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This election cycle has been a doozy to say the least.  And, Trump and Clinton have not been alone either.  The last 24 hours has had so much happen that it’s hard to know where to begin.  The hits just keep happening.

I think I will begin with the Libertarian candidate Gary Johnson.  Johnson has complained that his “cause” doesn’t get enough coverage.  I give MSNBC credit here because they have had Johnson and Webb, his running mate on several times.

Last night Chris Mathews had the two on his show Hardball.  He is doing something he is calling “the college tour”.  Johnson and Webb were on the show at a university in New Hampshire.  It was a town hall type of setting although Mathews asked all the questions.

I am sure that you remember what is known as the “Aleppo Moment” from the Morning Joe show a few weeks again when Johnson was asked what he would do about Aleppo.  His response was “what is Aleppo?”

Things weren’t going too bad for the pair until Mathews asked a simple question.  He asked “who is your favorite foreign leader?  Which foreign leader do you respect the most?”

Johnson had that “deer in the headlights look” again.  He stumbled and bumbled for a while even declaring “I guess I am having another Aleppo moment.”  When pressed he finally answered “the former President of Mexico.”

Mathews asked “which one?”  After several more uncomfortable moments, Webb started giving him names and he finally settled on Fox.  This may seem like a trivial thing to many.  But, this man wants to be President.  I thought “when does a candidate ask his team to let him know who else in the world there is besides us?”

I now some people desperately want someone other than the current Democrat or Republican nominee.  But, please at least pick someone who knows more about the world than Johnson apparently does.  That won’t be hard to find, Johnson doesn’t know anything about the world today.  And, that should finally put the nail in his campaign’s coffin.  He should just stop the nonsense and fall back into that quiet night and go back to sleep.

Of course he wasn’t alone with the hits.  Donald Trump couldn’t help himself from “fat shaming” Ms. Machado again, and again, and again.  Every time someone has the gall to attack or say something not nice about the Donald, he just can’t stop himself from going on the attack endlessly.

This is just too reminiscent of the fight he had with the Gold Star family after the Democratic Convention.  Even his minions are attacking this young woman.  If you say anything against their “savior” you will be hounded to death with accusation upon accusation.  Even if there is no proof for the accusation.

It makes me wonder if all conservatives suffer from Obsessive Compulsive Behavior.  Their doctors should be telling these people to keep taking their medication.  They must be skipping it in order to keep attacking so much.  I cannot think of any other reason for their behavior.

Then the Los Angeles times has an article claiming that Trump’s golf course outside Los Angeles has been sued for refusing proper breaks and for firing waitresses for “not being pretty enough”.

According to the article, this “not being pretty enough” came directly from Donald Trump every time he visited the golf course.  In court documents, managers even said they deliberately changed the work schedule so only the young and pretty hostesses worked when he was in town.

The employees suit about the breaks was settled for over $400,000.  Of course, the company would not admit to any “wrongdoing” in the settlement.  One woman who sued because she was fired because she was “too fat” settled also.  But, that settlement is “secret” like all of Trump’s settlements.

All of this happened after Trump bought the golf course in the early 2000s up until about 2009.  Just more proof of Mr. Trump’s misogynistic behavior towards female workers and disregard for labor laws.

Then there is the article in Newsweek this morning.  In that article they claim that Donald Trump’s company, with his full knowledge, violated the embargo against Cuba when they secretly went to Cuba to discuss the possibility of building a Casino there if the U.S. ended the embargo.

According to the article, this was right before Trump had decided to campaign for the Presidential nomination of the Reform Party in 1999.  At the start of that campaign, the very first stop was in Miami in front of Cuban immigrants.

During that stop, Trump said he would never end the embargo as long as Castro regime was in power.  Of course, he never mentioned that his company was already directly dealing with Cuban officials illegally.

When Newsweek asked the campaign for comment about their story, they refused to say anything.  What else is new?  When you tie this story together with the original story about his business associates overseas, it does make you wonder just whose interest he will have in mind should we be punished by the gods and he becomes President.

Then there was the stop in Iowa yesterday.  First he accused Clinton of having “hidden illness” again by saying “she takes so many days off and then can’t walk to her car.”  A reference to the 9/11 memorial day when Clinton’s pneumonia caught up with her.

Also at the rally, to make matters even worse in my eyes, he asked people in the audience to “raise your hands if you are not a conservative Christian”.  Some actually complied with his “order”.  Then he said:

Oh there’s a couple of people, that’s all right.  I think we’ll keep them, right?  Should we keep them in the room, yes?  I think so.

I just hope those non-Christian conservatives got out of there with their lives.  What an absurd thing to do.  What point, exactly, is Trump trying to make by making people identify themselves to the crowd as not being the same as everyone else?

Are Trump supporters now going to have to pass a “religious test” in order to gain access to his rallies?  If anyone can seriously look at this disgrace and still support Trump, then that says a lot more about you than him.

However, do not believe that Trump is not part of the Republican Conservative idiots.  He is their making.  He is exactly what they want.  There is no difference between him and Steve King from Iowa, or our Crazy Uncle Louie from Texas, or that so-called “principle based” party hack Ted Cruz who just endorsed him.

Donald Trump is the epitome of the far right-wing crazies in all of their glory.  That is why his comment of “I could shoot someone on Fifth Avenue and not lose any votes” is correct.  The white supremacist, racist, save the white race wackos have taken control of the Republican Party.

That is why the Republican Party candidates at all levels must be defeated.  The only way we can have a second viable political party is to blow out the Republican Party at the polls so badly that they are left with ashes.

Then maybe the real Republicans will take back their party and make it viable and workable again.  If not, this cancer they have infected our country with will continue to grow and poison our social fabric.

Yesterday showed that the Libertarian candidate is a joke and does not deserve any support from reasonable people.  Trump has proven, once again, that he IS the Republican Party.

So, I will ask again using the immortal words of Vince Lombardi:  What the hell is going on out there?

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I cannot believe that we need to talk about this again.  On Friday, an unarmed African-American man was shot and killed by police in Tulsa, OK.  In Charlotte on Monday another African-American man was shot and killed by police.  In the Tulsa shooting there is clear video that shows the man with his hands up when he was shot.  In Charlotte there is a conflict between the police and witnesses as to whether or not the man had a gun or a book.

The Tulsa shooting even has Donald Trump talking about being “troubled” by the shooting.  But, he would not say that it was even possible he was killed simply because he was an African-American.  He merely thinks the officer may have been afraid or “choked” and maybe she should not be a police officer.

Quite frankly, I haven’t heard him say much about the Charlotte shooting.  The reactions of the public over the two shootings are different.  In Tulsa, so far, there has been calm.  In Charlotte, there has been protesting.  That protesting has turned violent from time to time.   Last night a man was shot during the protests.  Witnesses say the man was shot by another man on the fringes of the protest who seemed to shoot randomly into the crowd.  The victim is on life support.

Some people think the difference between Tulsa and Charlotte and the reaction of the public is that simple fact that Tulsa video has been released and you can see what happened.  The Charlotte incident no video has been released, and quite frankly it is doubtful it will be released anytime soon, if at all.  The Soviet Socialist State of North Carolina is not too friendly when it comes to releasing video of police killing the state’s residents.

After last night’s violent protests, Chairman McCrory has declared a “state of emergency” in the city.  State Police and National Guard troops have been placed on alert and a curfew is “currently being seriously considered”.  The Chairman is furious that there has been property damage caused by some of the protesters.  He doesn’t seem to be too furious that police have killed someone of color.

The real problem is that this problem is not going to go away anytime soon either.  Both sides have gathered into their opinion corners and are hurling insults and playing the “blame game”.  No one really seems interested in coming to the truth of the matter, and trying to figure out a real solution.

There is a simple fact of life in America.  If you are an African-American male you are three times more likely to be shot and killed by police than if you are a White American.  The numbers do not lie.  Police in Charlotte claim the man had a gun.  They claimed that they were in danger.  We don’t know because they won’t release the dash-cam or the body-cam videos.

Even if the man had a gun, so what?  It is legal to carry a gun in North Carolina.  Just because a man has a gun does not mean he is going to shoot the police.  If that were true, why didn’t we hear about men being shot to death in Cleveland during the Republican Convention when they were walking around with open carry rifles?  We didn’t hear about those shootings because they didn’t happen.

We have seen many instances when a white man with a gun was “apprehended” and not killed, while unarmed African-American men were killed.  We have seen African-American men killed when they legally had a gun and even told the police they legally were carrying a gun.

Bigotry has been a problem in our country even before we became a country.  Even after we won our independence from England, we continued to have slavery for over 100 years.  Once the Civil War was over and slavery ended, we had Jim Crow laws for over 100 years.  We have only had civil rights laws and voting rights laws for all Americans in this country for about 50 years.

There was some hope that we could put an end to this with the advent of body-cams for police.  But, we have seen incidents where the camera was mysteriously not turned on before the shooting took place.  We have states like the Soviet Socialist State of North Carolina pass laws that make it almost impossible to see those videos.

What most of America doesn’t know is that our Chairman and his Politburo has passed a law that requires a “court order” in order for someone to view the videos.  That law takes effect on October 1.  Wanna bet that the police chief in Charlotte figures out a way to withhold those videos until that date?

We also have politicians trying to make hay out of these tragedies.  Trump said he is “troubled” by the shooting in Tulsa, but his answer is to initiate a nation-wide “stop and frisk” policing policy that was tried in New York City.  The problem was that the police targeted African-Americans for the “stop and frisk” necessity and not many others.  A Federal Judge declared the “stop and frisk” policy to be unconstitutional.

The City abandoned the policy after the ruling.  Critics like Trump howled that crime would go out of control once that policy was scrapped.  It didn’t.  As a matter of fact, it went down not up.  Now Trump wants to make it national.  But, how would “stop and frisk” have prevented either of these two police shootings?  It wouldn’t have.

The man in Charlotte was accidentally targeted by police.  They were in the area looking for someone else they had a warrant to serve.  Yet, this man was the one killed.  Witnesses say he was sitting in his truck waiting for his kids to get home from school.  Now he is dead.

Trump’s call for “stop and frisk” goes hand in hand with his call to start “racial profiling” in order to stop terrorism.  The man has no comprehension about what our Constitution is about.  It appears that way too many of our police officers don’t either.

Supporting police officers does not mean you need to support those officers who shoot unarmed people.  Supporting police officers does not mean you need to blindly say that the victim “had it coming” or was “no saint” when things like this happen.  We all know that the vast majority of police officers are good people who do a very dangerous job for us.

But, just look at what happened over the weekend.  On Friday, an unarmed man was shot and killed by police in Tulsa.  On Saturday a bomb exploded in New Jersey.  Later that night another bomb exploded in New York City.  On Monday the bombing suspect was apprehended by police in New Jersey.  There was a “shoot out” but the suspect was “wounded” and taken into custody.  Later that day, another man was shot and killed by police in Charlotte.

Can you see the differences here?  In the bombing incident, professional police officers did what they needed to do to apprehend the bomber.  Local, State, and Federal law enforcement officers worked together and identified a suspect.  Police in New Jersey responded to a call by a citizen.  They were forced to use force, but they were able to wound the suspect and apprehend him.  Very professional behavior by very professional and brave police officers.

On the other hand, two people were shot and killed by police who did not display such professionalism.  How is it that police officers facing down a bombing suspect known to be “armed and dangerous” can apprehend a suspect without killing him and two separate incidents have police officers killing men who are not known to be armed and dangerous?

The answer is professionalism.  One of the biggest problems with our law enforcement is that there are no standards to become a police officer.  Each jurisdiction has its own set of rules and “qualifications” as to what it takes to become a police officer.  As I have written before, that means conflicts even between police jurisdictions.

Some police forces require a college degree to apply to become a police officer.  Others only require a high school diploma.  I am not saying that college makes for a better police officer, but it sure doesn’t hurt either.  Some police departments have “police academies” that each candidate must pass.  Others do not have such academies.  In many small rural communities, all it takes to become a police officer is to be related to someone who already is.

We have had way too many such incidents.  We have seen this tragedy grow and grow.  We have seen the waves of protests, some turning violent, and the waves of blind “support your police” arguments.  What we have not seen is a very serious discussion about the problem.  What we have not seen is a very serious discussion about race in our country.

When President Obama tries to talk about race, the right-wing calls him a racist.  When protest turn violent, the right-wing says “see you can’t trust them”.  When someone is killed the left-wing cry about “police racism” running amuck.  None of this is going to get to the heart of the problem.

We will never face up to our race problems in America until we can all agree that there actually IS a race problem in America.  We will never be able to come together and find solutions to our race problems until we all recognize that we all harbor prejudice of some kind.  We need a national discussion about race.  We need to put an end to “the blame game” every time something happens.  We need to understand that it is us, all Americans from every race, ethnicity, and religion, that are causing these problems.

When America can collectively look in the mirror and realize that the only thing we have to fear is our own bigotry, then maybe we can have that long overdue discussion about race problems in our country.  When we understand that we all carry both good and evil inside our souls then maybe we can confront our problems in a rational way.

But, we must realize all of this before it is too late.  We continue to see senseless tragedies like this and we continue to do nothing.  We continue to see protests and say what a shame.  We continue to hear the suffering of our fellow citizens but turn a deaf ear.  We continue to walk through life not recognizing that the people we hurt with our inaction are our fellow citizens.

Instead of solutions we look for fault.  Instead of dialogue we argue about how bad “those” are.  Instead of listening to the cries of the oppressed, we talk about “racial profiling” and “stop and frisk”.  We want easy answers to difficult problems.  That is the only reason someone like Donald Trump could win the nomination for President from a major political party.

That is not the America I know.  That is not the America I defended.  America has always risen above divisiveness.  It has always look for the better angels in all of us.  We have reached that time when all Americans must do so again.  The killings must stop.  But, it can only stop when we all respect each other as people.

The irony is that communities need police to keep us safe from evil.  The police need communities’ help to properly do their job.  We are interconnected whether or not we like it.  Communities need to respect police, and police need to respect the communities they protect.  All too often we are not seeing that respect from either side.

Robert Kennedy once said: “Some people see the world as it is and ask why.  I look at what the world can be and ask why not?”  We are at that time in history when we need to look at a country without the race problem that has haunted us since before our founding.  It won’t be easy, but it is worth the effort.  Only, it will take all of us to make it happen.  Instead of asking why, let us start asking why not.

 

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As mankind has marched through history from its earliest days right up to today, there has been one thing that was true.  The youth of mankind is usually going to be a little more “radical” or different than the generations that came before them.

If this were not true, there would have been virtually no progress in our species, and we would probably still be using stone tools instead of our modern technology.

It is also true that young people have swayed politics.  This has been true throughout time and history in just about every corner of the world.  The problem is that young people are not all in one corner of the political spectrum.

Like their parents and older generations, young people are a very diverse group of people.  And, just because they all share their youth, it does not mean they all share the same values.

Some young people need a cause.  Something that will spark their inner fire to work towards something.  Some are inspired just by the idea that they can make a difference in the world.  But, they are not all the same, and we are unwise to treat them as all the same.

Back in the 1960s, we had the baby boomer generation, which later was called the “hippie” movement.  According to what you read today, all of us were in favor a making love and not war.  All of us were left-wing “radicals” trying to trick our parents into believing communism was the best way.

That is a false statement.  As a matter of fact, I knew far more “conservative” young people than I did left-wing radicals.  But, everyone believed it was just the opposite.  You have to remember, our fathers fought World War II.  They were very patriotic and many of us were questioning their values.

The fact is there were far fewer radicals than conservatives.  I am often asked if the 60s were so radical, how come today’s conservative movement is made up mostly of “old angry white guys”?  That is because, these old angry white guys were the conservatives of our time.

It is crazy how things will morph over time.  For example, Woodstock seems to have become the image maker for many people of my generation.  If you listen to all of us old farts, you will soon discover that about 10 million people attended the Woodstock concert.  Of course, that never  happened, but over time it has become “cool” to say you were there.

I refuse to look back at those times and talk about the “good ole days”.  Because they really weren’t all that great.  I remember the protests, the riots, the civil unrest.  I remember the cusses hurled at those who “didn’t fall in line”.  There were lots of “good times” but there was also lots of “bad times”.

I remember my parents talking about the “good ole days” of their youth.  I have come to the realization that we like to use that term because it was in those days we are most comfortable.

However, when our youth questions us about those days and the times that weren’t so great, we become defensive because our comfort zone has been attacked.  Maybe that is why we see things on Facebook like a picture of an outhouse asking if anyone “remembers using one of these”.  Really?  An outhouse is the best thing you can remember?

I bring all of this up because today we have a new generation of young voters.  These are our children, or in my case, our grandchildren.  The political pundits keep talking like these people are a “voting block” like they are all the same.

Today’s young people are no more one “voting block” than our generation was.  In order to win their vote, we need to speak to them, and especially listen to them to determine what is important to them.

Because of Bernie Sanders we know that a lot of them are interested in income inequality, the environment, and college debt.  We are also finding out that the movement towards acceptance of the LGBT community is coming from these people.  Like our generation, our values are not necessarily their values.

Still, if any politician wants to win their votes, you will have to earn them.  On the other hand, it is also important for young people not to tune out of the election just because you aren’t “thrilled” with the candidates.

You need to remember that today’s election is also about your future.  The winner this year will try to get legislation passed that will affect the future of our country.

For example, if we continue to pollute our world as we are today, many parts of Florida, and other coastal areas of our country will disappear.  They will be flooded by the sea due to rising sea levels.  If you happen to own a house on the beach, you are probably going to lose the house to the ocean.

I do not buy into the current bullshit being said about your young people.  Things like they are lazy and don’t care about anything but themselves.  I strongly disagree with those characterizations.

Our young people are just as interested, just as motivated, and just as smart as any generation before it.  In many cases they are more so that our own generation.

But, just like our own generation, no one wants to listen to those “damn kids” anyway.  They should be glad we were able to provide a living for them to mooch off.  The same nonsense we heard 50 years ago.

We are also hearing the same old tired slogans from the day.  Like “America, love it or leave it”.  Maybe not in those exact words, but in the same context like “if he doesn’t like America maybe he should try another country” if someone dares “protest” something sacred.

Not the exact same words, but the meaning is very clear.  If you don’t act according to the way I want you to, then you don’t love America and you must leave.

We fought that sentiment 50 years ago.  It is up to today’s youth to fight that sentiment again.  It is up to today’s youth to fight against all of the “isms” that eat at our hearts and destroy our democracy.

I find the majority of young people I speak with to be intelligent, loving, and caring.  They really don’t understand the hate towards others just because they look different, believe something different, or love differently.  They don’t understand why we can’t just accept people as people.

Unfortunately, just like every generation before them, this new generation will tune out if we don’t listen to them.  The usual rhetoric about this being another election between the “lesser of two evils” tells the electorate that everything is just status quo.

That is a lie.  There is always something that makes one candidate far more qualified than the other.  It is our responsibility to sit down with young people at universities and other places to hear what concerns them.  It is our responsibility to help them mold the world to their way of thinking.

Conversely, young people need to understand that they will inherit what this generation leaves them.  If they don’t like the way things are going, they need to get involved and help elect the candidate that most agrees with them.

I am not going to say this is the “most important election in history”.  Every election is always the most important in history because every election will influence future history.

When I was young, I didn’t want to hear about how bad things were.  I wanted to hear about how you were going to do something to cure our problems.  What you planned to do the uplift our nation and our people.

Today’s youth are no different.  They don’t want to hear about deporting millions of people.  They don’t want to hear about hating others for who they are, what they are, or who they love.

The youth of every generation questions the status quo.  They challenge the “way things are”.  They wonder what was so wonderful about the “good ole days”.

I say to them to keep questioning.  Keep challenging.  Keep refusing to accept things just because “that is the way it always was.”  I also say to them to participate in the process even if you think it is boring.  You can and should be our heroes.

 

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We have seen another week come and go.  This weekend, there was a pipe bomb that exploded in New Jersey before a charitable race.  The reason no one was injured was because the race was delayed.  Later that night, another explosion rocked the Chelsea area of New York City.  Then, yesterday, or rather very early this morning, more pipe bombs were discovered in Elizabeth City, NJ.

In the explosion in New York, 29 people were injured.  There was also an attack in a mall in Minnesota.  In that attack, ISIS claimed “responsibility” only because the person wielding the machete said he liked ISIS.  Naturally, the media jumped all of that “announcement” from ISIS.

Before all of this happened, Donald Trump held what he called a press conference but it wasn’t really a press conference to announce that yes, President Barak Obama was born in the U.S.  Of course, he claimed that it was Clinton who started the birther issue, with is a blatant lie.

Reince Priebus told the other Republican Candidates who Trump beat in the primaries that they will back the dictator in waiting or face consequences.  The “dictator in waiting” is my choice of words.  According to the RNC Chair, if people like Cruz or Kasich or Rubio don’t get off the sidelines and openly support the nominee, there will be hell to pay for them in upcoming elections.

Then, Mike Pence announced that his “hero” was non other than Dick Cheney.  You know the Vice President under President George W. Bush who should have been tried for war crimes over his ordering of waterboarding and other “extreme interrogation” techniques.  The same Vice President who left office with a 13 percent approval rating.  That is the kind of Vice President Mike Pence aspires to become.

Trump called into his favorite TV network to boast how he had “called it” over the New York City bombings.  See, when Trump first heard the news of explosions in New York, he called them “bombs exploding” and when it was later confirmed they were indeed bombs, he just couldn’t wait to call into the Fantasy News Organization to boast how “I called it”.  Too bad he never mentioned the 29 people who were injured in the explosions.  Guess he didn’t call that part of the explosion.

We have people going around New York lighting Muslim women on fire.  There hasn’t been a serious injury yet, but people are actually walking around New York lighting the clothes of Muslim women on fire for no apparent reason except they are Muslim women wearing “those clothes”.  There have been at least four such incidents.

In Houston on Friday, a reporter for VICE News wanted to attend the Trump rally.  He tried to get the proper credentials for the rally.  The campaign never really said if he was going to get them or not.  The reporter went to the hotel where the rally was being held.  He asked if they had any press credentials for him.  The hotel had him arrested for trespass.  The Trump campaign claims they had nothing to do with the arrest, yet it was they who decided at the last minute not to allow open press into the event, only their “pool” press.

Last week, all the while Donald Trump was lambasting Clinton for her “basket of deplorables” remarks, one of his supporters was busy punching protesters during his speech.  Then, just to show how sincere they really are, another one “sucker punched” a 69 year old woman with an oxygen tank for simply standing outside protesting the rally.  Both incidents happened AT THE SAME RALLY.

A football player decides to protest against what he considers as problems with policing in this country especially when it involves people of color.  He simply kneels during the playing of the national anthem.  He doesn’t make any obscene gestures, he simply kneels instead of standing.  All of the armchair patriots, including Trump, begin howling about how he is disrespecting the military and veterans.  No, he isn’t disrespecting veterans or the military.  He is simply doing what we fight to protect.  His right to protest.  Trump said he “should find another country to try out”.

I swear, sometimes I watch the news each day and wonder what the hell has happened to our country.  But, if you listen very carefully to the candidates, their supporters, and the media, you can see what happened to America.  We have been fed a line of bullshit about religion v. non-religion, conservative v. liberal, straight v. gay, black v. white, and Christian v. Muslim.

We have been fed this line of bullshit for so long, people are actually starting to believe it.  The result is that we have the most racist, misogynist, xenophobic, and Islamophobic moron in history as the standard bearer for a major political party.  The real scary part is he could actually win.  Hell, he makes Andrew Jackson look like a Kumbaya kind of guy.  With the hatred Jackson had for Native Americans, I didn’t think anyone could make him look like a reasonable person.

No, we don’t need to “Make America Great Again”.  It is already great.  We don’t need to “purify” the races, that is total extreme Alt-right stupidity.  We don’t need to build that wall because that would harm our country and our economic growth.  What we really need is to take a deep breath, look around us, and remember that our Constitution was written to “form a more perfect Union.”  It was not written to bestow privilege upon the few and make the rest suffer.

Yes, sometimes I wonder when did America get a Lobotomy.  We are much better than all of this shit.

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A lot of things took place yesterday.  Donald Trump stood in front of a bunch of business people and laid out his economic plan.  Of course, that plan favors the rich despite the fact he claims it helps the middle-class.  He claims that he will create 25 million jobs.  That is doubtful as well according to most economics.

When I was serving in the Coast Guard we had a saying.  The difference between a fairy tale and sea story is that a fairy tale begins with “Once upon a time” and a sea story begins with “This ain’t no shit”.

As I sat and listened to the Delusional One, I kept wondering why he didn’t start his sentences with “this ain’t no shit”.  Because everything he was saying “would happen quickly, believe me” was part of a sea story.  Then it hit me.  “Believe me” is his version of “this ain’t no shit”.

As a result, I kept looking back at everything that Trump has said about the economy, immigration, and foreign policy.  I decided we should look at what his first 100 days would look like if he were elected President.  Everything that follows is a what I believe will happen if all of his bluster is the turth.

Should we be damned into a Trump Presidency, we have only ourselves to blame.  But, here is what will happen as far as his words have said.

On January 20, 2017 he will take the oath of office.  He will then give his acceptance speech and there will be a parade.  While he is giving his acceptance speech, over 2 million undocumented immigrants who Trump claims are criminals whether convicted of a crime or not will be rounded up.

During his acceptance speech, all of the so-called “radical Islamic terrorists” will drop dead in fear because he will utter that phrase about ten times.  We know from his campaign that is all you need to do to defeat “radical Islamic terrorists”.  So, America will be safe from those nasty people.

By the time the parade is over, those 2 million people who were rounded up will be on planes headed deep inside Mexico to make it harder for them to return.  We don’t know if the Mexican Government has agreed to the flights, we just knows they will be on their way.

Trump will dance through the night’s parties knowing that he defeated ISIS and deported all those “bad” people.  He will act very Presidential and wave at the gatherings like the strong-man he is.

On the next day, he will order that immigration be halted from every country that is known to “export terrorism.”  Those countries will include Iraq, Afghanistan, Syria, Lebanon, Libia, Germany, France, Denmark, The Netherlands.

He will then decide that it is time to start working on his infamous wall.  He will give an executive order telling contractors, probably his own company, to start erecting that “beautiful wall”.  He will also give executive orders eliminating all of the clean water and air regulations, the FDA’s Food protections, OSHA safety regulations, and anything else he considers as “hurting business”.

Once he does that, millions of jobs will instantly become available to the American people because businesses will know he means business and they will be free to start opening new factories without having to worry about not killing anyone with unsafe practices or pollution.

He will then have some Kentucky Fried Chicken for lunch and pronounce a full day’s work done.  Except, the full day isn’t done just yet.  On the other side of the world, Iran has sent some of their “small boats” to circle one of our “beautiful destroyers” and make obscene gestures at our sailors.

President Trump cannot let that happen.  So, once news reaches him, he orders the Captain of the destroyer to “shoot them out of the water”.  Once that has happened, he calls a news conference to bluster about the great achievement.  “We really showed them who is boss” will be his cry of victory.

When Donald Trump wakes up on his third day in office, he will discover that Iran didn’t take too kindly at their boat being “shot out of the water” and has escalated the situation.  They have positioned some of their “beautiful destroyers” in the Strait of Hormuz and is shutting off shipping out of the Persian Gulf.

Trump orders them to stop or he will send in the fleet to “shoot them out of the water, too.”  Iran doesn’t back down and a shooting war begins.  While Trump is sitting in the Situation Room looking at maps of the Middle East, he is notified that Russia, an ally of Iran, has moved troops into the Ukraine.  His idol has decided that with Trump involved with Iran, Ukraine is his for the taking.

Except, his hero has also invaded all of the Baltic States which involves NATO.  Our NATO allies have ramped up their militaries in response to the Russian invasion of the Baltic States.  NATO is planning on going to war to get Russia out of those ally’s countries.

Before committing American Troops, Trump orders that his staff figure out if those Baltic States are “paid up” on their NATO dues.  A couple of hours later he is told yes.

Trump then decides to call his idol Putin and ask what the hell he is doing.  Putin doesn’t answer the phone.  Instead, Putin puts out a press release saying “Donald Trump is smart enough to know that the Balkan States speak closer to Russian than anyone else and therefore belongs under our protection.  Only President Trump is smart enough to understand our intentions are peaceful.”

Taking the bait, Trump hesitates and tells his Generals to wait and see what happens.  In other words, he violated the NATO treaty.  Besides, in the meantime, Iran has fired off missiles towards Israel.  Since they consider the fact that the U.S. started the shooting war, they have a right to defend themselves from Israel as well.

Israel begins to ramp up air strikes against Iran in defense of their country.  They call Trump and inform him of what they are planning.  Trump gives them the green light.

Meanwhile, Kim Jung Un in North Korea decides this is a good time to strike at South Korea.  But, instead of sending troops across the border, he launches a nuclear attack against Seoul.

Outraged, Trump orders a nuclear attack against Pyongyang.  China is outraged over the nuclear exchange.  They decide it is time to invade Japan.  Russia is also outraged over the exchange and threatens a nuclear attack against the U.S. if one more nuclear device is used.

Israel in the meantime begins their air attack against Iran.  This brings Saudi Arabia into the fight as well.  They decide to end Iran’s grip on the area and send in troops as well.

After a quick war against the Balkan States, Russia decides to attack Poland.  This time the Generals convince Trump to enter the war in Europe with our NATO allies.

In response to the Chinese attack against Japan, Trump orders our Pacific Fleet to head to Japan to defend them.  Only, China has also attacked the Philippines.

Day three ends with world fears heightened.  Trump decides he needs his rest and takes a nap to get ready for day four.  During the night, the U.S. and South Korean forces crossed the border with North Korea in order to take out the nuclear weapons.  Fighting is fierce.

When day four begins and Trump returns to the situation room, it is reported that Russia has conquered all of the Balkan States and half of Poland.  NATO forces have set up defensive lines and are preparing for a major attack.

China has taken two of the Japanese Islands and are preparing to invade another.  The Philippines have surrendered to the Chinese.  Iran is fighting fiercely on two fronts.  Turkey has removed itself from NATO because the Kurds have invaded from Iraq trying to establish their own country of Kurdistan.  They blame the U.S. for arming the Kurds in Iraq which gave them the means to launch their assault on Turkey.

In response to the U.S. and South Korean invasion of North Korea, China has sent one million troops into that country to prop up its ally.  By noon, the U.S. is fighting China on two fronts, Russia on two fronts, and in Iran.

Seeing an opportunity, Egypt now launches an attack against Israel breaking their peace treaty.  Jordan is under pressure from Egypt to join them in eliminating Israel.

Israel warns Egypt to stop its aggression or face dire consequences.  They refuse.  Iran keeps launching missiles at Israel and civilian losses are mounting on the Israeli side.

Netanyahu has finally had enough.  He orders his air force to launch a nuclear attack against Teheran.  Since Trump already gave them the “green light” to fight against Iran, he does not notify the President about his decision.  At 2 pm Eastern Standard Time a nuclear bomb is dropped on Teheran.

Once it is clear that is exactly what happened, Putin becomes furious and launches an attack against the U.S. and Western Europe.  The U.S. and Western European nations retaliate.

China launches a nuclear attack against Japan, and the U.S. retaliates against China.  Pakistan decides to launch nuclear attacks against India and they retaliate.  By 6 pm Eastern Standard Time it is all over.  All of the nuclear missiles and bombs have been used up.

The earth falls silent.  A nuclear winter is in the making.  The sun will not shine as brightly tomorrow.  The earth will not feel the warmth it usually does in the morning.  Over 5 billion people are dead or dying of radiation sickness.  The rest of the world’s population is waiting for the radiation cloud to reach them and poison them to death as well.

Within three years intelligent life on our planet is gone.  There is no one to broadcast comedies on television.  There are no more football games or basketball games or baseball games or soccer.  There is no one to wonder what happened.  There is no one lifting their painful cries to any deity.  They are all gone.

All because an obscure sailor gave an obscene gesture that Donald Trump took offense to and ordered he be “shot out of the water.”  That is our choice in November.

 

 

 

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One journalist, David Fahrenthold, from the Washington Post has been on a crusade.  He has heard as we all have about Donald Trump’s wonderful donations.  According to Trump and his campaign he has given tens of millions of dollars to charity.  However, without him releasing his tax returns, there is no proof of his claims.

So, Fahrenthold has made it his mission to discover just how much the Donald has donated to charity.  The Donald J. Trump Foundation was first started in 1987.  At the beginning, Donald Trump did donate to his foundation.  It must be pointed out here that family foundations like the Trump Foundation are usually created so the rich person, in this case Donald Trump, can donate his own money to various charities.

The Foundation has a record of having very little money in its bank account.  Then, in 2008 Donald Trump began to give absolutely nothing to his own foundation.  There is no record, according to Fahrenthold’s investigation that shows any contributions from Trump to the Foundation since then.  Rather, he started getting donations from other people.

That by itself isn’t a big deal.  However, since 2008, Trump has used other people’s money to donate to charity and giving the impression that the money was coming from himself.  According to Fahrenthold’s investigation, there have also been “illegal” activity by the Foundation that benefitted Trump directly.

For example, Trump reportedly purchased through an auction a signed Tim Tebow helmet.  The Foundation paid the $12,000 bill.  In another auction, Trump’s wife Melania purchased a six foot tall portrait of Donald Trump for $20,000.  Again, the foundation paid the bill.

These purchases are illegal.  According to charity laws, no one can use Foundation money to purchase anything for himself.  So, the purchases were illegal in that they were paid for by the Trump Foundation and not by Mr. Trump even though he benefitted from the purchase.

Then we have the “pay for play” donation to a political action committee for the Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi.  This was first explained away as a mistake.  However, the mistake became another mistake and it was never fully explained why the money, supposedly meant for different charities never made it to them, but rather to Bondi’s PAC.

One of the most egregious activities to me was a donation to the Palm Beach Police.  Trump donated $120,000 to the Palm Beach Police.  The money was donated by the Trump Foundation.  However, even though Trump made it seem like he was personally donating the money, it turns out that the money came from a separate charity in New Jersey.

The real bad part was that the Palm Beach Police awarded Donald Trump the Palm Award for his donation.  This is something that they hand out to benefactors for their donations.  The “award ceremony” was held at Trump’s Mar a Lago resort in Florida.  To show just how generous Trump really is, he charged the Palm Beach Police over $267,000 for the ceremony dinner at his resort.

So, Trump donated someone else’s money to the Police, received an award for himself by donating other people’s money, and then raped the police for the ceremonial dinner.  How charitable of the vulture.  Imagine getting an award for something you did not do, then charge the organization awarding you to make money for yourself.

The Trump campaign keeps saying that Trump will not release his tax returns until the so-called audit is completed.  Yet, there isn’t even any proof that he is under audit.  That came to light yesterday on CNN.  Kellyanne Conway was giving an interview and was asked, “will the Campaign release the letter from the IRS that states Mr. Trump’s taxes are being audited?”  I thought Conway was going to choke on the answer.

Her first response was “excuse me?”  Seems Kellyanne doesn’t know that if you are under audit, the IRS cannot openly announce it to the world, but they do send a letter to the payee that their tax returns are under audit.  Trump could simply release that letter to prove he is under audit.  Instead Conway asked “are you saying he is a liar?”

I don’t know if the CNN interviewer is saying that, but I am.  Trump is a liar.  There is no reason for him not to release his tax returns even if he is under audit.  Richard Nixon released his returns while he was under audit.  There is no law that prevents him from releasing his tax returns while under audit.

No, Trump will not release his tax returns because things like his NOT donating tens of millions of dollars to charity will be exposed.  If he is claiming to have donated to his own Foundation on his tax returns while the Foundation’s records do not show such “giving” he is not only lying, he is also a tax cheat.

Newsweek today dropped an article about Trump’s organization and its many ties to foreign financiers, foreign politicians, and even foreign criminals.  If all of that is true, it would show up in his tax returns.  The story also brings up some very serious conflict of interest concerns should Trump be elected.

How can we trust a President who is beholding to foreign politicians to properly deal with foreign policy that conflicts with his business interests?  Besides, shockingly, there is no law that requires a President to place his holdings in a “blind trust” to avoid conflict of interest.  And, Donald Trump has said he probably would not do so.  Meaning while he is President, if elected, he would also be running his company.

Newsweek says he would be the “most conflicted President” in history.  Even if he did “blind trust” his companies while in office, if he doesn’t permanently break from his own companies, we will never be sure just what foreign policy is set to benefit his business over the nation.

This all proves that Donald Trump is the least transparent candidate in my lifetime.  He has refused to disclose the most basic things like his tax returns.  Why?  What is he hiding?  How many other “suspicious activities” would we discover in his returns?

Donald Trump keeps saying “believe me” when he wants to make a point.  Sorry, Donald, I don’t believe you.  Your own history with your Foundation is riddled with fraudulent activity.  You keep saying the Clinton Foundation is a “pay for play” system.  Yet, the only “pay for play” has come from YOUR Foundation, not Clinton’s.

If you have nothing to hide, Mr. Trump, release your tax returns immediately.  Otherwise you will be proving my assertion that you are a liar to be true.

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I could write about the pneumonia that Clinton is suffering from and how she should have “blasted out the news” as soon as she heard it Friday.  But, to be honest, I really don’t give a shit about her pneumonia or the fact she didn’t want to tell anyone about it.

I cannot think of a single person who wants to blast out their health condition except someone who simply wants to be the center of attention.  Normal people who get sick, just go on with their lives and try to work through their illness.

I could write about her “basket of deplorables” gaff.  But, she has already said she regrets using the term “half” of supporters.  Of course that isn’t good enough for Trump’s people.  Even though their candidate has NEVER apologized for any of the ridiculous comments he has made about several people.

Oh, he has said he “regrets” some of his comments, but won’t say which comments.  He has not apologized to a Gold Star family for his vicious attacks against them.    He has never apologized for his mocking a disabled reporter.  So, I am not going into his trap about the “deplorables” comments.

I also could write about his Foundation and its illegal activities, but I won’t, at least today.  I could write about his Vice Presidential running mate not calling David Duke deplorable, but I won’t.  Instead let’s look at two things that really define the state of our nation, at least from the conservative side.

The first is the Soviet Socialist State of North Carolina.  The NCAA has finally showed some guts and have cancelled their “championship” activities in the state, including the basketball tournament.

This is over the infamous HB2 Bill that says you must use the bathroom of our birth not gender.  In a statement, NCAA President Mark Emmert said”

Fairness is about more than the opportunity to participate in college sports, or even compete for championships.  We believe in providing a safe and respectful environment at our events and are committed to providing the best experience possible for college athletes, fans and everyone taking part in our championships.

The bill also says that local communities cannot pass their own legislation to protect LGBT rights.  Of course, the state’s GOP couldn’t pass this up without being somewhat “deplorable” all by themselves.

A spokeswoman for the North Carolina GOP called the NCAA’s decision “so absurd it’s almost comical” before launching a blistering attack against the organization.

“I genuinely look forward to the NCAA merging all men’s and women’s teams together as singular, unified, unisex teams,” spokeswoman Kami Mueller said in a statement circulating on Twitter. “Perhaps the NCAA should stop with their political peacocking ― and instead focus their energies on making sure our nation’s collegiate athletes are safe, both on and off the field.”

But, I think Chris Sgro, the executive director of Equality NC, an LGBT rights group that has fought against the law summed it up best.

North Carolina is ground zero for NCAA college basketball. It’s not something you should mess with.  We’re famous for three things ― beaches, barbecue and basketball ― and now Pat McCrory has stepped all over one of those with the worst LGBT bill in the nation.

Unfortunately, North Carolina isn’t known for just discriminating against LGBT.  It is also known for thuggery.  At his last rally in North Carolina, Trump ignored  the fact that one of his “supporters” was slapping people he considered as protesters in the face.

Then there is Governor Matt Bevin of Kentucky.  He gave a talk at the so-called “Value Voters Summit” over the weekend.  And boy, did he have some real “values” to share with the audience.

Here is what Bevin had to say about “values”.

I want us to be able to fight ideologically, mentally, spiritually, economically, so that we don’t have to do it physically.  But that may, in fact, be the case.

Bevin went on to say that he believed the U.S. would survive a Hillary Clinton presidency, but it might required bloodshed.

The roots of the tree of liberty are watered by what?  The blood.  Of who?  The tyrants to be sure, but who else?  The patriots.  It might be that of our children and grandchildren. I have nine children. It breaks my heart to think that it might be their blood that is needed to redeem something, to reclaim something, that we through our apathy and our indifference have given away. Don’t let it happen.

Bevin isn’t alone in talking about bloodshed.  Trump used the term more than once, especially in his famous comment about the Supreme Court when he said in August:

“If she gets to pick her judges ― nothing you can do, folks.  “Although, the Second Amendment people. Maybe there is. I don’t know.”

Sorry folks, but these are the people who are supporting Donald Trump to become our next President.  These are the people who in one sentence claims to love our Constitution and in the next is calling for violent action against their “enemies”.

From Donald Trump all the way down the list, these people do not respect the Constitution.  They do not support free speech, unless they are allowed to define what that is.  They do not support equality.  They do not care if you have a job or not.  They only care about power.  And, they will do everything possible to rile up enough people to even use violence to gain that power.

It is really simple.  There is “deplorable” and then there is “deplorable”.

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