Convention Report — Republican’s Vitriol Hatred For Hillary…

I admit that I haven’t watched much of the GOP convention. I just don’t have the stomach for it I guess. But what I have seen and read is disgusting. The vitriol hatred for someone is not becoming of America. Of course you don’t have to like your party’s opponent in an campaign cycle but to spew pure hatred is almost evil in my mind.  Especially when you do it in the name of God!

We knew for days there were going to be heaping helpings of Hillary-hatred served up to the crowd at the Republican National Convention. After all, if there’s one thing that brings together establishment Republicans and tea partiers, supply-siders and neo-cons, values voters and Ayn Rand acolytes, it’s that they all hate Hillary Clinton. They don’t just think she has bad ideas on policy, or that she can’t match the limitless integrity and honesty of their nominee, or that she wouldn’t manage the federal government with sufficient dexterity. They hate her, in a deep and primal way that goes beyond anything logical or rational, much less anything having to do with issues or the challenges of the presidency….

The weird thing is, the person among them who hates Clinton the least may be Donald Trump himself. Before he started running for president, he called Clinton a friend and sang her praises to the media. But just as he intuited that the path to victory lay not in the purest expression of conservative ideology or the assemblage of concrete policy plans but in a campaign of angry white nationalism, he realized that loathing for Clinton was a powerful force just begging to be unleashed.And unleashed it most certainly is. The question now is how much farther it will go.

Source: Republican hatred of Hillary Clinton has taken a harrowing turn

My last sentence before the comment above is what perhaps stunned me the most. The hatred spewed by a South Carolina pastor toward Hillary was done in the name of Jesus!  Again and again during that abomination he told everyone to hate Hillary in the name of Jesus.   I wonder how many more people were turned away from the peace loving lessons of Jesus because of these words?

Last night was supposed to be about “Making America Great Again” but in reality it was nothing but a HATE fest. I hear that even George W. Bush made the statement that he wonders if he will be the last Republican president.  Hatred as seen on that convention stage does nothing but taint the soul. Given how things are going with the GOP maybe we all should pray that Bush’s thoughts become reality…

 

 

Neurodiversity …

2016-07-18_17-24-17

Neurodiversity is a new term for me. It basically means accepting people for the special talents and characteristics that they have instead of trying to make everyone the same.  I came across this idea when investigating Asperberger’s Syndrome recently.  Although I was familiar with the term Autism, of which Asperberger’s is part, I didn’t appreciate that it covers a very wide spectrum. Here is a little bit about that:

Autistic people, for instance, have prodigious memories for facts, are often highly intelligent in ways that don’t register on verbal IQ tests, and are capable of focusing for long periods on tasks that take advantage of their natural gift for detecting flaws in visual patterns. By autistic standards, the “normal” human brain is easily distractible, is obsessively social, and suffers from a deficit of attention to detail….

One way to understand neurodiversity is to remember that just because a PC is not running Windows doesn’t mean that it’s broken. Not all the features of atypical human operating systems are bugs. We owe many of the wonders of modern life to innovators who were brilliant in non-neurotypical ways…

Neurodiversity is also gaining traction in special education, where experts are learning that helping students make the most of their native strengths and special interests, rather than focusing on trying to correct their deficits or normalize their behavior, is a more effective method of educating young people with atypical minds so they can make meaningful contributions to society. “We don’t pathologize a calla lily by saying it has a ‘petal deficit disorder,’” writes Thomas Armstrong, author of a new book called Neurodiversity in the Classroom. “Similarly, we ought not to pathologize children who have different kinds of brains and different ways of thinking and learning.

SOURCE:  Neurodiversity Rewires Conventional Thinking About Brains | WIRED

I got interested in this topic after reading an article about Asperger’s Syndrome and saw how closely it described much of my life.  Thanks to some comments on my previous post on the subject I was pointed to several interesting articles about Aspergers. I took the AP Quiz and discovered I am pretty equally split between  neurodiverse (read Autism) and neurotypical (read like everyone else).  I will soon be putting out another post about that test and the findings, but not here.

Neurodiversity is about celebrating our differences instead of trying to stifle them.  Of course I recognize that any human characteristic if taken to the extreme is harmful. It can cause life to be difficult if not impossible to live independently.  Neurodiversity is not about the extremes but about the differences in each of us.

When I saw so many of my basic thoughts, actions, and beliefs as being identified with Aspergers it kind of shocked me. Do I have autism? That thought stuck to my mind but upon further thought I realized that is what makes me different from others and therefore is not really a bad thing. Each of us need to contribute what we can to society and the world.  If we are all the same  we would have a very shallow existence.  No artists, no innovators, no one to guide us to a better world.

In the coming weeks and months I will have much more to say about this topic… But for now lets celebrate our neurodiversity in the same we we celebrate our ethnic diversity… at least some of us do…

 

Fear On Steroids!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

2016-07-19_07-57-18.png

Thanks to Walt Handelsam for summing up the perspective of the convention currently taking place in Cleveland Ohio.

For the last couple of decades fear has always taken center stage in the GOP philosophy and it is certainly THE primary topic so far for this latest GOP convention. It doesn’t matter that viewing our times from an historical perspective show these times to be rather peaceful. Yes, there are the isolated events that a couple of decades ago would never have gotten national attention. 24/7 news is constantly searching out the “blood events” as they know that what sells soap for their advertisers.

We all understand the reality of our own eventual mortality, even if we try not to think about it too much. But if you tuned into the first night of the Republican National Convention on Monday evening, you were reassured that your demise is right around the corner. Your children, too, are probably going to be murdered some time soon, as is everyone else you love and the very country in which we live. Though the official theme of the evening was “Making America Safe Again,” it might better have been called “We’re All Gonna Die — Trump ’16!”…

But it seems that using calm and measured restraint while considering the state of the world is, well, for wimps. True strength is to be found in abject panic and fear-mongering, in the insistence that everything is spiraling out of control and the only thing that can save us is the wisdom and firm hand of a man who, when asked whom he consults for advice on foreign policy, says, “I’m speaking with myself, number one, because I have a very good brain and I’ve said a lot of things.” This man may not know what the nuclear triad is, but he did bring the world Trump Steaks. I feel safer already.

Source: The GOP’s unbridled convention fear-mongering

I am not trying to downplay the seriousness of today’s problems. I will admit that ISIS and those who are causing havoc in the name of ISIS is very troublesome on the world stage but in reality it dwarfs in relationship to the number killed each year by our obsession with guns.  ISIS certainly needs to be addressed strongly but it is really not much of a threat to our daily lives here in the U.S.  It seems in my lifetime we have been in a perpetual war with one ideology or another so nothing is new there.

I know it is a shallow thought but I want to cite FDR’s famous words “We have nothing to fear but fear itself”.  When he said those words we were in much more dire straits than we are now. The Republican party has latched onto fear as a way to prevent  the deterioration of their party. They think if they can convince enough people to be irrationally fearful they can maintain their stranglehold on power.  They are clinging to anything that will prevent their downfall, especially given their current choice for president.

I suspect that the remainder of this convention will also be about fear and exclusion. But since Donald Trump is an extreme narcissist much of it will also be about him I’m sure.  I wonder what the atmosphere will be like next week for the other party’s get together??

Innovation…

The main crux of this post is about whether a company can remain innovative as it ages. I want to use Sears and Amazon as study points. Being a U.S. history buff I can’t help but draw a parallel between Sears in the early 20th century and Amazon a hundred years later.  Here with the help of Wiki here is a little history of Sears:

2016-07-17_15-51-55.png Farmers did business in small rural towns. Before the Sears catalog, farmers typically bought supplies (often at high prices and on credit) from local general stores with narrow selections of goods.   Prices were negotiated, and depended on the storekeeper’s estimate of a customer’s creditworthiness. Sears took advantage of this by publishing catalogs offering customers a wider selection of products at clearly stated prices. The business grew quickly. The first Sears catalog was published in 1888.   By 1895, the company was producing a 532-page catalog. Sales were greater than $400,000 in 1893 and more than $750,000 two years later. …

In 1993, Sears terminated its famous general merchandise catalog because of sinking sales and profits…

Source: Sears – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

The parallels between Amazon and Sears startups are quite striking.  Jeff Bezos started the company in 1995 with the idea to sell books on-line. It quickly grew in both sales and product offerings so that today it is by far the number one retailer on-line.

2016-07-17_15-53-10.pngAccording to recent industry figures, Amazon is the leading e-retailer in the United States with more than 107 billion U.S. dollars in 2015 net sales. The majority of the company’s revenues are generated through the sale of electronics and other products, followed by media and other activities. As of the fourth quarter of 2015, the e-retailer reported more than 304 million active customer accounts worldwide. Due to Amazon’s global scope and reach, it is also considered one of the most valuable brands worldwide.

Source: Amazon – Statistics & Facts | Statista

One of the striking things about Amazon beside their explosive product line is the speed at which they deliver their products. For $79/year you can get unlimited 2 day delivery at no cost.  I must admit I am a major customer who places orders probably 30+ times a year for the last several years.

Because it wasn’t available on-line I recently ordered a drawer unit for my micro-RV remodel from Sears.  I was told that it would take 2 – 3 weeks for delivery. In Amazon time which is now the norm for me that is an outrageously long. Somewhere along the line Sears just lost their innovative edge. The Sears store in Bloomington just closed down so now I have to travel about 50 miles to pick up my cabinet.  It is either that or pay $70 to have it delivered!

I find it ironic that just as Sears was terminating their catalog sales a young Jeff Bezos was planning on starting one on-line.  For 2015 Sears revenue decreased by $6.1 billion to $25 billion while Amazon revenues were $107 billion.   I wonder what would have happened in 1993 if Sears had decided to aggressively take their catalog on-line instead of abandoning it?  I am personally convinced that on-line sales is the wave of the future.  Why do I need to get in the car, drive to a store, and lug my purchases home when all I have to do instead is just click a few buttons and in two days it appears on my doorstep.

Dreaming About “Lion King”

DW BannerI have been dreaming about  my April Disney World trip lately. One of the most spectacular shows was “Lion King”. With this post I am giving you a flavor of it. It is a massive production and well worth one of your “magic passes” if you ever go there.

(as usual click on any of the pics above to see a larger slideshow)

Someday You Will Have Been All Of These…..

For this lazy Sunday afternoon I wanted to bring back a post from over three years ago here at RJsCorner.  It seems to be even more dreadfully needed today than it was then….

How far you go in life depends on your being tender with the young, compassionate with the aged, sympathetic with the striving, and tolerant of the weak and strong. Because someday in your life you will have been all of these.  —  George Washington Carver

G.W. CarverI call the quote here an inspiring definition of successful. Putting yourself in others shoes so to speak is how we most often relate to others circumstances. As Mr. Carver said many of us are at sometime in our lives included in these categories and that is a good thing. It keeps us grounded in our lives compared to those around us.

  • Tender with the Young
  • Compassionate with the Aged
  • Sympathetic with the Striving
  • Tolerant with the Weak and the Strong

The word tolerant in the last item in this list originally seemed to be misplaced to me. But when we take the dictionary definition of the word to mean “showing respect for the rights or opinions or practices of others”. It falls into line with the others on the list.

If only our politicians in Washington took this list seriously there would be less squabbling among them and more compassion for those who elect them.

Take My Governor…. Please

Ok, I admit that there are probably a lot of you who don’t get the above quote. It is a play off of Henney Youngman’s famous quote “Take my wife… please”. You had to be around in the 1950s and 60 to remember “take my wife”.  This isn’t really the topic of today’s post but I wanted to start it out with a little humor.  The funny kind, not he weird kind that will come. Here is a quote from Wiki:

Youngman’s wife, Sadie Cohen, was often the butt of his jokes (“My wife said to me, ‘For our anniversary I want to go somewhere I’ve never been before.’ I said, ‘Try the kitchen!'”, or “my wife’s cooking is fit for a king. (gesturing as if feeding an invisible dog) Here King, here King!” Also, “Last night my wife said the weather outside was fit for neither man nor beast, so we both stayed home.”) but in reality the two were very close, with Sadie often accompanying her husband on his tours. Youngman remained married for over sixty years until his wife’s death in 1987, after a prolonged illness.

Source: Henny Youngman – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Ok, now on to the weird humor. I don’t know if you have heard or not that Donald Trump picked the governor of my State as his running mate.  I know he wasn’t Trump’s first choice, or even tenth I imagine, be he did announce it yesterday.   I th2016-07-16_11-16-55.pngink he really wanted to make one of his kid’s VP but couldn’t decide which one.  I don’t know what Mr. Trump had in mind with this pick but I sure am glad to hear that Pence won’t be governor of Indiana come next year.

But then again he was probably going to lose anyway but this is more of a sure deal. Mr Pence is not particularly  liked, even by many conservatives. He was no better than even in the polls against his rival and when a Republican isn’t several points ahead in Indiana it doesn’t look good for him.  If you remember Pence at all it will probably be his stands against minorities, especially homosexuals.  If he has trouble winning in a very conservative State how is he going to help Trump?

The Trump/Pence ticket acronym is a good one T/P.  There are already many jokes about it. “TP– put it in the toilet where it belongs” is the best one so far. I’m sure with  Pence being on the ticket it shores up the ultra-conservative vote but that seems already a sure thing for Trump. After the media get down with Pence there probably won’t be an independent, let alone a Democrat that will vote for him.   Since the only minorities that the GOP even likes is their own party this choice just doesn’t make sense to me.  But that is actually a good thing.  I just can’t stomach the idea of Trump with his finger on the nuclear button or even in the Oval Office… Yeh for Tp,  couldn’t live without it….

Follow

Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

Join 99 other followers

%d bloggers like this: