Utah GOP members have various takes on Trump’s tweeting

SALT LAKE CITY — If nothing else, President Donald Trump has established himself as the tweeter-in-chief.

Huge doesn’t begin to describe the 63 million followers he has on @RealDonald Trump and @POTUS. But what do members of Utah’s congressional delegation make of the president’s Twitter mouth?

Sen. Orrin Hatch has asked Trump to tone down his tweets a number of times. At the same time, he understands why the president uses social media the way he does.

With his massive following, Trump can “circumvent the media and change the entire national conversation with a simple 280-character tweet,” said Hatch spokesman Matt Whitlock.

Twitter might rue the day it doubled the character count.

Newly elected Congressman John Curtis called Trump’s tweets an “unwelcome distraction to our goal of getting meaningful things done for our constituents in Utah.”

White House press secretary Sarah Sanders recently defended Trump’s often contentious tweeting, saying it’s a benefit for the president to speak directly to Americans “without any filter, without any bias.”

“I think it’s one of the reasons that the president is president … because he often goes directly to the American people, speaks directly to them, and I think that’s a plus,” she said.

In what might be the understatement of the year, Rep. Chris Stewart says Trump communicates differently than past presidents.

“While I don’t believe that all of his tweets are intended to be his administration’s policy, I do appreciate his transparency with the American people,” Stewart said.

Rep. Rob Bishop, who isn’t plugged into Twitter, evaluated them on a tweet-by-tweet basis “when he sees them,” said Bishop spokesman Lee Lonsberry.

As for Sen. Mike Lee on Trump’s tweets, his office says he thinks about them rarely, if at all.

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Source:: Deseret News – U.S. & World News

Chinatown BBQ adds some meat into charming neighbourhood’s heritage


I dined at Burdock & Co. recently and was reminded of great independent restaurants here. It has that Brooklyn chic with its rustic, woodsy, brick-walled chic interior, a backdrop for Andrea Carlson’s forward-thinking food.

Her partner, architect Kevin Bismanis, pulled the look together with salvaged wood (old growth fir from a 1911 Vancouver fire hall, wood beams from a stage at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre and boards from a 19th century barn in Agassiz.

When the holidays roll around and you’re looking for a quiet venue for a get-together, you can buy out the room or do a half buyout. Carlson has a sterling reputation as chef and was one of the first locavore chefs cooking at restaurants like Sooke Harbour House, Raincity Grill (where she ran a 100-Mile menu) and then at Bishop’s (the mother ship of locavore cuisine here).

I was exclaiming how good the bread was when sommelier Jesse Walters informed me that Carlson made the starter with wild berries from the Arctic — highland cranberries, Arctic blueberries and cow berries. She was one of the notable Canadians invited to travel a leg of a journey to the Arctic aboard the MV Polar Princess icebreaker, part of Canada’s 150th birthday.

Chinatown BBQ

130 East Pender St. | 604-428-2626

Open 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., Tuesday to Sunday; chinatownbbq.com

Once Vancouver’s Chinatown streets thronged with Chinese shoppers, bags brimming with edibles such as bok choy and hin choy, barbecued pork from a barbecue takeaway or steamed buns filled with lotus seed paste. Now, not so much. That Vancouver DNA is dying by the year.

Which is why Carol Lee jumped in and opened Chinatown BBQ in early November, as part of a larger effort by the community to preserve the heritage.

“Chinatown is part of our collective history,” she says. “I wanted to make sure it didn’t get washed away. I’ve never run a restaurant before. It’s a crazy business to be in but it’s an important part of the revitalization of Chinatown and retaining the cultural heritage.”

(She’s also in the process of reviving Foo’s Ho Ho which opened 1954 and one of the first that non-Chinese began to patronize as racist attitudes softened somewhat after the Second World War; the country-style Cantonese food was popular with non-Chinese and Chinese alike but closed in 2014.)

Lee (daughter of well-known philanthropist Robert Lee, who grew up in Chinatown) might not be an experienced restaurant operator but she was savvy enough to hire the right staff. The chef and staff had worked at Daisy Garden (known in the local community as Kam Gok Yuen, opened in the mid-1970s) until it closed after a fire in 2014. It was a go-to for Chinese barbecue (duck, roast pork, chicken, duck) and curry beef brisket.

BBQ duck at Chinatown BBQ will certainly make diners feel like they’re in carnivore heaven. Mia Stainsby photo

Chinatown BBQ has revived some of the Daisy Garden hit parade — the barbecued dishes, curries, salt-bake chicken. Some dishes like the noodles and won ton are on hold for …read more

Source:: Vancouver Sun

Cold War drama caught on video as N. Korean soldier escapes

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — It’s 3:11 p.m. on a cold, gray day on the North Korean side of the most heavily armed border in the world, and a lone soldier is racing toward freedom.

His dark olive-green jeep speeds down a straight, tree-lined road, past drab, barren fields and, headlights shining, across the replacement for the Bridge of No Return, which was used for prisoner exchanges during the Korean War. The shock of soldiers watching the jeep rush by is palpable from the video released Wednesday, and no wonder: They’re beginning to realize that one of their comrades is defecting to the South.

They sprint after him.

The jeep slows and turns at a monument to North Korean founder Kim Il Sung, the staging point for North Korean tours of the area.

The border is near, South Korea just beyond it.

Four North Korean soldiers, weapons in their hands, race by the blue huts that straddle the border and are familiar to anyone who has toured the only spot on the perimeter where North and South Korean soldiers face off within spitting distance of each other. There are no tourists this day.

Right at the line that divides North from South, the defector crashes the jeep into a ditch. Seconds pass as he tries in vain to gun the vehicle out of the gully before leaping out and sprinting into the South. He kicks up leaves, ducking below a tree branch just as the North Korean soldiers skid into view.

Muzzles flash. The North Korean soldiers, one of whom drops flat into the leaves, fire at the defector at close range with handguns and AK-47 assault rifles — about 40 rounds, the South says.

Suddenly, two of the North Koreans run away while the soldier in the leaves jumps up and dashes across the dividing line into …read more

Source:: Deseret News – U.S. & World News

Ships, aircraft search Philippine Sea for 3 missing in crash

TOKYO (AP) — U.S. and Japanese ships and aircraft were searching in the Philippine Sea on Thursday for three sailors missing since a U.S. Navy aircraft crashed a day earlier.

Eight people were rescued about 40 minutes after the crash of the C-2 “Greyhound” transport aircraft Wednesday afternoon, the Navy said. They were taken aboard the USS Ronald Reagan aircraft carrier and were in good condition.

The C-2A twin-propeller plane came down about 500 nautical miles (925 kilometers) southeast of Okinawa as it was bringing passengers and cargo from Japan to the USS Ronald Reagan aircraft carrier, the Navy said in a statement. The cause wasn’t clear but the crash would be investigated, the Navy said.

The Reagan was participating in a joint exercise with Japan’s Maritime Self-Defense Force when the plane crashed.

The aircraft carrier was leading the search and rescue efforts along with Japan’s naval forces. The ships and aircraft had searched more than 320 nautical miles as of Thursday morning, the Navy said.

Japan’s Defense Ministry said the crash site is about 150 kilometers (90 miles) northwest of Okinotorishima, a Japanese atoll.

The Navy said it had notified next of kin that the three sailors were “whereabouts unknown” but it would delay releasing their identities publicly for three days due to policy.

In Washington, the White House said President Donald Trump had been briefed on the crash. Trump said in a tweet: “We are monitoring the situation. Prayers for all involved.”

The Nov. 16-26 joint exercise in waters off Okinawa has been described by the Navy as the “premier training event” between the U.S. and Japanese navies, designed to increase defensive readiness and interoperability in air and sea operations.

The Navy’s Japan-based 7th Fleet has had two fatal accidents in Asian waters this year, leaving 17 sailors dead and prompting the removal of eight top Navy …read more

Source:: Deseret News – U.S. & World News