Friday, December 7, 2018

Pearl Harbor anniversary, and George H. W. Bush

Today, of course, is the anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor. In addition to remembering, and commemorating, what took place at Pearl Harbor in 1941, the anniversary can also, one thinks, provide an additional reminder of the World War Two military service, and heroism, of President Bush, whose funeral services took place this week. Mr. Bush was seventeen years old when Pearl Harbor was attacked; he enlisted in the Navy six months later, on his eighteenth birthday.

Wednesday, December 5, 2018

Wednesday, November 21, 2018

The President vs. The Chief Justice

From New York Times: "Chief Justice Defends Judicial Independence After Trump Attacks ‘Obama Judge’"
 
https://www.nytimes.com/2018/11/21/us/politics/trump-chief-justice-roberts-rebuke.html

Tuesday, November 20, 2018

The President, once again, ignores the findings of U.S. intelligence

A very good editorial, below, from The Washington Post.

The President's statement on Tuesday, about Saudi Arabia, the Crown Prince, and the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi--in which the President, in short, let the Crown Prince off the hook--was beyond disgraceful.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/global-opinions/trumps-latest-statement-on-khashoggi-was-a-betrayal-of-american-values/2018/11/20/f4efdd80-ecef-11e8-baac-2a674e91502b_story.html?utm_term=.8c9c723530d4

Monday, November 19, 2018

CNN essay by Peter Bergen, Nov. 19th: "Trump's preposterous bin Laden comments"

https://www.cnn.com/2018/11/19/opinions/trumps-preposterous-bin-laden-comments-bergen/index.html

Max Boot essay: "Donald Trump really is a genius — when it comes to second-guessing other people’s decisions"

From Max Boot's Nov. 19th essay, below, in The Washington Post:

"So convinced is President Second Guesser of his own superior virtue and perspicacity that he does not hesitate to cruelly mock those who have displayed actual heroism in real life. In 2015, he attacked John McCain for being captured by the North Vietnamese — an implicit second-guessing of the split-second decisions McCain made as a Navy pilot flying over some of the most heavily defended airspace in the world. A few months later Trump attacked the generals who had failed to defeat ISIS and suggested that he would do so with torture and indiscriminate bombing.

"And on Sunday, he attacked retired Adm. William H. McRaven, the Navy SEAL who supervised the raid that killed bin Laden and who now has the temerity to criticize Trump’s attacks on the media. “Wouldn’t it have been nice if we got Osama bin Laden a lot sooner than that, wouldn’t it have been nice?” the president said. Trump showed no awareness that it’s not the job of Navy SEALs to find wanted fugitives. That’s the responsibility of the intelligence community — and as soon as the spies had found bin Laden, McRaven’s men were spinning up for the mission."

https://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/post-partisan/wp/2018/11/19/donald-trump-really-is-a-genius-when-it-comes-to-second-guessing-other-peoples-decisions

Friday, October 12, 2018

Beatles engineer Geoff Emerick

Making note--a little belatedly--of the October 2nd death of Geoff Emerick, the well-known recording engineer.

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/10/03/obituaries/geoff-emerick-72-dies-recorded-the-beatles-in-their-prime.html