The Moron’s Case For Hillary Clinton…because some of you really are that stupid.

The Moron’s Case For Hillary Clinton…because some of you really are that stupid.

I don’t generally promote political pieces. In fact, I hate discussing politics. However, I believe strongly in the words contained in this piece. Like it, don’t like it, that’s fine by me. But please: Consider the choices carefully and — most of all — intelligently. Please, for all of our sake.

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An old colleague and I were having breakfast this morning when he looked up at the news (I can’t remember which network …MSNBC, I think) and noticed a split screen of Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton. He lamented long about how terrible both candidates are in this election and I guess we just have to choose the lesser of the two evils or, as he put it, “…put on a blindfold and just pick. It doesn’t really make any difference.”

And that’s when I went off.

I am really sick and tired of people saying both candidates are equally horrible choices, how much America thoroughly hates both of them to the core, that there’s not a single positive trait in either one of them and wow, if only we had voted for that guy behind the deli counter or the neighbor’s cat, America would be WAY better off.

Fuck you. Fuck the…

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Posted by on 10/13/2016 in Motivation


My Exciting Saturday Night

I just spent close to an hour reading a deposition on a Saturday night. I am not a lawyer and have no vested interest whatsoever in the case. So why did I read it?

I read it because an article in the New York Times regarding Mr. Trump contained a link to it and I wanted to read a source document that was not filtered and spun by the press. I wanted to see for myself what kind of man this is without the cameras, without the spotlights, and without the political rhetoric.

In the New York Times (and a similar article in the Los Angeles Times), the reporters portray the deposition as being about how Trump’s comments about Mexican immigrants have offended two of his lessees, who have canceled their leases with his company. There was also a reference to his comment about winning the primary elections with the largest number of voters ever. After reading the articles, I expected some sort of inflammatory language.

What I did not expect to read was a first-hand account of how much of an idiot Mr. Trump truly is.

In this deposition, he discussed his preference to sign a lease agreement over a management agreement on at least once out of every two pages of the deposition. He said that, despite his cadre of lawyers and business partners (i.e., his children), he did not prepare for the deposition. He said that while he did make comments that some people might find offensive, he did not prepare his comments in advance of his public speaking engagements — instead, he likes to talk about what’s on his mind. Under questioning, he said that he did not read the leases he signs and admits that his staff places duplicate pages in the leases to make them appear larger. He said that he felt it would be alright for him, as a landlord, to obstruct his lessee’s business operations by placing a sign outside that contained racist or untrue information. He admitted to adding extra materials to the site preparation that delayed the tenant’s occupancy of the premises and raised the tenant’s rent amount.He perseverated about how he likes to include restaurants in his hotels.He also continued the claim that the media is unfair to him. He also interrupted the lawyer conducting the deposition and ignored the advice of his own lawyer during the deposition.

I can understand ignorance of certain details of business deals, especially given the volume of business Mr. Trump’s organization does. However, for someone who has spent decades as a real estate develop, I thought his knowledge of basic ideas to be incredibly superficial. It was as though he thought he could get away with lease or other contractual errors because he did not read what he signed. His ignorance of quiet enjoyment laws as they pertain to business leases was shocking to me. He sounded like a broken record who tries to use a smokescreen of “I did not read that” or “My children read that and I trust them” to deflect any culpability for his actions. Refreshingly, he did not lie — or at least did not perpetuate a lie once he was called on it by the interviewing lawyer.

Folks, this man is little better than pig-ignorant. He refuses to accept counsel on simple matters such as public speaking, depositions, and debates. He perseverates on details in which he is the only person interested. He acts surprised when someone calls him out about a racist, sexist, or otherwise unwise remark, claiming that the mass media is unfair in their representation of him as a boorish, sexist, narcissistic ignoramus. He bullies those he perceives as weaker than he and places blame on everyone and everything except himself.

After reading this deposition, I now think the media should be ashamed of themselves for not communicating just how ignorant this man truly is. They focus on the attention-grabbing headlines, and it seems as if they discover some new scandal about Mr. Trump on a regular basis. I asked myself what the common thread was — is he a criminal or an idiot? Having read this deposition, my judgment is this:

Trump is an ignorant, moronic, bully. He must not be allowed to be placed in any sort of high political office because his lack of regard for preparation or counsel would likely lead the country into a destructive time that could destroy the lives of countless people, both domestically and internationally.

No matter what your political views are, I urge you to consider the choice you make in November, as the fate of our nation is truly at stake.

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Posted by on 10/01/2016 in Insight


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Quiet amidst chaos

I am frequently asked why I would want to live in a small rural community. After all, I grew up in metropolitan southern California and have lived in other urban/suburban areas for most of my life. The simple answer: Peace. On days like today, the loudest noise are the animals outside and the occasional train. The peace allows me to think, to breathe, to be.

I ran across a post recently that has a poem by Pablo Neruda that echoes much of why I have chosen this life. I think that if more people could learn to embrace quiet and the beauty it contains, the world would be a calmer place.

Pablo Neruda “Keeping Quiet”

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Posted by on 09/10/2016 in Insight


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Beneath the Facade

We all have a facade of some sort. You know the one– the face we show to the world. It goes deeper than that. Out actions and demeanor varies, depending on the situation. In fact, I’ve recently heard somewhere that we actually have three faces: The one we show to the world, one to family, and the one that no one else ever sees. I know I certainly have those three faces.

What is unnerving is when you are accustomed to a certain person’s face  and then, perhaps unexpectedly, see one of the others.

I inadvertently eavesdropped on a conversation between two people yesterday. I know that eavesdropping can lead to hearing things not meant for me. What I heard was the “family only” voice of someone who I considered family, and the tone and content was unexpected. It was cold, calculating, and manipulative, dismissive of anyone else’s problems except for her own. In that moment, I realized that I may have only seen this “face” of this person a few times. Each time I have seen it, I have the same reactions: surprise, anger, and fierce protectiveness of those about whom I care the most.

What’s the lesson here? Don’t eavesdrop. Know that we all likely have that less-favorable side that might distress others if they truly witnessed it. Remember that who I am is diminished in no way whatsoever by this other person.


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Posted by on 08/30/2016 in Growth, Insight


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What does RA + Amusement Park Equal?

On the surface, it is a big bag of “aaaaaaaaaaaa!”

Late last evening, I made the choice to go to a local, large-name amusement park with my family. I knew it would be physically painful, but the way my daughters’ eyes lit up when I consented to go drove away any trepidation I felt. They make pain killers, after all. What can’t be made is that last day of summer before we all gear up for the next school year.

It was a lovely, warm August day. We left when we were all ready to go, and the trip was relaxing. We had one of those precious days when we were telling jokes and laughing at nothing in particular. 

Then the RA monster woke from its slumber. That damn beast has the most erratic schedule and often appears unannounced. What nerve!

For those who aren’t familiar with RA, it is nothing like advertisements depict. I don’t take a pill and then feel up to running a marathon, playing on a beach, or any of that nonsense. Instead, I get to take three handfuls of meds each day and two injections per week just to be able to maintain some sort of normalcy that allows me to function in daily life. When injury strikes or the disease-monster flares, I don’t heal quickly. I eat right and exercise, but the meds pack on weight, no matter what I do. I tire easily and unpredictably, and my balance and concentration can be wonky. This, from a body that used to be thin, strong, and active. While everyone’s experience with RA is different, that is my story.

So I’m putting my weary, painkiller-laden self to bed. But the love my family gave me all day makes my heart light.

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Posted by on 08/19/2016 in Motivation


The best part of us

My social media feeds seem to have a constant stream of unbelievably outrageous content. If I believed half of what I read, I would think that people are corrupt, narcissistic, mindless, and bigoted. The daily news in the current election season seems to have no limit to the atrocities it reports.

Then I watched– truly watched — the Olympics and the media, social and otherwise, it generates. Here are the glimpses of what has struck me.





I think that the Olympics is an opportunity to be our best, not just as athletes, but as human beings. I’m glad we have this particular set happening now. It reminds me that good people are everywhere. We just have to look for them.

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Posted by on 08/15/2016 in Motivation


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What if?

What if we aren’t as different as some people would have us believe?

What if we realized that we all have the same hopes, fears, needs, and dreams?

What if one action we took or one decision we made could change the world?

What if we Americans were the ones who were wrong about our priorities?

What if we listened– truly listened– to our brothers and sisters in other parts of the world?

Could we become better citizens of the world?

What would it look and feel like if we did?

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Posted by on 08/05/2016 in Motivation