Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Plagiarized Lessons and Deceptive Tactics: A Look Inside the Trump Institute

What more does one need to know (NYT link below) before this beast Trump is SOUNDLY defeated? Mitt Romney was right Trump is, in fact, a big con. He takes his lessons from the Bernie Madoff school of ripoffs and Ponzi schemes. True, Trump was not selling stock (that I know of) but he was allegedly selling phony deals like Trump University and the Trump Institute.

Now he wants to make the BIGGEST con of all -- the American people -- by taking us -- ALL of us -- for the world's biggest con, capturing the White House to use it in God knows what myriad of ways for his own personal gain and enrichment. I am sure the schemes one could create from it would boggle the mind.
 

 DO NOT LET HIM DO THIS. The dangers of electing this faker to the highest most powerful office in the world are ENORMOUS! I know you will do as I and everyone I know, vote HRC into office and stop this terrible con man from committing the biggest con of his life. As a relative quoted to me "the rising tide raises all yachts but cast small and medium boats upon the rocks."



http://www.nytimes.com/2016/06/30/us/politics/donald-trump-institute-plagiarism.html?_r=0

The Question of my Life -- Istanbul incredulity

The question of my entire living career: How can human beings inflict such hurt both physical and emotional on other innocent human beings?

I ask that question not only of the beasts that struck terror In Istanbul but I ask that of ALL nations who think nothing about dropping bombs on innocents.

I shake my head in disbelief! Does the person doing the killing and/or bomb dropping, cutting off heads and other forms of unspeakable torture ever once put themselves in the other guy's shoes and ask how would THEY would feel?

It is just plain sad and so much of life is. My disbelief of what happened in Istanbul and ALL the Istanbuls is profound and indescribable. What my aunt once said to me is true: It is, indeed, man's inhumanity to man. I weep.

If YOU WANT ISTANBUL TIMES 10 THEN VOTE FOR HILLARY'S DERANGED DISLOYAL OPPOSITION. THE COMPLEXITY ASKS .... NO DEMANDS ... DEEP KNOWLEDGE, EXPERIENCE AND ABILITY. HILLARY CLINTON WINNING IS NO LONGER SIMPLY A HOPE IT IS A DESPERATE PRAYER! WORK FOR HER AND ALL DEMOCRATS DOWN TICKET. A DONALD TRUMP IS ABSOLUTELY UNACCEPTABLE IF YOU WANT TO SEE US AND OUR GENERATION'S POSTERITY LIVE!

Monday, June 27, 2016

Trumps Trumpet -- an inferior sound

I worked for many years as a legal executive assistant in Boston. It was a tough job. It required knowledge of some court procedure and computer expertise. In Trumpian fashion -- I was simply the best, incredible even -- NO strike that; I had my good days and bad. As a metaphoric absurdity to my point, though, if one day human resources came to me and asked me to go to court to fill in for an attorney who could not make it for a motion in an important case, aside from the fact that it would be highly illegal, I would think she had flipped her noodle, was cracked and maybe insane. I might have often been good at the occupation I chose but I was NOT an attorney.

When George W. Bush became president I was working at that firm, talking to a friend as the nation held its breath awaiting the court decision that would act as the deciding referee to this volatile and contentious Democrat v. Republican pugilism. I was sick at heart as the the match was decided for Bush. The imprecise tally of the hanging chads Justice O'Connor thought was just fine and in the 11th inning the Bush foul was declared fair.

In my view the Republicons stole the election and Justice Sandra Day O'Connor's morphed the court into the arena of a wholly owned political corporate subsidiary where it is stuck in present time. The consequences of that decision would be dire. An intellectually inferior, cerebrally challenged and emotionally incapable dry drunk Bush assumed the presidency of the most powerful nation on earth. I tried rationalization. Maybe, I thought, he will not be that bad. He was that bad and worse. His rancid tenure and horrific historical legacy will be told by the experts but his legacy includes a war based on lies, thousands dead, refugees by the millions, a Middle East dismembered and Europe's fabric altered by the influx of refugees by the thousands to the west. BREXIT is about immigration and Britain's antipathy toward it but Britain fought that deadly Iraq War based on lies too and now they pay the price. That "Mission Accomplished" War Bush in his penile fight suit proclaimed on the carrier Lincoln is now in its 12th year, the longest war in US history. Bush did not know a Sunni from a Shia, had no plan for after the war and wasted trillions in treasure without mentioning the massive amounts of human blood wasted on a war he had no idea how to wage. Worse, on his watch the Great Recession of 2007 landed like a meteor smashing into the earth ruining the middle class and the poor the most.

Al Gore should have been president and, indeed, he retained the popular vote. Imagine how different life could be possibly without a 9/11 and with a climate change correction. When upset in extremis my medical weak spot pays a visit. I began having an optic migraine caused from deep stress. Worse my vision becomes impaired. It is, for me, 20 minutes of hell. The Bush presidency was 8 years of hell the effects of which we experience still.

One would think a nation would learn not to repeat its nasty past. Here we are, though, with the presumed nominee of a major US Party, Donald J. Know Nothing Trump, who thinks he is so fantastic, so utterly wonderful, so "good brain" great that he can assume the world's most difficult job requiring deep knowledge of both domestic and foreign policy. This bully, bigot, and stupid candidate for the presidency could, in fact, if the American electorate is so either clueless or masochistic yet again usher in the earth's most unqualified humanoid for the office of president of the United States.

Trump is a business man as was Bush. The US with its 350 million people is NOT a commodity to be traded away so that Trump can pad his millions as he has been doing all of his life probably paying little to no taxes that the rest of us cough up.

Trump's trumpet in Scotland played its inferior sound which was solely about Trump who did not know BREXIT from Exlax until BREXIT was about to ensue. Trump cared not about the British people or the effects of BREXIT on the world. He cared about his Scotland golf course making him money if the British pound sank.

The presidency could make Donald J. Trump number one on his trumpet's hit parade much richer than he ever dreamed he could be while the rest of us, like the Wall Street of 2007 sink into the 2016 electoral abyss.

YOU WILL WORK HARD, I KNOW YOU WILL, TO ELECT THE DEMOCRATIC NOMINEE HILLARY CLINTON BECAUSE SHE IS WITHOUT QUESTION THE MOST QUALIFIED TO BE ELECTED PRESIDENT AND YOU WILL VOTE DEMOCRATS DOWN TICKET INTO OFFICE SO SHE CAN WORK TO SAVE OUR NATION!

Thursday, June 23, 2016

The Supreme Court rejected a challenge to race-conscious admissions in Texas — a major win for affirmative action supporters

YEEEEEHAAA
Yes, I know problems from a tied court happened on immigration -- BUT we'll be back!

Sometimes good, humane things happen.  I feel a change is in the air.  BUT we MUST MUST MUST MUST defeat the monstrosity that is Trump!!!
Story: http://www.nytimes.com/2016/06/24/us/politics/supreme-court-affirmative-action-university-of-texas.html?emc=edit_na_20160623&nlid=75028030&ref=headline

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Donald Trump’s Campaign Paid Trump Companies More Than $1 Million In May The campaign funded Trump’s use of his jets and his Florida mansion, Mar-A-Lago.

If you watched Rachel Maddow tonight it is unfathomable what lying Trump is doing. He is using his campaign contributions as a cash cow for his many Trump enterprises. In other words if you donate to Trump he will use that money as a campaign expense paying HIMSELF the bucks he needs to say fly the Trump jet or use the Trump Mar a Lago estate and on and on.  Needless to say there will be an upheaval in Cleveland the size of a volcano if delegates switch their vote due to conscientious objection which many may use now as the rules committee will be making it possisble. Stay tuned. Better still go to Rachel and see tonight's show. Your jaw will drop! READ THE LINK BELOW TO SEE WHAT I MEAN!
One blogger in response to the article below summed it up so well: 

"Rick Douglas · Harvard University said:
Life is a shell game with him. It doesn't matter who the mark is, but in this case it's the American electorate. I'm old enough to have a very long view, but am not a Beltway insider, so consider me a learned schmo who finds Trump as enigmatic as they come. You want theories? I have heard them all. He's in it to win it. He's not serious about becoming POTUS. He's angling to start a cable network and needs the bona fides. Yada, yada, yada. While Donald Trump is the least qualified person to make a run for the White House in modern times, maybe ever, he's a masterful schemer. It's how he has survived all these years. He robs from the poor and keeps the cash. He stiffs the people whom he hires to build his grandiose casinos and hotels. And when they demand payment, he cries foul and sues, or offers them pennies on the dollar. He relishes the chase and the kill and little else. He has neither the intellect nor the temperament to digest policy papers, let alone the art of statecraft, has never learned to listen, and trusts no one except his own adult children. Even Sarah Palin was a governor for a time. Imagine being a poor second to "Mrs. I can see Russia from my house." It's not that the Emperor has no clothes. It's that his pants are on fire."

Another: "just wait when Trump does not win the WH he will be SUING the Republican party to make sure that All his properties get their monies ,,,,"

And another:  "So far the mark has been GOP primary voters. Trump keeps telling his minions that he's self funded. Little did they know he meant he's self funding his other companies with their donations.

Read the link here.  You won't believe it or maybe you will.  Color me, as one blogger said, NOT SURPRISED":

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/trump-campaign-payments_us_5768a69ee4b0853f8bf1fe2d?section

The Garden

The Forward, a liberal Jewish newspaper of American historical renown, wrote a story entitled "The Forward Won't Publish Anything About Donald Trump for 24 Hours" (link below). Quoting from it:

"Many of these threats [from hate groups] draw on connections with Trump’s presidential campaign, using Trump’s image and targeting his critics, including several of our regular writers. Even if you don’t believe that the presumed Republican standard bearer has stoked this cyber-hate (which is a generous assumption), you have to admit that he appears to have done nothing to minimize or condemn it."

 I quoted "The Forward" above because I believe it to be true. Trump will not come out and pointedly utter anti-Semitic virulence BUT he also will not, with all deliberate speed, come out and forcefully condemn haters who vociferously support him. Those who love Donald Trump are among the politically most noxious -- the KKK, David Duke and the Nationalist Alliance -- an American neo-Nazi hate group an adherent of which shot and killed the newly minted liberal British Labour Party Parliament member and young humanitarian activist opposed to BREXIT, Jo Cox. Donald will NOT pointedly and immediately reject these right wing extremist groups because he is their Nirvana. They strongly support him. This part of the Republican Party fringe was formerly rejected by that Party but now are in its mainstream. Hate groups are among the Republican base. Nary a negative word is said against them by Trump and if pressed he tepidly rejects them lying, of course, that he does not know them. He knows them alright and there is film footage proof of it.

Where there is hatred of Muslims, hatred of immigrants, women or mocking of the disabled one can be 100% assured if one wades through that muck deep enough one will find virulent anti Jewish sentiment as well. "The Forward" is quite right not to publish anything for a day on Trump to illuminate the fact that this beast, emerging from the depths of the sea, will give Nazi groups and others like them a safe place to be because Trump is an amoral Machiavellian pragmatist. If these despicable groups support Trump he will embrace them. Trump has NO principles but those labeled Trump. He cares about no one but himself no matter the hurt to those whom he thinks are weak and whom he has attacked because the thin-skinned small-handed Trump sees a way to the White House by kicking minorities and hugging haters.

Trump is a shameless bully and bigot. Where his policy is singling out Muslims to profile and mosques to monitor, 11 million immigrants to round up, the disabled to mock and women's medical choices to suppress there is in this poisonous soup antisemitism as well. The poignant truth is in this nation Muslims, Jews, immigrants, women, LGBT, and the disabled need to lock arms because we are, ALL of us, in this together. Trump is an equal opportunity employer who will sow the seeds of enmity against us all to grow an ugly garden of bigotry and hate.

http://forward.com/opinion/343001/the-forward-wont-publish-anything-about-donald-trump-for-24-hours/#ixzz4CDBhFetF

WORK HARD FOR OUR PRESUMED PRESIDENTIAL NOMINEE HILLARY CLINTON AND THOSE DEMOCRATS WHO ARE UP AND DOWN THE TICKET!

Monday, June 20, 2016

ON A GOOD NOTE

Cleveland Cavs won first NBA championship in 52 years! (link below). Reminded me of the Red Sox lifting the Curse of the Bambino.

Poor Cleveland though. I'd hate to be the ones responsible for keeping order in Cleveland. First the Cavs and then the Republicons --. I rather have 10 Cavs and ZERO Republicons.

BTW useless noxious Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, the know nothing do nothing, say nothing wingnut extremist justice is going to retire after the election. Two picks for Hillary IF she wins? I FERVENTLY HOPE!!!!

WHY ALL SANDERS SUPPORTERS AND ALL HILLARY SUPPORTERS MUST UNITE TO SUPPORT HILLARY AT ALL COSTS UP AND DOWN THE TICKET TO KEEP ME FROM JUMPING OFF A BUILDING IF ANY REPUBLICON GOD FORBID A TRILLION TIMES WINS.

Saturday, June 18, 2016

In case you are interested: What BREXIT means for the economy--it's important

I would venture to say if one asks the man on the street or even Donald Trump they would have NO clue what in hell BREXIT is let alone how it would affect the global economy -- meaning the US too -- because guess what? We are part of the planet. It is rather important to know what BREXIT is because of its implications for the US economy. I have placed a link below entitled "What BREXIT means for the economy" which I found on Nate Silver's blog. Who is Nate Silver you ask? He is the New York Times genius statistician who created 538 (538 is the total of US electoral votes involved in winning the US presidency) and also wrote a book entitled "The Signal and the Noise." In essence his predictability of all things electoral and other competitive outcomes is near perfect. I did say NEAR perfect. A further short explanation of the European Union (EU) is as Wikipedia states:
"A politico-economic union of 28 member states that are located primarily in Europe with an estimated population of over 508 million. It operates through a hybrid system of supranational and international decision making unions. The EU has developed an internal single market through a standardized system of laws that apply in all member states."

In short before you read the link below explaining the implication of BREXIT I will give you a brief summary -- VERY BRIEF -- because I loathe statistics and hate anything with a number in it. Yes, hating numbers puts me at a distinct evolutionary disadvantage which is why I have not made a gazillion bucks on Wall Street but remain safely behind my computer. I digress.

In essence, as I understand it, BREXIT is a vote that will be taken next week in Britain as to whether they want to leave the European Union or not. You may be wondering why the US should care. Trust me (or not) it should. The vote on BREXIT could have profound implications for the US economy especially for all those who have a vested interest in Wall Street and their 401Ks even for those who do not our economy and the world's economy could tank. We all remember the 2007 Great Recession and historically the 1929 Great Depression. We do not, I suspect, want to revisit either.

Britain is a divided nation on many issues especially immigration--sound familiar? On BREXIT the polls are neck and neck. It should be a no brainer that Britain should not leave the EU BUT they have their rightwingnut nationalists too as we have Trump a/k/a Small Hands Drumpf. Yes, sad but true because the real losers in this will be the little guy like most of us.

The division on BREXIT in Britain has taken a violent turn as a right wingnut nationalist Cretan killed a British Labour (yes, that's how they spell it) member of Parliament, Jo Cox. She was a humanitarian and beloved political figure who was against BREXIT. She was killed by a white racist white nationalist who yelled "Britain first" and also who surprisingly (or not) took instruction from the American National Alliance, an American neo Nazi hate group. My opinion, of course, is that Britain should NOT take a page from our explosive political book but should leave well enough alone and remain in the European Union. But what do I know? Read the link below if you want a professional assessment of this issue and how it applies to you. Then go to your broker or retirement expert specialist and ask for their opinion.

Now we not only have to worry about our crackpot rightwingnut politics we have to worry about Britain's too? Maybe I should have entitled this "Back to Prozac Nation. Stop the world I want to get off!"

WE ARE ALL IN THIS TOGETHER. MAKE DARN WELL SURE THE NOXIOUS RIGHT WINGNUT NATIONALIST TRUMP GETS NOWHERE NEAR THE POLITICAL POWER OF THE PRESIDENCY. VOTE DEMOCRAT UP AND DOWN TICKET.

http://fivethirtyeight.com/features/what-a-brexit-could-mean-for-the-economy/

Friday, June 17, 2016

Trump Uncorks A Genie Of Anti-Semitic Hate And Harassment Online


Where haters hate Muslims they also will hate person of color, and, of course, the perennial target of hate -- the Jews.




http://www.dailykos.com/story/2016/3/25/1505922/-Trump-Uncorks-A-Genie-Of-Anti-Semitic-Hate-And-Harassment-Online

DO NOT BE SMUG, IT STILL NO MATTER THE REPUBLICAN EXPLOSIVE VOLCANO THAT TRUMP COULD WALK INTO THE OVAL OFFICE NO MATTER HOW FAST HIS POLLS ARE DROPPING NOW. WORK YOUR HEART OUT FOR HILLARY CLINTON AND MAKE SURE TRUMP IS RELEGATED TO THE ASH BIN OF HISTORY!

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Forgiveness

I am Jewish. I recently perhaps in anger lay most of the noxious behavior against gays at the feet of its etiology and that is The Hebrew Bible Levitical law. It began with that five thousand years ago fueling divine rationale to take the lives of those innocents who were either born gay, as I believe most were, or have chosen to love whom they wish to love. The Levitical "laws" (Leviticus 20) have been responsible for more sadness, more psychological damage and more suicides perhaps than any other Biblical passage. As a Jew I know that there are at least 4 sects within Judaism and maybe more. In Reform Judaism the status of being gay is not an issue. This, however, begs what, I believe, has been the beginning of the millennial assault, scourge and damage that passage and other Biblical passages about sexuality have done to human beings especially if one feels an attraction to one's own sex.

Jews and some sects of Judaism may have progressed beyond the cruelty of these passages BUT monotheistic faiths after Judaism surely picked up the baton of the Levitcal code and made it their own. It spread like a cancer throughout the body of mankind.  As a matter of fact, some Christians eschew other Levitical laws equally as punishable but take the one against homosexuality at face value to their heart and bring its condemnation to contemporary time. It appears NOT in the thoughts of Jesus himself but as part of his follower Paul's writing. Christian response in many corners of the nation is inhuman, sickening and poisonous. I need only memorialize the brutal, disgusting killing of Mathew Shepard in Wyoming or the "God hates fags" Westboro Baptist Church who sweetly picket military funerals calling it God's retribution on earth because he does not like America respecting gay rights -- never mind the soldier who died was heterosexual and had three children. This is American mind numbing know nothing stupidity at its best. Other Christian churches and right wingnut extremists have been staggeringly rancid in their wish for death upon gays. Rachel Maddow showed two pastors whose diatribe about what happened in Orlando at The Pulse nightclub is truly unbelievable. Their sentiment was in essence that it was a good that 49 "homosexual perverts and sodomites" lost their lives. The only quarrel one had was that more were not taken down. This is chilling, indeed, that someone who claims to worship the prince of peace wishes death upon those who want to be left alone to love.

Proceeding, we surely know now as Orlando is seared into our consciousness that Islam considers anti-homosexual tenets as a rationale to commit mayhem upon those whom they find out are homosexual. It is a part of the faith. I do not know if there is any sect within Islam that makes room for the psychological truth and modern day realistic understanding of homosexuality even though we KNOW it appears in every corner of the globe and even among other animal species as well.

When Ahmadinejad of Iran spoke at Colombia University he was asked about the Iranian hostile treatment of gays. He said that there were no gays in Iran. The audience quite rightfully erupted in laughter. Oh sure, no gays in Iran like there is no tea in China.

It is because of the Judaic Levitical code that I have entirely rejected my faith since it meant something so difficult and so impossible for me to understand when love for one's partner culminating in a 31 year relationship should have been lauded and celebrated. When one cannot even find safety within the protective cocoon of one's home something is terribly awry.

I harbor NO forgiveness in my heart and believe the rancid, toxic, cruel and inhuman Levitical law to have permanent besmirched my religious faith making forgiveness of it by my mortal being impossible. If there is a god, I will leave forgiveness to him.

Trump is NO friend to the LGBT Commnity

In Trump's speech over the weekend he declared essentially war on Muslims in this nation and those who are fleeing certain death and anarchy war brings. The innocent are seeking shelter in a nation whose Republican candidate for the highest office in the land, the presidency, knows to spew only fear and hate in his poorly thought out incendiary rhetoric. I am sending again what I wrote about Trump's opinion on LGBT rights. Suddenly after the Saturday night horror murder or 49 souls at a gay club he says he wants to protect gays and cries horror at their murder. This is lie number -- well who knows there has been so many. In the final analysis Trump is NO friend to the gay community and I reiterate an opinion I posed last week to explain why.


Trump, you are using the monstrous killings at the gay club in Orlando, Florida for your campaign as IF you are a friend to the gay community. NO, you are NO friend to the gay community, in fact, you are trying to ratchet up hate and discrimination not only toward gays but to Muslims as well as if that would solve anything.

Trump does NOT deserve to be a part of the mourning for the gay community because in reality he and many of the people who support him are the greatest haters of gays, want to deny rights to them that are taken for granted by most in the nation. So why should he even get an opinion on this national sadness when the hate that emanates from him and his supporters creates it?

All those 50 who were slaughtered and the 53 who were injured, some gravely, at The Pulse nightclub in Orlando owe a special debt of gratitude to Trump and his supporters for providing the mentally deranged with military style guns and the rationale they need to use those ugly weapons of war to hurt and kill gays or really anyone.

Thanks but no thanks, Donald. You are not part of the nation's solution you are part of the problem.

YET ANOTHER REASON THE PSYCHOLOGICALLY UNBALANCED TRUMP SHOULD NEVER GET, AS ELIZABETH WARREN THE GREAT SAID, WITHIN SHOUTING DISTANCE OF THE WHITE HOUSE. VOTE DEMOCRAT IN NOVEMBER UP AND DOWN THE TICKET!

UNITE!

Trump is so dangerous in so many ways, so divisive and so hateful relegating gay Americans to second class citizenship and other innocent minorities to fascistic rejection here with perpetual exile and almost certain death abroad.

It must be made crystal clear why Democrats everywhere MUST unite. To remain the least bit divided is unacceptable. Democrats, we must, even if Bernie Sanders will not help in uncompromising fashion or gives lukewarm support, STRONGLY UNITE on our own--ALL of us.

I love Bernie Sanders but when all is said and done after the election he goes back to a comfortable life and a lifetime job in the senate if he wants it.The rest of us, the 98%, go back to uncertainty and if god forbid Trump wins, healthcare will be removed by Republicans and other necessary policies made during the last eight years of the Obama presidency will be eradicated, and, in fact, many of us will die.

A Trump Republican win would mean our economy, Sanders most passionate issue, will remain social class lopsided with the middle class, finally, completely disappearing. Republicans remedy of trickle down economics, incredulously, will return to a trickle up system that brought us the Great Recession except this time it will be on steroids. It is that serious if Democrats do not unite behind the Democratic nominee, Hillary Clinton, who actually has a sound economic plan while reducing the Republican's favorite issue, the deficit and debt, at the same time. Moreover, she will keep our nation safe through experience she has gleaned first in the senate and most especially as secretary of state. She will NOT alienate Muslims who are on our side and who are helping us as I write this opinion.

Sanders, not wholeheartedly supporting the Democratic choice puts for me into question what the TRUE motivation of Bernie Sanders is because if those who supported Bernie do not now vote for HRC than the election could, in fact, make Trump the victor. We and Bernie Sanders must see this.

BRING BERNIE SANDERS AND HIS SUPPORTERS ALONG WITH INDEPENDENTS INTO THE DEMOCRATIC FOLD TO HAVE A DEMOCRATIC PRESIDENCY WITH ALL THE HUMANE BENEFITS PRESIDENT OBAMA WORKED SO HARD TO CREATE ASSURED! GET OUT THE DEMOCRATIC/INDEPENDENT VOTE AND THE DEMOCRATIC DOWN TICKET VOTE AS WELL -- PLEASE!

Sunday, June 12, 2016

WHY?



What is the value of one human being? What is the value of 10 human beings? What is the value of 27 human beings, of 33, of 50 or 6 million human beings? What price do we put on the taking of an irreplaceable life? More important than the numbers of human being's lives extinguished is the question of why were those lives taken, an infinitely more complex question to pose. Numbers are in black and white but the whys of those numbers are infinite.

When I was younger and violence was in many corners of our nation's rooms even at that time I would discuss with my aunt about the whys of violence because she was smart and a socially concerned person. I thought her older, wiser and hoped she would give me at least one profound answer to that question. She answered usually by saying "It is man's inhumanity to man and it has always been with us." But that answer never was good enough for me. Forty five years later I am still looking for the answer to that intractable question. Why can man inflict such cruelty on other men without feeling a shred of empathy for those they hurt or kill nor do they often feel guilt for their acts? Why? How can a stranger walk into a nightclub and without hesitation murder 50 human beings he never knew. He did not know their families, their friends, or anyone else who might have loved them. He only knew he wanted to kill them. Why?

Is violence innate, is it learned, it is a sociological phenomenon, a psychological one or is it a psychiatric malady? I think, now that I am the age my aunt was when I first posed the question to her, that the rationale for the unfeeling perpetration of violence and its mayhem are all of those things.

I do think that few enter this world hating. I think hate, as the lyrics from the musical, "South Pacific" say "has to be carefully taught." Yes, one must be carefully taught minute by minute, day by day and year by year by members of one's family, by the pastor, rabbi or imam of one's religion, by teachers or children in the schoolyard and one must, too, be equipped with a special form of DNA that psychologically insulates him from thinking about how that other guy feels. One must not care about such things if one is to perpetrate violence, death and mayhem on another and feel no compunction about it.

Democracy and diplomacy break down when one thinks his cause is more just, more righteous and that gives him a permission slip to kill. Personally, I find it difficult to kill an insect. I ask why that is so and yet another feels no hesitation whatsoever to kill another human being? I do not know the entire answer to that. If I did I would solve my eternal question completely. I know only this: that I see the brevity of life, the harshness of it and the toll it can take on humans that have been given the gift to see it all so I empathize with those who come into this short life short-changed. I am reminded of Teddy Kennedy's eulogy for his brother Robert which advocated helping others rather than hating them. He said:

My brother … saw wrong and tried to right it, saw suffering and tried to heal it, saw war and tried to stop it. Those of us who loved him and who take him to his rest today, pray that what he was to us and what he wished for others will someday come to pass for all the world.

I try to advocate for the dispossessed and the poor for what else is there in life but to give meaning to the meaningless and hope to the hopeless. We will never, I think, stop violence and man's inhumanity to man but I can hope the one small candle I light will help others to brighten their world.




IT CANNOT BE THAT TRUMP WALKS INTO THE PRESIDENCY AND SO ALL OF US MUST SEE THAT HE NEVER DOES. VOTE AND HELP OTHERS TO VOTE DEMOCRAT UP AND DOWN THE TICKET IN NOVEMBER.
 

Gay club massacre in Orlando -- 50 dead 53 taken to hospitals

At a gay club: 50 dead -- 53 taken to hospitals.They are calling it Islamic terrorism. In reality my guess would be that Christian Fundamentalist wingnuts will be cheering and Jewish orthodox will say they deserved it. Just a guess! I'm with Bill Maher organized religion -- especially orthodox religions STINK!

It is Gay Pride Week. I am sure that is no accident and I positive there will be mass vigils at least I hope there will.

As Rachel Maddow would say: "Watch this space."

Saturday, June 11, 2016

Mitt Romney: A Trump Presidency Would Spawn ‘Trickle-Down Racism’ -- I THINK NOT



 The entire Republican Party has themselves to blame for Trump. The attacks by Trump against Judge Curiel are par for the Republican racist course. Mitt Romney says with Trump there will be trickle-down racism. Calling Trump a racist is like calling Hitler antiSemitic -- No kidding. Most of the Republicon Party is ALREADY racist and why Trump is now its nominee. Why the so called "establishment" is going berserk against Trump is NOT because of racism. That is just the palatable excuse. Since when did Republicans and their Teabaggie friends care about racism? They care ONLY insomuch as it means the rest of the electorate will find Trumps judge accusation unacceptable and Hillary will walk into the White House in a romp.

The entire Republicon Party is the Party of white! What they do care about is trade. They like it and they like FREE trade. That is why they are so adamant against Trump under the guise of being against racism because he is against NAFTA, CAFTA, and TPP trade agreements that have made the 1% disgustingly wealthy and left the 98% in a ditch. They do NOT care about you.

The Party that wants to deny the vote to THOUSANDS of blacks, blocked Obama with unyielding and insulting opposition politics is in toto about race. Calling Trump racist by Romney is utterly ridiculous. OF COURSE he is racist. That is what it means to be Republican and why white nationalsists and KKK white separatists find a home in the Republicon Party, why the Party is 80% white and why Trumpet ran as a Republicon appealing exclusively to the white male vote and he wants to get more of that white racist male vote.

It is why the south is red state Republicon. The ENTIRE racist hate- filled Party -- Trump and all --have a racist component and need to be electorally CRUSHED. But they do not care they are racist because their real care is about FREE trade. The 1% stands to lose billions if the vile agreements are expunged but the middle class will gain jobs. The Republican Party does NOT care about racism and does not care about middle class jobs. They are about losing their billions. DO NOT BE DECEIVED. Republicans are in toto a racist joke if they were not so deadly consequential to the rest of us who are not.

Friday, June 10, 2016

Rubber and Glue

The judge Curiel blow up of Trump's own campaign by Trump himself was no surprise.  Something was going to get this candidate who simply cannot help his psychological disorder of OMSF.  In case one does not know what that disease is I just made it up.  It's short for Open Mouth Stick in Foot.  It is no surprise either that Trump uses racial invective he thinks will advance his campaign courting the white nationalist vote, the only racist vote of which Trump can be assured while trying, at the same time, to win the day for the multi-plaintiff lawsuits against faux Trump University.  As one asks during Passover:  Why is this night different from all other nights?  Unlike the answer for the beginning of the Passover story it is answered in this saga by saying:  It isn't. 
Elizabeth Warren's speech at ACS was nothing short of brilliant and mesmerizing in it veracity describing the character of Donald J. Trump.  His answer to Elizabeth Warren's scathing and efficacious attack was to use his trusty insults by calling her "Pocahontas and goofy" seeming like a 12 year old bully.  Donald, couldn't you manage to rise to even that occasion by sounding just a little smart?  Shame on you Donald J. Trump.  Let me reach into my childish retorts I used to use on the elementary school playground when someone called me a name and say "I'm rubber you're glue whatever you say bounces off me and sticks to you!"
WORK YOUR HEART OUT FOR HILLARY AND ALL THE OTHER DEMOCRATS EVERYWHERE DOWN TICKET!

Thursday, June 09, 2016

Elizabeth Warren Destroying Trump!

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Preview YouTube video Elizabeth Warren DESTROYS Donald Trump During ACS Convention

In My Lifetime

I attribute my love of American history, parties and politics to my father.  He was a lifelong Republican but loved a Democrat, Franklin Delano Roosevelt, who was president a record breaking 12 years from 1933-1945 dying in his 4th term in office. My father loved everything about him from his aristocratic background, to his charisma, massive intellect and his inspirational use of the English language.  He would quote Roosevelt's words with Roosevelt's inflection such as "dastardly attack" referencing the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor or "we shall return agāin and agāin (pronounced with a patrician-sounding long second a) as well as "in our righteous might" referencing the imminent-coming of war after the Pearl Harbor attack the US was poised to enter and Roosevelt said we would in our “righteous might” win.  Of course, the famous Roosevelt quote from his first inaugural address "The only thing we have to fear is fear itself" was a Rooseveltian staple of our many discussions of that era.

He gave Roosevelt credit for rescuing the nation giving it a New Deal sorely needed as a series of ineffectual Republican presidents before FDR could not philosophically fathom much less politically perfect a government assisted economic exit from the staggering joblessness of the Great Depression.  He, even though a Republican, saw the value of government response as FDR carved out this New Deal to breathe life into a dying nation.  My father placed country over Party and crossed his political line because he loved our nation more than he loved the Republican Party and saw the country needed immediate change.  Roosevelt, he said so often, saved the nation.  My father was born in the year 1906 when the other great Roosevelt, Teddy, was president.  He died in 1985 and was witness to much history.  He saw the emergence of an automobile transportation nation from the centuries old horse and buggy.  He told me the family lore that my grandfather had the opportunity to buy stock in a device called a telephone which my grandfather declined saying "Ah, a telephone will never happen."  Aversion to risk I inherited from those genes.

My father saw more.  He saw Dough-boys marching to WWI and even saw the last of the Civil War vets marching in Memorial Day parades.  He saw the bread lines of the Great Depression and watched as so many, wiped of their fortunes, jump off buildings because they had lost all hope. 

There was more he saw in his time.  He heard the drumbeats of Nazi Europe and saw in newsreels the marching of Nazi jackboots across European soil. He feared for his Jewish brethren but knew nothing of the monstrous concentration camps to which they would be sent.  Still, he said he felt secure in the geographical safety of this nation and knew those in power would not let it happen here. He remembered where he was when he heard of the Pearl Harbor attack and remembered the atom bomb dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki self-assured that this nation had to drop it against, as he saw it, an intractable Japanese and to save thousands of American lives from a Japan mainland invasion. When I asked him as a Jew was he not afraid of Hitler?  He said no, that he felt safe and secure in this massively strong country and because when our nation's people, quoting him, "rolled up their sleeves" he knew it would prevail. He had faith in the country.

He saw, too, the first Catholic president and his game changing assassination.  He saw the moon landing and also remained faithful to Richard Nixon until his helicopter exit and beyond it.  He saw the rise of protest in a nation that was not accustomed to such things as the questioning of its power and the moral rightness of a war it waged.  And he saw television that became a unifying force as we collectively viewed the Ed Sullivan Show, I Love Lucy, Bob Hope and 15 minutes of nightly news.  His life ended before he could see his beloved Red Sox winning the pennant and the World Series finally breaking the 1918 so called "Curse of the Bambino" for which he never forgave Harry Frazee, the Red Sox owner at the time who sold the Babe and my father did not see 9/11.

The historical baton was handed to me and I have seen other histories that overlapped my father's view and many that did not.   I saw 9/11, the rise of terrorism, the Boston Marathon bombing and other mayhem that came before it and yet to come after it.  I saw another humanity obliterating war mendaciously entered from which there is seemingly no exit.  I became aware of our nation's sins -- slavery and the Jim Crow laws in the south that kept persons of color from voting and kept them segregation separate and not equal at all.  I saw that prejudice in Boston as well as some violently opposed busing.  I lived though, too, Brown v. the Board of Education and the "Voting Rights Act" that attempted to right these moral wrongs inflicted for centuries on persons of color by a nation that turned its back on its holy creed of equality as Martin Luther King said “where its persons of color were concerned.”  I saw a civil rights movement and the murder of Chaney, Goodwin and Schwerner killed by vicious racists in Mississippi as the doomed men attempted to register persons of color to merely vote and I saw in 1963 the hideous killing of four young black girls attending religious services unknowing that a conspiracy of racist white men would bomb their 16th Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, Alabama.

I saw, too, women stuck in roles they did not want and suffering through abusive marriages from which they could not flee because they had no source of income.   Finally, through the pressure of the women’s movement women secured at first a few low paying jobs but jobs nonetheless.  I saw women endure and, in fact die, from unsanitary back alley abortions finally freed from them through Roe v. Wade that made the procedure legal and safe.  In my lifetime I have seen many things such as the emergence of technology and the Internet.  The most profound national change I witnessed, though, was the election of the nation's first black president and I waxed jubilant bathing in the exceptionalism of a nation that had come so far and I lived to see it.

Now, in my lifetime, I have seen the first woman nominated by a major party with a more than even chance of becoming the first woman president in our nation's nearly 250 year history and 100 years after women secured the right to vote.  I have seen the greatness of this nation prevail due to its ability to perfect institutional change because a few brilliant men created a Constitution in 1787 that made it possible for it to improve itself non-violently and through the rule of law living up to its inborn creed that all men are created equal.  It is how our Republic survives to this day despite forces that would tear it down hearkening back to "the good ole days" that often were not very good at all.

Maybe, if I live long enough, I will see in my lifetime a nation that unites itself from the vestiges of its long ago Civil War past realizing that every life within it is in it together.  Benjamin Franklin was asked what type of government the Founders created.  He said "A Republic IF you can keep it."  May we do so and may it, using the great Abraham Lincoln's words, "not perish from this earth."

MAKE HILLARY CLINTON THE NEXT PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES!


Wednesday, June 08, 2016

Bernie -- Short quote-- Summary Point--From the Bottom Up


Below under my italicized comment is a poignant Bernie quote from his speech last night. I aver this election is more than Bernie and even more than Hillary. Howard Zinn, the brilliant historian and my social conscience mentor influencing the development of my politics, always told me that change comes from the bottom up and not the top down. And so it has been that way with the major social and economic changes and movements perfecting them that have come to this nation in response to history's suffering that comes to all humanity. Our nation has lasted because there are institutional methods to change a nation. We did that last night and we will do it in November if you work for it and vote. On to the November election and let's win it for ALL of us by supporting our Democratic nominee, Hillary Clinton and sending Donald Trump, an extremist right wing racist demagogue, using a Ronald Reagan term, to the ash heap of history!

The excerpt from Bernie's speech last evening:

"After ticking through his campaign's accomplishments and thanking his supporters, Bernie Sanders aimed his fire at Donald Trump.

“Our campaign since day one has understood some basic points, and that is, one, that we will not allow right-wing Republicans to control our government. And that is especially true with Donald Trump as the Republican candidate," Sanders said.

“We will never support a campaign whose major theme is bigotry, who insults Mexicans, who insults Muslims and women and African-Americans," he added as the crowd booed.

“We will not allow Donald Trump to become president of the United States," Sanders said.

Then he pivoted to his main campaign themes.

"But we understand that our mission is more than just defeating Trump, it is transforming our country," he said."

Tuesday, June 07, 2016

HRC--A Few Preliminary Words

This is a HISTORIC moment.  The first woman nominee for president of a major party. 

Hillary Clinton delivered a GREAT SPEECH!
THIS IS A WOW MOMENT.
Now work to deliver her to the presidency.

The Inimitable George Will on Ryan/Trump

I love George Will's expressiveness even if I do not love his politics (See link below.)  He says in part "The Caligulan malice with which Donald Trump administered Paul Ryan’s degradation is an object lesson in the price of abject capitulation to power." Love Caligulan Malice. 
Another:

"The pornographic politics of Trump’s presidential campaign, which was preceded by decades of ignorant bile (about Barack Obama’s birth certificate and much else), have not exhausted Trump’s eagerness to plumb new depths of destructiveness. Herewith the remarkably brief timeline of the breaking of Ryan to Trump’s saddle."  Love "pornographic politics!"
or
"The Hamlet of southeastern Wisconsin had indeed learned something. He had learned Trump’s contemptuous response to his scruples. Trump’s response was an insouciant intensification of his anti-institutional politics — the judicial system, too, is “rigged.”"  Love the Hamlet of Eastern Wisconsin referring of course to "Hamlet" the  Shakespearean epic tragedy of personal destruction that is in the person of Trump.

Now read Will's opinion in its entirety:
NOW SEND THIS MAN TRUMP INTO HIS PSYCHOLOGICAL FIRE OF HADES WHERE AN EPIC LOSS WILL SEND HIS EGOTISTICAL SELF AND NOT INTO THE SANCTITY OF THE OVAL OFFICE WHERE HE DOESN'T BELONG!

Monday, June 06, 2016

Trump Orders Surrogates to Intensify Criticism of Judge and Journalists

By:   Bloomberg Politics


[LISTEN TO HARRY REID'S RESPONSE]


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Harry Reid: Mitch McConnell a Poster Boy For Republican Spinelessness


An embattled Donald Trump urgently rallied his most visible supporters to defend his attacks on a federal judge's Mexican ancestry during a conference call on Monday in which he ordered them to question the judge's credibility and impugn reporters as racists.

"We will overcome," Trump said, according to two supporters who were on the call and requested anonymity to share their notes with Bloomberg Politics. "And I’ve always won and I’m going to continue to win. And that’s the way it is."

There was no mention of apologizing or backing away from his widely criticized remarks about U.S. District Judge Gonzalo Curiel, who is overseeing cases against the Trump University real-estate program.

When former Arizona Governor Jan Brewer interrupted the discussion to inform Trump that his own campaign had asked surrogates to stop talking about the lawsuit in an e-mail on Sunday, Trump repeatedly demanded to know who sent the memo, and immediately overruled his staff.

"Take that order and throw it the hell out," Trump said.

Told the memo was sent by Erica Freeman, a staffer who circulates information to surrogates, Trump said he didn't know her. He openly questioned how the campaign could defend itself if supporters weren't allowed to talk.

"Are there any other stupid letters that were sent to you folks?" Trump said. "That's one of the reasons I want to have this call, because you guys are getting sometimes stupid information from people that aren't so smart."

Brewer, who was on the call with prominent Republicans like Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi and former Massachusetts Senator Scott Brown, interjected again. "You all better get on the page," she told him.

In response, Trump said that he aspired to hold regular calls with surrogates in order to coordinate the campaign's message, a role usually reserved for lower ranking staffers than the nominee himself.

The e-mailed memo, sent by Freeman on Sunday, was cc'd to campaign manager Corey Lewandowski; Hope Hicks, Trump's top communications staffer; and Rick Gates, a top aide to campaign chairman Paul Manafort. It informed surrogates that "they're not authorized to discuss matters concerning the Trump Organization including corporate news such as the Trump University case.”

"The best possible response is ‘the case will be tried in the courtroom in front of a jury—not in the media,’” according to the e-mail, obtained by Bloomberg Politics.

Hicks declined to address the specifics of the conversation with surrogates.

"The call was scheduled in order for Mr. Trump to thank his supporters and congratulate everyone as the primaries officially come to an end," Hicks told Bloomberg Politics. "Many topics were discussed and it was a productive call for all parties."

Trump's five weeks as the presumptive nominee have been marked by several missteps: A refusal to release his tax returns, confusion among donors over which super-PAC to give money, audio of him using a pseudonym to act as his own publicist, failing to donate to veterans groups as promised until pressed by the media.

But the most incendiary controversy has been his handling of Trump University.

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Trump ignited the controversy when he defended his real-estate program by saying Curiel has an inherent conflict of interest because of his Mexican heritage, because the candidate has proposed building a wall on the U.S.-Mexico border to curb illegal immigration. Curiel was born in Indiana, and Trump's complaint has been criticized by Republican leaders, legal experts, and other commentators. Trump on Sunday broadened his argument by saying on CBS that it’s possible a Muslim judge could treat him unfairly too, because of his proposed ban on Muslim immigration.

"I should have won this thing years ago," Trump said on the call about the case, adding that Curiel is a "member of La Raza." Curiel is affiliated with La Raza Lawyers of California, a Latino bar association.

A clearly irritated Trump told his supporters to attack journalists who ask questions about the lawsuit and his comments about the judge.

"The people asking the questions—those are the racists," Trump said. "I would go at 'em."

Suggesting a broader campaign against the media, Trump said the campaign should also actively criticize television reporters. "I'd let them have it," he said, referring to those who Trump portrayed as hypocrites.

Thursday, June 02, 2016

Third Veteran Dumped By Trump Because Of Military Service

Col. Charles Beattie served in Vietnam, but was denied a job with Trump Shuttle because of his military service.

WASHINGTON — The myth of Donald Trump reached its zenith in 1988, the year that his book, The Art of the Deal, was published. That year, Trump bought the Plaza Hotel, a crown jewel of New York real estate; he also bought a 282-foot yacht, and a fleet of airplanes owned by Eastern Air, which he renamed the Trump Shuttle.
This airline would be among the first of Trump’s companies to be sued for violating laws aimed at protecting the jobs of military veterans who are called up for service.
Fast forward 30 years, and Trump is the presumptive Republican presidential nominee, having mounted a successful outsider’s bid in part around his promises to take care of America’s veterans.
Yet in at least three cases, Trump’s companies have either fired, or refused to hire, military reservists because of the time commitments demanded of them by their service in the armed forces. The veterans involved have sued Trump for violating the laws meant to protect them from precisely these types of penalties. And in all three cases, Trump and his companies have settled the suits.
The Huffington Post already reported on the first two of these cases — one involving an Air Force senior master sergeant fired from the Trump Institute in 2007, and one an Army staff sergeant fired from her job at Trump University that same year.
These two cases, however, have a predecessor. On May 27, 1988, United States Air Force Col. Charles Beattie submitted orders to his bosses at Eastern Airlines, where he worked as a pilot.
According to the orders, Beattie was to attend the elite Industrial College of the Armed Forces for nine months, starting in August. As required by law, Eastern Airlines granted Beattie a leave of absence to fulfill his military service commitment.
While Beattie was deployed to the Industrial College, a high-flying Donald Trump, just 42 years old, bought Eastern Air for $365 million.
Beattie and Trump were practically the same age. Beattie had graduated from the U.S. Air Force Academy in 1967, just a year before Trump got his degree from Wharton. After college, Beattie flew C-130s in combat during the Vietnam War.
Trump, however, avoided serving in Vietnam — he got four student deferments from the draft and a medical disqualification for bone spurs in his foot. When Beattie returned home from combat, he stayed in the reserves, retiring from the U.S. Air Force Reserve in 1993 as a full colonel.
Everyone, including Eastern Air executives, thought Trump had paid too much for the troubled carrier. But Trump, determined to put his name on a fleet of jumbo jets, was ecstatic. At the launch of the new Trump Shuttle, guests were treated to a string quartet and champagne. Asked by a reporter whether the airline takeover was boost to his ego, Trump replied, “Truthfully, it was great for the Trump ego.”
As part of the deal Trump signed with Eastern for the shuttle service, Trump was required to offer employment to all Eastern personnel. All told, Trump Shuttle hired around 200 pilots from Eastern Air. But it did not hire Beattie.
According to a judicial opinion in Beattie’s 1990 lawsuit against Trump Shuttle, the new company insisted that all pilots be available to start work on Feb. 1, 1989.
Beattie had applied for a job with Trump Shuttle, like the rest of his fellow Eastern pilots, but his orders from the Army college required that he stay until June to complete his assignment. For his would-be bosses at Trump Shuttle, that was a deal-breaker.
According to U.S. District Court Judge Thomas Flannery, this is how it played out:
(1) Trump extended offers of employment to all Eastern employees based upon their seniority status; (2) Beattie was an Eastern pilot possessing the requisite seniority; (3) Trump declined to hire Beattie based upon his unavailability on the specified commencement date; and (4) Beattie’s unavailability was caused by his military commitment.
In response to Beattie’s legal claim, Trump’s lawyers argued that Beattie had been denied a job because he was “unavailable,” not because he was a reservist. They also claimed that Beattie’s attendance at the Army college was “voluntary,” and therefore not a real military “obligation.” The judge threw out these arguments. According to case files, Beattie’s case was settled with a consent judgment in November of 1991.
Trump Shuttle, which never turned a profit for Trump, was turned over to his creditors in early 1992, as part of the assets Trump had to sell to settle the first of three corporate bankruptcies.
Beattie died in 2014, and attempts to reach his surviving relatives were unsuccessful. A spokeswoman for the Trump Organization did not respond to an inquiry from The Huffington Post about Beattie’s case.
Editor’s note: Donald Trump regularly incites political violence and is a serial liarrampant xenophoberacistmisogynist and birther who has repeatedly pledged to ban all Muslims — 1.6 billion members of an entire religion — from entering the U.S.

Iraq War Vet: Trump University Fired Me ‘Because I Was In The Military’--Her boss allegedly called her military reserve duties a problem.



[My Comment Below the article]

By Christine Wilkie -- Huffington Post Reporter

Iraq War veteran Corinne Sommer is not allowed to talk about the settlement she reached with Trump University after she was fired in 2007.

But in a deposition first made public on Tuesday, Sommer said she believed the real estate seminar provider terminated her because her military commitments as a reservist interfered — a little — with her work as an events planner for the company.

“I was fired because I was in the military,” she told attorneys as part of an unrelated fraud case against Trump University. “At the end of my [performance] evaluation, they wrote that it was a problem that I was in the military.” Sommer was an Army staff sergeant who had deployed to Iraq in 2003.

Veterans’ issues have become a central theme of Donald Trump’s presidential campaign. This week, the presumptive Republican nominee revealed some long-awaited details about the $6 million, give or take, that the billionaire helped raise for charities that aid military vets. Trump has also promised to “put our service men and women on a path to success” if he is elected president.

But at the Trump-owned Trump University, the time required by some reservists to fulfill their military commitments clashed with the demands of their seminar-providing duties. And some of their managers were seemingly unaware that it is a violation of federal law to penalize an employee for absences caused by military service.

A few months before Sommer was fired from Trump University in 2007, another veteran, Air Force Senior Master Sgt. Richard Wright, was fired from his job as a mentor at the Trump Institute, an affiliate of Trump University. Wright had just returned from a deployment to Afghanistan when his bosses told him that “all of your absences” had forced the company to “reevaluate your position with the Trump Institute.”

In some ways, Sommer is an atypical veteran. A graduate of the University of Connecticut with a degree in cultural photography, she enlisted in the Army in May 2001 and deployed to Tikrit, Iraq, in the early months of the 2003 U.S. invasion.

“Imagine driving to work everyday and having to worry about getting shot, IED’d (improvised explosive device) or RPG’d (rocket-propelled grenade),” Sommer told the Danbury News-Times in a 2004 interview from Iraq. “Imagine going to sleep listening to explosions going off around you. Imagine walking to chow and listening to a whizzing of mortars overhead, and thinking, oh God, don’t let it hit me. Imagine listening to your friends tell stories how they were hit by an IED and the pure terror they felt. And then imagine your friends who were not so lucky to tell that story.”
 

Three years after she returned home, Sommer started working for Trump University.

There, she said in her 2012 deposition, her boss David Highbloom “complained when I would take days off to do my military service.” Sommer said that she would take those days off during the week so that she could be at Trump U events over the weekend. Her reservist commitment amounted to two days a month, she said.

Her supervisors at Trump University wrote that she was a “weekend warrior” on her performance review, according to Sommer. She considered that term “derogatory ... especially when I’m an Iraq veteran.”

The Huffington Post left messages for Sommer at her home and Highbloom at his workplace. Neither of them returned calls.

According to the deposition, Trump University would claim that Sommer was fired for poor performance. But she said the company was pushing her to work even more hours just before they fired her. She refused and returned home from a vacation trip to learn that she didn’t have a job anymore.

In her employment lawsuit, Sommer recalled, she accused Trump University of firing her because of her military commitments and of discriminating against because of her age (she was in her early 20s at the time).

She said she “won” her case when the company agreed to settle with her, rather than go to trial. “They found that there was probable cause enough to settle,” she said. The exact resolution of the case is covered by a “confidentiality provision,” Trump U’s lawyer noted in the deposition.

A spokeswoman for the Trump Organization told HuffPost, “While we do not comment on the circumstances surrounding the termination of employees, the allegations in Ms. Sommer’s lawsuit were completely meritless and Trump University in no way admitted the allegations in settling the dispute.”

Trump University, which closed down in 2011, is now facing fraud charges in multiple states. Thousands of former customers and staff, including Sommer, contend that the real estate seminars were little more than a two-bit scam.

On the campaign trail, Donald Trump has sought to defend those seminars while also downplaying his involvement in the company.

The class action lawsuit in California alleging fraud by Trump is moving forward, and is expected to go to trial in late November.

This story has been updated with a comment from the Trump Organization.

Editor’s note: Donald Trump regularly incites political violence and is a serial liar, rampant xenophobe, racist, misogynist and birther who has repeatedly pledged to ban all Muslims — 1.6 billion members of an entire religion — from entering the U.S.

My Comment: Trump committed an illegal act IF he fired an employee because they took too much time in the military. How STUPID can a alleged sharp businessman be? When all is said and done it would not shock me if the entire Trump charade is left with nothing. Can one see Trump on the street with a cup wondering why he ever ran for the most powerful office on earth and why he EVER thought he would not be scrutinized with a microscope EVEN by members of his own Party? What WILL defeat Trump? His RUDE mouth and his pathologically sick ego! Just my opinion.

TRUMP IS DEAD MEAT IF there is evidence to prove these deadly allegations! Hillary did NOTHING wrong. She did what other Secretaries of State did and what others in the State Department did because they all were protecting private emails and other ones they wanted to remain private. Should she have done it differently? Yes, she admits that BUT her INTENT was NOT to do harm to this nation. As to the other NON issues like Benghazi she has testified for HOURS AND HOURS AND HOURS about them and she did so successfully. Ambassador to Libya Stevens KNEW the risk of remaining in Benghazi and chose it anyway. The fake Republicon outrage was the disloyal's opposition to anything Clinton. The Republican killing machine of all things Democrat is unjustified always significantly aimed at her and her husband. As they say in my ethnic lingo Republicons have BUBKAS ... NOTHING ...on her and they know it. Go Hillary go, jump over the obstacle course that is Sanders and the worse one by far that is Trump. Then crush the entirety of the Republican disloyal opposition.


WORK LIKE HELL FOR THE ELECTION OF DEMOCRATS EVERYWHERE!





Wednesday, June 01, 2016

The Wizard of Trumpville

The lengths to which Trumpet has gone to deceive all those around him and especially the Federal Government is astounding (See link here or below.) By paying no taxes he gets a free ride on middle class backs who pay to keep him safe. Do Republicons get that government keeps us safe, that regulations can and do rein in the greed of the private sector and that public education is a necessity for a culture to advance?

Yes, sometimes individual human beings in government fail to do their job BUT in reality it is amazing a nation as huge as ours succeeds at all. It has succeeded up until Republicans gerrymandered (creating districts) their way to take over state governments and Congress creating tax laws and loopholes that take money out of middle class hands and put it in the hands of billionaires. To the extent one sees decay in our nation it is because Republicans have seen to reduce Federal funding of programs that repair things and work for all of us. 

Republicons have created phony wars costing TRILLIONS stuffing the pockets of their cronies through military contracts worth billions. After all, to them, people of color, the poor and many others in the middle class do not matter save to fight the wars created in the echelons of power and waged for the very rich.

The 1% matter and are the only ones who matter to the Trumpites and those like them. They have succeeded in bamboozling those who have little power or wealth and buy into their SCAM leaving the majority without a middle class and jobs because their jobs have gone overseas. They pay nothing for their dastardly acts and incur no penalty to those corporate schemers exporting jobs taking advantage of trade agreements which hurt the rest of us.  It means huge riches for the 1% and little for anyone else. WAKE UP, AMERICA, DONALD J. TRUMP IS JUST ANOTHER BILLIONAIRE CARNIVAL BARKER EXAMPLE OF THOSE WHO WILL NAIL YOU TO THE WALL, PAY NO TAXES, WALK AWAY LAUGHING AND VERY VERY VERY RICH at the nation's expense.  Trump University is a mirror reflecting the essence of Donald Trump and corporate raiders like he who know the art of the con.

Tell me Jesus of the New Testament Trump SAYS he loves so much but cannot quote a verse from it would pat him on the back and say good job you screwed 98% of the middle class and the poor out of trillions.  

Trump University is a metaphor for all that is ugly in this nation.  It is STUNNING that Trump gets the amount of support he does to win the Republican nomination for president. TRUMP CANNOT WIN THE PRESIDENCY OR we will not have a country left – no banks in which money can safely be deposited, no roads on which to drive, no bridges on which to cross, no education for your children and no EPA or Consumer Protection Bureau to keep you safe from toxic polluters and Wall Street hucksters. Hell, you will have no planet as Republicons like Trump do not believe in climate change 98% of scientists who are not tied to the fossil fuel industry do. 

The Mexican Judge (as Trump puts it in racist fashion for his ignorant supporters) has pulled back the curtain of the Wizard of Trumpville creating transparency for the scheme of Trump University for ALL to see.  Perhaps, even Trump’s high priced lawyers will not keep HIM safe this time. One can only hope!

DEMOCRATS MUST UNITE, PUT A DEMOCRAT IN THE PRESIDENCY, TAKE BACK THE SENATE AND GAIN SEATS IN THE HOUSE.  THAT THIS IS A NECESSITY FOR OUR NATION TO SURVIVE IS CLEAR. GET OUT THE DEMOCRATIC VOTE EVERYWHERE!

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/trump-university-playbook_us_574dff7ee4b0af73af95b726