THE BIOLOGY OF R’s and D’s

Washington’s New Reality

As the fires are burning and blowing across Southern California, there are fires a burning in our nation’s capital that even the big bad wolf in the White House cannot blow out. Women are finally taking back their country.

We have a new catch-all term, “sexual misconduct,” to house all the possible sexual assault complaints from grab-ass to rape. The “#MeToo” movement, as it is being called, has taken hold and landed on the cover of Time Magazine’s “Person of the Year” edition. I have one theory why this is happening now.

When Donald Trump was elected President, millions of people disregarded his sexual misconduct and pulled the lever to force a powerful, yet very disliked, woman out of public life. Mission Accomplished. But from Bill Cosby to Roger Ailes, Harvey Weinstein to Charlie Rose, from Matt Lauer to even George H.W. Bush, some of the most respected men in our country have been thrown on the pyre of female discontent.

This isn’t a republican problem or a democrat problem. After all, they are biologically the same. This modern suffragette force will not be stopped by double standards, hypocrisies or lies. Business, especially public companies, want to limit their liability in wrongful dismissal cases, whereas government houses attempt to protect their members to maintain the illusion of the institution’s sanctity. The cloak and dagger determination these men display is nothing short of codified sexism.

But why do these things happen in the first place? The root of this can be found in the phrase, “Let Trump Be Trump.” It’s the empowerment of an already empowered man. Trump’s harangues about political correctness and saying whatever he wants has been translated into a permission slip for the men of America. That little tag, “And when you’re a celebrity, they let you do whatever you want!” in the Access Hollywood tape is the embodiment of male dominance and privilege taking. It’s based on a fantasy that such behavior is what women really want. In most cases, however, it is not what they want, and the sooner men learn this, the quicker this problem will fade away. As one of my old bosses used to say decades ago about women who worked in the office, “If you sleep with her, you gotta marry her.”  Not that liberating, but actually good advice.

I laughed out loud when I heard a male “talking head” on TV this morning (12-8-2017), say that the accusation against Trent Franks, one of the most conservative House members from Arizona, is not sexual harassment. Franks, who has now said he will resign, claimed he asked female employees to bear his child as a surrogate.

The guidelines are clear: a person in authority, usually a supervisor, demands that subordinates tolerate sexual harassment as a condition of getting or keeping a job or job benefit, including promotions and raises. A single instance of harassment is sufficient to sustain a quid pro quo claim. And harassment is grounds for legal action when the conduct is unwelcome, based on sex, and severe or pervasive enough to create an abusive, offensive or hostile work environment.

It’s rather mystifying that men who want to use their power over women, seem to be the ones most vocally against legal abortions. This is another indication that their psychological makeup drives their need to control women, claiming they know what is best for a female.

Once Trent’s two staffers said that his discussion made them uncomfortable, that made it unwelcome. And you cannot get anything more “based on sex” than reproduction. The mere fact he thought it was okay to discuss this in the workplace shows that the United States Congress has no training on working environment policies and laws.

Franks admits to his request or, at least, suggestion that these workers think about being surrogates for the Congressperson and his wife. And because what he says will be a media circus during an investigation, he is leaving Congress in January 2018. Or is there more under the rock?

Don’t feel sorry for this goofball. Since Trent Franks has joined Congress his net worth has jumped by about $25 million and, according to OpenSecrets.org, his net worth was calculated at over $33 million in 2010. He also takes a $174,000 salary from the government. See the writer’s note below.

All the payments and settlements that took place in Congress over the last 20 years should be made public. They can redact the victim’s names, but we taxpayers have a right to know how our money has been spent. We need full transparency going forward and a system at least as potent as most corporate governance policies demand. A person filing a complaint shouldn’t feel that retaliation is part of the process, as they do now.

Al Franken might be the Democrats’ sacrificial lamb this week, but there will be more men brought to the town square to be judged. And with each one, we will see swift justice because women in America have been waiting too long to get their piece of the pie. The power being wielded now is rather remarkable. It just might convince men, on both sides of the aisle, to take notice and stop exploiting the women around them. If not, as that great philosopher from New York said recently, “There’s a Special Place in Hell for Child Abusers!” What Ivanka Trump failed to add is that there is also a special place for men in Congress who are guilty of sexual misconduct, back home.

NOTE: Members of Congress are eligible for a pension at the age of 62, if they have completed at least five years of service. Members are eligible for a pension at age 50, if they have completed 20 years of service, or at any age after completing 25 years of service. The amount of the pension depends on years of service and the average of the highest three years of salary. By law, the starting amount of a Member’s retirement annuity may not exceed 80% of his or her final salary. Because Trent Franks resigned before being brought up on charges, he will be getting at least $139,000 annually for the rest of his life. Under the laws passed by Congress, that money cannot be touched no matter they did. Even O.J. Simpson gets his pension.

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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?

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THE FLAWS OF LAWS

Trump’s Attempted Cover-Up

The latest episode in the continuing story of the demise of the Donald reminds me of the guy who was caught spray painting a harsh message about his ex-girl friend on a town wall. When he found out he was suspected of the wrong-doing, he went out late one night and painted his own name over his girlfriend’s name.

We expect a certain amount of dignity from the President of the United States. We respect the presidency because the office is part of our Constitution and was weaved into our government of Executive, Juridical and Legislative branches. If you love your country, you obey the rules that are the construct of those bodies. You don’t have to agree with everything, but there is a need for law and order in this great land of more than 330 million people.

As the plot against America, perpetrated on our country by a handful of rich megalomaniacs and twisted ideologs, develops into a fuller picture we see the stains, incompetence and misconduct wrapped into the lies of our fake president.

With four of the president’s men either under indictment or pleading guilty, and more than ten members of his inner circle gone within ten months, it’s apparent that this president of ours doesn’t have a clue about what he is doing. But wait, we have some breaking news.

On Saturday afternoon, Trump tweeted, “I had to fire General Flynn because he lied to the Vice President and the FBI. He has pled guilty to those lies. It is a shame because his actions during the transition were lawful. There was nothing to hide!”

It wasn’t long after that tweet that the internet was alive with the conclusion, using the known timeline, that if Trump knew that Flynn had lied to the FBI before he requested that Comey go easy on Flynn, then he was guilty of obstruction of justice. A first-year law student would know this.  Obstruction of justice — let’s review the meaning of that term.

Obstruction of Justice is the act of willfully interfering with the process of justice and law, especially by influencing, threatening, harming, or impeding a witness, potential witness, juror, or judicial or legal officer, or by furnishing false information in or otherwise impeding an investigation or legal process. If Trump knew Flynn had lied, and he was under investigation for that act of lying, then any attempt by Trump to impede that investigation would be a crime.

Trump’s John Dowd and Nixon’s John Mitchell

But wait, once again we have someone ready to fall on the sword for this president. On Sunday (12-3-2017), the President’s personal lawyer, John Dowd, took responsibility for the tweet that the Donald knew his former security adviser, Michael Flynn, had lied to the FBI before he fired Flynn in February. Wow!

Dowd must make a ton of money for him to lie for his client and risk losing his license to practice law. And if he wasn’t lying, that means that third parties have access to the personal Twitter account of the President of the United States. That is huge and frightening.

The President’s phycological Twitter-vomiting continued on Sunday, “After years of Comey, with the phony and dishonest Clinton investigation (and more), running the FBI, its reputation is in Tatters – worst in History! But fear not, we will bring it back to greatness.” I wonder how this would work if J. Edgar Hoover was running the FBI. Trump would likely be kissing his ring and bowing to Hoover, boa and all.

Trump should be asking why so many people dislike him. Really, could his policies be that bad, or does he just do a terrible job of being president? With all the press he gets, why do so many people hate him? Perhaps our great Orange Leader is suffering from over exposure.

We know that 65 million people voted against the Donald and he can’t seem to get above a 33% approval rating. Could he be simply out of touch with the majority, or totally in denial that most American’s don’t like his policies? Trump supporters can’t seem to answer these points without bringing up the past with some lame defensive comparison to Democrats. History will be written about this President, not his party. FACT: Clinton’s 65,844,954 votes (48.2%) to Trump’s 62,979,879 (46.1%).

Trump has been so focused on the Russian Interference investigation that he missed the real threats to his presidency, CONFLICT OF INTEREST, NEPOTISM and OBSTRUCTION OF JUSTICE.

If you want to examine the Russia situation, read Bill Moyers incredible web site. Click Here. It provides a full timeline of all things Russian and Trump. When you start at the top and work your way down to the bottom of that endless page, you will realize that Donald Trump has an unhealthy interest in Russia. It’s sad that we need three investigations to uncover the facts. If Trump had released his tax returns, we would know why his protectionism for an adversarial foreign power exists.

If you follow the leaks oozing from Trump’s miniscule brain via social media, you can chart his temperament and tactics. He’s like a 14-year girl plotting the overthrow of her main online popularity challenger. Reading between his tweet-words, Trump is admitting that he fears the FBI. He is terrified of being caught in his lies and is quite sensitive about anyone knowing how much he owes Russian banks. There should be a law about Presidents disclosing their vitals, both financial and physical. I call for an MRI of his brain!

It won’t be long before we will be hearing the mouthpieces of this White House say that the President cannot be charged with obstruction of justice, simply because he is the president. Well, John Dowd needs to go back and read the Supreme Court’s ruling on the Nixon tapes: The Court rejected Nixon’s claim to an “absolute, unqualified Presidential privilege of immunity from judicial process under all circumstances.” It held that a claim of Presidential privilege as to materials subpoenaed for use in a criminal trial cannot override the needs of the judicial process.

Here we are folks. If you are old enough to remember Watergate, you know what will happen next. In a quest for power, a lack of respect for the law and blatant ego-driven behavior of someone truly more interested in himself than our country leads to only one way out, IMPEACHMENT. Stand up and be counted.

 

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LIES AND PROMISES

Trump Sinking into Swamp

The news that blasted across the media today was not surprising for those who have been following the salacious lies and sophomoric antics of an inexperienced, half-baked pumpkin politician who somehow was elected President. Retired General Michael Flynn has been charged with lying to the FBI. Flynn was Trump’s guy and held one of the most important positions in the administration for 24 days. He was privy to all security documents and top-secret information while working with foreign entities. If we were at war, he could be charged with treason.

For those asking what this means, Section 1001 of Title 18 of the United States Code states it’s against the law to knowingly and willfully make false or fraudulent statements, or conceal information, in “any matter within the jurisdiction” of the federal government of the United States. If convicted, one must either pay a fine, or go to jail for up to five years. Would Michael Flynn throw Trump under the bus to avoid five years in prison?

Trump has lied about many things. Trump said that Michael Flynn is a “good guy,” and in the end we will find out that there has been a glorified cover-up by then President-elect, and now President, of the United States. Imagine if the lunch today (12-1-2017) with Rex Tillerson produces a resignation. That would bring the number of people who have left the Trump Administration to more than ten people. What kind of person appoints people who apparently aren’t suited for such important positions? Or, perhaps the person hiring them has very poor judgement.

The Senate is now attempting to pass a tax reform that would add $1 trillion to the debt. What happened to Trump’s promises of reducing the deficit? He lied. Trump told us no one he knows talked to or met with Russians. He lied. The Donald said that he fired James Comey because of his Department of Justice analysis. He lied. Our Great Orange Leader told us he would not benefit from the new tax cuts. He lied. His enterprises will benefit greatly and his children will benefit by $1 billion on his death.

Lies from our President are unacceptable and have legal implications. Trump will learn painfully that he cannot tweet lies, pronounce untruths and foment hate and get away with it in America. We have a broken President, a hurtful and dysfunctional administration and a constitutional crisis here that can only be dealt with through IMPEACHMENT.

Are you brave enough to spread the word? It’s time to write to your representatives in Congress and demand impeachment. You can find their addresses and phone numbers here.

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PARTY BEFORE DECENCY

Trump Endorses Roy Moore

Did anyone think for a second that Donald J. Trump would come out strongly against a man accused of pedophilia and sexual harassment? Trump has, as the expression goes, skeletons in his own closet. And as those bones rattle in the wind of the #MeToo movement, Trump doesn’t care because he knows his base doesn’t care about aberrant behavior and chauvinism, let alone pedophilia.

Trump is not a nice guy. He doesn’t care about anyone’s feelings. Everything is about him. 38% of the voters in America, and probably a healthy dose of the population of Alabama, see his belligerence as strength. The hostility that Trump weaponized against the women who came forward to accuse him of improper behavior right before the election is now being aimed at Roy Moore’s accusers. Trump sided with Moore.

Some people in Washington will argue that Trump didn’t really endorse Roy Moore, but that’s just more happy horseshit being flung over the fence. There are some serious problems on Capitol Hill as the mirror gets focused on harassment crimes without punishment in the House and Senate. We learn, once again, about the lack of discipline of men in power.

Trump’s indiscretions seem to have been washed out of the tidal basin of truth. In short, Trump was right. He could have shot someone on Fifth Avenue in New York and gotten away with it. But, why? Why would a nation of laws and equality have a double-standard for famous people? How can they believe in the Holy Bible while also believing in Roy Moore?

If you remember, this is the exchange on the Access Hollywood bus, Trump: “I better use some Tic Tacs just in case I start kissing her. You know, I’m automatically attracted to beautiful — I just start kissing them. It’s like a magnet. Just kiss. I don’t even wait. And when you’re a star, they let you do it. You can do anything.” Bush: “Whatever you want.” Trump: “Grab ’em by the pussy. You can do anything.”

The net result of that disclosure? Billy Bush lost a multi-million-dollar contract with NBC TV and Trump was elected President. After that, more than a dozen women came forward and accused Donald Trump of unwanted sexual contact. His position was, “I totally deny that any of what they say happened.”

Trump is like any politician. He cares more about power than morality. Perhaps if Roy Moore wins he can come to the Oval Office and he and Trump can sit around and slap each other on the back and declare a win over women. They can take a victory lap around the oppressed majority: women. How can women not see through the lies?

As Trump was leaving for his Thanksgiving vacation at his castle in Florida, he said, “Let me just tell you, Roy Moore denies it. That’s all I can say. He denies it. And by the way, he totally denies it. And this year, Roy Moore can give thanks to the great Orange Leader for giving the far right, drugged evangelicals and the racist underbelly in Alabama an excuse to vote for a man who the Senate has vowed not to seat for moral reasons. All based on their perceptions that all those women are lying, they will cast their vote for another bad human. You’d think that being banned from a mall would have won them over.

If a woman was accused by dozens of men of drugging them and giving them hickeys all over their bodies so that their wives would think they did something wrong, every man in the House, Senate, Supreme Court and White House would convict that woman without a trial. The Republicans and Fox News have already convicted the Democrats who have been accused of improper behavior. They have made sexual harassment a political cause, terrible!

While all this is going on, Trump’s cronies are changing the way the internet will be governed and paving the way for Internet service providers and phone companies to exploit an international means of communication. You might want to google Net Neutrality and understand what the FCC plans to take away on December 13, 2017.

The hostile and defensive Department of Justice is doing Trump’s dirty work by blocking the merger between AT&T and Time Warner so that the President can make things difficult for CNN. Really? What became of the “end all the restrictions and rules” President YOU elected? He’s just another rich white guy trying to control everything. They call that a dictator in other countries.

Trump should hope that AT&T is NOT forced to sell CNN. They could sell it to AMAZON, or CBS or even the WASHINTON POST or NEW YORK TIMES, then what would Trump say? He cannot block the sale of a company, unless he would abuse his power. Oh, but wait, he’s already done that.

The charade foisted on the American public for the last 11 months has now been exposed and it’s nothing less than what our forefathers feared. They designed a system that no one man would have the amount of power that Trump has stolen. They built in stopgaps and separation of powers to guard against someone doing too much. It’s time to protect the Republic.

Congress needs to manage the little boy in the White House. Can you imagine these words coming from our president, “It wasn’t the White House, it wasn’t the State Department, it wasn’t father LaVar’s so-called people on the ground in China that got his son out of a long-term prison sentence – IT WAS ME. Too bad! LaVar is just a poor man’s version of Don King, but without the hair.”

I wonder why Donald J. Trump needs so much confirmation and adulation thrown his way? This man seems to be so insecure that he cannot physically or mentally stand to be rebuked. It’s time to #RebukeTrump. “Grab ’em by the pussy. You can do anything.” #RebukeTrump

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ETHICS PROBES AND PRESIDENTS

Trump’s #MeToo Moments

With all the investigative reporting being done by the “mainstream” media, I can’t help but wonder if transparency applies to Donald J. Trump. While Trump seems to do more attacking than explaining or addressing, he lacks the credibility needed to pass judgement on anyone else. Can you really have ethics probes in the Senate without including Donald Trump?

After the Access Hollywood tape was released, Trump’s main propagandist, Steve Bannon, cooked up a response to the dozen women who came forward and accused Trump of inappropriately touching them. The Trump camp’s defensive idea was holding a press conference with women who claimed they were abused, harassed and even “raped” by Bill Clinton. This was intended to take the eyes and ears off Trump’s transgressions right before a debate with then candidate Hillary Clinton, and it worked. They morphed the accusing women, including Hillary, into enemies.

They skillfully rolled out the term “locker-room” talk, with the future first lady adding the cute phrase, “boy-talk.” They dismissed the cadre of women saying that Trump was at least a womanizer and, most likely, a sexual harasser and groper. You know, a dirty old man?

This is not a new concept in private, corporate or public life. Some men and women use their power to take physical and sexual advantages of those who work for them. This obstructs transparency on an issue that should be out in the open. Many corporations employ intimidation and confidentiality agreements to keep problems in the office and off the front page. A no disclosure agreement usually includes a payment of money in exchange for silence. Corporate America, which Trump was part of a year ago, has the standard operating procedure to pay off victims, or openly dismiss them with the warning that court costs will break them.

With Alabama’s Senate Candidate Judge Roy Moore now being accused by nine women of inappropriate activities with minors or teenagers, the President is in a pickle jar he thought was behind him. After all, the fury from the females he touched had been put to bed. Trump could have simply stood his ground by saying that the people of Alabama should decide the case against Roy Moore with their ballots, but he made a critical mistake.

Al Franken, who spent most of his life writing comedy and saying the most outrageous things on SNL, ran for office, got elected and now serves as the Junior Senator from Minnesota. What may have seemed a fun road trip with the USO tour back in 2006, exposed in graphic detail his wrongdoing. His accuser released an embarrassing photo of Franken’s grope in progress, which put him in a precarious position.

Like a good soldier, Franken fell on his sword, admitted his mistake, apologized and now sees the gravity of his errors. As much as insiders in show business will openly claim that Franken could at times be very difficult to work with professionally, that is not what he has admitted to this time.

Once patterns are established, one can begin to see that it wasn’t just some drunken misbehaving or a belief that one woman gave “all the right signs.” There’s a term in our society, “Getting to second base.” This phrase describes a man’s conquest of a woman based on the baseball lure that once you get to second base it’s much easier to score. Some men in power believe that they can go right to third base without much conversation, and that is always a bad assumption.

Now, we find that President Trump is back in that pickle jar because he didn’t have the discipline to NOT Tweet something about Franken, while being so presidential in how he is handling the Roy Moore affair.

When Trump decided to tweet this gem out, “The Al Frankenstien picture is really bad, speaks a thousand words. Where do his hands go in pictures 2, 3, 4, 5 & 6 while she sleeps? …..” he lost his interested bystander status.  I’m not sure why the President’s spellchecker didn’t fix his Frankenstein and misuse of ellipses. He had 280 characters to ramble on about Franken, but maybe he forgot about the format change on Twitter.

Once Trump attacked Franken, he opened the media flood gates, and they correctly pointed out his hypocrisies. This gave them an opening to draw comparisons to his misdeeds with Franken’s and Moore’s.

The White House said the difference between citizen Trump’s accusers and Franken is that Franken admitted what he did. This could be a great method to use in a court of law. All you have to do is say you didn’t do it and everything goes away. Lying is not a problem for our great Orange Leader, but the implication of the opposite is at work here.

By saying that Roy Moore has legal grounding because he denies the allegations, Trump has now equated himself to Moore. Trump and Moore are attempting to act like judges. Many women are advancing the same charges and both men believe that their word is more powerful than their accusers’ accounts. This power over women and young girls is the exact reason they thought they could get away with it. The words, “who’s going to believe you” paints a deadly assumption no man should every make.

Trump cannot denounce Roy Moore. Trump can’t say vote for him. Trump doesn’t want to fragment his base in Alabama. In short, Trump still believes that Bannon is smarter than he is. One wrong move and Trump could not only lose the Republican majority in the Senate, but also lose Alabama votes in 2020.

While Trump took potshots this weekend on Twitter at Jeff Flake, Hillary Clinton, the NFL players and LaVar Ball, the father of the famous basketball players, he once again revealed his lack of common sense, fundamental truths and principles.

His line, “I should have left them in jail!” caught my attention. When the President of the United States makes an effort to get the release of any US citizen held abroad, he should get the praise without making the return a big deal. The way Trump acted on this issue, practically begging for the “Thank you” from the players even before they had their press conference, was unseemly. Once he got the “Thank you” he should have moved on. The crazy father, LaVar Ball, was messing with Trump, as he does with everyone. Mr. Ball’s comments got the President to turn against all three players. Wow! What a sad little boy on the playground with no friends. Is Trump really prepared for the possibility of being played?

When the time comes, and President Pence is pardoning Donald Trump, we can all say, “We should have left him in jail!” We never seem to learn. We let them get away with things and then we eliminate their punishment. Trump has certainly stunted our growth and buried our values.

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MOORE OR LESS A CHRISTIAN

Trump’s Evangelical Challenge

In 2017, we are surrounded with a serious lack of morality. This isn’t a new story, though. We know about the things FDR, JFK and Bill Clinton did throughout most of their political lives. And it’s not a secret that Donald Trump has said terrible things about women. More than a dozen women have claimed the current President of the United States made unwanted advances, including inappropriate touching. Some of these women include beauty pageant contestants. Where is the outcry about his abuses?

The way Donald J. Trump has exploited the righteous right, mega-church leaders and the great American evangelicals is not a testament to him being a devout Christian, but rather their susceptibility to false prophets for profit and gain. The church of God has been polluted by politics.

Roy Stewart Moore, formerly a Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Alabama and also a judge for the Sixteenth Circuit Court of Alabama and previously a county District Attorney, should be held to a higher standard. In the special primary election to fill the seat left vacant by Senator Jeff Session’s elevation to US Attorney General, Mr. Moore was the victor over Luther Strange.

Luther Strange was backed by President Trump, while Roy Moore, was pushed by Steve Bannon and those on the far right. Many evangelicals back Moore because of his blatant disregard for the separation of church and state. It always amazes me when people of faith believe separation of church and state to be a bad thing. Would a Christian or a Jew want the government to have any power over their churches?

Roy Moore was a bad candidate long before the question of dates with 14-year-old girls. From not taking down the ten commandments from the court house, after being ordered to do so by a higher court, to demanding that clerks not issue marriage licenses for same sex couples, violating the US Supreme Court ruling, Roy Moore has been on the wrong side of the judicial system and the order of law. He inserts his own judgement when he disagrees with the law.

One could compare Judge Moore’s approach to that of Sharia Law that is exercised to force citizens of certain countries to follow the path of the religious text rather than the law of the land. The first amendment clearly starts with, “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion…”

What does that mean? It could mean that one should not stop another from establishing a religion and it could also mean, that Congress cannot make a law to establish a religion. As our nation grew, we didn’t pick winners between Protestants, Catholics, Jews, Muslims, Quakers or the Amish. We permitted people to worship, or not worship, in whatever ways were meaningful to them. Religious freedom is granted by our Constitution.

Here’s the real question the faithful in the state of Alabama should be asking, “Is Roy Moore Christian enough to serve as your Senator?” It seems that the definition of a real Christian is changing. Some men of God in Catholic Churches have committed dreadful atrocities against the very children they should have been protecting and nurturing. The Pope and the Vatican didn’t excommunicate them, they promoted and protected them at times.

We all remember televangelists Jim and Tammy Faye Bakker, with their multimillion dollar PTL TV show. Recall that the Charlotte Observer found and reported that Jim Bakker had paid $279,000 of hush money to Jessica Hahn, a 21-year old church secretary, after she had confronted Bakker about a rape she said he committed. Things got ugly and few stood by Jim and Tammy Faye after those allegations came to light.

The arcane system of reporting discrimination in the halls Congress that was exposed this week shows just how inadequate those representing us really are. The concept of H.R. departments and corporate procedures for reporting misdeeds on this level, have passed this body right by. The capitol hill accuser has to enroll in counseling. Really? In what era are they living?

When the story broke in the Washington Post about women coming forward to say that  a 30-somethig Moore either dated or inappropriately touched four teenage girls, it wasn’t surprising. It seems that those who speak the loudest about homosexuality, or sin, or how the holy word has been diluted by our modern society are the very ones to cast the first stone, while they never seem to be sinners themselves. Now there’s a fifth woman plus a mall employee saying that Roy Moore was banned from the place for hitting on young girls. And now a sixth accuser surfaces. All the while, Judge Moore denies.

I don’t care what Donald Trump thinks and I don’t care that Roy Moore won his primary. He’s just another bottom feeder, like Sheriff Joe Arpaio, who Donald Trump pardoned. Our pitiful president, if given a chance, will break the law if it suits his means. Joe Arpaio broke the law and so did Roy Moore and there doesn’t seem to be a system to check them. How does a man who blocked a Supreme Court ruling get to run for Congress? Where is that “law and order” that Trump said he would bring back to America? He constantly breaks the law and then lies about it.

Roy Moore is far more dangerous than Hillary Clinton, and Trump still wants to lock her up. The people of Alabama are not stupid. They just need to ask this: WWJD, what would Jesus do? Would he let people like Roy Moore keep exploiting people for his personal gains or would he rid the temples of the money changers? This is not a “spiritual battle” Mr. Moore, this is a sinful cover-up of biblical proportions.

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.

 


Elephant, Donkey & Jackass

Two Parties, No Leadership

Living in New York City, it was very convenient for Donald Trump to be a Democrat. When Trump saw no viable way to create a reform party, however, he decided to jump over to the red side of the realm. His hostile take-over of the Republican party made some people happy, but even though the insiders and old-line conservatives knew how risky he was, they remained silent. They deserve exactly what they got.

Trump found himself half-way around the world this week when tragedy hit a small Texas town. He dodged questions about gun control legislation by offering a position that if we had tough gun laws the good guy with a gun wouldn’t have been able to stop more carnage. Amazing how our great Orange Leader ignores the point that if we had better gun laws that were properly executed, we could have avoided the bloodshed in the first place. Of course, Trump doesn’t want to go up against the NRA. They buy ads for him. They have him in their pockets.

Analyze the words that have been coming out of the mouth of the 45th President of the United States during this “goodwill” visit to Asia, and you will think he is merely an arms salesman. And, of course, a good pitchman never tells the prospective buyer about the dangers of what he is selling.

Trump has no answer for gun violence in America and he has nothing new to say about how to resolve the North Korean challenge. He moderates in front of some audiences, while being all bravado and rude when addressing his base. Why would anyone believe what he says? One of the CNN pundits called him “vague,” which is code for he doesn’t say anything of value.

Like a true politician, the Donald thinks you will not remember his last lie if the new fabrication gets him re-elected. Like most soulless politicians, his inconsistencies are shadowed by the cult of personality effect. He tells his followers that elitists are bad, while being the ultimate elitist pig. Really, he gets two-scoops of ice cream, but everyone else in the room gets one.

Last night in Virginia and New Jersey, we learned that Democrats won their races for governor. It wasn’t because they were Democrats, as much as they presented a moderate choice against those Republicans who will never stand up to Trump. Local politics are local, and that means the personalities of those running matter most. Many people voted for Trump one year ago because they hated Hillary. Lots of Democrats are turning out in these state elections because they do not like Trump.

Americans are becoming complainers. We sit around and post our anger, angst and aggravation about the most banal and unimportant things online. We have the freedom to say whatever we want. Trump actually, in his actions and words, teaches people to speak out, act out and do stupid things. If Trump thinks he is getting too many negatives thrown at him, it’s his own fault. He’s set the bar and we are jumping over it.

As I have said before on these pages, all political parties use the same playbook. When in power, you try to ram through what you think is best. When the minority, you block anything the other party proposes. The dog chases its tail and gets hungrier doing it.

We know that both parties have elements of corruption and, if confronted will lie just like our President. In a perfect world there would be no parties, just people, but the infrastructure of government in this country has been shaped for a two-party system. Even Independents must declare with which party they will caucus. This forces independent thinking into a box.

You will hear the word “Repudiation” used to describe what happened in New Jersey and Virginia, but the real tipping point with Trump will come when Democrats win House and Senate seats. That is where the real power is but, so far, we haven’t seen the DNC make any bold statement or show any real marketing prowess. Donna Brazile’s book promotion may have created some more anti-Hillary sentiment, but she will never displace the top Clinton hater: Donald Trump. People have already forgotten her book.

What Trump tweeted once he knew that Ed Gillespie was going to lose in Virginia sums it up, “Ed Gillespie worked hard but did not embrace me or what I stand for…” Only a low human kicks a guy when he’s down. But what makes this rather insolent is the fact that Trump recorded a robocall for Gillespie. According to Politico, it goes something like this, “If you let Ralph Northam be governor, he will be a total disaster for your state. Northam is weak on crime, weak on immigration, and as your lieutenant governor, Northam has driven your economy right into a ditch.” Wow, maybe Trump doesn’t remember he recorded that pitch for the loser.

Even Breitbart blamed Trump for the losses because he’s not getting more done with Congress. If the Bannon people bankroll Alt-Right candidates to challenge incumbent Republicans in 2018, that could the reason more Democrats get elected.

In the end, historians will write that Donald J. Trump was more destructive than Teddy Roosevelt when, in 1912, he created the Bull Moose Party and cratered the Republican Party. But Teddy Roosevelt gave us protected lands and a grand national park system, while Trump is attempting to sell off those same parks and destroy the environment.

The Democrats desperately need to find a strong moderate who is articulate, intelligent and can give people the feeling that we are all in this together. Without a strong personality to bring us together as a nation, Trump will get a second term. That is unless the Donald gets convicted of some terrible treasonous blunder. If only Nixon was alive and could walk him through it.

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SWEET HOME ALABAMA

Trump’s Next Scapegoat

I’m sure that Jefferson Beauregard Sessions III, our current Attorney General, has an honest love for America and the laws of this land. We know that Sessions has a relationship with Steve Bannon and that may have been the motivation for him to come out early as an endorser of Donald J. Trump. The phrase, “Be careful what you wish for” comes to mind with what has transpired between the President and his Attorney General.

Jeff’s past comments came back to haunt him and kept him from advancing several times in his career. Once he teamed with Trump, however, making positive references to the KKK didn’t matter to our great Orange Leader. Just as Anita Hill’s testimony didn’t stop the appointment of Clarence Thomas to the Supreme Court, we seem to be losing the importance of truth. Telling the truth used to mean something.

On radio station WMAL in Washington, DC last night (11-2-2017), Trump aired his frustration with not being involved in the Justice Department, “…you know the saddest thing is that because I’m the President of the United States, I am not supposed to be involved with the Justice Department. I’m not supposed to be involved with the FBI. I’m not supposed to be doing the kind of things that I would love to be doing. And I’m very frustrated by it.”

This pattern is getting so predictable. Again, he hits back on Twitter: “At some point the Justice Department, and the FBI, must do what is right and proper. The American public deserves it!”

And then, just as Trump and his first lady got onto to Air Force One for his big Asia trip, he made this remark, “I am really not involved with the Justice Department. I’d like to let it run itself. But honestly, they should be looking at the Democrats. A lot of people are disappointed in the Justice Department, including me. Imagine if your boss said those things about your department in a business. One would be polishing their resume.

Just as the Senate and House investigative bodies are asking themselves if Sessions, in a sense the top cop in the land, lied under oath, the President, with the least amount of grey matter involved, thinks he getting to the crux of the matter. He’s wanting to control the courts and Justice, like a third-world dictator.

President Trump believes that all this Russia stuff is a “ruse” or a “hoax” as he calls it. We all know that Russia did something during the election, that is a clear fact. Trump’s denial that this even happened is absurd. When some disgruntled Twitter worker cut off his Twitter account for 11 minutes yesterday, the world didn’t end. Maybe he denies that happened.

Part of what a pathological liar does is repeat an untruth over and over until he believes it and with it, those around him, give in to the lie and accept the propaganda as truth.

Trump is a little boy. He never developed a psychological hardened shell to protect himself from critical comments. Maybe his mother spoiled him. As a kid, his frontal cortex never developed properly. It’s clearly devoid of any logic, restraint and reason. And this not good for the United States of America.

Trump would like to end the collusion investigation by firing everyone involved, but he cannot. The reason he is targeting Jeff Sessions isn’t because of his diminutive statue or southern drawl, it’s because he showed up Trump.

Trump is angry right now and is using aggression to help soothe his broken ego. Yes, folks, this is what’s really happening.

When George Papadopoulos pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI, it wasn’t just the lie, it was the plea deal that disclosed some facts – which has been verified but others at the meeting that took place on March 31, 2016. It was a “national security” meeting in Washington, D.C. with many “volunteers” who were working on the campaign. Everyone seems to think this meeting was a nonentity. No one seems to remember what was said. I guess they didn’t take notes. I always thought “national security” was important to the Donald.

In that meeting, it has been reported that Papadopoulos brought up the opportunity to meet with Russians, and conceivably, Vladimir Putin. Trump has been described as open to the meeting, but Jeff Sessions vetoed the idea.

Imagine, someone like Trump, feeling a bit insecure around what he thought were top-notch security people, only to lose the power of the meeting. Sessions made the decision, not Trump. Jeff Sessions represents the DOJ and Justice is in charge of the people who are investigating his administration for any dastardly deeds done against the republic.

In the end, Jeff Sessions will be forced to do more than recuse himself, he will be asked to resign. Trump may think that getting people out of the way will take the pressure off him and his family, but we go back to that old phrase, “Be careful what you wish for, Mr. President.”  Those who come after Jeff Sessions won’t have taken the loyalty test and aren’t going to ruin their reputations, as so many have already, to protect a man who seems to worry more about himself than whether Bump Stocks are banned or Puerto Rico has electricity. And that is truly, sad!

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Low-Level Volunteer

Trump Thinks He’s a Lawyer

Donald Trump constantly acts in ways that would give even the youngest lawyer heartburn. He attempts to litigate and impeach people before he knows all the facts. This jumping of the gun might be his way to secure a win, but it disqualifies him as a credible contestant.

One of the things I learned early in business was emotional reactions to things and events must be confined. When attempting to sue someone for what I thought was wrong-doing, I blasted off what I thought was a stern letter laced with sarcasm and creativity.

When the letter was attached to the response from the other side’s law firm, I was accused of being “cavalier.” My offhandedness, it was explained, would be used against me in court. Trying to understand this, I asked, “Why is that bad?” And my thoughtful lawyer explained, “You come off as arrogant. Most judges and juries usually side against people who are arrogant.” Lesson learned.

This week, we had two top campaign officials indicted on money laundering and conspiracy against the Unites States. We also had one person, who the United States District Court for the District of Columbia calls a foreign policy advisor to the Donald J. Trump campaign, plead guilty to charges of false statements to the FBI.

The Donald, with no restraint, attempted to handle this bad situation as if he was running a TV show, rather than legally managing a major scandal in his administration.

This morning (10-31-2017), the President of the United States tweeted, “The Fake News is working overtime. As Paul Manafort’s lawyer said, there was “no collusion” and events mentioned took place long before he came to the campaign. Few people knew the young, low level volunteer named George, who has already proven to be a liar. Check the DEMS!” Aside from the over use of ellipses, exclamation points and missing punctuation, Trump is indeed being arrogant and cavalier.

Words seem to have different meanings for our great Orange Leader. Collusion, a word he always spells correctly, is a secret agreement or cooperation between two or more people, especially for an illegal or deceitful purpose. You know, like acting in collusion with the enemy. That is more like treason. Donald Trump is a deceitful human being.

It’s interesting how Trump uses the term “young” in a disparaging way when talking about someone who seems to be a problem for him, but never uses that when talking about his son-in-law and daughter, who I guess are high-level volunteers. Allegedly, they don’t take paychecks from the government.

The leader of the free world, in the most arrogant way, has no problem saying that someone is “already proven to be a liar.”  Of course, anyone convicted of lying to the FBI is a liar, which is why they must arrange a plea deal. But the Donald didn’t bother to read the statement of offense. The feds are claiming that his actions impeded the investigation into the Russian government’s interference in the 2016 election.

Okay, that would mean that someone from the campaign had contact with the Russians. This is something Trump, already proven to be a liar, has denied from the beginning. Papadopoulos’ plea proves that there was communication and the nature of those emails and discussions fall into the category of deceitful purpose.

The people involved in this caper surely know who the “overseas professor” might be and, of course, the identity of the “high-ranking campaign official” the complaint lists as the person Papadopoulos was talking to inside Trump-world.

On or about May 21, 2016, George P. emailed that “high-ranking campaign official” with the subject line, “REQUEST FROM RUSSIA TO MEET MR. TRUMP.” (I added the caps). Now, within the scope of arrogance and high-handedness, this also stacks up as blatantly stupid. With Trump and his minions claiming that the Russia-Trump scenario is a hoax with false narrative launched by the cunning Democrats, the name Russia sure shows up a lot in the cross-talk of the campaign. They seem to have been obsessing on Russia before obsessing on Russia was the fashion.

On October 5, 2017, George Papadopoulos pleaded guilty to these charges and part of that deal means he will get no more than six months in jail, rather than five years. The fines will also be reduced. The court will determine his sentence, but the court is not bound by the plea agreement or the sentencing guidelines. Yes, the court has the final decision Mr. Trump. This is the way America works.

OF NOTE: Something was hand-written into the agreement. Papadopoulos cannot use the Freedom of Information Act to gain access to documents (this part was written in) “for the duration of the Special Counsel’s investigation.” If Trump fires Mueller, George would be able to write a tell-all book about what happened.

In the final analysis, someone who sat with Trump, advised Trump and was called an advisor by Trump himself, willfully and knowingly made a material false, fictitious and fraudulent statement to agents of the Federal Bureau of Investigation. I guess the word, “Fake” is not a legal term.

Some call this the new beginning and one more crack in the dam of deceit, distraction and obstruction. The name Papadopoulos will be haunting President Pumpkin for more than just this Halloween. One person’s trick, is another person’s treat. Mueller knows what he is doing and we will eventually get to the very bottom of this horrific White House, which 61% of America is already booing.

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SPECIAL COUNSEL LANDS FISH

Trump’s Denials Seem So Nixon-like

There have been moments in time when corruption bubbles up from the swamp and people’s reputations become soiled forever. The Russian Probe has produced two arrests, but what else looms in the future?

In the past, we had the Teapot Dome Scandal, a bribery incident from 1921 to 1922, during President Warren G. Harding’s administration. Secretary of the Interior Albert Bacon Fall did a deal for Navy petroleum reserves at Teapot Dome in Wyoming and two locations in California for private oil companies at low rates without competitive bidding.

This would be like someone giving a $300 million no-bid contract to a new company with only two employees located in the state of the Secretary of the Interior to repair the electrical grid in Puerto Rico. While the headlines screamed corruption, Secretary Zinke attacked the “dishonest media” for asking questions about a shady Whitefish Energy contract. Really? The company is based in the same small town that Ryan Zinke calls home and we are to believe there wasn’t anything fishy?

We had Watergate, which Richard Nixon claimed was a “witch-hunt” – does that sound familiar? That scandal was described by the White House as a third-rate burglary, but morphed into the reality that the President of the United States was involved in a cover-up. Nixon was forced to resign by his own party days before he was to be impeached.

Then we had the Iran-Contra Affair that occurred during the Ronald Reagan administration. This was a complicated scheme to supply weapons to Iran, which then was an enemy of the US, in hopes of securing the release of American hostages held in Lebanon by Hezbollah terrorists loyal to the Ayatollah Khomeini, Iran’s leader. Reagan’s men then took millions of dollars from the weapons sale and routed them, along with guns, to the right-wing “Contra” guerrillas in Nicaragua. In 1986, Lebanese magazine Ash-Shiraa published a series of articles that exposed the weapons-for-hostages deal. I guess they were the “dishonesty media.”

There were almost a dozen people charged for their involvement in Iran-Contra, from the Secretary of Defense, the National Security Adviser, Secretary of State people to CIA personnel. All were convicted for their involvement or perjury. They were all pardoned by George H.W. Bush. And this is the way our government works.

Today, the former manager of Donald Trump’s campaign, Paul Manafort, and his associate, Rick Gates, have been charged with a 12-count indictment that says they conspired to defraud the United States with money laundering activities, illegal tax schemes and foreign lobbying deeds. In short, they had more than $75 million flow through offshore accounts and managed to, according the indictment, launder $21 million so far with their schemes.

And this just in, according to the Washington Post: “Former Trump foreign policy advisor George Papadopoulos pleaded guilty earlier this month to making a false statement to FBI investigators who asked about his contacts with a foreigner connected to Russian officials, and the agreement was unsealed Monday (10-30-2017).” So, there were contacts with Russians during the campaign. FACT.

The good news for Trump is neither his campaign nor the administration was mentioned in this indictment. Most experts believe that Special Counsel Robert Mueller, III has only made his first move and people around Trump should take any request for information very seriously. And, oh yeah, don’t lie.

For those people who have a great desire for impeachment, you should focus on how the White House reacts to these charges. Donald Trump, who says he knows more than lawyers, continually distances himself from Manafort and over-amplifies the distractions. His morning tweet says it all, “Sorry, but this is years ago, before Paul Manafort was part of the Trump campaign. But why aren’t Crooked Hillary & the Dems the focus????? …Also, there is NO COLLUSION!”

Ty Cobb and his murder of attorneys have taken the bull by the horn and are attempting to spin this Mueller thing away from Donald Trump. But in the end, no one controls Trump and that will be his downfall. If he is the only person to really know, then knowing anything about these crimes is a crime itself.

Today is not the end, it is only beginning. At worst, Trump is just like all those other scandal makers in the White House. Deny involvement, blame someone else, and if someone took some pain for you, pardon them. For a “law and order” President, the Donald seems to have no respect for law.

For now, we know, at least, the President of the United States, Donald J. Trump is an extremely poor judge of character.

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