grappling with reality

A president unafraid of the press by Don Surber – “People who last week bitched about no year-end press conference showed open hostility to the president talking to a reporter unguarded by his flacks.” It was an opportunity, a feeding, for Trump material to twist, distort, and demean by the Left’s Propaganda Machine and that it did.

“The power of the press is gone. A Republican president no longer is afraid of the press. In fact, Trump is the most accessible president in my lifetime — because he really doesn’t care what they write. Oh he tweets. It entertains his troops and has the press chasing its tail.

The American news media is fixated on Trump. No one wants to risk ratings or clicks by talking about anyone else. There also is a strange desire to be hated by Trump. It is some sort of stamp of approval in the media.

The interview was such a waste that it yielded a dozen different story lines for reporters in the worst week for reporters. Trump knows how to feed the trolls.

The press made personal attacks on the president. Some were doozies.

After more than a year of million-dollar investigations there is not one scintilla of evidence of collusion.

Which is why Trump keeps talking about it, because the Russian story makes the press look like desperate partisans rather than competent referees.

Wise people would have gone back to the basics last year, played it straight, and given Donald Trump a chance.

Reading these accounts — these desperate attempts to revive an industry — saddens me. It’s not what was that is the tragedy; it is what might have been.

Transparent DOJ and FBI Desperation: New York Times Attempts “Trump Operation” Justification… by sundance – “The New York Times, via Clinton’s favorite voice Maggie Haberman, pushes out an article attempting to cloud, obfuscate and justify the joint FBI and DOJ surveillance operation against Trump.”

“The timing, content and presentation of the disinformation is transparent in the intended motive. More and more people are recognizing the FBI application to the FISA court was based on political information, the Steele Dossier, assembled by political operatives and used by political operatives within the DOJ National Security Division and FBI Counterintelligence Division.

As to the substance of the NYT justification it is absurd on its face. Claiming George Papadopoulos speaking to an Australian politician in London mid May 2016, and a conversation about Russians having dirt on Hillary Clinton, as the origin of the FBI’s Russian probe is silly.

FBI Chapter of Hillary Clinton Fan Club Probes President Trump by Deroy Murdock – “It’s simply incredible what the Mueller team is being allowed to get away with.”

“At worst, this is judicial corruption, rooted in bottomless affection for the subject of one inquiry and boundless disdain for the target of a different probe.

At best, this creates the appearance of corruption, whereby Mueller’s team and their FBI and DOJ colleagues seem so pro-Hillary and so anti-Trump that even their totally even-handed and perfectly honest conclusions would be attacked as either a phony exoneration of Hillary, a fake prosecution of Trump, or an over-reaction to criticism that prompted the opposite results. With Drano-like efficiency, these outcomes would corrode confidence in federal law-enforcement agencies and the rule of law.

Mueller’s inquest is terminally compromised, as these details demonstrate:

The DOJ and FBI rot from the head down. So who’s the head? by Brian C. Joondeph – “The Trump-Russia collusion investigation is on life support.”

“With 90 percent of media coverage negative toward President Trump, you can be certain that if Trump conspired with Russia to hack the election, these same media would have long ago found evidence of collusion. But they haven’t, have they? Instead, they hyperventilate over nonsense, such as a truck blocking their view of Trump’s golf course, now a three-day story for CNN.

The conspiracy was legion, with many agency heads and upper managers working together to undermine an election. … These players could not have behaved as they did without the approval of the head of the fish, the occupant of the Oval Office – none other than President Barack Obama. Whether explicit or implicit, his directions were crystal-clear to his underlings – his attorney general, his FBI director, his IRS commissioner, and all the other agency heads serving at his pleasure.

No one working in the Obama administration would take on such chicanery and corruption on his own. This all had the blessing of the boss.

But make no mistake that none of this would have happened without the approval of the boss man in the Oval Office. If his standard were to respect law and electoral tradition, none of this would have happened.

As Cell Service Expands, National Parks Become Digital Battlegrounds by Stuart Leavenworth – “First responders support the plans, as do some park officials, who argue that better cell coverage will help attract a new generation of visitors. Critics fear it will lead to more noisy distractions in places designed to be an escape from the modern world.” As usual, one side wants a tech, government, top down fix and the other says that the problem belongs to the individual’s needs and desires.

“these days at Yosemite National Park, hikers to Half Dome are likely to encounter people talking on cellphones as they climb to the top. For visitors to the parks, the call of the outdoors increasingly comes with crisp 4G service, and not everyone is wild about that.

Yet advocates for increased cell service, including many NPS officials, say the parks can’t cling to an earlier era. Expanded cellular and broadband coverage, they argue, helps rescue teams respond to emergencies and are necessary to draw a new generation to the parks.

Juggling public demands has always been difficult in the national parks, especially those that draw big crowds and include large expanses of designated wilderness.

“This shouldn’t be an issue,” said Huffman. “If you want to avoid distractions in the wilderness, you can just turn off your phone. But you might also want to be able to turn on that phone and make a call if you broke your arm and needed help.”

First responders and other safety officials agree that enhanced cell service helps in many outdoor rescues. But the issue is complicated

It’s a matter of personal choice. Do you want it enforced from the top down or from the bottom up? Do you want to remove the option by government edict or do you want to deal with abuse by ignorant idiots? One clue is the situation now:

“People will go into the backcountry and think the cellphone will be their savior,” said Newbern. “Sometimes it doesn’t turn out that way.”

People assume things whether or not the top down choice has been made for them.

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