Friday, December 13, 2019
"A howler monkey weighs little more than a pug but can roar as loud as a tiger. Researchers at Cambridge University have found a surprising trade-off across howler species: the louder a male’s roar, the smaller his reproductive organs. His testicles, to be specific."
Thursday, December 12, 2019
"Less than a week after video of Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and European leaders mocking him at a NATO summit went viral, Trump claimed, absurdly, that 'this country is so respected. And we were not respected four years ago. We were laughed at.'
And just hours after a federal judge blocked his plan to spend billions of military dollars on his border wall, Trump said 'we’re building it and it’s fine and we have the military money coming in from the military. Believe me ... we started winning in court.' ”
However, one jealous little juvenile tweeter couldn't let this accolade go by without showing his envy and childish response.
Trump, instead of acting like a normal adult and congratulating Greta, lashed out at her and made a pathetic ass of himself, as is his usual behavior.
What a vindictive, infantile creep America has for a POTUS!
Wednesday, December 11, 2019
"...incumbent presidents almost always benefit from a strong economy, and right now job growth is robust and average hourly earnings are up — but Trump’s poll numbers are not:
“Instead of enjoying anything close to overwhelming popularity because of the economy, Mr. Trump’s national approval rating has remained low, dropping about two percentage points to 41 percent since the Ukraine story broke.’’
“Stock Markets Up Record Numbers,” Trump tweeted on Friday, adding, “It’s the economy, stupid.”
Yes, it’s the economy, stupid — when you have a president who is not violating his oath to preserve and protect the Constitution. But if you read today’s poll numbers alongside the economy numbers, it turns out that more than a few Americans are saying, “It’s the Constitution, stupid — and unlike you, Mr. Trump, we value some things more than money.”
We care about having a president who does not lie 20 times a day. We care about having a president who does not demean his opponents and mock their physical appearance. We care about having a president who does not take the word of Russia’s president over that of his own intelligence services. We care about having a president who is not caught up in conspiracy theories, which he then makes everyone around him chase. We care about having a president who values our nonpartisan public servants. We care about having a president who wants to be the president of the whole country, not just his base.
And most of all, we care about having a president who takes seriously his oath to preserve and protect our Constitution. Without that, we will end up one day morally and financially bankrupt. How many Americans will still feel that way on Election Day remains to be seen and will also depend on the Democrats’ alternative. But for now, it’s good to know that it’s a significant number — that despite three years of Donald Trump’s presidency, the country still has a civic pulse."
Trump is at 41% approval. The economy is important, but honesty, decency, and the rule of law is, thankfully, more important to Americans.
Tuesday, December 10, 2019
President Donald Trump complied with a court order on Tuesday and paid $2 million to settle charges that the Trump Foundation misused charitable funds.
Consider that. The man the GOP worships and is fiercely loyal to had to settle in court $2 million for cheating his own charitable foundation. What kind of a venal, low-life swindler gets people to contribute to a charity and then uses those donations for his own benefit? Trump's supposedly a billionaire, but had no qualms about stealing money from his own charity to enrich himself.
Trump has always said he "never settles." Well he settled this time. ( And he settled for $25 million in his Trump U. scam!)
What the hell kind of person does this sort of thing?
A fraudster! That's the kind.Trump's supporters knew this about him before and after they voted for him.
And even now, as he faces impeachment charges, they believe this dishonorable liar and cheat is worth standing up for.
This is the very definition of a cult and its cultists.
Read the rest of the report below from TPM:
"Trump paid out the civil penalty to eight different charities as part of the resolution of a lawsuit brought by the New York State Attorney General’s office.
The state-level settlement forced the President to pay $250,000 to eight different charities, and split an additional $1.8 million remaining in the Trump Foundation’s bank account among the eight charities. “Charities are not a means to an end, which is why these damages speak to the president’s abuse of power and represent a victory for not-for-profits that follow the law,” said New York Attorney General Letitia James.
Each charity ended up receiving $476,140.41 under the settlement. Trump was also forced to admit to misusing charitable funds as part of the settlement.
The Trump Foundation came under scrutiny by the Washington Post’s David Fahrenthold, who tried to verify that the charity was making contributions. Fahrenthold – who received a Pulitzer for his work – instead found that the contributions had not been disbursed, leading to the NY AG investigation.
The Trump Foundation agreed to dissolve in December 2018, and a November 2019 court order mandated that the President pay up the additional funds. James’ office holds wide authority over charities registered in New York state."
WASHINGTON — House Democratic leaders announced Tuesday that they would move ahead this week with two articles of impeachment against President Trump charging him with abuse of power and obstruction of Congress, accusing him of violating the Constitution when he pressed Ukraine for help in the 2020 election.
Speaking from a wood-paneled reception room just off the floor of the House, Speaker Nancy Pelosi and leaders of several key committees said that Mr. Trump’s actions toward Ukraine, and his efforts to block Congress’s attempt to investigate, had left them no choice but to pursue one of the Constitution’s gravest remedies. The move will bring a sitting president to the brink of impeachment for only the fourth time in American history.
Trump to meet with Russian foreign minister Tuesday
Meanwhile, later today, Trump will meet with Russian foreign minister, Sergei Lavrov. This will be the second time Trump has met with Lavrov, an unusual meeting.
Trump has not met with Ukraine ally, President Zelensky, but will meet for the second time, the Russian foreign minister, along with Secy. of State, Pompeo, in a closed-door meeting with no American media allowed.
Monday, December 9, 2019
Trump whined about this incessantly for years. And because Trump is a known, documented liar, I never believed it.
Now his own IG, after an investigation of Trump's charges, has found that the FBI made errors but there was never a plot or conspiracy to get Trump.
WASHINGTON — A long-awaited report by the Justice Department’s inspector general released on Monday sharply criticized the F.B.I.’s handling of a wiretap application used in the early stages of its Russia investigation but debunked President Trump’s accusations that former bureau leaders engaged in a politicized conspiracy to sabotage him.
Sunday, December 8, 2019
Today they countenance and embrace as if JC himself a President who lies and cheats and breaks the law and undermines the Constitution while literally wrapping himself in the flag.
Too many conservative Christians are the worst kind of bigots and hypocrites while simultaneously thinking that they own the only road to God.
If they are contemptible, they do it to themselves and pollute everything around them as Trump does, and then they project it onto others just like he does! Their fears are self created and they need therapy; God cannot help those who hate and fear."
A Christian psychologist who has not been bewitched by the odious Trump:
"Is Trump Morally Ill Beyond Normal Standards of Human Decency?
The simple answer is yes. Given how narcissistic and sociopathic Trump is, he fundamentally doesn’t believe that the rules of moral behavior or social norms apply to him. That is the primary reason he has spent his adult life breaking one biblical commandment, federal law, and social norm after another.
As much as people hoped Trump would take a turn for the better after becoming president, he has only grown more mentally and morally disturbed and defiant since assuming the powers of the presidency
Trump is an incredibly arrogant person. Perhaps the most arrogant statement he ever uttered during his run for office was ‘I alone can fix it’ when referring to our country’s many problems. Trump has said he is ‘the chosen one,’ done more in a shorter period of time than any other president, ‘so great looking and smart, a true Stable Genius’ and someone who knows more than anyone else about technology, money, taxes, ISIS, campaign finance, renewables, courts, steelworkers, real estate, construction, banks, trade, nuclear weapons, lawsuits and a myriad of other topics than those who are experts in these areas.
There is very little, if anything, that is humble about Trump. When questioned about whether or not he had ever asked God for forgiveness, Trump said he didn’t think he had because he hadn’t done anything bad enough to warrant God’s forgiveness.
Another core aspect of Trump’s moral pathology is his lack of compassion and empathy for other people’s emotional pain and suffering. Examples of his lack of empathy for the feelings of others are too numerous to go into here but certainly include his abusive verbal attacks on people who disagree with him, his cold-heartedness about ripping children out their parent’s arms at our southern border, and telling the wife of a soldier who was killed in battle that her husband knew what he had signed up for in becoming a soldier.
Thurman ends his VERY lengthy op-ed by quoting from one of the mental health professionals who contributed to The Dangerous Case of Donald Trump, psychologist John Gartner. This is one of many of the statements in the book that evangelicals would be wise to listen to and act on:
‘Trump is a profoundly evil man exhibiting malignant narcissism. His worsening hypomania is making him increasingly more irrational, grandiose, paranoid, aggressive, irritable, and impulsive. Trump is bad, mad, and getting worse. He evinces the most destructive and dangerous collection of psychiatric symptoms possible for a leader. The worst-case scenario is now our reality.’ "
Saturday, December 7, 2019
Friday, December 6, 2019
Thursday, December 5, 2019
"So the man who demeans, ridicules, and attacks others is getting a little taste of his own medicine. This is not one leader mocking Trump in a news conference or something. This is a group of leaders having cocktails and having a laugh at Trump's expense. The bully is not to be feared. And Trump's response will be to lash out at these folks. Just like a bully would do. No 'I had that coming' moment for Trump. No Sir. He will fall on the floor and pound his hands and feet on the floor and yell 'It's not fair. I will make them pay'. Oh the base can sit there and support him 'being tough on the world stage'. But when all you get out of being tough is the people you are trying to strong arm laughing in your face, at some point you need to recognize that all the kids on the playground you have been bullying are now banding together and refusing to kowtow to the bully. It worked for a while, but Mr. Toughguy is no longer to be feared."
Wednesday, December 4, 2019
Fascinating. The impeachment experts are terrific.
Meanwhile, the man-child who pretends to be POTUS has embarrassed America once again while he was abroad.
Even Boris Johnson laughed at Trump.
At the NATO summit, President QuidProQuo acted like a lunatic, other NATO leaders talk about his lunacy, and then he gets mad and runs home like a lunatic.
Trump said other countries were "laughing at us" more than 50 time before he was elected president. He said it would stop under him.
The President of the United States is viewed as a blubbering fool by his colleagues and is a laughing stock on the world stage.