WHERE THE HELL WERE YOU?

Horrendous 2020 Hindsight: Painful Pandemic Truth

Like many Americans, I woke up to news coverage about last night’s CNN documentary with interviews of the pandemic doctors. The hundreds of thousands of citizens whose deaths from Covid-19 could have been avoided are owed national and political accountability, but the polarization of America that exacerbated the pandemic threatens to deprive them of their due.

Dr. Deborah Birx gave us a haunting admission that the death toll would have been substantially reduced if not for the negligent management of the pandemic by former President Donald Trump. His willingness to put economic and political goals above science and the public’s wellbeing added to the death toll.

I am sure Debra Birx is a nice person. She certainly has a wealth of knowledge on healthcare, medicine and viruses, but I’m not ready to name the wing of a hospital after her or erect a scarved statue in her honor. Pardon me, but I need to get some things off my chest here so I can move on from Monday morning quarterbacking.

First, let’s review this famous Donald Trump monologue, “I see disinfectant, where it knocks it out in a minute, one minute, and is there a way we can do something like that by injection inside, or almost a cleaning. Because you see it gets in the lungs and it does a tremendous number on the lungs, so it’d be interesting to check that. So, you’re going to have to use medical doctors, but it sounds interesting to me. So, we’ll see. But the whole concept of the light, the way it kills it in one minute, that’s pretty powerful.” The President continued, “And then I see the disinfectant where it knocks it out in a minute. One minute. And is there a way we can do something like that, by injection inside or almost a cleaning? So, it’d be interesting to check that [out]. Then he pointed to his head and delivered the disclaimer, of sorts, “I’m not a doctor. But I’m, like, a person that has a good you-know-what.”

While this “riff,” which is how Trump translator Jason Miller described it, was underway, we saw Dr. Debra Birx sitting uncomfortably a few feet off to the side of Trump, looking as if she were holding in a large, gaseous explosion and saying nothing. Not one word. She could have jumped to her feet, walked to the microphone and warned people not to drink bleach or try to put a light down their throats, but she didn’t.

There are some who attempt to justify her inaction by saying, “Hey, if she would have done that, she would have been fired and things could have gotten worse.” Well, they did get worse. Trump hired a quack named Dr. Scott Atlas who convinced our feckless leader that things with the virus weren’t all that bad and herd immunity would just take the problem away. Atlas is more a murderer than a doctor and his license should be revoked. Atlas never explained to Trump that trying herd immunity before we had a vaccine would be a death sentence to hundreds of thousands of people with underlying health conditions, and that is exactly what happened. It wasn’t until Atlas received condemnation from the medical community that he “clarified” his position on herd immunity.

Why Was This Man Talking?

Dr. Fauci, Dr. Birx and anyone with half a brain knew that Atlas was a destructive force on the Coronavirus Task Force, but no one had the guts to rebuke the President. The CNN program dramatically solidified the truth. Our country was seriously harmed by Trump’s actions and inactions, particularly his silencing of Dr. Fauci and pushing him away from the public messaging. Trump’s disjointed “riff” revealed he didn’t have a clue what he was talking about, but no one countered or silenced him.

It was never a joke, it was never just a “little flu” and it certainly would not “go away one day, like a miracle.” How could anyone continue to support this madman’s claims about anything? The “miracle” for America is that Trump finally went away.

Dr. Birx, people are weak and easily intimidated. I get that. When Trump turned against you, it wasn’t by a termination memo on a Friday afternoon and a security escort to your car in the parking lot. Be thankful that delirious Donald didn’t take to Twitter, saying you were “persona non grata,” and all the Trumpers, who have no idea what the term even means, would start the berating and death threats. If your role in life is to help people medically and do no harm, your silence on Trump’s outrageous statements demonstrate that you are not worthy of praise and perhaps your position.

This from CNN, “And while critics may fault her for not speaking out when she was in government, her comments come across as an attempt to precipitate a reckoning that can provide lessons on how the US can perform more effectively in a future pandemic. ‘In the post-mortem, we have to come out of this and learn how to do it better, the next time,’ Birx said.” Great, yeah, so that’s the big lesson? REALLY?

I’ll try to be fair right now as I slam into my keyboard the two large lessons I’ve learned. 1. Either do your job and speak up to power or get the hell out of the way and, 2. Stop this self-reputation saving tour and just go away. Harsh, yes, but I don’t even want to hear her name. When I do, I see this.

The Moment of Truth

I know now she was deeply torn and frustrated at that moment, but she could have called a press conference a few hours later to announce she was resigning because she believed the President was making things worse. She could have stated clearly that Donald Trump has no credibility giving advice on a global pandemic or any other medical matter. She could have gone out with a bang and perhaps saved some lives. Sorry, but death is not a fixable problem.

I guess it’s time to push this into the folder that also contains, “We knew the Japanese would attack, we just didn’t know where.” And this gem, “Had we only coordinated between the CIA and FBI we could have prevented 9-11.” Or this frightening truth, “We knew Lee Harvey Oswald was in Dallas, we just lost track of him.” I am not making any of that up.

We knew it was bad, Trump knew it was bad and admitted same to Bob Woodward. We heard him say it on a recoding, but too many people went along with his “Hydroxychloroquine” miracle cure bullshit when every major person involved in the science knew it was not a cure and would do little to help anyone. When I see that ten-foot flag on the pickup truck in Florida screaming FUCK BIDEN, I know that’s something Birx would never have said about Trump, but she should have. There’s one big lesson in all of this. The next time you have a global pandemic, make sure the person in charge isn’t an idiot.

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The book that tells it like it is…

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

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IT WAS ONE YEAR AGO

They are going to make him look very bad

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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The book that tells it like it is…

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

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HE BROKE THE LAW

Trump’s Self-Pardon Parlay

Because he was not removed from office during his impeachment proceedings, Donald Trump has developed an inflated view about his power. This Includes a belief that he can grant himself a pardon. I’m sure he’ll try.  It’s the kind of doubling down a drunk gambler does in desperation. The greed and excitement of going all in only looks smart when there’s a winning outcome. If Trump loses the battle of self-pardon in the Supreme Court, he will be the target of endless litigation and charges. This man’s mad acts have made America vindictive and about 60% of the folks in the country will want their pound of flesh.

Brad Raffensperger

By now, most Americans have heard the damaging excerpts from the conversation between President Donald Trump and Georgia’s Secretary of State, Brad Raffensperger. With all the hubbub surrounding the legitimacy of the 2020 election, more people than ever understand the responsibilities of our secretaries of state (SOS). It’s ironic that the SOS acronym also means Save Our Ship, the distress call of the high seas.

The work of our state secretaries is easily seen because it involves the public interest. Here is an example of the investigative results by Georgia’s SOS office. These people do good work, and they should be respected unless they are suppressing the vote, which sometimes happen when they navigate the rough waters between partisan desires and public duty. Some pilot that craft well, while others are just as bad as those who desire to control them.

My hats off to Raffensperger for his honor, honesty and valor during the horrendous misuse of power Donald Trump and his enablers wielded on that phone call. The obstruction of justice and attempted law breaking is embarrassing for America and a dark stain on Democracy itself. As we hear legal experts pontificate and explain whether this man in the White House broke the law, some answer by saying a president cannot be indicted while in office. Yes, I get that, but it doesn’t answer the question if Trump’s behavior was illegal. Had anyone else made a phone call like Trump’s they would have been charged. Ask Rod Blagojevich, who was convicted of attempting to sell a Senate seat and sent to prison. By the way, he owes his freedom to Donald Trump, the friend who pardoned him.

That brings us to whether Trump will pardon himself. Will he take the risk of executing a flawed and thin authority of self-pardon? Maybe he will pull a fast one by excluding himself from a bunch of new pardons, then resigning with a diabolical plot in place. After the Chief Justice swears in Mike Pence as the new president, Pence would then pardon Trump. Is such a plan viable? It would most certainly bring political destruction and death to Pence. Is such ass kissing worth it Mikey?

Trump’s Last Stand

Trying to parlay power into his next life would be a giant risk for Donald Trump. He’s got little credibility with anyone except the tyrants and dictators who rule some other countries. Even Israel, who appears to kowtow to him, would reject any attempt on his part to move there. Their hardcore political partisans are worse than anything we have in the US. In the bitter end, when banks and lenders come knocking on Trump’s door to collect on their loans, he’s going to have to pay up. The regulatory agencies in many countries are wise to the con and will be opening major inquiries into their corporations. For example, we’ll probably see Germany launch a major investigation into Deutsche Bank. There is a reason for this kind of extreme caution and oversight, it’s called money laundering.

So, Trump faces a serious conundrum. If he resigns, he will seem weak and guilty to his loyal followers. If he stays in office until January 20th, he could lose his chance of pardon. If he finds out that his “self-pardon” ruse didn’t work, he will have to continue his pattern of lies and lawsuits to avoid the inevitable, being charged and prosecuted. Donald believes he never does anything wrong and, in his tiny mind, can’t possibly think that his actions are above the law.

Trump’s weekend phone call was illuminating because it showed, once again, what Michael Cohen and James Comey have said about the Donald. Like a mafia boss, he never directly says what he’s asking. It’s coyly done with intimidation and a slight nudge and wink. He never said, “You need to say I got more votes.” His words were, “What I need…” leaving the listener to intuit his actual meaning. When Trump said that he “won the election,” Raffensperger swatted back with a polite, “Your numbers are not correct.” Someone with less balance and political savvy would have retorted to Trump’s allegation that their action is criminal by asking, “Are you threatening me?” To the credit of the Georgia officials, they didn’t escalate the matter in that way. Smart.

“It’s like Donald Corleone,” Howard Stern

When I was a young man in Pittsburgh, I had a friend who ran the jewelry store where number slips for the local boss were collected. One night, he, I and a group of others went to a restaurant in the East Liberty section of town called, Win, Place and Show. When our group of partiers wanted to get another round of drinks, the waiter replied, “Okay, is this one check?” Being the jerk in the group, I barked, “How about one more drink for the road?” The waiter then peered at my jeweler buddy and quietly said, “It’s time.” After we made our way to the parking lot, I saw five black limos with their motors running in the back. I asked my friend what this was all about, and he apologized saying he forgot it was the night for the weekly meeting of the mob families. I froze.

This encounter taught me two things. One, actions can be easily provoked and, two, even though a place serves great food one must never assume the establishment believes that the customer is always right. I survived my naivete to write this blog and eat Italian food.

Should the time come when Donald John Trump announces that he will pardon himself for acts during his presidency, we must all ask these questions. What are the next steps and who will launch the lawsuit to erase this pardon? Should Trump attempt to pardon himself for all things during his presidency, then someone needs to open that can of worms and address each of the slimy lies. After all is said and done, the Donald will slink away to Florida, watch TV and throw continuous tweet-shoes at the screen, becoming a caricature of himself. As he ages and his bloated face slowly melts into long wrinkles and sagging jowls, people will walk away from him. He’s certainly the worst president in my lifetime, and that’s a seventy-plus years run.

There are times lawyers criticize me for making a statement they consider to be my “opinion.” Well, there are three reasons beyond my opinions about why I believe Trump broke the law during his call to Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger. First, there is a law that says such behavior is illegal. Next, the officials in Georgia knew that Donald was attempting to intimidate them, so they recorded the call and then released it to the press. It doesn’t matter what Trump says about his intent. The people on the other end of the call believed he was asking them to commit fraud.

Finally, there’s this. Trump attempted that call 18 times, obsessing over his need to have that conversation. He had a plan to overturn the election and was antsy to press the deceit. It’s like a three-strikes and your out legal matter. Donald Trump is guilty of violating the fundamental tenets of the law: “…prohibits any person, in an election for federal office, from defrauding or attempting to defraud the residents of a state of a fair election through casting or tabulating ballots that the offender knows are materially false or fraudulent under state law.” This isn’t obstruction of justice, it’s a clear case of soliciting and encouraging fraud. Case closed.

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The book that tells it like it is…

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

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


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

Kindle and Paperback Click Here

 

The book that tells it like it is…

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

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

 


STOP MAKING THINGS UP

Trump’s Insidious Truth-Bending

The President of the United States is claiming that foreign nations or domestic bad actors broke into our election systems to change the vote counts against him. Now you might think I am exaggerating this, but here’s a Twitter quote from the man himself: “REPORT: DOMINION DELETED 2.7 MILLION TRUMP VOTES NATIONWIDE. DATA ANALYSIS FINDS 221,000 PENNSYLVANIA VOTES SWITCHED FROM PRESIDENT TRUMP TO BIDEN. 941,000 TRUMP VOTES DELETED. STATES USING DOMINION VOTING SYSTEMS SWITCHED 435,000 VOTES FROM TRUMP TO BIDEN.” Let me add some clarity to his words. Dominion Voting Systems is a corporation that makes and sells electronic voting hardware and software. Dominion is a Canadian company with US Headquarters in Denver. They have strongly and convincingly refuted Trump’s claims.

Internet messaging protocol suggests a person posting in all caps is SCREAMING! So, our crazy, current president is screeching his claims of fraud. His tweet inspired action in the intelligence community and they quickly responded with a news release. The group, including the Department of Homeland Security’s Cybersecurity & Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) and the National Association of State Election Directors, issued what appears to be a definitive coda to the 2020 vote.

“There is no evidence that any voting system deleted or lost votes, changed votes, or was in any way compromised. All of the states with close results in the 2020 presidential race have paper records of each vote, allowing the ability to go back and count each ballot if necessary. This is an added benefit for security and resilience. This process allows for the identification and correction of any mistakes or errors.” Do you know what? I’m going to believe these guys and not the President.

Biggest Crowd, PERIOD!

We are 69 days away from removing this narcissist from the White House. Most believe he will never concede to Biden or admit that he lost. As he has done over the last four years, Donald Trump seems to take joy in making things up, even if they embarrass our country or mislead our allies. Everyone in the world knows this man cannot be trusted, and many of them are lining up to phone Uncle Joe and congratulate him. They know it’s over; why doesn’t Trump?

This just in: the Pennsylvania law firm to bring the suit against the state wanting them not to count any mail-in ballots that arrived late but postmarked before or on Election Day, withdrew from the case. In the motion filed at 11:53 p.m. on Thursday, Porter Wright lawyers Ronald Hicks and Carolyn McGee — who work out of the firm’s Pittsburgh office — said the campaign was “in the process of retaining and causing other counsel” to take over the case. The attorneys said they and the campaign had agreed on the withdrawal, but Hicks and McGee were vague about the reason for their exit. I guess one cannot just make things up in court?

It’s shameful that the US State Department is not forwarding messages they receive addressed to President-Elect Joe Biden. It reminds me of a romantic breakup in high school, where two immature ex-lovers take inappropriate steps when ending their relationship. Yes, Donnie, it’s hard to take but can’t you suck it up? Everyone in the world thinks you’re a cry baby, even the Republicans.

Not letting GSA Administrator Emily W. Murphy execute the transition paperwork to facilitate activities, budgeting, office space and, most importantly, daily national security briefs for Biden is a childish, high school maneuver that will be challenged today by several high-ranking Republicans. The President is more focused on firing people he doesn’t like before Christmas, than fighting the virus or facing the fact that he lost the election! Get over it, Donald!

Truth-bending is just as harmful as lies, and some of his supporters say it’s just Donald’s “cute way.” The truth is, Trump’s main method of operation is always based on made up stuff because he won’t take any time to understand the truth. I’m sure you have known people who grab onto a belief early in life and then make it a focus. A well-respected businessman once told me to never trust a man who smokes a pipe. Okay, lots of smart and worthy men smoked pipes but this guy locked onto that one incorrect belief.

Bad Face Day

I have this thing about Trump’s makeup. A few men in my past wore makeup. One professor I studied under wore a light covering on his face. I always thought he was covering up his closeted homosexuality. I worked in theater and was around a great deal of makeup in those days, but that had a purpose of entertainment. Why is Donald John Trump orange?  Seriously, why? When he holds his hands up near his face you can see the vast difference in hue between his mug and fingers.

The lawsuits and the scam of raising money to help him save America from this “rigged election” precisely align with his usual ways of dealing with life challenges. He never looks in the mirror, takes off his makeup and calls it a day. He is driven to call people late at night to bolster his frail and damaged ego. What is most disturbing is the way his rhetoric and deceit have been adopted by other people in high places. When Texas Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick was confronted with the findings of the Heritage Foundation that no widespread voter fraud was uncovered in America, he bluntly blurted, “They are wrong.” That’s it, Dan? That’s all you have? Where’s your evidence or proof? Remember, the Heritage Foundation is a conservative think-tank that picked all of Trump’s Supreme Court nominations. Just saying something is NOT TRUE doesn’t make it so. It makes the person speaking the words look stupid.

Without facts and evidence, no one should believe anything Trump says. I cannot believe I am saying this about a US President, but it’s true. Trump lies about almost everything. Those times he uses an unrelated fact to “prove” an untruthful statement are nothing more than lies. It’s similar to the way some believe that that saying, “All Lives Matter” defeats the slogan Black Lives Matter, which they fear means “White Lives Don’t Matter.” A bad cop, regardless of race, is a bad cop. I don’t have to add that “not all cops are bad” to soften the danger or reality of bad cops.

The best thing now would be some adult forcing Trump into normal order so our long-standing traditions can move us toward a peaceful transition. I don’t need to see Joe and Don sitting in the Oval Office, awkwardly and uncomfortably posing with each other. I don’t need to see Donnie and Melania standing behind the Chief Justice swearing in Joe Biden in as the 46th President of the United States. Those things would be nice, but realist-me understands they are not likely.

Nothing about Trump is nice. We wish him well, but good riddance! “Don’t let the door hit you where you sit.” Oh, and see you in court, Donald!

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

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RELENTLESSLY HARMFUL DONALD

Trump is Disrespecting Our Fathers & Mothers

I don’t know your age so you may not relate to my young years in a household where the stories of my father’s sacrifice during World War II were notable but not dwelled upon. A giant, 25-volume History of the War encyclopedia sat on a bookshelf. There was a time when we weren’t allowed to go through all of them, but eventually we got to see the pictures of extremely skinny people on the edge of death in the German internment camps. To me, the holocaust was all about those pictures; piles of dead bodies, clothing and shoes. I will never forget the mountain of shoes.

It is abundantly clear that Donald John Trump lost the November 3rd election. Without much surprise, Trump has declined to surrender to reality and reverted to his tired routine of suing his way out of a problem he created. It’s not very brave of him, but he’s never had to fight on a battlefield for the freedom of this nation. That freedom gave his immigrant grandfather a better life and his father a way to exploit the real estate market in New York, which put a million dollars in the Donald’s pocket before he was ten years old. Tax scam? Of course, but still a giant, silver spoon in the small mouth of a large egotist.

Joe Biden is calm with the resistance, and rightly so because he is in a solid place. He’s no longer “Joe Biden his time.” He’s the president elect who will become the 46th president but let me add this sidebar. Republicans be warned, if this situation is not resolved by January 20, 2021, the Chief Justice will be swearing in President Pelosi. Yeah, that’s’ right.

My father was away from his wife and new baby daughter for five years when fighting in Europe. My mother had to take care of everything in those days, and her years of hard work wouldn’t have been disrupted by a “bone spur.” Today is Veterans’ Day and most of us honor those who fought so hard for the United States, while Donald Trump disrespects them with his outrageous claims of election fraud and his inability to admit he’s been dismissed.

Charles Douglas, My Hero

In his total lack of comprehension about how the Supreme Court works, Trump believed that body would come to the rescue and “appoint” him President again. His naïve,  undernourished brain thinks that if he gives something he will automatically get something. I am so freaking tired of this stupid powerplay. I never want to hear the words “base” and “transactional” ever again. It’s damn simple. We have an election, citizens cast ballots, and whoever gets the most electoral votes WINS!

When someone brings a frivolous suit into a court of law, they divert the court and the judge from hearing more important cases. Such disrespect of the system means justice must wait for those sincerely needing judicial help. Any lawyer knows that the legal road begins with a charge, not an argument. A plaintiff must produce evidence that significant harm has been done.

A small, litigious person like Donald Trump believes that any harm to him is grounds for a multi-year battle that will waste money and time. But we have a nation to run and, as they say, “the people have spoken.” Every time I complained about this president over the last four years, I heard that hackneyed phrase “elections have consequences.” Okay, but I want truth and consequences, not lies and deception.

Donald Trump is a lowlife scumbag who believed that if we all rubbed enough xenophobia, racism and populous poppycock on our faces he would be President-for-Life. Well, Donnie, that ain’t going to happen.

The Republican party’s protection of the wealthy donor class is a boat with no engine, no sails, no rudder and no compass to lead them away from Trump. He will eventually cut the line and set them adrift. I keep hearing that Republicans must be careful with Trump because he’s going to be the head of the party when he loses the presidency. REALLY? Why would the Republican party want to be run by a loser? If it were up to me, I would find someone else and get rid of all the TRUMPS and ROMNEYS. The Republican party should do an autopsy to figure out why they lost.

Why are these grifter Congress people afraid of the mad man with the butcher knife running through their pantry? If they were smart, they would push Trump as far away from politics as possible. He’s going to be in court for the next five years and will have no time for silly Republican games.

As I have said from the beginning, Donald Trump is harmful for our country. He’s demonstrating his danger with every tweet and action. When the smoke clears, I am going to write a letter to every Congressperson who supported and enabled this destructive force. I have never wavered. After writing more than one million words about what is wrong with Donald Trump, I want to go on record. Trump is a LOSER!

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

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OUR 3D PRESIDENT

Demeaning, Delusional & Dangerous

The ingredients are all there. Start with an overinflated, uncontrollable ego. Add a controlling, yet absent, father and a notion that you are the chosen person. Now slowly blend in a narcistic personality disorder combined with a depression era martyr syndrome doused with a thick layer of “go fuck yourself,” and there stands Donald John Trump.

There are three distinct drivers at the core of this man. The need to put down or bully others gives him a false sense of worth. He demeaned God by saying he will never ask forgiveness. He degrades women with misogynistic attitudes and actions, transparently hating them because of an unfulfilled need for a mother who couldn’t nourish and take care of him. He is a pathological liar, driven by a need to create the illusion that he knows something that others don’t, not realizing that most of us clearly understand he doesn’t know what he’s talking about.

His grandiose way of talking shows not only a lack of logic but what I call the “snowflake delusion.” When Donald Trump says he’s the least racist person in the room, then adds that he can’t even see everyone in the room, he exposes himself and his lie to any intelligent witness. The myth that no two snowflakes are ever alike cannot be proven unless every snowflake is captured and compared with all others. That is impossible, of course, and Trump’s self-aggrandizement with statements like, “I’m the only one who can fix it,” or “I’m the only one who knows the truth” illustrate his deep seated need to be smarter and better than everyone else in the world. He continually swirls in a delusional dance with himself truly believing that, “no one else has ever before seen the likes of —.”He is the center of his own world and his need for love fuels a delusional belief that nothing he does or says is ever mundane. It’s a pattern of unfulfilled neediness that may soon explode into desperate action.

When I first saw the title of his niece’s book, Too Much and Never Enough: How My Family Created the World’s Most Dangerous Man, I thought Mary L. Trump had gone too far. After reading her work, however, I get it. By using a the familiar construct of Donald-speak, Mary holds a lens to his orange face and we clearly see the golden boy, the chosen heir, the little miss “can’t be wrong” starring back at us. It’s just the tip of an iceberg that is dangerous to himself and others. Mary probably believes that the constant demeaning behavior of the spoiled, middle child helped kill her father, Donald’s brother, Freddy. Now we have an unusual and unnecessary number of Americas dead from a pandemic that the Donald ignored.

When someone in his circle does something wrong, he recites the refrain, “I hardly know him.” He contorts his face into a look of innocence he has perfected over the years. When he gets caught, he immediately acts surprised and then blames someone else. His very essence destroys the credibility of his words and the institutions and companies around him. He even debases those relationships he brags about. President Xi of China and President Putin of Russia don’t give a shit about Donald Trump. They are smart actors who know this fake blonde from Queens is a mark, a target, and far removed from American royalty. They laugh at him behind his back, knowing when they play him they make our nation less safe.

Donald Trump doesn’t comprehend his incompetence because he has been trained to deflect all blame or responsibility. Golf is a perfect game for him because it provides what is called a “mulligan,” a second chance for a “do over” to erase a mistake. Blunders never appear on Trump’s scorecard because he gives himself extra attempts  to cover them. Golf doesn’t kill people, but a president can kill, or simply look the other way when murder happens on their watch. Think Jamal Khashoggi.

He wonders out loud to Bob Woodward about his affinity for bad leaders and inability to get along with our allies. He admitted liking people he’s not supposed to as some kind of self-worth enhancement because he’s incapable of doing what he should. He’s the radio shock jock told by his boss not to say the word “douchebag” on the air, and then uses the word fifty times during his next show. Trump can’t see this, but he humiliates himself by doing the wrong things for the wrong reasons. His rebellion has lowered the image, value and safety of his own country.

His dangerous self-image is that of a radical, burn the house down dude, when in reality this little boy needs his father, who is no longer here. He simultaneously wants to have his father and everyone else love him, while he also wants to spit in all those faces. He’s the spoiled brat who rips up the game he’s just lost, leaving a path of destruction behind him. Trump doesn’t need a cabinet to carter to his every whim; he needs a fucking shrink.

Donnie uses the word, “disgraceful” as a weapon against anyone who challenges him. Every woman is “nasty” or “dirty” or “low IQ.” He kept struggling Black people out of his low-income housing because that was the way his father got rich. Donald Trump is a fraud and a fake, projecting those very attributes onto our election process. He has no moral compass because he is his own north star. Every direction, every decision, leads back to him. Donald, the mistakes you made during the past four years weren’t Obama’s fault or caused by Hillary’s emails. They’re all on you, DONALD. When anything goes wrong with something you claim to run, it’s YOUR FAULT.

Donald Trump could have used his latest press conference to soothe and calm the nation. But NO! He launched into a list of hearsay and conspiracy theories about election fraud. It was like a little league coach losing a game because he thought the umpire made a bad call, punching the umpire, then, punching the opposing coach in the mouth.

Us Americans with half a brain are tired of Donald Trump’s demeaning routines. We are nervous because of his delusional, flip-flopping habits and we see this man for what he is, a dangerous, exposed nerve ending with no redeeming qualities just waiting to blow. If he keeps encouraging and creating violence and harm in this country, then the “law & order” guy must just get a dose of his own medicine. He will probably look good in orange.

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

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DEFINITION OF A DEMOCRAT

Trump’s Lies & Myths Show His Ignorance

I was going to dress up as a Democrat for Halloween, but I couldn’t figure out what to wear. Was I to put horns on my head, or wear a sixties hippy outfit and carry Molotov cocktails? Perhaps I should dress up in a $800 suit and carry a briefcase full of one hundred-dollar bills to give out to passers-by in a socialist effort to spread the wealth?

When Donald Trump was a private citizen, he was a registered Democrat? Why? Maybe the Donald was just flocking with the shakers in New York City. As we now know, back then Trump gave money to all candidates, regardless of party. According to the book written by his niece, Mary L. Trump, the son learned this from his father, who padded the pockets of the politicians who handled building permits in the city. Why should anyone believe anything Trump says about the Democratic party?

We have a rich history of political parties in this country. Once there were the Federalist Party and the Democratic-Republican Party, also called “Jeffersonian Republican.” Then we moved around some players into the Whig Party that came out of the National Republican Party and the Democratic Party. During the Civil War, from 1854 to the mid-1890s, we had the anti-slavery Republican Party, which adopted many of the economic policies of the Whigs, and we had the Democratic Party, which was pro-slavery. Along the way, we’ve seen attempts at third party candidates, usually bringing disaster to one of the larger party candidates.

It’s funny how the parties morphed over time. The pro-slavery, anti-labor Southern Democrats of the 1900s became pro-labor and much more liberal, while after freeing the slaves Lincoln Republicans became the staunch, conservative “leave everything as it is” party. Those who know history don’t view the Emancipation Declaration as a benevolent gift from Lincoln. They see it as a pure political move to save the Union. Modern time Republicans, like Trump, believe they have an anti-racism heritage to protect, but as soon as Lincoln was assassinated the country did everything it could to keep the Black man “in his place.”

It’s outrageous when Donald Trump says that he’s done more for African Americans than any president since Abraham Lincoln. I am sure Lyndon Johnson’s daughters are deeply offended by this president’s words, but it goes much deeper.

On June 10, 1963, President John F. Kennedy federalized National Guard troops and deployed them to the University of Alabama to force its desegregation. The next day, Governor Wallace yielded to the federal pressure and two African American students, Vivian Malone and James A. Hood, were successfully enrolled. Compare that to Donald Trump tear-gassing Black Lives Matter protesters so he could walk across the street for his photo-op of holding a bible. By the way, JFK was a Democrat.

Some say Democrats are just like the Republicans. Oh yeah, they talk a good game but deep down inside they will bend their own dogma to get up on the other party. Bill Clinton, a Democrat, wasn’t exactly a prince to the Black community. The former president made sure low-level drug users felt the full weight of state power at the same time bankers felt the removal of the shackles that bound them. Clinton simply wanted to play the “law and order” card to get reelected. Think about it. He was caught in an affair with an intern, lied about it, was impeached and still got another four years in office. Wow! It must have been the voter suppression by both parties that kept Clinton in power.

The Democratic party does NOT hate the police. As a matter of fact, many big-city cops are Democrats. Party members are not coming to burn down your suburb. And we all are repulsed by anyone tries to say we have a problem with the military. Just because we did not support the Vietnam War, we do honor our father’s service in WWI or WW2, every day. And those who fought in Afghanistan and Iraq, even if we disagreed, have a place in our hearts.

Yes, Democrats have tons of money. Look at how much Biden has collected from his Democratic donors. Republicans are silly when they claim that all the money is coming from George Soros. It’s true that 90-year-old holocaust survivor donates money to liberal causes, but maybe he knows that tyrants can gain power and turn people against minorities. Most Democrats aren’t braless radicals making bombs in the basement. Clearly that is the action of radical, right wing, nut job militias. They could care less about rich white guys telling them what to do. They are a cult with extraordinarily little financing. The guns they carry are paid for individually. It’s the far right we must watch.

The myth that Democrats are socialists is horse shit, or maybe donkey shit. Democrats feel just as much greed and need to keep money on the D side of the equation as Republicans want for the R group. Trump goes out of his way to paint Nancy Pelosi as a red, communist socialist, but she and her husband Paul Pelosi are worth about $46.5 million in real estate and various blue-chip stock holdings. Compare that to the richest person in Congress, Florida Senate Republican Rick Scott. According to Fox Business news, “Scott is worth an estimated $259 million.” Any claim that the Democrats are going to give away the treasury to out-of-work, single Moms is a bold lie. Democrats are actually, more fiscally responsible.

2016 data show that the net worth of Congressional members can be broken out into classifications of minimum, average and maximum. Based on their average net worth, 48 percent of House and Senate members are worth at least a million dollars. Yes, Mrs. And Mr. Taxpayer, they are rich and getting richer every year. They use information from confidential hearings to guide their investment strategies. This is not totally against the law. Why is that?

I find it richly ironic that Republican presidents tend to claim a Democratic government would somehow spend more money than they would. It’s a total lie. The national debt increased by 186% during the Reagan years, while George W. Bush helped increase that debt by 54%. Now before you get all crazy here, let’s look at the facts. George W. Bush’s “gift” to America totaled $5.9 billion more in debt, while Barack Obama also increased our debt by $8.6 billion.

Now let’s talk about our great bankruptcy-in-chief, Donald Trump. The national debt stood at $19.9 trillion when he took office in January 2017. In October 2020, the national debt reached a new high of $27 trillion, which is up almost 36% in less than four years. That’s an increase of $7 TRILLION! How can we permit this man to operate our country with that type of reckless spending?

Keep in mind that these figures were calculated before the coronavirus stimulus measures. In fact, the greatest debt burden of the country came from the outrageous tax cuts for the rich and large companies and banks. Trump was bribing the rich to like him, and all those fiscal hawks in Congress just looked the other way. Their complicity might help birth a new third party, the New Republicans. Here we go again.

Democrats are not the people Trump tries to imagine. Yes, Democrats generally dislike the 45th President, but they aren’t going to log in Alaska, pollute in Pittsburgh, or get rid of police departments. The need for police will be especially important in a Democrat run government. Those white supremacists, vigilantes and militias will find the men and women in blue defending our property and peace. The coin can flip quickly, and the disruptions and intimidations of automatic weaponry will no longer be tolerated by America. It’s all just a game with Trump, the former Democrat, who changed all his values and beliefs for power. I am sure he prays once every four years.

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OPEN LETTER TO STANFORD

The University Should Protect Its Reputation

Today, I’ve had enough. I’m tired of people who are hurting our fellow citizens and we must speak out. We need to point out that when educational institutions enable false information, they are wrong and must be confronted. Stanford University is a great school, but they may be risking that reputation. So, I wrote a letter:

Dear Stanford University,

Is Stanford University willing to trash its good reputation because of SCOTT ATLAS?

I hope this message finds its way to the person responsible for causing all the problems. Is Dr. Atlas the sole member of Stanford’s HOOVER INSTITUTION? Who oversees this? What oversight is applied by the University? THIS EMAIL SHOULD BE READ BY THE PROVOST AND PRESIDENT. I would have sent this to Marc Tessier-Lavigne, but I can’t find an email address for him.

Let’s start with some basic knowledge.

  1. More than 220,000 people in the United States have died because of the COVID-19 crisis.
  2. The Trump administration has produced a confusing and misinformed policy on fighting the virus.
  3. The White House has hired a Stanford Fellow to advise the President.
  4. Dr. Scott Atlas, that advisor, has contributed to the confusion and misinformation.
  5. Dr. Scott Atlas has tweeted that face coverings (masks) do not work.

So, let’s get real. If I were the President of the United States, I would fire this man ASAP. If I were running Stanford, I would disassociate myself from this individual immediately. Why?

LIES for a LIAR

What Scott Atlas is really saying is that front line people are NOT protected by PPE. ANY MEDICAL PROFESSIONAL KNOWS THAT IS NOT TRUE. Doctors wear coverings during an operation to protect the patient and themselves. This is a fact. Is that what Dr. Atlas meant? I assume that SNC uses best practices, so why would the president’s advisor perpetrate a lie? Why wouldn’t Dr. Atlas recommend that people going out in the public during a global pandemic wear a mask to protect themselves? This man is harming people with his false words.

Dr. Atlas told millions of Americans with pre-existing conditions they should take the risk of getting the virus. What oath did he take? What, or who, is guiding his advice? Is he adhering to the Hippocratic Oath? Remember, a piece of that oath says, “First, do no harm.” Could it be that Dr. Atlas is being manipulated by someone trying to affect an election rather than save people’s lives? Only the good doctor knows the answer, but what responsibility does STANFORD UNIVERSITY have in this equation?

I don’t believe Dr. Atlas comprehends the position he is in. He got hired, appeared on TV, got noticed and walked away from all his medical knowledge and expertise just to be “another opinion.” The number of doctors and other medical experts who have spoken out against Dr. Atlas is overwhelming. Perhaps he’s in the leech business wanting to bring back arcane ideas that have long been disproved. He talked about “herd immunity,” then he distanced himself from his own proposal. VACILLATION is not a VACCINATION.

I am not a “cancel culture” person, I am a concerned citizen.

You don’t need to cancel Scott Atlas. You must decide whether you want our grandkids to go to Stanford. Right now, Dr. Atlas is not much better than soiled PPE. You can keep putting him on, but it’s dangerous for America. Ask Paul Romer, ask Dr. Fauci, ask any doctor on the front lines.

I am posting this to social media in the hope that someone will share this with the person responsible for protecting the reputation of STANFORD UNIVERSITY. No action is just complicity, not intelligent management of people you pay. Do the right thing.

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BLAMER & SHAMER

The Lunatic Must Go Away

It seems to me that we have a precise, exact understanding about the nature of a bully. It’s a person who habitually seeks to harm, intimidate or coerce those whom they perceive as vulnerable, and this brings us to one of oldest stories in the world. Throughout the years, the book The Tortoise and the Hare by Aesop has gathered conflicting interpretations. The book describes a race between a turtle and a rabbit.  It’s a variant of a common folktale theme in which ingenuity and trickery are employed to overcome a stronger, dogged opponent, but what should we take away from the old storyline?

Aesop’s short story attempts to convey a moral, but what is it? The lesson seems vague. In the classical interpretation, it was not the tortoise’s plucky persistence in taking on a bully that was emphasized, but rather the hare’s foolish overconfidence. When one is overconfident they tend to make mistakes, take risks and emotionalize their every move.

Donald John Trump has decided that because he has “conquered” the coronavirus the infection is no longer a risk to anyone. Some of those who attended his mask-less, crowded events will surely get sick. Those folks will either suffer the BIG BANG of COVID, or they will be ill for days with one of the worst flus they’ve ever had. What a price to pay for such zealous foolishness.

Donald Trump’s request that his right-wing domestic terrorists bring guns to our voting places is not only unamerican, it’s voter intimidation. The Donald doesn’t care about you or democracy. He’s a wannabe dictator attempting to hijack the Constitution. Who will stand by and let him do this? Who will be blamed for the cheating, voter intimidation and lack of respect for the law? Will they be charged?

According to the New York Times, “…more than 7,700 ballots have been challenged and face rejection in North Carolina. In Florida, that number is 11,900.” Most of those ballots have been tossed because the voter’s signature could not be verified. What an arcane way to determine the authenticity of a ballot. Years ago, when having to sign thousands of business letters, I developed a signature with two lower case “ds.” I later shortened that to one lower case “d” with a front launch, a twirl and then a long tail. My boss once admonished me to “use your real signature!” and my kids used this simplified form to forge an unknown number of permission slips. All that aside, why are we using signatures as verification? We’re no longer living in the fifties. There are better ways.

If he loses the election, Trump has prepared his sycophants to blame the dark, sinister forces of the “deep state.” Should you be tempted to believe his bark, don’t be fooled. It’s much bigger than his bite. He’s an immoral, unconscientious, spoiled brat-boy. He will eventually take his toys and go home, but not quietly.

Can you believe Trump is trying to shame his own experts on viruses because he doesn’t like the truth? Those who disagree with him are the enemy and they must suffer. According to Politico, in a conference call with campaign workers, Trump called the whole COVID Task Force “idiots” on Monday, and even mused about potentially firing the nation’s top infectious disease expert.

REALLY? Who is this good for? Nobody. Trump went on to say, “People are tired of Covid. People are saying, ‘Whatever, just leave us alone.’ People are tired of hearing Fauci and all these idiots,” Trump knew the press was on the call, so he was using the forum to attack and lash out at Fauci. “He’s been here for, like, 500 years. Fauci, if we listened to him, we’d have 500,000 deaths.” This all makes Trump one glorious douchebag.

When right-wing domestic terrorists got caught planning to kidnap a US governor, Trump attempted to shame the female ruler and blame her for the problem. It’s like the small-town sheriff saying the woman who was raped was “asking for it.” I cannot believe that devout Christians can keep vouching for this guy.

Donald Trump does everything he can to merge Black Lives Matter protesters, civil rights protesters and Democrats into the unorganized followers of Antifa. The trumpers keep calling those on the left socialists, fascists and anti-fascists. Could they at least get their beliefs together? Are they anti-fascists or are they and Trump pro-fascists? If they love the 45th President, they must be pro-fascist.

The lunatic in the West Wing is not focused on being president. When he was a “builder” and marketer of his name for gain, he hardly worked on the real substance of his organization’s goals. He much preferred getting stroked by his people, reading about himself in the gossip columns and basking in the adoration of younger women. It’s his thing. He gets the most out of the least amount of work.

John Kelly

General John Kelly says Trump is the most flawed person he’s ever known, but did nothing to stop him. John Bolton believes Donald is unfit to be president, especially when it comes to foreign policy, but Bolton won’t vote for Joe Biden to dispose the asshole. We’ve heard from many who have served this president, but my favorite description comes from former Secretary of State, Rex Tillerson. He said Donald Trump is a “fucking moron.” Sadly, no one has stepped up to stop him.

The sickest fault of Trump is his inability to understand anything outside of his tiny world. He lacks empathy and cannot possibly do anything of meaning for anyone else. The cult activity of this deranged man will ultimately end in the total disgrace of most of his family and our country. If the picture that eventually is posted on Donald John Trump’s Wikipedia page shows him being led off the White House grounds by federal agents, he and his offspring will have deep regrets. Nixon’s final photograph leaving office on Marine One reflected the cliché of his entire presidency. He gave a double peace sign, yet he hated those who invented the gesture.

Trump will certainly give us another gesture when removed from office. It’s about time we end this whole notion that, as Nixon claimed, “If the president does it, it cannot be illegal.” We are all sick of the blame game and the never-ending shaming and bullying. I thought Nixon should have served time in jail. I now believe that if Donald Trump is found guilty of violating any US laws, he should be imprisoned. No President should be allowed to pardon him, but then, I’m just a law and order blogger. HA!

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