THE HABITS OF AMERICAN MEN

Asian hate, another challenge in the matrix

I am not naïve to the ways of the world, but at times I must be reminded of what is really going on. There has always been a notion of “US” and “THEM,” and it started when Europeans first came to North America. We were THEM in that equation and the natives were US. They were here first, but we overpowered the locals, took all their land and then became US.

The Orchids of Asia Day Spa is located in a strip mall in the small, town of Jupiter on Florida’s east coast. According to the magazine Vanity Fair, “Orchids charged $59 for a half hour massage and $79 for a full hour. Like many spas in the United States, it’s staffed by women of Asian descent.” Stand by, this will play into today’s story of white male privilege, sexual needs and the belittling of women.

Jupiter, Florida

I’ve had only one professional massage in my life, a gift from a business associate. The masseuse was a muscular, masculine woman and when I entered the room, she asked me, “Clothes on, or clothes off?” I took off my clothes and she handed me a large bath towel. It was an exhilarating non-sexual session. Her large, strong hands rubbed the stress out of every muscle in my body. I tipped her and thanked her for her work. Not all massages go this way.

Now, back to the Orchids of Asia Day Spa. With a strongly worded warrant, a holdover from 9-11 inspired Patriot Act, the local cops expanded surveillance to dig deeper into what was happening there. It didn’t take them long to figure out that the place was involved in sex trafficking and prostitution. To bust the place under Florida law, the cops needed to prove that their customers were getting special treatment, which meant collecting evidence and arresting men who were paying for sex services. Guess who turned up in the dirty laundry?

Police surveillance video at the Orchids showed Robert Kraft, the 78-year-old owner of the New England Patriots, visited the spa on the afternoon of January 19, 2019 and bought the complete package of services from one of the workers. That made the woman a “sex worker” and it made him a “john” and he was charged as such. Now here’s where white male privilege comes in. According to NBC News, Palm Beach County prosecutors lost a key court decision that led to the court tossing the video of Kraft allegedly soliciting a woman at the spa. State Attorney David Aronberg said, “Although there was probable cause to make an arrest, the evidence cannot prove all legally required elements of the crime alleged and is insufficient to support a criminal prosecution.” Kraft dodged a bullet in the same county that let Jeffrey Epstein off the hook. The billionaire would have been forced to sell his football team had he been convicted of the crime.

Each state has their own laws regarding prostitution. While there are some federal laws which cover sex trafficking and other nefarious sex-related activities, for the most part sex offenses are a local issue. On December 23, 1959, rock and roll star Chuck Berry was arrested in St. Louis, Missouri. He was subsequently convicted under the Mann Act, also known as the “White-Slave Traffic Act of 1910.” It criminalizes the transportation across state lines of “any woman or girl for the purpose of prostitution or debauchery, or for any other immoral purpose.” The Mann Act, passed in June 1910, was named after Illinois Congressman James R. Mann and that “white-slave” part of the description was exactly how people spoke back then.

In some cases, sex work is regulated by specific counties. Nevada is the only state where prostitution is legally permitted, but it’s strictly confined to brothels that operate in isolated rural areas, far from the bright lights of the strip. There, stripping is allowed and regulated. When I heard about the terrible shootings in Atlanta this week, I wondered just how many day spas exist there.

There appear to be dozens! I lived in Atlanta for more than twenty years and during my time there strip clubs were the rage. They had names like “Gold Club” and “The Cheetah (I, II & III)” which, as I remember, served a fantastic free-range chicken dish. In 2001, the owner of the Gold Club, Steve Kaplan, pleaded guilty to one count of racketeering and was sentenced to a three-to five-year prison sentence and charged a five million dollar fine. The federal government took over the Gold Club temporarily, you know, just to see how strip clubs operated.

I was appalled when I heard Captain Jay Baker of the Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office discuss the Atlanta spa crimes and certain facts about the alleged shooter this week. Why would a law enforcement officer provide so much information about an open investigation? This is what he said about the 21-year-old man who essentially admitted to shooting eight people, “He was pretty much fed up and kind of at the end of his rope. Yesterday was a really bad day for him and this is what he did.” It seemed more like Baker was having a bad day when he produced that incredibly tone-deaf statement. Why was he allowed to speak at all?

According to the Washington Post, Capt. Baker’s Facebook Page promoted a T-shirt saying the novel coronavirus was “IMPORTED VIRUS FROM CHY-NA.” The more than 250,000 people who live in Cherokee County deserve better.

Jay Baker & Alleged Shooter

Let’s not forget that one-time president and full-time loser Donald John Trump railed against China, blamed them for the pandemic and then taunted CBS’s Asian American reporter Weijia Jiang when she asked him why he was calling it the Wuhan flu. When Weijia pressed him for an answer, Trump abruptly ended the press conference. In case you forgot, here’s how it went, “Why does that matter?” asked the reporter who was born in China and came to the US at the age of two. “Why is this a global competition when, every day, Americans are still losing their lives?” Trump barked, “They’re losing their lives everywhere in the world. And maybe that’s a question you should ask China. Don’t ask me, ask China that question, OK?” The president called on another reporter, but she forcefully interjected: “Sir, why are you saying that to me, specifically?” Trump replied, “I am not saying it specifically to anybody. I am saying it to anybody who would ask a nasty question like that.” Then, he walked away, Scott free. Robert Kraft also got to walk away from his problem.

I think Captain Baker was planting a seed of doubt in day spa murder case. It’s an old trick. Woody Allen pulled it when he was first accused, get out front and make your case first. Attorney General William Barr did it with the Mueller report. Speak out before anyone else and build a defense for bad deeds. Create an excuse or a smoke screen. Defend the accused before you know all the facts. The matrix was designed by men, for men, and I’ll add white men.

Mayor Keisha Lance-Bottoms

We all should admire the woman who stood up and told the truth, a strong black woman who happens to be the Mayor of Atlanta. She quickly declared she would not condone “victim blaming” in the spa shootings. During a press conference, Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms responded to a reporter’s question about the type of spas that were targeted in three shootings, perhaps alluding to Jay Baker’s statement that the shooting suspect said he had a sexual addiction. She heard what Baker said, she analyzed it, and she offered a smart statement to rebuke the attempted defense of a murderer. IHMO, when the police defend those who kill, we are doomed to anarchy.

So, a man worth $6.9 billion gets a hand job from an Asian woman in Jupiter Florida, gets caught and then she goes to jail. What’s up with that? I guess Robert Kraft is addicted to sex and anything he does for self-gratification is okay. It might be time to investigate Jay Baker and see what he has in his closet. The bad habits of men will probably never go away, but when does the hate end? We have a major problem when a kid from Woodstock Georgia kills those he exploits as a solution to HIS problem. Robert Aaron Long needs to stand trial and, if convicted, go to jail for a long time. I am sure the psychiatric treatment centers in the Georgia prison system will help him. Maybe Captain Baker can donate some of his salary to improving the quality of healthcare in the local prisons. This is a terrible crime and a bad time to be an idiot. The press never sleeps.

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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 conversation 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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THE RON JOHNSON FACTOR

Why do we let stupid people talk?

In the Academy Award nominated film Mank, there is a great scene where an out of work movie extra begs for a dollar from the highly paid screenwriter Herman J. Mankiewicz and tells him that all the studios are moving from Hollywood to Florida. The setting was the 1930s, when labor unions were putting a squeeze on the studio moguls and there was a rumor that the mega-film studios might leave California for a more corporation-friendly state. By the way, Herman “Mank” Mankiewicz was the father of journalist/political figure Frank Mankiewicz and the grandfather of Josh Mankiewicz, a reporter for NBC Dateline.

Herman, Frank & Josh

The conspiracy-minded movie extra shows up late in the film as a “real voter” in an anti-labor candidate newsreel produced by MGM. The candidate was Upton Sinclair, the writer and muck-racker. This movie has an incredibly slow beginning that it took me two viewings to get through the entire film, but it was worth it. The plot centers on Mank’s struggle to get his screenplay Citizen Kane produced. The storyline moves from a 1930 meeting between Mankiewicz and William Randolph Hearst to the making of Citizen Kane in 1941, but that is just the back story. The real plot details the start of the struggle between the rich and powerful movie producers and the creative types, the latter being sympathetic to collective bargaining and supported by socialist, and sometimes communist, influencers.

In 1942, Mank and Orson Wells won the Academy Award for ‘Kane as the best original screenplay. Eight years later, Wisconsin Senator Joseph McCarthy began his campaign to unfairly accuse and discredit Hollywood writers and actors claiming that communists had invaded the movie industry. Many of those he denunciated were blacklisted or lost their jobs even though most of them were not members of the Communist Party. This was a dark time in America, and with anti-communist fervor gripping the country many people just went along with it. McCarthy soon went after the military and even Dwight Eisenhower, but when “Ike” became the 34th President, this bullshit was stopped in its tracks.

I could make a link between the Nazi sympathizing German immigrants of Wisconsin and lay out a case because the Nazi’s hated Russians and Communism, but that might be a leap too far. However, there are a good number of neo-Nazi types in Wisconsin and their rhetoric is somewhat anti-Democrat. You don’t need to take my word for it. Check out the facts on the Southern Poverty Law Center website. So, that’s what gave us a Joseph McCarthy and now gives us a Ron Johnson, the state’s current outspoken Senator.

There was a time Johnson was a business guy, running a company started by his wife’s brothers that produced plastic products for the medical industry. Despite having no political experience, he ran for a Senate seat in 2010 and won. He’s worth more than ten million dollars but every time he opens his mouth stupidity spews forth. I have sarcastically called him the least intelligent man to ever hold public office.

In 2013, Senator Johnson said, “When I hear politicians talk about restoring faith in government . . .  No, no, no, no, no. That is the wrong solution!” This statement not only reveals his hatred of government but demonstrates his acute ability to scatter scatological fertilizer of distrust that helped deliver the January 6, 2021 Capitol Hill riot.

During a recent Senate Homeland Security hearing, Johnson railed against ”…the disinformation, the scaremongering, and the prescription log jam that has been created by bureaucrats.” Here he’s pushing hydroxychloroquine, just as Donald Trump did, long after it was declared ineffective as a Covid-19 treatment. Johnson called Ashish Jha, the Dean of Brown University’s School of Public Health, “reckless” during a Senate hearing when Jha offered factual statements about the well-known malaria treatment. Jha commented that Johnson came off as a “snake oil salesman.”

It would be easier to understand Ron Johnson’s intentions if we knew he owned a bunch of stock in the company that produces hydroxychloroquine, but maybe he is just stupid. His misinformation could not only cost taxpayers a bunch of money but could also kill people. You ask me to prove it? Okay, the Oklahoma Department of Health purchased a stockpile of hydroxychloroquine for two million dollars last spring after former President Trump, despite a lack of evidence, promoted use of the antimalarial drug as a treatment for COVID-19. The health department is now trying to sell the drugs. Yeah, Trump and Johnson owe money to the people of Oklahoma.

And here’s the icing on this shit cake. Senator Ron Johnson said this about the January 6 insurrection during a radio interview, “I knew those were people [the rioters] who love this country, that truly respect law enforcement, would never do anything to break the law, so I wasn’t concerned.” Had he simply stopped there, he would still have been stepping in cow poop, but he continued, “…this is going to get me in trouble — had the tables been turned and President Trump won the election and those were tens of thousands of Black Lives Matter and antifa, I might have been a little concerned.” Johnson was referring to far-left-leaning protesters known as anti-fascists who resist neo-Nazis and white supremacists at demonstrations and other events. However, his words reveal a few other things.

He’s admitting that Donald Trump lost the election but he’s also saying that because Trump didn’t win it was okay for people who “love this country” to break the law, well, because they “respect law enforcement.” WTF? What he will never comprehend is how racist his comments are, but that didn’t stop him from doubling down the next day to “clarify” his remarks with this, “There is nothing racial about my comments. Nothing whatsoever. This isn’t about race, this is about riots. It’s still pretty shocking that it would take what I consider completely innocuous comment and turn it into, you know, use the race card on me and say there’s some kind of racist comment involved and that there was none.” Johnson described marchers at the January 6 Save America Rally as people “who would never do anything to break a law.” Um, Mr. Johnson, they BROKE THE LAW!

I stick by my comment, Senator Ron Johnson of Wisconsin is the least intelligent man to ever hold public office. Why did Hitler hate the Jews, put them on trains, ship them out of his country and then execute them? Why are some white people afraid of black people? Why do we have white supremacists and neo-Nazis in America? The reasons are because of people like Ron Johnson. He’s too dumb to know what racism is and just powerful enough to keep fucking up America. VOTE HIM OUT!

 

THE CASE AGAINST CUOMO

Imagine if everyone told the truth

I’ve always reacted strangely to the term “family values.” Maybe it’s because of the Soprano family. If you said the wrong thing there, you might end up sleeping with the fish. Could it be because of the Mansion family? If you didn’t kill as directed, you would be shunned by the group and banned from having sex with the cult leader. As for Andrew Cuomo, the Governor of New York State, the case against him is raw and unseemly.

The Cuomo Family 1977

Let’s start with some basics. Andrew is the middle child of three who Mario and Matilda Cuomo brought into this world. Mario was the Governor of New York for eleven years. His father, Andrea Cuomo, was from Nocera Inferiore, Campania, Italy and his mother, Immacolata (née Giordano) was from Tramonti, Campania, Italy. Andrew’s grandparents ran a grocery store in South Jamaica, Queens.

This story is legend. Mario, the current governor’s father, played baseball in college and was signed by the Pittsburgh Pirates for $2,000. Cuomo played center field in the minor leagues and he had a .244 batting average. He was struck in the back of the head by a pitch, there were no helmets back then, and was hospitalized for six days. Mario left baseball, went back to school and became a lawyer. The rest, as they say, is history.

Andrew Cuomo followed in his father’s footsteps. He received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Fordham University in 1979 and a Juris Doctor degree from Albany Law School in 1982. He was paid one dollar a day while working for his father in Albany. Andrew was known as the “enforcer.” It was said that his father played the “good cop” and he played the “bad cop.”

Margaret, Andrew’s older sister is a board-certified radiologist who specializes in body imaging, involving CT, ultrasound, MRI, and interventional procedures. Much of her work has been dedicated to the diagnosis of cancer and AIDS and she is the author of the book, A World Without Cancer: The Making of a New World and the Real Promise of Prevention, which certainly speaks to her mission in life.

Andrew’s little brother is Christopher and he also has a legal background, having earned his undergraduate degree at Yale and his J.D. at Fordham. You know him as Chris Cuomo, the better-looking brother and nightly news anchor on CNN.

CNN’s Chris Cuomo

Cuomo family members are overachievers and, until the death of Mario on January 1, 2015, the family was a typical tightknit Italian group overseen by the patriarch. Mario died just a few hours after seeing his son sworn in as Governor, which in New York takes place on the first day of the year.

Now, there’s a major story about Andrew being accused of some terrible conduct. His years in politics and being the Governor of New York certainly have painted a giant target on his back, but his own behavior may also be in play. There was the appointee donations controversy, during which Cuomo collected $890,000 from 24 of his appointees, as well as $1.3 million from their spouses, children and businesses. Some donations were made to Cuomo just days after the donor was appointed. Cuomo disbanded the very ethics commission that was to investigate him. Then there was the Hurricane Sandy controversary, where it’s alleged that the Cuomo administration used $140 million, including $40 million of federal disaster relief funds, to buy national TV ads pitching new business investment to New York State. There’s also political corruption. In 2016, Joseph Percoco, a close friend and righthand man to Cuomo, was indicted as part of a bribery investigation, The Governor was not charged in that matter, but it’s easy to see that Andrew Cuomo is not a stranger to controversy.

After being the calming voice of reason and handing out strong advice daily on COVID-19, Cuomo made a colossal mistake. On March 25, 2020, he and the New York State Department of Health issued a directive requiring nursing homes to admit COVID-19 patients. This order was revoked on May 10, 2020, after widespread criticism from medical experts who claimed as many as 4,500 COVID-19 infected patients had been sent to nursing homes in New York State and over 6,000 nursing home residents had died of COVID. What is now known is Cuomo ordered the mislabeling of COVID deaths so he wouldn’t have to endure any sharp criticism from former President Donald Trump. Bully avoids bully.

That, however, was a single shoe. The other one dropped on December 13, 2020, when Lindsey Boylan, a former aide to Cuomo alleged, “[the Governor] sexually harassed me for years. Many saw it and watched.” Boylan further alleged that Cuomo “exists without ethics,” and “takes advantage of people, including me,” and she added that he ran a “toxic team environment.” Well, that was one person’s opinion, but it didn’t take long before other women, both in and out of government, came forward with their own sordid stories.

As of this writing, there are seven accusers. The firestorm ignited a rage against Cuomo that motivated the two US Senators of New York, Chuck Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand, to issue a joint statement demanding that Andrew resign as governor.

Through a weird concoction of words, Cuomo is refusing to resign and has taken the right-wing slogan “cancel culture” as a shield to protect him from his accusers. WTF? Yes, seven women are not on par with Harvey Weinstein’s accusers, but it’s disturbing when there’s even a suspicion of a public figure exhibiting such overt, aggressive behavior to women. It’s not like he paid a porn star and Playboy bunny to shut up about affairs. He wasn’t accused of pinning someone up against a wall in the dressing room of a well-known store and having his way with her. I mean, who would do that? In the Cuomo matter, however, the people of New York deserve the truth.

Just once, I would appreciate a direct and honest statement, something like, “Okay, you got me. I was raised to be a good Catholic, and I go to confession, but let me confess to you, the American public. I am a regressive, old-fashioned male chauvinist pig. Yes, I assumed the women would just let me do whatever I wanted, after all, I am a powerful man who thinks he’s a good-looking guy. Okay, not that good looking, but better looking than my dad. I figured if I just went for it, they would melt like chocolate in my hands and put out for me. I wasn’t hitting on dogs, those chicks were hot! What would Frank have done? Sinatra, Sei scemo!”

I can imagine the reporters writing as fast as they can while raising their hands, but he cuts them off, “Yeah, I lied. That’s what you do when you get caught with your hand in the cookie jar, or anywhere else. Hey, it’s obvious that these women are just out to get me. They don’t know what they’ve been missing. Let me be perfectly clear, I did not have sex with that … oh, wait, that line’s already been used. I never ever touched anyone inappropriately or harassed anyone. Yes, there’s a fucking picture of me doing that but, seriously, I am all powerful and I get to decide what sexual harassment is, and what corruption is, and I was born to be the governor. Do you know who I am? I am not going to leave, and you can all go ‘Vai a cacare!’”

Here’s one more point from me, your writer. I get the point about “due process,” but what exactly will an investigation show us? Will it codify and legalize the statements of each woman? Of course, it will be on the record, under oath and all that, but is it necessary? Why would any woman go public and make a statement that she was touched or harassed and then change it under oath? Why would she put herself through so much grief and embarrassment; just to stick it to the man?

What would the final report of the investigators say? “Yes, Mr. Cuomo engaged in inappropriate behavior, but didn’t break any laws.” Of course, it’s not against any law in the USA to be an asshole, but a commission cannot fire a governor. They just tell us what we already know. What if the opposite happens? Say that the investigative body reports they didn’t find the accusations credible. Well, it would be the same as has been seen in thousands of American courtrooms throughout our history. An official body of the government would say, “The women were lying.”

Why do we need an investigation? It’s not “cancel culture,” it’s bringing down a vulture. He’s probably always been in search of meat (love), but this time CUOMO is the MEAT. The lust he was after is not the lust of the mob, who want to pull him out of office and onto the thruway. He’s going to get impeached and convicted of being himself, just another privileged politician who failed to realize one simple rule: Don’t eat where you work. Unless he gets hit in the back of the head with a baseball, he will never change. I feel sorry for his mother, Matilda. And to think some people wanted to change out Biden for Cuomo. Sleepy Joe is exactly who we need now.

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SELFISH INSENSITIVE OR BOTH

Predicted by Politics?

The comedian-actor Timothy Alan Dick, known professionally as Tim Allen and sometimes known to me as a dick, is often not the smartest Allen wrench in the toolkit. When he got successful and didn’t agree with the government taxing half his salary, he became a conservative, or more accurately, a Republican.

As I studied both Republicans and Democrats over the years, the word ‘selfish” has come up many times. Here’s a story that pops into my head when I think of selfishness and try to understand how some people can be so downright insensitive. On April 1, 1996, the Cincinnati Reds and Montreal Expos were playing an Opening Day game where John McSherry was the home plate umpire. McSherry called a timeout seven pitches into the game, then he stumbled forward and collapsed. Resuscitative efforts were begun immediately on McSherry and he was taken to Cincinnati’s University Hospital but was pronounced dead upon arrival. He was 51 years old. The story doesn’t end there.

Marge Schott, who was the rather colorful and outspoken owner of the Reds, supposedly said, “Snow this morning and now this. I don’t believe it. I feel cheated. This isn’t supposed to happen to us, not in Cincinnati. This is our history, our tradition, our team. Nobody feels worse than me.” Schott said she was concerned for the 50,000 fans who might be unable to attend a makeup game if that day’s game was postponed. Selfish? Yes. A veteran of the baseball game died of a massive heart attack on the field, but it was her party and she wanted it to continue.

Cincinnati’s name was derived from the German name “Zinzinnati,” and the city has a large Oktoberfest every year. Ms. Schott was banned from managing the Cincinnati Reds from 1996 through 1998 due to her statements supporting German Nazi Party leader Adolf Hitler. Her disqualification came as no surprise to the many German descendants living in the city and Schott sold most of her shares in the team shortly after her suspension. Marge Schott’s maiden name was Unnewehr, and it’s ironic that she inherited the Cincinnati Reds when her husband died of a heart attack in 1968, just like umpire McSherry was taken down in 1996.

This research startled me. A recent CBS News poll found 34% of Republicans say they will not be vaccinated against the coronavirus. Independents aren’t too far behind, with 30% saying they will refuse the shots. Only 10% of Democrats say they’ll abstain. Republicans are the least likely to say “yes I will get the vaccine” or “I already got the vaccine” — 42% — compared to 46% of independents and 70% of Democrats. Why these vast differences?

I have a strong hunch that Donald Trump is lurking behind the numbers. He milked the position that “it’s only a bad flu” and “there’s nothing to worry about” so much that many of his party loyalists not only believe his crazy theories about light and bleach but they have never taken the pandemic seriously. Why should we have to postpone a baseball game just because someone died? Why should I have to get a shot? Someone else can do it. There are whackos who believe the government is using the shots to “track” people or think inoculation will change their DNA. It’s all crazy stuff. Most of them don’t realize that Trump and Melania got their shots back in January.

When we get a terrible headache, we don’t sit around and complain about it, we take an aspirin or pain killer. When someone breaks a leg, they get to the hospital as fast as they can unless they’re a Christian Scientist, which is a totally oxymoronic name for a religion. It’s selfish and insensitive for anyone not to do their part in defeating this virus. Why should political party affiliation have anything to do with it?

I’m not going to say that 66% of Republicans are good people and the remaining 34% are stupid, ignorant, self-serving bastards, but I could. I’m thinking about the jacket Melania Trump wore to see kids in cages at the border, “I really don’t care, do you?” I’ve come to the realization that if you don’t want to get the shot, fine. If you get Covid-19 and die, well, read the jacket, Jack.

Had Marge Schott been more thankful about all she had, perhaps she might have been more sensitive, but that wasn’t the case. On November 13, 1992, Cal Levy, a former marketing director for the Reds, stated in a deposition for Tim Sabo, a former employee who was suing the team, that he’d heard Schott refer to then-Reds outfielders Eric Davis and Dave Parker as “million-dollar niggers.” Oops, we all know that lady karma eventually gets her say.

Schott was a long-time chain smoker and toward the end she suffered from health problems. In 2004 she had to be put on life support, a ventilator, and she died in the hospital on March 2, 2004 at the age of 75. I had to laugh when a satirical comedy website posted, “Trump campaign announces they have received endorsement from Marge Schott’s reanimated corpse!” Of course, had she been alive she certainly would have endorsed Trump.

There’s another deep irony here. Many thinking people with conservative leanings tell us that each person should have a right to accept or decline the COVID vaccine. They think it should come down to a person’s choice. While being so pro-choice on this health measure, they are the very ones who would like to deny women’s reproductive rights. They would rather decline a Covid shot and put older adults at risk than terminate a fetus. Great logic.

It’s all a matter of whether THEY want to take the risk for themselves and their families. If they don’t get the vaccine and then get sick, or if they infect their loved ones with the virus, they are not only prolonging this crisis but potentially killing those they should be protecting. It’s way more than selfish, it’s stupid and foolish.

But hey, if 34% of Republicans don’t want the vaccine, and still want Trump to be president, what possible argument could I make to convince them of their bad thinking? 81 million Americans voted for Joe Biden and he is now the president. I’m going with the majority on this one. I got both shots, and I will soon see my grandkids. If you refuse inoculation, why don’t you reserve a ventilator now? Think ahead. And please stop telling me coronavirus is a hoax. I guess you will get the shot only if someone dies right before the start of the game. It’s the game of life. Do your part or fuck off.

Book for the Recovery – Build Back Better!

How to Hire Great People: Tips, Tricks and Templates for Success

Great companies hire great people. This short, easy-to-read book will help you recruit, review and refocus your new workers into the style and culture of your company. Motivating people to do great work will manage turnover and keeping good workers at your company will maintain your success. Employee inspiration makes a positive difference in our competitive world. HOW TO HIRE GREAT PEOPLE covers everything, including testing, training, tricks and tips. Follow this guide and you’ll assemble strong teams with smart workers, and you’ll learn some time-tested techniques about how to keep them.

Kindle and Paperback Click Here

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 conversation about peace. And if you are worried about social media, you really should check out the chapter called “Social Media Menace.”

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

IT WAS ONE YEAR AGO

They are going to make him look very bad

Tonight, the President of the United States, Joe Biden, will address the nation on this historic moment in time. On March 11, 2020, we first faced the bleak reality that the novel coronavirus would be unavoidable for months to come, perhaps longer, and that action was needed prevent a thing named COVID-19 from taking our country down.

For nearly two months before that day, health and government officials had been sounding an alarm about the virus as it infected and killed thousands of people around the world. We knew it had moved from China to Italy, and then it struck America with Seattle having the first death.

Ex-President Donald Trump repeatedly downplayed the severity of the threat, telling people, “It will go away, just stay calm.” I could pepper this post with dozens of absurd statements and farfetched opinions the 45th President would go on to disseminate through Twitter, TV and the White House press room, but that isn’t necessary. Tonight, we’ll hear the new President’s speech and I am sure he will outline some of the fallacies and failures of the past year.

I have been writing a daily report on the pandemic and sending it to my friends and family for about 300 days. I started that project because I wanted them to know the extent of the coronavirus, but also to keep me up to date with statistics around the country. It has been a sobering task of love. On March 11, 2020, we had 372 cases of COVID-19 and only 12 deaths, but the experts knew it would get worse, much worse.

The next day, Thursday, March 12, the National Basketball League announced that game play would be suspended “until further notice.” The NBA took that action faced with concerns and uncertainties about the impact of the coronavirus on its games, its business and its extended family of players, coaches and fans. NBA Commissioner Adam Silver grasped the severity of this new pandemic before most. He also instituted what became known as a “bubble” in Orlando to finish the season and playoffs with extraordinarily little infection. The National Hockey League did the same. Smart thinking!

After downplaying the threat of the virus for days, President Trump made an Oval Office announcement on March 13, 2020, saying he would sharply restrict travel from Europe, but he never stopped it. He declared that the US would cut travel from 26 European nations, except the United Kingdom. The month-long restriction didn’t apply to US citizens and their families nor to green card holders. Trump said the US would monitor the situation and hinted that the restrictions might be lifted earlier. Earlier than what? We don’t know. Regardless, hundreds of thousands of people flew into the US without any tests for the virus. It was an honest mistake, but a mistake nonetheless. Over the next six months, the United Kingdom had a fast and dense spread of COVID-19. Just because people spoke English, didn’t make them immune to the virus.

When you watch coronavirus anniversary documentaries and news specials this week, prepare yourself for some extremely critical remarks about how our country handled the pandemic. It’s no secret that most of those assessments will land squarely on Donald Trump’s shoulders.

We can now better understand why Bob Woodward released the audio from his phone call with Trump where he admitted to knowing the seriousness of COVID. Woodward was doing what he could to save America from a reckless, unaware and incompetent leader. It worked. Step back from all the rhetoric, lies and stupid theories to see that Trump lost to Joe Biden by seven million votes because he thoroughly mishandled the pandemic. It wasn’t a fraudulent election, it was deceitful management of public safety that did him in. I’ll use the legal term “negligent” because that it was.

Etched into my brain is one of Donald Trump’s more idiotic statements, “If we keep the death toll under 100,000, we will have done an excellent job.” Excuse me, Mr. Trump, but there is no way that huge number of fatalities can be called “excellent.” I wonder how our loser-leader would characterize the more than 528,000 deaths today. The 2020 election can be seen as Trump asking for a mulligan regarding his handling of the pandemic. America soundly rejected him.

I can’t understand why the Republican Party wants anything to do with Donald Trump. He’s a loser. Reportedly, the former President sent a cease-and-desist letter to the Republican National Committee demanding they, his own party, stop using his image and name in their fundraising efforts. I thought he was going to lead the party. Politico reported that, “The Republican National Committee dismissed a cease-and-desist demand from former President Trump’s attorneys Monday…”  Their attorney went on to say, “The RNC has every right to refer to public figures as it engages in core, First Amendment-protected political speech, and it will continue to do so in pursuit of these common goals.”

Oh boy, someone is using this as a teachable moment about the First Amendment for Donald Trump. It’s so rich and ironic! Trump can’t stop anyone from using his likeness. He relinquished that right when he became the president. There is no way he could prove that the RNC’s use of his picture could cause him any more harm than what he has already inflicted upon himself.

The news networks love sticking it to Trump. After five years of being called the “enemy of the people,” the free press has every right to extract their pound of flesh, wait, make that fifty pounds of fatso-flesh; there’s plenty to go around. Sadly, there’s no compensation for the more than 500,000 families who lost a loved one.

Trump could heal the nation right now by admitting that he lost the election and that it wasn’t rigged. He could sell that fact that there was no widespread fraud, and that Joe Biden is the rightful president. He could urge people to wear a mask until they get the shot and urge his followers to get vaccinated, just like he and his wife secretly did. He won’t do any of that because he doesn’t give a shit about America. Speaking of which, Donald John Trump’s value as a human being is basically that of a dried-up elephant turd. Should I think of something harsher, I’ll share.

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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 conversation about peace. And if you are worried about social media, you really should check out the chapter called “Social Media Menace.”

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

ROYAL RACISM REVEALED

The Crown Jewels Are Worth $4 Billion

I never pretend to be a great writer, but I try hard. There are times when I think of a crazy story and how to weave as much emotion as possible into my words, but I’m never fully satisfied. Some of life’s situations are so ridiculous and outrageous that all I can do is smile and tip my hat in respect. One great example is the reality TV event CBS TV put together with Oprah Winfrey. It captured 17.1 million people, 34 million eyeballs (give or take), and that spectacle exceeded any collection of words I could possibly string together, but I’ll give it a shot.

During the interview, Meghan revealed that Harry had been party to several conversations about how dark their unborn baby was going to be, “…and what that would mean or look like.” She paused and then declined to name anyone on the other side of the conversation saying, “I think that would be very damaging to them.” Oprah had this look that was simply amazing. It was the repulsed look of not understanding how beyond rich and entitled people could hold such harsh racism.

The Look

Meghan is smart and quickly added that 65% of the commonwealth is populated with people of color. But wait, when did the word “colony” get replaced with the passive word, commonwealth? After all, none of the colonized people shared wealth with those in the House of Lords. Should you have forgotten, there was a time when “Great” Britain owned Egyptian Sudan, Bechuanaland (Botswana), East Africa (Kenya), British Somaliland (Somaliland), Gold Coast (Ghana), Colonial Nigeria, Niger Coast Protectorate, Union of South Africa, Sultanate of Zanzibar (insular Tanzania) and exploited these lands and their peoples for valuable resources. Oh, we must also not forget about Bahrain, Iraq, Kuwait, Oman, Palestine, Qatar, Bangladesh. India, Pakistan, Burma (Myanmar) and Ceylon (Sri Lanka). How did that turn out?

If it surprises you that we mostly hear about Australia, New Zealand and Canada, it’s because the people of the other lands eventually figured out they had been colonized and treated like less than free people. They then threw off the yoke of their oppressor. One doesn’t have to go too far back to realize that a twenty-something Queen and her late father were involved in many of those oppressive moves. Because of her home office’s decisions on borders and slow-moving independence lots of people got hurt.

The 1947 partitioning of India was a colossal failure. Although the agreement with the United Kingdom required no relocation, more than fifteen million people moved or were forced to move, and some experts believe some two million died in the ensuing violence. They were good at taking over a country but terrible at getting out.

The Crown TV Show

It’s no surprise that “The Firm” failed to protect the grandson of the Queen and his American wife from the torture of the U.K. tabloid press. They certainly get away with a lot of bullshit and lies. The idea that the royal family was worried about Meghan and Harry’s baby being too black is just more proof that everything we saw in the TV series The Crown is most likely true. Racism thriving in the U.K. is no surprise to this writer.

We have a similar problem here in the States. Donald Trump, you know, that loser who used to be president, is a racist. Oh, he never admitted it directly, but consider this quote, “You know the suburbs, people fight all of their lives to get into the suburbs and have a beautiful home. There will be no more low-income housing forced into the suburbs. It’s been hell for suburbia.” He then went on to brag that his action would increase the value of their homes. Okay, “their” homes? Right, white peoples’ homes. Who lives in low-income housing? Right again, the people who walk to work and do the manual labor around suburbia that “they” don’t want to do. By the way, that is the most racist statement from any president in more than fifty years.

I have mixed emotions about Harry and Meghan. On one hand, I am happy they got out of a totally dysfunctional family and situation. There is nothing that will ever cure the myopic concepts of royalty and that “institutional” form of government. I was amazed they have a Human Resources department in the castle. Posh, but someone telling the wife of a prince she couldn’t get medical treatment for depression was, quite frankly, depressing. Even Tony Soprano, the head of a mafia family, had a shrink. On the other hand, this cry baby stuff about losing their security detail while living at Tyler Perry’s house felt a bit hollow.

Some of the Crown Jewels

Prior to Harry and Meghan becoming financially independent, the wealth-tracking site celebritynetworth.com estimated that Prince Harry was worth $40 million, a sum he accumulated from funds left in trust to him by his mother, Princess Diana, as well as an inheritance from the Queen Mother that reportedly included her jewels. So, they have enough money to live like a… well, like a baby King and Queen. I say sell the jewels and start living your life. While we might feel sorry for The Firm not wanting the new baby to be too brown, the good news for America is there will be many dinner table discussions about why a white Prince and a mixed-race actress were treated so poorly.

After centuries of commanding black people around the world to do their dirty work, this recently revealed racism should surprise no one. In the early 1990s, the House of Lords wrote a law prohibiting certain radio stations from playing rhythmic African music under the belief that doing so would stir up emotions and lead to more crime and disruption of public life.

The goal of my sarcasm is pushing a bigger question into the light of day. Why is the United Kingdom still a kingdom? What I would suggest is that they all get together, sell the crown jewels and feed people. Those jewels are worth billions, that’s a lot of pizza. They also need to write a damn constitution so that they will no longer have to spend so much money on all their royal microbes. Yes, they do not have a formal written constitution.

Did you know the royal family’s real last name is Mountbatten with many Russian and German ancestors? They decided to change their last name because they were ashamed of being German during WWII. Yeah, the royal family wasn’t even British or Anglo-Saxon, they were immigrants. It’s funny how things work out. Meghan and Harry are doing more than being spoiled kids, they are doing what Princess Diana should have completed years ago. They are finishing her work of destroying the royal family. When I look at Prince Charles and Prince William, my only thought is God save the country!

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How to Hire Great People: Tips, Tricks and Templates for Success

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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 conversation 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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CAN YOU SPOT A LIE?

The Deafening Cognitive Dissonance

Cognitive dissonance is the state of having inconsistent thoughts, beliefs, or attitudes, especially as relating to behavioral decisions and attitude change, and it’s damaging America more than anything else right now.

First, we had a bunch of Catholic bishops say that the Johnson & Johnson vaccine wasn’t as holy as the Pfizer or Moderna, then they reversed course. We heard the Mayor of Detroit say he didn’t want the J&J vaccine, because he thought it wasn’t as good as the others, but then he backtracked after being ridiculed by social media and, of course, the free press. In this case, it was the Detroit Free Press, “Mixed messages from Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan earlier this week suggesting the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine is inferior to Moderna’s and Pfizer’s, which he called ‘the best vaccines,’ led to clarifications from the White House COVID-19 response team Friday.”

Johnson & Johnson Vaccine

I am going to scream if another mayor or governor says something outrageously stupid then tries to justify his or her mistake the next day. I actually did scream when I listened to Governor Andrew Cuomo of New York “man-splain” that he wasn’t aware of what constitutes “sexual harassment” in the workplace. Sorry, folks, but that makes him STUPID. He’s a damn lawyer and has been working in public service and government for years. He knows the law.

Here’s a quote from my book How to Hire Great People, “The United States’ Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) defines workplace sexual harassment as unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature.” The passage also states that some experts report that 51% of workers said they’ve been hassled by a supervisor while 49% complained about the behavior of non-management co-workers, so this is not solely a boss problem.

By the way, the viewpoint of the alleged harasser is irrelevant, it’s the opinion of the person who is being harassed that matters. Cuomo is a smart man and I believe he is lying when saying he didn’t know what he was doing. His embarrassment now is a good indication he knew then what he was doing. Many men just don’t understand the “unwelcome” part of the definition. People say and do reckless things all the time, but we expect more from a person running a city, a state or a country.

A person’s constant inconsistent thoughts and attitudes, especially when they affect behavioral decisions, can topple the trust we have in them. I saw a major flare up at the grocery store the other day, A woman was confronting people not wearing masks. She spoke to the manager who explained that, yes, wearing a mask was a policy but he doesn’t have any power to enforce it. I stayed out of the argument, but it was interesting that the mask-less shopper turned to bark, “Why, don’t you go back to New York!” The cognitive dissonance was so loud I couldn’t hear myself think.

Okay, the sign above the door says MASKS ARE REQUIRED TO SHOP IN PUBLIX! Apparently, that’s not exactly true. Early on we were told we should wear masks, but the “leader of the free world” told us straight up he would not wear one. There have been several super spreader events at the White House and lots of governmental folks contracted COVID, yet the person who refused to endorse mask wearing did nothing.

We waste so much time talking, complaining, protesting and arguing when we should be putting our heads together and getting things done. People tend to do one of two things when confronted with truth, gracefully accept the new reality and, when appropriate, apologize and move on or push back with a defensive posture and lies. I don’t care that Andrew Cuomo was lonely, I care about him being honest about harassment and counting the deaths in his state. He’s meat. Today, it’s up to five women with stories, OMG, is he Harvey Weinstein?

I’m not saying that one can never change their opinion, especially when given more facts, but when someone uses past statements to cloud a current discussion then we are in trouble. For example, lots of whacko conservatives keep talking about the time the medical professionals told us that wearing a mask was not necessary. We now know they were covering up a broken supply chain line that was preventing medical masks from getting to hospitals. The government and the healthcare system were not ready for a global pandemic. Let’s just admit that, move on and wear a mask.

Texas Hot Spots

Mike Duggan of Detroit, Andrew Cuomo of New York and Greg Abbott of Texas are not stupid people, but they do idiotic things for the wrong reasons. The Texas governor knew he was wrong to open the state 100% and remove the mask mandate as soon as he announced those things. He first blamed Mexican asylum seekers for bringing in a virus but then yelled, “We are open!” while telling his citizens to rip off their masks. Ted Cruz admitted knowing he was making a bad choice even before getting on the plane to Cancun, but not before trying to make us believe he was forced by his daughters to head on down into the warmth of Mexico, jeez.

People are saying that Americans do not get enough information, but it’s not the quantity of things they read, it’s the quality. Social media is not based on factual investigation and reporting. It’s mostly gossip and opinions which actually tend to be anti-social. It’s moronic to think that Facebook is a good source of news, it’s a source of photos of people’s faces and it was a damn dating app at Harvard when invented.

We have become a nation of demonizing. I remember when we sanitized surfaces and Scotchgarded our carpets, now we want to bite off the head of a bat and spit in the face of our political enemy. You know, like that great British intellectual, Ozzy Osbourne. Is your enemy either Mitch McConnell or Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez? Is it Josh Hawley or President Biden? You’ll easily find someone to hate, and you will walk around being angry at them. Why?

Sure, we must open our states and bring the economy back, but if we open too soon we’ll return to high levels of cases, hospitalizations and deaths. Yesterday, I read a newspaper story saying the Texas power plants that went down in this latest storm also failed in 2011. May I ask one question? How many times do you allow something to fail before you fix it?

Being the governor of a state is an awesome responsibility. There is never enough money to do what you want, and if you raise taxes to give your citizens a better life you will get voted out of office. Perhaps a little more logic and a little less cognitive dissonance would help.

I suggest these so-called leaders apply the time-tested ways of getting things done. First, state the problem and make sure it’s a real problem. Then, tell the people what you are going to do to fix it. Point out the roles of each person responsible for solving the issue and then offer regular updates on the progress. We don’t need a “mission accomplished” moment, we need ongoing facts. Here’s what worked and didn’t work and here is what we are going to do to make sure this doesn’t happen again. No lies, no bullshit, just the plain truth.

I am embarrassed by all these Trump-wannabees. As I said in a letter to one of Florida’s representatives, Matt Gaetz, “More than half the people in Florida know you are lying. If you are unaware of this, then you are out of touch with your fellow citizens and should consider a new career.” Of course, I never got a response. He’s too busy trying to be Trump.

I am always amazed when people keep honoring and following losers. When I see a confederate flag, I think, LOSER. When I see someone attack the press for asking a sharp, demanding question, I think LOSER. When I notice that using ad hominem is more important than answering a question, I mouth LOSER, but when Senator Ron Johnson of Wisconsin speaks, I think IDIOT. Okay, that was rude, but clearly, he’s the least intelligent person ever elected to public office. Hey, the bat doesn’t taste that bad after you get used to it. At least I’m consistent.

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How to Hire Great People: Tips, Tricks and Templates for Success

Great companies hire great people. This short, easy-to-read book will help you recruit, review and refocus your new workers into the style and culture of your company. Motivating people to do great work will manage turnover and keeping good workers at your company will maintain your success. Employee inspiration makes a positive difference in our competitive world. HOW TO HIRE GREAT PEOPLE covers everything, including testing, training, tricks and tips. Follow this guide and you’ll assemble strong teams with smart workers, and you’ll learn some time-tested techniques about how to keep them.

Kindle and Paperback Click Here

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 conversation about peace. And if you are worried about social media, you really should check out the chapter called “Social Media Menace.”

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

THE POPE IS RIGHT

Misguided Advice from the Church

We’ve seen politics and medicine in conflict during this pandemic and now we are seeing a troubling gap between church and medicine. Is the boss being ignored here? No, not Bruce Springsteen, I am referring to the Holy Father, Pope Francis, who said in a January 10 interview, “I believe that morally everyone must take the vaccine. It is the moral choice because it is about your life but also the lives of others.” He added that he had already made an appointment with the Vatican’s health service for his own inoculation while lamenting that some people are saying they will not take the vaccine.

Okay, let’s start with the Pope’s good advice. God didn’t want people to die in the 15th and 16th centuries plagues and he certainly doesn’t want anyone to die unnecessarily in the 21st century. I was amazed when I read this on the website of KDKA-TV in Pittsburgh, “The Catholic Diocese of Pittsburgh says it agrees with the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, which raised moral concerns over the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine because it’s produced using a cell line derived from an aborted fetus.” Should they have a choice, the Diocese is recommending Pittsburgh Catholics go with either the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine and not the Johnson & Johnson vaccine. Full disclosure, I am from Pittsburgh, but I am not a Catholic.

I suppose Johnson & Johnson could sue the Church and the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, but what good would that do? There are millions of people who will line up to get any vaccine. The controversy in this case hinges on the use of certain cells in the development of a vaccine to conquer the Covid-19 virus.

None of the three currently available vaccines involve stem cells from aborted fetuses. According to Health.com, “Stem cells are cells that can differentiate (develop) into many different types of other cells or tissues,” Brianne Barker, PhD, associate professor of biology at Drew University in New Jersey, tells Health.com, “The first type of stem cells that were found were embryonic stem cells coming from embryos. Scientists have now figured out how to make other cells into stem cells (called iPS or ‘induced pluripotent stem cells’), meaning that embryos do not have to be used.” Yes, the orgin of the method started with human cells, but then scientists learned how to create new non-human sourced cells in a chemical way. Think of it as a surgeon placing a plastic value in someone’s heart to give them more time on the planet.

Eating a tomato that was grown in soil fertilized by cow manure doesn’t mean you are eating bovine dung. Pfizer, Moderna and J&J used chemicals in the development of their vaccines. These proteins and fake proteins, or mRNA, are far removed from human sources and the statements from the bishops are not only misleading but raise a potential for harm.

This pandemic has seen an ever-growing disease of non-medical authorities making confounding, unscientific statements. These well-intentioned but misguided minds are not qualified to make therapeutic decisions and bad things can happen if their “guidance” is heeded.

Donald Trump created a large number of anti-mask, anti-science people in the US. These statements by religious leaders have the potential to reduce the number of vaccinations that will be administered. Should that happen, we increase the potential for a longer or more serious fight with Covid-19.

It’s unconscionable that church leaders are advising against a vaccine that could stop the virus from killing more people. I keep thinking of the Biblical verse, “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” Okay, that sounds good, but what part of “everlasting life” includes death by Covid-19?

I am a Jeffersonian thinker with respect to the importance of separating church and state. The Frist Amendment says it best, “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.” That makes sense. The government cannot tell us what to believe in but they also can do nothing to stop a church or religious leader from attaching dogma or edicts to public matters. For example, churches have been known to promote political candidates. They also urge their parishioners at times to vote against certain state mandates or amendments they feel break the laws of God. This not only lowers their status but it has a long term effect on some parishioners that cause them to leave the church.

Multiple conceptions can occur in the womb and there are times when one fetus gains power and overtakes the other, thereby absorbing another future person. The winner takes all the proteins, and substances to grow bigger, stronger and live. Does that make the survivor a murderer and sinner? We are thought to be born without sin, but what happens chemically can be batted away with 2,000-year-old logic. We can simply say, “It is God’s will.” Is a forty-year human effort to develop a lifesaving vaccine not doing the work of God?

Here’s a suggestion. I know the Pope is in Iraq right now but we need a statement to clear things up. We need vaccines to get this virus behind us. Here is my personal plea to his holiness. We are your “lambs,” so please help us gain herd immunity with good advice and a reasoned approach to modern faith healing.

Book for the Recovery – Build Back Better!

How to Hire Great People: Tips, Tricks and Templates for Success

Great companies hire great people. This short, easy-to-read book will help you recruit, review and refocus your new workers into the style and culture of your company. Motivating people to do great work will manage turnover and keeping good workers at your company will maintain your success. Employee inspiration makes a positive difference in our competitive world. HOW TO HIRE GREAT PEOPLE covers everything, including testing, training, tricks and tips. Follow this guide and you’ll assemble strong teams with smart workers, and you’ll learn some time-tested techniques about how to keep them.

Kindle and Paperback Click Here

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 conversation about peace. And if you are worried about social media, you really should check out the chapter called “Social Media Menace.”

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

 

3 HOURS & 19 MINUTES

The Failure to Protect the Capitol

You may have watched the testimony of the security officials who were responsible for protecting our government from radical right wing domestic terrorists on January 6. Their failure and excuses are embarrassing and inexcusable.

We’ll get to the testimony in a bit, but let’s first look at what was released the night before the hearing. You might want to look at this security bulletin. And here’s what ABC News has been reporting over the last 48 hours, “U.S. Capitol Police officials said Wednesday they have ‘obtained intelligence that shows a possible plot to breach the Capitol by an identified militia group on Thursday, March 4’ — the date that far-right conspiracy theorists believe former President Donald Trump will return to power.” So, this intelligence claims that the “Three Percenters,” a group that advocates for gun ownership rights and resistance to U.S. federal government is being taken “seriously.” Oh, now they take it seriously.

Guarding Capitol Hill

We should have known that something was up, because early March room rates at the Trump Hotel on Pennsylvania Avenue were increased from $500 to more than $800. Something is going on here that could be very dark and sinister. I hesitate to restate this bullshit but we all need to understand what could be in play.

The March 4 theory gained traction after Biden’s inauguration on January 20. QAnon had been predicting that when Trump left office that day, military tribunals would conduct mass arrests of baby-eating Democrats and lock them up. Of course, that didn’t happen and some adherents gave up on this crazy theory. However, other lunatics began pushing a new narrative that Trump would rise again on the nation’s former inauguration date of March 4, which was changed to January 20th by the 20th Amendment.

It’s unlikely that anything will happen today, March 4, but the D.C. National Guard is prepared for any type of protest, demonstration or violent insurrection. The bigger issue is why this is happening. Well, it’s based strictly on Donald Trump’s big lie that the election was stolen from him and that he won by a landslide. Neither point is true.

During the Senate hearings both last week and this week Major General William J. Walker, the commanding general of the D.C. National Guard, testified that it took the Department of Defense three hours and nineteen minutes to okay the deployment of his troops against the Capitol Hill insurrectionists on January 6. Walker disclosed that military leaders believed troop deployment would not be “good optics” and could further incite the crowd. So, there you have the ridiculous reasoning for the delay.

Christopher Miller

Christopher Miller, the acting Secretary of Defense, was not called to testify. I don’t know why but thank God he no longer holds that post. Here’s a tasty tidbit that should tell you all you need to know about Mr. Miller. In December 2020, it was reported that Miller had ordered the Pentagon to postpone forty meetings with the incoming Joe Biden administration. Miller said this was a “mutually agreed-upon holiday pause” with the Biden transition, but Biden’s people said no such agreement had been made. Miller’s decision to halt cooperation with the incoming administration followed Donald Trump’s refusal to concede the election, refusals by various Trump administration political appointees to cooperate with Biden’s team and claims of fraud by the Trump administration. Miller is most likely responsible for the slow response by the Department of Defense on January 6 and he should be deposed in any cases brought against the insurrectionists.

I wouldn’t be surprised at all if we eventually learn that lame duck Trump told Miller to slow walk the deployment of the National Guard that day. Of course, that is just speculation on my part. No one in the former Trump administration will ever be truthful about what really happened. That is who they are, and who they were from the very beginning.

Maybe some future day Mr. Miller will call his local police for help with an incident threatening his life and will then wait three hours and nineteen minutes before local officers come to his aid. Wrong? Yes, but he and others like him need to understand that we depend on them and they should be held accountable when they screw up. What happened on January 6 was a colossal public failure and none of those involved should keep their jobs. We need to get rid of bad players and develop better policies and procedures that are impervious to bureaucratic incompetence.

I get so frustrated when we keep doing the same stupid things over and over. Why don’t we learn from our past failures? I love my country, but I hate government officials who lie and cover their collective asses when something goes wrong. The truth is the only way to make America safe again. Let’s get the SAFE part down before we get hung up on GREAT.

Book for the Recovery – Build Back Better!

How to Hire Great People: Tips, Tricks and Templates for Success

Great companies hire great people. This short, easy-to-read book will help you recruit, review and refocus your new workers into the style and culture of your company. Motivating people to do great work will manage turnover and keeping good workers at your company will maintain your success. Employee inspiration makes a positive difference in our competitive world. HOW TO HIRE GREAT PEOPLE covers everything, including testing, training, tricks and tips. Follow this guide and you’ll assemble strong teams with smart workers, and you’ll learn some time-tested techniques about how to keep them.

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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 conversation about peace. And if you are worried about social media, you really should check out the chapter called “Social Media Menace.”

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

OBSESSIONS & FADS

Sooner or Later, We Move On

After a cop was killed on Capital Hill on January 6, 2021, many people who flew both the Trump flag and the Blue Lives Matter flag put the Donald’s banner away, at least for now. Waving the colors of the election loser was bad for business. They are probably still disappointed and buying into the Big Lie about the election being stolen, but they don’t want to be associated with thugs storming Congress with a plan to kill the Vice President.

Our mainstream media outlets keep talking about Trump not so much because they want to give him oxygen but because it helps their ratings. Meanwhile, the “leaning towers of lies,” like Fox News, One America News Network and Newsmax continue to shovel the former president’s shit like the PTL Club used to sell Jesus. Do they really think that perpetrating the lie that Trump won the election is good for their brands? I guess so.

I’ve seen a lot of fads come and go, like hula-hoops, yoyo’s, Davey Crockett hats and fidget spinners. Social media is also a fad of sorts, one that’s really worn out its welcome, but with the start of each obsession a back-timer begins ticking down, and when it reaches zero, we slowly move away from whatever latest craze had hooked us.

In a sense, we have lived through several whims at once. I can best describe it as the era of “fake grievance.” The gap between the rich and the rest of us has grown, and we must wonder how rich people can ever expect they will become a credible voice of the downtrodden masses. But hey, you can’t possibly judge a flawed messenger when you perceive whatever he’s done as being good for you.

Donald Trump began by stoking hate and prejudge and then rode that to the top of the Republican heap. His regressive policies were never successful. If someone were to take the stage at a political event to proclaim, “We must do everything we can to make it harder to vote in this country,” most Americans would say that jerk is a jackass! However, those folks who believe in Don above Democracy don’t have the capacity to see that voter suppression is a form of racism. Even if they could understand that it wouldn’t make a difference. They don’t care about racism.

From the year 1619 to, like yesterday, racism was a craze; but the ticking timer has stopped, and the fad is fading. People do things that are far more subtle than locking their car door when they see a person of color approaching. Keeping Black people from voting wouldn’t be such a big problem for conservatives if people of color would just vote the way the Republicans want. Has the GOP never considered it’s their product that people don’t like? Even before I knew Ted Cruz was a Republican, I didn’t trust him. He came across as a fake grievance person.

There are folks spreading the lie that living in this evil country brings torment to their lives. Reality is not that exciting, so they follow some turd named QAnon and support  “his” fanatical stories to protest against the dark forces trying to topple their cult leader-handler. Trump doesn’t believe any of that shit. Hell, he can’t think much beyond a double-cheeseburger and dessert.

The 45th President spoke at the big CPAC coming out party, but his words and the rest of the gala were less than newsworthy. After a while, the same material is, well, the same. It’s all so boring and anyone with half a brain would ask the fallen leader, “If you are so damn smart and powerful, why aren’t you the president anymore? How did you let your election get stolen?” Oh, he can blame the Supreme Court, you know, the one that he claimed would “do the right thing” for his all-powerful self. He can also rag on Liz Cheney and other Republicans who had the balls to vote against him, but that all comes back to this question, “Then, you aren’t really a stable genius, are you?” The loser president publishes his enemies list, but who cares about who he hates?

Even this blog must find new ways to promote good government and change out the bad policies and politics that got us here. We cannot wait four years to change things; we’ve got to be active every year, every month, every day. Today we know that that the heir to the crown in Saudi Arabia ordered the murder of a journalist, yet we all sit numb. Why?

Mitch McConnell will look back on his part in history and probably ponder what would have happened had he convinced his caucus to convict Trump and disqualify him from ever again holding office. The poison will go away only by cutting into the snake bite and sucking out the venom. Mitch’s testicles couldn’t follow his heart. He’s just another political crack-house whore who won’t stop doing the heroin until he dies of an overdose. There you go, another fad of a person erased.

Trump told us that Obama is the founder of ISIS, a mean and unfair quip, but that’s just who he is. I say that Donald John Trump is the founder of CANCEL CULTURE. Yes, I know it was around before him, but he’s been the grand promoter of denigrating and dismissing others. He’s the person who verbally attacks others and they then pay the price instead of him. This must change. It’s time we hold Trump accountable for ruining people’s lives. Marjorie Taylor Greene, the wacko from Georgia, will pay the price. She needs to be canceled from the US Congress. Who is better for America, Representative Greene or Liz Cheney? Even this liberal can tell you, it’s Cheney.

Like all fads, Trump will slowly fade. Oh, he’ll continue to be in the news, for this lawsuit or that accusation of rape, for tax evasion or breaking laws to make more money, but in the end, his stickers, flags and signs will be in garages gathering dust and this stupid era of America will end. The Southern Poverty Law Center is currently tracking 838 hate groups in America, and they have published a map to help you find them. Thank you, Donald Trump, for leaving us this legacy. Your lack of attention gave them permission; your inciting rhetoric made them murderers. What a guy.

It’s a huge problem when grown white men need to buy guns and spread fear because they’re intimidated by people of color. America can never be united while some of its citizens misinterpret this amendment, “A well-regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.” I sure would like to see that “well-regulated” part kick in right about now. Let’s start by getting to know the member names of each militia. That’s totally legal.

Book for the Recovery – Build Back Better!

How to Hire Great People: Tips, Tricks and Templates for Success

Great companies hire great people. This short, easy-to-read book will help you recruit, review and refocus your new workers into the style and culture of your company. Motivating people to do great work will manage turnover and keeping good workers at your company will maintain your success. Employee inspiration makes a positive difference in our competitive world. HOW TO HIRE GREAT PEOPLE covers everything, including testing, training, tricks and tips. Follow this guide and you’ll assemble strong teams with smart workers, and you’ll learn some time-tested techniques about how to keep them.

Kindle and Paperback Click Here

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 conversation about peace. And if you are worried about social media, you really should check out the chapter called “Social Media Menace.”

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