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  • TALKIN PHD BLUES

    • Posted on Jan 25, 2016
    Just posted this on Facebook--my 35-year-old lament about the trials of getting a PhD. 

    Supposed to be funny, but not sure it holds up.  Always fun performing it, though--love that talking' blues format.  

    Here's the YouTube link: 

    https://youtu.be/R20-svOe-Do
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  • Open Letter to Trump Supporters

    • Posted on Jan 17, 2016
    Here's this morning's Waterloo Courier column--wanted to speak directly to Trump supporters, of which there are more than a few in Iowa.  


    Dear Iowa Republicans Who Support Trump: 

    I’ve tried to understand why you support Candidate Trump. I may be missing something, but here’s what I’ve heard recently:  

    • he’s not afraid to say what he thinks, politically correct or not 
    • he’s a billionaire, so can’t be corrupted by money. 
    • he brings up taboo topics we should discuss, like our country being overrun by dangerous immigrants. 
    • he projects strength and confidence, unlike Obama, who’s indecisive and weak
    • he has run huge and complex companies where he learned managerial and administrative skills 
    • as a political outsider he’s entertaining.  Compared to him all other candidates are dull, as he puts it.    
     
    Yet few seriously believe he will become President Trump. Doesn’t this give you pause? 

     It’s simple, really.  Your opinions have been shaped by one source:  Donald Trump.  He’s told you what you want to hear and believe, evidence be damned.  
    Remember:  he’s one candidate who has nothing to lose by losing.  Trump, after all, will return to being billionaire Donald Trump.  He’ll have fodder for another book and a larger ego, if that’s possible.  

    Keep in mind:  He lies constantly.  Fact checkers rate his assertions as “false” or “pants on fire” —far more than other candidates. He tosses verbal bombs and hopes they’re true.  

     Supporters believe him, true or not.  He even celebrates his lying, insisting they’re true after they’ve been proven false. Witness the Obama birther nonsense and the video of Muslims cheering 9-11 in New Jersey.   

     Worse, he’s incapable of thinking seriously or coherently about anything.   When have his assertions made sense beyond repeated bluster?  His Mexican wall, for instance. Walls have never worked to create anything but separation and bad will, and a thousand mile actual wall (not fence) will cost billions and take years, according to engineers. 

     Mexico will pay for it?  Has he ever explained how that will work in serious credible detail?   He can’t and won’t, since it’s nonsense.  Google “Trump’s Wall” and read the first ten entries.  Incidentally, more Mexicans are leaving the U.S. than arriving, making a wall moot.  

     Worst of all—he doesn’t believe anything he says.  He has reversed positions on nearly everything.  He’s a Christian?  Not actively, say leaders of his own church.  He’s pro-life?  Now he is; he was pro-choice before. No path to legal citizenship?  
    Actually he supports a form of amnesty—a “touchback” plan that will send immigrants home only to return quickly and become citizens. 

     Supports traditional marriage?  Hardly; he’s on his third marriage. 

     If you trust Donald Trump to say or do anything consistently, true to his word, you’re deluded by Trump himself.   He seems to have no moral core.  
     
    To return to my last column’s idea of balance, Trump is an utterly unbalanced candidate who will crash over sooner or later, and hard. 

     That’s inevitable, though taking your political party or the country down with him is not.    

     Your choice.      
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