Wednesday, May 17, 2017

51. 5/17/17

"It wasn't supposed to be like this."

"The president's appetite for chaos, coupled with his disregard for the self-protective conventions of the presidency, has left his staff confused and squabbling. And his own mood, according to two advisers who spoke on the condition of anonymity, has become sour and dark, turning against most of his aides -- even his son-in-law, Jared Kushner -- with Mr. Trump describing them in a fury as 'incompetent,' according to one of those advisers."

"glassy-eyed shock"
"dismissal or reassignment of Sean Spicer"
"hunkered down for what staff members now realize will be an extended siege"
"fatigue was setting in after months of having to defend the president's missteps"
"Trump has complained that McMaster talks too much in meetings and has referred to him as 'a pain.'"

But saving the best for last, Glenn and Maggie fire off this brilliant paragraph:

"In private, three administration officials conceded that they could not publicly articulate their most compelling -- and honest -- defense of the president for divulging classified intelligence to the Russians: that Mr. Trump, a hasty and indifferent reader of his briefing materials, simply did not possess the interest or knowledge of the granular details of intelligence gathering to leak specific sources and methods of intelligence gathering that would harm American allies."

The Idiocracy Defense.

"'I hope you can let this go.'"

"When will Republicans decide that enough is enough? Is it possible they might at last consult their consciences, and recall that they took an oath to uphold the Constitution?"

I believe this is the beginning of the end.

"Bob Corker: 'they've got to figure out a way to come to grips.'

That's not going to happen. We are seeing the real Mr. Trump. This same inattention and ignorance, vanity and foolish impulsivity nearly sunk his business -- until his lenders stepped in before he took them down with him.

So what will Republicans do, as he threatens to do the same to all of us? They might start devising a plan. The downward spiral is accelerating."

May 17, 1928
89 years ago


"There is every indication that both the Nationalists and the Japanese are anxious to effect a quiet and friendly settlement. The spirit of harshness that characterized the period of the famous Twenty-one Demands when Japan sought to dominate China in 1915 is completely lacking."

An editorial filled with wishful thinking.


"With transatlantic broadcasting already a probability and with American films speaking to the world, he who does not understand English will cut off his ears."

A very sarcastic editorial -- which mirrored the general feeling 89 years ago -- i.e., the "talkies" were a passing fad brought about by futuristic, Frankenstein-type engineering equipment.


"The United Steel Works is the largest participant in the enterprise."

And it's certain they regretted in it in a few short years.


It appears that the Bronx Bombers had an off day between home games against the Detroit Tigers, on the 15th, and the St. Louis Browns on the 17th.

"The ground rules made every ball hit into the crowd a double."

Great reporting! Ruth had attempted to visit New Haven at least three times prior to this date. In delicious verbiage, the writer describes how the Babe:
  1. Missed his train;
  2. Got pulled over by the Connecticut police for speeding;
  3. Took sick from hot dog poisoning ...

"Whether we have a right to use any of this dialogue through a talking device in a motion picture remains to be determined. The question has not come up before. Perhaps a court will decide it ..."

In any case, the film came out in 1929.

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