True wisdom comes to each of us
when we realize how little we understand about life, ourselves, and the world around us.
I am certain that immigrants living in the United States feel not unlike Jewish people living in Germany in 1939. What other parallels can one discover by following the news?
Kellyanne Conway to Leave White House Immediately and Begin New Job at Kremlin
By Andy Borowitz
WASHINGTON (The Borowitz Report)—The embattled Presidential adviser Kellyanne Conway will leave her post at the White House, effective immediately, and begin a new job at the Kremlin on Friday, the White House and the Kremlin have confirmed.
Conway, who has served as a counsellor to President Donald Trump, will serve as a counsellor to President Vladimir Putin.
The White House press secretary, Sarah Huckabee Sanders, announced the news in sombre fashion. “Everyone here is happy for Kellyanne, but our nation has lost a great liar,” she said.
Conway told reporters that she was excited to work in “a country that doesn’t have dumb old laws like the Hatch Act.”
“As a federal employee, there were so many restrictions on getting involved in American elections, but at the Kremlin that’ll be my main job,” she said.
With all the changes in life on this planet, it is nice to enjoy some old pleasures.
One can still find times when it is possible to drive 250 km/h on the autobahn. Traffic is light, bad drivers hogging the passing lane are minimal, and weather is clement. Of course, one needs a fast car with good brakes, which is something plentiful in Germany.
And, there are restaurants in France that offer dishes invented decades ago that taste the same year in, year out in idyllic settings, which are secluded and tranquil. For a few hours, one can try to forget the chaos created by stupid people and the pressures of modern life. Even the internet signal is weak, which makes ignoring the wider world easy.
How to win a presidential election? Start a war.
We've seen this before. But, the people fabricating reasons for war or invasion and those who bumbled attempts at assassinating government leaders, were smarter than the bunch of inept clowns rubbing two sticks together to create a make-believe fire.
Replacement for Sarah Sanders Disqualified After Telling Truth on Job Application
By Andy Borowitz
WASHINGTON (The Borowitz Report)—A leading candidate to replace the White House press secretary, Sarah Huckabee Sanders, was disqualified after telling the truth repeatedly on his job application, the White House has confirmed.
According to the White House chief of staff, Mick Mulvaney, the candidate got high marks in his job interview by demonstrating “utter disregard and contempt for press freedoms.”
“We then had him do a practice press briefing in which he was relentlessly abusive, obnoxious, and insulting,” Mulvaney said. “We were all, like, ‘This is our guy.’ ”
But after a thorough examination of the candidate’s job application, “a troubling series of truthhoods emerged,” Mulvaney said.
“It turned out that he was telling the truth about his education and previous employment,” the chief of staff said. “It was a pattern of honesty that we found deeply disturbing.”
Mulvaney said that the “inexcusably veracious” answers had eliminated the candidate from further consideration. “We all feel like we just dodged a bullet,” he said. “This whole episode just demonstrates how tough it is to replace Sarah Huckabee Sanders.”
“News” from the White House press room: the liar is dead; long live the liar.
A lot of water has flowed under bridges, since bridges were first erected somewhere on this planet. One thing is certain: humans have not changed much. Their behaviour is fairly consistent, with minor regional differences affecting what they do.
I have just finished reading a book about the Norman (derived from Norsemen to identify the folks that had ravaged most of the western edge of the European continent and the British Isles). This is basically the history of England from around the year 1000 to 1200. I found the following a passage written by a monk in 1107:
“The truth of this we now experience, now that England has become the dwelling place of foreigners and a playground for lords of alien blood. No Englishman today is an earl, a bishop or an abbot; new faces everywhere enjoy England’s riches and gnaw at her vitals. Nor is there any hope of ending this miserable state of affairs.”
Although this was written about a period almost 1000 years ago, similar words could be in speech given by the the crop of midgets vying to become the next prime minister of the UK and to lead the country out of the European Union and into the unknown. But, at least they can finally rid the land of “foreigners” and keep the riches for themselves.
There's a scene in the film, My Mother's An Alien, which shows Jimmy Durante singing a signature song: he doesn't know whether to go or stay.
When I see what's going on the the world, as blabbed by the media, I was a similar feeling that can be paraphrased: I don't know if I want to know or not know. If I ignore the news, nothing will change in my life (unless the idiots start a major war). So, why bother, when all I do is become angry?
There's a saying about not letting the bastards get you down...but, too many do!
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.