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Day is done

I’m so toasted.

Bass Ale has wiped me out. Jeez, what is the alcohol content in one of those babies??

Breaking News! And elephant at the Highland Park Zoo is sick.

Boss is telling elephant joke. It’s off color. But we’re at a bar and she’s a girl. I am not harassed. But damn, I sure am buzzed.

I love summer.

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Lunch: Don’t worry about a thing.

Market square at lunch:

The lunchtime entertainment is singing Bob Marley. It’s too nice to go inside.

Wednesday: Hump Day

From the files “Don’t hire a plumber to remove your brain tumor”, here is Leon Panetta describing why Trump is so poorly suited for the office he’s in:

It wouldn’t matter who it is giving that assessment. Donald Trump is constitutively unfit to be president. He doesn’t have the right stuff.

Even if you are one of those Trump voters who divinely wish for the swamp to be emptied, the decision to back Trump was a profoundly bad way to do it. There are two main reasons for this:

1.) He only represents the executive branch in a constitutional government that is composed of three EQUAL parts. Each part is charged with checking the other two. For Trump to “drain the swamp” would mean that he would need to acquire dictatorial powers along the lines of some Roman dictator of limited term. But it isn’t possible for him to ever do that because we have a constitution that prevents it. In order for him to do what he promised his voters, he’s going to have to work with legislators.

2.) He can’t work with legislators because he’s not a politician. Politics is the art of proposals, coalition building and compromise. Hey, I was an elected member of a school board for only 3 years but I learned this lesson very quickly. If you want to get stuff done, you must learn to work with people effectively towards a common goal. Trump can’t do this because he is mentally unfit for it. He’s never worked for anyone’s interests but his own, he’s never been told “no” and he would rather blame others for his fecklessness than his lack of experience of talent. Experience you can get on the job. Lack of talent can be compensated by gaining experience. But if you’re too busy flying to your multiple properties and ranting at rallies and on twitter, then you get no experience and your lack of talent is glaringly obvious.

It’s not going to end well, especially for those of us who have been kidnapped by the minority of voters who forced him on us.

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And now, in honor of Hump Day, I give you Quasimodo:

Ah-hahahaha! How droll.

Um, I really can’t listen to that at work and concentrate. The hurdy-gurdy is distracting.

What I’m really listening to is classical guitar from the album John Williams, the Seville Concert. Highly recommended if you want to reach that zen state when you’re trying to concentrate at work. Lively, soothing, complex, no lyrics. Perfect.

Enjoy.