Charlie's Blog: Random Thoughts on Various Subjects 58


Random Thoughts on Various Subjects 58

I haven't spoken to my wife in years. I didn't want to interrupt her.


The Micahel Wolff book, Fire and Fury, is a piece of yellow journalism not seen in some time. Many are disavowing ever speaking to the author while others question Wolff's facts. Even the author himself does not stand by the veracity of the book which he wrote. As such, it can be dismissed except for one glaring fact. Steve Bannon said a lot of bad things about Trump and the Trump family in the book and has denied none of it. As I write this, Bannon has issued an apology for his contributions to the book.

The damage to Trump from this book will be minimal, but the damage to Steve Bannon is enormous. What was this guy thinking? The answer is that he wasn't thinking. Matt Drudge used the term "schizophrenic" to describe the man. With his public apology, I think Bannon will be forgiven. But will he ever be trusted again? Probably not.

Bannon had his hands full since the Roy Moore disaster in Alabama, but many are saying that he has written his own political epitaph with the quotations in Wolff's book. The bottom line is that you never give interviews to hostile left wing interviewers. You shouldn't waste your time with them at a minimum, and you should recognize the danger inherent in those interviews. Bannon is no dummy. He knew better.

Why did he do it? The answer is obvious. Steve Bannon is a self-promoter. Mark Levin made a great comment on his radio show. If you put the country and your principles first, you don't get caught in crap like Bannon did. Bannon puts himself first. That is obvious to the world now. The man with the unkempt appearance has a gigantic ego. Who knew?

The Atlantic reports that Donald Trump is not much of a reader preferring television and the spoken word to the written word. Somehow, this makes him a deficient commander-in-chief except for the fact that the most well read president, Bill Clinton, managed to read a voracious amount while also engaging in disgusting sex practices inside the Oval Office. If we are going to discuss personal habits of presidents, we might start with the most glaring deficiencies and work ourselves back. So far, the only glaring deficiencies in Donald Trump are an addiction to Diet Coke, Fox News, Twitter, and McDonald's fast food. Basically, he's a normal guy.

The real question deals with Trump's mental acuity. Is Donald Trump a genius? Looking back over the past year, I would have to say that the answer is yes. The man has a real gift for getting things done. You can't argue with success.

While other people read, Trump does things and wins. That's the bottom line. I don't want to knock on reading because I read a great deal, and I write. If reading made you a genius, Obama would have been the best president ever. Instead, he was the worst. It really matters what you're reading. I'd rather have a president that was illiterate than one that read crap. Obama was a reader of crap.


I hate annoying web pages. You know the ones I am talking about. You go to the webpage only to be hit by some annoying pop up or gizmo. Once you clear through that clutter, you try and read what you came to read except some other annoying clutter hits you again. Then, they do this trick with scrolling where the page isn't a page but something else. Web design has become nothing more than a series of bait-and-switch gimmicks with the attention span of readers. So, the readers respond with ad blockers or export to Instapaper to eliminate the clutter. Designers strike back with countermeasures for ad blockers as both sides race to the bottom in a ridiculous tit-for-tat war of attrition. The result is that people tune out your website.

Website design should be simple. It should not be cluttered and annoying. That is half the battle there. The Drudge Report knows this which is why it is so awesome. Learn the lesson designers. Don't abuse your audience. SIMPLIFY.


Will-power. A very important quality. Don’t despise little things, for by the continual practice of denying yourself again and again in such things — which are never futile or trivial — with God’s grace you will add strength and resilience to your character. In that way you will first become master of yourself, and then a guide, a chief, a leader: to compel and to urge and to inspire others, with your word, with your example, with your knowledge and with your power.

What is history but the story of how politicians have squandered the blood and treasure of the human race?

As the soul is the life of the body, so God is the life of the soul. As therefore the body perishes when the soul leaves it, so the soul dies when God departs from it.

The Devil tempts that he may ruin and destroy; God tests that He may crown.

When I go into the house of one of these tasteless newly rich individuals, and see it bedecked with every imaginable hue, I know that this person possesses nothing more valuable than what is on display; such people decorate inanimate objects, but fail to beautify the soul.

The business of the Christian is nothing else but to be ever preparing for death.

Do not be ashamed to enter again into the Church. Be ashamed when you sin. Do not be ashamed when you repent. Pay attention to what the devil did to you. These are two things: sin and repentance. Sin is a wound; repentance is a medicine. Just as there are for the body wounds and medicines, so for the soul are sins and repentance. However, sin has the shame and repentance possesses the courage.

The world suffers nothing from Christians but hates them because they reject its pleasures.

Drive away, or do not allow thyself to be influenced by even the least breath of flattery and avoid the conversations which expose thee to it; for such deceitful pleasure darkens the light and perverts the unsuspecting mind.

Without the burden of afflictions it is impossible to reach the height of grace. The gift of grace increases as the struggles increase.


--NFL ratings continue to slide. Maybe people are praying the rosary on Sunday after church.

--I haven't even started on trying to keep my resolutions for the New Year.

--That fire at the Clinton compound in Chappaqua appears to be a non-story. Of course, a lot of fake news went out about destroyed servers and all the rest. The reality is Bill and Hillary probably destroyed those servers long ago. We may never know.

--Al Gore shredded the last shred of his utterly shredded credibility when he claimed that this record cold snap we are experiencing is evidence of global warming. That guy never quits. All I can say while I am shivering here is that global warming sounds like an awesome idea, and I am all for it.

--The Bitcoin bubble will pop any minute now. The stock market bubble may pop any day now. But the economy will be great thanks to Donald Trump.

--The Last Jedi is tanking at the box office. Most of the ticket sales came from the hopeful and unsuspecting in the first weekend. Now, the word of mouth is killing this turkey of a film. Let the past die.

--Mueller shows how ridiculous he is now that he wants to question Ivanka over an elevator ride with those Russians. Someone really needs to fire this clown.

--I was interested in the Roseanne reboot until I heard about the cross dressing 9-year-old. If this is some transgender left wing nonsense, you can expect Roseanne to go the way of the NFL and The Last Jedi. Count me out.

--It would not surprise me if they had Han and Lando get gay with each other in the Star Wars Solo movie they have in the pipeline. Let the past die with a vengeance!

--If you haven't cut the cord on your cable, do it today. You won't regret it.

--GOOD NEWS! There are zero sexual harassment complaints involving the staff of Charlie's Blog. I will not be firing myself anytime soon either. And I am still working for free.


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