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THE NUTS IN THE WHITE HOUSE AREN’T CASHEWS

NEW HAVEN - A group of psychiatrists meeting at Yale Thursday says President Donald Trump is so mentally unstable that he’s unfit for office.

The bold, controversial claim is based on the group’s belief that Trump has more than one mental disorder -- including antisocial personality disorder and extreme narcissism.  The doctors are not all from Yale. They came from around the country."We have an ethical responsibility to warn the public about Donald Trump's dangerous mental illness," said Dr. John Gartner.The group has already collected 41,000 signatures calling for President Trump’s removal.

They do face some criticism from other experts, however, who say it is dangerous to diagnose someone without meeting or treating them in person.  The psychiatrists at the meeting disagree. They argue that Trump has made so many public statements, gone on so many Twitter rants and voiced so many conspiracy theories that the diagnosis is obvious.


THE DONALD TRUMP BRAIN SCAN - NARCISSISM INDICATED

1. They make it clear they know everything  -  Narcissists don’t hesitate to educate lawyers about the legal system or enlighten doctors about medicine.   After all, they know more about everything than anyone else, and they’re not afraid to show it. In fact, they can be expected to argue, educate, and inform you about virtually every topic you bring up in conversation: “Here’s where you got that wrong. "That’s what most people think, but that’s not actually true.” 

2. They insist on being the exception to the rule - Rules are for people who aren’t smart enough to make good decisions on their own, the narcissist believes, but they know they’re exceptional. And so the usual rules, laws, or policies don't apply to them. They’re often good at manipulating others to bend the rules for them, reinforcing their belief that they shouldn’t have to succumb to the same regulations as everyone else has too.

3. They project an image of superiority -  Narcissists care greatly about their image. They want to make sure they appear wealthy, popular, and elite. They’re often materialistic and greatly enjoy name dropping, as associating themselves with the hottest brand or famous friends makes them feel important. 

4. They make a great first impression, but quickly wear out their welcome -  Narcissists’ charming personalities tend to win them favor with new people—at first. They may come across as confident, exciting—maybe the most endearing and engaging person in the room. But over time, their selfish tendencies cause people to run the other way.  

5. They boost their egos by implying others are inferior - Not only do narcissists need to establish how superior they are; they also tend to imply that everyone else is less intelligent, experienced, or not as likable. No matter how much training or education someone else has had, the narcissist is he or she is the real expert. 

6. They assume everyone adores them - The narcissist truly believes that everyone from former co-workers to past lovers holds them in high regard—and assumes that anyone who doesn’t like them must be jealous. But while they can be very sensitive to criticism, outwardly they try to dismiss any negative comments about their personality or performance, and may try to punish anyone who dare express an unfavorable opinion about them.

7. They put their own feelings ahead of other people’s needs -  lack of empathy is the most telling characteristic of the narcissist. They don’t care what other people need or how they feel. Everything they do centers around what they want and need. They don’t care what type of pain they inflict on others. While fundamentally unsupportive and manipulative, they can fake empathy when it helps them look better. But they lack a genuine desire to put anyone else’s needs above their own desires.

8.  A  war with the press?   This is only the beginning chapters of Hitlerology 101.  The only thing Donald T-RUMP can say about the press is that they are mean for reporting the truth, all they do is  simply echoing his lies.  There is so much off the cuff lies , he can’t remember day to day what he said because most of it isn’t real or the truth.   

But the right wing of the press, the pseudo nationalist party modern day skinheads will be the only press to report on T-RUMP.   Just like in Germany prior to WWII.  It’s called Brietbart and a player of dubious untruths and conspiracies Mark Levin, who feeds these ridiculous rumors to the T-RUMP machine.

9.  New Times , New tactics.  Same tactics Herr Adolf used against the German press prior to his adoption of a slightly different tactic to overcome resistance.  His new method of winning votes was to simply shoot the competition or burn a building down and frame the opposition.  

T-RUMP simply twits using social media, the newspaper of the uninformed and ignorant and creates a whole bunch of lies.  Hitler didn’t have social media he had guys in black and brown shirts distributing his news.   

10. The weak will suffer more under TRUMP.  Like moths to a candle they seek their moment but when too close to the flame they burn and die.  Thats what will happen to these folks on the bubble.  The other problem is when they do find out they have been “screwed”  (I’m being polite)  they will defend their position with pride.

It hasn’t occurred to them,  the job problems or lack thereof were caused by technology and not the government.  Time marched on, they back stepped and voted for someone to blame.

11.  DICTATORS like big, bigger, bigly armies. Today he announced 54 billion in military funding taking the money away from resources that serve the people.  The brain dead who voted for him really haven’t a clue  as to what going on since their news is via the web.  They will when their services go away.  I have a problem with folks who are that gullible, are they mature enough to vote or just use the vote to acclaim their own failures.

 

“No administration has accomplished more in the first 90 days.”  

— President Trump, remarks in Kenosha, Wis., April 18, 2017

The first 100 days of a presidency mark a rather artificial milestone, but one by which all presidents have been measured since Franklin D. Roosevelt’s whirlwind of action when he took office in the midst of the Great Depression. President Trump appears especially conscious of this marker. During the presidential campaign, he even issued a list of 60 promises that he said he would fulfill in his first 100 days.

We’ve been tracking Trump’s promises, and so far he has not even taken action on 60 percent of the promises — and he’s broken five of them, such as his pledge to label China as a currency manipulator.

There are various ways to measure presidential performance, such as number of laws passed. But of course not every law is created equally, so you have to parse the data. The same goes for executive orders and memorandums.

Spicer did not really answer the question (never does) but instead responded with a laundry list that he said demonstrated a “very robust agenda of activity,” such as reversing a dozen regulations set by President Barack Obama and the Senate confirmation of Supreme Court Justice Neil M. Gorsuch.   Frankly, this is rather thin gruel if you are going to compare yourself to Roosevelt or other notable presidents. So let’s go through the data.

TRUTH SERUM
LIAR - IN - CHIEF

TRUTH - There were 76 bills signed into law under Roosevelt in the first 100 days, compared with 28 (with a week to go) under Trump. 

TRUTH - Thirteen of the Trump bills disapprove of major regulations put in place by Obama, which signifies a reversal of action, not new action — though the agency is barred from ever re-promulgating the rule in question or anything similar without congressional approval. 

TRUTH - Other bills include such actions — what Frendreis called “minor or housekeeping bills” — as naming a Veterans Affairs outpatient clinic in Pago Pago in American Samoa or creating a waiver to allow Defense Secretary Jim Mattis to be appointed even though he had recently served in the military.

TRUTH - Moreover, none of Trump’s bills can be considered “major” legislation according to political science standards, whereas at least nine of Roosevelt’s bills met that standard. Historians H.W. Brands of the University of Texas at Austin and David M. Kennedy of Stanford University count 15 major bills in FDR’s first 100 days, including some that remain in place.

TRUTH - “In this regard, Trump’s tenure has been less impressive, with no major pieces of legislation passed,” Frendreis said. “By contrast, the stimulus package was passed during Obama’s first 100 days” — actually, within Obama’s first 30 days.

TRUTH - As for executive actions, as of April 19 Trump had issued 24 executive orders, 22 presidential memorandums and 20 proclamations. One of his executive orders, imposing a travel ban from certain Muslim-majority countries, was a redo of an earlier executive order that had been blocked in the courts. But the new one has also been stymied by court challenges and thus has not been implemented.

TRUTH - Meanwhile, Trump is woefully behind in presidential appointments, especially in naming people for Senate-confirmed posts. In contrast to many other presidents, Trump has also not led on legislation but mostly taken his cue from Congress.

TRUTH - Few presidents achieve much on foreign policy in their first 100 days, and Trump is no exception. Trump has signaled a tougher posture toward North Korea and Iran and launched a volley of cruise missiles to punish Syria for a chemical-weapons attack. But it’s too early to tell whether his policies will result in positive outcomes.

TRUTH - “Trump actually is unusual for his first 100 days, but for a reason opposite of what he said,” said Skidmore, author of “Presidential Performance: A Comprehensive Review.” “Not only has he accomplished almost nothing, but rather his initiatives (executive orders stayed by courts, a major legislative proposal failing even to come to a vote when his party controls both houses, etc.) have notoriously been unsuccessful.”

TRUTH - It’s rather silly for any president to suggest that his first 100 days somehow topped Roosevelt’s achievement. Lyndon B. Johnson, Ronald Reagan and Obama are credited with significant legislative achievements early in their first terms, but much of their success generally came after the first 100 days. Trump would be well advised to not make such a big deal about this because the available evidence shows that he in no way comes close to matching FDR’s record.


FAREED ZAKARIA
NORTH KOREA
Every American administration takes a while to settle into a basic approach to the world. President Trump’s team has had a rockier start than most, with many important positions in every key agency still unfilled. More worrying, the administration’s basic foreign policy is coming into view, and it is not a reassuring sight — bellicose rhetoric, hollow threats, contradictory voices and little coordination with allies. The approach is being tested on the most difficult foreign policy problem of all: North Korea.

There is a pattern to Trump’s approach so far. It begins with bravado, the repeated use of rhetoric that is not backed up by much. The president constantly insists that if China doesn’t help deal with North Korea, the United States will. Really? How? A military strike is close to impossible. South Korea would vehemently oppose any such move, as it would face the brunt of North Korea’s retaliation; Seoul is only about 35 miles from the border. Japan would also oppose a strike, and, of course, any military action would enrage China. Plus, a bombing campaign would be ineffective because North Korea’s nuclear sites are scattered, buried deep and, in some cases, underwater.

Trump has not been alone in his bravado. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson announced that the United States’ historical policy of “strategic patience” with North Korea had ended, and that the United States has a new policy. The danger of this kind of rhetoric is that it is becoming readily apparent that Washington does not in fact have a new policy. And if it does, Washington’s key allies, especially the South Koreans, are terrified by it. With the administration’s bluster, its mistake with the USS Carl Vinson and Trump’s repetition of Beijing’s line that Korea was once a part of China, South Korea has become deeply uneasy.

Tough talk is supplemented by aggressive military reflexes. Whether that means using bigger bombs in the Middle East or sending ships — eventually — into East Asian waters, these tactics can be useful if there is a strategy behind them. So far, however, they look more like tactics in search of a strategy, the flexing of military might in the hope that this will impress the adversary. But all the shock and awe in Iraq did not help when there was a faulty plan to secure the peace. More bombs in Syria will not answer the question of how to defeat the Islamic State without abetting President Bashar al-Assad. Threatening North Korea without the ability to carry out that threat only makes Washington look weak.

The United States has had roughly the same strategy toward North Korea for decades. It is a policy of sanctions, threats, intimidation, pressure and isolation. And it has not worked. Even the brief effort at cooperation during the Clinton years was halfhearted, with Washington failing to fulfill some of its promises to North Korea. In any event, the rapprochement was quickly reversed by the George W. Bush administration. The results have been clear. North Korea has continued to build its nuclear program and engage in provocative tests. As isolation and sanctions have increased in recent years, Pyongyang has only become more confrontational.

In a recent essay in Foreign Affairs, John Delury wonders whether it is time to try another approach. “If the United States really hopes to achieve peace on the Korean Peninsula, it should stop looking for ways to stifle North Korea’s economy and undermine Kim Jong Un’s regime and start finding ways to make Pyongyang feel more secure. This might sound counterintuitive, given North Korea’s nuclear ambitions and human rights record. But consider this: North Korea will start focusing on its prosperity instead of its self-preservation only once it no longer has to worry about its own destruction. And North Korea will consider surrendering its nuclear deterrent only once it feels secure and prosperous and is economically integrated into Northeast Asia.”

We tend to view North Korea as an utterly weird country run by a loony dictator with bad hair. And there’s evidence to support this characterization. But it is also a regime that wants to survive. I recall many similar arguments made about Iran before the nuclear deal, that it was a fanatical country run by mad mullahs. We were told they could never be negotiated with, would never accept a deal, would never disconnect their centrifuges and would violate any agreement within weeks. So far, all these predictions have proved wrong. It might be worth trying a new policy with North Korea. It might not work. But the old one certainly hasn’t.


THE NEW FUEHRER SELFIE 

FUROR OVER DER FUEHRER

A leading expert on the former Nazi party (there are those who form the current NAZI party) has said there are similarities between Donald Trump and Adolf Hitler.  Both men “ Bluffed” their way into power, confounding an establishment that did not know what to do other than normalize them, according to author Ron Rosenbaum.   

“Now Trump and his minions are in the driver’s seat, attempting to pose as respectable participants in American politics, when their views come out of a playbook written in German,” said Mr Rosenbaum, “That playbook is Mein Kampf.”

In an article for the Los Angeles Review of Books, Mr Rosenbaum offers a brief historical look at the rise of the Nazi party, emphasizing how Hitler targeted one of the only German newspapers to continually investigate and expose him.  Trump took on the entire news media.

The Munich Post was first ransacked by Nazis in 1923, and was eventually closed down by the party when Hitler came to power in 1933. Many of the local paper's journalists were disappeared or sent to Dachau concentration camp under Nazi rule.  

In contrast, other newspapers, and media, virtually all politicians, did not know how to handle Hitler, and consequently failed to recognize the extent to which he was a threat, or to meet the need to actively oppose him.  

“Hitler used the tactics of bluff masterfully, at times giving the impression of being a feckless Chaplinesque clown, at other times a sleeping serpent, at others yet a trustworthy statesman,” Mr Rosenbaum said.  Sound familiar?

"The Weimar establishment didn’t know what to do, so they pretended this was normal. They “normalized’ him.” Hitler’s method was to lie until he got what he wanted, by which point it was too late,” Mr Rosenbaum said. Sound familiar?

HISTORY IS NOT TAUGHT ANYMORE (Excerpts from Vanguard)
Americans, since the end of the Second World War, had always wondered how the most advanced people in Europe, the Germans, in the early parts of the last century could produce a monstrous leader like Fuhrer Adolf Hitler.  After the war, with 60 million people dead and their country destroyed they came out of the ether and suffered terribly.

With the election of Donald Trump as the 45th President of the United States of America, by more of the weak, the vindictive  those who are displaced because of their trade, the ignored, those not competent for todays needed skills, the wishful thinkers, those who think Pro wrestling, and AJ Stiles can beat John Sena, and the whole WWE is real, those who pay homage to the tooth fairy and Captain America, once again scored a victory and in a moment of time bordering on lunacy, appointing a crack-pot as President.

History does not repeat itself; only human beings make those mistakes.   Hitler was considered deranged only after he had plunged the world into war and after he had died.  Trump supporters regarded him as a god-sent hero. That is the first similarity between Fuhrer Trump and Fuhrer Hitler. Adolf had his hard core followers, the Brown Shirts, who would do anything the Fuhrer ordered with no questions asked. 

Fuhrer Trump had cultivated his American version, people who accept anything Trump does or orders to be done as legitimate. Both groups believe only in obeying orders from their leader — to whom they owe total allegiance. Hitler’s basic principle and Trump’s are also the same.  I will build a wall and the Mexicans will pay for it.

Americans would have been the first to condemn the announcement and the attempt at extortion of funds from a weaker nation. They would have told us that it violates international law; that it is banditry raised to the level of statecraft. Yet, before Election Day last year, millions of American “Brown Shirts” clapped at every campaign rally where Trump promised to adopt banditry as government policy in dealing with Mexico.  (Clever analysis)


MY APOLOGY TO OUR COUNTRY
I wish the country well for the next four years.  I have always written satirically in an attempt to show the lies, corruption and stupidity apparent in our political system and I have to drop in a laugh or two or this page would be filled with tears.  Unfortunately nothing is funny now.  It is in fact quite sad, proving a simple nut when it falls off a threaded wheel shaft, it will loose the wheel and you will have a crash.

A few weeks ago I took great pleasure in archiving and erasing over four years 110 articles, 45,000+ words, halved my stress pills  and literally recovered a drive on my computer.  18 Months of election talk every day, research took a toll on my sociality, judgmental thinking and not liking what I saw.   My war against stupidity failed and the stupids went on to victory and like lemmings, their future requires cliff notes... not the kind to table content a book, the cliff notes warning about the cliff you are about to fall off of.  

After a short sabbatical, and a bottle of Jack Daniels, I will recover from the shock of the demise of sanity.  Unfortunately one way or another it will not be over, the sides will be determined, the real battle is yet to come, our fate is sealed, what’s been promised will not happen and that will lead to anarchy.

In the interim, it will not change any of the rhetoric, in fact I expect a new class of repercussion, revenge, the blame game, down and dirty, more of the same and if the media is smart, it will ignore those grandstanding for no good or the country will fall lower and lower into the abyss and we will lose our identity.  

So far Herr Donald has not changed and the bullshit will continue only worse as people see who he really is... and then they will take to the streets... The Revolution, styled after Viva La France, and Liberté, Égalité, Fraternité, will prevail possibly after a two day open season on rounding up Politicians and setting a new worlds record in the Guinness book of Records using a guillotine which is not a bad idea but a horrible career move for those who lost their mind and now their neck.

HIT-LIER  -  In all of Adolf Hitler’s speeches was the insistence that Germany would rise and once again become (or remain, once it re-established itself as a European power during the 1930s) a great world power, a position it had held until World War I and the establishment of the impotent Weimar Republic. 

TRUMP-STIR  -  In his ascendancy to becoming the 45th President by discrediting all the Republican Party incompetents who ran against him.  It was the same theme to appeal to an anti-establishment, seeming downtrodden and marginalized, and noticeably disaffected electorate. The difference is, unlike Germany in Hitler’s rise to power, the United States is a current world power and has been since roughly the end of the 19th century.

AMERICA IS GREAT, TRUMP IS NOT


WHITE-HOUSE TO THE SHITHOUSE
Watch how fast that 35% devoted brown shirt base will turn when the jobs and promises do not appear.  
Donald Trump sent a clear message about his fellow Republicans:  This wasn’t just true on trade, but also on safety-net Trump told audiences of all ages he would not cut their Medicare and suggested an intention to leave Medicare in its current form.  

Note: The reforms championed by Ryan and Price would result in cuts over time and would transform the program’s core mission.  Trump went to great lengths to cast himself as ideologically different from his fellow Republicans on these matters.  How long before the white working class realizes Trump was just scamming them?

They will get screwed over bad.  This dynamic will also be at play in the debates over Obamacare and other government programs that help lower-income Americans. Trump strongly signaled to working-class white voters that, while he’d repeal the Affordable Care Act, he isn’t like those other mean old Republicans when it comes to government’s role in expanding health care to the poor and sick.  Bullshit, he really could-care less.

He and his advisers recently insisted that under the GOP replacement, no one will lose coverage. But they’ve already backed off that promise, instead signaling that they may embrace the block-granting of Medicaid, which would probably lead to cuts over time. The bottom line: The Trump/GOP replacement is likely to end Obamacare’s effort to create a universal coverage guarantee. Over a few years 24 million American will lose medical insurance period.  Most are in the low-income and middle income brackets, the vulnerable. they voted wrong.

Trump’s narrative was built around the seductive vow to ensure that blue-collar jobs — the manufacturing and coal jobs of the Rust Belt and Appalachia — will come roaring back and restore an old economic order in which such jobs are Great Again, or at least good enough to form the basis for a prosperous future.  Sure lets go back to burning wood and kill all the trees and convince the real failure of the coal industry is NO ONE WANTS THE DIRTY COAL!  

Major repeals and cuts to energy regulations are in the works, but the idea that those will restore the coal industry to its former glory — never mind the setbacks they’ll deliver on climate change and the environment — is a cruel hoax.  What happens if Trump’s promised jobs fail to materialize, and he goes along with congressional GOP cuts to the safety-net programs that are designed to help all those who have been — and will be — economically stranded?  And I’ll bet when those dirty coal tailings wind up in our streams and rivers,  pollute the country and pose a health risk like Flint Michigan.  

Trump has vowed to renegotiate our trade deals, but the mere act of making that promise doesn’t guarantee that he will do so in the interests of workers — More bullshit, with reduced corporate taxation you’ll be shocked to hear this, but the opposite might happen, they will spend the money on robotics and other intellectual development  Trump has promised an elaborate infrastructure plan, but we have no idea what that will look like and where will the money come from.

You might be grabbing that flintlock off the wall… like Charlton Heston offered to do and it won’t be for the NRA meeting, Oh, those NRA liars are the guys who bribe your politicians with your dues money instead of using it for conservation.  Another scam fools flock to.  Millions and millions of dollars protecting the free gun rights of four year olds to kill their siblings.  CRAZY...READ ON

And the obstructionist Republicans at the helm now will find out how holding back the country by deceit lies, innuendos and plain old sabotage will have a tough road to fix what they sowed.   


DAN RATHER - 3/10/2017
It is understandable that Donald Trump’s twitter attack on President Obama early this morning would immediately be consumed by the churning political hurricane that is America today.  The deepening divisions that are pulling at the fabric of our nation are on raw display. On one side we see understandable outrage, with many questioning the mental fitness of our Commander and Chief.  On the other side we see Trump’s allies rallying under their shared hatred of our previous President.

Perhaps it is my age or experience, but I feel no schadenfreude or eagerness to say, “I told you so.” I feel only a deep and abiding sadness. This is my country that I love with all my heart. We are a weakened nation, in our own estimation, and that of the world. If this was happening in some distant land, we would shake our heads and thank our lucky stars that we are Americans. But this nightmare is happening here, and we have no choice but to confront that disorientating truth.

My reporter’s instincts make me wonder at Trump’s actions. It has the feeling of a classic smokescreen. What is he hiding? Is this a kind of trap? Does he have something he is about to drop? Or does he know something else is about to drop on him and his administration, which is facing a withering crescendo of scandal?

We must carefully separate what we know to be true, from what we think to be true, from what we do not yet know. And in the early days of a story like this, what we do not know will far outpace the other two. We do know that there were numerous contacts between close aids to Donald Trump and senior Russian officials at a time when all indications point that the Kremlin was actively trying to undermine the integrity of our election.

What we don’t know is what these discussions were about. We do not know what is in Mr. Trump’s tax returns, which he seems so hell bent on hiding. We do now know all the other suggestions of links between Mr. Trump and people close to him and Russia. And then, of course, we do not know what else there is to know.

It is long past time that we have a complete and independent bipartisan investigation, especially since the director of the FBI is under such a cloud of political manipulation. Now is the time to breathe the cool winds of impartiality and facts. We need statesmen of steady head and temperament, willing to put country ahead of politics. We cannot afford for our democratic institutions to be consumed by a bonfire of lies, innuendos, and conspiracy theories.

We can all work ourselves into fervors of indignation. But the only antidote to these deep and understandable anxieties is the truth. We are the people of the United States. Our great nation is in a perilous moment, and the world is watching with great unease. We want the truth. We demand the truth. We can handle the truth.

His conclusions are being echoed by every clear-headed and informed American. President Trump has fought too hard and too long to try to discredit, dismiss, or deflect from the allegations of treason leveled against him, his cabinet, and his campaign team.

Every week, there’s another string of revelations that reveal previously concealed connections between the Trump team to agents of the Russian Federation.  Every week, the Trump administration claims innocence but never explains why they were hidden in the first place.

This latest bombshell, delivered to the entire world by Trump’s own tiny fingers and his intractable need for petty vengeance, is just another skull that has rolled out of the ossuary that is Trump’s closet.  If President Trump and his team are guilty of colluding with foreign agents to subvert our democratic process, they must be punished accordingly.  If President Trump is really being blackmailed by the Russian Federation as many believe, it would mean that the man in the Oval Office is a threat to our national security.

If the Republican Party has knowingly aided, abetted, and sought to conceal evidence of this treason from the American people – as their own behavior would indicate –  they too must pay the price.  We need an independent prosecutor and a bipartisan commission to get to the bottom of this as soon as possible.


NO NEWS BUT BAD VIEWS FAUX NEWS
And if you tune into cable news you won't get much of the truth either. You'll get opinions, more often than not. The truth manages to elude. Usually breaking news is bad news, so that’s a turnoff.  So our smart phone and the internet combine to form the latest buzz words like “SOCIAL NUTWORKING” where you can text till your fingers fall off and you can be part of a large club called Face book or you can Twit your life away as one of the NitTwits.  Your phone can house games and emails and more games. 

Let the world know through internet competition when your level of expertise achieved shooting fifty guys with a 30 round clip. The reward?  “A new level of play”.  They get tougher when a higher level challenges you, but hours wasted will make you better. You’ll be the envy of a larger group of morons. What do we actually accomplish from these games?  Bragging rights, self-indulgence, wastes of time, hand eye coordination, no wonder we are training a nation of idiots.  

My training was different, real bullets. It’s a game called WAR.   I had a sergeant tell me once, “And you go from a civilian boy to a soldier and a man when the first bullet whizzes over your head”.  Want real action…enlist, the other side has good players too.

When I read that kids in Kazakhstan are smarter than our kids I shudder. But it is true they are.  Unfortunately our kids are distracted. We have games and real life right here in the streets of America that are similar. Games imitate life. Every day more and more of these kids are playing out these games in the streets with real drivebys, car jacking, and gang violence. 

And that’s just the top selling game.  Sports games, incredibly like the real thing will restart in a new season and the pundits will predict the future. After all in sports you call it competition. In life you call it survival.  Time to speculate and critique the teams looking for the edge and opinions.  Just like in the days of another dynasty, the Roman Empire, boy did they like their games.

SEE ROME AND DIE
In the old days of the Roman Empire, Play station and Game boy worked a little different. You bet on the Lions, the Gladiators, or the Christians. My money and 100% of those attending probably bet on the Lions.  A truly great movie, “ Gladiator" finds in the end, the leader needed pacification to control the masses. 

Yes, the components of honor, bravery, revenge, love, loyalty, good-looking gals, ambition, glory, are woven into the movie script. But the theme, the gladiatorial games were for keeping the masses entertained. In Roman times the games were big time entertainment. No HBO or Showtime. The plebeians ate it up. The Lions got their fair share, they just ate.  The comment from one of the Lion keepers was “Lions think Christians taste like Chicken”.

But in the end, the bad son of the good Caesar, Commodus  had the right idea to keep the masses busy and distracted till he meets his end, “ Mano a Mano” Spanish for hand-to-hand in the gladiatorial ring with Maximus. Played by Russell Crowe and he is great in the part.  Note: Commodus had an entire mens room named after him. Many will speculate that having the throne named after him while alive memorialized Commodus upon his death. That’s why we call them Commodes.  And as history tells us like many of the empires, not just the Romans, many things come to an end with a ROYAL FLUSH.

The Roman Empire was dying; it was not of the people anymore. Sound familiar?  So we have all these distractions today. Sports are big and so are the devices we observe them with.  

I actually sat and watched a game on a sixty-five inch 4K TV…I thought I was there, totally immersed.  It’s the fall of an empire because of the same things we are faced with today including but not limited to politics, partisanship, greed, bribes, payoffs, lobbyists, back door deals, assassinations, assignations and finally a sharp knife which left twenty-three wounds worth to be exact.  

Sounds like an ordinary day in the Senate. Served Caesar right when he accused Brutus of not picking up his half of the tab at dinner the night before when he asked him “ET TU”, Brute, then "Pay".  He was stabbed 23 times.

We have a lot we can learn from the Romans. Those games were brutal and so are the games our kids are growing up on today.  A young man in Chicago shot in the chest when confronted by the police and paramedics refused to name who shot him though he knew who did it.  Minutes later he died, keeping to a no-snitch street rule and taking the killers name with him. Six school children dead from gunshots in Chicago in less than six months. 

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