Concerning Trump : A Book of Parody : By Peter A. Bakke

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Buy ‘Concerning Trump’ … A Book of Historical Quotes Reimagined for Donald J. Trump’s Turbulent Era.

About the Book:

Political parody can be defined as: “… a literary work in which the style of an author or work is closely imitated for comic effect or in ridicule.” – Merriam-Webster Dictionary 

Parody may help those of us cope who have a liberal or moderate political disposition. It may also help make bearable these turbulent political times under the growing shadow of Trumpism. 

This frequently somber, sometimes humorous volume reimagines historical quotes with a keen eye focused on Donald J. Trump, Trumpism, and his Republican party. 

But beware, this book can only be taken in small doses. 

Like arsenic. 

If you read it and start feeling ill, that’s a good sign, a sign that you’ve been paying attention to what’s been going on in our country under the Trump regime. 

Set it aside for a while. 

But never set aside your vigilance for leaders like Donald J. Trump.

Sample Parody Quotes:

Aquinas, Thomas

Since we cannot know what Trump is, but only what he is not, we must consider the ways in which he is not rather in the ways in which he is. Is that clear?

Arabin, William

Trump, God has given you abilities, instead of which you go about the country talking trash.

Arendt, Hannah

Promises are the uniquely human way of ordering the future. But Trump makes doing so unpredictable and unreliable to the extent that it is humanly possible.

Trump shows that no cause remains but the most ancient of all, the one, in fact, that from the beginning of our history has determined the very existence of politics, the cause of tyranny.

For Trump it is easier to act than to think.

Trump haunts us. It is his function to haunt us.

Ariosto, Ludovico

Nature made Trump and then broke the mold.

Aristotle

Trump is dear to Republicans, but dearer still should be truth.

Trump does not know that excellence is never an accident. It is always the result of high intention, sincere effort, and intelligent execution; it represents the wise choice of many alternatives – choice, not chance, determines our destiny.

Trump is fading away because the energy of the mind is the essence of life.

Dignity does not consist in Trump possessing honors, but in him deserving them.

The educated differ from Trump as much as the awake from the dead.

A would-be tyrant like Trump must put on the appearance of uncommon devotion to religion. Voters are less apprehensive of illegal treatment from a ruler whom they consider god-fearing and pious. On the other hand, they do less easily move against him, believing that he has God on his side.

Trump and his cult-like followers know that democracies may easily degenerate into despotisms if enough lies are believed. The bigger the lie, the better for them.

Arlen, Michael

It is amazing how nice people will be to Trump after they know he is leaving office.

My Encouragement to Udacity Data Analyst Graduates

You’ve got the technical chops b/c you got your degree! Now, if you play well with others and can work well within the structure of teams, then I’d apply for every friggin’ data analyst position you can find. The best bet, based on my experience, is to get face time with a real, live, breathing person to showcase who you are. Virtual is really tough (but doable!) it’s just that you are competing with the entire planet vs. a few local candidates.

And keep working on personal projects that showcase your skills which will allow you to impress interviewers. Talking about my Udacity projects, especially an industry-tailored project, gave me a lot in common to talk about to interviewers. It sets up common ground to talk at the same level playing field. It shows potential hiring managers that you’ve tackled projects on your own in their field of interest. In my case, it was a healthcare-related data cleaning and visualization project. – Peter Bakke

Sudak, Crimea looks fascinating

I’m reading Travels by Marco Polo and fust found out about the existence of  Sudak, Crimea (taken over from Ukraine by Russia, the bastards).

It’s located on the Black Sea and is mentioned on the first page of the book!

More geographic discoveries to follow, I’m sure. 

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SUDAK, CRIMEA

Harlan James Bakke, “Deacon” : 1928 – 1984, Captain, United States Navy

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Harlan James Bakke was born in Hutchinson, Minnesota, on December 16, 1928, son of Edgar N. and Alice (Anderson) Bakke. He attended Gustavus Adolphus College, St. Peter, Minnesota (1946-1947), prior to entering the US Naval Academy, Annapolis, Maryland, on appointment from his native state in 1947. Graduated and commissioned Ensign on June 1, 1951, he subsequently advanced in rank to that of Commander, to date from August 1, 1965. In the fall of 1970, he was selected for the rank of Captain. 

Following graduation from the Naval Academy in 1951, he reported onboard USS Cushing (DD-797) and in June 1952 was detached for flight training. Designated Naval Aviator on July 3, 1953, he then joined Patrol Squadron THREE, operating from the Naval Air Station, Jacksonville, Florida to Iceland and Argentia. Transferred in October 1955 to Heavy Attack Squadron ONE, also based at Jacksonville and later onboard USS Forrestal

He was an Instructor at the Jet Transitional Training Unit, Naval Air Station, Olathe, Kansas, from November 1957 to October 1959, then became an Instructor with Heavy Attack Squadron THREE, attached to the Naval Air Station, Sanford, Florida. He joined Heavy Attack Squadron ELEVEN (Sanford, Florida and USS Franklin D. Roosevelt) in October 1960 and in October 1961 transferred to Heavy Attack Squadron SEVEN (Sanford, Florida and USS Enterprise). He continued service with that squadron until October 1963, when he was assigned to Reconnaissance Attack Squadron, Florida.

 

Ordered to London, England, he had instruction (Exchange Pilot) at the Royal Air Force Staff College, from October 1965 to January 1967 and in March of that year reported as Executive Office of Reconnaissance Attack Squadron FIVE. He assumed command of that squadron in January 1968. In May 1969 he reported as Operations Officer of USS Ticonderoga (CVA-14) and is entitled to the Ribbon for and facsimile of the Meritorious Unit Commendation awarded that attack aircraft carrier for meritorious service while engaged in combat operations in Southeast and Northeast Asia during the period February 18 to September 7, 1969.

 

In February 1970 he reported as Electronic Warfare Project Manager at the Naval Air Systems Command Headquarters, Washington, DC.

 

In addition to the Meritorious Unit Commendation Ribbon, Commander Bakke has the Navy Occupation Service Medal, Europe Clasp; National Defense Service Medal with bronze star; Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal (Korea) and the Vietnam Service Medal. He also has the Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal.

 

In the midst of millions of job losses – CEOs make more money THAN EVER.

Why, you say, are CEOs making millions while leading companies losing billions during a pandemic?

Well, it’s simple: because they can. And because we are in late stage capitalism.

They are super-feeders at the pig trough.

O, yes! The ruling class are worthy of study. The natural history of the ruling class is of fascinating interest. You begin with interest, you proceed with awe and admiration, you deepen into hatred, and you wind up with contempt for the nature of the beast. You realise that — The Capitalist Class is the Meanest Class that ever grasped the Reins of Power.

– James Connolly, “Our Rulers as a Study,” 1915

 

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2020 executive compensation statistics. New York Times. 

Hangover cure

For every alcoholic drink you have, drink 12 ounces of water.

Beer, wine, hard liquor.  Whatever.

That’s it.

It works.

I have included a picture of my immensely favorite alcoholic of all time, Christopher Hitches. 

He claimed alcohol was his amanuensis.  I agree.

  • a·man·u·en·sis
    /əˌmanyəˈwensəs/
  • noun
  • “a literary or artistic assistant.”

Wine and beer helped me bnoundlessly when I was composing my anit-Trump, anti-Trumpism book “Concerning Trump.”

As my friend, Christopher would say,  … Amen, Brothers and Sisters! 

Long live the King, the King is dead.

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Scrooge to you, too

A Christmas Carol: the heartwarming story of how the wealthy must be supernaturally terrorized into sharing.

Think about it and its implications for our future on this planet.

 

New Authors like Me Can’t Advertise on Google or Facebook Because Content is Related to President Trump / Election

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Updated 01/26/2021:

As a new author doing my own advertising, I can’t create ads on either Google or Facebook for my new book of parody “Concerning Trump” – with no end in sight for the ad restrictions.

The ad bans are related to the 2020 presidential election – which by the way was fair and perhaps the most secure American election – ever.

Don’t take my word for it, Trump’s top cyber security guy said so. Then was fired.

In any case, I await some word from the Galactic Overlords at Google and Facebook to let lowly peons like me promote our product.

So, I just jump through the galactic hoops and wait. And wait.

This is the America we live in now.

We have arrived at a place where the overlords have to stop both Liberals and Conservatives from advertising because we are so polarized as a society.

When will it end? How will it end?  

Here’s a quote from my book that pretty much sums up what Trump has done to and continues to do to our  wonderful country:

      • Trump recklessly stokes dangerous parts of America, in a country that already worships aggression.

See the screencaps below which show the ad restrictions and that one has to verify your identity as well.

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Google ad ban for anything 2020 presidential election-related.

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Facebook ad ban for anything presidential election-related 2020

An example of how Trump treated perceived threats – from fellow Republicans

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JAN 20, 2021. Biden Inauguration day.

Another delightfully quiet, sane day without Tweets from the Twit-in-Chief.

Thank you, Twitter, for blocking and protecting us from the worst President in the history of the United States, Donald J. Trump.

The following excerpt is from a fantastic article by the  New York Times that lists THOUSANDS of insults by Trump.

I picked just one object of Trump’s Twitter ire: the insurrectionist Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas.

Source here.

Ted Cruz

U.S. SENATOR

The following parable is applicable to the division we find ourselves in America today

 

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Check out he following parable from the German philosopher Arthur Schopenhauer and contemplate its applicability to the political divisions we find ourselves in America today:

One cold winter’s day, a number of porcupines huddled together quite closely in order through their mutual warmth to prevent themselves from being frozen. But they soon felt the effect of their quills on one another, which made them again move apart. Now when the need for warmth once more brought them together, the drawback of the quills was repeated so that they were tossed between two evils, until they had discovered the proper distance from which they could best tolerate one another. Thus the need for society which springs from the emptiness and monotony of men’s lives, drives them together; but their many unpleasant and repulsive qualities and insufferable drawbacks once more drive them apart. The mean distance which they finally discover, and which enables them to endure being together, is politeness and good manners. Whoever does not keep to this, is told in England to ‘keep his distance.’ By virtue thereof, it is true that the need for mutual warmth will be only imperfectly satisfied, but on the other hand, the prick of the quills will not be felt. Yet whoever has a great deal of internal warmth of his own will prefer to keep away from society in order to avoid giving or receiving trouble or annoyance.

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