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JM Ashby
Written by JM Ashby

(Cartoonist - Tim Eagan)

In other news, Dallas Fed President Robert Kaplan says stimulus from the GOP's tax cuts is falling off and he expects the economy will only grow by 2 percent this year. Remember when Trump and the GOP said their tax cuts would deliver permanent 4 percent growth?

Meanwhile, British Prime Minister Theresa May is vowing to "deliver [Brexit] on time." So, that's great? I mean, that's like vowing to deliver a recession on time. Wouldn't want to be late for that, right?

Finally, New Mexico Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham (D) has recalled the National Guard troops deployed to the border by former Governor Susana Martinez (R).

Most of the 118 National Guard troops deployed in the state will be withdrawn, Lujan Grisham, a Democrat, said in a statement late Tuesday. She called Trump’s frequent declarations of an immigration crisis at the border a “charade.” [...]

“We will support our neighbors where the need for assistance is great, and we will offer a helping hand when we can to those vulnerable people who arrive at our border, but New Mexico will not take part in the president’s charade of border fear-mongering by misusing our diligent National Guard troops,” her statement said.

Programming note... I'm signing off a little early today because I feel like hell. I may or may not be online tomorrow, depending on how I feel in the morning. If not, have a good weekend.

  • Draxiar

    Be well, sir. Maybe a LOTR or Hobbit marathon to get you through the ick.

    • Christopher Foxx

      LOTR, sure. But Hobbit? He’s trying to get better, not worse.

      • Draxiar

        I really like the Hobbit Movies and maintain that they’re better than they get credit for.

        • Christopher Foxx

          They had their charms, but were far, far too padded to turn them into three movies.

          Lord of the Rings is three volumes, The Hobbit is one. The movies should have followed suit.

          • Draxiar

            I disagree. I want to spend more time in that world, not less. So three movies is very much okay by me. Books to movies rarely is a direct adaptation so to think a movie will be exactly like a book is not always the best way to view the movies. Also the number of books equal to the number of movies doesn’t work either. Some stories are so massive and detailed that one movie would be an injustice. I also feel that the movies made more sense than the book and were better told (that goes for LOTR as well). In short, I’ve found (and many do disagree with me on this) that Peter Jackson is better film crafter than Tolkien is a writer. This in no way should be viewed as me thinking Tolkien is a bad writer…he’s not. I also adore the detail he put into making Middle-Earth and the history of it along with the linguistic sculpting (though I have always had an issue with his use of the Gregorian calendar but I get why he did). My personal preference in absorbing the stories is through the movies. All of that said, I do respect your opinion and understand your view on this.

          • Christopher Foxx

            Oh, I know books-to-movies often vary from the source material. They’re two different mediums with different ways to convey story. Often making changes on the screen is necessary. (X-Men in yellow spandex? Ok on page, NOT on screen.)

            I just wish that, for the Hobbit, they’d stayed to The Hobbit. Put all the other stuff in some other movie. Make the Silmarillion or Farmer Giles of Ham or whatever if they want. But don’t bloat what could otherwise have been a fine (and better) movie in it’s own right.

            For this one, I wanted to see the self-contained adventure of Bilbo, not the whole history of Middle Earth.

  • muselet

    Feel better, Ashby.


  • katanahamon

    Feel better. I’m on pain meds for metal hardware, made the mistake of bingeing “the Expanse” last night til 4, it’s “welcome to horrible occipital headache” all day today for me. These can last days, so I’m sympathizing.. I also watched the second season of the British sci fi “Humans,” was reassured that it is equally good or better than the first season. I’d like them to make more episodes each season, but perhaps that’s why the stories are so good. I’m really enjoying Carrie Anne Moss (who looks just fabulous) as an AI scientist. One day I’ll have to invest in cable or buy up some more British shows, they have some very nice looking previews of various other series on the Blu-ray of Humans 2.