The Sarcastic Cynic™

Sarcastic and cynical view of the world.

Mitt Romney, a Republican from Utah and the party’s 2012 nominee for president, will be sworn into the U.S. Senate on Thursday January 3, 2019. — January 3, 2019

Mitt Romney, a Republican from Utah and the party’s 2012 nominee for president, will be sworn into the U.S. Senate on Thursday January 3, 2019.

Opinion Mitt Romney: The president shapes the public character of the nation. Trump’s character falls short.

The Trump presidency made a deep descent in December. The departures of Defense Secretary Jim Mattis and White House Chief of Staff John F. Kelly, the appointment of senior persons of lesser experience, the abandonment of allies who fight beside us, and the president’s that America has long been a “sucker” in world affairs all defined his presidency down.

It is well known that Donald Trump was for the Republican presidential nomination. After he became the nominee, I hoped his campaign would refrain from resentment and name-calling. It did not. When he won the election, I hoped he would rise to the occasion. His early appointments of Rex Tillerson, Jeff Sessions, Nikki Haley, Gary Cohn, H.R. McMaster, Kelly and Mattis were encouraging. But, on balance, his conduct over the past two years, particularly his actions last month, is evidence that the president has not risen to the mantle of the office.

It is not that all of the president’s policies have been misguided. He was right to align U.S. corporate taxes with those of global competitors, to strip out excessive regulations, to crack down on China’s unfair trade practices, to reform criminal justice and to appoint conservative judges. These are policies mainstream Republicans have promoted for years. But policies and appointments are only a part of a presidency.

To a great degree, a presidency shapes the public character of the nation. A president should unite us and inspire us to follow “our better angels.” A president should demonstrate the essential qualities of honesty and integrity, and elevate the national discourse with comity and mutual respect. As a nation, we have been blessed with presidents who have called on the greatness of the American spirit. With the nation so divided, resentful and angry, presidential leadership in qualities of character is indispensable. And it is in this province where the incumbent’s shortfall has been most glaring.

[The Post’s View: The last lines of defense against Trump]

The world is also watching. America has long been looked to for leadership. Our economic and military strength was part of that, of course, but our enduring commitment to principled conduct in foreign relations, and to the rights of all people to freedom and equal justice, was even more esteemed. Trump’s words and actions have caused dismay around the world. In a 2016 Pew Research Center poll, 84 percent of people in Germany, Britain, France, Canada and Sweden believed the American president would “do the right thing in world affairs.” One year later, that number had fallen to 16 percent.

This comes at a very unfortunate time. Several allies in Europe are experiencing political upheaval. Several former Soviet satellite states are rethinking their commitment to democracy. Some Asian nations, such as the Philippines, lean increasingly toward China, which advances to rival our economy and our military. The alternative to U.S. world leadership offered by China and Russia is autocratic, corrupt and brutal.

The world needs American leadership, and it is in America’s interest to provide it. A world led by authoritarian regimes is a world — and an America — with less prosperity, less freedom, less peace.

To reassume our leadership in world politics, we must repair failings in our politics at home. That project begins, of course, with the highest office once again acting to inspire and unite us. It includes political parties promoting policies that strengthen us rather than promote tribalism by exploiting fear and resentment. Our leaders must defend our vital institutions despite their inevitable failings: a free press, the rule of law, strong churches, and responsible corporations and unions.

We must repair our fiscal foundation, setting a course to a balanced budget. We must attract the best talent to America’s service and the best innovators to America’s economy.

America is strongest when our arms are linked with other nations. We want a unified and strong Europe, not a disintegrating union. We want stable relationships with the nations of Asia that strengthen our mutual security and prosperity.

[Jimmy Carter: How to repair the U.S.-China relationship — and prevent a modern Cold War]

I look forward to working on these priorities with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) and other senators.

Furthermore, I will act as I would with any president, in or out of my party: I will support policies that I believe are in the best interest of the country and my state, and oppose those that are not. I do not intend to comment on every tweet or fault. But I will speak out against significant statements or actions that are divisive, racist, sexist, anti-immigrant, dishonest or destructive to democratic institutions.

I remain optimistic about our future. In an innovation age, Americans excel. More importantly, noble instincts live in the hearts of Americans. The people of this great land will eschew the politics of anger and fear if they are summoned to the responsibility by leaders in homes, in churches, in schools, in businesses, in government — who raise our sights and respect the dignity of every child of God — the ideal that is the essence of America.

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Padma Suramala, Nunavut’s coroner, calls inquest into suicides CBC News — January 17, 2014

Padma Suramala, Nunavut’s coroner, calls inquest into suicides CBC News

Posted: Jan 16, 2014 11:54 AM CT Last Updated: Jan 17, 2014 9:15 AM CT


Nunavut’s chief coroner is calling a special inquest into the high rates of suicide in the territory.

In an interview with CBC on Thursday, Padma Suramala said she’ll hold a “discretionary inquest” into three suicides, selected at random, under the authority of Sec. 21 of the Coroner’s Act.

Last year, 45 people in Nunavut took their own lives, the highest level of suicides ever recorded in the territory. Nunavut has had a suicide crisis since becoming a territory in 1999.

In 2013, 10 people took their lives in the capital of Iqaluit, which has a population of less than 7,000.

There have now been 434 suicides in the territory since 1999: mostly male, mostly Inuit, mostly young.


  • Kalimazoo

Jessie! Great to see you doing well – you are missed here in Iqaluit. 
On another note, one of the worst patterns I see up here is that suicide has become “normalized”. Young people seem to consider it to be a viable option to get out of a bad situation. So many people have family, friends or just people they know commit suicide, that it no longer shocks except in the most extreme cases. Young Inuit need hope, they need to get out of isolated communities and take their place in Canada and the world. They need access to high quality mental health care, but also to healthy food, fun activities, and jobs. 

I really hope that this creates a sense of emergency – something that has been missing from the trite rhetoric used by all governments. Young people in Nunavut need care and attention now!

  • thisissomething

Most people are unaware of ways to avoid suicide. 
To come from early childhood trauma splits the personality; dysfunctional parenting is usually the source. Likely the parents themselves have experienced wounds that are unresolved. In order to prevent a widespread flow, the work begins with parents!

It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like…Christmas — November 7, 2013

It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like…Christmas

A popular belief in YarmouthNova Scotia, holds that Meredith Willson wrote the song in 1951 while staying in Yarmouth’s Grand Hotel.[1] The song makes reference to a “tree in the Grand Hotel, one in the park as well…”; the park being Frost Park, directly across the road from the Grand Hotel, which still operates in Yarmouth.

Gasoline copyYesterday on WCBS 880 AM, I heard  gas price would be dropping.  Imagine that!  Soon we’ll start hearing that the airlines will be dropping their fuel surcharges as well.

So far in Long Island I was lured in by a BP gas station sign  that promised $3.49.  I filled up with the assistance of an attendant who couldn’t swipe my credit card, he had to swipe it 3 times, and then couldn’t enter my zip code.

The dreaded “see attendant” flashed on the screen.

When I returned with the cashier to the pump, the message was gone.  He was able to swipe and enter the correct information.


Competition Heats Up in Canada’s Ice Hotel Market. — March 6, 2012

Competition Heats Up in Canada’s Ice Hotel Market.

Competition Heats Up in Canada’s Ice Hotel Market.

Canada now has two places to chill out. One is in Montreal and the other in Quebec. These Ice Hotels offer beds, bars, and wedding chapels.

The Hôtel de Glace enjoyed for many years a monopoly in this business. Just recently Snow Village opened its door to the public in Quebec city.

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Reading about the cold is making me homesick. Go figure!

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