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As an unwarranted fantasy, one of those fantasies that we do not pay much attention to, (because it would be so far out of our grasp); would be a fantasy of being a willing participant and witness of the American history. Something like; “You have no idea how proud I was to walk along Dr. Martin Luther King Junior in Selma;” or perhaps… “You have no idea the shiver running up my spine when I heard President Lincoln reading the Gettysburg Address;” or even; “I paid no attention to that cold January day in Washington, for when I heard the JFK inaugural address, I was in tears; it was a great day to be an American Citizen.” None of those events were available to me; instead, I participated in another terrible chapter of the American history; one of the episodes that make one ashamed of the system, which could certainly be upgraded with more checks and balances.

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Out of town volunteers canvasing in Las Vegas

Before Senator Bernie Sanders gained political ground, I was never a politically engaged. In fact, in my point of view, most elections since the early 1990s has been have a voting choice between Goldman Sachs-Red or Goldman Sachs-Blue. Like millions I was mesmerized by Senator Sanders, I started exploring options on how I could help him help the American People move up to a more Progressive Agenda. So… I discovered that I could make my house available to out-of-towner volunteers who would be knocking door to door energizing voters to appear during the primaries. At one point, I lost count, but I reckon that I had at least 25 volunteers staying with me. Except for an unsolved murder mystery; everything went well; by the way, I was kidding about the murder mystery. I was just making sure you were following along.

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County Level Caucus Convention 2016, we flipped the State of Nevada to Bernie Sanders, but the media never reported.

About the same time, I discovered that I could become a Bernie Sanders Delegate; which means that after the caucus took place my vote would represent 5 to 10 of my neighbors. We need a sidebar here before I continue; a caucus is a terrible voting system, perhaps it worked during Ancient Greece; but today voters who are workers with kids or students with finals could not take part in a caucus because unlike a primary system, a caucus system may take several hours (and on the case of the Nevada State Convention—the whole day). When I became a Sanders Delegate, I discovered during the caucus that we needed to elect one of us a precinct captain, so I volunteered again. I gave a speech to my neighbors who lived in my precinct just before we apportioned the democratic delegates. After my speech a reporter said to me that my speech was very moving; so, I asked if I could have a copy; well… I’m still waiting for it—Lauren.

After the general caucus, the second phase would be county-caucus delegation; so instead of voters only delegates vote for their neighbors, if you are in Europe rolling your eyes, you are not alone. Most of us right here in the US, also agree that the system is ridiculous. Here is another sidebar—why some states in the United States hold an election system mimicking Ancient Greeks? Well, there are several reasons, mainly tradition; however, in Nevada, the logical reason is that the casino cartel lobbied politicians for the foot traffic that a caucus generates while they rented the hall for the delegations. Well, back to the second phase; during the second phase or the county-caucus the Bernie Delegation was able to reverse Nevada from Hillary to Bernie. I was terribly sadden that no major media outlet revealed all of our hard-work. How could the media not report the hard-work that we Bernie-volunteers did? It got much worse. During a Super-Tuesday, Bernie Sanders swept seven states crashing the Clinton’s campaign and the feat was never reported. Since that day, I never watched Lawrence O’Donnell nor Rachel Maddow; the media bias was terrible! Wait! Wait, it gets worse!

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CLICK on the photo to enlarge, Panorama of the County Level Caucus Convention in Nevada 2016

During the county-caucus convention (or second phase), once again we chose a smaller group to become State-Delegates; upon reading this, I believe that some of you may be rolling your eyes so hard, that you may see your own hypothalamus and even your own hippocampus. Well, once again I volunteered. In sum, my political rank started as a Bernie-Delegate, soon after as a Precinct-Captain; later a caucus-delegate and finally a State-Delegate for Bernie Sanders. I want to make something clear; I do not want by any measure been seen as a victim. I did not have to participate in the political process at all. Yet, for the first time I had a choice to vote against Goldman Sachs-Red and Goldman Sachs-Blue. Even if the US media is bias by taking advertising and loans from Goldman Sachs; we the Bernie-volunteers were hopeful of taking the Blue-candidate from Goldman Sachs.

While I was living all of these experiences at the personal level as a Bernie-volunteer; on the national stage Bernie-camp had already started a lawsuit against the Democratic National Committee; the Chair of the DNC was making difficult for debates between Clinton and Sanders to take place, and DNC Communications Chairman Luis Miranda was coaching the media, including “Meet the Press” anchor Chuck Todd on how to conduct interviews during the election. Before “that day” which shall live in infamy, I volunteered again.


Volunteering for the DNC on May 13th, and 14th of 2016

This time, I was not only a Bernie volunteer, but a DNC volunteer; on May 13th and May 14 of 2016, I became a DNC volunteer handing delegate credentials for the state-delegates coming from all over Nevada. We, the DNC volunteers were provided computer-pads, the delegates would give us their names and we handed the credentials to them to be used next day—Saturday. However, before I left, I was asked to come early on Saturday and continue to hand credentials in the morning of the Nevada Democratic State Convention—May 14th, 2016. Because of this feat, when I entered the convention floor, the room was reasonably full. Right from the get-go one could notice that the event was more like a pageant than a convention; and here is why: On the right were the Clinton delegates and on the left were Bernie’s; there were very large banners with Clinton’s name on them, but on the left, there was nothing. Not even a single disposable yard-sign with Bernie’s name on it—nothing!

Nevada Convention-01-Stage

CLICK TO ENLARGE: Please notice that only the Hillary’s side (right of Old Glory) there were three campaign banners for Hillary, the left of the hall had nothing hanging from the ceiling for Bernie. The DNC did not want to celebrate Bernie’s Camp.

Before I continue, are you thinking I am going to say, sidebar again? Well kudos for you; here is another sidebar, perhaps the most important of this testimonial. An integral part of a congress, a parliament, and a convention is a headcount of the room where the convention is taking place (also known as rules of order). A convention without a headcount is not a convention but a pageantry. Right as the convention started the DNC of the State of Nevada mentioned that more credentials were handed to the Clinton’s delegates than given to Bernie’s Delegates. With that simple statement the DNC never allowed a headcount inside the hall, the DNC stole the convention by declaring that the handing of credentials on the Friday was going to stand for the headcount of the Saturday—simple.

By that simple declaration on May 14th, 2016 was how the Democratic Party stole the Nevada Delegates for Clinton; by stipulating that the handing of credentials was going to stand as the headcount. The DNC simply lied that more credentials were handed to one Clinton-delegates and by suppressing the headcount the lie would never be discovered. In no way, shape or form the Bernie Delegates have more lung capacity than Clinton delegates, yet every video available of the Nevada Convention shows that the Bernie delegates were louder than Hillary’s. There was a simple mathematical reason—the Bernie-delegates outnumbered the Clinton delegates.

For me, May 14th, 2016 was a 16 hour day, arriving much earlier to hand credentials and departing after our group was confronted and escorted by the Las Vegas Police Department. Since the morning of the Saturday until the end, “Headcount, headcount, headcount!” was chanted thousand of times—and ignored. At the end, the DNC’s pageantry decided to ignore the gains made by the Bernie Camp during the county convention and reinstate the general caucus decision. In sum, all the effort, all the screaming, all the rigging was because of two delegate-votes to travel to the National Convention. During the 2016 election I volunteered to all the steps available except to the national stage, simply because it required the purchase of airplane tickets and hotel stay (once again a very undemocratic process to those who cannot afford the trip). There were two other reasons why I did not volunteer to the national stage: around me a noticed more feverish and ardent Bernie volunteers than I ever was; secondly, after noticing that the rigging and pageantry that took place, I did not think to witness another installation of a Goldman-Sachs pawn was worth the time and cost.

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CLICK TO ENLARGE: Smaller rooms during the State Convention to elect National Delegates.

At one point, the Convention was separated up in to different rooms to finally apportion delegates for Sanders and Clinton for the National Convention. When we returned to the main hall the Bernie delegates continued to demand a convention headcount, yet it continued to be ignored. At the back of the hall we started to see a line up of policemen, about two dozen of them. I approached the officers; they were cordial with me, and I asked why were they there and when where they summoned to appear in the convention since no fights or altercations ever took place.

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Please notice; the officers arrived when no altercation was taking place nor any chairs were out of alignment.

One officer informed me that they were summoned about 40 minutes before their arrival and as far as reason, they do not need a reason and this particular officer had no idea whether he was requested by the casino or requested by the DNC, but one thing was clear to me, that the officers’ presence was requested while we were still electing the delegates in the other rooms to represent us in the national stage (by the way, casinos in Vegas has cameras everywhere, Paris casino may find me talking to a police officer at the end of the hall—well, if you have any doubt).

Roberta Lange, the person in charge of the Convention was droned out by the chants and shouts of “recount,” and “noooooo!” Even that was not enough to deter her private mission; she proclaimed the convention closed and left the stage. Most of us were dumbfounded and expected her to walk back onto the stage, instead the casino manager that took the stage, and at that point the police officers walked from the back of the room and flanked before the stage; if you look for videos of the event, you will notice that the DNC was gone by the time the cops arrived. The hotel manager simply stated, “You are in private property and you are welcome to leave; the convention is over and the principals have already left. Thanks for coming.”

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Please notice that the Bernie Delegation is leaving the hall and the chairs were not even moved out of their original position.

As I and all the rest of us left the hall country-song line came to mind; “Did I shave my legs for this?” We had placed so much optimism, so much hope, so much knocking door to door, so much energy, but all that we were left with was our tails between our legs and the knowledge that the system has been rigged all along. Each state of the Union had its own flavor of rigging; for instances: terribly long lines in Arizona to suppress the primaries voters, in New York about 120,000 names disappeared from the voter rolls; in California, there were misrepresentation in cross-over ballets which were counted or not counted by the State Secretary General who openly campaigned for Senator Clinton. Going back home on May 14th, 2016 licking my wounds, I thought that it would be the end of the story, wrong was I.

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Please notice that the cops only moved towards the stage after the DNC had left the stage, the one at the podium is the Paris Casino Hotel Manager, informing that the Convention was over and that the principals had already left.

Next day, the national media blanketed airwaves on how the Bernie delegation had disrupted the Nevada Democratic Convention by storming the stage and throwing chairs across the hall. All of those reports were false yet they continued to be broadcast for an entire week. A week of condescension against Bernie’s Camp in Nevada served two purposes; to add another bullet to the head to make sure that the body would come back to life and secondly as a derogatory campaign against Bernie voters in general. After the national media devoted hours and hours for a whole week of misinformation (such practice nowadays, thanks to Trumpism, is commonly referred as fake-news); suddenly each media outlet offered one minute retraction after a whole week of condescension. The whole story of how the Convention rules were forced in Nevada has not yet found the light of the day. Yet it was very simple, the Democratic Party claimed that more credentials were handed on the Friday and never bothered to recount the number of participants inside the convention hall on Saturday.

I am not certain, but I think it was Garrison Keillor who once said, “There’s never a bad day in the life of a writer, everything becomes material for a book;” therefore, even witnessing a terrible disregard for voting rights, has been a privilege, and also to have had the inside scope on the 2016 Democratic State Convention in Nevada. It has been a privilege to have had a first hand account to see how politicians put political preference before constitutional rights. It has been a privilege to witness Senator Barbara Boxer flipping a bird to me and my friends showing her true colors to the Progressive Wing of the Democratic Party. Nevada has had a fame of being a corrupt state; but until May 14th, I could never find a first hand evidence to such claim, until I witnessed Roberta Lange in action. About 30 feet from me, in spite of hearing an overwhelming loud “nay” she slammed the gabble on the podium and claimed that the yeahs had it and she stormed out of stage.

It was not all a disaster, there has been several silver-linings to everything that led to the Nevada Convention. Firstly, understanding the political impracticality of the process of caucus. Understanding, the political corruption inside of the Democratic Party protecting the status-quo, by turning the constitutional process into a pageantry for political insiders. Understanding, that the media at times get it wrong—even for a whole week. Understanding that now corruption is being documented by hundred of cell-phones even when reporters do not show up. Finally understanding that the future of the American political system shall neither be in the hands of Senator Barbara Boxer nor in the hands of Roberta Lange; instead the future of the American Political system is being transferred to the thousand of Millennial arms and sore throats that screamed “recount” for the whole day during the infamous convention.

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A plate of salmon next to Clinton and Clooney costs $300,000.00; but for the Hillary’s Delegates no food was brought in during the Nevada State Convention. However, the Bernie Camp ordered dozen of pizzas for his delegation not to leave the hall. Consequently, some hungry Hillary-delegates disposed of their campaign stickers so they could eat some pizza brought in only for Bernie Delegates.

May 14th, 2016 it is another day that shall live in infamy in the American history, it really does not matter whether minorities were disenfranchised from their voting rights in for the last 200 years or if they were disenfranchised by Roberta Lange in 2016. Mrs. Lange was not representing her own will, but working as an ambassador for the Democratic Party in Nevada basically representing the illusion of choice to their voters yet implementing the will of their donors who can afford a $200,000.00 dollars a speech or $300,000.00 to eat next to their presidential candidate and George Clooney.






PS: In many instances in this essay I used the terminology Bernie-Bros; however, one progressive friend informed me that Bernie-Bros was a derogatory definition of Bernie supporters trying to label Bernie supporters as mostly male millennials–thus bros. I was not aware of such denotation and since then I’ve edited the text.

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B.Sandy working at WSVN Channel 7 in Miami, during a production of a TV commercial for the News division.

In 1995 I began to work with the film and TV production industry. I started as a production assistant and eventually moved into having my own corporation providing support in teleprompting, video assist and sound-playback, once in a while I continued to work as either a prop-master or a prop-assist; most of my work that involved teleprompting were for infomercials.

The shooting of infomercials varied from a studio, to a park, and many times a rented home just for a day of production. I was based in Florida at the time and one particular production involved me traveling about 60 miles. Well, traveling 60 miles on an I-95 interstate was a gamble. When everything was perfect, one could calculate the traveling time, but since I am no gambler, I had decided to add another 40 minutes to my traveling time.

So, I was the first to arrive at this residence in West Palm Beach after having a breeze run from South Miami. The homeowner was cordial and she told me to wait inside; instead of waiting inside my car. The smell of fresh coffee cemented my decision to accept her invitation.


B.Sandy holding the boomed-mic for tennis player Serena Williams. He had to stand on a chair so to be off the camera.

The television was on, I took a seat in the living room and coffee was soon to follow. A kitchen-bar divided the cooking area and living-room. My host was facing the TV set from the other side of the bar. She appeared to be chopping vegetables or so, I could not see it.

As soon as the commercials ended the show, “Live! with Regis and Kathie Lee” returned. I am savoring the coffee and watching the show in progress, and all of the sudden I heard, “I hate her!” There was nobody else around so I assumed it was the homeowner. The comment was not directed at me so I did not respond.

The show “Live! with Regis and Kathie Lee” just returned from commercials one more time, and about 5 minutes in to the new segment once again I heard. “I hate her,” this time I had no doubt it was the homeowner, and I said,

I’m really not paying attention to this show, feel free to change the channel.”

No, it’s okay.” She resumed with the vegetable chopping.

About 10 minutes passed and once again I heard, “I hate her!” I began to evaluate my decision of entering the house. What if this is the wrong house and I just entered a random house and the lady is a serial killer. She has hatred and a knife, she can’t kill Kathie Lee from her house, but if a random stranger got the wrong address, that is her a perfect alibi for a self-defense killing due to a home invasion. Just when I was about to pretend that my phone rang and I was going to take my cell phone call outside, there was a knock on the door.

Another team member arrived, she took a seat next to me. She worked with hair and make up. I never met her in a production before; in fact, the aspect that I loved in working for the film industry was that from production to production I only met about 20% of the people that I had worked with in a previous production, so a great job to make new friends and also not enough time to create office politics.

As my impromptu new colleague was enjoying her coffee in silence and watching TV as well, and just like a well timed cuckoo-bird once again the announcement came from the kitchen “I hate her.”

Unlike my reaction, the hair-makeup lady exclaimed, “Me too!” An instant friendship was born out of hatred and the dialog proceeded like this:

“Did you see, that last month, Kathie Lee worn the same dress twice?”

“I know that hideous green one!”

“I know!”

“Oh, that’s not all, her makeup was terrible, remember when she said …”

At this point, I became oblivious to the content of the conversation, I just knew that the homeowner and makeup-crew member were enjoying their shared hatred for Kathie Lee Gifford.  My God! Poor Kathie Lee Gifford; she never met these two Floridian ladies, yet the ladies had several reasons to be entitled to hate her.

There is one word that consolidates all of these experiences, and the word is “envy.” The convoluted way that the human mind works is very interesting. The owners of the TV network who broadcast Kathie Lee Gifford, could not care less if she is watched out of hatred or out of admiration, as long as they are tuned in for the next series of commercials sponsoring Kathie Lee Gifford, everyone is getting their cut, including Kathie Lee Gifford.

Ms. Gifford is not alone, preceding or in concurrence with her is a radio show host called Howard Stern. The interesting phenomena in Stern’s case is that once he turned into paid satellite radio broadcast, he was able to draw his lovers and haters alike. In other words, they love to hate him. This particular situation became known in urban dictionary as the Stern Effect.   Well, at the time, when I was watching the Gifford-haters while waiting for the rest of the crew to arrive, I had no idea who Howard Stern was. I also had no idea that a TV set could compel hatred.

The most important thing to notice is that this phenomena is not about Kathie Lee Gifford, it is about us, if I may put in a number, then the number would be 100% about us. The best way I found to explain this was not going to a psychologist, but the book store. Always remember, if you cannot afford psychologists, read their books, it is much cheaper. Nonetheless, the book I found a particular answer to this Gifford-Hate-Effect was in a book written before the school of psychology was ever invented and even before the Christian Bible was compiled as one volume, in fact; historians and scholars place the first publication of this book circa the year 1030 before the birth of Jesus. The book is called The Shrīmad Bhāgavatam, which is part of the collection called Bhagavata Purana. The most amazing part of the book it is how it starts, it starts by concentrating on “self-effort.” In other words; whoever has self-effort neither hates Kathie Lee Gifford nor Howard Stern; because people who cultivate self-effort are more worried about their own mundane progress, their own spiritual progress and not worried about anybody’s lives.

There is a major point in self-effort that transcends a person’s existence. Many of our qualities comes from self-effort inherited from our past lives. Science and logic have no way to explain why certain individuals are born talented and other are not. For instance, if we place a piano in a kindergarten, some toddlers will kick the instrument while others will play works of Bach in the end of six months.


B.Sandy visiting the NYC in December 2016

Another major point on envy, which is the opposite of the pride in self-effort and which is cultivated through hatred on ongoing basis has to do with pathology and chronic consequences of the cultivating hatred. Each time my former Floridian host was offering hatred towards Ms. Gifford she was also secreting an extra amount of stomach acid; for the human body tends to work poorly under stress. Therefore, like the mythological Ourosboros, the stomach of envious people will devour itself. In a way, it could be psychologically or even spiritually interpreted that an envious people are punishing themselves for lack of understanding of self-effort, for they only see one life-time of karma and not millennia of reincarnations turning each of us into who we are.



“The Today Show” Studio from the sidewalk on 2016/12/15

The subject of envy was triggered upon my return from a vacation from Europe in December 2016, since I found myself at the grounds of the Rockfeller Center and right across the Kathie Lee and Hoda Kotb Studios in New York City. Kathie and Hoda together they host the “Today Show” for NBC. Another important fact to conclude this thought is that the Shrīmad Bhāgavatam, was never talking about mundane effort such as hosting a TV or radio show, keep in mind the book was written 1030 BC; yet the core was the self-effort is spiritual progress and not mundane goals.


Hoda’s and Kathie’s marquee inside of the Today Show Studio

So… If you never envied Kathie Lee Gifford, another celebrity, or anyone else, you must be going in the right direction, you must be very spiritual enlightened, so please help me because I hate Brad Pitt.

Fiat Lux!




Post Script: 1) I do not hate Brad Pitt, but I thought it would be funny to end the essay with a joke, to show how pedantic envy is. Before God, my brother Brad Pitt has his own share of spiritual lessons and spiritual progress as all of us do.
Post Scritp 2) The Shrimad Bhagavatan original text was written in rhyming verses in the language of Sanskrit, therefore most of us will not enjoy the original beauty and cadence of its original verses, yet the essence remains through the ages. After the youth of Jesus was narrated in the Bible, neither his teenager years nor his adulthood is accounted for; he reappears in the Bible by the age of 30. Many scholars claim that he traveled to India and was exposed to the wisdom of Hindu literature; on the other hand, I hold that it really does not matter, since Jesus’ works derived from self-effort, because toddlers do not have to travel to Germany to learn Bach.

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Late October 2016, I had a road-trip with a friend and his two dogs—Boogie and Puppy, from San Francisco, CA to Miami, FL. There was an interesting canine phenomenon. When we passed a semi-truck on the road, no matter how long it took to pass Boogie and Puppy did not care. But the same eighteen-wheeler at idle waiting for a red-light to turn green the dogs went crazy; barking nonstop.

My friend and I reasoned that the dogs hate diesel engines at idle. So, now… How dogs barking at trucks are analogous to the 2016 US Presidential elections? Verily; because the politicians, the pundits and the media failed to see a pattern or distinction just like Boogie and Puppy. The semi-truck remains the same truck with the same amount of molecules cruising at 75 miles per hour; conversely, politicians, pundits and even economists fail to see the enduring consequences of laws and social economics in the long run, they only bark at the consequence in the present or recent past. For instance, Paul Krugman accused Jill Stein voters for Hillary’s loss; even when the numbers show a smaller turn out of Democrat voters measured against 2012—roughly 5 million fewer voters, furthermore more Latinos voted for Trump in 2016 than Romney in 2012. Could Jill Stein voters compensate for the difference? No. It would be a long essay to compare today’s pundits and how close they reason like Boogie and Puppy; instead, let us follow the money and how a international trade first conceptualized in 1990 affected the elections of 2016. The three names that we must pay attention since 1990 are: Bush, Clinton, and NAFTA. It took 26 years; thus, a whole generation; for us to measure the consequences of a bad trade law. So, what is NAFTA?

Most countries protect their domestic industry with a serious of tariffs. A tariff is an import tax to bring up the cost of a domestic product. A wonderful book detailing the history of tariffs and its consequences is called “The Travels of a T-Shirt in the Global Economy: An Economist Examines the Markets, Power and Politics of the World Trade,” authored by Pietra Rivoli.

Time Magazine cover of 1992 (Source:Time Magazine archive)

So… History let us know that Bush-41 or Father-Bush (a Centrist-Republican) failed to pass the North Atlantic Free Trade Agreement while in office. It took a Centrist Democrat William Jefferson Clinton to pick up the baton an finish the relay-race for the benefit of major corporations of Mexico, Canada and Wall Street. Nobody is perfect, I must confess that in 1992, I was thrilled that Bush-Gore won the election. I also must confess that I was wrong in thinking that Presidential Candidate Ross Perot had no clue about the economics pertaining NAFTA. It is really easy to find the video of Perot debating Al Gore on “Larry King Live;” on Youtube. Recently I saw the old debate once again, it was amazing to see that Ross Perot had the foresight of an oracle.

NAFTA turned out to be the vacuum cleaner that Ross Perot predicted and with the passing of the law four major side effects took place:

  1. Major manufacturing moved to Mexico destroying the economy of thousand of small towns in the U.S.
  2. Labor Unions lost a lot of their bargaining power since now there is fewer demand for blue color-workers.
  3. American major flooded the Mexican economy with cheap grains destroying the rural economy in Mexico.
  4. Illegal immigration rose because the Mexican local farming could not compete with U.S. subsidized grains. The choice for many farm workers became only to participate in to the growing marijuana or crossing the border for less then minimum wage.

Consequently, not only American citizens workforce was reduced due the fleecing of manufacturing; illegal immigration (increased due to the destruction of rural jobs in Mexico) which took more jobs of the American employment pool. At the same rate that NAFTA was exponentially increasing profits for major corporations, it decreasing the opportunity for American workers. Specifically the voting group referred as “blue-color non-educated Caucasian.” This was the group that overwhelming voted for Donald Trump.

History repeats itself, media was ready for Hillary to be the winner.

History repeats itself, media was ready for Hillary to be the winner. The polls pointed to Hillary in 2016 in the same way it pointed to Dewey in 1948 instead of Truman. Who is Dewey? Exactly!

Beyond Ross Perot, the first to become the herald for the disenfranchised by NAFTA, was Senator Bernie Sanders (campaign began on May 26, 2015). He had an overwhelming number of small donations and attendance to his rallies. Donald Trump became the second voice for the disenfranchised (campaign began on June 16, 2015). Wikileaks finally revealed that the DNC colluded with the media by attacking and blocking major advances from Bernie Sanders. Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz, chief finance officer Brad Marshall; chief executive Amy Dacey, and communications director Luis Miranda resigned their positions with the DNC. Later, interim chairwoman Donna Brazile was fired from CNN for releasing debate questions to Candidate Clinton in advance. Most were not surprised by the revelations of Wikileaks, so much so, that none of the Wikileaks revelations did not land anyone in jail, only four volunteered resignations and one CNN firing.

Never in American history both candidates had legal lawsuits, criminal investigations and alike. Nevertheless, the Joe Blows from Hattiesburg, Mississippi and Jane Does from Emporia, Kansas are not worried about the DNC’s mischief or Wikileaks revelations; they are only concerned in voting for who is going to bring their jobs back to their small towns. Prior to writing this essay, I explained to a friend that the reason why Donald Trump won, was not because of emails, Wikileaks, Jill Stein, but because of NAFTA. He asked, “Does everyone know what NAFTA is when they went to the voting booth?” My reply was,“Absolutely not! They may not even know what NAFTA is; some may even think NAFTA is a type of mosquito or a rash. The only thing that they know is that the factory that their grandfather and father used to work for, located at the outskirts of town has their gates locked their roofs caved in and their jobs fled somewhere to Mexico.”

Closed factory, anywhere USA.

NAFTA is the semi-truck loaded at 75 miles per hour running over and destroying the lives of every little town that had a factory in the United Sates; however, when it is took close to the election, the truck slows down to idle and the politicians, pundits and media copying the styles of Boogie and Puppy keep barking “he is a racist, he is homophobic, he is a sexist, he is a bully, he is a sexual predator!”


There is a much bigger picture than NAFTA, and even bigger than the 2016 Elections, it is a picture that escape most economists. I have mentioned before that I am a fan of the Freakonomics Group; but their most recent book disappointed me. In the book “When to Rob a Bank” the authors by Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner unveiled the pros and cons of bank robbery and even pan-handling to name a few. The most ingenious part of the work of economists should not be the understanding the of profit and loss of robbing a bank or the best corner or time for pan-handling; instead, to aim towards a sustainable economy. Looking at the immediate picture of economics will only lead us to the next collapse. Economists like Robert Reich and Paul Krugman claim that Capitalism is the best form of economics; Reich even went a step further naming his book “Saving Capitalism,” such title make as much sense as “Saving Feudalism,” because when a system is working well, it does not require saving; it becomes self sustaining and it would never crash. Unfortunately, politicians are listening to pundits like Reich and Krugman, and much worse than that politicians are begging for money of wealthy donors for their next reelection.

“Divergent Series” based on a trilogy authored by Veronica Roth. Movie copyrights: Lionsgate (Source: Wikipedia)

The historic gains and losses created by NAFTA were born in 1990 under the names Clinton and Bush and destroyed by the American voter when they voted against Clinton and Bush in 2016; they voted for a candidate who promised the end of NAFTA. The creation of NAFTA benefited the elite in Mexico and the United States and pinned the rural worker of Mexico against the factory worker of the United States. In the true fashion and format of “Follow the Money,” mostly using a movie plot showing similarity to real life; the creation of NAFTA and its consequences is is very similar to the “Divergent Series” based on a trilogy authored by Veronica Roth.

Here are the parallels: workers of the United States and Mexico are pinned against each other for the production of the same product which profits will go to an elite out of their reach. Fiction meets reality when the plot of the “Divergent,” are factions of people are pinned against each other and the benefit is an elite out of their reach. Psychologists could claim the book and movie series became bestsellers and blockbusters because subconsciously the reader or the audience is able to relate to the plot because in real life “we” already do.

Adding insult to injury; is the discontentment of the American worker (and voter), who has been the mysteriously secluded from the backdoor deals of the Trans Pacific Partnership that President Obama and Secretary of State Clinton were promoting together. Where NAFTA was the elimination of tariffs and the due process in three countries, the TPP would be the elimination of tariffs between twelve countries. History has already given us two preludes to the TPP, first one was NAFTA and second one has been the European Union, the consortium of 28 countries. Greece tried to get out, and United Kingdom just took the first step in June of 2016.

Publisher: Wiley; 1 edition (December 2006)

The financial mechanics of international trade benefiting a small elite having people around the world fighting for the same jobs, (in essence, very analogous to the “Divergent Series),” was handsomely consolidated in a book called “The Global Class War: How America’s Bipartisan Elite Lost Our Future—and What It Will Take to Win It Back” authored by Jeff Faux, was published in 2006.

Promises made before the election are like love promises during Summer-camp. Not impossible, but almost. Will Trump break the heart of his voters by passing TPP and doing almost nothing about NAFTA? Could Trump echo the words of George Herbert Bush, “Read my lips, no new taxes?” A president-elect with outstanding loans with German banks, an unresolved bankruptcy and a class action lawsuit still pending. That is a lot on anyone’s table before he decides to solve the problems of the nation. (In my previous essay called, “The Corruption of Donald Trump,” I explained that Trump is not the problem; instead, he is the consequence). We have a political system corrupted by the elite, and a major collapse to come inspired by greed. Just like bacteria on a Petri-dish eventually runs out of food and die, the U.S. debt reaching 20 Trillion may inspire the same end. We ran out of suckers to sell more trillions of dollars of loans, we are going to depend on donations to build the Mexican wall.


Fourth day of the trip, first stop in Florida. One hour prior to hearing FBI reopening Clinton’s email investigations.

In the spirit of full disclosure, by the time we were passing by Pensacola, Florida—the fourth day of our cross country journey. My friend and I heard on the radio that the FBI Director James Brien Comey Jr. was reopening the investigation on Clinton’s emails, that was thanks to Anthony Weiner’s formidable penis being promoted while having access to his wife’s computer which was also used for Clinton’s classified emails (soon to be a HBO mini-part series, just wait!) The shock of this news was so intense that for the next hour my friend and I arguing about the news; we became louder than Boogie and Puppy when threaten by a semi-truck at idle.


My friend Jon practicing yoga guarded by Boogie and Puppy.

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One of the great benefits of speaking more than one language is enjoying poetry on its natural form.
It is an amazing delight to enjoy Augusto dos Anjos in Portuguese, he was dark in content but masterful in cadence; in English his counterpart, in my opinion was Edgar Allan Poe.

Translating Edgar Allan Poe into Portuguese degrades its original cadence, and the same goes for translating Augusto dos Anjos into English.  The compromise is creating versions; usually the essence is kept and a new body is written for a song or a poem.

Growing up poor in Brazil, one of my only form of entertainment was radio, only richer folks could afford a television set.  I am very grateful to public air-waves in Brazil; in fact, it was the only exposure I had to English in my youth; radio allowed me to become an autodidact—I started to learn languages.

One of my favorite songs during my youth was a French song called “C’est en Septembre,” song by Gilbert Becaud.  I would be in trance, enjoying the song in my limited French back in the 80s, yet the content and cadence of the poetry was amazing.  Basically it talks about life returning back to normal after the Summer vacations and how delightful life was to rest back under the olive tree.

Years later I was terribly disappointed when I herd the American version called “September Morn,” sung by Neil Diamond.  The lyrics this time were about a simple love song, I totally disliked the effort of translating the French song into English.  These feelings came back to me because today is the First of September and I write this short essay in the first morning of September.

Here is the delightful part of being wrong.  It was only after a couple of decades that I learned that the original author of the “C’est en Septembre,” was actually written by Neil Diamond; in other words, the English version came first, the French version later.  So, my original displeasure towards Mr. Diamond turned into appreciation and gratitude; thanks to him now I enjoy two versions.

I continue to assert that learning another language expose ourselves to more cultures and more poetry.  Sometimes the original is better, sometimes it is not.  When beauty is on the eye of the beholder every opinion is subjective.  So, it is my opinion, that I also experienced the same in vice-versa; or I enjoyed the American version with more delight than the original song in French.  I am referring to Frank Sinatra greatest hit called “My Way,” the English version was written by Paul Anka, and the original was in French written and sung by Claude François; called “Comme d’habitude” (translated into “As Usual).”

September is an incredible month for poetry, the prelude to Autumn leaves falling; the trees turning from green to amber, to naked, and a more temperate whether; notwithstanding, also the prelude to the “October Surprise,” just before the elections.  The world is not going to end no matter who is elected; it is an amazing grace to enjoy the glory of a “September Morn,” because amazing colors happens “C’est en Septembre,” even when things most things will not go “My Way,” no matter how much I try “Comme d’habitude (as usual).”


Enjoying September Morning 2015; here I am hiking the 14,000 ft Sangre de Christo Mountain. Please notice that the September amber is timing the trees in the background.

Enjoy your September!

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Here are the videos of all four songs in their English original and French version and vice-versa.

French Version “C’est en Septembre” with Gilbert Becaud


Original version “September Morn” with Neil Diamond

English Version “My Way” with Frank Sinatra

Original “Comme d’Habitude” with Claude François

If you may use a little more poetry, in your September Morning; here is the
Spanish Version “A Mi Manera,” with Gipsy Kings



Here is the first try: David Lee and I were in front of the Park sign and Carol Lee is taking the photo.



Second Try: David Lee and I in front of the Sangre de Christo National Park sign.


(Copyright disclaimer: the songs belong to their original copyright holders, here are links directing the viewers to their storage at Youtube servers. Youtube and its partners are responsible to copyrights licenses or infringement thereof).

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Is this bye bye Bernie and hello Goldman Sachs’ Pinocchio?

(Here above is the audio version of the blog; press play, and the computer will read this essay for you).

All over the news, it is being announced that Bernie Sanders will endorse Hillary Clinton. For many of us who volunteered and donated to the Bernie Sanders Campaign, feel that we have the right to have an opinion about the process. Most of us were enamored of the ideals of a political revolution against the illusion of choice which is the political duopoly in the United States.


A political revolution does not happen when one endorses the politician who stole the election in voter suppression in New York, in changing party rules during the convention in Nevada, in loosing voter roles in California and handing about 3 million of non-provisional ballots, in blackout media coverage and when the leader of the Democratic Party openly endorses one of the candidates. A political revolution does not happen by endorsing a politician who has bad judgment to have classified material in an unprotected server, jeopardizing the safety of the nation.

That being said, Bernie Sanders is under no obligation to run for office; however, we who volunteered for the Campaign feel that we were doing for a greater progressive cause and now our efforts will fall back at the hands of Goldman Sachs and the Wall Street, our hard work will be bribed way through lobbying. Perhaps Sanders felt that it was enough to bring the Democratic agenda to the left; however, when such promise is non-contractual it has the same validity as being written in tissue paper and signed with saliva. Remember the promises of Obama closing Gitmo? Broken promises on immigration? Broken promises on ending oil and gas tax loopholes? Broken promises on investing in infrastructure? And many more? By the way, if anyone thinks Obamacare is a Democratic Program then they do not know that it is a more conservative copy of Romneycare and Nixoncare. Hillary’s promises to Sanders and Sanders supporters will be broken and will be forgotten until the next election.

I have predicted to some friends that whether Trump or Hillary becomes the president, he or she will be impeached on the very first year in office, and the shoe in for the presidency will be the vice president. It is because both leading candidates are plagued with scandals. Just yesterday, the Congressional Oversight Committee members were able to cross examine Hillary’s perjury when testifying during the Benghazi Hearings. On the other side of the aisle, Trump is battling a bait-switch lawsuit with Trump University along with a Civil lawsuit in statutory rape of a 13 year old.

Perhaps the Tuesday Sanders’ announcement is to inform the public of the ticket Clinton/Sanders, otherwise it is too soon for such surrender, in this case Sanders will assume the presidency in case of an impeachment, but since the Wall Street hates Elizabeth Warren they like Bernie Sanders even less.


“Repursury” Cover

In my book “Repursury: How Slavery Evolved Into Usury Through Repurchase,” released in 2014 I’ve predicted the end of the U.S. Dollar as an international currency. Furthermore, in June of 2015, I continued to make predictions about the Collapse of the Petrodollar, notwithstanding I gave a hint of when the impending collapse will happen, my hint was the Collapse of the U.K. Recently, Brexit made my predictions a step closer to reality. The only factor which would stop the Collapse of the Petrodollar would be a Bernie Sanders Progressive Agenda.


I need to explain what what will trigger the pending collapse. Donald Trump has the language skills and academic knowledge of a high school student (yes, I feel that daddy-Trump purchased a degree for Donny so he could continue to date European models and be hands at location in constructions sites). Even worse than Trump lack intellectual curiosity is Hillary’s economic indoctrination; firstly she is nothing more than what is called in economics, a “corporate-capture” individual. Notwithstanding, not only Hillary is in service of the corporations (corporate capture) she is also an individual indoctrinated by the corporations, this phenomenon is known as “cognitive capture.” In recent campaigns, Hillary said that she is going to nominate the husband as her “economic-czar,” the same guy who signed George Bush-41 trade deal into law, known as NAFTA and the same guy who repealed the Glass-Steagal Act by signing into law the The Gramm–Leach–Bliley Act of 1999 which allowed deposit banks to merge with investments banks—translation: Bubba created the banks “Too Big To Fail,” which did fail in 2008 and had to be bailed out by every American tax payer. It was only after the banking collapse of 2008 that economists realized that the largest economic span attributed to Bill Clinton was created on borrowed money and risky investments. The so prosperous years were funded by second mortgages; trend which continued during Bush-43. All of this are very sad reasons and even worse because Bernie Sanders may endorse the very group of people who brought the economic demise of 2008.

Pax Americana is another name for American hegemony

The last days of Pax Romana were not different than America’s current plight. When politicians are not accountable to FBI investigations, and police officers are not accountable to their abuse of power, it is easy to see how lone-wolves will go through exotic suicides and how the population will protest. By the way, I do not condone protests and violence, but I will remind that to most of the destitute of our societies, the anarchists are seen as modern Robin Hoods or modern Zorros; they represent the fight against the state of corruption. The corrupt Pax Romana lasted 500 years in Europe and 1,500 years in the East; but Pax Americana may not even last 150 years; Pax Americana started when the British Pound attached to coal market ended and when the U.S. Dollar attached to the Petroleum market. With plenty of options for energy like solar and wind power, electric cars and hydraulic fracturing, the world will use less U.S. Dollars to buy less oil. Either Trump or Hillary will install the corporate solution—more money to banks, more tax credit to corporations and cuts in social programs; the same thinking of Herbert Hoover in the 1930s. The economic instability that will follow will lead Russian and China to bring back the gold standard once again. By the way, I already explained this collapse in my videos from last year.

I am a positive person by nature. Here are some of the silver-linings, the collapse of the U.S. Dollar led by Hillary or Trump will have a positive effect on Mother Nature. Once the U.S. Dollar collapse it will be less consumption; thus less manufacturing, less transportation of international trade; therefore, less use of energy and the planet will cool. In difficult economic times, couples will choose to have less kids, a reduction of the global population as well. People will marry for love or looks, it will be less money going around. New couples will live with their parents, so more family integration. It will also be less wars around the world, because the U.S will have to borrow money from China to start a war with China or Russia. I was not going off topic, these are all in the balance if Bernie Sanders is not in a third party ticket or if Bernie Sanders is not Hillary’s vice president. Hillary will be indicted and/or impeached. If Bernie Sanders is not a candidate, it will not be the end of the world, perhaps just the end of Pax Americana.


I have no regrets whatsoever participating in Bernie Sanders Campaign.  As we learn in college “there’s has never been a bad day in a life of a writer, everything is material for a book. When the dust-bowl kill your crops and the family has to pick grapes in California, you will write “Grapes of Wrath,” when your ship sinks you will write “Moby Dick.”


This is the first time I have participated in a political campaign, I saw how the Nevada election was stolen right in front of me. The Nevada Democratic Party decided to use the handing of credentials of the day before as the real count for the next day attendance. No convention or assembly or parliament uses such method, the count should have been conducted and the Nevada Democratic Party would not allow a head-count on the very day of the convention by invoking temporary rules.  We Sanders Delegates were demonized for a week, thanks to inept reporting and propaganda from the Democratic Party local and national.  This are unique experiences that I had first hand and will eventually be a direct source of material.  Best of all I was able to make  new friends, to share our hopes and dreams for a much better America and a more egalitarian world.


A good part of us are Bernie or Bust, we are the Never Hillary Group even if Bernie thinks it is the only choice. We will vote based on our conscience and principals and not based on our fears and hypocritical compromise by choosing a lesser evil, than the best candidate. We keep electing the same lesser evil because we are a nation divided by ignorance, tradition, compromise and fear. When the elite divides 99% of the electorate, the elite is able to install their Pinocchio and keep holding onto the strings of the same marionette. Will Bernie endorse the Goldman Sachs’ Pinocchio? Will Bernie receive a list of promises written on tissue paper and signed with saliva? We will discover these answers by next week.

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There is a simple reason why the Federal Record Acts has a simple scope. The simple reason is that any secret information not a guarded by the government will create unintended consequences.

The 44 U.S. Code § 3106 is titled Unlawful Removal, Destruction of Records; the clause (A) is so short that deserves to be quoted:
(a)Federal Agency Notification.—

The head of each Federal agency shall notify the Archivist of any actual, impending, or threatened unlawful removal, defacing, alteration, corruption, deletion, erasure, or other destruction of records in the custody of the agency, and with the assistance of the Archivist shall initiate action through the Attorney General for the recovery of records the head of the Federal agency knows or has reason to believe have been unlawfully removed from that agency, or from another Federal agency whose records have been transferred to the legal custody of that Federal agency.*1*[End Quote]

Numerous times the presidential candidate and former secretary of state, Mrs. Hillary Clinton has mentioned that having a server in her home was authorized and an innocent mistake. So, let us ponder for a minute, for agents of the U.S. Department of State to authorize the installations of servers and having classified information sitting in a basement in Chappaqua, New York would have to justify the violation of the Title 44 § 3106 (a) of the U.S. Code.

The Clintons are former lawyers (or active lawyers, I’m not sure) and both former president and former secretary knows of the consequences of violating laws. Nevertheless, there is one thing even non-lawyers knows: “ignorance of the laws is no defense.”

Hillary’s Blackberry had no passwords according to the deposition of her former aide.

The audit created by the State Department and made public on May 25th, 2016 leaves no doubt that Hillary Clinton violated the 44 U.S. Code § 3106 (a) “Removal, Destruction of Records,” so what?

Many like Senator Dianne Goldman Berman Feinstein (California) has come out on the news and exclaimed that enough is enough and we should move on from the emails. Well, not so fast… There are three problems:

1) possible perjury,

2) violation of the law Title 44,

3) and exposing state secrets.

Many are belittling the violations as forgivable transgressions and that should not curtail Clinton’s road to the White House. After the Inspector General of the State Department released his finding, Mrs. Clinton herself, double-downed on her innocence and that America was kept safe under her watch. Notwithstanding; the Romanian hacker Marcel Lehel Lazar – also known as Guccifer, plead guilty to seven years; and volunteered to the court that he would read Secretary Clinton’s emails. Why would someone plea guilty to hacking and federal offenses, if he did not do it?

Guccifer being transferred by the police.

Furthermore, a new on May 26th, former Clinton aide and now U.S. Ambassador Lewis Lukens in sworn testimony in the case of Hillary Clinton’s privatization of the U.S. Secretary of State’s email is testifying that Clinton never used passwords to access her emails. In sum, using the State Department website would require her to use multiple passwords and having her own private emails would allow here to use no passwords, and for the sake of convenience Secretary Clinton preferred no passwords*2*.

Perhaps it is easy to see how Guccifer could read Secretary Clinton’s emails; especially after Ambassador Lukens testified that no password was required to access her emails. Wait! It gets better! Or it gets worse, depending on your point of view.

Secretary Clinton is no neophyte to email deletions, in fact, while she was the first lady, no less than one million subpoenaed emails were lost thanks to a glitch in the servers of the White House. The investigation of the emails disappearance was named “Project X,” and no findings were ascertained*3*.

Aware of a possible new “Whitewater” investigation or a new “Project X,” the Clintons had a familiarity with emails and their incriminatory disposition. The indefatigable Watergate reporter Carl Berstein alleged that the intention of Hillary of having her own servers was exclusively to bypass the Freedom of Information Act; once the emails are in private server, they are deletable.

The convenience of the emails deletability entered in direct conflict with national safety. Hillary claimed that the United States security was never in peril, yet something interesting happened. Guccifer, was not the only one reading the emails straight out of the Chappaqua basement, there were others.

Nadiya (Nadezhda) Savchenko on trial in a Russian Court

On the other side of planet Earth, there was the prosecution of Nadiya (Nadezhda) Savchenko*4*; and some hacked Clinton’s emails were admitted as evidence in a Russian court of law. In the Russian Court it was disclosed that Mrs. Clinton’s emails that were used as evidence, came from a private server “and not from Top-Secret or U.S. classified government’s archive.” The court would not have allowed government’s email because it would be an admission of espionage, yet coming from Mrs. Clinton’s private server is just an admission of hacking.

One has to ponder, if Guccifer admitted in U.S. court to reading Clinton’s email, if her former aide also testified that Secretary Clinton had a disdain for passwords; how many Clinton emails were copied by the Russian FSB? How many state secrets were possibly revealed by Clinton’s action in her request for convenience?

Firstly alleged as convenience; now the private servers have implicated a Romanian hacker and some of Mrs. Clinton’s email were used as evidence in the prosecution of Nadiya (Nadezhda) Savchenko.

Once again, there is a simple reason why the Federal Record Acts has a limited, yet clear scope; the protection of national security. Any secret information not a guard by the government will create unintended consequences. Whitewater went on for years, it is very unlikely that the email and Clinton Foundation investigations will find an end before the 2017 presidential inauguration.

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If what happened on May 14th, 2016 was democracy, it is hard to imagine what dictatorship feels like. For the last few days I have been hearing most of the media demonizing Bernie Sanders and even more Bernie Sanders supporters. The amazing thing is that I was a volunteer for the Nevada Democratic Party for two days and I neither saw any reporter nor I saw any professional cameraman, except for the one hired by the Nevada Democratic Party (“NDP”) to record the event.


270 Degrees of the Nevada State Convention, May 14th, 2016

Since Sunday, I have been hearing the spin in the media of how the whole fiasco is supposed to be blamed on Bernie Sanders and his supporters. How can the media be certain of such claim if no media was ever present at the May 14th, 2016 Convention? Not even local channels were present neither in the hall nor the aisles of the Paris Casino.

It is sobering to see the media make accusations of fights in the hall, chairs thrown when none of that happened and I was there for the event. Under oath, I can say that nobody ever threw a chair across the hall, first of all they were convention chairs; they are really heavy; unlike the metal fold up chairs. Also under oath, I can testify that at during the whole convention nobody ever jumped on to the stage to protest the event. I saw CNN mention that there were a fights, yet the only footage shows a security officer attending a person who fainted because the convention was going throughout the whole day. It started a 7 A.M. for some of us (including myself) and ended about 10 P.M.

I can provide a honest account of the events because I volunteered for the NDP for two days. On Friday, May 13th, 2016, I registered delegates for the event. Most of us had Samsung Galaxy pads others had while laptops.


Here I was volunteering for two days registering delegates for the Nevada Democratic State Convention

On May 14th, 2016; I continued to volunteer on the same Samsung Galaxy tablet to register delegates until 10 A.M. When I left my volunteered post I just walked into the hall. There were no head count, there were no examination of my credentials, I just waltz in and found my designated area—Clark County Sanders’ Supporters. The hall was divided by counties and candidates.

One of the first things that was ease to notice was the NDP Convention had two American flags: One was stretching from ceiling to stage and the second was a smaller one a pole, to the left of the stage. The second thing that was easy to notice was two major video panel perhaps 12 feet across one at each side of the convention; between the center flag and the video panels were several banners of the politicians running for office. Finally, an easy thing to notice, right to the stage, there were three major banners hanging from the ceiling, Hillary, Hillary, Hillary, and each banner was about 8 feet across. What was evident to me in the first five minutes of walking in, is that even the decoration of the room was biased, because while on the right of the stage there were three banners for Hillary, on the left there was nothing for Bernie. When one examines the hall decoration in the photos, one could conclude that Hillary was having the convention unopposed.

Nevada Convention-01-Stage

The bias in the decoration, three banners with Hillary’s name and no banners for Bernie Sanders at all.

The convention started badly and it got worse. I am only testifying about the things that I saw, perhaps there were other shenanigans; but I do not want to assume. I am just reporting. The NDP Chair Roberta Lange decided to change the rules of the convention. Most conventions run under Robert’s Rules of Order; but about 10:30 A.M. the NDP decided to adopt “Temporary Rules.” The Hillary side accepted the idea unanimously, while the Bernie side declined the change of rules. The NDP passed the rules even when the oral objection was much louder than the approval. By the way, remember that I mentioned that there were no one counting members’ participation at the doors? The doors during the convention were unlocked? In fact, I just “waltzed” to my seat? The practice made it easier for the DNC or the NDP to present any number of participants they saw necessary to post Hillary as the winner of the convention.

The NDP adopted the Friday’s registration as the official count of the Saturday convention’s attendance; which is against Robert’s Rules of Order. The Bernie delegates began to notice that the convention was being rigged. They shouted for hours to have the floor delegates counted and each time the recount was not even acknowledged. In fact, even the political candidate and lawyer Jesse Sbaih; from the podium, called for a recount and the NDP again did not entertain to pass a recount to a vote, even when the request came from the stage and from the podium. The rest of the day was one voting after another without consideration for a recount.

Perhaps not the best way to describe the Nevada State Convention is to compare to a Roman orgy; the comparison rises from the fact that some are the rulers and the ruled have no choice but to take the abuse in orderly fashion.  A more sanitized way to look at the Nevada State Convention is to compare the event to the recurring plot of the old Japanese anime called “Speed Racer.”

Many Millennials may not have any idea of the cartoon; but every single plot was Speed Racer trying to win a car race honestly, and every single time not only he had to be a good racer, but Speed Racer had to anticipate all of the sabotages and road blocks showing up through the race. So, Speed Racer had to fight the Iowa’s vote recount, the Arizona’s extreme long lines, the 128,000 loss of voters registration in New York, and now Speed Racer had to fight Roberta Lange’s disenfranchisement of delegates in Nevada. Oh, I’m sorry! Did I say Speed Racer instead of Bernie Sanders? I guess I did because it is basically about obstructions in a race; basically the same plot, but one is a car race and the other a presidential race.

Most Bernie Sanders delegates, including yours truly, were hoping for a honest convention without new rules, without being insulted by Barbara Boxer, and with rules of order expecting a yeah or nay in proper fashion, instead, no proper count of the attendance was taken on the Saturday, and no recount was acknowledged or voted on.  Most of the nation is hearing reports of media who never attended the event. Second accounts and hearsay provided by the Nevada Democratic Party, the same guys who never hung a single banner with the name Bernie Sanders from the convention’s ceiling. The media is reporting gratuitous disobedience from Bernie’s without investigating why the frustration was verbalized in shouts and chants.

Today, it is surreal to see Wolf Blitzer, Anderson Cooper, Chris Matthews and many other pundits, saying that the Convention was a total chaos; reporting the version provided by the DNC and without taking the time to investigate the frustration that led to the chaotic event.
Here are some of the things that never happened in the convention:

  • Nobody was arrested for fights inside the convention.
  • Chairs were never thrown across the hall.
  • Nobody climbed the stage and forced themselves onto the podium.
  • Nobody made death threats to any anyone on stage.


There are plenty of videos in the internet showing what I have just testified. In fact, CNN used a video of a person who fainted and claimed that it was part of a fight. Please notice that all the videos presented by the media were shot using phone cameras.

The definition of a masochist is a person who lacks self respect and enjoys being abused. I am not a masochist; I have no doubt that many Nevada Democrats changed their party affiliation after the way they were treated Saturday. I changed my political registration from non-partisan, so I could vote for Bernie Sanders in the caucus and conventions, to continue to be a Democrat is to accept masochism.

There’s never a bad day in the life of a writer, everything is material for a book, so my participation in the Sin City’s Disenfranchisement eventually will be part of a novel. Conversely; perhaps there has never been a bad day in a campaign of Bernie Sanders, everyday is a free publicity day. For a candidate who has been in politics for more than 50 years and whose wife has a degree in political science. The Bernie Sanders participation in the Democratic Party is nothing more than a way to get free publicity before the general election (please study the election of 1860 or wait for my next blog). Most people do not know that there are other political parties in the United States, like the Green Party, the American Freedom Party, the Constitution Party, the Independent American Party, the Libertarian Party, the Party of Socialism and Liberation, the Peace and Freedom Party, the Prohibition Party, the Socialist Party USA, the Socialist Equality Party, the Socialist Workers Party, and the Workers World Party. If Bernie Sanders had not joined the Democratic Party, Hillary’s coronation already been completed, and Bernie Sanders would be just another anonymous name in an anonymous party. The silver lining of the Sin City’s Disenfranchisement, is that Roberta Lange is providing a lot more free publicity that Bernie originally anticipated.

Just imagined that Sin City’s Democrats had followed Robert’s Rule of Order, the name Bernie Sanders would get less publicity; instead, there are plenty of video recording showing Sin City’s Disenfranchisement to thousands of Nevada delegates offending millions and millions of Democrats and independents across the nation. The race is not over, and for Speed Racer fans and Bernie Sanders fans like me, if I may borrow the lyrics of Speed Racer theme song:

“And when the odds are against him
And there’s dangerous work to do
You bet your life Bernie Sanders
Will see it through.

Go Bernie Sanders
Go Bernie Sanders
Go Bernie Sanders, Go!”


Bernie Sanders as Speed Racer in Presidential Race

I decided to add some photos I took during the Nevada State Convention to show that some of the allegations of violence and chairs thrown are false.

This first photo was taken on Friday May 13th, handing delegates their credentials for the day after.
The Nevada Democratic Party took the handing of credentials as actual count of delegates on the day after.
In fact the video show a member of the Nevada Democratic Party volunteering these words “According to registration up to 9:30 AM on Saturday.”  This means that people were never counted in the room, but their registration of the day before.
Bernie Sanders Camp brought pizzas to his delegates, some Hillary supporters gave up Hillary’s stickers so they could grab some Bernie’s pizza.

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This is a 270 degrees photo looking back at the hall at Paris Casino. Perhaps a historical day yet to be determined.

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It is a difficult thing to include oneself in a 270 degree photos, this is a compromise.

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Here I am next to Campaign Organizer for Bernie in Nevada Joan Kato


The State delegates had to group in counties to choose national delegate to go to Philadelphia.

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Bernie’s crowd objected to the line highlighted in yellow because it was too vague regarding revision of the super-delegates.

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Please notice that the police officers were protecting an empty stage, the Nevada Democratic Party had left as soon as the policemen arrived.  This is tantamount to posturing because there was nothing no one and nothing to protect, an unnecessary show of force.

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Do you remember CNN reporting chairs flying and fights?
Two things: These chairs are heavy to fly and secondly, how can the chairs be in orderly fashion if the hall was in chaos? Answer: Propaganda from MSM, as the participants left the room was in order.

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No media either local or national were ever present in the aisles or inside the convention. The only camera ever in the room was hired by the NDP, the recording could be subpoenaed by a court of law to show improper quorum call.

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This picture below is further proof that no chairs were thrown about like broadcast on CNN for most of the week.
Most people have already left the hall, this is the end of the night.

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On my way out of the hall, someone left a little piece of art, “The night democracy died!”

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At this point the most delegates had left the room and the crew of the Paris Casino were removing the audio equipment from the ceiling, please notice that the room was never disrupted, all chairs were in proper order. Please notice that the cops are leaving the stage and going to the back of the hall once again.

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It was a long day between volunteering and participating in the Convention, I interviewed one of the police officers asking when were they requested. He told me that they were requested 30 minutes before they arrived this would time their arrival with the closing of the convention. Premeditated by the Nevada Democratic Party.

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I’m standing on a table to get a better view of the convention.

Yesterday, I was a delegate for Bernie Sanders at the Clark County Democratic Convention. Overall, I was very proud of being among a nice group of people. I have friends in both sides of the camp, Hillary’s and Bernie’s. Last night I met them.

Here are the main things I did not see: fights, insults, pushing, shoving and altercations. In fact, while inside the hall I never saw one single Clark County police officer. When talking to Hillary’s supporters, it was very cordial. I roamed the hall and I saw opposing supporters snapping many selfies together with their respective campaign signs.

There was a lot of shouting and chanting, yet the shouting was an extension of the likes and dislikes of the crowd depending of the position of the speaker at the podium. In the spirit of full disclosure; I was one of the civilized offenders, my voice was gone at the end of the night. Today as I write this report, I sound like Cher, well perhaps more like a Cher impersonator.

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(Click on Picture for a detailed or zoomed view) Panoramic view from the top of the table during the Clark County Democratic Convention on April 2nd, 2016

On or about 5PM, the delegate votes were tallied for the convention; and the original figure for the state shifted to Bernie Sanders. Although Sanders won 55.3% of Clark County, the overall state wide delegate convention became 55.23%. (Video of the announcement attached at the end of the blog)

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Washington Post still reporting Bernie’s loss when Bernie reversed the February count from Nevada’s Caucus Day. Photo Courtesy WP

Here is the sad part of our democracy. No main stream media (“MSM”) is reporting the loss of Hillary Clinton and the gain of Bernie Sanders. Meet the Press, This Week with George Stephanopoulos, and Face the Nation did not report the switch the amount of delegates at all. In fact, the Washington Post belittles the victory calling Sanders’ camp “scrappy.” I find it amazing that a scrappy political organization was still able to deliver 55.23% of delegates. We should reason using basic mathematics that 55.23% leading to a title like, “A Scrappy Sanders Campaign Narrows the Nevada Delegate Count Six Weeks After The Caucuses,” is a false account of last night proceedings.

Here is a quote from the political reporter for the Washington Post, “The upshot is that Sanders picked up some of the dozen delegates who were considered unbound during Saturday’s conventions, the rules of which were the source of a good deal of controversy among Clinton and Sanders partisans even before the events began.” The discrepancy of delegates is 402. How can that be dozens? It is better described as hundreds, right? There is more misleading information in the quote in the words [some] considered unbound, that is not true; all delegates are never bound to cast a vote to a candidate.

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A Hillary supporter was very kind and cordial to share the numbers and accounting with me.

The spirit of the convention is to allow all delegates to change their minds; in other words, every single delegate is by default unbound to their original promise. During the convention an hour was allocated to all delegates to change their minds. If I learn that Sanders took thousands of dollars from Goldman Sachs, Big Pharma and the fossil fuel industry and gave private speeches to them, I may switch my delegate vote to Hillary. On the other hand, if Hillary receives a pair of sparkling cuff bracelets from the FBI before the next state convention, many or all Hillary delegates may cast their votes to Sanders.  The Washington Post article is therefore misleading, biased and mathematically inaccurate.

It is simple to explain why Sanders is being blacked out by the media. Senator Sanders is running a campaign against the billionaires and the status quo, and the media belongs to the billionaires. The mainstream media also benefits financially by the Supreme Court ruling called FEC v. Citizens United. In other words, Bernie Sanders is not only campaigning against the Hillary and against the Republicans; Sanders is also campaigning against media which belongs to the billionaires.

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(Photo from a G.E. commercial) The TV campaign portrays the millennial generation humiliating themselves in hope to get a job at G.E.

Ask yourself, why is G.E. blanketing all channels with a commercials about getting a job at G.E. especially during the political season? Could G.E. be buying the allegiance of most major media with unnecessary advertising? Why not promote their fridges or stoves? Really? The ad is about people humiliating themselves to get a job at G.E.? See? The ad is unnecessary, since they do not promote any G.E. product. Could G.E. withdraw all its unnecessary advertising should the network stop the blackout on Sanders? Evidently, it is very hard to prove that a quid pro quo is taking place, each reader should come up with their own conclusion.

Sanders swept three states on Easter weekend by the largest margin in the election so far. In some cities in Alaska, Hillary failed to be a viable candidate. However, listening to the main networks during the same weekend, it appeared that Bernie Sanders was not even running for president. I found Lawrence Donnell the most offensive. The Monday after Bernie won the Easter-trifecta, during his one hour show, he spent almost one hour on mercurial Trump and not a single word to inform his audience of Sanders’ victories. Could be that MSNBC does not broadcast in Hawaii, Washington and Alaska? I am sure that is not the case.

If was not for a sparrow landing on Sanders podium, Sanders media blackout would continue. Even Mother Nature decided to take a close look at Sanders while the mainstream media continues to blackout his gains. On the other hand, there is a silver-lining of the Easter-trifecta even through the media blackout. The fact that Sanders swept Alaska, Hawaii and Washington averaging 72% of the votes, simply means that most people are no longer using the MSM as their exclusive source of information.

MSNBC fired the most liberal voices of their network like Melissa Harris-Perry, Joy Reid, Ed Schultz** and Ronan Farrow during and/or just before 2016 election season.  Some of these voices found their own outlets to continue to inform the people without the oligopoly that is the MSM.

General Electric and Westinghouse are part of the military industrial complex; and its shareholders earn more during wartime and less during peace time; these corporations are also major holders of the MSM. When the sparrow landed on Sanders podium, he spoke about cultivating world peace; once again validating his position on not being an interventionist on foreign affairs.

While the MSM points the microphones and cameras to the most vitriolic voices and less to the singular-voice who has been narrowly focused on the terrible plight of the lower and middle classes of our country; it is easy to follow the money to understand MSM’s incentive”profits.

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Nevada’s Delegates Count. Courtesy: Las Vegas R.J.

Last night as soon as I finished cheering the new recount of delegates; the numbers switched from 52.6% to Hillary to 55.23% to Sanders in pledged delegates. I turned to the folks sitting next to me and I said; This is a historical moment in Nevada’s history and I doubt that if it is going to be mentioned tomorrow morning at Meet the Press. I watched Meet the Press, Face the Nation, and This Week w/George Stephanopoulos and none of them spoke of the Nevada’s gain of state delegates by Sanders. I was happily surprised to see that Senator Sanders was going to be interviewed by Stephanopoulos. I was hoping that since MSM did not make the announcement, that he would take the opportunity to do it” he did not. This was another validation of his chivalry; it is not nice to gloat eventually it will be reported.

At the end of the night during the convention, I finally saw my face of disappointment listening to the results of February 20th, this time not in the mirror, but now stamped on Hillary’s supporters. We all take some of these political victories personally. Yet it is not about some of us, it is not about Bernie, it is about all of us aspiring for a equitable nation in a peaceful world.  We all agree on what we hope for. Nevertheless, we mostly disagree on how we are going to get there. Some of us subscribe to apathy, some to fear, some subscribe to anger and last weekend in Nevada, 55.23% of Democratic delegates subscribed to hope of taking the nation from the billionaires, from the status quo of politics and from the status quo media.

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Thousands of Bernie Supporters were dancing along with a few of Hillary’s supporters at the end of the night.

I hope that the MSM will soon report on Nevada’s delegate gain to Bernie Sanders and stops Bernie’s media blackout. I hope that more people subscribe to “Yes we can!” than Hillary’s “No! We Can’t!” I hope this report of my experience with the delegate convention and media coverage puts in perspective why the name of Senator Bernie Sanders is seldom mentioned by the mainstream media. I hope to stop sounding like a Cher impersonator and recover my voice soon.

Fiat Lux.




(Video of CCDC announcing the tally of delegates; video courtesy of Sean B.)

Source*: Washington Post’s misleading or bias report on Nevada’s Delegate Count on April 2nd, 2016

Source**: Ed Schultz statement of his departure from MSNBC

Post Script;

This Post was originally written and posted on April 3rd, 2016; edited and re-posted on April 09, 2016 at the website

On April 19, 2016; TYT or The Young Turks, echoed the sentiments of this blog.

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(To hear the audio version of this blog, click play above)

There has been some misunderstandings. My friends and neighbors are under the impression that I am endorsing Bernie Sanders. The truth is that I never did and I never will. The fact that I have made my house available for volunteers from out of state and the fact that I became a precinct captain for Bernie Sanders does not mean that I endorse him, but it means that I support him.

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Out of town campaigning for Sanders in Nevada.

Okay, so what is the difference? Today it is common for people to hear “hey famous actor or famous singer is endorsing Bernie Sanders.” What should the average folk get out of such announcement? Well, we will get to it. However, I am neither a famous writer nor a famous singer, usually endorsements require a certain celebrity status; so it goes.

The main reason why I never endorsed and never will endorse Bernie Sanders; because it is like saying that I endorse Socrates, Pythagoras or Plato. When ancient Greek philosophers prophesied their logic, their words stood without any support. Logic and reason does not need to be endorsed. Should anyone endorse algebra or calculus? Such are the words of Bernie Sanders, his words stands on logic, on reason and on his five-plus decades of fighting for social justice for the American people. While Youtube is an amazing source of politicians flip-flopping their philosophies, Youtube is also an amazing source to hear Bernie Sanders speak the same speech for the last 40 years. Perhaps, it is another reason why Goldman Sachs will not pay Bernie Sanders over $225,000 to hear him speak for an hour; because it is the same unwavering speech for the last decades. There are dozens of videos of Bernie Sanders on Youtube, the only thing that changes in the last decades, is his hair.

Since I am always addressing the mechanics of archetypes, it is time to explain the mechanics of endorsements. Imagine that I have millions of followers. Millions read my blogs and millions buy my books and deep inside I belittle my audience. So I reasoned, “My followers cannot think for themselves so I better endorse Bernie Sanders, otherwise my audience will vote for whoever Goldman Sachs and the Koch Brothers decide.”  Well, I neither belittle my audience nor my friends and to choose a candidate for them is to belittle their intelligence.

Recently, Gloria Steinem made it public that she endorses Hillary Clinton for president. Perhaps Ms. Steinem thinks of her audience as automatons and they need her guidance to be able to choose. In her appearance on Bill Maher’s show, Ms. Steinem extended her opinion not only to her audience but to women in general. Here is her infamous quote in early February 2016.

Women are more for [Hillary] than men are. Men tend to get more conservative because they gain power as they age, women get more radical because they lose power as they age.

“They’re going to get more activist as they grow older. And when you’re younger, you think: ‘Where are the boys? The boys are with Bernie.”[End quote]



Campaigners for Sanders during the weekend of Gloria Steinem’s infamous quote.

Something unique happened during the same weekend that Ms. Steinem made her infamous quote. I was a host for three ladies from California who volunteered to travel to Nevada and canvas in Las Vegas for Bernie Sanders. When I learned of Ms. Steinem infamous quote, I played who-said-it with my guests: A-Donald Trump; B-Carly Fiorina, and C-Gloria Steinem. All three attributed the quote to Trump, they were dumbfounded when they learned that the quote came from Ms. Steinem. One of my guests even exclaimed “What boys? We have passed the age for boys!”

Not only Ms. Steinem belittled her audience’s intelligence by selecting a candidate for them, she also belittled all women who chose to caucus and vote for Bernie Sanders. On Valentine’s Day, 2016; I had the privilege to see Senator Bernie Sanders; he spoke at the Bonanza High School in Las Vegas; at least half of the audience were females; some married, some older and some were lesbians. In the presence of such energy is was easy for me to grasp that for the women who came to the rally, it was more important that their candidate has a matching heart to their hearts than a matching genital to theirs.
Not all endorsements are irrelevant; to some folks it is important to have some guidance. For instance, a lot of laborers do not follow politics; therefore, when their labor union endorses a political candidate, it saves them the time to educate themselves. On the other hand, when the only reason why some folks chose one candidate over another based exclusively on a celebrity endorsement, consequently these folks are subordinating their intelligence, reason and logic, like this: “I’ll never be as intelligent as Gloria Steinem, so if she says that a vagina is the main reason why I should choose Hillary, that’s good enough for me.”


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Caucus Party on February 20th, 2016

Archetypal understanding of endorsements is verily one-dimensional, perhaps it is one dimensional because the mind of many voters are one dimensional as well. On caucus day in Nevada, when I was precinct captain, I had a unique point of view. I stood in front of my precinct and gave a speech on behalf of Bernie Sanders’ campaign. Prior to giving the speech I divided the room accordingly for easier head count. If I may generalize, the appearance of the division was not about choice, but about age; in other words, most of the people on Clinton’s caucus were over 50 and on Sanders’ under 40. On Bernie’s camp I could see hope, on Hillary’s I could read fear. By the way, this is not the first time Hillary Clinton sold fear; in 2008 the most famous political ad was called “The 3AM Call.” Instilling fear on voters who would pick a hopeful and inexperienced senator from Illinois called Barrack Hussein Obama and he would not know what to do if he received a call at 3AM. I did not participate in the Republican caucus; but I talked to a couple of my angry neighbors who caucused for Trump. So the one-dimensional split of the American electorate is separated by hope, anger and fear.

This very one-dimensional approach to the electorate allows the media and the political establishment to control elections (which are in turn controlled by billionaires running lobbying groups). As of the writing of this, Bernie Sanders won more delegates and more states than Hillary Clinton; but the media chose to cover political opinions of Cruz, Trump and Hillary regarding the terrorist attack in Brussels. The one-dimensional approach when comes to endorsements is displaying to the world the level of intellect of the American voter. This means, that the American electorate is so focused on celebrity status and engaged in short term memory that everything else is oblivious to reason.

The creator of Bridge-gate endorses the creator of a pseudo-college called Trump University.

Recently, Governor Chris Christie endorsed Mr. Donald Trump; there was a lot of coverage of the event; when I saw the endorsement it was like watching the creator of Bridge-gate scandal endorsing the creator of a pseudo-college called Trump University. In other words, the corrupt politician endorsed the con-man; here is the insulting part: these are folks being nominated to have access to nuclear codes and the Sixth Fleet, who are selling anger to the their electorate.


Every time one hears from the media say: Palin endorsed Trump; Steinem endorsed Clinton or Killer Mike endorsed Sanders; the archetypal translation should be: “We the media think of the American electorate is too stupid to reason on their own; so we have announced what the celebrities are thinking so they may go back to your video games, reality TV-shows, and your sports fantasies.”  This condition is very sad, very unfortunately and very normal.


Courtesy CNN

There has been centuries of culture and education in Germany, yet Hitler took the lead, there were centuries of culture and Pax Romana yet Mussolini took the lead. Hitler and Mussolini were elected leaders and became dictators; will the United States be a part of a history which tends to repeats itself? Are endorsements part of the process? Shall we resign to the fact that the populous is too dumb and needs celebrities and politicians to make endorsements for them?


Most will see the title of this essay and think that I do not support Bernie Sanders; a few will read this to the end and see the archetypal fallacies of endorsements. It is important to stop listening to endorsements and start listening to our own hearts, reason and logic; that the shape of the candidate’s heart is more important than the shape of the candidate’s genital. This is the reason why I will never make an endorsement; but I will support a politician when the politician brings reason, logic and more than a decade of unflinching history of never being cozy to the banking, pharmaceutical or the industrial military complex and always speaking for the average American who does not have access lobbying power. Before you feel the Bern, it is important to feel your heart; take a step out and think “should I follow endorsements or reason and logic.”


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It is important to know the distinction between party affiliation and dogmatic affiliation. If we accept anything that a political party says; our participation stops being a political choice and turns into a dogmatic opinion.

Many will say, I’m a Republican because my parents are Republicans, this very many could say, I’m a Catholic because my parents are Catholic. It is important to make this distinction because we constantly need to bring our politicians to account for their actions. Once again when an action is not questioned, our political stance stops being for a logical reason and starts being for a dogmatic reason.

Senator Elizabeth Warren (D. Mass)

Many of us are enamored by the speeches of Elizabeth Warren and how she stands to protect the American consumer and the American people. I’m no exception, I love her speeches.

Recently, there has been an attack on her brain-child—the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, the CFPB for short. Many politicians like Senator Ted Cruz to the surprise of many the Democratic National Committee Chair Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-Fla.) also wants to join Senator Cruz in the closing of the CFPB.

Majority of Americans have an intellectual knowledge of the CFPB and very few have an empirical knowledge of the agency. I am of of the few who had an empirical knowledge of it. I would like to relate my experience with the CFPB; however, since I am still engaged in a lawsuit with the entity that I brought to attention of the CFPB, I will keep all names in private for now. Yet, I hold all of the documentation on this matter for examination if my allegations comes in doubt. So it goes…

ACME Corporation

The ACME corporation was creating fraudulent charges to my mortgage account. For instance, ACME added about $1,200 in legal fees to my account in 2012 and ACME and I never entered in litigation until 2014. So in 2012 I did a little research on ACME and I found out that ACME settled with the Federal Trade Commission for harassing their costumers in 2004. According to the FTC webpage, ACME was under still under sanctions until 2014. So, I called the FTC to say that ACME bank had violated the conditions of their settlement; however, the FTC told me that I should contact the CFPB instead, so I did.

I filed a detailed and comprehensive complaint with the CFPB relating all of my allegations by showing copy of statements with fraudulent charges. ACME bank responded to CFPB and said, “No, we did not do it.” I still have one more chance to reply, once again I stated that ACME bank was padding my account with fraudulent charges and the proof is on the statements. In short, the CFPB responded, “This account is closed, because ACME said that they did not do it. You are free to pursue your claims in civil court.” So I did. Currently, I am still in arbitration against ACME.


I felt protected by the CFPB as much as the average American feels protected by Spider-Man. I was totally disappointed with the protection provided by the CFPB, it was a year later that I discovered that the department was a creation of Elizabeth Warren.

Here is my opinion, perhaps my case was an exception, perhaps my case was an average. Perhaps the CFPB really protects the American Consumer, in the same way Homeland Security protects the Nation. Allow me to explain the metaphor. Before Homeland Security the American people had to rely on the FBI, the NSA and the CIA for protection, I think they did a pretty good job during the Cold War, there was no need of Homeland Security. The creation of such agency was to say that the FBI, the NSA  and CIA could not get along? It is like saying that the Army, the Air Force and the Navy will compromise the security of the country unless there’s another agency telling them that they need to cooperate. Conversely, this is my understanding of the CFPB, why create a new department when the FTC was already in charge of protecting the American consumer? The FTC has been protecting the American consumer for years and the creation of a new agency will only create a false sense of security the same way that the Homeland Security does. I don’t think that the FBI, the NSA and the CIA need to be supervised, in my opinion they have been doing a good job.

In other words, a new title is not going to protect the American people more or less, the protection is going to be the same. The creation of a new agency like the CFPB alludes to more protection; however, in a personal note it was a terrible disappointed. I have been fighting ACME since 2012 without the help of the CFPB. I have made the same allegations in court that I did before the CFPB and if the outcome turns out to be different, then I will have valid proof that the CFPB is nothing, but the appearance of protection not the protection itself.

ACME makes donations to politicians, ACME was bailed out by the politicians, the new owner of ACME has been indicted by the Department of Justice for money laundry, racketeering and tax evasion; yet they are allowed to operate. Since 2012 ACME keeps padding my statements with fraudulent charges, they are creating these fraudulent charges in hope that some day the charges would be discounted against their cost to run a business.

I was really disappointed that even though I had proof of racketeering against ACME, the CFPB, basically said, “we review your complaint against ACME; and ACME said that they did not do it; so, the case is closed.” The questions we should be asking are: “How more effective is to have a bigger FTC than a divided FTC? Is the creation of an agency also creating the illusion of protection? Would it be more cost efficient to have one data-bank for fraud instead of two?

In my own experience the creation of the CFPB made no difference in my life and perhaps helped ACME more than it helped me. Did the FTC ever find out that ACME was in violation of their 2004 settlements? Well, perhaps the CFPB never told the FTC about ACME new tricks.

My main point is this, if the government decides to close the Homeland Security; the FBI, the NSA and the CIA are highly competent to continue the job since their inception. Conversely, the closing of the CFPB would be a political slap on Elizabeth Warren but the FTC and the judicial courts of the land are competent enough to pick up the task.

Shields of FBI, CIA and NSA

It is important to remember that before we are Democrats, Republicans, Independents or Non-partisans, we are above all Americans. Only one thing should determine the continuance of the CFPB, my own experience does not count. The only thing that should determine the endurance of the CFPB is efficiency. It is more efficient to have a divided FTC or not? When the media titles their articles in such a way that an attack against CFPB is an attack against Elizabeth Warren, they are not being truthful to the American people. The media is curtailing to the prejudice of being a Democrat, a Republican before being an American. The media is therefore with such titles, circumscribing to dogmatism before efficiency and common sense.


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