Friday night, Colin Kaepernick decided to protest a civil rights matter.  To protest, he refused to stand up when the National Anthem was played before the game started.  Naturally, that started a whole bunch of garbage and hate tweets.

Kaepernick said of his decision:

I am not going stand and show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people of color.  To me this is bigger than football and it would be selfish on my part to look the other way.  There are bodies on the street and people getting paid leave and getting away with murder.

Of course there are two sides to every story.  There are people who support what Kaepernick did and apparently plans to continue to do.  Then there are those who do not support Kaepernick or what he did.

Of course the biggest complaint is how he is “disrespecting” our troops who “fight and die” for our freedoms.  For example, Alex Boone, a former teammate had this to say about Kaepernick’s actions:

It’s hard for me, because my brother was a Marine, and he lost a lot of friends over there.  That flag obviously gives (Kaepernick) the right to do whatever he wants. I understand it. At the same time, you should have some (expletive) respect for people who served, especially people that lost their life to protect our freedom.

We’re out here playing a game, making millions of dollars. People are losing their life, and you don’t have the common courtesy to do that. That just drove me nuts.

Kaepernick was explicit in saying his protest was not intended to disrespect our troops or what they fight for.  As a matter of fact, as one who did serve, I would say to those who don’t like his stand to stop using our troops as ammunition for their hatred and tweets.  I find his protest quite right and proper.

Those of us who have served, have done so to protect our freedoms.  That includes the right to protest against things we find troubling.  The very fact that racism still exists in this country is more of a slight to us who have served and are serving than a protest to bring the light of day to that racism.

The very idea that people are willing to hate others based on the fact they are different than us is repulsive to every fiber of my being.  The idea that anyone who protests such actions is un-American is repulsive to me.

Colin Kaepernick has the right to protest this matter in anyway he chooses.  He is breaking no laws.  He is doing nothing to “disrespect” our troops and what they are fighting to protect, our freedoms.  Rather he is exercising his freedom to protest what he finds to be wrong.

Yes, the haters who are sending lots of hateful tweets have a right to criticize him as well.  However, they are they ones proving he is correct by their hate speech.  They are the ones who are disrespecting the troops and our service to protect our freedoms.

It is always “armchair” patriots who have the most vitriol towards those who disagree with their world view.  It is the “armchair” patriots who do not understand the true meaning of serving our country.  It is always the “armchair” patriots who want to define what freedoms we veterans have fought to protect.

If you disagree with Kaepernick’s actions that is okay and it is your right.  Just as it is his right to protest for what he believes.  Just stop hiding behind the “disrespecting our troops” argument to voice your disapproval.  As a veteran, I do not feel disrespected by his actions.

The freedoms we enjoy in this country are for everyone.  Not just those who happen to agree with our opinion.  If you don’t like protests, too bad.  Everyone has a right to protest for what they believe in.

As a matter of fact, I find it more disrespectful when people wear the American Flag as clothes than I do when someone else burns it in protest.  It is far more disgusting for the flag to be worn as a shirt getting dirty and smelly with someone’s bad odor than for a protester to burn it.  Think about that for a minute.

Before you jump out of your patriot armchair and scream at me remember that the “flag code” that you love to quote for your argument about burning the flag, also states that it should not be used a clothing either.

This uproar is what the “far right-wing” has given us today.  Protests are no longer allowed if they don’t approve of them.  They can call others names and use vulgarity whenever they “feel threatened” by protesters, but they are allowed to hate in the name of “free speech”.

Rather than shout down Kaepernick, we should be holding that discussion on race we should have had 200 years ago.  If you agree with him say so.  If you disagree with him say so.  Only either way you think, say so with meaningful arguments and have a proper discussion.

Protests can help us begin smart discussions about our problems.  Runaway violence will not help but rather hurt that discussion.  I served 20 years of my life so people like Colin Kaepernick can peacefully protest what he believes in.  I am not disrespected by his actions.

Rather, I feel my service was not in vain.  He is doing exactly what he is supposed to be allowed to do.  Expressing his free speech for something he finds troubling.  I say he should continue for as long as he feels necessary.

Steve Bannon and Breitbart.com has made voter fraud a key part of their drive for voter ID laws.  In 2012, Breitbart ran a piece about the Wisconsin voting laws trying to show that direct threat by non-resident voters in elections.

This is part of what they wrote:

This vulnerability, due to the current state law, has many concerned over the integrity of the upcoming elections.  The Wisconsin Government Accountability Board has even promoted this gap of occurrence in a fair election through its Twitter feed, encouraging people to register by today, October 17, with no need to prove residence.


This presents a real concern regarding the efforts of community organizers and political activists moving into Wisconsin, no doubt a battleground in the presidential race between Barack Obama (D) and Mitt Romney (R) as well as the very tight race between Tammy Baldwin (D) and former Governor Tommy Thompson (R).

As you can see, Breitbart under Steve Bannon was very concerned about voter fraud in Wisconsin back in 2012.  So why is that so important today?  Well, it turns out another case of voter fraud may be in the works this year.  Only this time it is in Florida not Wisconsin.

This morning the Guardian reported that Bannon is apparently “registered to vote in a key swing state in an empty house where he does not live, in an apparent breach of election laws.”  Bannon used to live in Dade-Miami area in a rental property he no longer lives in.  That rental property has been empty for months.

It was later reported that Bannon changed his Florida registration address.  He now claims to live at an address that belongs to Andy Badolato, who reports for Breitbart News and has worked with Bannon in the past on the production of political films.  According to public records, Badolato, 52, and two of his adult sons are also registered to vote at the property, which he co-owns with his ex-wife.

There is no evidence that Bannon actually lives at the address or not.  So, if Breitbart is really all that interested in stamping out voter fraud, they are surely going to do an in-depth investigation into this matter.

They should also be investigating if Bannon actually voted in 2014 or in the primaries this year using this false address.  But, I am sure that this is simply an oversight by Bannon and that Breitbart will tell us that was the case.

See, if there is voter fraud by Democrats, it is a terrible crime.  If it is by Republicans, it is not so terrible after all.  When Wisconsin’s Voter ID law was recently struck down, it came out that there was only one case of in-person voter fraud reported.  That voter fraud was a Republican who voted for Scott Walker during his recall vote.  He voted for Walker 14 times.

The funny thing was Breitbart somehow missed that point.  There weren’t any “VOTER FRAUD EXPOSED IN WISCONSIN” headlines after it was released in the court case.  Maybe Delusional Donald is right.  We should be watching the polls for voter frauds like his campaign CEO Steve Bannon.

There are a thousand things that Donald Trump has said since be began his run for President that you can criticize.  There are a thousand reasons you can hate the man.  You can call him a racist, which I believe he is or you can call him misogynistic, which he is, or you can call him crazy, which many believe.

A lot of people have made the case that he doesn’t have the temperament to be our next President.  His utter disdain for anyone who disagrees with him that has shown through his frequent and childish tweets proves this point itself.

But, if you really want to understand if a person truly understands complex issues, there is one issue that points out that Delusional Donald cannot and is unwilling to understand complex issues.  That issue is immigration and especially Muslim immigration.

At first, Delusional Donald called for a complete ban on all Muslims from immigrating to this country until “we can understand how to properly vet them”.  Many people were quick to point out that was unconstitutional.  He didn’t care.

Then, he said that we wouldn’t put a total ban on Muslims, but rather we would only ban Muslims from “countries that are known to export terrorism”.  Of course he meant only countries in the middle east.  But, then he said we would have to look at France too because of the terrorist attacks there recently.

But that also leaves other western European countries in the lurch as well.  For example, most of the terrorists involved in the 9/11 attacks came from Germany.  Would his ban on Muslims coming from “countries known to export terrorists” include Germany as well?

The real kick in the teeth comes from his belief that “Muslims from countries that are known to export terrorists” includes thousands of Muslims from Iraq that have risked their lives helping our troops.

Thousands of Iraqis have worked as interpreters for our troops, diplomats, and even media personnel.  Radical fringes in Iraq consider these people as enemies who deserve to be killed.  Many of them in the past have received visas to resettle in our country.  These Muslims are not terrorists, they are real heroes who have risked everything because they wanted to help us and their country.

Because these people are Muslim and live in Iraq, Trump considers them as “potential terrorists.  Ryan Crocker, a veteran diplomat and former U.S. ambassador to Iraq, sees them as heroes.

I don’t see Iraqi… interpreters as some kind of refugee. I see them as fellow veterans.  They fought with us and they are in jeopardy as a result. Somehow to categorize incredibly courageous and selfless individuals as an enemy is just a betrayal of what we stand for as a people.

One former interpreter who now lives in the Unites States and uses the pseudonym “Ahmed,” because some of his family remain in that country said that Iraqi militias and armed groups “would probably pay money to identify interpreters who have worked with American forces.  Most of those interpreters, when they worked, they didn’t really consider religion as part of their job. They worked based on what’s wrong and right, and decided to be on the side of the right… these people don’t deserve to be… left abandoned.”

The problem is not just with Trump and his policy plans.  The problem is also in the U.S. Senate which dropped the reauthorization of Afghan interpreter visas from its annual defense policy legislation.  If this problem isn’t fixed when Congress returns, we will be abandoning people who helped us in Iraq.

Crocker in comparing this action with the ban on nationalities to the Chinese Exclusion Act of the late 19th century said:

The signal all this sends, whether it be a failure to reauthorize a certain piece or a ban on certain nationalities, sends a chilling signal all around the world about what you can expect when you help Americans. And next time when we have a contingency, it’s going to be a little harder to get help.

He further said this was “morally, in precisely that category.”

When politicians begin to talk about immigration, they always take the easy way out by saying things like “securing our border” and deporting undocumented immigrants, or banning certain groups of people from certain regions or countries.

However, policies are far more complex than just the words you want to say to rouse up support.  As we have discussed before, words have consequences.  If Trump does ban Muslims from countries like Iraq, he will effectively be signing the death warrant of thousands of Iraqis and their family members who did what they thought was right and helped us.

Trump’s campaign has been asked several times about this issue, and they have yet to give any response to those questions.  What new?

Donald Trump has proven time after time on issue after issue that he does not fully understand the complexities of today’s real world.  This isn’t the 1860s and he is not part of the Know Nothing party.  He is supposed to be the Republican Party’s Nominee to become our next President.

Quite frankly, he is proving that he is incapable of performing that job.  Whoever becomes our next President will likely go down as a great President or a poor President.  But, I for one, would at least like to have that person at least have a clue.  Delusional Donald is proving over and over again that he doesn’t have a clue.

He has become the flip-flop master of this campaign.  The only thing he has been consistent about is his delusional belief in the “wonderfulness of himself.”  Yet, he whenever he opens his mouth he shows just how un-wonderful he really is.  I believe his inability to understand complex issues disqualifies him from being our next President.


From the moment Donald Trump got off that escalator in his Trump Tower to announce that he was seeking the nomination to become President, he has been calling for the deportation of 11 million undocumented immigrants and building a wall all along the southern border.

We heard this meme for at least 14 months in a row.  As a matter of fact, he said just on Monday in Akron Ohio that “I will build that wall and Mexico will pay for it” to a rounding applause.  But a funny thing happened on the way to the forum.  Suddenly Trump seems to be softening his stance on “illegals”.

Now he has added Mexican Americans along with African-Americans on his “what do you have to lose” talk about making their lives better.  All they need to do is “trust me.”  Now all of a sudden he isn’t so interested in “rounding ’em up” as he has been saying this whole election cycle.  Now, he is talking like “only the bad ones” need to be deported.

He is even hinting that he is open to ways “to allow these ‘illegals’ to become legal”.  On the same night of his “I am going to build that wall” speech in Akron, he told Bill O’Reilly that he wasn’t talking about internment camps or detaining these people.

As a matter of fact, pace makers all across the conservative movement must have stopped during this interview.  Especially when he said “most people don’t know this but Obama has deported lots of bad people.”

My two takeaways from that statement is that he gave the President come kudos for actually doing what the Republicans have been saying he has not done, but couldn’t bring himself to use the term President Obama because that might legitimize our President.  Something Trump hasn’t done since he started the “birther movement”.

By giving the President some nice words about his deportations, I am very surprised that there aren’t any conservatives in the headlines for being put in the hospital after having heart attacks during the interview.  Saying anything nice about the President is anti-Republican.  The odd thing was even O’Reilly let it slip by without a comment.

Trump said he would immediately deport any “criminals” and those recently caught at the border.  The rest would “go through the process”.  Which is exactly what the current President is doing.

Conservatives yesterday started back-tracking by claiming that what Trump said is not the same as what President Obama is doing.  They said Trump would be much tougher than President Obama has been.  After all, President Obama wants to let DACA stay in force.  You can’t let children who were brought here years ago think they might actually believe they are Americans.

Trump’s aides are now saying that he never called for “mass deportations” which he did hundreds of times.  They now claim that he never said we need to “round ’em up” which he did hundreds of times.  They now claim that he never said he was going to deport all undocumented immigrants even though he said “they all must go”.

During an interview with Chuck Todd, Trump was asked about children born in the U.S. with undocumented immigrant parents.  Trump said they all must go.  Todd said you cannot deport the children because they were U.S. Citizens.  Trump said he would not break up families. Todd asked then what about the undocumented parents of U.S. citizens.  Trump said “they have to go.”

Before he got into his tiff with Morning Joe, he was on the show and said “there needed to be a force assembled to round up and deport all undocumented immigrants.”  Now, he is saying that isn’t what he said.

So what brought about this “flip-flop” on immigration?  Might it be that Trump finally saw the polls and figured out that this issue is killing his chances to win?  Is he really going to “soften” his stance on this issue?  I don’t think so, really.  He is still running his “armed camp” advertisements in my state and others.

On top of all of that, he still has Steve Bannon and the rest of the so-called “Alt-Right” on his side.  So he won’t be able to stay on this message for too long.  Even if Bannon allows his softening to continue so he doesn’t look so “racist” to get more votes, it will definitely not hold if he is elected President.

You will also notice that Trump is not “changing” anything, according to him and his aides.  He isn’t changing because according to them “he never said those things” even though there are hundreds of video footage showing he did say those things.

There is one real difference between the two candidates.  Hillary Clinton has placed her policies on her web page for all to see and read and hasn’t changed them.  Trump keeps changing his position according to how badly he is being beaten in the polls.

His real problem will come when his “staunch” supporters realize that he has lied to them.  I know most will swallow his fake pills, but some will realize what is going on and might cause his support to slip among the base.

That tells me that Trump has no policies and no idea exactly how he would run the country should he win.  All we are supposed to do is “believe him” and everything will be just fine.  Excuse me, but I don’t “believe him” and I can’t see how I ever would.


Over the past couple of weeks there has been a lot of talk about Hillary Clinton’s emails.  Yesterday, it was announced that the State Department was reviewing an additional 15,000 emails to determine if any are duplicates, which ones are private, and which ones if any are new work related emails.

Naturally, the Republican side has pounced on this announcement.  Trump even went so far at to claim there should be a “special prosecutor” to investigate the Clinton Foundation.  That comment has Steve Bannon all over it.

Trump has claimed that Hillary has been involved in a “pay for play” scheme when she was Secretary of State.  The problem I am having buying into all of this “corruption” they claim Hillary Clinton is guilty of is her statements about the emails.

Every time emails appear, Clinton’s reaction is the same.  “If they are work related emails, they should be released to the public.”  Even when the FBI announced they would turn over the notes of her interview with them to Congress, she said they should also be released to the public.

Call me crazy, but that doesn’t sound like someone trying to hide some kind of corruption.  It sounds like a woman who doesn’t think she has anything to hide.  At no time during this witch hunt by the right has she said “no, keep everything secret” which is the standard line of those who are hiding something.

On the other hand, we have Donald Trump.  He claims he “isn’t in anyone’s pockets”.  Yet, he won’t release his tax returns like every single presidential candidate since the late 1960s.  His reason is he can’t because he is under audit.  That is a blatant lie.  There is nothing keeping him from releasing his tax returns just because he is under audit.  Richard Nixon was under audit when he released his returns in 1968.

Then there is his current campaign manager, Kerryanne Conway, who said earlier that he should release his tax returns.  Now that she is the campaign manager, she is backtracking on the demand.  She doesn’t think he should release his returns now.  Why?

Why is this so important?  Well, for one thing, Trump keeps saying that he isn’t in anyone’s pocket.  But, how do we know that if he doesn’t release his tax returns.  His biggest argument is that he did file the financial disclosure form.  But, that is far less informative than tax returns.

The New York Times recently dug into his financial disclosure forms and even deeper than that.  Since Trump’s fortune is tied to his business ventures, it is also important to know how that organization gets its money.

In April, Trump said that he has made a fortune off of debt and that he loves debt.  As a matter of fact he said “I am the king of debt”.  When you are in business, debt is part of doing business.  When you are in the commercial real estate business, debt is huge.

In one line of his financial disclosure form Trump says he owes banks in excess of $50 million.  That is an understatement at best.  It turns out that debt is far greater than $50 million.  The Times found that Trump’s company has at least $650 million in debt.

That alone isn’t so interesting.  For example, the loan to build his Trump Tower was about $950 million.  The interesting part is to whom he owes the money.  The three biggest lenders for Trump’s debt are Goldman Sachs, Deutsche Bank, and the Bank of China.

There are various reasons for these institutions to be interesting and troublesome for a presidential candidate.  Trump claims that Goldman Sachs “owns” Hillary Clinton because they paid her speaking fees in the $600,000 range.  Yet he owes that same bank tens of millions of dollars.  On the surface, it would appear he is more in “their pockets” than Clinton ever could be.

Deutsche Bank has run afoul of U.S. Banking laws in the past.  They have paid several fines to the U.S. because of these “inappropriate” behaviors.  So, Trump owes tens of millions of dollars to a foreign bank that does not have an “honest” reputation in this country.

The most troubling to me is the Bank of China.  Trump says it “is the largest bank in China.”  Which is true.  It is also true that the Bank of China is owned by the Government of China.  Trump owes over $100,000 million to the Bank of China.

So, how does Donald Trump plan to stop the Chinese from “manipulating” their currency through their bank if he owes them so much money?  Wouldn’t that be difficult if he worked under the threat of his loans being called in because he is messing with Chinese economic policies?

We have also heard several times from Trump’s own children that Trump has received large amounts of money from Russian Oligarchs.  There is a simple fact of life in Russia.  You cannot become an oligarch in Russia if you are not somehow tied to Vladimir Putin.

We don’t know the reason for Trump receiving this money from Russia.  Was it to purchase “condos” or “property” or was it to invest in the company.  If it is the latter, that again poses risk to Donald Trump’s decision-making when it comes to policy pertaining to Russia.

The problem with all of this, if it isn’t apparent, is that Donald Trump talks a big game.  However, if all of this is true, then he would be far more vulnerable to making decisions based on how much money he owes these entities than Hillary Clinton would be.

The only way we will know for sure if Donald Trump is potentially in “someone’s pocket” is by seeing his tax returns.  The tax returns is the only place he must show where all of the money came from and how much he owes each entity.

If I was a conservative nut-job like Steve Bannon, I would be screaming this all proves just how corrupt Donald Trump really is and how it is proof that he will sell our nation down the drain to the Russians and the Chinese.  But, I am not a conservative nut-job like Steve Bannon.  So, instead, I would prefer Trump release his tax returns immediately so the “experts” can review them and tell us if he is potentially a in someone’s pocket.

Just like it is not illegal to have meetings with donors to a charity while in public office, it is not illegal to borrow money from foreign investors.  The question arises when the person who has borrowed that money is running for President of the United States and will be making economic and other policy decision that will affect our relationships with the world.

One side in this campaign has been accused of all sorts of “pay for play” and other scandals without any proof.  Yet, that side says to “release” everything to the public.  The other side, making those accusations won’t release any information about his business practices or financial condition.  He won’t release his tax returns.

It seems to me that the side being accused doesn’t have much to hide since they are willing to have everything released for transparency.  The other side must be hiding something, or they would also release the information in the name of transparency.

That leaves only one question.  Donald, what are you hiding from the American People?

Okay, I live in a state that Donald Trump has targeted for advertisements.  I have seen the first one.  Like the Republican National Convention, it is dark and foreboding.  The ad is all about immigration.  It first shows a bunch of people “running across the border” and ends with a shot of a figure in fatigues standing “guard” with his automatic rifle.

It kind of gives you the idea that under Donald Trump, we will be living in an armed camp.  Without that camp, we will not be protected from those hoodlums trying to wreak havoc on our society.

The one odd thing about that add, is that they cite, in very small letters at the bottom, one of their sources for Hillary’s plan about immigration.  They cite the Center of Immigration Studies.  If you have never heard about this center, it is no wonder.  They are a very anti-immigration group who provides “studies” of immigration policy in a very unfriendly immigrant slant.

The Center for Immigration Studies does not like any immigration at all.  One of their recent articles tell us that immigrant population is over 44 million now.  They even show a chart showing how quickly it has grown over the last several years.

They claim this is a danger to our country and our way of life.  Remember, they are not just speaking about illegal immigration as they call it, they are talking about “all” immigrants.  They love the idea of Trump’s of eliminating people of the Faith of Islam from ever coming into the country.

This group is also one of the favorite sites for “information on immigration” of Breitbart.com.  Since Bannon is now the Chair of the Trump Campaign, is it any wonder that this anti-immigration group is the one source for information in their ads.

Then over the weekend, Trump has apparently decided that his vicious plan to deport 11 million people just might not be working at the polls for him.  So, he has declared that the process will be “humane”.  Not sure just what he means by that, but he said it.

Additionally, he is hinting that deporting 11 million people might not be all that possible.  So, he is floating the idea of letting people seek “legal standing” not by going home first, but through the embassies and consulates in our country.  If that is true, that is a “yuge” walk-back.

How are his ardent anti-immigrant backers going to take that news?  Nativism is his hallmark for running for the office.  If he back-tracks on that one fact, he would certainly lose at least some of his current supporters.  Without them, he has no chance of winning.

He is supposed to be giving an immigration speech in Colorado later this week.  That will be one for the books.  He is either going to throw more red meat to his supporters, or he is going to “walk-back” his original rhetoric and hope his followers don’t notice.

Then yesterday, his campaign manager Kerryanne Conway said that Donald Trump does not throw “personal attacks” at anyone.  She forgot to tell Donald Trump about that quote.  He exploded this morning with one of his infamous tweets.

This tweet concerned the hosts of Morning Joe on MSNBC.  Apparently, they are not buying the “new Donald Trump” Conway is trying to sell America.

The show returned from one commercial break to the tune of “Everything Is Awesome” from “The Lego Movie,” as a clip of Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus telling ABC on Sunday that Trump had a “great week” and is “getting into a groove.”

“Everything’s awesome,” Brzezinski said. “Everything’s awesome,” co-host Joe Scarborough repeated.

Brzezinski offered, “This is the part I don’t understand. You just have to look at this as an opportunity, right? You can’t pretend this is OK.”

How dare they voice their opinion against the Great Delusional Donald!  He immediately sent off this tweet:

Tried watching low-rated @Morning_Joe this morning, unwatchable! @morningmika is off the wall, a neurotic and not very bright mess!”

That wasn’t enough for the Delusional One.  A few minutes later he added:

Some day, when things calm down, I’ll tell the real story of @JoeNBC and his very insecure long-time girlfriend, @morningmika. Two clowns!

This not even one full day after his campaign manager Kellyanne Conway insisted on ABC News that he “doesn’t hurl personal insults.”  Maybe Conway has a different definition of “personal insults” than the rest of us do.

To be fair though, we already know that Donald Trump hates the media.  At least the media that don’t sing his praises from the highest mountain tops.  He is the first candidate I know of that has “black listed” a dozen or more news outlets from his rallies.  Even George Wallace didn’t have a black list of banned news outlets.

Finally, there was Trump’s biggest fan, Rudi Giuliani on Fox News the other day telling America that Hillary Clinton is suffering from medical and psychological illness.  And, he has proof.

Go online and put down ‘Hillary Clinton illness,’ take a look at the videos yourself.

I bet he thinks the “cat playing Beethoven” on the piano is real too.  Or, maybe all of those “groin hits” on America’s Funniest Videos were never staged either.  But then again, no one ever accused the former Mayor of ignoring a good “conspiracy theory” when he saw one.

It seems to me that Delusional Donald has found himself in a quandary.  On one hand he has to keep his “base” in tact.  Yet, on the other hand he needs independents and suburban educated women to win the election.  Only he is having trouble getting both to back him.

If he softens his stance on immigration, he thinks he will win over those educated suburban women.  But, if he does that, he might lose many of his most ardent supporters.  It is his willingness to pander to their anti-immigration love that got him this far.

So, just this weekend we have seen the “many faces of Trump”.  First he is going to be “humane” in dealing with the undocumented immigrants.  Then he uses an anti-immigration source for information to prove he is right about immigration.

Then he tweets out a personal attack against the hosts of Morning Joe because he doesn’t like what he saw there.  That less than 24 hours after Kellyanne Conway says he doesn’t personally attack anyone.

And then, Rudi Giuliani goes on Fox and spins the conspiracy theory that Hillary Clinton is mentally ill.  And, of course, he uses made up internet videos to prove his point.  How legalistic of the former Attorney General.

So, if after this “great week for Trump” as Reince Priebus said over the weekend you are still confused about Delusional Donald, you are not alone.  He is all over the place when it comes to “running” his campaign.

At first Republicans were happy with the addition of Conway as his campaign manager.  But this morning proves that she does not hold the sway they thought she might.  How long can she stand to be upstaged and not listened to by her boss?  I put the over and under of her staying at one month.  Let’s see if I am correct.

The only thing that still amazes me is with all of this horse shit going on, how can the real Republicans still support this nut job?  Maybe the answer is there are no more “real Republicans” left anymore.  I guess they have all left the building.



There has been a movement growing in the U.S.  It is called the Boycott, Divestments and Sanctions (BDS) movement.  It is used by U.S. companies that think the State of Israel has gone too far in its treatment of Palestinians.

Israel is our most staunch ally in the Mideast.  However, the question becomes just how far do we allow Israel to go in its treatment of the Palestinians.  Yes, I know they are fighting for their survival, but does ignoring international law help or hurt that fight for survival.

For example, why is it necessary for Israel to continue to build settlements in the occupied West Bank.  According to the treaties with the Palestinians the West Bank is supposed to “their” country.  If that is true, then Israel is illegally building settlements on foreign territory.

There are other examples of excessive force and even torture against civilian Palestinians.  So, there has been a quiet movement going on using BDS to show disapproval of these actions by Israel.  Problem is that too many politicians in this country don’t want to “piss off” the Israelis and are doing things to stop the movement.

The latest move was just done in New Jersey.  New Jersey is a mostly democratic controlled state that currently has a Republican Governor.  They passed an anti-BDS bill in June and Chris Christie just signed the bill into law.

What this bill does is enforce the state of New Jersey to investigate the “motives” of why a company refuses to do business with Israel.  They will then be able to “punish” that company.  The penalty will be the leverage of State Investment Council which oversees over $80 billion in pension assets.  The State Investment Council would be required by law not to invest in any company that is on the “black list” of companies.

In other words, what Republicans call “free speech” will be denied and punished if it used to express displeasure with Israel by a company who refuses to do business with Israel.   Boycotts have been used, especially in this country, as a form of expression against certain policies.

Boycotts are not violent.  They simply express the views of people and/or companies about policies and practices of governments.  New Jersey isn’t alone in this view of anti-BDS either.  New York governor signed an executive  establishing their own black list.

President Obama and all of the Presidential Candidates see BDS as something evil and shouldn’t take place.  The real irony to me is the Republican stand on this issue.  Remember, this is the same party that claims “religious freedom” means you can discriminate against groups like the LGBT community.  So how can they claim these anti-BDS bills are anything but an attack on “free speech”?

When he signed the bill, Christie said”  “Israel is the beacon of democracy in a region that is constantly in turmoil.”  He also called Israel “our one true friend in the region.”  That may be true.  But, does that mean we cannot criticize the country for Human Rights violations?

Look, the Jews and the Arabs have been fighting and killing each other for over 4000 years over the same stretch of desert.  If given the chance they will probably continue killing each other for the next 4000 years.  But, it doesn’t have to be that way.

Israel would have far better standing in the world if they were to treat their Palestinian neighbors humanely.  I am not saying they don’t have a right to defend themselves.  They do.  But, that right does not give them the right to inhumanely treat Palestinians by torturing them or by destroying their homes because Israel thinks someone in the family is a terrorist.  Nor, does it give them the right to build Jewish settlements on Palestinian land.

The BDS movement is not a “government sanctioned” movement, obviously.  It is a group of businesses who have decided not to do business with Israel until  these human rights violations stop occurring.  The anti-BDS movement setting up “black lists” of these companies is a violation of their rights under our constitution.

No company is or should be forced to do business with any country.  Nor, should they be punished for not doing business with a particular country just because the government doesn’t like their reasons.

It would be wonderful if all countries and peoples followed the laws.  It would be wonderful if all countries and people treated each other like human beings.  Unfortunately, that is not the way of the world.

That does not give the government the right to punish those who decide to act peacefully against countries who  openly violate those tenants.  With this anti-BDS movement going on, all Americans must ask ourselves if we really stand for the principles we claim to.

Black list laws like these anti-BDS bills say we do not.




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