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I just turned the TV on to hear a guest say about Trump “he needs to study better.” As if this is normal. As if? As if!
All I can say is this (image). Reminds me of a time years ago when my wife and I were listening to the audio-book of Dreamcatcher while driving (Stephen King thriller about kids vs. deadly aliens) and this was one of the favorite expletives of the kids. My wife and I adopted it for a couple of years.
What could go wrong department: We have a president who is 1) a malignant narcissist, 2) an autocratic, authoritarian, thin skinned, impulsive, kleptocratic, bully, and 3) is showing signs of dementia or Alzheimer’s bigly:
It's time to start talking about President Trump's mental health.
Trump is correct that his terrifyingly expansive powers as president allow him to reveal whatever classified material he wants. But it's still baffling why he would do such a thing. Intelligence sharing is generally supposed to be done after careful discussion, and between intelligence agencies, not civilian leaders. You have to be very careful with language, so as to not reveal more than intended — and especially not to the Russians, given that American forces are at odds with them in Syria and several other global hotspots.
If you're at all familiar with the way Trump tends to ramble and boast, a simple explanation presents itself: He just got carried away and started running his mouth. That is unquestionably the most probable explanation.
Of course, that in and of itself does not mean that America's president is mentally unwell. There is, however, so much more.
As Kevin Drum points out, Trump has been showing many other signs of mental decline over the past year, especially since he took office. He has bursts of temper, forgets people's names, mixes up the names of countries he's bombing, and forgets to finish simple tasks. CONTINUED
Duty to Warn therapists finally got the attention of - "Roger Stone and Alex Jones warn of attempt to remove Trump claiming he has Alzheimer’s"
Today’s extraordinary news. Trump says he knew exactly what he was doing when he revealed top secret information:
Just published on BBC website:
Moved up from yesterday as this is being discussed on Morning Joe right now:
Here’s a must read story on the explosive story of the day-week-month from the LawFare blog about the non-denial denials, the carefully parsed defensives coming from Trump lackeys.
Monday, May, 15, 2017
WHAT A NEWS DAY
Here’s a must read story on the explosive story of the day-week-month from the LawFare blog about the non-denial denials, the carefully parsed defensives coming from Trump lackeys.
I already figured Trump was flying the Russian flag over the White House. If this is true, we might as well change our national anthem.
While I think Trump has had malignant narcissistic personality disorder all or most of his adult life, that doesn’t rule out that he is developing dementia. If this is the case, combined with his psychopathology it could lead more quickly than we anticipated to his become so obviously unfit to be president that there will be a public outcry for him to be removed under the 25th Amendment.
‘Morning Joe’ Hosts: Conway Said She Needed A Shower After Defending Trump
First watch on MSNBC on Stephanie Ruhle show, Quote: "Donald Trump thinks he's playing at Lincoln Center and he's really playing at the Hurry Back Lounge.” Eddie Glaude. His comment led to Stephanie cracking up.
I just found this list of articles explaining Trump’s mental illness.
Saturday Night Live - Lester Holt and Donald Trump.
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Yet another reason Donald Trump is bad news: He’s utterly lacking in “integrative complexity” — and that’s dangerous
Trump's lack of "balance, nuance and sophistication" is obvious — and it's likely to get many people killed
Afternoon: This is chilling. We already knew it. It is chilling none-the-less
The rumor mill has it that Trump has been dissatisfied with Sean Spicer for some time, but has really grown tired of his press secretary being mocked by Melissa McCarthy on Saturday Nite Live. On of the names that has been leaked for his replacement is Fox’s co-host on The Five, Kimberly Guilfoyle. She certainly “appears” to be qualified.
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If this is true, and I think it probably is, aside from Putin ordering advisories and critics murdered, this makes Trump look like a choir boy.
For friends in Portland: SNL Live at 8:30 PM
Friday, May 12, 2017
Afternoon (but don’t miss the John Gartner OpEd in today’s NY Daily News!) This is the easiest, most straightforward, explanation of Trump’s dangerous malignant narcissism. It is by the founder of the Duty to Warn movement which is now over a year old.
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Should we talk more openly about mental illness, or should we shut up? It depends which side of the Atlantic you’re on. In Britain, the future head of state has thrown his weight behind an admirable campaign for more conversation, but in America, where the current head of state seems profoundly psychologically disordered, the official position is to zip it. The American Psychiatric Association (APA) is standing firm on the “Goldwater Rule”, which prohibits members from offering opinions, let alone formal diagnoses, on those they haven’t evaluated in person. (It was devised after a poll of psychiatrists deemed Barry Goldwater, the 1964 Republican presidential candidate, unfit for office.) Needless to say, the rule hasn’t stifled media speculation about celebrity mental health; instead, it precludes precisely those who might bring some credibility and sobriety to the discussion. CONTINUED
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On Morning Joe at 3:00 AM my time:
Is this the beginning of the end of the Trump administration?
UPDATE: Shortly after 6 a.m. on MSNBC’s Morning Joe program, cohost Mika Brzezinski, doing her best impression of Kate McKinnon, decided to lecture her cable news rivals about their frequent bookings of senior presidential adviser Kellyanne Conway. …..“First of all, Kellyanne Conway, Sarah Huckabee, Sean Spicer, Mike Pence—now all in the same category. In the Kellyanne category. Not credible, proved as a liar, made a fool,” Brzezinski began her broadside as her fiancé/cohost Joe Scarborough listened from a remote location miles away from the studio in 30 Rock. …..
“Also, note to CNN. Sorry, I love CNN, but you gotta stop putting Kellyanne on the air. It’s politics porn. You’re just getting your little ratings crack. Ok? But it’s disgusting.” …..Brzezinski, who declared Conway persona non grata months ago after her many appearances on Morning Joe, continued her rant at CNN: “There’s nothing that she brings to the table that’s honest. Your hosts know it. Your hosts look pained when they interview her, because they know they’re just doing politics porn. They’re not doing news. We need to stick to the news.”
Thursday, May, 11, 2017.
Team Trump is “either in bed with the Russians or too stupid to understand the severity of this mistake,” an official fumed after Kremlin press got exclusive Oval Office access.
Evening diversion - an English major reads between the lines of Comey’s goodby letter. I give her an A.
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The Revealing and Horrifying Time Interview With Trump
They’re “furious,” but it’s not like they didn’t know the photographer was there.
Rod Rosenstein may have chafed at the White House narrative that he was the driving force behind the firing.
The DOJ is looking into Andrew McCabe’s role in the investigation of Hillary Clinton’s email server.
Breaking now: reported on Lawrence O’Donnell being reported in Washington Post-- Deputy Attorney General Rod J. Rosenstein threaten to resign when the recommendation to fire Comey was attributed to him.
Below: Chris Hayes showed the photo taken by a Russian photographer explaining it “showed Trump yucking it up” with the Russians: UFB!
(No American journalists were allowed in the meeting.) Read the Russian perspective on TASS.
This apparent threat of extreme violence was just Tweeted to John Gartner and I:
This is the delusional Donald. The other Donald is a sociopathic liar possibly approaching a mental breakdown (think Nixon) saying anything he and his cabal can come up with to lie their way out of the looming impeachment.
Less than a day after the firing of FBI Director James Comey, it’s becoming clear that Trump has conspired with his Attorney General and Deputy Attorney General to make any sort of realistic oversight or investigation of him and his administration as difficult as possible, if not impossible. All political power is being concentrated in the office of the President. All law enforcement power is being concentrated in the office of the Attorney General, and when it comes to enforcing the law regarding the Trump campaign and its contacts with elements of the Russian government, in the office of the Deputy Attorney General. The letters justifying Comey’s firing were generated by a man in office less than two weeks and acted upon only hours after their receipt by the White House without any sort of reasonable consultation with anyone else by these three men. They have turned their offices into black holes into which things are meant to disappear without investigation or enforcement. Continued
Primer: What is a malignant narcissist?
Consider joining this Facebook Group to help get the malignant narcissist out of the White House:
Tuesday, May, 9, 2017
Evening art therapy:
My uncensored reaction when I heard this on the radio on the way back from the grocery story: (I’m calm now…. but let’s say it was an expletive filled diatribe..+)
Most of us in Oregon don’t watch Morning Joe on MSNBC. It airs 3-6AM here. This is part of today’s show:
First read - Trump’s travel ban, creative bigotry: Segregation, back to 1971.
Monday, May, 8, 2017
My latest hate Tweet. Does the AMA shoot retired clinical social workers?
is a theory in psychology in which humans defend themselves against their own unconscious impulses or qualities (both positive and negative) by denying their existence in themselves while attributing them to others. For example, a person who is habitually rude may constantly accuse other people of being rude. It incorporates blame shifting. (Wiki)
Jeff Toobin on Trump’s Sally Yates Tweet
Sally Yates had some good quotable quotes, but the Quote of the Day award goes to Charles Blow in his NYTimes OpEd “Republican Death Wish”:
The A.C.A. (Obamacare) had made a basic societal deal: The young, healthy and rich would subsidize access to insurance for the older, sicker and poorer. But this demanded that the former gave a damn about the latter, that people genuinely believed that saving lives was more important than saving money, that we weren’t living some Darwinian Hunger Games of health care where health and wealth march in lockstep.
Once again, the party that is vehemently “pro-life” for “persons” in the womb demonstrates a staggering lack of empathy fo
r those very same lives when they are in the world. What is the moral logic here? It is beyond me.
Let’s cut to the quick: Access to affordable health care keeps people alive and healthy and keeps families solvent. Take that away, and people get sick, run up enormous, crippling debt and in the worst cases, die. It is really that simple.
People may conveniently disassociate a vote cast in marbled halls from the body stretched out in a wooden box, but make no mistake: They are linked.I just found this, so John McCain shares the honor for this from his NY Times editorial Why We Must Support Human Rights
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The T-shirt, which reads “‘Repeal and go f**k yourself.’ – GOP,” makes a pointed comment about House Republicans who voted to end health insurance for millions of Americans earlier this week. An American flag serves to censor the expletive on the shirt.
This isn’t about Trump, but it really pissed me off more than merely reading about another anti-science decision because one of the advisors fired from the EPA science advisory board was from my alma mater, Michigan State. I don’t know him, but it’s interesting how even this slight connection makes it feel more egregious.
Here’s how a Jungian analyst interprets the “famous” Mar-a-Lago Trump portrait. Click image)
“Ideas don’t float in the air, they live in your neuro-circuitry,” Lakoff said. Each time ideas in our neural circuits are activated, they get stronger. And over time, complexes of neural circuits create a frame through which we view the world. “The problem is, that frame is unconscious,” Lakoff said. “You aren’t aware of it because you don’t have access to your neural circuits.” So what happens when you hear facts that don’t fit in your worldview is that you can’t process them: you might ignore them, or reject or attack them, or literally not hear them.
This theory explains why even college-educated Trump voters could ignore so many facts about their candidate. And it also explains why progressives have been ignoring Lakoff’s findings for more than two decades. Progressives are still living in the world of Descartes and the Enlightenment, Lakoff said, a neat world governed by the rules of logic. Descartes said, “I think therefore I am,” but Lakoff claims that we are embodied beings and that 98 percent of thought is unconscious.
Our thoughts are chemical in nature, and occur within the confines of a physical body: we are not 100 percent rational beings. Read article
Sunday, May, 7, 2017
This is from Jan. 25th but it is being cited again. It is worth reading because it may be another reason Trump could be removed under the 25th Amendment: Prominent neurologist warns bout Trump’s cognitive impairment.
Duty to Warn makes Fox News!
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Update Sat. night: I just watched the show. It won’t make any converts considering the Fox audience. It wasn’t bad, although now that I see what Watters did I would have been more aggressive hitting back at him and not letting him get the last word. No time did Gartner say Trump was psychotic, though Watters kept using that word. Unfortunately he tried to rebut Gartner with his own lies. The examples of Trump's paranoia should have been irrefutable. Asked t come up with sources who new Trump, a quote from Tony Schwartz would have been good. A few examples of his Tweets would have been effective too. Watters' trying to say his craziness was merely playing politics should have had a powerful comeback. I would have perhaps said “you are smiling, smirking even now, but if I am correct (and thousands of psychologists think I am) you will eventually find that smile turned upside down.
This would be more civil: I think there’s a way to level the playing field, but it would take a lot of work including rehearsing with a good actor playing the Fox host. It would of course mean reviewing a lot of previous interviews. Then developing a strategy, with flexible tactics to employ depending on how good the host is on counter-attacking. For example, one approach is to be paternalist and condescending, and refuse to answer some questions which are obvious attempts to bait the Duty to Warn therapist. Asked to provide examples of Tweets, for example, the could say that Trump’s unhinged Tweets have been discussed endlessly and his sycophants will always excuse them, while level headed observers will know that they come from an abnormal mind. A good way to parry the demand for examples is to say “I will not relitigate an issue that has been settled by the majority of nonpartisan fact checkers."
As far as I know this is was first time a Duty to Warn therapist was on any Fox News show. Dr. Gartner went to NYC and taped Fox’s Watter’s World show on Friday. He said it was highly negative, hostile, interruptive, and having just watched it I can say it was. I don’t think the video will be online for about a week.
If you read this on a regular basis, you know that John Gartner was the first psychotherapist whose sound of the alarm a year ago led to domestic and international mainstream media attention. I got to know him after I was one of the first therapists to join his Duty to Warn movement, and for a year now we have been email friends. He’s been on Lawrence O’Donnell along with another Duty to Warn shrink, Harvard psychiatrist Lance Dodes. I am working with John and a number of mental health professionals on the planning for the “Keep America Sane” march in October. More about that later.
I will be talking to John Sunday, so hopefully will have more to share with you.
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Hubris syndrome: An acquired personality disorder? A study of US Presidents and UK Prime Ministers over the last 100 years
Interesting… this was published in Feb. of 2009 so Obama isn’t ranked. Look at the check list and see where you think Trump would fall:
In defining the boundaries, one of the more important questions may be to understand whether hubris syndrome is essentially the same as narcissistic personality disorder (NPD), a subtype of NPD or a separate entity. As shown in Table 1, 7 of the 14 possible defining symptoms are also among the criteria for NPD in DSM-IV, and two correspond to those for antisocial personality and histrionic personality disorders (APD and HPD, respectively) (American Psychiatric Association, 2000). The five remaining symptoms are unique, in the sense they have not been classified elsewhere: (v) conflation of self with the nation or organization; (vi) use of the royal ‘we’; (x) an unshakable belief that a higher court (history or God) will provide vindication; (xii) restlessness, recklessness and impulsiveness; and (xiii) moral rectitude that overrides practicalities, cost and outcome.
The symptoms of hubris syndrome
Proposed criteria for hubris syndrome, and their correspondence to features of cluster B personality disorders in DSM-IV
1. A narcissistic propensity to see their world primarily as an arena in which to exercise power and seek glory; NPD.6
2. A predisposition to take actions which seem likely to cast the individual in a good light—i.e. in order to enhance image; NPD.1
3. A disproportionate concern with image and presentation; NPD.3
4. A messianic manner of talking about current activities and a tendency to exaltation; NPD.2
5. An identification with the nation, or organization to the extent that the individual regards his/her outlook and interests as identical; (unique)
6. A tendency to speak in the third person or use the royal ‘we’; (unique)
7. Excessive confidence in the individual's own judgement and contempt for the advice or criticism of others; NPD.9
8. Exaggerated self-belief, bordering on a sense of omnipotence, in what they personally can achieve; NPD.1 and 2 combined
9. A belief that rather than being accountable to the mundane court of colleagues or public opinion, the court to which they answer is: History or God; NPD.3
10. An unshakable belief that in that court they will be vindicated; (unique)
11. Loss of contact with reality; often associated with progressive isolation; APD 3 and 5
12. Restlessness, recklessness and impulsiveness; (unique)
13. A tendency to allow their ‘broad vision’, about the moral rectitude of a proposed course, to obviate the need to consider practicality, cost or outcomes; (unique)
14. Hubristic incompetence, where things go wrong because too much self-confidence has led the leader not to worry about the nuts and bolts of policy; HPD.5
APD = Anti-Social Personality Disorder; HPD = Histrionic Personality Disorder; NPD = Narcissistic Personality Disorder.
Thursday, May 4, 2017
Noteworthy quote from this miserable, depressing, infuriating day:
WASHINGTON ― If you haven’t watched the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives during a big vote, you should. It’s instructive, and depressing.
What you see ― what I saw from the press gallery on Thursday during the vote to replace Obamacare ― was the distilled essence of two vastly different Americas glowering and shouting at each other.
There is no more vivid juxtaposition in American life today.
On the Republican side: a phalanx of mostly white, mostly Christian, mostly men talking earnestly about liberty, freedom and unshackling business.
On the Democratic side: a bouillabaisse of races, ethnicities and genders, significantly black, Latino and female, talking about collective responsibility, quoting Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and insisting that health care is a universal right. From HuffPost
On Fresh Air with Terry Gross today, interview with Evan Osnos, author of the article in the current edition of The New Yorker titled "How Trump Could Get Fired.” Click below
"Duty to Warn is planning a multicity March for Sanity on Oct. 7 to make America sane again. Hope to see you there, assuming we’re all still here.” John Gartner
This is being organized by the Duty to Warn group started by Dr. John Gartner in late April a year ago. I was one of the first members.
George Will in the smart conservative’s publication, National Review, Trump Does Not Know What It Is to Know
Excerpt: As president-elect, Trump did not know the pedigree and importance of the “one China” policy. About such things he can be, if he is willing to be, tutored. It is, however, too late to rectify this defect: He lacks what T. S. Eliot called a sense “not only of the pastness of the past, but of its presence.” His fathomless lack of interest in America’s path to the present and his limitless gullibility leave him susceptible to being blown about by gusts of factoids that cling like lint to a disorderly mind.
A global coalition of former military leaders and diplomats who had responsibility over nuclear weapons is launching a "shadow security council" to offer advice to world leaders on how to reduce what they consider to be the growing danger of a nuclear conflict fueled by the rhetoric of President Donald Trump and destabilizing moves by Russian President Vladimir Putin.
The Nuclear Crisis Group, which will be announced in Vienna on Friday, boasts nearly two-dozen members of the nuclear priesthood of at least eight major nations — including a former commander of the U.S. atomic arsenal; the former chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Pakistan; a retired admiral who was in charge of India's nukes; the ex-heads of the Chinese military's strategic studies and science institutes; and Russia's former foreign minister and chief atomic weapons designer. Others joining the initiative include Thomas Pickering, the United Nations ambassador under George H.W. Bush who also served as ambassador to Russia, India and Israel. Continued on Politico
More on removing Trump through the 25th Amendment: Duty to Warn member Dr. Lance Dodes on Lawrence O’Donnell last night:
Check this video from The View out - ignore the source (which is interesting)
Tuesday, May 2, 2017
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Even Joe Scarboro is coming around, Trump has a confused mental state!
How the president will survive a nuclear war he starts:
For those of us who count on Rachel, Lawrence, Chris Hayes, and Joy-ann this was disturbing.
Monday, Mayday, 2017
Ross described how President Donald Trump notified visiting Chinese President Xi Jinping of the strike while the two were enjoying dessert at Trump’s Mar-a-Lago resort.
“Just as dessert was being served, the president explained to Mr. Xi he had something he wanted to tell him, which was the launching of 59 missiles into Syria,” Ross said, according to a report in Variety. “It was in lieu of after-dinner entertainment ... The thing was, it didn’t cost the president anything to have that entertainment.”
(The actual cost of launching the 59 Tomahawk cruise missiles was about $60 million.)
The crowd went wild after Ross’ remarks, Variety reported. The controversial billionaire was speaking at an event hosted by the Milken Institute, a California think tank. Conference-goers paid at least $12,500 each to attend unless they had ties to event sponsors like Goldman Sachs, Reuters noted in a story that called the event a meeting of the “global elite.”
Look at how Trump averts his eyes with Dickersn (which is being replayed again and again - at least on MSNBC)… observe Trump’s body language. Of course Trump’s minions no doubt would have sent the persistent fake reported to the guillotine. What we saw is the tip of the narcissistic rage we know is always under the surface in this off the curve of a garden variety abnormal personality… Trump is the chapter that wasn’t in my 1960’s undergraduate psychology textbook, probably because the writers thought such an extreme disorder could only exist in fiction.. We need a Walter Cronkite to come out and say THIS IS NOT NORMAL.
I put this story on Daily Kos where you can see if anybody comments.
There is some good news:
Trump on the Constitution
How an entire country learned to stop worrying and love the bomb department:
Historian Timothy Snyder: “It’s pretty much inevitable” that Trump will try to stage a coup and overthrow democracy
Yale historian and author of the new book "On Tyranny" says we may have one year left to save American democracy
Late night breaking news - Congress funds Planned Parenthood, 0 for the Wall: Late on Sunday evening, details emerged about a new spending agreement that congressional leaders had reached to keep the federal government open past this week, when current funding runs out, and through the end of September. The deal is looking like a huge victory for Democrats—and a massive failure for Donald Trump and his Republican Party: Daily Kos
I had to look this up department:
MAGA = Make America Great Again.
Now the times I’ve seen it in print makes sense, for example:
I think this is Donny Jr.’s Twitter page: #MAGA
David Gergen says Trump’s message to Americans who didn’t vote for him was: “I don’t give a damn what you think.”
Trump has had the worst beginning of any president since, oh, perhaps William Henry Harrison (who died a month after his inauguration).
On being a minority in America:
On Trump's frequent golfing outings:
On Kellyanne Conway and 'alternative facts':
On the Trump administration:
On headlining the WHCA dinner:
Watch Samantha Bee’s “Not the White House Correspondents Dinner here.
Breaking news which I just heard on MSNBC from General Barry McCaffrey, Ret., that he thinks Gen. Flynn was forced out of his Obama administration job because he had mental health problems.
I wrote a short piece on this for Daily Kos to see if it gets any reaction.
The best Tweet of the day, from from Republican David Frum. Read about the Tweet storm about Trump’s “I’m an ignoramus” comment:
This didn’t get much coverage at the time he said it as the media was focused on Trump’s infatuation with Purin. However it slices open the the dark malignant festering narcissism barely under the surface and adds to one of the other diagnoses that makes trump dangerous, psychopathic personality. A year later we discover we have a psychopathic malignant narcissist impulsive president who is ignorant of the complexities of international relations and the dire consequences of a president who thinks he knows more than his generals.
1/09/16: Republican primary front-runner Donald Trump says North Korean communist dictator Kim Jong-un deserves “credit” for the cutthroat efficiency with which he disposes of his political foes.
“If you look at North Korea, this guy, he’s like a maniac, OK?” Trump said at a rally in Ottumwa, Iowa, on Saturday.
“And you’ve got to give him credit: How many young guys — he was like 26 or 25 when his father died — take over these tough generals and all of a sudden, you know, it’s pretty amazing when you think of it. How does he do that?” he added.
“Even though it is a culture, and it’s a culture thing, he goes in, he takes over, he’s the boss. It’s incredible.”
After North Korea’s government said it successfully tested a hydrogen bomb earlier this week, Trump called the authoritarian leader a “madman playing around with nukes” and a “total nut job.
But he also insinuated that Kim had some admirable qualities.
“I mean, it’s amazing that a young guy would go over and take over,” Trump said Thursday on Fox News’ “On the Record.” “You know, you would have thought that these tough generals would have said no way this is gonna happen when the father died.
“So he’s gotta have something going for him, because he kept control, which is amazing for a young person to do,” he added.
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