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Mid-Morning Open Thread | Main | "Passive Conservatism" and the Surrender Caucus
January 23, 2019

The Morning Rant: J.V. Edition


I have an old and dear friend (whose ass I whipped in the 50 butterfly in 7th grade) who was intensely anti-Trump before the election. I have another old and dear friend who almost literally floored me when, in spring 2016 over cocktails and oysters he told me that he was intensely pro-Trump. Both are intelligent, well educated, well read, and would be considered intellectual (in the non-pejorative sense) by most people.

So what's the difference?

One judged Trump by his words and mannerisms and bluster and over-the-top behavior. One judged Trump by his statements of purpose and his actions, and seemed disinterested in the surface.

That sounds like how the media should be reporting on the President, yet they cannot look past their own intellectual failings and their insular lives hemmed in by the Acela and the Hudson River and Interstate 5.

Here's an article from last summer that is spot-on, and is even more applicable today!
Everyone Is Smart Except Trump

It really is quite simple. Everyone is smart except Donald J. Trump. That’s why they all are billionaires and all got elected President. Only Trump does not know what he is doing. Only Trump does not know how to negotiate with Vladimir Putin. Anderson Cooper knows how to stand up to Putin. The whole crowd at MSNBC does. All the journalists do.
It's amazing that they gleefully report every stumble, every odd phrase, every overheated statement, yet carefully ignore the facts of his rather successful economic policies and his promising foreign policy, and most important, his ruthless never-back-down battles in the culture war.

The Seedier Media never have negotiated life and death, not corporate life and death, and not human life and death. They think they know how to negotiate, but they do not know how. They go to a college, are told by peers that they are smart, get some good grades, proceed to a graduate degree in journalism, and get hired as analysts. Now they are experts, ready to take on Putin and the Iranian Ayatollahs at age 30.
Luckily, my slow-butterflying friend has reevaluated President Trump on the facts and has come least in part.

Too bad the people who are paid to be impartial can't manage the same thing.

[Hat Tip: Bluebell]



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1/15-chrjp1 offers heartfelt thanks for prayers for more neurosurgery as they have had an effect. Please continue to pray as doctors try to determine his current status and how to treat his him. Prayers for healing

Ill Tempered cur reports that his friend Juan who had a benign brain tumor removed in December is doing well and back at work. Il Tempered Cur thanks everyone for their prayers

Virdian reported 1/16 that his daughter had had serious depression issues, but has been having counselling is being home schooled and has new friends. She has a much better attitude and is happier and dad thinks the prayers helped make a difference. Thanks to all for their prayers.

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12/12-JTB’s cousin has a malignant tumor on pancreas. Needs healing

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12/30-LadyL asked for prayers for healing for a dear friend, Jean, who has had a recurrence of Mantle Cell Lymphoma, which is an aggressive cancer and hard to treat

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1/3-MWR and her husband are starting second I FF cycle as they try to conceive a child. Would like prayers for patience, trust and hope and for doctors and team as they graciously give of their time and expertise.

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1/14-Molly K asked for prayers for her daughter, 17 weeks pregnant. Baby is expected to pass in 2 to 3 weeks. If by some miracle, she can make it to 24 weeks, they can do a C-section and possible surgery. Lymphatic and circulatory systems didn’t hook up right and baby is filling up with fluid.

1/16-NorthernLurker had the anniversary of his wife’s death on 1/17. Prayers for continued healing and comfort. Also needs job or business, sense of direction, and vision and ambition in terms of future occupation.

New requests:

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