The Good, The Bad, And The Ugly - 6/18/18

The ongoing saga…

 The Great – I will not be able to listen to CNN, Fox or MSNBC for the next 10 days as I travel to Vietnam.  Ah – the silence and reprieve from the daily assault of “What has happened in the last ten minutes?” will be off my radar for a short time.

The Good – The vast majority of the American people.  I predict we will get our act together!  Change is messy, and Americans can be the messiest in times of change.

 The Bad – The seemingly downward spiral of American politics.  The tenor, the tone, the content of our discussions and debates has degenerated into thoughtless missives that build barriers rather than listening.  It’s tragic to watch.  The politicians who helped to build this nation must be turning over in their graves…

The Nasty and Un-American – The fact that the USA is ripping children away from the parents at the border is unspeakably nasty and totally Un-American.  And, then to quote the Bible inaccurately.  It’s as bad as the Taliban’s abuse of the Koran.  Check out Steven Colbert – who despite his very liberal leanings – gave a very serious response to Secretary Jeff Sessions speech before a conservative religious group on the topic.  He was right on the money…

A Notable Passing – Ted Dabney passed away recently.  Many may not know him but, he was the co-founder of Atari and the creator of Pong.  It was the very first video game to sweep the nation back in 1973.  It was the diversion that helped many of us survive the first year of medical school at the time.

 

The Good, The Bad, And The Ugly 5/11/18

The ongoing saga… 

The Great – The food on Mallorca is Spanish cuisine at its best!

The Good – Traveling overseas and being absent from the daily bombardment of Trumpisms emanating from Washington except for dismantling of the Iran nuclear deal – which is a big, big deal in Europe where I was visiting. 

The Bad – The anticipated slam the British economy is going to take as the financial community picks up and moves to mainland Europe with the coming implementation of Brexit.

The Ugly – The shaking of heads overseas in amazement at the seeming dismantling of the American leadership role in international affairs.

 

The Good, The Bad, And The Ugly - 5/1/18

The ongoing saga…

 The Great –  President Macron taking it directly to Congress with his concerns…

The Good – The potential for Peace on the Peninsula is extraordinary after all of these years.  The leaders of both North and South Korea deserve a lot of credit for moving the ball forward although the quiet hand of China is no doubt contributing substantially to the movement of various pieces on the Korean chess board.

 The Bad – Bright Blue (45%) and Bright Green (45%) with frontal streaks of Brilliant Red intermingled with tangles of Sunshine Yellow (10%) [NOTE: See “Random Considerations” 5/1/18]

The Ugly – The number of Trumpees that have come and gone since the start of the current Administration. – we are losing the world community’s “trust” and “credibility” in the USA.  Read Sapiens by Yuval Noah Harari, pages 328 – 333.  It will all make sense…

The Good, The Bad, And The Ugly 12/12/17

The ongoing saga...
 
The Great - The involvement of Condoleezza Rice (Former US Secretary of State in the Bush II Presidency) and Senator Richard Shelby (R-AL) both of whom came out in favor of a write-in candidate - even if it means losing the seat - rather than accepting the current Republican candidate in the Alabama Senate race. They showed character, principles and ethics...
 
The Good - Doug Jones appears to be pulling ahead in Alabama...
 
The Bad - A pedophile in the US Senate?  Come on people...
 
The Ugly - The expediency on the need for "another vote" as the defining reason for supporting the Republican candidate in the Alabama US Senate race...

The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly 4/3/18

The ongoing saga…

 The Great – The support shown to our nation’s veterans by Dr. David Shulkin during his term of office within the VA and in his statements to the public on what needs to occur for the important societal obligation.

The Good – The integrity exhibited by Former Secretary Shulkin.

 The Bad – The lack of consistent leadership from what most of us still consider to be the most important office in the world – The White House.

The Ugly – Tweet terminations.

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