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Saturday, April 29, 2017

Trump reduced wiretapping of citizens

Having been wiretapped by Barack Obama for years, President Trump knows what it is like to be on the receiving end of the abuse of presidential power by a would-be despot.

So President Trump is reducing the ability of him and future presidents to spy on political opponents.

AP ignores Obama corruption

David Crary of the Associated Press missed the point entirely in his piece, "Trump names anti-abortion leader to high post at HHS."

An Aussie writer visits the Trumpy state of West Virginia

Cameron Stewart, Washington correspondent for the Australian, ventured into deepest darkest West Virginia to grade President Trump's first 100 days. He went to the experts. Oh not those silly putzes on television who got the 2016 election wrong. No, he visited the good people of Logan, in the heart of the southern coalfields of West Virginia.

They got the election right. They voted for Donald Trump, the first presidential candidate to care about West Virginia since Jack Kennedy in 1960.

Friday, April 28, 2017

New York Times devises a new way to look foolish

The New York Times does not like President Trump's tax plan, and uses its "news" pages to promote this opinion as if it were fact.

Rather poorly, I may add.

Grading Trump on the Obama standard

On Day 99 of the 1,461 days of President Trump's first term, I am amused by the impatience of the press to grade his first 100 days as a failure. Had they waited a few days longer, the press might have some idea of what it was talking about. How embarrassing it should be to cite as a failure the repeal and replacement of Obamacare, even as President Trump gathers the votes to pass the House.

But in grading President Trump, how about we use the Obama standard? True, that is like lowering the bar to the ground, but fair is fair.

Politico, less reliable than astrology

The Senate slow-walked President Trump's Cabinet, taking a record 14 weeks to approve the final members: Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue and Labor Secretary Alexander Acosta. To President Trump's credit, he did not complain about the unprecedented delay.

But the completion of the Cabinet shows how wrong the press was. Less than 24 hours after getting the 2016 presidential election completely wrong, there was the national press predicting who would be in the Trump Cabinet.

Media chooses marketing over repairing the damage

Remember the Ayds diet? Ad Week does:
When acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS) emerged in 1981, the makers of Ayds diet candy didn't think the disease constituted enough of a threat for them to change the name of their product. By 1987, with an epidemic raging, they'd changed their minds. "Obviously, with a name like Ayds, we'll have to do some re-marketing," said CEO Robert Berglass. But the new name — Diet Ayds — was nearly as bad as the old one. And — shock of shocks — it didn't work, and the candy disappeared.
And so it goes with all those media companies that went all in on the anti-Trump train last year. They lost credibility, and are now re-marketing themselves.

Their president may attend media's dinner

Of course, I believe the rumor that Hillary Clinton will attend the White House Correspondents’ Dinner.

She should.

She is their president.

Thursday, April 27, 2017

National Review's Pet Rock

Just 15 months ago, the people at National Review decided to bind themselves together with a few friends elsewhere in the Washington Establishment with an Against Trump edition. They would stop him just as they had stopped Patrick Buchanan and Newt Gingrich. My reaction was:
National Review Hoists White Flag, Defiantly Rows To Outcast Island
Now they want back in.

Fighting to keep a drug lord's wife here illegally

Teresa Vidal-Jaime, 54, lives in America illegally where her husband peddles cocaine by the pound.

Apparently the Los Angeles Times has a problem with deporting her to Mexico along with her drug lord husband.