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July 25, 2020 - I am no longer mirroring my blog on my personal Facebook page by posting the same stories there.
July 24, 2020
I find myself reading more of The Washington Post than The NY Times these days. Perhaps this is one of the reasons:
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez gave a riveting House speech Thursday. To Times reporters, it was a branding exercise
Bad news from the federal court in Portland: Judge denies restraining order against feds in Portland
This seemed to be good news. It wasn't: Judge Bans Federal Officers From Targeting Media In Portland Amid Ongoing Protests
A federal judge issued a temporary restraining order, saying: “When wrongdoing is underway, officials have great incentive to blindfold the eyes” of the press.
July 23, 2020
My Daily Kos story has nothing to do with politics today.
Here in Portland we have the strange case of our mayor: First Booed By Protesters, Then Tear Gassed By Federal Agents the top story on HuffPost.
The View’s Meghan McCain lashes out at Mary Trump over tell-all book: ‘People say you’re just trying to make money’
July 22, 2020
July 21, 2020
White House officials must be ‘tearing their hair out’ over Trump’s Epstein cohort Ghislaine Maxwell remarks: CNN’s Acosta
From The Lincoln Project
Rep. Ted Yoho reportedly called the congresswoman a “f**king bitch” after a confrontation.
My version of a photo of McConnell meeting with Trump with short pants and happy socks:
July 20, 2020
#TrumpIsLosing his mind but he did pass the special #POTUS #MontrealCognitiveAssessment test like a champ designed by #HalBrown @HalMBrown for #BigBrain #genius presidents. Click to view my tweet
July 19, 2020
trump's america -
What a trump landslide loss will do to the gop CNN
By Sibaji Bandyopadhyay, an Indian author, critic, theorist and performer, who writes in Bengali and English. His interests lie in the fields of Bengali and English literature, literary theory, philosophy, feminism, sexuality, cinema and psychoanalysis.
The resurgence of narcissism and sadomasochism
In his 1914 essay ‘Narcissism: An Introduction’, Sigmund Freud had contended:
- Those who seek themselves as a love-object, display a type-object which is patently narcissistic.
- The narcissist in the grip of megalomania, reflexively, almost mechanically, over-estimates his power of wishes and mental acts.
- Nevertheless, the faith in the omnipotence of his own thoughts and grandiose premises the megalomaniac steadfastly holds on to is only an instance of secondary narcissism.
- In truth, it is inevitably superimposed upon a form of narcissism which is primary by the virtue of being universal.
It is therefore quite feasible to imagine that at certain historical conjunctures there may arise situations in which the vacuous ego of one megalomaniac succeeds in superimposing itself on many an ego by the conduit of primary narcissism. And indeed, the ‘art’ involved in the deal offered by Donald Trump is squarely predicated upon what may be termed transactional narcissism. In this scenario, to use the formula of Freud, people accept Trump as their “high ego-ideal” and “exchange [their] narcissism for homage to [it]”. In short, it is not a tale of isolated, solitary self-love but that of interdependence and reciprocity: rising to the level of being a fully-exposed syndrome, Trump’s Other-abjuring narcissistic persona both feeds on and flares up the mostly latent similar sort of narcissism of the mostly forgotten masses.
But, this is not all.
Whoever courts an ego-ideal, secretly pines for the tantalizing interplay of pleasure and pain. By transferring primary narcissism to the safe-keeping of some supposed strongman, more often than not, s/he automatically takes on the role of being passively active in some theatre of sadomasochism.
Click to enlarge: Who are you going to believe, Donald vs. Mary Trump
July 18, 2020
July 17, 2020
New Lincoln Project ad
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Below: In The Guardian:
Portland is the lead story in The Washington Post (subscription)
|It is still on the top the page several hours later|
Do you think you know a lot about Abraham Lincoln, the president Trump compares himself to? Did you know he was really really smart and had a scientific mind?
July 16, 2020
MSNBC’s “The Rachel Maddow Show” on Thursday broadcast an interview with Mary Trump, the president’s niece who just published a blockbuster tell-all book.
“By the time that The Times story came out, did you know what they had?” Maddow asked. “Did you know that — sort of the explosiveness of the alleged misdeeds that they were going to uncover thanks to what you gave them?”
“I had no idea,” she replied.
“It wasn’t just that people in my family did these things that they shouldn’t have done, but these were my aunts and uncles who also happened to be my trustees and clearly I didn’t benefit from the role that they were supposed to play in protecting my financial interests when I was younger,” she explained.
Asha Rangappa, a former FBI special agent who is a CNN analyst, said that part of the interview could have “enormous significance.”
I had to look this up: "Karen" has come to signify entitled white women who cause disturbances, sometimes racially charged ones. It's in Wikipedia.
Karen is a pejorative term used in the United States and other English-speaking countries for a woman perceived to be entitled or demanding beyond the scope of what is considered appropriate or necessary. A common stereotype is that of a racist white woman who uses her privilege to demand her own way at the expense of others. Depictions also include demanding to "speak to the manager". As of 2020, the term was increasingly being used as a general-purpose term of disapproval for middle-aged white women.
|My version of Wind-Up Barbie|
Quote: "Trump, whose only two personality traits are narcissism and being a dick, loves to find someone else to blame for his failures." Amanda Marcotte, Salon
So far, Biden has stayed safely out of the line of fire in keeping with Napoleon’s advice to his marshals: “When your enemy is executing a false movement, never interrupt him.” At this rate, Biden’s most effective campaign strategy might be to never come out of his basement, leaving Trump to rage in frustration and futility.More:
The problem, from Trump’s perspective, is that Biden isn’t an African American like Barack Obama, a woman like Hillary Clinton or a socialist like Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.). He’s a boring, moderate white guy who has been around forever without ever being demonized in the way that Clinton was for decades. Even his base voters will have trouble seeing Uncle Joe as someone who is plotting to promote a “far-left fascism” and to “end America” — the accusations that Trump hurled at the left on July 3. As Biden himself would say in his charming throwback way: “C’mon man!”
Trump’s Mental Unhealth – Chapter 2: How Trump Fails Every Criterion for Mental Capacity, by Bandy Lee, MD
July 15, 2020
Once upon a time, in a place called America, there was a lovely spot known as the White House Rose Garden. And the leaders of this mystical land came to this scenic location when they wanted to deliver particularly important or visionary statements to the people. And everyone was happy.
Okay, that last sentence may not be strictly true. However, everyone was a good deal happier than before Donald Trump chose to make the Rose Garden his go-to location for pumping out lies about a devastating pandemic, defending white nationalism, and just crapping all over regulations against campaigning on federal property. In all honesty, it’s not even clear what Trump came to the Rose Garden to talk about on Tuesday afternoon, because he spent so much time lashing out at Biden that any other theme was lost. That smell? That’s not roses. It’s the mingled scents of raw bullshit and pure panic.
If there was a major theme to Trump’s appearance on Tuesday it was this: Look how disconnected I am from facts. It’s not really fair to say that Trump’s latest Rose Garden address represented a psychotic break with reality. It was more a … scatological break. Trump simply could not stop making sh#t up. Then more. Then even more. When, after about 45 minutes, Trump finally stopped with the statement “We could go on for days,” it seemed like he already had been going on for days.
July 14, 2020
Mary Trump book review quote:
Toward the book’s coda, Mary Trump’s narrative reveals itself to be an alleged crime drama as much as it is a memoir and psychological analysis of the world’s most powerful man. The first-time author holds a doctorate from the Derner Institute of Advance Psychological Studies, which she puts to frequent use starting with the book’s prologue.
Covid-Cruz: Infection affection
Jon Francis and Ted Cruz had a get out the vote event today in Granbury. Purportedly 250-300 people at the event. Based on this picture, not any visible masks and not really any social distancing, all at an indoor event.
American Airlines 'investigating' Ted Cruz after maskless flight images go viral
As President of the World Uighur Congress and a Uighur myself, the last three to four years have been incredibly tragic and disheartening.
The Uighur community is suffering profoundly, this is a pain that will never leave us. We have had to watch in almost slow motion as the Uighur people have been forced to endure a series of worsening atrocities at the hands of the Chinese government.
Over the last three years, it has become clear that the Chinese government is trying to erase us, our ethnic identity and us as people. We are being subjected to genocide, but have received little more than words of concern, until recently. We have not even received that from most Muslim-majority countries, who have hyprocritcally chosen to support China's genocidal policies against Uighurs.
As the very existence of the Uighur people is at stake, we ask who will hold China accountable and stop the Uighur genocide?
July 13, 2020
Trump puts so many of us into an uncharacteristically mean place. People I talk to are ashamed to admit these thoughts, they tell me they feel guilty... that they wish Trump would contract Covid-19. He doesn't even know how to wear a mask. I hope he wasn't contagious when he visited Walter Reed where I don't think he visited any Covid-19 patients.
July 12, 2020
‘The rats are leaving the sinking ship’: Internet stunned after Lindsey Graham agrees to let Mueller testify on Trump
|With an added touch to the illustration by Hal Brown|
July 11, 2020
Campaign manager Parscale mocked with tweets for ‘America First’ message on coronavirus — as the US leads in fatalities
From Russian state media: Not shy about a clickbait title here's how Sputnik reviews Mary Trump's book.
Undercover in Trumplandia: How I found the limits of patriotism when I infiltrated the Tulsa MAGA rally
by Danny Sjursen, a TomDispatch regular, is a retired U.S. Army major and former history instructor at West Point. He served tours in Iraq and Afghanistan, and now lives in Lawrence, Kansas. He has written a memoir of the Iraq War, Ghost Riders of Baghdad: Soldiers, Civilians, and the Myth of the Surge. His latest book, Patriotic Dissent: America in the Age of Endless War, will be published in September.
July 10, 2020
Excerpt: Trump hasn’t been able to get any wedges stuck in between the wings of the Biden coalition because he’s too busy hammering them into his own eyeballs. Like a squirrel that can jump safely from branch to branch 30 feet off the ground, but idles in a street because it cannot comprehend the speed and size of an automobile, the president is losing voters because he cannot comprehend that taking a binary social media position about an inflammatory cable-news topic, as effective as it has been for him in the past, is not the solution to every political problem. He is, for now, MODERATELY NON-INVINCIBLE.
EXCERPT: The case, ironically, came about partly because of Mary Trump. As her book explains, she became a principal confidential source for a New York Times exposé that described how the Trump Organization, over many years, may have dodged taxes. Those allegations became part of the predicate for a New York state criminal investigation that the president sued to curtail. Trump argued that, because he’s president, not even his accountants had to respond to the district attorney’s subpoena.
The Supreme Court would have none of it. Its decision rejected Trump’s narcissistic vision of the presidency. “In our judicial system,” Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. wrote for the court, “the public has a right to every man’s evidence.” And that includes a president’s evidence. Just as other presidents have “uniformly” given evidence when required of them, the court held, so, too will Donald Trump and his businesses and accountants. Indeed, the court confirmed, “state grand juries are free to investigate a sitting president with an eye toward charging him after the completion of his term.” On these points, at least, the court was unanimous. As Justice Brett M. Kavanaugh’s concurring opinion aptly put, “no one is above the law.”
For the country, by adhering to that principle, the court vindicated the rule of law. But for Donald Trump personally, his niece’s book and the Supreme Court’s decision may someday be remembered as the beginning of the end of his institutional protections. And not just in a legal sense. Much of the power of the presidency comes from the perception of it, and that perception is now waning as the president bleeds out in the polls. As that power ebbs, more Mary Trumps and John Boltons will tell their stories, or give their evidence to investigators, with ever less fear.
As Mary Trump puts it in her book, “the walls” of her uncle’s “very expensive and well-guarded padded cell are starting to disintegrate.” Come January, they should be gone for good.
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