Monday, January 30, 2017

Pontevedra Pensées: 30.1.17

If you want to read about Spain's excellent macro-economic growth - and to see a gratuitous picture of a pretty girl in shorts - click here.

I am truly astonished that anyone is surprised at Trump's anti-Muslim executive order dressed up as an anti-terrorist measure. Everything we knew about the man and his pathological narcissism and political inexperience screamed that something like it would be quickly coming down the pike. As our American cousins put it. What can one say better than these comments this morning?:
  • It's chaos. It's hard to know if this White House did this because they don't understand how government works, or through willful incompetence.
  • It is malevolence tempered by incompetence: It’s a very dangerous thing to have a White House that can’t, with the remotest pretense of competence and governance, put together a major policy document on a crucial set of national security issues without inducing an avalanche of litigation and wide diplomatic fallout. If the incompetence mitigates the malevolence in this case, that’ll be a blessing. But given the nature of the federal immigration powers, the mitigation may be small and the blessing short-lived; the implications of having an executive this inept are not small and won’t be short-lived. 
  • Ultimately, we fear this executive order will become a self inflicted wound in the fight against terrorism - a move that would only help Isil in its propaganda. - John McCain, former Republican presidential nominee, who is a leading voice in the party condemned the action, as 
And did you see his signature in the order - taking up half a page?  Click here for why he does this. And everything else the rest of us can scarcely credit.

I have shortened my odds on his being assassinated by his own Republican party, for fear that he will destroy it.

Today's fotos:- The environs of Tineo, Asturias in spring and winter. It's a place I have very fond memories of . . . .

Finally . . .  Let's hear it again for my black electricians' tape. I finally figured out that my Mac was failing to charge not because the metal connection was poor but because the cable going into the connecting plug was faulty. At this point I should confess that the cable is not from Apple. Anyway, having pushed the cable into the plug, I've now secured it with black tape. Ugly but effective. My daughters, by the way, are each on their 3rd Mac laptop but I refuse to be forced to replace one which is only 5 years old or so and which cost more than 1,000 dollars.


sean said...

Hi Colin,

Whilst I agree with you that DJT is an oaf, the MSM is being disingenuous in its reporting.

This from John Ward's The Slog;-
"You can read the actual Executive Order signed by President Trump in full at this CNN page I took a look at (and then stayed with) just after lunch CET today. These are the keynotes:

The Order DOES NOT ban all Muslims indefinitely. It bans immigrants from Iraq, Syria, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan and Yemen temporarily. Here, Trump is reacting to his own experts who tell him these are “countries of concern”. Of these countries, only Syria involves an indefinite ban. I understand that the other six will be subject to quarterly reviews based on monitoring of the situations there.
The ban on refugees anyway is for four months only – until such time as the President’s own team can reach a view about where the danger is real or imagined.
For those not calling themselves refugees and with Islam as their religion from other parts of the world, cases will be decided on merit. That represents no change from what pertained before."

There is also a page capture from the White House website that is uncontentious in its stated principle.

Yes he's a loudmouth, but the MSM/Democrats have a lot to lose. And he doesn't play by their rules.

Perry said...


I agree with Sean. It's a 90 day temporary ban on ALL travellers from only 7 out of 43 majority Muslim countries. There are 16 countries with PERMANENT bans on Israeli passport holders. The countries are:
Iraq (except Iraqi Kurdistan)
Lebanon (neighbouring country; territory dispute – Shebaa farms)
Malaysia (Clearance permit needed from the Ministry of Home Affairs.)
Pakistan (Clearance permit needed from the Ministry of Internal Security.)
Saudi Arabia
Syria (neighbouring country; territory dispute – Golan Heights)
United Arab Emirates (accepted for transit only; not allowed for admission)
In addition, Iran, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Saudi Arabia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen do not allow entry to people with evidence of travel to Israel, or whose passports have either a used or an unused Israeli visa. As a consequence, many countries will allow for a second passport to be issued to citizens wishing to circumvent this restriction.

The Obama administration banned travellers from the same 7 countries in 2011. Was there a fuss then? This is not about a principle, but which side of politics one supports.

Colin Davies said...

@Sean & Perry: This is the guy you need to argue with/convince.

Perry said...

Wittes is so last year's bleeding heart liberal. The world has moved on. His opinion carries no weight especially as he does not acknowledge the points we made about Obama's identical ban in 2011 & the 16 countries who have a permanent ban on Israeli passport holders.

And whether or not it is clear to you, no doubt the universe is unfolding as it should.
Max Ehrmann, "Desiderata".

Colin Davies said...

He could be talking about Trump . . . .

Go placidly amid the noise and the haste, and remember what peace there may be in silence. As far as possible, without surrender, be on good terms with all persons.

Speak your truth quietly and clearly; and listen to others, even to the dull and the ignorant; they too have their story.

Avoid loud and aggressive persons; they are vexatious to the spirit. If you compare yourself with others, you may become vain or bitter, for always there will be greater and lesser persons than yourself.

Bill said...

The 'Daily Kos' article you link to with regard to Trump's supposed "narcissism" includes this delicious introductory snippet"
"I am not a psychiatrist or psychologist, but for personal reasons I have educated myself about NPD."
- one is left wondering precisely what that piece of self-serving but quite obscure puffery means, but having read the rest of the article my conclusion is that it is a mere demolition job dressed up in pseudo-technical jargon. Your average punter in the corner of a bar would have as much credibility.

I find Trump rather "strange" too, but I think media comment about him from people who obviously loathe everything he stands for is perhaps not the most impartial source of information, far less the cod-psychology included in this article.

Colin Davies said...

You might wellbe right, Bill.

But the question obviously occurs - Do you have the teachincal qualificiations to enable you to distinguish between cod psychology and un-cod psychology? (There are those, of course, who think that all psychology is cod.)

The other obvious quesion is - Do you know any naricissists yourself?

If the answer to both of these is No, then I assume you'd accept that your opinion on what is cod and what isn't might well be mistaken.

Bill said...

Your premise is interesting, but only if you place any credence in a 'Daily Kos' article which prefaces its comments with "I am not a psychiatrist or psychologist, but for personal reasons I have educated myself about NPD." Credulity when reading obviously partisan material on the internet needs to be held in check. As for your other rather snide comments, one could address the same comments to you ;)

Colin Davies said...

You seem rather sensitive for someone who dishes it out.

You haven't answred my questions, of course.

I have a great deal of experience of someone of what used to be called the Type A personality type. And a little less of someone suffering from Borderline Personality Disorder. Based on this and on my extensive personal research, i could write an¡ informed 'amateur' but lengthy description of both conditions. But I would have to preface these in similar terms. I would not expect anyone to see it as more than I claimed it to be but I would be disappointed if someone less knowledgable and experienced were to dismiss it a cod crap. Especially if they couldn't justify this.