I knew I was in trouble last night when I realized I was knitting so tight on the metal needles I was using that I could no longer move the stitches along the needles. I tend to be a tight knitter. When that happens I switch to bamboo needles. They're more fragile and force me to relax to avoid snapping them in two. This morning I decided I needed to relax about other things as well.
"Alternative facts" seems to be the buzz phrase now. It seems the White House is having some trouble distinguishing the difference between alternative facts, falsehoods, truth, and facts. Years ago a professor explained the difference between truth and fact to me. He said, "When Johnny tells the kids on his block that his mother bakes the best cookies on their block he has told the truth. That's what he believes. It is not fact until all the mothers on the block have baked cookies and they've been judged by an impartial panel of cookie tasters. Only then does Johnny's truth become fact."
Given the White House's difficulty understanding these terms it puts the burden of seeking facts on us. I read an awful lot of stuff in a day. It is time consuming to fact check everything I read from this administration. I've decided I'm going to turn some of that work over to a few people I trust that have staff people to do the digging.
One will be David Fahrenthold of the Washington Post. He is probably the best judge of what's fact and what's "alternative fact" coming out of the White House. He's been researching and reporting on President Trump and his empire for quite some time. He is "meticulous, aggressive, and calm in his presentation of the news. He evacuated the self-dealing Tump Foundation as if he were an archeologist and published a series of patient stories that resulted in a penalty against the foundation and its planned closure." I'll be looking to see what he has to say in the coming days, months, and years of this administration.
This said, I am off now to get my hair cut. Have already been to the grocery store. It's on then to housework that has been sadly neglected. All this activity is possible because the sun is shining and has lifted my spirits significantly. Have a good day.