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About me: background, credentials etc.
Sept. 15, 2018
One Russian insider whom I cannot name has emphasized that Trump is merely a tool to Putin’s determination to cause chaos in America.
As long as America stays locked within its domestic political turmoil, its role on the world stage is diminished and, reciprocally, Russia’s is enhanced. This analyst suggests that, if Democrats win the House of Representatives in November, Putin will release such damning information on Trump that the new Democratic House will be forced to draw up articles of impeachment.
With a Senate that may still lack a two-thirds majority to convict given the Republicans are expected to hold onto more than a third of the seats, such a release would tie up the United States in domestic knots for at least a year and a half, perhaps two — right up until 2020.
This political immolation would be Trump’s last service as a stooge of Putin’s.
Letitia James wins the New York attorney general primary. She could be the first black woman ever elected to the job (and possibly take on Trump).
Sept. 13, 2018
My Daily Kos story for today
Sept. 12, 2018
This was my original story. I wrote it last night but thought of a better subject (above)
|Not online - I posted the editorial below instead |
I begrudgingly gave Trump a 911 for his Rudy Tweet in his morning Tweetstorm (illustration) though on second thought I see it as braggadocio-by-proxy on Trump’s part: Rudy’s a hero of 911, and because Rudy is my pal and is my toady lawyer, therefore, I am a hero too. Therefore the only true 911 Tweet below is a reposted from the wormy Scavino. Every day in so many ways Trump proves that he is a self-serving malignant narcissist with not one ounce of empathy. Then, as the Washington Post noted it got worse. "As he arrived for the the Flight 93 September 11 Memorial Service in Shanksville, Pa., President Trump had the demeanor of someone who had scored a front-row seat at a World Wrestling Entertainment match."
Sept. 10, 2018
Two cheers for “Anonymous”: Here’s why he or she should stay inside the Trump administration, by Bob Cesca
Sept. 9, 2018
The Daily Kos story about shrink's response to the OpEd which I posted Friday is still getting comments and shares on Facebook.
Sept. 8, 2018
On the web today:
From Slate: Why John Huntsman, ambassador to Russia, is a likely OpEd suspect.
... be the only black sheriff of the 44 in the room. I hope the Bristol County, Mass. (Fall River, New Bedford) sherrif (to Trump's right) who organized this looses the next election. Facebook page.
Let see if they keep my comment on the Facebook page:
I knew that Chauncey DeVega was working on this (via an email from John Gartner) and would have used this as my Daily Kos story, but it was published too late:
Yale shrink says Trump officials reached out to her last fall, suggests his mental state is rapidly deteriorating
President Trump is unfit for office. Bob Woodward’s ‘Fear’ confirms it. by Max Boot (25th Amendment)
If you take seriously the revelations in Bob Woodward’s book “Fear” — and how can you not, given Woodward’s nearly half-century of scoops about Washington’s elite? — then it’s time for President Trump to be removed from office via the 25th Amendment because he is clearly “unable to discharge the powers and duties of his office.” That will never happen, because the Cabinet is packed with Trump toadies who compete with each other to deliver the most fawning praise of their supreme leader. But on the merits, it should happen.
McCain missed an opportunity to make peace with Trump - my reaction
Does this story about Melania put aside the notion that she's not intelligent enough to understand what her husband is doing to the country?
Sept. 4, 2018
Sept. 3, 2018
My Daily Kos piece today is simply "Why I Tweet: Five Reasons.
Welcome to Duty to Warn, Dr. Howard Dean:
In Praise of Doing Nothing.
Trump called them shithole countries:
China pledges $60 billion in aid and loans to Africa, no ‘political conditions attached’
My comment to this article: Trump's funeral problem, Politico
When his parents died—his mother died in 2000, one year after her husband—he said it was the closest he ever came to shedding tears. “I don’t believe in crying,” he said in 2005 to biographer Tim O’Brien. “… It’s just not my thing. I have nothing against it when someone cries, but when I see a man cry I view it as a weakness. I don’t like seeing men cry. I’ll give you an example. I never met John Gotti, I know nothing about John Gotti, but he went through years of trials. He sat with a stone face. He said, ‘Fuck you.’”
Sept. 2, 2018
The other side:
Another ho-hum summer with Donald Trump: Here are all the “big” stories we wish we could forget - from Daily Beast - lists the hardly ho-hum Trumpian storiesSeptember 1, 2018
See especially the OpEds in the Washington Post and The New York Times for excellent essays today. I couldn't think of anything new to write that these columnists haven't already said. If you don't subscribe to the WaPo you can read a summary of Jennifer Rubin's piece here.