IS FACEBOOK PROMOTING FAKE NEWS?

Social Media is More Powerful Than Trump

Americans will believe anything presented in an official way. We are about to learn some lessons that cannot be unlearned no matter what anyone says or does. People are so fixed in their positions that they will often use one lie to discredit another lie. Allow me to paint the picture.

Mark Zuckerberg, the founder of Facebook, has sat through a number of interviews lately trying to explain the policies of his social media giant. He says they were created to keep America safer and less duped by nefarious online characters. In my latest book, Gold, God, Guns & Goofballs, I dedicate a couple of chapters to the ways social media is ill-equipped for this task. With the possibility that many outrageous lies from Donald Trump and his reelection campaign will land on Facebook, what is the Zuck to do? He hasn’t a plan.

I like to use language correctly and accurately. A favorite phrase of my high school English teacher was, “be specific!” When you call something a “safe zone,” please be sure that no specific person will be blown up there. Let’s think about the term “social media.” It’s a vague phrase, but over time we have learned that its websites and applications that enable users to create and share content or participate in social networking. Do the owners of social networking websites or applications have the right to censor the content that is shared on their platforms? People and groups are now challenging Facebook to decide the veracity of the content posted by its members. The people at Facebook can’t monitor every post fast enough, and after hearing Zuckerberg on NBC, they won’t being doing much more than they do now.

When Hillary Clinton said that the Russians are looking to co-opt one of the Democratic candidates running for President, her claim was widely reposted and the comments flowed. How can Facebook cut that off? A sidebar comment will be appropriate here. Why is Hillary Clinton doing anything to affect the campaigns of those running for President? Oh, yeah, she still feels that social media hurt her in 2016. I get that, but why attack anyone without proof? Go be a grandmother, Hill.

Now we learn that Mitt Romney has a fake Twitter feed under the name “Pierre Delecto” who appeared to be an anti-Trump guy. The page has been taken down, but what is going on? When someone with that much credibility uses Twitter to stir up some dust behind Trump, I can’t help wondering if it was just an experiment or an effort to learn how to use Twitter politically.

I was banned by Twitter for 12 hours because I called Lindsey Graham a “political whore,” which seemed to be the best way to characterize his bouncing back and forth on matters concerning Trump. After all, the second meaning of the word “whore” conveys exactly my thought, “a person who is regarded as willing to do anything to get a particular thing.” I was eventually returned to active status, but I wonder who at Twitter decides what I can say? They let Trump post anything, even FAKE NEWS and purposeful lies that can damage a person and a country.

The reason why people like Joe Biden are so concerned about the policies at Facebook, Twitter and all the other social media sites is because they understand the power of those platforms. Our First Amendment protects the “press” from censorship. Social media, however, is NOT the press, even though they are used to spread the written word quite nicely. If I write something on Twitter or Facebook, wouldn’t I be the publisher, it is my account? I’m just using the social media servers to distribute my content. Why do they get to edit my words? Their “standards” are not a free pass to the final determination of what is true. What is about to change and maybe codified in law is that Facebook and Twitter could be classified as a publisher, therefore would actually have more First Amendment rights.

My conclusion on all this is much like what people think about video games. Many of them are ultra-violent expressions cloaked in a game. Some say that professional football is just war put into a game. But as more and more people are drawn into video games, players are now being organized into large tournaments where they can win millions of dollars. Does that make it right? Everyone knows that the use of violence in many games make them more exciting.

The geeks who own social media companies have found ways to mine data for monetary rewards. They created a marketing platform for companies, groups and political candidates who pay money for ads and placement on the site. They are not going to take every ad, they do have procedures, but they are not going to stop the money coming in from you, me or Russia. They take the money and run the ads while having no ability to monitor comments or reposts. They are lying about how it works.

Just like video game makers aren’t going to take the violence out of their products, social media is not going to protect your privacy any more than they must, and things that cost too much money will be delayed. Trump’s fake news is powerful, and his campaign has tons of money to spread his words further than Facebook or Twitter can manage. If Russia decides to push against Trump, he will not be helped by any social media site. They simply don’t know what to do.  It’s a beast out of control!

Read About The Country We Love

The book that tells it like it is…

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

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

GET OVER IT

Mulvaney’s Overt Folly

Yesterdays’ happenings in the Trump administration should bother every living American. The arrogance, fabrications and blunders are getting in the way of our progress and security. The massive methane of White House bullshit is threatening the planet’s environment.

How long it will take to “get over” this calamity known as Donald Trump? The election of our orange monster has given Vladimir Putin everything he could have ever wanted. Trump is all talk and no brains and the people around him are mindless tools and fools.

Mick Mulvaney did his undergraduate work at Georgetown and went on to receive his legal degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He then won the South Carolina 5th District in House of Representatives, but not without controversy. Mulvaney’s campaign was funded by the Commission on Hope, Growth, and Opportunity, a group run by lobbyist Scott W. Reed, who was accused of violating federal campaign finance laws and disclosing false information to the Internal Revenue Service. Yes, here’s another swamp creature who slithered into the White House!

In front of the White House press corps, Mulvaney announced that Donald Trump has decided to “award” one of his properties, the Doral resort in Miami, the G7 Summit which will take place next June. He also brazenly declared that no one would see any of the bidding paperwork leading to that decision. This is clearly a violation of the Emoluments Clause, which restricts members of the government from receiving gifts, emoluments, offices or titles from foreign states and monarchies without the permission of Congress. Someone must step forward on Capitol Hill.

Mulvaney should have walked away from the press after his outrageous G7 announcement, but he’s just another grifter with no skill at self-editing. His phrase, “Get over it,” showed a contempt for law and order as well as a genuine belief that Donald Trump can do no wrong.

The Director of the Office of Management and Budget, who is also acting White House Chief of Staff, now tells us that political considerations are simply a part of foreign policy and we should “get over it.” Does he mean domestic or general politics? He’s just another buffoon communicator Trump has tapped to speak for him.  Nice work, Prez!

Mr. Mulvaney, you are a belligerent piece of shit. We will NOT “get over it” and we will remember your admission that the President of the United States asked another country to get involved in our elections in exchange for military aid. It was a quid pro quo and you knew it, which makes you and your fluffy little ass complicit. Get ready to  be thrown out of government, which will happen as soon as this whole matter of malfeasance is resolved, meaning Trump’s impeachment.

While the press room punk in the White House was playing out, two other Trump puppets were in Turkey surrendering to their President. The ridiculous photo op with Mike Pence, Mike Pompeo and Recep Tayyip Erdoğan was just another stain on a diplomatic suicide mission. After the announcement of a 120-hour ceasefire, Trump gloated in Dallas about how he alone “saved civilization,” but there are major lies in this plan.

First, when is it proper for two countries to decide the fate of a third sovereign nation without involving them in the process? That would be like Canada and Mexico deciding what they wanted to do with the Washington State in the US. Erdoğan wanted to take a sizable chunk of land from Syria to force movement of Turkey’s unwanted immigrants, and guess what?. We gave him what he wanted and in exchange we agreed to lift sanctions. So, we gave them two things and what did we get? Art of the steal?

The Pence and Pompeo agreement gave the Kurds and their fighters five days to leave the land that Turkey planned to take over with force. This was not a ceasefire, It was nothing but a third-party surrender of civilization and claimed land belonging to our fighting allies.

Trump and Erdoğan caused this disaster, and history will write that the Turkish President played Trump and got exactly what he wanted. If only they had agreed to this before the invasion, 285 Kurds would still be alive.

It wasn’t more than a few hours before Turkey’s Foreign Minister declared the agreement was not a “ceasefire,” but simply a pause. “Ceasefire” is legal terminology with international meaning and standing, Turkey said it was just a “temporary pause,” meaning they can resume killing whenever they want without any penalty or face loss.

The headline in today’s Wall Street Journal says it all, “Fighting Flares in Syria Despite Hours-Old Cease-Fire.” Let’s be crystal clear, as our president says. Kurdish forces are to withdraw from a 20-mile-deep territory that will then be controlled by Turkey. Donald J. Trump handed that win to Turkey. How foolish Pence and Pompeo looked on the world stage.

The Turkish forces, along with unhinged militias in the area, will continue to kill people while our fat foolish president prances around America professing his success in the Middle East. He will talk about fulfilling his campaign promise to bring the troops home, but he doesn’t realize that he has produced unrest and uncertainty in a volatile region of our world. And with a new land bridge which Iran will surely use to get closer to Israel, Trump may have just sunk the chance of his buddy, Netanyahu, from forming a government. Too bad. I guess the Kurds and Israel and those who were keeping the peace just need to “get over it.” What a screwed-up President we have.

Read About The Country We Love

The book that tells it like it is…

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

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

 

SANCTIONS & CEASEFIRE

Trump’s Illogical Foreign Policy

There is something so disturbing about President Donald J. Trump that makes me wonder if he has the cognitive ability to think in linear form. We don’t know what was said and heard on the call with Turkey’s President, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, but the two leaders’ comments and actions seem to be totally out of sync. If you want a leader to not invade a country, perhaps you should tell them BEFORE THEY ATTACK!

Donald Trump says he told Erdoğan that moving his troops and talking land in Northern Syria would be a bad idea. However, the text of the Turkish side of that call leads one to believe that Trump gave Turkey permission to land grab with the intent of resettling refugees avoiding the wrath of Bashar al-Assad, the evil president of Syria. In April of 2016, the United Nations and Arab League Envoy to Syria estimated that 400,000 people died in the war.

Speaking from the Oval Office on 10-16-2019, President Trump said that Turkey’s incursion into Syria is their problem. The exact quote was, “They have a problem at the border; it’s not our border,” and that “they’ve got a lot of sand over there. There’s a lot of sand they can play with.” What a dingbat remark. He has no idea how uncaring and distorted his comments are. Not only is it our problem, it’s a snag we created by our actions. We started a war by pulling fewer than 50 soldiers out of a place that had been experiencing relative calm. Trump refuses to admit he is wrong while being played by another ruthless world leader who has become nothing short of a sultan in Turkey.

While both Republicans and Democratic Congresspeople are highly critical of Trump’s bizarre plan, the President demanded a stop to the invasion and called for a ceasefire. Erdoğan has Russia and Putin on his side and he doesn’t give a whit about Trump’s babbling. The man is under impeachment investigation and he thinks that his opinions are the only things that matter about the law, a war, and the world. He’s a complete buffoon with no mental acumen and no talent for foreign policy and world events. The Donald is harming America, right in front of everyone’s eyes. Someone needs to step up and STOP HIM NOW.

VP Mike Pence and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo traveling to Turkey for an emergency ceasefire negotiation with Erdoğan is almost comical. Why didn’t Trump make his position clear on the phone call? Fox News reported that, “President Trump ‘went off script’ during his call on Sunday with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, before he announced that the U.S. would withdraw all troops from northeast Syria ahead of a Turkish military operation in the region.”

Trump was supposed to say, “Tell Erdogan to stay north of the border,” but he ignored some of his own points. I swear, this man has a chip in his brain controlled by Putin controlling him to do dirty deeds which affect the very security of our nation.

Trump claims that the Kurds are “no angels,” but what exactly does that mean? He spouts about the cost of the transaction, ignoring the fact that the Kurds fought against ISIS for us and captured more than 10,000 terrorists. This idiot president fails to comprehend they lost more than 10,000 men and women in the fight against ISIS. He’s simply blocked it out to cover his lies and bad judgment.

Trump believes that some ISIS fighters were released from prison to lure America back into a war in the Middle East. Has he forgotten that ISIS, and Al-Qaeda before them, were trained in those areas and attacked the United States on 9-11? He doesn’t care if ISIS prisoners get released, claiming they will go to Europe. Why is that good for America and the world? How lame is it for the President to tell the American public that Syria is 7,000 miles from us and so what happens there is not that important to our country and people.

Trump abuses his power by waging economic war with sanctions. He threatens to raise tariffs on Turkish products, thinking President Erdoğan will bend to his will. Actually, he is forcing Turkey and other fringe countries into the arms of Russia and Putin. If Trump keeps going, we will lose face and the support of our international allies.

As the world gets worse, Trump continues to praise himself and gloat on the false premise that he knows what he is doing. The United States is being run by a lunatic who believes his unitary executive position cannot be challenged by equal branches of government. If we do not stop him now, we might have to fight for our democracy for decades to come.

The mistake in Syria proves Trump is unfit to be President of our country, or any country. He repeats himself endlessly while those who believe in him are guilty of a strange idol worship. They will be judged by a higher power. For now, however, we must get rid of this presidential idiot who is damaging America more and more every day. Donald Trump won’t learn any lesson, even when his two stooges, Pence and Pompeo come back from Turkey with their tails between their legs with nothing accomplished in Syria. This is a failure of epic proportions.

Read About The Country We Love

The book that tells it like it is…

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

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

 

IMPEACHMENT IS COMING

Trump’s Infallibility Flaw

Donald J. Trump’s attempts to block people from testifying in Congressional hearings is interesting and, up to a point, successful. But things changed when two of Rudy Giuliani’s clients were arrested at Dulles International Airport with one-way tickets to Frankfort, Germany. Now the clear minds and legal scholars are saying that anyone who gets a subpoena should proceed to tell the truth. Some of Trump’s people are starting to understand that taking a bullet for Trump could put them in jail. They saw what happened to Michael Cohen and Paul Manafort. No one can ever trust that Trump will have their back or offer a pardon if something goes bad. Trump will do anything to get his way and look good.

New President Pelosi

When I ask Trump supporters what they think about the call to the newly minted president of Ukraine and the quid pro quo that was in play, they simply say they don’t see anything wrong with that deal. WTF? When I pose the hypothetical of a President Biden calling Russia and asking for Putin to get dirt on Trump, they simply go into a hypnotic trance. The Mueller investigation provided a detailed description of things that happened before and right after the election, but it failed to present its findings in clear language. Mueller did not follow the money; he simply talked to people. The premise of the investigation was a fear of foreign influence in our elections, which the Intelligence Committee proved happened. Right after William Barr presented his “nothing to see here” defense of Donald Trump, the president picked up the phone and did exactly what the probe had been investigating. So, he cannot plead ignorance this time.

It’s ironic that Trump is going after Joe Biden’s son while most people ignore the treasures that Trump’s kids have collected by using presidential power to their advantage. Ivanka got patents and copyrights for her fashion line in China. Don Jr. and Eric, when not mouthing off on TV for their father, have increased their wealth through the profits of Trump properties. Some say they made as much as $80 billion since their father was elected. The wicked sardonicism that Rudy Giuliani and the two Soviet-born confidence men had lunch at the Trump Hotel in DC right before they were arrested is just another dollar in the kids’ pockets. Of course, the president will also reap a long term reward from those funds.

And there will be another victim in this Trump era of corruption. Not named, but it’s known that former Texas Representative Pete Sessions took money from these two Soviet-born businessmen and it appears Sessions may have played a role in their indictment. You see, the swamp continues to be where all the bad people live, and Trump has done nothing to get rid of those slimy political whores.

Pete Sessions (no relation to Jeff) came under scrutiny in the past for his personal ties to disgraced banker Allen Stanford, who in 2012 was convicted of orchestrating a $7 billion Ponzi scheme. Sessions received over $44,000 in political contributions from Stanford and took multiple trips to Fire Island and the Caribbean to attend Stanford-sponsored events. Those trips included private travel on Stanford’s fleet of jets and accommodations. Slimy Sessions was in Congress until January 2019. What took so long to bring this bastard down?

Part of what people get terribly wrong about our government is the fallacy that lifetime public servants are corrupt, lazy or taking advantage of taxpayers’ money. There is a Capitol Hill harangue that a person who is not elected by the people is flawed in some way. Why would someone spend years of their lives making a lower salary working for the government when they could be making big bucks in the private sector? These are demanding jobs. Many people in government work endless hours with no overtime. They often become whistleblowers, patriots who point out waste, corruption and lies.

In most agencies and institutions in Washington, there is a public distinction between a lifer and a politically appointed person. Some of our country’s lifetime servants do understand the temporary nature of political appointees. Others may look down their noses at people who were given a job without any experience or proper vetting. Not all political appointees are bad people, but they do seem to get away with things.

Giuliani has become a bottom-feeder. He, like William Barr, has exposed his ideological partisan side. By their comments and actions, Rudy and Bill have taken off their masks of credibility. Trump is not infallible and by pure definition he cannot ever have a “perfect phone call.” During his conversation with the new president of Ukraine, Volodymyr Zelensky, Trump proved that he is just another smarmy politician, shaking down a government for help with his reelection campaign. Trump has been poisoned by Giuliani, played like a fiddle by his has-been lawyer. Rudy says he doesn’t take payment from Trump, so I guess the Donald is getting what he’s paying for. NOTHING but trouble. Giuliani has led the president into breaking the law.

Impeachment is coming. Rudy cannot stop it. Trump cannot stop it. As more and more information flows, the big question is which Republicans will side with the devil? Which Republicans will be known for life as those who let down their country? Facts are facts and the judges will make their decisions. America must be brought back to our greatness without Trump.

 

IN TRUMP WE TRUST

The Burden of Bad Management

In the last week, we have learned exactly who Donald J. Trump is and why he’s more than unhinged and unqualified to be president. My eyes and ears were caught by a statement from Pat Robertson. I respect his committed to God and his Holy Savior, but I rarely agree with his political statements. It became news when he pointed his gnarly finger at the White House.

On his 700 Club TV show, Robertson said, “I am absolutely appalled that the United States is going to betray those democratic forces in northern Syria.” He also offered that if Trump let the Turks invade northern Syria and attack the Kurds, he will lose his “Mandate of Heaven!” Wow, I had no idea that Trump was on God’s personal payroll, even though he seems to be on lots of payrolls these days.

Two Dictators

Robertson called Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan a “thug” and “dictator,” which proves that the “pious” religious broadcaster just might be more informed about geopolitical issues than our president. But then, no one ever said Trump knew much about global realities, well, except Trump himself. Robertson pointed out that there is a sizable Christian community among the Kurds.

Trump consistently told us that if we voted for Hillary Clinton America would be drawn into a war. Well, the Donald has just created a war with his bad management of the Syria situation. He threw the Kurds, our allies, under the bus, exposing them to squashing by the Turkish army. Once John Bolton left the administration, no one was left to “explain” things to Trump. We have just entered the most dangerous time of the century and Republicans don’t see their enabling as a potential threat to America’s security. And, oh yeah, North Korea has an atomic bomb. How did that happen?

Trump spends most of his time tweeting his discontent, racing to rallies to shout his lies and meeting with attorneys. He proves his distraction with his actions and schedule. He wastes time and jet fuel by standing on the north lawn screaming over the whine of Marine One. When can we get back to regular order with calm daily press briefings? When Donald Trump is ousted from office!

The Kurds have learned they cannot trust the USA when it comes to war and support. They did a deal with the devil and are now being repaid by the devil himself, Donald Trump. Surely, hundreds of thousands of Kurds will be displaced and thousands will lose their lives just because Trump failed to say NO to Turkey’s sultan in waiting.

It’s rather amazing that Trump didn’t see President Recep Tayyip’s strategy as nothing but a land grab. Trump probably thinks the Turkish resettlement plan is a good idea. Turkey takes some land, even it means killing a bunch of innocent people, then pushes all those immigrants who traveled to Turkey for safety into the newly “liberated” area. At worst, it’s ethnic cleansing, at best, it’s an invasion of another nation for the purpose of getting rid of unwanted people. I am totally appalled that the press and TV journalists called it a “military operation” rather than what it actually was, a fucking invasion.

I wonder if Trump has thought about doing the same thing on the Mexican border here. The entire world knows that Donald J. Trump cannot be trusted. What a horrible president and a contemptible human being! The time has come for America to cast off our political affiliations and come together to right this ship. Trump must be taken out of office as soon as possible. He simply isn’t smart enough to be president.

Read About The Country We Love

The book that tells it like it is…

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

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

TRAITOR TRUMP

Everything is Based on Lies

I never thought I would say this, but Donald Trump is a traitor. He’s working for himself and not for the benefit and security of this nation. He has betrayed his oath of office and, as I said in my book DONALD TRUMP: Repeal, Replace, Impeach (based on the first 200 days in office), everything he does is based on lies. If provable lies are not a violation of trust with the electorate, then what is?

Let’s review the oath all presidents take: “I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will faithfully execute the Office of President of the United States, and will to the best of my Ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States.” The phrase “faithfully execute” denotes loyalty to the country and the citizens who elected him. “Faithfully” is acting in a manner that is consistent with facts. So, when the President tells a lie to the country’s citizens he has committed a form of perjury. The offense of willfully telling an untruth in a court after having taken an oath or affirmation, is indeed perjury. In a sense, a president is under oath with every action on every day of their term.

Telling lies in the court of public opinion has never mattered to Trump, but what he’s doing now as president is an even larger crime, an action or omission that constitutes an offense that may be prosecuted by the state and is punishable by law. He put his hand on a Bible and said that he would protect and defend the Constitution of the United States. How is colluding with other nations to sway voters in this country protecting and defending? What are we waiting on? Does he have to burn the original Constitution on TV for Americas to come together and rid ourselves of this malevolent person?

Surely, we should never have to put a US President in front of a firing squad, but we certainly must use the provisions of law that give Congress the power to remove a bad President. I hate it when the typical Republican talking point is presented.. “You cannot impeach a president just because you don’t like him.” I want to look the speaker directly into their eyes and ask, “Can you tell me it’s okay for a president to lie to the American people about his desires to hurt other Americans?” Isn’t that a treacherous activity?

This morning (10-4-2019), former White House Communications Director Anthony Scaramucci declared on CNN that the president is “a traitor to the United States and the most unamerican President we’ve had since Andrew Johnson.” For those who enjoy history repeating itself, Andrew Johnson was impeached by the House and narrowly won acquittal in the Senate trial. He was a terrible president that no one liked.

We now have text messages between Kurt Volker, Special Envoy to Ukraine, and officials there that confirm a quid pro quo between the White House and the new President in that country. To get a call, to get a visit invite and to receive military aid, Volodymyr Zelensky, schoolteacher-turned-actor and new President of Ukraine, was being PRESSURED to comply with the wishes of Donald Trump. And we now know, the president of our country was asking for Ukraine to release a statement that they were opening an investigation into Hunter and Joe Biden. The Ukrainian release was written, but didn’t see the light of day until now.

We can thank a loyal American whistleblower for bringing all this to light. And we need to have a united Congress to put this train-wreck-presidency behind us. It’s not erasing an election; it’s combating corruption in our own house. This president is a liar and traitor and he must be removed from office.

It’s time for the President and his family to release their tax returns. They must disclose if they have benefited from this presidency and whether they are beholden to another nation. Congress must pass a law that makes releasing tax returns a prerequisite for running for federal office. We must fortify our country from this ever happening again.

Republicans, this is no longer a joke to be waved away. Trump is a traitor and must be IMPEACHED! If nothing happens now, our democracy is at serious peril!

Read About The Country We Love

The book that tells it like it is…

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

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

I’VE GIVEN YOU A LONG ANSWER

Trump’s Quality Determination

If you didn’t experience the meltdown of a president yesterday, you missed one of the most compelling examples of why Donald J. Trump is unfit to be president. But the best part of this unhinged lunatic’s rage-show was the interaction with Reuters’ reporter Jeff Mason. Thanks to Axios.com for this transcript:

The exchange:

MASON: “The question, sir, was what did you want President Zelensky to do about Vice President Biden and his son Hunter?”

TRUMP: “Are you talking to me?”

MASON: “Yes. It’s just a follow-up of what I just asked you, sir.”

TRUMP: “Listen, are you ready? We have the president of Finland. Ask him a question.”

MASON: “I have one for him. I wanted to follow up on the one that I asked you.”

TRUMP: “Did you hear me? Did you hear me? Ask him a question. I’ve given you a long answer, ask this gentleman a question. Don’t be rude. I’ve answered everything. It’s a whole hoax. And you know who’s playing into this hoax? People like you and the fake news media that we have in this country. And I say in many cases, the corrupt media.”

The President of the United States brought intense tension to the room. After an overextended press spray that took place with the President of Finland in the Oval Office earlier, Trump went forward with the more official press conference in the East Room of the White House.

The quality of journalist Jeff Mason’s questions was remarkable. He was laser-direct with the most important aspect of the Ukraine-pressure-gate, “What did you want President Zelensky to do about Vice President Biden and his son Hunter?” And Donald Trump, standing before the world, refused to answer the question.

I couldn’t help but laugh at Trump’s question, “Are you talking to me?” It harkened back to the scene from Taxi Driver where Robert De Niro’s character, Travis Bickle, kept asking, “Are you talking to me?” Think of the irony surrounding Donald Trump, a New Yorker, using a line from a De Niro movie. Robert De Niro is one of the most vocal Trump critics and he plays Robert Mueller on Saturday Night Live. Twisted!

Trump’s aggressive demand that the reporter do what he wanted was despicable. Mason was just doing his job when Trump squawked “Don’t be rude.” The president of Finland was laughing, not the reporter.

Trump was downright rude with, “Did you hear me? Did you hear me? Ask him a question. I’ve given you a long answer, ask this gentleman a question.” Isn’t it bizarre that a long answer was somehow better than an honest one? And the biggest fucking lie was, “I’ve answered everything.” Hey, don’t kill the messenger. Trump lied here as he always does.

Killing the messenger is exactly want Trump suggested as a solution for whistleblowers, congressional investigators and those who comply with subpoenas and official requests. He implied that they are guilty of treason, morphing into the “Mob boss” that James Comey described in his book. The impeachment inquiry is hurtling forward with speed unlike we have seen in this Congress. They surely believe that Trump is a danger to democracy.

What is most frustrating about our President Trump is that he lives in a lonely land of lies and slogans. His catchphrases power every answer to serious questions. It’s painfully obvious that this man has no intellectual ability. He continually promotes himself as “a very stable genius,” losing all credibility on the world stage. Albert Einstein never felt a need to continually remind his peers of his excellent brain. He just did the work.

Our president is just a marketing guy full of hyperbole and BULLSHIT (as he tweeted), who doesn’t have the skill to handle his job. After attempting to surround himself with “all the best people,” he ate them up and spit them out. The less moral souls in the White House gave up protecting the Constitution, while other aids and advisors were marched out the door when they disagreed with King Ding Don. Trump will focus on the war with Democrats while continuing to fail at the job he was hired to do. No one could possibly tweet this much while managing the business of a nation. He didn’t get the popular vote in the 2016 election and as President is doing all he can to become even less popular.

America will survive Donald J. Trump, but we shouldn’t waste any more time with this monster. We don’t want to get even; we just want to rescue our nation. We must move toward a new leader for all the people, not just hardcore idol worshippers.  The money changers are not outside the temple, they are inside the temple. The evil doers are inside the administration and they will do whatever this president tells them to do. That includes breaking the law. Please save us from this insanity.

Read About The Country We Love

The book that tells it like it is…

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

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OWNER OF A LONELY HEART

Trump’s Enduring Legacy

The story of President Trump would be an interesting study in the public dissolution of sanity, but because it concerns the spirit and moral fiber of our nation it’s nothing short of sad and disturbing. The man sleeps alone, texts alone and conducts much of his presidential activities alone. This is not working for America. We are a giant melting pot, a family, a team. What our leader does becomes us and we cannot walk alone in the world.

I suspect that, in the end, Donald J. Trump will not go easily. He will not think about where he will land; he will just leap into the fire. He will hesitate only long enough to scorch the earth beneath him. He’s a destructive, fat, old laughingstock of a leader and sooner or later his loneliness and vile character will be etched into history. What will we remember?

The Donald would call me a hater, but that is not who I am. In most cases, I wouldn’t spend this much time with a person like Trump, but he has been forced upon us by a large number of disgruntled workers who rose up to replace the evil elitists they thought didn’t care about them. The system didn’t work for the common man, so they turned to a traveling medicine man huckster who sold them an elixir to cure their pain. He lied to them, took their money and will soon move on to rip off some other fools.

If my father were alive today, he would support Donald Trump. Many people in my family probably though Mr. Trump was just what we needed to bring America back to a better day, but in the end, nothing has changed except the news cycle. It’s all about TRUMP, 24-hours a day. More and more people are getting tired of his recklessness and deceitful practices. Why should his loneliness make us hate each other? Why should his fears and paranoia creep into our collective consciousness?

If we look only at the last 24 hours, we learned that Trump wanted to construct a moat at our southern border and stock the ditch with poisonous snakes and hungry alligators to stop the flow of “illegal aliens” from crossing the border. I imagine he will deny ever saying that because even Donald sees how idiotic his ideas are once committed to print or banner lines on TV. When his advisors told him a moat would be more expensive than a wall, he suggested our military shoot families coming across the border. When he was told lethal force would be wrong, he downgraded the plan to shooting them in the legs. Does this sound like a president, or some third-world dictator? I have two words for Trump, “Nuremberg trials.”

The lead story on CNN.com this morning said, “The Trump administration is frenetically throwing up roadblocks in a belated grasp for a strategy to slow a Democratic impeachment machine the President is now branding a ‘coup.’” Trump knows that a coup d’état, also known as a putsch or simply a coup, means the overthrowing of an existing government by a dictator, the military or some other political faction. Amazing, he doesn’t even speak French; hardly speaks English.

The President’s head has been manipulated into the belief of a nefarious “deep state,” which is sadly funny because the guy who runs the government believes someone else is running the government. He kept saying he alone can fix things, but he isn’t powerful enough to find a political faction in his own government. What a wimp!

Did the deep state suggest we use snakes and alligators to attack people seeking asylum at our borders? Did the deep state separate immigrant children from their parents? Did some dark figure from the deep state change the laws to allow more pollution in the air? Did the deep state create a tax cut to make the rich wealthier while increasing the tax burden of the poor and middle class? Did the deep state spooks attempt to intimidate a foreign country into providing dirt on an American citizen who happens to be a former Vice President? I, for one, would feel so much better knowing it was some deep state operative doing all these things rather than the President of the United States. Isn’t the Commander in Chief supposed to tell us the truth and be our moral example?

Have you no decency Mr. Trump? Don’t bother answering that; we all know you don’t. You’re just a lonely, old, blubber-assed fool with nothing left to win or lose. It’s not the deep state that is out to get you, little Donnie, it’s just a bunch of low-level public servants who decided that America was more important than your goddamn red ties and bold lies. The Inspector Generals are a formidable foe, Mr. Fear Monger. They are not going to look away. They are here to put out the dumpster fire. Stand back and let the real heroes douse the flames with pure truth. The jig is up.

Read About The Country We Love

The book that tells it like it is…

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

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

 

 

IMMINENT IMPEACHMENT

Trump’s Unitary Executive Fallacy

If you wonder why Attorney General William Barr acts the way he does, you should understand his viewpoint: The unitary executive theory is a US constitutional law holding that the US president possesses the power to control the entire executive branch. The doctrine is rooted in Article Two of the United States Constitution, which vests “the executive power” of the United States in the President. Barr, like Richard Nixon, truly believes that anything the president does cannot be against the law. Well, that isn’t what Article Two says. A.G. Barr is simply taking the liberty to act on his dogma.

Article Two of the United States Constitution establishes the executive branch of the federal government which enforces federal laws, however the person carrying out those laws is not outside of them. We have police, but police do not decide what happens to those they arrest. That would prevent the right of being innocent until proven guilty under due process of law. In many ways, the President is just a citizen. This brings us to Donald J. Trump.

Because of our 45th President, more of us are learning about the workings of our government. Every TV news network is now explaining how impeachment works, what the percentages are and what will happen after Trump is impeached. But let’s not get too far ahead of ourselves. In their attempt to impeach Trump, the Democrats are deliberately pushing our three branches of government back to the checks and balances that are fundamental to our Constitution. Even if Trump is not impeached, the rejiggering of our government is very powerful and important.

This might not be a popular opinion, but the information from the whistleblower complaint makes me feel that Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Attorney General William Barr should resign immediately, Rudy Giuliani should be charged as an unregistered foreign agent and, yes, Donald J. Trump should be impeached, tried in the Senate and removed from office.

Now, why after all this time does Donald Trump find himself in this predicament? He obviously knows he is in peril. He has tweeted more than 87 times over last weekend about the impeachment investigation that was started with Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s announcement of the House’s commitment to evaluate whether Trump’s actions rise to the level of high crimes and misdemeanors. This is real, people!

Even with the Justice Department opinion memo saying that a president cannot be indicted, arrested or charged in any crime while in office, it doesn’t say that a president can openly commit a crime. It doesn’t say that the “Unitary Executive” is somehow above the law. The opinion includes this footnote, “…far from being above the laws, he [the President] is amenable to them in his private character as a citizen, and in his public character by impeachment.” This footnote infers that a sitting president is still amenable (open to) the laws in private character as a citizen. A person who becomes President doesn’t erase or pause his or her private character, therefore they can be charged for crimes while they hold the office. Obviously, this is my opinion.

Impeachment and conviction erase the veil of a sitting president and returns him to a status of justice for all. Once a president is out of office, he is no longer immune to charges for any crimes or misdemeanors he committed before, during or after his presidency. But there is a loophole here, and we all know what it is.

Trump could bargain with his Republican brethren where, in exchange for resignation, President Pence would agree to pardon Trump. Now, that puts us into an interestingly gray area. Would Congress proceed to impeaching President Pence for such an action? Many state charges could be brought against Trump outside the purview of a federal presidential pardon. Either way, Trump’s life after being president will be difficult and revealing. We will finally learn the true worth of this man’s money and stature.

Trump is a dreadfully, deceitfully disruptive human being, but there is something more aggravating about him. He can see his success only in terms of someone else’s defeat or demise. It’s not just good enough to win, it must be at another’s expensive. He describes the value of tariffs, while in the same sentence talks about the hurt taking place in China. He talks about wanting peace talks with Iran, while bragging about how his sanctions are bringing the people of Iran to their knees. This is not the pride of America speaking; it’s the callousness of one man. I find myself thinking at least once a day, “What a terrible human being.”

One thing about this adherence to the “unitary executive fallacy” is that when things go south there is only one person to blame, Donald J. Trump. And those who are supporting this unitary viewpoint, will be cast by their shame as political operatives and removed from office. And then, America grows stronger.

Read About The Country We Love

The book that tells it like it is…

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

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

 

 

DONALD TRUMP & BASEBALL

A Diamond is a Boy’s Best Friend

Baseball is America. Organized, professional baseball has been around since 1869, the same year that H.J. Heinz started his ketchup factory which produced an important condiment consumed at most baseball parks. Over the 150 years, the national pastime has seen everything that America has seen. Another season has now ended, and we are ready for the playoffs that will lead to the World Series.

Baseball has had some terrible times and disgraces. We had the Chicago “black sox” scandal where some players took bribes to throw a World Series. The league once banned African American players, which continued for 78-years after the Emancipation Declaration. Baseball has been accused of breeding bastions of drug users. The Pittsburgh drug trials of 1985 revealed that many Major League Baseball stars were not only using cocaine but were involved in trafficking. In 2001-2003, we learned that many stars, including Alex Rodriquez, were using performance enhancing drugs. In those same years, many records had been broken and now players are drug tested, like racehorses.

Baseball suffered through and survived many players strikes but came out of those downtimes stronger and better. Annual player salaries range from $550,000 to $35 million, and most people cannot imagine making that much money, but for years players were taken advantage of by fat cat owners who “owned” players for their entire careers. Those players were emancipated by labor strikes.

This brings us to Donald J. Trump. Most presidents had an affinity for the sport and understood that “baseball, apple pie and mom” were sentiments of the common man. Most presidents have taken pleasure in throwing out the first ball on opening day of a new season. Every president since Woodrow Wilson has done so. Trump ended this 109-year-old presidential tradition, most likely because he doesn’t want to hear the boos from the crowd.

Trump had his battle with the National Football League players who protested racial inequalities, but he doesn’t seem to connect to baseball, America’s game. Trump once played baseball and claims he was scouted by both the Philadelphia Phillies and Boston Red Sox in high school but decided to attend college. There is no reason to doubt this, although his stats from high school seem to have disappeared. And isn’t it interesting that just a few years later his bone spurs kept him out of the Vietnam war but didn’t seem to hurt his “stellar” baseball career? Trump is a decent golfer and gets a lot of practice, therefore one can believe he probably could hit a baseball.

Why has Trump never engaged with Major League Baseball? Perhaps the sport has too many immigrants for his taste. As of this year, there were 21 nations represented in the league. Players have defected from their home countries just to play here. Most players have no problem getting a work visa, green card and eventual citizenship. After all, they posses a specific skill, which helps to expedite their entry and immigration. But Trump doesn’t seem to care about great baseball players from other countries, even if they come from Mexico (20) or Cuba (20).

Trump seems anti-American at times and I don’t mean that in a joking way. He seems to be more comfortable with dictators and known enemies than our allies. As American troops traveled the world, they taught the locals our national pastime. Most Japanese baseball players were taught by their fathers and grandfathers who picked the game up from US soldiers. Baseball is its own melting pot.

The Caribbean players were schooled in baseball as a result of the early days of America influence in the region. The Dominican Republic currently has 84 players in the league and has provided MLB with more infielders than any other. One could argue that these immigrants are taking American jobs, but baseball has a level playing field. If you can hit a curve ball or pitch a ball faster than 90-miles-per-hour, it doesn’t matter what country is on your passport.

Maybe Trump has a fear of throwing out the first pitch. Any president who does gets booed by half the crowd. It’s just good sport. Remember both George H.W. and George W. Bush were baseball players and have pretty good arms. George W. Bush was a managing director and owner of the Texas Rangers team before he got into politics. Obama had a good arm and he threw out the first pitch at Washington Nationals games. Even with the boo birds out, Obama had the balls to don a Chicago White Sox cap doing it. Then there’s Clinton. He usually threw a strike when he took on the task.

Trump seems to be too busy to be involved with baseball, probably because it doesn’t give him a political edge. He is detached until there’s a winning team, which he hosts at the White House. He just wants a photo-op with the winners.

We don’t see him in the stands. We don’t see him eating a hotdog. He’s simply M.I.A. with our national sport. He’s pissed off a lot of people in America, but this devout baseball fan is glad he doesn’t interfere with the spirit of the game. After all, baseball was here long before Trump and it will be here long after him. Trump is entering his ninth inning and without a major rally he will be on the losing team. Those who have been cheering for him, may have to throw out their little red baseball caps after the season is complete. Maybe they will finally see Trump for the bum he is, a traitor at worse, a fake at best.

Read About The Country We Love

The book that tells it like it is…

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

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