Breakfast with bwana
Flagellation is described as “flogging or beating, either as a religious discipline or for sexual gratification.”
At times you have to wonder if Donald Trump flogs or beats himself for sexual gratification. The word “discipline” does not apply to him except in the sense that he is disciplined about showing his lack of discipline.
Today, Jeffrey Toobin a writer for New Yorker, and a legal analyst for CNN has been suspended for masturbating during a Zoom call. Apparently, he was on another Zoom call with journalists about an “election simulation” while at the same time, doing an erection simulation with a cam girl.
“We have two candidates, each unfit to be President and one member of this species is going to survive”: Trump versus Biden. Photo – img.thedailybeast.com
Now, let’s just pause for a second. Toobin is a graduate of Harvard Law School, a classmate of Elena Kagan, and is paid hundreds of thousands, if not millions, by CNN. He has a “job” worthy of Hunter Biden — big bucks for doing nothing. So in one day, he blew it.
What does Toobin have in common with Trump? They both have a sense of entitlement and that they can get away with anything. BTW, so do Biden and his crooked son. But we have a choice to make. We must choose the evil of the two lesser and opt for the lesser evil.
Isn’t that symptomatic of what this country has devolved to?
To keep Jeffrey Toobin company on the slide down the road to perdition, our President let loose today another shameful and destructive tirade: “People are tired of Covid. I have the biggest rallies I’ve ever had, and we have Covid. People are saying whatever. Just leave us alone. They’re tired of it. People are tired of hearing Fauci and all these idiots.”
Trump is not averse to compounding his stupidity: “You know, Biden wants to lock it down,” Trump said. “He wants to listen to Dr Fauci. He wants to listen to Dr Fauci.”
Biden with uncharacteristic pithy brevity, replied: “Yes.”
Now, just in case Trump’s stupidity was not totally clear, he made no mistake that it would be: “He’ll listen to the scientists,” Trump warned at a Nevada rally on Sunday. “If I listened to the scientists we’d have a country in a massive depression.”
Trump is just not right in the head. There is something deranged about him. Yes, he gets that his core supporters have certain issues that motivate their base instincts.
But how much more despicable can a President be than to decry science. This is reminiscent of the Middle Ages.
At some point, Americans who support Trump have got to have the courage to say “ENOUGH!”
We are at that point. ENOUGH!
This man has crossed the line between incompetence and lunacy.
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A darwinian view of the first un-presidential debate
Years ago, when Barack Obama first ran for President, Michelle Obama was taken to task for saying “For the first time in my adult life, I am proud of my country because it feels like hope is finally making a comeback.”
On September 29, for the first time since I came to the U.S., I was embarrassed for our country as I watched the first Trump versus Biden un-Presidential debate.
How did we go from being the greatest country, with the greatest promise, the greatest ideals, the greatest will to do what is right, to a state where we are embarked on writing a new book, “The End of (the American) Species” an excursion in the survival of the un-fittest?
Some years ago, I commented on a phenomenon I have witnessed over and over again. If you ask Americans (and I suspect this is true of all people) almost anything, there is a high likelihood that you will get one-third saying yes, one-third saying no, and one-third will respond either “I don’t know” or “I don’t have an opinion.” So it was after that night’s debacle. A poll reported that one-third thought Biden won, one-third thought Trump won, and one-third thought neither won (or neither one).
So, did anyone “win” the debate? From my vantage, what I saw and heard was a disgrace. For anyone to suggest that either of the two participants “won” the debate is an insult to the intelligence of any American who is willing to use his/her head and reason.
That said, arguably Biden won some points by not losing; Trump lost some points by not winning; Trump’s name-calling was equaled by Biden’s personal insults and low-class approach when he, unprovoked, called Trump a liar, then told him to “shut up” and later called him a clown.
I have heard and read partisans on each side rationalizing, trying to excuse, and even praise Biden and Trump, each for doing what he did. I remain unconvinced.
Then there was the so-called moderator, Chris Wallace. He began with a stupid question, in effect, asking each: “My first question to both of you tonight, why are you right in the argument you make and your opponent wrong?” In other words, start to spit at each other. The question was about the nomination of Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court. There is something about encouraging two gladiators, each ill-trained and ill-equipped, sword-drawn, perhaps a shield in hand and leather strip skirt covering his raisins, to step into the arena and fight the other. With all respect, since the nomination is a done deal and confirmation likely, who cares what Joe Biden thinks of it? By the way, on this question, I thought Trump scored one of his very few moments of coherence.
Or, take the second question that took about five minutes to get out (yes, Trump’s fault): “What is the Trump healthcare plan?” Mercy! We know that there is no Trump healthcare plan, so why waste the country’s time on this nonsense? Why not ask each candidate to outline how he would reform healthcare in America? But that assumes that either one of these clowns (yes, I used Joe Biden’s word) wants to reform healthcare in America.
Biden next, and totally unprovoked, called Trump a liar. I’ve heard Biden people justifying this and I’ve heard Trump people excoriating Biden. For me, it was sad that a former Vice President and Senator would speak thus to a sitting President and doubly sad that the President has so repeatedly lied, that millions of people would take it in their stride. Or consider that Biden called the President of this country a clown and 66 million or so will think that is just okay. Or that Biden told the President to “shut up” — not that he shouldn’t have shut up way earlier in the debate.
Folks, we have two candidates, each unfit to be President and one member of this species is going to survive.
Things got only worse when Trump would not outright condemn white supremacists. Enough said. The man is not fit to be President.
Or when Biden said that he wouldn’t answer basic questions about packing the Supreme Court or ending the filibuster, or when he said that Antifa is not an organization, just an idea. Enough said, this man is not fit to be President either.
Biden also looked old and there is a good question whether he isn’t senile. Or whether Trump is demented. You had to know that Biden had lost it when he declared that he doesn’t support the Green New Deal.
All in all, Trump talked too much and made no sense. Biden talked too much nonsense and Trump should have given him more rope.
America has been infected. We have two maggots running for President. Some of you will pick one, some of you the other.
Keep in mind that only 65 million viewers watched the debate. That is scary for the election since last time 129 million Americans voted. Some 64 million voters did not bother to tune in. Given that the 129 million represented a small percentage of registered voters, the election is susceptible of a bizarre outcome.
This column by Bwana has been contributed by Kul Bhushan, who worked as a newspaper Editor in Nairobi for over three decades and now lives in New Delhi.
* Published in print edition on 23 October 2020