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.

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.

Mansions Made of Ticky-Tacky

Malvena Reynolds wrote a song called Little Boxes [link]. Mr. trump does not live in a little house, mind you, but I have to wonder.

I know someone who bought a house once. The house was white, but the trim, windows, etc. were purple. Repainting the house was a priority. I know if the whole house was purple (or pink) it would be even a higher priority.

I have to wonder–does Mr. trump just have a thing for tacky? Does he secretly wish that there were multi-million dollar double-wide house trailers? It would explain many, many things.

Good Old Donnie Trump

It’s just awesome that donnie has a stage with a band and a separate microphone so he can wax poetic every night at Mar-A-Loco. I’ve seen some of his performances, and I suggest that he use more of a Rodney Dangerfield style.

  • I get no respect. I run a perfect campaign. I make perfect speeches. I launch a perfect assault on the Capitol Building and they let Biden steal the election, just because he got more electoral votes.
  • Look at me, if I keep growing, pretty soon I’ll grow into these neckties of mine. Now if I could only fix my Leaning Tower of Too Many Pizzas posture.
  • Take my wife, please. Oh, you already did?
  • I’m a stable genius. It’s true. Compared to any of the horses in the stable, I’m a genius.
  • I don’t cheat at golf. Didn’t they teach you about imaginary numbers in math class?
  • What about those Democrats? I could tell them that I’m the Pope and they wouldn’t believe me.
  • You’ve been a great audience! Don’t forget to tip your waiter and sign a recurring pledge for a cash donation to me.

Presidential Hi-Jinx

In 1960, after John F. Kennedy won the presidential election, his opponent said, “Well, you don’t have Dick Nixon to kick around any more!” Today, we’re running out of time with another GOP candidate, and I thought it was only appropriate to explore a few last minute ideas.

I think it would be unwise to test donald trump’s belief that if he shot someone in public in New York, there would be no repercussions. However, we can philosophize about his desire to walk up to a woman and grab her by the genitals. What really would happen?

Would the Secret Service agents stand there, watching, and tell him, “Please, sir, don’t mind me. Go right ahead.”

What if the female was someone on the same political level? Perhaps someone like Dr. Angela Merkel, Germany’s Chancellor? That would be interesting to say the least. I suspect her security detail would step in and lay hands on trump in order to remove him from the area.

And what would trump’s Secret Service agents do in response. I suspect that the lead agent would smile at his German counterpart and say, “Please, sir, don’t mind me. Go right ahead.”

Russia Who?

Trump's Press Conference With Putin Will Go Down in ...
“I love you, man! “

At the end of his monumental (read “disastrous”) presidency, trump once again deflects criticism of Russia.

When first elected and it was obvious that there had been foreign influence, with all signs pointing to Russia, trump said, “Maybe it was China. Who knows?”

After that, he kowtowed to Putin (and every other despotic dictator) at every opportunity.

There has been a massive cyberattack against the American government and American industry that has been ongoing for months. Once again, the intelligence experts suspect Russia. Once again, trump disagrees and blames China.

I don’t know about you, but it would scare the hell out of me to have an ex-ruler with access to any and all of the nation’s secrets–including weapons, who also had multi-million dollar loans coming due, a cash flow problem, and no ethics.

“Vlad, here’s the deal. You finance a trump tower in Moscow, slip me a little gift under the table and I’ll tell you all about [fill in the TOP SECRET subject here].” Of course, that’s assuming that the stable genius hasn’t already spilled the beans so that Putin would say nice things about him.

Be afraid. Be very, very afraid.

I’m not worried–I died millenia ago. On the other hand, you should worry.

Trump’s Priorities

Your president is not one to be distracted.

You are experiencing a pandemic with over 170,000 dead and projections of 200,000 total deaths by early September.

The pandemic has resulted in 16.3 million people out of work. Many are at risk of losing their homes.

Your national economy is in the–well–the equivalent of my sewer.

Your country has gone from the being most powerful nation on the earth to an international joke.

Appearances (at least) are that your president is a lackey of Russian President (for life?) Vladimir Putin.

Other US presidents would focus on correcting these things, but not your president.

Instead, he has kept himself focused. He will not be distracted. He is on a mission. Hence, his efforts are intent on changing the flow rate for shower heads to make sure that his hair is perfect.

Aren’t you proud?

Dog’s Life

Your president claims that a dog was sent a mail-in ballot. I’d like to know how he did that.

I’ve been trying to get my dog recognized as a citizen for 2400 years. Over that time we (and I say “We” because after being dead together for that long, we share a special bond) we have tried to get him status as a citizen, a noble, a member of the gentry, or even a serf. No luck.

In the 20th century, I tried to get him a drivers license, but to no avail.

I guess dogs need to have a presidential sponsor to be recognized, much less get a ballot.

The White House Is Hiring!

Trump reportedly told golf buddies the White House is a ‘dump’

There have been nearly 4 and one-half million cases of COVID-19, so far, with more than 151,850 deaths. Efforts from the administration to address the pandemic  have not only been unsuccessful, but they’ve destroyed jobs for 17.75 million Americans.

The top 1 percent of the wealthiest Americans are doing just fine, thank you.

We no longer have the respect of the civilized world. China is eating our lunch. Putin is grinning. Wildly grinning.

The Treasury Department is run by the self-proclaimed “Foreclosure King.”

The First Lady is throwing her efforts into redoing the White House Rose Garden.

The White House is hiring more Fox News pundits. Since qualified people are long gone, some of these pundits are apparently replacing other pundits who have fallen out of favor.

I, Diogenes, was the founder of Cynicism as a philosophy, yet I have found a bright spot.

If you apply for a job at the White House, you may be discriminated against because of your race, creed, national origin, or sexual orientation. However, you will not be discriminated against for lack of intelligence or lack of ability.