May 31, 2019
Germany, from Hitler to Merkel:
May 30, 2019
If the band on your MAGA hat has destroyed millions of brains cells and you only watch Fox News, this will explain why you still support Trump:
- The Japan trip showcased three elements of Trump’s personality that make him an easy mark for foreign exploitation. The first is narcissism. Trump routinely abandons the people around him: wives, employees, officials, and aides. He applies the word treason not to betrayals of the Constitution, but to any threat to himself, including the FBI’s decision to open an investigation into his campaign in 2016, when Trump was just a candidate. He spurns NATO, scorns American war heroes, and ridicules U.S. intelligence agencies. Trump believes he is the state. Therefore, he feels nothing for any part of the state beyond himself.
- Second, Trump cares more about beating his domestic rivals than standing up to foreign enemies. And to win these domestic fights, the president is happy to claim America’s enemies as his allies. He consistently sided with Putin against President Barack Obama. In 2016, Trump openly urged Russia to help him defeat Hillary Clinton. This year, Trump declared that the Chinese government was “far more honorable” than U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, U.S. Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, and the rest of what Trump called “the opposition party.”
- Third, Trump is a reflexive liar. He’s happy to contradict U.S. intelligence when it gets in the way of his interests. He has denied intelligence on Russia’s election interference, intelligence about the persistence of ISIS, and intelligence implicating Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman in the murder of Jamal Khashoggi.
“Sorry losers and haters, but my I.Q. is one of the highest -and you all know it! Please don't feel so stupid or insecure, it's not your fault,” Trump tweeted in 2013. Just last week, the president again referred to himself as an “extremely stable genius,” and he has spent years insisting has a high IQ score, though he has never revealed the exact number. When a Twitter critic challenged him in 2013 to prove his high IQ, Trump responded simply, “The highest, asshole!”
May 29, 2019
This is a long interview but well worth at least skimming if you become so outraged you can't read it in its entirety:
Former acting FBI chief Andrew McCabe: Trump’s ties to Russian mobsters are ‘absolutely unprecedented’
May 28, 2019
The special counsel's office denies it, but who do we believe? Mueller drew up obstruction indictment against Trump, Michael Wolff book claims
Excerpt: Barr said he had judged the instances of possible obstruction not to be conclusive. Trump and his supporters have claimed total exoneration. Democrats in Congress are weighing whether impeachment is merited.
And yet Wolff reports that Mueller’s office drew up a three-count outline of the president’s alleged abuses, under the title “United States of America against Donald J Trump, Defendant”. The document sat on the special counsel’s desk, Wolff writes, for almost a year.
According to a document seen by the Guardian, the first count, under Title 18, United States code, Section 1505, charged the president with corruptly – or by threats of force or threatening communication – influencing, obstructing or impeding a pending proceeding before a department or agency of the United States.
The second count, under section 1512, charged the president with tampering with a witness, victim or informant.
The third count, under section 1513, charged the president with retaliating against a witness, victim or informant.
and then there's this excerpt:
According to Wolff, Mueller endured tortured deliberations over whether to charge the president, and even more tortured deliberations over the president’s power to dismiss him or his boss, the then deputy attorney general, Rod Rosenstein. Mueller ultimately demurred, Wolff writes, but his team’s work gave rise to as many as 13 other investigations that led to cooperating witness plea deals from Michael Cohen, David Pecker of American Media and Trump Organization accountant Allen Weisselberg.
“The Jews always flip,” was Trump’s comment on those deals, according to Wolff.
May 27, 2019
May 26, 2019
Three about Trump's psychopathology
Hard to believe that on the day that Trump misspelled Joe Biden's name (Bidan in a tweet) HuffPost misspelled Japanese (Japenese). First time I've sent them a correction. Let's see if and when they correct it.
May 25, 2019
Today's photoshop by yours truly:
Someone on MDSNBC said that Mitch McConnell could decide not to try Trump in the Senate. It's complicated:
May 24, 2019
Why Trump uses this psychological trick to appeal to his followers — and the media keeps falling for it
|Click above for story - I added the DonkeyHotey caricature|
May 23, 2019
Afternoon: Man who give disgusting pigs a bad name Trump insults Nancy Pelosi’s intelligence in the middle of his farm bailout speech
May 22, 2019
Trump in his unannounced "news conference" today, railing against the Democrats. Look at his eyes!
Why we should all care about Pete Buttigieg’s big Fox News mistake - read or article of just my take on the gist of it: When a Democrat appears on Fox it boosts their claim that they are a real news network.
Best free legal advice of the week to a f-wad who won't heed it and doesn't deserve it
Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-MI) on Wednesday advised Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin to obtain a personal attorney after he refused a lawful request to release President Donald Trump’s tax returns:
“As somebody that truly believes in the rule of law, as somebody that has practiced law and is an attorney, I would advise you, Secretary, to get personal legal advice because the cover-up of this administration, it goes beyond just providing the taxes. I think you need to be very, very clear about what your role is and what your responsibility is to the American people. This goes beyond just providing taxes. It goes [to] transparency and the fact that no one is above the law. So, Secretary, please seek out legal advice personally about what your obligations are because the Department of Justice is not protecting you, it’s protecting the president.
May 21, 2019
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May 18, 2019
.... the correct term for “heartbeat” is “fetal pole cardiac activity,” because at six weeks, said embryo doesn’t have a cardiovascular system and, therefore, no fully formed beating heart.
May 17, 2019
Anti-abortion laws: how bad can it get? Mulitply the horrible cases here by 1,000.