February 22, 2017

I really screwed things up. With one click I permanently deleted 10 days of posts. You can go back to past prior to Feb. 15 here.
All is not lost. While you can’t read the links to other articles, you can read all of my articles about Trump here.

Weds., Mar. 1,2017
I did watch the speech; but this is a well worth reading comment which comes from this story on Daily Kos:

I didn’t bother watching it, so I’ve only seen parts.  In all fairness, what I saw looked pretty good… for Trump.  But, that’s a low bar to have to hurdle.  If he didn’t come out there and do GG Allin’s old act and leave the stage covered in bodily waste and run off with the microphone up his ass, then he put in a pretty good performance.   He stuck to the teleprompter, and he did say a few good thing.  It was nice to see the widow get appreciated (even though he was using her as a prop), and I was glad to see him finally condemn the attacks on the Jewish community (and it’s weird that doing so counts as an act of bravery for Trump, who can’t stand to go against any of the people who “like” him).   So, overall, I’ll give him some props… based on the clips, and graded on a scale.
But, y’know what?  None of it matters a damn, because this president has ZERO credibility with any thinking person.   He’s burned that to the waterline.  Trump is a blatant liar.  He lies about everything.  He lies about things he doesn’t even need to lie about, and lies about stuff that we all witnessed.  Seriously, at least two thirds of the things that come out of his mouth are complete bullshit.  I don’t trust this pud to truthfully tell me what he had for lunch.   He lies about when the sun’s shining and when it’s not, for fucksake, so who can believe him on anything else?   It’s a con game, which is why I didn’t bother sitting through the whole thing.   When someone’s a pathological liar, and his staff writers are evil, cynical manipulators, I have no reason to listen to a speech they make, because I’m not a moron, and I’m not about to believe that shit.   I know what he is, he’s proven it multiple times, and so however well he reads it off, or however nice white supremacist pieces of shit like Bannon and Miller have made their deceptions sound, is im-fucking-material.   I don’t have time for ‘em and there’s no point.   It’s like listening to Ted Bundy read an essay by Gloria Steinham — the words will be nice, but you know that no matter what they say, the guy reading them is going to murder some woman within the week.
The speech didn’t matter at all, except to the people who support him.   They loved it, but they’re lost-fucking-causes who’ll believe anything.   I’m amazed these people get through their day without a minder.  They’re the people who are out buying new furniture because they’re about to become insanely rich due to a deal they made with an Ethiopian prince who contacted them in their e-mail.   I look at Twitter and all these people who are bursting with pride because they ate up every word Trump said, and I just shake my head at what’s become of intelligence in this country.  I know it’s “mean” and some would say counterproductive to call them idiots, but, I don’t care…  I’ve lived around these people my entire life here in my red Southern state, and I’m not P.C. enough to not call them what they are… which is a bunch of barely-functional idiots.   And there’s no reason to be diplomatic about that, because being “nice” to them is never going to reach them, anyway — they’ll never believe you, because they’re already locked onto what they want to think, and it’s being fed pure candy bullshit, and they’re happy little drones.   
They want to believe the shit Trump tells them, and they’re terrified of not being in a homogenized, safe, unchallenged majority where all their comforting superstitions and bad ideas are supported.  Anyone cynical and conscience-less enough to tell them the lies they want to hear can lead them to the slaughter like a pack of sheep.  And Bannon (because, face it, that’s who’s really the president) is sociopath enough to do it.  He knows they’re stupid, and he feels nothing about exploiting them.  And, really, maybe he shouldn’t.  Their stupidity is at such an infuriating level that you almost want to punish them for it by leading them into a trap.
And, they’re in one now, for certain.  They’re “bursting with pride” over the speech of a guy who’s pissing all over ‘em.   They just don’t know it yet.  But, like every cow that’s ever been led down a kill-chute, they’ll get sledgehammered with a nice surprise at the end.  Then they’ll wail “I didn’t know!” no matter how hard we tried to tell them. 
Tuesday, Feb, 28, 2017
Evening edition: 


I think we all need a dose of Jon Stewart right about now.

Here’s a challenge for my psychotherapist friends who consider Trump to be suffering from various psychiatric disorders. This article won’t change my mind and I doubt it will change yours. However, it is what Trump supporters want to believe that his impulsivity and just plain weirdness is part of a calculated act. The observations from the people who worked for Trump decades ago is important to factor into figuring out how much of Trump’s behavior is personality disorder and how much is cultivated persona. 
So while smart, experienced political professionals have called the start to the Trump presidency unprecedented in the annals of the office, it is not unprecedented in the annals of Trump. Trump has managed in the Oval Office in Washington pretty much exactly the way he managed on Fifth Avenue in New York, say people who worked for him at different points over the last 45 years as well as writers of the best, most thoroughly reported Trump biographies. In recent interviews, they recounted a shrewd, slipshod, charming, vengeful, thin-skinned, belligerent, hard-charging manager who was an impulsive hirer and a reluctant firer and surrounded himself with a small cadre of ardent loyalists; who solicited their advice but almost always ultimately went with his gut and did what he wanted; who kept his door open and expected others to do the same not because of a desire for transparency but due to his own insecurities and distrusting disposition; who fostered a frenetic, internally competitive, around-the-clock, stressful, wearying work environment in which he was a demanding, disorienting mixture of hands-on and hands-off—a hesitant delegator and an intermittent micromanager who favored fast-twitch wins over long-term follow-through, promotion over process and intuition over deliberation.  Read, analyze, and discuss.

Monday, Feb. 27, 2017
Evening comment: American canines rejoice. Trump will be first president in over 100 years without a dog in the White House.
Read article
As far as other nice things the former president said about how the thing squatting in the Oval Office is a real fuckup, Dubya said he’s not sure whether we need a special prosecutor to investigate Trump’s connections with Russia, but he’d be cool with it. For some reason Bush has faith in GOP Sen. Richard Burr, head of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, and that he’ll get to the bottom of things with his investigation. (He should not have faith in Richard Burr.) The former president says we definitely “need answers” about just how far up Trump’s ass Vladimir Putin’s arm is, though, so that’s good.
On Trump’s Muslim ban, Dubya said, “It’s very important for all of us to recognize one of our great strengths is for people to be able to worship they way they want to, or not worship at all” and also “I am for an immigration policy that is welcoming and upholds the law.” MORE SHOTS FIRED!
Finally, Matt Lauer asked Dubya what he thought of Donald Trump crying about “American carnage” during his inauguration, and Dubya laughed, because Dubya might be A Idiot, but at least he’s not as dumb as Donald Trump.
Listening to Trump address governors I am stuck again by how inarticulate he is when he isn’t reading. In fact, he manages to mangle most grammatical sentences written for him with his unscripted interjections. Some are asides, others are braggadocio.  I plan to skip his “big speech” to Congress as I have better things to do (clean behind the refrigerator). I wonder if he’ll stick to the prepared remarks. Does he have the discipline to do this? Having a president veer off the prepared remarks is refreshing if done in a limited way and the ad-libs aren’t repeats of catch phrases. Of course Trump doesn’t write his speeches. Since Obama took speeches that were written for him and reportedly made them his own, he didn’t have to lapse into digressions. Of course Obama never bragged. He never repeated the last half of a sentence for emphasis.

When Trump talked about health care he contradicted himself. First he mused over letting Obamacare prove itself a failure over the next two years so nobody blames the Republicans for the rough start of their replacement. Then he hedged and was unclear whether he wanted to support passing the repeal and replace as soon as possible. 
He said health care was more complicated than he originally thought. David Corn, the frequent guest n MSNBC, (who thinks like I do that Trump is mentally ill) put this right into a Tweet.

Sunday, Feb. 26, 2017
A little Sunday Snark:

Saturday, Feb. 25, 2017
What are allies think of Trump: France
PARIS, Feb 25 (Reuters) - French President Francois Hollande fired back at Donald Trump on Saturday after the U.S. president remarked in a speech that a friend thought “Paris is no longer Paris” after attacks by Islamist militants.
Hollande said Trump should show support for U.S. allies.
“There is terrorism and we must fight it together. I think that it is never good to show the smallest defiance toward an allied country. I wouldn’t do it with the United States and I’m urging the U.S. president not to do it with France,” Hollande said.
“I won’t make comparisons but here, people don’t have access to guns. Here, you don’t have people with guns opening fire on the crowd simply for the satisfaction of causing drama and tragedy,”Hollande said, responding to questions during a visit at the Paris Agric fair.
During a speech at the Conservative Political Action Conference on Friday, Trump repeated his criticism of Europe’s handling of attacks by Islamist militants saying a friend “Jim” no longer wanted to take his family to Paris.
More than 230 people have died in a series of assaults in France since the beginning of 2015, and the country has been under a state of emergency rules since November the same year.
Trump’s comments also drew a rebuke from the mayor of Paris Anne Hidalgo.

He ranks high on my list of reprehensible Republicans, so I was surprised to this:

Rep. Darrell Issa Suggests Trump-Russia Inquiry Needs Special Prosecutor, Not Jeff Sessions

“You cannot have somebody who was on the campaign and who is an appointee,” the GOP congressman says.

Considering my Daily Kos story, it would be astounding if it was Issa, not McCain or Graham, who was the congressional Republican who history will remember as starting the ball rolling which lead to Trump’s impeachment.

Two people can bring down Trump. One is Putin. Who is the other. Hint: He’s married to this woman.

Friday, Feb. 24, 2017
This story explains what many of us already know:

Trump understands what many miss: people don’t make decisions based on facts

How can we make facts matter? Research in psychology and political science offers a little hope.

Last night: Lawrence O’Donnell is taking up the cause of proving Trump is mentally ill. I won’t take credit but I’ve been Tweeting him links to articles for two months, and he has indicated he’s seen them on my Twitter account. Tonight he re-interviewed psychiatrist Lance Dodes, along with Lee Seidel who wrote this Columbia Journalism Review about the media needing to be forthright in explaining that  Trump is mentally ill.

Avoiding questions about Trump’s mental health is a betrayal of public trust

 Scroll down to see video from Tuesday show where he interviewed a psychologist and a psychiatrist.

If this video is slow to load try this website.
Thurs. Feb. 23, 2017
You might think that’s an odd natural gesture to make. And it is.  What Steve is doing is completely intentional:
  • The right hand, on top, is showing just three fingers: "W".
  • His left hand curls to make the "P" formation.  
  • WP. White Power.  White nationalists know exactly what that sign means.
  • According to the Anti-Defamation League, this is a common white supremacist hand sign “particularly” used in California.   (Stephen Miller is from Santa Monica.)
More below - there are too many nauseating descriptions of him dating back to high school to quote.
I think we are on the brink of destruction so it is with mixed feelings that I post a video that has gone viral which may either make you smile or wince.
I try not to let any sense of optimism creep into my dour psyche. Dare I suggest that perhaps some Republicans who aren't members of the  Trump cult are starting to use something besides their lizard brains? 

President Trump's approval rating has slipped to 38 percent, a new national poll finds.

The Quinnipiac University survey released on Wednesday says that only 38 percent of Americans approve of Trump's job performance, while 55 percent disapprove.

According to Quinnipiac, the 17-point difference in Trump's approval rating is the worst he's fared in a poll since taking office in January. 
An earlier survey from the pollster this month registered Trump with 42 percent approval and 51 percent disapproval.
“President Trump’s popularity is sinking like a rock," Tim Malloy, the assistant director of the poll, said in a statement announcing the findings.

He gets slammed on 
  • honesty, 
  • empathy, 
  • level headedness
  • the ability to unite. 

And two of his strong points:
  • leadership and intelligence

 are sinking to new lows. This is a terrible survey one month in.”  From The Hill

Weds. Feb. 22, 2017

Today’s news:
Fortunately someone else wrote what I was going to write about the two psychotherapists who appeared on The Last Word with Lawrence O’Donnell Tuesday night.