My $4.40 (opinion)

I have run these websites ( started in 1995) using the same political attitude I always used when I was on the radio, trying very hard to not stray too hard to the left or the right -- aiming right down the middle.

Not anymore. The 2016 election of Donald Trump to POTUS was hard to accept after watching him bully and lie his way to power. His total lack of sympathy for those less fortunate than him, his lack of empathy for any opinion other that his own, his complete lack of respect for women and his willingness to destroy, by any means possible, those who oppose(d) him, has convinced me, like it has so many of my fellow Americans, to speak up. The more our voices are raised, the better our chances become of bringing this would-be despot down and ending this national embarassment.

So, I am shining some light on those sites that I think are getting it said the best. It’s my attempt to help you through the BS (Jon Stewart says bullshit is the New Official Language of the U.S.) to get at the facts -- the real facts about this POTUS and his amateur-hour wrecking crew.

For starters:
trumpdujour02.html, a daily poke at the Bully in Chief. Donald Trump page and The Washington Post Trump Fact Checker will help you maintain your sanity. Consult them after any and all Trump statements.

✔How Donald Trump, Julian Assange and Russia are connected, and how they changed the election. lays it out in frightening detail.

✔What, exactly, is Fake News. Here is an up-to-date list of sites.

✔And if you are ready to act, Do These 10 Things, and Trump Will be Toast: Michael Moore says, “...I’m convinced we’ll succeed in halting the dark force that is Trump. We can tie him up in knots at every turn, and eventually, we can bring him down.”

✔Quote of the week: “It’s not tax reform. Not even close.”: “It’s really easy to talk about big cuts,” a senior GOP aide told CNN. “We’re about solutions. They (the Trump Administration) aren’t to that point yet, either on the policy or on the personnel level, and it’s both obvious and disruptive to the process.” (

✔Story of the week: Trump’s first 100 days: This is the worst, least successful, first 100 days since it became a concept in 1933. He has made no progress on major legislation, a development that’s especially troubling for a White House with unified control of government. His one significant item on the Hill, health care reform, crashed and burned. (

✔Commentary of the week: Instead of threatening North Korea, Trump should try this instead: Now is the time to jump-start a diplomatic initiative that reopens channels, lowers tensions and caps North Korea’s capabilities where they are. By simply inflicting economic pain, threatening military strikes and keeping tensions high, the U.S. is playing into the worst tendencies of the North Korean system. Kim’s nuclear intentions will harden and North Korea’s capabilities will only grow. It’s time to reverse course. (John Delury, associate professor of Chinese studies at the Yonsei University Graduate School of International Studies in Seoul:

✔TV special of the week: Not the White House Correspondents’ Dinner: Full Frontal on Trump and media; Samantha Bee got Will Ferrell to roast Donald Trump, in character as George W. Bush -- and much, much more; If you missed Semantha’s 75-minute homage to a free and functional press, you can catch a replay Wednesday, May 3 on TBS. (

✔Billboard of the week month year:
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Santa Monica artist Karen Fiorito said she has a “real fear” of the direction of the country politically under Trump. She said the dollar signs imitating Nazi swastikas originally were designed by New York artist Hugh Gran for her 2004 Bush presidency billboard, but she believes they were appropriate for use in this piece as well.

Apr 30
“Day 101 looks a lot like Day 1”: Congressman Adam Schiff, ranking member on the House Intelligence Committee, says what we are hearing from Trump is the same as it was on Day 1. (

“Most divisive presidential speech I've ever heard”: Former presidential adviser David Gergen called POTUS Trump’s speech at a campaign-style rally in Pennsylvania “deeply disturbing.” (

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Apr 29
Woodward and Bernstein at the White House correspondents' dinner: Journalism, free press more crucial than ever: Carl Bernstein and Bob Woodward of Watergate fame argued Saturday night that good journalism is more crucial to a free society than ever in a climate of increasing hostility between the White House and the press. (

‘We are not fake news’: At the Trump-free correspondents’ dinner, “We cannot ignore the rhetoric that has been employed by the president about who we are and what we do,” association president Jeff Mason told a ballroom of journalists attending the correspondents’ dinner on Saturday night. “We are not fake news. We are not failing news organizations. And we are not the enemy of the American people.” (

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Apr 28
What We’ve Learned 100 Days In: The Trust Deficit Is the Core Problem: Even after he was forced to fire his choice as his top national security advisor after Flynn blatantly lied, Trump’s White House is desperately stonewalling congressional investigators to keep them from getting their hands on documents that may prove Flynn’s paid collusion with Russia on Trump’s behalf. The closer that case comes to a criminal referral to the Justice Department, the closer Trump’s survival instincts will propel him to a wag-the-dog war -- to provide the ultimate distraction. (

Trump’s Been Given A New NSFW Nickname: SCROTUS: Political nerds and Twitter users are likely aware the President of the United States is often referred to as POTUS because, well, there’s something oddly satisfying about acronyms. Someone decided a more appropriate name or acronym for Trump is SCROTUS, which stands for “So-Called Ruler of the United States.” (

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Apr 26
At 100 days, Trump approval rating shows no sign of growth: Poll finds Trump holding on to the lowest approval rating of any newly-elected president at this stage, amid sharp partisan divides and a failure to capitalize on post-election strengths. (

Team Trump’s Plan to Squeeze North Korea: It’s not a sonic boom or bunker buster Pyongyang should most fear from the Trump administration. It’s the sound of cash registers falling silent, and doors to the outside world shutting, as the U.S. works to convince China and other allies to cut off the oil, access to money and perhaps even communication links to the outside world. (

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Apr 25
Court Blunts Trump’s Sanctuary Cities Crackdown: Federal District Court Judge William Orrick issued a nationwide injunction in response to a lawsuit filed by San Francisco and nearby Santa Clara County. They argued that the Trump’s January 25th executive order, declaring sanctuary cities ineligible to receive federal grants, is unconstitutional. (

Slow pace of Trump nominations leaves executive branch ‘stuck’ in staffing limbo: In part, the delay in filling leadership posts is a result of a chaotic transition after Trump won the November election. Just days after his victory, Trump dumped New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) as transition director and jettisoned much of his work, replacing him with Vice President-elect Mike Pence. But the nomination process has also been slowed by the unusual degree of scrutiny the White House is giving job candidates. Prospective nominees for senior posts and even some of the more junior ones must win approval from competing camps inside the White House, according to close Trump associates and Republican lobbyists. (

'Phony numbers & front groups’ among Trump inauguration donors: A crowdsourced investigation of the inaugural committee's financial report found widespread errors and misrepresentations, including one donor whose listed address is an empty lot in New Jersey. (

Trump’s border-wall fantasy is crumbling: In the annals of pathetic climb-downs, this Sunday-morning tweet from POTUS Trump deserves a special place of honor, or perhaps dishonor: “Eventually, but at a later date so we can get started early, Mexico will be paying, in some form, for the badly needed border wall.” (Eugene Robinson:

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Apr 23
Obama meets with at-risk youth in return to Chicago: The former president spent time at a roundtable with youth from the organization Chicago Create Real Economic Destiny located in the Roseland/Pullman neighborhood in South Side Chicago where Obama started as a community organizer at age 25. (

Trump tweets Mexico will ‘eventually’ pay for the wall ‘in some form’ after Democrats also agree to pay for it: Sunday, Donald Trump unveiled a lengthy, well-considered border security plan. Oops, sorry, I meant a few confusing tweets. (

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John Williams, Honolulu, Hawaii