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“Celebrities” boosting the Storm Area 51 scheme

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If the “Storm Area 51” flap is actually a joke, some of the more than one million people who have now signed up for it don’t seem to realize it. And putting this issue to rest probably isn’t being helped by celebrities calling more attention to it and, in at least some cases, seeming to endorse it. The New York Post has rounded up a group of influencers of various sorts who are getting in on the action and what they’ve had to say about it. I’ll confess in advance that I have no idea who these first three people are, but if the Post assures us they are celebrities, I’ll take their word for it I guess.

Now, celebrities are joining in on the joke.

“Juice” singer Lizzo thinks the aliens will look as beautiful as she does.

“Old Town Road” country singer and king of memes Lil Nas X joked that he would make another (it would be the fourth!) remix of his hit song, focused on the raid.

Action-flick star Danny Trejo shared an image of him from the “Machete” movies. Hopefully, the props department will let him borrow the weapon for the raid.

Even Trevor Noah (who it turns out is still on the hosting the Daily Show) was getting in on the action. But his comments definitely appeared to be jokes, so hopefully, nobody is taking them seriously.

We learned earlier this week that the military is keeping an eye on the situation and if there’s some sort of mass migration of people heading toward that area in the third week of September I’m sure there will be assets in place to deal with them. And that’s the part of this that I find rather disturbing. I’m quite confident there aren’t literally a million people seriously intending to try this and most of them are probably treating it as a joke. But what if not all of them realize it’s not supposed to be real?

Out of that million, how many crackpots do you suppose might stubbornly show up and take a run at the fences? If it’s only a half dozen or so, then no problem. They deal with nosy visitors (as well as the odd journalist) on a regular basis. They’ll probably just handcuff them, take their phones and cameras, question them for a few days and send them on their way if they don’t show up on any terrorist watch lists.

But what if the number is more like fifty? Or one hundred, coming in from multiple points around the perimeter? There’s some number that would reach a breakpoint where they couldn’t arrest them all and then they’d have no choice but to start shooting. The aftermath of that would be ugly indeed.

In any event, I’ll just repeat my earlier advice for the (hopefully) more sane readers who visit here. Don’t do it. Don’t get involved. It’s probably a joke, but if you show up at the perimeter of the Groom Lake facility there’s really no good ending to this story.

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Elizabeth Warren Tries to Shame Combat Veteran Mark Espers, Here’s How That Went

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Elizabeth Warren is in full campaign mode and when you are a Senator, that means ridiculous grand-standing in public hearings that accomplish absolutely nothing. The point isn’t to make sense though, it’s just to get on TV yelling at someone so people can say “see how tough she is?!”

Yesterday, Mark Espers was being questioned as the nominee for Secretary of Defense and Warren thought it’d be a good idea to tacitly attack his loyalty to his country. This was part of her demanding a silly commitment that he wouldn’t do contract work for at least four years after leaving government, as if that’d suddenly garner her vote to confirm. We all know she’s not voting for him.

Keep in mind, Espers is a graduate of West Point and a combat veteran. So yeah, that went about as well as you’d expect.

Espers just lays into her and it’s pretty great. If you watch until the end, Warren has a meltdown at the fact that Espers refused to be boxed in by her. She even complains that he used up her time even though she’s the one who spent most of the video railing at him in nonsensical fashion instead of just asking him a question like she’s supposed to.

On substance, it is idiotic to demand a government official not work outside of government in their field for four years after leaving a government post. People have a right to make a living in whatever way they choose. Elizabeth Warren is not the arbiter of what’s right and just in that respect.

But this is a campaign issue for her, as if being a permanent government hanger-on is somehow morally superior to someone who serves their country and then goes into the private sector. It’s a garbage contention and unfairly maligns a man like Espers, who’s done nothing but serve his country with honor most of his adult life. Meanwhile, Warren’s service to the nation boils down to getting elected in a deeply blue state and having an annoying voice.

And no, that’s not Jim or I being sexist. Kamala Harris doesn’t have this problem. Neither does Tulsi Gabbard. Warren just so happens to be Hillary Clinton but more shrill and tortured as a public speaker.

But I do have to give her credit. She’s managed to climb into 2nd place and may overtake Biden eventually. If she does, more power to her. We’ll see how all this stuff works out in a general election.

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Oil Tankers Operating In Middle East Gulf Being Urged Against Hiring Armed Guards

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FILE- In this Friday, April 14, 2017 file photo, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani smiles as he attends at the Interior Ministry to register his candidacy for the May 19 presidential elections, in Tehran, Iran. Over 1,600 people registered to run. Under Iranian law, there’s no fee for registering. Hopefuls only must believe in Iran’s form of government and be Shiite Muslims. (AP Photo/Vahid Salemi, File)

Reuters reports that shipping industry associations are urging companies operating tankers in the Middle East Gulf against hiring mercenaries over fears of sparking a war between Iran and the U.S.

Iran has become increasingly aggressive over the last month in the region. U.S. intelligence officials are confident that Iran targeted two oil tankers, one Japanese and the other Dutch, last month in the Gulf of Oman. The following week, Iran shot down a U.S. drone they claimed had flown into their airspace.

Last week, an Iranian tanker was seized in Gibraltar and according to London, “its warship HMS Montrose, had to fend off Iranian vessels seeking to block a British-owned tanker from passing through the Strait of Hormuz.”

In addition, Iran has announced they’ve exceeded the enriched uranium stockpile limits agreed to under the nuclear deal and have said they plan to enrich uranium up to higher levels.

As the Iranian economy deteriorates more and more as a result of U.S. sanctions, their acts have become more hostile.

Needless to say, tensions in the region have intensified.

The advisory said:

The use of force against threats recently encountered in the Gulf of Oman carries significant risk and has the potential to escalate security situations to the detriment of the safety of ship and crew.

The use of unarmed maritime advisors to assist with onboard security and watch-keeping is sensible.

According to Reuters, it is not illegal for ships to sail through the Strait of Hormuz with private armed guards on board, however, most ports in the Gulf will not allow ships carrying weapons to enter.

Guy Platten, secretary general of the International Chamber of Shipping, told Reuters “The message is do not use private armed guards in these waters – it is not advised.”

Reuters spoke to Jonathan Moss, head of transport and shipping with law firm DWF. Moss said, “The legal implications for insurers and vessel owners are widespread. Breaches of rules bring about significant financial penalties, adverse reputational issues and in some cases custodial sentences.”

Moss added, “The navies will be aware that additionally recruited armed security personnel may lead to the possible escalation of violence.”

Mark Gray, co-founder of British company MNG Maritime, which runs a UK regulated floating armoury some 26 nautical miles from the coast of the United Arab Emirates, told Reuters:

UK security companies that are licensed to carry and move firearms in the region are restricted to counter-piracy activity.

Any British security company that uses those firearms … to counter the forces of a state like Iran would be in breach of that license and therefore breaking the law.

Armed guards are not the solution – all you need are more eyes and ears looking at all sides of the ship especially the rear when passing through those waters.

This is the exact opposite of what shipping companies were advised to do when incidences of Somali piracy were at their peak.

I understand where they’re coming from. The region is currently a powder keg. If a tanker were to defend itself against Iranian aggression and opened fire, the situation could quickly escalate. Wars have been triggered over less.

They are trying to avoid a disaster like the Nisour Square Massacre in Baghdad, which occurred in September 2007. The U.S. government had contracted with Blackwater Security Consulting, a private military company. Several Blackwater employees were escorting a U.S. embassy convoy through the busy intersection when they opened fire on Iraqi civilians killing 17 and wounding 20. Blackwater claimed they had acted in self-defense while the Iraqi’s claimed the attack was unprovoked.

The incident caused considerable harm to the U.S./Iraqi relationship. Following a 2014 trial, four Blackwater employees were convicted of charges ranging from murder to manslaughter.

If a similar situation occurred involving Iranian forces, it could quickly escalate. And the result would be even more serious.

On the other hand, will the world allow Iran to control the flow of oil through the Strait of Hormuz without putting up a fight?

 

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‘Dirty Work’ Everyman Star Mike Rowe Responds to the Nike Recall – & Hits the Nail on the Head, as Usual

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It’s not easy to come across as an ultimate everyman and an exceptionally smart guy at the same time. But somehow, Mike Rowe pulls it off.

He drops bombs of profundity via the simplest of language in a way I may not have ever before observed.

With his inimitable style, Mike took to Facebook on the 4th to answer a Nike/Kaepernick question from one Karen Murphy, who inquired the following:

“Why would anyone in their right mind support Nike after this latest round of nonsense? Why would any public company with an image to protect take advice from an athlete? How can our attention be sucked up by people with nothing better to do than complain about fireworks and tanks on the fourth of July? Our country seems be losing its mind, or at the very least, its sense of history and perspective. As a man who has always seemed comfortable with our country’s flag, I was hoping you might have some insight to share on this, especially today.”

If you’re unaware of the situation at the Swoosh, the iconic athletic company pulled from stores a sneaker featuring Betsy Ross’s U.S. flag following former football player Colin Kaepernick’s suggestion that it may offend some due to America’s history of slavery (here and here).

Ready to get Rowed?

Here we go…

Mike replied:

“I think Nike has the right to decorate their shoes with whatever flag they desire. I think Kaepernick has the right to offer marketing advice to any company that’ll take it. And I think you and I have the right to purchase whatever brand of tennis shoes we choose. The reason these rights exist, is because we live in the United States, and the reason the states are united, is because we decided, two and a half centuries ago, to be free of our British masters. So, we fought a war. Happily, the results of that war made us a free country.”

But we didn’t stay the way we were:

“Then, four score and seven years later, we decided we could not call ourselves a free country, as long as slavery existed. So, we fought another war. Happily, the results of that war made us freer still. Had either conflict gone the other way, our county would not exist – not as we know it, anyway. And the flag we fly today would look nothing like the one I’m proud to stand for.”

Mike went on to note that there’s nothing dangerous about Nike listening to Colin, or with complaining about patriotic military displays (please see more on that absurdity here).

He also, however, cited Ronald Reagan’s warning of the country perpetually being only one generation away from losing our liberty:

“Along with the siren song of socialism, the persistent promise of “free” stuff, and the breathtaking level of censorship on our college campuses, I worry about the growing belief among many that we can somehow improve our present by erasing our past; by toppling statues, outlawing “problematic” symbols, or rewriting specific pieces of our history in ways that leave us feeling less offended. George Orwell said it best… ‘The most effective way to destroy a people is to deny and obliterate their understanding of history.’”

You got that right!

The former Dirty Work host observed that we shouldn’t overlook Colin’s mistake.

He’s windin’ up, folks:

[Colin] has argued that the Betsy Ross flag is ‘racist,’ because it flew at a time when slavery was legal in America. By that definition, aren’t crosses are also racist? Weren’t they on churches attended by slave-owning congregants? Why not demand their removal? What about the Bald Eagle? Wasn’t our national bird flying around when slaves were held? Why not protest it as well? What about the Great Seal? E Pluribus Unum? The Liberty Bell? It rang countless times while slavery was still the law of the land. Why not demand its removal? Kaepernick’s argument is unpersuasive, not because it’s unpopular, or unpatriotic. It’s unpersuasive because it’s completely void of logic.”

The man knows how to make a concrete point.

Mike closed with a statement patriotism, again quoting Orwell:

“People sleep peaceably in their beds at night only because rough men stand ready to do violence on their behalf.”

Mike Rowe has a gift. Not only is he able to make powerful points in the most efficient, understandable way possible, but — in my opinion — he does so in a manner poised to compel even those who might otherwise want to oppose him.

He’s a living ode to yet another Orwell quote which he cited in his response to Karen:

“If liberty means anything at all, it means the right to tell people what they do not want to hear.”

But more than most, he makes people want to hear it.

Thanks, Mike.

-ALEX

 

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A ‘Drain the Swamp’ Test: Will the Trump Admin Reward Amazon’s Killer Cronyism?

An ironic thing about government cronyism.  Only the hugest companies – who need the government help the least – can afford to bribe and buy it.

(This is NOT a call for Little Guy cronyism.  We’d like everyone treated equally by the government and the law – per the Constitution’s Fourteenth Amendment.)

Monster company Amazon (Market Cap: $979 billion) seems to have spent its entire existence – building to get big enough to cash in on cronyism.

A business model – that is working wonders.  Wherever there is government – there is Amazon getting cronyism.

Does Amazon’s Bezos – the Richest Man Ever – Need So Much Government Cronyism?

Amazon: One of the Biggest of Bigfoot Cronyism-Recipient Lobbyists

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Amazon Isn’t Paying Its Electric Bills. You Might Be

And prospectively looming before us – is the most monstrous of monster crony deals ever.

Uber-Crony Amazon – Is about to Get the Biggest Crony Deal in DC’s Awful History:

“‘According to an internal strategy document…the Pentagon aims to award a 10-year ($10 billion) cloud computing contract…to a single company.…’

The Department of Defense (DoD) is about to outsource the entirety of its digital backup.  And they’re about to do it – to but one company.

Does ANYONE think a single backup is sufficient?

The DoD doesn’t send a single paratrooper out of a plane with just one chute (except for ridiculously low drops – the exception to the rule).

Yet the DoD is about to put every single military man and woman way out on a single-backup, very thin limb.

Military men and women in harm’s way – relying on data to stay alive – will only have one backup on which to rely.

When we called this killer cronyism – we weren’t kidding.

 

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How on Earth did the DoD arrive at this nonsensical place?  Massive Amazon cronyism, natch.  Get this – from April 2018:

Cronyism: Having Your Ex-Employees Award Government Contracts…:

“…makes it much more likely you’ll get government contracts….

“Meet Deap Ubhi….Ubhi’s LinkedIn headline says he works for USDS (a Defense Department sub-agency) – but his employment history says he works as ‘Product Director’ for Defense’s DDS.  Sounds like procurement to me.

“And where did Ubhi work immediately prior to government? Why look…uber-Big Tech company Amazon….And Ubhi didn’t just work for Amazon. He worked for Amazon Web Services (AWS) – Amazon’s cloud storage company.”

Get that?  Obama’s DoD hired Ubhi…from Amazon’s cloud computing company.  And put him in charge of…the DoDs cloud computing outsource contract.

When Ubhi arrived – the contract wisely called for multiple providers.  Ubhi transmogrified it – to one provider.  And then drafted the contractor description in such a way – only Amazon qualified.

When caught by the Donald Trump Administration, Ubhi recused himself from the contract process – long after he’d already done the requisite Amazon damage.

And two weeks after that, Ubhi quit the DoD – and went back to work for Amazon’s cloud company.

This isn’t cronyism bread crumbs.  These are whole loaves strewn between Amazon and the DoD.

The Trump Administration did well catching Ubhi.  Most unfortunately, they have otherwise allowed this crooked, crony train to continue rambling down the rails.

We are currently looking at an August awarding of the DoD cloud contract.  It is still sole source – and Amazon is still looking like the runaway winner.

And the DoD – chock full of Deep Staters – is surreptitiously, disingenuously defending its cronyism.

Pentagon’s Messaging on JEDI: Without It, Our Adversaries Win and Troops Lose:

“Some of the Pentagon’s leading tech officials warn that further delays in the department’s planned $10 billion cloud contract could damage overall national security posture.”

Get that crooked DoD framing of the issue?

They are passive-aggressively asserting those of us opposed to their cronyism – are opposed to cloud outsourcing.

No…we are opposed to the crony titanic mess you’ve made of it.

And there is a very easy way to end the delay of the contract award.

Un-crony the contract award process.

This is a huge opportunity for the Trump Administration – to keep its very many promises to “Drain the Swamp” of the Deep State cronyism so thoroughly on display here.

Clearly, the DoD is pretending this mess is Situation Normal – and ignoring the All Fouled Up.

Someone in the White House needs to intervene – and override the DoD process as currently constituted.

To end the cronyism.

And to restore the sanity of multiple providers – for the safety of our military men and women.

When the Situation is truly Normal – we’ll stop opposing.

And the delays will end.

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MSNBC: With His Dictator-Style Parade, Donald Trump Turned the 4th of July Into Something Divisive & Vile

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On July 3rd, RedState’s Bonchie covered an MSNBC contributor comparing the American flag to a swastika.

These antics aren’t a whole lot more boss.

So how’d the Microsoft/NBC news network react to the 4th of July extravaganza on the National Mall Thursday, which sported some tanks?

(By the way, the 4th of July is a celebration of the nation’s hard-won independence, which was accomplished by war).

Well, they responded as if Hitler had descended upon the District of Columbia.

Here’s a bit of how the event looked:



During The 11th Hour, the partisan peacock got off to a great start by rooting their segment in a bit o’ this: “WAPO: Trump Ignores Norms That Keep Military Out of Partisan Issues.”

Huh??

Might it make more sense to say, “WAPO Ignores Norms That Keep Partisan Issues Out of Military”?

Or out of Independence Day?

Ali Velshi began with this knee slappin’ prod to retired Army Gen. Barry McCaffrey:

“What’s the circumstance, General? I’m curious. Because countries like France do hold these types of demonstrations. Obviously, we associate them more with military dictatorships.”

Nice. Reeeal nice opener.


Then Ali pushed out a question I’m still trying to figure out. Who would ask this? It’s a beaut:

“What is the right way in which we can appreciate these remarkable machines and these airplanes?”

The “right way”??

Then he followed with, “Nobody likes an air show more than I do.”

Doesn’t sound like it.

The host inquired:

“What’s the way in which this gets done without politicization?”

Uhhh…the way in which it gets done without politicization is that it happens and you don’t politicize it…with this segment and those questions.

The general seemed to go with the military dictatorship thing:

“Well, I think most of it — we’ve gotta focus on the fact that it’s Mr. Trump. That’s the problem.’

Oh — that’s the problem.

“He’s turning it into a narcissistic kind of display of his own purpose.”

Are they talking about a parade in Washington or in North Korea?

I invite you all to crack the code here…

Take it away, Barry:

“Around the country, routinely, there are air shows all over the United States, all year. … So displaying and letting the American people see their armed forces and its equipment is entirely legitimate. We just don’t want it used divisively, particularly on the 4th of July.”

How was it “used divisively”?

This is a supremely dumb attempt at sleight of hand: State that something is divisive — which is to say, be divisive. Accuse the other side of being divisive because you don’t agree with the thing that you called divisive because you didn’t agree.

More from Barry:

“Washington D.C. loves that day. It’s just a tremendous ceremony. Now, it’s gonna be another vile political fight.”

So there ya have it, folks — with a military parade celebrating a country-founding military victory of sorts, Donald Trump turned a lovable holiday into something vile.

“Donald Trump’s Using The Military And Making July 4th A Vile Political Fight” — that was MSNBC’s own headline on YouTube.

Some in the media have claimed the President made the celebration all about himself.

But who made it all about Trump — Trump, or goofballs claiming Trump made it all about Trump?

Witness more goofiness in the video below, along with a great tribute to America’s history of military parades.

-ALEX

 

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Against All Odds, America Survived Donald Trump Giving a Speech on Fourth of July

We did it.

I don’t know how we did it, but it’s a testament to our resilience as a nation. Somehow, someway, we mustered the strength to survive the President giving a completely non-political speech on Fourth of July.

And did I mention there were tanks?

The collective freak out that accompanied this past week’s lead up to the annual Independence Day festivities on the National Mall has been something to behold.

Here’s just a taste of the hysterics we witnessed.

Absolutely chilling.

Here’s video of the speech if you’d care to see some cool flyovers and a brief history of United States. The absolute horror contained within is hard to take, so viewer discretion is advised.

So what actually happened? Trump gave a very good, non-political speech that spent time honoring key figures in American history, as well as each branch of the military.

It was unifying and even the most ardent Trump opposer should have been able to suspend their delusion for a moment and just enjoy the spectacle. B-2 Bombers and F-22s flying over are cool. The band playing the different songs of the branches is cool. There’s nothing wrong with any of that.

Of course, despite Trump making his naysayers look like petty children for being so over the top about the whole thing, the left-wing media responded exactly as you’d expect.

CNN aired the rest of the speech, but afterward, the floodgates of stupid shattered into a million pieces. Kirby led by asserting that he’s “troubled about the militaristic tone of the whole thing” that was “fairly sepia toned, and saccharine in its depth and context” lacking anything “about where the country should be going, what we should be working on.”

I just want to point out that had the President actually included “where the country should be going” in his speech, these same people would have lost their minds over him politicizing the event.

It didn’t end there though. Here’s April Ryan ranting about…well something.

As he’s saluting the military, I also watched him and heard him talk about women’s suffrage, you know, a hundred years ago how women weren’t allowed to vote. But there are still calls for him to have free and fair elections, you know, especially after this last midterm where there were calls about and not just women but just but for minorities as well issues of voter suppression.

This is CNN. She’s of course alluding to noted Georgia Gov. Stacey Abrams, who lost her election by 55,000 votes amid absolutely no evidence of voter suppression. But who’s keeping track?

The insanity that has descended upon our political discourse has reached heights that I would have laughed off as improbable just a few years ago. Literally, every single thing Donald Trump does must be spun as the end of the world. A few Bradleys on the Mall? Tienanmen Square all over again. A speech honoring the military? Trump is declaring himself dictator.

There’s such a thing as overplaying your hand and I’m beginning to think the left may be reaching that point. Are normal Americans really looking at this nonsense and thinking “yeah, I want to give them power?” I can’t say for sure, but I’m hopeful not.

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A Cinematic Tribute Reminds Us How Tough We Were – America’s Liberty Was Won & Preserved Amid the Ugliness of War

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Is America tough?

It has been.

Before this current hour which seems defined by a softening spine, the nation of the Stars and Stripes was brave. Not the kind of bravery found in a safe space or in arguments over pronouns and other minutiae into which we’ve contemporarily devolved; but true courage under real fire.

War is ugly. War is terrible. And war is something for which none should wish.

But war — at times — has wrought liberty.

And on this day, we celebrate our independence — brought about by war.

Inasmuch as we do so for love of country, we also commemorate those among us and not long-passed who gave their lives for the freedoms we enjoy — and for freedom elsewhere.

A moving montage of Hollywood’s salute to our courageous men in battle gives an inkling of what war-weary heroes have given for us. Presided over by George C. Scott’s iconic speech in Patton (which Elvis loved, by the way), the video provides a powerful reminder of the hell our boys went through in times past — times in which America was tough…because it had to be.

War and its terrible destruction isn’t to be glorified; but sacrifice and love of family and country are. Those virtues fed the hearts that beat fast on the battlefield long before technology substantially separated opposing forces.

For over a hundred years, U.S. military conflict meant one soldier looking into the eyes of another. At times, of course, it still does.

Enjoy the tribute (and thanks to The Daily Caller for the find).

And please share your thoughts — on the memorial and the state of our nation, then and now.



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Joy Reid: Let’s face it, Trump’s July 4th tank pageant is a threat to the American people

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A leftover from yesterday that raises an important question: Must the Resistance always be so “extra,” as the kids say?

To which they’d reply, I suppose, “Must Trump?”

There are many reasons to object to this event but “he’s threatening his critics with tanks” is not one of them unless you’re on MSNBC live for a panel chat and the other 20 reasons have already been covered.

The tanks aren’t the problem. It’s banana-republic-y to have them in the capital — if anything, July 4th should be a day to celebrate the fact that we don’t typically see tanks there — but tanks have been used in D.C. parades before. The problem is Trump staging a pageant on a national holiday with himself as the star and the military coopted as his co-star, right as the next presidential campaign is heating up, coincidentally. Jonathan Bernstein writes:

What’s worse than the partisanship is the central place of Trump in the celebration. The national holidays of the U.S. simply aren’t about the aggrandizement of the president, and it’s an excellent tradition that presidents typically haven’t taken part at all in the Washington Fourth of July events, much less hijacked them for their own use. It would be bad enough if Trump could be trusted to deliver a bunch of bland patriotic clichés in his planned address to the nation – even if all he did was read the Declaration of Independence – but the record is pretty clear that he isn’t capable of speaking to the nation’s democratic heritage, or in fact giving any kind of speech without his usual bluster and braggadocio. At any rate, the great leader presiding over a militaristic celebration of himself and the nation is what happens in authoritarian regimes, not in democracies.

It’s not true that he can’t deliver a speech without bluster. His speechwriters usually rise to the occasion, as they did during the D-Day ceremony this year, and he seems content to stick to the script when called upon to perform some ceremonial role. Odds are better than even that his remarks tomorrow will be appropriate to the moment and not some “Democrats love crime” stemwinder like you’d see at one of his rallies. But it’s true enough that keeping the president offstage on the Fourth is a nice tradition. We see too much of presidents as it is. In fact, we see too much of politicians as it is, a thought that occurred to me recently when my reading of a new Trump grievance-rant on Twitter was interrupted by a new Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez grievance-rant on Twitter. Modern politicians, especially populists with large followings, are exhausting. And tomorrow, on a day that’s supposed to be about the country, we’re going to get another snoutful of one of them.

This is a special problem with Trump because he’s already freakishly inescapable in media and politics. Everything constantly returns to him because his whims change day by day. There’s no “administration” per se; there’s just whatever he wants to do at a given moment. If he wants to meet Kim Jong Un suddenly while he’s in South Korea or cancel a world-changing attack on Iran at the last minute after hours of preparation, that’s just how things roll. A DOJ lawyer admitted in court today that he learned that the Department would be continuing the fight for a citizenship question on the census from a presidential tweet this morning. Even this pageant was sort of spur-of-the-moment, which is why it might have trouble drawing people from the political and donor class who’d already made plans. Literally everything is about him, including Independence Day now. I alternate between thinking that that’s Trump nationalist impulse at work, equating himself with the country — he’s framed the Russiagate probe as a sort of “treason” — and thinking that it’s just his showman nature expressing itself. This is a guy who used to run a beauty pageant, remember, and now he gets to run a national pageant with himself as emcee and the U.S. military as special guest. In the end the “Trump” brand gets stamped on everything, even July 4th.

Sometimes I think he’s a tragic figure. If ever a man was born to be a Hollywood producer, where he could get rich, chase women, schmooze endlessly, and put on huge spectacles for entertainment, he’s the guy. He could have been Robert Evans! But he had to settle for being president. Tomorrow’s spectacle is the closest he’ll get to a Trump-produced extravaganza.

There are other reasons to dislike the pageant. Instead of getting day off to enjoy with their families, some servicemen will be forced to participate. (They’ve already received their “script,” apparently.) The Park Service is having to move money around to cover the cost. The event has turned partisan and swampy, with the RNC receiving tickets to lavish on well-heeled VIPs but the DNC being frozen out at last check. If I’m wrong about Trump sticking to the script tomorrow and he ends up turning a national celebration into a platform to attack his opponents, military personnel who are there will technically be in breach of ethics rules. Even if he doesn’t, the Pentagon is reportedly worried about politicization of the military if the event turns even more partisan.

Most basically, though, insisting on showcasing the military on a civic holiday dedicated to the nation writ large is an oddly militaristic gesture by a president who hasn’t been aggressive militarily. It’s absurd for Reid to warn about Trump threatening his critics when he won’t even pull the trigger on attacking Iran with the hawks all around him in the cabinet are begging him to do it. He doesn’t like using the military, to his great credit. But he loves the idea of “strength,” and that’s how he seems to conceive of America’s strength — in terms of military power. He’s not threatening anyone by bringing tanks in, he’s showing off what he thinks the most impressive thing about America is. But as I say, his speechwriters will almost certainly rise to the occasion. Here’s hoping he doesn’t go off-script.

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The Collective Freak Out Over Trump and the Fourth of July Celebration Continues Apace

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Two Bradley Fighting Vehicles are parked nearby the Lincoln Memorial for President Donald Trump’s ‘Salute to America’ event honoring service branches on Independence Day, Tuesday, July 2, 2019, in Washington. President Donald Trump is promising military tanks along with “Incredible Flyovers & biggest ever Fireworks!” for the Fourth of July. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

What do anti-Trump partisans do when the Mueller investigation comes up empty, the economy is good, and the Democrats have gone fully insane?

Collectively freak out over the President adding some things to Washington D.C.’s annual Fourth of July festivities, of course. He’s even going to honor the military and have some tank displays, so you know there’s real evil at play.

As streiff wrote earlier today, Joy Reid decided to opine on her show that Trump is actually doing all this to threaten the #resistance and show his disdain for democracy, because that’s where our discourse is at this point. It couldn’t possibly be because tanks are cool to look at and honoring the military as the protectors of our independence makes sense. No, it’s because Trump is about to declare himself dictator and destroy our republic.

The hot takes weren’t just relegated to low-rated weekend shows on MSNBC though.

Here’s a sampling of some of the gnashing of teeth.

There’s something funny about full grown men wetting their pants at the mere site of military hardware. Someone make sure these guys never make it to an air show or they might spaz out and die on the spot. If they are feeling dangerous though, one of the best military air shows in the world happens right outside of D.C. on Joint Base Andrews.

Contrary to the narrative being spun, this is not anywhere close to the first time tanks have been used in parades on the National Mall. It’s happened numerous times, including after Desert Storm.

Here’s some dude from the CATO Institute, because of course that’s where he’s from.

I’m not even sure what this is supposed to mean. Are the tanks going to secure the Capitol and kick Nancy Pelosi out? Is this the beginning of a military coup, where a few lone Abrams and Bradleys manage to takeover the entire government? I don’t even think Olson knows what he’s actually saying, but it sure sounded good when he typed it.

Meanwhile, CNN and The Washington Post are doing what they do.

Yes, it’s Donald Trump that’s dividing us over the Fourth of July. It’s certainly not liberals who are currently rallying against (checks notes)…the Betsy Ross flag.

Which military chiefs would those be? We don’t know because CNN is quoting a single, third hand source. That’s journalism in 2019. If it fits a narrative, it’s fit to print.

This entire thing is just ridiculous. Trump is not a dictator, this is not Tienanmen Square, and Joy Reid will still be on the air next week. It’s a parade and some fireworks. A few armored vehicles will be there to take selfies with. When this is what people are getting outraged about, you know things are otherwise going really, really well in this country.

Want proof of how dumb this controversy is? Even David French is dragging people over it.

If Trump wins in 2020, his first order as President re-elect should be to have tanks at his inauguration. The sheer troll factor alone will be worth it.

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