Boy, do I ever agree with SFK and second this motion: abolish Daylight Saving Time. Because I live half my life on an airplane (I just did business across eleven time zones in June and July), the additional fiddling with an extra hour here and there -- maybe, sometimes -- is just nuts. Set the clock at GMT, adjust everywhere else, and be done with it. Yes, this means the sun comes up in Ireland during the summer in the middle of the night and sets at 10 p.m. -- and it's pitch black most of the day in November and December -- but so what? In Honolulu the days are always just about the same length anyway.
When does "off the record" mean squat? When the media violates one of its most inviolable tenets in order to attack a politician they don't like.
A media leak of off-record comments by President Trump has roiled the high-wire negotiations with Canada over the North American Free Trade Agreement.
Trump has been trying to negotiate a new NAFTA with both trading partners. He announced Monday that he has secured a tentative deal with Mexico and said “we’ll see” if Canada can be part of the new agreement. The administration had set a deadline of Friday for a deal with Canada.
But The Toronto Star reports that it obtained comments from an off-the-record portion of an Oval Office interview between Trump and Bloomberg News. In those remarks, Trump said he isn’t making compromises with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s government, but isn’t going to say so publicly because “it’s going to be so insulting they’re not going to be able to make a deal.”
“Here’s the problem. If I say no, the answer’s no. If I say no, then you’re going to put that, and it’s going to be so insulting they’re not going to be able to make a deal ... I can’t kill these people,” he said of Trudeau’s government.
In another remark he did not want published, Trump said the deal would be “totally on our terms” and reportedly suggested he had tried to spook the Canadians with the threat of auto tariffs.
I don't see much self criticism by the media of this massive violation of journalistic ethics, although some lonely souls may say something tomorrow. Meanwhile, Trump says he's getting used to it.
It's actually honest reporting in the sense he's not denying he said what he said. But the scorched earth media is destroying itself in its hysterical efforts to rid themselves of this president.
A Cleveland reporter got to fly with the Blue Angels ahead of the Cleveland National Air Show this weekend. Spoiler alert: she puked and passed out.
This brought to mind 2013 when the annual air show was canceled as a way to protest budget cuts under sequestration:
After considering the effect this will have on programming, attendance and the financial viability of producing a 2013 event, the Executive Committee of Cleveland National Air Show Inc. Board of Trustees made the decision to cancel this year’s Air Show," Chuck Newcomb, executive director of the show, said in the news release. "Though regrettable, this action is viewed to be in the long term best interest of the Air Show, the City of Cleveland and the valued fans that annually attend the event.
The air show could have (and should have) gone on even without the Thunderbirds, but the air show executive committee decided to play politics and punish Clevelanders and area business owners in order to send a message to Republicans. 2013 seems so long ago, doesn't it?
News you can use as you plan your weekend festivities.
(Kruiser and Green, call your office.)