They hate my guts

“I’m being killed financially. This money is because they hate my guts.”- Lindsey Graham on Fox & Friends 9-25-20

I called Lindsey Graham’s office to comment about Lindsey’s whining on Fox & Friends this morning. I told the young man that answered the phone, an obvious current or former member of the Furman University Young Republicans Club, that the reason Lindsey’s donations had dried-up is because he had quit working for South Carolina. Young Republican began reading from the script about all Graham has done for the state. When he finished, I said that was a list of what Lindsey had done in the past, for the last three years Graham has worked tirelessly not for South Carolina but for Trump.

This gave Young Republican the opening he was looking for; “So this about Trump not Senator Graham. You hate Trump. You hate that Senator Graham supports our President.” No, I told him, I hate that Lindsey choose Trump over us, the citizens of South Carolina. Funny, that shut him up.

Once upon a time I agreed with Lindsey as much as I disagreed with him. Hell, I have even voted for him a time or three because I knew, despite all his hysterics, drama, and contorted facial expressions, he had our states best interest in mind. But for whatever reason and there is a lot of speculation about those reasons, all that ended three years ago.

I had a locksmith come out to one of our properties yesterday. He looked like what you would expect a craftsman to look like, dressed head to toe in Carhartt. Now the assumption we would all make in this day and age is a white, working class guy driving a Ford truck would be conservative, a Republican and a Trump supporter. Mr. Locksmith saw the Biden sticker on my car and said, “I like your sticker where you get it?” I told him and asked, “Are you voting for Joe Biden?”. Yup, he replied and Jamie Harrison too, that’s the guy running against Lindsey Graham. Mr. Locksmith told me he wouldn’t make the same mistake twice. What mistake was that I asked? Voting for Trump or Graham!

What he told me later was a real “oh shit” moment for me. Mr. Locksmith said that even though we don’t talk about it, or ride around with Biden stickers on our cars, we are tired of “Trump’s shit” too. He said he was tired of all of Trumps tweeting but what really upset him was the ugliness, the name calling and the disrespect mentioning, specifically John McCain. When I asked him who “we” are he said my neighbors, my friends, some of the people I go to church with.

Lindsey said this morning that people hated his guts. I am not sure what “people” Lindsay is talking about, but I am sure of this, the reason anyone would hate his guts is because of his undying, unwavering devotion to Trump. Will Jamie Harrison beat him in November? At this point I think it is a toss-up, but Lindsey has the edge because I can’t imagine the Bubba’s in Florence, or Sumter, or Pickens voting for Biden or for Harrison, a black man. Lindsey will probably ride Trump’s coattails in South Carolina back to Washington hopefully without a Trump second term.    

I firmly believe that Trump will go down in history as the most polarizing, the most divisive, the dumbest and least prepared president this country has ever had. I would also venture to guess that history will view him as one of the most hated politicians this country has ever produced.

I realize that hate is a strong word and certainly a very strong emotion. But I also believe this with all my heart, Trump hates me. Trump hates me because I don’t buy his bullshit. Trump hates me because I don’t wear his red baseball cap or fly his flag. Trump hates me because I don’t fawn all over him. Trump hates me which makes it even easier to hate him back. Today, the list of most hated includes gems like Adolf Hitler, Osama bin Laden, and Saddam Hussein. Has Trump done enough to make the list? Only time will tell.

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Trump’s miracle: 187,000 deaths and counting

In case you have forgotten:

Feb. 7 (tweet): “…… as the weather starts to warm & the virus hopefully becomes weaker, and then gone.”

Feb. 10: “I think the virus is going to be — it’s going to be fine.”

Feb. 14: “We have a very small number of people in the country, right now, with it. It’s like around 12. Many of them are getting better. Some are fully recovered already. So we’re in very good shape.”

Feb. 19: “I think it’s going to work out fine. I think when we get into April, in the warmer weather, that has a very negative effect on that and that type of a virus. So let’s see what happens, but I think it’s going to work out fine.”

Feb. 24 (tweet): “The Coronavirus is very much under control in the USA. … Stock Market starting to look very good to me!”

Feb. 25: “You may ask about the coronavirus, which is very well under control in our country. We have very few people with it, and the people that have it are … getting better. They’re all getting better. … As far as what we’re doing with the new virus, I think that we’re doing a great job.”

Feb. 26: “Because of all we’ve done, the risk to the American people remains very low. … When you have 15 people, and the 15 within a couple of days is going to be down to close to zero. That’s a pretty good job we’ve done.”

Feb. 28: “I think it’s really going well. … We’re prepared for the worst, but we think we’re going to be very fortunate.”

Feb. 28: “It’s going to disappear. One day, it’s like a miracle, it will disappear.”

Feb. 28: “This is their new hoax.”

March 4: “Some people will have this at a very light level and won’t even go to a doctor or hospital, and they’ll get better. There are many people like that.”

March 9 (tweet): “So last year 37,000 Americans died from the common Flu. It averages between 27,000 and 70,000 per year. Nothing is shut down, life & the economy go on. At this moment there are 546 confirmed cases of CoronaVirus, with 22 deaths. Think about that!”

March 10: “And it hit the world. And we’re prepared, and we’re doing a great job with it. And it will go away. Just stay calm. It will go away.”

March 11: “I think we’re going to get through it very well.”

March 12: “It’s going to go away. … The United States, because of what I did and what the administration did with China, we have 32 deaths at this point … when you look at the kind of numbers that you’re seeing coming out of other countries, it’s pretty amazing when you think of it.”

March 15: “This is a very contagious virus. It’s incredible. But it’s something that we have tremendous control over.”

March 16: “If you’re talking about the virus, no, that’s not under control for any place in the world.”

March 17: “I’ve always known this is a, this is a real, this is a pandemic … I’ve felt that it was a pandemic long before it was called a pandemic.”

March 18 (tweet): “I always treated the Chinese Virus very seriously, and have done a very good job from the beginning, including my very early decision to close the “borders” from China – against the wishes of almost all. Many lives were saved. The Fake News new narrative is disgraceful & false!”

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Keeping the “white” in the White House

“The Atlantic Magazine is dying, like most magazines, so they make up a fake story in order to gain some relevance. Story already refuted, but this is what we are up against. Just like the Fake Dossier. You fight and and fight, and then people realize it was a total fraud!” – Trump tweet 9-4-20

If you still support and plan to vote for Donald J. Trump in November, you are down to one reason and one reason only. It is not about abortion or Christian values. It is not about conservative judges or lower taxes. It is not about the economy or law and order. It is not about supporting the working class or our military. The only reason that anyone would still vote for Trump is because you believe in white supremacy and white nationalism. In short, you are voting for Donald J. Trump because, like him, you are a racist.

What has Trump accomplished in four years for the greater good of every citizen of this country? Don’t strain yourself, the answer is very easy, absolutely nothing. And what is his platform for reelection? The same as the first four years, nothing squared.

The committee to reelect the Mango Man has struggled to put a manifesto together for four more years. I guess they looked back over the previous four and said: “He played a lot of golf, pissed a lot of people off, denied the facts of thousands of books, and articles, got impeached, lied 20,000 times, and spent the rest of his days watching Fox News and tweeting. Hey, it got him elected the first time why change the recipe?”

The bottom-line is this buffoon has done nothing in four years except give white America the assurance that they, we, are still the most important and powerful voice in this country and that he is willing to spill the blood of others to protect the perceived privileges of white America.

There is a lady down the street from us. Somebody that, once upon a time, I considered a friend. My wife was telling me about a post she made on Facebook and the criticism she received. Now keep in mind, this is a white lady who grew-up in an upper middle-class family. The jest of her post was that she had worked for everything she had. Nothing was given to her and she didn’t understand how “some people” read, black people, thought they deserved some “special help” to accomplish all that she had.

Fortunately, the backlash was shift. Several people reminded her of the privileges she had growing-up, having a nice house to live-in, a beach house to get away too on the weekend, a car her Dad bought her, a job in high school working in the family business when she felt like it. A college education that didn’t cost her a dime and more education when she decided she wanted to do something different.

One person posted “imagine your life if you had been born black and not white. Do that and tell me what your world would look like today?”  She couldn’t, she wouldn’t. Rather than thinking about that scenario and admitting that maybe she had it better than she thought she deleted the post and all the comments challenging her stance.

For three weeks her Facebook activity was quiet until this past Monday when she wrote, “I am voting for Donald Trump in November and if you know what is good for this country, your family and our neighborhoods you will too. Any negative comments will be deleted, and I will defriend you. That is just the way I feel, and I am sorry for you if you disagree.”        

“When you’re accustomed to privilege, equality feels like oppression. – Franklin Leonard   

White America is trying desperately to grab the last couple of knots in the rope. A rope that us swung over this country for 400 years. A rope that white America has used to lynch black men, women, and children. A rope that white America has used to keep their schools, neighborhoods, and businesses segregated. A rope that white America sees the end of, and they fear what will happen to them when they get to the end. Trump is betting that fear will get him reelected. Let’s help him lose that bet in November.      

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We’re lower than the world

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Hyperbole – exaggerated statements or claims not meant to be taken literally.

In 1984 an 81-year-old manicurist named Clara Peller starred in a Wendy’s television commercial proclaiming “Where’s the beef?”. Last week reporter Jonathan Swan of Axios asked Trump the same rhetorical question repeatedly, “Don, where’s the beef?” and as you would expect Don did not have an answer. I take that back; he did have an answer it was just that none of his answers made any sense.

If you have not had an opportunity to watch the Axios interview with Trump, you should. In a nutshell, Mr. Swan, respectfully, rips Trump apart. Trump, as usual, relies on hyperbole to answer 90% of Mr. Swan’s questions, no facts, no data and certainly no truths. What you hear from Trump is what we have heard from him over the last four years when challenged, Trump conjures up some mythical, imaginary experts, “many people” without naming names, or tries to throw the hot potato back in your lap, “you know this”, or my favorite, “as you well know” attempting to make the questioner feel stupid for not understanding the obvious, the Trump obvious.

But Mr. Swan did not fall for any of Trump’s hyperbolic bullcrap. When Trump cited books and manuals about testing too much for COVID-19, Swan asked the very simple question “what books?”, “what manuals?”. And when Trump started rustling through COVID-19 charts and graphs his staff had provided him but neglected to explain Trump proclaimed, with a “powerful” blanket statement, that “We’re lower than the world”. Fortunately, Mr. Swan did not simply accept that declaration and move-on like the Fox News talking heads would and when challenged Trump folded like a deck of cards. Looking at the pretty pictures Trump had provided him Mr. Swan translated what those charts meant as Trump countered with a whine, “You can’t do that!”.

For the last four plus years I have written over and over again that Trump didn’t have a plan, didn’t have any substance, and was the most ill-prepared man in the world to become President of the United States. Honestly, he might be the dumbest as well. Smart, intelligent, people that I know that voted for him simply because he had the big “R” next to his name hoped and prayed that he would grow and mature into the position. Hell, I will even admit that I was hopeful his campaign persona was simply a cartoon character he was using to get elected. I tried to believe that underneath those $5,000 suits and two inches of make-up and spray tan that there had to be a human being in there, somewhere. But I learned very quickly that there is not a human bone or human emotion in this creature’s being.

I think it is fair to say that the vast majority of sane, rational Americans are tired of Trump. The one thing that Trump is an expert at is bankrupting companies but never shouldering any of the blame. Failure has followed him his entire business career. “Many people” have commented that if he had just taken the millions he inherited from his Daddy and put them in a savings account that he would probably be one of the richest men in the world. Instead, he wants us to believe he is rich, smart, pretty, decisive, and powerful without providing any proof. I guess that is why he has gone all the way to the Supreme Court to shield his taxes from our prying eyes.

Why is Trump so insistent on bankrupting, disrupting, and destroying America? Only time and history will tell but if I were a betting man, I would bet the name Vladimir “Many people” Putin will be involved, somehow.

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Donald has been institutionalized for most of his adult life

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“The fact is Donald’s pathologies are so complex and his behaviors so often inexplicable that coming up with an accurate and comprehensive diagnosis would require a full battery of psychological and neurophysical tests that he’ll never sit for.”

“Donald has been institutionalized for most of his adult life, so there is no way to know how he would thrive, or even survive, on his own in the real world.”

“Donald’s ego has been and is a fragile and inadequate barrier between him and the real world, which, thanks to his father’s money and power, he never had to negotiate by himself.” – from the book “Too Much and Never Enough: How My Family Created the World’s Most Dangerous Man” by Mary L. Trump

Have any of you noticed a pattern with Donald J. Trump? Everyone lies about him. Every book, every newspaper article, every revelation from the 30 plus women and counting that claim he groped, fondled, or screwed them without consent is a lie. Hell, he has even tried to convince us that audio recording of him saying he likes to grab women by their lady parts isn’t really him even after he said it was and apologized on television.

And now his niece, Mary L. Trump is the newest Donald liar with the release of her book “Too Much and Never Enough: How My Family Created the World’s Most Dangerous Man” a book the White House describes as “falsehoods and that’s about it”. That description came before anyone in the White House could even read a single word of it. But the fun part about this book is that it hits as close to home as anything ever written about The Donald. The only other document that could possibly shed more light on him is his tax returns and he has taken that battle all the way to the Supreme Court and lost.

What I love about this book is that it wasn’t written by a Playboy Bunny or a Stripper that Donald couldn’t satisfy or a disgruntled employee Don screwed over, Mary Trump has had a front row seat behind the golden doors of Trump, Inc. over the last 50 year plus she is smart, a PhD and a psychologist, qualified to comment on her observations. What she has written is the operating manual of why Donald J. Trump is a fucked-up piece of cheese or better yet the validation of what most of us already knew, the guy is Nuking Futs.

But this book should also give not only Americans but the world grave concerns. Ms. Trump’s comment that Donald’s ego is an “inadequate barrier between him and the real world” should send chills down our spines. You see Trump has never operated in the “real world”. What he has done is molded and melded an existence where he reigns supreme by lying, suing, and paying people off. But there is a price for playing and living in an alternate universe and sadly this country is in the throes of having to pay that price.

As I mentioned above Trump lost one of his two Supreme Court battles to keep his tax returns hidden. There is all kind of speculation of what exactly he is trying to conceal from the world. It could be that he is not worth as much as he brags he is. It could be that his Daddy, Vladimir Putin, has co-signed billions of dollars’ worth of loans for him. Or it could be nothing at all and he just likes the game and the attention. Remember, it is not costing Trump anything to defend himself in front of the Supreme Court. You and I are footing the bill for that.

The long and short of it is that all of this is just a game to Trump. He is a liar, a cheat, and a sociopath, and nothing in his tax returns or any book will ever turn his white, redneck, racist, MAGA base against him and he knows it. Keep in mind, we are talking about a man that has gotten other people to lie on the record for him about his weight. That a man who easily weighs close to 300 pounds wants us to believe that he weighs just 239 pounds tells you what kind of sick puppy he really is and for whatever reason the Evangelicals and Trumpers worship him for it.

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Exposed

“Everyone who does evil hates the light, and will not come into the light for fear that their deeds will be exposed. But whoever lives by the truth comes into the light, so that it may be seen plainly that what they have done has been done in the sight of God.”- Jesus

Of all the of the wisdom shared with the world by Jesus or whoever it was that wrote the Book of John 100 years after JC’s death, the quote above is one of my favorites. I understand it because I have lived in what it describes. There was a short period in my life that I hid from the light worried that my sins, my evil would be exposed. I lived behind curtains drawn, and shades pulled because I was ashamed, embarrassed for what I had done. Thankfully, this was a very short time in my life, but it happened, and I know that I am not alone. I am sure it has happened to many of you.

I remember vividly that moment I decided to step out of the darkness and face the light, face my past, face my actions, and more importantly face my new future. I remember feeling cleansed, liberated, still burden by my mistake but no longer hiding, no longer fearing the light.

What strikes me about these two sentences is that I know every Evangelical Christian in America knows them by heart, knows there context, and knows who Jesus was speaking too. They have also used these simple words parceled together to justify their own righteousness, their own purity of heart and their relentless condemnation of others. Which is why, brothers and sisters, I continue to be amazed that the high perched “Christians” like Franklin Graham tumbling all the way down to the Frankie Graham’s in Bumfuck, Alabama continue to accept and support Donald J. Trump as their lord and savior.

You see, Donald J. Trump is terrified of the light because the light shines on everyone the same. Sinners and saints. Rich and poor. White, black, and orange. It doesn’t care how much money you have, your last name, or how bad your spray tan is. The light exposes all evil, sins, lies the same and the only way to avoid it is to hide from it or in the case of Trump, sue.

Remember Trump’s tax returns? The ones he would release once the audit was complete. Well that didn’t happen and it isn’t going to happen. As matter of fact Trump is asking the Supreme Court, the highest authority in the land (sorry folks it isn’t God) to make sure his taxes never see the light of day. I wonder why? Could he be hiding something? Something evil? Maybe even illegal? Trump’s taxes live in the darkness.

And how about Trump’s health? Have you seen the video of him walking down the ramp or having to use his two little hands to drink a glass of water? One to hold the cup, the other to push it up to his mouth. Obviously, something is wrong with him. We all know mentally he is bat shit crazy but something else is happening. Many in the healthcare field have speculated Trump is suffering from dementia. But what do we hear from his doctors? Trump is the picture of health. The healthiest President the world has ever known. He is 100 pounds lighter than he looks and hell he even grew an inch while in the White House. Trump’s health lives in the darkness.

And now Trump is suing John Bolton and his niece Mary Trump for books that apparently cast that dreaded light he works so hard to avoid. Trump claims Bolton writes about classified information in his book and Mary Trump signed a Non-Disclosure Agreement. What kind of man gets his own family member to sign an NDA? What the hell did he do so bad to her or her family that required her to never speak of it? Wouldn’t you love to see the list of people over the last 50 years that have signed one of Trump’s NDA’s? I promise, given all the people he has screwed figuratively and literally it is a very long list.

But The Donald has a problem, a big problem that will haunt him in what should be his golden years….light and lawsuits. You see, Bolton and Mary’s books are just two of the hundreds that will begin trickling out. Most folks will wait until the election is over, maybe even until his fat ass is parked permanently in Florida. The book agents are having a field day and the authors they are representing will be anyone and everyone, from political heavyweights, even foreign leaders to the guy that made midnight runs to KFC and Burger King for him, and the lady that weaved his hair every morning. And do not forget about Robert Mueller and the sealed indictments he spread around different states like landmines waiting to detonate.

Those indictments will see the light of day beginning January 21, 2021, Trump’s first full day as the Ex-President. Those indictments will keep him busy, and here is the best part, they will be very expensive to defend. What we can expect to see from Trump in his golden years are telethons, telethons to support his MAGA defense fund on the 700 Club and QVC, and lots of rallies but this time at fair grounds, and high school gyms. And rather than being free he will have to charge ten dollars a head and sale t-shirts, hats, funnel cakes and hot dogs. Trump’s going to hate the light even more than he does now.

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Jesus is dead in America

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Down I-85, south of the city I call home there is billboard with a picture of the face of “Jesus” or at least how the Southern Baptist think “Jesus” looks. I like to call the Southern Baptist “Jesus” suntanned Jesus, not white with blues eyes but certainly not dark or middle eastern looking either. Suntanned Jesus looks like the guy you buy t-shirts from at the gift shop in Myrtle Beach. He used to be a lifeguard but he aged out of that gig and just can’t find another job that allows him to live the hang-loose, its casual life he loves and is so accustomed too.

I pass suntanned Jesus once a month or so, looking down on the world or at least the traffic on I-85 from high atop His billboard perch. Next to suntanned Jesus’ image are these hypocritical words JESUS IS ALIVE. I am here to tell that is a lie, Jesus isn’t alive. For the Southern Baptists, Evangelicals, and the Franklin Graham’s of the world, Jesus is dead and he dies a new death every, single day.

The idea that Jesus is alive derives from the dogma that He lives in the hearts and souls of His followers. But here is the problem, like the image of Jesus that they have bastardize for their own benefit they have also bastardize what he said, believed and stood for. Need proof? Look at the image above, the image of the man Evangelicals claim as their savior. The man they believe was delivered by God to take them to the promise land while oppressing the rest of us. Does that man act like Jesus lives in his heart? The greater question would be does he even have a heart?

Trump didn’t kill Jesus. He was long dead in the hearts and souls of Evangelicals. What Trump has done is allow the rest of to recognize the mark of the beast on these “Christians” foreheads. Trump gave them the voice, the platform, the means and the motivation to crawl out from under their rocks and prove once and for all that it wasn’t the Jews that killed Christ it was His own fraudulent believers, people who manipulate his words, actions and image in a way that benefits them and hurts the rest of the world.

Trump’s photo-op in front of St. John’s Church holding a book he has never opened only came to be after peaceful protesters were beat and gassed in Lafayette Square. This is the law and order of the suntanned Jesus and the orange Donald. This is the America we live in today. The America that has killed Jesus.

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Three-ring binder

This exchange hasn’t happened………yet.

Trump: “I have pandemic plan and here it is in this three-ring binder with a beautiful cover on the front.  Obama’s was just stapled together. I used a three-ring binder with indexed page separators, very powerful. Many important people have read it. I had the best people write it. Look at it. It is huge, bigger than Obama’s. Many people have said it was tremendous, very powerful. You know who I am talking about.”

Press: “Can we read it Mr. President?”

Trump: “Yes.”

Press: “When Mr. President?”

Trump: “We will get you a copy. It is better than Obama’s fake plan that was just stapled. Ours is in a three-ring binder. Look at this powerful cover.”

Press: “Can we see some of the pages Mr. President?”

Trump: “Yes.”

Press: “When Mr. President?”

Trump: “We will get you a copy.”

This exchange really did happen.

Press: “You appeared to accuse Obama of a crime yesterday. What did he do?”

Trump: “Obamagate.”

Press: “What is the crime?”

Trump: “You know what the crime is. The crime is very obvious to everybody.”

I know it seems like 100 years ago but during the time Robert Mueller was putting together his report Trump stood before the press with a stack of papers claiming what was in front of him was the beginnings of Rudy Giuliani’s own investigation. According to Trump, Rudy’s report was going to be bigger, badder, and more damning than anything the Democrats or the Fake News was going to put out about him and the Russian Hoax.

Fast forward 100 years to today and surprise, surprise, Rudy never put his report out. Honestly except during that two-week news cycle we have never heard another word about it. I know that shocks you, Trump telling us something was going to happen but it never did. Trump telling us he had proof but never sharing it. But here is the thing, the Rudy report and now the Trump pandemic playbook that has apparently been around for “years” is simply part of Trump’s con.

What Trump knows, and the press play right into, is that the average IQ of one of his faithful followers and defenders is about 12, 15 if they still have all of their teeth. In order to distract them, Trump throws shiny objects in the air to hold their attention while the real shit is hitting the fan.

Case in point, to date we are at 88,000 Coronavirus deaths and 1.5 million confirmed cases. What is Fox News covering? What are Rush, Tucker and Hannity talking about right now? Not the Coronavirus but Obamagate.

Do you even know what Obamagate is? Funny thing is Trump isn’t sure what it is other than a frightening sounding word. Remember Trump’s motto, when all else fails blame the black guy.

When asked what Obamagate actually was Trump responded that it was “obvious to everybody.” Later he called it the “the biggest political crime in American history, by far!”

This is what it is. Obamagate is a word, nothing but a made up, unoriginal word. It is not a theory and it is certainly not based on any fact or proof. It is a word concocted in the mind of an isolated, 72-year-old man high on Adderall. A man who sits alone in his bedroom for 90% of the day, fuming that the world sees him as a joke, watching television and tweeting.

It is just another shiny object Trump tossed in the air for the 12 and 15 IQ’s to sink their teeth into. Something for them to blame, and hate while Trump’s Coronavirus response kills their grandmother. Something for them to blame, and hate as they try to stretch that $1,200 check for one more month. Something for them to blame, and hate because they are to fucking proud and stupid to admit that they were wrong about Trump.

I hope each of you are doing well. Staying healthy, six feet apart and conserving toilet paper. We will get through this and live to tell our grand-kids that we survived that thing called Trumpgate one day. Peace.

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Look away, look away, look away Dixie Land

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My late Grandmother was born at the tail end of the 1918 flu pandemic (referred to as the Spanish flu). I only remember hearing her talk about it once, sometime in 1970’s, during a particularly bad flu season which stirred her memory.

My grandmother lived in an isolated, rural area of North Carolina. The thought was, given the remote and clannish nature of the region that there was little to fear about being infected. But then men, farm boys began coming home from World War I and with them came the flu. As she recounted the story it was thought the 1918 flu killed mostly young adults and pregnant women were particularly vulnerable and her mother, my great-grandmother was pregnant with her.

She didn’t have a lot of facts and figures about the pandemic. She didn’t remember if anyone died or what affect it had on her community, she just remembered how frightening it was to hear about it growing up. That something you couldn’t see, smell, taste or touch could wreck this much havoc on the world was terrifying to a little girl.

The estimates of how many people worldwide that died from the 1918 flu range from 17 million to as high 100 million. It infected 500 million people which represented about a third of the world’s population. In the U.S., between 500,000 to 800,000 people died and 28% of the population, 105 million, were infected.

As my wife and I have practiced social distancing, staying home and out of stores as much as possible I have thought a lot about my grandmother and what her family lived through in early 1900’s. I thought about how her family got information. Radio wasn’t available nationally until the late 1920’s and early 30’s. Her family may have had access to a local paper, but the “news” would have been mostly local features, obituaries, and crop prices.

Instead of radio, television, Facebook or Twitter in the 1900’s you got your information at the fence post that separated your farm from your neighbors farm. That’s how news spread, that’s how information was disseminated, from fence post to fence post and even in today’s high-tech world of instant access that form of communication still remains.

As many of you know, I live in the deep, red state of South Carolina run by the Dishonorable Henry “Foghorn Leghorn” McMaster. Governor Leghorn, anxious to please his orange master, along with the Governors of Georgia and Florida are all rolling back the Coronavirus restrictions even though COVID-19 infections and deaths continue to rise in their respective states, including mine.

Here is the thing that is so frustrating about this, unlike my grandmother and her family in the 1900’s, Henry “Foghorn Leghorn” McMaster has access to plenty of information, data, and smart people. And just so we are very clear on this point, I am not categorizing Trump or Pence as one or any of those smart people. As a matter of fact, I am not sure it is fair to other human beings to even categorize them as people. But nevertheless, the Governors of South Carolina, Georgia and Florida have all publicly declared that Trump is smarter than everyone else and they will defend him, and his bone headed decisions and assertions to OUR death.

So if you need a haircut, or a massage, or your nails done or want to go bowling, or work on your tan at the beach, or even touch-up your tattoo come to Dixie but remember  “Look away, look away, look away Dixie Land”.         

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33,000 missing emails versus 35,000 deaths

“If Russia or any other country or person has Hillary Clinton’s 33,000 illegally deleted emails, perhaps they should share them with the FBI!” – Trump tweet 7-27-16

We all heard it or have seen it, Trump telling the media at a July 2016 press conference at the Doral resort “Russia, if you’re listening, I hope you’re able to find the 30,000 emails that are missing. I think you will probably be rewarded mightily by our press. Let’s see if that happens” which he followed-up with tweet above.

Recently, on February 29th of 2020, Trump gave a speech at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) where he “attempted” to rewrite history about his infamous request of Russia. Trump’s new version: “Remember this thing, ‘Russia, if you’re listening’?’ Remember, it was a big thing, in front of 25,000 people. ‘Russia if you’re…’ It was all said in a joke. They cut it off right at the end so that you don’t then see the laughter, the joke. And they said, ‘He asked. He asked for help.’ Right? Russia, if you’re listening… A very famous — they cut that thing so quick at the end because they didn’t want to hear the laughter in the place and me laughing. It was just ‘boom.’ These are really dishonest people.”

I know this sounds like an oxymoron but the great thing about Trump, for those of us whose brains are not turned into MAGA mush, is the multitudes of evidence available to us that prove he is a lying sack of shit. From his own tweets, to video of his rally’s, press conferences, etc. Trump has, since day one of his presidency, attempted to rewrite his history one week, one day, one hour at a time.

In Trump’s new version of the Russia request, “It was all said in a joke” there are hundreds of video sources from varied news organizations, including Fox News, that cannot confirm or prove his assertion that the audience was laughing after he made this statement. None. There were a few gasps but no laughing. We can all watch the tape ourselves. Hell, for that matter so can Trump.

Trump has operated in this manner over his entire career. The thing you must remember about him is that he didn’t manufacture a widget. Trump’s “product” is his image, something that required his and his staff’s constant attention. It was important for Trump to stay in the news, so he said shit, lots of shit that got him press coverage. And if the coverage was unflattering, he lied claiming he didn’t say it, or it was taken out of context. But always, the bottom line was the coverage, good, bad or indifferent.

What Trump sells, and what got him elected was a brand, like a box of cereal. MAGA didn’t vote for him based on his intellect, or his moral character, of which he has neither. They picked him for the same reason they buy B&M Baked Beans or Van Camp’s Pork & Beans, their perception of the brand.

Once again Trump is attempting to rewrite another history, his lack of response to the emerging Coronavirus pandemic back in January. What he and his handlers are doing is a two-prong approach to the rewrite, find a scapegoat, China, the Democrats, the World Health Organization, and qualify his earlier tweets and speeches as attempts not to panic the country while he alone was making “decisive” decisions to save us from ourselves.

Never mind that in February he was “busy” making speeches at his redneck rallies, playing golf, and hanging out with his fat cat buddies at Mar-a-Lago.

The fun and sad part of the last three and half years is the mounds of evidence that make it crystal clear that Trump is a Buffon without a plan, without a qualified staff of advisors, without any inkling of any idea of what it takes to be the President of the United States. He is a brand, like Cap’n Crunch or Oscar Mayer Beef Franks and like any brand there is always an alternative to buy which is what Trump fears the most.

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