Don the Con: Why Salesmen Don’t Make Good Presidents

You don’t have to read “The Art Of The DeaL” to understand sales. Just read this:

I want to sell you a car.  I tell you, “This is a nice car”.  My SAYING “This is a nice car” doesn’t  make it a nice car, but the SUGGESTION that this is a nice car hangs in the air like a bad odor until  someone counters it by saying “NO, this POS is NOT a nice car”. What does the con do then?  He/She doesn’t engage in debate. They just move on to the next selling point.  “This car is a bargain.”  “This car gets good mileage”. They will hop all over and around and never stick to one argument long enough to be contradicted. They prevail by SUGGESTION and simply change the subject when someone contradicts them. Sound familiar?

Any lie has its own truth for a moment. “I saw thousands of Muslims dancing for joy on 9-11” hangs in the air until someone pulls it down. “Three million people voted illegally”. “They bused people in from Vermont to vote in New Hampshire”.  “I had the largest inaugural crowd in history” and on and on and on.  When anyone  tries to confront him, he walks away.  That’s what cons do. 

Donald isn’t the only con in the White House these days, of course. Kellianne and that idiot Steven Miller,  the clown who botched the Muslim ban order, are front and center. Bill Clinton had a Rolodex of 2500 names he could call on; Don has Jared.  The Gang That Couldn’t Shoot Straight  would have enough problems  if they were straight shooters. Being cons-in -training is challenging.

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The Flu

I got it. I’ve been sick for two weeks. First, three days of sneezing, then three days of coughing followed by a week of misery/fatigued/fitful sleep. Hope none of you have to go through this.

Our friend Fred suggested I should have had a flu shot.  I DID have a flu shot, back in October. It was one of the  last things I did  before we left on our train trip.  I cannot imagine trying to travel with this. Unfortunately, there is more than one type of flu,  and the shots are helpful  but not a slam -dunk guarantee.  HERE’s some guidance from the County.

My diet has consisted  of Paul Newman’s Limeade, and delivery from Babe’s.  LOTS of Limeade. I can go through a carton in a morning. I actually have a doctor appointment tomorrow-  it was for something else but had to be postponed  because of the flu.  Maybe she’ll be able to do something for me. Or maybe I’ll cancel again, since I’m still not feeling great. Calling in sick to my doctor appointment.  Sometimes the best thing to do.  Don’t want to make THEM sick too. Between the lousy weather and the flu I have missed out entirely on the Lebowski  events and Chinese New Year.  But there’s still a few more days when you can squeeze in CNY.

Up to 50,000 people have the flu right now in the US. The flu is nothing to mess with. Every year people die from it.  My own great-grandmother died of the 1918 flu that killed thousands.  That was right here in Eureka. Bottom line:   if you haven’t  had your shot, do it now.  Anything is better than this.

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All My Immigrants

I never thought of myself as coming from a family of immigrants, but the barbaric actions of our new President have put me in my place. My best and closest friend is an immigrant. His mother was an immigrant.  My sister-in–law is an immigrant. My cousin’s kid is about to marry an immigrant.  All my great-grandparents on my mom’s side were immigrants.  I know I’m leaving someone out.

My great-grandfather’s “naturalization papers” consisted of a page in a ledger that listed his name, and said that he came from Ireland.  His wife, my great-grandmother, didn’t warrant a listing of her own, nor did any of the kids.  I found it down in the courthouse. All the people on a page were sworn in on the same day. One of the folks on my great-grandfather’s page was David Cutten, so we’re going back aways.

I would be okay with not having immigration laws at all.  The growth that this country experienced in the 19th century was essentially unregulated.  It was chaos! But somehow it all worked out. They were suspicious of immigrants then,  too.  Did you read the obituary in Sunday’s Times-Standard that referenced our Italian folks from right here in Eureka being restricted and relocated  due to the WWII scare over Italian and Japanese immigrants?  A lot of injustices were done during that time, all in the name of “national security”.  Have you ever in your life met someone who actually lost a job- or anything else- to an undocumented worker? I haven’t.

The ineptitude of the right-wing ideologues who are occupying the White House is actually a good thing.  Bannon, Spicer etc don’t seem to have a clue.  Trump’s first and only term will apparently be a full-employment act for lawyers. Expensive for the taxpayers, but in the end the Constitution will prevail. Hopefully.

I lived in Sacramento for a year and I find myself thinking  of my dentist there, who was a Syrian immigrant, a graduate of the University of Damascus. I hope  he and his family will not be  terrorized by the Trumpies. They are a nice family and a good dentist is hard to find.  

What a bitter backdrop as we welcome the Year of the Rooster.

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Me and the ACLU

Like everyone who joins the ACLU, I get mad and quit them every once in a while. Their positions in defense of liberty are sometimes extreme. I remember the first time I  quit them.  It was over the kid from Russia ;who was being made to go back to Russia and I don’t even recall the legal issue.  But the way they stepped up over this past weekend to fight the “Muslim ban” was definitely heartwarming.  And reassuring.

So now I’ll have to write them a check.  You can, too.   HERE’S the website.  For as little as $35 (or less- they’re not going to turn anyone down)  you can be a soldier in the good fight. 

When I think of all the other entities I write checks to- the Zoo, the THA,  the Democrats, Food for People, EPIC, the Chamber, etc.- it doesn’t seem like much.

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Bamboo for the Pandas

A few weeks ago I got a call from the Sequoia Park Zoo, asking about bamboo.  I had apparently let them know that I had some and they were interested in getting some for the little red pandas. Who could say no?

When I bought my place back in ’93 I planted five black bamboos in the far corner.  I got them from a place called Bamboo and Maples that used to be  sort of inside the nursery that used to exist where the Safeway is now.  I used to love going there.  It was like an arboretum  and I miss it dearly.  Then they moved over to Hubbard Lane but didn’t last long.  The fellow who sold me the bamboos even planted them for me! They were only 4 or 5 feet then;  now they’re 12 feet or more. They are a lovely addition that turned a boring corner into a tropical  paradise if it were ever warm enough to sit on the bench and relax out there. It never is.

Anyway, the young people from the Zoo do a great job of harvesting the bamboo and it always looks better after they’ve been there.  The last time they came, they said the incessant rains had created a bamboo emergency. If you want to do your part to make sure those cute little devils have enough food and if you have bamboo in your yard, give the Zoo a call at 441 4263. They can use the help.

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Don the Con’s Power Grab- Muzzling Federal Empoylees

D the C committed several outrages yesterday.  Among them was  trying to impose a gag order on the Federal employees who spend YOUR money to accomplish Federal tasks. He doesn’t want them to be able to whistleblow or otherwise divulge that’s going on with YOUR money and resources.  What does he want to hide?   Hopefully ,the Unions and lawyers will atop this attack on free speech, but you can’t bet this is only the first time. He has NO HESITATION  WHATEVER to attack free speech and the next target might be YOU.  

Responsible citizens are  alarmed at his unhinged behavior.   HERE”S an update.

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Don the Con’s Big Day- He Blew It

Those of us with low expectations for the Trump Inaugural were not disappointed. He could have issued a call for unity. He could have addressed the concerns of the majority who did not vote for him.  But no, instead he continued to demonstrate his unfitness for office, his insatiable ego,  his lack of knowledge, and his basic lack of interest in being the President. He’s more concerned with ratings and crowd sizes than in governing. Those of us who thought that the grownups would get to him have realized that the grownups have no influence.  He is a deranged and dangerous  egomaniac who doesn’t know any better than to start his term with a loser’s controversy over crowd  size.  He’s starting with an attack on Federal employees –  yeah, that’s real helpful. 

We have entered a new era of Government by Lie. Trump lies so easily, so frequently, that we are getting used to it!  If I thought he was really going to last four years, I’d really be depressed. 

Don the Con now enjoys the support of approximately 30% of the voters.  He’ll never add to that number unless he gets his priorities straight. Twitter wars were okay when he was  just a candidate but his delusion that he can bypass the “crooked media” by using tweets just isn’t reality.  Unless he can BUILD on his base, he won’t be around long. If he were really “a very smart person”, he’d know that.

The outrages are coming so thick and so fast it’s hard to keep up.  Remember that this con, like all cons, works by distraction. He’ll keep the attention on himself by tweets and sound bits, and hope the true agenda stays under the radar. 

HERE is an accounting of this past weekend.  It’s not a good start. 

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