Trump has had 3 careers so far. Contractor, TV personality, and President. He is on his way to a fourth. Stand up comic. As was evidenced yesterday when for 2 hours he had the CPAC audience rolling in the aisles.
The man is a born humorist.
Though painful. He cares not who he hurts in the process.
One of Trump’s many problems is he is not a man of principle. He is not the “give me liberty or give me death” type. Nor, “I regret I have but one life to give for my country.”
The principle problem clearly evidenced itself with Otto Warmbier and Jamal Khashoggi. Disappointingly so.
Trump explained yesterday he could not accuse Kim of responsibility/complacency with regard to Warmbier. After all, he was trying to negotiate with Kim and it would have made his job difficult.
Trump screwed up even though he failed to take Kim on re Warmbier.
A similar situation has existed with regard Khashoggi and Saudi Arabia. Trump has relationships with the Saudis that he does not want to affect.
Warmbier an American citizen. Khashoggi an American resident. You stand up for your own regardless of the consequences. Such is principle. Character. Trump having failed to stand up for these two diminishes respect for the U.S. and as well as himself. Kim and the Saudis must consider him a joke. A person they can easily deal with.
Such conduct emboldens other dictators in the world to disrespect, torture and kill Americans. With impunity.
My day yesterday began with the Syracuse/Wake Forest game at noon. Syracuse won by 25 points. 79-54. Syracuse played well. A lot of driving. Wake Forest was the lesser team.
Only one week left in league play. Syracuse has 2 games scheduled this week. The first monday night against Virginia. Virginia ranked #2 nationally. Syracuse remains unranked.
Would be great if Syracuse should win. Syracuse beat #1 Duke. No reason why a victory against Virginia is not obtainable.
Last night, the Chart Room first.
Ted from Wampsville in town. Told John the night before he was looking for me. I thought I would run into him. Did not. It is a long week. We will meet before he leaves. Perhaps for the Syracuse game tomorrow night at the Chart Room.
Mary and Elena came in. Some interesting chat. Ended up going to dinner with Mary. As her guest!
Walked Duval on the way to La Trattoria. The Duval Promenade on going. Its third week. Looks better each week. Merchants better organized with outside tables, etc. More people.
Tiffany bartending. I have known her for 25 years. First met her when she was bartending at Antonia’s. A great personality.
Enjoyed antipasto and pennes with oil and garlic. Satisfied a desire. Negated any type activity with Mary following dinner.
Three events tonight. Hopefully will make at least one. The Gardens, Hot Dog Church, and Terri White singing with Larry Baeder at The Key West Theater.
Tomorrow a significant day in history. On February 4, 1861, Abraham Lincoln was inaugurated for the first time. Twenty five thousand people watched.
It is estimated Trump drew 300,000 to 600,000. I am surprised Trump has not yet informed the world that he drew more people to his inauguration than Lincoln did.
The country was split at the time. South against North. Rivalry and hatred ran deep. Similar to the disruption between Republicans and Democrats today.
Lincoln said in his acceptance speech, “We are not enemies, but friends. We must not be enemies.”
His words were not heard then. Can they be heard today? Difficult.
Love robots! The new world of machine domination is upon us. Except, very few are aware of it. The ordinary citizen as well as the politician.
Companies are switching over to robots. The bottom line the reason. Cheaper to operate with machines than humans.
Walmart had a profitable year last year. Blowout earnings were reported a few days ago. The increased profit due primarily to surging on line sales.
Walmart reported this past week that it is eliminating its graveyard shift in hundreds of its stores. The human force to be replaced by a “labor saving product.” Robots.
The move will cut Walmart’s operating costs dramatically. It will also result in many humans losing their jobs. Which opens another wound. Trump has done nothing to ready the U.S. for what is occurring. Retraining programs needed. Or, a lot more people are going to be on the unemployment rolls.
I do not blame Trump alone. Obama paid little attention to the problem also.
Enjoy your Sunday!