Monday, August 14, 2017


August 16, 2017



There is one optic that is becoming abundantly clear. This President does not comprehend that his role is not one written for reality TV, there are no re-takes and his words and actions cannot be snipped from the tape left to fall to the floor.

When I wrote and posted the original piece on Monday afternoon, little did I know that the President Trump would emerge from a Trump Tower elevator and began a verbal holocaust upon the press and the American people. 

When the President with a straight face stated that "both sides" were to blame. He explained how he now strayed from his first two statements ("one beautiful") and "waited to learn all of the facts" before issuing such an important statement. This is his biggest lie to date.

Tuesday's resulting rampage is the single most humiliating display of a President in our history. He took no prisoners and did not stand looking as a hostage forced to face the cameras in his White House reading from a text written and handed to him by the terrorists who kidnapped him. lashed out at the press and the new "Alt Left." I was unable to witness this despicable display of a Donald Trump standing naked to reveal his psychological core. The most incendiary moments are etched in our minds after seeing the video replay over and over again. The entire scene was surreal. One wonders if Elaine Chou mulled over in mind how she could escape. 

Then there is General John Kelly, the new Chief of Staff straying slowly as far away from the cameras so to hide his embarrassment and humiliation. It was as if he wanted to step forward, wave his arms and ask for a "video review" as if a baseball manager. It was as if he and others wished to stop the game, rewind the tape and give this matter an intentional walk (back).

At this moment, I wish to pause and ask you read my first post to determine if what I wrote then was in any way prophetic? I wrote based on my knowledge and experience and as these antics unfolded, I felt affirmation as well as sadness for our nation.

Did I go far enough in my condemnation of this President?

I take this pause to take a step back and examine, learn all the facts just as the President. I want to weigh all of the information, the statements of other government leaders and the cable news pundits. 

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August 14, 2017

It is Monday and by this time many Americans may feel they are on overload, first the skirmish at Charlottesville and secondly what many feel are undo overdone and unending condemnation of the initial statement by President Donald Trump when speaking of the weekend violence. Many are saying that predictable criticism by Liberals is unwarranted. To the Alt-Right the constant Media review seems way overblown as well as unending recycling of the President’s statement denouncing “hatred, violence and bigotry on many sides …many sides” as the liberal media diagramming a sentence and semantics.

However, the inevitable collision of two distinct direct opposite identity of ideology has exposed an ugly predisposition of a racist embedded in American life. “This has gone on too long” is the six words Donald Trump spoke that is in fact, not fake news.
And this President’s failure to condemn unequivocally and speak with clarity that the violence and murder is inherently racist perpetrated by groups that profess White Supremacy, Nationalism and Neo-Nazism is in an Act of Domestic Terrorism.    


When the President took to the podium after the violence and murder on Saturday, there are some obvious signs of his overall unsuitability to lead.
  • ·         A President must address the nation in a time of crisis and speak to the facts of the event and that event alone. Someone, a Chief of Staff should have recognized that whatever the day’s agenda, Charlottesville is a tragic event and should have preceded any other pomp and circumstance. This called for sobering words of solace by one man, the President. It was a grave event worthy of space and time to air on television.
  • ·         A President does not give but a mere fraction of his time to address the Charlottesville murder and violence and then move on to proclaim his own perception of his achievements, his devotion to the health of Veterans and showplace his prominence at a table signing a bill.
  • ·         A President does not seize upon every opportunity to air his off script self serving unending campaign of half truths or fake news. This conceit is witnessed throughout the world community not with respect or thoughtful introspection. The world is watching. The world is hearing what is spoken and what is not spoken. They did not hear a condemnation of white nationalism, supremacy or Neo-Nazism. 
By ignoring the obvious and most grave truth, this President gave a blink and a nod to a mob mentality and more dangerous it gave fascism legitimacy. This is what the world witnessed this past weekend and for those who survived the horrors a precursor of things to come.

Our Western Allies, NATO and every free nation across the globe will remember the words spoken and those words they counted on from an American President. Like previous foibles and follies, untruths and dressing down our most trusted allied leaders, it will never be forgotten. America’s standing among the free world is losing its standing. Worse, we are seen as a world power not to be trusted by even our allies.

Our true enemies across the globe see further erosion of credible strength and a weakness they can permeate to their advantage in every way. They hold more at the bargaining table and have a wider crack in our firewall and are almost given an “open invitation” ca rte blanche to undermine our elections and democracy.

And this weakness, this inability to recognize the blatant racist hatred, violence and murder by political factions within our borders will invite more of the same. This is not an administration with insight, but one that by ignorance, blunder or design means to “incite” those within to more tragedy. Read his fellow Republican’s own statement.

“Here is a man with his name on their hats” and he cannot see or say it is a “domestic terror attack.” –Rev. Al Sharpton

“These groups feel they have a friend in the White House” – Sen. Lindsey Graham

What is absolute and critical, the abhorrent tragedy in Charlottesville, Virginia is but a microcosm. A peaceful, planned demonstration was met by a counter demonstration orchestrated to provoke violence is not theory but fact. The White Nationalists, KKK and Neo-Nazi may have been organized to counter the former group, but FBI, DOJ, ATF and every Law Enforcement will conclude the resulting violence and death was planned by a few and carried out by one or two follower of questionable intellect, judgment and independent free will.
In the aftermath of all the condemnations by our political and religious leaders is what is yet to come. These events can play out again and again before our eyes anywhere in America. We can demand a national dialogue but we know this is likely to happen again. It can happen and it may incur more violence, bloodshed and death. It is morbidly ironic that the film “Detroit” a shocking story behind the ’67 riots recently premiered. Those of that era and still around know how these “incidents” happen.

After all the rallies, protests, counter demonstrations and calculated outcomes of political conventions has now so blatantly revealed to the world is the flaws within a broken system and how one team seized upon strains of hatred, disdain, intolerance to amass a core base to espouse nationalism. It is propagated in that label but leans ever so near fascism as so many got aboard, a majority stood fast to the right, tipping a delicate balance on a great American ocean liner to list far too right. The American ship of Liberty and Equality is dangerously close to capsizing.

While concerned crew and passengers scramble to move right motivated by individual conviction that they act to uphold American ideals inherent and propagated by what they believe is truth born in the past. What they fail to see is manipulation of fact over decades. As a united core, they are rendered vulnerable to falsehood, distraction and outright lies.

Those at the helm espouse a brand of propaganda baseless in fact, misinformation, and denial of obvious truth, plain and simple. The methodology only serves to instill “fear” to engage a crowd to act as a mob, whereas a leader with a steady hand brings calm, confidence and courage. Not to shout “fire” and then leave the room.  

Our American ship has a pretender at the helm. This captain has lost the confidence of those under his command. His selfish actions only further disrupt those who are faithful public servants performing with due diligence, support their commander and serve to uphold the Constitution. By the grace of God they remain steady to balance and keep this ship afloat in spite of the demoralizing even humiliating criticism hurled in epithet by an ill equipped and ill mannered leader.  

All that is Donald Trump Now Threatens the US Dollar and Economy to levels far worse than 2008

Our biggest fear is in what damage this President has caused to America in what we see covered daily in the media. They are the numerous bombastic pronouncements, the deterioration of our standing as the World’s greatest power and a Nation that leads and upholds Freedom throughout. Our United States is in downward spiral for the fact is all that is Donald Trump is contradiction, hyperbole, falsehood and misdirection that continues to erode the trust of all of our allies. They see us as confused as a President who cannot grasp facts. They cannot believe in our leadership when a President invites Russia’s top spies into the Oval Office where once Churchill met with FDR to garner the wit and the will to defeat Hitler and the Nazis. Western and Eastern Europe have every good reason to doubt our resolve when a President refuses to publicly admit our Intelligence Agencies are once and for all, correct. Russia remains the largest threat to our democracy and to any other fledgling democracy throughout the world.

This President all but gives a free pass, so to speak to Russian President Vladimir Putin. In the minds of our European allies (and would be allies) if “political collusion” did not exist during  the 2016 election, the resultant President is now in some covert way colluding with the Russia, a common enemy. This behavior, this thinking or lack of it is soon to be unpalatable to the United Kingdom, France and Germany. It is a joke to those in Australia, Sweden, Finland and Norway. But, it is not a joke to those who remain pro-democracy in Poland, Hungary, Latvia, Estonia and the Ukraine. What this President gives no serious study, thought and the input of experts is more than a tweet, but an alarm to those who lived behind an iron curtain.

What is at risk is the American dollar.* This President and the leaders of his Party are by their negligence, exhibiting a measured pressure to replace the global “currency of reserve” –the U.S. Dollar. Perhaps when, not if the dollar is replaced by a “new world currency” not Euro, Pound or Franc, the “depressive recession” of 2008 will pale in comparison in the failure of this economy and further a plunge of middle class into poverty.

*The United States dollar is the most widely held currency in the Allocated Reserves today. Throughout the last decade, an average of two thirds of the total Allocated foreign exchange reserves of countries have been in US dollars. For this reason, the US dollar is said to have "reserve-currency status", making it somewhat easier for the United States to run higher trade deficits with greatly postponed economic impact or even postponing a currency crisis. Central bank reserves held in dollar-denominated debt, however, are small compared to private holdings of such debt. In the event that non-United States holders of dollar-denominated assets decided to shift holdings to assets denominated in other currencies, there could be serious consequences for the US economy. Changes of this kind are rare, and typically change takes place gradually over time; the markets involved adjust accordingly.

 "The Retirement of Sterling as a Reserve Currency after 1945: Lessons for the US Dollar?", Catherine R. Schenk, Canadian Network for Economic History conference, October 2009.

Saturday, August 12, 2017



"Tweety" (1951) Knows - Twitter vs U.S. Mail

When Congress returns from recess a budget is a first priority. There is no better time to make sweeping changes to the U.S. Postal Services than right now! Our postal system has been languishing behind other private competition, consistently losing money while raising the price of a “Forever” stamp.

No one can deny that with the Internet explosion of online sales that the overwhelming amount of mail is now cardboard boxes and packages from the likes of a skyrocketing Amazon and others. Federal Express and UPS are reaching a level of sales and profits that are beyond the stratosphere and their delivery system orbits the earth ten times faster than the Pony Express and “Snail Mail” for at least a decade.

The fact is the U.S. Postal Service has not failed to deliver, they have been sabotaged by systems, unsuitable delivery equipment and archaic rules, regulations and a host of bulk mail rates that simply lose money each day! This is the “junk mail” that continues to clog the mailbox to the trash bin to landfills. All of which is not necessary.

Our U.S. Congress can streamline services, lift worker morale, deliver “first class” mail in record speed and make MONEY! Once and for all let the U.S. Mail become competitive and make huge Profits!  $$$$

  • STOP all bulk mail advertising. This is those annoying anonymous flyers, pamphlets, phony coupon books, oversize postcards and anything addressed to Occupant, Resident or Anyone Residing items. Our carriers deserve to be treated as more than pack mules. The Internet provides more than adequate tools for this type of advertising.
  • ALL MAIL should be limited to first class mail with “forever” postage amounts.
  • Envelopes shall be limited to (1) one standard size.
  • Advertisers that insist that the “bulk rate” and “occupant” methodology is no longer efficient or in their best interest. If these marketers wish to continue, they will use the standard envelope and postage determined by weight.
  • The goal should be that routine delivery will be limited to “personal letters, bills, checks that cannot be direct deposit, or any legal documents without personal service. Eventually, by way of the Internet all of these items will be obsolete, or merely “duplication.”
  • Through attrition, US Postal vehicles should be replaced with the same type of panel delivery trucks used by private package providers.
  • Allow the US Postal Service a level playing field to compete with the ever increasing volume of packages generated by online sales. Let the postal service market themselves as the most reliable, efficient and affordable way to deliver goods.
  • Congress should decree an Environmental Emergency as far as refuge, litter, cardboard boxes, plastic packaging and other such materials. Let the Postal Service lead all other industry by recycling these materials making collection of  the boxes and bubble wrap as routine. Postal service can then sort, flatten cardboard and resell it to the original online outlets. Thus, creating an untold amount of additional revenue and saving local municipalities in handling the huge influx of these materials.


The adoption of a standard size letter and envelope will create an untold amount in savings in man hours, sorting equipment, reduction in the workload in quantity and weight placed on mail carriers.

The sheer number and weight, the varied sizes, etc. of items that run through “readers” and sorting automation will be greatly reduced. Breakdowns due a clog in the system can be totally eliminated if a standard envelope is used. Eventually the amount of “routine mail” may be reduced to a level where in the local post office, employees should be able to sort by hand easily spotting errors in address and zip codes.

Postage-paid envelopes should become the norm. The greeting card industry that generates a stack of Christmas cards that could reach the moon at ever increasing cost to the consumer should include a pre-paid postage envelope included in the exorbitant price now assessed in which a few have a monopolistic advantage.

With routine mail delivery limited to first class, certified and registered mail, carriers will eventually make fewer stops bypassing most homes who conduct their business online. Imagine, fewer lawns to cross, snow covered sidewalks, icy steps and canine threats.


Contact your Congressman and members of the House Oversight Committee

Gowdy, Trey Chairman (R) South Carolina 4th District 2418 RHOB - 202-225-6030

Cummings, Elijah  Ranking Member (D) Maryland 7th District 2163 RHOB - 202-225-4741

Three members of the Oversight Committee represent Michigan. "Write them a letter."
Amash, Justin (R) MI District 3 114 CHOB - 202-225-3831

Mitchell, Paul (R) MI District 10 - 211 CHOB - 202 -225-2106

Lawrence, Brenda (D) MI District 14 1213 LHOB - 202-225-5802

Some Other Influential Michigan Representatives

Levin, Sander (D) MI District 9 - 1236 LHOB - 202-225-4961

Kildee, Daniel (D) MI District 5 - 227 CHOB  - 202-225-3611

Dingell, Debbie (D) MI District 12 - 116 CHOB - 202-225-4071

Conyers Jr., John (D) MI District 13 - 2426 RHOB - 202-225-5126

Tuesday, July 18, 2017


Tuesday, July 18, 2017


Here's To You Down the Hatch!




Millions of Americans received an email sponsored by ten different advocate groups urging you to sign on and respond to the call from Sen. Orrin Hatch for input on tax reform. The Senate Finance Committee writing a tax reform bill and they are not soliciting your views, opinions or objections but those of billionaires and mega-corporations as to what they would like to see in tax reform. It is the same as their health care bill. It is written behind closed doors without your input. This is the email I sent. It may have been received a day late. However, I felt compelled to be heard.

 “I may have been born late at night, but not last night.”

Here is my response to the Senate Finance Committee on Tax Reform and Chairman Orrin Hatch.

 To: Hon. Senator Orrin Hatch, Chairman of the Senate Finance Committee

(The suggested default wording in quotations precedes the comments I added in bold).

“I am a U.S. taxpayer, and I am opposed to Donald Trump’s and the GOP’s plan to give huge tax breaks to millionaires and wealthy corporations, which will be paid for by cutting Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, education, and other critical services. Half of the Trump tax cuts will go to the richest 1%, while big corporations holding profits offshore get a huge tax cut. Instead, we need real tax reform to make sure the wealthy and big corporations pay their fair share.

 Here are our tax principles that we urge Congress to act on:

 a) No more tax cuts for the wealthy and big corporations. They should pay their fair share of taxes―a lot more than they pay now.

b) Invest those tax dollars in our country’s future―in public roads and transit systems; quality and affordable early childhood education; public schools and higher education; researching new medical cures; and ensuring a secure retirement for all of us by strengthening Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid.

c) Eliminate all tax breaks that encourage multinational corporations to shift jobs and profits offshore.

d) Require corporations to pay the $750 billion they owe on their $2.6 trillion in offshore profits. Use the funds to rebuild roads and bridges, improve schools and create millions of good-paying jobs.

More Americans are now paying close attention to bills that impact their lives. Do not slip in changes to Tax Law that is earmarked for a wealthy few putting additional burden on 98%. Watch groups will be scrutinizing every item.

One reminder proves the case. Once the American people learned repealing Obamacare recognized this is the Affordable Care Act. Republicans know their constituents faced angry and a unified electorate demanding the ACA remain and Congress is given the mandate to extend health care. The same outrage will occur if your Finance Committee introduces to the Senate floor huge tax breaks for individuals and corporations. We remind the Committee; Senators are expected to work for all of the American people. How much longer will you ignore your oath of office?

"Not a penny more for Tyranny!"

Link to a Call for Action for Citizens to advise Senator Orrin Hatch, Chairman Finance Committee

License To Lie Link:

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Living on the Baseball Diamond and Learning to Throw a Change Up

June 27, 2017



Doug Fister (RHP) Boston Red Sox

Astute Detroit Tiger fans may have noticed a surprise this past Sunday when the MLB Network televised the Los Angeles Angels at Boston Red Sox game. Like most major league teams, the Red Sox are desperate for a pitcher, a good pitcher, a decent pitcher or a pitcher that can find home plate!

With one eye on the Internet and the television tuned to a game of little interest in normal Tiger seasons, I heard the broadcaster announce “Doug Fister takes his last warm-up and ready to throw his first pitch to the team that released him. Strike One!” Six of his first seven pitches were strikes and he set down the same team that gave up on him one-two-three.

The announcers went on to say that Fister was dropped from the Angel’s 40 man roster in the spring and assigned to an AAA team. From what I understand the one-time Tiger had to waive first his major league contract to “work out some mechanics” in the junior circuit. But, then Fister waived his minor league contract which released all ties to the Los Angeles Angels.

On Sunday, Fister pitched six strong innings, surrendering three earned runs to record an impressive first start and considered as a quality start. Fister stats for the game included 3 runs, 7 hits, 3 BB and 6 SO. Not bad for a first start of this season. He pitched a perfect first inning recording six of seven strikes. Only a blown double play with a wild throw led to 3-run 2nd inning for the Angels to take a 3-0 lead.

Had the Red Sox turned that double play, Fister just may have thrown a six inning shutout. The Angels ended up winning the game 4 – 2.  Fister and the Sox should have won the game. But coming close only counts in horseshoes. He left the game receiving a spontaneous ovation recognizing his courageous effort from Red Sox fans. They have a reputation as being as knowledgeable of the game as Tiger fans.

And Tiger Fans would without hesitation bet a Stroh’s (beer is back) that Jose Iglesias and Ian Kinsler would turn the double play with ease. “Two for the price of one as Ernie would say.

The MLB broadcasters described Fister as a pitcher who “throw strikes, induce ground balls with a number of double play opportunities, a proven ability to strike out batters in critical situations and he works fast from the mound. The batter hardly settles in at the plate. Doug Fister with his 6’ 8” frame can intimidate batters and is throwing at 91 mph.

Now a veteran pitcher at 33 years old then took a risk and “waived a Minor League contract” and essentially became available to any Major League for nothing! Any team could pick him up and give him a chance to rejoin “The Show” and hopefully return to form.

Doug Fister began to find himself in 2013 with the Detroit Tigers as they were winning division championships and a contender to win it all.

While under the tutelage of pitching coach, Jeff Jones and his sidekick Jim Leyland, Fister recorded 14 wins against 9 losses, 208 2/3 innings and 93/44 K/BB ratio and more importantly he threw strikes, rarely walked the first batter to start an inning, induced many double play opportunities.

Doug Fister settled into the fourth spot of a rotation consisting of Justin Verlander, Max Scherzer, Anibal Sanchez and this kid Rick Porcello. Not bad company to which he could turn to improve his game and confidence. In 2014 the Tigers moved him to the Washington Nationals where he compiled an even better season.

By now you may be saying, “Get to the point.” My question for the true Tiger Fan is what is one of the most critical needs for the team? It is pitching! Consistent pitching, reliable pitching, control, command and the ability to strike a batter out with 0–2 count. 

For the past five seasons Tiger fans will scream at the TV during a pitching change and think aloud “Oh no, Ausmus is bringing in Him. You gotta be kidding!” 

The Tiger front office is asleep. What is GM Al Avila thinking? There is no longer the time to wait and sort it out at the trade deadline. They need a new face now and one who just might help them end the team’s poor play and losing streak. “You can’t make this stuff up, folks” cries radio commentator Jim Price with every game now. “He walks the first batter, unbelievable!

The Tigers cannot retrieve Mickey Lolich with a roll around his middle and a rubbery arm rolling off strike after strike, throw 98 pitches, completing nine innings and ending the game in 2 hours, 15 minutes. Happy fans could exit Tiger Stadium at 10:15 PM and that was with an 8:00 start! Am I right Jim? (Hey Jim, got any idea where Mickey is right now?)

Doug Fister is a starter and I realize that. He is also an accomplished player with courage. Something the Tigers are lacking. However, in those crucial 6th innings the Detroit Tigers need somebody, anybody to get a ground ball, a double-play ball or a strike out to leave the bases loaded.  With an austerity program in place, why did they fail to see the advantage and upside in giving Fister a chance?

I mean to say that Republicans are planning a cut in Medicaid spending by $772 billion and throwing 22 million poor people off health care. Those are real numbers, real facts and not fake news. 

If only the course of the game they play in Washington could be reversed (just as the play at second base), Lives can be preserved and certainly lives can be saved.

All right, it’s too late to acquire Doug Fister. But, they need to look for an alternative real fact and real news. We only ask the Tigers front office one question. 

Why not spend a measly few million restore Tiger and Detroit’s Pride, preserve leads, save games and win?

Why fail Mr. I now? Restore the Roar!

Oh, by the way and you thought I would not mention politics? Look out for the next “yellow hammer.”

You Might Even Call a Republican Senator YOU don't even know.

Tuesday, June 20, 2017


Friday, June 16, 2017



Today Washington D.C. and particularly the White House is often described by not one, not five but as many as thirty (30) "sources" the media has interacted anonymously, of course with a lower level staff trembling through no fault of their own are within earshot of the President. The image that comes to mind is these frightened employees have moments of a panic as they push shut their office doors or crawl under their cubicles. 

As if this is not enough we easily visualize the Commander-In-Chief stomping up and down the hall of the West Wing pausing only to scream at live cable news broadcasts throughout the workday. There must be a long bank of the latest HD/Ultra/4-D/Televisions one expects to see at a Best Buy. This optic only makes James Comey and the grandfather clock three times in his written narrative, later testimony. FBI Director Comey his adroit memory of his "very nice dinner" in the Oval Office followed by his instinctive transcription of his copious notes. 
As a workplace those who wish to avoid immediate termination live in an environment where chaos prevails by contradictory statements, directives and the opportunities to witness the verbose  dressing-down of key staff in the West Wing. As promised in his campaign, the West Wing has indeed undergone a transformation now as Trump World.  

A jobs recruiter may promote a pamphlet for prospective applicants for several vacancies. "Your time spent dedicated to serve promises a constant exposure to a deeply divided hierarchy vying for attention. You will bear witness to grown men arguing or in a panic mode due to a lack of concise policy and strategy.

Depending on rank or position you may have security clearance to issue your own policy statements, or retract, redact the President's statements without fear of retribution or even any reasonable explanation other than "I haven't had an opportunity to discuss that" or the fire sure retort, "the President's words speak for themselves" when a question is posed for which you have no comprehension. All of this with the unequivocal backing of Department of Justice and the most qualified attorneys going through the revolving door quietly advising you have "no need to retain personal legal counsel." 


Over the past year you have heard what the media describes that a certain individual in the highest official positions as being narcissistic. You may also describe the behavior as Alpha dog. However, the media often fails to adequately explore or specifically define the disorder. This is where some diligent research may provide an answer to what we witness on an almost daily basis.

While searching for DSM-IV definition and behavior associated and tuning a portable radio I stumbled upon a NPR (National Public Radio) broadcast interview with Robin A. Wright, Director of the Kirwin Institute, Ohio State University, Columbus Ohio. 

I feel the ground breaking work of the Kirwin Institute deserves attention and recognition as a resource for individual study.  In fact, I believe that listing the links to research below is not quite enough for those who possess more than usual psychological curosity. Therefore, you will find a page I reproduced from their website. (It should appear in the title bar).

This is a website dedicated to identifying the symptoms of mental disorders and treatment. I discovered this site while performing research on Narcissism. I wanted to learn the definition of Narcissism as a personality disorder, how to diagnose the symptoms and find treatment potential.

Anyone interested in mental health (especially your own) and personality disorders will find this site serves as an outstanding source of information. Some of the personality disorders appear on the left of the page in drop box defining a few. 

  • Alcohol / Substance Abuse, 
  • ADHD, 
  • Anxiety disorders, 
  • Bi-Polar disorder, 
  • Depression, 
  • Panic Attacks, 
  • Sexual Addiction 

I feel the groundbreaking research by the Kirwin Institute will shed some light on an inherent bias in everyone. A bias that overtime may interfere in a personality growth into a belief system of prejuidice and racism. 

You can read the definitions, symptomatic behaviors and judge for yourself and form your own opinion.

I encourage those of you who constantly attempt psychological diagnosis of your spouse or children to reference the Implicit Bias page and listen to the fascinating interview airing on NPR.

Wednesday, June 14, 2017


Speaker Paul Ryan & Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi Call For Unity During Time of Tragic Shooting

 "On days like today, there are no Democrats or Republicans, only Americans" - Nancy Pelosi

"For all the noise and fury, we are a family. An attack on one of us is an attack on all of us." - Paul Ryan

The tragic shootings in Alexandria, VA this morning gave Speaker Paul Ryan a moment to pause and address the entire House in leading a prayer for Rep. Steven Scalise and the other victims of the lone gunman's attack on a baseball field. His words were poignant and heartfelt.

Similarly, Nancy Pelosi, House Democratic Minority Leader followed his lead. Pelosi used the metaphor of sports, in this case baseball to illustrate how the one-hundred year tradition of the two parties playing this annual charity event promoted good feelings, teamwork and competition.

Speaker Ryan and Rep Pelosi actually agreed that this is a time to "take pause" and reflect on our freedom and cherish the "open" lifestyle we all enjoy.

Let all Americans pray or reflect on this sad day that the sentiment of both Republican and Democratic leadership are not "mere words" spoken today and forgotten tomorrow.

This is not a time for deep partisan divide as Our Nation faces enemies both foreign and domestic. Let us pray the White House also reflects on these events and begins to experience that our government is composed of three separate but equal branches that work for one united people.

Tomorrow evening the two teams meet at the Washington Nats' stadium for their game. Let us hope for a successful event. But, the two sides leave all the curve balls, backdoor sliders and change ups out on the field. America has experienced enough of the hyperbole, rhetoric and untruths over the past several months.

They can begin in the Senate with an open debate and discussion of a health care bill that is inclusive of Democratic voices and amendments.