Monday, June 18, 2018

Human Interest

There used to be a saying in the world of merchandising "Does Macy tell Gimbel?" Macy's store in a Alexandria, Virginia mall closed recently and was abandoned and converted to a homeless shelter prior to being razed. A local woman who had worked there placing price tags on items recently returned as a homeless person. Little did she think she would ever have a second career at her employer's emporium. Coincidentally, the mall property is owned by the Howard Hughes Group, he the famous recluse, aviator, owner of TWA, discoverer of Jane Russell and builder of the Spruce Goose flying boat which now in a museum. It all seems like two civilizations clashing. But I can't stop thinking of that homeless lady going home.

Friday, June 15, 2018

Politics vs Religion

On the issue of immigrant children being separated from their parents, A.G. Jeff Sessions is quoting St. Paul's letter to the Romans. The last time St. Paul was invoked politically was during the 1950s campaigns. Norman Vincent Peale, a prominent minister, had used a reference in disparaging candidate Adlai Stephenson's qualifications. When a press reporter asked Adlai to comment he replied "Frankly, I found Paul appealing and Peale appalling." He was just warming up for his later jousting with the Russians at the United Nations.

Thursday, June 14, 2018

Summing it up

It's one of the ironies of this Summit: That the casino magnate stayed home and the reclusive dictator went out and visited a casino. I'm sure he played the "RED" squares.

There has been much ado about the slick four minute video Hollywood prepared showing what N.Korea might look like in a future fantasy. It almost seemed like Trump was attempting to seduce Kim and reminded one of Matthew 4:1-11
where the Devil took Jesus to a very high mountain and showed Him all the kingdoms in their magnificence, etc. But Trump ended up extolling his real estate.

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Summit Trivia

Chairman Kim arrived in Singapore on a borrowed 747 from China Air and made by Boeing.

It was reported that he brought his own food with him. Did not mention a taster.

Then a pundit mentioned that he had a portable toilet flown in - something about not wanting his DNA to be discovered. If that is a lie it certainly is a wHOPPER!............Now on to the World Cup and give Putin equal coverage.

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Singapore Sling

It is said that this concoction was invented by the bartenders at Raffles Hotel in Singapore back when: Gin, Benedictine, Cherry Brandy and club soda. What? You say Trump doesn't drink? What a pity! He should get a life. I can picture those old pre-WWII British expats sitting on the verandah at pre-war Raffles watching the sun go down, far from the home office and on the dole. And perhaps reciting Kipling.

Monday, June 11, 2018

The Summit III

It is about 9000+ miles from Quebec, Canada to Singapore, depending on the route you take. I thought perhaps if Air Force One headed west it might cross the International Date Line over Samoa- and as a first time "crosser" they might awaken POTUS to receive the Order of the Golden Dragon - to blend with the color of his hair. Then the temptation would be to cross the equator for the first time where he would be designated a "polywog". But Singapore is one degree twenty-one minutes north of the equator so it would take persuading the pilot to veer a bit to enable the celebration. But my plans were all for naught as Air Force One headed east from Canada
stopping at Crete for re-fueling thence Singapore.
However, there is always the possibility on the homeward flight so stay tuned.

Friday, June 8, 2018

Gee, six plus one.

It' 74 degrees Fah. in Quebec this morning but very frosty in the conference room when Trump enters. His mind is in Singapore, several time zones away. Macron & Trudeau speaking in French is sure to irritate him. Quebec hasn't seen such tension since DeGaulle visited and advocated secession. When POTUS finds out that a U.S. dollar buys $1.29 Canadian he may decide he needs a wall on the north border. What a bargain!