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Conservative Washington Post columnist Jennifer Rubin writes in her April 5th OpEd “William Barr’s stunt has backfired:”
The Justice Department seems to be engaged in prolonged gamesmanship both to keep the report bottled up and to rationalize Barr’s interference with Congress’s right to see the information. Once it became known that “the summaries the Mueller team had prepared were intended to be ready for public consumption in a timely manner, because the redactions could have been done fairly quickly,” the Justice Department had to respond.
However, its retort was too cute by half. “Justice spokeswoman Kerri Kupec said in a statement Thursday that every page of Mueller’s confidential report was marked with a notation that it may contain confidential grand jury material, adding that it ‘therefore could not be publicly released.’” That’s nonresponsive and misleading. The summaries, according to the prosecutors, were prepared in such a form to allow quick transmission (e.g. attach them to Barr’s original letter). Barr refused to do this, just as he has refused to request the court give permission to send the whole report to Congress.
I wasn’t sure exactly what too cute by half meant. Here’s what Urban Dictionary says:
- A phrase to denote the subject to be excessively sneak or cute.
- That is, if the subject were being HALF as sneaky (cute, clever) as they had been, it would have still been considered excessive or too much.
Indeed, I have to agree.
I hope Rubin is right when she concludes that:
Even if the feds never charge Trump, that could leave considerable territory for New York state prosecutors to charge Trump under state law.
You see, simply because Trump and Barr want to wish away the Mueller report doesn’t mean it’s gone. To the contrary, its release might prove even more debilitating to them both. The information it contains, along with any additional evidence prosecutors in the Southern District of New York uncover, will not vanish. The facts are the facts. Voters will render one verdict; down the road state and federal prosecutors might seek others. Trump can run, but he cannot hide forever.
Leave it to Trump toady William Barr to make an oxymoron of the motto of the DOJ Qui Pro Domina Justitia Sequitur, or roughly translated “ he (meaning the AG) who prosecutes on behalf of (Lady) justice.
Northwestern University Neuropsychologist Dr. Sandra Weintraub joins John Williams to address President Trump’s recent verbal gaffes, and what they mean about his neurological health. That’s in response to some of the public’s belief that these blunders are symptoms of such diseases as dementia or aphasia. This is modified support for what John D Gartner, Bandy Lee and others have been saying. She seems very objective, not as alarmed as others. The interviewer spends inordinate time on exactly why he said oranges instead or origins. He even mentioned Oliver Sachs. They didn't get into the worsening patterns Trump has exhibited over the past few years.
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Michael Cohen offers Democrats 14 million files on Donald Trump in bid to delay prison sentence By my calculation, if each file was on an 12 inch piece of paper, laid end to end they would run for over thousands of miles.
April 4, 2019
- Daily Kos story - GOP will wait 'til Trump rails against evil "orangutans" before they make sure he gets a neuro exam
April 3, 2019
"Chris Hayes is what every man would be if feminists ever achieve absolute power in this country: Apologetic, bespectacled and deeply, deeply concerned about global warming and the patriarchal systems that cause it." Tucker Carlson
Below: DonkeyHotey caricatures with my background.
When that shark bites with her teeth, dear
Scarlet billows, they begin to spread
Fancy white gloves though AOC, dear
So there's rarely, never one trace of red
I've been telling friends this for a long time: Mar-a-Lago is a spies dream come true.
Trump has been photoshopped into this painting many times, often erroneously attributed to Hieronymus Bosch. Here's my darker version. Note Christ on the left.
A past president of the American Psychoanalytic Assoc. was on Lawrence O'Donnell last night. O'Donnell has had other psychology experts on before: John D Gartner, Lance Dodes, and Bandy Lee on discussing Trump's mental unfitness. She was addressing Trump's possible mental deterioration indicated by twice saying his father was born in Germany and using word orange instead or origins (of investigations) also twice.
During a bizarre meeting with the NATO Secretary General Trump lied about his father, Fred Trump, being born in Germany and demanded to know the “oranges” of the Mueller report, when he meant to say “origins.”
“My father is German, was German,” Trump falsely stated. His father was born in New York. “Born in a very wonderful place in Germany, so I have a great feeling for Germany.” His grandfather was born in Germany.
He also ranted about the “oranges” instead of "origins" of Robert Mueller‘s investigation.
April 2, 2019
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New report says Republicans find Trump’s ‘erratic behavior’ to be ‘maddening’ — but there’s a reason they still defend him
But is this really the best explanation for the Republican Party’s devotion to Trump? It’s not exactly a secret that Trump is a schmoozer — he tells people what they want to hear, he makes them feel important. It’s part of what helped him win the 2016 Republican primary; he didn’t feed voters information that was hard to hear but instead stoked their pre-existing prejudices and desires. It’s part of what made him successful as a self-promoter and brand manager — he could convince people of his own greatness.
And though these are certainly skills of a sort, they’re not particularly impressive. They’re the trade of grifter, the con artist. Someone who is good at making everyone think he’s on their side should be treated with skepticism and scrutiny; it’s exactly when you’re most at ease that they’ll double cross you.
That’s what Trump is doing to the Republican Party. He doesn’t care about its long-term power, only what it can do for him in the moment. His new health care push is spectacularly poorly planned, just as his government shutdown was. His personal corruption has made him an open target for congressional investigators, and his coddling of dictators undermines national security. He values almost nothing that Republicans actually care about.
Apr. 1, 2019
I don't have a caption for this. Just expressing my feelings.
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George Conway shows no mercy:
I don't think Mayor Pete will end up as a front-runner in the 2020 primary. His time to be president may turn out to be eight years from now especially if he ends up with supreme irony considering his feud with then Gov. Pence in Indiana as vice president. HB
Mar. 31, 2019
Daily Kos poll: Is Trump a spy or stooge? There are some pretty good comments on this post. 300 took the poll.
Трамп - шпион или марионетка (puppet)?
Трамп - шпион или марионетка (puppet)?
Mar. 30, 2019
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if. fucking. only.
Monica Lewisnky's response to this makes the news:
Imagine if the Starr Report had been provided only to President Clinton's Attorney General, Janet Reno, who then read it privately and published a 4-page letter based on her private reading stating her conclusion that President Clinton committed no crimes
Turns out she also appreciates Viktor Frankl, a seminal thinker in existential and humanist psychology.
Mar. 29, 2019
Today's Jennifer Rubin, from "The dangers of playing to Trump's neediness"
President Trump’s constant need for affirmation prompts him to exaggerate or lie about everything from his wealth to the economy to his North Korea diplomacy to the results of Robert S. Mueller III’ Russia report. The thirst to be the richest, the greatest diplomat and the exonerated victim compels him and his apologists to seek temporary applause from their base at the expense of later revelations that disprove his claimed accomplishment and reaffirm his compulsion to lie.
After the short-term relief and “Mission Accomplished" celebration, they will soon have to deal with facts -- lots of them that as Mueller said, do NOT exonerate Trump of obstruction and reflect evidence that, while perhaps not criminal (at least not indictable for a sitting president), confirm much of the reporting of misconduct, disloyalty to the United States and lying.
Trump’s neediness feeds an endless cycle of exaggeration and lying, revelation and underperformance. Indeed, that’s pretty much the story of Trump’s life -- the snake oil salesmen doesn’t really have the goods.
Rubin is an almost daily commentator on MSNBC and one of the most articulate and prolific anti-Trump Republicans. She considers herself to be a conservative. The has a BA in history and a law degree from the University of California at Berkeley. You can follow her on Twitter (you don't need to be a member).
President Donald Trump attacked Democratic Rep. Adam Schiff of California as speaking to supporters in Michigan, and called the Democratic lawmaker a "little pencil-neck." Really? He wishes he had a neck himself.
Ancient saying: don't celebrate your "victories" around a bonfire on thin ice.
Mar. 26-27, 2019
Good news: A new Politico/Morning Consult poll finds that 52 percent of voters believe Russia has compromising information on President Donald Trump. (Read here)
The image I decided was too much to use:
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Trump's budget calls for a $845 billion cut over 10 years in Medicare, a $25 billion cut in Social Security and a $1.5 trillion cut in Medicaid — programs that benefit the old, the disabled and the poor. (And the first two vote, HB)
There are defections in the Midwest among Trump voters, as well as a shift to the left among all voters on issues of race, immigration and spending on the poor.
While millions of suburban whites who voted for Trump in 2016 cast ballots in 2018 for Democratic House and Senate candidates, “the defection runs much deeper than that,” Morris said. Not only did better-off suburbanites defect, “but more important so did working class whites.”
In 2018 7 percent of white voters without a college education left Trump’s side.
There has been a modest, increase in social and cultural tolerance in 2018 among all voters.
The national religious landscape is changing in a direction favorable to the left.
Twice as many Trump voters flipped to supporting Democrats in 2018 as Clinton voters switched to Republicans.
Hosts like Rachel Maddow have seen their ratings notably increase as the investigation unfolded, while other anchors like Ari Melber have built major elements of their shows around interviews of witnesses of the investigation to get their perspective on Mueller’s probe. But the release of Barr’s summary letter threw a wrench into the narrative that has driven the network’s coverage and called into question what the primary narrative would be for the network going forward. Click image to read story.
Related - White House gloats over their perceived win over the media.
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Now Team Trump is out for vengeance: It's crucial that Democrats push back, hard. by my favorite columnist Heather "Digby" Parton
Conclusion: Liberals aren’t alone in imagining a savior figure and perpetuating him through silly memes; what’s more interesting, perhaps, is how differently the fantasies of salvation manifest in different political camps. As images of, say, Mueller’s face photoshopped onto Beyoncé in Lemonade proliferated on the liberal side, what many reflected was a need for an omniscient arbiter who would legitimize the findings of an imperiled system.
Mueller’s military record features prominently in these comparisons. He’s shown laughing at Trump as the president says no one can see his taxes, or as a dad about to discipline (read: beat) his disobedient child. These are distasteful fantasies of surveillance and abuse, but they’re quite American, and the underpinnings are weirdly consistent: They’re about catching wrongdoers. The liberal fantasy was that Mueller would embody the democratic function of the institution. It’s Superman turning the criminal over to the cops; his superpower exists to bolster existing norms and practices.
The staggering number of Trump-as-Christ memes suggests that the conservative fantasy is a little different. In that analogy, there is no civic institution Trump responds to, no democratic principle the “savior” figure necessarily upholds.
Trump’s chief contribution has been to accelerate America’s rot by demonizing a large portion of the nation’s citizenry. His deep-seated racism has resonated with many anxious, provincial whites and set the stage for the rise we’ve seen in hate crimes. His fragile narcissism—deeming anyone, dead (John McCain) or alive, who fails to extol him to be an enemy worthy of destruction—has poisoned an already vituperative public discourse.
Mar. 25, 2019
The three following photoshops are on Daily Kos (here) where you can recommend them and make comments.
Donald Trump won the election by 79,646 votes cast in three states, Michigan, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin. Trump won those states by 0.2, 0.7 and 0.8 percentage points, respectively.
It is easy to see how a third party candidate far to the right on social issues than Trump, for all his barely veiled racial animus and thinly disguised pandering to white supremacists, would have swung the electoral college to Hillary Clinton.
If an unabashedly white nationalist independent party ran candidates, for example, Rep. Steve King and Laura Ingraham, they might siphon off enough votes in a close election to throw it to the Democrats.
I’m calling it the MAWA Party, but there must be better names which haven’t been trademarked or used in the past.
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This was iinspiredby this story: 2 American women sue U.S.claiming they were detained after speaking Spanish in Montana — These bigotted ignorant thugs don’t deserve to wear a badge, let along carry a gun and have the ability to take away your freedom.
Breaking Michael Avenatti News - story
Related from just 12 days ago:
If these Avenatti allegations prove to be true, I hope they aren’t though I doubt he'd have been arrested if there wasn't a good case, it may turn out he may out that he did more harm than good. Perhaps only by chance only two weeks ago Stormy Daniels and he cut their association.
The following two commenters aways attack me when I write about the psychopathology of Trump, saying the same things again and again. The name Victor Ward is probably taken from a character in Glamorama: an "A-list model, would-be-actor and current "It boy", "an uberstereotype of the male model", Victor lives by his catchphrase mantra "the better you look, the more you see". As Harvard Crimson observes, "His lifestyle is the extreme of everything the current culture worships: he can't avoid thinking in brand names and image and speaks with lines from pop songs."
Like all of you (who aren't pro-Trump trolls) I am depressed today because of the way Barr presented the Mueller report and knowing how Trump and Putin must be happy. My way of coping along with talking to like-minded friends where I live (a liberal senior community) is to make photoshopped images like this. I tweet them and put them on Daily Kos (below).
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Washington Post: Three puzzling aspects of Barr’s summary of the Mueller report
1) The first puzzling aspect of the Barr letter is its report that Mueller, after making a thorough factual investigation of evidence bearing on possible obstruction of justice, “determined not to make a traditional prosecutorial judgment.” Mueller’s report, we are told, is rather perfectly fence-straddling, stating only that “while this report does not conclude that the president committed a crime, it also does not exonerate him.”
So Question No. 1: Why did Mueller, whose charges as a prosecutor include making precisely these sorts of judgments and bringing them to a federal grand jury, decline to do so in this case?
2) That raises the second critical question: Did Mueller ask Barr to step in? Or is Barr simply asserting a general power to reach conclusions for the Justice Department that Mueller thought he himself couldn’t or shouldn’t? While in some bureaucratic sense, the attorney general, as head of the Justice Department, bears responsibility for all of the department’s decisions, I am unaware of a single instance in my years in the Justice Department in which a final prosecutorial decision was left to the attorney general without so much as a recommendation from the actual prosecutor.
3) The final unanswered question, and perhaps the most consequential: What was the nature of the analysis that Barr and Rosenstein applied in deciding that Mueller’s evidence was not sufficient to establish that the president committed obstruction? The consensus of many scholars and commentators, based just on the publicly available evidence, has been that the case for obstruction was strong. Did some additional confidential evidence sway Barr and Rosenstein? Was it some particular legal reading of the obstruction statute?
This last possibility is unsettling. Barr’s letter says that he and Rosenstein consulted with the department’s Office of Legal Counsel before coming to their conclusion. This raises the possibility that the Barr analysis is premised on some controversial and expansive view of executive power that neither Congress nor the courts would endorse.
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