Sunday – April 7

Senility??

I can remember in the late 1980s thinking that the then president just might be in the beginning stages of senility. He just seemed to forget so many things and was forever depending on Nancy to finish his thoughts. Is that happening again?

It seems that the current Oval Office occupant can’t even remember where is father was born. Is this the beginning of senility or is it just another of the VERY LONG list of lies he has told? I don’t know? But I do have a post coming out this week with several explanations of why he says so many untrue things. I didn’t make up this list but I think each possible reason has some validity. I think you will be suprised by it.


Speaking of Telling the Truth…

It seems that Attorney General Barr is telling a story much different than the authors remember writing it. Some members of the Meuller team say his four page summary is not what they wrote. I guess we will never hear the end of this stuff until we hear the end of Trump.


Don’t Go Away Mad…

I see everybody is picking on Joe Biden again. It turns out that there are many people who he has hugged and embraced in different ways over the years that didn’t appreciate it. I know that is just the way he is but on a deeper level I think its time for him to go away. He shouldn’t put himself through the agony with no hope of reward. His time has passed and it’s time to let a younger generation have their change to screw things up.

Don’t Go Away Mad, Joe… Just Go Away..


Everything is Great Again

Now that we finally have the perfect person leading our country, everything it GREAT Again… Or is it???

But all the MAGA folks see here is the American Flag descecrated.

Nobody Makes Capitalism Look Worse…

I get much of my inspiration about life in the US from the New York Times. They seem to have the best reporting and columnists in the country. That’s why I pay the big bucks ($4/month) for their daily feed. 🙂

The title above came from an column from Gail Collins. It started out with following paragraph.

Department of Irony: Republicans can’t stop howling about socialism. But nobody makes capitalism look worse than Donald Trump.

I couldn’t have said it better. To the majority of international banks Trump is just persona non-grata. He has declared bankruptcy so many times (11) that they just don’t want anything to do with him. About the only bank in the world who will still give him loans is Deutsche Bank. Why is it that they still loan him money? The Mueller team is looking into that and I wouldn’t be surprised if they find something illegal about that. Cohen has already stated that he filed illegal reports to them as to his boss’ wealth.

At this point the bank did a review of Trump’s claim that he was worth about $3 billion and discovered it was more like $788 million…


The skyscraper got built, but nobody seemed to want to live there. Trump, who had personally guaranteed $40 million of the loan, then went to court, pointing to a clause in the contract that said he wouldn’t have to cough up the money in the event of a natural disaster. And what about the recession? Was that a natural disaster or what?


Onward. More loans from Deutsche Bank. Some of which he used to pay back … Deutsche Bank. Nobody seemed to think that was crazy.

So, what’s the problem here? Anat Admati, a professor at the Stanford Graduate School of Business, said she found it shocking that “a corporation the size and complexity of Deutsche Bank is so poorly governed.”

The bank, however, didn’t run for president on the basis of its financial genius. Trump did, and it worked so well he is now running around making speeches about reducing business regulatio
n.

Source: New York Times

I imagine there are many real capitalist around who hate the fact that the “proudly ignorant” voters out there consider his capitalistic traits make him worthy to be president. I suspect they are laughing and crying at the same time.

Why Incompetent People Think They Are Amazing

I know the title of this post will get quite a bit of attention because it mirrors someone we all know.  It is known as the Dunning-Kruger Effect. Here is a quote from an article about it:

“When psychologists Dunning and [Justin] Kruger first described the effect in 1999, they argued that people lacking knowledge and skill in particular areas suffer a double curse. First, they make mistakes and reach poor decisions. But second, those same knowledge gaps also prevent them from catching their errors. In other words, poor performers lack the very expertise needed to recognize how badly they’re doing.”

Source: Vox.com

Of course, this phenomenon is not limited to the obvious example of the current Oval Office occupant. In fact, there are probably millions of incompetent people across America and the world who think they are great simply because they have not taken the time to learn more about the subject at hand.  But maybe the biggest problem with thinking you are smarter than you are is that you then go on to make horrible decisions based on your incompetence.

In closing one of my favorite sayings that I learned many years ago in college is  “You don’t have to know what you are saying, as long as you say it with authority”. Little did I know that someday those words would become the modus-operandi of a supposed world leader!

Benefit Of The Doubt… Wrong!!

There are many people who I have come across in my life that I give the benefit of the doubt to what they say.  For those who might be a little fuzzy on that term, here is an explanation:

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Even though I am a skeptic at heart I trust them to be telling me the truth. For the most part, they have earned my respect by their previous actions. One person who has had the exact opposite effect on me is the current Oval Office occupant (#CO3).  My modus operandi for him is to take whatever he says as being false until it is proven to be true.  I have been critical of past presidents but never to the degree of this one.

Part of my distrust and maybe even animosity toward #CO3 is my personal association with another extreme narcissist who was for limited times in my life my mother. Even at a young age, I realized that she often said things that I knew to be not true.  Most of her lies, like #CO3’s, centered around making herself the center of attention. I also came to realize later in life that she probably believed the lies she was telling.  I also came to realize that much of this was due to an inferiority complex.  She claimed she was a nurse even though she never likely graduated from high school.  Later in life being a nurse was not enough, she then claimed to be a doctor.

From these experiences, I have come to have a deep distrust of anything #CO3 says. I realize that when the attention is taken away from him he will do anything to get it back.  Absolutely everything HAS to be about him.  How we ever allowed such a person to occupy the highest office in the land is totally shocking to me!

I only pray that the coming election stifles any further damage he is doing to our democracy. Let him rule during his last two years if he is not impeached before then with strong checks and balances from the legislative branch.

 

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Proud Beta Male, MeToo…

I have to give you a quote from one of my most recent regular reads in the blogsphere. It is from John Pavlovitz.  He is a North Carolina pastor who speaks to my heart.  Here is the snippet for discussion in Today’s post. It is about a Trumpster who tried to insult him by calling him a beta-male (as opposed to an alpha-male I suppose):

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Source: Confessions of a Proud Beta Male

Evidentally #CO3 has been using this term in his rallies/self-adoration sessions. He intends it to be an insult/putdown but it seems that many are now proudly taking up that mantle.  I am one of them, I now call myself a Beta-Male.

I guess to him and his base it means that you are not an alpha-male:

  • You are not a take-charge guy who has to dominate every situation.
  • You are not a  guy who proudly boasts of his conquest over others, especially females, and proudly proclaim the things you can do to them with complete immunity.
  • You are not a guy who strikes back in anger when you feel even a slight bit challenged.
  • You are not a guy thumping your chest and proclaiming yourself superior and vastly more intelligent than others.
  • You are not a guy who berates and mocks those you have decided are your enemies.
  • You are not a guy who primarily makes decisions with gut feelings as opposed to studying the situation to make an informed choice.

I, like Pastor Pavlovitz, proudly proclaim that I am a beta-male. Thank you #CO3 for painting me as very different from you and so many of your base.  I will proudly wear the mantle you perceive as a smear.

I am a proud beta-male

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#CO3 = Current Oval Office Occupant

 

 

I Don’t Want To…

I don’t want to be united with people who think Trump is a good person

2018-07-08_09-23-38.pngThe words above came from a comment to the Facebook posting that centered around the picture here.  It got me to thinking about my personal attitude about those who think Trump is a good person.  I just returned from a uRV trip to see the Madison Regatta in southern Indiana. On my route there I stopped at a small town restaurant for lunch. When I opened the door I was greeted with a large screen TV with Fox News glaring at me! To make matters worse several of the patrons were wearing the now familiar red hats with the MAGA logo. I was very tempted to just turn around and walk out but I realized this was probably the only dining option available in the area.

I’m sure by many other standards most of these folks are good people, but does that ameliorate their political and moral stands? Can I look past that to see their goodness? The short answer to that is “I don’t know?” That stand just seems to tarnish everything else.  I know fear is what drives many of them. They see “their way of life” changing and are willing to grab on to ANYTHING to prevent that from happening. Morality and Truth are two of those causalities.

This is one of those times when I kinda wished I could hear again.  I would love to have heard some of the stories at the tables around me. I could only imagine that some of those stories are about all those people who are invading their world. But then again, maybe they were just chitchatting about their daily lives.