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August 17, 2019

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Aug. 31, 2019

Aug. 30, 2019

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Yale psychiatrist Bandy X. Lee traces Trump’s Fox feud back to a simplistic way of thinking that most people grow out of


US spies say Trump's G7 performance suggests he's either a 'Russian asset' or a 'useful idiot' for Putin

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Bill Nye Wants a Climate Debate Rematch With Tucker Carlson

“Oh god,” Nye says when I bring up the appearance he made on Tucker Carlson’s show a couple of years ago. As one headline put it at the time, “Bill Nye appears on Fox News and it doesn’t go well.” 
“The experience was just a lot of adrenaline,” Nye tells me. He was in Washington, D.C., where Carlson tapes his show. “It was a beautiful night, gorgeous, and Tucker Carlson was on the roof of the building doing his schtick from there.” Fox invited him on to talk about climate change and he agreed, making his first appearance on that network in nearly a decade despite being a semi-frequent presence on CNN and MSNBC. 
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“So we were going to go on the roof, beautiful night, this will be fun,” Nye thought to himself. But then the producers told him he wasn’t going to be on the roof with the host but rather in a small room on a lower floor of the same studio. “They moved me, changed my chair three times to throw me off,” he says. 
During his introduction, Carlson mocked his guest as “Bill Nye the Psychoanalyst Guy” for claiming that climate change deniers suffer from “cognitive dissonance.” The host was clearly itching for a fight. Continued

Some stories deserve my own photoshop treatment:

Aug. 29, 2019
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No doubt Kayleigh McEnany (her law school profs at — can you believe it? — Harvard! -- must be so proud of her) will have a place on the Trump TV Network.

I don't want any innocents to suffer or get hurt, but hurricanes can spin off tornados and tornados can be very fickle and it is not possible to predict what structures they will level. Too bad FEMA funds have been diverted to the Wall.

"So what do you think? Mental deterioration or
just Trump as usual? No fair saying they’re both the same."
Our Dr. John Gartner in the Gail Collins OpEd: 

The meeting in France wasn’t the only recent exchange with world leaders that suggested Trump is suffering from something more worrisome than the lack of a coherent foreign policy. Back in April, after talking with NATO officials in Washington, he said that despite his complaints about Germany, he had “great respect” for the country from which his father emigrated. “My father is German … born in a very wonderful place in Germany.”

Fred Trump was born in the Bronx. “To mental health professionals like me, the red flags are waving wildly,” wrote the psychologist John Gartner.

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Aug. 28, 2019
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Late breaking news: 

Nadler tees up post-recess showdown with Trump

Another story:

‘It is not’: Fox News’ Shep Smith wallops Trump for lying that his wall ‘is going up rapidly’

I figured I'd take a break from writing something today. I think Daily Kos readers get overwhelmed by my posts about Trump's mental health (or lack thereof). Then I read Dana Milbank and I thought of this opinion piece which has nothing to do with Trump's being unfit. Yesterday's post got hardly any readers. We'll see how this one does. DonkeyHotey had the prefect caricature to illustrate it.

James Mattis takes aim at Trump’s leadership in scathing new essay: ‘A polemicist is not sufficient for a leader’

“At this time, we can see storm clouds gathering,” Mattis added. “A polemicist’s role is not sufficient for a leader. A leader must display strategic acumen that incorporates respect for those nations that have stood with us when trouble loomed. Returning to a strategic stance that includes the interests of as many nations as we can make common cause with, we can better deal with this imperfect world we occupy together. Absent this, we will occupy an increasingly lonely position, one that puts us at increasing risk in the world.”
Mattis warned that Trump’s domestic leadership had ripped apart American unity, and he said that placed democracy itself in danger.
“Unlike in the past, where we were unified and drew in allies, currently our own commons seems to be breaking apart,” he wrote. “What concerns me most as a military man is not our external adversaries; it is our internal divisiveness. We are dividing into hostile tribes cheering against each other, fueled by emotion and a mutual disdain that jeopardizes our future, instead of rediscovering our common ground and finding solutions.”
“All Americans need to recognize that our democracy is an experiment — and one that can be reversed,” he added. “We all know that we’re better than our current politics. Tribalism must not be allowed to destroy our experiment.”

Let's hope Frank Bruni is right....

Aug. 27, 2019

Aug. 26, 2019
I reacted to Trump's press conference live in the comments to this story. It was recommended, stayed on all day, over 2,300 people took the poll, there were over 200 comments (some by me and lots off on a tangent about my making the piccolo look too big). The comments section became something on an online chat at times.
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Nuking the hurricane: Diagnosing Trump's apparent mental illness isn't the point. We don't need a medical diagnosis to understand that the guy who wants to nuke hurricanes is unfit for office

Psychiatrist Allen Francis is out of hiding and unloading the same blather... the fact is that he did the duty to warn movement a lot of harm early on insisting Trump did not meet the criteria for narcissistic personality disorder, much the way the APA did with the Goldwater rule. 
Both detracted from the real issue about Trump being dangerous because of his psychopathology. 
This is an excellent article. The title is misleading because it suggests that diagnosing "Trump's apparent mental illness" is part of the point....

The "debate" over whether Donald Trump has a diagnosable psychological condition that renders him unfit for office never truly dies down. It's been heating up in the past couple of weeks, in response to our president acting even more like a raving nutcase than usual..Stelter's piece  (on CNN) addresses what is admittedly a real conundrum for journalists. On one hand, it's screamingly obvious there is something deeply wrong with Donald Trump. On the other hand, there's "an understandable aversion to diagnosing a person — any person — based on what's only visible on television and Twitter.”The truth, however, is that we do know a lot about Trump's behavior, since he's a whirling dervish of narcissism who provides an endless stream of observable information and witnesses. Psychologists who follow the news closely probably have more information about Trump than they do about most patients they diagnosis after an in-person consultation. His symptoms are abundant and inarguably point toward a major personality disorder. For instance, Trump checks off every single item on the sociopathy checklist, and has done so for the decades since he pushed himself into the public spotlight.
My comment posted to this article:

I understand the need to add balance to your article by interviewing Allen Francis as well as Lance Dodes. However Francis's is an isolated voice among mental health professionals, in fact he may be the only one of note who has taken his position. He claimed Trump didn't meet the criteria for narcissistic personality disorder (NPD) early on. In fact Trump has the characteristics of other disorders as well as NPD, antisocial personality for one. Francis says that diagnosis of Trump stigmatizes those who truly suffer from psychiatric disorders. This is not true. People are smarter than that.

In a manner of speaking, Trump doesn't suffer from a psychiatric illness he makes others suffer, which is typical of people with NPD and antisocial personality.

Asking whether the problem is with Trump of the people who voted for him all distracts from the point that Trump is dangerous because of his psychopathology. His and your focus on those who elected him is also a distraction from the issue the authors who contributed to "The Dangerous Case of Donald Trump" and many other mental health professionals like myself have go public warning about.

Trump is dangerously unstable and every day he remains in office keeps us at risk of a more dangerous expression of his rage and or his ignorance then merely an angry tweet.

Hal Brown, Duty to Warn therapist

Aug. 25, 2019
Watch it here!

Watch it The Dangerous Case of Donald Trump contributor  on Joy Reid here.

Lance Dodes (above), used even stronger language today than he did on Lawrence O'Donnell... said psychopath at least twice... Hopefully CNN and other non-Fox networks will interview him too. The day Fox has one of the prominent mental health professionals like Dodes, John D Gartner,* or Bandy Lee, on will mark a change. The other networks having experts rather than amateurs weigh in on Trump's mental instability is much needed.

I'd like to see Rachel Maddow stop expressing puzzlement over Trump's behavior and have an expert on. After all when she needs legal experts she has a entire cadre of them to interview.

Guess who said this?

.... the president is “incompetent,” “a bigot” and “a narcissist.” “He’s nuts. He’s erratic. He’s cruel. He stokes bigotry. He’s incompetent. 

He doesn’t know what he’s doing, .... he’s a narcissist.”  

"We've got a guy in the White House who is unfit, completely unfit to be president, and it stuns me that nobody stepped up, nobody in the Republican Party stepped up, because I'll tell you what, ...everybody believes in the Republican party, everybody believes that he's unfit.. He lies every time he opens his mouth."

"The country is sick of this guy's tantrum. He's a child. Again, the litany. He lies every time he opens his mouth. Look at what's happened this week. The president of the United States is tweeting us into a recession." 

"We've never had a situation like this. ... You can't believe a word he says. He's nuts. He's erratic. He's cruel. He stokes bigotry. He's incompetent. He doesn't know what he's doing. He's a narcissist. The only thing he cares about is Trump."  Here's the answer.

Aug. 24, 2019 

Donald Trump and the Jews: He's exactly why most of us vote for Democrats

Why do American Jews overwhelmingly vote Democratic? That's easy: Consider the other party's hateful history Mathew Rozsa, Salon

Last year I interviewed Charlotte Pence, the vice president's daughter. She was promoting a book about her father and happened to mention a trip to Mount of Olives, a mountain ridge in East Jerusalem where some Christians believe Jesus will return to earth. When I asked her whether she thought Jews would go to hell when that happened, she avoided the question. As with so many evangelical Christians, her supposed affection for Jews struck me as anti-Semitic — because it does not actually reflect respect for Jewish people, Jewish culture or the Jewish faith.

Aug. 23, 2019

The blunt speaking Rick Wilson (who had about nine minutes of expletives about Trump bleeped out on MSNBC) gets the tweet of the day award for his comment about Trump ordering American businesses not to do business in China. Read story here. If Trump was merely a buffoon his use of the word hereby might be an amusing idiosyncrasy but with him it is another demonstration of his narcissism. Politico has examples of the other times he used the term.

You don’t even have to read these Washington Post articles to know there is something seriously amiss in the mind of the former leader of the free world.
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Aug. 22, 2019


This is f-ing great. Thanks Harvey.
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“The silence from my fellow evangelical colleagues, ministry partners and friends” in response to blasphemous statements by Trump, Lowder writes, “is deafening. Many of them refuse to call out moral failures on the right that they have so vehemently attacked on the left.”

Lowder adds, “In the evangelical community, we have come to incorrectly believe that any critique of Trump only serves to promote the party on the left. But embracing critiques proves we are objective, not blind to the flaws in political parties or our presidents.”


Where We Live: Carl Henniger’s jazz photos

Hundreds of photos of iconic jazz artists have been hidden away until now
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PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — Portland’s reputation as a great jazz town goes back decades. The world’s top jazz musicians played Portland regularly in the 1940s and 50s. 
From Louis Ar.mstrong to Ella Fitzgerald, Count Basie to Duke Ellington

Dizzy Gillespie in Portland. (Courtesy of Carl Henniger estate)

Oregon photographer Carl Henniger captured incredible images of those performers — but most have never been seen by the public, until now.

More than just politics: Medicine
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Aug. 21, 2019

Does his psychopathology know any bounds?

Earlier Wednesday, the president quoted in a tweet Newsmax TV host Wayne Allyn Root, a known conspiracy theorist, who claimed Israelis love Trump “like he’s the King of Israel” and the “second coming of God.” (Jews do not believe in a second coming.)
“Thank you to Wayne Allyn Root for the very nice words,” Trump wrote in his tweet. “Wow!”
While speaking to reporters Wednesday about his trade war with China, Trump looked up at the sky and said he’s “the chosen one.”
“Somebody had to do it,” he said. “So I’m taking on China on trade.”

Trump ignored shouted questions from a reporter about whether he believes he is “the second coming of God.”  from HUFFPOST
I thought this story would generate some interest but after a few hours it appeared  that only 10 people read it...

so I added a poll:

The word narcissist is probably used in conjunction with Trump more than any other word. Here's another example: 

Donald Trump Is Bad for the Jews Ever the narcissist, Trump couldn’t even leave it at the normal anti-Semitic trope.

Aug. 20, 2019 Just a throw-away Daily Kos story today:

Aug. 19, 2019
Do you think Trump read Maggie Haberman today in the failing fake news New York Times?
President Trump, confronting perhaps the most ominous economic signs of his time in office, has unleashed what is by now a familiar response: lashing out at what he believes is a conspiracy of forces arrayed against him.
He has insisted that his own handpicked Federal Reserve chair, Jerome H. Powell, is intentionally acting against him. He has said other countries, including allies, are working to hurt American economic interests. And he has accused the news media of trying to create a recession.
“The Fake News Media is doing everything they can to crash the economy because they think that will be bad for me and my re-election,” Mr. Trump tweeted last week. “The problem they have is that the economy is way too strong and we will soon be winning big on Trade, and everyone knows that, including China!” from In Economic Warning Signals, Trump Sees Signs of a Conspiracy
She ends by saying the following which gives me an excuse to caption an old Twitter photo:

“The tariffs have cost nothing, in my opinion, or certainly very little,” in terms of pain to American consumers and businesses, Mr. Trump insisted, adding that “China is eating the tariffs.”
“China would like to make a deal,” he said. “I’m not ready.”

My vote is Seinfeld hands down: Which Is Better: ‘Friends’ Or ‘Seinfeld’? Twitter War Erupts.

I recently binge watched every Seinfeld episode. I watched all the Friends episodes when they aired. Seinfeld episodes are brilliantly crafted to be one to three episode morality plays. From belly laughs to cringeworthy behavior they are with few exceptions brilliant. The misanthropic self-involved and selfish characters always get their comeuppance. The finale comes close to being Shakespearean. Everyone got their just deserts. Would it that real life worked that way.

Viewers never hate the Seinfeld characters, but there are times in nearly every episode where you want to dope slap at least one of them. It is nothing short of extraordinary that viewers could engage with characters week after week despite their bad behavior. 

The last classic television sitcom that pushed the envelop with a character with reprehensible beliefs was Archie Bunker.

Friends episodes are creative, well-written and funny. However all of the characters are likable. I can't recall an episode where anyone took a risk or behaved badly.

Yesterday's Daily Kos story ("DEEPER THAN A DIAGNOSIS") generated 168 comments and more than 2,460 readers took the poll.

Aug. 18, 2019
From Twitter - my caption, promoting the hashtag #BLOTUS

Lots of people who comment on my stories try to come up with names for Trump. Here's a good one from this article in The Hill;

Yeah, the BLOTUS spending all his executive time with insulting anyone and everyone that comes to his mind, instead of leading the country like a real president would do, is the epitome of love.

Not even IMAX is enough to cover the amount you shills project every day.

It's worth borrowing a cartoon and adding a special touch to it:

Today's Daily Kos story could end up being read by more people than usual and it  may get many comments because Dr. John Gartner put a link to it on the Duty to Warn Twitter page which has 31,000 followers.
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Local story / National story: Far-Right And Anti-Fascist Protesters Face Each Other In Portland Demonstrations

Aug. 17, 2019


Psychoanalyst says Trump’s ‘mental pathology’ means he ‘hates reality’

An interview with Dr. Justin Frank, a former clinical professor of psychiatry at the George Washington University Medical Center and a physician with more than 40 years of experience in psychoanalysis. He is the author of the bestselling books “Bush on the Couch” and “Obama on the Couch.” His most recent book is “Trump on the Couch: Inside the Mind of the President.”

How does Donald Trump think about his responsibilities as president?  

It has to be about him. Trump feels responsibility in a genuine way, even though he is actually not doing anything to create good outcomes. The problem with Trump is that, first of all, there are so many different factors psychologically and emotionally that are involved with his behavior that to really understand Donald Trump would mean that you would understand of all of psychiatry. You would understand every single pathology, you’d understand paranoia. You would understand sociopathy. You’d understand sadism. You’d understand grandiosity and malignant narcissism. You would understand every single thing about psychiatry, because Donald Trump has all of the characteristics writ large. Donald Trump should not be president. He should be removed immediately.

Portland makes a Trump tweet.
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 Obviously any violence by ANTIFA gives Trump a major talking point as hypocritical as it is considering his winking at violence by white nationalists and neo-Nazis. It doesn't matter that antics groups are acting in self-defense, or protecting peaceful demonstrators. They should stay away from Portland at least not come intending violence. Let the police do the job of protecting everyone. This is an objective look at Antifa:

If you don't subscribe to the NY Times to read Michelle Goldberg's full article here's a good summary: 

Trump’s ‘oceanic ignorance’ has plunged the world into chaos and the US may never recover: NYT columnist

.... America will emerge with a desiccated diplomatic corps, strained alliances, and a tattered reputation. It will never again play the same leadership role internationally that it did before Trump.
And that’s the best-case scenario. The most powerful country in the world is being run by a sundowning demagogue whose oceanic ignorance is matched only by his gargantuan ego. The United States has been lucky that things have hung together as much as they have, save the odd government shutdown or white nationalist terrorist attack. But now, in foreign affairs as in the economy, the consequences of not having a functioning American administration are coming into focus. “No U.S. leadership is leaving a vacuum,” said Thornton.* We’ll see what gets sucked into it.

*Susan Thornton until last year was the acting assistant secretary of state for East Asian and Pacific affairs, America’s top diplomat for Asia.

Congressional Republicans recently circulated talking points on gun violence that falsely described the El Paso massacre and other mass shootings as “violence from the left.”

A document obtained by the Tampa Bay Times and sent by House Republicans provides a framework for how to respond to anticipated questions like, “Why won’t you pass legislation to close the ‘gun show loophole’ in federal law?” and “Why shouldn’t we ban high-capacity magazines?" The answers are boilerplate Republican arguments against tougher gun restrictions.

But it also included this question: “Do you believe white nationalism is driving more mass shootings recently?” The suggested response is to steer the conversation away from white nationalism to an argument that implies both sides are to blame.

“White nationalism and racism are pure evil and cannot be tolerated in any form," the document said. “We also can’t excuse violence from the left such as the El Paso shooter, the recent Colorado shooters, the Congressional baseball shooter, Congresswoman Giffords’ shooter and Antifa."

That we even think about what would happen if Trump lost a close election and refused to leave office and declared himself president for life brings up thoughts related to this article.

And then, there's this from AEON, the same website:

Aug. 16, 2019

My photoshops often become a work in progress frequently starting
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 for the final version. Making them is therapy for me.

It takes all kinds:
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A few of the comments:

Uh, what?  Is this parody?  Pence and his mommy?  Religious exceptions for non-religious businesses?  This level of self-delusion is incredible.  

Uh oh, Log Cabin Republicans. There are some Fine People bringing what looks like a noose in your direction. It's not as if you weren't warned about the neighborhood.

Robert Kabel and Jill Homan, two delusional trump butt-lickers in desperate need of long term psychiatric help.  
Perhaps we should start a "Go Fund Me" page to aid in their journey back to sanity?

I guess now that gays aren't under attack as much it's ok to ignore all the other people who are being attacked by this president. Whoever you are, you're pathetic.

.......and what was your Kool Aid flavored with? And btw.. I'm sure you equally support trump's bud MBS whose regime cheerfully beheads gays at every opportunity.

When did the Post buy the Onion?

Could this endorsement be more exquisitely ill-timed? Trump’s Labor Department announced on Wednesday that they want to allow companies with federal contracts to discriminate against their workers, including on the basis of LGBTQ status, and thereby get around worker protections. All companies need to do is say “religious purpose” and Bingo, they can weaken civil rights for LGBTQ people. Well Done Log Cabin Republicans! Well Done!

Is this opinion piece genuine?
So narrow minded and single issue oriented. Years ago it was gays, lesbians and transgendered who were  demonized. Now it’s Mexicans, Guatemalans and Hondurans. LGBTQ has moved a few rungs up the ladder; now it’s other social groups who are the “bad guys.” Guess the authors feel “Hooray for me, I’ve become recognized, who cares about those other guys.” Shame on these authors. Their intellectual and political narrow mindedness is an embarrassment to the LGBTQ community. 

Abnormal Psychology textbooks need to be rewritten to add a chapter explaining Republicans.

Did this article come from Kellyanne  Conway's  office?

This is a very narrow-minded and unfortunate endorsement.  They endorsed a President that used his influence to bar a sitting Congress person from traveling for work and to visit her grandmother.  They endorsed a President that is working to deny citizenship to legal immigrants who may need help to feed their children at some point in the future.  They endorsed a President who has admitted to assaulting women.  They supported a President who separates children from their parents and cages them and denies them basic needs.   I could go on. 

The authors of this article are just full-on delusional!

And here we have chickens voting for McNuggets. 
Seriously, Trump is stripping away protections from discrimination for LGBTQ people employed by federal contractors. He has overridden the Pentagon and fired trans people who were serving their country with honor - something he himself lied to avoid doing at a time of conflict, because he has no honor. He is proudly homophobic and that is a key to his Evangelical support. Please take your self-hatred and go back into the closet while the rest of us continue the fight for equality.  

Two leaders of the Chickens for Colonel Sanders movement grateful they haven't personally appeared in Trump's dinner bucket. Yet. 

AUG. 15, 2019

Michael Moore, who should know the rust belt working class better than most anybody, says there's one person who could easily beat Trump. Unfortunately they have said there's no way they would run. Guess first and then click below to see who it is.
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Trump humiliates his press secretary by immediately contradicting her claims about Israel barring Omar and Tlaib

White House Press Secretary Stephanie Grisham on Thursday claimed that President Donald Trump did not put pressure on Israel’s government to bar Reps. Rashida Tlaib (D-MI) and Ilhan Omar (D-MN) from entering their country.
However, the president blew up her claims just one hour later by sending out a tweet telling Israel to bar Tlaib and Omar.

CNN’s eagle-eyed fact checker Daniel Dale noticed that Grisham at roughly 9 a.m. on Thursday told reporters that “the Israeli government can do what it wants,” while going on to describe reports that Trump told Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to stop Omar and Tlaib “inaccurate.”
At around 10 a.m., however, Trump sent out a tweet that explicitly warned Israel against letting the two congresswomen in.

“It would show great weakness if Israel allowed Rep. Omar and Rep. Tlaib to visit,” the president wrote. “They hate Israel & all Jewish people, & there is nothing that can be said or done to change their minds. Minnesota and Michigan will have a hard time putting them back in office. They are a disgrace!”

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