HE COULD HAVE BEEN A HERO

Instead, Ron DeSantis is a whiny little bitch

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

Too close to Trump

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

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

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

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


MURDERING GOVERNORS

Just Play Through the Pain!

Back in the day when I played little league baseball, I remember some over-zealous coaches who would rather have a winning team than teach us kids all about the game we loved. One day, a ball bounced off an infield rock and hit our young shortstop in the mouth. He fell to the ground, some blood dripping from his lower lip. The coach asked the youngster if he was okay. After an affirmative answer, he pulled the boy to his feet and slapped his butt with, “Joey, you’re fine. Just go play through the pain.” In that moment, I learned that some believed machismo was the very essence of “being a man.”

One of the greatest American motivators is money. Many have lost their lives because a determined boss would have rather made his numbers than make sure a worker didn’t get harmed by rushing safety processes and cutting corners. Sadly, there is no rule book or policy history we can turn to for help with a global pandemic. Rather, it’s a practice of trials and observation — when A happens, employ plan B and measure C, the result. It takes a smart government to employ such discipline in times like these, and political affiliations are now ruling the amount of common sense applied to the science.

I live in Florida, and this is my situation. On the 29th of July, the state reported 17,589 new Covid-19 cases and we had a positive infection rate of 18.44%. It was the eighth consecutive day the state reported more than 12,000 new infections. The last time Florida had such high numbers was on January 7, 2021, when the state recorded 19,816 new cases, its highest-ever, single-day number of Covid incidents. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Florida now accounts for about 20 percent of reported Covid cases across the United States. Despite this terrible spread of the Delta variant and rising death toll, Governor Ron DeSantis has pulled a page from the screenplay Jaws to make sure that ”Shark Delta” doesn’t disrupt the state’s tourist trade.

Florida ranks 48th and 49th of all the states in inoculations at assisted living facilities. According to the Associated Press, “As coronavirus cases continue to soar, two Florida mayors are announcing mask and vaccine mandates and defying the governor who is firmly opposed to any pandemic restrictions.” DeSantis has threatened to bring the state’s legislators back to Tallahassee to pass a law banning mask mandates. The governor here, and those in many other Republican states, would rather control the policies of local communities and put more people in harms way. Why are they doing this?

As the AP reported, “All 67 of Florida’s counties are considered areas of high transmission, meaning they have more than 100 new cases per 100,000 people in the past seven days. DeSantis has remained staunchly opposed to restrictions, mask mandates and vaccine passports, a stance central to his reelection campaign. He was defiant Wednesday as he criticized the new CDC guidance during a Salt Lake City gathering of the American Legislative Exchange Council, a group that pushes conservative policies in Republican-controlled state legislatures.”  So, what the hell is the governor of Florida doing during environmental, health and building inspection crises in the state? Well, he’s flying off to another state to deliver speeches. He’s so self-centered and partisan I truly believe he doesn’t give a single shit about what any Democrat in his state thinks. He’s such an asshole.

Here’s what Ron DeSantis said on 7-28-2021, “I think it’s very important we say, unequivocally, no to lockdowns, no to school closures, no to restrictions, no to mandates!” He’s really going all in on a stupid attitude that this is just a “seasonal spike” and we’ll all be fine. Most attitudes are just opinions without facts.

Florida law is clear. According to Fla. Stat. Annotated §100.36(1), “Any member of the governing body of a municipality or charter county, hereinafter referred to in this section as ‘municipality,’ may be removed from office by the electors of the municipality.” Unfortunately, that would take too long while giving DeSantis and many other Trump sycophantic governors the time needed to kill more people. Plus, a recall election can remove only one politician, while others in the anti-vax, anti-mask, anti-government, law and order movements will murder us all if we let them.

They just want us to just play through the pain, take one for the team and then get onboard cruise ships to spread the virus. Deep down inside, though, they’re just coaches being pushed by political ambition and a Napoleonic need to control things to make them seem a bit taller. Taller than what?

I trust science this much

Some state Republicans are frothing at the mouth and wasting their taxpayers’ money by hiring idiots to field incompetent and unprofessional “recounts.” In Maricopa County Arizona, a grifter company named Cyber Ninja’s opened the voting machines which, according to federal law, must now be replaced. This will cost the county millions of tax dollars. But rather than worrying about whether the big lie is worth it, these inept politicians are ignoring the science of virology and casting aside reasonable, inexpensive and proven methods of mitigation, such as mask wearing. Rand Paul is at fault for pushing the NIH and CDC to end the mask advice early. We should have never taken our masks off.

The time has come to unmask the truth about Republican governors like Florida’s Ron DeSantis. They should be arrested for aiding and abetting murder. Yes, the more they push back against the CDC and science, the more people will become infected, all in order to look good to the tRump-lickers. Why?

This week in Jacksonville, Florida, one hospital reported 35 people in the ICU with Covid-19, and some of them are children. In Jackson, Mississippi, there are seven children in ICU with two of them on life supporting ventilators. Why on earth are these politicians allowing this to happen? Why are they forbidding school boards from enacting mask mandates? Kids under 12 cannot get the vaccine, and because so many parents are anti-mask and anti-vax, high schools will be breeding grounds for Delta and perhaps other variants this year. Teenagers will die, kids will die and if those youngsters bring the virus home, their siblings and parents could die.

Ron DeSantis can pound his chest raving about the great job he’s doing, but sooner or later the truth will come out. He stopped daily Covid stats being released by the state’s health department so he could avoid confronting and handling the problem. He’s a scumbag politician of the lowest order, nothing less than a mammoth mound of waste material.

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SYSTEMIC WHITEWASHING

State Censorship of Education

One of the terms I learned as a kid in Pittsburgh was “uppity.” It was typically applied to African Americans, who white people called “colored.” I attended a men’s breakfast last week and was shocked to hear a white man use the term “colored” to describe a Black man in a racist video he shared. But then, this happened in Florida.

I have been scolded for calling former president Donald Trump a racist, but unless we agree on the definition of certain words, we cannot have a productive discussion. Mr. Trump once defended his actions in a 1970s civil rights suit for scheming to keep Blacks out of properties he owned. He also bought a full-page newspaper ad claiming that the Central Park Five should be put to death for crimes they did not commit. The man has never denounced white supremacists, and his comments and tweets after changing the law that his company broke in the 1970s, show that he is a racist. The icing on the cake, however, was his active campaign to fight against the New York Times’ 1619 Project by attempting to withhold federal funds from the educator who used that document while  teaching America history. That was far from uppity; it was downright racist.

Let’s drill down on uppity. Taking liberties and assuming airs beyond one’s place in a social hierarchy might be seen as uppity, but the roots of that word are despicable. It’s a purely American term first used by Blacks to describe other Blacks who were too self-assertive. Some claim the first recorded use was by Uncle Remus, the narrator of a collection of African American folktales compiled and adapted by Joel Chandler Harris and published in book form in 1881. So, like the “N-word” and “Uncle Tom,” “uppity” was used by Black people to describe each other but took on a deeply racist tone when used by white people.

Those states having a Donald Trump sycophant in charge make laws that forbid their educational systems of teaching a disturbing, yet absolutely truthful, view of American history as it applies to race. Here are two disturbing quotes. Florida Governor DeSantis says that teachers should not be “indoctrinating kids with fad-ish ideologies” while Richard Corcoran, the Commissioner of the Florida Board of Education, brags, “I was able to censor teachers” who he claimed had displayed Black Lives Matter posters in their classrooms to help kids understand the meaning of the phrase.

When Barack Obama was elected president in 2008, lots of white people chanted “We want to take our country back.” That’s a great slogan for Native Americans who numbered more than 60 million in 1492 but are down to about one million today. They never got a chance to take their country back. What did they get? They got reservations, the right to run gambling casinos and licenses to sell cancer sticks. We continue to teach a distorted history of Native Americans that the tribes have been protesting for years.

There is a systemic whitewashing (pun intended) that takes place in this country every day. By the way, it’s not just Black and Tribal history that get changed but there are also manipulations of other aspects of our past. Insanely, we lie about the origin of baseball. The Doubleday myth claims the game was invented in America, while it actually was inspired by a children’s game in the U.K. named “rounders.”

The 1905 Mills Commission was formed to get to the bottom of the sport. The nations’ ego needed baseball to be a game purely of American origin. In 1908, the commission declared that baseball had zero connection to the game from Britain and that it was invented by Abner Doubleday in Cooperstown, New York, which is the location of the Major League Baseball Hall of Fame. Problem is that was all a lie.

Even back then, “far-left” newspaper writers chased the truth. The “rounders theory” was supported by prominent sportswriter Henry Chadwick, a native of Britain. In a 1903 article he noted the common factors between rounders and baseball, which initiated the need to put a stop to this “British propaganda.” The truth is baseball is so similar to rounders it was an embarrassment that grown men in America were playing it for money. So, there’s but one example of an untrue myth totally sanctioned by the US government and perpetrated on the public.

America is often full of shit. We had the Attorney General William Barr telling us there is no systemic racism in American law enforcement, while his very own Department of Justice was investigating many police departments across the country for that very cancer. We have a disgraced, deranged and diabolical former president claiming that Democrats hate America and want to poison the minds of our kids with negative history about how the country was founded and grew. The New York Times is correct. American history began in 1619, the year the first slave was brought to this land to form a more perfect economy.

The Republican zealots in the Senate voted down the January 6th Commission because they want to change history about what happened that day. When the headline in the newspaper declares LESSONS ON RACIAL HISTORY UNDER FIRE, some white politicians want to blatantly say, “Nothing to see here. Move along.” They are afraid of Doanld Trump, they are afraid of the truth, and they are afraid of history. They worry that African Americans will start to become “uppity” if we teach the truth of our racist past. By fighting against these truths, they show their belief that Black people are beneath them and must occupy a lower place in our social hierarchy. They want to not only teach lies but also assign an entire race of people to a lower rung on the hierarchy ladder.

I don’t want an idiot like Ron DeSantis determining what my grandkids are taught in school and I don’t need ideologs determining the meanings of the first and second amendments. These people go after social media companies who have cancelled policy offenders like Donald Trump while also censoring teachers. There’s no logic. It’s simply a matter of do as I say and not do as I do.

These fools want to do is strike the word “lynching” from our history. They would like to believe the May 31, 1921 Massacre in Tulsa, Oklahoma never happened. If they had their way, the term “Jim Crow Laws” would not be in our textbooks. But in the end, kids of all colors will learn from the streets, from rap songs, from documentaries and from movies. The truth will eventually win and when it does, it’s merely being aggressive against hate, and not being “uppity,” at all.

 


FAKE POTUS & FACEBOOK

The Ayatollah of Mar-a-Lago

Third-world dictators are watching with great interest as Donald Trump continues to deny the results of the 2020 US election. Who is this fat man in the suit and tie? Will he regain power and ascend the throne once more, or is it all pure political theater that will only cement the lowest Congressional approval ratings of all time?

While we are trying to recover from a coronavirus and economic downturn, some people are more driven to protect, defend and serve their master, Donald John Trump, instead of helping the American people. You know who I’m talking about.

Liz and Joe

Liz Cheney’s role in the Republican caucus has no bearing on this country’s ability to pick itself up from the mat and become a respected world power again. That’s on Joe Biden and his policies. However, the way Republicans will turn on their own and publicly demote a woman is damn embarrassing. And why will she be fired? Because she has decided that truth is more important than Donald Trump. I assume she believes that Trump caused the insurrection on January 6, 2021, which he did.

It’s not only the “Big Lie” that gets in the way, but bad thinking also plays a role. Over the last 24 hours, I have heard dozens of Republicans say that Facebook is bad because they have no rules, and they arbitrarily censor conservatives. That’s a fucking lie. I’ve been thrown off Facebook for posts I’ve made, and I am hardly a conservative. By the way, that social media behemoth does have rules and they also created a phony “supreme court” so that little Marky Zuckerberg can disavow his power. Don’t fool yourself; he’s in control. And if you think I am pro-social media, said the guy banned from Twitter for life, you should buy this book and read the chapter titled Social Media Menace. It’s abundantly clear that social media companies don’t at all care about privacy or people. They’re in it for the money.

Facebook continues to ban our lunatic former president from the service because should they allow him to return, they know he will proceed to say he won election. He will get a warning, get tagged and then do it again. A second warning will follow, which he will ignore and get bounced again, causing more elephant underwear to tighten up across the country. You see Trump wants the power but without all that “work stuff” that comes along with being president. If you want one-way communication, check out his damn website/blog. Most of use who think he’s a danger to democracy would love to see him back on Facebook. We would drill the site with lots of anti-hate messaging, but he would unfriend us or delete our posts. Donald Trump would be just another Facebook poster with all the rights afforded that status.

If the wannabe dictator thinks that one day he will march back into the nation’s capital like the Ayatollah did in Iran, he’s dead wrong. America is better off without Trump involved in any element of government. Many of those who praise the fallen leader are banking on his power never diminishing. Well, it has, and it will erode further with each month he’s out of office. Donald thinks his policies can be kept alive by sycophants like Florida’s Ron DeSantis, who signed Senate Bill 2006 into law Monday. It bans the use of Covid-19 “passports” in the state and blocks businesses from requiring proof of vaccination. It is, as they call it, “red meat” for the base, but a terrible law. In his effort to please Trump, DeSantis cost the state money.

CRUISE SHIPS & COVID

Florida’s new law may take a toll on its cruise business. According to CNN, “The CEO of Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Ltd. said Thursday it could cause the company to suspend Florida departures and move its ships elsewhere.” Oh yeah, DeSantis forgot that cruise ship companies are NOT Florida firms and they must abide by international law. The company can be sued should a cruise passenger contract COVID-19 and die. This new law doesn’t help business, it demonstratively hurts it.

The new laws restricting voting by making it harder to vote are being pitched to us as a way to improve confidence in voting results, but the only people who aren’t confident are those who lost the election. It comes off to me as sour grapes and sore loser shit. The important point is this. People who want to vote in these defensive red states will just have to work a little harder to get past the roadblocks built by insecure little minds being led by a failed former President whose ego is more important to him than morality and the Constitution.

Let me conclude with this. People need to stop calling him “President Trump.” He should always be referred to as the “former president.” The US has only one president, and right now it’s Joe Biden. Fewer people are dying from Covid and the stock market is up, so Republicans should shut up and stop playing stupid games. Liz Cheney is the least of your worries. You don’t have a platform. Trump is a loser and you have become a failed party. Take that and smoke it.

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GOVERNOR WITHOUT A BRAIN

Florida’s Wooden Puppet: Ron DeSantis

Call me crazy, but I have always put people in one of two boxes. A given person is either a reasonable, self-respecting, caring being or a non-thinking, unaware dolt with a lack of will or capacity to learn. The non-learners who are blind to the facts, data and advice from experts are hard to support, especially when their hands, legs and mouths are driven by a single man in D.C.

I live in Florida, and in 2018 we had an election for a new Governor. The battle came down to a 42-year-old Republican attorney, former naval officer and politician who ran against the Democratic nominee, Andrew Gillum, the Mayor of Tallahassee. Mr. Gillum, an African American, waged an excellent campaign and lost by a slim margin. The election propelled Gillum to “next Dem-star status” and a job as a TV political pundit, but his world was about to come crashing down.

Andrew Gillum was reportedly one of three men involved in a drug overdose at a Miami Beach hotel room. No arrests were made, even though the substance in that room was rumored to be crystal meth. In a September 2020 interview with ABC’s Tamron Hall, Gillum came out as bisexual. Thus, things ended for the would-be wunderkind. I share these details for context. Many Floridians think we dodged a bullet with Gillum, but the other guy is a hacksaw of ignorance.

Governor DeSantis Measuring

Ron DeSantis has never secreted his love-affair with Donald Trump. He probably believes Trump’s support got him the win, but his obsession with that man has damaged him politically and hurt Florida’s fragile health system during the pandemic.

On May 20, 2020, Ron DeSantis was taking questions from the press about his administration’s handling of the COVID crisis in Florida. Standing next to Vice President Mike Pence, Governor DeSantis didn’t hold back, loudly blasting the press for their fearmongering and overall criticism of his state. DeSantis’ voice rose to a stressed and defensive pitch as he ranted, “Any insinuation otherwise is just typical partisan narrative trying to be spun and a lot of people in your profession who waxed poetically for weeks and weeks about how Florida was going to be just like New York in two weeks… Well, hell, we’re eight weeks away from that and it hasn’t happened!”

Yes, at that time Florida was averaging “only” 724 new cases over a seven-day average, but by July 20th that figure had climbed to 11,000. The mercurial nature of the global pandemic would have been understood by anyone who took the time to learn about novel viruses, but DeSantis was too busy trying to defend doing nothing.

Above all else, DeSantis wanted to please President Trump and not anger him. Now, Florida has more than one million people infected and almost 19,000 dead. In the insanity of this situation our governor has remained frozen and clueless and, yes Mr. DeSantis, Florida has become just like New York.

Just yesterday, when asked about a mask mandate for Florida, DeSantis maintained his opposition. “How has that worked out in the states that have done it? Has that stopped an outbreak in Minnesota, Illinois, Michigan. What about New Jersey? What about all these states where you have an explosion in cases? So, I mean, at some point, does the observed experience matter? I’m opposed to mandates. Period. I don’t think they work.” So, there you have it. Like ill-informed Donald Trump, DeSantis believes masks don’t work.

Support for DeSantis lies not in the major cities of Florida but in the panhandle, a much more conservative and pro-Trump region. Okay, but will there ever come a time when politicians stop the insanity of over-serving their base and direct their attention to the needs to of all the people?

We can make laws to prevent our leaders from doing bad things, but would it not make more sense to elect better people? During Ron DeSantis’ long rant about the press being the problem, he also said he was going to ask for criminal charges to be brought against Rebekah Jones, a scientist working on Florida’s coronavirus internet portal. Ms. Jones claims she was pressured to fudge the infection numbers to make the argument of reopening the state more convincing. Wouldn’t that mean that Ron DeSantis is corrupt?

As would be expected of Trump’s wooden puppet, Governor DeSantis sicced his dogs on Jones and called her a liar on social media. In the coming post-Trump era, we need better protections for whistleblowers. Of course, we must wait until 2023 to replace this hanging wall ornament named DeSantis, but he’s likely to do more damage between now and then. He has introduced a bill that would make it legal for a person to use their vehicle to run down protesters who are blocking a road. Really? That’s obviously against the First Amendment of the US Constitution, but I’m quite sure Ron “DeathSantis” has not read that document.

I wonder who will give DeSantis his orders after Trump is gone. Every discussion with Governor Ron sounds like an argument. I believe he avoids airtime on CNN and MSNBC not only because Trump wouldn’t like it, but because he fears the questions that might be asked. You know, queries like, “Do you regret yelling at the press when you were with Pence?”

A puppet becomes silent when their master’s arm is pulled out of their ass. Let’s hope that Puppet DeSantis learns to listen more, talk less and do the right things. Right now, he’s more concerned about reelection than what Floridians need to stay safe. Short of wearing makeup, it’s hard to tell Ron DeSantis from that other guy. What’s his name? Oh yeah, Donald John Trump, America’s biggest and worst loser ever.

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HERD IMMUNITY

Another Trump Distortion

My father grew up on a farm and my younger brothers helped out there during their high school years. I used to say that farmer kids learn things city kids never do. For example, most farm kids know how reproduction works. It wasn’t the birds and the bees; they learned from the pigs and cows.

We are hearing our President talk about “herd mentality” and “herd immunity” as if they are interchangeable terms. He’s an idiot and knows nothing of the denotation or connotation of his own words. The utterances that tumble out of his mouth aren’t backed by thoughts, they are merely words, and this brings us to a huge problem in our country right now.

Before starting, here are the denotative boundaries for this discussion. Herd immunity occurs when enough people or animals become immune to a disease to make its spread unlikely. Understanding when herd immunity has been achieved is science, requiring the same kind of disciplines as creating medicines and vaccines.

Connotatively, the term “herd immunity” reduces human beings to the level of farm animals. Decades ago, cattle ranchers believed herd immunity was a solution for bovine brucellosis, an infectious bacterial disease. Farmers and ranchers, often with the help of veterinarians from the US Department of Agriculture, blood-tested every animal they owned to discover, trace and isolate the disease’s source and control its spread.

Many European countries had to deal with mad cow disease, or bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE), a transmissible, slowly progressive, degenerative and fatal disease affecting the central nervous systems of adult cattle. The ranchers employed surveillance, culled sick animals and banned bovine meat products from their feed. Cows are vegetarian, not cannibals, so their diets do not normally include meat. What did farmers do when they found cows having the virus? They KILLED THEM.

It’s patently clear that Donald Trump, Dr. Scott Atlas, Senator Rand Paul and Florida Governor Ron DeSantis have no idea what they are talking about in terms of herd immunity. First, we are not going to kill people and burn their bodies should they test positive for COVID-19. Okay, sick joke here, but who would pay for that? Seriously, these goofballs are using the term “herd immunity,” blissfully ignorant that enacting such a plan requires the execution of human beings. This survival of the fittest routine is rather Darwinian, even by Republican standards.

My head exploded when I read the following in The Lancet, the highly respected medical journal, “Studies in June and July cast doubt on prospects for herd immunity: despite months of exposure, antibody surveys found a low seroprevalence,” less than 10%, in cities in Spain and Switzerland.” Commentators in The Lancet concluded that, ”In light of these findings, any proposed approach to achieve herd immunity through natural infection is not only highly unethical, but also unachievable.” *Seroprevalence is the level of a pathogen in a population, as measured in blood serum.

Unfortunately, Americans tend to collect and hold onto buzz words and catch phrases more than they do facts. The goofballs are trying to pull off their greatest lie yet, that somehow it might be better to let the virus “run its course” rather than fighting it head on with science, testing, tracing and a national plan. For months and months, we have heard about the forthcoming “great solution” but no one has presented a reasonable plan of action.

Some of our older readers may remember a hairbrained idea that was bounced around during the HIV/AIDS crisis. It suggested that those having the disease should be shipped to a deserted island. The trouble is, we tried that before with another misunderstood ailment. Until 1969, Hawaiian law allowed leprosy sufferers to be forcibly moved to the islands’ leprosy settlement where, over the years, more than 8,000 patients lived. The sad truth is, Leprosy continues to infect more than 215,000 people globally each year and there is no proof that isolation works. The dark side of HIV/AIDS included discussions about culling the population by execution of those with the virus.

Dangerous Enabler

People like X-Ray doctor Scott Atlas and eye doctor Senator Rand Paul challenge the VIRUS experts and think they know more, when the frontline scientists are openly willing to admit that they don’t know everything. These politician jerks are wasting our time. Every time I hear Rand Paul challenge Dr. Fauci, I can’t discern the point he is trying to make. Paul’s mission seems to be discrediting rather than seeking knowledge.

I’m tired of all this nonsense. Let me say it clearly, “herd mentality” will kill people. “Herd immunity,” by its very nature, will kill people. Let’s work on less death, fewer infections and keep pressing on with the known, scientific methods of mitigation. To be bold and direct, it’s time for Trump, Atlas, Paul and DeSantis to SHUT THE FUCK UP!

Okay, let me put my mask on.

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DEFUND THE WHITE HOUSE

We Must Stop the Deadly Trump Virus

It’s pretty bad when 64% of all Americans do not trust Donald Trump’s actions on the global pandemic. You don’t need a poll to know that Trump, and those who blindly follow him, are making things worse. The administration is decidedly out of focus and lacking competency to deal with the COVID-19 crisis, while the Democrats are licking their chops for the election of Joe Biden. The real problems are that 1. People are dying and 2. Millions of folks are not working. Let’s not sugarcoat this situation. The words people use have great power, but all too often that power is used to deceive or redirect rather than inform.

When Florida Governor Ron DeSantis described the horrible surge of coronavirus cases, hospitalizations and death as a, “…higher blip than where we were in May and the beginning of June,” he shows either a tremendous lack of verbal prowess or miscomprehension. A “blip” is an unexpected, minor, and typically temporary deviation from a general trend. I am going to get a bit pedantic here, but this proliferation was not “unexpected” because every doctor or expert worth his or her salt told him it was coming. It was not “minor.” The June 28, 2020 headline in the New York Times read: Florida’s Covid Cases Up Fivefold in 2 Weeks: ‘The Numbers Are Scary.’ Since the end of June, the state has gone from 8,000 to 11,000 new cases per day. This is neither minor nor a “temporary deviation,” and DeSantis’ miserable baby-Trump imitation is even aggravating Republican leaders in the state.

We don’t have to beat up Florida’s DeSantis, Georgia’s Kemp, Texas’ Abbott or Arizona’s Ducey, they aren’t the only misguided governors in America, they just happen to be getting all the negative press. Trump continually says they are good people and doing a great job. That statement rings so hollow that even deaf people can hear the lies, except in Florida, where Governor DeSantis has been sued for not providing an ASL interpreter to hand-sign at coronavirus briefings. How could he be so rude and uncaring?

It’s no great surprise that all the governors making things worse are white. They are in states that bragged about making the right moves with the COVID crisis and they are now all suffering from their collective stupidity. They are the same kind of dumbos that would have given Bernie Madoff all their money.

Donald Trump is digging a deep hole as he stumbles and bumbles through the pandemic. His silence about the virus and his refusal to follow the advice of the experts from the government health agencies we pay to keep us safe and informed will do him in. He’s trying to bury all the bad news so that he can live his life as the hero, but he cannot bring people back from the dead. Then there are those in Congress who suffer from abused child syndrome in Congress. They have a sick need to please their “daddy” and they are complicit in enabling a destroyer, ruining the healthcare system and killing people. They all must go.

The reason that Donald John Trump will never sign an executive order to mandate mask wearing in public is because he’s already decided it’s a stupid idea. When he saw the radical right protest against wearing masks, he seized an excuse for his inaction and rebuke. Snapping turtles have a similar same instinct, and any of them would make a terrible president. A snapping turtle, like Trump, would pull its head inside its shell to dispose of the danger. Because of Donald Trump’s words, actions and attitudes, fewer people have worn masks and more people have become infected. It’s why people from other countries are calling America STUPID! Those same people are also laughing at Trump. To them, he’s a giant-baby cartoon character and they spend thousands of dollars to create ugly hot air balloons in his likeness.

John Lewis

Trump has so much hate in his soul and the lack of empathy there was no surprise that more than twelve hours after the passing of Georgia Representative John Lewis the President of the United States had no reaction, no comment, no tweet. And then, finally when every former President had commented on Mr. Lewis and every news network pointed out that Trump was silent, Trump finally put out this Tweet, “Saddened to hear the news of civil rights hero John Lewis passing. Melania and I send our prayers to he and his family.” Almost written by someone unfamiliar with English, or the customs of Christianity. You might pray for the family, but you don’t send prayers to the person who has just passed. One might pray for his soul, but John is with God now, and doesn’t need any prayers from Donald and Melania.

John Lewis was an icon of the civil rights movement and he was a victim at the hands of the Alabama state police on bloody Sunday. If you don’t know what I’m speaking about, click here. Fourteen people were killed by the government and John Lewis had his skull fractured. God let him live, to help start a moment for voting and equal rights. He deserved more than a tweet.

Florida Senator Marco Rubio, endeavoring to pay tribute to Rep. Lewis, instead tweeted out a photo of him standing with Rep. Elijah Cummings, another African American leader who died last year. The error might be understandable, but unfortunately is another example of how some people see all Black people by the color of their skin rather than by quality of their character.

America’s problem of race relations stems from a terrible interface with police and the lack of policy and reform coming from the top. Trump cares more about the NRA and police unions and less about doing the right things. Who could have predicted that the #BlackLivesMatter movement would have had such a powerful second wave?

Trump painted himself into the corner with all the other racists and white supremacists when he over-positioned his disdain for NFL players taking a knee. He hammered a nail in his own coffin with the now famous line, “…there were good people on both sides.” He cannot and will not defend African Americans and he denies patriots like John McCain and John Lewis their rightful place in history. Trump is a petri dish of racism that he spreads to others. He’s a virus.

Let me quote Kanye West, “The President doesn’t care about Black people.” We should be ashamed of ourselves if the single outcome of George Floyd’s murder is news services deciding to capitalize the B in Black when it refers to race. I am absolutely and purposefully calling Donald Trump a racist because he is. Thank you, Mary Trump!

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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THE TRUMP TRAVESTY

Desperate Dictator Disconnected & Down

Donald John Trump, the 45th President of the United States trusts only his ill-informed opinions and often fires a person as the solution to a problem. He’s not interested in loyalty; he craves only obedience. You follow or you will be fired. Here’s where we stand as another dreadfully mismanaged week is closing.

Between the Bolton book and now, the Mary Trump tome, I am learning that my overbearing belief that the Donald Trump is a truly wicked and deranged human being has not been harsh enough. I have nothing against the mentally ill, until one becomes a risk to life and limb. I had no reaction yesterday to the young man with Turrets syndrome sitting twenty feet away from me in the restaurant. The kid’s loud, verbal ticks made more sense than what the Donald has said this week.

Trump knows that Joe Biden is kicking his ass in the polls. Even though Trump poo-poos polls, he’s sees them as the love meter in his distorted and pathetic life. He doesn’t help anyone unless they help him first. May I throw a left hook here? Trump’s whiteness is neither real nor supreme. This orange make-up-monster is more fake than anything that has ever been written about him. He had to do something about Biden, but, as always, his choice was inept and inappropriate.

Donald Trump’s long and windy political speech, that was misrepresented as a serious press conference, fooled no one other than Fox News. Most of the networks covered only the few questions from the press, which characteristically were not answered. When replying to the question of a CBS reporter, Trump solidly stepped into the horse turds on the highway. He loudly defended the police brutality toward African Americans by stating that cops kill more white people than Black people and concluded by scolding the reporter for her “bad” question. This gives me no comfort. Was he saying the police are systemically violent? He next attempted to defend the displaying of the Confederate flag as good use of the First Amendment. Why does this man continually endorse our lawless leaders and symbols of the south while comparing himself to Abraham Lincoln?

Trump’s move to have all state health departments report directly to the White House instead of the CDC makes no sense. It is simply a way for Trump to control the bad news. DeSantis in Florida and Kemp in Georgia tried the same thing, but they were caught. Neither will be reelected. Trump is a criminal and uses the tactics of dictators, tyrants and autocrats. He’s trying to pull the wool over our eyes instead of asking us to put masks over our faces.

Now we hear that Russia is trying to hack into the institutions doing COVID-19 vaccine research. If the President doesn’t increase sanctions and directly confront Putin, I will be more convinced than ever that Trump is a traitor. He’s had four years to put Putin in his place and has repeatedly failed to lead.

I don’t give a rat’s ass about Brad Parscale, the recently demoted Trump Campaign Manager. He got caught in the Donald’s Catch-22 that if you are too close to a bad situation then under the bus you go. Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump keep luring the big man into bad choices, people and ideas but somehow, they are never responsible for any following failure. It wasn’t Parscale’s fault that the Tulsa rally wasn’t packed to the rafters; it was Trump’s fault. He should never have asked his loyal subjects to come to a coronavirus petri dish. The people were smart enough to stay away, but Trump’s need for love cannot make things just go away. This disillusioned sociopath really believes the lack of attendance was Parscale’s blunder. Those who are liable must be punished!

The TikTok teenagers flooding the registration system fooled Parscale, but he should have known. Sometimes, people who pledge money never send the money. Similarly, some of Trump’s fans registered for the rally never intending to go to Tulsa for a risky event. I am enjoying what has been written in some back-alley websites. Allegedly, Mr. Brad has been making millions on the side using his personal Facebook page to buy Trump ads. He’s coning the con man out of his money right before his eyes. I would love to see his tax returns, too.

Trump is depressed, and those around him are falling prey to the “abused child syndrome” and doing everything they can to make him feel better. Let’s never forget that close to 138,000 Americans have died and Trump’s Press Secretary stood before us to defend every Trump lie. Kayleigh McEnany is complicit. Mark Meadows is saying and doing things that are killing people. Let’s add in all the Republican dolts blindly supporting Trump. All of them should be held accountable, but not blamed. They are just idiots on Donald Trump’s big stage. It’s the playwright in the oval office who must be charged and defeated.

The real travesty of this President is carved in a cliché that we hear more and more, “None of this had to happen.” The ostrich may not see the danger above ground, but sooner or later a lightning bolt will blast from the sky and strike his feathered butt. I want someone to erect a statue of this demigod, just so we can tear it down, stomp on it and burn the bronze back to the Earth. Ashes to ashes, dust to dust. The Donald is going down and millions of Americans will be happy he’s gone. In NOVEMBER we must save America from all those self-serving goofballs in government. Why should people have to die because Trump is a limp leader? Get angry, get ready and let’s get back to work!

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.”

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


DESTRUCTIVE COMMENTS AND POLICIES

Trump’s Disconnection with the Reality of Death

Credible news sources and the US Administration are saying that the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) is about to run out of money and small businesses may have to go bankrupt. WHY? You see, the very banks that Trump is using to distribute the money are pressuring small business owners to pay loans, rent and vendors. Why can’t the President of the United States tell the banks to back off for 90 days? He claims to be so “all powerful,” but he has been slow to act on everything concerning this COVID-19 crisis. Best description? Asleep at the wheel!

There is evidence that some Trump loyalists are planning protests, blockades and civil disobedience against local governments’ social distancing and stay-home orders. Some of the most radical groups are being funded by Super PACs that support the President. Really? Donald Trump refused to do a national stay at home order and now we know why. He was worried that the far-right groups would revolt against him. Rather than go on TV and tell the protestors to follow the guidelines, he will simply ignore his disruptive fans.

I keep thinking back to the original misinformation that Trump transmitted at the beginning of the crisis. This was our President’s most destructive comment, “This new virus is no more harmful than the flu.” As of 4-16-2020, the new coronavirus causing COVID-19 has led to more than 640,291 illnesses and more than 31,015 deaths in the United States. By comparison, the flu (also called influenza) causes an estimated 38 million illnesses, 390,000 hospitalizations and 23,000 deaths in the US during a typical season. COVID-19 is winning.

According to John Hopkins University, “A possible difference from the normal flu, is that COVID-19 might be spread through the airborne route, meaning that tiny droplets remain in the air and could cause disease in others even after the ill person is no longer near.”  Thus, the handwashing aspect of prevention. What really makes coronavirus more dangerous than the seasonal flu is there is no vaccine available, and there’s this. South Korea is finding some people who they thought were over COVID-19 are now testing positive again. Ouch!

Yesterday, I drove into the parking lot of my local grocery store here in Florida. Because I am an older male, I wear a mask and latex gloves when food shopping. I pulled into a parking space right next to a big Harley motorcycle and got out of the car. The bike owner arrived and looked at my mask and gloves with a small smile. He said, “You know, we might get as many deaths as the flu.” Right after I got out of ear shot, I said to myself, “Was that a political statement?” Then it dawned on me. There he was, no helmet, no mask, no gloves and, of course, he was parroting Trump’s early statement that coronavirus is only as bad as the flu. With the seasonal flu we have a vaccine, we have treatments like Theraflu or decongestants and other such medicines. Yes, people die from the flu, and car accidents, which is the ad hominem Trump used to confuse people, but please, there is NO CURE FOR COVID-19.

I force myself to watch the Coronavirus Task Force on TV every night, not because I enjoy it, but because I write every day and I need to know what is happening. I have never felt better after watching and consuming Trump’s pathological vomit. Sorry, if you think the Donald is a great leader who will save us from this “invisible enemy” by screaming, “You’re fired,” then you need to pay more attention to what is happening. Ask Boris Johnson if the coronavirus is a hoax.

There are frauds, swindlers, cons, quacks, and half-baked experts shouting a ruthless Ayn Rand philosophy into Donald Trump’s ear. They are pushing Trump to open the doors and let us just get back to business. One of the things that is missing from Trump’s daily shit show is empathy. The obvious disconnection from the reality of death during his diatribes is disheartening and disgraceful. When President Obama spoke of the horrible mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School, we saw tears rolling down his face. Trump is without emotion concerning death. He gets animated and expressive only when throwing up his personal grievances.

People tune in to the nightly task force briefings to find out what to do and, more importantly, what the government is doing to keep us safe. Trump pushes and pitches reopening our country and how it was not built to be closed, claiming he is just being a cheerleader, but in reality he is making the virus seem less dangerous. As I have said, fifty percent of America doesn’t believe anything this president says and the other fifty percent are praying to God he will do the right thing.

Sometimes people believe what they want to believe, especially if they think it’s good for them personally. If you are told that your taxes will be reduced if your community spends less on education, you might develop an opinion that governments over-fund schools. That is totally “fake news” because schools have never been given “extra money.”

Some of the conspiracy minds want you to believe that this virus was manufactured by China as a biological weapon. STOP! The virus came from a bat and not a chemical plot to hurt America. This COVID-19 virus was just as damaging to China’s citizens and economy as it is to ours. They may have kept it secret until they were sure and that cost the world six days, but we lost six weeks with Trump’s inability to comprehend the threat.

Trump is a poor messenger, and our exposure to him every night is dangerous to our health. If Donald Trump creates an undertow and infects his base with the illusion that WE MUST OPEN THE COUNTRY and they then pressure him to force states to open prematurely, people will die.

Someone posed the question on Facebook, “Would Trump kill people just to get re-elected?” The sad truth is, yes. The ironic aspect of this is Democratic governors will probably keep their states closed longer, keeping their voters alive. Ruby red states will do whatever Trump says, and that could kill many of his own voters. This makes me particularly worried because I live in Florida. Our governor, Ron DeSantis, would put his arm in an alligator’s jaws to please Trump.

Why would we, as a nation, do anything to cause death? Why would any politician believe they have the right to risk human life? To all those shitheads on social media who are protesting and rallying around Trump’s selfishness, please head out on your motorcycles and wave your Trump flags. Get really close to people, forget about social distancing and kiss a sneezer. Hey, the virus is only as dangerous as the flu. Trump said so, right?

If you read this book, you can see why all this happened to us.

The book that tells it like it is…

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

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THE ONLY SAFE WAY TO REOPEN

Trump’s Math & Direction Are Wrong

One of my fellow retirees complained this week about the “uncertain times,” an expression I have learned to hate. Thank you, COVID-19. My friend’s gripe came from losing vast sums of his retirement fund in the last 30 days. I suggested he just wait for this process to play out, then he sarcastically barked, “Oh, I lose $75K and they send me a check for $1,200, how does that help?”

Donald Trump knows that if he cannot get our economy back into shape soon, the drama and crisis will stretch right into his campaign and turn him into a one-term president. Our president lives for the stage and spotlight. He can talk endlessly about any subject you throw at him, but he fails to clear away a clutter of issues that not only don’t matter but also don’t bring any clarity to the subject at hand. He is surrounded by very smart people but, as he himself has said, his metric is what’s in his head. Must we fear his gut more than the virus itself?

Yes, we must reopen the country. We must get the wheels of industry turning again and bring people back to work. The main thrust of this article is not about Donald Trump. It’s about a positive plan to help America heal, both medically and financially. American needs a big, simple solution. This could be it.

A few days ago, I tweeted to our governor here in Florida: “@GovRonDeSantis

Here is an idea. Take this company, https://tervis.com and have them test all their employees to see if they can reopen. Then disclose the data to WH and FLORIDA. They have 312 employees and that would be a great research idea. @RoganDonelly” This is the company that makes those tumbler-type plastic and aluminum mugs. Mr. Donelly is their President and they temporarily closed their factory in my neighborhood.  

To reopen the country, we will need to be smarter and do more testing, much more testing. During a recent task force briefing, Donald Trump swatted away the suggestion of testing everyone in America. Why? Well, he sees everything in terms of 1. Costs 2. The need to reopen as soon as possible and 3. How #1 and #2 will affect him. He has feebly distanced himself from this terrible crisis by refusing to take any responsibility, while constantly serving up an ever-changing litany of blame.

President Trump obviously fails to understand the true purpose of certain laws. This article on the Politico web site caught my eye, Trump Is Using the Defense Production Act All Wrong. Trump doesn’t seem to understand the purchase guaranteeing built into the DPA, which can motivate companies to move faster and produce more for less. Why is the government choosing companies to produce critically needed items without any knowledge about their factory’s ability to retool? I hope the Trump family isn’t benefiting in any way by these moves. During the Korean War, the DPA made it easy for President Truman to tap companies like Jeep in Toledo. Since they were deeply involved in WWII production of vehicles, getting them involved made perfect sense.

Ford and GM are fine companies and I am sure they will do their best producing face shields, but the idea that they could retool quickly to make a complex ventilator is naïve. There are probably many smaller, more nimble US companies that could have mastered the task easily, but without a master plan and massive coordination, they wouldn’t know what to make. We just don’t make stuff in America like we used to.

There is some history of mass testing in communities having worked out well. According to Forbes magazine, “from October 2018 onward, either genome or serology tests were performed on the majority of Egyptians 12 and over: a total of 65 million people. Although the main goal was to reduce rates of hepatitis C infection — Egypt had the highest in the world at the time — testing was also conducted for diseases like diabetes, hypertension, and obesity.” Egypt became the first country in the world to eliminate hepatitis C. Remarkable! See what a military dictatorship can achieve? Now there’s a rich irony, my friends.

We get that Trump was trying to help local hospitals with personal protective equipment, but as we flatten the curve the government needs to shift into the next use of the DPA. Trump should use his bully routine to make companies like Abbott Laboratories and Roche, both were involved in the Egyptian effort, to manufacture millions of test kits for the virus and tests for antibodies. He can do through use of the DPA, but should the companies balk they could be threatened with the nationalization of medical testing, FOREVER! Can you believe that after writing one million words against Trump I am suggesting he use more of his office’s power to do the right thing? IMPORTANT NOTE: Trump should not be the person to negotiate the deal; he’s lousy at deal making. Egypt negotiated the price of the tests down to 50 cents a pop. Roche wanted to charge $5 a test. Our current testing of each person for COVID-19 is $20 or more. Read my lips: PROFIT TAKING.

After millions and millions of tests are produced, the CDC must offer them to every company wanting to get back to business. The company will pay for the tests and their HR department will keep the records. As my mother always said, “Sometimes you have to spend money to make money.” Under this plan, the president would sign an executive order that no place of business can reopen until everyone who will work at the location has been tested and cleared to work. Much like the healthcare workers at some doctor’s offices have stickers that show they have had a flu-shot, we could have a sticker stating, “I’ve already had it.”

There is a dark and damning issue that Trump keeps denying. He knows that if we test more people, the number of coronavirus cases will soar. He doesn’t want those figures blasted across every media outlet. The President needs to understand that his decision could unnecessarily kill many more people if he moves too quickly with reopening the country. We’ve already thrown more than $4 trillion dollars at this calamity and testing every American just might be cheaper than reopening too soon only to have to shut down again should cases multiply. That would surely lead to a collapse of the world’s economy. Testing everyone would perhaps cost about a billion dollars. We’ve spent more than that already. Paying people to stay home when we could test them and get them back to work is foolish. Will Trump get it? Will he make the right call? Now I’m afraid of two things, the virus and the prospect of a poor plan from the president.

If you read this book, you can see why all this happened to us.

The book that tells it like it is…

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

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