Lame adaptations and sequels are always like, “how can Mina go back to her stifling Victorian marriage after her experience with the dark, seductive Dracula??”
Meanwhile, Mina marries her best friend, who she’s known since they were children, who she share common interests with, they build a home together, work as partners, make immense sacrifices for each other, support each other through their traumas.
Guys, a marriage isn’t stifling and restrictive just because two people… get along, I guess?
What did Trump say when confronted with proof
that his son jumped at the prospect of meeting with a “Russian
government attorney” offering to dish dirt on Hillary Clinton as
“part of Russia and its government’s support” for his candidacy?
Trump said: “many people would have held that
The next day, Trump revised “many” to “most,” saying: “I think from a
practical standpoint, most people would have taken that meeting. . . . Politics
isn’t the nicest business in the world, but it’s very standard.”
It’s true that politics isn’t the
nicest business in the world. I’ve been there. Real estate development isn’t
the nicest business in the world either, for all I know. But breaking the law
and flirting with treason isn’t standard practice in either realm.
Much ink has been spilled over the last six months documenting Trump’s tin ear when it comes to all matters ethical: His
refusal to put his business into a blind trust, as every one of his
predecessors in recent memory has done. His refusal to reveal his tax returns,
like his predecessors. The never-ending stream of lies that he continues to spew
even after they’re proven to be lies (three to five million fraudulent votes, Obama
spied on me, fake news, and so on).
None of this is “very standard” for presidents. It’s the opposite of standard.
I think we’ve been missing the boat by
characterizing these as ethical breaches. Ethics assumes some sort of
agreed-upon standard against which an ethical breach can be defined and
But Donald Trump doesn’t live in a world that
has any standards at all, and he never has. His entire approach to life, to
business, and now to the presidency has nothing whatever to do with standards.
It’s about winning, at all costs. Whatever it takes.
Winning at all costs is the only thing that’s standard in Trumpworld.
When he was in business and couldn’t repay his
creditors, he declared bankruptcy. Again and again. And when his bankers
finally wised up and refused to lend him any more money, he found foreign
bankers who would oblige.
When he could have chosen to pay his contractors, or others
who worked for him, he didn’t. He stiffed them.
Trump has spent most of his life in business being
sued or sueing – as if our judicial system was just another standard tool for
To make a name for himself in politics, he
suggested Barack Obama wasn’t born in America. Hey, whatever it took.
To win the presidency he told lies about undocumented
immigrants and crime, about Arabs cheering as the World Trade Center went down,
about his business smarts. He promised
his followers he’d jail Hillary Clinton, drain the Washington swamp, build a
wall along the Mexican border, create vast numbers of jobs, repeal the North
American Free Trade Act.
He’d lie about anything. He’d promise anything.
All was just a means to becoming president. There are no standards. Whatever it
“I could stand in the middle of
5th Avenue and shoot somebody and I wouldn’t lose voters,” he said.
Did he collude with Russia to become president?
That wouldn’t be standard practice in politics, but it would be consistent with
“I said [to Putin] ‘Did you do it?’” Trump
reported back on his meeting with Vladimir. “And he said, ‘No, I did not.
Absolutely not.’ I then asked him a second time in a totally different way. He
said absolutely not.”
And that’s supposed to be the end of it?
The U.S. intelligence
community has told Trump that Russia interfered on his behalf in the
presidential election of 2016, at Putin’s direction. So why does Trump ask
Putin if he did it?
He should be telling Putin what the United States is
planning to do in response to what Putin did.
We may never know the exact answer to whether
Trump himself colluded with Putin to win the presidency. Or, more likely, his
core supporters may never know, because Trump will tell them not to believe whatever
Special Counsel Robert Mueller and the intelligence agencies come up with, and to
blame the press for reporting fake news. Politics isn’t the nicest business in
the world, he might say, but whatever he did was very standard.
A president’s major responsibilities are to
protect the United States and the Constitution, and to see that the laws are
But Trump’s major goal now is to remain in power and
to accumulate even more money. Whatever it takes.
me, thinking about the near future with phichit winning gold at the grand prix or olympics, standing at first place podium and he can’t stop crying tears of joy as he hears his name being announced: “phichit chulanont, the first thai and southeast asian gold medalist” with the entire world cheering for him. yuuri stands with silver medal next to him, reaching out to hug phichit as he also happy cries for his best and closest friend who’s come so far and deserved that medal. the picture of them cry hugging makes the cover of espn. title: “phichit chulanont: the thai skater who was born to make history”