The Wire

The Google news feed starts with Texas. 30,000 people displaced. 40 inches of rain. Louisiana in Harvey’s sites. Flooding possible in the Pelican state and parts of Mississippi. “The worst is yet to come,” some officials say.

Houston has been greatly affected by very rare flooding now for three years in a row. The chances of this type of flooding in any given year in Houston are .2 of 1%. 1 in 500. Three years in a row. Pray for Houston, indeed.

The next item in my news feed, this morning, is a rocket over Hokkaido. Kim Jong Un is at it again, and he’s not afraid to provoke the international community, especially the United States. Firing a ballistic missile over Japan is another provocation akin to the threatening of Guam. It’s chest-beating on a global scale. It’s a test. Hawks will call for war. Doves will call for talks. The only correct answer, for now, is to continue to stare him down.

Next comes Littlefinger. In case you’re running severely behind on the season finale of what is arguably the best show in television history, I won’t reveal the tell. Suffice to say that it was one of the greatest moments in one of the greatest episodes on one of the greatest shows of all time. Go team.

After another Houston story (“Cajun Navy brings boats from Louisiana to help flood-ravaged Houston”), a quick rundown of the Arpaio pardoning. It was neither unexpected nor unprecedented. But the precedent has not been a good one for presidents who have acted similarly in the past. The argument that “others have done it” does not excuse it. It’s just one more bullet in the gun Donald Trump always has aimed at his own foot. -20% approval and falling. He’s on his way to Texas to find a lifeboat now.

While I was writing the newsfeed changed. Texas and North Korea are still the top two feeds, but the third is a story on the forthcoming budget battle. Houston complicates things. A relief package will now push the wall south. On the agenda, I mean. The president has said he’ll veto any bill that does not pay for a border wall, but can he veto a bill that includes aid for Texas? Maybe. Stupid seems to be his middle political name, and that seems to work well with his base. The correct answer for his opposition is to continue to stare him down, as well.

Over at Reuters the top stories are Texas, Korea, the markets and Iran. AP news is almost all Harvey, with a little Korea, Russian war games, and child marriage in the South Sudan sprinkled in.

It’s Tuesday. I got up early. I read the news.

Lately, I don’t. I wait until later in the day when I’ve already had my coffee, already walked my dogs, gotten a shower, a shave, a spring in my step. I try to write instead, dig deep down inside for something good to pen on paper (figuratively speaking). But today I let the news come first.

The news was about Harvey. About Kim. Littlefinger. Donald Trump.

Every story needs a villain, I suppose. Today, it was nothing but.

Author: Tom Being Tom

Tom writes, drinks beer, loves his wife, and hangs out with Golden Retrievers. His worldview was formed by the strange intermingling of comic book superheroes, decades of political analysis, the Air Coryell offense, and an atheistic spiritual awakening. He intends to save the world next Thursday.

4 thoughts on “The Wire”

  1. A good synopsis of decidedly un-good situations. Ever since last November, I’ve had to take little news moratoriums from time to time and look at none of it for a while so that I can remain in a decent state of mind. Whenever I go back to paying attention again, it’s always the same as it was when I started ignoring it — only dumber. If it wasn’t so dangerous, it would be hilarious.

    1. My every intention was to get up at 5 or 5:30 and write about rainbows and unicorns. Since I woke up earlier than that I allowed myself to peek at the stories of the day a little earlier. Once I did, all I had was dark clouds and ogres.

      Moratoriums are good ideas. I’ll return to my promise tomorrow; no news before 9.

  2. I am in this place where I feel like I should stop reading the news…or atleast put it off until after I have had my breakfast so I don’t get that acid feeling in my stomach. Ugh. I live in Texas half the year for work….I’m not due out till December but this year is going to be a doozy. Have you read the “orphan masters son” it’s a hard read, but gives you insights into NK that you never wanted lol
    https://damngirlgetyourshittogether.com/

    1. I admit to having never read, or even heard of, TOMS. But with an acronym like that it’s immediately added to my Amazon wish list. I’ll check out the synopsis later, see what it’s about. 😎

      A little known fact about Tom, by the way, is that he “died” away from his conservative roots around 2007, cocooned himself from (virtually) all politics and news for years, and emerged from his chrysalis a full-fledged liberal-at-heart some time in the early 10’s.

      I’ve since moved left from there. 😉

      See, ignorance of news can really be beneficial. 😏

      But I didn’t REALLY become a news junkie again (like I was from ’91 to ’06) until the rise of dummy in 2015. I guess I owe that idiot one thing, he’s made me care again. Even if what I mainly care about is seeing the end of the Reign of Stupidity he has unleashed upon us all.*

      Best wishes in Texas, sister! I can only imagine what they’re going through over there …

      *See, I did all that without saying “Donald Trump” once. 😂

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