March 3, 2017

Friday Off-Topic (Moderated) Open Thread (030317)

Filed under: Lucid Links — Tom @ 6:00 am

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  1. DEVASTATING PROOF OF MEDIA BIAS: New York Times Airbrushes Away Democrat’s Embarrassing False Claim Without a Trace

    Jay Caruso noted that Senator Claire McCaskill had claimed early today never to have met with a Russian ambassador:


    Then undeniable documentary and photographic evidence emerged that she had.

    I bet she wishes she could just airbrush that initial tweet from history — like it never happened.

    Kinda like the New York Times did today with her claim.

    They reported it — and then, when they figured out it was wrong, they simply vanished it. Whoosh. Presto-change-o! It was never there. Did you hear me? It was never there.


    Comment by Par for the Course — March 3, 2017 @ 6:12 am

  2. The State of Trump’s State Department


    With the State Department demonstratively shut out of meetings with foreign leaders, key State posts left unfilled, and the White House not soliciting many department staffers for their policy advice, there is little left to do. “If I left before 10 p.m., that was a good day,” said the State staffer of the old days, which used to start at 6:30 in the morning. “Now, I come in at 9, 9:15, and leave by 5:30.” The seeming hostility from the White House, the decades of American foreign-policy tradition being turned on its head, and the days of listlessness are taking a toll on people who are used to channeling their ambition and idealism into the detail-oriented, highly regimented busywork that greases the infinite wheels of a massive bureaucracy. [...]

    Many in the State Department openly acknowledge that the department is bloated, that it is at times inefficient and redundant. But they don’t understand why the culling is being done in such a crass and indiscriminate manner. “They didn’t talk to anyone, they didn’t ask them what they did, they just told them to look for other jobs,” said the mid-level officer of the seventh floor dismissals. “Nothing will make you a libertarian faster than working in the federal government,” said the State staffer. “There are inefficiencies, there needs to be reform. They certainly have a right to staffing, or lack of staffing,” the staffer said of the new administration. “But doing it without an analysis of where the inefficiencies are, the cutting just won’t be rational or effective. It just creates ill will.” [...]

    After reading the article, one has to wonder what most of the staff was doing prior to the Trump Administration. Busywork? How about “Highly regimented busywork” (as I highlighted above)?

    And, if the State staffers new “there are inefficiencies, there needs to be reformed.”, then why wasn’t reform done prior to the Trump Administration? The article tends to portray the shakeup at State as a bad thing, but maybe it’s a necessary thing, even if it is messy.

    Just to note, it would have been helpful if the staffer that stated “If I left before 10 p.m., that was a good day” told us what his duties were and what he actually did from 6:30am to 10:00pm (on a good day).

    Comment by Par for the Course — March 3, 2017 @ 9:18 am

  3. #1, Thanks for that. I heard Rush mention that today, but I probably wouldn’t have followed up on it, which I intend to do this weekend.

    Comment by Tom — March 3, 2017 @ 7:59 pm

  4. Re #2, “They didn’t talk to anyone, they didn’t ask them what they did, they just told them to look for other jobs …”

    Y’know, maybe they didn’t have to, given the existence of org charts and job descriptions, and interviews with pre-Obama veterans of State.

    Comment by Tom — March 3, 2017 @ 8:01 pm

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