January 22, 2017

Post inauguration edition - Jan. 20 to…..

Pre-Trump Era posts:

Earlier posts here

Sun. Day 3, Post Trump
Here’s a version of the above image which I adapted to be used as a rally or march poster. Click image to enlarge.

My learned Philadelphia psychoanalyst friend Howard Covitz (who publishes on Daily Kos and his own Nazi/Schmazi - As Long As Donald Loves His Mother blog) writes:
Another thought on the elements of severe charachter/personality pathologies that are likely to be dangerous ... again, need I add, my idiosyncratic views. I've listed all thru my journey with DJT: 

  • (1) Absence of Empathy ... inability to see the other as a Subject in their Own Right; 
  • (2) Splitting the World into those who a with me and those who are against me ... a slight move from the animal instinkt which sees others as prey or predator with a few kin who are labeled "neither"; and 
  • (3) An impulse Disorder which doesn't permit reflective thought to intercede between thought and action ... thus making them essentially identical. ...  size sort of adds another. 
  • (4) A monomania ... a propensity to fall back to a single issue ... in this case ... "I'm the Biggest and the Bestest.” (I can't control myself, either)
 Here's some theoretical meanderings. There was once upon a time a very smart man named Robert Waelder who made his mark in both physics and psychoanalysis. He bemoaned the fact that in the psychological sciences lists that purportedly list thingies that are on the same conceptual levels ... sounded like: "protein, egg, cake." and that's the case with this quartet of disturbances ... overlap! duplication! redundancy! Each highlights a certain image ... psyches are, in my head, like multi-dimensional manifolds hanging in space. each model we construct kind of takes a flashlight and projects a specific shadow on some lower-dimensional hyperspace which cannot possibly show all the facets of this manifold.

Conway: Press Secretary Gave 'Alternative Facts' 3:39
Kellyanne Conway, counselor to President Donald Trump, said the White House press secretary gave "alternative facts" when he inaccurately described the inauguration crowd as "the largest ever" during his first appearance before the press this weekend.
White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer gathered the press to deliver a five-minute statement Saturday in which he issued multiple falsehoods, declaring erroneously the number of people who used the D.C. metro on Friday, that there was a change in security measures this year and that "this was the largest audience to ever witness an inauguration, period, both in person and around the globe."  
"These attempts to lessen the enthusiasm of the inauguration are shameful and wrong," Spicer said Saturday.  
However, crowd size experts told the New York Times they estimated Trump's audience at fewer than 200,000 people, and widely distributed side-by-side photographs showed the stark contrast between the comparatively sparse crowd for Trump's inauguration and the record-setting crowd for Obama's first.  
Asked on "Meet the Press" why Spicer used his first appearance before the press to dispute a minimal issue like the inauguration crowd size, and why he used falsehoods to do so, Conway pushed back.  
"You're saying it's a falsehood and Sean Spicer, our press secretary, gave alternative facts to that," she told NBC's Chuck Todd.  
She then went on to echo Spicer's claim on Saturday that it wasn't possible to count the count, despite Trump's team's accompanying insistence that it was the "largest audience."
"I don't think you can prove those numbers one way or another. There's no way to quantify crowd numbers," Conway said.  
Conway also suggested that Todd's insistence on asking why Spicer delivered a demonstrably false statement could affect the White House's treatment of the media.
"If we're going to keep referring to the press secretary in those types of terms I think we're going to have to rethink our relationship here," she said.

Sat, Day 2, Post Trump
Do you believe the gaslighting Trump and Spicer or your eyes? Click the image to enlarge.

There are three stories today that Trump can’t control…. he tried to hog the news cycle with his CIA visit but guess what: The Women’s March here and worldwide is the main story, next is what MSNBC has dubbed Numbersgate or Crowdgate, which is easily proven a lie by the photo comparison (and he brought on himself), and finally Trump’s weird bragging CIA remarks combined with Spicer’s angry briefing making a big deal about an error about the MLK statue and a huge deal about the media lying about his crowd size - and other addressing anything else.

The the victor belongs everything. The new Trump salute.

Friday, Jan. 20, 2017
This video (above) brought tears to my eyes - for a couple of reasons… one very personal.

Afternoon look at liberal and mainstream websites: The word of the day is CARNAGE. 

New President Trump Offers Same Dark Vision Of America

Trump’s inaugural address described an “American carnage” that he promised to fix.

From Salon:

President Donald Trump is inaugurated: So begins a painful, difficult new era for American democracy 

With a hypernationalist address and lots of pomp, the new reality of President Donald Trump is officially here

Trump’s inaugural address was, in keeping with the theme, completely ill-suited to the event. Inaugural committee chairman Sen. Roy Blunt, R-Mo., kicked off the event with a callback to inaugural addresses of the past, referring to the ceremony as “not a celebration of victory, [but] a celebration of democracy.” Yet the address Trump gave was, more or less, an adaptation of his relentlessly self-congratulatory campaign rhetoric. 
He hammered away at the “America First” hypernationalist themes that he ran on, at one point saying, “When you open your heart to patriotism, there is no room for prejudice” — which is a gross misreading of both patriotism and prejudice. He addressed his voters as “part of a historic movement the likes of which the world has never seen before.” He concluded his first inaugural address the exact same way he concluded his campaign speeches — with a lusty recitation of his campaign slogan. Trump managed to refrain from chanting, “Lock her up,” but his supporters in the crowd took the initiative. 
Hal Brown excerpts from Politico:………..Trump, who at times struggled during the campaign to stick to prepared text scrolling on teleprompters, hewed closely to a script on Friday that described a struggling country in almost apocalyptic terms. 

Hal Brown The lying is contagious, get in Trump’s proximity and you get the disease. Kellyanne Conway, Steve Cortes, Sean Spicer in particular. For example according to spicer Trump wrote his inauguration speech himself. For example the most quoted word today CARNAGE.

Hal Brown There was no recognition, and probably beneath it no awareness, that America’s security and prosperity have rested all these years on the liberal international order, which our wiser leaders created in the wake of World War II and which Trump now deprecates.

Hal Brown From VOX: Even Trump’s mention of dissent came in a vaguely threatening passage:

At the bedrock of our politics will be a total allegiance to the United States of America, and through our loyalty to our country we will rediscover our loyalty to each other. When you open your heart to patriotism, there is no room for prejudice. The Bible tells us how good and pleasant it is when God's people live together in unity. We must speak our minds openly, debate our disagreements honestly, but always pursue solidarity. ]]]]][[[[[[> VAGUELY? This sounds like pure Steve Bannon white nationalism to me, it could come from “1984”… it is insane fascistic crazy talk…. http://www.vox.com/.../trump-inaugural-divisions-obama

View from the mainstream media:
Miami Post fact checks the inaugural speech.
Los Angeles Times looks at the coming conservative era. 
The New Yorker writes about the dark inaugural 
USA Today: 5 ways Trump wiped Obama of the government website 
CNBC: Trump setting up governmental chaos From Down Under, The Sidney Morning Herald, Compares Trump and Obama crowds ushering in Trumps divided states  SAD
Reuters: Still sees himself leading an insurgency.
Donald Trump took over as U.S. president on Friday in the same way he conducted his upstart campaign, with a mixture of blustery salesmanship and naked contempt for the established political order.
In doing so, he sent a clear signal to the country and the world: He plans to govern as he campaigned, refusing to align himself even with his own Republican Party and taking his message directly to the American people.
He did nothing to dispel concerns that he would bring the cult of personality he built over the election campaign into the White House, and he offered little in the way of olive branches to the tens of millions of Americans who did not vote for him in the most divisive election in modern U.S. history.
A former reality TV star, Trump offered an apocalyptic vision of reality: an America besieged by crime, immigration, terrorism and unfair trade deals.
"The American carnage stops right here and stops right now," he pledged, as he presented himself as a champion of the ordinary American. Thomas Oliphant, Reuters
The BBC says President Vows to End “America Carnage”
Here are two of the pictures - how the Brits view us:

I am at a loss for words to comment on this from the Washington Post:

White House website tout Melania Trump’s modeling and jewelry line.
Visitors to the newly revamped White House website get more than a simple rundown of first lady Melania Trump’s charitable works and interests — they also get a list of her magazine cover appearances and details on her jewelry line at QVC.
Trump’s biography starts with traditional details such as her date of birth in her native country of Slovenia and information about her background as a model. That’s when the brief backgrounder takes a promotional turn. The website includes a lengthy list of brands that hired her as a model and several of the magazines in which she appeared, including the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue. 
It is not uncommon for the White House to note the accomplishments of the first lady in her official biography, but Trump’s decision to include a detailed list of her media appearances and branded retail goods is unusual. The site also lists the brand names of Trump’s jewelry lines sold on QVC, at a time when questions have been raised by critics about the ethical implications of the family’s business entanglements.
Rachel Maddow noted that the last time the word CARNAGE was used extensively was for this tour of three well known heavy metal bands (I actually heard of Megadeth):

The day it all changes: The headline on Huffington Post is WINTER COMES
My inauguration regurgitation and review of Trump’s speech

I was struck by this photo, here in liberal Portland, because of the incongruity between the police and deputies shown here. We’ll never know the backstories. The deputies hiding their  faces may be undercover detectives. The deputy with the beard isn’t hiding his face, so I assume he just is a hipster Portland cop with a beard.
click image to read story on KATU

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