TRUMPED UP CHARGES

Unreasonable Force & American Justice

As members of the baby boomer generation, we learned that peaceful protesting was part of our great country. We had a soundtrack that played in our brains as we marched against the Vietnam War and the astonishing illegal polices of Presidents Johnson and Nixon. Yes, there were fatalities, at Kent State University and Jackson State and 58,220 soldier deaths in Vietnam. We always knew ours was a just cause driven by the love of democracy.

There were a few songs that some said went too far. One of them was Peace Frog by the Los Angeles band The Doors. Some interpreted the lyrics as police brutality against protesters. Doors lead singer Jim Morrison was arrested in 1967 in New Haven, Connecticut and charged with inciting a riot, indecency and public obscenity. A year later, Chicago Mayor Richard Daley deployed 12,000 city police officers and called in another 15,000 state and federal officers to contain protesters at the Democratic National Convention. The situation then rapidly spiraled out of control, with the policemen severely beating and gassing not only the crowd but news people and doctors as well. The DNC event was completely covered on TV, and when we heard the lyrics of Peace Frog we knew they had to about us.

The lyrics: “There’s blood in the streets, it’s up to my ankles… There’s blood on the streets, it’s up to my knee… Blood on the streets in the town of Chicago…… Blood in the streets in the town of New Haven. Blood stains the roofs and the palm trees of Venice, Blood in my love in the terrible summer, Bloody red sun of Phantastic L.A.” Today, are we moving forward or are we repeating history?

When a minority community feels that American justice is based on the color of one’s skin rather than the national creed “All men are created equal,” we have a problem.

A bad president will always make things worse. When Richard Nixon was faced with massive anti-war protests, he discussed using the Teamsters Union to beat up college kids. Because Nixon taped his Oval Office meetings, we learned about a 1971 conversation in which John Haldeman (Nixon’s Chief of Staff) suggested, “I think that they can get away with this–do it with the Teamsters. Just ask them to dig up those, their eight thugs.” Nixon agreed to a plan to beat up protesters, it’s all true, and the word “thugs” was used.

President Nixon condemned those who threw eggs and stones at his limousine in San Jose as “a thousand haters,” and said the time had come when “appeasement of the thugs and hoodlums” in American society must end. When Nixon called a bunch of white college kids “thugs and hoodlums” the white conservatives and labor unions backed him. As I’m sure you remember, Nixon resigned after it was revealed he was involved in a break-in of the Watergate headquarters of the Democratic National Party and a coverup of that crime. Now, we have Trump.

The recent unrest in Minneapolis expanded to major rioting, looting and burning. At 1:00 AM, the inner bigot in Donald Trump tweeted, “These THUGS are dishonoring the memory of George Floyd, and I won’t let that happen. Any difficulty and we will assume control but, when the looting starts, the shooting starts.I added the boldening. The expression wasn’t a Trump original, once again the Donald has dipped into history for his threat of violence. Even though he claimed he doesn’t remember where the slogan came from, he never acknowledged the racist trope embedded in same.

The phrase was first used by Miami Police Chief Walter Headley in 1967. He promoted police brutality as a deterrent to street crime when he pitched his department’s “crackdown on … slum hoodlums.” It was a threat in 1967 and it is STILL a threat of violence in 2020. Today, Trump not only threatens shooting protesters, but also unleashing “vicious dogs” and “ominous weapons,” on those who surrounded the White House. Now, that is close to home.

Twitter’s management has decided that Trump’s tweet is in violation of their policies. Twitter’s response came fast, “This Tweet violated the Twitter Rules about glorifying violence.” They put their warning in a gray box that hides Trump’s tweet from public view unless a user clicks to see it. In a way, it’s a “let the buyer beware” notice, but some experts believe more will read the “fact-checked” posting.

I know all too well how much pain, death and division President Nixon caused this nation. His words, policies and attitudes were completely out of sync with the growing population of us baby boomers. We forced Richard Nixon out of office, and it’s now time to do the same to Donald Trump.

Nixon Leaves White House

After massive civil unrest, authorities often attempt to create an US and THEM scenario. The President and State Attorney General are already saying that the protesters are “outside agitators” who were “organized.” We have all been here before, just as Politico has pointed out.

This was Richard Nixon’s routine and Trump and his buddies are now trying it on for size. I ask now, just like I did in the late sixties, “Where are these ‘professional paid protestors’ from? Who is paying them, some external force?”  Why can’t our so-called leaders just admit that the countrywide protests were motivated by the brutal police killing of an unarmed African American in Minnesota? Yes, anyone with a cell phone and presence on a social media platform can ORGANIZE A MARCH. However, when mayors, governors and local police say that the locals don’t like what is happening, they imply and bolster a narrative that all protests are just invasion from outside their borders, thus reinforcing the US and THEM theme.

This isn’t about “Black Lives Matter” or “Blue Lives Matter,” this is about AMERICA. This is about our democracy and life, liberty and the pursuit of justice. Trump is just another broke-Dick Nixon and he’s not worthy of the office of President of the United States. He must be removed by Congress, or the 25th Amendment, perhaps another Impeachment, but most certainly by our votes. If he refuses to leave the White House, he should be removed by force. He’s not above the law and his actions, policies and executive orders prove he truly is America’s #1 THUG!

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

The book that tells it like it is…

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

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


ABUSE OF POWER

Letting Trump Be Trump

Many Trumpers use the term, “Let Trump Be Trump,” and Corey Lewandowski, along with David Bossie, titled their 2017 book with that exact advice. The aphorism is like the well-worn “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it,” while many modern visionaries say, “Break it, rebuild it and make it better.” In the last decade, more than a few millionaires preached, “Disruption can make you better.”

Here’s a great quote from the book The Traitor Prince by C.J. Redwine, “Power is neither good nor evil. It just is. It’s what people do with power that matters.”

Every American should be deeply concerned about Donald John Trump’s war against freedom and truth. I have never liked the expression “Let Trump Be Trump” because of its cloaked meaning. That construct is often used when someone is so good at what he or she does, they don’t need to play by the rules. When Babe Ruth was drunk or late for a game they would say, “He’s the Babe!”

We don’t need to let Trump do anything; he’s the President of the United States and we have in writing his responsibilities and duties. There’s no mystery here. His lack of cooperation with Congress’ oversight duties is appalling. Be careful, however, before you turn to history to understand what’s happening. The words “dictator” and “king” have been printed in hundreds of newspapers thousands of times referring to a US president. Even George Washington, the first president, was under the microscope by a watchful free press that kept reminding him of his un-royal status.

Donald John Trump is more blowhard and less a solid thinker or credible leader. You know that I am not a big fan of Twitter management, but I may have an ally in Trump when it comes to social media censorship. Donald lost it when challenged by a new Twitter policy of adding fact checking footnotes to his posts. Twitter’s management believes some of what the President says is misleading. Ironically, he went on a tweet storm protesting this action, which only gives more power to Twitter.

In the Trump Executive Order, he suggests, “A small handful of social media monopolies controls a vast portion of all public and private communications in the United States. They’ve had unchecked power to censor, restrict, edit, shape, hide, alter, virtually any form of communication between private citizens and large public audiences.” Trump continued, “This practice is fundamentally un-American and anti-democratic. When large, powerful social media companies censor opinions with which they disagree, they exercise a dangerous power.” He’s not going to prevail, but will Twitter back down? And Mr. Big Pants, you do know that “censorship” is un-American in every sense of the word.

Now, this toothless screed won’t do anything other than getting the press all crazy and giving talk shows some material. And, might I remind you, this is happening in the middle of a pandemic that has seriously impacted America. Mr. Trump is not using this battle with Twitter to create empathy. It’s a ploy to take the spotlight off one hundred thousand dead Americans and 40 million US citizens who are now out of work. What a guy!

Because of Dumbo Donnie’s outbursts and cries of “unfair,” you’ll be hearing discussion about Section 230, a provision tucked into the Communications Decency Act (CDA) of 1996. Most internet providers thought it wasn’t much more than a definition, or guideline. In fact, this stipulation came about to protect record companies from recording artist lawsuits claiming lack of control. In fact, the implications go far beyond the original intention.

The Electronics Media Foundation, a non-profit watchdog that focuses on free speech, privacy, transparency and security in electronic media, has a great article on their website about Section 230. It contains this clause, “No provider or user of an interactive computer service shall be treated as the publisher or speaker of any information provided by another information content provider.”

This means that online intermediaries that host or republish speech are protected against libel and defamation suits. This protection is needed because social media sites are not legally classified as publishers, but rather conduits to distribute content. You can’t sue the trucking company that delivers the newspaper containing libelous statements about you. Instead, you need to go after the author and publisher of the content.

Trump is contending that he is being treated poorly and that the factual information Twitter is adding to his posts will interfere with the upcoming election. Maybe now he understands what the Russians accomplished in the 2016 presidential election. Took him a while.

The speaker or publisher of the Facebook and Twitter posts that helped Trump get elected in 2016 were the product of a Russian disinformation campaign, and those bad actors have been charged in court. Trump cannot ignore this fact, his actions against social media today prove his fear of the power of these platforms.

Trump claimed to be the law and justice candidate, but once in power he changed laws to help his friends and cronies. Now, he’s taking a whack at the First Amendment. He used the First Amendment last week to justify his demand that all the churches, temples and mosques open their doors. This week, his fight with Twitter, is just another insecure reaction to being caught in a lie. We all know that press and publicity are Trump’s oxygen, if he doesn’t get enough, he’ll die.

When a newspaper publishes a faulty story, mistake or typo, it will typically print a correction in a future edition admitting the error. Adding background material to anyone’s tweet is a publisher duty and an attempt to correct misleading information. By doing this, one could argue that Twitter is taking responsibility for what is published by their users. This changes their definition.

When Twitter added the fact-check footnote to Trump’s post, they were acting as an editor of the content. Because of their power and influence, Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey and others there have taken the responsibility to correct a lie. They don’t do that for every tweet, so this it’s clear this action is being taken for only one guy, Donald Trump. They never added a footnote to any of my tweets, and as much as I would like all social media to be wide open, we must ask the question, “What happens when it hurts someone or affects an election?”

Nick Johnson, a rather outspoken FCC commissioner (1966-1973), used to quote an old Scottish saying, “Let me control the writer of the songs of a nation, and I care not who writes its laws.” In today’s world, let me control what people say on social media and I might be able to influence the way people vote. It’s dangerous either way, but somewhere in the rubble can we pull one, simple truth from the ash and breathe life into it? Without truth, democracy dies.

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

The book that tells it like it is…

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

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


COVID 96,000 – AMERICA 0

Trump’s Losing Game Plan

When anger slowly morphs into determination, things get done. Donald Trump has neglected to use his authority as President to manage the global pandemic, clearly demonstrating he is concerned only with protecting himself, not the citizens of America.

A major deflection being perpetrated on America is Trump’s obsession with stopping states from executing plans to vote by mail in the November presidential election. REALLY? This hogwash that there is a massive amount of voter fraud is just another senseless claim from Trump, who believes there are people out to get him. Someone told him that Republicans tend to lose where mail in voting is deployed. That is not true; just look at Florida. The states that do ALL VOTING BY MAIL: Colorado, Hawaii, Oregon and Washington have no problems or fraud. Those aren’t test cases, they are real states, Mr. President.

On Friday, May 22, 2020, a new study was released showing the antimalarial drug hydroxychloroquine, that Trump endlessly pitched to America and now says he is using, puts anyone taking it at risk of DEATH. This study researched 96,000 coronavirus patients in hospital around world and was published by the prestigious medical journal Lancet. So, the cat is out of the bag. TRUMP IS DEADLY WRONG ABOUT THE DRUG. The strange coincidence here, this report of a study of 96,000 people, came the same time COVID deaths in America went over 96,000.

America has weak federal leadership that has led us to becoming the deplorable, symbolic ground zero in this worldwide plague. Trump will continue to use the excuse of the cupboards being bare when he took office, but his administration did nothing to prepare for the possibility of a global pandemic. He disbanded one White House task force, only to hurriedly roll out another. The Donald has removed regulations, cut science and reduced medical and healthcare funding wherever he could. How do we know this? He bragged about it.

He walks around in public bucking his administration’s own recommendations and flaunting his small mindedness by not wearing a mask. He believes he is above it all and cannot be taken down by the viral menace. Clearly, this is a metaphor for his management and governing philosophy. If he cannot see it, it doesn’t exist. I guess he is from the dark ages.

Trump has declared that if the virus comes back — did it truly go away? — he will not close the country. He would rather kill more people than ever admit he was wrong. Should this inept man get the virus because he’s not wearing a mask, all his gofers and goofballs will say that he’s okay while telling tall tales of a brave man beating an illness no more harmful than the flu. I don’t believe Mike Pence and the Chief of Staff; Kevin McCarthy would be transparent and honest about what was happening. They would just take power and make excuses for Trump.

This could be another of those strange moments where a motion picture predicted real life. In the 1993 movie Dave, the titular character played by Kevin Kline ran a temporary employment agency and had a side gig impersonating the President. The Secret Service requested that Kline’s character, a dead ringer for the president, make an appearance for the president at a Washington hotel. Dave is told it’s a matter of national security, but it’s really to cover up an extramarital affair the real president is having with a White House staffer. Now here’s where it gets good. The president in the movie suffers a severe stroke during the rendezvous leaving him in a coma. The White House Chief of Staff, played by Frank Langella, convinces Dave to continue impersonating the president. When Dave challenges them by asking why the Vice President couldn’t just step in, they say the VP is mentally unbalanced.

I won’t spoil the movie’s outcome for you, but I recommend you watch this work of predictive art. What would happen if Trump got sick? When UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson came down with COVID-19, not only was the country on the precipice of a constitutional crisis, but it challenged their lack of succession protocol and order.

President Donald Trump wants to paint a picture of winning, while being challenged by medical professionals with the question, “At what cost?” His answer back to those who question his advice in a crisis is, “What do you have to lose?”

This brings us to the story of Elizabeth Fleischman, who was a pioneering radiographer and one of the inventors of the X-ray. Fleischman, because of her close work and exposure with the new technology, died in 1905. X-rays killed her. But wait, there’s more.

On September 6, 1901, the Pan-American Exhibition was taking place in Buffalo, New York. One of the exhibits on display there was an X-ray machine. President William McKinley was attending, and shot by a young anarchist who fired two bullets. One superficially punctured his sternum and the other dangerously entered his abdomen. The operating doctors weren’t sure they found and removed all the slugs, so someone suggested employing the X-ray machine to determine if there were more bullets in his body. Experts warned the doctors that internally blasting metal fragments with X-rays could kill the president. The doctors heeded the advice.

The story doesn’t have a happy ending. After being on the mend for a while, McKinley succumbed to his wounds on September 14, 1901. Someone could have said to the doctors, “Hey, what do you have to lose?” and convinced them to plough ahead with use of the X-ray. Even if they had located another bullet and extracted it, there is no guarantee McKinley would have survived.

The anarchist immigrant who killed McKinley, Leon Czolgosz, was convicted and executed in an electric chair on October 29, 1901, another use of electricity.

We know now so much more than they knew then. When Donald Trump ignores science and medical facts, he endangers not only himself but all Americans. Our president is less about defeating the virus and more about opening the economy. We are not winning to the degree Trump wants us to believe. We still have a lot to lose. Perhaps the next President will make us great again.

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

The book that tells it like it is…

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

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


HISTORICAL BLANK STARE

The Legacy of the Trump Debacle

President James Polk described one of his generals, Zachary Taylor, in a diary entry. Polk wrote, “I am now satisfied that he is a narrow-minded, bigoted partisan, without resources and wholly unqualified for the command he holds!” I think of Donald Trump and wish I had written that sentence. What do YOU have to lose, democracy, freedom or just your life?

I’m a real history freak and love to return to the past and read the details of how presidents handled the crises and calamities of their eras. Sometimes it gives me comfort that everything is going to be alright, but other times I can only guess what the great leaders of our history would say about Donald Trump. I am sure Andrew Jackson would laugh at him, even though Trump claims to be a big Jackson fan. The circus we are living through with Donald Trump would have been seen by Abraham Lincoln as nothing short of an alien invasion. No, Donald, none of them would have respected you.

Some hope arises when we realize that many presidents were accused of grabbing power, disregarding the Constitution and trampling the balance of power between the three branches of government, but we are still here. America is stronger than any one man, but it’s not unreasonable to distrust a human who has been given that much power. It can go to their heads and they don’t always do what is right.

There is no question in my mind that when “real” historians write the book on Trump, there will be little positive evaluation of his work. He will be mocked and taunted by the truth of the facts that will be revealed after he leaves office. What we do know about Trump for sure is that he never graduated from candidate to president. Time will reveal that this president kept lots of people around who will be indicted as thieves and liars. Perhaps they will say it’s just politics, but when the body count is put in writing, Trump will look like a lying James Polk or a naïve Herbert Hoover, not Lincoln, Kennedy or Obama.

Here’s something from the History.com website, “Many historians rate America’s 15th chief executive, James Buchanan, as the most inept occupant of the White House due mainly to the fact that he took no action to unite a country sharply divided over the issue of slavery and did nothing to stop Southern states from seceding in the lead-up to the Civil War.” It’s important to point out here that 620,000 soldiers were killed in the war between the states, which to this day remains the greatest number of deaths in all US wars. In the Dread Scott decision, which came along shortly after Buchanan’s inauguration, the US Supreme Court ruled that African Americans were not, and never could become, US citizens, and the federal government couldn’t outlaw slavery in its territories. Historians believe that Buchanan manipulated this decision, thinking questions of slavery would be resolved forever.

When reading old headlines such as this, “Trump Sows Division and Confusion as Anxious Country Edges Toward Opening,” future historical archeologists will dig through layers of past posts, articles and speeches to find the truth. The complaints by pundits and political rivals that Trump avoided taking the full leadership role a president should during a global pandemic, will be blasted onto the pages of books and articles. As happened with Buchanan, some will say that state’s rights seemed more important than the federal government taking responsibility during a crisis.

In the history of the United States, presidents have lied to start land-grabbing wars — that is how we got Texas, New Mexico and California. They have lied about dirty deeds, such as secretly facilitating the sale of arms to the Khomeini government of the Islamic Republic of Iran, which was the subject of an arms embargo. President Ronald Reagan hoped to use the proceeds of the arms sale to fund the Contras in Nicaragua, where he had picked a winner. Reagan claimed not to know anything about it, and those who helped him cover up the lie were pardoned by President George H.W. Bush. The man who wrote those pardons? Current Attorney General William Barr.

The death count of COVID-19 will show many people we need a President who understands science and doesn’t disregard expert warnings of danger. The blank stare we get from many of those truth-challenged jackasses in the White House disprove the notion that Trump will hire “the best people.” THAT IS ONE BIG LIE.

Donald John Trump is a deceiver and complainer. He doesn’t get much done because few want to work with him. His word means nothing and his vacillation on so many issues has prevented positive results from all his diplomatic efforts. We get zippo from the man. North Korea has the bomb, Putin has done nothing good for America and Trump’s good friend Chinese President Xi Jinping is now the reason Trump failed to act quickly enough on the pandemic. This Trump guy is unbelievable, NO, REALLY, UNBELIEVABLE!

This just in: Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas says the Palestinians will no longer abide by previous agreements made with Israel. Yes, they just tore up all the agreements for 25 years, I guess one of those “best persons” in the name of Jared Kushner doesn’t know what he’s doing. Totally unqualified for the job his father-in-law assigned him. Nepotism and cronyism are the dual cancers on this presidency.

The bad programs and poorly conceived policies of the Trump Administration have not protected us economically or medically. He spent so much time fighting Obamacare that he failed to understand how it would have helped during a health crisis. He accuses his political rivals of endless picadilloes which pale in comparison to the disastrous, divisionary decisions he’s made as President.

We have witnessed Trump ignoring warning signs, hyping bad drugs, promising imaginary stockpiles and promoting goofy ideas like mask cleaning machines. The idea that a quick blast of UV light will kill any viruses lurking in a room is foolhardy. Trump doesn’t know enough to know what he doesn’t know, but that will never stop him from declaring himself an expert.

The Donald ignores experts on the issues and spouts claims that sound as crazy as the sales pitch of an 1800s elixir salesman before taking the money and running. It happened to my grandfather, who was sold a bottle of medicine that was supposed to rejuvenate his teeth and leave them stain-free. After the salesman left town, my grandfather proceeded to burn the enamel off all his teeth with the elixir he bought. That old phrase “let the buyer beware” didn’t help his attitude when all his teeth had to be pulled.

Trump is like that salesman, ready to leave town right after he bags all the bucks. His handling of this global pandemic will be part of his legacy, forever. Maybe people will forget he was impeached, but I’m sure no competent historian will ignore the large number of people who died on his watch. Donald Trump is worse than James Buchanan, and far more dangerous to our country than Richard Nixon. Remember, Nixon resigned before going through an impeachment trial. Even after losing the election, Trump will have to be removed from the White House biting, frothing, screaming and resisting departure. Trump is an immoral criminal and an embarrassing America catastrophe. The clock is ticking, fat boy.

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

The book that tells it like it is…

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

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


FAILURE OF INTELLIGENCE

Trump Trusts No One

Here is a great quote from a retired United States Appeals Court Circuit Judge, “I refuse to believe that ‘Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free…’ is now an empty entreaty. But if it is, shame on us.” Interestingly, those are the words of Maryanne Trump Barry, our President’s sister.

Donald & Maryanne

Most of what Donald Trump says now as President, and what he had to say to become President, are not based on deep-seated values or creeds. He is first and foremost a bully. His disdain for immigrants is most likely not a campaign ploy but rather an inner summoning of his father, Fred Trump. On Mother’s Day, Donnie Boy confessed that his mother, Mary, spoiled him. Oh, favorite son, now we better understand your need for praise.

Sister Maryanne has publicly said that “neither of my parents had English as a first language,” but she was quiet when Trump rolled out his anti-immigrant rhetoric to run for President. Perhaps Maryanne knows that Trump’s prefabricated prejudices are sick jokes aimed at lower educated and disgruntled voters. But wait, Trump’s Scottish mother didn’t speak English? Curious, that.

After being sworn in as president, Donald Trump’s first official trip was to Langley, Virginia and the CIA. He wanted to reassure the intelligence community of his full support. Trump, unable to unplug from the character he constantly played as candidate, veered off course during the appearance at the intelligence agency and attacked the “dishonest media” and vowed to loosen the torture rules put in place by President Obama. Really? Were we watching an episode of the TV show 24 or the 45th President of the United States?

Trump’s remarks were made while he stood in front of the marble wall of stars that represent each of the 117 CIA agents who have died in service to our country. What the President failed to understand was the sacred nature of that environment and just how deeply disrespectful his comments were. The olive branch he held out to the intelligence community that day dropped to the floor and blasted another hole through the spirits of those lifelong professionals. Trump disbelieves every intelligence report that doesn’t confirm his beliefs and suppositions. He places high regard solely on his own pitiful ignorance.

When writing my book Gold, God, Guns & Goofballs, an alert editor pointed out that some of my comments about the Warren Commission and the John F. Kennedy assassination were ill-informed. I listen to my editors, so I picked up some highly recommended books and studied the matter. What I learned surprised me. The intelligence community of the United States is exceptionally good at what it does. and the daily security briefings brought to the president can save lives, protect the homeland and shield our economy. Sadly, things often go wrong.

It’s less about the quality of the intel and more about how it’s distributed, analyzed and acted upon. Much knowledge about JFK and Lee Harvey Oswald, the alleged assassin, was never properly brought into one protective shield for that President. We learned after 9-11 that our intelligence knew that Osama Bin Laden’s Al Qaeda terrorists were coming to attack America, but the dots were never connected. The lack of organized leadership and a plan to use the data wisely was missing, as often happens.

A problem exists when those at the top of the State Department have a one-way relationship with the leader of the free world. People at high levels of government often do not want to admit serious, dangerous plots to their leader. This is especially true with Trump, who pushes aside specific and negative predictions. He prefers minions who say, “Don’t worry boss, everything is okay.”

So, we now come to the central problem with TRUMP. He disbelieves intelligence that comes from people he views as disloyal. He foolishly thinks he’s a political force that is always right, never wrong, and which may never be questioned. His little Goebbels-like minister of propaganda, Stephen Miller, once said on national TV, “No one has the right to question this President.” Curiously, this came from a guy whose relatives escaped the Nazi concentration camps. What do you suppose happened to his brain and soul?

When someone in the government presented the possibility that the coronavirus could come to the United States, did they make the grave and potential disaster clear to Trump? Did Trump ignore the facts and intelligence? What must his confidents do to get his attention? All too often, Trump slays the truth tellers and casts them aside as “disgruntled workers,” “never Trumpers,” “treasonous snakes” or “scum.” Why are so many people disgruntled? Why do such a large percentage of Americans hate their president?

We are now at a dangerous fork in the road with Trump firing people who hold the power of oversight. Those he cannot fire are exiled to parts of the government uninvolved with the Executive Branch. This president is looking like a criminal, a crook, a con or, for our Japanese readers, a Yakuza.

What happened in the US with the COVID-19 global pandemic was one colossal cluster fuck of confusion, missteps and malfeasance. Trump simply doesn’t use intelligence; never has, never will. Even a feeble brain would have known that Atlantic City couldn’t support a Vegas-style casino, but Donnie Boy didn’t listen to those who disagreed with him. We all need to be concerned about his personal psychological problems because he’s the damn president of the country.

Advisors told Trump COVID-19 was coming and explained what would happen. He ignored them. Donald Trump’s trade advisor, Peter Navarro wrote a memo that said, “The lack of immune protection or an existing cure or vaccine would leave Americans defenseless in the case of a full-blown coronavirus outbreak on U.S. soil. This lack of protection elevates the risk of the coronavirus evolving into a full-blown pandemic, imperiling the lives of millions of Americans.” I am not making this up. Navarro’s memo was written on January 29, 2020. Our “real genius” president claims he never saw it. Perhaps it arrived on a golf day.

Ultimate Cover-up

The coronavirus impact on minorities, the elderly and those without healthcare insurance is dreadful. It’s amazing to me that state and federal governments are looking the other way when it comes to nursing homes and assisted living facilities. Why wouldn’t America have a strong law about these services and how they operate? States don’t go far enough to protect older Americans, and they are dying by the thousands because of this virus.

Last week, the New York Times reported, “At least 28,100 residents and workers have died from the coronavirus at nursing homes and other long-term care facilities for older adults in the United States.” Some experts say that one-third of all the COVID-19 deaths are residents and workers in assisted living settings. So, Donald Trump’s lack of concern and action has hurt the elderly.

This post began with a quote from a retired judge who knows Donald Trump intimately. She once said, “Thugs who brutalize elderly people should be punished severely.” If the White House has become a Thugz Mansion (props to Tupac for his inspiration and spelling) then the Donald must be the head goon. Yes, Maryanne, he should be punished severely.

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JUMP, MOVE & ACT UP AMERICA

Trump Cannot Stop US from Being Great, Again

Is it time for some positive news? The cable and over-the-air network news outlets have been adding an additional story at the end of each hour to make us feel better. I get it. That’s great programming, but it doesn’t help us deal with the next hour. All too soon we learn about more damage caused by both the virus and the Trump administration. Let’s face it. America, and quite frankly the world, were not ready for a global pandemic. “Who knew this could happen?” I guess only the experts, scientists and doctors who focus on health issues, and they tried to tell those in charge.

Donald Trump has been using the phrase “pent up demand” to express the desire of people wanting to get out of their homes and do the things they could do before this pandemic came ashore. His mantra is more salesman than realist. No matter how many times he says “pent up” that alone won’t make it happen. We need lots of smart ideas to get back to business, education and entertainment. What we get instead is a ton of hype and misinformation from the White House and this President. The latest hook, “…We’re Back!” is just another lie from his puckered little lips.

The man first told us this virus wasn’t going to hurt America, then it arrived and hurt this country terribly. He told us about an “off-the-shelf” drug for malaria that would be a big “game-changer” that did absolutely nothing other than harming some patients. We were told many lies and opinions that will do more harm than good, like drinking disinfectants. And if you need some stats, as of today, May 16, 2020, there have been 1,484,579 Americans infected with the curse, and over 88,000 people in this country have died. More than 300,000 people have been taken worldwide.

Yes, We Can Do Better

We were told that the national stockpile of ventilators, PPE and medicines were left bare by Obama. Really? What Dr. Rick Bright laid out during a House of Representatives’ hearing into the Health subcommittee of the House Committee on Energy and Commerce is not exactly the wonderful report card that Trump always gives himself. Most workers in the Trump administration avoid any subject that angers the boss, so they never discussed the possibility of a pandemic. The Donald surrounds himself with only agreeable people, not the best people. Trump views agreement as loyalty.

Had the President been more proactive, honest and helpful with the states, we could have opened the country earlier. Instead he offloaded the responsibilities and duties to the states instead of using the bounty of help that exists on the federal level. We have FEMA, the US Department of Health and Human Services, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Food and Drug Administration, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, the Health Resources and Services Administration, the Indian Health Service, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, the United States Public Health Service and even more. Sure, they are all involved in the fight against COVID-19, but Trump doesn’t want them to get too involved. Why? Could it be he wants to cloak the seriousness and deleterious effects of the coronavirus in a hope it will make him more re-electable?

There is little expertise in world governments about handling a pandemic, but that cannot be an excuse for not protecting the planet’s citizens. While Trump fumes and foments hate and fear through his minions at Fox News and by his tweets and pressers, the rest of the country must deal with a serious viral threat. I want to face Donald Trump right now and ask him this question, “When did you become the president of everyone?” I know he would talk and talk and talk and go down his list of performance slogans, clichés and conspiracy theories, repeating his tired, old, hackneyed taglines. Of course, he wouldn’t answer my question. More likely he would accuse me of being a “never Trumper” or “Trump Hater” or some other besmirching name. He’s a fool.

Until I get a better picture of the spread and toxicity of this virus, there are places I will not go and activities I will avoid. Being in the demographic and health categories considered to be most vulnerable, I will tread lightly. My age, however, doesn’t keep me from saying that the depth of ignorance in this administration is stunning. They blather about wanting us to be safe, yet they are urging America to get back to work, school and play with no certainty that it’s safe to do so. When a state judge rules that a stay-at-home-order is unlawful, they are complicit in a coverup of the truth. Remember that “life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness” doesn’t work on a dead person.

Look to smart corporate leaders like McDonald’s that issued their own guidelines for safely opening their stores and franchisee’s properties. It’s a specific, detailed set of smart procedures designed to keep employees and customers safe. Companies that employ smart standards are good neighbors and should be patronized.  I’ll have a Big Mac please. Those who engage in fraud and deception during this critical time should NOT get your money. Most Americans know how to analyze data and can recognize plans and practices that will keep them safe. They will reopen America safely, not this lame-ass, broke-dick President.

This global pandemic has really changed me. My pissed off retorts to people on Twitter got me suspended. I’ve become less caring about Trump fans and know that if they follow this man into battle, he will sacrifice them if need be to look good. By the way, in this context “sacrifice” means death. Why should Americans put their lives on the line for a buffoon? Why do we have to suffer the pain and experience the disillusionment of bad governance when we are the richest and smartest country in the world? I’ll tell you why. It’s because Donald John Trump has no comprehension of science. He’s a pilot who cannot take off, fly or land the plane. How can we possibly avoid a crash?

The energy of protesters demanding their states to reopen is just one example of the poison that results from Trump’s grip on the militia types. Maybe he was test driving his civil war forces, but he should not be so cocky. We saw small groups of support that the National Guard or State Police could easily defeat. For the most part, people respect their local governments and law enforcement. The also tend to social distance from Neo-Nazi, Klan sympathizers and white supremacists, just like I do.

We will conquer the virus, and even though Donald Trump is President we will make America great again. He’s not helpful and we need to use our intelligence and common sense to do what is right, and STOP LISTENING TO THIS IDIOT PRESIDENT!

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THE PANIC OF PANDEMIC

Why Did Trump Politicize a Crisis?

We human beings are challenged by nature, and the way we handle its catastrophes and calamities demonstrate our creative minds and will to survive. When a tornado blows through a midwestern town, we automatically step up, go into action and rescue people from the ruins. We may be confronted with death when the light of day comes, but we pledge to rebuild, remodel and rethink how to guard against the same fate in the future. We even use the cliché, “[Town Name] Strong!” to convince the rest of the world that we will be back.

Donald Trump keeps using the phrase, “invisible enemy” because he, like many others, has figured out that without an electronic microscope one cannot see the coronavirus. These non-living particles invade our bodies, usually in the lungs, and start a war between our immune systems and their camouflaged sharp little crowns. Our body thinks the virus is a friend and lets it multiply and cling to the walls of our organs. Therefore, a patient with the coronavirus has trouble breathing; the growth of the virus blocks the lung’s capacity to process air.

We all know that Donald Trump didn’t invent this virus in a lab. We also know that our President has never been a big believer in science, because he cannot link the value of science to an enterprise. When you build buildings, you argue against the environment because it costs money to comply with the rules. All of this should have been forgotten once Trump got to the White House. He should have evolved and started to use science and experts to our advantage. He didn’t make that transition.

Instead, Trump has promoted and fomented some far-right disdain for experts, up to and including his retweet of the #FireFauci tag. Why? Does he not know that the 20 to 30% of the population who think he walks on water will adopt whatever raw, political meat-dogma he throws into the kennel? He may have ignited protests around the country, but could he not know he’s putting his own voters in harm’s way? Someone called Trump’s political party a “death cult,” because people are going to get the virus by protesting without masks and social distancing. That’s bit rough, but it does have a ring.

I have concluded that Trump politicized this virus and global pandemic because he just doesn’t know what else to do. He was on the stage at the briefings telling us that the virus was going to go away. Remember, “Fifteen down to none.” He told those attending a rally on Monday, March 2, 2020 in Charlotte, North Carolina at the Bojangles’ Coliseum that this virus was a “Democrat hoax.” On that date there were less than two known cases in America, but officials in Santa Clara County, California, have now determined that at least two deaths in early February can now be attributed to COVID-19. So, any idea that Donald Trump knew what was really happening all along is false. On March 2, 2020, I was moved to a different hospital for a minor operation because of COVID-19 infected hospital workers. See, there were signs. By the way, I survived that operation.

When I saw the Governor of New York on TV saying that they have gone over the top of the mountain, I felt much better. However, he also said that 166 people died in the past 24 hours. He doesn’t make me panic, but he does make me think. Gee, that could have been me.

I wonder whether more people would be wearing masks if Andrew Cuomo was president right now. Would we have these protests? Probably yes, and they would have been motivated by the zealous ideolog Fox News opinion show hosts who really are in the panic business. They prey on older conservative viewers for ratings and money. They know if they create fear and dissent, ratings will go up. They will continue to do Trump’s monkey business long after Mr. Dorito Face is gone. It’s what they do.

The stark reality? It will take years for the stock market to come back. It’s also true that this virus and global pandemic will change the way we interact as humans. Until we get a vaccine, we all need to be careful. This isn’t panic talk; it’s simply good health advice. Trump is not the leader we need right now. He doesn’t understand complex conundrums and layered challenges. Sorry, but for all of his talk about being so smart, why does he keep saying the wrong things? He has the best experts around him. He should just communicate facts and well-thought-out advice, but he can’t.

If Trump really understood and believed the science behind the novel coronavirus, he wouldn’t have launched such an aggressive campaign to restart. He wouldn’t have tweeted the word LIBERATE to those states that were trying to keep this pandemic under control. He wouldn’t have wasted time verbally abusing reporters who were asking basic questions about the administration’s role in the response to COVID-19. Donald John Trump fails to understand that the politicizing of the crisis turns off moderates and educated suburban women. It creates doubt.

They say that the biggest hinderances to stock market performance is uncertainty. Trump cannot ignore that maxim and the country will react to his actions, inactions and disruptions. By tweeting about topics not related to the pandemic, Trump reveals his lack of focus, which equates to uncertainty. Tweeting every seven minutes over the weekend and tearing into reporters is terribly beneath the office of the President, but MAGA boy doesn’t at all understand the nuances and negativity of his office and actions.

He cannot conceive that his behavior often makes things worse. He could have done a simple, information-laced presser in the Rose Garden, but his handling of the questions made things worse. If you were an alien viewing that appearance from afar, you probably would have asked, “Who put this guy in charge?” I speak alien.

We need to defeat the Pandemic and remove the man who wasn’t ready for a real crisis. The real panic will come if he’s given more time to destroy America. We must not let that happen.

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ASK CHINA THAT QUESTION!

Trump Scolds Reporters in the Rose Garden

My father was born in 1913 and if alive today he would be 107 years old. Growing up on a farm, my father dealt with a lot of hard work after his father died when Dad was 15 years of age. He was the youngest of 13 children and acquired most of his beliefs, prejudices and viewpoints during a depression and two wars. I didn’t blame him for his Archie Bunker-type comments, even though I knew why they were wrong.

My father used the term “polack” to describe Polish people, and although he never used the “N” word, he was most comfortable with calling African Americans “colored.” All the schools I attended were not integrated. My schooling took place before controversial busing laws, so I grew up in a white bubble. This was well before there was even the notion of “political correctness,” and many of the things we said then would not be received well today. If my father was around now, he would probably agree with the main guy in the White House.

Maybe because I was schooled as a journalist, my viewpoint on Donald J. Trump has been damaged by his constant disdain of media and disparagement of our free press. Along with my Presbyterian upbringing and the moral core of my being, I take umbrage with any verbal attack of a group of people, especially the downtrodden and persecuted minorities. I guess you can call me a bleeding heart, tree hugging liberal, although I would prefer to be known as a person with an altruistic grounding and who cares about people.

One of the burning questions that many have raised about Trump is whether he has some embedded racist viewpoints. We do know that his father Fred was probably a Nazi sympathizer. Records show that his father was arrested during a Nazi parade in New York in 1927, but let’s not judge a son’s values based on his father’s closed-mindedness.

The 45th President is a cloudy picture that can turn ugly in an instant. He uses the terms, “good people” to describe individuals who carry Nazi symbols of hate. He needs an enemy or combatant on every issue, which forces him to create a demon when none exists. He was quick to desire a ban of all Muslims from entering the US before he knew the details of one shooting.

When Trump runs out of Democrats, people of color, people from other countries or anyone who disagrees with him to bully, he aims his verbal attacks at the press. That is probably one of his easiest targets. When engaging with the press, his uncharted and disjointed verbosity gives us a great portal into his soul. His words are telling.

During a press conference in the Rose Garden on Monday May 11, 2020, President Donald Trump abruptly ended the briefing after he was challenged by one CNN reporter for withdrawing her turn to ask a question, but the damage was already done on mic with a previous reporter. CBS News Asian American reporter Weijia Jiang asked Trump why he emphasized that the US was doing better than any other country with respect to coronavirus testing. Ms. Jiang pressed Trump, “Why does that matter? Why is this a global competition to you if every day Americans are still losing their lives and we are still seeing more cases every day?” As all the viewers could plainly see, Trump was miffed by the question and loudly retorted, “Well, they are losing their lives everywhere in the world. Maybe that is a question you should ask China. Don’t ask me! Ask China that question!”

Weijia has gotten under Trump’s skin in earlier press conferences, so even with her mask on Trump knew the Asian American reporter from CBS. He has rebuked and disparaged her in the past. The president then called on CNN’s Kaitlan Collins, who was walking to the microphone as Jiang leaned over with half her mask off to ask, “Sir, why are you saying that to me, specifically?” The whole world witnessed Donald Trump facing an Asian woman who was confronting the President of the United States.

Donald Trump’s comeback was lame, “I am not saying it specifically to anybody. I am saying it to anybody who would ask a nasty question like that.” The only thing that we could hear clearly after that was Jiang objection, “That is not a nasty question.”

Trump has no idea that what he did was purely racist, but then he doesn’t use logic, science or facts to determine any of his positions. Trump’s outburst was racist because she’s Asian, and he was insinuating that she should ask China because she’s Chinese. His move hearkened back to the time he asked April Ryan, an African American reporter, to talk to the Black Caucus for him. I guess he did so because of the color of April’s skin. He would not have asked a white reporter to be a middle-man or negotiator with African American groups. He assumed she was in cahoots with the Black Caucus.

Donald Trump had a strange comment when asked about the senseless killing of a black man in Georgia, Ahmaud Arbery. Few in the media picked up on this issue because of the intensity Trump created with his Chinese blunder during this week’s truncated press conference.

In response to a black reporter asking how he felt about the delayed justice in Georgia, Trump said, “I think it’s horrible and it’s certainly being looked at by many people – I’m speaking to many people about it.”  Then, the President pointed out that he talked with South Carolina Senator Tim Scott, the Senate’s only black Republican, and relayed that Senator Scott said that he too was disturbed by the fatal shooting. Tim Scott is a good guy but he’s not from Georgia. Donald Trump seemed to want people to know that he “has a black friend.” He was attempting to exploit that friendship to demonstrate he understands African American challenges in this country and, in a sense, was researching how he should react. Was he getting permission?

Our current House of Representatives has 56 African Americans while the Senate has only ten. Trump leans on Tim Scott so much in his commentary because of Scott’s special status of being African American and Republican. It’s doubtful that Trump called any Democratic African American members of Congress for their viewpoints on this tragedy.

When the President of the United States yells at a reporter, who was born in China but grew up in West Virginia, “ASK CHINA THAT QUESTION!” he is saying he doesn’t have an answer. He doesn’t know why everything is a competition. He told us we would be tired of winning. He was right; we are fatigued with his games. He has proven many times that he doesn’t like direct questions from women and especially women of color. So, he’s not only racist, but a male chauvinist pig. Okay, paste another star on his forehead. What a guy.

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The book that tells it like it is…

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

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UNCOMFORTABLY NUMB

The Putrid Fumes of a Presidential Pandemic

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The book that tells it like it is…

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

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WITH ALL DUE RESPECT

Trump Train: No Conductor, Wrong Track

I think growing up in Pittsburgh put a bit of a chip on my shoulder. It’s not like us ‘burghers hold grudges or grievances, or stand ready to provoke disputes and arguments, but we can surely talk your leg off. Also, Pittsburghers have a built-in underdog status, which often comes in handy.

In the 1946 Marx Brothers movie, A Night in Casablanca, the female character, Bea, played by Lisette Verea, and Groucho’s Kornblow are both smoking and playfully blowing smoke at each other. As the cloud of smoke surrounds their heads, Groucho says, “This is like living in Pittsburgh – if you can call that ‘living.’” When we were kids, we were told that our hometown was inferior to other places.

The ‘burgh is a sports town. Our insecurity complex came to a screeching halt when our Pirates beat the New York Yankees in the 1960 World Series. We were brought to our feet waving yellow pieces of “terrible towels” when our NFL Steelers won six Super Bowls. Then there were the five Stanley cup wins by our Pittsburgh Penguins, which brought much joy to the hearts of Steel City citizens. The goal has always been respect, not just winning.

I always twitch when I hear a retort start with the words, “With all due respect.” It’s because I know that whatever they are about to say will be contra to my position. That’s fine. I want to know your point, perception or proposition. Afterall, you could be right. I will change my mind if you take the care and time to intellectually lay out the logic.

During the confirmation hearing for William Barr as Attorney General of the US, I believed he was a straight-shooter, even though he orchestrated and wrote all the pardons freeing those involved in the Iran-Contra Affair under President George H.W. Bush. Go ahead and Google it. You see, I have a thing about white collar crime and political infractions. Why are those people treated differently when they break the law? The lame excuse, “I was just following orders,” didn’t cut it at Nuremberg and shouldn’t in the United States of America. Oliver North was not a patriot.

I never liked Michael Flynn and was more than skeptical when Donald Trump appointed him to the post of National Security Advisor. I like smart generals and I have nothing against the military, but when pure ideologs make policies we often end up on shaky ground. Dick Cheney was of that ilk, and after spending a trillion dollars on unnecessary wars we saw the damage an ideolog can wrest when they become too powerful in US decision-making. Dick Cheney was not a patriot.

Take all that Trump has said during his three years in office, boil it down, and you will see a pattern of over-committing to a plan, then throwing water on the plan and, later, blaming someone else for the plan. It’s amazing to me that the guy doesn’t run into himself on his way to the bathroom in the middle of the night. Trump is a confused little boy with the thinnest skin of any human.

When William Barr took control of the Department of Justice, he was called to the Senate for a hearing, and that’s when we saw the real Bill Barr. For the life of me, I don’t understand why Barr didn’t change his title from A.G. to P.O. — Political Operative, because that is what he is. He’s not upholding the law when it comes to Trump. He’s out front, blocking for him, running interference and acting more like a bought judge than the Attorney General.

During his first post confirmation hearing, Barr claimed that the FBI “spied on the Trump campaign.” He seemed to say that there were some misdeeds by the agency when they checked out unusual and premature contacts between Russians and those in the Trump campaign. Isn’t that something the FBI should do? Why would Barr think that’s not okay? Is he a Russian agent?

Not too long later, William Barr was discrediting and misquoting the Robert Mueller Report. During his presentation, before the document was released, he basically said that he and Rod Rosenstein reviewed the facts and determined that there was no wrongdoing by Trump or his cohorts. REALLY? I read it and saw a bunch of indictments, admissions of guilt and sentences handed down. The report wasn’t nearly as vague or positive as Barr wanted you to believe. Without the terms being present in the report, it paints Trump as an unindicted co-conspirator and the main obstructer of justice in the probe.

With the thousands of other cases the Attorney General is responsible for managing and directing, we can only hope that his biases and distractions are not affecting the process of justice. Unfortunately, that’s not the circumstance. Keep reading; it gets worse.

I wasn’t surprised when Barr announced that the DOJ was dropping its charges against Michael Flynn for lying to the FBI. Flynn admitted to the lying and was convicted of that crime. I am sure Barr can read the law: “Making false statements (18 U.S.C. § 1001) is the name for the federal process crime laid out in Section 1001 of Title 18 of the United States Code, which generally prohibits knowingly and willfully making false or fraudulent statements, or concealing information, in ‘any matter within the jurisdiction’ of the federal government of the United States, even by merely denying guilt when asked by a federal agent.” William Barr cannot erase this law from the books and has broken the law by ignoring it.

I don’t trust Trump and I don’t trust William Barr. Had Barr been doing his job properly he would have dug into Trump’s tax returns and attempted to establish motives for some of this president’s bizarre actions. There should be a Special Prosecutor appointed to investigate the Attorney General, but we don’t have time right now — you know, election coming, pandemic, virus in the White House, stuff like that.

With all due respect, William Barr is neither a patriot nor a glowing light for justice. He’s simply an ass-kissing Trump sycophant. For those who really care about law and order in America, please step up and help throw Trump out of the White House in November.

I don’t respect people who cannot be objective when administering the law. I know that if Trump losses the election in November, his fake writers will be churning out the pardons for everyone Trump believes treated him unfairly. They will take care of those who suffered terrible injustices that often happen to rich and famous people like Martha Stewart.

I cannot wait to see Donald, Ivanka, Jared and all the Trump knuckleheads walking to the helicopter to fly them back to New York in January. Better yet, why not make them ride a train back to their tower? I don’t mean the Acela Express; I’m talking about the slow train. Maybe we could drop a few trees over the tracks on the way back. That will allow them to appreciate a true, common man traveling experience.

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