HE COULD HAVE BEEN A HERO

Instead, Ron DeSantis is a whiny little bitch

When Florida’s history with Covid-19 is written, we will remember those who had strong, firm and reasoned approaches and policies that helped. We will also remember the present leadership group in Tallahassee who didn’t fight the virus but attacked those who asked questions and offered up ideas.

Too close to Trump

Here are five things Governor Ron DeSantis should have corrected from the start:

  1. Attitude and Presentation: Beginning with the press conference DeSantis gave with former Vice President Mike Pence on May 20, 2020 and continuing through all of our rough patches last year, DeSantis attacked the press and continuously touted Florida as being better than other states. Many of us moved here from those states and we didn’t appreciate him telling us how bad it was up there. Eventually, it became very much worse here. Son, don’t start bragging until you’ve actually won the game. Heroes never crow.
  2. Policies as Ultimatums Instead of Strategies: There were times DeSantis acted as if the entire world was against him instead of convincing us that the full power of the state was fighting the virus. If you can’t stand the heat, get out of the kitchen. That “seasonal spike” line was embarrassingly tone deaf. DeSantis rarely told us about the state’s plan and how it was going to keep us safe. No, it was all about freedom, money and how everyone else was wrong. If Ron was so right, why are there so many dead Floridians? And why did I have to drive 300 miles to get each of my Covid shots? Heroes help people.
  3. Misunderstanding the Pandemic: I don’t know who advises Mr. DeSantis, but how can they be so wrong and contrary to the thousands of virus experts? Selling those anti-Fauci t-shirts might have seemed funny in Ron’s former dormitory at Yale, but many Floridians were rightfully indignant that the governor wasn’t listening to the CDC. I wonder if DeSantis would have reacted differently had he been told his anti-mask mandate stunt was going to kill so many teachers. I have heard extraordinarily little from the governor that shows true comprehension of the pandemic. Why would he hawk a bogus treatment when we have a free vaccine to keep us safe from the virus? Heroes act before things get bad.
  4. Vaccine Passports: By deemphasizing the need for everyone to get vaccinated and creating policies that flew in the face of mask wearing, Mr. DeSantis missed a chance to make Florida great again. Our governor should have used his political capital to get more people inoculated, which would have been good healthcare policy. By pushing back against companies and institutions demanding proof of vaccination, DeSantis missed a gigantic opportunity. The state could have printed glossy vaccination passports, emblazoned with the Ron’s picture. Think of the possible impact during his re-election campaign. Every time a Floridian proudly showed their vaccination passport, everyone nearby would be looking at the hero.
  5. Combative Relationships with Other Leaders: The concept of one-man rule has never played well in America, especially when that one person is wrong. It’s unbelievable that our governor doesn’t want the federal government telling him what to do, yet in the same speech he denies schoolboard members, mayors and county commissioners a voice about how health measures are instituted in their own communities. Sure, judges are there to sort out disputes, but after 13 educators and staff died in one community how would you expect a judge to rule? Heroes are never vindictive.

We need Ron DeSantis to respect self-governing bodies, human life, and our frail healthcare system. Does our leader honestly believe it’s wise to garnish the wages of the educational professionals who are doing their best to protect our children? Why is he investigating business that demand their customers be vaccination? When those kids weren’t able to get a shot, he put them in harm’s way.  DeSantis has alienated 62% of the state’s population by putting politics above health and safety. He placed corporate profits above pollution and the environment, and he created a hate-state of vindictive actions against anyone who thinks differently than he does. He’s just a short demigod who wants to control the citizens. Why are people not protesting his overreach? I guess they can’t spot a con artist with purely political intentions. Why not save your own voters, first?

Maybe Governor Ron DeSantis should learn to think before speaking. Thoughtful heroes have a knack for saying the right things.


CONTEMPT OF CONGRESS

Don’t we all have it?

I’m not sure exactly why, but I have never liked Steve Bannon. He’s a purveyor of false statements and conspiracy theories, plus he holds disdain for any institution with which he disagrees, including the American judicial system. Stephen K. Bannon was not only the architect of Donald Trump’s 2016 presidential election campaign, but for some time became a trusted advisor to the 45th President in the White House. Bannon, along with two other guys, also ran a private fund-raising effort named “We Build the Wall,” to bolster the president’s signature initiative along the Mexican border. Those three guys were dipping their grimy hands into the money pot and taking funds. Ironically, the small section of the wall that they built was washed away during a storm.

Trump pardoned Bannon in the waning hours of his presidency. This was highly unusual because the prosecution’s work was in the preliminary stages, and it was clear that a trial was months away. The pardon was a favor — a quid pro quo intended to keep Bannon from ever testifying against Trump. That bubble is perhaps about to burst because Bannon’s possible role in the January 6th insurrection occurred before his pardon, which contained no mention of the Capitol Hill riot. Not only can Bannon be called to testify, but if he played any wrongdoing in that matter the pardon would not protect him. By the way, if you want to see all the people Donald Trump pardoned you can go here.

Bannon was subpoenaed to come before the January 6th Special Committee and testify. Both he and the records that also were part of the subpoena did not show up at Congress last week. Now, the committee will present the matter to the entire House of Representatives for a vote on Contempt of Congress. What is that you ask? Contempt occurs when an individual intentionally interferes with congressional action. Congress has the power to restrain such individuals by declaring them in contempt of Congress, which is similar to contempt of court.

Congress’ ability to impose a contempt charge against an individual interfering with its duties is considered an implied power of the legislature. Experts believe that one who withholds information or testimony can be judged in contempt and held for a period between one day and a year. Although our Constitution does not explicitly provide for Congressional power to hold individuals in contempt, such power is considered implied because Congress could not effectively perform its duties without it. So, where will this Bannon situation go?

Remember that even if Steve Bannon appeared before Congress, he could invoke the Fifth Amendment and refuse to answer any question on the grounds it might incriminate him. Under law, no American can be forced to testify. Past Congressional committees have used the court system to incarcerate people. In 2005, a federal judge sent New York Times reporter Judith Miller to jail for 85 days for refusing to divulge her confidential source to a grand jury investigating the disclosure of a CIA agent’s identity. She finally testified. Why wouldn’t Steve Bannon be put in jail for not talking about what caused the insurrection at the Capitol on January 6th, 2020?

Here’s some insightful background on Steve Bannon. He was an officer in the United States Navy for seven years in the late 1970s and early 1980s. Some believe that Bannon harbored a distaste for military command and disagreed with not only the way the Navy was run but also how we fought wars.

After his military service, Bannon worked as an investment banker at Goldman Sachs for two years. Some say he made tons of money there. In 1993, he became acting director of the research project Biosphere 2, and he was also an executive producer in Hollywood. He produced eighteen films between 1991 and 2016, and he was an investor in the production company that funded the TV show Seinfeld. In 2007, he co-founded Breitbart News, a far-right website he described as “the platform for the alt-right.” He saw the Trump bandwagon as a way to effect change of the highest order upon the United States, but his outspokenness got him in trouble with Trump. The Donald so disliked Bannon’s candor that he diminished his status, but never his influence, within Trumpworld.

Many of Trump’s most radical policies and speech patterns came from two people in the Trump White House, Steven Miller and Steve Bannon. When Trump said, “There were good people on both sides,” he was probably repeating something Bannon had said to him. Bannon believes that all problems in the United States government are fundamentally the result of bureaucrats and elected officials running amuck. He openly declared war on what he called the “administrative state.” This was not a novel or new idea.

Most self-appointed experts believe the administrative state’s weaknesses are 1) Nondelegation, interference from above on those executing policies, 2) Judicial deference, believing the courts should be allowed to judge and rule without review or oversight, 3) Executive control of agencies to the point where a president, governor or other official believes they have the right to hire and fire those at any level of government, 4) Procedural rights, due process given to people who do things wrong, even if those things are really bad, and 5) Agency dynamics, where a head of a commission, committee or local agency is given the ability to  enforce regulatory compliance and adjudicate disputes.

I agree that all of that seems confusing and in conflict with itself. It’s like the guy at a homeowner’s association meeting complaining about the board making all the decisions. The president could stop the proceedings to lecture how representative government works, but that would waste time. Logic dictates that one cannot complain about an institutional structure and demand majority rule on every issue, because the majority’s position may not agree with that of the complainer. On the other hand, giving greater authority to one person and demanding micromanagement on every issue could deter productivity.

In general terms I don’t think Steve Bannon knows what he’s talking about, but I do believe he knows a lot of about what happened on January 6th. He should be locked up if he refuses to testify and comply with the Congressional subpoena. He beat the fraud charge because Trump pardoned him, but if he thinks he’s got a shot at destroying democracy over some illusion of self-worth and misinterpretation of Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels, I say, “Fuck him and the big orange horse he rode in on.” If that disheveled man had anything to do with the insurrection he should be put in jail. Period. Yes, you might say I have contempt for Stephen K. Bannon.


THE WRITTEN WORD

Pro-football takes a stand

A distasteful expression occasionally comes up, “Opinions are like assholes, everyone has one.” It’s a wonderful string of letters, into words, into one strong sentence that proves the written word is often more powerful than the spoken word. However, the actual phrase is “Opinions are like assholes, everyone has one, but they think each other’s stink.” Now before you decide to cancel me, please let me weave this into a tale about professional sports and their people.

Today you will be reading about a firing, “resignation” — or whatever — of Jon Gruden, the head coach of the Las Vegas Raiders. Many of his texts and emails that brought on his demise were written years before working for the Raiders, but we’ll get to that shortly.

Perhaps you don’t know that the Oakland Raiders was one of the original teams in the American Football League, which opened in 1960 as a competitor to the National Football League. Because they played in cities where the NFL was absent, the games became very popular, and eventually the AFL and the NFL merged into what most would consider an ordained monopoly in the US.

Al Davis, the man own worked his way from coach to owner, created the the Raiders image of being a tough bunch from every player, every coach and all the fans. While their black and silver uniforms and logo depicting a football player in a silver helmet and eye patch is scary enough, they added two crossed swords that promise death to their enemies. Al Davis used to say, “Just win, Baby!” They players knew that if they didn’t, it would be time to find a new team. Much has been written about the Raiders because they tend to make news.

They’ve also been nomads. When Davis didn’t get what he wanted from the city of Oakland, he packed up the team, shuffled them to Los Angeles (1982–1994) and grew the fan base in southern California. Then, when L.A. proved too much for the man, he moved his team back to Oakland (1995–2019). Then, in 2020, he shifted the Raiders to Las Vegas. Along with all the moving, they won many division and conference championships and they topped the Super Bowl two times.

Mark Davis

Al Davis died in 2011. His son Mark now runs the show. He has a bowl haircut that many believed was a wig, until someone asked why a $500 million man would buy such a god-awful hairpiece. That haircut has been likened to the style of a Roman centurion. See how I have set the stage for a sort of roman gladiator purge?

Last night (10-11-2021), Jon Gruden resigned as coach of the Las Vegas Raiders because of the embarrassment his emails caused the team. His alleged language was said to be racist, homophobic, and misogynistic. What a beautiful bouquet of hate. Gruden released a statement Monday night which included the words, “I’m sorry, I never meant to hurt anyone.” That common lie is the same one we always hear when a sin is in writing.

Gruden is an atypical football guy. He grew up in Ohio and played football for the University of Dayton, but there are no statistics about his playing. Maybe he went into coaching because he wasn’t a good player. He was an assistant coach at eight different schools until he landed a coaching job with Al Davis and the Raiders in 1998, where he lasted for three years. Then Davis did something strange. He traded his head coach for players from the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Amazingly, Gruden won the Super Bowl with the Bucs in 2003, beating the Oakland Raiders! This brought him instant fame, notoriety and, shall I say, respect in this machismo world.

Gruden became less successful, and after he was dismissed from Tampa he began a career as a commentator for ESPN. He was extremely well-suited for this role because of his knowledge, loquacious personality and, at times, colorful language. It was surprising when Mark Davis asked Gruden to return as the Raiders’ head coach in 2018, but a ten-year, $100 million contract sealed the deal. The team had been lackluster and Davis felt Gruden had the ability and skills to turn the Raiders around. The team finished 4–12 in Gruden’s first season back, but after finally moving into a brand-new Las Vegas stadium they opened this year 3 and 0. Since then, they have lost two games.

Jon Gruden

Now let’s look into the what and when of Gruden’s emails? The funny thing about electronic correspondence is the text is stored on servers, even after an author believes they deleted them. Old e-mails are often discovered when a lawsuit enters the discovery phase. In this case, it was a discrimination and harassment suit brought by employees of the Washington Football Team, you know, the one that used to be called the “Redskins.” Gruden had corresponded with an employee of that organization, President Bruce Allen (a former Raiders colleague of Gruden’s), and his emails are now part of the public record. I have no desire to disclose Gruden’s exact language, you can find that published by other sources, but all of this reveals some interesting things.

Gruden seems to have many entrenched opinions and he has been exposed as a right-wing nutjob with deep seated and disturbing prejudices and phobias. It has been disclosed he was dreadfully against having gay players in the NFL, and he continuously referred to NFL Commissioner, Roger Goodell, using a gay slur. Mr. Goodell is not gay, but his views on the LGBT community have been shaped by his gay brother, Michael. For whatever reason, Jon was bothered by this and attacked Roger.

Some of the email discussions were about Michael Sam, the first openly gay player in the NFL. Gruden used an anti-gay slur to claim that Goodell pressured the Rams to draft the player, which is probably not true. Ironically, this year Las Vegas Raiders‘ defensive end Carl Nassib came out as being gay, the first on the team to do so. Wow, how did Gruden miss that one? I guess his “gaydar” was down.

The New York Times claims that in 2017 Gruden responded to a sexist meme of a newly minted female NFL official on the field by writing, “Nice job Roger.” In the legal discovery of the Washington Football Team case, Bruce Allen and Gruden shared pictures of the team’s cheerleaders clad only in bikini bottoms. So, who has the redskin now? You know, red-faced embarrassed?

Gruden has been very vocal against players taking a stand, by taking a knee. Like a certain former president, he does not like Obama, Biden, or anyone else having a desire to express their views, especially those he thought had a bad smell. He’s a closet racist, which is not a good orientation when 68.7% of players in the pro-football industry are African Americans.

It appears that we can now check three boxes: racism, homophobia and misogynism. Now I know this is football, but those embody the “three strikes and you’re out” concept used in our nation every day. But let’s not miss this point. Mark Davis is not only a good businessperson, he’s also an honest football executive. I am sure his old man is proud of him, despite Mark’s horrible haircut.

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RELIGIOUS EXEMPTIONS

Church and State Move Closer

I became aware of differences between religions way back in elementary school. Some students didn’t come to class on certain days of the year, and that was the first time I heard the expression “religious holiday.” As a kid, it was only natural for me to ask how I could get one of those. I eventually learned that several groups of people avoided certain foods. The Jewish kids didn’t eat the ham sloppy joes and the Catholics ate fish on Fridays. Cheese sandwiches on any day were okay for both. It’s a tribute to our teachers that these background differences never boiled over into an “us and them” mentality.

Now we see some people waving religious exemption flags to refuse the normal order of things, but beyond what a girl might wear in gym class (Muslims) to what a boy can learn in sex education class (mostly in public schools) religions stay out of matters of state. A person might say it’s against their religion to drive on the right side of the road, but that would be indefensible.

No major religious denomination in the US opposes vaccination outright, but an individual’s “sincerely held” religious belief does not have to be part of an organized religion’s mandate to be considered a valid reason for vaccine exemption. Here is a simple test. If my God says I am not allowed to do this or that, then I can ask for a religious exemption. Conversation between a parent, a child and their God is not to be filtered or interrupted by the school board.

Medical exemptions are pretty cut and dry. Your doctor can write a note to the school saying Tommy’s condition, whatever it is, should not be challenged by a Covid-19 vaccine and the kid would not have to get a shot. However, some states have taken a stand on this issue. For example, families lined up outside a chiropractor’s office in Venice, Florida to obtain medical exemptions for the school mask mandate. Once that scam was uncovered, the school district refused those bogus exemptions.

Many states are moving quickly to thwart overzealous parents and pandemic-denying employees. Connecticut refuses any religious exemption from vaccine requirements for children in grade 12 or below.

In Colorado, a person seeking a nonmedical vaccine exemption due to either a religious or personal belief must first complete an online educational module about vaccinations.  That’s right on the line.

Virginia demands that its board of health regulations for the immunization of school children be consistent with the immunization schedules developed and published by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices, the American Academy of Pediatrics, and the American Academy of Family Physicians. If they all agree, kids must get their shots.

Arkansas requires their public and private schools to report the numbers and percentage of students who have vaccine exemptions.

Maine removed personal and religious belief exemptions for public school immunization requirements, and in New York State the religious exemption for public school immunization is gone. Washington State was extremely specific when they removed the personal belief exemption for measles, mumps and rubella vaccine requirements for public schools, private schools, and daycare centers. You see, not everyone buys into this religious exemption thing.

The First Amendment to the United States Constitution can be interpreted in several ways. The first part says, “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; …” That’s pretty clear. The federal government cannot establish a religion nor can they stipulate if or how you worship or practice a religion. Many claim that the next part of the amendment about freedom of speech enhances the religious proposition, but the semicolon after the religious decree indicates separation of the two main clauses. It  denotes a more pronounced division than a comma would indicate. Sure, religious freedom is a form of freedom of speech, but let’s not forget that cliché about screaming “FIRE” in a crowded church, which is not such a freedom.

The government cannot demand you to justify your belief that God doesn’t want you to get a Covid-19 vaccination that could save your life and the lives of those around you, but then many of the people claiming a religious exemption couldn’t articulate exactly which part of their dogma dictates they reject a deed needed for the common good. Some folks point to the Church of Christian Science as an example of a religion intolerant of vaccines, but if those birdbrains did a little research they would see that even this religion, which is typically wary of medicine, has a positive view on vaccinations. Oh, you don’t believe me? Well, read it here.

If you don’t want to get a shot because you think it’s in conflict with the Old Testament, you might want to send your wife into the forest during menstruation or ship a married woman who has been unfaithful, along with her “other man,” to the community pool and stone them to death — I mean with real rocks.

If you have an overzealous “fire and brimstone” preacher who claims the government is out to destroy God, Jesus and every living Republican, consider these headlines: “COVID-19 death toll 7 among Fla. church members; pastor blames vaccine misinformation“ or “Unvaccinated Pastor Who Almost Died of COVID Now Preaches The Importance Of Vaccines“ and, of course, “Vaccines are a ‘personal decision,’ Hillsong Church founder says after congregant refuses shot and dies of COVID-19.” None of these are made up. Each headline is real.

It’s all on you if you claim religious exemption for a Covid shot that becomes a one-way ticket to meet your maker, but if your false religious exemption to avoid a little prick in the arm ends up killing your grandparents or kids, I hope after you confess to your preacher you can return to living a full and productive life.

Jesus was a great man and Mohammed was a noble unifier and prophet. Both knew the miracle of healing. Do you?

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THE DAY FACEBOOK DIED

The world didn’t end, now what?

It’s hilarious the way Congress is trying to leverage consumers’ revolt against social media when very few of its members even understand how it works. Consider this excerpt from a chapter named “Social Media Menace” in my 2019 book Gold, God, Guns & Goofballs, “You know they sell your data for money, right? That is their business. They let you use their powerful and fast servers for exploitation, not as a measure of good will to the community. They are “for profit” companies and we’re their slave workers, generating free content that maintains and builds their user bases. They keep sucking our souls into folders for sale, again and again.”

You are NOT a customer of Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or any other social media platform you use for free. You are simply a stringer, adding content and working for the man without pay. In this case, that man is Mark Zuckerberg. During the fiscal crisis in 2008, we heard the term “too big to fail.” Well, let me introduce a new one, “too big to control.”

Two things during the week amplified this subject for me. An old college buddy sent me a link to a video talk given by Jaron Lanier, a computer scientist, visual artist, computer philosophy writer, technologist, futurist, and composer of contemporary classical music. Mr. Lanier is the founder of virtual reality. His company, VPL Research, led the industry by becoming the first to sell VR goggles and wired gloves in 1985. Jaron’s 2018 video explains why we find ourselves where we are in our technological world. If you have more than an hour to watch and listen, here you go. Heads up though, Lanier is not the greatest public speaker.

Jarod Lanier

Here are my three major takeaways from Jaron’s video. 1. Social media is a drug, 2. Assholes like us who use it aren’t the customers so we don’t have a say about anything. After all, who takes advice from drug addicts? 3. The two forces in conflict are free, open-source technology vs. media superstar billionaires who want to own the internet for fame and huge personal profit. The power of money wins in the end, and open source intellectual property just hurts the creators who give it away.

The other thing that occurred, was the appearance of a former Facebook employee, Frances Haugen, on Sixty Minutes, which exposed what the social media giant has been and not been doing in terms of protecting children and teenagers from harmful products, posts and putdowns from peer groups. She alleges that Facebook, Instagram, WhatsApp and other services managed by the Zuckerberg “monopoly” did research which showed damaging data, such as 6% of American kids tracing their desire to commit suicide to posts on their social media platforms. Up until now, Facebook has managed to keep this data secret.

Ms. Haugen also alleges that her group, the Facebook Civic Integrity Team, was put in place before the 2020 election to guard against disinformation but disbanded afterward when the company reverted to the engagement algorithms used previously. Haugen is a specialist in “algorithmic product management,” and previously worked on several ranking algorithms similar to the one Facebook uses, so she understands the inferiority of an algorithm as compared to human oversight.

Frances Haugen

Frances Haugen is not some disgruntled employee; she is a true political activist. According to CNN, “About a month ago, Haugen filed at least eight complaints with the Securities and Exchange Commission alleging that the company [Facebook] is hiding research about its shortcomings from investors and the public.” She also leaked documents to the Wall Street Journal, which published a multi-part investigation showing that the company was aware of problems with its apps, including the negative effects of misinformation and the harm caused, especially to young girls, by Instagram.”

The bottom line of all these disclosures is that Facebook and Zuckerberg care more about profits than harm to their subscribers. Again, let’s not forget this major point. Facebook’s customers are the advertising agencies, large corporations and research firms who pay Facebook billions of dollars every year, not us posters of cat and baby pictures.

I was just about to post a link to this new post when I discovered Facebook was down, and since I have been banned from Twitter for life, I had no way to promote this latest diatribe. Nonetheless I still had readers at this site and didn’t at all miss Facebook while it was inert. It was like not drinking for a few days, and there you have it. Jaron Lanier compared constant use of Facebook or Instagram to gambling. When we lose, we play again. When we win, we play again. When we feel like an outsider, we push our way to the front of our page. For just one second, we all want to be famous, we all want to be Trump, or Musk, or even Kanye. When people say stupid things, we get angry and post twice as much. It’s anger that pulls us back in, again and again.

People who believe lies and conspiracy theories continually post stupid messages and memes. In turn, we post put-downs containing quotes of their mistruths, which helps the lies grow more powerful than truth. Most of the social media landscape is just one big food fight with members of this sick club putting each other down. It’s easy to fall into the abyss. A relative asked me this stupid question, “What gives you the right to say that to me?” I simply replied, “Because it’s free — and I am now free to unfriend you.” See what I did there? I used my Facebook voice.

You know that social media will only get more screwed up should the government get involved. Despite all the historic uproar and legislation, we still sell cigarettes and, according to the CDC, “Cigarette smoking is responsible for more than 480,000 deaths per year in the United States, including more than 41,000 deaths resulting from secondhand smoke exposure.” What have we learned?

How did the government’s break up of Bell Telephone help us? We have slowly returned to that same road with only two or three major cellphone players. Breaking up the telephone monopoly has not made anything better for us. I pay hundreds of dollars each month for phones and phone services.

The algorithms at Twitter, Facebook, WhatsApp and all the other social media sites weren’t designed to be evil. They were created with the same loving care our mothers used when making our favorite dishes. Once mom figured out what got our plates empty, she made the same dishes over and over again, not realizing the unhealthy ingredients and preparation methods were harming us. Facebook isn’t about to slow down “likes” or censor everything they believe is wrong. The fact is, they can’t. Doing so would require a dedicated “person editor” for just about every user. Why do mass shooters keep steaming their dirty deeds? Because they can. Facebook is not fast enough to stop a speeding bullet. The real question is will they be able to stop an out-of-control Congress?

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PRO-VASECTOMY MOVEMENT

Let’s Snip the Bad Guys – Instant Birth Control

We’ve all heard the expression “the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree.” Well, let’s take on this problem. We know that our codes are held in DNA, and we know that some men are totally unfit for childbearing responsibilities, so let’s chemically track those guys and order them to be snipped. Outrageous? Yes, but I have never heard a man squawk, “My body, my choice!”

A new law in the not-so-great state of Texas says that if a woman is raped, even by a family member, she doesn’t have the right to terminate a birth conceived by that illegal act. If the state believes it has the right to tell a woman what to do with her body, then why not also have a law that medically punishes any man involved in an unwanted pregnancy by force or violence?

I can already hear screams from mostly white males in state legislatures that this would be going too far. A state commanding a medical procedure on a man, especially on his reproductive organs, would be governmental castration. There would be passionate speeches declaring the government has no right to tell a man he must get snipped “down there.”

What is a vasectomy? According to the Cleveland Clinic, “A vasectomy is a simple, safe and effective means of permanent contraception or birth control. Because of the position of the male sexual organ, the operation is very straightforward. The procedure involves dividing and closing off the ends of the vas deferens (the tubes that carry sperm) – preventing sperm from getting through during intercourse.” A total of about fifty million men have had a vasectomy or 5% of all married men of reproductive age. “More than 500,000 men elect to have vasectomies every year in the US.” In most cases, this process is irreversible.

When a crime is committed and tried in the United States of America, the courts hand down a sentence to the guilty party intended to prevent them from committing the crime again or pushing them into rehabilitation and redemption. When one person shoots another with a gun our laws can keep them from purchasing a gun, although that process is fraught with loopholes.

If a person continually abuses and beats their spouse or significant other, the victim can get a restraining order that sets limits on exactly how close the aggressor can get to their victim. The attacker can be locked up if they ignore the court’s directive.

Each state has their own rules and laws concerning the impregnation of a daughter by her father. Consensual incest is against the law in all states except for Rhode Island and New Jersey. While incest between consenting and closely related adults is legal in these states, marriage between close relatives is not. So, there you have it. Young girls in New Jersey and Rhode Island would have to prove their father raped them.

Rape is a crime in most of the world. Governor Greg Abbott of Texas claims that rape will be eliminated in his state. Now there’s a true goofball. Rape is not going to be eliminated in Texas or anywhere else. According to the Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network, “There are 463,634 victims (age 12 or older) of rape and sexual assault each year in the United States.” And as well all know, many rapes are never reported. Note that statistic does not include girls and boys under the age of 12. This was a major factor in the abuse scandals of priests in the Catholic church.

I wonder if Texas would support a law that included a penalty of vasectomy for those men convicted of rape or incest. Texas claims they want to get tough on rape, well here’s their chance. The ACLU and many others would argue that such a law would set a horrible precedent. Then there’s this. What’s to stop state lawmakers from sentencing women who have had “too many” babies to tubal ligations? You see, a woman has already lost her rights when a state law imposes a personal medical procedure on her.

No matter what your moral upbringing, you might believe that killing any living human being is a sin. The argument necessarily centers on when a fetus becomes a “living human.” Sperm can make a baby, but only when in the direct presence of a human egg. A woman has sole province over her eggs, and rightly so. Now, what if the state ordered women to hand over their eggs so that the state could decide whether they will be fertilized by a male sperm of their choice? Unlikely, yes, but is there an essential difference between that and the new Texas law?

By saying that any abortion past six weeks is illegal, isn’t the state of Texas really siding with rapists and perverted fathers? Yes, they are. The law is cloaked by the notion that Texas isn’t prosecuting, meaning anyone can sue to get their pound of flesh. It may be a bad metaphor, but if an accuser can earn $10,000 and all their legal fees, what is the state’s game? One way of looking at it is redirecting $10,000-plus of wealth from the parents of a child to a random Uber driver or an uninvolved gold-digging litigant.

Let’s return to vasectomy to cut this short, pun intended. What is so wrong with taking away a man’s right to reproduce? He can always adopt a child if he wants. That is what they say to women who cannot have children. Men’s sperm and the organs to produce it are conceptually the same as women’s reproductive systems. Why separate them? Most experts claim that a healthy adult male can release between 40 million and 1.2 billion sperm cells in a single ejaculation. The responsibility is great, but us guys get a major pass on the legal aspects of impregnating a woman.

Rape and statutory rape are legally the same in Texas. Both are second-degree felonies with jail terms of 2 to 20 years in prison and an optional fine up to $10,000. Does anyone else find it curious that $10,000 number keeps popping up in Texas? They are charging the same for rape and for abortions. The Supreme Court should declare the new law unconstitutional.

It’s time for America to get totally out of the regulation of personal medical procedures and stop this debate about when a fetus becomes a person. In fact, if the laws of America were to declare that a fetus is a full human with rights, then every miscarriage could become a murder investigation. An edict could follow that every individual sperm is a living entity, and no one wants to conduct 1.2 billion depositions. We already have a law on the books. Let’s just keep that one for now.

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

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There is a subliminal part of art that makes one wonder what the artist is trying to say. Some of my drawings and doodles mean absolutely nothing. They were just images of daydreams that I splattered onto paper. Others have a specific memory, joy pain or frustration. Some hold love, sexual passions or merely thoughts …

 


HOW TO FIX CONGRESS

Lessons from the tooth fairy

The myth of the tooth fairy has always bothered me. Maybe it’s because of something I read concerning Middle Age superstitions about children’s teeth. Parents in 13th century Britain were instructed to burn their youngsters’ teeth to ensure their kids would avoid hardship in the afterlife. Really? Some claim the Vikings paid for children’s teeth to use as luck charms on the necklaces they wore into battle.

I always believed the tooth fairy is a con. You know, making a child feel good about losing a tooth because it would benefit him or her. Kids have a natural fear of tooth loss because blood and pain are involved. The tooth fairy justified the pain and children dreamed of becoming rich.

So, how does Congress fit into this? Well, that body puts us all through a lot of pain but the payoff is always less than what they promise or what we need, every time. Now we’re facing this strange concept of one political party wanting to superglue the kid’s tooth back into his mouth and just keep going the same way they always have. They don’t want the people to have something good and better because that would make the other party look productive. It’s a child’s game.

The tooth fairy is not real, and neither is honest, genuine bargaining in the House and Senate. We keep seeing the same pretenses, posturing and pontificating during each major Congressional event, like keeping the government running, extending the debt limit and making sure we don’t default on our loans. So, could America be repossessed by the tooth fairy? Who holds America’s debt?

Well, as is true with most stupid questions, there is a very clear answer. The Federal Reserve holds over $5 trillion in US Treasuries. The rest is public debt — that’s you and me. As of May 2021, foreign countries, companies and individuals owned $7.5 trillion of US government debt. Japan and China are the largest holders, with over $1 trillion each. Did Donald Trump know how beholden we are to China when he blamed them for everything?

Should America be asinine and default, we will take other countries down with us and crater the world economy. Mitch McConnell knows this but continues to force our economy to the brink because he’s just another game player in public office. The best thing for the United States would be for McConnell to get thrown out of Congress.

Rather than getting into a short-term discussion of the shortsighted filibuster rules in the Senate and the minimal power of the elected majority, I would like to propose five simple ways to make Congress better.

  1. Change the Constitution’s Congressional rules. Make Senate terms four years instead of six. Make Representative terms four years instead of two. The House members waste too much time raising money and campaigning. Only half the House and Senate would be up for reelection every two years.
  2. No one will be allowed to run for more than three terms. Twelve years is long enough to do some good, get things done and then get out of town. We need to eliminate lifelong political positions. The work of politicians was never meant to become full-time, forever jobs. Ask Adams, Jefferson and Washington.
  3. After their first two years in office, a Senator or Representative can be asked by their state or territory to participate in a recall election. If they get less than 45% support from their constituents, the state will hold a special election within six months of the recall to put someone else in their seat. Motivation!
  4. The current filibuster rules must end and be replaced by the older, more arduous filibuster procedure. All matters must be taken on a straight up vote with majority rule including nominations. No Senate member will be allowed to block a Supreme Court nomination, no matter what year it is.
  5. All candidates for Congress, the US President and cabinet members must submit to Congress a public disclosure of their last four years of federal and state income taxes.

And while we are at these changes to Congress, we should also enforce a 75-year-old retirement age for all Supreme Court justices. It’s the same responsibility as driving a vehicle, only more important.

I believe my ideas sound good, but the half-empty people in the crowd will say they won’t stop the bickering, childish behavior and pernicious party loyalties. While that’s probably true, these moves will help us change out the seats more often. Sure, there will still be those who will take the job for their own personal advancement, but the disclosures will help us uncover them sooner.

The greatest challenge to these changes is the fact that the people who have the power to make them are the very same people who would be affected. There is no greater power. Even if Congress passed a law saying Supreme Court justices must retire at age 75, someone could sue the government, or the Supreme Court could rule against the policy claiming it was age discrimination. Of course, they are the same experts who can’t decide how long it takes a fetus to become a human with rights.

The tooth fairy doesn’t visit homes of parents who are jobless, those struggling against inflation and those who work for minimum wage. Both Joe Manchin and Kyrsten Sinema had no problem voting against a minimum wage increase. How can two Democrats want to keep the middle-class from getting a leg up? Be wary of the tooth fairies in Congress. Some members of that body ask us to put our teeth under the pillow with the promise of money. Then, when we wake up to find our teeth gone but no money, we wonder why Congress played us. They got rich and we have holes in our mouths. It’s time to confront and end the myth that Congress works for us.

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

 

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www.thedreamwindow.com


CONGRESS IS THE REAL PROBLEM

Reading is mandatory logic, not so much

If you thought that just because an individual is elected to Congress, they have a certain level of intelligence, you would be incredibly incorrect. It has become vividly clear that anyone who has enough money, an intriguing rap, the gift of gab or a reasonably lackluster competitor can get elected.

I’ve never looked at popularity polls to determine how well a given Congressperson was doing, but there does come a time when it becomes necessary to judge the work of an elected representative. Unfortunately, we have to wait way too long to do something about electing the wrong person. Thus, the name of this very blog. Yes, we can vote every two years on Representatives and every six years on Senators, but that’s not fast enough in today’s sped-up reality and news cycles. Six years is a wait much too long for undoing a bad Senator.

Recent polling is not good for Congress. Last month, a Gallup Organization survey found that only 28% of those researched approved of the job the House and Senate are doing, while 69% disapproved. And I might add that 3% had no opinion. Who are those people?

Gallup Research

2001 set the highest mark in the ongoing Gallup polls. That’s when Congress was voting to go to war in Afghanistan and invade Iraq due to trumped up lies about weapons of mass destruction. This underscores the reality that even when we like them, Congress is often doing the wrong things for the right reasons.

And that brings us to the politics of it all. No member of Congress wants the United States government to default. Any member who does should be arrested and charged with treason, but there’s a word that has lost its power and seriousness. When the former president was told that that some of his allies and administration officials had broken the law, he simply pardoned them. There are members of Congress who think investigating the insurrection of January 6th is bad for America. Truth is, Republicans fear becoming tarnished should the public come to fully understand their involvement in Donald Trump’s effort to “Stop the Steal.” Really?

Delusional Idiot

Congressional grifters use information gained from subcommittees and intelligence briefings to shape their investments and give themselves an advantage in preserving and increasing their wealth. Sure, they add rules and polices to help their tribe along the way, but they have never passed legislation that makes it hard or impossible for them to profit from their positions in Congress. If they were serious about making America better, they would pass potent regulations about financial disclosure, term-limits and the amount of political campaign contributions they can personally use. The true reason Donald Trump hasn’t declared his candidacy for the 2024 presidential election is to avoid disclosure of the cash in his campaign coffers. He’s a grifter.

When a member of a party, especially a leader or whip, tells his or her caucus how they are going to vote on a bill before it’s even debated, they are no better than the political bosses of the 1940s and 1950s who manipulated their members and thwarted any discussion on the merits of proposed legislation. Have we really grown from there?

Making law requires intense labor and demands tons of reading. When I was working with a local Little League group in Atlanta years ago, I volunteered to revise and publish the rules of the games. What a mistake! First of all, there were different rules for each level of play and all the rules had to be in-sync with the national rules from headquarters in Williamsport, PA. That project ended up as four packets of fifty pages each.

Well, imagine having to go through 1,500 pages over a weekend. That would be like reading three 500-page books. It’s most likely that the average Congressperson never reads an entire budget bill. They direct their staffs to find the things they ardently object too, or the things that are really good for them. The underlying words and meanings no longer have objective analysis until laws are passed. And this playing with the economic status of the country you claim to love just to shit on the other guy’s party, how many US citizens approve of that?

The demonizing of Joe Biden will happen no matter what he does or says. The media seems to like kickin’ old Joe to the ground right now. Sure, his numbers are down but anyone who says the economy is bad is ignoring three major realities.

Kissing the ring

First, under Donald Trump, Congress passed a major tax cut by restricting the ways corporations house their money. The corporate tax rate was changed from a tiered tax rate ranging from 15% to as high as 39%, depending on taxable income, to a flat 21%. At the same time, some related business deductions and credits were reduced or eliminated. Yes, stocks soared, and corporations bought back stock, but the disparity between the wealthy 1% and the rest of us grew. Yay, score another one for the rich people!

Second, Trump blew the federal response to Covid-19. It was his “Katrina,” only on a national level. His advisers can take some of the blame, but the more he told us it was nothing, more and more of us realized it was truly something, and that something was really, really bad. You can’t go to a restaurant that is closed, and a restaurant without enough employees provides an unpleasant experience. Just like Obama inherited the financial crisis, Biden was handed the challenge of righting a post-coronavirus tanked economy. Sadly, far-right saboteurs think fighting against the vaccine is good for their political gains even while their opinions are killing us.

Third, forced errors like the Afghanistan evacuation, the rising conflict at the southern border and our selling submarines to Australia are front and center. We need to remember that Trump pulled out of northern Syria and 130,000 Kurds, our allies in the fight against ISIS, were forced to flee their homes and hundreds of them were killed. Trump wanted to invite the Talban to negotiate a peace treaty, but he excluded the legit government of Afghanistan. Why were we so surprised when the Taliban took over?

While all the pontificators and pundits are overanalyzing the “Biden Doctrine,” it might make more sense to keep the government open and pay our bills. Why are we tolerating Republican actions to make America weak? It’s just a budget bill, and not any different than Trump shutting down the government because he thought it would hurt the Democrats. He even called it the “Schumer Shutdown.” Let’s see, how did that work out for him? Oh yeah, he’s not the president anymore.

Let’s focus on just one fact. Joe Biden’s approval rating is 43% while that of Congress is 28%. Who is the fairest in the land?

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

 

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AMERICAN CONFUSION & DELUSION

The Implications of the Opposite Are Stunning

Last weekend, a group whose name doesn’t matter held a rally in Washington, D.C. in support of the arrested insurrectionists of January 6th. They titled their little gathering the Justice for J6 Rally. It was said that as many as 700 people would attend, but only 200 showed up. It would be laughable if such a small crowd turned out at a Walmart in Fort Wayne, Indiana for a Black Friday sale. Of course, the media went on a feeding frenzy bashing the former President and his small band of hardcore devotees. My definition of this oxymoronic principle is that some people believe or hear the opposite of what has been said. They didn’t see the attack on the capitol as a bad thing, why?

With so many press people, political observers and well-fortified police officers on the scene last Saturday, it was difficult finding protesters who would face a TV camera, open their pieholes and make comments. Most of what they said is familiar, but as time goes on their messaging becomes more and more absurd. They are still hanging their hats on the Big Lie about the 2020 presidential election being stolen, although they are silent when it comes to those Republicans who were legitimately elected. I’m not sure why a deep-seated force that changed votes didn’t do so in those states where Trump won. Maybe it’s hard to recruit talented hackers.

One thing worried me. These people were arguing that the Capitol Hill attack on January 6 was perpetrated by people who were bused in to make Trump supporters look bad. Really? If that is the case, why then did Trump and others make speeches at their rally on that day? The first words out of the mouths of many of those arrested on January 6 were that Trump sent them to do what Mike Pence didn’t — STOP THE STEAL. Why would anti-Trump operatives go there and almost succeed at stopping the certification of Joe Biden’s election? Clearly the implication of the opposite.

There are those who speak of the January 6 events as being nothing but a peaceful protest about the election. Okay, if that is so why were so many police officers injured? What about the deaths that occurred? No court of law in the US will agree to that horseshit. More than 600 people have been arrested due to their hateful actions on that terrible day.

Donald Trump loyalists love the man, but where is their love for law, order and justice? They claim that many Black Lives Matter protestors did much worse, but they were “let go.” Problem is that simply isn’t true. People were arrested and charged with the crimes they committed, such as looting and burning during BLM protests. Perhaps those Justice for J6 folks forget that in Kenosha, Wisconsin, two protesters were killed. There were injuries to a firefighter and police officer, which caused them to be hospitalized. One individual was charged with two counts of first-degree murder while others were charged with firearms possession.

I’ll bet there’s more than one Justice for J6 person who would be surprised to learn that at least 55 people were arrested in Seattle during the May 30 riots, and that happened on just one day. The same kind of stats can be found in many cities where peaceful BLM protests turned violent and destructive.

America has a history of lionizing criminals and positively marketing their behavior. People liked and helped Bonnie and Clyde, why even the FBI website glorifies them, but let’s not forget that in the end 75 bullets were fired into their car. Many people believe people who commit acts of treason, insurrection or murder should be shot down immediately while committing their crimes. Trump did the country a huge disservice by saying, even before the election took place, that if he didn’t win the whole event was rigged.

The Great American Traitor

To go on national TV at 2:30 AM after the election and say, “We were getting ready to win this election.  Frankly, we did win this election.” Then, he added some icing on the shit cake, “This is a major fraud on our nation,” while presenting no evidence to support his assertion. It was one of the most embarrassing moments in America history. Donald Trump has done demonic damage to our democracy.

Some have reported that QAnon and other elements of the radical right told the Trump zombies not to attend the Justice for J6 Jamboree. They claimed it was a false flag event to help the government ID, track and eventually incarcerate those who attended. A false flag is a hostile or harmful action designed to look like it was perpetrated by someone other than the responsible person or group. So, are we to believe that a former Trump campaign official put this rally together not to show support for a bunch of thugs, ideologs and disloyal Americans but rather to help the government? That isn’t even a believable implication of the opposite, it’s just insane.

What Congress should really care about is the fact we have no law that can be used to charge the J6ers or others with Domestic Terrorism. I guess we never imagined that we would need such a law. Attorney General William Barr released a statement saying “the violence instigated and carried out by Antifa and other similar groups in connection with the rioting is domestic terrorism and will be treated accordingly” but nothing was done. Trump wanted Antifa labeled a domestic terrorist organization, while Black powerbrokers pushed for the same to be said of the KKK, but nothing was done.

We certainly have much work to do with the 649 arrested in connection with January 6th. Most will be charged with “Knowingly entering or remaining in any restricted building or grounds without lawful authority; disorderly and disruptive conduct in a restricted building; violent entry and disorderly conduct in a Capitol building or grounds; parading, demonstrating, or picketing in a Capitol building.” According to a quick search on the internet, “A person who commits the following acts faces up to six months’ imprisonment and a $5,000 fine: enters or remains on the floor or in the gallery of the U.S. Senate or House chambers without authorization. obstructs or impedes passage through or within the Capitol building or grounds.” Really, only six months in jail for all they did?

My wish is that as time goes on fewer and fewer people will want to put their family through the embarrassment of defending people who have broken the law. Perhaps some of the loonies will come to their senses and begin to see that all this was based on a lie by a consummate liar. It will be shocking when they slowly eradicate their confusion to see the main purpose of the game as an illusion to exploit their time and money. Sadly, some will never figure it out. They will always believe what someone else tells them. The truth becomes a lie while a lie is now the truth, and the implication of the opposite is America’s greatest curse.

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

 

New Modern Art – Doodles and Cartoon Website

www.thedreamwindow.com

 

 

 


THE ANTI-BIDEN VIRUS

Is there a vaccine for it?

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

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

Taliban Leadership

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

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

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

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

Chris Wallace

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

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

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

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

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

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