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Torchlight Media: The Schoolyard Bully Pulpit Part 3 – High Societal Stakes

In the final installment of my series for Torchlight Media about Trump as a narcissistic bully, I talk about what such behavior from the top means for our society and ways we can address it.

 

The Schoolyard Bully Pulpit – Part 3: High Societal Stakes

 

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Torchlight Media: Climate of Emergency

“The national edifice is on fire. Every man who can carry a bucket of water, or remove a brick, is wanted.”

-Frederick Douglass, 1861

 

Some thoughts on Trump’s recent declaration of national emergency to build his border wall.

 

Climate of Emergency

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Torchlight Media: The Schoolyard Bully Pulpit Part 2 – The Media Misses the Boat

Calling President Trump a narcissistic bully means little if we don’t understand how to apply the terms to our analysis of Trump’s behavior. The media keeps falling down in this area, although it may in part be because they are also the bully’s victims here.  Hence, part 2 of my series talking about Trump as a narcissistic bully at Torchlight Media:

 

The Schoolyard Bully Pulpit – Part 2: The Media Misses the Boat

 

Please take a look.  In understanding how the media is not properly applying the narcissistic bully analytical model to Trump’s behavior, we better understand the model ourselves.

Torchlight Media: The Schoolyard Bully Pulpit Part 1 – Breaking the Silence

Narcissism and bullying, and stupidity fueled ignorance; that’s was Donald Trump is made of.

 

The Schoolyard Bully Pulpit – Part 1: Breaking the Silence

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Reaching My Gun Violence Rubicon

We are fast approaching an important personal anniversary for me.  I find myself today bubbling over with jumbled emotions and thoughts, so I thought I’d share a few.

 

Nearly a year ago, on February 14, 2018, students and teachers at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida were gunned down by a young man using an AR-15 style semi-automatic rifle.  Seventeen people died, and seventeen more were injured.  In the shooting’s wake, I found I could not go on as I had been. It clearly wasn’t enough.

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Summing Up Trump’s Business Skills in Two Tweets

Just a few words.  Trump responded to something like he always does. The media responded like it always does.  But something got overlooked in the kerfluffle. Trump provided some crystal clear evidence regarding himself.

 

Let’s take a look at that, and finally put to bed questions of Trump’s competence.

 

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Stories of Walls and Colonies and Gold Earrings

 

Let me tell you a little story.

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Quick Thoughts on the Parkland Shooting Report

A report came out from the commission investigating the Parkland shooting today.

 

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Thoughts on the Armistice Centennial

Today marks the 100th anniversary of the armistice that silenced the guns on the Western Front during World War I.

 

My friend,  Bryan Alexander, has some ruminations of his own today. Please take a read. His words are informative and thought provoking.

 

As for me, the following text is from a speech I gave today to commemorate the anniversary.  A big thank you to all who attended and read “In Flanders Fields” along with me.

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For Inspiration in Emotionally Fraught Times I Ask WWED

WWED?  What does that even mean?

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