TIME FOR TRUMP BLACKOUT

Stop Cooking the Political Petri Dish 

I learned a few things in my high school chemistry classes. In those days, almost every element had been found, classified and named. We were taught how salt, sugar, light, heat, oxygen and motion affected certain substances. We were taught that a virus or bacteria depended on nourishment to thrive and grow. It was all so logical. Living things need fuel.

Donald Trump is like a germ, virus or bacterium eating away at democracy. I wonder what he has against our form of government, which is fundamentally our way of life? That’s likely a question that can’t be answered, but there’s a basic truth about a germ growing in a petri dish. As long as the lid remains closed, it is controlled.

The Donald is given a lot of oxygen every day. I myself give him too much time, effort and air. Most of the energy I expend on him is polluted with negativity stemming from the absurdity we have all suffered through these past four years. We must cut off this dangerous demigod’s air supply to escape his outlandish lies and pitiful but painful plans.

If we are to believe the media, Trump recently had several screaming meetings in the Oval Office with the damaged brains of Michael Flynn, Sidney Powell and Rudy Giuliani to plot the overthrow of elections in those states that voted against him. It’s unbelievable that these seditious fools urged little Donnie to declare martial law and use the military to somehow force re-dos of the 2020 elections in certain states. I think we all are ready for a new President. Hey Trump, it’s not fucking golf, it’s democracy. This is no game for cheaters.

We need to stop talking about Donald Trump. It’s time to deny him the light and oxygen he so desperately needs. Let’s cut off the free TV exposure and the free newspaper coverage. A one term president is a loser because either they did a terrible job or no one cared about them in the first place.

Michael Flynn’s vision of America is perverted and sick. Both he and Trump believe they are above the law. Flynn asserts that the military can solve any problem and their power should not be checked by a level-headed chief executive, Congress or the Judiciary. These two bozos are true enemies of the people.

Attorney General Willian Barr’s final press conference was highly interesting. He placed the bow on his office’s investigation into the 1988 terrorist downing of Pan Am Flight 103 over Scotland, an act that killed 243 people. Barr announced new charges against those involved, but he didn’t stop there. He used the platform of the press conference to pitch a percussive punch squarely on Donald Trump’s jaw.

Mr. Barr dismissed any notion that a Special Prosecutor is needed in either Trump’s election fraud fantasy or the financial matters of Hunter Biden. He stated neither issue violated federal law, perhaps clarifying these things for us because he’s feeling guilty about the way he rolled out the Mueller Report.

Someone will be in charge at the Department of Justice for the next 29 days, but it’s unlikely that agency will mount any effort to use its power as a weapon for the outgoing President. After all, it was the rank and file of the department who told Barr it would be a waste of taxpayers’ money to pursue action related to the election or Hunter Biden.

As for Trump, it’s clear that even Fox News is running out of conspiracies to spray across the petri dish to help the fat man grow more scum to overthrow the people’s will. They can talk about Hunter Biden and voting machines all they want, but democracy is stronger than dogma.

The Trump campaign and Donald’s personal attorneys attacked two technology companies. Rudy Giuliani alleged that Dominion Voting Systems had fudged vote results in “Michigan, Arizona and Georgia and other states.” Giuliani tweeted that Dominion “was a front for SMARTMATIC, who was really doing the computing. Look up SMARTMATIC and tweet me what you think?” Well, I did look it up and what I found was rather stunning. Dominion is a Canadian/America company that makes voting machines. Smartmatic is a competitor of Dominion and both firms are now considering legal action against Rudy’s false claims.

According to the New York Times, “Dominion sells its services to about 1,900 of the county governments that administer elections across America” but Smartmatic hasn’t worked in any US election since 2007. Both companies have commissioned their lawyers to send letters to Trump attorneys and the campaign, as well as pro-Trump media outlets Fox News, One America News Network, and Newsmax. A good chunk of the money Trump has bilked out of his loyal fans during his stolen election flim-flam will probably go to these companies when they win their lawsuits, which would be a victory of sorts.

Alabama Representative Mo Brooks and that state’s newly minted Senator Tommy Tuberville will come to Washington on January 6, 2021 to witness the counting of Electoral College votes. Senate Leader Mitch McConnell and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi will vigorously condemn Brooks and Tuberville should they disrupt the process in any way. It would be great if both leaders would refuse to seat both Brooks and Tuberville, but Nancy and Mitch won’t do that because they cannot claim to want “regular order” while doing something so irregular.

And the news from last night was another indication that everything about Donald Trump is a lie. Last night the President of the United States pardoned convicted cronies. war criminals and political operatives. So much for that claim he’s the “law and order” President. Trump wanting some attention got it by pissing on the long-hard fought COVID relief bill, that included keeping the government running. Demanding changes after it was debated and passed by Congress and threating to veto the bill, Trump showed how disconnected he is from his party, Capital Hill and his own staff, who were surprised by his negative video.

Through science, we know that slime seems to use a form of logic when it grows in the lab or in the wild. It avoids salty things and moves toward natural sugars. Certain bacteria will die if they come into contact with salt. When you see a rusted out car, you can be certain it had a confrontation with salt, and the salt won. We need to pour salt onto those wounds our loser President is nursing.

We have a known antidote for Donald Trump. It’s cutting off his oxygen and giving truth some air. We must stop listening to him and reporting about him. Most importantly, we must stop believing him. I would much prefer our only knowledge of the man to be a grainy photo of him and other half-nude, overweight world tyrants sitting together somewhere on a desolate beach. Okay, barf, but it’s come down to this. Let’s isolate from Donald John Trump and vaccinate ourselves to protect against any further damage by this destructive egotist and needy narcissist. It’s time to kill the scum and throw away the petri dish in which it grew.

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THE MOSCOW MITCH METHOD

Democracy Disallowed by One Man

I’ve never respected Mitch McConnell. When I first became aware of him, I thought he was a just another Kentucky Fried Chicken politician whose goofy appearance and gravy thick accent smelled less like old school southern comfort and more like old backroom cigars. Of course, he was a conservative and the more we got to hear him the more he seemed out of another era.

Kentucky Fried Chicken Man

I started to observe McConnell’s tactics of delaying or obstructing legislation and judicial appointments by use of the filibuster. He would simply “talk a bill to death” and force Senate leadership to abandon the proposed measure. Perhaps you fell in love with the use of filibuster in the 1939 movie Mr. Smith Goes to Washington, starring Jimmy Stewart, but it’s more often used as a weapon against productivity rather than a tool for worthwhile achievement. Even the definition of the technique has changed over the years in ways too dense to detail here. McConnell views his role more as “Dr. No” and less than “let’s get something done.”

Rather than work toward bi-partisan achievements, McConnell was totally transparent in October of 2010 when he pledged, “the single most important thing we want to achieve is for President Obama to be a one-term president.” That angered the Democrats both in the Senate and House, and it threw down a roadblock that caused deep pain for many people, but Mitch doesn’t care about anything other than power.

While Obama was in office, McConnell blocked hundreds of judicial appointments and the need for action made Trump look productive when he took office. McConnell waited until he had the power to make his mark on the courts of America, and then worked to appoint as many conservative judges as possible. Mitch always viewed that as his legacy, and he doesn’t give a hump about Trump.

When Antonin Scalia died unexpectantly, President Obama nominated Judge Merrick Garland to the Supreme Court, but McConnell decided that it was too close to an election to hold a confirmation hearing, jokingly calling it the “McConnell Rule.” Yet when Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg died close to the 2020 election, Mitch rushed through Trump’s pick of Amy Coney Barrett to solidify a conservative majority on the court. So, he’s not only a hypocrite, but a certified asshole.

Many are bothered by McConnell’s arrogance. When some of the more progressive members of Congress proposed grand ideas such as the Green New Deal or Medicare for All, McConnell flatly stated that if he remains the leader, “None of those things are going to pass the Senate. They won’t even be voted on.” Then he added this snarky quip, “So think of me as the Grim Reaper.”

I don’t know about you, but that hooded, skeletal character is not a flattering way to portray any human being, unless he digs death and revels in killing worthwhile ideas rather than creating them. I’m quite sure the Grim Reaper wouldn’t care about saving the planet from climate change or helping sick folks heal, his whole deal is death.

Some say the Senate leader is really bothered by a nickname slapped on him by social media. Once the media mob learned of his displeasure, they poured it on even thicker. The name “Moscow Mitch” came about after McConnell stymied Senate consideration of two election security bills. He complained the label is a political McCarthyism-like smear, but what was Moscow Mitch hiding from us?

The Senate Grim Reaper killed the House-passed measure that sought $775 million to fortify state election systems and require paper ballots for added security. He also blocked another proposal that would have required candidates, staffers and family members to alert federal authorities if offered aid by foreign governments.

What really got some people’s attention however, including this writer’s, was a story in the Washington Post. They uncovered a Russian aluminum products company named Rusal had agreed to open a plant in Kentucky if the US would undo Russia sanctions for being a bad world player and for meddling in the 2016 US Elections.

The McConnell’s

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell saw an opportunity to build a new aluminum-rolling mill in a corner of northeastern Kentucky which had been ravaged by job losses and the opioid epidemic. If Rusal were to get involved in such a major project, Kentucky would benefit enormously. However, Moscow Mitch faced a huge problem in January of 2020, the Democratic backed bill to keep Russia sanctions in place. Despite that, the Grim Reaper was able to successfully block the effort even with the defection of eleven patriotic Republicans. Within weeks, the US government had formally lifted sanctions against Rusal specifically because a Kremlin-linked stockholder, Oleg Deripaska reduced his ownership in the company. So, I guess Mitch’s nickname should stick.

Is McConnell corrupt? Well, he certainly knows how to wield power and shield himself from getting any stinky gravy on himself. It’s highly inappropriate that his wife, Elaine Chao, is the US Secretary of Transportation because her family owns one of the largest China shipping companies. Chao’s been around Washington for years. She was George W. Bush’s Secretary of Labor so it’s a family affair with the McConnell’s. It’s curious that with their longevity no overt illegal acts have turned up, but there’s a great way to solve problems like invisible, power abuse, partisan neglect and political gridlock. It’s called “Term Limits.”

How is it that a single Senator can block legislation and political appointments on a whim? I understand the need for a gatekeeper to make sure the lunatics don’t flood the hopper with proposals designed to get them reelected, but Mitch McConnell is a bad leader and his pandering to Donald Trump has been despicable. I hope the voters in Georgia will elect the two Democratic Senate candidates so Moscow Mitch, the Grim Reaper, can be sent to the timeout chair. The voters of Kentucky keep propelling him back to Washington so that must be what they want, but it could be worse. Were Rand Paul, also from Kentucky, to become the Senate leader, Democracy would be equally doomed. At least McConnell is smart enough to know how to play both sides of the fence, or wall, or road… and he surely wants to stay in Congress, but one thing is for sure, his wife will be out of a job on January 20, 2021.

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WHY THE ELECTORAL COLLEGE?

Democracy Versus Donald Trump

Why all the gaming and waiting for a clear presidential winner? Well, it’s all about the Electoral College, an historical ritual once needed to make American democracy seem legitimate and legal in the eyes of our masters in Great Britain. Also, some of our elitist founders believed certain citizens lacked the intelligence to pick a president. Their intent of keeping demagogues and bullies from attaining the highest offices in the land was clear.

House of Commons

There has always been a “raised-nostril attitude” about some things in England. The fact that they had to say it was “Great” when talking about Ireland, Scotland, Wales and the Colonies showed an arrogance that drove some people to the new land in America. They weren’t too subtle either, with the House of Lords and the House of Commons as balancing forces. Oh, yes, they allowed those commoners to discuss things, but the lords were always present to make sure things didn’t go totally wrong.

This distrust of the common man drove our founders to devise a system in which votes of “the “people” in each state became somewhat of a guide to how “special people” would cast the “real” votes for the President and Vice President. It looked good on paper, but they had already weeded out the “riffraff and undeserving.” Only white men who owned land could vote. African slaves could not vote, children and immigrants could not vote and women, no matter what color, could not vote.

The Fifteenth Amendment, passed in 1870, granted all US citizens regardless of race the right to vote, but it took another 54 years before the Snyder Act of 1924 granted voting rights to US born Native Americans. White women didn’t get the right to vote until the 19th amendment to the Constitution came along on August 26, 1920. That amendment promised women that their right to vote would “not be denied” on account of sex, but it wasn’t until 1965 that the Voting Rights Act directed the Attorney General to enforce the right to vote for African Americans. So, yes, the right to vote in America was a long, hard struggle and disenfranchisement was in place all along that route.

The Republican party has made voting difficult for certain people in America. That’s not an unfair indictment. Voting suppression is an evil act, even when enshrined in the term “state’s rights” and used to write bad laws. One of my friends had moved several times. When he went to vote in 2018, the registrar said he was at the wrong polling location and needed to go to another. When he arrived there, he was told there was no record of his registration. They allowed him to fill out a provisional ballot but imagine how he felt. To this day he has no idea if his vote was counted, and that’s precisely how Black people in this country have felt for years.

So, we vote, our ballots are counted, and this becomes what is known as the popular vote. Over the years, we’ve had some real problems with differences between the results of the popular and Electoral College votes. Perhaps you, like many others, wonder why the Electoral College continues to exist.

I believe the word “college” was used to give the process intellectual credibility. It might have been a compromise between the election of the president by a vote in Congress as opposed to a popular vote of qualified citizens, but its actual intent was giving less populous states more of an equal voice in presidential elections. Back in 1776, Rhode Island wanted a pie slice as large as Virginia’s, which was the most populace state at the time. Our founder fathers were worried about Congress becoming deadlocked with election debates about states’ equality that would drag on for weeks.

The Electoral College is a process, not a place. In fact, the electors meet in each state after the popular vote to cast their votes according to the laws of the Constitution and their state mandates. It still is not clear if an elector can legally be “unfaithful” and vote for whomever they want or if they must vote according to the popular vote. Then there’s Maine and Nebraska who have “split electoral votes,” meaning they allocate two electoral votes to the state popular vote winner, and one electoral vote to the popular vote winner in each Congressional district, of which there are two in Maine and three in Nebraska. Are you confused yet?

One might ask that if more states split their electoral votes why even have the Electoral College. Then again, perhaps all states should adopt the “winner takes all” policy. It’s also reasonable to question the need for electoral voters. By the way, if you wondered what would’ve have happened if all states used the “split electoral vote” system, well, in 2016, Trump would have still won, but by a smaller margin, 292 to Clinton’s 246 electoral votes.

The electoral results go directly to Congress, and then, on January 6, 2021, they will be officially received. Some far right radicals are planning to interfere with the process, another aspect of this that should be forbidden. Questions such as these should be addressed before the next federal election, but what happened yesterday was remarkable on a couple of levels.

First, the current president is such a sore loser and cry baby there was suspicion he might cause last-minute political skullduggery with the Electoral College. Because of the possibility of corruption, the major news networks treated the college vote as a major event. The good news is people now have a much better understanding about how the process works.

The Electoral College took place and produced the known result. As I joked on social media, it was like recording a football game, knowing its outcome, then sitting down to watch the recording with full knowledge that the replay would reveal the forgone conclusion. The electoral voting process was mostly boring TV but spiced with a dash of drama because the votes were staggered and there was at least a small possibility of things going sideways. Just as it should have happened, however, Trump lost… again.

Call it regulation, ritual or reality, but the Electoral College is probably no longer necessary. What is the justification for keeping it? Look at it this way. Montana has 3 electoral votes, whereas California has 55. Pennsylvania holds 20 electoral votes, but Rhode Island possesses only 4. The US Census happens every ten years, mainly to recalibrate the voting value of each state according to population. So, any premise that the Electoral College gives smaller states more leverage is poppycock.

Is the Electoral College just a safety net to prevent a totally corrupt election? No, because were that true we wouldn’t have so many elections where a candidate won the popular vote but not the Electoral College vote. US voting is a game of not just winning but winning the right combination of states. If a candidate wins Texas, Florida and Ohio, which Donald Trump did, in most years that candidate would win the presidency. However, Trump failed to take Georgia, Arizona, Nevada, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin and Michigan. What person in their right mind would think they won the election with such losses? Oh, I almost forgot, Donald John Trump is not in his right mind. But one thing is certain, he’s a certified loser.

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WHY THEY’RE SUPREME

No Christmas Party for the Poor Old Donald

In 1517, a small-town monk named Martin Luther marched up to the Castle Church in Wittenberg and nailed his 95 Theses to its door, thereby lighting the flame of the Reformation — the split between the Catholic and Protestant churches. His propositions were essentially a list of grievances against the Catholic Church, which included a strong and logical position against a practice he believed to be corrupt, the sale of indulgences. When Mr. Luther refused to recant his complaints, he was branded a heretic and an outlaw. He immediately hid for fear of his life.

Martin Luther, 1517

Over the last four years, I have been nailing my complaints about Donald John Trump to the front door of the internet at www.whywait4years.com, a website I created in the hope of convincing Americans to stop this excuse for a leader. Things were going well, until I got a lifelong ban from Twitter for being, I guess, too honest and forthright. I am not at all angry with Twitter, but they can go fuck themselves. Hey, would you please hand me another nail? But wait, this isn’t about me. My goal has always been making America reasonable, sound and protected, again.

I read a post on Facebook today from a dear friend who penned an open letter to her Catholic brethren and cisterns, uh, sisters, who voted for Donald Trump. It seems that the Donald, mister prison reformer and law and order guy, has been executing someone each of his last days in office. I assured her this was not a religious issue and that a study of history will show what it’s all about.

I reminded her of all those 1940’s GERMANS who focused on visual improvements and trains running on time while keeping a down-low about all those OTHERS who mysteriously left town. The good people of that land suffered generations of guilt after their tyrannical leader was deposed by Allied Forces.

The Pope and his church looked the other way and even kept Nazi money in their bank, but Adolph Hitler was not a CATHOLIC problem. When a government allows an individual to take advantage of critical laws to gain power, and then stands down as that person warps the principles and culture of their country in a way that harms people, what surfaces is a humanity problem which is not the responsibility of an individual church.

Last night, nine loyal Americans said, “OH, NO YOU WON’T!”  In their grand way they did exactly the right thing. After saving our democracy and protecting our freedom, maybe those nine Supreme Court justices do deserve their jobs for life.

As for those 17 states and 126 Representatives who joined the attempted coup, how should they be punished? After all, their treasonous work could have overturned the will of American voters. Here’s an idea — TERM LIMITS. Do the right thing and you get to keep your job, screw up and you get to go away.

It didn’t take long for New Jersey Congressman Bill Pascrell to make the case against those who supported the Trump election lie that could have ruined our democracy. He called on Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi to refuse to seat the 126 Republicans who signed on to a Texas lawsuit aimed at throwing out election results in four states that backed President-elect Joe Biden. Thanks to Rolling Stone magazine for the link to the list. Pascrell tweeted, “I’m demanding that the 126 Republicans who have endorsed a malignant lawsuit to overturn the will of the people and undermine our democracy not be seated in Congress!”

In his letter to Pelosi, Pascrell cited Article 1, Section 5 of the Constitution which “gives each chamber of Congress the ultimate authority to decide their membership.” He also invoked the 14th Amendment, passed in the wake of Southern secession and the Civil War. Section 3 of that amendment forbids anyone from holding office in federal or state government who “having previously taken an oath, as a member of Congress, or as an officer of the United States, or as a member of any state legislature, or as an executive or judicial officer of any state, to support the Constitution of the United States, shall have engaged in insurrection or rebellion against the same, or given aid or comfort to the enemies thereof.”

Where that might be a road too far, it should serve as a warning. If the Democrats were as vindictive as President Trump, or the northern state officials during the Civil War, those miscreants would be sent home. Instead, how about a bit of civility and humanity? Let’s just block them all from committee work. That’s where they wield their power and dangle it in front of their donors. Without power, they will have less money. With less money, they might fail at reelection. It would be sweet revenge without the drama.

The White House loves holiday parties. After the Supreme Court shut down the Texas Attorney General’s frivolous lawsuit last night, the rumor circulating around D.C. is the President will not be coming down to Friday’s holiday party. That seems plausible, but one never knows for sure when it comes to the Donald.

This headline in the Washington Post caught my eye, “Trump is losing Twitter followers as Biden gains nearly 2 million heading to White House” Yes, slowly but surely, people are deleting Trump from their daily diet of social media.  But even as the pain of truth being driven into Donald Trump’s ego becomes more unbearable, the fat fellow is not finished. He remains busy selling indulgences and playing the quid-pro-quo game, taking orders for pardons from those he likes and those his critics dislike. The immoral man behind the makeup is simply doing what he has always done, performing transactions that make him feel large and in charge.

Getting back to Martin Luther, the Reformation was successful and the church eventually stopped selling indulgences because everyone knew it was wrong. Why would money on earth hoist you into heaven, or give you a pass on purgatory? As we have written on this site recently (scroll down), there was no way any sane and honorable judge would have descended into the dark pit of deceit the Donald’s buddy in Texas wanted to throw at America and our democracy. It’s funny that the cult of Donald was back online last night, retweeting his lies about fraud and unpatriotically plotting their next moves. Really, people? If you don’t respect the Supreme Court, then what do you respect?

May I bring a snarky ending to this diatribe? TEXAS, look at me. You were part of MEXICO and we rescued you by trumping up a fake war. Be careful, we could sell you back to them and move that wall to Oklahoma. Remember the Alamo!

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STOP THE STEAL DEAL

Trump’s Final Days of Doom

Imagine, the president of a third-world country calling a special session of a state’s magistrates to overturn the election results in his favor. Or maybe that same leader hires a bunch of goons to get into election tabulation locations to steal ballots against him. Many Americans would think such acts are uncivilized or undemocratic and might endorse the US Military taking action to straighten things out. Can we ever turn back to our comfortable lives believing such things are impossible in our country?

Well, it’s happening people and now’s the time to face the truth. In front of thousands of people at a Georgia airport hangar on Saturday night, the President of the United States spoke for almost two hours. He said, “If I lost, I’d be a very gracious loser. If I lost, I would say I lost, and I’d go to Florida and I’d take it easy and I’d go around and I’d say I did a good job. But you can’t ever accept when they steal and rig and lie.”

Not only does this man think he’s been re-elected, but he says he’s done so by a landslide. Okay fact checkers don’t bust a gut here, Joe Biden has 81 million votes, seven million more votes than Trump. Those are the facts, ma’am.

While more than 2,000 Americans are dying of COVID-19 each day, this transactional, soulless, obese, orange blob stood before those of lesser means to mislead and put them in danger. This greedy bastard was there for adulation and praise, not for democracy. We know this because earlier in the day Donald Trump did the unspeakable, which has now been spoken.

Living in the Shadows

On Saturday morning, the Donald called Georgia Governor Brian Kemp and asked him to call a super session of the state legislature to overturn Joe Biden’s election win. This isn’t made-up fake news, it’s the real deal, as first reported by the Washington Post and later verified by insiders and the Governor’s aides.

During the call, Trump also requested that the governor mandate an audit of absentee ballot signatures. Kemp replied that he’s already requested that at least three times, but he also has made it clear that, under Georgia law, he cannot interfere with the election certification process. This request, like many others Trump has made in the last four years, totally exposes his profound lack of knowledge.

When an absentee or mail-in ballot arrives, the signature on the envelope is compared to the registered signature in the voting records. We’ve all experienced a poll worker doing exactly that right in front of us when we vote in person. The process for mail-in ballots is similar in that once the signature has been verified the ballot is separated from the envelope, which prevents any connection to the identity of the voter. Verifying signatures after ballots have been passed into the system might be a neat little exercise to spot a few errors but should such an error be found, locating the associated ballot is impossible. It’s simple logic and Trump should be able to figure it out, but he can’t.

So, the cult members wait in line for the giant presidential plane to descend from the heavens in anticipation of the anointed one, wearing his festive red tie and baggy blue suit, to emerge as the savior of mankind. His rabid followers carry large signs reading STOP THE STEAL! That’s not a chant for a baseball catcher, it’s a stupid slogan and the last gasp of a flawed egoist who has received far too much TV time and attention. This “stop the steal deal’ is just another Trump con job perpetrated on his unaware sycophants who genuinely believe his lies. Sad.

It’s against the law to intimidate voters or otherwise attempt to disrupt a United States election. When Trump tweet-threatened to send his fans, lawyers, police and sheriffs to polling places to make sure voting was done accurately, I filed a complaint with the Federal Election Commission’s Voter Discrimination website. It’s Case# 17712-NPR, but I received no response. You see, government workers cannot properly do their jobs when there’s bad guy in the Oval Office. Trump’s intimidation was allowed to happen, and after he’s gone we’ll need a special commission to find a way of preventing any similar activity in the future.

The Cayman Islands

Mark your calendar; Donald Trump’s final day of doom is December 14, 2020. That’s when the Electoral College will announce that Joe Biden has officially won the election. The end, though I am sure our current president will continue to push aside our American traditions and norms until his very final hour. I also believe that Donald John Trump will grant pardons to his entire family, along with Rudy Giuliani and his other demented foot soldiers. He may be able to keep Rudy out of jail, but Trump could not protect him from COVID. At this writing the former Mayor of NYC, is in the hospital being treated for the virus.

Maybe Trump’s grand finale will be resigning in the eleventh hour and forcing Mike Pence to pardon him. Or maybe he will pull the ultimate disappearing trick by pardoning himself and forcing action by the Supreme Court. Should that body rule in his favor, they will be ripping the reins of law away from Congress and declaring that a US President is truly is above the law. God helps us all if they believe a president can pardon himself. Any who do should be impeached.

Those who say Trump is smart have gotten only a part of that correct. He’s as smart as his last winning wager, like the addicted gambler who is down a million dollars and places one final bet to clear the debt. Donald Trump knows the odds of getting caught and comprehends the penalty he might face should he lose. The fallback is his private jet on the runway with a flight plan to the Caymans, but Trump really believes he will win. Even when the ball lands on black after he bet red, he cannot face the truth. He screams that the wheel is fixed and the casino is out to get him. When he’s asked to pay the pilot for the jet fuel already in the plane, he says, “Oh, let’s go, I’ll pay you when we land.” And the pilot named Joe looks him in the eye and says, “No, Donald, it’s over. Everyone knows you lost.”

Trump is already using his website to steal more money from his supporters. It should be named Donald’s Slush Fund. First, he took your mind then he took your hard-earned cash which you will never get back. Perhaps my empathic values have been damaged by this man because I don’t feel sorry for the fools padding his purse and I certainly hope he gets what he deserves. Even a bad movie should end with the villain losing.

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DELUSIONS & DEBILITATIONS OF DONALD

The Bigger They Are, The Harder They Fall

I admit that in my moments of weakness I feel sorry for Donald John Trump. I mean, what will this man do with the rest of his life? After conning his way to the top of the rock, he will wake up on January 21, 2021 empty and alone. I guess he will watch TV, but it won’t be the same. Will Twitter give him the respect of a private user and no longer block his more distasteful and dangerous missives? We’ll see, but that company has already announced the official @Potus handle will be given to President Biden.

Some voters don’t want to swallow the truth pill that “their” president lost the election. They continue to give him credit for vague achievements, which are just empty echoes of the delusional claims found on the back of the sweet elixir bottles Donald has been selling for the last four years. Has Trump actually achieved anything worthwhile? Let’s see.

BusinessInsider.com had this to say: “He’s just the third commander-in-chief to be impeached, one of 11 incumbent presidents to fail to win reelection and even though his accomplishments are not popular with his critics, Trump, for better or for worse, has been a consequential president. But the biggest con has been his handling of COVID-19 and his inaction will go down as one of the worst disasters in US history, with over 255,000 dead and millions unemployed.” Wow, some achievements!

Trump touts his reshaping of the federal judiciary, but he had an accomplice, Senator Mitch McConnell. Any belief that getting those people appointed, some for life, is going to help Republicans is sheer folly. Good judges are good jurists, as we saw during the election challenges. It’s all about how a judge sees the case. A conservative judge is a good thing, until she rules against you. Trump achieved nothing here.

Trump talks with glee about his creation of the Space Force, an outer space military division that I believe conflicts with international law. Strong and almost unanimous opposition to weaponization of space has been expressed in the United Nations Conference on Disarmament. China and Russia have drafted text for a treaty to ban space weapons, but the United States has refused to enter those negotiations. Why? Wouldn’t it be good to have a treaty that kept us from space antics that could knock the planet off its axis to create more global warming, or worse, global freezing? Trump’s Space Farce is a waste of money, not an achievement.

Then there’s our president’s incessant bragging about his tax reform, but did it help the middle class or the owner class? The facts are in, and we see common folks suffering through a pandemic while the stock market is delivering big bucks for rich people. Millions of Americans are out of work, the healthcare system is broken and there is no evidence that the tax cuts helped anyone except the very wealthy. Another Trump failure.

Donald Trump touts the First Step Act as a bold move in reforming the criminal justice system, but there are major questions between its sentences. When COVID hit the prisons, most of the privately run institutions were paralyzed. According to the JAMA network, as of June 6, 2020 there had been 42,107 cases of COVID-19 and 510 deaths among 1,295,285 prisoners. That’s a case rate of 3,251 per 100,000 prisoners, 5.5 times greater than the US population figures. The act Trump signed didn’t help at all.

The administration will claim they defeated the ISIS’s caliphate and killed Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi. Okay, I give them that, but they also negotiated the release of college student Otto Warmbier from North Korea who quickly died after being returned to the US. Stamping out ISIS was a multination effort and would have happened regardless of who was the US president. Trump can’t claim this one.

There are many potholes in Trump’s “mission accomplished” list.  His handling of the Charlottesville Neo-Nazi demonstrations and his messaging after George Floyd’s murder at the hands of a cop were appalling. He threw raw racism to his base and failed to condemn white supremacists or calm the nation. He literally took the side of the haters. Hardly an achievement.

Our president promised to restore America’s respect to the nations of the world, but the US global image is in shambles and Donald Trump has become the laughingstock of the world. Trump believes Kim, Putin, Erdogan and Xi, respect and like him, but they mock him behind his back. All our allies are happy the Donald is leaving. No achievement here.

Trump will say he got immigration under control. Really? At what cost? The family separations and the deaths of migrant children are blood on his hands. In another time and space, an international court would probably charge him for human rights violations. Total failure.

As for world conflicts, no one with foreign relations experience or knowledge will compliment Trump on his handling of Iran, Syria and Afghanistan. He pulled out, screwed allies and ignored facts. These are not the actions of a worthy leader. He struck out here.

Throughout the four years of his presidency, Donald Trump repeatedly told us about his “great and strong” plan to replace for the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare. He stated we were mere weeks away from a new, amazing healthcare system. While he demanded “his” Justice Department throw out Obamacare, he never delivered an alternative. He had no plan.

Lots of people know Donald Trump as the reality TV star with astonishing quips and wisecracks, but those words were fed to him by producers. When Trump played New York gossip columnists, he used pseudonyms like “John Barron,” “John Miller” and “David Dennison.” By the way, the name “David Dennison” appears on the agreement to silence Stormy Daniels. So perhaps there is an achievement here. Donald Trump got away with that kind of shit for years.

That large crashing sound you will hear on January 20, 2021 will be the Donald colliding with truth. The bigger they are, the harder they fall.

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SUNSHINE CONSPIRACY THEORY

Civil War: Trump’s Demonic Escape Route

Back in April of this year, our “really stable genius” of a leader spoke, “I said supposing you brought the light inside the body, which you can do either through the skin or in some other way. And I think you said you’re going to test that too… So, we’ll see, but the whole concept of the light, the way it kills it in one minute – that’s pretty powerful.” Most of the world thought the guy was off his rocker, but we knew he was being serious, in his stupid, befuddled way.

That same day he also said, “I see the disinfectant, where it knocks it out in one minute. And is there a way we can do something like that by injection inside or almost a cleaning, because you see it gets in the lungs and it does a tremendous number on the lungs.” Even though Dr. Debra Birx was sitting only feet away from the orange top, she didn’t jump up and scream “No!” because if she did what was right at that moment she would have been fired. That stark reality indicates severe intimidation. Trump merely put another brick in the wall that he constantly builds around himself. Truth is never allowed in.

I’ve encountered thousands of people in my life, and there have been times when I met a rich, self-consumed pompous ass, just like Trump. My mental reaction was, “That guy is just smart enough to be dangerous,” but I always took care not to get on the wrong side of that crazy person lest he bring me bodily harm.

Emperor Donald The Trump

The State of Florida loves the Donald. He moved to Mar-a-Lago for many reasons, not the least of which was avoiding the payment of New York State taxes. Now his strategy is screwing over New York because New York didn’t vote for him. His cloudy thinking even led him to believe he could withhold a COVID vaccine from the Empire State. This inept man believes, exactly like Jeffrey Epstein did, that he can control the locals in West Palm Beach. Well, we saw how that eventually didn’t work out for our buddy Jeffrey.

Sometimes, when I get crazy watching cable TV news, I become a chess player and attempt to figure out my opponent’s next moves. Follow me here. What if Donald Trump just leaves the White House one day and moves into his Florida bunker? He convinces Governor Ron DeSantis and the Republican run Florida legislature to secede from the union. Are you with me? Hey, maybe QAnon will pick this up.

Let’s imagine in detail Trump’s grand plan to make Florida its own country, perhaps renaming it to something that sounds German, like TRUMPLANDIA! Mar-a-Lago becomes the Palace, and Donald declares himself not President, but Emperor of TRUMPLANDIA. Don Jr. is the prince and, of course, Ivanka is the princess. Sorry Melania, you are sent away because you want more money, and Trump separates you from your son because that is what he does.

The new army of TRUMPLANDIA takes an oath of loyalty to Trump and its fighters provide their own pickup trucks, guns, camo and ammo. They don’t need a stupid constitution as they drive through the streets making people take off their masks.

Trump harshly taxes the people and uses the money to build a wall at the GEORGIA – FLORIDA border to keep out those people he doesn’t like. After all, GEORGIA voted against him. He conscribes all the small boats into his “powerful” navy to defend against invaders from the north. He takes control of all utilities, and if anyone prints or says anything against him, he cuts off their air conditioning. He has military parades once a month, and every Sunday the militia sacrifices a democrat on TRUMP TV. That channel broadcasts from a satellite Trump stole from Comcast, another enemy of the people.

He orders sterilization of anyone he deems unworthy. After being banned for life on Twitter, he rails every day on his new social media platform, BoneSpur.com. He conducts an annual TRUMPLANDIA beauty contest in which each of the top five winners get to sleep with him, while the others are given to his sons. He arrests part-time Florida resident Stephen King, and initiates Fire-the-Books-Fridays when printed works he doesn’t like are burned in town squares.

He admits people into “his country” who want to join the TRUMPLANDIA ARMY, and trains them for the ultimate invasion of the USA. While all this sounds like a science fiction story, it could happen. But, my readers, I am a writer and will give you a happy ending. We all want to feel good.

Our story now moves to Fort Bragg, located in Fayetteville, North Carolina. Several airborne and special operations units of the United States Army are stationed there: The 82nd Airborne Division, the 3rd Special Forces Group (Airborne) and the Delta Force are controlled by the Joint Special Operations Command, based on Bragg’s Pope Field. The command-in-chief of the US issues an order, and the troops show a fierce force never before seen in American history.

The rebellion in Florida ends in minutes, with few causalities, and the fat, pompous leader is taken into custody. He is tried for treason and sedition, found guilty, and sentenced to life imprisonment in the Guantanamo Bay Detention Camp.

TRUMPLANDIA is closed while Mar-a-Lago is taken over by the federal government and turned into an assisted living facility, which is sort of what it was in the first place. All the king’s horses and all the king’s men are sent to DISNEYWORLD to work as cartoon characters, mostly fucking Goofy.

In the movie Cool Hand Luke, the warden, called Captain (played by Strother Martin), says to Luke, “You run twice, you got yourself two sets. You ain’t gonna need no third set ’cause you’re gonna get your mind right. And I mean RIGHT.” In the movie, a “set” is a measure of how much time one must spend in the “box,” a small confinement structure out in the hot sun. After the Captain says, “…get your mind right” to Luke, played by Paul Newman, he turns to the other prisoners and says, “Take a good look at Luke. Cool Hand Luke?”

To all Trump followers, I now say, “Take a good look at Donnie, Lying Boy Don!” He’s a loser, and just like the confederates you can deny the loss, but that doesn’t make it so. What we have here is failure to communicate. When you are given truth, you don’t believe it and when you are given lies you let them consume you. How many days in the box will it take for you to get your mind right?

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TRUMP PULLS OUT EARLY

Diplomatic Dunce Leads from Behind

I hate war, but as a moderate Democrat I know there are times when the big muscle of the American military must be used to deter the damage that insurgents, religious zealots and despots can wage on the world. As a student of history, I admire the brilliance of President Truman’s Marshall Plan. To recap, Truman saw the cost of war, in both human life and treasure, as unnecessary and curable. The simple act of giving aid in the form of goods and money to unstable areas of the world kept us out of war.

Our extremely transactional President misses the greater point about getting things in return for money. Peace is a moral priority and a monetary win-win. Trump must have missed that lesson in military school. Avoiding a war is sometimes the best a president can do. The Donald wants to pull out of war and military policing in places he decries as “shithole countries.” We give Pakistan a lot of money. According to Vox.com, “…since 2002, the US has given Pakistan over $14 billion in aid to combat terrorism and insurgents in the region. That money is meant to reimburse Pakistan for its ongoing efforts to defeat militant groups, and it forms part of the $33 billion in total help the US has given Pakistan over the same period.”

I would be remiss if I didn’t remind you that Pakistan aided Osama bin Laden for years, until we took him out – and I don’t mean on a date. How much should they get now? That a big question. Our current Commander in Chief thinks that pulling our troops out of Afghanistan and Iraq will please his base, but he offers no reckoning of how this will keep the world safer.

Two Dictators

The Donald tries to con our semi-allies, like Saudi Arabia, to do the dirty work, when they too are probably asking, “Gee, what’s in it for us?” Trump even seemed proud of letting Turkey’s Erdoğan and Russia’s Putin take control of the problems in Syria. Some see removing the USA from all that “Middle East crap” as a good thing. One of the many lessons I learned from reading Ronan Farrow’s book, War on Peace: The End of Diplomacy and the Decline of American Influence was the need for diplomatic solutions in foreign affairs. Trump has zero knowledge and no care to learn anything about how diplomacy works. He appointed homophobic and xenophobic Mike Pompeo to the post of Secretary of State to shield him from troubling facts. TOTAL FAILURE.

The overarching realty of Donald Trump is that he’s a lazy son-of-a-bitch. He has no desire or ability to dig into details and get a full picture. When the Secretary of Defense tries to lay out the pros and cons of a military action, Trump sees it as an affront and fires him. When a top cyber-security head assured America that the national election had no widespread fraud and was, in fact, the safest election ever, Trump dismissed the guy on Twitter. This president is simply unwilling to accept any fact that hasn’t been pre-approved by his little brain or big mouth.

I wish Trump would have pulled out early, but not when it might have put our troops at risk and, equally important, become the motivation for more evil groups like ISIS. After the administration announced the new troop withdrawals, what happened? Well, Al Jazeera was the first to report: “Four rockets have struck inside a heavily fortified area in Baghdad housing foreign embassies including that of the United States, according to the Iraqi military, signaling an apparent end to a temporary halt in attacks by Iran-backed militias targeting Washington’s presence in the country.” You see, actions have consequences, and our soldiers and personnel are now in danger because of the DONALD’S BIG MOUTH.

Adam Kinzinger, Republican

People like Representative, a Republican from Illinois, speak the truth to power and tell it like it is. This guy isn’t a political hack; he’s the real deal. Adam served in the Air Force Special Operations Command, Air Combat Command, Air Mobility Command, and Wisconsin Air National Guard and currently holds a rank of Lieutenant Colonel. In 2019, Kinzinger was deployed to the US/Mexico border to help maintain border security. He’s the person more Republicans should recognize as an expert on matters of military and national security. Rand Paul and Ted Cruz have little to offer in this regard.

The biggest question we currently face is how much further damage will Donald John Trump do to America between now and January 20. If the members of his cabinet and the Republicans in Congress had any balls, they would get with VP Pence and enact the 25th Amendment to remove Trump from office and power NOW! But they won’t.

If you wonder why Congress has such a low approval rating, just listen to what Mitch McConnell says. According to a July 2020 Gallup poll, “Congress’ Approval Drops to 18%” Trump hovered around a 40% approval rating, and he lost the election by more than five million votes. Biden achieved, so far, a grand total of 79,513,695 votes, a substantial mandate and the most votes anyone has ever gotten in a US election.

I won’t rub salt in the wounds of our great insulter. Trump now seems to be wearing a thicker layer of makeup. A shrink might suggest that the increased slathering indicates a greater need for ego protection. The makeup is a metaphor for the fake amour of a fallen leader. It’s time for this orange clown to leave the battlefield.

COVID-19 has ruined Trump’s presidency but given all of us vision into his lack of concern for detail, his open, deceitful denials and the way his inept governance has killed Americans. Why is he even in power right now? Yes, I endorse a peaceful transfer of power, but that process must protect us from this lunatic. The leaders in Congress should step up, but they won’t. Selfish bitches.

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BLOWN MEDIA COVERAGE

Postmortem of 2020 Election Night

It’s easier to judge an event and the people involved in it once the incident is over and the parties involved have left the room. Looking back at my own life, I realize there have been moments when I acted foolishly on the fly. Maybe a look back at the election just passed will bring a different perspective to this major political event in a unique year that took no prisoners.

Blown Coverage

In football, sportscasters use the term “blown coverage” when a defensive player misses an assignment and allows a large gain by the offense. This usually involves the quarterback throwing a “bomb,” which is an extremely long pass to a receiver running quickly downfield. It’s embarrassing to the defense when it fails, but an exciting play for the offense. The entire world is now waiting for confirmation about who will become the US president for the next four years and we don’t need anyone bombing the coverage.

In the beginning of September, I took the liberty of sending a letter to the presidents or CEOs of all the major American media news outlets to share my “humble” advice with the people who controlled election night coverage. Here is that letter:

Dear News Executive:

You have an election night responsibility beyond your standard operating procedures. Just as you wouldn’t purposely create panic due to misinformation about a virus or natural disaster, you surely don’t want to force a constitutional crisis by announcing incorrect election results. So, what exactly should you do on election night? I have some suggestions.

First, this election will not be a sprint; it will be a marathon. You will want to have a grand conclusion on election night, but that is highly unlikely. All media outlets should agree that none will forecast any state result until the Secretary of State codifies their winners. I know this will take discipline on your part, but should you feel reluctant to slow things down just remember how foolish you looked with the Gore vs. Bush fiasco. You must manage the expectations of all Americans, while ignoring any conspiracy minded elephant in the room.

You might want to consider changing the format of election coverage. Instead of reporters jumping between multiple screens with miniscule bits of data, maybe employ an “appointment viewing” concept such as, 2020 RETURNS, GET AN UPDATE EVERY TWENTY MINUTES. Give us short, factual information packets and tell your audience you’ll stay on the air until all the ballots are counted. Think of the potential of increased viewing during the entire week.

I know you will be tempted to use exit polls to embellish the coverage because the results will be slow in coming, but I urge you not to do that. If you predict an outcome while ballots are still being counted, you will not only play into conspiracy theories that our election is corrupt, fixed or rigged, but you will confuse the voters. Yes, as much as your million-dollar graphics and skillful on-the-fly pundits and experts deserve to be seen and heard, it will be disastrous if you are later accused of lying.

The “red mirage” being talked about is a real possibility. Americans must believe you and trust that the election results you broadcast are real. Your reputations are presently diminished in the beacons-of-truth and accurate information categories. It’s not entirely your fault. As I have said to my neighbors, we won’t agree on talking points, but we must always agree on facts. It’s your job to deliver verified truth in a way that the word “retraction” is never needed.

You can avoid the crossfire if you ignore the temptation to be sucked into the hyperbole and misdirection of being first with the results. Please, think about how to make this a positive, fact-based event, not a mistake.

I don’t claim to be a visionary or media guru, but my soft warning was mostly ignored. There were some who got it, like Fox News’ Chris Wallace reporting on election night that major swings in the results were likely due to shifts in the ballots that were bring counting. Wallace correctly said, “That’s not anybody stealing the election. That’s simply the order in which votes are being counted.”

Not all of our media outlets did that. CNN’s John King and NBC’s Steve Kornacki frantically poked their touch screens, constantly flipping between 2016 stats and the current race with non-stop, incomprehensible babble about the “meaning” of the incomplete tallies. I guess they have only one format, one speed, one protocol for election night, and they weren’t about to modify that for you, the viewer. It’s what they do.

The combination of the media’s sleight of hand and President Donald John Trump’s fake victory speech at two o’clock in the morning made this coverage terrible, by any measure. From the East Room of the White House, the President attacked the legitimate vote counting effort, baselessly calling it “fraud.” Trump eventually claimed he “did win the election,” despite the millions of votes that were not yet counted. Had the media better managed election expectations, the blathering of crazy man Trump would have had a much-reduced effect.

There is no doubt that former Vice President Joe Biden is the president-elect, but that is not stopping Trump from building a mountain of misinformation around himself and the election results. His hardcore sycophants will continue to wave their flags and march in the streets until the dull orange man in the White House admits he’s lost the election and proceeds with the peaceful transfer of power. He must do this.

The TV and news programmers achieved their goal of holding us to their coverage for as long as possible, but at what cost? The cable news channels did an incredibly great job of repulsing people. Saturday morning, I called two good friends about the Biden victory. They didn’t know because they had turned off the electronic hype. Great job, media!

This was an interesting election, the only ever conducted in the midst of a pandemic with a lunatic liar as the incumbent. Hopefully, this environment will not occur for at least another hundred years. Trump will be a distant memory by then, and we will have learned valuable lessons about the deadly combination of an insidious virus and a fatuous fraud in the White House.

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STOP MAKING THINGS UP

Trump’s Insidious Truth-Bending

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

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

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

Biggest Crowd, PERIOD!

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

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

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

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

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

Bad Face Day

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

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

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

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

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

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