Paul Revere by Cyrus Dallin, North End, Boston

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Monday, July 24, 2017

Trump Leads Boy Scouts To Boo Former President Obama

Just returned home from taking my grandson to the theater and read this:



The president’s decision to give such an off-the-deep-end rant in front of preteen boys would be shocking if anybody but Trump was delivering the ramble, and social media was quick to weigh in on the spectacle.
After two years I was still naive enough to think "I can eat dinner because he's not going to go on a barely hinged rant to Boy Scouts"
Donald Trump is now asking the Boy Scouts to remember that "incredible night" when he won the election. Seriously.
Trump now telling kids at the Boy Scouts Jamboree about “fake polls” and “fake news” and his “tremendous crowds”
Trump is currently relitigating the 2016 election -- talking Michigan, Wisconsin -- before a crowd of Boy Scouts
Trump says Obama never spoke at a Boy Scouts jamboree. Obama was an actual Boy Scout (probably around the time Trump was dodging the draft).
Boy Scouts of America are booing the first female nominee for President. How proud.
In and of itself, Trump’s speech on Monday was a national embarrassment, whether it was encouraging the crowd to boo for Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama, lashing out about polling, bragging about his 2016 election, or going off on incoherent tangents about his rich friends.
What’s sadder, though, is that this is the Trump we all know and have come to expect, even in front of a crowd of young boys – heck, especially in front of a crowd of young boys.

The president may have been speaking in front of thousands of boy scouts, but he was certainly the most childish person in attendance.

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I have never in my life seen any US president behave with such shocking disregard for the dignity of the office he holds. I truly think Trump is seriously mentally impaired. But if that's not the cause of his stomach-turning, disgusting behavior then he's just a pus-filled evil psychopath.



Scouts booing former Boy Scout and former President Obama is classless and disgraceful.


Beneath the Dignity of the POTUS


UPDATE BELOW

Light posting again this week. I'm spending quality time with my SoCal grandson. But not so light posting that I can't show my readers the immature, embarrassing, and contemptible Donald J. Trump, the disaster of a human being that the 30 percenters still support,

The POTUS calls a U.S. senator "sleazy." Adam Schiff is a decent man who is not afraid to speak truth to power. Trump is despicable and deplorable and bereft of any human decency.

Trump has brought shame and embarrassment to our country and to the office of the presidency. The thirty percenters who blindly support this abcess on our democracy are just as contemptible as Trump is.

The day when Trump leaves the presidency and goes back to his golden tower and takes his disreputable family with him can't come soon eno

 Dear Gawd!:







UPDATE: 


From PM Carpenter:

 The infinitely indecent Mr. Trump 

 "For many conservatives, Trump's character is no longer a glitch … it’s what they love" — Charlie Sykes, from the old, now-defunct school of actual conservatism 

 In his latest online entry, Sykes quotes fellow anti-Trumper Ben Shapiro: 

"Trump’s character is now a thoroughly accepted positive good" among conservatives. "Trump isn’t the engine, he’s the hood ornament for a certain movement that now feels liberated from traditional rules of decent behavior." 

 Sykes also quotes National Review's Jonah Goldberg: 

Trump's "petty vindictiveness" has been "redefined" by conservatives "as leadership." 

 All of which is somewhat superfluous. From the vile hood ornament himself, just three hours ago: 



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And there you have it, straight from the once-dignified office of the U.S. presidency: leadership as petty vindictiveness — embraced and cheered on by modern conservatives, who've lost all sense of decency.

Trump's War on the U.S. Constitution





The Plum Line Opinion \


Trump’s deeply worrisome New York Times interview reveals a lawless president


To see Trump's contempt for the rule of law displayed so nakedly is more unsettling than usual.


Digby:


"Dahlia Lithwick summarizes just a few of the other unresolved questions posed by Donald Trump's asymmetrical warfare against the United States Constitution and the rule of law: 

 'Can the president truly continue to enrich himself and his family by leveraging his office to benefit from foreigners? Can the president really fire the FBI director and admit he was thinking about the Russia probe while doing it? Can the president leak classified information to the Russians in the Oval Office? Can the president’s son take a meeting with Russians who are promising dirt on Hillary Clinton? Can he do that with multiple campaign advisers in the room? Can the president’s son-in-law attend such a meeting and still retain his security clearance? 


 Today, we have a new set of questions to toss on the pile: Can the president really pardon himself and all his friends, family, neighbors, and pets, plus fire Robert Mueller, plus threaten his attorney general?' 

"Answers to those questions are in short supply, Lithwick writes. The system was not designed for a Trump. 

'The Framers erected an edifice of law intended to constrain power, and the president believes that framework is made of spun sugar and cobwebs. The United States is a nation built upon, as John Adams told us, “a government of laws and not of men.” The Trump administration adheres to no law, and whatever men or women keep faith with the law rather than him are discredited as biased against the president. This only goes one way: Norms are for losers, and laws are for poor people. And now Trump has his dream team of mob lawyers and mad dogs hard at work proving that the only lawyer without a disabling conflict of interest is the one pledging fealty to him.'

Sunday, July 23, 2017

We interrupt Trump's daily assault on America and her laws for something completely different...




An Iceberg Flipped Over, and Its Underside Is Breathtaking 

 On vacation in Antarctica, filmmaker and photographer Alex Cornell captured an unusual sight 







While exploring Cierva Cove, a glacial bay off the peninsula, a scientist aboard Cornell's boat became excited by one iceberg in particular. “Everything I was seeing was pretty exciting,” Cornell admits. “This particular iceberg at the time kind of blended in with all the crazy stuff we were seeing.” 

 But as they approached the mass, which rose about 30 feet out the water, Cornell understood his guide’s excitement. Whereas most iceberg tips are covered in snow or have been weathered by the elements, this one was free of debris, exposing glassy, aqua-green ice with water flowing through it—“almost like an ant colony,” he says. 

Friday, July 21, 2017

Friday Night Music


Anthony Scaramucci, Trump's new communication director:


Scaramuccia (literally "little skirmisher"), also known as Scaramouche or Scaramouch, is a stock clown character of the Italian commedia dell'arte. The role combined characteristics of the zanni (servant) and the Capitano (masked henchman). Usually attired in black Spanish dress and burlesquing a don, he was often beaten by Harlequin for his boasting and cowardice.











Sean Spicer Resigns



NYTimes:

"Sean Spicer, the White Huse press secretary, resigned on Friday morning, telling President Trump he vehemently disagreed with the appointment of the New York financier Anthony Scaramucci as communications director.

Mr. Trump offered Mr. Scaramucci the job at 10 a.m. The president requested that Mr. Spicer stay on, but Mr. Spicer told Mr. Trump that he believed the appointment was a major mistake, according to a person with direct knowledge of the exchange."



NOTE:   Scaramucci began his career at Goldman Sachs.

How many Goldman Sachs vultures are now in Donald "I'm Gonna Drain The Swamp" Trump's administration?


This is Scaramucci BEFORE he decided to work for Donald Trump and when he had a conscience:


“I don’t like the way he talks about women, I don’t like the way he talks about our friend Megyn Kelly. And you know what, the politicians don’t want to go at Trump because he’s got a big mouth and because [they’re] afraid he’s going to light them up on Fox News and all these other places. 


But I’m not a politician. Bring it. You’re an inherited money dude from Queens County. Bring it, Donald.”