Sunday, February 19, 2017
"The people are the only censors of their governors: and even their errors will tend to keep these to the true principles of their institution. To punish these errors too severely would be to suppress the only safeguard of the public liberty. The way to prevent these irregular interpositions of the people is to give them full information of their affairs thro’ the channel of the public papers, & to contrive that those papers should penetrate the whole mass of the people. The basis of our governments being the opinion of the people, the very first object should be to keep that right; and were it left to me to decide whether we should have a government without newspapers or newspapers without a government, I should not hesitate a moment to prefer the latter. But I should mean that every man should receive those papers & be capable of reading them." --Thomas Jefferson
The media are the 'enemy of the American people'
His followers, without using what's left of their minds to think, dutifully agreed, like good little sheeple.
Donald Trump's America:
This is how Lord Dampnut inspires a nation of free men and women:
Kill the free press and destroy the 1st Amendment that millions of men and women died in countless wars to protect.
That's what you've got for a president, Nation, a pant-wetting coward who can't take criticism of him by the media as every other president has, going back to the founding of America.
Trump is not just a coward and weak little pissy-pant cry-baby, but he is a danger to our American democracy.
No. The media are not the enemy of the American people.
Loud-mouthed, narcissistic demagogic presidents who know nothing about our democracy and how it works are the enemy of America and her people.
Saturday, February 18, 2017
This is the sort of thuggish behavior we'd expect from Putin or Assad, or Kim Jong Un, or Erdoğan , just to name a few dictators who get rid of media that aren't "friendly" to the strongman:
Trump's son-in-law and senior adviser Jared Kushner, recently met with CNN's parent company Time Warner and mentioned the cable news network's coverage of the administration as slanted.
During the meeting at the White House, Kushner expressed concerns about what the administration considers is CNN's unfair coverage of the President to Gary Ginsberg,
Time Warner's executive vice president of corporate marketing and communications, two persons familiar with the situation said. One of the persons said that topics of the discussion included Israel and Kushner made a joking reference to CNN's perceived anti-Trump coverage.
Trump disparaged CNN during his press conference Thursday while taking a question from CNN's senior White House correspondent Jim Acosta noting "the hatred coming from other people on your network." The president has made clear his disdain for CNN.
A month ago, during Trump's first full press conference after being elected, he called CNN a peddler of "fake news" because the network had produced a story reporting that the U.S. intelligence officials had presented Trump and President Obama with a "dossier" of unverified, but potentially compromising information about the president-elect that Russian operatives claimed to have.
We need more, not less, anti-Trump coverage and reporting. Trump- and his pissant little son-in-law need a lesson on the First Amendment. How dare Jared Kushner intimidate a newspaper over its coverage of his father-in-law. This makes Trump look like a chicken-yellow little snot, sending his baby-boy son-in-law out to tell critics to make nice-nice with the temperamental diaper preznit. Trump and his mafiosi-like family have only reinforced what America and the rest of the world think of Trump: He's a whiney-ass titty-baby, unfit to be president; a coward, who wets his pants and throws a tantrum every time someone publishes a story that doesn't flatter his ego.
American men and women bled on battlefields to defend our Constitution. We will not allow billionaire fancy-boys to threaten one of our greatest freedoms -- the freedom to call bull$hi+ on liars, cheats, and con-artists who think they're above the law because they're the POTUS.
This will not stand. CNN needs to keep up the unrelenting coverage of The Maniac-in-Chief.
Contact CNN and tell them you, as a free American, support the freedom of the press -- all media -- and every citizen who chooses to disagree with a public official -- but especially this "unnaturally fluorescent mass of insecurities."
Those who intimidate and try to curtail the freedom of the press are the real enemies of America.
Never believe otherwise.
and apt description of the "so-called" Leader of the Free World. (The Brits have a special way with rhetoric, and it's glorious!):
Piss-eyed Tango monster demands everyone say nice things about it
The thing, which blankly opened and closed a hole in its face even when not speaking as if in an autonomous feeding reflex, was able to respond to human speech but experts believe it is simply mimicry, devoid of meaning.
BBC reporter Julian Cook said: “It appeared to answer questions, but when you read back the answers they’re nothing but a torrent of unconnected words mixed with a keening refrain of pathetic self-praise.
“We believe this creature actually feeds on adulation and has adapted to seek out high concentrations of it, but instead is now exposed to unprecedented levels of toxic criticism causing it to lash out.”
He added: “Its neediness is almost to be pitied, if it wasn’t such a contemptible sack of orange shit.”
Friday, February 17, 2017
Highly respected mental health professionals have broken their silence.
"Too much is at stake."
By Kerry Eleveld:
Trump’s unhinged display underscored a letter published in the New York Times Tuesday and signed by 35 physicians and mental health professionals who broke with long-held ethics standards to address Trump's "grave emotional instability." They wrote:
Mr. Trump’s speech and actions demonstrate an inability to tolerate views different from his own, leading to rage reactions. His words and behavior suggest a profound inability to empathize. Individuals with these traits distort reality to suit their psychological state, attacking facts and those who convey them (journalists, scientists). In a powerful leader, these attacks are likely to increase, as his personal myth of greatness appears to be confirmed. We believe that the grave emotional instability indicated by Mr. Trump’s speech and actions makes him incapable of serving safely as president. The letter’s lead signatories were Lance Dodes, a retired assistant clinical professor of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School, and Joseph Schachter, former chair of the Committee on Research Proposals for the International Psychoanalytic Association. They noted that they finally broke their "self-imposed" silence because it had "resulted in a failure to lend our expertise to worried journalists and members of Congress at this critical time." We fear that too much is at stake to be silent any longer.
As I have noted before, public discussion of Trump's mental health has been mostly taboo, but the dam is beginning to break."
Trump's mental instability was horribly on display when he called on a journalist whom he hoped would ask him a "friendly, easy" question. An orthodox Jewish journalist, Jake Turx, from a small publication, Ami Magazine, rose and stated at the start that he appreciates that Mr. Trump has a Jewish son-in-law, daughter, and grandchildren, and that he knows Trump is not anti-Semitic.
The journalist then spoke about his and other Jewish leaders' concerns about the rise in anti-Semitic attacks on Jewish temples and other places, and asked Trump if he could speak about this.
Trump obviously did not listen to what the young journalist said because he became visibly angered, rudely told him to sit down, "be quiet!" then raged about how he was "the least anti-Semitic person" and "least racist person," and that the question was "unfair."
Like all those who suffer from narcissistic personality disorder, Trump made the question about himself, became defensive, and humiliated the poor journalist in front of everyone in the room and in the viewing audience.
It was a sickening display of Trump's vicious temperament and his inability to control his emotions, even though Turx started the question by flattering Trump.
How would Trump deal with a foreign leader he misunderstood? Do we really want to wait around to see what will happen?
Despite what you read and hear from Trump's 39 per centers, yesterday's presser was a gigantic FAIL for the Liar-in-Chief. He's confirmed in the minds of mentally stable people in America and around the world that he's, to put a fine point on it, off his rocker.
In addition to Trump's public humiliation, he was rejected by the terrific replacement for Flynn that he promised America. Hint to the Liar-in-Chief: You don't offer a high-profile position in your administration unless you know it will be accepted. Otherwise, you get humiliated by the rejection, and that is exactly what happened to Trump.
Trump’s Public Humiliation
By rejecting the national security adviser job, Robert Harward gave cover to every professional who wants to turn the president down.
By Fred Kaplan
Donald Trump isn’t accustomed to hearing prospective underlings say “No.” So it came as a shock when retired Vice Adm. Robert Harward—his first choice to replace Michael Flynn as national security adviser—told the president he’d have to think about the offer. It must have been a double shock when, a few days later, Harward turned him down flat.
Trump may now have a hard time filling the position with anyone whose qualifications or prominence would help calm the jitters of allies worldwide—and foreign-policy specialists here—who are wondering what the hell is going on with this president.
At the moment, retired Lt. Gen. Keith Kellogg, a competent administrator who had been the NSC’s chief of staff, is the acting national security adviser, and it may be that Trump will have to settle on him as the successor.
Three weeks into his term, Trump heads a White House with three or four vacant power centers. He has no national security adviser, a half-full NSC staff, hollow Defense and State Departments (where Trump has yet to nominate any deputy or undersecretaries), and the secretaries heading those departments—Mattis and Rex Tillerson—who, however smart and talented they may be, have never run a federal agency.
At his wild and woolly press conference Thursday afternoon, Trump twice insisted that his administration was “a fine-tuned machine.” It was a risible claim then. A few hours later, after news broke that a retired vice admiral and former Navy SEAL didn’t want to work for him, not even in one of the most vaunted jobs in the White House, the claim careened into total absurdity.
A friend of Harward's said he was reluctant to take the job because the White House seems so chaotic. Harward called the offer a "s*** sandwich," the friend said.