The Chalice From the Palace,One More Time

The wheels are coming off.The firing of James Comey revealed how tight the Trump inside circle is and the near impossibility of getting alternative” facts” quickly enough assembled to distribute them to all those in contact with a waiting public spearheaded by a vigilant press.Potus’ physical posture during the Lesley Holt interview was one of fearful hyper vigilance reinforcing the impression that Potus was less than truthful.
How truthful are the assertions that ACA is falling apart? Republican governed states are certainly not helping with the matter of exchanges as a result of which these states have little or no competition for ACA exchange membership which,particularly in rural areas,pares profitability for participating providers.Social Security,Medicare,Medicaid have been worked on and modified over decades.Veterans Affairs have been neglected and are in disarray.Simply put systems have to evolve.There is no omniscience behind plan development.Worse yet there is evidence of deliberate sabotage to help ACA fail.Once again Pinocchio’s nose is growing in spite of attacks on imported Canadian lumber.
We must be particularly on guard against military adventurism on the part of Trump and his key supporters to distract from Russian collusion scrutiny.In short,the wheels coming off of the Trump chariot should not be retoolable into tank treads.



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  19. HW: “Old truths remain truths despite their age. Lies don’t age either; there they are for all eternity.”

    daedal2207: “Potus’ physical posture during the Lester Holt interview was one of fearful hyper vigilance reinforcing the impression that Potus was less than truthful.”

    Less than truthful? We are now confronting the consequences of accepting a lie … a mirage … as truth. A mirage does not exist. It’s a figment of our imagination … wishful thinking. We keep chasing it in the hope that the vision projected will prove to be true. Sooner or later, we have to recognize the reality of lies and mirage non-existence. POTUS is a liar … his life has been based in repeating lies, with the motto that their frequency will render those lies true. The con might function in the family-held private sector, but in governance it evolves into cruel totalitarianism. Our country elected a lie … in all his positions and pronouncements. The chaos that we are experiencing right now is not normal nor healthy. It is abusive and sadistic.

    Anyone who defends/justifies the ignorant (who-knew-this-was-so-hard?) and rudderless ego trip of the current resident in the W.H. is a sadistic abuser, with a loathing towards humanity and the environment in which we all live. Uncertainty through lack of focus permeates. We are wasting time, money, and energy in holding up this unscrupulous ego.

    The much-quoted Founding Fathers provided guidelines for accountability. How much more obtuse can our majority-controlled legislators be? Where is their integrity in doing their job for our country? How will their progeny remember them? As profiles in courage?

    “There are none so blind as those who will not see. The most deluded people are those who choose to ignore what they already know.”

    P. S. Cowardly to promote spilling the blood of others when the promoter has never staked his or loved ones’ own. Fraudulent is another description. But, war is always the answer, isn’t it?

    The wheels are not coming off fast enough.

    1. There are lessons in this statement by SB. Let’s take a closer look:
      We love passion in our lives. Without passion the arts would not exist. But passions are built upon convictions. In order to soar amid the life-enhancing rewards of passion we need to acquire (or invent) convictions. Cultures are a major source of written-by-others’ scripts as to what “ought to be believed”. The fact that there are many conflicting cultures (includes religions) provides logical evidence that what many say “ought to be believed” must be inaccurate relative to understanding those convictions that are OBJECTIVELY most worthy. We can be influenced by political (left and right) cultures of thought. If we choose deep immersion in one, or the other (involves excluding or demonizing the influences of the other), we can fire up powerful feelings of certitude (convictions) and thereby expand the joys of a powerfully passionate self-righteousness! The “Politico” article by Michael Kruse demonstrates a strong leftist bias. The Economist article presented a somewhat better case that argued for economic focuses other than those that were felt to be “dangerously” advocated by Trump (but acknowledged a modicum of uncertainty – hinting at the possibility that some Trump policies may succeed).

      Important for the sake of cultivating those passions that harmonize with the objective realities is not allowing our “convictions” to be held with more certitude than ALL the evidence would honestly support.
      When “other possibilities” exist, an honest (seeker–of-truth) argument requires that we respect and often acknowledge and work with them. For this motive, probability and the quality of argument reigns. When the motive is something other than truth, such as advocacy, or related, protecting and magnifying a cherished feeling, we see that “other possibilities” will be ignored.
      TV coverage of “the firing” has provided rampant examples of supposedly educated minds hysterically ignoring “other possibilities” and steeping in the certitudes of righteous “knowledge” about Trump’s nefarious motives. Given the ease with which she denounces anyone who differs, SB is riding HIGH with this culture.
      Are Trump’s motives nefarious? What possibilities exist – yet by this leftist culture tend to be ignored? Here are just a few: In a world of many “leaks” isn’t it strange that none have provided hard (actionable) evidence supporting anything like collusion. Trump acted against Russian interests in Syria. Comey was felt to be inappropriate as head of the FBI by many Democrats as well as Republicans. What point (straw on the back of a camel) in the buildup of reasons to replace Comey would have been optimal timing for the betterment of the US future? Who would know this with certitude?

      More broadly, who is most likely to torment our future; those who say “I know the Truth!” or those who say “Provide a reasonable challenge to my best arguments.”?

      1. “you shall know the truth and the truth shall make you free” A valuable old testament reminder that truth is knowable or at least that lies are discernible and enslaving.Who doesn’t want us to know ? Why it’s the drag racer/ clown car driver,a meld of the Penguin and the Joker? Batman needs help!

        1. This short statement by Daedal2207 addresses for us the most fundamental issue: What is true? How do we “know” that what we call “knowledge” ACTUALLY correlates positively with that which is OBJECTIVELY true? The Old Testament statement about “truth” proclaims that “you shall know the truth”, but why would anyone actually believe that ALL of us will sometime possess that knowledge? Of course, in context we would understand that this statement from the Bible ASSUMES that it is the “Truth” of (its concept of) God which if “known” (by faith) will “set us free” (of worldly confinements). But considered aside from its context we can use it as Daedal2207 presents it: “Truth is knowable”. But both of the following can be simultaneously true: Truth may be knowable, but certitude is impossible. (An exception: certitude is possible when man creates the premises from which some forms of truth are established. You and I decide to call this object a “pencil” therefore it is certain that you and I have decided to call this object a “pencil”. Or, such as what follows from rules for games etc.)
          Understanding the certitude problem leads us to rely on probabilities and be more open to possibilities. This is the heart of the scientific method. What is considered “Truth” is only a working truth – something intended to be tested until something better tested acquires a higher probability. Some things are so probable that we “know” our belief is near certain. For instance, I say that “I know” that the sun will rise in the east tomorrow morning. It might not, but we can count on it. Given so many other possibilities, we cannot honestly ascribe such certitude to the belief that Trump colluded with Russia to steal an election. If presented as a high probability the believer must be ignoring the reality of other knowns and unknowns. There must be for this believer a motive or motives that are of a higher priority than that of “Truth”.

      2. DS: “We love passion in our lives. Without passion the arts would not exist. But passions are built upon convictions.”

        Agree with these three sentences fully.

        Beethoven’s Symphony #3 ~ “In writing this symphony, Beethoven had been thinking of Buonaparte, but Buonaparte while he was First Consul. At that time Beethoven had the highest esteem for him, and compared him to the greatest consuls of Ancient Rome. Not only I, but many of Beethoven’s closer friends, saw this symphony on his table, beautifully copied in manuscript, with the word “Buonaparte” inscribed at the very top of the title-page and ‘Ludwig van Beethoven’ at the very bottom …
        I was the first to tell him the news that Buonaparte had declared himself Emperor, whereupon he broke into a rage and exclaimed, ‘So he is no more than a common mortal! Now, too, he will tread under foot all the rights of Man, indulge only his ambition; now he will think himself superior to all men, become a tyrant!’ Beethoven went to the table, seized the top of the title-page, tore it in half and threw it on the floor. The page had to be recopied, and it was only now that the symphony received the title Sinfonia eroica.[5]” (

        Frederic Chopin ~ “Polonaise in A-flat major”,_Op._53

        Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s ~ “1812 Overture”

        Pablo Picasso ~ “Guernica”

        Diego Rivera ~ “The Arrival of Cortes”

        Adolph Hitler ~ “Mother Mary and Holy Child”

        Edvard Munch ~ “The Scream”

        Yes … the Arts are worth a thousand words … instead of interminable, foggy platitudes.

        P. S. I would have included the images being referred, but the blog medium did not appear to accept. If this can be done, I would welcome their inclusion for the benefit of followers of these discussions.

  20. Other possibilities:
    The wheels are not coming off. It just seems that way to those who have never seen or cannot imagine the existence of such a vehicle driving us to the future. It seems to be a mix between a powerful drag racer and an entertaining clown car. Important things are done quickly, but in this arena we are seeing imaginative driving techniques like never before. (Interestingly they seem to be working to society’s favor).
    Hyper vigilance is always necessary when in the presence of those who tend to be hostile and often seek to do harm (as when a Republican is interviewed by major-media employees).
    The Affordable Care Act was not attracting those who could afford the fines or could afford better forms of medicine. Insurance companies, believing that the government would insure their futures, discovered that the citizens preferred companies who if assigned the option of developing merit can provide both good service and competitive pricing. The problems of the Veteran’s Health Administration illustrate what lies ahead for all of us if we assign to government a major responsibility for our health care.
    We must be particularly on guard against neglecting a necessary military adventure just because a portion of the public might falsely interpret it to be a diversion.

    1. It’s really necessary to look around the interstices of the big tent,autocracy and kleptocracy attract some pretty venomous creatures. There seems to be good evidence of obstruction of justice here but party loyalty will no doubt prevail against impeachment .

    2. In the immortal words of Tug McGraw “ya gotta believe”.I prefer reason.We await the next evidence of Potus’major characterlogic aberration.By the way such things tend to cascade as perpetrator desperation grows!(OMINOUS)

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