Daffy Donald and his Screwballs

Now please do not tell me this is not the prime example of daffiness.

Daffy Donald in his own words in a recording with Bob Woodward said in March 2020 that he was playing down danger of the virus and would continue to do that.

Daffy Donald a couple of days after that said that he always overplayed the danger of the virus. You see what I mean. Only someone totally daffy would say he is playing down something and overplaying it. Don’t you agree?

Did you hear what Trump keeps saying about Covid-19? Recall that on February 7 he told Woodward it was very dangerous and it spread through the air. He knew this sometime in January after his talk with Xi of China. What did he tell the American people. Remember something to the effect that we had fifteen cases and soon it would go to zero.  Remember him also saying it would go away.

In fact he repeated that a day or two ago when he was at a town hall type meeting saying some day it will go away. I suppose that is true. It might disappear after everyone dies from it but the last person standing can say “Daffy was right. It went away.”

Trump’s Pitch: “The Others Are Coming For You. Only I Can Save You From Them.”

I know there are those who hate of others because they are different. I vividly recall standing at the corner of Savin Hill Avenue and South Sidney Street with a couple of guys who were as they say “on the dole” having some type of allergy to working for a loving.

This day a black man left Savin Hill T Station about 50 yards from where we were standing. He was carrying his metal lunch pail as I had seen him do on other days. He wisely crossed the street to the other side, and walked down past us. He obviously had been working and was returning home. He was part of one of the few black families in our neighborhood.

One of the loafers upon seeing him sad in a somewhat loud voice: “Hey! Look at him! He wants to be like us!” I recall thinking that was the last thing he wanted. He didn’t want to hang around the corner and live off some government largess. He wanted to work and was working.

This man was looked down upon simply because of his color. That was so American where tradition has it that white people think they are superior to black Americans merely because of the accident of their birth to parents who were White.

Gangster Thursday: How many people did Whitey kill? Whitey killed a thousand.

Whitey With Weapon

I suppose you must figure it is around that amount from the publicity that surrounded him. We all read how he terrorized the City of Boston  and environs for 25 years. We read about it even though we were residents in those areas and were not terrorized ourselves but surely most of the people were and we just did not realize it. The question that must be answered is whether you can be terrorized without knowing it.

I should mention the form of the  title to this post is taken from an advertisement that used to be played on Boston’s radio stations although the words are changed When asking the question about Whitey it is necessary that it be done by using the tune of that ad by Adams and Swett Carpet Company.

The advertisement asked: “How many cookies did Andrew eat? Andrew ate eight thousand.” That was the telephone number of the company doing the advertisement , AN8-8000. AN was the abbreviation for Andrew. My first home telephone number was Geneva 6-5173 or GE6-5173.

Poetry Wednesday: A Poem That Our Leaders Love

This is not really a poem although some people refer to it as a poem. It was supposedly the favorite of General Douglas MacArthur who had it hanging on the wall behind his desk when he was in charge of running post-war Japan.
It is more of an essay. I thought I would include it in the poetry section since these days where we find our country controlled by people in their seventies: Trump, 74; McConnell 78, Pelosi 80, Hoyer 81, and Biden, a spry 77.
MacArthur was relieved of his command when he was 71 years old.   When President Truman was asked why he fired him, he said, “I fired him because he wouldn’t respect the authority of the President. I didn’t fire him because he was a dumb son of a bitch, although he was, but that’s not against the law for generals. If it was, half to three-quarters of them would be in jail.”
It is said many Japanese business men had been inspired by this essay/poem long before General MacArthur. It was written by Samuel Ullman. As you might have guessed he was in his seventies when he wrote it.
By Samuel Ullman
Youth is not a time of life; it is a state of mind; it is not a matter of rosy cheeks, red lips and supple knees; it is a matter of the will, a quality of the imagination, a vigor of the emotions; it is the freshness of the deep springs of life.
Youth means a temperamental predominance of courage over timidity
of the appetite for adventure over the love of ease.
This often exists in a man of sixty more than a body of twenty. Nobody grows old merely by a number of years. We grow old by deserting our ideals.
Years may wrinkle the skin, but to give up enthusiasm wrinkles the soul.
Worry, fear, self-distrust bows the heart and turns the spirit back to dust.
Whether sixty or sixteen, there is in every human being’s heart the lure of wonder, the unfailing child-like appetite of what’s next, and the joy of the game of living.
In the center of your heart and my heart there is a wireless station; so long as it receives messages of beauty, hope, cheer, courage and power from men and from the Infinite, so long are you young. 
When the aerials are down, and your spirit is covered with snows of cynicism
and the ice of pessimism, then you are grown old, even at twenty,
but as long as your aerials are up, to catch the waves of optimism, there is hope you may die young at eighty.
 How explain MacArthur’s love of this essay/poem. I suppose all those septuagenarians and octogenarians, or soon to be octogenarians, would also love it. But really it is so much nonsense. As Truman would suggest it is nnot considered such by those who fit his description of MacArthur. You don’t die young at 80 no matter what aerials you put up or what you fill your heart with. Nor are you young at 80 because the plastic surgeon altered your aspect.
This may be a more appropriate poem when we think of age and youth.
“You are old, Father William,” the young man said,
    “And your hair has become very white;
And yet you incessantly stand on your head—
    Do you think, at your age, it is right?”

“In my youth,” Father William replied to his son,
    “I feared it might injure the brain;
But now that I’m perfectly sure I have none,
    Why, I do it again and again.”

Chief Justice Ralph D. Gants and the Hidden Truth About Bill Bulger

Chief Justice Ralph D. Gants died on September 14, 2020, at age 65. He suffered a heart attack on September 4, went to the hospital where he was treated with two stents, made a  decent initial recovery to the extent he planned on returning to work in a limited manner within days, and then something went wrong. May he rest in peace.

I met him once. I was standing outside the federal courthouse in Boston the summer before last talking to an old colleague, Sarah Hartry. I was attending the memorial services for Judge Joseph Tauro. As he approached Sarah waved at him and he walked over. She introduced him to me as Ralph Gants. I knew I had heard the name before but could not place it. I said hello. We exchanged a few pleasant words. He seemed like a nice guy. He continued on. I asked her what does he do. She told me. I felt chagrined not having immediately known it when I heard his name.

Trump lied – People Died – Case Closed – Listen to President’s Words

When Trump imposed the travel ban on China – which did not ban everyone from traveling from there – it exempted Americans and their families as well as citizens of Hong Kong and Macao who were coming from China. There was no ban on people coming in from Europe until March 12. That allowed people to come in from overseas to attend business conferences such as the the one who attended the international business conference held in Boston from February 26-27 by Biogen at the Marriott Long Wharf hotel which infected thousands.

That ban was imposed as we now know from Bob Woodworth’s just published book which is supported by Trump’s own words recorded over 18 interviews and which recordings have been made available to the public.  On February 7 Trump told Woodworth that he had spoken to XI about the virus in China. He said he knew the virus was at least five times worse than the flu and that it was very dangerous and could be transmitted through the air. He noted to Woodward how dangerous it was because of that.

More Gangster Story – Mobs and Mobsters.

Last Thursday I was beating the old drum telling how one of the greatest hoaxes perpetrated on the gullible American public, you know those people who like gangster stories like those in the Godfather series, or the Sopranos, or the Goodfellas, was that Whitey Bulger was the real deal gangster.

One of the most intriguing parts of his story is that he bought into the con himself. He believed he was this big mobster when he was only a guy who carried a gun and liked to threaten people when he had a helper by his side. Unlike most Southie guys who were tough,  he never got in the ring to fight one against one. I noted yesterday he had no mob. His gang was Steve Flemmi, Kevin Weeks and himself, and perhaps a guy in Florida named Martorano.

The latter wrote a book proclaiming himself on the cover as “Whitey Bulger’s Enforcer and the Most Feared Gangster in the Underworld.” How could that be when he was in Florida during the time Whitey operated in South Boston. There’s not one case he can point to where he enforced anything for Whitey. Some may suggest the murders of Paulie McGonagle and Tommy King who were Whitey’s rivals in South Boston. But Whitey was not his boss at the time, it was Howie Winter. And, a close look at these murders suggest it was not Martorano who did the murders but another guy from Southie who betrayed his buddies to become Whitey’s Southie partner.

Politics Monday: Trump’s Ten Year Vendetta Against A Woman

Here is what occupies Trump: Harassing a private citizen.

Is this what you  believe a president should be doing on a Sunday?

Donald J. Trump responding to a tweet. He sent this out at 6:48 am on Sunday September 6: 
Steve Jobs would not be happy that his wife is wasting money he left her on a failing Radical Left Magazine that is run by a con man (Goldberg) and spews FAKE NEWS & HATE. Call her, write her, let her know how you feel!!!
This harassment of her is not new. On Tuesday August 19, 2013 Trump wrote:’
“So, lets get this right. Steve Jobs dies and leaves his wife everything-billions of dollars. Now his wife has a boyfriend (lover). Oh Steve!
Ten years ago he began harassing a highly accomplished woman who lost her husband. He continues to do this to yesterday morning.  Of all days, Sunday his mind in on this. He wants his cult to go after her. Why?  Why would any normal human being ask his followers to do this just because he may not like her opinion.
I’m not alone in thinking this.

Bill Kristol    @BillKristol
Trump attacks American women.  Think of it.  Should it make Americans proud.
Then on the other hand despite evidence of Putin’s malevolence, there is not one tweet against him.   It is beyond doubt the Putin poisoned his opponent Nalvany according to the German government.  What does Trump say: “I haven’t seen any evidence.” American intelligence report Russian paying Taliban to murder American troops.  What does Trump say: “I haven’t seen any evidence.”
Here’s what Trump does say about Russia: “I called President Putin of Russia to congratulate him on his election victory. “ By the way his opponent in the election Nalvany was banned from running. Trump went on “Getting along with Russia . . . is a good thing, not a bad thing . . . ” 
Russia has carte blanche to do whatever it wants. Trump is going to get along with it. No wonder. It helped him in his 2016 election and is again trying to help him in the 2020 election.
Oh, I know the Senate bipartisan report which no one read is fake news, and the Facebook and Twitter reports are not true.
It is really a sad state of affairs in America that Trump is so vile that he wants he cult to attack an American woman.