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« Reply #16780 on: September 01, 2019, 04:46:02 PM »
A second term would take a very long time to recover from.

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« Reply #16781 on: September 02, 2019, 11:15:26 AM »

     Trump expresses surprise, again, that Category 5 exists

     In the ongoing saga of mental deterioration that is Trump, this stands out. How many times can he be surprised by the existence of Category 5 hurricanes? How many more times can he never have heard of them and know about them?

“I’m not sure I’ve ever even heard of a Category 5. I knew it existed. And I’ve seen some Category 4s. You don’t even see them that much. But a Category 5 is something that, uh, I don’t know that I’ve never even heard the term, other than I know it’s there. That’s the ultimate. And that’s what we have, unfortunately.”

     Indeed we do have unfortunately that. Also do most people not know about it?
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« Reply #16782 on: September 02, 2019, 11:19:01 AM »
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« Reply #16783 on: September 04, 2019, 04:11:41 PM »
Trump’s Wacky, Angry, and Extreme August

"esident Trump ended August as he began it, with a blast of angry tweets, ad-hominem insults, and bizarre fulminations that have become so standard that they no longer receive the attention they deserve—emanating, as they do, from the world’s most powerful leader. In between retweeting hurricane-preparation warnings, Trump spent the final day of the month attacking the “Disgusting and foul mouthed Omarosa” Manigault, his former adviser, who wrote a tell-all book about her short time in the Administration; the “Crooked Cop” James Comey, the former F.B.I. director, whom he fired; and the “even dumber” former C.I.A. director John Brennan. He bragged about low Labor Day gas prices, although they were actually lower on the Labor Day before he became President. He congratulated his friend Sean Hannity for the ratings on his Fox News “shoe.” A day earlier, he had tweeted what appeared to be a classified image from his intelligence briefing of “a catastrophic accident” at an Iranian missile-launch site, a Presidential leak of secret information on social media that would have been, needless to say, unthinkable in another Presidency.

All of this took place when Trump was supposed to be in Poland, for a sombre commemoration of the beginning of the Second World War. He cancelled the trip, however, citing the need to monitor the progress of Hurricane Dorian, which was threatening Florida. Instead, he watched Fox News; tweeted nearly two dozen times before noon on Saturday, August 31st; and then motorcaded to a Trump-branded golf course for his two hundred and twenty-sixth day on the links at one of his own properties since becoming President. (That statistic came from Kyle Griffin, an MSNBC producer who keeps track of this particular niche Trump metric.) The Poland trip wasn’t even the first foreign visit that Trump cancelled last month. He was supposed to have gone to Denmark earlier in August, but he refused, in a fit of pique, after the Danish government mocked his efforts to buy Greenland—which was, of course, another Oval Office antic that, had it occurred a few years ago, no one would have believed.

Trump not only makes us believe it now but, as we approach the three-year mark of his upset victory, in 2016, his project has succeeded in such a confounding way that it seems as though Americans will now believe anything—and nothing at all. Today there are few things too extreme not to have plausibly come out of the mouth, or the Twitter feed, of the forty-fifth President. In August, Trump called himself the “Chosen One” for his confrontation with China, grinned and flashed a thumbs-up during a photo op with the family of mass-shooting victims, accused Jews who voted for Democrats of “great disloyalty,” and called the chairman of the Federal Reserve an “enemy” of the United States. He cheered the robbery of a Democratic congressman’s home and labelled various critics “nasty and wrong,” “pathetic,” “highly unstable,” “wacko,” “psycho,” and “lunatic,” among other insults. The daily stream of invective was dizzying to keep track of, and so voluminous as to almost insure that no one could, in fact, do so. [...]"


worth reading the whole thing, but I'll just highlight these:

[...]"The Trump Twitter archive records two hundred and eighty-seven Trump tweets and retweets in August, 2017, compared to six hundred and eighty in August, 2019—and the volume seems to have been turned up along with the frequency. Today’s Trump is not just more prone to misspeaking and stumbling, he is also more overtly confrontational more of the time, more immersed in a daily cycle of Presidential punditry, and more casually incendiary with his words and sentiments."

[...]"Two years ago, Trump used his feed to criticize, belittle, or humiliate specific targets fourteen times in the month of August. (Interestingly, many were Republican senators who were still offering him resistance, including “publicity-seeking Lindsey Graham,” who is now one of his most faithful public promoters, and the Senate Majority Leader, Mitch McConnell, whom Trump disparaged as a “loser.”) In August of this year, the number shot up: the President made or shared fifty-two direct insults on his Twitter feed, by my count. Many were aimed at individual members of the media—from “Crazy Lawrence O’Donnell,” of MSNBC, to “Lunatic” Chris Cuomo, of CNN, to “Psycho” Mika Brzezinski, of MSNBC, and “pathetic” Juan Williams, of Fox. Other targets who were singled out included “the Three Stooges running against me in the G.O.P. primary”; Denmark; nato; the euro; “car company executives”; “Sleepy Joe Biden” (August 10th: “Does anybody really believe he is mentally fit to be President?”); Beto O’Rourke; liberal Hollywood, “the true racists”; the “anti-Semite” Representative Rashida Tlaib; the “nut job” Anthony Scaramucci, the former Trump White House communications director who finally broke with his former boss last month; and, in a retweet to start off the month, “the nipple-height mayor of Londonistan.”

[...]"#crookedjournalism,” as he called it on August 18th, was the subject of twenty-six complaining tweets in August, 2017—and eighty this August. This escalation seems to be by design, rather than the result of indiscipline or passing fits of anger, at least in the sense that, as Trump himself said in a tweet last month, he hopes his criticism of the media will be one of the lasting accomplishments of his tenure. "

[...]"We’re barely forty-eight hours into September, and the President has already claimed that he’s never heard of a Category 5 hurricane; got into a public spat with the star of the sitcom “Will & Grace”; congratulated Poland on the anniversary of the Nazi invasion, in 1939; and played more golf at a Trump resort. The election, if you are counting, is four hundred and twenty-six days away."



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« Reply #16784 on: September 04, 2019, 04:26:48 PM »
The Borowitz Report:

Americans Envious That Tiffany Trump Never Hears from Dad

"Millions of Americans envy Tiffany Trump for never hearing from her father, a new poll reveals.

According to the poll, conducted by the University of Minnesota’s Opinion Research Institute, Tiffany Trump’s unique placement beyond the reach of her father’s voice has made her the most envied woman in America.

Although Donald Trump took the extraordinary step of emitting the word “Tiffany” in remarks to reporters last week, the rarity of that utterance only served to remind Americans of just how fortunate Tiffany was to be off her father’s radar.

“In all our years of polling, it’s highly unusual to find one person so universally envied,” Davis Logsdon, who supervised the poll, said. “People in virtually every demographic group ‘strongly agreed’ with the statement, ‘God, I wish I were Tiffany Trump.’ ”

The poll finds Tiffany Trump sitting atop a list of the most envied women in America, well ahead of Beyoncé, Taylor Swift, and MacKenzie Bezos, who has a net worth of thirty-five billion dollars."

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« Reply #16785 on: September 05, 2019, 08:53:15 AM »
The dishonest fakers at the Amazon Washington Post and the failing New York Times are again attacking your favorite president, this time for playing golf while a Category 5 hurricane took aim at the United States. Bad people! Everybody knows the best way to prepare for a hurricane is by playing golf.Beating a Category 5 is nothing if you can birdie a par five (the 590-yard 12th hole on Trump National Golf Club’s Championship Course is “monstrous”). Though recent hurricanes have been some of “the wettest we’ve ever seen, from the standpoint of water,” they are less intimidating after you’ve survived the eighth hole of the Riverview Course: not one but two merciless water hazards blocking your approach.
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« Reply #16786 on: September 05, 2019, 02:24:19 PM »

     Eisenhower played golf. Trump plays golf. They are different in some respects.

     


     
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« Reply #16787 on: September 06, 2019, 01:49:38 PM »

     'He's losing his s---': Trump's advisers are increasingly worried about his mental state following days of erratic behavior

As of Friday afternoon, Trump had posted 12 tweets and five maps about Alabama and the storm to try to prove his original tweet was correct, despite the fact that he'd been publicly rebuked by the National Weather Service. He also showed reporters an altered map of the storm's path on Wednesday to defend his claims, a move that may even be illegal, according to federal law.

"He's deteriorating in plain sight," one Republican strategist who's in frequent contact with the White House told Insider on Friday.

Asked why the president was obsessed with Alabama instead of the states that would actually be affected by the storm, the strategist said, "you should ask a psychiatrist about that; I'm not sure I'm qualified to comment."


   
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« Reply #16788 on: September 06, 2019, 03:45:14 PM »
Be it noted that today, the sixth of September in the 2017th year of the common era, is the 959th straight  day in which the President of the United States has engaged in erratic behavior.

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« Reply #16789 on: September 06, 2019, 04:21:32 PM »
Be it noted that today, the sixth of September in the 2017th year of the common era, is the 959th straight  day in which the President of the United States has engaged in erratic behavior.

And the country's Republicans are good with that.
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« Reply #16790 on: September 07, 2019, 06:51:36 AM »
Be it noted that today, the sixth of September in the 2017th year of the common era, is the 959th straight  day in which the President of the United States has engaged in erratic behavior.

     Insiders are reporting he's getting worse. He's manipulated someone at NOAA to issue a bogus confirmation of his Alabama fixation, as if a statement issued days later could alter facts about prior authoritative statements on the course the hurricane would take. Whether this indicates a worse state of mind or the same state of mind revealed in all it's insane clown-ness I can't be certain.

     It could be that Trump gets worse as pressure builds on multiple fronts.
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« Reply #16791 on: September 07, 2019, 09:26:47 AM »
     Insiders are reporting he's getting worse. He's manipulated someone at NOAA to issue a bogus confirmation of his Alabama fixation, as if a statement issued days later could alter facts about prior authoritative statements on the course the hurricane would take. Whether this indicates a worse state of mind or the same state of mind revealed in all it's insane clown-ness I can't be certain.

     It could be that Trump gets worse as pressure builds on multiple fronts.

Where's Chris Christie, when he needs his doughnuts?!
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« Reply #16792 on: September 07, 2019, 04:07:55 PM »
Sarah Huckabee Sanders Unclear On Why She Is Not A Feminist Icon

"Sarah Huckabee Sanders made her big debut on Fox and Friends yesterday in full-on Pitiful Pearl mode (minus the jaunty head scarf), whining about how terrible it is that so many other women do not think it was awesome that her actual job was to lie on behalf of a man who bragged about his tendency to grab women by the pussy. So much for empowerment, huh!

This came up, naturally, when co-host Steve Doocy asked if she still gets people coming up to her and saying terrible things and asking her to leave their restaurants all the time.

Via The Hill:

"Sometimes. You know, it usually depends on where I am in the country. Back home in Arkansas, things have been so far pretty easy and very welcoming," she began, before adding: "But every once in a while, you always have somebody who comes up to say something nasty to you."

"Like what," Doocy asked.

"What I always find interesting is 99 percent of the people who come over to say something negative, and to attack you, are women. And I find that very startling from a group of people that claim to be the champions of women empowerment," Sanders said.

"I am only the third woman and the first mom to ever be the White House press secretary," she continued. "And yet women attack me relentlessly, instead of being proud that we have more women doing those types of jobs."

"Do you ever say that to them?" co-host Ainsley Earhardt asked.

"Sometimes. But, usually, what they're looking for is a reaction. So, I always find it's best to nod, smile and say thank you for your time and walk on," Sanders said.

True. It's like how everyone always talks about how Elizabeth Bathory maybe murdered like 650 people but they never mention that she basically managed a big chunk of Hungary all on her own while her husband was away at war. Or how no one talks about how Leona Helmsley really made her mark as a woman in the real estate and hotel businesses. And no one ever talks about how Imelda Marcos later ran her very own business, selling shoes and accessories. All just because they were really bad people who did bad things! So unfair!

You see, conservatives believe that it doesn't matter to us what someone thinks, does, believes, is qualified for or is good at, just so long as that person is not a straight white male — and they would like to benefit from that. They would like to be able to parade a woman or a person of color out and have all of us go "Well, they're not a straight white man, so they must have a point. Maybe Donald Trump is awesome and totally not sexist!" and to be able to accuse us of being hypocrites if we do not. They keep trying to do a whole "TWO CAN PLAY THIS GAME!" game. But the problem is, that is not actually what we believe. It is not what anyone believes.

As a feminist, I believe in equality. I believe women can be just as evil as men, and so I have absolutely no qualms about saying that that woman is one evil mother-hucker."


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« Reply #16793 on: September 08, 2019, 06:58:39 AM »
Tales from the Appalachian Trail: Ex-governor Mark Sanford to launch 2020 Republican challenge to Trump

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« Reply #16794 on: September 08, 2019, 09:53:05 AM »
I can understand greed. I can understand ambition. I can understand lack of morals. However, I don't understand how people not in mental institutions can be this delusional. Same with Howard Schultz who was delusional enough to think anyone outside the social circles of Wall Street multimillionaires would be interested of the thought of him becoming the president.
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« Reply #16795 on: September 09, 2019, 07:33:18 AM »

     U.S. Extracted Top Spy From Inside the Russian Government in 2017: CNN   

Asked for comment, Brittany Bramell, the CIA director of public affairs, told CNN: "CNN's narrative that the Central Intelligence Agency makes life-or-death decisions based on anything other than objective analysis and sound collection is simply false. Misguided speculation that the President's handling of our nation's most sensitive intelligence—which he has access to each and every day—drove an alleged exfiltration operation is inaccurate."

     But...but.... the CNN story is saying that the extraction was due to "objective analysis and sound collection", including the additional danger that Evil Clown 1 presented.

The decision to carry out the extraction occurred soon after a May 2017 meeting in the Oval Office in which Trump discussed highly classified intelligence with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and then-Russian Ambassador to the US Sergey Kislyak. The intelligence, concerning ISIS in Syria, had been provided by Israel.

The disclosure to the Russians by the President, though not about the Russian spy specifically, prompted intelligence officials to renew earlier discussions about the potential risk of exposure, according to the source directly involved in the matter.


     
     

     
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« Reply #16796 on: September 09, 2019, 12:00:14 PM »

     Democrats Plan Vote to Formalize Procedures for Impeachment Investigation

The Judiciary Committee has been edging toward a full-scale impeachment inquiry since the spring, when Democrats began calling witnesses and demanding evidence related to a range of potential presidential misconduct.

But only in July, after testimony from Robert S. Mueller III, the special counsel, did the committee formally declare to a judge that what had begun as a regular congressional oversight investigation was now primarily focused on whether to recommend articles of impeachment.


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« Reply #16797 on: September 09, 2019, 12:08:07 PM »
     Democrats Plan Vote to Formalize Procedures for Impeachment Investigation

The Judiciary Committee has been edging toward a full-scale impeachment inquiry since the spring, when Democrats began calling witnesses and demanding evidence related to a range of potential presidential misconduct.

But only in July, after testimony from Robert S. Mueller III, the special counsel, did the committee formally declare to a judge that what had begun as a regular congressional oversight investigation was now primarily focused on whether to recommend articles of impeachment.




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« Reply #16798 on: September 09, 2019, 01:07:44 PM »
As long as the Senate is commandeered by Republican buttock-puckerers, the endeavor is apt to fail.

      That's understood. It's not a very strong argument for not doing it. Congress must do its duty and if the Senate in its wisdom declares that Trump didn't commit the offenses he'll be charged with, there will be consequences for that, too.

     Yes, Democrats Should Impeach Trump—and Make Mitch McConnell Defend His Acquittal

Walking and chewing gum at the same time—a useful cliché—usually means in this context legislating and investigating Trump simultaneously. But it could also mean something else: attacking Trump and McConnell at the same time. It may be that a winning Democratic impeachment strategy is coming into view, one that simultaneously upholds the rule of law and yields political dividends.

I call it “Stain and Blame”—stain Trump by impeaching him, and blame McConnell when he is acquitted in the Senate.


     
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« Reply #16799 on: September 10, 2019, 03:41:56 PM »
Pro-Trump ‘War Hero’ Featured on Fox News Never Actually Served in War

"A military veteran glowingly featured by Fox News earlier this month for his pro-Trump artwork and his record as a “war hero” admitted Thursday to lying about his military service. John Garofalo, 72, was featured in a Bryan Llenas report as having served seven years as a Navy SEAL, receiving 22 commendations, including two Purple Hearts, and having been listed twice as missing in action during Vietnam. Garofalo, who personally carved a presidential seal to gift President Trump, is a “tough, tough man,” Llenas said, after calling him a “hero” during an interview. Fox News anchor Eric Shawn later remarked: “God bless John Garofalo. We certainly hope maybe the president is listening.” However, when the Navy Times reached out to Garofalo on Thursday, he confessed to having lied about his military service. “What I did I’m ashamed of, and I didn’t mean to cause so much disgrace to the SEALs,” he told the Times. Fox News has since removed the video, which went viral on Facebook, and issued a statement apologizing for the error. (UPDATE: On Friday afternoon, Llenas issued an on-air correction.)"


also: with today's Bolton news I once again have to ask those people who say Trump's tweeting should just be ignored: but then how will anyone know they've been fired?