A Few Meandering Thoughts

Just a few things that floated through my mind over the past several days:

  • tRump refuses to hold press conferences because, as Jennifer Epstein (in defense?) tweeted, “The man works 18 hours a day, meeting with people, taking calls from across the world.” I can’t help but wonder, how is this  different from his work schedule before he became President-Elect? I mean, all those deals he had to make to get his name plastered all over the world!More likely, it’s because he knows the press will (continue) to reveal him for the fraud he is. Far easier to “tweet” his thoughts and not have to put up with direct questions. Or better yet, go before crowds of people and hold “Thank You” rallies where he can receive adulation and praise … but no questions.
  • Many are concerned/upset about some of tRump’s cabinet member choices. But think about it. Since he knows nothing about running a country, he needs these “experts” to tell him what to do. I can see him sitting in the oval office surrounded by these individuals giving him step-by-step directions on how to be POTUS. Why do you think it’s taken him so long to choose a Secretary of State? Since this individual will truly be his “right-hand man,” no one thus far has demonstrated the depth of knowledge tRump knows he needs to run the country.
  • My mouth dropped open when I read that tRump had been named by Time Magazine as Man of the Year … until I saw they had, in the past, also selected Hitler, Stalin (twice), Ayatollah Khomeini, Andropov and Putin. Maybe there’s more than meets the eye here.

And on an unrelated topic …

  • In a recent “Dear Abby” letter, a woman (Christian, of course) was concerned that her daughter might be an atheist … and it deeply upset her. In fact, to the point that she wrote, “If she were a stranger, I would absolutely not be around her.” I couldn’t help but wonder what she will do if she does, indeed, discover her daughter is an atheist.

Feel free to add your own meandering thoughts. 🙂


CORRECTION

At the suggestion of a blog visitor, I’m correcting the above reference to the “Dear Abby” letter. I had corrected it in a comment, but as the visitor pointed out, not everyone reads all the comments.

Well, I did a bit of research and discovered I was in error. The letter was related to abortion, not atheism. (Sorry about that.)

Apparently, the daughter had had one and never told her mother. When the mother found out, she wrote (to Abby) and commented, She’s not the person I thought she was.

She went on to say, My feelings on this issue aren’t a judgment call. This is a belief system for me, something ingrained in me. If she were a stranger, I would absolutely not be around her.

To me, this was just another example of the “belief system” that so many follow … one that would cause a mother to totally reject her daughter.

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49 thoughts on “A Few Meandering Thoughts

  1. Time’s “man of the year” is picked as the person who has had the most influence, not the best influence. So yeah, Hitler.

    I’m curious about what Abby’s response to the mom was. Do you have a link to the original letter?

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    • Sorry, no. It was printed several weeks ago and all I noted was the mother’s comment. However, let me do a bit of research on the online edition of our newspaper and maybe I can find it. Stay tuned.

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      • I remember in the past that sometimes the Ann Landers/Dear Abby answers about atheism were awful. But now that a new generation is doing the answers, they are often much better. So I was curious.

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  2. Nothing of the eye-opening(?) bullets about tRump surprise me. The (apparent?) minority of American voters had the logical foresight to see all of this WITHOUT any crystal-ball. LOL 😛

    But I’ll try my damnedest to give him the benefit of the doubt. The clock is ticking.

    On the possible athiest child(?), adolescent(?), adult(?)… how can the mother truly understand WHAT exactly an athiest is and how they become one, if she doesn’t spend sufficient time with them LISTENING with a heart — not preaching to? How well does she REALLY know her daughter? Hah. 😮

    Those were my initial thoughts Nan. 🙂

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  3. The man needs to learn to delegate … I’ll do his press conference for him!

    On Thu, Dec 8, 2016 at 12:14 PM, Nan’s Notebook wrote:

    > Nan posted: “Just a few things that floated through my mind over the past > several days: tRump refuses to hold press conferences because, as Jennifer > Epstein (in defense?) tweeted, “The man works 18 hours a day, meeting with > people, taking calls from across the wo” >

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  4. Well, I did a bit of research and discovered I was in error. 😦 The letter was related to abortion, not atheism. (Sorry about that.)

    Apparently, the daughter had had one and never told her mother. When the mother found out, she wrote (to Abby) and commented, She’s not the person I thought she was.

    She went on to say, My feelings on this issue aren’t a judgment call. This is a belief system for me, something ingrained in me. If she were a stranger, I would absolutely not be around her.

    To me, this was just another example of the “belief system” that so many follow … one that would cause a mother to totally reject her daughter.

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    • “She went on to say, My feelings on this issue aren’t a judgment call. This is a belief system for me, something ingrained in me. If she were a stranger, I would absolutely not be around her.”

      Huh. I guess she thinks Jesus was wrong, then, to converse with a Samaritan cohabiting woman at a well, or let a “sinful” woman anoint his feet, or defend a woman caught in adultery, or dine with “sinners” and tax collectors, or…

      I mean, these strangers were all acting in opposition to Jesus’ belief system! Why didn’t he just “absolutely not be around” them?

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    • Depending on what “lens” one views life, the world, and other humans… with ONE particular lens it doesn’t matter that it was abortion or athiesm, right? “Divine truth is Divine truth is Divine truth… made known via ______________, _______________, and _______________!” 😉

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        • You said in your blog post (OP):

          In a recent “Dear Abby” letter, a woman (Christian, of course) was concerned that her daughter might be an atheist … and it deeply upset her. In fact, to the point that she wrote, “If she were a stranger, I would absolutely not be around her.” I couldn’t help but wonder what she will do if she does, indeed, discover her daughter is an atheist.

          You corrected yourself here in the comments:

          Well, I did a bit of research and discovered I was in error. The letter was related to abortion, not atheism. (Sorry about that.)

          Apparently, the daughter had had one and never told her mother. When the mother found out, she wrote (to Abby) and commented, She’s not the person I thought she was.

          She went on to say, My feelings on this issue aren’t a judgment call. This is a belief system for me, something ingrained in me. If she were a stranger, I would absolutely not be around her.

          To me, this was just another example of the “belief system” that so many follow … one that would cause a mother to totally reject her daughter.

          I was suggesting you append this to your post as an “EDIT”, instead of just leaving it here in the comments. That way later readers will see it, too – especially if they don’t delve into the comments.”

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        • Ahhhh. Good idea. Will take care of that. Thanks for the suggestion … and for stopping by. We don’t see much of you in the blogosphere. 😦

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  5. Hillary Clinton went months and months between news conferences.

    And even Barack Obama avoided them like the plague.

    That’s because the drive by media is full of crazies whose only objective is building their careers by ruining the powerful.

    Bemused and hateful Hillary voters don’t care what he has to say anyway.

    THE Donald is smart.

    If he has something to say he’ll say it himself, without the need for the drive bys or he’ll have someone in his brain trust like the beautiful and talented Kellyanne Conway.

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    • Hello again SoM,

      I wanted to respectfully ask about this postulation; I’d like some clarity please…

      THE Donald is smart.

      Could you please elaborate what that means and by what measuring stick or comparison to which you are vaguely implying? Thank you sir.

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      • Professor,

        THE Donald beat the tar out of the Washington DC political establishment and Clinton, Inc.

        If you want to see what cunning intelligence looks like, find one of those famous pictures of a wolf in the wild.

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        • SoM,

          Thank you for your candid opinion. Since you enjoy that approach to the majority of questions asked of you, I will respond in like sir. 😀

          Your first sentence is not an answer to my question of a measuring-stick or comparisons, hence it is your opinion. Everyone has one, right. But I was hoping for a lot more definitive substance in your reply. Was that a mistake? I do not wish to waste my time or yours, or anyone else’s here, on mere flippant opinions. In the spirit of intelligent productive dialogue & discussion, do you want to try again?

          Your last sentence I did chuckle at. 😛 I’m flattered that you have given me an assignment WORTH researching. Here is the result of my hard work finding a wolf in the wild

          Not sure about you, but I see a plethora of uncanny resemblance to “THE Donald”. Hey, at least I didn’t make the mistake of finding a head made of stone and show it. That certainly wouldn’t have illustrated “cunning intelligence” right? Not even the same species! Silly me. 😉

          Seriously though, I would like dialogue with verifiable substance on “THE Donald is smart.” What verifiable measuring stick and/or comparisons did you use to form that opinion? Thanks SoM.

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        • Professor,

          You use too many words to say something stupid.

          I gave you the verifiable measuring stick for THE Donald’s intelligence in my comment.

          It is absolutely shameful that you spend so many words saying something stupid, only to end up asking the same stupid question.

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        • THE Donald beat the tar out of the Washington DC political establishment and Clinton, Inc.

          THIS (!) is what you think makes your Donald smart?!!?!

          Cunning intelligence? Bwaaaahaaaahaaaa! Shrewd ignorance is more like it.

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      • Nan,

        I don’t have a deep and unceasing love for THE Donald.

        It’s just that he is a natural born winner who brought the Obama-Hillary catastrophe of the last 8 years to a screeching halt.

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    • You say THE Donald is smart.?? You believe this man is a Christian and he will make America a great Christian country? He did say he would make America great again and that will mean to him huge defence spending to enable the efficiency of the military to destroy maximum lives in minimum time. Oh, he may even declare war on China or Russia to prove the USA is number one power, however all is fine because he will ban abortion…right?

      I hope for the sake of the world I am wrong and maybe the worst he will do is grope a couple of women and rip of the tax system.

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      • Sky,

        THE Donald never promised to make America a great Christian county.

        And Christians didn’t vote for him because that’s what they thought he was going to do.

        His beef with China is simply one of fairness in trade.

        I haven’t any idea why you are hallucinating about THE Donald and the Russians.

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  6. Conspiracy theory nutcase for national security, a creationist wingnut for Transportation, Koch brothers Exxon Mobile lobbyist for environmental protection… I mean, what more evidence do you need to safely say the inmates are now running the asylum? It’s a foregone State of Crazy from the moment Trump was elected by the deluded. I don;t care what other excuse is used to elect the guy; voting for him was an act of incredible stupidity and civic irresponsibility.

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  7. Nan,

    I found this article by Joan Walsh to be a deserving read. Just the sub-headline piqued my curiosity:

    [Trump has]…”betrayed his working-class supporters by naming a cabinet of millionaire and billionaire insiders. Here’s the link to the article:

    https://www.thenation.com/article/democrats-should-fight-all-of-trumps-nominees-yes-all-of-them/

    A snipnit…

    “The president-elect is presenting Democrats with a political opportunity even before he takes the oath of office. The so-called champion of the working class is assembling a gilded cabinet. Not only will it be the richest, ever; it features plutocrats who’ve presided over the hollowing out of the working class Trump pretended to care about.”

    Her final paragraph…

    “ There will be plenty of opportunity for rising stars to shine, by grilling nominees with strong research into their careers, their potential conflicts of interest, and their policy beliefs. But right now Democrats are missing an opportunity to brand the president-elect as a man who’s betraying his base, right out of the gate. They should certainly pick their battles—a lot of them.

    Thought I’d share. 🙂

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