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Anti Hillary, Anti Obama, cute cat videos, anything unrelated to the subject will be deleted and removed from the group along with the person posting this content. History, Late October 2016, I felt sad that Trump University was an obvious fraud, so I started Donald Trump Clown University with my wife a three friends to give Trump a successful venture. Five of us going into the November 2016 elections. Now over 56 thousand. Thank you. We must eliminate Trump.


Oct. 30, 2019 -- 

READ IT: New impeachment inquiry witness Catherine Croft releases opening statement

Below: How many of these articles need to be published before the Republicans wake up and smell the fish rotting from the head down?


"Once you keep in mind that Trump lacks a conscience and lacks empathy, he becomes very easy to follow. Unlike normal people, who are complex, he's basically running on a very simple and very disordered program."

Last week, John M. Talmadge, MD, a physician and clinical professor of psychiatry at U.T. Southwestern Medical Center, wrote on Twitter that Trump's"mental impairment means he cannot think strategically or in abstract terms."
"Trump does not have a vision or a plan, because he can think only in concrete, elementary, childlike, one dimensional terms," Talmadge, who was commenting in a personal capacity, wrote.

"He does not process an abstract idea like American forces stabilizing a multilateral conflict with geopolitical implications.

"This Trumpian brain failure is hard for normal people to understand because for normal people, abstract thought is natural, baked in, largely unnoticed. Normal people see the consequences, assess risk, make rational decisions most of the time."

Earlier in October, Daniel Gilbert, a professor of psychology at Harvard University, suggested that Trump should be detained involuntarily to assess his mental health.

It followed a tweet by Trump in which the president claimed he would "totally destroy and obliterate the Economy of Turkey (I've done before!)" if Turkey did anything that "I, in my great and unmatched wisdom, consider to be off limits."

Trump Wants You to Know He’s Smart and Capable Enough to ‘Do Quid Pro Quo’ is revealing and troubling - but I like how they made the classic decidedly unclassy flag hugging photo into a GIF which moves when you scroll over it on the main page.

Some writers and tweeters used a rather crude word to describe the hugging. The image has been used frequently. These are just from Getty Images.


Two stories from Lance Dodes:

Psychiatrist Lance Dodes (one of the early mental health professionals warning about Trump) Predicts That After Trump Is Gone, There Will Be ‘Mass Denial’ Of Ever Having Followed Him


My guess is that he will find a way to leave with an invented rationalization. He’ll say he was pushed out by the bad people: the Mexicans, the crooked media, etc. He’ll continue to portray himself as a victim, and he’ll encourage people to rally around him and, not incidentally, around his companies. He’ll maintain the near-psychotic view that he is not diminished at all but has been attacked by heathens. And a certain number of people will follow him.
Trump is now is his third year as president. At this point, how would you assess his mental health?
The more pressure Trump is under, the worse he gets, the more desperate he gets. Challenges are a fundamental threat to him, so Trump will become more and more panicked by them. He will do more and more impulsive things — really anything — and will look crazier and crazier because he’ll become more and more paranoid. The more people say to him, “You are the problem,” the more he’s going to say exactly the same thing to others. For example, as soon as people take seriously the idea of his being impeached, he uses the same word, he says those people should be impeached. Trump is acting like a very young child. But he can’t do any better than that.
In the end, if they finally get Trump out of office, he will declare that they’re all bad and that he’s the victim of a coup — which is what he has already said. Trump will leaves intact — in his own mind.  He retreats to his tower in New York and gathers around him all the people who are still loyal to him. Donald Trump will try to continue to scam the world in the future.

Oct. 29, 2019

Laura Ingraham Speculated That Latest Trump Impeachment Witness Committed Espionage and Dershowitz just smirks

Last baseball game Trump will go to.

Oct. 28, 2019 
Breaking evening news: Top White House Ukraine expert to testify tomorrow. He heard the Ukraine call. Read his opening statement.

Take me out to the ball game,
Take me out with the crowd;
Buy me some peanuts and Cracker Jack,
I don't care if I never get back.
Let me root, root, root for the home team,
If they don't win, it's a shame.
For it's one, two, three strikes, you're out,
At the old ball game.

US President greeted with thunderous boos and ‘impeach Trump’ banner at World Series

October 28, 2019
    Dear Democratic Colleague,
    For weeks, the President, his Counsel in the White House, and his allies in Congress have made the baseless claim that the House of Representatives' impeachment inquiry "lacks the necessary authorization for a valid impeachment proceeding." They argue that, because the House has not taken a vote, they may simply pretend the impeachment inquiry does not exist.
    Of course, this argument has no merit. The Constitution provides that the House of Representatives "shall have the sole Power of Impeachment." Multiple past impeachments have gone forward without any authorizing resolutions. Just last week, a federal court confirmed that the House is not required to hold a vote and that imposing such a requirement would be "an impermissible intrusion on the House's constitutional authority." More than 300 legal scholars have also refuted this argument, concluding that "the Constitution does not mandate the process for impeachment and there is no constitutional requirement that the House of Representatives authorize an impeachment inquiry before one begins."
    The Trump Administration has made up this argument -- apparently out of whole cloth -- in order to justify its unprecedented cover-up, withhold key documents from multiple federal agencies, prevent critical witnesses from cooperating, and defy duly authorized subpoenas.
    This week, we will bring a resolution to the Floor that affirms the ongoing, existing investigation that is currently being conducted by our committees as part of this impeachment inquiry, including all requests for documents, subpoenas for records and testimony, and any other investigative steps previously taken or to be taken as part of this investigation. 
    This resolution establishes the procedure for hearings that are open to the American people, authorizes the disclosure of deposition transcripts, outlines procedures to transfer evidence to the Judiciary Committee as it considers potential articles of impeachment, and sets forth due process rights for the President and his Counsel.
    We are taking this step to eliminate any doubt as to whether the Trump Administration may withhold documents, prevent witness testimony, disregard duly authorized subpoenas, or continue obstructing the House of Representatives. 
    Nobody is above the law.
      best regards,

      Now director of the Melanoma Medical Oncology Program at The Tisch Cancer Institute at Mount Sinai in New York City, the last two decades have seen such an improvement in the prognosis of patients with advanced melanoma that the treatment of this cancer can be considered one of the great success stories in medicine. Metastatic melanoma was once almost a death sentence, with a median survival of less than a year. Now, some patients are living for years, with a few out at more than 10 years. Clinicians are now talking about a 'functional cure' in the patients who respond to therapy.

      Oct. 27, 2019 

      I hope this can be verified and publicized.
      Left: Here you go. According to the public schedule, they left the golf club at 3:33pm. They reported the raid took place at 3:30pm. An hour and a half later they staged the photo. Right: The raid, as reported, took place at 3:30PM Washington time. The photo, as shown in the camera IPTC data, was taken at "17:05:24"

      On Twitter people are comparing this photo as looking staged and comparing it with these:

      Missing from the Trump Situation Room photo

      Just two words for her: Bad Person


      Oct. 26, 2019 

      Quotes of the Day: “I worked with John Kelly, and he was totally unequipped to handle the genius of our great President,” Trump press secretary Stephanie Grisham |||| 

      Mattis said he'd 'rather swallow acid' than watch Trump's military parade: book

      To read stories click images
      This is my tweet. Read story below.

      Evangelist Warns That If Trump Is Impeached His Supporters Will Violently Hunt Down Those Responsible


      My comment: I'd come out of retirement to be the Conway's
       marriage counselor. I'd work pro bono because I really
       do care, but they'd have to fly me first class from
       Oregon and put me up in the Four Seasons. I have written 
      two stories about the Conway marriage.
      No. 1 here and No 2 here.
      According to Right Wing Watch, far-right evangelical talk radio host Rick Wiles asserted on Tuesday that conservative Americans will “hunt” Democrats if Donald Trump is removed from office.

      Wiles, a Florida pastor who is an ardent antisemite and conspiracy theorist, made the comments while speaking on his televised TruNews show, which is hosted on the End Times broadcasting network, during a segment about the ongoing impeachment inquiry against the president.

      “If they take him out, there is going to be violence in America. There are people in this country, veterans, cowboys, mountain men, guys that know how to fight, and they’re going to make a decision that the people that did this to Donald Trump are not going to get away with it and they’re going to hunt them down,” Wiles said, before adding that he is deadly “serious.”

      “If these people in Washington think that they are going to get away with it, it’s not going to happen,” he continued. “The Trump supporters are going to hunt them down. It’s going to happen and this country is going to be plunged into darkness and they brought it upon themselves because they won’t back off.”
      Go figure, my comment to the Kellyanne story (above right) ended up as the top comment for the story.

      What's with Tulsi? Is she deliberate or delirious? 
      The best chronicle of her affiliation with the Indian right comes from the Indian publication Caravan (8/1/19). Religion News Service (1/27/19) had earlier outlined her connections to Hindu nationalist groups, and how these affected her votes and political positions. Read:

      Russia accusations a distraction From Tulsi Gabbard’s actual troubling ties

      Gabbard appeared on Trump ally Sean Hannity’s Fox News show Thursday night, where she criticized Congress’ “partisan” impeachment inquiry, only hours before she announced her intention to not seek re-election. 
      “I think it needs to be a transparent process,” Gabbard said to Hannity. “I have long expressed my concern about going through impeachment proceedings in a very, very partisan way because it will only tear apart an already divided country.” She went on: “I don't know what's going on in those closed doors, we in Congress don't have access to the information that is being shared.”
      In some conservative circles, Trump-aligned media pundits and provocateurs welcomed the opportunity to share thoughts on what Gabbard appears to be up to, drawing parallels between her insurgent mentality and the president’s own, as well as her willingness to embrace full-throated attacks on Clinton, a favorite nemesis of the GOP. 
      “Tulsi has won the respect of a lot of influential Trump supporters,” Jack Posobiec, One America News Network host and conspiracy-peddler told The Daily Beast. “The base is still against her on the issues, but there's a respect for her speaking truth to power on her own side. We all feel the same way about Hillary.”
      Gabbard, who is polling at approximately 1.3 percent, is a debate wildcard—and aides to Democratic campaigns privately worry about her, expressing frustration that they’re unable to plan for her potential attacks. So far, she has not yet qualified for the November debate in Atlanta. 

      Oct. 25, 2019

      Oct. 24, 2019

      With all the impeachment news this was the top story on HUFFPOST:

      Donald Trump And The Making Of A Predatory President

      EXCERPT: You reported 43 new allegations of misconduct against the president in this book. How did you all just go about locating the women that you spoke to? And also what made these women want to share their stories publicly?
      Levine: It was extremely difficult. It was a very intensive period to cover, and that’s why I focused on the reporting while Monique was able to shape the narrative. But in terms of the women, I was fortunate ― in addition to finding Monique ― there were two other journalists that I was able to put together on my small team. One was Whitney Clegg, an investigative producer who re-interviewed some of the victims who came forward in 2016. And then I also was able to collaborate with Lucy Osborne, a producer for the BBC in London, who had done a documentary on Donald Trump and women. She had some leads on some women, particularly young models, that she had wanted to chase down. So she went off in one direction, Whitney went off in another direction, Monique was taking all the interviews as we were filing them and, under a tremendous deadline, turned the book into what I would consider a great read.
      But I’ll just tell you one story, about Karen Johnson. She’s the woman who made the allegations about the night at Mar-a-Lago during a New Year’s Eve party, [during the time] when Melania Trump was dating Donald Trump. [Johnson says that] when Melania was upstairs, she was attacked [by Trump]. She said he had actually done to her [what he described doing in] the “Access Hollywood” tapes, in terms of grabbing her. She was someone who held onto this story for many, many years, and was fearful originally to come out with this story because she had been a dancer in her earlier life. And she thought, if I come out and say this, they’re going to attack me, they’re going to call me a liar because I had once been a dancer. And so she kept this secret.
      It took me two full months before she even felt comfortable to begin telling me the details. So, it’s been a very emotional journey in terms of getting these brave and courageous women to come forward. And I just have to say, I’m just so thankful that I was able to work with Monique and Lucy and Whitney to pull all this together. 

      In the New York Military Academy’s 1964 yearbook, there is a striking photo of a young man with a young woman by his side. He stares smugly into the camera under the caption “Ladies Man.” 
      “The young lady in the picture, however, was not graduating senior Donald Trump’s girlfriend. Nor was she a visiting friend,” write journalists Barry Levine and Monique El-Faizy in their new book, “All The President’s Women: Donald Trump and the Making of a Predator.
      “The woman in the picture is 19-year-old Fran D’Agati Dunn, a secretary who worked at the school at the time and was asked to step in for the photo. Nothing more than a prop."
      It is this sort of narration, combined with a stunning 43 new allegations of Trump’s sexual misconduct, that makes “All The President’s Women” such an impactful read. Levine and El-Faizy painstakingly document Trump’s decadeslong history of treating women as objects and accessories, from making derogatory comments to walking into the dressing rooms of underage beauty queens to alleged rape.

      He could be the Halloween surprise: John Bolton, welcome to the Resistance?

      Oct. 23, 2019
      My response from watching Rachel Maddow:
       ..... brace yourselves for the argument Trump’s personal attorney busted out in court on Wednesday, which is that the president has the right to literally shoot someone and go about his day like nothing happened.

      Pressed by Judge Denny Chin about the claim of “temporary presidential immunity,” and the hypothetical Trump made while running for office—that he could “stand in the middle of Fifth Avenue and shoot somebody” and not “lose any voters”—attorney William Consovoy argued that yes, that sort of thing would fall under the concept laid out by the founding fathers.

      “Local authorities couldn’t investigate? They couldn’t do anything about it?” Chin asked, adding, “Nothing could be done? That is your position?”

      “That is correct,” Consovoy answered, emphasizing that of course such immunity for killing someone in broad daylight would only apply while Trump is in office.

      Other things happened during the hearing, but just so it doesn’t get lost in the details, let‘s just stress at this time that the president’s personal lawyer told a federal judge that Donald Trump can shoot random pedestrians and avoid prosecution until moving out of the White House. Vanity Fair

      Chris Cillizza's 41 most out-there lines from Donald Trump's Cabinet meeting - He comments on each of them but you can too.

      Oct. 22, 2019

      Can members of the Trump cult be deprogrammed after the leader falls? Steven Hassan says yes

      Nancy Pelosi Releases ‘Fact Sheet’ Detailing How Trump ‘Betrayed Oath Of Office’ Click images below to enlarge or read them here.

      Oct. 21, 2019
      Scroll down for most recent news.


      This article from Politico Magazine is worth reading, however you can also read a summary on Alternet. Back in July, 2017 Trump began proving to top military brass that he was unfit to be president. 


      I have no doubt Conway has read The Dangerous Case of Donald Trump, and probably consulted with a few experts. Consider this:
      "Any serious impeachment proceedings should consider not only the evidence and the substance of all impeachable offenses, but also the psychological factors that may be relevant to the motivations underlying those offenses. Congress should make extensive use of experts—psychologists and psychiatrists," Conway wrote. "Is Trump so narcissistic that he can't help but use his office for his own personal ends?"


      Mitt Romney used his secret Twitter account to like a tweet about removing Trump from office via the 25th Amendment: report

      This is f*cking depressing and terrifying: 

      ....What If Trump Wins?...

      He survives impeachment and he surprises at the polls. The second four years could be even crazier than the first. Excerpt:

      The time is January 2021. The election has left the nation a psychological mess and a sulfurous cloud of election meddling by foreign hackers hangs over the still-contested results. Trump’s Ukraine scandal ultimately spared him but it wounded Joe Biden enough to give Elizabeth Warren the nomination. Once again, though, the result came down to the Electoral College, but even closer than in 2016. Warren, like Hillary Clinton four years earlier, took the popular vote by a resounding margin. But this mixed verdict has done nothing but further entrench the battle lines of a civil war that has become more than just a metaphor.

      The weeks after the election were ugly. Protests in New York, Washington, San Francisco and a dozen other cities turned violent, the byproduct of a tangled mass of disgruntled pink-hatted Democrats, MAGA supporters, left-wing antifa and far-right Proud Boys. People have been killed. The president chalked up the discord to urban blight. And then he imposed curfews and directed the National Guard to patrol the streets over the protests of governors and mayors.

      On January 20, Trump takes the oath of office, vowing in the shadow of the Capitol for the second time that he would “to the best of my ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States.” The scene is unlike anything before in the country’s history. What’s always been a high-security event takes on a militaristic tone, with Trump ordering U.S. troops onto the streets of Washington as a show of force to deter more riots. His family surrounds him, along with a loyal base of congressional Republicans who but for a few defectors hung on during his first four years and most notably voted to keep him in office and defeat impeachment. 

      Democrats, still seething at Trump’s flagrant constitutional violations, boycott the event en masse, the first time in modern history this has happened. Their seats are given away in a lottery open to Trump supporters.

      They left at least one person off the list:

      CNBC reporter laments ‘very sad’ decline of Trump: ‘We just heard 20 minutes of nonsense’


      \ Oct. 20, 2019

      Hidden away in an article from The Guardian (U.S. Congress Must Save Trump From Himself) about Trump abandoning the Kurds is this sentence: "Alzheimer’s is said to cause difficulties in cogent thought, and the most charitable statement that can be made about President Donald J. Trump’s decision to abandon the Kurdish allies of the US to the killing machine on the Turkish side is that the effects on thought of this ailment may explain his actions."

      • The wonder of the Trump administration — the jaw-dropping, brain-exploding phantasmagoria of it — is that it doesn’t bury its rottenness under layers of counterfeit virtue or use a honeyed voice to mask the vinegar inside. The rottenness is out in the open. The sourness is right there on the surface for all to see.
      • It’s at the president’s rallies, where he plays a bigot for laughs, a bully for applause.
      • Those revelations of rottenness that I mentioned before? They’re no longer an inadvertent tic. They’re an advertent tactic. Done with denials of wrongdoing, administration officials are reframing it as right-doing — as a president’s prerogative, even his entitlement, pre-emptively authorized by voters themselves.
      • Trump’s presidency was scary from the very start, when he summoned “American carnage” and hallucinated inauguration throngs. But the past several days have been something else: a clarifying, terrifying descent.
      • How low will Trump go? Leagues lower than you ever imagined, and probably several hundred feet below your current nightmares. 
      • With the gaslighting logic that is his greatest gift, Trump is asserting that no real crook would be this nakedly, flamboyantly criminal, and he’s giving anyone in America who isn’t aboard the Trump train the middle finger. It, not his brain, is the body part with which he governs.
      • He’s at his most dangerous when he’s most vulnerable and impotent, because he’s compelled to project command and potency. He has to convince everyone that he’s unflustered and unafraid.
      • The G7 at Doral was just the cherry on a rancid sundae. But the timing of it: That’s what was so chilling. It came as the sword dangled ever sharper and more threatening over his head, and it made clear that he won’t be answering the accelerating revelations about him with good behavior that coaxes Americans to wonder if he could really have been that bad.
      • No, he’ll ratchet up the badness, intensify the insolence and lash out more provocatively and ruinously than ever before. He’ll be worse. Virtue is for suckers, who don’t have the nerve for vice. Look, Ma, no morals!
      • He has finally arrived on the Fifth Avenue that he conjured long ago. Remember that — when he said that he could shoot someone there, in view of all the passers-by, and not lose any of his loyal supporters?
      • Metaphorically speaking, he’s now striding down that busy thoroughfare, gun in hand. Take cover, America.

      Oct. 19, 2019

      Scroll down for lots of stories about Hillary Clinton's accusation about Tulsi Gabbard. Also, several stories about Rudy. Don't miss Trump tried to launch #StopTheCoup on Twitter and it blew up hilariously in his face which launched a new trending hashtag #ThePresidentIsACrybaby.

      Top page views this week:

      If you Google Trump and Hitler you won't find this story since I didn't include a reference to Der Führer in my story. You will however find lots of other online stories. If you Google Trump Martin Bormann my story is number one.

      Revolting Republicans - Some surprises this week:


      While congressional Republicans may be surprised to discover that Trump's present grip on reality seems tenuous at best, it's no surprise to Dr Bandy Lee, an assistant clinical professor at the Yale School of Medicine and the editor of The Dangerous Case of Donald Trump, which contains essays from 27 mental health professionals on the "clear and present danger" posed by The Donald’s mental health (or lack thereof).

      "It's gotten to the point where you don't have to be a doctor to see there's something seriously wrong here," Lee told me, adding that the decline into instability many are now observing in Trump was actually made inevitable by his ascent to the presidency. "Such mental instability in a position of power would eventually get worse because of rising expectations after the taste of power with the constraints of reality catching up with them."

      Lee explained that although she has not examined Trump personally, she and a group of mental health experts concluded that based on the reports of his conduct contained in Special Counsel Robert Mueller's report, Trump "doesn't have the mental capacity to carry out his duties."

      Lee and the other experts she's worked with joined more than 200 mental health professionals in signing a letter to members of Congress, in which they warned that "the unfolding of an impeachment inquiry raises the specter of President Trump feeling threatened in ways he never has before."

      "We also should not ignore the president’s ability to initiate a conflict with other countries in order to distract from his political troubles, perhaps with the hope of rallying the country around him, as often happens at the beginning of armed conflict," they wrote in the letter, which is dated October 3, three days before Trump ordered US special forces to leave their Kurdish allies behind.

      "What happened over the last week is the result of his irrational decision-making under increasing pressures," she said to me. ”He will make decisions without heeding advice, he will not be able to take in facts, he will be impulsive in his decision-making, he will not be able to make sound reality-based decisions… That's all we've seen over the last week and a half."

      GOP Group Uses Trump’s Own Words On Corruption Against Him In Searing Fox News Ad


      Trump makes baffling claim: ‘We’ve taken control of the oil in the Middle East’ President Donald Trump made a startling statement Friday afternoon while boasting about how he believes he handled his widely-condemned withdrawal of U.S. troops from Northern Syria – a move that had opened the gate to ethnic cleansing of America’s now-former allies, the Kurds.

      “We’ve taken control of the oil in the Middle East, the oil that we’re talking about, the oil that everybody was worried about. We have the U.S. control of that,” Trump said, minutes after concluding a talk with the first two women astronauts to participate in an all-women spacewalk.


      Trump veterans see a presidency veering off the rails


      “The wheels are not off the car. The situation is way worse than that. The car has been impounded and we are now waiting to figure out what the fine is and to see whether or not we’re going to get the car back,” said former White House communications director Anthony Scaramucci. “Mulvaney is a good Catholic and in fairness to him, that was a full-blown Catholic confessional on Thursday afternoon.”


      Mitch McConnell: Trump’s ‘Nightmare’ Syria Withdrawal Threatens To Bring Terror Home



      (Meet the Press host Chuck) Todd, for one, doesn’t expect Trump play ball with the commission. “I will be stunned if we see a one-on-one debate,” he told Hewitt. “I think he is going to avoid debates. ... He won’t agree to appear on stage with his opponent.” 
      There is no law mandating that a presidential candidate must debate, and Trump has proved willing to break with precedent. For instance, Trump effectively killed the daily White House news briefing, which was a mainstay in both recent Republic and Democratic administrations.

      Mitt Romney marches alone: ‘I don’t believe I’m leading a wing of the party’

      Friends With Benefits: Donald and Rudy’s Long, Strange Partnership

      For decades, the two ambitious New Yorkers have found ways to use each other’s celebrity to stoke their own

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      Look at what he said this week when he belittled his former secretary of defense, James Mattis, during a meeting with congressional leaders. After criticizing him as “not tough enough,” Trump bragged, “I captured ISIS. Mattis said it would take two years. I captured them in one month.”
      Let’s take a moment and have a look at everything that’s not merely wrong, but hideously stupid, about that remark. There is Trump’s puerile obsession with “toughness,” of course, but beyond that, there is his use of the word “captured.” What does he think the war against ISIS has been? A game of Capture the Flag? The goal of the campaign we waged against ISIS with the Kurds was never to “capture” them. It was to end their effectiveness as a fighting force, to destroy their so-called Caliphate, and to prevent them from sending their fighters to this country to commit acts of terrorism. It didn’t happen in “a month,” and it didn’t start with Donald Trump. It took years of fighting to bring ISIS to its currently weakened state. Years and many, many dead bodies, most of them Kurdish, but some of them American.
      These aren’t the words of a commander in chief. They aren’t even the words of a schoolyard bully. They’re the words of a deeply and completely stupid man. Trump doesn’t bother to dumb things down for an audience like the one in Texas. It’s what he actually thinks, an ongoing sum total of all that he doesn’t know and has no interest in learning. It’s evidence that he doesn’t care about the purpose and power of waging war. He doesn’t know or care that wars kill people, thousands of people, sometimes tens and hundreds of thousands, and in the not too distant past, even millions. Command over armies and navies and air forces in war should never have been granted to such a helplessly ignorant fool.

      Interesting sideshow
       or real story?

      More on this from CNN commentator:

      “Tulsi Gabbard has attracted a very strange following. She was endorsed earlier this year by David Duke, the former head of the Ku Klux Klan. She’s been a favorite of far-right groups and Holocaust deniers and an odd menagerie of far-right supporters, and much of their support for her has been amplified. There have been nights after certain debates where her name was the most searched term on Google, there’s been some odd digital activity. Hillary Clinton didn’t just make this up, and I hate to disagree with my friend Van Jones, but the reality is that there has been some real evidence out there that there’s something peculiar going on with that campaign.”

      Here's another story about Gabbard and Clinton. This has all but guaranteed that Gabbard will be asked about this in the next debate.  I am not sure what she can say that she hasn't already said. She isn't running against Clinton and none of the other Democratic candidates have brought her up as far as I can recall. The mystery to me is why Clinton saw fit to make this allegation unless she had information that Gabbard was considering running as a spoiler candidate and wanted to make sure she didn't. If that was her goal she has succeeded.  

      And then if you have been following this story I suggest you read this indictment from Biden supporter Skye Williams who seems to have been researching her for a long time.


      Alan Dershowitz preps counter-suit against alleged Jeffrey Epstein victim who alleged she was lent out to him for sex

      ''''''''''''''''' Dana Milbank goes Latin in Welcome to the quid pro quo show: Lot's of great quid pro's and many of them rhyme... '''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''

      Three weeks ago, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi unveiled the impeachment inquiry with a Latin phrase spoken by Julius Caesar when he crossed the Rubicon. “Alea iacta est,” she said. The die is cast.

      Since then, President Trump has absolved himself by repeating — ad infinitum — some Latin of his own: “There was no quid pro quo.” No this for that.

      Mulvaney, deus ex machina, (destroyed) Trump’s defense. 

      ... in flagrante delicto (Mulvaney) admitted Trump committed the sine qua non of a quid pro quo.

      White House admitted — ipso facto —“No quid pro quo” became “quid pro quo — so?” (a.k.a. quid apropos).

      Mulvaney’s modus operandi ...The White House must be in extremis ... proving a de facto quid pro quo

      Mulvaney didn’t admit a quid pro Joe (trading military aid for dirt on the Democratic front-runner) but a quid pro down-low (trading military aid for dirt supporting a conspiracy theory about Democrats). ... 

      theUkrainian president makes clear it was a quid pro combo.

      ... Trump’s tenure has been one big quid pro.

       (The G-7 at Doral) is...a  clear quid pro cash flow... money to Mar-a-Lago has been a quid pro chateau. 

      Pence at his Scotland property is a quid pro Glasgow, and Pence’s hawking of Trump’s Ireland property is a blatant quid pro brogue. 

      Trump’s  using his Washington hotel is a quid pro dough, funds paid to his New York and New Jersey properties complete the quid pro portfolio.

      This benefits not only Trump but his sons, in what might be called a quid pro slow (or a quid pro I dunno). 

      (Donald Trump Jr.’s protests about Hunter Biden ) can only be termed a quid pro bozo. 

      Robert O’Brien, last week, floated a quid pro whistleblow: (and then there's the)  quid pro Pompeo... (and about) Rudy Giuliani a quid pro schmoe.

      (Mulvaney attempted) a quid pro John Doe, 

      William Barr, has trashed his principles to give Trump a quid pro ego.

      Trump has been doing this sort of thing since a quid pro big toe kept him out of Vietnam. 

      after meeting with the NRA, a quid pro ammo. His voter-suppression efforts are a quid pro Jim Crow. 

      In a quid pro Kudlow, he convinced free-market conservatives to embrace a trade war. His tax cut, a quid pro CEO, ballooned the debt in a quid pro borrow. 

      Evangelical Christians tolerate his immorality in exchange for his judicial nominees, a quid pro Roe 

      He paid hush money to Stormy Daniels, a quid pro lie low. Much of his presidency has been a quid pro Moscow.

      ... false claims:  (quid pro Pinocchio) and plugs for friendly Fox News hosts (quid pro puppet show). 

      ... requiring of constant flattery from underlings (quid pro braggadocio) has turned the West Wing into a quid pro freak show.

      Because impeachment has made us all Latin speakers, I asked my longtime classics consultant, Vanessa, to translate into genuine Latin some of Trump’s trade-offs:

      Quid pro impendio (this for payment).
      Quid pro deverticulo (this for a resort).
      Quid pro luto (this for dirt).
      Quid pro vitio (this for a crime).
      Quid pro reo (this for a sinner).
      Quid pro imperio (this for power).

      Giving Giuliani responsibility for anything? A blatant quid pro asino (this for a fool). But that’s pro forma for a president who sold his soul (quid pro animo) and made his office a quid pro mimo: this for a farce.

      Full disclosure: I barely passed two years of high school Latin which I took because I wanted to go to medical school. I am horrible with language and barely got through French which I needed to graduate from college. I should have started by taking Spanish which was offered in my junior high school. Instead I took mechanical engineering. Speaking and understanding basic Spanish would at least have been useful.


      Oct. 18, 2019 Breaking News: 

      Clinton drops a stunning claim: Russia is grooming a 2020 Democrat to launch third-party presidential run - It's a 2020 woman currently running so it can't be Jill Stein. The only one that makes sense is Williamson, but would she dare do it? Fox News thinks it is Tulsi Gabbard. That doesn't seem plausible.


      Oct. 17, 2017

      Breaking News: 

      McConnell drops a surprise on Trump — calls for an even stronger resolution to rebuke him

      Editorial. Click
      to enlarge 
      Welcome to Duty to Warn Nancy. 

      Of course Trump needs more than her prayers for his health. 

      At the least he needs his binky.

      "What we witnessed on the part of the president was a meltdown. Sad to say," Pelosi told reporters at the White House. "I pray for the president all the time, and I tell him that. I pray for his safety and that of his family. Now we have to pray for his health — because this was a very serious meltdown on the part of the president," Pelosi said. She held her tongue during Trump’s editing of hurricane maps with Sharpies and his fantastical endeavor to purchase Greenland, but now Pelosi is openly questioning the president's mental fitness. It may be time for some within his administration to sound the alarm.
       Of course, White House press secretary Stephanie Grisham made the laughable claim that Trump was "measured, factual and decisive.” The president immediately took to Twitter to prove her wrong, projecting Pelosi's concern about his mental health back on the speaker in a transparent effort to hide his humiliation. from

      Nancy Pelosi goes there: Trump's White House "meltdown" a sign he's cracking under pressure

      When I was working as a psychotherapist I did a lot of marriage counseling. I've done a fair bit of thinking about the Trump marriage, and have written about the Conway's marriage. I haven't bothered pondering about the Pence marriage. Now this comes out and it makes me wonder about how a couple can lose whatever values they have in pursuit of selfish goals. 

      Karen Pence sticks her neck out for Trump to protect her husband

      Oct. 16, 2019
      Late night: Trump tweeted this photo to the world. It ended up backfiring. Read comments here. 
      Click above to enlarge - Paula Chertok wrote: YOUR men are looking down b/c of YOUR embarrassing meltdown. (McCarthy always closes his eyes when he's cringing.) You're way over your head. You're too erratic and unhinged even for your own propagandists. Do America a favor, tough guy. Resign. The only way to avoid impeachment.

      Lawrence O'Donnell discussed it tonight:

      Hello world, this is our president: 

       Trump ‘Was Insulting’ To Nancy Pelosi In Turkey Discussions 

      Photo from meeting

      and this too: This letter Trump sent to the president of Turkey is so embarrassing, some suspect it is a parody and then this: Trump Implies Vets Suffering From PTSD 'Can’t Handle' War

      Donald Trump has come under fire for comments he made during a Q&A with retired veterans Tuesday morning. Speaking with the Retired American Warriors PAC in Virginia, the Republican nominee suggested veterans suffering from PTSD are not “strong” and “can’t handle” the stresses of war. “When people come back from war and combat and they see things that, maybe a lot of the folks in this room have seen many times over, and you’re strong and you can handle it, but a lot of people can’t handle it,” Trump said.

      Breaking News: Another Man Arrested Today In Probe Of Rudy Giuliani Associates 


      My story is a bit lighter than usual:

      Editorial: My Current Choice
      If Biden doesn’t make any major missteps and stays ahead in the polls, and does well in the early primaries I would go with him as the most electable. I hate to say it but being a white moderate male works in his favor in some of the swing industrial states Trump won which we need to win.
      I want Biden to find some alternate catch phrases in addition to “beating Trump like a drum.” It is a weak metaphor.  Having animal control pick him up like he’s a rapid dog would get him in trouble since we know what is done with rapid dogs. Of course Trump threatened the whistle blower with being charged with treason and we know what happens with those convicted of that crime. Here are a few other thinks Biden could say about what he'll do do Trump which I found online, there are 25 but only these are somewhat usable.
      • I’ll stomp a mudhole in him. I’ve always understood the hole part. But a mudhole? Never got that. But if I say that, you’ll get it. Dig?
      • I’ll beat the brakes off of him. Didn’t hear this one until I got to Atlanta. I’m so glad I did.
      • I’ll give him a $3 haircut. Courtesy of my brother. In other words, I’ll fuck your head up.
      • I’ll light his ass up. Another oldie but goodie. Not used nearly enough. Very versatile.
      • I’ll beat him like a rented mule. Which is way worse than being treated like a rental car.
      • I’ll break my foot off in his ass. Shouts to John Amos.
      • I’ll smack the taste outta his mouth. That’s a serious smackin’.
      • I’ll beat Trump you I’m his daddy. This is probably the most demeaning thing you can say to someone.
      • I’ll run up the score on him like he’s a one-legged quarterback.  I decided to make this one up.
       I like Warren, my number two choice for president, but she needs to refine her message and start appealing to more moderate voters and develop a laser sharp attack strategy against Trump proving that she is not a woman to be trifled with. I’d like to see her as less professorial and more professional wrestler. Her I have a plan for this are effective to a point but she need to develop the command presence Kamala Harris has naturally from being a prosecutor. 
      The racist underpinnings of the right wing voters may make it difficult for perfectly good candidates of color, male or female, to win those rust belt and southern states. 
      I am fascinated at how Mayor Pete is now polling at number four even though he is gay. I’d be delighted to see him as a VP candidate to any of the three poll leaders. He is looking more and more presidential every time I see him. His lack of high level governmental experience especially compare to the three senator front runner works against him having the top spot. His military service may very well counteract the prejudice some bigoted people react to his being gay. If he ends up as a candidate for president or VP I doubt cadet bone spurs would dare attack his sexuality.

      Documents obtained by ProPublica show stark differences in how Donald Trump’s businesses reported some expenses, profits and occupancy figures for two Manhattan buildings, giving a lender different figures than they provided to New York City tax authorities. The discrepancies made the buildings appear more profitable to the lender — and less profitable to the officials who set the buildings’ property tax.
      For instance, Trump told the lender that he took in twice as much rent from one building as he reported to tax authorities during the same year, 2017. He also gave conflicting occupancy figures for one of his signature skyscrapers, located at 40 Wall Street.

      Lenders like to see a rising occupancy level as a sign of what they call “leasing momentum.” Sure enough, the company told a lender that 40 Wall Street had been 58.9% leased on Dec. 31, 2012, and then rose to 95% a few years later. The company told tax officials the building was 81% rented as of Jan. 5, 2013.

      Pompeo’s senior adviser plans to deliver damning testimony on ouster of Ukraine ambassador

      Michael McKinley, a former senior adviser to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, is set to deliver damning testimony to Congress about the ouster of former Ukrainian ambassador Marie Yovanovitch.
      The Washington Post reports that McKinley will tell investigators on Wednesday that he resigned from the State Department because he was disgusted by its unwillingness to stick up for Yovanovitch, who was removed from her post after pressure from both President Donald Trump and personal attorney Rudy Giuliani.
      “The unwillingness of State Department leadership to defend Yovanovitch or interfere with an obviously partisan effort to intervene in our relationship with Ukraine for the political benefit of the president was too much for him,” explained one source who is described by the Post as being “familiar” with McKinley’s planned testimony.

      ‘God help us’: Nobel Laureate Paul Krugman explains how Trump and Barr are using ‘religious bigotry’ to distract from president’s ‘unsuitability for high office’

      “Pardon my cynicism, but I seriously doubt that Barr, whose boss must be the least godly man ever to occupy the White House, has suddenly realized to his horror that America is becoming more secular,” Krugman asserts. “No, this outburst of God-talk is surely a response to the way the walls are closing in on Trump — the high likelihood that he will be impeached for high crimes and misdemeanors.”
      Trump, Krugman writes, is “taking shelter behind bigotry — racial, of course, but now, religious as well.”

      ‘Madman behavior’: CNN panel aghast at Trump’s latest insane statements on Turkey and the Kurds

      All of these moves left CNN contributors John Avlon and Max Boot struggling to make sense of the president’s latest impulsive and contradictory actions.
      “This is madman behavior,” said Boot. “There is no way to make sense, to rationalize this, because he very impulsively decided to… let Erdogan do what he wants without consulting with the Pentagon, without consulting with his aides, and now he and the rest of the administration are trying to clean up.”

      Avlon then chimed in to say that Trump in the past has always been impulsive, but there used to be more people around him capable of containing his worst instincts.
      “His impulse is to jump over the ledge,” Avlon said. “He keeps getting talked off the ledge by the professionals, but he made this decision impulsively without his military advisers.”

      Oct. 15, 2019
      Evening thought - good news is that as Trump tries to find lawyers to fight his impeachment he is bound to get mostly losers: A former White House official said that anyone who joins Trump’s  team would have to be prepared to get blamed if the House ends up voting to impeach him, even if the Senate blocks a conviction, which is likely. An impeachment in the House, “will remain with him forever,” the former official says, “he will blow out everybody and say it was their fault and they were totally incompetent,” the official says. “So why jump on board?” Time Magazine

      This story made the Daily Kos recommended list, unusual since it only took 30 people to recommend it and now it has 73 recommendations with 74 comments. I have since changed the picture to a more visible thumbnail for the main page and more Portlandia-ish with the Mt. Hood background. Those who are registered on Kos can recommend a story and as long as it is on that list it stays on the front page. Otherwise it stays under "recent stories" and eventually disappears.\

      So many quotes to highlight, but here's my choice for the best quote of the day (so far): 

      Read story: Prominent conservative legal scholar rips Trump anti-impeachment letter to House Democrats: ‘The White House counsel was sick the day they taught law at law school’


      Jeff Clawson: Forget impeachment. This president needs the 25th Amendment.

      Jeff ClawsonM.D., is medical director of the Division of Research, Standards and Academics at the International Academies of Emergency Dispatch, Salt Lake City. 

      • It may be reasonably and clinically possible that he has FTD (Frontotemporal Dementia) which is the front-brain equivalent of Alzheimer’s disease, that results in an increasing lack of verbal and emotional control, including expressions and simple judgments we would all expect from a mentally capable person in such a profoundly responsible position in the world.
      • For the record, its signs and symptoms are poor judgment, loss of empathy, socially inappropriate behavior, lack of inhibition, repetitive compulsive behavior, inability to concentrate or plan, frequent, abrupt mood changes and speech difficulties.
      • The 25th Amendment, specifically added into the Constitution for just this type of situation, should obviously be now invoked by the president’s retinue, who we often hear through the grapevine, and from former “retired members” of this administration, are more than randomly troubled and actually sickened by his guy’s unbalanced, and, in my medical opinion, unstable, histrionic, narcissistic, megalomaniacal, and early senility-like (FTD) lack of inhibition in rambling speech, decisions and actions.
      • This guy is a psychiatric ICD-10 code menagerie. Essentially, our president appears to be functioning as an “escaped-from-reality TV” mental patient.


      Oct. 14, 2019

      Oct. 13, 2019 

      Some oddities in this photo of Trump and his rally crowd. Note that most of the faces except Trump's are blurred, and most people in the front are looking at him. Click images to enlarge.

      Some of these men look like Secret Service, but who is the woman reflected in the teleprompter screen?

      Here's a good Daily Beast article. The author corrected an error I emailed him about (he thanked me). When he wrote about malignant narcissism he said it was Eric Erikson's concept and he meant to write Erich Fromm. 

      Take It From a Former Moonie: Trump Is a Cult Leader

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