Trump sued for Slander-How about you?

TRUMP SUED FOR SLANDER: HOW ABOUT YOU?

A New York appellate court has ruled that a defamation lawsuit brought against President Donald Trump by a former “Apprentice” contestant can move forward. A lawyer for Trump said he plans to appeal the decision. Donald Trump is being sued for slander, ha-ha, Donald Trump a liar? what else is new? But, then, we all are sinners: liars, are we not? True but not like Trump. I mean, c’mon he lies faster than a dog licks its dish.

Slander is a legal term, for a lie told about someone. Anybody ever lie about you? Or, to you? When you’re Donald J. Trump it’s a “normal” everyday occurrence. Nothing new there but then, what about us? Now that I come to think about it who hasn’t been slandered? I certainly have been and fairly recently have been accused of slandering someone myself: in this case a family member, my own sister, was the culprit, in both complaints.

The occurrence happened at my son Danny’s wedding, in Savannah last November. It was the day before the wedding and I and my wife met with my sister and her husband and my brother and his wife at a local restaurant. We were almost done eating when the conversation switched to my parents, dead now for a decade, and, in a conversation with my brother, my sister says: “Well, I’m just thankful that they had so much money in the bank.” My “antennae” immediately came alive and I glared over at my sister and said: “How MUCH money did THEY have ? … in the bank?”

But before my sister could answer, my brother says: “Oh, my God, a lot, way over five-hundred thousand.”

I was shocked and looked at my brother, who had had a few beers. I had been led to believe, by my sister, they had had only $215,000, from which I received 1/3; as that was what was in their wills. Now, my brother was named as the executor in my dad’s will but my sister, after sleeping in the same bed with my mother for a week, had gotten our mom to sign a power of attorney over to her. My brother then, apparently, agreed to let her handle the funeral expenses and the 3-way even split that we had all agreed on when we read both their wills.

My sister “paid” for the funerals and their “expenses” and I had not questioned anything but now, when I asked her a simple question of was my brother’s statement true? she began fuming, stood up and said she would no longer “talk” to me.’ I had always had a bad feeling about her getting a power of attorney because she had withdrawn from even mentioning the funeral and was smoking marijuana and had separated from her husband. But being my sister I gave her, once again, the benefit of the doubt, a decision I came to rue, even from the start.

Over the years I had considered seeing an attorney, sensing something was wrong with the way my sister avoided all talk about my parents’ wills, both of which made it explicitly clear that we were to split their assets between the three of us, equally. Then she got married (again) and I kept giving her the benefit of the doubt and then she got cancer and so I, again, avoided the issue. And then, after a couple of years, she was cured.

This slip of the tongue by my brother and my sister’s strange behavior at the restaurant, 6 months ago now continues, as she refuses to speak to me, directly. I say directly because she slandered my name in writing, which is libel, when she sent me a letter insulting me and with a complete set of numbers that make absolutely no sense and claiming she had attached “all the bank records,” when, in actuality, she hadn’t, she was, once again, lying through her teeth. The truth that this 500K-plus, which was (made) tax-free, thanks to George W. Bush, who, during his 2 terms wiped away all inheritance taxes, was there for the taking and, if my brother’s statement was true, made me think that she either gave my brother, who claims he got the same amount as I did, more than me, or she took it all for herself, which I believe that any human being, caught in the grasp of temptation, is capable of, and I believe that she was, in fact, caught in this grasp of temptation and I believe she gave in to it, giving my brother as much as she figured he would take and keep quiet about it and then she took all the money that was left to take.

Forget about Rudy Giuliani’s “the truth is not the truth” baloney, we know that Trump is a liar and many people, usually democrats, say his “base” are all liars also, but reality goes beyond political party lines: liars are liars and we are all sinners, as my own example here of my sister clearly shows: she is a registered democrat, and worked for a local newspaper: “The Tallahassee Democrat,” but human beings are human beings and are capable of cheating their brothers and sisters and family members, as well as their close friends and for what? Money, money, money, their own personal gain. If they have any love for humanity, which we all do, it is overcome by the power of temptation and money. Capitalism kills your senses and sense of equality and reality when these things happen and, in America, and (especially) under this president, they happen all too frequently but the truth is still the truth and remains the truth. It doesn’t change no matter who tries to change it and it doesn’t change with age; it’s still, always, the truth! And, in this case, my sister, filled with this temptation that led to greed and selfish behavior gave in to temptation and took and took and took, until there was no more money (left) to take, and in that manner she was just like Donald Trump, totally selfish, totally thinking only of him(her) self. Shameful, but human beings are (shameful) and have done much, much worse things throughout history, giving in to temptation and the force of power and money. It just hurts when it hits so close to home though, does it not?

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2020 PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION

2020 PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION

A big problem today, in our elections is that most (eligible) voters do not cast a ballot. Why? Because nobody runs for political office, most notably for POTUS, without first doing their homework: their homework being raising money, airing radio and television commercials to show why their candidate should be the POTUS. And so, we (voters) refuse to even vote. Why?

Because, I think, we see those running as being nothing but more politicians … politicians with an agenda: they’re for or against something they (think) know will get them elected: like being for or against abortion, for or against medical insurance for all, for or against voting rights for felons and so on, but these politicians know that, today, due mostly to Donald Trump, the truth is not what it really is but what others, such as Trump’s obsessed followers, can be convinced of. Most of Trump’s followers seem to get pleasure out of Trump’s ideas, such as building a wall, but not because they think it’s true; they think it’s true because they get pleasure out of it because what they are ‘defending’ as the truth is, in actuality, their self-esteem.

A big problem in these recent elections is that they seem to have now become, it appears to me, to be less about democracy and more about American celebrity and who generates the most applause or cheers and screaming.
It also appears that television
news ratings and Web traffic spike in presidential years and fall off in off-years and midterm elections, partiallt because presidential turnout rates are far higher in presidential years than in midterms nowadays and, on average since 1980, the United States has been said to have seen a 29 percent drop from presidential elections to midterm elections, and it’s been on the rise but, even so, be that as it may, we are far behind most other world democracies in voter participation — even including presidential years.

Now then, to the point of today’s harangue: who, besides a billionaire businessman or a man or woman who has “connections” to a(nother) source of revenue can even run for the presidency of the United States?

Well, of course, the answer is no one. Or is it?

Well, on the FEC FORM 2, which is a statement that all (potential) candidates must fill out if they are (legally) considering running for POTUS.

For candidates who raise their own funds, federal law dictates how and from whom candidates for president may seek contributions. It also limits how much any individual contributor can give. The law ensures that the press and citizens know who is contributing to a given candidate. A candidate for president must establish a campaign organization, called a political committee, and register it with the Federal Election Commission. Once registered, political committees may seek contributions but must report all funds raised to the commission, which makes the information available to the public. Recent major-party presidential candidates have spent hundreds of millions of dollars on their campaigns but those who raise their own funds must find thousands of contributors.

Can any man actually run for the the presidency in America without being a (b)millionaire himself and/or connected to them in one form or another and with no party affiliation?

Now, as far as health insurance goes we’ve always had a crisis and it’s, simply because we’ve never had any presidents who weren’t (aren’t) wealthy and attached to many billionaire “businessmen” who fund their campaigns in order for the politicians to fund their requested demands: such as tax cuts for the super-rich and no raise(s) in the minimum wage. We need Universal Health Care, a single-payer plan exactly like Canada has. I should know, I lived in Vancouver, B.C for seven years and lived under it. I had two children there and paid nothing for either delivery and hospital stay. All doctors take your card and you pay nothing, zero. In fact the government sent (myself and my wife) a monthly check to help pay for the child’s care.

I came back to the U.S.A., Sacramento, California and the to Florida where I had two children and not only paid over $5,000, to the hospital I was slapped with a lien on my homesteaded house in North Lauderdale.

America is long overdue for a change but, again, the question is can a man (or woman) actually even run for POTUS, with little or no money and no party affiliation? I’d do it myself just to prove we do not live in a Democratic form of government and never have if I thought I could?

How can you consider America to be a democratic form of government when it was, originally, formed by the wealthy to serve the wealthy; while disdaining the working man and every worker who toils needlessly for money that these billionaires, literally, print for themselves. They constantly cry about the national debt, the deficit, when, in reality, the national debt, as with all countries’ debts is nothing more than a fiction and a fight between these countries, all of who, like two battling car salesmen claim that their car (food, oil or whatever they have more of than other countries) is “worth” more than the others’. In other words their money is worth more than America’s or China’s and they, therefore have a surplus while the other country has a debt, a deficit, to pay that country before trade can be continued?

And so the people in these countries, usually an autocratic dictatorship masquerading as a Socialist government, starve slowly while their dictator(s) use ‘their’ army to keep them from “protesting.”

What can we do now, without a human being in the White House?

Michael Cohen Testifies to the Truth

Michael Cohen testified today before Congress and it was obvious that Trump is a man who does everything with but one result in mind: to make himself look good — oh, sorry, I mean great. Anyone who saw the testimony this morning, afternoon and evening, must realize that Trump should either come clean or be impeached.

I believe Cohen told the truth, as he knows it and regreted continuing to be Trump’s lawyer. But, it’s never too late and he made the right decision to testify to the truth. Trump will never admit any of it; he is too busy wrapping the truth in darkness. How could this guy ever have been elected POTUS?

Well, for one thing he really wasn’t. Like G.W. Bush, he got fewer votes than his opponent, Hillary Clinton did, but got the majority of the electoral votes.

The only politician who really showed, and told, us what the truth is, was the Chairman of the House Oversight Committee: Elijah Cummings. After watching and, overseeing, the dialogue between Cohen and the many congressmen and women on both the Republian and Democratic sides, he made a statement explaining what he thought had happened and then answered a reporter’s question by saying he thought Cohen told the truth.

I agree with Cummings and might add that the Republicans did absolutely nothing but belittle Michael Cohen personally, claiming he was nothing but a convicted felon, soon to become a prisoner in a Federal Penitentiary.

Donald Trump is a bully; he is a man who has ordered soldiers to risk their lives in foreign countries even while he himself lied about having a bone spur in his foot to stay out of Vietnam and he is a man who puts many people in his administration in vicarious positions by making them be in a position to hurt themselves by telling a lie or be fired for telling the truth. God only help us if he remains POTUS for the next two years.

WHERE IS OUR DEMOCRACY? THE P.O.T.U.S. HAS NO TAX RETURNS?

For candidates who raise their own funds, federal law dictates how and from whom candidates for president may seek contributions. It also limits how much any individual contributor can give. The law ensures that the press and citizens know who is contributing to a given candidate. A candidate for president must establish a campaign organization, called a political committee, and register it with the Federal Election Commission. Once registered, political committees may seek contributions but must report all funds raised to the commission, which makes the information available to the public. Recent major-party presidential candidates have spent hundreds of millions of dollars on their campaigns but those who raise their own funds must find thousands of contributors.

Can any man actually run for the the presidency in America without being a (b)millionaire himself and/or connected to them in one form or another and with no party affiliation?

Now, as far as health insurance goes we’ve always had a crisis and it’s, simply because we’ve never had any presidents who weren’t (aren’t) wealthy and attached to many billionaire “businessmen” who fund their campaigns in order for the politicians to fund their requested demands: such as tax cuts for the super-rich and no raise(s) in the minimum wage. We need Universal Health Care, a single-payer plan exactly like Canada has. I should know, I lived in Vancouver, B.C for seven years and lived under it. I had two children there and paid nothing for either delivery and hospital stay. All doctors take your card and you pay nothing, zero. In fact the government sent (myself and my wife) a monthly check to help pay for the child’s care.

I came back to the U.S.A., Sacramento, California and the to Florida where I had two children and not only paid over $5,000, to the hospital I was slapped with a lien on my homesteaded house in North Lauderdale.

America is long overdue for a change but, again, the question is can a man (or woman) actually even run for POTUS, with little or no money and no party affiliation? I’d do it myself just to prove we do not live in a Democratic form of government and never have, if I thought I could?

How can you consider America to be a democratic form of government when it was, originally, formed by the wealthy to serve the wealthy; while disdaining the working man and every worker who toils needlessly for money that these billionaires, literally, print for themselves. They constantly cry about the national debt, the deficit, when, in reality, the national debt, as with all countries’ debts is nothing more than a fiction and a fight between these countries, all of who, like two battling car salesmen claim that their car (food, oil or whatever they have more of than other countries) is “worth” more than the others’. In other words their money is worth more than America’s or China’s and they, therefore have a surplus while the other country has a debt, a deficit, to pay that country before trade can be continued?

And so the people in these countries, usually an autocratic dictatorship masquerading as a Socialist government, starve slowly while their dictator(s) use ‘their’ army to keep them from “protesting.”

What can we do now, without a human being in the White House? I’ve checked into running for president. Man, they want so many papers filed, you gotta have committee’s formed, a party affiliation, money for this and for that and, of course, how much money you have and are raising. 

Jesus, God, money! Money! The root of all evil. And I, a poor man, can’t even think of “running” for the presidency.  Jesus … and … we can’t even find out if Trump, a braggart billionaire, even  paid any taxes? Something’s wrong here I would say. What would you say? How much longer are we going to forget about other human beings who are starving to death? Children who are abused? People who have no (needed) medications? Trump wants to build a wall when he needs to concentrate on building (himself) a brain.
Please, let us all speak the truth, from our hearts, which God gave us, for the spirit that we all have, let us tell the truth and shame the devil.

THE TRUTH

The truth nowadays, is not what is but what others can be convinced of.

Today is Valentine’s Day, a special day, when we should love not only our family but everyone, even as, through god, we can be guided, by the holy spirit to live with love despite our failings. For God loves you even while asking for nothing and refusing you nothing (He has already promised you.)

Love is preached in all genuine religions, for it is the only key which unlocks the truth and lets you in. Love is a condition that occurs when the happiness of another person, and (m)any persons is necessary to your own love (for them.)

The greatest commandment is that you must love everyone, even your worst enemies; because it is easy to love your wife and children and friends, it is natural, but to love your enemies is to call upon the holy spirit for you need divine love to be able to love even those who have done you wrong and have lied to you and others about you.
The root to divine love is truth, which is found in everyone but you cannot find love without freely accepting it and the holy spirit with it. You can’t be and never are, brought to love by force but by the divine faith and grace of the holy spirit and without it we (all) are lost and will perish in disharmony.

The easiest way not to seek the truth is to believe that the truth does not exist, when we all know that it does and, like love, we will waste away unless we live in and with the truth.

Even the Devil, the father of all lies, can mix half-truths with lies but we must be gripped by the truth on a level beyond our own thinking until, finally, we can speak only the truth, forevermore.

 

 

THE DONALD’S DOWNFALL

Monday 1/14/2019

Donald Trump’s answer, in the past, to many news reporters questioning him on something he did not wish to answer was a bewildering, multi-faceted, actor’s face and then, in a quick barking tone, he would yell at them: “Fake news, fake news, that’s fake news.”
     Well, guess what, pretty soon it’s going to be, strictly: “Fake Internet, fake internet.” Don’t believe me, just watch:

Conversation, coming from the office of the POTUS:
You have how many likes on Twitter”
Mr. President, we have over six trillion likes on Twitter?”
What. Did you say six trillion? With a T?
      “Six trillion yessir, I said six trillion? With a T? On Twitter.? On your account, sir.” The computer technician, a low-level subordinate to the undersecretary of Homeland Security’s undersecretary to computer studies and making points with Donald Trump Jr.s secretary to the undersecretary’s points-plus computer programming bonus-points program, the only program that led to a meeting with the Donald Himself, in person, replied to the Donald, now: “Ah, yessir, you see, sir, it’s actually robotically controlled.”
     The Donald, the POTUS Himself, smiled hugely, as only he could do. “Do tell six trillion, with a Tee, I like that, I like that. And, it’s on my account, my personal account? Like I ordered you people to do months ago?”
     “Ah, yessir, you see the bots automatically now multiply every actual like: by 10,000, so you can see that that makes it …”
     “Oh yes, I can see that, how big, how huge, absolutely HUGE that will make it. well! Well-well. I like it, I really like it. So, we had Eight trillion? And, it’s fool-proof, no one can catch us. I mean, you can’t break the codes, you can’t …”
     “That’s correct sir, we’ve been working on it ever since your order, ah, two months ago now sir?”
     “My order?”
     “Ah, yessir, you remember when Disneyland’s Donald Duck got more likes than you did sir, ah-er when he ah-er, ran for president and …”
     “Okay, alright, I remember THAT and it’s foolproof you say, nobody can break the codes correct?”
     “Ah, yessir, that’s correct, that’s guaranteed, out best computer scientists all agree that you can in no way be implicated in any collusion in …”
     “COLLUSION! That word cannot be used anymore… I gave a presidential HUGE ORDER to …”
     “Ah, Mr. President, Mr. President,” Trump’s press secretary, Sarah Huckabee-Sanders, said, sticking her head inside his office, the press are waiting, sir, they are getting very antsy and …”
     Donald Trump jumped up from his desk and literally ran for the entranceway to the briefing room, than barged inside. Questions were immediately flying in his direction but he held his hands up and smiled wickedly: “Hold it please, hold off here: I have an announcement, this is a historic announcement and it must be heard; you may not believe it, as I didn’t at first but then … realizing how great, how absolutely GREAT I AM and how great everyone around me is, just by being close enough to touch me, if I let them, you understand, and understanding that so many others can see and believe, BELIEVE, I speak only the GREAT truth and that is just this: Ladies and gentlemen of the press and all viewers out there watching this historic broadcast I wish to announce that today at, at uh-um, (looks at watch) approximately 1:30m PM we, ah-er, I, I, Donald J. Trump, the President of the United States, got six, ah-er-um, (looks at paper) six, that’s six trillion, that’s trillion with a T, a capital T likes on my Twitter account, yeah, you can check it as I’m sure all you FAKE NEWS journalists will, I got six trillion lemme see, ah, here, six trillion, six-hundred and sixty-six billion, six-hundred and sixty-six million, six-hundred and sixty-six thousand, six-hundred and sixty-six HUGE likes on my Twitter account, yeah my own personal account … oh, this is HUGE, this is HUGE … I have six-hundred and sixty-six trillion, six hundred and sixty six billion, six-hundred and sixty-six million, six-hundred and sixty-six thousand, six-hundred and sixty-six …
     “Mr President … Mr. President …”
     The reporters continued yelling questions towards Donald J. Trump but he ignored them, even when they yelled that it was “fake numbers,” and even when one reporter yelled out the algorithm that his computer mathematicians had used. He couldn’t stop his mouth from running over with the numbers, he was fascinated with the numbers and couldn’t stop saying them … over and over … even as flashbulbs that would record the beginning of the downfall of his presidency, combined with his being found guilty the previous month for colluding with the Russians to rig the election in his favor, he couldn’t stop shouting the numbers; numbers he knew, he just knew, as only someone as great as he was could have on his Twitter account.
     The reporters were in a frenzy now, even as Trump paid them little mind, using one of his well-worn-out diversion tirades: “Look at the numbers,” he screamed: “only someone as GREAT as I AM could have these numbers … only someone as …”

A COUNTRY DIVIDED?

Why are we so divided: why are our friends posting stuff on Facebook and Twitter that makes us mad?

Why are republicans so far to the right? Why are democrats so far to the left? Why are so many married people fighting with each other? Why are preachers, avowed Christians, Catholics and other Christian denominations as well as Jews, Muslims, Hindu’s, Buddhists, Atheists, Agnostics, Seventh-Day Adventists, Mormons and assorted smaller denominations, of which there are literally thousands, all becoming so much more divided? Many are preaching (on behalf of) politics and are dividing even many of their own congregation(s). And my question, is a plain and simple why? Why are so many human beings becoming hostile towards one another?

I just got through watching 60 Minutes and saw a segment on A.I. (Artificial Intelligence) and came away dismayed that the prediction(s) for the development of this (artificial) intelligence is first of all predicted to replace 40% (or more) of menial, as well as some higher-up trade-skilled, jobs. That’s a lot of jobs to lose to (a) machine(s).

To go back in time what have caused the majority of the wars in this world? Disallowing any way-back wars, the primary reasons for WWI were militarism, alliances, imperialism and nationalism. If that last term sounds familiar it’s because Donald Trump and many of his followers as well as some political constituents use the term as a badge of honor, Trump claiming he always puts America first and thereby is a Nationalist; disallowing, I guess history, as he so often does. For an example, David Duke, a former leader in the Ku Klux Klan was narrowly defeated in a run for governor of Louisiana in 1991 and Steve Scalise, the 3rd ranking House Republican leader, gave a speech in 2002, for David Duke. Why? Anyone remember Barry Goldwater, a senator from Arizona who was going to blow Vietnam off the planet by dropping an atomic bomb on them?

So, back to wars and what role nationalism plays in them: everything. Call it nationalism or ethnic, civic, expansionist, romantic, cultural or even Revolutionary nationalism it is still nationalism and, by any name, it causes wars because it is more accurately defined as a group of people, like the Ku Klux Klan, who use lies, racist language, bigotry and extremism to build up a large group of people who ‘follow the leader’ as if hypnotized by him (in this case Trump) to divide and conqueror. In other words to disallow all other ‘groups’ but theirs, thereby almost always ending in an argument, leading to a fight, leading to a movement, leading to a cause, leading to an elected (Trump) official declaring a national emergency to remove this group and then that group and then leading to a war, where many millions of people are killed, or in this case, annihilated.

Donald Trump has already made it known that he ‘respects’ leaders like Vladimir Putin, of Russia, Kim Jung-Un, of North Korea, Rodrigo Duterte, of the Phillipines, a man who called former President Barak Obama a “son of a whore,” and now claims he “likes” Trump, while other world leader’s like Recel Tayyip Erdogan, the president of Turkey, Egypt’s President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi, Kazakhstan’s “president for life” Nursultan A. Nazarbayev, Hungary’s prime minister, Viktor Orban, and Marine Le Pen, of France all have two things in common: they are all authoritarian’s dictators or wanna be’s and they, also, all have a “love affair” with Donald Trump, a wanna be himself.

How this ever became true in the avowed “freest” of all free countries, has many political experts,

lawyers, law professors, legal scholars, military experts, writers, etc. scratching their heads and, hopefully, someone can provide an answer that could have Trump impeached before a war that could end life on this planet, breaks out.

And, oh yeah, my original question stands: why, oh why, are we, human beings all, arguing so much?