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The News: As Usual, It All Depends On What You’re Hearing


As news days go, Tuesday was pretty heavy. And while not exactly local in origin, we feel it safe to say that yesterday’s developments reached all of us in one way or another, some more intensely than others depending on your position and focus on the current, slow-moving national calamity.

While much of the country digested the first clear admission of the president’s attempts to silence paramours with hush money and the aid of a man who once famously said he would “take a bullet” for his candidate but who ended up flipping on him like a flapjack at a fireman’s breakfast, the unnamed former candidate carefully steered the attention of his steadfast admirers to breaking news of the murder of an Iowa woman by a Mexican man in this country illegally.

Big stories on any day. But breaking so closely together, actually within hours of each other, developments quickly evolved into a crescendo – our fellow citizens grasping onto the details important to them and, perhaps, shutting out the rest.

Overnight, activist groups not fond of the man in our oval office used projected light and some Banksy-style performance art to re-brand the heavily branded Trump properties in New York with messages of their own – none of them flattering. We do appreciate the fact that they used light, instead of hurled paint, to get their point across as we’ve always been in favor of a more creative approach to civic activism.

It should be said that we rather famously (at least within our own inner circle of friends, reporters, and family) predicted the arrival of a “snowballing” series of developments this week over the weekend. We won’t make too fine a point of this prescience as 1.) it can be argued that anyone following current events could smell something in the wind, and 2.) we already expect to take the usual flak for straying outside the 24/680 and addressing a national issue.

The last time we did that was the morning after our last presidential election, come to think of it, and our observations on the nation’s choice for its leader did not sit well with many of his most ardent fans.

We guess we’ll see if the folks who chided us then are still around, and if their regard and loyalty for their man has changed at all.

A lot has happened in those intervening years. We do believe there’s still more to come. We shall see.



  1. Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner… the Hatfield and the McCoy’s. As a moderate, all I ask is you leave us out of your fight. I’ve been called the “far left” and “the right” on this site. I don’t know how you can be both (you can’t) but I’d like to thank the gentleman in Orinda who apologized for “mis-bucketizing” me. I wish both sides well, and please keep in mind if you’re “north of forty” it’s affecting your health, whether you realize it or not.

  2. Liked the Batman light trick — didn’t like Trumpf touching the Medal of Honor. I think someone like Mueller should make those presentations.

  3. Herbert Kalmbach, personal attorney to Richard Milhous Nixon served 191 days in jail.
    John Mitchell, Nixon campaign manager, served 19 months in jail.
    Deja vu

    • Never thought we’d see another Nixon. We can remember writing papers about his campaign and financial improprieties and political exploits during his time with Eisenhower in college and that didn’t go over very well – got us into a couple of fights. We believed he was capable of inflicting irrevocable harm to the presidency and, of course, the country and history proved us correct. This current thing has us equally concerned.

  4. Speaking of The Hatfields and The McCoys… to my former colleagues who were let go earlier this month. He warned you about arguing politics, and you didn’t take him seriously. There are certain things you don’t discuss in the workforce – politics and religion are two of them. I wish you well.

    • Whoa. “He” sounds like a force unto himself. You should come visit the News Bunker during a lunch break – extremely spirited discussions!

  5. He’s a very wise man. When you’re at work, you leave divisive topics at home out of respect for yourself and others.

    I certainly don’t speak my mind in real life the way I do online. I’ve never been fired, divorced or blocked. I’d like to keep it that way. I decided a long time ago if it ever happens it’s not going to be something I did or didn’t do. It will be something I said… several times over. Why do you think I leave so many comments online? It gives me the opportunity to “maintain healthy relationships” in real life.

    Outspokenly yours…

    • We’ve always liked people with opinions and the guts to stand behind them. Civilly, of course. ‘Merica.

  6. I was too young for Watergate. I always wondered what political scandals were like. Now I know. How did we ever get to this place?

    • Waiting to hear what Allen Weisselberg has to say about the “Trump Foundation.” It’s all about the money.

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