6 Crazy Things We Know About Donald Trump Thanks To Marla Maples (VIDEO)
Rants / December 21, 2016

It’s been 15 years since Marla Maples and Donald Trump divorced. After years of threatening to run for president, Donald Trump has now clinched the position of our president-elect. Crazy Thing #1 – As Long As He’s Famous, Your Association With Him Will Make You Famous As soon as he jumped in, Maples was bombarded with questions about her ex-husband and his decision to run. In March of this year, Marla Maples told Us Weekly: “It’s been a crazy six months for me. I’ve had people constantly coming to me wanting my opinion about the presidential race, and I’ve maintained a lot of privacy.” Perhaps watching her ex-husband run for president and hearing her name associated with his again has got Maples itching to find her rightful place in the spotlight. At the time Maples gave the interview to Us Weekly, she also booked a gig with ABC’s Dancing With the Stars. At 52 she’s still beautiful and extremely fit. Here’s what she says of her impending dance competition: “this is an opportunity (for me) to really be seen in my own light.” This seems a critically timed move by someone who was so intimately and publicly connected to Donald Trump….

The Four Horsemen of Trump’s Coming Apocalypse (VIDEO)
Rants / December 18, 2016

The Four Horsemen of Trump’s Coming Apocalypse Sometimes I like to watch The Young Turks. It’s a political commentary and purely online based TV show. The host is Cenk Uygur. The first episode launched on Valentine’s Day February 14, 2002. Isn’t that sweet? At the time, it was billed as the very first video news show on the Internet. Although Uygur is Turkish, the show’s title is not a reference to his nationality. The term ‘Turk’ refers to someone who is a radical within a political party (or other ideologically focused group) advocating for change. Very apropos. Uygur offers us the idea that Trump has four horsemen of his impending apocalypse. I’ve included the video below. Here are Trump’s four apocalyptic horsemen riding in on some very fast horses…   Horseman #1 – PERSONAL CORRUPTION Trump has real estate companies around the world. He has yet to dissolve ALL of them and put the money in a blind trust. There is no likelihood he will. The Trump Organization is a privately owned family business. Trump’s grandmother started it with her son which is Donald Trump’s father, Fred Trump. It was called Elizabeth Trump & Son. Donald was brought into the business in his early 20s and…

What Donald Trump Can Learn From Sarah Palin (VIDEO)
Rants / December 17, 2016

Whether you’re a Democrat, Republican or anything in between and you were around during the 2008 presidential election, you’ll remember when John McCain named Sarah Palin as his VP running mate. I’m no Republican, but I was just as energized about the choice as any GOP supporter was at the time. Here was this young woman in her 40s, a very attractive, outdoorsy Governor of Alaska with a large family. Not only had Sarah Palin just been swept onto the national political stage, but she did it with her own newborn in tow! Her appointment didn’t make me want to vote conservative. However, as a woman I was thrilled and excited for Palin. I was impressed with Senator John McCain for choosing such an unlikely and truly innovative running mate. McCain became my secret feminist hero. As excitement mounted and the press did their vetting of this remote governor we became more and more fascinated. Until she began to… talk. Some of what she said didn’t seem to make any sense. Some of it was pure gold. For example, this quote from her acceptance speech at the RNC in 2008: “Our nominee for president (McCain) is a true profile in courage, and…

Think You Know Why The Electoral College Exists? – You’re Wrong (VIDEO)
Rants / December 17, 2016

Think You Know Why The Electoral College Exists? – You’re Wrong If you’re anything like millions of Americans, you thought the Electoral College was created to even out the disparity in population between the coasts and rural areas during political campaigns. It turns out we were wrong. In fact, we weren’t even close. The Electoral College was in fact created for the exact situation we find ourselves in now. With a president who is considered temperamentally unfit for the office. Federalist Paper No.68 & The Electoral College Federalist Paper No. 68 is an appeal to the public and the Congress to create an adaptation to the popular voting system. For an overview, The Federalist Papers were described this way: “The Federalist Papers were a series of eighty-five essays urging the citizens of New York to ratify the new United States Constitution. Written by Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, and John Jay, the essays originally appeared anonymously in New York newspapers in 1787 and 1788 under the pen name “Publius.” The Federalist Papers are considered one of the most important sources for interpreting and understanding the original intent of the Constitution.” Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, and John Jay wrote the majority of the letters, though…

Obama Forges His Legacy Overseas As Trump Sets Up A Chaotic Cabinet (VIDEO)
Rants / December 8, 2016

Obama Forges His Legacy Overseas As Trump Sets Up A Chaotic Cabinet Man, I’m gonna miss this guy… President Obama is in the last months of his presidency. He’s taking this time to cement his legacy throughout the world. By all accounts, Obama’s presidency has been scandal free. Certainly no personal dramas. Even his policies have not been controversial so much as (perhaps) incomplete, which Congress is partially responsible for. Now that President-elect Donald Trump has blundered his way into the White House the contrast in diplomatic styles is monumental. The Orange Menace has implied that he himself would be a much better Commander-in-Chief and foreign policy negotiator. Ugh. One of the (many) things which makes President Obama so fabulous is his willingness to reach out to forgotten countries around the world. This year, he made a stop to the poverty ridden country of Laos. That is a FIRST for any U.S. president. Obama traveled to Indonesia as a boy and understands Buddhist philosophies. He visited several centuries-old temples in the region. At a town hall meeting in the northern Laos city of Luang Prabang, the president spoke to the Laotian people about the benefits of a multicultural society. He scolded Americans for…

Trump And The Collective Pain-Body – Can We Make It Go Away Now?
Rants / December 7, 2016

It’s about a month since the Orange Menace took the White House. I, like many, am still stunned and in shock. There has to be a reason for this. Right? That’s what I’m asking myself anyway. This is the question I often ask when I don’t know how the hell a cruise ship has crashed into the roof of my house. Enter Eckhart Tolle Those of you familiar with Eckhart Tolle you will understand the term ‘pain-body.’ The pain-body is unresolved emotional pain from the past which creates a negative energy form within the human psyche. It has its active times and dormant times. Basically, whatever gets you riled up will stir up the pain-body. The pain-body manifests within each human being, reflect the individuals past pain. The pain-body also manifests on a large mass scale to reflect the pain a group, region or country has endured. Enter Donald Trump So it was America’s collective pain-body, and the now President-elect Donald Trump’s instincts for marketing, which created an environment whereby half the voters were fooled into electing this orange, trash talking political novice. WTF? I still can’t believe it. Author Eckhart Tolle in his book The Power of Now explains unresolved pain this way:…

Organize Your Research The Old Fashioned Way – With A Big Ass Binder
Rants / November 25, 2016

Organize Your Research The Old Fashioned Way – With A Big Ass Binder Author Scott Sigler offers a great tip to organize your research documents you need for your novel. He suggests printing out the pages and organizing them into ‘a big ass binder.’ His words not mine. The only real down side here is the ink cost for your printer. Other than that it’s the system I use… mostly. It can be annoying to open files on a 15 inch screen when you’ve also got a couple of browsers open with a half a dozen tabs and move them around so you can read the pages and then flip back to the document you were writing in etc. I’m aware that many people love Evernote, Dropbox, Trello, Scrivner and the like, but I find them a hassle. You may be one of those who absolutely swears by Evernote to organize your reseach. I find it a pain to login to yet another account just to remind myself of something or copy and paste a link or pdf. I’ve tried a trial run of Scrivner. Again, another platform that some very successful authors and writers use exclusively. My experience was…

Fat Tony Salerno, Donald Trump And Mob Connections
Rants / November 16, 2016

David Cay Johnston of Politico and Wayne Barret, author of Trump: The Deals and the Downfall, are two investigative reporters who’ve been studying Donald Trump’s business dealings off and on for the last 27 years. They say, without a doubt, there is much evidence to connect Fat Tony Salerno, Donald Trump, and mob connections. Living in New York City I’ve lived in the NYC area for nearly 15 years. I can promise you this; there is not a building you enter, a meal you eat or a cab ride you take in this city that has not in some way, been touched by undocumented labor. This includes Americans who work under the table. I’ve worked in restaurants where out of nearly two dozen employees, there were less than a hand full of Americans. That includes the kitchen staff and managers. I’ve had clients in my business, many of whom work in or own a company in the construction industry, who’ve declared there isn’t a building in the NYC area that goes up without someone getting paid on the sly. Including (and especially) undocumented, out-of-the-country labor. And yes, a few have mob connections. Trump And His Books Donald Trump has written a number of books…

These AMAZING Female Military Pilots (WASP) Finally Get Rewarded (VIDEO)
Rants / November 14, 2016

In WWII there was a little known, and little talked about group of women who helped the military do its job. They were known as The Women Air Service Pilots (WASP). What is a shame, and a blight on record keepers of American history is the fact that the WASP documents were sealed, stamped classified, and unavailable to WWII historians. Too Humble Unlike other stories from the war, the WASP stories were rarely talked about or reported by anyone until the 1970s. This includes the female civilian pilots themselves. According to the National Archives, military records containing reports about the WASP were treated no differently from other records from the war. In general this meant the WASP records weren’t available to researchers for 30 years. WASP is a merger of two preceding groups known as the Women’s Flying Training Detachment (WFTD) and the Women’s Auxiliary Ferrying Squadron (WAFS). These were the pioneering organizations formed by civilian female pilots. These women were employed by the United States Army Air Forces during World War II to fly military aircraft. We’ll Take You Physical restrictions for men entering the air force were ironically less stringent than for the women. The military took female…

#NOTMYPRESIDENT – Cringing at the Thought of a Trump Presidency? – There’s Still Hope
Rants / November 12, 2016

Trump is #NOTMYPRESIDENT Every name on a petition counts. Every vote counts. 2016 is not a year for apathy. Being political aware and active is now a cultural necessity. Have your voice heard and sign one or all of the petitions on this page. Thank you for participating. If he’s not yours either, sign this petition to urge the electors of the Electoral College to consider casting their vote for anyone but Trump. Have your voice heard. SIGN HERE….. Wanna get rid of Bannon???… Here You GO…

Congress Has Immediate Second Thoughts Over JASTA (VIDEO)
Rants / October 24, 2016

Congress Has Immediate Second Thoughts Over JASTA (VIDEO) The JASTA bill, known as the Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism Act (JASTA) may have negative consequences which put U.S. service members overseas, at risk legally. The JASTA bill allows victims to sue foreign government bodies or individuals of terrorism for attacks on U.S. soil. Congress over rode the president’s veto with an overwhelming majority. However, just 24 hours later two top Republican leaders admitted the bill suddenly needed changes. The White House came back with a quick and frustrated we-told-you-so. Although, the JASTA bill could open up trouble from other countries who could use it to launch legal suits against the U.S. The bill is aimed at Saudi Arabia’s ruling family as they are long suspected of being linked to 9/11. Fifteen of the nineteen hijackers on 9/11 were Saudi Arabian citizens. Of course, Saudi Arabia denies any connection to the 9/11 attacks on the Pentagon and the World Trade Center building and lobbied heavily against the bill. At an exclusive CNN town hall meeting with Jake Tapper, Obama called the override a “dangerous precedent.” Apparently many of the officials who voted on the JASTA bill didn’t know exactly what was…

The Face Of Viral Fame: The Man In The Red Sweater (VIDEO)
Rants / October 19, 2016

The Face Of Viral Fame: Ken Bone – The Man In The Red Sweater  (VIDEO) Watching the second presidential debate it became clear there is no love loss between these two candidates. Both Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton were asked to answer the same questions from audience members. One of them made the asker an instant viral sensation. Ken Bone’s question was: “What steps will your energy policy take to meet our energy needs while at the same time remaining environmentally friendly and minimizing job loss for fossil power plant employees?”   It was a great question and allowed Clinton to get into her nuanced stance on how our energy needs are entangled with the need to protect our environment.   She also made the point that she didn’t want to exclude workers who were currently working in the coal industry. So, Why The Instant Internet Fame?   Maybe it was the name, Ken Bone. It’s easy to pronounce and makes you think of steak. Maybe it was the thick, black-rimmed glasses that made us think of someone reminiscent of Harry Potter.   Maybe it was the cute little lisp and mustachioed lip. Maybe it’s was the extra large red sweater and white shirt that said he should be asking kids if they…