The Trump Primer Reminder

Beware yee who are closed-of-mind and lovers of Trumpism for that is the ultimate blindness.

Who is the real Donald Trump, and did the media have a reason to lie about that Donald for the last 70 years before he ran for and became the President of the United States thanks to being the only republic with a flawed and outdated Electoral College? The rest of the republics and/or democracies in the world use the popular vote, the one Trump lost.

Because Trump is a malignant narcissist and psychopath that craves attention and his cult of worshipers, he has a long history documented by the media and the courts.


Listen to Trump bragging about kissing and groping women without permission. He said, “And when you’re a star they let you do it. You can do anything.”

Politico reported, “Donald Trump might be one of the most deeply studied presidential candidates ever. Beginning in the early 1990s, as the real estate mogul dealt with corporate calamities, and until last year, when he descended the escalator at Trump Tower to announce his candidacy, a half-dozen serious biographies have been written about a man who has imprinted himself on American culture in towering gold letters. But those biographies—which dig into Trump’s family history, his early business successes and later financial disasters, his tabloid sex scandals and the television showmanship that saved him—had largely receded into the depths of Amazon’s bestseller list. Now those books—which have not always been to Trump’s liking; he sued one of the authors unsuccessfully for libel—have become precious source material for those eager to explain Trump ….”

In fact, Trump is not a great negotiator. The evidence he is a failure is the fact that he has been involved in more than 4,000 court cases. Great, honest negotiators rarely end up in court and seldom if ever lose when they do, because honesty works.

USA Today dug deep in Trump’s court history. He doesn’t win them all and many of them came about because he is a horrible negotiator and often breaks the contracts he signed.  There are words for that: liar and fraud.

In addition, Donald Trump is a malignant narcissist and this makes him very dangers as the President of the United States.

The American Psychiatry Association has a nine-point checklist for narcissism – if someone displays just five of the traits, they have Narcissistic Personality Disorder:

  • Has a grandiose sense of self-importance (e.g., exaggerates achievements and talents, expects to be recognized as superior without commensurate achievements).
  • Is preoccupied with fantasies of unlimited success, power, brilliance, beauty, or ideal love.
  • Believes that he or she is “special” and unique and can only be understood by, or should associate with, other special or high-status people (or institutions).
  • Requires excessive admiration.
  • Has a sense of entitlement, i.e., unreasonable expectations of especially favourable treatment or automatic compliance with his or her expectations.
  • Is interpersonally exploitative, i.e., takes advantage of others to achieve his or her own ends.
  • Lacks empathy: is unwilling to recognise or identify with the feelings and needs of others.
  • Is often envious of others or believes that others are envious of him or her.
  • Shows arrogant, haughty behaviours or attitudes.

Even Trump’s most ardent supporters will have trouble denying at least five of those characteristics. I think there is evidence from Trump’s long history of behavior for all nine. For more about Trump’s dangerous mental illness, read The Mind of Donald Trump.

Then there’s Trump’s long history with organized crime from the United States to Russia. Politico reports, “Trump’s career has benefited from a decades-long and largely successful effort to limit and deflect law enforcement investigations into his dealings with top mobsters, organized crime associates, labor fixers, corrupt union leaders, con artists and even a one-time drug trafficker whom Trump retained as the head of his personal helicopter service.”

Then there are the biographies written before 2016.

The Art of Being Donald Trump by Timothy L. O’Brien was first published in 2005.

“Somewhere there is another country, far beyond the pale, known as Bad Taste, and Trump has devoted his life to racing through it and staking as many private claims as possible, pausing only to yodel back to the homeland songs of himself.”― Michael Lewis, author of Liar’s Poker and Moneyball

Trumped: The Inside Story of the Real Donald Trump-His Cunning Rise and Spectacular Fall by John R. O’Donnell and James Rutherford was first published in 1991.

“As chief operating officer at Trump Plaza, O’Donnell was in almost daily contact with his boss. If familiarity did not breed contempt, it eventually led to distaste. Trump at work emerges here as a cocksure boor who pays precious little attention to detail and pins the blame for his own misjudgments on subordinates. While he seems surprisingly dumb when it comes to weighing a deal’s downside risks against its potential rewards, he apparently suffers from near- terminal overconfidence. … And Trump at play with his yacht, helicopter, and other trophies is an equally unappealing eminence. A lover of gossip, The Donald has a phobia about germs, which makes him reluctant to shake hands with high-rolling customers or mingle with the celebs he adores and caters to. Nor does the abstemious Trump have a talent for extramarital flings. A long-running, oddly joyous affair with Marla Maples cost him his marriage to Ivana—and a good deal more.”

Let’s hope the next time Trump fails and falls, and he will because he had a history of failure, he doesn’t take all of humanity with him.

For more books about Trump, here’s the complete list. Stick to the books about Trump that came before 2016 and his political life as a candidate and then President of the United States.

There might not be much time left to read these books. If Trump is the Anti-Christ, and even he doesn’t know if he is (he is that ignorant), then the Trump Apocalypse will take place and that will lead to the Biblical one and the end of our species. Who will inherit the earth after we are gone: dogs, cats, cockroaches, ants, or rats?

This post was written lest we forget who the 45th President of the United States is because too many Americans are becoming globally infamous for being citizens of the fattest country on the planet (while a billion people around the world face starvation), for their short attention spans, even shorter memoires, and their ability to be easily fooled by false facts and conspiracy theories. I wonder if all that fat has anything to do with it. After all, too much body fat is bad for the brain. If true, maybe we can blame the rise of Trumpism on fast food, and The Donald loves fast food.

History.org says, “A 1786 essay refers to an early, non-English form of the familiar saying ‘Fool me once, shame on you; fool me twice, shame on me.’”

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Lloyd Lofthouse is a former U.S. Marine and Vietnam combat veteran with a BA in journalism and an MFA in writing, who taught in the public schools for thirty years (1975 – 2005).

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Latest Evidence Reveals Trump and Russia Work Together

Recent government leaks reveal that Russians hacked voting machines in some U.S. states to revise the results. If true, Trump could be America’s first illegal president, but will the Republican Party that holds majorities in both Houses of Congress allow an investigation to find out the actual facts and not the alternative facts? The Intercept reports, “RUSSIAN MILITARY INTELLIGENCE executed a cyberattack on at least one U.S. voting software supplier and sent spear-phishing emails to more than 100 local election officials just days before last November’s presidential election, according to a highly classified intelligence report obtained by The Intercept.”

Donald Trump, the allegedly first illegal president of the United States, recently returned from the Middle East where he made a deal to sell more than $100-billion in weapons to Saudi Arabia, a country that has been linked to financial support for Al Qaeda and ISIS. Fifteen of the 19 terrorists that took part in the 9/11 terrorist attack in New York City that brought down the World Trade Center came from Saudi Arabia, a country that is not on Trump’s list to ban Muslim immigrants (Syria, Iran, Libya, Sudan, Yemen and Somalia). People.com reports, “Of this list, zero fatal attacks were carried out by immigrants from the seven (the 7th country was Iraq but Trump later dropped it from the list) Muslim-majority countries targeted by the ban.”

Trump then flew to Europe where he alienated the European Union and NATO, America’s long-time and most trusted allies that are also all democracies.

It is obvious that the United States could not have a worse enemy than Donald Trump. Thanks to the Kremlin’s Agent Orange, that serial lying, fraud, and malignant narcissist in the White House, who Tweeted credit for the latest crisis, a country in the Middle East that hosts a large U.S. airbase with 10,000 American troops, the U.S. now stands on the brink of losing that base and possibly seeing a new war break out that will be fought between its own allies.

OZY News reports that “US Says Russian Hacking May Have Sparked Qatar Crisis”.

The FBI’s reportedly confirmed that a Qatari news site was hacked last month to plant a story falsely attributing inflammatory remarks to Qatar’s leader, prompting several other Gulf nations to sever diplomatic relations. Officials say Russian sources were behind the hack, attempting to destabilize the region.

While Foreign Policy Magazine (June 7, 2017) breaks this news: “Qatar fallout. Operations at the massive Al Udeid air base in Qatar, which houses over 10,000 U.S. military personnel, appear to be running as normal despite the harsh — and unexpected — economic blockade put in place this week by five other Gulf countries, and president Trump’s Tweeted approval of the move, in which he took credit for the action.

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The Ransomware that Took Out My Desktop

The Ransomware that invaded my desktop was called Zeus.

Trend Micro says, “Ransomware is a type of malware that prevents or limits users from accessing their system, either by locking the system’s screen or by locking the users’ files unless a ransom is paid.” To learn how Ransomware arrives on a computer, click the link in this paragraph and read Trend Micro’s post.

The Ransomware that invaded my desktop on February 12, 2017 popped up on the right screen through Firefox and my g-mail account.

The invasion took place in stages.

I use three browsers: Explorer, Google Chrome, and Firefox and two are often running at the same time since I use two screens with my desktop. The left screen is used for Google Chrome and the right screen for Firefox.

My first attempt was to restore my system to an earlier date but there was no early date. I think Zeus got rid of that option because that has never happened before. Restore has always worked to deal with similar problems, but not this time.

Zeus took over my right screen on Sunday and flashed a loud message that I had to obey or else. It was noisy and irritating. To get rid of it, I deleted the Firefox browser from my computer.

I thought I’d defeated the threat, but I was wrong.

Google Chrome kept working and Zeus didn’t appear again.  It wasn’t until late Monday morning on February 13 that I couldn’t access any of the files stored on the desktop’s hard drive. Then the desktop stopped working.

I now know that Symantec.com offers a free removal tool for Zeus. “Our free tool will check if your computer is infected by Gameover Zeus and remove the Trojan if it’s found.” In fact, most if not all computer security programs like Norton offer some protection from Ransomware.

Zeus isn’t the only Ransomware out there, so beware.

The security program I was using at the time of the Zeus attack was Bitdefender and it had been offering me Ransomware protection for several weeks at no additional cost, but every time I attempted to accept it, I found the process too time-consuming and confusing, so I didn’t follow through. If it had been a simple and easy process, that ransomware protection would have been active.

Anyway, don’t do what I did. After I deleted Firefox from my desktop, I used Google Chrome and continued to use both of my screens through that one browser. I never saw the Zeus pop-up Ransomware screen again, but Zeus was still there hidden away in my operating system eating it.

On Tuesday, a friend recommended that I take my desktop to R Computer that another combat vet he knew, who has trust issues, swore by.

The R Computer tech said that there is no 100-percent protection from a computer virus like the Zeus Ransomware. Some security programs are just better than others.

The R Computer tech struggled valiantly through the rest of the week to get rid of Zeus and recover the desktop’s operating system, programs, and files, but there was no easy fix because the hard drive was also dead.

The stress from the Zeus virus must have shortened the harddrive’s lifespan.

Nothing lasts forever and hard drives have lifespans too. To find out if there is an average lifespan for hard drives, I turned to LifeHacker.com . Life Hacker says, “Any hard drive in active use is essentially a ticking bomb. Let’s be honest: It’s not a matter of if a hard drive fails, it’s a matter of when, and how lucky you’ll get postponing that as long as possible. If you’re really lucky, it’ll be after you’ve upgraded to a new one. If you’re unlucky, it’ll be in a matter of months or years, and when it does die, we can only hope you’ve made sure to back up your computer before it happens.”

As the week slipped by without a computer and internet access, I felt lost, but adjusted and started to read more from real books and go out more often. I even went on a 3-mile solo walk, something I seldom do since I prefer walking with a friend or a group. It didn’t take long before I realized that the internet and social media is an addiction that destroys life in the real world outside of cyberspace.

Planning to spend more time away from the computer, I wondered if there was a 12-step program to help. If you are interested, I Googled “cyber addiction” and found ITAA, Internet & Tech Addiction Anonymous that offers a 12-step program.

If it was only the internet and social media at stake, I might not be here writing this post, but I’m an author with an addiction for writing that I don’t want to get rid of, and my next book is going through final revisions before I send it off to an editor.  That’s why I bought the laptop last Friday that I’m now using.

I’m glad I’ve been backing up my files on a regular daily basis for more than a decade. 

My desktop is still in the shop. When it comes home, it will have a new solid-state hard drive (with a longer lifespan). and my programs and files will be on it ready for me to get started again.

I have two large 27-inch screens that have been sitting dark for a week, and the 15-inch screen on the new laptop is small in comparison. I admit it. The larger screens spoiled me.

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My Take on the Presidential Debates now that they’re over

The end of the republic and its participatory democracy depends on what kind of president Hillary Clinton (HC) turns out to be if elected, and if the Democrats can take back at least one of the Houses of Congress and hold it.  That will be difficult since the GOP has gerrymandered the states they control to rig local and state elections that keeps them in power (watch the video with this post about how they did it).

If Hillary turns out to be a great president, who isn’t owned by Wall Street as her critics repeatedly allege, then she’ll be in a position to extend America’s lifespan as a republic. After all, as NPR reported, the Clintons have weathered: Whitewater, 1992; Travelgate, 1993; Vince Foster’s Death, 1993; Paula Jones/Monica Lewinsky, 1994; Filegate, 1996; Behngahzi, 2012; the Clinton Foundation, 2015, and the Private Email Server, 2015. For details, click the NPR link above to read their report dated June 21, 2016.

If Donald Trump (DT) wins the White House, the American experiment as a republic with a participatory democracy is over, but that is a very long shot unless DT, Wikileaks, and/or Putin have some serious dirt on HC that will blow her out of the saddle. That dirt, true or not, will have to be powerful enough to overcome all the scandals that Trump keeps adding to his pile of dung, as women continue to reveal more alleged sexual abuse in An Exhaustive List of the Allegations Women Have Made Against Donald Trump.

As for DT coming out of the third debate looking better, the answer is no.  He played to his audience, the deplorables, repeating lies, repeating myths that have never been proven, repeating he can fix everything and only he can do it; she’s a lair, a crook, but he did not appeal to most if not all of the undecideds.

DT did manage to stay behind his podium and control the sniffles that he has claimed, after the other debates, didn’t happen (what a sad-sack of a disgraceful clown this freak of the underworld is). I think, only twice did he actually sniffle in the 3rd debate, and then managed to cut the sniffles short.

His daughter, the one he wants to date and probably grope if he hasn’t already done it, or his entire family, must have sat on him before the debate so he wouldn’t sniff cocaine to boost a bully’s courage. They probably wouldn’t even let him go to the bathroom alone.

But DT double blew it when he refused to say he’d accept the outcome of the election.  He blew it again by disagreeing with the moderator more than once, a conservative FOX network moderator who tossed facts at DT proving Trump wrong more than once, that The Donald refused to accept, or ignored, as he plowed on with his long list of conspiracy theories.

With several screens open, I also fact checked DT on a few  of his always wrong claims, and after the debate, I read what Nate Silver’s site FiveThirtyEight had to say about the debate as the misinformation and/or lies poured out of Trump’s mouth like dirty, greasy, brackish toilet water.

For instance, Trump claimed the women’s allegations, not counting the latest allegation of sexual misconduct that appeared the day after the 3rd debate, had been debunked, but none of the fact checkers found anything to support that latest lie.  The only thing the fact checkers found was a witness on that flight where DT allegedly groped the women sitting next to him. That man said he didn’t see anything happen. Where was this guy seated?  Was he watching DT and the woman every single second? To discover how invalid a more than 30 year old memory is when nothing significant happens, I suggest reading what Oliver Sacks has to say on the subject of the accuracy of memory in Speak, Memory published by The New York Review of Books in February 2013.


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I know enough about how faulty our memoires are to know that this alleged witness probably didn’t even remember flying that day. I mean, do you remember what you were doing more than 30 years ago in detail unless some alleged billionaire, celebrity pervert gave you a reason to remember by sticking his hand up your skirt while reaching for and/or fondling your vagina.

Even Donald Trump probably doesn’t remember the women he has fondled and groped because there have been so many.

Nate Silver has repeatedly pointed out after every debate that it takes about a week for the results to come in through polls to find out if a debate made a difference in public opinion, so we have to wait a few days to see if the odds change dramatically in DT’s favor, or not.

Silver said he was following the overseas betting sites before, during, and after the debate. “Betting markets are completely unmoved so far,” Silver said, “showing almost same odds they did half an hour before the debate (Trump’s at 17.1 percent to win the election now, as compared with 17.4 percent before). Does that mean it’s a draw so far? I don’t know. Trump’s been better on the substance than he was in the first two debates. But he’s also been on the verge of losing his temper on a couple of occasions. And Clinton’s probably had her most consistent performance so far.”

What an underworld freak Donald Trump is, because he can’t be human, a creature of nature.

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Where Does Donald Trump Find the Most Support?

According to 24/7 Wall St.com the 10 states with the Most Hate Groups are:

  1. Louisiana
  2. Virginia
  3. Kentucky
  4. Alabama
  5. South Carolina
  6. Tennessee
  7. New Jersey
  8. Idaho
  9. Arkansas
  10. Mississippi

Then there are the top 10 states with the most gun violence:

  1. Tennessee
  2. New Mexico
  3. Oklahoma
  4. Wyoming
  5. Arkansas
  6. Montana
  7. Alabama
  8. Mississippi
  9. Louisiana
  10. Alaska

How many of those states, according to Nate Silver’s Forecast on FiveThirtyEight.com (on 10-8 @ 9:46 a.m.) support Donald Trump vs. Hillary Clinton and what are the odds.

Only New Jersey (95.9 percent to 4.1 percent for Donald Trump), New Mexico (93 percent to 6.2 percent for Trump), and Virgina (90.1 percent to 9.1 percent for Trump) are forecast to support Hillary Clinton.

The rest of the top 10 most racist and gun violent states are all solidly behind Donald Trump helping explain why they support this racist, bully, misogynistic, serial liar, and fraud.

  1. Alaska (71.8 percent) and Mississippi (94.1 percent)
  2. Louisiana (96 percent) and Arkansas (98 percent)
  3. Mississippi (see 1st place) and Idaho (98.8 percent)
  4. Alabama (99.6 percent)
  5. Montana (98 percent) and Tennessee (96.3 percent)
  6. Arkansas (see 2nd place) and South Carolina (86.1 percent)
  7. Wyoming (98 percent) and Alabama (see 4th place)
  8. Oklahoma (99.3 percent) and Kentucky (96.6 percent)
  9. Both New Mexico and Virginia are forecast to support Hillary Clinton
  10. Tennessee (see 5th place) and Louisiana (see 2nd place)

What about the ten most uneducated states? For that answer I take you back to 24/7 WallSt.com.

Starting with last place:

  1. West Virginia (the forecast is 99.1 percent for Trump)
    49. Mississippi (the forecast is 95.1 percent for Trump)
    48. Arkansas (the forecast is 98 percent for Trump)
    47. Kentucky (the forecast is 96.6 percent for Trump)
    46. Louisiana (the forecast is 96 percent for Trump)
    45. Nevada (the forecast is 31.2 percent for Trump)
    44. Alabama (the forecast is 99.6 percent for Trump)
    43. Oklahoma (the forecast is 99.3 percent for Trump)
    42. Indiana (the forecast is 89.1 percent for Trump)
    41. Idaho (the forecast is 98.9 percent for Trump)

Now that you have these facts, what do you think the reason is that Trump has so much support in most of these top ten most violent, most racist and least educated states?

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Lloyd Lofthouse is a former U.S. Marine and Vietnam Veteran, with a BA in journalism and an MFA in writing, who taught in the public schools for thirty years (1975 – 2005).

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Tis the season for donating and contributing your money to scam artists and frauds

The Internet has created a golden opportunity for charities, nonprofits and crooks alike. In the last week alone, if I had contributed even $5 to each of the e-mails that flooded my in-box asking for money, I’d eventually end up broke, homeless and starving.

For instance, just today, the last day of the Year, December 31, 2015, another deluge of e-mails asking for donations flooded in, and I’m not counting the petitions that ask for my signature or advertisements that make life altering promises to bless your life with whatever they want you to buy.

For instance, in one e-mail, Nancy Pelosi was asking for a $5 or $10 dollar donation to help beat the Republicans at the voting booth in 2016. I’m not a Democrat. I’m an independent voter. Pelosi sends several e-mails like this every week. Sometimes I reply and tell her what I really think about both of the corrupt major political parties. She never replies, but she does keep sending endless requests for contributions.

In another e-mail, Tammy Baldwin begged me to donate, so the (power hungry, greedy, never have enough) Koch brothers could be defeated in their attempt to buy America. She asked for $5, $10, $25 or another amount.

In a 3rd e-mail, someone called John Seller via the Other98% wrote that the “Other98 is just a few thousand bucks short of our fundraising goal for the year!”  John said, “Can you chip in $3 or more before the year is over?”

No, John, I will not chip in. When I scrolled through John’s e-mail, I discovered that my $3 or more would have helped keep dirty oil, gas, and coal in the ground, and fight for fair wages and clean jobs for all, etc.

  1. Diana Aviv, who claims to be the CEO of Feeding America, asked for a tax-deductible contribution and said the “need is urgent and the clock is ticking down.”

I thought: Wait, my federal income taxes already held fund SNAP (federally funded food stamps) so I’m already helping to feed Americans who don’t earn enough to feed their families.

Five ended in my Spam folder, and five asked me to rush $20 or more – or whatever you can afford – to Soldiers’ Angels? They said, Dear Friends, “Any last minute donation you can give will go far to ensure that our military service members, veterans, wounded warriors, and military families also have a strong start in 2016.”

But I’m a veteran, and the troops are paid monthly for their service to their country and the job comes with free room and board, and most wounded warriors disabled in combat earn disability payments for life through the Veterans Administration.

  1. Oprah, who is a billionaire, sent a newsletter, that I never open or read, except for this post, and she said “Let’s do this together – join me,” but Weight Watchers is not free. The plans start at $4.61 and go up from there depending on the plan you sign up for. I wonder how much Weight Watchers pays Oprah to advertise for them so underpaid and overweight workers will hand over their money to lose weight.
  2. National People’s Action asked me to donate so they could meet their goal of raising $5,000, and if I gave them $25, they’d send me an NPA T-shirt as a special thank you. They claimed they would use the money to fight for social change.

I asked myself, what kind of social change—would my money be used to support the right to life movement that wants to make abortions illegal or the right for a woman to make the legal choice for herself if she wants an abortion?

  1. In another e-mail, End Citizens United.org suggested that I support them with $5.00, and that I should rush my donation by midnight to become an “Early 2015 Member and we’ll send you a limited-edition membership card in the mail.”

Wow, I thought, what an offer—a limited edition membership card!

  1. Lindsay Wildlife wrote in their e-mail, “Until the clock strikes midnight, you may still support Lindsay in 2015 by making a gift. Your dollars benefit education and respect for wildlife, both now and in the future.”
  2. Brig. Gen. John I. Pray, Jr (ret) asked for $60 to $250, claiming it was “a much-needed donation to help support our military, veterans and their families. … Every dollar helps us support the brave military and their families who work so hard to protect the freedoms we enjoy daily.”

But I already think that our taxes supports the largest bloated defense budget in the world that is supposed to also pay our troops enough to help support their families. If U.S. military families are so destitute and poor, where is that $800 billion going every year that funds America’s huge military machine?

  1. General (Ret.) Wesley Clark asked me to contribute $3 to VoteVets before midnight. Retired General Clark mentioned the Koch brothers and Donald Trump to stir fear that might motivate me to give them what little money I have left.
  2. Writer’s Digest generously offered 30% OFF Digital Products and made sure that I knew the offer ends December 31, but these Writers Digest offers arrive almost every day in my in-box, so in a few days or weeks, the same offer will probably arrive again. I delete most of them without opening.
  3. Sherrod Brown, another politician like Pelosi and Baldwin, threw out the names of the Koch Brothers and Karl Rove to strike fear in my heart, and then asked me to donate from $5, $10, $25 or more. Brown said, “The Koch brothers and Karl Rove are here to stay. Luckily, so are we. We beat these groups back in 2012 by coming together, one small donation at a time, and organizing for the things that matter to us. We can’t stop that now.”
  4. Elizabeth Warren for Senate asked for a donation in another e-mail, but no suggested amount was mentioned. Curious, I clicked the link to donate and discovered that the starting donation was $5 and it goes up from there to $500 or more. Warren, if it was really Warren, said, “If we’re going to step up our fight for America’s middle class, Democrats must take the majority in the Senate in 2016. It’s that simple.”
  5. In the next e-mail that I opened, Steve Anderson said this would be his last email. And then he asked me to donate to OpenMedia to help protect Net Neutrality. In the PS, Anderson, whoever he is, asked me to give monthly. Anderson said, “Don’t let this opportunity slip away—please chip in now so we can continue defending your rights in 2016.”

I had to stop listing all the desperate pleas for money, and I still had twenty-one more that I hadn’t opened that I could have added to the list—with eight more hours left until the birth of 2016.

ALERT: Be careful who you donate your hard earned money to, because Consumer Affairs.com reports that there are many charity scams and it has been revealed that these telemarketers or e-mail marketers pocket most of the funds they solicit for charities and nonprofits. In fact, for-profit fundraisers keep 52 cents of every dollar they raised.

For instance, remember those retired generals who asked me for money to help needy military families and veterans. Well, it helps to be informed when donating to veterans charities. Consumer Affairs reports, “There are a number of legitimate charitable organizations working to help veterans, active-duty personnel, and their families. Unfortunately, unscrupulous individuals capitalize on consumer patriotism to perpetuate fraud and make a quick profit. The AG’s office says it has received reports of potentially fraudulent activities.”

In addition, James Limback, a Washington D. C. reporter for more than thirty years, writes, “’Tis the season for many consumers to open their hearts and wallets to a variety of charities. But National Consumers League (NCL), the nation’s oldest consumer advocacy organization, has issued an alert to consumers that con artists may take advantage of their generosity this time of year with bogus charities posing as legitimate ones.

“It’s that time of year again when we begin to hear from consumers about crooks’ attempts to take advantage of the holiday giving season for their personal gain,” said NCL Executive Director Sally Greenberg. “If you’re thinking of giving to a charity this season, good for you! But be careful — some scammers out there may be looking to take advantage of your generosity.”

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Lloyd Lofthouse is a former U.S. Marine and Vietnam Veteran,
who taught in the public schools for thirty years (1975 – 2005).

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A preview of what will happen if the GOP controls all three branches of the federal government

To find out, start by looking at North Carolina. Diane Ravitch reports, “In 2010, Republicans swept control of the Legislature in North Carolina for the first time in a century. Two years later, a Republican governor was elected. Since then, the Republicans have sought to shred any safety net for anyone who needed it.” Click the link in this paragraph to read the rest. It’s much worse than you might think.

What is happening in North Carolina is the perfect far-right conservative storm to destroy the United State if the GOP continues to add states to its list and seats in both Houses of the U.S. Congress. If the GOP wins the presidential election in 2016 and keeps both Houses of Congress along with its current five seat conservative majority in the Supreme Court, what is happening in North Carolina will repeat across the country in every state. America will become the House of Punishment and prison populations will soar along with more laws designed to send people to those prisons for longer sentences. If you think America is a free country, then why are so many Americans in prison—the U.S. is ranked number one? Guess who is #2 and #3. Click the link in this paragraph to find out.

For instance, who started the war on drugs? A GOP president. His name was Richard Nixon, the only president of the United States to resign from office to avoid facing impeachment. In the late 1970s, under President Carter, a Democrat, drug arrests fell. But the overall trend starting in the 1980s was upward with increased arrests. Who was the GOP president during the 1980s—one guess?

Under GOP President George H. W. Bush, who was president from 1989 to 1993, drug arrests climbed again, and then under Clinton they fluctuated, but under President G. W. Bush, arrests started to climb again. Drug arrests in 2006, were 3.25 times what they were in 1980.

Imagine, ending up in prison because of an addiction that is a disease.

What Is Drug Addiction?

Addiction is a chronic, often relapsing brain disease that causes compulsive drug seeking and use, despite harmful consequences to the addicted individual and to those around him or her. Although the initial decision to take drugs is voluntary for most people, the brain changes that occur over time challenge an addicted person’s self-control and hamper his or her ability to resist intense impulses to take drugs. – Drug Abuse.gov

This is a preview of our world if the GOP rules the United States without the possibility of compromise—a world where women can go to prison for taking pain killers when they are pregnant, and that is already happening in some states dominated by the GOP.

Take a Valium, Lose Your Kids, Go to Jailpropublica.org

In Alabama—a state dominated by the GOP—anti-drug fervor and abortion politics have turned a meth-lab law into the country’s harsher weapons against pregnant women.

Other States that Take a Hard Line:

  • South Carolina – 100% GOP dominated
  • Tennessee – 100% GOP dominated
  • Wisconsin – 100% GOP dominated

The GOP will win if too many registered Democrats and independent voters do NOT vote, because that is the reason the GOP has been winning elections in recent years—not because the majority of Americans are voting for far-right conservatives. Voters also have to be aware of fake Democrats running for election. Some of them are neo-liberals, and it is arguable that only fools and ignorant people vote for neo-liberals.

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Lloyd Lofthouse is a former U.S. Marine and Vietnam Veteran,
who taught in the public schools for thirty years (1975 – 2005).

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Lofthouse’s first novel was the award winning historical fiction My Splendid Concubine [3rd edition]. His second novel was the award winning thriller Running with the Enemy followed by his award winning memoir Crazy is Normal.

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