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Violence against reporters and a presidential solution

Bill BiggartRemember Bill Biggart (at left) or Chauncey Bailey?
I’ll get back to you on that.
Meanwhile, for the first time in my memory an American politician was recently charged with assaulting a reporter. Apparently the new paradigm in American politics is “intimidate, prevaricate, and physically assault,” the electorate. If it seems like reporters, and by extension the electorate is made of abused spouses, then I’d say you’re on to something.
There should be little argument from anyone there is a war going on against reporters. Some merely see it as divine retribution while others see it as anti-American.
Four months after Donald Trump’s inauguration a reporter in Montana is allegedly “body slammed,” by newly elected Republican congressman Greg Gianforte – who said the reporter aggressively interviewed him. Apparently the term “sticks and stones” is a call to arms for those like Gianforte

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While the President's away - who wants to play? Marijuana? Okay.

422390 4443156314825 1644154379 nThe president is away this week on his first international trip, and with just the normal cacophony in the District, it seems oddly quiet here.
The president made headlines in the Middle East with a billion dollar weapons deal with the Saudis and by saying things like, “Love your shoes. Boy, those shoes man,” to Saudi-Arabian leaders. (You can’t make this stuff up.)

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One Little Tweet gave us this?

IMG 0454It was a very simple tweet.
“POTUS says GOP is coming together. Jovial as he cheers vote.”
I tweeted it from the Rose Garden as President Trump exclaimed how happy he was the House passed his healthcare reform legislation.
Because of that one tweet – which automatically feeds to my FB page, I got 13 private messages within a matter of about 10 minutes. Six of them accused me of being a secret “Trump loving fascist,” or “Hate-mongering racist” while six of them accused me of making fun of the president. “What do you mean by jovial? Are you calling the president stupid?” One guy asked.

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In Defense of Sean Spicer

Sean SpicerFor fans of “Firefly” – all you brown coats out there – there’s a wonderful quote attributed to Adam Baldwin’s character. “If you can’t do something smart, then do something right.”
I think of that quote from time to time when I’m at the White House – mostly to relieve intense boredom or justify my existence – take your pick.
I think of it now because of the swirling rumors about the man who leads the daily news briefings inside the White House. 
During the last four months I’ve grown to know Sean Spicer – and while we haven’t always agreed with each other in the White House press room, he’s never taken anything I’ve said or done personally and I’ve never taken any of his rebukes personally.
Spicer, as the president’s press secretary, visits with the members of the media on a nearly daily basis to update us, answer questions and speak for President Donald Trump.
Everyone in the White House press room knows why he’s there – and as Sam Donaldson used to say  there’s nothing illegal or even immoral in having someone to “put their best foot forward, emphasize their successes, minimize or hide their blunders . . . and generally use the press to the extent they can as a tool for governing and retaining power.”
Spicer, along with every other presidential surrogate in the Trump administration has tried to live by the Larry Speakes creed: “Don’t tell us how to stage the news and we won’t tell you how to cover it.”
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Post hoc ergo propter hoc

20170503 100417President Donald Trump. Saying the name is a joke and an insult all at the same time. Not since Richard Milhous Nixon has the nation faced a more direct and vile threat to its existence.
Of Nixon, upon his passing, Hunter S. Thompson opined, “He was the real thing -- a political monster straight out of Grendel and a very dangerous enemy. He could shake your hand and stab you in the back at the same time. He lied to his friends and betrayed the trust of his family.”
It isn’t a stretch to imagine this as a description of President Donald Trump.

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A new season of D.C. Follies

170502173607-mulvaney-wall---3-super-teaseLive from Washington D.C. it’s the Sean Spicer show with his special guest host this week Mick Mulvaney.
Mick’s special guests will be pictures of cyclone fences and SUVs driving past steel privacy fences in the New Mexico desert. (Cue the applause).
So join us as Mick explains the latest budget deal on The Hill, why the Democrats are sore losers and tells us what’s special about the number 42.
But first, let’s look behind door number one where we have several hundred million dollars to repair 40 miles of privacy fence along the Mexican border. Never fear campers – this fence has what it takes. Mick guarantees it’ll stop illegal immigration, illicit drugs and rubbing up against it cures warts. (Cue the applause).

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He blinded me with Science double talk folks

Science March 4

People who are convinced of the absolute righteousness of their single cause on any issue are as enjoyable to have a conversation with as discussing the actuary table with an insurance agent.
It’s a long, slow boring march into the obvious with the chance of being distracted by the obtuse and miscellaneous.
There are few exceptions to this rule. Zealots of any brand, whether religious or otherwise are among the least enjoyable people to be around on the planet.
Politicians in Washington D.C. are the poster children for this sentiment – and I care little if we’re discussing the far left or far right.
This past weekend scientists marched for common sense in several cities across the country – not convinced of the righteousness of a single cause – but convinced the country shouldn’t abandon the process of scientific research – you know the research which in the past has given us every technological, medical and other advance we hold dear to our heart.

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Pondering straight answers during Easter

MC DC - Aging Spicer Before His   Time

 

From the time I was very young, I have often pondered the question: What is it all about?
Since I am made up of the atoms from an exploding star, am I merely nothing more than the Universe struggling to make sense of itself? Are all of us extensions of the vastness of creation experiencing itself consciously?
Why is there anything?
These thoughts often occur to me before my morning coffee and fade away into the shallowness of my daily existence before I take them on again each night before I fall asleep.

 

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For the briefest of shallow Hitler moments

Sean Spicer with upside down flag  pinThere are gaffes and there are “Even Hitler didn’t gas his own people,” gaffes.
From “alternative facts,” to record setting inaugural numbers that didn’t occur to budget directors thumbing their nose at the poor and the Third World, the current presidential administration has been nothing if not amusing in a Machiavellian way.
But Tuesday Sean Spicer found the “Hitler didn’t gas his own people,” moment.
Kind of like when Fonzie jumped the shark tank.

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The missing Russian and the POTUS check

spicerI found a missing Russian in Washington D.C. yesterday.
He’s a funny guy and an easy guy to get along with overall. Boris Epshteyn, an assistant to the president, a friend of President Trump’s son and a well-known surrogate on the television circuit for this administration has gone walk about.
Last week the administration quietly acknowledged Boris has left to “pursue other interests in the administration,” according to Sarah Huckabee Sanders.
“Paulie, you won’t see him around no more,” Clemenza warned us as he made spaghetti sauce and the Corleones went to the mattresses. Sorry. Strong sense of déjà vu.

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