Wednesday, July 26, 2017


A post from one of my fellow Facebook friends feel free to  pass it on:

"So you wanted to WIN WIN WIN eh, HERE YOU GO, here's YOU'RE Winning Bigly!

1) His proposed “great” healthcare plan (which did NOT exist when he promised it) to replace Obamacare would now leave 22 million without coverage, cost more, and cover less
2) Posturing with other psychotic world leaders and placing us on the brink of WWIII
3) Allowing oil and coal companies to dump their waste in public waterways
4) Removing protections for endangered species
5) Removing climate change protections
6) Banning innocent men, women, and children trying to escape death at the hands of terrorists
7) Violating the emoluments clause and other laws of the constitution EVERY DAY due to his conflicts of interest
8) Giving Internet Service Providers the right to sell ALL of our personal information to anyone (including the government) without our consent or
9) Taking away at-risk, low-income access to cancer screenings
10) Separating parents from their children thru deportation
11) Taking school funding away from disabled children
12) Threatening to take away Meals on Wheels from disabled vets and low-income seniors
13) Lied about saving Carrier jobs that are STILL being sent out of the country
14) Increased the net worth of his entire family by using his position as POTUS to secure foreign trademarks
15) Increased the net worth of his entire family by using his position as POTUS to garner favors from other world leaders
16) Increased his net worth by using his properties to host foreign leaders visiting on official business
17) Increased his net worth by allowing foreign world leaders to stay at his properties in an obvious attempt to garner favor with the POTUS
18) Embarrassed the United States and insulted our allies
19) Removed all animal welfare data from the government site giving..animal abusers free reign
20) Removed all scientific data from the government site to keep citizens in the dark about how corporations are polluting our air and causing climate change
21) Promised to repeal and replace Obamacare with much better insurance-and actually had NOTHING ready to take it’s place, and when he finally did, it
would mean 23 million would be without insurance
22) Increased his net worth by approving the Dakota Access and Keystone XL pipelines which will be built by companies in which he is a stockholder
23) Removed protections for the LGBTQ community
24) Lined the pockets of his 1% billionaire buddy donors by appointing corporate shills and bankers to head every "consumer watchdog" division
within the US government
25) Going ahead with his plans to build a wall along the Mexican border, but now WE have to pay for it instead of Mexico, which he promised
26) Removed protections on educational loans allowing predatory lenders free reign
27) Being continually investigated for collusion with a foreign government to undermine our elections
28) Trump’s budget lists a $610 billion reduction in Medicaid funding. That would be on top of the $880 billion in Medicaid that is already set to be
slashed in the GOP’s health care replacement bill. That means Trump, with the budget and health care bill combined, is fine with overseeing a
reduction of nearly $1.5 trillion for low income Americans’ health care.
29) The budget also asks for a $72 billion cut to Social Security Disability Insurance, a program in Social Security that benefit people with
30) trump said he wouldn’t bomb Syria. Then he bombed Syria.
31) trump said he’d clean up the Washington swamp. Then he brought into his administration more billionaires, CEOs and Wall Street moguls than in any administration in history, to make laws that will enrich their businesses.
32) trump said he’d use his business experience to whip the White House
into shape. Then he created the most chaotic, dysfunctional, backstabbing White House in modern history.
33) And promised to release his taxes if elected, now won’t and lies about the reason.
34) Trump said Hillary Clinton was in the pockets of Goldman Sachs and would do whatever they said. Then he put half a dozen Goldman Sachs
executives in positions of power in his administration.
35) Trump said his predecessor, Barack Obama, spied on him, without any evidence of Obama ever doing so, in order to divert attention from the
FBI’s investigation into collusion between his campaign and Russian operatives to win the election.
36) Wasting nearly $30,000,000.00 (that's MILLION) in taxpayer money on golf vacations. He called Obama “the vacationer-in-chief” and accused him of playing more rounds of golf than Tiger Woods. He promised to never be the kind of president who took cushy vacations on the taxpayer’s dime, not
when there was so much important work to be done.
37) Let taxpayers pay for transition offices in Washington that were barely used, and had all the main activities take place at trump towers so could
charge us for the use
38) Diverts money from his “charity” for his personal use
39) Lied about the “millions” he has donated to various charities
40) Lied a number of times about his relationship with Putin and Russia
41) Lied about not knowing of Flynn’s Russia contacts
42) said he was "too honest" to be in politics
43) Trump is being investigated for collusion with Russia to win the election
44) Trump is probably under criminal investigation for money laundering
45) Trumps "charity" ordered to stop taking donations due to fraudulent activities
46) Trump has claims by 10 or more women accusing him of sexual harassment
47) Trump has been sued for raping a 13 year old girl, who dropped the suit due to death threats
48) Trump is under criminal investigation for obstruction of justice
49) Trump is has over 3000 lawsuits against him for being a deadbeat and cheating small businesses
50) Trump has illegally used campaign funds for personal use
51) Trump lied about asking for a loyalty pledge
52) Trump lies about ted cruz father being involved in Kennedy's assassination
53) Trump lied when he said he was originally against the Iraq War
54) Trump lied when he said 3 million illegal votes were cast
55) Trump knows the Russians did try to affect the elections, and are STILL trying to affect future elections, and is doing NOTHING to stop them
56) Trump pushes terrorist fears and immigrant fears, when people are more likely to die by trump's actions on the EPA and healthcare cuts.
57) After 155 days in office, Trump has spent 43 days at his own properties, and 30 days at golf properties. Trump has visited more golf courses at a faster clip than his three most recent predecessors.
58) Trump is a deadbeat, who has cheated banks out of hundreds of millions by defaulting on loans
And STILL counting....75 + million Americans are paying attention!"

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

We Can't

It seems to be Trump's plan to bad mouth the first senator, Jeff Sessions, who supported Trump and offered him his undying loyalty by now throwing Sessions under the bus. The word is Trump ultimately wants to perfect the plan to get those to occupy positions in the Justice Department who are Trump friendly and ultimately fire Mueller over what else -- the Trump/Russia collusion investigation. It may be difficult to find someone who wants that Justice Department position or any position of power in Trumpland as Trumpet could kick them to the curb in Hitlerian Night of the Long Knives (Google it) fashion when the mood strikes him to do so.

Some give Scaramucci, Trump's new "Communications" Director whose communiques sound like he came right out of the central casting of "Goodfellas." Wray with nearly unanimous support for FBI Director has as one of his illustrious clients defendant, Chris Christie. He helped him escape prison of the political Bridgegate while Christie's unter menchen lackeys got jail time. Sad.

All things, most especially Republican are supremely corrupt because this is the Party of money in a pay-to-play universe. Yes, I know Democrats play too but I aver not in such epic proportions. I do not know how moral philosophically adhering Republicans can feel good about themselves, sleep at night or look themselves in the mirror the next day when the Party to which they belong lies and most monumentally has as its commander-in-chief a man with no heart who lies all the time. This Party does not care about most of you!

Maybe I'm just a fool who thinks that in their hearts people are basically good at least they are in this nation. Right now it seems that a significant portion of this nation contains corrupt monsters and the naive many who place them in positions of death wielding power. Like 12 year old boy scouts to whom Trump spoke they do not know what developing an intellect and thoughtful reasoning is. In some sectors of this nation I suggest being stupid is something to which one should aspire. Remember Trump said he loves stupid people. Well, he got their vote.

Perhaps, the thought to Benjamin Franklin's famous response after the Constitution's creation "It's a Republic IF you can keep it" should be, unfortunately, we can't.

Monday, July 24, 2017

Correction for Nat Lavine

I re-read this and found an error. Correction for Nat Lavine. Emoluments clause is Article I, Section 9 Clause 8: "No Title of Nobility shall be granted by the United States: And no Person holding any Office of Profit or Trust under them, shall, without the Consent of the Congress, accept of any present, Emolument, Office, or Title, of any kind whatever, from any King, Prince, or foreign State." 

It is not Amendment 25 which refers to Presidential Disability and Succession. Here is a link to Amendment 25:

May I remind you

A post from Nat Lavine says it all. Moral of this story DO NOT GIVE UP, DO NOT FALTER and DO NOT FAIL or our nation fails: ​"​

"I've been to Russia 25 times, I've worked for Trump's partners Alex Schnaider and Sam Kislin. I've met Trump 6 times at his charity events and have known him for 30 years. He lost the primaries in New York by 30% percentage points where we know his cons best, he's absolutely clueless. He fails at everything he does and then he quits with many bankruptcies and frauds. Personally, I would not let him manage a shoe shine stand. Who borrows money at 18% borrowing junk bonds and expects to make a profit ??? Only a thief and an imbecile.

Putting people of color in the back of the casinos and screwing his contractors and employees was the last straw for me. If you don't think that this administration is the most corrupt in the History of U.S. politics, you are a special kind of Stupid. Remember, crocodiles have no friends and they will all go down!!!!! Russiagate will make Watergate seem like a tea party. Remember, Trump ran as a ruse and not a serious candidate initially as his closet was filled with skeletons. He truly is a Narcissist, a Sociopath and a Pathological liar. The time to Impeach is now. Put pressure on your representatives!!!!! The TRUMPTANIC is sinking and the Rats all want a deal. Things are pretty bad when your lawyers need lawyers.

The thing I'm most familiar with is the money laundering by taking dirty Russian blood money and buying Trump properties as Trump knew all along. Not only will no contractor do any business with him as he doesn't pay his bills, he also stiffs his attorneys and no bank in the Western hemisphere will loan him even one dollar. He also stiffs hotels, bankrupts families and tips poorly at restaurants. He is the lowest form of human life. He's even charging the Republican party 3 times the actual rent and stealing from his cancer charities. Think about that as pigs get fat and hogs get slaughtered. That's only Russia, what about his shady partners in Turkey, Saudi Arabia and many more countries​?

We need to see those taxes or him to resign. He has accomplished absolutely nothing during his time in office and his approval rating will continue to fall. Putting a well known scam artist in the oval office was unfathomable to us New Yorkers who know him well. If a candidate loses his own state by 30% percentage points, why would anyone vote for such a con artist filled with empty promises and more baggage than United Airlines. Not only does Bob Mueller have access to Donald Trump Jr.'s incriminating emails, he also has intercepted text messages from Paul Manafort's daughters implicating their ​father for taking $10 million USD in blood money where Russians are always winding up dead whenever he's there. I'm not saying I know how this will unfold, but with bank accounts being subpoenaed plus all texts, emails and taxes, more than 70-80 FISA warrants went out.

Trump can be impeached on Amendment 25 which is the Emoluments clause, but with Mueller hiring special prosecutors to go after Trump personally, it's going to be a s​**​t storm of epic proportions. Keep in mind that Putin is worth $85 Billion Dollars and has a piece of everything of value in Russia and nothing goes on without his approval or you wind up dead. Trump owes the Russian owned Blackstone group an awful lot of money and if he can't deliver by lifting the sanctions, it's not going to be a pretty picture for he and his evil spawn. We have an illegitimate President who was proven to collude with the Russians to steal the election and in my opinion, the blatant skullduggery and complicity should nullify the election making Hillary Clinton our legitimate President. The lies will end up doing them all in like Flynn but the widespread cover up will bring the whole house of cards down as Mueller is gathering enough data for an airtight case that will tie them all together. It's not if they are going down, it's only a matter of when. Trump's own family will eventually lead to his demise.​"​
-Nat Lavine

Saturday, July 22, 2017

Deep Kiss

Scaramucci leveled intense criticism on Trump until Trump became president now he took the "Communications" Director job. His introduction to the American public sounded like public deep kissing to the el presidente. Scaramucci now knows if you just say I love the president, I love the president 52 billion times you will get the job and if you say you are LOYAL LOYAL LOYAL to the Fuhrer you may keep your job. I heard not ONE member of the press ask now that you love the president so much and are loyal to him do you love the Constitution and are loyal to it as much?? No one asked that. Why?

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

32 Million More Would Be Uninsured Under The Latest Senate Health Care Bill And insurance premiums would double over the next decade -- McConnell and my saga with polio

Republicans minus the smart ones that helped sink this latest sickening (pardon the pun) Republican health care bill are malevolent monsters.

In Republican Leader Mitch McConnell's autobiographical book he says his main goal was to do the Party's business and make it successful​;​ not to do America's business mind you but the business of the 2% wealthiest in the nation. He is a brutal beast second only to Trump. I cannot believe McConnell had polio as a kid ​​the ​same as I did. He supposedly had painful long hours of remaining still which gave him the allegedly patient temperament to become the evil monstrosity that he is.

As one who had the dreaded disease polio and suffers to this day from post-polio symptoms one would think one would have a heart for children, at least, and adults, ​too, ​who get other crushing cost ​diseases ​through no fault of their own.

Polio made Franklin Roosevelt and me more empathetic persons as we both suffered total limb paralysis. My father could not afford the costs of that disease at that time which, even then, were astronomical and insurance, of course​,​ ​did​ not cover it as polio was a preexisting condition.

Thank you FDR and Basil O'Connor who began the March of Dimes. We had to rely on that charity to pay the years' long costs of treatment until age 16 including continual hospital visits, casts, braces, corsets, x-rays, crutches, skin temperature tests, special shoes, rehab, two painful surgeries when young as well as multiple falls with femur fractures ​and surgery from those falls when older.

I surely know what can befall a family that did not think a dastardly disease could happen to their child. But it did to mine and if not for the March of Dimes my father would have had to have filed bankruptcy, -- you know -- the legal business status our not-fit-to-be-president president knows so well.  My father worked hard to obtain the best treatment to afford me a life free from the difficulties of deformities that polio bestows over decades if ​not given proper treatment and supervision.

No wonder FDR is my hero and the Democratic Party is my home. If it were not for both I may have ended up in the street as so many will if Republicans work their evil magic denying healthcare to all.


Death Knell

The entire story is at the link below. Taken from the link below I indention quote in pertinent part:
"The president of the United States and members of the party that controls Congress are saying that they see problems in the health care system, and their plan is to stand by and do nothing while people suffer.

This is breathtakingly cynical, and reveals the Republican Party’s priorities. Getting rid of the dreaded Obamacare at any cost is more important to Trump and his party than acting to improve the health care system for the people they represent.

Barack Obama is no longer president, but thumbing him in the eye and destroying his biggest accomplishment still outweighs taking even the most basic steps to provide relief to health insurance consumers whose plight Republicans have so often and so vividly bemoaned.

What Trump is proposing is the opposite. He’s threatening to bite off your nose to spite Obama’s face. Indeed, the Trump administration instead has taken steps to suppress health insurance enrollment and make the ACA function worse. Trump repeatedly has threatened to cut off payments the federal government owes health insurance companies that cover low-income customers, which would send the insurance market into a tailspin."

To be clear, the Affordable Care Act is not functioning as well as Obama and the Democrats who it wrote hoped.

The uninsured rate is way down, thanks to the law’s Medicaid expansion and subsidies for private health insurance. Twenty million people who didn’t have coverage before do now, and everyone has guaranteed access to health insurance regardless of their preexisting conditions.

Despite what Trump and other Republicans keep saying, the exchange markets are not in a “death spiral.” Analysts at the Congressional Budget Office, Standard & Poor’s and the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation, for example, have concluded that these markets are stable or stabilizing, if imperfect, in most states."
Yes, yet again the intrinsically mean, cruel, mendacious Republican President Trump with ZERO morality and Mitch Unethical McConnell, Republican Senate Leader, will screw the American public by other means by starving the states of funding.

Therefore, those of us who do have a kind heart MUST STILL SCREAM AND SCREAM LOUDLY SO REPUBLICANS CAN HEAR YOU. Scream this potential inaction by Trump is unacceptable even potentially treasonous. A PRICE WILL be paid if the federal money to the states for it is not delivered. He thinks Democrats will suffer. In fact, REPUBLICANS will carry the load of blame and the elections of 2018 Democrats will sweep to prove it. YOU AND ALL OF US MUST CONTINUE TO RESIST AND NEVER LET UP NO MATTER HOW WEARY WE GET. WE MUST SCREAM OUR OPPOSITION CONTINUOUSLY EVERY TIME THEY ATTEMPT TO PUT A STAKE IN THE HEART OF HEALTHCARE AND BY EXTENSION US. WE MUST DO SO BY ANY MEANS LEGALLY NECESSARY.




Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Scream NO

Yes, the intrinsically mean, cruel, mendacious Republican Party with Mitch Unethical McConnell as its no conscience
​Senate ​leader actually has the raw nerve to want to bring, as our unfit-for-the-presidency president​ ​wants, the repeal of the ACA aka Obamacare WITHOUT replacing​ ​it to the floor of the Senate for a vote. Then in the next two years of its implementation delay it and actually cobble together another bill. What are the odds that this Republican Party that controls it all will enact a healthcare bill that is sound, will cover everyone, not hurt the poor blowing a hole in Medicaid which we all need within that time? Answer: The odds are NIL. Nursing home elderly without Medicaid will die and many without affordable health care will die too.

It will ultimately return us to a nation within 10 years of 5​6​ million without healthcare. Trumpcare is Deathcare. This is your Republican Party with the greatest con
president in American history.

I will not take the time to craft an opinion ready for the New York ​T​imes because THE TIME IS LATE and the Republicans will do all they can as fast as they are able to kill all but the 2% wealthiest who can afford their own healthcare and who, of course, contribute to Republican coffers in, yes, a corrupted-by-money and Citizens United SCOTUS decision which allows these Cretans to do just that.

This is what you in our democracy need to do: SCREAM AND SCREAM LOUDLY SO REPUBLICANS CAN HEAR YOU. Scream this Trumpcare bill is unacceptable and they will pay for it in the election of 2018. This is ​​Republican vile, Republican cruel, the Republican meanest of the mean and YOU AND ALL OF US MUST RESIST BY ANY MEANS LEGALLY NECESSARY.





Monday, July 17, 2017

Decades before ‘The L Word,’ she risked jail to create a magazine for lesbians--By Julia Carpenter

Edythe Eyde wrote in an era when the subject of her writing could get her jailed!

"With the advancement of psychiatry and related subjects, the world is becoming more and more aware that there are those in our midst who feel no attraction for the opposite sex. It is not an uncommon sight to observe mannishly attired women or even those dressed in more feminine garb strolling along the street hand-in-hand or even arm-in-arm, in an attitude which certainly would seem to indicate far more than mere friendliness."

"Homosexuality," she wrote, "is becoming a less and less taboo subject, and although still considered by the general public as contemptible, or treated with derision, I venture to predict that there will be a time in the future when gay folk will be accepted as part of regular society."

AGAIN IN 1948? VERY PROPHETIC. Lets make sure Drumpf and his merry men do NOT take us back to that ugly time!

A Billionaire Pair’s Ultimate Betrayal Of Jewish Values -- By Susie Davidson

This is a picture perfect well written opinion.  My thoughts as I got to the end of it were: WOW!  It is so  good I email it for you to read and share it if you like. 
 Susie Davidson is not only a wonderful writer but a woman of impeccable ethics and humanitarian belief who writes so well from the depths of her heart!! Kudos on this one!!

Good job, Susie, I could not have expressed it better!!  :)

Sunday, July 16, 2017



DO WHAT YOU MUST BY ANY LEGAL MEANS NECESSARY TO DEFEAT THIS CRUEL AND UGLY BILL FROM A NOW UGLY PARTY!! It is not even Trumpcare it's Deathcare. It will knock about 22 million off healthcare and maybe more. And by the way, tell them their jobs are at stake if they do not vote NO.

Here’s hoping Senator John McCain gets well soon. McCain had surgery to remove a blood clot located above his left eye. He’s resting comfortably at home. Most…

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Parlez vous Francais?

Is it possible that the same clap trap about Russia's hack of the 2016 election was said by Mr. Trump in the Paris press conference held with President Macron and that Mr. Macron delivered a kiss-up response that mirrored what Trump said in one of his "eloquent" tweets? President Macron reiterated what Trump wanted to hear that it is desirable to be on good terms with the Russians because we must deal with them.

Mr. Macron and Mr. Trump, how does colluding with an adversarial power to rig a presidential election against Clinton in favor of Trump comport with what either of these two "leaders" had to say at the press conference? I am not shocked by Mr. Trump's iteration but am completely shocked and surprised at President Macron's response that echoed the lies and excuses that the American president has told so many times.

No, Mr. Trump and Mr. Macron, most people would have if an adversarial power wanted to throw dirt on one's electoral opponent to try and throw an election to favor one candidate over the other dialed 911-FBI!

Monday, July 10, 2017


The election of Donald Trump may turn out to be a transitory blip on a historical screen. It may, however, not be. When you watch this 1985 documentary IF you watch it THINK on what, in 1938, Nationalism wrought in Germany because this kind of hatred is what Donald Trump has brought to an America I no longer at times recognize. He MUST be stopped. Watch this and know why you must RESIST!!

Lindsey Graham Slams ‘Disastrous Meeting’ With Putin, Calls Russia Trump’s ‘Blind Spot’

Lindsey Graham Slams ‘Disastrous Meeting’ With Putin, Calls Russia Trump’s ‘Blind Spot’

Comments: A fellow blogger said "That's right Lindsey! He's a traitor. He couldn't care less about this country. Not to lose fact that he's afraid of Putin. He owes a lot of money to Russia. We are paying that tab"

My Comment

That is 100% correct. It ​i​s exactly why he did not press Putin on the hacking issue. It is ​so​ obvious and yet I think the media is not making it ​abundantly ​clear. When ​all ​of your ​nation's ​reliable intelligence agencies say unequivocally that Russia and Russia alone hacked the election, ​the ​Democratic Committee and, perhaps​,​ others to get something dirty on ​Hillary ​Clinton ​and​ throw the election to Trump ​then ​it is solid fact​​. ​T​here is ​no ​question why ​Trump​ laid off Putin ​on that issue at the G-20​ meeting with him. ​He knows Putin could crush him, has the goods on him, owes Russia​,​ their oligarchs and Russian mafia-types big money​.​​ Putin​ could and would blow ​Trump's ​con wide open if he does not do what Putin wants. It is blackmail of a president of the United States by an adversarial power. To put it more plainly it​ is high crimes and misdemeanor​​s​ treason.

Putin wants the sanctions lifted because oil makes Russia run and ​Russia is ​not running so well if the US sanctions are i​n place​. It is as clear as glass. The mind blowing incredulity for me is how on god's earth did this utterly corrupt imbecile Trump ever dare with all his conflicts and financial ethical compromises if not ​alleged ​criminal illegalities think that he would run for president much less win and no one would find ​anything ​out.​ This is not a corporation of which he is the CEO head. It is a three branch balance of power Republic with a 4th estate press which will hold him accountable for every sneeze. ​It is obvious why he would not release his taxes because they would tell the story of ​the​ Everest-sized debt he owes.

Perhaps he never thought he would win. By ​the ​time the tea leaves were beginning to be read he should have pulled out of the election or once he won he should have resigned and still should resign but his rancid ego will not let him. Special Investigator Mueller is experienced, brilliant and meticulous. He has assembled a team of methodical experts the most capable ​legal minds ​in the nation. This is NOT going to end well. If Trump dares fire Muller there will be an outcry in this land he and his corrupt conflict of interest Mafia-like family will not know what hit them. One cannot pull off the gargantuan con ​of ​all ​modern history and not have it show a weak link or many weak links. The attorney of the Trump team resigned head of the NSA, Michael Flynn, said if Flynn is granted immunity "He has a story to tell" and we the taxpayer paying the freight want to hear it!

Saturday, July 08, 2017

No Time to Write BUT

What transpired between Putin and Trump is so obvious and what news broadcasts have said little about from the Hamburg G-20 is the Mueller investigation hanging over Drumpf's head. I hope Mueller is not fired. Nothing makes sense that comes out of Trump or his minion's mouths unless it is thought of in light of the Trump's campaign alleged collusion with Russia in hacking the 2016 election against Hillary and for Trump.

OF COURSE Drumpf is going to say our intelligence is flawed because it probably involves the investigation of him and/or his campaign's alleged association not against Russia but complicit WITH Russia. As one of my blogers said there is something diabolical and I say it is spelled oligarchic money, money laundering, megga conflicts of interest and many other alleged illegal and unethical acts. Follow the money.

I urge you if you have not seen Richard Engel's special report MSNBC showed instead of Rachel Maddow last evening to do so. Probably you can get it online. She introduced it but he reported on it from Hamburg. It is mind blowing BRILLIANT! YOU MUST SEE IT. THE DIABOLICAL IS RIGHT IN FRONT OF ONE'S NOSE. Putin has murdered many journalists and political opposition including swept up besides those famous in Russia for opposing him were, said Engel, a general and a banker that allegedly got too close to the TRUMP alleged collusion. Many reporters and others who got too close to Putin's controlled Russian oligarchic Mafia end up dead. This is the worst scandal in US history and yes, MUCH worse than Watergate and downright diabolical is the correct word. Follow the money and you will find the nest of maggots. Trump is allegedly an appendage of that. WATCH RICHARD ENGEL'S REPORT FROM HAMBURG!!!

Friday, July 07, 2017

The Nature of Nationalism

I am increasingly dismayed to read various opinions in the "Jewish Advocate" that say to me Jews, who read your newspaper, are increasingly supportive of Donald Trump even though Jews like I and, I believe, the majority of Jews remain decidedly left of center Democrat. In every modern election the Jewish people have voted emphatically so. Further, the Jewish people in general and this Jewess in particular, are firm adherents to civil rights laws and more than strongly resist Republican voter suppression techniques. Trump and his cronies under the guise of voter fraud, when there is no evidence of any, want to collect personal data of your voting history, including social security numbers and place that within the purview of Vice-President Pence. One will pardon me if I do not want my personal voting history along with other personal information including a social security number under the aegis of Vice-President Pence whose politics are an anathema to me. This authoritarian tactic is typical of the extremist right nationalist mantra to have government -- their government -- know and control the national vote.

It is typical of nationalist states like Turkey with its strongman Erdogan who has jailed thousands of opposition, silenced an oppositional press and whom Trump has praised. It is true also of nationalist Poland, a state in which Donald Trump just spoke on his way to the G-20 and was adored by its bused-in crowd. Trump effusively praised Poland’s new government. Poland's Foreign Minister showed his Law and Justice Party's (PiS) stripes when he stated on Polish Public television that his new government "has shed the country’s “negro mentality” when it comes to relations with the United States." Donald Trump has supported nationalist right wing candidates like extremist right French candidate Marine Le Pen who thankfully lost. Le Pen's Party tried mightily to shed its heretofore anti-Semitic past by expelling her Holocaust denying father. Still, she had time to say that France was not responsible for its roundup of Jews in the famous Vél d'Hiv roundup in July, 1942

Other European Nationalists are out there for all the world to see with their amalgam of Jew haters in their ranks. Make no mistake one need only look at the composition of the Republican Party during gatherings. It is almost exclusively white and is so for a reason. Trump shares the spotlight with other noxious Nationalist advocates having a proud history that names "America Firsters" like Charles Lindbergh in its ranks who seventy years ago urged the nation to support Adolph Hitler. Adding to this vile sentiment were his speeches that blamed -- who else -- but the Jews for the outbreak of war in Europe"

Watch out, my Jewish brethren, this is the modern Nationalism to which Trump adheres with his philosophical anti-Semitic Bannon base. It has an extremist right immigrant hating agenda welcoming, if not vociferously then by a head-nod, into its ranks those who raised their outstretched arms to him in Nazi-like style salute as well as presenting a silent home to those who brandish the fiery cross. The Republican Party of Trump is an authoritarian outgrowth of history. We have seen it many times before. Jews said no to it then and the six million Jewish souls of Europe, metaphorically, say no to it now.

Thank you

The media keeps blowing the Putin/Trump meeting up today like it's Yalta. It isn't. Only four will be in the meeting and two translators. The US side features the real estate bankruptcy king and now unfit-for-the-presidency Trump and
​Exxon ​oil magnet Tillerson. The Russian side features the 20 year KGB and politically experienced Vladimir Putin and 20 year experienced Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov. It would be like the Tennessee
Tennessee ​Titans ​little league playing the big league New York Yankees.

​W​hat is the public going to know? It will know nothing unless the translators bring a bug into the room or they spill the beans afterward. Come on translators, if you can hack something anything please do. Does anyone think Trump will challenge Putin the bestower of elections? Putin knows plenty and Trump knows he does. He is Putin's puppet just like Hillary said he was.

​W​hat can ​Trump ​demand from Putin given Trump's allegedly knee deep association with the smarmy side of Russian money laundering, oligarchy, bank loans galore and, oh yes, an alleged possible pee tape? Would you press someone you knew could sink you in a nanosecond?

Putin has our dear leader in a box, signed, sealed and waiting for delivery if Drumpf doesn't lift the sanctions and return two spy compounds! Besides Donald wants the Russians to keep hacking Democratic elections. 

As S. V. Date says on Huffington: "If President Donald Trump wants to make a good first impression with Russian leader Vladimir Putin when they meet Friday, two words he might consider starting with are “thank” and “you.”" I say, Donald, have a cup of coffee and a piece of chocolate cake and call it a day or else Putin will.

Thursday, July 06, 2017

Punting on Putin

One wonders why the media does not link on Trump's European tour our unfit-for-the-presidency president directly to the gargantuan investigation of Trump's alleged collusion with the Russian hack of the 2016 election in favor of Trump. Reductio ad absurdium Trump makes the false statement again that it could have been anybody who committed the hack even, as he said during the debates, that 400 pound man lying on a bed somewhere. He says "It could have been anybody" lying once again since Trump's own intelligence agencies that Trump impugns all say it was Russia that hacked the 2016 election and no one else. Further, Trump lies about President Obama whom he said did nothing about the Russian hack of the 2016 election when President Obama did. According to CNN:
"President Barack Obama took unprecedented steps to retaliate against alleged Russian interference in the 2016 election, prompting vows from Russian authorities that Moscow will respond in kind. The administration described Russia's involvement as "Significant Malicious Cyber-Enabled Activities" and sanctioned four Russian individuals and five Russian entities for what it said was election interference. The administration also ordered 35 Russian diplomats to leave the country and two Russian compounds closed."

We know well Trump lies and he does so ALL the time. Could not slamming Putin have anything to do with the in depth investigation against Trump, et al for conflicts of business interests with Russian oligarchs, money laundering, business loans and other unethical even treasonous ties to Russia? This is an important appendage in Trump's meeting with Putin. It is, pardon the pun, the "elephant in the room." Trump would be hard pressed to issue any indictment of Putin lest he risk blackmail for any of these alleged high crimes, misdemeanors, unconstitutional behaviors and potential treason. Trump would rather play it safe and besmirch western European nations, whose culture he says he wants to protect so much, for not paying into NATO enough thereby threatening NATO's existence than admit that Santa's helper, Putin, be blamed for anything much less that Putin helped Trump win his own election.

Who is Trump fooling? Obviously, the media as not one yet has mentioned the Republican elephant -- a gargantuan investigation of Trump and his cronies for

alleged collusion with Russia and ultimately alleged treason. If you were Trump and knew Putin had damming information on you how quickly would you be to offend him? I aver there is method to Trump's madness. He is in love with Putin because he has to be. He will punt on Putin. As usual Trump would rather throw his nation under the bus then besmirch himself and threaten his presidency. The love of Trump's life is Trump and the only life he cares about saving is his own! RESIST!

Monday, July 03, 2017

NYT: Charles Blow -- the most profound

"Every now and then we are going to have to do this: Step back from the daily onslaughts of insanity emanating from Donald Trump’s parasitic presidency and remind ourselves of the obscenity of it all, registering its magnitude in its full, devastating truth.

There is something insidious and corrosive about trying to evaluate the severity of every offense, trying to give each an individual grade on the scale of absurdity. Trump himself is the offense. Everything that springs from him, every person who supports him, every staffer who shields him, every legislator who defends him, is an offense. Every partisan who uses him — against all he or she has ever claimed to champion — to advance a political agenda and, in so doing, places party over country, is an offense.

We must remind ourselves that Trump’s very presence in the White House defiles it and the institution of the presidency. Rather than rising to the honor of the office, Trump has lowered the office with his whiny, fragile, vindictive pettiness.

The presidency has been hijacked.

But his words shouldn’t have shocked. His tweet was just another pebble on a mountain of vulgarities. This act of coarseness was in fact an act of continuity. Trump was being Trump: the grossest of the gross, a profanity against propriety.

There are no new words to express it; there is no new and novel way to catalog it. It is what it is and has been from day one: The most extraordinary and profound electoral mistake America has made in our lifetimes and possibly ever.

Donald Trump is depending on people’s fatigue. He is banking on your becoming overwhelmed by his never-ending antics. He is counting on his capacity to wear down the resistance by sheer force.

We must be adamant that that will never come to pass. Trump is an abomination, and a cancer on the country, and none of us can rest until he is no longer holding the reins of power."RESIST!

Sunday, July 02, 2017

Rachel Maddow

The link below is an in depth interview of Rachel Maddow appearing in Rolling Stone Magazine and written by Janet Reitman. It is worth a read especially if you are a fan of Rachel Maddow as I am.

My Comment:

I consider Rachel Maddow on MSNBC to be one of the greatest if not the greatest news commentator of all time. She is brilliant like none other. I never miss a show, indeed, I would have to be on death's door to miss it.

I call Chris Hayes, Rachel Maddow and Larry O'Donnell the "Murder's Row" of news reporting and commentary. Murders' Row, for those who may not know, was, some say, the 1927 Yankees's greatest hitting lineup of all time including in it Lou Gehrig, Babe Ruth and Tony Lazzeri.

To me, Rachel is as the preacher Elmer Gantry in the film of the same name might say "the morning and the evening star." Indeed, there is something emotionally, near spiritually, moving as I watch and listen to her genius. Her set up and delivery of a news story is like a master tennis player's graceful serve as he reaches back, tosses the ball up, seemingly in slow motion, and smashes it over the net to score against his opponent. I am mesmerized by her delivery. Rachel rates herself much lower than I believe those who watch her show do even those who do not necessarily agree with all she says. I, though, do agree with if not all most of what she reports. She gives herself, incredulous to me, a grade of "C." I rate her a solid A and more probably an A+.

I email her show often usually expressing praise. I believe she saves lives -- witness Flint, Michigan lead-in-the-water story on which she tenaciously reported and revealed. It was Republican governor Rick Synder's pathetic idea to fill mostly minority populated Flint with Republican crony "emergency managers", taking the governing power away from the people of Flint. The water system on Snyder's watch was altered with a cheaper system that corroded and pumped lead into the water of those who drank or used it. If not for Rachel who would have cared or known about minorities whose children were growing up drinking the poisonous lead and ruining their lives? She is, in my opinion, the most important interviewer since Edward R. Murrow.

The life she saves, too, is my own. She saves my sanity or what's left of it after the 2016 Trumpian madness. She exposes corrupt electoral Republican policy geared to at best render powerless or at worst kill off 98% of our nation so that the 2% wealthiest, who can never have enough, take it all. I love and thank MSNBC's fine gem for being on the humanitarian progressive side of the political spectrum and hope she broadcasts for many years to come!

Thursday, June 29, 2017

Trump Mocks Mika Brzezinski; Says She Was ‘Bleeding Badly From a Face-Lift’--What you must do do quickly!

Trump's presidency is obscene. It is obscene when I wake up in the morning to feel fear course through my body wondering what stupid tweet and idiotic comment will Trump utter next. Poor little hands Trump cannot take criticism directed at the president. Trump, what in god's name did you think holding the office of the presidency was about? Did you think it was about the nature of someone's face lift? Is that all you have to do, Mr. Trump, is comment on things that simply do not matter when according to you Syria is about to launch a chemical attack.

Did someone forget to teach you in your junior high civics class that the presidency is serious? This psychologically damaged human holds millions of lives in his hands. Does he realize he is in an office where he could obliterate the earth many times over and he is speaking about turning someone away from his Mir-A-Lago beach house because he did not like the looks of a surgical procedure of one of his would be guests (if that even happened? )

What in god's name has this nation done? It must be undone. How anyone could call themselves Republican and think he/she is worthy of respect is beyond me. To the American electorate: What you must do do quickly before this nation dissolves into a bath of incompetency before our very eyes and the planet sinks into the bowels of the universe.

Trump Administration Prepares To Start Enforcing Travel Ban--My Comment-Taking the Low Road

Link to the above story:

My Comment:

Trump insanity rules once again devoid of rational thought! Few if any of the Islamic terrorist attacks in the US have been perpetrated by those who have no family or no other connections inside the US. On the contrary they have been perpetrated by those who have family, educational, occupational and other ties to the US as well as being born and living here. Family often are the last to know what their adult children are doing. Witness the Boston Marathon bombing as one example or the San Bernadino bombing for another. There are others. Look them up.

I aver Trump does not give a damn about terrorism or its victims inside the US because if he did he would (a) put Saudi Arabia on the list. 9 of the 15 9/11 hijackers were Saudi. Radical Wahhabi violent Islam was born in Saudi Arabia (b) go after those who in this country already have terrorist proclivities as seen on FB and other social media sites about whom the FBI knows and are legal residents of the US. Moreover, Drumpf's travel ban and round up should NOT be limited to Muslims but also include white uber violent supremacists and neo Nazis Trump welcomes into his ranks! The Oklahoma City bombing took down nearly all of the US federal building in Oklahoma and killed 168 people many of whom were children. Timothy McVeigh and Terry Nichols convicted of the bombing were influenced by white nationalist militia movement violent fanatics and anti-government right wing extremists.

For Trump it's all about the money which is why Saudi Arabia is not on the list and about doing something anything using hate of innocent persons of brown color even if it does nothing to prevent a terrorist attack. Moreover, a blogger wrote and I agree: "Anything to distract the country from his selling us out to the Russians and taking away our insurance to further enrich the rich. Knowing Trump's talent for overreach, I'm willing to bet that he exceeds the fairly narrow ruling of the Supreme Court. He keeps acting as if the Court gave him a complete victory instead of the really narrow one he got."
Yes, yet again, Drumpf takes the low road! So what else is new? RESIST!

NYT: Homegrown Extremists Tied to Deadlier Toll Than Jihadists in U.S. Since 9/11

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Framingham Residents beware--John Stefanini running for mayor is no joke

There is controversy about John Stefanini, candidate for Mayor of Framingham. Since I am not involved in local politics I rely on my extremely trustworthy source who says John Stefanni was the driving force behind making Framingham a city winning by a slim very slim vote. He was also, according to my source, allegedly behind the ginormous salary specified for the first mayor, and now he is running for the seat he created. He had plenty of time, according to my source, to raise money in advance, as he knew what he was writing for the charter and simply had to wait for it to be voted in (by a very slim margin of under 1% of the vote.)

When he saw that there was a credible candidate, Yvonne Spicer, who would give him a run for his “money” he allegedly took Yvonne’s nomination papers and poster which were legally and properly placed in the library outer lobby, hid them behind a trash can, and then tore off the reprints of articles about Yvonne that were glued on the poster.

See the surveillance video and reporting of the incident by the Metrowest Daily News:

Yvonne got almost 1500 signatures in 12 days, and was the first candidate for mayor to be certified for the ballot. She was a teacher and department head in Framingham schools for a number of years - very well liked. Her former students (many in their 30’s and 40’s) are volunteering now for her campaign. Moreover, she is now a VP of the Museum for Science, and on commissions for the Governor and the State Treasurer. See also her Facebook page and her web site (the splash page just went live)

If you have friends or relatives in Framingham I urge you to pass this email along allowing them to make their own choice knowing the facts as stated and not just voting for a familiar name. I believe in the utmost integrity of my source and therefore urge you to vote as I will for Yvonne Spicer and rid state and local government of what seems to be Trumpian-like noxious tactics.


Truth or Consequences

The times we live in are, indeed, dangerous. Witness the NYT link below.

Cyberattack Hits Ukraine Then Spreads Internationally

Trump with his tweet about Syria planning a chemical attack, makes our political era even more perilous because we cannot know if Trump, the eternal liar, is telling the truth. The international community is stumped by the psychologically-unfit-for-the-presidency president.

The supposition is either Syria is planning another chemical attack on its own people or Trump could be feigning because Muller is getting close to the egregious allegedly Manchurian Russian agent we have elected to the presidency.

As Bill Maher would say "I do not know for a fact but I just know it's true" that Trump's tweet about Syria preparing a chemical attack and threatening a shock and awe attack against Syria and by proxy Iran and Russia as Syria's allies is his way of throwing us off suspecting him of collusion with Russia. He thinks we are all stupid like many of his supporters surely are but the electorate in blue is not fooled by him, suspect he lies constantly (See the NYT listing hundreds of his lies since he has been in office) and in view of that stretch our imagination to think that he thinks why would anyone suspect him of collusion with Russia when he threatens war with Syria, Russia's ally. The massive problem is we and the world do not know for sure. Even if this story is based on lies he still could attack and throw off Mueller's case against him by starting a HUGE war involving Russia to "prove" he is not in collusion with them. Our foreign policy, honed post World War II has been upended by Trump. Our allies, if they even are our allies in present time, simply cannot trust this major con artist and do not know if our electorate and Republican legislature who supports this immoral beast has lost its collective mind.

Trump, among a thousand other things, ruined our relationship with our NATO allies, split our nation in half, and destroyed a very difficult foreign policy that honed, post WWII, a balance of power creating, in most cases, some stability in a decimated bombed and blown up Europe.

I am not fooled by this cancer on our presidency. I hope our allies know the majority of our electorate does NOT support him and that his election was a fluke of an archaic voting modus operandi unique to the US, the inane outdated 18th century electoral college system. Trump LOST the popular vote by 3 million but won because of this dastardly unfair in modern times presidential system, along with gerrymandering and other voter suppression immoral Republican tactics.

We are in danger when, as economic conservative Edmund Burke, English 18the century philosopher said "All that is necessary for evil to triumph is for good men to do nothing." DO NOT DO NOTHING. Face the truth with its deep and profound consequences. Whether it is the Republican sickness of its health care or Trump's crackpot ignorant and dangerous foreign policy RESIST this monstrosity Republican president and his sidecar of the Republican unethical and immoral legislature as you have never resisted before!

Monday, June 26, 2017

Who has the right to say "I Do?"

NYT: Justices to Hear Case on Religious Objections to Same-Sex Marriage"The Supreme Court agreed on Monday to hear an appeal from a Colorado baker with religious objections to same-sex marriage who had lost a discrimination case for refusing to create a cake to celebrate such a union."


Why Mr. Phillips admits that he could make other items which he would sell to a gay couple with the exception of a cake, I do not know. Yes, in my opinion, the argument against the plaintiff is similar to persons of color eating anywhere they choose. As long as that business serves the public that business cannot refuse to serve them as they are part of that public.

The understanding of human sexuality has widened. We know most do not choose to be gay. Most, I aver, would say sexual feelings have been felt since early childhood. Why would a homosexual want to encounter so much that is adversarial to live as he feels he should unless that feeling were so strong it could not be denied?

How is it fair, If by biological mandate one was made to feel an attraction solely to one's own sex, to deny one the joys that everyone else takes for granted in a culture? Mr. Phillips opened up his business to serve the public. Gays are part of that public like it or not. No one is asking Mr. Phillips to marry a man but merely to serve all gay or straight persons who enter his store.

What if the myriad of customers Mr. Phillips serves do not believe in HIS faith? Will a finding for the plaintiff by SCOTUS mean that Mr. Phillips may discriminate against, for example, Jews or even Unitarians who do not and may not believe in the divinity of Christ?

The finding of this case comes down to the fairness doctrine. What is fair in our arguably more scientifically modern secular democratic nation?

Sunday, June 25, 2017


"The Senate bill, unveiled today, is not a health care bill. It's a massive transfer of wealth from middle-class and poor families to the richest people in America. It hands enormous tax cuts to the rich and to the drug and insurance industries, paid for by cutting health care for everybody else. Those with private insurance will experience higher premiums and higher deductibles, with lower tax credits to help working families cover the costs, even as their plans might no longer cover pregnancy, mental health care, or expensive prescriptions. Discrimination based on pre-existing conditions could become the norm again. Millions of families will lose coverage entirely.

Simply put, if there's a chance you might get sick, get old, or start a family — this bill will do you harm. And small tweaks over the course of the next couple weeks, under the guise of making these bills easier to stomach, cannot change the fundamental meanness at the core of this legislation.

I hope our Senators ask themselves – what will happen to the Americans grappling with opioid addiction who suddenly lose their coverage? What will happen to pregnant mothers, children with disabilities, poor adults and seniors who need long-term care once they can no longer count on Medicaid? What will happen if you have a medical emergency when insurance companies are once again allowed to exclude the benefits you need, send you unlimited bills, or set unaffordable deductibles? What impossible choices will working parents be forced to make if their child's cancer treatment costs them more than their life savings?

To put the American people through that pain – while giving billionaires and corporations a massive tax cut in return – that's tough to fathom. But it's what's at stake right now. So it remains my fervent hope that we step back and try to deliver on what the American people need."

Barack Obama June 22, 2017

By Alan Milner

"If you are on Medicare, and you think that you are safe from this chapter in the Republican plan to exterminate America's senior citizens, think again.

Medicare isn't going to cover your nursing home costs, if you ever need to go into a nursing home. Medicaid does that. The Republican health care plan, which was supposed to fix the Affordable Care Act is attacking the support system that protects our oldest citizens.

If the Republican attack on the American people becomes law, it will affect every American in a nursing home, and everyone who is related to someone who lives in a nursing home because the entire nursing home industry will collapse without the government subsidies, WHICH WILL RESULT IN EVERYONE BEING THROWN BACK OUT ONTO THE STREET.

In other words, by cutting Medicaid payments for nursing home care, the Republicans are destroying the only system we have for taking care of our oldest citizens who can no longer live on their own.

Alan Grayson was right. When you are no longer valuable as a worker or a consumer, the Republican party would like you to die quickly so as not to be a burden on them."

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

ISIS Destroys Al Nuri Mosque, Another Loss for Mosul [Iraq]


How amazing it is to hear the American military and/or ISIS assigning blame for just one more symbol of concrete blasted into oblivion. Would any US assign blame to the forces of 2003 who began a war in Iraq based on lies? Think about it. With no US invasion and "shock and awe" bombing there would have been no Iraq War based on lies, no Al Qaeda in Iraq or the Arabian Peninsula, no civil war in Iraq, and surely no ISIS there or anywhere for that matter.

In truth the responsibility for the mammoth violence that has descended on that part of the world from Syria, Egypt, and Libya to the Sudan and Mohamed Bouazizi the Tunisian street vendor who set himself on fire on 17 December 2010 prompting the massive revolutions all over the Middle East -- one state following another falling like a game of dominoes.

Sadly the fault of ALL of this carnage, I believe, can be traced to the obliteration of Iraq by US forces convincing yet again a gullible American public that Sadam Hussein had WMD when he had none and even that he may have been responsible for 9/11 when he was not. People get angry when one bombs them for nothing. The fault, as Shakespeare said in "Julius Caesar," is not in the stars but in ourselves!

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

A Facebook friend wrote this letter -- read and heed then

tell your friends especially if they have Republican Senators to tell them NOT TO DO THIS TO THE NATION!!!

Forward this if you like!

Alan Milner, a Facebook friend wrote a very very good opinion to his Senator, Bill Nelson. Alan is 100% correct:

Look, let's stop talking this mealy mouthed bull&^%

What the Republicans are calling TrumpCare is nothing less than the institution of the wholesale version of the death panels that Republicans used to say would be the result of Obamacare.

Well, that was a lie, and so is everything else the Republicans say about their "health care reforms."

As a Democrat, as a board member of a local Democratic Club, I am ashamed of the inability of the Democratic party to come out and say what must be said.

The Republican "health plan" is nothing less than the institutionalized murder of tens of thousands of poor people, those who cannot afford the exorbitant cost of private health insurance.


Let's tell it like it is: Obamacare cost the US government approximately $660 billion dollars in 2016....almost exactly the amount of money required to underwrite the Republican tax cut proposals.

I really don't care about mealy-mouthed platitudes about the "unprecedented" manner in which the Republicans are attempting rewrite our health care system behind closed doors.

Let's call it what it is: murder.

Paul Ryan's proposal to replace Medicare with a voucher program is equally unconscionable, attacking senior citizens and relegating them to poverty and ill-health, unable to afford the level of care they were promised under the Medicare program.

Former Florida Congressman Alan Grayson had it right. The Republican Health Care program is very simple: Don't get sick, and if you do get sick, die quickly.

I congratulate you for standing up for seniors, for the poor, for the under-served.....but you have to do more.

Tell these morons that, without Medicare and Medicaid, the entire American health system will collapse because the patients will disappear, costs will increase, driving even more people out of the health care market.

And then remind them that if the poor do not get health care, the people who do not get that care will breed the germs that will trigger the great pandemic that will sweep across the planet. This has happened before in human history, and right now with huge population movement bringing new germs into new target areas, it will happen again.

Trade votes, browbeat any Republicans who still have a shred of personal dignity left in them. Chain yourself to the doors of the Senate....but do something that will make it inescapably clear that it there is going to be hell to pay in 2018 and 2020 if they persist in this insanity.

Monday, June 19, 2017

A Review: "Woman in Gold"

Did Europe of the 1930's and 1940's go insane? Predominantly white Europe was, historically, the most cultured of continents. It was a continent of great literature, beautiful music, and priceless art. It was a world of the great intellects, scientists, philosophers and culture. It was a world of a political reality the Trumps and Bannons, sadly of our world, would want to rule the world but it was a continent, then, one would consider anything but civilized. It was a continent at war with innocents and innocence. In the end Germany and its Axis power allies would kill approximately 50 million human beings but the true number as the American prosecutor at Nuremberg, played by Richard Widmark in "Judgment at Nuremberg" while he showed the moving pictures of the death camps said "the real number [so huge] no one knows."

The ability to rule the world then was going to be built on nothing less than the death of democracy and the emergence of totalitarian Fascist states that paid no mind to a suffering humanity they created and about whom they cared nothing. Fascism did not pay even philosophical lip service to a goal of universal acceptance, diversity and indivisible inclusion. It did advocate for the exclusion of those whom it dictated were the "other" and it did play out its determined credo to achieving its goals by any means necessary including the invasion of innocent nations, plundering of their natural resources, and crushing the innocents among those they considered the "other." Nazis stealing the precious possessions of the "other" was the bonus it accumulated toward achieving its goal of total subjugation and annihilation of the "other." The majority "other," of course, were Europe's doomed Jews.

The "Woman in Gold" starring the great Helen Mirren is the true story of a woman's attempt to obtain justice by retrieving a priceless painting the Nazis stole from her family who were killed by them. The summary about the painting of woman in gold by Gustav Klimt is indented below taken from Wikipedia:

Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer I (also called The Lady in Gold or The Woman in Gold) is a painting by Gustav Klimt, completed between 1903 and 1907. The portrait was commissioned by the sitter's husband, Ferdinand Bloch-Bauer (de), a Jewish banker and sugar producer. The painting was stolen by the Nazis in 1941 and displayed at the Österreichische Galerie Belvedere. In 2006, following eight years of effort by the Bloch-Bauer heirs, the painting was returned to the family; it was sold the same year for $135 million, at the time a record price for a painting.

The portrait is the final and most fully representative work of Klimt's golden phase. It was the first of two depictions of Adele by Klimt—the second was completed in 1912; these were two of several works by the artist that the family owned. Adele died in 1925; her will asked that the artworks by Klimt were to be left to the Galerie Belvedere, although these belonged to Ferdinand, not her. Following the Anschluss of Austria by Nazi Germany, Ferdinand fled Vienna, and made his way to Switzerland, leaving behind much of his wealth, including his large art collection. The painting was stolen by the Nazis in 1941, along with the remainder of Ferdinand's assets, after a false charge of tax evasion was made against him. The assets raised from the purported sales of artwork, property and his sugar business were offset against the tax claim. The lawyer acting on behalf of the German state gave the portrait to the Galerie Belvedere, claiming he was following the wishes Adele had made in her will. Ferdinand died in 1946; his will stated that his estate should go to his nephew and two nieces.

In 1998 Hubertus Czernin, the Austrian investigative journalist, established that the Galerie Belvedere contained several works stolen from Jewish owners in the war, and that the gallery had refused to return the art to their original owners, or to acknowledge a theft had taken place. One of Ferdinand's nieces, Maria Altmann, hired the lawyer E. Randol Schoenberg to make a claim against the gallery for the return of five works by Klimt. After a seven year legal claim, which included a hearing in front of the Supreme Court of the United States, an arbitration committee in Vienna agreed that the painting, and others, had been stolen from the family and that it should be returned to Altmann. It was sold to the businessman and art collector Ronald Lauder, who placed the work in the Neue Galerie, the New York-based gallery he co-founded.

This is a film about a small act of justice for a woman and a people who received no justice. It is one woman's attempt with her young attorney in America to achieve justice for her family and her even if it meant returning to Austria, a place she loathed, to walk down a torturous memory lane. Fighting for those valuable paintings was not an easy task but a necessary one. She was ready to stop the attempt but through her attorney's grit, sense of justice and, perhaps, his own desire to return to the living what he could not return to the dead, the legal attempt to return the art work continued. Vengeance was his and hers for the moment and his determination to achieve one small act of justice continued. Within seven years she would see justice prevail and perhaps lessen a bit the survivor's guilt she felt.

Justice in the form of this painting no matter how valuable could ever replace the millions of lives brutally taken or bring back the victims of the Nazi Holocaust to those who still mourn their loss but it was one small symbolic satisfaction for those who lost everything at the hands of armies of jackboots who had everything and what they did not have stole the rest. The painting, in the end, was justice given to Maria Altmann and the family she left behind, whom she loved but could not save.

Maria Altmann's attorney gave 7 million toward a new building at the Los Angeles Holocaust Museum. He said that he "tried to do good things with the money" and he did. Maria Altman died in 2011 at the age of 94. May she rest in peace for her family who knew no peace and may that painting stand as a testament to life against death, justice against injustice and love against hate so that we, the living may never repeat humanity's sins of our tortured historical past. I gave this film a 10-star review.


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Friday, June 16, 2017

I Am Not Your Negro

This James Baldwin documentary is without a doubt one of the greatest documentaries regarding the black (and white) experience in America. I was glued. You, if you have not seen it, should do so. You can get it through Apple TV (for me tough tech to do) or you can purchase the rental or even the DVD through Amazon--Easy.

I was riveted to it and cried through it because I remember the times of which it spoke and it spoke to me. In the end Baldwin says "Not everything that is faced can be changed but nothing can be changed that is not faced." I believe, if you see it, it will speak to you too.

It should especially in this hour of Trump and his team of racist white supremacists deplorables be required viewing in this nation in every school of this nation. This must see is profoundly brilliant!

A New York Times Review:

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Can't we all just get along?

This seems to be the question of the day as Congressional members of both parties put arms around their opposition in view of the Scalise shooting at a baseball park in Alexandria where Republicans and Democrats for a few hours get together, leave politics aside and simply have fun. He is still, sadly, in critical condition.

I often feel guilty for the passion with which I speak. In my earlier years I was a go along get along person. I formed my political left of center views in college and they have remained give or take a few more conservative times the same throughout my life. I still, though, feel the value of compromise as former President Obama did but was rebuffed

Early on, as I pursued academics, I weighed both sides of the political spectrum honestly and deeply. I weighed them for years. I gave both the left and the right a philosophical try. The right remained, at that time, too nationalistic extreme and a side which could not question American foreign entanglements that killed thousands. Patriotism on the right meant that I had to accept what I thought was unacceptable and wrong because it was my country​'s policy​. That was not a good enough reason to kill other often innocent human beings for what reasons I did not know.

Conservatism was also uncaring of those who rece​i​ved tough breaks in life one of which was being born black in a culture reserved only for whites and who through no fault of their own needed help even to simply cast a vote or drink from a fountain. It was unjust in a nation that prided itself about freedom​, justice​ and equality. Until this day I am moved and tied to those in our nation who need help the most. The Democratic Party, certainly not perfect, at least became best place to achieve help for those who could not help themselves.​ The Democratic Party became my home.​

The policies of the right, though we are all Americans, are, as I see it, toxic to the bottom of a very unequally stratified society. It is more than obvious that President Trump has fueled the explosiveness we see now by the cruel, negative and harsh tweets whether from his computer or spoken charismatically from a podium. The president's ​business conflicts of interest are gargantuan. His ​constant lies​, ​toxic negative rhetoric screams to an already fearful nation.

My anger comes from the desperation I feel if my opposition gets their way. If they get their way millions will suffer without healthcare, social safety nets and many many will die. If not for the social safety nets the Great Recession of 2007 I would have been sent into the street because Wall Street failed which it so often historically has with little or no regulation to stop its often greedy and unsavory practices. My passion, comes from the sense that even my life along with millions of others would be threatened if right wing policies take hold and I have not even mentioned the social issues the Democratic Party ​adopts and ​has given shelter ​and support ​to those attacked minorities.

It is for these reasons and the reasons of climate change, an affinity for science and more which are the rationale behind my feeling of fear, desperation and anger at what Republican policies, if they prevail, will do and have historically done. The climate will change destroying the planet eco-systemically, middle class and lower class human beings will get sick, have no healthcare or other life-saving benefits and probably, in many cases, die. Whole swaths of humanity will again become the "other." I cannot endure that as we have come too far and fought too hard for the "other" to gain a semblance of equality.

I will try to share opinion with those who do not share my opinion. I will listen to them but they must meet people like me half way. Holding hands with the other side may feel good for the moment but if the policies of the other side help only the top 2% leaving the rest of us to punt, the laws of survival will dictate I must say vociferously no.

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

The shooting of Majority Whip Scalise -- Who bears responsibility?

Violence never works to effectuate the causes one desires and who use it as a desperate weapon to mirror their anger to the world to get what they want. The man who shot Majority Whip Scalise, in my opinion, does not only a disservice to the Sanders's cause in which he allegedly believed but also to those of us who are unabashedly liberal and progressive Democrats who hold similar views but who would never compromise our righteous beliefs by committing violence that which would engender righteous criticism from those whom we consider opponents of policy that would assist the powerless and the poor.

We should all condemn the shooter's actions and also make crystal clear the extreme violent nature of the extremist right. I believe and one can see by viewing tapes of Trump's campaign how his words and, indeed, his actions served to engender so much fury of those who see violence as the only option that would show strongly they are against Trump's policy and leadership. Trump has been so malevolent, so mendacious, so unethical and so noxious that Trump, above anyone else, should look to himself for the violent tone set by him and his administration. It is that which would compel a person to violence against it as the only option for those who are among the desperate.

Trump made a home for the extremist right some of whom are anti-Semites, anti persons of color, anti women and who promote a nativist pro white agenda for people who have had all the rights to begin with. Again, I say to Trump do not criticize the speck in someone else's eye when you have a log in your own. Trump, as much as anyone else, needs to see the trouble is not, as Shakespeare said, in the stars but in himself!

Sunday, June 11, 2017

Civics 191 -- The Miracle and the Optimism -- Corrected Font -- Why Gmail changes fonts is beyond me. I hope this is sent corrected

The miracle is that seven principal Founders of our American Republic, Benjamin Franklin, George Washington, John Adams, Thomas Jefferson, John Jay, James Madison and Alexander Hamilton were the prime movers of our Federalist Republic among many others who were Constitutional signatories. The miracle is that nearly 230 years ago these men of varying origin, different ideas, and an argumentative penchant created the first American experiment in self government testing whether it was even possible that men some of moral integrity and some with a potential for moral hubris and turpitude could come together to create a document so brilliant and so miraculous it would stand the test of time and many other nations would seek to emulate it.

What is so miraculous about the essence of our Constitutional Republic? It is that a ​few men of the Enlightenment familiar with European history and its morally corrupt leaders and kings knew that man had the capacity to show the better angels of his nature but also knew man's tendency to abuse power, keep and not relinquish it when they, through birth or war, got it. They knew the corrupting ways of power and the money it gleans because they experienced it and saw it written into the marrow of Europe's historical bones. They knew power once achieved would not easily be relinquished and so the miracle really is a way they founded to divide government into three branches -- two branches of which were elected directly or indirectly by the people. Each branch would act as a check -- one branch upon the other. The birth of national genius was the separation of the powers of government into the Legislative, Executive and Judicial branches as they birthed a nation of limited government so that power could be restricted in time unchaining it and the people from its corrupting penchant.

To be sure the Constitutional document remained fluid to bend and stretch with man's ability to create social change. To be sure there were and have been disagreements, including a civil war fought over those disagreements, specifically slavery, but the Constitution could be amended and parts of it could be repealed. It remains 230 years later amended but intact.

Within it, some think, including the writer, the most important amendments would be referred to as the Bill of Rights or the First Ten Amendments to the Constitution. These precious amendments are the important restrictions of the state and in the powers of government, the entirety of which, I have no doubt, our current president has neither read nor could understand their monumental significance. In short, the Constitution with its Bill of Rights dictates Donald J. Trump is NOT a king. He is not the CEO of a corporation large or small but is, rather, one branch of this three branch system. The Legislative first branch is given preeminence over the second, the Executive and the third, the Courts, through, initially, Marbury v. Madison 5 U.S. 137 (​1803) gave the courts the power of judicial review. The Courts could overturn Congressional law and Executive power.

I am optimistic that our separation of powers is working, if sorely tested by this unconventional mentally disturbed
​and mendacious ​Trump presidency. It is a Republic if, Benjamin Franklin said at​ the country's birth, we can keep it. I think we have, are and in perpetuity will!

I offer, as I see it, the enumeration of the greatest part of our Constitutional miracle, The Bill of Rights (link below.) It has been emulated throughout the world and has kept us a free people. These rights are etched in the gravestones of Arlington, Gettysburg, Normandy, the Ardennes, WWI Belleau in Northern France and other places all over the world. Not even a malevolent, hateful, incompetent and corrupt Donald J. Trump no matter how much power he thinks he has will take them away but, sadly, he can try.


Monday, June 05, 2017

A River Runs Through It and through my mind with part of a favorite poem

To retreat from the depressing, gory news and to turn my back on this presidency of hate I cannot watch and the violence to innocents that deserve no such violence at which I cannot look, I take leave of it for an hour, a day or maybe even days and direct my attention to other things that will comfort my sadness and disappointment of the harshness of our awful time where we speak at each other and not with each other each hating the other that solves, in the end, nothing.  I plead guilty to that.  I needed something to speak to me in softer tones about the questions we all have and the rationale we seek for our own life.

As I yearned for this I came upon in our 52 million channel search the Robert Redford directed and Brad Pitt staring film "A River Runs Through It."  I had seen it before and knew it said so much to me about things I think on often speaking to the eternal question we all have trying to give answer to the rationale for life despite the almost incomprehensible vicissitudes of it and the the incredulity of man's inhumanity to his fellow man's contribution to it.

It tells the story set in the early 20th century of a Montana family composed of two brothers different in every way but, though different and incomprehensible one to the other, loving each other nonetheless despite those differences.  I urge you to watch it if you can.  In my opinion it is a beautiful film worthy of thought.

There is a poem  within the film that is quoted. "Ode, Imitations of Immortality" written by William Wordsworth (1779-1850) which speaks to the drama of the film.  It happens to be one of my favorite poems that gives credence and reality to life.

Norman Maclean the writer of the semi-autobiographical book "A River Runs Through It" writes two of the most revelatory soliloquies of the father Reverend Maclean in one of his sermons after the death of his youngest son and of the surviving son Norman's summary at the end of the film pictured as an aged man fishing in the river both he and his sons had experienced in their youth. They say:
 Reverend:   “Each one of us here today will at one time in our lives look upon a loved one who is in need and ask the same question: We are willing to help, Lord, but what, if anything, is needed? For it is true we can seldom help those closest to us. Either we don't know what part of ourselves to give or, more often than not, the part we have to give is not wanted. And so it is those we live with and should know who elude us. But we can still love them - we can love completely without complete understanding.”

Norman: “Eventually, all things merge into one, and a river runs through it. The river was cut by the world's great flood and runs over rocks from the basement of time. On some of the rocks are timeless raindrops. Under the rocks are the words, and some of the words are theirs [his father and brother]. I am haunted by waters.”

We, as I understand the film, go through life only to see at the end, if we live long enough, most those whom we knew die, and so, how do we give credence to this if all that we ever knew and loved leaves us and in time we, too, leave the earth.  Our works, who we are, I think the film says, live on as eventually every living thing passes out of this earth but the reality of one's existence lives on as Norman says "in the basement of time" and a river runs through it carrying the words spoken indelible in the sands of time.

Ode, Intimations of Immortality (in pertinent part)

Then sing, ye birds, sing, sing a joyous song!         
And let the young lambs bound         
As to the tabor's sound! 175
We in thought will join your throng,       
Ye that pipe and ye that play,       
Ye that through your hearts to-day       
Feel the gladness of the May! 
What though the radiance which was once so bright 180
Be now for ever taken from my sight,     
Though nothing can bring back the hour 
Of splendor in the grass, of glory in the flower;       
We will grieve not, rather find       
Strength in what remains behind; 185      
In the primal sympathy       
Which having been must ever be;       
In the soothing thoughts that spring       
Out of human suffering;       
In the faith that looks through death, 190
In years that bring the philosophic mind.