Wednesday, May 2, 2018

Calling Out Corruption

Another updated reminder for those who think what's happening is nothing more than a "left-wing media meltdown":

Alex Van Der Zwaan becomes the first to go to jail in the Russia probe.

Another Trump lawyer announced he was quitting. Ty Cobb, lead lawyer representing Trump in the Russia probe announced he will leave at the end of May. Several sources report that Emmet Flood may replace Cobb. Flood is remembered as part of the legal team that handled Bill Clinton's impeachment and Senate trial.

Trump lawyer and fixer Michael Cohen on April 26 invoked the 5thAmendment, indicating he would refuse to answer questions in the Stormy Daniels affair, since his answers could incriminate him. We easily recall Trump's statement 2016 statement, "If you’re innocent, why are you taking the Fifth Amendment?"

Natalia Veselnitskaya, the Russian lawyer who met with Donnie, Jr. in June 2016 at Trump Tower is a spy. He claims they were discussing adoption, while she says they discussed "dirt" on Hillary Clinton. We'll watch while Donnie and the others try to squirm their way out of treason.

Alex Van Der Zwaan was sentenced on April 3 to 30 days in prison and a $20,000 fine for lying to the FBI regarding communication with Rick Gates. The Dutch lawyer was indicted by a grand jury, arrested by Mueller's team, and convicted in February in Federal court. He is the first in the Russia probe to be sentenced, and the first who will go to jail.

Trump fired another cabinet member on March 28. The latest to go is Veteran's Affairs Secretary David Shulkin, who was accused of improper use of taxpayer money for travel for himself and his wife, among other questionable activities.

On the same day Dowd quit, Trump fired National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster. It is a continuation of the nearly constant firings/resigning of Trump appointees. We keep forgetting that he hires only the best people.

John Dowd, lead Trump defense lawyer for the Russia investigation, quit on March 22. Sources including the New York Times, CNN, and others, reported that Trump recently complained privately that Dowd was not fulfilling his duties, although publicly, Trump praised Dowd. The sources also suggested Dowd felt that Trump was not taking his advice in the Russia probe.

Sunday, March 25, 2018

I'm Finished...

I'm finished trying to have reasonable discussions with people who think high school students are too stupid or immature to know what needs to happen so they can live their lives WITHOUT FEAR of being gunned down.

I'm finished trying to have reasonable discussions with people who think adding more guns makes society safer or more civilized.

I'm finished trying to have reasonable discussions with people who think they need an AR-15 or some such weapon to protect themselves from a "tyrannical government."

I'm finished trying to explain to people that no one is trying to ban all guns. Anyone who doesn't get this is not sane or intelligent enough to own a gun. Your irrational fears are not my problem, and civilized society will no longer put up with it.

I'm finished trying to explain to people that the only "fake media" is Fox "News", Breitbart, and their ilk.

The youth of America are making their voices heard. My children, their friends and contemporaries refuse to live their lives in fear.

Larry Manch is an author, teacher, guitar player, freelance writer, and columnist. His books include: 'Twisted Logic: 50 Edgy Flash Fiction Stories''The Toughest Hundred Dollars & Other Rock & Roll Stories', 'A Sports Junkie''The Avery Appointment''Between the Fuzzy Parts'. His books are available in paperback and e-book.

Sunday, October 22, 2017

Playing Chess With A Pigeon

Most of us have had the experience of arguing with someone who thinks it's his or her job to 'fix' everyone. That's the person who seems to believe that it's their responsibility to tell everyone else what's wrong with them, their way of thinking, and their opinions. Talking to people like that is like playing chess with a pigeon: no matter what you say, the pigeon will just shit on the board and strut around like he won anyway.

Monday, October 16, 2017

He Didn't Stop!

Baseball fans know that everything ramps up in playoff season. Exciting, dramatic plays take on an extra dimension in the post-season, when the season is on the line, and it is do or die, lose and go home. Saturday's ALCS game between the Astros and Yankees was one such game. The final, spectacular play of that game left many of us stunned and questioning what our eyes saw.

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Baseball Is Not A Winter Sport

The Major League Baseball season is too long. The regular season begins in early April and extends, if your team is good enough, into late October, and possibly November. What ends up happening is that the most important games of the season – the playoffs and the World Series – are often played in some of the foulest weather we've seen all year.

Friday, October 6, 2017

Which Team Is the Best?

Which team is baseball's best in 2017? We're getting ready to find out with the playoffs and World Series coming up… or are we? The best team wins the World Series, right? Not necessarily. The 'cream rises to the top,' doesn't it? Maybe in milk, but not always in baseball.

What are you talking about? The best teams make the playoffs and then slug it out for the title, don't they? Not always. Just ask the 2001 Seattle Mariners, the 2015 St. Louis Cardinals, 2014 L.A. Angels, 2011 Phillies, or any other team that had baseball's best record in any year, yet did not win the World Series.

Monday, October 2, 2017

Good Guys With Guns

"When I go to a restaurant, I want to be sitting with friends who have guns on them," said Sammy.


"Because when the bad guys start shooting, I want to be near people who will defend me."

"Defend you by shooting the bad guys?" said Ellen.


"So," said Ellen, "when the shooting starts, your friends will jump up and start firing away?"

"That's the idea."