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March 16, 2018

March 15, 2018 to

March 14 and earlier 

bed napping and watching with outrage what Trump was doing to turn us into a dictatorship.

Mar. 21, 2018

Stormy Daniels brilliantly shuts down Trump defenders: ‘Sit down before you hurt yourself’ 

Click to enlarge: OMG, He's nekked
It’s quite sad. Honestly I’m surprised Trump even wasted his time on a third rate porn star,” Benedetto charged.
“Hope he wore a condom because I’m sure you harbor every nasty virus on the planet,” Benedetto continued. “I’d feel safer sticking my cock in a sewer.”
Daniels, who has over half a million Twitter followers, shut down Benedetto.
“At least the sewer won’t reject you” Daniels shot back, “although you’re probably used to rejection by now.”

The apple doesn't fall from the tree department: Gossip guru Perez Hilton has exclusive about Donald Junior's affair.

John Brennan on Morning Joe

Former CIA director says Russia could have something on Trump

Former CIA Director John Brennan says it is possible the Russians 'have something' on the president, and he also believes the country's future is in jeopardy as Trump 'continues his antics.'

This is my Daily Kos story for today. Click to read coments, or to make comments.
Hey Mister President Big Brain Trump, it's spelled COUNSEL not COUNCIL. Can you pass this IQ test?

There are lots of IQ Tests you can take online. Here’s one I like.

I thought it would be interesting to test the IQ of Trump supporters. I found an online IQ test and had the notion that it would be interesting to do a little experiment to compare Trump rally goers with a random group.
Then I saw that the man whose fate may hinge on the finding of Special Counsel Mueller doesn’t even know how to spell special counsel.
Maybe Trump should take this test.
Here are the first few questions:
  1. Which side of your body is your left hand on, when you are looking in a mirror?

    • The right side.
    • The left side.
    • Both sides.
    • It depends on what you're looking at in the mirror.
  2. Is it possible to draw a 6-sided Star of David without lifting your pen or pencil from the paper?

    • No
    • Yes
  3. Goldfish are very stupid animals, with a memory span of just 5 seconds. It takes only 4.5 seconds to read this question. Could a goldfish answer this question?

    • Yes, with 0.5 seconds to spare.
    • No.
    • Wait, I forgot, what was the question again?
  4. In the film Forrest Gump, Bubba famously said which of the following about "stupid"?

    • Stupid is like a box of chocolates.
    • Me and stupid goes together like peas and carrots.
    • Stupid is as stupid does.
    • None of the above.
  5. There are lots of gender stereotypes about one gender or the other being stupid. How do you feel?

    • I'm a guy. Girls are stupid.
    • I'm a woman. Boys are stupid.
    • I'm a guy, but I don't think women are stupid.
    • I'm a girl, but that doesn't mean I think all guys are stupid.

Mar. 20, 2018

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  My Daily Kos story for today

Jim Carrey is taking advantage of the shitstorm his painting of Sarah Sanders has created to publicize his other paintings:
Carrey himself seized upon the controversy to promote another one of his paintings satirizing the Trump administration titled, "The Wicked Witch of the West Wing and Putin's Flying Monkeys." Previous artwork by the Carrey has taken swipes at Trump himself, as well as his former chief strategist Steve Bannon, former Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and numerous other Republicans in Congress.
Like all political cartoonists and artists, Carrey attempts to cut through the for-public-consumption facade of his subjects and show who they really are. 
This reminded me of the plot of the movie “Shallow Hal” when the superficial character played by Jack Black meets the famous American life coach Tony Robbins playing himself in an elevator.


“He hypnotizes Hal into only seeing a person's inner beauty. Hal does not realize he's been hypnotized and later meets Rosemary (Gwyneth Paltrow), daughter of the president of the company where he is employed. Rosemary is morbidly obese, but Hal sees a slender and beautiful trophy blonde. He is immediately smitten by her. His boss is not certain about Hal dating his daughter, thinking that Hal may be trying to climb to the top of the corporate ladder. Used to being overlooked due to her appearance, Rosemary initially interprets Hal's interest as mocking, but begins to realize his feelings for her are sincere. After apologizing to him, they begin to date, which includes a bike ride with Walt (Rene Kirby).” WIKIPEDIA
What the country needs mass-hypnosis to see people for who they really are, to see their inner beauty or their inner ugliness. 


Trump has managed to induce loyalty, sometimes a near worship, worthy of a cult figure, in his followers. If you want to see a depiction of the power of a cult leader, there’s a six-part series on NetFlix called “Wild, Wild Country” about the eastern Oregon cult started by Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh.


Trump is an unlikely seeming cult leader to us. Yet he managed to make his own magic without knowing a bit about the techniques of mass hypnosis. 
We need someone to hypnotize his zombified followers to see him for who he really is. They need to see how he has manipulated their fears “of the other” and latent paranoia to give him control over their minds. 
Once that door to a person's subconscious is opened they can be made to believe anything, and in some instances even do things they would normally be constrained from doing by their conscience or by social norms. This makes Trump dangerous. 
A personal note. I became friends with the famous humanist psychologist Clark Moustakas in the early 1970’s. He was propelled into prominence on college campuses and on the conference circuit after the publication of his best selling 1961 book “Loneliness.” In private he came across as a mild-mannered empathic self-effacing man but not at all like a cult figure. However, when he presented at conferences he exerted a charisma I never saw in private. I went to a conference on loneliness which he gave in Detroit and heard people in the audience calling him a second Jesus.
Because he was who he was, he discouraged this kind of reaction. Trump on the other hand, with his message of hate rather than love, has only encouraged this kind of obsequious loyalty.

He once called Obama a pussy on live TV

It’s not your imagination. Trump is getting worse. Eugene Washington, Washington Post

It’s not your imagination. Donald Trump’s occupancy of the White House is every bit as insane, corrupt and dangerous as you might fear. Witness this jaw-dropping message to the sitting president of the United States from the former director of the Central Intelligence Agency:

I have met John Brennan, who headed the CIA for four years under President Barack Obama. To say he is not given to hysterics is a gross understatement. His picture ought to be next to the word “sober” in the dictionary. Yet there he was on Saturday morning, using Twitter to tear into the supposed leader of the free world with language normally reserved for the tinhorn dictators of obscure kleptocracies.
There is no “on the other hand” in our current predicament. If Trump were on some kind of learning curve, we’d see some evidence by now. If anything, he is getting worse — perhaps because he senses that the Mueller investigation is closing in, perhaps because he is just hopelessly overwhelmed by the job. At this point, I suppose it’s a good thing that he spends so much time watching Fox News, playing golf and calling old cronies for emotional support. Maybe it’s better that he wallow in self-absorption (I would add self-deception bordering on delusion. HB)  rather than actually try to run the government, since he has no idea how to make things better but is eminently capable of making them worse.

Mar. 19, 2018

It was just a little thing, a scratch, that he failed to treat and gangrene set in and it was killing him. They were on safari, in Africa, and their truck had broken down and the rescue plane was never going to make it in time. This is the way Harry died in Ernest Hemingway’s “The Snows of Kilimanjaro.” I reread it the other day because of President Trump. I think of him as Harry. Stormy Daniels is the scratch. 

The saga of the adult-film star and the juvenile president has become a rollicking affair. Each step of the way, Daniels has out-Trumped Trump. She is as shameless as he, a publicity hound who adheres to the secular American religion that, to be famous, even for nothing much, is to be rich. By and large, that’s not true, but then there is Kim Kardashian to prove otherwise.
Sometime in the last month or two, it must have occurred to Trump that he is up against himself. Daniels is indefatigable. She appears everywhere. She makes statements, vows, rebuttals and allegations and is scheduled to appear this Sunday on “60 Minutes.” Trump must be shaking his head in admiration. He supposedly used to call in gossip items about himself to New York reporters, employing a false name and false voice. He even exulted in publicity about his extramarital affair with Marla Maples, who was overheard by the New York Post alleging it was the “best sex I’ve ever had.”


In pre-Trump days, it might have been possible to destroy Daniels by calling her a slut or whatever. But Trump himself is a slut. He is a liar and a moral harlot who revels in irresponsibility and bad-boy behavior. He has no moral edge over his accuser. We have all been instructed by Trump himself to disregard schoolhouse virtues of honesty, dignity and rectitude. Trump himself travels light. 

It was the little thing that killed Harry on safari. It was the unattended cut, the disabled truck, the tardy rescue plane. As he died, he dreamed of Kilimanjaro, “unbelievably white in the sun” but the hyena that had been stalking him made “a strange, human, almost crying sound,” and he knew what the hyena already knew. It is what Trump is learning.

  My Daily Kos story for today

I hate to hate people and wish bad things to happen to them when I read about Trump toady divorces

Politico: Scavino is in many ways the president’s mini-me, a man whose bombast, impulse control and instinct for a good punch match those of his boss.

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I am familiar with Dan Scavino. He’s Trump’s former caddie who is now the White House Social Media director who is reported to be involved in writing some of his Tweets. 
Snippets from Politico, June 10, 2017:
The White House social media director is the president's alter ego, mini-me, and id on Twitter.
  • Scavino is in many ways the president’s mini-me, a man whose bombast, impulse control and instinct for a good punch match those of his boss.
  • Scavino, whose title is director of social media, is omnipresent in the West Wing, constantly recording content for online videos. He has said that he often taps out tweets for the president’s account as Trump dictates them, and he has a knack for mimicking his boss on Twitter. “Scavino channels Trump, not the other way around,” said a senior White House aide.
  • After CNN host Anderson Cooper said he was disgusted by comedian Kathy Griffin’s decision to conduct a mock beheading of Trump, Scavino tweeted, “If you are so appalled, you would make it clear to everyone that you will never have that piece of trash (@kathygriffin) on your show again.”
  • He came under fire after tweeting a picture of Hillary Clinton next to a Star of David-shaped figure within which appeared the words “Most Corrupt Candidate Ever!” In the background was a sea of cash. Critics blasted the image as anti-Semitic. Scavino later tweeted, “For the MSM to suggest that I am antisemite is AWFUL. I proudly celebrate holidays w/ my wife's amazing Jewish family for the past 16 years.” 
My reaction to reading about his pending divorce was “good, the more stressed the Trump toadies are the better.” It also occurred to me that the public might learn about some unsavory behavior about how he treated his wife which will reflect on the kind of men Trump chooses to be close to him.
I do feel for his wife, who suffers from a painful debilitating disease and wish the best for her. I wonder about Scavino’s motivation in publicizing his wife’s illness, in a Tweet of all things:


I had a similar reaction when I read that the Great White Hunter Donald Trump Jr.’s wife Vanessa filed for divorce, although I also wondered if she could end up as a source for Mueller with some inside information. 

I consider myself to be a kind person, an empathic person, but admit I have a judgmental side I try to keep in check.  I look at the faces of people in the crowds standing behind Trump at rallies and try to see them as good people who under just under the thrall of a cult leader. But then I think of the good Germans doing Hitler’s bidding or turning a blind eye to his atrocities, and I remind myself that had I lived in Germany in the Nazi era I wouldn’t be here.

I also have the fantasy that someday in the not too distant future we’ll see this book on the best seller list:


The Crassness and Anti-Intellectualism of President Donald Trump: History News Network

What word best describes Donald Trump? Almost two years ago, I wrote “The Main Problem with Donald Trump: He's a Fool.” And I continue to think a fool he certainly is. But that word does not quite get to his essence. After the revelation in October 2016 of Trump’s comments in 2005 about how he could “do anything” he wanted with women, including grabbing them “by the pussy,” a more apt word should have occurred to me, but didn’t. Now it does: crass.
The Merriam-Webster dictionary defines crass as 1) having or indicating such grossness of mind as precludes delicacy and discrimination, and 2) guided by or indicative of base or materialistic values. The Oxford Dictionaries indicate that it means “showing no intelligence or sensitivity.” adds, “without refinement, delicacy, or sensitivity; gross; obtuse; stupid.”
Having identified crassness as Trump’s trademark characteristic, we next turn to the historical question of what exists in the American character and culture that would make such a crass man appealing to enough Americans so that he ends up being our president. CONTINUED

All this chaos is a sign of Trump’s confidence - Washington Post

It is a natural tendency to examine presidential decisions for what ideological content or policy direction they indicate. What does the removal of Secretary of State Rex Tillerson signal about President Trump’s view of U.S.-Russia relations? What does the sudden acceptance of a summit with Kim Jong Un reveal about Trump’s approach to diplomacy and military force?The answer to these and similar questions: Not much. They assume a process of reflection and planning for which there is no evidence. Trump seems to fire people when they defy him, displease him or look bad on television. “This guy never gets a good story about him,” Trump is reported to have complained of Tillerson. Trump’s shift in North Korean policy was, by all accounts, a spur-of-the-moment sort of thing — less like a high-stakes diplomatic gambit with nuclear implications and more like, hey, what the hell, let’s have breakfast for dinner. The decisive White House meeting with South Korea’s national security adviser Chung Eui-yong began with flattery of the president (what White House meeting doesn’t?) and included an assurance from Chung that Kim was “frank and sincere.” This was enough for Trump to accept a summit on the spot.
We should hope that Mike Pompeo is wonderful at his new job and that a new approach to North Korea ends up succeeding. But it is difficult to view either change as evidence of something bigger. Trump’s guiding principles are a disdain for precedent, a preference for institutional chaos and an invincible trust in his own instincts.
This means that the best interpretive framework through which to understand Trump’s leadership is psychological rather than ideological. One would think that a president with historically low poll numbers, facing an investigation by special counsel Robert S. Mueller III of growing seriousness, heading (in all likelihood) toward a disastrous midterm repudiation that could lead to his impeachment, and presiding over an administration run on the management principles of Maximilien Robespierre might be acting out of desperation. On the contrary, White House insiders indicate that Trump’s increasingly flailing decisions are the function of a president gaining in confidence. Having decided that he has gotten the hang of the job, Trump has lost patience with opposition and constraints. He seems not frightened but giddy.  CONTINUED

March 18, 2018 Evening Edition - Two Breaking Stories

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James Comey will Fire Back At Trump in new book out April 17, Vowing To Reveal Who’s ‘Honorable’ — And Who Isn’t: Book tour to follow

Stormy's father

Stormy Daniels' estranged father, Bill Gregory, told Inside Edition he will be tuning in, adding that he's concerned for his daughter's safety, and he's worried about Trump supporters going after her.

"Be very careful," he said when asked what advice he would give to his daughter. “When you start challenging powerful people with a lot of money, they can ruin your life."

Trump has a lot of radical followers that might take offense to her telling stories about him,” he said. 
Stormy's mother

The mother of Stephanie Clifford, aka porn actress Stormy Daniels, is very concerned about the pending legal battle between her daughter and President Donald Trump.

But it’s not because she fears something might happen to her little girl. It’s Trump she’s worried about.

“If Mr. Trump runs four more times, I would vote for him every time,” Sheila Gregory told the Dallas Morning News this week. “I like him. I like the way he handles things. It’s time this country is put back where it belongs — taking care of the people here instead of the people who don’t belong here.”

Gregory said she hadn’t spoken to Clifford in 12 years, coincidentally going back to around the time the actress said she had her affair with Trump.

March 17, 2018

Doctors Accused Of ‘Politicizing Psychiatry’ Are Actually Doing The Opposite

  Excerpts: "What we have in our country is a large number of psychological professionals bearing witness to the malignant normality that Trump and his followers seek to impose.

America is not Nazi Germany or Soviet Russia or Communist China. We do not have state-controlled psychiatry or medicine, and whatever you think of Trump, he is surely no Hitler. What we have in our country is a large number of psychological professionals bearing witness to the malignant normality that Trump and his followers seek to impose.
Trump does this in at least two extremely dysfunctional ways: his profoundly compromised relationship with reality and his attack mode in response to crisis or criticism.
I speak of Trump’s solipsistic reality, meaning his need to take in the world solely in relation to the outlandish psychological requirements of his own self, with a rejection of accepted standards of evidence and no sense of having responsibility to what the rest of us call reality. I relate that tendency to his sense of feeling beleaguered by malevolent forces, which include institutions necessary to our democracy such as the press, the intelligence services and the judiciary. That attack mode becomes particularly dangerous when he is confronted with an actual nuclear threat, as in relation to North Korea.
I make no diagnosis of psychiatric illness, in fact no diagnosis at all, but rather point to a psychological pattern of presidential unfitness that endangers our democracy and could have the gravest of consequences for the entire world.
To become a witnessing professional in this way is to reject politicized psychiatry, and to reject as well the role of the obedient bureaucrat, psychiatric or otherwise, who supports the lies of solipsistic reality. To speak out is a hopeful act, an expression of a free professional in an open society and a statement that voices must be heard in our democracy to sustain it.

Dr. Robert Jay Lifton is author of The Nazi Doctors: Medical Killing and Psychology of GenocideThought Reform and the Psychology of Totalism: A Study of ‘Brainwashing’ in China, and Witness to an Extreme Century: A Memoir. He is a lecturer in psychiatry at Columbia University, and his most recent book is The Climate Swerve: Reflections on Mind, Hope, and Survival.

  Saturday Morning With Mac, Duff, and Joy Reid (also on Daily Kos)

The Morning Mac and Duff
Sat 8 AM

Trump’s Lawyer (John Dowd): It’s Time to End the Mueller Probe was the big story discussed on Joy Reid's "AM Joy" show. 
Then there’s Stormy whose kick-ass lawyer Michael Avenatti is everywhere hyping the 60 Minutes show, noting that six other women have contacted him about Trump,  and Trump’s ludicrous lawyer Michael Cohen who fancies himself a real-life version of a TV lawyer (left), apparently scaring little kids somewhere while Trump brings in a new Stormy-fighting lawyer, Charles Harder who won the Hulk Hogan Gawker case.
While we’re on Michael Cohen, is it a stretch to assume he’s the one that threatened Stormy Daniels considering the documented "I'm going to fuck you up" threats he's made to others who crossed him? 
“I will make sure that you and I meet one day while we’re in the courthouse. And I will take you for every penny you still don’t have. And I will come after your Daily Beast and everybody else that you possibly know,” Cohen told the website. “So I’m warning you, tread very fucking lightly, because what I’m going to do to you is going to be fucking disgusting. You understand me?”
The attorney then went on to issue direct threats regarding the resurfaced assertions: “You write a story that has Mr. Trump’s name in it, with the word ‘rape’, and I’m going to mess your life up … for as long as you’re on this frickin’ planet.”
“[Y]ou’re going to have judgments against you, so much money, you’ll never know how to get out from underneath it,” Cohen told the Daily Beast.
There’s more,
and it is as big as anything...
McCabe has been axed and is not remaining silent, hardly:  (McCabe says his Russia probe work sparked smear campaign before firing),
and wait there’s even more on this..
… breaking news from Betsy Woodruff is that he has hired a powerhouse lawyer Michael R. Bromwich to fight the Dept. of Justice.
and last but not least the Tillerson firing and McMaster's only hanging in the breeze because the media said he was about to be fired, both because they attacked Putin. Rachel Maddow put this together last night. Tillerson was fired the morning after he made comments lambasting Russia. 
The media broke the story that McMasters was going to be fired after ripping Putin a new one, but Trump didn’t fire him the next day as it was reported he was going to do. It doesn’t take a fifth-grade science fair winner to figure out Trump would have fired him but for the media saying he was going to fire him.
Could there even be more?
How about Gen. McCaffrey’s extraordinary warning that Trump is a serious threat to national security?
How much can the country stand before they wake up to see that Trump is a maniacal despot and a pathological liar?

March 16, 2018: Below, because we all can't get enough of Sister Sarah of the Church of the Immaculate Trumpanata answering the questions from impudent reporters.

If you have any free clicks for The Washington Post, check this out.

THE BIG IDEA: Donald Trump’s reality television presidency may be getting more star power for season two.
Trump has decided to remove H.R. McMaster as his national security adviser and is actively discussing Fox News contributor John Bolton as a potential successor.
A leading contender to replace Veterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkin is Pete Hegseth, the co-host of “Fox and Friends Weekend.”
The president named CNBC analyst and former host Larry Kudlow to replace former Goldman Sachs president Gary Cohn as his chief economic adviser on Wednesday.
Heather Nauert, a former co-host of “Fox and Friends,” got promoted on Monday from being a spokeswoman for the State Department to acting undersecretary of state for public diplomacy and public affairs.

 Mueller raps it up with Trump.

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I remembered writing one dairy about Trump and Russian kompromat some months ago and decided to check it out again. Rather than go to my posting history to find what I wrote, I just Googled kompromat Daily Kos and saw that I was not the only Kossack, not nearly, to write about this. Not only that I found two more stories I wrote which I didn’t remember. I thought this was a good time to republish them. The amazing Google Machine now has this story on the top of the page. Here are links to numbers two and three: Kompromat , Stormy and Trump - Daily Kos , Thanks, Stormy: even if the shower tape is a myth there's ... - Daily Kos


  Some thoughts on reading

If Trump engaged in recorded compromising sexual behavior that he desperately wants to keep hidden, what the Russian spies call kompromat, and Trump is aware of the possibility that both real and fake tapes are being peddled as this article alleges, this presents a serious problem for him.  He has no way of knowing whether some of the recordings will be indisputably proved to be the real thing. He doesn’t know whether there are tapes of the behaviors that he considers the most damaging.

John Schindler, the author of this article, believes that even though Russia did not get the sanctions lifted when Trump was elected, it is still in their interest to keep him in office since as long as he’s president America will be in a state of chaos. They see this as being to their benefit. I totally agree: case in point, how Trump is allowing or directing Tillerson to decimate the Department of State.

It is a tried and true spy tactic to muddy the waters when there is something “out there” they want to hide. In this instance, it would be genuine presidency-ending sex tapes. To do this they flood the market, so to speak, with fake tapes. This is what Schindler says has been happening.

Schindler believes Mueller already has some of the genuine tapes.
As many as a dozen intelligence services worldwide, on four continents, are in possession of some sort of “Trump tape” featuring sexual escapades of a controversial nature; in some cases, the women involved appear to be underage. Some of these tapes have been shared with the Mueller investigation.
In spite of this, Schindler is pessimistic about these tapes being used successfully against Trump:
It’s obvious to savvy Western counterspies that someone is spreading fake Trump tapes—not all of them high quality—to muddy the waters. The obvious suspect, of course, is the Kremlin. Since the Russians know all about President Trump’s decades of personal antics, including what kompromat exists on him, they appear to be pushing dubious and unverifiable tapes, some of them obviously fake, to create chaos and confusion.
It’s working, and in the current climate, it seems doubtful that any Trump tape can be verified sufficiently to have a mainstream journalistic outfit report its details. After all, with multiple fakes out there, any bona fide tape would require not just rock-solid technical authentication, but also firming up the exact place and date of the incident, plus confirmation from the girl(s) caught on camera too. That seems like an insurmountably high bar to clear at present.
The Weinstein Effect: I think there’s reason to be more than a little optimistic.
It’s hard to believe Trump would think he could easily, emphasis on easily, Teflon his way through another sexual scandal the way he did when all the women claimed he sexually assaulted them, followed by the Access Hollywood recording. It’s possible that he will have a case of Weinstein-phobia, the fear that he will be the next man to fall after credible sexual assault accusations are made against him by girls and women.
If he had half his wits about him — a big if —  and if there are some highly credible women he assaulted yet to come forward, some very possibly because they were paid off, he ought to be very very afraid.
Of course “ought to be” doesn’t apply to Trump. He never reacts like we think he ought to. However, stressors can build up to a breaking point even in a malignant narcissist.
If he has a psychotic episode marked by behavior that can’t be ignored, even by Breitbart and Fox News, he will have to be removed from office most likely in the only rapid way possible, invoking the 25th Amendment. There is no way anyone could hide a psychotic episode for any length of time since the predominant feature of these is a break from reality which can involve paranoid ideation, delusions, ideas of reference, and hallucinations.

If after all the speculation about what malfeasance, collusions, or corruption could lead to Trump not finishing his first term, it would be the most delicious karmic irony if it was a sex scandal that brought him down by being the golden straw that broke the camel’s back.
While psychosis can come on gradually, the onset can be sudden. What to look for in a first psychotic episode.

This story keeps getting better (for us) and worse for Trump and his minions. Not only does it have the ring of truth, considering what we know about Trump’s sexual proclivities, his lack of boundaries, his narcissistic confidence he can do anything he wants to do to satisfy his perversions (pleasure from grabbing women is a paraphilia). While enjoying consenting golden showers is a paraphilia, it isn’t harmful; that is unless Putin can blackmail you with videos.
This is the first time I’ve decided there was enough information on a topic I’ve already written about here to write a third story.


This comes not from the grown cacophony of serious voices saying they don’t believe Trump’s denials, especially since he has offered no evidence except his word that they are false. This coming from a pathological liar! It comes from an excellent article in The Conversation about honey traps published today.
Ever since World War II Russian spy agencies have had notable success using sexual blackmail to recruit spies. “The Conversation” article describes many of them. They also give examples of how they are using honey traps today:
Here’s an interesting tidbit from The Daily Beast:


Trump shouldn’t be too embarrassed by the rumors; he is far from alone. In fact, one would be hard-pressed to find a world leader in history, especially a Trumpian one with despotic tendencies, without a closet full of underage or extramarital or piss-covered skeletons. Dictators and deviant sex go together like Russia and blackmail.
Also from the Daily Beast article, file this under “what I didn’t know about Putin’s sex life:
He had a wife, with whom he fathered two children before she disappeared from the public eye for years. Many assumed her dead until she suddenly reappeared for long enough to divorce Putin. During the time she was out getting fresh air in the Russian countryside, Putin was alleged to have taken up with a former rhythmic gymnast he met when she was only a teenager. The pair have three rumored children. Last year, Page Six speculated that Putin has a new girlfriend, a “busty” 23-year-old who appeared in a sexy calendar dedicated to Putin’s birthday when she was just out of high school. The rhythmic gymnast, say the reports, was kicked to the curb. He’s like Leonardo DiCaprio, but only 5-foot-7 and without the ability to move his face.
One could argue that the difference between, say, a Putin or an Amin rumor and the Trump rumor is that the aforementioned world leaders faced accusations that bolstered their virile image. The Trump rumor, not so much. Even though the Trump dossier contains little verifiable information, it’s hard to eliminate the stench of a pee rumor from a mattress or a reputation. But it could be much worse. At least nobody’s speculating about what’s wrong with his penis. Yet.
Considering the allegations about Trump and how if true they would explain his being so pro-Putin, the Wikipedia entry on kompromat reads almost like an indictment.

Here’s my original story:

I wrote an update to this on Jan. 10. That was three long, log days ago!
On MSNBC and Bloomberg's With All Due Respect hosted by Mark Halperin and John Heilemann they didn’t seem to think these Russia stories about Trump would be game changers prior to the election. But the public loves sexy stories, and they don’t necessarily have to involve sex; but Russia’s notoriously effective and sometimes very dangerous FSB would have been negligent if they didn’t try to compromise billionaire Donald Trump when he was in Moscow for his  2013 Miss Universe pageant. This part of the Russia story could also involve sex.
This morning I wrote about how the FSB might have lured Trump into a classic spy honey trap and have videos of him in sexually compromising activities with a minor, or for that matter since he was married, with an adult woman.

The Russians may have blackmail material they can, or already have, used on Donald Trump.
Since the time  immemorial, spy agencies have set honey traps to lure susceptible men (and women) into sexual liaisons or relationships which they later could use either to blackmail foreigners or force them to betray their own countries.

(I was wrong about this… I mean… who thinks golden showers?)
With Trump, they easily could have found a 15-year-old to come on to him and play on Trump’s sexual proclivities. Of course, they would have videos of everything he did.
Considering that Putin is a former KGB agent I would be surprised if he didn’t order FSB (the new KGB) to get something he could use against someone like Trump who he might need in his pocket in the future.
If he did this when Trump was nominated he must have broke out the Stolichnaya Gold vodka, Beluga caviar, and Piramides Edicion Limitada 2008 Cuban cigars to celebrate his spymaster prescience.
Are honey traps real? You bet!

Mata Hari Oh, they're real. Honey traps, also called "honey pots," have been a favorite spying tactic as long as sex and espionage have existed—in other words, forever. Perhaps the earliest honey trap on record was the betrayal of Samson by Delilah, who revealed Samson's weakness (his hair) to the Philistines in exchange for 1,100 pieces of silver, as described in the book of Judges. The practice continued into the 20th century and became a staple of Cold War spy craft. Governments around the world set up honey traps to this day, but it's an especially common practice in Russia and China.The Central Intelligence Agency doesn't comment on whether its agents use their sexuality to obtain information, but current and former intelligence officials say it does happen occasionally.   Slate     ​emphasis added
Wood said he believed Steele was a “very competent professional operator”, adding: “I do not think he would make things up. I don’t think he would necessarily always draw the correct judgment but that’s not the same thing at all.”
Former Foreign Office and intelligence officials told the Guardian on Thursday that Steele was highly respected in the intelligence community.
Steele’s dossier contains “pretty central accusations” about a presidential candidate being complicit in the hacking of his rival, and about the Russian intelligence services holding lurid sexual material on Trump, Wood said. “These seemed to me to have important implications - if true.”
The allegations were lent weight by some of Trump’s public behaviour on the campaign trail, he added. “It is a suggestion that was I think given certain colouration by the way Trump talked about the hacking exercise and by the stories about his treatment of women, and of course the KGB and FSB now make it a regular practice to do honeytrap exercises.”
The former spy went into hiding this week after his cover was blown. “Russia would certainly like to know where he got his information from - assuming his information is basically true and he hasn’t just made it up, which I don’t believe for a moment - and they’re accustomed to take action,” said Wood, describing the allegations as “dangerous knowledge”.
This Russian Tweet remind us of what Rachel said, and which spy movie aficionados “know” —  once a spy always a spy. The former MI-6 agent and current professional private spy is now in hiding. Rachel wondered why. Is he afraid for his life, considering that Moscow has a record of tracking down and killing people no matter where they are.

Friday, Jan 13, 2017 · 7:26:24 PM PST · HalBrown
More from Rachel, and David Corn:

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When I spoke with the former spy, he appeared confident about his material—acknowledging these memos were works in progress—and genuinely concerned about the implications of the allegations. He came across as a serious and somber professional who was not eager to talk to a journalist or cause a public splash. He realized he was taking a risk, but he seemed duty bound to share information he deemed crucial. He noted that these allegations deserved a "substantial inquiry" within the FBI. Yet so far, the FBI has not yet said whether such an investigation has been conducted. As the former spy said to me, "The story has to come out."

Friday, Jan 13, 2017 · 8:40:54 PM PST · HalBrown
This story goes back to Jullian Assange in a 2010 Slate article
The Central Intelligence Agency doesn't comment on whether its agents use their sexuality to obtain information, but current and former intelligence officials say it does happen occasionally.
I had a personal experience with this when two federal agents, release of information in hand, came to interview me because they planned to hire one of my former psychotherapy clients for a job that she was, dare I say, uniquely qualified for.

March 15, 2018 

Breaking Big on MSNBC: Buzzfeed dossier defense hits Trump White House (they started it but it is now bomeranging),

 and breaking small:

 ON DAILY KOS todayHey, Hey, NRA.... Here's a Tweet For You and Trump Too.

As you see here, you can Tweet an image and even a video. Trump does it all the time. Scroll down for more about using Twitter.
I was thinking that every movement needs a few powerfully resonant chants. I thought we could do better than “LOCK HER UP.” 
I originally thought that a friend of mine’s suggestion (thank you, Donna K.) of “Hey, Hey, NRA, how many kids did you kill today?” would be an effective one. If you’re too young to remember, this was used in protests against the Vietnam War.

Another powerful anti-war chant was “One, Two, Three, Four, We Don’t Want Your Fucken War.”

It was too long to fit on a button.
Then I thought using the word “kill” was too harsh, especially for younger kids. Hence, I softened it to “how many kids need to die today?” Either one will suffice. Ultimately, of course, the kids should and will decide what to say. They have earned the right to lead this battle. It is so inspiring for an elder like me to see a new generation taking to the streets and airwaves.

If you know how to do it, or want to learn, you can also take a screenshot of the image I used in this story. (I do this on my Mac all the time.)  You can add this to a Tweet to @NRA.

New to Twitter? Try opening an account to Tweet.
This is what I Tweeted to Trump with the image included: 
@realDonaldTrump   It appears that the NRA has buffaloed you and told you that when it comes to guns they have final say in what you endorse. They have made banning assault rifles like the AR15 radioactive. Look what they Tweeted today. The majority wants this. Why not you.
You don’t need an account to read Tweets (HERE), however, so if you want to keep up with Trump’s manic executive time Twitterbation sessions, he can’t tell if you read them. You can, however, Tweet back to him.

I’ve already concluded Trump can be diagnosed with the (illegal if act on) paraphilia toucherism (I wrote about this last summer) and that he has some kind of urophila (yesterday’s diary).  Twitterbation is not listed in the DSM-5 or the ICD-10, but would be defined as the condition of deriving sexual, possibly sadistic sexual, satisfaction from making nasty Tweets and firing people via Twitter.

This is Trump’s latest Twitter image. He loves standing in from to phallic symbols.

March 14 and earlier