I know trash when I see it. This is trash.

I know trash when I see it.  This is trash.

I grew up and lived most of my life in rural South Mississippi and rural East Tennessee.  I now live in rural Virginia.

I know good, decent people when I see them.  And I know trash when I see it.

The people in these two photos are trash.  They simply are trash.

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The photo above is Bristol Palin (second from right) and her fellow “stars” on some sort of “reality TV show” about women who got pregnant as single teenagers.

 

 

This is Willow Palin, Bristol’s younger sister, Sarah Palin’s third child.  She’s wearing her wedding dress.  The dress looks as though it’s made from a lace tablecloth she bought at WalMart.

 

Of course, when this is your mother — what should we expect?

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We warned you that Trump is an ignorant, low-intelligence, amoral buffoon . . . but you wouldn’t listen

Today’s New York Times (August 5, 2018) published an op-ed by an anonymous White House official that says what the rest of us already knew.

 

I Am Part of the Resistance Inside the Trump Administration

I work for the president but like-minded colleagues and I have vowed to thwart parts of his agenda and his worst inclinations.

President Trump is facing a test to his presidency unlike any faced by a modern American leader.

It’s not just that the special counsel looms large. Or that the country is bitterly divided over Mr. Trump’s leadership. Or even that his party might well lose the House to an opposition hellbent on his downfall.

The dilemma — which he does not fully grasp — is that many of the senior officials in his own administration are working diligently from within to frustrate parts of his agenda and his worst inclinations.

I would know. I am one of them.

To be clear, ours is not the popular “resistance” of the left. We want the administration to succeed and think that many of its policies have already made America safer and more prosperous.

But we believe our first duty is to this country, and the president continues to act in a manner that is detrimental to the health of our republic.

That is why many Trump appointees have vowed to do what we can to preserve our democratic institutions while thwarting Mr. Trump’s more misguided impulses until he is out of office.

The root of the problem is the president’s amorality. Anyone who works with him knows he is not moored to any discernible first principles that guide his decision making.

Although he was elected as a Republican, the president shows little affinity for ideals long espoused by conservatives: free minds, free markets and free people. At best, he has invoked these ideals in scripted settings. At worst, he has attacked them outright.

In addition to his mass-marketing of the notion that the press is the “enemy of the people,” President Trump’s impulses are generally anti-trade and anti-democratic.

Don’t get me wrong. There are bright spots that the near-ceaseless negative coverage of the administration fails to capture: effective deregulation, historic tax reform, a more robust military and more.

But these successes have come despite — not because of — the president’s leadership style, which is impetuous, adversarial, petty and ineffective.

From the White House to executive branch departments and agencies, senior officials will privately admit their daily disbelief at the commander in chief’s comments and actions. Most are working to insulate their operations from his whims.

Meetings with him veer off topic and off the rails, he engages in repetitive rants, and his impulsiveness results in half-baked, ill-informed and occasionally reckless decisions that have to be walked back.

“There is literally no telling whether he might change his mind from one minute to the next,” a top official complained to me recently, exasperated by an Oval Office meeting at which the president flip-flopped on a major policy decision he’d made only a week earlier.

The erratic behavior would be more concerning if it weren’t for unsung heroes in and around the White House. Some of his aides have been cast as villains by the media. But in private, they have gone to great lengths to keep bad decisions contained to the West Wing, though they are clearly not always successful.

It may be cold comfort in this chaotic era, but Americans should know that there are adults in the room. We fully recognize what is happening. And we are trying to do what’s right even when Donald Trump won’t.

The result is a two-track presidency.

Take foreign policy: In public and in private, President Trump shows a preference for autocrats and dictators, such as President Vladimir Putin of Russia and North Korea’s leader, Kim Jong-un, and displays little genuine appreciation for the ties that bind us to allied, like-minded nations.

Astute observers have noted, though, that the rest of the administration is operating on another track, one where countries like Russia are called out for meddling and punished accordingly, and where allies around the world are engaged as peers rather than ridiculed as rivals.

On Russia, for instance, the president was reluctant to expel so many of Mr. Putin’s spies as punishment for the poisoning of a former Russian spy in Britain. He complained for weeks about senior staff members letting him get boxed into further confrontation with Russia, and he expressed frustration that the United States continued to impose sanctions on the country for its malign behavior. But his national security team knew better — such actions had to be taken, to hold Moscow accountable.

This isn’t the work of the so-called deep state. It’s the work of the steady state.

Given the instability many witnessed, there were early whispers within the cabinet of invoking the 25th Amendment, which would start a complex process for removing the president. But no one wanted to precipitate a constitutional crisis. So we will do what we can to steer the administration in the right direction until — one way or another — it’s over.

The bigger concern is not what Mr. Trump has done to the presidency but rather what we as a nation have allowed him to do to us. We have sunk low with him and allowed our discourse to be stripped of civility.

Senator John McCain put it best in his farewell letter. All Americans should heed his words and break free of the tribalism trap, with the high aim of uniting through our shared values and love of this great nation.

We may no longer have Senator McCain. But we will always have his example — a lodestar for restoring honor to public life and our national dialogue. Mr. Trump may fear such honorable men, but we should revere them.

There is a quiet resistance within the administration of people choosing to put country first. But the real difference will be made by everyday citizens rising above politics, reaching across the aisle and resolving to shed the labels in favor of a single one: Americans.

The writer is a senior official in the Trump administration.

No comparison: John McCain — hero, statesman vs. Trump – slimy piece of shit

McCain’s daughter Meghan slaps the shit out of Trump . . . and he’s too stupid to understand

President Donald Trump may not have been welcome at the funeral services for departed Sen. John McCain (R-AZ), but that did not stop his daughter from repeatedly taking thinly-veiled digs at the commander-in-chief.

Here are five quotes from Meghan McCain that were slams aimed directly at Trump:

“America does not boast because she has no need to. The America of John McCain has no need to be made great again because America was always great”

“We gather here to mourn the passing of American greatness. The real thing, not cheap rhetoric from men who will never come near the sacrifice he gave so willingly, nor the opportunistic appropriation of those who lived lives of comfort and privilege.”

“The America of John McCain is generous and welcoming and bold.”

“America has no need to be made great again because America was always great.”  (When she said this, the cathedral exploded in applause.)

“The America of John McCain is the America of Abraham Lincoln, of fulfilling the promise of the Declaration of Independence that all men are created equal and suffering greatly to see it through.”

This is why no one asks Trump to speak at funerals . . . because he makes it all about himself

The U.S. is one week into the memorial services for the late Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) and while Democrats and Republicans alike have publically delivered eulogies and tributes to the former war hero, President Donald Trump has been notable by his absence.

 While the Washington Post noted that Trump is considered by many to be a “pariah,” and believed to be left off the guest list for McCain’s funeral to make a political and personal point, Politico reports that Trump is often shunned when the focus of a gathering is someone other than him.

The reason? He can’t stop talking about himself.

 “When Barbara Bush was laid to rest in April, word went out that he was persona non grata. And now, as Senator John McCain lies in state in the Capitol rotunda before Saturday’s services at Washington’s National Cathedral, Trump has also been asked to stay home,” writes Politico’s Gwenda Blair. “There aren’t too many ways of snubbing a sitting president, but this is one of them and McCain, who planned every minute of his multi-day memorial, wasn’t going to miss the chance.”

According to Blair, McCain spared his mourners the prospect of the president making the funeral all about himself, if Trump’s history at memorials is any guide.

 Specifically, the way Trump conducted himself at a 1999 memorial following his father Fred’s death.
 With more than 650 people attending the service at Marble Collegiate Church in Manhattan, Trump followed his three siblings paying tribute to their father by bragging about his own successes.

“When it came time to eulogize his father at the funeral, the focus shifted noticeably,” Blair writes. “He began by saying it was the toughest day of his own life. It was ironic, he said, that he’d learned of his father’s death right after reading a front-page story in the New York Times about the success of one of his own developments, Trump Place. He then enumerated all his other projects and said his father supported each one, and he finished by noting that on everything he’d ever done, Fred had known he would be able to pull it off.”

 “The funeral of Fred Trump wasn’t about Fred Trump; it was an opportunity to do some brand burnishing by Donald, for Donald,” she pointedly added. “Throughout his remarks, the first-person singular pronouns—I and me and mine—far outnumbered he and his. Even at his own father’s funeral, Donald Trump couldn’t cede the limelight.”

You can read more horror stories about Trump attending memorials here.

Trump’s allies fleeing him as he acts more and more like the cornered rat that he is

President Donald Trump has backed himself into a “tight, lonely corner” as his legal troubles continue to mount, Axios reported on Saturday.

 The report noted the public has turned against Trump, with 60 percent of Americans viewing the commander-in-chief unfavorably, while 63 percent support special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigations into Russian collusion and obstruction of justice.

“Tensions with staff run high as ever,” Axios’ Mike Allen explained. “He has never been close to many of his top staffers, and this is more true than ever.”

 Trump’s “allies are buckling” as longtime attorney and fixer Michael Cohen, National Enquirer publisher David Pecker and Trump Organization CFO Allen Weisselberg are all cooperating with investigators

The report noted New York Times journalist Maggie Haberman reported on the dynamic as, “his aides say he is behaving as if he is cornered.”

 Amidst the White House chaos, Trump is still clinging to the hope that he could explain everything during an interview with special counsel investigators.

“The corner feels small, and he keeps being told the one big move he fantasizes about making — staring down Mueller under the bright lights, one on one — could destroy it all,” the report concluded.

No, it’s not another lone wolf — it’s white male rage

This is how white male supremacy works in America. No matter how many white men go on killing sprees because they didn’t get what they wanted (a woman’s attention, popularity in school, a white America), we never discuss the problem of white male rage.

Every white killer is a separate and unique “isolated incident,” a “lone wolf” disconnected from any larger pattern.

This is like declaring every tree in a forest to exist in singular solitude and the forest itself to be invisible. Worse, anyone pointing out the obvious existence of the forest is treated as a heretic by polite society because it’s just rude to ruffle the leaves of all the trees. They’re extremely fragile and cannot handle any kind of criticism. After all, you never know what might set another one of them off on a completely isolated killing spree. They’re just under so much pressure these days!

But that’s the result of creating a society that tells exactly one group, white men, that the universe is theirs to command and control; that everything is theirs for the taking. When white men don’t get what they want, how they want, the way they want it, they lash out in a mindless rage at anyone and everyone they blame for denying them what they feel entitled to. Maybe if we stopped coddling them, they’d stop being so fucking fragile. And then maybe, just maybe, they’d stop killing so many of us in petulant rages when they don’t get their way.

The sooner we start talking about the problem instead of finding every excuse imaginable to avoid discussing white male rage, the better off the world will be.

Comparing McCain and Trump — there is no comparison between a statesman and a con man

Though the White House had drafted a statement on the death of John McCain, it was not released. Instead, President Donald Trump tweeted “sympathies and respect” to the family, saying nothing of the contributions of the widely esteemed senator.

Nothing could tell us more about the character of the petty man in the White House than his weekend display. As tributes filled the news media — many from McCain’s political opponents — Trump showed he lacks the common decency required of his office. After years devoted to dividing the country, he could not play the role of political healer, even to honor a man from his own party.
However, in a perverse way, Trump provided a service to the nation. He called attention to the difference between himself and McCain, giving us a chance to reflect on their disparate leadership styles.
Think of this exercise as the political equivalent of the old tale of the tape that newspapers routinely published to predict the outcome of a boxing match.
Courage: McCain demonstrated it in abundance, from his Vietnam war service in his youth to his final battle with brain cancer. Trump, who claimed bone spurs to avoid military service, once tried to show bravery by breaking with his party on gun control but retreated in less than two weeks.
Decency: The senator could scrap, but he avoided the lowest of blows. A prime example was the time he corrected a bigoted voter who attacked his then presidential opponent Barack Obama. “No ma’am,” said McCain. He’s a decent family man, a citizen that I just happen to have disagreements with.” Trump rose to political significance via the racist “birtherism” that questioned Obama’s status as American-born.
Clarity: When McCain sought the presidency the first time in 2000, his touring bus was dubbed the “Straight Talk Express.” Direct and consistent, he always made his views clear to allies and opponents alike. Donald Trump’s word salad speaking style suggests a man who intends to create confusion. It is the preferred approach of a con man.
Service: Coming from a family with a long record of military service, McCain devoted his entire life’s work to improving the lives of Arizonans and Americans at large. Humble enough to admit that he made many mistakes, he never ceased to search for way to contribute to the greater good. Trump devoted himself to the accumulation of self-interested wealth and power. Prior to achieving the presidency, he established no record of service aside from writing checks to charity.
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Honor: The true measure of a leader is how he reacts to defeat. McCain recognized there was no disgrace in losing. Though he lost the White House twice — once to George W. Bush and once to Obama — he reconciled with both and asked them to deliver eulogies at his funeral. Trump, who never seems to get over anything, has so dishonored the presidency that he has not been invited to partake in McCain’s memorial services. He has also attacked McCain on numerous occasions, which may be part of the reason for his exclusion from the memorial.
In boxing, the tale of the tape was used to predict the outcome of an impending match. For Trump and McCain, it suggests how history will regard them in the years to come. McCain’s stature seems fixed and is unlikely to change. Unfortunately, the same is true for Trump.

And these assholes wonder why we call them “deplorable”

Fox News on Sunday disabled the ability to comment on its YouTube videos about the death of Sen. John McCain (R-AZ).

Over the weekend, scores of commenters at the Fox News website were allowed to trash Sen. John McCain. But those attempting to view videos about McCain on YouTube were notified that the network had “disabled” commenting.

“Comments are disabled for this video,” a notice on each video said.

Fox News continued to allow comments on videos about other topics.

Meanwhile, at least one story on FoxNews.com had accepted at least 3,500 comments in about two hours. Many of the comments wished McCain “good riddance” and declared him a traitor.

“I’m sorry, but I can’t celebrate the life of a man who has done so much evil,” one commenter opined. “He is burning in Hell right now, and receiving the due payment for his evil deeds.”

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Well, well . . . isn’t this special.  All those good christians, all those patriotic Americans who follow Fox are now sliming an honest, decent man.  No wonder these motherfuckers are called DEPLORABLES.

Coincidence?

Ian Fleming — British spymaster and author of the James Bond novels — observed: “Once is happenstance; twice is coincidence; three times is enemy action.”

Hmmm. Let’s count the guilty pleas and jury decisions:
1. Cohen
2. Manafort
3. Flynn
4. Gates
5. Papadopolus

That’s five.

In something as big as a Manhattan real estate business with resorts and golf courses worldwide, and in something as complex as a Presidential campaign, you can expect one or two crooks. But FIVE crooks and all of them at the highest levels????

That’s not happenstance or coincidence or enemy action — that’s a criminal mob.

As Trump descends deeper into madness, the next 4 to 6 months will tell the tale

Over the past year and a half, life in politics has often felt like an ongoing circus in which the madness never ceases. But for all that, the next 11 weeks could be the most intense and consequential of Donald Trump’s presidency.

Let’s begin with a report in the New York Times that the case against Michael Cohen, Trump’s former personal lawyer, might be coming to a head:

Federal authorities investigating whether President Trump’s former personal lawyer and fixer, Michael D. Cohen, committed bank and tax fraud have zeroed in on well over $20 million in loans obtained by taxi businesses that he and his family own, according to people familiar with the matter.

Investigators are also examining whether Mr. Cohen violated campaign finance or other laws by helping to arrange financial deals to secure the silence of women who said they had affairs with Mr. Trump. The inquiry has entered the final stage and prosecutors are considering filing charges by the end of August, two of the people said.

There’s a serious possibility that Cohen will cooperate with prosecutors in order to obtain leniency, and there’s no telling what he might be able to reveal about the Trump Organization, the president himself and the president’s children, with whom he worked closely. The company has a history of deals with questionable characters in questionable circumstances, including many that went south amid accusations of misconduct. If Cohen chooses to sing, he might have a thick libretto to work from.

Needless to say, if Cohen were to implicate the president or his family in some kind of criminal wrongdoing, it would be a political earthquake. But even if he doesn’t cooperate, if he is indicted in the coming weeks, that would itself be a serious blow to Trump’s presidency. Even if much of what Cohen is accused of doesn’t have to do directly with his former boss, it would contribute to the growing impression that Trump is a corrupt man who surrounds himself with other corrupt men.

And here are some other things that could or, in some cases, will happen between now and the first week in November:

  • Paul Manafort will either be convicted or acquitted in his first trial, presumably this week (the jury is currently deliberating). And his second trial — which will deal more directly with his work in the former Soviet Union and the ways it may have affected his actions as Trump campaign chairman — will begin in mid-September.
  • Special counsel Robert S. Mueller III could hand down more indictments, or even release a final report on all that he has learned in his investigation.
  • Trump will likely continue to revoke the security clearances of his critics in the intelligence community, which will generate more bipartisan condemnation and comparisons to Richard Nixon.
  • Omarosa Manigault Newman will release more tapes she recorded of conversations with people in the White House.
  • A lawsuit will begin in Texas in which Republican states and the administration will be arguing for the entire Affordable Care Act to be struck down, handing Democrats a priceless campaign issue.
  • Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation hearings will take place. Even if the process ends with a win for Trump, it will also likely generate an immediate backlash, a wave of fear and opposition from Democrats as they realize the implications of an intensely partisan, intensely conservative Supreme Court.

That’s just what we know about. There are other things, both foreseeable and not, that could increase the president’s stress during this period. We recently learned that White House counsel Donald McGahn was interviewed for 30 hours by Mueller’s team, interviews that were initially approved by Trump as part of a strategy of cooperation but might well have turned into a way for McGahn to protect himself. We have no idea what McGahn told them about Trump’s actions or how it might relate to Russia and contribute to a case of obstruction of justice. Trump’s trade war has so far seemed to generate nothing but job losses and uncertainty. There could be international crises and more conflict with our allies. And if history is any guide, Trump will react to all of it with petulance and resentment, occasionally boiling over into outright rage.

The culmination of this intense period is, of course, the November elections. The wave of scandal news will only increase the likelihood that Democrats will win control of the House, and as much as we’ve talked about that possibility, we haven’t fully reckoned with how transformative it would be.

Right now Congress is all but nonexistent as a force in our political life; having passed a tax cut for corporations and the wealthy, Republicans have given up on any serious legislating, and certainly aren’t exercising anything resembling oversight of the administration. But if Democrats have control, they’ll begin holding hearings and mounting investigations of all the Trump scandals. Russia will be just the beginning; they’ll use their subpoena power and ability to create news events to probe the president himself, possible misconduct committed by other members of his administration (of which there is a nearly inexhaustible supply) and various policy outrages. It will be a ceaseless drumbeat of Trump scandal for the next two years.

For a president who is unendingly frustrated by the constraints put upon him and the criticism he gets even when his party controls all the centers of power in Washington, it will be a nightmare. And it all starts now.

You knew this was coming . . . Omarosa has video . . .

. . . and e-mail, and texts and no telling what else.

The Associated Press

“Omarosa Manigault Newman has a stash of video, emails, text messages and other documentation supporting the claims in her tell-all book about her time in the Trump White House, a person with direct knowledge of the records told The Associated Press Friday.

Manigault Newman has made clear that she plans to continue selectively releasing the pieces of evidence if President Donald Trump and his associates continue to attack her credibility and challenge the claims in her book, “Unhinged.” She’s already dribbled out audio recordings of conversations, and video clips, texts or email could follow, according to the person who described what Manigault Newman has called a multimedia “treasure trove.” The person was not authorized to discuss the issue publicly and asked for anonymity.

“I will not be silenced. I will not be intimidated. I’m not going to be bullied by Donald Trump,” the former Trump aide told The Associated Press this week as she seemed to dismiss a threat from Trump’s campaign. She spoke to the AP hours after Trump’s campaign announced it was filing an arbitration action against her alleging she’d violated a signed agreement with the campaign that prohibits her from disclosing confidential information.

She told PBS in a separate interview this week: “I have a significant amount, in fact, a treasure trove, of multimedia backup for everything that’s not only in “Unhinged,” but everything that I assert about Donald Trump.”

Hoo-boy.