Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Irrelevant loser

The Most Notable Loser is becoming nothing so much as pathetic.

Unfit for office.

Accomplishments of the "War on Terror"

Continue reading.

...but hey, do what you will anyway.


Quite a different tune these days.

...but hey, do what you will anyway.

Chad fallout

President Donald Trump’s decision to place Chad on his revised travel ban shocked experts and former U.S. officials who warned it could have major consequences for the fight against terrorism in Africa.

Chad warned at the time the order could affect its security commitments - which include its involvement in the U.S.-backed fight against Boko Haram.


Chad has withdrawn hundreds of troops from neighbouring Niger, where they were helping local forces fight Boko Haram Islamist militants, humanitarian sources and officials said.


The pull-out over the past two weeks could weaken a region-wide struggle against the militants who have killed tens of thousands of people, forced many more to flee and triggered a humanitarian crisis.

Niger - also where four Green Berets were recently killed in an ambush.

Well, done Most Notable Loser. Well done.

...but hey, do what you will anyway.

Twitter thread on "He knew what he signed up for"...


Read the whole thread.


...but hey, do what you will anyway.

The Trump Doctrine

Well, it took almost a year, but we now have the “Trump Doctrine.” It’s very simple. And, as you’d expect, it fits neatly into a tweet. On nearly every major issue, President Trump’s position is: “Obama built it. I broke it. You fix it.”

I had identified the Trump Doctrine back at the beginning as "lobbing hand-grenades and seeing what happens." I think this NYT description might be better.
And that cuts right to the core of what is the most frightening thing about the Trump presidency. It’s not the president’s juvenile tweeting or all the aides who’ve been pushed out of his clown car at high speed or his industrial-strength lying.

It’s Trump’s willingness to unravel so many longstanding policies and institutions at once — from Nafta to Obamacare to the global climate accord to the domestic clean power initiative to the Pacific trade deal to the Iran nuclear deal — without any real preparation either on the day before or for the morning after.
That certainly is a "frightening thing," but it doesn't make the other things less frightening. There are plenty of things to choose from and they're all off the scale.
I’m open to improving any of these accords or institutions. I’m even open to the possibility that by just tipping over all these accords at once, and throwing away his steering wheel, Trump will get people to improve the Iran deal or Obamacare out of sheer panic at the chaos that might ensue if they don’t.

But I am equally open to the possibility that unraveling all of these big systems at once — health, energy, geopolitics — without a clear plan or a capable team will set in motion chain reactions, some of them long term, that Trump has not thought through in the least.
Trump never "thought through" anything in his life.

 ...but hey, do what you will anyway.

Oh, snap

If anything can blow the Dotard's last brain cell, this could well be it:
This story appears in the November 14, 2017 issue of Forbes.


After months of digging through financial disclosures and public property records and conducting dozens of interviews, Forbes now estimates POTUS' net worth at $3.1 billion, down from $3.7 billion a year ago. He drops to No. 248 in the ranks of the richest people in America, down from No. 156 in 2016.


Values of several Manhattan properties, particularly those on or near Fifth Avenue, have dropped, shaving nearly $400 million off his fortune. Some of his golf properties, including ones in Miami, Ireland and Scotland, have also declined in value, as some would-be guests stayed away, apparently offended by the president's politics and bombast. Trump's cash pile is down an estimated $100 million since last year, after he spent $66 million on his campaign and $25 million settling a lawsuit over Trump University.

Trump made his wealth and business acumen key pillars of his 2016 presidential bid. He kicked off his campaign by saying he was "really rich" and claimed he was worth at least $10 billion.


Bloomberg was less generous in its estimation, putting the president's wealth at $2.86 billion this year.

  Business Insider
It was another record year for the wealthiest people in America, as the price of admission to the country’s most exclusive club jumped nearly 18% to $2 billion. Even at these new heights, entrepreneurs are breaking into the ranks for the first time as they mint fortunes in everything from telecom to booze to fishing. There were 22 newcomers, 14 of whom are self-made entrepreneurs.


The most notable loser was President Donald Trump, whose fortune fell $600 million to $3.1 billion.

"The most notable loser." His head will explode.

I think that's going to be a useful quote. Much better than Dolt 45 or Dotard J. "The Most Notable Loser".

Double down on those lies

Donald Trump has been saying for a very long time that the United States is the highest-taxed country in the world. This is not remotely true. Today reporter Mike Sacks asked him why he keeps saying something that’s obviously false. Trump acknowledged that this “fact” he constantly asserts is false, but it’s true in spirit, because the United States is the highest-taxed developed country.


That is also false. In fact, it’s even more false than the original statement. Most of the countries that have a lower share of taxes to gross domestic product are the undeveloped economies.

  NY Magazine
I thought he would correct his statement to say "corporate" taxes, which is something I've been seeing in print - that we have the highest corporate taxes. And that's not even true.

(Why do they insist on calling Puerto Rico a nation?  It's a US territory.)

In the video clip embedded in this story, Dolt 45 says, "A lot of people agree with" the way he's saying it. Of course they do. They'll agree with anything he says. They're his gullible, hateful supporters. A lot of people agreeing with a lie, however, obviously, doesn't make it true.

...but hey, do what you will anyway.

Sexual predation isn't the bottom

A man brags about assaulting women - and still gets elected to the presidency of the United States. Hollywood is awash in Harvey Weinstein accusations. And now...
Aly Raisman, the six-time Olympic medal winning gymnast, has called for sweeping change in USA Gymnastics in the wake of dozens of allegations of sexual abuse against former team doctor Larry Nassar, who she called a “monster”.

Nassar spent nearly 30 years as an osteopath with the USA Gymnastics program and is now in prison in Michigan after pleading guilty to possession of child pornography.

  The Guardian
Not to mention, there are already whisperings of "the next" phase of Hollywood slime: child predators.

We're the best recruitment for Islamist extremists on the planet.

I hope the politicians cashing in on all this are going to be very, very careful, because the same culture has been evident in their circles for decades. It would be nice if the lid got blown off that, too, instead of just trickling out one by one.

But here's the thing. This is about sexual predation, sure. But beyond that, what it's about at the bottom of it is the cult of power. It's about a (predominantly white male) power culture that says exactly what Donald Trump said: when you're a celebrity (power holder), you can do anything you want. Anything, that is, to people who are less powerful than you: most often, but not exclusively, women and children. This is about the victimization of the powerless. It happens in Hollywood, in DC, in religious organizations, and in millions of workplaces and homes across the nation. And that's why you need to start thinking about police brutality in those terms, too. People who victimize people less powerful than themselves are sick or evil (or both), and our culture is swimming in this epidemic.

Those phone calls to the families....

U.S. Army Sgt. La David Johnson died in a deadly ambush in Niger on Oct. 4. It took the president nearly two weeks to reach out to Johnson’s widow, and when he finally did on Tuesday, Local 10 reports Trump told Myeshia Johnson, “He knew what he signed up for … but when it happens it hurts anyway.”

  The Root
Apparently, that's what the "Democrat Congresswoman" Trump tweeted about this morning said. I suppose we could ask the grieving widow.  I wonder what he said to the other three.
Rep. Frederica Wilson (D-Miami Gardens) witnessed Mrs. Johnson, who is the mother of a 2-year-old son and 6-year-old daughter, leaned over the American flag draping her husband’s casket and sobbed uncontrollably.


Trump called Mrs. Johnson at 4:45 p.m., shortly before her husband’s remains arrived at Miami International Airport.
After being called out at a press conference for not writing or calling families of the four dead soldiers.

We  hope.

Report on the incident.


"He didn't even know his name."