Friday, January 5, 2018

Trump's War

It seems that Trump is desperate and foolish enough to start a war with North Korea to deflect from his political assailants. Didn't he already ask more than once that since we have so many nuclear weapons, why don't we use them? War seems to be the natural thing for Republicans.

As soon as Bush was elected, I predicted we'd have a war...and we had two. Neither one was winnable. There was nothing to be won in either but there was certainly an opportunity to put more money in the hands of the rich and an additional chance to tighten his grip on a free society and an ignorant populace.

Now we have Trump...and another war looming on the horizon. With a new war in North Korea, Trump can declare martial law and rid himself of, and silence, all his detractors in one push of the button. Or maybe, if that war doesn't materialize, he might settle for Iran...or somewhere else. He's just itching to start something before he's fully exposed and outed for being...Trump, eh?

Of course, Trump has already declared war on opioids. If he really wants to do something about that, why not make some use of the military efforts in Afghanistan? Why not take out the poppy fields and deprive the Taliban of their source of income? Afghanistan produces more opium than all other countries combined. Why not combine the foolish war effort in Afghanistan with a real war against opioids? Raze all the poppy fields. Find some meaning in an otherwise meaningless war. Then negotiate with the Chinese for a solution to rampant synthetic opioid production.

Incidentally, the war Trump did declare on opiates last year, via an executive order, went only so far as to commission a report. There was absolutely no funding made available to do anything at all, regardless of anything contained in such report. As a result, nothing has been done. No war on opiates. Only a report. What a waste! However, Trump has falsely grabbed the spotlight for his demonstration of concern for the public welfare in that regard.


Tuesday, December 12, 2017

The art of deflection



Initially, I intended to add my response to the above Facebook posting but I decided against it due to the vitriolic nature os so many readers. 

This seems to be a classic case of deflection. I don't know who the "Joy" person is and have never seen "The View" but the woman should be subject to all the negative repercussions available from her employers, TV fans and advertisers in the same way as others in the public (and private) eye are (or should be). The "deflection" is noted because that's just what the post seems to imply. While the photo indicates an obvious and egregious act, it doesn't alleviate any responsibility of others. There's no "quid pro quo" here ar any other improper behavior. It's not as though someone can say one person's actions are okay if the other did it too. Indeed, the woman (Joy) should suffer the consequences of her actions but that doesn't dismiss or alleviate the offenses of others.

There are politicians, entertainers, business people and individuals in numerous other areas of life in this country who have been fired, ostracized or otherwise removed from various positions for their recent or past behavior when brought to light. A preponderance of accusations or evidence has been sufficient to cause a growing number of resignnations lately, regardless of individual, political positions.

Deflection. Ignore the herd of elephants in the room and focus on the speck of dust in the corner. Look the other way. Change the subject whenever the spotlight becomes too bright.

With the downfall of politicians from both parties due to simple, unproven accusations, it's astounding that some are given a free pass. It's astounding that repeated denials and counter-attacks of the accusers can be given any credence at all when faced with all those elephants in the room. And speaking of animals, are there really so many blinded, unthinking sheep in this country? Today, there is a special Senate vote taking place in Alabama and the sheep might elect a man who would have been forced out of office for the accusations mounted against him. This is just plain wrong.

The President has had far more dirt heaped on him than anyone else in the government and still denies and counter-attacks It's about deflection. As long as he keeps his flock looking en masse at the smudge on the wall, they don't care about all those elephants. In spite of all that mounting dirt during the election, they all drank the Kool-Aid, led on by the inciteful deflections of "Crooked Hillary", Benghazi and "Lock her up". "Pay no attention to the man behind the curtain!" Even though it's on tape and has already been acknowledged, "I never said that! It's all fake news!" 

Ah, the pleasant bliss of the ovine world and the power of "the deflection".

Saturday, December 9, 2017

Homeless in Seattle

It seems Seattle ranks third in the country in the total number of homeless people. LA county is number one with more than ten times as many homeless as Seattle. I don't remember what number two is.

In any case, Seattle spends more than $95,000,000 a year in its effort to combat homelessness. In spite of that enormous sum, there are still tents set up all over the city with individuals, couples and entire families living in parks, under bridges, in doorways and everywhere else where there's a space to stretch out after dark. It's horrifying not just for the individuals living on the streets but also for every citizen who travels anywhere in the city. There are near-naked people wandering around, filthy, discarded clothing in the bushes, used needles tossed all around and just about every aspect of the seamy side of life to witness any time of the day. It's disgusting...and unsafe for everyone.

There are an estimated 12,000 homeless people in Seattle. The city has numerous shelters, food kitchens, public drug facilities, etc. scattered all around the city. On any given night, an incredible number of beds available are not even used while the city maintains it needs to add to the number of beds on hand.

I wonder why the city claims to need more housing and beds when those already available are not being utilized. I wonder where that $95,000,000 is going each year? That's about $8,000 per homeless person being spent every single year!

Think about it. Seattle is spending $8,000 per person every year and the city claims it's not enough. Imagine a man and woman with a child living in a tent under a bridge receiving $24,000 a year from the city. Isn't that enough to live on? That's more than I make right now and I have a house and a car.

Where are all the millions going? How much is spent for office management, staffing and so on? Ninety-five million dollars a year! Why not just have a few people administering the funds and just hand over the eight thousand dollars to each homeless person once a year? As to all the drug users, panhandlers and infirms...get them all off the street. There's $8,000 available for every last one of them to handle medical issues, rehab...and incarceration for those repeat offenders of the laws.

Seattle shouldn't be off limits to everyday citizens and $95,000,000 a year, spent wisely, should be enough to maintain a clean, livable city for everyone.

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Ivanka's Tiny Head

Has anyone else noticed that Ivanka Trump has an incredibly small head? Just look at the pictures of her with any other person. It's amazing! She doesn't even look natural. Maybe small hands and heads run in the family, eh? The only thing I have that runs in is my nose.

Sunday, August 27, 2017

product names

The infinite monkey theorem seems to apply to the drug (and other) company product names I see advertised on television. There is a problem though. Without adding additional letters to the alphabet, every combination of letters will be exhausted. There are just so many ways to arrange the letters to form new names for inane drugs. It's a finite universe of choices. Possibly, using various numbers sprinkled willy-hilly might be the answer to the looming problem. That would allow the various company names and products to continue forever. Okay! Problem solved!

Monday, August 21, 2017

Disappointing Eclipse

When I was a young lad, say around eight or nine years of age, I participated in the Rock Ridge Lake (in Denville) swim team. At the onset of summer, all the swimmers were advised to swim twenty-five laps a day in the laned areas between two rafts. As such, every day (weather permitting) I swam my laps. I noticed many other members of the team did not...but my job was to swim my own laps. I did.

Near the end of summer there was a gala event held at the clubhouse. My mother even attended! Each swim club member was called to the front of the room and given a team jacket. It was a wonderful green, zippered jacket with the Rock Ridge logo emblazened on it. There were jackets for the Senior swimmers, the Junior swimmers and also the Junior-Juniors (one of which I was at the time).

Ah...the glory of it all!

My name was not called. I was so disappointed...and probably cried at not receiving a jacket. My mother enquired as to my omission and was told the jackets were only given to members of the club who swam their laps. "I did!" I wailed. "I swam every day and some of those kids really didn't!"

So...it seems I was supposed to tell the lifeguard or coach every day when I completed my laps. I was never told to tell anyone anything! I just swam my laps but there was no record of my efforts.

Such was the disappointment of today's solar eclipse. I had made a viewing box and was ready for the darkness. The internet said there would a 92% coverage of the sun...Mars and many stars would be visible in the daytime! How exciting! The darkening crept in to the extent that it felt like evening. I was certain that night was coming in the morning! Then, I received a phone call from my son. "That's it!" he said. And...that WAS it. No stars. No Mars. No blackness of night. Gradually, the day brightened and all was normal again.

I threw the eclipse-viewing box in the trash and stood...dumbfounded and disappointed. Just like when I didn't receive my Junnior-Junior club jacket.

No eclipse (just a phony excuse for one)...and no jacket.

Saturday, April 22, 2017

Jenner/Melania



Don't these two women look oh-so-similar?


Depending on each's other photos, they could be twins.
Actually, in this picture, I think Trump looks more like Jenner than Jenner.