Category Archives: Down the drain

Announcing the bombing of Syrian airfield

The video of the Dude’s announcement of retaliation against Syria by launching bombs on some deserted airfields is interesting on several levels.
It was obviously scripted and scrolled at the bottom of the three cameras that recorded the event. The exercise proved that he can read. Whether he can comprehend is another question. The flat affect of the recitation has been interpreted by some as evidence of cold-bloodedness and lack of empathy. Which may be accurate, but is only significant if we expect empathy to be present. HAL, the computer in “2001,” was chilling but only surprising in that computers weren’t expected to have intent. There isn’t any question that the Dude intends to do harm. So, why should a lack of empathy come as a surprise?
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The etiology of the duped electorate

We’ve got an abusive sub-culture in the U.S.  It is possible it has evolved out of the intellectual and moral support for slavery.  Since particular minorities are no longer able to be subjugated with impunity, the impulse to subjugate is broadly spread. The result is that we have what are called abused elders, abused spouses, abused children and abused animals.
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What’s so great about leaders?

They obviate having to think for oneself.
They can be blamed for the followers’ mistakes.
They enable followers to bask in their reflected shine.
Poor Old Donald does not qualify. How long will it take for the fan base to figure that out?

Lying Perdue

WHY DO OUR PUBLIC SERVANTS KEEP GETTING AWAY WITH LYING TO US? BECAUSE HONORABLE PEOPLE JUST CANNOT BELIEVE THAT THOSE WHOM THEY TRUSTED WILL DECEIVE.
BESIDES, WHEN PEOPLE ARE LOOKING TO GET HIRED, THEY ARE EXPECTING, NOT KNOWING. AFTER SEVERAL YEARS ON THE JOB, THERE IS NO EXCUSE FOR MISLEADING. WHAT GEORGIA SENATOR DAVID PERDUE IS SPOUTING IS BEYOND THE PALE.

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Paving Paradise for Visiting Vehicles

It is very difficult to avoid being distracted by the madman we’ve installed in the White House. Sort of like watching a cobra in a basket to make sure it doesn’t suddenly bite. I say that to explain why some projects closer to home have been delayed, including a more detailed look (from the air) at how the marshes and woodlands of the Georgia Coast are being sacrificed to accommodate automotive vehicles in which nobody actually arrives in the Golden Isles.
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How to explain the Congressional death march.

The writing is on the wall. In 2016, the House lost 9 more Republican seats and the Senate saw female presence increase to 20 seats. Seniority, upon which power has traditionally rested, is on the way out. So, this is their last chance to make mischief and express their displeasure with an electorate that sent a numbskull to the White House.
“Après moi le déluge” is not necessarily an expression of disinterest. Rather, it is just as likely a matter of intent. “As I depart, I’ll leave a mess behind.” That’s probably what the Unjust Steward in the biblical parable, anticipating revenge, said to himself.