Tuesday, February 28, 2017

TRUMP TALKS TONIGHT




Tonight the President addresses the joint houses of Congress. It will be a speech watched by millions on TV since it will be an indication about where he wishes to go.

There should be little question that the present Democrat minority in both houses will try to oppose everything. However the margin of GOP majority in the Senate is so small that there may be room for bipartisan action in that body, we hope so.

We have heard much about Trump’s complaint about “false news” by his opposition media such as the “failing New York Times” or CNN. Trump has answered by announcing his boycott of the DC Journalists’ annual dinner and roast,

Lately there has been a dearth of “Alternative Facts” from Kellyanne Conway on Fox news; Trumps OK media. White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer' continues to distort facts to defend Trump’s statements and twitters.

Our dependence on internet and social medias as the source of news does give credence to the flow of false news.

An example is this news release from of an article by Lord Lockwell on Jan. 30 in CommerBlog, which some news media did pick it up as news without vetting the source.

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The executive orders (EO) just keep coming. President Donald Trump just signed an EO stating: “No one is allowed to go to the Emergency Room with a cold.” What?! Is he building a wall around the hospitals? Then he has the audacity to not only limit these miserable citizens from the care they need, but he tells them in the EO that “Antibiotics will not work.”

True? No! This is from Snoop- “GomerBlog does have a page that explains what they are all about:”

“Welcome to the disclaimer page! You found it because you were either bored or thought one of the posts were true! Either way this should explain some things. Gomerblog.com is strictly a satirical and fake news blog site. All articles are fake and not intended to diagnosis medical conditions or to give medical advice. Please see a real medical website or your doctor for diagnosis and any medical advice. Please don’t take any advice from our website.”

“GOMER” is an acronym for “Get Out of My Emergency Room,” and GomerBlog’s targeted satire occasionally baffles and confounds people who do not work in the medical field. Previous instances of this include a satirical take on strict nurse’s station rules, and claims about the Food and Drug Administration approving an “Ativan diffuser” for the benefit of both staff and patients in a hospital. (Snoop)

GomerBog is a fun read.gomerblog.com/


Monday, February 27, 2017

THE LAST IS IMPORTANT




Monday was a busy day starting late morning with a “social visit” with my cardiologist. That was followed by a trip out to Whole Foods in Clark who have the best smoked salmon –like LOX- in the area. Theirs is better than the local Delie’s.-also in Clark.

Had to make that trip since my Roanoke Daughter and spouse will be here Tuesday night through Saturday. That means that blogs will be scarce this week.

After lunch I had a meeting with my CPA then Dawg time. After dinner I sat down with Dawg to watch the Hoos play the Tar Heels (U. North Carolina for those who do not college basketball). I usually fall asleep during the first half of these games since I have to recline the chair so the dog can lie between my legs with his head in my lap. He is in heaven and I am not comfortable after a time.

Today because it was such an important game I saw the entire 1st half. Instead I fell asleep as soon as the 2nd began and woke up in time to learn that the Cavs had won by at least 10 points; a big upset but in the ACC anything can happen. 


I am happy to receive this evening this response to my recent blog about disposal of old medicines. My hat is off to Director Riley and the Mayor for their action to counter this environmental danger problem.

Conversation opened. 1 read message.
 




Monday February 27, 2017, 5:59 PM

City of Plainfield NJ

    
Advisory: 27 February 2017 - Project Medicine Drop Initiative
Dear Harold Yood,
The Plainfield Police Division participates in the “Project Medicine Drop” initiative allowing citizens to safely dispose of their unused, excess or expired prescription medications. The Drop Box is located in the lobby of the Plainfield Police Division, 200 East Fourth Street.

Residents may visit the Plainfield Police Division at any time, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year, to dispose of their unused or excess medications.

We encourage all residents to utilize this site to dispose of your unused or unwanted medications in this safe and efficient manner.







Sunday, February 26, 2017

CARTOON TIME

This has been too nice and rare weekend to consider spending time at the computer. There will be no thoughtful opined blog today. Instead a selection of recent cartoons that best illustrate two of the most interesting news articles of the weekend. One is the discovery of a gaggle of earth like planets 40 light years away. Just a hop. skip. and jump.

The other of course is Trumps attack on the media culminating on today's announcement that he will skip the annual Journalist 's bash where the President almost always comes in for a roasting. Yes he has the opportunity to return the favor.

But first this statement from the WSJ about teh exclusion of certain "unfriendly" news media from the press conference.

 The Cartoons:




 And one about the appointment of the Secretary of Education and her qualifications; specifically  her contributions to congressmen. Or, who says that you can't buy votes?





Friday, February 24, 2017

A THREAT TO US?




Friday speaking at CPAC  “They always bring up the First Amendment,” Mr. Trump said of journalists. “Nobody loves it better than me.”

The First Amendment “ Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.” 


The Constitution applies to the Administration branch of our Democracy just as it does to Congress. This has been upheld in the past by the Third Branch, the Judiciary.

Yet at almost the same time Trump was speaking; Press Secretary was holding a “gaggle” an informal press conference which according to the Washington Post “White House press secretary Sean Spicer banned reporters from CNN, the New York Times, Politico, the Los Angeles Times and BuzzFeed from attending a “gaggle,” a non-televised briefing, but gave access to a number of other reporters, including those representing conservative outlets.

The White House said the decision was not made to exclude journalists from organizations that have been the most critical of Trump in their reporting in favor of those who are more favorable. Although the invited included Fox News, Breitbart and the Washington Times — all considered sympathetic to the administration — the approved list also included CBS, NBC, ABC, the Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg, Time and the Associated Press.

However, reporters from AP and Time decided against attending the briefing in protest of the exclusion of other news outlets.”


There is no secret that relationships between this Administration and the liberal press are strained. It is no secret that Trump will attack anyone who opposes him.

Indeed just Thursday Bannon said before the CPAC: “It's going to get worse every day for the media.”

In December to Politico Spicer said: “We have a respect for the press when it comes to the government that that is something that you can't ban an entity from — conservative, liberal or otherwise. That's what makes a democracy a democracy versus a dictatorship.” (Washington Post Friday).

Although White House Deputy Comms. Dir. Raj Shah denied reports of a gaggle block against CNN, NYT, Politico and others didn’t what Spicer did Friday February 24 completely contradict that statement.

It is very questionable that Spicer could or would act without the approval or direction of his superior.

I continue to fear that our form of Democracy is under attack from an autocratic self-centered President and his henchmen. Only Nixon in my life time had been a greater threat.

Congress must once again have the guts to confront a rouge President. And not adhere to party loyalty.