Wrong Button

wrong button

Someone working in a Hawaiian state agency pushed the wrong button. The wrong button pusher set off 38 minutes of panic. Here’s what happened according to NBC:

At 8:07 a.m., cellphones across the archipelago pinged with the following all-caps warning: “BALLISTIC MISSILE THREAT INBOUND TO HAWAII. SEEK IMMEDIATE SHELTER. THIS IS NOT A DRILL.”

The button pusher wasn’t named or fired but was temporarily reassigned.

Warning: S***storm of Profanity

s***storm

When I read the paper yesterday morning I knew we were in for a MSM s***storm. That’s because on page A4, in a story headlined Trump Vulgarity Roils DACA Deal, The Wall Street Journal said “shithole.”

As in:

“President Donald Trump questioned why the U.S. would admit people from “shithole countries…”

And that was in the lead sentence. Then they did it again in the third sentence. And again in this morning’s paper:

The fate of young undocumented immigrants was in doubt and the odds of a government shutdown appeared to be growing in the wake of President Donald Trump’s dismissal of “shithole countries” in Africa and his rejection of a bipartisan proposal to aid the so-called Dreamers.

Trump also wanted to know why we don’t import people from Norway instead of Haiti. Norway, for its part, said it didn’t want to come here.

I haven’t been to Haiti so I can’t say if Trump’s assessment is accurate. But one man’s s***hole can be another man’s money pot. That is if you’re the Clinton Foundation doing good deeds in Haiti.

I have been to Djibouti, Africa and the president may be on to something there.

Trump made his colorful comments during a closed bipartisan meeting to work out a DACA agreement. The day before he held a televised bipartisan meeting and uttered many nice words. In that meeting he said he’d sign any bill brought to his desk.

But back to the bad words. CNN would not be outdone. Gateway Pundit which apparently is an avid watcher, says CNN said S***hole 36 times on Thursday night.

Pussyhat, on the other hand, long ago entered the media vernacular. Right around the time Madonna pondered blowing up the White House.

And it took Bess Truman 25 years to get Harry to say manure.

 

 

Life Expectancy

life expectancy

The Dow hit another record high yesterday.  Unemployment is at a record low. Though The Hill says the 4.1% rate is more like 8% when you include the underemployed. At any rate over half of those polled by CNBC  rated the economy as “good” or “excellent.

Life Expectancy

Yet life expectancy declined in the U.S. from 76.3 to 76.1 years for men. The rate for women held steady at 81.1 years. The Washington Post reported that 63,632 people died of overdoses in 2016 and 42,000 of those were from opioids.

National Review’s David French notes that more people died from overdoses last year than in the entire Vietnam war.

Stable Genius Cleans Stable

stable genius

Morning Joe counsels that President Trump is demented. And Yale psychiatrist Dr. Bandy Lee agrees. She warned that “the president’s mental health might lead to the extinction of the human species.”

At the very least, Michael Wolff cautioned that “something is grievously amiss.”

Nurse Ratched was unavailable for comment.

Nevertheless, the president reassured everyone -“I’m a very stable genius.”

Celebrity Billionaire Presidency

celebrity billionaire presidency

It looks like we might not have corrupt campaign funding to kick around anymore. The 2020 presidential field is filling up with billionaire celebrities who can fund their own campaign corruption. And that’s not to mention the free publicity they’ll get.

Oprah gave a speech at the Golden Globes setting off speculation she wants to be president. Her celebrity colleagues went wild. Presumably she’ll run as a Democrat.

Celebrity Billionaire Presidency

And Mark Cuban, the celebrity billionaire owner of the Dallas Mavericks, has long been considering throwing his NBA championship ring in the ring. If he does so, he says he’ll run as a Republican. Though, as of November he said there’s only a 10% chance he’ll do it.

Maybe Oprah will inspire him.