Trump as Racist, Homophobe, Bigot. Big Deal.

Here is the real story. The story with real consequences. Like his predecessors in the White House, Trump is a psychopath. He has no shame at killing innocents. He has no brain that can make the obvious connection between actions and consequences. Why do they hate us?  (From Fortune) Huh. Where’s Huffpo? Where’s NPR? Well, big government is their baby. They support all aspects of that most destructive force.

A military drone replica is displayed in front of the White House during a protest against drone strikes on Jan. 12, 2019 in Washington, DC.
A military drone replica is displayed in front of the White House during a protest against drone strikes on Jan. 12, 2019 in Washington, DC.
Brendan Smialowski—AFP/Getty Images

Updated: March 6, 2019 1:51 PM ET

President Donald Trump revoked a requirement that U.S. intelligence officials publicly report the number of civilians killed in drone strikes and other attacks on terrorist targets outside of war zones.

Trump formally ended the requirement with an executive order on Wednesday, months after signaling such a move. The administration last year ignored a May deadline for an annual accounting of civilian and enemy casualties required under an order signed in 2016 by then-President Barack Obama. The order was part of an accountability effort to minimize civilian deaths from drone strikes.

The order signed by Trump revokes the requirement that the administration release an unclassified summary of “the number of strikes undertaken by the United States Government against terrorist targets outside areas of active hostilities, as well as assessments of combatant and non combatant deaths resulting from those strikes, among other information.”

A law Congress passed last year requires the Defense Department to provide Congress a report of civilian casualties, though parts of it may be classified. Trump’s action effectively removes casualties from any drone strikes by the CIA or other agencies outside the military from the reporting requirements.

Ned Price, a former intelligence analyst and Obama-era spokesman for the National Security Council who is now affiliated with the National Security Action policy advocacy group, said Trump’s move sets back transparency efforts and is “a shortsighted decision that will allow our enemies to be more effective at what they’ve long sought to do.”

Price said Obama’s order “allowed the United States to counter with facts and figures the misinformation and disinformation that terrorist groups and others issued to undermine our counter-terrorism operations around the globe.”

The White House National Security Council said in a statement that Trump’s order removes “superfluous reporting requirements” that “distract our intelligence professionals from their primary mission.”

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Thank you, Mary Poppins

Thank you, Mary Poppins!

Our daughter knows of Dawn’s admiration of Julie Andrews and she suggested we see the new sequel, Mary Poppins Returns. Maybe Netflix had an influx of requests for the original because of the hype surrounding the new movie, so we were on a waiting list.

As luck would have it, the 1964 Mary Poppins arrived after we had seen the new one.

A headliner upstaged by an opening act sours our enjoyment of both. Is anybody else tired of the substitution of computer generated material for thought provoking and nuanced plots and acting? Even the dated animation techniques of the 1964 film somehow made the sophisticated technology of today look cheap.

I had just been reminded of an anniversary of a family tragedy as we watched the final few minutes of Mary Poppins. The message of “a spoonful of sugar helps the medicine go down” and “supercalifragilisticexpialidocious” making us smile despite dire circumstances, was ringing true and bringing tears to my eyes. Amazing how a word like that from 55 years ago can flow out just like a “yes ma’am” or “you bet.”

The differences in the cultural perspectives reflected by these movies was striking.

We have Michael Banks, who is one of the grown children from the earlier film, an artist coasting along on the fortunes made by his hard-working father. He misplaces the paperwork entitling him to the family home and a villainous banker plots to repossess it.

In the original, the father is so wrapped up in his job that he ignores his children. He is an authority figure that seems to have little interest in the interests of his subjects. The mother is a suffragette, protesting for women’s voting rights. She shows a more loving concern for the kids but is also preoccupied with things outside the home.

Mary Poppins floats in and assumes the role of the parents, filling the children, Jane and Michael, with wonder and curiosity. She finagles a way for the kids to accompany their father to work one day and he tries to give them a lesson how savings can grow at the bank. Michael’s insistence that his tuppence should help support an old lady selling crumbs for bird feed leads to a bank run and the firing of Mr. Banks.

The adversity leads Mr. Banks to discover the joys of fatherhood. (Mary Poppins had a plan!)

Rather than portraying the banker as a villain, as in the sequel, the earlier movie showed the bankers as concerned for their customers’ savings and also as trying to grow Michael’s allowance instead of using it to “make the birds fat.”

While growing Michael’s savings, the bank took a cut in order to maintain their existence, as it offered Michael’s money to a borrower. The borrower would use Michael’s money to enable their own ambition in providing a service or product to others. Instead of a bunch of fat birds, we have a working economy.

I’m not a big fan of plays and musicals, although I can sing right along with any song from Mary Poppins and The Sound of Music. Mary Poppins Returns is for another demographic. That’s fine. These people needed a job. But if you are an old geezer like me, just skip it and watch the old one. If you do see the new one, don’t let that discourage you from seeing the old one again. It’s a spoonful of sugar for the soul.