Bluster…

David Brooks from the New York Times and the PBS Newshour recently used a word I haven’t heard in a long time. That word is the title of this post and here is the definition. This word just seems soooo appropriate for someone we all know. I don’t even have to mention his name.  

If there is any single word that can possibly contain who this guy is, bluster is it. He is certainly loud, totally aggressive, as indignant as anyone I could ever imagine.  He refuses to believe in facts other than the ones he made up.

But I think the last part of this definition will certainly apply now that we have a Democratic House of Representatives.  They will do their best to assure that aggressive indignant bluster has little effect.  All we have to do now is to sit back and wait for January 20, 2021, and he can take his bluster wherever he wants, as long as it is out of my sight.

Good riddance to horrid bluster.

Thanks David for resurrecting this word for me…

Skeptical

2018-01-27_10-49-15.pngSkeptical is one of my favorite words, I have been using it more and more in the last year or so. Just do a search for that word here on RJsCorner, and you will probably find a couple dozen posts using it.  I think most of you know the meaning of the word but just to be sure I will present it here. I guess my “Question Everything” stand is the source of my fascination for this word.

I am skeptical about most things, but one thing I am perpetually skeptical about is what comes out of the mouth of the current Oval Office occupant. My SOP (standard operating procedure) for when I see him saying anything is now to seriously consider the opposite to be the reality. I don’t think I am alone in this regard. If you want validation of my observations, just gather his tweets on anything, and you will see how truth is a very moving and often unknown object to him.

Skepticism is a good thing to have.  Sadly, too many just latch on to what sounds good to them and disregard everything else.

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The Slippery Slope

canstockphoto21427163.jpgI have been thinking about the slippery slope lately and how it has gotten so many people in trouble over the years. About fifty years ago it caught a lot of Christians in its net. They were just tired of having to explain why science was proving things contrary to what their bible said.  They were afraid if they didn’t deny all this scientific stuff that before long the Bible wouldn’t be able to hold water. So, what did they do? They suddenly decided that every word in their beloved book had to be literally true and anyone who said otherwise was spouting fake news. They said if anything is false about the bible then everything had to be false. I never understood that logic, but that is the slippery slope they built for themselves.

Fast forward to today, and another slippery slope is catching up with some folks. These are the ones who put #CO3  in that room. They are willing to let the guy have a pass absolutely anything because if they call him out on even one thing, they will fall on a slippery slope where everything he says has to be declared fake. If that happens, they would finally have to admit that they made a terrible mistake, and recognizing that is something no one wants to do.

Ironically, it’s mostly the same group that built both slippery slopes.  Once you construct a “slippery slope,” it’s tough to get back to rational thought.

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#CO3 = CurrentOvalOfficeOccupant