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Monday, January 16, 2017

Trump and Verbal Miasma


This Frontline show was particularly great at following Trump's rise and explaining what I've been struggling with, which is - HOW? WHY?

From describing how he was as a student, his approach to life, and later business (mentored by McCarthy era lawyer Cohen), it could still help us wrap our minds around this dumpster fire.


After watching that press conference last week, how he said so much nothing you wonder is he consciously selling and trying to close a deal? Does he have a personality disorder? Is the selling unconscious and less than half the population fell for a con a la Trump University?


Trump’s Tower of Babble

http://www.slate.com/articles/news_and_politics/politics/2016/11/how_donald_trump_uses_language_and_why_we_can_t_stop_listening.html
Ironically, because Trump relies so heavily on footnotes, false starts, and flights of association, and because his digressions rarely hook back up with the main thought, the emotional terms take on added power. They become rays of clarity in an incoherent verbal miasma.



Donald Trump’s unique speaking style, explained by linguists

http://www.vox.com/policy-and-politics/2017/1/11/14238274/trumps-speaking-style-press-conference-linguists-explain

These are normal techniques, particularly in conversational speech. "Is he reading cognitive science? No. He has 50 years of experience as a salesman who doesn’t care who he is selling to," Lakoff says. On this account, Trump used similar methods in his QVC-style pitch of steaks and vodka as he does when he talks about his plan to stop ISIS.

In other words, when Trump’s audience finishes his sentences for him, the blanks are filled with sentiments that resonate: fears of joblessness, worries about the United States losing its status as a major world power, concerns about foreign terrorist organizations. Trump validates their insecurities and justifies their anger. He connects on an emotional level, Du Mez says.


This is a more recent Frontline:


I haven't looked at it, but I'm hoping it sheds more light on the coming disaster, be it one, two, three or all four years.

Saturday, January 14, 2017

President Elect Press Conference, CNN is FAKE NEWS

Before the questions, here are a few things to look at if you are concerned about the way Trump treats the media- take for instance the accusation that CNN is fake news father down. . .

Trump and the Media- Reich talks about 7 ways here and 4 in the video immediately below Trump is attempting to control the media:
http://www.salon.com/2016/12/04/robert-reich-donald-trumps-7-techniques-to-control-the-media_partner/

And a little flashier, with a white board. . . 4 Ways Trump Tries to Control the Media - or How Tyranny Begins. . .
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W_anu-feuKE

Advice to American journalists from Russians who covered Putin. . . 
https://qz.com/884403/donald-trumps-press-conference-was-a-circus-but-vladimir-putins-is-way-worse-for-journalists/

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And here we go, fasten your seatbelts and put on your tinfoil hats! The first few are about Russia and hacking, so here's something you might want to watch first-

Trump DOES have a relationship with Putin several years ago, but NOW he doesn't know him at all.

http://www.msnbc.com/thomas-roberts/watch/trump-discusses-putin-in-2013-734124099973

QUESTION: A couple of aspects of the intelligence briefing that you received on Friday that we're looking for further clarification on.
TRUMP: It's all fake news. It's phony stuff. It didn't happen.
(http://www.usnews.com/news/politics/articles/2017-01-10/donald-trump-barack-obama-briefed-on-reports-russia-had-compromising-information-on-president-elect) 
As far as hacking, I think it was Russia. But I think we also get hacked by other countries and other people. And I -- I can say that you know when -- when we lost 22 million names and everything else that was hacked recently, they didn't make a big deal out of that. That was something that was extraordinary. That was probably China.

They didn't make a big deal about the 22,000 names- hmm, front page news. That's a big deal. I'd say that's a pretty big deal. Believe me! (omg I can't keep the Trump language up, it's driving me batty.)
https://twitter.com/markberman/status/819220351955718144


TRUMP: And I have to say this also, the Democratic National Committee was totally open to be hacked. They did a very poor job. They could've had hacking defense, which we had.
Wrong. They hacked both.
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/fact-checker/wp/2017/01/11/fact-checking-president-elect-trumps-news-conference/?utm_term=.19d8fb0509ce

Here we are again, the DNC hack, emails, Comey. There was a hearing and Comey clammed up apparently, which is out of character, don't you think?

http://theslot.jezebel.com/something-extremely-concerning-happened-in-a-confidenti-1791170629http://thehill.com/blogs/floor-action/314161-dems-outraged-with-comey-after-house-briefing

http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2017/01/13/fbi-chief-jim-comey-s-russia-hacking-brief-turns-into-sh-t-show.html

TRUMP: Can you imagine that if Donald Trump got the questions to the debate -- it would've been the biggest story in the history of stories. And they would've said immediately, "You have to get out of the race." Nobody even talked about it. It's a very terrible thing.
Washington Post has this one too

The third person. Haha! Megalomania, anyone? 

Also, if rape isn't bad enough, wtf IS (to make him step down)?? 

And WHY is he talking about debate questions and Hillary Clinton?? We have golden showers and conflicts of interest for himself and his cabinet to ask him about! I know, THAT'S why talk about his rallies, Nov. 8, beautiful and terrific nonspecific things.

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He does actually answer this first one (eventually), possibly the only thing he DID answer in a concise coherent fashion.
QUESTION: Do you accept that part of the finding? And will you undo what President Obama did to punish the Russians for this or will you keep it in place?
TRUMP: Well, if -- if Putin likes Donald Trump, I consider that an asset, not a liability, because we have a horrible relationship with Russia. Russia can help us fight ISIS, which, by the way, is, number one, tricky. I mean if you look, this administration created ISIS by leaving at the wrong time. The void was created, ISIS was formed.
If Putin likes Donald Trump, guess what, folks? That's called an asset, not a liability.
Now, I don't know that I'm gonna get along with Vladimir Putin. I hope I do. But there's a good chance I won't. And if I don't, do you honestly believe that Hillary would be tougher on Putin than me? Does anybody in this room really believe that? Give me a break.
 The ISIS claim is STILL untrue. . .  http://www.politifact.com/truth-o-meter/statements/2016/aug/11/donald-trump/donald-trump-pants-fire-claim-obama-founded-isis-c/

QUESTION: Would a reasonable observer say that you are potentially vulnerable to blackmail by Russia or by its intelligence agencies?
TRUMP: Lemme just tell you what I do.
When I leave our country, I'm a very high-profile person, would you say?
I am extremely careful. I'm surrounded by bodyguards. I'm surrounded by people.
And I always tell them -- anywhere, but I always tell them if I'm leaving this country, "Be very careful, because in your hotel rooms and no matter where you go, you're gonna probably have cameras." I'm not referring just to Russia, but I would certainly put them in that category.
And number one, "I hope you're gonna be good anyway. But in those rooms, you have cameras in the strangest places. Cameras that are so small with modern technology, you can't see them and you won't know. You better be careful, or you'll be watching yourself on nightly television."
I tell this to people all the time.
I was in Russia years ago, with the Miss Universe contest, which did very well -- Moscow, the Moscow area did very, very well.
And I told many people, "Be careful, because you don't wanna see yourself on television. Cameras all over the place."
And again, not just Russia, all over.
Does anyone really believe that story?
I'm also very much of a germaphobe, by the way, believe me.
He knows the exact time, he knows the incident, it totally happened. 

http://mashable.com/2017/01/11/donald-trump-germaphobe-hidden-cameras/#C3.yknX9AkqA

There are cameras everywhere! Not paranoid at all. 
http://observer.com/2017/01/donald-trump-says-crap-golden-showers-report-cant-be-true-because-hes-a-germaphobe/

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TAX RETURNS, yes what about those?
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QUESTION: (inaudible) do you believe the hacking was justified? And will you release your tax returns to prove what you're saying about no deals in Russia?
TRUMP: I'm not releasing the tax returns because as you know, they're under audit.
Well, he didn't say can't this time, he said only that he's not. It was a lie that he can't, which he has said before: http://www.newsweek.com/2016/09/16/donald-trump-tax-returns-495955.html


QUESTION: ... since the '70's has had a required audit from the IRS, the last place to release them, but as president sir...
TRUMP: You know, the only one that cares about my tax returns are the reporters, OK? They're the only who ask.
QUESTION: You don't think the American public is concerned about it?
TRUMP: No I don't think so. I won, when I became president. No, I don't think they care at all. I don't think they care at all.
TRUMP: I think you care -- I think you care. First of all, you learn very little to a tax return. What you should go down to federal elections and take a look at the numbers. And actually, people have learned a lot about my company and now they realize, my company is much bigger, much more powerful than they ever thought. We're in many, many countries, and I'm very proud of it.
And what I'm going to be doing is my two sons, who are right here, Don and Eric, are going to be running the company. They are going to be running it in a very professional manner. They're not going to discuss it with me. Again, I don't have to do this. They're not going to discuss it with me. And with that, I'm going to bring up Sheri Dillon, and she's going to go -- these papers are just some of the many documents that I've signed turning over complete and total control to my sons.
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The American people don't care about his tax returns??? Why, because HE says so???

His company is "bigger than we ever thought," so we should go to federal elections and look at the huge numbers that are much more powerful than we ever even thought!

Oh look, but he's wrong about that. . .
http://www.politifact.com/truth-o-meter/statements/2016/sep/26/donald-trump/donald-trump-talks-about-his-finances-first-presid/

Oh what a relief, he won't discuss business with his sons! That's totally plausible and believable, right? Yeah, I don't think so either. 

And all those brand new blank manila folders with reams of brand new printer paper in them, I'm SO glad he's going to explain that!!


And Trevor Noah of the Daily Show on the prop of the day, those very business-y full or empty manila folders:

 http://www.alternet.org/investigations/following-trumps-press-conference-daily-shows-trevor-noah-comes-new-reason-why-trump
"Look how much work he's been doing for America! But don't look too close," Noah warned. "Because if you do, you may seem to notice things.

"For instance, the paper inside the folders doesn't look like weeks of contracts, it looks brand new," the host pointed out. "Yea, and I know some of you might be hating... But you tell me. If you had real folders of real business, you were really doing, wouldn't you at least have labels on them."

ALAS! It's unproven! See http://www.snopes.com/trump-busted-using-empty-folders/

But. .  .

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/donald-trump-press-conference-folders-business-plan-empire-blank-fake-handover-donald-jr-eric-a7523426.html

Who can say? Maybe they're blank, maybe they're not blank. Some people say they were blank, believe me! I'm saying I don't know. Nobody knows. But they really look blank. 

Maybe he paid people to clap, maybe they clapped because his lies and repetition of two syllables resonated with them. Who can say.

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Dillon on his financial situation, though not the taxes, she had nothing on that:
"The conflicts of interest laws simply do not apply to the president or the vice president and they are not required to separate themselves from their financial assets."
Maybe this is true for all presidents, though this is hard to hear since he thinks NOTHING, no laws or standards apply to him. Blah blah blah, he'll try to distance himself even though he's not required, blah blah blah.

Another interpretation:
“If he doesn’t divest, he’s going to be violating the Constitution,” Norman Eisen, a former U.S. ambassador to the Czech Republic who served as a White House ethics adviser under Barack Obama, told TIME.
http://time.com/4631643/donald-trump-conflicts-interest-ethics-watchdogs/

The trust Mr. Trump will create “adds nothing to the equation,” Mr. Shaub said. “This is not a blind trust. It’s not even close.”
http://blogs.wsj.com/washwire/2017/01/11/government-ethics-chief-says-trumps-conflict-of-interest-plan-isnt-good-enough/


And Dillon had lots to say about why Trump really shouldn't be expected to divest at all even though it's been a well established and advised precedent:
  • "And selling his assets without the rights to the brand would greatly diminish the value of the assets and create a fire sale.
  • President-elect Trump should not be expected to destroy the company he built. 
  • Anyone who has ever gone through this extraordinarily cumbersome and complicated process knows that it is a non-starter. It is not realistic and it would be inappropriate for the Trump Organization.
  • The so-called Emoluments Clause has never been interpreted, however, to apply to fair value exchanges that have absolutely nothing to do with an office holder.
  • No one would have thought when the Constitution was written that paying your hotel bill was an emolument. Instead, it would have been thought of as a value-for-value exchange; not a gift, not a title, and not an emolument."
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And to the question- "What is your response to your critics that say not only you, but also your Cabinet is filled with conflicts of interest?"

He responds:

(After talking about his Secretary of State pick, for which you can find more informative information here than the empty statements he made:  https://www.thenation.com/article/rex-tillersons-jaw-dropping-testimony-just-completely-disqualified-him/  



Exxon guy as Secretary of State, that doesn't scream conflict of interest, does it? But he's getting ready to clear that right up, I'm sure.)
"I want to bring the greatest people into government, because we're way behind. We don't make good deals any more. I say it all the time in speeches. We don't make good deals anymore; we make bad deals. Our trade deals are a disaster."

He says it all the time in speeches, so that's how you know we make bad deals??? 
And on the conflict of interest with all these business people in the Cabinet. . . ???
No answer. Great press conference.

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On the healthcare question- ". . .if you have outlined a plan for what you want the replace package to look like, would it guarantee coverage for those who have gotten health insurance through the current Obamacare law?" :
TRUMP: Obamacare is the Democrats problem. We are gonna take the problem off the shelves for them. We're doing them a tremendous service by doing it. We could sit back and let them hang with it. We are doing the Democrats a great service.


TRUMP: And the plan will be repeal and replace Obamacare.
You said that already!!!
TRUMP: We're going to have a health care that is far less expensive and far better. OK.

Which explains exactly NOTHING much like everything that comes out of his mouth, HOW did he get elected? Do people like hearing a bunch of nonsensical sentence-like things, what was it that made them say hey he's not perfect, lets look for the good in Trump, while refusing to look at any experience or good in Hillary and only focusing on what they disliked in her?? How is she corrupt and he not? Or how is his corruption less bad than hers? How is she MORE corporate=corrupt than he? Many people are saying gender bias was at play, but I don't know. 

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Loaded question here, there are several topics in one.

QUESTION: President-elect, I have a question about the Supreme Court and border security. But I also wanted to ask you about something you said on Twitter this morning. Are we living in Nazi Germany? What were you driving at there? Do you have a problem with the intelligence community?
And on the Supreme Court, what's your timeline? You said a while ago you were down to four. Have you conducted those interviews yet? What's your timeline for nominating?
And on the border fence, it now appears clear U.S. taxpayers will have to pay for it up front. What is your plan to...
On the reckless baseless Nazi accusation, because he's not going to answer that:
 http://www.dw.com/en/german-foreign-minister-perplexed-by-trumps-nazi-germany-comment/a-37114406

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/post-politics/wp/2017/01/11/trumps-comparison-of-u-s-intelligence-community-to-nazi-germany-rebuked-by-anti-defamation-league/?utm_term=.5dcc63c36d45
TRUMP: On the fence -- it's not a fence. It's a wall. You just misreported it.
 He's trying to fact check??? Nope. Silence, Cheeto!
TRUMP: So, remember this, OK? I would say we are going to build a wall and people would go crazy. I would then say, who is going to pay for the wall? And people would all scream out -- 25,000, 30,000 people, because nobody has ever had crowds like Trump has had. You know that. You don't like to report that, but that's OK.
Because the people at your rally say it?? That's your answer? Will he ever actually answer a freaking question??
TRUMP: So, in order to get the wall started, Mexico will pay for the wall, but it will be reimbursed. OK?

Huh? Who's paying??


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CNN was called fake news for reporting on Trump's Russia connections and the alleged encounter with prostitutes and their or his urine. NO! YOU'RE THE PUPPET!!

http://www.cjr.org/covering_trump/trump_reporter_question_press_conference_cnn.php



"And had they leaked by some other means, it would be up to journalists to establish their veracity; ignore them if possible, debunk them if necessary."
https://www.nytimes.com/2017/01/12/business/media/trump-media-news-conference.html



"The atmosphere at Trump’s press events often has a zoo-like quality. At this one it felt like the animals had been starved, hunted, and turned against each other."
https://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2017/01/trump-faces-a-weakened-press-corps/512849/

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This was kind of a funny moment- I think he may have completely misunderstood what type of bill they were asking about. What??? Words can have more than one meaning?! Unheard of! Fake definition! Sad! No, you're the puppet! 

Either that or he just started talking about competing with Lindsey Graham for money and getting into the top 1% for no apparent reason which would totally be in spastic narcissistic character. (???)

But he did answer that Obama did the right thing sanctioning Russia for hacking, the hacking that he disputes. Or maybe he's only calling the golden showers fake news. And also CNN. Who can say.

QUESTION: Do you think President Obama went too far with the sanctions he put on Russia after the hacking?TRUMP: I don't think he went too far. No.
He answered a question! Possibly the only one he's answered the entire campaign and transition periods!!!  History has been made, folks!
QUESTION: Will you roll them back? What do you think of Lindsey Graham's plan to send you a bill for...
TRUMP: Plans to send me a bill for what?
QUESTION: Tougher sanctions.
TRUMP: I hadn't heard Lindsey Graham was going to do that. Lindsey Graham. I've been competing with him for a long time. He is going to crack that one percent barrier one day. I didn't realize Lindsey Graham still had it. That's all right. I think Lindsey Graham is a nice guy. I've heard that he is a nice guy and I've been hearing it.


Send me a bill for WHAT? Hahahahaha! The president elect has no idea what bills are.

Schoolhouse Rock, he could start there maybe?

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Friday, January 13, 2017

Trump press conference as president elect, he used to do them every day, but. . . .

Funny, but factual run down of the press conference:
https://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/compost/wp/2017/01/11/what-the-bleep-happened-at-the-trump-news-conference/?utm_term=.9297fc16dc7c



Fact check anyone??
http://www.politifact.com/truth-o-meter/article/2017/jan/11/live-coverage-donald-trumps-first-press-conference/


What follows are some of my Facebook microblogging posts on this disaster.



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So the press conference, the first in 167 days, starts with Mr. Pence of Periods for Pence fame:

"Nineteen of the 21 cabinet officials have been announced, nine committee hearings already scheduled, seven more soon to go on the books in the next several days and it is a — it is a compilation of men and women with an unprecedented caliber of leadership and background to help this administration move our nation forward. Perhaps that’s why there’s been such a concerted effort by some in the mainstream media to de-legitimize this election and to demean our incoming administration."
Oh, honey, noooo. Sweetie, look- your running mate demeaned and de-legitimized the election* and, baby, HE chose incompetent cabinet picks that oppose the very mission of the department they were nominated to head. Don't blame the media, honey, bad form. Bad form indeed. But you're correct about unprecedented! ! Good try sweetie pie, check your facts first though. You'll do better next time.

*remember when he said the election was rigged-if he lost, lost the popular vote, colluded with Russia, made fun of a disabled reporter, raped women, demeaned a Muslim veteran- you know the list, no one can demean like Trump, he wins at demeaning, he's really the best, believe me, he loves you! !

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"So, I just want to compliment many of the people in the room. I have great respect for the news and great respect for freedom of the press and all of that. But I will tell you, there were some news organizations with all that was just said that were so professional — so incredibly professional, that I’ve just gone up a notch as to what I think of you. OK?"

I want to listen to the whole thing (and comment), i do, but this and that stunningly empty intro about not being a stranger to news conferences and winning because of news conferences, maybe i can't. Barf.

Up a notch! Oh there was much celebration and relief in the world of the hated mainstream media. Pence, the bad cop, only minutes before, chastised them for demeaning the election and the new president, for shame, for shame. But whew, up a few notches! The Donald is happy! For now. Good job press, that's the goal of journalism, right! ?

But what about Trump and Putin anyway?
Then
Now
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/donald-trump-putin-presidential-debate-ive-never-met-him-fact-check-a7371061.html

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"We’ve got to get our drug industry back. Our drug industry has been disastrous. They’re leaving left and right. They supply our drugs, but they don’t make them here, to a large extent. And the other thing we have to do is create new bidding procedures for the drug industry because they’re getting away with murder.


Pharma, pharma has a lot of lobbies and a lot of lobbyists and a lot of power and there’s very little bidding on drugs. We’re the largest buyer of drugs in the world and yet we don’t bid properly and we’re going to start bidding and we’re going to save billions of dollars over a period of time."

Also in his press conference, he said drugs. A lot. But what does it mean? ?? Is he going to SELL drugs? Legalize pot? Find some missing drugs? I do declare, I do love a mystery! !

And pharmaaahkh. I'm pretty sure he has no earthly idea what that is. Much like cyber. 


Which is hilarious. 

And terrifying.

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"...I want to thank a lot of the news organizations here today because they looked at that nonsense that was released by maybe the intelligence agencies? Who knows, but maybe the intelligence agencies which would be a tremendous blot on their record if they in fact did that. A tremendous blot, because a thing like that should have never been written, it should never have been had and it should certainly never been released."

Why, dear SmallHands McCheeto, why should it never be written or released? Maybe he's referring to his goons who possibly tried to silence the news? Who knows? He sounds very sure. . . He has the freedom to lead chants of 'lock her up' based on NOTHING, encourage his people to beat up protesters, not distance himself from the KKK and their supporters but news outfits should do the opposite of their obligation and not to try and sort out his potential to be blackmailed, ties to foreign powers and investigate the character of a public figure who means to attempt to lead us??? What a nutjob. How did this happen? He DID say it was rigged. But he's a liar. You could make a logic puzzle put of this. . . To simulate reality, it should be impossible to solve, though.


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"And I will say, if the election didn’t turn out the way it turned out, they would not be here. They would not be in my office. They would not be in anybody else’s office. They’d be building and doing things in other countries. So, there’s a great spirit going on right now. A spirit that many people have told me they’ve never seen before, ever."

The economy would have come to a screeching HALT if he hadn't been elected. Makes sense. (Nope.) Or those people wouldn't be in his office making him feel super important. Also makes sense. 

Obama's gift to Trump, the economy :)
http://www.cnbc.com/2016/11/30/obamas-biggest-parting-gift-to-trump-may-be-the-economy.html

A little fact checking on the jobs claims
http://talkingpointsmemo.com/livewire/trump-sprint-jobs-previously-announced

http://www.salon.com/2016/12/29/donald-trump-is-once-again-taking-credit-for-jobs-he-had-no-part-in-creating/


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"So, we’ve been very, very much involved, and other things. We had Jack Ma, we had so many incredible people coming here. There are no — they’re going to do tremendous things — tremendous things in this country. And they’re very excited."

I just love how he can drop a name and if you weren't up on actual news, you'd be none the wiser listening to the baffoon elect. In his surrounding sentences, he elucidates exactly NOTHING. His speeches are not designed to give information, but to dump adjectives into the air, words very like tremendous, and taking credit for things that happen independently of him* (while blaming the media for his blunders and lack of character).


*this was a fun memory from the debate akin to his usual- I raise my hand at sun rise, therefore I make the sun rise!! Thank me! I'm great! Believe me!

http://www.politifact.com/truth-o-meter/statements/2016/sep/27/donald-trump/donald-trump-wrong-again-about-nato-increasing-ter/



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"We’re going to create jobs. I said that I will be the greatest jobs producer that God ever created. And I mean that, I really — I’m going to work very hard on that. We need certain amounts of other things, including a little bit of luck, but I think we’re going to do a real job. And I’m very proud of what we’ve done."

Oh the Cheeto's reign will be unprecedented, i can promise you! He'll be in every English lesson on how NOT to write /speak! So many words, so little said. 

We need certain amounts of other things? ?? What???

And that second line is nauseating because it calls to mind his opinion on women- that he's God's gift to them. He just changed up the words. That he even mentioned God should be offensive to Christians, but that's another story.

https://fivethirtyeight.com/features/why-trumps-carrier-deal-isnt-the-way-to-save-u-s-jobs/


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"And we haven’t even gotten there yet. I look very much forward to the inauguration. It’s going to be a beautiful event. We have great talent, tremendous talent. And we have the — all of the bands — or most of the bands are from the different — from the different segments of the military. And I’ve heard some of these bands over the years, they’re incredible.
We’re going to have a very, very elegant day. The 20th is going to be something that will be very, very special; very beautiful. And I think we’re going to have massive crowds because we have a movement."

Beautiful and tremendous bands, all from the military, because EVERYONE ELSE REFUSED. Elegant, special and beautiful. And movement. His movement. Republicans welcome, all else be damned. He says nothing about the peaceful transfer of power and democracy, just an elegant day about HIM. There is nothing in his speech to suggest he intends to unite the country after a divisive campaign he participated in and incited violence in and in which he threatened legal action on his opponent, only language suggesting rewards for only the people who voted for him like this is just some massive business deal and to the victor go the spoils.

Big crowds. Hm. Looks like many will be attending other events though. . .

And THIS speech is telling and courageous, describing why some lawmakers won't attend the inauguration and be part of the "massive crowds":



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"It’s a movement like the world has never seen before. It’s a movement that a lot of people didn’t expect. And even the polls — although some of them did get it right, but many of them didn’t. And that was a beautiful scene on November 8th as those states started to pour in.
And we focused very hard in those states and they really reciprocated. And those states are gonna have a lot of jobs and they’re gonna have a lot of security. They’re going to have a lot of good news for their veterans."
He talks about news conferences at his news conference, the elegant day that will be his inauguration, November 8, like he can't get enough and that it's some kind of culmination and victory worthy of our respect and adulation, rather than the broad, all-encompassing themes and things that could unify like democracy and working together, peace and being a force for good in the world.

All he wants to talk about are those who were FOR him and how THEY will be rewarded, HIS precious movement, division,the opposite of unity.



Sooo, he's going to be president of the swing states only? ?


Those that voted for him get good things, no one else. This is a democracy, not a business. And just how will he enact that? Or did he misspeak? AGAIN?

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He was very close to saying actual things with naming an appointee, though still claims he's going to solve all the veterans' problems, fix the VA, "straighten out the whole situation" (of which he knows nothing) without saying anything about how he plans on doing this when no one else has been able to, though they've had fantastic beautiful terrific people working on it also.



". . . we’re gonna straighten out the whole situation for our veterans."


As for cancer progressing while waiting on treatment, he says: "Not gonna happen, it’s not gonna happen."


How will he fix it? "And we’re gonna set up a — a group."


Oh! Brilliant! A group! That explains everything then!

"And we’re gonna straighten out the V.A. for our veterans. I’ve been promising that for a long time and it’s something I feel very, very strongly."


You said that already, just as nonspecifically.


"So, you’ll get the information on David. And I think you’ll be very impressed with the job he does. We looked long and hard. We interviewed at least 100 people, some good, some not so good. But we had a lot of talent. And we think this election will be something that will, with time — with time, straighten it out and straighten it out for good ‘cause our veterans have been treated very unfairly."

The bit about interviewing 100 people, some good, some not so good- soooo, did you HIRE the not so good ones too?? Very unclear.

And the bit about veterans being treated unfairly is interesting- he used 'unfair' about Hillary (and the media for reporting facts) frequently and the way the Obama admin did things he didn't like, so it seems that might be a dig at the "other " side he seems intent on dividing from. Unfair assigns blame, in this case to democrats maybe? He could just be saying it's unfair in general terms, to which we can all agree and relate on both sides of the aisle, healthcare in the US, the way it's dispensed is pretty bad, which is why Obama tried to fix it and we ended up with the sub-optimal Obamacare after Republicans were done with it.


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When I hear about fantastic admirals doing big things with beautiful competition, I know he must have the biggest, most beautiful information about the military, more than any general, that he can guarantee you!


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He has inspired belated New Year's Resolutions!

1. Use Twitter more

2. When you have no idea what you're talking about use MORE adjectives proportionally

3. When you receive criticism, especially when it is valid, attack the messenger, accuse them of lying and being uninformed and demeaning motherhood, your profession. 

Trump and the Golden Showers

From meme-land:



TRUMP, RUSSIAN SPIES AND THE INFAMOUS ‘GOLDEN SHOWER MEMOS’
http://www.newsweek.com/trump-russian-spies-infamous-golden-shower-memos-541315

"Russian intelligence services, acting on Trump’s well-known obsession with sex, had arranged an evening for him with a bevy of hookers, with hidden cameras and microphones recording all the action. The jaw-dropping detail that topped the story? Trump had somehow engaged in “golden showers,” sex acts involving urine. "

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"Perverted" Sex with Russian prostitutes, kickbacks, bribes and other Trump follies revealed

http://m.dailykos.com/story/2017/01/11/1619115/--Perverted-Sex-with-Russian-prostitutes-kickbacks-bribes-and-other-Trump-follies-revealed?detail=email&link_id=3&can_id=314fb451e8383cd76e42a42f0fe8a87e&source=email-trump-is-having-another-twitter-meltdown&email_referrer=trump-is-having-another-twitter-meltdown&email_subject=trump-is-having-another-twitter-meltdown
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He's not petty and vengeful, naaa. Based on what we know about his character from pussy grabbing to mocking the disabled to this to counter-suing those with legitimate claims against him, this could never have happened, right? Riiight.

Such a contrast with our outgoing president who is dignified, diplomatic and well educated next to a bumbling idiot Twitter loving rapist embroiled in scandal even before he takes office, an emperor with no clothes, already a disgrace. A Kumare-like experiment gone bad? That gives him too much credit. Naked emperor it is, then.

Part of the intel:
Those include this one:
“According to Source D, where s/he had been present, TRUMP’s (perverted) conduct in Moscow included hiring the presidential suite of the Ritz Carlton Hotel, where he knew President and Mrs OBAMA (whom he hated) had stayed on one of their official trips to Russia, and defiling the bed where they had slept by employing a number of prostitutes to perform a ‘golden showers’ (urination) in front of him.”
http://www.thewrap.com/the-gross-reason-golden-showers-is-trending-yes-it-involves-trump/***          ***          ***


In the absence of any verifiable info, we have comedy and the character of the president elect which renders this entirely plausible.

http://www.slate.com/blogs/browbeat/2017/01/12/samantha_bee_on_the_trump_golden_showers_allegations_and_bo_bice_s_popeyes.html



Explains NOTHING, but does speculate on motives of both sides and tells you to be skeptical, on the last bit I can't agree more.

http://www.vanityfair.com/news/2017/01/trump-russia-report-explained

Obamacare repeal and Trump LIES

Yeah, surprise, surprise, but I'm trying to echo the anti- Hillary outrage of the right and some of the left. . .


Between Obama's address and Trump's press conference January 12, 2017, THIS happened.

While You Were Sleeping Senate Republicans Passed a Resolution to Let Them Pull the Plug on Obamacare

http://www.thenewcivilrightsmovement.com/davidbadash/while_you_were_sleeping_senate_republicans_passed_a_resolution_to_let_them_pull_the_plug_on_obamacare


My feed was relpete with cries of Hillary being a liar not too long ago. All her good points were met with LIAR and LOCK HER UP as though these were actual arguments of substance.

Can we now dismiss everything Repubicans and Mr. Cheeto say and do ? He lied. He liked some of Obamacare and was going to keep it. He's a LIAR, folks (and by folks I mean Republicans who seemed to distinguish his lying from lying Hillary)! Also he's a fraud, racist and slime ball and raped women- that was plenty for me, but hey, what do I know, I'm just a lady and when blood comes out of your wherever, how can you trust that?


You got rid of Hillary, good you! And installed a steaming pile of refuse who also LIES.

But you know what would be hilarious? If he took Obamacare, however long that bill was, copied it word for word and made "TRUMPMAKESAMERICAGREATCARE". Hehehe. Cause he wanted his name on it, even though the Obamacare moniker was given by Republicans and supposed to be disparaging, he didn't put his name on it.

(And we won't even talk about how Republicans rejected universal healthcare and forced an imperfect compromise that ended up being like the original Republican idea. . .)


Obama's farewell address


https://www.nytimes.com/2017/01/10/us/politics/obama-farewell-address-speech.html?_r=0


Hard not to quote the whole thing but here are some favorite parts---
This is where I learned that change only happens when ordinary people get involved, get engaged, and come together to demand it....It's the insistence that these rights, while self-evident, have never been self-executing; that We, the People, through the instrument of our democracy, can form a more perfect union.


On inequality

After all, if every economic issue is framed as a struggle between a hardworking white middle class and undeserving minorities, then workers of all shades will be left fighting for scraps while the wealthy withdraw further into their private enclaves.

He had good advice for many groups in the context, but this hit home because I've heard people I know say these things in the course of my life and I know they are untrue and unjust and those things make me angry. Injustice makes me angry like few things do.

For white Americans, it means acknowledging that the effects of slavery and Jim Crow didn't suddenly vanish in the '60s; that when minority groups voice discontent, they're not just engaging in reverse racism or practicing political correctness; that when they wage peaceful protest, they're not demanding special treatment, but the equal treatment our Founders promised.

The key. And here he begins talking to everyone as in both parties, saying hard things, but necessary, where before he was talking everyone as in the nation.

So regardless of the station we occupy; we have to try harder; to start with the premise that each of our fellow citizens loves this country just as much as we do; that they value hard work and family like we do; that their children are just as curious and hopeful and worthy of love as our own.

Hitting the nail on the head

This trend represents a third threat to our democracy. Politics is a battle of ideas; in the course of a healthy debate, we'll prioritize different goals, and the different means of reaching them. But without some common baseline of facts; without a willingness to admit new information, and concede that your opponent is making a fair point, and that science and reason matter, we'll keep talking past each other, making common ground and compromise impossible.

So many good points, stressing participation, we need that right now.

And all of this depends on our participation; on each of us accepting the responsibility of citizenship, regardless of which way the pendulum of power swings.

Our Constitution is a remarkable, beautiful gift. But it's really just a piece of parchment. It has no power on its own. We, the people, give it power - with our participation, and the choices we make. Whether or not we stand up for our freedoms. Whether or not we respect and enforce the rule of law. America is no fragile thing. But the gains of our long journey to freedom are not assured.

Compare with Trump's press conference that happened a day after where he talks incessantly about how he won, how it felt to win, what he did to win, rather than his plans to unite the country, release tax return, right wrongs in a divisive campaign, accept reality, plans for his term in office. . . 

(Writing this post on Obama's address and the next on Trump's press conference on the same day, several days late, apologies!)