A Day Without You Know Who

It is 6:00 a.m. and normally I would be sitting on my couch channel surfing between MSNBC, CNN, and FOX, watching the latest so-called news, mostly speculation, about you know who (YKW).  I don’t recommend starting your day that way, as I’m usually left with a slight nausea, and feeling in desperate need for a spark of enthusiasm to meet the rest of the day.

While my goal with this blog is to shed a little light to dispel here and there the Gotham-like miasma that YKW cloaks the truth with by the hour, I can’t help but feel I’m just another pawn in his game.  I am one of the many who spend way to much time focused upon him.  And in writing this blog I am pushing others to do the same.  All just what he wants.  It is a conundrum.

This came to mind when I sent a friend/blog-reader a web site which tracks the YKW roller coaster ride daily.  His name is John and his wife Deb.  While he thought the site could be useful, he added:  “Deb and I are trying to persuade each other to spend less time watching cable news because you just get spun around faster and faster into the vortex, and you end up knowing only what you knew before the dizzying spin”. 

In other words, thanks but no thanks for more about YKW.

I can hear you, man.  My excuse is I’m addicted.

But I still haven’t turned on cable news and hope not to, while referring to the oversized boy who would-be king as YKW adds some distance, too.  If his name comes up later in the day it won’t come out of my mouth.  And I’ll keep mum if others talk about him.  Or at least try to.

It is only one day, but you know how it is with us addicts.  We take it one day at a time.

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The Armada that is Working It’s Way to Korea

There is much one could say about “President” Trump’s almost first one hundred days, but most of it isn’t worth dwelling upon, which is good news to a one handed typist.

It is not worth dwelling upon because most of it has been empty boasts, unfulfilled promises, fitful threats and ridiculous assertions.  This formula worked well in the TV surreality of the campaign trail, but is falling apart like Cinderella’s coach racing towards midnight now that Trump is expected to actually accomplish things.

Most of this charade most of us can live with while it plays out, but Korea stands out as an exception.  Someone has aptly called it ” a drawn out version of the Cuban missile crisis.”   I was around during that crisis and fear abounded.   If there is less fear around these days, it is because we are more closely wedded to TV’s versions of reality than the real thing.  We have become anesthetized.

As a reality TV show Trump’s tough guy stance is entertaining.  In reality, Trump’s posing is frightening.  He acts like a bloviating bully whose foreign policy comes at the spur of the moment.

Call it gallows humor, but I have to laugh at the fiasco of the fleet that was portrayed as being dispatched to Korea, but actually was going elsewhere on pre-planned maneuvers.   AND THEN IT WAS GOING TO KOREA…..   as spokesman Sean Spicer “explained.”   As always not admitting a screw up.   Blaming the press for misinterpretations.

Leisurely heading towards Korea is not the same as rushing there, implied in Trump’s tough guy talk.  That’s like saying  police are responding to a 9-1-1 call, as soon as they finish their coffee and donuts at Dunkin’s.

Whatever.  I have to hope that charade – which a number of South Koreans running for the presidency there call “a lie” and reason not to trust Trump in the future – does not foreshadow a mishandling of a huge, immensely complex problem that Trump promises to “take care of”, as if he were negotiating just another real estate deal.

REALLY FOLKS.  THIS IS A DANGEROUS SITUATION.