Editorial License

Rob Hammerton, music educator etc.


[Ed. Note: I know, I’m supposed to be paying attention to the rapidly expanding explosion of evidence about Russian intelligence’s activities vis-a-vis our recent election … or to the ridiculous confluence of all the Cabinet nominee confirmation hearings at once … but just as often, it’s the little things that reveal the most about someone. Read on…]


Trump spokesperson Kellyanne Conway insisted yesterday that the press should take Trump’s word for it when he says he didn’t mock New York Times reporter Serge Kovaleski (who suffers from a congenital condition that restricts his mobility) by spastically moving his arms on stage, during a November 2015 campaign rally.

Arguing that Trump is too often denied a benefit of the doubt that is readily handed out to others, Ms. Conway berated CNN anchor Chris Cuomo during their interview session:

You have to listen to what the president-elect has said about that. Why don’t you believe him? Why is everything taken at face value? You can’t give him the benefit of the doubt on this and he’s telling you what was in his heart? You always want to go by what’s come out of his mouth rather than look at what’s in his heart.

[Incidentally, Ms. Conway has a lot of nerve asking people to take someone at face value who clearly uses enough fake tan spray to create a separate hole in the ozone layer.]

I assume that the aphorism is true – that actions speak louder than words. I further assume that words speak louder than thoughts, since thoughts only whisper inside someone’s head until that person speaks them aloud. And since only one person I can think of is capable of doing a Vulcan mind meld and reading people’s thoughts and he’s a frickin’ fictional character … traditionally, the only methods I know for looking at what is “in a person’s heart” is to hear their words and to observe their actions.

Okay then.


As reported in Vanity Fair, yesterday:

On Sunday, Trump’s team fired longtime inauguration announcer Charles Brotman via e-mail, dismissing the 89-year-old who has announced every inauguration parade since 1957. The abrupt decision has left Brotman feeling shaken up, he told CNN on Monday.

I looked at at my e-mail, then I got the shock of my life,” Brotman said in an interview with Carol Costello. “I felt like Muhammad Ali had hit me in the stomach.”

Brotman had been preparing for the inauguration, unaware that he was going to be replaced by local announcer Steve Ray. Though the severance e-mail from Trump’s committee was full of compliments, calling Brotman “wonderful” and a “legend,” it still wasn’t enough to take away the deep dismay he felt upon reading it.

I was disappointed because I thought I would be the announcer,” he said. “Then when I read the e-mail, I thought I was going to commit suicide. It was really terrible.”

This last paragraph is notable because, as reported by Rachel Maddow during her MSNBC program last night, Mr. Brotman’s wife of 65 years passed away a few weeks ago, and the process of preparing to announce this year’s inauguration parade “was the one thing that was keeping him going.”

And Trump fired him. Not for cause. For the benefit of someone whose announcing resume doesn’t exactly include fifteen previous inauguration parades.

He fired him by e-mail.

Okay then, Ms. Conway.

I’ve observed the actions and heard the words of the Vulgar Talking Yam.

I can only go by what’s come out of his mouth to tell what’s in his heart. But I think it’s clear.


He hasn’t got one.


[Ed. Note: Ten days until we inaugurate a person for whom the milk of human kindness has long since gone sour.



January 10, 2017 - Posted by | current events, news | , , , , , , , ,

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