Jan 212017

2017 Presidential Inauguration

President Donald J. Trump took the oath of the office and became the 45th president of the United States on Friday, January 20th 2017 at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C.

Sen. Roy Blunt issued the call to order. Next, Cardinal Timothy Michael Dolan, The Rev. Dr. Samuel Rodriguez and Pastor Paula White-Cain have given readings and invocations.

With dignitaries and former Presidents Barack Obama, George W. Bush, Jimmy Carter and Bill Clinton (accompanied by Hillary Clinton, Trump’s rival for presidency and the winner of the popular vote) in attendance, the incoming President and Vice President were sworn in. The first to take the oath was Michael R. Pence whose oath was administered by Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas. Then, Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts administered the oath to Donald Trump. The oath ceremony was followed by the Marine Band’s “Hail to the Chief”.

Then President Trump delivered his Inaugural Address. Many characterized his speech as inappropriate for the occasion, inflammatory, divisive, too closely related to his campaign rhetoric, offensive to both parties, not to mention disrespectful of Obama’s legacy. Obviously, the same speech is open to many interpretations.

Following the Inaugural Address, Rabbi Marvin Hier, Rev. Franklin Graham and Bishop Wayne T. Jackson delivered benedictions.

The event concluded with Jackie Evancho singing the National Anthem.

Protests were held in Washington D.C. during the Inauguration ceremony. More protests were held in all 50 States. Some are on-going. The day after the inauguration a huge (200,000+) Women’s March on Washington is taking place.

A new chapter in America’s history has begun.

The new President achieved business success already. He doesn’t need money or fame. He is patriotic. He is against “establishment” politics. He notices some problems that are troubling us all. He is the oldest President to be sworn into the office. Based on his age and history, he’s been there, he’s done that and as an individual, he succeeded at everything he took on so far.

While concerned about the many controversial goals of the platform he’s run on, we are wondering what will Trump’s presidency mean for us. There is a possibility that we might be asking the wrong question. So far no one raised the question of President Trump’s expectations of the presidency. It may just be where it’s at.

What does HE need from the presidency he fought so hard to win? Given his history, accomplishments and age, he may just put America ahead of his business interests and make America his legacy “project”. He has run against all odds. He was elected against all odds. He may just put America first and for “self-serving” reasons – and against all odds! – be a good president. There is a chance that President Trump’s presidency will not be defined by his political rhetoric but his personal “agenda” of leaving a positive legacy.

Political affiliations aside, no American takes issue with America being great. Hopefully, the varying definitions of greatness will eventually align.

Guys, before you set my stake on fire: I’m merely looking for some hope for us ALL! As individuals we have to move on, a little hope is badly needed…. Just doing my job. Don’t shoot.

Anything L.A. Magazine’s Editor, E. Elrich



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Nov 102016

Anti-Trump Protests Across The Country

From the East to the West Coast Americans took to the streets to protest the outcome of the 2016 Presidential Election. Hashtags #NotMyPresident and #HeIsNotMyPresident took over Twitter.

Anti-Trump rallies were held in most States including California, New York, Illinois, Pennsylvania, Massachusetts, Maine, Minnesota, Nebraska, Texas, Virginia, Oregon and in front of the White House. There were prayers as well as fear, anger, disappointment and outrage across the Land.

In cities with Trump buildings the protesters made a point of gathering in front of them. In other places, people gathered in front of local landmarks. In many areas, streets, highways and freeways were blocked by protesters. Students at colleges and universities nationwide were exercising their right to protest.

At one point, in Los Angeles there were so many protests taking place simultaneously, the LAPD didn’t have enough manpower to control them. Hundreds of people brought 101 freeway (between Downtown L.A. and Hollywood) to a halt last night. According to latest reports 28 people were arrested in anti-Trump rallies in Greater Los Angeles.

There were Trump piñatas, masks and puppets as well as burnings of the American flag. The prospect of #CalExit (cessation of California from the Federal government) was raised.

L.A. Mayor, Eric Garcetti said in a statement:

“One of our greatest privileges as Americans is the right to free expression. Last night, thousands of Angelenos came together publicly to make their feelings known.

I understand that the results of Tuesday’s election are painful for many of us, and this kind of engagement can be a meaningful part of the healing we need after such a long and divisive campaign. But walking and throwing objects onto freeways is dangerous for pedestrians and drivers — and it puts a heavy burden on people just trying make it home to their families or get to work safely.

I am proud that the demonstrations in Los Angeles have been mostly lawful and peaceful, and that our officers are working with demonstrators to keep people out of harm’s way. Protests can, should, and must proceed in that spirit — and I urge everyone to look out for their fellow Angelenos and put safety first.”

Several days after the Election and the first meeting between the First Family and the family of the President Elect the nation remains bitterly divided.

UPDATE: Anti-Trump protests continue in many States, including California. A large protest is scheduled for Saturday 11/12/16 in MacArthur Park in Los Angeles. (10,000 people are expected.)

There is nothing wrong with protesting. However the time for self-expression was the election. Continued protests, some involving vandalism of property (ours, not the President Elect’s!) and violence against police officers (our city’s, not Federal government’s!) are not only futile but senseless. No protest can change the outcome of Presidential Election.
Social activism, civic initiatives – both of which are peaceful – might moderate the impact of some federal policies on Los Angeles and California.

The time for expressing our preferences has ended once the polls closed. Now it’s time to get ready for a new era with President Trump at the steering wheel. We and the President Elect will have to make some compromises. It’s time to look for the positive and focus on values we can agree on. It’s time to move on.



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Oct 102016

Social Commentary On the Second Presidential Debate 2016


Quoted from Twitter:


“I’m a Muslim, and I would like to report a crazy man threatening a woman on a stage in Missouri.”
Moustafa Bayoumi @BayoumiMoustafa

”According to Trump the world is on fire, everything is a disaster, grab your pets, and hurl yourself over the balcony.”
Erin Foley @erinfoleycomic

”There something wrong with Trump’s mic again. I only hear garbage come out of it.”
George Takei @GeorgeTakei

”He is a PSA for cocaine and anybody who’s ever done cocaine or been around people on cocaine can tell you that.”
Lauren Brown @LaurenBrownMD



“How stupid is our country?”–Donald Trump
Not as stupid as you hope we are.

Mark Harris @MarkHarrisNYC

“Never had there been a truer thing said “Mr. Trump, you’re time is up.”
Madison Shepard @MadisonShepard



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