A Week That Passed Us By . . .

A sand storm approaching in Australia

Can you imagine this thing coming at you? I can’t either but apparently they happen with some frequency ‘down under’


3 Reasons Why Donald Trump Is Not A Good Fit For The White House:

It is always easy to bash someone especially when they can’t bash you back so I made up my mind that, although it may be warranted, I would not take pot shots at DT. But–I will present three good reasons to suggest DT would be a poor choice for the office. There is no malice in my reasoning but there is a great deal of concern.

1. DT seems to have a problem with accepting that other people have a right to speak their minds especially when it comes to foreign powers who really don’t have much faith or confidence in DT and his sense of fair play. It also seems that many of the leaders heading up power nations on the globe don’t see any promise in his skills at negotiating anything let alone nuclear agreements and reductions in world wide threats and power plays. His tactics seem to be to belittle opposition and ridicule their thoughts, needs and what they consider to be important to their constituents. There is a difference in being strong as a leader and stubborn. DT is, unfortunately the latter.

2. Mr. Trump seems to have great difficulty in articulating his thoughts clearly and as a result spends a great deal of time clarifying or back peddling on what he meant to say or the fact that others have misquoted him or misunderstood him. These are not the qualities of a leader who is supposed to be decisive and taken seriously by other world leaders. How can anyone take what he says as truthful or honourable regarding any discussion if they can’t trust anything that comes out of his mouth. It always seems that his shortcomings are the fault of someone else which brings me to #3.

3. I truly and honestly believe that DT is mentally ill. I don’t mean that as a slight but rather as an observation. He never takes responsibility for what he says and more often than not just as surprised as many others by WHAT comes out of his mouth. It’s like he conjures up a thought and throws it out there before he has had a chance to assess the ramifications or the possible meaning of what he utters. Then when he is called on it he begins to back peddle or blame someone else for ‘them’ getting it wrong or not understanding what he says. He really does believe that he is the only one smart enough to fix all the problems that face the United States. Can anyone risk the thought that he knows more about ‘the generals’ than those generals who fought in the global wars for decades? He really believes that he is justified for his stance on key issues like taxes not being paid. It seems OK for him because he is smart enough not to pay them and yet others are tax dodgers and criminals for not paying taxes. He finds it difficult to accept that he needs to be bound by the same rules as every one else–he doesn’t accept that that is or should be the case. To listen to him one could believe that he sees himself as outside the rules that other need to heed. He isn’t affected by what he says about others or what he accuses others of doing and yet cannot or will not support his claims. Again a case could be made for him being a pathological liar. Things that he has said or done have been blatantly hurtful to or of others with little or no remorse or concern. To some this behaviour would smack of a narcissistic personality disorder or a bi-polar disorder. Some could make a case for exhibiting some of the DSM characteristics of a sociopath.

In any event the Americans who are voting really need to look at where they are casting their ‘X’ this election and do so asking the question(s)-is this REALLY who we want representing us??

Truth Talkin’ Thursdays: 

I have included the last two T T Thursday episodes that were unavailable at the time Jane and I did them. We believe that we have that part of the technology figured now so that each week they will be available either on Janes web site at: janeterdik.com or my site at: jimcloughley.com

(biker gangs take over highways–episode 2)

(spirituality vs religion are they the same thing?–episode 3)

Forward Thinking Program:

The ‘Forward Thinking Program’ (FTP) presents, or will present, a new paradigm concerning the need to create ways of keeping an interest in education for our children. Too many of our youth are dropping out of school at record rates and will not be adequately prepared to compete for rewarding 21st century careers.

We think we have answers to these problems but it means overhauling the whole educational system in the process. We are excited to be working on solutions that will re-ignite interest and attendance in our educational system.

There is far too much attached to this topic for me to go into here but I will provide periodic updates on what my colleagues and I are doing and more about our ‘forward thinking program’.

Anyways, that’s how I see it. All the best, Jim

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Is He Really Gone? Important Lessons For Our Kids To Be Learned.

Is This The Face Of An Honest Man?  Would You Buy A Used Car From This Guy?

Well it’s finally over and what a finish it was. We were fortunate enough to witness Canadian history being made as Justin Trudeau came from ‘nowhere’ to become Prime Minister of this great land in virtually three weeks. There are so many other stories to tell but, for me, a couple that will never be told or even recognized for what they truly represent will remain noticed. This election was one of the most important object lessons of our time. It is difficult, if not impossible, to ignore or dispute what happened and why. A negative disaster based on fear and untruths was saved by a man and a team who refused to compromise their ideals and beliefs. I think we are in good hands now. The rest is academic. I was looking for a sense of honesty and integrity and I believe I found them.

Steven Harper was ultimately responsible for one of the most significant turnarounds in Canadian Political History and he actually made it pretty easy for the Liberals to win such a huge and unexpected victory.

How did he manage this all by himself? He allowed his arrogance, narcissism and his egocentrism to limit his view of  what Canadians really wanted from him. He made his own rules about process. He broke most of the conventional ways of conducting government business by refusing to hold press conferences to keep Canadians informed. So much for transparency. If you didn’t agree with him he would simply punish you in some way to send a message to others who were considering doing the same. There was not much ‘freedom’ in that inner cabinet. He tossed many of his followers ‘under the bus’ to avoid taking personal responsibility for making poor decisions. Good leaders don’t sacrifice those who support them.  He was secretive and spent far too much time scheming and dealing behind closed doors. He negotiated a whole trade deal -TPP for the positive publicity he so badly needed during the election knowing that it was essentially ‘illegal’ to do that. HE made unsubstantiated claims about candidates and told of things that were patently not true. He fought a very ‘negative’ style campaign, as usual, because he knew that his record could not handle scrutiny under the ‘public microscope’. He misrepresented the truth and facts about a ‘balanced budget’. Apparently he has never legitimately balanced a budget since being in office and inherited a 13+ billion dollar surplus when he assumed power for the first time. That was courtesy of Cretien/Martin. Then there was the robo-call scandal subverting the electoral process, the blatant attempt to hold onto power and to avoid a public inquiry by implementing prorogation of parliament and the senators scandal. Many of his trusted officers and supporters quit near the end of the campaign because of his behaviour and his actions.The list goes on. He is truly the “teflon man’ because much of this never stuck to him. The point is he did all of this despite the counsel of his inner circle. His undoing in the end came about because he simply dismissed and underestimated Mr. Trudeau as a serious political opponent. I believe many people did. He is, by all description, a bully.

I mentioned at the beginning of this article that there are some very important lessons in all of this for our children. Mr. Trudeau may be a bit thin on experience but no one can now say that he isn’t ready to lead, that he is tough and resilient, hard working, a very quick learner (he learned how to fight the bully without getting into the same mud pit as the other two), intelligent and some suggest he is a visionary. We’ll see. He is well spoken, a tough negotiator and in all of this remained a good family man and a prime example for the youth of this country to emulate. For a while Mr. Harper pushed him around, verbally assaulted him of course, tried to isolate him, tried to embarass him, made fun of him, discounted him, ignored him and for awhile Mr. Trudeau took it and tried to take the high road but he didn’t fare all that well. Then Mr. Trudeau took another path. He stood up to Mr. Harper. He began to counter the innuendo and the character assaults but remained truthful so that he didn’t compromise his principles. He wanted to run a campaign that was positive, supportive, inclusive and genuine. He was open and honest about what he was going to do concerning budgets and deficits and people began to pay more attention to what he had to say. The more he did this the harder Mr. Harper pushed back. Again it seemed as though Mr. Harper did not think that Mr. Trudeau would stick around in the fight–that he would tire–that he would slowly and quietly slink into the night leaving Mr. Mulcair to fight alone. It’s the old divide and conquer strategy. Problem was Mr. Trudeau only got stronger and tougher. That is one of the lessons that kids who are bullied need to keep in mind. You might take a few shots but if you stand up and build support around you, you can outlast the bully’s in this world. His acceptance speech was uplifting and positive and inclusive–all the ideals that he managed to espouse during the campaign. He stayed true to his beliefs and his goals. Bravo MR. Trudeau. You have managed to do what Mr. Harper could never do and you did it with style and conviction. You managed to heal so much indecision and fear all in about 20 minutes last night during your victory speech. The kids of this era have been shown how to beat a bully and move on.

Thtat’s how I see it anyways–all the best, Jim

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