A New Blog Format.

I have an idea. I will change the format of my blog posts, and post just one word each day on my blog. I will see how this goes. My blog posts will be different. But each day I will increase the length of my posts by one single word. It will not be a “cryptic message,” of some type of “puzzle” to solve. Nor will the post be tied to a message of several days postsing put together. Each day will be a separate, self contained blog post. Each day’s post will be a different posting, separate and unique from the last day’s posting. I don’t know how long this “experiment” will last. Let’s see.

Writer’s 🧱

As a beginning blogger I have struggled to give my blog an identity.   I normally write about things in the news.  Items that catch my interest tend to be “national,” or “global” in nature, such as my antipathy of Donald Trump, the raging COVID-19, which has turned into a “COVID-21,” and  environmental, civil rights, and our current democratic crisis.   But I have much more than this to write about, such as sports, psychology, even “sports psychology,”  and cultural ideas and matters, such as books, movies, religion, art, science, theater, literature, music, and “trivia and other stuff.”

I have written in the past that I am not a novelist.  In other words, I have never written a book a fiction (at least not intentionally), nor do I have manuscripts hidden away in any vault or in my flat or self-storage space “waiting to be published.”  It’s not that I have anything against writing works of fiction.  But writing fictional accounts requires an author to have a grand plan, or over arching design of a general plot, and then an idea of characters and a design.  A story that includes more than one character is essential for the general plot, the exploration of relationships, a running dialog, and chatacter growth and development.   Not saying that it can’t be done, and there is no telling if I have one of these stories “in the caverns of my creative mind.”

Moreover, my blog is sort of like the “classic personal blog” of sorts.  This is a blog that covers thoughts of mine throughout the day.  It is a various mix of news, personal opinions, with an assortment of facts, ideas, hopes, dreams, and trivia and such.  So a personal blog could be about anything.

I’ve noticed many bloggers want to stay away from controversial topics such as politics, religion, and sex.  Alternatively,  many of these folks may want to wright about the pleasures of a destressing mineral bath, or give affordable vegan recipes for breakfast lunch or dinner, or settle the age old debate about what viewing order you should binge watch the entire Star Wars saga.  Or maybe the writer wants to give relationship advice, or just write about anything other than politics, religion, or sex (PRS).

I say, if you are reticent in the least to write about the “taboo” subjects of PRS, then maybe you should “dip your toe in the water” slowly, gradually so that you can get a sense of what you reading public can take as far as contoversal topics are concerned.

Finally, I will just encourage everyone to read and write each and every day.  I don’t know if there are scientific studies that show that reading and writing help keep connections in the brain to help ward off dementia or Alzheimers Disease.  So this may even be a subject that I may delve into, for another blog post.  See how easy it is to get ideas?  All you have to do is pick up your phone, or laptop, or keyboard,  and “whalla❗”  you can get ideas to write.  In fact, as I write this I am seeing a press conference with LaTisha James announcing Governor Andrew Cuomo has been indicted on charges that he sexually harassed a number of women on his executive and campaign staff.  So if you ever want to get any sort of a smattering of ideas to write about.  Just turn on the news.  But turn OFF the news at least 45 minutes before you go to bed at night….  You want to get plenty of sleep for the next day, which I am sure you will have plenty of stuff to write about then.

TRUMP DESPERATE to REGAIN POWER as Debts Pile Up

Former United States President Donald J. Trump is feeling the walls of justice inching closer and closer to him.  He is desperately trying to regain the power that he lost in the the November 2020 election, that he will do or scheme literally any prop or device to make him regain the power that he lost, because TRUMP LOST THE 2020 PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION.

One of the benefits of being United States President that Donald Trump coveted so much was the power of being immune to any type of potential prosecution that he may have had.  Trump was impeached twice for various abuses of power, but he was never convicted by a Republican controlled United States Senate.  Even though Democrats picked up two seats in the Senate in 2020, bringing the total number of reliable Democratic votes in the US Senate to a total of 48*, this is still is still not enough votes to convict Trump for any wrongdoing.  A United States President needs two-thirds, or sixty six votes in the United States Senate  to be convicted, or unseated after being impeached in the United States House of Representatives. Trump also had US Attorney General, the head of the US Department  of Justice Bill Barr protect him from wrongdoing, by citing an Office of Legal Counsel opinion that stated that the United States ehief executive (President of the United States ) can not be convicted with any crime while the President is in office.  The rational was that any charge would distract the president from performing his official duties.  This was crucial in the Trump Russian investigation where Trump was not found to be guilty of any wrongdoing. 
(*- Senators Joe Manchin and Kyrsten Sinema are Democrats “in name only,” voting for the Republican minority almost as much as voting for the Democrats.  These two senators are not helping Democratic cause at this point.)

This “nondecision” was quickly spun by Trump as “total and complete exoneration,” when in fact Trump was not found “guilty,” or “not guilty” by the Mueller investigative team.

Similarly, Trump was not convincted on the two impeachment trials that he faced while he was the president.  Despite the mountains of evidence that Donald Trump was guilty of trying to make a foriegn foreign president investigate his political opponent Trump was not covicted by the United States Senate for any wrongdoing.  Similarly, Trump was not covicted in 2021, after the United States House of Representatives charged Mr. Trump with inciting his supporters to charge the United States Capitol building on January 6, 2021 while Congress was certifying the 2020 presidential election results and declaring Joe Biden as the winner of the  presidential election.

Now that Mr. Trump is out of office, he has been acquitted of two impeachment trials.  While no president in American History has been convicted during impeachment hearings, no other president in American History has endured two impeachment trials.  Still, Trump was found not guilty in both trials.  Moreover,  Congress did not bar Trump from either running for public office, or holding public office in the future as well.  Former President Donald Trump, persistant and determined, is once again planning and scheming to assume the office of chief executive in less than a month.

The reason why Mr. Trump wants to regain the office of president of the United States is clear: He wants to regain office to give him the immunity that he so much enjoyed while he was the president.   The first impeachment Trump was caught using his influence (infuence peddling) to pressure the Ukrainian president to investigate Trump’s main political rival, Joe Biden, and his son Hunter.  Trump promised the Ukraine could recieve military aid from the United States to fight against Russia only if the Ukrainian president investigated Joe Biden’s son Hunter, who served on the board of Barisma, a Ukrainian energy company.

In the second impeachment trial Trump accused of “incitement of insurrection” at the United States Capitol on January 6, 2021.  While the Democrats in Congress issued compelling evidence that Trump did in fact incite many people to storm the US Capitol building,  Trump was once again protected by the Republican members of the United States Senate, and did not recieve the sixty six votes to convict him of actually inciting an insurrection.

Now Mr. Trump faces yet another legal dilemma.   Now, Donald Trump has returned to civilian life, and his company, “The Trump Organization” is facing numerous counts of bank, insurance, and state, New York City and federal tax evasion charges. Mr. Trump is hoping, by some miracle, that he will somehow get reinstated as President of the United States, so he can enjoy the same immunity from prosecution that he faced when he served as United States President from 2017 until 2020.

There is a bit of a “good news” “bad news” story here.  The “bad news,” and the Trump family certainly has more bad news tgan good, is that  that Donald Trump has a much better chance he could win the jackpots of the bi-weekly Powerball or Megabucks grand prizes than he could become reinstated as the country’s chief executive.  In other words, there is no “Constitutional” way that Donald Trump will be reinstated as the United States’ Commander In Chief any time before 2025.  In order for Trump to regain the White House he would have to run for president again in the 2024 presidential race and win a majority of votes in the “electoral college,” which right now stands at 270 votes. Trump could even win in the electoral college and lose the “popular vote,” just like he did in the November 2016 presidential election, and get reinstated in the White House. In 2016 Hillary Clinton recieved three million more “popular votes” (votes from individual voters) than Donald Trump recieved.  But Clinton lost in the electoral college, which is counted in “winner take all”  fashion in blocks, state by state, to Trump, who won certain key states in the narrowest of margins, which made in win the presidency.   Again, the bad news for Mr. Trump is that there is no other way for Mr. Trump to regain the presidency that is delineated in the United States Constitution,  which is the “owner’s manual” of how the United States federal government works. 

Donald Trump is facing more bad news on the horizon, to be sure, including a series of law suits covering a wide variety of subjects, and investigations of the Trump Organization’s efforts to evade state, federal, and local taxes, other financial wrongdoings involving the Trump inaugural committee, and Trump’s involvement of the attacks on the US Capitol on January 6, 2020.

With all this “bad news” on the horizon for Mr. Trump, is there any good news for the firmer Commander In Chief of the United States?  If there is any sliver of any hope that the president may have, it is that Trump will not be heading for prison.  Trump, being a former United States president  will not see the walls of any “maximum security” penitentiaries such as Sing Sing, or Leavenworth, or even a medium security prison, such as the one in Butner North Carolina where the late Bernie Madoff was housed in.  There are many reasons, too many to mention here to list to discuss why it is not pheasable to house a former United States President in a traditional prison environment, but it is suffice to say that former Presidents Donald J. Trump will not be heading for prison any time soon.  As for his children,  I would venture to hypothesize that they will not be heading for prison either.

The biggest worry Donald Trump may have right now is the fate of the Trump Organization.  The Trump Organization is the Trump family’s business entity.   The organization owns many residential and commercial buildings, properties, and golf courses.  The Trump Organization is being investigated by United States federal and New York State authorities that the Organization did not report various incomes and property values to evade payment of taxes.  In lieu of prison sentences,  The Trump Organization may have to pay millions of dollars in uncollected taxes and penalties to government authorities.

Donald Trump is now engaged in a scheme where if he can get back to becoming United States president he will not only avoid prison time, which is unlikely, but also avoid having to pay masdive fines and taxes that will most likely bankrupt the Trump Organization,  the Trump Family,  and Donald Trump personally. This scheme will not work, and I advise Mr. Trump to relax, settle down, and start working with the government and private bill collectors to arrange a payment plan where he can make regular, reasonable, affordable, modest monthly payments to chip away at his growing business debts, overdue taxes, and fines for avoiding taxes for so long.

I wish Donald Trump nothing but the best, and hope that Mr. Trump enjoys a quite constructive,  reflective, active retirement.  Donald Trump has worked hard his entire life.  He deserves a well needed break, so he can improve his golf game, and take in a few operas and symphonies, and begin writing his memoirs.   I look forward to reading them when he completes them.  I also know quite a few folks who have taken a RV from coast to coast enjoying the beauty of this spectacular continent, North America.   I do wish Mr. President: “Bon Voyage❗”  In a way I do envy your freedom and chance to explore all the treasures that America has to offer.  Mr. Trump, thank you for your service.  Now it’s time for serious “ME TIME❗

The Next Hemingway ❓

For many readers you may have noticed that my blog has been erratic in terms of the timing and the frequency of my posts.  I post a blog entry every now and then, writing blog entries whenever I feel like it, and posting even less consistently.   So what would seem like a “noble effort,” or “good intent” on my part, actually turned out to be a product with an erratic output of various posts on various subjects.   Not to toot my horn, but I consider myself a “good writer.”  Not on the level of Hemingway, Clemens, or Fitzgerald, but one who is conversant, readable, and interesting.  A writer who communicates clearly; someone who brings thought provoking content to the screen regularly.   My aim is to continue my quest for writing, and offer some constructive thought provoking content to an Internet sea of convoluted, confusing, conspiracy theories that are so much of the blogosphere today. 

Since I mentioned “Hemingway,  Fitzgerald, and Clemens,” let me say from the outset, that I am NOT a writer of fiction.  At least, not a writer of fiction on this blog.  Of course, I could be.  I quite frankly have never attempted to write a work of fiction.  And, while I certainly have nothing against writing fictional accounts, such as novels, novella, or “short stories,” that does not mean I won’t attempt to write works of fiction.  I certainly could give it a try.  In fact, you never know.  I could write a best selling novel and recieve a Pulitzer Prize for my efforts.  But, let’s just say BEFORE I attempt to write a book of magnificent fiction, I would be better served by READING more works of fiction, just to see what other authors have to offer, so I can get an idea of how to write such fictional works.

I have never been a reader of quantity through my life, but I do read from time to time.  But if you asked me to list all the authors I have attempted to read, the list is not too long.  I just finished reading F. Scotts Fitzgerald’s “The Great Gatsby” for the first time in my life.  The Great Gatsby is undoubtably on many readers’ and writers’ lists of “favorite novels” that they have read in their lifetimes.  The Great Gatsby has repeatedly been assigned to high school and college freshmen in all schools since Fitzgerald’s classic was rediscovered after the Second World War after it was included in a reading series designed to entertain American GIs abroad to ease the bordem and home sickness they faced fighting an enemy on a foreign shore.  I was never assigned it, but it is one of those classic books, along “Moby Dick,” “A Farewell To Arms,” and even works such as “Crime and Punishment,” and “The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe,” that I have never read but heard about my entire life.  I have participated in Moby Dick marathon readings for about a dozen years in Mystic Seaport in Connecticut,  so I did “read” that book or large portions of it, and I did try to get through portions of Crime and Punishment, and other works of classic fiction.  So on second thought, I have read a few works of classic fiction.  But reading is not exactly something I do ON A DAILY BASIS.  So I tell myself, there is still time to catch up on my reading of classic works.  I have heard that the more I read, the better my writing may improve.   I am willing to test my hypothesis on this matter.

So for now, let me close by saying that I am NOT NECESSARILY a writer of fictional accounts in the form of a novel, or a written story or narrative.  But, just as someone who starts a workout regime for the first time, there is always that first time of climbing on that excercise bike or diving in the pool for the first time.  So you never know.  I may be the next “Hemingway” waiting to be discovered.  I just have to wait to be “discovered” for the first time, by none other than the fiercest literary critic I know….MYSELF.

Branson’s Space Jaunt

Richard Branson got his prevebial “fifteen minutes of spaceflight” by launching some fifty miles in the sky and experiencing a “gravity free” environment in his personally outfitted space capsule for an in incredible four minutes.  There are a few columnists who are criticizing the very Sir Richard’s achievement,  however fleeting it may appear compared to the Appollo or Soyez missions of the US and the CCCP. 

But let me offer a bit of perspective.   First, there is no way in the near future that privately held firms will replace the vast amount of resources and capital that governments of all flags have to operate missions to our neighbors of the Earth, namely Mars, the moon, and Venus.   So NASA does not have to worry about competition comming from Branson, Musk, or Bezos, in terms of travel to otherly worlds, in at least the near term, which would include the lifetimes of the aforementioned Branson, Musk, and Bezos.  A more realistic and viable alternative would be a partnership of all three plus the government to have a mission to complete or orbit around the planet of Venus.

Venus has been characterized as “Earth’s sister planet,” although it is far too hot and with no oxygen and an abundance of carbon dioxide to prevent Earthlings from getting anywhere near the planet, let alone land on it.  But we could possibly get maybe a million miles from Venus’s surface to perform a “fly around,” just to get a little bit closer to the planet observe the atmosphere.  This would be an ambitious undertaking, and maybe not even feasible considering Vensus’s proximity to the sun, making the “mission” even more “impossible.”  And this mission, if even remotely considered, would in no way, shape, or form be able to accommodate any “tourist,” as it would take years of planning, rehersal, and preparation on behalfod the public and private sector actors, if they choose to accept such bold undertaking.   Currently no such project is being considered,  as the attomphere of Venus is made up of at least eighty five percent carbon dioxide, giving the planet an overgrown “greenhouse effect on steriods.”

This fly-by of Venus and the Mars mission, slated for 2030 are not for the faint of heart, rank amatures, or tourists. These missions require astronauts who are in shape and know that they have a good chance that they will not make it bsck to the Earth alive. Money can buy a person lots of things. Going into “space” should not be one of them. Save your money on a gym membership. Use this to get into shape so that one day you can possibly be in a good enough shape to take a space flight that will last a bit longer than a mere fifteen minutes, hovering just over fifty miles from the Earth’s sea level.

Sore Loser In Chief

So what does former president Donald J. Trump have to look forward to?  After four years of “service” to this country, what is NEXT that he can look firward to doing, or participating in.  First of all, before we get into all the legal and financial details of Trump’s future, which will no doubt be the subject of many more blog posts to come, let us consider where exactly is Trump in terms of American History.  There are other presidents who have lost elections to subsequently ein the presidency.   Donald Trump’s latest nemesis, Joe Biden, ran for president twice before winning the post in 2020.  Before that, Hillary Clinton ran for the Democratic Party’s nomination in 2008 before losing it to Barack Obama, who served in the nation’s top post firvtwo years. Clinton won the Democratic nomination in 2016, only to lose to “The Donald” in electoral votes, even though Clinton recieved three million more votes than Trump did in the 2016 election for president.  Before that, Ronald Reagan lost the Republican nomination for president in 1976, only to recieve the Republican nomination in 1980 and serve two terms as president. There are other examples of candidates that lost during thier first campaigns only to make stunning come back wins for the presidency.  Richard Nixon is another example of a candidate who famously lost the presidential contest of 1960, only to win the presidency in 1968.  These are but a few recent examples of candidates losing the nomination or presidential contests before they eventually won the presidency.   And many extremely well qualified presidential candidates run many times for the office of chief executive and do not win at all.  The fact is that there can only be one president serving at a time, and there are many more losers than winners who take the chance to run in the first place.

But never in American history has a candidate who lost the election for United States president ever never conceded.  Never has a losing candidate ever called for and demanded recounts, audits, and investigations of the election results months after the results were certified and made public.  Never has a losing presidential candidate made loud, vigorous, strident, repeated unsubstantiated claims of voter fraud in an election for United States president, sowing seeds of doubt into the minds of millions of voters who voted for him in the fall of 2020.  In fact, most of the losers of the contest for president have been quite gracious.  Virtually every losing major party candidate at least attends the inauguration of the winning candidate, and is a good sport about it.

Herbert Hoover was famously not a “good sport” about losing the presidential election of 1932.  Hoover lost by seven million popular votes and over four hundred electoral votes in an election that took place in a beginning of a worldwide economic depression that would last some sixteen years after this election.   Many American voters wanted a change to the country’s top public official, as they suffered economic pain during the depression.  But, even though Hoover’s loss was bitter, and there was a famous photograph of both Hoover and FDR in the same automobile heading to the inaugural ceremonies, Hoover did the right thing by attending FDR’s inauguration and let the process of the peaceful transfer of power take place in our nation’s capital. Hoover was not happy, but he was dignified and respectful to Mr. Roosevelt and the nation’s norms as political power transfered from one party to another as it did since our federal system was created some seven score prior to FDR’s inauguration.

Donald Trump, on the other hand, is anything but gracious and respectful. He has said on repeated occations that the voting process in the United States of America is rigged and fraudulent, and the only way the Democratic Party candidate could have won the election is if the Democratic Party somewhow committed fraud and actually switched or “stole” the votes.  Trump himself personally asked. The Georgia Secretary of State to “find 12,000 votes.” Trump was used to instructing employees to perform extra legal or in many cases, illegal actions.  Trump has praised the so-called  “auditing firm,” Cyber Ninjas, to say what a wonderful and necessary job they are doing.  The Cyber Ninjas have never conducted an audit such as this, auditing a presidential election election before. President Trump (I do call him president out of respect for the office. Other former presidents such as Carter, Obama, Clinton the “Two Bushes,” and even Nixon and every other president who occupied the office are customarily referred to as “president” until they die.) has said that he is expecting to return to the presidency sometime in August of 2021, after the “audits” of the 2020 US presidential elections are completed in a number of states including Arizona, Pennsylvania, Georgia, and Michigan, all states that coincidentally, Trump lost to the current United States president, Joseph Robinette Biden.

I will speculate in another blog post about why President Trump is not conceding the election, or being gracious and respectful to his opponent, who won the election, Joe Biden. My theory is that while in office, as United States president, Donald Trump enjoyed criminal immunity. This meant that he was protected from criminal indictment, as US presidents are “immune,” or exempt from criminal prosecution while in office. Trump, now a private citizen, and no longer holding the office of president does not have this immunity from prosecution and he desperately wants to become the president again so he does not have to face the consequences of justice. He hopes to get back into the White House by claiming that Joe Biden and the Democrats somehow “took the White House” by cheating and fraud, and Trump is the true winner of the presidential election on 2020. I wish President Trump well on his endeavours to “take back the White House.” All I can say is: “Go at it haus❗”

Donald Trump needs to know that there are winners, and losers in any contest, whether that be in golf, poker, baseball, boxing, and yes, running for public office. The fact is that most people who run for an office wind up losing: we only have one president at a time. Other times people may sit on boards or commissions. But these people need to share the post with other commission members. It is my impression that Donald Trump does not like sharing anything with anybody. The Donald needs to know that he probably did lose the United States presidential election of 2020, and there is a good chance that he may be indicted for financial wrongdoing of tax and withholding of true property valuations to the State of New York, and other jurisdictions. Only time will tell. Good Luck President Trump❗

My Star Wars Saga Begins

As I am relatively early in my blogging career I am now going to embark on a project that I had planned to undertake for quite some time: What sequence should I binge watch every single episode of a Star Wars movie or episode made for television.  View all Star Wars movies and television specials in a particular order, or film viewing sequence. I do not claim to be a Star Wars “purist” in any way shape or form.  In fact, I have only seen two Star Wars movies in an actual movie theatre, and I saw “Episode IV in a church hall in Martha’s Vineyard in the summer of 1977.  Since I normally do not stream movies I have not seen any other Star Wars movies apart from Episodes 4, 5, and 9.

I have decided to view the Star Wars franchise in “chronological order,” rather than “release date” order.  I have debated in my mind the pros and cons of each way to binge.  To be sure, there are quite a few “viewing order options” in the Star Wars buffet line in the “Feast of the Saga” binge watching party. 

Lidia Molina-White of the Radiotimes.com suggests that there are a number of recommended sequences for viewing the all the Star Wars movies.  There is the “Godfather Order,” “Machete Order,” “Rinster Order,” “Chronological Order,” and the viewing order that most Star Wars purists recommend, “Release Order.”  I claim to not be a Star Wars purist.

Appearently there are many options to watch the movies in a particular “sequence.”  The most critical detail in the sequence equation is the iconic “Big Reveal” where it is revealed who is the father of Luke Skywalker. I watched the Star Wars saga in “Chronological Order,” which means I am watching the films by numerical “episode order,” (i.e.: One, Two, Three, Four, etc. all the way to the “sequels” which are past episode Nine.) As I just viewed “Episode One,” the reveal was not “revealed” in the movie.  This actually comes later in the series, but the shock loses its “spark” nevertheless.  (I actually did get spoiled after I “Wikipediaed” “Episode One” and got more info on Anokin Skywalker.  So if you are going to start with Episode One, and you are new to the series, don’t “Wikipedia” Star Wars.)

“Godfather Order” is an intriguing title to look at how one looks at viewing the series.  As the title suggests, viewing the movies in Godfather order gives the viewer a chance to see episodes 4 and 5, and save episode 6 until the last episode with a final clash of Luke and his father Darth Vader.  “Machete Order” is symilar to Godfather order, but with Episode One eliminated from viewing.

I’ve decided to view each film in episode order sequence, as I want to “do it my own way.”  In fact, I heard that the episode order sequence is the sequence that George Lucas suggests as well.  Viewing the Star Wars series in episode order will be interesting when I get to episode 4, A New Hope, when there will be steep drop off in special effects technology as episode 4 was released in 1977, and eposide 3, Revenge of the Sith was released in 2005.

I may also view other television specials such as Lego Star Wars, in the sequence of the Star Wars saga.  The Lego series are cartoons that provide “extra” story lines, but may not necessarily be “endorsed” by the Lucasfilm franchise.

I was curious from the get-go why George Lucas decided to begin the Star Wars with episode 4, instead of Episode 1.  But George Lucas seemed to know what he was doing as the general plot/story lines and themes continue throughout the Star Wars series.  And since I have only seen a smattering of Star Wars films in the movie theatre, I will be curious how the story unfolds.  And of course no post regarding Star Wars could be complete without giving the clarion call: MAY THE FORCE BE WITH YOUUUUUUUUUU❗❗❗

“How to watch Star Wars movies in order: Chronological timeline and release date order – Radio Times” https://www.radiotimes.com/movies/how-to-watch-the-star-wars-movies-in-the-right-order/amp/