Diogenes is dead. Long live Diogenes.

Diogenes is returning to the quiet of his sewer.

I needed to have an outlet to write more openly without creating conflict with my employer. I have no difficulty with their standards, but after 1 September, I will be retired and able to write honestly.

Life is complicated and crazy, isn’t it?

In the meantime, you may want to check out sfnowak.com.

When Eddie Said He Didn’t Like Teddie . . .

Ted Cruz.

While other politicians are chameleons, changing colors and shape as convenient, Rafael Edward (Ted) Cruz is so amorphous, one can never be sure what he is, what he stands for, or what he believes.

For someone without a backbone, this amorphous state is ideal.

His father was Cuban who sought and obtained political asylum in the United States. Ted was born in Canada. At the time of his birth, his father was a naturalized Canadian citizen. Fortunately for Ted, his mother had been born in Wilmington, DE, ensuring his US citizenship even though he was born outside the United States with a non-citizen father.

Today, he is firmly anti-immigrant. He hates immigrants as much as he hates Americans. While unproven, it has been said that he hates puppies and kittens because they expect to be fed, sheltered, and receive free medical care.

In fairness, Ted was academically successful, with a remarkable ability to regurgitate facts and restate theories without the need to think critically. Conscious of all that he had benefitted from, after college and before starting law school, Ted volunteered to serve in the – – – – – oops; never mind.

As a peer of Captain Heel Spurs, Ted was awarded the Open Palm crossed with gold coins. His lack of military service testifies to his desire to be neither a loser nor a sucker, unlike those who swore an oath, upheld it, and went in harm’s way.

Today, Ted is still perfecting his natural-born ability to kiss ass to obtain what he wants. He has a minimal relationship with or awareness of honesty. In other words, he is the very embodiment of the 21st century GOP.

TREASON!

When you think of treason, the first person that may come to mind is Benedict Arnold.

In addition, if you think for a while, you may accept the fact that those who fought for the confederacy were, in fact, traitors. This was especially true for those who had sworn an oath to protect and defend the United States Constitution from all enemies, foreign and domestic–Robert E. Lee, Thomas “Stonewall” Jackson, James Longstreet, George Pickett, etc.

But let’s not get carried away.

Earlier this week, retired Lieutenant General Michael Flynn was asked by a member of the audience if the United States might face a situation such as the one faced in Minimar. Flynn said that there was no reason that a similar situation could not happen here.

Okay. Everybody. Settle. Down.

People misquoted the question. LTG Flynn was speaking about MINIMAR, a convenience store located in Maricopa County Arizona, not Myanmar, the country undergoing a military coup. MINIMAR had a two-for-one sale on crushed ice drinks. Their price for self-service gasoline might be high, and they may be a bit stingy on the syrup for the crushed ice, but there’s no military coup at MINIMAR.

On the other hand, if he were supporting insurrection,, Flynn would qualify as a traitor. He hopes it will not affect his $100,000+ pension paid by US taxpayers or his ability to collect $50,000+ for each speaking engagement.

Constitution, Schonsitution. Who cares.