The Presser

Overall, that White House presser was an embarrassment to the entire journalisic profession. Let’s agree that one has to try very hard to look like the most clueless, pouty, bumbling and idiotic person when Trump is in the room but the journalists manage to win that competition every single time.

A female reporter stands up and in a widdle-guwal-voice (which for some mysterious reason is so fashionable among progressives today) lisps, “You said you were a nationalist and some people took that to mean white nationalist and what can you say about that?” I mean, I understand that self-infantilizing women are all the rage today but it’s not absolutely necessary to feed that fantasy quite so assiduously.

The questions are beyond idiotic. Preening, posturing, repetitive, deeply uninformed. I watch these White House pressers assiduously, and God. They are an embarrassment. And not to Trump.

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11 thoughts on “The Presser”

  1. What do you get out of watching these pressers?

    I never watch them even if I had the time precisely because they are ridiculous dog and pony shows and they are boring. I don’t need to waste the hours of my life watching the Press Secretary or Trump bloviate.

    I never watched them with the other presidents either.

    I don’t watch the Sunday morning talk shows either because if I wanted predigested bits of official Washington party lines I already can find that in abundance.

    I don’t even like watching tv news honestly. I find my way of gathering news to be far superior. It’s not a partisan thing because I don’t bother with shows I used to like either.

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  2. Another mass shooting
    Twelve people, including a sheriff’s sergeant, were killed in a mass shooting at a crowded Southern California bar Wednesday night. The Borderline Bar and Grill in Thousand Oaks was filled with college students when witnesses say a gunman, dressed in a trench coat, shot the bouncer at the front door then fired multiple rounds. Police found the shooter dead inside, possibly from a self-inflicted wound.

    “It’s a horrific scene in there. There’s blood everywhere,” Ventura County sheriff Geoff Dean said Thursday morning.

    Many of the people at the bar were local students, there to celebrate “College Country Night.” Witnesses say people were dancing and having a good time when someone stormed in, and began firing.

    “Before it happened it was just a normal Wednesday night, just having a good time and as soon as it all started, it just went to utter chaos real quick,” Cole Knapp said.

    “I heard shots and that’s not a noise you mistake for anything else,” said Matt Wennerstrom, who described the shooter as tall, over six feet, and dressed in dark clothing. After Wennerstrom realized shots had been fired, he said he grabbed as many others as he could and took shelter under a pool table. Once Wennerstrom could tell that the gunman was reloading he and others escaped through a window.

    Ben Campbell said he was dancing when he heard the gunshots and immediately hit the ground. “The windows broke and I just hopped out the window and I was one of the last people out,” Campbell said.

    Once safely outside, those who were uninjured hugged and cried, traumatized and worried about the others still inside. John was inside the bar near the front door with his stepdad. He said they watched the gunman shoot the bouncer and then move through the bar.

    “I ran out the front door…I hear chairs being thrown out the window, people were trying to get out the window and the gunman went to the, he went behind the cash register…there was probably 12 shots before I got out the front door,” John said.

    “He reloaded and then just kept on popping them off,” said Tim, John’s stepdad. He said he regrets not staying in the bar to help other victims. “There was just young people like young, 18, 19, 20 just having a great time. And this maniac came in and started shooting at people. For no reason at all.”

    Authorities said the officer killed in the shooting was 29-year veteran deputy Ron Helus. Helus was among the first responders and was shot while entering the building where the shooting was taking place. He died at the hospital Thursday morning.

    “Ron was a hardworking, dedicated sheriff’s sergeant, he was totally committed. He gave his all. And tonight, as I told his wife, he died a hero because he went, he went in to save lives, to save other people’s lives,” Dean said.

    Helus is said to be survived by his wife and son. Authorities said he was about a year from retirement.

    One of the people who survived this shooting told CBS station KCBS-TV he survived the Las Vegas shooting last year. Thousand Oaks is considered the third-safest city in the country.

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  3. Ginsburg hospitalized after fall
    Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, the court’s leading liberal, was admitted to a hospital Thursday morning after falling in her office on Wednesday night.

    The Supreme Court’s Public Information Office said Ginsburg, 85, fractured three ribs on her left side in the fall.

    She is being treated at George Washington University Hospital in Washington, D.C.

    –This breaking news report will be updated.

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  4. Because I need a laugh and fluidity will rule everything. :-p
    NB: I’m surprised it’s not a woman doing this and this dude does NOT look like he’s under 50.

    Man, 69, applies to legally change age because he ‘identifies as 20 years younger’

    A dutchman is trying to legally change his age from 69 to 49 with the aim of boosting his online dating prospects.

    Emile Ratelband, a motivational speaker, entrepreneur and former daytime TV programme host, is attempting to move his birthday from 11 March 1949 to 11 March 1969.

    “You can change your name. You can change your gender. Why not your age? Nowhere are you so discriminated against as with your age,” Mr Ratelband told Dutch newspaper De Telegraaf.

    He claims his doctor told him he had the body of someone more than 20 years younger than his age.

    The father of seven, who describes himself as a “young god”, said being legally able to identify as a younger man would give him opportunities currently denied to him.

    “If I am 69 years old, I will be notified of my limitations. If I’m 49, then I can buy a new house, I can drive another car … If I put on Tinder that I am 69, I will not get a response. If I’m 49, with that face of mine, I will be in a luxurious position.”

    He is taking action against his local authority and has previously threatened to take the state to court, after they rejected his attempts to lower his age by 20 years, saying his “wish is not possible”.

    “Emile can indeed make a request for a reduction in age, and that will be rejected by the municipality,” a lawyer previously told De Telegraaf.

    The case has gone to a court in Arnhem, a city in the east Netherlands, and a ruling is expected within four weeks.

    Mr Ratelband has said he would give up his pension if the court ruled in his favour.

    He also wants to become a father again and is currently looking for surrogate mothers. He has apparently interviewed more than 20 already.

    He said: “I was with a friend and held her newborn son. She said, ‘You should become a dad again’. I said I did not want the s*** of those women anymore. ‘Then ask a surrogate mother’, she said. I thought that was a good idea.”

    On his website, Mr Ratelband claims he “became a millionaire at 21 years old”, but went bankrupt 16 years later. He later rebuilt his wealth writing motivational books.

    “His age focus is to turn at least 94 years old and to then leave this world healthy and with pleasure when it has become a better place for everyone,” the site says. It does not say whether this includes the additional 20 years his legal challenge would add to this target.

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    1. Men are actually a lot more sensitive about aging. It has to do with the weakening of the sex drive that happens with age. Men invest sex with meaning that goes far beyond the satisfaction of physical needs or desire for closeness. Not being able to “perform” goes to the core of who they are as human beings. Which is something I haven’t encountered any woman feeling or even being able to comprehend.

      Female fear of aging is outwardly oriented. If you are old, others won’t find you attractive. And that’s dysfunctional but nothing like when it’s inwardly oriented.

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      1. Men are actually a lot more sensitive about aging. It has to do with the weakening of the sex drive that happens with age. Men invest sex with meaning that goes far beyond the satisfaction of physical needs or desire for closeness. Not being able to “perform” goes to the core of who they are as human beings. Which is something I haven’t encountered any woman feeling or even being able to comprehend

        You’re right. I don’t get it since that kind of “perform” is fixable with Viagra/Cialis and has nothing to do with what their sex partners want (if women.) These drugs have been freely and cheaply available my entire adult life, no questions asked, but female controlled birth control and reproductive care spawns all of the fights.

        Also, I get enough dire warnings about my expiring junk [mom just tell me when I can expect perimenopause so I can plan for it already along with my non-existent retirement] and men can supposedly reproduce until they die so I don’t get that meaning of “perform” either.

        Of course, erectile dysfunction is often a co-morbidity with diseases like heart disease and diabetes so there is that. [Guess what smoking along with those diseases affects early on? The small capillaries.]

        Female fear of aging is outwardly oriented. If you are old, others won’t find you attractive. And that’s dysfunctional but nothing like when it’s inwardly oriented
        And half of that is other people dumping on you for aging. And a lot of it is stupid men dumping on you about their own fear of aging.

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        1. I don’t get it either. If I don’t want sex today, this week, or this month, it means nothing greater than when I don’t feel like eating (which is never but that’s a different story) or sleeping. It doesn’t carry an emotional charge. It doesn’t say anything about my identity or whatever. And hey, I love sex. But if it’s not working at some point, then that’s fine. It’s not an achievement of any sort to have sex.

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