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Washington Post offers its guide to ‘being presidential’

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The ever-helpful Washington Post editorial board has come up with a handy guide for President Trump to use in deciding what’s “presidential” behavior.

A few excerpts:

Instead of saying “You know I’d  love it if the cameras could show this crowd, because it is rather incredible. It is incredible.” The Post suggests this:

As we begin, I just want to say on behalf of all Americans that our hearts go out to the 10 American sailors who are missing in the terrible accident involving our 7th Fleet on the other side of the world, and to their families. Our brave men and women serve far from home for months and years at a time and take grave risks every day to keep us free, and this should serve as a reminder of how much we owe them.

Instead of lifting up convicted former Sheriff Joe Arpaio, they have an alternate universe where Trump praises John McCain as “an inspiration,” offers heartfelt thoughts on McCain’s battle with brain cancer, and urges him to “get well and come back soon, John.”

Instead of “But believe me, if we have to close down our government, we’re building that wall,” they suggest:

So let’s not play games here. I’ve got priorities. The Democrats have priorities. I’m ready to sit down and talk and make a deal. But nobody — nobody — should ever threaten to shut down our government.

This inventive alternative to Trump’s actual comments ignores a key fact, that Trump is acting. He said as much in his response on Twitter.

“Enthusiastic, dynamic, and fun.” That’s a review of a Broadway show. It’s very clear that Trump considers his rallies to be entertainment, not presidential events. He uses them to fire up a crowd of supporters, and in turn they fire him up. Truth and statements of charity, thoughts and prayers, and clarity are not part of the fun package.

The president is simply demonstrating what they call in Hollywood his “range.” Look, he can play somber, respectful, strong; or dynamic and fun. He’s a man for all occasions.

The stuck-up know-it-alls at the Washington Post simply don’t like it when he changes roles too often. They’ve typecast him as The West Wing president, or The Joker. It confuses them when he’s both.

Funny thing is, his crowd totally gets it. Most of America totally gets it, though they’d prefer not to hear some of the rally rhetoric. Yet, the press incessantly covers it.

Why don’t they do themselves (and Trump) a favor, and simply turn off the cameras for real, let Trump rant, and report nothing from these rallies where Trump is simply blathering for his own benefit?

I’ll tell you why. He competes with them for entertainment, and they resent it. So they’ve given him a script, and ask that he kindly stick to it.

Good luck with that, WaPo.

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  1. wordpress8er

    August 24, 2017 at 12:36 pm

    Trump’s base certainly eats it up with a spoon, but then one has to wonder how many of them can discern reality from am amusing reality TV narrative. That Trump’s approval rating continues its shrink suggest the appeal of president as clown prince in chief is self limiting. .

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Kyrsten Sinema’s socialist thoughts now exemplify over half of Arizona

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Kyrsten Sinema's socialist thoughts now exemplify over half of Arizona

Arizona can no longer be considered a red state. As the Senate election vote counts finish up, Democrat Kyrsten Sinema appears poised to win. It isn’t that a Democrat won that makes me move Arizona from red to purple. It’s that a socialist in moderate clothing was able to pull the wool over the eyes of Arizona voters so easily.

Just an hour of research is enough to break through the Arizona mainstream media’s false narrative that Sinema is a moderate. She is anti-capitalism, in favor of open borders, and had the lowest Liberty Score of anyone in the House representing Arizona.

Then, there’s this:

“A huge dollar bill is the most accurate way to teach children the real motto of the United States: In the Almighty Dollar We Trust… Until the average American realizes that capitalism damages her livelihood while augmenting the livelihoods of the wealthy, the Almighty Dollar will continue to rule. It certainly is not ruling in our favor.”

Arizona chose poorly.

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Guns and Crime

Trust in Chicago area police was already low. Then they killed Jemel Roberson.

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Trust in Chicago area police was already low Then they killed Jemel Roberson

An armed security guard prevented anyone from getting killed when gunmen returned to his bar after getting thrown out. He subdued them without using deadly force and was restraining one of the alleged assailants when police arrived. That’s when a resolved situation turned ugly.

A Midlothian police officer shot and killed Jemel Roberson, 26, while responding to a shooting inside Manny’s Blue Room Bar in Robbins, Illinois, about 4 a.m. Sunday. Roberson was pronounced dead at the scene.

This appears to be a case of a truly decent person doing his job and losing his life as a result.

Security guard killed by police in Robbins bar wanted to be a cop, friends say

https://wgntv.com/2018/11/12/officer-responds-to-gunfire-fatally-shoots-security-guard-at-robbins-bar/Friends said Roberson was an upstanding guy who had plans to become a police officer. He was also a musician, playing keyboard and drums at several Chicago-area churches.

“Every artist he’s ever played for, every musician he’s ever sat beside, we’re all just broken because we have no answers,” the Rev. Patricia Hill from Purposed Church said. “He was getting ready to train and do all that stuff, so the very people he wanted to be family with, took his life.”

“Once again, it’s the continued narrative that we see of shoot first, ask questions later,” the Rev. LeAundre Hill said.

My Take

Chicago area residents have had many reasons to not trust the men and women charged with keeping them safe. Controversial police-involved shootings, rising crime rates, and tone deaf leadership in city, county, and state governments have been pushing people in the area to give up on law enforcement.

This will make matters much worse.

The optics on this couldn’t get much uglier, especially if the unnamed police officer who shot Roberson turns out to be Caucasian. Roberson, an African-American, was able to detain four assailants without anyone getting fatally wounded. The fact that he was then fatally shot by police adds a new dimension to the rift between police and the people.

In most incidents where police are believed to have used deadly force unnecessarily, it’s a matter of them shooting an alleged criminal when other means of subduing them could have been used. Such is the case with Jason Van Dyke who fatally shot Laquan McDonald. Nobody argued that McDonald wasn’t dangerous. He was high on PCP, had a knife, and was walking in the middle of the street despite police warnings for him to drop the weapon and get on the ground.

Roberson’s situation is the opposite. He was doing his duty as a security guard and very likely saved lives in the process. His death is almost certainly going to start another round of racial tensions and anti-police protests that could cause tremendous turmoil throughout the Chicagoland area.

There is usual gray area in police shootings, but this seems pretty black and white to me. Jemel Roberson acted heroically. Instead of a happy ending for the day and a bright future in law enforcement ahead, he’s gone.

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Entertainment and Sports

Stan Lee’s 10 greatest comics

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Stan Lees 10 greatest comics

Stan Lee has died. While modern audiences probably know much more about the Marvel movies and televisions shows that dominate our viewing pleasures, it was his genius in creating so many beloved comic book characters decades ago that fuels Hollywood today.

Looper put out a video with his greatest comics. These subjective lists are usually fodder for debate, but I was so pleasantly surprised by their choices I decided to post it here. It may be the first time I agree with nearly everything in a video top 10 list. Fitting that it surrounds an icon like Lee.

From his quirky cameos in every Marvel movie to his down-to-earth perspectives present in every interview, there’s plenty to love about Stan Lee. But it was his comic book creations that have made a permanent mark on American culture.

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