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March 14, 2018

This is what the NRA Tweeted today during the National Student Walkout. You can send this Tweet to them by including their hashtage in the first sentence as I did below. You can also make a copy of the image I made (on a Mac hold shift, comand 4, or this way on a PC) and send it to them inside the Tweet.

According to Fox and Friends this is why Conor Lamb won.

 Hawking was born on the anniversary of Galileo’s death and died on Einstein’s birthday.

  16 of Stephen Hawking's Most Mind-Expanding Quotes Here are my three favorites.



“For millions of years, mankind lived just like the animals. Then something happened which unleashed the power of our imagination. We learned to talk and we learned to listen. Speech has allowed the communication of ideas, enabling human beings to work together to build the impossible. Mankind's greatest achievements have come about by talking, and its greatest failures by not talking. It doesn't have to be like this. Our greatest hopes could become reality in the future. With the technology at our disposal, the possibilities are unbounded. All we need to do is make sure we keep talking.” 

 “The victim should have the right to end his life, if he wants. But I think it would be a great mistake. However bad life may seem, there is always something you can do, and succeed at. While there's life, there is hope.”


 “I believe the simplest explanation is, there is no God. No one created the universe and no one directs our fate. This leads me to a profound realization that there probably is no heaven and no afterlife either. We have this one life to appreciate the grand design of the universe and for that, I am extremely grateful.” 

Breaking News from the UK: (What will Putin loving Trump do after this? Stay tuned.) Theresa May: UK expelling 23 Russian diplomats. All high level contact with Moscow suspended. Ministers and Royal family will not attend World Cup. Moscow culpable for attempted murder of Sergei Skripal. Jeremy Corbyn suggests Tory cuts contributed to spy attack Labour leader's response to PM's statement prompts jeers Russian embassy: UK response 'totally unacceptable'

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If Trump Pee-tapes come out here's what you need to know about "Golden Showers" or urophilia, by Hal Brown MSW, Daily Kos





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The slang terms are golden showers or watersports.  The later is not in the Olympics.
A new to me website published by the Sociology Department at the University of California Santa Barbara called SexInfo Online saved me the trouble of translating more technical language into a form more accessible to a general readership. Here’s how they describe urophilia: 
Urophilia, also known as "golden showers" or "watersports," is a sexual variation where people derive pleasure from urine or urination.1 The arousal is associated with smelling, feeling, or tasting urine, as well as urinating on someone or being urinated on by someone else. Sometimes, the pleasure derives from the physical urine (i.e., the warmth and the smell). Other times the person associates the urine and urination with intimacy, closeness, and trust.  Urination can play a role in sadomasochistic activities, where the sadist will demonstrate dominance by urinating on the masochist. Some women find that their orgasms are more intense and pleasurable when they have a full bladder, or when they urinate during orgasm.
People who take part in urophilia are referred to as urophiliacs. Although urophilia encompasses a variety of behaviors and sexual practices involving urine, researchers have identified three primary functions of urine for urophiliacs: REFERENCE SEXINFO ONLINE
“Urophilia is listed as a “paraphilia not otherwise specified” (PNOS) in the American Psychiatric Association’s Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM).  REFERENCE SEXINFO ONLINE
Trump does seem to not meet the criteria for an urophilia paraphilia because he does not meet the following:
“Fantasies, objects, and behaviors are considered paraphilic when they are obligatory, result in sexual dysfunction, involve non-consenting partners, lead to legal complications, or interfere with social relationships. Experiencing interest in sexual activities considered to by atypical — such as urophilia — does not qualify as a disorder. Urophilic desires are only problematic if they cause distress or pose a threat to other individuals. Experimenting with golden showers is healthy, as long as it is between two consenting partners and appropriate safety precautions are practiced. The key to this type of sexual activity is communication. One never knows if their partner is open to new sexual experiences unless they ask!” REFERENCE SEXINFO ONLINE
We won’t know what form of urophila turned Trump on until the tapes are released. Did it involve him urinating on someone? If so there’s a sadomasochist element. He know he enjoys humiliating other  It could be his being urinated on although he seems more like a sadist than a masochist. Could it involve watching women urinate on each other or an object like a bed?
There are suggestions that he was aroused by watching women urinate, and that this was made more pleasurable by imagining the Obama's in the same bed. 



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While Trump’s urophilia may not be considered a paraphilia, he does meet the criteria for having another one, and a more serious one since it is both a sign of his sadism and for him has led to breaking the law by assaulting women. I wrote about this on Daily Kos on Aug. 26, 2017: Trump, not just a malignant narcissistic, or a mere sociopath, but a sadist bully too. Interestingly, when I search Trump toucherism another Daily Kos piece came up: Trump's PARAPHILIA, by RCappers.
The closest Trump has come to physicality (that we know of for sure) is his grabbing women in the genitals. The pleasure, while it seems entirely sexual, it isn’t entirely. It also is enhanced by taking the woman by surprise. I think a case can be made that toucherism (below) is psychosexual sadism.
 Toucherism is sexual arousal based on grabbing or rubbing one's hands against an unexpecting (and non-consenting) person. It usually involves touching breasts, buttocks or genital areas, often while quickly walking across the victim's path. Wikipedia
I’m not even sure that bullying occurs on a spectrum with the most benign not being a sadist, rather being someone who just enjoys intimidating others to those who get visceral — perhaps sexual — pleasure in doing so. I think all bullying is sadistic, just some bullies are more sadistic than others.



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March 13, 2018
Breaking:

Stormy Daniels friend describes listening in on her phone calls with Trump

A close friend of Stormy Daniels is confirming her affair with Donald Trump more than a decade ago — saying he listened in on their phone conversations — and defending her efforts to get out of the $130,000 hush agreement she made shortly before the 2016 election.
The account given by Keith Munyan, a 56-year-old photographer who is among four people listed in the nondisclosure agreement as knowing about the alleged relationship, is the latest development in what has become a daily public relations skirmish between the porn star and the president of the United States. The agreement does not bar Munyan from speaking publicly about the matter. 
In a telephone interview late Monday with The Washington Post, Munyan mostly corroborated details Daniels already revealed in a recently published interview she gave to In Touch magazine in 2011: that she and Trump met at a celebrity golf tournament in Lake Tahoe in 2006; that he offered to get her on“The Apprentice” reality TV show; and that he also offered her a condominium in a proposed Trump Tower in Tampa.
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Munyan said Trump would call Daniels while he was working in a photo studio in a house he owned in the Los Angeles neighborhood of Valley Village, a house she rented between 2006 and 2008. He said the first call came in 2006, after Daniels had told him she met Trump in Lake Tahoe.
“She checked her phone and goes, ‘Look who’s calling,’ ” he said. “She thought it was so fun. She wanted to be on ‘The Apprentice.’ Wouldn’t you?” 
(AP Photos)

Munyan said Daniels placed the phone between her ear and his. He said he listened in like this on Trump’s calls six or seven times over the course of the relationship with Daniels.  
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Rachel's big board will have to get even bigger tonight
An obviously shaken Tillerson at his post-firing press conference

Trump bumped Stormy off the front page (for a while) by firing Rex "Trump's a Moron" Tillerson. 
Whether Mike Pompeyo will service Trump's needs to his satisfaction remains to be seen.
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The reviews coming in from experts on MSNBC on the new CIA director, Gina Haspel, are good. Wikipedia should have the bandwidth to handle inquiries. The only controversy listed about her on Wikipedia is 

Controversies

On December 17, 2014, the European Center for Constitutional and Human Rights pressed criminal charges against unidentified CIA operatives, after the US Senate Select Committee published its report on torture by US intelligence agencies.
On June 7, 2017, the European Center for Constitutional and Human Rights called on the Public Prosecutor General of Germany to issue an arrest warrant against Haspel over claims she oversaw the torture of terrorism suspects. The complaint against her is centered on the case of Saudi national Abu Zubaydah.[20][21][22]
Haspel is a 33 year CIA veteran who breaks the mold for a Trump hire in actually having expertise in doing the job she will be asked to do.

Update: With the unfortunate fact that there's amply evidence she's a psychopath:

Trump’s New CIA Director Helped Oversee Controversial Torture Program

Gina Haspel was involved in the waterboarding of one terror suspect 83 times in a month, to the point where doctors had to revive him.



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In playing the "you're fired game” once again,  he's also relegated the House Republican Committee's "vindication" of him as squeaky clean in the Russian Witch Hunt to below the fold news. 
My hunch is that the only reason Tillerson lasted as long as he did was that he was a real friend of Putin. Perhaps part of the reason Trump wanted him fired was that he was jealous this.
Putin probably got him the job in the first place.
Also as far as jealousy, Tillerson had to have been a reminder that the former Enron honcho was a bigger business success than he was. Not only that, I doubt Trump appreciated that Tillerson was secure in his own skin and the confidence and self-assurance he exuded when in the presence of the emperor had to get under Trump’s thin skin.
The morning Twitter timeline is interesting. He fired Tillerson in a Tweet timelined at the same time as a Tweet about the economy and Rick Saccone. before going on to his usual Twittergrandiosity after doing I don’t want to know what for a few hours.




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Two hours later, someone, I suspect not Trump put this on.


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Finishing his morning executive time Twitterbation with bragging about the wall and making another attack on the state he loves to hate:



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Rachel Maddow’s Big Board will have to get even bigger tonight.



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March 12, 2018


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Funny Names and Funny Moments, Mnuchin Makes Memes Excusing the Dangerous Clown, By Hal Brown (READ/COMMENT ON DAILY KOS)




Photo of Emmett Kelly with Ringling Bros. Barnum & Bailey Circus. The photo was taken for an ad for the Pan-American Coffee Bureau, copyright not renewed. I saw him twice at Madison Square Garden as he desperately tried to sweep the light from a spotlight under a carpet. Like Trump, one might say.

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Photo of Emmett Kelly with Ringling Bros. Barnum & Bailey Circus. The photo was taken for an ad for the Pan-American Coffee Bureau, copyright not renewed. I saw him twice at Madison Square Garden as he desperately tried to sweep the light from a spotlight under a carpet. Like Trump, one might say.

In Chuck Todd’s Meet the Press March 11th interview he asked Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, when about Trump’s Saturday rally where he said a prominent black Congresswoman is a “low IQ individual.
Can you imagine covering Bernie or Pocahontas? Maxine Waters, a very low I.Q. individual. Nancy Pelosi, you can't have that. And Conor Lamb, Lamb the sham.
“You know he likes to put names on people. … the president likes making funnynames….He’s using these vulgarities in the context of a campaign rally and obviously there were a lot of funny moments on, on, on that rally.”
It doesn’t particularly surprise me that Mnuchin would say this, and in fact, I expect these will be the memes used from now on by anyone else when asked about the crude and demeaning utterances coming from the Vulgarian-in-Chief both in rallies and Tweets. We had “it was just locker room talk” and now we have the “it’s only comedy” defense.
My analysis of the Todd vs. Mnuchin smackdown:
BEGIN TAPE)
DONALD TRUMP:
Maxine Waters…a very low-IQ individual. Ever see her? You ever see her? You ever see her? We will impeach him. We will impeach the Pres -- but he hasn’t done anything wrong. Doesn’t matter, we will impeach him. She’s a low IQ individual. You can’t help it -- she really is.
(END TAPE)
CHUCK TODD:
I think you most recently appeared before her committee. She’s the Ranking Member on House Financial Services. If somebody on your staff referred to her that way in public, would that person still be on your staff?
SECRETARY STEVE MNUCHIN STARTS EXCUSING THE VLUGARITIES:
Chuck, you know I’ve been with the president and at campaigns. You know he likes to put names on people. He did that throughout the entire presidential election. Including all of the Republicans that he beat. So these are campaign rally issues.
CHUCK TODD ETS THE TONE:
So is that acceptable---so you’re saying that’s acceptable behavior for the rest of the administration too?
SECRETARY STEVE MNUCHIN: STUMBLES
I…I…again.
CHUCK TODD: A QUICK JAB
Or just unique to him?
SECRETARY STEVE MNUCHIN: STARTS THE MEME
Again Chuck. This is something that is at a campaign rally. And the president likes making funny names.
CHUCK TODD ASKS A GOOD QUESTION
So the image of an American president encouraging boos of American press corps-- of the American press corps, and discouraging boo’s of a dictator from North Korea. Your reaction, sir?
SECRETARY STEVE MNUCHIN AVOIDS ANSWERING IT with prepared remarks about the economy:
Look as you know, first of all this president has created lots of news. Okay, and there have been lots of misreporting on the president. What you should focus on is we’ve had a great week of results. So this is a historic situation of the president meeting with North Korea with no preconditions on the United States side, whatsoever. As well as steel tariffs. This was a big week for our trade and economic policies. We’ve been focused on for the last year creating solid economic growth. That’s been a combination of tax reform, which I think you know a lot of people said would never get done. 30 years in the making. Regulatory relief and trade. So the president is focused on economic growth and we’re well aware and on our way to our target of 3 percent sustained GDP.
CHUCK TODD ASKED IT AGAIN WITH ZINGERS:
Alright, I understand you wanted to get back on an economic message, but the president of the United States in the past has been a beacon of freedom of the press. Instead last night he was praising authoritarian figures in China and North Korea and encouraging boos of the American press. Does this mean it is…this American president is no longer going to be preaching about the values of freedom of the press and democracy around the world?
SECRETARY STEVE MNUCHIN AVOIDS ANSWERING IT A SECOND TIME:
Of course he believes in freedom of the press and democracy around the world. And he believes more importantly in protecting democracy around the world. And that’s what we should be focused on, a week of policies. And as I said before…
CHUCK TODD REFRAMES THE QUESTION:
You keep saying that’s what we should be focused on, then why can’t the president be focused on that, sir?
SECRETARY STEVE MNUCHIN: LIES
I think the president has been very focused on that.
CHUCK TODD NAILS HIM FOR AN OUTRIGHT LIE:
Would you call last night’s speech a focused speech on that?
SECRETARY STEVE MNUCHIN SAYS THAT IF HE WASN’T THERE MAYBE IT DIDN’T HAPPEN
I wasn’t at the campaign rally, as you know. But again don’t don’t take these campaign rallies and focus them on that’s what it is, okay.
CHUCK TODD KEEPS HIS COOL AND SETS MNUCHIN UP :
So should we stop covering the campaign rallies? Do you think it’s a mistake then for us to cover them at all? That it doesn’t matter what he says? If it doesn’t matter what he says there. If we are to dismiss everything he says at a campaign rally as I think you’re trying to imply, then are you saying we should cover these things?
SECRETARY STEVE MNUCHIN IS DESPERATE TO STOP TALKING ABOUT THE VULGARIAN:
No, you’re putting words in my mouth. I wasn’t in any way saying you should dismiss that whatsoever. And you should obviously carry them. Because these are important moments for the president. And this is news. What I’m trying to say is, I’m focused on the policies. And the policies have created results. We’ve had more results in the last year on both foreign policy and domestic matters. So what we should be focused on and what I came to talk about were the president’s policies.
CHUCK TODD GETS PERSONAL:
I wanted to talk about those with you. Obviously he chose not to do that. Look, final question for you. Many people including myself raise their kids to respect the office of the presidency and the President of the United States. When he uses vulgarity to talk about individuals, what are they supposed to tell their kids?
SECRETARY STEVE MNUCHIN AWKWARDLY DEFLECTS:
Well again, I’ll be with my kids this morning, and I’ll be focused on them on what the president is doing to protect the United States, it’s citizens, and more importantly it’s economy.
CHUCK TODD SAYS WHAT MNUCHIN IS SAYING:
So he’s not a moral-- don’t worry about his values, don’t worry about him as a role model.
SECRETARY STEVE MNUCHIN DENIES IT:
I never said that whatsoever. So I don’t know why you’re putting these words in what I’m trying to say. Okay. So again, I am very comfortable with what we’re doing, okay? And again I think you’re trying to take this out of perspective, and implying something I’m not saying.
CHUCK TODD ASKS THE KIDS QUESTION AGAIN:
Fair enough, what do you…what are you supposed to say when he’s using these vulgarities, to kids?
SECRETARY STEVE MNUCHIN COMES UP WITH THE FUNNY MOMENTS MEME:
Again, I think you should be focused on what the policies are. He’s using these vulgarities in the context of a campaign rally and obviously there were a lot of funny moments on, on, on that rally.
CHUCK TODD LETS HIS SARCASTIC SIDE OUT:
Yeah, they were hilarious. Anyway, Secretary Mnuchin. I appreciate you coming on, again. I know you had to wake up extra early. That I appreciate. Thank you very much sir.
SECRETARY STEVE MNUCHIN REALLY MEANS THANK YOU M-FKKR.:
Thank you.
As Trump feels more and more embattled I predict we will see him HAVE more and more rally events where he can milk the crowd for cheers and laughs with his crude act.  He knows his crowds don’ t come to be inspired or informed, they come to be entertained. He said it himself:
You know how easy, remember I used to say how easy it is to be presidential? But you'd all be out of here right now if I-- you'd be so bored.
As his world falls apart around him and with nobody he can turn to for the deep emotional support one usually finds with a wife Trump will turn to crowds that enjoy his act. 
As he rants and raves in anger, underneath he is the tragic clown, only he doesn’t know it. There is a big difference between Emmett Kelly and Trump. Kelly was truly the greatest circus clown ever. When he appeared at The Great Show on Earth in the three-ring expanse of Madison Square Garden the light went dark. The crowd was silent as he stepped into a spotlight with his broom. Then another small spotlight was turned on and he would futilely try to sweep it under a carpet.  
The president is the worst president ever. He’s also been depicted as a clown so often that if Internet Images hits counted, he’d be ranked the most famous clown ever. Not the best, just the most famous.

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Kelly entertained but he never endangered. Trump is now endangering all of us.



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Annals of perverse warped humor, shared no doubt by millions of Trump rally-goer mentality supporters: 

 MNUCHIN THINKS TRUMP IS REALLY ‘FUNNY’: Chuck Todd grilled Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin about Trump’s Saturday rally, at which he attacked the press and said a prominent black Congresswoman is a “low IQ individual.” Mnuchin stammered:
“You know he likes to put names on people. … the president likes making funny names….He’s using these vulgarities in the context of a campaign rally and obviously there were a lot of funny moments on, on, on that rally.”
It’s hard to say what’s more pathetic — the idea that Mnuchin might actually find this stuff funny, or the fact that he feels the need to say this to his audience of one in the first place. WaPo
He really said that" Washington Post: Putin condemned for saying Jews may have manipulated U.S. election

Excerpt:


Jewish groups and U.S. lawmakers condemned Russian President Vladimir Putin’s suggestion that the 2016 U.S. presidential election may have been manipulated by Russian Jews.
Putin’s remarks came during a long and occasionally surreal interview with NBC News on Saturday, in which he speculated that nearly anyone other than the Russian government could have been behind a program to disrupt the election. U.S. intelligence agencies believe Putin ordered the effort to undermine faith in the U.S. election and help elect Donald Trump as president.
“Maybe they’re not even Russians,” Putin told Megyn Kelly, referring to who might have been behind the election interference. “Maybe they’re Ukrainian, Tatars, Jews — just with Russian citizenship.”
He also speculated that France, Germany or “Asia” might have interfered in the election — or even Russians paid by the U.S. government.

But his remark about Jews, which seemed to suggest that a Russian Jew was not really a Russian, prompted particular outrage among those who remember Russia’s centuries-long history of anti-Semitism and Jewish purges. Some groups compared the statement to anti-Jewish myths that helped inspire the Holocaust.
 
March 11, 2018


Beware! Trump pushes for, and may get, authority to dispatch Secret Service to polling stations


Ops! White House accidentally implicates Trump in Russia probe: He ‘would be aware of any efforts’ to collude



Trump calls Chuck Todd 'sleeping son of a bitch'
President Trump called NBC's "Meet the Press" moderator Chuck Todd a "sleeping son of a bitch" during a rally in Pennsylvania on March 10.

 President Trump gave an early look Saturday at how he intends to help Republicans maintain control of Congress in 2018. Trump delivered his midterms message during a campaign rally near Pittsburgh, Penn. — a rally that he held to help a Republican struggling to hold onto a House district Trump won by double digits in 2016.

And to drive home the point about impeachment should Democrats take control of the House, Trump also targeted Rep. Maxine Waters, D-Calif., a frequent and outspoken critic who has been calling for the president's ouster from office for months.

"Our new slogan ... is going to be ... Keep America Great, exclamation point," Trump said to cheers, "Keep America Great."

Trump continued: "But we can only do that if we elect people who are going to back our agenda and fight for our values. And that is why we have to defeat Nancy Pelosi and Maxine Waters, a very low-I.Q. individual."

Trump referred to Lamb as "Lamb the sham."

"He's trying to act like a Republican," the president also said of Lamb, "He won't give me one vote."

In one of the rally's more surreal moments, the president actually provided the crowd with an extended, nearly two-minute impression of being presidential that mocked the more straight-laced style of previous presidents and suggested that Trump's looser style is more entertaining. VIDEO

Trump also made his trademark attacks on the media. In a rhetorical sleight of hand, the president told the crowd at the beginning of the rally that Washington, D.C., had "a lot of evil, a lot of bad people, a lot of fake media." Trump once again singled out CNN, MSNBC and NBC for what he views as their biased coverage of him and their poor ratings.

He specifically mentioned media mogul Oprah Winfrey and suggested he couldn't wait for her to run for president so he could beat her. And he called Meet The Press anchor Chuck Todd "sleepy eyes" and referred to Todd as "sleeping" before piling on a vulgar insult to refer to the seasoned D.C. journalist.

Trump's speech Saturday drew a quick response from the Congressional Black Caucus, a group of African-American lawmakers that is increasingly becoming an outspoken antagonist of the president and his administration. On Twitter, the group came to the defense of one of its own, Rep. Waters, and demanded an apology from Trump for his "low-I.Q." remark.





Maureen Dowd: essay excerpt:

WASHINGTON — Why not just go with Dirk Diggler?
I mean, if you’re going to pick a fake name to pay off a porn star you’ve dallied with, why choose something bland like David Dennison?
If you are, after all, Donald Trump, the king of grandiosity, go for a name worthy of being Stormy Daniels’s real-life co-star.
A proper moniker is in order if Trump is going to be our first porn president.
Kim Jong-un can drag him away for talks about the relative size of their nuclear buttons. Justin Trudeau can tackle him for relief on tariffs. Robert Mueller can continue his imperturbable march through the Trump family’s field of lies.
But Donald Trump will not be deterred. He is determined to be our most shameless president, running a White House awash in salacious stories and louche characters.
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The Stormy episode is exactly the kind of embarrassing episode that Trump wiggled out of for decades, denying that he knew women who accused him, playing the legal and media angles to kill stories, getting the help of friends and employees to pay off women.

But times have dramatically changed, post-Weinstein.

At the White House on Friday, Sarah Huckabee Sanders tried again to bury the story, saying, “We’ve addressed this extensively and I don’t have anything else to add.”

But that isn’t going to mollify the millions of women who find the president’s behavior sordid and unacceptable. Trump and by extension the Republican Party are facing a gender chasm they may fall into in November.

Disgusted with the Rat Pack role model at the top, women are lining up not just to vote, but to run for office. A historic number are running for Congress this year, and in Texas alone last Tuesday, 25 Democratic women won their primaries or advanced to a runoff.

The White House will keep trying to dismiss Daniels as she is on her “Make America Horny Again” tour, but she’s not going away. As Muddy Waters famously sang the blues, “They call it stormy Monday, but Tuesday’s just as bad; Wednesday’s worse, and Thursday’s also sad.”



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In Daily Kos



Siebolt Frieswyck on Trump, the "Almost Untreatable Narcissistic Patient"

The following is by my friend Siebolt Frieswyck.*  He wrote it in reaction to the Washington Post opinion piece by Colbert I. King  “I don’t care if Trump had an affair. I care about the hush money. ”  Frieswyck explains why he does care about “Trump’s denigrating and coldly exploitive treatment of women.

This is the second story I published for Dr. Frieswyck. On Jan. 25, 2017 I published Guest Siebolt Frieswyk offers a profound frightening impression of Donald Trump (right) which bears a reread since it is now especially timely given that he wrote it in reaction to a HuffPost story about Kim Jung Un. Hal Brown
Excerpt: 
I couldn’t care less whether in 2006 Donald Trump had a sexual affair with pornographic film actress Stephanie Clifford — known professionally as Stormy Daniels — only months after his wife, Melania, gave birth to their son, Barron.
Trump’s personal lawyer Michael D. Cohen says Trump has denied the affair. But even if it did occur, the relationship would have taken place years before the 2016 presidential election. Thus, it is a private matter between citizen Donald Trump and his wife and none of my business.
Why do we not underscore the abundant evidence of Trump’s denigrating and coldly exploitive treatment of women as the most powerful and relevant manifestation of his core identity that makes him completely untrustworthy and dangerously unsuited for the office of the presidency?
His misconduct in office seems to have made abundantly clear that he will sell out our Nation to the Russians for his personal gain. He is a traitor hiding in plain sight. His arrogance, grandiosity and cynically exploitive and predatory modes compounded by lying and deceit make him into a dangerous monster who imperils the world. 

Hervey Kleckly and Otto Kernberg have both described this psychopathology quite well. See Pep Web for citations including Kernberg, O.F.(2007). The Almost Untreatable Narcissistic Patient. J. Amer. Psychoanal. Assn., 55(2):503-539. There Kernberg underscores his 1997 article that underlines the most problematic traits starting with self-centeredness now so obvious in Trump’s daily conduct. The comments to follow are criteria Kernberg enumerates for pathological narcissism but applied in my comments to Trump.

It is clear to many observers that Trump is overly dependent on admiration. He has prominent fantasies of success. His grandiosity is unlimited. Moreover, he avoids reality that contradicts his inflated self-appraisal. He displays intermittent self-doubt but is more clearly preoccupied with envy and greed. His predominant mode of relating with others is exploitation. He is driven by entitlement. He is deeply convinced that he deserves everything he wishes while he devalues others and steals from them all that he wishes. He has grave limits on his ability to trust and rely on his White House staff. He has no compassion for anyone other than himself. He cannot mourn the loss of those who have previously supported him but now have abandoned him. He demands concrete expressions of loyalty to him not to the office of the presidency and to the rule of law. His behavior is consistently antisocial. He is often overwhelmed with aggression and paranoia yet experiences endless feelings of boredom. He fills his mornings with Twittering. He needs that stimulation to feel alive as does his sexual promiscuity pursued to fill an endless insatiable internal void. His paranoid trends are prominently evident in his Tweets. There he sometimes loses his grasp of reality as he becomes swept up in his grandiosity. 

Moreover, he appears to be incapable of real concern for the needs of All Americans. He is also unable to develop trusting and collaborative relationships with others as can be witnessed in the turnover and turmoil in the White House staff with its gross dysfunction and chaos. Trump can neither trust nor forge meaningful connections. He is thus incapable of building and sustaining collaborative participation with his staff and supporters in the interest of ALL of us, his fellow citizens. We and our beloved democracy are imperiled by a man who cares more about himself than any of us and our Nation.


March 10, 2018

Donald Trump and North Korea: What a Fine Mess Editorial NYTimes

Some have argued that Mr. Trump shouldn’t
 meet Mr. Kim because doing so validates a
ruthless ruler. The problem is not so much
 meeting with adversaries but what you do
 with that encounter. Mr. Trump has a lot of
serious work to do before that day comes.

Excerpt:

In a case of diplomatic whiplash, President Trump has gone, in short order, from ridiculing North Korea’s leader, Kim Jong-un, and threatening to destroy his country, to accepting Mr. Kim’s invitation for a face-to-face meeting within two months, the first between leaders of the two countries.
We have long encouraged Mr. Trump to pursue negotiations to resolve the danger of North Korea’s nuclear weapons program, rather than threatening war, and the United States should make the most of this opportunity.
And this is the rare time in which he is upending Republican politics in a sensible, not disastrous, way. Talking to our global adversaries, rather than playing tough with them, has been anathema to the party for years.
Mr. Trump, though, is following in the footsteps of the Republicans’ favorite demon, President Barack Obama, who was criticized for negotiating the nuclear deal with Iran. Like Mr. Obama, Mr. Trump has decided that such talks can be in the country’s best interests.
But the precipitous way in which Mr. Trump agreed to the invitation, and the fact that this mercurial president, ill informed and ill prepared on complex national security issues, will be across the table from Mr. Kim is worrisome.
Yet another reason to subscribe to The Washington Post in addition to The New York Times: You can read articles like this.

In Winston Churchill, Hollywood rewards a mass murderer I was moved by the movie, but all of this was a revelation to me. 

Excerpt:

“History,” Winston Churchill said, “will be kind to me, for I intend to write it myself.” He needn’t have bothered. He was one of the great mass murderers of the 20th century, yet is the only one, unlike Hitler and Stalin, to have escaped historical odium in the West. He has been crowned with a Nobel Prize (for literature, no less), and now, an actor portraying him (Gary Oldman) has been awarded an Oscar.

As Hollywood confirms, Churchill’s reputation (as what Harold Evans has called “the British Lionheart on the ramparts of civilization”) rests almost entirely on his stirring rhetoric and his talent for a fine phrase during World War II. “We shall not flag nor fail. We shall go on to the end. … We shall fight on the beaches, we shall fight on the landing grounds, we shall fight in the fields and in the streets. … We shall never surrender.” (The revisionist British historian John Charmley dismissed this as “sublime nonsense.”)


Words, in the end, are all that Churchill admirers can point to. His actions are another matter altogether.

During World War II, Churchill declared himself in favor of “terror bombing.” He wrote that he wanted “absolutely devastating, exterminating attacks by very heavy bombers.” Horrors such as the firebombing of Dresden were the result.
In the fight for Irish independence, Churchill, in his capacity as secretary of state for war and air, was one of the few British officials in favor of bombing Irish protesters, suggesting in 1920 that airplanes should use “machine-gun fire or bombs” to scatter them.

Dealing with unrest in Mesopotamia in 1921, as secretary of state for the colonies, Churchill acted as a war criminal: “I am strongly in favour of using poisoned gas against the uncivilised tribes; it would spread a lively terror.” He ordered large-scale bombing of Mesopotamia, with an entire village wiped out in 45 minutes.

In Afghanistan, Churchill declared that the Pashtuns “needed to recognise the superiority of [the British] race” and that “all who resist will be killed without quarter.” He wrote: “We proceeded systematically, village by village, and we destroyed the houses, filled up the wells, blew down the towers, cut down the great shady trees, burned the crops and broke the reservoirs in punitive devastation. … Every tribesman caught was speared or cut down at once.”


In Kenya, Churchill either directed or was complicit in policies involving the forced relocation of local people from the fertile highlands to make way for white colonial settlers and the forcing of more than 150,000 people into concentration camps. Rape, castration, lit cigarettes on tender spots, and electric shocks were all used by the British authorities to torture Kenyans under Churchill’s rule.

and there's more, much more.

You could also read this:
The military keeps encountering UFOs. Why doesn’t the Pentagon care?
Excerpt: (A Pentagon spokesman did not respond to requests from The Washington Post for comment, but in December, the military confirmed the existence of a program to investigate UFOs and said it had stopped funding the research in 2012.)


The military personnel who are encountering these phenomena tell remarkable stories. In one example, over the course of two weeks in November 2004, the USS Princeton, a guided-missile cruiser operating advanced naval radar, repeatedly detected unidentified aircraft operating in and around the Nimitz carrier battle group, which it was guarding off the coast of San Diego. In some cases, according to incident reports and interviews with military personnel, these vehicles descended from altitudes higher than 60,000 feet at supersonic speeds, only to suddenly stop and hover as low as 50 feet above the ocean. The United States possesses nothing capable of such feats.
On at least two occasions, F-18 fighters were guided to intercept these vehicles and were able to verify their location, appearance and performance. Notably, these encounters occurred in broad daylight and were independently monitored by radars aboard multiple ships and aircraft. According to naval aviators I have spoken with at length, the vehicles were roughly 45 feet long and white. Yet these mysterious aircraft easily sped away from and outmaneuvered America’s front-line fighters without a discernible means of propulsion. 

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Most of you don’t watch Fox News. My TV was tuned to MSNBC for so many hours the logo burned into my screen which had to be replaced. 
Unless you found this on the Internet, then, you probably missed it:
All is forgiven, according to this self-proclaimed man of God, unless he’s caught in having an adulterous relationship now. I suppose this is in evangelical prenuptial. 
Has anybody found a Fox segment addressing how all this tawdry publicity is effecting Melania?  Nobody in this segment even brought this up.
It could be the final straw with her and she could leave him. What then, Pastor Jeffress?


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