Liar! Liar!

It’s bad enough that there are people who tell lies. Some tell outrageous lies. A few repeatedly tell lies that everyone knows are lies. Even fewer tell outrageous lies, people know that they’re lies, but agree with the lie as if it were true.

Godwin’s law (or Godwin’s rule of Hitler analogies) asserts that “as an online discussion grows longer, the probability of a comparison involving Nazis or Hitler approaches 1.”

With apologies to Mike Godwin, we have reached that point. Adolph Hitler, in his book Mein Kampf posited that a big lie was best because people would assume that no one “could have the impudence to distort the truth so infamously.”

I could point out parallel after parallel between the two men, but you’ve probably figured that out already. All I can say is that if you see a lie, don’t believe it, don’t repeat it, and don’t make it acceptable.

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Scorched Earth

In 1939, during the Second World War, the German-Soviet Nonaggression Pact–also known as the Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact–was signed. Stalin was wary. Hitler was lying. In 1941, Operation BARBAROSSA–the invasion of the Soviet Union by Germany began.

Hitler believed that Germany’s blitzkrieg tactic would make short work of the Soviets, and at first it looked like he was right,. However, the deeper the Germans moved into Soviet Territory, the slower the progress. Many people believe it was the Soviet winter that defeated the Germans as it had Napoleon’s Army. It worked against Germany, but there were other factors at play.

The Soviet’s needed time to build tanks and aircraft. If the German Army could be delayed, the Soviets could overwhelm them with numbers. To buy time, the Soviets destroyed their homes and fields as the German army approached. When the Germans advanced, they found that the food was gone, building materials were gone, anything useful was gone.

At Stalingrad, the Soviets employed all of their troops along with the equipment they had. As the Germans destroyed people and tanks, replacements quickly filled the void. The Germans were cut off. The Soviet tanks were inferior to Germany’s, but Soviet industry kept building them and the Soviet soldiers kept attacking. Eventually, the Germans ran out of ammunition, food, and fuel and this the winter made a huge difference. Many starved, others froze, and still the Soviets kept attacking.

What Germans survived surrendered at Stalingrad. Ninety-one thousand Germans were captured. Only 5,000 were returned. The scorched earth policy had bought the Soviet Union the time it needed to rearm and ultimately win.

I am watching your president. He is attempting to execute a scorched earth policy of his own. Unfortunately, there is no advantage to America or the American people. Instead, he is attempting to commit societal suicide–genocide on his own people.

I hope for your sake he fails at this as he has failed at so many other things.

It’s Over(ish)

Your latest election is over and you have a new president. Some of you thought Biden’s age would be a problem, but I firmly believe it’s an asset. I would, of course, having been born 2,400 years ago, and I think I turned out damn near perfect, although a little cynical!

There’s an old saying that generals fight the last war, rather than the next one. Here’s hoping that politicians do not suffer from the same fate. There is no coulda, woulda, shoulda, so move forward.

Sharpiegate

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I love watching 21st Century humans–they’re hilarious. Your television comedies can’t compete with the real world antics of your most influential people. Lately, I’ve been grateful that I no longer have a physical body, because if I did, I would have certainly pulled some muscle or another because of laughing so hard.

Your (current) president loves sharpies. He signs his jaggedy signature with them as a way of saying, “Look at ME!” Apparently he believes that he can control the weather with a sharpie. So far he’s the only one who believes he’s been successful at it.

On the other hand, your (current) president hates sharpies. Apparently there are legal maneuvers underway to protest ballots that were completed with a sharpie. The claim is that the marks made with a sharpie bleed through the ballot. The counter argument is that ballots are constructed so that if any bleed through occurs, it will be on a part of the ballot that is not scanned.

In fact, the poll workers say that sharpies actually do a better job of marking ballots than pens or pencils.

After claiming victory, word is that your (current) president is planning to use his sharpie to write “270” next to his name.

Atlas Should Have Shrugged

Scott Atlas apologizes for interview with Kremlin-funded RT
Dr. Scott Atlas, Self=Proclaimed Genius Extraordinaire

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – White House coronavirus adviser Scott Atlas apologized on Sunday for giving an interview to Russia’s Kremlin-backed television station RT, saying he was unaware the outlet was a registered foreign agent in the United States.

Dr. Atlas, the neuroradiologist who knows virtually nothing about epidemiology is equally ignorant about Russian propaganda channels. He gave an interview to RT, which originally stood for “Russia Today,” a major outlet for Russia’s official position but claimed he didn’t know it was run by the Kremlin.

Any intelligent person would have someone vet the media source before agreeing to speak on the record to their reporters. Not so with Dr. Atlas.

However, I for one think that you need not worry. If Dr. Atlas dispensed the same erroneous claptrap to the Russians as he does to the American people, he just kneecapped Vladimir Putin’s efforts to get past the COVID-19 epidemic.

Those who can, do. Those who can’t teach. Those who haven’t a clue drone on endlessly to anyone who will listen And, yes, at least some become radiologists.

Unintended Consequences

As your general election approaches, I recommend that you take as notebook and write down the issues that are currently seen as important. Things such as:

  • The COVID-19 pandemic
  • The failure to effectively address the COVID-19 pandemic
  • The rush to appoint another conservative justice to the Supreme Court
  • The divisiveness of the political process
  • The failure of America, as a whole, to address racism
  • The rise of white supremacists, who are treated by much of the world as a terrorist organization
  • The treatment of people who wish to emigrate to America
  • Efforts to roll back health care coverage, especially for people with pre-existing conditions

Set a reminder for November 3, 2022. When the reminder sounds its alarm, pour yourself a double of your preferred adult beverage. Retrieve the list and look at each item. Write down what the outcome, including the second and third effects. For example, without the influx of immigrants joining the workforce, how will social security be doing? Is it adequately funded with fewer workers? (In 1945, there were 41.9 workers for every social security recipient. Today it is 2.8 workers.)

For your sake, I hope things turn out well.

Talking Bird

One of the houses near the sewer in which I live has some type of talking bird. I don’t know if it’s a mynah, a crow, or some breed of parrot. In any case, it’s driving me crazy. Over and over it says the same thing:

“Rounding the turn!”

“Rounding the turn!”

“Rounding the turn!”

That’s one reason why I like dogs best — they don’t talk.

Lies, Damn Lies, and . . .

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After injecting and/or ingesting bleach and Lysol, after downing a metric ton of Hydroxychloroquine, and after holding events at which the virus ran rampant, your president ended up in the hospital.

How surprising.

Now he’s decided to leave the hospital and return to the White House, undoubtedly against medical advice. This after doctor shopping, replacing a Rear Admiral (O-8) with a commander (O-5) as his physician. It’s not just rank–an admiral has about 30 years of experience, while a commander only has about 15 years. While they both may have comparable medical skills, the commander has roughly half the experience in dealing with difficult patients

In any case, your president will soon be loosed on the American people. hyped on steroids and experiencing the unknown side effects from experimental drugs. He’ll be, well, Trump on steroids.

I believe it is time to update Samuel Clemens (aka Mark Twain) saying. It now should be:

There are lies, damned lies, and statements from the White House.

Who Follows Trump?

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I’m not presidential and I can’t even act like one on TV!

I’m a cynic–after all, I’m considered to be the founder of Cynical Philosophy–so what would you expect. However, cynicism is still a philosophical discipline, and like all the others, and seeks wisdom and truth.

After your presidential debacle debate, yesterday, I began to ponder an important question. What kind of person would follow Trump? What kind of person accepts routine lying, vengeance, and intimidation, etc.?

Then, inspiration hit! Eureka!

Thomas F. Wilson portrayed Biff Tannen, the antagonist in all three Back to the Future movies. According to Bob Gale, the writer, Biff Tannen was based on Donald Trump. This is especially obvious in the second one–the one in the future–in which Biff was immensely wealthy, owned a casino (and the entire town), and had no scruples.

Biff always had three sycophants following him around. They didn’t have purpose or even thoughts of their own–they just followed Biff and did whatever he said. (Although in the final one, they did abandon Tannen when he would be going to jail.)

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Those three followers explain Trump’s base better than anything else I’ve seen. Score one for the philosophical advantages of cynicism!

Decline and Fall of the USA

I watched the decline and fall of the Roman Empire, the various Chinese dynasties, The Huns, the British Empire, and dozens of other powerful nation-states. The decline of your United States is the fastest and most devastating yet.

  • Once a world leader, able to influence world affairs, you are now viewed as a pathetic joke.
  • Your Congress can get very little accomplished. Members prefer to make party-line speeches to the C-Span cameras rather than collaborate.
  • Your Senate is a rubber stamp that says, “Yes!” before the president has even asked the question.
  • The legislative vacuum has resulted in the courts becoming more powerful than ever was intended.
  • Your president views himself as an emperor, ruling by fiat. No one expects him to tell the truth. People fear his vengeance and many have suffered his Machiavellian wrath.

The day is coming when America, will be another historical has-been like Spain, Holland, and England—as people wonder, “Whatever happened to America?”