This is another of the W.O.O.D. series of semi-regular
Weekly Occasional Open Discussions.
(i.e. if I forget and skip one, no big)
Immediate prior one here:
and remains open for threads running there
(at least until the ‘several month’ auto-close of comments on stale threads).
Canonical list of old ones here:
So use “Tips” for “Oooh, look at the interesting ponder thing!”
and “W.O.O.D” for “Did you see what just happened?! What did you think about it?”
What’s Going On?
There is a large fire ongoing in Butte County. There’s a thread open just for it here:
KTVU now reporting 5% “contained”, so some progress being made. “Strike teams” of 5 Engines and a “leader” being dispatched from all over the north State including 3 from one Bay Area county. I expect it will get much more “contained” over this weekend.
Near Los Angeles, in Ventura County the city of Malibu has been told to evacuate as two fires there are also being wind driven. Expect all the $Millionaire Movie Stars from there to pop up on various Talking Head shows bleating about how this HORROR!!!! is caused by Global Warming!!!! Not one bright enough to mention maybe not clearing brush, not having good wide firebreaks anymore, and building with wood instead of reinforced concrete with a tile roof. It could not possibly be that they are part of the cause. Oh, and having lots of flame prone trees planet right next to their houses…
POTUS Trump has put in place an interim AG sparking another kind of “wildfire”…
It was, for once, a predictable bombshell.
And met by equally predictable waves of media outrage.
Was there anyone in America, paying the slightest bit of attention, who didn’t know that President Trump was going to fire Jeff Sessions after the midterms?
But what really fueled the media’s “crisis” coverage was Trump’s choice for acting attorney general. It wasn’t Sessions’ deputy, Rod Rosenstein, the man who appointed Robert Mueller. It was Sessions’ chief of staff, Matt Whitaker.
Whitaker is a former prosecutor, as well as a conservative activist, but he is obscure. He is a Trump loyalist, once described as the president’s “eyes and ears” at DOJ.
What’s more, as a CNN contributor and at other times, he has trashed the Mueller investigation that he will now be overseeing. He’s suggesting that Justice could curtail the special counsel’s probe by cutting his funding.
“The truth is there was no collusion with the Russians and the Trump campaign,” Whitaker once said. As for the left, “the last thing they want right now is for the truth to come out, and for the fact that there’s not a single piece of evidence that demonstrates that the Trump campaign had any illegal or any improper relationships with the Russians. It’s that simple.”
So Whitaker has, to put it mildly, a rather dim view of the investigation. And his associates are telling reporters he has no intention of recusing himself. Of course not — that’s why Trump wants him.
Now there’s a “spontaneous” thousands of people marching in the street (somewhere) demanding Whitaker “recuse” and that it is imperative to “protect Mueller!!!!!!!!!!”
Well, that’s a “tell”…
OK, Soros put his red spot on Mueller and the hired alley cats are all spitting and chasing that way today. Got it. So that’s THE place Trump needs to make sure gets a good proctology exam by Whitaker.
I’d say “I’m sorry but…”, except I’m not sorry at all. Ask 20 people on the street who Mueller is or what he is doing, you will get 20 blank stares and maybe if you are very lucky one saying something like “Isn’t he investigating something?”. This is just more Street Theater funded by Soros. Best to just ignore it and have Whitaker get to work.
In other Trump news, he issued an order that illegal entry means no application for asylum. You must present at a valid “port of entry” to make the claim. Expect this to immediately get more street theater and then to the 9th Circuit who is THE most overturned most leftist court, and eventually to the Supremes again. It would be a nice surprise if Trump’s appointments start to have an effect and quash some of this Theater Of The Absurd. We’ve already had a ruling that the POTUS can control who enters the country (prior executive orders) and we already know that breaking the law means you lose certain privileges you might otherwise have enjoyed. Then there is just the issue of process. There’s a process. It is via a port of entry. Don’t do the process? Not OUR problem.
I note in passing that the Invasion Mob “Caravan” has left the news cycle. Can’t have that splitting the limited attention of the Lo-info voter when the Rage-Of-The-Day is supposed to be Whitaker… Expect it to return in a week or two.
Probably ought to mention that The Fed declined to raise rates again. (Hey, the election is over…) So the Stock Market is having a perverse very down day. Wonder if the traders are wondering what to do with no Blue Wave and no Red Tsunami.