Prediction of the week:
Based on Trump being skewered for lack of empathy, plus saying “I love my dreamers” when asked about them in his press conference, I predict he will announce he doesn’t want to cancel DACA. His speech will have been outsourced to a writer who actually has empathy.
QUOTE OF THE DAY
unleashed his temper, Trump is reeling, taken to lashing out, turning on people that are very close to him, Trump’s ire, been fuming, increasingly pricklyand how about this from the Washington Post?
Only the thinnest of veils hid Trump's anger at a February Time magazine cover that described Stephen K. Bannon, then the White House chief strategist, as “the great manipulator.” Without saying explicitly what he was responding to, Trump tweeted that he calls his own shots and accused the “fake news” media of lying.
More psychoanalysis of Trump:
‘The Unauthorized Psychoanalysis of Donald Trump’ The most recent part of a series by James McIntosh, MD in New York City’s Amsterdam News (author of an analysis of Guiliani)
Thursday, Aug. 31, 2017
This is difficult to watch - and then remind yourself this is a president speaking. Everyone in the UK should see it.
Evening Update: Many of you have heard of Eric Schneiderman, the NY State attorney general who sued Trump over Trump University. Another name which may not have been familiar (I didn’t know it) is Cyrus R. Vance, the district attorney covering New York City where many if not most of Trump Inc.’s crimes were also committed. Either the state or city could prosecute.
Here’s what you should know about Vance:
- First, the basic, fundamental problem is President Short Attention Span himself. Trump’s inability to focus for longer than the duration of a tweet will make his troubles in the coming months much, much worse.
- Second, Donald Trump’s disaster on race isn’t over, no matter how many variations of the staff-driven cleanup speeches and remarks he reads.
- Third, Trump’s promise to shut down the government unless Congress funds his absurd Wall led to members of both congressional bodies rolling their eyes so hard it’s surprising they don’t need ophthalmic surgery.
- Four: Trump isn’t ready for (the economic disaster from Harvey) because he’s never ready for anything, but if a big part of his narrative that his brief, spotty tenure as president is an economic miracle, he’d better hurry.
- Finally and fifth, the topic that makes Trump climb the Oval Office walls like a rabid animal; Russia. The Russia crisis never goes away, and never gets any better.
|Left Chauncey DeVega — Right Digby|
Trump claimed he witnessed Harvey’s devastation ‘first hand.’ The White House basically admits he didn’t. Washington Post
He met with a number of state and local officials who are eating, sleeping, breathing the Harvey disaster. He talked extensively with the governor, who certainly is right in the midst of every bit of this, as well as the mayors from several of the local towns that were hit hardest. And detailed briefing information throughout the day yesterday talking to a lot of the people on the ground. That certainly is a firsthand account.
|Yes to white supremacists|
More from the You Can’t Make This Crap Up Department: Trump administration selects former DeVry official to lead college enforcement unit
What if turns out Trump’s mighty power of pardon might have a loophole as big as a hangman’s noose? By Hal Brown on Daily Kos
Mueller teams up with New York attorney general in Manafort probe. The cooperation is the latest sign that the investigation into Trump's former campaign chairman is intensifying.
Special counsel Robert Mueller’s team is working with New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman on its investigation into Paul Manafort and his financial transactions, according to several people familiar with the matter.
The cooperation is the latest indication that the federal probe into President Donald Trump’s former campaign chairman is intensifying. It also could potentially provide Mueller with additional leverage to get Manafort to cooperate in the larger investigation into Trump’s campaign, as Trump does not have pardon power over state crimes.
This answers a question which has puzzled me. My understanding of the pardon powers of the president was that he could only apply them to those charged with of convicted of a federal crime.
Lawrence and his guests also discussed how facing a serious state charge someone like Manafort might be willing to testify against high-ups.
But then I put that idea aside without checking since all the furor of Arpaio and what next Trump might do with his mighty pardon powers led me to believe he could pardon anyone for any crime anywhere. I should have looked up “can the president pardon state crimes.”
Under the Constitution, only federal criminal convictions, such as those adjudicated in the United States District Courts, may be pardoned by the President. In addition, the President's pardon power extends to convictions adjudicated in the Superior Court of the District of Columbia and military court-martial proceedings. However, the President cannot pardon a state criminal offense. Accordingly, if you are seeking clemency for a state criminal conviction, you should not complete and submit this petition. Instead, you should contact the Governor or other appropriate authorities of the state where you reside or where the conviction occurred (such as the state board of pardons and paroles) to determine whether any relief is available to you under state law. If you have a federal conviction, information about the conviction may be obtained from the clerk of the federal court where you were convicted. Read entire webpageWell I almost beat MSNBC to get it out, but as tired we get of saying “this is big news” this may turn out to be bigger than we anticipate. As Lawrence O’Donnell just said, it would extraordinary if the federal government turned over prosecution to New York of a case this extraordinarily major that they both had standing to charge.
Remember Manafort’s lobbying work, financial transactions, and real estate deals many in New York.
According to Politico, about Schneiderman and his history with Trump: the sadistic bully has mocked him “relentlessly on social media and TV, denouncing him as a “hack” and “lightweight.”
And then there was the $25 million settlement last November due to the fraudulent practices at Trump University.
Politico also reports that “The New York prosecutor’s office also is looking into some of Trump’s business transactions and could potentially share those records with Mueller’s team, one of these people said. Those inquiries are in the preliminary stage.”
Tuesday, Aug. 29, 2017
Just posted on The NY Times:
The Opinion Pages | OP-ED COLUMNIST
To start, it should be apparent to the reasonable member of Congress that abuse of power is the most prominent and problematic motif running through the Trump presidency.
|Could anybody outside of fiction be this narcissistic?|
I think most Duty to Warn therapists would agree with this letter, although about half of those who commented don’t.
Here’s another story to watch for tomorrow about what could be a prelude to minimizing the US participation in the United Nations.
Place a Bet: How many cartoons will be published tomorrow of Ivanka sitting on Putin’s chair.
Here’s a messaging conversation I just had with another online analyst friend besides Drs. Gartner and Covitz. Here’s how she responds to my imagining cartoons of Ivanka on Putin’s chair:
Analyst: As long as she only sits on his chair.
Me: It’s what she is actually doing at the same time as she is sitting on his chair. Do I need to spell it out?
Analyst: Not Necessary. I got the picture.
Me: 😄😄 I am actually still chuckling at this….
Analyst: I haven’t seen you this happy in a long time. 😍
The same analyst friend found this on Occupy Democrats. Click image to see video.
|The Beatles Live Nowhere Man 1966|
Could this be the final nail in the coffin for Trump’s presidency?
One of the best Tweets from the disaster:
Paul Krugman in the New York Times: Facism, American Style:
Sunday, Aug. 27, 2017
Evening breaking news Washington Post:
Before I have thoughts and articles worth sharing about Trump here are somethings to consider:
A Yale neuroscientist says tasting wine "engages more of our brain than any other human behavior.”
Sat. Aug, 26, 2017
The white supremacists admire Confederate generals. The Nazis, even more disturbingly, praise Nazis and fascists most of us have never heard of. Could it be that some of them have even studied the Nazi and fascist movement from the 1930’s? There’s just something particularly chilling about that.
This is from HUFFPOST:
Canada Free Press Media now doing stories about how much the media are talking about Trump's mental health
Toronto METR Diagnosing Donald Trump: Has he come undone?: Burman
The question is now being asked openly: Is Donald Trump mentally competent to be president?
Fox: Media’s 'crazy' attack on Trump is top fail of the week Looks like we’ve got their attention!
Big news: Now that it’s a disaster in Texas, Trump hasn’t screw up on Harvey (yet). Hmmm… he proposed cutting FEMA granting funding to states and cities by $667 million.
Tweet of the Day:
This comes from a resident of New York City whose claim to fame before today was being blocked by Donald Trump, Jr. Today he made a this HUFFPOST article.
Quote of the Day:
Friday, Aug. 25, 2017
I’ve know for some time my DTW friend, Dr. John Gartner was working on this:
by Dr. John Gartner In Salon
Remember, you don’t have to be a member of Twitter read Tweets there, even from Donald Trump.
|He was on All In With Chris Hayes tonight.|
Duty to Warn therapists consider Trump to be a malignant narcissist. However this includes all or most of the characteristics of a sociopath. Here Donnie Deutsch reads the definition of sociopath on MSNBC. Other panelists take it as a joke at first but Deutsch brooks none of their flippancy.
After Trump’s “fire and fury” remarks about North Korea, earlier this month, Dr. Bandy Lee, a professor of psychiatry at Yale Medical School, sent her second letter about Trump to all members of Congress, warning that his “severe emotional impediments” pose “a grave threat to international security.” Four colleagues joined her this time, but, she told me, “In the beginning, I was trying to write letters to Congress members and I couldn’t get anyone to sign on, even though nobody disagreed.” Her book, “The Dangerous Case of Donald Trump,” forthcoming in October, collects essays by more than a dozen mental-health experts and makes the case that the Trump Presidency is an emergency that not only allows but may even require psychiatrists to depart from the Goldwater rule. Seeking contributors, Dr. Lee was mindful that most colleagues would be nervous walking the tightrope, so she approached prominent writers who might have enough stature to withstand criticism, including Philip Zimbardo, Judith Herman, Robert Jay Lifton, and Gail Sheehy. (Next month, Dr. Lee will have a closed meeting with several as-yet-unnamed lawmakers to advise them on how Congress might convene mental-health professionals to review the President’s state of mind.)
You grow numb. You grow weary. I recall discovering a few weeks back that President Trump had lied about two phone calls, one from the president of Mexico and one from the head of the Boy Scouts. The calls, supposedly to congratulate him, did not exist. They never happened. They were pure inventions. Asked if Trump had lied, the White House press secretary, Sarah Huckabee Sanders, said, “I wouldn’t say it was a lie.”
I actually remember shrugging. The shrug was terrifying. This is how autocrats — or would-be autocrats — cement their power. They wear you down with their lies. They distract you. They want you to believe that 2+2=5. They want you to forget that freedom withers when the distinction between truth and falsehood dies. In a dictatorship there is a single font of “truth”: the voice of the dictator. Remember Trump at the Republican National Convention a little over a year ago: “I am your voice.” And now his voice is everywhere.
There’s the scripted Trump voice, which is fake. There’s the unscripted voice, which is genuine. The two tend to alternate; call this the choreography of disorientation. It’s confusing, like having a president who isn’t really a president but instead acts like the leader of a rabble-rousing movement. From “Truth, Lies and Numbness” NY Times