The great tidal bore
The tide has turned, finally…. The arrival of General Kelly…to the White House brought a curtain call for the Scaramucci affair and coincided with the sharp confirmation of continued economic success for the young administration.
—Conrad, Lord Tubby, lifezette.com, Aug. 4, 2017.
Alongside a monograph on confirmation bias among the British aristocracy
What possessed Scaramucci to accept the word of a reporter for one of the most rabidly Trump-hating media outlets in the country, The New Yorker, that they were off the record, as he obscenely stabbed his closest colleagues in the presidential entourage, will make an interesting monograph in a specialist psychiatric journal.
After the phone call, [New Yorker reporter Ryan] Lizza says he… realized…that the entire conversation had been on the record because the two had never discussed any other arrangement. “When you have the White House communications director, a conversation like that, you set some ground rules, but there were no ground rules set,” he [said,] adding that he made this clear to Scaramucci the following day when giving him notice that the story would be published.
—Hadas Gold, politico.com, July 28, 2017.
“Legally, it may have been on the record,” Scaramucci [admitted,] “but the spirit of it was off.”
—Quoted by Callum Borchers, Washington Post, Aug. 2, 2017.
OK, audience, time to play everybody’s favourite game–Spot the Third World Country!
Economic progress is now sprouting in the numbers and thrusting through the pious innumerate ignorance that covers most of the media like thickly smeared sunblock….. The first new coal mine in Pennsylvania in decades opened, creating almost 500 jobs, coal prices have risen by nearly 9 percent, coal production rose generally by 19 per cent….
—Conrad, Lord Tubby, op. cit.
India Cancels Mega Plans To Build Coal Power Stations Due To Falling Solar Energy Prices
—indiatimes.com, May 27, 2017.
Russians? I thought you said Prussians
The attorney general, Jeff Sessions, had mistakenly told his confirmation hearing he had not met with Russians when he had, and left himself no choice but to recuse.
—Conrad, Lord Tubby, National Review, Aug. 9, 2017.
Yes, the old poof was too busy digging up personal dirt on the Kennedys to have time with any devious political machinations
[I]t is irritating to see hostile references to J. Edgar Hoover as the original over-mighty FBI director. Hoover had his faults, but in 47 years in fundamentally the same position as Comey, he never attempted to influence presidential elections or incite a presidential impeachment, and never presumed to speak for the attorney general.
Furthermore, one of his strong points as a reality TV star is that he knows exactly the kind of flamboyant bozo that makes for great ratings
The shakeup in the White House affords even some in the serried ranks of anti-Trump commentators the opportunity to take a somewhat more benign perspective. What…Brit Hume of Fox News calls “the floating crap game in the White House” has been instantly upgraded by the installation as chief of staff of General John Kelly and the rustication of the completely unfeasible Anthony Scaramucci as communications director. One of Donald Trump’s strong points as a businessman, as a presidential candidate, and as president is that he knows when matters have deteriorated to the point where he needs new people to replace or supplement the efforts of those who have been unsuccessful.
—Conrad, Lord Tubby, National Review, Aug. 1, 2017.
Yes, best of luck, Sean, in finding your soul in the toxic waste dump you tossed it in
His departure from his position showed Sean Spicer to be a gracious, decent, and admirable man, and I suspect even the jackals who drove him off wish him well.
Hey, how many dead gooks does it take to screw in a light bulb?
[T]he press, however cynical and hostile, respect an adversary…who can meet them face-on, answer clearly, and give it back a little without being defensive, ill-tempered, or excessively aggressive. This is why even the many journalists who did not agree with most of what Henry Kissinger was doing in government were always respectful of his brilliant articulation, mastery of the dossiers, and irresistible sense of humor.
Ah, if only the American electorate had the same option
We all make mistakes and the best thing to do with the most obvious mistakes is to correct them at once with the least possible comment. In some aspects of his office, Mr. Trump has not been a swift learner, but he cut his losses quickly this time.
The real (Sherman) McCoy
I was among those who never bought into the pious claptrap that Mueller was any paragon of integrity…. (He, Comey, and their sidekick, former U.S. attorney Patrick Fitzgerald, should all have been disbarred years ago for some of their antics, but this is not the place to open up that subject.)
At least they know it was Wonder Woman who saved Belgium
In the newly released film, Dunkirk, desperately courageous actions in mortal combat are vividly portrayed, but the enemy is not identified. The swastika appears from time to time as an emblem, but given the prevailing general state of historical ignorance, it should not be assumed that the average millennial would be successful in connecting that emblem to the right nationality and ideology. Unfortunately, there are now huge numbers of people below the age of 40 in the Western world who would not know at least the outline of what occurred at Dunkirk in the last days of May, 1940….
—Conrad, Lord Tubby, National Post, July 28, 2017.