Pat Piper has made a career learning something new. As a journalist in the news business, “something new” occurs every hour so he’s becoming an expert at understanding stuff he never thought about. Learning became a common word in “Future Talk: Conversations About Tomorrow” (Warner Books), the popular book he ghostwrote with Larry King as […]

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    Archive for November, 2020

    Waiting For (him) Godot

    By on November 27, 2020 in See It Here

    President Trump is being President Trump. Politics is a business deal and is supposed to make him the biggest-most fantastic-incredible human being on the planet. And yeah, I’ll end that description with the way he ends a sentence: “OK?”

    But this business deal has his opponent “Sleepy Joe” with  51.1% of the numbers winning to Trump’s 47.2% of the popular vote, a difference of more than 6 million.

    The electoral college makes the final call on December 14 which means challenges to this business deal must conclude and President Trump has to face the music, which he won’t hear.

    On January 20, he may not even appear on the inauguration stage with the President-elect (the smart money in Vegas is leaning that way). He’ll be there, and there’s no doubt he’ll make it a TV show with facial antics.

    The U.S. looks stupid. And it’s getting to be a bore. And in keeping with consistency, Trump will continue to follow idiocy.

    What’s most sad is many will follow along claiming the results are rigged. If there’s good to be found in any of this it is the numbers of Trump Believers will decrease, though Mr. Trump won’t believe that “fact” either.

    And none of this is “OK.” Note no question mark this time. We’ve moved on).

    No Thanks To Thanksgiving

    By on November 23, 2020 in See It Here

    The fourth Thursday of November has been a traditional gathering of friends/relatives (including the loud uncle) since 1621. It’s been a time when news stories provide data comparing the cost of a dinner this year as compared to the year before. There’s a new statistic.
    Many (read: 50 million) insist on continuing this tradition of close together meals around a table indoors. The logic: we’ve always done it this way.
    That’s always been a dangerous logic.
    And with Covid-19 in the air, literally, it can be fatal.
    Now President Trump can’t “suggest” this gathering be done online or put off until a safer time because we don’t want government telling us what to do. However, health officials, (i.e.–people who know what they’re talking about) are doing it now. Hospitals are overwhelmed with cases and refrigerated trucks are on site to handle the bodies that have become part of the daily fatality rates from the pandemic because morgues are out of room.
    Anyone with a pulse should be able to see what is being “suggested” by people with healthcare experience. Yes, there is good news in all of this. Governors in Ohio, Utah, North Dakota and Iowa have decided wearing a mask is now a good idea after saying the government can’t tell my people what to do for the past eight months.
    The pulse may come to an end if this tradition continues. Wait for “sudden increases” in cases to be heard within the next two weeks.

    We really are slow learners.

    “Never Can Say Good Bye”

    By on November 19, 2020 in See It Here

    President Trump doesn’t see facts. Instead, he sees himself. Yeah, there’s a difference.

    This no-admission he lost is going to continue for weeks, despite Georgia now saying their recount shows a win by “Sleepy Joe”–and despite a never ending tweet while President (and golfing) insisting the election was rigged.

    He’s not planning on a Mar-a-Lago trip for Thanksgiving because (1) he wants to show dedication to the job and (2) he’s worried about fighting facts and urging potential cohorts (an invitation to GOP Michigan election officials with visits to–wow-the White House) to say “I’m with you, despite reality.”


    Gilbert and Sullivan couldn’t have written this.

    He came to office saying he will be unpredictable. Sadly, this is all too predictable, and sad, and harmful. Of more concern, however, are his backers (the smart money says they think Gilbert and Sullivan are a duet from the ’70’s) saying they hope God, or fake ballots, will step in. I have said the Trump defeat shows hope for America.

    The MAGA group suggests we are predictable–and stupid.