children of the world. Trump doesn’t stay on his own message, and when he uses someone else’s, he looks foolish. Mission Accomplished? Really Donald? You should have run that one by someone smarter than you.

The First 200 Days Of Trump – ONLY ONE MILLION LEFT

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

 

New Book about Terrorism

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

Now available on Amazon.


TWO WARS AT ONCE

Trump – Comey – Trump – Assad

There are times in every presidential administration when someone writes a book that is critical of the present occupant of the White House. We now have two books, Michael Wolff’s Fire and Fury and James Comey’s A Higher Loyalty. Both of them are direct hit jobs on President Donald J. Trump and the way he does business in Washington.

As President Trump was trying to decide what to do about HIS red line in Syria, the talking heads on TV were reading excerpts from the leaked Comey book. How fitting.

What has happened here is that the clearer, more informed minds of our Generals and Commanders in the field have temporary talked Trump off the ledge of war.

An important aspect of the Syrian conflict is the teaching moment it presents to our naïve and misinformed leader. The stakes involve a decision to go face to face with Russia and Trump appears to have blinked. We may never know if Trump used a communication channel to the Kremlin to find out how serious Putin was with his warnings, but the net result is that Trump can use Nikki Haley to work some magic at the United Nations to get the support of other nations.

We already have buy-in from the U.K. and France, but what about bringing Assad to the world court and charging him with war crimes? Why not figure out a way to get him out of control? Oh, that’s right, those are the same things Obama did and all he accomplished was a promise from Russia that the chemical weapons would be destroyed. That didn’t work. And when Trump was so emotionally overtaken by pictures of kids who were poisoned by Bashar al-Assad, he wasted 59 tomahawk missiles scorching an airfield that was up and running again in a few days. That didn’t’ work.

What the Donald is finding out is that all the things he thought he could fix with his big, round mouth are more difficult than he ever imagined. In fact, they are just as tricky as they were for Obama, two Bushes and Bill Clinton. While all this is going on, James Comey’s book is about to drop and the sound it will make will surely drive this ego-maniac more insane.

Comey could be painted as a just another fired, disgruntled employee arguing his case to the world, but what his book will do to this administration could be harmful to our country. While Trump and his team should be focusing on the Middle East, they will be diverted into a war posture against Comey, which they will expand to include the slandering and defiling Robert Mueller. Word on the street is that the RNC, a political party, will buy ads to discredit the investigation into Russian meddling in our election.

Chemical weapons are against the law, so is torturing a captured enemy, but that didn’t stop Dick Cheney and his neo-con war machine. It would be highly unlikely that anyone in the World Court would be convinced that America was a creditable witness to these high crimes and misdemeanors, but you still have that red line that both Obama and Trump painted in the sand. If the Armed Forces of the United States were thrown into a conflict in Syria, Trump’s premise that we wasted money and got nothing in Iraq and Afghanistan goes out the window.

There was a window of opportunity for Trump to maintain America’s leadership role in the world, but that has closed. When Turkey, Russia and Iran met to divide Syria, two messages became clear. First, the U.S. was not at the table, meaning we didn’t care. Second, we didn’t care about Assad’s thoughts. Putin wants a warm-water port and Iran wants to force Syria into their version of Islam. The supreme leader, Ali Khamenei of Iran, has a goal of maintaining religious and political power over Syria, no matter who the leader might be.

All this is way over Donald Trump’s head.  He doesn’t get the nuances and intricacies of the Middle East. He jobbed out that responsibility to Jared Kushner, who has remained invisible and silent through this and most other matters. What does this person do and why is he there?

Trump has been handed a Rubik’s cube which has been tortuously turned and worked by previous administrations. There are no secret codes, no money that can be paid to release us from this quagmire. Even if we were to remove Assad from power, there is no plan for handling the resulting vacuum. If the RNC spends millions to discredit the Special Counsel, the investigation will at least show that James Comey’s observations are more credible than false.

But the President has his bully-pulpit, a.k.a. Twitter, and he soon responded to his very own personal war, “James Comey is a proven LEAKER & LIAR. Virtually everyone in Washington thought he should be fired for the terrible job he did-until he was, in fact, fired. He leaked CLASSIFIED information, for which he should be prosecuted. He lied to Congress under OATH. He is a weak and untruthful slime ball who was, as time has proven, a terrible Director of the FBI. His handling of the Crooked Hillary Clinton case, and the events surrounding it, will go down as one of the worst “botch jobs” of history. It was my great honor to fire James Comey!” TRUMP ONLY CARES ABOUT HOW HE’S VIEWED, NOT WHAT IS RIGHT.

The on-the-job training of our Great Orange Leader is utterly tiresome and unproductive. If only someone would step up and take the wheel of this runaway train. Why do we have to wait four years? We don’t need to be fighting more wars. It’s time we give peace and order a chance.

The First 200 Days Of Trump – ONLY ONE MILLION LEFT

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New Book about Terrorism

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

Now available on Amazon.

 


FEDS RAID TRUMP ATTORNEY

Attorney–client privilege is dead!

There is a big difference between someone “breaking into” your property and a group of G-men knocking on your door holding a search warrant. We’re about to see that attorney-client privilege is not a loophole to get away with committing a crime.

If any people in the Trump circle who may have been witnesses to wrongdoing, or who may have been involved in illegal activities, believe that being a buddy with the Donald is a “get-out-of-jail” card, they are terribly mistaken.

Michael Cohen is a lawyer who is so close to the President and his companies that he has the status of a fixer and consigliere. This makes him more than an attorney of record. He was an employee of the Trump Organization. Trump and Cohen are so tight that, according to Cohen, he paid hush money to a porn star out of his own pocket without even telling Trump. This is bad legal form and, in the state of New York where Cohen practices, it’s a kind of proxy power of attorney that could place Cohen’s legal license in jeopardy.

When we heard from candidate Trump that he would hire the best people and that the government would be a well-run, efficient machine, we wondered what would happen. Now we know. This is a giant, rolling ball of confusion. Things said and things done have no clarity or purpose. The quick knee-jerk reactions and reparsing of verbal pronouncements by the President’s staff show a lack of organization, forethought and concentration.

We get it. One of the people who knows more about what Trump did and didn’t do over the last ten years has been raided. His computers, phones and tax documents were confiscated by the FBI. The Donald is completely freaked out. He opened a high-level meeting with top-ranking military personnel with these words, “So, I just heard that they broke into the office of one of my personal attorneys—a good man, it’s a new level of unfairness.” Trump’s unscripted moment continued with, “It’s an attack on our country in a true sense. It’s an attack on what we all stand for.”

It’s funny that the President would use the same words to describe this federal crime investigation as many intelligence experts and Congressional oversight members used to describe what Russia was doing during our elections. Trump has never used the words “attack on what we stand for“ to describe the interference and conspiracy to disrupt our elections.

With a meeting to decide what to do about the possible chemical warfare being waged against the Syrian people by their own leader, our kingpin was sitting with his arms folded across his chest in a protectionist position, whining about this latest move by our Justice Department. His priorities are obviously misdirected and horribly inefficient. He should have never let the press into that Pentagon meeting. It’s clear that he can’t kept his eye on the ball and concentrate on being President. If you have nothing to hide, then stop telling the world you have nothing to hide.

What our Great Orange Leader doesn’t comprehend is that Mueller’s investigation didn’t carry out these raids. Here’s what we learned from Michael Cohen’s attorney, Stephen Ryan, “Today, the U.S. attorney’s office for the Southern District of New York executed a series of search warrants and seized the privileged communications between my client, Michael Cohen, and his clients.”

If the State of New York and the U.S. Attorney’s office there handles the case against Michael Cohen, Trump will not be able to pardon Cohen. This is a brilliant move by the Special Counsel’s office. It puts Cohen in a bind and cuts the communication cord between the White House and the Department of Justice, thwarting any interference Trump might attempt. Prosecutors in the Southern District will simply say, “We’ll take it from here.”

If Trump were to fire Jeff Sessions or Rod Rosenstein because they refuse to fire Mueller, someone else would have to be appointed. This would lead to a tough hearing in Congress asking for a guarantee of independence. It would all continue from where it is, and that is the beauty of our system and government structure. The Judiciary, Executive and Legislative branches must operate legally and independently.

As Trump cancels his trip to South America this weekend under the premise of wanting to watch the Syrian situation, we know he’s agonizing over the domestic legal problem he faces. Trump thinks that if he was away, he would be out of the loop, such strange paranoia.

Trump is not only an anti-globalist and isolationist, he is also someone who likes to stay home when things are going badly. His cocoon this week will be filled with only those who can boost his self-esteem and give him the advice he wants to hear. Some of those surrounding him could be legal minds suggesting ways to battle those who are out to get him. Today, Trump tweeted, “A TOTAL WITCH HUNT!!!”

And in the end, we will learn the truth. The most important goal of this whole mess is finding a way to bring trust, honor and respect back to the office of the President of the United States. We must all know that no one is above the law. For someone who called himself a “Law and Order” president, there seems to be very little order or respect for the law. How did this happen?

The First 200 Days Of Trump – ONLY ONE MILLION LEFT

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

 

New Book about Terrorism

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

Now available on Amazon.

 

 


THIRTY DAYS IN THE HOLE

First Sentence in the Longer Story

Because of Donald Trump’s diversions, the first sentence handed down in the Russian interference investigation got little attention in the bigger scheme of things. Trump has been tweeting more frequently because he now believes to be running the show at the White House. Those who were there for moderating his puffery and misstatements have either left the building or have given up. It’s time for an intervention.

Alex van der Zwaan, a 33-year-old London-based lawyer, was ordered to serve 30 days in prison by a federal judge in the investigation of Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. presidential election. The lawyer lied to the FBI in September and October of 2016 about his contacts with a business associate of onetime Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort and with Manafort’s deputy, former Trump aide Rick Gates.

The sentenced lawyer is a Dutch citizen and the son-in-law of billionaire German Khan, who owns the Alfa Group, Russia’s largest financial and industrial investment group. REALLY? A Russian relationship to this and we are NOT hearing the media and press making a big deal about it? His father-in-law, Kahn, is a banker! He knows about Trump’s investments.

While the sentencing was underway, Trump was chattering about our terrible laws on border crossings and immigration as well as a “caravan” in Mexico, a word that was planted in his head by Fox News.

Now he surprises everyone about pulling out of Syria, which would please Putin and the Russians. We must remember that Bashar al-Assad, takes aid from Russia and Iran. Turkey also wants the United States to pull out of the region and stop giving aid to the Kurds. We have several thousand troops in Syria, with their primary order being the taking out of ISIS. Trump believes that effort is almost done so he, like Obama, has decided to bring the boys home, even when his commanders in the field urge against withdrawal.

Trump is bitch-slapping China with tariffs and rhetoric and they are not taking it sitting down. The U.S. stock market has been unstable and volatile since Trump has been complaining about how unfair the world is.

It’s amazing to me that when the President of the United States provokes a major trading player in general terms, China fires back slamming tariffs on specific products. The Chinese appear not only very prepared for Trump, but clearly more organized and faster acting than our pontificating phony President.

Gary Cohn was smart to have gotten out before the shit hit the fan. It’s unclear whether the administration’s predictions that this will all work out perfectly as planned, but the drama, grief and pain of the U.S. citizens are unnecessary.

If the Donald was the great deal maker he professes to be, all of this could have been taken care of behind the scenes or through the World Trade Organization. Then the transparency would have worked in our favor. But, no, Trump must be the bully. It’s the only method he understands, and other countries know that they cannot trust a word he says. To put it bluntly, Donald Trump is a two-faced liar.

Robert Mueller is a smart man. As the judge was handing down a small slap to the Dutch lawyer, Mueller was releasing a document to the judge in the Manafort case. Manafort has over 30 charges hanging over the former Trump campaign director including counts of bank fraud, tax fraud, failure to disclose foreign bank accounts, conspiracy to launder money, lying to the executive branch, and conspiracy against the United States. In this latest document, Mueller’s team answers the charges that he has drifted out of his investigatory focus.

The Special Counsel’s office said that Paul Manafort committed a crime or crimes by colluding with Russian government officials with respect to the Russian government’s efforts to interfere with the 2016 election for President of the United States, in violation of United States law.

Well, there you have it. They are using the word “colluding” and linking Manafort to the campaign and to possible crimes.

Alex van der Zwaan, the sentenced lawyer, is connected to Manafort and the campaign. They not only met with Russians, some of the people they talked to were Russian intelligence officers. To put that in plain English, they met with spies. This is more significant and leads the way for Trump to go under oath and probably deny a connection to any part of the mess. The President will lie and try to make it look like he was simply an uninvolved candidate. We already know he’s a second-rate executive and a horrible judge of people, but this is what we have. I didn’t vote for him.

Yesterday, Trump barked that he wants to send troops to the border with Mexico. And, while teachers’ strikes broke out around America, Trump’s Secretary of Education was AWOL.

The school and workplace shootings continue with little action on the part of the president. He plainly dropped that ball.

We have snow falling in April and no one in power thinks that climate change is real. We have cabinet secretaries accused of wasting taxpayer money, and our Great Orange Leader says he has their back.

What happened to the tough guy? What happened to the pro-business president? He’s attacking U.S. companies and success stories just to get even with people he doesn’t like. When our corporations and people are hurt by his complaints and lies, he demonstrates how he’s only a small, little man with an over-sized ego on his sleeve.

The longer story is that 35% of America have been taken to the cleaners. 65% of us are waiting for the other shoe to drop. If the result of Mueller’s investigation shows that Trump was just a bystander to the evils of over-zealous campaign people, he will still be responsible for dividing the nation, promoting xenophobia and racism and making it harder for less advantaged people to have a better life. He has made America less great, and we must figure out a way to stop him in his tracks.

The clouds around Stormy Daniels have been blown away for now, but in the end, Trump will be exposed as the person who feeds himself the two-scopes of ice cream, while everyone else gets only one. He’s nothing but a fornicator and an over-weight egotistical elitist who deserves more than thirty-days in the hole, without ice cream.

The First 200 Days Of Trump – ONLY ONE MILLION LEFT

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

 

New Book about Terrorism

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

Now available on Amazon.

 


KIM JONG-UN SLIPS INTO CHINA

Stormy Daniels Applies Maximum Pressure 

Well look what we have here, a President who is pushing a certain domestic agenda while the rest of the world is wary of our inconsistent leader. There is substantial proof that many of the ideologically driven beliefs of this man are being pushed through the system with even some codified into law. No one in the Republican party is pushing back on his bad ideas.

On the world stage, countries no longer look to America as the main player in foreign policy affairs and détente. They have gotten together on their own despite this president’s desire to take credit for everything that happens.

Last night Donald Trump tweeted, “Received message last night from XI JINPING of China that his meeting with KIM JONG UN went very well and that KIM looks forward to his meeting with me. In the meantime, and unfortunately, maximum sanctions and pressure must be maintained at all cost!” It’s strange to hear him say that it’s “unfortunate” to maintain sanctions, I mean, tough guy, wasn’t that the whole point?

And speaking of tough guys, Stormy Daniels’ attorney, Michael Avenatti, filed a motion last night (3-27-2018) asking the judge in the U.S. District Court in Los Angeles to grant him permission to question Trump and depose the president’s lawyer, Michael Cohen. If you remember, Cohen admitted to paying the Stormy hush money out of his home equity account to help his friend Trump.

The porn star’s lawyer claims, “It is firmly established that a sitting president is not afforded special protection from a civil suit regarding conduct before he or she entered office” and went on to cite the landmark 1997 Supreme Court ruling in Clinton v. Jones, which established that a sitting president isn’t immune from civil lawsuits related to activity that occurred before he took office.

The old saying of what goes around comes around is best suited for this predicament. And for those evangelicals reading, “Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.” You have been deceived by this man and you may make the joke of giving him a “mulligan” but you are responsible for the weeds in your garden. And for those people who don’t play golf, a mulligan is an extra stroke allowed after a poor shot, not counted on the scorecard. A do over.

I’ll wager that the discussions which took place in Beijing included a serious question about what they should do about Donald Trump. It’s no longer a question about how to deal with the American agenda. It’s a deliberation of how to handle our crazy, raving President. While Trump believes his unpredictability and harsh tweets have accomplished something in this matter, other world leaders are just waiting for him to leave office so they can get back on solid ground.

China is controlling this diplomatic effort, while Michael Avenatti is piloting an effort to stain this presidency. Lawyers are leaving the Donald and it seems like the Trump’s inner circle is getting smaller. That isn’t necessarily bad for this frothing lunatic. With fewer people around him, there will be fewer people to blame when this all blows up. And it will.

With Avenatti chipping away on Trump’s fornications and Robert Mueller examining the Great Orange Leader’s financial webs and obvious lies, it won’t be long until the whole country knows all the facts behind Trump’s tactics and fear of Russia.

He’s afraid of something, and everyone agrees it’s not a hoax or a witch hunt. Just now, CNN News is reporting that Rick Gates, Paul Manafort’s partner, had contact in September and October of 2016 with, who some believe, are Russian intelligence operatives. Note: Rick Gates pleaded guilty and is working with the Special Counsel’s office. Remember when Trump said that no one from the campaign had any contact with Russians? He lied. Both Manafort and Gates worked for the campaign.

The Mueller investigation is looking into a corrupt manipulator and con man. We all know Trump is immoral and a sexual predator. We will soon learn, in detail, about his fraudulent behavior in business and government. He paid off the porn star and the Playboy bunny, and now he wants to screw anyone who gets in his way. He is a dangerous person.

Last night on the Daily Show, actor and author Sean Penn summed it up nicely when he suggested that “the American government needs to impeach the current president.” And that is a great way to say it. The government represents the people and the people need to count on their own government for course corrections. Without a vote in the Senate, we will have to deal with this dingbat for much too long. The day Donald Trump is removed from office, America will be made great, again.

The First 200 Days Of Trump – ONLY ONE MILLION LEFT

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

 

New Book about Terrorism

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

Now available on Amazon.