RUSSIA! RUSSIA! RUSSIA!

What did we learn from the Summit?

Both Russia and the US have said that the relationship between the two major countries is at an all-time low. Most Democrats would agree with Putin’s comment that Biden is a “very balanced person,” which implies Putin believes that last guy was not mentally predictable. But after hearing the President of Russia say that its relations with the US are so bad, I have to ask why.

Despite all the glowing things our former president said about getting along with Russia and Putin, and all the actions he took despite advice from experts in the State Department, somehow the result was zero good will between the two powers. What did our last president do that caused Putin to be unhappy with us?

Remember that Donald Trump and Putin talked behind closed doors. No one knows what was said, but relations between the two countries didn’t change one bit. Trump’s verbal gymnastics in Helsinki only made things worse. It remains unclear if he didn’t see any reason why Russia WOULD or WOULDN’T have interfered with our elections? We have proof of what Russia did, but Putin continues to deny, deny, deny — as any mobster worth his salt should do.

Okay, big newsflash here. Vladimir Putin doesn’t give a shit about the United States of America, and he could not care less about our president. His focus is staying in power. He has already changed the laws of his land to do so for the rest of his life, and he’ll kill anyone who gets in his way. Short of an aggressive form of prostate cancer, he will continue tormenting the world for quite some time.

Let me offer this perspective, the economies of Russia and Texas are roughly the same size, but our comrades overseas don’t have the frills and fabulous lives we have here in the good old USA. Amazon isn’t making multiple deliveries to Russian homes. The principal driver of the Russian economy is the energy they sell to the rest of the world. It’s fortunate that we buy more vodka and caviar from them than energy. Now, consider this. When was the last time you picked up a product at Walmart and saw a stamp saying “Made in Russia?” Economically speaking, we can only hurt them. Putin understands this and that’s why he often talks about sanctions.

Russia has always been the underdog and they carry an inferiority complex into every meeting with the outside world. Yes, they helped us beat the Nazis but, as Joe Biden pointed out, that was self-interest and not an altruistic response to a madman. The Soviet Union lost about 27 million civilian and military lives in World War II, but the Russians want us to believe it was 20 million. Had Hitler been successful in the east, there would be no Russia today.

Joseph Stalin was no angel. Some people believe that the 1930-1933 Russian famine, in which 7.5 million people starved to death, was a plot concocted by that “man of steel” Stalin to “liquidate” prosperous peasants (“kulaks”). By getting rid of those who controlled agriculture, their lands would transfer to Moscow and the capital extracted from the countryside could build Soviet industry, fill government coffers and line the pockets of the country’s so-called leaders. That’s terrible, if true, but truth in Russia is a rare commodity.

Yesterday, Vladimir Putin stood in front of the world press in Geneva and said that it wasn’t his people who hacked the US; it was the US itself. When asked why Russian opposition leaders have been poisoned, imprisoned and murdered, Putin claimed he had nothing to do with any of that. When asked about peaceful Russian protesters being arrested, Vlad cited the US January 6th Insurrection in a feeble attempt to create a false equivalency. Putin said he wants to avoid the same thing happening in his country, clearly disagreeing with the Republicans in Congress who claim January 6th was just another day of leisurely tourism on Capitol Hill. While our Republican sycophants stomp their feet and claim Biden is negotiating from a position of weakness, Putin is saying that all those anti-democracy Proud Boys who attacked Congress on January 6th should either be put in prison or poisoned.

Alexei Navalny

Vladimir Putin doesn’t care if Alexei Navalny dies in prison. Should the dissident die in prison, Putin will go on TV to say it was an unfortunate outcome and “that guy” should never have protested. The little dictator will continue going after anyone who disagrees with him with a deathly vengeance. Nice guy, eh?

There is no “all time low” in our relationship with Russia. It’s just the way it is and always will be. Yes, Reagan was able to get the then-Soviets, to tear down the Berlin Wall, but the fundamental reason they got out of Germany was the prohibitive cost of maintaining a presence there. A young KGB agent stationed in Berlin oversaw the burning of secret documents. His name was Vladimir Putin. He wasn’t happy about his country giving up power then and that continues to be his main driver now. He learned German in high school and speaks it fluently. One could surmise he has a Napoleon syndrome because of his stature, but he probably leans more toward Hitler as an influence.

I don’t want to come off as an asshole, but we don’t need the US media swarm of junior TV reporters pontificating and spouting their theories about the meaning of the summit. The only person who made any sense to me was Fiona Hill. She was a key figure in Donald Trump’s Ukraine quid pro quo controversy and, as Senior Director for Europe and Russia of the National Security Council, she understands Putin and Russia better than anyone at the State Department. Hill’s commentary that Putin will continue to spread disinformation to shape the opinions, policies and actions of other nations is spot on. He’s just a spy who figured out a way to grift billions of dollars from Russia’s energy industry. He’s not a president. He’s an oligarch standing in front of an atomic arsenal.

It’s sad that the day after the summit the American press is more interested in a confrontation between Biden and a CNN reporter rather than the substance of what happened there. What did we learn? I saw a US president being presidential, having a meeting with the ruthless Putin, then coming out to plainly talk about the substance of their discussion. Man, that’s refreshing. We actually learned what happened, while remaining clueless about what Trump and Putin talked about in Helsinki. Trump fears truth while Biden fights for his truth. At least that’s something.

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We knew that the great divide in America would have a major effect on the presidential election in the year 2020, but something else was lurking that we didn’t anticipate. The world suffered a global pandemic of Covid-19, and everything changed. The lockdown motivated one author to write MASHED POTATOES: Covid, Cancer & Comfort Food. The cover ironically claims the book is a “humorous” recollection of 2020, but one might ask, “Where was the humor?” This is a work of survival to motivate those who desire to get beyond Covid-19, beat cancer and defend our precious Democracy.  The world got Covid, the writer got cancer and we all ate copious amounts of comfort food. It’s time to swallow the truth, survive the madness, take a large spoon and savor some delicious MASHED POTATOES. Get some here. 

 

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ARE YOU A TOOBIN OR A FRANKEN?

The #MeToo Movement Needs to Grow a Pair

I admit that I crafted today’s headline to get your attention. It’s clear that rapid change is occurring in industries, businesses, clubs, organizations and governments, and we must brace ourselves for the backlash that occurs after transformation because, damn it, people just cannot adjust to quick, jerky orders. We ascended from the dark ages of the 1950s when it was okay to make fun of gay people, while trans and transvestites were viewed as freaks or aliens. Back in those days, violence against someone because of their sexual orientation was commonplace.

The depiction of the ad agency in the TV series Mad Men was not only aptly named but accurately showed the true-life reality of men who were on top and women were expected to put out in order to climb the ladder. Once we got into the late 1960s and early 1970s, women started to burn their bras and demand fair treatment. It was cool to be a feminist and the free love delivered by birth control pills was just a short deterrent for machismo and domination. As the saying goes, boys will be boys.

I spent countless hours in boardrooms during my career where it was unusual to see even one woman at the table. Men continued to hold power, while women worked overtime to gain parity in sports, business, government and society. Even in churches, it was difficult for a woman to hold any position to promote and create change. I agree with many anthropologists, psychologists and scientists that women process information in a different way than men, and in many situations, they are better problem solvers than men.

Many women were able to gain traction in their chosen fields by educating themselves and pushing harder. Over time, we have become more dependent on technologies and the idea of physical strength as a job requirement has been washed away. I cannot think of a single work position a woman cannot do provided training, tools and good timing are in place. Yes, timing is just as important in the #MeToo era as it ever was.

Al Franken

I think back to Al Franken, the junior Senator from Minnesota, and recall how he was shamed out of his elected position. I liked Al as a Senator and enjoyed his comedic talent on Saturday Night Live and on stage. To remind you, after decades as a comedic actor and writer, Franken became a prominent liberal political activist, hosting The Al Franken Show on Air America Radio. He was elected to the Senate by the slimmest of margins and served on several committees until allegations of sexual misconduct were made against him. After being told he should resign by several highly respected female members of his own party, he took the not-so-subtle hint and left his seat and job on January 2, 2018.

I know some people who worked with Al at several steps along his career path and, yes, it’s all true. He was grabby, inappropriate, both physically and verbally, and some of his co-workers complained. One might be tempted to say that’s just who Al was, but harassment lies in the eye of the person being abused, not the harasser. Should Al Franken have fought harder to keep his job in Congress? Probably not, because of the bad press he would probably have been voted out, especially if a woman ran against him. The sad reality, however, is that hundreds of Republican men continue to hold office even though they are male chauvinist pigs.

But today I’m not here to point a finger. I would like to demonstrate how we are moving in a new direction in dealing with men who overstep boundaries. Here is a redemption story, of sorts, highlighted by this headline from the New York Post (a Rupert Murdoch paper), “Jeffrey Toobin back on CNN after masturbation scandal, admits it was ‘moronic’” In case you don’t know, Mr. Toobin was on a Zoom conference call with his colleagues at the New Yorker when they took a pause for the cause. Mr. Toobin forgot to turn off his camera and when people came back to the call, the live video stream showed Toobin pleasing himself. While this might have been good for his “little Jeffy,” it got him canned from the magazine and suspended by CNN, where he was a legal expert and commentator.

Jeffrey Toobin

Anchor Alisyn Camerota hosted an embarrassing and painful to watch (for me) CNN Newsroom interview with Toobin. Her opening question was, “To quote Jay Leno, ‘What the hell were you thinking?’” Toobin replied by describing himself as a “flawed human being who makes mistakes” and said his conduct was “deeply moronic and indefensible.” So, after being in timeout for eight months he’s free to move about the media cabin. Okay, let’s define some terms.

A “Toobin” is action so humiliating and embarrassing that there’s nothing you can do other than apologize. It’s like the 1995 incident when Hugh Grant was arrested with a prostitute in a car, and it looked like his movie career would be over. Instead, Grant went on the Tonight Show, as scheduled, and was asked by host Jay Leno, “What the hell were you thinking?”

A “Franken” occurs when there is proof you have done something bad, a few people criticize the depth of your foolishness, and all you can do is walk away in shame. I don’t believe Al Franken would still be in Congress even if he had offered a Grant-like apology, and here’s why. It used to be that TV and movie stars could do bad things, but almost immediately jump up and start over. Those days are gone.

Let’s remember Charlie Chaplin, one of the biggest motion picture stars in the early days of film. According to many authors and other sources, Chaplin was a ”Class-A Womanizer” who claimed to have slept with over two thousand women. He also dated a 15-year-old girl who, allegedly, became pregnant with his child. That’s just one of many Hollywood stories of debauchery and deviant behavior, but I don’t have time to apologize.

It took decades for Fox News to finally deal with Roger Ailes’ incessant sexual harassment and abuse of the beautiful women he hired to adorn his news sets. Complaints went unanswered and eventually cost the News Corporation millions of dollars to settle lawsuits. Fox News continues to rake in tons of money, and it’s clear that their viewership has no ill will toward the people who allowed such atrocities to happen, but politics is a different animal.

Because politicians can say whatever they want in their ads, any slightly disgraced political figure can easily be vilified by the liars and mad men behind another candidate’s political campaign. Hugh Grant goes on — Al Franken goes home — and it’s yet to be seen what will become of Toobin. I can easily imagine some CNN correspondents not wanting to interact with him.

Here’s what I mean when I say the #MeToo movement needs to “grow a pair.” Yes, a great artist or a lofty legal expert can be human and make and admit mistakes. All should be treated fairly and equally, but there are times the snowball becomes so large as it rolls down the hill that a blowtorch is needed to melt it.

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We knew that the great divide in America would have a major effect on the presidential election in the year 2020, but something else was lurking that we didn’t anticipate. The world suffered a global pandemic of Covid-19, and everything changed. The lockdown motivated one author to write MASHED POTATOES: Covid, Cancer & Comfort Food. The cover ironically claims the book is a “humorous” recollection of 2020, but one might ask, “Where was the humor?” This is a work of survival to motivate those who desire to get beyond Covid-19, beat cancer and defend our precious Democracy.  The world got Covid, the writer got cancer and we all ate copious amounts of comfort food. It’s time to swallow the truth, survive the madness, take a large spoon and savor some delicious MASHED POTATOES. Get some here. 

 

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How to Hire Great People: Tips, Tricks and Templates for Success

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THE DISGRACE OF SESSIONS AND BARR

The Demigod Exploited Their Small Brains

I often wonder why people lie when they know that, given time and probing, the truth will eventually uncover them as total losers. When former Attorney Generals Jefferson Sessions and William Barr were questioned by the press this weekend about investigations, subpoenas and spying on members of the press, Congress and Donald Trump’s own inner circle, both men said they didn’t know what occurred. Are they lying or is there really a deep state with its hands on the levers of power at the Justice Department?

It won’t be long before we know more, but I thought I would throw out a few ideas here. First, we might be uncovering an abuse of power by the 45th President that has far reaching consequences. Did Trump have a lower-level prosecutor and/or judge in his pocket who signed orders, issued subpoenas and passed that information to the President without the top leadership of the Justice Department knowing? Former A.G. Alberto Gonzales said it’s unlikely that Sessions and Barr did not know about these cases. It seems obvious to me that either Barr, or his Deputy A.G. Rod Rosenstein, kept the gag order intact.

Bill Barr Thinking

While mass shootings are plaguing America, we are forced to consider the fact that Donald Trump was much worse than any left-wing website ever claimed. If the President of the United States was spying on the press, members of Congress and even his own lawyer then perhaps Susan Collins, the Senator from Maine, can learn from it. The lesson is that Trump has a narcissistic and criminal mind, and he will never change, Susan.

The plot was perfect. Jeff Sessions, one of the first members of Congress to endorse Donald Trump for president, wanted to be the Attorney General. Trump gave him the position, but right after an investigation was launched into Russian interference in the 2016 Election, Sessions recused himself from the probe, and rightfully so. After all, he worked on the Trump campaign and had a legal obligation to remove himself from the investigation. Trump blew up and kept bullying and belittling Sessions in public. This made Sessions vulnerable to his own desires to please the President. He was perhaps manipulated and pushed to get more involved in the investigation than he admitted. Sessions was the A.G. when these subpoenas were issued by the DOJ, and if he didn’t order them then who did? Should be easy to find out.

William Barr appeared before Congress and was asked by Kamala Harris whether anyone from the White House asked him to open an investigation. Under oath, he cloaked his answer by saying there might have been discussions but not orders. Barr and Session must be brought to Congress and sworn in to testify in detail what actually took place. If the Attorney General and the Deputy A.G. didn’t know about a major investigation, then who did? I sense that Barr lied to Congress when he was asked about investigations and requests.

Sessions also lied to Senator Al Franken and Harris in a hearing about whether he met with Russians during the Trump campaign. He said he got confused and wasn’t sure what they were asking. Now he claims he cannot remember whether he approved data dumps from Apple. He cannot remember about a gag order he asked the judge in the case to approve? Something is rotten in Denmark.

I’ll stop short of calling both Barr and Sessions liars, but they certainly appear to be in love or in fear of Donald Trump. They wouldn’t even take credit for protecting the country from whatever amazingly deep and dark national security threat that required invading the privacy of Americas. I’m reminded of the time Barr said it wasn’t “tear gas” but pepper pellets that his security forces used to “clear protesters” in Lafayette Park. You fat, hair splittin’ jagoff! The damage to the eyes, noses and throats of those peaceful protesters is the same. Stop fabricating a diversion from truth.

Before the release of the Mueller Report, William Barr decided to protect Donald Trump by saying that the report exonerated 45, when it didn’t say that at all. Barr attempted to obstruct justice, and now we have caught him and Sessions breaking policies at the very least and perhaps being guilty of violating the civil rights of American citizens. It’s time we hold accountable the perpetrators of these injustices.

This story is moving at the speed of light. It all started with leaks, but light travels faster than water. We have this late breaking story from the financial news network, CNBC, “John Demers is leaving his post as head of the Justice Department’s national security division within two weeks.” It seems that Demers was the person who oversaw the investigations into the leaks during the Trump administration.

All the secret subpoenas, draconian gag orders and illicit surveillance by the White House will now be put under a microscope. Current Attorney General Merrick Garland said this today, “As I stated during my confirmation hearing, political or other improper considerations must play no role in any investigative or prosecutorial decisions.” Okay, but will you arrest someone who had your job in the past?

I would like to see Congress take a secret vote on whether Trump should be allowed to run for any federal office. It would be the ultimate censure should the orange boy be rebuffed and barred from holding office ever again. It would also be a tremendous first step in repairing America and relieving the pressure on Republicans to kowtow to Donald John Trump. It’s time to put America first and forget about the loser big mouth on the golf course.

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We knew that the great divide in America would have a major effect on the presidential election in the year 2020, but something else was lurking that we didn’t anticipate. The world suffered a global pandemic of Covid-19, and everything changed. The lockdown motivated one author to write MASHED POTATOES: Covid, Cancer & Comfort Food. The cover ironically claims the book is a “humorous” recollection of 2020, but one might ask, “Where was the humor?” This is a work of survival to motivate those who desire to get beyond Covid-19, beat cancer and defend our precious Democracy.  The world got Covid, the writer got cancer and we all ate copious amounts of comfort food. It’s time to swallow the truth, survive the madness, take a large spoon and savor some delicious MASHED POTATOES. Get some here. 

 

Book for the Recovery – Build Back Better!

 

How to Hire Great People: Tips, Tricks and Templates for Success

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

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CONGRESSIONAL LA CAGE AUX FOLLES

Marjorie Taylor Greene & Ilhan Omar

I have remarked many times that people say stupid things, including myself. It’s true. I’ve been known to make some really off the wall declarations that I now truly regret. Today, however, we’ll focus on how difficult it is to remain in the center and not overreact to insipid comments made by people who get paid $174,000 every year to represent us in Congress.

I have difficulty believing or even listening to things that both Marjorie Taylor Greene and Ilhan Omar say each time they open their pie holes. In the past, I committed to digital print all the outrageous and dangerous utterances of Taylor Greene, the junior representative of the 14th district of Georgia. Ms. Omar serves the Minnesota’s 5th congressional district and has been in office since 2019. She presents herself as a member of the Democratic – Farmer – Labor party (DFL) of her state. Let’s see why these districts voted for these two new members of Congress.

Ms. Greene won her district by 74.6% and Ms. Omar won hers by 63.4% when elected for her second term in Congress. These representatives are extremely popular in their districts, both of which are as polarized as the candidates they’ve elected.

Omar’s district in Minnesota turned Democratic in the early 1960s and has never changed. Its main political party is the DFL, outside the traditional two-party concept we see in most of America. The ethnic makeup of the 5th is 63% White, 17% Black, 9% Hispanic, 6% Asian, 4% Native American. In Minnesota’s 5th, 14% were born elsewhere — 26% were born in Asia and 34% Africa. So, Representative Ilham Omar is of Islamic faith, like her constituency. Even though non-citizens cannot vote, their influence in her community is great.

Taylor Greene’s 14th district of Georgia has a foreign-born population of only 6.83% and 95.4% of that part of the state are American citizens. Whites make up 65.4% of the district, Hispanics 16.1% and African Americans 10.5%. The area is 56.58% blue-collar and 43.42% white-collar. One statistic best illustrates the loyalty of Georgians in the 14th district; 79% of their 2020 votes went to Donald Trump.

Yesterday, more than a dozen House Democrats publicly criticized Ilhan Omar accusing her of giving “cover” to terrorists and suggesting her remarks about Hamas and the Taliban reflect a “deep-seated prejudice.” Omar equated the United States and Israel to Hamas and the Taliban in a tweet about “atrocities” she claims all four have committed. Okay, where do we start here? First, we truly need a new rule. Congresspeople should be allowed to use Twitter or Facebook only to post press releases from their offices. That way, each post would be an official document rather than an off-the-cuff comment. It will prevent wrong messages being sent because staff members would have to review each post for clarity and correctness. Why are we, the taxpayers, footing the bill for these staffs who aren’t doing their jobs?

In my opinion, neither of these women are adept at the English language. Think of Sarah Palin. She believed many of her statements made major contributions to the spoken word and culture of America, but careful examination of her words reveal they’re all bullshit. I don’t care about their party affiliations, both Greene and Omar are an embarrassment to America, and they shouldn’t be in Congress.

Why should Ms. Omar or Ms. Greene get to determine anything about basic American freedoms? They are narrowminded people interested only in minority viewpoints rather than all the people in their districts, let alone the whole country. I know each has only one vote, but when their public pronouncements produce violence against minorities or other citizens, we have an obligation to stop their shouts of “Fire! Fire!” in a theater with no flames.

Marjorie, the election wasn’t stolen. There are no Jewish space lasers causing fires in California and most of that other chicken shit you scrape off yours shoes and slap on Twitter are lies. Ilhan, nothing good happens when you rachet up distrust and attack the Jews. Funny how the two people we are talking about today have this thing about Jewish people. Don’t you think it all comes off a bit, may I say it, Anti-Semitic?

These two women engage their mouths before their brains. Yes, they talk the talk and walk the walk for their homies, but many of the rest of us wish they would just eat a heaping plate of SHUT THE FUCK UP.

There, I’ve said it. They don’t need to be canceled, they just need to slow down and ask the question, “Is what I am about to post true, and will it be helpful for all of America?” The “Oh, I was just being sarcastic” excuse that Trump constantly used doesn’t cut it. He’s gone and it’s time for a return to truth, or at least stop making up things that distract from the important tasks at hand. Omar and Greene do not have effective communication skills. Neither has done anything to prove they are worthy of the chairs they sit in. Time to find better people.

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We knew that the great divide in America would have a major effect on the presidential election in the year 2020, but something else was lurking that we didn’t anticipate. The world suffered a global pandemic of Covid-19, and everything changed. The lockdown motivated one author to write MASHED POTATOES: Covid, Cancer & Comfort Food. The cover ironically claims the book is a “humorous” recollection of 2020, but one might ask, “Where was the humor?” This is a work of survival to motivate those who desire to get beyond Covid-19, beat cancer and defend our precious Democracy.  The world got Covid, the writer got cancer and we all ate copious amounts of comfort food. It’s time to swallow the truth, survive the madness, take a large spoon and savor some delicious MASHED POTATOES. Get some here. 

 

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How to Hire Great People: Tips, Tricks and Templates for Success

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

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THE FARCE OF ELECTION FRAUD

State Republicans are Don Quixotes in Drag

One of my friends and fellow writers suggested that we need a simple Congressional resolution that states, “Joe Biden was legitimately elected President; there was no steal.” Bruce Ledewitz is right. It’s a brilliant idea because Congresspeople would then have to go on record to state their belief and some would disclose their faithless dogma. Yes, that’s oxymoronic but it’s exactly what Congress has become.

Bruce also suggested, “As for questions concerning the killing of protestor Ashli Babbitt by the Capitol police, Americans now realize how important it is to investigate all uses of lethal force by the police.” Yeah, with all this Black Lives Matter stuff going on it makes sense to figure out why a US Air Force veteran was shot, but hey, wasn’t that already investigated? According to reports in the Washington Post, “Authorities determined that there was insufficient evidence to prove Babbitt’s civil rights were violated, and that it was reasonable for the officer to believe he was firing in self-defense or in defense of members of Congress and aides who were fleeing the House chamber. Prosecutors did not identify the officer.”

Those Republicans who voted against a 9-11 style commission to investigate an insurrection now refuse to look into this attack on democracy, I guess we don’t need to know why Capitol Police used deadly force that day, but shouldn’t we learn everything that happened? Why weren’t more protesters who were breaching the wall of Congress shot to death? Sorry, I’m just asking. Why didn’t the police defend the Capitol Building?

Recently, I was at a dinner with some power Democrats in Sarasota, Florida and suggested that the state Dems ask for an audit of Florida claiming widespread fraud helped Trump win the state. One of the lawyers at the dinner said that was a great idea. Why no audit in FLORIDA? Because fraud only happens where you lose. Not a single state that Trump won has been challenged.

My friend Bruce continued, “Democrats have a hard time understanding that many of the demonstrators on January 6 were sincere in their belief that the Presidential election had been stolen. Democrats like to think the demonstrators were just a white nationalist mob,” but I protested. A group can be “sincere” in their beliefs and still be a “nationalist mob.”

We all know there would not have been a riot without star speaker Donald Trump, and there wouldn’t have been an insurrection without his urgent words. Had he simply said STAY HERE, they wouldn’t have gone to the Hill. We know that, but why isn’t something being done about what happened? Republican Kool-Aid drinking sycophants keep saying more than 500 people have been arrested and that’s all the investigation we need, but wait, who incited the riot? Why not arrest TRUMP? From the beginning I’ve said the DOJ can’t read the same laws we do and arrive at the same conclusion.

Many Republicans have an opinion that mail-in ballots are a demonic scheme to favor the Democrats over them. They claim mail-in ballots provide a “partisan advantage.”

2020 Florida Mail-In Ballot Stats

Does the research show that MAIL-IN BALLOTS favor Democrats over Republicans? Here in FLORIDA, we had 4.3M mail-in ballots, 31.1% for the GOP. We have a million voters with no party affiliation and many of them voted for TRUMP. That’s how he won.

I worked in radio research for years and can testify that by forcing a procedural, methodological or sample change does not always cause a skewing of results. Sometimes the opposite results occur. Would there be decreased Republican turnout if we made it harder for older people to vote? I am not sure the claim of “partisan advantage” should ever be written without quotes.

We don’t know if eliminating mail-in voting would give one party an advantage over the other. There are many places where mail-in voting is used exclusively, and Republicans consistently win there. Those goofy political zealots who believe mail-in ballots somehow affect voting results do so only because TRUMP SAID IT. In fact, Trump was just parroting someone who told him, “If you don’t do something about mail in voting, Republicans will never win again.” Donald John Trump believes he won the election, and if he doesn’t then he’s evil beyond comprehension.

To understand the truth behind all of this, just think of the teenager who said, “I’m not going to wear a mask, the president doesn’t.” That kid doesn’t know anything about elections, viruses or medicine; he knows only what he’s been told. Similarly, many state legislators who are concocting voodoo voting laws don’t understand how elections work. Their only “truth” is the shepherd of lies would never lead them to the slaughterhouse. Do they not fear the shearer’s blade? Do they not know mutton? Sooner or later, someone is going to ask them why they made it more difficult to vote and they will answer, “That’s not true.” At that moment, the debate will simply end. Lord Acton was right, absolute corruption is powerful stuff and absolutely they will eventually have their day in court. We can only hope the judges will see the wolf in a sheep’s cloak.

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We knew that the great divide in America would have a major effect on the presidential election in the year 2020, but something else was lurking that we didn’t anticipate. The world suffered a global pandemic of Covid-19, and everything changed. The lockdown motivated one author to write MASHED POTATOES: Covid, Cancer & Comfort Food. The cover ironically claims the book is a “humorous” recollection of 2020, but one might ask, “Where was the humor?” This is a work of survival to motivate those who desire to get beyond Covid-19, beat cancer and defend our precious Democracy.  The world got Covid, the writer got cancer and we all ate copious amounts of comfort food. It’s time to swallow the truth, survive the madness, take a large spoon and savor some delicious MASHED POTATOES. Get some here. 

 

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RAPIST, DEFAMER & LIAR

What is the Department of Justice Doing?

Often, I read the details of a legal case and completely understand it. It’s rare that I hear something like I’m about to share with you and have difficulty finding well-defined logic or reason for what’s in play. I’ll start with this reporting from CNN, “The Justice Department argued in a brief filed Monday that it should be permitted to substitute itself for former President Donald Trump as defendant in a defamation lawsuit brought by a longtime magazine columnist, E. Jean Carroll, who accused Trump of rape.”

E. Jean Carroll

Well, the statues of limitations might prohibit Ms. Carroll from bringing that serious allegation of sexual assault to court, but Mr. Trump’s comments while he was president included statements that questioned her credibility in terms that were, according to the Department of Justice (DOJ), “crude and disrespectful.” The DOJ continued, “But this case does not concern whether Mr. Trump’s response was appropriate. Nor does it turn on the truthfulness of Ms. Carroll’s allegations.” Okay, so this writer must now ask, “Just what is this case about?”

The DOJ takes the position that Trump was an employee of the government and that he acted “within the scope of employment,” and that he shouldn’t personally be the defendant in the case. WTF? The government didn’t attack the woman’s credibility, Donald John Trump did. This is another gesture that makes it seem the Chief Executive of America is above the law.

We cannot know what happened in the dressing room where Carroll claims Trump sexually assaulted her, but we do know that Trump’s reaction was highly vindictive and crude. It’s important to point out that in October 2020, a district judge rejected the Justice Department’s attempt to replace Trump in the lawsuit. Had the department been allowed to intervene in the case, it likely would have l been dismissed, because the government cannot be sued for defamation. So, here’s the legal fork in the road. Is the President of the United States an individual or the government itself?

What is missing here is comprehension that a president’s words could plunge a product, kill a company or destroy a person’s reputation and their ability to get work. This DOJ announcement claims a president cannot be sued. Why? Had Trump’s comments been made when he wasn’t in office, the DOJ would have no grounds to get involved. That proves that the flimsy argument they are making is wrong and should not get this case dismissed.

Their words “within the scope of employment,” imply that the statement of any government employee that hurts a person or company is protected speech. That’s incorrect. Most government employees are restricted by rules and policies regarding their public statements and if they mess up, they get fired. Such claims are investigated by the Inspector General’s office.

We have clear evidence that Donald Trump is a prolific liar. The Washington Post claims he lied 50,000 times while he was president. We also know our ex-president likes to defame people; he’s been doing that all his life. As for rape, well until someone brings a better case with evidence and witnesses, we will never know. All that aside, Donald is getting a huge gift from the DOJ and many Democrats and those on the far left will be asking the same question. WHY?

Letitia James – Attorney General of New York

I have a theory and it’s not good for the former President. I suspect that the Justice Department knows what is coming from the Southern District of New York, the Attorney General of New York and from the IRS, so maybe they are taking this possible precedent setting action because they know the shit will soon hit the fan. Speculating a bit further, what would keep a person, without merit or proof, from bringing the same kind of suit against President Joe Biden? Could it be that the DOJ is protecting the office of the president and not one, specific man?

Justice moves slowly in America and only time will tell, but I guarantee that if the judge accepts the DOJ reasoning the case will be dismissed and, once again, Trump will get off Scott free. How can this continue to happen, or are other clocks ticking down to some other major problems for the former president? Sadly, this drama will never end until Trump is gone and muzzled. Yes, the Donald needs to be canceled.

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We knew that the great divide in America would have a major effect on the presidential election in the year 2020, but something else was lurking that we didn’t anticipate. The world suffered a global pandemic of Covid-19, and everything changed. The lockdown motivated one author to write MASHED POTATOES: Covid, Cancer & Comfort Food. The cover ironically claims the book is a “humorous” recollection of 2020, but one might ask, “Where was the humor?” This is a work of survival to motivate those who desire to get beyond Covid-19, beat cancer and defend our precious Democracy.  The world got Covid, the writer got cancer and we all ate copious amounts of comfort food. It’s time to swallow the truth, survive the madness, take a large spoon and savor some delicious MASHED POTATOES. Get some here. 

 

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How to Hire Great People: Tips, Tricks and Templates for Success

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HIGH TECH RUNS ROUGHSHOD

Better to ask for forgiveness than permission

Have you heard about this? Amazon Sidewalk is a technology that creates a low-bandwidth network with the help of Sidewalk bridge devices, including select Echo and Ring devices. These bridge devices broadcast a small portion of your internet bandwidth to provide connectivity to you and your neighbors.

What? Okay, let’s get geeky here for a moment: According to Amazon, Sidewalk will use Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) in the 900 MHz spectrum and other frequencies “to simplify new device setup, extend the low-bandwidth working range of devices, and help devices stay online and up-to-date even if they are outside the range of home Wi-Fi.” It essentially will be sharing a portion of your internet bandwidth with your neighbors and passersby. PLEASE LISTEN UP. The fact that Amazon plans to give away what belongs to you without asking permission is disgusting. Should you wish to get more frustrated with the home delivery deity, check this out. Amazon will launch Sidewalk automatically on June 8, 2021, unless customers opt out before then.

It’s easy to opt out, but how would you know to do it? You didn’t receive a notice from Amazon or Ring, did you? No, you did not. I don’t know about you, but I’m paying a ton of money for my internet connection and it’s disturbing that Amazon intends to leech off my network silently and invisibly.

Here’s how to opt out. Ring customers can update their Amazon Sidewalk preferences from the Control Center in the Ring app or at the Ring website. Echo customers can update their Amazon Sidewalk preferences in the Alexa app by going to Settings, Account Settings, then Amazon Sidewalk. There you will find a toggle to disable Sidewalk. Note that this setting is not available in the PC version of Alexa.  Use your mobile phone or tablet instead.

There’s good news for Ring doorbell users. Sidewalk is not present on the typical doorbell camera device, but it is on their Floodlight Cam, Spotlight Cam Mount and Spotlight Cam Wired units. If you have any of those, go to the Ring app and select Control Center, then scroll down to the bottom of the page and click on Amazon Sidewalk.

So, what’s the purpose of Sidewalk? Well, here’s how Amazon explains it, “Amazon Sidewalk is a shared network that helps devices work better. Operated by Amazon at no charge to customers, Sidewalk can help simplify new device setup, extend the low-bandwidth working range of devices to help find pets or valuables with Tile trackers, and help devices stay online even if they are outside the range of their home Wi-Fi. In the future, Sidewalk will support a range of experiences from using Sidewalk-enabled devices, such as smart security and lighting and diagnostics for appliances and tools.”

I have two major issues with Sidewalk. First, Amazon wants to create their BLE network using our stuff. That is cavalier behavior. Second, this is new technology with profound potential to go sideways or be abused by bad actors. It might become the target of hackers who would have a desire to turn on your camera and spy on you. It would be like someone you don’t know, sticking gobs of bubblegum on your sidewalk in front of your home.

Congress needs to get off their butts and pass some bills to create budgets for technology infrastructure that would make internet connections ubiquitously available. While we wait, companies like Xfinity (Comcast) and Verizon (AT&T) are providing hotspots and local area networks to give individuals and businesses seamless connections. These services are provided and supported as a service to the community while Amazon’s intent is providing internet bandwidth they will take from others.

If you want more details, USA Today has a good article here. And if you are like me, geek to the beak, you can read what PC Magazine wrote about Sidewalk here.

Please feel free to send this post to others. Let’s spread the word across all the social media sites. As for you, it’s time to opt out, unless you enjoy giving some powerful people more power over you.

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We knew that the great divide in America would have a major effect on the presidential election in the year 2020, but something else was lurking that we didn’t anticipate. The world suffered a global pandemic of Covid-19, and everything changed. The lockdown motivated one author to write MASHED POTATOES: Covid, Cancer & Comfort Food. The cover ironically claims the book is a “humorous” recollection of 2020, but one might ask, “Where was the humor?” This is a work of survival to motivate those who desire to get beyond Covid-19, beat cancer and defend our precious Democracy.  The world got Covid, the writer got cancer and we all ate copious amounts of comfort food. It’s time to swallow the truth, survive the madness, take a large spoon and savor some delicious MASHED POTATOES. Get some here. 

 

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How to Hire Great People: Tips, Tricks and Templates for Success

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INSURRECTION AT THE DIRECTION

Charge Trump for January 6th or Shut Up!

We have lots of people in this country who talk a good game but don’t always put their money where their money is. Take the Democrats, for example. Maybe they should ask for recounts in those states where Trump won the 2020 Election. It would distract the Trumpers and send others into defensive mode. Who knows, maybe Biden won Texas and Florida.

The Huffington Post published a disturbing article under the headline, “Oath Keepers Leader Poised For Trump To Make Gang His Militia.” Stewart Rhodes head of the lunatics, said this, “We want him to declare an insurrection, and to call us up as the militia.” Why, Stewart? So you can complete your work?

Stewart Rhodes

I am not making this stuff up. The unsealed indictment reveals new details about the Capitol riot and four more co-defendants have been brought into the conspiracy, bringing the total to 16. The defendants have been charged with conspiring to obstruct Congress’s confirmation of the 2020 presidential election and were among a group of Oath Keepers in combat uniforms and tactical vests who marched up the steps of the Capitol and stormed inside. Mr. Rhodes is listed as “Person One” in the indictment. The bothersome question is whether his band of misfits will attempt another overthrow of the US Government.

The more insane part of the Oath Keepers’ plan was Rhodes’ illusion that members of Antifa would become involved in the January 6th Capitol confrontations and provoke Trump to enact martial law with the Oath Keepers as his militia. REALLY? There are three problems with this assumption. 1. Antifa is not an organized gang or group. It’s a small bunch of anarchists who favor smaller events such as that which took place in Charlottesville. 2. Why would Antifa, a supposed anti-fascist group, defend the Capitol? They would NEVER defend Congress and, 3. Trump take an action? Are you kidding? His only consistent decision in the Oval Office was ordering diet Cokes.

We all know that grown men who act out as wannabe soldiers of misfortune are not the brightest bulbs in the bunch. The Oath Keepers are a gang of losers who follow a man who doesn’t put the seat up when he urinates. This balding, middle-aged fart-generator wears a patch on his left eye and parades around like Captain Hook. The organization claimed a membership of 35,000 back in 2016, though the Anti-Defamation League estimated its membership at several thousand. Credible researchers conclude the number is probably no higher than 5,000. Antifa probably has an equal number of lunatics from the far left. Why do we care? Because the FBI has declared that both groups are “domestic terrorists” and the Oath Keepers and Proud Boys are also labeled “hate groups.”

The Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) lists the group’s founder, [Elmer] Stewart Rhodes, as a known extremist and describes his announced plans to create localized militia units as “frightening.” The SPLC says the Oath Keepers’ leader espouses several conspiracy and legal theories associated with the sovereign citizen movement and the white supremacist posse comitatus movement. Great, well at least we know where they live, right? To me, these guys are the KKK, but instead of sheets they dress up in camo and carry weapons of mass destruction. Trump may have believed they would take his not too subtle cues and stop the steal on January 6, 2021.

The 45th President said at the rally before the insurrection, “We’re going to walk down to the Capitol, and we’re going to cheer on our brave senators and congressmen and women, and we’re probably not going to be cheering so much for some of them, because you’ll never take back our country with weakness. You have to show strength, and you have to be strong.” There’s little difference between strongarming and taking something from someone else. When strongarming, you must be prepared to use force or violence against your foe. In his speech riddled with violent imagery and calls to fight harder than before, Trump stated they hadn’t physically attacked to get what they wanted in the past and this was the day to fight hard and be strong to accomplish what they wanted. If stopping the codification of the 2020 electoral votes was the goal, then asking the mob to intercede was breaking the law.

If arresting Stewart Rhodes for the insurrection is okay with law enforcement, why haven’t they arrested Donald John Trump as a Capitol Hill riot co-conspirator? Without Trump proclaiming a rigged election, announcing the Stop the Steal campaign, calling his more violent followers to D.C. on that specific day and urging them to march to Congress and be strong to save America, the riot and insurrection would never have happened.

Adolf Hitler didn’t personally put six million Jews on trains and march them into the gas chambers, others did his dirty work. Would we have charged, tried and convicted Hitler at Nuremberg had he been alive after the war? Yes! The deaths, directly or indirectly, of five people cannot be compared to the Holocaust but sedition, treason and inciting an insurrection are crimes in America. Why are we not going after the clear PERSON ONE?

Should you be worried about how America would look to the rest the world arresting a former president, stop. It would underscore that we are a true democracy. Trump may be guilty of many crimes and misdemeanors, but this will all take time. When the insurrectionists are sitting in jail, I hope they will finally come to their senses and reckon with the truth. They were royally screwed by Donald Trump and his lies. They were following a false prophet who led them into a revolution. They were trampling on the very government and Constitution they claim to have taken an oath to protect.

We cannot outlaw the KKK, the Oath Keepers, the Communist party or the Proud Boys but we can make their lives horrible and demonstrate to the real God-fearing, hardworking taxpayers that the incredibly dim insurrectionists are the cancer on Democracy. No thinking person in America wants Trump to become a martyr, but certainly he needs to be held accountable for his attempt to steal an election. Trump is the true gang leader of the mob. We must cut off the head of the snake.

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We knew that the great divide in America would have a major effect on the presidential election in the year 2020, but something else was lurking that we didn’t anticipate. The world suffered a global pandemic of Covid-19, and everything changed. The lockdown motivated one author to write MASHED POTATOES: Covid, Cancer & Comfort Food. The cover ironically claims the book is a “humorous” recollection of 2020, but one might ask, “Where was the humor?” This is a work of survival to motivate those who desire to get beyond Covid-19, beat cancer and defend our precious Democracy.  The world got Covid, the writer got cancer and we all ate copious amounts of comfort food. It’s time to swallow the truth, survive the madness, take a large spoon and savor some delicious MASHED POTATOES. Get some here. 

 

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How to Hire Great People: Tips, Tricks and Templates for Success

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

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SYSTEMIC WHITEWASHING

State Censorship of Education

One of the terms I learned as a kid in Pittsburgh was “uppity.” It was typically applied to African Americans, who white people called “colored.” I attended a men’s breakfast last week and was shocked to hear a white man use the term “colored” to describe a Black man in a racist video he shared. But then, this happened in Florida.

I have been scolded for calling former president Donald Trump a racist, but unless we agree on the definition of certain words, we cannot have a productive discussion. Mr. Trump once defended his actions in a 1970s civil rights suit for scheming to keep Blacks out of properties he owned. He also bought a full-page newspaper ad claiming that the Central Park Five should be put to death for crimes they did not commit. The man has never denounced white supremacists, and his comments and tweets after changing the law that his company broke in the 1970s, show that he is a racist. The icing on the cake, however, was his active campaign to fight against the New York Times’ 1619 Project by attempting to withhold federal funds from the educator who used that document while  teaching America history. That was far from uppity; it was downright racist.

Let’s drill down on uppity. Taking liberties and assuming airs beyond one’s place in a social hierarchy might be seen as uppity, but the roots of that word are despicable. It’s a purely American term first used by Blacks to describe other Blacks who were too self-assertive. Some claim the first recorded use was by Uncle Remus, the narrator of a collection of African American folktales compiled and adapted by Joel Chandler Harris and published in book form in 1881. So, like the “N-word” and “Uncle Tom,” “uppity” was used by Black people to describe each other but took on a deeply racist tone when used by white people.

Those states having a Donald Trump sycophant in charge make laws that forbid their educational systems of teaching a disturbing, yet absolutely truthful, view of American history as it applies to race. Here are two disturbing quotes. Florida Governor DeSantis says that teachers should not be “indoctrinating kids with fad-ish ideologies” while Richard Corcoran, the Commissioner of the Florida Board of Education, brags, “I was able to censor teachers” who he claimed had displayed Black Lives Matter posters in their classrooms to help kids understand the meaning of the phrase.

When Barack Obama was elected president in 2008, lots of white people chanted “We want to take our country back.” That’s a great slogan for Native Americans who numbered more than 60 million in 1492 but are down to about one million today. They never got a chance to take their country back. What did they get? They got reservations, the right to run gambling casinos and licenses to sell cancer sticks. We continue to teach a distorted history of Native Americans that the tribes have been protesting for years.

There is a systemic whitewashing (pun intended) that takes place in this country every day. By the way, it’s not just Black and Tribal history that get changed but there are also manipulations of other aspects of our past. Insanely, we lie about the origin of baseball. The Doubleday myth claims the game was invented in America, while it actually was inspired by a children’s game in the U.K. named “rounders.”

The 1905 Mills Commission was formed to get to the bottom of the sport. The nations’ ego needed baseball to be a game purely of American origin. In 1908, the commission declared that baseball had zero connection to the game from Britain and that it was invented by Abner Doubleday in Cooperstown, New York, which is the location of the Major League Baseball Hall of Fame. Problem is that was all a lie.

Even back then, “far-left” newspaper writers chased the truth. The “rounders theory” was supported by prominent sportswriter Henry Chadwick, a native of Britain. In a 1903 article he noted the common factors between rounders and baseball, which initiated the need to put a stop to this “British propaganda.” The truth is baseball is so similar to rounders it was an embarrassment that grown men in America were playing it for money. So, there’s but one example of an untrue myth totally sanctioned by the US government and perpetrated on the public.

America is often full of shit. We had the Attorney General William Barr telling us there is no systemic racism in American law enforcement, while his very own Department of Justice was investigating many police departments across the country for that very cancer. We have a disgraced, deranged and diabolical former president claiming that Democrats hate America and want to poison the minds of our kids with negative history about how the country was founded and grew. The New York Times is correct. American history began in 1619, the year the first slave was brought to this land to form a more perfect economy.

The Republican zealots in the Senate voted down the January 6th Commission because they want to change history about what happened that day. When the headline in the newspaper declares LESSONS ON RACIAL HISTORY UNDER FIRE, some white politicians want to blatantly say, “Nothing to see here. Move along.” They are afraid of Doanld Trump, they are afraid of the truth, and they are afraid of history. They worry that African Americans will start to become “uppity” if we teach the truth of our racist past. By fighting against these truths, they show their belief that Black people are beneath them and must occupy a lower place in our social hierarchy. They want to not only teach lies but also assign an entire race of people to a lower rung on the hierarchy ladder.

I don’t want an idiot like Ron DeSantis determining what my grandkids are taught in school and I don’t need ideologs determining the meanings of the first and second amendments. These people go after social media companies who have cancelled policy offenders like Donald Trump while also censoring teachers. There’s no logic. It’s simply a matter of do as I say and not do as I do.

These fools want to do is strike the word “lynching” from our history. They would like to believe the May 31, 1921 Massacre in Tulsa, Oklahoma never happened. If they had their way, the term “Jim Crow Laws” would not be in our textbooks. But in the end, kids of all colors will learn from the streets, from rap songs, from documentaries and from movies. The truth will eventually win and when it does, it’s merely being aggressive against hate, and not being “uppity,” at all.

 

HAVE YOU NO DECENCY!

Republican Greene New Deal Sucks

So far, I have managed to avoid writing about the junior representative from Georgia’s 14th congressional district, Marjorie Taylor Greene. As they say on the playground, however, she started it. Her first Democratic opponent in her run for Congress dropped out for family reasons. The next candidate was underfunded and not viable. The Peach State is highly conservative and Republican so it would have been an uphill battle for anyone, but what was left can best be described as roadkill.

There is no I.Q. test administered to those who run for office, whether it be for dog catcher or president. There’s also the interesting fact that some candidates have been declared dead before an election, but still won. In my estimation, a dead representative for Georgia’s 14th would have been more productive.

The 47-year-old Greene is an ideolog who has a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Georgia. She graduated from South Forsyth High School in Cumming, Georgia, a town that until 35 years ago had a law that prohibited African Americans from staying within its borders overnight.

According to Atlanta’s ABC affiliate WSB-TV, Marjorie Taylor Greene filed homestead exemptions on two homes, which is a violation of state law. She claimed it was a “paperwork mistake” and it’s since been cleared up, but she continues to stain her reputation in real time every day by just opening her mouth.

The list of positions she’s taken on almost every issue is eye opening, and she enjoys pulling stunts to get attention. Greene was early to assert that Donald Trump was elected in a landslide and the 2020 election was stolen from him. She also filed articles of impeachment against Joe Biden the day after his inauguration alleging abuse of power. Now she is misleading America once again.

She compared US mask and vaccine mandates to the rights taken away from Jewish people when they were put on trains, sent to concentration camps and executed by Germany during the Holocaust. While her antics were blown off the front page by a mass shooting in San Jose, California, her words finally warranted a response from Republican leaders, although they waited five days before condemning her remarks.

Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy said this, “Marjorie is wrong, and her intentional decision to compare the horrors of the Holocaust with wearing masks is appalling. The Holocaust is the greatest atrocity committed in history. The fact that this needs to be stated today is deeply troubling.” Okay, but he then went on to accuse the Democrats of anti-Semitism. Why? Nine people lost their lives in San Jose, Kevin’s home state, yet he took a cheap shot at the other party. Mr. McCarthy shows himself to be a lowlife by his awkward attempt to semi-reprimand a member of his caucus. Kevin has the power to throw Greene out of the caucus, which could lead to her expulsion from the House of Representatives.

Wooden Puppet

Expulsion is the most serious form of disciplinary action that can be taken against a Member of Congress. The United States Constitution (Article I, Section 5, Clause 2) provides that “Each House [of Congress] may determine the Rules of its proceedings, punish its members for disorderly behavior, and, with the concurrence of two-thirds, expel a member.” On the other hand, censure, a less severe form of disciplinary action, is an official sanction of a member but does not remove them from office. Ms. Greene could be headed to one of those two destinations if she doesn’t clean up her act.

Just as Kevin McCarthy and his gang of political thugs removed Liz Cheney from her leadership roles because her viewpoints were said to be “disruptive” to the caucus, only a fool wouldn’t see that Taylor Greene’s harmful and misinformed opinions are distracting the country from what the Republicans want to accomplish. We aren’t quite sure what those goals are because the party still doesn’t have a written platform. Their only discernable goal is pleasing the big orange guy.

Marjorie Taylor Greene doesn’t have the gravitas or profundity to navigate the aisles of Congress. Hell, I’ll wager that she would mess up a trip to the 7-11 to buy a six-pack of beer. She openly speaks her mind, but there’s nothing in that organ that produces any intelligent discourse. She would sound articulate if she was a homeless person smoking a cigarette standing in front of that 7-11, but as the representative of one of the more important states in our country she’s nothing less than a buffoon of epic proportion.

I just finished reading a new translation of a book titled, “Night,” a 1960 work by Elie Wiesel. This true story is based on his and his father’s Holocaust experiences in the Nazi German concentration camps at Auschwitz and Buchenwald in 1944-45. Sadly, his father didn’t make it. If only Ms. Greene would take the time to read this short, 120-page book, perhaps she would experience the visceral pain and intellectual slap of Wiesel’s experiences. Being asked to wear a fucking mask to protect yourself and others from a deadly virus is nothing like being starved to death in a prison camp and watching your family being thrown alive into a crematorium.

Marjorie Taylor Greene is not fit to be a citizen of this great country, let alone a representative in Congress. She was elected to that office, but most experts agree that if the election was held today, with any decent human being running against her, she would lose. She should be recalled by the electorate, but unfortunately too many of them believe her lies and carry with them the embedded racism and anti-Semitic viewpoints that her remarks stimulate and validate.

She doesn’t realize that her comments are lessening the importance of the tragedy of Nazi death camps. She can’t comprehend that her lack of empathy and disregard of the real pain suffered by a generation of Americans aids and abets prejudges. An African American says, “Black Lives Matter,” and Marjorie Taylor Greene would thoughtlessly answer, “All lives Matter.” Well then, why does she walk on the unmarked graves of Jews? This Republican Greene New Deal sucks!