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Dec. 15, 2019

A second story related to entertainment although in a very different way than yesterday's:

Dec. 14, 2019

Best quote from last night on MSNBC goes to the always acerbic Rick Wilson:

“I don’t want to say that Doug Collins is a screeching, histrionic drama queen, because that would insult screeching, histrionic drama queens... 
Every one of these guys on this committee, they’re out there waving their junk around to the maximum possible degree to distract from the fact that the president committed crimes, high and otherwise, in the course of trying to extort a foreign power to manipulate a United States election... it's a fecal iceberg

Wilson said this and more on MSNBC’s “The 11th Hour.” 

Is Donald Trump a supporter of Israel? Sure — he's also an anti-Semite

Jared Kushner defends his father-in-law on Israel and anti-Semitism. But those issues are completely different

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Dec. 13, 2016

Two article I found led me to post this:

Excerpt: Politicians who slavishly parrot Russian propaganda fall into three categories: the Cynical (those who know better but peddle the lies anyway); Useful Idiots (those who are easily manipulated); and the Compromised (those who are actual Russian assets who do Moscow’s bidding because they were recruited one way or another).

The third category—being compromised by a foreign power—is the most sensitive. I therefore asked three intelligence veterans their views on the chances of some members of Congress being under direct Russian control.


It is now clear that everything Trump does or says is designed to promote his own private interests and provide comfort to Vladimir Putin and the Russians, and Rudy Giuliani, his own attorney, knows it. That’s why when Trump’s own staff and American foreign service professionals started spilling the beans in the Congressional Impeachment Hearings, Giuliani said, “If I disappear I have an insurance policy. All of the documents on the Bidens are going to be released”. That seems to indicate that Giuliani is not only in fear of legal exposure, but for his very life, and he has good reason to be concerned.
But as deadly serious as the above is, that’s not the worse of it. When you combine Trump’s mental instability with his blind narcissism, and then add to that the fact that he’s being enabled by a Republican Party that’s in a panic over the loss of power due to a rapidly changing demographic, it becomes clear that the very viability of American democracy is in severe jeopardy... followed by reference to John Gartner)...

“John Gartner, Ph.D. is the founder of ‘Duty to Warn’ an organization intent on warning our country that we are in dire trouble due to our president’s mental instability. More than 60,000 mental health professionals have signed John’s petition, which states:
‘We, the undersigned mental health professionals, believe in our professional judgment that Donald Trump manifests a serious mental illness that renders him psychologically incapable of competently discharging the duties of President of the United States. And we respectfully request he be removed from office, according to article 4 of the 25th amendment to the Constitution, which states that the president will be replaced if he is ‘unable to discharge the powers and duties of his office.’”
If all of this sounds far-fetched, according to a 1990 Vanity Fair interview,
Ivana Trump once told her lawyer, Michael Kennedy, that Donald Trump kept a book of Hitler’s speeches near his bed – and as we all know, Trump doesn’t like to read.  Thus, as has been repeatedly stated, when fascism comes to America it will come wrapped in a flag and carrying a cross, and considering that over 81% of White Evangelicals “Christians” support Trump’s criminality, that seems to be exactly what is happening.  So yes, it can happen here, and let there be no doubt about it, anyone who supports Donald Trump is the domestic enemy of the United States.
So in spite of the fact that Donald Trump is undoubtedly unstable, incompetent, and a Russian asset, with all their flag-waving and words of patriotism notwithstanding, and in spite of the fact that they’re going to be smothered in evidence of his criminality, the Republican senate is just as undoubtedly going to ignore the facts and refuse to remove Trump from office. That’s when our patriotism must swing into action. If the Republican senate can’t bring themselves to defend our Constitution, that says it all. It says that all the patriotic talk, posturing, and claims of loving Jesus is a sham. It says that when it comes right down to the bottom line, conservatives love three things, and three things only – power, bigotry, and greed, and therefore, it’s past time for them to join the Whigs and be relegated to the ash heap of history.

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Tavis Gettys goes through tweets so we don't have to: ‘Might be tears soon’: Trump’s GOP defenders mocked for sitting stunned as impeachment moves forward

for example: 

Kentucky’s GOP Governor Issues Hundreds of Pardons, Many Controversial, Before Leaving Office


Among the pardoned was Patrick Baker, who served just two years of a 19-year sentence for reckless homicide, impersonating a police officer, and tampering with evidence. Baker was convicted along with two others for a deadly 2014 home invasion where a father was killed in front of his family. Baker’s brother and sister-in-law raised $21,500 last year to retire Bevin’s 2015 gubernatorial campaign debt. They also donated $4,000 at the July 2018 fundraiser held at their home. Baker’s two co-defendants did not get pardoned by Bevin and remain in prison. “I’ve never seen a more compelling or complete case,” the sentencing judge said of Baker. “The evidence was just overwhelming.”
In addition, Bevin pardoned a man who was sentenced last year to 23 years in prison for raping a 9-year-old child, as well as a woman who was sentenced to life in prison for murder after giving birth in a flea market outhouse in 2003 after discarding the newborn. Bevin also released a man who had been in jail since 2003 for killing his parents and leaving their bodies in a basement when he was 16 years old, a man who hired a hit man to kill his business partner in 1991, and a man who had been on death row for a triple murder in 1983. 


Sean Illing

And how do you distinguish a cult leader from what we’d normally consider a charismatic leader?

Steven Hassan

I have a chapter in the book on malignant narcissism as a characteristic of destructive cult leaders. These are people who have a deep need for grandiosity, to be the center of attention, who need to control others, and who lack empathy and lie without hesitation. These are psychological traits perfectly attuned to manipulation and projection.
But the malignant part is about sociopathic tendencies. Almost every cult leader thinks he’s above the law, which is why he’s allowed to persecute and harass or harm anyone he wants. When someone really believes this, they can rationalize all kinds of destructive behavior.

Sean Illing

Well, let’s get to the book. Why are you calling a Trumpism a cult? 

Steven Hassan

I began this book with the assumption that Trump is a malignant narcissist. Actually, watching him and listening to him reminded me of Sun Myung Moon, the leader of the cult I joined in college, in that both have a kind of God complex where they’re the only one with the answers, the only one who can fix things. Moon was going to create a theocracy and Trump was going to “drain the swamp.” But the way they carry themselves is similar. 
But what really made me think of Trump as a cult was the way the groups who supported him were behaving, especially religious groups who believed that God had chosen Trump or was using Trump. There are actual pro-Trump religious groups, like the New Apostolic Reformation, whose leaders were saying, “We’re of God. The rest of the world is of Satan, and we need to follow our chosen leaders who are connected to God.”
There was this blind-faith aspect to the whole thing and an unwillingness to look at any inconvenient facts. That’s all very cult-like.

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Dec. 12, 2019

These antics may work as a short-term strategy. But they’ll go down poorly with voters the Republican party really needs

You Can't Make This Shit Up:

Trump just claimed Ivanka created 14 million jobs. The entire economy added 6 million.

This whopper shows how Trump’s lies take on a life of their own.


Dec. 11, 2019

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Ukrainians: Trump Just Sent Us ‘a Terrible Signal’

Kyiv officials were hoping for a statement of support from Trump in advance of Ukraine’s big summit with Russia. Instead, the president hosted Putin’s main man.

One of the people close to the Zelensky administration said the silence from White House—combined with Lavrov’s photo-friendly visit to Washington—sent “a terrible signal” and was “most unfortunate.” According to a read-out of Trump’s meeting with Lavrov, the president “urged Russia to resolve the conflict with Ukraine.” The Ukrainian official called the episode “frustrating.” Ukrainians say they view the coupling of Trump’s pre-Normandy silence and the administration’s decision to welcome Lavrov as a signal in an of itself—and not a good one. 

Zelensky administration officials are now reconsidering their strategy on communication with and about the Trump administration, the official said. Thus far, Zelensky administration officials have stayed in line with the Trump administration’s narrative on Giuliani’s Ukraine activity and the focuses of the impeachment inquiry. But they say they have little to show for it, and may take a different public relations strategy in the future. 

Interesting ad placement in The Washington Post editorial

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Dec. 10, 2019
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Dec. 9, 2019

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(David) Frum said that, when it comes to Russia, there is an “idealized homeland where a white man can be a white man without backtalk from lesser orders.” That certainly appeals to the white nationalists that Carlson’s show caters to. But it is important to note that, since Putin was re-elected in 2012, he has been courting the three main groups that make up Trump’s base of support. That includes white nationalists, but it also encompasses the gun rights crowd and Christian nationalists.

‘Not a well man’: Morning Joe panelists baffled by Trump’s latest bizarre rant

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“He’s probably talking about Doral or Mar-A-Lago,” (guest Donnie) Deutsch said. “He’s cuckoo for Cocoa Puffs, that’s a crazy person. If you were going to get a therapist in to look at that drift and that mind, where he was going, that’s not a well man.”
“If you took that in a vacuum and looked that,” he added, “if that was Uncle Joe, I don’t mean Biden, it could be Uncle Louie, you’d call the internist and say, ‘should we get him checked,’ because that’s a mind that’s not right.”

Trump Slammed For Insisting ‘Killer’ Real Estate Jews Will Back Him To Save Their Wealth

Jewish groups denounced President Donald Trump Sunday for anti-Semitic tropes after he referred to some Jewish voters in the real estate business as “brutal killers” who will vote for him to dodge a wealth tax... Trump told the crowd: “A lot of you are in the real estate business because I know you very well. You’re brutal killers. Not nice people at all.” Some in the crowd laughed. “But you have to vote for me; you have no choice. You’re not going to vote for Pocahontas, I can tell you that ... You’re not going to vote for the wealth tax.”

DOJ Report Has Trump Fanboys Quivering With Anticipation

Right-wing media and QAnon fans have promised massive bombshells. What happens if it fizzles?
Horowitz has also been a hero for believers in the ludicrous QAnon conspiracy theory, which posits that Trump is engaged in a shadowy war with a “deep-state cabal” and top Democrats, who are also pedophiles and cannibals. QAnon believers hoped that Horowitz’s report would kick off “The Storm” — their long-awaited dream of Trump implementing mass arrests and executions aimed at Democratic officials. In March, for example, prominent QAnon promoter “Joe M” proclaimed that Horowitz would uncover a scandal “1000x worse than Watergate.”
The anonymous clue-maker behind QAnon, who goes by the alias “Q,” has built up anticipation for the report. In July, the poster claimed that the new report meant an “avalanche is coming” and claimed it was the first step towards the mass arrest of Democratic leaders.

Dec. 8, 2019

I couldn't think of something to write about so I put all these stories together here:

You can't make this shit up:
Read above story in Slate

Read the whole stream of consciousness rant to get a sense of what it was like:

The light bulb — they got rid of the light bulb that people got used to. The new bulb is many times more expensive and — I hate to say it — it doesn’t make you look as good. Of course, being a vain person, that’s very important to me. It’s like — it gives you an orange look. I don’t want an orange look. Has anyone noticed that? So we’ll have to change those bulbs in at least a couple rooms where I am in the White House. … We have a situation where we’re looking very strongly at sinks and showers. And other elements of bathrooms — where you turn the faucet on, in areas where there’s tremendous amounts of water, where the water rushes out to sea because you could never handle it — and you don’t get any water. You turn on the faucet and you don’t get any water. They take a shower and water comes dripping out, just dripping out, very quietly, dripping out. People are flushing toilets 10 times, 15 times, as opposed to once. They end up using more water. So EPA is looking at that very strongly, at my suggestion. You go into a new building, or a new house or a new home, and they have standards where you don’t get water. You can’t wash your hands practically, so little water comes out of the faucet. And the end result is you leave the faucet on and it takes you much longer to wash your hands. .. For the most part. you have many states where they have so much water, it comes down — it’s called rain. They don’t know what to do with it. … A lot of things we do are based on common sense. If I didn’t get elected you wouldn’t have a steel industry. … We weren’t going to have a steel industry.

Or this:

Impeachment sets up Ukrainian Americans for 2020 political role - The Hill

Excerpt: Ukrainian Americans, who have seen President Trump and GOP lawmakers repeatedly slam their former country as a center of corruption, could play a pivotal role in next year’s presidential election.

Highly educated and politically engaged, Ukrainian Americans have large population numbers in key swing states.

Most of the 1 million to 1.5 million Ukrainian Americans live in California and New York, but more than 100,000 reside in swing-state Pennsylvania — a state Trump won in 2016 by less than 45,000 votes. Another 64,000 people in Florida claim Ukrainian heritage.

Many of those U.S. citizens have seen an opportunity to raise awareness and understanding about their home country, but are anguished over attacks on Ukraine that took center stage in the House impeachment drama.

“I think people might worry and, justified if so, if this will affect U.S. and Ukraine relations in a negative way,” said Andrij Dobriansky, spokesman for the Ukrainian Congress Committee of America (UCCA), the largest political advocacy organization for Ukrainian Americans.

Beyond the complaints about corruption, Trump has attacked a war hero from the Ukrainian American community while repeating debunked accusations that Ukraine interfered in the 2016 presidential election.


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Dec. 7, 2019

350 (now 773) health professionals sign letter to Congress claiming Trump's mental health is deteriorating dangerously amid impeachment proceedings - Business Insider 

It's not just medical professionals who have voiced concern about Trump's mental health.

A recent book by an anonymous Trump administration official claimed that White House staff members were concerned about the president's mental acuity and said he "stumbles, slurs, gets confused, is easily irritated, and has trouble synthesizing information, not occasionally but with regularity."

(Psychiatrist Bandy) Lee told The Independent that she expected that Republicans would dismiss the petition as colored by partisan bias, but she insisted it was based on observations and accounts of Trump's behavior.

She told The Independent that Trump appeared to be "doubling and tripling down on his delusions," based on his "ramping up his conspiracy theories" and "showing a great deal of cruelty and vindictiveness" in his "accelerated, repetitive tweets."

"I believe that they fit the pattern of delusions rather than just plain lies," she said.

My take on this:

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In a way those in MH who have gone public in an attempt to describe Trump from a psychological perspective have already educated those open to learning about his psychopathology. This is a woefully small percentage of the population of Trump supporters. 

Likewise, those in this group who are inclined to look at the lessons of history the way Hannah Arendt (right) did are few and far between. 

One could expect that Republican members of Congress, at least the 12 or so required to rid us of this troublesome president, are smart, curious, patriotic, and open-minded enough to grasp that Trump is like a box of deteriorating dynamite. He is "sweating" or weeping nitroglycerin, in Trump's case this is his malignant narcissism (the nitric acid) and authoritarianism (the sulphuric acid) combined with the glycerol who are the enablers of Trump. Under the stress of impeachment it has then pooled and may explode if it is jarred suddenly.

Read article below

Dec. 6, 2019

Some of the responses to Trump's tweet about Nancy Pelosi (click below to enlarge) I doubt Trump ever looks at the comments to his tweets, but other people do.

Editorial comment: I disagree that Dr. Lee and her associates are talking the correct approach. The 25th Amendment is the vehicle to remove a psychologically unfit or dangerous president. The Constitution does not address this issue in the impeachment clause. Bringing this up and publicizing it as extensively as this group has done (it is not the first article) muddies the water. It is a distraction. It opens the well-meaning mental health professionals to attacks and ridicule from the far right. For example: 

Obsessed Yale Psychiatrist Leads Effort to Declare Trump ‘Dangerous’ as Part of Impeachment Record

The time to push for a 25th Amendment solution has long since past. This doesn't mean that efforts to inform the public about Trump's psychopathology should be put on pause. To the contrary, they should increase because when it comes down to the vote in the Senate it is important that Republican senators understand how important it is to remove Trump from office before he does irrevocable damage to the republic and even the world.

While the Senate trial will be about the grounds set forth for impeachment the jurors are under no obligation to put aside other considerations. They can vote to remove ostensibly because he violated the Constitution, committed bribery as well as high crimes and misdemeanors.  While most of them have shown no inclination to put country over party, they will pay attention to the polls especially those running for reelection. 

If the public begins to grasp the fact that Trump has to be removed because he is dangerously mentally ill regardless of whether he is guilty of impeachable crimes it can only help our cause.



Look Out for the Drift CounterPunch 

Excerpt: When Trump began his presidential campaign, I began thinking about psychopathology again, specifically Narcissistic Personality Disorder. Shortly after he slithered into the White House and crowned himself king, a few psychologists were criticized for diagnosing him as having a sociopathic narcissistic disorder. Approaching 2020, you can find many pieces written by psychologists and psychiatrists describing a constellation of his behaviors that demonstrate his uniquely robust blend of NPD and psychopathy. You wouldn’t think Trump is a narcissistic psychopath if you don’t explore outside the corporate backed news matrix, from dirty Fox to cleans-up-nice-news, CNN. Mainstream news platforms are not going to open themselves up to charges of slander. Treasonous and seditious are words Republican loyalists immediately shout if anyone dares call their boy dangerously crazy. He has been a disaster for the country in so many ways, and yet part of me wants to thank him for revealing the true white supremacist and narcissistic nature of my country.
On the ground floor of NPD is a lack of empathy and a cruel disregard for the well-being of others; and the more “other” you are the greater doses of cruelty you can expect. Tearing children away from their parents seeking refuge at our southern border or blowing up a building with women and children to kill a supposed threat in the Middle East is now openly being cheered by a large percentage of your neighbors. Are you happy? Is it really a beautiful day in the neighborhood for our next generation of children? What would Mr. Rodgers preach now if still alive? ...

 Fox News Judge Napolitano on why he'd vote to impeach Trump


 “He definitely likes sending rockets up, doesn’t he? That’s why I call him ‘Rocket Man’,” Trump said, reprising one of his previously favoured nicknames for Kim.

Pyongyang reacted stiffly late Thursday, with vice foreign minister Choe Son Hui saying the comments were made with “no courtesy when referring to the supreme leadership… of the DPRK”.
“If this is meant to make expressions, reminiscent of those days just two years ago when a war of words was fought across the ocean… it will be a very dangerous challenge,” she said in a statement carried by the North’s state news agency KCNA.
Referring to Trump by name and reprising Kim’s own previously preferred insult, she said that any repetition “must really be diagnosed as the relapse of the dotage of a dotard”.

Siege review: Michael Wolff's Trump tale is Fire and Fury II – fire harder

Dec. 5, 2019

I changed the image for this story to be consistent with the witch in the title and because the author of the article got blowback for using the reference to the Devil in another article. Do you know what song the witch is singing"?

Meanwhile the trio led by Bandy Lee are still trying to get mental health issues into the impeachment hearing. I have said before that this is a distraction that can easily backfire. Read story in the UK Daily Mail. 

Here's the other side against all of the mental health professionals saying Trump is mentally unfit. Read the comments. 

Obsessed Yale Psychiatrist Leads Effort to Declare Trump ‘Dangerous’ as Part of Impeachment Record

On Howard Stern's show Hillary Clinton confirmed this: 

George W. Bush Described President Trump’s Inauguration American carnage speech as ‘Some Weird Shit’?

What makes a man crawl back into the saddle for people like Barr and Trump? Why would Turley dust off failed arguments and put himself in the position of being a Trump defender when he claims he doesn’t agree with or support him? Is it his love of the Constitution? Is it his concern about the overreach of Congressional investigations? Marcus’s 1998 Post piece had an answer. Some of his law school colleagues, she reported, “sniff at his celebrity, saying he has forsaken scholarship for self-aggrandizement.” Indeed, according to Marcus, one faculty member quipped at the time: “If there were the deanship for self-promotion, he’d get it.””

Dec. 4, 2019

Today's hearing:

Jonathan Turley Is Exhibit A That the Clinton Debacle Never Really Ended

I think this may be why the Republicans picked Turley to be their star witness: 

How Democrats can build a better case to impeach President Trump

Donald Trump Responds To Video Of World Leaders Mocking Him, Insults Trudeau

The president called Canada’s prime minister “two-faced” and “a very nice guy” in his response to the viral clip.

Trump Stomps Home From NATO Meeting After ‘Two-Faced’ Trudeau Was Mean to Him

Trump canceled his NATO press conference after video showed the Canadian prime minister laughing about him with other world leaders at Buckingham Palace.

Here's the other side against all of the mental health professionals saying Trump is mentally unfit. Read the comments. 

Obsessed Yale Psychiatrist Leads Effort to Declare Trump ‘Dangerous’ as Part of Impeachment Record

Posted by     Tuesday, December 3, 2019 at 11:00am
My view is contrary to the Bandy Lee group's opinion that the issue of Trump's psychopathology be part of impeachment. I think it would be a harmful distraction.

DEC. 3-4, 2019

UPDATED Dec. 4th

Stay tuned for further developments
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As someone who has profiled political leaders, how would you assess Donald Trump? 

If one were to subtract from the ranks of political leaders all those with significant narcissistic personality features, the ranks would be perilously impoverished. I see Donald Trump as representing the quintessential narcissist. Using that phrase, though, is not to make a diagnosis, but to say he has a preponderance of these traits. Someone such as Donald Trump with that trait has no capacity to empathize with others, no constraints of conscience. Donald Trump also demonstrates a paranoid orientation. Whenever anything goes wrong, there is someone to blame.

There is also unconstrained aggression. This is very important. Never apologize, never admit you're wrong. That is part of Donald Trump’s political style. But negotiating foreign policy is different from negotiating how to buy a skyscraper. Donald Trump also shows through his behavior a deep underlying insecurity. His grandiosity aside, Donald Trump is extremely fragile, and that trait is associated with extreme sensitivity.

In terms of a narcissistic injury, Donald Trump projects strength because he is in fact so weak inside. Trump’s supporters also feel weak and therefore they want to project strength as well — and that is why they are so devoted to Trump.

That is part of the ideal-hungry personality of his followers. But we should also note that there are two types of charisma in terms of leaders. One is the destructive charismatic leader who gains followers by polarization and by identifying an enemy. The other type is a more idealizing charisma, which both Martin Luther King Jr. and Gandhi represented. They are pulling together big crowds of followers but are doing so for positive goals. Charisma is a very powerful force when it's for the good.

By comparison, the dangerous, destructive charismatic leader polarizes and identifies an outside enemy and pulls his followers together by manipulating their common feelings of victimization.


News President Trump and First Lady ‘Sleep on Separate Floors’ Sparks Wide Range of Reactions: ‘Quid Pro Quo Marriage’

Dec. 2, 2019
Below: As far as I can tell Dan McAdams was the first psychologist to write about Trump's narcissism. He has written another article in The Atlantic. It is long so because you only have four free reads per month either copy it or leave it on your screen until you finish reading it.

A Theory for Why Trump's Base Won't Budge

McAdam's story made the cover of The Atlantic in June 2016. John Gartner started Duty to Warn in early 2017.  Between those dates Trump's dangerous psychopathology didn't get much publicity. In 2017 there was a growing awareness of his being unfit which was marked by the publication of the book "The Dangerous Case of Donald Trump" I Oct. 2017. This led to a groundswell of public pronouncements by mental health professionals explaining Trump's dangrous psychopathology.

Dec. 1, 2019

Salon: Impeachment as a struggle to save democracy — from the pathological cult of Donald Trump 

by PAUL RosENBERG with quotes from The dangerous case of donald trump

History shows how democracy can give way to "pathocracy" ruled by disordered individuals. Are we heading that way?

Although disordered individuals aren’t the primary underlying cause of democratic erosion, they exploit it ruthlessly and are the primary vectors in spreading chaos, turning rising tensions into unmanageable runaway conflicts, which they then claim to be uniquely able to fix. As I noted in July, the 2015 paper, “Antisocial Personality Disorder and Pathological Narcissism in Prolonged Conflicts and Wars,” by physician and psychiatrist Dr. Frederick "Skip" Burkle,  cited half a dozen examples, from Idi Amin in Uganda to Slobodan Milosevic in the former Yugoslavia, who “have emerged first as saviors and then as despots, or as common criminals claiming to be patriots.” 
But they aren’t the only disordered personalities involved. A long-suppressed book, published just over a decade ago, Political Ponerology,” by Polish psychiatrist Andrew Lobaczewski, describes what he saw first-hand as a youth about how such individuals form the core of systems of oppressive misgovernment. Two experts who draw on his work, Elizabeth Mika and Ian Hughes, have provided some of the clearest insight into what’s been happening in America since 2015. 
As Hughes explains in Disordered Minds: How Dangerous Personalities Are Destroying Democracy,” three personality disorders — psychopathy, narcissistic personality disorder and paranoid personality disorder — play a crucial role. Individuals with these disorders experience only a narrow range of emotions, are incapable of empathy and are utterly lacking in conscience. They represent only a small fraction of the population — 5 to 10 percent, at most — but when conditions are dire many more ostensibly normal people can come to resemble them. After all, once things get bad enough, being paranoid is almost rational.   Continued

Where in the world is Donald Trump? The tweeter-in-chief has been conspicuously absent from his social media megaphone

Trump has had nothing else on his schedule that would account for this silence. He isn’t on the road for one of his cult rallies. There’s no evidence that he’s meeting with staff on matters of import. He isn’t attending an international summit. If he’s lounging around in the White House residence with his family, he isn’t sharing any of the tender moments that other American families share on social media. There hasn’t been a single picture posted of Trump with Melania and her son, Barron.

The speculation as to Trump’s whereabouts, therefore, has to include his health. A couple of weeks ago he was suddenly whisked off to Walter Reed Hospital without prior notice to the press or even to the hospital. The explanation given for the trip was hardly credible. The White House said he was having routine tests in advance of his annual physical – which isn’t until next February. And those tests could easily have been done in the well-equipped medical office at the White House. What’s more, there have been observations that Trump’s speech and movement have been hampered since that hospital visit.

Even I could do a better photoshop job. Look at the Adam's apple. Click to enlarge.

Nov. 30, 2019 


Taking to his Twitter account, Talmadge warned that Trump’s purported self-congratulatory speech in Afghanistan contained “vague claims of vapor-like achievement” that are “typical of dementia, lack of thinking, [and] lack of awareness.”
According to Talmadge, “every audience looks alike” to Trump. As a result, he is likely to deliver the same type of speech to troops in Afghanistan as to supportive audiences in the United States.
Trump’s speech to the troops also contained jabs at prior administrations, telling the soldiers that they were fighting for a United States that is, he said, “doing well as opposed to something that was not doing well just a number of years ago,” according to a Slate account of the remarks.
Talmadge has warned in previous remarks that Trump suffers from mental and cognitive impairments that make it impossible for him to formulate a “vision” or “plan” due to his inability, as claimed by Talmadge, to engage in “abstract thinking.”
“Trumpian brain failure is hard for normal people to understand because for normal people, abstract thought is natural, baked in, largely unnoticed,” Talmadge said earlier, as quoted by Newsweek.
Talmadge went on to describe “normal” thought processes as the ability to perceive “consequences, assess risk, [and] make rational decisions.”


Trump has surrounded himself with ‘failsons’ starting with ‘dimwitted’ Don Trump Jr. and Kushner: columnist
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For fans the "The Crown"

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Mick Mulvaney’s Air Force One Outfit Becomes A Hilarious Meme: ‘Trump’s Caddy’


Nov. 29, 2019

This story stayed on the Daily Kos recommended list for a day and a half. Click image to enlarge. I don't have any story ideas at present. I couldn't think of a new story to write anyway. By posting on Daily Kos I reach a liberal audience so am essentially preaching to the choir. Click to access interactive chart below.

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Trump went to Afghanistan to fix things up with the Taliban where he uttered this fractured sentence (in red) - his phrasing of his mashed potatoes remark and "anything called turkey." More evidence of something being amiss in his cognitive functioning?

After a 13-hour journey, and a brief period on the ground, Trump also wistfully told the troops that his Thanksgiving meal had been cut short. “I sat down, I had a gorgeous piece of turkey and I was all set to go. And I had some mashed potatoes and I had a bite of mashed potatoes, and I never got to the turkey, because Gen. [Mark] Milley said come on over, sir, let’s take some pictures. I never got to my turkey. It’s the first time at Thanksgiving that I’ve never had anything called turkey.“
 and meanwhile the

Iraqi Prime Minister Announces He’ll Resign Amid Continuing Violence


Boris Johnson's Message To Donald Trump: Don’t Interfere In Our Election you pillocky knob-headed twit. 

A convicted murdered in Germany has the right to get all mention of his crime deleted from internet search results under the EU's "right to be forgotten" provision, Germany's highest court has ruled.
The man was sentenced to life in jail in 1982 for murdering two people in 1981, and has tried to get three Der Spiegel news articles naming him as a murderer to be removed from search results since 2009.
A constitutional court in Karlsruhe ruled on November 6 that he has that right, overruling the German federal court which threw out his case in 2012.
The court said the EU's "right to erasure" (right to be forgotten) provision was stronger than the verdict of the federal court.

Arts and Entertainment

Hal's Review of "The Irishman" on Netflix: 

“The Irishman” on Netflix is over three hours. It is inspired by the true story of Jimmy Hoffa and hitman Frank Sheeran. The star power of the film, what with Robert De Niro as hit man Frank Sheeran and Al Pacino as Hoffa, got in the way for me. Of course there's Joe Pesci, Ray Romano, Bobby Cannavale, and Anna Paquin all recognizable from their other movies. Even Steven Van Zandt (left) has a small part. 

The special effects, complex camera techniques, and make-up used to make the stars look younger in the earlier parts of the story are discussed by director Martin Scorsese and DeNiro, Pacino, and Pesci in a separate video that airs after the movie so just stay tuned if you ware interested.

Basically this is an old mob story embellished by the true story of Jimmy Hoffa and his mob associations with the humanizing touches of the relationships between the characters, the gangsters and to a lesser extent the families. There's nothing new. It is what you'd expect from Scorsese, flawless in production and the fine acting you'd expect from the cast.

I'd say that the equation of an A movie with an A++ cast led to a B rating of the film for me.  

But for me herein is the problem. It is why I like British and other foreign crime movies not staring actors who are reprising versions of roles they've played many times before.


Gillian Anderson is cast as Margaret Thatcher


Nov. 28, 2019 

The true story behind Arlo Guthrie’s Thanksgiving staple, “Alice’s Restaurant”

Thanksgiving is here: a time for family, friends, gravy, and Arlo Guthrie talk-singing his way through an 18-minute-long anti-war song about littering. A natural fit, no? 
That’s what various rock radio stations around the country seem to have concluded, because most major cities in America now have at least one station that makes a point of playing Guthrie’s “Alice’s Restaurant” every Thanksgiving. In my own hometown of Philadelphia, WXPN’s Helen Leicht plays it every year at noon, and my family gathers around the radio like we’re in an old-timey Norman Rockwell painting, ripping apart bread for the stuffing and singing, “Had a Thanksgiving dinner that COULDN’T BE BEAT!” 
Guthrie’s “Alice’s Restaurant” was originally released in 1967 as “Alice’s Restaurant Massacree,” and it’s only nominally about either Thanksgiving, Alice, or her restaurant. It’s a shaggy, rambling story-song, in which Guthrie spends Thanksgiving (with a dinner that couldn’t be beat!) with Alice (of the restaurant), and then as a favor tries to drive her trash out to the dump, only to find that the dump is closed for Thanksgiving. So he dumps the trash in a garbage pile by the side of the road and is subsequently arrested for littering — which, when Guthrie comes before the draft board, is the reason the military cites for choosing not to draft him.
“You want to know if I’m moral enough join the army, burn women / Kids, houses, and villages after being a litterbug,” drawls Guthrie, to which the sergeant replies, “Kid, we don’t like your kind.”

In Guthrie’s deadpan delivery, the whole story has a loopy, fever-dream quality, but most of what happens in it is true. Guthrie’s littering made the local paper that fateful Thanksgiving of 1965, with Police Chief William J. Obanhein (the Officer Obie of the song) remarking sternly that he hoped the case would serve “as an example to others who are careless about the disposal of rubbish.”
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Under the radar: Deutsche Bank executive who signed off on Trump loans commits suicide in Malibu, California


Nov. 27, 2019

I never look at Reddit before now. However the author "A Warning" aka Anonymous is using it as a way to communicate with the public. It is interesting. Check it out.

3 women say they were subjected to sexual harassment by Gordon Sondland — and faced professional retaliation after rejecting him

‘Cognitive decline’: Emory University psychiatry professor Seth Davin Norrholm calls for a ‘full neurological workup’ after Trump touts record ‘sock rocket’ at rally

Click above to read comments,
here are two of them:

Here's the story which led to the tweet. I wonder where he go the photoshop.
He said: “Why would I wear a tie? If the first thing they do is say 'Take off your shirt, sir, and show us that gorgeous chest?”
“We've never seen a chest quite like it," he added, mimicking the doctors, to his audience’s rapturous delight.


For political junkies:

Nov. 26, 2019

Try to wiggle out of this one Rudy: A wealthy Venezuelan hosted Giuliani as he pursued Ukraine campaign. Then Giuliani lobbied the Justice Department on his behalf.

Discussed on MSNBC today
(They're meant to be Russian nesting dolls)

Giuliani’s representation of Betancourt — which has not been previously disclosed — is a striking example of how Trump’s lawyer has continued to offer his services to foreign clients with interests before the U.S. government while working on behalf of the president. And it shows how Giuliani — who says he was serving as Trump’s attorney pro bono — has used his work for paying clients to help underwrite his efforts to find political ammunition in Ukraine to benefit the president. In response to questions about his relationship with Betancourt, Giuliani wrote in a text, “This is attorney client privilege so I will withstand whatever malicious lies or spin you put on it.”

The Mooch explains the revealing reason GOP officials keep saying Trump was chosen by God.

“So listen, I’m a Roman Catholic,” said Scaramucci. “I don’t — I can’t really speak for the evangelical community, but I think in general the evangelicals view the president as a sinner, and they view him as somebody that is out seeking redemption through the presidency. See that, and so this litany of sins that the president has had, they will — are willing to ignore. If you’re going to be political and cynical, you’ll say, well, they’re willing to ignore that because he’s prosecuting some of their ideas as it relates to social conservatism. That’s the combination of things. I mean, it’s a little revolting if you want me to be totally candid.”

... “So listen, I’m a Roman Catholic,” said Scaramucci. “I don’t — I can’t really speak for the evangelical community, but I think in general the evangelicals view the president as a sinner, and they view him as somebody that is out seeking redemption through the presidency. See that, and so this litany of sins that the president has had, they will — are willing to ignore. If you’re going to be political and cynical, you’ll say, well, they’re willing to ignore that because he’s prosecuting some of their ideas as it relates to social conservatism. That’s the combination of things. I mean, it’s a little revolting if you want me to be totally candid.”


Keeping an eye out on Trump's deteriorating state of mind, because, you know as a therapist I really care so much....

"Tense’ you say? Trump abruptly ended meeting fuming at Georgia’s GOP governor over state’s Senate seat

The article says nothing about a president who was fuming so this may have been reported in the Wall Street Journal. HB

 A meeting between President Donald Trump and Republican Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp quickly ended after the two men got into a dispute over who should be appointed to the state’s Senate seat.

The Wall Street Journal reports that Trump and Kemp met in person on Sunday and then had a followup phone conversation on Monday, but so far have been unable to iron out their differences.

“Mr. Trump has preferred Rep. Doug Collins, a Republican who has vocally defended the president during the impeachment process, and he told Mr. Kemp that he would be taking a risk by appointing the politically untested [Atlanta businesswoman Kelly] Loeffler,” the publication writes. “At one point Mr. Trump questioned why they were holding the meeting if Mr. Kemp had made his decision.”


Health and Medicine

Medical mole minute:

This could save your life.

ABCD rule illustration: On the left side from top to bottom: melanomas showing (A) Asymmetry, (B) a border that is uneven, ragged, or notched, (C) coloring of different shades of brown, black, or tan and (D) diameter that had changed in size. The normal moles on the right side do not have abnormal characteristics (no asymmetry, even border, even color, no change in diameter).


Trump Tells Allies He Wants Absolved War Criminals to Campaign for Him - appear at rallies, even at the convention.

There’s a Simple Term for What Trump Did and Democrats Should Stick With It Politico


Nov. 24, 2019
This OpEd should be making the news. I also wonder why it's authors, the founders of Fusion GPS didn't testify before the House.

Glenn Simpson and Peter Fritsch are the founders of Fusion GPS and authors of the upcoming book, “Crime in Progress: Inside the Steele Dossier and the Fusion GPS Investigation of Donald Trump. Read a review of their book here. 

In 'Crime In Progress,' Fusion GPS Chiefs Tell The Inside Story Of The Steele Dossier


I missed this in Feb. 2017
November 24, 2019

From Maureen Dowd's NY Times OpEd Trump's White Whale.

 Excerpts — Donald Trump is a rodomont. Not to mention a grobian. And, of course, a Sinon suffering from proditomania. 

With Trump firmly lodged in our heads, it is understandable if we have all become a little conspiracy-minded. Case in point: A few weeks ago, someone signed me up for A.Word.A.Day email from 

Soon I began to detect a pattern. Friday’s word was vulgarian, following close after bareknuckle. Others included rodomont (a vain boaster), grobian (a buffoonish person) and Sinon (one who misleads and betrays). Also chirocracy (a government that rules with a heavy hand) and froward (difficult to deal with or contrary). .................

 Thomas Bossert, appeared on ABC’s “This Week” and warned that Trump had to let go of his conspiracy theory linking CrowdStrike, Ukraine and the D.N.C. server. “If he continues to focus on that white whale,” Bossert said, “it’s going to bring him down.”

 But, like Ahab, Trump can’t ever let go. He’s hellbent on harpooning himself, chasing that which will sink him. 

Seppuku. My word of the day.
Seppuku (Japanese: 切腹, "cutting [the] belly"), sometimes referred to as harakiri (腹切り, "abdomen/belly cutting", a native Japanese kun reading), is a form of Japanese ritual suicide by disembowelment.