Wednesday, March 20, 2024

A Quick(ish) Story + Crazy Times Scrapbook, February 2024

 Earlier this week, I went out to lunch with two friends, and one of them unexpectedly went off about Trump and how much she hated him and how she didn't understand how anyone who's a Church member could support him. I was a little shocked by the level of her anger about him (and she clearly didn't realize that I'm a Trump supporter 😬), but I wasn't really offended and am used to hearing things like this. I noticed that most of her attacks against him were of a personal nature. I don't like everything about Trump either, but in the end I just want someone who can run the country effectively. I don't believe he's a criminal or an instigator of revolutions, but I can see why people think that, especially with how he's constantly portrayed in the news (and to be fair, sometimes he does or says stupid things and is his own worst enemy). 

I didn't say too much because I could tell that given the level of her vitriol, it wouldn't have been a fun or pleasant debate by any means, but I did point out that many people will vote for Trump simply because of the economy since they were faring much better financially under him than they have under Biden. I didn't bring up immigration, but that's another major reason why he has the support he does. The economy and immigration: Biden hasn't done well with these, particularly the latter, and he could lose the election because of it. People generally care about their security the most, and the economy and the country certainly aren't as safe and secure as they were a few years ago (not that they were super safe or secure then, either, but it's gotten a lot worse). 

When I brought up the above point about the economy, my friend didn't want to talk about it anymore, and the mostly one-sided conversation ended. I feel like this happens frequently when people who are on the more liberal side are confronted with differing viewpoints; they don't really want to engage any longer. Whereas those on the conservative side (like me) are exposed to differing viewpoints all the time because they're everywhere, so we're a lot more used to it. 

Anyway, that's just a quick little intro into today's Crazy Times post. I still love my friend, and hopefully she feels the same way about me, although she may be a little suspicious now about my political affiliations. 😆 Which is fine, I am who I am, and I like who I am and what I believe. I certainly would never end a friendship or a relationship over someone's political beliefs, no matter how much I disagreed with them, unless they were super militant, confrontational, or disrespectful about it on a regular basis.

Anyway, I continue to have this feeling that the waste is going to hit the oscillating device in some big way later this year.

The Economy

The recent jobs reports are a farce. They gloss over a lot of things, like the number of people who have stopped trying to find work or who have taken part-time jobs instead of full-time. The economy isn't  nearly as strong as the government would like Americans to believe it is. 

"...the Biden admin will do everything in its power to insure there is no official recession before November...after the election is over, all economic hell will finally break loose."

Some of the comments from the above article...


This isn't an out-there conspiracy theory anymore. It's legit happening.

The Presidential Election(s)

I'd just like to say about The Wall Street Journal and its coverage, particularly for things like the editorial below, that they haven't been pro-Trump for years. They don't like him. But not in the rabid, biased way that other news sources do. This makes me trust their coverage more than most.

"Such decline is part of the human condition, and it's not Mr. Biden's fault. But what is his fault is telling the American people that he can capably serve another four years as President."

If I were an Independent I wouldn't vote for Biden for this reason alone.

International Relations

Another conspiracy theory that turns out to be true. It looks like Putin was actually right about this.

 I'm just going to say it. I hate China—not the Chinese, but China itself; it's a godless country with an oppressive government full of nefarious intent. The U.S. is right to be on alert.


I'm glad that the federal government is aware of the dangers of TikTok. China uses it to spy on, collect data about, and influence Americans. It's yet another conspiracy theory that has been proven true. Just last week, the House voted to ban TikTok in the U.S. because of this, and I hope the Senate will follow, but I know the lobbyists must be working overtime to try to stop them from doing so. This isn't a free speech issue, it's a national security issue. I've been saying it for years and I'll say it again: #deletetiktok!


This is outrageous.

Confirmation bias is so easy to do. I know that I do it sometimes, but I try to be aware of it and am constantly striving to think critically. (Except when I know for sure that I'm right. Ha ha.)
(As you can see from the caption above, this graphic was done by MWEG, one of my employers. 😀)