Previous editions here.
Weds, Nov. 15, 2017
Nothing to do with Trump. It does have to do with Trumpism. I heard this live this morning and it illustrates why Ali and Ruhl, and Stephanie Ruhl in particular, are on the top of my list of favorite MSNBC hosts. Now it is making the national news here and below.
Part of this interview made no sense to me. I had to look up Ali Velshi on Wiki understand.
Born in Nairobi, Kenya and raised in Toronto, Ontario, he is the son of Murad Velshi, the first Canadian of Indian origin elected to the Legislative Assembly of Ontario and his wife Mila, who grew up in South Africa. He is an Ismaili Muslim of Gujarati Indian descent and earned a degree in religious studies from Queen's University in Kingston, Ontario in 1994. During his time at Queen's he made news by organizing protests against Preston Manning and Canada's Reform Party. In 2010, Velshi was awarded the Queen's University Alumni Achievement Award. In 2016, Velshi was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Laws by his Alma Mater. He previously attended Toronto's Northern Secondary School during which time he was elected school president.
From the Interview (emphasis added)
“If Roy Moore doesn’t remember, why would he say it’s false?” Ruhle asked the lawyer. “And why would he need permission from these girls’ mothers if they’re not underage?” Garman fumbled for an answer.“Culturally speaking, obviously there’s differences,” Garmon started.
“I looked up Ali’s background there, wow, that’s awesome that you have got such a diverse background ― it’s really cool to read.” Velshi and Ruhle both appeared perplexed.
“What does Ali’s background have to do with dating a 14-year-old?” Ruhle responded. “Please answer: What does Ali Velshi’s background have do with dating 14-year-old girls?”
“In other countries, there’s arrangements through parents for what we would refer to as consensual marriage,” Garmon said.
“Ali is from Canada,” Ruhle said. “I don’t know where you’re going with this, Trenton,” Velshi said.
Garmon continued to fumble his responses, leading Ruhle to another line of questioning.“You have young daughters,” she told Garmon. “If your daughter was 14, would you think it’s appropriate that she date a man in his 30s? Would you think it was normal that a random man sign her yearbook?”
“I would say no,” Garmon said. “If someone came to me like what was postulated there and said, ‘May I date your daughter ― don’t know her age’ ― I would say no.” Garmon confirmed he would continue to support the senate candidate.
“From who I know in Roy Moore, I know no better man,” he said. “I know a lot of good men, a lot of good women. But who I know in Roy Moore, I know no better man.”
I am glad to see this has already made the news:
Briefly Noted: Trump posted this Tweet last night but deleted it when someone pointed out that the new mass shooting didn’t take place in Sutherland Springs. He was reacting to a shooting spree in Northern California which left five people dead. My explanation, which isn’t meant to be snarky, is simply that he had to spend some time remembering the name of the town in Texas he (and almost nobody else) ever heard of. The unfamiliar town name was near the forefront of his often faulty memory. Therefore when he heard about the latest shooting he impulsively Tweeted basically the same thing he Tweeted after the Sutherland Springs shooting. HB
This is getting wide coverage, for example here.
This analysis, chilling and enlightening as it is, doesn’t shed light on the question “what does Trump get out of being a cult leader?” Not that those who study Trump don’t have a good idea.Trump Vocabulary WordS of the Day:
Whataboutism (also known as whataboutery) is a variant of the tu quoque logical fallacy that attempts to discredit an opponent's position by charging them with hypocrisy without directly refuting or disproving their argument, which is particularly associated with Soviet and Russian propaganda. When criticisms were leveled at the Soviet Union, the Soviet response would be "What about..." followed by an event in the Western world.
Use by Donald Trump
Critics say that US President Donald Trump has engaged in whataboutism in response to criticism leveled at him, his policies, or his support of controversial world leaders. National Public Radio (NPR) reported, "President Trump has developed a consistent tactic when he's criticized: say that someone else is worse." NPR noted Trump chose to criticize the Affordable Care Actwhen he himself faced criticism over the proposed American Health Care Act of 2017, "Instead of giving a reasoned defense, he went for blunt offense, which is a hallmark of whataboutism."NPR noted similarities in use of the tactic by Putin and Trump, "it's no less striking that while Putin's Russia is causing the Trump administration so much trouble, Trump nevertheless often sounds an awful lot like Putin."
When criticized or asked to defend his behavior, Trump has frequently changed the subject by criticizing Hillary Clinton, the Obama Administration, and the Affordable Care Act. When asked about Russian human rights violations, Trump has shifted focus to the US itself, employing whataboutism tactics similar to those used by Russian President Vladimir Putin.
After Fox News host Bill O'Reilly and MSNBC host Joe Scarborough called Putin a killer, Trump responded by saying that the US government was also guilty of killing people. Garry Kasparov commented to Columbia Journalism Review on Trump's use of whataboutism: "Moral relativism, 'whataboutism,' has always been a favorite weapon of illiberal regimes. For a US president to employ it against his own country is tragic."
Mother Jones compared Trump's use of whataboutism to Putin's, and consulted Columbia University School of International and Public Affairs Russian scholar Dmitry Dubrovsky for his analysis.Dubrovsky noted usage of the tactic by Trump and Putin, as well as by Marine Le Pen, as a way "to destroy the democratic values of the truth." Mother Jones wrote, "In Trump’s version of whataboutism, he repeatedly takes a word leveled in criticism against him and turns it back on his opponents—sidestepping the accusation and undercutting the meaning of the word at the same time."
תועבות פה, תועבות שם, תועבות בכל מקום
Danger Trump Tweet Attack Coming:
Quick Quote from Digby:
Trump clearly believes his Asia trip was a huge success. And it was -- for autocrats and dictators throughout the region. They took their measure of our president, and he showed them what he was made of -- hot air. It's not that he isn't feared. Anyone can see that he is dangerous, because he is in charge of the world's most powerful military and economy, and he is childlike and unpredictable. All these leaders are certainly planning to protect themselves from the United States and to turn Donald Trump's ineptitude to their strategic advantage. The world is a more unstable place than it was 12 days ago.
Monday, Nov. 13, 2017
The problem below is that John Oliver considers the way Trump speaks in a stream of consciousness that often makes no sense is a tactic. It isn’t. It is yet another diagnostic clue to the disordered and dysfunctional mind of a impulsive volatile president that represents a danger to the country. See article
HBO host John Oliver explained during Sunday's episode of Last Week Tonight that President Donald Trump's tactic of speaking in nonsense stream of consciousness is eroding discourse to the point that we're increasingly unable to identify important information.
Even in formal settings, the president routinely goes on long ramblings that bear little or no relation to the topic at hand. The function is to distract the listener and avoid engaging any narrative that could be used to hold the speaker accountable.
Oliver brought the tactic to life by showing a printout of a speech Trump delivered about Iran. The following is the actual text of Trump's remarks.
My Daily Kos story today - comments welcome.“Look, having nuclear — my uncle was a great professor and scientist and engineer, Dr. John Trump at MIT; good genes, very good genes, okay, very smart, the Wharton School of Finance, very good, very smart — you know, if you’re a conservative Republican, if I were a liberal, if, like, okay, if I ran as a liberal Democrat, they would say I’m one of the smartest people anywhere in the world — it’s true! — but when you’re a conservative Republican they try — oh, do they do a number — that’s why I always start off: Went to Wharton, was a good student, went there, went there, did this, built a fortune — you know I have to give my like credentials all the time, because we’re a little disadvantaged — but you look at the nuclear deal, the thing that really bothers me — it would have been so easy, and it’s not as important as these lives are (nuclear is powerful; my uncle explained that to me many, many years ago, the power and that was 35 years ago; he would explain the power of what’s going to happen and he was right — who would have thought?), but when you look at what’s going on with the four prisoners — now it used to be three, now it’s four — but when it was three and even now, I would have said it’s all in the messenger; fellas, and it is fellas, because, you know, they don’t, they haven’t figured that the women are smarter right now than the men, so you know, it’s gonna take them about another 150 years — but the Persians are great negotiators, the Iranians are great negotiators, so, and they, they just killed, they just killed us.”
Excerpt (emphasis added)
“They want to know if he’s crazy,” said Suzanne DiMaggio, “or if this is just an act.”
“They” is North Korean officials. And “he” is Donald Trump. Four times over the last year, in Geneva, Pyongyang, Oslo and Moscow, (scholar studying N. Korea) DiMaggio has secretly met with North Koreans to talk about the country’s nuclear program. But what they really want to talk about, DiMaggio said in an extensive new interview for The Global Politico, is America’s volatile president.
The North Koreans have asked her not only if Trump is nuts, DiMaggio said, but what and how to think about everything from his public undercutting of his Secretary of State Rex Tillerson to Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into possible campaign collusion with Russia.
“They really want to know what is his end game,” said DiMaggio, a scholar at New America who specializes in talking with rogue regimes and and has spent the last two years in these secret discussions with the North Koreans. She believes they were ready after Trump’s surprise election to discuss a new round of official talks with the U.S. to defuse the standoff over their nuclear weapons – but that Trump’s escalating rhetoric and Twitter rants such as his weekend taunting of North Korea’s “short and fat” Kim Jong Un may have foreclosed that option. “They follow the news very closely; they watch CNN 24/7; they read his tweets and other things.”
Among issues the North Koreans have raised with her in recent months, DiMaggio said, were everything from Trump’s tweet urging Tillerson to give up on diplomacy with North Korea (“Is this a good cop/bad cop that he’s doing with Tillerson?”) to Trump’s decision this fall to decertify Iran’s compliance with the nuclear deal forged by his predecessor, Barack Obama. That, DiMaggio said, “has sent a clear signal to the North Koreans: Why should they enter a deal with us, if we’re not going to stick with it?”
“They question his erratic behavior, and also his mounting problems here at home, with the investigation being conducted by Robert Mueller, and they are asking, ‘Why should we begin negotiations with the Trump administration, when Donald Trump may not be president much longer?’”
Sunday, Nov. 12, 2017
Quote of the Day:
Chief of Staff John F. Kelly, responding to the Tweet at left: "Someone, I read the other day, said we all just react to the tweets. We don’t. I don’t. I don’t allow the staff to. We know what we’re doing. Believe it or not, I do not follow the tweets. I find out about them. But for our purposes, my purpose, is we make sure the president is briefed up on what he’s about to do. They are what they are. We develop policy in the normal traditional staff way,” he said. Los Angeles TimesTrump is the perfect president for the haywire age. Kurt Andersen’s cover article in The Atlantic traces the rise a climate conducive to Trumpism back to the 1960’s. See what you think. I posted this on Daily Kos where you can read comments. (HB)
|For the Archive.|
The nation’s current post-truth moment is the ultimate expression of mind-sets that have made America exceptional throughout its history.
Sat., Nov. 11, 2017
Just seconds before midnight last night I posted this:
Nov. 10, 2017
I try to assure that I reference every article published online about Trump being mentally unfit and about the DTW effort. I have discovered recently that I was missing article in the foreign language press (some this past week). I this website ever is used as a reference and archive I want to added old articles I missed. Links to the ones I just found are below:
Die Psyche des US-Präsidenten und das Dilemma der Experten 10 Aug. 2017 Germany - You don’t have to read German to get the gist of this one…. or the next article from Mexico...REALIDAD SOLIPSÍSTICA
In case you missed this (snarky finger caption mine) — A malignant narcissist may not need, indeed may feel encumbered, by having emotional support coming from those who are closest to him. Trump may want adoration and awe, but unlike psychologically healthy people, may not experience the need to be loved and to love. As we wonder about Trump’s mental health and the prospect of him decompensating to the point it is obvious even to his supporters that he can’t serve as president I think that we have some evidence that if he is receiving any genuine emotional support it is coming form someone other than his wife — Ivanka perhaps. Another aspect of our psychological analysis of Trump: what do you think? HB
One year after his election, on November 8, Donald Trump faces the lowest popularity, an intense investigation into the possible collusion of his campaign committee with Russia, growing rejection of influential Republicans and the demand for his dismissal, part of psychiatrists and mental health experts of recognized institutions, because they consider their management a risk for the US and the world.
"Donald Trump suffers delirium of greatness, impulsiveness, compulsive mental imbalance, which combined with an authoritarian cult of personality and disrespect for the rule of law, constitute a dangerous mix" not only for the United States but for the entire world, they warn 27 of the most notable psychiatrists, psychologists and mental health experts in this country, in different books and compendiums of evaluations.
In several books: "The Dangerous Case of Donald Trump" and "Psychiatrists Analyze the Trump Era," mental health experts explain that "Trump's pathological narcissism began as a powerful addiction to feeling superior and special to the degree that it is now willing to lie, cheat, betray and even hurt their close circle. “
In the opinion of experts, Trump has used statements and scandals to divert attention from an agenda that inadvertently advances, remaking the federal justice system, rewriting environmental rules, opening public lands to exploitation, raising demand possibilities for banks or giving light green to mega private infrastructure projects.
"Trump is quietly changing judges and prosecutors, revoking laws authorized by Barack Obama, making partial progress in its prohibition of entry to Muslims, withdrawing US treaties, from TPP, to the Paris Agreements and the commitment to reduce polluting emissions, treaties against corruption, authorizing old forms of oil and coal exploitation, revoking authorization of military service to transgenders and homosexuals and imposing more federal judges.
"Donald Trump is identified by a deep hedonism, he is capable of doing anything to feed his ego, without thinking about the consequences, he is narcissist, always attributing great things to himself, like in his immature talks about sex, practice bullying, mythomania, has low self-esteem Acting constantly as a child that requires attention "the experts point out.
A thorough analysis of Trump's attacks denigrating Mexicans, mocking a reporter with special abilities, lying about nonsense like the number of people attending his inauguration, his campaign that Obama was not born in the United States or statements of that "thousands of Muslims in the US rejoiced with the attacks of 9/11", are evidence of the evaluation made by mental health experts in the books.
Also, Trump's comments that reflect misogyny, paranoia, racism, self-praise, delirium of greatness, power, success, exaggeration of personal successes, demand of constant compliments, loyalty and admiration or attacks and dismissals of those who resist, inability to recognize ideas , skills and emotions of others, disdain and way of taking advantage of everyone, which, they say, prevents you from having healthy relationships with your team and more, with enemies.
With a letter signed by more than 60,000 mental health experts from around the country, the authors warn that ignoring the urgency of removing Trump can generate dangerous consequences.
"The Dangerous Case of Donald Trump", consists of 3 sections in which each one of the controversial actions and statements of Donald Trump with pathologies is analyzed and compared.
It was conducted at the initiative of Dr. Bandy X Lee, Professor of Law and Psychiatry at the Yale School of Medicine, Harvard and Chief Resident of the General Hospital of Massachusetts, with the participation of Hal Brown, Phillip Zimbardo, Rosemary Sword, Craig Malkin , Tony Schwartz, Gail Sheehy, Lance Dodes John Gartner and many others, supported by characters such as the linguist, philosopher, cognitive scientist, historian, social critic and activist Naom Chomsky and others, who have also created the website called www.adutytowarn .org or "the duty to warn" in which they defend their evaluations that, they clarify, is not a diagnosis, but the evaluation of a situation that can cause severe damages not only for the United States but for the peace and stability of the entire world, after only 1 year of being elected President No. 45 of the American Union
Here’s a translated excerpt from a letter to another Mexican publication:
Warnings abound for next year's voters in newspapers, magazines, radio and TV programs, electronic sites and digital networks that fill the global public agenda with balances of the past year. In the United States, this fever reaches editorial production. The titles on the subject stand out in the novelty and bestseller tables. And among these, in fact, those who mention some derivation of the word 'danger' dominate. For example, from the shelf of a branch of Barnes & Noble in Dallas highlights, on the head of Patrick (a grandson eleven year old, avid reader), a volume that proclaims great characters: The year we vote dangerously.
Published in the New York Times bestseller collection, the columns of the Pulitzer Prize Maureen Dowd are well-contextualized. The title The year of vote dangerously recalls that of the 1982 Australian film, The Year We Live in Danger. And then there's the subtitle El madness of American politics (The derangement of american politics). But there is also the most recent title of the collection: The dangerous case of Donald Trump (The dangerous case of Donlad Trump). And not. It is not a propaganda pamphlet. Coordinated by Bandy Lee, from Yale University, its pages parade 27 psychiatrists and mental health specialists who evaluate what they consider very damaged of the current president of the United States.
Duty to warn. The book opens a preface by Robert Jay Lifton, a well-known scholar of the effects of the bomb in Hiroshima and those generated in the Nazi doctors in the concentration camps. Here he refuses to accept as "normal" the "dangerous psychological patterns of Trump," including his tendency to fabricate his own reality. Lifton called it 'malignant normality' in his two previous studies. Now he applies the concept to the effects of the current government or 'anti government' conduct, he says, of the United States. Hence the motto of the Yale Conference where these works arose: the "duty to warn", in this case, of the danger posed to the United States and the world by psychiatric disorders that enlist its president the authors of this book .
Right to know. Correlative to that 'duty to warn' appears the 'right to know', in this case, where Trump may or may not go. In the climate of fear, anger and confusion that has made analysts and interviewers remember the months prior to the fall of President Nixon in 1974, several booksellers of sober cover pages with a blue background draw attention in the Dallas bookstores. and black letters forming the word impeachment, and with a caption in white letters: A citizen's guide. The title refers to the procedure of the Congress to dismiss the president -among other officials- and prosecute them for their faults. And in the case of this 'citizen guide', we are not facing a political pamphlet either. He has just left the presses of Harvard University and its author is a distinguished professor of his law school: Cass R. Sunstein. (Although the opportunity of its appearance does not seem to exhaust itself in purely academic purposes).
General Director of the Economic Culture Fund
I missed posting this:
Tony Schwartz, the author behind, says Trump is moving to “a darker place”
Thursday, Nov. 9, 2017
Above, thanks to a literal misstep Prime Minister Abe made on the golf course, this is what has set the Twitter on fire in Japan.
Trump apologist Tillerson is trying to say that Trump speaks with tongue in cheek when he says things to Asian leaders, for example his comments praising China to taking advantage of the United States to benefit their own citizens.
BEIJING — President Donald Trump said Thursday that he does not blame China for its economic success at the expense of the United States, what he called a "one sided" trade relationship.
"I don’t blame China," he said at a business event joined by Chinese President Xi Jinping. "After all, who can blame a country for being able to take advantage of another country for the benefit of its citizens? I give China great credit.” From NBC News
What a way to “do diplomacy” with leaders and countries who may not understand "the tongue in the cheek.”
Trump administration officials said that the leaders’ exchanges had had a harder edge behind the scenes. Secretary of State Rex W. Tillerson told reporters that Mr. Trump had, in effect, used flattery to appeal to Mr. Xi to do more to isolate North Korea.
“Our president has been very clear with President Xi that he takes the view that, ‘You are a very powerful neighbor of theirs, you account for 90-plus percent of their economic activity, you’re a strong man,’” Mr. Tillerson said, channeling Mr. Trump. “‘You can, I’m sure, solve this for me.’”
Mr. Tillerson dismissed Mr. Trump’s contention that trade deficits were America’s fault as “a little bit of tongue in cheek” in the midst of a much tougher discussion. NY Times
In Japan he tried golf course diplomacy with Prime Minister Abe, but Trump being Trump spent much if not more of him time talking to the golf pro. Walking ahead of him, he didn’t even notice when Abe slipped and rolled down into a sand trap. So very Trump.
According to news reports the Japanese leader spent time practicing his golf game prior to Trump’s visit. Sad. Since when is flattery a basic of diplomacy? Since Trump.
But Abe has always remained tight-lipped about the score, joking that it was a matter of national security.
Still, Nikkan Gendai, a best-selling tabloid, wrote that Abe’s golf diplomacy was a “major failure” as the pair had very few conversations on the golf course.
“Abe often ended up playing alone while Trump walked with and chatted to Hideki Matsuyama,” Gendai wrote, referring to the pro golfer who played with them.Never let it be said that this Duty to Warn therapist lacks compassion for Donald Trump. I have done my duty to warn him about this:
Weds., Nov. 8, 2017
We may be witnessing the dawn of a sweet-talking arms race.
Twitter has increased the number of characters you can use in a Tweet from 140 to 280.
Sometimes laughter is the best medicine.
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Tuesday, Nov. 7, 2017
👋Daily Kos this morning:
Hello to my Russian readers:
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https://biographiya.com/ (A Russian site of biographies)
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Monday, Nov. 6, 2017
Quote from Keith Olbermann“You and I may disagree with what’s wrong with him and what he would do if he truly realized the net is tightening around him. But we can be certain of this: if you told Donald Trump that the indictments are actually happening, and everybody he knows — his advisers, his ex-advisers, his eldest son, his son-in-law — would be indicted and convicted and imprisoned but he himself would not be, he would simply smile that megalomaniac smile of his and grab a new bag of Doritos.” Olbermann: Mueller indictments could be ‘the beginning of the end’ of ‘megalomaniac’ Trump’s presidency
Does this even need a comment?
President Trump was reciting the sort of rote praise that leaders of allied nations heap on one another when he suddenly cut himself off during a joint news conference Monday with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.
|Just a th0ught….|
“And we’re going to try to keep it that way,” Trump added, for good measure. “But you’ll be second.”
Abe, listening to an interpreter through an earpiece, smiled and remained silent. But his face betrayed a touch of uncertainty as the U.S. leader returned to his script. After the Japanese government had rolled out the red carpet for Trump and his family for two days, the patron was being patronized. It is becoming a familiar theme for Abe.
Their relationship can seem like an oddball mismatch of global leaders who are thrust together over their shared dislike of the nuclear-armed tyrant next door in North Korea, but who somehow hit it off amid golf course hijinks. Since Trump took office, Abe has been his most consistent suitor, courting him with luxurious gifts (a $3,800 gold-plated driver) and constant attention (numerous phone calls and a personal visit to the White House and Trump’s Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida).
UPresident Trump toasts after delivering a speech at the opening of a welcome dinner hosted by Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe at Akasaka Palace in Tokyo, Nov. 6, 2017. REUTERS/Shizuo Kambayashi/Pool
But as Abe has lavished attention on Trump, their relationship has retained a subtext in which the U.S. president insists on asserting his dominance in a passive-aggressive manner. It started with Trump’s emasculating 19-second handshake with Abe in their Oval Office meeting in February, after which Abe appeared to grimace as though his fingers had been crushed.
Trump has let up on the power grip since then but in more subtle ways he has continued to show who is the alpha — a price Abe appears willing to pay in his strategic servitude to keep Trump supporting the post-war security alliance that the president had openly questioned in his election campaign.
As Abe praised their relationship as the best of any two leaders in the history of U.S.-Japan relations — something George W. Bush and Junichiro Koizumi, who visited Graceland together in 2006, might dispute — Trump had obvious difficulty playing along. The two had played nine holes the day before, and Abe jokingly said the match had been “neck-and-neck.”
“What was the reality? I hope Mr. Trump can give his evaluation,” Abe said through an interpreter. Trump just smirked and cast him a skeptical sidelong glance.
Before their round of golf on Sunday, when Trump and Abe signed white hatsemblazoned with the slogan, “Donald & Shinzo, Make Alliance Even Greater” in gold lettering, Trump wrote his name in the center of the brim, in large lines, which meant that Abe had to curve his signature off to the side. Continued
Donald Trump’s authoritarian instincts have been checked by his incompetence.
The most important struggle playing out in American politics right now is between President Donald Trump’s thirst for power and his inability to use it effectively.
* We have elected an authoritarian, but an apparently incompetent one. That is the bit of luck on which we are gambling our political system.
* But let us not become so world-weary, so jaded, that we let an admission this grotesque pass without alarm.
* "He says some crazy shit sometimes," one senior GOP aide told Politico. "We are getting used to handling it.
* With Trump, follow-through is presumed unlikely. He does not have the attention span to drive past the obstacles before him. Many of his top aides view him with alarm, and see part of their job as containing his worst behavior.
* Like a cartoon villain, he is more interested in monologuing about his dastardly schemes than in doing the hard work necessary to achieve them.
* That we have installed a would-be autocrat in the White House, but luckily he is too limited to achieve his goals, too distractible to pursue his ends?
Ed. Note: The constant coverage of the shooting will divert attention from any more gaffs Trump makes in Asia, unless they are extraordinarily bad, and from the Wilbur Ross Russia story. Trump displaying malignant narcissism isn't new, but the Ross-Russia story is, and could lead to yet another top administration official having to resign. This puts Trump in what SHOULD be an untenable position if he defends Ross. In effect, he'd be saying that there was nothing wrong with Ross's cozy and profitable relationship with the Russian government-controlled bank. If he fired him he'd be doing so for engaging in the same behavior he and his son did. From the DTW perspective as we watch Trump decompensating this adds to his stress. Will there be a final narcissistic insult that pushes Trump into having a psychotic or psychotic-like break? Or will the course of his illness continue its downward spiral and Trump become so obviously dangerous that the GOP realizes that he has to go? (HB)
Chelsea Handler is a favorite serio-comic talker show host of mine. Her Netflix show finished its last season. She just got a shout-out from Kellyanne Conway.
If I had to read only one OpEd columnist, I’d choose Heather “Digby” Parton. Today’s column about the “more off kilter than usual” president demonstrates why:
Trump has never understood, or respected, the limits on presidential power. Now he’s trying to make them disappearExcerpt:
President Donald Trump is overseas right now, doing personal appearances at his properties and making a fool of himself. So far, he's asked Japanese car makers to start making cars in the United States, apparently ignorant of the fact that three out of four Japanese-branded cars and trucks are already manufactured in America. And he hawked U.S. military equipment as if he were selling Trump steaks on YouTube.
That wasn't the worst of it. He also told American and Japanese troops that no nation should "underestimate American resolve." Then he quipped, "Every once in a while, in the past, they underestimated us. It was not pleasant for them, was it?”
Trump's previous foreign trips have also embarrassing, but he seems more off-kilter than usual this time. Thats obviously because of the pressure he's under back home with the indictments of his former campaign officials by special counsel Robert Mueller. That pressure has once again brought out into the open the authoritarian impulses that are becoming more and more pronounced by the day.
Sunday, Nov. 5, 2017
Me, I’ve been great, I’ve always been great, I’ve always been great, that’s what I do…. brag much Mr. President? (HB)
We must not normalize the behavior of a malignant narcissistic president. For example, this self-referential braggadocio president breaks tradition again, quote from his campaign rally style speech to troops when he landed in Japan. (HB) From the Washington Post.
Breaking with tradition for American presidents on foreign soil, Mr. Trump used his speech to promote his domestic record with a distinct political edge, asserting that the economy and military were far better off since he became president.
“We are back home starting to do, I will tell you — and you’re reading, and you’re seeing — really, really well,” Mr. Trump told the troops, noting that the stock market has surged and unemployment has been low, with almost two million jobs added “since a very, very special day — it’s called Election Day.”
Mr. Trump’s trip to the continent will be the longest by an American president in more than 25 years, with additional stops in South Korea, China and the Philippines. Ahead of what his advisers called a grueling schedule of meetings and summits, the president got a chance to relax by playing golf on Sunday afternoon with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe of Japan at Kasumigaseki Country Club.
The outing was reciprocation for rounds that Mr. Trump hosted in Jupiter, Fla. and nearby West Palm Beach in February for Mr. Abe and Ernie Els, once the world’s top golfer. For Sunday’s round, Mr. Abe invited Hideki Matsuyama, a Japanese golfer ranked fourth in the world. Before the game, the Japanese prime minister presented Mr. Trump with white caps in the style of the president’s trademark red “Make America Great Again” trucker hats; Mr. Abe’s were emblazoned in gold: “Donald and Shinzo Make Alliance Even Greater.”
“Prime Minister Abe is called a trainer of wild animals,” said Fumio Hirai, a commentator on a morning news show on Fuji TV. “And the world is watching how he does with President Trump.”
But on his way back to the airport, Trump made another stop — this time at the Trump Hotel in Waikiki.
According to White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders, Trump wanted to greet the employees and thank them for their hard work in making the Trump Hotel a “tremendously successful project.” This stop, which happened amidst a taxpayer-funded trip, was both unexpected and unannounced, according to reporters travelling with the president.
The Trump Hotel in Waikiki says on its website that it is “not owned, developed, or sold by Donald J. Trump, the Trump Organization, or any of their affiliates.” But Trump’s taxpayer-funded detour to the property proves that the only connection Trump finds important is the branding — and that despite any vocalized separation between Trump and the Trump Organization, he still views himself as the organization’s owner and its ultimate brand ambassador.
After thanking his hotel employees, Trump boarded a plane to Asia, where he will presumably spend the next 12 days trying to ward off a looming nuclear war with North Korea.
Saturday, Nov. 4, 2017
Afternoon Edition -
My article in Daily Kos -
Who is picking these people?
Someone had to offer his bigoted selection to head NASA up for their own reason. Who might it be? Who would risk the bad publicity that would come out if this bigot’s background were revealed by the mainstream media?
It never will end until it’s over department:
Ed. Note: Reporting indications of Trump being a malignant narcissist has become like noting that every time someone sneezes proved they had hay fever. No doubt the international press will be reporting on Trump’s Asia trip this and next week. I anticipate that he will say things that will have his hapless and helpless generals scrambling to minimize, or make light of the way McMasters did when asked about Trump’s unpredictable provocative Tweeting.
On Thursday, national security adviser H.R. McMaster told reporters Trump is unlikely to moderate his remarks overseas. “The president will use whatever language he wants to use, obviously,” McMaster said. “I don’t think the president really modulates his language. I mean, have you noticed him do that? He has been very clear about that.” (And then McMaster let out a slight chuckle and there was a discernible microsecond smile. HB) From HuffPost
Here’s a sample of what people in the business world are reading today:
"I understand your desperation to change the subject, @realDonaldTrump," Warren wrote in a series of tweets. "Your campaign [manager] was just indicted for conspiracy against the US. You may think your tweets are cute, @realDonaldTrump, but they won't stop Mueller's investigation or keep your people out of jail.
"The DNC shouldn't play favourites. But that's a whole lot different from illegally conspiring with Russia. The FBI knows the difference. Slurs, lies & trash talk won't stop the FBI from doing its job. This isn't a dictatorship. It's our democracy. And it's stronger than you."
Twitter immediately slammed the president over his latest racist remarks with many calling him a "bigot" and reporting the post on Twitter for racism."Native Americans have repeatedly told you directly they find your use of This name racist. I'm reporting this tweet," actress Patricia Arquette tweeted. "I'm reporting this tweet."
"3 days after Trump proclaimed November as National Native American Heritage Month, he kicks it off with a racist slur," one Twitter user said. A second added: "How many respectable organizations would allow a senior in management to publicly call employees: liddle', crazy, Pocahontas, or losers?"
Another person tweeted: "Just when it seems he's at his worst, he goes lower. He's mentally ill and unhinged."
Here’s what happens when nobody in his own government trusts the president not to succumb t his mental illness.
International Institute for Strategic Studies, wrote in a report published Friday.
“It is critically important for Asia-Pacific security that Trump does not fly off the handle,” they warned.
Jeffrey Lewis, director of Middlebury’s East Asia Nonproliferation Program, also frets that more hostile statements or tweets from Trump about North Korea could exacerbate an already-tense standoff between Washington and Pyongyang.
As to whether Trump’s inflammatory rhetoric would be more damaging if issued while he’s in Asia rather than back in Washington, Lewis said, “It’s all bad.” He likened the scenarios to choosing “between plague and cholera.”
A new poll shows that French distaste for the American president
No Love For Trump In France
Although Trump has higher unfavorable ratings among French centrist and left-wing voters, the YouGov poll conducted for Le HuffPost between Oct. 25 and 27 shows that the country as a whole views him in an increasingly poor light. The result is fairly unsurprising. France and other European nations never had much confidence in Trump, finding his lack of experience concerning and his derogatory comments toward women and minority groups shocking, experts say.
“The general public opinion on Trump, from the very beginning, has been extremely negative in France ― with a huge majority of French voters considering that Trump was not only a big surprise winner of the election in 2016 but someone who wasn’t deemed presidential according to the standards we apply in France,” said Cécile Alduy, an expert on French politics at Stanford University.
Fri. Nov. 3, 2017
Walking back from lunch I was overwhelmed with combined disbelief and grief that the country has become an authoritarian state veering towards totalitarianism, which is being run by a madman nobody can control. HB
For our Russian readers: Возвращаясь с обеда, я был поражен объединенным недоверием и горем, что страна стала авторитарным государством, склоняющимся к тоталитаризму, которым управляет сумасшедший, которого никто не может контролировать.
Mother’s Morning Edition
Quote of the day:
“All too often our workplace culture fails to treat women with appropriate respect. This takes many forms, including harassment, which can never be tolerated.” Ivanka Trump
What kind of son have I created?
Over the past couple of months, friends and family members described Mary Trump to me as generally “tight-lipped” and “conservative,” but “nice,” “friendly” and “pleasant.” They called her “polished,” “proper” and “unassuming.” But her relative trace existence in the president’s own narrative of his life is a reflection of his upbringing in Jamaica Estates, Queens, say boyhood friends and others who came to know him well as an adult. “When I would play with Donald,” says Mark Golding, an early pal, “his father would be around and watch him play. His mom didn’t interact in that way.” That’s the recollection, too, of Lou Droesch, who was buddies with Fred Trump Jr. and knew his kid brother as a nettlesome tag-along. “We rarely saw Mrs. Trump,” he told me, saying she did sometimes give them money to take him to go get some ice cream. “But we did see a lot of the housekeeper.” This distance, according to a former close business associate and friend, is a dynamic that never changed. “Donald was in awe of his father,” this person said, “and very detached from his mother.”
Nearly a year into his presidency, Trump’s behavior—as much as, or more than, any policy he’s advanced—stands as a subject of consternation, fascination and speculation. Psychology experts read and watch the news, and they have the same basic curiosity lots of people have: What makes somebody act the way he acts? None of them has evaluated Trump in an official, clinical capacity—Trump is pretty consistently anti-shrink—but they nonetheless have been assessing from afar, tracking back through his 71 years, searching for explanations for his belligerence and his impulsivity, his bottomless need for applause and his clockwork rage when he doesn’t get it, his failed marriages and his ill-tempered treatment of women who challenge him. And they always end up at the beginning. With his parents. Both of them. Trump might focus on his father, but the experts say the comparative scarcity of his discussion of his mother is itself telling.
“You don’t have to be Freud or Fellini to interpret this,” says Mark Smaller, the immediate past president of the American Psychoanalytic Association.
“I’m not talking specifically about any individual, including the president, or his mother,” adds Prudence Gourguechon, another former president of the national organization, issuing an important caveat I heard from many of her peers as well. “But,” she continues, a solid relationship with “what we sometimes call an ordinary, devoted mother” establishes a foundation on which critical personal and emotional architecture can be built. “The capacity to trust. A sense of security versus insecurity. Knowing what’s real and what’s not real,” Gourguechon says. “Your mother helps you identify your feelings and develop a cognitive structure so you don’t have to act on them immediately. And I think it’s fair to say that the capacity for empathy develops through your maternal relationship.”
Many of the array of psychologists, psychiatrists and family therapists I talked to for this story have a question Mary Trump actually once asked herself, at a moment when she was feeling something less than pride in her celebrity son.....(in 1990. Donald Trump was divorcing his first wife, philandering with the model Marla Maples) That year, according to Vanity Fair, Mary Trump asked Ivana Trump, her soon-to-be-ex-daughter-in-law, a pointed question. “What kind of son have I created?”
Thurs. Nov. 2, 2017
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Don’t normalize this department - this is fucking extraordinary:
We now know Flynn is a despicable racist dittohead, but now McMasters jokes about serving an unhinged unpredictable volatile president… So much for the grown-ups in the room...
From NBC News:
The national security adviser told reporters the president will seek to strengthen international resolve to denuclearize North Korea; promote a free and open Indo-Pacific region; and advance American prosperity through fair trade and economic practices.
Trump will certainly be Trump as he hopscotches across the region.
When asked if the president's "fire and fury" rhetoric would be modulated based on his proximity to North Korea during the trip, McMaster quipped: "I don't think the president really modulates his language — have you noticed him do that?” (He said this with a slight chuckle)
The president, McMaster added, "will use whatever language he wants to use, obviously.” (Obviously!!!???)
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Trump also said that he’s “having fun in this job” and any report that he’s “angry” is wrong. In fact, he called it “false reporting that I’m angry about things.” Ten seconds later, he clarified he has “a certain anger” for the “fake” and “dishonest” news media.
What Meathead has to say about Donald Trump:
Morning Edition: Dear Readers, you’re not alone.
The president we have vs. the president we want to have. (HB)
Opinion NEW YORK TIMES| EDITORIAL
New Yorkers on Wednesday were mourning the eight dead from a terrorist attack in Lower Manhattan and wondering how vulnerable they and their families might be, even as they picked themselves up, as New Yorkers do, and went on with life.
Some of them inevitably thought back to another beautiful fall day in Lower Manhattan, on Sept. 11, 2001. After that day, they remembered, they and their nation were led in mourning, and toward unity, by a president who shared their sorrow and understood his own role.
The current American president reacted rather differently.
“A Chuck Schumer beauty,” Mr. Trump tweeted on Wednesday, blaming an immigrant visa program, signed into law by President George H.W. Bush and supported by Senator Schumer, for the fact that the terrorism suspect, an immigrant from Uzbekistan, was in this country as a legal resident.
Mr. Trump might instead have rallied the nation. But he could not resist resorting to his campaign fantasy that closing the nation’s borders to those whom he selectively targets is the all-purpose solution to terrorist violence. Overnight, he and the nativist media seized on the title of the program — the Diversity Visa Lottery — to portray it as a “politically correct” indulgence undermining the country, rather than affirming its core values.
Trump is unhinged and ignorant of the law. This is what happens when a malignant narcissist is impulsive and reactive, and he lashes out in anger.Excerpts translated by Google Translate:
Or, in Russian: Трамп расстроен и не знает закона. Это то, что происходит, когда злокачественный нарциссист импульсивен и реактивен, и он вырывается в гневе.
Excerpt from Washington Post:
My Turn: Duty to Warn opinion. Excerpt
Or, in Russian: Трамп расстроен и не знает закона. Это то, что происходит, когда злокачественный нарциссист импульсивен и реактивен, и он вырывается в гневе.
Excerpt from Washington Post:
The federal prosecution against Saipov was just hours old when a potentially complicating factor emerged in the form of a presidential tweet. Since the attack, Trump has publicly criticized the American criminal justice system and weighed sending Saipov to the U.S. military prison at Guantanamo Bay.
In messages posted on Twitter late Wednesday and early Thursday, Trump twice called for Saipov to get the death penalty, while also abandoning the Guantanamo Bay idea.
“Would love to send the NYC terrorist to Guantanamo but statistically that process takes much longer than going through the Federal system,” Trump wrote early Thursday. He continued: “There is also something appropriate about keeping him in the home of the horrible crime he committed. Should move fast. DEATH PENALTY!”
Trump’s comments, much like remarks he made about Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, could create a hurdle in the federal case. While one of the charges against Saipov — one count of violence and destruction of a motor vehicle — could carry with it a possible death sentence, the Justice Department has not yet said whether it will seek that penalty. If prosecutors do pursue a rare federal death sentence against Saipov, defense attorneys could argue that Trump’s tweets may prevent a jury from giving the suspect a fair trial.
The remarks from Trump broke from the tradition that presidents and other senior officials refrain from commenting on ongoing cases in ways that could complicate proceedings, though he is not the first commander in chief to do so. In 2009, President Barack Obama weighed in on the case against Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, self-proclaimed mastermind of the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks and suggested he would get the death penalty; Obama then backtracked and said he did not mean to prejudge the case.
In a statement released before Trump’s comments, David Patton, Saipov’s attorney, said: “In a case like this involving so much tragedy, it’s more important than ever to let the judicial process play out. How we as a society treat Mr. Saipov will say more about us than it will about him.”
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Psychology: What is going on in him?
As he stands in front of the cameras praising himself, praising his intelligence on Twitter and celebrating his demeanor in front of party colleagues, there seems to be no doubt that he really is the greatest, the best, the best - at least for Donald Trump himself not.
How can you be so cocky, so thick and so blatantly lie? How does this man repress the reality that he is one of the least popular American presidents in recent decades? There is no question about how it can be about the mental health of one who behaves like this. Is Trump mentally ill, possibly even so much that he can no longer carry out his duties and should be dismissed?
These questions accompany his presidency from the beginning, meanwhile professionals are negotiating them in public. The Dangerous Case of Donald Trump is the title of the book that 27 professionals - including well-known psychiatrists or mental health experts - have just published. "The dangerous case of Donald Trump": Even the title makes clear how the authors assess the US president. They are not the only ones: psychiatrists and psychologists keep coming to their attention and confess that Donald Trump has a mental illness. In February, for example, experts wrote a warning letter to the New York Times: There was too much at stake to keep silent. Most common diagnosis of the Warner: pathological narcissism, a pathological self-admiration so.
"Donald Trump may not suffer from his narcissistic personality disorder, but others suffer from it - and that's the key," Lammers countered. It is also questionable whether Trump can judge himself at all. He does not feel disturbed, but great. He always sees the blame on others, on the press, for example. How can he come up with the idea that maybe something is wrong with him?
In addition, according to experts, properties that increase his dangerousness - making him unfit for the office of President of the United States. "It shows a high degree of freedom from anxiety - a characteristic that characterizes antisocial people," says Herpertz. "This is reflected in his politics, when he provokes other politicians and it can come to rhetorical escalations." She also attests to him as a gambler: "He's always trying something, and if it does not work, he pulls it back quickly and comes up with a new suggestion." So threatening gestures alternate with counterattacks. " That too is typical of antisocial behavior.
Narcissistic, fearless, antisocial - that may sound drastic. But could the US president be dismissed because of illness? The answer is clear: yes. According to the constitution, not only the vice-president would have to stand against him, but also the Cabinet and the majority in Congress. The theoretically possible scenario is considered unlikely in political practice.
This makes the warning from Bandy Lee and her co-authors all the more explosive. Trump's behavior has an impact on society. He penetrates, as it were, into the soul of the nation, the pathological will become normal over time, they warn. One of the authors of the book, the American psychiatrist Thomas Singer, puts it in the language of his subject, quite vulgarly: "Trump has grabbed the American psyche by the 'pussy'." (Trump has taken the American psyche in the step.)
That's why many psychiatrists in the US have changed their minds. Until recently, many of her American colleagues still refused to go public, says Sabine Herpertz. But now they saw their responsibility and spoke up.
Could you imagine a similar situation in Germany? Claas-Hinrich Lammers replies that he would probably complain with a public statement, "but at some point there would be a point at which I would say: It is my duty to take a public stand to warn against something I recognized as a danger ".
Weds., Nov. 1, 2017
Trump Jr. tried to teach his daughter a lesson about socialism, but only proved he doesn’t understand HalloweenJunior’s Daddy Can Do No Wrong Tweets make an interesting read
Oh, this clears everything up:
|From USA Today|
If you don't like, leave it!
To C.A. Olufson and others with your views: No one is holding you to this area or this country against your will, are they?
It seems you must be a miserable person with nothing good in your life.
If you dislike this country and its President so much, why don't you pull up stakes and go find a country more to your liking.
I'm sure you could be much happier, with something more to think about than hate.
Baseless claims do not equal truth
I just had to send in a comment on Olufson's letter in the October 25 edition.
C.A. Olufson: Would you be so kind as to include sources for your claims in the future?
How is Trump doing immense harm to the people and the country? How is he the cause of hate and violence — now be specific — cite sources and reality. Remember telling the truth does not constitute causing hate and violence.
I do not believe that Trump has been governing Chicago for the past 50 years. There is another group responsible for that disaster.
What is your proof that Tom Marino is "in cahoots" with the drug companies? How could he tie the DEA's hands under an Obama administration?
Finally, according to a study undertaken by Johnathan Davidson, et al, of the Duke Medical Center, 27 percent of our first 37 presidents met criteria for being mentally ill while in office. So, there you go again, if Trump is mentally ill, he certainly is not the first. So, let's get our facts straight, shall we?
Can't take the "Left's" criticism of Trump seriously
I agree with Ms. Reithel's statement that “the leader of any organization is responsible for setting a good example to the rest of the people”, but what I cannot understand, is how folks like Ms. Reithel constantly rant about President Trump and do it with a straight face.
Although that may be why they do it behind the scenes with a letter, where their face is not visible. The "Left" lived with 8 years of possibly the most deceitful, lying Administration in the history of America, yet they still cannot face reality about the election.
And too, they cannot stop complaining about Trump's messages of hate when they are the ones setting the tone. Ms. Reithel, you say the United States is “not a church.” But assuming a “church” is not just a building, but a gathering of God's people, maybe we should be a church.
Can you visualize a United States full of people who follow God's Law, looking for the good in others rather than being totally focused on any sliver of evidence, real or perceived, that makes those who won the election look bad? If you invest in the market, or you are honestly looking for a job, would you rather be led by our President of the past 8 years, or our current President?
Thanks to Our God, we will all know the truth someday, and too, I would rather read the Bible which warns us of the only real danger we need to be concerned about, rather than the “Dangerous Case of Donald Trump” which only seems to make my point.