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.

 


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.

 


ARGUMENTUM AD HOMINEM

Trump’s Tactics and Indiscretions Exposed

Don’t let the Latin get in the way. Ad hominem means “to the man” and adds precision to the title of this piece. It means employing a fallacious, argumentative strategy to cloud the subject of a discussion by attacking the character, motive, or any other attribute of the person making the argument. This tactic attempts to move the listener away from the substance of the point, fact or argument. There is also a risk that one could be making things worse in the long run by employing the fallacy of irrelevance.

When Donald Trump was accused of sexual misconduct by more than 17 women right before the Presidential election in 2016, he basically said they were all liars. Trump believes that a man can simply deny to make these cases go away. And when the complainants keep up the pressure, he turns to his argumentum ad hominem routine by discrediting people or buying them off with an NDA, a Non-Disclosure Agreement that keeps another from talking about something or keeping the knowledge of some business matter confidential.

One of the aspects of the #MeToo movement is allowing women who have been sexually harassed or violated, and then forced to sign an NDA, to be unchained from these agreements so they can tell their stories. There is some tradition in U.S. law that if revealing information helps other victims, or prevents future wrongdoings, a court could find that public good outweighs a piece of paper. While Harvey Weinstein probably used power and influence in his industry to keep women quiet, Donald J. Trump simply whips out his checkbook and buys silence. This is a matter of record, therefore a fact.

By attacking the character, motive, or some other attribute of an adversary, Trump attempts to force the viewer’s attention away from any substance that person may be making. By calling Marco Rubio, “Little Marco,” candidate Trump took the focus off any productive plan Rubio might have laid out for America. By continually using the term, “Lyin’ Ted Cruz,” the Donald was able to position the Texas Senator as someone who shouldn’t be believed. Now that Trump is the President of the United States of America, every statement, tweet and comment becomes the policy of the White House. It’s very clear that after a year into this mess, our Great Orange Leader doesn’t care about truth, facts and real policy. If confronted, he will lie.

Today (3-21-2018), Trump is pouting around the White House about leaks from his administration. If the stories in Michael Wolff’s best seller Fire and Fury are true, one of the biggest leakers just might be Trump himself. He spends endless hours watching TV and talking on the phone to people who massage his frail ego.

What might be an uncorroborated rumor that comes up on a late-night phone call with one of his cronies, gets codified by the Commander and Chief. History will show that Trump’s own loose lips were the source of many of the leaked items that piss him off. He’s like a teenage girl gossiping about the day’s events at school.

As more and more journalistic and legal heat is applied to the 45th President, we see more push back and ad hominem from this narcissistic, soulless human being.

Just minutes ago, as the snow came down around the White House, Donald Trump tweeted a quote from Alan Dershowitz: “Special Council is told to find crimes, whether a crime exists or not. I was opposed to the selection of Mueller to be Special Council. I am still opposed to it. I think President Trump was right when he said there never should have been a Special Council appointed because there was no probable cause for believing that there was any crime, collusion or otherwise, or obstruction of justice!”

Besides being a well-known author on legal matters, Alan Dershowitz was one of the attorneys for O.J. Simpson. He’s a strange person to be supporting Trump. Dershowitz is a Democrat and he supported Hilary Clinton. He is strongly pro-Israel and holds a rare position on the Second Amendment and gun control. Dershowitz says that the right to bear arms has “no place in modern society” and has even supported repealing the amendment.

The interesting opinion that “there was no probable cause” in the attempts to gloss over many facts of the 2016 election is wrong. We now know that Russian operatives attempted to manipulate the opinions and attitudes of voters in America. We know that a company named Cambridge Analytica clipped 50 million Facebook profiles and the Trump campaign used these to push Trump’s narrative. We’re not sure just yet whether laws were broken, but it’s certainly probable cause for an investigation. If we believe Jim Comey, former Director of the FBI, Trump did ask the FBI to “go easy” on his National Security Director, Michael Flynn. I’m not sure what planet Alan Dershowitz is on, but Flynn did plead guilty to charges of lying to the FBI. Does that suggest that appointing Special Counsel was a good idea, or just some frivolous act by a partisan United States Deputy Attorney General?

Is Dershowitz, a TV commentator, planning to pitch for the position of Attorney General if Trump fires Jeff Sessions? Time will tell, but Trump’s attempt to move the listener away from the substance of the point, fact or argument is obvious. Argumentum ad hominem might not be a term Trump has ever heard, but his constant negative putdowns and attacks on America citizens begs this question. When do we get back to a normal president with his or her focus placed on the task of doing the people’s business? Until things change, we have nothing but a large, steaming pile of his business to handle every day.

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.

 

 


SUITS, SLAMS & SACKS

Trump’s Inability to Manage Calamities

This drama of power abuse and incompetent leadership may keep the TV newscasters and journalists busy, but it’s a terrible story on a colossal level. Donald Trump is one of those people who likes publicity whether it’s good or bad. He makes his own bad P.R. on purpose. What a strange person.

Many people are saying that the President lacks human decency after firing Andrew McCabe, a 20+ year veteran of the FBI, just hours before he was eligible to get his pension. Basically, Trump took $600,000 from this government worker because he didn’t like him. The conspiracy is fundamental. McCabe let a couple of FBI people talk to the press to push a narrative about an ongoing investigation into the Clinton Foundation. Or did he? And if he did, was he instructed to do so? But the real problem is that Donald Trump doesn’t like McCabe and made Jeff Sessions fire him. If the Attorney General had refused to act, Sessions would have been sacked. What a clusterfuck!

While this was going on in the shadow of Trump’s firing of his Secretary of State, the Donald was tweeting away all weekend. In the middle of his tweet storm, it was revealed that Donald Trump has now instructed his lawyers to sue the porn-star Stormy Daniels for $20 million for talking about having sex with the President when he was a not so private citizen. This builds anticipation for the big 60 Minutes interview coming soon to national television. Daniels attorney claims the Anderson Cooper tell-all interview will happen despite the lawsuit. Who the hell is this guy in the White House?

And while the press claimed that Robert Mueller’s Special Counsel office has subpoenaed Trump Organization documents dealing with Russia, Trump himself spent the weekend wailing away with tweets. This begs the question, if the President is innocent why so much dust?

Trump’s “personal” twitter account had more than ten posts over the weekend, mostly on this subject: “The Mueller probe should never have been started in that there was no collusion and there was no crime. It was based on fraudulent activities and a Fake Dossier paid for by Crooked Hillary and the DNC, and improperly used in FISA COURT for surveillance of my campaign. WITCH HUNT!”

Trump confuses and tries to shift the reason why Mueller was hired in the first place. Jeff Sessions recused himself because of a point of law. Sessions worked on Trump’s campaign and was rewarded for that early work and endorsement. He was unqualified to perform legal duties because of a possible conflict of interest or lack of impartiality. Sessions applied the law properly. Trump fired James Comey, the Director of the FBI. Sessions was out of the loop, so Rod Rosenstein, the Deputy Attorney General, appointed a Special Counsel to investigate whether the dismissal of Comey was an effort to thwart the investigation into Russian interference, or worse, obstruction of justice. In essence, the reason there is a Special Counsel is all about Trump.

Agent Orange’s inferiority complex is demonstrated by a need to take women to comfort his ego. His narcissistic personality disorder is played out every day. He wants to be a tough guy, when he’s very afraid of being exposed for what he really is. He has the moral compass of a self-serving egotist who makes bad choices because he wants to be right. He despises anyone who confronts him or disagrees with him.

The real calamity is that Trump should be looking over his shoulder and keeping his eyes on Putin, the President of Russia, for the next six years and probably longer. Putin poisons people he doesn’t like, and he will continue to kill people who get in his way. Trump has a fear, according to many, of being poisoned. The sanctions that Congress imposed were finally activated, at least on some basic levels, because Trump was backed into a corner. When all the nations of the west declared that Putin was a bad actor, Trump had no ability to defend him. That would have been used against him with the Russian investigation and would have been, in a sense, collusion-lite!

It’s tough to get rid of a president in America. We usually elect reasonable people who get through four or eight years riding the economic and social-cultural waves with the goal of leading while doing no harm. Donald J. Trump is a daily disaster. I have to say, the best reaction to Trump’s random firings and self-serving management style came from ex-CIA Chief John Brennan: “When the full extent of your venality, moral turpitude, and political corruption becomes known, you will take your rightful place as a disgraced demagogue in the dustbin of history,” he wrote. “You may scapegoat Andy McCabe but will not destroy America… America will triumph over you.”

If he didn’t drop the mic after that one, I would do it for him. That was the most powerful prose about Trump to date. My only regret is that I didn’t write 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.

 

 

 

 


NEGLECT, THE NRA & NEO-NAZIS

The Complicit President

One of the great miscalculations of the decade came from the gun-suckers at the National Rifle Association during the 2018 Conservative Political Action Conference. They heavily miscalculated their message and, unfortunately for America, our sitting President is equally tone-deaf. This post may get me on two enemies lists for the price of one, but it seems like there is a wind blowing and the updraft from the heat and sorrow of death is lifting opinions.

The NRA must surely be wondering why their messaging hit such a sour note in Maryland last week. Like most shows, a comedian warmed up the audience so that the star had an audience primed and ready for the headliner. Ms. Dana Loesch said, “Many in legacy media love mass shootings. You guys love it. I’m not saying you love the tragedy. But I am saying that you love the ratings. Crying white mothers are ratings gold… And notice I said crying white mothers because there are thousands of grieving black mothers in Chicago every weekend and you don’t see town halls for them, do you?”

With that statement, Loesch sparked a tweetstorm from people all over the United States. Some might say it was insensitive to make those remarks within 24-hours of the CNN Town Hall with survivors of the Stoneman Douglas High School tragedy, but the words were more than obtuse. They were an example of the numbing reality that the NRA’s tactics are not caring, open or helpful. They sensed, for the first time, that people were coming for them in the dead of night with torches. They overreacted.

Their leader, Wayne LaPierre, has a famous slug-line, “The only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun, is a good guy with a gun.” He marched into the room and attempted to present the NRA as a solid front and to reaffirm himself as the puppeteer pulling the strings of Congress and our President. The leader of the NRA misconstrued some of the basic points of his association’s existence. Yes, of course, the National Rifle Association is a registered lobbyist, but they want to be more. And it wasn’t more than seconds before Donald Trump was parroting the points that LaPierre was making on stage at CPAC.

What disturbed many corporate leaders was not only the divisive rhetoric of Dana Loesch, but the highly-charged words of LaPierre. He advanced a political attack that sounded like Germany rhetoric from 1939. And if you think words don’t matter, consider this: Anti-Semitic incidents in the United States soared by 57 percent in 2017, according to a new report from the Anti-Defamation League. That’s the largest single-year increase in more than two decades. There was an 86 percent rise in vandalism.

Wayne’s world protects 100 million-gun owners by getting money from five million members. There are companies who believe that supporting the NRA is good business. I don’t understand why Delta Airlines, Hertz Rent a Car and other companies thought that offering discounts to NRA members was a good idea. Do they offer discounts to Super PACs or other lobbyist members?

The NRA damaged their brand with those two speeches and, of course, proved the point the high school students were making. With LaPierre saying that the “European Socialists” were controlling the minds of the masses, he was sending a message that anyone who confronts the NRA is politically bad for America. He sounded like a politician running for office.

The speech reeked of Neo-Nazi messaging. And while the CEO of the NRA was defending his cause he had no idea that Nikolas Cruz, the shooter in Parkland, Florida, etched swastikas in his ammunition magazines. Oops!

In 2015, Dylann Roof confessed to murdering nine African Americans at the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in downtown Charleston, South Carolina, one of 40 states not requiring background checks for private gun transactions. In clear sight on the internet, Roof espoused racial hatred. Photographs there showed him posing with emblems associated with white supremacy. He had also been arrested. He beat the system.

When a reformed Neo-Nazi appeared on CBS’ 60 Minutes trying to motivate others from getting sucked into the group, Dylann Roof sent him a letter from prison that read: “I know you won’t be, but you really should be ashamed of yourself. Traitor, you’ve really cashed in, haven’t you? I hope you know that you are 100 times worse than the Jews you’ve surrounded yourself with.” No repent there.

And with the death of a woman in Charlottesville, Virginia, during a Unite the Right rally, it was clear that a statement from the President would have helped the situation. Rather than denounce this bullshit, Donald Trump gave a convolved message of “fine people on both sides.” He advanced anti-political correctness rather than calling out Neo-Nazis. He worried about a Robert E. Lee statue more than America.

Donald Trump, through stupidity or complicity, has not created a strong message against the KKK, Nazis, White Nationalist and other terror groups operating in America. The NRA fights any effort to track gun owners, so it’s impossible to know names and locations of the bad guys. And much of Congress shakes in their boots when it comes to the NRA. Nothing happens, and not only is Trump complicit but he has neglected his duty to keep us safe.

The voice of the Florida students and the corporate boycotts will alarm companies who would rather not be involved in politics. This time the NRA veered off course and made a wide turn away from the Second Amendment. With LaPierre critiquing other facets of government and society, he struck a hateful Trumpian tone. CEOs and boards of directors are nervous. Good use of social media this time!

Wayne LaPierre doesn’t have the credibility to talk about leaks in the intelligence community, media bias or universities he claims are spearheading a socialist revolution by emphasizing the teachings of Karl Marx. He added that America was trending toward a “growing socialist state.” Adolf Hitler was against Karl Marx as well and said, “Our adopted term ‘Socialist’ has nothing to do with Marxian Socialism. Marxism is anti-property; true socialism is not.”

The Nazis adopted a new gun law in 1938, allowing Non-Jews to buy rifles, shotguns and ammunition. Handguns were also easy to own, buy, sell or carry. Local officials could even allow people under the age of 18 to buy a gun. Gee, how did that work out? Lots of crazy brown-shirted kids killing Jews.

Saying that anything which challenges their power is somehow connected to European Socialism and Karl Marx, has not only blurred the message of the NRA but has left trouble and blood on their hands.

The NRA has failed to understand America. When people suggest true universal background checks on gun purchases, they aren’t talking about Karl Marx. They are talking about Making America Safe Again. In the bigger picture, the smart people in the United States with knowledge of history are hearing exactly what the NRA is saying, “You cannot fuck with us.” As our President has said, “We will see.”

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Now available on Amazon.

 

 


WHEN LIES BECOME PERJURY

Indictments are Piling up Around the President

I spent the weekend reading the multiple indictments against Paul Manafort and Richard Gates, plus the Democratic response to the biased and debasing Devin Nunes memo released earlier. It’s not fun reading, but easier to comprehend than the typical congressional bill.

What I learned about these two dastardly men is they both have the propensity to cheat and trick the system at every turn. For Manafort and Gates to be involved in a presidential campaign and transition team is a disgrace which displays a of lack of judgement and vetting on the part of the Trump people.

Can we really assume that Donald J. Trump, the candidate and the president-elect, didn’t know how these scumbags operated? Clearly, they would do anything to get what they wanted. If Manafort did what they say he did, including bribing leaders and former leaders of European countries to bend their comments to help corrupt politicians in Ukraine, he would certainly bring that same tactic to our presidential election. Remember the credo, “the end justifies the means.”  Machiavelli would be proud.

While the President discredits those who have the job of investigating bad actors and blames Obama for everything negative happening in America, we are not getting the truth. It’s all soundbites and inconsistent lies. If only the lies were consistent.

While Gates and Manafort were in the thick of the campaign to elect Trump, they were maneuvering through the RNC platform and changing the planks to eliminate their position on arming and aiding the Ukraine. They were, in effect, doing Russia’s work by getting the party to “go easy” on Russian interference in the region. Trump claims he was not involved in this change, which is believable to a point. The Donald is not a detail man.

These two hucksters had $75 million flow through their phony companies and fake bank accounts, where they laundered more than $30 million. They bilked banks by getting illicit loans on properties they owned in America. If one takes the time to read the indictments that Robert Mueller’s team has produced, they will clearly see why three of the bad guys have pleaded guilty. One could also assume that when these pleaders cough up information on the campaign players, someone is going to pay for their dirty deeds.

And now we have the United States House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence Minority memo, which covers the Democrats view of what was left out of the Devin Nunes memo which was released a few weeks ago. Significant portions of this missive have been redacted to, we assume, protect intelligence people in the field. However, those big black strikeouts could also be politically purposeful.

If you want to have a boil-down, I can tell you that much of what the President says about this memo proves that he hasn’t read it. Or, perhaps, he just says the same thing repeatedly. But there are some basic truths flowing through this memo.

The first FACT is the investigation into Carter Page started seven weeks before the FBI and those looking into Page ever saw the Steele dossier. Trump continues to latch onto his views like a snapping turtle waiting for the sun to go down.

The next FACT to consider is that Page was on the FBI’s radar for some time, as you would be if you traveled to Russia and met with Russian spies. Nobody seems to make a big deal about the fact that Carter Page lived in Moscow from 2004 to 2007. Did Trump and his transition team, which included Devin Nunes, know about Page’s Russian connection?

Really, why wouldn’t the Feds be keeping their eyes on Page? Once again, it’s Trump fault for not vetting his people and finding out if they had ties to Russia. Perhaps Trump and his campaign thought that it was a good thing and there was some value Putin’s team could provide the Trump campaign.

The mystery of Trump stepping around the horseshit littered timeline of what happened during his campaign and transition is UNBELIEVABLE. One of the smoking guns in this memo, that few have pointed out, is the line: “… the FBI would have continued its investigation, including against [BLACKED OUT] individuals, even if it had never received information from Steele, never applied for a FISA warrant against Page, or if the FISC had rejected the application.” The questions surrounding the redaction are how many individuals and who are they? Without that information it’s impossible for the people of America to have a clear understanding of this whole mess.

But there is a partisan reason those juicy pieces of information were taken out, and we all know it. The Special Counsel, through the FBI, wants to prevent these showboat Congressional committees screwing up their investigation.

From my perspective, neither memo should have been written or released. And neither memo proves that there wasn’t a conspiracy or collusion. The only document that will be useful and honest will be the final report from the Special Counsel’s office.

America needs to get back to law, justice and order to become a “normal” country again. And the drivers for this normalcy will include the impeachment of Donald Trump.

 

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Now available on Amazon.

 

 

 

 

 


ARMED EDUCATORS

Trump’s Dangerous Demonic Deal

When constructing a sentence, our President often sounds as if he’s pitching an idea or suggesting an action. It’s not just James Comey who thought that he was getting an order from Trump. I am sure this happens to people in the administration all the time. It has to do with clarity.

During the extremely intense meeting with survivors of mass shootings the other day at the White House, Donald Trump, packed with notes and suggested comments, listened intently until the end. This is when he wanted everyone to know what idea he was most impressed with. He said, “Our concept and your idea about — it’s called concealed carry — and it only works where you have people very adept at using firearms, of which you have many, and it would be teachers and coaches. They’d go for special training.  And they would be there, and you would no longer have a gun-free zone.   A gun-free zone to a maniac — because they’re all cowards — a gun-free zone is, let’s go in and let’s attack, because bullets aren’t coming back at us.”

He also used the phrase, “We’re going to be looking at it very strongly.” And with this, the whole country started a discussion based on what Trump said at the meeting. This is a common theme with our President. During the campaign, he talked a lot about San Bernardino and Paris and he kept proselytizing a notion that an active shooter situation cannot be solved without bullets going back the other way. It’s an interesting turn of a phase that evokes a visual of ammo zipping in two directions through the air.

As the nation was trying to digest his concept, one that the National Rifle Association has talked about for years, he seemed to put on the brakes and blast out a defensive tweet: “I never said “give teachers guns” like was stated on Fake News @CNN & @NBC. What I said was to look at the possibility of giving “concealed guns to gun adept teachers with military or special training experience – only the best 20% of teachers, a lot, would now be able to immediately fire back if a savage sicko came to a school with bad intentions. Highly trained teachers would also serve as a deterrent to the cowards that do this. Far more assets at much less cost than guards. A “gun free” school is a magnet for bad people. ATTACKS WOULD END!”

I am not sure what is going on, but this sounds like someone suffering from dual personality syndrome. And talks about this being an “offense” measure, surely that would be a defensive measure, right Donald? Now if you are starting to believe that Trump was taking on the NRA, don’t get your hopes up. He’s not going to give back the $30 million they spent to help him win the election. It didn’t take very long before the Donald was back on Twitter showing his true colors: “What many people don’t understand, or don’t want to understand, is that Wayne, Chris and the folks who work so hard at the @NRA are Great People and Great American Patriots. They love our Country and will do the right thing.”  

Sure, we all get it Mr. President. The next shooter somehow figures out how to get into a school, starts to shoot the place up, and the 20% of our trained teachers with “concealed weapons” run to where they hear the AR-15 blasting and engage the shooter. Sounds like a plan, but what if there is more than one shooter? What if the next time the lunatics use a bomb? These people are terrorists and should be countered with tactical police forces and SWAT. What I believe is a shooter who is CRAZY and NUTS, like everyone is saying, either won’t know or won’t care which school has a couple of teacher-cops. The reason the Cruz kid picked Stoneman Douglas is because they expelled him, and he was a very disturbed kid. Donald Trump, your premise is totally wrong.

Hijackers are NOT discouraged because there might be an Air Marshall onboard, they are deterred by a very active logical TSA inspection. If properly executed, it’s impossible to get a bomb or gun onboard an airplane. Sure, we need to make every school safer, but the 2019 budget doesn’t provide enough money for mental health services and better doors and security procedures at all schools. You might want to move some money from the military to education so that you can properly protect the homeland.

And are these armed teachers going to have to buy their own guns, Mr. President, like they currently must buy supplies and equipment for the students out their own pockets? And will there be a database of background checks on the teachers? Will the parents get to know if they have any mental illness or criminal records? Gee, now we must make sure that the teacher is ready to kill someone. Do they have to take an oath?  And then, Trump says they should get a bonus for carrying a gun. Boy, if you don’t pack a gun you make less money, is that fair?

Trump says that if a shooter knows teachers are armed, they will think twice about attacking a specific school, really? That idea wasn’t even dry before Trump decries the use of the term “active shooter” drills. So, Mr. Know-it-all-President, which is it? Are we making a child nervous about knowing their mean teacher has a gun, or preparing them for the possibility of a shooter? They know about shooters, that’s all over the TV.

The deal the President is making with the devil can only be portrayed as clinical insanity. Let’s see, to end gun violence we need to mix in some more guns. What the President is saying is exactly what the NRA has been saying for more than a decade. The National Rifle Association is talking like a right-wing political organization, rather than a collection of gun owners. They are the tool of the manufacturers of guns and each Congress person they give money to is their bitch.

As we add more guns, more accidents will happen. We won’t be safer. Even if you could imagine every teacher and administrator having a gun, we learned today that even a good guy with a gun in Parkland (on-campus officer) stood outside while a bad gun with a gun was killing our children. Are you really basing your whole unproven theory on a few pistols defending against AR-15s? Why wouldn’t Trump know this? I guess he gets all his advice by the very people who are creating the problem.

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Now available on Amazon.

 

 

 

 

 

            


THAT HOLLOW FEELING, AGAIN

Three Hundred Million Reasons Why

If God is all powerful, then everything that happens is part of his plan. When something horrific happens, we ask why a madman did this to us. We never ask God why he permitted this act against humanity to occur. We grant another killer free will, while we pray to a force that, once again, couldn’t stop the carnage.

And this is what we got from Donald Trump on Twitter, his personal way to depersonalize the pain for those Americans most affected: “My prayers and condolences to the families of the victims of the terrible Florida shooting. No child, teacher or anyone else should ever feel unsafe in an American school.”

It’s always amazing to me how most two-bit politician can say what we shouldn’t have, but rarely tells the truth about what we should do. In the old days, a President would go on TV immediately, face the nation and give us some hope in our darkest hour. This poor excuse of a president just doesn’t have it. Perhaps he’s not intelligent enough to handle this problem.

The headline on CNN today repeats what we have heard so often before: “Suspect’s digital profile was ‘very, very disturbing’” And the repetitious subhead regurgitates the script we have already memorized: “Suspect bought firearm and passed background check.”

Donald Trump, in his argument for overspending on the military and the need to build a big wall, demonstrated this arcane logic in his 2015 Tweet, “A nation WITHOUT BORDERS is not a nation at all. We must have a wall. The rule of law matters.” So, Mr. Big Shot Presidente, what have you done to stop these lawless infringements on the rights of US citizens to be safe? Are you doing your number one job of Keeping America Safe? Why aren’t we spending our money on prevention of this scourge?

To say that a wall and borders make a country better, safer or more productive is a false prophecy. The President constantly complains about our porous borders, where he envisions millions of people swarming in to kill us. It’s not immigrants causing this problem though. Most tragedies start with regular citizens and their right to legally buy semi-automatic weaponry.

We have too many guns and we have flimsy procedures in place to keep unstable people from buying them. Trump wants to keep those “bad hombres” from getting into the country, but has no insight about how to keep deranged citizens from getting weapons of mass destruction. And even if he had an idea to do something, the National Rifle Association would slap him upside the head so fast his copious hair follicles would fly out. Why is the AR-15 even sold in America?

For a man who wants so much power, the Donald is simply powerless to do anything about the school shootings. Congress is also complicit. It’s amazing how they clean the blood off their hands before the next shooting. America has been hypnotized by our collective inability to see this issue clearly. So, we’ll say it again, we have too many guns and we have flimsy procedures in place to keep unstable people from buying them.

As soon as we figure out what the Second Amendment really means, we will start to achieve a solution. A well-regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed. It starts with “well-regulated” and doesn’t say that an unorganized, non-militia, one-person coup is permitted to strike down our children in schools. The second amendment gives us the right to keep and bear arms and the use of those arms is clear: to secure a free state. Nothing is secured when we allow the killing of innocent people. Why do we ignore the words, well regulated?

Let it be noted that no President has ever been able to solve this problem. They may say they want to broker peace in the Middle East, or set a priority to create tons of jobs, or they might even talk about wiping out the opioid crisis by getting drugs off our streets, but none of them have been able to make America safer from gun violence. We have too many guns and we have flimsy procedures in place to keep unstable people from buying them.

The pain of the nation on the morning after this latest shooting will blur into the list of killing fields. So far there have been 18 school shootings this year, and we are on target to have our biggest year yet. The good people of South Florida will wash away the blood from the floors of the classrooms and, perhaps in an act of pure tribalism, tear down the building, but nothing will make it better. God will stand over us and, once again, hear our slogan of “thoughts and prayers.” We will be judged by our lack of action on this matter of grave importance.

And in the end, another politician will take a large contribution from the NRA and send the message that if you want to be safe in America, go buy a gun. They have gotten all politicians addicted to the money and, with each child buried, the President and Congress have more blood on their hands. Trump’s campaign promises to the NRA and the radio and TV spots that they ran for him were bought with the bodies of our kids. This is your Vietnam, Mr. Trump.

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Now available on Amazon.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


DREAMERS VS. ILLEGALS

Trump’s Name Games

It amazes me how Americans get sucked so easily into fads, phrases and fallacies. We gravitate toward simple thoughts to arm ourselves with a snappy retort to appear smart. These are mostly talking points from “our side” but they appear stupid when put under the microscope. We repeat some slogan that has been hammered into our skull by self-serving politicians or repetitive usage by the media.

The minority party Democrats thought they would pull off a crafty move last week by shutting down the government for leverage against the White House’s scattered statements about a fix for DACA. The Deferred Action executive order that President Obama had signed to get around Congress’s lack of action helped more than 600,000 undocumented aliens who were brought to this country illegally when they were kids. Obama’s DACA set Trump up to knock it down.

Majority Republican Senate Leader Mitch McConnell quickly framed the discussion with the word, “illegals”, while the Democrats were concentrating on DACA and immigration reform. Either McConnell or Trump, most likely both, branded the shutdown as the #SchumerShutdown, which, with the help of Russian bots, became the winning label. It may have also inadvertently elevated Schumer’s power.

The Democrats should realize that they aren’t good at marketing phrases and that putting Trump’s name on something doesn’t make it good. Look at all those buildings with his name on them, not special. Along with the Schumer alliteration, the majority players managed to make it seem like the donkey party was hurting government workers because of their love of illegal immigrants.

Now, we sit back and watch how the White House takes credit for ending the shutdown, just as the Donald tweeted that the women’s march was all about him. Name games, sleight of hand and the audacity to believe he is always right are just some of many personality-disorders this man embodies.

What we get from the real Trump is a combative, argumentative posture that might be his interpretation of what politicians are supposed to do. It could also be, as one medical professional said recently, “Maybe he’s not crazy; maybe he’s just a jerk.”

All his spokespeople carry the same gene. They argue instead of informing or convincing the public that the policy is a good idea. Often a “journalist” will ask a question and the interviewee responds, “I disagree with the premise of your question” and then begins an assault of the media. Why? Why not answer the question, make your point and move on? Why is everything an argument?

The whole premise of who won the shutdown is stupid. It wasn’t even a good shutdown, lasting only from midnight Friday until Monday afternoon. No one was really hurt. No one gained anything but a weak promise to debate broader immigration reform with no guarantee this won’t happen again. The whole non-event could have been avoided if the President of the United States had done his job.

Candidate and citizen Trump had no problems explaining how the President should step in and fix the broken system. Instead he decided to just say no, after flip-flopping and defensive posturing and insulting Africa and Haiti and all the people of color of the world. He said he would sign anything they brought him and then he said no to everything they suggested. What a feckless third-rate politician, not the one you all voted for, right?

If you are looking for some answers about why people don’t approve of Trump, look no further than what he has done so far. Our public lands and historical places are less secure from the menace of development. The world influence, sported in trade, diplomacy and climate protection, is gone. People in the red domains may think this president is strong, funny and truly leading, but he’s mucking up most things.

Congress figured out over the weekend that more would get done without the Donald involved. And if the Democrats don’t get DACA in February, they will shut down the government again. If you blame them for trying, or just go along with the premise that Trump must know what he is doing, you are still wrong. The deeper the divide between the sides in America, and the hate that has surfaced against minorities and religions, is all on Trump. He can craft funny names for things, but in the end he will be judged not for what he accomplished, but what will have to be fixed after he leaves.

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.