The Dead Zone

The “Dead Zone” is a 1983 classic movie based on a Stephen King novel starring Christopher Walken as the main character.

It is about a man who sustains a head injury and is in a coma for five years and when he awakes he discovers that he has the psychic ability to learn a person’s secrets through physical contact with them.

At one point, the main character realizes he has a “dead zone” in his visions, where he can change the future.

Walken’s character attends a rally for a third party candidate for the United States Senate, played by Martin Sheen, and shakes the candidate’s hand and has a vision of him becoming president and ordering a nuclear strike that brings on a nuclear holocaust.

The scene in the movie that brings chills is where the President is dressed in pajamas and a robe, at night apparently at Camp David, with two aides with a nuclear code machine, declaring he had a vision and that it was his destiny to start a nuclear war.

The nuclear code machine requires two palm prints to activate the nuclear codes and the President becomes unhinged when his cabinet secretary refuses at first to activate the nuclear codes and berates and calls the cabinet secretary a coward until he capitulates and he helps launch the nuclear attack.

After the nuclear attack is ordered, there is a knock at the door and the President opens the door to greet the Vice-President who tells the President that a diplomatic solution had been found to the crises.

The scene in the movie is what we may be dealing with when it comes to North Korea and current occupant of the White House, especially after the comments made by Senator Bob Corker that the White House has become an adult day care center and that Trump could start World War III.

On October 11, 2017, Vanity Fair published an article on the Trump White House entitled “I Hate Everyone In The White House; Trump Seethes As Advisors Fear the President Is Unraveling”.

The Vanity article reports that close advisors are shocked and stunned by Trumps behavior.

The Vanity Fair article reports how Republicans and Trump advisors describe the White House in continuous crisis as they struggle to contain a president that is increasingly unfocused and consumed by dark moods using words like “unstable”, “losing a step” and “unraveling”.

It was reported that Trump’s National Security team was shocked when Trumped ordered that nation’s nuclear arsenal be increased 10-fold, and it was after this meeting that Secretary of State Rex Tillerson referred to the President as a “F…ing Moron.”

Vanity Fair reported Chief of Staff John Kelly and Secretary of Defense James Mattis have discussed what they would do in the event Trump orders a nuclear first strike.

The article reports West Wing advisers were worried that Trump’s behavior could cause the Cabinet to take extraordinary Constitutional measures to remove him from office as allowed by the 25th Amendment to the Constitution.

Trump’s former Chief Strategist Steve Bannon has told sources he felt Trump has a 30% chance of making it a full term.

The only consolation is that Chief of Staff John Kelly and Secretary of Defense James Mattis are highly respected and decorated military men who apparently can control the President, at least for now and until he fires them.

I doubt that either Kelly or Mattis can be bullied into starting a nuclear war.

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Pete Dinelli was born and raised in Albuquerque, New Mexico. He is of Italian and Hispanic descent. He is a 1970 graduate of Del Norte High School, a 1974 graduate of Eastern New Mexico University with a Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration and a 1977 graduate of St. Mary's School of Law, San Antonio, Texas. Pete has a 40 year history of community involvement and service as an elected and appointed official and as a practicing attorney in Albuquerque. Pete and his wife Betty Case Dinelli have been married since 1984 and they have two adult sons, Mark, who is an attorney and George, who is an Emergency Medical Technician (EMT). Pete has been a licensed New Mexico attorney since 1978. Pete has over 27 years of municipal and state government service. Pete’s service to Albuquerque has been extensive. He has been an elected Albuquerque City Councilor, serving as Vice President. He has served as a Worker’s Compensation Judge with Statewide jurisdiction. Pete has been a prosecutor for 15 years and has served as a Bernalillo County Chief Deputy District Attorney, as an Assistant Attorney General and Assistant District Attorney and as a Deputy City Attorney. For eight years, Pete was employed with the City of Albuquerque both as a Deputy City Attorney and Chief Public Safety Officer overseeing the city departments of police, fire, 911 emergency call center and the emergency operations center. While with the City of Albuquerque Legal Department, Pete served as Director of the Safe City Strike Force and Interim Director of the 911 Emergency Operations Center. Pete’s community involvement includes being a past President of the Albuquerque Kiwanis Club, past President of the Our Lady of Fatima School Board, and Board of Directors of the Albuquerque Museum Foundation.