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Explaining Trump’s childish outburst…(which one?)

This really surprised me, but shouldn’t have:

Yes, I took a screen shot so it won’t disappear if he deletes it. But wow: I cannot imagine either President Obama or President Bush writing such a thing.
(and for the record: shoplifting was idiotic and immoral; I have zero sympathy for the basketball players)

He was complaining, in public, for not receiving his due of gratitude?

Now, I admit he could be playing some 3-d chess..trying to distract from other, more important matters as well as playing to his very emotional, non-intellectual base. But I really believe that isn’t the case; he really does get his feelings hurt easily.

It reminded me of this old Krugman article from 2014: it explains, in part why President Obama lost support from the very wealthy:

The example many are buzzing about right now is the billionaire investor Tom Perkins, a founding member of the venture capital firm Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers. In a letter to the editor of The Wall Street Journal, Mr. Perkins lamented public criticism of the “one percent” — and compared such criticism to Nazi attacks on the Jews, suggesting that we are on the road to another Kristallnacht.

You may say that this is just one crazy guy and wonder why The Journal would publish such a thing. But Mr. Perkins isn’t that much of an outlier. He isn’t even the first finance titan to compare advocates of progressive taxation to Nazis. Back in 2010 Stephen Schwarzman, the chairman and chief executive of the Blackstone Group, declared that proposals to eliminate tax loopholes for hedge fund and private-equity managers were “like when Hitler invaded Poland in 1939.” […]

Krugman point out that Obama really did tax the rich. But there is more:

The example many are buzzing about right now is the billionaire investor Tom Perkins, a founding member of the venture capital firm Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers. In a letter to the editor of The Wall Street Journal, Mr. Perkins lamented public criticism of the “one percent” — and compared such criticism to Nazi attacks on the Jews, suggesting that we are on the road to another Kristallnacht.

You may say that this is just one crazy guy and wonder why The Journal would publish such a thing. But Mr. Perkins isn’t that much of an outlier. He isn’t even the first finance titan to compare advocates of progressive taxation to Nazis. Back in 2010 Stephen Schwarzman, the chairman and chief executive of the Blackstone Group, declared that proposals to eliminate tax loopholes for hedge fund and private-equity managers were “like when Hitler invaded Poland in 1939.”

And hey, money has bought them everything else…but it can’t buy them adulation and that makes some of them furious. I think that Trump is an excellent example of that. He can’t make us love him, and he refuses to act and govern in a way that makes him lovable (though, I admit, his walk back of the reversal of the elephant products ban does sound promising…he called it a “horror show” and, OMG…I am inclined to agree.

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November 20, 2017 Posted by | Barack Obama, political/social, politics/social, republicans, social/political | , | Leave a comment

Al Franken and all that…

Yes, this occurred before he ran for Senator. Yes, I do not care for the person being used as the butt of the joke (it is called “groping” but there is the matter of the flak vest..symbolic groping?)

Wrong is wrong, and if you talk the talk….

Now I am not naive. My guess is that the GOP had this waiting to use at an opportune moment. One uses their negative stuff at the “right time” (Karl Rove famously did that in Texas state election) He had the goods on the candidate but sat on them until the opportunity arose. And THIS is why you do “opposition research” on your own candidate!

But this also struck a nerve with me. Yeah, as a teenager I swatted girls on the butt; I matured and stopped doing that. So, as an adult, it has been “hands off” for me. Period. And if you view my photos, it is clear that I have many female friends who do things with me (ball games, going out to eat, walks, runs, etc.) Clearly they are comfortable being around me.

But I am not a feminist. I believe in equal opportunity for women (and favor some affirmative action programs in areas where they are underrepresented) and I believe that, in the spirit of fairness, some of the “typical male centered” workplace policies need to be adjusted to account for the statistical fact that women are more involved in child raising, etc.

But I reject all of the lingo (patriarchy, privilege, blah blah) and the whole anti-science position that the movement appears to have taken on (e. g. that humans do not have evolved instinctual traits and there is a statistical difference between female and male traits).

And there are males who openly buy into such lingo…and then you find them doing…this?

Oh, about “whatabout”…yes, I know. This post is about introspection.

November 16, 2017 Posted by | Democrats, politics, politics/social, social/political | Leave a comment

Walking and thinking

It was chilly (50’s) and rainy; drizzle to hard rain to..well, long enough for my shorts to dry?
I quickly measured it at 14.8 but it will do down as 15 (4:10). Again, it was a struggle for the first 90 minutes but then got better.

the course: usual to the goose loop and up through upper Glenn Oak. But I needed a second bathroom break and the bathrooms are closed for the season, so it was up Prospect to the Heights Tower, back on my usual modified Boredom then I turned left on Columbia Terrace; to Sheridan, then to Moss and back the usual way.

My left heel is sore (PF, my guess)

Along the way, I thought about politics.

Yes, there is Democratic infighting and many who supported Sanders are claiming that the DNC rigged the primary for Clinton. That, of course, is nonsense. Yes, there were fundraising agreements and perhaps the Sanders campaign didn’t like the debate schedule. And sure, most in the DNC preferred the party insider Clinton to Sanders.

But the bottom line is that she had broader support.

BUT….while that is true, well, some who supported Clinton can get unreasonable too. In my opinion, she is not a great campaigner and she has the kind of personality that enables negative perceptions, fair or not, to stick (Al Gore was the same way). She also did not come across well from the podium. And, too often, her desire to answer questions accurately and completely made her appear to be evasive. A good politician knows how to simplify and go into “bumper sticker/slogan” mode.

But it appears to me that many of her more rabid supporters are loyal to HER rather than to the party/country (that is, finding someone who can beat Trump and stall the toxic parts of the Republican agenda…assuming, of course, that there are non-toxic parts).

Yes, I am ready for fresh new blood in the Democratic party but that does NOT mean accepting nonsense and fantasy.

November 5, 2017 Posted by | Democrats, politics, politics/social, walking | Leave a comment

Dumbsplaining, Purpose and DNC…

Dumbsplaining On social media: I have decided to cut off (e. g. block) anyone who attempts to “dumbsplain” me. That is, if I raise a point (e. g., the person who reported this incident has told a lie) and the person responds “well, you must be an x-ist”, I just block. Life is too short for me to spend it in optional conversations with dumb, sanctimonious people. I have to put up with some stupidity at my job (and fortunately, I talk to a lot of smart people too), but I am not going to engage in such discussions on my own time.

Purpose

I find this point of view on life to be, well, a bit strange. I really do not think that things happen for some purpose that involves me; that just sounds illogical (and “acting as if” inflames my egomania). I do think that, at times, we can learn a lesson from our failures; sometimes it can be “next time, do it this way” or sometimes it might be “hey, this was never going to happen, no matter what you did”. So yes, sometimes disappoint can mask a potential growth opportunity and this meme may have been a poetic way of saying that.

DNC:
Many of my political friends are up in arms over this:

“Rigged”? There were some financial agreements (HRC donated money to the DNC for other races) but things like debate schedules and “primary/caucus” elections were NOT affected. This thread has more on that:

But, of course, the Berniebots are going crazy and the imbecile in chief is trying to get the DOJ involved …in what, I am not sure…there were no laws broken. This sure seems like banana republic stuff.

And, as disgusting as this is, what is far worse is that so many in our country is ok with it. Our very country is sick; we have first world technology, first world nuclear arms and a 4’th world caliber population.

Workout notes: weights this morning; usual PT, pull ups (5 sets of 10; now the “rotated arm pull ups are harder than the wide grip?) bench press: 10 x 135, 6 x 185, incline press: 5 x 155, 10 x 135, military: 10 x 50 standing dumbbell, 10 x 45 standing dumbbell, 10 x 90 machine, rows: 2 sets of 10 x 50 dumbbell (single arm), 10 x 60. Goblet squats: 10 x 50, 10 x 60, 10 x 60. Light yoga.

Yesterday: 6 mile walk; 4 on the treadmill (58 minutes; varied incline up to 5), 13:3x track walk (200 on, 200 off), 13:3x treadmill walk.

November 4, 2017 Posted by | Democrats, political/social, politics, politics/social, republicans, walking, weight training | | Leave a comment

Beating Trump…

Yes, Mueller should continue his work and bring people who broke the law to justice. But I doubt this will remove Trump from office; after all, Congress remains in Republican hands and even if the D’s take back both chambers in 2018 (doubtful; ONE chamber is POSSIBLE) you still need 2/3 of the Senate for removal. And most Trump voters see this process as some sort of witch hunt. Our best bet is to win Congress and win that 2020 election.

I just hope that our purity trolls don’t blow the 2018 midterm elections for us.

Workout notes: easy 10K walk in the chilly morning hours.

November 1, 2017 Posted by | political/social, politics/social, social/political, walking | | Leave a comment

How “honorable” are these Republicans anyway?

Ok, we’ve seen open pushback from Sen. Flake and Sen. Corker.

But, but…we are talking about tax cuts for the wealthy here. Principle? Pshaw. These reptiles are about getting reelected, period.

Sorry, but I remain cynical, though I suppose your ordinary “supply side economics” crank Republicans are at least more stable than what we have as a President.

The economy can recover from another Bush disaster better than it could recover from a nuclear war.

But this leads me to the following point: we are at a point where any information that is unfavorable to Trump will be seen as “fake news” and, like it or not, these people vote in Republican primaries. Not getting on board can be a political death sentence, from the right.

And yes, to their credit, they show up for the general elections (and midterms) too.

So we have to take advantage. And for the love of Democracy, I hope that the liberal purity trolls give it a rest in races in conservative states. Any Democrat who can win in Tennessee, Alabama or Arizona will not be someone that I would vote for in Illinois. I get that. I wish every liberal did.

Workout notes: today, damp, chilly 10K walk. Yesterday: weights: usual pt, pull ups (5 sets of 10, a real struggle), bench: 10 x 135, 5 x 185, 10 x 170 (good), 10 x 135 incline, military (standing) 10 x 50, 10 x 45, 10 x 45 (dumbbells), rows: 2 sets of 10 x 60 dumbbell, 10 x 110 machine row. Goblet squats: 5 x 25, 5 x 45, 5 x 45, 5 x 45, 10 x 50, 10 x 50 (sill). Yoga in the evening.

October 24, 2017 Posted by | Democrats, political/social, politics, politics/social, republicans, social/political, walking, weight training | | Leave a comment

Football National Anthem protests and Mohammed cartoon protests

Remember the Muslim riots over cartoons? Now, in the United States, we have had nothing quite this egregious. But the uproar over some football players not standing during the National Anthem strikes me as similar in a way: the players not standing for the National Anthem is not hurting anyone; it is not denying anyone medical treatment, taking money from anyone, physically harming anyone, etc. It is a symbolic action.

And cartoons don’t hurt anyone either. Of course, I am NOT comparing the reactions; no one has rioted over a player not standing.

Still..the reaction is CONFORM, DAMN YOU!

Yes, you see similar pressures in the left wing to conform to certain orthodoxies, though these tend to not be centered around symbols like a flag.

October 23, 2017 Posted by | free speech, politics, politics/social, social/political | , | Leave a comment

Don’t count on reasonable Republicans to save us…

I was chuckling at some being disappointed in General Kelly’s remarks today. In all honesty, most Republicans agree with where Trump wants to take the country; many just wish that he were politer or less vulgar in public. Don’t count on them to save us.

Workout notes: yesterday: weights plus a 5K walk afterward..then yoga in the evening.
Weights: pull ups (5 sets of 10), bench: 10 x 135, 1 x 185, 4 x 185 (felt off), 9 x 170, incline: 10 x 135. Dumbbell military: 10 x 50 standing, 10 x 45, 10 x 45. Funny, but I can do one set of 50 lb. dumbbells but not the thick handle set.
rows: 3 sets of 10 x 110.

Today: 10K walk; to and from West Peoria track with 10 laps (4.2 miles) of 4 on, 1 off (straight away section): 25:54/24:51. Ok…cool day for it.

October 20, 2017 Posted by | political/social, politics/social, walking, weight training | Leave a comment

How Trump’s not “being Presidential” hurts him…

Ok, we have the disaster in Puerto Rico. Yes, it is a logistical nightmare; flooding, widespread infrastructure failure, flooding, lack of fuel, communications, etc. And yes, we have to get the supplies there to begin with, and once we get them there, they have to be distributed.

It IS a tough problem…inherently and the antiquated electrical grid and infrastructure will make rebuilding even harder. And yes, they are poor and debt ridden..and problem for the rebuild. All of these are true and none of these are Trump’s fault.

But he acts like such a jackass so much of the time, and continues to do so, that he does not inspire confidence. We do not even get that he cares all that much about those are suffering..though he seems to care plenty about HOW HE IS VIEWED. Deportment matters, especially at times like this.

Workout notes: easy 10K walk this morning.

October 1, 2017 Posted by | politics, politics/social, social/political | | Leave a comment

Trump’s failed war on the NFL

Yes, Puerto Rico is devastated and many lack both power and drinking water. And yes, Trump refuses to waive an arcane rule about what ships can go to Puerto Rico.

But he can attack the NFL and encourage fans to “boycott” and owners to fire players.

I doubt that it is going well for him. I note, with glee, that I now have tickets for 3 Bears games (ok, the Packer game tickets were pricey, but in row 2 of the upper deck); the other two sets of tickets are in the second deck (200); one is in the media deck and the other is the end zone.

I am planning on going to a Colts game as well; maybe two?

Now why we play the National Anthem at sporting events? Here is how it started …not sure why we continue OTHER than because many fans like it.

And as far as the discussion on the protests, just look at the contrast between Obama and Trump. But alas, a big part of our country’s problem is that all too many prefer Trump’s style (“fire that son of a bitch”) to Obama’s thoughtful style.

September 27, 2017 Posted by | football, NFL, politics, politics/social | , | Leave a comment