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Crazy Old Man in Chief

William B. Turner

It is a well known rule on the world wide web that the use of all caps is shouting. The only good reason to use all caps is that some persons have visual impairments that make it hard for them to see smaller letters. There may be other solutions, but it would be rude to argue with anyone who offers that as a justification.

Otherwise, all caps is the province of crazy people, usually old cranks who believe, incorrectly, that using all caps adds to the truth value of their claims. Typography cannot, by definition, make a claim more robustly verified. If a claim is false, typing it in all caps does not make it any less false.

So now we have, from the so called president, yet more evidence, if anyone wanted it, that he is really the Crazy Old Man in Chief:


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THE HOUSE INTELLIGENCE COMMITTEE HAS, AFTER A 14 MONTH LONG IN-DEPTH INVESTIGATION, FOUND NO EVIDENCE OF COLLUSION OR COORDINATION BETWEEN THE TRUMP CAMPAIGN AND RUSSIA TO INFLUENCE THE 2016 PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION.

All caps from the so called president. Okay, sure, the Republicans on the House Intelligence Commitee – that is, the people who currently control it – voted to end their investigation into coordination between the Trump campaign and Russia, claiming to have found no evidence, but no one who is not a dedicated Trump toady or die hard Republican loyalist finds this the tiniest bit convincing.  They didn’t look very hard, and Dennis Nunes, the Republican Chair of the committee, was supposed to have recused himself after he openly cooperated with the White House last year, but recently issued a report supposedly showing that the FBI had supposedly violated the rights of defendants in the Mueller probe by exaggerating evidence to get the court order they used to listen to their phone conversations to begin with.

Democrats issued their own report, showing the Republican report to be entirely false.

The ranking Democrat on that committee, Adam Schiff of California, replied to the President’s all caps craziness with several tweets that are worth reading, including this one: “Democrats on the House Intelligence Committee just released a status report to share with the American people the work left undone in the Russia investigation when the Majority decided to shut it down. Our work will continue — there’s a lot left to do: https://democrats-intelligence.house.gov/uploadedfiles/final_-_minority_status_of_the_russia_investigation_with_appendices.pdf …”

Notice that, rather than just bloviating in all caps, Representative Schiff posted some of that evidence stuff that good “conservatives” don’t understand and don’t much care for, you know, the stuff rational people use to evaluate claims.

The Crazy Old Man in Chief doesn’t care much about evidence. He only cares about what he thinks inside his own head and expects everyone else to go along with, no matter how outlandish.

Since he’s having real trouble getting smart, rational people in the United States to accept his claim that no one in his campaign cooperated at all with any Russians to help get him elected – after all, every one of our too numerous national security agencies agrees they did, and they use that evidence stuff – he has to resort to tweeting in all caps because shouting on the web is certain to convince all those doubters out there.

So sayeth the Crazy Old Man in Chief.