Monday, October 31, 2016

Mr.Thiel, you are a foolish man. Allow me to explain.

Driving home this evening I heard the NPR story “Peter Thiel Stands Out In Silicon Valley For Support Of Donald Trump” (Laura Sydell | October 31, 2016), in the story the man demonstrated such childish logic for such a big man that when I got home I couldn't help pound out the following response.

Mr. Thiel, you’ve taken offense that many say you show significant “lack of judgement” by coming out in support of Donald Trump the gold plated narcissist who would be President. 

On Monday at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C., you defended your position: "It's not a lack of judgment that leads Americans to vote for Trump.  We're voting for Trump because we judge the leadership of our country to have failed.”

I thought you said you were a man of good judgement?  What's with that yuge non sequitur?  What does Washington DC leadership failures have to do with being suckered by a big talking hustler like the beauty pageant magnet Donald Trump? 
To quote from the NPR story:

"Peter Thiel is part of what many people in the Valley call "the PayPal mafia," a group of investors who got very rich by helping to fund PayPal. Thiel was also an early investor in Facebook and he continues to fund startups. In the left-leaning Silicon Valley, he's a self-identified Libertarian who supported Rand Paul.

Thiel once lamented the negative impact of women getting the vote and wrote that democracy and freedom are not compatible in a blog post for the libertarian Cato Institute. In a book he co-authored in 1999, Thiel said a "multicultural rape charge may indicate nothing more than a belated regret.”

It's failed, Thiel said, by getting the U.S. into major costly conflicts around the world …"

The comments beg the question, do you have any realistic understanding of what happened back there, before and after 9/11, and how that impacted world tensions and hostilities moving forward?

If so, why in the world would you support another Republican Administration?  I mean were Trump elected he's dependent on these people who have yet to acknowledge their own mistakes and gross errors in judgement when supporting Bush/Cheney’s war of opportunity in Iraq, let alone learn anything from those painful lessons.  

Come to think of it, Trump finds it easy to pretend that he never supported that invasion despite many recorded examples of his supporting it, how's that for disconnected?  But, you're ready for such a character to lead the USA?

By Nina Burleigh | 9/12/16 |

For 18 months, Republican strategists, political pundits, reporters and Americans who follow them have been pursuing Hillary Clinton’s personal email habits, and no evidence of a crime has been found. But now they at least have the skills and interest to focus on a much larger and deeper email conspiracy, one involving war, lies, a private server run by the Republican Party and contempt of Congress citations—all of it still unsolved and unpunished. 
Clinton’s email habits look positively transparent when compared with the subpoena-dodging, email-hiding, private-server-using George W. Bush administration. Between 2003 and 2009, the Bush White House “lost” 22 million emails. This correspondence included millions of emails written during the darkest period in America’s recent history, when the Bush administration was ginning up support for what turned out to be a disastrous war in Iraq with false claims that the country possessed weapons of mass destruction (WMD), and, later, when it was firing U.S. attorneys for political reasons. …
Like Clinton, the Bush White House used a private email server—its was owned by the Republican National Committee. And the Bush administration failed to store its emails, as required by law, and then refused to comply with a congressional subpoena seeking some of those emails. “It’s about as amazing a double standard as you can get,” says Eric Boehlert, who works with the pro-Clinton group Media Matters. “If you look at the Bush emails, he was a sitting president, and 95 percent of his chief advisers’ emails were on a private email system set up by the RNC. Imagine if for the last year and a half we had been talking about Hillary Clinton’s emails set up on a private DNC server? … (There's more)

(NPR news story continued) and by allowing bubbles that seriously harm the economy. Thiel went on to criticize Hillary Clinton for her hawkishness and took aim at those in Silicon Valley who have made Trump supporters feel unwelcome. …

"Many people have learned to keep quiet if they dissent from the coastal bubble," Thiel said. "Louder voices have sent a message that they do not intend to tolerate the views of one half of the country.”  

IT IS NOT ABOUT TOLERATING OR NOT.  Besides, what about Republican absolutism and anger and desire to tear down our government and anything coming from the Democratic Party?  


As for your "half the country" gambit - you know, way over half the country was all waving flags and wild for a little shock’n awe action.  That didn't make it smart, or right, or good for America!  What an ever lasting catastrophe that's been and many still haven’t acknowledged or learned from their mistakes.   

This election is about Faith-based vs. Fact-based.  About people who believe it's okay for dogma driven beliefs to trump clear observable physical realities and facts.

The Democrats for all their failings at least take a rational approach to living in this life and on this planet, that is they allow fact based understanding and learning to help guide our decisions.

Whereas the Republican Party has become all about self-interest first and foremost.  In order to reinforce that world outlook, they freely make up their own version of reality.  This can most clearly be seen in their continued disbelieve that human's are causing harmful warming of our planet despite overwhelming and irrefutable evidence from every corner of the world.  

But, it seems, all that doesn’t matter one wit to these Republicans thanks to their custom made “Think Tanks” churning out PR and dirty-tricks that folks gobble up, all the while rejecting all other sources of information and avoiding the real questions we should be grabbling with - but no, absolutist attitude and some vague notion that we still live in the 1950s is as far as their imagination goes.

America’s democracy demands an informed and engaged electorate.  Trump embraces utter disconnect from reality in his drive for constant self-adulation, and this is who you're willing to put into the White House?  

Yes sir, Mr. Thiel, your political choice deserves to be called out for being foolish, even if you know how to make millions.

176 Shocking Things Donald Trump Has Done This Election | The Closer with Keith Olbermann | GQ

Published on Sep 13, 2016
How did we get here? It's easy to forget. In the debut episode of his new series, "The Closer," GQ's Keith Olbermann tallies the most outrageous of Donald Trump's offenses in what is now his 15-month assault on American democracy.


. . . The exterior they were destroying was an architectural masterpiece—bronze, platinum, hammered aluminum, glazed ceramic and tinted glass 
that shimmered like jewelry. Many New Yorkers had hoped the grandest portion would survive; curators from the Metropolitan Museum of Art 
had asked the developer to carefully remove the two bas-relief sculpture panels so they could be restored and put on public display. 
But that afternoon, the laborers, acting on orders from the developer, smashed the 50-year-old art deco panels into a rubble of stone, pebble and dirt.
The desecration horrified Manhattan’s art community, but the developer, a brash 34-year-old named Donald Trump, dismissed the criticism—
pretending to be his own spokesman, “John Barron,” as he talked to reporters by phone. Saving the panels would have cost him $32,000 each, 
he said,
His presidential campaign is built on the claim that he’s a brilliant businessman worth $10 billion who turns every challenge into success, 
but Trump is none of those things. Instead, he was born into an exceedingly wealthy family and tried to build upon his father’s success with ever-riskier ventures, 
and by any rational measure, he failed again and again.
In other words, if the Republican nominee had done nothing but mow his lawn for the past 35 years, he would be a dramatically wealthier man than he is today. 

The huge bonus in that scenario: Thousands of people would not have been ridiculed, ripped off or otherwise have suffered from encounters with Donald J. Trump.
The Many Scandals of Donald Trump: A Cheat Sheet
DAVID A. GRAHAM | OCT 13, 2016

The Republican nominee faces a series of allegations of sexual assault, an embarrassing tape in which he boasts about committing sexual assault, a series of old comments, and a civil suit accusing him of rape.
In the second debate two days later, Trump told Anderson Cooper that he had never sexually assaulted women. That angered several women who say Trump did assault them, and who came forward to say so. Two women told The New York Times that Trump assaulted them, one in the 1980s and one in 2005.
A Florida woman told The Palm Beach Post that Trump had groped her. A former People reporter recounted how she says Trump assaulted her while she was reporting a story for that magazine, telling her, “You know we’re going to have an affair, don’t you?” 
Despite furious reactions from Trump backers, complaining of a coordinated election-eve attack, such allegations are hardly new. Former Trump business associate Jill Harth accused him of sexual assault months ago. …
Unrelatedly, Trump is facing a civil lawsuit from a Jane Doe who alleges that Trump raped her in 1994, when she was 13 years old, at parties hosted by the convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein, who Trump called a friend. That lawsuit is scheduled to proceed in December, and Trump could be forced to testify under oath.
Meanwhile, there are plenty of other questionable stories about Trump. Several former contestants in his pageants—including several teenagers—say Trump barged into changing rooms while they were naked or partially naked. Trump denies that, yet he bragged of doing just that in an interview with Howard Stern. 
Another woman claims she saw Trump looking up women’s skirts at a restaurant in the 1990s. In a bizarre 1992 clip, ... Can you believe it?”

Trump scandals make Clinton look good: Max Boot
Max Boot | October 31, 2016

Her problems are in a normal range. His are off the charts. This is not a close call.




The myth and the reality of Donald Trump’s business empire
By Ana Swanson February 29, 2016


How Donald Trump Exploited Charity for Personal Gain
The billionaire used the Donald J. Trump Foundation to mislead the public—and to funnel cash to an elected prosecutor poised to investigate Trump University.


Fact check: Trump’s secretive, non-existent philanthropy


Washington Post: Trump had a habit of promising to give to charity, but rarely following through.


Considering the Republican need for delusions 2016

Trump, here's to looking at the Man in the Mirror.

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