TRUMP: LEGALLY DUMB

Texas – Don’t Mess with America!

So, Texas Republican Attorney General Ken Paxton filed a lawsuit in the US Supreme Court to invalidate presidential election results in Pennsylvania, Georgia, Wisconsin and Michigan. I had several emotional reactions when I heard this news, and my brain was on the edge of exploding. Paxton’s suit claims that “unlawful election results” took place in those four states where President-elect Joe Biden won, and he contends those results should be declared unconstitutional. The filing argues that the four states used the coronavirus pandemic as an excuse to unlawfully change their election rules.

It’s incredible that Ken Paxton would promote a legal lie to gain Donald John Trump’s favor. Why might Paxton want to butter up Trump? Well, it seems that Mr. Paxton is allegedly under investigation by the FBI for bribery and abuse of office. This could be the start of an ultimate quid pro quo; you help me stay in office and I’ll give you a pardon. Trump sees himself as the candy man, passing out pardons to people he likes just like a kid hands over Tootsie Rolls to his friends on the playground.

I have just started reading the book, So You Want to Talk About Race by Ijeoma Oluo. In the preface, she talks about her frustration writing about race and racism. She says, “What many desperate publishers and editors reached for was outrage, controversy, fear, and hatred. And while these tactics worked, even as readers clicked on these links and read voraciously, they began to feel like they were being played.”

She’s right. We get sucked into absurd premises and lies that the media amplifies, only to walk away with either of two feelings. One, like my good friend Howard Stern recently said to me, “The whole world has gone crazy!” Two, we begin believing there could very well be something there to FEAR.

Howard Stern

Many of us are anxious about what Donald John Trump might do next. It’s a terrible feeling to have about the most powerful person in the country, but his latest, vague tweet gives me a measure of trepidation, “We will be INTERVENING in the Texas (plus many other states) case. This is the big one. Our Country needs a victory!” What the hell does he think he’s going to do, dismiss the Supreme Court?

Perhaps Mr. Trump intends to present his immoral offer to the Supremes in person. This just in, Ken Paxton is the guest of dishonor at the White House today (12-10-2020), and I am sure his conversation with the President will not be recorded. I’m reminded of how former FBI Director James Comey described Trump’s demeanor when testifying under oath in a Congressional hearing. Comey said President Trump is an unethical leader and a liar who is driven by his ego, suggesting the man bears certain similarities to a mob leader. I’m sure that Godfather Trump will certainly convey to his capo, Mr. Paxton, his deep appreciation for helping him attempt a self-serving “victory.”

There’s a real possibility that Paxton waited too long to file the suit. The Latches Doctrine “bars recovery by the plaintiff because of the plaintiff’s undue delay in seeking relief.” One could ask that if the allegations in the suit were such a severe problem, why didn’t Texas mess with the four states before the election took place?

If you would like, read the tricky Texas lawsuit here. SCOTUSFiling I have carefully gone through it and I’ll share my thoughts, with a large, glowing caveat that I am not an attorney.

  1. The suit doesn’t explain HOW Texas has been harmed by other states revising their own election process. No suit was brought by either Republicans or Democrats in Pennsylvania, Georgia, Michigan, Wisconsin or Texas at the time voting changes were made.
  2. Texas claims that a state’s sovereign rights over their election cannot be altered, while also alleging that Texas’ rights were. That seems to argue the validity of those rights equally for all the states. If Texas holds the rights they claim are being violated, wouldn’t a judicial stay thwart those same rights of the other states?
  3. The suit makes a serious faux pas with the assumption that the court somehow has four justices who agree with them. This is arrogant, and if I were a Supreme Court justice I would be offended, but I would still look at whatever merits I could find. Paxton mentions the upcoming runoff election in Georgia. which has nothing to do with the Electoral College. As far as I can tell it’s just a glob of “hamburger helper.”

ERROR. The suit claims there are 72 Electors in the play, when it’s only 62, unless Paxton has some inside information on the 2020 Census. This is sloppy work and if I were a justice, I would have questions

Why should one state have any power over another state’s voting procedures? If this suit had an honest intention, states like Colorado or Nevada should also be involved. Paxton is showing his hand by trying to change only the result, rather than discounting mail in voting of all states.

In a glaring lack of empathy, this suit brushes off the COVID pandemic like it’s something that didn’t affect the lives of 15 million people and kill more than 280,000 Americans. What a brutal lack of empathy! The “significant departures” in election processes were reasonable because of the worst public crisis in over a hundred years. The suit states, “It does not matter that a judicial or executive officer sought to bypass that screening in response to the COVID pandemic; the choice was not theirs to make.” I understand that a crisis doesn’t freeze the Constitution, but after witnessing Donald Trump sign more than 197 executive orders in four years, it’s a given that the executive officer does have the right to impose changes without legislative approval. That’s why they are called EXECUTIVE ORDERS.

The intended trick of the suit is exposed within the suit itself. If the electors are not seated on the day prescribed in the Constitution, as the application states, each legislature could then take the reins and appoint electors. However, would it not be a tragic outcome if the millions of votes cast by Georgia, Wisconsin, Pennsylvania and Michigan citizens were to be discarded by overzealous, radical state legislators while being aided and abetted by the Supreme Court? Paxton’s own words said it best, the result would “strip away the fundamental rights of the voters,” not in his state but in the states, he is suing. Yes, Howard, the world has gone crazy.

THIS JUST IN: SUPREME COURT SAYS TEXAS ELECTION STEAL IS MOOT: 

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GIVE ME THE CREDIT!

The Donald’s Delirious Defect

I competed in a lot of sports when I was a kid. Between hockey in the winter, baseball in the summer and football in the fall, I was constantly on the field and working hard to win. Most of my coaches preached the old maxim, “There is no ‘I’ in team.” We all learned the lesson of teamwork; the game is not about any individual.

When I grew and began working, I became wary of any manager who spoke in terms of “I did this” or “I decided that” or “I am the sole decider.” A person who constantly micromanages hardly ever asks their workers what they think. When there is success, they take the credit, but when something goes wrong they blame someone else. This is the hallmark of poor leadership.

This headline comes from Forbes, the well-respected magazine and website, “Trump Takes Credit For Vaccine Created By Others, Including Immigrants” The story points out that after the election Trump alleged that Pfizer withheld the positive results of the vaccine trials to hurt him politically. In fact, the pharmaceutical company did not receive the results of the trials until November 8, 2020, five days after the election. While Trump and his COVID infected lawyers are running around like decapitated chickens claiming huge election fraud, Trump is trying to take credit for a vaccine that he had no part in developing.

Yes, the US government stepped up and guaranteed payments for a certain number of doses, but that is something the NIH, CDC and Homeland Security could have pushed through using their budgets. I am amazed at how my Republican neighbors are quick to point out that Joe Biden had nothing to do with this vaccine. Yes, okay, true, but then Biden isn’t the president yet. How can you blame someone’s inaction in a process when they weren’t involved? It’s equally absurd that anyone would applaud the guy in the White House even when there is an “I” in vaccine. Thousands of people worked on this cure for decades, but the fat orange guy has no time to name them. He’s far too busy shoving them all aside as he stomps his way to the front of the line.

Do you remember the time when Trump pushed others aside to get farther ahead in line at the NATO Summit? If you forgot that moment, here’s the video to refresh your memory. Was that move obvious, totally, and it was not only embarrassing, but a great demonstration of Trump’s fragile ego. It’s ironic that the Donald denigrated NATO and its members for years, but when the cameras were on, he tried to look like a leader.

Trump’s actions, words and deeds regarding the COVID-19 global pandemic have been shocking and abysmal. They have led me to a new stance on the man’s competence. If you don’t believe Trump screwed us, I have no need to argue with you. It’s just a waste of energy and time to explain a truth you will never see. When the person at one of Trump’s “super spreader” rally events said, “I’m not afraid of COVID. We all got to go sometime,” I wonder how they would feel in a hospital ICU gasping for their final breaths. What a terrible way to die.

The farcical and fucked up way Trump’s legal team is shitting on democracy and our Judicial Branch is unforgivable, but our system of checks and balances will survive even if only one of its three pillars stands. When the Supreme Court was asked to take up the faulty, flimsy and fallacious case brought by US Congressman Mike Kelly, they didn’t take much time to render a decision. Kelly and his suit sought to throw out 2.5 million Pennsylvania mail-in ballots, attempting to undo President Donald Trump’s election loss there. The Supreme Court slammed the door in his face.

The Order on the Pending Case read: “The application for injunctive relief presented to Justice Alito and by him referred to the Court is denied.” Now, don’t get focused on Justice Alito’s name, that’s just a formality denoting the person who processed the application, not an indication of the order’s authorship. Because the order had no opinions, either pro or con, it’s clear the application was not considered at all but merely swatted away like an annoying fly buzzing around the lemonade pitcher on the back porch.

Since Trump wants credit, let’s applaud him for pissing off judges, spreading COVID to more than 52 members of his inner circle and being a buffoon on the international stage. Judge Emmet Gael Sullivan, who serves as a judge of the Washington D.C. United States District Court, wrote a 43-page opinion on the dismissal of the Michael Flynn case. He made the point that even though Donald Trump pardoned the lying, former Security Advisor, it doesn’t mean Flynn is innocent. Sullivan alluded to the possibility that Flynn could still be prosecuted because specific crimes were not listed in his pardon. That would be a challenge to the power of a presidential pardon, and someone should go down that road.

As for today, the needy guy in the Oval Office wants us to praise him for all the vaccines coming our way, even though his malfeasance is one of the major reasons why every state in the union is suffering with record numbers of daily cases, hospitalizations and deaths.

Trump’s need to take credit for the COVID vaccines is tantamount to my taking credit for the six Superbowl victories of the Pittsburgh Steelers. I was there, cheering, wearing my team shirt and being loyal to the club and its players. I tell you, people, IT WAS ALL ME! I am the smartest football fan and the most stable genius motivator of victory in the history of American pro football and, dammit, I want credit. Sure, there are some years when my team doesn’t win, but that’s not my fault. Sometimes the players don’t get it done, but when they win it’s all me.

If that sounds irrational, then you get it. If you believe me, I have some vaccine in the trunk of my car. Only $500 a shot. You in?

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DIVORCING THE DEMON DON

Escaping Abuse Should Be Easy

I am so sick of Donald John Trump I could vomit. While thousands of people are dying from COVID each day, his number one priority is convincing the world that he didn’t lose the election. Most of the TV talking heads are hung up on those Senators and Representatives who are not admitting Joe Biden will be the next President of the United States. Those dipshits in Congress never have the American public in their hearts and minds; they care only about their own perks, power and prestige. Those bottom-feeding lowlifes need to be voted out of office.

We’ve all heard about Stockholm syndrome. It occurs when a hostage starts to defend, admire and sometimes even fall in love with their captor or abuser. I’ve known perfectly intelligent women who stay in an abusive marriage with a justification like, “Oh, I have to stay for the kids,” or “Well, the abuse isn’t as bad as it was earlier.” REALLY?

Lyin’ Ted Cruz

We’ve heard what some soulless humans said about Donald Trump when he threw his hat into the presidential ring. Let’s take the case of Ted Cruz. Trump often called him “Lyin’ Ted,” mocked his wife’s appearance, and went so far as to falsely suggest his father was involved in President John F. Kennedy’s assassination. In return, Ted called Trump a “sniveling coward,” a “pathological liar” and “utterly amoral.” Despite that, Cruz was the first one to defend Trump during his impeachment trial by voting against removing him from office. I guess we are left to believe that, just like Trump said, Ted is a liar.

Let’s recall what Lindsey Graham said, “I’ve got a ticket on the Titanic. So, I am like on the team that bought a ticket on the Titanic after we saw the movie. This is what happens if you nominate Trump.” Once Trump became the candidate, however, Graham jumped onboard, stroking and backing him. In August 2015, the Senator from South Carolina said, “Well, Donald Trump’s plan on immigration is stupid. I find him offensive. His solution is just constitutionally flawed. It’s not practical. I don’t think there’s ten votes in the United States Senate for this plan. I promise you no Democrat’s going to vote for this, I certainly wouldn’t vote for it. You’re not going to get eleven million people out of this country. That’s just not practical, that’s going to kill the Republican Party. It’s self-deportation on steroids.”  Now, Mr. Graham defends the Donald at every political turn and golfs with him regularly. Wow, do the words of people like this in Washington actually mean anything?

Lindsey comes off as an abused wife who cannot see her husband doesn’t care a wit about her. Nonetheless, she keeps cleaning the house, making the beds and laying with the man without regard to her self-respect. As the makeup covers the bruises on her face, she’s hypnotized and mesmerized by a lying son-of-a-bitch. She keeps saying to herself, “He’s been so good to us.” REALLY?

Alabama’s Mo Brooks

We now learn that several highly partisan conservatives are trying to convince Congress to overturn the election results and hand Trump the presidency. This amazing plot to overthrow the election, and in effect the Constitution of the United States, started with Alabama Republican Representative Mo Brooks, who is planning to challenge the Electoral College and present a vote in the House to re-elect Donald Trump. Soon after, Jim Jordan of Ohio had jumped on the sedition bandwagon to endorse the plan. He’s a man who allegedly covered up sexual abuse at Ohio State University when he was a coach there. Can we trust him? I believe he is a mindless traitor.

Miscreants like Cruz, Graham, Brooks and Jordan are attempting to deny the will of the voters. I wish they had fought as hard against the virus and food insecurities in their states when they had the chance.

You can sit back and say that this won’t happen, but why do you believe the other members of Congress will push back and stop this insanity? They can’t even admit that Trump lost the election. Who the fuck gave these assholes the power to plot the undoing of the peoples’ will?

This just in, the Supreme Court announced late Tuesday that they will not take up the case trying to nullify the Pennsylvania certification of the 2020 Presidential Election. The court’s brief order provided no reasoning, nor did it note any dissenting votes. It was the first request to delay or overturn the results of the presidential election to reach the court.

Escaping the abuse of Donald Trump will be a sublime relief. We all know someone who has been deeply affected by the coronavirus, yet the President has decided that COVID doesn’t matter. As he told Bob Woodward, “Really nothing I can do.” Demon Don doesn’t care about you or those you love. He cares only about staying in power. It’s a scheme he will not win, and it will be interesting to see what he does next.

Trump is trying to look like he’s still president when he’s the lamest duck in the history of the White House. According to stories in the press, Trump passed on a large order of vaccine from Pfizer last June. At that time, he was in full denial of the virus and he took yet another turn to hurt American citizens. Pow! There’s another black eye on the obese, orange blob. Being the paranoid whiner that he is, Donald Trump is now trying to cover his tracks with an executive order, one that even the leader of Warp Speed knows nothing about. Flying high from the seat of his large pants, Donald Trump is adlibbing his way through yet another crisis.

This in from the Guardian, “Donald Trump aims to take credit on Tuesday for the rapid development of coronavirus vaccines, even as concerns grow about supply and timelines for inoculating Americans and the government comes under scrutiny for failing to lock in a chance to buy millions of additional doses of one of the leading contenders.”

Today’s executive order will apparently give US citizens priority to a coronavirus vaccine before the government begins aiding other nations. Okay, but wouldn’t that be standard procedure? We may learn more at the upcoming White House vaccine summit, but wait, two companies won’t be there. Pfizer and Moderna, who have created the leading COVID-19 vaccine candidates, will not be attending. Why? Because their CEOs said they don’t want to politicize their efforts. Smart guys.

The mere thought of being sucked into “Operation Warp Speed” makes these companies nervous. They don’t trust Donald Trump or Mike Pence or what might happen if they push back on whatever stupid edict comes forth. I find it outrageous that the pre-released meeting text contains a claim that US Secretary of Health and Human Services Alex Azar will prioritize distribution of the COVID-19 vaccines to other countries in the Americas and create a framework for international access. WTF? Who does Trump think he is, the King of Inoculation? He has no authority, and certainly no credibility, on coronavirus anything. Hell, he can’t even speak intelligently about Corona Beer. Let’s not forget that the US has the most cases and the most death from COVID, and that is largely due to the ineptness of President Big Pants.

The abuse of power is overflowing into all of our lives and the peaceful transition of power can’t come soon enough. Trump needs to pack his bags and leave the People’s House. Then, our divorce lawyers from the Southern District of New York will be getting in touch with him.

STOP THE STEAL DEAL

Trump’s Final Days of Doom

Imagine, the president of a third-world country calling a special session of a state’s magistrates to overturn the election results in his favor. Or maybe that same leader hires a bunch of goons to get into election tabulation locations to steal ballots against him. Many Americans would think such acts are uncivilized or undemocratic and might endorse the US Military taking action to straighten things out. Can we ever turn back to our comfortable lives believing such things are impossible in our country?

Well, it’s happening people and now’s the time to face the truth. In front of thousands of people at a Georgia airport hangar on Saturday night, the President of the United States spoke for almost two hours. He said, “If I lost, I’d be a very gracious loser. If I lost, I would say I lost, and I’d go to Florida and I’d take it easy and I’d go around and I’d say I did a good job. But you can’t ever accept when they steal and rig and lie.”

Not only does this man think he’s been re-elected, but he says he’s done so by a landslide. Okay fact checkers don’t bust a gut here, Joe Biden has 81 million votes, seven million more votes than Trump. Those are the facts, ma’am.

While more than 2,000 Americans are dying of COVID-19 each day, this transactional, soulless, obese, orange blob stood before those of lesser means to mislead and put them in danger. This greedy bastard was there for adulation and praise, not for democracy. We know this because earlier in the day Donald Trump did the unspeakable, which has now been spoken.

Living in the Shadows

On Saturday morning, the Donald called Georgia Governor Brian Kemp and asked him to call a super session of the state legislature to overturn Joe Biden’s election win. This isn’t made-up fake news, it’s the real deal, as first reported by the Washington Post and later verified by insiders and the Governor’s aides.

During the call, Trump also requested that the governor mandate an audit of absentee ballot signatures. Kemp replied that he’s already requested that at least three times, but he also has made it clear that, under Georgia law, he cannot interfere with the election certification process. This request, like many others Trump has made in the last four years, totally exposes his profound lack of knowledge.

When an absentee or mail-in ballot arrives, the signature on the envelope is compared to the registered signature in the voting records. We’ve all experienced a poll worker doing exactly that right in front of us when we vote in person. The process for mail-in ballots is similar in that once the signature has been verified the ballot is separated from the envelope, which prevents any connection to the identity of the voter. Verifying signatures after ballots have been passed into the system might be a neat little exercise to spot a few errors but should such an error be found, locating the associated ballot is impossible. It’s simple logic and Trump should be able to figure it out, but he can’t.

So, the cult members wait in line for the giant presidential plane to descend from the heavens in anticipation of the anointed one, wearing his festive red tie and baggy blue suit, to emerge as the savior of mankind. His rabid followers carry large signs reading STOP THE STEAL! That’s not a chant for a baseball catcher, it’s a stupid slogan and the last gasp of a flawed egoist who has received far too much TV time and attention. This “stop the steal deal’ is just another Trump con job perpetrated on his unaware sycophants who genuinely believe his lies. Sad.

It’s against the law to intimidate voters or otherwise attempt to disrupt a United States election. When Trump tweet-threatened to send his fans, lawyers, police and sheriffs to polling places to make sure voting was done accurately, I filed a complaint with the Federal Election Commission’s Voter Discrimination website. It’s Case# 17712-NPR, but I received no response. You see, government workers cannot properly do their jobs when there’s bad guy in the Oval Office. Trump’s intimidation was allowed to happen, and after he’s gone we’ll need a special commission to find a way of preventing any similar activity in the future.

The Cayman Islands

Mark your calendar; Donald Trump’s final day of doom is December 14, 2020. That’s when the Electoral College will announce that Joe Biden has officially won the election. The end, though I am sure our current president will continue to push aside our American traditions and norms until his very final hour. I also believe that Donald John Trump will grant pardons to his entire family, along with Rudy Giuliani and his other demented foot soldiers. He may be able to keep Rudy out of jail, but Trump could not protect him from COVID. At this writing the former Mayor of NYC, is in the hospital being treated for the virus.

Maybe Trump’s grand finale will be resigning in the eleventh hour and forcing Mike Pence to pardon him. Or maybe he will pull the ultimate disappearing trick by pardoning himself and forcing action by the Supreme Court. Should that body rule in his favor, they will be ripping the reins of law away from Congress and declaring that a US President is truly is above the law. God helps us all if they believe a president can pardon himself. Any who do should be impeached.

Those who say Trump is smart have gotten only a part of that correct. He’s as smart as his last winning wager, like the addicted gambler who is down a million dollars and places one final bet to clear the debt. Donald Trump knows the odds of getting caught and comprehends the penalty he might face should he lose. The fallback is his private jet on the runway with a flight plan to the Caymans, but Trump really believes he will win. Even when the ball lands on black after he bet red, he cannot face the truth. He screams that the wheel is fixed and the casino is out to get him. When he’s asked to pay the pilot for the jet fuel already in the plane, he says, “Oh, let’s go, I’ll pay you when we land.” And the pilot named Joe looks him in the eye and says, “No, Donald, it’s over. Everyone knows you lost.”

Trump is already using his website to steal more money from his supporters. It should be named Donald’s Slush Fund. First, he took your mind then he took your hard-earned cash which you will never get back. Perhaps my empathic values have been damaged by this man because I don’t feel sorry for the fools padding his purse and I certainly hope he gets what he deserves. Even a bad movie should end with the villain losing.

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THE ABUSE OF PARDON

Trump’s Final F.U. to America

We will have to rethink many things after Donald Trump leaves the White House. We certainly should look into the wisdom of and need for the Electoral College. We must also investigate the 73 offices of Inspectors General (1,600 employees), enforce their responsibilities and devise remedies to stop their abuses. At the very top of the list, we need to scrutinize the power of the President of the United States, especially as it applies to granting pardons, and make reforms as needed.

The notion of a “pre-emptive” pardon needs to be rethought. A relevant fact is the pardon that President Gerald Ford signed for Richard Nixon, who resigned the presidency in shame. It was good to go back and review the original text of the proclamation to grasp the full breadth of the issue. I am not a lawyer or Constitution scholar, but my understanding of words, thoughts and intents is valid. Look at this sentence:

“As a result of certain acts or omissions occurring before his resignation from the Office of President, Richard Nixon has become liable to possible indictment and trial for offenses against the United States. Whether or not he shall be so prosecuted depends on findings of the appropriate grand jury and on the discretion of the authorized prosecutor. Should an indictment ensue, the accused shall then be entitled to a fair trial by an impartial jury, as guaranteed to every individual by the Constitution.”

President Ford succinctly pointed out that Nixon did something before he resigned. He also is clear that “…the accused shall then be entitled to a fair trial by an impartial jury.” In his pardon of Nixon. Ford didn’t say a trial by jury could not take place.

Ford editorialized, “It is believed that a trial of Richard Nixon, if it became necessary, could not fairly begin until a year or more has elapsed.” But then, a few lines later, “The prospects of such trial will cause prolonged and divisive debate over the propriety of exposing to further punishment and degradation a man who has already paid the unprecedented penalty of relinquishing the highest elective office of the United States.” I bolded those words to highlight Ford’s ascertainment of Nixon and his ego, believing that resigning from the presidency would be punishment enough. Okay.

Here is where Ford’s moral grounding and precise language set in stone a firm legal precedent, “…have granted and by these presents do grant a full, free, and absolute pardon unto Richard Nixon for all offenses against the United States which he, Richard Nixon, has committed or may have committed or taken part in during the period from January 20, 1969 through August 9,1974.” Ford was quite clear that he was pardoning Nixon from any charges of federal crimes he may have committed while in office.

A question we’re now facing is whether a president can lawfully pardon themself. The Constitution is not vague at all. It’s noticeably clear in Article II, Section 2, Clause 1, “…and he shall have Power to grant Reprieves and Pardons for Offences against the United States, except in Cases of Impeachment.” Again, I am not a lawyer, but by those words I assume that Donald John Trump cannot pardon himself of any of the charges brought against him during his impeachment trial. Yes, the Senate did not find him guilty, but couldn’t Trump face a Federal judge and jury to answer those charges once he leaves office?

Then there’s this. If a president can self-pardon, such an action negates American belief and tradition that no one is above the law. By allowing a president to self-pardon, whether preemptively or under a belief that he or she committed a crime, such action would place that person above the law! If the proclamation of pardon includes information regarding the crime committed, it would be less of a pardon and more of a legal confession.

Trump hired his kids and relatives for key government positions in violation of the Federal nepotism rules. Any pardon of them would be a conflict of interest on the highest order. If the power to grant “Reprieves and Pardons” was placed in the Constitution to right a possible error or deal with an abuse of power in the judiciary, it logically follows that a charge, trial and determination of guilt would be required before a person could be pardoned. Without such certainty, how would we ever know what they did?

So, let me lay out a hypothetical, but certainly an interesting scenario. Let’s say we had a very corrupt and nefarious person in the Oval Office. Hey, it could happen! Let’s further speculate this self-serving president revealed to another that he was going to pardon them of any federal crime they committed during the president’s term. Now, the pardoned person demands the Justice Department delete all the records of the investigations into their actions. The end result would prevent their premeditated crime from a legal action in court. Oh, wow, is that what the framers of our Constitution had in mind?

It is clear that Donald Trump has used his pardon power in full view to prevent associates from turning on him, and any threat to withhold a pardon becomes witness intimidation. If the Justice Department determines that a Trump subordinate has bestowed political contributions to Trump. or placed money into any of his enterprises, they should be slapped solidly by the long arm of the law. How can we enforce oversight and bring charges to a government operative who took an oath to a higher standard if we don’t know which laws they broke? Trump is an anti-law-and-order president, not a worthy caretaker of the pardon clause.

I know this may sound counterproductive, but I hope Trump does pardon himself. The ultimate “Hit the road Jack, and don’t you come back no more” moment will happen when the Supreme Court, politely and unanimously, tells Trump that he’s not above the law and brings charges against him. Donald Trump is just one of 44 other presidents, Grover Cleveland is counted twice. Effective legal action against him will help move our country back to some semblance of normal where Presidents protect us from not only bad actors but also from the government itself.

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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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CORRUPTION & INCOMPETENCE

The Truth About Trump Comes Out

Trump’s most glaring fault is his lack of respect for law and order, a basic tenet of our unique democracy. After he leaves office, Donald John Trump will be mostly remembered for his blatant arrogance and his corrupt acts. The more that comes out, the less chance Trump will be eligible to run in the 2024 presidential campaign. The most amazing aspect of Trump’s story is the millions of people who were taken in by this charlatan and con man. Let’s break it down.

This story appeared on the Reuter’s bulletin platform, “…of the 140,000 [ventilators] machines added … to the U.S. Strategic National Stockpile, almost half were basic breathing devices that don’t meet what medical specialists say are the minimum requirements for ventilators needed to treat Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome, the main cause of death among COVID-19 patients.” I remembered when Jared Kushner, Senior Advisor to the President of the United States, argued on National TV that the national stockpile was somehow, “our” stockpile, not the states’ stockpile.

I was angry watching highly unqualified Kushner standing there and being so arrogant and misinformed. The President, his father-in-law, pushed back on what Kushner said the next day, but the damage was done. The federal effort to protect America from a global pandemic has been totally flawed and corrupt.

In July 2020, Peter Navarro, the Assistant to the President, Director of Trade and Manufacturing Policy and the national Defense Production Act Policy Coordinator, announced that one of America’s oldest companies, Kodak, would be commanded under the Defense Production Act to create a pharmaceutical production operation and would receive a $765 million loan to launch the new division. But wait, did that happen?

When the press revealed that people having inside information on the proposal bought tons of Kodak stock, the White House became angry and pulled the loan. Most experts believe that the loan, now on hold, will never come through. Kodak is now worth what it was before because many investors pulled out of the company’s stock. This was pure political theater and a corrupt arrangement from the start. Navarro should have been fired months ago.

Then there’s this story from NBC News, “Sweeping data released by the Small Business Administration on who benefited from pandemic relief programs raises questions about the equitability and distribution of loans intended for small businesses. The analysis found that tenants paying rent at properties owned by the Trump Organization as well as the Kushner Companies, owned by the family of Jared Kushner, President Donald Trump’s son-in-law and senior adviser, benefited financially from the program. These tenants received loans, which they then were required to put toward rent for the loans to be forgiven.”

Wow, that means money from the Treasury in PPP loans was given to Kushner’s customers who then were forced to funnel those funds into Jared’s bank accounts. That is absolute corruption, and maybe a major reason why rumors are swirling that Daddy Donald is considering a preemptive pardon for Jared and his kids. What kind of third-world, tin shack country are we living in? These people are so brazen that they think they can get away with stealing taxpayer funds in broad daylight. I hope they all go to jail.

No one should be surprised to learn that the court is looking into a scheme of bribes for pardons in this White House. By next year, the facts will have come out and we will be able to judge this whole corrupt family for what they are, CROOKS!

Ivanka Trump was called to a deposition on Tuesday of this week to testify regarding her knowledge of inaugural funds being siphoned and diverted to Trump Organization properties. We should have held this administration to laws already on the books.

Trump broke another law by employing and promoting his kids. A Federal civil service servant is not permitted to appoint, employ, promote, or advance, or advocate for appointment, employment, promotion, or advancement any individual who is a relative. Nepotism is prohibited by: (1) a criminal statute (18 U.S.C. § 208); (2) administrative statutes (5 U.S.C. Why wasn’t this law applied to Donald Trump by the Inspector General’s office?

The President and his family also violated the foreign emoluments clause. The US Constitution (Article I, Section 9, Paragraph 8) prohibits federal officeholders from receiving any gift, payment, or other thing of value from a foreign state or its rulers, officers, or representatives. Foreign heads of state booked and lodged in Trump hotels to gain access to and favor from Trump. Why do state Attorneys General have to sue the President to hold his feet to the fire? This must change. The family members, the organization and Donald Trump himself should be charged.

As Donald Trump causally pardons his friends, some of whom were charged or were guilty of federal crimes, he opens the door for people like former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn to say crazy things. Flynn recently released an ad demanding that Trump invoke martial law and command the military to hold a new election. The ad went so far as to suggest President Trump temporarily suspend the Constitution. THIS IS WHAT WE HAVE, PEOPLE!

Where Trump’s competence ends, his corruption starts. He helps those who agree with him and hurts those who don’t. He even goes after people who are doing their jobs and protecting the Constitution. Let’s hope that this vindictive son-of-a-bitch gets his day in court to FACE THE TRUTH. People have asked what could bring Trump down? We will learn that his mishandling of a global pandemic is but the tip of an iceberg. What lies below the surface is a pure grifter, loser and immoral character. He needs to be sent to the woodshop for a proper paddling with a solid piece of oak.

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GOVERNOR WITHOUT A BRAIN

Florida’s Wooden Puppet: Ron DeSantis

Call me crazy, but I have always put people in one of two boxes. A given person is either a reasonable, self-respecting, caring being or a non-thinking, unaware dolt with a lack of will or capacity to learn. The non-learners who are blind to the facts, data and advice from experts are hard to support, especially when their hands, legs and mouths are driven by a single man in D.C.

I live in Florida, and in 2018 we had an election for a new Governor. The battle came down to a 42-year-old Republican attorney, former naval officer and politician who ran against the Democratic nominee, Andrew Gillum, the Mayor of Tallahassee. Mr. Gillum, an African American, waged an excellent campaign and lost by a slim margin. The election propelled Gillum to “next Dem-star status” and a job as a TV political pundit, but his world was about to come crashing down.

Andrew Gillum was reportedly one of three men involved in a drug overdose at a Miami Beach hotel room. No arrests were made, even though the substance in that room was rumored to be crystal meth. In a September 2020 interview with ABC’s Tamron Hall, Gillum came out as bisexual. Thus, things ended for the would-be wunderkind. I share these details for context. Many Floridians think we dodged a bullet with Gillum, but the other guy is a hacksaw of ignorance.

Governor DeSantis Measuring

Ron DeSantis has never secreted his love-affair with Donald Trump. He probably believes Trump’s support got him the win, but his obsession with that man has damaged him politically and hurt Florida’s fragile health system during the pandemic.

On May 20, 2020, Ron DeSantis was taking questions from the press about his administration’s handling of the COVID crisis in Florida. Standing next to Vice President Mike Pence, Governor DeSantis didn’t hold back, loudly blasting the press for their fearmongering and overall criticism of his state. DeSantis’ voice rose to a stressed and defensive pitch as he ranted, “Any insinuation otherwise is just typical partisan narrative trying to be spun and a lot of people in your profession who waxed poetically for weeks and weeks about how Florida was going to be just like New York in two weeks… Well, hell, we’re eight weeks away from that and it hasn’t happened!”

Yes, at that time Florida was averaging “only” 724 new cases over a seven-day average, but by July 20th that figure had climbed to 11,000. The mercurial nature of the global pandemic would have been understood by anyone who took the time to learn about novel viruses, but DeSantis was too busy trying to defend doing nothing.

Above all else, DeSantis wanted to please President Trump and not anger him. Now, Florida has more than one million people infected and almost 19,000 dead. In the insanity of this situation our governor has remained frozen and clueless and, yes Mr. DeSantis, Florida has become just like New York.

Just yesterday, when asked about a mask mandate for Florida, DeSantis maintained his opposition. “How has that worked out in the states that have done it? Has that stopped an outbreak in Minnesota, Illinois, Michigan. What about New Jersey? What about all these states where you have an explosion in cases? So, I mean, at some point, does the observed experience matter? I’m opposed to mandates. Period. I don’t think they work.” So, there you have it. Like ill-informed Donald Trump, DeSantis believes masks don’t work.

Support for DeSantis lies not in the major cities of Florida but in the panhandle, a much more conservative and pro-Trump region. Okay, but will there ever come a time when politicians stop the insanity of over-serving their base and direct their attention to the needs to of all the people?

We can make laws to prevent our leaders from doing bad things, but would it not make more sense to elect better people? During Ron DeSantis’ long rant about the press being the problem, he also said he was going to ask for criminal charges to be brought against Rebekah Jones, a scientist working on Florida’s coronavirus internet portal. Ms. Jones claims she was pressured to fudge the infection numbers to make the argument of reopening the state more convincing. Wouldn’t that mean that Ron DeSantis is corrupt?

As would be expected of Trump’s wooden puppet, Governor DeSantis sicced his dogs on Jones and called her a liar on social media. In the coming post-Trump era, we need better protections for whistleblowers. Of course, we must wait until 2023 to replace this hanging wall ornament named DeSantis, but he’s likely to do more damage between now and then. He has introduced a bill that would make it legal for a person to use their vehicle to run down protesters who are blocking a road. Really? That’s obviously against the First Amendment of the US Constitution, but I’m quite sure Ron “DeathSantis” has not read that document.

I wonder who will give DeSantis his orders after Trump is gone. Every discussion with Governor Ron sounds like an argument. I believe he avoids airtime on CNN and MSNBC not only because Trump wouldn’t like it, but because he fears the questions that might be asked. You know, queries like, “Do you regret yelling at the press when you were with Pence?”

A puppet becomes silent when their master’s arm is pulled out of their ass. Let’s hope that Puppet DeSantis learns to listen more, talk less and do the right things. Right now, he’s more concerned about reelection than what Floridians need to stay safe. Short of wearing makeup, it’s hard to tell Ron DeSantis from that other guy. What’s his name? Oh yeah, Donald John Trump, America’s biggest and worst loser ever.

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WINDS, FIRES & RAINS

The Trump Legacy

As we near the end of America’s insanity, I am reminded of the lyrics in the Grateful Dead song Truckin’ — “Sometimes the light’s all shinin’ on me, Other times, I can barely see. Lately, it occurs to me, What a long, strange trip it’s been!

I started this blog as a reaction to Donald Trump’s presidency. I would have totally ignored the buffoon had he stayed in New York producing reality TV or pushing his name on the gossip pages. I didn’t care one whit about him. Once he became president, I felt a deep-seated fear that he would be bad for America. Man was I ever right!

I wrote a book after Trump’s first 200 days in office that took an extraordinarily strong stance against him. When I published Donald Trump: Repeal, Replace, Impeach, it didn’t sell well despite the book’s main premise becoming true. I take no credit for the Donald’s impeachment, but I have written more than one million words pointing out his flaws, foibles, fallacious falsehoods and devious deceptions. The last four years have been a long, strange trip indeed, and the tragedy train is finally pulling into the station, but many trumpers will refuse to disembark.

I predict that we will see Trump flags and stickers for years, like the “Ron Paul for President” bumper stickers of years ago which lasted forever. People will continue to hold onto the “rigged election” fantasy Trump keeps peddling. He has even said the CIA and FBI are in on it! Really? This president believes that when he puts down someone, they automatically fall under his spell, his power. Not everyone buckles when American laws and traditions are involved.

The death threats to those Secretaries of State who oversaw the elections in tight races are totally on Trump. His harsh, far-right “cancel culture” bullying of those civil servants who were simply doing their jobs is demonic and dangerous. Have you noticed Attorney General William Barr hasn’t been seen these recent days? First, he’s the lamest duck on the pond. Second, were he to get involved in this bogus election fraud conspiracy theory he would be pummeled with questions. “What evidence do you have about election fraud, Billy Boy? Do you have any leads? Who has been arrested? Who has been charged?” Barr may be corrupt, but he’s not stupid. There’s no reason Barr would put himself in legal jeopardy. He’s leaving soon.

Unless you’ve been hiding under a rock, you know that Donald John Trump, as both a person and president, is extremely negative. He rains on all things that can be exploited or that are out of his control. Everything is “worse,“ and every person who stands in his way is a “loser.” He attacks such people regardless of their words or claims.

The Donald’s use of the term “fire” is a double entendre with monumental consequences. He yells and screams behind closed doors and flips out when he’s asked any question that challenges him or hurts his fragile feelings. Christopher Krebs, the director of the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency, said the 2020 US election was the most secure in history. He rejected Trump’s claims that the vote was marred by foreign interference as “farcical.” What happened? Trump immediately fired the guy. When you don’t fall into line with support of his crazy conspiracy theories you are dead to Donald Trump. Nice guy.

THEN THIS HAPPENED MONDAY AFTERNOON: Trump campaign lawyer Joseph diGenova said “That guy [Krebs] is a class-A moron! He should be drawn and quartered. Taken out at dawn and shot.” Where is the Bar Association? This man must be disbarred, ASAP. What a disgrace to the legal profession.

Krebs appeared on 60 Minutes and told the truth, again. Trump’s Twitter reaction was typical, “@60Minutes never asked us for a comment about their ridiculous, one sided story on election security, which is an international joke. Our 2020 Election, from poorly rated Dominion to a Country FLOODED with unaccounted for Mail-In ballots, was probably our least secure EVER!” Twitter responded with a lame disclaimer about election information. Great.

If I were the law firm representing Dominion, the US-Canadian company that produces voting systems, I would be writing one whopper of a lawsuit to be delivered to Donald Trump when he’s no longer the president. Donnie, how could you even believe that 60 Minutes would call you? They know you are a pathological liar.

Trump’s Sunday morning interview with Maria Bartiromo on Fox News was a cesspool of misinformation. He said, “This election was a fraud; it was a rigged election!” Bartiromo then created a feedback loop by saying, “This is disgusting, and we cannot allow America’s election to be corrupted.” Thanks Maria, your personal comment would have been okay had you only produced facts to back up your statement. How could anyone possibly believe she’s a worthy caretaker of our democracy?

Trump is a blathering blowhard, believing that his wind will blast aside any dissent to his obnoxious opinions and flawed fantasies. When he uses the phrase “… everybody knows it” as a qualifier of truth, it’s as faulty as the theory that only the popular girls at school are smart. They produce rumors to benefit themselves without regard to the pain and prejudice they encourage. Oh, the winter wind is coming. It will make the inauguration as cold as the pitiful pouting of our grand orange sufferer of a narcissistic personality disorder. This president will never get over his deep pain of being a loser.

It will be an UNAMERICAN slap in the face if Trump holds some bogus event at the same time Joe Biden is sworn in at the Capitol. And should he announce a 2024 run for the presidency, he’s an idiot. Such a move would allow his Super PAC to suck even more money from his clueless minions. Let the sycophants be warned.

Be wary; the winter winds, fires and rains are approaching. The flags will flap in the winds while the fires rage. Eventually, the rains will smother the fires, but the smoldering ashes left behind will have to be tended to with investigations and truths. We must learn everything that Trump dumped on our country. How much money did he steal? In the course of time we’ll find out, until then now is the time to begin fixing our wounded democracy!

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ANTI-VAXXERS & LOSERS

The Trump Who Cried Wolf

The inconsistent messaging from the President of the United States of America has led to major problems. Some of us want to lay the burden and blame of death at his doorstep. A swirling nemesis raging across America has been caused by the irresponsible and misinformed statements of Donald Trump. The lasting, poisonous residue of this idiotic influence will need a mop-up by some brilliant P.R. and communication pros.

There was a moment during the 2016 presidential campaign when Donald Trump was asked if vaccinations caused autism. This website traces the history of vaccines and a quote there freshened my memory, “Donald J. Trump has frequently stated that he believes that vaccines can cause autism… In one of the primary debates, he dialed back his criticism a bit, stating, ‘I am totally in favor of vaccines, but I want smaller doses over a longer period of time.’

What this fake doctor and failed pumpkin-president cannot comprehend is that vaccines are precisely manufactured to include the minimum amount of what is absolutely necessary to induce enough of an immune response that the body can protect itself against disease. Trump’s faulty logic about little, tiny doses somehow being safer flows from his abysmal lack of understanding that too little serum would be useless, or maybe even more harmful.

When you examine the miniscule musings of Trump’s so-called brain, you can see not only the thousands of contradictions but the possible harm of his words. When he told us to put sunshine or ultraviolet light into our bodies, we just had to shake our heads, but when he suggested that injecting bleach into our lungs might cure COVID, the manufacturers had to issue a bulletin warning people that would be HARMFUL.

The ramblings of this “stable genius” have encouraged militant misbehavior of white supremacists and lunatic conspiracy groups. When I get pushback on this, I urge my critics to listen to interviews with these people. They believe in a “deep state” and they are deaf to the wisdom of educated experts. They wallow in the rapture of Trump while showing all the signs of a cult fellowship.

It’s utterly disturbing to take a walk down memory lane and count the people who are “problems” for Donald Trump. First, the Mexican men who were coming across the border were rapists and murderers. Next, all Muslims were bad people and he wanted to enforce a travel ban to the US of those holding the Islamic faith. Then, he decided that any judges who ruled against his unreasonable desires were either biased, or worse, Democrats.

He told us that Puerto Ricans were totally corrupt and didn’t deserve help after a hurricane unless they got down on their knees and kissed his ring. Does he wear a ring? He tossed rolls of paper towels at them, and then flew away with the words, “It’s an island, and very hard to get to.”

He preaches that we have been ripped off by every country of the world and he was going to fix that by insulting them to the point where they hate him. He has kissed the asses of Turkey’s Erdogan, Russia’s Putin and North Korea’s Kim Jong-Un to no avail. They have done exactly what they wanted. They won, we lost, have a nice day.

Donald John Trump lives in a plastic bag bubble that he’s pulled over his head to escape medical reality. It’s far more than appalling; it’s downright ignorant. Back in the 1960s, his father paid off some shyster doctor to write a fake analysis of his son’s “bone spurs,” yet Trump brags about playing baseball in his youth.

As “proof” of his health conditions, the Donald dictated a letter and his freaky, weird doctor published that account, which contained so many typos and hyperbole that most medical professionals simply laughed. It wasn’t until Dr. Ronnie Jackson slipped and disclosed that the 45th President of the United States suffers from heart disease that we learned this obese man is not at all in the kind of glowing health he brags about.

When my wife and I had our first child, we hired a woman to take care of our newborn so we could both continue working. She was an old-school lady from the deep south who claimed that the remedy for curing our child’s pink eye was squeezing a drop of her diaper urine into each red, infected eye. When we asked our pediatrician about this, he nearly jumped over the desk.

His explanation made sense. Urine is about 95% water, but also contains urea, chloride, sodium, potassium, creatinine and other dissolved ions, along with organic and inorganic compounds. Urea is a practically non-toxic molecule made of toxic ammonia and carbon dioxide. So, this plantation remedy might have worked in the early 1800s but might also contain the very bacteria that causes pink eye in the first place. So, NO NO! NO! Don’t do it.

Think about all I have just written and perhaps you will see Donald Trump as I do, an old, black lady spouting voodoo and remedies from some dark place in his tiny, bewildered mind. Millions of people think he’s right, and they hate Mexicans, Lawyers, Judges, Puerto Ricans, Democrats and Allies but, hey, that’s on them. If they drink the bleach and die, they are just stupid people. If they are loyal cult members and say they don’t wear a mask is because Trump doesn’t wear a mask, who can feel sorry for them when they get sick? They just follow orders and will gladly offer their life for the Chancellor of their Trump Reich.

Those who do not take the vaccine, will be at risk. The ones who do will be protected and most likely to survive. Charles Darwin has already explained this to us. Let’s move on.

THE LAW & ORDER LIE

It’s Always the Opposite with Trump

There is a sizable amount of evidence that the Trump family has little respect for the law, perhaps believing that they are above it. Fred Trump, Donald’s father, hid millions of dollars to avoid taxes by creating protected trust funds for all his kids. Mary L. Trump, Donald’s niece, eventually sued the family for her fair share. Not only did the family drain money from Fred Trump, Jr, Mary’s father, they paid off his wife, Linda Clapp Trump, to essentially go away. It’s all very well documented in Mary L. Trump’s book, Too Much and Never Enough: How My Family Created the World’s Most Dangerous Man.

An analysis by USA Today, published in June 2016, found that over the previous three decades, Donald Trump and his businesses have been involved in 3,500 legal cases in various federal and state courts.

Don and Mommy Dearest

Trump’s older sister, Maryanne Trump Barry, was a judge on the United States District Court when she recused herself in a drug-trafficking case due to her brother Donald’s relationship with the accused trafficker. That’s a fact. On February 1, 2019, four legal professionals, who had filed complaints against Judge Barry in October 2018 stemming from allegations made in a New York Times article, were notified by the Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit that an investigation into judicial misconduct by Barry had been launched because of her alleged participation in fraudulent tax and financial transactions. Ten days later, Barry, who was a senior inactive judge at the time, announced her retirement from the bench, effectively ending the investigation. In a sense, it was a “judicial pardon” to save face.

When Donald John Trump squawks about “law & order,” he’s lying through his little teeth. He’s been one step ahead of the man all his life. He’s used bankruptcy to rip off vendors and other companies and crawled through loopholes to defraud the American people and our Treasury. When you give a man like this the power to grant pardons, he will use it to help his loyal friends while extending his short, middle finger to the law.

When the US Government has spent a huge amount of time and money to bring charges against someone, and that person then pleads guilty two times, one would think justice has prevailed. Later, when a corrupt Justice Department attempts to withdraw the charges, we see Trump’s corruption in plain view and it illustrates a major problem with the system of law and order in America.

The little guy who gets picked up by the police, thrown in the back of a paddy wagon and becomes tossed about like a paper doll on his way to the police station doesn’t have a sister judge or a elite team of lawyers to help. Should the poor guy die from injuries at the hands of cops during the arrest or the “we’ll teach him a lesson” ride to the hoosegow, well that’s just too bad for a poor nobody.

Donald Trump believes he should be the judge and jury of what is right and what is wrong. During his presidency, the Donald promoted prejudices against the judiciary more than any other public figure. He called them “Obama judges,” which so angered Chief Justice John Roberts he felt compelled to rebuke the claim with a statement. Roberts takes objectivity seriously, as we all should.

Here’s a gem from the Brookings Institute website: Under Article II, Section 2, the president has the “power to grant reprieves and pardons for offenses against the United States, except in cases of impeachment.” After the Constitution was drafted in the summer of 1787, it had to be ratified by at least nine of the states before it could take effect. Nearly everyone agreed that the president should have the power to pardon, but some thought that no one should be pardoned in the case of treason without the concurrence of at least one of the two houses of the legislature. Alexander Hamilton offered this marvelous statement, “The supposition of the connivance of the Chief Magistrate ought not to be entirely excluded.”

This power of pardon was given to the President of the United States as a way to right the wrong done by a corrupt or vindicative court. The framers assumed the President would be a good guy and act honorably.

As do many Republicans, Michael T. Flynn thinks of himself as a patriot. He’s an ideolog of the highest order and had been carrying on for years until President Obama fired him. Flynn’s motivation to jump on the Trump train was revenge against Obama, forging a natural connection with the big orange leader of the free world.

Michael Flynn’s activities before the inauguration weren’t really that bad, it was the subsequent lying to the FBI that got him into trouble. He also lied to Vice President Pence, and when Pence discovered that he forced Trump to fire him. Trump asked James Comey to “go easy on Flynn,” which in mafia-speak means “drop the case.” Comey didn’t drop it, and then Trump fired Comey which gave us Robert Mueller. Trump should have been pissed at Flynn for lying, but there was something else in play. Trump told Flynn to call the Russians and tell them that Trump would lift all their sanctions. Trump thought that would pave the way for his boys to build a Trump Tower in Moscow.

Donald Trump doesn’t care about law or order. As always, he games the system to make more money, because more moola means more muscle. It’s that simple. He won’t release his tax returns because they will show that he’s been cheating the IRS for years, never paying his fair share of taxes.

When Trump got the crowd to chant LOCK HER UP, deep-down inside, he was worried about being locked up himself. When he accused Joe Biden’s son of making money overseas, he was simply being jealous. Whatever Trump says, believe the opposite.

Trump has said that people who take the Fifth Amendment are guilty, but watch him do exactly that the next time he’s under oath. During special counsel Robert Mueller’s Russian Interference investigation., Trump said he couldn’t remember 36 times in response to various questions. That was his wily way of avoiding the words, “I exercise my right…. “

I honestly believe that had Jeffrey Epstein been convicted of the charges brought against him, Trump would have given him a pardon. Countless numbers of times during his sex trafficking case testimony, Epstein cited the Constitution’s Fifth Amendment, which protects a person from incriminating themselves. When Epstein was asked if Ghislaine Maxwell, his partner in crime, was “one of the main women” he used to procure underage girls for sexual activities, he took the “Fifth.” When asked whether Maxwell met one of the females she recruited for massages at the Mar-a-Lago resort owned by President Donald Trump in Palm Beach, Epstein again took the “Fifth.”

For those who are following this fiasco, remember this. When President Donald Trump pardons Ghislaine Maxwell, you will know she has something on him. This “Law & Order” President is nothing but a corrupt, immoral person. You’ll see.

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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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