U is for Unbelievable

FC5E22B5-CDE1-48D8-BF05-36AA79011F28Donald Trump is once again not going to the White House Correspondents Association annual dinner this coming Saturday, calling it “too negative.” This will be the third year in a row that the President has refused to attend the dinner.

But this year he is expanding his boycott of the annual press gathering. White House aides told administration officials and staff, some of whom attended last year’s event, that Trump did not want them to attend this year’s.

“The President and members of his administration will not attend the White House Correspondents Dinner this year,” the White House said in a written statement. And it appears that officials will heed the president’s order.

Unbelievable. Trump is the first president ever to order administration officials to boycott the dinner. He is also the first president since Ronald Reagan to not to attend the dinner. Reagan missed the event in 1981, when he was recovering from an assassination attempt.

So why the boycott by Trump, members of his administration, and White House aides?

First, Trump hates the free press, calling reporters and journalists “the enemy of the American people” and purveyors of “fake news” (i.e., anything not flattering to Trump).

Second, Trump is extremely thin-skinned and hates it when anyone pokes fun at him or makes jokes about him.

I saw a quote the other day from Arthur Koestler, a Hungarian-British author and journalist. He wrote, “Dictators fear laughter more than bombs.”

There’s little more you need to know in order to understand why Donald Trump, as President, has never attended the White House Correspondents Association dinner. He fears being laughed at.

I’d say that this is unbelievable, but in the Trump era, it is all too believable.


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T is for Trite Talk

E2B6D45A-10E0-4A92-8F8E-A8794EFA34A1“It is what it is and I can’t cry over spilled milk,” I said. “But I should have been able to read between the lines.”

“Listen to yourself, dude. You’re being trite,” he said. “You’re speaking in stale, overused clichés.”

“Oh, don’t get your knickers in a twist,” I said.

“Someone woke up on the wrong side of the bed this morning,” he responded.

“Nonsense,” I said. “I don’t have a care in the world. In fact, I’m having the time of my life.”

“Good, because every cloud has a silver lining,” he said.

“Tell me something I don’t already know,” I said, nodding my head in agreement. “At the end of the day, all’s fair in love and war, I suppose.”

“I know you were head over heels in love with her,” he said, “but time heals all wounds.”

“The handwriting was on the wall,” I acknowledged. “And while she was a diamond in the rough, all that glitters is not gold.”

“I’m sure you’ll land on your feet when all is said and done,” he said.

“I feel you, and the good news is that laughter is the best medicine,” I said. “I am a man who believes that when life gives you lemons, you make lemonade.”

“True dat, my friend,” he said. “Every cloud has a silver lining.”

I looked at my watch. “Oh my, will you look at the time,” I said. “Time flies when you’re having fun, but I have things to do, places to go, and people to see. ”

“Okay, pal, you hang in there,” he said, sticking out his hand for me to shake. “And remember, it’s always darkest right before the dawn.”

“Good talk, buddy,” I said, shaking his outstretched hand. “I’m feeling fit as a fiddle, and, while only time will tell, I am sure I’ll land on my feet.”

“Keep on truckin’,” he called out as I left the room.1D9C47C7-4AB2-46CB-86EF-D507629F0346


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S is for Sycophant

F837D866-F5E1-4652-B069-C8AFACC30DACI’ve known the meaning of the word sycophant for a long time, but to be honest, up until about three years ago, I don’t think I used it very often, if at all. Now, in the Trump era, it’s a part of my everyday vocabulary.

As I’m sure you know, a sycophant is a person who tries to win favor from wealthy or influential people by flattering them; who praises people in authority in a way that is not sincere, usually in order to get some advantage. Like, you know, the “personalities” on Fox News.

The political arena has always been populated by people who lust after access to power. But Donald Trump, hardly the first politician to attract self-serving followers, seems to attract more of these ass-kissing, butt-licking, self-promoters than most.9934DCA1-D3AD-48F6-8C18-E2EA9263DFC9But what amazes me more than those who flock to Trump like flies to shit, are the Republican members of Congress who see no evil, hear no evil, and speak no evil when it comes to Donald Trump.

Trump is their man, and they’re all harmoniously singing Tammy Wynette’s 1968 classic “Stand By Your Man.” It’s the GOP theme song, and nothing, it seems, can dissuade either Trump’s base or the Republicans in Congress from standing by their lying, corrupt con artist of a man, no matter what crazy shit he says or does.

It’s inexplicable to me how these GOP sycophants continue to stand by Trump at the expense of standing by — and for — their country.


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R is for Randy Rainbow

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I’m very excited. My wife and I are going to see Randy Rainbow tonight.

Who?

Randy Rainbow.

Who’s Randy Rainbow?

I’m so glad you asked. Randy Rainbow is an American comedian and singer, best known for his videos published on YouTube, in which he spoofs interviews with famous figures and parodies musical numbers, often with a political focus.79BEB09B-A461-4B88-89EB-CA909DE3BFAB.pngTo be honest, up until recently, I wasn’t familiar with Mr. Rainbow. He started off his “career” conducting mock interviews with politicians and celebrities. But he eventually showed off his singing abilities in parody music videos based on Broadway tunes and pop hits. And best of all, Randy Rainbow has taken a particularly keen interest in President Trump and his administration.

And that’s how I first heard about him, because you know what a fan I am of Donald Trump.

Randy Rainbow is like a political “Weird Al” Yankovic. He has a versatile singing voice and has demonstrated a talent for writing hilarious — and biting lyricist. And his parody songs are guaranteed to make you laugh. Well, unless you are a Trump supporter.

I’m attaching two of Rainbow’s parade musical videos. Judge for yourself.


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Q is for Quixotic

F20B82C1-EC28-43D9-8509-DF03ABD60836In my A to Z Challenge post yesterday, I wrote about pragmatism and described myself as a practical pragmatist, someone who is guided by practical considerations, someone who self-describes as a logical, rational, and reasonable person.

Today I’m going to write about the word “quixotic,” which is a word I would use to describe my wife. She can be impulsive and often rashly unpredictable. She can also be exceedingly idealistic; unrealistic, and impractical, albeit with a sense of romantic nobility.

F53F863E-9E44-46F7-9904-0CD7C07E0699The word “quixotic” is taken from the name of the hero of Cervantes’ 1605 novel with the themes of chivalry, romance, and sanity, “Don Quixote.” Quixote dreams up a romantic ideal world, which he believes to be real, and acts on this idealism, which most famously leads him into imaginary fights with windmills that he regards as giants, leading to the related metaphor of “tilting at windmills.”

I’m not suggesting that my wife is tilting at windmills. But she is highly idealistic, can be impulsive, and does have a sense of romantic nobility. And her quixotic nature serves as a perfect complement to my practical pragmatism and is the best explanation I have for why we will be celebrating 43 years together later this year.


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