Paul Revere by Cyrus Dallin, North End, Boston

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.On Presidents' Day, A Nation Turns Its Lonely Eyes To You

.On Presidents' Day, A Nation Turns Its Lonely Eyes To You
A gentleman, scholar, and last real president, Barack Hussein Obama

Monday, February 20, 2017

The Real Enemy of the American People


"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






Trump tweeted: 

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.

RESIST the 

Sunday, February 19, 2017

Sunday Night Funnies

Tiny Trumps is a new subreddit page that features the little fella in his daily life. From Melania making sure he doesn't take a tumble to Obama doing his best not to laugh to Trumpkin entertaining Justin Trudeau, Tiny Trumps is my current go-to when I need a good chuckle.
           

SUNDAY FAKE FAITH BLOG




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Saturday, February 18, 2017

Saturday Night Music

Let's get away from the madness of King Donald and enjoy some art:


Alexander Hamilton!






What?




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.


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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.

Really, really funny...


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

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The unnaturally fluorescent mass of insecurities, apparently incapable of understanding basic logic, told press that the real story was how incredible it was and how much everyone loved 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

Trump's Narcissistic Personality Disorder



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."


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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?

TRUMP'S PUBLIC HUMILIATION


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. 

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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.


I`m like the most covered guy ever..I mean no one else in history has had so very many covers..ever..Did I mention my overwhelming landslide election? I mean, like never have we had such a mandate by the people..you know, all the real people.



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Thursday, February 16, 2017

YOU LIE!

Lord Dampnut took the media to task today in his dumpster fire of a presser, calling the media dishonest, a disgrace, and its news "fake."  

He then proceeded to promote his own alternative facts and fake news, bragging about his much less than epic electoral college win which, contrary to what this bizarre man says, was not greater than any Republican's electoral college win. Trump is a championship bull$hi++er, but facts are stubborn things and even though Trump can bull$hi+ his supporters, the rest of the country and the world know him for the repulsive fake and liar that he is.


SNOLLYGOSTER-IN-CHIEF





CNN Smashes Trump’s Lie That He Inherited A Mess From President Obama

Immediately after the conclusion of President Trump's press conference, CNN's John King used facts to prove that Trump's claim that he inherited a mess from former President Obama was a lie.











 NBC’s Peter Alexander gives Trump in-person fact check 
By MATTHEW NUSSBAUM 02/16/17 01:50 PM EST


No, Trump's victory was not the biggest Electoral College win since Reagan


When NBC News' Peter Alexander pointed out the inaccuracy, Trump said he meant he won the largest electoral win of any Republican since Reagan. He was informed that George H.W. Bush won with 426 votes in 1988.

FACT CHECK:
Pres Trump claims "biggest electoral college win since Ronald Reagan."

Not true. Pres Obama won 332 in 2012.
"I was given that information," Trump said. "We had a very, very big margin."




That's the sort of sloppy, maladroit administration Lord Dampnut is running. Someone gives him some information, and he runs with it without checking its veracity. Then the facts come out, and Trump looks like a braggadocio clown.




Seth Meyers Explains Trump's "Winning" So Far

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

FOUR STAR GENERAL: White House in Chaos and Turmoil




NYT: Trump Team Had "Repeated Contacts" With Russian Intelligence During the Presidential Campaign



Phone records and intercepted calls show that members of Donald J. Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign and other Trump associates had repeated contacts with senior Russian intelligence officials in the year before the election, according to four current and former American officials. 

 American law enforcement and intelligence agencies intercepted the communications around the same time that they were discovering evidence that Russia was trying to disrupt the presidential election by hacking into the Democratic National Committee....The intercepts alarmed American intelligence and law enforcement agencies, in part because of the amount of contact that was occurring while Mr. Trump was speaking glowingly about the Russian president, Vladimir V. Putin....The officials said the intercepted communications were not limited to Trump campaign officials, and included other associates of Mr. Trump.








The Fiscal Times:



Republicans and Democrats alike press for an intensive investigation into ties between the Russian government and the nascent Trump administration, concern about the ability of the White House to manage a national security crisis has apparently spread into the highest ranks of the U.S. military.

 On Tuesday morning, speaking [at] a conference on special operations and low intensity conflict near Washington, a prominent four-star general suggested that the chaos in the White House, which saw the resignation of National Security Adviser Michael Flynn late Monday night, could bleed into the military’s readiness.

General Raymond A. Thomas, who leads the Pentagon’s Special Operations Command, told his audience, “Our government continues to be in unbelievable turmoil,” The New York Times reported. “I hope they sort it out soon because we’re a nation at war.” He said that his command has remained “focused” on its mission. However, he also told the Times, “As a commander, I’m concerned our government be as stable as possible.”

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The revelation that Flynn was allowed to remain in the White House Situation Room has infuriated critics of the Trump administration, including Arizona Republican Sen. John McCain, who chairs the Senate Armed Services Committee.


“General Flynn’s resignation is a troubling indication of the dysfunction of the current national security apparatus,” McCain said in a statement Tuesday. “As our nation confronts the most complex and diverse array of global challenges since the end of World War II, it is imperative that the President select a new national security adviser who is empowered by clear lines of authority and responsibility and possesses the skills and experience necessary to organize the national security system across our government.” 

 He added, “General Flynn’s resignation also raises further questions about the Trump administration’s intentions toward Vladimir Putin’s Russia, including statements by the President suggesting moral equivalence between the United States and Russia despite its invasion of Ukraine, annexation of Crimea, threats to our NATO allies, and attempted interference in American elections.”




What are the Republicans in Congress afraid of? 

Trump? 

He's disliked by our allies around the globe, thanks to his disastrous attempts at foreign diplomacy. Trump's approval rating here at home is historic -- historically low for a new president:  40% approve of the mess he's made -- so far, it may sink even lower.

He's shown America that his so-called business "smarts" have translated into turmoil and chaos. IOW, his aptitude for lying, bullying, and being an all around embarrassing political outsider (and jerk) has not served him well as a president. Leading a country isn't like being the CEO of a company. Trump and his supporters are bitterly finding that out every day.


THIS:

Peter Daou
8 hrs

With the NYT reporting that Trump campaign aides had "repeated contacts with Russian intelligence" the unavoidable question:
Is Hillary Clinton the rightful President of the United States?


The president's reaction to this avalanche of allegations?

This:

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Tuesday, February 14, 2017

FLYNN OUT




From the WaPo: 


 A senior Trump administration official said that the White House was aware of the matter, adding that “we’ve been working on this for weeks.” 

 The current and former officials said that although they believed that Pence was misled about the contents of Flynn’s communications with the Russian ambassador, they couldn’t rule out that Flynn was acting with the knowledge of others in the transition.




David Gergen:

“What is missing from the story so far is the president of the United States. Wh[at] did he know and when did he know it,” Gergen said, invoking former Sen Howard Baker’s comment that opened the gates for Nixon’s resignation in the face of impeachment. 

 “If they had a report to the legal counsel, the general counsel would have presumably reported to the president, why is Flynn still there?” Gergen continued. “It’s unimaginable that the White House general counsel would sit on it, not tell anybody else in the White House. In every White House I’ve ever been in, this would go to the president like that,” he said as he snapped his fingers. 

 “This is very serious stuff. If you’re told that your national security adviser is potentially vulnerable to blackmail by the Russians, that is extremely serious,” he concluded.


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Monday, February 13, 2017

"...no challenge is to great."




Can this Keystone Kops presidency get anything right?



PAY ATTENTION, AMERICA! THIS IS HAPPENING RIGHT NOW!




Well, this is a first.



I've never seen this in my lifetime!

Our closest ally and good friend, the UK, has postponed Trump's visit to a later date because of the huge number of protesters who have promised to demonstrate against him.

Unpresidented!






Donald Trump visit to the UK 'will be rescheduled' to avoid embarrassing him 

Holding it in late summer means that parliament will be in recess – and won't be around to object


The trip had initially been scheduled to happen around June, according to a comment from the London police chief last week. It has also been suggested that the Government might look to move the visit away from London, as a way of avoiding any protests. But politicians and activists have warned the President that he won't be able to escape the "biggest protest in British history", no matter where the trip gets moved to.


LETTER FROM LONDON 

Why Britain loves to hate Donald Trump 

The Parliament debate Monday on banning the Republican shows how he has touched a raw nerve.


Trump Has Become The Most Hated Man In Scotland Since Edward Longshanks

These are our closest allies and cultural cousins. I've never witnessed this much animosity toward an American president from our friends. Yet, his far right supporters don't see him for the fool Trump is and how much of the world despises him.

Sunday, February 12, 2017

SUNDAY NIGHT FUNNIES






HOW DO YOU SEE TRUMP?






Sunday "He's a Nut" Blog




HE'S A NUT


A prominent conservative Christian is calling for women to be prohibited from having any leadership roles in our society whatsoever. 

 American Family Association radio host Bryan Fischer bellowed about the probability that a woman will be the leader of the United States during his show on Friday. 

 As usual, Fischer claimed that God specifically reserves leadership roles for men only, even in the home and used the Bible as proof:

"That’s always the pattern in the word of God. The kings were all males, when you had a departure from that with Jezebel and Athaliah, it was not a good thing, it did not work out well. Leadership in the church is reserved for men, leadership in the home is reserved for men. In other words, in God’s economy, he has designed leadership and authority in society and in the church and in the home to be exercised by men. 

I think you could make a good case that leadership in culture, society, politically as well as in the home, that that is something in God’s economy that’s reserved for men. 

What if somebody had the courage to go on national TV, somebody of some kind of prominence or visibility, and said, ‘Look, I’m going to vote for Trump because he’s a man. I don’t believe that women should be entrusted with high political office’ … That’s the position I happen to take."







In the comments section of this post, I mention a Netflix series, Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz, which deals with what many women have been up against from ancient times to, sadly, the present from ignorant fools like Bryan Fisher:

Here's a brief background on Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz as a testament to what women have been subjected to and have overcome throughout the ages (The introduction to this video shows the date of Sor Juana Inés's birth as 1948, which is an error. She was born in 1648):


Saturday, February 11, 2017

SATURDAY NIGHT DANCING

Donald Trump: A Brute Authoritarian



Clearly, #45 is mentally unstable.

Andrew Sullivan: "THERE IS...MADNESS."  


"I think this is a fundamental reason why so many of us have been so unsettled, anxious, and near panic these past few months. It is not so much this president’s agenda. That always changes from administration to administration. It is that when the linchpin of an entire country is literally delusional, clinically deceptive, and responds to any attempt to correct the record with rage and vengeance, everyone is always on edge. There is no anchor any more. At the core of the administration of the most powerful country on earth, there is, instead, madness."



Trump makes groundless New Hampshire voter fraud claim.

Weeks ago, Lord Dampnut claimed the only reason he lost the popular vote was because 3 million illegals voted for Hillary.  That, of course, is a lie, and everyone on the planet, except Lord Dampnut's easily duped supporters, know it.

But there's a method to Trump's madness and his chronic lying:




Adam Gopnik of The New Yorker writes:  "...rereading Orwell, one is reminded of what Orwell got right about this kind of brute authoritarianism—and that was essentially that it rests on lies told so often, and so repeatedly, that fighting the lie becomes not simply more dangerous but more exhausting than repeating it. Orwell saw, to his credit, that the act of falsifying reality is only secondarily a way of changing perceptions. It is, above all, a way of asserting power."

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"When Trump repeats the ridiculous story about the three million illegal voters—a story that no one who knows, that not a single White House “staffer,” not a single Republican congressman actually believes to be true—he does not really care if anyone believes it, even if, at some crazy level, he does, sort of. People aren’t meant to believe it; they’re meant to be intimidated by it. The lie is not a claim about specific facts; the lunacy is a deliberate challenge to the whole larger idea of sanity. Once a lie that big is in circulation, trying to reel the conversation back into the territory of rational argument becomes impossible."

Andrew Sullivan:

"Trump’s lies are different. They are direct refutations of reality — and their propagation and repetition is about enforcing his power rather than wriggling out of a political conundrum. They are attacks on the very possibility of a reasoned discourse, the kind of bald-faced lies that authoritarians issue as a way to test loyalty and force their subjects into submission. 

That first press conference when Sean Spicer was sent out to lie and fulminate to the press about the inauguration crowd reminded me of some Soviet apparatchik having his loyalty tested to see if he could repeat in public what he knew to be false. It was comical, but also faintly chilling. What do I mean by denial of empirical reality? 

Take one of the most recent. On Wednesday, Senator Richard Blumenthal related the news that Judge Neil Gorsuch, Trump’s nominee for the long-vacant Supreme Court seat, had told him that the president’s unprecedented, personal attacks on federal judges were “disheartening” and “demoralizing.” Within half an hour, this was confirmed by Gorsuch’s White House–appointed spokesman, who was present for the conversation. CNN also reported that Senator Ben Sasse had heard Gorsuch say exactly the same thing, with feeling, as did former senator Kelly Ayotte. 

 The president nonetheless insisted twice yesterday that Blumenthal had misrepresented his conversation with Gorsuch — first in an early morning tweet and then, once again, yesterday afternoon, in front of the television cameras. To add to the insanity, he also tweeted that in a morning interview, Chris Cuomo had never challenged Blumenthal on his lies about his service in Vietnam — when the tape clearly shows it was the first thing Cuomo brought up."


Trump is clearly a danger to our American democracy. We need to continue to expose him for the reckless liar that he is. The media need to call him out every time he puts out a lie. And never be afraid to call him a LIAR! 

The POTUS is a disgrace to our Constitution and our country. 

Resist him and his lies.

Friday, February 10, 2017

Here's the problem: TRUMP CAN'T READ.

Either that or he has no reading comprehension skills. Or he's just plain slap-stick stupid:

  1. The failing does major FAKE NEWS China story saying "Mr.Xi has not spoken to Mr. Trump since Nov.14." We spoke at length yesterday!









 "...here are the first ten words of the New York Times article he’s disputing: 

“President Trump told President Xi Jinping of China on Thursday evening…” 

See the problem here? The very first line of the article makes clear that Trump and Xi spoke yesterday, yet Trump either didn’t – or couldn’t – read it. 

 Instead, Trump was trying to quote from the next to the last sentence of the Times article, which reads: 

“Mr. Xi, stung by Mr. Trump’s unorthodox telephone call with the president of Taiwan in December and his subsequent assertion that the United States might no longer abide by the One China policy, had not spoken to Mr. Trump since Nov. 14, the week after he was elected.”





How can this country expect anything but chaos, misrepresentation, and reckless stupidity from the Maniac in Chief when his latest Tweet rant is so hopelessly wrong?

This is another glimpse into how Lord Dampnut  conducts himself as POTUS: 

FAILURE.