Posts Tagged ‘lack of self-control’

Paul Ryan, the GOP’s Bad Parent

August 12, 2016

Paul Ryan, the GOP's Bad Parent

Congressman Paul Ryan (R, WI-1) is Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives, highest-ranking Republican and the party’s Big Daddy. He has not withdrawn his endorsement of GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump, despite having denounced Trump’s statements about once a week.

” … every time I hear Ryan on another Trump misdeed, I hear my bad-day self talking to my kids.

What? You’ve hit your sister again? You know you’re not supposed to do that. Do that again and you won’t get any bedtime stories! Seriously!

Another fib? Really, haven’t I told you that’s no good? No more of that, sweetie, or this time there really will be consequences!

Ryan can yammer on all he wants. At this point, it’s utterly meaningless and only counts as one more voice in a chorus of Trump enablement.”

—  “Like an ineffective parent, Paul Ryan is just enabling Trump,” Danielle Allen, Washington Post Op Ed

Earlier:

“I used to think Trump was an 11-year-old, an undeveloped school-yard bully. I was off by about 10 years. His needs are more primitive, an infantile hunger for approval and praise, a craving that can never be satisfied. He lives in a cocoon of solipsism where the world outside himself has value – indeed exists – only insofar as it sustains and inflates him.”

— Charles Krauthammer, Philadelphia Inquirer

Related:

“Pataki: Trump ‘the ultimate spoiled rich kid,'” Mark Hensch, The Hill

“Trump’s Temperament: Temper-Bent,” NotionsCapital

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You Know You Need One: A Lock for Your Nutella Jar

September 2, 2015

You Know You Need One: A Lock for Your Nutella Jar

Most consumers believe that Nutella hazelnut-chocolate spread is sold in single-serving containers — as soon as they open the 35-ounce jar, they finish the whole thing. Thankfully most consumers can’t buy the 6-pound foodservice size. The gooey stuff is addictively tasty but it’s mostly sugar and palm oil, so it’s pretty unhealthy.

Help is on the way. Germany’s Daniel Schobloch has designed the Nutella Lock, an acrylic device that fits over the jar lid so it can only be opened with a key. He says it’s so your kids won’t eat all the Nutella, but we know better, don’t we?

Nearly 1000 of the gadgets have already been sold on German eBay at €9.99 ( $11) each. We expect to see a high-performance alloy version at Williams-Sonoma any day now.

More:

“A Nutella Lock For When You Can’t Stop, Won’t Stop,” Suzy Strutner, Huffington Post

“German Designer Builds a Lock for Your Nutella Jar,” Jennifer M Wood, Mental Floss

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Trump’s Temperament: Temper-Bent

August 14, 2015

Trump's Temperament: Temper-Bent

“In the second grade…I punched my music teacher because I didn’t think he knew anything about music….I’m not proud of that, but it’s clear evidence that even early on I had a tendency to stand up and make my opinions known in a very forceful way.”

— Donald Trump, in Trump: The Art of the Deal (1987), quoted in “8 Skeletons in Donald Trump’s Closet That Reveal a Life-Long Dedication to Being the Biggest Jerk Possible,” Zaid Jilani, AlterNet

 By age 13 young Donny Trump had screwed up so often that his millionaire Dad pulled him out of Kew-Forest prep school and sent him away to New York Military Academy, a boarding school upstate. The way he’s been cutting up on the campaign trail, seems like it’s time for him to return for a refresher course.

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