In The Roanoke Times, a Radford University history professors takes a wingnut to the cleaners.

An excerpt from the first paragraph:

. . . sanctimonious piece of drivel and claptrap . . . .

It gets better.

All the spinning to weave nepotism into not-nepotism will leave you dizzy.

Via Raw Story.

Frame One:  Painting of Donald Trump as the Mona Lisa titled

Via Job’s Anger.

Title:  Making North Carolina Great Again.  Image:  Woman washing her hands in public restroom looks askance at wizened old man peering under the door into a stall.  Man says,

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Thom suggests that the sexual harassment charges against Roger Ailes, though headline-grabbing, are hardly the worst thing about Fox News.

Donald Trump and Republican Elephant covered with soot after explosion of Obamacare repeal.  Trump says,

Via Bob Cesca.


Juanita Jean notes that Presidents have ad “czars” (that’s a term invented by the press for special advisors) all the way back to Reagan and asks the question:

Why is it that Donald Trump doesn’t have a Czar?
I dunno. Maybe he is gonna have comrades instead.

Senator Batson D. Belfry Press Conference.  Reporter asks,

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Daniel Ruth considers Donald Trump’s reaction the the failure of Paul Ryan’s “they laughing call it a health care” bill. A snippet:

This wasn’t a health care proposal. It was a health care pogrom on the American people. It was Trump Scare.

Despite all the finger-pointing and Trump’s efforts to blame the United Nations, the Brownies, the Peace Corps, Saturday Night Live and Ted Cruz’s father for the failure of the Think of Dead as Just a Chronic Condition Act, the measure was supported by only 17 percent of the public. And that was probably the membership at the Mar-a-Lago Golf Club.

Meanwhile, TPM reports that Republicans are considering trying again, apparently because being against the Affordable Care Act seems to be all they know how to do.


We have traded the “rule of law” for the “rule of flaw.”

Keith Olbermann rants about Russia and the Trumplings. The delivery is vintage Olbermann, the facts are what they are.

Addendum, Later That Same Day:

Field has a timeline.

Title:  The President's New Book.  Image:  Book in jacket that says,

Warning: Language.

Photo of paragraph from Trump's Art of the Deal:

Dick Polman comments on the notion that you can “run the government like a business”:

. . . every time a Trump fan said on TV that we needed a businessman like him to run America, I laughed out loud. I had the same reaction, post-election, when a Trumpy conservative website, The Daily Caller, giddily predicted that Trump would change Washington “by running it like one of his successful, profitable businesses. Why not use a proven framework? … Trump could turn the United States of America into a productive, streamlined corporation.”

I marveled at this naivete for two reasons: Trump was a terrible role model, having been bailed out of six bankruptcies by a dwindling number of indulgent investors; and there’s no historical record of any businessman successfully running America as a business.

The sole career businessman ever elected to the presidency was mining magnate Herbert Hoover. He was touted in 1928 as a problem-solver who’d bring his engineering skills to the public sector. You know what happened next. The stock market crashed, and as the Great Depression deepened, Hoover made things worse because he couldn’t communicate, cajole, compromise, or inspire. He fatally lacked the political skills required of a president.

More Polman at the link.

Image via PoliticalProf.

Donald Trump is writing in his diary:  Dear Diary, I read on Breitbart (a very reliable source) that Obama was tapping my wires.  What an outrage!  Gonna tweet about that in a minute, believe me.  Bannon says it's like McCarthyism, whatever that means.  I guess if you were born in Kenya, they let you get away with anything.  UNFAIR!.  Dear Diary, I did what Bannon said and told the fake news media that I used

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Title:  Remorse.  Image:  Old white man tossing Trump cap on pile already containing Trumpcare, Trump Lies, Trump Budget, Trump's Broken Promises, Russian Connection, Tweets . . . .

I fear not enough persons are having them.

The Rude One marvels at Trump’s fact-free interview with Time Magazine. Here’s a snippet (emphasis added, warning: language):

It’s the story that Trump wants desperately to be true about himself, that he is some irrational dreamer who stood firm against the odds and succeeded. And, you know, when it came to winning the presidency, he was right, except for the thumbs of Putin and Comey being on the scale. But even that is more like when he opened up the Trump Taj Mahal when everyone told him he was crazy to do it. Sure, it opened and then it all came crashing down. That bankrupt hulk of a building is about to become someone else’s water park.

When someone believes their own mythology, they become parodies of themselves. Trump has never not been that parody, and now, as his supposedly legendary dealmaking ability falls to pieces in the health care bill debacle, he is frantically trying to maintain the illusion of the myth. Without that myth, he’s just a sad old man in an ill-fitting suit who wants to play truck driver.

Via Raw Story.

Man reading newspaper headlined,

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In The Roanoke Times, history professor Robert A. Strong recounts examples of lies from various Presidential administrations from Eisenhower (denying spy flights over Russia) through Kennedy (denying having Addison’s disease) through Carter (denying planning military action to rescue the hostages in Iran) through Reagan through Clinton and so on. He points out that the lies have generally ranged from national security issues to campaign promises to personal issues, but that they stopped short of denying objective reality that was in public view.

He maintains that Trump’s lies are different in both degree and kind (emphasis added).

All of this brings us to Donald Trump, already the most fantastic liar ever to occupy the Oval Office. Trump lies about everything. He talks about terrorist attacks in Sweden that no one in Sweden managed to notice. He blames Obama for the bugging of Trump Tower without any actual evidence that the surveillance took place or that the former president ordered it. He claims a bigger victory in the electoral college than any president since Reagan — a statement so patently false that a ten-year-old could prove its inaccuracy in a matter of minutes.

In a piece that eerily covers the same ground, Der Spiegel suggests that Trump is more interested in freedom of propaganda than in freedom of the press.

Before Trump, every president accepted that the press plays an important role in the country’s democracy. That it is the media’s job to scrutinize the government in power and to challenge it. (Clinton press secretary Mike–ed.) McCurry says Clinton used to get very upset by reports, but he never admitted as much in public, and that’s the difference.

McCurry believes that Trump would like to curtail press freedom. “If he could issue an order that the only coverage allowed of him was positive, he would do so without delay.”

At Psychology Today Blogs, Stanton Peel returns with another post about Donald Trump; Peele argues that Trump’s reaction to Republicans’ pulling their “they laughingly call it a health care” bill is a classic illustration of psychological projection.

Here’s a bit:

“We got no Democratic votes,” President Trump said in an interview as he attempted to put the best possible face on a major defeat.

Um, Mr. President? No votes were taken with Democrats present.

Psychological projection is a syndrome in which humans defend themselves against their own unconscious impulses or qualities by denying their existence in themselves while attributing them to others.

Donald Trump’s speech on the defeat of the health care bill he supported was a model of projection.

Do please read the rest.

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