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A writer, a lapsed lawyer, a former government employee, a father of two and a 30+ year (in this lifetime) Bodhisattva of the Earth. Author of Waiting for Westmoreland. A happy man and a funny guy.

Three New Book Reviews

Three New Book Reviews

Haven’t made much of a dent in the writing objectives this year.  While the creative brain took a vacation most of the year I met and will surpass my goal of reading 24 books. It will be gangbusters on the writing front next year–stay tuned!

Gather the Sentient (The Sevens Prophecy, #2)Gather the Sentient by Amalie Jahn
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Another great read–the circle of light expands and more becomes known about the dark/evil ones. The great thing about this series is how the psychic powers are applied to current political and social events–focusing on greed vs things like healing and putting criminals behind bars. You need to read book one–don’t just jump into this one.

OutinOutin by Brandt Legg
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Keeps things moving along at a decent pace for the story line. The YA situation raises it’s head a little more with a challenge for the 16-17 year-old protagonist having in dealing with relationships between himself and two girls. If it weren’t for that and occasional age mentions, I’d overlook it and forget about it. That said, it’s a great read with all the extra-normal powers being developed continually and constantly dealing with the threats posed by the bad guys. For mystery lovers, there was some foreshadowing of an issue about who was leaking the info about where people were–but you’ll have to figure it out for yourself. By the time that was resolved, I’d forgotten about my early suspicion. Lots of action and suspense. If you liked the first book in the trilogy, you’ll like this one too. But you should read the first one before this; it won’t work well as a standalone.

GalápagosGalápagos by Kurt Vonnegut
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

This could be perhaps more accurately be labeled satire, literary fiction or simply fiction–all with Vonnegut’s typical “humor.” I’d have to say he was running out of gas at this point in his life. It could reasonably be written in half the space it takes if 2/3 of the continual redundancies about “big brains” were eliminated. Likewise the asides about Trout’s ephemeral self-assessments. Most of all, the “development” of the characters. Just not that funny, too telegraphed and too despairing without a rational explanation about why the devolution of the human race happened. He told the reader it had happened within the first chapter and spends the rest of the novel somewhat fleshing out the characters that take us there. I’d really like to give it 1.5 stars, but that’s not an option. Disappointing from one of my favorite authors of long ago. I once wanted to write like him; but I don’t have that dark a view of humanity anymore so I can’t.

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America Worst? (With Trump It’s Not “First”) Save America–Get Out and Vote!

The #MAGAbomber, brought to you by Donald J (for Jackass) Trump.

Was it Steve Bannon or Stephen Miller that appropriated “America First,” Lindbergh’s Nazi sympathizer slogan from the 1930s? No matter, Trump eagerly adopted it. What results is America Worst. Trump is the laughingstock of the world and America is looked down upon by developed nations. Instead of being the shiny city on the hill, America is in danger of being regarded as the sh**ty city on the hill.

What does MAGA really mean? I came up with Making America Grievously Abhorrent. I’ll bet you can come up with a better one. Let me know in the comments.

When he says, he is a Nationalist, he implicitly means he is a White Nationalist. He distinguishes himself from Globalists, which can be an economic term but is also a code word for Zionist financiers–or an anti-Semitic smear. He encourages violence against protesters at his rallies and against others. The racism, xenophobia and religious intolerance that Trump repeatedly espouses gives free rein to right wing extremist violence.

In addition to the MAGAbomber, Trump is ultimately responsible for these other attacks from just the last week–the anti-Semite shooter at the Pittsburgh Synagogue and the Kroger shooter that would have killed people at a Black church if he could have got into it. Since Trump’s ascendance, white nationalist terrorism has increased dramatically.

Sarah Sanders said (Monday, 10/29), “I think the president had a number of moments of bringing the country together. . . .” Well, that’s for sure—more and more people in America are coming together opposing Trump’s imperial presidency, his cruelty, his corruption, his lying, his racism, his misogyny and more.

What can we do, coming together in opposition to Trump? We can vote. Democrats and true Independents may not take over Congress completely, but just defeating the corrupt Trump sycophants that make up the GOP Trump Cult would make America better. Let’s restore a modicum of decency, morality, honest and integrity to America. Let’s elevate America’s status in the world to somewhere near what it used to be.

Perhaps Trump will be impeached by a Democratically controlled House, but he could not be convicted and removed by a Senate even if the Democrats won a majority. Well, maybe–if the Mueller report and additional indictments are strong enough. Not likely to happen. Maybe Trump will have a stroke or heart attack?  With his diet and lack of exercise (he drives golf carts onto the greens!) it’s possible.  Time will tell.

But what’s the scariest Halloween costume you could imagine? A  person with a Trump mask holding a newspaper heralding his reelection in 2020—now that’s a real horror!

So vote NOW to give him a clue of what’s to come and maybe he’ll leave voluntarily if it gets to hot in the White House.

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More Book Reviews

Ore Pirates (Federation Diplomat #2)Ore Pirates by E.J. Randolph
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

An oddly entertaining story about the (mis)adventures of Kate Stevens, Federation diplomat. The author sets up some humorous situations and laughably named characters–like Really Big (her supervisor). For anyone who has ever worked in a government bureaucracy, the bosses and their behavior will be unfortunately all too real. Still, it’s sci-fi–so we have the issues of meals aboard a spacecraft, the effects of gravity that’s higher or lower than Earth’s. That makes for some interesting development of the emigres who live there. On the political side, we have the standard problems of greed, corruption and malfeasance. In examining the development of colony planet cultures the author even tosses in a planetary regime clearly modeled after North Korea–complete with a “Beloved Leader” and not just secret police but secret, secret police. I enjoyed it. You will too if you like your political humor a paler shade of dark than Vonnegut or Dick–maybe a mid-range gray.

A Spider Sat Beside HerA Spider Sat Beside Her by K.E. Lanning
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

An intriguing work of the perhaps no longer new but not yet widely known cli-fi genre (a subset of sci-fi). Lanning develops well the lead character of Lowry Walker, her somewhat estranged (and angry plus manipulative) father, an uncle and the nefarious political villains. She throws in some dishonest politicians and the corrupt intent of–yes, latter-day colonialists against what in Canada are known as First Nation folks, just like what happened in the USA way back when. But then, all is not what it seems in the conflict over who really attempted to sabotage the International Space Station (ISS). Despite her credentials, the author doesn’t make this a truly hard sci-fi story so don’t be put off by technological talk–it’s not much more than most of us are familiar with in today’s world. A great book. I’ve already downloaded the next book in the series, which apparently stands alone along with an upcoming third one.

The Broken World second revised editionThe Broken World second revised edition by Harley Brent Hightower
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Many folks have heard the admonition to “write from life,” especially those who are writers. Broken World is styled as fiction but the characters are so real that one might easily conclude there were some biographical (if not autobiographical) elements to it. Assuming not, then Hightower has some good observational skills and a vivid imagination enabling the creation of a very dysfunctional extended family of characters. Parents who verbally abuse children. Spouses who argue with one another. Self-absorbed people who justify their own misbehavior and withdrawal into small worlds of their own. It’s not a book with a happy ending. Nonetheless, it’s entertaining and worth reading for how the protagonist, Byrd Keane, escapes the insanity of the broken world that surrounds him by his excursions outdoors in rural New Mexico. He is intelligent beyond his twelve years and seemingly one of the few normal characters in the book. In some ways, I can see elements of John Irving mixed with Kurt Vonnegut. Take note that the fictional northern New Mexico town that Byrd lives in is called Alma Perdido, which means Lost Soul in Spanish. It could mean abandoned, missing or other things; you be the judge if you read the book.

UpstagedUpstaged by Aaron Paul Lazar
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Still good, but I’m getting less keen on the Julia Child parts, the song lyrics and the church services. The characters, the crimes and looking for foreshadowing is all there. It’s not quite a “cozy mystery,” as I understand the term but it is certainly not as hardcore as some. So if you are looking for less blood, gore or heavy violence (It does have some but not too graphic) then this is a good choice.

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The Sum of All Fears–Loss of Privileges

How DARE you accuse ME?

Brett Kavanaugh at Senate Judiciary Committee hearing

RAGE and more RAGE

Remember, as Kavanaugh says, “What goes around comes around.” Only, however, if Democrats, Independents and what few remaining principled Republicans with a conscience vote in Democrats in the midterms. Then we will see karma in action. 

The cloture vote is at 10:30 am ET on Friday. The vote to confirm, IF cloture passes, will be around 5 pm on Saturday. People MUST call, visit or otherwise exhort their Senator to vote no on Friday. Kavanaugh is unfit to sit on the US Supreme Court.

  • He is a liar
  • He is an unbridled partisan–not capable of reaching independent decisions apart from his Republican ideological beliefs and treating others impartially
  • He may have a drinking problem and may be guilty of sexual assault
  • He is temperamentally unfit–as his rage showed during the hearing last Friday

One might argue that his rage stemmed from being falsely accused. While possible, he certainly didn’t stop at protestations of innocence. Oh no, Sam Seder summed it up a few days ago on an MSNBC show explaining the roots of the rage. What I prefer to call a trifecta:

  • Male Privilege
  • White Privilege
  • and Class Privilege

Who–that is not White, male or upper class can question him about his behavior from his youth?

He is entitled, as a White male, to dominate and subdue women when he chooses to. Take a look at his wife, seated behind and to his right. At times, during his raging opening statement at the Judiciary Committee hearing, did she not display the long-suffering face of a spouse. A spouse who has endured many such rages at home when she didn’t fulfill his expectations–a late dinner, kids misbehaving, etc.? Did she not relive those experiences and wish he wasn’t reenacting them for national audience? I’m not a profiler, but that’s what I saw on her face.

He is entitled, as member of the wealthy upper class to not be questioned about his behavior by those beneath his station.

Kavanaugh is not alone in his rage. How much did he resemble, speak like and behave like Donald Trump? Oh, he didn’t have the orange face and Barbie hair of Trump–but he nearly outdid his so-called President after all those practice sessions at the White House.

Lindsey Graham could have been Kavanaugh’s clone in his belligerency,  his outrageous anger. They are all of a piece. Then, in conjunction with Trump, they orchestrated a sham “investigation” which interviewed a handful of people and followed up with no one. Then those same Senators in a chorus said there was no corroboration to the charges against Kavanaugh–of course not, the FBI was instructed to find none!

All those aging White men in the Senate. Those Trump voters. They worry about the rising tide of women. First they got the right to vote–now they’re running for office in increasing numbers. They’re speaking out and demanding justice for sexual harassment and want equal pay in the workplace–even promotions!

First will come the rise of women. That’s what the Kavanaugh nomination is all about. To stave off the rise of women and reassert male control over reproduction–which, after all, is the main purpose of women (along with fun) from the dominant male perspective.

Next will come the inevitable minority status for Whites (it will take some time, but demographic trends say it will happen). Trump, with the able assistance of his White Nationalist copywriter Stephen Miller, is working hard to keep Brown people out of America. In aggregate with Asians and Blacks the nonwhite population will eventually make Whites a minority. Alas! That’s what the immigration battles are about. That’s what the limit on refugees is about. And that’s what the wall is about!

The class warfare, that filthy rich right-wingers cry out about whenever the subject of more taxes for the rich comes up. That change in America may not come this century, if ever. The Koch Brothers, Sheldon Adelson, and others want Kavanaugh in place to keep Citizen United case and other means to ensure that money controls who gets nominated and elected to office.

In the unfortunate case that Kavanaugh is confirmed, it will be a stain on the Supreme Court. It can be remedied however, if the Democrats gain control of Congress (or at least the House). Then they can proceed to investigate not only Trump and his administration, but Kavanaugh as well. Justices of the Supreme Court can be impeached. 

Well, Jeff Flake lived up to his surname and Susan Collins will be turfed out of office in 2020. Meanwhile, we can hope karma will catch up with Kavanaugh.


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Fear and Roulette–Two More Books Reviewed

Before we get into the book reviews, have you noticed how much weight Trump has put on? You can see it in his cheeks and his waistline. Stress can make you eat more of that KFC, burgers and fries. No doubt he has plenty to be stressed about, eh? Manafort, Cohen, the Kavanaugh appointment and when will the indictments drop.  Not to mention what 2019 will be like with the Democrats in charge of the House and now maybe the Senate too–especially with the way the Republicans are  now and will be treating Christine Blasey Ford.

Fear: Trump in the White HouseFear: Trump in the White House by Bob Woodward
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

An amazing book that reads very quickly and easily as a novel does. Except, there is little fiction here–except perhaps in the beliefs of Donald Trump and people like John Dowd. As I finished, I found photos, footnotes, source material by chapter and an index that added another 25% or so to the page count. So, no fiction on Woodward’s part.

As for Trump, consider the old adage, “Don’t confuse me with the facts, I already have my mind made up.” In Trump’s case, he is never confused with facts–he has his own and rejects all others. Here’s a shortened quote from page 138.

“Mr. President, can I show this to you?” Cohn fanned out the pages of data in front of the president. “See, the biggest leavers of jobs—people leaving voluntarily—was from manufacturing.”
. . . .
Trump wasn’t buying it.
. . . .
Several times Cohn just asked the president, “Why do you have these views?”
“I just do,” Trump replied. “I’ve had these views for 30 years.”

Of course, the problem of opinions no based on fact is well known about Trump and illustrated often within the book. I won’t spoil the fun of reading more of them.

You’ve undoubtedly seen many interviews or excerpts about the book. You’ve also read or heard about the many faults of Trump and the way his White House operates. Woodward offers chapter and verse on most of them, such as these (and many more):
—The chaos and the predatory relationship among staffers
—Trump’s short attention span, unwillingness to read more than a few paragraphs
—His laziness, coming to work at 10:30 or 11:00 and not knowing what’s on his agenda for the day despite a briefing book provided the night before.

The book also details all the legal battles, the effect of the Mueller investigation on Trump and much more.
Like information that hasn’t been detailed in the news.
For example, the alliances of some staff members with others. Woodward also confirms stories like those in that anonymous Op Ed, about how some people kept stuff from Trump to protect the country.

My only disappointment is that the book had, by the necessities of editing and printing, stopped in March. But then the news has covered so much more that’s happened since. While Woodward has has provided details confirming many things already knew, he goes further in fleshing them out and giving us new stuff. Fear is a good title in many ways.

Russian Roulette: The Inside Story of Putin's War on America and the Election of Donald TrumpRussian Roulette: The Inside Story of Putin’s War on America and the Election of Donald Trump by Michael Isikoff
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

By the time I finished reading this, I already knew virtually everything that the book contained. That said, the work that went into this is impressing. Not only that, but it came out before all the content was widely known. It remains a great resource for those doing their own research and potentially using the information for blog posts and the like.

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Time to Catch Up on Those Book Reviews

So far, I’ve read 16 books this year, on my way to 24. It’s past time to share some of the reviews of those books. A little bit at a time. These are all from ones I’ve posted on Goodreads. View all my reviews from Goodreads.

Double FortéDouble Forté by Aaron Paul Lazar
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

NOTE: I read this book not as a standalone but as part of a boxed set of other novels, At Odds with Destiny.

It’s my first exposure to Aaron Paul Lazar and it won’t be my last. While Gus LeGarde as a music professor, is an unlikely hero of a mystery thriller, Lazar does a good job of developing his character. There’s plenty of family drama and some surprising twists (well, twists should be, right?). I will be moving on to some more in the series about Gus LeGarde.

The Clock WinkedThe Clock Winked by Ariele Sieling
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The Clock Winked carries on the wacky world of Pomegranate City’s characters (used in the slang vernacular, rather than the people within a novel). If you liked the first book in the series, Wounded World you’ll probably like this one too. The author adds some interesting new characters, like an android monkey to keep readers on their toes. There are some challenges, as in the first, understanding who is who and why they are doing what they are doing. But I got past that and you can too if you find the whimsical action and dialogue amusing like I did. If I said much more, you’d get spoilers. You can get enough idea from the description here on Goodreads or Amazon to know what the book is about.

Third Stage of Life: Aging in Contemporary SocietyThird Stage of Life: Aging in Contemporary Society by Daisaku Ikeda
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

An encouraging book for those within the Third Stage of Life, consisting of interviews between Buddhist scholar and leader of the SGI Buddhist lay organization and others. Examples of how best to live one’s life to the fullest on into the 80s and beyond are provided by chronicles of individuals who exemplify the best of human progression.

Cigerets, Guns & BeerCigerets, Guns & Beer by Phillip T. Stephens
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

A really hilarious crime story about a mythical small town in Texas where a handful of corrupt people enjoy an abundance of sex, cigarettes and booze. Not to mention some instances of setting other people up to take the fall for their financial crimes before killing them. I know, that doesn’t sound too appealing but that’s where the dark and bucolic humor comes in that makes it a fun read. Plus, it has one of my favorite things, a twist at the end.

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Fear: Trump in the White House and 9/11

Cover of Woodward book, Fear: Trump in the White House I preordered  the Kindle version  of Woodward’s book, which notified me of delivery  to my account at 10:15 last night.  I guess Amazon is on Eastern Time; I’m in the Mountain Zone.

Is it a coincidence that Simon and Schuster released this book by Bob Woodward on 9/11, the anniversary of America’s worst attack since Pearl Harbor? I think not.

I have already posted three commentaries on the events of 9/11,  their personal connection to my family (2008, 2011 and 2014) and how my Buddhist faith applies. This will be my fourth post on the subject, in which I will explain my lack of coincidence comment and how times have changed–for the worse, politically. Some snippets from those prior posts will help explicate things. I’ll start with the 2014 post.

At the outset, I offer my profound sympathies to those who lost friends and loved ones to the actions of Osama Bin Laden’s terrorist followers. . . .  While death comes to us all, it is  disturbing when it comes unnaturally at the hands of another. From my Buddhist perspective, this is a function of karma–the effects one receives as a result of causes one has made.

My wife, who worked as a civilian for the Department of the Army, had applied but failed to get a job at the Pentagon a few years before the 9/11 attack. Here’s an excerpt from the 2008 post.

The location of the section she applied for was at or near the point of the plane’s impact on 9/11. Several people in the section, including the person who did get the position, died in the attack that day. . . . Karma is a strange thing, which we cannot fathom or explain completely. . . . I empathize with those who lost loved ones on that day even as I feel great appreciation that my wife didn’t get a promotion that would have killed her.

The clip below comes from the 2011 post.  In the immediate aftermath of the 9/11 attack, a bipartisan fervor swept the the nation, during which Democrats and Republicans united in support of efforts to care for survivors and rebuild. The unity and bipartisan cooperation lasted perhaps 18 months.

More than ever, we all need to remember the sacrifices of those who died on 9/11 and as a result of the aftermath. More than that, we need to rekindle the compassion and cooperation that briefly enveloped America.

Alas, for the last 15 years, division and derision have instead enveloped America. The 2016 election gave us Donald J. Trump–the most corrupt, ignorant, incompetent, racist and unfit person ever to occupy the White House. He did so only with the able assistance of Vladimir Putin’s agents, James Comey’s inappropriately ill-timed announcements about investigations of Hillary Clinton’s emails and Clinton’s own inept campaign strategies–not to mention voters who stayed home. Then there’s the antiquated Electoral College. Continue reading Fear: Trump in the White House and 9/11

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Brett Kavanaugh Confirmation Hearings

Brett Kavanaugh Withdraws His Nomination to US Supreme Court

WHAT?  Impossible you say! Well, stranger things have happened. Read on to see why it could happen.

Confirmation hearings begin today. Will any Republicans oppose him for fear of his taking any opportunity to overturn Roe v. Wade? Will any vulnerable Democrats  up for reelection in November support him for fear of losing their office?

Basically, the question is can anyone stop this runaway train to another appointment by the Treasonous Trump. Here’s another option–let’s all encourage Kavanaugh to withdraw his nomination.

Why would anyone, given the chance to be a Justice of the Supreme Court, abandon that opportunity? Most often, it comes from some discovered scandal heretofore unknown–a scandal that likely dooms the candidate. Put that aside, that’s not the gist of my argument. 

Trump, our so-called President, is currently a subject of a criminal investigation–an investigation that will demonstrate that he  won election through felonious means. It’s highly likely that Trump will be impeached within a few months after Kavanaugh’s confirmation hearings. Whether convicted in the Senate or not, unless pardoned by Vice-President Pence, Trump will likely be convicted of crimes that will put him behind bars. 

Kavanaugh, if confirmed, will be remembered  as the Justice appointed by an impeached and imprisoned President. If I were Kavanaugh, I’d get out now, before any votes on his nomination are taken.

Richard Nixon, he of Watergate infamy, appointed FOUR people to the Supreme Court–including Chief Justice Warren Burger. None, however, were appointed after the Watergate scandal.  So those Nixon appointees never faced the sort of guilt by association that Kavanaugh could.

NOTE: Stay tuned for more indictments from Special Counsel Robert Mueller–coming soon to your favorite news source.

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The Presidency Doesn’t Have to be about Wealth and Power

Once upon a time, America’s presidents were about serving the country with dignity and honesty. Only a handful, until recent years, found the White House a stepping stone to great wealth after leaving office. None, until now, found it a means to greater wealth while in office. But let’s not dwell on Trump; we get enough of him on the news every day and more than enough here.

Jimmy Carter defeated Gerald Ford in the 1976 election for US President. Ford couldn’t overcome having pardoned Richard Nixon (take note, Mike Pence). Carter was a  one-term president as well, troubled by a fuel shortage (with long lines at gas pumps), an extended hostage crisis in Iran and other problems. He was far from America’s best president and Ronald Reagan beat him handily in the 1980 election. But Carter didn’t lie, cheat or steal while in office. Nor has he done so since.

It’s hard to argue with what he’s done since AND what he hasn’t done.  Carter finally yielded the management of the humanitarian Carter Center founded by him and his wife Roslyn to his grandson several years ago. (I’ve been a contributor for some decades). At 94, after recovering from brain surgery, Jimmy is still swinging a hammer, building homes as a member of Habitat for Humanity. For more about The Carter Center, check out their website

Carter is pictured at his house after teaching his 800th Sunday school lesson at Maranatha Baptist Church since leaving the White House. Every other Sunday morning, he teaches at Maranatha, on the edge of town, and people line up the night before to get a seat. The painting at right was done by Carter. Photo by Matt McClain for the Post

As a recent Washington Post article details, he didn’t seek wealth or power after the White House. He lives a simple life and contributes to society—not feathering his own nest. Here’s some excerpts from the WAPO feature. I encourage you to read the entire article; it will brighten your day. 🙂

The Democratic former president decided not to join corporate boards or give speeches for big money because, he says, he didn’t want to “capitalize financially on being in the White House.”

Presidential historian Michael Beschloss said that Gerald Ford, Carter’s predecessor and close friend, was the first to fully take advantage of those high-paid post-presidential opportunities, but that “Carter did the opposite.”

The article highlights how much money successive presidents have raked in, contrasting that with Carter. What is life like when money is not a major objective? Here’s another excerpt.

Carter is the only president in the modern era to return full-time to the house he lived in before he entered politics — a two-bedroom rancher assessed at $167,000, less than the value of the armored Secret Service vehicles parked outside.

Ex-presidents often fly on private jets, sometimes lent by wealthy friends, but the Carters fly commercial. Stuckey says that on a recent flight from Atlanta to Los Angeles, Carter walked up and down the aisle greeting other passengers and taking selfies.

Carter did succeed at some things while in office, such as brokering a peace deal between Egypt and Israel, which garnered him a Nobel Peace Prize (somewhat belatedly) in 2002.  He also worked to normalize relations with China, following on the steps taken by former President Nixon. I will dare the wrath of the Post with a little more excerpted text.

Carter’s gait is a little unsteady these days, three years after a diagnosis of melanoma on his liver and brain. At a 2015 news conference to announce his illness, he seemed to be bidding a stoic farewell, saying he was “perfectly at ease with whatever comes.”

But now, after radiation and chemotherapy, Carter says he is cancer-free.

Clearly, Carter is not living on burgers, fries and diet sodas. The article describes his dinner at at a neighbor’s house and the half-mile walk home. As noted above, he’s still healthy and strong enough to swing a hammer. I’m a Buddhist, not a Christian, but I must salute the way Jimmy Carter lives as Jesus taught.


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Nixon Resigns on this day, 1974–Trump Next Year?

Thanks to a reminder on cable news last night, I realized that an anniversary had arrived–Nixon formally tendered his resignation at noon on the 9th of August, 1974. Facing certain impeachment (and a conviction in the Senate) he had no other choice.

I still have copies of the complete coverage by the Washington Post that day. I watched the news from the student lounge at GULC, early in my first year of law school. A school where Sam Dash, Chief Counsel of the Watergate Committee, served as an adjunct professor. I cheered at the coverage and scoffed at then prominent newsman John Chancellor’s pronouncement of the sad day for America and that no one was celebrating at this departure. How wrong an assessment! I wasn’t the only one rejoicing.

So many cabinet officials, so many staff and even his first Vice-President went to jail. Spiro Agnew was simply a grifter, like “all the best people criminals  hired by or appointed to the Trump administration. Nixon himself avoided jail, pardoned by his second Vice-President–Gerald Ford. That act assured that Ford would NOT be reelected after assuming office.

My prediction: many more members of the Trump administration will wind up behind bars than did those who worked for Nixon. But that’s a story for another day.

Here’s the scenario for Trump’s exit next year, based on my assessment of what will come of the Mueller investigation:

  • Indictments of Americans will come early in September for conspiracy and criminal acts associated with the Russian interference in the 2016 election (see my predictions about that earlier this year; I’m thinking of adding Bannon for his leadership at Cambridge Analytica and confirming Brad Parscale–NO family members or in-laws in September)
  • HOWEVER, Mueller will not issue a final report with recommendations to Congress in September or October mentioning Trump
  • Trump will NEVER sit down with Mueller voluntarily, NOR will Mueller issue a subpoena to Trump before the midterm elections (more below) ordering Trump’s appearance in front of the grand jury
  • Manafort will be convicted in his first trial, will plead guilty in the second one (scheduled for September) based on Trump’s promised (out of fear, not loyalty) pardon
  • The Democrats will take control of the House with a massive mandate in the midterms–the Senate is a possibility, but not highly likely
  • Depending on Trump’s actions, reactions and tweets after the indictments and the midterms, Mueller may issue a subpoena to Trump in mid-January–as the next Congress is seated
  • More likely, Mueller will NEVER issue a subpoena to Trump because Mueller gave Trump ample opportunity to appear voluntarily AND Mueller already has everything he needs for both conspiracy and obstruction without hearing from Trump
  • Not only that, but Trump will have become a target, not a subject of the investigation–meaning he shouldn’t appear before the grand jury
  • Mueller’s final report with recommendations will be issued after the midterms–I believe (perhaps hope is more accurate) this will be in mid-January, after the next Congress takes office
  • Mueller’s final actions will include additional indictments, naming Trump as an unindicted co-conspirator; he will cite Trump as having obstructed the investigation and participated in conspiring with the Russians
  • With no Russo-Publicans left to protect him in the House,Trump will be unable to tolerate the investigations which will ensue–investigations in the House (whether articles of impeachment are voted or not) which will undoubtedly include examination of his personal and business tax returns 
  •  He will resign by the summer of 2019–perhaps 45 years to the day, from Nixon’s resignation



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