Is it safe to come from under the bed?

The last few days have been interesting in the proverbial sense of the word. The president is once again being labelled as racist for something he may — or may not — have said in a private meeting. A traitor to our country, one who has even less understanding of OpSec than HRC has filed papers to run for the US Senate. If that’s not enough to make you want to hide under the bed until the insanity is over, you have the false alarm that went out to residents and tourists in Hawaii that warned of an incoming ballistic missile. I don’t know about you, but I’m going to be very careful peeking out from under the bed today.

I’ll admit, there is little that comes out of President Trump’s mouth — or his Twitter account — that surprises me. Over the last year, I’ve come to think he isn’t so much a buffoon (although the jury is still out) as much as he is a master at trolling the media. Is he crass? Sure, but that’s not a crime. But, like him or not, he does get things done.

Nor am I terribly upset if he did call certain countries a “shithole”. Could he have used better language? Sure. But he’s not the first person to sit in the Oval Office to be crass, brash and socially unacceptable at times. However, there is a very real question about whether he actually said it. Dick Dubrin, the Democratic senator from Illinois, is the main voice accusing the president of using such language. My first issue is with Durbin “leaking” the story. I doubt any of us don’t see he was trying to use it to score political points and to try to derail the president’s negotiations on immigration and DACA. However, there is more to my concern. As noted in the Daily Wire and other sources, Durbin has a history of making up statements from private White House meetings.” Yet, where is the MSM in pointing this out or in questioning Durbin and others about what happened? Funny, how they are largely silent, choosing instead to go with the inflammatory language the president allegedly used, making it seem as if it is proven beyond any doubt he said what Durbin alleged.

And the MSM wonders why people are turning from them as our sources for news and information.

The story that sent my blood pressure through the roof was this one. I’m not going to spend a great deal of time on it because Toni Williams said much of what I would. However, the though of Chelsea Manning, traitor, holding any office — even dog catcher — turns my stomach. She proved she didn’t respect OpSec or chain of command or her oath to the United States by her own admitted actions. It terrifies me to think of what harm she could do to our country were she elected. This person needs to be in prison, not running for office.

Finally, there was the “oopsie” out of Hawaii. A little after 8:00 yesterday morning, a tweet went out to residents and tourists warning of a ballistic missile incoming on the island and urging everyone to take shelter. As if getting the tweet wasn’t bad enough, the warning went out on TV and radio as well. It went out as if it were a real occurrence and not as a test. Making matters worse, it took approximately half an hour to get the correction issued. Yes, there is an investigation (several of them on both state and federal levels) underway. But that doesn’t help ease those shattered nerves from yesterday. But what is really of concern is that this false alarm will mean, should the alert really have to be used some time in the future, there will be those who ignore it because of what happened today. Not good. Not good at all.

So, pardon me while I stay under the bed — well, I might move onto the bed, but I’m going to keep the covers over my head — until tomorrow.

Later!

8 Comments

  1. Paul (Drak Bibliophile) Howard

    January 14, 2018 at 9:06 am

    But what do you do if you can’t get under your bed? 😉

  2. RE: Hawaii

    As someone who has sent out emergency messages, and regularly tests the equipment, the explanation doesn’t pass muster. 1) If they are using the old EAS equipment, there are multiple buttons that need to be pushed to send out any message. 2) If they are using a more modern web based system (like Code Red or Assurance) there are multiple layers you have to click through to get to the point where you can type your message, and then multiple pages to click through to actually send it out. Something’s fishy, and it ain’t the catch of the day.

    Now, we’ve certainly had issues with our equipment. One time my partner tried sending out a message on behalf of another county (we were the back up site for that region of the state) and couldn’t. Vendor came out and discovered that the only message we could send was the monthly test message. Another time during a test our EAS machine didn’t go into test mode and I ended up sending out an alert. But there was nothing “routine” about the situation.

    Pushed the wrong button at shift change? I think not.

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