Tweets by thepoliblog – 2

January 27, 2020 at 4:26 pm | Posted in Disinformation, Dysfunctional Politics, Enemies of Freedom, Enemies of Planet Earth, Fairness, Global warming, Presidential election | Leave a comment
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Here are newer tweets by thepoliblog.




#PresidentChump, you said that Xi Jingping is an enemy of the United States.

Xi is not the only enemy head of state.

Putin is another.

You are the third, and worst.




[@SpeakerPelosi, who noted that Chump opposed energy-efficient light bulbs.]

Who bought #PresidentChump this time?





If McConnell will only bring up bills that #PresidentChump supports,

then he is violating the Constitution by undermining its checks and balances.




After the Group of Seven met, the other leaders said,

The US is not sending us their best.

It sent us an ignorant, insecure, bigoted groper and would-be rapist.




[@drerinchou (Dr. Erin Chou)]

The Straight Pride marchers are as insecure as President Chump.





Trump is Putin’s chihuahua, and McConnell is Trump’s chihuahua.




[@SpeakerPelosi, @Eugene_Robinson, ]@RepAdamSchiff, @SenSchumer

#PresidentChump claimed that he was worried about corruption in Ukraine.

But he didn’t say “I need you to do the right thing.”

He said, “I would like you to do us a favor though”. He asked for corruption.




[@SpeakerPelosi, @Eugene_Robinson, @RepAdamSchiff, @SenSchumer]

Why does #PresidentChump want to withdraw from the Open Skies Treaty?

The editors of the Washington Post say that the treaty “monitors the conflict

in eastern Ukraine being fueled by Russia.”

Chump wants to aid Putin.




Medicare for all would be a Government monopoly of healthcare.

It would become like the VA at its worst, with no alternative.




To undo #PresidentChump’s damage:

Biden, who is electable, humane, and knowledgeable,

backed up by Kamala Harris and Pete Buttigieg (one as VP and one in the Cabinet),

and John Delaney, Cory Booker, and other good candidates in the Cabinet.





#PresidentChump, why isn’t your Twitter tag @realJohnBarron?

In pretending to be someone else, you tried to create REAL fake news!




[@SpeakerPelosi, @Eugene_Robinson, @TomPerez]

Today’s Washington Post described Bernie Sanders as “staunchly liberal”.

Sanders is not liberal, he is statist. He is not a democratic socialist,

because he doesn’t like democracy.

Sanders wants Gov’t to be the only source of everything,

with no alternatives, no choice.




McConnell blocked sanctions on Russia

because after McC’s wife joined #PresidentChump’s administration,

McConnell ceased to be on our side. He became #MoscowMitch.




[@SpeakerPelosi, @Eugene_Robinson, @TomPerez]

Fiona Hill’s words apply to Devin Nunes, Jim Jordan and Kevin McCarthy:

they “promote politically driven falsehoods that so clearly advance Russian interests”.

To help #PresidentChump, they have to help Putin. So they do.




@SpeakerPelosi, @Eugene_Robinson, @TomPerez, @SenSchumer

Devin Nunes, Jim Jordan, Kevin McCarthy: Putin’s mouthpieces in the House.

Either unknowingly or knowingly. Stupid or disloyal or both. #Putin’sMouthpieces.




[@SpeakerPelosi, @Eugene_Robinson, @TomPerez]

#PresidentChump wants to build a #ChumpTower in one or more cities in Russia.

That is why he finds it convenient to believe Putin rather than the CIA.

President Chump is one of #Putin’sMouthpieces.




#PresidentChump was mocked at the NATO conference because he doesn’t favor

the free world. He is not the leader of the free world.

President Chump Made America Second Rate Again.




[@Eugene_Robinson, @TomPerez]

#PresidentChump, you send asylum seekers back to dangerous areas.

Should Spain in the 1930s and 1940s have deported those who snuck into Spain to flee the Nazis and Vichy France? How was that different from refugees from gangs?




[@Eugene_Robinson, @TomPerez]

#PresidentChump’s deferrment from the draft resulted from

a diagnosis of heel spurs made by a doctor whose office was rented from Fred Trump.

Chump’s walking never shows any effect of heel spurs.

Chump, prove that you really had heel spurs.




McConnell promises to lie under oath during Trump’s trial by the Senate.

Isn’t that impeachable? Cannot McConnel be at least censured?




[@SpeakerPelosi, @Eugene_Robinson, @TomPerez]

President Chump’s post-impeachment message to Nancy Pelosi proves it:

#PresidentChump is a psychopath.




[@Spea[kerPelosi, @Eugene_Robinson, @SenSchumer]

If McConnell blocks #PresidentChump’s Trump’s conviction on the current

bills of impeachment, Chump can be re-impeached on other counts.

This justifies Congress’ calls for hitherto refused testimony and information.





As Eugene Robinson noted, Mark Galli’s editorial in Christianity Today said,

“Mr. Trump did not have a serious opportunity to offer his side of the story …”

#PresidentChump was offered that opportunity, but refused it.




Mahatma Ghandi and Jawaharlal Nehru would both be aghast at what that bigot Modi has done.

Narendra Modi spits on what India once stood for.




[comment to to a tweet by Jim Acosta about Trump’s claims about windmills]

#PresidentChump is too stupid to know when he sounds stupid.




A rare opportunity for #Republican Senators: #PresidentChump’s impeachment.

Return to classical Republicanism. Reclaim your honor.

Disassociate from #MoscowMitch.




#Republican Senators: switch back from Putin’s side to the American side:

expel the creepy clown in the White House.




If enough #Republican Senators vote to expel the creepy clown in the White

House, then neither the Chump nor his base would have a well-defined target.





Lindsey Graham, why did you stop being a patriot?

The answer: you thought it would boost your chance of being re-elected.

John McCain would have been ashamed of you. You should be, too.





In the history books, you will be grouped with Devin Nunes and Louis Gohmert.




[@TomPerez, @Eugene_Robinson]

#PresidentChump: defective as a human being, and is destructive to America and to the free world.

But if Sanders becomes the Democratic candidate I will leave blank the Presidential line on the ballot.

Sanders would be as bad as Trump, but in a different way.


See Heathcare For All? Yes! But Beware Medicare For All




[A comment to Erin Chou’s tweet that

“I’m puzzled by the growing number of so-called vegan products being peddled by Burger King and others. If I were a vegan, why would I want to support a business whose core is based on cruelty and slaughter?”]

Let them transition. Every increase in humaneness has been gradual.




[A comment to Nancy Pelosi’s tweet that

“After this weekend’s 6.0 earthquake, we continue to pray for our fellow American citizens in Puerto Rico. Trump Admin must quickly approve Governor’s request for a Major Disaster Declaration and stop withholding Congressionally appropriated funds to recover from 2017 hurricanes.”]

He’s withholding the Congressionally appropriated funds because he wants a favor, though.




[A comment to Jim Acosta’s tweet that

“Grisham defends Trump’s tweet of Schumer and Pelosi in traditional Muslim clothing: “I think the president is making clear that the democrats have been parroting Iranian talking points and almost taking the side of terrorists and those who were out to kill the Americans.”

Stephanie Grisham, the taxpayer funded Press Secretary, does not do her job.

Instead she creates disinformation.




[@Eugene_Robinson, @EJDionne]

E.J. Dionne Jr’s op-ed today mentioned “Rudi Giuliani’s unseemly efforts to undermine

our own ambassador to Ukraine”.

Giuliani’s actions were illegal for a US Citizen.

Lock him up!




[@Eugene_Robinson, @danbalz]

Another #NeverSanders voter!

Make that #NeverSanders, #NeverTrump.




[A a comment to Ted Lieu tweet about Devin Nunes]

Nunes can’t change the fact that he will go down in history as one of Putin’s mouthpieces.




Every time McConnell is mentioned in connection with #Trump’s trial,

recall that McConnell’s wife is in Trump’s Cabinet.

Conflict of Interest!




[A comment on a tweet by Jim Acosta that

“Republican Sen. Marsha Blackburn spent hours attacking Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman, a key National Security Council aide who testified before Congress on the Ukraine scandal, on Twitter, including questioning the Purple Heart recipient’s patriotism”]

That proves that Marsha Blackburn is not a true patriot, and opposes those who are.




Washington Post headline: “defense [of #trump] will focus on Bidens”

Note the attempt to change the subject. Note the utter irrelevance.

This proves that Cipollone and Sekulow have no case – NOTHING!

Trump at the Lincoln Memorial on July 4

June 19, 2019 at 4:07 pm | Posted in Conceited, Disinformation, Enemies of Freedom, Enemies of Planet Earth, Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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Daniel Chester French's statue at the Lincoln Memorial of Abraham Lincoln; photo by Jeff Kubina.

Daniel Chester French’s statue at the Lincoln Memorial of Abraham Lincoln; photo by Jeff Kubina.

President Chump has inserted himself into this year’s July 4 celebration on the Mall.

That is clever, but evil.

Chump will be there to propagandize and mis-inform, not to elevate and inspire.

The Lincoln Memorial is a memorial to freedom, and July 4 is a date that memorializes freedom, unity, and rigorously thought-out principled choices.

Chump – an enemy of American values and of the free world – will pollute that place and that date by his presence, and by his words, and by his whole cast of mind.

If you will be near the Lincoln Memorial when Chump speaks, you might like to:

Bring a sign:

…………President Chump!

…………The Creepy Clown in the White House

…………Don’t Trumpollute the Lincoln Memorial!

…………President Chump, Enemy of the Free World


…………..President Chump! President Chump!
…………………….Take him to the dump!

………….President Chump! Lock him up!

Each time he lies or advocates evil:

——–Boo loudly

——–shout “Liar!, Liar!”

If any entrepreneur is clever enough to be selling miniature Trump Baby balloons:

——–Jiggle yours, especially if the balloon is where Chump can’t avoid seeing it.

You might want to arrive early, to be close to the Lincoln Memorial,
so that cameras filming from the Memorial will show your balloon and signs.

Bring water!

Eugene Robinson, in an insightful column in the Washington Post, explains well the irony of Chump’s presence at this event. Here is a quote from Robinson’s column:
On Feb. 24, Trump posted this alarming tweet: “HOLD THE DATE!
We will be having one of the biggest gatherings in the history of Washington, D.C.,
on July 4th. It will be called ‘A Salute To America’ and will be held at the Lincoln Memorial. Major fireworks display, entertainment and an address by your favorite President, me!”

Note the signature pretentiousness of Chump’s tweet: “the biggest“, and “your favorite President, me!” Notice also the other characteristic of Chump’s statements: the self-serving attempt to pre-empt the way you think about the importance of his speech, and how you categorize him.

Scary Clown, photographed by Graeme Maclean in 2005.

Scary Clown, photographed by Graeme Maclean in 2005.

President Chump at Valley Forge

December 25, 2018 at 8:21 pm | Posted in Abuse of Office, Conceited, Disinformation, Dysfunctional Politics, Fairness, Presidential election | Leave a comment
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Washington and Lafayette at Valley Forge, John Ward Dunsmore, 1906

Washington and Lafayette at Valley Forge, John Ward Dunsmore, 1906

Shortly after noon on December 24, President Chump tweeted:
I am all alone (poor me) in the White House waiting for the Democrats to come back and make a deal on desperately needed Border Security.

(Philip Rucker, in the Washington Post.  The original tweet is here.)

This comes on top of President Chump’s repeated whining deceptive unpatriotic claim that the investigation of Putin’s interference in the US election in 2016 is “a witch hunt”.

All of these statements reek of self pity, and of trying to deflect blame.
Hence they reek of fear.

Can you imagine George Washington whining with self pity like that? Even during the cold, resource-starved, discouraging winter at Valley Forge?

Can you imagine George Washington trying to deflect blame?

President Chump – the weakest President we have ever had.

Because of his bottomless insecurity, President Chump claims superlatives whenever possible. But he did not realize that by his tweets he was inadvertantly claiming to be the ‘weakest President’.

Here are truthful superlatives that apply to President Chump:

– The largest number of whining tweets.

– The Whiner in Chief.

– The Chief Whino.

Eugene Robinson, in the Washington Post, has concisely summarized America’s greatest current problem:

The chaos all around us is what happens when the nation elects an incompetent, narcissistic, impulsive and amoral man as president.

It is difficult, at the moment, to fully assess the damage Trump is wreaking. We have never had a president like him, so history is a poor guide. For his racism, we can perhaps look back to Woodrow Wilson; his general unfitness to hold the nation’s highest office recalls the hapless Andrew Johnson. Maybe Andrew Jackson was as impetuous, maybe Richard M. Nixon as venal.

In connection with Andrew Jackson, “impetuous” should be expanded to “impetuous and cruel”. With that extension, the statement still applies to President Chump.

Kavanaugh’s Rage Is Not Evidence of His Innocence

October 4, 2018 at 5:54 pm | Posted in Abuse of Office, Conceited, Disinformation, Dysfunctional Politics, Judicial Misjudgment, Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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Photo in 1887 of the actor Richard Mansfield, by Henry Van der Weyde (1838-1924; London,

Photo in 1887 of the actor Richard Mansfield, by Henry Van der Weyde (1838-1924; London,


There is intense disagreement about Brett Kavanaugh’s fitness to become one of the Justices on the Supreme Court.

During the Senate Judiciary Committee’s hearing on September 27, 2018, the committee and the world tried to decide whether to believe Christine Blasey Ford’s assertion that a drunken Kavanaugh had sexually assaulted her at a party when she was 15 years old, or whether to believe Kavanaugh’s denial.

Both Ford and Kavanaugh showed strong emotions during the hearing.

This post is about the interpretation of Kavanaugh’s rage, frustration, and dread.

Some Senators and others have interpreted Kavanaugh’s rage as evidence of his innocence. It is not.

About the diverse interpretations, see this article by Lori Rozsa , Brittney Martin and David A. Farenthold.

Kavanaugh’s rage is because the unwritten rules of entitlement that he absorbed as a teenager were violated: he was not allowed to escape being held accountable for acts for which only the less privileged were supposed to be held accountable.

Those rules said that anyone of his social class, of his wealth, with his connections, with his accomplishments and talent, would never suffer the consequences of breaking the rules that apply to lesser mortals.

These unwritten rules are exposed by Shamus Khan, in a revealing article in the Washington Post. Khan explains why Kavanaugh lies so readily, and so self-righteously.  Khan also notes that privilege also makes some kids callous – a notable feature of Kavanaughs judicial rulings, of his work for George W. Bush. It would also lower his internal barriers to sexually abusing others. As noted in an article by Suniyah S. Luthar, those same unwritten rules, combined with greater resources, explain the surprising fact that rich kids are more likely to abuse drugs and alcohol than are middle class kids or disadvantaged kids. That was another striking feature of the Kavanaugh’s behavior during high school and college.

Parenthetically, similar violations of expectations of special status underlie the rage of white supremicists and of male supremicists.

Kavanaugh also exhibited frustration. Based on media reports and on the current distribution of power between the two political parties, Kavanaugh had become convinced that his bid for a judgeship on the Supreme Court was unstoppable. But now his ascension to the Supreme Court is leaking away, and he doesn’t know how to stop the leak.

At the hearing, Kavanaugh also radiated dread. He knows that his wife and his daughters will no longer look up to him and trust him. He knows that friends and colleagues will re-evaluate him.

It is not just Kavanaugh’s past behavior that is at issue. His present behavior is problematic.

During the Senate hearing, Kavanaugh lied repeatedly, while under oath.

Eugene Robinson and David Ignatius give valuable insights about Kavanaugh’s lies and character.


Molly Roberts shows why it is quite believable that Christine Blasey Ford vividly remembers who attacker was, and who was laughing, while having difficulty remembering other details about the party at which Kavanaugh assaulted her.

Kavanaugh tried to evade answering inconvenient questions by attempting to change the subject (as Trump does). Kavanaugh tries to change a troublesome question about himself into an analogous question about his questioner.

Here is an example of his Kavanaugh’s deflection of an inconvenient question, as quoted from an article in the Washington Post by Sarah L. Kaufman

“He went back to being combative, even at times overly hot, inappropriate and rude. He challenged Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) on her questions about whether he’d ever drunk so much his memory was affected. “Have you?” he said.”

A qualified judge would never have put up with a deflecting, topic-changing non-answer like that.

Kavanaugh also tried to claim that the accusations against him were part of a conspiracy. That was another misleading attempt at changing the subject. The time-line of Ford’s accusation refutes Kavanaugh’s claim, as is demonstrated by an editorial in the Washington Post.

Altogether, Kavanaugh’s behavior at the hearing was behavior he would not tolerate from any party who was appearing before him at a trial at which he was the Judge.

Kavanaugh lied repeatedly during the Senate hearing. He lied while under oath. E.J. Dionne Jr. has provided a superb account of Kavanaugh’s lies, and why Kavanaugh is unfit to be a judge. His article has links to extensive compilations of Kavanaugh’s lies. Eugene Robinson also has a penetrating account of Kavanaugh’s lies at the hearing, and how it shows Kavanaugh’s unfitness for serving as a judge.

Kavanaugh’s unjustified sense of entitlement, his lies in the Senate hearing, and his tactic of avoiding answering unwelcome questions by trying to change the subject, are all un-judgelike. They disqualify him from the Supreme Court.

His presence on the Supreme Court would further degrade respect for the Supreme Court’s decisions.

His defects also disqualify Kavanaugh from serving a a judge on any court, including the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, which is the court he now serves on.

Retired Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy, why have you so sullied your judicial legacy, by recommending someone as unfit as Brett M. Kavanaugh?


July 7, 2017 at 8:08 pm | Posted in Abuse of Office, Climate change, Conceited, Disinformation, Enemies of Freedom, Enemies of Planet Earth, Presidential election | Leave a comment
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Artwork by Charles Raymond Macauley for the 1904 edition of The strange case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson. Publisher: New York Scott-Thaw

Artwork by Charles Raymond Macauley for the 1904 edition of The strange case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson. Publisher: New York Scott-Thaw



These are some of the adjectives that Trump tries to attach to the names of persons and organizations that he want to disparage.

He repeats these derogatory linkages relentlessly, trying to embed them into the public’s mind. After all, the one aspect of business that Trump has mastered is marketing.

Trump’s disparaging adjectives actually name his own deepest fears and guilty feelings about himself. They list his vulnerabilities.

That is why his menu of derogatory adjectives is so well-defined.

It is also the reason – besides marketing – why he uses them so obsessively.

Since these adjectives accurately describe Trump himself, it is easy to list what could become the most popular hashtags on Twitter. Here is such a list, expanded to include additional adjectives that accurately describe Trump, even though he does not habitually try to pin them on his enemies:

#lyingDonaldTrump (see here )
#fakeDonaldTrump (see here)
#deceitfullDonaldTrump (see here and here)
#shallowDonaldTrump (see here)
#ignorantDonaldTrump (see here)
#defectiveDonaldTrump (see here and here)
#unhingedDonaldTrump (see here)
#disastrousDonaldTrump (see here)
#dangerousbuffoonDonaldTrump (see here)
#PresidentChump (see here)

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Streep Versus Creep

January 16, 2017 at 6:48 pm | Posted in Conceited, Disinformation, Enemies of Freedom, Enemies of Planet Earth, Fairness, Presidential election | Leave a comment
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Meryl Streep, 16 February 2016, usbotschaftberlin,

Meryl Streep, 16 February 2016, usbotschaftberlin,

During the recent Golden Globes ceremony, Meryl Streep described how revolted she had been by Donald Trump’s bullying parody, at a campaign event on November 24, 2015, of Serge Kovaleski, an excellent reporter for the New York Times, who happens to be disabled. An astounding video containing both Trump’s jeering, and Streep’s comment on that jeering, is viewable at the beginning of the online version of Ann Hornaday’s article in the Washington Post about the Golden Globes event. An excellent article by Elahe Izadi and Amy B Wang also contains the video, along with the complete transcript of Meryl Streep’s remarks.

Trump, being Trump, responded by lying, in a tweet, that he hadn’t been jeering at Kovalevski. The video shows clearly that he had been jeering, in exactly the manner of a schoolyard bully. An eye-opening analysis by Glenn Kessler gives the background to Trump’s jeering, and to Trump’s multiple lies about it.

Hornaday notes that Trump’s jeering was “to distract his audience from the fact that Kovaleski caught him in another lie, about Muslim Americans celebrating on Sept. 11, 2001” Glenn Kessler’s article provides abundant evidence confirming Hornaday’s statement. Jeering to distract attention away from Trump’s own lies is a standard Trump tactic.

Hornaday notes that Trump’s tweet also called Steep “an “overrated” actress and “a Hillary flunky””. As was just mentioned, a standard Trump tactic is to smear anyone who points out any of his errors. Another standard Trump tactic is to claim that his critic is an unpopular has-been.

A tweet by a twit,
Who is full of it.
That is, who is full of himself!

Trump’s tweets and his public statements are his way of flailing about against critics, and against inconvenient truths (to use Al Gore’s indispensible phrase).
When Trump senses a threat, verbally he writhes frantically, like a startled snake.

American pipe snake = false coral snake (Anilius scytale).  Photographed 12 December 2007 by DuSantos.

American pipe snake = false coral snake (Anilius scytale). Photographed 12 December 2007 by DuSantos.

Trump flails about because he cannot use logic. He cannot use facts. He has never cared about either logic or facts, so he never learned how to use them.
So Trump has left only bald unsupported assertions.

Trump finds unsupported assertions to be a congenial tool. After all, Trump has a history of pretending to be other people , sometimes “John Miller”, and sometimes “John Barron”. While pretending to be these other people, Trump says about Trump what Trump would like to have had other people say about him. That is a con-man’s tactic.

This is a variant of Trump’s tactic of claiming that un-named “other people say” or “many people say”. Trump ascribes to these invented people the inuendo that Trump wants to plant.

To be charitable about it, Trumps false statements are not always deliberate lies. Sometimes Trump makes an unfounded statement simply because he cannot distinguish how the world is from how he thinks the world ought to be. At any moment, Trump’s idea of how the world ought to be is the same as whatever would have best served Trump’s current purpose. This is a natural confusion for anyone who thinks that the Universe revolves around him. A prime example of this facet of Trump’s fun-house mirror is his habit of asserting that each source that points out his flaws is “failing” or “overated”.

Trump likes to pin disparaging labels on other people to ‘re-frame the discussion’. Sometimes this is simply a smear tactic. At other times, as with Trump’s jeering at Kovalevski, it is a tactic for drawing attention away from a fact or a question that is unfavorable to Trump.
‘Lyin Ted’, ‘Lyin Hillary’ – you get the idea. The smears are rarely founded on fact.

Margaret Sullivan has recently written an incisive overview of Trump’s approach to using lies as a tool.

Since Trump’s labels and tweets are designed to re-direct the conversation, ‘most convenient for Trump’ usually means that Trump’s smears ascribe to Trump’s critics Trump’s own unsavory traits.

A recent example of a different aspect of Trump’s lies is his claim that before his inauguration, Washington DC had run out of inauguration gowns. Trump’s claim was quickly refuted . But Trump didn’t care: he relies on the fact that his original bombastic claim will stick in the mind better than will its later disproof.

When Trump was told about the Putin-authorized spying on him – and the resulting cyber-theft of Trump’s personal and financial data – Trump’s immediate reaction was to deny that it had happenened.

The most charitable way to describe Trump’s tweets and public statements:
Trump gives himself a colonoscopy, and reports what he sees.

Schematic overview of colonoscopy procedure

Schematic overview of colonoscopy procedure

Trump will be the first President in US history to constitute a major security risk.

This is important, so lets consider it further.

Trump finds Putin’s authoritarianism more congenial than the checks and balances of a free society.

Trump doesn’t understand the value of a free society, so he never bothered to understand what is required to sustain a free society.
So Trump does not accept America’s founding ideas.
Trump does not even know what America’s founders sought to accomplish.
Trump mistakenly takes ‘Amass wealth! WIN! WIN!’ to be America’s defining goal.

So Trump does not even know what he should be defending.
That is just part of why he is a security risk.

Trump will be the first President whose loyalty to the United States is questionable.

Trump seems to be more loyal to Putin than to the US. Trump certainly believes Putin more readily than he believes the CIA and the FBI. Trump accepts Putin’s statements immediately, without any scepticism. At first Trump unconditionally rejected the CIA’s and the FBI’s findings – despite the evidence for them. Then he grudgingly accepted some aspects of those findings, again without having any non-subjective basis for rejecting the finding that Putin’s scheme had helped Trump. As Kathleen Parker (a Republican) asks in a valuable op-ed, “Well, didn’t it? Didn’t Trump loudly call upon Russia to hack Clinton’s emails?”  Two valuable op-eds (here and here) by Dana Milbank discuss the bias of Trump and his circle toward Putin.

The only possible conclusion: Trump is more loyal to Trump than to the US.

Trump has no self-control. His fragile self-esteme gives him a thin skin.
When opposed or disparaged he thrashes about defensively.

He deludedly thinks that his gut reactions are better than learning the facts, and are much better than thinking before reacting.

Those are the many other reasons why Trump is a security risk.

Imagine that your job was to vet applicants for security clearances, and to either approve or disapprove their applications.

Would you approve this unstable, flailing Trump?

I wouldn’t.

Trump poses a dilemma for those loyal Americans who are tasked to divulge sensitive information to this flailing buffoon who lacks all self-control.


Now consider Trump’s slogan, ‘Make America Great Again’.

Leave aside the fact that both Trump and his followers often twist the slogan into ‘Make America Grate Again’.
Leave aside also that a notable segment of Trump’s followers interpret the slogan as ‘Make America Hate Again’.

Consider instead why America was great in the 1950s and early 1960s, at least for some of its citizens.

At that time, many formerly economically and poltically important countries were still reeling from the physical devastation that had occurred on their soil during the Second World War. Their economies had been destroyed. Their infrastructure had been destroyed. Some countries even had to reconstruct their political structures.

For example, rationing continued in England for many years after the end of the Second World War.

None of those handicaps existed in the US, Canada, Australia and New Zealand. Of those four countries, the US had – by far – the largest economy and the largest manufacturing capability.

Our manufacturing and transportation infrastructure had swelled during the war, and our political structure was intact. We were able to supply what the ravaged countries needed to buy.
Few other countries could compete with us in that respect. Many of the other unravaged countries were still colonies, or were economically very undeveloped for other reasons.

In those days, manufacturing required many laborers. Automation was limited. Filling orders, monitoring inventory, keeping records, sending written or oral messages all required human hands. That meant a huge demand for human labor.

Labor couldn’t cross borders easily. Shipping was slow or expensive, and was itself labor-intensive. So the demand for labor was futher concentrated in the few favored locations.

That concentration of advantages will not happen again.
Trump will not be able to produce the job landscape that he promises.


There is much discussion these days as to whether respecting the office of the President entails respecting Trump.

Respecting an office means respecting its intended role – its potential contribution to society.

Respecting an office does not entail respecting any particular occupant of that office. Whether a particular occupant earns respect depends upon the occupant’s principles, virtues and weaknesses.

It is impossible to repect the upcoming occupant of the Presidency.

Trump is both creepy, and a creep.

Creepy? Witness Trump’s remarks to Billy Bush. I’ve never encountered a man whose locker-room conversation was as despicable as Trump’s. Trump needs Tic Tacs for the brain.

A creep? Witness Trump’s attempt to boot Vera Coking, an elderly widow in Atlantic City who merely wanted to live the rest of her days in her own home, with its treasured memories. Trump wanted the spot to make more parking for his casino.

Proto-President Creepy Creep,
Sneers at the humaneness of Meryl Streep.

A poseur at charity, secretly selfish and cheap.
Weak self-esteem, hidden by boasts in a heap.

Hidden also by smears that convince only sheep*.
Deceitful disgusting defective Donny The Creep.

A twisted brain, and a heart of ice.
Defective Donny just isn’t nice.




* No insult is intended to bovine sheep, only to human sheep.

On January 20, 2017, President-elect Creepy Creep will become President Creepy Creep.


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Humane Executions

July 29, 2014 at 5:17 pm | Posted in Brain and mind, Crime and punishment, Fairness, Judicial Misjudgment, Terrorism | 1 Comment
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A woodcut showing a rabid dog in the Middle Ages. "Middle Ages rabid dog" by Unknown - Scanned from Dobson, Mary J. (2008) Disease, Englewood Cliffs, N.J: Quercus, p. 157 ISBN: 1-84724-399-1.. Licensed under Public domain via Wikimedia Commons -

A woodcut showing a rabid dog in the Middle Ages. “Middle Ages rabid dog” by Unknown – Scanned from Dobson, Mary J. (2008) Disease, Englewood Cliffs, N.J: Quercus, p. 157 ISBN: 1-84724-399-1.. Licensed under Public domain via Wikimedia Commons –


Execution by lethal chemical cocktails has recently become more difficult.  Some of the makers of the required chemicals refuse to sell them for that purpose.  The remaining makers desire anonymity, to avoid becoming the target of protests.  Worse, some of the recent chemical executions have been botched, and seem to have produced drawn-out painful deaths.

All of these problems could be eliminated by returning to an older technique: death by bullet.

But the shooting should not be performed by a firing squad.  Too many things can go wrong with a firing squad.

Instead, use a device that softly but firmly holds fixed the head and chest of the condemned.  A commercially available cervical collar might be one part of the device.  The condemned should be lying horizontally, face up, unable to move, on a special table having a soft surface.

The execution would be carried out by one or more gunshots from behind the head.

The gun could be fired by either a person or a computer.  Computer-controlled firing would be less subject to mistakes.  Sensors viewing the vicinity of the condemned could provide signals to the the computer so that the gun could fire only when no other person was in the line of fire.

Note: The general design described above is hereby released into the public domain by  It is not patentable.

That covers the how.  What about the why?

As long as the death penalty is imposed fairly, its morality is clear.  We kill mad dogs, attacking wild animals, and armed enemy soldiers.  We kill terrorists.  We kill madmen and criminals who try to kill the police, and madmen who attack the public.  We kill cancers.  No matter how morally advanced we become, we will always regard such killing as justified.

But can the death penalty be imposed fairly?

Some claim that the death penalty can never be imposed fairly on an individual who is now under our control.  Why not treat such a person as a prisoner of war?  Why not restrain them instead of killing them?  Why not try to rehabilitate them?  These are difficult questions which I hope to address in a later posting.  But for the present, recall that we do not use these alternatives for mad dogs.  Recall that the intrinsic dignity of human beings may be a too-sweeping and vaguely founded concept, and likewise for the concept of free will.  And recall that many innocents have been killed by seemingly reformed but unreformed parolees: different person’s brains are wired differently.

On these matters I have to agree with Charles Lane, and have to disagree with Eugene Robinson, who is usually one of the most insightful analyzers of public issues, and with the Editors of the Washington Post.


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He got away with manslaughter

July 23, 2013 at 8:53 pm | Posted in Judicial Injustice | Leave a comment
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George Zimmerman leaves court with his family after Zimmerman's not guilty verdict was read in Seminole Circuit Court in Sanford, Florida, July 13, 2013.

George Zimmerman leaves court with his family after Zimmerman’s not guilty verdict was read in Seminole Circuit Court in Sanford, Florida, July 13, 2013.

The not-guilty verdict in George Zimmerman’s trial for shooting Trayvon Martin was an injustice to Trayvon Martin, and to all of us.  Eugene Robinson’s analysis in the Washington Post is particularly perceptive on the topic, and makes important points that have not been made elsewhere.

Two previous posts (here and here) on thepoliblog also stress crucial features of the encounter.  Indeed, thepolibog was started out of frustration with the then-current state of the public discussion of the shooting of Trayvon Martin, because, at the time, essential aspects of the encounter were being ignored.

George Zimmerman got away with manslaughter.

But the jury’s verdict was ‘not guilty’.  Within our legal system, George Zimmerman cannot be retried for the same crime (no ‘double jeopardy’).

Those who believe him to be guilty can only treat him as they would treat any other guilty person who escaped conviction because of the imperfections of the judicial system.

He can be shunned.

Too Frail a Reid

March 24, 2013 at 7:20 pm | Posted in Dysfunctional Politics | 1 Comment
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Harry Reid (D-NV), United States Senator from Nevada and Majority Leader of the United States Senate, official portrait, 2009, turned upside down.

Harry Reid (D-NV), United States Senator from Nevada and Majority Leader of the United States Senate, official portrait, 2009, turned upside down.

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Harry Reid is too frail a reed for the Senate to lean upon.

Harry Reid adheres to the principle, ‘don’t bring it to a vote unless you already know that it will pass’.

This led him to withdraw a ban on assault weapons from a recent bill on gun control.  Eugene Robinson’s insightfully described the issues, the calculations, and the trade-offs in a recent article in the Washington Post.

If losing the vote would have made it less likely for the legislation to be brought up again in the future, then Harry Reid’s principle would have been appropriate.
But the legislative histories of the battles for civil rights and for non-traditional pairings in marriage show the opposite.  Losing a vote now, and forcing your opponents to publically attach their names to their position, lays the groundwork for eventual victory.  But to win eventually, you have to bring your legislation up for a vote again and again, never being discouraged by the fluctuations in the political weather.  You never stop proposing your legislation.  You never give the impression that the pressure might fade away.

This is illustrated spectacularly by the imminent victory of efforts to reform the immigration laws – especially those that pertain to those who are here because they or their parents snuck in.  Advocates of immigration reform modeled their campaign on that for gay rights, as recounted in a recent article by Frank Sharry in the Washington Post.

Harry Reid is a good Senator.  But he is not a leader.  Seniority, by itself, is not a sufficient qualification for a leadership role.

Gutless and spineless, Harry Reid is anatomically deficient for the job.

Adult Moon Jelly (Aurelia labiata) photographed at Monterey Bay Aquarium. Photo by Dante Alighieri (really?)

Adult Moon Jelly (Aurelia labiata) photographed at Monterey Bay Aquarium.
Photo by Dante Alighieri (really?)

As urged in a previous post in this blog, at the very first opportunity, Senate Democrats should elect a new Majority Leader.

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