Unlike my usual short ‘dip’ into “opposition research” land short listen to various news, this morning I put it on CBS News and left it there trough a couple of cycles. (Why? Well, I was playing with stoves ;-)
It’s a bit stunning how much they are hyperventilating over Trump and building “drama” over stories.
Right now it’s a story about some Islamic attack in France. Pushing the notion that online speech needs to be censored by Facebook, Twitter, et. al. to “protect” us from “ideology” and “radicalization”. Well one simply must ask: What is the evidence that “radicalization” happens at all? That is based on the assumption that Islam is not itself a radicalizing force. If you read the Koran, you see that it clearly is. Delivering that via the internet or via the Mosque is not relevant. Anyone who buys-into the hard-core interpretation of the Koran from “radical clerics” is going to ‘go there’, regardless of communications medium.
Then they spent a very long time on the Bimbo Eruption plot where a couple of women (each under a non-disclosure contract, at least one paid) are publicly violating their agreements. So they not only are happy to cheat with a married man but happy to violate contracts too. Such morals… Now I have no idea if Trump diddled them or not; nor do I care. Just like I really don’t care if Kennedy got Marylin in the sack. Unless I’m a participant, what other folks do in the sack is of no interest. Nor does it control national defense policy. Yet they are hyperventilating over it.
Frankly, given how both of them look (can you say “professional model”? Karen McDougal was a Playboy model) I can’t imagine many guys could say “No” if she expressed interest. I’ve had zero extra-marital anything (not even a kiss) so it’s not like I’m “weak” on my vows; but I’m not sure what I’d do with that dilemma with a 10+ on offer. I’d like to think I could “just walk away”, but you never know until faced with the decision. So can I criticize Trump if, being incredibly rich, he finds himself face to face with her and an availability offer? Well, no. A bit of envy, maybe ;-)
Then there’s the hyperventilation over Bolton and various “adviser” swapping. All sorts of loaded language. Things like “unstable” and “unpredictable” and worse. Apparently they can’t come to grips with the idea that the White House is holding information close to the vest. “No warning” also means “can keep a secret”. Frankly, I like that. The Press ought not to know a week in advance that some staffing changes are in progress. The first time anyone ought to have a clue is when the leaving and arriving parties are told the change is happening and even then nothing ought be public until the press release. CEOs go to jail if they leak information that would move a stock price prior to the formal announcement. This is normal and good behaviour.
And, of course, much hand wringing over China and a “Looming Trade War!!”. Well clue stick time (whack whack WHackity WHACK!!) when you are LOSING with MASSIVE TRADE IMBALANCES against a rabid MERCANTILIST having a bit of a ‘trade war’ is a GOOD THING. It wakes up your parasitic partner to the fact that being bled dry is no longer acceptable, hurts them much more than you, and is a great opening tactic for negotiating more balanced trade practices. The alternative is to roll over, open your shirt, and hand them a knife and fork.
When you are being eaten alive, it’s a good thing to first stop the process. It really is that simple. THEN you can work on a more balanced relationship that is a ‘win-win’.
Sigh. I think I need to change the channel. What with a bit more coffee than usual today (stove testing ;-) and this aggravation (so much media stupid – in so little time), I need something a bit more calming for a while…