The State Of The Fourth Estate

The camera indeed never blinks.

The camera indeed never blinks, and microphones are never silent.

You don’t hear this term much these days… The Fourth Estate.  It’s an evolved term (and we will discuss that in a bit) but it typically means the mainstream press.  This would include TV, radio, and publishing.  In some venues in America this is also referred to “the fourth branch”, implying an unofficial addition to the three Constitutional branches of government, thanks to the Second Amendment.

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Jesus… I Want To Get On With My Life But Trump Won’t Let Me!

Trump at CIA today complaining about the press in front of the memorial wall.

Trump at CIA today complaining about the press in front of the memorial wall. (CNN)

Are we going to have this turmoil every day for the next four years?  Why in the world does he go to the CIA, stand in front of their memorial wall, and bitch about the press and crowd sizes from the day before??  Why does new Press Secretary, Sean Spicer, call a special news conference simply to vent Trump’s anger over the press reporting his crowd sizes.. then walk off without taking questions??

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Rust Belt Job Entitlements?

Not likely this place will ever re-open anytime soon.

Not likely this place will ever re-open anytime soon.

Generally speaking I’m as compassionate as the next guy about life’s struggles for many folks but I also have a streak where I feel people really need to take responsibility for their own lives (if they are capable of doing so) without looking to the government or blaming political entities or endeavors… or Congress.. or the President… or the economy, for their own shortcomings.  Back during Katrina when FEMA was lagging in responding to the emergency, I was watching a segment on CNN where a reporter was interviewing a middle aged white woman, a victim who had lost her home along the gulf coast.  When it was

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Tomorrow’s The Big Day!

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Fasten your seat belts!

A week or so back during the Golden Globe Awards actress Meryl Streep, while accepting one of those lifetime achievement things, took the opportunity of having millions of TV viewers looking at her, and gave a profound dissertation on the impending futility and frustration in having President-elect Trump assuming office.  During her impassioned plea for redemption the cameras panned the audience.

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When It Comes To Intelligence The Good Old U.S.A. Has Lots Of It!

Our tax dollars at work!

Our tax dollars at work!

Yeah, yeah.. we all like to poke fun (or not fun) about government intelligence being an oxymoron in most verbal applications but were you aware of just how many active intelligence agencies we have lurking about the U.S.A.? (No fair counting the seals above).  I guess if you already know that then you must have superior intelligence which makes me then wonder why you are on my blog reading this when you should be on your way to Trump Tower for your appointment.

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The Great Trumpian Wall?

Somehow I don't think Trump's wall will be this sturdy.

Somehow I don’t think Trump’s wall will be this sturdy.

In one way this Great Wall will add jobs to the economy.  Think of it being like the old WPA (Work Process Administration) or the CCC (Civilian Conservation Corps), government spending programs to create jobs and put Depression Era folks back to work.  That 10 billion price tag will buy equipment and materials from companies that will buy the raw materials and pay taxes.. and it will pay the workers, who buy consumer goods from companies that make consumer goods, in the end everyone will pay taxes.  In essence, that 10 billion gets taxed in some form or another.  I’m not sure how that works out mathematically; the government just might get all that back… albeit, through the economy.

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