Paul Revere by Cyrus Dallin, North End, Boston





Monday, August 20, 2018

"We're in this together."

I'll never understand why seemingly normal Americans still support #45. We've witnessed over the last three years his erratic, mendacious, and reckless self, and it mystifies me that any sane American could still think of #45 as honest, competent, or having America's best interests at heart.

I'm watching an increasingly demented maniac and his consigliere, Giuliani, lash out at those who do not fall for their avalanches of lies and deceit, thinking that their perfidious excuses and explanations will be believed.


We’re in this together. 

 It’s simple: whatever political flag they fly, everyone in the U.S. who has a regular job, pays ordinary bills and taxes, has served time in the military or on a serious sports team, or has a traditional college education has a quality — discipline— that the unmoored, unfocused Trumpites lack. The complaints about Trump from white veterans in the heartland and black lawyers in Boston are similar: Where is his discipline? 

 Peter Wehner @Peter_Wehner Mr. Trump was emotionally/psychologically unwell when he became president. His condition is clearly worsening. He's becoming more volatile, erratic and unstable. At some point he's going to blow apart. When he does it'll create a crisis. This won't end well. Pray for our country. 8:12 PM - Aug 18, 2018 

American patriot:

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Brennan: Trump’s behavior "treasonous," and I'm considering legal action over clearance 

Friday, August 17, 2018

"What the hell is wrong with you people?"

This is directed at the Trump Cultist trolls who come here every day and to the cultists who continue to support the madman who is currently degrading the White House.

From the excellent G.G.:

"Manafort is a good person, he says. So are some Nazis and white supremacists and Al Capone was treated unfairly. Brennan is 'hysterical' and Mueller is part of a crime family and the FBI, CIA, NSA and probably the pentagon are all controlled by Hillary and the Deep State. Putin is a nice guy and an honest man and nobody knew about the Russian hacking until after the election. And we tolerate this. We think he's actually the president, that he's not the obvious howling madman he obviously is. 

What the hell is wrong with you people? 

He keeps admitting that he's trying to shut down the investigatio, that it's gone on too long and cost too much although we spent 8 years investigating Bill and 6 years investigation Hillary and that quivering mound of unclean flesh wants more investigation of HER. He's spent more on golf than we have on this and he's made hundreds of millions from using his presidency for personal profit. At the height of it's[sic] power, this country has to die because of pernicious and contagious madness? 

Shame, shame, shame on you fools."

In Trumpistan, irony is dead.

Eric Trump whined via Twitter about disloyal people (he hates them.). He should have known what the response would be:

I truly hate disloyal people

Didn’t your dad cheat on his third wife with a porn star?

Would that mean men who cheat on their wives?

Like men who cheat on their first wife with their future second wife who then cheat on their second wife with their soon to be third wife, and then cheats on the third wife by raw doggin a porn star, pays her off and then lies about it? I could understand your hatred of your dad

President Reagan's daughter, Patti Davis and President Reagan's son, Ron Reagan:

Patti Davis: 

"Those of us who are horrified by the vilification of the news media, those of us who cringe at the sight of angry mobs jeering at the cordoned-off journalists at Trump rallies, far outnumber those who are swept up by this ugly passion. We are still in the majority. But if we are silent, if we don’t speak up, if we don’t raise our voices and say, “This is not America,” it won’t matter that we are in the majority. Silence didn’t create this country; brazen, unwavering commitment did. And one of those commitments was to a free press — one not controlled or hampered by a demagogue who has a good day only when he’s being flattered."

Ron Reagan: 

"You asked if there was any other president we could remember would say anything like this about a fellow American citizen, and the answer is no. Not politically. 

Donald Trump does not appreciate or grasp the dignity of the office he holds. Trump has had the opposite effect. He is not growing into the dignity and the grandeur of the office. He is dragging it through the gutter. That is who he is. No larger self that he is going to assume. This is what he gets. 

Aisha was correct at the beginning. What do you think you are going to get when we install in the office an imbecilic sociopath?"

Thursday, August 16, 2018

Thursday Night with Aretha

The Queen:

Remember the thrill of hearing her sing at President Obama's first inauguration.

 At the Kennedy Center:


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A Free Press Needs You


Like a good dictator wannabe, Generalissimo Trump has called the media the "enemy of the people." The media has hit back with hundreds of independently written editorials on why that is a lie and how dangerous it is for a POTUS to incite people to believe it. 

Trump's vicious attack on the media is unprecedented in modern American history, and it will not stand. Only a coward and a weak leader engages in undermining one of America's foundational rights, freedom of the press. That freedom means the press and other media do not fear reporting and editorializing on the American president.

Donald J. Trump is a simpering coward who cannot tolerate criticism and wishes the media to be nothing more than a syncophantic parasite for him to preen and prance in front of so it records his fake magnificence. Instead the media have reported what he says and does, and that enrages him because it exposes him for the petty, ignorant dictator wannabe that he is.

Thomas Jefferson once said that if he had to make a choice of having a government without newspapers or newspapers without government, he would choose the latter.

I agree. Would that America had only the media and not the scourge of this hideousTrump presidency.

More than 300 newspapers join a nationwide effort to publish editorials in response to Trump's attack on media


Boston Globe receives multiple violent threats shortly after Trump attacked them in Twitter rant

"The threat against the newspaper came hours after President Donald Trump attacked it on his Twitter feed over its role in leading a campaign to get newspapers across the country to denounce his attacks on the media as the “enemy of the people.” “The Boston Globe… is in COLLUSION with other papers on free press,” the president wrote. “PROVE IT!”


The U.S. Senate told Donald Trump to stuff it with his "The media is the enemy of the people" slander!

Senate adopts resolution declaring "the press is not the enemy of the people" 

 "The Senate unanimously passed a resolution Thursday affirming that "the press is not the enemy of the people." President Trump has repeatedly declared that the "fake news" media is the 'enemy of the people.' The resolution, introduced by Democratic Sen. Brian Schatz of Hawaii, passed by unanimous consent."


WASHINGTON (AP) — Former CIA Director John Brennan said Thursday that President Donald Trump yanked his security clearance because his campaign colluded with the Russians to sway the 2016 election and is now desperate to end the special counsel’s investigation. 

 In an opinion piece in The New York Times, Brennan cites press reports and Trump’s own goading of Russia during the campaign to find Democrat Hillary Clinton’s missing emails. 

 Trump himself drew a direct connection between the revocation of Brennan’s clearance and the Russia probe, telling The Wall Street Journal the investigation is a “sham,” and “these people led it!” “So I think it’s something that had to be done,” Trump said. It was a swift departure from the official explanation given by the White House on Wednesday, which cited “the risks” posed by what Trump labeled Brennan’s “erratic conduct and behavior.” 

The president* said he was fulfilling his “constitutional responsibility to protect the nation’s classified information.”

*Never forget that "President" Trump is a bullshitter and a liar.

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And this from LAWFARE:


How White House Threats to Revoke Security Clearances Violate the First Amendment

Rest in peace, dear, dear Aretha.

Another major contributor to the sound track of my youth, and the Queen of the duel Kingdoms of Soul and Detroit. RIP. There will never be another quite like you. Your shadow is long and your footprints deep. I am deeply heartbroken.

Aretha Franklin, The ‘Queen Of Soul,’ Dies At 76

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There are many reasons I'm proud to be living in Massachusetts...

but this may be the best one:

Massachusetts disapproves of Trump more than any state in the country

BOSTON — Massachusetts disapproves of President Donald Trump more than any other state in the country. That’s according to a new poll conducted by The Morning Consult, which says Trump has a disapproval rating of 62 percent in the Bay State. The survey says when Trump was inaugurated in January 2017, Trump had a disapproval rating of 47 percent in the state.

Even our Republican governor, Charlie Baker, disapproves of Trump. He didn't support him in 2016. 

I'm the first to acknowledge our problems, and like any other state, we have many. But overall, Massachusetts leads the other 49 in all quality of life categories.

Massachusetts is the most educated state (reason #1 why Trump is so unpopular. People with intelligence, generally reject the charlatan.)

Massachusetts has the lowest number of uninsured citizens, thanks to Republican governor Mitt Romney's Mass.Health program.

Massachusetts is the healthiest state. (See above.)

Massachusetts is among the top ten states with the most physically fit population.

Massachusetts is in the top 10 states for business friendly states.

Massachusetts isn't even in the top 15 of highest taxed states.

Massachusetts has some of the strictest firearms laws and among the states with the lowest number of firearms deaths.

For physical beauty and recreation, Massachusetts is competitive with our sister states.

Massachusetts has championship teams: Red Sox, Patriots, Celtics, Bruins, and more.

Boston, Massachusetts:  The Cradle of Liberty.

Wednesday, August 15, 2018

When the White House first threatened to revoke the security clearances of Trump critics, a Republican senator said, "It's a banana republic kind of thing."  

Donald Trump did it anyway.

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MindlessTrump cultists...

keep telling themselves that #45 has had great successes. 

Silly numpties!

They're truly, exceptionally, willfully uninformed.

Speaking of mindless Trump cultists, this is for the trolls who come to P.E. daily trying to convince me and themselves that #45 is wildly popular and will be re-elected for a second term. Silly numpties!:


"Only 31 percent of American voters like President Donald Trump as a person, while 59 percent dislike him, according to a Quinnipiac University National Poll released today."

 " 'Not the kind of numbers that gets you a date to the prom - or helps your party as the Midterm Elections approach. Only one in three Americans 'likes' President Donald Trump,' said Tim Malloy, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Poll."

"For President Trump, another Groundhog Day. His job approval gets another cool reception in midst of the sweltering summer. What does it mean? Simple: The base is hanging in and the rest aren't buying in."

And this is especially sweet coming from Ronald Reagan's son, Ron Reagan:

"What do you think you’re going to get when you install in the Oval Office an imbecilic sociopath? Things are not going to turn out well.” -- Ron Reagan on Trump. 


 "White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders apologized for using incorrect numbers to wrongly claim that more jobs have already been created for African Americans under President Trump than there were under former President Barack Obama."

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Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Thinking about Aretha today.

Her family reports that she is gravely ill.

Here she is, being her most excellent self:


Here's the mentally whacko preznit lying to Omarosa when she was fired: 

 "Omarosa Manigault Newman reveals recording she made of Trump day after she was fired.


 "Omarosa? Omarosa what's going on? I just saw on the news that you're thinking about leaving? What happened?" Trump is heard saying on the tape, which Manigault Newman said was made when the president call her one day after her termination in December last year. 

 She responds, "General Kelly came to me and said that you guys wanted me to leave." 

 "Nobody even told me about it," Trump replies. 

 Manigault Newman then says, "Wow," before Trump reiterates his shock. 

 "You know they run a big operation, but I didn't know it,” Trump is heard saying on the tape. "I didn't know that. Goddamn it. I don't love you leaving at all."

Here's a question to ask @realDonald Trump:  Hey, Mr. Preznit! Who hired this "dog" and crazy lowlife in the first place?

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Trump is a disgustingly petulant, petty human being

I've never agreed with most of John McCain's politics, but I do recognize the sacrifices he made and the suffering he endured in service to America.

Trump played tennis while Senator McCain was a POW during the Vietnam conflict. Trump got out of serving his country because of bone spurs; Senator McCain was tortured. For five years.

Cadet Bone Spurs signed an act named for Senator John McCain without mentioning McCain's name once. Without acknowledging Senator McCain's valor and sacrifice. Only a person without human decency could behave in such a dishonorable way. But we have seen, time and time again, that Donald Trump has no honor or human decency. He showed that again today.

Trump Signs Act Named After John McCain Without Mentioning McCain Once 

"The president couldn’t say one nice thing about the senator before signing the John S. McCain National Defense Authorization Act."


"Trump went to Fort Drum in New York to sign the John S. McCain National Defense Authorization Act but did not mention the senator at all in his speech. The president has frequently insulted McCain, a Vietnam veteran and prisoner of war, even as the senator battles an aggressive form of brain cancer."