ADAM FOX & FRIENDS

Sad Truth About Domestic Terrorism

I love my family and my country. Some people have a strange viewpoint on what constitutes “freedom,” along with a desire to enforce their position. I prefer to use the ballot box to make my desires known, while others plot to loot, burn and tear down the establishment. There is no difference between far-left radicals who see violence as the bargaining chip and the far-right who gain power from automatic weapons and secret militias. Well, they just got a little less secret.

Yesterday, the US Justice Department brought charges against a group of radical militias who were intending to kidnap and/or murder the Governor of Michigan, Gretchen Whitmer, and take over that state’s government by force. I have included the 15-page arrest warrant if you are into reading official documents: gov.uscourts.miwd.99213.1.1_1 The highly vocal leader of what could have been an army of 200 men attacking Michigan’s state government was a guy named Adam Fox. If convicted, Mr. Fox could spend the rest of his life behind bars, probably not the freedom he was allegedly fighting for.

Fox and friends were profoundly serious about their desires and plans. The arrest warrant contains the transcript of a recording made during the surveillance operation in which Fox says “We ain’t gonna let ‘em burn our fuckin’ state down. I don’t give a fuck if there’s only 20 or 30 of us, dude, we’ll go out there and use deadly force.” This brings to us a huge and direct question for Donald John Trump, WHY IS IT SO DIFFICULT TO DENOUNCE THESE GUYS?

Trump prefers that his soldiers and heroes never be captured, and he loves radicals who wave his flag, not the flag of the United States. For several years, I lived in a small, upstate New York town. One of my neighbors had a giant “Don’t Tread on Me” flag next to the Confederate flag hanging over his garage. He was a young man in his twenties who grew up in that area, and I always wanted to ask him why he displayed those flags rather than the flag of the United States of America. He moved before I had an opportunity to confront him. Maybe this anti-government attitude could be understood by examining the personal grievances of its proponents.

Many years ago, I marched against a president who I believed was corrupt, and my position was eventually proven correct. Richard Nixon didn’t care about America; he cared about himself. I believe in the deepest part of my soul that Donald Trump is an evil, crooked and uncaring human being, but I am not going to load up a gun and shoot out the capitol and officials in my state. I want a new president because Trump and his boys have screwed it all up. I have three American flags in my front yard. You won’t find a “Tread on me” banner nor any other flag representing misguided, confederate, treasonous slave owners. You know, if we cannot fix democracy without violence then we don’t deserve it.

Instead of Donald Trump and his lapdog Mike Pence bragging about their support of the police and touting the “Blue Lives Matter” defense of systemic racism, they should be condemning those assholes who wield violence to achieve their radical, racist beliefs. Think about this. There is evidence that seven of those arrested men were affiliated with an extremist group known as the Wolverine Watchmen, and the Michigan attorney general accused them of collecting home addresses of police officers “in order to target them.” They were about to go after the police! That’s like late 1960s Black Panther shit. How can the Trump administration not take legal action by arresting these people while convincing the hundreds of other like-minded men across the nation to put down their guns? It’s just another of the many things Trump and Pence have fucked up.

Reports say the Watchmen were threatening to start a civil war, which they believed would lead to societal collapse. Really? These are the kind of people who support Donald Trump and his agenda of hate, racism, xenophobia and, wait for it, anti-Semitic dogma. I almost choked during the Vice Presidential debate when Mike Pence claimed this president could not possibly hold those forms of extreme hatred because he has Jewish grandkids, Sure, it’s like the old trope, “Some of my best friends are Black.” His statement smelled so disingenuous that it attracted a fly.

Recently, an extremely drunken, shirtless man tried to enter a tavern near the Nokomis, Florida beach. The waiters surrounded him and asked him to leave the reception area, refusing to seat the man. Children were in the restaurant and several witnesses said the drunk man laid down on the ground and exposed himself. There is a video of the drama in which the man screams about white supremacy. 36-year-old Nicholas A. Schock shouted, “The Aryan Nation will rule the world,” followed by, “I don’t give a fuck! Call Donald Trump!”  Right after that, Mr. Schock walked up to a bartender and smacked her in the face, knocking her out.

Nicholas A. Schock

I watched this video full of extreme anger and stress. I said to my neighbor, “That is why we need a new president.” His reaction? “No we don’t. That man is just a demented drug addict.” Okay, but what about the Trump stuff? What about the plot to kill the governor of a state? What about the weapons and threats? What about the tolerance for violent, far-right racialization, the constant rebuke of Black Lives Matter and the actions against peaceful protest by citizens saying they DON’T LIKE TRUMP?

Americans have a right to protest and a duty to speak up when they think things are going too far, right or left. When the President of the United States aids and abets enemies of Democracy, he is either a tyrant or complicit and should be charged for his misdeeds and indictments. I would love to sit on that jury, a great duty for us good, democratic souls.

I will never forget or forgive the failures of President Donald Trump. He ignored domestic terrorism, he froze on the COVID-19 crisis and he discounted Russian interference in our elections. He’s a bankrupt human being and a treasonous, old fool who has done nothing to make America great. He’s a liar, and in another place in time, a pike would be involved in his life story. But for now, we VOTE!

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 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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BLACK FLIES MATTER

Trump Puppet Pence Attacks and Attracts

Vice Presidential debates are fun events that usually have no bearing on the outcome of a presidential election. People are far more interested in the candidates for president, although this year the VP debates gave us a chance to see the “next in line” of two presidential candidates who are over 74 years of age.

There are many great quotes about the position of Vice President, like this one from our 32nd Vice President John Nance Garner, the position is “not worth a bucket of warm piss” and “the worst damn fool mistake I ever made.” If you’ve never heard his name, I guess he was right. And who can forget this Johnny Carson line, “Democracy means that anyone can grow up to be president, and anyone who doesn’t grow up can be vice president.” That’s funny, unless you happen to be the Vice President.

The vice presidency became more than an interim position on the way to the Oval Office when aggressive people like Dick Cheney and, I will add, Joe Biden used the unwritten power to get their way. Biden handled the recovery for his boss Barack Obama after the 2008 financial crisis, while Dick Cheney managed to trick George W. Bush into a war. The VP is also the president of the Senate, which gives them little work but much importance when a vote is tied. They get to break the tie.

Fly on the Veep

In last night’s debate, Mike Pence donned the same bully cloak Donald Trump wore in his debate with Biden. Pence seemed more polite but, as we say in radio, he is a real MIC HOG. There was only one debate participant that understood the two-minute limit, and that was THE FLY on Mike Pence’s head. Surely you heard about, or saw, a rather large, black fly land on Pence’s bright, white head. It stayed on camera for a full two-minutes.

When I was a kid, I spent some time on a farm and one of the gross realities is that where there is cow crap, there are flies. I’m sure all the bull crap that flew out of the Vice President’s mouth last night attracted that insect to him. Let’s face it, the nation saw a black-on-white crime, but I was disappointed that Senator Kamala Harris didn’t point it out on live TV. Maybe those plexiglass shields kept her from seeing the fly on the wall, I mean head.

The Pence attack on Biden related to the mysterious swine flu breakout was patently lame and predictable. In case you forgot, the US faced a swine flu global pandemic in 2009-2010; they always last at least two years. The World Health Organization and our CDC estimated the US toll at 60.8 million illnesses, 273,304 hospitalizations and 12,469 deaths. The indecipherable, illogical claim of Donald Trump is that if Obama were president during the COVID pandemic, there would have been millions killed. Of course, our Idiot in Chief and his Vice Puppet Pence provide no evidence or reasoning for this inane claim.

The President’s bleat of “Don’t fear the virus,” coupled with his claim that 12,469 American swine flu deaths was a total failure, makes the 211,000 COVID deaths a catastrophe of epic proportions. Trump’s claim that the seasonal flu kills just as many people as the coronavirus is false information which also undermines his misrepresentation that the Obama / Biden team did a bad job.

I hate to be dogmatic, but if we had only12,000 or even 30,000 coronavirus deaths, I would say that Trump did a good job, but we are currently above 211,000. Trump and Pence have been blind, deaf and dumb on the global pandemic. The term “unhinged” doesn’t even begin to describe the stupidity and ignorance our “leaders” dish out.

So, do we want more derangement, unbalance, witlessness and idiocy for another four years, or have we had enough? The morning after the Pence / Harris debate, the big, orange pumpkin went on Fox News and called Kamala Harris a “monster” and a “communist.” Really? Trump’s narcissistic personality disorder and his mind addled with the effects of dexamethasone, a steroid we took to cram for finals in college, is pushing the Trump train off the rails.

Harris must have gotten under the Donald’s skin last night because he’s spending lots of time, energy and political capital attacking her. Trump is now threatening that he’s going back on the campaign trail! Really? Until the President’s doctor releases all the results of his COVID tests, no one should go near the man. And until Trump releases his tax returns, no one should vote for him.

This just in, according to NBC News, “President Donald Trump required personnel at the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center to sign nondisclosure agreements last year before they could be involved with treating him.” Really, don’t they work for the taxpayers?

We know that Pence is a religious zealot saddled with the usual trappings of signs from a higher power. So, consider this. The best-known mythological spirit associated with the negative symbolism of flies, is Beelzebub. A popular nickname for this devil is “lord of flies,” and he can be depicted both in human form as a fallen angel or as a demonic-appearing fly. My best suggestion to Mike Pence is head to church now, and Karen Pence, get thee to a nunnery!

Former Trump Fan

Mike Pence wants to tell you, especially you women, that he knows what’s best for you. He wants to control your mind and your body. He wants to dictate to America his draconian values and his perversions of freedom. He’s the same person who didn’t let women vote for 144 years, who kept Africans as slaves for centuries and who now is actively endorsing voter suppression to demolish our democracy.

The destruction has begun, but we have time for us to fix this. The fly can lay its eggs in the field of white privilege, but we can clean them up and move on. It’s time to throw these bums out of office along with the incompetent grifters they have put in place. This is my delete list for Biden. William Barr, fire and investigate. Mike Pompeo, replace and investigate. Stephen Miller, dismiss with a swift kick in the pants. Dr. Scott Atlas, cast out with a request that his medical license be revoked. Louis DeJoy, fire, investigate, arrest and charge. Betsy De Vos, fire and ban from all public schools for life. Finally, we come to Donald Trump and Mike Pence. Time will confirm, but Pence has so much Trump stink on him that he’s forever ruined in politics. As for Trump, let the Southern District of New York determine his crimes. The good news is that Biden will NEVER pardon him.

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 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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SCHOOL’S OUT FOREVER!

Trump’s Classroom Conundrum

I could open today’s post with a wise crack about the commander in chief not knowing the meaning of the word, “conundrum,” but I won’t. We are at a fork in the road with two possible routes, and both are challenging.

Our kids have been out of school for more than five months. Some districts and families created robust, online programs to keep the students up to speed, but no one would argue that non-teacher interactions are better than real schools. Most children would also agree because they want to see their friends and learn. Yes, once a kid gets into the discovery mode they want more.

In my recent book, Gold, God, Guns & Goofballs – A Collection of Essays on America, I included two chapters that focused on education in America, 165 Doors and Charter Vs. Public. Public schools are both taxpayer-funded and managed by an array of political people and structures, which can keep a good district down. While teachers’ unions and bargaining agents were created to get teachers better deals, some believe their draconian rule making interferes with community budget planning and any contraction attempts. Our future has always depended on education of the next generation and no one wants to go backwards.

I can’t imagine many mothers and fathers returning to work without the publicly funded babysitter program. Sorry, but that is what some people call it. However, I am sure we all can agree that getting our offspring back to school will make America better. The person who inflicts the most damage to American schools is not Donald Trump. It’s his Secretary of Education, Betsy DeVos, who is a totally unqualified Republican donor promoting a 21st century segregation scheme under the cloak of “vouchers” and “school choice.” By funding religious and private schools with public money, DeVos is helping to disenfranchise those who cannot afford private education. It’s a policy that divides people from their very first day of school.

Unfortunately, people are focusing on the kids, assuming school administrators and teachers can remain safe at work. Sure, one can scrub down those facilities, but will the schools do this five times a day? Unlikely. The theory that children can deal with the virus better than adults may be the biggest flaw in a rush to get back to school. If a school infection breaks out and a student dies from COVID-19, it it will reflect very poorly on Donald Trump and Betsy DeVos. Of course, Trump will simply blame or fire DeVos for anything bad that happens.

The burden of school districts to clean the structures and test their teachers will demand more money from the federal government and state leaders. Keeping kids safe and smart is paramount. Because the President of the United States has diabolically made the global pandemic personal and political, we will never know what could have been if we had taken careful and scientific steps. We tend to go overboard in protecting our children, and the rush to open schools violates the thoughts and feelings of most parents. Some don’t even let their kids be vaccinated, so why would those same PTA members want to take such a risk? No parent wants their child to be the lab rat in a government experiment.

Most school districts take their guidance and funding of safety measures from their state, not the federal government. Yes, all schools get money from the national budget, but most school boards believe Washington doesn’t know how to run their schools. The President dictates that schools open on his command, but only teachers and administrators understand the stark implications. School districts are currently calling on their administrators to craft a plan, while teachers are seeking a strong strategy to stay safe. Teachers unions are asking important questions that I am sure have never been considered by the village idiots, Donald and Betsy. And of course, the states to open first have the highest percentages of positivity rates.

The most frustrating thing about the coronavirus is the lack of proven and reliable information. One day we are told it spreads six feet, then we are told it doesn’t stay on surfaces, then we are told it that it does stay on surfaces, for hours, then we are told that small droplets can stay in the air for a long time and infect more. Could our indoor social distancing guidelines not be based on exact science? Our slow uptake on mask wearing means we have lost an advantage in this fight. We are playing catch-up ball.

I want to ask Donald Trump why he is pressuring schools to open after saying that decision is up to the state governors? He’s been rebuked for not issuing a national order of mask-wearing and was told directly that he doesn’t have the power to make governors do his bidding. He might want to ask the local leaders what they think is best and stop being a bully.

The misinformation and lies by our President have made the pandemic worse. He forced his sycophant governors to open early, and they are paying the price. The skyrocketing number of cases, hospitalizations and deaths in Texas, Georgia, Florida and Arizona show the power of this virus and the biggest reason NOT TO OPEN SCHOOLS until we are certain it is safe to do so.

The large orange ostrich with his head in the ground needs a good swift kick in his fat ass so he can pull his head out of his partisan hole. The conundrum of reopening schools should not be a global endeavor. Each school and district are unique. Private schools, even with some sense of immunity from prosecution, will shutter their businesses rather than going through a wrongful death lawsuit, and that places the public schools directly in the crosshairs of this virus. What a terrible way to run a country.

Trump has now tweeted that those states ignoring his arbitrary demand to open their schools will lose federal funding. The Department of Education in every state should be happy they are being treated the same way Trump treats Ukraine. It’s a big, fat quid-pro-quo! Trump’s deal is simple, “You make me look good, and you get the money.” What a horrible President!

During Wednesday’s presser Dr. Robert Redfield didn’t answer the question whether he would change the latest guidelines because Trump didn’t like them. Then a minute later, the large white puppet Pence said the CDC will be revising and publishing a new guideline next week. What a dodge.

The big news out of the COVID Task Force press conference was that there has been very little, if any, testing of kids under 10 years of age. They admit they don’t know the dangers, especially with those with pre-existing conditions. This is another failure of leadership that could be a catastrophe for our kids.

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 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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THE WHEELS ARE COMING OFF

Trump and Pence Must Go Away 

A song came into my head when I woke up today. The noir refrain of Bullet with Butterfly Wings by the Smashing Pumpkins brought me to the computer keyboard. It’s a great metaphor for where we find ourselves right now. The bullet is the COVID-19 virus. The butterfly wings are the camouflage of misinformation and unreasonable goals for the economy coming from the Trump administration. The lyrics of song cut deeply, “The world is a vampire, sent to drain, secret destroyers, hold you up to the flames, And what do I get, for my pain? Betrayed desires, and a piece of the game.” Who is the vampire sucking the life out of America?

Smashing Pumpkins

As we watch events unfold, it certainly seems like our President is playing a game in which the health of American citizens is far less important that his reelection. Happily, the wheels are falling off the Trump truck of fallacies, and people are now asking relevant questions. They WANT to know the facts. It’s Trump’s fault that people are not wearing masks and Vice President Mike Pence is an evil enabler and damaging distributor of lies. These people are hurting America. Why not put a doctor in the position or maybe a nurse, perhaps a social worker or even an intelligent eight-year-old child?

The President of the United States ignored the advice of medical, scientific and virologic experts by forcing a reopening of the economy before the country was ready. He took the position that a “few people” dying is okay. Trump reads Richard Nixon’s playbook and spouts rhetoric about protesters, Antifa and other imagery ghosts, but the average Joe and Jolene just want to pay their bills, send their kids back to school and return to work.

Trump would rather kill more Americans than seriously deal with the stark health aspects of the global pandemic, which has shown the world how weak the infrastructure of our healthcare system. This lyric of the Smashing Pumpkin’s song gives us more doubt than hope, “Despite all my rage I am still just a rat in a cage, then someone will say what is lost can never be saved.” Donald John Trump cannot be repaired or saved. He should be thrown out like a swollen bag of stinking garbage. The Donald is the rat in a cage, and he is asking you to crawl right in there with him. When the cheese runs out, he will fucking eat you. Our rage is good, but what is the action to rid ourselves of this evil.

Mike Pence lies repeatedly, and the press gives him too much undeserved respect. The press needs to call out them and their LIES every time they occur. The administration might consider the media rude and thrown them off the island of the Washington correspondence club, but its time reporters study the Mike Wallace’s and Dan Rather’s of the past. Media must diligently confront the priggery and trick them into telling the truth.

Our President doesn’t merit respect. He’s a dolt, unable to do anything more complicated than arranging the paper currency in his wallet. While more and more people are dying, Trump wants us to go out and play in this COVID world without protection, why?

His statement that we would have lost millions more US lives sounds like the old baseball player talking about the big game, “Hey if I didn’t hit that eight-inning homerun the score would’ve been worse.” Donald’s teammates are sitting in the dugout, holding their heads and knowing the truth. THEY LOST THE GAME! We currently have the second highest infection rate per one million persons. Brazil is currently #1 but that country, believe it or not. has a leader who is stupider than Trump.

Bragging about your individual achievements while things are getting worse doesn’t comfort the family at the cemetery throwing dirt on their dead loved one’s casket. Trump’s lack of empathy and continual put down of those who give sound advice is more than astonishing, it’s demonic.

Old Woman Trump

Donald Trump loves to kick a man when he is down. There will be only one to blame when those poor, naïve people who attended the unnecessary MAGA rallies come down with the coronavirus, Donald Trump.

Remember how Trump put down John McCain? “He’s a war hero because he was captured. I like people that weren’t captured!” Well then, people of America, see where you stand. You have been captured by a virus and the orange baboon in the White House considers you nothing but collateral damage in his quest for power. That creature hears no voices unless they aren’t praising him. His staff tries to cover for him by saying he was joking or being sarcastic, but then his reply is, “I don’t kid.” This administration is a bucketful of lies.

It’s not one wheel that has fallen off the bus; all four are gone and our leader left the spare in the garage. Even as it unfolded in plain view, Trump didn’t believe something bad was happening. His lack of preparation is obvious. Life is not an adlib, Mr. Trump, it’s a well-defined structure with a beginning, middle and end. Trump’s toxic presidency must come to an end. NOW!  

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

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


THE OTHER BIG DUMMY

Charlie McCarthy Is Smarter Than Mike Pence

In the middle of the last century, Edgar Bergen was an entertainer and ventriloquist whose partner was a wooden dummy named Charlie McCarthy. Oh, in case you are wondering, yes, Candice Bergen is Edgar’s daughter, but let’s talk about dummies. A puppet or dummy takes on the personality of the person who operates them. Someone must manipulate the gestures, words and movements of something that has no IQ or human intelligence.

Charlie & Edgar

Mike Pence is big, pale dummy. I am not sure if he’s being operated by someone who can throw his voice, but when the Vice President talks I think I see Trump’s lips moving while they are connected to Pence’s brain. For those who watched the old day antics of Bergen and McCarthy, you knew that all the punchlines came from the 40-pound collection of wood and cloth. McCarthy was the smart one. In the case of Trump’s Veep puppet, he’s dumber than Donald. By the way, Charlie is also smarter than Trump.

I know there are some who think Mike Pence is honest, but that pious piece of baloney is full of bad advice and lies just like his boss. No American can swallow anything he says. Why do we let these propagandists waste our time with charts and graphs and running out of the room before they have presented a sound plan and genuine guidance? At the first COVID-19 Task Force press briefing in months. Pence was questioned about why the Trump campaign is putting people in harm’s way by holding rallies in vulnerable states, Mike the dummy talked about the First Amendment. What?

All Trump needs to do to keep more people from getting infected is STOP HOLDING THE RALLIES. All the administration must do to lower virus spread in the US is issue an executive order that EVERYONE MUST WEAR A MASK IN PUBLIC. Even if the ventriloquist were to pull his hand from the backside of the Vice President long enough for him to think about what he is saying, we still would get a heap of horseshit. Mike Pence is incapable of saying anything helpful.

When Mike Pence tried to shovel the drivel that we are better off now than we were three months ago, he should have been more careful not to get the bile on him. He’s just another loser politician who cannot be trusted. When he tells us to pray, remember that is what they said to the Titanic passengers who didn’t get seats on the lifeboats.

Just when Pence could have made a difference and been more firm about guidelines from the CDC and the Task Force, he used the old “not my job” excuse by saying people should do what their state officials tell them. As a taxpayer, I must ask why we are paying Mike Pence? If he won’t share the guidelines and best practices of the medical experts, then what good is he?

This latest debacle and misuse of our citizens’ time make it clear; MIKE PENCE SHOULD NEVER BE PRESIDENT. He’s more than a dummy; he’s a douchebag!

Why am I so upset? While he was on TV babbling stupid things, both Texas and Florida re-closed their bars. While several states were putting the reopening “on pause,” as they say, this manure spreader was telling us the administration has done such a great job handling the global pandemic. You might ask how my words make things better. Well, THEY DON’T, but when I say bad things about Mike Pence, I feel better. Hey, I am wearing a mask when I type these putdowns.

Donald Trump and Mike Pence are harming people. They are feckless, fake fathers of fear and loathing. The revulsion I feel for Mike Pence and his patronizing use of religion is palpable.

Mannequins don’t feel anything. They have no guilt. They have no moral grounding. They are just pieces of cloth, staples and wood controlled by their master. Charlie McCarthy had a sense of humor and obviously understood timing. Our nation really needed an update, but Mike Pence’s words were ineffective and the ground where he stood was shaky and undefendable.

Since we are talking about Mike Pence, let me quote Matthew from the Holy Bible, “…everyone who hears these words of mine and does not put them into practice is like a foolish man who built his house on sand. The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell with a great crash.” This is the Gospel of the Lord, and Mr. Pence is not worthy.

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

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

 

 


IT IS WHAT IT IS

Voices Inside Trump’s Head

There is a common human occurrence that surfaces when people are around a tribe or group for any length of time. They take on the lingo, phrases and accents of those in that group. When pop singer Madonna married a Scotsman and moved to the UK, she soon brandished a new and strange British accent — pretty far from Detroit.

Deer Hunter, one of the more disturbing “Vietnam inspired” movies, was released in 1978. One of my favorite actors, Robert De Niro, played Michael Vronsky and the fabulous character actor John Cazale played Stanley (Stosh). There is a scene that has always bothered me. De Niro’s character says to Stosh, “You see this? This is this. This ain’t something else. This is this. From now on, you’re on your own.”

When Dr. Anthony Fauci, M.D. and Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, was asked about the lost time in the Trump administration’s response to the spreading COVID-19 virus in America he said, “It’s a shame but it’s . . . it is what it is.” Dr. Fauci admitted that the Trump administration did a poor job by using the phrase “it is what it is.” He told the truth but softened it for Trump’s ears.

On February 23, 2020, @realDonaldTrump tweeted this, “Democrats talking point is that we are doing badly. If the virus disappeared tomorrow, they would say we did a really poor, and even incompetent, job. Not fair, but it is what it is. So far, by the way, we have not had one death. Let’s keep it that way!” NOTE: Today May 7, 2020 we have more than 75,000 DEATHS.

When people with limited mental and verbal acuity attempt to express complex feelings or psychological disruptions, they typically simplify things with short catch phrases, party lines or nebulous terms.  Reread the above Tweet and make your own conclusions.

Not to get too far into the woods here, but Liane Gabora Ph.D. wrote an article which was posted on the Psychology Today website in 2014. Here are her words, “The increased use of ‘it is what it is’ seemed to be a sign that people are increasingly comfortable with ‘states of potentiality,’ which are states that could ‘collapse’ to different actual states depending on the context.” I’ll take a layman’s whack at this. It seems to indicate that people use the phrase when they know in the back of their head that in the near term something might dramatically change, and they don’t want to look like an idiot. The good news is, should it get worse, they can simply repeat the phrase and move on.

I must now build a bridge back to Deer Hunter, focusing on the last part of what Michael said to Stanley and how it now applies to Donald Trump. Michael, like many Vietnam vets, needed to get a grip on reality as best he could. When he’s saying, “this is this,” he’s not arguing that someone else might not see it the same way he does; he’s just assuring himself. After he established his personal reality, he added, “From now on, you’re on your own,” to distance himself from another person’s problems or perceptions.

Donald Trump’s feeble attempt at informing the country during this coronavirus crisis was mainly through his daily Task Force briefings. During those press conferences we learned of a major conflict between the federal government and the states. I was dumbfounded hearing what came out of Trump’s little puckered mouth as he knocked the Governors, “From now on, you’re on your own when it comes to testing.”

When asked if he should be held accountable for the slow reactions and lack of game plan, he openly admitted, “I don’t take responsibility at all.” What an astounding reaction from the most powerful person in our government. Does he not remember that he took an oath to protect this nation and its Constitution?

While Trump was boasting about pushing financial relief to the cruise industry, he wasn’t thinking at all about the supply line of PPE, testing instruments and procedures hospital workers needed to keep American’s safe. I would be negligent if I didn’t mention that most cruise line companies are not chartered in America and don’t pay US taxes. Many of their employees are foreign nationals. It’s just more cronyism and political corruption pushed into the public domain.

When the President and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin were hyper focused on bailing out the airline industry, there was no discussion about securing the food supply in America. We all may soon be enjoying eating food out of cans. While Trump was commenting on lower gas prices, we had no place to go. If you believe that Trump and his store-bought economists were telling the truth when they said they would take care of the small businesses and family farmers; you just swallowed another lie. Most farmers and small businesses aren’t getting relief and Trump knows it.

I could say, well, “It is what it is,” but you don’t need to be told that. You don’t need to hear, “this is this,” either. You’ve been quarantined for more than 49 days and you know exactly what it is. It’s a worldwide shitstorm and we desperately need to hear an intelligent, informed being describe in detail what will exist when we reach that light at the end of the tunnel. Stop continuously telling me that we are there. We aren’t, and we need information and guidance. Here’s a question, “Why didn’t the government tell us to wear masks from the beginning?” Would that have saved more lives?

They didn’t tell us that because Americans would have cleaned out the limited supplies of our PPE and caused more damage at the hospitals where professionals are fighting the curse. You saw what happened with toilet paper. I guess that means we care more about pooping than eating. Why didn’t the government analyze the public needs and try to manage them at the federal level? Well there’s a simple answer to that. It was all too complicated for the meager minds of Donald John Trump and Jared Kushner, a man who isn’t even qualified to be a doorman at 666 Fifth Avenue. This douchebag son-in-law has been a failure at everything he attempts, and when he talks, he embarrasses our nation.

Pompous VP Mike Pence is another sycophant who lives in his artificial world of self-importance. When asked why the White House was considering a phase out the Coronavirus Task Force, he said, “The anticipated wind down could happen after Memorial Day.” Then he added, “…because of the tremendous progress we’ve made as a country.” Great progress, Mikey! Thank you for helping us achieve 100,000 deaths. We couldn’t have done it without you. IRONY READERS! Yesterday Trump said the Task Force will remain on the job forever. These Junior Achievement “leaders” can’t even coordinate their messages.

The President hears people say things and then he repeats them without any filter or analysis. Someone suggested that disinfectants killed the virus, and he repeated the phrase and then embellished it into an embarrassingly stupid and dangerous suggestion.

The President is now openly admitting, as we have opined here, that HIS choice is between people dying or opening the economy. Trump has sided with death. Wow, how can a devout evangelical get behind such an initiative? Seriously, What Would Jesus Do? Better yet, what would God think?

Don’t ever expect to hear much more from Trump other than, “It is what it is.” During an interview with ABC’s David Muir, Trump was asked what he would say to the many families who live with the angst and sadness of death. Not once did he say he was sorry. In his mind, from the beginning and into the future, “You are on your own.” The simple truth is he doesn’t care about you.

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SLEEPING WITH THE ENEMY

Taliban Taunts Trump

Our twitter president decided to call off a “secret” meeting he had scheduled with the Taliban last weekend at Camp David. I guess it’s not secret anymore.

Here is what the “leader” of the free world wrote: “Unbeknownst to almost everyone, the major Taliban leaders and, separately, the President of Afghanistan, were going to secretly meet with me at Camp David on Sunday. They were coming to the United States tonight. Unfortunately, in order to build false leverage, they admitted to an attack in Kabul that killed one of our great great soldiers, and 11 other people. I immediately cancelled the meeting and called off peace negotiations. What kind of people would kill so many in order to seemingly strengthen their bargaining position? They didn’t, they only made it worse! If they cannot agree to a ceasefire during these very important peace talks, and would even kill 12 innocent people, then they probably don’t have the power to negotiate a meaningful agreement anyway. How many more decades are they willing to fight?” (bolding added)

It didn’t take the Taliban much time to answer Trump harangue, according to the Guardian, “The Taliban warned on Sunday that the cancellation meant more American lives would be lost, while the United States promised to keep up military pressure on the militants.” Their reporting included this quote from Taliban spokesperson Zabihullah Mujahid, “Its [US] credibility will be affected, its anti-peace stance will be exposed to the world, losses to lives and assets will increase.”

This episode exposes one of the major weaknesses in Trump’s brain. His actions are out of sync with a normal leadership timeline protocol. He skips steps in the negotiation process. He thinks a simple meeting is better than setting up a framework for talks involving requirements or proof of sincerity. He did this with Kim Jung-Un and things in that regard have only gotten worse. The North Korean leader has done nothing but increase his arsenal since he and Trump engaged.

Many Americans may not know what the Taliban is, but those who know would have cautioned Trump from going too far with them before he got commitments. The Taliban is a Sunni Islamic fundamentalist political movement and military organization in Afghanistan, currently waging war within that country. They are not a country. At best, they are a militia. Trump somehow thinks he can achieve a unilateral agreement with this radical group of militants and then hand it to the real government of Afghanistan. Who does this? Trump’s claim that he is meeting with the president of Afghanistan “separately” is insulting. That would be tantamount to another country talking to the Governor of California and going around the White House. Imagine how Trump would react.

For Mike Pompeo to go on all the Sunday morning TV talk shows and say that American forces have killed over 1,000 Taliban in the last ten days and that “while this is not a war of attrition, I want the American people to know that President Trump is taking it to the Taliban” clearly reveals how far we’ve gotten with the Taliban.

While Trump is complaining about 12 “innocent people” being killed, his Secretary of State, a position that is supposed to solve problems around the world with diplomacy, is bragging about killing one hundred Taliban insurgents a day for the last ten days. Who are these people in our government? How can this be the right time for peace talks?

Donald Trump thinks everyone else shares his lofty opinion of himself. Not true. The people who run other countries didn’t read his stupid book about deal making. Candidate Trump constantly said that he would never show his hand when dealing with international hotspots and military actions, but he transmits much of his intentions on Twitter and adlibbed press briefings. He’s a walking contradiction who shows too much. Trump has said he wants to get our troops out of Afghanistan and the whole world knows it. The Taliban considers talking with Trump an opportunity to get their country back and under their draconian control. Peace for us will mean no school for women. What a win!

Some news outlets are reporting that Vice President Pence and National Security Advisor John Bolton were against the idea of having the Taliban on US soil to talk to our President, but Trump is grasping at wins and thinks only in political terms, never applying diplomatic methods. In short, Trump dismisses the power of diplomacy as much as he denies climate change. To quote the former Secretary of State, Rex Tillerson, “He’s a fucking moron.”

Trump’s usage of the archaic term, “unbeknownst” is a sign that he finds comfort in being the holder of secrets. This is rather ironic when CNN is reporting that a US asset in Russia had to be recalled because of the fear that Trump cannot keep secrets. It’s all a ridiculous game. I think that Trump is still on the living room floor with his little army of tin soldiers. Instead of being a strong leader he plays politics and believes that he is a great salesman. It’s the same mistake everyone who supports him has made. They believed his biggest lie. If he cannot convince more than 42% of the country that he knows what he’s doing, he’s a substandard sales rep at best.

The Taliban is not a government. Why would we ever treat them as such? Even the lucky-sperm newborn Neo-Con Liz Cheney decried the idea of the group that harbored and supported al-Qaeda and bin Laden going to that sacred place called Camp David. The Cheney’s don’t like the Taliban and would have our country in a “permanent” war until they were eliminated.

To pour some salt in the wounds of America, Trump was going for a big PR win the weekend before the annual 9/11 memorial. What a thoughtless son-of-a-bitch. Trump is hurting our country and damaging the world more than any president in my lifetime. We must remember these things when we enter the voting booth.

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PARDON ME, MR. PRESIDENT

Will Pence Pardon Citizen Trump?

It was not surprising seeing Kanye West’s wife, Kim Kardashian, walking up the driveway to the White House (5-29-2018). Under the misleading premise of a discussion on prison reform, the reality TV star was there to request a pardon of her great grandmother, who is serving a life sentence for a drug conviction. We won’t jump down that rabbit hole here, but it seems that those who backed Trump are attempting to cash in on those relationships. Isn’t this the kind of swamp stuff that Trump said he was going to drain and eliminate? Another lie, I guess.

The very next day, we got the news that Trump has awarded his fifth pardon since taking office. This time he announced it on Twitter, “Will be giving a Full Pardon to Dinesh D’Souza today. He was treated very unfairly by our government!” And if you don’t know who this is, it was someone who admitted to, and was convicted of, campaign fund violations. D’Souza is another right-winged radical conspiracy theory guy who once accused President Barack Obama of adopting “the cause of anti-colonialism” from his Kenyan father. He also once argued that Adolf Hitler was not “anti-gay.”

Although not legally necessary, Trump’s pardon of D’Souza did not go through the department’s Office of Pardon Attorney. No one is overseeing this pardoning activity that Trump is normalizing and will most likely use to demonstrate to anyone who sides with him not to fear breaking the law or the justice department.

How did D’Souza break the law? He was charged with making $20,000 in illegal campaign contributions to the New York Senate campaign of Wendy Long and for false statements made to the Federal Election Commission. In May 2014, D’Souza pleaded guilty to one felony count of making illegal contributions in the names of others. He was sentenced to five years’ probation, remanded to a “community confinement center” and made to pay a $30,000 fine. By the way, this is the same kind of crime that Michael Cohen could be charged with because of the $130,000 payment to Stormy Daniels. In a sense, it’s an in-kind contribution to the Trump campaign in order to shield the candidate from bad publicity.

In February 2018, Mr. D’Souza posted a series of tweets that mocked the survivors of the Stoneman Douglas High School shooting. This Indian-American has been flinging excrement into the air in his books and films for years. Some of his films truly show Trump’s heart as it relates to pardons. They are also anti-Obama, anti-Clinton, and the like.

An objective observer might say that the President of the United States is giving the whole judicial process the middle finger and circumventing the notion of justice in America. But, he can do it. And there have been presidents in the past who probably have misused this responsibility and power as well.

The winner in this arena is president Harry S. Truman, who during his eight years in office signed clemency decrees 2,044 times, including 1,913 pardons, 118 commutations and 13 remissions. And we all remember that Gerald Ford pardoned Richard Nixon, effectively ending his political career.

Article II of the Constitution clearly says that the President of the United States shall have Power to grant Reprieves and Pardons for Offenses against the United States, except in Cases of Impeachment.

The good news here is the President cannot pardon anyone in the government who has been impeached, and that would include himself. That activity would put him above the law, and we know that no man or woman is above the law in America. If the President does something  on the level of major crimes or misdemeanors while he is in office, the only way to deal with him personally is impeachment.

On May 2, 2018, the Washington Post commented on the pardon of Joe Arpaio and said it best, “Trump’s political allies are now above the law. Those who abuse their law enforcement powers — particularly against ethnic minorities — will be rewarded. But Trump’s move was also widely seen by legal experts as a not-so-subtle hint to potential witnesses in the ongoing criminal investigations into the president and his campaign: If you stay loyal, there might be a pardon waiting for you, too.”

And that brings us to a likely scenario. A Special Counsel has been working on a case for more than a year and has delivered dozens of indictments and guilty pleas. It’s reasonable to believe there is some bad weather coming for the Donald J. Trump presidency. And if the Democrats gain seats in both the House and Senate in the Fall 2018 midterm election, there could be a vote for impeachment and trial in the Senate. Although that is highly unlikely.

Let’s play out this fantasy. After Trump creates a civil war in America, will the newly minted President Pence pardon Trump? Yes, and that pardon will come after our Great Orange Leader pardons all the people who, in his eyes, have been unfairly convicted of their crimes. Rather than respecting the rule of law and the votes of juries, Trump will circumvent the system and create law by signature.

The founding fathers wrote the notion of pardon into the Constitution so that injustices of a corrupt Judiciary Branch could be halted by the Executive Branch. Even if we attempted to add an amendment to take this power away, we would unwittingly give too much power to the Judiciary. Courts are used as a tool in tyrannical regimes to send away forever people they don’t like.

We have a President who is doing all the things he accused other Presidents and political opponents of. Trump is a politician with no redeeming value. All he has done is advance racism, Alt-Right dogma, nationalistic isolationism, trade wars and his rich-people-first agenda. But there are elections coming and votes matter.

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PREPARING FOR PRESIDENT PENCE

The Vice Tightens on Trump

There is a very well-written book that was released recently by Allan J. Lichtman called The Case for Impeachment, where the author outlines the facts about impeachment, our countries history with impeachable offenses and some of the lesser known aspects of something our founding fathers put into the Constitution to protect the democracy from power-hungry tyrants.

With Donald Trump, we have someone who probably has no idea that his ground breaking, or as the mainstream media calls it, unprecedented actions as President, will eventually cause him to be seared in broad daylight by the magnification glass of facts.

The impeachable activities are slowly being revealed by a zealous press corps, that has been unfairly belittled by the administration, and a special counsel who the Department of Justice has appointed.

Logically, unless a person with as much flowing wealth and international properties can clearly isolate his family and himself from those profits, he can be easily impeached because of the Constitution’s Emolument Clause: ARTICLE I, SECTION 9, CLAUSE 8”

“No Title of Nobility shall be granted by the United States: And no Person holding any Office of Profit or Trust under them, shall, without the Consent of the Congress, accept of any present, Emolument, Office, or Title, of any kind whatever, from any King, Prince, or foreign State.”

It would have been far better for our country if Donald Trump had had done all that off-loading not to his family, but to a blind trust. Trump is conning America once again and no one has been seriously questioning, until now.

The Attorney General’s in the District of Columbia and Maryland have sued the President using the Emolument’s clause to say that he is enriching himself and his family through the commerce that takes place at properties in those states/district.

200 Congress people are going to sue under the same banner. And the Special Counsel is moving quickly and now has a clear mandate to investigate the President for obstruction of justice in the firing of James Comey. Not to pour gasoline on an open fire, but let it be said here and now (6-16-2017) judging by Trump’s tweets and previous behavior, Donald J. Trump will fire Robert S. Mueller III because of the impeachment time bomb that he himself has armed.

Let’s move forward here. After we rid ourselves of a hateful, lame, unaware, megalomaniacal narcissist, we will have to rebuild reality around someone who must take the mantle of the executive branch and keep the trains running under the present laws.  Hopefully, with the assumption that Mike Pence is clean, he will be our next president.

Many of my friends have asked me what I think of Mike Pence, a highly religious ideolog, who up to this point, has been a B-actor in the role of V.P. Pence is not a substantive thinker and his organizational skills can only be judged by his handling of the state of Indiana and Trump’s transition.

We can rule out any judgement on the transition, knowing that most of the people who Trump involved were amateurs at government and loyal dogs to the dogma of Bannon. In Indiana Pence showed the LGBT community that he is being guided by what the Bible tells him to do, without any regard to the ramifications to all the people. In short, he was like a replacement baseball player during a strike: Not that good, but we all know we will just have to wait until 2020 to get a real President again.

There are times when I wake up and think that all Trump would have to do to stop all of this is to stop stonewalling and release his tax returns. Step up to the microphone and really talk to the American people and explain why he seems more positive to Russia than to the U.K., France, Germany and our other allies. All the Donald would have to do is to stop tweeting and start working on getting real changes accomplished.

Then I have my first cup of coffee and remember that by the President’s actions, those great achievements he talked about will never be as important to him as how he is perceived. What people think about him is more important than respecting justice and law. Trump is incapable of being an authentic leader of the greatest nation in the world; more importantly, he is not personally worthy of the office.

And in the end, playing the role of Gerald Ford, our past white-haired leader, President Pence will pardon Donald Trump so he can go back to making money and being the source of deep-state conspiracy theories about how the White House was stolen from him. Only this time, he will be right.