Anybody went to the new tonkatsu place in Kapahulu? In the past, I’ve expressed a blase attitude about tonkatsu restaurants (although the kurobuta tonkatsu did intrigue me). But I saw some pictures of this new place, and it looked good. You know how Japanese tempura (versus local okazu style) is spiky? That’s how these looked.
Also, has anyone gone to the new Uzbek restaurant downtown? It looked good. (Don, the food looked like something you would like.)
When future generations look back on this time period, I believe they will be critical of the press coverage of Trump. “Why were they overlooking the dangers? Why weren’t they ringing the alarm bells?” I’ll try to share some of my thoughts on this in this thread. Continue reading ‘The Press is Failing the American Public’
Guys, I realize that I’m posting a lot about Trump, and I’m feeling a little bad about that. I think it’s becoming too excessive, and yet, I want to both express my thoughts about this topic, as well as create a repository for articles and other information.
Rebellion Brews but But American ‘Deep State” is a Myth is an article by John Schindler, a former NSA analyst. I don’t take Schindler’s word as gospel (really, I don’t take any journalist’s world as gospel), but Schindler is credible to me. Having said that, some of his tweets, chiding Trump for insulting the Intelligence Community (IC) have unsettled me a bit. These tweets are warnings that suggests if Trump insults the IC, the IC would get their revenge. In the article above, Schindler not only attempts to debunk the notion of a Deep State rebelling against Trump, but also ostensibly defend the leaks. He doesn’t do that great of a job, in my view, as I think can be seen in this section: Continue reading ‘Thoughts on the Government Leaks That Have Been Going On’
The press has problems. There’s ideological bias, that can lead to distortions and misleading reporting. There is commercial pressures and a lack of resources that can lead to hurt the quality of journalism even more. Despite these flaws, I still think the press is very important, and does have the capacity to report facts to hold the President accountable. If there’s one thing good about the Trump regime, it’s that I’ve gained a much deeper appreciation for our system of government and democratic institution, and the free press is close to the top of that list.
Here’s a thread that collects some video, quotes and anything else that serves as a paean to the press. The first video clip is my favorite:
This is a thread on the personnel in the Trump administration. I’m going to organize this thread a little differently. I’m going to try and use one post (comment) per staff, which I will update with articles and comments over time. In effect, the post/comment will be like a page for the person in question. I’m doing this for several reasons: 1) this makes finding information about an individual a lot easier; 2) it will limit the number of times the entire thread is bumped to the top.
The format of thread isn’t really structured for discussion, but if any of you want to post a comment please feel free to do so.
I’ve read several articles/tweets from conservatives criticizing the media, and while conservatives have been bashing the media for liberal bias for years, I’m hearing a slightly different twist, now. Some of them recognize the need for good journalism now, as well as public trust in the press, but these conservative critics believe the mainstream media (some of these critics are conservative journalists/writers) is basically clueless. In this thread, I want to address some of the points they make; here are some thoughts off the top of my head: Continue reading ‘Some Thoughts on Distrust Towards the Media’
For: Clive Crook, writer for Bloomberg. (It should be noted that Crook is not very supportive of Trump’s policies, and his actions so far.) Gayle Trotter, columnist, political analyst, lawyer
Against: David Frum, The Atlantic co-editor, former George W. Bush speechwriter. Michael Waldman, President, Brennan Center for Justic, and former speechwriter for Bill Clinton. (He’s the only liberal on the panel.)
DID YOU KNOW . . . that using a plunger to dislodge mint stems in your kitchen sink does not work? Even if you alternate plunging between the two sides of the sink for 20 minutes. It is; however, a decent cardio workout.