I’m So Vain, and Other Stuff (the Bee)

August 25, 2017

I’m So Vain, and Other Stuff (the Bee)

Greenwood SC

Totality

You’re So Vain by Carly Simon—every thinking man’s “you know what” (13, 9, 12, 6, and you figure it out)—includes in its third stanza the following words:

Then you flew your Lear jet to Nova Scotia, to see the total eclipse of the sun.

So we had a total eclipse of the sun on August 21, 2017, in the United States of America. No, Donald Trump gets no credit for it. And when Hari Sreenivasan mentioned on the NewsHour last week that the total eclipse was scheduled for Monday, I thought he might have “special knowledge” about end times. Maybe I’d be “done for” in South Carolina.

South Carolina. I’d

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Only Give Trump So Much Attention

April 27, 2017

Only Give Trump So Much Attention

“You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view […] until you climb into his skin and walk around in it.” — Atticus Finch, from Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird

President Barack Obama shared “fellow American” Atticus Finch’s words in his farewell address on January 10. He used them to tell us our hearts must change. “For blacks and other minority groups,” he said, “it means tying our own very real struggles for justice to the challenges that a lot of people in this country face—not only the refugee, or the immigrant, or the rural poor, or the transgender American, but also the middle-aged white

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Donald Trump Takes on the Establishment. Ha-ha!

November 6, 2016

Donald Trump

Donald Trump takes on the Establishment. Ha-ha! Here’s Donald Trump’s closer. His targets? HRC, Jewish Fed Chair Janet Yellen, Jewish investor par excellence George Soros, Jewish Goldman Sachs Chairman and CEO Lloyd Blankfein, and the “failed and corrupt establishment” and the “global power structure.” Josh Marshall at TalkingPointsMemo correctly calls out Mr. Trump and his advertisement for their anti-Semitic themes. Alas, that’s not my point.

Mr. Trump is a billionaire real estate developer. He did it the easy way. Rich daddy. Borrowed money. Insider favors. Establishment all the way! So why did he decide to run against the Establishment that has offered him so much? Here’s my theory.

The Establishment can’t stand this guy. Rich men—almost

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Donald Trump: Wrong Man, Always!

November 5, 2016

 

Donald Trump

Donald Trump: wrong man, always! So, so much is so, so wrong about the notion of Donald J. Trump as President of the United States. He’s a bad, bad man. Ironically, though, even if he was a good, good man his raison d’etre disqualifies him for the job.

Donald Trump spews forth every day. He’s all over the map on everything, but he’s constant about one thing: he’s the outsider who will drain the swamp. He’ll be unpredictable, and different. The successful businessman. Not politically correct.

Ignore, please, all of the stuff we know about Mr. Trump. His lack of knowledge about and interest in policy matters. His claims that he knows more than everyone else. (“I know more

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Donald Trump: The Other In Our Midst!

September 20, 2016

Today, I am focused on Donald Trump. He’s The Other in our midst.

My 21,556 days here include four significant “I remember where I was when …” events. I was just six on 11/22/1963, almost 12 on 7/20/1969 (when Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin landed on the moon), and three days shy of 44 on 9/11/2001. Finally, there’s April 19, 1995, the day on which Timothy McVeigh and co-conspirators toppled the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City. The bombing killed 168 people (including 19 children), injured many hundreds, and caused $600M+ in damages.

April 19, 1995 stands out for me because of the confluence of three events. There was the bombing. And in my little world,

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Donald Trump and the Trump Foundation

September 18, 2016

We’re all about Donald Trump and the Trump Foundation today. Here’s a CNN exchange between Trump Campaign Manager Kellyanne Conway and reporter Alisyn Camerota on Tuesday, September 13:

Conway:  Donald Trump has been incredibly generous over the course of his life.

Camerota:  With his own money?

Conway:  With his own money, and his foundation’s money – which is his money.

Where do I begin? So many falsehoods in Ms. Conway’s 24 words.

Let’s start with the fact that for almost 20 years I served on and chaired nonprofit boards. I have also raised a few hundred thousand dollars for charities. Done lots of work on fund development and board governance issues. Represented several nonprofit entities. And

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The Wednesday Curator – 7/6/2016

July 5, 2016

The Curator has graciously donated most of his space this week to demonstrating the fraudulent essence of Donald Trump. Here goes:

Donald Trump is No Christian. Peter Wehner’s piece in the July 5 New York Times, The Theology of Donald Trump, takes care of the religious issue with knowledge and grace. Mr. Wehner notes the contrast between Mr. Trump’s focus on worldly success and power, and Christian values. The outcome is not pretty for Mr. Trump or those who preach values and follow him. Inauthenticity abounds!

Donald Trump Lives and Dies by the Insult. The Upshot at the New York Times offers The 239 People, Places and Things Donald Trump Has Insulted on Twitter: A Complete List, collected

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Will Democracy End If Trump Wins?

May 22, 2016

Can it happen here? Can our democracy end if we elect Donald Trump?

Many Most people will say no, if they have even considered the issue. For many, that’s because we got through eight years of George W. Bush and, as a friend noted recently, “GOP voters survived Obama.” For more, perhaps, it’s about American Exceptionalism, the notion that we’re special, somehow. We may be failing on education, health care, income and wealth inequality, etc., but we are simply better because, well, just because! (Make no mistake about it, Donald Trump thinks America is the best country, past, present, and future, no what you here coming out of his mouth.)

The obvious answer is, of course, yes. Our democracy can

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Trump and Those Tax Returns

May 14, 2016

Timothy L. O’Brien wrote I Saw Trump’s Tax Returns. You Should, Too for Bloomberg News on May 12. Mr. O’Brien knows something about the Donald and his tax returns. He called Mr. Trump a millionaire in his book, TrumpNation, which prompted Mr. Trump to sue him for libeling him by understating his wealth.* Details are in What Really Gets under Trump’s Skin? A Reporter Questioning His Net Worth, written by Paul Farhi for the Washington Post. (The case was dismissed, but not before Mr. O’Brien got to see returns, subject to a confidentiality order.)

Mr. O’Brien does provide a succession of comments from Mr. Trump about the returns. (Aside: Can anyone truly fathom how irritating another four-plus years

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Trump and the Id

May 12, 2016

I read Dear Liberals, Stop Panicking over Trump, written by Michael A. Cohen for the Boston Globe, this morning. Then I read Congress to America: Drop Dead, Nicholas Kristof’s piece for the New York Times. Still panicked,a nd it’s all about the Id for me.

I think it’s unlikely that Donald Trump will ever be the President of the United States of America. Truly, and Mr. Cohen provides a decent amount of assurance! But what we have here—I’m going back almost 30 years to experiences in the world of risk management—is a low frequency / high severity event.

Again, I don’t think President Trump happens, but if it does, it’s President Trump for almost 1500 days. (A second

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