Monthly Archives: August 2020

Trump Is A Danger to Our National Security and November Stakes Couldn’t Be Any Greater


On any given day prior to Trumpianism descending on this country, this incredibly sourced story by the New York Times would have had the subject president packing and out of White House as president.

We are in the accidental 4-year presidency of the accidental President Donald J Trump so the story lands to a cacophony of noises that constitute the Trump presidency and in a sea of drama and antics involving Trump the press and social media can hardly catch-up, let alone dwell on any for any length of time before moving to the next drama.

Some of these dramas are delivering real harm to the country that may be irreparable, while others are pointing to something more gloomy, if not worse such as Trump’s announcement that he is going to Kenosha [to incite violence].

It’s a long article but here is the short of it: Then Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein prevented David Mueller from investigating Trump and his personal connections in Russia, including women that were deemed by leaders in the Intelligence Community to be a threat to national security.

Indeed, this was the basis for appointing Special Counsel David Mueller to investigate but it is now coming out that Mueller was, in fact, hamstrung and not allowed to fully investigate Trump.

It therefore may still be the case that Trump is compromised as was previously suspected and his open adoration of Putin, his peddling Putin’s talking points on Russia’s intervention in US elections in 2016 and in direct contradiction of our own US intelligence services, his refusal to take any action against Russia for their offering bounties to kill American soldiers all point to Trump being compromised.

Again, no other president serving at anytime before Trump would have survived such a suspicion without a full-blown investigation and likely being hounded out of office by it, even if not much was established, especially if voters were given the opportunity to be heard as will be the case come this November.

However, these are strange times, indeed, not just because of the pandemic that is still raging on, but Trumpianism which predates it.

Trump’s cult-like followers may not give a hoot and would be just fine even if Trump outright gave away American top secrets to the Russians but my belief is there are sound, rational independent minded Republicans and others who are not Democrats that will say this is where a line is crossed beyond which they cannot be behind Trump.

Those are the voters who shall help make a difference come November 3rd.

The good news is they are there and coming out publicly in increasing numbers and their influence is already being felt, at least in helping those sitting on the fence to come to grips as to how crucial this election is unlike all others before.

Some of the groups organizing these voters and channeling their financial and strategic assistance to the Biden/Harris campaign include:

The Lincoln Project

Bush W Alumni for Biden

Republican Voters Against Trump

The people behind each one of these groups are American patriots putting country first, not party and certainly not the cult leader many are wont to do for no rational reason other than their own, myopic reasons and those who offer appointment of judges, moving US embassy to Jerusalem and the like are just as lethal to the health of the nation as are these cult-followers who have no reason at all other than sheer admiration of the man—something we’re accustomed to see among cults and despotic regimes such as North Korea.

These are the people that must be defeated come November 3rd lest they fully usher in a dictatorship no less despotic than that of Kim Jung Un.

Think about it this way:

When Trump was impeached by the House, his enablers in the Senate aka Republican senators gave him a pass that has emboldened him to engage in even more lawlessness and abuse of office than he had previously this time affirmatively using his enormous office to thwart effort to end the pandemic, leading to now nearly 200,000 deaths, many who no doubt would be alive but for Trump’s failed efforts to lead in combating the pandemic, when he is not busy undermining other’s efforts, including his own government’s experts.

It is said every election is crucial.

This election is more crucial than all others before.

It will be an election to determine whether we have an America as we used to know it before Trump burst into the national picture as the accidental president he is, or one we will not recognize, let alone want to live under its totalitarianism that’s certain to ensue were people not to wake up and stop this man.

My faith and belief is the alliance of Democrats, Independents and Republicans who still hold dear American ideals that are under assault will combine forces to defeat Trump.

The stakes couldn’t be greater for those who truly love and appreciate the uniqueness of this country that has at least for decades striven to be a better union and made great strides in that direction until Trump burst into the scene riding on racism to stir and rubble up it ugliness she was so desperately trying to put in the long past.

These dark forces must be beaten back to wherever they resided before the accidental 4-year age of Trump.

This is our moment to do just that so, register to vote, if you have not and, more importantly, VOTE!

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Posted by on August 30, 2020 in Uncategorized


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Trump is Down, But Not Out!


If you are like millions of others who want the Trump nightmare over like yesterday, you feel good about where things stand right now, given Biden is ahead in all polls, including comfortably so in key battleground states.

You also have a sick feeling, knowing what happened in 2016. 

As I have been saying and continue to say, the dynamics are significantly different enough to avoid a repeat. For one, Biden does not have the baggage Hillary had that dragged the ticket down.

Second, Trump now has a record that confirms all the fears and concerns many of us had and shouted to hoarseness only to be drowned by the cacophony of racist noises that ultimately made a difference.

Third, there’s COVID-19 which is still raging. The irony here is had Trump properly and effectively handled response to the pandemic instead of dismissing it and undermining his own government’s experts, he could have easily rode on the success to victory.

He did not and that may be the single most important reason he becomes a failed one term president, worse than any in history.

That being said, it’s important to note Trump is counting on three things to pull off an upset worse from our perspective (those who want him out) than the one he pulled off in 2016:

1. Success in tagging Biden and Sen. Kamala Harris embrace leftist policies, and won’t stand up to the violent excesses of the far left, which is the messaging the campaign is pushing hard and helps explain why Trump is doing even better in some battleground states.

2. Rousing white working class voters who did not vote in 2016 to come out and vote in large numbers come November 3rd.

3. A leveling or beginning to level curve on coronavirus spread by election night, which Trump has a few unethical and even illegal tricks to pull, including announcing availability of unproven vaccine worse than he has already done with hydroxychloroquine and recently plasma treatment both of which are gimmicks.  

Biden’s task is to strategically counter each one of this and I know I speak for everyone who wants this embarrassment of a president booted out of office to say nothing should be left to chance.

Let’s all do everything we can to help make sure #BidenHarris is elected and, most importantly, register to vote, if not yet registered and VOTE!

As one voter nicely summed this on Twitter: Never count Trump out. Never underestimate him. Never let your guard down. We need to keep fighting until the very end. November is still far away.

Far away indeed November is; let’s keep fighting to the very end.

Never count him out. Never underestimate him. Never let your guard down. We need to keep fighting until the very end. November is still far away.

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Posted by on August 26, 2020 in Politics


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The Death of Belden Ogwoka Nyabuto

Beldin’s Funeral Convoy

I did not know Belden, a 23-year old young Kenyatta University Adventist student from Kisii, Kenya who was also a singer, composer, teacher and choirmaster but I happened to watch his funeral procession (see the link), which caught my attention and am glad I watched it. Belden was driving a car that lost control as he was coming from a funeral and rushing to get to an an afternoon choir session.

I was moved watching the procession, and in particular, the song played as well as some comments I saw in a related video so I decided to share this widely as my way of saying pole (RIP) to his family and also because I was moved by this young man’s character and what he was able to accomplish in his short life.

I am no musician so no idea how to compose music but I have done my best to transcribe the lyrics of the song playin in the funeral procession (see below) to the the best of my ability for the benefit of those who do not speak or understand Swahili and Kisii languages in which the song is sung.

I must say I was moved to near tears in both when I saw the procession and heard this song for the first time and when listening to it again to transcribe it. The Kisii part really got me and the last stance as I am sure it will get anyone who understands the language.

We all get affected by the passing of some of the people we hear they have died that are not relatives or friends. Happens to me from time to time, the most recent one was Herman Cain, but this young man’s death affected me as if he was family.

It is a reminder how life can be fragile and how good people have a way of affecting others no matter how young or old.

By all accounts I have heard heard from some in the throng that came to his funeral, Beldin loved God, was selfless and was always finding ways to encourage his friends who were down or going through difficult times.

In other words, he was being his brother’s keeper as God instructs us all to be in Genesis 4:1-13.

Belden may have died long before he even fully taken off on his life journey, but he lived by this teaching and for this, his legacy will continue to guide many, especially those he knew or touched and certainly those who have witnessed his funeral and heard or seen the accolades that have flowed since his passing.

As a parent, I cannot even begin to imagine the devastation his parents are suffering, let alone everyone else who was friends or knew him.

I pray for you all, and especially his parents and those who loved him for the loss must be painful to bear so may God give you the comfort to cope, knowing as God promises, we shall be reunited with our loved ones gone before us.

And now the translation of the song in video from about 1:00 minute to 6:49 minute; as noted above, I have done my best to transcribe it as singers sometimes swallow words and therefore difficult to know what they said and some words there is just no English translation, and for those, I have in that case used the closest word in meaning:

Swahili part:

We will remember you Belden

We will remember

We will remember our loved one Belden

We will remember you

We will remember you Belden

We will remember you our loved one

Chorus: We will remember you [Solo: Your efforts], we will remember you [Solo: we will remember], we will remember you [Solo: oh, oh oh], our loved one.

Your beautiful voice [Chorus: we will remember]

Your beautiful mercy [Chorus: we will remember]

We will remember [Chorus: we will remember

We will remember

Our loved one.

Kisii part

Death is awful [OMG! I am tearing up!!!]

It has snatched from us a child who was going to save us

A child who we were looking forward and longing for him to wipe our tears; farewell, go well

Your choir will remember you

Your singers will remember you

Your producers will remember you

Our brother Belden

PMs Productions will remember you

Sound King Media will remember you

[Inaudible] Choir will all remember you

Our brother Belden

Star Chorale will remember you (where he was choirmaster and composer)

KU all to remember you (KU is Kenyatta University where Belden was a student)

[Inaudible] singers to remember you

Our brother Belden

We will remember you

You are our own [Choir: we will remember you]

You are one of our singers [Choir: we will remember you]

Your voice [Choir: our loved one]

Song; that song [Chorus: we will remember]

Over coronavirus [Choir: we will remember]

New Solo: [Inaudible] doctors [Choir: we will remember you]

If you give us heart, we will arrive well [Chorus: loved one]

Now you have left us

It is so saddening

[Instruments and wailing by first solo with refrain “we will remember you]

I know I will remember this young man for sure and take his legacy to be a reaffirmation in God, there is nothing but light. Beldine shined because he put God at the center of his life and endeavored to emulate what Jesus modeled for us all.

Many of us are fortunate to have children who live God centered lives and equally endeavor to model what Jesus modeled for us all through teachings and lessons in the Bible. We are thankful and pray for their doing that which God has already put in their paths and to be their brother’s keepers along the way.

We all can and should be our brother’s keeper as Beldin was.

That’s my prayer.


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Posted by on August 16, 2020 in Religion, Social


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