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November 2, 2019

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Nov. 14, 2019

2nd U.S. Officials Heard Trump Call With Sondland My tweet below:

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Nicolle Wallace tells Colbert why she cursed at Fox News host Laura Ingraham — and that she left the GOP

Good article but I had to look one name up in the subtitle up: 

It's Atticus Finch vs. Cthulhu in the showdown of the century. GOP's bold defense of Trump: LOL, nothing matters

Cthulhu (Wikipedia)  is a fictional cosmic entity created by writer H. P. Lovecraft and first introduced in the short story "The Call of Cthulhu", published in the American pulp magazine Weird Tales in 1928. 

Your Milbank Moment, Dana that is. from  In the big moment, Republicans go small

Describing the “irregular channel” Trump lawyer Rudy Giuliani and his team of “amigos” used to coerce Ukraine’s president to announce investigations into Trump’s political opponents, Castor asked Taylor: “In fairness, this irregular channel of diplomacy, it’s not as outlandish as it could be — is that correct?”

Taylor seemed to think Castor was telling a joke. “It’s not as outlandish as it could be,” he said with a laugh. “I agree.”

True! Giuliani could have conducted the entire scheme in drag. Or they could have threatened the Ukrainian president with a Nerf gun instead of merely withholding military aid. But Castor wasn’t kidding. He defended his point at length, then asked again: “It may be irregular, but it’s certainly not outlandish?”

Taylor smiled, shook his head and nodded, as if to convey: Whatever you say.


Nov. 13, 2019

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Viewers of the hearing who watch MSNBC will recognize the Democrat's prosecutor. Read about him here.

David Cay Johnston issues dire ‘warning’ after reading ‘Anonymous’ book: Trump is stupid, crazy and dangerous


USA Today: Mental health professionals: Trump's rash Syria move looked like a 'hypomanic episode'

Trump talked to Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan then told the US military to withdraw from Syria. Overnight, without warning, he destabilized an entire region.

Nov. 12, 2019 - 

Trump discussed firing inspector general who agreed whistleblower report was legitimate


In the run-up to the 2016 election, White House senior policy adviser Stephen Miller promoted white nationalist literature, pushed racist immigration stories and obsessed over the loss of Confederate symbols after Dylann Roof’s murderous rampage, according to leaked emails reviewed by Hatewatch, read article... and why this isn't old news, by Amanda Marcotte.


Politico: There’s a Surprisingly Plausible Path to Removing Trump From Office

It would take just three Republican senators to turn the impeachment vote into a secret ballot. It’s not hard to imagine what would happen then.... and McConnell might go for it...

“Trump and those around him seem confident that he won’t lose the 20 Republican senators needed to block a guilty verdict. But it’s not hard to imagine three senators supporting a secret ballot. Five sitting Republican senators have already announced their retirements; four of those are in their mid-70s or older and will never run for office again. They might well be willing to demand secrecy in order to give cover to their colleagues who would like to convict Trump but are afraid to do so because of politics in their home districts,” she continued, before adding, “There’s already been some public speculation that, should the Senate choose to proceed with a secret ballot, Trump would be found guilty.”


Tucker Carlson Comes This Close To Echoing His Ugliest Statement About Immigration - triggers outrage on Twitter.

"And also, if you cared about the environment, which I personally do, emphatically care ― I actually go outside once in a while unlike most people on the left ― why would you want a crowded country? Isn’t crowding your country the fastest way to despoil it, to pollute it, to make it, you know, a place you wouldn’t want to live?"

You probably heard that Donald Junior was heckled on his book tour. Did you know that the hecklers were members of the group whose mascot is this frog? Learn the whole story here.

Nov. 11, 2019
This story was recommended and was online all day. 131 good comments like the one below ( I added the illustration). 3,140 people took the poll.
Ah, the  rich draft dodger, weaseled out as a draft dodger causing someone else lower down on the monthly list who would’ve missed the monthly cut off go in his place. Amazing how many people forget, that government quota that had to be filled. 
Every 4F, they just went deeper into that months list, to get men.
The bone spurs didn’t affect 6 years of military school of marching, basketball, baseball, golf, tennis? Nor during his college years? He’s too stupid to even try to cover it up.
You ever wonder if a Trump, Bush wonders what happened to that person that went in their place, in harms way, that wasn’t supposed to be a stacked, entitlement process, but random based on birthday?
Why, yes, Trumps do.
Just in time for Veterans Day, Trump Junior’s book the son of a Dotard...
“In it, the 41-year-old detailed a visit to Arlington National Cemetery the day before his father's inauguration in which he likened the lost lives of the service members interred there to the financial toll allegedly suffered by his family.
"I rarely get emotional, if ever," Trump Jr. wrote, according to an excerpt of the unreleased book published by Business Insider. "I guess you'd call me hyper-rational, stoic.
"Yet as we drove past the rows of white grave markers, in the gravity of the moment, I had a deep sense of the importance of the presidency and a love of our country.
"In that moment, I also thought of all the attacks we'd already suffered as a family, and about all the sacrifices we'd have to make to help my father succeed—voluntarily giving up a huge chunk of our business and all international deals to avoid the appearance that we were 'profiting off of the office.'"
He later added: "Frankly, it was a big sacrifice, costing us millions and millions of dollars annually. Of course, we didn't get any credit whatsoever from the mainstream media, which now does not surprise me at all."”
Remember people no one suffers like a Trump no one. I bet JR pays very little in taxes but enjoys the benefit of our military protection, wasn’t this a complaint of Daddy to NATO, far as I know no real Trump has been in the military.
But I digress....
Visit a military grave today, even if you don’t know them, and leave an appropriate coin.
God save the Republic from Minority majority democracy and the Christian Republicans. 
Google “democracy vs republic”, read the constitution, it defines a republic not a democracy...
Save our military from Cannon Fodder Cadet Captain Cowboy Bone Spurs Trump, hero of Vietnam, “Piece Prize Winner” courtesy of Stormy Daniels and a $135,000 pay off, while the wife was home with new kid

Nov. 10, 2019

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Wash. Post: Police in Tuscaloosa, Ala., said they arrested a man who slashed open a giant “Baby Trump” balloon during the president’s trip Saturday to the football game between the University of Alabama and Louisiana State University.

A group protesting President Trump’s visit set up the 20-foot inflatable caricature in a park near Bryant-Denny Stadium ahead of the match between the top-ranked college teams. It was looming among the crowds outside when someone ran up with a knife and cut an eight-foot gash in the side, organizers said.

Police identified the suspect as 32-year-old Hoyt Hutchinson of Tuscaloosa. They said officers arrested him after he sliced into the balloon and tried to flee.
Hutchinson was charged with first degree criminal mischief, a felony, and held on a $2,500 bond. It was not clear if he had retained an attorney.

The appearance of the Baby Trump balloon marked the third time in recent weeks that the president has faced conspicuous opposition at sporting events. 

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I don't know where this was taken:

AP: Watergate redux? Trump impeachment inquiry heads for live TV Message to friends:  Monday through Friday don't expect to see me at the coffee shop.

Nov. 9, 2019

Here's my afternoon tweet. It's all in the right hashtags. This morning only a few people viewed my tweet but in two minutes this one had over 50 impressions.

Maybe my morning tweet for today. Check it out. Related to this, My father was a virulent anti-communist, and he railed about what he called "the fellow travelers" when I was a kid and I remember his saying their motto was "I have a sty in my eye when the flag goes by." So will Trump salute when the Russian national anthem is played? Listen to it here.

In conservative paper
 A companion piece to my Daily Kos story: 

4 reporters discuss a week of damning Ukraine testimony for Trump

From The Washington Post editorial board:


IT WOULD be wrong to overinterpret the results of Tuesday’s elections, especially with regard to what they might portend for 2020. There’s no reason to underinterpret them, either. The vote counts from Kentucky, Virginia and elsewhere represent the latest hard data about voter tendencies and, on the whole, they imply that, even in longtime Southern bastions of Republican conservatism, people support a pragmatic, progressive direction in policy — and a decent, inclusive style of leadership.

Yes, yes: Virginia has been trending blue for years; Democrat Andy Beshear’s declared gubernatorial win in the Bluegrass State reflected the epic unpopularity of incumbent Republican Matt Bevin, and did not radiate downballot. Still, it’s a major turn of events when Democrats take control of Richmond for the first time in a quarter-century, with gun control as their signature issue; and the same goes for deep-red Kentucky’s rejection of President Trump’s appeal for Mr. Bevin, in favor of a 41-year-old who promised “together we can change the tone, restore decency . . . and do so much for the people.”
We’re not in the business of political advice, but Mr. Beshear’s formulation, similar as it was to the Democrats’ winning message in 2018, strikes us as one that the men and women running to replace Mr. Trump might usefully take on board. The other big political news this week was a New York Times-Siena College poll that showed the leading Democrats struggling to beat the president in key swing states, though former vice president Joe Biden polls better than rivals Sens. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.). To the extent this is because Mr. Biden has become associated with step-by-step policy reform and consensus-seeking leadership, the findings are probably not accidental. There is a hunger in the country — especially in pivotal formerly GOP-leaning suburbs — not only for change, substantive and stylistic, at the top, but also for stability and sanity. A candidate, and a party, that convincingly offers to achieve the former without sacrificing the latter might well beat Mr. Trump next November.

From The New York Times editorial board:

Fined $2 million after admitting his foundation was his piggy bank, the president shows he always comes first.

Despite his admissions of misconduct, Mr. Trump made clear who he thought was the victim in the case — himself.
“I am the only person I know, perhaps the only person in history, who can give money to charity ($19M), charge no expense, and be attacked by the political hacks in New York State,” he tweetedThursday evening in a statement about the settlement. Of course, a foundation with no employees, according to the attorney general, and a board that rarely met was unlikely to have many expenses.
He then rolled smoothly into an attack on the three New York attorneys general who pursued the case over the past three years. 
In closing, he characterized the $2 million in damages that he has been ordered to pay as a contribution that he is “happy” to donate to worthy groups.
To be sure, $2 million seems unlikely to break the president’s bank. It is, however, a rare instance in which someone is finally holding Mr. Trump accountable for his misbehavior.

More than that, he has been compelled to publicly admit to having misled the public — and all those veterans for whom he professes to hold such respect.

Trump Pokes Fun at Himself. Why Do Only Some People See It?

My comment: Using "Trump," the malignant narcissist who suffers from a mix of personality disorders marked by lack of introspection, and "self-aware" together is the ultimate oxymoron. His humor, such as it is, is vicious and there is no self-mockery intended. Next you will suggest he has empathy. Hal Brown, MSW, Duty to Warn therapist

Mike Pompeo Laments Cruelty Of The Berlin Wall And It’s Too Ironic For Tweeters

You need to be a subscriber to read this (I'm not) but the part you can see tells the whole story.

Donald Trump Has Hit the Corruption Trifecta

Some presidents get nailed over money. Some over lust for power. Others over sex. But only one has disgraced the office on all three fronts.

It is now likely that President Trump will be impeached by the House of Representatives on the grounds that he has abused his power. But history teaches that there are three kinds of corruption in national politics: money, power, and sex. Amazingly, in less than one term, Trump has racked up ample material for impeachment on all three.
Money is at the root of the standard political scandal. Using high office to line his own pockets is what brought down Vice President Spiro Agnew, who took kickbacks as governor of Maryland on government contracts. 
And the two great presidential scandals before Watergate involved money. The Crédit Mobilier matter rocked the Ulysses Grant administration in the 1870s, when government officials accepted bribes in return for providing land grants to railroad barons. And Warren Harding’s Teapot Dome scandal in the 1920s involved Cabinet members who made a fortune using their authority to enrich oil magnates and others. Unlike Agnew, neither Presidents Grant nor Harding profited in these sordid affairs, but their ineptitude allowed the wrongdoing.

As an aside, for those who read the article which covers the first Thanksgiving with the Pilrgrims and the Wampanoag, I knew a dozen of the tribe members very well from when I lived near Plymouth and helped them fight to get land into trust for a casino. Read my 2007 story: The prospect of Wampanoag resort casino in Middleboro exposes the underbelly of racism.

My comment to this story was short: "So much for empathy and Christian values."

Las Vegas bans homeless people from sleeping rough if shelter beds available

Great song:

Nov. 8, 2019

SCROLL down for my tweets and photoshops for today or click here.

My comment to the New York Times review of "A Warning" by Anonymous was a "Times Pick."

As one of the duty to warn therapists who has been writing for three years about Trump’s being a dangerous malignant narcissist who made decisions on impulse often based on no information or misinformation and on paranoia I hadn’t known how people described in the book as the “steady state” or “the adults in the room” tried desperately to thwart his worst impulsive decisions. I knew it was bad; however until learning about these excerpts I hadn’t realized just how badly bad it was. Psychiatric diagnosis aside, many of the excerpts are consistent with what we know from observation about Trump’s behavior as demonstrated by his decisions, actions, tweets, and behavior at his rallies and in front of reporters. The author doesn’t venture a psychiatric assessment. He or she writes: “I am not qualified to diagnose the president’s mental acuity. All I can tell you is that normal people who spend any time with Donald Trump are uncomfortable by what they witness. He stumbles, slurs, gets confused, is easily irritated, and has trouble synthesizing information, not occasionally but with regularity. Those who would claim otherwise are lying to themselves or to the country.” In 2018 reportedly "Fire and Fury" describing similar things, the Baby Balloon, and the Mario mushroom genital comparison in Stormy Daniel's book sent him into a rage spiral. I can imagine what this will do.

Below: Still trying to make a tweet that will trend:

Calls grow for Jim Jordan to resign over refusal to confront sexual misconduct as #JimJordanKnew trends

Nov. 7, 2019

Nov. 6, 2019
My friend since we were toddlers and my neighbor, best-selling author Gay Courter lives in this now infamous Florida county. I made this for her. She wrote about it on her Facebook page and I made this photoshop for her and also tweeted it. Here's the MSNBC video about the story.
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Citrus County commissioners unanimously denied a request from their local library to spend $2,700 annually on digital subscriptions to the New York Times, because the paper is “fake news” and they “agree with Donald Trump.” 

During an Oct. 24 discussion, all five members of the commission agreed to reject the funding request, which, coincidentally, was also the same day the Trump Administration announced that it was canceling federal agencies’ subscriptions to the Times and the Washington Post

“Do we really need to subscribe to the New York Times?” asked Commissioner Ron Kitchen Jr., while the others laughed. “I actually was going to say that,” said Scott Carnahan, who added, “Fake news, I agree with President Trump.”  Orlando Weekly

Big wins for Democrats in Kentucky and Virginia last night, but one prompted me to write this Daily Kos story.
Over 1,200 people saw this tweet, a record for me.
Dinghies waiting in Plymouth harbor for Republicans to escape 

We know why the deplorables support Trump but what about those who aren't bigots? Don't they understand or care about this? Europeans look to China as global partner, shun Trump’s US

If TRUMP actually read books he could say this. I doubt he even knows who or what Harry Potter is, a hairy potter perhaps?

Banned at The White House:

Democrats’ claim of victory Tuesday in Kentucky’s gubernatorial race, as well as the Democratic takeover of the Virginia state legislature, left Republicans stumbling and increasingly uncertain about their own political fates next year tied to an embattled and unpopular president.
Many allies of President Trump rushed to explain away the poor performance of incumbent Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin (R) as an anomaly, while other GOP veterans expressed alarm about the party’s failure in a state where Trump won by nearly 30 percentage points in 2016 — and where he just campaigned this week.
Although Bevin was controversial and widely disliked, he was also a devotee of the president, embracing Trump’s agenda and his anti-establishment persona. And in the contest’s final days, Bevin sought to cast his candidacy as a bulwark against House Democrats’ impeachment inquiry of Trump.
But Bevin’s attempt to nationalize his cause by stoking conservative grievances about the impeachment process was not enough to overcome his problems nor was Trump’s raucous rally for the governor on Monday — raising questions about Trump’s political strength as he faces a barrage of challenges and a difficult path to reelection.

Nov. 5, 2019
She's no lady, she's Trump's wife department:

Melania Trump visit could harm the reputation of Boston Medical Center: health care professionals

Published 9 PM EST


I thought of this for a Twitter hashtag when I wrote today's Daily Kos story. Will I ever make up a hashtag that will trend? If you are on Twitter you can help.
I'll leave it to our friends in the fake news media to read the transcripts and tell me what is the most important, for example among the revelations: Sondland significantly altered his original story in an update to his testimony submitted Monday, in which he acknowledged he was involved in Trump’s attempted quid pro quo with Ukraine’s government, after previously claiming he could not recall the details. Volker told House investigators that he was not “fully in the loop” about the call. However, subsequently released text messages revealed he was much more involved than he let on.
From The NY Times:

A critical witness in the impeachment inquiry offered Congress substantial new testimony this week, revealing that he told a top Ukrainian official that the country likely would not receive American military aid unless it publicly committed to investigations President Trump wanted.
The disclosure from Gordon D. Sondland, the United States ambassador to the European Union, in four new pages of sworn testimony released on Tuesday, confirmed his involvement in essentially laying out a quid pro quo to Ukraine that he had previously not acknowledged.
The testimony offered several major new details beyond the account he gave the inquiry in a 10-hour interview last month. Mr. Sondland provided a more robust description of his own role in alerting the Ukrainians that they needed to go along with investigative requests being demanded by the president’s personal lawyer Rudolph W. Giuliani. By early September, Mr. Sondland said, he had become convinced that military aid and a White House meeting were conditioned on Ukraine committing to those investigations.

Nov. 4, 2019

My tweet comment to Trump:

Nobody knows what, if anything, can push Trump over the edge (so to speak) and lead to a psychiatric decompensation so blatant that it would manifest in ways that only one of his most brainwashed supporters (or those  who are actually delusional themselves) can deny he is unfit not only to be president but to take out the laundry. Talking gibberish? — He’s already close to that so it would really have to utter incomprehensible word salad. 
We can hope each new incident that would sent a normal person into a conniption fit will push him over the precipice into undeniualazble madness. 
Could it be this? I do my best making and tweeting him photoshops, but he will never see them.

Trump: ‘Nothing Wrong’ If There Was A Quid Pro Quo, But I Didn’t Ask For One The president said even if he had demanded a political favor, asking for a quid pro quo is “not an impeachable event.”

Nov. 3, 2019


Halloween Horror:

Children Were Urged To ‘Build The Wall’ At White House Halloween Party

How many of this kids didn't know why the Halloween Hell they were actually doing this? 

Speaking of the generation that may yet save us: 

Greta Thunberg says meeting with Trump 'would be a waste of time'

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“I don’t understand why I would do that,” Thunberg told Ellen DeGeneres in an interview that airs Friday on the “Ellen” show. “I don’t see what I could tell him that he hasn’t already heard. And I just think it would be a waste of time, really.”
Thunberg was in Los Angeles Friday for a protest rally by students opposed to new fossil-fuel production. She has drawn the ire of Trump, whose administration rolled back Obama-era environmental protections and withdrew the U.S. from the Paris climate accord. The president has frequently dismissed dire warnings from climate scientists, and in a 2012 tweet claimed “the concept of global warming was created by and for the Chinese in order to make U.S. manufacturing non-competitive.”

"Freudian manias" in this title "‘Republicans have become a cult run by crooks’: Former GOP congressional staffer explains why the party ‘has become a creepy mashup of grade B totalitarianism’ and ‘Freudian manias’" got my attention:

‘Republicans have become a cult run by crooks’: Former GOP congressional staffer explains why the party ‘has become a creepy mashup of grade B totalitarianism’ and ‘Freudian manias’

Republicans have now become seriously deranged, and even more cult-like. Louie Gohmert, once a comical outlier, but now the heart and soul of his party, is invoking civil war as a remedy to the potential impeachment of his beloved Führer. And for sheer cringe-inducing weirdness, nothing matches the GOP’s fixation with abortion once they achieve power, which has now reached an almost unbelievable stage of sick obsession in Missouri. Today’s GOP has become a creepy mashup of grade B totalitarianism and perverted Freudian manias disguised as family values.
Once, I called them an apocalyptic cult, which they were and are. But in those relatively naïve days, even I underestimated their growing appetite for crime, betrayal, and certifiable lunacy.
Gotta Say Department: Jennifer Rubin what will you title the next OpEd when the GOP comes up with an even sillier defense?

That’s the silliest defense of Trump, well, since the last one.

In a nutshell, or case of nuts:

The latest “strategy” amounts to: “So what if he extorted Ukraine?” No really. The Post reports:

A growing number of Senate Republicans are ready to acknowledge that President Trump used U.S. military aid as leverage to force Ukraine to investigate former vice president Joe Biden and his family as the president repeatedly denies a quid pro quo.
In this shift in strategy to defend Trump, these Republicans are insisting that the president’s action was not illegal and does not rise to the level of an impeachable offense as the Democratic-led House moves forward with the open phase of its probe.
To put it mildly, this about-face could “complicate the message coming from Trump as he furiously fights the claim that he had withheld U.S. aid from Ukraine to pressure it to dig up dirt on a political rival.” 


Nov. 2, 2019

‘Donald, it’s bad’: Rick Wilson hilariously drops some terrible news on Trump about impeachment

Three reasons why we need to talk about the mental health of political leaders - I recommend you click on the links in this article I think is is by Ian Hunt author of Disordered Minds A compelling account of the dangers posed by narcissistic leaders, and why their rise to power has become the hallmark of our age.

Ian Hughes, PhD, is a Research Fellow at the Environmental Research Institute, University College Cork in Ireland. His writing on personality disorders has appeared on Psychology Today and Open Democracy. His successful blog focuses on dangerous personality disorders and their consequences.


Nov. 1, 2019