Sunday, February 19, 2017

Misogynistic Obsession as Mental Disorder

I remember a 1980s comics artist who broke up with his wife and became an obsessive misogynist, anti-feminist, inclined to latch on to any hateful belief about women and feminism. And now we have it all over the place. Some men are just misogynistic jerks — why? — some men are just misogynistic because they live in a misogynistic culture or subculture, and for others it becomes an obsession, sometimes one even carried to the point of violence. Why? I don't see how this can be anything other than a mental disorder.

Trump, public and private

Donald Trump is perfectly capable of expressing himself clearly when he wants to. Compare these quotes from his press conference and talk to his rich friends.

At the press conference:
I think I'll say a few words, and then we'll take some questions. And I had this time. We've been negotiating a lot of different transactions to save money on contracts that were terrible, including airplane contracts that were out of control and late and terrible; just absolutely catastrophic in terms of what was happening. And we've done some really good work. We're very proud of that. And then right after that, you prepare yourselves, we'll do some questions, unless you have enough questions. That's always a possibility. I'm here today to update the American people on the incredible progress that has been made in the last four weeks since my inauguration. We have made incredible progress. I don't think there's ever been a president elected who in this short period of time has done what we've done.

In private at his golf club in New Jersey:
We’re doing a lot of interviews tomorrow — generals, dictators, we have everything,” Trump told the crowd, according to an audio tape of his closed-press remarks obtained by POLITICO from a source in the room. “You may wanna come around. It’ll be fun. We’re really working tomorrow. We have meetings every 15, 20 minutes with different people that will form our government.
We’re going to be interviewing everybody — Treasury, we’re going to be interviewing Secretary of State,” he continued. “We have everybody coming in — if you want to come around, it’s going to be unbelievable….so you might want to come along. —Politico via digby.
Not incompetent-crazy, mean-greedy-crazy.

& thanks to Jim Wright at Stonekettle Station, who reads Trump so we don't have to!

Friday, February 17, 2017

"Nach Hitler kommen Wir"

Or, "After Hitler, our turn."

It was a 1930s German Communist Party (KPD) slogan, usually attributed to Ernst Thälmann, chairman of the KPD and 1932 KPD Presidential candidate. He may or may not have originated it, but, as with Hillary Clinton's "Stronger Together," it is identified with him, and has a strong resonance with the opposition to Hillary Clinton in the 2016 US Presidential election.

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Insufficiently Racist

So, after approving the incredibly racist Sessions as Attorney General and the incredibly greedy Mnuchin as Secretary of the Treasury, pressure on Andrew Pudzer leads him to withdraw from the approval process. Not, apparently, because he beat his wife or hired an undocumented housekeeper, but because he is not down with deporting Latins by the hundreds of thousands. Insufficiently racist. People like Pudzer are like slavemasters, but at least they are willing to pay a wage and hire Latins. This makes them less suited to this fascist administration than the likes of Sessions and Mnuchin.

Anyone who still thinks this is going to be a normal administration ought to shut up and sit down.

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

The Ryan/McConnell Administration?

With the fall of Michael Flynn, apparently resigned for spying on the USA, the Trump administration has become unstable. The likelihood is high that Trump himself is compromised, as is Pence. And, oh, the vultures are circling. There is a chance that people who never would have been elected will become President and Vice President.


Sunday, February 12, 2017

Trump Is Not King

A presidential executive order is not a royal edict. Seems that Trump is trying to rule by edict, not by making law. Trump wants to rule as king, without question. This seems to have been passed over in moderate discussion; the radicals anti-authoritarians seem to be thinking it obvious and not mentioning it, and it is too strange a thought for the moderates.

Saturday, February 11, 2017

Homeland Security Has Gone Rogue and The Deportations Have Started.

So we have this report, quoting California Senate President pro Tempore Kevin de León: And this report: And this report: