THE ANTI-BIDEN VIRUS

Is there a vaccine for it?

Who said it would ever be easy to calm the crazies and far-right and far-left lunatics? I believe that when a Congressperson or news reporter says their number one goal is making a president’s administration unsuccessful, they are voting against America. The Donald Trump administration drummed up support of a loud vocal minority, but much of what it did was not successful in terms of America.

I hate this, but when statements are made, they must be verified. Are there more or fewer countries with nuclear weapons since Trump came to power? There are more. Is the trade imbalance that so many screamed about better or worse? Well, it’s just about the same. Was the bragging that we defeated ISIS just more hype in an administration that gave Afghanistan back to the Taliban? Yeah, that’s about right And, yes, the withdrawal was terrible, but I am sure the Generals behind closed doors were honest about the ineptitude of the Afghan army. By the way, I wonder why members of the Afghanistan government were not involved in those Taliban negotiations that the Trump team finalized?

Taliban Leadership

We now know that unvaccinated people have an 11% greater chance of dying of Covid-19. So, the Biden administration worked to get more people vaccinated and the far-right media soon reported it was an OVERREACH by an out-of-control president. The Fox-Brains screamed about using executive orders to get more people vaccinated. Did they forget that Trump signed 220 executive orders in four years? It’s a normal path presidents take to get things done. Why is the practice suddenly demonized? Woodrow Wilson signed some 1,800 orders during his eight years in office. If you care to look, click here.

Clearly, the far-right dumb-sters and hardcore Trumpers in the GOP have taken a stance against any further government management of the global pandemic. Our governor in Florida has placed all his power in the idea to protect “parent’s rights,” even though his actions have clearly hurt children. His vindicative garnishing of schoolboard wages to get back at them for imposing mask mandates is indefensible. As Ron DeSantis’ poll numbers decline, he’s doubling down on a harmful and scornful strategy. After missing so much school kids are now missing even more because of the Covid resurgence. Every expert agrees, better to be in the classroom with a mask on, than at home without one.

Republicans who believed in Trump’s cry to end the war in Afghanistan have done a one-eighty and now sound like they want us to send in more troops to quell the inevitable, an inevitable that Trump brought them. Let’s not forget that Trump wanted to host the Taliban at Camp David on 9-11! Yes, he did. It’s all right here if you want to read about it. And may I mention one more thing? Joe Biden wanted to get out of Afghanistan years ago but was overruled by President, Barack Obama.

Joe Biden is a good president because he’s been in politics so long he has experience with all we’ve done, both right and wrong. He knows that Obamacare was a good idea. because more people have healthcare insurance. He knows that partisan politics and bad press coverage are part of the game. Sure, he likes to be liked, but I am sure he doesn’t lose any sleep over such stuff that doesn’t matter.

Chris Wallace

In Chris Wallace’s new book, Countdown bin Laden: The Untold Story of the 247-Day Hunt to Bring the Mastermind of 9/11 to Justice, the ace reporter and interviewer discloses that the night Obama was making fun of Donald Trump at the Correspondent’s’ Dinner in D.C., his team was working behind the scenes to plan the raid that killed Osama bin Laden the very next night. Chris points out that a president must keep his focus on the important things, even while they are being speared and skewered by self-serving zealots and jealous partisans.

Many people are so wrapped up in the dogma of their dens and tribes they fail to see the bigger picture. The doctor of one of my neighbors asked him why he hadn’t gotten a vaccine yet. My neighbor answered the question with a question, “So it’s really that bad? How many people have died from Covid this year?” The doctor didn’t know the answer. Shame on him! I sure know. In 2021 so far, 100,000 people have died from Covid-19. In eight months, that’s thirty times the death toll of 9-11. Why shouldn’t that be a cause for concern? If your possible death could be eliminated by getting a shot, why wouldn’t you do it? To me it seems unamerican to not get the vaccine.

A president telling everyone to wear a mask and get a shot is not an act of treason. How many more people need to die before the non-vaxxers begin to wonder, “What were we thinking?” Truth be told, they many never reach that point. It’s because Fox News, One America News Network and Newsmax have signed a pact, not with America but with their investors to keep strong ratings. Unless someone starts a sponsor boycott, or sues them, they will continue to tout unsuccessful or dangerous remedies for the coronavirus, looking for every opportunity to exploit the unaware.

They pound the other side hard, but any plausible deniability for them is gone. It’s no longer moral or factual to say that everything our president does is wrong NO MATTER WHAT. Joe Biden took matters into his own hands. Where I come from, we call that leadership. We surely need a leader right now and Joe is our guy. He’s trying to save lives. What on earth is wrong with that?

Biden isn’t the virus, he’s the doctor. And right now, we need to listen to him!

BRAND NEW BOOK

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. Kindle and Paperback Click Here


GUARANTEES & WARRANTEES

Spoiled Americans with Unreasonable Demands

I am sick and tired of people complaining. I live in a town where the median age is 69.1 years of age, and old people love to nit-pick, but I’m turned off by it. Maybe they have lived so long they believe all things should be working perfectly. Well, they just aren’t. I find myself repeatedly asking these days, “Why is that? For example, when I google Pandora 50% of the time I get links for the jewelry company and the other half I get those of the music service. They should know I use the music service and present only those.

People quibble over the least important aspects of life. Let’s take Mike Huckabee. He’s 65-years-old, so he’s bound to say something stupid half the time he opens his mouth. But his daughter, Sarah Huckabee Sanders, is only 38 and she’s running for Governor of Arkansas. You’d think she would know how to avoid saying stupid things, but no! Here’s a little back story for you. Arkansas currently is one of two states with the largest increase in Covid-19 cases. So, young Sarah Huck-a-wanna-bee rode to the rescue and wrote an op-ed piece to convince more Arkansans to get vaxxed.

If you want to read her diatribe you will find it here, but let me throw out some tidbits. Ms. Huckabee opens with a rather astonishing and unbelievable remark, “Like many of you, I have had a lot of misinformation thrown at me by politicians and the media during the pandemic.” Really Sarah, what exactly did they say that was WRONG and why did you wait so long to get the vaccine you gratuitously labeled the “Trump vaccine?” In your overbearing idol worshipping you mentioned his name 17 times in your article. Yes, okay, we can thank the former president for giving big Pharma the money needed to start the gears turning, but he did nothing to promote confidence in the vaccine. 95% of everything he said when the vaccines were rolling out had to do with the big lie about the election. So, what good was he?

My frontal lobes burst into fire when reading, “I was also reassured after President Trump and his family were vaccinated. If getting vaccinated was safe enough for them, I felt it was safe enough for me.” Yes, young Sarah, but why wasn’t Trump promoting the vaccine and its effectiveness? If he’s responsible for this great thing, why does he never mention it? His only recent claim was people stopped getting the shot because they don’t trust the Biden Administration. Really? What does that have to do with the TRUMP CURE?

Ms. Sanders proclaims that events and church should not have been shut down, and there shouldn’t have been mask mandates. Sarah adds, “As the number of covid cases and hospitalizations once again rise exponentially in Arkansas, information is emerging that I hope people will consider. Recent data demonstrates that those Arkansans who are not vaccinated are at significantly greater risk for serious illness from covid. In fact, 98 percent of covid patients currently hospitalized in our state and 99 percent of recent covid deaths were people who were not vaccinated. It’s clear that the Trump vaccine works and is saving lives.” Sarah, the immunizations are neither the “Trump vaccine” nor the “Biden vaccine,” they are AMERICA’S vaccines. We paid for them. They are being made by Moderna, Pfizer and Johnson & Johnson, not by any administration or president. Get off your hyper-partisan high horse and start making sense.

No Trump on the label

It’s a ridiculous approach to ask people to do what is medically right for America by wrapping it in a Trump flag with the expectation that vast numbers of people will now stick a needle in their arms. All Sarah Huckabee Sanders has done is confuse people, which seems to be easy to do in Arkansas. I mean, really, they elected both Bill Clinton and Mike Huckabee as governors and now they will probably put her in that chair. OMG. I want my razor back — to kill myself.

There are no guarantees in life and during a global pandemic words truly matter. More than once, Baby Huckabee lied to us from the press room in the White House. As they asked Michael Cohen, “Why would we believe you now?” Does anything Sarah Huckabee Sanders says carry meaning? She does point out that, “Many of our hospitals are now dangerously close to maximum capacity due to rising covid cases.” Yeah, but is that true? Sorry, I am being ironic there. I hear those hospital statistics from reliable sources, you know, the media you go out of the way to malign in your piece. You speak with forked tongue.

The bottom line? Sanders is merely using vaccination to pitch her run for Governor. She’s not a worthy messenger. If it’s a Trump vaccine, why isn’t his picture on every vial? You know, like Colonel Sanders’ face is on every bucket. Sarah, you could’ve gotten the shot seven months ago. Where were you then? Perhaps too busy trying to overturn an election? I’m glad you got the shot but hope you don’t get the votes.

BRAND NEW BOOK

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. Kindle and Paperback Click Here


CRITICAL RACE THEORY IN SCHOOLS

Three Kinds of Americans

I don’t expect everyone to get the nuisances and subtleties of American life. It’s difficult explaining to those across the pond why we do certain things here. They often laugh at us, then say with a slight smirk, “That’s not how we think.” No shit, Sherlock, as in Holmes, a Brit.

Let’s start with a brief look at US history. A bunch of white religious zealots came to a new land in search of religious freedom and food. They bought into a false biblical allowance of slavery, bought Africans from British traders, and started a new country with free labor. You may try to defend that atrocity by pointing out all the great things slavery did for our new, democratic form of government, but you cannot and should not ignore the original sin. Unlike the Irish, Italians, and others who came here, Black people were slaves.

Critical race theory, known as CRT, is an academic movement of United States civil rights scholars and activists who seek to diagnostically examine the law where it intersects with issues of race and to challenge mainstream liberal approaches to racial justice. CRT examines social, cultural and legal issues as they relate to race and racism. Just so we get our timetables aligned, CRT started in the 1970s and became full-blown by the 1980s. Now, these scholars are encouraging us to teach their position to young students in America.

Attempts against CRT are simple. Some ask why we are making young people hate America, while many on the right feel some CRT findings are untrue. As John Oliver pointed out on his HBO show, store owners cannot justify why Black hair products are locked up while the same products at about the same price for white people are openly stocked on shelves. One might say that hair products for African American women are stolen more often, but even if that’s true the store owners’ actions are fundamentally “racist.” Oh my, I used the R word.

According to Stamped from the Beginning, a book by Ibram X. Kendi, there are three kinds of people in America. There are anti-racists, racists and assimilationists. That last group takes significant heat because their goal is to assimilate all “others” into their Caucasian-European social, cultural and legal viewpoints. They are more or less saying that if everyone is more like them then everything will be fine. If you don’t know the essential qualities of racists and anti-racists, you might want to take a course in critical race theory. Without historical knowledge a person cannot offer a reasoned viewpoint on racism.

Louisiana is one of many states where legislators have proposed bills to bar educators from teaching “divisive” concepts like white privilege and racial equity. Former President Trump, who says he’s anti-racist, went out of his way to denounce school teachings with critical views of the white men who founded our country. Boy, wait until the history books are written on him; now that will be embarrassing. His biggest punch to the movement came when he was convinced by Congressional racist Tom Cotton that the 1619 Project was an evil work. Too bad it wasn’t a book; they could have simply burned it.

Trump condemned the 1619 Project, a Pulitzer Prize-winning 2019 New York Times report led by reporter Nikole Hannah-Jones. It contends that America was not founded in 1776, but rather in 1619 when the first enslaved people were brought to the colonies. Educators embraced the message and began a search for resources to teach a more accurate and holistic history of the country.

According to NBC News, “Trump rebuked the project as a ‘warped, distorted’ portrayal of American history.” It is uncertain if Donald John Trump ever read any of the 1619 Project, but his and Cotton’s comments sparked a special commission that presented a white paper titled The 1776 Report, which combatted the contents of the 1619 Project. The 1776 Report is not a serious historical work. I characterize it as a “pro-America” document that warps, distorts and justifies some dark aspects of our history.

No matter how hard people like Trump and their cotton-pickin’ masked racists try to defend slavery, it’s still slavery. Many Republicans have pushed into the bright lights to claim that America is not a racist country, yet not one of them has said there is no racism in America. Former Attorney General William Barr claimed there is no systemic racism in America’s police departments, but quickly added that there are racists in America and certainly some of them are police officers. Is that progress?

Ask just about any white American if they are racist, and I suspect they would quickly unflinchingly answer “No.” So, there you go, that’s that. Are we done here? We have not only a failure of communication but many different interpretations of what “racism” actually is. As Larry David pointed out on his TV show, the mere action of checking the locks on your car doors when you see a black person could be racism. If you honestly believe that your high school football team got better because African American families moved into your district, you just might be a racist. If you are shown a photo of two white guys and one Black guy and are asked, “Which of these men do you think raped the girl at the beach,” you are probably a racist if you select the Black guy.

The debate about critical race theories gets under the skin of many white Americans because they are called “critical” and are merely “theories.” Maybe it’s a nomenclature problem. “Global warming” was the wrong name for a condition that would not only create heat waves but also 25-inch snowfalls. If a person’s response to the saying “Black Lives Matter” is “All Lives Matter,” then it’s clear they don’t understand racism. Then there’s this. Why do some white people want dreadlocks? Is it an attempt to assimilate the Black race or an appropriation of white privilege? Oh, I’ll take that.

Maybe we need to change the name of Black History month to HISTORY MONTH. African Americans don’t own American History or critical race history — we all do. It’s time to own up to the fact that some of what has happened and what is happening here in the good old U.S. of A. is damn embarrassing. I am mortified when Tom Cotton and Donald Trump speak about racism because I honestly believe both of those guys are racists, but we allow them to speak because we have a First Amendment, and we are the home of the free. By the way, Tom, and Don, Black people weren’t free in 1619, and couldn’t speak their minds for more than 240 years in this country and judging by your whitewash of history you still don’t want them speaking here in 2021. Shame on both of you!

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.

Kindle and Paperback Click Here

The book that tells it like it is…

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

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

COMING SOON


GOD VS TRUMP

Can Religion Cure the Divide?

The evangelical community often poses a strong question, “What Would Jesus Do?” It’s often shortened to the acronym WWJD. The Bible tells us that Jesus came to a Jewish temple and disrupted the tables set up by the “money changers” in front of that place of worship. It is said that Jesus had no quibble with paying the temple tax, but he drove the moneychangers out because they had been deceitful. The famous quote is, “My house will be a house of prayer, but you have made it a den of thieves.” Let’s, as they say on TV, unpack that statement.

According to the word of the internet, the Temple tax amounted to a half shekel and was paid by Israelites and Levites to maintain the Jewish Temple. It’s hard to calculate the worth of half a shekel today, but a rough guess is somewhere near $12.

I have a feeling that the young preacher was aggravated because the moneychangers were “quick grifting” at the doors of the temple. Jesus called it “my house,” which was purely a literary trick to connote ownership for the gossip writers who would cover the event 70 years later. Assuming Jesus was the son of God, the meaning is God’s house was, in fact, his house as well. I’m willing to wager that clause was in God’s last will and testament.

Temple politics was a problem for the Galilean man from Nazareth, probably gleaned from John the Baptist. Both Jesus and John questioned the political aspects of Judaism at the time, saying that one didn’t need to have the temple and its high priests involved in communication with God. Jesus preached that people could cleanse their souls and save themselves by praying directly to God. The rural rabbi ignored the rules of the Temple and the laws of the land which placed him in direct conflict with the power structure.

Not to compare Liz Cheney with Jesus, although it’s tempting, she has decided that followers of the Republican dogma do not need to communicate to the world through Donald Trump. Now please hold onto your prayer books here. Isn’t Donald Trump similar to the high priest Joseph Caiaphas from Year 30? Caiaphas had no use for the 72 members of the full Sanhedrin, the Congress of the Temple. He also believed himself to be above the law and could pick who lived and who died in the party, ah, I mean church.

The Roman guards who arrested Jesus didn’t bring him to a Roman jail or the full assembly for judgement as stated in the book of Mark. The hastily organized indictment of Jesus was conducted under a cloak of darkness, with many believing that Caiaphas wanted to get past the whole “Jesus matter” as soon as possible. He did so behind closed doors, without the Sanhedrin present.

Okay, back to the present. Next week, a vote will be taken to cast Liz Cheney, the elected Representative of Wyoming, from all leadership roles in the Republican Party. Minority leader Kevin McCarthy will then return to his office, wash his hands of the matter, and say it was the people’s will. That would make Kevin, Pontius Pilate.

Clearly, I am quicker on my feet with politics than religion. I presented a similar idea in my book “If God Could Talk,” and when I participated in a local book club discussion about that, the gossips in my community decried my use of atheism to tell a story. Some members thought the fiction was real, they couldn’t separate the writer from the characters, which made me feel that my writing was taken seriously.

There is a huge divide in America. Some peoples’ belief in fiction, or as it’s called THE BIG LIE, prevents them from seeing non-fiction as truth. Heavy, eh? But the greatest curse is the blend of politics and church. Jefferson never went far enough with his observations and, of course, he also didn’t go far enough countering the enslavement of Africans.

I just read a great piece by Bruce Ledewitz, a law professor at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh. He says, “Many theologians have tried to explain that the wonder-working God is a misinterpretation.” Heavy stuff. It reminds me of a Republican who says Trump was “just joking” about drinking bleach. Some try to lighten up the miracle aspect of Jesus so that more people will come into his tent while some Republicans downplay Trump’s errors to rewrite history. Shameful and sad. But Ledewitz wasn’t trying to say the miracles didn’t happen, he was just pointing out how 2021 interpretations may lead to more people finding faith a solution to their own personal problems.

If God can’t do miracles, then who can? The “wonder-working” is what drew me in as a young Presbyterian. I always felt that no matter how bad things got, God could set them straight and provide a fix. God didn’t thrash the money changers in the Temple, Jesus did. Was Jesus enforcing God’s will on Earth or was he just a rebellious preacher taking matters into his own hands?

Of course, 2,000-year-old writings pale in comparison to today’s science and realities. However, the more things like QAnon beliefs and support of centuries old racism leech to the surface, the more we are tempted to think that religion and church teachers are out of sync with reality. If your reality is all wrong, how can you embrace a true belief in the almighty God? It’s the thinking that gets in the way, not the believing.

Trump is not going to live forever, and those who have decided he is greater than truth, the party, or more importantly, the country and democracy itself are hollow human forms who shall perish in time. But before they do, they must be stopped. All Congresswomen should join together and submit an article of censure against Keven McCarthy. Those who can’t or won’t are complicit in the rampant sexism and idol worshipping of the Republican Party. If they cannot support a member who has taken a stand against Trump’s lies and attack on democracy, then what good are they? They are just moneychangers, lying to the people, cheating the citizens and converting cash into their own power.

There are too many Pilates and way too many Caiaphas who would go so far as to kill truth and the son of God to keep their power and prestige among the high priests. The leaders of the evangelical movement do not have the wisdom to know a lie from a truth and they will NOT be helpful in curing the divide. Why haven’t they spoken out? Have they already counted the money and washed their hands? I fear they have done exactly that.

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.

Kindle and Paperback Click Here

The book that tells it like it is…

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

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


BUSY ON THE WRONG ISSUES

Writing Bad Laws & Just Looking Away

Have you ever worked with someone who went out of their way to make it seem they were always busy and working hard when they really weren’t doing much of anything? When asked for an answer, they will likely issue a long memo with self-aggrandizing rewrites of history and finger pointing. Well, after losing a big election, the Republican party is going out of its way to appear they are very, very busy but they’re only being noisy while making America worse.

First, based on the big Trump election lie, they are pushing more than 170 laws under the guise of battling voter fraud but most of that legislation will only make it harder for people to vote. They big goal is clamping down on mail-in voting, even though that method has been used successfully for decades and some states use it exclusively. Many of these new laws just restate things already on the books but with more intimidating and stern language, while making voting more difficult for low-income folks, rural dwellers and those without a government ID.

Small Minded DeSantis

Next, some Republican governors took a stand against vaccine passports attempting to appeal to libertarian values. They don’t have the power to tell any company what to do and this will be determined by the courts in those states, not the governor.

And then, Florida passed an anti-riot act which codifies punishments for protesters who go too far, but it’s so poorly written that one could get arrested while crossing the street during a protest the authorities have declared is a riot. Nowhere in the law does is define terms, and peaceful activists will have no idea if part of their crowd has put the whole assembly in jeopardy of a felony. Here’s the best part. This proposed law gives anyone the right to drive their car into protesters who are blocking a street. Can you even believe that? It’s a kind of “stand your ground” with a two-ton weapon and it literally grants the driver immunity from prosecution. WTF?

And while the pen is still wet, governors like Florida’s Ron DeSantis have tried to limit liabilities for insurance companies after a disaster destroys people’s properties. Homeowners and attorneys have testified before the state House Commerce Committee that the new legislation would make it easier for insurance companies to lowball payments to homeowners with legitimate damage claims. Who are these people?

The Republicans come off like whiny little bitches when screaming about Dr. Seuss and the “Cancel Culture.” On top of that, they want to keep trans kids from playing sports. Not even a doctor’s verification that the student has gone through one year of hormone change therapy and deemed “NON-MALE,” will guarantee these kids a chance to engage in a sport of their choosing. They want to codify trans-gendered people as a separate class. Maybe they should take a page from history and declare every trans person as three fifths of a “regular person” and then just look away.

We have crumbling roads, bridges ready to fall into rivers and millions of Americans barely getting by during this pandemic, yet the Republicans have decided to attack and destroy democracy rather than working to make things better. I just don’t get it. Are they catering only to those who are ignorant about the dire need for action? Are they focusing their work solely on the sycophants who believed all of Trump’s bullshit? They are making no attempt to broaden their party and they’re not smart enough or talented enough to find a better path.

The Republican Party has come to a fork in the road. Many of them are doubling down on Trumpism and following the lead of Fox News. It’s funny to me how an entire political party has been hijacked by an idiot and continues to be manipulated by C-student talk show hosts. Sad.

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.

Kindle and Paperback Click Here

The book that tells it like it is…

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

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

 

 


THE RON JOHNSON FACTOR

Why do we let stupid people talk?

In the Academy Award nominated film Mank, there is a great scene where an out of work movie extra begs for a dollar from the highly paid screenwriter Herman J. Mankiewicz and tells him that all the studios are moving from Hollywood to Florida. The setting was the 1930s, when labor unions were putting a squeeze on the studio moguls and there was a rumor that the mega-film studios might leave California for a more corporation-friendly state. By the way, Herman “Mank” Mankiewicz was the father of journalist/political figure Frank Mankiewicz and the grandfather of Josh Mankiewicz, a reporter for NBC Dateline.

Herman, Frank & Josh

The conspiracy-minded movie extra shows up late in the film as a “real voter” in an anti-labor candidate newsreel produced by MGM. The candidate was Upton Sinclair, the writer and muck-racker. This movie has an incredibly slow beginning that it took me two viewings to get through the entire film, but it was worth it. The plot centers on Mank’s struggle to get his screenplay Citizen Kane produced. The storyline moves from a 1930 meeting between Mankiewicz and William Randolph Hearst to the making of Citizen Kane in 1941, but that is just the back story. The real plot details the start of the struggle between the rich and powerful movie producers and the creative types, the latter being sympathetic to collective bargaining and supported by socialist, and sometimes communist, influencers.

In 1942, Mank and Orson Wells won the Academy Award for ‘Kane as the best original screenplay. Eight years later, Wisconsin Senator Joseph McCarthy began his campaign to unfairly accuse and discredit Hollywood writers and actors claiming that communists had invaded the movie industry. Many of those he denunciated were blacklisted or lost their jobs even though most of them were not members of the Communist Party. This was a dark time in America, and with anti-communist fervor gripping the country many people just went along with it. McCarthy soon went after the military and even Dwight Eisenhower, but when “Ike” became the 34th President, this bullshit was stopped in its tracks.

I could make a link between the Nazi sympathizing German immigrants of Wisconsin and lay out a case because the Nazi’s hated Russians and Communism, but that might be a leap too far. However, there are a good number of neo-Nazi types in Wisconsin and their rhetoric is somewhat anti-Democrat. You don’t need to take my word for it. Check out the facts on the Southern Poverty Law Center website. So, that’s what gave us a Joseph McCarthy and now gives us a Ron Johnson, the state’s current outspoken Senator.

There was a time Johnson was a business guy, running a company started by his wife’s brothers that produced plastic products for the medical industry. Despite having no political experience, he ran for a Senate seat in 2010 and won. He’s worth more than ten million dollars but every time he opens his mouth stupidity spews forth. I have sarcastically called him the least intelligent man to ever hold public office.

In 2013, Senator Johnson said, “When I hear politicians talk about restoring faith in government . . .  No, no, no, no, no. That is the wrong solution!” This statement not only reveals his hatred of government but demonstrates his acute ability to scatter scatological fertilizer of distrust that helped deliver the January 6, 2021 Capitol Hill riot.

During a recent Senate Homeland Security hearing, Johnson railed against ”…the disinformation, the scaremongering, and the prescription log jam that has been created by bureaucrats.” Here he’s pushing hydroxychloroquine, just as Donald Trump did, long after it was declared ineffective as a Covid-19 treatment. Johnson called Ashish Jha, the Dean of Brown University’s School of Public Health, “reckless” during a Senate hearing when Jha offered factual statements about the well-known malaria treatment. Jha commented that Johnson came off as a “snake oil salesman.”

It would be easier to understand Ron Johnson’s intentions if we knew he owned a bunch of stock in the company that produces hydroxychloroquine, but maybe he is just stupid. His misinformation could not only cost taxpayers a bunch of money but could also kill people. You ask me to prove it? Okay, the Oklahoma Department of Health purchased a stockpile of hydroxychloroquine for two million dollars last spring after former President Trump, despite a lack of evidence, promoted use of the antimalarial drug as a treatment for COVID-19. The health department is now trying to sell the drugs. Yeah, Trump and Johnson owe money to the people of Oklahoma.

And here’s the icing on this shit cake. Senator Ron Johnson said this about the January 6 insurrection during a radio interview, “I knew those were people [the rioters] who love this country, that truly respect law enforcement, would never do anything to break the law, so I wasn’t concerned.” Had he simply stopped there, he would still have been stepping in cow poop, but he continued, “…this is going to get me in trouble — had the tables been turned and President Trump won the election and those were tens of thousands of Black Lives Matter and antifa, I might have been a little concerned.” Johnson was referring to far-left-leaning protesters known as anti-fascists who resist neo-Nazis and white supremacists at demonstrations and other events. However, his words reveal a few other things.

He’s admitting that Donald Trump lost the election but he’s also saying that because Trump didn’t win it was okay for people who “love this country” to break the law, well, because they “respect law enforcement.” WTF? What he will never comprehend is how racist his comments are, but that didn’t stop him from doubling down the next day to “clarify” his remarks with this, “There is nothing racial about my comments. Nothing whatsoever. This isn’t about race, this is about riots. It’s still pretty shocking that it would take what I consider completely innocuous comment and turn it into, you know, use the race card on me and say there’s some kind of racist comment involved and that there was none.” Johnson described marchers at the January 6 Save America Rally as people “who would never do anything to break a law.” Um, Mr. Johnson, they BROKE THE LAW!

I stick by my comment, Senator Ron Johnson of Wisconsin is the least intelligent man to ever hold public office. Why did Hitler hate the Jews, put them on trains, ship them out of his country and then execute them? Why are some white people afraid of black people? Why do we have white supremacists and neo-Nazis in America? The reasons are because of people like Ron Johnson. He’s too dumb to know what racism is and just powerful enough to keep fucking up America. VOTE HIM OUT!

 


WHAT WE THINK OF LAWYERS

Why do Attorneys Lie on TV but not in Court?

I like lawyers. I was once was sued for $78 million and crafty attorneys got me off the hook from a frivolous lawsuit with no merit. I have experience as an expert witness in many broadcast-oriented court cases, I once testified in a lawsuit presented in court by an obnoxious lawyer. One year later, I helped that same lawyer win another case. I guess he thought I was a credible witness.

Broke-dick attorneys and ambulance chasers who have become spokespersons of ill-advised causes based on lies and deception have been spreading their bullshit all over our media. Rudy Giuliani comes to mind, as do Bruce Castor and Michael van der Veen, a personal injury lawyer from Philadelphia. Hey, a guy must make a living. I am not impressed with any of them, but who am I to judge? Any member of the opposing side would be quick to point out, they often won cases for their clients.

Submitting false statements or lying to the court is illegal, and an attorney can get in legal trouble if they’re caught. Should opposing counsel in a civil case detect dishonesty, they can move for sanctions which could result in a fine or perhaps having to pay the other side’s legal fees. This rarely happens but the downside is enough of a deterrent to keep dirty, dime-store attorneys from lying to win.

I know of a lawyer who didn’t show up in court for a divorce case. The judge found for the other party, which would have cost the “missing lawyer’s” client more than $100,000. When that client learned of her attorney’s malfeasance, she sued him for malpractice, which took years to resolve. The lawyer said he missed the court date because he was absorbed in his own divorce case and forgot. That is some rich irony.

Each US state has a bar association to oversee the legal profession and ensure that attorneys carry out their trade in an honest, fair and legal manner. If an attorney lies or practices in a shady manner, they could get dinged by their state bar and have their reputation damaged beyond repair. Attorney misbehavior is published in monthly association magazines read by every state bar member. This kind of trade shaming can lead to shunning and financial harm.

If a lawyer completely flies off the rails, the state bar can suspend their license or impose probation as punishment. As a self-governing profession, state bars typically give lawyers the benefit of the doubt the first few times. So, America’s Mayor Rudy will probably get a light spanking and be sent on his way.

An attorney with a pattern of ethics violations, such as egregious conduct or misusing client funds, could get disbarred. United States attorneys are never punished for zealously representing their clients. An attorney is expected to present the facts and law in the most favorable light for their client. Bending the law or the facts slightly, especially when addressing a jury, is not disallowed but there are lines and limits.

A defense lawyer relies on information provided by their client and there is no requirement that they investigate a client’s statements. On the other hand, a prosecutor would most likely verify each bit of information. A good attorney will judge the credibility of their client before going out on a limb. Some defense attorneys may even say to a client, “Don’t tell me you committed a crime, just tell me what happened.” I’m not sure that being kept in the dark is a permission slip for lying, but, hey, they have a job to do.

Even simple cases can have multiple legal theories of defense, each supported by different facts or circumstances. Lawyers have broad discretion to determine which combination of law and facts should be presented on behalf of their client. They also have free rein on how to present their case. Short of the other side raising objections that the judge sustains, an attorney runs his or her own show.

Lawyers must be reasonable when they present rules of evidence, rules of civil procedure, local rules of the court and precedent. The role of the judge is preventing counsel from going over a line that could steer the case in a direction preventing justice for all.

In the more than sixty cases brought to court by Donald John Trump and his allies, one judge had a great line when stating they can’t come into court and just say there was fraud, they must prove their case. When the lawyers of the former president presented questionable affidavits, one judge questioned the authenticity of signed documents. Trump’s attorney responded, “So technically – yes – if a person signs an affidavit with false information, they could be charged with perjury. But proving the person willfully lied can prove to be quite difficult in many cases.” Once the word got out that any person lying to help Trump during their testimony could go to jail, fewer affidavits were presented.

Sam Waterston

TV shows like Law & Order have given all of us some insight about how the process works, but their presentations are not always complete or accurate. There are also compelling shows such as 20/20, Dateline and 48 Hours, where we see other aspects of how the criminal justice system works. One of my personal takeaways with cold cases is the initial investigative work by the detectives can be remarkably shoddy. I don’t mean to rub the blue line people on this issue, but over time we have put a lot of innocent people in jail. In other cases, investigators spend years going after one guy who had nothing to do with the crime. Many times, the police report and file might be the only evidence a defense attorney has to develop a case. A faulty report in such an instance could be a gift for to the prosecutor who wants to quickly lock up the “monster.”

I have utter faith in the system, but we must keep a careful eye on bad judges, bad attorneys and an underfunded prosecutor’s office. We can never let our guard down. America was founded on a fair justice system and a well-written Constitution, things that many countries, such as the UK and Israel, do not have. When a lawyer lies, they endanger the system and themself. When a judge permits fabrications and distortions to be presented in court, he or she weakens the justice system. It might not be a popular decision, but those who can’t stand the heat need to get out of the kitchen. Always remember the most important line, “Equal justice for all.”

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WE WARNED YOU, AGAIN AND AGAIN

Trump Was and Is Bad for America

Yesterday brought an incredible moment in American history. The process and strength of our democracy was challenged, and we survived. Well, most of us did. Unfortunately, four people died during the insurrection and attack on our Capitol. This reminds me of what happened at Kent State University when the same number of people were shot down by the Ohio National Guard, motivating the Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young song, Ohio.

It was the public calls to action by the Commander in Chief of the United States that led to these deplorable demonstrations yesterday. Numerous tweets from the account @RealDonaldTrump urged his “followers” to come to Washington and demonstrate against the Electoral College vote certification by Congress. It was a truly desperate attempt to subvert the will of the American people.

Then, with tens of thousands of rabid supporters on the green for their permitted protest, Donald Trump urged his sycophants to march to the Capital and stop the count of the electoral votes. And they did. Trump knew what he was doing, but failed to comprehend the disaster that would soon unfold. Fool.

Now we face a constitutional crisis beyond anything we could have ever imagined. Several months ago, when people were peacefully demonstrating in support of civil rights and Black Lives Matter, Donald Trump ordered the Attorney General to get involved. A group of unmarked government agents armed with tear gas swooped in and forcefully removed the law-abiding citizens so Trump could walk to a church and hold his Bible photo opportunity. Why was there no such effective force working to save the Capital yesterday?

There will be hearings and investigations, but the immediate focus should fall on invoking the 25th Amendment. If you are unaware or hazy, here’s what it’s all about.

Trump must be removed from office because he clearly demonstrated his lack of respect for our government and its laws, and he engaged in seditious behavior. What exactly is sedition? It occurs when someone’s conduct or speech incites people to rebel against the authority of a state. What is the punishment? Sedition is a serious felony punishable by fines and up to twenty years in prison for inciting revolt or violence against a lawful authority with the goal of destroying or overthrowing it.

So, the 25th Amendment is not nearly as bad as other punishment Donald John Trump could face. Most of us believe it would be great for America if he was stripped of power and escorted from the White House. He could then go stay at one of his garish hotels on his own dime to wait for his trial.

It’s time for a moment of silence and then a real loud scream. We have faced the reality of who we are as a people. We have many diverse views, but those make us better. US citizens may freely use the power of the First Amendment by raising their differing opinions and voices, but they must never abuse that privilege.

I was a late 1960s protester, totally against the war in Vietnam, when I was threatened with a large wooden baton wielded by an even larger Pittsburgh Police officer. He raised the club above my head and said, “If you step off that curb, I’m going to smash your f%!#ing skull!” Probably an anatomy major, but I obeyed. Our protests created change; they ended a corrupt and unjust war. Yesterday, the protesters became rioters then looters, but they got the exact opposite of what they wanted. The final analysis will show millions of people turned against an impaired leader to create temporary bipartisan sanity. But at what cost?

Those who serve in Congress and supported and distorted the facts for Trump should be censured and shunned. They should NOT be allowed to sit on ANY committee. They have made America weaker.

More than anything, yesterday’s events proved to me that these are important times for our country, and not all that happened was bad. Yes, four people died, and that will be investigated, but what we saw is the ultimate manifestation of the abuse of power. It’s the same thing my father fought against in Europe during World War II. Had he been there yesterday I am sure he would have been shouting at the TV, “JUST SHOOT THEM!” It’s similar to what he said to me right after the Kent State killings, “They deserved it!” Demonstration is one thing, but any person attacking the government becomes a traitor in many people’s eyes.

I have been banned from Twitter for life for complaining about TRUMP and directly confronting those who lied for him, I humbly and politely ask that you send a direct message to @jack, Twitter’s CEO Jack Dorsey, and demand he remove @RealDonaldTrump from the platform and ban him for life. REALLY, I got banned for saying his press secretary was a bimbo, but Donald Trump urged people to engage in insurrection which caused violence and death! BAN TRUMP FOR LIFE!  Do it for America!

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After yesterday’s tragic events, the Dow Jones rose above 31,000 today. This could be an indicator that removing a bad president from our government will be good for everyone. Donald Trump is an unstable loser lacking the moral fiber to properly lead this country. I can imagine him flying away to some country without extradition to escape prosecution. Will retribution for what he has done follow him there, or will he once again dig into his manipulative bag of tricks to con others?

Wake up America! it’s time to rebuild, reform and remodel. Joe and Kamala have their work cut out for them, but I know they have the support and skill to stitch the diverse pieces of America into one solid, unified country. Our four-year national nightmare is finally over.

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IT’S ALL BEEN BASED ON LIES

Dealing with the Donald Going Forward

In order to feel better, some people cling to myths, beliefs and dogmas. We humans have developed superior brains as compared to the rest of the animal world, but that doesn’t guarantee that everything everyone believes is true. For example, there was a time when eclipses were thought of as demonic messages chastising us for our sins. Astronomy has taught us why eclipses occur, and turpitude is not a factor.

Not How To Catch An Eclipse

It amazes me that so many members of Donald Trump’s cult are fooled by the lies and dysfunctional harangues by their demented leader. People are sending him money, marching in the streets and clutching the fairytale that the Donald won the presidential election. Why?

Well, I believe it’s all been based on lies. Let’s start with the idea that Trump knows more than everyone else, and because of his business expertise he’s the only one who can “fix” America. The Apprentice, NBC TVs former reality show, was a well-scripted presentation of Donald Trump’s purported magnificence, but it was all a lie. Mark Burnett, the producer of the show, decided who would stay and who would go. Most of the program’s footage did not involve Donald Trump and he had hardly any creative input. That large man  was just a prop, but his large audience was convinced that he was a management wizard.

Over the years, Trump has voiced his opinion on crime (the Central Park Five), taxes (sued to get unearned tax credits in NYC), war (the Iran war was good, then bad), politics (snarky swipes at those he feels are beneath him) and “the system.” Some newspapers and talk shows didn’t bother to investigate, took him seriously and awarded him much too large a platform. Then, the dysfunctional Trump claimed Barack Obama was ineligible to be president because he wasn’t born in America. That caused a lot of anger and distrust in Democrats but drew worship and cheers from white supremacists and far-right lunatics. Of course, it was all a lie, originally created online by white militias and neo-Nazis. Donald simply promoted and glorified the falsehood.

Eventually, Trump layered out a series of lies to provide a path for him to move from a liberal New York Democrat to a neo-Republican fake. He seemed to find God along the way. Overnight he became a pro-life advocate, claiming that he was always a Republican. All of this was fabrication.

Soon, Trump decided to run for President and “make America great again.” Now I have always been critical of my country — from Richard Nixon’s lies through the Vietnam war to the ever-present corruption by egomaniacs and sycophants in both business and government. We are not a perfect society, but there is far more positive than negative. Everything Trump has said in the last ten years might lead you to believe that America fell into a dark abyss of failure and disrepair. More lies.

Sure, there are always things we can do better but when bad things happen, we generally handle them properly and move forward. Donald Trump’s constant putdown of America and people he doesn’t like is not representative of the stunning excellence of the US. It’s Trumpean negativity.

Dandruff or Snow?

Here’s an example of America at her best.  In 1982, a series of deaths in Chicago resulted from people taking Tylenol-branded acetaminophen capsules. The product was pulled off the shelves nationwide and a thorough investigation was launched by not only the company but also by federal agencies. They eventually figured out that some lunatic had laced the capsules with potassium cyanide. No suspect was ever found, but good things followed.

We took a critical look at the way medicines and foods were packaged and made changes to improve safety and security. Johnson & Johnson spent millions of dollars to save their reputation and the Tylenol brand. Today, when you are ill or hospitalized and need a safe pain killer, you get Tylenol. America can do anything it puts its mind to, and we are viewed as smart, successful and productive by most countries of the world. Trump didn’t need to do anything but keep his mouth shut to preserve our brand. Instead, he fibbed and failed.

Leaders of the world didn’t take Trump seriously because of his transparent deceit. It’s a lie that Donald Trump was a successful businessman. It’s a lie that he is fabulously rich. If he has so much money, then why does he owe more than $400 million to some person or country that he’s too afraid of or too ashamed of to admit? It’s a falsehood that he’s a stable genius. He’s never shared his high school or college transcripts and he’s never shown speck of stability in the things he says and does. His foundation is a bed of wretched lies.

As of now, 62% of Donald Trump’s December 2020 tweets have focused on “Election Fraud,” which is a huge fucking lie. By contrast, only 7% of his tweets concerned COVID-19. Out of all his posts, Twitter flagged 26% of them as misinformation. Who is this person who says he cares about the American public? The fat toad has given up on all aspects of the coronavirus crisis except those that make him look good. His primary concern is “getting credit” for the vaccines coming out during his final weeks in office.

Millions of people believe Trump is telling the truth about voting machine manipulation, thousands of his ballots being thrown out and some deep state conspiracy that has been working behind the scenes to make him look bad and thwart his political agenda. Those are all lies too, but his fans share his anger believe he’s an honest broker. He’s never been honest in his life.

I get nervous and angry when I think about this. Alex Jones, the far-right internet conspiracy theorist, screamed that Joe Biden will be removed from office “one way or another.” These words were spoken to the crowd at a pro-Donald Trump rally December 12, 2020 in Washington, D.C. and they are a clear threat to the President-elect. Jones should be placed under investigation by the Secret Service and the FBI. No matter what Donald Trump says, I respect the honest patriots who keep our president and people safe from lunatics. Alex Jones is truly an enemy of the people. That is not a lie.

What should happen after Trump leaves office? The best outcome would be the media and his disappointed fans to just STOP LISTENING TO THE LIES. As I learned from the Mary L. Trump book, the original lie planted in Donald’s unstable mind stated that he was the chosen one. He was somehow better than everyone else in his family and even the world. The lie was embellished by his mother, reinforced by kowtowing siblings and solidified as he advanced through life. The poisons from the silver spoon leached into his brain and permanently damaged him.

Donald John Trump’s life, success and quest for fame have all been based on dishonesty, delusions and disinformation. He’s an immoral failure of a human being without a morsel of empathy for other people, even his own family members. The election wasn’t stolen in 2016 and it wasn’t stolen in 2020. It’s time to move on from this embarrassing era in American history. It’s all been based on LIES!

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OPEN LETTER TO STANFORD

The University Should Protect Its Reputation

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

Dear Stanford University,

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

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

Let’s start with some basic knowledge.

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

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

LIES for a LIAR

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

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

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

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

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

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

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