You may have been wondering where I’ve been this week. There are several ways to answer that question. Metaphorically speaking, my life has been extremely busy with my son’s graduation from high school, a round of home improvements, and one of the busiest work weeks that I’ve had since the onset of the pandemic. Literally speaking, I’m in Canada on a business trip.
It has been a really busy week with a lot of stuff that I would have loved to comment on if I had the time. Up until now, I haven’t, however, so I’m going to take the opportunity to make some quick hits now.
The China East Airlines crash
The Journal report doesn’t name the perpetrator or even confirm that it was a crewmember, citing the possibility that someone else might have gained entry into the cockpit and taken over the controls. Since 9/11, US airliners typically have hardened cockpit doors, but foreign carriers, especially those that fly domestic routes, may not have this protection.
The cockpit voice recorder, the other “black box” that records cockpit sounds, may hold the answer to these questions. The CVR was reported to be in the US in early April, but the Journal report does not indicate whether CVR data has been analyzed.
This week’s elections
No one who was involved in Trump’s coup attempt should be trusted with any public office again. Unfortunately, many will be. At the very least, these people should be kept as backbenchers and not given executive power or positions of influence over administering elections.
Will Republicans coalesce behind a man who is a literal danger to democracy or will they do the right thing and abandon Mastriano to vote for Democrat Josh Shapiro, a third-party candidate, or just stay home? In the old days, principled Republicans would abandon the party when dangerously bad candidates were nominated, but these days that firewall too often fails amid “Flight 93” election rhetoric.
Baby formula blues
In this case, the federal cure seems worse than the problem. Well-meaning regulators have created a crisis where there is no evidence that formula was part of the original infant deaths. In any case, four cases of illness is an extremely small share of the total number of American infants who were eating - and still need - baby formula. Millions of babies are now threatened by the FDA’s action.
When you push the idea that the country is being destroyed from within night after night, the logical consequence of the dire predictions is that someone is going to take it seriously and take matters into their own hands. It’s the same as Trump’s admonition in January 6 to fight because they are stealing our country. That may be figurative language, but it’s also language that many take literally.
Right wing pundits and politicians are breeding a generation of extremists. And I mean that literally. The proof is in the mounting death toll and arrest statistics of right-wing and white nationalist agitators.
This is not going to end well.