The Trump Doctrine

Trump’s recent episode of oral FARTing is getting a lot  of attention. That attention is certainly warranted. More than warranted.

As the president’s anguished rhetoric has notched into an escalating  and implausible use of tariffs in the name of national security, unanimous critical reaction—both from commentators and economists–has grown increasingly urgent. There are two primary strains: ”Trump doesn’t understand trade” and “Trump sees everything as a zero sum game.” These two views overlap, of course, and they support each other. They offer a natural, nearly irresistible narrative and prompt an easy and necessary critique of self-destructive double-dealing that is, despite its boilerplate urgency, still placidly reassuring.

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2010 Fender Road Worn ’72 Telecaster Deluxe

These 2010 Mexican road worn ’72 Deluxes, which there weren’t a lot of, had thin nitro finishes and very worn, silky necks that were a pain to set up, possibly because they needed some time to soak up moisture through all that bare wood in a properly humidified environment, but they settle down, and they’re worth it.

Stars and Songs For Slim.

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2004 Gretsch Nashville 6120DSW

Plain Gs and gold arrows.

These Japanese reissues are uniformly great, and they make a ton of them. This is the 5,360th Gretsch made in the Terada factory in 2004. In August. I got it used, a little fascinated by the way the brass nut made it sing, and happy that it came with the Bigsby bridge intoned for a plain G. And I love Dyna-Sonics, even the Duncan ones used here. And this is my favorite of the many crazy Gretsch control layouts: master volume up front, one for each pickup and a master tone in back, one pickup selector on the top bout. That’s like the Gretsch tele of the 60s.  Continue reading “2004 Gretsch Nashville 6120DSW”