Feb. 10, 2018
Feb. 10, 2018
Karma's a woman! Polls show Trump support taking a hit among women. By Hal Brown (Read, comment, recommend, on Daily Kos)
A physician friend of mine asks "I could see his children and Jared-but why do others remain around Trump? They are now stained for life (not talking about voters)" my answer in captions below:
Feb. 9, 2018
Evening, Just Announced:
Leading mental health experts have continued to express serious concerns over the issue of presidential mental fitness and the lack of standards for routinely testing presidential mental health. Donald Trump’s physician, Dr. Ronny Jackson, administered only a basic screening for advanced dementia during the President’s physical. The President has bragged about his perfect score on the exam, which includes telling a lion from a camel and drawing a clock.
On Monday, February 12 at 7:00 PM, Tom Steyer will be joined by Congressman Jamie Raskin (D-MD), four leading mental health professionals, and a nuclear weapons expert to discuss presidential mental health, nuclear weapons safeguards, and new protocols that can limit the consequences of impulsive decisions made by the Executive Branch.
The event can be watched live on Facebook here (On Tom Steyer's Facebook page.)
To attend the National Press Club event, reservations are required. Space is limited and access will be assigned as space allows. Guests will need an electronic barcode to gain entrance to the event. Please register here https://action.needtoimpeach.com/rsvp-wash as soon as possible to reserve your seat before the event fills up. Continued
- Tom Steyer
- Congressman Jamie Raskin (D-MD)
- Steven Buser, M.D., Psychiatrist
- John D. Gartner, Ph.D, Clinical Psychologist
- David M. Reiss, M.D., Psychiatrist
- Jacqueline J. West, Ph.D, Jungian Analsyst
- James E. Doyle, Ph.D, Specialist in the Nuclear Nonproliferation
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House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes (R-Calif.) announced last week that the next phase of his investigation of the events that led to the appointment of special counsel Robert S. Mueller III will focus on the State Department. His apparent area of interest is my relationship with former British intelligence professional Christopher Steele and my role in material that Steele ultimately shared with the FBI.
Feb. 8, 2018
Why did someone - presumably Kelly - decide to send out someone even less ready for prime time than Sarah Sanders out to face the press today? Could it be that Sarah suddenly developed a case of conscience? Doubtful, but ya-neva-know!
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Trump couldn’t get top secret clearance based on the allegations and admissions of his sexual crimes (On Daily Kos for comments)
My Daily Kos story today:
The style is best described as a wraparound combover - watch videoDana Milbank solves the Trump problem, proposes Americlappers in "Want Trump to be less crazy? Clap for him more" ---
Only the most devoted AmeriClaps volunteer will be able to sustain this commitment: a pledge to applaud Trump an hour every day while also praising Trump once every 12.5 seconds, as Vice President Pence did at a recent Cabinet meeting. Examples include: “It is just the greatest privilege of my life”; “You’ve restored American credibility”; “You’ve unleashed American energy”; “You’ve spurred an optimism in this country that’s setting records;” “I’m deeply humbled.”
I personally can commit right now to Putin-Level service and would consider Congressional Level. Democratic leaders should consider a Hatch-Level or even a Cabinet-Level contribution; you have nothing to lose but the skin on your hands.
Perhaps a brave few AmeriClappers will even attempt Pence Level — though I suspect that, given the choice, most would take the electric chair.
Here are some excepts from
Who Said It: Pepé Le Pew or Donald Trump? (The animated GIF was added by me)
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He grabs pussies. He kisses females without concern for the revulsion and horror they feel for him. Does he ever experience rejection? He does not. “Most men would get discouraged,” he says, referring to those he comes on to. “Fortunately for her, I am not most men.”
He is Pepé Le Pew. Does he remind us of anyone else?
Which leads us back to the president, who is kind of like Pepé Le Pew with neither French nor stench. This inspires me to ask you to join me in a game, which we’ll call Who Said It — Donald Trump or Pepé Le Pew?
- “You know, I’m automatically attracted to beautiful.”
- “She thinks that by running away she can make herself more attractive to me. How right she is!”
- “I just start kissing them. It’s like a magnet.”
- “I am stupid, no?”
- “I’m like, smart!”
Answers below, if you actually need them.
Answers: Trump; Le Pew; Trump; Le Pew; Trump.
I admit that I held my breath before clicking on the WaPo article below, hoping it wouldn't be a Democrat:
Oregon Gov. Kate Brown (D) called on Republican state Sen. Jeff Kruse to resign after a report by an independent investigator found he repeatedly subjected women to uncomfortable hugging and unwanted touching — sometimes on the Senate floor or in the governor’s office — even after repeated warnings. He did some of these things even while cameras were rolling, the investigator found.
Feb. 6, 2017
With the amazingly successful launch of SpaceX it's gratifying to say a "Fuck You Trump" since he can't take any credit for having Elon Musk on two of his business councils since he quit this summer over Trump's quiting the Paris climate accords. This is one of the greatest engineering feats of the 21st century.
Not only did the launch go off flawlessly, but minutes later the two boosters came down and landed upright.
MSNBC didn't put on the Sarah - Show (press briefing) because they deemed this history in the making.
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Feb. 5, 2018
Afternoon Update: It was a relief when MSNBC cut away from Trump's campaign style speech where he said Democrats who didn't clap a his State of the Union speech were treasonous, while he bragged about how much his tax cuts were helping the economy. Of course the reason MSNBC shifted away from Trump's braggadocio was because the stock market was plunging to a steep day loss of 4%.
In his most recent Tweet Trump ignored this. Instead of a reassuring Tweet this is what he said:
Today's Daily Kos story
We need the Beatles now more than ever (comment on Daily Kos)
My response to this:
Feb. 4, 2018
WATCH: SNL’s Trump calls in to ‘Fox and Friends’ to praise ‘his sweet little house elf’ Nunes
Trump won't hear about this on Fox News Department: The Memo Doesn’t Vindicate You. It’s More Proof of Obstruction. NY Times Opinion: Excerpt
Courts have repeatedly held that even when the government omitted the criminal history of the informant or the fact that the informant was paid, it didn’t matter unless the omitted information would have caused the judge not to sign the warrant.
The Nunes memo claims to show that the warrant was obtained unlawfully, but there is no way of knowing that without examining the extensive evidence submitted in conjunction with the warrant, which the memo does not do. Given that Mr. Steele was a former intelligence officer, not a flipper with an extensive criminal history, it will be hard to show that a judge would have believed he was lying if the source of his funding was included in the application.
Given how little substance there is to the Nunes memo, the Republicans made a misstep by pushing through its release in a partisan manner. The specter of an unreleased memo was more menacing than the thin allegations revealed in the memo itself, which are hotly disputed by congressional Democrats.
Although at least one Republican maintains that the memo shows that Mr. Rosenstein, Mr. Comey and others committed “treason,” the memo itself does not allege that the F.B.I. or Department of Justice knowingly used false information or even that the information they used was false. Because the allegations in the memo are legally irrelevant, I would be surprised if the memo was more than a short-lived publicity stunt.
This is not the result Mr. Nunes expected when his staff wrote the memo, but that could be its lasting impact.
About the article on the right, some of my thoughts: Questions about Trump's mental health are being asked around the world. A reporter from one of Russia's large TV stations emailed me a few weeks ago to ask for an interview. I didn't have time to consider the request since by the time I got the email the dealine had past. I since have learned that I was basically on the "D" list, since at least some of the well known mental health profoessionals had already declined this request.
Since no Russian media is free from government control, it remains to be seen why they would want Russian citizens to know that there were questions being raised by American mental health experts about Trump's mental health.
This being said, many publications are covering the story. For example, Al Bawaba which is a news, blogging and media website headquartered in Amman, Jordan with an office in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. They republished this story by Bandy Lee, MD, MDiv, the editor of "The Dangerous Case of Donald Trump." The website bills itself as the largest independent producer and distributor of content in theMiddle East, with a full-time staff of journalists.
From The Netherlands: Minister Ollongren about AIVD revelation: already warned about external influences
Minister Ollongren of Home Affairs, responsible for intelligence service AIVD, does not want to discuss the disclosure that Dutch intelligence services watched for years while Russian hackers infiltrated the American government. However, she emphasizes that she has already pointed out the risk of 'state actors trying to influence democracies'.
Not only are foreigners worried about Trump's mental health, they are alarmed by his dismissive attitude towards Russian interference in elections. For example, a friend of mine who is from The Netherlands alerted me to following from a website she follows:
Ook verwijst de minister naar jaarverslagen van de Algemene Inlichtingen en Veiligheidsdienst waarin eveneens wordt gewaarschuwd voor de risico's van cyberaanvallen en hacks door andere overheden. De Volkskrant en Nieuwsuur onthulden gisteren dat de Nederlandse inlichtingendiensten AIVD en MIVD (de militaire tak) in 2014 toegang kregen tot een Russisch computernetwerk in een universiteitsgebouw vlakbij het Kremlin. De Nederlanders konden meekijken hoe de Russische hackersgroep Cozy Bear aanvallen uitvoerde op het Amerikaanse ministerie van Buitenlandse Zaken, toegang wist te krijgen tot mailverkeer van het Witte Huis en infiltreerde in de Democratische partij. Het verhaal bevestigt Amerikaanse vermoedens van Russische inmenging in de verkiezingsstrijd tussen Donald Trump en Hillary Clinton in 2016.
The Minister also refers to annual reports from the General Intelligence and Security Service, which also warned about the risks of cyber attacks and hacks by other authorities. De Volkskrant and Nieuwsuur revealed yesterday that the Dutch intelligence services AIVD and MIVD (the military branch) gained access to a Russian computer network in 2014 in a university building near the Kremlin. The Dutch were able to watch the Russian hacker group Cozy Bear attacking the US State Department, gain access to mail traffic from the White House and infiltrated the Democratic party. The story confirms American suspicions of Russian interference in the election battle between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton in 2016.
De Nederlandse inlichtingendiensten werkten de afgelopen jaren nauw samen met hun Amerikaanse collega's en wisten op cruciale momenten informatie door te spelen over cyberaanvallen van de Russen. De relatie tussen de diensten van beide landen was goed totdat Trump tot president was gekozen en het Witte Huis aanvankelijk de berichtgeving over Russische inmenging afdeed als nepnieuws.
The Dutch intelligence services have worked closely with their American colleagues over the past few years and have been able to pass on information about cyber attacks by the Russians at crucial moments. The relationship between the services of both countries was good until Trump was elected president and the White House initially dismissed the coverage of Russian interference as fake news.
Feb. 3, 2018
Revealed quote of the day from the oddball Carter Page:
“Over the past half year, I have had the privilege to serve as an informal advisor to the staff of the Kremlin in preparation for their Presidency of the G-20 Summit next month, where energy issues will be a prominent point on the agenda,” he wrote in the letter, dated August 25, 2013.
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Afternoon update, apropos of my story below:
Good Morning, Trumpland, he loves the smell fallout in the morning. Ruining Super Bowl weekend.
“I love the smell of napalm in the morning.” is from
— Lieutenant Colonel Bill Kilgore (Robert Duval),
in one of the best anti-war movies ever made,
Apocalypse Now. You may not remember that he
ends his musing by saying it smells like “victory.”
He's probably a role model for Trump.
If you were in a good mood this morning, perhaps anticipating a Super Bowl party,*that feeling might have been ruined when you heard that Trump has ignored most of his generals and decided to start a new nuclear arms race. Trump is the man called an “idiot savant” on nuclear policy by Foreign Policy last year.
Today’s news is not reassuring when we all are worried about Trump’s mental stability — who can forget “ my nuclear button is bigger" and "fire and fury like the world has never seen”.
On Friday, the Trump administration released its Nuclear Posture Review calling for new, more usable nuclear weapons and more ways to use them, including widening the rules on using them first. Donald Trump would get new nukes that his advisers claim are "low-yield," and that Trump might be more inclined to actually launch. And he would have new excuses to use them, including against large-scale cyberattacks, that previous presidents have rejected. from Give Trump more nuclear weapons and more ways to use them? Not a good idea, CNN
And, sorry to throw more cold water on what may be left of your good mood, you may have read this from James Doyle, who served as Watergate prosecutor Archibald Cox's deputy:
“We got lucky with Watergate—good prosecutors, and tapes!” Doyle says. This time around, the debate is less clear-cut, and the evidence murky. Republicans are making concerted efforts to taint the work, and challenge the motives, of the watchdogs.“The firestorm of outrage is missing, replaced by the incoherence of cable news,” Doyle says. “My guess is: The system fails.” From Politico: With the Saturday Night Massacre, Nixon Miscalculated. Will Trump?
And then you may have checked out Trump’s morning Tweets to find that overnight Trump's malignant narcissism and pathological lying disease wasn't cured by the truth fairy.
Meanwhile, some of you may be distracted by Superbowl hype. I’m happy for you. You might even have some relief from thinking Alas, I haven’t been a sports fan since my alma mater, Michigan State was named national football champion two years in a row. Now the school has been besmirched by a scandal, but that's another story (which happens to be here).
*Or going out to see "The Shape of Water" or another popular movie when most people will be at home glued to their television machines.
The first comments from Daily Kos, click to read more as they are posted:
The first comments from Daily Kos, click to read more as they are posted:
Trump's arguments on immigration are uniformly exaggerated or wrong. There is little evidence that migrants take jobs from working-class Americans. They generally have skills and attitudes toward work that put them in competition with other migrants. There is no evidence that immigrants have higher rates of crime. The opposite is true. And most terrorism experts see little urgent threat from refugees (who are highly vetted), or from family unification.
But Trump is not really making a case that can be refuted with rational arguments. He exemplifies what social psychologist Jonathan Haidt calls the moral foundation of "purity." Trump's approach to immigration assumes that migrants are contaminates. Haitians "all have AIDS," Trump is reported to have said. Developing nations are "s---hole countries." "They're bringing drugs," he argued, "They're bringing crime. They're rapists." His language about the border is borderline eugenic. The wall would prevent not just migration but infection.\
As the State of the Union demonstrated, this attitude is not a removable part of Trump's appeal. It is a Jenga piece at the bottom of his ideological tower. Without promoting fear of "the other" there would be no Trumpism.
Feb. 2, 2018
It's easy to be snarky about this (below), however this is serious, and Senator John McCain gives me the quote of the day:
‘We Are Doing Putin’s Job For Him’ HUFFPOST
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it a nothing burger they're saying "there's no beef there." Of course most of my older readers know this came from the 1984 Wendy's commercial which only lasted until 1985. It still added a phrase into the lexicon. Then it was considered one of the 10 best commercials ever, so Wendy's brought it back in 2011.
[Bobby wants plain toast, which isn't on the menu and the waitress is giving him a hard time…}
Bobby: I'd like an omelet, plain, and a chicken salad sandwich on wheat toast, no mayonnaise, no butter, no lettuce. And a cup of coffee.
Waitress: A #2, chicken sal. sand. Hold the butter, the lettuce, and the mayonnaise, and a cup of coffee. Anything else?
Bobby: Yeah, now all you have to do is hold the chicken, bring me the toast, give me a check for the chicken salad sandwich, and you haven't broken any rules.
Waitress: You want me to hold the chicken, huh?
Bobby: I want you to hold it between your knees.
If you were interested you probably found the memo online by now, so I took it off the main page and put it here. You can also let HUFFPOST explain it to you.
Think Progress explains what the memo doesn't say:
- The memo does not say that counterintelligence investigation into the Trump campaign started with the Steele dossier
- The memo does not discuss surveillance of a member of the Trump campaign
- The memo does not say that surveillance of Carter Page was based exclusively on the Steele dossier
- The memo does not establish that the Steele dossier was unreliable
- The memo does not include anything that implicates Robert Mueller or his investigation Read article
‘He’s scared to death’: Morning Joe says Trump willing to do anything to avoid being ‘humiliated’ by Mueller
MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough said President Donald Trump’s “frantic and furious moves” show how terrified he is of meeting face to face special counsel Robert Mueller.
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Even on his finest behavior, Trump can’t be gracious to immigrants by Michael Gerson
- But the speech was instructive in another way: by the obvious exception to its general tone. Even on his finest behavior — even wearing his Sunday best — Trump could not be gracious to immigrants. Their role in the address was largely to create an atmosphere of menace — variously killing children or running a truck into a bike path. “Americans are dreamers, too,” said the president, as though young people facing deportation were living lives of privilege at the expense of American citizens.
- But Trump is not really making a case that can be refuted with rational arguments. He exemplifies what social psychologist Jonathan Haidt calls the moral foundation of “purity.” Trump’s approach to immigration assumes that migrants are contaminants. Haitians “all have AIDS,” Trump is reported to have said. Developing nations are “shithole countries.” “They’re bringing drugs,” he argued, “They’re bringing crime. They’re rapists.” His language about the border is borderline eugenic. The wall would prevent not just migration but infection, too. As the State of the Union demonstrated, this attitude is not a removable part of Trump’s appeal. It is a Jenga piece at the bottom of his ideological tower. Without promoting fear of “the other,” there would be no Trumpism.
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For your consideration, here these are the opinions published on WaPo today: Eugene Robinson, David Kris, Max Boot, Joe Scarborough, Jenifer Rubin, and Joe Walsh. (Scroll down)
Right: Michele Bachmann Just Got An Actual Sign From God, And It’s Absolutely Priceless
Today's dose of optimism from Lucian Truscott, IV compares Russiagate to Watergate:
Washington’s legal immune system is about to expel an infection from the body politic
Flynn and one other Trump campaign staffer have pleaded guilty to perjury, and two more senior campaign officials have been indicted. So far, more than 20 members of the White House staff have either been fired or resigned from their positions. Every day there is another story about who will be next to go. Will it be Rex Tillerson, who has been quoted calling Trump a “moron”? Sessions, who has lied repeatedly about his contacts with Russians during the campaign and enraged Trump when he recused himself from the Russia investigation? Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross, chairman of a bank in Cyprus used in Russian money laundering and photographed on numerous occasions falling asleep at meetings, including state occasions in Saudi Arabia and in the White House itself?
See a pattern here? Resignations. Firings. Indictments. Hearings. Special prosecutor. Leaks. Media hordes. And all over Washington, D.C., offices filled with eager beaver investigators burrowing into every corner of the Trump campaign, the Trump transition, the Trump White House and Trump’s business empire.
Special Prosecutor Robert Mueller has worked his way through the White House staff and the Trump campaign, taking testimony from one witness after another, just like the Watergate special prosecutor worked his way through the Nixon White House and campaign. There is only one witness left to interview: Donald J. Trump.
There is one difference between the two cases. Special Prosecutor Leon Jaworski never questioned Richard Nixon about his role in the Watergate burglary and cover-up. He didn’t have to. On July 24, 1974, the Supreme Court decided in United States v. Nixon that the president had to release the White House tapes. Fifteen days later, the inevitable happened. Facing impeachment and the probability of being prosecuted after leaving office, Nixon made a deal for a pardon and resigned.
Now Washington’s immune system is about to expel yet another infection from the body politic. The end game is here. Even Trump knows it.
If I believe in God again will She make Trump go away? Comment at Daily Kos
The biggest minor news this morning is that it's possible we won't have to look at Ben Carson's smarmy smirk much longer.
There's another bit of even more under the radar news that caught my attention.
I don't agree with the well-known author of "Don't Think of an Elephant" linguist George Lakoff when he says Trump's madness is all method and no madness. He's a frequent guest on MSNBC where he says everything Trump says is calculated to advance his agenda and, mostly by repetition of lies, convince as many people as possible that the unreal is real. This being said, I was surprised to see him getting headlines for something having nothing to do with his linguistic analysis. He's being sued for libel by the previously mysterious eighth man in the Trump Tower meeting. Go figure.
I note that forensic psychiatrist Bandy Lee, editor of "The Dangerous Case of Donald Trump" has become the primary go-to person for interviews about Trump's mental health. Salon has published her second interview with regular columnist Chauncey DeVega.
Joe Kennedy had Chapstick glare, proving that that unlike Trump he wasn't wearing makeup - I consider that a good thing. It wouldn't surprise me that Trump has someone put makeup on him every morning. Overaged metro-sexual? Girly-man?
My First read: