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Sunday, May 20 2018

If you missed SNL last night

Following a star-studded cold open—Sopranos finale parody that saw Robert De Niro’s Robert Mueller confront Alec Baldwin’s President Trump, Ben Stiller’s Michael Cohen and Kate McKinnon’s Rudy Giuliani in a New Jersey restaurant—and a fun little Morning Joe bit featuring Fey as Russian lawyer/spy Natalia Veselnitskaya. Also, here is Trump getting a Tony Soprano sendoff.

The Best Defense is an Offensive Offense Dept: Trump is Tweeting this morning, hmmmm, what a surprise. (bottom to top below)

  1. the Hillary Clinton Campaign where she deleted 33,000 Emails, got $145,000,000 while Secretary of State, paid McCabes wife $700,000 (and got off the FBI hook along with Terry M) and so much more. Republicans and real Americans should start getting tough on this Scam.
  2. ....At what point does this soon to be $20,000,000 Witch Hunt, composed of 13 Angry and Heavily Conflicted Democrats and two people who have worked for Obama for 8 years, STOP! They have found no Collussion with Russia, No Obstruction, but they aren’t looking at the corruption...
  3. Things are really getting ridiculous. The Failing and Crooked (but not as Crooked as Hillary Clinton) has done a long & boring story indicating that the World’s most expensive Witch Hunt has found nothing on Russia & me so now they are looking at the rest of the World!
NY State Capital view from back
At the present time New York state law prevents people from being prosecuted more than once for the same crimes, i.e., double jeorpardy, no matter where the trial was held.
At this anxious moment, Albany lawmakers and the governor have an unusual opportunity to secure the rule of law by enacting the proposed change  a proposal to let prosecutors pursue state charges against anyone pardoned by the president). Assembly Democrats, reflexively skeptical of any measures that increase prosecutorial powers in an unequal criminal justice system, were initially wary. But the proposal entails only a small change.
At least a small number of Republicans will have to be persuaded, since they have a razor-thin majority in the State Senate. Overall, the best way to make sure the amendment succeeds is to secure the backing of Gov. Andrew Cuomo, an expert Albany wrangler who could push this important measure over the finish line.

The reason that NY State has so many Republicans in their state Senate is that like in the United States where each state has two senators, in New York each county has one senator. Thus outside of New York City where all but two senators are Democrats, Republicans are dominant. Like in the U.S. Congress, the N.Y. State Assembly is like the House of Representative, and is elected based on districts according to their population.

Sat. May 19, 2018
You can lie at rallies, you can lie to the media, you can lie to voters, but lies don’t work when they come up against laws. That’s where Trump finds himself today. He’s a lying, thieving traitor who conspired with a hostile nation to steal the presidential election of 2016 and he got caught. Not even his bone spurs will get him a deferment this time. He’s going to be drafted for the farm team at Leavenworth. He’s going down.

BBC Three Troll Trump's Ego
What more do you need to know about Trump?

Trump did it and he’s going down for a host of crimes, and some of them have nothing to do with Russia

I’ve been “covering” the Trump story for over a year now, and I’m sick and tired of stacking up the details of his treachery day after day, week after week. What more do you need to know? He’s a lying, thieving, incompetent, ignorant traitor who conspired with the Russian government to steal the election of 2016 and illegally defeat a candidate who won the popular vote by nearly 3 million ballots. His presidency is illegitimate, and his occupation of the White House is a stain on our nation’s honor and a threat to our democracy. History will cast him into the same sewer in which float the putrid remains of Benedict Arnold, Jefferson Davis and Richard Nixon. 

Impeachment would be too kind an end for him. He belongs behind bars, broken, bankrupt and disgraced.  CONTINUED

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Has anyone seen this cane? It was last seen at Waterfalls on Thursday 5/17 between 11:30 and 2pm. It's a one-of-a-kind, custom cane so there should be no confusion about who it belongs to.  email or call me. Hal

Watch this video of a gun totting Trump supporter showing up at the Texas school shooting site.

Gunfire erupts at Trump resort, police arrest man 'yelling and spewing some information about President Trump' - A sign of the times is that the first thing I thought of reading that the man survived the police shooting because they shot him only in the legs was that he must have been white.

 Thurs. May 17, 2018

My Daily Kos story for today: 

True Evil has a face you know and a voice you trust: A charming sociopath who isn't Trump

 Make/read comments here

About writing for Daily Kos.
As you all know I write a story almost every day for Daily Kos. So far I think I’ve written around 500 stories on a variety of topics, and about 50 about different aspects of Trump’s psychopathology. 
Only six or seven of these stories were recommended by the editors and thus stayed on all day. Getting on the recommended list is a major coup and there’s no certain way to up your chances to get there. One way not to get there is to write about something numerous other community members (no staff) are putting online. 
If you look at the main page you’ll see how the majority of articles end up in a long column of recent stories with a tiny thumbnail. Your piece competes with several dozen others for readership. By now there are some regular readers of Daily Kos who know who I am and regular check out what I write. Most readers scroll down the page and scan the stories to see which once they may want to click on. Of course, a click doesn’t mean they will read the story, but without a click nobody will get a chance to decide if the story interests them enough to read. 
Photoshop fun, Click above.
If I want to maintain a reputation for writing interesting material I have to write stories that have a unique perspective. With the dozens of excellent opinion writers whose work is accessible online and who get many thousands of readers, I am lucky to have 100 people read what I write. Once in a while a Kos community member writes a story that has more than a thousand readers and Facebook shares. The most I’ve had is about 500. 
500 or 50, at least I know I have an audience and this keeps me going. I generally wake up in the morning with no idea of what topic, if any, I want to write about. I surprise myself that between watching the news and looking at a dozen websites I get an idea for a story. Today the hitman story first struck me as just something which was very interesting. There was no Daily Kos story there until it occurred to me that there was a way to make a connection to Donald Trump.

No, it's not conclusive proof of collusion with
 the Russian government during the 2016
 election, but even if this is at the almost
 adorably childish end of whatever narcissism
 complex Trump's working with, it's still extremely weird
Donald Trump's propensity for testing the elastic limit of objective fact has come up again, though for once not from Robert Mueller.

Apparently, back in 2015, he was so determined to let people at Saturday Night Live know how well his book Crippled America: How To Make America Great Again was doing that he pretending someone had called him to tell him exactly that.
However, the phone didn't ring, and his acting skills weren't as polished as everyone else who was at the SNL table read.

That's according to comedian and SNL cast member Pete Davidson, who told the story on Complex's Open Late with Peter Rosenberg.

Davidson, who has a tattoo of Hillary Clinton on his leg, remembered the President as being "weird all week" during the prep time for the episode, which Trump hosted.
"He, like, faked a phone call during a table read," Davidson said.

"Right as we started, he goes [miming picking up a phone], 'Uh, hello!'

"He goes, 'Oh fantastic, OK, great,' and then he hung up.

"And then he goes, 'Hey everybody, my book just went number one!'

Has the countdown begun?

Rudy Giuliani Offers A Head-Spinning New Defense Of Trump

Head spinners highighted by HB

Rudy Giuliani says there’s “nothing illegal” about trying to find compromising information about opponents — even if the source is Russia.
“When I ran against [the Democrats], they were looking for dirt on me every day,” Giuliani told Fox News host Laura Ingraham on Wednesday night, in response to a question about Donald Trump Jr.’s apparent quest to find “dirt” on Hillary Clinton before the 2016 presidential election.
“That’s what you do, maybe you shouldn’t, but you do. Nothing illegal about that,” Giuliani said. “Even if it comes from a Russian or a German or an American, doesn’t matter.” 
Giuliani, who joined President Donald Trump’s legal team last month, went on to say that the “main thing” was that the Trump campaign “never used it … they rejected it,” referring to political “dirt.” 
“If there was collusion with the Russians, they would’ve used it,” he added. 

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'These Aren’t People — They're Animals': Trump Unleashes Racist Anti-Immigrant Rant During Meeting on Sanctuary Cities - watch horrifying video

By the end of the day, we’ll learn what the 2,500 pages reveal from journalists and no doubt the staff of all the MSNBC shows will be hard at work all day leading up to major coverage in the evening block. Meanwhile, RawStory’s Brad Reed brings us 5 burning questions raised by the release of the Senate’s Trump Tower transcripts and elaborates on each one.
1.) Why did publicist Rob Goldstone try to set up a meeting between Trump and Putin just one month after he launched his presidential bid?
2.) What is the meaning of former campaign chairman Paul Manafort’s cryptic notes?
3.) Who was the person behind the “blocked number” who talked with Trump Jr.?
4.) How can Trump Jr. possibly claim he doesn’t remember ever talking about the Russia probe with his own father?
5.) Did former White House Communications Director Anthony Scaramucci seek permission to reach out to Rob Goldstone even after revelations came out that he’d set up the Trump Tower meeting? And if so, from whom?

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In a statement carried by the North Korean news agency, obviously with Kim Jong Un’s approval, the first vice-minister of foreign affairs, Kim Kye Gwan feigned something close to heartbreak on hearing such “unbridled remarks” being “recklessly made” in the United States, and singled out Bolton in particular: “We do not hide our feeling of repugnance toward him.” Daily Beast article

Tuesday, May 15, 2016

Breaking News could lead to end of Tump - Kim summit

Noteworthy Quote:

"Yet when Macron, Merkel and Johnson traveled to Washington in the days and weeks before Trump’s announcement, all came away with the feeling Trump had not read the five-page document they had prepared and perhaps was even unaware of the effort." Washington Post

The most famous pro-Trump artist in the U.S. has moved into his ‘Mueller’ phase. WaPo

Jon McNaughton with his latest work, “Expose the Truth”
  showing Trump strnagling Mueller. 
"You are not forgotten" shows Trump the hero of the comman man
with his foot on a snake. 
During the campaign, Trump repeatedly read a poem at his rallies called "The Snake." He used the image of the snake as a metaphor for the supposed danger that refugees posed to the United States, despite little evidence to back up this fear-mongering. Many pointed out at the time and this dehumanizing rhetoric was disgraceful and dangerous, as it unnecessarily stokes fears about foreigners and can serve to justify hate crimes.
Jon McNaughton did not intend to become the country’s most famous pro-Trump, mass-market painter of the 21st century. But then, to achieve such an identity does require a modicum of cultivation; it does not happen overnight. 

In 2008, the Utah artist was selling landscapes out of a gallery in a shopping mall. Then the presidential election happened and McNaughton, who didn’t like John McCain or Barack Obama, was struck with inspiration. The result, “One Nation Under God,” was a massive canvas featuring Jesus Christ holding a copy of the Constitution, surrounded by Davy Crockett, Ronald Reagan and 61 other historical figures dismayed by the direction of the country (Satan, also in the painting, was pleased). It wasn’t particularly subtle, but something about the work spoke to people and a new creative doorway was opened.

You might have seen, for example, “The Forgotten Man,” in which Obama ignores a weeping citizen on a park bench while the Founding Fathers implore him to pay attention. Or, “The Demise of America,” in which he fiddles while the U.S. Capitol burns. Or, “One Nation Under Socialism,” in which he has lit the Constitution on fire.
After the 2016 election, McNaughton’s paintings gained a hero in Donald Trump instead of just a villain in Obama: a sequel to “The Forgotten Man,” “You are Not Forgotten,” features the same weeping citizen, now planting a tree as Trump looks on benevolently. 

Yes. McNaughton is that guy.  CONTINUED

It's perhaps not surprising to know that coastal critics don't believe in McNaughton's work. New York magazine's Jerry Saltz has called it "visually dead as a doornail." Stephen Colbert once did a whole segment lampooning the obvious metaphors in the painting: "Barack Obama represents President Obama," Colbert deadpanned. "The burning Constitution represents a Constitution that is on fire."

What isn’t entirely clear is whether McNaughton believed in it himself. The Trump world is populated by disciples — Michael Cohen, Diamond & Silk — whose ideology can seem both deeply felt as well as performative and opportunistic.

McNaughton’s art shapes perceptions of the president. It stokes anger in Trump’s supporters. But had McNaughton himself jumped on the Trump Train, or had he merely set up a lemonade stand at the station?

⇴⇴⇴We may never know whether this was planned in advance or Trump looked out when he asked members of a fallen NYC female cop to stand up and saw they were black. In either case it gave him a chance to say "come on down" and have them on the stage, including the 91 year old grandmother.
He once again demonstated his trademarked deep abing empthy.

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