Category Archives: Michael F

The Good, The Bad, And…WTF?

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Like Ed Kilgore says, with the bar for this administration set so low they needed a tunnel borer to put it in place, I’m surprised we didn’t hear at least one pundit solemnly declare yesterday that “Donald Trump became president of the United States,” given that he managed to appear concerned and mostly avoided overtly cloddish statements and behavior. Mostly.

If the coach had a firearm in his locker when he ran at this guy — that coach was very brave.  Saved a lot of lives, I suspect.  But if he had a firearm, he wouldn’t have had to run; he would have shot and that would have been the end of it.

And this would only be, obviously, for people that are very adept at handling a gun.  And it would be — it’s called concealed carry, where a teacher would have a concealed gun on them.  They’d go for special training.  And they would be there, and you would no longer have a gun-free zone.   A gun-free zone to a maniac — because they’re all cowards — a gun-free zone is, let’s go in and let’s attack, because bullets aren’t coming back at us.

And if you do this — and a lot of people are talking about it, and it’s certainly a point that we’ll discuss — but concealed carry for teachers and for people of talent — of that type of talent.  So let’s say you had 20 percent of your teaching force, because that’s pretty much the number — and you said it — an attack has lasted, on average, about three minutes.  It takes five to eight minutes for responders, for the police, to come in.  So the attack is over.  If you had a teacher with — who was adept at firearms, they could very well end the attack very quickly.

For fuck’s sake. That’s Charles Bronson’s Death Wish as public policy, escapist alpha-male fantasy as response to a reality that this alleged tough guy/winner obviously has no clue about.

A major point, if not THE major point, of universal public education was/is that it’s a way to socialize each generation into civil society. Assuming some sort of armed cohort among the faculty is needed or required seems like an implicit rejection of this mission…and a troubling sign generally. Besides, I doubt most teachers want to add that burden to what’s already a challenging profession.

Coolly blasting bad guys to smithereens looks easy in movies. But movies aren’t real life.

Oh Look: A Box Of Thoughts And Prayers

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Bet you can find it on the same aisle that has the sailboat fuel.

More seriously, if thoughts and prayers actually stood a prayer’s chance, why didn’t it stop yesterdays shooting? Or the one before that, or the one before that, or the one before that, etc.?

Already we’re seeing the grim ritual repeat itself, and we will for the next week or so, after which all is forgotten … until the cycle repeats.

Well, forgotten by us.

For those who manage to survive, life is altered dramatically, in ways we rarely hear about and hardly ever consider.

All because gun nuts insist that actual, certified nuts should be allowed to purchase/possess any gun on-demand. Makes you wonder who the real nuts are…

 

Running Government Like A Business

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Well, like a Trump “business.” In words he’d understand, what a disgrace. He should be ashamed, or worse.

FEMA tapped Tiffany Brown, an Atlanta entrepreneur with no experience in large-scale disaster relief and at least five canceled government contracts in her past. FEMA awarded her $156 million for the job, and Ms. Brown, who is the sole owner and employee of her company, Tribute Contracting LLC, set out to find some help.

Ms. Brown, who is adept at navigating the federal contracting system, hired a wedding caterer in Atlanta with a staff of 11 to freeze-dry wild mushrooms and rice, chicken and rice, and vegetable soup. She found a nonprofit in Texas that had shipped food aid overseas and domestically, including to a Houston food bank after Hurricane Harvey.

By the time 18.5 million meals were due, Tribute had delivered only 50,000.

Meanwhile, electricity is STILL out for thousands of people, some of whom are so desperate they’ve taken matters into their own hands, despite significant risks.

For months, residents begged Puerto Rico’s power company and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to bring back their electricity — with few results.

So the people of the town of 40,000 — high in the mountains of southern Puerto Rico — have started restoring power on their own, pulling power lines from undergrowth and digging holes for wooden posts in a do-it-yourself effort to solve a small part of the United States’ longest-running power outage.

We have trillions of dollars to fund endless wars, and a Congress that went out of its way to pass massive tax cuts for the wealthy. But the same federal government has abandoned Puerto Rico.

Their fate is our fate…just saying.

Will You Kiss The Don(ald)’s Ring?

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For Trump, what’s personal and what’s business are … the same thing

President Donald Trump just can’t seem to stop himself from making inappropriate comments to law enforcement officials involved with the Russia investigation — the latest being Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, who’s overseeing Robert Mueller’s probe.

According to a new report from CNN’s Pamela Brown, Evan Perez and Laura Jarrett, when Rosenstein visited the White House in December, Trump asked Rosenstein where the Russia investigation was heading and whether the deputy attorney general was on his “team.” The CNN team cites “sources familiar with the meeting.”

The comments would be part of a pattern for Trump of demanding to know which side law enforcement officials are on, even when they’re supposed to be nonpartisan. He reportedly requested then-FBI Director James Comey’s “loyalty,” questioned the “loyalty” of Attorney General Jeff Sessions after his recusal from the Russia probe, and inquired about whom then-Deputy FBI Director Andrew McCabe voted for in 2016.

The Rosenstein comments, which reportedly happened just last month, make clear Trump hasn’t changed his stripes in this regard — he wants his top law enforcement officials to be personally loyal to him, and he can’t bring himself to simply let the Russia probe go forward without his interference.

And…there’s more.

How loud would the Noise Machine/Puke Funnel’s shouting be if, FSM forbid, a Democratic Administration was demanding personal loyalty from law enforcement while quite literally rolling out the red carpet/rolling over for a hostile foreign power?

Might explain why a lot of rats are abandoning ship

Reductio Sad Absurdum

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Of course, they’ve always been bullshitters to the nth degree, but now they’re not even bothering to limit the sheer bugfuck lunacy.

The Democrat Party is the Washington establishment, and the Washington establishment believes that Gore won the presidency, that the Florida recount aftermath was bogus and rigged, that James Baker did a better job than the Democrat people did in finding votes, the hanging chads. What if the intel on the war in Iraq was another disinformation campaign, to damage another Republican president? And boy, did that work.

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What if the quote-unquote “intelligence community” misrepresented, on purpose, the degree to which Hussein had WMDs? Because I’ll tell you it was a very, very embarrassing moment for the Bush administration.

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What if, based on what we know now, we know how the deep state has been trying to undermine Donald Trump since the days he was a candidate, to during his transition, to even it’s ongoing now as president? We’re learning of Strzok and the FBI and the Hillary [Clinton] opposition research dossier that ends up becoming fodder for a warrant at the FISA court to spy on Trump.

And it isn’t confined to the fever swamps of right wing noise machine radio. Actual flesh and blood congresscritters are getting in on the act.

As you probably know, Fresno Rep. Devin Nunes has a memo. It’s four pages long. It’s classified. It’s the subject of a relentless conservative Twitter campaign called #releasethememo

Also, too

Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.) says that a whistleblower has told Congress about secret meetings between FBI and Department of Justice (DOJ) officials who allegedly gathered to discuss ways to undermine President Trump following his victory in the 2016 election.

It’s almost funny to see who they’re willing to toss to the wolves in attempting to divert attention from the kleptocratic train wreck that is the Trump administration. I mean, sure, the Democrat [sic] party. But the intelligence agencies? DOJ? The FBI? The areas of government conservatives generally concede as acceptable? That’s just nuts.

Or ominous.

Moving The Goalposts

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Call it whatever — moving the goalposts, working the refs, tilting the playing field…defining deviancy downward, or even the ultimate soft bigotry of low expectations — but the librul media is falling in, even as it’s obvious that Donaldo is bringing Banana Republic style governance to El Norte.

while we have mostly managed to resist treating Trump as a normal president, I’m increasingly worried that we have simultaneously fallen into a more subtle trap: Even the private citizens, the business executives, and the politicians who are fully conscious that the president of the United States is a peculiar aberration have not changed their behavior in the day-to-day; despite knowing everything that there is to know about Donald Trump, they go about their personal and professional lives as though we lived in perfectly ordinary times.

Many Republican congressmen and senators, for example, have not only distanced themselves from Trump’s most outrageous comments in public; in private, they have also acknowledged that he is a dangerous fool who will most likely do immense damage to their party, their country, and the world. And yet, they have spectacularly failed to walk that wise talk, neglecting to put real limits on Trump’s ability to fire special counsel Robert Mueller or launch nuclear weapons.

Of course, the response from the New York Times is … to publish a series of letters from Trump’s base, I assume as some sort of apology for … for what? Acting like fucking journalists? Yeah, there are Trump voters out there who still like the guy. Quite a few, though less by about three million than HRC voters, who haven’t seen similar generosity from the Gray Lady…and will forever be defined by the various outlets of the right wing noise machine/puke funnel as criminal accomplices of the “Democrat” Party if not actual enemies of the state.

These are not normal times — I can attest to that as we endure another brutally cold night, which is keeping me wide awake watching faucets continue to hopefully drip and/or monitoring space heaters — and Trump’s not a normal president. There’s no need to pretend otherwise.

Darrell Issa Calls It A Sunrise

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Modest credit for managing to read hard-to-ignore auspices, sunny Southern California becoming less and less Issa-friendly. Perhaps there was a legacy element to his holding office, i.e., following in the stead of Nixon, Reagan, etc. (some of the most conservative people I’ve ever met were from the region)…but, will never be upset about one less wingnut to kick around. Good riddance, car-alarm Vlad.

The New York Times, of course, sees this as a chance to … admonish Democrats with a veiled warning: don’t get TOO Blue. Moderation, Moderation…sigh

…a district that is affluent and increasingly moderate.

Wouldn’t want to threaten the affluence…

On the other hand…IOKIYAR

As chairman of the House Oversight Committee, Mr. Issa routinely ripped into Mr. Obama, his aides and his cabinet, as well as their handling of a gunrunning investigation known as Fast and Furious, the Internal Revenue Service’s slow-walking of political groups’ applications for nonprofit status, the terrorist attack on an American government compound in Benghazi, Libya, and many other matters.

Meanwhile, Team Trump thought they’d try something novel — earmarks and favoritism/partisanship. How about that…Plus ça change…

The Real “His Accidency”

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Let’s not even bother with his hair, which to my distracted ears (more on that in a second) seemed to garner more attention than it deserved (because we already knew the hair was/is as fraudulent as the head it sits on, um, over)…Michael Wolff’s new book, excerpted in NY Mag, mixed and matched at least a few yarns (thanks Adrastos for that observation) with the very real fact that, yeah, this whole sorry spectacle is a reality show gone badly, terribly wrong.

According to Wolff, and this seems plausible, Trump himself didn’t care or expect to actually get elected, but thanks to a political bombogenesis, we have someone in office who makes Andrew Jackson or Warren Harding seem eminently qualified in comparison. Trump was apparently as surprised as anyone, but once he grasped the news, he had to pretend his little hands…weren’t so little.

Just me, but…let’s start with the truly stupid email nothingburger. The media went overboard on that one, and I’d bet money it was strictly to adhere to a “both sides” outlook…even as they ignored Trump’s VERY real, um, I was going to say scandals, but call them what they are: crimes. He was — and might still be — a full service laundromat for mobbed-up Russian cash, but I don’t recall near the interest in that as in…”but her emails.” It’s so obvious that Bannon– they say he’s Wolff’s big source — flat out admits it, resulting in what could be a first: POTUS asserting that his former aide is “nothing to me,” while calling for his political if not literal defenestration.

Add to that, I dunno, there’s the “let’s HATE HATE HATE HRC” stuff that I never understood. No, I’m not falling over for Hillary, but I couldn’t get the intense hatred even some people I usually respect had for Clinton. No, she’s not Bernie, no, she’s not Barack, no, she’s not Bill (these days, not being Bill should be considered a plus), but particularly given the alternative…hell, if nothing else, save the fury for after the election. Because, like it or not, the system, which includes the undemocratic (and demonstrably stupid) Electoral College, meant anything anti-HRC benefitted DJT…bigly…hugely…

And so…the bomb cyclone came. And Trump now sits on the throne and (not sure if I actually buy this) allegedly eats cheeseburgers in bed while watching three televisions, like an overgrown child mimicking LBJ. Sad. But also frightening for all of us. Sure, Kelly, Mattis, et al, the grownups, might manage to dissuade DJT from nuclear war with North Korea, and good lord let’s hope they would if it came to that, but…there’s plenty of other damage The Donald can do. And the GOP caucus is more than willing to go along (e.g., the tax  cut bill from hell)…

So, rant concluded. Went a little long, and is posting a little early, but as I said, I’m distracted. Looks like either the cold weather or a terrible coincidence did a number on my water heater at a very, very wrong time, and I’ll be paying a premium to get it replaced. Finding a qualified plumber during an extended hard freeze is…difficult. Hope I can solicit some good luck thoughts as I try to get this taken care of…

Sure, Right…Because The Resemblance Is Uncanny

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Mike Hucakabee decided we needed a new example of the word lickspittle.

Former Gov. Mike Huckabee of Arkansas drew a swift and intense response with a provocative claim on Tuesday: President Trump, he wrote, is similar to Winston Churchill, one of history’s most iconic leaders.

Mr. Huckabee had just watched “Darkest Hour,” a film about Churchill. It was, he wrote on Twitter, a reminder of “what real leadership looks like.”

“Churchill was hated by his own party, opposition party, and press,” he tweeted. “Feared by King as reckless, and despised for his bluntness. But unlike Neville Chamberlain, he didn’t retreat. We had a Chamberlain for 8 yrs; in @realDonaldTrump we have a Churchill.”

And while I’m not into the cult of Churchill — he was an elitist, Gallipoli was a massive FUBAR, etc., and it’s not certain he ever dismissed TOTUS’ favorite game with a quote sometimes attributed to him…Winston DID say

We shall go on to the end. We shall fight in France, we shall fight on the seas and oceans, we shall fight with growing confidence and growing strength in the air, we shall defend our island, whatever the cost may be. We shall fight on the beaches, we shall fight on the landing grounds, we shall fight in the fields and in the streets, we shall fight in the hills; we shall never surrender

And, gee, who wouldn’t confuse that with

I moved on her like a bitch…And when you’re a star, they let you do it. You can do anything…

Right?

 

Gonna Party Like Its 1899

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So they all got together on the White House lawn yesterday to celebrate the triumph of abject greed…no word on whether Welch’s Grape Jelly with alcohol was made available to the thirsty. Trump himself got lit up on fawning praise from his various lickspittles, looking like a cult leader (Kim Jong Ugh?)…or a bratty child who’s never had to face the consequences of his actions.

Because suffering is for LOSERS. And, hell, look at ’em, do they look like losers to you?

Will Wilkerson in the New York Times yesterday

The Republican Tax Cuts and Jobs Act is notably generous to corporations, high earners, inheritors of large estates and the owners of private jets. Taken as a whole, the bill will add about $1.4 trillion to the deficit in the next decade and trigger automatic cuts to Medicare and other safety net programs unless Congress steps in to stop them.

To most observers on the left, the Republican tax bill looks like sheer mercenary cupidity. “This is a brazen expression of money power,” Jesse Jackson wrote in The Chicago Tribune, “an example of American plutocracy — a government of the wealthy, by the wealthy, for the wealthy.”

Mr. Jackson is right to worry about the wealthy lording it over the rest of us, but the open contempt for democracy displayed in the Senate’s slapdash rush to pass the tax bill ought to trouble us as much as, if not more than, what’s in it.

In its great haste, the “world’s greatest deliberative body” held no hearings or debate on tax reform. The Senate’s Republicans made sloppy math mistakes, crossed out and rewrote whole sections of the bill by hand at the 11th hour and forced a vote on it before anyone could conceivably read it.

The link between the heedlessly negligent style and anti-redistributive substance of recent Republican lawmaking is easy to overlook. The key is the libertarian idea, woven into the right’s ideological DNA, that redistribution is the exploitation of the “makers” by the “takers.” It immediately follows that democracy, which enables and legitimizes this exploitation, is itself an engine of injustice. As the novelist Ayn Rand put it, under democracy “one’s work, one’s property, one’s mind, and one’s life are at the mercy of any gang that may muster the vote of a majority.”

On the campaign trail in 2015, Senator Rand Paul, Republican of Kentucky, conceded that government is a “necessary evil” requiring some tax revenue. “But if we tax you at 100 percent, then you’ve got 0 percent liberty,” Mr. Paul continued. “If we tax you at 50 percent, you are half-slave, half-free.” The speaker of the House, Paul Ryan, shares Mr. Paul’s sense of the injustice of redistribution. He’s also a big fan of Ayn Rand. “I give out ‘Atlas Shrugged’ as Christmas presents, and I make all my interns read it,” Mr. Ryan has said. If the big-spending, democratic welfare state is really a system of part-time slavery, as Ayn Rand and Senator Paul contend, then beating it back is a moral imperative of the first order.

 

The culmination of generations soaking up rhetoric that’s openly contemptuous of self government.

Which means, welcome to a new Gilded Age. Or, at the very least, to Kansas. Because it’s worked so well there.

 

 

When The Law AND The Facts Are Against You…

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time to pound the table, as the saying goes. So, while we’re all pretty relieved that at some point Roy Moore presumably will announce he wants to spend more time with his children, the wingnuts march on…a net neutrality vote by the FCC is scheduled for today, a deal is in the works to move the mother of all horrible tax legislation out of the conference committee…and in the House Judiciary Committee, die hards are pushing their latest nothingburger, a bizarre claim that a couple of FBI agents who were removed from Robert Mueller’s investigation last summer managed nonetheless to irreparably taint the investigation because, heaven forbid, they thought Donald Trump was…a pretty appalling human being.

Appalling…In other news, they agreed the sky is blue. And that grass is generally green.

I’m a little young to really remember Watergate as it happened, but can vaguely recall — and my memory is helped by books, television retrospectives, etc. — a few Nixon defenders stuck around to the bitter end, offering ever more desperate, implausible theories, explanations…anything to, if not exonerate Dick, at least excuse him, or excuse him enough. Until the tapes removed all doubt.

The wailing and gnashing of teeth by the likes of Louis Gohmert and others yesterday is starting to have that same sound if not same smell. And with the special election in Alabama…well, I don’t want to get my hopes up too much, but maybe, hopefully, enough people are finally getting it.

Besides, the FBI agents dismissed from the Mueller investigation were exchanging anti-Trump text message on or around the time when, on national television, he quite literally defended the size of his penis. Eww.

Another Day, Another Facepalm

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Pretty much keeping with everything else the pretend president has done over the last year…

Yesterday’s announcement managed to both little more than emptily symbolic as a practical matter while also being gratuitously mean-spirited and unnecessarily callous. In other words, par for the course.

There was the odd conclusion where Trump clearly stumbled over words, leading to speculation about whether he’s hiding a full lower dental plate or maybe a bridge…just me, but…nah, probably not. I do wonder, though, if it’s starting to get to him, at least a little. Even pretending to be president requires a lot more effort than anything I can think of him having done in the last couple of decades. Trump may believe (or get told) he’s a modern day Andrew Jackson, but my own .0000002 cents worth has me leaning more towards Warren Harding, another guy in way-over-his-head who preferred golf to leading the nation.

And Trump is both older and less healthy than Harding…

Liar, Con Artist, or Delusional, Unhinged?

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Whatever, he’s no Vitruvian Man

Another series of reports look at the president’s casual disregard for truth and ask if it’s a bug or feature…the answer of course, no surprise, is both, and that’s why most of us couldn’t quite believe it when he managed to pull off a victory-by-technicality (which only wingers are allowed to claim as victory).

Not that it would ever happen — the political demographics won’t allow it — but if a Democrat pulled off a similar upset, the puke funnel/noise machine would go to eleven. I can picture Faux News in full hostage crisis mode.

Anyway, while, hell yes, we’re concerned that this low-rent intellect-only-matched-by-his-low-rent-character, who can’t make it through a non-partisan ceremonial event without demonstrating just how thoroughly cloddish he is…the thing is..it’s nothing new.

Trump’s always been a mix of vainglorious and shitheel. His association with Roy Cohn speaks volumes, as do his dictator chic residences, as does his history of “lying under oath.” I think John Dean got it spot-on when he said earlier this year that the real worry is when Trump realizes just what he can do. Then it’s all bets are off.

Dean also said it’ll be about “surviving disaster.” Yep.

Happy Harvest Fest

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If you’re traveling, hope your outbound and return trips are safe; otherwise, here’s to good food, drink, and good company wherever you may find yourself.

Cheers.

Here’s Looking Down On You

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If you’re going all out to create a New Gilded Age, why not recreate contemporary media and make a cover photo?

Anyway, that’s Treasury Secretary Mnuchin, his wife Cruella, and what looks like the hired help touching vulgar cash (poor people’s cash at that, i.e., singles) for what’s probably the first time in a VERY long while (Mrs. Mnuchin has thoughtfully insulated/protected herself with leather gloves).

It takes work to make Mitt Romney seem like a man of the people…

I dunno, maybe they’re displaying what we non-one percenters might receive from the proposed tax cut, assuming we’re not one of the lucky ones who’ll get to “put more skin in the game.” Gee, almost enough to fill the gas tank once or twice.

Or maybe profound tone-deafness is also a disease of affluence.

Some People Like Creepy Clowns, I Guess

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And you can read about them here. There’s no accounting for taste. Some people just really, really like creepy clowns, for whatever reason. Maybe they think the creepy clown is going to bring back coal mining jobs, or build a wall to keep the foreigners out, or Make America Great Again…or maybe not, and maybe they don’t really care. The creepy clown is their personal cri de coeur (or, since it’s right wing identity politics, their cri de Coors). They especially like it when the creepy clown lashes out at professional football players because they think the players are acting, you know, uppity.

But most of us don’t like creepy clowns, and we’re pretty appalled that, one, the creepiest clown holds the highest elected office in the land, and two, that his administration is, so far, exactly what you’d expect from a creepy clown bought and paid for with rubles. So a lot of people expressed their profound dislike of creepy clowns in Tuesday’s elections.

True, the areas where voters really came out to vote no aren’t the clown’s strongholds. But it’s good start, and a good reminder that this administration has never had anything even approaching a mandate. He was “elected” thanks to phenomenal luck and quirks in the rules.

And because some folks just want to see the world burn.

But that’s not most of us. And if we get motivated — and vote — we can end the nightmare and embarrassment.

As for the clown lovers, don’t even try to convince them, because logic or reason won’t work.

 

Marketing Genius

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So, the guy who blew up a pro-football league, almost went bankrupt running a casino, and who’s own name/brand-name is now synonymous with crap/junk — but yeah, who managed to convince a bare minimum of people that high office as Amateur Hour was what we needed — now wants to apply his particular set of skills to naming legislation:

About a month into his presidency, Donald Trump hosted a White House meeting with business leaders and boasted, “I’m good at branding.” That may be true, but it’s not clear if the president has other priorities he takes as seriously.

For example, two senior administration officials told ABC News the president is determined to name the Republican tax plan “the Cut Cut Cut Act” – and this does not appear to be a joke.

It’s become a hallmark of Trump’s presidency: how American families’ lives would be affected by various proposals isn’t a subject the amateur president finds especially interesting. But branding and sales pitches are very much in his wheelhouse.

As this applies to the ongoing Republican difficulties in shaping a tax plan, Trump has nothing constructive to offer in terms of policy measures and substantive details, but he’s “holding firm” on supporting a name for the bill that a third grader might’ve come up with.

Christ. If that’s the best you can do, why not go all out: Zima, New Coke, Edsel…or, what the hell, Jeb! That’s available, right?

Not Like Everybody Says…Like Dumb. I’m Smart, And I Want Respect!

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The man with Fredo’s intellect and Sonny’s temperament reminds us that he’s certified, um…

During an MSNBC appearance, Trump was asked about his foreign policy advisers. “I’m speaking with myself, number one, because I have a very good brain,” the Republican said. “And I’ve said a lot of things.”

The president said more things this morning on the South Lawn of the White House.

“Well, I think the press makes me more uncivil than I am. You know – people don’t understand – I went to an Ivy League college. I was a nice student. I did very well. I’m a very intelligent person. You know, the fact is, I think, I really believe, I think the press creates a different image of Donald Trump than the real person.”

So…at least some Trump voters said they “wanted to send a message to Washington.”  But I think their message tells us more about  themselves…and isn’t exactly a compliment.

 

American Gothic Toxic

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Somewhere a basket is shy at least two deplorables.

Turns out Trump is … pretty much exactly what we thought he’d be: pathological, narcissistic, toxic … poison

Every morning’s check of headlines brings another another punch to the gut. Yes, that is what his base wanted — for him do to their ideological opponents what they cannot. And to restore what they consider the natural order: them at the top of the social pecking order. Vicariously, if not in any real sense…

Your daily dose of outrage has been the business model of conservative talk radio for decades. Now it is the governing style of the Executive Branch.

Except what the sitting president’s base feeds on is toxic. Something the saner among us eschew for our own mental health. Now, short of going off the grid or retreating to monasteries, it is there every day.

It’s hardly out of character for President Trump. He thanks people for great turnouts at refugee relief centers. He asks people who’ve lost everything whether they’re having a good time.

President Trump is poison. Everything around him gets damaged and degraded. It’s not any one thing. It’s everything. It’s hard to evaluate the dynamics of this call out of the context of waiting ten days, lying about his predecessors, creating this hideous spectacle with John Kelly’s son. Was the family prepped for something off because of the preceding three days? Probably. Was Trump angry about all the criticism? Probably so. It’s a perfect storm. And it all builds out of one man, Donald Trump.

Forget about all the “limited, local” “faster, better, cheaper,” “efficiency of the free market” nonsense. Movement conservatism is, at its root, a lot like Trump himself…petty, vicious, poisonous, toxic, and more than just a little racist. The distilled essence.

And we’re not even one year in…damn.

So, Who’s The Real Rocket Man?

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Though considering their mental ages/levels of maturity, maybe we should ask “who’s the real Missile Boy?” Adrastos has the details below; earlier this week Bob Corker told us what he really thinks (the Oval Office is functioning as a child’s playpen), and given Orange Narcissus’ record as well as his temperament…yeah, I think concern should be on our minds. Concern…and hope that the alleged grown ups keep a lid on things (who knew we’d be relying on the maturity of someone nicknamed “Mad Dog?”)

At first it sounded like hyperbole, the escalation of a Twitter war. But now it’s clear that Bob Corker’s remarkable New York Times interview—in which the Republican senator described the White House as “adult day care” and warned Trump could start World War III—was an inflection point in the Trump presidency. It brought into the open what several people close to the president have recently told me in private: that Trump is “unstable,” “losing a step,” and “unraveling.”

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But what’s even more unsettling, as I have previously written, is that Trump has a history of making comments about nuclear weapons that both display his profound ignorance about this all-important subject and suggest he believes a nuclear conflict is inevitable and perhaps destined for the near future.

Oh, and while our reality show president pouts (and lashes out at NBC), Puerto Rico is becoming a humanitarian catastrophe, wildfires are raging in California…I think I’m getting tired of all this winning…