War Crimes & Criminals

Ask yourself this; who is Iran’s main ally? It’s Russia. And with Trump’s curious desire to be friends with Putin he will surely be tested by rising tensions in the Middle East. When Trump had problems with Syria and ISIS, he turned to Saudi Arabia to act as our broker in the region. When the final body count is in, Trump will be guilty of letting criminals reign, endorsing war crimes and the propping up ideologs who see war as conversation.

The new United Nation’s Human Rights Council’s paper on the unlawful murder of Washington Post reporter Jamal Khashoggi, downloadable here: [un report], clearly shows President Trump’s reluctance to place the blame on the Saudi Crown Prince. In a sense, Donald Trump is guilty of aiding and abetting. Under US law, this criminal action is part of Immigration and Nationality Act (8 U.S.C. 1101(a)(22).

Trump haters need not get excited. Prosecution against any person under this section may not be instituted without the written approval of the Attorney General, the Deputy Attorney General, or an Assistant Attorney General. Knowing that William Barr is not a real A.G. but rather a P.O. (Political Operative), Trump will not be brought into court. The Justice Department could bring charges against the Crown Prince and name Donald Trump and Kushner as accomplices, but that could only be done if Turkey would refuse to bring charges there.

Trump abandoned a multi-nation agreement with Iran to curtail their nuclear ambitions. Candidate Donald blathered that the Iran Nuclear Deal was the worst ever, along with the NAFTA agreement, the Paris Accord, and everything else the Obama administration achieved over eight years.

Tension in the Persian Gulf has been amplified by Trump’s rhetoric and actions. Could it be that Trump was amped up by his awkward sword dance in Saudi Arabia? Jared Kushner’s buddy, Mohammad Bin Salman (MBS), got exactly what he wanted with both Iran and their war in Yemen, plus major arms sales to his kingdom. Congress voted against our involvement in Yemen, but Trump vetoed that bill proving that he is protecting the royal house of Saudi, not America.

Iran and the Russians view most of what happens in the world through religious or self-determination lenses and they share a common connection to oil and energy profit-taking. Trump and his ideologs need to comprehend that the more they push Iran to the brink of war, the more they will have to rely on Russia to intercede. It’s a fundamental theme of what can loosely be called the Trump doctrine, getting someone else to do the dirty work. But this one is more complex than just sending love letters to Kim Jong-Un or blasting out eight tweets before the sun rises.

The Saudi’s view Iran first as a competitor for the oil market, but also see them as a religious pothole that was created in 632 A.D., when Mohammed died without a clear successor. Iran is a Shia nation, while Saudi Arabia, since 1744, has been aligned with the religious leader Muhammad ibn Abd al-Wahhab, founder of the Wahhabi movement. This strict puritanical form of Sunni Islam perceives Iran’s Shiite majority as their natural enemy.

By aligning himself with the Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia, Trump has taken sides with the Sunnis. According to the BBC, “Shia make up roughly 10% of all Muslims, and globally their population is estimated between 154 to 200 million.” Their source was Pew Research. Sunnis comprise 85 to 90 percent of all Muslims, totaling 1.6 billion people. So, Trump’s alignment with the religious majority has geo-political implications that are far more complicated than his baby brain can comprehend.

During the formation of our country, we hooked up with French money to defeat the Brits. Then, a few years later, their revolution cut off the king’s head. Early in American history, we changed the name of the Church of England to the Episcopal Church, but we never outlawed the denomination. Our ethic concerns were based on freedom and justice of law.

We have always taken sides in conflicts around the world. We decided that a corrupt government in South Vietnam was more righteous than the North Vietnamese revolutionary Hồ Chí Minh, whom the citizens revered. We know how that worked out. We may have picked the right side in Korea, but we didn’t finish the job and created a greater threat by not working with the Chinese to create a complete country.

Donald Trump is not a good President and he will be tested greatly as the Commander in Chief. He’s not thinking about diplomacy, leadership or keeping the world safe; he’s thinking about being reelected. Every move he makes demonstrates his position as an amateur political hack, not a statesman.

Trump is now interfering with the military judicial system by pardoning or granting clemency to those accused or convicted of war crimes. This unwarranted activity can be debated in military circles, but some experts believe this will lower the moral mission mandate that US troops have always honored. This makes the military weaker and perpetrates the ugly American colonization and control image we have around the world.

Perhaps calmer minds and reluctant actions will prevail with the Iranian situation. It is clearly a challenge for a distracted person who just happened to get elected president. Only 70,000 votes put Trump in the White House. He wants to get reelected and relies on the help of imaginary friends most reasonable people would call foes. Can Putin be tapped to quell the dogmatic viewpoints of Iran and their Supreme Leader?

Let’s get something straight. Iran is a country which chants “Death to America,” while this President pushes his loyal lunatics to scream, “Lock her Up!” After hearing Trump speak, one would think that Democrats are the enemy and not North Korea, Russia, China or Iran. What a misguided, two-bit politician. It’s time for Trump to step up and lead, or he’ll be OUT! And the next president will then have to clean up a war Trump created with his lack of common sense and conspiratorial mindset. To be clear, Trump cannot be trusted.


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

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Transactional Trump Doctrine 

Every human life is important. Every U.S. President has understood the principles of never putting a price on human life and not negotiating with terrorists or governments for the release of hostages. In the past, we haven’t paid ransoms to kidnappers.

Even though we have an on again, off again relationship with the death penalty here in America, we do keep a watchful eye on human rights violations around the world. That makes what happened in Turkey at the Saudi Arabian consulate even more outrageous. Sixty-year old journalist and legal U.S. resident, Jamal Khashoggi, entered the Saudi consulate to finalize his marriage documents and has not seen since. To be clear, a consulate or embassy is the responsibility of the country that owns it, NOT the responsibility of the country on whose soil it stands. The Saudi government is accountable for happenings at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, Turkey.

In business, a profit and loss analysis is deployed in every decision. With Khashoggi, President Trump has been pushed into a corner. According to the Turkish government, the journalist was killed inside the consulate and then dismembered and taken out for disposal. The Turks claim they have audio and video proof. If this is true, America would have to redefine its relationship with Saudi Arabia. What will President Trump do?

When Trump was first asked about this situation, he flinched and said that this would not stop sales of arms to the Saudis because it would hurt jobs here in the U.S. Really? During a press conference he claimed, “We would be punishing ourselves by canceling arms sales to Saudi Arabia. The U.S. was competing against China and Russia for the $110 billion deal with the country”. So, I guess we are the country that will take the money and run. We are the country that says a journalist’s life is not worth $110 billion dollars. You see, it’s all about money. HUMAN RIGHTS is just something you talk about to seem moral.

As Trump started to waffle on this a bit, he introduced the cover story that was fed to him by that Saudi King that it might have been “rogue killers” who killed Khashoggi. Marco Rubio stood tall and said retaliation might include NOT selling arms to the Saudis. Both the Saudis and Trump should be worried. The Turks claim that have a tape.

How silly the Donald and Jared Kushner look now for making such a big deal about their relationship with the new ruthless Saudi Prince Mohammad bin Salman (MBS). This is the guy who, right after talking to Jared on the phone, rounded up all his relatives he disliked and put them under house arrest at the Ritz Carlton Hotel. Trump even tweeted that he had full confidence in the new Saudi Prince. The President of the United States in an enabler of dictators and thugs.

While Saudi Arabia wages a complex war in Yemen, smart diplomatic minds know this war has nothing to do with Yemen interests. It’s is a proxy battle between the Saudis and Iran. Russia backs Iran, the U.S. backs the Saudis. And just like a guy who goes down to his basement to play with his model trains, the Crown Prince works the war in his backyard. Yemen is a pastime for a bored Prince playing army and killing people.

The Saudis want our guns and bombs, so they can continue this war without world conflicts getting in the way of the one million barrels of oil they pump each day. Now, if they have killed the Washington Post reporter Jamal Khashoggi, they will reveal the intolerance they have employed for years as a Wahhabi Islamic state. They put people to death everyday for any breach of protocol or independence. Maybe they believed that Trump would do nothing. After all, in the Donald’s words, “Journalists are the enemy of the people.”

We know that Donald Trump is a misinformed, narcissistic, pathological liar. We also know that all he really wants is to be loved. It’s a flaw quickly overshadowed by a constant desire to fight back for even the slightest disparaging remark. He seems to think that defensiveness makes him a real man. He cannot stand to be wrong and he punches back at every challenge, even if he might be proven wrong. He typically forgets words he spoke just a few minutes ago, so he might not even know that he’s lying.

In this conundrum, money might trump human rights. Without an action by the Congress, Trump will do the deal with the Saudis and make America just another political whore in the world. What happens when someone like Putin kills critics and journalists? Oh, that’s right, he already has. What happens when a U.S. citizen and journalist is killed on foreign soil? What will the great Orange Leader do then? In some ways, Trump is very transparent. He will do nothing that hurts his base.

Our President is always looking for a scapegoat to accuse of some terrible thing. He can say black is white, blue is red, and right is wrong. While many Americans are embarrassed by this fake man in makeup, others believe Trump is a savior.

Sadly, the death of a journalist might just be racked up as the cost of doing business; a small price to pay to keep American workers producing more death and destruction around the world. The transactional Trump Doctrine is bad for America. He’s made a deal with the devil and murderers in the Middle East. What happened to America’s moral leadership in the world. Trump has killed it.


Melania’s Thoughtless Gaffe

When a human being wears a garment with a message, they are saying something. If someone is surprised when another notices what is written on their chest or back, they must be brain dead.

I lived in Washington, D.C. during the big celebration of the bicentennial. A famous T-shirt was sold locally that said, “I am not a tourist. I live here.” This was a comment flipping the bird to all those people who invaded the city that summer for the July 4th, 1976 festivities. A friend’s mother, who came from Montreal and still had a thick French-Canadian accent, always wanted to borrow it to make a statement to people she felt treated her like a foreigner in her new country, the U.S.A.

Our President, Donald Trump attempts to deflect blame backward, as if that vindicates his many mistakes. It’s like the young child who uses the phrase, “He did it first!” as a defense for any crime he perpetrates on others. Trump’s behavior should surprise no one because we have a child Commander-in-Chief.

If you expect any moral grounding from Melania Trump, you are suffering from the illusion that she is on your side. She married Donald Trump. Now I don’t’ know if it was love, good sex or the money, but she has already looked the other way. And, quite frankly, I don’t really care.

If you want facts from this fractured farce of a leader and his wife, then you are suffering from lack of memory. The reason we have loyalty and hate pitched against each other is because Trump demands loyalty above morality and he uses hate to divide and conquer.

Someone asked me, “Why all the name calling and putdowns of the leader of the free world?” I don’t really care. When I say something, or post something, or write an article, it’s with the hope that the Great Orange Leader might see it. And I know that the only way to get to him is to reach down into the mud with him. I want to make him angry, and if you don’t like it, I don’t really care.

The corruption and lies exist in bright daylight. Scott Pruitt, the swamp dweller who is destroying the E.P.A., is the perfect example of loyalty being more important than any misdeeds or misuse of office. Trump adds water to the swamp and feeds the alligators with his ignorance and lies. Pruitt is the poster boy for why Trump is a bad president.

Melania going to the border to talk to the kids was a fucking photo-op. It was a P.R. stunt designed to make it appear that the administration cares. As I have often said, the implication of the opposite is clear. Melania doesn’t care about something, we just don’t know what that something is. Remember, this is the same woman who called her husband bragging about grabbing pussy, “Boy talk.” She also claimed that the Donald was egged on by Billy Bush and that was the excuse for his comment. She even had trouble saying the word, “egged.” And let’s remember that Billy Bush lost his job, not Trump.

I don’t think Melania is very smart. If she was a thinking, caring person, she would have left Donald Trump years ago. I can say the same thing about Hillary Clinton, she should have left Bill Clinton years ago, but she isn’t dumb. Hillary calculated the risk and made the wrong choice. If she made better choices, she just might be president today. I don’t really care, Do u?

Let’s not make the model Melanija Knavs, from Slovenia (then part of Yugoslavia) into a protected queen. She’s just another pretty face that Donald Trump has used for his personal gain and gratification. He will dump her when he’s done with her. If she cannot communicate properly when representing the White House on a trip to see kids who were separated from their parents and held against their will, then she shouldn’t be allowed to do any official business. If you think this is a little harsh, well, I don’t really care.

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Is Trump Really Just a Dictator with a Long Tie?

What are we missing here? The fear of Obama brought together millions of gun buyers, who bought weapons. In case you don’t remember, that paranoia about our first African-American President coming to get your guns never happened.

The word spread quickly through the evangelical communities of our great land that the only party that would protect their religious rights has an elephant mascot. That myth drove their involvement in shaping the political landscape by making a move to the far right. There should be a separation of church and state, but evangelicals don’t believe this Jeffersonian creed.

The other group of people who voted and made Trump the 45th President of the United States of America has been frustrated for decades because of a lack of protection for their jobs and livelihood here at home. We get this and, yes, we probably need to repair this problem in the boardrooms of America.

We now have a leader who truly believes that he, and he alone, can fix all the problems which have ever been created by the past administrations. According to our Great Orange Leader, everything that has ever happened in another era was wrong and helped “destroy” America. Thus, the need for this one man to “make America great again.”

The positive, long-term results of some of Trump’s accomplishments are overshadowed by his obsessive need to attack and tweet. His narcissistic personality sets the media agenda and gets in the way of his smattering of leadership achievements. While most people focus on the firestorms and eruptions from this self-centered demigod, he has brought about major policy changes that will affect America in deeply negative ways.

Let’s talk about the elephant in the room: immigration. America has always had a strange relationship with the rest of the world. The first fact is that many people love America around the world. They watch our movies and TV shows and they want to come here. They visit for vacation and sometimes they just stay. Our border to the south is a minor player in what the administration calls illegal immigration and drug problems.  There are millions of people who have come to America on airliners from other countries. Trump uses the building of a wall on the Mexican border as a visual to demonstrate his desires. Let’s not forget that the American drug epidemic starts not at the Mexican border but in our local pharmacies with bad doctors over-prescribing.

The big headline in the Washington Post this morning (5-9-2018) said, “U.S. embassy cables warned against expelling 300,000 immigrants. Trump officials did it anyway.” The burden that will be placed on the home countries of Temporary Protected Status (TPS) people in the USA could be a diplomatic nightmare. Once again, Trump is using these executive orders to “clean up the neighborhood” without any understanding about how these moves could destabilize certain countries. War costs more than diplomacy and aid. That is what the Marshall Plan was all about.

Our Attorney General announced that families coming through Mexico because of the violence and unrest in their Central American countries will be divided and children will be taken away from their mothers and fathers. We seem to have lost our morality.

Trump is promoting an isolationist foreign policy. This President, without an end game plan, terminated DACA, walked away from the TPP (an agreement to reel in trade with China) pulled out of the Paris Climate Accord (an agreement to really clean up the world we live in) and now has ended the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), the agreement between Iran and the United States, United Kingdom, Russia, France, China, Germany and the European Union. This was a campaign promise that Trump made and kept, without any long-range strategy other than his little round mouth saying he wants a better deal. Trump even used old data presented by the Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, as proof that Iran is in violation of the agreement. This was the Donald’s “WMD” moment.

Trump has gotten rid of more people in the first year of his administration than any other president. He has slowly weeded out common sense thinkers and replaced them with people who agree with him. The real question is whether his actions make America safer or is the world more likely to blow up into proxy and real wars? Sanctions returned to Iran will only weaken European and Asian nations relationships. If you drink the Trump Kool-Aid, you probably believe his huffing and puffing rhetoric will keep our house safe. However, history shows that most of what the U.S. has done in the Middle East has failed.

Speaking on the Daily Show, historian Jon Meacham was rather positive about the power of the Constitution and how even a dipshit like Trump will be controlled sufficiently by time and the rule of law. I am a skeptic, believing Trump will move forward with renewed vigor after getting the three detainees released from North Korea and seeing slight improvements in his approval scores due to an upcoming meeting with Kim Jung-Un.

And what is the meaning of Russian oligarchs and mega-companies depositing large sums of money into the Michael Cohen-Trump slush fund LLC right after the election? It signifies that Trump was either using his lawyer to collect “pay-for-play” fees from companies wanting something, or Michael Cohen was using his proximity to Trump to create a business. The fact that the same account paid hush money to a porn star was Cohen’s big mistake. If a quid-pro-quo can be proven, those payments are bribes.

We must keep our eyes on the prize here. The reward will be a strong democracy not tainted by the aggressive actions of an unchecked President. Trump will probably not be impeached without strong evidence that he was involved in a conspiracy with Russia, but the people must check his bullshit and lies with clear minds when they go to the ballot box. The government that runs the greatest country in the world is in the hands of an amateur who thinks he can do anything. We must not let him ruin what centuries have built.

With all the possible successes of a strong economy and movement in the world toward a more peaceful climate, maybe we can get back to protecting the actual planet. Or am I dreaming?

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New Book about Terrorism

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What You See, Is What Trump Is 

The hype by the cable news networks about the first State of the Union speech by the 45th President of the United States only proved that even after dressing Wolf Blitzer and Anderson Cooper in formal wear, it was just another night in the swamp. Donald Trump didn’t give the American people some new vision of truth. He simply pushed his artificially tanned face into the cameras and did the same meaningless show he’s been doing for the last two years.

First, he demonized all immigrants… again. His DNA requires him to link immigrants with crime, because he mistakenly believes fear of them magically brings Americans together. The Donald thinks that by reminding us of someone’s pain, he gains power over the base and gets a free pass to waste money on the war against “others.” He is a careless  person, squandering one hour and twenty-minutes of our time with a weak State of the Union address he could have mailed in.

He said the words, “Americans are dreamers, too,” which, on the surface, appeared to equate citizens with DACA kids, but he failed to connect the dots in any meaningful way. If anything, those who hate Trump will say it was a passive-aggressive way to say something like, “All Lives Matter” like a racist’s shield against “Black Lives Matter.” Where does this guy get his words? They seem to be pulled from some dark, tight place that gives them the pungent smell of hypocrisy and a faint odor of bullshit.

The irony of Trump standing before the Congress and the nation at large touting the wonderful gains in the stock market in terms of how much wealth we’ve gained doesn’t mean anything to those having no skin in the game. A game which, ironically, lost 533 points in the two days leading up to the speech. Obviously, Trump has nothing to do with the stock market, or he would have prevented them downward slide from happening the day before he gave his big speech.

I’m not sure if Trump has six more of these speeches in him. Those who dislike him the most are hoping to hear no more than a couple. Most people don’t know that his duty is required by the U.S. Constitution. Article II, Section 3 of the Constitution requires the President to periodically “give to the Congress Information of the State of the Union and recommend to their such measures as he shall judge necessary and expedient.” We aren’t sure why it happens every year, but there is value in knowing what the top guy thinks.

Earlier in the day, the White House taunted that something remarkable would be revealed about North Korea in the SOTU, but that was probably a weak attempt to give the press something to mention other than the diving stock numbers. Of course, the talking heads on cable fell for it and started to talk about it. In the end, there was NO NEW NEWS about North Korea and no mention of the consuming smoke surrounding the Russia investigation which is ready to burst into flames right before our eyes. There was not even a whiff of the sanctions deadline the White House once again allowed to come and go, with Trump giving his buddy Putin another pass. Without pain, how do you keep the bear from smashing your face with cyberwarfare? Sanctions. Let’s all say it again class, Sanctions.

And of course, we must mention the fashion show on parade at the joint session of Congress. The First Lady was wearing a white Christian Dior suit, with the emphasis on the “Christian” part. Some fashionistas connected its whiteness to the woman’s suffragist movement. This appeared to some cynics as a statement of opposition toward the Democrat women, who were acknowledging the #MeToo movement by wearing black. In contrast, the First Daughter wore an Oscar De Le Renta asymmetrical plaid dress, which attempted to depict the many directions and opinions the favorite daughter seems to hold. For someone who has been surgegically altered to elminate any asymetric areas of her body, there was some rich irony in her Scottish peasant girl look.

We didn’t see the First Porn Star at the State of the Union, but then, we aren’t sure if she was the first, or the second or just a member of the Trump gratification team. But we would assume that if she would come to the Capitol she would have worn RED — bright red, scarlet red.

Trump on the other hand, continued leaning BLUE with his tie. Maybe he thinks that makes him appear more presidential or thinner. I cannot believe that this highly critical blogger is writing about what the fuck people wore at the State of the Union address. Have I gone mad? How do I get myself back to my normally stable genius state?

Oh yeah, our great Orange Leader, once again, was nothing but a B actor on the biggest American stage turning in another mediocre performance. I admit that I fell asleep twenty-minutes into the show. He was not at all presidential or even interesting. He’s a fake, through and through, and his stale rhetoric is, at best, redundant. Even his manipulative moves are boring me. I wait for the third act of this fatuous play, where the G-men come on stage and put him in handcuffs and all the CNN guys cover the perp-walk wearing Giorgio Armani tuxedoes. Hey, maybe they’ll bring back Kathy Griffin for comic relief. Yeah, now that’s a ticket I would buy!

The First 200 Days Of Trump – ONLY ONE MILLION LEFT

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New Book about Terrorism

One of the most eye-opening stories about terrorism. The famous cable TV talk show host, Jonas Bronck, leaves New York on his quest to find truth. He finds himself in the middle of terror and personal torment in the name of journalism. He once again asks, If God Could Cry, would he be crying for us, or with us?

Now available on Amazon.




Trump’s #MeToo Moments

With all the investigative reporting being done by the “mainstream” media, I can’t help but wonder if transparency applies to Donald J. Trump. While Trump seems to do more attacking than explaining or addressing, he lacks the credibility needed to pass judgement on anyone else. Can you really have ethics probes in the Senate without including Donald Trump?

After the Access Hollywood tape was released, Trump’s main propagandist, Steve Bannon, cooked up a response to the dozen women who came forward and accused Trump of inappropriately touching them. The Trump camp’s defensive idea was holding a press conference with women who claimed they were abused, harassed and even “raped” by Bill Clinton. This was intended to take the eyes and ears off Trump’s transgressions right before a debate with then candidate Hillary Clinton, and it worked. They morphed the accusing women, including Hillary, into enemies.

They skillfully rolled out the term “locker-room” talk, with the future first lady adding the cute phrase, “boy-talk.” They dismissed the cadre of women saying that Trump was at least a womanizer and, most likely, a sexual harasser and groper. You know, a dirty old man?

This is not a new concept in private, corporate or public life. Some men and women use their power to take physical and sexual advantages of those who work for them. This obstructs transparency on an issue that should be out in the open. Many corporations employ intimidation and confidentiality agreements to keep problems in the office and off the front page. A no disclosure agreement usually includes a payment of money in exchange for silence. Corporate America, which Trump was part of a year ago, has the standard operating procedure to pay off victims, or openly dismiss them with the warning that court costs will break them.

With Alabama’s Senate Candidate Judge Roy Moore now being accused by nine women of inappropriate activities with minors or teenagers, the President is in a pickle jar he thought was behind him. After all, the fury from the females he touched had been put to bed. Trump could have simply stood his ground by saying that the people of Alabama should decide the case against Roy Moore with their ballots, but he made a critical mistake.

Al Franken, who spent most of his life writing comedy and saying the most outrageous things on SNL, ran for office, got elected and now serves as the Junior Senator from Minnesota. What may have seemed a fun road trip with the USO tour back in 2006, exposed in graphic detail his wrongdoing. His accuser released an embarrassing photo of Franken’s grope in progress, which put him in a precarious position.

Like a good soldier, Franken fell on his sword, admitted his mistake, apologized and now sees the gravity of his errors. As much as insiders in show business will openly claim that Franken could at times be very difficult to work with professionally, that is not what he has admitted to this time.

Once patterns are established, one can begin to see that it wasn’t just some drunken misbehaving or a belief that one woman gave “all the right signs.” There’s a term in our society, “Getting to second base.” This phrase describes a man’s conquest of a woman based on the baseball lure that once you get to second base it’s much easier to score. Some men in power believe that they can go right to third base without much conversation, and that is always a bad assumption.

Now, we find that President Trump is back in that pickle jar because he didn’t have the discipline to NOT Tweet something about Franken, while being so presidential in how he is handling the Roy Moore affair.

When Trump decided to tweet this gem out, “The Al Frankenstien picture is really bad, speaks a thousand words. Where do his hands go in pictures 2, 3, 4, 5 & 6 while she sleeps? …..” he lost his interested bystander status.  I’m not sure why the President’s spellchecker didn’t fix his Frankenstein and misuse of ellipses. He had 280 characters to ramble on about Franken, but maybe he forgot about the format change on Twitter.

Once Trump attacked Franken, he opened the media flood gates, and they correctly pointed out his hypocrisies. This gave them an opening to draw comparisons to his misdeeds with Franken’s and Moore’s.

The White House said the difference between citizen Trump’s accusers and Franken is that Franken admitted what he did. This could be a great method to use in a court of law. All you have to do is say you didn’t do it and everything goes away. Lying is not a problem for our great Orange Leader, but the implication of the opposite is at work here.

By saying that Roy Moore has legal grounding because he denies the allegations, Trump has now equated himself to Moore. Trump and Moore are attempting to act like judges. Many women are advancing the same charges and both men believe that their word is more powerful than their accusers’ accounts. This power over women and young girls is the exact reason they thought they could get away with it. The words, “who’s going to believe you” paints a deadly assumption no man should every make.

Trump cannot denounce Roy Moore. Trump can’t say vote for him. Trump doesn’t want to fragment his base in Alabama. In short, Trump still believes that Bannon is smarter than he is. One wrong move and Trump could not only lose the Republican majority in the Senate, but also lose Alabama votes in 2020.

While Trump took potshots this weekend on Twitter at Jeff Flake, Hillary Clinton, the NFL players and LaVar Ball, the father of the famous basketball players, he once again revealed his lack of common sense, fundamental truths and principles.

His line, “I should have left them in jail!” caught my attention. When the President of the United States makes an effort to get the release of any US citizen held abroad, he should get the praise without making the return a big deal. The way Trump acted on this issue, practically begging for the “Thank you” from the players even before they had their press conference, was unseemly. Once he got the “Thank you” he should have moved on. The crazy father, LaVar Ball, was messing with Trump, as he does with everyone. Mr. Ball’s comments got the President to turn against all three players. Wow! What a sad little boy on the playground with no friends. Is Trump really prepared for the possibility of being played?

When the time comes, and President Pence is pardoning Donald Trump, we can all say, “We should have left him in jail!” We never seem to learn. We let them get away with things and then we eliminate their punishment. Trump has certainly stunted our growth and buried our values.

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