The Donald Trump-Barbara Comstock relationship: How will Barbara spend Sunday evening in #VA10? Inquiring...
Last night, watching a brief account of the political centerpiece of the world (the Iowa State Fair), I saw an item -- without, of course, any reporter challenge -- to add to that list. The @RealDonaldTrump was going on about his signature concept of a border fence with Mexico. And, he then went on to say just how easy it would be to enforce and that tunneling wouldn't work to get around it as ...
all we'd need to do is fly an aircraft overhead with radars and we'd see them all
Okay, truth in advertising, this is a paraphrasing -- didn't catch it word for word and don't plan on searching for a transcript of a randomly seen news report. But, it is an accurate paraphrasing of 'meaning' and substance.
Now, this is a pretty small item out of the inanities that "The Donald" puts out but it is a very clear item related to 'fact': can we 'easily' detect tunnels from overhead?
- The U.S. military, concerned about North Korean tunnels, has spent tremendous amounts of money to develop effective (remote) tunnel detection systems. As far as 'we' (public) know, this has had limited success -- at best.
- The Israelis, concerned about smuggling tunnels into/out of Gaza, have worked hard to develop systems to detect tunneling and active tunnels. As far as 'we' (public) know, this has had limited success -- at best.
- The various U.S. and State government agencies concerned about drug smuggling tunnels into the United States are searching, hard, for effective systems to detect tunneling and active tunnels. As far as 'we' (public) know, this has had limited success -- at best.
No, Donald, it ain't so easy to find a tunnel.
And, well, who in the media will bracket showing the @RealDonaldTrump's 'ease of finding tunnels' comments with quotations from actual experts showing that his comments are simply wrong, demonstrating ignorance and a flagrant lack of concern for actual truthful engagement?
While Webb is far from the stage of having formal policy issue statements, he does have a record of action and statements to examine. Over at Grist, Ben Adler put up a searing review of Jim Webb and climate/environmental issues:
...in the Senate, Webb was a "climate curmudgeon," [who worked to undermine Presidential authority to negotiate climate treaties, fought against the Environmental Protection Agency, etc.]...And on climate change, by far the most monumental environmental issue, Webb may be little better than the Republican Party to which he once belonged.During his Senate term, Webb:
- Spouted language that could have come from denialist propaganda
I am not convinced the Clean Air Act was ever intended to regulate or classify as a dangerous pollutant something as basic and ubiquitous in our atmosphere as carbon dioxide.
- Undermined President Obama's leverage in Copenhagen climate negotiations
- fought to stop (okay, delay ... indefinitely) EPA regulation of greenhouse gas emissions
- Refused to back climate legislation
- Spoke on the National Mall at an industry-funded astroturf coal rally, enthusiastically discussing America as the "Saudi Arabia of coal," declared that "we are not going to let EPA regulate coal out of business," said that "we need to get our support behind the Rockefeller amendment" (to gut EPA enforcement powers)...