No Integrity Allowed

Trump fires intelligence community watchdog who told Congress about whistleblower complaint that led to impeachment

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Apparently, the White House has decided that integrity is a disqualifying factor for employment in the federal government. This is probably why CAPT Brett Crozier, the skipper of the USS Theodore Roosevelt was cashiered. CAPT Crozier put the safety of his men above himself and his career. Such blatant integrity is not to be tolerated.

A final irony is that a REAL Navy Captain was fired on the orders of an ACTING Secretary of the Navy. Since Acting Navy Secretary Thomas Modly’s action does not appear to be a public relations coup, let’s see how long it takes for Trump to throw him under the bus.

I can’t wait to see how historians portray this president for middle school civics classes in twenty years.

In for a Penny, Out of a Pound

It’s true that there are many things that business does better than government. On the other hand, there are things that only a national government can handle. Over the past 20 years, the Tea Party politicians have rallied to the cry of “Make the government smaller!”

There’s a difference between pruning a bush and yanking it out by the roots. Getting a haircut is significantly different than being beheaded.

So we removed the analysts who warned about an inevitable pandemic and had a worldwide network to watch for such an occurrence to be able to respond quickly. We saved a few bucks there, but I wonder what an honest audit would say. Is the millions of dollars saved by dismantling parts of the National Security Council worth the billions of dollars the economy will lose over the next two years–if not longer.

There are many fine Americans who serve in the military and are willing to die to “protect and defend the Constitution of the United States.” How many of you are willing to lay down your own life for the economy?

 

Surrounded by Idiots

With regard to COVID 19–Laurence J. Peter, a professor at the University of Southern California, proposed that cream rises until it sours. The Peter Principle states that in a hierarchy, an employee advances until they reach incompetency, after which time they neither advance nor decline. A good grocery clerk might be advanced to department manager and continue to do a great job. However, when promoted to assistant store manage, if they perform poorly, they remain an assistant store manager.

In emergent situations, this process accelerates; today’s idiot is tomorrow’s idiot-in-charge.

It was an idiot-in-charge who decided that celebrities should have front of the line privileges for the COVID-19 test.

Idiots-in-charge are the ones deciding that meetings, religious services, etc. should include hundreds of people in an enclosed space.

Idiots-in-charge also engage in independent operations by boarding aircraft when they know or suspect that they have the virus.

Beware of these idiots! They are not difficult to spot–you know what to look for.

Prejudicial, I Mean Presidential, Politics

I love politics! I love the intrigue, the feints, the intrigue, the outrageous claims, the intrigue, and counterclaims. Did I mention intrigue? If you wrote about real life politics as fiction, your editor would strike it out. In real life, though,  it is, sadly, real.

Your Joe Biden now looks to be in a good position to win the Democratic Party’s nomination. In the meantime, the Grand OLD Party (Did you notice a bit of a sardonic edge there?) is preparing to investigate Biden, his son, his mother’s cousin twice removed, and a classmate of his from kindergarten. (Look at her eyes in the kindergarten class picture! Need I say more?)

What should he do? What should he do?

He could say:

  1. “I believe you have an issue with my son, Hunter Biden. Whether or not it’s valid, when he became a legal adult, I no longer could tell him what to do. I couldn’t even see his grades from college or make a medical appointment for him. Even if I wanted to control him, I could not. Deal directly with him. (Since he’s not running for public office, he’ll probably just ignore you.”
  2. “Inasmuch as we are looking at my son, it’s only fair that you either self report on any and all irregularities with regard to your children in addition to any questionable acts that you might have committed. People will be conducting an investigation of you and your children’s activities over the past 20 years.”
  3. “Why? Why will this happen? What’s sauce for the goose is sauce for the gander.”

Politicians

I’ve heard people say that they want a powerful leader, not a pastor, as president. I can appreciate that–to an extent.

But then again, the Holy Roman Empire was a mess. In the middle ages, popes were chosen by various kings to whom they owed allegiance, except when popes chose kings. Religion? What? It’s all about power!

So think this through.

 

You’re in Good Hands

Pence needs to learn and model good hygiene to prevent infection. This isn't it.

There’s nothing to worry about.

Vice President Michael Pence is going to protect you from the corona virus, COVID-19.

Given his vast experience in healthcare (it is reported that he might have taken a first aid course during his early teens) and his alleged contributions to the HIV epidemic in Indiana, you have nothing to worry about.

Move along.

There’s nothing to see here.

Move along, move along.