The more I’ve had it, the more I have become fond of the Roku device. Yes, it has issues as a ‘plain old TV’ service. It isn’t. If that is what you expect, you will be disappointed. Instead it is an interactive window on many different genres of video. It is that discovery of the unusual that I find a great benefit.
In this case, it is an odd little channel named “Briefing Room” (Or, perhaps, The White House Briefing Room. The first part is a cartouche or logo, the second part a printed name, so where the cut-off happens is a bit less than clear.)
Quick Look: BRIEFING ROOM is a collection of recent press releases, speeches and weekly addresses from President Donald J. Trump and his staff. The videos are updated daily and date back to the inauguration (Jan 20, 2017).
All content is authentic (real news, not fabricated) and is not edited for content.
— Information is current as of March 2, 2017
Developer’s Channel Description: Daily press briefings, news releases and statements direct from The White House: real, uncut and unedited
For anyone wanting to follow The Donald and what he is doing, minus the talking heads, editors, spin and doctoring, this is a marvelous little resource. It has the major headings of “Just Added, Speeches & Events, Press Briefings, Weekly Address”. Haven’t seen a lot of “Weekly Addresses” on the nightly news, so I’m going to wander through them as time permits. Might be interesting to see what POTUS Trump actually says instead of the spun and freeze dried summaries…
It does have a stock commercial or two (the usual ones that Roku seems to insert on non-pay channels) but once they are out of the way, the event looks to be streamed as a unit.
So tonight I checked it, expecting to just see the Energy Executive Order ( AKA Climate Change? What Climate Change? ;-) and found that something else had happened today. Didn’t see it on the nightly news, nor A.J., RT, Fox, etc. etc.
POTUS had a signing session for 4 “House Joint Resolutions”. 37, 44, 57, and 58.
Now I suppose I could go searching on those to find SOME news somewhere and quote it here, but the purpose of this posting is not to highlight them, but to point out what I did learn from the Roku Stick in about a 5 minute clip. I’ll include some links to other descriptions of detail items, randomly found by web search, for folks wanting more. So here’s the bits I got:
This was done under the authority of something called the Congressional Review Act. Per Trump, only ONE time prior has a POTUS cancelled a regulation under this act. (Despite it being on the books since 1996, per the wiki). Trump said “We’re doing a lot of ’em.”
History, of a sort, being made.
He then signed 4 documents. Don’t know if they are Executive Orders, or just endorsing the House Joint Resolutions.
37 “Blacklisting Rule rollback”.
More here: https://www.littler.com/publication-press/publication/president-signs-resolution-undo-blacklisting-rule
Cancelling 3 “power grabs” by the Federal Government and rolling those powers back to the States and Local Government.
44 “BLM – Land Use decisions from States to Washington”.
57 & 58 – Burdens on State and Local school taxes and on school systems.
So that we have more “freedom and innovation in schools”.
Then Trump said “There’s a lot more coming”.
Wow. Just wow.
I’d have not known about this but for the Roku. I’m not a regular reader of those links cited (nor, really, the others that popped up). I would not have known to go looking, either. Yet that one channel presented it to me as a nice clickable ‘few minutes’ video clip.
So there you have it. A few more golden arrows from the Trump Quiver taking down yet more Central Authority Power Grabs. A nice place to easily “keep up” (and minus the folks telling me what to think…). A rosy statement about the future, and a clear statement that States Rights and Local Preferences are the best way to run this country.
He may not be registered as a Libertarian, but he sure does have a Libertarian Streak in his preferences.