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I just watched a video of Jeanine Pirro shown on MSNBC where she sarcastically debunked the allegations made about Trump and the peeing prostitutes described in the Steele dossier and the Comey book.

She said that Trump getting urinated on was a ridiculous claim, no doubt assuming that her viewers know Trump is a germophobe. Then she played a video of Comey in his interview on ABC News with George Stephanopoulos NOT saying that at all. Here’s what he actually said:


Comey said Trump is alleged to have watched while two prostitutes urinated on each other on the bed that presumably the Obamas slept on.
We don’t know what Trump did while watching. If he asked the prostitutes to do this it only means that for him it was pleasurable, and we don't even know if he was sexually aroused by the act. If this is something he really enjoys, perhaps we’ll find out when all the recipients of all the non-disclosure agreement payouts are revealed and other prostitutes come forward to reveal what they did for Trump. 
I don’t think there’s a client-prostitute confidentiality privilege. 
My hunch, and take this for what it's worth coming from a renowned expert on Trumpology (that's me folks) is that Trump thinks it's a manly man thing to do to assault women unawares by the genitals. However, I doubt he thinks enjoying watching women urinate on each other earns him bragging rights among the male fans who wish they could be him.

Steele would say to colleagues, ‘It’s fifty-fifty.’” that this incident actually occurred. However, if one American prostitute comes forward and says Trump paid her to watch her urinate this would lend credence to the pee tape. 
More about Jeanine Pirro from The Daily Beast
Robert DeNiro as Bob Mueller


“Stormy calls me four or five times, by the last two phone calls she’s with Donald [Trump] and I can hear him, and he’s talking through the phone to me saying, ‘Oh come on Alana, let’s have some fun! Let’s have some fun! Come to the party, we’re waiting for you.’ And I was like, ‘OMG it’s Donald Trump!’” Evans previously recalled. “Men like him scare me because they have so much power and this was way before his presidential nomination. So I bailed on them and turned my phone off.” The next day Evans apologized for bailing, and asked Daniels how her night was. “She tells me, ‘All I’m going to say is: I ended up with Donald in his hotel room. Picture him chasing me around his hotel room in his tighty-whities.’”

Will This Man, Noel Francisco, Save the Justice Department?

If Rod Rosenstein gets sacked over the Russian investigation, Noel Francisco is next in line. What he does next could rescue the Justice Department—or break it.


One of Francisco’s long-time friends, who spoke anonymously because of the sensitivity of the matter, said Francisco would be nobody’s tool. But, that friend added, he wouldn’t be a Sally Yates; if Francisco were ordered to do something he thought were unlawful, he would quit, but it’s unlikely he would openly and affirmatively defy the president. 
“Does that mean Francisco would follow an order from the president to fire Mueller?”
As an appellate lawyer and a conservative, he’s studied constitutional law matters, the separation of powers, and the chain of command. Rosenstein, meanwhile, has dedicated his entire career to one thing: prosecutions. As a professional matter, Rosenstein has spent less time grappling with questions about the Constitution and presidential powers. So people close to both Francisco and Rosenstein said Francisco has likely put much more thought into the constitutional order than Rosenstein has. And it’s likely Francisco is quite familiar with an argument many conservative lawyers make: that Trump has the power to abolish the regulation governing the special counsel and to order the special counsel’s supervisor to fire him, and, therefore, that his doing so would not trigger a constitutional crisis.

Does that mean Francisco would follow an order from the president to fire Mueller? 

Chuck Cooper (Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ personal lawyer who he used to work for) wouldn’t say. 

“He’s a man of impeccable integrity,” Cooper said, when asked about Mueller’s potential firing. “A man of principle and impeccable integrity.”

Snippets, wordplay in the age of Trump

Mueller and Rosenstein’s necks have been resting under Trump’s twin guillotines so long it’s easier to think of them as gone.

 If he forced Sessions out, Capitol Hill might crack open and send a pyroclastic flow down Pennsylvania Avenue to bury the White House. 

 But that hasn’t prevented the president from detonating—

That Trump’s zipper problem might end up wrecking his presidency before the Russia stuff ruins him is a real possibility.

Imagine the tantrum that would follow Cohen’s flipping.

April 14, 2018 

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Today’s (Daily Kos) story is unusual for me as it has nothing to do with politics. When I do write about politics I try to offer a different slant on a subject than what everyone else is talking or writing about. Yesterday I praised the New York Daily News for their terrific Trump pee brain cover, only later to find out HuffPost had a similar story.
My morning ritual while waking up with strong home ground coffee from whole beans is to watch MSNBC and peruse online websites for stories on politics and many other topics. I put links to stories I like, along with excerpts, on my blog.

Almost every day I get an idea for a story to write and put on Daily Kos ( 500 stories and counting). 

I think I suffer from hypergraphia:
Hypergraphia is a behavioral condition characterized by the intense desire to write or draw. Forms of hypergraphia can vary in writing style and content. Wikipedia
Sometimes I find little gems of websites I never knew existed by following links. For example, when I thought I'd put something in this post about needing coffee to wake up I found this story "Benefits Of Coffee: What Your Brain Does On Caffeine" Thus I found an interesting health-related blog called Bulletproof which Kossacks might be interested in.

Here's another example of finding new interesting websites by following links. The story was republished today on the progressive popular website Salon. While I am primarily interested in political articles I generally scroll down each website page, and this morning this story piqued my interest.

It originally came from The Conversation which I discovered has in-depth analysis, research, news and ideas from leading academics.


Here's something to think about as we applaud the publication of Comey's book.

 Risks loom for Comey's book blitz

The former FBI director faces attacks on his reputation and could complicate Robert Mueller's Russia probe.

When I read the headline "The Tinder presidency" by one of my favorite columnists Dana Milbank, I thought "tinder" meant dry flamable material as in tinderbox. I was wrong.


Government by Godfather

John Gotti’s president should have 

appointed Joey Gallo’s attorney general

At his confirmation hearing this week, Mike Pompeo, President Trump’s nominee to be secretary of state, gave a six-minute opening statement that made no mention of Russia, China, North Korea, Syria or Iran. Here is what Pompeo did say:

“I’m a movie buff. I have a soft spot for my golden retrievers. I love meatballs. . . . I love Revolutionary War history, country music, show tunes and college basketball.”

I half-expected him to say he also likes long walks on the beach, Sunday trips to the farmers market, and cuddling up in front of Netflix.

I wondered: Is Pompeo seeking confirmation as the nation’s top diplomat, or writing an online dating bio?

And then I wondered: Is there a difference?

Early in this second year of the Trump presidency, the administration bears an eerie resemblance to a matchmaking service. As the president cycles through advisers the way other people do contact lenses, the quality that draws him to hire is neither credentials nor competence nor even ideological compatibility but a Trumpian impulse that he has chemistry with the applicant. It’s less like OkCupid, on which people seek prospective partners, than Tinder, where people go for a hookup.

Signs of a Tinder presidency: Of the 23 officials who took the oath of office on Trump’s first weekday in office, 14 are now gone, the Post’s Philip Bump reported.That’s 61 percent. A quarter of Trump’s core Cabinet members have departed. This week alone, Trump’s homeland security adviser quit, as did the deputy national security adviser for strategy and the National Security Council spokesman. This came with the arrival of Trump’s third national security adviser in 15 months and his second national economic adviser.

It’s clear why. Trump’s tastes change frequently. Those who do choose to serve this president — never from the A-list of advisers — find it difficult to keep up with the loyalty it requires: not to an ideology or a party, but to an ever-changing array of presidential impulses. To use a Tinderism, Trump is here for a good time, not a long time. Continued

Tethered to a Raging Buffoon Called Trump, Opinion by Roger Cohen, no relation to Michael Cohen.

President Donald Trump is dangerous. The main things mitigating the danger are his incompetence and cowardice. We live in a time that teaches how outrage can turn to a shrug, how the unthinkable repeated over and over can induce moral numbness, how a madman’s manic certainties can overwhelm reason. He is very busy; people resist; he opens another front; people shake their heads. It’s hard to remember on Friday what happened on Monday. Trump’s is the unbearable lightness of the charlatan.
Disorientation spreads. Trump’s main war, beyond all the military bluster, is on truth. This reflects his instinct for the jugular: Once the distinction between truth and falsehood disappears, anything is possible. There are plenty of examples these days, from Moscow to Budapest, of how “democracies” can be manipulated to the point where they can yield only one result. This is Trump’s objective, and for it he needs a weakened Justice Department, a weakened press and an American public that will believe anything. He has had setbacks but is stubborn.

Disorientation spreads. Trump’s main war, beyond all the military bluster, is on truth. This reflects his instinct for the jugular: Once the distinction between truth and falsehood disappears, anything is possible.Continued

This is not a story about Donald Trump’s love child: It’s a lot more damaging than that, Salon


At the core of Farrow's report on the National Enquirer, it has nothing to do with a highly dubious tale about a love child (something that the Trump campaign tried to attach to Bill Clinton in 2016). It's really about whether a media outlet was paying tens of thousands of dollars to do Donald Trump's dirty work, in probable violation of campaign finance law.
As the New Yorker article makes clear, one big unanswered question is what Donald Trump or his campaign may have promised the Enquirer in exchange for its efforts to kill all these stories about Trump's private life. Similarly, the payoff agreement with adult film actress Stormy Daniels isn't about whether or not Trump ever slept with a porn star. It's about whether, in the days leading up to the presidential election, Trump consigliere Michael Cohen was ordered to write her a big fat check, perhaps on the orders of the candidate or his campaign. If Trump is ever forced to testify about these events under oath, the consequences could be devastating: The cover-up is almost always bigger than the crime.

April 12, 2018

April 1213, 2018

April 13, 2018
I continue my run of thinking of something to post on Daily Kos every day except one for over a month. As usual, I ask you to register there and recommend all my articles, even the lackluster ones, and to make comments. Generally, I have no idea of what to write about when I wake up. I attempt to write something everyone else isn't weighing in on hoping that the editors at Kos recommend my story. There doesn't seem to be anything new to say about Trump's deteriorating mental health. It seems that duty to warn, small letters or caps, has succeeded in getting the message across that Trump is indeed a dangerous case, no matter whether we want to get into the weeds of psychiatric definitions and jargon. If Trump shows florid psychotic symptoms I expect the luminaries, the go-to shrinks, will be explaining for the lay public why at long last the 25th Amendment must be invoked.

New York Post's benign cover vs. The Daily News' brilliant pea brain Trump PEE BRAIN cover (Comments on Daily Kos)

Tuesday covers seen on newsstands through metro-NYC

I don’t know whether Trump actually reads a newspaper which is printed on paper. If he did, it would be the Murdoch owned New York Post. Today’s cover is benign, even somewhat complementary since there’s a certain panache to being a Mafia don.


In contrast to the New York Daily News, which is harshly critical of the president and is known for its Trump mocking front pages, often depicting him as a clown during the primary (see gallery from 1990 to present), the Post leans to the right and has supported the presidency of Donald Trump.
Trump hates the New York Daily News, and he particularly hates their covers as he knows full-well how many people see them, see for example, Trump Goes After NY Daily News After ‘Dawn Of The Brain Dead’ Cover (left).
However, unlike Murdoch owned Fox News, the Post does not make up news and they clearly label their opinion pieces. 
As New York City’s ubiquitous tabloids, the Post and the News compete for readership side-by-side every morning on newsstands throughout the city. The tabloids are popular among commuters because they are easier to handle on the subway than full-page papers like the other primary NYC papers, the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal (another Murdoch owned paper). My hunch is that there is overlap in readership and that each paper can attract buyers simply by their covers.

The post is giving substantial coverage to the Comey story. This is what they covered today:
My impression is that Trump is disinclined to read anything during his pre-twitterbation morning executive time when he is transfixed by the rogue's gallery appearing on Fox and Friends who enable him to be president without actually pondering the ramifications of his decisions.
If he reads one newspaper it is the Post. However, it is possible he also asks to be provided with a copy of the News, if only because he still has the Manhattanite in him. 

I hope he got today’s Daily News. 



Fox News calls it a BLOOD FEUD, headlines typical trumpedential  (the new antonym of presidential) pejorative "SLIME BALL"

April 12, 2018
I can't figure out why HuffPost used sliced lemons as a background on their top of the page story:

Quotes from Duty to Warn founder John Gartner:

Trigger-Happy Trump and Syria: “The Worst Case Scenario Is Now Our Reality.”

Comments on Daily Kos

Russian RT quotes former UK MP calling Trump a manchild, questions sanity, suggests 25th Amendment

The real story isn’t what Galloway said in the interview as he isn't a well-known world figure outside of the U.K.  It’s that RT decided to publish an interview someone with such a critical view of Trump who questions Trump’s mental capacity and calls for him to removed under the 25th Amendment.
“First of all the tweets from President Trump is undoubtedly the most disturbing statement ever made by any US president and calls into question the very sanity of the person issued it,” Galloway said.
“The world is watching on in horror even in the countries Britain and France that have already indicated they wish to join the putative American strike against Syria. We are on the point of what could develop into World War Three due to the unhinged, juvenile actions of a manchild.”
Galloway went on to urge Washington officials to take matters into their own hands and impeach the out-of-control president.
“I believe that the US cabinet, which has the power to do so under the 25th amendment to the US constitution, must now declare that the author of that tweet is no longer fit to discharge their duties and should be removed from office.”
It’s also important to consider how RT framed Galloway’s comments and the use of the word “alarming” and “threatening.”
Former MP George Galloway has called on the US cabinet to impeach Donald Trump, labeling him a “man child” and questioning the American president’s sanity after he promised to launch “smart” missiles at Syria.

Trump’s alarming tweets were followed shortly after by the Pentagon issuing a statement in which it said it "does not comment on potential future military actions" and referring questions about the tweet to the White House.
One hour after the threatening tweet, Trump shared a softer message about Russia. According to the POTUS, the fraught relationship between the US and Russia need not be that way.
When Russian state-run  media quotes a Brit calling Trump a manchild, questions Trump's sanity, and calls for him to be removed under the 25th Amendment it is news.
As far as I can tell with a Google News search, this hasn't been covered anywhere except on RT which is why I wanted to put it on Daily Kos.

No doubt this will be in  the news today:

Trump fathered a child with an employee — according to ex-doorman paid off by National Enquirer: report

Excerpt: President Donald Trump may have fathered a child with an employee and then paid to keep the situation under wraps, according to newly revealed documents.

The Associated Press confirmed the National Enquirer paid $30,000 to a former doorman at Trump World Tower in exchange with the perpetual rights to a story he’d heard about the child.
The payment came eight months before the tabloid paid $150,000 to former Playboy Playmate Karen McDougal, and it raises new questions about how the National Enquirer and attorney Michael Cohen fought to protect Trump’s reputation during the 2016 presidential campaign.
The tabloid’s deal with ex-doorman Dino Sajudin effectively prohibited him from going public with rumors he had heard about Trump’s relationship with a woman who worked at the Trump Organization property near the United Nations.
The contract subjected Sajudin to a $1 million penalty if he revealed the rumor or terms of the hush agreement to anyone.

From Digby: "I'm hard-pressed to see how more death in Syria will amount to anything positive. So I can only wish Trump luck in beating back his worst instincts, and Bolton's advice, even if it is only because the president is terrified of whatever Putin might reveal about him. Creating some space for diplomacy or even just a pause in an unstable situation is better than thoughtless escalation. It's hard to believe, but this is one time when Trump's personal corruption may end up being a small service to mankind." Heather "Digby" Parton in:  

Trump, Bolton and the looming threat of war with Russia: Could the president’s corruption save us?

Torn between BFF Vladimir Putin and his war-mongering new adviser, Trump faces a fateful choice — on Twitter

Tidbit: Trump is the only president to have a Wikipedia page suggestive of having a mental disorder: 
LINK above

Donald Trump masqueraded as publicist to brag about himself (WaPo May 13, 2016)


The voice is instantly familiar; the tone, confident, even cocky; the cadence, distinctly Trumpian. The man on the phone vigorously defending Donald Trump says he’s a media spokesman named John Miller, but then he says, “I’m sort of new here,” and “I’m somebody that he knows and I think somebody that he trusts and likes” and even “I’m going to do this a little, part time, and then, yeah, go on with my life.” 

A recording obtained by The Washington Post captures what New York reporters and editors who covered Trump’s early career experienced in the 1970s, ’80s and ’90s: calls from Trump’s Manhattan office that resulted in conversations with “John Miller” or “John Barron” — public-relations men who sound precisely like Trump himself — who indeed are Trump, masquerading as an unusually helpful and boastful advocate for himself, according to the journalists and several of Trump’s top aides.

In 1991, Sue Carswell, a reporter at People magazine, called Trump’s office seeking an interview with the developer. She had just been assigned to cover the soap opera surrounding the end of Trump’s 12-year marriage to Ivana, his budding relationship with the model Marla Maples and his rumored affairs with any number of celebrities who regularly appeared on the gossip pages of the New York newspapers.

Within five minutes, Carswell got a return call from Trump’s publicist, a man named John Miller, who immediately jumped into a startlingly frank and detailed explanation of why Trump dumped Maples for the Italian model Carla Bruni. “He really didn’t want to make a commitment,” Miller said. “He’s coming out of a marriage, and he’s starting to do tremendously well financially.”

Miller turned out to be a remarkably forthcoming source — a spokesman with rare insight into the private thoughts and feelings of his client. “Have you met him?” Miller asked the reporter. “He’s a good guy, and he’s not going to hurt anybody. . . . He treated his wife well and . . . he will treat Marla well.”  CONTINUED

More links:

  1.  Kopan, Tal; Diamond, Jeremy (May 14, 2016). "Donald Trump on recording: Not me"CNN. Retrieved 22 July 2016.
  2. Jump up to: a b Kimble, Lindsay (May 15, 2016). "Donald Trump Admitted to Posing as His Own Spokesperson to PEOPLE in 1991, Despite New Denials". People.
  3. Jump up ^ D'Antonio, Michael (May 18, 2016). "Donald Trump's Long, Strange History of Using Fake Names"Fortune. Retrieved 22 July 2016.
  4. Jump up to: a b Borchers, Callum (May 13, 2016). "The amazing story of Donald Trump's old spokesman, John Barron – who was actually Donald Trump himself"The Washington Post. Retrieved July 20, 2016.
  5. Jump up ^ "Taking a Bath on Madison"New York. New York Media, LLC. 13 August 1984.
  6. Jump up ^ Surico, John (November 6, 2015). "Remembering John Barron, Donald Trump's 'Spokesman' Alter Ego"Vice. Retrieved 22 July 2016.
  7. Jump up ^ Joseph, Cameron (May 13, 2016). "Donald Trump has apparently gotten away with posing as his own publicist 'John Barron' many times before"New York Daily News. Retrieved 22 July 2016.
  8. Jump up ^ Fisher, Marc; Hobson, Will (May 13, 2016). "Donald Trump masqueraded as publicist to brag about himself"Washington Post. Retrieved 22 July 2016.
  9. Jump up ^ Fitzpatrick, Sarah (March 6, 2018). "Stormy Daniels sues Trump, says 'hush agreement' invalid because he never signed"NBC News. Archived from the original on March 7, 2018.