Category Archives: “leaders”?

Trump, GOP Sliming Brave San Juan Mayor Is Contemptible


Trump and his chump change colleagues really hit bottom the past few days, trashing San Juan’s gutsy mayor, who has demonstrated great leadership and compassion under extreme duress.  Trump and his sleazy, lilliputian GOP apparatchiks bitching about Ms. Cruz’s performance was like criticizing someone who’s just been run over by a Mack truck because they didn’t carry the stretcher to the ambulance and drive themselves to the hospital.  This is not how people of quality behave!

Watching those dirtbags slime Ms. Cruz was infuriating.  They were an embarrassment to our country.  Jeez, could they do something less distasteful like maybe just go back to quietly cheating us out of travel reimbursements or something?

Trump’s performance as president thus far demonstrably disqualifies him from making any sort of useful observations about leadership, a quality which he is decidedly neither imbued with nor seeking to acquire.   He knows not of leadership because he just doesn’t possess the full complement of knowledge, skill sets and emotional range to understand those whom he would lead.  Trying to explain to him wherein lies his ignorance of leadership would be like trying to explain the color red to a congenitally blind person.  He’s not got it and he’s not gonna get it either.

And, speaking of leadership, aside from the shocking paucity of moral and humane responses to millions of our countrymen and women suffering, one would have thought that the feckless White House occupant et. al. would at least look to their own self interest.

But the distinct impression these folks leave is that they think Latina/Latino voters will forget this.  In the first place, everyone knows that the “Latino vote” is by no means monolithic.  Mexican Americans have different priorities and issues than Cuban Americans, who differ on many subjects from Puerto Ricans, who don’t necessarily share the views of folks with Central American ancestry who…well, you get the picture.  But despite the differences,  I can guarantee you that the “they” of whom our meathead president spoke when dissing Mayor Cruz, know when “they” have been insulted.  And I suspect “they” will remember it for at least a couple of election cycles.  Nice strategizing there, GOP.

And it was only a few hours after Trump made that insulting remark about “they want everything done for them” before I heard some illiterate (literally) jerk where I live repeating with kneejerk stupidity that very same Trump doctrine.

No.  They don’t.  They are American citizens and Puerto Rico (and the U.S. Virgin Islands) are American soil.  Period.  When there’s no power, no communication, no fuel,no water and no food, and no plausible way to ameliorate that lack, there’s only so much “they” can do.  “They” are part of us.

Actually, I think Trump’s just pissed off because someone pulled his own stunt against him in Puerto Rico.  He licensed his name to a casino company for a resort and golf club in Puerto Rico.  That company welshed on the licensing fees, then declared bankruptcy, changed the name, and left Trump’s organization holding the bag for an unspecified sum.  Basically, they out-Trumped Trump.  No wonder he’s sulking.  Too bad it’s the people of Puerto Rico who are having to pay the price in the form of seemingly deliberately drawn out  hurricane relief.

Some leaders, no?  No.  Those commie-loving Trumpsters and their GOP Putin-poodles in congress are so busy giving away the farm that they wouldn’t know true patriotism or leadership if it bit ’em in the ass.

Back to Trump and the GOP dumping on Mayor Cruz–do these assholes even know anything about Puerto Rico and its native sons and daughters? Do they not realize that it’s been a European-developed island since the early 1500’s? It was a powerhouse in the Caribbean more than a century before the Pilgrims even showed up in the New (relative term) World.

Oh, right.  I forgot. Trump doesn’t know any history.  (Not to digress but, what the hell were they teaching at the expensive schools from which he supposedly graduated?)  Apparently his little cadre of heel clickers either doesn’t either or won’t admit to it.

Yeah.  Some leaders.

What would Jesus say?  The same thing Lin-Manuel Miranda said about Trump re: dissing Mayor Cruz.  “You’re going straight to hell.”

 

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Goat Blood Drinking, Pagan, Ex-attorney, Current Fla. GOP Senate Candidate Penned Manifesto, “The Charlottesville Statement”


When you’re a real Floridian–not someone who came here from someplace else–and see something like the Charlottesville riots, you naturally think, “OK, where’s the Florida connection?”.  Because you just know that’s the kind of insanity that draws faux Floridians like a magnet.

I think because of our climate, every whackjob who would normally wind
up living under a bridge or overpass, comes to Florida.  Because in Florida
people who live under bridges and overpasses don’t have to worry about
freezing to death.  That’s why we get all these goofballs who’ve made our
state’s reputation a punchline.

Of course it wasn’t long before we learned what the Florida link was.  And
it is oh-so-quintessentially Florida.

We discover from newspaper articles that, according to famed racist Richard
Spencer, it is none other than a goat blood drinking pagan Orlando former attorney, and current Florida GOP Senate candidate who penned the first draft of the altRightk nazis’ and KKK’s road map for mayhem, the manifesto “The Charlottesville Statement”.   His name is Augustus Invictus.  Well, his real name is actually something Gillespie but, apparently that wasn’t dramatic enough for a goat blood drinking pagan with political aspirations.

A snappy headline and lead paragraph from the Orlando Sentinel captures the
schadenfreud.

“Goat blood-drinking Charlottesville speaker from Orlando announces GOP
run for Senate”
http://www.orlandosentinel.com/news/politics/political-pulse/os-invictus-se
nate-candidacy-20170821-story.html

…Augustus Invictus, the former Orlando attorney listed as a
speaker at the Aug. 12 white nationalist rally in Charlottesville,
Va., has announced he is running again for U.S. Senate in
Florida, this time as a Republican. …

Yes, this is his second run for a senate nomination.  That Orlando Sentinel article has a link to another intriguing item in the Tampa Bay Times.

“White nationalists find hero in Augustus Invictus, killer of goats”
http://www.tampabay.com/blogs/the-buzz-florida-politics/white-nationalists-find-hero-in-augustus-invictus-killer-of-goats/2333617

The aforementioned goat blood drinking GOP candidate/Charlottesville
speaker ran against Marco Rubio in 2016 and only garnered 1063 votes. But he lost by only about 50 votes in the Libertarian Party primary that time. (Yes there are, in fact, more than 1,000 voters who cast ballots for a goat blood drinking pagan in my poor, poor pitiful home state.)

I think his new party, the GOP, is a much better fit.

The Miami Herald weighed in on Mr. Invictus as well.
“Goat-blood-drinking ex-Florida senate candidate headlined Charlottesville
rally”
http://www.miamiherald.com/news/local/article167083427.html#storylink=l
atest_side

Does the altRight know who this guy is?  Uhhh, aren’t most of them
Christians?  (Yeah, we all know what a violent hate-monger Jesus was, right?  No, that would be altRight.)

Why is it none of this surprising?  Appalling, yes, surprising, no.

And, of course, like most of the undesirables taking up space here in
Florida, the goat blood drinking GOP candidate is not from Florida.  He’s
from Ohio, a state in which the KKK has deep roots.

Ohio, would you please send someone to fetch your native son back home?
Please.

Confederate Statues Solution


One word. Pigeons.

Put all the statues outside in publicly owned spaces, with tall fences around them and “no trespassing” signs to prevent vandalism.  Don’t maintain them, don’t burnish them.

Then let the pigeons make their political statement about these glorious “leaders”.

 

 

GOP Loves Nazis, Hates Democracy, USA


So I see where the GOP’s constituents had a big parade and cosplay
party in Charlottesville, VA. They were on TV this past weekend
having a great time, wearing their Nazi garb, waving their treasonous
CSA flags, beating up people and intimidating them.  Y’know, the kind
of fun the GOP just loves.

And there were some people counter-protesting too, in civilian garb.
Real losers, huh?  The Charlottesville police were nice enough to let the Nazis
beat up the ones they could catch.  They even let one of them murder an
innocent woman.  Of course, after the cops let the Nazis and faux rebels
whip up on the civilians for awhile, then they made some ridiculously
oh-so-not-believable attempts to appear to be trying to protect the
unarmed civilians. But it was clear whose side they were on.

The police chief acted as if it was someone else’s fault that only four or
five arrests were made. Huh?  The cops were right there watching
people rioting and getting beaten up in front of them.  If they didn’t make
arrests, it’s because they didn’t want to.   Because, apparently, the Nazis
and faux confederates are their peeps. What else could account for their
refusal to stop assault and battery going on right before their very eyes?

Not to digress but, shouldn’t the Charlottesville Chief of Police be fired
for incompetence after such a fiasco?

Police normally have relatively little trouble quelling riots and/or
collaring people who are illegally assaulting someone right in front of them. But in this case it sure looked as if they didn’t want to stop the violence, as if they wanted the Nazis and faux rebels to beat up the civilians.

My guess is that, if it had been black guys instead of white Nazis beating
up people, those police batons, night sticks, pepper spray and more
would have been used liberally.

Not to be realistic, but, let’s just take a look at the loser regimes the
Nazis and faux confederates want to emulate and see how they fared in
the past.

The CSA lasted four years. The treasonous South caused hundreds of
thousands of deaths and was pretty much turned to rubble.  William
Tecumseh Sherman took the South’s measure and realized what it would
require to put down the rebellion. He marched from Atlanta to the sea.  He started by burning Atlanta to the ground and kept right on destroying everything in his path–including crops and livestock–until he reached the sea. Georgia was a wasteland when he was finished with it.

Richmond, Charleston, Savannah, etc. were ravaged as well by the end
of the Civil War.

And it was all because white Southerners thought they should be able to base their economy on the stolen lives of millions of people, that they should be
able to own other human beings. (Those are “states’ rights” they’re
always going on about.)

Then, just to make things even worse for the South, another mindlessly
vicious idiot Southerner, John Wilkes Booth, murdered the one person in
the country who might have helped rebuild the South, Abraham Lincoln.
That was the end of “reconstruction”.  As a result the South was ground into the dirt for nearly a hundred years.

Losers! Looooosers!

The price?  Incalculable. But, apparently, that lesson has been lost on
the people we all saw on TV rioting in Charlottesville for the last couple
of days.

How great would these Charlottesville faux Nazis/CSA rebels have thought slavery was if they were the ones being bought and sold, brutalized and treated to the most horrific torments?  Would they be as enthusiastic about slavery and the confederacy under those circumstances?

Fast forward to the 20th century and Hitler’s vaunted “Thousand Year
Reich”.  Turns out he and his dumbass dweebs botched their war too, in
part because the guy they thought was so great was stupid enough to try
to fight on two far-flung fronts.

It was actually the “Twelve Year Reich”.

So much for the wisdom of following some uneducated screwball whose
plan for world domination is based on stealing everything from a very
wealthy minority and murdering the people stolen from, through mass
asphyxiation. (Who even thinks such things, let alone does them?)  It’s
incomprehensible and yet, here these people are again, on TV, going on about
what a great leader Adolph Hitler was.

The CSA confederates and the Nazis both ruined their countries and
were responsible for millions of deaths. For a combined 16 years in power.

Hmmm. That was really worth it, no?  No!

And now we have a bunch of ignorant thug followers/admirers of our
president rioting in the streets under Nazi and confederate flags. (And
I’ll bet every last one is a registered republican.)

Unfortunately, we all wind up having to pay for their brutality and
stupidity.  They’re more than just a royal pain in the ass.  They’re
expensive.

What is incomprehensible is that they’re lucky enough to have been born
in a free country and they are just pissing on it as if it were worthless.
They say they want to “take back our country”.   But what they really
mean is they want to take away everyone else’s prerogatives. They want
to take away our country; “we the people’s” country.  They want their
share and ours.

And don’t forget–they’re all republicans. The GOP courted them. The
GOP sucked up to them. The GOP loved them when it was election time.
I think the GOP loves them still but it’s just not practical at the moment
for them to admit it.

Unfortunately, it seems as if the GOP hates America. They prefer Russia
and its totalitarianism. Keep it in mind.  I think at some point we’re
supposed to have another election, although, given what the GOP has shown me in the past few months, I’m not counting any chickens on that score.

Here’s a suggested campaign slogan for the GOP that seems to fit their world view and behavior. “Vote Republican.  We’re not putting people in ovens. Yet.”

National Candidates Should Have to Mud Wrestle for Their Positions


The riveting video of the leader of the free world wrestling with a CNN muck-up, uhhh mock-up, left me stunned and in awe.  That’s the answer to elections.  Americans love professional wrestling, they love politics, and they like to see people get dirty.  And they love people in wrestling costumes.

So there you have it.  Mud wrestling.  Winnah takes the election.

Thank you Donald Trump.  It was your stellar example of buffoonery, rolling around like a walrus on Vince McMahon with a CNN logo where his head should be which inspired me.  Mud wrestling for political posts.  You, sir,  are an inspiration.

Perhaps you could engage that nice man, Mr, Putin in similar hijinks when you meet with him this week at the G20 summit.  He likes to wrestle and is, I think, a judoka.  Yes, our president in a contest of manliness with Vladimir Putin, former head of the KGB would be a ratings smash hit.  Not to be unsupportive of our president, but, my money would have to be on Putin in that matchup.

I hear our side doesn’t have an agenda for the meeting with Vlad.  Ya might wanna think about getting one together before then fellas.  (I know, I know, no girls allowed.)

But, of course, you boys don’t need some bystander from the peanut gallery giving unsolicited advice.

 

 

 

More on Knee Jerk Reactions, Fighting Fire with Fire


Amazingly, Trump and his surrogates brag that he fights back, that if
someone punches him he punches back ten times as hard, that he “fights fire
with fire”.

How can they think that mimicking an opponent is a good thing?  It’s purely
reactive. With Trump all it takes is a bit of criticism and he’s off to the
races, tweeting away–and not doing his job.  According to Sun Tsu (and
Miyamoto Musashi) the warrior chooses the time, place and mode of battle.
Letting oneself be constantly baited into over the top overreaction just looks
weak.  Trump comes off like a patsie, not a strong leader.  People rattle his
cage, he goes nuts, they do it again, predictably, so does he.  That is just way too much psychodrama for most folks.

By continually being drawn into childish twitter fights he’s wasting a ton of time that he could be spending on, oh, say, infrastructure, crime, gun violence, Middle East peace talks, Russian hacking of our businesses, elections and who knows what else, and….

So I’m not nearly as thrilled with the, presumably-viewed-as-manly habit
our president has of going off the rails at every little provocation.

By reacting so predictably, it takes virtually nothing for anyone who does
not wish us well to distract our president into following someone else’s
agenda. But a master tactician doesn’t fight fire with fire, he uses unorthodox
and abstruse methods and implements.  Cuts off the oxygen, cools the
temperature, removes the fuel, whatever.

Here’s a perfect example of the foolishness and penalties of knee jerk reactions,

Remember, at the Battle of Hastings, where England became Norman in the
fall of 1066?  After hours of bitter fighting, the English (under half-Danish
Harald Godwineson, King Harald II of England) had held their position behind a
shieldwall which the Normans could not break.  When the Normans got spooked and fled at some point, the English broke formation and pursued them individually and pell mell.  The Normans, seeing the opportunity, wheeled their horses around and picked off the undisciplined English one by one.  Two more times the Normans used the same ploy–pretended retreat followed by counterattack–to induce the English to break formation.  This turned the battle in favor of the mounted Normans.

That’s what knee-jerk “fighting back” got the English.  Their king dead, his body and jeweled gonfannon in the hands of his usurper, the end of Anglo Saxon rule in England, their lands, assets, pride and titles taken and endless abuse at the hands of the Normans for decades to come.

Mindlessly fighting back may sound good but patient critical analysis, and
then fighting back if it’s warranted, is a more sound way to proceed.
Usually. There are always exceptions but, in general, think first.  Just popping off as our president does is not just embarrassing, it makes us look dumb in front of our enemies.  And that definitely is not a good idea.

Mika Brzezinski is right about dictatorship vis à vis our country.


There is something profoundly unsettling about Trump’s continual “Oh
Come Let Us Adore Me” public events.  (Or, as Ms. Brzezinski puts it,
during his “dear leader” moments.)  The worst was when he introduced his
cabinet members one by one and each was compelled–whether explicitly by
Trump, or as a self-generated demonstration of their subservient status–to
do obeisance to Trump in the most uncomfortable way.  It was grotesque.

The Trump show’s possibilities are a dim echo of another great power’s
shift from republic to oligarchy to dictatorship.  That would be Rome.  Read
Tacitus, a somewhere-around-the-first-to-second-century AD (it is thought)
historian who chronicled that declension.  It’s all there.

Ms. Brzezinski seems absolutely correct in her analysis of what Trump, if
left to run wild, would/could and probably wants to, accomplish. Get rid of
those pesky rules. Regulations?  Anathema, get thee behind me!

Those rules he decries, which stipulate how the executive, legislative and
judicial branches of government are to interact and conduct business, are
archaic, says Mr., Trump.  That would be the checks and balances our
forefathers baked into the constitutional cake as a hedge against a power
hungry megalomaniac taking over as a dictator sometime downstream.  No
chance of that ever happening, right?

And now we have to endure those noted martial tacticians, Sarah Huckabee
Sanders, Melania Trump and Kellyanne Conway touting as somehow
praiseworthy the fact that Trump is easily baited and induced to respond to
someone else’s agenda.  While I’m sure these women have many fine qualities, they don’t know beans about the principles of successful conflict.  Neither they, or Trump, get it that a knee-jerk response to “fight fire with fire” or “fight back ten times harder” is strategically and tactically unwise and gives away the advantage conveyed by being the initiator of, not reactor to, any situation or issue.  Blindly responding to someone else’s ploys means someone else is pulling the strings.  Believe me ladies, that is not what ya want in a supposed leader.  A leader is supposed to make the other side dance to his tune.  Forever on the defensive is not a tactical road to success.

Whether it’s business, war, or civil society, if you don’t understand power
and have a plan for how you intend to use it–then don’t seek power.   Just
“fighting back” is not a strategy and simply emulating one’s opponents
leads to stalemate not success.

So, shut up ladies.  You’re clueless knuckledraggers or knuckledragger-enablers encouraging blindly “fighting back”.   Muhammad Ali frequently employed the tactic of getting an opponent to wear himself out reacting to Ali’s floating like a butterfly and stinging like a bee.  He used different techniques but the aim was inexorable–to make his opponent do what he wanted him to do.  It was called “rope-a-dope”.

In the contested endeavor, the wise leader chooses her/his own time and
place to contest it, whatever “it” is.  They’re not supposed to let someone
else sucker them into an inopportune course/time/place of action because of
low impulse control.  Make your opponent do what you want, don’t respond
to what he wants you to do.

Duuuuh.