Pat Piper has made a career learning something new. As a journalist in the news business, “something new” occurs every hour so he’s becoming an expert at understanding stuff he never thought about. Learning became a common word in “Future Talk: Conversations About Tomorrow” (Warner Books), the popular book he ghostwrote with Larry King as […]

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    Archive for December, 2018

    Shutdown (The Sequel)

    By on December 20, 2018 in See It Here

    Let’s look at how the government handles budgets because it’s really pretty simple: Congress approves, and the President approves, a  fiscal year budget that begins on October 1 and ends the following year on September 30.

    There’s a fallback–and that word is appropriate in these days when everyone talks about “moving forward”–and it’s called a “continuing resolution” which is commonly called “kicking the can down the road” which I call a really half-ass way to do things. It’s necessary but, it’s been “continuing” too many times.

    In 2018, there were 5 continuing resolutions to keep the government funded and avoid a shutdown. Now, we’re dealing with the -almost 6, since the Senate adjourned without enough votes to pass anything. President Trump wants his $5 billion border wall included in the funding. He has shifted from saying “it’s my shutdown” if he doesn’t get the money to “it’s the “Democrats’ shutdown.”

    It’s comparable to the 6-year old picking up his toys and going home because he doesn’t get his way on the playground.

    And since he is The Hero of his base–which is a minority of America–President Trump is saying the shutdown is the result of not being given money for–get this-steel slats (made in the USA of course) and is no longer calling it “a border wall.” Change the name of what you want and nobody will notice.

    President Trump oughta tell Congress he wants them to stay in Washington D.C. and get an agreement on funding the government through September 30. No going home to spend time with their family and to do this, he’ll stay in DC instead of going to Mar a Lago.

    Well, it’s just a holiday wish that didn’t come true.

    Angry White Men (and one who isn’t)

    By on December 2, 2018 in See It Here

    As you may have noticed (and if you haven’t it’s because most of us have become numb), at least 75 percent of the angry-white-man rants on Talk Radio is about “the media.” The gist is “the media” doesn’t give Republicans credit for anything because they hate anything-GOP. It’s attractive to an audience. That’s cool. That’s stupid.  That’s life.

    Now, here’s something this Not Angry White Man will rant about–but like the other’s, it’s in defense of President Trump.

    Prior to an event where he has to board Marine One for a flight to Joint base Andrews, President Trump will do a Question-and-Answer session with the White House press corps outside as helicopter blades and motorized camera shutters are in motion in the background (both equally loud).

    And he will say things that contradict an earlier tweet or statement by long-suffering White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders. And every time this happens, you will see the six person cable show panels all nod their heads in agreement and go on for 20 minutes offering us  “WTF” analysis about what-he-just-said and how it’s inconsistent with the message and….blah blah blah.

    President Trump says all this crazy stuff as part of his “Art of the Deal” routine.  First, he belittles a competitor, later, he confuses the competitor and then will announce he’s close to a deal with that competitor followed by the words “we’ll see,” which is followed by the word “OK?”.

    He’s not talking to anyone but the competitor (and he appears to have a lot of them). There’s a “there” there; it’s just not here. But after the first few sentences with nodding heads from the cable news “experts,” it really does become difficult to “hear.”

    Remember, on the campaign trail, he told us he wanted to be “unpredictable.” I’m not sure anything gets accomplished, but it provides a lot of nothingness for cable news. And it gives more time for “we’ll see.”