THE LOSER PALOOZA TOUR

A sad cult with limited purpose or power

I remember fun times at many company holiday parties once the karaoke started. You know, free entertainment in some bar with fellow workers singing along to recorded music tracks. It always reminded me of Andy Warhol’s comment about a person’s 15 minutes of fame, except with karaoke it’s more like three of four minutes. By the way, the name is a mash up of two Japanese words that mean “empty orchestra.” The mixture of alcohol and one who cannot sing often provides karaoke humor, along with a good dose of embarrassment.

One night during the celebration of another successful year at my company, a well-respected co-worker stood up to sing his favorite song. The microphone was loud and the music track was perfect, but the man’s singing was shit. It was a totally embarrassing performance for both the guy and the audience. It was like an old guy hitting a line drive at the company picnic and having a heart attack on his way to first base. That might be a good time for someone to say, “Okay, this is over.”

So, let’s say that one weekend Jesus Christ is booked at the Florida state fairgrounds and the next weekend the devil himself, you know, Beelzebub, the Prince of Darkness, that Satan guy appears there. Who would draw the biggest crowd? Most people would probably say Jesus, but why wouldn’t the devil also get a large crowd? Donald John Trump just proved that he could draw a great horde to a free event on a hot rainy night in Sarasota, Florida.

In the Sarasota Herald Tribune, this letter to the editor really summed it up nicely, “Let’s put Donald Trump’s Sarasota rally in perspective. Maybe one-tenth of 1% of the area showed up, including out-of-towners. These rallies are fool’s gold for Trump. Perhaps most telling is the fact that no protesters bothered to show up (perhaps out of fear). Trump has turned into Mr. Irrelevant!”

That same Herald Tribune summed up the rally with these five takeaways. 1. Trump base remains committed, 2. (Florida Governor & Trump sycophant) DeSantis not mentioned, 3. ‘Stolen election’ narrative continues, 4. Criminal investigation is a ‘witch hunt,’ 5. Trump tap-dance of political kingmaker is a focus. Let’s dig a little deeper.

Trump is being manipulated by people around him. They are filling his head with dreams of returning to office in 2024, or worse, being “reinstated” next month after some amazing revelation comes out of the fake Arizona ballot audit. Insiders say the firm Cyber Ninjas haven’t found any fraud, but they don’t know how to end their farce. They are simply stealing money from the Maricopa County Republicans. Once August comes and goes, Donald Trump’s followers will feel like the loyal fans of those doomsday predictors who end up being totally wrong about the world ending and leaving their disappointed fans in the dirt.

The airplane that flew over the event on Saturday night towing an electronic LOSER PALOOZA sign had it right. This is the tour of the loser needing the instant gratification of a crowd of people who are just as desperate and disillusioned as he is. This broke-dick politician will continue to wring money from these lambs, but he’s not Jesus and he certainly isn’t the devil. If he were the Prince of Darkness, he would still be president. In today’s world the devil usually wins.

When someone talks for 90 minutes repeating their old, tired material, it’s not a meaningful speech. It’s just a show, a circus clown holding court in the city that Ringling Brothers once called home. The man with the painted face tells his lies and cheap jokes then walks away feeling better about himself but in reality he is an empty, sad loser.

A news story said Governor Ron DeSantis asked the Trump camp to postpone the Sarasota rally out of respect for the families of the Surfside building collapse. The Donald refused to move the date and that created enough tension between the two men that Trump never mentioned DeSantis in his rambling speech. There is one other factor that needs to be mentioned here. The result of a straw-poll taken with young Christian voters a few weeks ago showed DeSantis getting more votes than Trump as a possible presidential candidate for 2024 — Oops!

Trump has painted himself into a corner with his “stolen election” crap and he can’t seem to end it. There’s no elegant way to escape the disdain of Republican moderates and there is also a new problem on the rise. Trump keeps talking about his new criminal jeopardy as part of the same out to get me harangue about the greatest witch hunt in the history of America and it’s those leftist, radical, Democrat socialists who want to make me look bad. It’s revealing that Trump and his too-talkative sons never deny what was done. Instead, they attempt to normalize criminal behavior of the family and close associates. Biden won’t be giving the Trump boys a pardon, so it might be best for them to shut up and put together a strong defense strategy, or the phrase “lock ‘em up” just might hit home.

Trump’s playing the “king maker” role just might backfire on the party and on him. First, when the Republicans primary a politician with a new pro-Trump face, they have no idea who will be running on the Democratic ticket. It could be there will be two new faces in play, and the Democrat might seem like a more reasonable choice for the people of that district or state. Next, when you add sycophants to the party you end up with folks like Marjorie Taylor Greene with lower appeal to party moderates. Over time, those big mouth Trumpers show exactly how ill-equipped they are to hold an office. Once a district has a strong Democrat in office, it’s awfully hard to get them out. As each district becomes more Hispanic or African American, the chance of a Republican comeback go down each year. It will take more than extreme gerrymandering and voter suppression for Republicans to keep power.

The media keeps Trump front and center. They know he’s a polarized actor who’s great for the ratings. People who love him tune in and scores of people who hate him also tune in. But the saddest part is that no one in Trumplandia has the nerve to tell him he lost, and he needs to go home and build a library for that one book he owns. You know, the one with Hitler’s speeches.

The only purpose of the cult is to incite Republicans who think a crowd equals lots of voters, and to make Trump feel good. The real number of those who would pick Trump over any competent Republican is about 25%. People like Florida’s Matt Gaetz, Arizona’s Paul Gosar and Colorado’s Lauren Boebert are positioned to the right of Donald Trump. As we learn more about their criminal investigations, conspiracy theories and radical white supremacy beliefs and right-wing endorsement of violence against members of Congress they will be repositioned as too racist or radical to be in Congress. They were there during the insurrection and now try to say it didn’t happen. Maybe they are simply too stupid to be in Congress? Hey, did they stand in the rain waiting for Trump? Well, no, so maybe they aren’t totally stupid.

BRAND NEW BOOK

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

 

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UNINDICTED CO-CONSPIRATOR

Trump & Nixon: Cut from the Same Cloth

Nixon was a liar; Trump is a liar. The difference between Richard Nixon and Donald Trump is that Nixon at least had a moral code, but he ignored it when dealing with political matters. Nixon resigned when he realized how embarrassing and damaging an impeachment trial would be. Trump didn’t care if he shamed his country or himself. President Gerald Ford’s pardon of Richard “I am not a crook” Nixon not only absolved him but also eliminated any further prosecution. Ford believed that Nixon had suffered enough with being forced to resign. Many believe Trump could never suffer enough for all he’s wrought.

So, we now arrive at this document: The People of the State of New York vs. The Trump Corporation d.b.a. THE TRUMP ORGANIZATION et. al and ALLEN WEISSELBERG. You can read it here. TRUMP JULY ONE DROP It’s not pretty and, assuming it’s true, explains why Donald John Trump was so protective of his income tax returns. He was hiding lots of illegal shit.

Richard Nixon was going to be tried in Congress for: 1) obstruction of justice in attempting to impede the investigation of the Watergate break-in, protection of those responsible, and concealing the existence of other illegal activities; 2) abuse of power by using the office of the presidency on multiple occasions, dating back to the first year of his administration (1969), to unlawfully use federal agencies, such as the Internal Revenue Service and the Federal Bureau of Investigation, as well as establishing a covert White House special investigative unit, to violate the constitutional rights of citizens and interfere with lawful investigations; and 3) contempt of Congress by refusing to comply with congressional subpoenas. All those charges were true and Nixon knew it, so when Barry Goldwater, one of the most powerful leaders in the Senate came to the White House to make sure Poor Richard understood that he would be convicted on all charges, Nixon took the easy way out and resigned. Nixon believed all along that whatever he did while in office could not possibly be a crime simply because he was president. It was an illusion he took to his grave.

On the other hand, Trump was impeached twice but never found guilty in the Senate. He didn’t concede the election and just flew home to Florida to continue his deep-seated delusion that he won the election. He fails to comprehend, or doesn’t want to admit, that Joe Biden got seven million more votes than he did and won the Electoral College by the same margins as he did in 2016. Not only is he a liar; Trump is a sore loser.

But let’s get back to the charges in the July 1, 2021 indictment. A casual observer might say it looks like they caught shyster Allen Weisselberg, CFO of the Trump Organization, cheating on his taxes and bilking money. Read the document carefully and fully, however, and you will see little breadcrumbs that hint this is just an opening salvo.

First, it points out clearly that the Trump Organization is obligated to report to federal, state and other local tax authorities the correct amounts of compensation provided to its employees. They didn’t do that with CFO Allen Weisselberg, which has landed the Trump Corporation in hot water. The State of New York clearly claims this was a “scheme to defraud” and they will attempt to prove that the company, owned outright by Donald Trump and his relatives, had two sets of books — one for the tax man and another apparently for themselves. A spreadsheet was found that implicates the company in the fraud. So, there you go.

The next thing that stood out to me was the “misreporting of employee compensation as non-employee compensation.” As first reported by the New York Times about nine months ago, prosecutors believe more than $26 million was paid out to “unknown people” through a shell corporation. One of the “known” people could be Ivanka Trump. The New York Times went on to report, “…evidence of this arrangement was gleaned by comparing the confidential tax records to the financial disclosures Ivanka Trump filed when she joined the White House staff in 2017. Ms. Trump reported receiving payments from a consulting company she co-owned, totaling $747,622, that exactly matched consulting fees claimed as tax deductions by the Trump Organization for hotel projects in Vancouver and Hawaii.” This is exactly how Allen Weisselberg was compensated. The Trump Organization gave him money which he held as if he was a private contractor, thus avoiding paying taxes to the tune of $1.7 million over 15 years. Weisselberg even had the audacity to move money to a Keogh account to avoid paying taxes, when only sole proprietors can use a Keogh for that purpose. Weisselberg and the other “senior managers” are employees, not owners.

CFO Allen Weisselberg

The federal government should immediately audit the tax returns of Donald Trump and his kids Don Jr., Eric and Ivanka. Steve Mnuchin, Trump’s Secretary of the Treasury, once protected Donald from financial scrutiny. It now becomes clear that the big lie was preceded by the little lie that Trump couldn’t be challenged. During the campaign and for the next four years, Trump rattled off a prepared answer about why he never released his tax return, unlike every other president for 40 years before him. His cover story was, “I’m under an IRS audit and as soon as that is done, I will release the taxes.” Under law, the IRS could neither deny nor confirm that allegation. HERE IS THE HEADLINE: No one has investigated Trump’s taxes. Had that happened, the sleight of hand would have been discovered. I believe Weisselberg is only the tip of the iceberg. Federal tax fraud charges and state insurance fraud cases will most likely be brought next. If not, then the IRS and Treasure can’t be trusted.

Let me direct your attention to this paragraph on Page 14 of the indictment, “From at least 2005 through the date of this indictment, the named defendants and others, including Unindicted Co-conspirator #1, agreed to and implemented a compensation scheme with the object of enabling Weisselberg to underreport his income to federal authorities and thereby evade taxes and falsely claim federal tax refunds to which he was not entitled. As a result of the conspirators’ actions during the period of the conspiracy, Weisselberg took approximately $94,902 from the United States Internal Revenue Service in federal tax refunds to which he was not entitled.”

This is not a hashtag people, it’s Trump in the role of Unindicted Co-conspirator #1. Should that be proven in a court of law, Donald John Trump will be charged with engaging in tax fraud along with his company to benefit Mr. Weisselberg and probably others. If the Feds don’t move on Trump’s taxes, they are either incompetent or complicit in a coverup. The next indictment will reveal who “Unindicted Co-conspirator #1” is, and then he will no longer be unindicted.

Mr. Weisselberg better pray nothing bad happens to Donald Trump, because if he’s gone from this world the CFO of the Trump Organization will lose his Plan B, turning state’s evident to save his own ass. For those who wanted this Trump guy to quickly go away, as they say in New York, “Fuhgeddaboudit!”

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

 

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SLOGANS, HOOKS & TAGLINES

Collective Intelligence Quota Conundrum

I worked in marketing, and all of my ilk carry bad attitudes forged by maxims of the past. In 1938, Will Rogers said, “You’ll never go broke underestimating the intelligence of the American people.” It has been said he was paraphrasing H.L. Menken’s statement in the Chicago Tribune, “No one in this world, so far as I know — and I have searched the records for years and employed agents to help me — has ever lost money by underestimating the intelligence of the great masses of the plain people.” Okay, definitely wordy but it makes the point.

Many want to attribute the Will Rogers quote to the master marketer and showman, P.T. Barnum, but that’s incorrect. P.T. said, “There’s a sucker born every minute.” As time has roared forward, our language has become trimmed and sharpened. We are now in the land of short crisp slogans, hot hooks and repeatable taglines. We are a busy people and we don’t have time to read much more than headlines. The snappier the pitch line, the easier it is to remember and there is nothing better than a quotable line that gets widely parroted. Taglines are not at all bad, but we often put too much stock in them.

“Fifteen minutes could save you 15% or more on car insurance” is a great advertising hook even though it’s vague and passive. It uses the word “could,” not the word “will,” so there is no guarantee. If I say, “America Runs on Dunkin” you automatically think about dashing out the door in need of your morning coffee. When you hear the words, “It’s Finger Lickin’ Good” you know it’s KFC, which used to be Kentucky Fried Chicken. I guess they went with the letters because people were turned off by the concept of fried food, or maybe Kentucky.

Donald Trump was a lousy president but a great sloganeer. We remember that Mexico would pay for the wall, but they never did. We remember that everything that made him look bad was the “greatest witch hunt in the history of the world.” But really, Donnie, the actual witch hunt took place in Salem, Massachusetts in 1692-93. Terms like #MeToo and Black Lives Matter forced us to take stands. Are we the problem or the solution?

I loved the phrase Defund the Police, not because I thought it was a good idea but because it got people’s attention. A good slogan makes folks talk about it. H.L. Menken could have said, “We need to consider the ramifications of the budgets and the allocations of those funds so they can be modified in order to facilitate reform, which will make enforced laws appear more responsive to the needs of the community.” Oh, yeah that would have worked. Not.

The far-right radical propagandists have latched onto the phrase Critical Race Theory, and constructed a devious and destructive boogieman around it. Those jerks can’t comprehend that the “theory,” is not a school class or subject, it’s just a hook for academic masturbation. Historical realities exist and cannot be changed. Facts taught in a classroom, even when colored by the opinion of the teacher, inspire students to think. They will look at a picture of Emmitt Till in his open casket or a southern Black man hanging from a tree and then decide whether that is right or wrong. Hopefully, they will be repulsed.

When our former president kept saying the election results will be rigged, his fans could chew and swallow the tagline, Stop the Steal. When people ask if Trump caused an insurrection, all they need to consider is how the results of an election could possibly be STOPPED. Donald John Trump promoted that phrase which triggered the insurrection. He must share blame.

When the phrase Black Lives Matter became popular, some people came up with All Lives Matter as a response. Others supported the police, and their slogan became Blue Lives Matter. If Friedrich Nietzsche were still alive, he would proclaim No Lives Matter. Really, you couldn’t let African Americans have their own slogan for a while? You usurped their tagline so quickly, thereby proving you have no respect for them or what they wanted to convey. The slogan All Lives Matter is a great example of white privilege revoking Black power.

The conundrum here is the lack of awareness of words and the implication of those terms and comments. It’s like the old expression “Some of my best friends are Black.” Why would anyone say that? The only reason would be an insecurity of being white while others are judging you. If you tell an N-joke, you need to understand that you are at least a little bit racist. And if you cannot grasp that, then just come up with a statement to divert attention from who and what you truly are.

Trump used to always say, “I am the least racist person you will ever meet.” Oh really? The statement is too long to be an effective slogan. Furthermore, it’s unbelievable, has no “hook” and prompts the question “Where’s the beef?” When one constantly defends oneself by saying they aren’t what people say and think they are, then they must provide some evidence. The Trump administration had very few people of color in top positions. Maybe they just couldn’t find any smart Black people beyond Ben Carson, and the jury is still out on whether he knew anything beyond brain surgery.

Some slogans and taglines are intended to generate talk about the subject or person. Howard Stern has called himself the King of all Media for years. It’s not an actual title, but that doesn’t matter. It’s like Donald Trump saying he is a very stable genius. An I.Q. test can determine if one has a high-level quotient for learning, remembering and applying intelligence, but problem solving is a gift that some people with lower I.Q.s can more effectively use as compared to over-analytical thinkers. If Donald Trump was a true genius, why would he have suffered so many business failures and bankruptcies? Could it be that he was so damn smart he just couldn’t figure out solutions to his challenges?

The Big Lie is a slogan that the media, Democrats and left-wingers have applied to Trump’s Election Rejection Deception. O.M.G. I just created a slogan for Trump’s post-election behavior. 82 million of us Americans rejected him, and then he fired up the deception burners. The problem is our democracy is being singed by his lies and harangues and we must put out the fire right now. Donald Trump should be banned from politics.

BRAND NEW BOOK

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

 

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

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

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WHO ARE THE BOZOS ON THIS BUS?

Mediocre Policies and People are Killing Us

I live in southwest Florida where we have a system of retention ponds to deal with the vast amounts of water that fall from the sky during fierce rainstorms. And these ponds then drain into swales. An untrained eye might see swales as mere ditches on the sides of roads, but that’s not the case at all. Those shallow trenches hold the water for a short period after a rainstorm, then the overflow slowly drains into bigger bodies of water. They help reduce erosion from storm water runoff. In our case, the water flows downhill to the Myakka River and then into the Gulf of Mexico.

Because alligators live and mate in the retention ponds, many communities like mine prohibit fishing in them. The insurance rates for these small bodies of water skyrocket when deemed recreational. Just the other day I saw a neighbors’ visiting grandson fishing in ours but walked on by, silently vowing I would say something if I saw him fishing there later. The next day he was at it again, and I politely informed the teenager of the prohibition. I don’t know if he stopped fishing, but I hoped he would stay alert and keep away from any alligator that came around. I saw something, I said something.

It might be too soon to talk about what went wrong in Surfside, Florida with the collapse of the 12-story condominium there, but it’s a great example of people not doing their jobs. According to the New York Times, “A consultant in 2018 urged the managers to repair cracked columns and crumbling concrete. The work was finally about to get underway when the building collapsed.” Yes, they waited for three years to address the problem. Maybe they just didn’t want to foot the bill. Some say the repairs would cost the condominium owners $9 million. So, what is the price of a human life?

I read a great op-ed by Nicholas Kristof about the true threat to America. He said “not so fast” while our new President cheered “America is back” at the G7 summit. The good news is a Pew Research Center survey found that 75 percent of those polled in a dozen countries expressed “confidence in the U.S. president to do the right thing,” compared with only 17 percent a year ago. Gee, who was the president back then?

Kristof further says, “We must face the reality that our greatest vulnerability is not what other countries do to us but what we have done to ourselves. The United States cannot achieve its potential when so many Americans are falling short of theirs.” Yes, in things like math, quality of life and happiness we are lagging to the tune of one or two generations compared with other developed countries. So, what went wrong in Shangri-la?

Well, it doesn’t take a brain surgeon to figure out one reason. Kristof continued, “More broadly, the United States has lost its lead in education overall and in investments in children. The World Bank Human Capital Project estimates that today’s American children will achieve only 70 percent of their potential productivity.” Do today’s kids even understand what that means?

If you spend any time watching TV, you probably understand that many of our downfalls are caused by lack of funding, a dearth of personnel and scarcity of experts in certain fields. Speaking of which, farmers are losing millions and giving away or destroying their crops because of a backlog of applications for the H-2A visa program, the one that allows US employers to bring in foreign nationals to fill low-skill, temporary or seasonal agricultural jobs. Who are we? What are we doing?

Firesign Theatre

The Firesign Theatre was a funny group of 1970s comedians whose medium was recorded comedy.  One of their most famous record albums was titled I Think We’re All Bozos on This Bus. That recording plainly indicates that most of the problems producing the greatest vulnerability for our citizens is not coming from somewhere else. We are the problem. Here are a couple of examples.

Policing: Derek Chauvin was just sentenced to 22.5 years in prison for the murder of George Floyd. Through it all, he claimed he did nothing wrong and that he was trained to use his “kneeling technique.” He has never apologized for killing Mr. Floyd and his boss claims that particular use of force was not part of Chauvin’s training. It’s apparent we have a severe problem with the training of police officers. Saying it that way eliminates any issue of race, allowing a more productive conversation to take place. Despite training our officers how to deescalate situations, they somehow walk away with a belief that harsh force is okay. Do we have a case of poor training or lack of comprehension? We don’t allow student doctors who might kill people in hospitals to graduate, so why are we not providing effective training to those who wear a badge?

Infrastructure: Men and women in Congress have big debates but nothing ever gets done. We have bridge collapses and fallen buildings but they can’t seem to wake up and get serious. All this great stuff we built forty and fifty years ago is now crapping out and killing people.

We have a history of collapse tragedies. On July 17, 1981, two walkways collapsed at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Kansas City killing 114 and injuring 216. On August 1, 2007, with rush hour bridge traffic moving slowly through the limited number of lanes, the central span of the I-35W Mississippi River bridge in Minneapolis, Minnesota suddenly gave way and the adjoining spans fell killing 13 and injuring 145 people. I could list more death by bozos, but you’ll stop reading.

I was fairly sure the kid fishing in the pond wasn’t going to encounter an alligator that would harm or kill him, but how could I live with myself if that happened? Would I be interviewed by the local TV station and say, “Yeah, I saw him fishing there the other day but it’s not my place to enforce the rules.” It’s like the condo inspector saying, “Well, I told them about the cracks and need for repairs, but nothing happened.” Maybe that Surfside, Florida building should have been torn down and replaced, but that’s just me armchair quarterbacking on Monday morning. That kind of the old shoulda, coulda, woulda is like pouring salt in the emotional wounds this disaster has wrought on so many families.

America has a short memory and a hearing problem. We didn’t listen to expert advice about a pandemic, and more than 600,000 people are now dead. We don’t listen to experts on the potential impact of laws and policies before we write them. We just write them and then wait for the bugs to surface. I’m tired of excuses. We need the best people in positions of power working within a culture of openness, so they won’t be fearful of presenting bad news. Maybe lives would have been saved had that inspector plainly stated, “If this isn’t taken care, of the building will fall and people will die.” You know, there are just too many bozos on this bus.

BRAND NEW BOOK

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

 

Book for the Recovery – Build Back Better!

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

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

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TALKIN’ ‘BOUT A REVOLUTION!

The Left Right Ideals & Right Wrong Deals

Thanks to some of the public documents released concerning the planning of the January 6th Insurrection at the Capitol, we have learned that the leaders of the Oath Keepers were talkin’ ‘bout a revolution before the event took place. According to the York, Pennsylvania Daily Record, “A Lancaster County town was chosen for an Oath Keeper-led meeting of ‘patriot groups’ on Jan. 3, apparently intended to coordinate efforts at the U.S. Capitol three days later, according to the FBI.”

In the intercepted communications between members of the right-wing paramilitary militia, they said, “I believe this is our last chance to organize before the show.” According to the report, members were told not to bring cell phones to the meeting. I guess that means they thought what they were doing, was WRONG!

James Breheny

All this information is from the filings on James Breheny, a New Jersey resident who invited Oath Keepers founder Stewart Rhodes to Quarryville, Pennsylvania for a leadership meeting. The FBI chronicled the communication in Breheny’s arrest documentation. But let’s back up a bit and lay out some historical truth, brothers and sisters.

The story goes that Beatle John Lennon received pressure from politically far-left radicals to help with their protests on the Vietnam war and lessen the oppression cast their way because of their political viewpoints. John wrote the song Revolution as an answer to the radicals of the time. I’m sure you remember the lyrics, “You say you want a revolution, Well, you know, We all want to change the world, You tell me that it’s evolution, Well, you know, We all want to change the world, But when you talk about destruction — Don’t you know that you can count me out!”

Missouri’s Josh Hawley, Texas’ Ted Cruz, and Alabama’s Mo Brooks are being used by followers of an ideology they hardly understand. First of all, they would never dress up like the Oath Keepers, 3Percenters or Proud Boys and march up to the Capitol armed with automatic weaponry. They may have the bully pulpit, but they don’t have the guts to join an insurrection. They are being used by the far right in the same way they used those very same radicals to achieve their political goal of more power. They are traitors to the cause of democracy. Why even Mike Pence has seen the light.

The problem with the ideals of the left is they don’t want to be caught in a hypocrite’s corner by doing things that could come back to bite them. If I was running the show, the Democratic party would have called for ballot recounts in Texas and Florida claiming Biden had won. If I lived in a Democratic state, I would try to pass a law that decreed a Republican’s vote is worth only three fifths of a Democrat’s vote. It would be fun to see how fast the RNC took legal action, and I believe they wouldn’t be saying anything about “states’ rights” when they passed federal rules on voting. You see, the left just isn’t that radical, and if those right wingers who want to reinstate Trump were in charge they would be hanging anyone who got in their way. This is why they all must be awarded the longest possible prison sentences. You know, to deter people from ever trying another insurrection. It’s a Republic principle, right? I’m not being vindictive; I’m being pro-cop. Fancy that.

It seems that the only thing Republicans can do now is gum up the wheels of Congress to stop the “Biden agenda.” Fact is, they are just lazy bastards who should be sent home to hospice. They are rotting carcasses sinking up America and standing in the way of progress. There is a difference between progress and being progressive, but those grifter lowlifes in Congress don’t know the meaning of words.

Milley & Gaetz

If you didn’t catch this one, you missed a doozey. The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, General Mark Milley, responded sharply to questions from Florida’s Matt Gaetz about the examination of critical race theory in the US military. Milley barked, “”I’ve read Mao Zedong. I’ve read Karl Marx. I’ve read Lenin. That doesn’t make me a communist. So, what is wrong with understanding — having some situational understanding about the country for which we are here to defend?” Gaetz, unable to comprehend he was being taken to the woodshed, just shook his head. Milley finished up with, “And I personally find it offensive that we are accusing the United States military, our general officers, our commissioned, noncommissioned officers of being, quote, ‘woke’ or something else, because we’re studying some theories that are out there.”

One doesn’t have to be radical to speak up and deliver an overarching ideal. We must get rid of those Republican idiots who lie and want everyone else to simply say okay. It’s not okay to lie, and I wouldn’t mess with the teachings at West Point and all of our other fine military academies. They wouldn’t waste time on training that can’t be immediately turned into tactics and strategies. Matt Gaetz and Josh Hawley are just self-serving lawyers who use their degrees to escape the hard work of serving their states. I won’t be surprised if both their public careers end in disgrace.

Back to that Beatles song, Lennon wrote, “You say you’ll change the constitution, Well, you know, We’d all love to change your head. You tell me it’s the institution, Well, you know, You better free your mind instead.” And I agree. All those right-wing guys have to free their heads from the “Big Lie” and also from the little lie that they are patriots. They’re not. They’re little boys playing soldier but also dangerous whack jobs ready to kill a cop to get what they want. Bad politicians will try to change the laws to remain in power, insecure in their knowledge they will be turned down by the people they claim to serve if they don’t cheat.

Donald Trump is a loser, and for the life of me I can’t fathom how anyone with a modicum of intelligence would strap themselves to that blow-bag believing it’s a just cause. I keep asking one question, what did Donald Trump accomplish in four years? Should you say he structured the Supreme Court in his favor, I’ll answer okay, but they didn’t do what he wanted. The tax cuts? Yes, but that’s good only if you are wealthy but, newsflash, most of us aren’t. Anything else? Oh, yeah, more than 600,000 Americans died of Covid-19, which Trump said was a hoax. But then you ask about Operation Warp Speed? Well, I’ll give him that, but do you see Donald Trump on TV telling his followers to get the shot? No.

The far left of the 1970s helped end an immoral and destructive war, but what have today’s right-wing goofballs done for us? Nothing, absolutely nothing. They are just going to have to get used to eating that shitty food in prison, you know, the place that Donald Trump reformed. Ha ha ha ha.

BRAND NEW BOOK

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

 

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THAT’S WHY THEY CALL IT WORK

Partisan Political Positions Are Usually Wrong

No matter how much a person “loves” their job, when they hang up their apron or close the computer at the end of the week, they enjoy the good feeling that it’s over. The reason? Well, it’s a job, and no matter how much money one gets paid two aspects conflict. One is what someone else tells them to do and the other is what they want to do. That’s why they call it work.

The headline in the Washington Post blasted a hole in the ridiculous theory that people are not going back to work because they are “getting paid” not to work with unemployment compensation. The Republicans honestly believe if they cut off the “free money,” all the worker bees will simply fall back into line. One headline read, “Retail workers are quitting at record rates for higher-paying work: ‘My life isn’t worth a dead-end job.’” The subhead amplified, “Some 649,000 employees gave notice in April, the sector’s largest one-month exodus in over 20 years, a reflection of pandemic-era strains and a strengthening job market.”

So, what is this all about? People are not blind or as stupid as the people in Congress think they are. When we hear Bernie Sanders and other progressives arguing for fair wages in the $15 per hour range, it’s easy to feel low about what we’re getting paid. No one is ever guaranteed big tips, and after being bombarded with the notion that one percent of the people have all the money and don’t pay any taxes, young people turn against “the man” and “feel the bern!”

A global pandemic has changed their world and given them tons of time to think about what they are doing and where they are going. They look at the stock market and clearly see the rich investors didn’t get harmed by Covid-19. Some made out like bandits. Many in the younger generation believe they are seen as economic crooks. They watched Donald Trump handle the pandemic in such an amazing way [irony] and lost faith in the system. However, they aren’t stupid. They know they cannot forever live a life of staying at home, watching Netflix and posting to their social media sites.

Sure, there are some people who are trying to figure out what they want to do next while living on the small amount of state and federal unemployment benefits, but they understand that’s not a true living. The people on Capitol Hill know this, right? Those folks who make the decisions certainly know the meager unemployment income isn’t a sustainable living, right?  Sadly, I’m not certain many of them comprehend the worth of a dollar.

Prices on essential goods are going up. According to MarketWatch.com, “The average monthly cost of groceries in March 2021 increased 3.3% from March 2020, according to data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. From April 2020 to April 2021, the average monthly price of groceries increased 1.2% and in May, it increased 0.7% year-over-year.”

In 1970 I was in college and working as a disc jockey at a radio station making $1.75 per hour, which amounted to $70 a week. Over the years I have used the price of six-ounce Kraft macaroni and cheese dinners as the gauge of economic reality. I ate a lot of those back in the day, and they were 19 cents a box. Today a 14.5 oz. box costs $3.31, so let’s just say the cost of a box has increased from 19 cents to $1.65 in fifty years. After the pandemic, the cost of food is predicted to go up much faster, and let’s keep in mind that one cannot live on mac and cheese alone.

How do we fix the shortage of workers? We have to take a page out of the book of Karl Marx. Yes, I used the M word! You see, Karl was not only interested in how to deal with the supply chain of resources needed to make a product, but also the cost of making each item. It was only after that set of math was completed that Marx calculated workers’ wages. If it costs $15 to make something, and its market price is $20, the workers wage will be a small fraction of the profit. If it takes a worker one hour to make that item, they might be paid only pennies per hour. The workers never knew the behind-the-scenes calculations. Their only interest was getting paid the same as their co-workers. Now with the internet, workers can easily discover the costs and profits of business.

People who work for Amazon know that their owner/boss is the richest man on Earth, so they are not at all naïve about their place in the food chain. The Amazon warehouse worker recruitment website says, “SIGN-ON BONUSES UP TO $1,000 + Get paid up to $20 per hour.” And get this, if you can prove you have the Covid-19 vaccination you get a $100 bonus. Amazon is staying ahead of the curve because they know that if they don’t, their workers will unionize. Now these numbers are for warehouse workers. I am sure the software developers for Amazon’s products, websites and backend business systems are being paid top dollar, because Amazon must compete with giants like Microsoft and Google. As for the people who deliver all those Amazon boxes to your door, they are making $18 to $25 an hour.

The attitudes of the one million waiters and cooks changed when restaurants, even those who took PPP money from the government, sent them away when Covid arrived. Businesses are looking for workers right now, and many will have to deliver better benefits and higher wages to attract them. Many will be new workers rather than former employees returning, so costly and time-consuming training will be needed.

Is it humorous to you that West Virginia’s Joe Manchin came out against the minimum wage being raised to $15 an hour? Do you suppose he thought an increase would be bad for business or was he told to take that position by his donor and benefactor, Koch Industries? We may never know but one thing’s for sure. He didn’t see reality coming. Target, Best Buy, Under Armor and Kay Jewelers all recently increased starting minimum wages to $15 an hour. They did this to get in sync with the labor market, not to make Manchin look like a fool. With the intense competition to hire new employees, the bigger the numbers the better the quality of workers you will recruit.

Joe Manchin is utterly clueless about the post-pandemic economy and the need to protect voting rights. He clutches to the strange belief that only he, and he alone, can bring bipartisanship back to Washington. He’s a less articulate but more naïve version of Jimmy Stewart’s character Jefferson Smith in the movie Mr. Smtih Goes to Washington. Joe is getting his 15-minutes of fame but he’s no hero. One day he votes for the people, the next day he will vote for himself. Manchin is just another $1.75 an hour politician with his hand out.

BRAND NEW BOOK

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

 

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

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

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THE FACTS OF LIFE

Critical Race Theory Unites Whites

I remember when I learned the facts of life right after a whiffle ball game on the suburban street right in front of my house. After a rather juvenile description of how humans make babies, I marched into my home thinking that my parents would never do that! It took a few months for my thick brain to realized, what Joey said was true, all true. I figured out that we humans do the same things the dogs do, minus Mrs. Kelly pouring hot water on the animals to separate them. I was certain that my parents would never allow her in their bedroom.

That day of schoolboy street-based learning with my buds led me to become skeptical of what they had seen in the human sexuality pamphlet at the bottom of their father’s sock drawer. By the time I was in high school, the gender specific health classes left me with a vague and cloudy, almost valueless, understanding of how sex actually worked. Now I’ll bet you’re wondering what this story has to do with the subhead of today’s post, right?  Well, just stay with me here and you’ll soon see.

With each passing generation after the end of the Civil War and slavery, Americans have become a little less bigoted and a little more understanding about the history and feelings of Black people. Today we use the phrase Black Americans, because they are. Still, we have much more work to do.

There were no African Americans living in the small suburban town of Brentwood, Pennsylvania where I grew up. There were a few Black kids who attended my bible school, but they are mostly a dim memory. Sure, my friends and I had our favorite baseball players of color like Willie Mays, Roberto Clemente and Ernie Banks, and we all knew the story of Jackie Robinson, but those were heroes of the game and not personal acquaintances.

While the act of human reproduction seemed a bit strange to my young mind, I couldn’t wait to get to the next base — both in baseball and girls. Our parents and teachers used the fear of pregnancy to inhibit our large libidos in the same way they used fear to teach us that if negroes move into the neighborhood our property values will go down. It’s so embarrassing to commit this to writing, but it’s a fundamental part of the systemic racism that some white people are working so hard to have everyone else ignore.

Our former president strongly argued that teaching about race relations, racial discrimination and systemic racism is a plot to inspire hatred of white people. Really? Did Donald Trump believe that the white race was under attack by teachers and schools, or did he want to whitewash the racism charges brought against his father, his company and the Donald himself? They clearly discriminated against Black people in their New York Real estate ventures, and while they never admitted to being guilty it’s plain to see that they were.

I had an Italian high school Spanish teacher who tried to make us kids believe she was Hispanic. One day in 1965 she said in class that the Spaniards who came from Europe fixed their racial distrust and discrimination with the natives in North and South America by simply intermarrying with them. I remember thinking how crazy this woman was and wondered why she was shoveling such bullshit. I am sure if she were alive today, she would deny having said that stuff, but memory is my curse. And just for the record, those from Spain, killed the men and raped the women.

We know that slave owner Thomas Jefferson, mated with his slave women and produced offspring. Those mixed-race babies didn’t get freedom for almost a hundred years, but the fact that white male privilege included the benefit of sex and reproduction with their Black slaves is a true part of the story. Take the tour of Monticello in Virginia, which was Jefferson’s home, and they will tell you.

Critical Race Theory is a terrible name. Much like Global Warming, it’s easy to misuse and misinterpret. Climate Change is a much better term for the latter while Racial Equality is a more appropriate and meaningful name for the former. When we teach the good parts along with the bad, learning becomes better. For example, April 15, 1947 was a glorious moment in the history of the United States. That was the day when Jackie Robinson, a Black man, first took to the field for the Brooklyn Dodgers. He was the first African American to play white man’s professional baseball. A good student might ask why it was more than a hundred years after the Civil War before a Black man could finally play. Here’s where critical race reality must enter the discussion.

Ron DeSantis

Ron DeSantis, the Governor of Florida, recently said, “Let me be clear, there’s no room in our classrooms for things like critical race theory. Teaching kids to hate their country and to hate each other is not worth one red cent of taxpayer money.” Does his curious use of the term “red cent” mean he thinks all money is still made of copper? That aside, his idea that teaching kids the true history of America would make them hate their country is utter dystopian. However, he’s not saying what he believes, but simply repeating what other fearful white men have told him.

I have a question for Mr. DeSantis and his fellow white male counterparts who have passed a law banning the teaching of truth. Should young Florida kids be taught what happened in their state after a Category 4 hurricane hit there in 1928? Black survivors were forced to recover the bodies of those killed in the storm. The officials in charge ordered that food would be provided only to those who worked, and some people who refused to work were shot. Oh, it’s true, read it all here.

Maybe that shouldn’t be taught. Why would we want to make the majority, you know, the white kids feel uncomfortable? There are times I wonder why this makes me feel sick, then I remember that I am a human being empathizing with other humans who were treated inhumanely and killed.

The biggest problem with most of the right-wing politicians and grifters is they will not sit down to discuss these things in an interview. They are hiding behind their masks of self-righteousness. I would love to have 30 minutes to ask DeSantis some hard questions, but that will never happen. The KKK wore sheets to cover their identities. They didn’t want others to know who they were, but today we know who they are. Hopefully, some day they will have to stand trial.

BRAND NEW BOOK

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

 

Book for the Recovery – Build Back Better!

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

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

Kindle and Paperback Click Here


RUSSIA! RUSSIA! RUSSIA!

What did we learn from the Summit?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Alexei Navalny

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

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

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

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

BRAND NEW BOOK

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

 

Book for the Recovery – Build Back Better!

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

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

Kindle and Paperback Click Here


ARE YOU A TOOBIN OR A FRANKEN?

The #MeToo Movement Needs to Grow a Pair

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

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

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

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

Al Franken

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

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

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

Jeffrey Toobin

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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THE DISGRACE OF SESSIONS AND BARR

The Demigod Exploited Their Small Brains

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

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

Bill Barr Thinking

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

BRAND NEW BOOK

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

 

Book for the Recovery – Build Back Better!

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

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

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