This Cannot be Ignored or Brushed Off

I agree with Donald J. Trump that we are at a pivotal moment in our history. We are at a fork in the road where one side wants to continue to evolve our society in a positive direction where everyone is included and the other side wants to take this country back where only a privilege few enjoy what this nation has to offer. In my mind and the minds of most Americans we know the proper direction to take. However, the Trump phenomena has incorporated a shady group that has always existed in our society, gave them voice, gave them empowerment and now they are openly threatening revolution if they don’t get their way. This is no hyperbole, the very heart of Trump support is of the same mindset and goals as the Nazi Party in Germany in the 1930’s, whether the Trump supporters recognize it or not.

Racism in this country has always existed and always will. Like diabetes, it cannot be cured, only controlled. If gone untreated, diabetes will kill you. If gone uncontrolled, racism will destroy a society. This is where we stand as a nation today with this election. Much has been said about how Trump received over $6 billion in free air time covering his rallies with little to no commentary or fact checking from mainstream media regarding his rhetoric or the chants at his rallies. In the 18 months of coverage, the angry racism at the core of Trump and his supporters was heard unchallenged at a national level thus emboldening their views and allowing them to think they could actually take back control of the nation they felt they lost in the 1960’s during the civil rights movement.

Avid supporters of Donald Trump initially said it was about economics. Many went on to suggest that his base were working class, middle class Americans who have not recovered along with the rest of the nation from the 2008 recession. However, an examination of his core supporters reveal they are actually upper middle class or retired. They are actually doing very well thank you. While it is true that most are White and not college educated, few live near or have any interaction with minorities. This would imply that they rely on what they are told about the minorities, not what they actually experience. So when you see a large group of White supporters chanting “Build the Wall” and a candidate making baseless claims that Mexico is sending us their rapists, drug dealers, killers across the border they tend to believe it. When they are told that Blacks are lazy, they believe it because they have never truly interacted with anyone outside their racial subsect of America. Its tribalism and Trump has masterfully harness this to his advantage and the media has been complicit.

One has to ask how a man who is certainly a terrible businessman who lost nearly a billion dollars of other people’s money in one year in the casino business during an economic boom and has been sued thousands of times for not paying debts for services rendered is seen as a business success story. He claims he is successful but refuses to release any independent documents to support that claim. Anyone else would be laughed off the stage but not him.

One has to ask why they would trust a man who outside his real-estate operations outsources all his manufacturing jobs to China, Mexico, Vietnam, and Bangladesh will bring jobs back to this country. One has to ask how a man who decries how we’re not using American Steel and Aluminum gets away with using Chinese Steel and Aluminum for his construction projects.

One has to ask how a man who claims he’s for law and order openly admits to essentially bribing government officials for his own benefit and incites his supporters to act violently against his dissenters gets away with it.

One has to ask how a many proven to be untruthful in over 70% of his statements to the public is seen as “telling it as it is” by his supporters.

One has to ask how a man who openly cheated on his wives, boasts about sexual deviancy is seen as an Evangelical Christian.

One has to ask how a man who has provided no detail plans for how he would address the economy and job growth if elected aside from giving his economic class even more tax breaks at the cost of several trillion dollars more added to our debt and place us in another recession according to every economist who examine his plan can get away with saying he will eliminate our debt and grow jobs. Trump advocates even more trickle-down than ever before and this has never worked.

One has to ask how a man who now says there is an “international conspiracy” underfoot to steal the election from him is getting away with relying on the Russian Government with use of an international group known as WikiLeaks ran by an Australian to make his point.

All the above don’t matter to his core support because all that matters to them is that he is not Hillary Clinton and he gives them a voice to normalize their racist views about the world and it’s only getting worse. Trump has united with Stephen K Bannon of Breitbart. Breitbart is documented as a news organization favored by White Supremacists/White Nationalists who not only call for bringing back segregation and support the belief of an international conspiracy led by (wait for it) the Jews to undermine our “sovereignty.” This is now the organizational structure of the Trump Campaign and the core believe of his base of support.

As Trump’s national support continues to fall and Republicans break ranks from him due to his admissions of sexual deviancy caught on tape (mind you nothing else, not the racism, failed business deals, anger, corruption, lies) his base support grows ever more angry and fervent. Now they are gobbling up the same rhetoric the Nazis ate up in the 1930’s about grand international conspiracies of the press, establishment, money interests and Jews.

They are certain that their candidate is winning because they support him. They cannot conceive that they are a minority group of supporters because either they don’t venture outside their group or their anger blinds them to reality. As such, if Trump loses, it’s because the system in rigged or it was stolen. So now they are threatening revolution if that occurs.

The crowds at Trump rallies today show remarkable parallels to Nazi rallies in Germany and the United States (yes there was a Nazi movement in the United States prior to World War II). White Nationalist fervor against the “other” the “international conspiracy to rob us of our sovereignty” still echo over 80 years later. The Breitbart organized Trump campaign is capitalizing on the fear, anger and hatred of a minority of White supporters to gain acceptance and influence. They know they cannot win this year, but they want to make a place in our body politics that will remain for the next election cycle to come.

I fervently believe that although Trump is a racist misogynist, he is doing this more for money than power. As such, he’s become a useful idiot for Steve Bannon and the White Supremacists he represents. As such, even with Trump gone, they want to remain a group to be feared and worked with in the future.

They want to take hold of American Politics as the Tea Party did with the Republican Party. It is my view that despite how bad the Tea Party is, the Trump faction of the GOP is far worse. In fact most of his support were never Republican or Tea Party when he started. This group of racists joined thinking this was a chance to become normalized and take control of the nation. When you have a candidate who begins his campaign with a baseless and repugnantly racist attacks on Latinos, that candidate will draw in repugnantly racist followers.

Donald Trump will not win on November 8th because his support is fading among the majority of voting Americans. Hatred of Clinton won’t be enough to get him over the finish line and he knows it. He stopped trying to pivot to more centrist moderate Americans and has doubled down with red meat for the fringe White Supremacists of this nation.

The game plan for him is notoriety that he hopes to capitalize on to keep his businesses afloat, possibly launch a new media empire catering to racists like Breitbart does. However, his supporters who will be very angry when Clinton wins will begin to increase their violence and organizing militias to fight back the United States Government. What they want is a close race to tell their followers the election was stolen in an effort to rally support for their cause, the violent overthrow of the United States Government and imposition of a Nazi-like White Nationalist Government.

I do not believe for a second they would ever be successful in such an endeavor. Consider what they would be up against, the best equipped, trained and organized military force in the world. Their numbers are small, but they could create havoc, violence, injuries and death in their attempt at overthrow and use of terrorism that they are already planning. The recent arrest of Trump supporters planning a terrorist attack in Kansas stands as evidence of this.

The best we can do to minimize this clear and present danger to our society is to do what we can to get out the vote and ensure a landslide victory for Hillary Clinton and the Democrats running for Congress and State Government to do as much as possible to dispel any accusation of a “stolen election”. We cannot allow this group that talking point. If it’s close, they’ll use it and will use it effectively. They’ll use it to justify acts of terrorism forcing the government to negotiate with them, at least that is how they will see it. Either way innocent blood will be spilt if we don’t drive these people back to the margins of our society where the must remain.

These people have always been with us and always will, there is always a fringe population in any society that places fear, hate and violence above everything else to justify their existence. They cannot be allowed to be considered a normalized, legitimate voice in our body politic, they must be marginalized of they will fester and like a cancer destroy us. This cannot be ignored and brushed off anymore. The stakes are too high.

Maricopa County Arizona Voting Guide

Most of the time my Twitter Account and Blog will focus on National Politics. However, acknowledging that down ballot races are as important as those at the top and being a proud resident of Maricopa County my entire life, this Blog entry is for those of us in Maricopa County regarding who in my humble opinion are the best options and what ballot initiatives should be passed or denied and why. I suggest those of you from outside Maricopa County submit similar guides for your local jurisdictions. Couldn’t Hurt.


I’m voting Yes on Proposition 205 which will legalize recreational marijuana use in Arizona. My reasons are simple and backed by scientific and criminal justice data. Marijuana is not a dangerous drug. The cognitive effects on the body are no worse than alcohol. Further, the criminalization of Marijuana costs the State of Arizona hundreds of millions of dollars each year in arrests, incarceration, court costs and subsequent imprisonment or probation services for simple possession. This stretches the budgetary needs of police and Court institutions that could be better spent on crimes that directly impact the community in a harmful manners. Further, States that have legalized recreational marijuana have not only seen an increase in state revenues via taxation, there have been found to be a drop in Opioid addiction rates. Prescription Opioids and Heroin are clearly more addictive and dangerous than Marijuana. Legalizing recreational use and regulating it is a no brainer.

I’m voting Yes on Proposition 206 which will increase the minimum wage in Arizona from $8.05 an hour to $12.00 an hour by 2020 and will also establish the right to earn sick time from being employed. Although it is arguable a small increase, it is better than leaving it where it is. The argument that increasing minimum wages cause job loss is a provably false argument. In reality, you increase the minimum wage, employees have more money that will be spent generating more money through the economy which has the result of increasing net job growth as employers need more employees to handle the extra business. This has been proven time and time again. No validated study has shown any net job loss from raising the minimum wage. Again, another no brainer.


In Arizona, we have the right to vote on whether or not a Supreme or Superior Court Judge can keep their seats. I won’t go into the list for Maricopa County but I strongly urge voters to go to for specific information on each judicial officer and vote accordingly.

For President I’m voting for Clinton/Kaine, Duh!

For U.S. Senator I’m voting for Ann Kirkpatrick. John McCain is way past his “sell by date” and has been far more of a hindrance in the Senate than an asset to the State or Nation. He still fixates on his hatred of Obama to the point he won’t support the once Centrist positions he took in the past to include immigration reform. Although Kirkpatrick is more of a conservative Democrat than Progressive, she still supports correctly the Affordable Care Act and is willing to work across the aisle to get things done as she’s shown in the House.

I live in Congressional District 6 and of course I’m voting for W. John Williamson who is the Democrat. Regardless which Congressional District you reside in, I strongly encourage you to vote for the Democrat over the Republican. The obstruction of the past six years is from Republican Control of the House. Any legislation for ordinary Americans is shelved in order to push Legislation for the 1% at the expense of ordinary Americans. There is no sign the Republicans in the House will change their obstructionist ways with Clinton so we must remove as many of them as possible.

As with the above, for State House and State Senate and for the same reasons, I’m voting for the Democrats. My State Senator currently is Nancy Barto who sponsored legislation that passed and became law requiring doctors to literally lie to their patients regarding abortions. Our House and Senate are filled with Tea Party extremists who focus solely on disproven ideology than the needs of the citizens. They all need to be replaced.

For Corporation Commission there are only two Democrats running, William Mundell and Tom Chabin. We need to also select a third among the three remaining Republican Candidates. Of them, Tobin is the least objectionable and in the pockets of predatory corporations in Arizona.

For County Board of Supervisors in my district there is only one Republican Candidate. This is sad because Maricopa County has some very qualified Democrats to run for office but few put their names in. Fortunately Bill Gates is too bad.

As with Board of Supervisors, we only have one Republican candidate for County Assessor. Fortunately it’s an office that really has no power.

For County Attorney I’m voting for Diego Rodriguez instead of Republican Bill Montgomery. Although Montgomery has done better than his predecessor by not licking Joe Arpaio’s ass, he has yet to follow through on investigating him or at least appointing a special prosecutor for Joe’s continued illegal racial profiling.

For County Recorder Republican Helen Purcell has been there for as long as I can remember. Other than some suspicious ballot issues from 2014 no real scandals. However, it’s time for a change especially dealing with a party like the Republicans who could very easily miscount votes in a County that’s turning Purple, so I’m voting for Democrat Adrian Fontes.

For County School Superintendent I’m voting for Michelle Robertson. Steve Watson is too much into privatization of Public Schools to the detriment of those living in impoverished areas.

For County Sheriff I’m voting for Paul Penzone. This is the most important race for Maricopa County. Sheriff Joe has been in office too long and has only helped himself out while giving racists in Arizona and around the nation a focal point to freely express their racism. Joe’s campaign is already launching debunked claims of Penzone being a DV abuser in response. Well because Maricopa County Tax Payers must foot the bill for County Officials undergoing criminal and civil actions, Joe has already cost us over $50,000,000.00 over his racial profiling issues and contempt of Court. This tab is expected to increase to $75,000,000.00 by next summer. The only card Joe plays is the racist card because he is a racist. He still contends he’s investigating President Obama’s birth certificate despite Trump now saying he was born here. As with McCain, Arpaio is well past his “sell by date” and must go. If he remains, our Board of Supervisors will either have to increase taxes or cut services. Since they are Republicans, they’ll cut services. Either way, Maricopa County citizens suffer with Joe remaining in office.

For County Treasurer, Joe Downs. For Constable, again we only have a Republican running named David Lester.

By the way, I’m not a fan of write-in or third party votes. In a Purple State like Arizona is becoming, write-in and third party votes are wasted votes that only benefits the extremes of the Republican Party. All votes are important.

Finally on my ballot is a “Question” whether Western Maricopa County should issue and sell bonds for school improvements in Western Maricopa County. Of course yes.

Your comments are welcomed to this voting Guide. Whether you agree with me or not, please get out and vote. No excuse for anyone of any party affiliation to not vote this year.

How Millennials Could Determine the Next POTUS

The nation has a fixation with generations. The “Greatest Generation” (Born between 1927 to 1945) are dying off, “Baby Boomers” (Born between 1946 and 1964) are retiring in greater numbers, Generation X (Born between 1965 and 1980) are becoming the main force in our nation. And now having more influencing in our culture is Generation Y, also known as Millennials (Born between 1981 and 2000). Generation Z, also known as the Boomlets (born after 2001) are coming of age. Much have been said of the Millennials, both positive and negative.

The myth of the millennials is that they are often described as lazy and entitled by older generations. In reality, they’re just misunderstood. Armed with a record number of college degrees, they are often involved in good causes and volunteerism with statistics that rival the “Greatest Generation”. Despite economic problems based on our economy and the debt they incurred, their civic and nonprofit participation is unprecedented.

Why Millennials are the New Greatest Generation:

It is reasonable to assume that due to their age and participation in worthy causes, this generation is to a great extent idealistic. As a baby boomer myself coming of voting age in 1979, I too was idealistic and dissatisfied with the status quo. The Millennials at this point in their lives are even more dissatisfied with the status quo (made up of people such as myself in their minds). It’s natural and to be expected.

As a result, they question the current system that only allows someone from the two major parties to have a chance of becoming president. It is reasonable to assume that many of them see this trade off of parties occupying the White House and Congress (as well as State Houses) back and forth for decades as being what’s wrong with the current system in general and their debt specifically.

Although polling shows that they tend (as to be expected with those who give of themselves to others) to be Progressive, they don’t trust the Democratic Party. They see no true difference between either the Democratic or Republican Parties because both have been running the nation since the 1860’s and positive change is often slowed or stalled completely. They feel that things must be changed and since they are now of age and have the power, they can change it.

A major portion of the support behind Bernie Sanders were Millennials. To some extent even Donald Trump (seen as an outsider) gets support from this generation. With Bernie no longer an option and the view that Hillary Clinton is an insider/career Democrat, there is distrust. So a significant number of Millennials look to third party options such as Jill Stein or Gary Johnson. This is where things get tricky and frankly dangerous to the nation as a whole based on what the Millennials feel they must do to change the status quo.

Respectfully, despite their good intentions, Millennials often don’t have experience of age/history nor the ability to grasp the concept of unintended consequences. This comes with age and Millennials are only now are experiencing life and the consequences of their actions. They focus on what they see as the fault of previous generations and believe naively that any change, as long as it is massive and quick is what’s needed to change the status quo. They think is Hillary is establishment, the establishment is what’s responsible for their problems, so we need outsiders taking charge. They don’t take the extra step to examine who these outsiders are and what they plan to do. Being an outsider is not necessarily a good thing. You must examine the whole picture before deciding.

It is interesting to note that Gary Johnson, a Libertarian former Republican Governor of New Mexico nationally has 9% support. Half of his support comes from former Bernie Sanders supporters, most of them Millennials. This is interesting because as Progressives, how can Millennials support a Libertarian? Well he’s third party and he supports legalization of marijuana and prostitution. Sounds fairly liberal but the Millennials don’t look deeper into the Libertarian platform. The platform also supports eliminating government funding (both federal and State) and placing it solely on the individual to fund education, healthcare, social security (pensions) and they want to repeal of the income tax and replace it with a consumption (sales) tax. Such a tax is regressive placing a higher financial burden on those who earn the least. Libertarians also oppose the minimum wage. Libertarians want government out of the way and the private sector controlling all aspects of our society (Police, Prisons, Food and Water Inspection, Fire Departments, etc.). It’s right here in their party platform and is supported by Gary Johnson.

Now there’s Green Party Candidate Jill Stein. She currently is polling nationally at 4% and much of her platform being precisely what the Millennials demand. But here’s the problem with Jill. First of all the Green Party has no path to what is needed to win the White House. She is not on the ballots in enough states carrying enough Electoral College votes to get her the presidency. Let alone the fact she has never held office beyond being the Lexington Town Meeting Representative. She’s been running for higher office since 2002.  She has no business or leadership experience at all. Further, she’s close with Vladimir Putin. There is no chance a Stein candidacy is going anywhere.

The sad reality is there is currently no way a third party candidate can win in this election cycle because the system, (rigged or otherwise) will not permit anyone other than a Republican or Democrat to be President. You may not like it, (I don’t like it) but that is the system we have and it would literally take an act of Congress (amending the Constitution) to change it. You need a 50 -State organization getting out the vote to secure enough electoral college votes to win the presidency as spelled out in the Constitution. Only the Democratic and Republican Parties have that organization. Not the Green Party or Libertarian Party. The only thing a third party candidate can do is funnel votes away from either the Democratic Candidate or Republican Candidate. They cannot secure enough votes for themselves to win, but could influence who loses enough votes to give the office to the other candidate.

Many Millennials like the idea of a “Protest Vote” to show their disdain for the status quo. They don’t expect Gary Johnson or Jill Stein to win but they’ll vote for either one because it will show the major parties they need to change.

Here’s the problem with that. That was the thinking of Generation X in 2000 with a third party candidate named Ralph Nader, it was also the thinking with some Baby Boomers in 1992 with a candidate named Ross Perot. In 1992 Clinton did not have over 50% of the popular vote, but because enough Boomers took votes away from George HW Bush and gave them to Ross Perot, Clinton secured enough electoral College votes to win. In 2000, Generation X voters took enough votes away from Al Gore in swing states and gave them to Ralph Nader. So even though George W Bush actually lost the popular vote to Gore, he was able to win key swing states and secure the electoral college votes to win in 2000 with the help of the Supreme Court. This led to the worst “unintended consequence” in our country’s history.

We are only now recovering from the mess created by giving the presidency to George W Bush which was two illegal wars, decimation of the social safety net, cutting the taxes of the 1% and giving personhood to corporations, all things Millennials hate today.

In 2016, (like it or not) it’s going to be either Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump being elected President. The system will not allow any other choice this year. Millennials have some concerns about Clinton and this Blog post won’t even try to dissuade their concerns. All I can say is that as bad as she is (or perceived to be), Donald Trump is provably far worse.

Yes, I’m advocating to Millennials who hate both candidates to consider the lesser of two evils because that is all we have.

Trump will make lives for all Americans, especially Millennials worse for the time he is in office with conservative Supreme Court nominees, pushing more tax cuts for the rich, slashing any social safety net program to pay for his tax cuts for the rich and corporations.

Bernie Sanders said it himself, Hillary Clinton on her worst day is better than Donald Trump on his best. This is true especially for a voter trying the make America a better country. It won’t happen with Trump, he will in fact make it worse. Clinton will work to make it better, just not as fast as many Millennials want, but she will try.

Millennials will decide this election. If they stay home or vote third party or even vote Trump, Trump will win, and for at least the next four years, those issues near and dear to Millennials will be in the hand of provably the most corrupt and narcissistic candidate for president ever. If you are a millennial, do your research and do what’s best for you and your belief system and the nation and vote for Clinton because with Trump, you do have everything to lose. Below are the platforms of both the Republican and Democratic Parties. I suggest you read both.

And here is what experts say could happen to our nation under a Trump Presidency:

How do Millennials currently view Trump and Clinton?

Was Donald Trump Born in the US?

The official biography reads that Donald John Trump was born June 14, 1946 to Fred and Mary Trump in Jamaica Estates, Queens, a neighborhood in New York City. His father was the son (some say anchor baby) to German born Fredrick Drumpf and his mother was Scottish born Mary MacLeod. It is important to note that Donald’s grandfather immigrated to this country from Germany, tried to return prior to World War 1 and was deported back to the United States because he illegally avoided mandatory military service and didn’t pay his taxes. However, is this bio actually true?

Here are Donald J. Trump’s alleged birth parents:


See the family resemblance? Neither do I.

It is important to note that the Trump family during the 1930’s and 1940’s denied their German Heritage. In fact as noted above the actual family name is Drumpf, it was changed to Trump and people were told they were from Sweden. Did Fred Trump, who was wealthy during World War II have (as did many rich American Businessmen at the time) financial and political ties to the Third Reich? Industrialists like Henry Ford admired Adolf Hitler and the Nazi regime. In fact Fred Koch, father of the Koch brothers also had ties to Nazi Germany. Why wouldn’t a son of Germany not have deep seeded admiration of Germany during this time? Fred couldn’t make them clear or he would risk his growing financial empire.  

Fred Trump was a believer in White Supremacy and was even arrested along with Ku Klux Klan members in 1927. Why wouldn’t Fred not have sympathetic ties to the Nazi belief that the Aryan Race was superior?

Now before and during the War two prominent figures in Germany had a rather secret relationship from the public that wasn’t “legitimized” until the closing days of the war. They were Adolf Hitler and Eva Braun.


Donald Trump Addresses GOP Lincoln Day Event In Michigan

Look at these two and look at the facial features of Adolf. I suspect that in the closing days of the war Eva Braun was pregnant with Adolf’s child. There are no pictures of her in the nine months prior to her death in the bunker so who’s to say she wasn’t pregnant.

I suspect they were married to legitimize the birth of their child and the child along with other key members of Hitler’s inner circle were able to flee Berlin with the help of Odessa and the child made it to New York City where he was informally adopted by Fred and Mary Trump. I have as much evidence (if not more) to back this up than Trump’s assertion that Barack Obama was born in Kenya.

Now Trump presents a handwritten alleged birth certificate dated June 14, 1946 (over a year after the deaths of Hitler and Braun) from the Jamaican Hospital. Well look at this document. Clearly not a long form Birth Certificate and no record that this document was ever formally recorded with the Registrar of Vital Statistics in New York. Trump merely has this copy and claims it’s proof of his birth in this country.


Is this document to be believed? Is the Donald only 70 years old? It is very possible that it took a year to bring the infant child born to Adolf and Eva to New York, left with Nazi sympathizers to be transported via back channels to New York. This was planned a year in advance with Mary pretending to be pregnant so that when the child arrived, she could claim she gave birth.

Has there ever been a DNA match made between Donald Trump and his parents? No.

Has there ever been a DNA match made between Donald Trump and his siblings? No.

Based on this I (like Donald) sent investigators to New York and Berlin to do research and what they found (like Donald’s investigators in Hawaii) was “amazing”!

Now I’m not going to release what my investigators found about Donald Trump’s true birth until Donald Trump releases what his investigators found out about Barack Obama.

Trump, like Adolf Hitler is moody and prone to outbursts, both are alleged to have small hands and everything that goes with small hands, both have hatred of anything not Aryan, both have made millions on the misery and misfortunes of others, both practice gestures in front of a mirror. Too many facial and behavioral similarities exist to totally discount this theory.

So based on the same logic, reasoning and evidence (or lack thereof) that Trump used against President Obama, I say Trump is not a US citizen, he was born in Germany and is not Constitutionally eligible to be President of the United States. In fact, as with most things involving Trump, he utilizes projection on others for his shortcomings and issues and by saying Obama wasn’t born in this country he in fact him projecting the fact that he wasn’t born here.


Nearing the Finish of this Election

As we move closer to Election Day 2016 (as with every election in the last 50+ years) the polling is getting closer between Donald J. Trump and Hillary Rodham Clinton. This isn’t surprising especially in light of the fact that Americans tend to be limited in not only where they get not only their information, but their opinions, namely the mainstream media that includes FOX and MSNBC.

In this country, both candidates have high negative numbers. This can be easily explained. For over 25 years politicians with the help of the mainstream media, we have told what crooks and dishonest people the Clintons are. Mind you, nothing of any real substance has ever been proven against Hillary Clinton. Anything that has come close to being unsavory is also SOP (Standard Operational Procedure) for any successful politician. In short, there has and is a double standard that Clinton is held to and people on both the left and the right are too willing to hold her to it. So when media tells people an unsubstantiated scandal against Hillary, the people are predisposed to find her guilty until proven innocent. Often, she’s still guilty even after being proven innocent.

As for Donald J. Trump, his unfavorable ratings are high because of things he has actually done, said and continues to say. This is a man with a long history of discrimination against minorities. Starting with housing discrimination for which both he and his father were found guilty and fined, to calling for the execution of 5 Black teenagers for a crime they were proven not to have committed and refusing to own up to his mistake and apologize to them. Of course most recently he stated, without any factual basis, that immigrants across the southern border are mostly (“some I assume are good people”) rapists, robbers and murderers. The statistics are clear, they’re not. In fact first generation immigrants (legal or otherwise) are far more law abiding than native born Americans. That is demonstrably true and backed up by data spanning generations. Trump ignores it and continues to misrepresent the truth about immigration in order to secure the whole hearted support of those predisposed to believe these lies because they are fearful, angry and most importantly, racist. He’s using racist issues to get enthusiastic support and most of the nation sees it.

Hillary gets unfavorable ratings because she’s been involved in politics her entire adult life. People don’t look past that nor understand that this also means she’s experienced, tested and ready and able to take on the issues only an experienced politician with an even temperament can handle. People only see a “career politician” without understanding what that exactly means. Trump gets unfavorable ratings for his demonstrated lack of understanding of foreign affairs, military affairs, being thin skinned and ill-tempered. Trump is disliked for exactly who he is and Hillary is disliked for what she is perceived to be.

The media plays both sides of this in measured ways to get this race to be closer as we near the end. They give free coverage to every Trump event, but no analysis of what he just said and how factually wrong he is or the harm he creates. He’s received far more coverage than Clinton. At the same time, the media rarely covers Hillary herself, but gives plenty of coverage to those who have a dim view of her while providing little to no analysis as to why they are wrong. So instead of either candidate being given a balanced and equal assessment of their qualities or lack thereof, both are treated differently so the public sees them equally bad so there will be a horse race in November. It’s dishonest but makes for great ratings.

This was to be expected. It happened recently in 2012 when because of skewed media coverage of the facts and candidates, both Obama and Romney polled closer as Election Day drew closer. Obama did beat Romney in an electoral landslide. It happened in 2008 between Obama and McCain with the same results. Now more importantly, this also happened in 2000 between Bush and Gore. Media kept the race close by manipulating the facts between the two candidates to make them equally supported and despised coming up to Election Day. In doing so, despite have a higher popular vote total, Gore lost to Bush because of the Electoral College results (the Supreme Court helped also).

The polling will get closer and we cannot expect mainstream media to suddenly start doing their jobs and report on the candidates for what and who they are instead of how they want them perceived so media can get higher ratings.

As they get closer in the polls the risk of a Trump presidency increases. Experts from all fields say that a Trump presidency will tank ours and the world’s economy, would destabilize national security and our standing in the world, would harm our nation domestically even worse than what the Bush administration did. These people know from what they speak of and have the data to back it up.

Now if you hate Clinton for the unsubstantiated reasons floating around out there consider this, on her worst day, is she any worse than what Donald Trump? Consider what says he stands for, what says he will do while not presenting an iota of supporting facts or a plausible plan to do anything? If you can then you’re a smarter person than anybody else because not Trump or his supporters have been able to point out how he would do anything. In reality, what he wants to do would most likely lead to problems this nation has never experienced.

On another note, the reality of the situation is neither Johnson nor Stein have any chance of winning. They’re only running now to get that  10% of the vote in order to get matching funds from the Federal Government. They both know they can’t win and even if they could, both are totally unqualified or aware of what it takes to run a country and work with a Congress made up of two parties that they have nothing in common with.

You have to face reality whether you like it or not, a vote for Stein or Johnson is a wasted “protest vote” that serves no purpose other than to sway the election even closer to Trump.

The stakes are too high not to get out the true information regarding both main party candidates and to get out the vote to ensure the only qualified, experienced, intelligent and even tempered candidate wins. That is Hillary Clinton and for the sake of our economy, our social safety net, our standing in the world, our ability to continue to improve and increase our ability and obligation to assist the least among us, we all must make sure she wins soundly, despite what the polling says.



Maier’s Law and Right Wing Theory

In the American Psychologist, Vol 15(3) March 1960, N. R. Maier stated “If the facts do not conform to the theory, they must be disposed of.” This was a rather cynical statement he made reference psychologists and other scientists placing their theories over the evidence achieved during the research. 

“With Maier’s law ‘the theory supersedes the fact. It is the fact that must conform; and it is the theory that we must strive to nurture, develop, and abstract… . The method of how psychologists as scientists dispose of facts is of special interest. One of the most common is to give the facts a new name. In this way they are given a special compartment and therefore cease to infringe on the privacy of the theory… . Giving disturbing facts a name is almost as good as explaining them because a name supplies a useful answer to inquisitive people.” Other ways of disposing of facts are omitting them in reference books, and “the most efficient method… that of failing to report them… . Perhaps rats should be taught the theory they are to follow… . Any theory that cannot be quantified is inadequate, even if it works.’ 

The law is in full practice today when you examine the theories and rhetoric of the foremost views from the right-wing. Whether it be Climate Change, Gun Violence, Economics, Political Theory, History, it appears Maier’s Law applies to all that is Right-Wing conservative thinking:

Despite overwhelming evidence that trickledown economics doesn’t work the right-wing continues to deny the numbers and history. They discount the increasing wealth disparity between the 1% and 99% and the stagnate income that permeate our economy since its implementation over thirty years ago and hold to the theory that giving more to the wealthiest trickles down to the rest. 

Despite overwhelming evidence that higher minimum wages stimulate economic growth by providing more disposable income to those who will spend the case, the right-wing continues to hold to the disproven theory that higher minimum wages results in overall job losses. 

Despite overwhelming climate science that shows our climate is changing, weather patterns are being altered by increasing global temperatures leading to changing ocean and jet stream currents, they hold to the theory that the entire science is a hoax. 

Despite overwhelming evidence that coal and fossil fuels contribute to climate change and investments in clean, renewable energy actually creates jobs they hold to the theory that perpetuating clean energy production will kill jobs and harm the economy. 

Despite overwhelming evidence that more guns lead to more preventable gun deaths, that having a gun in the home increases the likelihood of being killed by that gun, they hold to the theory that more guns lead to less crime and safer streets and homes. 

Despite overwhelming evidence that there is no voter fraud that can impact an election they hold to the theory that voter fraud is rampant and access to voting must be made more difficult, especially to those who are minorities. 

What right-wing theory has in common is that what they hold to be true, despite lack of any substantial evidence to back it up, usually fills the coffers of Corporations and the 1%: 

Tax policies that divert more money to the wealthiest keeps them getting richer. 

Laws that prevent increases in the minimum wages keeps labor costs lower and increases the profit margins of the business owners. 

Calling Climate Change a hoax and discounting the positive impact of developing renewable energy sources keeps the established fossil fuel industry in control of nations and the world with their lock on energy production. 

Denying the facts that more guns lead to more death, adding the false unsubstantiated claim (not supported by any facts) that government is out to take all your guns away, spurs a panicked group to go out and buy more and more guns increasing the profit margins of the gun manufacturers. 

Holding to a theory that voter fraud is rampant reduces the ability of the public to vote their voice in sufficient numbers to be heard and properly be represented in the houses of government resulting in the money interests maintaining more control of government to enact laws and policies that increase their profit margins. 

As always follow the money to find the truth. No theory hold true if while trying to determine its validity you find that the facts don’t support the theory in question. That is a fundamental basis of true science and life in general. If the facts don’t support your theory, you need to amend and change your theory, not discount and throw of the facts. 

The theory of right-wing politics imposed on the people is not supported by the facts. Those who refuse to adjust their theories instead discount the facts. That is the failure of right-wing governance and the rest of us suffer due to our inability and/or failure to demand the facts be heard and given proper credence before a faulty theory creates even more damage.

Criminal Justice for Dummies (aka Republicans)

1)      When something occurs that is perceived to be wrongdoing on someone’s part, it is the duty of an investigatory agency, usually law enforcement to conduct an investigation.

2)      Determining harm is one thing, but the most important thing to determine is what did the “suspect” do or didn’t do in the course of events leading up to the alleged wrongdoing.

3)      Investigators must examine all avenues to include victims, witnesses and if possible the “suspect” to get a picture of what happened.

4)      Investigators then, if they feel charges should be filed need to cite what in criminal law they can use to say “This person broke this law”. Perceived criminal acts are not crimes if there is nothing on the books to allege the “suspect” did to break the law.

5)      If Investigators can complete the above, they forward their request for prosecution to the relevant prosecutorial agency.

6)      Attorneys then must sift through the information provided them by the investigators provided them as well as pertinent laws and legal precedent to determine first:

a.       Was a crime committed

b.      Did the accused act with criminal intent to commit the alleged crime

c.       Was there “concurrence”? Was “actus reus” (guilty action) and “mens rea” (guilty mind) in play to constitute a crime?

7)      Upon reviewing the above, if a prosecutor can make a prima facie case that can meet the three required elements of a crime, to the point there is a likelihood of a conviction, they will proceed with filing formal charges. If not, they’ll pass it on for further investigation to meet the burden of proof or drop the case all together.

Most unbiased and level headed experts in criminal law agreed that making a case against Secretary Clinton over her use of a private email server was difficult at best.

First of all, no actual federal, state or local criminal statute could be cited to accuse Clinton of breaking. Second, nothing gathered could indicate she purposefully, with malice of forethought acted out to purposefully break a law that has yet to be cited, for criminal intent.

If charges had been filed, this would have been laughed out of court at the preliminary hearing.

This is what FBI Director Comey has been trying to explain. Although he found carelessness in how the emails were handled, he couldn’t find anything to show, beyond all reasonable doubt that a crime was committed or that Secretary Clinton purposefully, with criminal intent broke the law.

At worst, she was careless. As careless as her predecessors Condi Rice and Colin Powell,;and as careless as two members of Congress holding hearing on this investigation Trey Gowdy and Jason Chaffetz who both use private email accounts to conduct their Congressional and often classified duties of business.

Can we finally move on to real issues?

An Opinion in Support of Profiling

Recently Donald J. Trump, the man who says that Mexico is sending over their rapists (despite conclusive data that immigrants are vastly more law abiding than 1st or 2nd Generation Americans ( opined that this nation should seriously consider profiling of Muslims to protect innocent lives   (

He has argued we should ban all travel of Muslims to this country until “we know what’s going on” and has even hinted at not only deporting 11 million “undocumented immigrants” but to deport Muslims too.

Let me reiterate, Trump wants to ban all Muslim travel until “we know what’s going on.” The problem with that statement is that it’s clear, it’s only Trump and his gullible and likely bigoted followers who don’t know what’s going on. If they did know, they wouldn’t support such a pathetic racist and bigoted proposal to protect lives in this country.

Well, let me clarify, if they knew “what’s going on” then perhaps they would support profiling. However not Muslims but rather White Males because the data doesn’t justify the threat Donald Trump and his minions claim.

Violence, crime, terrorism isn’t anything new in this country. It’s existed long before the founders ever met in Philadelphia and will go on long after Trump Tower is razed to make room for a national Mosque (as an apology to the 1.7 Billion Muslims maliciously libeled by the likes of Trump, the GOP and Bill Maher). In fact, violence, crime and terrorism has existed as long as the human race has existed and is world-wide.

Now from a historical perspective, those in power often point to a group to be afraid of regardless of the actual reality, relying more on anecdotal tales lacking statistical data to give the people somebody to be afraid of whether the data backed it up or not. It’s interesting to note that in 1915 before the United States entered The Great War in Europe, we were neutral. We were also supplying munitions to England and France who were fighting the Germans. At the time (and now) we had a significant German Population.

Well the country started fearing and hating those of German descent for many reasons, mostly because of exploitation in the Papers of the Time. When the Lusitania was torpedoed and sank on May 7, 1915; 114 Americans were killed. Further, German saboteurs were caught here. There was an angry outcry against Germans in this Country. Many changed their names so as to not sound so German.

In fact had President Woodrow Wilson followed the proposals offered today by Donald Trump towards the Muslims, against the Germans of that time, a certain German Immigrant, who had been expelled from Germany in 1905 by the name of Freiderich Trumpf may have been expelled from here to. Herr Trumpf in 1917 changed his surname to Trump and is the Grandfather of Donald J. Trump.

Were all German immigrants and descendants criminals, rapists, saboteurs, traitors as the papers of the time would have Americans believe? Of course not. The same is true about the Japanese, Italians and Germans in the country during World War II. The same is true today about Latinos and Muslims in this country. Trump ignores actual data and prefer to judge based on “stories” and anecdotal evidence from the “internet.” So who should we profile if we’re going to base it on actual data about who is behind violent crime in this nation more than of any segment of the population? Well, that would be White Conservative Native Born Americans.

As Van Jones pointed out recently, Americans are seven times more likely to be killed by a right-wing extremist than a Muslim. (

His assertion is based on actual data collected and analyze by Charles Kurzman and David Schanzer who gathered data from the Police Executive Research Forum, the United States Military Academy and Global Terrorism Data Base, among others. The data showed

“of 382 law enforcement agencies, 74 percent reported anti-government extremism as one of the top three terrorist threats in their jurisdiction; 39 percent listed extremism connected with Al Qaeda or like-minded terrorist organizations. And only 3 percent identified the threat from Muslim extremists as severe, compared with 7 percent for anti-government and other forms of extremism”

The fact of the matter is right-wing militias; people like the Oath Keepers, Sovereign Citizen, KKK, groups who claim a Christian heritage, call out for anti-government actions against not only Federal Officials, but State and local police. They have threatened and carried out attacks on police officers, judges, government officials, people of color, and people of faith not their own, abortion clinics, churches, The Murrah Building in Oklahoma City, etc.

These weren’t Latinos, they weren’t Black, they weren’t Asian, they weren’t Muslim; they were White Americans with an anger only satisfied by violence and death. And these attacks far outnumber the attacks in this nation by 7 times all other groups combined. Further, this is considered a “conservative” number (no pun intended but I’ll take it).

It’s interesting to note last year that the TSA failed to intercept weapons as part of a test 95% of the time. I submit that the reason the failure was so high was that the subjects used in the tests were White Americans. TSA failed to profile the right group.

If we, as Trump and his supporters demand, are going to have law enforcement profile potential offenders, then based on the data it has to be Caucasian Males. They’re more of a threat here and now than any other group.

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Is Secession a Legal Option?


In a word, No.

As we are yet again in an election year stories from Texas are again hitting the media regarding their secessionist movement. It’s as common and to be expected as the changing colors of the Donald’s face throughout the year. Knuckle dragging yahoos throw rallies adorned with Confederate battle flags (oblivious to what happened last time this was tried) and of course, to get the votes of these Neanderthals in this low voter turnout state, even the statewide politicians express their support of seceding from the United States once again. Well here are the problems they chose not to discuss when they discuss secession:

1)      It is illegal and unconstitutional as determined in Texas versus White (1869).  The Reconstructionist State of Texas sued because the Confederacy had sold United States Bonds that belonged to Texas. The Supreme Court ruled that the Constitution did not permit a State to unilaterally secede from the United States. As such, the Court ruled that the bonds were sold illicitly to finance the rebellion against the United States.

2)      Secession is rebellion and to talk about it is sedition, which is also illegal:

18 U.S. Code § 2384 – Seditious conspiracy: If two or more persons in any State or Territory, or in any place subject to the jurisdiction of the United States, conspire to overthrow, put down, or to destroy by force the Government of the United States, or to levy war against them, or to oppose by force the authority thereof, or by force to prevent, hinder, or delay the execution of any law of the United States, or by force to seize, take, or possess any property of the United States contrary to the authority thereof, they shall each be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than twenty years, or both.

3)      Despite polling showing some popular support in Texas for secession, the same polling also shows that even more Texans do not favor secession. How can the minority drag the majority into the illegal act of rebellion?

4)      Should the United States Government permit Texas to secede, all of Texas would lose all the money the federal government provides them and spends in their State. All military bases would close, all federal funding for infrastructure, healthcare, food stamps, Social Security would evaporate. The citizens of Texas would have to flip the bill for everything in the State. Considering the State Government opposes taxing the oil industry or any corporate interest, the full burden would fall on the people.

5)      As a separate nation, Texans would no longer enjoy travel outside the state. They would need passports and travel visas to go visit family and friends in New Mexico, Oklahoma, Louisiana, etc. They would be foreigners in the United States, no different from any other citizen of another country visiting here.

Whenever this comes up, you always hear, “let them go! Good riddance!” Well, let us not forget Austin and let us not forget there are some loyal Americans in that State who we shouldn’t deny the perks and privileges of American Citizenship to because their leaders and a handful a demented lead brains want to give up a good deal because they want all the privileges of US citizenship but none of the legal, moral and ethical responsibilities.

My solution is simple, legal and would make everybody happy. If you want to secede from the United States, give up what the nation provides you because you don’t want to be held to the responsibility of being an American, renounce your citizenship.

Now providing the government will allow you a tourist or business visa, you can remain here for up to 10 years. After the first year, you would no longer be required to pay Federal Income taxes. If you are worth more than $2 million you would need to pay an exit tax but how many of these nuts are worth $2 million?

Now if you remain in the United States you would be considered at best a “Resident Alien” meaning that as long as you are law abiding you can stay. However, if you commit and are convicted with a felony, you could face deportation. You would have to give up your guns because the 2nd Amendment is reserved for Citizens, but I’m sure gun ownership means nothing to these disgruntled Texans.

Fact is Texas is part of the United States and she and her citizens are bound by the laws of the United States. If being held accountable to those laws are so unpalatable to you, renounce your citizenship. If you declare rebellion, prepare to either go to prison or face the US military who just happen to be stationed in 11 bases in Texas. And active duty US military swear an oath to uphold and defend the US Constitution against all enemies foreign and domestic which would be you if you declare rebellion.

Your choice dummies.

What’s Changed?

I’ve been on twitter six years this month. Within a few months of coming on Social Media for the first time I found myself expressing my political views to the point where my time line is almost exclusively political. In the past six years I’ve amassed over 13,000 followers and I have refused to follow-back, and I’ve even blocked follow attempts from “Right Wing Nut Jobs” who I really didn’t want to be bothered with. So I could only assume the bulk of my follows were of those who agreed with my politics, my sense of humor and my snark.

In the past six years I do not believe anything in my stated political views have changed:

My support for President Obama remains the same.

My distaste for the Republican Party and especially the Tea Party remains the same.

My support for equal rights for all regardless of race, gender, religion, background, sexual orientation remains the same.

My support for Justice Reform remains the same.

My support for the 99% over the 1% remains the same.

My support for overturning Citizens United remains the same.

My support for voting rights remains the same.

My distaste for Conservative Governors and Conservative State Legislatures imposing their own religious views on others remains the same.

My support for Pro-Choice remains the same.

My support for Gunsense clearly remains the same.

My support for compromise in the legislatures and executive branch remains the same.

My support for universal healthcare remains the same.

My support for the Progressive Cause remains the same.

My support for this country is unwavering.

However; in recent months, many who have followed me have since unfollowed or even blocked me. Periodically I will go through my follows line by line. I know they have programming for this but I’m old school and I like to look at the bios of those who follow me. Often seeing the name and bio reminds me of previous exchanges, support we gave each other, joining up to harass trolls, joking back and forth. It’s just one of the more mundane things I do. However in doing so, I see that many have unfollowed. The common denominator of those who have done so? Their support for Bernie Sanders often with the hashtag #BernieOrBust in their updated bios.

My views are the same; however, I look to who best has the ability to fulfill what I support in government. That person is Hillary Clinton, not Bernie Sanders. Bernie says all the things I agree with, but he has yet to release a viable plan for not only how he will deliver, but how he will work through a Congress not likely willing to move as quickly as he demands. Clinton on the other hand recognizes that change requires time, patience and compromise. Bernie openly rejects these concepts.

Those oppose to Hillary often do so citing innuendo and demonstrably false claims about her history and character. I find that to be expected from the Republicans and conservatives, but not Democrats and progressives. To find someone guilty with no evidence beyond innuendo, memes, rumors and false stories is the antithesis of being progressive.

So when I see the attacks on Hillary, I respond and I affirm my support for her. Again, my political views haven’t changed nor do I suspect the political views of my former followers, but the one issue where we can’t agree, who’s best to lead this nation, is enough to ignore years of enjoying each other on twitter going after the real enemy of what we all believe in, the Republican Party.

They say this election cycle between Clinton and Sanders isn’t as bad as it was in 2008. I wouldn’t know not being on Twitter back then (was there Twitter back then?) However, if the left is going to stand firm from those on the right it is incumbent upon us to work together for what we all believe in to push the agenda forward. Dividing ourselves over who’s best qualified to lead the change is counterproductive.

Oh, you’re all welcomed to follow back