July 11, 2018
The following story was so negatively received it resulted in a three day suspension from posting on Daily Kos:
The diary you posted today (https://www.dailykos.com/stories/2018/7/11/1779430/-Trump-could-be-repressing-homoerotic-feelings-towards-Putin-If-so-this-would-explain-a-lot) has earned well-deserved pushback. As commenters have pointed out, speculating that latent homosexuality is the reason for Trump's atrocious behavior is homophobic. As you certainly know, straight men can exhibit atrocious behavior without being closeted homosexuals. So until you have some actual evidence for this theory, you should leave gay people out of it. This is not your first post that has been met with significant and proper pushback for running afoul of site norms, and which you've then only grudgingly edited. We're giving you a three-day time out during which we urge you to reflect on Daily Kos's zero tolerance policy for all forms of bigotry.
For one one thing, like most of those who commented negatively, it does not appear that you (the moderators) actually read, let alone understood, my diary. This was a psychologically sophisticated attempt to analyze a possible un darling, i.e. unconscious, motivation behind Trump’s seeming infatuation with Putin. I think it was well reasoned and articulated.
I addressed every accusation in the text before I posted the diary, not afterward (except for the introduction). This is something the critical commenters ignore. They gave it a superficial reading and responded with their own prejudices.
Just because an article generates negative comments doesn’t mean it should result in a suspension. I have written over 500 diaries for Kos and this has never happened before.
You say that this is not the first story that has generated negative comments. If you review those you will see that they came almost exclusively from two people, Remembering Jello and Hugh Jim Bissell. You are giving them more credence than they deserve. In fact I sent you a comment that the later was trying to hijack the comment thread on one of my diaries with point of view he posts on every diary I write about Trump’s psychopathology.
I am sorely disappointed in whoever made this decision. Kos should be a forum for diverse ideas and discussion. If you loose me you will have no member of the community who is an experienced psychotherapist, an early and respected member of the Duty to Warn group, and someone who posts regally on Trump’s psychopathology.
I suggest that you have someone with a high level of psychological sophistication review the article as I did with several member of Duty to Warn.
I trust you will get back to me ASAP.
Hal Brown, MSW
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Part 1 The wisdom of mocking the Trump for having homosexual impulses towards Putin
July 10, 2018
A Catholic fundamentalist who controls a network of right-wing groups funded by dark money has put three justices on the court. He’s about to get a fourth.
July 8, 2018 - Today's Tweet
Today on Daily Kos: Pompeo has a case of Trumpian malignant narcisism and his response to N. Korea proves it
July 7, 2018
I hadn't seen this photo before. It ended up on Snopes as a fact check.
How many times can the creepiness of the Trump family seriously shock us? I mean…Trump has stated that he would date his own daughter, asked strangers if they thought she was hot, told a live morning show crowd the thing he had most in common with her was sex and groped her live on stage at the Republican National Convention. What could be worse than that?The answer is, of course, the pictures. It seems that Donald’s creepy obsession with Ivanka Trump began when she was very young. It’s just…disturbing. Surely you’ve seen them and surely they’re emblazoned on your mind. The latest to emerge, however, could be the worst yet, because it’s Ivanka who seems to be the one truly enjoying herself … a little too much. Could it be she did all she could to keep Lord Cheeto happy to avoid severe consequences? Who knows. All I know is that this looks way too much like a girl grinding on her boyfriend’s lap.
July 6, 2018
the Daily Kos story:
July 4, 2018
July 3, 2018
July 2, 2018 This article was recommended and got many comments.
July 1, 2018
A personal note: I am trying to take a break from anxiety producing Trump news and I have turned off MSNBC and instead have tuned into the channels on my XFinity (900 and up) playing music. Instead of looking at websites about politics I am finding other websites of interest to me. For example (it took me over an hour to put this together) but you may like some of these too.
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My Daily Kos story
Democrats don't want to protect you from brown-skinned children and their families fleeing violence - Zero Tolerance = Maximum Intolerance
Reports about the Saturday protests in Portland which became violent:
Rawstory | Oregonian | HuffPost | Willamette Week
Something horrible almost happened in Alabama yesterday. It's only a matter of time before blood is spilled.
Frank Bruni, New York Times:
In his heart of hearts, he doesn’t give a damn about rolling back abortion rights. Any sane analysis of his background and sober read of his character leads to that conclusion. Yet this man of all men — a misogynist, a philanderer, a grabber-by-the-you-know-what — may be the end of Roe v. Wade. Time to spring into action, Ivanka! I type that in jest, knowing that my keystrokes are in vain.
So many of Trump’s positions, not just on abortion but also on a whole lot else, were embraced late in the game, as matters of political convenience. They were his clearest path to power. Then they were his crudest way to flex it.
Now they’re his crassest way to hold on to it. He will almost certainly move to replace Kennedy with a deeply, unswervingly conservative jurist not because that’s consistent with his own core (what core?) but because it’s catnip to the elements of his base that got him this far and could carry him farther.
Never mind how much it exacerbates this country’s already crippling political polarization. Never mind how much fear it sows in many women, in many people of color and in many L.G.B.T. Americans, all of whom could see rights that they fought so long and hard for snatched away. Never mind that this is a moment, if ever there was one, to set a bipartisan example and apply a healing touch.Trump will gladly cleave the country in two before he’ll dim the applause of his most ardent acolytes. What puffs him up takes precedence over what drags us down.