When is an interview a conversation? Rarely or never.

In this “conversation,” as CNN’s Don Lemon refers to it several times, L. is to ask questions, Sheriff Clarke is to answer them. Not with a question either — even if that is one way to advance a discussion, or argument, and this is an argument.

Do not answer L’s question with a question, especially one that leaves L stuck for an answer. Nothing to stop L with putting another question if he were up to it and the producer allowed it.

Sheriff C. got repetitive, yes, but only after L insisted on the q&a, interview format, where it’s C’s role to respond. Which is no way to have a conversation.

Rare is the interviewer that wants or can handle an interviewee who acts like an independent agent. (O’Reilly is no paragon in this respect.) Which is why so much TV interviewing is useless and boring.

The main bullshit here is the “conversation” gambit, which underpins Lemon’s (and most interviewers’) performance.

Case study in Obama admin horrified once, now fiddling while Syria burns


The Aleppo scene, now. Obama’s Samantha blaming Bush once upon a time.

Cleveland Police Association President Steve Loomis: Obama “Has Blood On His Hands”

At issue are public statements that play to the anti-police audience, that is, those who buy the message. He plays to them, reinforcing that narrative.

The police assn. president asked:

How the hell did we ever become the bad guys in this country? I can not imagine how we got here. It is the irresponsible reporting of the media and irresponsible statements from people who are credible – like the president, like celebrities.

Source: Cleveland Police Association President Steve Loomis: Obama “Has Blood On His Hands” | Video | RealClearPolitics

White House Watch – Rasmussen Reports™

Be of good cheer, Trumpsters.

Just days before the Republican National Convention is expected to formally nominate him for president, Donald Trump has taken his largest lead yet over Hillary Clinton.

Source: White House Watch – Rasmussen Reports™

Sharia, anyone? No, thanks.

I find a lot to like in this by Newt G.:

“Sharia is incompatible with Western civilization. Modern Muslims who have given up Sharia, glad to have them as citizens. Perfectly happy to have them next door.

Source: Gingrich, Obama social media fight over Gingrich plan for Muslims

Kudlow: Trump-Pence Would Send A Clear Signal on War And Also the Economy

Getting us talking (and ultimately doing something) about two biggies: security and the economy.

Donald Trump hit two home runs this week. The first, immediately following the horrific terrorist truck attack in Nice, was his statement in a media interview that if elected he would ask Congress for a declaration of war to combat global terrorism

Source: Trump-Pence Would Send A Clear Signal on War And Also the Economy – The New York Sun

Trump’s War Pledge

Very interesting stuff here from NY Sun.

Obama’s proposed “authorization” limits U.S. involvement, whereas now it’s not limited.
Declaration of War, as Trump intends, puts us on a war-to-victory footing. None of the live-with-terrorism motif as announced by the French premier post-Nice — and I’d say lurking in the background of our “new normal” president as in the matter of slow economic growth and hard economic times.

Neither America nor France has to learn to live with terror. Nor does anyone have to accommodate it.
This was one of the points that Ariel Sharon used to make in the years leading up to — and during — his passage as prime minister of Israel. “Fight terror,” was his mantra. He said it to us and thousands of others at every turn.
All Americans are with France, and all Americans know that our country is every bit as much of a target as the land that gave us Lafayette. It’s not a fight from which any country can shrink.