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A Little Advice for “45”

In Uncategorized on March 4, 2017 at 1:39 pm

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It’s March. 45 has been in office for over a month now. He even addressed Congress this week, which apparently went over very well with the press. He was actually accused of being “Presidential.” I didn’t watch for the first time in 20 years, mostly because I didn’t want to spend an hour crying and yelling at the TV. In the long run, nothing that he said in his speech will make a difference. After all, he’s not known for remember what he said yesterday.

What else happened in the Executive branch this week? 45’s Attorney General was caught lying to the Congress during his confirmation hearing. Or as 45’s spokespeople would say…he just forgot stuff. Because of this, and to divert attention from calls for his resignation, Sessions recused himself from any investigations into Russian meddling into the 2016 elections. Thanks Jeff!

45 also accused his Generals for problems with his “successful” commando raid in Yemen in January. Apparently he had no control over the situation. Or no one told him things were happening. Or maybe his excuse was that the Generals have taken control. Who knows. We do know that the buck does not stop with him, it gets thrown back at the closest target. Not his fault. Ever!

Today, to cap off the week, 45 decided that the previous administration tapped his phones. Not sure why that came up other than to distract us from whatever horrible thing he as planned for today.

So at the end of this eventful week, I thought I’d throw out a little advice for 45. Just a few things off the top of my head that may make next week go a little more smoothly.

  1. Spend more time governing and learning about stuff. If you spent as much time accusing people of of doing things to you (fake news) or discussing people that you really should care about at this point in your career (can you say Hillary), maybe your administration would run better.  How about maybe spending more than 5 minutes in your security briefings?
  2. Stop Twittering, eat better, and get more sleep. Given your paranoid statements over the past few weeks, you might want to put down the phone, eat a salad every once in a while and get 8 hours of sleep. It will do us all good.
  3. When you open your mouth, try telling the truth at least 50% of the time. This would be an improvement over your 25% truth records of late.
  4. To go along with #3, try reading a newspaper that isn’t Breitbart. Your hometown paper, New York Times, is very good. I read it myself. Or the Washington Post has excellent coverage too!  They found out about your Attorney General this week. Oh, and maybe watch something other than Fox News. CSPAN is informative, if you don’t like the other major stations.
  5. Do a better job vetting your staff. So far, you’re not doing a great job.

 

 

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America First!

In Uncategorized on January 29, 2017 at 9:58 am

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Give me your tired, your poor,
Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,
The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.
Send these, the homeless, tempest-tossed, to me:
I lift my lamp beside the golden door.

Emma Lazarus

I memorized these words in grade school. To me, these words are more than just a poem engraved on the Statue of Liberty. These words always stood for American values. It’s what I thought the United States stood for. We were founded by refugees who all came together to make a better place. We’ve sometimes lost our way, but, in our hearts, this is what America stood for.

On Friday, that optimism was murdered by 45*. On Friday, 45 signed an executive order that bars citizens of seven Muslim-majority countries from entering the US for at least the next 90 days. This order also suspends our US refugee program for four months and bans Syrian refugees.  This action threw our immigration process into chaos.

45’s executive order states “The United States cannot, and should not, admit those who do not support the Constitution, or those who would place violent ideologies over American law. In addition, the United States should not admit those who engage in acts of bigotry or hatred…or those who would oppress Americans of any race, gender, or sexual orientation.” If only this ban were applicable to those who hold higher office.

45’s actions may or may not comply with the laws of the land, however, they do violate the spirit of this country. We seem to have once again given in to fear and hatred. The writers of this executive action have forgotten that their ancestors were not from here. They were immigrants from troubled countries that needed help or were looking for a better life. The US opened its doors to them.

I’m not saying that we should not have a vetting process. Of course we should. But to say “No, we don’t want you” to people just because they hold a particular religious view is wrong. Are we, as Americans, going to jump into our holes, grab our guns and say “Go Away” to people in need of freedom and justice? Is this what we now stand for?

It’s only been a week since 45 took office and he’s determined to fulfill all of the promises he made to his fans.Build that wall! Get rid of Muslims and Mexicans! Dismantle Obamacare! Make America First!  After the election, I kept hearing calls to give the man a chance. To that I said “No.” In the words of the great Maya Angelou, “When someone shows you who they are believe them; the first time.” 45 has been showing us who he is for 40 years. He wasn’t going to miraculously change the minute he took the oath of office. I was correct. He hasn’t changed. If anything, he’s more of who he is. Scared, hateful, and full of anger.

As Americans, we need to decide what we believe. Do we really believe that we should shut our doors to the poor and huddled masses? Should we lock up the innocent? Should we ignore those in need?  I know what my answer to these questions are. Do you?

 

*45 stands for the 45 President of the United States, Donald J. Trump.

…And Mexico Will Pay For It

In Uncategorized on January 6, 2017 at 7:48 am

Remember the rallying cry heard round the world over the past year? I do. The future president stated that “…we’re going to build a wall and Mexico is going to pay for it!”  Turns out that if a wall is going to be built, the cost of the wall will be paid for by the American taxpayer. Surprise!   Of course, Mexico will pay use back later, or so says the future prez. Don’t hold your breath Donald.

In other news, I’m still waiting for “The Donalds” news conference disclosing the basement dweller responsible for the DNC hacking. He promised he’d get back to us on Tuesday or Wednesday.  Of course, he didn’t say what month or year that would be. I can’t wait to learn the truth.

The Trump Apocalypse – Day 4

In Uncategorized on November 12, 2016 at 11:20 am

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I’ve been thinking about what I can do to make the outcome of this election less painful and to somehow help in the upcoming degradation of American society. I probably can’t make huge changes in the  federal government, at least not immediately, but I think I and everyone who sincerely believes in the golden rule can do things on a personal level to make this country and the world a better place. Here are a few ideas I’ve come up with initially. I’ll add to this list as I think of things or as people make great suggestions.

  • If you see something, say something: I know people  use this phrase to stop terrorism. I want to use it for the same reason. To stop domestic terrorists from harassing anyone whose only crime is living in this country. If you hear or see anyone telling someone to “go back to where they came from” please speak up. There are very few people that originally came from here. Everyone has a right to be here and be a part of this American melting pot.
  • Subscribe to your local newspaper:. We’re going to need a source of reliable news in the coming days. As we’ve seen in the lead up to the election, truth  and facts don’t seem to mean anything to our President-elect. I have no doubt that they will mean even less as he takes office. Cable news doesn’t really present news. Their main concern is ratings. They tend to present issues with false equivalencies that in no way helps people make a qualified decision about anything. Print news has done a good job as a watchdog. I for one will be obtaining online subscriptions to the Los Angeles Times, New York Times, and the Washington Post. Join me in supporting our print news. They may be our only lifeline to the truth.
  • Be nice to one another:  I know that right now we’re all confused, hurt, and angry. Try not to take those feelings out on everyone else, even those who support the coming apocalypse.I know it’s hard, but we need to give in to our better angels and help people around us. Be more like Dr. King and Mahatma Gandhi. Be less like David Duke and the basket of deplorables.  It makes the world a better place.

#TrumpApocalypse

The Trump Apocalypse – Day 3

In Uncategorized on November 11, 2016 at 6:46 am

cabinet_800x452Sarah Palin as Secretary of the Interior? Really?

It will be interesting to see who “He who must not be named” picks as his closest allies in the White House. So far the list that is being presented as possibilities are of course the Larry, Moe, and Curly of the campaign: Newt Gingrich, Rudy Giuliani, and Chris Christie.

On the plus side, they all have fairly successful careers in public service. I may not agree with everything they’ve done, but at least they’ve held public office. On the minus side, Bridgegate (Christie), Stop and Search (Giuliani), and Contract with America (Gingrich).

Update (2pm PST): Looks like Christie may be off the team because of his coming impeachment problems. Ben Carson as a cabinet member? Would give him a nice table to nap on.

#TrumpApocalypse.

 

 

Unemployment: Day 4

In In My Opinion..., Uncategorized, Unemployment on July 15, 2011 at 7:07 pm

Wow, what a day. Today started with me waking again at 5:00 am (4th day in a row). Of course, this morning I did it on purpose. I was scheduled to clean out my office. I got up, got dressed, and headed for Culver City. It was all pretty easy, actually. I was met at the enterance and escorted by my friend Peter and Han to my desk where we spent the next hour laughing talking and packing. I now realized how much junk I had at my desk. I threw away a lot of old papers that were useful to me while I was working, but that would be useful to no one when I left. And I packed 7 smallish boxes with my books reference materials and toys. On a side note, I have quite the collection of McDonalds Happy Meal toys. It was actually a very nice experience. I got to talk to a few of my friends, and I zipped out of there before the majority of the staff was in the office, thus causing less disruption. Nice!

The rest of the day was equally exciting. Norm had a physical yesterday and went off this morning to get a blood test to finish it off. On the way home, he apparently ran over a bold of some sort because, by the time he got home, he had a flat tire. So we (when I say we, I mean he) called AAA, got the spare put on, and we headed over to the Tire store where we originally got the tires to fix or replace the flat. Turned out that it had to be replaced, but we added the replacement insurance so it only cost eleven bucks to replace. Phew!

Then, because we’re now both jobless and can now do this sort of thing, we headed off for the first day of the Orange County Fair! Today admission and parking are free from noon – 1pm so that worked out very well. Of course the money we spent on really cool vendor stuff probably makes up for the money we saved on admission. Still, it was worth it and fun. I think I’m beginning to like this unemployment thing. Oh, here’s a picture of Norm eating Fried Kool-aid. It was yummy. It sort of tasted like cherry donut holes.