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The Netherlands welcomes Trump

Tue, 24 Jan 2017 23:25:46 +0000

[Hat tip: Legal Insurrection.] Funny Trump parody from The Netherlands:



Measuring Everest

Tue, 24 Jan 2017 20:15:21 +0000

Settling a dispute among alternative facts.



Britain’s Supreme Court rules that Parliament must trigger Brexit

Tue, 24 Jan 2017 20:12:09 +0000

Today Britain’s highest court issued a ruling: Prime Minister Theresa May must give parliament a vote before she can formally start Britain’s exit from the European Union, the UK Supreme Court ruled on Tuesday, giving lawmakers who oppose her Brexit plans a shot at amending them. A “straightforward” bill will now be rushed to parliament […]



An alternative way to look at “alternative facts”

Tue, 24 Jan 2017 20:01:23 +0000

There’s been a ton of chatter and mockery about Kelly Conway’s use of the phrase “alternative facts” to describe Trump press secretary Sean Spicer’s initial statements about attendance at the Trump inauguration. Here’s a piece at The Hill by Jennifer Calfas that states: George Orwell’s dystopian novel “1984” is surging in popularity in the days […]



And on the lighter side…

Mon, 23 Jan 2017 21:11:39 +0000

The press/Trump sniping made me think of the “Pick-a-Little” song from “The Music Man,” and so I thought you would enjoy seeing it. Hey, I was raised on those musicals, so that’s the way my mind sometimes works. There’s a song for almost everything. And “The Music Man” was one of the first musicals my […]



Presidents, the media, and truth: size and lies

Mon, 23 Jan 2017 20:45:29 +0000

[UPDATE 3:57 PM: I was writing part of this post while Spicer’s latest press conference was going on, and so I missed this, which is quite relevant: On Saturday, an angry Spicer said,” This was the largest audience to ever witness an inauguration — period — both in person and around the globe.” That statement […]



The War of the Words: Trump vs. the press, the press vs. Trump

Mon, 23 Jan 2017 19:13:14 +0000

It’s gotten so that I can hardly stand to look at the news. Now, the regular readers here know my opinion of Donald Trump. Let’s just say I’m no sycophant. I criticized him harshly before the nomination (a nomination I thought he had a very good chance of winning), and continued to criticize him after […]



Fred Astaire and…and…and…

Sat, 21 Jan 2017 20:00:53 +0000

Who was Astaire’s best partner? Fred Astaire himself was unique, and as a solo performer in his genre he was unsurpassed. Period. It wasn’t just that he could choreograph routine after routine and bring freshness to each one. It wasn’t just that he could sing so well that, despite the thinness of his somewhat reedy […]



A retro inauguration fashion addendum

Sat, 21 Jan 2017 19:53:25 +0000

Before I regretfully leave the inaugural fashions behind, let me note that a great many people wrote that Melania’s day outfit channeled Jackie Kennedy. I have a small quibble, very small. But it’s that it wasn’t just Jackie at the inauguration; Melania channeled the fashions of the era. Granted, Jackie Kennedy was a tremendous trend-setter […]



Inaugural speech: in the ear of the beholder

Sat, 21 Jan 2017 19:33:15 +0000

To me, Trump’s inaugural speech was congruent with his prior message, and mainly struck notes of populism and nationalism. What else would anyone expect? He hammered on the idea of government during his administration as listening to and being responsive to the people, concentrating on America (both its problems and its promise), and called for […]