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May 8, 2018

May 9-10, 2018


Thurday, May 10, 2018

My Daily Kos story today:


Morning thoughts:

Trump was in is glory meeting the three hostages at 2 AM, the three great folks captured, accused of various crimes against the regime, and just released. How does he know they were great folks, meaning ordinary innocent men? Maybe in fact, they were spies. In fact, it would be good to know we actually managed to get spies into NK. Not great spies since if they were great they wouldn't have been captured.

Meanwhile in today's news, in the ABF media world (anywhere but Fox) it turns out that Pence basically said what Nixon said about it being time to get the Watergate investigation over. MSNBC and hopefully other stations are replaying Nixon and Pense back to back. 

‘I believe the time has come to bring that investigation and the other investigations of the matter to an end. One year of Watergate is enough.’ 1974 State of the Union address

"Israeli fighter jets struck dozens of Iranian targets in Syria overnight, Israeli officials said, following soon after what the Israeli military described as an unsuccessful Iranian rocket attack against its forces in the Golan Heights." NY Times This leads me to wonder why, if Iran really did this, whether this was a response to Trump pulling out of the nuclear deal, a move which Netanyahu enthusiastically supports. 

Well said: "Like a bloated, portly fake billionaire rolling off a hooker after a hot 45 seconds of passionate sex, Donald Trump’s ardor for Rudy Giuliani seems to have cooled." From "Rudy Giuliani and Donald Trump: This Will End Badly. And Probably Soon." Daily Beast story


Pro-Trump lawyer freaks after being questioned on Michael Cohen’s sleaze - watch video


Weds. May 9, 2018


Ed. Note:


The bloodluster-in-chief is Donald Trump. As a psychotherapist, I have tried to get a sense of what goes on his mind. Most of you know how child therapists take very seriously what children draw, and with adults projective tests can often tease out psychopathic violent fantasies. I would like to see a collection of drawings Trump made as a child.


Excerpts (emphasis added):


• Trump just tweeted that it might be time to “take away credentials” from some news media. He cited a report claiming that “91% of the Network News about me is negative (Fake).” Trump explicitly defined all merely negative stories about him as “fake.” This is basically a declaration that the news media’s efforts to hold him accountable are inherently illegitimate, or at least are grounds for retributive action. Is Trump even capable of imagining that criticism of him flows from the crucial institutional role the press plays in our democracy? This sort of thing isn’t mere bluster: It has convinced a majority of Republicans that the press is the “enemy of the people.”



• The Senate Intelligence Committee just released a report finding that Russia waged an “unprecedented, coordinated cyber campaign” against the United States’ voting infrastructure. The larger context: Trump has failed to organize a strong response to future Russian electoral sabotage, because he is reluctant to acknowledge that it happened at all in 2016, as that would diminish the greatness of his victory. This puts Trump at odds with members of his own administration who regard the fact of Russian interference “as objective reality,” putting future elections at risk out of sheer megalomania.



Again and again and again, independent reporting has revealed that when the decision-making rubber hits the road — that is, when the actual process kicks in of weighing pros and cons, and complexities and contingencies, and upsides and downsides for the country — other factors have intruded: Trump’s rage over something else. His desire to please his base. His fear of appearing weak. His megalomania. At what point can we say that Trump’s decision-making has become detached from any meaningful effort to act in accordance with any conception of what is good for the country? It’s a question that deserves more airing.

A major story to follow:

John Bolton and Mike Pompeo Are Headed for a Clash Politco


They may seem like kindred spirits, but their personal interests are totally different. That makes them destined for rivalry.






The Special Counsel's Office Has Been Looking Into Payments To Michael Cohen's Company Since Last Year - Buzzfeed 

Ed Note: Think of your favorite guilty pleasure food. For me it's New York style pizza, my late spouse's homemade lasagna, meat loaf, and pancakes with blueberries fresh off one of our bushes. That's how delicious it would be if the Stormy Daniels / Micheal Cohen revelations turned out to be linked to Trump Russian collusion.


Trump Just Publicly Threatened to Throw Media Out of the White House for Not Being Nice Enough to Him The president mused about it on his favorite social media platform.

Ed. Note: I lost count months ago of how many times I was stymied in my attempts to find words appropriate to describe Trump's authoritarian and/or psychopathological actions. I have exhasted the thesaurus. There are simply no words yet. However I believe that years from now Trumpian will have the same meaning that Hitlerian does today. Think Progress notesBut there was also a major tell in Trump’s tweet. Perhaps more explicitly than he ever has before, by writing “negative (Fake),” the president made explicitly that he considers all negative coverage of him to be fake.

Trump fans freak out on right-winger Matt Drudge for warning against president’s ‘fake news crusade’



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