TASK FORCE FARCE

Trump Infects People & Process

Rick Wilson, who is a Republican strategist and strong critic of our President, wrote a book titled Everything Trump Touches Dies. The truth of the title has been proven by Trump’s policies, provocations, pronouncements, and putrid vindictiveness throughout this crisis. He is more worried about what a governor says about him than helping people. The Trump touch right now is killing people.

In the beginning, we saw President Donald Trump put Mike Pence in charge of a COVID-19 Task Force that permitted experts such at Dr. Anthony Fauci and Dr. Debra Birx to come to the foreground to educate the public about the global pandemic. Soon Trump came to realize that they were getting all the media coverage and it looked like he wasn’t involved. As much as this was okay for most of the country, little Donnie couldn’t bear being upstaged. Like a movie diva of the golden age, he pranced to the front of the press room platform to take over and use critical briefing time to push his political dogma. That was the day the coronavirus task force died.

Even though Trump is taking up all the oxygen in the room, if you hang in long enough you can still learn. We realize that hardly anything is made in America. Just like there is only one laboratory in the US to do certain genomic cancer tests, there is only one factory that makes the long swabs needed for coronavirus testing. The factory is in Maine. Can you believe it? A country of 328 million people is not making things we need to stay alive. We have learned that much of what the medical and healthcare systems need, comes from China, Korea, or Southeast Asia. Why?

While Donald Trump blasts out a tweet saying he has suspended all immigration, the country will shortly face a food shortage. One of the little secrets uncovered during this crisis is that many of our crops are harvested by undocumented workers, or as Trump calls them, “illegals.” They are too afraid to come to work because they have no healthcare insurance. Produce is being ploughed under dirt because there is no way to get the vegetables harvested and sent off to market. While we watched footage of dairies dumping milk down the drain, we also learned of hundreds of food processing workers were testing positive for the COVID-19 virus. Some meat processing plants have stopped production. THERE WILL BE A FOOD SHORTAGE NEXT.

Whatever faith we had in the Task Force and the federal government, has been demolished by the outrageous comments and actions our inept President. We now can clearly see the COVID-19 task force has been coopted by the insanity of the ship captain aiming his craft straight at an iceberg. The members of the task force, no matter what their rank, are simply members of the band, urged by the President to keep playing while the ship is sinking.

Tony Fauci is almost always straightforward and has received death threats because of his candor. Radical right-wing Fox News devotees have called for Fauci to be fired. Trumpets of ignorance! Dr. Birx, a skilled politician and ambassador, uses statistics to cloud an issue or back up a Trump pronouncement. Both Birx and Fauci cannot push back hard enough to clear the noxious gas that Trump blows out his big, fat ass. Why can’t they plainly say that protests to reopen the country are bad for public health?

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Last Thursday, the Task Force published a plan called OPENING UP AMERICA AGAIN, which outlined what the group believed to be necessary to safely reopen certain parts of the country. As I pointed out previously, the vague language and lack of specifics basically said the states could do whatever they wanted, and they did. Tennessee, South Carolina, and Georgia are set to throw caution to the wind and let the germs fly. None of those states met the guideline’s Phase One requirements.

Georgia’s Governor Brian Kemp will open fitness centers (gyms), bowling alleys, body art studios, barbers, hair and nail salons and massage therapy businesses this Friday. On Monday, April 27, 2020, Georgia theaters and dine-in restaurants will be permitted to resume activity. Kemp’s decree supersedes any local law or order. Most of the mayors of major cities in Georgia disagree with Kemp but can do nothing.

I am not an infectious disease expert, but I see no way to execute social distancing when inking tattoos, cutting hair, painting nails, or rubbing another to give a massage. Governor Kemp doesn’t understand human contact and how it spreads the deadly virus. He said that workers and customers would be required to follow social distancing. Really? Of course, we learned how unaware he is when he admitted last week that he didn’t know asymptomatic people could spread the virus. I’ll stop short of saying he’s dumb, but he does have a degree in agriculture and should have studied the asymptomatic spread of diseases at the University of Georgia. It appears as if the governor of Georgia used a dart board to determine what kinds of businesses would open.

Kemp admitted his states lags in testing and has not met the 14-day decrease in cases recommended in the Task Force guidelines, but he needed to move the economy sooner. Was he bragging or complaining?

According to an April 20, 2020 interview on CBS, Dr. Anthony Fauci warned again that resuming business too soon risked a fresh spike in infections. And there you have it, folks. Trump put together a Task Force to fight this “invisible enemy” and then he cut their balls off, neutering their effectiveness. It’s a damn farce force and every expert, doctor, healthcare worker and thinking American knows it is a giant failure. Why did the White House publish guidelines that no one is following? Why are the medical experts not stepping up to the microphone and telling the truth right now? TRUMP IS WRONG ABOUT THIS CRISIS.

I hate to say this, but I must. If the number of cases doesn’t go up in those states like Georgia with these new, loose policies, I am going to be really pissed at the Task Force for not understanding the coronavirus. If the cases and death increase in Georgia, where most of my family lives, I am going to be more than angry. The governors who have been hypnotized by Trump’s rhetoric and buffoonery should be removed from office immediately. If more people die because they opened their states too early, they should be criminally charged with endangerment of their citizens and the COVID-19 Task Force should be disbanded for not being more forceful. We need to give an independent panel of doctors and experts total control of the effort against the virus. In effect, the Pentagon of Healthcare. The Federal courts should take Trump out of the picture. He’s hurting us with his words and actions. He needs to be kept away from the decision-making process as far as possible. Short of that, we’re doomed.

If you read this book, you can see why all this happened to us.

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.

IMMUNE TO SCIENCE

The Trumping Down of America

Our current situation would make a funny, off-beat movie if it didn’t involve more than 40,000 dead Americans. I can’t help wondering why the President of the United States is encouraging his fanboys and fangirls to be out there on the lawns of the state capitals waving flags, guns and breathing all over each other. I surely hope the dickheads who get infected during these rallies enjoy the part where they are burning with fever, hallucinating, and coughing up blood before they are put on ventilators.

In my quest to interpret and analyze media coverage of this horrible global pandemic, I sampled Fox News this morning. There I heard the Fox and Friends female couch sitter, Ainsley Earhardt, saying that what we don’t know is good news. In my latest book, Gold, God, Guns & Goofballs, you will find a chapter named Selling Science. I closed that chapter with this sentence, “The goofballs don’t have a vision about the future, because they cannot apply what they do not understand.” Now I am not here to put down Ainsley. I am sure that she, as a “Gamecock” got a BS from the University of South Carolina, but did they not teach her about the BS that flows from her mouth?

President Donald Trump is tainted by his countless false statements. The man seems to be anti-science, but why does he build tall buildings requiring science to determine how those structures will stand? Are his buildings magical creations? Maybe his disconnection from science comes because he’s echoing the inability of his followers to comprehend how things work. Trump is an enabler of stupidity. The good news is you can’t get stupid from another person, unless you believe them too much. The way to be senseless is to trump yourself down.

President Trump has created a dual messaging system in which the experts on his Task Force present facts and Trump appears to agree, for a few minutes. Then, he interjects a comment or two which nullify the words of the experts. Trump says things like warmer weather will kill the virus or the drug hydroxychloroquine is a cure. That one has created a worldwide shortage, bad news for people with malaria or lupus who desperately need the drug for treatment.

Trump’s completely fallacious claim that we have enough coronavirus testing in America is one of his biggest lies and most dangerous ostrich-like behavior during this pandemic. Without testing, we cannot know the true penetration of the virus into our population.

Is Trump resisting testing because he fears we would see the vastness of this crisis, proving his tardiness with testing and locking down LATE was a major mistake. Would testing indicate  that more than 20% of the population have this virus? Yes, that is what some scientists are saying. The Donald fears this would push back economic repair further into the year and cost him the election.

We cannot be immune to medical science and facts. Consider Steve Jobs, one of the founders of Apple Computers, and his pancreatic cancer diagnosis. He died in 2011, but would have had a better chance at life if he didn’t wait nine months to get treated.

In the case of the COVID-19, we would be better off if we had waited before reopening the country and putting people in harm’s way. Our impatience with antibody testing is showing in the constant discussions about where we are headed. We don’t even know if the plasma from a cured patient can help someone suffering with the virus. It should work, but we will have to prove it with science.

Donald Trump has said we don’t have time to wait for test tubes and clearance on these techniques and drugs. He just wants to roll them out with his friendly cheer, “What do you have to lose?” It takes a futile person to make a comment like that! If anyone asks you why America seems to disregard science in things like melting glaciers and protective vaccines, you can blame Donald Trump just as much as theories from ignoramuses on the internet.

Trump has a calling card he whips out for his sycophants when they are asked why they are doing such stupid things, “We Can’t Have the Cure Be Worse Than the Problem.” And so, with a few tweets, Trump has summoned the far-right to protest local governments, ignoring what Trump and his Task Force have asked us to do. That’s  deeply disturbing and dangerous malpractice by this President.

The game of government and poorly run businesses is the use of committees and task forces to analyze problems and develop solutions. This committee mentality is exactly why things slow to a crawl. Yes, it’s great to get input, but eventually someone in power must make a call. It’s called leadership! We could parade hundreds of doctors in front of Trump and if didn’t already agree with their advice he would never take it. Even his own medical analysis came from a strange personal doctor, who later admitted that he quickly wrote a letter based on what Trump wanted him to say, instead of delivering a serious medical analysis based on science.

With more than 40,000 Americans dead because of COVID-19, the President stands for hours in the press room at the White House doing nothing to advance science or giving us what we need to survive. He talks in terms of himself and prattles on about how he closed the borders and saved millions of lives. That’s not a scientific fact, but someone told him that he did something good, so he keeps repeating it. Some say Trump is an idiot. If Trump were as smart as he claims, he wouldn’t have forced a trade war with the country that produces most of our PPE and medical testing supplies. If he believed in and followed science, he would have taken coronavirus seriously from the beginning. There is credible proof that he was told in December, then again in early January about the coming doom, yet he did nothing.

Trump will keep saying that he acted fast and saved lives, but in fact, what he refers to as a “travel ban” was not an outright embargo. There were exceptions for certain Chinese Nationals and Americans and their family members. More than 40,000 people came into the USA from China after the restrictions were put in place. Science would say that number of untested people arriving on our shore was large enough to eventually infect the whole nation. Some researchers believe the catastrophic infection rate in New York City had its origin in Europe, not China, so Trump was late again. The European Union ban, excluding the UK, wasn’t placed until March 11, 2020. A few days later, the President added the UK, as an afterthought. According to the World Health Organization, as of March 11th the novel coronavirus had infected more than 118,000 people and killed close to 4,300 worldwide, By CNN’s tally, the US had over 1,200 cases. Trump can keep saying “zero death,” but he placed a travel ban thus proving he was concerned. I can’t fathom why he’s blaming the World Health Organization for all his lateness.

We know Trump is pushing back on the inadequate testing in America. We know that he is panicked; we can hear it in his voice. He is lashing out at anyone who questions his judgement and has not taken command of crisis management. What I say to the 42% of the citizenry who think Trump will fix this is, “HE THINKS YOU ARE STUPID!” Why do you let him hold this belief behind your back? Why don’t you confront him? Maybe we will see some of those protesters laying in a hospital, recanting their myth that COVID isn’t any more harmful than the seasonal flu. Maybe then they might ask Trump why he tricked them.

If you read this book, you can see why all this happened to us.

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.

 

HYPE, LIES & LIVES

Trump Truncates His Own Orders

It’s mind boggling. The President of the United States is now promoting protests by urging people to break the very recommendations his own administration has released. His latest tweets about “liberating” several of our states go against the grain of everything the White House said they are promoting to keep Americans safe. Let’s review.

According to the Washington Post, “The Trump administration received its first formal notification of the outbreak of the coronavirus in China on Jan. 3. And yet, it took 70 days from that initial notification for President Trump to treat the coronavirus pandemic seriously. The president consistently played down the threat and became a fountain of misinformation and confusion. While visiting the CDC in Atlanta on March 6, Trump incorrectly stated: ‘Anybody that needs a test, gets a test.’ In fact, the nation is desperate for more testing, leading some states to conserve testing for only health-care workers.”

Austin Texas Protests

Have the members of the COVID-19 Task Force forgotten the massive failure of their first attempts at testing? As CNN posted, “Contamination in manufacturing the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention test for the coronavirus caused weeks of delays that slowed the US response to the pandemic. This problem stemmed in part from the CDC not adhering to its own protocols, according to a Trump Administration US Food and Drug Administration spokesperson.” Why hasn’t anyone in the White House addressed this?

TESTING is the central problem. The administration pledged to get 27 million tests into the country by mid-March, but as of April 18 there were only 3.5 million tests completed. We get one great lie after another in the daily Task Force briefings, which have devolved into lengthy blathers of cloudy, complicated statistics, models, and predictions spattered amongst a heavy dose of pure Trumpian political bullshit. I am now seeing a problem with Dr. Deborah Brix, who is producing “data” that support the things Trump want us to believe. The Friday briefing was a giant smoke cloud to keep us from seeing the real problem, which is TESTING.

Trump’s answers to questions posed by our true journalists attempt to divert our attention from his malfeasance and ignorance. Two or three planted, far right media reporters then ask preplanned questions to cover Trump’s fumbled adlibs and misinformation. Why are they even allowed to be there? Oh yeah, because of the First Amendment. Trump sputters judgement of the questions, the reporters, and their outlets, rather than seriously using his time before the American people to help. What a thoughtless dolt!

A just released NBC/Wall Street Journal poll shows 65% of Americans say Trump did not take the coronavirus seriously, and 52% say they disapprove of the way this president is handling the crisis in which we live. Fortunately, America is hearing through the noise. Only 36% of our citizens believe the things Trump says about the COVID crisis.

Trump is taking major heat about quickly opening the country from both his sycophants and political operatives. Even while the experts, Dr. Anthony Fauci and Dr. Birx, placate Trump with their public statements, you can hear in their words and see in their body language that they are most certainly nervous about a virus rebound caused by reopening the country too early. Fauci talks about a return of the virus and infections in the fall. Oh boy, that would be bad for Trump and the election. Hey kids, KEEP YOUR EYES OPEN. TRUMP WILL PROBABLY TRY TO CANCEL THE ELECTION.

By promoting protests with his incendiary language, Trump is urging his lower-IQ base to march arm-in-arm, which will help the virus spread faster and more thoroughly. What intelligent human could possibly agree with this? It’s a move by a corrupt politician who is more interested in being reelected than doing what is best for the people. It reminds me of a scene in the 1975 blockbuster movie, JAWS, in which the Amity Island character, Mayor Larry Vaughn, decides to keep the beaches open for the July 4th weekend, leading to the death of five constituents. He’s still the mayor of the town in JAWS 2, so I guess those people didn’t get it. I can’t help wondering why they didn’t learn the lesson.

Half of our country doesn’t trust Trump. The other half cannot see the connection between DEATH and reopening beaches. Really? UK’s Prime Minister Boris Johnson got the message quickly after contracting the virus. He probably would have taken the matter much more seriously if the disease had hit him sooner. The COVID-19 death of Trump’s real estate buddy, Stanley Chera, has made Trump more frantic and angry about this virus he cannot control than empathy for the American healthcare and other workers doing all they can to  keep the rest of us alive. Is this president mentally ill? Sorry folks, but I must pose that question.

Our president says whatever he wants and many in Congress get onboard. Then, the next day, Trump reverses course and tramples his own words with tweets and rhetoric that are more destructive than helpful. Captain Bligh, in the Mutiny on the Bounty, suffered from a narcissistic personality disorder. Is Trump like him? We will probably never know for sure, but it’s abundantly clear that Fat Ass Golf Boy is totally unqualified and unfit to manage this crisis. He wants only to strike at enemies, both real and imagined, rather than calm and help the populous. What a fucking, inept human.

I wish I could ask Donald Trump this, “Do you know that the people around you are NOT TELLING THE TRUTH because they are afraid of you?” Next, I would ask him why he wears makeup. Yes, I know that seems like a silly question, but it’s a severe quirk we all can see. Like makeup, he’s involved in coverup every day. He’s insecure about the way he looks. I am not sure why he picked the color orange, but I guess that is better than black, which would have clashed with his fake, blonde-dyed hair.

Trump does many wrong things. His hype confuses people. A president recommending unproven medicines to the world is unethical. The lies he presents will hurt and kill people. I rarely agree with Piers Morgan, but his observation that this virus takes a different skill set than just running for office is right on the money. TV-pitchman Trump is incapable of managing a way out of this crisis. He’s a feeble man trying to exploit the COVID-19 crisis to get reelected. TOTAL LOSER!

If you read this book, you can see why all this happened to us.

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.

 

DEATH VS. DOLLARS

Sophie’s Choice for Trump

You may be unfamiliar with the phrase Sophie’s choice. It refers to an extremely difficult decision a person must make. It describes a situation in which no outcome is preferable over the other. This can be either because both outcomes are equally desirable or equally undesirable. The saying became popular from a movie, adapted from William Styron’s novel of the same name. The character Sophie is forced to choose which of her two children would be sent to die while the other would live. Donald Trump, with the power of the presidency, is now facing such an exceedingly difficult choice.

I don’t believe our president grasps how his inactions have caused our COVID-19 crisis to be worse than it might have been. There is no evidence that Donald Trump cares about anything other than appearances and winning. He faces a decision to go for the dollars now and deal with the death later or take positive action to help people stay safe.

He has distanced himself from decisions and solutions just enough to say that this “Sophie’s choice” is not his, but a challenge for each state’s governor. When the most important decision is in front of him, he claims the governors must do the work and make the hard choices. His involvement will come only when he will berate them for failing. Trump has said he will “come down strongly” on anyone who makes a mistake, whatever the hell that means.

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I would feel much more confident if the person at the top could face every decision with honesty, transparency and intellectual gravitas. I hate conspiracy theories, but here is one I believe. Donald Trump tweeted out “LIBERATE Minnesota, Michigan, and Virginia” the other day. It’s not a theory, but clear that his words are whistles blown to his hardcore fans on the far right. I believe he is trying to bully the governors of swing states to open early and kill a bunch of people so he can then blame them. The “up to the governors” ploy was a preamble to Trump’s diabolical scheme, and it’s not at all farfetched, because we know Trump will do anything to win, even if killing people is part of the strategy.

Trump is manipulating radical groups to disrupt states that have taken the coronavirus threat seriously. He is inciting remnants of the tea party along with slimy new elements such as White Supremacists, Neo-Nazis, and self-serving militias. These groups hate Obama and Democrats. Their “don’t tread on me” philosophy includes vindictive racism and xenophobia, which Trump doesn’t even attempt to tamp down. This president never answers questions about racism and white supremacists correctly. He waves away any connection, while saying that the protestors appear to like him. REALLY? He sees a Trump/Pence flag being waved at a protest, yet he ignores the swastikas and other anti-American references these people carry?

Trump’s suggestive tweets to the three states is a message to these groups to disrupt the very guidelines his administration put into place. His vitriolic language is intended to harm Democrat governors with a maneuver to further divide our nation. He didn’t say LIBERATE ALABAMA or ARIZONA, because he doesn’t want every state to hurt their citizens, only the Democratically governed states. His lack of empathy is obvious and the energy he puts into watching TV, endlessly tweeting and constantly belittling and berating people is glaringly unproductive. He would have been fired long ago if he was employed by a public company. He’s a dirtbag, a scumbag, one could even say he’s a douchebag, but, hey, I am not here to call him bag-names, I just want to help you get angry enough to get rid of him.

It’s hard for me to be critical of the President of the United States while not seeming like I am a partisan, or worse, unpatriotic. I get that, but why would a president go out of his way to put people down in the middle of a global pandemic while constantly blaming others and inciting radical demonstrations against state leaders who are trying to keep people alive? Don’t you think it’s rather demonic to do all that while defunding the World Health Organization during a pandemic?

I have suffered financially in this COVID crisis, but I am willing to forgo that to help the country I love get over this crisis and succeed. Donald Trump is not willing to sacrifice anything to help our country. He has thwarted oversight of the bailout, he disregards the loss of life and he provides money, aid, and medical supplies only to those who kiss his ass. Using an expression Trump loves, “That’s really unfair.” He’s a selfish prick without the intellect or will to get us through this. His focus is on money, not pain. The dollar is his only priority, attendant deaths are just too fucking bad.

Last week Trump floated an idea about a daily two-hour radio show from the White House. REALLY? I thought the President was a terribly busy guy. I’m thinking of conservative pundit Ann Coulter. She called President Trump “lazy and incompetent.” Of course, that spat was about how slowly he was building his wall on the southern border. It didn’t last long. Coulter was attempting to manipulate Trump into doing what she wanted. Nonetheless, she was right in saying Trump is lazy, incompetent and doesn’t get much done. He may think he is working hard, standing at a microphone for two-hours and adlibbing his way through soft questions posed by a timid press corps, but he is just wasting time. There is no substance and little truth in his replies.

Donald Trump’s biggest sin as President has been his inability to act decisively. He has wasted time with the coronavirus epidemic. I’m tired of hearing people who can’t comprehend the timeline defend this man. I am sick of those stupid governors who believe what Trump says is true. They will learn a terrible lesson. When their actions create more death, they too will be on the unemployment line. VOTE ALL OF THESE GOOFBALLS OUT OF OFFICE. PLEASE!

If you read this book, you can see why all this happened to us.

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 WANT IT TO WORK, BUT…

Trump Rolls Out a PDF to Save America

I want to believe that they are telling us the truth, but I will always question people who claim to be experts. As soon as the White House released their new guidelines for OPENING UP AMERICA AGAIN, I downloaded and read it with great interest. You should do the same.

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Several of my friends have asked me, “What do you think?” I understand. We are all getting stark raving crazy staying inside and away from the evil virus. I’m also tired of the exclamation, “Nobody Could Have Predicted Something Like This!” It’s just not true. If Donald Trump had read his security briefings, he would have lost sleep over this crisis before it even happened. Sadly, our president doesn’t care about details, statistics or facts. Come to think of it, I’m not even sure he can read. Trump cares only about how he looks. Speaking of which, what kind of grown man wears orange facial makeup? He looks like a freaking scarecrow.

The White House plan on reopening the country has major flaws and vagaries like this. Before any state can move forward, it needs to demonstrate a Downward trajectory of influenza-like illnesses and COVID like syndromic cases reported within a 14-day period,” Okay, but what is the exact metric? The term “downward” is not a mathematical index. It is more connotative than denotative. A governor could interpret it as meaning any decline in cases. The plan doesn’t mention deaths. Why? The assumption is that deaths are not the focus. The good news is the plan includes this, Robust testing program in place for at risk healthcare workers, including emerging antibody testing.” Great news for our healthcare workers!

Trump has distanced himself from any responsibility involving this crisis. Check out the fine print at the bottom of the plan’s first page, “*State and local officials may need to tailor the application of these criteria to local circumstances.” This means that a state governor can interpret these guidelines and could launch Phase One before they should. So, our esteemed president takes no accountability for his missteps in the COVID-19 pandemic and has now released a document placing responsibility, and possibly blame, in the hands of governors in each state.

QUACKS

Overnight came disturbing videos of TV personalities Dr. Oz and Dr. Phil, offering their viewpoints about why stay-at-home needs to end quickly. In so many words, each of them justified more coronavirus deaths as a result of an early end to the current restrictions. These guys are medical professionals. Have they forgotten this part of the Hippocratic Oath? “I swear to fulfill, to the best of my ability and judgment, this covenant: I will respect the hard-won scientific gains of those physicians in whose steps I walk, and gladly share such knowledge as is mine with those who are to follow.”

I’ve always loved the notion of people who work on our bodies taking an oath that says that a doctor should respect science. That’s really good, but what about the many deaths that occurred when the “hard-won scientific gains” meant that maladies were treated by draining the blood of a person? The key is “sharing knowledge” with those who follow, which implies that the doctors who take the oath should also be teachers.

Let’s talk about our TV goofballs. Dr. Oz said, “Well, first, we need our mojo back. Let’s start with things that are really critical to the nation where we think we might be able to open without getting into a lot of trouble. I tell you; schools are a very appetizing opportunity. I just saw a nice piece in The Lancet arguing that the opening of schools may only cost us 2 to 3 percent, in terms of total mortality.” What a fucking crackpot. Sure, let’s kill two to three percent. “Mojo” is certainly more important than life. Sadly, he’s not the only “doctor” saying crazy things.

On Fox News, Dr. Phil McGraw wondered why the economy should be shut down over the pandemic when deaths from lung cancer, car crashes and pool drownings happen in normal times. He said, “We don’t shut the country down for that, yet we are doing it for this, and the fallout is going to last for years because people’s lives are being destroyed.” I am not going to jump his shit for having the wrong statistics on fatal automobile accidents, but I am going to take him to the woodshed on the rest. “Dr. Phil, look at me, please look at me and listen up!” YOU ARE A BASTARD LOSER WHO DOESN’T CARE ABOUT THE LIVES AND HEALTH OF PEOPLE.

Let’s please keep it 100% here. Phil McGraw is not a medical doctor. His Ph.D. is in clinical psychology, meaning that he is not qualified to talk about pandemics like Dr. Anthony Fauci. The other quack is Dr. Mehmet Cengiz Öz, a “television personality,” cardiothoracic surgeon, Columbia University professor, journalist, author, and pseudoscience promoter. I would focus on that last item. I am sure he means well, but if people die because he lessened the focus on how to flatten the curve will he be thrown out of the profession?

The biggest flaw in the OPENING UP AMERICA AGAIN document is seen in the requirements. To get to PHASE ONE, it reads, we must “Monitor workforce for indicative symptoms. Do not allow symptomatic people to physically return to work until cleared by a medical provider. Develop and implement policies and procedures for workforce contact tracing following employee COVID+ test.” Clearly, they are suggesting that someone, I assume the employer, must do the testing. Why is this being taken out of the hands of local health departments and the federal government? Who will pay for the tests? Where will they be administered? Will the company you work for violate HIPPA rules to monitor and contract trace? This is vague and impossible to comprehend.

Nice PDF, White House, but why can’t you be more specific and scientific about the guidelines? The many gray areas in this policy paper really make your writer nervous. Of course, I live in Florida (and plan to for a while) and we have a governor who will do whatever Trump tells him. I’m fairly sure he cannot properly interpret this document. Ah well, I guess it’s a crap shoot, just like life… and death.

If you read this book, you can see why all this happened to us.

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.

 

DESTRUCTIVE COMMENTS AND POLICIES

Trump’s Disconnection with the Reality of Death

Credible news sources and the US Administration are saying that the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) is about to run out of money and small businesses may have to go bankrupt. WHY? You see, the very banks that Trump is using to distribute the money are pressuring small business owners to pay loans, rent and vendors. Why can’t the President of the United States tell the banks to back off for 90 days? He claims to be so “all powerful,” but he has been slow to act on everything concerning this COVID-19 crisis. Best description? Asleep at the wheel!

There is evidence that some Trump loyalists are planning protests, blockades and civil disobedience against local governments’ social distancing and stay-home orders. Some of the most radical groups are being funded by Super PACs that support the President. Really? Donald Trump refused to do a national stay at home order and now we know why. He was worried that the far-right groups would revolt against him. Rather than go on TV and tell the protestors to follow the guidelines, he will simply ignore his disruptive fans.

I keep thinking back to the original misinformation that Trump transmitted at the beginning of the crisis. This was our President’s most destructive comment, “This new virus is no more harmful than the flu.” As of 4-16-2020, the new coronavirus causing COVID-19 has led to more than 640,291 illnesses and more than 31,015 deaths in the United States. By comparison, the flu (also called influenza) causes an estimated 38 million illnesses, 390,000 hospitalizations and 23,000 deaths in the US during a typical season. COVID-19 is winning.

According to John Hopkins University, “A possible difference from the normal flu, is that COVID-19 might be spread through the airborne route, meaning that tiny droplets remain in the air and could cause disease in others even after the ill person is no longer near.”  Thus, the handwashing aspect of prevention. What really makes coronavirus more dangerous than the seasonal flu is there is no vaccine available, and there’s this. South Korea is finding some people who they thought were over COVID-19 are now testing positive again. Ouch!

Yesterday, I drove into the parking lot of my local grocery store here in Florida. Because I am an older male, I wear a mask and latex gloves when food shopping. I pulled into a parking space right next to a big Harley motorcycle and got out of the car. The bike owner arrived and looked at my mask and gloves with a small smile. He said, “You know, we might get as many deaths as the flu.” Right after I got out of ear shot, I said to myself, “Was that a political statement?” Then it dawned on me. There he was, no helmet, no mask, no gloves and, of course, he was parroting Trump’s early statement that coronavirus is only as bad as the flu. With the seasonal flu we have a vaccine, we have treatments like Theraflu or decongestants and other such medicines. Yes, people die from the flu, and car accidents, which is the ad hominem Trump used to confuse people, but please, there is NO CURE FOR COVID-19.

I force myself to watch the Coronavirus Task Force on TV every night, not because I enjoy it, but because I write every day and I need to know what is happening. I have never felt better after watching and consuming Trump’s pathological vomit. Sorry, if you think the Donald is a great leader who will save us from this “invisible enemy” by screaming, “You’re fired,” then you need to pay more attention to what is happening. Ask Boris Johnson if the coronavirus is a hoax.

There are frauds, swindlers, cons, quacks, and half-baked experts shouting a ruthless Ayn Rand philosophy into Donald Trump’s ear. They are pushing Trump to open the doors and let us just get back to business. One of the things that is missing from Trump’s daily shit show is empathy. The obvious disconnection from the reality of death during his diatribes is disheartening and disgraceful. When President Obama spoke of the horrible mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School, we saw tears rolling down his face. Trump is without emotion concerning death. He gets animated and expressive only when throwing up his personal grievances.

People tune in to the nightly task force briefings to find out what to do and, more importantly, what the government is doing to keep us safe. Trump pushes and pitches reopening our country and how it was not built to be closed, claiming he is just being a cheerleader, but in reality he is making the virus seem less dangerous. As I have said, fifty percent of America doesn’t believe anything this president says and the other fifty percent are praying to God he will do the right thing.

Sometimes people believe what they want to believe, especially if they think it’s good for them personally. If you are told that your taxes will be reduced if your community spends less on education, you might develop an opinion that governments over-fund schools. That is totally “fake news” because schools have never been given “extra money.”

Some of the conspiracy minds want you to believe that this virus was manufactured by China as a biological weapon. STOP! The virus came from a bat and not a chemical plot to hurt America. This COVID-19 virus was just as damaging to China’s citizens and economy as it is to ours. They may have kept it secret until they were sure and that cost the world six days, but we lost six weeks with Trump’s inability to comprehend the threat.

Trump is a poor messenger, and our exposure to him every night is dangerous to our health. If Donald Trump creates an undertow and infects his base with the illusion that WE MUST OPEN THE COUNTRY and they then pressure him to force states to open prematurely, people will die.

Someone posed the question on Facebook, “Would Trump kill people just to get re-elected?” The sad truth is, yes. The ironic aspect of this is Democratic governors will probably keep their states closed longer, keeping their voters alive. Ruby red states will do whatever Trump says, and that could kill many of his own voters. This makes me particularly worried because I live in Florida. Our governor, Ron DeSantis, would put his arm in an alligator’s jaws to please Trump.

Why would we, as a nation, do anything to cause death? Why would any politician believe they have the right to risk human life? To all those shitheads on social media who are protesting and rallying around Trump’s selfishness, please head out on your motorcycles and wave your Trump flags. Get really close to people, forget about social distancing and kiss a sneezer. Hey, the virus is only as dangerous as the flu. Trump said so, right?

If you read this book, you can see why all this happened to us.

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.

 

TRUMP POINTS FINGER

Blame-demic Infects White House

I have no hesitation sharing my thought that Donald Trump has no moral grounding and is far from being the Christian he portrays on TV. I am totally ashamed of not only our President, but those of the faith who have fallen for this conman. I will stop short of calling him the antichrist, but some of his vindictive actions and far-fetched lies really do put him in league with the devil.

Fingerpointer vs. Whistleblower

Yesterday, the President of the United States stood in the Rose Garden and spewed an elaborate, convoluted propaganda that blamed the COVID-19 totally on the World Health Organization. His words were wasted. The WHO is not going away, see here. Oh, Trump will huff and puff and hold back the next payment, but the WHO will not stop working on investigating and disseminating information to help all nations. Trump needs an enemy or he dies. He has decided to cover up his inaction and delinquent policies by blaming others for his own malfeasance. Once we pull out of W.H.O., China will be their biggest donor. What is Trump doing?

Someone I hardly agree with, until he decided to run against Donald Trump for President, is that conservative talk show guy, Joe Walsh (not the guitarist). This was his Tweet today: “It’s not Obama. It’s not CNN. It’s not Pelosi & Schumer. It’s not the deep state. It’s not China. It’s not impeachment. It’s not Dr Fauci. It’s not the World Health Organization. It’s Donald Trump. HE ignored the warnings. HE refused to prepare. HE lied to the American people.” Just when Trump was moving forward with his rhetoric on reopening the country, he threw the WHO under the bus and attempted to walk away from his guilt. He cannot hide and we will never forget. We must honor those who have died.

There is a great video clip of Donald Trump being interviewed by CNN’s Anderson Cooper, where Anderson says to Trump, “That’s a childish argument.” Trump’s comeback? “He started it first.” That says it all. The first thing a young child learns is to place blame elsewhere to avoid punishment or pain. Donny Trump is just a 7-year-old trying to blame others for his glaring inadequacies. The defects of the Donald are far more ingrained than what any doctor could imagine. There must of have been significant amounts of harassment or abuse from his mother or father in his early childhood. His competitive nature is off the rails and not at all natural. He not only wants to win; he must make someone else pay for any negative, personal criticism.

People will kick up a lot of dust because Trump demanded that his signature be on all the stimulus checks going to Americans during these “uncertain” times. WHO CARES? I spend paper money with Steven Mnuchin’s signature on it and I think he’s a pencil-necked elitist pig! Get the check, cash the check and shut up. More than 80 million people have direct deposit anyway. By the way, don’t thank Donald Trump for the money. It’s coming to you because of a bi-partisan bill voted for by both chambers of Congress and signed into law by Donald Trump. It’s not his money, it’s YOUR MONEY, and when it’s all used up, you can blame Donald Trump for all the future problems. After you pay the rent with the one check, what will you do next month?

People in high places blaming other people promote more blaming, and that circle of finger pointing is so unproductive. I just watched a TV spot where the son of Billy Graham, Franklin, was trying to comfort us with the words of a preacher. Then he asked us to pray by opening with an admission to God that we are all sinners. REALLY? While people are suffering and dying, Mr. Graham wants us to take some blame for the pandemic? This is no time for Old Testament blame, Franklin. Even in the Bible, where you cannot blame something on another person or God, you can blame the construct of a devil. Evil vs. Good. World Health Organization officials are now blaming China for not telling them the truth. I guess shit rolls downhill. While our Defense Department hints that a bat in a laboratory might have been the source of the pandemic, all we get is Blame, Blame, Blame.

Could you image if Donald Trump stood before us and said that it wasn’t his fault that we waited six to eight weeks to get serious about the pandemic; it was the devil’s fault? Like the husband caught cheating on his wife starts his defense with, “The devil made me do it.”

A Great American President

Of course, Trump has already answered the question of why America wasn’t prepared for a pandemic and our inadequate testing abilities, “I don’t take responsibility at all!” And there it is. Harry Truman famously had ae sign on his desk with the phrase “the Buck Stops Here,” meaning that if things don’t work right, it’s his responsibility. The phrase “my responsibility” is not same as “my fault.” That might seem like a nuanced word play, but either way Trump doesn’t understand his own job description.

The other countries in the world will continue to fund the World Health Organization and, if you hate Trump, you could send them a donation. If you care about virus and sickness and helping people, go here and give them some money directly. If you want to confront Donald Trump’s lies and deceitful policies, you can tweet and scream and yell, but in the end, you must vote the asshole out of office. And if you believe the WHO is the last receiver of blame from Trump, don’t hold your breath. Tomorrow he will have someone or something else to blame for everything that has and will go wrong. Now that he has taught me how easy it is to do, I BLAME DONALD TRUMP FOR EVERYTHING BAD THAT HAS HAPPENED IN AMERICA. There, that felt good!

If you read this book, you can see why all this happened to us.

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.

IT’S MY LIFE, NOT THE GOVERNMENTS

Do You Really Trust in Trump?

I am not stupid. I have a memory. I hear what people say, and I file it away. There are some real challenges right now, and some of them have nothing to do with the virus. The entire country has been shut down and we’ve lost most of our rights and freedoms. We can sit around and argue about whether Donald Trump has ignored the signs and warnings, but the real question is why do we take his guidance about any issue or policy? It’s my life and I’ll do what I want. It’s my mind and I’ll think what I want. I ask you, show me I’m wrong.

I don’t need Donald Trump to tell me that he’s a god-like form who controls the rights and freedoms of every American. He’s just a freaking President, and up to this point he’s been piss poor at that job.

When Trump was sworn in as president, he used these words, “Mothers and children trapped in poverty in our inner cities; rusted-out factories scattered like tombstones across the landscape of our nation; an education system, flush with cash, but which leaves our young and beautiful students deprived of knowledge; and the crime and gangs and drugs that have stolen too many lives and robbed our country of so much unrealized potential. This American carnage stops right here and stops right now.” I hate to break it to you, Mr. President, but mothers and children ARE trapped in poverty, and it’s because you took your eye off the ball. Factories are closed because you weren’t smart enough to realize that a pandemic would be worse than any self-pronounced trade imbalance. Why would you start a trade war with the country that supplied the US with most of its medical supplies and devices? STUPID.

You claimed schools were flush with cash, and the first thing your brain-dead Secretary of Education did was cut the funds to education. The American carnage has arrived, and you are blaming everyone but yourself for the failure to protect the very people who voted for you. They are in the food lines in order to keep their families alive. Why aren’t you out there throwing paper towels at them? Are you afraid of getting the virus yourself?

You don’t own me, Trump, and you aren’t going to get away with standing in the press room at the White House claiming that you are a king. You are a motherfucking liar. Oh my God, did I just say that to a sitting president. YES, I DID. He deserves it and, as I have urged, the press needs to stand up and call him out. It’s time for everyone to ask what the government can do for them. It’s time for Vice President Mike Pence to stop his immoral use of power and enabling polices that are killing people. They are all criminals. They are stealing money. They are disrespecting of the medical professionals who are protecting us. Every military person should be tested for the virus ASAP. It’s un-American to not do the very best for our soldiers and veterans. Oh, this just in from ABC News: “The number of veterans who have died at the Soldiers’ Home in Holyoke, Massachusetts, during the novel coronavirus pandemic has jumped to 40, according to state officials.”  I thought Trump was going to fix the Veterans Administration problems?

I have never trusted Trump. I knew him in New York when he was a private citizen and he was nothing but a joke there. Now that the American public has seen him in “action,” they are slowly realizing that he’s a jackass of epic proportions. He’s bad at business and worse at government. He’s an immoral person who doesn’t care about anything except his own power and fame. He thinks he’s funny, but his “dad jokes” fall short every time.

You might think I am angry, and you would be right. I don’t mind saying that Donald Trump has become more of a monster than I could have ever imagined. The feckless Republicans had their shot at ridding our great country of this orange ingrate, but THEY BLEW IT. I’m now saying let’s not wait to do a postmortem on this COVID-19 disaster. We need to go after Donald now. He’s not ever going to apologize, but let’s push him into a serious meltdown so that the few smart people in government will use our 25th Amendment to yank him away from the steering wheel. If this man stays at the helm, more Americans will die. Yes, I am pissed. Congress needs to get their collective asses back to the Hill and start to guard the nation. They can wear masks.

It’s time to act. If not now, when? If not you, who? Do your part. Let the judges and congresspeople know what you think. We must end this presidency.

If you read this book, you can see why all this happened to us.

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.

 

MEDIA MITIGATION & FEDERAL FAILURES

Will Science & Media Pressure Stop Trump?

We will be deciding soon when and how to reopen our country and economy. The later we decide, the better the odds for success. There is a chance the media has been sucked into Donald Trump’s storyline. Mitigation is a word that is used a lot these days and that applies to a medical solution. Some people think that the left, right and center media have pushed too hard and created panic.

I would like to advance a viewpoint that media hasn’t effectively communicated exactly how deadly this virus is. Sadly, what has helped a bit is famous people either getting the virus or succumbing to it. People are such fans of fame, they see celebrities and public figures as above it all and in some ways, invincible. They aren’t.

It was good that the Prime Minister of the UK, Boris Johnson was released from the hospital and is on the mend. Sadly, Boris was not at all helpful at the beginning of this crisis, saying he would continue to shake hands. There are several video shots of him doing just that. While he was on TV touching other people, the locals were filling up parks and not social distancing at all. When are these powerful people going to realize that they aren’t just politicians? They are role models for their citizens. It’s too bad Johnson got sick and had to be hospitalized, but hopefully he now knows the true nature of the coronavirus.

Trump Giving Reporters the Finger

Trump doesn’t want to talk about his ineffective management of this global pandemic and his sluggish reaction to a serious health crisis, and the press should not mitigate his failures. They need to keep reminding everyone how more lives would have been saved had this president acted smarter and faster. Even Fox News must step up and disconnect from misinformation, lies and, quite frankly, a coverup of the harm they did by their early denials and deceitful reporting. Fox personalities are attempting to say, with a straight face, that they never downplayed the seriousness of the Covid-19 pandemic. You do know, guys, that there is video of you doing that, right?

I know that it’s hard not to keep watching the TV news channels to find out what’s happening. It’s not only a way of staying safe but also a means of keeping us connected to society. I felt much better the day I didn’t watch Trump’s press briefing. He would make a terrible doctor. One minute his tempered words make me feel we will all get through this together, but then he destroys that feeling with petty spats, misinformation, lies about how people vote and his ongoing need to tell us how bad death is. We got that one, professor. I need to know if you have a plan, not all that other theoretical bullshit that wastes the time reporters must spend on fact checking. Why don’t you just give us the facts in your briefings? It would be a great move if you told the reporters you only want questions about the pandemic, not issues like the cost of oil. Really, my gas tank is full, and I have no place to go. Focus on the crisis, orange boy.

This is a very important moment for media. Please listen up. Trump will use you for his own purposes and most of you just repeat his lies, then, a quarter-hour later, you tell us that what the President said was incorrect. So, why do we have to wait for that fact check? Why are you not immediately confronting him during the presser? Just shout out, “That’s not true!” and see the fireworks begin. Yes, if you ask him the “wrong question,” you will extend the press conference and lower the value of the important information. It’s hard, because some of you see the briefings as a way to get at him for a news story, but you are enabling his rambling. If you truly want to help America, keep focus on the facts and the important reason for those briefings. THE COVID-19 VIRUS CRISIS!

I do think that if the White House press corps would keep hitting Trump with critical and important questions, he would either leave or end the briefing earlier. I used to say in business that any meeting lasting more than an hour is a deterrent to productivity. One pundit said, “Why is the president keeping some of the most valuable people standing behind him for two hours when they have much more important work to do?” Ironically, the science team now sits together to the side, within inches of each other?

In the latest episode of the Trump Show we witnessed what many are calling #TrumpMeltdown on Twitter. During Monday’s briefing not only was Trump confronted by reporters on his early inaction during this crisis, but also his contention that he has some absolute power as President. Donald Trump claimed, “I have the ultimate authority. When somebody is the president of the United States, the authority is total and that’s the way it’s got to be.” He didn’t stop there adding, (the governors) “can’t do anything without the approval of the president of the United States.”

Andrew Cuomo, Governor of New York, was direct in his criticism of Trump, “I don’t agree! I don’t agree with the president’s legal analysis. The president doesn’t have total authority. We have a constitution. We don’t have a king. We have an elected president. That’s what our founding fathers did when they wrote the constitution.” Cuomo warns of a constitutional crisis “like you haven’t seen in decades” if Trump tries to reopen New York and went so far to urge fellow governors NOT to watch the White House briefings.

The most severe mistake Trump could make would be reopening the country too early and causing a new wave of sickness and death. If that were to happen, Trump would never admit his blunder. Rather he would bullheadedly keep everything open even with another wave of coronavirus hitting Americans. The media cannot mitigate the damage that has already been done by Donald Trump’s ignorance and confusion with science and facts, but they need to step up, confront the man and his lunacy and pressure him into doing the right thing. The media must keep telling America the truth. Sadly, the President of the United States, Donald J. Trump, cannot be trusted. If confronted, he will lie. Sad.

If you read this book, you can see why all this happened to us.

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.

 

TRUMP IS PLAYING WITH DYNAMITE

Justice Department Moves on Local Police Departments

There is something to be said about the American spirit, so evident during this once-in-a-lifetime challenge. Finally, a sober reality is settling in, and even the most hardened political factions are beginning to comprehend the gravity. The COVID-19 virus isn’t a THEM vs. US thing. It’s not an American thing. It’s a human being thing.

Now we all want to walk through the “light at the end of the tunnel” or capture the “silver lining,” but slow down. More than 10,000 people have died from coronavirus in New York alone, and the Monday morning CNN headlines aren’t encouraging: India coronavirus cases surge, Netherlands sees surge of COVID-19 cases among medical workers, US records at least 557,590 coronavirus cases with at least 22,109 deaths, Iran fires back at US opposition to IMF coronavirus loan, UK nurses can refuse to treat COVID-19 patients as “last resort” if they don’t have adequate protective equipment, Japan’s Hokkaido declares state of emergency for second time, Russia reports record one-day rise in coronavirus cases, and this surprising news, Kim Jong Un absent as North Korean lawmakers pledge to step up coronavirus fight.

As these headlines were being blasted across the internet, US officials have finally admitted we would have seen less deaths if only we had started earlier with preventative measures. Despite that, the administration of Donald Trump would rather talk about how bad it would have been, rather than facing the truth of what it truly is, a colossal failure of governmental responsibility totally based on the ignorance and malfeasance of a single person.

With Easter Sunday posing a big problem for the separation of church and state, the Department of Justice now wants to investigate some of those communities which disallowed large church gatherings. The question at hand is whether local authorities went too far and used draconian methods against church leaders who ignored edicts to not assemble. We saw videos of police officers pulling a man off a subway car. We made a big deal when China did the same thing, but now our local authorities are understanding the supreme danger of large groupings of people. Yes, we have lost rights, but for a higher purpose. Now, the Department of Justice wants to investigate if we’ve gone too far. What a bizarre reaction from the same group that looked the other way when the Mueller Report was issued.

Let me speak plain truth. Trump has lost control of the narrative about this national disaster. He had an opportunity to climb the high road of leadership, but he let that moment slip through his tiny, ineffective hands. He has no credibility with anyone other than his hard-core, frothing followers. Moderate Republicans are seeing their retirement funds melting away at an alarming rate and they are no longer blatantly defending the President. Americans know that the real heroes are the front-line workers at hospitals and medical emergency facilities as well as all the folks working in grocery stores, delivery trucks and restaurants who are keeping most of us alive. Coronavirus has come to each of our doorsteps, forcing us to stay inside as we all watch the death tolls while others of us experience the devastating loss of loved ones.

Mitt Romney was right when he said that Donald Trump was unfit for the office of President. Many others claimed that Trump didn’t have the temperament for the job. These things are true, but what are we going to do about it?

Our governors, mayors and public health professionals have had to step up to fill the void of any meaningful plans from the White House. When people saw Peter Navarro, the Director of Trade and Manufacturing Policy, and the national Defense Production Act policy coordinator for Donald Trump on CBS 60 Minutes, they couldn’t believe his arrogance and complete disconnection from the reality of what is happening.

With Americans by the millions counting on food banks for their next meal, Navarro was on TV saying that no other administration could have done what this one has done. Really? Is this mission impossible? When Navarro blathers on about globalization of supply lines, my eyes gloss over. This is no time for an economics lesson, Mr. Navarro. How about you start doing your job instead of blatantly lying when confronted?

Trump is holding a lit stick of dynamite. As the fuse burns, his tired, old tricks of distraction, blaming and diverting are failing. Some people will get their $1,200 checks and pay some bills or buy some food, but they are not going to feel any better until they can get back to work, get back to normal, whatever that will be. I am hating the term “new normal,” the most oxymoronic grouping of words we have ever created. If it’s new, it ain’t normal.

Here’s a breaking story from the New York Times, “A small study in Brazil was halted early for safety reasons after coronavirus patients taking a higher dose of chloroquine developed irregular heart rates that increased their risk of a potentially fatal heart arrhythmia.” To be clear, this study involved only 80 people, but eleven of those who took the larger dose died! Remember who touted chloroquine as a “cure” for COVID-19?  It was “I’m not a Doctor” Donald John Trump, right? Our great leader irresponsibly threw that stick of dynamite into our American populace. Nice work, Donny!

History will not be kind to Donald Trump, Peter Navarro and the rest of the walking dead political hacks that surround this worthless, idiot President. I cannot and will not stop writing about all of them and their deeds as I patiently wait for the day when they are escorted from our government. They are a bunch of rich, east coast bully-elites who don’t give a fuck about the citizens of this nation. The doctor in the 60 Minutes piece said it best when he invited the President to see what is happening in the hospitals for himself. Doing so would be the act of a patriotically brave person. Sadly, we don’t have such a being in the oval office right now. Someday, we will.

If you read this book, you can see why all this happened to us.

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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