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A No-Surprises Weekend

Rich Galen

Monday January 15, 2017

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  • OK. We all know what Donald Trump was quoted as having said during a White House meeting on immigration last Thursday. I don't have to repeat it here.


    It was interesting to watch the evening cable news shows to see how they handled it.

    Some used the "S**thole" construct full screen. Others spelled out the entire word but the on-air people said things like "S-hole" (which sounded too much like you-know-what).

    Anderson Cooper and his producers decided to go all-in: spelling it out on screen and having Cooper saying it in full on the air.

    END S***BAR

  • I don't know whether Trump referred to Haiti, El Salvadore and African nations the way it was first reported by the Washington Post. I do know that the White House Press Office didn't deny it on Thursday. From the Post:
    "Certain Washington politicians choose to fight for foreign countries, but President Trump will always fight for the American people," spokesman Raj Shah said in a statement.

  • On his own behalf Trump, who has been known to Tweet while watching Fox & Friends like a court stenographer in 280-character morsels, took until Friday morning to come up with this:
    "The language used by me at the DACA meeting was tough, but this was not the language used. What was really tough was the outlandish proposal made - a big setback for DACA!"

  • As I write this on Sunday, I have not read or heard anyone - including Trump - explain what the "tough" language was, if it wasn't what had been in the public domain for the 18 hours previous to that Tweet.

  • The biggest problem with this latest Trump Drama is that whether he actually used that word or "tough language" meaning the same thing nobody - NObody - would be surprised if he did.

  • Compare and contrast with President George H.W. Bush. Can you conceive of his saying that out loud. Or President Carter before him? Or any of the Presidents since?

  • Another example: The Wall Street Journal reported on Friday that a lawyer for Donald Trump paid a porn star, Stephanie Clifford, $130,000 just before the election in 2016 in return for her silence about a sexual encounter at a celebrity golf tournament in 2006.

  • The Journal reported:
    "Ms. Clifford, whose stage name is Stormy Daniels, has privately alleged the encounter with Mr. Trump took place after they met at a July 2006 celebrity golf tournament on the shore of Lake Tahoe."

  • however, led its coverage with this:
    "A personal lawyer for President Trump and a former porn star both denied a late Friday report claiming the adult-film actress was paid in exchange for her silence about an alleged sexual encounter with Trump."

  • Again, my point: I don't know - and I don't care - whether Donald Trump had a dalliance with a porn star at a golf tournament.

  • But, it wouldn't surprise me if it were true.

  • Last thing: The Hawaii false alarm.

  • On Saturday a false alert went out warning Hawaiians that there was an income ballistic missile and everyone should take cover.

  • It took 30 minutes for the state authorities - who had issued the fictitious alert - to figure out how to send another message that the first was an error.

  • I just checked Google maps: From my house to the White House is 8.3 miles. As the crow flies, my house is 9 miles from Joint Base Andrews (where Air Force One is parked).

  • A 140 kiloton blast (about what it is estimated Donald Trump's new best friend, Kim Jong-un has in his arsenal) detonated over the White House would, according to the site Nukemap, kill about 205,000 people outright and injure another 207,000.

  • The last "duck and cover" drill in which I participated was at Hillside Grade School in New Hyde Park, NY when I was in the 6th grade.

  • Notwithstanding the almost constant taunting, between Trump and Kim, there has not been, to my knowledge, a DC-area public drill as to what we should do in case of an attack.

  • I found a DHS document that covers this material and it's available on the Secret Decoder Ring page today.

  • Spoiler alert: You have get to Page 3 of the PDF to get to the "duck and cover" part, so you might not want to wait until you see a glow in the sky before you, at a minimum, give it a quick scan.

  • Alas, no surprise here, either.

  • On the Secret Decoder Ring page today: Links to the S***hole story from the Washington Post, to both the WSJ and the FoxNews versions of the Stormy Daniels connection, a map of the distance from Mullings Central to both Andrews and the White House, and to that DHS document.

    The Mullfoto is one of the best I've ever taken. Stretched my new iPhone X's camera to its limits - or, more accurately, to my limits.

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