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◆ Comment on Trump’s intervention to save jobs at Carrier’s Indiana plant. Trump’s successful action has divided Republicans.
Pro: Blue-collar voters and economic nationalists like it. It helps the “little guy,” they say, and it helps the American economy by keeping good manufacturing jobs here. It shows he means to continue the economic populism he advocated on the campaign trail.
Con: Business elites hate it. So do small-government, constitutional conservatives who think it’s none of the government’s damned business to tell companies where to locate. Nor is it President’s job to pick winners and loser, hand out special tax incentives, and intervene on a micro-basis. The government’s job, they say, is to establish a clear framework for private decisions–and let businesses and individuals make them without coercion.
◆ A silver lining from a terrible event: Lady Gaga says she has post-traumatic stress disorder after being raped at 19 (BBC)
“I suffer from a mental illness – I suffer from PTSD,” she told the Today Show on a visit to a homeless shelter for young gay people in New York.
“I’ve never told anyone that before,” the star, now 30, added.
“The kindness that’s been shown to me, by doctors as well as my family and my friends, it’s really saved my life,” the singer said. –Lady Gaga
Her decision to share her story may encourage others to report sexual violence and seek help.
◆ The lost structures of civility. Distinguished scholar Hadley Arkes writes about the social structures America once had that promoted civic decency. (City Journal)
But now, the tumults and convulsions in the current scene, the sense of things coming apart in Baltimore, St. Louis, Chicago, and other cities may move us to look anew at the things that have gone largely unnoticed. For we are naturally drawn to the question of why things were so different for some of us who grew up in another time or place—in my case, in the cities of the 1940s and 1950s. Reflection brings awareness of those structures that have since come undone, along with the ethic that once sustained a life of civic decency, even among such a diversity of ethnic tribes who peopled the city as we knew it then. –Hadley Arkes in City Journal
One crucial point in Arkes reminiscences: There was always an attentive, supportive community of adults around to supervise children as they played in the neighborhood.
◆ Trump’s election stole my desire to look for a partner” That’s the Washington Post headline for this smack-your-head-against-a-wall story.
◊ This young single woman not only decided that the election of Donald Trump was so catastrophic, she cannot date anyone.
◊ She also decided it would be a great idea to write an article in the Washington Post about it.
◊ And the WaPo, instead of telling her “get a life and get some professional help,” decided it would be a perfect story for its target demographic.
I’ve lost the desire to attempt the courtship phase. The future is uncertain. I am not the optimistic person I was on the morning of Nov. 8, wearing a T-shirt with “Nasty Woman” written inside a red heart. It makes me want to cry thinking of that.
There is no room for dating in this place of grief. Dating means hope. I’ve lost that hope in seeing the words “President-elect Trump.” –Stephanie Land in the Washington Post
Comment: For a while, at least, there will be no Land-lubbers.
◆ In related news: Madonna is not happy about the election, either. As she eloquently put it in an interview with Billboard:
Billboard interviewer: Were you surprised?
Madonna: Of course. I was devastated, surprised, in shock. I haven’t really had a good night’s sleep since he has been elected. We’re f—ed. –Madonna in Billboard
Comment: She cannot get a good night’s sleep because “we’re f–ed”??
Curious. I thought that was how she got a good night’s sleep.
◆ Man convicted of plotting to attack US Capitol during Pres. Obama’s State of the Union address to show support for the Islamic State.
Christopher Lee Cornell told the court that he had renounced jihad and was remorseful, but the Federal judge didn’t believe him. She was right. After Cornell was sentenced to 30 years, he started yelling the court system was rigged and “Allah is in control, not this judge!”
◆ Texas SEIU files for bankruptcy after being hit with a $5.3 million jury verdict for smearing a local employer, Professional Janitorial Service. (Houston Chronicle). The verdict is now over $7 million with interest.
SEIU had targeted the company as part of its “Justice for Janitors” organizing campaign and wrongly claimed Professional Janitorial Service had violated wage, overtime and other labor laws, the jury found. The $5.3 million verdict represented damages the janitorial company faced when it lost clients, it said. –Chronicle
◆ Misreporting in the age of Twitter: Media Falsely Report Michael Flynn Spread Conspiracy Theory That Led to Pizzeria Attack (Media-ite)
Comment: The conspiracy theory itself is baseless and disgusting. With no evidence, it associates Hillary Clinton with an alleged child-sex ring at a Washington pizzeria (which was then threatened by a man with a rifle). The Twitter-verse blew up with a false story that General Michael Flynn, Donald Trump’s National Security Adviser, was behind the conspiracy theory, along with other Trump advisers. None of this was true, but it was tweeted by major media figures such as Josh Marshall and David Corn. The Washington post falsely said that Gen. Flynn had “shared the (conspiracy) stories.”
What was true was that Gen. Flynn’s son, Michael Flynn, Jr., defended the conspiracy theory. That’s terrible, but that’s a different matter entirely from the prospective National Security Adviser himself spreading false, crazed rumors.
♥ Hat Tip for helpful suggestions:
◆ Tom Elia for “The Lost Structures of Civility” and “Trump’s election stole my desire to look for a partner”
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