……Ending the Ronald Reagan lie….

…..ending the Reagan lie….or

 By Jeffrey D. Sachs    

As they return from the July Fourth break, the Republican leadership is twisting in agony on the Obamacare repeal and it couldn’t happen to a more miserable bunch. President Trump, House Speaker Paul Ryan, and Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell have been trying to jam through a deeply unpopular and cruel piece of legislation, but for once the public is being heard over the lobbyists. And the public is shouting a loud and hopefully decisive “no.” But the problem is deeper than health care, and goes back to Ronald Reagan’s great lie.

Our current political travails can be traced to Reagan. In his jovial way, Reagan would quip, “The nine most terrifying words in the English language are, ‘I’m from the government and I’m here to help.’” With his sneering disrespect for government, Reagan ushered in nearly four decades of tax cuts, deregulation, and rising inequality that now threaten to devour our future. Trump, Ryan, and McConnell are the scheming and vacuous politicians at the end of a long process of decline.

Aristotle invented the Western study of political science; in his view, politics was about the community expressing its common interests and promoting virtues among the citizenry. It was a vision the Founding Fathers well understood. Yet somehow that positive view became transposed in today’s right-wing political thought into the idea that government is inherently evil and must be vanquished.

It’s not hard to find the peculiar American roots of this extremist view. The country was born in a rebellion against a monarch. America’s great diversity led constantly to calls for limited government, especially from the slave-owning southern states that championed “states’ rights” to try to keep the federal government off their backs. Historians have been clear that the current wave of anti-federal sentiments emerged in the South and West in response to the civil rights movement of the 1950s and 1960s. Yet something more happened as well.

In the 1960s few Americans would have understood Reagan’s quip about government being terrifying. The federal government had won the war, developed the atomic bomb, put Americans into space, and built the greatest ribbons of highways in the world. The federal government had promoted dazzling technological breakthroughs in medicine, space, telecommunications, and other areas.

What changed was the marriage of anti-civil rights politics in the South, West, rural America, and the suburbs, with big money in politics. Presidential aspirants had always had their financial backers. But with the advent of expensive television ads, mass mailings, and big data, campaigns became expensive. Big campaign money flooded in and federal politics became the playground of billionaires.

And nobody played it better than David and Charles Koch. They played the long game. With their lavish funding of libertarian think tanks, advocacy groups, university departments, and political action committees, the Koch Brothers and their brethren (including Robert Mercer, Sheldon Adelson, and the late John Olin) bought the Republican Party and turned it into a radical antigovernment force. It’s be all and end all became tax cuts and deregulation.

The deregulation had one more crucial effect. It enabled the rise of “too big to fail” businesses, and their lobbies in four key sectors: Big Oil, Wall Street, Big Health, and Big Armaments. Antitrust became a dead letter. The billionaires successfully championed tax cuts, deregulation, and deregulated companies that became more influential than government itself, and that when necessary could call on the federal government to do their bidding.

The Democrats, of course, have their own watered-down version of the same phenomenon. Wall Street, for example, proved to be an equal-opportunity employer of politicians of both parties.

The stunning result is this: A small group of wealthy interests has hijacked the federal government, driving policies that are strongly against public opinion and the public good. Legislation is drafted in secret, pushed without deliberation, and if possible, adopted without regard for the voters. This is obviously the case with the Obamacare repeal, but it’s also true regarding climate change, environmental protection, tax cuts for the rich, antitrust enforcement, and foreign policy.

Obamacare repeal and the Trump agenda have exposed the big lie. Yes, the Koch Brothers have bought the Republican majority, but the policies they espouse, such as slashing health care coverage, are not the policies desired by the American people. We are therefore at a reckoning.

My own belief? We will soon swing back to an era of grass-roots democracy, led especially by young people, in which public activism will trump big money in politics. Stay tuned.

Jeffrey D. Sachs is University Professor and director of the Center for Sustainable Development at Columbia University, and author of “The Age of Sustainable Development.”

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………ok Jeff but I’d have preferred you stuck around a bit longer and given us an example or two of the…. “young people” and “public activism”…you’re betting the farm on……but wtf?…..what do I know?……w

 

……the world that trump and ailes built…..

The measure of their influence lies in the distance between today’s media and politics and those of the years they were born.

Roger Ailes died recently, at the age of seventy-seven, during a week when the ground shook beneath a stumbling Donald Trump. The two men were in many things near: in age and appetites, in temper and coarseness. They were also in many things far apart: in intelligence and energy, in talent and purpose. Ailes was formidable, Trump brittle. Ailes’s decline began last summer, when he was forced out of Fox News. Trump’s fall, if he falls, is still to come. And yet at times it has seemed as if the two men were Humpty and Dumpty, tumbling off a wall that they’d built together, to divide one half of the country from the other.

The measure of the world they made lies in its distance from the world into which they were born, when the question of whether democracy could be defended without violating the freedoms on which it rests was a matter of pained debate. Ailes was born in Ohio in May, 1940. Weeks later, President Roosevelt gave a commencement address in Virginia. “Every generation of young men and women in America has questions to ask the world,” he began. “But every now and again in the history of the Republic a different kind of question presents itself—a question that asks, not about the future of an individual or even of a generation, but about the future of the country.” He was arguing against America Firsters, who wanted the United States to be an island, a vision he declared to be a nightmare, “the nightmare of a people lodged in prison, handcuffed, hungry, and fed through the bars from day to day by the contemptuous, unpitying masters of other continents.”

Roosevelt had been trying to gain support for entry into the war in Europe, but he knew that it was possible to push too hard. In 1917, to marshal support for another war, Woodrow Wilson had created a propaganda department, a fiction manufactory that stirred up so much hysteria and so much hatred of Germany that Americans took to calling hamburgers “Salisbury steaks” and lynched a German immigrant. John Dewey called this kind of thing the “conscription of thought.” It was a horse’s bit crammed into the people’s mouth. The bitterness of that experience determined a new generation of journalists to avoid all manner of distortion and error. In 1923, when Henry Luce and Briton Hadden founded Time (their first name for it was Facts), the magazine hired a small army of women to check every fact. (“Add Fact Checking to your list of chores,” the founder of The New Yorker instructed an editor, not long afterward.) In 1929, Luce hired as an editor of his new magazine, Fortune, a poet named Archibald MacLeish. He had fought in the First World War, then lived in Paris, where he wrote poems about places where lay “upon the darkening plain / The dead against the dead and on the silent ground / The silent slain—.” He worked at Fortune until 1938. F.D.R. appointed him Librarian of Congress in 1939.

“Democracy is never a thing done,” MacLeish said. “Democracy is always something that a nation must be doing.” He believed that writers had an obligation to fight against fascism in the battle for public opinion, a battle that grew more urgent after the publication, in 1940, of “The Strategy of Terror,” by Edmond Taylor, the Paris bureau chief for the Chicago Tribune. Taylor reported firsthand on the propaganda campaign waged by Nazi agents to divide the French people, by leaving them uncertain about what to believe, or whether to believe anything at all. (In “Mein Kampf,” Hitler had written that most people “are more easily victimized by a large than by a small lie, since they sometimes tell petty lies themselves but would be ashamed to tell big ones.”) Taylor called propaganda “the invisible front.” Roosevelt decided that he could delay his assault on that front no longer. In October, 1941, he issued an executive order establishing a new government information agency, the Office of Facts and Figures. He appointed MacLeish to head it.

“The duty of government is to provide a basis for judgment,” MacLeish insisted, “and when it goes beyond that, it goes beyond the prime scope of its duty.” Under his leadership, the office mainly printed pamphlets, including “Divide and Conquer,” which explained how foreign agents weaken a nation’s resolve by undermining confidence in institutions like elections and the press, and by raising fears of internal enemies, like immigrants and Jews. Still, some reporters suspected that the agency was nothing more than a propaganda machine, the wartime conversion of fact to fiction. MacLeish was worried, too. In April, 1942, he spoke at a meeting of the Associated Press. To counter the strategy of terror, he proposed a new strategy:

That strategy, I think, is neither difficult to find nor difficult to name. It is the strategy which is appropriate to our cause and to our purpose—the strategy of truth—the strategy which opposes to the frauds and the deceits by which our enemies have confused and conquered other peoples, the simple and clarifying truths by which a nation such as ours must guide itself. But the strategy of truth is not, because it deals in truth, devoid of strategy. It is not enough, in this war of hoaxes and delusions and perpetuated lies, to be merely honest. It is necessary also to be wise.

Critics called MacLeish naïve: winning a war requires deception. F.D.R., to some degree, agreed. In June, 1942, he replaced the Office of Facts and Figures with the Office of War Information. MacLeish left, and the agency drifted. Much of the staff resigned in protest. When a former advertising director for Coca-Cola was hired, a departing writer made a mock poster that read, “Step right up and get your four delicious freedoms. It’s a refreshing war.” In 1946, the year that Donald Trump was born, MacLeish published a poem called “Brave New World,” about Americans’ retreat from the world: “Freedom that was a thing to use / They’ve made a thing to save / And staked it in and fenced it round / Like a dead man’s grave.”

A lifetime later, Barack Obama greeted Roger Ailes at the White House. “I see the most powerful man in the world is here,” Obama said. “Don’t believe what you read, Mr. President,” Ailes answered. “I started those rumors myself.” Other rumors that Ailes helped start include Trump’s charge that Obama is not an American. Also: science is a hoax, history is a conspiracy, and the news is fake. It’s not always possible to sort out fact from fiction, but to believe that everything is a lie is to know nothing. Ailes won’t be remembered as the man who got Trump elected President; he will be remembered as a television producer who understood better than anyone how to divide a people. And Trump’s Presidency, long after it ends, will stand as a monument to the error of a strategy of terror. 

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……yes alice….it’s exactly that crazy…….

…..wait….it’s our American Spring….yeah that’s it….that’s the ticket!….

PAT BUCHANAN

Pat Buchanan: If Trump Loses, There Could Be A Revolution

Brian Tashman

In a column yesterday, Pat Buchanan warned that if Donald Trump loses the election in November, America could experience a revolution.

Buchanan, citing Trump’s recent suggestion that the election could be “rigged,” said that if Hillary Clinton defeats Trump, “would that not suggest there is something fraudulent about American democracy, something rotten in the state?”

“[T]he Republican electorate should tell its discredited and rejected ruling class: If we cannot get rid of you at the ballot box, then tell us how, peacefully and democratically, we can be rid of you?” he continued. “You want Trump out? How do we get you out? The Czechs had their Prague Spring. The Tunisians and Egyptians their Arab Spring. When do we have our American Spring?”

Buchanan then quoted John F. Kennedy’s remarks on U.S.-Latin American relations: “Those who make peaceful revolution impossible will make violent revolution inevitable.”

“I’m afraid the election is going to be rigged,” Donald Trump told voters in Ohio and Sean Hannity on Fox News. And that hit a nerve.

“Dangerous,” “toxic,” came the recoil from the media.

Trump is threatening to “delegitimize” the election results of 2016.

Well, if that is what Trump is trying to do, he has no small point. For consider what 2016 promised and what it appears about to deliver.

This longest of election cycles has rightly been called the Year of the Outsider. It was a year that saw a mighty surge of economic populism and patriotism, a year when a 74-year-old socialist senator set primaries ablaze with mammoth crowds that dwarfed those of Hillary Clinton.

It was the year that a non-politician, Donald Trump, swept Republican primaries in an historic turnout, with his nearest rival an ostracized maverick in his own Republican caucus, Sen. Ted Cruz.

More than a dozen Republican rivals, described as the strongest GOP field since 1980, were sent packing. This was the year Americans rose up to pull down the establishment in a peaceful storming of the American Bastille.

But if it ends with a Clintonite restoration and a ratification of the same old Beltway policies, would that not suggest there is something fraudulent about American democracy, something rotten in the state?

Specifically, the Republican electorate should tell its discredited and rejected ruling class: If we cannot get rid of you at the ballot box, then tell us how, peacefully and democratically, we can be rid of you?

You want Trump out? How do we get you out?

The Czechs had their Prague Spring. The Tunisians and Egyptians their Arab Spring. When do we have our American Spring?

And if, as the polls show we might, we get Clinton – and TPP, and amnesty, and endless migrations of Third World peoples who consume more tax dollars than they generate, and who will soon swamp the Republicans’ coalition – what was 2016 all about?

Would this really be what a majority of Americans voted for in this most exciting of presidential races?

“Those who make peaceful revolution impossible will make violent revolution inevitable,” said John F. Kennedy.

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THATS ALL FOLKS CURTAIN

 

 

……..well….they did get Chachi……

How many passes are we giving this guy?……NO COMMIE CAN STUMP TRUMP

 

…….remember….moose and squirrel must die!………...where is squirrel?…….if you have to ask……….BORIS AND NATASHA 1

 

 

 

 

just sayin!……..

TRUMP AND PUTIN LIPPYjpg.……..no time to digest that…….

Republicans Stunned As Trump Stabs Both Paul Ryan and John McCain in the Back

After Speaker Paul Ryan humiliated himself by appearing to endorse Donald Trump by speaking at the very gruesome RNC, Trump is stabbing him in the back by refusing to endorse Ryan in his primary. Trump even went so far as to praise his opponent. Trump is dishing more of the same out to John McCain.

Republicans Stunned As Trump Stabs Both Paul Ryan and John McCain in the Back

So much for that “Republican unity” some of the press has been imagining since the RNC. This is, after all, Donald Trump we are dealing with. There is no low too low.

And so just days after Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) humiliated himself by appearing to endorse Donald Trump by speaking at the very gruesome RNC, Trump is stabbing him in the back by refusing to endorse Ryan in his primary. Trump even went so far as to praise his opponent.

Washington Post’s Philip Rucker reported, “Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump is refusing to back House Speaker Paul D. Ryan in his upcoming primary election, saying in an interview Tuesday that he is ‘not quite there yet’ in endorsing his party’s top-ranking elected official.”

In fact, “Trump praised the House speaker’s underdog opponent, Paul Nehlen, for running ‘a very good campaign.’ Trump said that Ryan has sought his endorsement, but that as of now he is only ‘giving it very serious consideration.’”

Oh.

Aside from the issue of backstabbing, what we are witnessing here is a person who doesn’t know the first thing about diplomacy and that matters because it’s a major part of the job he’s running for.

Sure, Paul Ryan only mentioned Donald Trump once in his RNC speech, and as Jason Easley wrote in these pages, “Paul Ryan’s speech wasn’t just the oratorical version of NyQuil, but it was also one big attempt to revise history in his party’s favor – and it failed big time.”

But still. There’s this thing called building a coalition and building political power. Maybe no one has told Donald Trump that politics doesn’t work like the building trades. For a builder, Trump is quite the demolition expert. But the goal of an effective president is to build enough political will that he or she can actually implement some of their agenda.

Additionally, Trump stabbed Republican Senator John McCain (R-AZ) in the back — again. It wasn’t enough to say the man wasn’t a hero. Now Trump won’t support McCain in his Arizona primary. Rucker wrote, “Trump also said he was not supporting Sen. John McCain in his primary in Arizona, and he singled out Sen. Kelly Ayotte as a weak and disloyal leader in New Hampshire, a state whose presidential primary Trump won handily.”

Ouch. This is a stunning way for the Party’s standard bearer to treat the Speaker and the 2008 Republican Presidential nominee.

Donald Trump is a Republican wrecking ball. He has no idea what he’s doing and he stops at nothing to humiliate members of his own party.

There is no unity under a party leader like Donald Trump. There are only Donald Trump and his very large, relentlessly needy ego. He will let any petty grievance justify his destruction of people in his own party, including the Speaker who already humiliated himself by even speaking at the RNC ostensibly on Donald Trump’s behalf.

Maybe this is the out for Speaker Ryan and others to finally claim a backbone and refuse to continue endorsing this terrifying infant. It was obvious to all but Republicans that Trump would behave like this. He will also do this in the White House should he win access, and Republicans really need to start facing that fact instead of burying their heads in the sands of fantasy.

 

 

 

…GOP….RIP?……CLEVELAND DAY ONE……..

 

…….two weeks of fun in America……..Cleveland GOP Convention Day One…good luck to us…..

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GOP, RIP?
By E.J. Dionne Jr.
The Republican Party came to life as the bastion of “Free Soil, Free
Labor, Free Speech, Free Men.” It was a reformist party dedicated to
stopping the spread of slavery and to fighting a “Slave Power” its
founders saw as undermining free institutions.The new political organization grew out of the old Whigs and reflected
the faith that Henry Clay and his admirer Abraham Lincoln had in the
federal government’s ability to invest in fostering economic growth
and expanding educational opportunity. Its partisans embodied what
John C. Calhoun, slavery’s chief ideological defender, described
disdainfully as “the national impulse.” It was, in fact, a good
impulse.But the Republicans who held their first national convention 160 years
ago were more than just Northern Whigs. Their ranks also included many
former Democrats who shared a fervor for the anti-slavery cause
and helped take some of the Whiggish, elitist edge off this ingathering
of idealists and practical politicians.“The admixture of Whig and Democratic politics inside the Republican
Party,” writes historian Sean Wilentz in “The Politicians & The
Egalitarians,” his recently published book, “created a forthright
democratic nationalism, emboldening the federal government, for a
time, at once to stimulate economic development and broaden its
benefits.”The Republicans descending on Cleveland would thus have every right to
insist that all Americans owe a large debt to the GOP. We are a
better, freer and more prosperous nation because their party was born.What the heck is happening at the Republican National Convention?

Of course it would be historically naive to pretend that time has
stood still since 1856. To do so would mean ignoring that the South,
which hated the original Republicans, is now the dominant force in the
party. It would involve being blind to the way in which our two great
political parties have switched sides in how they view the capacity of
our federal government to promote a more inclusive prosperity.

It would be equally untrue to history to claim that the nativism of
Donald Trump is alien to the party. On the contrary, the
anti-immigrant, anti-Catholic Know-Nothings were an important force in
early Republicanism, and the party embraced opposition to newcomers at
various points in subsequent eras.

Nonetheless, Republicans who are not in the least progressive have
reason to mourn what is likely to come to pass this week: the
transformation of the Party of Lincoln and Dwight Eisenhower into the
Party of Trump. Some are bravely resisting this outcome to the end —
and good luck to them. A fair number of leading Republicans have
stated flatly that they will never vote for Trump. Their devotion to
principle and integrity will be remembered.

But so many others in the party have found ways of rationalizing
support for a man who plainly does not take governing, policy or even
what he says from one day to the next seriously. It is comical but
also embarrassing to watch politicians and consultants fall all over
themselves to declare that Trump is “maturing” because every once in a
while, he reads partisan talking points off a teleprompter. This is
seen as a great advance over the normal Trump, whose free-association
rants refer to his opponents as “lyin’,” “crooked,” “sad,” “weak,”
“low-energy” and — in the very special case of Sen. Elizabeth Warren —
“Pocahontas.”

Liberals have long complained about conservatives “dog whistling”
appeals to racial animosity. But hypocrisy really is the tribute vice
pays to virtue and so it does mark a decline in simple decency that
Trump has shouted out his prejudices openly: falsely claiming that
Barack Obama, our first African American president, was not born in
the United States; railing against Mexican immigrants as “rapists”;
and calling for “a total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the
United States.”

And a party that helped build popular support for internationalism
after World War II is about to turn to a man whose foreign policy
pronouncements defy coherence. He’s not even consistent in supporting
noninterventionism or protectionism, both of which are part of a
historically legitimate Republican tradition. He substitutes bullying
for choosing, bluster for strength.

Many Republicans oppose Trump because they see him as the one
candidate most likely to lose to Hillary Clinton. But others fear
something worse: a Trump victory. They know that his presidency would
represent a grave danger to the republic, a repudiation of the most
noble Republican aspirations, and the end of their party as a serious
vehicle for governance. The GOP can survive a Trump defeat. It will
never get over being permanently defined by his politics of flippant
brutality.

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…….so there they are…….Quicken Loans Arena ……..damn…you couldn’t write this stuff…….

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The Republican National Committee (RNC), the convention will host approximately 2,470 delegates and 2,302 alternate delegates from all 50 states, the District of Columbia and five territories.

The convention will also include approximately 15,000 credentialed media as well as a global audience that will witness a front row seat online thanks to our Internet and social media efforts.

…….. roughly 50,000 people are expected to visit the Cleveland area during the gathering.

2016 will mark the fourth time the Republican Party will convene its convention in Ohio. The Buckeye State also played host to the 1876, 1924 and 1936 Republican National Conventions in Cincinnati (’76) and Cleveland (’24 and ’36).

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Tonight they’re going to warm us up with a star studded NOT line up of speakers……with Melania Trump out front…..

 

VOX SAYS….

Melania Trump, Donald Trump’s third and current wife, is speaking tonight at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland.

According to Google search trends data, many people would like to know where she is from and how old she is. The answer is that she’s 46 — born in 1970 in Sevnica, Slovenia.

Slovenia, to be clear, is not the same country as Slovakia. Slovakia is north of Hungary and south of Poland and used to be part of Czechoslovakia. Slovenia is east of Italy and south of Austria and used to be part of Yugoslavia.

Melania left Slovenia relatively young for a career as a model in Milan and Paris and then New York, where she met Donald Trump in the late 1990s and married him in 2005.

Melania says her husband isn’t Hitler

Melania Trump has not articulated many strong political views over the years but has attempted to assure American audiences that her husband is “not Hitler” and really simply “wants to unite the country and bring people together and bring jobs back.”

Trump’s first wife, however, says he used to keep a book of Hitler’s speeches by his bed, and after Julia Ioffe profiled Melania for GQ, Ioffe started receiving anti-Semitic Hitler-themed harassment.

Now I’m getting phone calls from a blocked number that play Hitler’s speeches when I pick up. Sad!

Melania’s view on this was a little odd.

“I don’t control my fans,” she said to   DuJour when asked if she should do something to stop this kind of harassment, “but I don’t agree with what they’re doing. I understand what you mean, but there are people out there who maybe went too far. She provoked them.”
Melania would arguably be America’s first immigrant first lady

John Quincy Adams’s wife, Louisa Catherine Johnson, currently has the distinction of being the only foreign-born first lady in American history, but her father was an American merchant and diplomat who was living in London when Louisa was born — making her something of a liminal case.

There is a certain irony in Melania’s foreign-born status given the strong association between the Trump campaign and anti-immigration themes — including promises to restrict legal immigration — but polling Vox has done in partnership with Morning Consult shows that European immigrants are perceived very differently from Latin American or Middle Eastern immigrants.

When she speaks tonight, you’ll notice that Melania speaks English with a fairly heavy accent despite having lived in the United States since 1996. When listening, keep in mind that English is actually her sixth language, behind not just Slovenian (her native language) and Serbo-Croatian (the main language of Yugoslavia when she was a kid) but also Italian, French, and German, all of which she learned over the course of her career as a model.

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……how about the guy who really wrote Trump’s “Art Of the Deal”…..

Trump’s ghostwriter: he’s a sociopath who, if elected president, could end civilization

Sarah Frostenson/Vox

As the ghostwriter for Donald Trump’s 1987 memoir The Art of the Deal, Tony Schwartz spent more than a year with the businessman. The book, which was largely penned by Schwartz, helped create Trump’s national reputation as a savvy dealmaker.

For the next 30 years, Schwartz watched as Trump’s fame continued to grow — first as the star of the reality show The Apprentice, and eventually as the presumptive nominee for the Republican Party.

While he was working on the book, Trump gave Schwartz unprecedented access to his business dealings, letting him listen in on dozens of calls. As a result, Schwartz says, he got to know Trump better than anyone outside his family. In a new interview with the New Yorker, Schwartz says he “genuinely” believes that if Trump were the president of the United States, “there is an excellent possibility it will lead to the end of civilization”:

“I put lipstick on a pig,” he said. “I feel a deep sense of remorse that I contributed to presenting Trump in a way that brought him wider attention and made him more appealing than he is.” He went on, “I genuinely believe that if Trump wins and gets the nuclear codes there is an excellent possibility it will lead to the end of civilization.”

If he were writing “The Art of the Deal” today, Schwartz said, it would be a very different book with a very different title. Asked what he would call it, he answered, “The Sociopath.”

This, of course, is strikingly different from the narrative Trump has told on the campaign trail.

Trump has built his presidential campaign as a bombastic and foolhardy candidate, but he has long hinted that he’ll be able to change his stripes once he gets to the Oval Office. “I can be the most politically correct person you have ever seen,” he said at an Iowa rally in January. “When I’m president I’m a different person.”

But Schwartz portrays Trump as a pathologically self-centered man with the attention span of a 9-year-old. Given that the president is often called on to quickly absorb complex information and then make high-stakes decisions, this personality trait might prove to be a liability in the White House.

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Yipes! ……

…but wait!….there’s more…………..to come…

MAGOO XMAS

 

 

 

…..are you shitting me?……….

…..first let’s catch up…….

….one of our favorites from the past week was Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg tearing trump up with some…. off the cuff ….and some say after a few pops…..truth about the manchild drumpf……

from CNN…..aka the Fisher Price TV network…..

Washington (CNN)Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s well-known candor was on display in her chambers late Monday, when she declined to retreat from her earlier criticism of Donald Trump and even elaborated on it.

He is a faker,” she said of the presumptive Republican presidential nominee, going point by point, as if presenting a legal brief. “He has no consistency about him. He says whatever comes into his head at the moment. He really has an ego. … How has he gotten away with not turning over his tax returns? The press seems to be very gentle with him on that.”

Toobin: Justice crossed a line

 “I can’t imagine what this place would be — I can’t imagine what the country would be — with Donald Trump as our president,” she had said in the Times interview published Monday.
Trump responded Wednesday morning by calling on Ginsburg to resign.
“Justice Ginsburg of the U.S. Supreme Court has embarrassed all by making very dumb political statements about me. Her mind is shot – resign!” Trump tweeted. 
“For someone on the Supreme Court who is going to be calling balls and strikes in the future based upon whatever the next president and Congress does, that strikes me as inherently biased and out of the realm.”
Having met with Ginsburg on a regular basis for more than a decade and sometimes been struck by her frankness, I found her response classic. The 83-year-old justice expressed no regret on Monday for the comments or surprise that she would be criticized. Any disbelief she expressed stemmed from the fact that Trump has gotten so far in the election cycle.

Chief Justice John Roberts' game of chess

Chief  John Roberts’ game of chess
“At first I thought it was funny,” she said of Trump’s early candidacy. “To think that there’s a possibility that he could be president … ” Her voice trailed off gloomily.
“I think he has gotten so much free publicity,” she added, drawing a contrast between what she believes is tougher media treatment of Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton and returning to an overriding complaint: “Every other presidential candidate has turned over tax returns.”
Ginsburg was appointed to the high court by President Bill Clinton in 1993, and is now the senior member of the liberal wing and leading voice countering conservative Chief Justice Roberts. She has drawn a cult-like following among young people who have nicknamed her The Notorious R.B.G., a play on American rapper The Notorious B.I.G.
Meet the woman who got a Supreme Court justice tattooed on her arm
Meet the woman who got a Supreme Court justice tattooed on her arm 02:20
I have witnessed her off-bench bluntness many times through the years.  During 2009 oral arguments in a case involving a 13-year-old Arizona girl who had been strip-searched by school administrators looking for drugs, she was troubled that some male justices played down any harm to the student. “They have never been a 13-year-old girl,” Ginsburg told me. “It’s a very sensitive age for a girl. I didn’t think that my colleagues, some of them, quite understood.”
It was evident in our interview on Monday that when Ginsburg imagines who would succeed Obama, she does not expect Trump to prevail over Clinton.
Acknowledging her own age and that Justices Anthony Kennedy and Stephen Breyer will turn 80 and 78, respectively, Ginsburg said of the possible next president: “She is bound to have a few appointments (to the Supreme Court) in her term.”

TRUMP GINSBERG TWEET          ….the tiny handed guy  is……..so far past….. the  last exit to sanity……..

BADER TRUMPjpg

 

SALVIDOR DALI INSANITY PAINTING….I love the people who are firing on Ruth because of her statements regarding the bigmouth racist with the little hands…..I say RightFrigginOnJusticeRuth!  Right Friggin On!….. …actually….It’s not a good sign that so few people are screaming…..

…..speaking of screamers……

MAD SARA PALIN

Donald Trump is claiming that he didn’t invite Sarah Palin to the Republican convention because Alaska is too far away from Cleveland, Ohio.
The Washington Examiner reported:

“She was asked,” Trump told the Washington Examiner in a phone interview on Thursday. “It’s a little bit difficult because of where she is. We love Sarah. Little bit difficult because of, you know, it’s a long ways away.”

This may come as a newsflash to Trump, but Alaska is in the United States of America, and they have airports.

Trump has given an excuse that wouldn’t fool a seven-year-old child. The real reason that Trump didn’t invite Palin is that the Republican Party didn’t want her there. It isn’t like the Republican Party doesn’t have access to air travel.

The Republican Party is erasing Sarah Palin, much in the same way that they have erased both Bush presidencies. When Republicans talk about the White House, they act like George W. Bush’s two terms in office never happened.

“What does it say when even Fox News gives her the boot?”

Ego met ineptitude as Sarah Palin hilariously thought that she could out fox Fox News, and manage the spin behind her firing.

Howard Kurtz has the details, “The new contract offered by Fox, say people familiar with the situation, would have provided only a fraction of the million-dollar-a-year salary. It was then, they say, that Palin turned it down and both sides agreed to call it quits. A friendly announcement was planned for Friday, but a source close to Palin leaked the news in the afternoon to Real Clear Politics, saying the former Alaska governor “decided not to renew the arrangement” and ‘remains focused on broadening her message of common-sense conservatism.’”

Nothing says thanks for paying me three million dollars like trying to stab your former employer in the back on the way out the door. What makes Palin’s attempt to spin her firing hilarious is the fact that she somehow thought that she could out fox Fox News. She actually believed that she could control the perception of her firing by telling Real Clear Politics about it first.

Sarah Palin actually believes that she is bigger than Fox News.

By offering Palin a contract that would pay her what she is actually worth instead of what she thinks she is worth, Fox News was able to push her into leaving the network. This isn’t the first time that her ego and greed have cost her a job. There was no second season of her reality show, Sarah Palin’s Alaska, because Palin wanted to be paid millions of dollars per episode to continue the series.

While the Republican Party has moved on to dreaming about Paul Ryan, Chris Christie, and Marco Rubio, Sarah Palin is still stuck in 2008. She still thinks that she is a superstar worthy of top dollar. Fox News execs realized that they had made a bad investment with Palin, and knew that the one sure way to get rid of her was to slash her salary.

It has always been about the money for Sarah Palin. For years, Palin refused to speak at CPAC because they wouldn’t pay her. With her star on the decline, and in desperate need of an ego boost, she finally went slumming in front of conservative activists in 2012.

Sarah Palin left the national stage in the same arrogant, deluded, and greedy way that she came in. Palin knows that her departure from Fox News was a stealth firing. That’s why she tried to get out ahead of the story. It will be easier to con her few remaining fans into giving her money if they believe that she left the cable news ratings leader because she has bigger fish to fry.

The absolutely idiocy of thinking that she could out propagandize one of the biggest propaganda machines in the world pretty much sums of the worldview of Sarah Palin. Sister Sarah views herself as bigger than Fox News, and bigger than the conservative movement. She is a superstar in her own mind, but she can’t see that the world has passed her by.

Sarah Palin is the 21st Century Norma Desmond. She is stuck in the past and dreaming of comeback that will never happen.

Mr. Ailes, Sarah is ready for her close-up.

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…..meanwhile back at the ranch…….the trump campaign Heath Kit continues to be built by…..

…who the hell…..knows?…….but…Manafort’s hemorrhoids gotta be killing him!…..

….but remember…..there’s no need to fear……

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…….rock and the hard place…..

……. a question heard daily around the world……… What’s up with the Americans?………

IMORE POWER ROCK AND HARDPLACE……………..good question …..any way you cut it…….

…….Fear?…..could have something to do with it….. doesn’t require a team of Viennese psychiatrists to make that case…..

Assuming we Americans were sane on September 10, 2001…which is far from a slam dunk……the chances of any of us being sane after those buildings came down……is zero………. not to forget the plane that flew into the Pentagon and the other into a field in Pennsylvania…… ZERO………we have and have had clinical depression on a mass scale…….. unfocused anger of the …..   it ain’t going away ……variety………

We’re pretty much Cuckoo For Cocoa Puffs……… always spoiling for a fight and looking for any way to vent…….. and it shows……..

YOU ARE HERE ROCK HARDPLACEToday’s political campaign moments included the long awaited melding of the Clinton and Sanders campaigns…..with Hillary standing next to Bernie….doing a bobble head doll imitation while Bernie tried to make his concessionary endorsement sound believable……  there’s really no discounting what he accomplished and the truthful voice he gave to the inequalities and systematic controls inflicted on the vanishing middle class….and much much more……. his concession was described as “full hearted” which is apparently the little sister of “full throated”…..which would have been better……..

……many are hoping that he can convince his followers… by his words and actions… that they should campaign and vote for Hillary Clinton.BACKWARD BERNIE

 

………. also from the political desk today ……..was the man child with the big mouth, little hands…..and a self declared… large package……the donald…………deciding who is going to run with him in the VP slot on the GOP ticket……current finalists……..Chris Christie…..another bloated bully…………Mike Pence…..who after the Supreme Court of the United States upheld the Affordable Care Act on June 28, 2012, Pence, in a closed door meeting, said that the ruling upholding the health care law was similar to the September 11 terrorist attacks…………….Jefferson Beauregard Sessions III…….Alabama goober who said he thought the Klan was “OK until I found out they smoked pot.”…..and Newt Gingrich….current Pillsbury Doughboy spokesman……whose trouble with women rivals Bill Cosby’s……..

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It’s enough to make a grown man cry.

It won’t be long now ……….the GOP Cleveland is going to be a fiasco…………by the by….have you seen who’s NOT going to Cleveland?……..nobody named Bush …….and a bunch of other GOP big shots, medium shots and no shots at all…..Jack Nicklaus thought better of it…….has a busy schedule……that he must have forgotten about….having earlier agreed to appear …….which doesn’t let him off the hook…..but that’s another deal…

CNN reports…..from Washington

Mitt Romney won’t attend the Republican National Convention this summer, joining three previous nominees in skipping the event and underscoring the deep divide inside the GOP over Donald Trump becoming the party’s standard-bearer.

An aide to Romney said Thursday that the former Massachusetts governor would not go, despite accepting the nomination at the convention four years ago.
With Trump as the party’s presumptive nominee, whether to attend the convention has become the latest front in an internal party struggle over how to handle the billionaire businessman’s role in the GOP.
A spokesman for former President George W. Bush said yesterday that he would not be attending and a spokesman for his former President George H.W. Bush said he would not attend either. Jeb Bush, who ran for the Republican presidential nomination, told CNN earlier this year that he would not attend the convention.
Sen. John McCain, the 2008 Republican nominee, announced last month he was skipping the convention. The only other living former Republican nominee, Bob Dole, will attend the convention, his spokeswoman told CNN.
House Speaker Paul Ryan, who also serves as chairman of the Republican National Convention, encouraged fellow members of his party to attend. And a spokesman for former House Speaker John Boehner also said he would attend.
But Ryan said Thursday he wasn’t quite ready to endorse Trump.
“I’m just not ready to do that at this point. I’m not there right now,” the Wisconsin Republican told CNN’s Jake Tapper in an interview, making him the highest-level GOP official to reject Trump since the real estate mogul became the presumptive nominee.
Trump said Thursday he doesn’t care if the former Republican nominees attend the convention.
“When I hear that they are going to sit it out, I think that’s fine I don’t care if they sit it out,” Trump said on CNBC. “But I have tremendous support, in fact even politically you see that so many people are now coming out in support and we are going to have some people that aren’t going to want to play the game and that’s okay. I mean if they don’t want to, I don’t think it matters.”
Of the prominent former Republican presidential hopefuls this primary season, none reached by CNN Thursday were able to definitively say they were planning to attend the convention.
A spokesman for Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul, who’s supposed to be a delegate from Kentucky, said they hadn’t yet released July’s schedule.
A spokesman for former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee said he’d “most likely attend” the Cleveland gathering.
“Governor Huckabee will most likely attend the convention although no final plans have been set,” spokesman Hogan Gidley told CNN.
Catherine Frazier, a spokeswoman for Ted Cruz, told CNN she’s “Not in a place to announce anything but happy to keep you posted.”
Trump has started efforts to unify the party, saying after he became the presumptive nominee Tuesday night, “This has been an amazing evening. … I didn’t expect it. And what Ted (Cruz) did is really a very brave thing to do and a great thing to do because we want to bring unity to the Republican Party. We have to bring unity.”
Trump is also set to meet with his supporters in Congress soon.
But the party remains scarred and fractured as Republicans prepare to take on their likely Democratic opponent, Hillary Clinton.
A missive from first-term Republican Sen. Ben Sasse seeking a conservative to run against Trump and Clinton quickly lit up Facebook shortly after it was posted early Thursday morning. Sasse’s staff has since said he’s not interested in doing a third party run.
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