Gee, what fresh horror would make for a nice blog post today?
#1. We could start with this analysis of Orange Blossom’s perfectly inane trade policy, as expounded by conservative economist Walter Block in the not-so-failing New York Times:
“The negative consequences of a trade war will soon be felt, if they aren’t already. Even if the United States avoids trade conflict with Europe, tariffs on steel and aluminum from China, Mexico and Canada will raise domestic prices, hurting consumers. And the administration is likely to find itself subsidizing voters who purchase these items or who are hurt when other countries slap tariffs on American goods in retaliation — mainly farmers, manufacturers and builders.”
Perhaps the color coded cue cards were insufficient to explain BASIC economics to our special Orange Blossom during his meetings with EU officials. Is there an emoji for putting both of one’s hands palm forward into one’s face? I could use one right now.
#2. Also from the New York Times — the Feds announce they’ve met the deadline for reuniting children with their migrant parents. However, there’s this little Oops paragraph in the article:
“But in a day that saw government officials and community volunteers scrambling to bring families together, multiple reports of failed reunifications raised questions about whether the deadline had in fact been met. Further confusing the issue was a change in the way the government tallied its progress, with the latest report counting children rather than parents, a reversal from prior reports.”
So, if they can’t reunify families, then they simply reclassify the children and/or parents to say they aren’t eligible for reunification! Whee. How convenient. Yes Sir, I could say I really stuck to my pledge to make healthier eating choices — IF we don’t count the two chocolate chip cookies, the can of Pepsi, the chips, the cheeseburger, the … you get the idea. There are still some 700 children not reunited with family. And when the ADL is putting out warnings about what happens to children separated from parents, as in what happened during the Holocaust, maybe we should be paying attention. I really do need that double face-palm emoji thing.
#3. The Ruskies are still here. As in still attacking our American electoral system; as in attacking the McCaskill Senate campaign in Missouri. They also appear to have attacked two other campaigns. This isn’t “history,” this is current events. There’s more at “The Hacking of America,” on Slate. The article isn’t exactly pleasant reading, but it’s recommended as a reminder that God helps those who help themselves, and DHS is talking about new initiatives with 90 day timelines. 90 days? What happened to getting a start on this, say some 1 year, 188 days, and 2 minutes (as of now) ago?
#4. Special concern for the people in the Redding, California area. The news on that fire front is horrible. Up here in cheat grass country we lucked out during the Holloway Complex Fire in 2014. There’s nothing quite so chilling as the sound of a local deputy on a bull horn announcing a preliminary notice of an evacuation order. I don’t wish it on anyone. Please, California neighbors, stay safe!