Category Archives: Culture

Trump Swamp Drainage Project

swamp drainage

Swamp drainage was at a standstill last week. The Washington wetlands are filled with protected species and the permitting process is more complicated than expected.

The Trump Media war ended the week in a standoff when the president took the offensive in an hour and fifteen minute press conference on Thursday.

Wall Tax

wall taxPresident Trump has suggested Mexico will pay for the wall through a 20% Border Adjustment Tax. You could call it a wall tax but it’s not Mexicans who will pay.

White House Selfie Tweet Transition

white house selfie

George Bush I couldn’t use a bar code scanner at the grocery store, much less take a White House selfie or tweet about it. Of course, that story may have been fake news too.

No White House Selfie

Anyway, I thought 41 was a pretty classy president. Ever since then, not so much.

 

Facebook Fact Checks Santa Clause

Facebook fact check

The world’s most famous newspaper editorial, published in the New York Sun Sept. 21, 1887, could get busted by Facebook.

In an effort to stamp out the scourge of fake news, Facebook is outsourcing fact checking to PolitiFact and others .

Facebook Fact Checks Santa Clause

The editorial in question (by me) was in response to a letter to the editor from eight year old Virginia O’Hanlon:

DEAR EDITOR: I am 8 years old.
Some of my little friends say there is no Santa Claus.
Papa says, ‘If you see it in THE SUN it’s so.’
Please tell me the truth; is there a Santa Claus?

VIRGINIA O’HANLON.
115 WEST NINETY-FIFTH STREET.

VIRGINIA, your little friends are wrong. They have been affected by the skepticism of a skeptical age. They do not believe except they see. They think that nothing can be which is not comprehensible by their little minds. All minds, Virginia, whether they be men’s or children’s, are little. In this great universe of ours man is a mere insect, an ant, in his intellect, as compared with the boundless world about him, as measured by the intelligence capable of grasping the whole of truth and knowledge.

Yes, VIRGINIA, there is a Santa Claus. He exists as certainly as love and generosity and devotion exist, and you know that they abound and give to your life its highest beauty and joy…

You can read the rest of the editorial here at the Newseum site.

“If you see it in THE SUN it’s so.” – Maybe.

Bitter Clingers, Deplorables, and Fox News

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On the  campaign trail President Obama attempted to transfer his base of support to Hillary Clinton. He pleaded,”I’m not on the ballot but my policies are.” And he warned that he’d take it as a “personal insult” if African Americans failed to turn out for her. Well, Obama Nation didn’t show and Hillary lost. Trump was elected president with majorities in the House and Senate.

Another shellacking.

In a Rolling Stone interview the president analyzed the  shellacking. And he concluded his lost legacy was due to a failure to communicate with middle America. That would be the Coal miners he and Hillary promised to put out of work. The Bitter Clingers. The Deplorables.

Fox News

That and Fox News. “Part of it Obama said, “is Fox News in every bar and restaurant in big chunks of the country.” Personally, I hardly noticed Fox in bars and restaurants in my midwest chunk of the country. But maybe that’s just me.

Progressives are also blaming Fake news for Hillary’s upset.

A month ago a federal court ruled that Rolling Stone defamed a University of Virginia administrator with malice. The administrator was awarded $3 million.

The magazine had published a fake news story about rape.