LOVE TRUMPS HATE

The Emotion of Trust

It’s just a slogan, but I do believe in the healing power of love. Of course, ‘’love’’ is just a word, but it has meaning. At its foundation, love is an intense feeling of deep affection, but it can also denote fondness, tenderness and devotion. In its lightest form, love produces a feeling of great interest and pleasure in someone or something.

These days, the slogan “love trumps hate” has almost become a dirty phrase for some. Once the name-word Trump appears, it’s next to impossible to not think about Donald John Trump. Maybe it’s time to cure the deep-seated prejudices, racism and elitism in America. When I reach out to the “other side” I am often greeted with talking points and pre-conceived notions about how everything was screwed up by Obama and all was fixed by Trump. Enough!

I would love to receive the fifty-thousand dollars I lost due to Trump’s mishandling of the COVID-19 pandemic, but deep down inside I would settle for a return to healthy-happy times, even though I am no longer sure when or even if they existed. That aside, today I would like to explain some of the sound, logical reasons why so many people hate Donald Trump in the hope of imparting at least a small understanding to his supporters

Trump said he didn’t trust the FBI and the Justice Department. He told us the investigation into Russian interference by these agencies was a hoax. If I had spent hours and hours of my life following leads, finding perps and then bringing them to justice, only to have the President of the United States pardon them, I’d be pissed.

If I was African American, and Donald Trump kept telling me that the police are always right in using force and that cops should not be careful when pushing a suspect into a police car, why would I respect him? When the Donald says he’s done more for the Black community than any president, short of Abraham Lincoln, he demeans history and the entire African American population. Might I add that Black men voted 6.2 million for Biden and only 1.4 million for Trump? African American women voted 9.8 million for Biden and cast only 870,000 votes for Trump. Clearly, Black voters rejected Trump and his rhetoric.

Women in general rejected Trump, with one source saying 46 million women voted for Biden while only 35.3 million voted for Trump. Clearly, women believe he paid a porn-star and a Playboy Bunny (whatever that is) more than $250,000 for their silence after allegedly having affairs with them. Women don’t like men who cheat on their wives, especially right after the birth of their baby. So, there you have some key reasons why women hate Trump.

Remember Trump repeatedly saying how bad Baltimore and its representatives were? Well, when the vote was counted, Trump lost Maryland. At a campaign rally in Erie, Pennsylvania, Trump said, right out loud, that there is no way he would have come to Erie if it wasn’t because of the virus and his bad polling numbers. Guess what? Conservative, Republican Erie County voted in favor of Biden.

Don’t Mess With the Cheese Steak!

Trump said this about Philadelphia, “As you know today there was a big problem in Philadelphia, they went in to watch. They are called poll watchers. They are very safe, very nice thing. They were thrown out. They weren’t allowed to watch. You know why? Because bad things happen in Philadelphia. Bad things!” I’m a guy from Pittsburgh and I know some things about Philly that Donald Trump will never understand. One is, they never take shit from anyone. Proof? In Philadelphia county (the city) the vote was 81% for Biden and only 18% for Trump. In Montgomery county (the suburbs) the count was 62% for Biden, and 36% for Trump. Trump said bad things about their home, so why would anyone expect Philadelphians to feel warm and fuzzy about him, even in the city of Brotherly Love?

Trump was rude and uncaring about the millions of Californians who were affected by wildfires. While people were losing their homes and dying, Trump was blaming their governor for not cleaning the forest floors. Really? 80% of the lands that were burned and ruined were federal lands. It was TRUMP’S FAULT! Malign and kick a state when they’re down and the citizens will remember. In California, the vote was 64.6% for Biden and 33.3% for Trump. Californians don’t like that man.

I could go on, but you know all the names of the people on Donald’s shit list. It will be fun watching them come back to haunt him. What goes around, comes around. When a judge adjudicates a case, they consider the level of respect shown by the person standing in front of them. A respectful defendant often gets a break. When a judge spends a year on a case and convicts a man for lying to the FBI, that judge will remember and resent a White House pardon of him. Judges don’t easily erase their slates; they are human.

What are we doing? Can we move forward? Love is NOT trumping hate because those who lost the vote are doing everything they can to prevent a return to what the late, great Senator John McCain called “normal order.” Why? Are their party affiliations more important than America itself? It seems so. I don’t hate Mitch McConnell, but I have ZERO respect for him. I don’t need to hate anyone to disagree with them, but if they continually make things worse, they will get added to my shit list. I have no control over whether McConnell stays or goes because I don’t live in Kentucky. I suppose it’s not a bad place with its bluegrass fields and abundance of horses, but really, is that the best the state that gave us Mohammed Ali has to offer?

In the end, and there is always an end, love will trump hate when Trump is gone. He’s a sore loser asshole, with the emphasize on LOSER.

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PENETRATING TRUMP’S BRAIN

Who Will Talk Him off the Ledge?

My father’s side of the family came to America in the late 1600s. According to family accounts, they came into James River, Virginia, then traveled up through Dover, Delaware, and finally settled in Lancaster, Pennsylvania around 1720. Most of these ancestors’ offspring were farmers, and it took them about a hundred years to spread across the state to Western Pennsylvania and Pittsburgh.

At this writing, we have just received the projected vote count in my home state. As much as this process has created tensions, nervousness and even anger with many citizens, we are finally have a conclusion to this drama. We dealt with the recovery of a damaged democracy after the Civil War, and we can’t even agree on what would have made that work better.

Trump and real president

While I was clicking on my keyboard earlier, an ABC News story came across. “This week, judges in Nevada, Georgia, Pennsylvania and Michigan have rejected the [Trump] campaign’s efforts to halt the counting process, if only temporarily, or alter it in some way based on shaky allegations of improper or nefarious conduct.” The best line in the story relates to U.S. District Judge Paul Diamond. “He appeared startled when the lawyers then acknowledged that the observers had, in fact, been permitted within 15 feet of the poll workers.” Diamond cracked, “I’m sorry, then what’s your problem?” Diamonds don’t usually crack.

Just about all Democratic internet posters have the same question. Who should be the one who will tell Trump his show has been cancelled? It won’t be his Chief of Staff; Mark Meadows just came down with COVID. Might it be Lindsey Graham, Trump’s golfing buddy? How about Mitch McConnell, leader of the Senate?  Who will have their “Barry Goldwater” moment with the Donald? You might recall that it was Senator Goldwater who dropped the reality bomb of removal on Nixon and convinced him if he didn’t resign he would be impeached and removed from office.

Maybe it will be Ivanka, Melania and Jared Kushner, coming into the Oval Office to smooth talk their way through his swollen ego to get him to admit it’s over? Nah, that won’t happen. I don’t mean to sound demeaning, but Donald’s current wife is loyal to her marriage. She’s merely an actress brought out like a trophy to speak the lines written for her. It will also not be Ivanka and Jared. They are both greedy bastards succeeded because they have the same moral-less values of winning no matter what. They have the most to lose from Trump’s removal from office. They will be continuously testifying to committees and courts for the next five years of their lives.

This brings us to the only thing that motivates Trump, money. Perhaps fellow rich powerbroker, Rupert Murdoch might be able to get through to Donald Trump. In case you don’t know, Murdoch is worth $16 billion and was originally from Australia. He owns tons of newspapers and media companies around the world, including Fox News and the Wall Street Journal. Trump knows Murdoch and he always takes his call. Why would Murdoch do this?

Rupert Murdoch

I may be sounding a bit diabolic, but Murdoch’s Fox News empire will benefit if Trump loses and goes away mad. For the next four years Murdoch’s network would be able to exploit those sore losers and loners who love the Donald. If Trump stays in office, by hook or crook, Murdoch will have to make his network more responsible and accurate and that would be bad for ratings.

What could Rupert possibly say to Donald that would inspire him to maturely deal with the loss of the presidency but still have something to look forward to? Well, what if he were to offer him a daily show on Fox News? Trump’s ego and narcissism are his central drivers, and he would revel having a daily show where he could bark out his dogma to the world. This would also be a huge win for Fox News because a Trump show will guarantee big ratings and tons of advertising bucks. What could this new job be worth to Trump? I say he might become desperate for a platform should Twitter take down his personal account when Trump leaves office. He has used that as a mouthpiece for his administration and I don’t think it would be appropriate for that account to persist.

I know it seems ludicrous that a former president would make that kind of move but look at what George H.W. Bush did after being a one-term president. He joined the Carlyle Group and exploited his fame for millions of dollars in Arab oil interests. Even one of the Bin Ladens were on his board. After his one-term wonder presidency, Jimmy Carter helped build homes for those unable to afford housing in America. Big difference.

Trump will have many coming after him after January 29, 2021, and it won’t solely be about job offers. The Southern District of New York has some legal matters on its desk. Maybe a new administration will reinstate Geoffrey Berman as the US Attorney in the Southern District so he can complete his work there. There are many other cases and issues that need to be resolved in courts. Trump could do his daily show from the veranda of Mar-A-Lago, sipping diet Cokes and making fun of the people in charge, just as he does now.

Only time will tell, but from my vantage point I see lots of work that must be done. For example, President Trump has signed, 193 Executive Orders since January 2017. Many of them are toothless commentary, rather than substantial policies. Some of them, when challenged in the court, were found to be border line unconstitutional. Others are extremely damaging and must be eradicated ASAP. The most important next step is to replace all the horribly damaged or totally unqualified people Trump has installed in powerful positions. At the top of my list are the Attorney General, the Postmaster General, administrators in EPA, DHS and the entire Trump cabinet. Then there’s Homeland Security and its 240,000 employees who are in desperate need of real leadership!

Rupert are you listening? Remember that Civil War and bodily removal of a president are bad for business. And might I say that Donald John Trump doesn’t want the lasting-forever Wikipedia page showing him being escorted out of the White House. While that would be grossly embarrassing for him, it would be much more so for all of AMERICA.

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WHAT TRUMP HAS TAUGHT ME

Little Donnie Dictator & the Sycophants

It might be funny if this fiasco of a president didn’t hurt so many with his words, actions and policies. The lunatic in the White House has clearly shown us that we have some serious flaws and cracks in our democracy that need to be repaired and reformed. I do think Little Donnie Dictator & the Sycophants would make a great name for a punk rock band.

Little Donnie Dictator

If I stand far back from the vapid and endless discussions on cable news, which they’ve perfected into an art form, I can objectively see some strategies for making America stronger. Here are some starting points.

First, it’s time for us to review the distance between our Founders’ intent and the reality of life today in the United States of America. We should think about the three branches of government and do everything we can to preserve the checks and balances while establishing clear definitions of the duties of each branch.

Here’s a short civics lesson. The Legislative Branch makes the laws. Congress is made up of two houses, the Senate and the House of Representatives, with a slight whiff of checks and balances between the two. The Executive Branch enforces the laws and spends the money appropriated by Congress in a legal way that benefits the citizens. The Judicial Branch interprets the laws as they apply to disputes in the nation, but If the Judiciary gets out of its lane then Congress should step in and make a law. The president has the power to veto if Congress goes too far, but the genius of the Constitution gives Congress the power to overrule the president. Both the Congress and the Judiciary have the power to check a president’s unconstitutional acts. The Supreme Court can rule and the Congress can impeach.

The always polite and positive first leaders of our nation never thought that a president was a king so they gave the holder of that office an amazingly long arm. Part of this stems from a belief that a president would never be so ruthless as to work with a foreign power to undermine our country. The intent of the Foreign Emoluments Clause was making sure Congress knew about any titles granted, money given or valuables exchanged for something from another country and, in a sense, either approved or disapproved. The lack of teeth in this clause must be reformed. By law, any member of the federal government, including the president should be compelled to give up any ownership or financial connection to another country or even donations which could be exploited for favor.

Because Donald Trump withheld his tax returns, we don’t know if he owes money to a foreign entity. We need a new tax law to insure all presidents and candidates for the office release the last ten years of their tax returns. The need for such a regulation shows the current president’s lack of respect for that custom. When a tradition doesn’t work, we must make a law. We cannot afford to have another Trump. Ever.

Like the power of transparency, oversight is a good thing, but it must now be redefined with the current experience in mind. Congress has the power to ask for a person’s legal testimony, and they have the power to subpoena a person to appear before them, but we need to establish a hardline on compliance. The evil corruption of FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover and Senator Joseph McCarthy may have made Congress more careful about “witch hunts” and federal interventions, but the pendulum has swung too far to the other side.

Think about this. According to Forensic News, “The White House leads the count [of those who refused to appear], followed by personal associations of Donald Trump and the Justice Department. Attorney General William Barr refused to comply with five demands addressed directly to him, three of which were subpoenas.” So, the man in charge of the Department of Justice refused three subpoenas. If you or I did that we’d be arrested and put in jail. The Trump administration has blocked or refused to comply with 82 House Committee requests for testimony and/or documents.

This must be changed, and anyone subpoenaed who refuses to appear before Congress should be charged and jailed. They are free to plead the Fifth, but they must appear. It’s time Congress gets some respect, even though many say they don’t deserve it. We should be a country of laws.

Now let’s look at reform of the Supreme Court. Those who work in law and order might say that nothing is broken, but over time its appointed justices seemed to be stamped for life with a certain political bias or leaning. Just as I am writing this piece, the Supreme Court sent a ruling back to a lower court regarding a lawsuit filed by a police officer who claimed he deserved damages from the man who led a 2016 Black Lives Matter protest in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. The BLM leader countersued, claiming his protesting was protected by the First Amendment. The Court sent it back to the state, giving Louisiana the opportunity to decide if their constitution would allow recovery. Why? If this lawsuit is permitted to go forward, wouldn’t anyone be able to sue Donald Trump for everything he has done to gin up the power of right-wing militias and white neo-Nazi groups?

The court wants to move slowly, and that is probably good. They shouldn’t care who the president is, but they also should not allow their political viewpoints to guide their rulings. For example, Brett Kavanagh doesn’t like Hillary Clinton. How do I know this? He admitted it during his hearing, which should have disqualified him. That brings us to this harsh reality. No job in any of the three branches of the federal government should be for life.

The California Constitution provides a term of twelve years for state judges. That makes sense. In Pennsylvania, voters narrowly agreed to raise the age limit of judges from 70 to 75, but Oregon voters handily defeated a proposal to repeal the age limit entirely. It will stay at 75 in Oregon. So, the notion of age limits for government workers, like age restrictions for drivers, is not an unreasonable provision. Had there been an age limit, the Supreme Court would have been changed long before Justice Ginsberg passed. Also, the Senate Leader should never be able to stop a nominee’s hearing after being appointed by the president. That is tantamount to one-man fiat without representation, which is certainly unconstitutional, at least in spirit.

Finally, we must resolve this lying thing. Maybe we need a permanent special counsel to challenge any lie being perpetrated a member of Congress or the White House. Yes, we have Inspectors General, but even when they disclose an event that harms another what happens to the wrongdoer? If the president, who is also a liar, doesn’t fire that person our only current recourse is voting him out of office in the hope we can trust his replacement. There must be a better way.

More than anything else, Donald Trump has taught me the true meaning of the word “charlatan.” He has enticed his followers to believe the centuries old myth that Black people are not as smart as white people. His base may not be dumb, but if they cannot see beyond his lies then they are at least not paying attention. If they really believe all of us are better off than we were four years ago, then perhaps they are stupid. Can’t they see that this colossal failure of a man has killed hundreds of thousands of people? If they don’t care about death, they must be a little bit dead already. I know you’re not in that camp. You are smart and have a solid understanding that TRUMP MUST BE DEFEATED!

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The book that tells it like it is…

Gold, God, Guns & Goofballs: If you only read one chapter of this book, try “Take a Knee for America” and think about our never-ending conflicts between minorities and the police. I’m not asking you to take a stand but having a deep and honest conversation about why some people think the way they do would be productive. This is a book for the moment which seeks to start a conservation about peace. And if you are worried about social media, you really should check out the chapter called “Social Media Menace.”

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ANGRY SPOILED BRAT

Trump, Worst President & Patient Ever

It makes no sense that the man who runs the most powerful nation in the world is exploiting his illness for political gain, but that is who Donald John Trump is. He’s a fool and a bully who is testing fate, or is the whole thing a scam?

The reports say that the Donald is bored watching TV and angry at the way his hospital stay is being covered. My objective observation is the reporting should have been managed from the beginning by Trump’s Chief of Staff, Mark Meadows. On second thought though, maybe not. He seems dazed and confused and maybe this is all too much for him.

Mark Meadows

Much will be made of the little joy ride Trump took around the hospital to wave at his cult members gathered outside, and I’m sure the President doesn’t care if one of his Secret Service members gets a COVID infection. After all, the virus is only a hoax. Trump’s drive-by stunt shows his addiction to adulation. I’m sure the attention of his fans made him feel better, but it’s a spit in the face to those families who were locked out of seeing their loved ones while they were being killed by this virus. This narcissistic, old chump’s lack of empathy has been noted.

The press have had to pull the facts out of the President’s doctor, Sean Conley. He’s a Navy man following the commands of his Commander in Chief to obfuscate the facts and confuse us. We learned that Trump has received, so far, the steroid Dexamethasone, the experimental, monoclonal antibody treatment Remdesivir, the anti-acid Famotidine, along with Zinc, Vitamin D, Aspirin and Melatonin. Some of these treatments are full-blast drugs which typically would be administered to a seriously ill patient in the ICU. Knowing Trump, it’s not hard to imagine that his macho syndrome probably drove him to bully his doctors into administering everything that is available, you know, “the works.” He thinks he knows everything, including proper medical procedures.

I don’t know about you, but I am sick and tired of this spoiled-brat, 14-year-old president who probably doesn’t raise the toilet seat before he pees. In a recently released interview with Bob Woodward recorded back in March, Donald Trump was asked if he sat down with Dr. Anthony Fauci to discuss the realities of the COVID-19 infections. Trump replied, “I really don’t have time to do that.” Does that sound like a man who cares about the health and safety of the American people? It’s clear the virus is a low priority for him. What a failure.

I truly believe the 45th President of the United States is infected with the coronavirus, but we don’t see videos of his wife, the First Lady, on TV talking about how she is doing. She hasn’t been visible at all, which might be more vanity than a statement. However, there is a question here. Why would Melania not be getting the same intense treatment as her husband? True, she has only a mild case, but the disparity seems somewhat sexist. Oh yeah, she’s much younger than Trump, ah, too snarky?

Fool in the car with little hands

Donald Trump thinks that his only jobs are making sure we don’t panic and insuring he is presented only in the best possible light. I laughed when people said that Donnie looked rather pale when leaving the White House headed to Walter Reed Hospital. Of course, he looked ashen; he wasn’t wearing two layers of that nasty orange makeup. For once, he didn’t look like a French hooker.

Studies from Italy and Europe show that a person over the age of 70 has only a 26% chance of death or extended ICU treatment. If the President stays in the hospital, he’s going to have 24-hour surveillance and care. If he is released back into the wild, stressful world of the White House, he will return to his role as a free-range infector, making absolutely no effort to protect others from this virus. If anyone who attended the Rose Garden event last week dies, their blood will be on Trump’s hands.

Here’s a side note. Why would we want a new Supreme Court Justice who didn’t have the care or good sense to cover herself, her husband and her children at a White House event while the coronavirus pandemic is pounding our country? She had the virus a few months ago and allegedly recovered, but what if there is a lingering infection? Shouldn’t Amy Coney Barrett be disqualified as a court appointment to prevent her from killing Clarence Thomas?

It’s a given that more people will die from COVID-19. We are at almost 210,000 deaths so far, and what has Trump done to make us better? Zip. Nada. Zilch. He cannot take care of himself, so why would we trust him to give us medical advice about this global pandemic? If he makes you as angry as he makes me, let’s VOTE HIM OUT OF OFFICE. If he makes you feel sorry for him, I must ask why. Why would you waste your emotional energy on a thug, thief, liar and clown? You wouldn’t stay with an abusive husband or wife, so why remain loyal to this sadistic, destructive, divisive piece of shit? Okay, that’s too far but, hey, he’s killing my friends. How can that be good?

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HERD IMMUNITY

Another Trump Distortion

My father grew up on a farm and my younger brothers helped out there during their high school years. I used to say that farmer kids learn things city kids never do. For example, most farm kids know how reproduction works. It wasn’t the birds and the bees; they learned from the pigs and cows.

We are hearing our President talk about “herd mentality” and “herd immunity” as if they are interchangeable terms. He’s an idiot and knows nothing of the denotation or connotation of his own words. The utterances that tumble out of his mouth aren’t backed by thoughts, they are merely words, and this brings us to a huge problem in our country right now.

Before starting, here are the denotative boundaries for this discussion. Herd immunity occurs when enough people or animals become immune to a disease to make its spread unlikely. Understanding when herd immunity has been achieved is science, requiring the same kind of disciplines as creating medicines and vaccines.

Connotatively, the term “herd immunity” reduces human beings to the level of farm animals. Decades ago, cattle ranchers believed herd immunity was a solution for bovine brucellosis, an infectious bacterial disease. Farmers and ranchers, often with the help of veterinarians from the US Department of Agriculture, blood-tested every animal they owned to discover, trace and isolate the disease’s source and control its spread.

Many European countries had to deal with mad cow disease, or bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE), a transmissible, slowly progressive, degenerative and fatal disease affecting the central nervous systems of adult cattle. The ranchers employed surveillance, culled sick animals and banned bovine meat products from their feed. Cows are vegetarian, not cannibals, so their diets do not normally include meat. What did farmers do when they found cows having the virus? They KILLED THEM.

It’s patently clear that Donald Trump, Dr. Scott Atlas, Senator Rand Paul and Florida Governor Ron DeSantis have no idea what they are talking about in terms of herd immunity. First, we are not going to kill people and burn their bodies should they test positive for COVID-19. Okay, sick joke here, but who would pay for that? Seriously, these goofballs are using the term “herd immunity,” blissfully ignorant that enacting such a plan requires the execution of human beings. This survival of the fittest routine is rather Darwinian, even by Republican standards.

My head exploded when I read the following in The Lancet, the highly respected medical journal, “Studies in June and July cast doubt on prospects for herd immunity: despite months of exposure, antibody surveys found a low seroprevalence,” less than 10%, in cities in Spain and Switzerland.” Commentators in The Lancet concluded that, ”In light of these findings, any proposed approach to achieve herd immunity through natural infection is not only highly unethical, but also unachievable.” *Seroprevalence is the level of a pathogen in a population, as measured in blood serum.

Unfortunately, Americans tend to collect and hold onto buzz words and catch phrases more than they do facts. The goofballs are trying to pull off their greatest lie yet, that somehow it might be better to let the virus “run its course” rather than fighting it head on with science, testing, tracing and a national plan. For months and months, we have heard about the forthcoming “great solution” but no one has presented a reasonable plan of action.

Some of our older readers may remember a hairbrained idea that was bounced around during the HIV/AIDS crisis. It suggested that those having the disease should be shipped to a deserted island. The trouble is, we tried that before with another misunderstood ailment. Until 1969, Hawaiian law allowed leprosy sufferers to be forcibly moved to the islands’ leprosy settlement where, over the years, more than 8,000 patients lived. The sad truth is, Leprosy continues to infect more than 215,000 people globally each year and there is no proof that isolation works. The dark side of HIV/AIDS included discussions about culling the population by execution of those with the virus.

Dangerous Enabler

People like X-Ray doctor Scott Atlas and eye doctor Senator Rand Paul challenge the VIRUS experts and think they know more, when the frontline scientists are openly willing to admit that they don’t know everything. These politician jerks are wasting our time. Every time I hear Rand Paul challenge Dr. Fauci, I can’t discern the point he is trying to make. Paul’s mission seems to be discrediting rather than seeking knowledge.

I’m tired of all this nonsense. Let me say it clearly, “herd mentality” will kill people. “Herd immunity,” by its very nature, will kill people. Let’s work on less death, fewer infections and keep pressing on with the known, scientific methods of mitigation. To be bold and direct, it’s time for Trump, Atlas, Paul and DeSantis to SHUT THE FUCK UP!

Okay, let me put my mask on.

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TRUMP: TWO-FACED LYING LIZARD

“We have it totally under control”

I hate to be writing this on the anniversary of the deadliest attack on our country, which took place on September 11, 2001, but we are being attacked again. Sadly, the guy in charge does not understand the gravity of the global pandemic. He would rather just ignore it. The American COVID-19 death toll has exceeded 191,000 over the last seven months, which is the numerical equivalent of sixty-four 9-11 attacks. We know that lack of communication and a failed airport security system lead to our vulnerabilities and deaths on that fateful day in 2001. Now we have learned another major piece of the coronavirus story, and it’s not pretty. We can easily apply “the deer in the headlights” metaphor to Donald John Trump. He’s damaged goods.

Most caring Americans have heard the tapes of famed journalist and author Bob Woodward as he interviewed the 45th President of the United States. Trump comes across much differently in those recorded discussions when compared with what he has been telling us. We now have confirmation that Donald Trump is two-faced, meaning he’s insincere and acts one way in certain situations and in contrary ways in other circumstances. Trump has been lying, distorting and misleading America about the coronavirus from the very beginning. On one hand, it’s been a cover-up, and on another, fraudulent application of public health and safety information.

Caught Red-Handed in Lie

You should read the transcripts of the interviews. On February 7, 2020, Trump said that he had confidence that China’s president, Xi Jinping, had the disease under control, but added ominously, “It goes through air, Bob. That’s always tougher than the touch. You know, the touch, you don’t have to touch things. But the air, you just breathe the air and that’s how it’s passed. … And so, that’s a very tricky one. That’s a very delicate one. It’s also more deadly than your—you know, your, even your strenuous flus. You know, people don’t realize, we lose 25,000, 30,000 people a year here. Pretty amazing. This is more deadly. This is 5 per—you know, this is 5 percent versus 1 percent and less than 1 percent. You know? So, this is deadly stuff.”

On the 27th of February, Trump said on national TV, “View this the same as the flu and treat this like you treat the flu.” I could ramble on and on about what the Donald has told us about the COVID-19 crisis and how all of them run contrary to facts, but the simple truth is that he lied, and lied, again and again. Trevor Noah of The Daily Show said, “The good news is that he wasn’t being stupid, he did comprehend how dangerous the coronavirus was. But the terrible news, the President of the United States lied about it over and over.”  And I will add, killed people.

Trump cannot even control the messaging of his administration about the worst pandemic in 100 years, so how in the hell could his team possibly have a virus under control? I was angry on 9-11 because people in our government had forgotten to consider possibilities. We learned later that agency rivalries and wretched communication lead to that atrocious assault on our nation. How many Pearl Harbors or 9-11s must we suffer before we grasp the importance of paying attention to intelligence and planning? Trump’s malfeasance in the handling of the COVID-19 global pandemic is equal to the deadly tragedies of December 7, 1941 and September 11, 2001. This President has the blood of American victims on his hands.

Donald Trump’s main excuse for lying is he wanted to keep people from panicking. Well, that was the same lame reason the government offered for not releasing its research on UFOs. You know, better not scare the kids. However, no one we know about has died from a UFO encounter.

Us Americans want to believe our government will provide support when we need it. Many people in power have complained about the government, even when they ran it. I was amused by Ronald Reagan’s open negativity toward “big government,” when he was mainly responsible for its expansion. Trump wants us to believe in him, not the institutions around him. It’s an out-of-body experience for the guy in the Oval Office to complain about so many things while also saying we should reelect him because he is the only one who can fix them. Huh?

If this so-called Law & Order administration thinks that lying to the American people is good governance and a lawful way to protect the public, then they are harmful and need to be removed from office, ALL OF THEM! It’s easy to ridicule Trump for saying he’s a stable genius, and then learning that he provided 19 on the record interviewers to Bob Woodward, a seasoned and strategic journalist. Trump’s move was not that of a “genius,” it was the miscalculated mistake of a dummy.

Woodward is the consummate professional writer. Think about it. Woodward and his partner Carl Bernstein figured out President Richard Nixon was lying. In the end, Nixon resigned in shame. In that case we had a dishonest president whose tapes proved Woodward’s case against him. Now we have Trump doing and saying whatever he can to impugn the reputation of Mr. Woodward. The orange administration has already dismissed the act of lying by excusing such bad behavior as a position to help the American public feel good about a pandemic, you know, so they don’t panic. They now want us to buy the T-shirt that says, YOU MIGHT DIE, STAY CALM. They are saying Woodward’s new book Rage is nothing but a “political hit job.” That’s fucking nonsensical. Our bumbling President totally cooperated with Woodward, on the record! Who is the true idiot here?

The fact is this. The President of the United States lied, and people died. He lied; people died. Keep repeating that mantra because it is the truth. Donald Trump doesn’t deserve to be the president. He’s shown his true, empathy-empty soul. I am sure now that people know he lied about the severity of the virus, his lack of endorsement of social distancing and mask wearing and his neglect in creating a plan to save lives will be taken to court as soon as he gets out of office. I have a concern that the US Department of Justice will defend him because they no longer work for the taxpayers; they work for Trump. Our great nation is surely in a shitty position.

Donald Trump is the worst president in the history of America. Do you need proof of that? Just count the dead bodies. Don’t expect a memorial every year where all the names of those who have died from COVID-19 to be read out loud on TV. The people in this government just don’t care.

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VOTE EARLY & OFTEN

Trump’s Seditious Chaos Sowing

It’s all just a joke with Donald Trump. Imagine a preacher giving their Sunday sermon at the church pulpit and proclaiming that any woman who had the audacity to wear red is a whore. Not only would that cause much disdain throughout the congregation, but everyone in the sanctuary would be looking around to see what the attendees were wearing. When people in positions of authority say untrue or outrageous things, we sometimes accept them until we think about what they said.

Donald John Trump encouraged people to send in an absentee ballot and then go vote in person on Election Day, “Let them send it in and let them go vote, and if their system’s as good as they say it is, then obviously they won’t be able to vote. If it isn’t tabulated, they’ll be able to vote. That’s the way it is. And that’s what they should do.”

Voting twice in the same election is illegal and both President Trump and Attorney General William Barr know it. During an interview on CNN, Barr didn’t object to President Donald Trump’s statement that voters should cast two ballots this November. Bar expressed no outrage or dissent about Trump’s extreme suggestion. Barr said, “This is playing with fire. We’re a very closely divided country here. People trying to change the rules to this, to this methodology — which, as a matter of logic, is very open to fraud and coercion — is reckless and dangerous and people are playing with fire.”

William Barr is a disgrace to American justice. He doesn’t have the balls to stand up and tell the citizens of this country that VOTING TWICE IN AN ELECTION IS UNLAWFUL! To make matters worse, he’s the source of the Trump screed that mail-in voting is full of fraud. Having a loaded gun in your hand is extremely dangerous, but it’s not a “matter of logic” that merely holding a weapon will always lead to death. It’s wrong to demand that sick and vulnerable people risk their lives to vote. If I had a say in the matter, William Barr would be the first person I would fire in a new administration. His father gave us Jeffrey Epstein, and William gives us baskets of bullshit.

Donald Barr & Jeffrey Epstein

Barr went on to answer the question of what Trump was trying to say, “I don’t know exactly what he was saying, but it seems to me what he’s saying is, he’s trying to make the point that the ability to monitor this system is not good.” I am fed up with these feckless, fat assholes telling us how bad things are, but don’t have the brains or conviction to fix them. Listening to Barr could lead you to believe that his Justice Department is an arm of Trump’s campaign.

Continuing from the Trump playbook, Barr claimed, “I accept that there is some preliminary activity that suggests that they might try again. It wouldn’t surprise me if Russia tries something again of the same general genre before.” After that pronouncement, he added, “I believe it’s China, because I’ve seen the intelligence and that’s what I’ve concluded.” Following that, Barr declined to give more details.

I am sick and tired of William Barr, a non-elected head of the Department of Justice, spewing out his conclusions like he’s a judge. He’s an employee of the Executive Branch, but he acts more like the President’s personal lawyer.

Let me get this off my chest. When asked if Obama and Biden committed “treason” by “spying” on the Trump campaign in the lead-up to the 2016 election, the Attorney General of the United States said, “Well, treason is a legal term. I think he’s using it colloquially. To commit treason, you actually have to have a state of war with a foreign enemy. But I think he feels they were involved in an injustice. And if he feels that, he can say it.” No, No, No! If the top guy in the White House is saying that Biden committed “treason” without any charge or credible evidence, he’s attempting to hurt his opponent and not just riffing on the subject of law. Why can’t Barr just say the President shouldn’t use that term? Why did he give Trump a Get-Out-of-Jail card with the word, “colloquially?”

President Trump has said Barr could, “…go down as the greatest Attorney General in the history of our country, or he can go down as just an average guy. It depends on what’s going to happen.” While Barr wants the legal community to believe he’s doing his job in righteous ways, he uses terms like “spying” instead of surveillance, which is something the FBI does every day to Americans. Barr used the term, “Russia-gate thing” describing a fully functional and sanctioned investigation into Russian interference in our election by Robert Mueller. I concluded early on that William Barr was not a real Attorney General. He’s just another political appointee, operating in ways that clearly demonstrated he doesn’t have the American’s people’s back on the subject of “liberty and justice for all.”

Another conclusion that tumbled from his fat, bull-frog mouth is there is “no systemic racism” in America’s law enforcement agencies and police departments. William Barr admits that racism exists, and there are some police officers who might have racism in their souls, but he’s hung up on his own definition of racism. He’s trying to say there aren’t some built in racist polices, practices or procedures in the training of police officers and the exercising of their duties. He did admit that we have much work to do. What work would that involve? Making sure we know who the “bad cops” are and keeping them off the forces or in the streets with loaded guns. You see, if there isn’t a system to fairly, honestly and completely eradicate racists from law enforcement, then we have a systemic weakness. He admitted that in a roundabout way but did not say anything meaningful regarding those he oversees on the federal level.

Thinking ahead, I would love to have the next Attorney General be Preet Bharara. He was the US Attorney of the Southern District of New York before Trump fired him. Bharara is one of the only US attorneys to land a conviction during the housing and money scandal of the mid-2000s. It would then be great if new A.G. Bharara appointed another former SDNY US Attorney, Geoffrey Berman, to serve as special prosecutor in an investigation of the Trump administration. We the people need to know the depth of the corruption, who was involved and who should never hold any political office ever again. Hey, it may sound like LOCK HIM UP… but lots of Trump guys have already been jailed. Sue me if you like, but make sure you have a good attorney.

Finally, I’ll sew up this post. I voted early by mail in the Florida primary that was held on August 18, 2020. I was curious to know what would happen if I tried to vote again in person. I walked into my polling place and spoke with the folks there, explaining that I had already voted by mail and was curious what would happen if I tried to cast another vote here. They were very friendly and helpful, electronically running my driver’s license (one registers to vote in Florida when you get a license) and showing me that my vote had already been counted. They also directed me to a website where I could see if my vote was in the count for the future. You see, William Barr, you and all others who think Florida is unorganized and fraught with “logic-based” fraud are WRONG!

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MONEY OR MORALS IN AMERICA

Commissioners – Presidents are Deaf & Dumb

There is absolutely no reason to spend time on our fat, baby-dictator-president and his lie-filled speeches over the last four days. Stephen Stills wrote these lyrics found in the classic song For What It’s Worth, “There’s something happening here, but what it is ain’t exactly clear. There’s a man with a gun over there, A-telling me, I got to beware…” Well, we do have to beware!

I was trying to explain to my much younger neighbor that I have seen the current eruptions of emotions and fear sweep across our country before. The deaths of President John F. Kennedy, the Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr. and Senator Bobby Kennedy reminded me that we did finally get over each crisis. I also pointed out that I was in Los Angeles when the Rodney King verdict ignited riots, looting and despair in the African American community there. I wonder if he believed these to be just some fuzzy memories of an old man.

Citi Field, New York

Some people, including Donald Trump, think basketball teams are political and more radical when it comes to protesting racial inequalities and police brutalities. Perhaps the President and his advisors see basketball as ALL BLACK, but when the National Hockey League players also left in protest, it painted a different picture of what’s happening.

New York is always in our national view and the New York Mets are part of that great city. Last night, Miami Marlins outfielder Lewis Brinson stepped into the box and both teams seemed in position to start playing the game. Then, everything stopped. All the players stood in silence for 42 seconds, likely in honor of Jackie Robinson who wore number 42 and was the first African American allowed to play Major League baseball in America. What followed was intense and dramatic.

Both the Mets and Marlins exited the field. Brinson, an African American from Florida, left a “Black Lives Matter” shirt at home plate. The game was not played. The word spread quickly, and a total of fourteen teams refused to play ball on Thursday night and seven games were postponed.

The story doesn’t end there. Before the drama on the field, New York Mets general manager Brodie Van Wagenen was caught on an open mic discussing a major protest among players and he added harsh criticism of Rob Manfred, the Commissioner of Major League Baseball. For non-sports readers the MLB commissioner is all powerful in both the game and the business of baseball.

In the emotion of the moment Van Wagenen said that the commissioner “doesn’t get it.” He alleged that Manfred’s plan was the Mets and Marlins walking off the field together shortly before the scheduled 7:10 PM first pitch, and then coming back to start play at 8:10 PM. Obviously, that would have been “protest lite.” The Mets General Manager apologized later in the night with a statement saying it was Mets Chief Operating Officer Jeff Wilpon who proposed the “temporary walkout idea” and not the Commissioner. Perhaps that got Van Wagenen off the hook of a considerable fine.

I have never thought of Donald John Trump as a moral leader. He’s more like a mob boss wannabe without a lick of sense about people. Yes, African Americans have excelled in many professional sports, even though white players have dominated tennis and golf for centuries. Over the years, professional sports players, Olympic athletes and even, at times, their managers have acknowledged protests and then moved on. Sure, you can penalize players for not playing or making a mockery of the game, but THEY ARE PEOPLE.

When President Trump was asked about the NBA player-led protest of the police shooting of Jacob Blake, he claimed, “I don’t know much about the NBA protest. I know their ratings have been very bad because I think people are a little tired of the NBA. They’ve become like a political organization, and that’s not a good thing.”

Hours later, Senior Advisor and Presidential son-in-law Jared Kushner, echoed his disdain for the NBA players saying they are… “very fortunate to be able to take a night off from work.” This is a theme, and I don’t expect the Trump mob family to see the players in any other light other than the reflections from the gold on their necks and fingers. I am sick and tired of white, privileged, silver-spoon-in-mouth phonies complaining about people they see only as entertainment and a source of advertising dollars.

LeBron James

You might think I am being harsh, but when Donald Trump is asked about someone’s belief in racist, anti-Semitic bullshit and he praised that Georgia candidate for Congress who holds those beliefs, he focused on her win in a primary election and popularity, that’s not the point. It can best be summed up in his putdown of John McCain, “I like heroes who weren’t captured.” Jared Kushner is the Donald’s stiff, underfed, computer-voiced, puny puppet. I prefer my zealots to be human. And I must add, I find it totally baffling that I have to explain why Black people are angry to White people.

Commissioners of professional sports leagues have impossible jobs, but don’t feel sorry for them. MLB’s Rob Manfred makes $11 million a year, NBA’s Adam Silver gets $10 million and the head of the NHL scores $9.6 million. They are trying to help some of the richest people in America, sports club owners, deal with the credibility of their games, their fans, their fields and, most importantly, THEIR MONEY.

President Trump says politics should not be a part of sports in this country. He’s right, but he should get the fuck out of the way as well. When Trump comments about sports, he’s making it political. If I didn’t know better, I would think he was a pro-player with brain damage. His sport is golf, and Tiger Woods, the only famous Black player, is in his back pocket.

White conservatives hate the terms “Black Lives Matter” and “Defund the Police.” They are threated by these words. Why? Because they want to believe that racism has been cured and the police are always right. We must remember everyone is innocent until PROVEN guilty in America, and we must comprehend that slogans and words are used to get your attention. The phrase, “Let’s hold police accountable for their actions by reorganizing their budgets,” would never reach the frontal lobes of any person in the US. The phrase, “Let’s treat all citizens the same in policing,” doesn’t even start the conversation. For example, it’s easier to say, “Trump is a racist,” than it is trying to convince people that his policies are hurting African Americans and people of color. But they are.

Trump and Pence and the pothole they live in cannot be repaired. Their existence in that deep-black hole filled with water hides the depth of their depravity and hate. It’s too bad baseball and basketball players didn’t play Thursday night. That would have lowered the ratings of the RNC convention, which is all Trump cared about.

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NASTY, MEAN & FEMALE

Trump’s Freudian Flaw Exposed

The President of the United States is a male chauvinist pig. Boy, that not only feels good to say but it’s also true. Remember the Bible story about the woman who had been accused of a sin and was about to be stoned? Recall a group of men there with stones in their hands when Jesus intervened and said, “He who is without sin among you, let him be the first to throw a stone at her.”

Ancient Form of Punishment

Stoning, also called lapidation, was and is a form of capital punishment in which a group throws stones at a person until the subject dies from blunt trauma. It was used to punish not only adultery but also whatever the men in power considered to be illicit sexual intercourse. The Book of Leviticus in the Holy Bible illustrates that homosexuals and women were given much harsher punishments than men.

I found the descriptions of Donald Trump’s early life in Mary L. Trump’s tell-all-book, Too Much and Never Enough: How My Family Created the World’s Most Dangerous Man, to be quite illuminating. Donald Trump’s father, Frederick Christ Trump, yes that is his real name, was not to be questioned and especially not to be challenged by a woman. The expression Fred Senior used to describe any woman who got in his way was “nasty.”

Having limited intelligence and a sparse vocabulary, the Donald simply inherited the speaking of his father. The word “nasty” wended its way into 18th century parlance to describe an ugly woman. Not only was it a term used to disparage an unattractive woman, but it’s implication of “nasty slut” gave a little more kick to men. Before we accuse Trump of using the word to describe only women, let‘s think again.

Trump has also called many men nasty, including Marco Rubio, Ted Cruz, Lindsey Graham, Mitt Romney, Texas Governor Greg Abbott, London Mayor Sadiq Khan, evangelical leader Russell Moore, New York Times columnist Tom Friedman, CNN’s David Gregory and the late conservative columnist Charles Krauthammer, just to name a few. So, Trump’s go-to word is not just for women.

Our President repeatedly uses improper words. Yesterday, Trump had difficulty with the word “fatalities.” He mispronounced the word twice while saying, “99.95% of all “fatilities” are adults.” Think about that. 99.95%, is extremely close to 100%, and the fact that Trump’s statement wasn’t true is just as bad as his inability to utter the word correctly. I had to pour myself another cup of covfefe and watch the video.

But let’s get back to “nasty.” One of Donald Trump’s favorite words connotes a highly unpleasant, physically nauseating, olfactory sensation. In simple terms, the word can be used to describe a smelly person. It can also designate a mean, unpleasant, harmful person or thing. When an older person has an accident when walking, we say “it was a nasty fall.”  The word “nasty” can also mean a person has been behaving in an unpleasant or spiteful way. Doesn’t all of this pretty much describe Trump’s daily output?

A Woman

Donald Trump’s putdown of Democratic Vice Presidential Candidate Kamala Harris included not only the word “nasty,” but also “mean,” placing a delicious cherry on top of the insult. Trump often focuses on the treatment of Justice Brett Kavanaugh during his confirmation hearing. It seems funny that the Republicans were so nervous about their members on the Judiciary Committee acting nasty and mean that they hired a woman to question another woman who was accusing the behavior of the nominated man. So, is it true that only a woman can get another woman to tell the truth in a man’s world?

I hate to break the news, but the demon who brewed Donald Trump in the cauldron of the 1940s added a heavy dose of misogynism, countless spoons of racism and a ton of denial to protect him from all the women and Black people who were either trying to get his money or take power from that little kid in Queens, New York. Even a surface look at how Trump dealt with the Central Park Five shows his racism. The way he’s treated women over the years demonstrates that he’s one, big, fat-assed chauvinist.

If we give him any more time in the White House, Trump will be grabbing all those nasty sluts by the pussy whenever he wants because he is famous and powerful. As for all the men out there, who grew up with strong mothers like I did, you can either sit there and condone or stand up for your mom and vote him the fuck out of office.

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DEEP STATE vs. DEEP CLEAN

Trump’s Obsessions Obfuscate Reality

Some students at a Georgia school recently tested positive for COVID. When the school board announced they were sending all the kids home and would be doing what they called a “deep cleaning” of the building, I laughed.

I know you must be wondering how the hell I found humor in that news, but I did. You see, buildings don’t carry the virus, people do. Oh sure, they say that the germs on certain surfaces stay active for a time, but how long and how much still seems to be a mystery.

In the article I read there was no mention of testing all the students before they come back to the cleaned school. Why? The article didn’t say there would be contact tracing of the students who tested positive. In three days, after the school gets all nice and clean, the kids will come back and get temperature checks. Really? If any are asymptomatic, they won’t be running hot, making re-infection a true possibility.

President Donald Trump has no knowledge of about how all this virus stuff works, and worse, doesn’t he doesn’t follow the guidelines of the experts. He believes in a deep state and doesn’t know what a deep clean is. He’s the worst possible person to be in charge right now.

Trump keeps demanding the schools to open and says that student athletes, who have “worked so hard,” should be allowed to play. Okay, we get it. TV contracts for College football produce millions of dollars. In fact, according to the NCAA governing body, at 1,100 NCAA schools more than $18 billion was spent on athletics in 2018. Of that figure, $3.5 billion went toward financial aid for student athletes and $3.4 billion was spent on coaches’ compensation. Wow, I guess they can pay the coaches a lot of money because the student athletes don’t get paid, but that’s for another post.

I was recuperating from a hospital stay when the global pandemic started. I focused on my own health after a routine procedure. Once I got back on my feet I had to sit down and stay in because of COVID-19. Since I was interested in making sure a few family members and friends were up to date on the virus, I would get up early every morning and cut and paste data from many websites into a newsletter. As the virus got worse, my daily reports got longer and longer and took more time to compose. I wasn’t claiming to know anything; I was just mining data and then regurgitating it. The daily dose of data gave me a sense of purpose. Oh, yeah, the mailing list grew.

Then I had an epiphany.

First, let’s take some stuff apart. We have a virus. We don’t have a cure or a vaccine. If we did, I would still be sleeping. Next, we have huge numbers of people who have been infected. No offense to the more than 154,000 people who have died but being infected is not always a death sentence. Only 3.2% of those we know had the virus died as a result. In a country with 330 million people that could mean that ten million people could die before we get a vaccine. Now do I have your attention?

Just like contracting HIV/AIDS does not surely lead to death, getting COVID-19 doesn’t mean certain death. HIV/AIDS has been in the US for 40 years. We’ve been working on a vaccine, but we STILL DO NOT HAVE ONE and, take a gulp, we might not see a COVID-19 vaccine in our lifetime.

We have cases of COVID all over the place and the testing of people is going to slow down. WHY? Because of political bullshit, money and time reasons. Who wants to sit in a car queued up in a six-hour line for a test? On top of that, results are so slow some might have to be reminded why the health department is calling.

We can no longer look at CASES and see them as bad things. Yes, a positive test can lead to symptoms and maybe then you have to go to the hospital. I don’t want to sound goofy, but that is called HOSPITALIZATION. If you then cannot defend yourself against the virus it usually leads to DEATH. That’s the bad part.

Then, it hit me like a ton of bricks. Would someone please pick up the bricks, they are blocking the driveway. Why are we focusing on cases? We know that a certain percentage of reasonably active people are going to get the virus. Focus on this: The US has 4% of the world’s population but 25% of its coronavirus cases. If we are so rich and smart and we’ve already been made so GREAT AGAIN, how did this happen?

Let me share a conversation. One of my neighbors causally stated, “Well, no one has died from taking hydroxychloroquine.” and of course, my knee jerk, with the emphasis on jerk, comeback was, “That’s not true.” Here’s what well known FDA cardiologists have stated about the dangers of that drug, “These adverse events included QT interval prolongation, ventricular tachycardia and ventricular fibrillation, and in some cases death. The FDA also said patients who have other health issues, such as heart or kidney disease, are at increased risk of these heart problems when receiving these medicines.”

The only reason we keep talking about this “Fake News” is because Trump is an idiot. Why does he say things without researching them? Because he’s an idiot; did I mention that?

We need to stop focusing on CASES. We should study HOSPITALIZATIONS, INTENSIVE CARE UNIT BEDS, VENTILATORS in use, and DEATH caused by COVID-19. Why are we trying to measure a viral spread by some state health department’s incompetent testing? I am totally convinced that Kansas and West Virginia aren’t even trying.

As Bruce Springsteen once sang, “Someday we’ll look back on this and it will all seem funny.” We simply don’t know what we are doing. They didn’t know what to do in 1918 and they had two waves of a virus that killed 50 million worldwide and about 675,000 Americans. We just don’t get it. So, ride your motorcycles and gather. Hopefully, your kids can get some good money for those old hand-me-down Harley’s.

You know, with the sweep of a magic wand this will all magically go away, said the man who claimed that the virus was so bad in 1917 it caused the end of World War II. Wrong year, wrong war, wrong President!

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