November 27, 2016

Nov. 27, 2016

Previous November posts here

Read Read the nearly 200 of my Daily Kos articles or don’t.  Some of my photos  

Friday, Dec. 2, 2016 
Mini-bombshell: 

Major Bombshell 
Read an update to this story here
From Politico article: Bull in a China Shop (great title): Given China’s sensitivity about the status of Taiwan, Trump's call could provoke an early diplomatic crisis with Beijing. Trump has already publicly pledged to get tough on China, regularly railing against the country's trade policies on the campaign trail.
Democratic Sen. Chris Murphy on Friday immediately warned of dire consequences from Trump's actions.
"What has happened in the last 48 hours is not a shift. These are major pivots in foreign policy w/out any plan. That's how wars start," Murphy said on Twitter. "And if they aren't pivots - just radical temporary deviations - allies will walk if they have no clue what we stand for. Just as bad."
But Bill Bishop, a longtime China hand, questioned the instant consensus that Chinese leader Xi Jinping would respond with blind fury -- rather than calculated opportunism. "Xi may be angry over the Trump-Tsai call but he may also be happy with the opportunity it presents," he tweeted. "Beijing loves being given pretexts."
"Strategy involves thinking more than one move ahead. No evidence of that here,” wrote Aaron Friedberg, an Asia expert who worked in the Bush White House under Vice President Dick Cheney. "Whatever the truth Beijing much more likely to read this as deliberate provocation/test than a blunder.” Read entire article on Politico


It’s no longer hyperbole when we write about the coming reign of Donald Trump using over-the-top words and illustrations. When I try to find a picture to convey the essence of whatever I write about Trump I search Google Images and often end up with the great surrealist Salvadore Dali. Obviously that’s because what the United States is embarking on now is nothing less than a surreal journey.
We are about to descend into an inferno like Dante imagined. We are down the rabbit hole where we’ll be ruled by a monarch as ruthless and crazed at the Queen of Hearts. 
Alas, this isn’t the stuff of fiction. It’s isn’t a Monty Python movie. We’re not going to be led by Fielding Mellish ( Woody Allen) who ends up El Presidente of San Marcos. 
On March 23 Slate began what they dubbed “The Trump Apocalypse Watch.” As the primary season progressed, or perhaps it’s better to say regressed, Slate added or subtracted horsemen depending on how well Trump was doing.
In March, Slate was incredulous:
Observing the Donald Trump campaign, for many, has involved stages of amusement, disgust, and finally horror—as in, "ha ha ha, this is so ridiculous," "ugh, I can't believe people are falling for this," and ultimately "oh my God, this is really happening and I need to start building the bunker." With Trump currently in pole position in the Republican primary race, it looks like it will be at leastthree-plus months—until the Republican convention, which begins July 18—until he can be knocked out of presidential contention. Even longer if one assumes he'll run as an independent if he's denied the official GOP nomination. There is also, of course, the possibility that he somehow wins the nomination and then the presidency. www.slate.com/...






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Back in May I illustrated a story about how susceptible people were lured into an evil carnival with promises of everlasting life. That came from the Ray Bradbury classic “Something Wicked This Way Comes.” 
I wrote:
The heroes of the story are two almost fourteen year olds, Jim and Will. The antagonist of the story is Mr. Dark (aka The Illustrated Man) who bears tattoos all over his body of people he has lured into the carnival where they are trapped forever. The parallels between how he plays on peoples vulnerabilities and how Trump manipulates people are shiver inducing.
The scariest part of the carnival is the mirror maze. Once inside unsuspecting victims are trapped. Again, the parallels between Bradbury’s carnival and Trump’s horror show ring true. Trump has constructed a house of mirrors, but unlike in the story, once inside unsuspecting victims, rather than reacting in terror like they should as they quickly realize they are never leaving, they seem to have been mesmerized into believing that all will be taken care of by the Donald. 






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www.dailykos.com/… 

Now several Kossacks have, like me, used images from Orwell’s “1984” to illustrate stories about what we are in store for with Trump. 
I’ve used one or two other Dali paintings to illustrate my stories since Trump announced his candidacy. (I’d have to go through some 200 stories to find them.) 
While the majority of the mainstream media tried to normalize Trump, only websites like Daily Kos recognized the danger he posed to all the values we treasure. 
Now, far too late to do any good, led by Joy Reid on MSNBC, and to a somewhat lesser but significant extent by Lawrence O’Donnell, hosts are admitting that Trump represents a danger to our democracy on par with Hitler. Nobody is minimizing the Hitler comparisons by mentioning Godwin’s Law anymore, because the sway Trump has had over his rally crowds is a terrifying throwback to Hitler.
I know many Kossacks have given up on MSNBC, purists that some of us are. However it is still the only progressive TV station we have. I’m waiting for them to stop the smiling faces. The glass is alway half full optimist Chris Mathews is the worst. Even Rachel finds things to laugh about. Finally Chris Hayes is looking appropriately grim. I don’t see Lawrence O’Donnell finding anything mildly amusing. 
As for the guests, I was gratified to see Anna Marie Cox on a panel last night repeatedly saying she was terrified about what she saw coming.

It’s bad, media friends. It’s not a journalist’s job to entertain. Get real, we can take it.


My reaction to this: 
President-elect Donald Trump on Thursday appeared as if he never ended his campaign, attacking “the extremely dishonest media,” boasting about his “landslide” victory, and dashing speculation he might pivot and start acting like a president. At a rally in Ohio billed as the beginning of a “thank-you tour,” Trump repeatedly pledged to unite the country and “find common ground.” But his rhetoric, almost word for word, matched the raucous and incendiary rallies of his campaign. from Huffington Post 
From: Trump ‘Thank-You Tour’ Revives His Campaign Rallies’ Scariest Hits: He told some lies and attacked the media — pretty much like he did before he won the election.
Thank goodness Trump can't act. The Trump you see is the Trump that is. If he could "act" presidential he'd still be the same Trump we saw throughout the campaign, in his Tweetstorms, insults, thin skinned personality, lies and so on, and on, and on. If he could act presidential many, perhaps most people, would engage in wishful thinking. 
Unless they're depressed, most people are optimists. Even people struggling to get by economically buy lottery tickets. This is the time for pessimism among progressives, because that is the only way you can feel when you are a realist. Even many Trump supporters, now reveling in joy, would be pessimistcs if they knew anything about what it will be like even for them to live in a faciscist state run by a demagog. They think their lives will be better. They aren't even sure what better means beyond feeling that they, as less educated whites, will be able to maintain the illusion that they are superior. 
They have fallen for the con, they are under the thrall of someone they see as their savior. They easily dismissed his pussy grabbing, supported his racist and xenophobic rants, didn't care that he was living a hedonistic and gaudy lifestile that reeks of ostenatious privilege. 
They don't care that he is bilking the tax payers by keeping his wife and son at Trump Towers, and they don't care about the conflicts of interest between his presidency and this businesses. In fact, if you add up all the reasons Democrats thought would derail his campaign, for those who voted for him they added up to zero.
As I watch MSNBC I find that it seems to finally be dawning on commentators that the campaigning Trump was the act, a brilliant strategy to put together a coalition of deplorables and decent Republicans who didn’t believe that raving rally egotist could be a real life person. It had to be a schtick, nobody who could be a success in business could be so addicted to the adoration of the crowd. 
Now it’s only a matter of time for those rational Republicans who supported him to have a well deserved case of buyer’s remorse.
Now its time for Democrats to prepare for the worst case, 33 years late, 1984 is coming.
Now it’s time for the media to get serious.

Thursday, Dec. 1, 2016

Good deal if it brings back Tina Fey


Weds. Nov. 30, 2016


Do you think MI-6 will hire me to join their American psychological analysis unit which is doubtlessly trying to figure out what is going on with Trump, and what may be a deteriorating mental disorder.

Trump is conveniently providing psychotherapists with an unfiltered view into his psyche through his Tweets.

Winter in London, maybe a nice little cottage in the countryside. Of course they'd have to expedite my bringing Mac and Duff: 
President-elect Donald Trump said Wednesday he’s leaving his business “in total,” but provided no details about who would take over.

“While I am not mandated to do this under the law, I feel it is visually important, as President, to in no way have a conflict of interest with my various businesses. ... Hence, legal documents are being crafted which take me completely out of business operations. The Presidency is a far more important task!” Trump said in a series of tweets posted Wednesday morning.

Tuesday, Nov. 29, 2016


Comment here
When I never thought Trump had a chance of winning I enjoyed sticking it to him in snarky stories (aka diaries).  Alas, now things are deadly serious. 
Of the 200 stories I wrote, the most serious were always the ones I wrote from the perspective of a therapist. The two most recent (top right) were about the mental instability demonstrated by his Tweets over the past couple of days. Al in all I wrote about 20 pieces about the mental health of Trump.
A few tidbits from a psychotherapist’s online forum I being to:
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To illustrate a story when it was rumored that Kellyanne
Conway dissuaded Trump from Tweeting.
What are the safeguards to prevent the most dangerous abuses to civil liberties? Are there any? Is there a point where the Republicans in Congress will say enough is enough and initiate impeachment proceedings. As I see it, this is the only way to stop the Trump juggernaut . Using the powers of Congress to stop the most egregious threats to democracy may not be enough since the president has so many powers to act unilaterally. Even a four star general is subordinate to him. The final word in the Situation Room on the raid that killed Osama bin Laden was Obama giving the go ahead.
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How can Trump be removed from office? —
He can do something impeachable, some sort of accepting a bribe would be most likely, but that would be an excuse to remove him because they see he is mentally deteriorating, and has become both and embarrassment to the party, but also to the country as we attempt to remain the leader of the free world. Such an impeachment would be a face saving alternative to trying to remove him because he is medically impaired.: Article 2, Section 1 of the Constitution: In case of the removal of the President from office, or of his death, resignation, or inability to discharge the powers and duties of the said office the same shall devolve on the Vice President, and the Congress may by law provide for the Case of Removal, death, resignation or inability, both of the President and Vice President, declaring what officer shall then act as President, and such officer shall act accordingly, until the disability be removed, or a President shall be elected.
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Kellyanne and Steve Cortes move over:
















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Another cringe worthy shill, campaign senior communications advisor is the chinless Jason Miller… now on MSNBC it’s as if he’s talking about a reasonable president elect… smiling away… waffling away of whether to take a flag burners citizenship away… the moderator is asking again and again whether a person should have their citizenship stripped… and again and again this weasel shill avoid… and one of the moderators ends with “I have to admit I am very frustrated” meaning frustrated with his refusing to answer the citizenship question. Interviewers can stop giving when these flunkies try to play back-a-mole, in fact they should get a bigger heavier mallet the more they try to avoid a straight forward question. Take that Kellyanne Conway…
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On MSNBC:
Barney Frank thinks all the Trump craziness is part of a calculated strategy to both pander to his supporters and deflect attention away from other matters he is under scrutiny for. Sorry, Barney, I agree with you on most issues, but you’re no psychologist. Michael Steele thinks Trump is shrewd and working the angles. Chris Mathews isn’t buying it. It bothers me when laymen think they can get into the mind of Trump. The only one who has done so accurately so far is Tony Schwartz, who wrote “Art of the Deal.”
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Between the mental instability and belief in easily debunked absurdist conspiracy theories demonstrated by Tweets about the popular vote being stolen , the flag burning being punished by revoking citizenship, and his planned victory lap (his cross country rally tour, holy shit who does he think he is Elvis)… added to the fact he is the spawn of a reincarnated Klara Pƶlzl Hitler… democracy is in for a dangerous four years.
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For fellow psychotherapists:
Depending on our intended audience, and when we think it beneficial to present ourselves as experts, I think we can be most influential if we describe what we see in Trump’s behavior that shows him to be mentally unfit to be president. Now that his narcissism is the least of our worries, it matters not that any of us explain that diagnosis. He is beyond conventional diagnosis whether you think the DSM has utility to your own understanding of psychodynamics. Of course, the DSM is a backwards cookbook where you look at the ingredients and try to name the dish so you can fill out an insurance form. We can help lay people understand that what we see as experts is someone who must not be trusted with the responsibilities he’s about to assume. If we don’t offer more in depth explanations, our words may not have the same impact as they could if we write as students of the mind.
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​If you’re a psychotherapist who wants to join a Facebook group to discuss Trump, send me a message.
Just some thoughts:

What happens if President Trump goes completely off the rails, either psychologically or though  using the power of the president in reckless and/or undemocratic ways which cause the majority of the population to want him out of the White House. What if those who voted for him have a severe case of buyer’s remorse?

How can  he be removed from office?

He can do something impeachable, some sort of accepting a bribe would be most likely, but as long as the Republicans wanted him in office there’s no chance impeachment hearing would be initiated. 

Using impeachment would be an excuse for Republicans to remove him because they see he is mentally deteriorating, and has become both and embarrassment to the party, but also to the country as we attempt to remain the leader of the free world. Such an impeachment would be a face saving alternative to trying to remove him because he is medically impaired.

Article 2, Section 1 of the Constitution says:

In case of the removal of the President from office, or of his death, resignation, or inability to discharge the powers and duties of the said office the same shall devolve on the Vice President, and the Congress may by law provide for the Case of Removal, death, resignation or inability, both of the President and Vice President, declaring what officer shall then act as President, and such officer shall act accordingly, until the disability be removed, or a President shall be elected.

The above incorporated language from the 20th amendment: 

4. The Congress may by law provide for the case of the death of any of the persons from whom the House of Representatives may choose a President whenever the right of choice shall have devolved upon them, and for the case of the death of any of the persons from whom the Senate may choose a Vice President whenever the right of choice shall have devolved upon them.

….and the 25th amendment:

4. Whenever the Vice President and a majority of either the principal officers of the executive departments or of such other body as Congress may by law provide, transmit to the President pro tempore of the Senate and the Speaker of the House of Representatives their written declaration that the President is unable to discharge the powers and duties of his office, the Vice President shall immediately assume the powers and duties of the office as Acting President.


Even Fox condemns it. Click if video doesn’t play:





As if there needed to be more proof that Trump is mentally unstable, consider his unprecedented ego building post-election tour. I doubt the Secret Service is happy about this:
In a highly unprecedented move, President-elect Donald Trump will take part in a “victory tour” to thank his fans and supporters, beginning with a rally Thursday night in Cincinnati. The “thank-you” tour will likely feature the same color and rhetorical flourish of the campaign rallies leading up to the election, in which Trump often made off-the-cuff remarks to rile up his fanbase while attacking those perceived as enemies. George Gigicos, director of the campaign’s advance team, told reporters Nov. 17 that Trump will travel “obviously to the states that we won and the swing states we flipped over,” which would presumably include Michigan, Wisconsin, and Pennsylvania. Gigicos called the event a “thank-you tour,” and attempted to correct any reporters who more accurately described the ostentatious set of rallies as a “victory tour.”
Read in Politico

After you’ve read the story below (“We stand on the precipice) read this follow-up on even more Trump Tweets.

And then today, yet another Tweet
His latest Tweet about flag burning is being discussed on MSNBC. While not indicative of his brittle narcissistic defenses like his Tweets about how he really won the popular vote, it still is of serious concern because it shows a total lack of comprehension of settled law. It also shows how reactive he is, how his Tweets seem to be issued without any forethought as to the consequences. 

It also shows he has no memory of the days when flag burning was a common way to protest the Vietnam War and when it was litigated in the 1980’s and found to be covered under the First Amendment. I read that this Tweet was promoted by a piece Trump watched on Fox News that showed protesters burning a flag.
One way to look at burning the flag is that it is more than a protest, but it is an affirmation of the basic principles on which our country was founded. It is no accident that the First Amendment was the first amendment on the 10 ratified in 1790. It preceded the beloved by the right Second Amendment. 

It may seem counter-intuitive to suggest this, and let’s face it understanding counter-intuitive behavior isn’t the forte of the far right and it’s leader Donald J. Trump. If you burn the flag you may be demonstrating a love for America and the founding principles we found wars to protect.
Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.

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I woke up and my mind was racing about this latest Tweet and what it means. I knew I wouldn’t fall asleep unless I got up to write… I was trying to think what I personally could do as far as writing to get the word out as to what this means. How can a mere retired social worker in Oregon alert the electoral college, or Pence, or the APA, to take action .
The first indication that Trump had a delusional paranoid aspect to his personality came when he believed that thousands of Muslims cheer the fall of the Twin Towers from across the river in New Jersey. Trump discussed this on the Alex Jones radio show. Jones believes that the 9-11 attack was an “inside job.”

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In his very first question to Trump, Jones asked about the attacks.
Jones declared that Trump has been repeatedly "vindicated" in his widely disputed claim that thousands Muslims in New Jersey celebrated as the World Trade Center buildings fell.
"I knew it happened and I held my line. People wanted me to apologize, and we can't do that. People like you and me can't do that so easily," Trump told Jones from his Trump Tower office in New York.
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This defied all logic because if such an unlikely event occurred the local press would have reported it. Rational people know there aren’t thousands of radical America hating Muslims in New Jersey, and probably not even in the entire United States.
But Trump got away with this indication of pathological and delusional thinking because, well, he had already become The Donald and people expected outrageous untruths and exaggerations from him.
He’s gotten away with not believing in climate change, and cited the unscientific reason in his recent New York Times sit-down: “You know the hottest day ever was in 1890-something, 98. You know, you can make lots of cases for different views. I have a totally open mind… it’s a very complex subject. I’m not sure anybody is ever going to really know.” 
Now we have a another indication that he is unable to engage in critical thinking, and far worse (if that’s possible) he has a serious delusional part of his psyche. He believes manifestly impossible statements coming from the prime purveyor of conspiracy theories in the United States, Alex Jones. 
We are appalled at his selection of Steve Bannon, whose stock in trade is publishing hateful articles. However, as much as we don’t want to, we can excuse Bannon for doing this out of bigotry and greed. At least he isn’t dealing in conspiracy theories that appeal to those who are mentally ill because they support their delusions.
But Bannon isn’t a conspiracy believer, Jones is. And now we have further proof that the president elect is as well.
It is impossible that there could have been a vast conspiracy to get millions of illegal immigrants to vote for Hillary. It defies all logic. However, it fits into Trump’s need to protect his ego, to be a winner not matter how he can bend and distort the facts to admit to himself he lost, in the case the popular vote.
It matters little whether we come up with a psychiatric diagnosis for Trump. What matters is that the one person we count on to have the intellect and rationality to make difficult decisions, sometimes on short notice, believes what he needs to believe in order to bolster his ego. 
The safety of the country and the world now hangs in the balance. When the international community puts two and two together after this Tweet they will be even more wary of Trump than they are now.
This is beyond appalling. We must do what we can rally those who have more credibility than we do to take this seriously.
The American Psychiatric Association must break their silence, perhaps take out a full page ad in the New York Times, and explain why this easily influenced conspiracy believing man must not be president.
Mike Pence should step down and explain that in good conscience he cannot serve with such a man.
Trump’s own children should pressure him to resign once he’s sworn in.
Finally, the Electoral College meets on December 19th. There’s still time for them to come to their senses and keep this manifestly impulsive delusional conspiracy believer from being president.

Sunday, Nov. 27, 2016
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Trump is a malignant narcissist, which means among all the characteristics of those with this personality disorder, he lacks a capacity for empathy and is incapable of introspection. 
Most narcissists aren’t pathological liars, or bullies, or misogynists, or hedonists, or prone to believing conspiracy theories. Certainly most narcissists can be said to lack intellectual curiosity, something that alone should disqualify him to be president. However, one of these characteristics makes him potentially dangerous as president.  This is his impulsiveness in combination with his having something of  split Jekyll and Hyde personality, the later being mean spirited with a streak of evil a mile wide. When the meek and mild Dr. Jekyll transformed into the dangerous bloodthirsty Mr. Hyde nobody was safe. 
Now we get to the Tweets and what that tell us about Trump.






























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After Trump met with Obama he Tweeted “A fantastic day in D.C. Met with President Obama for first time. Really good meeting. great chemistry. Melania liked Mrs. O a lot!” 
Normal amiable Dr. Trump. Then Mr. Hyde takes over and writes, first bragging (albeit mildly for him): “Just had a very open and presidential election.” But he couldn’t leave it at that: “Now professional protestors, incited by the media, are protesting. Very unfair.”
Not worth of a horror movie monster, but still
a hostile turn from his earlier Tweet. He also showed this in the opposite direction when he Tweeted about the “failed New York Times” and then praised them effusively during the meeting g with their editors and writers.
A bit less than half the country clearly have elected a president with a more benign version of the split personalty made famous by Robert Louis Stevenson in his classic book about a dual personality.  Adapted from my “Two Tweets prove Trump really is Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde.”






























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Stevenson’s Mr. Hyde was a vicious murderer who reveled in the blood sport of killing. He was an outright psychopath.  However, and this is important, he was not delusional. 
Here’s where Trump’s latest Tweet opens the possibility, perhaps the likelihood, that he has a third aspect of his personality. 
The very notion that there could have been literally millions of people who not only voted illegally, but only voted illegally for Hillary, is beyond rationality. 
Of course, here’s a man who couldn’t wrap his mind around the science of climate change, so we have not come to the expect the level of rational thinking that most of us learned in junior high school science.
The full transcript of his remarks to the Times reveals that Trump appeared to have little knowledge of the issue and continued to express skepticism at the near-universal scientific consensus on climate change.
“You know the hottest day ever was in 1890-something, 98. You know, you can make lots of cases for different views. I have a totally open mind,” he said, later adding that “it’s a very complex subject. I’m not sure anybody is ever going to really know.”
We also have to add into our understanding of Trump the statement he made about the thousand of Muslims across the river in New Jersey who celebrated the fall of the Twin Towers. It was an easily debunked lie. Who was that Donald Trump?
It would appear that the celebrating Muslims Trump may be the same personality that wrote this latest ludicrous Tweet. This is a downright delusional and paranoid Tweet. We know that Trump is a pathological liar, therapists have speculated about whether he can even discern the truth as he’s spinning a lie. I even wrote about how when some people lie frequent the brain changes so they can’t tell the truth from a lie.
Did Trump believe this Tweet when he wrote it? If he did, ladies and gentleman, we have an even bigger problem with the president elect than we thought we did. The only other conclusion is that he meant it as an attempt at hither-to unseen humor, as self-satire. If the media nails him for this Tweet I expect Kellyanne Conway will claim it was meant as a joke.
But we know different.
What this all adds up to is that the next president of the United States may have a psychiatric disorder far more dangerous than what has been suggested by psychotherapists, including by me in my 20 some Daily Kos articles about the psychology of Trump.
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If true, this would mean that Donald Trump still won the contest despite widespread vote fraud and almost certainly won the popular vote.
“We have verified more than three million votes cast by non-citizens,” tweeted Phillips after reporting that the group had completed an analysis of a database of 180 million voter registrations.
“Number of non-citizen votes exceeds 3 million. Consulting legal team,” he added.
According to current indications, Hillary Clinton won the popular vote by around 630,000 votes, although around 7 million ballots remain uncounted.
Virtually all of the votes cast by 3 million illegal immigrants are likely to have been for Hillary Clinton, meaning Trump might have won the popular vote when this number is taken into account.
Vote fraud using ballots cast in the name of dead people and illegal alien voters was a huge concern before the election.
On the morning of the election there were 4 million dead people on U.S. voter rolls.
Holy shit, if there is where Trump gets his facts.
Sunday, Nov 27, 2016 · 6:06:50 PM PST · HalBrown
Nobody seems to be getting it…. This goes so much more beyond into the rumors that Ronald Reagan may have based important decisions on Nancy’s astrology. Trump is believing lies spun by Alex Jones who certainly has an agenda.
To restate it here: This is an important Tweet but not for the reasons most everyone is saying. It shows he is more psychologically unstable than psychotherapists like me ever thought. Not only does he have a Dr. Jekyll and a Mr. Hyde personality, or technically called "a splitting of the self"; but a third personality that is delusional and paranoid. That is who posted this ludicrous Tweet. We must stop using layman terms for psychiatric disorder. He is not, for example "thin skinned." He is dangerously reactive when he percieves a slight to his ego. We must understand that this makes him more dangerous than psychotherapists (and others) previously thought.



Excerpts: Donald Trump, and the Republican majorities in the Senate, are poised to wipe out the signature victories of his predecessor in areas ranging from health care to the environment. He will enter office as the first explicitly anti-free trade president since Herbert Hoover, committed to unraveling a series of agreements that underpin the root assumptions of global commerce. His list of potential Supreme Court nominees include judges who reject not simply the jurisprudence that led to the gay marriage and abortion decisions, but the arguments that led the Court to uphold New Deal legislation some 80 years ago and to bind states to the protections of the Bill of Rights.
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… the idea of a Republican House and Senate acting as a brake on Trump seems almost fanciful. Yes, Rand Paul’s civil libertarian and anti-globalist impulses may lead him to oppose a nomination of an Attorney General Jeff Sessions or a Secretary of State John Bolton. But his would be a lonely voice—especially given the fact that the Republican base is in the hands, at least for now, of an incoming President who won by running head-on against the congressional wing of the party.
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Is it odd that a Ronald Reagan, who won historic landslides, could change so little while a president who “lost” by a million or more votes might change so much? Chalk it up to the quirks of the Electoral College, or a late intervention by an FBI director, or a tone-deaf Democratic candidate, or to a simmering fury at the political-media elite by just enough disaffected voters to turn three states red, or to whatever contingent forces you choose. But the reality is those forces have brought us to the very real prospect of the most profound, unsettling changes in public policy in close to a century.

Joy Reid, on MSNBC, is doing a story about how Scots feel about Trump… she showed this newspaper:

Saturday, Nov. 26, 2016


We keep reading about the possibility that Trump will make major changes to policy that the majority of Americans don’t support. Some fly in the face of logic, climate change for example, and others in attitudes about issues like abortion and most forms of birth control.
We read today on Daily Kos that a radical anti-abortion group is ready to help Attorney General designate Jeff Sessions prosecute Planned Parenthood. Most Americans support Planned Parenthood.
We have a president that supposedly has no objection to same sex marriage but a vice president that doesn’t, and who actually believes in conversion therapy. Most Americans support same sex marriage and know that sexual orientation is not changeable by therapy.
I don’t have time to find citations for the following, but I hope the polling statistics back up my conclusions. Even if “most” isn’t exactly correct, I would say that it can be said that a significant number, i.e., close to 50%, feel this way about these issues. 
Can you think of any more besides the following? 
  • Most Americans don’t want us using torture.
  • Most don’t believe in a registry for Muslims.
  • Most don’t think undocumented children should be deported.
  • Most don’t think Hillary did anything that should end her up in prison.
  • Most don’t think we should undo the newly established relationship with Cuba.
  • Most don’t want the most important parts of Obamacare rescinded.
  • Most won’t want the wall to be built if it increases the deficit.
  • Most don’t want the very rich to have a tax cut.
  • Most don’t want us out of NATO.
  • By far most want medical marijuana both legalized and researched.
  • Most want recreational marijuana to be legal.
  • At least most seniors or soon to be seniors do not want Medicare privatized.
  • 7/28: Just thought of a new one: Most veterans do not want the VA privatized.
The more unpopular changes Trump makes, the less he will have the nation’s support. 
He ran like he didn’t care what half the nation thought, what the most educated segment of the population thought about him, and what the press thought. But now he is about to be president of all of us. 
I doubt he really will feel good just because he’s admired by thepeople who buy the National Enquirer, which as of this week is blaring “Trump Must Build That Wall” on its front cover (I was at the supermarket this morning). Plus, when he doesn’t build the wall, even those people will be angry at him.
The power of the president through executive order and through the various departments is vast.  He has the power to royally fuck up the country and the world. In doing so may find the adoration he enjoyed from his supporters has eroded to the point where this narcissistic who thrives on admiration may not be able to maintain his psychological equilibrium. 
My fellow psychotherapists know that the ego of a narcissist is fragile, and that even a successful boisterous blowhard like Trump has a breaking point. We can expect protests around the country, marches on Washington, ever more irreverent SNL sketches, and more snarky New York Daily News front pages. There are likely to be continued investigations and revelations about his conflicts of interest. He will be called out on every unpresidential utterance and Tweet.
Even his poor grammar will be mocked: "I join the many Cuban Americans who supported me so greatly in the presidential campaign….” “So greatly!”
I expect that we’ll see failures of signature programs so obvious that even Fox News has to report on them.
My online support group of psychotherapists debate whether deep down inside, or as we say, in the unconscious, Trump just wants to get the love he never received from his parents. He certainly seems to need to be admired and thought to be the smartest and best looking person in the room, irritable to attractive women and worthy of fealty from powerful men.

When Trump looses all this he could become a dangerous president.
Back from the emporium of stuff, Fred Meyer’s (right), I still don’t have an original thought worth sharing, so will offer a good quote:


This election, American voters elected a con man, a swindler, a bluster bag who articulated a twisted set of mores and a horrific vision for our country. In fact, that Pew graph effectively shows voters knew exactly what they were doing and did it anyway. 
The inescapable message was that a candidate being overtly racist, sexist, and downright ignorant and unqualified was forgivable and even laudable as long as he wasn't a she.Any Trump voter who is now surprised by what they get from his administration—whether it be in the form of horrors they didn't take seriously or broken promises they had counted on—will be getting exactly what they asked for and deserve.  By Kerry Eleveld, "The rampant sexism of 2016 and the law of unintended consequences."
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Excerpt from Politico article:
Romney, for his part, who remains interested in the role, “is taking all of this stuff in stride, and would like to serve the country,” according to a person in his orbit who has spoken to him since he met with Trump last week. The person denied published reports that Romney was drafting a formal apology for his comment during the GOP primaries that the developer-turned-reality-TV-star was a “phony, a fraud,” who was “playing members of the American public for suckers.” 
The idea of forcing Romney to sign some kind of mea culpa is being mulled by transition officials hostile to his nomination, several senior Republicans said.
Even less clear is where Trump’s increasingly influential son-in-law Jared Kushner, a fierce supporter of Israel, stands on the candidates. Transition sources told POLITICO Kushner has said broadly positive things about both men, 
As that battle plays out, there are indications advocates for both candidates may be losing – and that the Trump team is looking to Petraeus, the four-star general who served as President Obama’s director of the Central Intelligence Agency until 2012 when he was removed for sharing classified documents with a biographer who was also his mistress.
My hunch is that Gen. Petraeus will be the eventual selection.

I haven’t thought of anything to write about yet. I’m sitting here waiting for inspiration: