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!

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

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JUST BLAME JOE FOR EVERYTHING

Let the clawing and finger pointing begin!

Christian political operative Ralph Reed appeared on Bill Maher’s show last week to share an interesting observation. He claimed that the founding fathers argued a lot and what we ended up with was not so much a consensus but a compromise of ideas. That may be true, but those having a say were all white men, wealthy landowners and self-professed Christians. Whatever compromises were made did not harm them individually or collectively. These are facts.

So, now that we are closing in on nine months of Joe Biden’s presidency, many have forgotten the daily chaos that Donald Trump created just by opening his little round mouth or tweeting out lies each and every day. I believe that in the not-too-distant future average Americans will have forgotten all about the Afghanistan war and its cause. The withdrawal from Afghanistan was certainly not one of our shining moments and, let’s be honest, fighting there for twenty years was our collective sin. Nothing good will happen in that country now that we have left, but that’s based on our own definition of “good.”

It’s not Joe Biden’s fault that we got into Afghanistan and it’s not his fault that we stayed there so long, but Joe will take the hit for a shitty drawdown that was more escape than extraction. I think those using the word “retreat” don’t understand it’s meaning, but it seems to me that Republicans often vote for war then soon are opposed to the very war they started. The lame-ass, hypocritical statements being made by many members of the GOP are dreadful and dishonest.

People are going to investigate and analyze in an attempt to find forensic proof that Joe Biden, through a cabal of scheming deep-state operatives, was singularly responsible for more than a dozen US forces being killed at the Abby gate of the Kabul Airport. Now we must suffer those who will blame others for those things they created in the first place.

So, go ahead. Blame Joe for everything you don’t like about America. But somewhere along the line you must answer one basic question. Is what you are doing making America great again? If you think that outlawing abortions by way of citizen arrests and sending kids and teachers back into more Covid is a good thing, then you need to have your head fixed. You cannot be serious that the election was stolen. You cannot truly believe there are chips in the vaccines. A corpse might move a leg now and again but would never believe any of that QAnon shit.

Right now, the media folks just want to keep your attention. They pursue the golden rule of ratings and understand the powerful pull of drama and conflict. Sure, rev up the old “fair and balanced” positioning of your programming to blast away at our president’s administration. Biden’s whole staff are sitting ducks, but they don’t need you to understand every “why” and they certainly don’t need your pity. They hold the nuclear codes with solid awareness that their number one job is protecting the nation. Biden and company are running the show now, and if you continue to scream and post horse manure you will lose all credibility with the thinking people of America. So go ahead and take your cow de-wormer meds to be safe from the Delta variant, but don’t be surprised if it retards whatever is left of your brain.

Covid-19 Cases in America

One of my neighbors, a former military man, said this, “He’s the President, the Commander in Chief, you have to respect him.” He was speaking about Donald Trump, but why doesn’t leader of the free world Joe Biden deserve that? Some spoke about respect when the least respectful person imaginable sat in the White House, but now you want to hang a guy who made the right decision to end a stupid, fruitless war? You are exactly who George Washington, Thomas Jefferson and John Adams warned us about, a person who holds loyalty to something other than our country and our remarkable Constitution. After you take your last breath on this earth, no one will be reading your posts.

We were asked to give Donald Trump a chance and get beyond his political rhetoric, but the 45th President made every comment and decision to please a base of buffoons who can hardly be categorized as civil citizens. Joe Biden has been a civil servant for most of his life and we know his story. Sure, there have been moments when we question his judgement or actions, but he’s like that wise uncle with perceptive insight and shrewd actions. The best part is he means what he says.

We are beyond the endless lies and deceptions of Donald Trump as we march into the future with a competent leader. We all wanted to get out of Afghanistan, and Joe made it happen. Yes, the effort was flawed, but there were many issues. It’s time to stop second guessing Afghanistan and move on. Here at home, we must contend with border immigrants and asylum seekers, major court decisions, and keeping our elections safe and accurate. While some scream “Why are we trusting the Taliban?” perhaps they should take a look at Texas where elected officials are denying women’s rights and making it harder for people to vote.

We must stop pouring money into countries that cannot breathe our kind of democracy. And, for sure, why should one more life have to be taken by our flawed world policing and nation building? Let’s just judge the actions of our president and decide if they reflect a true care and concern for America. I think they do.

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


IT’S WAR, STUPID!

The Truth about Afghanistan

Since the end of World War II, America has abused the privilege of waging war. You might think we’ve learned our lessons about nation building and getting drawn into wars, but we haven’t. Let’s disassemble the complexities and state some clear observations about what is now happening in Afghanistan.

When George W. Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney first marched into Afghanistan, and then Iraq, it was all about revenge for 9-11. Yes, they wanted to get Osama bin Laden, but they also had a deep-seated desire to shake up the Middle East to force change. The war architects adjusted their justifications to human rights of the women and children in Afghanistan and the weapons of mass destruction in Iraq. One was real, the other was a colossally miscalculated scheme by power hungry politicians. Americans fell for it and many couldn’t wait to go in and kick some ass.

The Three Stooges

Historians mislabeled the Soviet-Afghan War of 1979-1989 as a guerrilla war, but it was actually a Soviet invasion which violated international law. The Soviet Army fought for almost a decade in the Afghan countryside, claiming that more than 26,000 of their forces were killed during their nine-year war. Official Afghan stats state that 18,000 Afghani soldiers were killed. Pakistan, which fought for Afghanistan, suffered almost 6,000 deaths. The forces of the Mujahideen (which Osama bin Laden was part of), believe that more than 90,000 guerrilla combatants were killed. So, you see, the country has always been protected by not only government troops but also armies of hard-core, independent forces. The Taliban is a remnant of that arrangement.

Here’s another point of fact. The Afghani people have no desire for continuous war, and what has transpired over the last 20 years has been a living hell for those who call the country home. You might need a good, stiff drink after digesting this research by Brown University. Since the occupation started, the Afghan security forces have lost more than 69,000 troops and more than 51,000 civilians and militants. More than 3,500 coalition soldiers have died since 2001, and about two-thirds of them were Americans. More than 20,000 US soldiers have been injured, and some of them will carry physical and mental scars for the rest of their lives. If you are shaking your head, stop. It’s WAR, Stupid!

Sure, America lost fewer men and women than Russia, but Afghanistan is truly a big black hole where vindicative, egotistical military “experts” tell the leaders what they want to hear and march forward with mission creep and twenty-year conflicts. The same thing happened in Vietnam. When the mothers and fathers whose sons and daughters were killed in the conflict see us pulling out “early,” they have to face the grim truth that more US kids being killed won’t bring back their loved ones.

Were the soldiers’ efforts valid? Yes, but war doesn’t care about who dies; it matters only to those who must endure the pain forever. I don’t want to hear that we must continue to fight because your kid was killed. I don’t want to hear any blame about the chaos and disorder of the pull-out. I don’t need to hear the former President’s claim that if Joe Biden had followed his plan everything would have gone smoothly. Mr. Trump, claiming that the Taliban “likes” you is not a metal of honor. It’s the curse of your bad deal, which you now deny.

We must take a sober look at some facts. First, Osama bin Laden was found and terminated in Pakistan. Did we march into that country and try to change the regime because they “didn’t know” he was there? Did all of our bombs and killing really make those radical jihadists respect us? We never defeated ISIS; we just took the land they were occupying. We never eradicated the Taliban, and now we are hearing that even Al Qaeda has reconstituted and is waiting for the next battle over the Middle East. We spent a trillion dollars to do… what? We just delayed the inevitable.

One might argue that we should have divided Afghanistan into two and given the northern provinces to the Taliban. Really? After we pulled out of the southern part they would have attacked just as they did when we announced our departure. One pundit said, quite accurately, the Taliban has been waiting twenty years for this moment. We never defeated them, they just waited until we got bored.

We cannot fly everyone out of Afghanistan. Yes, we should protect the thousands of US citizens who work in the country, and we have a moral obligation to rescue those who worked with us during the occupation, but we cannot prevent death. We taught the 38 million people of the country the feeling of freedom, but they will lose that in a few months. We must not believe the press agents of the Taliban. They will slowly shift back to strict Islamic rule and freedoms will be lost. They already extract millions of dollars from their people at gunpoint. What would make them stop that practice?

A newsflash came across while I was writing this post. The Taliban say they won’t allow Afghans to leave the country and they reject an evacuation extension. The blockade of the airport in Kabul means they will have to secure their borders to stop the exodus from their rule. They will wait until September 1st, then bring the hammer down. It’s their country now.

Sorry, dear reader, I don’t share the media’s accelerated enthusiasm for the blame game and bewilderment about how bad it all is. It’s war, Stupid. Wars are designed to kill people. Killing is the way a war is won, and the victors get to tell their citizens how they are going to live. Yes, the right-wing media and their lunatic followers will complain about all the landed immigrants Joe Biden is bringing into America, but surely those given the gift of freedom will be extremely grateful and will work hard to make their lives better. As for the left-wing zealots, I’m sure they’ll clamor to redeploy hundreds of thousands of forces to keep Afghanistan free. What, 20 more years?

People die when the loser leaves a war. In 1995, Vietnam officially estimated that 2,000,000 civilians on both sides (North and South) perished, and some 1,100,000 North Vietnamese and Viet Cong fighters were killed during the Vietnam War. The US military has estimated that between 200,000 and 250,000 South Vietnamese soldiers died. You want to wear that metal on your chest?

Just consider, the Korean conflict was never even called a war and the result was terrible for all the North Korean people. We left Vietnam for the communists, and now we buy our t-shirts from them. We never completed the first Gulf War, which lead to the false claim of weapons of mass destruction. Did we win that war? Not really. Realize that Afghanistan is the same. I’m not trying to be a smart ass, but why do we keep starting wars we cannot win? It’s not anti-American to be smart.

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


MORE BOOTS ON THE GROUND

Trump Takes Back Campaign Promise

After President Trump’s speech about Afghanistan (8-21-2017), Breitbart’s Steve Bannon called it a flip-flop, setting up a new war with Fake News. It is true that one of Trump’s campaign promises was to get out of Afghanistan, the never-ending war.

With his words last night, President Donald J. Trump extended the war until, well, we don’t know. It’s something like a television network announcing they have renewed a show with no timeline and no end in sight. Thanks to our great Orange Leader, we still have the “Obama strategy”, as it was described by one of the Breitbart editors, but there are “no timelines, facts or figures.” We are going to continue the war, but now with Trump’s approval and ownership. Oh, how things change when you are President and sitting in the Oval Office, sir.

Trump said his first instinct was to pull out. There is a joke there, but I’ll let it be and continue this diatribe. After feedback from “his Generals,” Trump has decided to let them run the war and help him make critical decisions. Boy, those Nazis really turned Trump around. Or was it that he no longer had to stare at that extremely “white” board in Bannon’s office with all the campaign promises. Like Moses’ tablets, those were laws not to be broken. Now that the Neo-Moses and Alt-Right loon Bannon is gone, we can erase the board and move forward.

We entered Afghanistan for all the right reasons. They were harboring radicals and extremists who carried out attacks on US soil in 2001. See, in a country that has this hardened religious foundation in their history, it’s hard to know where the bad guys stand on the circle of political alignments. For sure, though, they have about four or five self-proclaimed jihadist’s groups and, of course, the Taliban, their version of the minute men on horses.

We are dealing with the tribal nature of a very large country that has more diversity than most Americans can understand. Did we also mention that Afghanistan grows poppies. The opium poppy is used to make morphineheroin, and a number of other painkillers. We have to stay in Afghanistan not only for the potential of more radical groups using the country as a training base, but something Trump didn’t talk about last night was is fact that our opioid crisis starts in that country, not Mexico.

You can’t blame Teleprompter Trump for his words last night, they were expertly crafted to have a push back on hate, a little flag-waving and USA USA USA in there. To prevent being beat up by the lefty media, all the important stats were redacted. But it’s okay to say there isn’t a timeline, because history will likely show that we will never leave Afghanistan. Ask the Russians whether winning was worth it. They were there for ten years, didn’t win and all their aggression gave the world was Bin Laden.

I was very proud of our military at Fort Myer for not cheering and being quiet during the President’s speech. I am sure they were given orders to clap only when the speech was finished. That kind of seriousness is needed when the President is going to send some 4,000 fresh troops into unsafe territory. He might not say what he is doing, but the figures will be leaked by the Pentagon.

What was lacking in Trump’s speech was a clearly defined goal. He said he wants to bring peace to the region, but he didn’t say when. He said he doesn’t want any nation building, but will ask Pakistan to help with the terrorists on the border while using a veiled threat of taking away their US aid. He asked India to assist, which means that he wants them to help fund this war. I am sure that Prime Minister Modi would like to help get rid of bad people in Pakistan, but he has a big bomb to do that, if he wants.

Might I remind the reader that Pakistan also has nuclear capabilities and they certainly will need our 1.5 billion dollars in aid to lube their fighting machines. Without recognizing the Taliban and sitting down and talking with them no real peace can be achieved. The Taliban, which some estimate is 30,000 strong, will always be taking land and attempting to put those they control under Sharia Law.

Remember, it is the Taliban’s fatwa that condemns to death anyone who draws a picture of Muhammed. This is what Trump inherited and, he is correct, it’s a mess. But he needs to stop complaining about the past and focus on tomorrow. It is now his war and his army and his political legacy that is on the line.

Trump has failed domestically. He cannot afford any further mistakes. We need Teleprompter Trump now, not Impromptu Trump, who ruffles too many feathers. And it would best if Twitter Trump would take a long golfing vacation. Things are serious now Donald, get your head on straight, right now.

 


ALL TIME LOWS

Trump Sinks & Blames

When the latest polls came out today (8-3-2017), we could feel a shiver move through the Republican party. The 2018 elections aren’t that far away and those running for re-election now worry that the political depression from the big guy might rain on their parade.

In the latest Quinnipiac poll really demonstrates that there is another leak the President should be focusing on; the leak of his popularity. The headline out of the latest stats is the fact that Trump’s approval rating is only 33%. Wow, that isn’t very popular. I wonder why the administration isn’t trying to figure out what to do about that, or is it too late?

The poll surveyed 1,125 voters around the country from July 27 to August 1, 2017. It has a margin of error of plus/minus 3.4 points.

  • 54% said they were embarrassed to have him as president
  • 57% said they he was abusing the powers of his office
  • 60% said they believed he was above the law
  • 71% said Trump was not levelheaded
  • 62% said Trump was not honest
  • 63% said Trump did not have good leadership skills
  • 59% said he did not care about average Americans
  • 63% said he did not share their values

The number that jumps out for me is the 62% of the people surveyed said that the 45th President of the United States is not honest. The other number that really hurts me is the 59% who said that Trump doesn’t care about average Americans. Sad!

As these numbers hit the press today, Trump was back on Twitter with his latest whine: “Our relationship with Russia is at an all-time & very dangerous low. You can thank Congress, the same people that can’t even give us HCare!” [sic]

We can always count on the Donald to deflect blame and to attempt to position himself far away from the kitchen of governance. And the military is starting to get a taste of his modus operandi, served up with a side of naiveté.

He pissed off “his generals” in the Situation Room by complaining about not winning in Afghanistan. Really? The great Orange Leader should pick up the phone and call his friend in Russia learn how well they did in Afghanistan. They spend 10 years in the country and the only accomplishment was empowering Osama bin Laden, a terrorist.

Trump’s lack of awareness of history is astounding. And his pathological way of shifting blame away from himself is not only disturbing, it’s counterproductive. The reason our relationship with Russia is bad is because we caught them trying to hack our election and pushing propaganda to help Trump get elected. Congress was just doing their job, finally.

When 71% of those surveyed said that you are not levelheaded Mr. Trump, you should be thinking about how to manage the damage that has been done, rather than casting blame toward the Legislative branch.

This is all part of the things we have outline on this blog over that last 8 months. We can keep doing the same thing over and over again, but in reality, the more we experience of this White House, the more those stats from Quinnipiac seem extremely plausible.

Trump always took pride in his ability to manipulate the press and handle his own P.R., but when he’s finally put under the microscope by the American public, they see the little germs and viruses in his current sample of leadership.

Trump will get on the taxpayer funded jet airplane tonight and go to West Virginia and get feedback from a select group of rabid fans.  He will once again get some love from people who actual believe he was the right choice. But as time goes on, and things don’t get better, that 33% approval rating will drop lower. And the truth is, the only person to blame is Trump himself.