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August 17, 2018


From the Capitol Hill Blue archives: Washington, District of Contrasts, 2009, My  Photo Essay. Click images to enlarge These were taken a few months before my wife was diagnosed with terminal cancer and six months before she died. It was our last trip.

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Aug. 16, 2018 

‘The Guy’s Not Right’ – Scarborough Questions Trump’s Mental Health


Scarborough said he believes that the president has a pathological need to be liked which leads him to take irrational steps with the sole purpose of getting praise and support from people who already like him.
“Donald Trump now is at the point he’s so fragile and cannot ever, ever be in any interaction, any exchange in any room that’s just not pure lionization, canonization, and it defies any left-brain logic. He’s built so fragilely now that he can only exist in an alternative universe, regardless of whether it’s the smart or dumb political thing, where he is basically pillowed around by that 30 percent.” Donnie Deutsch
“They just sort of erupt out of him. He learned to do one extraordinary thing during the campaign, which is the sort of stream-of-consciousness rallies in which for a segment of the electorate, they are catnip, they are amphetamines. They are whatever you — some kind of drug that really pump people up — and that’s really what he knows how to do. So that’s what he’ll continue to do, and it turns out the other 60 percent, more and more, but this is not just all some diabolical plot. This is a man out of control.” Eugene Robinson

'If they take the House, he wins big': Trump loyalists see upside in impeachment: Politico

My comment:

I hope Trump ends up believing this because I'll enjoy watching him decompensate as the Democrat controlled House Judiciary Committee led by Congressman Jerrold “Jerry” Nadler issues subpoenas and takes testimony and makes a compelling case against Trump for everything from conspiring with the Russians to violating the Emoluments Clause. If the Senate say at 50/50 R and D doesn't convict it probably would fall a few votes short of the 2/3rd super-majority. Trump still will be branded as someone who barely dodged being removed from office. He would have to run for a second term having solidified his base, but having lost so many moderate Republicans he would loose in a landslide.

It is worth noting that The House members present the prosecution case, and Trump would mount a defense with his own attorneys. Rudy? That would be amazing.

There is no comparision to Clinton because his impeachment was bogus. A blue dress is hardly the same as conspiring with the Red Menace.

Aug. 15, 2018


Portland Developers Are Offering Renters Amazon Gift Cards to Move Into Their Luxury Apartments

New construction has sent a flood of new apartments onto the market. A month's free rent has become standard.-------

‘The guy’s not right’: Morning Joe raises new questions about Trump’s mental health


'The Greatest Intelligence Operation of Our Time': Investigative Journalist Details How Trump Has Been Compromise by Russia for Years

Aug. 14, 2018

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Aug. 12, 2018

My Daily Kos story for today:

Watch the extraordinary secretly recorded firing interview between Omarosa and Gen. Kelly

The Lesson of Omarosa’s New Trump Book - The New Yorker

EXCERPT: Trump’s hard-core supporters have proved to be morally malleable. They are unconcerned about a wide array of his character failings; there’s no reason to suspect that this one would have been different.

Trump’s personal history was a bramble of backward racial ideas long before the tiki torches were lit in Charlottesville last summer. His personal history yields an impressive greatest-hits collection that would include him beginning his Presidential campaign by conflating Mexicans with rapists and later stating that Judge Gonzalo Curiel should not preside over the Trump University fraud suit because of his Hispanic heritage. Trump asked a friend of Karen McDougal, the former Playmate with whom Trump had an extramarital affair, if she liked “big black dick.” There is also, of course, the matter of the Justice Department accusing the Trump family firm of discriminating against African-American renters in the seventies (Trump settled the suit without admitting guilt), his racist public assault on the Central Park Five, and his use of birtherism to propel himself into national politics. 

In a more recent spree, he questioned the intelligence of Representative Maxine Waters, LeBron James, and the CNN host Don Lemon—each of whom is black—and (again) assailed African-American football players.

The issue of whether Trump used the word in question is almost completely inconsequential, yet the fact that it does not matter is itself of great consequence. 

Aug. 11, 2018