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Oct. 17, 2017
"What we witnessed on the part of the president was a meltdown. Sad to say," Pelosi told reporters at the White House. "I pray for the president all the time, and I tell him that. I pray for his safety and that of his family. Now we have to pray for his health — because this was a very serious meltdown on the part of the president," Pelosi said. She held her tongue during Trump’s editing of hurricane maps with Sharpies and his fantastical endeavor to purchase Greenland, but now Pelosi is openly questioning the president's mental fitness. It may be time for some within his administration to sound the alarm.
Nancy Pelosi goes there: Trump's White House "meltdown" a sign he's cracking under pressure
When I was working as a psychotherapist I did a lot of marriage counseling. I've done a fair bit of thinking about the Trump marriage, and have written about the Conway's marriage. I haven't bothered pondering about the Pence marriage. Now this comes out and it makes me wonder about how a couple can lose whatever values they have in pursuit of selfish goals.
Oct. 16, 2019
Late night: Trump tweeted this photo to the world. It ended up backfiring. Read comments here.
Lawrence O'Donnell discussed it tonight:
Hello world, this is our president:
|Photo from meeting|
and this too: This letter Trump sent to the president of Turkey is so embarrassing, some suspect it is a parody and then this: Trump Implies Vets Suffering From PTSD 'Can’t Handle' War
Donald Trump has come under fire for comments he made during a Q&A with retired veterans Tuesday morning. Speaking with the Retired American Warriors PAC in Virginia, the Republican nominee suggested veterans suffering from PTSD are not “strong” and “can’t handle” the stresses of war. “When people come back from war and combat and they see things that, maybe a lot of the folks in this room have seen many times over, and you’re strong and you can handle it, but a lot of people can’t handle it,” Trump said.
My story is a bit lighter than usual:
Editorial: My Current Choice
Documents obtained by ProPublica show stark differences in how Donald Trump’s businesses reported some expenses, profits and occupancy figures for two Manhattan buildings, giving a lender different figures than they provided to New York City tax authorities. The discrepancies made the buildings appear more profitable to the lender — and less profitable to the officials who set the buildings’ property tax.
For instance, Trump told the lender that he took in twice as much rent from one building as he reported to tax authorities during the same year, 2017. He also gave conflicting occupancy figures for one of his signature skyscrapers, located at 40 Wall Street.
Lenders like to see a rising occupancy level as a sign of what they call “leasing momentum.” Sure enough, the company told a lender that 40 Wall Street had been 58.9% leased on Dec. 31, 2012, and then rose to 95% a few years later. The company told tax officials the building was 81% rented as of Jan. 5, 2013.
‘God help us’: Nobel Laureate Paul Krugman explains how Trump and Barr are using ‘religious bigotry’ to distract from president’s ‘unsuitability for high office’
Science News: Scientists discover big storms can create ‘stormquakes’
Local story: For the Birds
Local story: For the Birds
Oct. 15, 2019
Evening thought - good news is that as Trump tries to find lawyers to fight his impeachment he is bound to get mostly losers: A former White House official said that anyone who joins Trump’s team would have to be prepared to get blamed if the House ends up voting to impeach him, even if the Senate blocks a conviction, which is likely. An impeachment in the House, “will remain with him forever,” the former official says, “he will blow out everybody and say it was their fault and they were totally incompetent,” the official says. “So why jump on board?” Time Magazine
This story made the Daily Kos recommended list, unusual since it only took 30 people to recommend it and now it has 73 recommendations with 74 comments. I have since changed the picture to a more visible thumbnail for the main page and more Portlandia-ish with the Mt. Hood background. Those who are registered on Kos can recommend a story and as long as it is on that list it stays on the front page. Otherwise it stays under "recent stories" and eventually disappears.\
So many quotes to highlight, but here's my choice for the best quote of the day (so far):
Read story: Prominent conservative legal scholar rips Trump anti-impeachment letter to House Democrats: ‘The White House counsel was sick the day they taught law at law school’
Jeff Clawson, M.D., is medical director of the Division of Research, Standards and Academics at the International Academies of Emergency Dispatch, Salt Lake City.
- It may be reasonably and clinically possible that he has FTD (Frontotemporal Dementia) which is the front-brain equivalent of Alzheimer’s disease, that results in an increasing lack of verbal and emotional control, including expressions and simple judgments we would all expect from a mentally capable person in such a profoundly responsible position in the world.
- For the record, its signs and symptoms are poor judgment, loss of empathy, socially inappropriate behavior, lack of inhibition, repetitive compulsive behavior, inability to concentrate or plan, frequent, abrupt mood changes and speech difficulties.
- The 25th Amendment, specifically added into the Constitution for just this type of situation, should obviously be now invoked by the president’s retinue, who we often hear through the grapevine, and from former “retired members” of this administration, are more than randomly troubled and actually sickened by his guy’s unbalanced, and, in my medical opinion, unstable, histrionic, narcissistic, megalomaniacal, and early senility-like (FTD) lack of inhibition in rambling speech, decisions and actions.
- This guy is a psychiatric ICD-10 code menagerie. Essentially, our president appears to be functioning as an “escaped-from-reality TV” mental patient.
Oct. 14, 2019
Oct. 13, 2019
Some oddities in this photo of Trump and his rally crowd. Note that most of the faces except Trump's are blurred, and most people in the front are looking at him. Click images to enlarge.
Some of these men look like Secret Service, but who is the woman reflected in the teleprompter screen?
Here's a good Daily Beast article. The author corrected an error I emailed him about (he thanked me). When he wrote about malignant narcissism he said it was Eric Erikson's concept and he meant to write Erich Fromm.