Jan. 19, 2018
Lindsay Graham as much as said Trump is a malignant narcissist:
Graham was asked by CNN’s Dana Bash if Trump is a racist.
|Not a link. Just a reaction to the stories about Trump, porn stars, and 100 women being paid off.|
I have no words in reaction to this, so I will leave it to Stephen Colbert from Thursday night. The story does provide us with a quotable quote from porn star Stormy Daniels: At the conclusion of the interview, InTouch asked Clifford if she had a message for Trump’s wife Melania. “I don’t know,” she replied. “Karma will always bite you in the ass.” From Daily Beast story.
The man-child in the White House reels wildly out of control by Eugene Robinson in the Washington Post
Excerpt: Dark suit, red hat, thumbs up, Trump possesses “weapons-grade persuasion skills,” says Scott Adams, the creator of the comic strip Dilbertand the author of Win Bigly: Persuasion in a World Where Facts Don’t Matter—and the best way to persuade is through the militantly diligent use of consistent visuals. Trump has talked for decades about “central casting” and “the look,” his own and that of others, and he’s a president who reportedly has urged aides to view each day of his administration as an episode of a television series. This, Adams told me, is this president’s distinguishing, master-class skill. “He reads the public. Nobody’s done it better. Why? Because he’s watching what the public is watching.”
In this respect, Trump’s television addiction, his resistance to reading and his short attention span—well-documented traits widely considered to be liabilities—are in fact not liabilities at all. The rallies, the signing ceremonies, the Oval Office snapshots, the Rose Garden and South Lawnback-pat sessions, the reality-show-style boardroom meetings broadcast live, even the hokey red-ribbon, white-paper and golden-scissors regulation-cutting that was ripped straight from the promoter’s playbook—they are all purposeful impressions, crafted as a rolling, real-time ad for his permanent campaign, and they speak to Trump’s clear-eyed, unsentimental understanding that the country’s consumers more and more get their sense of the news through mostly distracted glances at screens.
Jan. 18, 2018
A bit of a war between commenters and I'm in it: I’m a brain specialist. I think Trump should be tested for a degenerative brain disease
This is a standard A.P. story about the Trump physical.
On Dec. 7th Ford Vox, MD posted this article (above) on STAT which is still getting comments. Yesterday and today an internist, supporting Trump, attacked both myself and and another commenter. You can read the exchange of comments here.
I put another comment on an article about evangelicals who still support Trump:
|This appeared next to my article, probably because an algorithm linked me to the name Gartner.|
The ahas nothing to do with John Gartner.
John Gartner, who taught in the Department of Psychiatry at Johns Hopkins University Medical School, believes that Trump has displayed “malignant narcissism” - a diagnosis formulated by the psychoanalyst Erich Fromm, who applied it retrospectively to Adolf Hitler. It combines a narcissistic personality …
Is it too much to hope that Mueller could not only bring down Trump, but in the process implicate the NRA?
Excerpts: Although the NRA promotes gun rights as a defense against tyranny, it had surprisingly close ties to Vladimir Putin’s authoritarian regime. Torshin, who is an NRA Life Member, had attended multiple NRA national conventions in the United States and NRA board member and former national president David Keene, NRA First Vice President Pete Brownell, NRA funder Dr. Arnold Goldschlager and his daughter, NRA Women’s Leadership Forum executive committee member Hilary Goldschalger; Outdoor Life channel head Jim Liberatore, and former Milwaukee County Sheriff and NRA supporter David A. Clarke all braved the biting Moscow winter to attend 2015 event hosted by The Right to Bear Arms.
McClatchy reported on Thursday that multiple sources say the FBI’s counterintelligence investigators are now examining whether Torshin, who has been accused by Spanish authorities of money laundering, may have provided some of those funds. Federal law prohibits foreign governments and citizens from spending money to influence federal elections. A spokesman for Mueller, the special prosecutor investigating Russian interference in the 2016 election, declined to comment to McClatchy on the report.
Yesterday I predicted the Stormy Daniels story would be relegated to the gossip pages. Instead it has gained traction - sorry about that imagery - and Rachel and Lawrence did segments on it last night. Predictably it was fodder for the late night comedians. For example:
Jan. 17, 2018 Here's Jeff Flake's Senate speech.
Trump's cognitive exam: If there was any media coverage of this I missed it, so I wanted to be certain the notion got out at least in Daily Kos. Did Trump cheat on his cognitive test? We can’t rule it out. (click to make comments)
Jan. 16, 2018
|This is just the first part of the test|
Breaking: This is the cognitive screening test for dementia Trump passed. The unasked question was "if the president had a copy of the test in advance would it still be valid?" There are only a few standard tests for cognitive impairment. Easy to study them all beforehand... he asked for the tests! How naive to think he wouldn't have someone give him the likely tests in advance so he could ace them, as he did the Montreal test. Suspicious, he should have faked getting one or two of the 30 items wrong. 26 is normal, he got 30 out of 30.
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THE PSYCHIATRIST WHO BRIEFED CONGRESS ON TRUMP’S MENTAL STATE: THIS IS “AN EMERGENCY” THE CASE FOR EVALUATING THE PRESIDENT’S MENTAL CAPACITY — BY FORCE IF NECESSARY. LINK
Yet there is a growing call from a group of psychiatrists — the best medical experts at interpreting aberrant human behavior — for exactly this: an emergency evaluation of the president’s mental capacity, by force if necessary.
Leading this call is Bandy Lee, an assistant professor in forensic psychiatry (the interface of law and mental health) at the Yale School of Medicine who has devoted her 20-year career to studying, predicting, and preventing violence.
She recently briefed a dozen members of Congress — Democrats and one Republican — on the president’s mental state. And this week, she, along with Judith Herman at Harvard and Robert Jay Lifton at Columbia, released a statement arguing that Trump is “further unraveling.” The Dangerous Case of Donald Trump, a collection of essays from 27 mental health professionals that Lee edited, was published in October. From Vox
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A local story from Maryland that may not make the national news:
'Dehumanizing:' Pastor denounces Trump's remarks during service attended by VP Pence - (who is reported to have turned red-faced several times.)
Will Jeff Flake be the next Joseph Welch and ask GOP have you left no sense of decency? (comment on this story on Daily Kos)
Jan. 14, 2018
Just so you know: This was President Obama's last presidential medical report.
Quote of the Day: “When you reflexively refer to the press as the enemy of the people or fake news, that has real damage,” Flake said on Sunday to ABC host George Stephanopoulos. “It has real damage to our standing in the world. And I noted how bad it is for a president to take what was popularized by Joseph Stalin, the enemy of the people, to refer to the press.” Republican Senator Jeff Flake who will give a speech about Trump's attacks on freedom of the press on Wednesday. More here.
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This morning Joy Reid and her panel discussed the issue I wrote about yesterday. It took a day but now others are using this incident to address the gravity of having an unstable president in control of a nuclear retalitation.
This is the Tweet I sent in response with a shameless link to my article:
@amjoyshow @RepSwalwell @NaveedAJamali @NatashaBertrand Good to see you covering this aspect of the Hawaii false alarm - as a duty to warn therapist I wrote about this yesterday
Jan. 13, 2018
Breaking - I hope the media covers this question -
I posted the following on Daily Kos.
Morning Joy: This morning she interviewed a member of Trump's evangelical council. Joy was admirably restrained. Although he was just watching her on a monitor her facial expressions led him to comment negatively on them.
Thanks to AlterNet, you can watch the videos here:
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Right after the interview he Tweeted:
#AMJoy should moved to #Haiti since she cares more for Haitians than Black Americans here in Poverty... This is his Twitter feed if you want to see what an Uncle Tom he is.
This prompted me to send both her and him Tweets:
As Trump’s Racism Pisses Off an Entire Continent
Oprah Winfrey Starts to Make More Sense
Media Watch (Thanks to HuffPost) - One would have hoped that the mainstream media would have learned a lesson by not outright calling Trump a liar, but the latest "shithouse countries" furor has them in the land of euphemistic equivocation again. Read:
“This is how the forgotten men and women of America talk at the bar. If you’re at a bar, and you’re in Wisconsin, and you think they’re bringing in a bunch of Haiti people, or El Salvadorians, or people from Niger, this is how some people talk. Is it graceful? No. Is it polite or delicate? Absolutely not. Is it a little offensive? Of course it is.”Shithouse comment proves Trump is BOTH an unapologetic racist AND mentally ill, by Hal Brown (Comment on Daily Kos)
Jan. 11, 2018
|Joy Reid said shithole on TV tonight - what hath Trump wrought|
Why Jay Berman, who helped write the 25th Amendment, is wrong. Please comment and take poll on Daily Kos
I'm pleased to see this term being used more frequently in the media:
Some people in Trump's inner circle -- at least according to the account in Michael Wolff's "Fire and Fury," which has not been contradicted in any essential way -- have described him as intellectually vapid and incurious, uninterested in the details of his office, possessing little or no attention span and preoccupied with having his egomania and malignant narcissism fed by his coterie. From “Executive time” and white privilege: Our laziest president and an ugly stereotype"
It's always gratifying when a media personality "likes a Tweet" I sent them. Lawrence O'Donnell liked a couple as did radio host Thom Hartmann. Last light Ron Klain was on Lawrence's show and used an abbreviated version of the quote below, so I sent him this Tweet and he liked it. Tweets are a way to try to get a brief message to politicans and pundits, but you are more likely to have your Tweet actually read by the intended recipient if they are a less well known personality. On rare occassions a Tweet sent during an MSNBC show is read by the host who then shares it with the audience.
Jan. 10, 2018
Editorial (Also in Daily Kos where comments are appreciated)
in the infamous dossier which contradicted Trump’s claims
1. Researchers weren't expecting to find what they did
2. There may have been a whistleblower in the Trump campaign
3. The FBI indicated it believed some of what was in the memos
4. Some news events have corroborated the memo's findings
5. Steele, the former British spy, is a “Boy Scout”
6. Fusion GPS is not funded by Democrats nor Russia
Heather "Digby" Parton wonders if the release of the Fusion transcript could be a Watergate moment:
"The released transcript of Simpson's testimony contains a good deal of interesting information, all of which will be gone over with a fine-toothed comb in the press. But the upshot is that Simpson says Steele (who was effectively his subcontractor) went to the FBI because he learned in the course of his investigation that Russian agents were attempting to conspire with the campaign of the Republican candidate for president. Republicans in Congress have been trying to cover that up for obvious reasons: It's not only damning information on its own, it's also an indictment of every Trump associate who remained silent or played along."
|A critical commmentary about Trump from|
the usually pro-Trump Tucker Carlso.
Jan. 9, 2018
Do you want to read the transcript for the Fusion GPS Senate testimony in plain text instead of the PDF format on other websites? I convertd it and posted it here (on my secndary website) after taking out the blank pages. That took an hour!
Trump and Sun Tzu: Dark Thoughts
The Best Time to Attack N. Korea is During the Olympics \
This is now on Daily Kos, so here are the reacions.
Read the comments which led me to add the following:
Here’s a psychiatrist who won’t diagnose Trump although he believes he is not fit to be president on The Beat with Ari Melba. He says he can’t be a narcissistic personality disorder because he doesn’t personally suffer from the diagnosis, one which the psychiatrist credits himself with writing the criteria for in the DSM. He also says to call him mentally ill stigmatizes those who struggle with psychiatric disorders. Here's what John Gartner, who I agree with, had to say. You be the judge whether using the term mentally ill with Trump stigmatizes anybody save himself. Those who stigmatize anyone coping with a mental illness in themselves or a friend or loved one are not as ignorant or naive not so they don't understand that those who have devote their careers to psychotherapy would want to stigmatize their own clients and patients. Dr. Frank has refused (in an email to me) to consider diagnosing Trump as a malignant narcissist.
By now all of you have seen one or more interviews with "Fire and Fury" author Michael Wolff, as well as many segments on all the various news and opinion shows...(presumably all but Fox News). I caught a penetrating interview with Lawrence O’Donnell last night. For those of you on the left coast who don’t get up early enough to watch Morning Joe, here’s his interview from yesterday (thanks SC):