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Real Estate Tax Article Response

Tuesday, September 3rd, 2019

Thank you for the article on elder abuse and real estate taxes. I am not one to start movements or even protests. Instead, I sit home, cry and try to remember what was.

My father lost his home because of the games played with him around his house. It was our family homes. I was not old enough nor employed to be able to help. I am now both, but he is gone and so is our family home. He spent the last years of his life in a Senior Home and he was miserable. How I hate those who caused this. It is all about greed.

Count me in on anything you do around these issues. I know how painful it was for him as he tried to save a home on which he owed very little. Our mortgage had been paid in full since our family lived in that house and owned it for many decades. He took out a small mortgage to make needed repairs and got caught in the real estate taxes game.

The same things happened to him that you described. He thought he could defer the taxes as a lien on the house, but the city pushed him off. They didn’t say no – they couldn’t because he qualified. What they did was everything they could to not accept his application. The bank let it be known that they would not allow the deferral and would not sign off on one if the city decided to accept his application. Caught in a bind he didn’t know what to do. He wrote to everyone and every institution he could think of looking for help. No one responded. He thought and expected people to do the right thing, but they never do when money is involved. I believe the person who bought the house out of foreclosure for a fraction of its value was somehow connected to the bank and/or the city or both. The house was fixed up and then resold and the people who did this made well over $200,000 that I could count.

Please put my name on a list of people you send out notices whenever you do something about all of this. I don’t have much, but I have myself and a little money left over from my job each week. I want to do what I can to make sure others don’t suffer the way my father did at the end of his life.

He lived less than two years in that Senior Citizen place. All of his papers, furnishings, clothes and memorabilia were gone. There was no place for it in his tiny room and even if there was space the bank made sure nothing survived. A sheriff showed up with a truck and hauled away all that was dear to him while he watched, cried and begged them to stop. It was one of the worse moments of my life. I shall take those memories to my grave.

God bless you and may your work succeed. Much pain can be alleviated if only people acted out of a sense of goodness. We are all human – we err – we try and sometimes succeed and sometimes don’t – but when we put aside our humanity for that corporate suit we become something else. I saw that something else through what happened to my father.

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Want to join us? Have a home that you want to open to become one of Bettina Network’s Hedge Schools? Call us and lets talk – or email us.

Ed. Note: Members of the Bettina Network Lifestyle Community can contribute to the Bettina Network Blog whenever they have anything they want to say and be heard by this fantastic group of people. Send your blog to bettinanetwork@comcast.net or mail it to us at P. O. Box 380585 Cambridge, MA. 02238 or call us on the telephone at 617-497-9166 to tell us what you want to say and we will write it for you.

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Harriet Tubman Boycott

Friday, August 23rd, 2019

by: Marceline Donaldson

We have had telephone calls from several people who wanted a Harriet Tubman stamp. So we are putting out the particulars on where to get your stamp.

Remarkablestamps.etsy.com

If you want a contact person try Rachel@stamp-connection.com

They will soon have a web site to keep you up to date on their Tubman stamp. Their website when operational will be www.TubmanoverJackson.com

We will also be setting up shop to get the word out.

I double checked with banks – tried three – and each one said the same thing to me that we wrote about in the blog on the Harriet Tubman Boycott. If you have a $20 that has been stamped with Harriet Tubman’s face covering Andrew Jackson’s face it is still legal tender and you can use it in stores, take it to banks, etc. and they will give you other denominations for your $20. Or pay for your purchases and they will give you change. When that $20 reaches a bank it will be taken out of circulation.

Our goal is to make sure all $20 bills which do not have Harriet Tubmans portrait – those $20 will be out of circulation. The Obama Administration laid out the plans for the Harriet Tubman $20 bill. It was to take affect within months of his leaving office. Donald Trump and Mnuchin decided to keep the Andrew Jackson bill in circulation. They did not want the embarrassment of having a black womans’ face on United State currency.

Andrew Jackson, according to Mr. Trump, is his favorite president. Given Trump’s racism, sexism and bigotry around everything and everyone not male, white, protestant, northern european, we understand his preference. He has chosen the president under whom the Trail of Tears happened. That is his kind of president. It is so fitting that Harriet Tubman, who sacrificed so much to help free African slaves should replace Andrew Jackson’s portrait on United States $20 bills.

Only a White Nationalist president like Andrew Jackson would think otherwise. Trump’s separation of families at the southern border, exposing children to sex traffickers who are always looking for such easy pickings, goes along with the Trail of Tears president. Both have caused unbelievable suffering of tens of thousands of feeling, thinking, caring, human beings – of tens of thousands women, children, men, the elderly, babies in arms.

My great-great grandmother was on that Trail of Tears. Every time I think of it I tear up and get emotional. She was taken off the trail by my great-great grandfather, an Irishman, who she met in the process of all of her suffering. They had several children, settled in Baton Rouge, Louisiana and their progeny are all over the world doing incredible things. These are the people Trump wants to eliminate.

Wherever we go we will have our Harriet Tubman stamp with us. If you need bills stamped, please ask, the stamp is self-inked and we bought extra ink anticipating a wide demand.

May you all be surrounded by love in all that you do and may it benefit the world immensely. Make sure you will not be talked about as being one of those who helped bring forth a holocaust in these United States because good people, like you, did nothing. And make no mistake, Trump is building a true holocaust.

When we talked about Trump Concentration Camps folks didn’t believe it. Thought it was an exaggeration. Today, 24 people have been killed in those Trump Concentration Camps. There are “cold rooms” where immigrants are kept if they cross the border and have some kind of respiratory ailment – a cold, the flu, etc. And they are kept in those “cold rooms” for as long as a month with only the light cotton clothes they had on when they entered and the flip flops on their feet. That 24 people will add up quickly at the rate Trump is moving.

To have your $20 bill stamped with the likeness of Harriet Tubman to help withdraw all of the $20 off the market does not take much. If you want your own stamp so you can spread the word even further they cost only $25 and can be purchased from Stamp-Connection.com with the information we gave you at the start of this blog.

Good stamping!

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This contribution is to the Bettina Network Foundation, inc. which is a 501(c)3 organization and tax deductible.

Project 3 – Growing Bettina Network’s Blog

into a major media outlet bringing to the public news, recipes, thoughts, reviews of businesses, etc. from the perspective of those who belong to Bettina Network’s Lifestyle Community.

Project 4 – Boycott the Twenty Dollar ($20) bill

You can send a check to Bettina Network, inc. P. O. Box 380585 Cambridge, MA. 02238 to support this blog! Please make your check out to “Bettina Network, inc.” since the blog income is not the foundation income.

If you prefer your gift go to the Foundation, make your check payable to Bettina Network Foundation, inc. The money we receive for the Foundation currently is going to support the Wells Fargo Boycott.

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Want to join us? Have a home that you want to open to become one of Bettina Network’s Hedge Schools? Call us and lets talk – or email us.

Ed. Note: Members of the Bettina Network Lifestyle Community can contribute to the Bettina Network Blog whenever they have anything they want to say and be heard by this fantastic group of people. Send your blog to bettinanetwork@comcast.net or mail it to us at P. O. Box 380585 Cambridge, MA. 02238 or call us on the telephone at 617-497-9166 to tell us what you want to say and we will write it for you.

Volunteer with Bettina Network Foundation, inc. to work estate sales; to help move items from one home to another; to contribute your ideas on how we can better use our resources in this effort to relieve and eliminate homelessness and poverty. We also need photographers; designers; and more. However much or little time you have, we are grateful.

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It is time to resign

Sunday, August 4th, 2019

or to be thrown out !!!!!!!

Three shootings, spaced across the country in one week, coming immediately after Treasonous Trump had an extremely racist and white nationalist and Nazi tinged rally during which he called for his base to support him and show themselves with action, is a message we cannot ignore.

Treasonous Trump, Moscow Mitch and Cute Nancy – it is time to wrap it up and leave.

The El Paso, Texas shooting in Walmart is a clear historical re-enactment which includes Charlottesville, where the supporters of Treasonous Trump brought back to life, Krystallnacht – the Nazi theatre, complete with torches and winding down a ‘sort of’ mountain to make sure the message was sent. If we didn’t believe Donald Trump was at the head of a Nazi-type regime, that should have cleared up any doubt. If we didn’t believe how he prepared for this, even as far back as his first marriage during which he kept “Mein Kampf” on his night stand and read from it every night (according to the testimony in his divorce from the woman who slept with him for years and had three children by him.)

The shouting by those who participated in that re-enacted Nazi theatre was clearly “Jews will not replace us.” And what do we read from the notes left for us by the white male neo-Nazi white nationalist who shot and killed at least 20 people and injured some 26 more during his rampage in El Paso, Texas? – Among other things his concern about being ‘replaced.’

How much do we have to go through before we come together to take action against what Treasonous Trump, Moscow Mitch and Cute Nancy have in store for us?

Power and money motivates Treasonous Trump and Moscow Mitch and clearly it also motivates Cute Nancy. To impeach Treasonous Trump would not bring the power and glory to Cute Nancy that beating him soundly at the polls would bring – so she is willing to risk his not being brought to justice because of her glorified thoughts about her own ability to pull this off. Her flawed reasons are seen by others, but she is totally blind to them – blinded by the power and money shining on the opposite road. Either way, with Treasonous Trump as president or without him Cute Nancy still benefits and moves ahead in her job.

Moscow Mitch is clearly building an empire with his wife and doing it in the muck and slim of treason along with Trump. A patriot is not a word which even begins to describe Moscow Mitch. Someone who puts himself and his power and money needs above all is where Moscow Mitch has always been and continues to be. I read in this blog some time ago the question asked as to how Moscow Mitch knew Treasonous Trump would be the next president, however, illegitimately. From everything showing, the country wanted Hillary Clinton as its next president. Moscow Mitch knew otherwise and he showed that knowing by the way he worked to keep President Barack Obama’s pick for the Supreme Court from even getting a hearing. He certainly was not stonewalling that nomination so Hillary Clinton could choose the next Supreme Court justice. We see the actions happening all around us, but we don’t walk those action to their most logical conclusion. We prefer to keep on our blinders so we can keep from acting to save these United States of America. We think that by so doing we will come out of this just fine. We won’t! Germany thought the same and look at that history and how much was paid so most could live their quiet lives of desperation as they always had – without taking action which could upheaval or jeopardize what they had and where they were going.

So in the long run aren’t we all after the same thing? Power and money? Only the degree to which we act and the size of the reward we have decided is ours, if we work hard, keep silence differs. – Go along to get along is that what separates us? Big sin or little sin?

They all need to go. And NOW!

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Responses from Bettina Members

Thursday, August 1st, 2019

From: Bettina Network Oracle

There is a Trojan Horse amongst those running in the Democratic Primary.

Tulsi Gabbard needs to be closely watched and what she says taken with a grain of salt because she probably has talking points given to her by the Donald. Points he has charged her to get into the debate? Her target is Kamala Harris. Trump can attack Elizabeth Warren with impunity, but he is not able to go against Kamala Harris so he has put in Tulsi Gabbard to do his dirty work. Watch and you will see her comments, word choice and more. They are very Trumpian. Her comments, word choice and structure are too close not to have been developed through some collaboration with Donald Trump.

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From: A Bettina Network Lifestyle Community Member

What is it Trump and those he nominates to his administration have in common? Take John Hyten, for example. One of the latest Donald Trump nominations.

Donald Trump is a person who has some 20 plus credible charges of sexual assault, sexual abuse, rape and more against him by women who are very credible when you take a look at who they are – including a rape of a 13 year old who sued Donald Trump in Court, but withdrew the suit when she and her family received death threats.

John Hyten – like most Trump nominees, has a very credible accusation of sexual assault against him which Trump, his friends, supporters, Senators and others are claiming will not be considered as they decide whether to vote his nomination up or down. Who votes for John Hyten needs to be remembered by all of us.

Remember Al Franken and these same Republicans as they commented about and called for his resignation when one of their own called Franken out on what looked like sexual abuse? Republicans immediately called for his resignation and even Trump’s comments were negative towards him. He was not accused of anything nearly as gross as that for which Trump’s recent nominee, John Hyten, has been accused.

When you look at the people Trump has nominated to serve in his government, most have such charges against them and in spite of that, they are confirmed. So we have a cabinet and government in which a huge number of those serving are sexual predators (Let’s not even begin to mention those with conflicts of interest and accusations of wrong doing much worse) – just like the man who has illegitimately claimed the presidency.

It is an unbelievable set of circumstances when you see the people supporting Donald Trump having the same problem. Senator Martha McSally – Republican Senator, appointed to her post by Donald Trump – has claimed the woman making the charge against John Hyten is not being truthful. That in spite of the fact that Senator McSally made her own claim of rape and expected that to be taken seriously. She calls herself “a military sexual assault survivor”. And when she is confronted with others who had similar experiences she psychically sexually assaults them – apparently if they are Democrats with the possibility of blocking one of Trump’s nominees she coldly backs Trump and whatever he is doing. What’s good for the goose is not good for the gander in Senator McSally’s life.

Senator McSally has been quoted as saying “We’ve come a long way to stop military sexual assault but we have a long way to go.” Apparently, speaking out against others who have been sexually assaulted in the military and claiming she does not believe their story is one way Senator McSally gives her statements the wring of truth. With someone like McSally fighting military sexual assault it will never end. Shame is not something Republicans for Trump experience – no matter how low they have stooped. Empathy and compassion are totally missing from Martha McSally, who is very much like those who support Donald Trump.

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From: A member

Why GOP Senators are quiet and will not step out for any reason no matter how foul the situation and no matter the fact that they have something to contribute to the truth of many of these situations around Donald Trump and could stop him from his viciousness and the vile environment he has created around himself and is spreading across the world.

All one has to do is look at the way Elijah Cummins has been treated by Donald Trump to understand why Republican Senators are so quiet and why people like Lindsey Graham have become so close to Donald Trump, doing his bidding no matter how low they have to stoop to accomplish his wants.

Moral courage is not common amongst Republican Senators nor is it common amongst many these days. God bless those who stand by their ethics and moral values and live them out in their daily lives.

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From: A Member

Children in a Trump administration.

The United States is a dangerous place to be for children.

The pedophiles have been picking up white children. Those who supply the pedophiles have been making white children available to these corrupt souls. Today, however, it becomes clear that white children and children of color are at risk here – which group of children will be in demand this week depends upon the time and what is happening and how the scheme has been laid out for the pedophiles with money to pay.

All one has to do is look at the huge number of Trump friends and supporters who are involved in the sex trafficking of children and look at what is happening at the southern United States border. Jeffrey Epstein, from what I’ve read, has apparently become wealthy through this process.

Trump has created a heaven for such people who sex trafficked in children. One side affect of Trump’s immigration policy is to create a pool of very young children, of young teenage children, of male and female children all ripe for the pickings of sex traffickers. Children who don’t have to be accounted for because the records have been “lost”, “misplaced”, never created in the first place and more as to reasons why children and their parents cannot be reunited. Children who can easily be pushed into a sex traffickers net without being missed; who have been put in and kept in hopeless, horrible situations and environments which make them more open to such things, especially when given no choice. The only people looking for many of these children are their powerless parents and those people of color have no way to push to find their children – a sex traffickers dream. Is this southern immigration strategy what Trump has created for his friends with such proclivities?

If Jeffrey Epstein could become one of the super wealthy in this society by braving the possible jail and other traps he could set off while doing his pedophilia thing, just imagine how wealthy Donald Trump can become with this scheme on the southern border of the United States to make vulnerable children available to whoever for whatever in whatever numbers are needed for their sexual fantasies to be fulfilled.

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How much can the collective soul of this world bear? We shall soon discover in sharp and unbelievable actions and happenings. Amen!

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Project 3 – Growing Bettina Network’s Blog

into a major media outlet bringing to the public news, recipes, thoughts, reviews of businesses, etc. from the perspective of those who belong to Bettina Network’s Lifestyle Community.

Project 4 – Boycott the Twenty Dollar ($20) bill

You can send a check to Bettina Network, inc. P. O. Box 380585 Cambridge, MA. 02238 to support this blog! Please make your check out to “Bettina Network, inc.” since the blog income is not the foundation income.

If you prefer your gift go to the Foundation, make your check payable to Bettina Network Foundation, inc. The money we receive for the Foundation currently is going to support the Wells Fargo Boycott.

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Want to join us? Have a home that you want to open to become one of Bettina Network’s Hedge Schools? Call us and lets talk – or email us.

Ed. Note: Members of the Bettina Network Lifestyle Community can contribute to the Bettina Network Blog whenever they have anything they want to say and be heard by this fantastic group of people. Send your blog to bettinanetwork@comcast.net or mail it to us at P. O. Box 380585 Cambridge, MA. 02238 or call us on the telephone at 617-497-9166 to tell us what you want to say and we will write it for you.

Volunteer with Bettina Network Foundation, inc. to work estate sales; to help move items from one home to another; to contribute your ideas on how we can better use our resources in this effort to relieve and eliminate homelessness and poverty. We also need photographers; designers; and more. However much or little time you have, we are grateful.

Send your event information to be included in Bettina Network’s Menu of Events to: bettina-network@comcast.net

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The Scandal Plaguing Harvard Square

Monday, July 29th, 2019

by: Marceline Donaldson

My house in Harvard Square is for sale. As a result, as is my habit, I started researching – carefully – the past present and possible future of Harvard Square and all it contains. I wanted to know other peoples experience; historically what could I expect; everything connected with selling a house in a historical district in Harvard Square.

One experience I had of the past 37 years living in Harvard Square came from being African American and moving into an area where we seemed to be the “only ones” or – as my grandmother would say, this is a neighborhood where “we” are “as scarce as hens’ teeth” .

The house was on the historical register when we moved in. It shortly thereafter was dropped from the historical register and in spite of trying to discover why for several years, no answer was forthcoming. I was stalled, dissembled, confused, put off, etc. No racial problem there, just the normal way of treating those who ask seemingly simple questions to which there are no good answers.

In spite of that experience, I found many of my neighbors to be really great, accepting people who included us in their lives and sometimes their work and sometimes helped our work by doing business with Bettina Network, inc. and we sometimes helped them in their businesses.

So with that background and experience I went about this “project of discovery”.

When selling a house you do look closely at everything that could affect the sale and I have gone down several roads in this time of investigation and discovery.

One of the largest scandals in Harvard Square has to do with the purchase and sale of real estate, particularly of private homes.

This area does, after all, contain the “Gold Crown Historical District”. Basically, the goal of such a geographical designation is to keep houses within its carefully chosen area as true to their historical beginnings as possible. The architectural design of the home; the important details which were normal in the time frame of when the houses were built and so much more.

How has that been carried out!

To keep your suspense level as low as possible – it is not carried out. The farce which is the “Gold Crown Historical District” is a huge scandal.

Harvard Square is fast becoming the neighborhood of “Temples to Wealth and Money” – history is shunted off to the side and only appears if it is convenient or provides some kind of prestige to those with too much money, too little taste, and none to a very slight knowledge or interest in architectural history, who are buying homes in the Harvard Square area.

Don’t misunderstand me here – I love to see such “Temples to Wealth and Money”. However, I prefer seeing them in Wellesley, Dover, or other such places where there is much land and neither the houses nor the areas where they are located tout their great “historical” – architecturally historical – beginnings. Heck, I could even see such in Cambridge where there are areas where there is no historical designation applied. But in Harvard Square there are plaques on houses designating the “names”, who lived in the house, when it was built and more. Maintaining your history is as important as building your future.

In actual fact, step inside one of the homes recently sold and they all look alike with very few exceptions. They are a cross between North American and Scandinavian style and design (And not always the best of either of those design patterns.) Walk through the houses and you will see almost nothing that tells you of their architectural, design, history. Most look as though the same Contractor did them all from the same set of blueprints and bought 50 pairs of wall scones and chandeliers or other light fixtures at a bargain and then used them in several neighboring houses.

Very soon, living architectural history in the houses in Harvard Square will be non-existent. “Restoration” is a word used interchangeably with “Renovation” and that “Renovation” is always North American/Scandinavian style and that Restoration is usually a word which is interchangeable with renovation.

Once upon a time Cambridge bragged about having these historical districts, but “policing” only the outside, depending upon the home owners to maintain the historicity of their interiors. That started when money – too much money with too little taste – moved into Harvard Square and we don’t want to alienate those who can pay the property taxes with money to spare.

All the years I have lived in Harvard Square I did not hear about the ugly, petty internecine wars which are today beginning to take place. Those disputes and outright fights which are now common in the areas where the McMansions are becoming common place in Harvard Square.

Today, I have been the center of a few.

One recently relocated family moving into Harvard Square filed a police report against me claiming that my garden overgrew its boundaries on the Mount Auburn Street side and people could not walk on the sidewalk because of all the things growing across that sidewalk. When I went outside I didn’t see anything overgrowing its boundaries, but the policeman who takes care of such and delivers such complaints offered to come over to show me where I was failing. So what was that all about?

I put that aside and just went about my business – having called on several neighbors who did have lots of growth crawling onto the sidewalk to ask what they were going to do about the police notices they received! Turns out – they didn’t receive any. Who did? The African American family against whom one of the newest arrivals in that vaunted Harvard Square community complained because they were appalled that living in such a house was a family that would destroy the reason they moved to such a prestigious neighborhood.

My garden was hacked up pretty good over the winter – don’t know by who. But, to be perfectly immodest, thanks to my gardening skills I was able to pull it back together. I would have preferred to take this spring and summer as times to bring the garden to the next level, but I could not do both.

Looking out my window with my morning cup of coffee, I see the neighbors go by walking their dogs. They don’t take their dogs to the bathroom in front or in back of their own homes, a small number bring their dogs to crap in my garden.

This particular morning there was a new neighbor with his dog – a very beautiful toy dog with long black hair with white hair at the tips. I watched as he put his dog in my garden so the dog could have its morning bowel movement and he would not have to pick up the shit. A set-up for what? To complain about how foul the African American home smells? I couldn’t let that continue so I went outside to say you really can’t let your dog crap in other peoples gardens. According to my information that is called “Criminal Trespass” and also violates a City of Cambridge ordinance that says you must pick up your own dog’s shit and not leave it on the sidewalk or anyplace else, especially you cannot allow your dog to crap in a neighbor’s garden. The same dog when walked by a young woman seems to be trained to crap in my garden, as does a bull dog walked by a middle aged woman who will not make anyplace else. If I am outside the dog pulls back on his leash because he wants to crap where he always does, but he can’t with me glaring at both of them.

When I went outside to meet my new neighbor and ask that he not put his dog in my garden, it is not a dog toilet, he went off on an ugly tangent, demanding I clear the sidewalk of the horrible stuff overgrowing its boundaries and I realized during the exchange that this was the person who filed the police complaint against us. Imagine my surprise. Imagine also my shock when he lunged at me in a very physically threatening way and slammed his foot down on the sidewalk barely missing my delicate toes by less than an inch. I had to reflect a moment – am I still in Harvard Square or is this some other neighborhood I’ve wandered into. After 37 years as a part of this community this was a first.

My new neighbor, so riled up about my garden overstepping its boundaries is apparently the owner of one of the “Temples of Wealth and Money” recently created out of a very lovely historical home built in Harvard Square many decades ago and presently looking as though it ran away from Wellesley because it wanted the prestige of settling into Harvard Square. Anything historical about the architecture having been completely wiped out and replaced with that NorthAmerican/Scandinavian cultural style. It is complete with outsized outdoor grill and all the accoutrements that accompany such a house. The garden, which took the last owner decades to develop was wiped out by a bull dozer, as I watched and cringed, as was a beautiful, very old tree which was a part of the “Sacred Indian Circle” of trees in this area. (Isn’t that a no-no in Cambridge?) Can one cross the palms of someone in government and then take an ax to the beautiful old trees?

Since my neighbor clearly wanted me gone I am sure he cared even less for that Sacred Indian Circle of trees which pre-existed everything in this Harvard Square area.

What doesn’t fit in such a neighborhood? An African American family – especially one not a part of the “more money than sense with no respect for history” group.

I walked all around my neighborhood and saw a lot of construction activity going on and when I looked closely there were bulldozers inside a couple of houses knocking down everything – (yes, inside the houses). These were apparently being rebuilt “better than” with modern materials which didn’t exist back when the houses were built. This happened to the house I am now selling just before we bought it all those many years ago. A small part of the house was “renovated” and during the time we have lived in the house, I had no trouble with the structure of the restored parts of the house, but I have been pulling my hair out about that renovated part because it broke down fast – took about 9 years – looks awful and you can see how inferior the products are which were used in the renovation. Good recurring income for the developer, builder, contractor, architect though.

As I talked to a few of the workers and those apparently in charge of a couple of the houses being “restored” I discovered they had very little to no knowledge of what they were ripping apart; why it didn’t need to be ripped apart; the gloriousness of what they were destroying and the very limited time frame their new renovations would last. They didn’t have a clue how to restore the homes they were sending through daily shock waves. It was depressing.

I also discovered a new industry – a new financial center.

Realtors and Contractors, Architects, etc. have come together so when you put your house on the market for sale – before you take that step they want you to strip your house of all that makes it beautiful and they will upfront the money to the Contractor, Architect, etc. to totally renovate your house so it will sell “fast”. Once sold you will get the balance of the sale price minus what the realtor or contractor has upfronted for the project. As I checked out some of the houses being so treated, it is a scandal and a scam.

Everyone I talked to thought that was fantastic and a wonderful new development in the field. I was appalled. My house will pass to its next owner in the shape it is in currently and that new owner can decide what they want to do. I have a list of suggestions from life within the walls of the house for so many years, but the final decision is theirs.

Giving that new owner the power to make those decisions means if the work done is not up to snuff, they have the guarantees from the builders, renovators, restorers to be able to have them come back and do it again or make the upgrade that didn’t happen, or etc. It also gives the new homeowner knowledge and wisdom about maintaining their home.

That didn’t happen when I moved into my home. I have spent the last 37 years trying to restore the mess that was made and the Contractor person who made the mess totally abdicated responsibility. His allegiance was to the person who hired him – who owned the house before I purchased it – and he and his company totally absolved themselves of having to correct the quick, short cut methods they used under the circumstances which caused us lots of grief. Years of grief and lots of money to make the needed restoration back to where the house was before it was sold.

One serious weakness of our society and probably of others also is the greed wrapped into its institutions. This area of “house flipping”, house renovation before being sold using the realtors money, and more is so riddled with greed it is destroying the housing stock – particularly in Harvard Square, but probably also in other areas where the same thing is happening.

It is time for the Cambridge City Government to get its spine strengthened and add to the outside requirements of homes in historical districts the requirements that the insides also be treated in the same way. Instead, they seem to be losing spine strength and allowing even the outside to be seriously altered and “renovated”, “modernized” and more. After all, that is the reason for the existence of Historical areas. They are not areas set up to show off those Temples of Wealth and Money. Those temples can be built and renovated and rebuilt in other places where they are a better “fit”.. Those historical designations have meaning and a reason for being and it is time we respect that.

The “too much money” people love the idea, the prestige, the loveliness of living in a historical district. They need to make sure that they abide by the spirit and the letter of why the districts were so designated and stop living as though such things are put in place for the “hoi poloi” and not them.\

We need stiff ordinances and/or laws which come down hard on those who burn down their houses to build others because they couldn’t get through the historical commission. I could list many such habits, but you all know them before I even try to enumerate them.

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Friday, July 26th, 2019

Thank you for the article on Nancy Pelosi. I agree 100%. It is time people started speaking out and telling the truth instead of the heroine worship which started to perform around her.

I have searched for reasons as to why she has taken such a hardline on this no impeachment of Trump stance. It made no sense, especially when she has more than enough to impeach and substantial stuff. Whenever I hear her talk about it all I can see and hear is B___ S____. I was also amazed to hear Trump lambast the four women. Nothing about that little interlude made sense until I read your article on your “Conspiracy Theory”. I think it is more than a Conspiracy Theory because Trump has been very careful with Pelosi and always had her back. Not good for the Democratic Party until you take a look to see if this is a small group of those who were in control for decades, have very old thoughts about how to do things – much outdated – and intend to keep power in cahoots with the likes of Trump.

The fact that they have a moral imperative to impeach the man for reasons that are criminal actions, treason and more. I know treason isn’t the correct term, but it gets the concept I am reaching for across.

Keep up the good work. You do seem to be quietly and invisibly within the circles. I will continue to send the information I gain to you. Use it as you see fit.

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I read your articles on Nancy Pelosi “A Conspiracy Theory” and I think you are onto something and not a conspiracy.

As I watched the Congressional Hearing with Mueller III, it was quite something. I was so sad to see my friend showing his age – although with what he has accomplished in his life, “well done, my good and faithful servant”.

Those hearings, hauling out Mueller when he was clear he did not want to testify and said the Mueller Report was his testimony, seemed to be geared to an audience of one. That one being Nancy Pelosi. Are her friends and co-workers to the point of having to use such tactics to get her to see the wrong she is doing? At best she is making a political decision and where she needs to be making a moral, ethical decision in line with the Constitution. Why have impeachment as a tool to maintain and continue this Republic if you are going to use instead a political decision making process which is clearly leading to the possible radical change of this Republic into a Fascist Government. It seems Ms. Pelosi’s decision was one to maintain her power instead of maintaining this United States Government in the way it should go and using the tools those who put them in place for just such a moment-in-time set up to maintain democracy.

I wish others had the guts you folks at Bettina’s seem to have. I now know where to go with all the bits and pieces of information I have and want to see shared. I had a friend who sent me your “blog” and suggested I call you with what I have to share, but I ridiculed her. I take back the ridicule.

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Thank goodness for “The Squad”. I don’t agree with all of their politics, but I certainly appreciate their clarity and the way they are willing to walk out in their truth. It is like a breath of fresh air blowing through some really stale smoke filled rooms full of the traditional politicians who we could do without. Maybe they could be re-trained to do something useful – like street cleaning. Also, maybe, it is time for Nancy Pelosi to resign. If you can’t handle the heat you need to get out of the kitchen. Risk is what life is about – she seems to have left that part of life and is looking for something that does not exist – surety. Perhaps Trump’s theme, which he stole from Reagan is one that fits her present space – ‘Make America Great Again”. Some people age wonderfully well, some just don’t move beyond what they feel was their high point in life and would keep the rest of the world in that space so they can maintain those feelings. Or, at the very least – she is taking the road which she sees as having the smallest risk, (from her perspective), and the greatest power reward. I was a supporter of Ms. Pelosi. No more.

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Ed Note: There were many more comments, but the above encapsulates all of the expressions we received. The most common – much to our amazement – was the one which said the Mueller Hearings seemed to be broadcast for “an audience of one – Nancy Pelosi.”

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#NANCY PELOSI – A Conspiracy Theory

Thursday, July 25th, 2019

It is so sad that Ms. Pelosi has put political power ahead of ethics, morality, good judgment. If the Democrats win the 2020 Presidential election she will be all powerful. If they lose to Trump, however…………………. It is time for all those kind of considerations to take a back seat to the morality of where we are today with a president who should have been impeached months ago.

IT IS TIME TO IMPEACH TRUMP. It is actually way past the time, but Nancy Pelosi has another agenda and it is not in the best interest of the United States of America.

This is what we see – admitting that we are looking from afar – however, the look is not great.

We saw the small, brief exchange between Pelosi and Trump during their time in the Oval Office just before Trump shut down the government.

Trump – Have you changed your mind about impeachment?

Pelosi – No I haven’t

Why would such an exchange have taken place? It was totally out of earshot of Schumer and totally besides the point of the meeting.

The conversation followed the press conference with Trump, Pelosi, Schumer about shutting down the government. During the meeting it did sound as though Pelosi was thinking of impeaching Trump – she assured him she would not.

Check out the video footage. That exchange was not picked up by talking heads, nor was it mentioned after it happened by anyone.

We went back to take a look and found history supports Trump supporting Pelosi in quiet ways and Pelosi supporting Trump.

Most recently – when the four minority Congresswomen – “The Squad” – were rumored to be at odds with Pelosi, Trump jumped in and removed what looked like the Squad attacking Pelosi and then they were working together with Pelosi still the “powerful person in charge.”

Trump continued his attack on the squad – way beyond its usefulness to him, but his attacks did cement Pelosi’s leadership over the Squad.

Then came the meetings with Pelosi and others to agree upon raising the debt limit. A meeting for which Pelosi received much credit a bit too easily and why was that put into the works when it happened? Did that strengthen Pelosi’s hand politically so her calling the shots would be questioned less? Or…………

Go back and take a look at the back and forth between Pelosi and Trump over time. You will draw some interesting conclusions.

We are raising the issue of Pelosi somehow being beholden to trump? Or having a quiet behind the scenes relationship? etc.

It is time for Pelosi to crawl out of the swamp and stand in the sun with her co-workers and start this impeachment. Impeachment does not happen because the Senate approves and will move it through – impeachment is about the citizens of the United States. Pelosi could be involved with impeaching Bill Clinton for a consensual affair, but renege on impeaching Trump for his criminality, treason and more.

At this rate – Pelosi will protect Trump from impeachment until she gets him to the finish line and he quite possibly wins the election because close to the finish line Putin takes over from Pelosi and makes sure Trump wins.

Just saying!

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Trump bringing McCarthyism back to U. S.

Wednesday, July 17th, 2019

by: Marceline Donaldson

I am on a roll -maybe its age, but ‘deja vu’. It is like watching history repeat itself. What is that old adage – either you learn from history or you are doomed to repeat it. And we clearly are being doomed to repeat the worst of our history – for which we sent out a dog whistle when Trump became the Republican running for President and then the fog horn blowing out of control when he was elected.

I was once a Republican. For most of my adult life starting with the first time I voted – I registered as a Republican. Being from the deep south it was the Republicans who were there to make sure you could vote without being strung up to a tree or worse. My cousin, an African American, had been head of the Republican Party in Louisiana. And then things began to change.

Having a huge ego, I was sure I could fight this and keep my Republican Party moving in the right direction. Well, that didn’t happen. I knew it was all over when Trump won the Republican primary. That was the day I changed my party designation from Republican to Independent.

When I looked around. Most of the people I knew as Republicans were now in my category – Independents all.

My rude awakening came in Minnesota when I was precinct chair in Wayzata. I was also suing Pillsbury for race and sex discrimination and George Pillsbury was in my precinct with me having to help him with his re-election to the Minnesota Senate. That wasn’t so bad. I sat next to George and Sally Pillsbury in Church on Sundays and we smiled and talked after church so how could that be different? Or difficult?

Difficult happened, in my capacity as precinct chair in the Republican Party, when Reagan ran for president. His first run was astounding. The scales began to drop from my eyes as I saw just how dirty was politics.

At the first precinct meeting of the season, the room was filled with people I didn’t know. Given the informality of how politics worked in the Republican Party at that time – you talked to people, got a consensus of what they wanted and that is what you did at the meeting. This time was different. First, most of the new people who showed up had southern, Texas accents – in Minnesota? Second, they were appalled that I was precinct chair. Not because they knew me, but because I was an African American woman. Well, they took care of that promptly and after a very ugly meeting I was no longer precinct chair, but I had gathered a lot of information. They were all sent to Minnesota specifically to get Reagan through the primary process and then elected president. Some had jobs, some were living on other folks money. It was a baptism by fire. I knew about Louisiana politics and its fringy sides, but that didn’t hold a candle to what these folks were about. It was like having experience in the minors and then all of a sudden being thrown into the big leagues.

From that and my experiences after that in the Republican Party I can guess what happened to get Trump elected and Russia would have been only a small part. After Trump’s election folks couldn’t wash the dirt off their ethics, their values, their lives, no matter how hard they tried.

Now that he is here – just look at the mess. He has called on all of his past experiences and they were putrid. Today he is calling on and acting out of his experiences having had Joseph McCarthy as one of his mentors when he was a very young man and having seen first hand how McCarthyism developed, what it could do and the power it wielded over this society. Trump had a seat at the table or rather at the feet of McCarthy and Roy Cohn. Cohn sat right next to McCarthy as his right hand man and Trump was in the mix learning and doing and he is now in the process of bringing all of his experience and learnings back into the United States government as he uses “the Squad” as his first intended victims to bring in McCarthyism to attempt to win the 2020 election.

Instead of having Jews in his sightline as he aims, he has people of color hurling them at Jews leading to the destruction and maiming of Muslims. Notice how he has singled out the Muslim woman in “the Squad” as he and his cooperators attempt to use her to destroy both Jews and Muslims.

At first the call was to hold up Democrats as being Socialists. Now all pretense has been dropped and “Communist” has come to the forefront and will be the clarion call from here on in. This time, Trump will make McCarthyism look like kindergarten because he now has his masters degree in destruction, carnage, filth, lies, and all the rest.

He will make “the Squad” the first of those against whom he will fling Trump-style McCarthyism and then many more will follow until the primary and then the election when he sees this becoming a huge movement which sweeps him into office in such a way that he has total sway over this government and all of its people. He looks to the entire country to treat him the way his Republican followers treat him – scared to do anything except respond and act out – Yes sir, President Trump.

Think this is just a conjecture? – look at Lindsey Graham and all the others who are now in the position of doing little else except “yes sir, President Trump.” Remember when they regarded him as not much better than scum? Whatever happened to those opinions they expressed before he become president and before they realized and were faced with his expert ability at blackmail. At some point in life one has to stand up and be counted, no matter the cost. There is life after the attempt on your life of an expert, experienced, blackmailer who can do so without actually putting himself in any legal jeopardy.

Martin Luther King, Jr. said – (paraphrased because I don’t remember the exact quote) – there comes a time in ones life when you must take a position that is neither safe, nor politic, nor popular, but your conscience tells you this is right. The ultimate measure of a human being is not where you stand in moments of comfort and convenience, but where you stand during times of challenge and controversy. – and the ultimate one – if you have nothing for which you will die, you have nothing for which to live.

We are living in a world where the “good and right” thing to do, the ethical thing to do is what the institution in which you function tells you is the good and right thing to do. To stand beyond that and to live, work, love, play in a universe which has ethical standards which you follow beyond those of a particular institution is a totally foreign concept to those in control, in charge in todays’ world. We honor Mueller because of his refusal to do anything outside of the structure in which he functions as “Special Counsel” or in whichever role he has functioned. Keep to the four corners. We need to live in a world in which we have ethics and take stands beyond that. If the institution is constricting our sense of right and wrong and allowing evil to thrive we need to stand up, break those chains of that institution and do and say what brings all of us back to a sense of what is just, what is righteous, what is merciful.

Nancy Pelosi needs to pay attention to what is happening and let go of the four corners of her box.

Donald Trump comes from a several generation racist, sexist, extremely bigoted family. He has chosen to be mentored by the most extremely evil people who have shown themselves to be so full of greed and lust and evil that they upheaveled this country for a time.

We need to see that and learn from the lessons of the past. We don’t need to return to McCarthyism; we don’t need to bring back the KKK or the White Nationalists nor the Nazis. That is Trump’s world and to allow him to replace what is with what he knows and sees where-in he can thrive at the expense of whoever is to engage in his evil and to become a part of his evil dream for this world while he is an inhabitant here and beyond when he is forced to leave this world leaving behind his evil being inflicted on the rest of us the way he is being inflicted upon us by Roy Cohn, Joseph McCarthy and others who he holds up as his examples for life.

Joseph McCarthy was an extreme alcoholic who wrecked havoc in this country as Senator in a political way using the forum of the U. S. Senate to destroy lives and institutions in an institutional way we now call McCarthyism. – what Donald Trump is very fast bringing back to these United States.

Trump’s father was a part of the KuKlux Klan and marched down Pennsylvania Avenue in a parade of some 10,000 plus people in white sheets and pointy hats.

We give Emmanuel Macron credit for being the genesis of Trump’s idea and fixation on this grand military parade. Was he really? Or did Trump’s own father put these ideas in his head by exposing him to what could have been for both of them. Ideas Trump has worked hard to bring into existence. We are all partially captive to our upbringing. Turn around and take a look at Donald Trump’s upbringing and several generation family.

We look at Trump’s criminality and we ignore his family connections. We ignore the rumor that his father’s business partner was a large part of the Italian mafia. Trump has graduated from that group to one a lot more horrific.

His grandfather, who came to this country from Germany bringing some ugly connections, wound up with a hotel for prostitution, which he obtained on the backs of women. And his grandson comes along with direct connections to that lifestyle with some 19 plus accusations against him of assaulting, abusing, raping women. That kind of disrespect is profound when it comes down the family and comes from that everyday family influence. Did you ever ask how a man with so many claims of abuse of women against him became president of these United States? We have an ever growing group of men somehow closely connected who has horribly abused women and moved into substantial, strong, positions in this society – besides Epstein – across the street in another town house we had Bill Cosby – and connected to both men we have Donald Trump.

Do I need to go on?

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WOW! What a day! Epstein, Trump, Pedophiles, Racists, Sexists – look at the company bigotry keeps!

Tuesday, July 16th, 2019

by: Marceline Donaldson

We keep trying to write about other things. What comes in to us in all of this however, is Trump, Trump all the time. When you think the man has reached bottom a trap door opens and he drops further down.

We have a few astrophysicist friends who helped develop a theology because they said astrophysics has gotten rid of the traditional theological concepts of heaven and hell for many religions and so they developed a theology to replace them. I do disagree. They may have developed a concept of heaven, but they have to consult with Donald Trump about hell – he has the monopoly on hell.

When I heard Trump’s racist comments about “the Squad” I have to admit I was a bit excited. I ran to the DVR to set it before I forgot. All of the Comedy Central Channels – Trevor Noah, Steven Colbert, Saturday Night Live, as many as I could think about. I didn’t want to miss a moment. Sure enough, while I haven’t seen all the recordings, Trevor Noah did not disappoint.

Something horrible must be coming down the pike against Trump. He has done an incredible job of distracting. It is hard to tell from what.

Epstein? Is someone coming out with a “made for television” interview of some of the women at the party whose guests included 26 women interested in being a part of a calendar ad/party plus Trump and Epstein.

Did the prosecutors in New York find a video in Epstein’s home of Trump raping a 13 year old? From the description in the Court Filings several years ago it was allegedly brutal.

Ladies and Gentlemen and readers of Bettina Network’s Blog- what follows was filed in Court and we may be hearing about this again soon:

“10. Defendant Trump initiated sexual contact with Plaintiff at four different parties. On the fourth and final sexual encounter with Defendant Trump, Defendant Trump tied Plaintiff to a bed, exposed himself to Plaintiff, and then proceeded to forcibly rape Plaintiff. During the course of this savage sexual attack, Plaintiff loudly pleaded with Defendant Trump to stop but with no effect. Defendant Trump responded to Plaintiff’s pleas by violently striking Plaintiff in the face with his open hand and screaming that he would do whatever he wanted. Exhs. A and B.”

This reminds me of something else I’ve seen – oh yes, – in a Bettina Network Blog https://www.bettina-network.com/blog/archives/3540

A woman, handcuffed to the bed, nude except for the high heels, etc. Doesn’t seem to be resisting, however, but modeling – was that for the Trump agency? Or another Agency? Or part of her models portfolio of pictures used as a resume? OMG! The First Lady of the United States – FLOTUS! No wonder Trump has trouble seeing the Congresswomen as positive, contributing, United States citizens elected to help run the country – that isn’t a position in which he sees women when his eyes and mind are clouded with all of the above about women.

Trump wants the four Congresswomen to go back to the broken and crime infested place from which they have come. I understand his comments. When the above is your life and reference point the four Congresswomen do come from a broken and crime infested place which must be changed – Michigan, New York, California, etc. We are all living in a broken and crime infested place and hopefully, these four Congresswomen will work with others to rid this country of such a man with his friends and co-workers with their foul language, insults, destruction of our Republic. A man who hears the question of a white female reporter and tells her to be quiet while he turns to and answers the same question from a white male reporter.

We have a broken system, a crime infested country, a man who introduced and commonly uses foul language in his press conferences, informal conversation, on television with children watching giving them the example of the president of the United States cursing with almost every other word in many places with a staff and workers around him who could have served Hitler – putting up Facebook pages which would have warmed the Fuhrer’s heart.

AND, the question we have about Trump is the same one we have about Epstein – where does his money come from? How did he become the billionaire he claims to be when he lost all of the $400 million left to him by his father. With Epstein owning a home and private plane in Saudi Arabia with an expired passport in another name but with his picture – does Trump has the same thing? Are we coming to a denouement with Trump fleeing to Saudi Arabia and/or Russia to oversee the building of Trump Towers given to him by his backers and supporters as he shatters this country?

Before he leaves, one of his last actions is to continue to separate African Americans from Jews. This happened when the Civil Rights Movement under King was becoming way too strong for many of the people and their followers now loyal to Trump. First they helped move the Jews from being Black and from being called the “N” word to becoming second class Whites! That was supposed to cause much upheaval in the Civil Rights Community. In some ways it did, but mostly Jews continued working with Blacks to bring about equality.

Trump is now trying a second time – having learned from his mentors – to separate minority groups from one another and is having a go at again trying to further separate Jews from African Americans from Immigrants of color.

The “Squad” has a lot of work to do going forward repairing the damage done by Trump, his friends and supporters.

Trump’s workers in the White House and beyond need to get themselves together because their future, at the moment, is with the homeless. They have put themselves into a position where another job is going to be hard to get and their reputations without Trump will be toast – toast spit on my all and picked up from trash cans because they are hungry and that is all they could find to keep themselves together.

From Nixon, traveling to Mississippi to introduce his run for the Presidency of the United States to Donald Trump who probably first introduced his run in Russia with his Saudi friends cheering him on. The Republican Party has come to the fruition of its racist agenda which it set forth to the public in Mississippi as a dog whistle – then a fog horn – and now enormous political troubles which threaten to destroy the Republican Party forever.

Did someone say Putin was backing Trump? Or has he used Trump to destroy the Republican Party as repayment for what he perceives they did to the USSR?

It doesn’t matter – the results are all the same.

So onward into the future – hopefully, it will be better than the recent past. At least I have a few DVR’s to watch after Trump’s mess-up this week. If they are anything like Trevor’s show it is going to be a few hours of side splitting laughter as I look at the fun making of what happens when Greed underpins and is the rock bottom base of a culture.

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Blackmail at High Levels

Tuesday, July 9th, 2019

by: Marceline Donaldson

It seems as though each day brings us closer to a breakout to get to know exactly what is happening in this government with Donald Trump claiming the spot as president, but it doesn’t quite happen.

How come?

Someone like William Barr comes to the rescue and is appointed Attorney General. Not the only one to appear at just the right time.

Are you being blackmailed Attorney General Barr? Is your family threatened with exposure? Are you protecting your father and his reputation, which in a white male upper class family would mean the entire family’s position and wealth are teetering on the brink.

And who else?

The Jeffrey Epstein scandal will probably unearth many and we only have to do a little following of the bread crumbs to put together the whole story.

How come?

Jeffrey Epstein claims to have patterned his modeling agency after the modeling agency of one Donald Trump!!!!!! What does that mean? Is that a harmless following the successful pattern of a friend engaged in a legitimate line of business or is he saying something else and did he follow the example of a business which had an above the table structure and a below the table structure. – rife with sex trafficking?

Speaking of blackmail – who was actually behind the invitation to Donald J. Trump to come to England and be so feted? Was it Theresa May? Or was it Prince Andrew? Or was it someone else altogether who has yet to surface? Or was it a group of people who needed to protect themselves and their families from the threat of, do this – or else?

Surprised at the camaraderie of Trump and Kim Jong Un?

Take a look at the Concentration Camps springing up all over the place housing thousands. Bettina Network Blog predicted this would happen when the first such Concentration Camp was built. Instead of stopping this evil we have taken to arguing about whether these should be called concentration Camps – even though they fit every description – and claiming they cannot be compared to Hitler’s Nazi Government – in spite of the fact that they are following that exact pattern. They have not reached the g”gas” stage, but they are taking other ways to kill, maim and destroy their target inhabitants.

Take a look at the separation of children from their parents at the border. Question why that happened at the direction of a man with so many sexual abuses, sexual assaults, rapes claimed against him and then take a look at his friends who are in the same space – especially the sex trafficking ones. These Trump created Concentration Camps are an incredible place from which to recruit young, desperate boys and girls.

However, on second thought, maybe not so much because the young people sex trafficked by these governing the United States today all tend to be white and young.

Is one of the advantages of being an immigrant of color the fact that you don’t have to fight off sex traffickers at the top of the government to which you have come for asylum, you get to fight them off on a much lower level.

Could that be the reason the Trumpian Concentration Camps are so horrid? Anything to escape? A set-up , a structure put in place to recruit the young and vulnerable? There are certainly reports that such is happening on the United States southern border. Think of the blackmail that can happen against those who are in charge of such a place! Or are many of those in charge a part of maintaining and worsening such a place because the power over other human beings, watching and pushing them ever lower and into increasingly more degradation addictive and creates the need for more of such power?

But, back to William Barr.

One of the things that you realize happens to you as you age – especially if you live a very long life – you live it through times which become history. You remember things not recorded as others write about the history they research and present to you. Did things happen in those historical times which were not considered nice? Clean them up so books will sell and be believable? Not up to the challenge of taking a detour into legal things as you are appalled at what you find in that history about which you write? Stiffle the need because you are, after all, a proper historian and would lose all believability if you actually documented ALL of what you found.

I remember what happened during my growing up, young adult and middle age years which has been skipped over quickly with no investigation and very little else except a very peripheral announcement of a couple events in the life and times of Donald Barr. Maybe innocent – maybe a lot more under the table. My remembering these bits and pieces and delving into them to find out if there is something missing and not spoken or written about probably comes from having been raised in a journalist family. That incurable curiosity and the research one does to satisfy that curiosity, sharing the research with as many others as possible so we can alll learn.

Could that be what is driving William Barr? Is anyone looking into the details of what those brief announcements held within them? Why appoint someone as attorney general who acts like a puppet with Donald Trump as the puppeteer and reputation for demanding “loyalty”. Maybe he contributes to those demands because he has found things on which to base many of his “loyalty” demands.

So spurious – in schools, even independent ones (private) which seem to have more than their share of scandal these days? Why then resign? Were the two connected – the appointment and the announcement to come shortly thereafter? Our upper classes are known for their discretion. Only the middle to lower classes get drug through the mud with no relief if they stray. Our upper classes are allowed to quietly and discreetly resign and continue their “activities” if they so desire. Not until these renegade progressives entered the picture have things been forced open – with sledge hammers and all the muck and pus and stuff allowed to spew out, get collected and spread over the media for all to read and learn about.

We elected a man who has a lot in common with Kim Jong Un and all the other fascists with whom he finds common ground. It takes quite a filthy character to create, grow and lie about what is happening on the southern border of the United States. Isn’t that how the Nazi Concentration Camps were created, grew and were lied about? The same character traits where he finds common ground with Kim Jong Un. The difference being in the fact that Kim inherited his and Trump has had to build his so he is a little behind. Given what he has accomplished in the filth, killing, immoral department, given a bit more time Trump has what it takes to make Kim look like a slow learner. What is horrendous for us, we have come to see and accept all of this Trumpian evil as “normal”. Given a bit more time we will find these United States to be just as horrible a killing field as in North Korea and all the other governments we once abhorred.

And as to the rest of the blackmail?

Doesn’t it seem strange to you – or am I the only one with these thoughts – that Republican Senators are a bit too compliant and followers of a pied piper than they should be – than they were elected not to be?

Strangest of all ? Test yourselves? Are you a Trump supporter? You would then fit right in with all that is going on. Take a cold, hard look at your life – you might not like what you see. When folks talk about their “wonderful president doing everything we wanted him to do”. Back away, those are not folks you want to get to know – without exception no matter whether they call themselves white, black, etc. etc..

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Some People Did Some Thing!

Monday, April 15th, 2019

Well, now it is time to indict and arrest!

We have ignored much, but this tears the veil.

What else could be added to the indictment?

  1. Incitment to murder – Pittsburgh, PA. 11 Jews were killed in their Synagogue while praying. The incitement happened the day before when Donald Trump said he was NOT a Globalist.
  2. Incitment to attempted murder – bombs delivered to several prominent United States citizens after Donald Trump’s comments constantly citing their work against him and his program.
  3. Using the office of the presidency to incite others to violate the criminal laws of the United States in too many ways to list.
  4. Using the office of the presidency to absolve the top of the Saudi government of the brutal murder and dismemberment of Khashoggi.
  5. Incitment for his followers to harm Ilhan Omar because of her comments “Some People Did Something!” With pictures of 9/11 merged in Donald Trump’s tweets – Donald Trump used that as an opportunity to attempt to absolve Saudi Arabia of the 9/11 atrocity. Most of the people who carried out the 9/11 slaughter were from Saudi Arabia and it is well known their people do not carry out such objectives without the knowledge and agreement of the top of the Saudi Arabian government.
  6. Intimidation of Americans by the constant tweets with which Donald Trump will call his followers attention to do his bidding, which is usually some kind of violence or negativity towards those who are not his followers using words and images which are familiar to them. His followers know his voice and what he means when his words are indirect and/or circular. They have been consistent in following his dictates. Given such a pattern his indictment for such actions should immediately happen followed by his arrest.
  7. Using and abusing the office of the President of the United States for corrupt purposes, which is leading to major harm being done to Americans and to others around the globe when their leaders know they have the support of the President of the United States for their actions.
  8. The Indictment and arrest of Donald Trump for obstruction of justice, especially that done while usurping the office of the President of the United States.
  9. The indictment and arrest of Donald Trump for conspiring with foreign countries who mean harm to the United States Government and who worked with Donald Trump to usurp the U. S. Government for such purposes.
  10. To demand the return of monies taken from the American people and from those who wish to do business with the United States Government and are making that attempt to be considered above all others through graft and through the misuse of the power and prestige of the United States Government for personal and corporate financial gain.
  11. Please send us other items to include in this list of indictments.

DJT – The Manchurian President

Tuesday, January 8th, 2019

by: Marceline Donaldson

Months, even years ago, we published blogs about “The Manchurian Candidate”. Clearly, that was right on! Today, this blog is about a president who we feel is guilty of treason – (don’t start blubbering about “treason” and what it means and doesn’t mean. I am adult and educated enough to know that a man who betrays his country by following the plans and dictates of those in a “criminal enterprise”, by following and supporting a “mafia leader” in another country for their benefit and to the detriment of what he claims as his own country in which he has citizenship is committing treason and when you obfuscate the word I know where you are coming from and it is not from a place concerned about the proper use of English/American words or idioms).

We love reading the articles which come in from Bettina Network Lifestyle Community Members. We try to publish them or to consolidate the ideas of several when many come in saying the same thing. We hope you understand that and have learned from what we publish.

We have to ask you to take another look at the comparisons being made between Hitler and Donald Trump. While we understand what you are seeing we think we all need to take another look at this and stop the comparisons.

Hitler was German. He led Germany into a moral minefield and used separating peoples using hate, distrust, bigotry and more to gain his goals of power, total control, endless amounts of money and the freedom to live his life at the top of a country while ignoring or not being able or caring about the fact that murder and mayhem were being committed under and around him. This was the only way he knew to govern to achieve his personal ego and other needs; he did not have the moral foundation to attempt to rule otherwise. Many suffered, died, were killed, and worse under Hitler’s Nazi regime.

Donald J. Trump apparently has the same needs as Hitler and the same lack of a moral base, but they differ in one substantial way as their choice of ways to govern and achieve their aims.

Hitler stayed within a German context. Trump has chosen to involve the enemies of the United States in a coalition to choose his goals. Kim Jung Un, Vladimir Putin and all of the other governmental leaders have sway over Trump the way such leaders of his time did not have sway over Hitler. Which says to us, Trump’s danger to these United States is exponentially worse in this world than was Hitler’s rise to power as head of a murderous government was to Germany.

Please rethink your comparisons.

Yes Trump and Hitler are alike in some of the ways they have chosen to rule. Yes they are alike in their ability to move in the direction of setting up governments which murder its constituents or those deemed their enemies or those needed to be murdered to get the populace up in arms moving in the direction they need the populace to move. Hitler, to satisfy those around him and within the German state. Trump, to satisfy those dictators who need the United States to move in their direction doing their bidding to make sure a republic style of government or a democracy is not feasible and breaks apart.

Trump is in his early days of murder and mayhem. He is moving in such a direction as to take down the structures in place in the United States so he can invite his friends in to help him shore up and maintain the United States in the way it has to be maintained for his goals and objectives to be met. The Muslim ban; the rise again of White Supremacist organizations; the encouragement of neo-Nazi’s to become more public to bring about fear within this nation. We see each day the many goals in place one after another tearing down the United States government as it currently stands. As you see that constant and ongoing destruction you can almost see which head of which fascist state is behind this new thing.

And, we should add, this has not started with Donald Trump. The way this government is moving started long before Donald Trump. Trump as a totally corrupt president surrounded by corruption in everything he and his administration are doing and saying which is destroying this country was started and grown in these United States long before Trump became President. He is simply building on the backs of those who have gone before. He is deepening the furrow in the road they have trod to lead the way for him to follow.

Today, we have a confluence of Government and Business moving in tandem in the direction of White Supremacy reigning, Sexism slamming back in horrendous and unbelievable ways; Neo-Nazi’s blatantly and very publicly recruiting for their movement and killing Jews with very little blow back from the public.

Looking at the Government under Trump – it has become almost totally white and male. A dramatic change from whence we’ve come under Obama and where we thought we were going.

Our government is being concentrated into those ‘serving’ being a certain class and background of white male consistent with those who have low to no moral base, no ethical structure other than their need to take what they want from whoever without pause for or patience with anything restraining their taking and more.

Trump has brought together and formed a criminal mafia/enterprise at the top of these United States Government and has done it in the light of day, describing what he is doing and getting some flak, but not much. Many have made righteously indignant statements about how they loathe where he is coming from and what he has done to this country, but when called to act, they act right alongside Trump, covering their actions with high moral statements and trying to hide their greed and power hunger under their blanket of righteous indignation.

Not even Trump’s MAGA theme was his own. It goes back to Ronald Reagan’s MAGA theme. A Call to make American Great Again when America was already great. So what is that call really about? You have lived this just as intimately as I have so I don’t have to fill in all of the blanks.

Look at Business. Who gets to grow a substantial business in these United States is dependent upon who has the attention and receives the investment money and people help from the Venture Capital Community and that Community has a very distinct Middle Eastern turn and tone and membership.

Those who have been ‘helped’ to grow billion dollar businesses have been those chosen by the Venture Capitalist groups – not for their vision, their ideas, their ability to head such businesses bringing the future into the present, but those who are properly white, male and who fit the stereotype to head such businesses so the general public does not take a good look at those businesses’ history, their development and what it is they have wrought. Especially so no emphasis is placed on the fact that mostly those businesses were stolen from others – obviously, blatantly, publicly stolen and mostly from minorities and women.

Because of the beginnings of an outcry from those so excluded and from whom ideas, visions and functioning businesses were stolen, those Venture Capitalists are now hiring and working with people who understand the need to bring in “minorities and women”, but who also understand that of those needing to be brought in, it has to be in and through a ‘ghetto door”. Those who have the connections and right mindset to understand they cannot serve all of the people, but must tailor their businesses to serve the “ghettoed women and minority people” and who know if that is done there is funding for them. That funding will not be in the billions of dollars kind of funding available and historically given to white male northern european types, but it will be in the ten thousands through the maybe 50 thousands of dollars to those who need and agree to be used symbolically and who can be pointed to as absolving the very racist and sexist venture capitalists who have made sure this next generation of entrepreneurs – the successful ones – will be white, male and that northern european person meant to be on top of everything and everyone as it has been for hundreds of years.

If this continues – humanity, the humanness of us all will have to wait several hundred more years to produce a community of caring people who have worked to dumb down their greed; who are concerned about others; who know some are strong and some are weak and that is no reason to take advantage of those who can contribute but do so without demanding all for themselves and their own kind.

Again, I won’t belabor that because you all know exactly how that story goes.

In this ending, we appeal to you – please send your thoughts, analyses, and everything else about life, work, art, literature without this emphasis on parallels between Trump and Hitler. We all saw that at the beginning of Trump’s “reign”. We did not have the experience to understand the differences as clearly as we do today. Evil is not just all the same. Even evil has its distinctions.

We are seeing that there is no longer a comparison. Hitler was Germany’s own – the way Nixon was the United States’ own. Trump is in a different category. He is the ultimate Manchurian President and will bring in whoever – do whatever – without caring that he is committing treason as long as it satisfies his needs of power over, brings into his coffers and into his future more money than god and all of the other needs he has shown for which he has sacrificed his life and his eternity. What he is also showing us – the covers have been stripped off several people, several communities, several projects, several groups, several so-called ‘religious’ denominations who are willing to give up their lives and their eternity for the few pieces of gold they will receive through their support of Trump and his minions going against everything that is good in this life.

Trump’s work has encouraged those who would have done their “dirt” hidden and in the dark, with their goals, objectives and results never to come out into the open. He has encouraged and set the example for them to be open and public as they work to create “a new world order” that accepts and promotes and lives by this very treasonous and extremely evil way of functioning. He has set a veritable smorgasbord in front of them from which they can pick and choose how they want to go forward to his benefit. And he has shown that the way to move ahead is to ignore the country, person, life of who is providing. An enemy of your country is just as good if they are providing you with the largesse and power you want and need.

The last person who did that with dramatic results for us was Martin Luther King, Jr. Only the choices he laid out were very different. He showed us the evil in this society and this world. He also showed us the road we need to take to prevent the evil from taking over from the good. Many took his messages and life’s history to heart. Many others preferred to point out the fact that he was human and use that to try to ensnare many to reject him. We need to take Trump’s message and work to heart and recognize the choices it is giving us. They are the choices of evil – sell out your country for a few pieces of silver; split humans into ‘better than’ and ‘lower than’ to be able to misuse and abuse those you designate as the ‘lower than’ to gain money and power.

My point is – see, think about, write about Donald Trump as he is. Not as a parable to or continuation of Hitler. Trump’s future could bring about a country and a world that would make what Hitler tried to accomplish look minuscule and good by comparison.

The talk about Trump being “crazy’ – the claim that Trump does all of this because he doesn’t like to read and therefore doesn’t understand – doesn’t ‘understand’ the system in which he is living and isn’t interested in learning – and all of the cliche’s thrown out to ensnare you. Don’t believe them. They are not true. Trump makes choices each day based on what he wants to achieve. Trump shows each day his priorities and values. Trump says to us in all of his actions who he is and from whence he has come and where he is going. We need to believe what he is showing and saying. We need to understand that is who he is – there is nothing magical about how Trump reading books and understanding the system of government he illegitimately heads would change him for the better. He is who he is and the path of treason is what he has chosen. To sell out his country, his friends and his companions seems to be how he is structured. It doesn’t even have to be for his own good – which he doesn’t seem to recognize.

To bring the worst of the leadership from around the world into the United States to work with him; advise him on his next steps; to help them bring about their goals and objectives in their own countries even if it means dragging down his own, is not about being crazy; nor unread; nor lazy; nor any of the other adjectives. It is about Donald Trump being a human being who has chosen this way and is following it to his end.

Anything else is our redefining him in ways that make him and what he is about palatable to us. Richard Nixon did some awful things, but treason was not one of them.

To give his supporters, friends, contributors reasons to continue without publicly accepting their responsibility for Trump, his administration and his life is our walking his path; doing his bidding; working to achieve his goals and calling them our own. It is our submitting to the evil in us instead of taking the harder road of seeing and speaking truth. To obfuscate and to ‘be nice’ is easy. To do good, to believe God and to speak truth no matter the cost is not easy.

Evil brings about confusion to entrap you. Trump is the champ at that. See those parallels, don’t let them confound you and take you down the justify path. See how history rolls out into the present and understand. See what love, justice and the American way means and not what Trump or anyone else tries to tell you it means. See where real sacrifice is necessary and don’t sacrifice for evil – it only brings death, starvation, extreme denial, theft and murder in its path.

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Get Out of that Trump Base – NOW!

Monday, September 24th, 2018

Who do you think you are – all of you claiming to be supporters of Trump because you don’t like the direction in which this country is going and you want Donald Trump to change it.  That is your wish, followed by your vote.  That was also my wish – and it was a thinly veiled wish of someone who was hiding his racism and sexism from himself and everybody else with platitudes up the kazoo.

Mafia – Sleaze – Bigotry – Sexual Assault – Sexual Abuse – Sexual Harassment – Getting rich on our backs while making his friends super rich and those working so hard to support him and his friends moving into the area of destitute.  I just lost my job, thanks to Mr. Trump’s wonderful, great, glowing, expanding economy which will make more billionaires,  more middle class out of jobs and shortly more homeless as a result.

This is what you have wrought and continue to give strength to in this country. What is wrong that we can’t see and build and flourish in a country with as many resources as the United States?

What are our children seeing?  What values are we bringing to them voting our bigotry instead of a higher set of values which I must have been taught at some point in my life.  Although when I look around at my peers and my church I can’t figure out when that happened.

Our children had the example of Barack Obama – an African American man.  Not one scandal in his entire time in office. An exemplary president.  So you showed our children over 8 years what African Americans are like through this African American president. That scared the life out of me.  I don’t know why, but it did.  I had to put a stop to what I saw about to happen.  Today, watching Trump I must have been temporarily insane.

And now you are showing them – children born some 15 years ago through those coming up now – what it is like to have a White – Northern European ancestry president.  I read one of your blogs months ago about the example and what our children were seeing and it scared me.

We should be scared about sitting back waxing eloquent about this man who lies, cheats, steals, assaults women, apparently has ties to and has laundered money for the Italian, the Russian, the Eastern European mafia. Do we really think he is going to listen to and be like anyone else when that has been his history?

How do you think that is going to strike our children growing up?  Will they choose to be like this president and adopt his morals, his values, his way of being?  Or are they going to think they have to look up to African Americans because their own White ancestry is so flawed and corrupt?  Power corrupts and we have certainly misused and abused power.

Ever stop to think of that?  At this point – my disgust is such I wish they would follow African Americans. I can’t believe I am really writing this.  I don’t even know out of which brain or life this is coming.

In a society without such a long history of bigotry we could have an excellent president of one color and a corrupt president of another color and those judgments would not be made by our children along the color/race line, but along the character line.  But in America we have a heavy history of bigotry and it has grown stronger during Donald Trump’s presidency.  The intentional re-enactment of Crystalnacht – that time in Germany which heralded so much pain, agony, blood shed, death and more – under this Trump Presidency with Donald Trump himself giving a speech holding up those who participated in and organized that scene scorched  our lives and cannot be wiped from our memory.

And now today you have the horribleness – with your children watching – of a president who admitted and bragged about sexually assaulting women before he was elected, during his campaign and and after and we voted for him anyway – so we now have this president acting out his lifestyle and beliefs, just in case we told ourselves things would change once he was elected president.

What changed in this country after the election of Donald Trump?

Our public language is now gutter talk – even on prime time television.  As a sexual assaulter he has appointed his friends to high, medium and low places in his government who are also sexual assaulters and he will continue to do so and rub his power to do so in our faces while corrupting our children.  How do you think our children will turn out? Upstanding citizens – great values – strong positive characters – knowing that lying is wrong and the truth is that on which we stand?  Or will our children replicate the values of this American president – lying, cheating, stealing, assaulting women as his right, lying about it and advising those he appoints with the same proclivities to “deny, deny, deny” bragging about their misdeeds, lying to all around to cover what they are doing under the guise of doing what’s best for you, their friends and the country?

How do you feel now America?

It is past the time for this President to go – taking his vice President with him, his family and all of the people he has appointed to office – none of whom can be trusted to be honest, upright, law abiding citizens of this country.  Or is this an environment in which we are comfortable and want to continue to live because lying, sexual assault, cheating, being extremely hypocritical, doing what we can to pull the wool over the eyes of those around us, manipulating everyone all the time because we intend to help him make off with this country’s  family jewels? Do we really believe we have a pearl of great price left to us by this president for our work on his behalf?  Bite into that pearl and it will quickly crush all in our mouth.

Isn’t it time to cut and run in the opposite direction before the slim and muck of that enlarged, deepened and fouled up swamp gets out of its banks and coats the entire country?

Who is writing this?

I am a very furious man – furious at myself for having supported Donald Trump in his run for the presidency – furious at myself and my family for lying about why we were voting for him – furious at this society which encouraged my racism and sexism which I have passed down to my children – furious at the lack of a good role model for us all – and mostly furious at all of us for not having recognized goodness when we had such a family in the White House.  Why didn’t we recognize such – the color of his skin stopped us from seeing the beauty of his character.  You Bettina folks would say – God forgive – I got that at one of your breakfast sessions and I reacted against you viscerally.  I am not there yet.  May not ever be because I seem to need to follow such values – they shore me up and keep me sane.  After watching this president I have to change that to say Trump’s values shore me up and keep me superior to all of you.  I know it is time to say God forgive! Maybe one day!

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Truth Telling on the Christine Balsey Ford/Kavanaugh problem

Thursday, September 20th, 2018

I wanted to get this to you before you published the responses from Lifestyle Members, but I have to work to make a living so some things take a back seat.

I see the responses and they are very to the point.  My contribution is this:

When Diane Feinstein received the letter from Christine Ford she did exactly what she was supposed to do.  She gave it to the FBI.  They took the letter, redacted it and put it in the Brett Kavanaugh background file.  All the comments dumping on Diane Feinstein about sitting on the letter from Dr. Ford are misplaced.

After the letter was put into Kavanaugh’s file it was accessible to the White House and I am sure they knew the letter was there and read it – which explains why there was such a rush to get Kavanaugh through the process before anything would happen to bring that letter to light.

The comments you are hearing trying to place blame on Diane Feinstein for holding up the letter are Kavanaugh talking points given to Kavanaugh/Trump supporters going on the air  as one of their talking points.  The Senators, knowing about the letter,  could have called for an FBI closer look into Kavanaugh’s background at that point – but instead they pushed hard to get him through the process trying to get him on the bench before that letter hit the airwaves.  And when the letter leaked before they could get through the hearing and vote they sat back and tried to dump some blame on Senator Feinstein.

They now have something else they are hiding and are making fools of themselves because they are pushing to get this done before it all comes out.

I am glad folks brought to your attention the drinking and how that was ignored in the process of past background checks.  It does not matter that we are talking about high school – when Kavanaugh was first vetted that drunkenness would have been very relevant and should have stopped his first nomination to the bench.  Not many high school boys get drunk and attempt rape. That by itself says a lot about the character of the person being vetted.

P. S.  My guess as to why Donald Trump is so low keyed about this – remember ‘Stormy Daniels’ has a book coming out.  It has some juicy sections about Donald Trump and Ms. Clifford does not hold back.  She tells the whole story.  It is a great book and I recommend you all read it to get a better idea of what is happening here.

A couple reporters have read and reviewed it on line.  It should hit the air waves in a few days and Trump can’t afford to be out there talking about sexual assault.  On TV these days he looks as though he is in the middle of a cringe.  Given that book he should be.

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Thursday, August 16th, 2018

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Bettina Lifestyle Members Respond

Wednesday, August 15th, 2018

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Person 1. I read your Omarosa blog and it was fantastic. I would like to point out the racism I saw in the news reports as people respond to what is happening. Many, many people start with what has almost become a tag line – “they are so much alike, after all, Trump created Omarosa.” Or some version of that ie “after all Omarosa is a Trump creation, Trump created her.” Variations on that comment have been on several news shows. The bigotry of that is palpable, but the persons making the comment seem so free and sure of themselves in those kind of comments without realizing they are simply satisfying their need to put a black woman in her place and remind others that to them she is really not human – really no different from the way the Trump people disregard the humanity of those they consider not as good as.

Omarosa is not a puppet and Trump is not a puppeteer. She was quite intelligent before she met Trump and will continue to be – from what I’ve seen. Her growth over the years, as I followed her career, has been phenomenal. When she moved out of her early beginnings she moved into a different society, class, culture and must have gone through culture shock. She entered a world where values were very different from those with which she was raised. From a people oriented group where interpersonal relationships were primary and the back and forth was about relationships and values were around all of that into a society where interpersonal relationships are practically non-existent and everyone is ‘striving’ for whatever power, money and control they can accumulate. The values in such a group are very different and probably seemed immoral to Omerosa when she entered. At best, they were very different from those values with which she was raised. She seems to have started out adopting and adapting those ‘new’ values and ‘striving’ for the kind of success she saw around her and in the middle of it something clicked and her values changed to those with which she was raised. My guess would be that she started taping people when that “click” happened. The precipitating factor for that “click” was probably the very ugly and dehumanizing way she was being treated. That is extemely painful to the black woman experiencing it and totally unrecognizable by the people doing the mistreating. When she realized she was “invisible” to most people. That she could move around fairly freely because she wasn’t seen or if she was seen by some her presence was completely ignored.

What shows most strongly in what she is doing, she is out there truth telling and clear eyed about it and very good showing an extremely intelligent human being. That is almost unknown in the circles in which she was travelling and must have been painful. From what I am seeing she has much more integrity than those who surrounded her – those knocking her and claiming her lack of integrity. In the system in which she was trying to be a part and ‘fit in’ she did lack integrity by their standards and their definition of the word. In the system in which she was raised they are probably repeating your comment “You go girl.”

I am happy you mentioned how impressed you were with the way she carried herself and responded to the media. It was self-composed, in control, with no problems correcting people, backing them off, standing strongly in an independent place and her responses were always right on target. I join the chorus – you go girl.

Person 2. I am encouraged by what I am seeing in this United States society. The headlines and the current president are very discouraging, but I have to applaud Trump. The bottom line of what he has done is to create a more open, questioning, more mature society then that which existed before his election. We are not as much dependent upon the “system” because we are seeing the system only works if we are very much engaged and taking responsibility.

Before Trump, it was anathema to talk about people being racist and what that means. In fact, if you brought up the subject of racism or commented on some action of someone which was racist you were jumped on by everybody with the traditional denial that maintains a bigoted system – “that’s not racist, everyone experiences it”. Talk about racism and bigotry was not nice and needed to be kept under wraps. It was something one didn’t talk about anyplace. Now, it is all out in the open and the media talks about racist and racism in practically every news show. News anchors have become quite skilled at talking about and identifying racism and bigotry. There is nothing which creates change and takes out ugly like taking off the blanket and airing it out letting everyone see the windows are open and fresh air is flowing through.

What is especially encouraging for me, in spite of seeing the neo-Nazi’s trying to recreate Crystal Nacht and the KKK, White Nationalists and all the others out there parading – many of those who took part with their tiki torches in that Charlottesville parade lost their jobs because their companies did not want the taint of such clear racists working for them who were also out advocating for the kind of society we don’t want in these United States. That is what didn’t happen as Nazi Germany was getting started. Maybe there is hope for us after all.

Person 3. It is amazing to see the contrast in this country between the present administration and what is happening where elections are being held. I can’t wait for November. We have Donald Trump as president and a White House full of bigots, Nazi’s and such assorted folks. At the same time, as you look around at who is being elected in these contests happening around the country – it is the most diverse group of people I have ever seen. Our politicians going forward will have problems and cause us problems, but they will be doing so representing all of us. All we have to do now is undo the Gerrymandering that happened under the very bigoted Republican Party.

I knew when Ronald Regan went to Mississippi to announce his run for the presidency and even before that when Strom Thurmond left the Democratic Party and took his friends and followers into the Republican Party that the day would come when we would have to face this conflagration. Which way it would go was something I could not see because we could become another very racist society. The move towards Russia that Trump is making is clearly a move towards trying to start a race war to subjugate all of us and to maintain a White Supremacy country aligned with other White Supremacy countries – all led by fascist dictators. That is certainly not the profile of our traditional allies so he had to begin the process of dumping our traditional allies and moving towards others more amenable and trying to maintain their countries as all white, fascist and controlled by their Oligarch’s.

Person 4. You are doing something new and I want to help support you in what you are doing so it is successful and continues and others follow your example. We have a country where corporations are supposed to be “neutral”. They never are because most companies support groups and people moving in the direction of Trump and his people while claiming to be neutral. Billions of dollars go to manipulate all of us. It is always difficult for me to know what is real and what is corporate-hype. However, I feel very much involved with Bettina Network. I use your services when I can and want to know what else I can do to make sure you survive? You don’t claim to be neutral, you just stand up for truth and allow whoever to participate and air their comments. Facebook, among others, claims to give you a grouping of friends of your choosing with whom you create your ‘community’. That is one of the big lies on the internet today. In reality the people you see on your “Facebook Wall” and who you hear from are strangers and people you’ve never heard of before. Your “friends” mostly don’t see your posts if they don’t fit the algorithm – so choosing your friends and your community on Facebook is a myth set up to allow them to market your information not encircle you with your chosen friends. Neutral is not something human beings can be without hurting everyone. Truth telling is stronger, better and beneficial for everyone.

I do not know many places where truth-telling is happening. How are you surviving and paying the costs of Bettina’s Blog? I know from experience it costs money to do the research showing up in this blog – and I know the kind of flak that comes from truth telling. Don’t stop – more companies need to keep watch and put out what they know as truth. Sometimes I think marketing and advertising are great, but most times I realize they have turned us into liars and manipulators and hypocrits for the sake of making a dollar. We need to clear the air so our children will know truth and not be taken in by stories put out to sell products and services or manipulative slants on events to guarantee the corporation will get what it wants and the rest of us suffer. Sometimes I wonder if living breathing human mortals head up these corporations or if they are headed by robots immune to things like the environment, the quality of the food they eat, etc. etc. When cigarettes were such a threat I wondered how those who kept the research which said cigarettes were bad for your health and could cause cancer realized they were also negatively affected by such. They smoked a lot and some died of lung cancer, but nevertheless they kept on going with the mythology which gave them their positions, money, etc.

Keep going – some of us are very strongly behind you.
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Comments from Bettina Network Lifestyle Members

Sunday, July 22nd, 2018

1) It is amazing to hear all of these folks talking about Donald Trump possibly being compromised – to explain his actions. What a load of crap. The assumption wrapped into the claim of someone acting in a certain way because they have been compromised assumes they would normally act in a different, better way. It is time to acknowledge that Donald Trump is simply corrupt and has been for decades. His life’s history shows that clearly. Putin has not corrupted Trump. Trump has acted and said the things he has said and done because he sees that to be to Trump’s advantage. My assumption is that Trump sees himself becoming an Oligarch and having the wealth he has pretended to have for decades through his association with Putin and Russia.

Before he became president Trump apparently, according to those around him, had lots of money passing through the Trump Organization from Russia. After he filed so many bankruptcies – six they say – American bankers would not deal with him so he went through Deutsche Bank where Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy’s son works and money flowed to him.

Is his nomination of Kavanaugh for Supreme Court Justice really about a deal cut with Anthony Kennedy from Ivanka through Kennedy’s son to Kennedy resulting in Kavanaugh? Novels were written about such deals – businesses thrive through cutting such deals and here we are with this one right out in the open. There is no longer hidden evil, it is right out there for all to see and still it thrives.

When Trump leaves the presidency he won’t have much chance of making the kind of money he seeks. After all the Obama’s only made several million through their book deal, and a few talks, etc. and the Clinton’s the same and those who went before were a little wealthier because of their service to their country.. Trump, however, is looking for multi-billions not multi-millions and he can’t do that through book deals or speeches. He can accomplish that through ripping off the American government and its people and coming out in the multi-billions category. After all, he has something to sell – and that is the American Government and its influence to the highest bidder and currently, that seems to be Russia.

Enough of this business about Trump having been compromised. Trump is doing what he has always done – looked out for Trump in a greedy way going in the direction of the money with no thought to the trashing of everything he has left in his wake. I think often of the missed opportunity many of those trying for an education were screwed out of through Trump University.

2) I have never understood why Mitch McConnell and the other Republican Congress people held up the confirmation of Judge Merritt Chase for the Supreme Court. They wanted a Supreme Court appointee made by a Republican President. BUT, the person who looked like the winner and the next president was Hillary Clinton. So to follow that logic, they would have wanted someone like Merritt Chase rather than risk who Hillary would appoint – unless they knew something the rest of us did not know. They knew as long as a year before the election that Donald Trump would be elected president. How could that be unless they were involved in colluding with the Russian to bring about the election of Donald Trump, or they knew about the collusion of others and stood by and watched and approved since they saw themselves as benefitting. Either way it is despicable. Trump nominating Kavanaugh seems to be another spit at Obama from Trump as Trump appoints the man who works under Merritt Chase to a position over him. The filth being spewed by Donald Trump over all of us is monumental, foul and that for which we will repent and have to work hard to clean up for generations.

3) I heard many rumors that Trump’s rallies are being stacked with paid attendees. Any truth to that rumor?

4) Trump likes and understands Kim Jong Un because he would like to be in that kind of position and because Trump sees someone like himself? What does that say about those sucking up to Trump?

5) The abortion issue seems to miss a big point. Why do so many “Conservative” men and very sexist Paternalistic institutions wind up seriously, loudly and aggressively anti-abortion? Many men who are serially sexually abusive and engage in sexual assault against women are also anti-abortion. Does this mean the out of control male ego needs to know it can spread its sperm and wants no intervention to stop the children it is spreading around the world to prove its virility – especially those not caring for such children?

6) No worries that Kavanaugh, if he becomes a Supreme Court Justice, would be led by a good character, ethics, etc. His career shows his great ability to suck up to advance. We are so accustomed to so many advancing through that suck-up avenue we demur from calling that what it is. In this case, he would be coming to the Supreme Court as another mafia member where there have been so many appointed in the Trump Administration. The only question open is whether or not he will become a “made man”. Trump has made a few mistakes with his appointments thinking he was appointing “Trump Loyalists” who would kiss the ring. In actuality Trump’s corruption has become so extensive and so public that those appointed who thought they were being “promoted” and this was their chance in a job they wanted badly, have discovered their character and ethics have not allowed them to “suck up” the way one needs to if one wants to continue being a part of the Trump Administration. So many have been fired after having discovered that fact. Having been fired from your job in the Trump Administration has become a badge of honor – they should wear it proudly because it does say something about their character. That does not include those who had to leave because the public outcry against their corruption was so loud and strong they had to leave under disgrace.

7) This is all too much for me. This is not at all the country in which I was born – my parents were born – into the fourth generation. Some things I didn’t even think about before now. I’ve lived my life with the American mythology rather than the reality of who we are – I haven’t even faced the reality of who we are as human beings. All this took was for the United States to elect a black president? And a very competent and substantial black person who set a tone and reached a level that few have reached in that office. Have we all gone crazy because our identity – our White Supremacy – was threatened by that and now it has to be turned around so we won’t have to suffer the ignominy of equality? And we elected a Donald Trump to do that job?

I now understand how Hitler’s Nazism took over Germany; how Joe McCarthy held sway in the United States and destroyed so many lives for several years; how the Japanese Concentration Camps were founded and kept alive and thriving; how the Chinese Exclusion Act was passed and acted upon for a very long time; how the Native Americans were so destroyed after they put themselves out to help those who came to these shores very unprepared for what they found; how Jim Crow became the law of the land verified and solidified by the United States Supreme Court and kept the law of the land by that Court until recently. Where have I been, thinking I am living in this great democratic country? This fantastic republic? Look how quickly and how easily Donald Trump has taken over and turned everything around to move this country into an evil place. What kind of a dream state have I been occupying! Even knowing all of the above and starting to re-read history I slip up and go back to that naive person who was wrapped up in the unreality, the untruths sold to me from childhood. I don’t want to face this reality. There has to be redemption in here someplace. Goodness can’t have gone missing. Greed, powerhunger and all the rest can’t take the place of the values my parents instilled in me. Stop this and let’s get on with life as I knew it once again – only lets keep marching to an even better place. At the moment we are all in lock step on our way to hell.

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The Trump-Arpaio-Miller Tent Cities

Sunday, June 17th, 2018

by: Marceline Donaldson

Having chosen locations to erect tent cities which parallel what es-Sheriff Arpaio was doing in Arizona it is clear this is not about housing children comfortably nor with any of the creature comforts we need to live a minimalistically comfortable life.

The kind of places these tent cities are being located are in the desert with some 100 degree temperatures outside and who knows how hot in the tents.  That is what Sheriff Arpaio did and it seems clear these tent cities have been in the planning and execution stages for months.  This also makes clear why Trump chose to pardon ex-Sheriff Arpaio.

Before children start dying it is time to call in whichever international authorities there are which can stop this.  The United Nations – which has already made a statement that this is child abuse by the United States Government.  It does not say by Donald Trump.  That statement includes all United States citizens.  it is up to all of us to take responsibility for this and stop it.

It is extreme racism pushed by extreme fear of brown peoples being a majority of the United States population and soon.   It is a replica of Hitler’s Concentration Camps only for children and it is clear some of these children may never be reunited with their families ever again.  Looking at how records are not being kept, it is practically impossible and only a matter of luck to find and reunite children with their families.  Many will drop through the cracks.

It is United States history being repeated in our lifetime.  It is Senator Joe McCarthy and Roy Cohn standing over Donald Trump egging him on and giving him advice.  Do you remember the pain, suffering and loss of everything that Senator McCarthy and his anti-Communist crusade caused?  It is Adolf Hitler sitting next to Stephen Miller helping him strategize so the largest number of brown peoples are connected to these Concentration Camps by their children and the children are put into positions where they will have to deal with this the rest of their lives.  We will have massive cases of every kind of war disease only that will be reflected not in our armed forces but in these children.

Children are going to start dying and soon.

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Donald Trump’s Great and Grand Summit

Tuesday, June 12th, 2018

Me thinks we have just seen an incredible performance which is and has been produced, directed, acted in by Donald Trump.  All of you looking for new film plays – Trump has just put on a magnificent one.  Hope it is under copyright or it will surely be stolen.  As for its content – none of it was real and none of it will remain to be carried out as the film seems to say it will be carried out.  It was only a brief time to shore up and aggrandize Donald Trump who is a genius at taking advantage of every public puffing up of his insatiable male ego he can manage or others, who have become so obsequious, can arrange for him.

It will be interesting to see England’s reaction as he moves on to that country and what part this play will have in his next production in that country.  It is so like Trump to make England his next trip -remembering the cancelling of his last trip and this opportunity, from his perspective, to rub their noses in his victory.

England also seems to be moving in a more diverse direction – will this play have an influence on whether they continue that or allow themselves to be in a reality show produced, directed and acted in by Donald Trump.

The star of this Kim and Donald Show, of course was Donald Trump.  The secondary actor was Kim Jong Un.  The supporters in this play or film or reality show don’t have to be named they won’t be around much longer.  The big announcement will come when their replacements are called out.  Will Kim Jong Un still be one of the secondary actors or will “the Don” have arranged for him to be taken out and someone else to be his replacement.

We hope Kim Jong Un, not being accustomed to Western Reality TV understands what has just happened and in what he was a bit player.  As I looked at the few sightings of him on TV he looked young, vulnerable – in spite of his reputation – and not at all ready for what is to come.  Donald Trump has clearly put in his bid to replace and become a father to Kim and fully expects to be the one guiding and telling Kim Jong Un what to do, how to do, etc.  If that does not work to “the Don’s” expectations, no kissing of the ring will stop what will happen after that.

This world becomes more unbelievable as each day passes.  At the same time it is still very predictable and has been for eons of time.

Don’t know why everyone is so exorcised by all of this.  Also don’t understand why it has taken up so much media time.  All of us could predict the story line, we could probably chant what the actors will say before they say it – like the midnight shows folks used to dress up to sit in the audience but still be one of the actors – and –  we can also predict the outcome.

Nothing said or done in Donald Trumps Korean Show was real.  What is real is what Donald Trump decides at the moment.  At this moment Kim Jong Un is his ticket to remain in office and to delay for a time the Special Counsel’s report and the media giving accurate reports on what has happened over Trumps adult lifetime and especially focusing on his time running for office and the brief period he has been in office.

Folks are worried about the United States troops staying in South Korea.  They are dissecting an agreement between Trump and Un as though it was meant to be anything except fodder for what comes next and a part of the background stage setting for Trump to try and turn the November elections into a win for Donald Trump leading to a renewal of his reality show contract for another four years. Yes, Putin and Russia were no doubt part of the reason Trump was elected president, but credit has to also be given to the media who promoted Trump none stop 24 hours all during the campaign.  Today, those same people are characterized as “Fake News”, were put in “pig pens” during the campaign, were consigned to media hell which they have been trying to break free from ever since.

Trump will get rid of Kim Jong Un quicker than the Libyan president was dismembered and he will have no guilt, no second thoughts, no hesitation.  He will upheaval Kim, his country and everything else he has to upheaval to gain what the demons in his head are demanding of him.

Much is said about Trump’s health.  In all of those conjectures nothing is said about the fervent mind games  that happen to those who come down with – what’s it called? Siphylous?  Forgive my lack of spelling accuracy I am just getting used to this new English vocabulary.  What I mean is the sex disease contracted by those who have sex with many and some very questionable people with no protection.  Given all the sex-partners Trump has had it would be a miracle if we were not seeing the last stages of this very serious sex-transmitted disease.  Ahhh, but he has the protection of the god of the ET.Evangelical Christians so I might be very wrong at that conjecture.  Or is their theology changed to accommodate such practices with a cure for their very predictable outcome?

On another level, for Kim Jong Un to even have shown up for this “Summit” which glorifies Trump and gives him a possible reprieve from his troubles in the United States – real, serious, imprisonable troubles does not say much for Kim.  If he is not worried he will go the way of Khadafi then someone should give him Trump’s history.  You last as long as you are of use to Trump and then…… bring in the last act of the Marie Antoinette reality show.

There was a time when I took these things seriously.  Maybe aging makes the difference and aging in the middle of everything political which has happened in the last many decades.  This entire “Summit” has been a bad joke – played at the expense of the American and the South and North Korean peoples while the rest of the world watches and wonders how they can quickly jump on what looks like this gravy train.  How the mighty will be amongst the falling.

Careful boys – take a look around – this summit may have been for males only, – as all the pictures show – (well maybe with the exception of a female interpreter or two) – but women are acquiring political and other kinds of power and are using it in ways that should make your penile hair stand on end sharply pricking anyone who comes close which means you are about to be deprived of power and sex.

Enjoy these last vestiges of the exercise of the incredibly vicious, ugly and dangerous way you have wielded power for generations.  There is always an accounting and you don’t always have to wait until you meet your maker at that judgment seat for that accounting to happen.  Karma is real!  And it is about to strike the world!  Hope you have memorized William Cullen Bryant’s “Thanatopsis”…………..

 “So live, that when thy summons comes to join
The innumerable caravan, which moves
To that mysterious realm, where each shall take
His chamber in the silent halls of death,
Thou go not, like the quarry-slave at night,
Scourged to his dungeon, but, sustained and soothed
By an unfaltering trust, approach thy grave,
Like one who wraps the drapery of his couch
About him, and lies down to pleasant dreams.”

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The Bettina Oracle takes us back to the future with Donald Trump!

Saturday, April 14th, 2018

It is beyond belief that we in the United States are so enmeshed in evil.  Are we really so totally corrupt and from the head?

There has always been an evil side or evil group in these United States.  As you trace our history you find even from the beginning when those who first arrived, who were welcomed by the ‘natives’ – the peoples living in these United States – our history shows we responded to that welcome with evil which finally led to the Trail of Tears.  That kind of evil is still practiced against that original group living in this country.  It is still going on today.  With that unrelieved history we know there is something very wrong.

When a group, too lazy to do their own work, starts roaming the earth and brings back human beings from Africa bound into slavery and tied for generations to do the work of this evil group under the conditions of slavery and against their will the evil continues.

When so much death and destruction happens even after that and continues into today something is very wrong.

There were massacres all during slavery as many tried to escape.  After slavery there were massacres as groups of Africans, supposedly freed slaves, were bound and kept in slavery and slaughtered if they refused.  Communities – such as in Oklahoma – were massacred.

Skipping a lot because it begins to sound like “Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee” – an unrelieved book documenting the suffering of American Indians – and coming into today we have almost daily shootings to kill people at random.  Shootings that our laws uneffective against the guns do not stop and which brought our young people, our teenagers and younger into the conflict for the second time in modern history.  I was a part of the first bringing in of such young people to try to mitigate the unrelieved suffering inflicted upon Americans by evil groups of people and which was temporarily successful until this new age started.

We now have billionaires persecuting and oppressing others with the consequent growth of homelessness at disgraceful levels and the attempts of the few to stem and stop that growth not showing results.  We are fighting each other because the rich want to be richer; the not so rich want to be really rich and supports those they want to be like hurting themselves and their families in the process.  It is a crazy environment.  Speaking of which we have even disrupted and are destroying our own environment in which we have to live and breathe and can’t survive if climate change continues on the road we have set for it.  AND in that process we still have that evil group denying and trying to destroy those working to stop climate change – denying climate change because it means their march towards the riches they want projected by their greed will be disrupted if we work to stop or even slow down climate change.

And today – at the head of this we have #evilTrump – a president with the story following him of “golden showers”.  A president who, it is claimed, had prostitutes pee on one another to foul the bed the African American president and his wife slept in when they visited Russia.  Try to depict that as anything other than extreme viciousness and evil.  And he is the one leading this nation.  He is the one the White Evangelicals have chosen as their political leader.  He is the one they raise up when they call on Jesus in their Churches to protect them and him from who – from those actually living out the Gospel?  And that ‘golden showers’ story is one of his lesser deeds, which he denies and claims he is a “germaphobe” and couldn’t be involved in such.  However, the claim isn’t that the pee touched him, but that he was the one who had the prostitutes do the peeing on each other while he got his jollies from watching.  Isn’t that ultimate evil?   Nothing was claimed that they peed on him or even sprayed him with their pee.  And the white evangelicals will continue to hold him up and give reasons as to why they feel he is doing gods work!  In that context god must be spelled with the small ‘g’ because it is idolatrous and worship by infidels who have put up their god to gain the ascendency over the God they claim to worship. It is foul – evil – sin – the work of who they call Satan. Satan – walking freely around the evangelical churches; taking shelter in their meetings; dictating what is said and acceptable in their conferences and gatherings; holding up other men just like this head of the United States who have covered their sins so they can hold up and claim him.

It is not to be believed.  And yet, he was elected president.  Is this God’s justice from all that has happened in the past?  Does this president have the 666 – the mark of the beast on him as restitution for all we have brought about in these United States when the ground was given to all of us to do justice, to love mercy and to walk humbly with our God?

Something is very wrong here and I don’t see us stopping, changing, or making this better.  I see “President” Trump appointing Cambridge Analytica’s successor to Steve Bannon in the form of John Bolton – isn’t that how evil continues?  When one person becomes too toxic replace him with another of the same ilk supported by the same group with both totally involved with Cambridge Analytica.  Not even hidden, but so sure of themselves that exchange is totally out in the open.

I see all of the evil forces coming out stronger doing their best to swamp those trying to right these wrongs and I see a totally foul president still in power and still moving to cause as much upheaval as he can.  And I hear him still being led by and managed by  Russia as an asset of Vladimir Putin.  What is wrong with you America?  Are you so scared that the increase and almost majority of brown people in this world scared you to the point of needing to go crazy in an evil way to prevent this?  Are you afraid when the majority of people in this world are those who were the minority that they will take vengeance against you?  Or are you so stuck in being “better than”.  With your claimed superiority threatened you will do anything to prevent becoming equal too all other human beings?  Have you noticed the “Russia” to which Trump seems to be promised – it is a white nation!  Immigration the way Trump is dealing with it has as its goal to make America White Again as an ally and cousin to this white nation.  And then what will they unleash as they combine with other such white nations?  They won’t be allied with France or England or other such becoming “brown” or already “brown” nations.

I guess you don’t realize that all of these “brown” people are your children?  Black and White  coming together produces Brown!

I don’t know what to make of this – except that it is evil personified!  And roaming America freely!  Like everybody else outside of the circle of evil, we have so much to say, so much to share, so much to give and instead this ugly stifles everything good and it is spreading not shrinking.  What are you going to do about all of this America? Sit by and hope it goes away?  Claim we are the world’s greatest nation and sit back and watch it all go up in fire and smoke with our president disproving that on an hourly basis?

It is time to choose – Good or Evil!  To sit back and do nothing is not acceptable.  Either you totally accept the evil that is Donald Trump or you reject it and move it aside – there is no alternative.  Those who do nothing are as doomed as those who do evil!

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