January 22, 2017

Post inauguration edition - Jan. 20 to…..

Pre-Trump Era posts:
http://www.halbrown.org/2016/12/january-2017.html

Earlier posts here
http://www.halbrown.org/2016/12/december-2016.html




Tuesday, Jan. 31, 2017
Evening edition: Comments of Trump’s Supreme Court pick (rated PG-13)

If Trump appoints people like Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court our civil rights and freedoms are well and truly fucked-up for the rest of most of our lives.

As this Daily Beast article  says, he is paying off the religious right.

Trump doesn’t care about banning abortions because it doesn’t effect him. He doesn’t care about assisted suicide, gay rights, women’s rights, etc. because these issues don’t effect him.

I hope one of his sons gets a woman other than their wife pregnant…(or Trump himself, that would be even better and it is possible - I looked it up). How delicious if she couldn’t get an abortion even if she wanted to. I doubt his weird gastroenterologist is qualified to do one… Even when Trump offers to pay her $1 million would she trust a back-ally abortionist just doing it for the money?  I wouldn’t put it past him to have her “disappeared.”




Here’s how to make a resistance martyr, Trump:


11,367 and climbing rapidly as it is shared exponentially among mental health professionals. Now we have to see if there’s a response from Senator Schumer (who sure has his hands full with other pressing matters). Hopefully he will keep this as something he can follow up with when he can best use it, and share with other Democratic senators. As I mentioned before, I sent Tweets about this to David Corn, and to the hosts of the MSNBC shows.
Since I live at Willamette View, a Portland Oregon senior community, some readers may be interested in this:
If you click on the image you may go to the Psychiatric Times and be asked to register as a health care professional to read it. If you would like a copy of the article, email me and I will send it to you.

Monday, Jan. 30, 2017
Monday Night Massacre — This went from a one victim massacre to include another official when Trump fired the head of the Customs and Immigration Enforcement Department. It is shades of the Saturday Night Massacre when Nixon fired  independent special prosecutor Archibald Cox, which led to the resignations of Attorney General Elliot Richardson and Deputy Attorney General William Ruckelshaus on October 20, 1973, during the Watergate scandal. Who can forget the visage of the eventual Attorney General Robert Bork?

Get to know our new acting attorney general, at least for a day or two.




Sunday, Day 10, Post Trump
Evening edition:




Saturday, Day 9, Post Trump
Evening edition: 
Most of you are probably asleep. Heres a good story to wake up to.
I cant wait to see what Trump will rage about in his likely overnight Tweet-storm. When I saw the live coverage of the protests at MSNBC and heard that the lawsuit was already filed, I had high hopes. I thought how perfect the timing being the weekend, and the place, was. After all, international airports are all easily accessible by public and private transportation. Trump has been in office nine days and he’s already the subject of a federal lawsuit  and he lost the first round!

Finally - my voice in the wilderness since March gets some vindication:


Friday, Day 8, Post Trump


More unfuckenbelievable times this:
the infinity sign is conventionally interpreted as meaning
that the variable grows arbitrarily large (towards infinity)
 rather than actually taking an infinite value.


More on last night’s incredible story:

Thursday, Day 7, Post Trump
Good night Portland, sleep tight, don’t let the Trump bugs bite.

From Russia with mystery..



Two top Russian spies may die for revealing that Putin’s FSB helped Trump..

















































































































Weds., Day 6, Post Trump




The author of this article is my friend psychoanalyst Dr.  Siebolt Frieswyk. He served and Director, Psychotherapy Training for the Karl Menninger School of Psychiatry & Mental Health Sciences for 15 years. He has held teaching faculty positions with the Topeka Institute for Psychoanalysis since 1980 and the Menninger Post-doctoral Training Program in Clinical Psychology since 1976. From 1980-90, he conducted regional psychotherapy training programs for professionals in the community. Dr. Frieswyk is a faculty member of the Greater Kansas City Psychoanalytic Institute.

Tues. Day 5, Post Trump

This Daily Kos story became one of 12 on their front page staff selected "recommended list" and hence received almost 400 interesting comments.













Kellyanne Conway Says She’s Getting Secret Service Protection After Receiving Threats


President Donald Trump’s adviser says the media is to blame.




All you have to know about Kellyanne in one video:



Alternate Facts from Steve King

I just watched far right borderline looney Rep. Steve King explaining how he justifies the lie that some 3 ½ million illegal immigrants voted for Hillary. He used his “fact checking” on how easy it is to use motor-voter registration in California. He probably looked up the numbers on an alt-right news site like Newsman for his number (although the statistics are well-known). By his warped logic there would have been an impossible movement for each and every one of them to register and vote. This would have had to include the 30% who come from Asia and other countries besides Mexico.

Whatever happened to Occam’s Razor or the  "law of parsimony" a problem-solving principle The principle can be interpreted as stating Among competing hypotheses, the one with the fewest assumptions should be selected. WIKI

What should be clear to any reasonable (sane?) person, the simplest explanation for Hillary winning the popular vote is that she won the popular vote.
************ I have one more space to fill in my Trump poster… (the latest version is here) — I just added bigly and discovered it is a real word, only Trump uses it incorrectly…

A lexicographer with Merriam-Webster says Donald Trump isn’t making up words — he’s just using them all wrong. 

One of the stranger moments in Monday night’s presidential debate came when Donald Trump looked Hillary Clinton in the eye to make an important point about taxation. “I’m going to cut taxes bigly. And you’re going to raise taxes bigly. 

And then Twitter had a minor explosion — smaller than the sniffling but maybe bigger than the 400-pound hacker. People wondered aloud if the Republican candidate, so often critiqued for being flexible with facts, had just made up a word. 

Does anybody believe Trump picked up the word from reading one of these books?  

The first meaning, says Stamper, was to mean “with great force or violently or strongly.” It appeared in such fashion in the classic King Arthur tale Le Morte d’Arthur, published way back in 1485: “So roughly and so bigly that none might withstand him,” wrote Sir Thomas Malory. 

The second meaning, which has been more popular in recent centuries, means “boastfully, haughtily or proudly.” Thomas Hardy put it to use in his 1874 novel Far From the Madding Crowd: “I don’t see that I deserve to be put upon and stormed out for nothing, concluded the small woman bigly.”
(Read more-)


Mon. Day 4, Post Trump

Be one of the first people to hear my friend, 
Herr Doktor Howard Covitz, the learned 
Philadelphia psychoanalysist (similar to a Philadelphia lawyer), 
channelling the Scary Clown… in the 
just released part 2 of the Adestes Desplorables series.






The dictionary also linked to a post that it wrote (well, its editors wrote) about how Conway’s comments fueled a spike in online searches for the word “fact.” That people aren’t sure whether “alternative facts” are still facts appeared to get under the skin ― the cover? ― of the dusty, gold-trimmed book that’s been begging for attention on your shelf for at least a decade.
“In contemporary use, fact is generally understood to refer to something with actual existence, or presented as having objective reality,” reads the post.
It’s not the first time the dictionary has inserted itself into the political arena. Last February, Merriam-Webster tried to help make sense of one of Trump’s error-riddled tweets. From Huffington Post
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.
New: 



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.



MORE:
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

Evening Edition: There are 50 comments on this story and may be a few more as long as it’s on the front page of Daily Kos. As often happens, many of the comments are more interesting than my article. I especially welcome comments from those of you who come to this website first (some of you may actually know me, and a bunch of you log in from Russia - I can only guess as to why that is), and then click over to Daily Kos. Just a reminder: in order to comment on Daily Kos you have to register. It’s quick and safe. They won’t spam you with excess email

For Kellyanne Conway Fans: