Saturday, June 10, 2017

Is this the best piece ever written about Donald Trump?

Hillary Clinton writes to Teen Vogue contributor: 'The Internet is not a friendly place for women'

Trump’s social media director violated the Hatch Act. If Obama’s social media director did that, it’d lead the news. If Hillary’s social media director did that, there’d be Senate hearings. But it’s Trump’s so… people will treat it like the minor story it is. [Huffington Post]

Preet Bharara absolutely sees enough evidence for case against Donald Trump

Trump’s lawyer: Comey violated executive privilege. 10 legal experts: No, he didn’t. Vox


We got a hold of James Comey's high school yearbook photo. The text below the photo suggests Comey wanted to be a rutabaga farmer. Interesting!


Marc Kasowitz Takes Break From Partying At Trump Hotel To Talk To The Press

Sending his lawyer to talk to the press is just the latest bizarre twist in the Russia investigation.

Donald Trump’s personal attorney Marc Kasowitz is in a curious position.

Hiring a New York civil litigator for the highest of high-profile government investigations would seem, to most people, completely insane. Equally insane would be sending a lawyer out to deliver a ridiculous, wooden statement at the National Press Club that only puts a further spotlight on their client’s troubles.
Not that Kasowitz seems all that concerned about his predicament:
Marc Kasowitz of Polak fame

Donald Trump youre firedDonald Trump has said that he is willing to testify, under oath, to dispute James Comey’s Senate testimony. The progressive stages of grief go something like this…
Denial: He’ll never do it.
Anger: He SHOULD, lying orange f**k.
Bargaining: ‘Course, he’s crazy enough that he just might do it.
Depression: Like any of these spineless Republicans would prosecute him for the perjury he’d certainly commit anyway.
Acceptance: Donald Trump is going to be president for the rest of my life. [CNN]

Rupert Murdoch controls the Wall Street Journal and Fox News.  Even before he acquired the WSJ its editorial board was known for its members’ ultra-right wing fervor.  The acquisition intensified that fervor.  The editorial board’s fervor has infected the WSJ’s news pages.  That is the context essential to understanding the significance of its June 6, 2017 editorial eviscerating President Donald Trump.  They entitled their editorial “The Buck Stops Everywhere Else.”  Here is the most damning paragraph.   .

If this pattern continues, Mr. Trump may find himself running an Administration with no one but his family and the Breitbart staff. People of talent and integrity won’t work for a boss who undermines them in public without thinking about the consequences. And whatever happened to the buck stops here?

In addition to the obvious slam, consider several aspects of the content, tone, and timing of the editorial.  They published it on the anniversary of D-Day, a day of courage and personal responsibility.  Dwight D. Eisenhower, the Allied commander of the invasion and future president of the United States, took a large gamble on the weather clearing enough to allow the invasion to occur.  The editorial, appropriately, given tight word count limits, did not explain what so many adult Americans recall – the last sentence of Eisenhower’s statement to the public in the event the invasion failed.  He personally drafted the statement.

Late-Night Hosts Have a #ComeyDay Field Day

How rightwing media saw Comey's testimony as a win for Trump

Trump ought to know by now that loyalty is earned, not demanded
Donald Trump will never love America as much as he loves himself

Trump adds stop in Poland to G20 itinerary

STASI: Is Trump taping in the Oval Office?

A Chicago-area congressman today called out President Donald Trump on one of his tweets, formally asking the White House to release tapes ...

Story image for blogger best trump hillary from KFGO (blog)

Week of Leaks

Sad, because the NSA story should be the headline and should frighten every American, whether you voted for Hillary Clinton, Donald Trump ...

President Trump is described by essayist Rebecca Solnit as "a pair of ragged orange claws upon the ocean floor, forever scuttling, pinching, reaching for more"

Comey v Trump v Truth

Comey’s dramatic opening statement, which he released on Wednesday, read like a Tom Clancy novel and made Trump sound like Tony Soprano. (Trump should be that likable.) “I expect loyalty,” demands Trump, which is ironic because lately he’s thrown more people under the bus than a runaway Greyhound 8-wheeler.

Trump is taking the statement as “complete vindication” because Comey verified that the president was not the subject of the investigation. Frankly, I’m always surprised when Trump actually tells the truth. Then again, when the Titanic first hit the iceberg it would have been the truth to say, “At the moment we are completely afloat.”

Trump is Giving Sociopaths a Bad Name

Once upon a time, a child was born into wealth and wanted for nothing, but he was possessed by bottomless, endless, grating, grasping wanting, and wanted more, and got it, and more after that, and always more. He was a pair of ragged orange claws upon the ocean floor, forever scuttling, pinching, reaching for more, a carrion crab, a lobster and a boiling lobster pot in one, a termite, a tyrant over his own little empires. He got a boost at the beginning from the wealth handed him and then moved among grifters and mobsters who cut him slack as long as he was useful, or maybe there’s slack in arenas where people live by personal loyalty until they betray, and not by rules, and certainly not by the law or the book. So for seven decades, he fed his appetites and exercised his license to lie, cheat, steal, and stiff working people of their wages, made messes, left them behind, grabbed more baubles, and left them in ruin 

He was supposed to be a great maker of things, but he was mostly a breaker. He acquired buildings and women and enterprises and treated them all alike, promoting and deserting them, running into bankruptcies and divorces, treading on lawsuits the way a lumberjack of old walked across the logs floating on their way to the mill, but as long as he moved in his underworld of dealmakers the rules were wobbly and the enforcement was wobblier and he could stay afloat. But his appetite was endless, and he wanted more, and he gambled to become the most powerful man in the world, and won, careless of what he wished for.
Czech (sic) out Blog by Rebecca Solnit , and ponder a world that creates such beautiful writers yet such terrible politicians. [Story courtesy of]

Trump Talks; America Trembles

New York Times

Donald Trump: a selfish barbarian who's unconcerned by threats to ...

The Sydney Morning Herald

Two of the great civilising forces in human history have been diplomacy and science. And that's why President Donald Trump's rejection of the Paris accord on ...

You know, it might be less terrifying if Donald Trump had cannily tried to obstruct justice, plying his F.B.I. director with flattery and carefully scripted suggestions.
Americans deserve the Cabinet Meeting of praises