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Feb. 27, 2019
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Feb. 26, 2019
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“The attempt to develop a sense of humor and to see things in a humorous light is some kind of a trick learned while mastering the art of living.”
“It is well known that humor, more than anything else in the human make-up, can afford an aloofness and an ability to rise above any situation, even if only for a few seconds.”
― Viktor Emil Frankl, Man's Search for Meaning
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ANOTHER WEEK, ANOTHER BOTTOM - Daily Beast
This is the sad state of conservatism in the Trump era: You can either have your dignity but no influence or relevance, or you can keep your dignity and hit the pavement.
Donald Trump has signaled to his inner circle that even he knows Special Counsel Robert Mueller finishing his investigation will be a new beginning, not a dramatic end, for Trumpworld’s eclectic legal hellscape.
The president made clear to his outside legal team, which includes Rudy Giuliani and Jay Sekulow, that he didn’t want his lawyers going anywhere—even after the Mueller probe ends. The conversations served as a private admission that federal investigations bedeviling his first term in office will be haunting him for possibly years to come.
The president broached the topic of keeping his team together starting late last year, according to two sources familiar with the exchanges, by discussing other legal woes he might face after the Special Counsel’s Office submits its report to the Department of Justice.
A little bit of Dana Milbank from Trump is the best thing since sliced bread. And he invented sliced bread! on Trump planning July Fourth celebration.
- “We will be having one of the biggest meteorological phenomena in the history of Washington, D.C., at 6:45 am tomorrow. It will be called ‘Sunrise.’ ”
- By reelection time, he will have given Americans indoor plumbing, ice cream and Christmas.
- He gave himself props for the “safest year on record” in aviation in 2017, even though no U.S. airline had had a fatality since 2009. And he claimed credit for inventing the 19th-century economic phrase “prime the pump.” This would appear to be a pure example of “fake news” — a phrase for which Trump has also awarded himself authorship.
- “How about the word ‘caravan?’ ” he said at a rally last week. “ ‘Caravan.’ I think that was one of mine.” The Post’s JM Rieger, who traced the origin of “caravan” to 1588, observed that Trump has also awarded himself credit for, among other things, a veterans’ health-care law enacted in 2014.
- And as Congress blocked his border wall, Trump claimed credit for segments of wall built years ago. “A lot of the wall is built,” he announced.
- And that wall is the greatest thing since sliced bread — which, it so happens, Trump also invented.
Several sources close to Trump’s White House say the real threat is not Mueller’s examination of potential collusion between Trump associates and Russia in the 2016 campaign.
Instead, they fret that people around the president could get indicted for misleading lawmakers — one of the key charges that Mueller recently lodged against longtime Trump adviser Roger Stone. Senate Intelligence Committee Chairman Richard Burr told CBS earlier this month that his panel during the course of its two-year Russia investigation had “not been shy” in referring people to the Justice Department for criminal prosecution. The House Intelligence Committee recently voted to send more than 50 of its transcripts to Mueller.
“These guys took the whole Congress thing way too lightly. They didn’t understand [members and aides] actually listen, take notes and record this shit,” said a senior Republican official in regular touch with the White House. “I think they all took it way too nonchalantly and didn’t think it matters — and boy does it.”
“If you lie in a sworn deposition to Congress or anybody else then you should be worried. That’s how people go to jail,” added Barry Bennett, a former Trump 2016 campaign adviser.
Feb. 25, 2019
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I don't write the titles for my columns, the editor does. This is standard practice in newspapers and online. Doug Thompson, CHB editor and publisher is an old newspaper pro so he writes headlines far better than I do. HUFFPOST consistently has some of the best front page titles. Generally, the title on the main HUFFPOST page is different than the title on the story as is the case in the "Grab 'em pres accused again" story. As far as print newspapers the NY Daily News is the best for front pages. Here are their Donald Trump front pages.
More about the woman now suing the president who says Trump forcibly kissed her.
These quotes are in a Forbes article about Roger Stone, but apply to Trump as well:
Gaslighters/narcissists are some of the most predictable people, especially when they perceive they've been wronged. Roger Stone posted an Instagram photo of Judge Amy Berman Jackson next to an image of crosshairs.What's one of the most effective ways to handle a gaslighter/narcissist? After Stone's Instagram post, Judge Jackson ordered Stone to not speak publicly or write about the investigation or case against him.....
Why is this type of punishment so effective for a gaslighter/narcissist? Because gaslighters/narcissists live off attention. They find power in whipping people into a frenzy, particularly after posting something provocative on social media. Never before has a gaslighter/narcissist been able to transmit a message of perceived persecution or accusations so quickly. For example, look at the frenzy President Trump causes every time he posts on Twitter. Trump's tweets are so effective at riling people up and distracting them that they are helping Twitter's bottom line.
Gaslighters/narcissists know exactly what they are doing when they post incendiary comments and photos on social media.
Trump unleashing digital juggernaut ahead of 2020, includes targeted Facebook advertising Apparently he's learning from the Russians.
Feb. 24, 2019
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What ICE should be doing
Much of the media focus of the Florida sex trafficking raid and arrests has been generated by the fact that New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft (who Trump feels sympathy for) was arrested. What struck me in the NY Times article ‘The Monsters Are the Men’: Inside a Thriving Sex Trafficking Trade in Florida was this one sentence: "Sheriff Snyder said investigators, who worked with Immigration and Customs Enforcement, estimated the trafficking ring to be a $20 million international operation." This is the kind of serious law enforcement ICE should be doing, also known as real police work, instead of harassing people who are guilty of at most misdemeanors.
Feb. 23, 2019
Dept of It Isn't Always Doom and Gloom: Federal Judge Shuts Down Trump Administration’s Discrimination Against Children of Same-Sex Couples
Trump's wall prototypes to come down along U.S.-Mexico border: Too bad. I thought they'd be saved for the "Trump presidential library" - a name that is an oxymoron for a moron president.
|If you're like me you never heard R. Kelly sing.|
He sounds like Michael Jackson.
Here's one of his most popular songs
In addressing the 1964 landmark First Amendment case which made it difficult for public figures to win libel cases Thomas wrote this:
"The constitutional libel rules adopted by this Court in New York Times and its progeny broke sharply from the common law of libel, and there are sound reasons to question whether the First and Fourteenth Amendments displaced this body of common law,” Clarence Thomas in his 14 page opinion saying Supreme Court should revisit landmark libel ruling. Progeny, of course, means offspring and he obviously means it pejoratively here. He probably was tempted to use the word "spawn." He apparently thinks all media descended from what Trump calls the "failing New York Times." Read more in The Hill
He's in line with Trump who wants to curtail the freedom of the press.
Could this liberal North Carolina state court gerrymandering decision end up in the Supreme Court?
Feb. 22, 2019
Someone should remind Alan Dershowitz that the 25th Amendment is in the Constitution for a reason which may apply to the current president, and that having Department of Justice officials discuss whether it may be applicable with a president who shows signs of being mentally unfit is legitimate. He is saying on Fox News that if Rod Rosenstein and Andrew McCabe and other FBI officials removed President Donald Trump from office using the 25th Amendment it would be an attempt at an unconstitutional coup d’état if they spoke to Cabinet members about it.
The Dershowitz column was featured on Dr. John D. Gartner's Duty2Warn Twitter page and was retweeted numerous times from there:
Department of Just Deserts:
Of course this Trump supporting former Fox News psychiatrist who once said people would do well to emulate Donald Trump to achieve optimal mental health has to be considered innocent until proved guilty. Here’s a Daily Beast story from 2017: Fox News’ Notorious Quack Dr. Keith Ablow Wants You to ‘Trump Your Life’. It would be wrong to gloat over this breaking news:
Dr. John Gartner, founder of the Duty to Warn group in a 46 minute podcast (audio) interview, explains in layman terms Donald Trump’s dangerous three part psychopathology.
Feb. 20, 2019
Feb. 19, 2019
In a new in-depth report Monday on Trump’s efforts to intimidate and defame the investigators, the New York Times documented many new and revealing details of this campaign. While some of the information has been made public before, its narrative account gives new life to both familiar and previously unknown facts that may one day provide the basis for an obstruction of justice charge against the president. Here are 7 key claims from the report. Click above to read details.
- 1. Trump pressured Whitaker to install a crony to oversee the SDNY investigation.
- 2. Attorneys for the president dangled pardons to both Paul Manafort and Michael Flynn.
- 3. Even though Michael Flynn resigned voluntarily, Trump pushed the falsehood that he asked for Flynn’s resignation.
- 4. White House lawyers warned about Press Secretary Sean Spicer’s spreading of misinformation.
- 5. Trump claims Rod Rosenstein told him the Michael Cohen investigation had nothing to do with him.
- 6. Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL) and other Trump allies decided in July 2017 to actively undermine Mueller.
- 7. Trump has gone after Mueller and the Russia investigation more than 1,100 times in public.
Let's hope Stone's judge was not amused by the target Instagram post and sends him to jail to await trial.
NOT IN MCCABE BOOK: Former acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe said he briefed a bipartisan group of congressional leaders about the FBI’s counterintelligence operation into President Donald Trump in May 2017, and that none of them objected.
“No one objected — not on legal grounds, not on constitutional grounds, and not based on the facts,” he said Tuesday in an interview on NBC’s “Today,” ahead of the release of his book about his time at the FBI under Trump.
“Four out of ten Americans are still okay with the lies every day, the racism every day,” Joe Scarborough today.
Feb. 18, 2019
CHB story still highly relevant, now updated with video and transcript link to McCabe "60 Minutes" interview. New comments below.