bed napping and watching with outrage what Trump was doing to turn us into a dictatorship.
Mar. 21, 2018
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
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Hey Mister President Big Brain Trump, it's spelled COUNSEL not COUNCIL. Can you pass this IQ test?
Hey Mister President Big Brain Trump, it's spelled COUNSEL not COUNCIL. Can you pass this IQ test?
Mar. 20, 2018
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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.
I hate to hate people and wish bad things to happen to them when I read about Trump toady divorces
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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.”
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:
March 18, 2018 Evening Edition - Two Breaking Stories
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
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
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 Genocide, Thought 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.
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.
Mueller raps it up with Trump.
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KARMIC KOMPROMAT COULD BRING TRUMP DOWN, BUT NOT IN THE WAY YOU MAY THINK
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.
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.
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:
Did you know: The Joan Baez 1970 version of the Band’s “The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down” (her only Top 10 single) was recently featured in the film “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri.”