Monday, June 19, 2017
If you are a member of a health club, for example Equinox, you can find a newsletter called Times Digest, which advertises properties on the Big Island, Hawaii and provides summaries from NYT articles and a crossword puzzle. This may or may not say something about who the editors of this digest think read it. At any rate it is great reading while on the treadmill. Something in the June 18th issue caught my eye. It was a book review about Raven Rock, the new book by Garett M. Graf about the federal government's plan to save itself in the event of an all out nuclear attack. Built on the paranoia of the Cold War, the book explores underground facilities in West Virginia and Pennsylvania (to name two), but that is not what caught my eye. It was the last paragraph which had little to do with the book and highlights the liberal bent to attach President Trump to anything of which they disapprove to put him in an unfavorable light. Graff's conclusion is, according to reviewer Justin Vogt, "The best defense against worst-case scenarios is competent, rational leadership that avoids them altogether." It is then that Mr. Vogt crosses the line from reviewer to axe grinder when he includes a totally vicious and uncalled for cheap shot on President Trump: "In the Trump era, however, that might be harder to find than a secret underground bunker." An uncalled for crack like that could stop you in your tracks while your on the treadmill and you might fall and break your neck.