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I started this almost 15 years ago to learn stuff. Well, I’m still learning, even when I don’t want to.
A California Methodist Church wonders what might have happened had the Holy Family fled, not to Egypt, but to Donald Trump’s America. Here’s a bit from the news item:
A Methodist church in Claremont unveiled a Nativity scene Saturday night depicting Jesus, Mary and Joseph as refugees in cages, likening one of the most well-known images of the Christmas season to photos that have become synonymous with criticism of the Trump administration’s border separation policies.
At Psychology Today Blogs, Dinesh Sharma interviews Dan McAdams, author of The Strange Case of Donald J. Trump, a Psychological Reckoning. In the interview, they explore the hold that Trump seems to have over his diehard followers.
I commend it to your attention. Here’s a snippet of McAdams response to a question about whether Trump might have some form of personality disorder (emphasis added):
There is no diagnostic label that captures his unique blend of attributes and orientations. Among the most interesting features of Trump’s inimitable personality are (1) his peculiar form of extraversion-based charisma, (2) his startling lack of an animating life narrative in his own mind to make sense of who he is and how he came to be, and (3) his belief, shared unconsciously by a percentage of his supporters, that he is not “a person” – he is more than a person, like a superhero, like a primal or mythic force, but less than a person, too, in that he is not held morally accountable in the same way that other persons are.
The Seattle Times’s Naomi Ishisaka explains “the invisible wall.” A snippet:
The overall philosophy for the invisible wall is summed up well by an email reported by NBC from a Trump National Security Council official discussing asylum processing with Customs and Border Patrol.
In the email, the official said, “My mantra has persistently been presenting aliens with multiple unsolvable dilemmas to impact their calculus for choosing to make the arduous journey to begin with.”
David describes the pressure being put on his podcast to allow his listeners’ and viewers’ data to be tracked.
Not to mention that we no longer have spring or fall in these parts. We just go right from summer into winter into summer again.
I fear we are well past the tipping point.
At the Hartford Courant, Thomas Cangelosi does the math. A snippet:
In particular, when Ambassador Gordon Sondland said he “surmised,” based on the logic of 2+2=4, that President Trump withheld military aid from Ukraine in exchange for an investigation into the 2016 elections, the President’s defenders that seemed to insist instead that 2+2=5.
The Rude One dismembers Nikki Haley’s defense of the Stars and Bars. (Warning: Language, all of it warranted.)
Trudy Rubin explains. A snippet:
I have watched the shift in attitudes in my travels since Trump was elected, including to Russia, the Mideast, Europe and a just completed trip to China. The president is seen as erratic, untrustworthy and interested in little beyond self-promotion or making a profit. And, oh yes, as easily manipulated by flattery, especially by the autocrats he admires unreservedly.
And so ill-informed that he could unintentionally drag America into a war.
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