"The pure and simple truth is rarely pure and never simple."
Author: Steve D.
A native Hoosier whose formative years were spread across North Carolina, Ohio and Indiana, I've been a software professional since the early 1980's. Current endeavors include web development and civilian journalism.
It seems Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin are on the same drugs!
Since Trump has lauded Putin’s invasion of Ukraine, even calling the move “genius”, I believe the US government should seize the Mar-a-Lago, and other Trump assets (if there are any others that are truly soluble), as partial reparation for the huge moral and criminal damage that man has done to this country.
With the state of the nation as a whole in the worst predicament in the majority of our lifetimes, our government has FINALLY decided to get proactive in providing much-needed additional support through the current coronavirus emergency. But is the benefit of the people the motivating factor? Au contraire!
It is most definitely a heart-warming story about the recovery of a mountain hiker on Mount Ranier in Washington state that’s making headline news today. However, I have to seriously question the priority of health officials in that case. Is this “story” even true, or is it “fake news” designed with the intent to give readers a “warm, fuzzy” ray of sunshine during these surrealistically dismal times?
My Father is now in his 80s, and has lived through only two more US presidencies than I have, FDR and Truman. This upcoming election has me in a quandary. I don’t and never did like Donald Trump, but don’t know enough about Joseph Biden to make a sound decision on my vote next month! All I know is, I’ve lived through a dozen changes of the guard and have never been this uncertain about the direction this country is heading!
Reading Jon Meacham’s Destiny and Power: The American Odyssey of George Herbert Walker Bush a couple of months ago, I was reminded of just how effective George H. W. Bush was as President. He bailed out the national banking system, cleaned up the Exxon Valdez oil spill, strongly condemned the Chinese government over the Tiananmen Square incident, signed the Fair Labor Standards Amendments which raised minimum wage, ended the Dictatorship of drug trafficker Manuel Noriega, brought down the Berlin Wall, ended the Cold War, signed the Clean Air Act, and served justice internationally with his military intervention into the invasion of Kuwait by Iraq.
I have received 3 robocalls on my cell phone within the last hour. My policy for the last several years has been that the cell phone doesn’t get answered unless the incoming caller is identified through the contact list. Looking up these suspected numbers as they dial in reveals that they have been identified at the very top of the search results with “Phone Scam Alert”.
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This morning, I received a Facebook post from an old compadre of mine down in Texas, suggesting the boycott of Spielberg’s latest film, The Post, presumably for being politically inflammatory. Knowing little about the new release, except that it features Meryl Streep and Tom Hanks, I proceeded to Google it and found some interesting results!
The featured items at the top of my initial Google results:
Having not seen the flick yet, perhaps my opinion may be a little premature and even unfounded, but here goes.
Trump has definitely been one thing throughout the first year of his term, and that’s controversial, but he definitely doesn’t need an All the President’s Men to further antagonize him and his administration.
I’m not necessarily “Pro Trump”, I just have to learn to “like it”. Regardless of being a Republican by tradition or whether I “like” our current President or not, it’s just “prudent” to stick with the collective decisions made by one’s peers (consensus). After all, nothing is permanent, is it?
I do like Spielberg, Streep and Hanks, however, and can’t see how this latest work could be anything but entertaining and worthwhile. Anxious to see this one, regardless, or maybe because, of the suggestion to “boycott” it!
It seems that the massive surge in accusations of sexual misconduct have become the latest news fad. Why is this trend all the rage in the national news now? Harvey Weinstein, Kevin Spacey, Charlie Rose, Al Franken, and most recently, Matt Lauer. Did all of these high profile men suddenly start taking Cialis or Viagra? Or maybe it’s a result of rising sexual tension enhanced by easy access to pornographic content on the internet. Perhaps, this phenomenon has always been a common occurrence but victims have finally broken their code of silence.