Our Lives, Or A Game Of Golf?

On Friday, the U.S. recorded 204,179 new cases of the coronavirus, and 1,998 deaths in a 24-hour period.  This is tragic, appalling, frightening.  Well, to most of us, it is, though to Donald Trump, the ‘man’ who calls himself ‘president’, it’s just another statistic … ho-hum … where are my golf clubs?

This weekend, the G20 summit, attended by world leaders from across the globe, is being held virtually because of the coronavirus pandemic, which has now killed more than 260,000 Americans – by far the largest total in the world. Based on that, one might think that Donald Trump, the outgoing ‘president’, would be extremely interested in the proceedings, but yesterday morning, as the summit was starting at 8:00 a.m., Trump was too busy tweeting to be bothered logging on.  He did, at some point, appear via video link, but not to discuss the pandemic.  Instead, he tooted his own horn, boasting about the US economy and military, and repeated false claims that his government’s Operation Warp Speed was behind both the first two successful coronavirus vaccines, which was a blatant lie. Warp Speed provided funding for development of the vaccine produced by Moderna, but not the Pfizer vaccine, which was developed without US government help. And he also made a strange remark, given that his term of office will end in just 59 days …

“It’s been a great honour to work with you, and I look forward to working with you again for a long time.”

Throughout the short time he spent online with the summit, he was intermittently busily tweeting about the election.  And then, after opening remarks, when it was time to begin the session on pandemic preparedness and response, Trump left and went to play golf.  When questioned about the impropriety of his behaviour and obvious lack of concern, Press Secretary and resident bimbo Kayleigh McEnany said in a statement …

“During his remarks, President Trump highlighted how the United States marshaled every resource at its disposal to respond to the crisis, as well as the unprecedented economic recovery of the United States on a foundation of tax and regulatory cuts, energy independence, and fair trade deals. He spoke about the aggressive actions and safety measures the United States took to protect the vulnerable, pioneer groundbreaking treatments, and develop vaccines and therapies at record-setting speed, which will save millions of lives. President Trump also reaffirmed the importance of the G20 working together for future economic growth and prosperity.”

He may have said all that, but it’s a pack of lies … not one bit of it is true!  Had he actually done any of that, perhaps the U.S. wouldn’t have the highest number of infections and the highest death toll of any nation on the planet.

Worse yet … Trump said that he wants U.S. citizens to be the first to receive vaccinations against coronavirus — a position that is in keeping with his crappy ‘America First’ ideology but contradicts the position of public health experts and other world leaders, who have urged giving priority to front-line health workers and vulnerable populations such as the elderly.  Trump’s is an unconscionably selfish viewpoint and one that I, as a citizen, voter and taxpayer do not support!  I’m sure his rabid base, however, will love him for being willing to allow people to die in other countries.

A lot of good can come from international summits such as this … it is an opportunity to work cooperatively to solve problems such as the pandemic and climate change.  The U.S. needs to be a part of these groups, we need to participate in the international community!  Yet, Donald Trump would sooner isolate us, make us the pariah.  The other nations will move forward with or without us, and the other nations will be more prepared, more organized, and better able to deal with what comes next.  The U.S. will continue to have the highest number of infections and the highest death rate.  It is my hope that once Joe Biden assumes office in 59 days, he will be able to mend some of the fences that Donald Trump has destroyed.

It speaks volumes, my friends, when as our friends and family members are becoming ill, some even dying, the ‘man’ who could help is out on the golf course playing a game.  This is how much our lives mean to him … less than a game of golf.

52 thoughts on “Our Lives, Or A Game Of Golf?

  1. Yes, his rabid base is quite fine with him golfing, tweeting crazy bullshit, sowing doubt about the election, not cooperating with Biden. All of the above and then some Jill. Once again, deplorable base-deplorable president. It’s that simple

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  2. And he said that Obama only played golf and didn’t do his job. This proves to me that everything he accuses others of is what he and his cronies are doing.
    When I watched the Balkans go boom in the ’90s and recently Syria, I concluded that civilisation is just a hair width away from changing into chaos. And since 2016, I learned how fast democracy can die. I understand now how Hitler and the Nazis could take over a civilised and democratic country. Democracy and freedom are such fragile things. And all I can do currently is light a candle for all of you and send good vibes. May he not wreck the world in the next two months 😔🕯🙋‍♀️🐝

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    • Yes, that’s only one of a few thousand ironies here. He claimed he would be too busy to golf, and yet in his first year he played golf more times than Obama did in his entire first 4-year term! He uses that technique of blaming others for doing the exact thing he is doing, to deflect attention away from his own actions. It is soooooo old … we are so sick and tired of this mess … well, those of us who expect intelligence, integrity and compassion from a president are sick and tired of it. Half the nation seems to thrive on the chaos, dishonesty and evil, which says something about their character, in my book.

      You’re right … we are just one push of a button from extinction, and one bad leader from chaos. The U.S. was never a pure democracy, but rather a democratic republic, but in the last four years, many of the democratic principles that we counted on have been demolished. The Constitution, I’ve often said, has been shredded. Thank you for the candle and the good vibes … we need all of those we can get to survive these next 58 days! 🙋‍♀️

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      • You get them daily 🤗. But the undermining of democratic principals is a worldwide problem. I do a course on the EU which has a massive problem with Hungary and Poland not playing the democratic ball. I don’t need to mention the UK, but there are also Brazil, India… You name it. That is what scares me most besides the considerable danger to the world that the man in the White House is 🕯🙋‍♀️🐝

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        • Awww … you are so sweet, dear Bee! Indeed, the ‘populist’ movement is a worldwide problem, and one that has its roots in the destruction of the environment, though most people would deny that. Brazil … Bolsonaro and Trump are two peas in a pod. And Boris … I think he’s a Trump-wannabe, but he knows he can’t pull it off in the UK. Frankly, if we don’t get busy addressing environmental issues … sigh. Love you, sweet Bee!!! 🙋 ❤

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  3. I’m sure the other heads of the G20 Counttries have had more than enough of Trump with the claim of Superiority but with such a dismissive attitude, They will be happy to welcome Joe Biden to their ranks and many of them will have dealt with him before.
    Cwtch

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    • No doubt they have all had enough of him … or at least most of them … and I’m equally sure they weren’t expecting anything better of him this weekend. No interest whatsoever in the health and well-being of the country … only his own self-interest. I’ll be so glad when he’s gone … yes, we will have much repair work to do, and many obstacles to overcome, but at least the man at the head of the government will be a man who truly cares about this nation and will do his best to make it better.
      Cwtch

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  4. I want to see him arrested. His new focus on a ‘book deal’ shows to me he has, openly or not, realized his time as ‘big sh$! At our expense’ is coming to an end. Go on and write as many stupid lying books as your idiot zombie followers will empty their pockets for. This last four years has been trying, infuriating, heartbreaking, embarrassing, frustrating and humiliating. THAT, folks, is Donald Trump’s legacy, both before and during his Presidency and will apparently follow him on into whatever hell awaits such vile humans.

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    • I would very much like to see him arrested, but don’t hold your breath, my friend. I wasn’t aware he had a new book deal, but remember, he hasn’t written any of his previous books … they have all been written by a ghost writer because, as you can tell if you listen to his speech, he is barely literate. And you’re right about his legacy. I suspect his legacy will be what we do going forward to ensure that we never again come this close to a dictatorship. Sigh.

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  5. What can I say Jill? He has no concept of reality. All he knows is how to be a schoolyard bully and it will take someone knocking that block of turds off his shoulder to wake him up to the possibility that he is feared, not liked! When the day comes in 59 days, he will find that his “loyal” followers will begin waking up and realizing they have been the people who do the actual punching for the bully while he stands back and eggs them on.

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    • You’re right, of course. I look forward to the day that he doesn’t hold the future of this nation in his hands, and we can tune him out … ignore him. I don’t know, though, if his loyal base will actually wake up or not … it seems that nothing so far has opened their eyes to the corruption, the evil that defines Donald Trump, so I’ve given up hope that they ever will.

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      • I have to keep hoping until it is proven futile. It’s all I have at this point — hope that things will change for the better, hope that the vaccine will work and can be mass produced soon enough to stop the downright murder of more people by this uncaring idiotic bully! Just hope for a better world for my grandchildren because I don’t think it will turn around in my lifetime.

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        • Call me a cock-eyed optimist if you will, but I still believe there is hope … hope for a better world, somehow. No, I don’t think we’ll ever end racism, arrogance, greed … but I do think we can do better than we have been. Today, we did see some positive things happening. Don’t give up on us just yet, my friend. Small steps, but important steps. Sigh.

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          • I think I’m just in so much pain at this point in my life that I can’t force myself beyond it at the moment. Knowing I will be alone for Thanksgiving, Christmas, my birthday is just too much to handle with the weather causing my shoulder to restrict to the point that I can barely open my left hand. Everything around me is going to pot, including the building I’m living in. they gave the pest control contract back to the same people who were planting bed bugs in our apartments for 15 years so they could have bid $1 a year to get the contract and still come out millionaires. Roaches are everywhere you look and I’m almost afraid to go to the laundry room because of all the bugs crawling around. I’ve brought bed bugs home from there and now I’m throwing stuff in the dumpster because that’s the only way to get rid of the bugs, get rid of all textiles fumigate and begin all over. Then there are the days I can’t lift my arm to get the bags in the dumpster and people without masks are just sitting around talking to each other in touching distance and watching me struggle but never offering to help. And just to make it laughable, after I finally get the bag in the bin some idiot comes over and asks me to make them special masks — at my own expense of course, or a bag for their power chair or walker, or to mend some clothes and they don’t speak to me again after I tell them sorry, can’t do that any more.
            sorry, just had to vent. Didn’t stop the pain but — but what? I’m just too tired and worn out from all the controversy, losing some friends to the virus, worry about the granddaughter who has recovered but who knows what lies ahead if she has a relapse, worry about my brother who is exposed on a daily basis when he gives last rites to people dying from the virus, and that murdering idiot in the dirty house is still spouting his nonsense and too many people are drinking his Kool Aid without asking what his secret ingredient is. Do they deserve his poison:? I’m hurting too much to make that call even if it ever became my place to make it at all. Now I’m gonna shut up and stop typing because that hurts too. I can hear an Aleve calling my name and I have to answer. /sorry about the tirade Jill. Many hugs.

            😇❤🤞😴😨

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            • Oh Angie … I wish I could do or say something … I wish I could come get you and bring you here to celebrate Thanksgiving with me and the girls. It seems inadequate, but for what it’s worth, I’m so sorry for everything that’s going wrong for you right now … I know that doesn’t help, but I hope that knowing I care, knowing you are in my heart … somehow … sigh. Please don’t apologize for your tirade … you are going through terrible times, and you can rant here all you want. I only wish I had a magic wand, but … sadly, my wand broke. I do love you, my friend. And I send you hugs, if not turkey. ❤ ❤ ❤

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              • It’s okay now Jill. Still raining but the promise of sun tomorrow and I’m going to hole the Weather Service in Paducah to that promise. If they don’t deliver I’ll charge my chair up and head West to confront. The trouble is my compass broke several years ago and I’m just as likely to head East instead. And as the sign I put on my door says, “the chains on my latest mood swing just broke!” so I’ll look for some heavier chains and fix that puppy! I’m going to be looking at other apartments — hopefully tomorrow if the sun really comes out and also next week. With some unusual luck I might be in a better place before Christmas. I even told my son that I’m definitely getting out of this place if it means a cardboard box in an alley and he listened this time. Keep your fingers crossed for me. I’ve been crossing fingers and my toes are genetically crossed anyway, so this might be something good. At least I have some hope again and with luck it will pan out and lead to something good. Wouldn’t that be a great Christmas gift:? And I know I can always count on a few of my WP friends to help me get my spirits back up. David sent me a Thanksgiving card today. So I sent him a Happy Guy Fawkes Day greeting in return. I know it’s not GF Day but we are the only ones who have Thanksgiving. Okay, now back to the heating pad. I once thought getting old would be fun. It’s NOT!

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                • I’m so glad the sun will come out … tomorrow … and that you’re feeling at least a teeny bit better about it all. As for the compass breaking long ago … so did mine! I got lost 2 miles from home a few years ago … 2 miles from a home I’ve lived in for 22 years! I really do hope you can find a better apartment … yours has been on a downhill course for a while now. My fingers are crossed and my heart is with you. Please do keep me posted. I’ve been terrible at letter-writing lately … this post-election chaos takes not only all my time, but my spirit as well. But, I promise a letter soon! David is one of the most thoughtful men I know, and I’m so glad he sent you a card! And … you only missed Guy Fawkes Day by 20 days, so … not bad! I’m sure he loved it! (He also likes Boxing Day on December 26th, but don’t tell him I told you!) Oh … and if you do have to pay a visit to the Weather Service in Paducah, take your rolling pin … a well-placed bash on the head with a rolling pin works wonders!!! Hugs, dear Angie! ❤

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  6. Jill, so to sum up, the outgoing president continued his pattern of daily (actually close to hourly) untruthfulness. As we know, that is not news. I hope he golfs the rest of his term and lets the adults run the country. He does need to be pressured to let his team work with the president-elect’s team, you know for the sake of the country. He does not have to, as what useful information can he really impart other than how to use fear selling. Keith

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    • Which adults do you mean, Keith? I haven’t noticed any of them working in the present administration — just a list of puppets dancing on the strings the Turd is controlling by his bullying and lies. And yet, too many people still believe him. Big sigh!

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      • Fair point. He has run off, fired or accepted resignations from the better folks on his staff. My guess is there are many there who at least take their oaths to the constitution more seriously than he does, recognizing that is a low bar. Keith

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        • I’m not sure about that one, Keith. He has fired more people than he created jobs for I think, and he is bragging about all the jobs he created. I guess so since most of them are openings for his staff. The worst part about that is his penchant for firing them publicly on Twitter. He should be banned for life from all public forums like that because we all know he will continue to spout his hatred and whining from Twitter forever. Sigh! You wouldn’t happen to know where I could find a nice used rocket ship would you? I’m going to blast off for Venus to create the first colony of Earthlings there.

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          • Trouble is, nobody can please him unless they are 100% in favour of his every move … or pretend to be. So, what he’s ended up with is a staff who are so scared of them that when he says “JUMP”, they ask, “How high, sir?” Haven’t you found that rocketship yet? I’ve got supplies all lined up and am working on the oxygen tanks now!

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          • Angie, for someone who loved saying “you’re fired” to out of work actors on The Apprentice, he shows cowardice by not firing people face to face. James Comey found out he was fired on television while training new FBI folks in California. Not only that, but Trump forbade Comey from flying home on military planes from CA. Andrew McCabe, who Trump fired on his last day before he retired to deny his pension, made the decision to fly Comey home due to the risks of him traveling back on regular airlines. The McCabe example just shows how big a vindictive jerk the outgoing president can be. Keith

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            • Most of the people he fired found out when they saw his tweet about it. But what can you expect from a junkyard bully? No face to face because they might object and he is afraid of being hurt by former friends and colleagues. The entire truth is probably that he is a coward, as well as a bully and like most of them he can’t do it face to face because one of them might just knock that chip off his shoulder. Poor little Donnie, he needs a nursemaid to change his diaper and give him a pacifier when he throws one of his tantrums. I’m surprised he hasn’t held his breath and pounded his feet on the floor during one of the tantrums.

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          • Hah! Your ‘half’ a brain cell is better than 100 of Mitchie’s brain cells! You and I … we’re of the old school when things like common sense, integrity and compassion mattered. Somewhere along the line, people started to think that money and ‘things’ mattered more. Sigh.

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            • And I learned long ago that money can’t buy happiness but can buy a boat load of trouble. Had some at one time and didn’t like the results. Too many sudden “friends” with hands out grasping for my pockets to suit me. It sounds crazy but having been both rich and poor, I prefer poor. Money becomes god when you have more than you need and it colors the world around you in rainbow shades that can’t stand up to morning sun. Nice to have if you want something you normally can’t afford, but just not worth the price you pay in the end.

              Stay safe. Another case here today after one person died Sunday morning. Scary but I’m too crazy to be afraid. Just crazy enough to miss the old camaraderie.

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              • Unlike many, I’ve never had a desire to be rich, unless it was so that I could use the wealth to make the world a better place, but we both know that’s a pipe dream. I’ve never had a month in my life that I didn’t have to count pennies to make the rent and buy food, and perhaps that is for the best. I’ve been dirt poor and frankly hope never to go back to that, but neither do I have any aspirations of wealth. It seems such a waste to me.

                Oh no … a person in your building died? How tragic … and scary. Yeah, you cannot live your life in fear, for if you do, then you aren’t really living. But please, my friend, do take care. Love ‘n hugs! ❤

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                • I’m staying at home except for occasional trips to the grocery. I tried having them deliver the groceries but they got so much wrong I had to go over there after the delivery and get the things they told me they were out of. Just not worth the aggravation, but I wear a mask and gloves when I go there and with the weather being cold now the mask actually helps keep my face from freezing. That makes it a lot easier outside, but as soon as I get inside my glasses fog up and stay that way. Guess you just can’t have everything.

                  As for having money, I prefer having just what I need and no more to having a lot. You know who your real friends are when you don[t have it, so since I was working with people with AIDS when i had some extra I put it to good use, earning the disapproval of my entire family but giving me some peace of mind. Money tends to become a god for some people and I never wanted to be god. Too much heartbreak comes with that job. Of course at the moment I wish I had a little bit more so I could get out of this place but it isn[t going to happen and I might as well get used to that.

                  You stay safe, and many hugs in return.

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                  • Like you, my only outings involve groceries, but rarely actually going into the store. I order mine online and then pick them up at a drive-thru area. So far, knock on wood, everything has been almost perfect, and it saves me not only time, but money, for I’m not tempted by those strategically placed endcaps with things I don’t need but will buy anyway! Our Kroger also offers delivery, but I think there is a charge for that, whereas the pickup is free.

                    I share your sentiments about wealth. It seems to only produce a desire for more, more, more, and a person can never be satisfied with what they have. I can pay my bills, buy food, and have a little extra for things like books and birthday presents and books and Christmas presents … and did I mention books? 😉 I thought you were looking into a different apartment? Did that fall through?

                    Take care, my friend, keep safe. Love ‘n hugs! ❤

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    • No, that is not news, but he once again showed our allies that we have no intention of holding up our end of any agreements, and we have zero interest in the rest of the world. He embarrasses us constantly. Yes, it is past time for the transition to move forward, and I fully agree … Trump can keep his posterior on the golf course and let people who actually have some knowledge participate in the transition.

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  7. Hello Jill. I know we are all tired of the “tRump talks” in which I mean his manner of speaking and his constant lying while aggrandizing himself. What I now wonder is if foreign leaders are as sick of him and his ways as we are? Maybe they were really happy he quit talking to go play golf rather than ramble on about how great he was and that he was president for life. Hugs

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    • Oh, there is no doubt that the leaders of most countries are sick to the death of him. A few exceptions … Boris Johnson of the UK seems to want to ‘grow up to be just like Trump’, and of course Putin, Erdogan, Duterte and bin Salman, who stand to gain from Trump’s position. But, while they are sick of him and his arrogant, megalomaniacal ways, the U.S. needs to be part of the discussions of the G20 that center around climate change, the pandemic, and how those things are affecting global economies. To shirk our responsibility, as Trump has done, only heightens the disdain for the U.S. Hugs!

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  8. I suspect Trump will play golf until he’s hauled out of the White House. Begs the question – who’s running the country? As for COVID vaccine, I caution everyone to calm their jets. It won’t be widely available until this time next year, until then what little is available must be distributed on a priority basis. Trump would know that if he wasn’t playing golf.

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