Impossible to keep up with the sheer amount of insanity. Kavanaugh. Khashoggi. MBS. The Caravan. Pipe bombs delivered to (among others) Obama and Clinton. And on and on it goes.
I found a 1920s quote from H.L. Mencken:
As democracy is perfected, the office of president represents, more and more closely, the inner soul of the people. On some great and glorious day the plain folks of the land will reach their heart’s desire at last and the White House will be adorned by a downright moron.
• In a speech before the United Nations General Assembly he started bragging about his accomplishments. And the United Nations laughed at him. He replied he had not expected this reaction. And the United Nations laughed some more.
• Later he claimed he had "intended to get some laughter".
• In a twitter video he said about hurricane Florence:
"This is a tough hurricane. One of the wettest we've ever seen from the standpoint of water."
It is bedlam!
Bob Woodward — a respected journalist who has written books about a number of presidents — came out with one about #45: "FEAR: Trump in the White House", where he relates that documents are being removed from the president’s desk lest he sign them and wreak (even more) havoc. And where he quotes James Mattis (Sec. of Defense) as calling him “unhinged” and "an idiot", John Kelly (Chief of Staff): "[he] has the understanding of a fifth- or sixth-grader", and John Dowd (his ex-lawyer) calling him "a fucking liar" and advising him against testifying before Robert Muller, because he would be unable not to perjure himself, and thus would end up in an "orange jump suit".
(There is a telefone conversation between Woodward and the pResident Evil which is a Must-Listen! Especially the part where he throws KellyAnn Conway under the bus without missing a beat.)
A couple days later, an anonymous Op-Ed appeared in the NY Times in which a “senior official in the Trump administration” writes:
• “The root of the problem is the president’s amorality” […]
• “President Trumps impulses are generally anti-trade and anti-democratic.”
• “The president’s leadership style […] is impetuous, adversarial, petty, and ineffective.”
• “[…] he engages in repetitive rants, and his impulsiveness results in half-baked, ill-informed and occasionally reckless decisions that have to be walked back.”
Now #45 desperately wants to know who wrote that, and ordered Jeff Sessions and the FBI to find out. Except that in a democracy the DOJ and the FBI are not to be used to crack down on an anonymous writer or political adversary. For that you’d need something like the SA or the Gestapo. Kim Jong-Un and Putin could possibly help him out with the details.
Obama socked it to him, finally!, in a speech given at the U of Illinois yesterday. #45 retaliated immediately at a rally in Fargo, ND, where he also gave the word “anonymous” two shots at pronunciation and failed both times.
At a rally in Montana, a day earlier, a high school student in a plaid shirt stood right behind him in full view of the camera, and, having made few astonished and slightly skeptical faces, was replaced by a good-looking and properly enthusiastic girl. A minute later, his two friends (with Trump caps on!) were escorted out as well.
Somebody in one of the shadier corners of the web calls himself “Q”, claims that he has the highest security clearance and provides “breadcrumbs” (enigmatic clues) to the “bakers” (the growing community of people that are to bake a cake out of the crumbs, I suppose). The U.S. is just the place for something like that to gain momentum. And so it does. They have their own lingo, their own symbols, and their motto seems to be “WWG1WGA” (Where we go one, we go all).
“Q Anon” is not exactly a conspiracy theory, but a salvation theory:
And the Savior is #45 who is a determined and cunning genius fighting for the Good. His overt insane behavior is a camouflage to distract his enemies (therefore this overt behavior does not matter, and he can do whatever he wants). Underneath however, he — here comes the conspiracy — is fighting a heroic battle against the “deep state”, against the enemy “MSM” (main stream media), and against a huge underground pedophile sex trafficking ring headed by Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama, and George Soros. Simultaneously, Vladimir Putin fights against the Illuminati and the Jewish bankers’ satanic cult.
Soon someone is going to find out that 45’s middle name is not John after all. It is Jesus. And he came back under a disguise to distract the devil. And there will be Armageddon. Any day now.
Just a pastime for people who eat their boogers? Amalgamated imbecillity?
Or do we live in an age where the difference between fact and fiction is being obliterated, where government is a hollywoodesque entertainment, a story-telling adventure, a contest for the most outrageous and emotionally satisfying lies which are not even recognized as lies but as story-lines? Where drone warfare, computer games, Matrix-type movies, so-called reality shows, and social media have blurred our vision and eroded our capacity to tell the difference between what is real and what is imaginary?
Where even parts of theoretical physics are arrant nonsense, as are neocon economical models and — to use a more everyday example — verbosely obfuscated terms of service, where everything gets too complicated, and people want something simple and comfortable, perhaps something like drugs, Creationism, or Q?
His visit to the UK was so terrible that he made Theresa May look like a good politician.
No Tardis in sight, tough. Where the hell is the Doctor??
He does not know how trade works. He does not know how NATO works. He does not know how cooperation works or what it means for that matter. He does not know his ass from a hole in the ground. And of course he does not know how democracy works. Nor does he care. His idea is to run an administration like a ‘reality’ TV-show — including a suitable definition of ‘reality’: He counts on his lies becoming truths if he simply repeats them over and over again. He sucks up to Putin and Kim Jong-Un, probably having wet dreams about the way the latter deals with people who fail to show enough enthusiastic admiration, while treating his democratic ‘allies’ like enemies.
Steve Schmidt, a high-ranking GOP strategist and an outspoken critic of #45, quit the party a few days ago.
Scene: Many western industrialized societies.
As long as something is being built, especially after a devastation like WWII, people have little fear. Everything prospers, and even circumstances like the Cold War do not create the amount of fear they should.
Once relative wealth is established, naturally the fear of losing it grows. We are afraid of our wealth being taken away by 'terrorists', immigrants, refugees, or even our trade partners. And indeed, it is being taken away, but not by them. It is taken away by the 10% who now become wealthier at the expense of the 90%. They take entire countries hostage (Greece, for example, and most of Africa). So the fear does have a basis: many lose their jobs, their homes, their savings to the greed of a few. Inadvertently, a letter has crept into the word democracy. Only an iota. But it turns democracy into deimocracy: the reign of fear. Then...
... a leader appears, usually some sort of reckless gangster, telling people that he understands their fear and has a solution for it. And since fear incapacitates thinking, they are glad someone offers a solution that their fear-befuddled minds can grasp. The solution involves getting rid of 'terrorists', immigrants, refugees, trade partners. It also involves suspension of some basic values that gave life meaning. Now there is no life, only survival. Or so the gangsters would tell them.
The measures taken by the gangsters are detrimental to public wealth and welfare. More is being taken away from people. The fear becomes more acute, and more acute the faith in the gangster. Eventually disaster strikes. Then we are back to Act 1. And so on. How many more times?
Karl Kraus wrote in 1914: I fully understand that every so often marketplaces must be transformed into battlegrounds so that they can become marketplaces once again.
So Flotus visited one of the detention facilities for children at the border. CNN (among others) reports:
As the first lady boarded her plane from Andrews Air Force Base, she wore an olive green jacket. The back of the jacket read: "I really don't care. Do u?" in white graffiti-style lettering. Trump was not wearing the jacket when she landed in McAllen, Texas. She re-donned the jacket and wore it when she deplaned back at Andrews Air Force Base despite the media storm that had erupted over her initial wearing.
[...] The first lady's team insisted that there was no hidden meaning behind the sartorial choice.
"It's a jacket. There was no hidden message. After today's important visit to Texas, I hope the media isn't going to choose to focus on her wardrobe," East Wing communications director Stephanie Grisham told CNN in a statement.
Indeed, there is no hidden message. The message is obvious: She is a few bricks shy of a full load which, in combination with an impressive degree of moral indifference, makes her a truly befitting spouse to her husband.
At a rally in Minnesota he said yesterday:
You ever notice that they call the other side the elite. The elite. Why are they elite? I have a much better apartment than they do. I'm smarter than they are. I'm richer than they are.
The pot calling the kettle black. The mother of all elites is anti-elitist. What he is referring to, by the way, is not an apartment. It is a psychiatric diagnosis.
Back in October 2016, Robert de Niro said this:
I mean, he’s so blatantly stupid. He’s a punk. He’s a dog. He’s a pig. He’s a con. He’s a bullshit artist. A mutt who doesn’t know what he’s talking about, doesn’t do his homework, doesn’t care, thinks he’s gaming society, doesn’t pay his taxes. He’s an idiot. Colin Powell said it best: He’s a national disaster. He’s an embarrassment to this country. It makes me so angry that this country has gotten to the point that this fool, this bozo, has wound up where he has. He talks how he wants to punch people in the face. Well, I’d like to punch him in the face. This is someone that we want for president? I don’t think so. What I care about is the direction of this country, and what I’m very, very worried about is that it might go in the wrong direction with someone like Donald Trump. If you care about your future, vote for it.
... and the Minnesota crowd cheers almost two years later, and it keeps getting worse.
More than two thousand children have been separated from their parents upon their illegal entry into the U.S. and held in detention centers. On a — verified — audio recording they are crying for their moms and dads. A Border Patrol agent is heard saying in Spanish: "Well, we have an orchestra here, right?" and "What we're missing is a conductor."
Is he trying to make a heinous cruelty more bearable to the children? Or to himself? Or is he someone like his president, like Ann Coulter who suggested the kids are actors, like Jeff Sessions and Sarah Huckabee Sanders who abused the Bible to justify it?
I have no words. No satirical spark. Only an image:
Just came across a word I had never heard: “Herstory”, meaning “History” form a feminist perspective.
OK, a few more to go: histology, histrionic, hispanic, hissy, histamine, histogram.
I’m putting this in here even if it has nothing to do with #45. The reason being: How stupid can you get? Ah, it does have something to do with him.
He broke the Iran "Deal". And threatens to impose sanctions on the EU and other nations if they uphold the treaty and continue to do business with Iran.
At the same time, he wants to negotiate denuclearization of North Korea with Kim Jong Un — and 18 Republican members of Congress have already nominated him for the Nobel Peace Prize.
"Moron" is an understatement at this point.
The new ambassador to Germany, Richard Grenell, an Ex-Fucks-News-commentator, presented himself accordingly. Upon his arrival in Berlin, he tweeted:
As @realDonaldTrump said, US sanctions will target critical sectors of Iran’s economy. German companies doing business in Iran should wind down operations immediately.
He fired his Secretary of State via Twitter!
And he had the deputy director of the FBI — who had already stepped down in January — fired two days before his retirement.
It does take an uncommon degree of viciousness to do something like that.
Valentine's Day. 17 dead in high school shooting in Florida.
#45 calls for "healing and peace". Not a word about guns.
Talking to the NRA — or this president — about guns is like talking to the drug cartels about drugs.
All members of congress, all governors, and other officials who are against effective gun control should be regarded as aiding and abetting murder.
Nah, let's be serious: We could make high schools into high security schools. Armed guards at the locked double doors, metal detectors, and body searches. Teachers must complete a yearly firearms drill and carry a weapon while on duty. Let us thus honor the American values the NRA stands for.
Alternatively, a dose of oxycodone — fentanyl or heroin if oxicodone should be temporarily out of stock — could be made available to all students before entering their classrooms, just in case anything painful or upsetting should happen. The U.S. consumes 80% of the world's supply of opioids already, so why not use some of it it here? It would help the pharmaceutical industry and create American jobs, jobs jobs. MAGA!
Florida state lawmakers have rejected a bill that would ban assault rifles, less than a week after 17 people were killed in a shooting at a Florida high school.
The Florida House voted 36-71 against a motion to consider legislation to outlaw assault rifles and large capacity magazines, effectively killing the bill for the time-being [...]
Show the victims how much you care.
Yesterday #45 held a "listening session with high school students and teachers
" at the White House. One student — a single one! — timidly brought up the issue that it wasn't right for a civilian like himself to be able to buy "weapons of war". He got no support whatsoever. None! Zilch! The proposed solutions involved mental institutions, fortified schools and armed teachers.
"You would no longer have a gun-free zone" said #45 [@52:25]
. More guns to fight gun violence. More water to fight flooding. At this point my own idea of a solution involves mental institutions as well.
Mr. Wayne La Pierre, NRA, has a simple equation:
Right to bear arms = right to survive,
That is a definition of a war zone and of barbarism.
[Jan 20, 2018 01:51:24 PM] Beautiful weather all over our great country, a perfect day for all Women to March. Get out there now to celebrate the historic milestones and unprecedented economic success and wealth creation that has taken place over the last 12 months. Lowest female unemployment in 18 years!
One year after his inauguration, the government has shut down. But he maketh the weather nice all over the country for women to parade rejoicing and adoring him who grabbeth pussy.
[Jan 6, 2018 07:27:42 AM] ....Actually, throughout my life, my two greatest assets have been mental stability and being, like, really smart. [...] I went from VERY successful businessman, to top T.V. Star.....
[Jan 6, 2018 07:30:51 AM] ....to President of the United States (on my first try). I think that would qualify as not smart, but genius....and a very stable genius at that!
[Jan 2, 2018 07:49:19 PM] North Korean Leader Kim Jong Un just stated that the “Nuclear Button is on his desk at all times.” Will someone from his depleted and food starved regime please inform him that I too have a Nuclear Button, but it is a much bigger & more powerful one than his, and my Button works!
CNN (and many others):
On Thursday [Jan.11], in a meeting with a senators and House members on immigration, the President of the United States, asked this: "Why do we want all these people from 'shithole countries' coming here?"
One should not poke fun at older folks’ physical ailments.
In this case, I cannot resist:
#45 delivered a speech in which he slurred words and made very slight suction movements as if he was wearing loose-fitting dentures.
Unfit presidenture. He’s been lying through his fake teeth.
(The White House said he had a “dry throat” whereas Andy Borowitz assumes that the slurring occurred due to low batteries in Putin's remote which I think is far more likely.)
The Washington Post reports:
The Trump administration is prohibiting officials at the nation’s top public health agency [CDC] from using a list of seven words or phrases [...] in official documents being prepared for next year’s budget. [...]
The forbidden terms are “vulnerable,” “entitlement,” “diversity,” “transgender,” “fetus,” “evidence-based” and “science-based.”
"Curiouser and curiouser". Dangerouser and dangerouser.
Imagine you are trying to call a friend living abroad or in another area in the U.S., and you can’t get through. It seems strange because you never had any connection problems before. When you finally reach the person, sound quality is absolutely lousy, you can hardly understand a word. Or imagine, you're switching to your favorite TV-show on your cable and suddenly the image is choppy. When you call your cable company, they tell you that you can pay extra to get a premium connection without these problems which were, as you realize now, created intentionally. Or your telephone company simply wants to hurt a competitor in another area, so there is nothing you can do.
Unthinkable? Not so. That is exactly what is now allowable concerning your use of the internet.
Net neutrality is about equal access to the internet for everyone. Nothing may be blocked or slowed down that you would ordinarily have unhindered access to. Now the FCC shitcanned that. ISPs (Internet Service Providers) are free to do whatever they want as far as their services are concerned. Ajit Pai, head of the FCC and handpicked by #45, undid President Obama’s 2015 regulations.
Pai’s position is that the internet thrived prior to these regulations, therefore they are an obstacle to further development.
This kind of cynical lying should be made a federal offense.
The truth is that the internet worked and thrived because there was net neutrality, and the regulations were put in place because it was being threatened by large ISPs and other companies.
The NY Times
writes: “He [Pai] said the rollback of the rules would eventually benefit consumers because broadband providers like AT&T and Comcast could offer them a wider variety of service options."
These neo-con artists make me sick!
Garrison Keillor, ex-host of “A Prairie Home Companion” and my all-time favorite storyteller, has been accused of sexual misconduct. The person who came forward immediately with details about a minor incident was — Garrison Keillor himself. Minnesota Public Radio (MPR), having become famous because of Keillor, fired him on the spot: all contracts terminated, no rebroadcasts of the show, show gets a name change. The Washington Post followed suit and cancelled his weekly column. (Their motto is “Democracy Dies In Darkness”. That’s exactly what it's been doing for some time now, and in this particular instance WashPost is helping!)
Is there any trace of due process in all this?! No, there isn't. And that is what gets my goat. Two weeks have passed now and still no word of an ongoing investigation. None whatsoever. This is a disgrace.
(It being December, I expect Santa Claus to be fired any day now for allegedly groping an anonymous elf.)
Meanwhile, #45 ties firecrackers to cats’ tails like a six-year-old brat (Jerusalem, North Korea). And he, whose mental condition has been discussed openly of late, achieves — if nothing else — to make USA Today really livid:
A president who'd all but call a senator a whore is unfit to clean toilets in Obama's presidential library or to shine George W. Bush's shoes […]
Strong words, the likes of which I have never read about a sitting president in a newspaper. Good words. Necessary words.
Just like the sane part of the American population, 800,000 “Dreamers” are waking up to a nightmare. It seems that this president’s main goal is to undo each and every act of his predecessor who had granted children of illegal immigrants, having arrived in the US with their parents, a renewable right to stay in the country under the DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) program. Most of them are as American as apple pie by now, they pay taxes and some of them serve(d) in the military, but Attorney Degenerate Jefferson Beauregard Sessions III says they are taking away American jobs.
Europe should urgently recall their scientists lest they take away American research positions.
To top it off, #45 says he loves the Dreamers and passes the buck to Congress to come up with a solution in six months, or else…
Adding to that his way of dealing with the other superjerk, Kim Jong-Un, and adding Hurricane Harvey which made the state of Texas realize that the Federal Government needs to be strong enough after all to cough up 150 billion for reconstruction of the Lone Star, I tend to believe that we have finally arrived at the one place where such events occur, as it were, naturally: the Twilight Zone.
If stupidity got us into this mess, then why can't it get us out?
A horde of neo-Nazis and white supremacists marched with torches through the campus of Charlottesville, VA. The next day, prior to a planned rally, one of their supporters ran his car into a group of counter protesters, killing one and wounding 19.
In a statement delivered out of his NYC tower, #45 found "blame on both sides", thus placing Nazis on the same moral level as their victims. By the same token he might have said that the Jews must have done something wrong to end up in Auschwitz.
He caught hell for it. Rightly so. Even the Fortune 500 CEOs did not want to stay in his White House Manufacturing Council — and he disbanded it before the last one had left.
Support came from David Duke, former grand wizard of the KKK. And from his own vice president.
The whole thing has been on the news for days on end now, and sometimes I think it's all a clever ploy by the mainstream media to keep everyone busy with something preventing #45 to continue instigating war with North Korea. Like holding a rattle up to a toddler to distract him from pulling down the table cloth with everything on it.
This president does not give a hoot about the Republican Party whose constituents voted for him. He does not seem to give a hoot about his own family (notably his Jewish son-in-law and his daughter), about right or wrong, about any kind of moral principle, or for that matter about American history — which he probably does not even understand. What he cares about only and exclusively, is himself.
So Reince Priebus and Sean Spicer resigned. And Anthony Scaramucci appeared as WH communications director. In a New Yorker interview he said on the record:
Reince is a fucking paranoid schizophrenic, a paranoiac. [...]
I'm not Steve Bannon, I'm not trying to suck my own cock.
Welcome to the Untied States of America.
Jun 29, 2017 07:52:17 AM I heard poorly rated @Morning_Joe speaks badly of me (don't watch anymore). Then how come low I.Q. Crazy Mika, along with Psycho Joe, came..
Jun 29, 2017 07:58:23 AM ...to Mar-a-Lago 3 nights in a row around New Year's Eve, and insisted on joining me. She was bleeding badly from a face-lift. I said no!
One wonders how Melania's campaign against cyber-bullying is coming along. And whether this freakish troll thinks he is going to get the Senate votes for his health care bill by raising a shitstorm even among Republicans.
The NY Times:
President Trump announced [yesterday] that the United States would withdraw from the Paris climate accord, weakening efforts to combat global warming and embracing isolationist voices in his White House who argued that the agreement was a pernicious threat to the economy and American sovereignty.
And a Bloomberg editorial:
The president shamefully abandons the fight against humanity’s greatest threat. [...] Any rational, responsible business leader, faced with an existential threat to his enterprise, would take steps to manage the risk. With his decision to leave the Paris climate accord, President Donald Trump is putting the lie to one of his central claims: that he would run the country like a business.
A madman at the helm.
A couple of days ago, he tweeted:
Despite the constant negative press covfefe
That was all. End of message. He deleted it after 9 (!) hours. When the press asked Sean Spicer about "covfefe", Spicer said: "The president and a small group of people know exactly what he meant".
Two points of importance here: 1. Spicer brazenly and idiotically lies to the press, and 2. this administration will never admit to any mistake or wrongdoing, be it ever so small.
Stark raving mad! The White House is now a loony bin!
This unspeakable president's first visit to Europe was a disaster. He does not understand how NATO works, hence he thinks they owe "large sums" to the U.S. and lectures to the other NATO leaders as if they were unruly school children. Likewise he does not know how trade works and calls the Germans "bad, very bad". The reason: "Look at the millions of cars they sell in the U.S. Horrible. We're going to stop that."
True, there are (almost) no Chevrolets in Europe, but he does not recognize the many Fords and Opels, and he does not acknowledge that BMW, Daimler, and VW have large production facilities in the United States. A Bloomberg commentator
lists the various blunders of this trip and concludes:
Trump refuses to understand things that go against his deep convictions. He wants to tailor reality to them [...]
Prior to that, he had curtseyed to the Saudis (after ridiculing Obama for 'bowing' to them). As one twitter user put it:
Trump didn't bow like that sissy Obama. He curtseyed. But it was a very manly curtsey.
And he left a note at Yad Vashem:
IT IS A GREAT HONOR TO BE HERE WITH ALL OF MY FRIENDS – SO AMAZING + WILL NEVER FORGET!
Various commentators have observed that the cultural gap between the U.S. and Europe is widening. Seemingly small signs are: #45 pushing aside a fellow NATO head of state, and a House candidate body slamming a reporter.
There will be a lot more where that came from. The direction is: (even) more violence, (even) less solidarity.
An Ohio Charter School manager says in one of John Oliver’s shows: „Education is first, last, and always a business.“
No, it is not! Not in a civilized society! Is this guy Ferengi or what?
The American Dream is the dream of winning, winning the lottery as it were. People see that other people win the lottery, and they are told: if you work hard enough and do the right thing, you will win, too. And even if they never win — which must be the vast majority — they still believe that it is OK because it "could have worked": the exact words of a toothless haggard man I once saw in an interview. And no!, it couldn't have. Because the game is rigged from the get-go.
On the one hand, this is the American optimism. Never give up. Keep trying. Keep working hard. It is this optimism which makes America invincible, makes it capable of accomplishing truly incredible projects. And, on the other hand, it is a tragedy.
Many of those who think they could still win, will in the end fall prey to the vilest scumbags on the planet: They will give their last dollars to psychopathic evangelical cocksuckers like Mike Murdock (or the late Gene Scott and many others) for the promise that by the grace of God it shall return to them hundredfold, which, of course, it never does. Police Departments who buy themselves costly toys from the money stolen via Civil Forfeiture. Municipal fines that get outsourced to private firms for collection so that the citizen pays 10 or 50 times the amount of his original parking ticket. And then there are payday loans, subprime mortgages, or Steve Mnuchin's "forecloure machine". Vultures! Rats! The last companions of the dreamer. And if it should happen that you are arrested for driving on an expired licence or urinating in public or some such minor misdemeanor, you are fucked. The U.S. has the world's highest per capita incarceration rate, and American prisons are institutions of vengeance and brutal retaliation, not of resocialization. Because 'losers' are worthless. The word "worth" has to be followed by a number: he is worth 10 million. A loser is worth zero.
And #45 is the new and very befitting overlord of this entire tragedy. Because his followers will not be diverted fom the dream which in reality is a dystopia almost as bad already as the movies prospectively made about it.
President Donald Trump on Thursday reflected on his first 100 days in office with a wistful look at his life before the White House.
"I loved my previous life. I had so many things going," Trump told Reuters in an interview. "This is more work than in my previous life. I thought it would be easier."
I don't wanna play any more, Mom. Can I go home now? ...Mom? ...Mom!!?
#45 has made it abundantly clear that he values the freedom to shoot people much higher than the freedom of speech. Accordingly, he will be the first president since Reagan to skip the annual White House corrspondent's dinner and speak at the NRA convention instead.
Guns will be prohibited at the event!
Juche is the state ideology of North Korea. For all practical purposes, it is a religion.
The official website of the DPRK explains:
[…]The Juche idea means […] that the masters of the revolution and construction are the masses of the people and that they are also the motive force of the revolution and construction.
The Juche idea is based on the philosophical principle that man is the master of everything and decides everything. It is the man-centred world outlook and also a political philosophy to materialize the independence of the popular masses, namely, a philosophy which elucidates the theoretical basis of politics that leads the development of society along the right path.
Establishing Juche […] means maintaining an independent and creative standpoint in finding solutions to the problems which arise in the revolution and construction. […] The realization of independence in politics, selfsufficiency in the economy and self-reliance in national defence is a principle the Government maintains consistently.
The ‘Ten Principles for the Establishment of the One-Ideology System’ are regulations that govern the everyday lives of the North Korean people. They were officially announced by Kim Jong Il in 1974.
The Ten Commandments, as it were. Here’s the first three of them:
1. We must give our all in the struggle to unify the entire society with the revolutionary ideology of Great Leader Kim Il Sung.
2. We must honor Great Leader comrade Kim Il Sung with all our loyalty.
3. We must make absolute the authority of Great Leader comrade Kim Il Sung.
And in a booklet by Kim Jong Il (On The Juche Idea. Treatise Sent to the National Seminar on the Juche Idea Held to Mark the 70th Birthday of the Great Leader Comrade Kim Il Sung, 1982) we are instructed thusly:
In our time the masses of the people have emerged as true masters of the world, and through their struggle the world is being changed more and more to serve the masses. Today the position and role of the masses of the people as masters of the world are becoming stronger than ever before. This reality proves more patently the validity and vitality of the principle of Juche philosophy that man is the master of everything and decides everything. (p.10f.)
If they are to hold their position and fulfil their role as subject of history, the popular masses must be brought into contact with leadership. Only under correct leadership, would the masses, though creators of history, be able to occupy the position and perform their role as subject of socio-historical development. (p.13)
Only when they receive correct guidance from the party and the leader, would the working class and the masses of other people be able to vigorously develop the deep-going and complicated revolutionary struggle to transform nature and society […]. (p.14)
People are “masses”, and they are the masters of the world. Except that they need help with mastery and independence, hence they must slavishly depend on a leader in order to be masterfully independent. Or so.
And it came to pass that the Great Leader begat the Dear Leader who begat the Young'un who can't be Great or Dear since that's taken already, and we are curious what the masses are going to come up with as a term of endearment.
Anyway, we got ourselves a Trinity (I'd almost bet my left nut there won't be a fourth). And we have Commandments. And a theological theory that should have impressed the shit out of L. Ron Hubbard. Plus rules and rituals to shape your lives by. Very nice.
Heresy, of course, means death. Apostasy probably means the kind of death a decent person couldn't even think of. The gods of this religion are the ones Shakespeare must have had in mind when he wrote “As flies to wanton boys are we to the gods. They kill us for their sport” (King Lear, IV,1).
So it goes. You're setting out to be master of everything, decide everything, and before you know it you end up with a fat kid of homicidal disposition being your god.
Or with a rich old fart—who is equally out of sync with reality and doesn't give a fuck about truth—being your president.
So Whatshisface is deploying an "Armada, very powerful" to North Korea. Except that the [small] group of ships is going in the opposite direction heading for Australia. Spicer explains that it is going in the right direction, to North Korea: "It was heading there, it is heading there."
John Oliver delivers the straight dope on "Trump vs. Truth" and on "The American Health Care Act" — which will "repeal and replace" the Affordable Health Care Act, making health care American instead of Affordable. But hey, "America First", right? The dumbasses that voted for #45 will pay through their noses for it.
We are the species that has a reflexive consciousness capable of sophisticated planning, theorizing, and thinking about ourselves. And most of the time we don't know what to do with it except creating spectacular technological advances. We are like 7-year-olds with machine guns and atomic bombs.
A president like Trump can have an impact even if he never manages to get a single law passed, simply by unleashing stupidity as a revolutionary force.
One reporter tasked with covering the appointments says the staffing issue comes down to the same question we always have about Trump: Is this a scheme to destroy government, or cluelessness? "It's just so hard to tell," he says, "where this falls on the stupid-to-evil spectrum."
... writes Matt Taibbi in a Rolling Stone feature reviewing the 45th president's appointees for his cabinet.
The king of Jordan speaks English far better than the president of the United States. How embarassing is that?
The basic trick of any stage magician is to create a diversion or deflection that catches the attention of the audience and prevents them from seeing what else is going on — sometimes right before their very eyes. Nancy Pelosi called the 45th president "Deflector-in-Chief". The intricate veil has been withdrawn, though, and the deflections have become insultingly unsophisticated. While the media are busy following up on baseless allegations, something else is happening...
"And nobody seems to notice, nobody seems to care", said the late George Carlin.
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WTF — The Fake News Outlet
———— Bigly! Believe me! ————
• Today, Chancellor Merkel admitted to rigging the presidential election in order to secure her own re-election in September 2017. "I needed a real jerk next to whom I would look good", she explained.
• Albanian secret service stole the only item in the president's library:
Dr. Seuss, The Pocket Book of Boners.
• After the Dutch and German governments rejected demands by Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan to conduct rallies in their countries supporting his plans for a new authoritarian presidential constitution, the White House issued a formal invitation to address The Young Turks in America. Erdogan seemed to be caught off guard: "Who the fück is Trümp?"
[...to be continued]
Politico headlined about Angela Merkel's visit to the White House:
The leader of the free world meets Donald Trump.
They mean it! And they are not the only ones
News on the 'Obama Tapp':
"There’s no question that there were surveillance techniques used,” Spicer said from the White House briefing room podium on Monday. "He didn’t use the NSA, he didn’t use the CIA, he didn’t use the FBI, and he didn’t use the Department of Justice. He used GCHQ."
(more here: Source link)
Not only does this despicable gang accuse the preceding president of a serious crime, but also their closest ally — who has been trying so hard to suck up to them. I am almost ready to commiserate with Mrs May. Almost.
GCHQ did respond unusually quickly, though ("nonsense, ridiculous, should be ignored"). The White House apologized... or did they?... no, looks like they didn't...
I hear by demand a second investigation, after Schumer, of Pelosi for her close ties to Russia, and lying about it. [deleted after 2 minutes]
I hearby demand a second investigation, after Schumer, of Pelosi for her close ties to Russia, and lying about it.
I hereby demand a second investigation, after Schumer, of Pelosi for her close ties to Russia, and lying about it.
Terrible! Just found out that Obama had my "wires tapped" in Trump Tower just before the victory. Nothing found. This is McCarthyism!
Is it legal for a sitting President to be "wire tapping" a race for president prior to an election? Turned down by court earlier. A NEW LOW!
I'd bet a good lawyer could make a great case out of the fact that President Obama was tapping my phones in October, just prior to Election!
How low has President Obama gone to tapp [sic] my phones during the very sacred election process. This is Nixon/Watergate. Bad (or sick) guy!
How do you "drain the swamp of government corruption"? You populate your cabinet with billionaires who don't need to bribe politicians because now they are the politicians themselves.
Once the spectators are blinded, the veil can be lifted from the darkness.
Congratulations to Thomas Perez, who has just been named Chairman of the DNC. I could not be happier for him, or for the Republican Party!
A distinctive characteristic of totalitarian leaders is their total lack of a sense of humor. Cynicism, yes, but no humor, especially not about oneself.
Earlier in the afternoon, Spicer held an off-camera "gaggle" with reporters in his West Wing office, as opposed to the regular briefing in the White House briefing room.
CNN — as well as The New York Times, The Hill, Politico, BuzzFeed and the Los Angeles Times — was among the publications not allowed into the briefing [...] [which took place] hours after President Trump lashed out at the press during his speech at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in Maryland, telling the audience, "I want you all to know that we are fighting the fake news," a term he has used toward both CNN and The New York Times.
"I called the fake news the enemy of the people," Trump told CPAC. "They are the enemy of the people, because they have no sources. They just make them up when there are none."
We have now begun testing the waters by excluding some of them... see how it goes.
Bannon calls the media "the opposition party". (Looks like the Democrats don't even count.) The president repeatedly calls them "enemies of the people". Opposition consists of enemies of the people. Ah yes, we're getting there...
“We’re going to war in the South China Sea in five to 10 years, aren’t we?” Mr Bannon said on his radio show in March 2016.
Stephen Bannon is a very dangerous individual. He believes in destruction as a means to get to where he's headed: back to the future.
What would an American businessman running a country as if it were his own company do with economically strong states or unions like, say, Europe?
He would try to eliminate the competition.
Reuters reports that Steve "Skeletor" Bannon, the president's henchman, announced hostilities towards the EU after Brexit. The first of them is perhaps under way: the impending appointment of Ted Malloch as U.S. ambassador to Brussels who has been characterized by MEPs as displaying “outrageous malevolence” towards “the values that define this European Union”.
My statement as to what's happening in Sweden was in reference to a story that was broadcast on @FoxNews concerning immigrants & Sweden.
Ah yes, a broadcast happened "last night", not in Sweden but about Sweden — like I said: it looks like he is not all there.
[...] you look at what's happening last night in Sweden. Sweden, who would believe this. Sweden. They took in large numbers. They're having problems like they never thought possible.
I called Sweden. Sweden said that last night they had dinner, watched some TV, and went to bed.
So we're going to have a whole big situation.
Yes, we are going to have a whole big situation. The situation being that apparently the president of the United States (joined by a substantial number of his followers) is not living in the same reality as the rest of us.
He talks off the top of his head — where a yellow furry creature of unknown origin lives that should probably be taken to Area 51 for some "extreme vetting".
The source link here goes to a transcript of the rally in Melbourne, FL, from which the quotes are taken. You might want to read it. Someone called it "bat-shit crazy".
The Senate confirmed Scott Pruitt on Friday to run the Environmental Protection Agency, putting a seasoned legal opponent of the agency at the helm of President Trump’s efforts to dismantle major regulations on climate change and clean water — and to cut the size and authority of the government’s environmental enforcer.
Senators voted 52 to 46 to confirm Mr. Pruitt, the Oklahoma attorney general who has built a career out of suing to block the E.P.A.’s major environmental rules and has called for the dissolution of much of the agency’s authority.
The fox is now guarding the henhouse.
The FAKE NEWS media (failing @nytimes, @NBCNews, @ABC, @CBS, @CNN) is not my enemy, it is the enemy of the American People!
Republican Senator John McCain commented: "That's how dictators get started." Absolutely. And the question arises: How do dictators get stopped?
The real scandal here is that classified information is illegally given out by "intelligence" like candy. Very un-American!
Information is being illegally given to the failing @nytimes & @washingtonpost by the intelligence community (NSA and FBI?).Just like Russia
This Russian connection non-sense is merely an attempt to cover-up the many mistakes made in Hillary Clinton's losing campaign.
The fake news media is going crazy with their conspiracy theories and blind hatred. @MSNBC & @CNN are unwatchable. @foxandfriends is great!
Thank you, Mr. President. We now understand that the word "publish" means to write and/or broadcast something you like. Writing and broadcasting something you don't like is called "leaking". We are baffled how such a simple and straightforward fact could have eluded us. It also explains why—in your press conference with "Bibi" (Netanyahu)—you called on two "publishers" and not on any of the "leakers". The real scandal is not that Mr.Flynn most likely did something unlawful but that it got leaked and given out like candy which is very un-American. In fact it's Mexican. Bad hombres down there. We need that wall. Funny, how when you start thinking about it, everything falls into place. Thank you, again.
Just leaving Florida. Big crowds of enthusiastic supporters lining the road that the FAKE NEWS media refuses to mention. Very dishonest!
We humbly extend our sincerest apologies:
The president, our beloved supreme leader, is just leaving Florida. Big crowds of enthusiastic supporters are lining the road. Many are crying to see him go, others are offering their babies or a banana. Chants are erupting all over: "Dear leader, we adore you. You are the blond and orange sun in our universe. You give us life." Traffic has come to a complete standstill. Everywhere people are discussing the event, some trying desperately to get to the scene in order to catch one last glimpse of the departing president.
We are the best. Best ever. Believe me. We will Trump what we can, put a Bannon the rest, and proceed with the Conway after we Spicer up a little bit.
It is getting difficult to keep up. Betsy DeVos, a billionaire's wifey who doesn't know her ass from third base as far as schools and education are concerned, is now Secretary of Education. Then the department store Nordstrom dropped Ivanka Trump's fashion line:
My daughter Ivanka has been treated so unfairly by @Nordstrom. She is a great person -- always pushing me to do the right thing! Terrible!
He doesn't fucking get it!!
..and he is not going to. Arguing with the likes of him is like arguing with a conspiracy theorist. The same goes for his followers, I guess. As one commentator put it:
There's no doubt Trump supporters are very loyal to him personally. Keep in mind that Trump infamously bragged that he could even shoot a person on Fifth Avenue in New York and his supporters would still be on his side. And according to a CNN/ORC poll, while Trump has only a 44% approval rating overall, 90% of Republicans think he's doing a good job.
Three days after his inauguration, a late night show in the Netherlands published a hilarious spoof video that went viral quickly and triggered similar ones from most European countries and other nations around the world. However, even the world's laughter cannot entirely outweigh my sense of creepiness and dread.
“Protesting has become a profession now,” Spicer said. “They have every right to do that, don’t get me wrong. But I think we need to call it what it is. It’s not these organic uprisings that we have seen over the last several decades. The tea party was a very organic movement. This has become a very paid, Astroturf-type movement.”
Paid thugs is what they are, not like the tea party which was organically fertilized by the Koch brothers.
The failing @nytimes writes total fiction concerning me. They have gotten it wrong for two years, and now are making up stories & sources!
The NY Times wrote (among other stories concerning the 45th president):
In his first days as President Trump’s pick to lead the Federal Communications Commission, Ajit Pai has aggressively moved to roll back consumer protection regulations created during the Obama presidency.
Mr. Pai took a first swipe at net neutrality rules designed to ensure equal access to content on the internet. He stopped nine companies from providing discounted high-speed internet service to low-income individuals.
[...] the supposed terrorist attack in Bowling Green, Ky., that Ms. Conway, a top presidential adviser, invoked on MSNBC last week to justify President Trump’s contentious travel ban never happened. (And, no, the reason you had never heard of it was not because the Dishonest Media ignored the alleged carnage at the time of its non-happening, as Ms. Conway alleged.)
2017-02-04 - 2017-02-06
A federal judge in Washington state halted the presidential travel ban for citizens of seven primarily muslim countries.
The opinion of this so-called judge, which essentially takes law-enforcement away from our country, is ridiculous and will be overturned!
What is our country coming to when a judge can halt a Homeland Security travel ban and anyone, even with bad intentions, can come into U.S.?
Because the ban was lifted by a judge, many very bad and dangerous people may be pouring into our country. A terrible decision
Just cannot believe a judge would put our country in such peril. If something happens blame him and court system. People pouring in. Bad!
The judge opens up our country to potential terrorists and others that do not have our best interests at heart. Bad people are very happy!
I have instructed Homeland Security to check people coming into our country VERY CAREFULLY. The courts are making the job very difficult!
Any negative polls are fake news, just like the CNN, ABC, NBC polls in the election. Sorry, people want border security and extreme vetting.
I call my own shots, largely based on an accumulation of data, and everyone knows it. Some FAKE NEWS media, in order to marginalize, lies!
He can't get over it!
Judges are 'so-called' and have 'opinions' unless they applaud his actions. Any negative polls are fake news. He calls his own shots. Has anyone told him that the president of the U.S. does not own the place? Does he know, or for that matter care, how a democracy works?
We must keep "evil" out of our country!
Too late. Some of it became president.
[...] President Trump blasted Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull over a refugee agreement and boasted about the magnitude of his electoral college win, according to senior U.S. officials briefed on the Saturday exchange. Then, 25 minutes into what was expected to be an hour-long call, Trump abruptly ended it.
At one point, Trump informed Turnbull that he had spoken with four other world leaders that day — including Russian President Vladimir Putin — and that “this was the worst call by far.”
[...] The official [White House] readout of his conversation with Turnbull said that the two had “emphasized the enduring strength and closeness of the U.S.-Australia relationship that is critical for peace, stability, and prosperity in the Asia-Pacific region and globally.”
Stephen K. Bannon, White House Top Adviser and Chief Strategist:
“Dick Cheney. Darth Vader. Satan. That’s power,”
“I am Thomas Cromwell in the court of the Tudors,”
Well, OK then, Cromwell got executed for treason.
The U.S. has a 60 billion dollar trade deficit with Mexico. It has been a one-sided deal from the beginning of NAFTA with massive numbers of jobs and companies lost. If Mexico is unwilling to pay for the badly needed wall, then it would be better to cancel the upcoming meeting.
The Mexican President canceled his visit to Washington.
Sean Spicer defends inauguration claim: 'Sometimes we can disagree with the facts'
Kellyanne Conway says Donald Trump’s team has ‘alternative facts.’ [On the inauguration crowd]
Press Secretary, Sean Spicer, [...] harangued journalists, accusing the media of "deliberately false reporting" what happened on the day of the inauguration.
"This was the largest audience ever to witness an inauguration, period," he said. "Both in person and around the globe."
(Source link, aerial photographs)
Even if there is proof to the contrary, "from this day forward" we will tell you the truth. The Press Secretary will inform you of today's truth. Soup of the day, truth of the day, same difference.
Trump spent much of his speech -- which he gave in front of a memorial wall that honors the 117 CIA officers who have fallen in the line of duty -- focusing on the size of the crowd [...] at his inauguration, his appearance on magazine covers and saying he "has a running war with the media."
"Former CIA Director Brennan is deeply saddened and angered at Donald Trump's despicable display of self-aggrandizement in front of CIA's Memorial Wall of Agency heroes," Nick Shapiro said in a statement. "Brennan says that Trump should be ashamed of himself."
Trump blamed the "dishonest" media for the perceived rift with the intelligence community.
In a tweet on January 11, he had accused the intelligence agencies of acting like Nazi Germany. And the media reported it. So it is their fault.
"We are transferring power from Washington, D.C. and giving it back to you, the people," the newly sworn-in president said [...]
Soon [in fact less than an hour] after Donald Trump was sworn in as president, his administration undid one of Barack Obama’s last-minute economic-policy actions: a mortgage-fee cut under a government program that’s popular with first-time home buyers and low-income borrowers.
OK. Listen up. The deal is: we are transferring power back to you, the people, starting with a transfer of your money to me and my cronies.
In a tweet on Saturday, Trump [...] accused China of "stealing" a US navy drone [...] in what he said was an "unpresidented" act.
The president-elect corrected himself and deleted the offending tweet, confirming that he had meant to type "unprecedented" [...].
The original term seems so appropriately descriptive of Trump’s behaviour, however, that it seems a shame to let it go to waste.
The Guardian is therefore nominating "unpresidented" as its own word of the year.
Nothing ever happened with any of these women. Totally made up nonsense to steal the election. Nobody has more respect for women than me!
Donald Trump bragged in vulgar terms about kissing, groping and trying to have sex with women during a 2005 conversation caught on a hot microphone, saying that "when you’re a star, they let you do it," according to a video obtained by The Washington Post.
The recording is on Youtube.
Obama was the founder of ISIS.
The media is so after me on women Wow, this is a tough business. Nobody has more respect for women than Donald Trump!
I went to an Ivy League school. I'm very highly educated. I know words. I have the best words. But there's no better word than stupid.
Many people have said I’m the world’s greatest writer of 140 character sentences.
Sorry losers and haters, but my I.Q. is one of the highest -and you all know it! Please don't feel so stupid or insecure,it's not your fault
Many people have commented that my fragrance, "Success" is the best scent & lasts the longest. Try it & let me know what you think!
An 'extremely credible source' has called my office and told me that @BarackObama's birth certificate is a fraud.