Once again, Americans display their lack of knowledge (history, politic, and culture), needless paranoia, gullibility, and basic herd mentality. Few knew about Cuba, but are easily whipped into a frenzy at the mere mention of the name. No one knows the true nature of communism, an ism so oft bandied about. Few understand the history of the relations between the US and Cuba. Politicians have found and use an easily manipulated symbol to whip us fear and loathing, as well as a weapon to attack opponents.
All I can do is shake my head. I refuse to waste a moment enlightening people too stupid or stubborn to learn and susceptible too falsehoods.
As I have written before, the British press is far more entertaining than the US press. There is always something to mock or laugh about.
Here is one more example of how the government wastes taxpayer money. Almost 400 million (of whatever the Brits call their funny money) is being spent to renovate one wing of Buckingham Palace, the house in London where UK’s richest, tax-exempt woman lives. The country’s infrastructure is crumbling—not that it was ever all that great—the health system is worthless, and homelessness is increasing.
But, the show must go on, no matter the cost. Who cares about the common folk? Certainly not the ones wasting their money.
This just proves that the French are more intelligent: they got rid of royalty centuries ago!
RUTH BADER GINSBURG SAYS TRUMP SHOULD RECUSE HIMSELF
FROM ALL DECISIONS INVOLVING THE FUTURE OF THE COUNTRY
By Andy Borowitz
WASHINGTON (The Borowitz Report)—Asserting that his personal interests put him in direct conflict with the interests of the United States of America, Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has demanded that Donald Trump recuse himself from all decisions involving the future of the U.S.
Speaking from her office at the Supreme Court, Ginsburg said that Trump’s oft-stated allegiance to himself makes it impossible for him to render unbiased decisions on issues affecting people other than himself.
“Since the United States is populated by three hundred and thirty-one million people who are not him, any decision regarding their fates would, by definition, ensnare Trump in an insoluble conflict of interest,” she said.
Ginsburg enumerated a list of issues about which Trump should immediately recuse himself, including immigration, trade, taxes, the social safety net, women’s reproductive rights, health care, the economy, the military, the environment, “and any other issues related to domestic or foreign policy not listed above.”
Ginsburg stressed, however, that, even after recusing himself from those matters, Trump would still be allowed to weigh in on other important decisions, like “what to eat and which channel to watch.”
I noticed another article about how great god’s chose country is. It seems that budget cuts beached all ferries in Alaska but one…and that one broke down. Now, all those islands and communities with no road connection are cut off.
One must only look to Sweden where all ferries are part of the interstate system…and cost nothing. They operate all year and run smoothly. It’s amazing what good government, minimal greed, and no fear of “communism” can achieve. Then again, god didn’t choose Sweden, so maybe that explains things.
I, for one, am pleased that justice is being done by sending Weinstein to jail. I am of the opinion that he is an arrogant jerk. At least one is being handled properly.
Of course, he will probably be pardon by his partner in crimes.
When I read in the news about purges of government workers not loyal to the wannabe dictator, I am reminded of history lessons from 1930s Moscow. I wonder if show trials will be next.
Unfortunately, few Americans know anything about history and certainly have shown themselves unwilling to learn from whatever lessons might be discerned. The dumbing down of the electorate has always been the goal of politicians, especially Republicans. The has been more subtle than their outright blocking voter registration or re-districting.
A pessimist would say that things can’t get worse: an optimistic will claim that they most certainly will. The seeds of its own destruction are built into democracy.
I was a few blocks from where the worst mass shooting in (recent) German history took place last night and drove home along the some of the route used by the shooter to reach the second crime scene shortly after he drove that way. I noticed nothing, except one unmarked police car with a blue light on its roof speeding by.
People with character defects reside in all countries, but social media and internet connections can inflame the weakest. Politician that foster divisions, which come out from under rocks in many democracies, only fan the flames.
What one notices is the different reactions of nations to mass shootings. In the US, a massacre is always followed by stressing a need for prayers—a proven antidote to bullets—and business as usual, ie. continued or increased firearm sales and strengthened touting of the Second Amendment “rights” for idiots. Politicians, especially Republicans, praise “freedom” to kill others.
In Germany, the response to the mass shooting in the city where I reside has been radically different. All parties immediately joined together to seek solutions, even holding hands in public in the capitol. The President, Chancellor, Interior Minister, Justice Minister, state minister president, and countless politicians traveled to the scene of the crime less than 24 hours after it occurred to hold speeches calling for unity, denouncing hate, and promising immediate action to strengthen already strict firearm laws and better police protection. Unlike in god’s chosen land, where empty words are the only protection offered to citizens, hate speech is supported by the government, and white supremacy is the leading value of the nation, Germany takes human rights seriously, even for those with a different skin color, different religion, and different nationality.
Of course, there are in every democratic society offering various freedoms, the risk of idiots taking advantage of and abusing those freedoms to the detriment of the innocent.
I spotted a headline about a study conducted into the brains of bullies. It turns out that bullies and people with a high opinion of themselves have smaller brains.
Does this bring to mind someone that’s in the news? Even the jerk’s mother is quoting as saying he’s an “idiot with no common sense”. She was a smart woman: she also hoped that he should never go into politics.
Prior to writing novels, the author enjoyed a multifaceted career: from decorated combat aviator to advertising professional to global communications director of a major consumer brand. He has traveled the world and met sports, film and television stars, political leaders, and royalty. He graduated from Middlebury College, is married, lives in Germany, and has two grown children.