On this day in 1469, the Italian political philosopher and writer Nicolo Machiavelli was born. Friend and foe at different times of Cesare Borgia and the Medici family.
Machiavelli most famous effort is The Prince. The book’s hero an amoral calculating tyrant for whom the end justified the means. A man who believed diabolical expediency was proper activity in the world of politics.
“Machiavellian” has come to be recognized as an action undertaken for gain without regard for right or wrong.
Is Trump Machiavellian? If the shoe fits, he should wear it.
I think it does.
A busy yesterday. Sandy’s Cafe for lunch. Ran some errands. Picked up some groceries at Publix.
In my old age, grocery shopping has become an event. Run into friends, make new ones. I become increasingly knowledgeable regarding the increasing excessive cost for food. Some without sufficient means, cut back on their drugs. Others I am sure, food.
Spent a couple of hours last night at the Chart Room. My place! Good friends!
Last night John, Sheila, David, Holly and Kevin.
Kevin steadily recovering from his terrible scooter accident. Looks better. Extensive plastic surgery was required to his face. His skin smooth like a baby’s skin. His mental acuity better. A lucky man.
Kevin complimented his wife Holly extensively. His strength. How she was there for him all the time. I was happy for him.
In my lifetime, I have found many spouses are not helpful or do not stay around when the other is be felled by some adversity. I recall one wife who told me when her husband was into a long term non recoverable illness that she had not contracted for “this” when she married him. She divorced her husband.
This morning’s Citizens’ Voice contained an interesting comment. Reflecting that things change with time.
There was an era when Key Westers wanted ships wrecked on a reef so they could profit from the ship’s cargo recovery. No mention at that time of reef damage.
Today, the profit in such an occurrence arises out of the damage to the reef, not its cargo.
I mentioned last week in this blog and on my podcast that Rudy Giuliani was over the hill as far as representing Trump was concerned. No insult intended to a once a distinguished professional. However, he had not seen the inside of a court room in 20 years.
I was correct. Look at the mess he made on Fox News last night.
On this day in 1946, Japanese War Crimes Trials began in Tokyo. Twenty eight military and governmental officials.
Tokyo was not the only place where Japanese war criminals were tried. The Japanese had committed heinous crimes through out most of Asia. Outside Japan itself, more than 5,000 were tried and found guilty of war crimes. Nine hundred executed.
The 5,000 needed defense counsel. Many U.S. attorneys heeded the call for assistance. One was Robert Miller.
I was fortunate in later years to have Miller as a Professor in law school. I studied criminal law and evidence under him.
A sharp guy. Extremely intelligent. Benefited his students even more by tying his lectures occasionally into one of the war crime trials he had defended.
Busy day again. Haircut, lunch and a manicure. Who knows what tonight will bring.
Such a life!
Enjoy your day!