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Trump and Nixon

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Given the current occupant of the Oval Office, and the investigations as being carried on by special counsel and others, Richard Nixon’s name is resurrected in the call for impeachment. This is unfair to Richard Nixon who is one of the most over-maligned and underrated presidents.

Both men apparently obstructed justice by interfering in investigations about their unlawful or improper conduct. Nixon fired Archibald Cox, the special prosecutor, and caused a political firestorm. It eventually ended in his resignation before he could be impeached. Trump is mounting a PR campaign to discredit special prosecutor Muller. There has been talk of firing Muller, but as of yet, his investigation continues.

That is where the similarity and comparison between these two men ends abruptly.

Nixon’s cover-up was to protect others initially.

Donald Trump is all about Trump. His constant lies, always and about everything, are to protect him. The Special Counsel’s investigation and what appears to be a number of other investigations into all aspects of he and his families lives and business cover almost all aspects of his life. As you know

Richard Nixon spent the bulk of his adult life serving the United States of America. First in the military and then in politics. He was not rich, although he could have been. Except when in private practice briefly, he made and lived on his government salary. Richard Nixon was a smart politician and statesman. He understood government process, having served in , the House, the Senate, the Vice Presidency, and the Presidency. Without for a moment passing judgement on his conduct has led to him being driven from office, he was a patriotic man dedicated to public service. He was the last of only three Republican progressive presidents. The others being Lincoln and TR. He created the EPA. The very Environmental Protection Agency that Trump wants to destroy and dismantle along with most of the other departments of government.

There are numerous examples of him choosing country over self. He was a flawed character, not a personality particularly suited to politics. I won’t list Nixon’s accomplishments here, but suffice it to say there are many. He was an international statesman and a visionary. He made the world a safer place to live. Domestically, he was actively interested promoting civil rights and healthcare is in.

Trump, regardless of what he may accomplish is not now and never will be half the man and half the president that was Richard Nixon. He is a pathological liar, corrupt, self-absorbed and self-interested, egocentric, incompetent, unqualified in every aspect, misogynist sexual predator.

Other than being involved in attempting to interfere with an investigation which involved him personally,  Trump’s personality disorders make Richard Nixon look like Mother Teresa. It is a grave insult to Richard Nixon to mention his name in the same breath as Donald Trump.

VICTORIA BC. IF YOU DON’T LIKE SIR JOHN A, GO JOIN TRUMP

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When it comes to removing any statue there must be some balance between the judgement motives and action and accomplishments of the subject and any negative reaction based upon today’s standards alone. 

The Egyptian God Anubis, guarding the afterlife, weighed the heart of a person against the feather of Ma’at, the goddess of truth, which was depicted as an ostrich feather to determine whether a soul would be allowed to enter the realm of the dead. You entered if your heart was lighter than the feather. Recently, Victoria BC, removed a statue of Canada’s first Prime Minister and founding father, Sir John A. McDonald. The excuse was McDonald’s part in the creation of the Residential School System which eventually became the source of suffering and pain to the indigenous children who attended.

Recently, Victoria BC, removed a statue of Canada’s first Prime Minister and founding father, Sir John A. McDonald. The excuse was McDonald’s part in the creation of the Residential School System which eventually became the source of suffering and pain to the indigenous children who attended.

The system had its origins pre-Confederation but was formalized by Sir John A McDonald’s government in the Indian Act of 1876 and amended in 1884. The purpose was to help provide practical education and assimilation into Canadian society. The intentions were good. The execution by the Catholic Church and others who controlled the schools was horrific. It was not done with malicious intent.

Sir John A McDonald was Canada’s foremost founding father. He was the first Prime Minister. He had a vision of Canada stretching from sea to sea. He built the railroad and made Canada a reality. If not for him it is unlikely that BC, and much of the West would Canadian.

When you balance Sir John A’s accomplishments against his transgressions he more than passes the test.

The people of Victoria should be kissing the feet of McDonald’s’s statue. They should thank him and God that they are not part of the United States. There would be no universal healthcare, no sane gun laws, and dysfunctional political chaos.

Victoria. Get with the program and be proud and grateful for John A. McDonald and Canada

MICROSOFT SUPPORT: NEGLIGENT AND INCOMPETENT.

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As a subscriber to Microsoft office 365, I pay for the included technical support. In my experience they are negligent and incompetent. The communication between the various levels of support appears to be nonexistent.

I had to change the drive letter where I store my Outlook files. I made the appropriate changes in Outlook directing the program to the new location. I kept getting an error message that the files could not be accessed.

This was about a week ago. I got in touch with Microsoft Technical Support. The tech took control of my computer and proceeded to create a new profile. He could not finish and advised that he needed to do some research and would call me back at 11 AM Eastern standard Time the next morning. This did not happen. Instead my computer was left worse than when he took over.

I tried calling the support number. Three times I was connected with level I and after providing my ticket number which when viewed should show the history purported to arrange for me to be called back by level II within two hours. Three times this didn’t happen.

In the meantime, after several hours on hold I was connected with a level II tech. She advised that she would fix the problem. I was told I could disconnect the call and she would call me back when she needed me. About 1/2 an hour later I noticed my computer screen was green and it said it was restarting. I assume she was busy and left the room. I came back periodically and the screen had not changed. By that evening, some eight hours later, the screen had not changed. I restarted the computer only to find that the job was not finished and I had not been contacted by the tech.

I have sent emails to the answer desk. They reply that they’ve tried to contact me [I’m a lawyer and have multiple layers of messages] No calls appeared on the CID or were there messages. I would reply with my number and a time to call as requested in the email. Next I would get back the same idiotic email claiming to have tried to contact me and telling me because I hadn’t responded they were closing my case.

I called in again today and wasted 1/2 an hour with someone at level I who then promised me a call from level to today. Nothing.

You would think such an organization would be more concerned about their customer service. I have made enough phone calls and sent enough emails with my case number, that a responsible well-run technical support would arrange to get in touch with the customer and explain, apologize for and repair their negligence.

I have given up. I have wasted so much time trying to find someone at level II to take ownership of this disaster. I have little confidence that it will happen after my experience to date.

It is my intention to bring a lawsuit against Microsoft in Canada for their breach of contract and negligence in failing to provide the service I have paid for. If anyone else has had a similar experience please advise and we can consider a CLASS-ACTION LAWSUIT

 

 

Trump just got Don Rickled by Kim

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There is a famous story about Frank Sinatra and the late Don Rickles which seems apropos for the recent dealings between Trump and Kim.

Frank Sinatra was in a restaurant in LA when he was approached by his good friend comedian Don Rickles. Rickles told him that he was having dinner with some very important people and could Frank possibly drop by the table and say hello. Sinatra said he’d be happy to. Part way through the dinner Frank Sinatra gets up and approaches Don Rickles table. He stops and taps Don Rickles on the shoulder. He says “hi Don. It’s great to see you, thought I’d just come over and say hello”.

Rickles looked up at Sinatra and in a loud irritated voice said “Frank, can’t you see I’m busy here.”.

Kim’s suggestion of a meeting followed by negative rhetoric is a page right out of Don Rickles book.

That being said, I would prefer the late Don Rickles as a leader over Trump or Kim.

Presidential Sex. Makin’ Presidential Woopee

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The news is filled with stories about Donald Trump’s sexual escapades with Stormy Daniels and Karen McDougal to name but two. He is being judged and berated for cheating on his wife. I am no fan of Donald Trump. I recognize there may be some issues as to breach of campaign finance laws in the payments to women. No president has ever suffered lasting political damage just for adultery. Cover-up is a different story.

When looking at the 20th-century, the list of adulterous presidents is not short. There was Bill Clinton. Gerry Ford favoured young women while skiing out west. Lyndon Johnson, was notorious for pride in his genitalia. He held meetings with senior officials while he was on the toilet or otherwise and often was exposed. Lyndon Johnson was sexually active outside of his marriage. There was John Kennedy. From all accounts he was an unapologetic sexual predator of olympic appetites. He was preceded by FDR, like the others on this list, he had several mistresses both before and during their time in the White House. Before him, Warren Harding was involved with mistresses in the White House closets. Other than Clinton, and now Trump, the rest carried on with little or no public scrutiny or outcry.

In the 19th century Thomas Jefferson was sexually active with his slaves. Forty Nine year-old President Grover Cleveland married his 21-year-old ward, daughter of his deceased partner, whose estate he administered.

None of this activity seems to have prevented most of these men from accomplishing great things and being good leaders. It may have even helped. Those who did not succeed were not hindered by their extramarital activity.

People want bold and dynamic leaders. In order to succeed in politics you generally need to be an A-type personality. They are more often than not, best suited to deal with domestic and foreign enemies in dangerous and high-stakes games. That type of personality often brings with it some less than appealing personality traits manifesting in thought and action.

Had the behaviour of those leaders been public and judged based on standards of today’s political correctness and in the light of the internet, these men would be seen as the social and sexual transgressors that they were. I personally do not judge them, but then I can understand how a vast majority want their leaders to be role models.

There were many great presidents who were married and stayed faithful to their wives. Likewise there were failures as presidents who were faithful to their marriages. It may make a difference to those whose expectations of their presidents include high moral standards. There is no evidence that commitment to their marriages affected their success or failure anymore than it did the sexually aggressive and predatory presidents.

The problem with Trump is the lies and cover-up. He also is seen by many as sleazy given the attitude he expressed on the Billy Bush tape. He is crass and creepy. Trump’s public bragging of his sexual exploits and prowess cannot be compared to any other president. There are very few ways, if any, by which Trump could be compared to any other president.

When it comes to Presidential sex, whether Democrats, Republicans, Federalist, or Whigs, there is no evidence that it affects one’s ability to do the job.

 

Kim Whaley Estate Lawyer, Nightmare Continues and Expands

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An update on my experience with estate lawyer Kim Whaley as detailed in my blog, “Kim Whaley Estate Lawyer Nightmare. Terrible Service, Predatory Billing” Published below on May 14, 2017.

Ms. Whaley has added to the costs and complexity of the litigation by suing me for defamation as a result of the article. Ms. Whaley seems to miss the point that the article is my opinion based on my experience of dealing with her. Truth is a defence.

The facts in that article are all subject of the original litigation between us and could have been presented in one forum and resolved.  To me, it is further indication of her attitude toward dealing with me.

More telling, is the dishonourable dishonest vindictive and abusive attitudes she displayed towards me by filing a complaint against me with my Professional Body, The Law Society of Ontario. This in light of the fact that I never dealt with Ms. Whaley in my capacity as a lawyer. At all times I was her client.

The reason this is so disturbing is because the complaint is the same as her lawsuit against me for defamation. It includes her complaint about the conversation I recorded as a client, when I first spoke to her about my case.

When I advised her that I had made this recording, she threatened me in writing, to report me to the Law Society of Ontario if I used the recording.

I replied in writing, that even though I felt I had done nothing wrong as a client in recording the conversation in which she made representations she later backtraced upon, as a result of her threat, I agreed in writing not to use them.

I then received the letter from her then lawyer, Deborah Stephens, (Who I understand now works for her firm), asking for the recordings and agreeing that if I provided them, Ms. Whaley would not report me to the Law Society.

Well true to her treatment of me, after I provided a copy of the conversation, she reported me to the Law Society with respect to the recording. Exactly what she had agreed in writing not to do. Strangely enough, she identified her lawyer on the complaint to the Law Society as Valerie Edwards-LawPro lawyer. I was always under the impression that the organization that provides insurance to lawyers does so in defensive claims, not in prosecution of them. Although the lawyer being defended can retain the LawPro lawyer privately to act on their behalf, it somehow appears that her LawPro lawyer is acting in that capacity, other than in the defensive role with respect to her Law Society complaint.

This is further evidence of her dealings with me. Dishonest, dishonourable, vindictive, and unprofessional.

 

The Second Amendment Under Attack

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Retired Supreme Court Justice, John Paul Stevens, has called for the repeal of the Second Amendment to the United States Constitution.

At this point in time, that may not be possible. A constitutional repeal requires 2/3 of both Houses of Congress to put the matter to the people. It then requires 38 states to approve. It has only been done once. That was the repeal of prohibition. It is too difficult, and too timely. That is not to say it cannot be done and America may one day find the will.

There is a building momentum for action on this issue. The NRA has so much money and power, the struggle is long from over.

Sadly, the undeniable argument for sane, realistic, an effective gun laws, is dead children.

The answer?  As Justice Stevens noted, one of the problems with the Second Amendment was its interpretation by the courts. It will become important for America on this as with a multitude of significant social issues to have a progressive, liberal, visionary Supreme Court of the United States.

It will be there that the future of America will be decided. A far more restrictive and realistic interpretation of the Second Amendment is the only hope to bring America in line with the rest of the civilized world when it comes to guns.