Every now and then, I have many small stories on my radar that I want to share or comment upon, but none large enough for an entire post. So, I do a sort of ‘aggregate post’, tidbits, as it were. Today is such a day. Some are follow-up to previous posts, others just snippets that floated before my eyes. So let the fun begin!
Follow-up on Gary Johnson’s Aleppo and foreign leaders gaffe
You may remember just a few days ago, I wrote a post in which I mentioned that 3rd party candidate Gary Johnson did not know what or where Aleppo was, and was also unable to name a single foreign leader. Well, he spun that one, folks! His spin was that it is, in fact, a good thing for a president to not know where foreign countries are, because then he cannot find them, thus he cannot get involved with them. Huh?
On Tuesday, he told MSNBC’s Andrea Mitchell that his lack of knowledge of foreign policy could in fact be a selling point.
“The fact that somebody can dot the I’s and cross the T’s on a foreign leader or a geographic location then allows them to put our military in harm’s ways.”
He then observed that the U.S. military has been involved in “both sides” of conflicts, adding that “we wonder why our men and servicewomen suffer from PSD [sic] in the first place. It’s because we elect people who can can dot the I’s and cross the T’s on these names and geographic locations, as opposed to the underlying philosophy, which is ‘Let’s stop getting involved in these regime changes.’” I repeat … Huh? Subtitle: If I can’t find it, I can’t bomb it.
Not all Hoosiers are like this …
Last Saturday was the much-anticipated Farmer’s Fair Parade in the small town of Aurora, Indiana, just east of Cincinnati, Ohio. There were the usual … floats, food, music … a good time for all, right? But one of the floats depicted Donald Trump throwing the switch on Hillary Clinton in an electric chair and President Obama as an Easter Island figure with an oversized head. It was also adorned with Trump/Pence campaign signs.
The theme of the parade was “Celebrating the Past, Embracing the Future.” The parade is sponsored by the Aurora Lion’s Club, and according to the rules and regulations, fair officials “reserve the right to reject or evict any entry from the parade line-up that they deem unsuitable.” How did they NOT find this to be inappropriate??? Has Trump done such a thorough job in brainwashing these people that they really think this is ‘okay’?
Most residents were incensed and many took to Facebook to make their feelings known, while others phoned parade organizers and city officials to complain. Most all agreed that it was racist and sexist, and in extremely poor taste, especially given that there are many young children viewing the parade. A few, though, saw nothing wrong with it. That includes the creator of the float, one Frank Linkmeyer, who says he didn’t mean to offend anyone and was just having fun. If this is somebody’s idea of fun, pardon me for saying it, but there is something seriously wrong with the wiring schema in his brain!
Follow-up on Filipino President Rodrigo Duterte
“Instead of helping us, the first to hit was the State Department. So you can go to hell, Mr Obama, you can go to hell,” said President Duterte on Tuesday.
“Although it may sound shit to you, it is my sacred duty to keep the integrity of this republic and the people healthy,” Duterte said.
“If you don’t want to sell arms, I’ll go to Russia. I sent the generals to Russia and Russia said ‘do not worry, we have everything you need, we’ll give it to you’.
“And as for China, they said ‘just come over and sign and everything will be delivered’.”
White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest said, “Those comments are at odds with the warm relationship that exists between the Filipino and American people.” You think?
Even the gentlest of men has had enough …
Garrison Keillor is an author, storyteller, humorist, radio actor, voice actor, and radio personality. He is best known as the creator of the Minnesota Public Radio show A Prairie Home Companion. His style, whether in radio or print, is rather simplistic, down-to-earth, and peaceful. However, he wrote a guest column in The Washington Post that I think is a must-read! Here is just the first part:
The question no one is asking about Donald Trump
By Garrison Keillor
Eighteen years? He paid no taxes?
Are you sure this is standard practice?
No wonder he won’t release his returns.
The bigger the losses, the more he earns.
Airline, Trump U, and casinos
All went belly-up but he knows
Loss is gain. My projection:
He’ll make money from a lost election.
It’s been one first after another. First candidate to offer a health plan described only as really “beautiful” and “unbelievable.” First ever to brag about his penis. First to be endorsed by the National Enquirer. First to have gone through six bankruptcies. First to say about his opponent’s TV ads: “It’s not nice. And I don’t deserve that.” Did Barry Goldwater say of LBJ “He’s not nice to me”? I frankly doubt it very much. And what candidate has seen his name so often in the same sentence with Mussolini’s?
You absolutely must read the entire article … it is priceless!
Apparently a Mr. Tom Decker in St. Augustine, Florida, was offended by Mr. Keillor’s column, and he responded, in part:
“Dear Garrison: Why such an attack on Donald Trump? So nasty!
I thought you were one of those gentle country folk whom you talk (and write) about in that Woebegone Lake and who would never stoop to such low blows! What revenge are you seeking, if any? What did he ever do to you?
Your letter has the same tone as the diatribes usually heard from liberal media pundits. You dump on him personally, and your dump isn’t worth much, either. You obviously have no idea why he is so popular and is giving your felonious candidate a run for her money.”
If you are of a mind to, you can read his letter in its entirety.
And the next bankruptcy …
Last but not least, Mr. Keillor’s comment about Trump’s new hotel roused my curiosity, so I went in search of, and I found that, Mr. Trump’s new Washington, D.C. hotel is not doing too well. Elizabeth Williamson, writing for the New York Times, recently visited the hotel. She said the hotel was nearly empty, and rates had dropped by 50% just in the last week.
“I asked a waiter if the place was busy. “Not yet,” he replied. “But it’s going to be crazy if he wins. I mean, it’s going to be crazy no matter what. We are going to have, like, a thousand holiday parties booked in this place,” he said, sounding a bit like the nominee.
Are all the good holiday party dates taken? “Not yet,” he said.”
Apparently the restaurant, which seats 120, had 17 diners on the day Ms. Williamson visited. Turns out, they were not customers, but employees. Uh-oh … can anybody predict Mr. Trump’s next bankruptcy?
Okay, folks, I think that those are all the little tidbits that were floating on my radar screen tonight! Perhaps now my mind can stop spinning. As always, thanks for reading, feel free to comment, and I’ll be back with more this evening!