WILLIAM BARR THE DOOR

Political Operative Ideolog A.G.

I respect most of the institutions of our government, but I never assume everyone nominated and confirmed to run those departments, commissions and agencies are honest or hold our citizens’ interests as a priority. Simply put, we have dishonest people in every walk of life, including government. It’s sad, but true.

When Donald John Trump was elected President, it wasn’t a great surprise that he nominated Jefferson Beauregard Sessions III as Attorney General of the United States of America. Sessions was the first member of Congress to endorse Trump and he became a central figure in his campaign. Mr. Sessions led to the administration bringing onboard Stephen Miller, the vile speech writer and immigration hardliner. As much as I do not like Sessions, when he was called upon to do the right thing, the legal thing, he recused himself from the Russian interference investigation.

BORED BILL

Trump lost it and bitched that he didn’t have an Attorney General to protect him from people who wanted to get at the truth. In Trumpean thought, the A.G. is supposed to be the President’s attorney, not the head of all law enforcement in America. That notion is clearly wrong. The White House has their own legal counsel who work with the President and the administration. The Department of Justice is supposed to be a fully independent part of the Executive Branch and work for equal justice under the law. So, Sessions hung on until the Donald found William Barr to be his shield against oversight.

How did Trump find his new A.G.? Barr applied for the job by writing a white paper sharing his belief in the “almost absolute” power of the Chief Executive. Of course, he was the perfect choice. There is no doubt that William Barr is a far-right ideolog who doesn’t see the difference between his political desires to protect his version of the republic and his responsibility to protect the America public from injustices, political tricks and the lies of President Trump. He judged and announced his view of the Mueller Report before we had a chance to see it. Who made him the Supreme Court or Chief Justice?

In his haste to please Trump, William Barr has trampled the First Amendment and caused many to distrust his department and the system. He is making things worse, not better, just as his orange boss does. The members of Congress, and especially those Senators who confirmed Barr, are complicit in his corrupt reign. Showing a long, cunningly edited video during the House Judiciary hearing was an over the top excess of propaganda.

I am highly irritated by William Barr because he never presents unbiased and apolitical viewpoints on law or the Executive Branch. I hate to say this because we have a lawyer in the family, but Barr comes off as a sleazy back office lawyer with his hand out, not so much for cash but for approval from those who agree with him. He’s not focused on ways to make things better. He never advises the President to use negotiation tactics. At every turn, Barr understands what Trump wants, spoken or unspoken, and proceeds to deliver the goods.

Barr is using the statistics of white and Black deaths at the hands of law enforcement as evidence that systemic racism is not part of police departments in America. This is Donald Trump’s position and now we hear Barr’s frog-like mouth spewing the same drivel. After being so confident there is no racism with police, he wraps those decrees with words about Tim Scott, the Black Senator of South Carolina, being pulled over by police in D.C. Isn’t that a glaring example of systemic racism?

“Operation Relentless Pursuit” is an anti-crime program which was started right before the coronavirus pandemic. According to Barr, that plan was brushed aside while the administration wielded their shoddy combat against the pandemic. The program was restarted under orders from Trump who named it “Operation Legend.” I have no idea what that means, but I am always skeptical of any domestic law enforcement effort that needs a name. They should be reserved for military actions abroad. The strange label is Orwellian phraseology to justify their unconstitutional acts.

William Barr thinks he is above the law because he is part of the Executive Branch. He can be arrested and tried for any crime, but here’s a question. Who would arrest him? The person who initiates prosecution is Barr himself. Yes, he could be impeached, but that has proven to be a partisan activity without any truth being presented. We must wait for an election.

Rep. Pramila Jayapal

During the House hearing yesterday, Barr continued to deny the use of tear gas at Lafayette Park on June 1, 2020, while a US National Guard major testified in different House hearing that tear gas was used, and he knows it. He picked up the shells on the street that day. And when Representative Pramila Jayapal of Michigan challenged Barr on why white nationalist protesters in Michigan earlier this year did not face the same federal response as Black Live Matter protesters, Barr argued it’s a matter for governors. It was alarming to this observer that the Attorney General had no awareness of the threats of death and hanging of the state’s Governor during those protests, where right wing radicals were armed with automatic weaponry. The Justice Department sees the pro-Trump people as positive, while Black Lives Matter people are thought of as terrorists. Who is this man?

I have no respect for William Barr. I am sure that if he was the first Trump A.G. there would never have been the Mueller investigation or report. I’m also quite sure the facts of Russian interference during the 2016 election would have been swept under the rug. We live in a world where the only things that matter are Donald Trump’s priorities, and all that Trump cares about are those things that make him look good. There is no regard for what is best for our citizenry, and Barr is a parasite on the wounded body of American democracy, eating away at people’s rights.

I know that being the Attorney General is a tough job and the number of cases that person must oversee is outrageous. With thousands of pending decisions, the A.G. must keep a focus on the most important matters. Yes, the Attorney General should appear at Congressional hearings to explain to the American public what they are doing and how they are doing it. They also must justify questionable words and actions. When they lie under oath, they are breaking the law. We cannot have a deceitful Attorney General.

Barr will leave when Trump leaves and he will probably write a book that will show him as the big, fat, white-man hero riding a white horse, but he’s just another dirtball politician who shades, covers and lies to protect Donald Trump. It’s just another brick in the wall separating us all from truth and justice. Barr’s father gave us Jeffrey Epstein and he gave pardons to all the Iran-Contra criminals. We need to get serious about confirmation hearings. Barr should never have been confirmed. We need to STOP BAD GUYS from gaining power in America.

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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DEPARTMENT OF INJUSTICE

Trump Infects Judicial System & DOJ

When I was growing up in America it was all too easy to see corruption and face the reality that who a person was determined how they would be handled by the police and the courts. The mayor’s son was arrested for painting cars in the visitors parking lot of my school. He was never charged. The case just disappeared. Most Americans believe that there are two systems of justice, one for the famous and wealthy and another for the rest of us.

I think we would all like to believe that when facts prove offenses they will be dealt with fairly in the judicial system. We know that our founders wanted to limit the power of judges, so they gave the Chief Executive lots of flexibility in determining how the law was administered. The Executive Branch gets to not only run the Department of Justice that decides which cases are brought to a court, but also which infractions they deem either unworthy of prosecution or below the level for legal action. We put a lot of faith in how they operate because they have the power to ruin a person’s life or allow them to start over and redeem themselves. We can only hope they get it right most of the time.

Let me add a wrinkle here. The President of the United States has the power to appoint judges with congressional confirmation. A president can shape the court by those he appoints. The founders also gave the President the undisputed power to pardon anyone he feels was unjustly charged or convicted. That’s an awesome privilege in the hands of a reasonable person which can be used to overturn the errors of a malicious judge, but what happens if the President is a vindictive lunatic?

Trump bullied, manipulated and forced the DOJ to drop all charges against Michael Flynn, who lied about talking to the Russian ambassador before Trump was sworn into office. Flynn admitted to the infraction in court, twice. He also lied to Mike Pence and this so disturbed the Vice President he demanded that Trump fire Flynn. Trump removed Flynn from government and said it was because he lied, a fact which no one disputes. He plead guilty to the charges and was about to be sentenced when along came William Barr. Attorney General Barr acts more like Trump’s personal attorney instead of caring about American citizens and the law.

Trump keeps declaring himself the “law and order” President while his base claps and cheers and coughs on each other. One thing is crystal clear; Trump is attempting to change the way America does business and, like a third-world dictator, has moved in ways that may make it difficult to recover our democracy when his term is over. If you control the decisions of this country’s judges, why wouldn’t you simply do whatever you want despite your action breaking a law? Trump is undermining the very foundation of our system of government. The three supposedly equal branches are being unduly influenced and controlled by Trump the man, not the President.

The courts don’t always give us logic or reason or even fairness. They give us opinions and those opinions become law.

You might say, “Oh, you’re making a mountain out of a mole hill! Trump’s just joking.” Don’t be such a blind fool. He wakes up every morning asking, “What can I do to take more power and stay here forever?” He’s the demon the forefathers warned us about and if we don’t stand up and demonstrate, we will lose our freedoms and will render the phrase “justice for all” inoperative.

Will other people who lie to the FBI or mislead the courts also get a pass simply because they have a friend in the Oval Office? Does this constitute a precedent, or is it just a goddamn miscarriage of justice? Here is what happened. A US appeals court directed a federal judge to drop the criminal case against President Donald Trump’s former national security adviser, Michael Flynn. It’s no secret that this demand came from Trump to those in the Justice Department, and it prevents a judicial review to determine the propriety of the request. In other words, the Executive Branch has power over the DOJ and can manipulate which cases are brought to court.

Just as William Barr stood before a national TV audience and declared that the Mueller Report didn’t find any laws that were broken, he has now placed himself above the court, and the disrespect he shows for truth and law is more than appalling.

In any other time, Barr would have been impeached. Attorney Generals Alberto Gonzales, Griffin Bell and General Harry M. Daugherty were on the chopping block, but they all exited rather than go through the embarrassment of impeachment. Their offenses were varied. Daugherty was allegedly involved in kickback scam involving bootleggers and the Congress delayed action.

The case of Griffin Bell is somewhat blurred by time, but five Department of Justice attorneys resigned over A.G. Bell’s reluctance to pursue others in the department for illegal activities related to domestic spying. Bell indicted the Acting FBI Director L. Patrick Gray, Mark Felt and former FBI Assistant Director Edward Miller for authorizing break-ins of New York City radical political activists’ offices and residences. This was in 1978, long after the Watergate break-in. He must have been a true-blue Democrat because President Jimmy Carter appointed him to be his Attorney General, but Bell only served two years before the chicken shit the fan. Oh, by the way, the spying truly took place. It wasn’t a hoax.

The case against George W. Bush’s A.G. Alberto Gonzales is straightforward. He was politically damaged by Democrats who lost confidence in Gonzales and accused him of excessive politicization of the Attorney General’s office. If my memory serves me right, Alberto Gonzales, kowtowed to Bush and VP Dick Cheney and paved the way for justifications of torture and the onerous Patriot Act. Lifelong Republican William Barr, who served in George H.W. Bush’s administration, is nothing but a political operative for the Red States.

Trump has infected the Department of Justice. All those who work in the DOJ should be wearing masks to protect themselves from the orange dementia virus. I have said this before; the first dismissal by the next president should be William Barr. He’s unworthy of the position and will go down in history as a big, fat liar. I can surely prove he’s fat, and so is the President. They have been eating at the same table for decades and taking everything they wanted. I hold hope that justice will eventually be served. Barr and Trump will not swallow the truth, but time will show how dishonest these “hombres” have been behind the scenes.

Although his sentence might have been only three or four months in jail, the fact that Michael Flynn is going to get off SCOTT FREE disturbs me greatly. It will be the ultimate slap to the face of justice if Trump brings him back into the administration. Of course, we know Trump doesn’t give a rat’s ass about having rats in the People’s House. Disgraceful.

FROM THE WAR ON SCIENCE TO BLACK LIVES MATTER

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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FATHERS, LEADERSHIP & TRUMP

Ultimate Confrontation with Truth is Coming

For the first thirty years of my life, I didn’t think I would ever be a father. I was unmarried and too busy being successful. Then I took a spouse and managed to have four great kids. I have a fantastic relationship with my ex-wife and an ever-present and caring connection with my kids, even though I live far away from them. Part of this has been facilitated by technology and another part by cooperation and understanding of the importance of family. No matter what, it’s always family first.

Typical American Family

The father of any family must exhibit some degree of leadership qualities, regardless of his style or background. Over the years, with “women’s liberation” and progressive feminist viewpoints adopted by mainstream America, the leadership of many families is a cooperative experience. Of course, a single mom must adopt the role of both mother and father. Each year, we celebrate a Mother’s Day and then a Father’s Day. I’m not sure why we need them, but each is a nice gesture and acknowledgement.

This week’s abundance of news has overwhelmed my brain. I guess that’s what we get with Donald John Trump. Thankfully, some of the reports are good for the family of America. The Supreme Court gave the DACA kids a reprieve for now and they also decided that transgender or gay people cannot be discriminated against in the workplace. Yesterday, a judge decided that there was no way to block the new John Bolton book, which has already shipped to merchants. What will happen next? Will the Trump White House ask the Justice Department to arrest John Bolton?

Ultimately, Trump and his minions will have to deal with the ever-enlarging number of people within the government, military and judicial system who are pushing back, pointing out the president’s boldfaced lies and delivering decisions based on law and facts. You know, the truth.

Trump is like the deadbeat father who likes only some of his kids and does everything he can to intimidate, bully and piss off the others. He gives money to the kids he likes, while pushing the wife and his other kids into the shadows. This metaphor is not to say that the Donald is a bad father in real life, but I do believe the man does not feel love unless the spotlight is shining on him.

It’s incomprehensible that the President of the United States would place thousands of his fan base at risk of being infected with an incurable disease. Trump is doing nothing intelligent to keep the COVID-19 virus in check. He’s moving into an immoral denial of reality and creating an ultimate death cult. This evil man has no problem endangering his most loyal voters. If dominating the news was the only thing that mattered, then Trump would be king. In reality, Trump is more than negligent; he’s an appalling miscreant.

Why can’t I respect him? Just as you don’t need to respect a bad father, you don’t have to get down on your knees to worship a president who is unworthy of that office. The people who attended the Tulsa rally wanted to show their support for Trump, but their inarticulate reasons for not fearing the virus are convoluted. One Oklahoma woman said, “Well, I know there is some risk, but I have my health. I’m not worried.” There you have it, folks! She has all her arms and legs now, so why not jump into the alligator-infested pond? By the way, those gators haven’t eaten for a month.

Bloomberg Photo

Here is an important question. Is Trump using the Department of Justice to go after his enemies? The Friday night press-release-termination of Geoffrey Berman, US Attorney for the Southern District of New York, has restoked fears about abuse of power shared by many of us and our government leaders.

Berman issued a statement, “I have not resigned, and have no intention of resigning, my position, to which I was appointed by the Judges of the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York. I will step down when a presidentially appointed nominee is confirmed by the Senate. Until then, our investigations will move forward without delay or interruption.” In typical “New Yorker tough guy style,” Berman raised his middle finger to the DOJ and to Attorney General William Barr, who is his boss. By Saturday midday, Mr. Berman did finally step down, but the controversy will not end there. Another investigation is needed.

Donald Trump behaves like a mafia boss, taking out the people who are investigating his friends, donors, operatives and made men. The more leaks we have about Trump’s behind the scenes behavior, the more we see truth in John Bolton’s viewpoint that Trump’s actions are not for the country but solely for himself.

We must confront the many lies, liars and losers that have surrounded Trump over the last four years. Our founding fathers focused on the structure, laws and possibilities of our country, not on the dark, negative side of partisanship. Back then, the US was designed for, and delivered freedom to, only a certain class of citizen. If one was not a male, a landowner or white, they had no voice in this new land. Over time, we have changed the rules, the laws and even the Constitution to make this country better for everyone.

Abraham Lincoln would have laughed at Donald Trump saying he’s done all this imaginary stuff for African Americans. Thomas Jefferson and Benjamin Franklin would have asked him to leave Philadelphia’s Constitutional Hall in 1776. Trump would have been pushed aside by the 40th President because Ronald Reagan didn’t have time for long, meaningless conversations. Former Presidents Carter, Bush, Clinton and Obama do not take the orange baboon seriously. President George H.W. Bush, before his death, made it clear that Donald Trump was not to be invited to his memorial, which speaks volume about our inane, embarrassing leader.

Every father has an unwritten agreement with the universe to keep his kids and loved ones safe. Donald Trump has asked people to die for him. Dictators do that, but holy men don’t. They say Jesus died for our sins, but God never asked us to give our lives for a political rally. Why would he? His doctrine is love of all people. Trump loves a person only if that person loves him. It’s not America First; it’s Trump First. Sadly, until he is removed from office, it always will be so. What a selfish bastard!


SICK OF THE LIARS & LUNATICS

The Dream of Life After Donald Trump

For a country that once revolted against a tyrannical King, we certainly seem to be overly obsessed with Donald Trump. Some presidents are boring, I get it, but most of them spent more time working and solving problems than tweeting. For example, a great president like Lincoln never tweeted. But seriously, why all this silliness, diversionary tactics, political hogwash and thousands of blatant lies that hurt people? Our current president embarrasses me.

Trump, being a neophyte to politics and uncaring of federal structure, has no knowledge of simple procedures, policies and people resources of the government. For example, I doubt that the Donald knows there are 9,500 attorneys who work in the Department of Justice. Here is man who can ask for and get any document in the national domain to learn what really happened in any circumstance but would rather ad lib a conspiracy theory that has no merit or truth. He’s too lazy to find the truth. Trump is just some tyro toddler with horrible time-management skills.

Trump has gone through more than 100 people in the administration that he hired, fired and then replaced. It’s all on the record. He got rid of some decent and competent people and replaced them with lousy loyal amateurs. His relentless castration of Attorney General Jeff Sessions for almost two years was a humiliation no American should’ve had to endure. I might not like or agree with Sessions on policies, but rescuing himself was the right, legal and honorable thing to do. After Trump dumped Jefferson Beauregard Sessions III, he went on a quest to get a hyper obedient servant for his next power grab.

Who walked in but a guy who knows how Washington works. William Pelham Barr served as the Deputy Attorney General under President George H.W. Bush and wrote the 75 pardons and 3 commutations of Reagan’s men who were convicted in the Iran-Contra Affair. His more recent claim to fame was an opinion paper written and distributed, for a reason that is unclear, which basically laid out the belief the whole Russian investigation was an improper probe and not a legitimate activity of oversight. This is what got Barr the job as the 85th Attorney General of the United States.

After being confirmed, Barr put his mask on. He whitewashed the Mueller Report before it came out and has done everything he can to go after Trump’s “enemies” and political foes. After the slam job he and Rod Rosenstein performed for Trump on the Report, even Robert Mueller was not impressed and wrote him a questioning letter.

William Barr grew up in New York City and attended the same Catholic grade school as George Carlin on the upper westside. I assume he was taught morals at the Corpus Christi School and knows the difference between right and wrong. I assume as a lawyer, he knows not to lie under oath, but he seems to be cleverly deceitful in the way he constructs a half truth. He’s more of an educated liar, where Trump is just a pathological liar.

What I mean by this, if you listen to his words, or better yet, have an exact transcript of his words, you can see how he slightly shifts meanings or places words into the sentence to either give him explanation room later or to cover a big lie on the fly. When asked about systemic racism in the police departments of America, he said, “I think there’s racism in the United States still, but I don’t think that the law enforcement system is systemically racist.See what he did there? He fails to connect the dots that racism is created by people and there could be systemic racism in police departments whether the letter of the law is honest and clear. Most bad officer records of misconduct, because of a demand of the police union are destroyed after resolved. Barr talks more like his opinion is law. It’s not. He is not a judge. He knows he has many law enforcement problems across the nation; that’s why he travels all over country and the world to “straighten things out.”

On CBS TV’s FACE THE NATION, Barr was interviewed by Margaret Brennan and was asked if the president demanded 10,000 active duty troops be ordered into American streets. Barr says, “No, that’s completely false. That’s completely false.” Brennan then repeats, “The president did not demand that?” And then, Barr returns, “No, he did not demand that.” The real question should have been, “Did the President ever suggest he wanted 10,000 troops in every city where there was unrest?” Barr was only confessing that the President never DEMANDED. We have seen this script before, it’s where Trump suggests an idea, and everyone is supposed to just do it. Remember, Trump never said to drink Clorox, he only suggested someone “look into it.” Some stupid people took his word and just drank it.

When Barr was asked by Brennan whether he had given the order to clear the park of peaceful protesters, he kept claiming they were NOT peaceful and kept pointing at what happened days before in the same area. He was judging whether the protesters were peaceful, by his memory of what occurred earlier rather than determining the status of the crowd on Monday. In a court of law, a real judge would laugh at him. On top of it, Barr lied about projectiles being thrown last Monday around dinner time and there’s video to prove it. You know, evidence.

And then, in the most outrageous denial of the interview, after being asked if tear gas was used on the peaceful protesters, he said, “No, there were no chemical irritants. Pepper spray is not a chemical irritant.” He then said, “Pepper balls. Pepper balls.” As the Attorney General of the United States, Mr. Barr should know a bit more about weapons, what they do and whether they are legal to use.

I hate to split hairs here, but I am sure if you were to take hair samples from those who were peacefully protesting in Layette Park on Bible “photo-op” day, you would discover who was telling the truth. Barr admitted that pepper sprays or what some call “pepper balls” were used last Monday. He’s playing a word game and the result is a big freaking lie.

FACTS: Tear gas works by irritating mucous membranes in the eyes, nose, mouth and lungs. With pepper spray (balls, pellets, etc) or oleoresin capsicum, capsaicinoid or OC gas, the onset of symptoms, including loss of motor control, is almost immediate. For those keeping track here, pepper spray can temporarily paralyze the victim. The people in the park were victims and causalities of war.  It’s good that several lawsuits have been filed on this matter. Maybe Barr was just going on TV to get his story straight and everyone else knows what to back up.

WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE? According to the 1925 Geneva Protocol, the use in war of asphyxiating, poisonous or other gases, or bacteriological methods of warfare are prohibited. To be clear, what the police and armed US soldiers did that day is against the law. The question that remains unanswered, WHO GAVE THE ORDER? It’s time for Congress to call those involved, including Barr, to testify under oath as to what really happened. Of course, the Attorney General wouldn’t lie under oath.

Trump said the red line in Syria was chemical weapons, so, why would the President use these chemicals on his own people? He’s not Bashar al-Assad, or is he? The dark hallmark of the Trump White House is when something goes wrong, or appears to be illegal, no one seems to know what happened. I am sick of all the liars and lunatics and cannot wait for normal to come back. I will not back down when the people we pay to serve the nation are not truthful and honest. Barr is just a political operative. I wonder when he became such a big fat liar, or was he always that way?

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

The book that tells it like it is…

Gold, God, Guns & Goofballs If you only read one chapter of this book, it’s called, Take a Knee for America and thought about this never-ending conflict between minorities and the police. It’s not really taking a stand I’m asking you to do, but having a real frank conversation about why some people think they way they do would be productive right now. It’s a book for the moment and starts the conservation of peace. And if you are worried about social media, check out the chapter called Social Media Menace.

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WITH ALL DUE RESPECT

Trump Train: No Conductor, Wrong Track

I think growing up in Pittsburgh put a bit of a chip on my shoulder. It’s not like us ‘burghers hold grudges or grievances, or stand ready to provoke disputes and arguments, but we can surely talk your leg off. Also, Pittsburghers have a built-in underdog status, which often comes in handy.

In the 1946 Marx Brothers movie, A Night in Casablanca, the female character, Bea, played by Lisette Verea, and Groucho’s Kornblow are both smoking and playfully blowing smoke at each other. As the cloud of smoke surrounds their heads, Groucho says, “This is like living in Pittsburgh – if you can call that ‘living.’” When we were kids, we were told that our hometown was inferior to other places.

The ‘burgh is a sports town. Our insecurity complex came to a screeching halt when our Pirates beat the New York Yankees in the 1960 World Series. We were brought to our feet waving yellow pieces of “terrible towels” when our NFL Steelers won six Super Bowls. Then there were the five Stanley cup wins by our Pittsburgh Penguins, which brought much joy to the hearts of Steel City citizens. The goal has always been respect, not just winning.

I always twitch when I hear a retort start with the words, “With all due respect.” It’s because I know that whatever they are about to say will be contra to my position. That’s fine. I want to know your point, perception or proposition. Afterall, you could be right. I will change my mind if you take the care and time to intellectually lay out the logic.

During the confirmation hearing for William Barr as Attorney General of the US, I believed he was a straight-shooter, even though he orchestrated and wrote all the pardons freeing those involved in the Iran-Contra Affair under President George H.W. Bush. Go ahead and Google it. You see, I have a thing about white collar crime and political infractions. Why are those people treated differently when they break the law? The lame excuse, “I was just following orders,” didn’t cut it at Nuremberg and shouldn’t in the United States of America. Oliver North was not a patriot.

I never liked Michael Flynn and was more than skeptical when Donald Trump appointed him to the post of National Security Advisor. I like smart generals and I have nothing against the military, but when pure ideologs make policies we often end up on shaky ground. Dick Cheney was of that ilk, and after spending a trillion dollars on unnecessary wars we saw the damage an ideolog can wrest when they become too powerful in US decision-making. Dick Cheney was not a patriot.

Take all that Trump has said during his three years in office, boil it down, and you will see a pattern of over-committing to a plan, then throwing water on the plan and, later, blaming someone else for the plan. It’s amazing to me that the guy doesn’t run into himself on his way to the bathroom in the middle of the night. Trump is a confused little boy with the thinnest skin of any human.

When William Barr took control of the Department of Justice, he was called to the Senate for a hearing, and that’s when we saw the real Bill Barr. For the life of me, I don’t understand why Barr didn’t change his title from A.G. to P.O. — Political Operative, because that is what he is. He’s not upholding the law when it comes to Trump. He’s out front, blocking for him, running interference and acting more like a bought judge than the Attorney General.

During his first post confirmation hearing, Barr claimed that the FBI “spied on the Trump campaign.” He seemed to say that there were some misdeeds by the agency when they checked out unusual and premature contacts between Russians and those in the Trump campaign. Isn’t that something the FBI should do? Why would Barr think that’s not okay? Is he a Russian agent?

Not too long later, William Barr was discrediting and misquoting the Robert Mueller Report. During his presentation, before the document was released, he basically said that he and Rod Rosenstein reviewed the facts and determined that there was no wrongdoing by Trump or his cohorts. REALLY? I read it and saw a bunch of indictments, admissions of guilt and sentences handed down. The report wasn’t nearly as vague or positive as Barr wanted you to believe. Without the terms being present in the report, it paints Trump as an unindicted co-conspirator and the main obstructer of justice in the probe.

With the thousands of other cases the Attorney General is responsible for managing and directing, we can only hope that his biases and distractions are not affecting the process of justice. Unfortunately, that’s not the circumstance. Keep reading; it gets worse.

I wasn’t surprised when Barr announced that the DOJ was dropping its charges against Michael Flynn for lying to the FBI. Flynn admitted to the lying and was convicted of that crime. I am sure Barr can read the law: “Making false statements (18 U.S.C. § 1001) is the name for the federal process crime laid out in Section 1001 of Title 18 of the United States Code, which generally prohibits knowingly and willfully making false or fraudulent statements, or concealing information, in ‘any matter within the jurisdiction’ of the federal government of the United States, even by merely denying guilt when asked by a federal agent.” William Barr cannot erase this law from the books and has broken the law by ignoring it.

I don’t trust Trump and I don’t trust William Barr. Had Barr been doing his job properly he would have dug into Trump’s tax returns and attempted to establish motives for some of this president’s bizarre actions. There should be a Special Prosecutor appointed to investigate the Attorney General, but we don’t have time right now — you know, election coming, pandemic, virus in the White House, stuff like that.

With all due respect, William Barr is neither a patriot nor a glowing light for justice. He’s simply an ass-kissing Trump sycophant. For those who really care about law and order in America, please step up and help throw Trump out of the White House in November.

I don’t respect people who cannot be objective when administering the law. I know that if Trump losses the election in November, his fake writers will be churning out the pardons for everyone Trump believes treated him unfairly. They will take care of those who suffered terrible injustices that often happen to rich and famous people like Martha Stewart.

I cannot wait to see Donald, Ivanka, Jared and all the Trump knuckleheads walking to the helicopter to fly them back to New York in January. Better yet, why not make them ride a train back to their tower? I don’t mean the Acela Express; I’m talking about the slow train. Maybe we could drop a few trees over the tracks on the way back. That will allow them to appreciate a true, common man traveling experience.

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TRUMP IS PLAYING WITH DYNAMITE

Justice Department Moves on Local Police Departments

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The book that tells it like it is…

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

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

 


TRUMP DOESN’T DO DETAILS

He ignores science and experts

The President keeps saying, “No one could see this coming.” That is patently false. Sadly, the sycophants who stand next to him are keeping a very large security secret that the President has been ignoring the writing on the wall. As people in the White House kept silent, it cost people their lives. Those who knew and didn’t speak up are in violation of the oath they took to work in the government.

Every new Federal employee is required by law to take an oath to support and defend the Constitution. The Oath of Office is administered on each worker’s first day of employment. The Constitution says all citizens have the right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. If I am dead, I am not happy. Anyone in the White House who violates the oath can be charged for doing so, except the President. He can only be impeached.

The rule is 5 U.S. Code § 3333. Employee affidavit; loyalty and striking against the Government. Now a legal scholar might say the present body isn’t striking against the government, they are just enabling the president to lie, mislead and hurt citizens. If facilitating the injury and death of the American public isn’t a plot against the Constitution, then what is?

If members of this administration thought there was a risk to the citizens of our nation and did nothing about it, they were hurting America. Peter Navarro had a duty to US citizens to release the information he had to the press or disseminate it in some other way. If the President didn’t think the populace of the USA was in danger, then he failed to understand what Navarro and others were clearly saying, making him negligent as the chief executive. He may attempt to use the excuse that the people around him didn’t explain the details properly, but that doesn’t give him a get out of jail card.

We saw what happened when the Congress leveled charges against this President. That body has become impotent. The Supreme Court needs to have the case brought before them, but the Department of Justice is currently under the rapture of Trump. Attorney General William Barr should be charged with ignoring the facts before him and breaking his oath. He has proven to be more beholding to the man in the White House than the Constitution.

It’s not that outlandish to claim that disregarding the signs of a coming pandemic is breaking the oath of office. If we cannot trust our three branches of government to protect us from this “invisible enemy,” then they are complicit. The only way to deal with governmental negligence is prosecution.

Some say it’s merely his style when Trump ignores details. Okay, but when style is more important than data and actions the chief executive is hapless and helpless. Trump’s position that the states were not prepared for this pandemic and they should have had large stockpiles to fight the virus is ridiculous. He separates himself from the problem. He always does. His modus operandi is to first say it didn’t happen, then, when pressed, blame someone else. If that doesn’t work, he attacks the person asking the question. He’s more than a bully, he’s a rotten son-of-a-bitch. American is so much better than Donald Trump and we need a real president right now to lead us and to help us.

Trump says he’s trying to be positive, and then a second later tells us that more than 100,000 people will die and, if that happens, he’s done a good job. Who claims death count? I’ll tell you. The people obsessed with death count were the criminal generals in Vietnam. They didn’t report the US military death count, only the enemy death count. Trump congratulates West Virginia for doing a good job because they had no death. Really? It could be they are simply behind the curve and COVID-19 hasn’t fully impacted there yet. As of this writing, West Virginia has 412 coronavirus cases with four deaths. Does that mean they are doing a bad job?

The groundswell of criticism toward Donald Trump will continue long after virus is brought under control. It’s rather amazing that a president who has already been impeached will be long remembered as the babbling buffoon who was asleep at the wheel during the most dangerous pandemic to strike not only the United State, but also the world.

The disgrace of his disregard of the details and his denial that a federal plan is needed to defeat this curse will forever be remembered as his worst moment. I no longer care about Donny’s style, his personality or his need to control everything. America needs a new president who can properly lead and govern. Congress, both Republicans and Democrats should demand that Trump resign now. Americans have died because of this president’s delusions and denials. We don’t need lies; we need a trailblazer. TRUMP IS NOT THE RIGHT MAN TO GUIDE US THROUGH A PANDEMIC.

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

The book that tells it like it is…

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

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


PARNAS: RUSSIAN DOUBLE AGENT?

Trump Susceptible to Groupies & Secret Agents?

This is how conspiracy theories get started. You see things. You add some other data. Then you paste pictures and notes on a wall and connect them with thumbtacks and red string. Any of us can be a forensic scientist, even without training. Bear with me here. This might make more sense as you read along.

First of all, isn’t it shocking that the President of the United States could have dinner at a hotel in Washington, DC, which he happens to own, where two people who have never been vetted by the Secret Service, State Department or FBI are dining with him and discussing foreign policy? And would it not be even more astonishing if one of those guys recorded what President Donald John Trump said? Yet, it happened.

On October 9, 2019, those same two men were taken off a plane and arrested at Dulles International Airport before departing to Europe with one-way tickets. The two men are Lev Parnas and Igor Furman. The next day, this headline appeared in the Washington Post: Two business associates of Trump’s personal attorney Giuliani have been arrested on campaign finance charges. Before this happened, no one in America ever heard the names Parnas and Furman. But hold on. The next steps in this caper sound like they’re from an incredible spy novel.

When asked about the two gentlemen, Donald Trump, in performed style, said he didn’t know them and, if they are clients of Rudy Giuliani, then the press should ask Rudy about them. So, there’s the opening of yet another dirty chapter in the pathological lying and dangerous distraction that Donald Trump uses to avoid inconvenient truth. He thought his lying about knowing someone would allow him to escape admitting his involvement in stupidity.

This week, ABC News was brave enough to disclose receipt of a part-video, part-audio recording during a dinner at the Trump International Hotel where Trump, his son and others dined. The recording, likely made on April 30, 2018, are revealing. According to his attorney, Lev Parnas’ partner, Igor Furman, made the recording. You know, like spies do. On the recording, it appears the two Giuliani associates are telling Trump that the US ambassador to Ukraine has been bad-mouthing him, which leads directly to this Trump outburst, “Get rid of her! Get her out tomorrow. I don’t care. Get her out tomorrow. Take her out. OK? Do it.”

Let’s stop right here and think about this. I am sure when Trump said, “Take her out,” he wasn’t talking about dating her. It’s important to point out that Lev Parnas has no deep knowledge of political and state matters in Ukraine. Oh sure, he speaks Russian and Ukrainian but, according to Wikipedia, Parnas was born in Odessa, the Ukrainian Soviet Socialist Republic, in 1972 to a Jewish family. His family brought him at the age of three to the U.S., first to Detroit, and when he was four, to Brooklyn. [Thus, the accent] He was a student at Brooklyn College and Baruch College. He also worked at Kings Highway Realty, where he sold Trump Organization co-ops. That may have been how Trump first came to know of Parnas. In fact, Trump was introduced to this guy so many times that only a fool would believe our fat-ass president’s claim he doesn’t know him. But don’t take my word, read the news.  Even though the Donald is such a “stable genius,” he seems to have a serious memory loss when it comes to any nefarious character he doesn’t want associated with him. Trump’s claim he’s has had his picture taken with thousands of people and doesn’t remember Parnas is total bullshit.

Some news outlets are posting a photo and claiming that Parnas slipped an envelope to Trump at a fund raiser. Was that money? Parnas has been granting interviews to anyone who will have him, almost bragging about his closeness with Trump.  The world seems to be missing the bigger problem, however. The recording shows how easy it would be for a Russian, or any other country’s agent, to get inside the inner circle of the most powerful buffoon in the world.

Could Lev and Igor be Russian double agents? Who will protect our country from a president making decisions based on information given to him by possible double agents? Rudy Giuliani, the President’s personal attorney, aided and abetted these characters. On the recording, Parnas claims he doesn’t remember the name of the Ambassador he was slandering. Now Parnas admits he didn’t know that US Ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch was “bad mouthing” Trump. He even apologized to her on TV. WTF?

So, here’s the latest, stark example of what we feared all along. Donald Trump is the most gullible, misguided and underinformed President we’ve ever had. Forget about “No collusion,” “Read the transcript” or “What I did wasn’t a crime.” This guy is incapable of discerning a play, a lie, a scheme, a plot, or a conspiracy. If a piano fell on his fucking head he would declare, “What a beautiful melody!” as the instrument’s strings vibrated against his skull. He doesn’t know what he is doing.

Let’s sum it up. Two guys, who have never been cleared or investigated by our government, are in Trump’s inner circle giving him misinformation which he then acts upon. How can this President be trusted? What if Igor and Lev have been trained to con their way into our government? What if they are being paid by Dmytro Firtash, a corrupt Ukrainian businessman with ties to the Kremlin? Oh, yeah, they are. Could it be that Rudy Giuliani, in his glaring stupidity, is being played by Russia and Ukraine to orchestrate a regime change in the former Soviet state? You know, start with the US Ambassador and then work their way up to the new President.

I hope you are tacking your red string up to the wall with the pictures of all these characters and the notes you have taken. Rudy Giuliani’s associates were arrested not because they were caught trying to leave the country but because Attorney General William Barr wanted to send a message to Trump that Giuliani was hurting him. Trump is so dense that he cannot read the Russian tea leaves. Giuliani wasn’t arrested on charges of violating the Logan Act because Barr knows he would be fired if he arrested Rudy. That would anger Trump beyond words. If you are curious, The Logan Act — 1 Stat. 613, 18 U.S.C. § 953 — was enacted January 30, 1799 and is a Federal law that criminalizes negotiation by unauthorized American citizens with foreign governments. Violation of the Logan Act is a felony. Perhaps you could say it is “Treason-lite.”

The facts are simple. Russia interfered with our 2016 election with a massive, multi-million-dollar misinformation campaign, which American social media companies made a mint on yet never detected. Trump, the lessor of two evils in many people’s minds, was elected. He and his associates have been under investigation from the beginning of his campaign, obviously for good reasons. There is credible evidence that Trump has obstructed justice and Congress, but more seriously we have someone in the White House who can be played by untalented actors and agents.  Sadly, no one in the Republican party wants to admit this. Wow! Where are our forefathers when we need them?

Two thugs and cons got into Trump’s inner circle, spread the lie that Putin wanted to plant, cultivated that falsehood, promoted the conspiracy, convinced the President of the United States to act on it, and Donald J. Trump changed US policies and actions regarding another country. Hey, I’m not a Fox News guy but wouldn’t that mean that Lev Parnas is a double agent? He played the President to pull off Putin’s plan. He was paid by a third party connected to Russia and the actions taken helped another country, RUSSIA! Trump got manipulated by a double agent who he doesn’t even know is a double agent and the Senate is going to give Trump a way out of conviction. They are not impartial jurors and not smart enough to see what is truly happening. The fools in Congress are fake caretakers of the Constitution.

We need to send some thoughts and prayers out to our Democracy. Oh, too soon?

New Book About America

The book that tells it like it is…

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

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


THE BIG TRUMP TRIAL

John, Mike, Mick & Bill Must Testify

Unless you have been living under a rock, you know a big trial will be starting tomorrow in Washington. This is the trial portion of Donald John Trump’s impeachment. It’s always revealing to use all three names a person has. You know, like John Wayne Gacy and other infamous villains. We need to know their exact identity for some reason.

I have been told that the addition of Trump’s middle name in the impeachment documents was necessary because he was sworn in under that name during his inauguration. We know exactly who the defendant is and there can be no mistake that the Senate is trying Donald Trump, Jr, so we are using our president’s middle name. Silly, really.

The process of drawing up the articles of impeachment in the House of Representatives has been criticized by Republicans, White House aids and Constitutional experts, but surely these controversies will be put to the test during the trial. Hopefully. The facts are there, but few will agree to agree on these points. The House could have called more witnesses and procured more documentation, if the President didn’t stonewall Congress. And here’s another solid fact. Had the House Democrats gone the route of subpoenaing all the witnesses they wanted, the matter would have dragged on in the courts. Probably until the end of summer, when someone would have suggested, Mitch McConnell most likely, that the court should not rule on these witnesses because it would affect the 2020 presidential election. We’ve been here before.

There are some people on the public payroll who took an oath to the United States and the Constitution and who haven’t come forward to testify about these important matters. These issues are so crucial to our foreign policy and corruption in the administration that these public servants have an obligation to tell the American people what they know.

Let’s walk through these voices that have been muzzled by Donald Trump. In a previous post, we pointed out the flaw in having the person who runs the OMB (Office of Management and Budget) also be the Chief of Staff to the President. However, conflict of interest is something the present occupant of the White House doesn’t care about. He’s the actual swamp.

Mick Mulvaney is officially the Director of the Office of Management and Budget and in this quirky Trump administration, he’s also “acting” Chief of Staff. He doesn’t get two paychecks, but he does control the release of funds, such as military aid to Ukraine, and must be questioned under oath about what happened in the Ukraine-gate conspiracy. He’s already admitted on live National TV that there was a quid pro quo with the President of Ukraine, and he urged us to get over it. Okay, what would he say under oath in a Senate impeachment trial?

Next, we have Mike Pompeo, who used to run the CIA and now runs the State Department. As amazing as it might seem, it took him more than six months to be brought into the loop regarding the US Ambassador to Ukraine being intimidated by Rudy Giuliani, There was even possible spying by Rudy’s boys and a campaign to discredit her by nefarious actors. Really? He was the head of the CIA and he didn’t maintain contacts with his team there to find out what was happening in Ukraine? What a poor administrator and Secretary of State. He must be questioned under oath and show the American public if he is protecting our diplomats and ambassadors.

Then there’s William Barr, the attorney general of the United States. Now there are those people who think he the best man for the job. What’s funny about that last line is most of those folks are Republicans, but remember, the Senate confirmed William Barr to be attorney general with a 54-45 vote. 45 Democratic senators saw Barr’s previous writings about the power of the President and the “flaws” he saw in the Mueller investigations and took them as an early indication that Barr’s ideological philosophy would be used to protect Trump rather than being an objective top cop in America. New evidence has come to the forefront that may implicate Barr in the Ukraine conspiracy and coverup. Lev Parnas believes that Trump commanded William Barr, on the advice of Rudy Giuliani, to arrest Parnas and his partner, Igor Fruman, to shut them up. Giuliani and Trump may have worried that once Parnas was out of the country, he would launch a campaign of truthful disclosure that would hurt both Trump and his personal attorney.

William Barr must testify because, without the oversight of the Department of Justice, there is no justice. Barr has already refused to testify and has been found to be in contempt of Congress. Why is he still the Attorney General? He must testify.

And last, but not least, Former National Security Advisor John Bolton must come forward, be sworn and tell his story. We know that Bolton either was fired or quit during heated discussions about Syria, Turkey, Afghanistan and Ukraine. Bolton has said he will testify if subpoenaed by the Senate. Mitch McConnell, leader of the Senate, doesn’t want witnesses, but it may be too late for him to block relevant witnesses. Trump said he would claim executive privilege to keep Bolton from testifying, which any logical person would take as proof that he is obstructing Congress, one of his impeachment charges. It’s not a Catch 22 — a dilemma or difficult circumstance from which there is no escape because of mutually conflicting or dependent conditions — it’s only a trick to keep the public from hearing more damaging facts that would likely come out during testimony.

No matter what happens during this historical week, Donald John Trump will have the stain of impeachment on his permanent record. When you read about him in history books, Wikipedia and the Congressional Record, it will be very clear that Trump was accused of high crimes or misdemeanors and tried in the Senate. In the past two impeachment trials, Senators concentrated on the number of votes and the articles, with little concern for the cult of personality. Clinton beat the rap, while Andrew Johnson was not victorious after winning the trial. His party took him off the ticket in 1868. So, while Trump and his talking heads keep pointing to the fact that Clinton went on to get reelected, they fail to remember how damaging an impeachment trial can be. Look at what happened to Nixon. He resigned before his trial. Will Trump be smart enough to get out before the election, or will he suffer a terrible loss because of the drip, drip, drip of more corruptive revelations?

Trump is dangerous and damaging to our republic. Let’s quote our “great southern statesman,” Lindsey Graham, “I want to put a vigorous case on that he’s guilty for the sake of the rule of law, for the sake of the truth, if nothing else,” Graham continued, “What I’m saying about witnesses is that if you take them off the table in the Senate, the next Judiciary Committee, the next independent counsel ought to do everything, because they may lose the chance to present their case and that would be bad for impeachment law. That would be against precedent, and I hope that doesn’t happen here.”

Of course, he was talking about the Clinton impeachment trial, not Trump’s, Graham is willing to do something bad for America and law. He’s putting party before his duty to protect the Constitution and will go down as one large-ass, feckless hypocrite of all time!

New Book About America

The book that tells it like it is…

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

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


CONTAMINATION OF JUSTICE

Trump’s Stacking the Deck for Himself

There is something right before the very eyes of Donald Trump’s sycophants and political partisans that they cannot see. Their allegiance to the incompetent man in our White House is more important to them than whether Trump is qualified and effective at his job or loyal to our flag and Constitution. The only way a person can achieve and keep a position in the Trump administration requires unqualified support of Trump and his ego power grab. There have always been people who bend to the will of their benefactor, but what we have now are out and out lies for this man. Why?

We are seeing many people in the administration and in Congress openly lying or failing to answer important questions because they do not want to anger the pumpkin in the White House. What do they fear? They dread being fired with the tactics of intimidation and fear Trump used in the production of his inane TV show, The Apprentice. This is a country, our country, and America and must be treated with much more care than an insipid reality TV show.

One of the characters in Trump’s dysfunctional shameful body of enablers is William Barr. For months and months, we have been assaulted with the harangues and tweets from our President about how bad former Attorney General Jeff Sessions was. Trump did all things possible to shame Mr. Sessions resignation, when he could have simply fired him. Maybe the Donald was stalling for time to find the right guy for the job, a political operative rather than a real Attorney General. From his first day in office, Barr has been doing Trump’s dirty deeds. Perhaps his most devious moment was the discoloration of the Mueller Report before it was released.

This week, Barr graced us with his version of the Inspector General’s report on the investigation into the origins of the Mueller Report. Now, after being pressured by Trump, A.G. Barr has once again discounted the findings of the report before it was made public. His goal of amplifying the mistakes of the FBI may have been warranted, but he ignored the over-arching conclusion that the investigation was warranted. He simply stated that it wasn’t, and he ordered his new handpicked investigator, Mr. John Durham, to release a similar statement. Durham’s pronouncement referencing his ongoing investigation, echoed former FBI leader James Comey’s handling of the Hillary Clinton server investigation. Shame on both for repeating the mistake of talking about an ongoing investigation.

When John Kelly left the White House, Trump pushed his responsibilities onto the plate of Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney. This added to Mulvaney’s role as manager of the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), which handles and releases funds, including foreign aid. And there you have it. The person who said, “Get over it,” attempted to justify political considerations in US interaction with another country. So, the sycophant running the White House and OMB, was maneuvering to avoid any proper scrutiny or review. The good news is that Trump and Mulvaney got caught.

As Trump continues to stack the seats of the judiciary with men and women who think like the great Donald, he is weakening our system of checks and balances. This is not by accident but rather a bragging point that candidate Trump used at his mob rallies. There are those in evangelical movements who say one of the reasons they look the other way with respect to Trump’s language and bad personal conduct is his selection of judges who will expediate the removal of the Roe vs. Wade ruling by the Supreme Court.

Whether in the majority or minority, all of us Americans have rights. We have heard the voices of those debating impeachment saying that Democrats are taking away the vote of the people. Those against impeachment speak about the process denying the vote of 62,984,828 voters. None of them mention that Hillary Clinton, the other person running for president, received 65,853,514 votes. If most of the people within the popular vote are not being served by this president, then the argument of Trump’s vast mandate is not correct.

Look at the most recent polls and you will see the clear facts. On September 16–17, 2019, Ipsos/Reuters surveyed voters in America  and found that Donald J. Trump has only 40% approval. According to the latest numbers from FiveThirtyEight.com, 47.5% of the American public support impeachment. Almost half the voters favor throwing Trump out of office, while 60% of the public disapprove of his performance. If he was the CEO of a major public company, he would have been fired years ago.

The poison that Trump has pissed into the punch bowl of American unity is appalling to this American. The Congress, with a Gallup 24% approval rating,  only worsens its reputation with their outlandish TV antics. The arguments and apparent love of Donald Trump is repugnant. And as we all know, love is blind. Most of the Republicans are blinded by the light of lies spewing from Trump’s misshaped little mouth. It’s time for change America!

New Book About America

The book that tells it like it is…

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

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