President Trump was not my first choice. I had serious reservations about his commitment to his new found conservative positions and the baggage I suspected he'd be carrying. To be fair, I was likely a victim of the type of false narratives that the MSM and NeverTrumpers were shoving down our throats since he won the primary, but that is just as much my fault as it is theirs. With that said, I am very happy with his performance so far especially considering the soft coup that has been in full effect since his election (coup-1, coup-2, coup-3).
What I think has struck me most, even though I don't agree with all of his moves, is that he's actually getting stuff done! From tax cuts (with which I agree) to tariffs (which I do not), the man is putting work in, sticking to his promises as best he can, and showing results. I hate that he signed the Omnibus monstrosity (Ted Cruz explains why), but there are some rumblings out there that Trump (and the GOP... ha ha... yeah right) may still be playing hardball (1974 Impoundment Act). Time will tell.
The last few days has been a brilliant example of how the Trump administration gets stuff done. They do it in quick, calculated bursts of activity to get in front of some of the narrative shaping by the media. First we have Trump signing the proclamation authorizing the National Guard to the southern border on Wednesday. On Thursday we have nearly 100 illegal aliens arrested in one of the largest ICE round ups in years (notice the headline says only "immigrants" -- narrative shaping). On Friday, POTUS signs a memo ordering an end to "Catch and Release". And finally today we have signs some states are moving on the National Guard.
Boom, boom, and boom. This will resonate with his base while further demonstrate to those would be illegals that it ain't easy anymore.
Getting. Stuff. Done.
I ran across this piece today in The Guardian (blech). The author starts off by lamenting the fact that he and his family (wife and two kids) find themselves more often than not sat on the couch, each of them staring into their phones. He decides that this is bad and commits to figuring out how to fix it -- at least for himself. Instead of exerting some self-control, he decides to park his smartphone and sort of replaces it with the venerable Nokia 3310 (2017 re-release).
With his new Nokia in hand and its lack of modern distractions, he finds a whole new world where he discovers that he can concentrate on TV shows and books and EVEN HIS KIDS. Sad. This reminds me of a quote.
Never underestimate the power of stupid people in large groups.
-- George Carlin
And that's apparently what we have today... large numbers of zombies on their phones. And it's making them stupid. Of course, with today's culture of blamelessness, it's never the individual's fault. And these large numbers of stupid people are making this blameless view of things acceptable.
This is the California Attorney General. He effectively warned all California based businesses that if they cooperate with the Federal Government with regards to ICE deportations (he claimed "privacy") that they could be subject to legal action against them from the state. So it's now illegal in the State of California to follow federal law.
This is insanity. The leftist argued and were backed by the SCOTUS that matters of immigration are exclusive to the FEDERAL government (see Arizona). Now that that federal government is implementing the law, it's now a state issue. This is pure lawlessness and very dangerous. A state is effectively nullifying federal law. This can lead to very very bad things.
Spectre! Meltdown! Ahhhhhhh!
That's the reaction by the media every time they decide something should be a story. Sometimes a vulnerability or new attack vector should be huge news, but whatever "sex appeal" the media is looking for isn't there, so little coverage is given. This time it's sexy and serious. Regardless of the hype, when a new security event occurs, I always look forward to hearing what Bruce Schneier has to say about it. He's always a voice of reason in a world full of shitty soundbites and opportunistic advertising. And this time...
"Throw it away and buy a new one" is ridiculous security advice, but it's what US-CERT recommends. It is also unworkable. The problem is that there isn't anything to buy that isn't vulnerable. Pretty much every major processor made in the past 20 years is vulnerable to some flavor of these vulnerabilities. Patching against Meltdown can degrade performance by almost a third. And there's no patch for Spectre; the microprocessors have to be redesigned to prevent the attack, and that will take years.
Yeah... it is pretty serious. And Schneier sees this as a sort of Pandora's box being opened. Now that microprocessor based vulnerabilities have some attention, a focus shift will likely occur making 2018 ". . .the year of microprocessor vulnerabilities, and it's going to be a wild ride." Yay.
I was never a huge fan of Star Wars, but I've always enjoyed the movies. I was a 70s and 80s kid and sure, like most boys from that era, I so very much wanted to be Luke (Mother Effing) Skywalker. But around the time I discovered girls, Star Wars became just another bunch of movies. But today, it seems things are very different. "Just a bunch of movies" doesn't seem to happen anymore. They all need to have a broader message for society... or some such poppycock.
I ran across this thread on Reddit discussing how the latest installment of this franchise has been completely wrecked by feminist/SJW garbage. Given that I happen to like my ass-kicking heroic protagonists to be male, I particularly liked this exchange. (POSSIBLE SPOILERS... I've not seen the movie nor plan to so I don't care.)
ScalierLemon1 doesn't appear to agree with the presupposed observation of the thread.
"SJW cringefest?" I like to think of myself as someone who can see SJW influence in media, but I didn't see any of that when I saw the movie.
Gregorian_Tree is having none of it.
You didn't notice that this rebellion was the first military action you've ever seen where half the soldiers and pilots are female? That the entire leadership cabal was nuked when the bridge was destroyed and they just upjumped a purple haired ship captain to Vice-Admiral and made her commander of the fleet? Where time and time and time again male characters were caught doing something stupid and chastised by female characters? All the diversity insertions? The ongoing Mary Sue we call Rey? The little convo that Holdo and Leia have over a mutineer, where they think he's an idiot and yet they still love him ... good Christ, that dialogue could have been lifted from any of the innumerable sexist sit coms in the last 30 years.
Come on, man, that Mary Sue is a doozy. Rey, who was a junk collector on a desert planet only a few months ago, and who has no training whatsoever, is lecturing and hectoring Luke Motherfucking Skywalker, who has done it all before, including taking down the Empire, as if he's some kid that needs some sense knocked into him? It's like she's trying to convince a toddler to do the right thing, and not the man who redeemed Vader and defeated the Emperor.
Ugh, this was a SJW love fest.
Nikki Haley is turning out to be one of President Trump's best picks for his administration. She's been a strong force for his America First Agenda in the UN (a baller... an OG... pick you're "cooler" phrase). Here she is straight up threatening the world with pulling our sugar daddy money. Right on Ambassador Haley! Right on!
Probably a good reason why I have zero interesting in seeing this. I had forgotten it was even coming out. Yawn.
Funny how so many movies seem to be loved by the critics, but panned by the people.
I was not expecting to drive home today as early as I did or in these conditions. Snowman time!