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gado.jpgSaturday Night Massacre is really a 2016-2020 Massacre in Trump years. It’s better for the ratings. The latest victim of our slow motion descent into chaos is National Security Advisor H. R. McMaster. He was one of Trump’s beloved Generals. His predecessor in the post was Michael Flynn. Flynn is trying not to get locked up and McMaster is probably looking to get his 4 stars and retire ASAP. Stories are that Trump thought McMaster was too serious and talked too much. That must have been especially galling, to talk more than Trump. What is Trump supposed to do when a National Security Advisor talks too much? Listen? LOL. McMaster’s replacement – who needs no confirmation from the Senate – is John Bolton. Dubya first put Bolton in power as a U.N. ambassador, even though Bolton detests the U.N. So never forget that no matter how bad Trump is, Dubya was awful, awful, awful. And it’s only fitting that Bolton get a fancy new job the week we celebrate the anniversary of the Iraq War! It’s a nice present to one of the architects of that catastrophe.

Speaking of great ratings being delivered by Trump: Jeff Zucker, head of CNN, had some harsh things to say about Fox News.

“What has happened to that network in the last 18 months, especially the last year, is that it has just turned itself into state-run TV,” Zucker said. “TASS has nothing on them,” he said in reference to the Russian news agency.

[…]

Zucker said that Fox has “a handful of good journalists but they get lost in the propaganda machine.”

“The idea that they are a news channel is really not accurate at all,” he said.

This is all hilarious because Jeff Zucker made a choice during the election: he chose to elevate and normalize Trump and everything Trump stands for. Hours of uninterrupted and unchallenged speeches by Trump aired live on CNN for months. And everybody missed the Russian story and, now we learn, Cambridge Analytica story; because of “her mails.” It’s not an exaggeration to say that Zucker is one big reason we have Trump. But that kind of self-awareness does not exist in the media. To date not a single reporter* has stepped forward and said: “Maybe her emails were less important than Trump/Russia.” Not only has no reporter done that much self-reflection, many have dug in and insist that they did nothing wrong. Some pick fights on twitter with anyone who even suggests that they might have spent too much time on unworthy subjects. Ken Vogel of the NY Times, who wrote extensively about the Clinton Foundation, and has tweeted extensively practically foaming at the mouth with rage that the Foundation is a sinister money laundering scheme, tweeted that Cambridge Analytica story is overblown. That the company is harmless. That’s the state of modern journalism.

*The only reporters who have made the point that the media covered the wrong story were already saying it in 2016. People like Soledad O’Brien, Josh Marshal, Charles Pierce and David Corn. I would give 1/2 point to Matthew Yglesias, but only 1/2 point because his Clinton Derangement Syndrome is otherwise rabid.

A final word about Facebook: the story of Cambridge Analytica harvesting profiles and data of 50,000,000 Facebook users is only beginning to hit the front pages. For most of us it’s not a new story. The name of that company has been discussed for a a couple of years and Hillary Clinton talked about it publicly as far back as Spring of last year. At the time she was trashed by every pundit and reporter for refusing to take enough (all) blame for her loss and instead blaming everyone else. Once again, however, we see that Clinton was ahead of everyone else. What she was saying wasn’t so much blame-shifting as warning. Warning that there are layers to the treachery that are still to be uncovered and explored. But the very smart people in the media let their CDS get in the way. That will never change, of course. If Hillary had won the electoral college in addition to theRelated image popular vote she would have been buried under countless Republican investigations (no doubt she would already have been impeached.) Jason Chaffetz would still be in Congress and Trey Gowdy wouldn’t be resigning either. HRC’s administration would have been testifying on something every day of the week and the media would still be blasting her emails on the front page, in addition to some new scandal Alex Jones made up. She would also have been crushed by Democrats, who are incapable of standing by their own. (Trump really did manage to build a wall: a wall of Republicans protecting his every sin.) The Left would have been screaming that Hillary hasn’t given them a unicorn yet and the Right would have been screaming that she is taking away their rocket launchers. Trump would be starting his own media empire accusing HRC of stealing his election and whipping up right-wing paranoia of astronomical proportions. (Ok, the last part happened anyway.) HRC’s life is far more peaceful not being in the White House. Except I know that Hillary Clinton wishes she was saving us from the Apocalypse, even if it burned her first.

This is an open thread.

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Have you written 2016 on anything yet?  Before trudging too deeply into this solar roundabout, I thought it might be cathartic to begin with an erasure of those things that last year assailed our sensibilities through no fault of our own other than being living, breathing, sensate beings.

For instance, on Twitter the top trending musical group for 2015 was One Direction and the top television show was the Kid’s Choice Awards.  I suddenly feel ancient.

The top two trending subjects under politics – I find this fascinating – were number one #tcot (top conservatives on Twitter) and number two #lovewins (marriage equality).  Go figure.

Here’s a Facebook video on its trending subjects that only takes two minutes.  That’s just about the longest time I’ve ever spent on the 365-day Christmas letter, a/k/a Facebook.

I'm so adjectiveDictionary.com named its word of the year as “identity” – I can identify with that. Oxford chose an actual emoji as their word of the year, but it was only a couple of years ago the word emoji became a word.  I guess in both cases it’s progress over last year’s choices of “exposure” and “vape” as their respective words.

English dictionary Collins named “binge-watch” as its word of the year.  I sense there wasn’t any “binge-looking-up” around the Collins website thereby resulting in a little word envy.

I’d never heard of this, but Lake Superior State University in Michigan puts out an annual list of words and phrases that it says should be banished.  For instance, “break the internet” was one of the leading candidates for banishment to the bowels of pop culture.

Another on the list was “So” as in beginning sentences with “So, this is another senseless Prolix post.”  Among the other contenders for banishment were:  Problematic, Stakeholder (interested party as opposed to vampire slayer), Secret Sauce (nothing saucy or secret about it, just a way of exhibiting superiority), Walk it Back (as in I just lied so let’s moonwalk it to the point of being marginally true), and Manspreading (an urban public transportation problem for those sporting free-range danglies in their dungarees).   You can see the whole list here.

What happens when a man bites a spider -- spidey-sense turns to spiderspreading...

What happens when a man bites a spider — spidey-sense turns to spiderspreading…

So, unless you feel it would be problematic, as stakeholders of TW do you have a secret sauce for word elimination since there won’t be any recrimination for walking it back and for those wondering, manspreading is strictly forbidden.

What words or phrases would you like to see disappear in 2016?

Join the conversation (by the way, that’s another candidate for phrase banishment) or take the conversation in any other direction you might like.

Enjoy your Saturday my friends.

 

 

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A Bloggy Heart

For those of you that care, Happy Valentine’s Day!

Here’s what’s happening:

Bill Clinton Released From the Hospital, Prognosis Excellent

Pictures taken of Clinton’s arteries and of bypass grafts he received four years ago revealed that one of the grafts was blocked. Because of that problem, doctors placed two stents in his coronary artery. A stent is a wire mesh tube used to prop open an artery.

The insertion of two stents “makes him less susceptible to future heart attacks,” Schwartz said. “His prognosis is excellent.”

The blockage was typical of the “natural history” of bypass treatment, which has a 10 to 20 percent failure rate five years after the surgery, according to Schwartz.

“This was not a result of his lifestyle or diet, which have been excellent,” he said, adding that Clinton is “in excellent condition, as evidenced both by what he does and objective testing.”

The former president’s counselor, Douglas Band, released a statement Thursday saying that Clinton, currently the U.N. special envoy to Haiti, is in “good spirits and will continue to focus on the work of his foundation and Haiti’s relief and long-term recovery efforts.”

Clinton’s doctor described the ex-president as “up and walking around and visiting with his family,” adding that the former president probably will be able to go back to work on Monday.

“The goal of the treatment … is for President Clinton to resume his very active lifestyle,” he said.

ABC News’ chief political correspondent George Stephanopoulos, who once worked for Clinton in the White House, noted Clinton’s non-stop work ethic and said the former president has worked “20 hours a day for the last 20 years.”

Clinton’s daughter Chelsea and his wife, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, both were by the former president’s bed, according to Schwartz.

And speaking of the Clintons…

Hillary 2012 FaceBook Page Created

Will you join? I haven’t decided yet.

Luge Events Have Resumed At Slightly Slower Speeds After Tragic Death of Georgian Luger

Olympic luge events will start farther down the track than originally planned, officials said Saturday, a decision they made with the “emotional component” of athletes in mind following the death of a Georgian competitor.

They reiterated that the lightning-fast track was safe for competition, and Olympic officials said they were “completely satisfied” with the adjustments.

“We never said it is too fast,” International Luge Federation president Josef Fendt said.

An extra session of men’s training, as well as all four runs of the men’s event—two on Saturday, two on Sunday—will begin from the women’s start ramp. Meanwhile, the women’s and doubles entrants in the Olympic field will now start even lower, at the junior start position, between the fifth and sixth curves.

It means speeds in all luge events will be a bit slower at the Whistler Sliding Track, where 21-year-old Nodar Kumaritashvili crashed and died in a training run on Friday after his body flew over the track wall and smashed into a steel pole at nearly 90 mph.

The decision to change the start’s location seemed to have the desired effect during men’s training on Saturday, the first session on the track after Kumaritashvili’s terrifying crash. None of the 36 sliders, all of whom wore black tape on the left sides of their helmets in tribute to Kumaritashvili, broke 90 mph after speeds routinely surpassed 95 mph earlier in the week.

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