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Day 29

“I know more about ISIS than the Generals do.  Believe me.”  “The Generals have been reduced to rubble.”  “The Generals leading our military are losers.”

Those are just three direct quotes from our Slanderer In Chief (SIC), Donald Trump during the campaign.  I have decided to start calling him by his real title since he can’t help but slander people who say things against him like he did the other day with the Union Leader at Carrier.

So, now that he is filling out his cabinet who is he appointing to key positions?  Generals.  Why would anyone who thinks that our Generals are losers want them on his team?  Why would anyone who thinks he knows more than they do place them in positions that deal directly with our security?

I cannot say I know any of the three Generals so far named to his administration,.  However, I do know people who worked for Flynn and they absolutely hate the man.  It says something to me when the next President picks a conspiracy theorist as his Intelligence Director.  I thought that position required someone with actual intelligence.

A lot of people are concerned about the “over militarization” of the cabinet.  Especially in the positions they are being earmarked to fill.  There is a lot of concern about Mattis being the Secretary of Defense.  Our Constitution says that the military is to be under “civilian” control.  A retired four star General isn’t exactly what most people consider as “civilian”.  But, considering some of his other picks so far, Mattis may be the only adult in the room.

Now it is being reported that our SIC is going to announce his third General to head up the  Department of Homeland Security.  That choice is General John Kelly.

I don’t know a lot about Kelly except that our SIC picked him because he was in charge of U.S. Southern Command which includes Latin America.  Other than that, he really has no experience heading up a department of 22 different agencies including law enforcement, transportation security, and the Coast Guard.

If you are wondering how good of a job he will do, you are not alone.  I share your concerns.  Back in 2002 Retired Adm. James Loy was named by George W. Bush to head up the TSA.  I was very involved in security management at the time and was a member of ASIS International.  That group along with others offered suggestions as to how to best handle security at airports.

Unfortunately for all of us, we weren’t listened to very much.  Adm. Loy was a fine Coast Guard Officer, but unfortunately, I don’t think he did a very good job at TSA.

The problem comes from one simple fact.  Running a military organization is totally different from running a civilian organization.  In the military we sort of live in our own world.  We have our own criminal justice system.  We have our own rules.  We even have less “freedoms” than our civilian counterparts.

When a military leader attempts to head up a civilian organization, the military way just doesn’t work very well.  I believe that was the biggest hinderance to Adm. Loy succeeding better at TSA.

Should our SIC decide to start rounding up “illegals” and deporting them,  Kelly is the one who will be responsible to do so.  If our SIC orders that stupid wall of his to be build, it will be Kelly who will have to do it.

Problem is that he already stated that the wall probably won’t work.  And, he knows little to nothing about the legal implications of rounding millions of people for deportation.

I cannot remember a time in my lifetime when so many Generals were being selected to head up important cabinet posts.  Even President Eisenhower didn’t have as many Generals on his payroll as our SIC is going to have.

Then again, no one worried about Eisenhower establishing a militarized government either.  We cannot say that about our SIC.  If you want to militarize the government the best way is to put military people in top positions.  Especially if you believe the military would follow them even if they were breaking the law.

Our SIC has made some god-awful choices for filling out his cabinet.  I cannot say that Mattis and Kelly fall into that category.  Only time will tell.

It is going to be interesting though watching the infighting after our SIC takes office.  I wonder if our SIC knows that when appointing so many retired Generals, rank does matter to these people.  Flynn who will have the closest spot to our SIC’s ear is the junior officer of the three.

That could make for some interesting fights.  It will be interesting if the other two “pull rank” on Flynn when it comes to final decisions.  I bet Flynn comes up with some wild conspiracy theory about how Mattis and Kelly will be “out to get me”.

This could all be comical if it wasn’t so serious.  I don’t know about you, but I don’t trust our SIC.  Nor am I thrilled with his choices for his cabinet so far.  As a veteran, I really do fear for the future of our country under this clown.  I hope I am wrong for all of our sake.

 

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Day 26

Yesterday, a man, Edgar Madison Welch from Salisbury North Carolina was arrested after he fired several shots from an assault riffle inside the Comet Pig Pong pizzeria.  He told police that he was “self-investigating” the Pizzagate scandal.

If you have not heard of this so-called conspiracy, it is a fake news story that has appeared on Facebook and other sites like 4Chan, and Reddit that is frequently used by the alt-Right site.  It claims that the pizza shop is really a conspiracy that provides children for sex to top Democrats in Washington, D.C.

Since this stupidity began, the pizzeria and its employees have received several threats including death threats.  Then yesterday, Welch walked into the pizzeria carrying his riffle in search of the “imprisoned children”.

This story has been debunked and debunked but it keeps appearing on the usual sites like 4Chan and InfoWars.  But it gets even worse.  Michael Flynn, Jr. the son and “advisor” to his father Ret. Gen Michal Flynn tweeted:

Until #Pizzagate proven to be false, it’ll remain a story. The left seems to forget #Podesta and the many ‘coincidences’ tied to it.”

Flynn, Jr linked to the account of Jack Posobiec, whose Twitter account describes him as the special projects director of a group called Citizens4Trump.

Posobiec claims the arrest of Welch is just a stunt to make the conspiracy look bad.  He tweeted:

Planted Comet Pizza Gunman will be used to push for censorship of independent news sources that are not corporate owned.

This part is rather problematic considering who this man’s father is and what position he is going to have in the Trump Administration.  Especially since Flynn himself has used hashtags that are also conspiracy theories like when on Nov 4 he tweeted the #spiritcooking which was referring to a conspiracy theory linking Podesta to satanic rituals.

This election we have seen an explosion of fake news take off on social media.  The explosion of such venom shows that people who read this garbage do not explore or research the sources or the story for their honesty.

This #Pizzagate thing proves just how dangerous fake news can be.  There are a lot of people blaming fake news for Trump’s victory and that is possible.  But the more serious problem with it took place at a pizzeria in Washington, D.C.  A lunatic conspiracy theory follower actually fired shots in a pizzeria full of innocent people with children.  He didn’t seem to care if he killed anyone or not.  Then, someone associated with the Trump Administration tweets it was all a fake news story and the man arrested was an actor.

Is this what our country is supposed to be?  Are we getting so lazy that we believe anything a wacko puts on Facebook or other social media site?  And, I am sorry to say, that so far almost all of it is coming from so-called “conservatives” and it is clearly being sucked-up by other “conservatives”.  Even Paul Ryan said “who cares” about Trump’s lies on twitter.  That is scary on its own.

What all of this is showing me is that we are becoming primed to follow Trump and his authoritarian government.  When fake news is believed more than real news, we are in trouble.

How long will it be before another “self-investigator” kills someone over these fake news stories.  Remember this, if you shared any of this garbage on your Facebook page, you will be partly responsible for those deaths.  That may sound harsh, but it is true.  Spreading fake news is just as bad as creating it, in my opinion.

One thing you can be sure of if the headlines in a story says:  “You Won’t Believe This” or “Must Read” or any such grabbing words, it is probably fake.  Even tabloids in the U.S. don’t use words like that in their headlines.

The best way to stop this nonsense and make it go away is for you to NOT believe it and stop sharing it.  Unless of course you want to live in a dictatorship.

The Comet Ping Pong pizzeria is a nice place.  It is a family based pizzeria that actually serves good pizza.  Their only “crime” is that some top Democrats actually get pizza from them.  That is enough for the wackos to blame it for anything under the sun.

These fake news stories are living proof that we no longer live in a society that is based on facts and truth.  We live in a society that is out to kill the other side no matter the consequences.   To me this is nothing more that terrorism.  Ask the employees at the pizzeria how they feel.

As Smokey the Bear says “Only you can stop it”.  Start using your brains and not hour hate to decide what is fact and what is fake.

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Day 20

(Before we get to todays comments, let me explain the day 20 above.  One of the biggest memes of Trump’s campaign was he would “bring back American jobs”.  As you know, Donald Trump and his family have several products that they sell in the U.S.  These includes things like suits, shirts, ties, accessories, shoes, women’s clothes, and jewelry.

Since Donald Trump is now the President-elect, it is his responsibility to lead our nation.  Anyone who has been in a position of leadership knows the best form of leading is from example.

Since Trump and his family want to “bring back American jobs” and since the simple fact is that none of their products are made in America, I have been waiting for him to announce the change from the 12 countries where his products are made to bring them back to America.

It has now been 20 days since he woke up as the President-elect.  I will continue the count until he announces that his manufacturing jobs will be returned to the U.S.  Once he does that, I will restart the count until the jobs actually begin.  If you expect to make promises to the American worker, start at home with your own products.)

Since Donald Trump began announcing his cabinet and administration picks, he has shown beyond reasonable doubt that he intends to dismantle our democratic country.  I am not sure if he is trying to move quick so there won’t be a campaign in 2020 or if he is toying with that idea still.

I am not kidding about this either.  He is naming people who have been so un-American, in my opinion, that there can be no other reason for their appointments.  Plus, he is proving he is the liar that we all know he is.

During the campaign, he said Hillary Clinton should be in jail.  His reason was because of her private email server.  He, and conservatives in general, claimed it was illegal, which it was not.  They also claimed that she “compromised classified” information because it might have been on the server, and it might be subjected to a hack.

All investigations, including that by the FBI said there were no laws broken and therefore no criminal charges could be brought.  That did not quiet the critics who claimed that it was all a “cover up”.

Now, to prove just how much he meant his railings against Clinton, he has named on person to his intelligence team and is considering another person to be Secretary of State or head of the DIA or some other intelligence position who have compromised classified information.

The first, Mike Flynn was severely reprimanded for handing over classified information to NATO partners without permission from higher authority.  The matter was investigated by DOD and he was considered to have mishandled classified information, thus the reprimand.

The Second Gen. Petraeus who is currently on a two-year probation for mishandling classified information.  That was the result of a plea deal.  His crime was even worse than Flynn’s.  He actually gave some very sensitive information to his biographer, with whom he was also having an affair, then he lied about it.  The FBI discovered this highly classified information in a desk drawer in his house.

Now Trump wants these two men, who have actually been proven to not handle classified information properly to be put into positions that need to handle very sensitive classified information.

He named Jeff Sessions to be his Attorney General.  Jeff Sessions is an open racist.  He said the KKK is okay, except he doesn’t like some of them smoking pot after their meetings.  He has voted against things like the Violence Against Women’s Act, every Civil Rights bill brought to the Senate floor, wants a constitutional amendment to ban same-sex marriage, fought against equality rights for disabled children to attend public schools, and a host of other things.

Trump now wants him to “enforce” the very things he hates.  There are effectively two ways to kill civil rights in this country.  First is to pass legislation that repeals those rights, and the second is to simply not enforce their provisions.  Trump appears to be using the second option.

It is the responsibility of the Department of Justice to enforce all of the laws of this country.  However, with Session’s record against human decency, we can be pretty sure he won’t enforce those laws he personally doesn’t like.  Do you really believe he will enforce what is left of the Voting Rights Bill?

Additionally, Sessions is very anti-immigration.  You can bet the first order will be to “round up” all of the so-called “illegals” in the country.  If you were wondering where Trump’s deportation force would come from, you now have your answer.

Sessions is also in favor of banning Muslims from immigrating to our country.  He favors a registry for all Muslims already here.  He is in favor of “monitoring” Mosques to make sure they aren’t “radicalizing” anyone.

Yesterday, it was announced that Rep. Tom Price will head up the Department of Health and Human services.  Remember those 50 bills in the House of Representatives to repeal the Affordable Care Act? He wrote every single one of them.

His “replacement” plan known as the Empowering Patients First Act is nothing more than an Empowering Insurers First Act.  His “plan” would gut Obamacare’s regulation of insurance plans, reduce the total financial assistance going to people buying private coverage and rescind entirely the law’s expansion of Medicaid for the poorest Americans.

Insurers could resume some of the practices that Obamacare now prohibits ― like selling bare-bones plans and, in some cases, denying coverage to people with pre-existing conditions. Price’s proposal would offer people tax credits, but there’d be no guarantee the credits could actually pay for comprehensive coverage.

He also believes that homosexuality is some kind of abnormality.  As such, they should bed shunned and not allowed into “polite” society.  He favors the amendment to ban same-sex marriage and considers homosexuals to have “pre-existing” conditions which could cut them off of insurance under his plan.

He also expressed his belief that same-sex partners should not be allowed to help make medical decisions on behalf of their sick partner.  Nor does he favor same-sex partners having the same visitation rights as any other partner might have.

Furthermore, Price believes that Medicare should be privatized and Medicaid should be abolished.  Under his replacement plan for the Affordable Care Act, it is estimated that at least 20 million people will lose their health care coverage.  Of course, Trump promised not to change Medicare or Medicaid during the campaign.  So much for campaign promises.

Both Sessions and Price argue that children born to non-citizens should not have “citizenship birthright”.  Meaning if a non-citizen gives birth in this country, that child would not automatically become a citizen as the constitution says they would.

Then, yesterday, Trump announced that he believes that anyone who “burns the American flag” should go to jail and lose their citizenship.  I know that a lot of people don’t like the idea of burning the flag in protest.  But, it is a protected First Amendment right of Free Speech as ruled by the U.S. Supreme Court.

Of course to conservatives, the right of Free Speech only applies if they agree with what is said or done.  The fact that a dissenter could have those same rights is unthinkable to them.  They consider shouting at two Asian women in a diner and calling them names and telling them they should “go back to Tokyo” is free speech, but burning the flag in dissent is not free speech.

I served 20 years to defend our freedoms and the constitution.  I may not like seeing the flag being burned, but I refuse to “criminalize” the act.  Are we also going to make burning the President in Effigy a crime too?  Or maybe all of those Obama stunts like showing up a football game wearing an Obama mask with a noose around your neck?  Maybe that should be a crime too.  Or, all of those “funny” emails about the President we have had to put up with for eight years.

Sorry conservatives, you don’t have the right to pick and choose what rights people are allowed to have and which ones they are not allowed to have.  That is not in our constitution which you claim to love so much.

We haven’t even gotten into all of the conflicts of interest that Trump will face as President.  For example, did you know that the lease for his new hotel in the old Post Office building in Washington has a clause that says no one associated with the hotel can serve in public office?  Once Trump takes the oath, he will be in violation of that lease.

We are going to lose our freedoms under a Trump presidency.  The only question is how quickly will it all happen.  Will it be a gradual chipping or a quick repeal of those rights.  In either case, we all lose.

Trump does not have the mandate he thinks he has.  Yes, he wont the Electoral College, but he lost the popular vote by over 2 million ballots.  So, he is basically a minority government, not one with a mandate.

Yet, we are going to see our civil liberties eroded and we will find ourselves back in the 1800s with basically no rights except the right to rent our homes from the company who hired us and to purchase our supplies at their stores.  We will have the right to become poorer and more at the mercy of the one percenters.

If he goes ahead with his plans to abolish OSHA and the EPA we will have no workplace safety rules and no protection for our water and air.  We will have no right to unionizing and fair bargaining rights.  No, we will all live in those good ole days when the company runs our lives and throws us out of our homes if we become less “productive” or too old for their bottom lines, even if it kills us.  There won’t even be any unemployment insurance for us to fall back on until we can find another job.

This is how you dismantle a democratic country.

 

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A lot of Trump supporters are all upset because Trump yesterday said he won’t pursue putting his opponent Hillary Clinton in jail.  Many of his supporters are voicing huge disappointment over that announcement.

However, if you really want to know the truth, that is probably the least egregious broken promise on the horizon.  The rest of his broken promises will affect you, your parents, your grand parents, and the country as a whole.

Remember when Trump said that he wants to make sure the working class has a chance to get a head?  That he is going to bring back millions of jobs?  And, that he will make sure that people get a pay raise?

Trump announced a $1 trillion infrastructure plan.  People are licking their chops of getting one of those millions of jobs surely headed their way.  Only, it isn’t an infrastructure plan, it is a tax cut for construction companies.  This plan will create no new jobs.

The way it works is that companies can “invest” in construction jobs on the infrastructure, and then get a tax cut to recover up to 84 percent of the money.  Republicans are claiming this is a huge “jobs” bill.  Only, there is no requirement that any “new jobs” be created.

In fact, there is nothing that says that our roads are to be rebuilt under this plan.  What it really does is ensure that roads that would turn out as Toll Roads and Bridges that turn out as Toll Bridges might get built, but the rest of our roads and bridges will fall by the wayside.  The only way to rebuild our infrastructure is for the government to invest in rebuilding it.  Not waiting for some “company” to see an opportunity to make money off of tolls and take advantage of the tax breaks they would get.

Last May the Department of Labor issued an order dealing with overtime.  Today, if you make over $23,000 and are listed as a manager, assistant manager, or supervisor, the company can force you to work more than 40 hour weeks without paying you any overtime.

The new rule which is supposed to start on Dec 1 makes that threshold about $47,000.  Of course Republicans and the Chamber of Commerce went nuts, as usual.  It means that about 4 million people would have to be paid overtime if they worked more than 40 hours in a week.

23 Republican controlled states sued over the new rule.  Yesterday a judge in, where else, Texas put a temporary stay on the rule.  Additionally, the Republican controlled House has a bill ready to go to overturn this rule.  They don’t want the American people getting any kind of raise because that means it cuts into the profits of their donor class.  Trump has said he is in favor of this repeal.

So, “I will rebuild our infrastructure” and “help the working people”.  Promise broken.  No new jobs will come from his “plan” nor any overtime for the workers who make more than about $23,000 per year.

Remember when Trump said that Social Security would not be touched?  Well, the Republicans in the house already have a privatization plan ready to be introduced as soon as the new Congress takes office.  That means Social Security will be touched.

Remember when Trump said that Social Security would not be cut?  Well, the “experts” on his transition team are already floating the idea to cut Social Security benefits.  They believe that you always balance the budget on the backs of the needy and elderly.  So, “Social Security won’t be touched”.  Promise broken.

Remember when Trump said that Medicare would not be touched?  Well, once again, Republicans in the House are ready to roll out their privatization plan for Medicare.  Under this plan, seniors would be given a “voucher” for a certain amount of money and told to go on the open market and buy their own insurance.  Trump supports this idea.  He now says that “Medicare should be modernized” which means privatized.

There are several problems with this “plan”.  First, they aren’t saying if the “voucher” would cover the entire cost of the insurance they would need.  Second, there are no provisions for these vouchers to be automatically raised each year with the cost of insurance premiums.  Third, there are no requirements about how much “out-of-pocket” money seniors would have to pay out.  Fourth, there are no protections to keep prescription drug costs down for seniors either.

Then there is the idea that they want to repeal the Affordable Care Act.  That means the provision of protecting people with “preexisting conditions” will go away as well.  How many seniors do you know that do not have “preexisting conditions?”  Which means they will either be denied coverage, or forced to pay far more than the “voucher” promised by Paul Ryan and his gang.  So, “I won’t touch Medicare”.  Promise broken.

Remember when Trump said he would place his companies in a “blind trust”?  Or, rather would let his children run them?  Well, there is no sign yet of that happening.  As a matter of fact, it appears that he is trying to curry favors with foreign leaders already.

When speaking with Farage, a leader of a British Party, he talked about stopping the wind farm electrical sites, especially next to his golf course in Scotland.  He even admitted that he brought that up.

Then we have Ivanka in a meeting with the Japanese Foreign Minister.  There was no reason for her to be there except that she heads up the company’s foreign purchase department.  There is a report, denied by both parties involved, where Trump asked the head of the Argentine government to help him get the right permits to build his building there.

Trump took time out from putting together his cabinet to hold a meeting with his business partners from India.  He has basically shown no interest in divesting himself from any of his business interests.  Yesterday, he said “the law is on my side.  There cannot be a conflict of interest if it involves the President.”

That sounds an awful lot like Richard Nixon saying “if the President does it, it is not against the law.”  Remember what that led to?

So, “I will not be interested in my businesses”.  Promise broken.

The real problem with the last broken promise is that we may never know just how far his conflict of interest goes when dealing with foreign countries.  We still don’t know which government-owned banks he owes money to or how much money.

In one sense he is right.  There is nothing that says he must remove himself from his businesses.  Yet, there is the “emolument” clause that discusses conflict of interest and “receiving payments” from foreign countries as an expressed impeachment offense.

There are a lot of disappointments still to come from Donald Trump for his supporters.  The question is will they recognize that they were lied to and taken advantage of by a snake oil salesman, or will they continue their blind obedience to him?

His appointments so far and string of broken promises are not something that makes us confident in his Presidency.  He promised to “drain the swamp” in Washington.  Yet, his actions so far haven’t done anything to “drain the swamp” but rather make it deeper than before the election.

He is showing everyone that his campaign was exactly what we thought it was.  A series of falsehoods, lies, fantasies, and fraud just to get elected.  He is not interested in governing our country.  He is only interested in enriching himself by using the Office of the President to enhance his businesses.

If you voted for Trump because of what he promised you, you better get ready to be sorely disappointed.  To keep your promises you must have integrity.  Trump has proven throughout his 70 years on this planet he can’t spell the word much less live by it.  I predict there will be a lot of whining and complaining about Trump very soon.  And, it will be from his supporters.

 

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There is another fight brewing in Texas.  This one is against LGBT students.  State Senator Konni Burton is leading the fight that, if she wins, will do untold harm to hundreds of school children.

A little explanation.  The Fort Worth School District adopted a measure that prohibits teachers from telling student’s parents about the child’s sexual orientation without the student’s permission.  This has come about because, especially in high school, many students are requesting accommodations based on their gender identity, but haven’t told their parents about their LGBT status.

Naturally sound and reasonable people like Burton and Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick had a fit.  So, Burton put forth legislation that requires teachers to tell the parents without the child’s permission.  The legislation includes suspension and even termination of any teacher who keeps this confidential.

In her own words, she justifies this bullshit this way:

Because of this, our office reviewed the provisions in state law which guarantee parents access to information in a public school. We found these provisions in desperate need of clarity and expansion. That is why I am planning to file a bill that rewrites these provisions to make it unequivocally clear that a parent has a right to full and total information on their child’s academic performance, physical, mental and emotional health, and more. Further, my legislation will make it expressly against state law for a district to adopt policies designed to undermine a parent’s right to know. No parent in Texas should ever have to fight for the basic right to matter in their child’s life again.

In case you are wondering what is wrong with this measure, just look at her reason.  She says that parents have a right to full and total information including “physical, mental and emotional health”.  What does that mean exactly?  She is saying that if a child is struggling with their sexual status, they obviously have a mental health issue.

I know a lot of people who are LGBT.  One thing they told me that when they were growing up, the hardest part was telling their own parents.  They feared backlash, and in some cases, like in a state like Texas, they feared they would be forced to go into “reparative therapy”.  The Texas Republican Party has “reparative therapy” as part of their party platform.

Often times a student will tell a teacher first.  In most cases, it is a chance to “test float” the idea of coming out.  Students have a basic understanding of how a parent will react.  They hear their parents discuss homosexual issues from time-to-time, usually in some sick form of a joke.

They look for someone they can trust to first tell to see how an adult would react.  That helps them form a plan to actually tell their parents.  But, that is not often easy even after they tell a teacher.  Parents often react in very different and strange ways.

I know people who have openly said if their child told them they were gay, they would throw them out of the house.  There are hundreds of thousands of homeless youths in this country.  About 40 percent of them identify as LGBT.  That despite the fact that only about 7 percent of the nations youths identify as LGBT.

Kathryn Gonzales, operations and programs director of OutYouth, an Austin-based organization that aims to provide an open and accepting environment for LGBT youth, told The Daily Beast the bill could endanger children:

I think Senator Burton needs to rethink this because she’s going to have a lot of blood on her hands.

That statement is not just hyperbole either.  There is a suicide epidemic of teens in our country.  The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention study on suicide risks for LGBT youth, the suicide rate is four times higher for this demographic and twice as high for children who are questioning their sexual orientation and gender identity.

How many more will hit this awful list once they are forced to confront unaccepting parents with their gender identity because of this law?  How many of these teens will be thrown out of the house without any support?

Being a teenager is stressful enough for kids growing up.  Coming to the conclusion that you are also LGBT adds to that stress.  Especially when that teen is in a household that does not accept LGBT as “normal” but rather some disease that can be cured through things like reparative therapy.

I really do not understand this legislation.  I really don’t understand why Burton believes it is her responsibility to force teachers to break confidence with their students just because she thinks so.

There is only one explanation for this useless law.  It is just another attempt to force religious beliefs on other people.  I can find no reason for such a law except to “shame” the teens for being who they are.  She doesn’t think teens have the right to plan their coming out to their parents and be ready for any backlash that may be coming from them.

No, Burton wants to rule over the lives of people.  She wants the state to interfere with peoples lives.  She doesn’t care about the consequences.  She doesn’t care about the real mental health of these teens.  She only cares about imposing her rule on everyone else.

Here we have another Republican laying bare the lie about “getting the government out of our lives” and showing that they really want the government to run our lives.  This bill will not come before the State Legislature until next year.  There is time to fight it and defeat it.  But, being it is in Texas, I am not holding my breath.

Looks to me like Texas is trying to become the next Soviet Socialist State.  They apparently want to joint North Carolina and Kansas in totally ruling their people.  To me, this is nothing short of state sponsored terrorism.

It has already been proven in many places that “reparative therapy” is nothing short of torture.

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Since Trump pulled off his election victory, there have been at least a hundred reasons being given by the so-called pundits.  They are all hanging on the theory that the white working class elected Donald Trump because they feel left behind.  That is partially true.  However, that is not the real reason Trump actually won.

It is my stand that Trump won because he took advantage of the ugly triumvirate that the Republican Party has been putting together for decades.  He was able to tap into the hate, discontent, and pure bigotry of this triumvirate.

This triumvirate took years to put together and it has finally reached its full potential.  That was proven when Trump actually won the election.  His picks for his cabinet so far have shown this triumvirate will actually govern, which is really disturbing.

The first spoke in this triumvirate is what is called “conservative Christians”.  The second spoke is authoritarians who believe that the constitution is nothing but a “suggestion” when it comes to civil rights.  The third is what is now called the “alt-right” which is really nothing more than the KKK without all of the Halloween costumes.

The pure bitter hate the reeks out of every pore of these three groups is the reason that Trump campaigned on hate issues.  He understood, unlike his Republican opponents, that if you put together a coalition you need to use it properly.  He did by hitting all of the hot buttons they hold dear.

The so-called alt-right is a white supremacist group of bigots who believe that the U.S. should be a white only country.  They want all immigration stopped immediately, though they are willing to have “special” cases for Europeans.  They hate African-Americans, Jews, Mexicans and other Latinos, Muslims, Chinese, Japanese, and any other group that is not “white”.

The white supremacists are overjoyed with the election of Trump.  He is the “savior” that they have been waiting for to come out of the sewers and spew forth their venom in the light of day.  They believe that the days of a white only U.S. is just around the corner.  And, with Steve Bannon sitting right next to Trump whispering in his ear, they may be close to correct.

The authoritarians are led by Trump himself.  Trump does not really care for democracy or a free press.  He hates anyone who might even think of saying something negative about him.  He has called on changing the laws so he can sue the press if anyone dares to write an article he doesn’t like.

During his campaign he ridiculed the press at every rally.  He treated the press that was there to follow his campaign and report on it as the enemy who was only there to make him look bad.  If the press dared to quote the candidate, they were liars because Trump never said what he said on tape.

His audience lapped up the insults and even turned on the press.  There were several times when members of the press, especially his favorite target Katie Tur, had to be escorted out of the rally when it ended by the Secret Service for their safety.  He blacklisted several media outlets from his campaign.

Now he is acting like he isn’t going to be any more available to the press after his win.  As a matter of fact, he has been even less available and is still railing against them.  You cannot establish an authoritarian government if you allow freedom of the press.

Additionally, Trump has made promises that are quite frankly unconstitutional.  When the election was over, he only doubled down on those promises.  Like stopping Muslims from Immigrating.  Or like having a registry for all Muslims.

His picks for his cabinet so far all mirror these beliefs as well.  He has to have backers behind him if he is going to ignore the constitution.  The very idea that he is willing to place an open racist in the position of Attorney General is appalling.  Sessions has fought against voting rights, hate crimes, crimes against women, and other civil rights all of his life.  Now, we are expected to believe he will actually enforce these laws he hates?

Like Trump, his CIA pick is in love with the idea of torture.  Even though it is against the laws of the U.S., against the laws of the U.S. Military, and against the Geneva Convention, they believe we can ignore all of those laws just because we are us.  Blatant disregard for the law is also blatant disregard for our form of government which is supposed to be based on law.

Then we have the so-called “conservative Christians” as the final piece of the jigsaw.  As I have written before, the term conservative Christian is an oxymoron.  As a matter of fact, I find the term as the worst example of contradictions we can have.

Conservative Christians all claim to be “Christian” first.  However, their policies and beliefs are anything but Christian.  They fall much better under the authoritarian definition than the Christian definition.

Conservative Christians are all about running everyone else’s lives.  They want to be the ones who determine what civil rights people can have.  They want to determine what “morality” is that you must follow.  They want to determine every minute aspect of your life from your education to your work environment to your bedroom.

Since Trump was elected, there have been over 400 bills being prepared to be introduced in state legislatures in January.  All of them have something to do with voter suppression, anti-abortion, or anti-LGBT issues.

They feel justified in these laws because of Trump.  He is the one who nominated Mike Pence as his Vice President.  Pence is the most vocal and most anti-civil rights politician around.  He firmly believes that LGBT are that way by choice and should be forced to undergo “therapy” to make them “normal” again.

He was the one who got his state to pass the most anti-LGBT law in the country.  Then because of the backlash, he modified it to make it more acceptable.  However, it is still horrible and has far-reaching consequences.  There is a case right now in Indiana where a mother is using this “law” as her defense for brutally abusing her children.  She claims her “religious beliefs” make it defensible because she was saving her children from “Satan” by beating the hell out of them.

As I said before, I grew up in a very Catholic family.  I went to Catholic schools and learned all about Christianity.  I never once heard or read anything in the “New Testament” where Jesus said we have the right to hate anyone because they are different.  Rather he said we must “love” our enemies and those that are different.

Sorry, but don’t tell me you are a Christian when you hate LGBT people and are willing to legally discriminate against them simply because they are LGBT.  Don’t tell me you are Christian when you despise every other religion on the planet.  Don’t tell me you are Christian when you are willing to turn your back on women and children seeking refuge just because they come from an area of the country that is Muslim and not Christian.

In its beginning, Christianity was a revolutionary religion.  It was a religion that fought against the status quo of the Jewish hierarchy.  It was a religion that rebelled against all of the rules and hatreds of the past.  It was a religion that was based on love, harmony, and peace on earth.

Hating your neighbor just because they are different is not Christian.  It is authoritarian.  Forcing your beliefs on others is not Christian, it is authoritarian.  And, that is exactly what today’s “conservative Christians” are.  Authoritarian.

This is the ugly triumvirate that swept Donald Trump to victory.  These groups have power in just enough states to have put him over the top, even though he has lost the popular vote by over 1.5 million votes, so far.

Hate crimes have spiked since the election.  Yes, there have been hate crimes on both sides, but the vast majority have been from Trump supporters.  Some of these are such heroes they leave a restaurant and then quickly return to punch a woman in the face then run away again.  This happened in Texas and is just one example of these hate crimes.

The swastika has replaced the stars and stripes in graffiti by Trump supporters.  Churches are being burned again.  Mosques are being defaced and burned.  Synagogues are being defaced again.

This is the result of the triumvirate being empowered by Trump’s election.  They feel free to spread their hate with impunity.  President Obama has said we should “wait and see” what a Trump Presidency will bring.  I believe we have already seen what a Trump Presidency will bring.  And, it won’t be pretty.

The 2016 election has unleashed an unholy triumvirate upon our country.  We need to be ready to fight it from the beginning or we will lose all of our freedoms.  And, that is exactly what the unholy triumvirate wants.  Total control over our lives.

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Donald Trump gave America a double whammy today.  He has tapped Jeff Sessions to be the next Attorney General and Mike Pompeo to be the next head of the CIA.  About the only two names I can think of that might be worse would have been David Duke as AG and Dick Cheney as head of the CIA.

First Pompeo.  He is a Tea Party wacko from Kansas.  Rep Pompeo is a member of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, as well as the Select Committee on Benghazi.

He is a huge supporter of the NSA’s sweeping domestic surveillance programs.  After Snowden blew the lid off of it, Pompeo wrote: “I am convinced that [NSA’s] intelligence collection actions are not only lawful and constitutional, but also consistent with the critical mission of defeating radical Islamic terrorism.”

He seems to think that we should all allow the NSA to snoop into our private lives just because.   He doesn’t care if you did anything or not, you need to be watched in case you decide to do something or decide not to do something.  Warrants be damned.

He is a lover of “enhanced interrogation” or torture.  He seems to think that torture is an acceptable form in interrogation, as long as we are the ones using it.  He even criticized the President for rejecting the use of torture as an interrogation method.

This is the man who Donald Trump has deemed good enough to head up our largest spy organization.  Trump doesn’t believe, nor does Pompeo, that using torture against our “enemies” places our own military personnel in jeopardy of the same types of “interrogation”.

Pompeo is all in favor of Trump’s plan to ban Muslims from immigrating to our country.  He also said some really objectionable things after the Boston Marathon bombing about leaders in the Muslim community.

“When the most devastating terrorist attacks on America in the last 20 years come overwhelmingly from people of a single faith, and are performed in the name of that faith, a special obligation falls on those that are the leaders of that faith,” Pompeo said in a speech on the House floor in 2013. “Instead of responding, silence has made these Islamic leaders across America potentially complicit in these acts, and more importantly still, in those that may well follow.”

I would ask Mr. Pompeo if he is aware of the simple statistic that says that more U.S. citizens have been killed in this country by “Christian terrorists” than any other group?  Does he believe that Christian Leaders are also complicit in those attacks and any that may well follow?  I bet he doesn’t.

By charter, the CIA is only supposed to operate overseas.  They are not allowed to “spy” inside our country.  Considering Pompeo’s views on things, I would not be surprised if he ignores that charter and breaks the law by spying on our citizens.  That is what Trump has picked to lead our CIA.

Trump’s second whammy is naming Jeff Sessions to become the Attorney General.  One of the major functions of the Attorney General is to ensure that minorities civil rights are protected.  Voting rights, same-sex marriage equality, disability rights, all fall under the jurisprudence of the Attorney General.  Or, at least up till Sessions takes over.

Jeff Sessions is an open racist.  He once said that he “thought the KKK was okay until I found out some of them smoked pot after one of their meetings”.  As a U.S. Attorney in Alabama, he said the NCAAP and the CLU were un-American and “communist influenced.”

He claimed that both groups were trying to “force civil rights down peoples’ throats.”  Hmmm.  I thought civil rights were part of our Constitution.  He also said that a white lawyer who was bringing suits against voter suppression was “a traitor to his race”.

Besides being against marriage equality, he is also against hate crime protections and gays and transgenders openly serving in the military.  He opposes all forms of immigration reform.  He is in favor of rounding up and deporting all undocumented immigrants.  And, he favors Trump’s Muslim registry.  He even says that if a man grabs a woman’s genitals without her consent, it isn’t sexual assault.

Finally, don’t forget that Jeff Sessions was denied a position as a Federal Judge because of these statements.  Now we are supposed to allow him to be Attorney General.

If this moron gets confirmed by a spineless Republican controlled Senate, we can kiss our civil rights good-bye.  Everything that has been achieved in the last 100 years will go by the wayside.  You will see more and more voter suppression laws because the states will know that the DOJ will do nothing about them.

If you think I am wrong, here is something that proves my point.

Andrew Anglin, editor of the neo-Nazi site The Daily Stormer, wrote that Sessions’ nomination, along with the appointment of retired Gen. Mike Flynn as national security adviser and Steve Bannon as Trump’s chief strategist, is “like Christmas.”

“Of course, I was thinking of Sessions for either Secretary of State or Defense, but I think Trump is making a point by putting an aggressive anti-Black racist in as AG,” Anglin wrote. “It’s a corrective measure, after Obama turned the Justice Department into the Black Panthers.”

But even Anglin thinks that things could get touchy getting Sessions confirmed.  He wrote: “The reason he might face trouble? Because he’s a racist and most of these RINOs (Republican in Name Only) in Congress are filthy cuck traitors to the White race and the GOP.”

All I can say to those wonderful Constitution loving, arm-chair patriots who voted for the moron Donald Trump to be President is you too should be very very afraid.  That is unless you really don’t love the Constitution or are even an arm-chair patriot.

The racists have spoken about these appointments.  What more need I say?

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