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Un Too fucken believable

This Daily Kos story from Saturday has now been shared 1010 1042 1080 1220 1,374 times on Facebook. The number has been increasing all day. The story itself is no longer on the Daily Kos main page. Could this be the start of something?

June 2, 2018

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Where's Melania?
Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) are the drugs that are typically used as antidepressants. My hunch is that while she was in the hospital the doctors took note of her depression and prescribed one of the common medications used, older ones like Prozac, Paxil, and Zoloft, and newer ones like Celexa and Lexapro. What they all have in common is that they take up to a month for their effects to be felt. 

More on Sam Bee and the C. (Scroll down for my Daily Kos story from yesterday)

Sam Bee used the word and we all know what happened short-term, really instantly. However, I see that longer term it may turn out to have been an unplanned vitory for progressive forces. Not only has it opened discussion about when the most repellant misogynist vulargity may be descriptive and appropriate, but it may increase Sam Bee's ratings. She could have called her, like Michelle Wolf did regarding Sarah Sanders, as the Aunt Lydia of the Trump White House, but then only people familiar with Handmaids Tale. would have understood it. 

She could have called her Irma Grese – The Hyena of Auschwitz - but that would have sent most everyone to Wikpedia.

This HUFFPOST top of the page story isn't as interesting as what they did with the image.

June 1, 2018

Sam Bee: Ivanka's not a feckless c--t, Is she a synthetic sycophantic sociopath. Comments? on Daily Kos


Ivanka used her motherhood as a self-glorifying distraction from the fact she is an enabler of her father's agenda.  Sam Bee was having none of this. Good for her. Bad for her was Bee's use of the c-word. It assured her the spotlight but undid her message for many people. A large group of them, I'd hazard a guess, had never heard of her. It gave Trump ammunition.

The c-word ranks among all the other obscenities and euphemisms for human genitalia as far and away the most insulting and demeaning. 

The c-word is the most egregious anti-woman insult. The connotation is the person one is attacking has the some of the worst, often stereotypical, characteristics of certain women. It suggests that all there is to being a woman is her having a vagina. When someone calls a man a prick it means he is a jerk and nobody is saying all there is to him is his having a penis. 
The description "feckless cunt" does not describe Ivanka. While you could make a case for the later, that word is a poor choice.  phase is catchy, however feckless means ineffective, incompetent, futile, lazy, indifferent, or having no sense of responsibility. The last two definitions could be applied to Ivanka if you want to stretch the way feckless is generally used.  (Below, From  

​​​​​Historical Examples

  • If ye miss that, ye must be as feckless at the sailoring as I have found ye at the fighting.

    Robert Louis Stevenson
  • My love is so feckless, that it is a shame to offer it to Him!

    Samuel Rutherford
  • Madam, let others take their silly, feckless heaven in this life.

    Samuel Rutherford
Sam Bee could have found far more accurate words to describe Ivanka Trump.  What do you call a powerful greedy self-centered woman whose behavior is antisocial, often criminal, and who lacks a sense of moral responsibility or social conscience?

The bolded italicized words above come from the dictionary, not the clinical, definition of sociopath (currently called anti-social personality).
Perhaps if Sam Bee wanted a catchy but more accurate phrase to describe Ivanka she could have called her a synthetic sycophantic sociopath.


Not much research that has been done about female sociopaths. They are often charming, manipulative, cunning, and deceitful. They can be exploitative and lack true empathy. Along with male sociopaths, the personality disorder appears to be a result of a biological predisposition and with certain environmental influences – most often, abuse or neglect.

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My own contribution:

There are most likely perspectives of Trump's megalomania yet to be revealed. I expect that as the reality of his predicament begins to somehow get through his defenses (both rigid and delusional) we will see more narcissistic rage. I can't rule out psychotic episodes, but what do I know since I'ven never had or know of a patient remotely like him. Hitler committed suicide when the enemy was almost at the door of his bunker. Yet in many ways, Hitler was less psychopathological than Trump. From history, we learn that he had a far better relationship with Eva Braun, (whom he married only two days before their double suicide) and his dog Blondi than the petless Trump has ever had with any of his wives.

Weds., May 30 , 2018

My Daily Kos story: Trey Gowdy, ABC-Disney, The NY Times, and Trump's insane Tweets, what a way to wake up.

Quoteworthy, from Dana Milbank: Trump's not a liar, he's a madman

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Writing last week for, a professor of cognitive neuroscience at University College London, along with a researcher, offered an explanation for Trump’s mendacity. 
Noting that the daily average number of Trump falsehoods has been rising since he took office (as measured by The Post’s Fact Checker), the professor, Tali Sharot, pointed to the biological process of “emotional adaptation.” People tend to feel uncomfortable when they tell lies, but research has found that the discomfort is reduced each time a person lies — thereby increasing the frequency of lies.
Trump’s fictions are so pain-free that they may not feel like lies to him — honestly. And, ominously, they may seem less glaring to others over time. Sharot noted that people “may desensitize to the president’s falsehoods in the same way that they do to overused perfume, making them less likely to act to correct this pattern of behavior.”
You can see this in the repeated failure of congressional Republicans to call out Trump’s untruths, when they obviously know better. And you can see it in administration officials’ determination to support whatever Trump says, no matter how ludicrous. (The White House held a briefing Tuesday to support Trump’s attempt to blame Democrats for immigrant family separation.) Trump may not be able to separate fact from fiction, but those who knowingly back up his falsehoods are liars.
So what should we call the twaddle and claptrap Trump spouts? I propose “Trumpery.” Defined as “worthless nonsense,” it also has a felicitous echo of “Trumped up.”
Go ahead and say he’s lying, if you think so. To me, his facility with fallacy and his pain-free fibbery aren’t sympto­matic of a liar but of a madman.
May 29, 2018

This story was selected to be on the Daily Kos recomended list this morning and afternoon and generated 148 comments.

Like we (the world) needed something else besides Trump to worry about, and if that isn’t enough, there’s this. 

From yesterday, to cheer you up:

 Thanks Sandy and Keith. Trump dog toy is avaialble ere.

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Friends from New Zealand, Sandy and Keith, who some of you know, surprised me this morning and brought a gift for Mac and Duff. The boys usually are indifferent to dog toys but they took to the task of trying to rip this one apart without hesitation. You can order from the company here, or you can order on Amazon Prime here. Click images to enlarge.

The counterintelligence investigation of Donald Trump was kicked off by not one, not two, but multiple SIGINT reports which set off alarm bells inside our Intelligence Community. This has been publicly known, in a general way, for some time. A little over a year ago, the Guardian reported, based on multiple intelligence sources, that the lead was taken by Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ – Britain’s NSA), which “first became aware in late 2015 of suspicious ‘interactions’ between figures connected to Trump and known or suspected Russian agents, a source close to UK intelligence said. This intelligence was passed to the U.S. as part of a routine exchange of information.”

Trump and his America is new scary spooky, but there's something which is new amazing science spooky

Science, A Welcome Distraction: Putting everything in perspective while our lives depend on what Trump does and doesn't do there's something else which is spooky in the universe.

The racism has become almost routine. Now it is the continued revelations of the degree to which Trump takes the presidency as a giant game, in which he is all-powerful, in which supplicants must come pleading, in which he has an unmatched ability to retain power by manipulating and deceiving the populace.

Its like he’s playing the role of the Wizard of Oz, only this man is a weasel.

This isn’t even the first time that we’ve gotten a peek behind the curtain and have seen Trump’s hubris about his ability to tap into people’s anxieties — and hatreds — and his ability to bend reality to suit his designs.


Demonization of those who are different — in race, religion, ethnicity, sexual orientation or even conviction — is a common thread in Trump’s power play. He directs it at the media in a different way.

Last week, “60 Minutes” correspondent Lesley Stahl recalled an exchange she had with Trump in 2016 in which she pressed him on why he repeatedly insults journalists. His response, according to Stahl, was: “You know why I do it? I do it to discredit you all and demean you all so when you write negative stories about me, no one will believe you.”

For Trump, it’s all about manipulation, and he will lie, bully and demean to that end, even if his deceit is discovered.


This is the strategy: Never apologize. Just move on, create a new moment — one that rivals or even outshines the last — and change the subject. This way, you keep your detractors playing on your court and by your rules and you never play on theirs.

In the film, the Wizard of Oz finally confesses: “I’m a humbug!” Trump never will.

Today's Quote - Raw Story

America’s megalomaniac: Delicate balance in Trump’s brain between glorification and mortification can tip either way at any moment

Some earnest foreign policy experts are seeking to discover some bargaining strategy behind Trump’s moves on North Korea. Hint: There’s no strategy. Only a thin-skinned narcissist needing flattery and fearing ridicule.
Trump got excited about a summit with Kim when he thought it might win him praise, even possibly a Nobel Peace Prize. He got cold feet when he feared Kim might be setting Trump up for humiliating failure. Now he’s back to dreaming about the Prize.
The delicate balance in Trump’s brain between glorification and mortification can tip either way at any moment, depending on his hunches. All international relations become contests of personal dominance.

Sunday, May 27, 2018 

Today's Daily Kos story:
Hitler + Goebbels = Trump + Sarah Sanders et al

“”What the press has been in the Nineteenth Century, radio will be for the Twentieth Century.” (Goebbels) Radio broadcasts played a major part in the Nazi propaganda machine. The Minister of Propaganda, Joseph Goebbels, even arranged for the production cheap types of radios , known as ‘People’s Receivers’. Goebbels’ first cheap receivers were deliberately designed to have a limited range, so that foreign broadcasts could not be heard. The Nazis also made it a treasonable offense to listen to oversees broadcasts. Anyone caught doing so faced a spell in a feared concentration camp and in the first year of the war alone, 1500 Germans were imprisoned for listening to London-based broadcasts. Radio propaganda was broadcast in public places as well as in the workplace, on a regular basis.

The ongoing sage of Pluto fascinates me: It May Actually Be A ‘Giant Comet,’ New Study Suggests

Remember when President Michelle Wolf outraged the conscience of conservatives across America by cracking a joke about the press secretary’s eye makeup? Oh, wait — Ms. Wolf is a comedian. Telling jokes is her job.............................. ↴

A better example is President Hillary Clinton, who disregarded all protocol and endangered our national security by relying on a private email server to conduct some government business. Hold on, you say Mrs. Clinton isn’t president, either?

O.K., then — how about Barack Obama, an actual president? His disrespect for that station is the stuff of legend. A tan suit. Shirtsleeves in the Oval Office. Those big, impertinent feet defiling the presidential desk.

President Trump has managed to avoid those particular offenses. His suits are dark, his ties patriotically long. Yet in so many other ways he is violating Americans’ expectations of how presidents should behave — even of how adults should behave, particularly when children are watching. Yes, Mr. Trump has now been compared to Joseph Stalin by one senior senator from his party, and, yes, he has been pre-emptively disinvited to the prospective funeral of another. But most Republican leaders, usually such vigilant guardians of Oval Office decorum, have remained strangely silent.

So, for the fourth time in a year, we’ve compiled a list of Mr. Trump’s more egregious transgressions. These items don’t represent disputes about policy, over which reasonable people may disagree. They simply serve to catalog what Paul Ryan, Mitch McConnell and all the other Trump-supporting Republicans in Congress and across America, through their silence, have now blessed as behavior befitting a president of the United States.
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