25 thoughts on “News/Politics 5-23-17

  1. Using the “Chas” standard, Trump gets an A+. 🙂


    “Looking at it objectively, as a guy who opposed Trump until he dispatched Ted Cruz, I have to consider all the facts and ponder the evidence carefully before awarding Donald Trump the grade of A+. He has done an incredible job of doing exactly what I had hoped he would do in the off chance he defeated that naggy harridan and her corps of gender indeterminate hipsters, coastal snobs, race hustlers, aspiring libfascists, media scum, and wussy pseudo-conservatives terrified that a Hillary loss would mean people might expect them to do more than wear bow ties and go on NPR to prattle about Burke in their high-pitched, nasal voices.

    There can be no serious debate. Donald Trump has done a truly outstanding job of not being Hillary Clinton.

    His not being Hillary Clinton was and remains my sole expectation of Donald Trump’s presidency. Nothing else matters in the end; it is enough that Trump foiled Felonia von Pantsuit’s creepy scheme to subjugate forever the deplorable mass of normal people she despises. The Obamacare repeal, tax reform, plus appointees of the quality of Gorsuch, Mattis and McMaster, and his lower court appointments – the inexplicable and damn-well-better-be-corrected-if-Trump-doesn’t-want-a conservative-rebellion omission of Justice Don Willett not withstanding – are merely icing on the red velvet cake of Trump’s not-being-Hillaryhood.”


  2. Forget what you hear. 🙂


    “As far as Trump’s narcissism, I’m not sure that hurts him as a president. Sure, he could show better discretion with what he says – he does seem to have an almost Plaxico Burress-type dedication to shooting himself in the foot (see L’Affaire Comey). Yet I think you need to have a certain amount of narcissism to be a successful president, although it doesn’t guarantee success.

    Just look at our second-most recent president, a solipsist so narcissistic he actually thought his mere presence would slow the rise of the oceans and heal the planet. Barry took narcissism to a new level, seemingly believing himself some kind of god, a belief fed by the nearly total hagiographic coverage he received from the Fourth Estate, our once nationally treasured free press, reduced to sycophantic (more like “sycofanatic”) exaltation of the “light bearer,” the man with the “crease.”

    The difference between Barry’s narcissism and Trump’s is this: Trump is the guy who looks at the most beautiful girl at the party and says, “I can get her number.” Barry would look at the same girl and say, “She wants me.” Trump would then pursue the girl, and Barry would walk away, because obviously, she is not good enough for him, and besides, someone told him there’s a mirror in the next room.

    In any case, while I didn’t hold out much hope of Trump winning the election, I wasn’t exactly terrified of a Trump presidency.

    Of course, Trump could cure cancer, and the New York Times headline would be “Millions Die before Trump Acts.” The newspapers (newspapers were something people used to buy on their way to work in the morning before Barry, back when there were jobs) have no use for Donald Trump, therefore you will never hear a word of credit given to the man for anything he ever does, no matter how efficacious. It will never matter how much he succeeds; to the media, he will never be a success.”


  3. Debra,

    I’m waiting for the breaking WaPo or NYTimes story claiming to know what he wrote, all from anonymous sources, of course…. 😀

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  4. I am sick of CNN and everyone else with all of the negativity towards Trump. I don’t like him, and I didn’t vote for him, but he is what we’ve got, let’s give him a chance. I didn’t like Obama and I didn’t vote for him, but I also didn’t protest every little thing he did. We should pray for Trump just like we should have prayed for every President before him.

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  5. On certain bizarre media sites you can read how Little Bush and the CIA brought down the Twin Towers with explosives.

    On certain black radio stations you can hear how a group of white people tricked Tiger Woods into marrying a white woman who took all his money.

    On Trump media or from individual Trumpkins you can hear:

    1. How Seth Rich was murdered by the Clinton’s after leaking to Wiki-leaks;
    2. How Trump’s tapp Tweet was accurate;
    3. How Hillary and Podesta were running a child porn ring in a pizza parlor;
    4. That the investigation of Russia/Trump connections is a witch hunt;
    5. That Director Comey is a “nutjob”.

    This morning my son said that only idiots would believe these stories. If that is the case, we are truly an idiocracy.


  6. Here again is Donna’s chart.

    Read widely. If you do not have a firm political or economic philosophy, favor conservative publications. Favor publications near the top of Donna’s chart. Read books by credible authors. Read recent history books written by current political commentators. Their view of history gives a clue to their worldview. Figure out which sources are worthless and discount them.

    Understand that good and bad writers write for the same publication. Bret Stephens and Ross Douthat write for the New York Times and are great. Paul Krugman and other NYT writers are often best ignored.

    Understand there are bad conservative sources. Hannity may now be the worst. Learn to distinguish between serious commentators and entertainers. Hint: Alex Jones and Hannity and Colbert are entertainers.


  7. Remember the good old days after the Gabby Giffords shooting, when Democrats were calling for a new tone?

    Yeah. Good times.


    “The anti-Trump fervor at California’s Democratic Party convention this weekend can be summarized in choice words from outgoing chair of the California Democratic Party, John Burton: “F*%! Donald Trump.”

    The always foul-mouthed Burton, 84, stood before thousands of Democratic delegates at Saturday’s general assembly and as a rallying cry asked the crowd to join in. He then shoved two fists in the air, flipping the bird. Across the room at the Sacramento Convention Center, others onstage and in the audience followed suit.

    Onstage were House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-San Francisco, Rep, Barbara Lee, D-Oakland, state Sen. Toni Atkins, D-San Diego, and others.”


  8. I guess some anonymous sources are more equal than others, especially if they’re telling the press what they want to hear, which helps them write the story as they wish it were. .


    “Lately it seems as though there’s a story a day reporting some new Trump administration scandal based on a leak from an anonymous government “official.” We are asked to take the facts in those stories on trust, without a chance to evaluate the veracity or motives of the source of the remarks. This over-reliance on the anonymous source gives both the journalist and his/her informant an overwhelming power.

    The most famous anonymous source of them all, of course, was Deep Throat of Watergate fame. He was not only a seminal figure in Nixon’s denouement (and thus a hero to liberals everywhere), but he was so renowned that he had his own nickname, taken from a popular porn flick. The reporters involved in the story became famous too; Bob Woodward was played by movie star Robert Redford and Carl Bernstein by Dustin Hoffman in the film “All the Presidents Men.”

    Here’s an article from American Journalism Review (written way back in 1994) that describes the role of Watergate as a turning point in the use of the anonymous source:

    Although confidential sources predate Watergate, they were infrequently used before that celebrated story, which produced the most famous unnamed source of all time. Deep Throat, whose identity remains a mystery [at the time the article was written], helped Washington Post reporters Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein bring down Richard Nixon in 1974. After that, the use of anonymous sources flourished, with many reporters considering it sexier to have an unnamed source than a named one.

    From the same 1994 article, we have this:

    There’s not a place for anonymous sources,” says Allen H. Neuharth, founder of USA Today and chairman of the Freedom Forum. “I think there are a few major historical developments that happened in journalism – the Pentagon Papers, maybe Watergate – where anonymous sources had a more positive influence than a negative impact. But on balance, the negative impact is so great that we can’t overcome the lack of trust until or unless we ban them.”


  9. Ricky,

    I clicked on the pic of the news sources, and saw a quote from your son. I think I see the problem you and your son are having.

    “I follow a bunch of writers on Twitter, so Twitter is my morning paper.”

    There’s your problem right there. And it shows. 😀


  10. AJ, Twitter is actually the first place I would send somebody who wants to read more widely about current events. I follow about 1000 people from all over the world. Most of these are writers. Trump and some of the athletes are good at short little tweets that fit within the tight Twitter word limit. The writers will generally link to an article. Twitter lets me read from 15-20 sources a day.

    Speaking of Twitter, last Friday’s Twitter intervention with Trump by his lawyers and staff seems to have worked. I haven’t checked today, but I think we are on 4 days without Idiocy. Debra, As a technical point, yesterday’s Washington Post story dealing with Trump’s attempts to coerce intelligence agencies to push back against the FBI dealt with events that happened weeks ago and thus do not count as a current idiocy. I am also giving him a pass for blurting out “I never said it was Israel” when no one had reported that Trump had told the Russians the secret came from Israel. I guess I am going soft in my old age.

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  11. Cheryl, Remember a few weeks back during the Ryancare debate when Democrats, Trumpkins and other liberals were going insane about the bill’s effect on those with pre-existing conditions. I posted an article by Rich Lowry which detailed that under the bill:
    1. Those with PEC would not be denied insurance;
    2. Those with PEC could only pay higher premiums for a maximum of 1 year; and
    3. Those possible higher premiums would have to be approved by state insurance boards after applications by the insurance companies.

    Before I read the Lowry article, I heard those fact explained on NPR, albeit in a slanted liberal manner. I never heard those facts from Fox, Drudge or Breitbart or any of the major networks.

    Left/right orientation for the media is important. Intelligent/stupid orientation is also important.


  12. Ricky,

    But the other 99% of Twitter users never read farther than the tweet. They buy what the “headline” says, without ever knowing the facts. Most users no little beyond the tweeter’s talking points. They then spread it amongst their sheepish friends thru their own tweets, and Facebook, and then call themselves informed and up on current events. One liners are fine for comedy, not so much for news.


  13. However, the class dunce of Fox News clings to idiocy.


  14. AJ, I was able to discover that the Seth Rich story was garbage by reading intelligent articles by actual journalists on Twitter.

    Twitter is like the Internet. You can find liberal and Trumpkin nonsense on Twitter. However, it is the easiest way to read the best writers in the world. It takes a little while to build a good library of sources, but one good source always leads to another. All you have to do to get started is find a good conservative writer like Mona Charen, Peggy Noonan, Steven Hayes or Jonah Goldberg and follow who they follow.


  15. Williamson is generally able to completely refute any Democrat Senator in the length of a Tweet.


  16. Finally, Twitter is the one place you can congratulate 2-time Olympic Champion Dame Valerie Adams “Congratulations” on her new baby and have her like your Tweet.


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