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Republicans eyeing the White House bids are emulating Trump’s confrontational, fact-challenged politics on Covid. DeSantis is taking a page directly from Trump’s playbook — betting that an aggressive campaign against mandatory mask-wearing in schools will make him a GOP star and get him the nod for a run at the Presidency

At a conference in Utah recently, DeSantis said, and I quote; “It is very important that we say unequivocally no to lockdowns, no to school closures, no to restrictions and no to mandates.” He already signed an executive order that school children did not have to wear masks. Fortunately the school districts are, so far, not paying attention to that order!

Greg Abbott, who has just come down with Covid himself said; it is now time to open Texas 100% as he lifted the state’s mask mandate in March and allowed businesses to open at 100% capacity despite warnings from public health officials. This also is a political move, not caring who dies or gets sick, as long as the GOP base is mollified! More than 12,400 people in Texas were hospitalized with the virus as of Wednesday, according to state data, an increase from 10,791 last Wednesday!

Gov. Noem of South Dakota bragged that they had not ordered any businesses to close and enforced no mandates. South Dakota saw the highest Covid-19 case increase per 100,000 residents in the entire nation over the past two weeks!

GOP led states are the lowest in vaccination rates, highest in new cases of Covid, and also do not follow, as a general rule, the mandates of the scientific community on how to stay safe!

This is the insanity of a party who still worships at the feet of Trump. Who are willing to sacrifice lives to keep their agenda and electability alive in a GOP that still follows the  rule of, if facts are not to your liking, just change them, then repeat the lie often!

Opinion by John Love

HISTORY SAYS NOT:

In 1973, Trump was accused by the Justice Department of violations of the Fair Housing Act in the operation of 39 buildings. He and his father before him were not renting or selling to people of color. The Department said that black “testers” were sent to more than half a dozen buildings and were denied apartments, but a similar white tester would then be offered an apartment in the same building. Trump countersued the federal agency, because that is what he does, but the judge threw it out as having no merit, Trump settled out of court!

In 1985, New York City brought a lawsuit against Trump for allegedly using tactics to force out tenants of 100 Central Park South because he wanted to demolish it to pursue his own interests. Trump kept that one in the courts for ten years before he was finally denied permission to tear it down!This long term tactic is common for Trump, he hopes the opposing side will run out of money and time, and he will win by default! It did not work this time however!

In 1988, the Justice Department sued Trump for violating procedures related to public notifications when buying voting stock in a company related to his attempted takeovers! That one cost him a fine of 750,000!

In late 1990, Trump was sued for $2 million by a business analyst for defamation, and Trump settled out of court.

In 1991, Trump Plaza was fined $200,000 by the New Jersey Casino Control Commission for moving African American and female employees from craps tables in order to accommodate high roller Robert LiButti, a mob figure and alleged John Gotti associate!

Again In 1991, one of Trump’s casinos in Atlantic City, New Jersey, was found guilty of circumventing state regulations about casino financing when Donald Trump’s father bought $3.5 million in chips that he had no plans to gamble! Another time Daddy attempted to bail him out failure!

Sexual misconduct:

In 1993, Vera Coking sued Trump and his demolition contractor for damage to her home during construction of the Trump Plaza Hotel and Casino.[33] In 1997, she dropped the suit against Trump and settled with his contractor for $90,000.[34] Coking had refused to sell her boarding house, which Trump did not want sitting next to his new hotel! She ultimately won a 1998 Supreme Court decision that prevented Atlantic City from using eminent domain to condemn her property!

In 1992, Trump sued ex-wife Ivana Trump for not honoring a gag clause in their divorce agreement. The divorce was granted on grounds that Ivana claimed Donald Trump’s treatment of her was “cruel and inhuman treatment! Which she revealed in a book she wrote!  Trump did win the gag order, but the truth was out there!

A sexual assault claim from 1994 for child rape was filed against Trump on October 14, 2016! His lawyers got the case suspended for procedural errors, it was then refiled, it has remained in suspension since 2016. Money talks and rapists walk! It has not been thrown out, however!

In April 1997, Jill Harth Houraney filed a $125,000,000 lawsuit against Trump for sexual harassment in 1993, claiming he “‘groped’ her under her dress and told her he wanted to make her his ‘sex slave.” Harth voluntarily withdrew the suit when her husband settled a parallel case. In other words, Trump paid out behind closed doors.

In all, 26 women have accused Trump of sexual misconduct!

In other news:

In 2000, Donald Trump paid $250,000 to settle fines related to his being charged with circumventing state law lobbying against government approval of plans to construct an Indian-run casino in the Catskills, which would have diminished casino traffic to Trump’s casinos in Atlantic City!

I could go on, but as Trump is the most litigious businessman in history that I can find, it would take way too much of your time! He has sued actual countries like Scotland, and lost of course. Look up windmills and Trump, for example!

Business failures:

1. Trump Steaks

2. GoTrump 

3. Trump Airlines

4. Trump Vodka

5. Trump Mortgage

6. Trump: The Game

7. Trump Magazine

8. Trump University

9. Trump Ice 

10. The New Jersey Generals 

11. Tour de Trump 

12. Trump Network 

13. Trumped! 

Trump companies that sought bankruptcy protection:

1. Trump Taj Mahal 

2. Trump’s Castle

3. Trump Plaza Casinos

4. Trump Plaza Hotel 

5. Trump Hotels and Casinos Resorts 

6. Trump Entertainment Resorts 

My point, Trump is not a good businessperson! Has been propped up by daddy! He is a racist, even the Federal government has said so! He is not a moral man; the rape case I mentioned was of a thirteen year old at a party thrown by child sex trafficker Jeffrey Epstein, not to mention the other 26 women making complaints against him. No I do not have proof, only what all of these woman and a child have said! But where there is horseshit, there are usually horses to be found!

You can access my blog about the big lie, and others about Trump from this same site. So in short, when you support this man, you are supporting rape, molestation, and criminal activity on a large scale. So let’s say, I discount some of this just to be fair to the Trump supporters, you should still be shunning this man, not helping him in any shape or fashion. If you do, you are supporting evil, simple as that.  

Suppose you look at a map indicating which states are highly vaccinated and which are barely vaccinated. In that case, it looks just like a political map of Blue (DEM) and Red (GOP) states just before an election! I’ll let you draw your own conclusions here, but be aware, people are dying, and things are heating up again, plus the variant is becoming more widespread!

This can be checked again and again, city by city. The people now getting sick and having to be hospitalized are almost entirely unvaccinated! The Governor of Arizona has ordered schools with unvaccinated school children who have been directly exposed to COVID- 19 not to be forced to quarantine! The school districts are fighting back and so far have not changed their policy. But this is an example of GOP leadership putting lives at risk for politics! Afraid to lose their fanatical Trump-based support even at the cost of children’s lives! How in the hell have we allowed this to occur!

The false information about the COVID-19 vaccines is rampant! And has been pushed by several GOP members and media companies like FOX News! This information is killing people, plain and simple! The fact that, especially in Florida, they bad-mouth Dr. Anthony Fauci is because the truth hurts! But politicians in the state do not want to disenfranchise themselves from the state’s massive population of Trump zealots. So they put lives in danger! Yes, they will kill you rather than endanger their political future. And that rings true of all GOP-led states!

You will hear people like Pence telling you that since his administration, we have had runaway spending. Well, here is a little truth for you. Trump downplayed the virus and held up spending to make his numbers look better, killing thousands unnecessarily with Pence support, I might add! Our current President did not neglect his duty for the sake of looking good; he attacked the root of our problem, which took money! And with unprecedented success, well, except in GOP-run states! People are dying in more significant numbers in states where the GOP is in charge! That alone should tell you where the truth lies.

So, since Trump and his family are vaccinated, why is he not telling his base that it is safe and necessary? The same reason I have already talked about, his base! He is afraid to antagonize them! And he does not care about people! So as long as he is convinced by letting them die, he will maintain more of their support overall; well, let them die! And this is just plain common sense, not politics! If we had the same misinformation campaign, politically motivated back in the day, we would still be losing the war against polio and other eradicated diseases.

When you don’t mask up, when you do not quarantine when exposed, when you do not get fully vaccinated, you are risking thousands! You only need to do three things. Get vaccinated, wear masks where it is mandated, and isolate if you know you have been exposed! If you do, we win; if you don’t, we die, simple logic. It would help if you were not making life and death decisions based on your politics!

The Big Lie, or lies!

Posted: July 15, 2021 in News and politics

Voter fraud, let’s look at the facts! Less than two dozen nationwide have been found. Most cases have been thrown out of court in less than a day because no evidence was brought forward!

In Nevada, for instance, Trump claimed there were over 10,000 people who were not even living in the state who voted. It turned out they were servicemen and women and college students! Which can legally vote no matter where they are!

So then there is the Capital insurrection, which Trump and Republicans said was the Left, Black Lives matter, pushed by big Media! So all of you have a brain housing group attached to a spine. So why would groups where the election went their way assault the Capital in protest? Answer; they would not! 

 General Michael Flynn, hand-picked by Trump, upped the ante and caused quite a stir when he attended a big QAnon event in Texas. He responded to a questioner asking if there’s any reason America can’t have a military coup like Myanmar by saying, “No reason. I mean, it should happen here.”

Chairman of the Joint Chiefs Gen. Mark Milley and others were concerned that Trump or his allies would stage a coup in an attempt to have him stay in power! According to a new book by Carol Leonnig and Philip Rucker, “I Alone Can Fix It,” which is set to be released next Tuesday.

The Joint Chiefs were considering resigning one at a time to avoid carrying out the orders of the former president, which they thought would be dangerous and illegal!

Again, the now-disbanded voting integrity commission launched by the Trump administration uncovered no evidence to support claims of widespread voter fraud, according to an analysis of administration documents released last April. In a letter to Vice President Mike Pence and Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach, who are both Republicans and led the commission, the documents show a “pre-ordained outcome”! And that drafts of a commission report included a section on evidence of voter fraud that was “glaringly empty.”

People in the video capture of the Capital insurrection and subsequently arrested were not left-wing, nor BLM, or any leftist organization. Now Proud Boys, QAnon, and other White Supremacist representation were found in large numbers! So Trump lied about everything, and some of you are still licking the greasy grimy pan! 

So let’s summarize! A president who told more lies than anyone in history by a considerable margin and is accused of molestation by dozens! Who is under investigation for serious crimes, some of which had already been proven! Like ripping off a Trump-created charity which proved to be just a slush fund for him and his family, for one! Tax evasion and the money trail to Russian oligarchs are just now starting to come to light! Instigating violence, and of course, the big lie which millions believe, despite all evidence to the contrary! Even when his commission and his guy at Justice, Barr, all saying there was none, the election was not rigged!

If you have evidence that did not come from a Fox talking-head whose own company lawyers in court said he could not be held liable because it was not expected that anyone would believe anything he says! True, look it up! Then take a long look at yourselves if you support Trump. It is not a partisan divide; it is more like he sold your children into the sex trade, but it was ok; he needed the money! It is that simple, wake up! We need to make sure this man is not allowed to destroy this country with his mental instability, even now!

By John Love

Republicans are taking credit for pandemic relief in their states that they voted against! Every Republican in Congress voted against the sweeping pandemic relief bill that President Joe Biden signed into law! Every single one! But Republicans from New York and across the nation to Washington state have promoted elements and taken credit for the results of the exact legislation they fought to defeat!

Here is a perfect example; Rep. Nicole Malliotakis, a Republican from NY, said it pained her to vote against the $1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan! Then she later issued a news release taking credit for more than $3.7 million from the package that went to community health centers in her district as one of her “achievements.” She said she prided herself on “bringing federal funding to the district and back into the pockets of taxpayers.” The very funding that she and every single republican voted against! As I indicated, there are more examples, but this and other similar claims by republicans are out-and-out lies that we let them get away with!

Then there are things they do not take credit for, or seem to not know about, or claim it didn’t happen. Matt Gaetz is a prime example. Besides paying for sex with a minor, he is now facing charges for sex trafficking. If he had been a Democrat, the outcry would have deafened us in our own homes! But what do you hear from Republicans on this issue, nada! They either claim they do not know anything about it, or Matt, who?

I am not saying Democrats are not guilty of taking credit where credit is not due, but when you search for examples, the ratio for Republicans is high! Then when you start looking for sex trafficking charges or sex with a minor, it is almost always related to a Republican lawmaker—starting with their hero, Trump! A man, who encouraged violence, has made more statements on the record demeaning women than any leader of a country I know of! He has been accused of sexual assault by dozens of women, even rape in more than one instance, yet Republicans still hold him up as their shining example. The old saying, a thief always thinks everyone is stealing from him, and I cannot help but think that sexual assault is way more common than we know, and that is why they are willing to look the other way! We have to start holding these people accountable, especially if it involves an underage girl or any person under their sway!  

I had a friend ask me just the other day how I felt about how our current President is ruining America, and am I now finally wishing Trump was back! I cannot tell you how utterly ashamed I am that people cannot see the truth, especially when it is so in your face! They have to be only listening to shock jocks, not looking for the truth at all! Even when Fox News defended itself in court with the premise that no one thinks that what they report are facts, they are an entertainment venue, so they should not be held accountable. This was in defense of Tucker Carlson, who they said could not be literally believed! Google it, easy to find!

There are currently several criminal investigations underway of former President Trump, his children, and in-laws! History will show the Trumps were and are a crime family! Especially Donald and his Dad! Dad was arrested once while marching in a KKK rally! He was released without charges because money has influence. Both Donald and Fred Trump were charged with racist housing practices by the Federal government, Donald, more than once! I could give you pages and pages of lawsuits, immoral practices by Donald alone, from early childhood on, but if you are not already aware, I doubt you care!

Stupid is a Disease

Posted: February 14, 2021 in News and politics
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From Wikipedia:

“QAnon[a] (/ˌkjuːəˈnɒn/), or simply Q, is a disproven and discredited far-right conspiracy theory alleging that a secret cabal of Satan-worshipping,[1] cannibalistic pedophiles is running a global child sex-trafficking ring and plotted against former U.S. president Donald Trump while he was in office.[2][3][4][5] According to U.S. prosecutors, QAnon is commonly called a cult.[6]

QAnon commonly asserts that Trump has been planning a day of reckoning known as the “Storm”, when thousands of members of the cabal will be arrested.[7][8] QAnon supporters have accused many liberal Hollywood actors, Democratic politicians, and high-ranking government officials of being members of the cabal.[9] They have also claimed that Trump feigned conspiracy with Russians to enlist Robert Mueller to join him in exposing the sex trafficking ring and preventing a coup d’état by Barack ObamaHillary Clinton, and George Soros.[10][11] The QAnon conspiracy theories have been amplified by Russian state-backed troll accounts on social media,[18] as well as Russian state-backed traditional media.”

So if you believe in this tripe, you are one, not very bright! Sorry, but Pizzagate is part of this. You know, a pedophile ring run out of the basement of a Pizza store’s basement, in a Pizza store with no basement! Also reread the first sentence, which includes Satan worshipers and cannibalistic pedophiles! You are also incapable of logical thought! Because this is supposedly a worldwide cabal, so that means the FBI, CIA, MI6, Europol, Interpol, to name just a few, all have to be in on it! And then to believe Trump, in cahoots with Mueller, feigned a friendship with Russia so they could better institute the Storm, a massive round up of all of these Satan worshiping pedophiles, the Obama’s, Clintons, Soros, democratic politicians,  most actors, and pretty much anyone who ever criticized Trump! Wait, isn’t critizism our right in a democracy, the Bill of Rights, and covered in our Constitution? No, then what country do you support, it is not the United States of America!

Hate has to be your basic instinct. Hate of anyone not like you, not of the same religion, not the same color, not the same heritage, a belief that you, and carbon copies of you, are superior in every way, by birthright! So yes, some of you do not hate all of it! But you hate, and hate has to be your primary resource, or QAnon would not exist, as it has been disproven, called a cult by our countries law enforcement! Yet here you are, wearing the t-shirt, spouting its tenants, ready to arm yourselves in defense of it! Oh, that also makes you dangerous, nuts, and a psychopath!

Don’t agree, I don’t fracking care! Did I use terminology you don’t like? Then quit being a traitor to the real America, read, and think, fact check, not just fill up on what fills your lust and hatred of things you are afraid of. Becoming a white minority in some parts of the country, having you white privilege reduced to a more level playing field, not having anyone to blame but yourself for whatever you are now blaming some immigrant for! You know, the job they have that you wouldn’t touch with a ten-foot pole, but you still think they must have stolen your job! 

As my favorite character said, “stupid is, as stupid does” think on it!

By John Love

The Second Impeachment

Posted: February 9, 2021 in News and politics
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UH, yup!

Obstruction of justice

Here are some that are still within the legal time frame!

  1. “Conduct involving FBI Director Comey and Michael Flynn”
  2. “The President’s reaction to the continuing Russia investigation”
  3. “The President’s termination of Comey”
  4. “The appointment of a Special Counsel and efforts to remove him”
  5. “Efforts to curtail the Special Counsel’s investigation”
  6. “Efforts to prevent public disclosure of evidence”
  7. “Further efforts to have the Attorney General take control of the investigation”
  8. “Efforts to have McGahn deny that the President had ordered him to have the Special Counsel removed”
  9. “Conduct toward Flynn, [Paul] Manafort, [REDACTED]”
  10. “Conduct involving Michael Cohen”

Bribery

This would be about Trump’s phone call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky asking for a “favor” in the form of finding dirt on a political opponent, Joe Biden. There are several other suspected bribes, but this is the one where he was impeached by the House, but found guilty by the Senate. So is still viable. So since the House’s findings did not limit his freedom!

Conspiracy to defraud the United States

 

This occurs when individuals agree to obstruct the work of a federal agency. If members of the Trump administration sabotaged the U.S. Postal Service to influence the outcome of the 2020 election, this charge could be considered for anyone who conspired to achieve the illegal objective, even those who took no personal action.

Campaign finance violations

 

Cohen set up a shell corporation to make a $130,000 payment to prevent Daniels from making public statements that would harm the Trump’s candidacy. As stated in court documents in Cohen’s case, the payments assisted the campaign by preventing the publication of negative stories about candidate Trump that

might influence the election. His payment exceeded the legal limit of $2,700 for campaign contributions and violated the law prohibiting corporate contributions. The government stated that Cohen “acted in coordination with and at the direction of Individual-1” — identified as someone who ran “an ultimately successful campaign for President of the United States.”

The following cannot be included in impeachment as they are;

Pre-presidency crimes

 

Trump  consistently over valued his properties to gain access to loans. Then undervalued those same properties when it came time to pay taxes! He is currently being investigated by the Manhattan District Attorney!  Potential crimes include bank, insurance and tax fraud; money laundering; and preparing false business records.

Crimes for another day?

 

Mueller, because Justice Department policy prohibited him from filing charges against a sitting president, did file any! He made clear, however, that his report was intended to “preserve the evidence” obtained in his investigation because “a President does not have immunity after he leaves office.” Trump mutilated the truth when speaking about the fact no charges were filed, and just pretended the preserve the evidence part didn’t exist!

My source;

 Twitter: @barbmcquade
@JoyceWhiteVance

Voter Fraud is a Myth

Posted: February 1, 2021 in News and politics
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The following are my facts about the election. If you have facts you may post them. Not opinions, it must be actual facts.

Disputing President Donald Trump’s persistent, baseless claims, Attorney General William Barr declared the U.S. Justice Department has uncovered no evidence of voter fraud that could change the outcome of the 2020 election.  https://apnews.com/article/barr-no-widespread-election-fraud-b1f1488796c9a98c4b1a9061a6c7f49d

The November 3rd election was the “most secure in American history”and “there is no evidence that any voting system deleted or lost votes, changed votes, or was in any way compromised,” according to a statement from the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA). The statement follows numerous claims of supposed election fraud by President Donald Trump and his allies.

“While we know there are many unfounded claims and opportunities for misinformation about the process of our elections, we can assure you we have the utmost confidence in the security and integrity of our elections, and you should too,” the statement continues.

https://www.theverge.com/2020/11/12/21563274/dhs-cisa-no-evidence-us-voting-compromised

An official with the Federal Election Commission (FEC) said Saturday morning there is “no evidence” of voter fraud, instead praising state and local officials and poll workers for running an election during the coronavirus pandemic.

“State and local officials and poll workers throughout the country really stepped up. And there have been very few complaints about how this election was run,” said Ellen Weintraub, a Democrat and FEC commissioner. “Very few substantiated complaints, let me put it that way. There is no evidence of any kind of voter fraud. There is no evidence of illegal votes being cast.”

https://www.newsweek.com/no-evidence-voter-fraud-says-federal-election-commission-official-1545747

In over 60 case filings, analysis found that 38 judges appointed by Republicans were among the 86 judges who had rejected lawsuits. The U.S. Supreme Court, which includes three Trump-appointed justices, rejected Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton’s challenge to election results in four states.

Judge Stephanos Bibas, a Trump appointee to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, said in dismissing one Pennsylvania challenge: “Free, fair elections are the lifeblood of our democracy. Charges of unfairness are serious. But calling an election unfair does not make it so. Charges require specific allegations and then proof. We have neither here.” https://www.politifact.com/factchecks/2021/jan/08/joe-biden/joe-biden-right-more-60-trumps-election-lawsuits-l/

Ok, if you think there was massive voter fraud, and continue to post such drivel, I ask you to respond with facts. Sixty court cases came up with zero facts to support this, but if you found, on your own, millions of cases that support voter fraud and cost Trump the election, by all means post here! Facts mind you, only facts!

The new argument I hear the last few days from Republican leaders, governors, and legislators are that having an education is terrible. Especially an education that specifically qualifies you for the job for which you are being considered! It is also reprehensible that you correspond with and interact with people who specialize in the things your job will entail. Or at least this is what people like Mark Rubio said about
Biden’s picks so far for his administration! Tom Cotton Ark., Josh Hawley of Mo., and Rubio of Fla., all despaired about the fact that all of Biden’s picks so far are all highly educated and have in-government expertise! Governor of South Dakota, Kristi Noam, criticized “supposed science experts” who want to take our rights away by making us wear masks and other safeguards. Currently, South Dakota is doing none of the things recommended by the scientific community and are increasing their numbers of infections and deaths at a tremendous rate, now the highest in our union! So yes, they are free, free to die!

Where did the GOP get the idea that education and science are the enemies? That all media companies are liars and in some plot against the GOP? That we should suspect any findings by law enforcement, even the FBI and CIA? Wait, I think a guy named Trump started all of that. In all fairness, there have been anti-science and anti-education memes that sprung up about climate change, even before Trump, but he turned it into a call to arms! According to Trump and his sycophants, all of the world scientists formed a cabal intent on misleading the world! It all comes down to money. Big industry does not like climate change because it cuts into the profit margin to deal with it. The movers and shakers on Wall Street hate the thought of universal healthcare as it is stock driven, and profits to its rich stock portfolios driven by higher drug and healthcare costs are what is important to them. You are supposed just to shut up and die, or you are unpatriotic! Healthcare is a money maker the way it is set up now; in the U.S., we die sooner, are unhealthy more often, and our healthcare is way more expensive nationally than countries that supply it to all of its citizens equally!

So the uneducated tend to blame the educated for their woes. Sure, a lot of it is put upon them by educated people! But that is more attributable to their greed and avarice than it is education! But it makes education and science easy targets when you want to pollute at will and make healthcare a money grab devoid of actually providing a healthy outcome! So it has to change, and I believe it will eventually. Instead of spending more on the military than almost all of our allies put together, we need to make a switch to education, from pre-school to college graduation! We need to do it without putting students in so much debt they shy away from education, but instead rewarding those who choose it! I hold no college degrees, even though I attended on and off my whole working life! I do own an entire wall of certificates and diplomas from job-related schools, and I am a voracious reader. But if I could have afforded an Ivy League or higher education at college or university level, you bet, I would have been right there! And that is what we need to strive for! And at the basic level, we need to treat our teachers in K12 with respect and pay that attracts and keeps quality teachers at the helm of education. I did raise a teacher/college professor who is now the Principal of a reasonably large school here in the Southland! Best I could do!

I am a Marine vet, two tours in Nam. First, not a combat Marine, I never left the safety of the airbase in Da Nang! A location affectionately known as Rocket City because of the almost daily rocket rainfall! I got an excellent demonstration within the first half hour I was in country. But no jungle safaris while I was there!

I was a Sgt, which some say is why I am a little lax in my patience quotient. A Sgt in the Marine Corps has a God complex. This is more prevalent in the Corps than in the other services. We are the poor stepchild of the Navy, so money and promotions are a hard target! So a Sgt in the Corps is more rare than in any other service! With more responsibility in most cases and you are basically the last word! Not far enough up the chain to have to deal with a lot of red tape, but with enough power that no one was going to give you any guff unless they outranked you, and Sgts run the Corps. Ask any of us. If it ain’t so, you will find that we thought it was. Every last one of us!

So previous to that, I lived in a small logging and ranching community in Idaho. Well lots of places in Idaho, but from the summer before the 8th to my first year of college, Council was my home. We will not go into the complex and often unbelievable circumstance before that. Still, Council saved my life, gave me purpose, and made me realize my worth.
I went from almost no schooling before I was 13, to an (A) average student! I was on the student council, editor of the school paper junior and senior years, captain of an undefeated football team, a starter on the basketball team, and the primary pitcher for the baseball team, both also doing very well. I might have had a swellhead! But what I am trying to say, Council and the wonderful people populating that town were responsible for my good luck. I had no parents; I lived for a while with a school teacher who snagged me from the hell I was living!. When they moved, I lived with the town’s only Doctor and a state assemblyman and his family, whose elder son was my best friend. So, as I said, I owe a lot to people not even related to me for giving me a leg up!

So, back to me being an arse! I love the people of Council; regardless of their beliefs or political aspirations, all of them will give you the shirt off their back if you are an honest resident of their town and in need! But there are some extremes, politically, that is. I am aware that I am at one of those extremes. I am what you would call a liberal who was raised in a primarily conservative stronghold. I never minded, never really paid it much attention until Trump went political!

Now long before Trump became our President, I had a decent hate for the man. I had followed him most of my life, learning of his ominous business dealings and rampant racism! Trump and his father were even sued in federal court by the Justice Dept, Donald twice for this very thing! I noted his attitudes toward women, cheating one wife with the next one in line, and then with porn stars, while the now First Lady was pregnant with their son! I noted how often Trump had been accused of sexual assault, even rape of an underage girl, and how his money and influence made it all go away. But what set me off, what turned me into the arse that I am, was when people I loved excused or even denied this activity! Calling him beloved and chosen by God, that I just went nuts! I could not believe my eyes, my ears, or understand how this could possibly be!

So I started a blog, became a pest on Facebook and, to some extent on Twitter! I started doing my own research to make sure I was not mistaken in my beliefs. I found that I had not even scratched the surface of this man’s evil. He was kicked out of private school for bullying and beating younger students. He was sent to a military school that was not known for academic excellence but for obedience training of wayward teens! He could not get into a good college on his own merit but paid someone to take his SATs. Even then, his grades were not enough to enter into his college of choice; Wharton refused his original application! He had to use family influence to get in. He has since threatened all institutions of learning he attended if they released his grades. You know, being a genius and all!

Since he started his political career, he has lied at least 20,000 times. Currently, he averages 50 a day as his mental stability is suffering under his loss to Biden! But his supporters seem not to notice or do not care! Yes, those figures come from multiple sources, but look at the magnitude. Even if you were to disregard a large portion, you still have the most egregious liar in public office in history!

After the election he gave up even trying to appear concerned about a virus that is raging out of control. We are the number one infected nation on the planet, but from Trump, crickets! Even before the election, it had been months since he attended the weekly updates and discussions on how to deal with it!

Yes, even now he is firing anyone who disagrees with him! Anyone who dares tell the truth about healthcare, or who denies the lies about the election, anyone in the Pentagon that he could fire, he did! Because they did not want to send regular troops into citizen populations! That is, for example, why Mark Esper is gone! He is suing states to try and overturn Biden’s win. The courts all down the line are denying him, and Trump is getting more and more desperate in his lies and accusations! If you are honest, even giving the man the benefit of the doubt because, yes, there are partisan politics always in play, he is not honest, is morally corrupt, and is the prevaricator in chief!

Again, pain in the arse that I am, I ask you to do some honest fact-checking. Now fact-checking means you have to look at actual court cases, existing instances of circumstance you can witness for yourselves about this man’s behavior. Then you have to take into account the vast amounts of evidence provided by dozens of women and former contractors. Yes, his former lawyers, so-called insiders, his family, all laying out a scenario of a vicious bully with an evil character! Even Fox admits in court; they are not a news organization but an entertainment company. According to their lawyers, everyone knows they do not represent facts, so they should not be held liable. So that also means you cannot use them as a fact-checking source, now, can you!

The reason I am pestering you again. Because all these innuendoes and lies have split our country into two camps, those that think Biden won, and those who think it was some nationally co-ordinated conspiracy to steal an election. This will split our country for years. We need to examine how we got here and who is responsible. I mean, when the far right militia is standing by for Trumps order to go to war on innocent civilians, it is time to rethink our stratagems!