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Early Morning Visitor update

Seems I was wrong. Mama racoon already had her babies (kits). She was just checking things out before making a debut with her three kits. In another week or so she will take to the trees with her family. this will keep them safe from hungry coyotes and foxes.

Picture is a little blurred as I am not able to focus with my low vision. But I think you can see the whole family.


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Observations about Donald Trump (Pt. 3)

5.28.2017

OBSERVATIONS ABOUT DONALD J. TRUMP – 45TH PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA. (Part 3)

During his campaign, Donald Trump displayed an extraordinary trait for calling people derogatory names. One wonders if that was supposed to be humorous or did he miss the Kindergarten days growing up where he would have learned the rhyme about Sticks and Stones?

Donald Trump considers himself a winner. He promotes this idea with self-propaganda. One has to suppose that He likes the tendency to refer to some as losers. He referred to Sen. John McCain as a loser for getting caught by the North Vietnamese when his plane was shot down. More recently, he included in his list of losers, the ISIS inspired terrorist who murdered 22 people at a concert in Manchester, U.K.

Donald Trump’s lack of respect for people renders him to nothing more than a wealthy, powerful lout. He is ham-handed, rude and displays a streak of both contempt and meanness towards others.

As I write this, Donald Trump is concluding a 9 day foreign tour with his family. On his list of people to see during his trip were His Royal Highness King Salman of Saudi Arabia, His Holiness Pope Francis and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel. This was followed by a visit to NATO headquarters in Belgium and then a visit to Italy for the G7 meetings.

Although television news reported that for the most part Donald Trump did well avoiding any major pitfalls, I believe there were one or two points worth mentioning.

Ostensibly, his visit with King Salman was to talk about increased action against ISIS and I am sure this got some discussion however, the true purpose of his visit probably centered around the multi-million dollar arms deal Jared Kushner, Donald Trump’s Son-in-law supposedly negotiated with the Saudis. Sorry if I sound cynical, but selling arms to the Saudis is a bit of an oxymoron when the Saudis. Nobody sells them anything. Simply put they place an order. Donald Trump will at some point in the very near future claim how many jobs he created as a result of this non-deal. I’ll come back to this point later in my section called Following the Money.

His address and conduct at the NATO HQ was I thought embarrassing.  I don’t believe it was appropriate for Donald Trump to call for a moment of silence because of the bombing attack in Manchester. I write this from the point of view that it was not his story to tell. It was presumptuous and as with most things Trumpian failed the sincerity test. I among others saw it as an attempt at piety when piety had not been called for. He would have done better to have left this to the representative of the U.K.

His lecturing of the gathered assembly concerning costs/contributions to NATO were insulting and lost. Citing unfairness to me as a tax-payer was juvenile, unstatesmanlike and stupid. Sounding stern like a headmaster talking to naughty schoolgirls and boys did nothing to make America Look Great.

When Angela Merkel of Germany made her opening remarks she addressed the assembly with Eure Majistaeten (Your Majesties) indicating to me that the Royal family of Belgium were present. Donald Trump however did not recognize them; another missed opportunity to make America look great.

Oh and what about physically pushing Dusko Markovic, the prime Minister of Montenegro out of the way. I guess the Donald has not learned three words – “excuse me please”. His body language, the buttoning of his jacket and the total lack of eye contact afterwards says it all; “out of the way can’t you see I’m the top dog here”. His arrogant behavior makes one want to cringe. The day will come when he is no longer POTUS and when that day comes monuments will likely be erected to remind future generations of what it was like to live with national embarrassment.

On a final note about his overseas visit, he paid a visit to a US naval air station in Sicily where he addressed the assembled officers and men. In his address he claimed that already money was “pouring in” from NATO members as a result of his speech. He went on to add that this would not have happened if he were not elected POTUS.

I wonder if Donald Trump realizes how amateurish he sounds when he makes such claims. How does Don the Con tell such lies while keeping a straight face? This is the kind of claim that people who voted for him, knew was false but they chose to believe, abdicating their responsibility for doing what was right in the process. And, I will add, at the same time shifting responsibility in the event things don’t turn out by claiming “Donald Trump said so”.


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Observations about donald trump (Pt. 2)

5.27.20017

OBSERVATIONS ABOUT DONALD J. TRUMP – 45TH PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA. (Part 2)

I know very little about Donald Trump personally. Most of what I know about him is derived from personal observation of him during his public appearances as reported on television news and biographical information and reports in the press.

Donald Trump was born in 1946. His father Fred Trump was a business man involved in real estate. It has been reported that upon his death, Donald Trump inherited a substantial amount of money which he has managed to parlay into several billion dollars over the years. Reports say that he managed to achieve this by surrounding himself with savvy people as well as through legal maneuvers which allowed him to declare and file for bankruptcy as the expense of his lawful creditors.

Donald Trump considers himself a shrewd, even smart business man, able to reach deals through negotiation. However, not many people have stepped forward to endorse that idea. And somewhat expectedly has not overwhelmingly demonstrated this skill during his first 126 days in office.

Coming to his campaign for election, one almost gets the impression that he was talked into announcing his candidacy for the office of POTUS. If that supposition were true, then the next obvious question one would ask oneself is this: who were the people and what were their motives for pushing his nomination forward?

And, while we ponder that last question, let us look at some of the people he has appointed to key positions and at the same time look at the people jockeying for prominence in the White House.

The most remarkable point of course is that not one of his appointees have any real experience either in government, diplomacy or foreign affairs from a political standpoint. And sadly while claiming that he was going to “drain the swamp” he had no real understanding about how the senate and the Congress and Washington DC for that matter, works His disdain for the career government staff reinforces the notion that he is both ignorant and that his underlying trait is that of a controlling person.  Donald Trump seems to be under the impression that as president, he now gets to call the shots. Perhaps it’s time for someone, a friend who cares for him and for our country, to take him behind the woodshed for a “Come to Jesus” talk.

 

more to follow tomorrow