ANTI-VAXXERS & LOSERS

The Trump Who Cried Wolf

The inconsistent messaging from the President of the United States of America has led to major problems. Some of us want to lay the burden and blame of death at his doorstep. A swirling nemesis raging across America has been caused by the irresponsible and misinformed statements of Donald Trump. The lasting, poisonous residue of this idiotic influence will need a mop-up by some brilliant P.R. and communication pros.

There was a moment during the 2016 presidential campaign when Donald Trump was asked if vaccinations caused autism. This website traces the history of vaccines and a quote there freshened my memory, “Donald J. Trump has frequently stated that he believes that vaccines can cause autism… In one of the primary debates, he dialed back his criticism a bit, stating, ‘I am totally in favor of vaccines, but I want smaller doses over a longer period of time.’

What this fake doctor and failed pumpkin-president cannot comprehend is that vaccines are precisely manufactured to include the minimum amount of what is absolutely necessary to induce enough of an immune response that the body can protect itself against disease. Trump’s faulty logic about little, tiny doses somehow being safer flows from his abysmal lack of understanding that too little serum would be useless, or maybe even more harmful.

When you examine the miniscule musings of Trump’s so-called brain, you can see not only the thousands of contradictions but the possible harm of his words. When he told us to put sunshine or ultraviolet light into our bodies, we just had to shake our heads, but when he suggested that injecting bleach into our lungs might cure COVID, the manufacturers had to issue a bulletin warning people that would be HARMFUL.

The ramblings of this “stable genius” have encouraged militant misbehavior of white supremacists and lunatic conspiracy groups. When I get pushback on this, I urge my critics to listen to interviews with these people. They believe in a “deep state” and they are deaf to the wisdom of educated experts. They wallow in the rapture of Trump while showing all the signs of a cult fellowship.

It’s utterly disturbing to take a walk down memory lane and count the people who are “problems” for Donald Trump. First, the Mexican men who were coming across the border were rapists and murderers. Next, all Muslims were bad people and he wanted to enforce a travel ban to the US of those holding the Islamic faith. Then, he decided that any judges who ruled against his unreasonable desires were either biased, or worse, Democrats.

He told us that Puerto Ricans were totally corrupt and didn’t deserve help after a hurricane unless they got down on their knees and kissed his ring. Does he wear a ring? He tossed rolls of paper towels at them, and then flew away with the words, “It’s an island, and very hard to get to.”

He preaches that we have been ripped off by every country of the world and he was going to fix that by insulting them to the point where they hate him. He has kissed the asses of Turkey’s Erdogan, Russia’s Putin and North Korea’s Kim Jong-Un to no avail. They have done exactly what they wanted. They won, we lost, have a nice day.

Donald John Trump lives in a plastic bag bubble that he’s pulled over his head to escape medical reality. It’s far more than appalling; it’s downright ignorant. Back in the 1960s, his father paid off some shyster doctor to write a fake analysis of his son’s “bone spurs,” yet Trump brags about playing baseball in his youth.

As “proof” of his health conditions, the Donald dictated a letter and his freaky, weird doctor published that account, which contained so many typos and hyperbole that most medical professionals simply laughed. It wasn’t until Dr. Ronnie Jackson slipped and disclosed that the 45th President of the United States suffers from heart disease that we learned this obese man is not at all in the kind of glowing health he brags about.

When my wife and I had our first child, we hired a woman to take care of our newborn so we could both continue working. She was an old-school lady from the deep south who claimed that the remedy for curing our child’s pink eye was squeezing a drop of her diaper urine into each red, infected eye. When we asked our pediatrician about this, he nearly jumped over the desk.

His explanation made sense. Urine is about 95% water, but also contains urea, chloride, sodium, potassium, creatinine and other dissolved ions, along with organic and inorganic compounds. Urea is a practically non-toxic molecule made of toxic ammonia and carbon dioxide. So, this plantation remedy might have worked in the early 1800s but might also contain the very bacteria that causes pink eye in the first place. So, NO NO! NO! Don’t do it.

Think about all I have just written and perhaps you will see Donald Trump as I do, an old, black lady spouting voodoo and remedies from some dark place in his tiny, bewildered mind. Millions of people think he’s right, and they hate Mexicans, Lawyers, Judges, Puerto Ricans, Democrats and Allies but, hey, that’s on them. If they drink the bleach and die, they are just stupid people. If they are loyal cult members and say they don’t wear a mask is because Trump doesn’t wear a mask, who can feel sorry for them when they get sick? They just follow orders and will gladly offer their life for the Chancellor of their Trump Reich.

Those who do not take the vaccine, will be at risk. The ones who do will be protected and most likely to survive. Charles Darwin has already explained this to us. Let’s move on.


THE LAW & ORDER LIE

It’s Always the Opposite with Trump

There is a sizable amount of evidence that the Trump family has little respect for the law, perhaps believing that they are above it. Fred Trump, Donald’s father, hid millions of dollars to avoid taxes by creating protected trust funds for all his kids. Mary L. Trump, Donald’s niece, eventually sued the family for her fair share. Not only did the family drain money from Fred Trump, Jr, Mary’s father, they paid off his wife, Linda Clapp Trump, to essentially go away. It’s all very well documented in Mary L. Trump’s book, Too Much and Never Enough: How My Family Created the World’s Most Dangerous Man.

An analysis by USA Today, published in June 2016, found that over the previous three decades, Donald Trump and his businesses have been involved in 3,500 legal cases in various federal and state courts.

Don and Mommy Dearest

Trump’s older sister, Maryanne Trump Barry, was a judge on the United States District Court when she recused herself in a drug-trafficking case due to her brother Donald’s relationship with the accused trafficker. That’s a fact. On February 1, 2019, four legal professionals, who had filed complaints against Judge Barry in October 2018 stemming from allegations made in a New York Times article, were notified by the Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit that an investigation into judicial misconduct by Barry had been launched because of her alleged participation in fraudulent tax and financial transactions. Ten days later, Barry, who was a senior inactive judge at the time, announced her retirement from the bench, effectively ending the investigation. In a sense, it was a “judicial pardon” to save face.

When Donald John Trump squawks about “law & order,” he’s lying through his little teeth. He’s been one step ahead of the man all his life. He’s used bankruptcy to rip off vendors and other companies and crawled through loopholes to defraud the American people and our Treasury. When you give a man like this the power to grant pardons, he will use it to help his loyal friends while extending his short, middle finger to the law.

When the US Government has spent a huge amount of time and money to bring charges against someone, and that person then pleads guilty two times, one would think justice has prevailed. Later, when a corrupt Justice Department attempts to withdraw the charges, we see Trump’s corruption in plain view and it illustrates a major problem with the system of law and order in America.

The little guy who gets picked up by the police, thrown in the back of a paddy wagon and becomes tossed about like a paper doll on his way to the police station doesn’t have a sister judge or a elite team of lawyers to help. Should the poor guy die from injuries at the hands of cops during the arrest or the “we’ll teach him a lesson” ride to the hoosegow, well that’s just too bad for a poor nobody.

Donald Trump believes he should be the judge and jury of what is right and what is wrong. During his presidency, the Donald promoted prejudices against the judiciary more than any other public figure. He called them “Obama judges,” which so angered Chief Justice John Roberts he felt compelled to rebuke the claim with a statement. Roberts takes objectivity seriously, as we all should.

Here’s a gem from the Brookings Institute website: Under Article II, Section 2, the president has the “power to grant reprieves and pardons for offenses against the United States, except in cases of impeachment.” After the Constitution was drafted in the summer of 1787, it had to be ratified by at least nine of the states before it could take effect. Nearly everyone agreed that the president should have the power to pardon, but some thought that no one should be pardoned in the case of treason without the concurrence of at least one of the two houses of the legislature. Alexander Hamilton offered this marvelous statement, “The supposition of the connivance of the Chief Magistrate ought not to be entirely excluded.”

This power of pardon was given to the President of the United States as a way to right the wrong done by a corrupt or vindicative court. The framers assumed the President would be a good guy and act honorably.

As do many Republicans, Michael T. Flynn thinks of himself as a patriot. He’s an ideolog of the highest order and had been carrying on for years until President Obama fired him. Flynn’s motivation to jump on the Trump train was revenge against Obama, forging a natural connection with the big orange leader of the free world.

Michael Flynn’s activities before the inauguration weren’t really that bad, it was the subsequent lying to the FBI that got him into trouble. He also lied to Vice President Pence, and when Pence discovered that he forced Trump to fire him. Trump asked James Comey to “go easy on Flynn,” which in mafia-speak means “drop the case.” Comey didn’t drop it, and then Trump fired Comey which gave us Robert Mueller. Trump should have been pissed at Flynn for lying, but there was something else in play. Trump told Flynn to call the Russians and tell them that Trump would lift all their sanctions. Trump thought that would pave the way for his boys to build a Trump Tower in Moscow.

Donald Trump doesn’t care about law or order. As always, he games the system to make more money, because more moola means more muscle. It’s that simple. He won’t release his tax returns because they will show that he’s been cheating the IRS for years, never paying his fair share of taxes.

When Trump got the crowd to chant LOCK HER UP, deep-down inside, he was worried about being locked up himself. When he accused Joe Biden’s son of making money overseas, he was simply being jealous. Whatever Trump says, believe the opposite.

Trump has said that people who take the Fifth Amendment are guilty, but watch him do exactly that the next time he’s under oath. During special counsel Robert Mueller’s Russian Interference investigation., Trump said he couldn’t remember 36 times in response to various questions. That was his wily way of avoiding the words, “I exercise my right…. “

I honestly believe that had Jeffrey Epstein been convicted of the charges brought against him, Trump would have given him a pardon. Countless numbers of times during his sex trafficking case testimony, Epstein cited the Constitution’s Fifth Amendment, which protects a person from incriminating themselves. When Epstein was asked if Ghislaine Maxwell, his partner in crime, was “one of the main women” he used to procure underage girls for sexual activities, he took the “Fifth.” When asked whether Maxwell met one of the females she recruited for massages at the Mar-a-Lago resort owned by President Donald Trump in Palm Beach, Epstein again took the “Fifth.”

For those who are following this fiasco, remember this. When President Donald Trump pardons Ghislaine Maxwell, you will know she has something on him. This “Law & Order” President is nothing but a corrupt, immoral person. You’ll see.

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DELUSIONS & DEBILITATIONS OF DONALD

The Bigger They Are, The Harder They Fall

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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KNOW WHEN TO FOLD THEM

Don’t Wear Out Your Welcome, Mr. Trump

We all travel through life with colorful American idioms and arcane phrases from our ancestors. In the realm of music, the late, great singer Kenny Rogers reminded us that, You’ve got to know when to hold ’em, Know when to fold ’em, Know when to walk away.” The maxim of this brilliant song is full of wonderful wisdom. When things are bad, cut your losses and move on.

My mother had a sage phrase that warned us not to be a burden on the families we visited, “Let’s not wear out our welcome.” When hearing those words we knew, in no uncertain terms, to pack our bags because it was time for us to leave!

I’m not a person who readily or easily quotes the Holy Bible, but there are times I find something there that is perfectly in-tune with the times. Here’s a tiny gem that fits seamlessly into where we find ourselves today and, without too much of a stretch, easily applies to Donald John Trump.

It’s from Proverbs 25:17-19: “Don’t wear out your welcome by staying too long at the home of your friends, or they may get fed up with always having you there and wish you hadn’t come. Lying about and slandering people are as bad as hitting them with a club, or wounding them with an arrow, or stabbing them with a sword. You can’t depend on an unreliable person when you really need help. It can be compared to biting down on an abscessed tooth or walking with a sprained ankle.” You know, I always liked that strong Hebrew language.

Although those words originated around 700 BC, they really ring the bell, and that bell is more than an inducement to change class. It’s a piercing proclamation that we are about to transition to a new administration. According to CNBC, “General Services Administration chief Emily Murphy on Monday told President-elect Joe Biden that the Trump administration is making federal resources available for his transition into office. The notice arrived in a letter from Murphy, who for weeks after the election withheld her ascertainment of Joe Biden’s electoral victory. It was revealed just minutes before President Donald Trump tweeted that he approved of the move.”

May I be snarky here? Trump couldn’t just let it go and allow Murphy’s letter stand on its merit? Portions of Donald‘s tweet were less than convincing, I want to thank Emily Murphy at GSA for her steadfast dedication and loyalty to our Country. She has been harassed, threatened, and abused – and I do not want to see this happen to her, her family, or employees of GSA. Our case STRONGLY continues, we will keep up the good fight, and I believe we will prevail! Nevertheless, in the best interest of our Country, I am recommending that Emily and her team do what needs to be done with regard to initial protocols and have told my team to do the same.”

REALLY? He admitted that he kept her from doing her job by starting the transition because she didn’t move forward until he recommended that she do so. The contention in Ms. Murphy’s letter that no one influenced her decision or actions is PURE BULLSHIT, just like most of what has happened in our country over the last four years.

Doctor Evil

I am almost certain that Ms. Murphy will eventually get a six-figure job from a loyal Trump friendly corporation, but really, why did she act so irresponsibly? She endangered the nation’s security and slowed the normal process of government. In any other situation, she would have been fired for wearing out her welcome.

Let me urge everyone to focus on these words from our oversized orange pumpkin of a president, “harassed, threatened, and abused.” That is exactly what Donald Trump has done all his life, and it must stop now. When this man is no longer protected by the shield of Presidential immunity, the lawsuits will fly. He will not be able to restrain himself and all of his tweets will stand as evidence of his abuse, defamation, harassment and threats that will be used against him by the plaintiffs.

Trump will never admit that he lost the election. He will claim to have been forced out of office by a secret cabal of “deep-state” operatives, and will urge his fake army to keep waving those flags. I am reminded of UK’s Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher when she was forced out by her own party. After serving eleven years she reportedly remarked, “…but we’ve made so much progress and I wanted to stay on to get the job done.” Those are the words of a politician who lost their job because they fell in love with power more than people. They hold a firm belief that no one else could possibly finish their work and anyone trying will face certain failure.

We are lucky to live in a country where the people have a vote and there are term-limits on top officials. Let’s all recognize the amazing mandate of the new guy. As I write, Joe Biden has received 51.1% of the popular vote, which adds up to 79,887,852 people. While Donald Trump claims a “loyal base” voted his “landslide” win, it’s not a majority in any way. Trump received 73,815,488 votes, which represents only 47.2% of the ballots cast. Biden won by 4%, This time around the pollsters were right!

No one will remember the GSA’s Emily Murphy or her small effort to gum up the gears of progress, except, perhaps, the bagboy at my grocery store. He’s an astute young man who is very opinionated about Trump, “He’s acting like a sore loser.” Yes, here again the 45th President is playing the martyr card because he knows millions of people don’t like him. He needs his “blanky.”

Let’s end today with more of Kenny Roger’s lyrics, “You never count your money, When you’re sittin’ at the table, There’ll be time enough for countin,’ When the dealin’s done, You’ve got to know when to hold ‘em, Know when to fold ‘em…” DONALD TRUMP, it’s time for you to leave the table and go home. You are THE GREATEST LOSER IN AMERICAN HISTORY!

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CANCER ON THE PRESIDENCY

The Wrecking Crew of Giuliani & Powell

Some people get thrown into the spotlight of American history even when they don’t deserve any oxygen. Still, we give them the glory, and by “we” I mean the ever-needy media with their cameras and microphones catching the mucus of lies that drips out of their collective mouths.

I lived in New York when the Twin Towers collapsed after the 9-11 terrorist attacks and saw the leadership Mayor Rudolph Giuliani showed to the entire world during it all. I also attended a seminar where he spoke about leadership. It was illuminating and inspiring, so he wasn’t always like this. By “this” I mean his recent highly partisan and hairbrained activities on behalf of President Donald Trump.

I think Rudy started to fall off the logic track when he ran for president and obsessively used the 9-11 attacks as the reason why people should vote for him. Rudy’s “hero” claims, however, bothered those who lost family members and friends during the attack. After his unsuccessful run, Rudy started practicing law and using his fame and celebrity to gain high paying contracts to “advise” nations and people around the world.

Rudy Bleeding For Trump

As Giuliani became closer with Trump, he began a sort of conspiratorial process, warping the details of actual happenings or completely fabricating others to keep him tight with our bulbous leader. He showed Trump how easily he could morph pure, outrageous lies into “facts.” Trump was just paranoid enough to believe he needed Giuliani by his side, and this gave “the mayor” a golden opportunity to manipulate the President.

While Rudy was in Ukraine, he took a few facts at face value and then created a dark “deep state plot” around them, Russian leader Vladimir Putin played Rudy to increase his hold on the 45th President. While he was being tried for impeachment in the Senate, the Donald went crazy looking for defense lawyers. He found lots of willing partisan has-beens to lie for him, like Jeffrey Epstein’s good friend Alan Dershowitz.

Along that path, Trump picked up Sidney Powell, a lawyer from North Carolina with a connection to many cases and comments that blended right into the conspiracy-driven notions of our demented President. During a recent press conference held at the RNC in Washington, Ms. Powell showed her real skin.

Sydney Powell

Powell’s unsubstantiated conspiracy theories about election interference were disconcerting, even for some Republican supporters of Trump. Sidney claimed there was a “deep state plot” to frame Trump’s disgraced advisor Michael Flynn and, as his attorney, she was involved in getting Flynn to reverse his guilty plea.

Sidney Powell has promoted personalities and concepts associated with the QAnon conspiracy group. She has discussed a supposed effort involving international Communists, “globalists,” George Soros, Hugo Chávez (who has been dead since 2013), the Clinton Foundation, thousands of Democratic and Republican officials, including Trump ally and Georgia Governor Brian Kemp, to rig the election in favor of Joe Biden. Soon enough after spewing her falsehoods, she became the victim of the “cancel culture” of Fox News.

While making the rounds at all the pro-Trump media shows, Sidney Powell laid the foundation for her own demise. Tucker Carlson didn’t like Tucker’s approach, and he attacked her during a ten-minute monologue at the top of his Fox News show saying, “What Powell was describing would amount to the single greatest crime in American history; millions of votes stolen in a day. Democracy destroyed. The end of our centuries-old system of government.” He further disclosed that she became “angry and told us to stop contacting her” when his producers invited Ms. Powell to appear on his show and share her evidence. After that, the Trump sycophants attacked Fox News and their boy Tucker because he wanted to expose the evidence. Why?

The “cancel culture” that Tucker Carlson decries every night is very much alive at Fox News, and for years Rupert Murdoch has employed that approach to those he doesn’t like, just as Trump has. So, what would be more important to Trump? The opinions of Rush Limbaugh, Mark Leven and the far-right loonies, or his desire to overturn the election results? Ha! Do I have to ask?

Man Doing Brain Measurement

Last night, November 22, 2020, Sidney Powell’s Wikipedia page was suddenly updated: “Trump campaign lawyers Rudy Giuliani and Jenna Ellis issued a statement that Powell is “practicing law on her own” and is not (or is no longer) a part of the Trump legal team.” According to The Washington Post, “The Trump campaign cut ties with Powell because she was seen as harming Trump’s broader legal efforts, and that President Trump disliked the coverage she received on Tucker Carlson Tonight.” So, score another point for Tucker, who clearly must be the actual President of the United States.

Thus, we’re down to Trump’s two loyal lawyers, Jenna Ellis and Rudy Giuliani. Their legal arguments are just sanitized versions of what Sidney Powell was saying. When a lawyer of the sitting Republican President attacks a loyal Republican Governor of Georgia because the people of his state voted for Biden, I guess that is a road too far. Not that I would go out of my way to defend Brian Kemp, the voter suppression king of the south, but he signed the document that gave Joe Biden the state because he was doing what he is legally bound to do. He followed the law and didn’t cheat.

The ugly effect of Giuliani on the Trump presidency harkens back to the words John Dean said to President Richard Nixon during Watergate, “I think that there’s no doubt about the seriousness of the problem we’ve got. We have a cancer within — close to the presidency, that’s growing. It’s growing daily. It’s compounding. It grows geometrically now because it compounds itself.” Those are the actual words that Mr. Dean spoke to Nixon. Giuliani is a cancerous growth on Donald Trump’s legacy and presidency, but there is no one brave enough to make the rotund orange leader understand.

Sidney Powell was thrown under the bus because Rudy didn’t manage her, as if anyone could. They simply dismissed her because that’s how they roll. The American public has fired Donald John Trump, but he hasn’t yet received the word. He’s a fool surrounded by suckers and dupes, stark proof that Trump never took the job seriously. He’s just a spoiled brat game player on the playground, but he holds nuclear weaponry. He must be neutralized and removed, ASAP.

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

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


SUNSHINE CONSPIRACY THEORY

Civil War: Trump’s Demonic Escape Route

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

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

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

Emperor Donald The Trump

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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The book that tells it like it is…

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

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DEAD MAN WALKING

Mike Pence’s Political Career is Over

We are all known by the company we keep but, regardless of our self-image, there are times we must deal with our own words, deeds and thoughts. Michael Richard Pence is a lifetime member of the conservative movement. He was born on June 7, 1959 in the town of Columbus, Indiana. He was governor of Indiana from 2013 to 2017, then served six terms in the US House of Representatives from 2001 to 2013.

Pence has often proclaimed, “I’m a Christian, a conservative, and a Republican — in that order.” Funny, there’s no mention of being an American, and that is a huge part of what makes Mike Pence a terrible communicator. He doesn’t speak for all us citizens. He’s more interested in dictating what our values should be. If you want proof, just remember how he ran Indiana.

While he was Governor of the Hoosier State, Pence signed bills that restricted abortions, even if the reason for the procedure was the fetus’s race, gender or disability. This meant termination could not be performed in his state even if a woman’s fetus was suffering from a disease that would bring pain and suffering if brought to term.

When Pence signed the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA) he was surprised about the blowback from not only liberals, but also from moderate members of his own party, the business community, and LGBT advocates. RFRA provided a legal path of discrimination based on sexual orientation, gender identity, and other criteria. After a horrible press conference where he tried to explain himself, he bent to the will of the people and modified the act. By the way, the NFL threatened to pull Indianapolis as the location for a future Superbowl because of the RFRA, and that fact was probably the main driver of the uproar more than women’s rights.

Mike Pence is a homophobe, a xenophobe and perhaps a weekend racist, but he is our Vice President. Mike and his wife, Karen Batten Pence, have a strange fear of Mike being alone with another woman. They suffer from an illusion that all women he’s not married to are out to seduce him. This is a page ripped from the zealous Islamic custom of covering up women to ward off advances from men. In which century are these people living?

Why did Mike Pence team up with Donald Trump? Simple. He wants to become president. Pence thought it would be an easy path to the Oval Office after two terms of Trump, but that plan went horribly wrong. Why did Trump want Pence? Well, Boy Wonder Jared Kushner recommended Pence to secure votes from evangelicals and hard-core conservatives. Yes, that worked, but Pence’s contributions to date have been repeating the lies of his leader, totally screwing up the Coronavirus Task Force and being absolutely ineffective with legislation. Trump relies on Secretary of the Treasury Steven Mnuchin to negotiate with Congress more than his Vice President.

There is a giant conflict between Pence’s self-righteous image of a man of God as opposed to the misinformation and fraud he has promoted. If Pence believes lying is not a sin, then what does he truly think? Is it the old maxim that God is using a flawed vehicle — Donald Trump — to do his work here on the Earth? Does Pence imagine he is to facilitate God’s work to end homosexuality, stop abortions and mark those of the devil for the final days? I’m not at all sure about his faith, but his politics are certainly anti-inclusion.

SUPER SPREADER VP

The shit on Mike Pence’s shoes from walking behind Trump has tanked his political career. He’ll need more than Stanley Steemer and a bag full of dung beetles to cleanse his battered soul. Have you noticed that aside from a few hostage tweets he became INVISIBLE after the election? He’s worried about his brand just as much as Javanka (the nickname Steve Bannon uses for Ivanka and Jared Kushner) are concerned about theirs. It’s rumored that the former NYC power couple are trying to convince Daddy to admit he lost. Poor babies. BUT WAIT, this just in, PENCE is going back on the road, why?

Pence has no brand now. The title of this piece might seem a bit harsh, considering its history. Before the 1960s, prison guards would call out “Dead man walking!” as they lead a condemned man down the hallway to his execution. This practice was eventually eliminated, but use of the term has become a euphemism for anyone facing an impending and unavoidable loss. Mike Pence made a bargain with the devil and he lost. One would think a religious man would be more aware of false prophets focused on profits rather than what is good for America.

A man whose value system is based on being a Christian, a conservative and a Republican before being a good public servant, protecting the Constitution and the American people, can never be a good leader in the United States.

My greatest concern is that diabolic Donald Trump will resign from office on January 15, 2021 and newly minted President Pence will pardon Trump and his allies of any wrongdoing while in office. Would Mike Pence sacrifice his future political career for Donald Trump? Pence needs to remember how President Gerald Ford lost all respect after he pardoned former President Richard Nixon. At the end of his term, all Ford and his wife Betty had to show was a substance abuse rehabilitation hospital.

Mike Pence makes personally stupid decisions in the name of his party. As proof that he’s not that bright, recall that he attended COVID super spreader events to please Donald Trump. How could he totally ignore CCD guidelines while heading the virus task force? Is it due to a low I.Q. or just getting caught up in the rapture of the cult?

I have a feeling that Mike Pence will get a slot on the Trump TV network or Fox News to continue spouting the gospel according to Donald Trump. If he had any sense at all, he would run away from Donald Trump as far as possible. He could be called to testify against Trump, and if he lies under oath, he might be awarded an orange jump suit before the Donald gets his. Pence is meat, and not the kind we used to sneak on Fridays. He’s just another broke-dick politician with a phony disc jockey delivery that lacks credibility. Maybe the “My Pillow” guy can hire Pence to pitch a new product line called The Pence Pillow – Truthless Sleep.

As for me, I refuse to sleep! I’m ready to watch the next movie where the fallen devils get their due and Mike Pence openly admits he was wrong. It’s his only road to redemption.

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The book that tells it like it is…

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

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TRUMP PULLS OUT EARLY

Diplomatic Dunce Leads from Behind

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

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

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

Two Dictators

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

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

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

Adam Kinzinger, Republican

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

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

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

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

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

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The book that tells it like it is…

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

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WHO CARES WHAT’S NEXT?

Trump Should Take a Long Vacation

Before Donald John Trump was President of the United States, I could not have cared less about his latest investment scam, half-baked idea or xenophobic or racist trope. Now that he’s on his way out of the White House, the best thing that could occur is the giant, orange man becoming invisible. Sadly, that won’t happen.

My hat’s off to Howard Stern for the message he sent to Donald Trump on his Sirius XM radio show, “For once do something good for the country. Calm down your fucking loony hillbilly friends and tell them you lost the election and you’re going to help the transition. These loonies who follow you are all worked up; they think something was taken from them.” Good advice, but Trump won’t take it.

Many people think that Donald Trump will con his rich friends out of money to start a cable news network so that he can continue having the attention he so pathologically needs. However, sustaining the operation of a media outlet requires the financial support of sponsors who want to advertise. It’s obvious this would be a serious challenge, given the problems Fox News has with advertisers who don’t want their companies and products presented in a hostile environment.

I remember when Howard Stern first blasted on the scene, many advertisers did not want to be associated with a “shock jock.” I also recall some broadcast advertising orders having a rubber-stamped message of “NO RUSH,” meaning do not place any ads in Rush Limbaugh programming. Such are the challenges when you compete with the big boys. ABC, CBS, NBC, CNN, FOX and other media companies will not roll over and play dead. Stern’s blunt advice to President Donald Trump over his reported plans to get into media after leaving the White House was correct: “Don’t do it.”

America now needs the Donald to disappear. I don’t know if the Southern District of New York and the New York state Attorney General will ask him to turn in his passport on January 21, 2021, but he might not be able to “disappear too far” if that happens. I think it’s more likely that the authorities will move slowly and carefully regarding the possible crimes and misdemeanors of the 45th President.

The stark nature of the cleanup on aisle five is more than getting the entire Trump family out of government. There are also some dreadfully unpatriotic people in Congress who equally need to be confronted and called out. When I heard that South Carolina Senator Lindsey Graham called the Secretary of State of Georgia suggesting he throw out some election ballots, I was more than appalled. At the very least, Graham should be censured. This might be less severe than expulsion, but such condemnation and denouncement could have a powerful psychological effect on Graham. He could use a little mental help.

Trump has scammed throughout his life and he didn’t stop while president. I suspect we will eventually learn that he embezzled millions in hotel rooms, loophole tax games and diabolical sleights of hand during his four years in office. I guess we could ask him to pay it all back, but new orange overalls would go so well with Trump’s face makeup.

I once knew a guy who ran a large construction company and unfairly engaged in bidding a government job. He got caught, and while the government wanted money it seemed like the biggest prize for them was putting this man out of business. One of the compromises in the disposal of the case was the guy could no longer have anything to do with his company. I think this would be a great remedy for the Donald Disorder that has infected us all. Expel him from all Trump business entities!

If Trump is found guilty of misappropriation and stealing, he could be banned from government, the internet and corporate management for life. That kind of punishment would be more hurtful than putting him in a white-collar prison where he’d be bossing around others. But, as the cliché goes, we are getting ahead of ourselves. First, we must make sure he actually leaves the White House in January without doing anything stupid.

It’s starting people. This just in: Donald Trump fired the director of the federal agency that vouched for the reliability of the 2020 election and pushed back on the president’s baseless claims of voter fraud. The President fired Christopher Krebs, who served as the director of the Department of Homeland Security’s Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (Cisa) with a damn tweet, “He has been terminated” and the Donald claimed that Krebs recent statement defending the security of the election was “highly inaccurate.” This is just a bullshit attempt to rewrite history.

As I have asked before, does Donald Trump want his lasting legacy to be a picture on his Wikipedia page showing him in handcuffs being escorted from the White House by the US Park Police? I had some fun with Photoshop producing how that picture might look. See picture above.

I don’t need Donald Trump in jail, but I do want him to finally admit that he’s a liar and that he mislead the American people. That one step could do much to help heal his fractured USA. He broke it, and he should be made help fix it. If he has no desire to help, LOCK HIM UP!

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The book that tells it like it is…

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

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BLOWN MEDIA COVERAGE

Postmortem of 2020 Election Night

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

Blown Coverage

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

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

Dear News Executive:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Brand New Book for the Recovery

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 book that tells it like it is…

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

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