Dan Johnson closely follows the contemporary right-wing rich-man’s playbook quite well: create a story that you're a hard working nice guy who is a competitive winner, which is why everyone is against him, and refuse to acknowledge any facts that may contradict the myth. Let's look at the story.
His fortunes come from hard work. Later in the interview, he admits that his success comes from the help of family money. (I doubt he would have made all that money on raising calves if he actually had to pay for feed and care, the ranch, etc.) Family money goes a long way, especially in a small, poor, good-ol'-boy community such as ours.
He has never been sued, nor has he sued anyone. How can a person forget multiple lawsuits? He has selective memory when the facts don't fit the story. He obviously thinks we, the public, are stupid. Or maybe his brain just doesn't work. More likely just a bald-faced lie.
He's competitive, which in this case, means greedy. In competition, one's gains result from another's losses. What fun! Competition is destructive, while cooperation is constructive. We need more cooperation, less competition.
He's a winner! Well, if it's a contest that he is assured to lose, he just won't enter the competition or race (except if no one else is running!). Keeps the story consistent so he can still be a winner (the implication being that the rest of us are losers). Self-defined winners usually aren't.
Everyone against him are just jealous of his awesome life and fortunes. It has nothing to do with him doing anything wrong or being greedy! Sorry, but not everyone in the world are greedy money-worshippers. I know that's hard for Dan to fathom.
His "reaching out" to the public seems to have backfired. He comes across as arrogant, but certainly not a winner. Sounds more like a whiner.
I guess we shouldn't expect a rich "winner" to apologize for anything. That is why we get a childish deflection of blame to all those critics who really are just jealous and envious of his money, at least in his mind.
The fact of the matter is that someone who doesn't know the definition of "plagiarism" (ignorantly wonders if reciting the Pledge of Allegiance is plagiarism!!!!) or lacks the ability to recognize sincerity (it must be hard to recognize something you yourself don't seem to possess), has no business directing the eduction of our young people, success in business notwithstanding. Ignorance doesn't belong on our Board of Education.
Good luck, my friend.
I knew John since he showed up in Old Town. Didn't get many chances to talk with him the last several years, but I remember him as being a kind, gentle person, as nice as anyone could be. It was good to know him. Goodbye good friend, good person. Some of the light has left Old Town.
Kinetic Universe = Thieves.
Toby was lucky to have found someone like you. You were both lucky. On the other side of the coin, anyone who abandons an animal (there are many options available other than abandonment) should be removed from the planet.
It's finally official! Congrats to Bandon, and a big hug to Larry for allowing Bandon to keep The Works open! It has been my home away from home for a few decades, my workplace at one time (and yes, Larry is a GREAT boss, and friend), a speakerful of various types of great music, and a source of lasting friendships. Agree with all that Al, Bruce and Ken have to say. Hats off to Larry and to Bandon.
Before, during, and after my stint at The Works, that store always did their best to help customers with their needs. I never experienced anything else. That is what makes The Works such a special place.
Right-wingers have no problems when corporations shit all over our planet and its inhabitants, but if a homeless person poops in a planter because public facilities are non-existent, oh no, the world is going to hell! Shows where their loyalties lie (and their "thinking" fails).
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