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March 31, 2017
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Trumpology: Watch Trump’s body language in this video.
Here’s an intriguing question. Why would Michael Flynn choose this NEVER TRUMP attorney to represent him?
Can Trump Change Libel Laws? The short answer, thankfully, is no.
What does libel law say?
Can the president change libel laws?
The latest on this story: Twitter goes wild over oddball Tillerson:
March 30, 2017
Overhead from G.W. Bush:
From NY Magazine:
The inauguration of Donald Trump was a surreal experience for pretty much everyone who witnessed it, whether or not they were at the event and regardless of who they supported in the election. On the dais, the stoic presence of Hillary Clinton — whom candidate Trump had said he would send to prison if he took office — underlined the strangeness of the moment. George W. Bush, also savaged by Trump during the campaign, was there too. He gave the same reason for attending that Bill and Hillary Clinton did: to honor the peaceful transfer of power.
Bush’s endearing struggle with his poncho at the event quickly became a meme, prompting many Democrats on social media to admit that they already pined for the relative normalcy of his administration. Following Trump’s short and dire speech, Bush departed the scene and never offered public comment on the ceremony.
But, according to three people who were present, Bush gave a brief assessment of Trump’s inaugural after leaving the dais: “That was some weird shit.” All three heard him say it.
A spokesman for Bush declined to comment.
Trump proposed these cuts (State Dept., EPA, etc) in spite of what Richard N. Haass, the president of the Council on Foreign Relations, described in an essay titled “The World Without America” as threats to “the domestic foundations of American Power,” including “crumbling infrastructure, second-rate primary and secondary schools, outdated immigration system, and slow economic growth.”
In addition, Trump has antagonized the leaders of allied countries like Mexico, Australia and Germany, and he has repeatedly demonstrated an extraordinary lack of knowledge about foreign affairs.
This is the president who faces what Warren Christopher, President Clinton’s first secretary of state, called problems from hell. A partial list, compiled by Project Syndicate, includes: intensifying conflicts and dissent within the European Union; the rise of illiberal forces, including welfare chauvinism and exclusionary nationalism; the danger to the continued independence of the buffer states surrounding Russia; a frayed consensus in support of western liberal democratic principles; aggression from a nuclear-armed North Korea and counter threats from the Trump administration of a pre-emptive strike; a foreign policy that The Economist reports has left America’s allies “aghast” — a policy that “seems determined to destroy many of the institutions and alliances created in the past half century.” NY Times Mar. 30th
March 29, 2017
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I didn’t know what the “Snow Revolution” was. Now, thanks to Al Jazeera, I do and it has little to do with Trump. However, if you want to be well informed about Putin and Russia you need to know this.
First read this morning:
Rick Wilson, the GOP strategist who has emerged as a leading anti-Trump gadfly, was recently talking to a good friend of his who serves in Congress, representing a moderate but solidly Republican district in the upper Midwest. “He loathes Donald Trump,” Wilson told me. “Hates him with the fire of a million suns.” Yet the congressman told Wilson he’s terrified to cross the president, saying, “ ‘If I say something about [Trump], one tweet could kill me.’ ”
Talking to Republican Trump critics, however, the question seems naïve. “The fact of the matter is when they’re confronted with criminal malfeasance, and things that at the very minimum border on collusion with the enemy, they’re not going to do shit,” Wilson says of Republicans in Congress. “Donald Trump could murder a child on the White House lawn and eat him raw and those pussies in Congress will never do a thing.” (red emphasis added)
Advice to Jared Kushner on how he can solve the opioid abuse crisis
Next, privatize drug enforcement and, finally, construct a massive private drug prison complex.
March, 28, 2017
Halfway through watching Rachel tonight and all I can say is this.
What is it going to take for the House to begin impeachment: Videos coming out of Trump at Mar-a-Lago doing a Cosby on an underaged illegal immigrant?
The gems from MSNBC last night
Some weird news not about Trump:
March 27, 2017
BREAKING: 5:36 PM
Canada will legalize weed | Night peeing caused by too much salt| Saturday Night Live will be live in April | Trump’s $1 million boyhood Queens home sold for more than $2 million | Elton Musk wants to implant a computer chip in your brain | Sarah Silverman, my favorite Jewish comedienne, gets show on HULU (sock it to them gurl ) | Just what we need, new technology to facilitate real human interaction | Portland bottle bill recycle goes from 5 to 10 cents April 1st | Your dose of snake news: Deadly coral snake venom make offer human pain relief
Is this batshit paranoid or plausibly predictive? Is it fear mongering or sounding an alarm?
There is no question that Donald J. Trump is a lying, thieving, backstabbing, two-faced, violent criminal.
There is also no doubt that he is the front man for a far-right network of white nationalist politicians and businessmen that want to revive the Confederacy. This network has been contracted by Vladimir Putin to facilitate the takeover of the federal government of the United States as part of a larger effort to dismantle western nations, alliances and power. Collectively, they have occupied the White House and begun the process of dismantling the federal government, isolating the US from its allies, bankrupting the economy, restructuring and hyper-funding the military and cleansing the nation of people of color, the poor, people living with disabilities, non-Christians, and anyone else not deemed part of the master race. Together, under the authority of Donald Trump and his Republican Congress, the GOP and the Russian government are gutting the corpse of the United States and positioning its zombie carcass to carry out the will of an adversarial Putin led eastern alliance that is openly working to dismantle the Western World.
For no particular reason:
|Age is catching up to our short fingered, balding, fat dictator.|
The Biggest Lesson From the Trumpcare Debacle
It showed us how government by misogynists actually translates into policy."The cruel and stupid legislative clusterfuck known as the American Health Care Act has now failed. In trying to ram it through, however, Republicans succeeded in demonstrating, with coruscating clarity, what misogynist government looks like. In the negotiations over the ACHA, male Republicans treated women’s health as a token to be traded away, repeatedly upping the ante with inventive new ways to make women vulnerable. Before it went down in flames, the Republican attempt to repeal Obamacare showed us how total disregard for women’s lives translates into policy." Continued on Slate
March 25, 2017
Sometimes it’s the incremental comparatively little things that can add up to significantly undermine Trump and the cold-hearted GOP. Kraig Moss, below, was known as the “Trump Troubadour” and performed at many Trump rallies.
|The killer of Denis N. Voronenkov, Putin enemy, was identified as a 28 yr. old Russian agent. He was shot at the scene by a Voronenkov bodyguard and died at the hospital.|
|According to the NY Times: ”Mr. Voronenkov was a member of the Russian Parliament before defecting to Ukraine last year with his wife, Maria Maksakova, also a politician. He had offered to testify for the prosecution in a criminal case against Viktor F. Yanukovych, the former Russia-aligned president of Ukraine who was driven from office by street demonstrators in 2014. He promised to deliver an insider’s account of the Kremlin’s deliberations and actions during the annexation of Crimea the same year."|
March 24, 2017
Amid the flood of news let’s not loose track of Putin’s murderous ways. Thanks to Rachel last night:
March 23, 2017
Trump news you may have missed:
I was hoping a national poll would ask the last question. It was phrased as benignly as possible - they didn’t say mentally stable. The underlying message is that most Americans by far think he is, or may not be, psychologically fit to be president.
March 22, 2017
|Trump can fire them both. Would he dare?|
March, 21, 2017
Excerpt from NY Times article (emphasis added)
Why Letting Go, for Trump, Is No Small or Simple Task
Below video from Thom Hartmann, no. 1 progressive radio talk show host.
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March 20, 2017
From Why “Crazy Like a Fox” vs. “Crazy Like a Crazy” Really Matters
If you followed today’s hearing and the coverage afterwards you know about the Tweets on Trump’s POTUS account. Most or all of his late night Tweetstorms come from his @realDonaldTrump.
On the rare occasions he uses the official POTUS account he signs his Tweets DJT.
The Tweets today are signed @Scavino. This means they are from his social media directorDan Scavino.
Here’s what you should know about him:
He’s the former caddy who ended up as manager of his golf club Dan Scavino. When Trump posts on POTUS he adds DJT. Scavino is a reprehensible worm: Dan Scavino, frequently used social media while working on the Trump campaign to share links from sites that push fake news and conspiracy theories. He was also responsible for an anti-Semitic Trump campaign tweet and routinely attacked Fox News host Megyn Kelly, who cited Scavino as a reason she received death threats during the campaign.Here’s the major news so far: WASHINGTON ― The FBI director confirmed the existence of an investigation into possible ties between associates of President Donald Trump and Russian government officials. Read more here… he is a reprehensible worm.
March 19, 2017
Trending on YouTube: A song for our times of Trump.
For my shrink readers:
|Hey, give them their just rewards for being at the top of the mental health profession, after all they had to memorize a million medical terms, dissect a cadaver, and with some men, have their first wives put them through medical school to get there.|
Here’s a list gather from a Time Magazine article this week:
From the UK Daily Telegraph:
ntelligence sources told The Telegraph that both Mr Spicer and General McMaster, the US National Security Adviser, have apologised over the claims. "The apology came direct from them," a source said.
General McMaster contacted Sir Mark Lyall Grant, the Prime Minister's National Security adviser, to apologise for the comments. Mr Spicer conveyed his apology through Sir Kim Darroch, Britain's US ambassador.
Mr Spicer had earlier repeated claims that Barack Obama used GCHQ to spy on Mr Trump before he became president.
"He’s able to get it and there’s no American fingerprints on it," Mr Spicer said of the intelligence supposedly provided to Mr Obama by Britain.
I think we are seeing a case of paranoia contagion in the White House. Call in the CDC before Trump disbands it.
A culture of paranoia is consuming the Trump administration, with staffers increasingly preoccupied with perceived enemies—inside their own government. In interviews, nearly a dozen White House aides and federal agency staffers described a litany of suspicions: that rival factions in the administration are trying to embarrass them, that civil servants opposed to President Donald Trump are trying to undermine him, and even that a “deep state” of career military and intelligence officials is out to destroy them. \Politco