What might a "cornered" Donald Trump do?

TUESDAY, JANUARY 22, 2019

Krugman's point of concern:
Next week, the new year will finally start at this award-winning site. The year will be built around an exploration of the famous old bromide now being called "Aristotle's error" in all the major salons.

Man [sic] is the rational animal? Ladies and gentlemen, please!

Before the year is done, we'll even explore Professor Horwich's essay about the philosophy establishment in some detail. And not only that! We'll offer instruction in a useful type of analysis which emerges from the jumbled, difficult work of the later Wittgenstein.

Also, Professor Harari will star.

Starting next week, we'll be providing these services as we all await Mister Trump's Inevitable Dispositive War. For today, we'll restrict ourselves to Paul Krugman's point of concern.

Krugman states an important point of concern in his new column; just last week, we stated the same basic point. Here's what Krugman says about the way "a cornered Trump" might behave in the face of impending defeat:
KRUGMAN (1/22/19): Most of Reagan’s political success reflected not fundamental economic achievement but good luck with the timing of the business cycle. And Trump almost certainly won’t experience comparable luck.

Combine this lack of a strong economic upside over the next two years with Trump’s extreme current unpopularity, and his chances for re-election—if he even makes it to the end of his first term—don’t look too good. Which raises the question of what he and his party will do if defeat is staring them in the face.

I don’t know the answer to that question, and if you aren’t scared about how a cornered Trump might lash out, you haven’t been paying attention.
What might "a cornered Trump" decide to do? A Trump who's facing re-election defeat? A Trump who's facing indictment?

Krugman says we should be scared. Major wars being easy to start, we said the same thing last week.

That said, Donald J. Trump is the danger our press corps has chosen. They chose this danger through thirty years of earth tones, emails, low IQs and the need to be dumbly amused.

With whom did Trump have consensual sex back in 2006? In the end, it's the only thing these rationals want to explore!

Full disclosure: We could have turned to Bandy Lee for advice about a cornered Trump. But major elites shut down the discussion she had been trying to start.

95 comments:

  1. "...as we all await Mister Trump's Inevitable Dispositive War"

    Sorry Bob, but only you zombies of the lib-zombie death-cult are fantasizing about and craving this insane "Trump War" of yours.

    Meanwhile, the human beings among us (aka 'the deplorables') are enjoying the Trump Peace...

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    1. Mao, Trump is a liar and a thief.
      And Putin's bitch.
      You remain eager to blow Trump.
      Sucker.

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    2. Welcome back, dembot. Long maintenance, yet no upgrade, no enhancement at all for ya, eh? What a fucking scrooge, that Soros...

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    3. Mao,
      You are, and will always be, a Trump cocksucker and a lying sack of shit.

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    4. Meh. You're still impotent, I'm afraid. Concentrate, dembot. Make a real effort.

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    5. Trump is a liar and a thief.
      And Putin's bitch.
      Discus and/or dispute.

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    6. DinC is a bigot and Mao is a lying cocksucker.

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    7. No matter how old you are, family history is important. While you might not think so at the time, as you get older there will be things you and your grandchildren will want to know. Most of us don't realize it until the older generations are gone and you can't replace first hand comments. Don't just put in about the good times, add in the harder times and how you overcame those trials. Another thing to remember is what caused the deaths of those you loved. There are many things that have been found to continue into future generations that knowing it runs in the family can be helped with now or possible in the future. prevention starts with knowing where to start. I wish someone had taken the time to write these things down for mew to be able to go back to. My Grandmother and my mother told us many stories of what things happened in their lives and about the people in their lives. I now wish someone had written those things down since both have passed now. But I never thought at that busy point in my life that I would one day want to remember all those things. So much family history is lost when the older generations are gone. Please pass it on to your family while you can. You can even just do it digitally so it can be accessed by family later on.Family pictures are something to cherish also. Just be sure to write down who is pictured in them, where they are taken and when. I have found family pictures that no one now even knows who is in them.

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      No matter how old you are, family history is important. While you might not think so at the time, as you get older there will be things you and your grandchildren will want to know. Most of us don't realize it until the older generations are gone and you can't replace first hand comments. Don't just put in about the good times, add in the harder times and how you overcame those trials. Another thing to remember is what caused the deaths of those you loved. There are many things that have been found to continue into future generations that knowing it runs in the family can be helped with now or possible in the future. prevention starts with knowing where to start. I wish someone had taken the time to write these things down for mew to be able to go back to. My Grandmother and my mother told us many stories of what things happened in their lives and about the people in their lives. I now wish someone had written those things down since both have passed now. But I never thought at that busy point in my life that I would one day want to remember all those things. So much family history is lost when the older generations are gone. Please pass it on to your family while you can. You can even just do it digitally so it can be accessed by family later on.Family pictures are something to cherish also. Just be sure to write down who is pictured in them, where they are taken and when. I have found family pictures that no one now even knows who is in them.

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  2. Maybe it's better to be lucky than smart.

    President Reagan had two enormous accomplishments:

    1. Ending economic malaise and beginning a long-term economic boom.

    2. Winning the Cold War while avoiding a real war with the USSR.

    But, Krugman says Reagan merely had "good luck".

    So far, Trump has had "good luck" with the booming economy, "good luck" with record unemployment for blacks and Hispanics. "Good luck" caused a big drop in the murder rate. "Luckily" Trump avoided new wars and substantially defeated ISIS in Syria. He has been "lucky" that North Korea became less belligerent.

    Were all these things really just luck?

    https://www.nytimes.com/2018/12/06/upshot/us-murder-rate-for-2018-is-on-track-for-a-big-drop.html

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    1. Yeah, the Krugman fella is probably the most shameless lib-zombie hack in the whole goebbelsian establishment. And that's a UGE achievement, because the competition is fierce...

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    2. And the Space Force. And the shrinking deficits due to the tax cut. And those awesome trade deals.

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    3. DinC,
      Are you saying the strategic forgettery by the corporate-owned media, of how awful the Reagan Presidency truly was and how it led us down this path ISN"T luck?
      Finally, we agree.

      https://www.theguardian.com/world/2004/jun/13/usa.theobserver

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    4. Yeah, dembot the "GIGANTIC CORPORATE TAX CUT" planned by Schumer and Clinton in 2016 would've been completely different.

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    5. @12:24 -- Actually income tax revenue has continued to rise after Reagan's tax cuts. Unfortunately, spending is rising faster. "The Treasury Department reported this week that individual income tax collections for FY 2018 totaled $1.7 trillion. That's up $14 billion from fiscal 2017"
      https://www.investors.com/politics/editorials/trump-tax-cuts-federal-revenues-deficits/

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    6. David, has it occurred to you that total tax revenues increase because there are more people on earth generally and living in our country? Should an actuary be aware that you have to adjust for population growth if you are going to make this kind of comparison.

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    7. "Yeah, dembot the "GIGANTIC CORPORATE TAX CUT" planned by Schumer and Clinton in 2016 would've been completely different."

      So Trump is no better than Schumer and Clinton. Good to know virgin jack off.

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    8. Yes, virgin jack off. In respect to the corporate tax cut, they appear to be on the same page.

      Do you find this upsetting for some reason?

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    9. Trump should be praised for his brilliant reworking of NAFTA, which will surely pass in Congress. And for finally doing something about Obamacare. That showed his vision an power as dealmaker. And for making Mexico pay for the wall. And his brilliant negotiation of trade deals with China. And for getting rid of lobbyists. It really was a problem and he just wiped them out of DC. And for the awesome, awesome Space Force!!! We will kill the space invaders because we are greeeeeaaatttt (again)!!

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    10. Mao - insert non-substantive, personal attack here:

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    11. You seem terribly insecure, dembot. Which is not surprising, considering your pathetic attempt at sarcasm...

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    12. 1:02, don't forget his tremendous Infrastructure legislation and above all, saving the coal industry.

      more coal capacity closed in the first 45 days of 2018 than in the first three years of the Obama administration.*

      Blair Zimmerman, a former coal miner and current county commissioner in Greene County, Pennsylvania, where the 4 West Mine closed in January, said the Trump administration hasn’t made any measurable impacts in that rural area.

      God bless America!

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    13. "more coal capacity closed in the first 45 days of 2018"

      Bullshit, dembot. The way goebbelsian zombie media are lying these days, this is 100% a zombie lie.

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    14. Trump was running for president and proposing to change U.S. policy in ways favorable to Russia while simultaneously seeking the Russian government’s help to arrange a business deal that could have made him hundreds of millions of dollars. And he lied again and again to conceal that fact from the American public.

      And he got rid of lobbyists. Except for the 164 former lobbyists currently serving in his administration. And deficit expanding tax cuts for the rich are awesome too. The guy is Jesus.

      And the Space Force man. Will be so, so awesome.

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    15. Mao - insert non-substantive, personal attack here:

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    16. "Except for the 164 former lobbyists"

      You may not realize it - being a dembot and all - but a "former lobbyist" is not a lobbyist anymore.

      And please don't be bitter, dear dembot. You know very well yourself that what you're posting here is bullshit zombie propaganda.

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    17. Yes!! "Trump was running for president and proposing to change U.S. policy in ways favorable to Russia while simultaneously seeking the Russian government’s help to arrange a business deal that could have made him hundreds of millions of dollars. And he lied again and again to conceal that fact from the American public" is totally false right? Just propaganda.

      Trump is God. He defeated the dembots who are solely responsible for neoliberalism and globalism. Right?

      Trump's penis must be 12 feet long.

      Dems. They are the problem.

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    18. Mao - insert non-substantive, personal attack here:

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    19. " Just propaganda"

      Of course it is, dembot. And you know it as well as I do.

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    20. He could have got 300 million on the Russia deal, and the guy only had $150 million worth of cash and other liquid assets at the time (2016).

      He is a great man and a great dealmaker. He is a hero. That's why the US is so revered now.

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    21. But is true - he brought back coal as promised. That ain't no BS. Right?

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    22. It is good that Trump gives five billion a year to Israel. Hey - maybe they should pay for the wall!

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    23. The most important thing to remember is that Democrats are the problem. Who else could it be?

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    24. I can see that you have some conspiracy theory implanted by your zombie cult into your poor excuse for a brain.

      But you may want to ask your masters to explain it to you, dear. The whole quid pro quo thingy, dembot. All logical connections.

      And ask them to prove every piece, please: the 300 million and the 150 million, and all the rest.

      And then, come back here, dembot, and spew out their bullshit 'narrative', with all the supporting evidence for it. Okay?

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    25. "The most important thing to remember is that Democrats are the problem."

      No, dembot. The American people have a problem, dembot. Because their establishment elites are destroying the country, dembot.

      And that's is why they voted for Donald The Magnificent.

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    26. More good news for the mythical "economically anxious" working class trump voters:

      File this under: "draining the swamp"

      SHANGHAI (AP) — The Chinese government has granted Ivanka Trump’s company preliminary approval for another five trademarks this month, as her father’s administration pushes ahead on trade negotiations with China.


      Four trademarks, including child care centers, sunglasses and wedding dresses, were approved on Sunday. A fifth, covering brokerage, charitable fundraising and art valuation services, was approved on Jan.6, according to online trademark office records. The applications were filed in 2016 and 2017. If no one objects, they will be finalized after 90 days.


      Ivanka Trump’s expanding intellectual property holdings have long raised ethical concerns, particularly in China, where the courts and bureaucracy tend to reflect the will of the ruling Communist Party.


      Ivanka Trump’s lawyers in China did not respond immediately to a request for comment.


      Aren't we all delighted for the true First Lady?

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    27. "It is good that Trump gives five billion a year to Israel."

      I don't know how it is in India, where your dembot farm is (most likely) located, but in the US the congress allocates funds, not the president.

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    28. "Aren't we all delighted for the true First Lady?"

      Anything that makes dembots foam at the mouth delights me...

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    29. The 300 million comes from the Mueller sentencing memo of Cohen in December.

      "The defendant’s false statements obscured the fact that the Moscow Project was a lucrative business opportunity that sought, and likely required, the assistance of the Russian government. If the project was completed, the Company could have received hundreds of millions of dollars from Russian sources in licensing fees and other revenues."

      The 150 million is a direct quote from Forbes.

      But they are all just a bunch of libtards right?

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    30. "Because their establishment elites are destroying the country, dembot.

      nd that's is why they voted for Donald The Magnificent."

      Who, magnificently, put Wilbur Ross in charge of the commerce department and Steve Mnuchin in charge of the treasury so as to combat those elites. And who has over a hundred ex lobbyists working for him in the White House now.

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    31. So, what's the 'narrative', dembot?

      A presidential candidate says that it's better to cooperate with Russia than to quarrel.

      As far as I'm concerned, only a hateful lib-zombie would disagree with that.

      And "Moscow Project" was a lucrative business opportunity.

      Fine, I got it, but so what? Tie it all together for me, dembot.

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    32. Mao is awesome! The virgin, defender of the elite busters! Busting elites with elites! Facts are facts!

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    33. "As far as I'm concerned, only a hateful lib-zombie would disagree with that."

      I don't disagree with that. I didn't say anything about that. I said "Trump was running for president and proposing to change U.S. policy in ways favorable to Russia while simultaneously seeking the Russian government’s help to arrange a business deal that could have made him hundreds of millions of dollars. And he lied again and again to conceal that fact from the American public."

      Full stop.

      That is it all tied together for you.

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    34. It was a magnificent lie though. It was one of those lies that makes America great again!

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    35. Where is the discipline, people? Responding to trolls like David and Mao does nothing but prop up their fragile egos.

      Try my 30 day troll diet and I guarantee results, full refund if not satisfied.

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    36. I think what Mao is trying to say is that great, magnificent Americans lie if it means making hundreds of millions of dollars. Trump is a traditionalist liar. Not like those like zombiez consequentialist Democrat liars.

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    37. I still don't see the 'narrative', dembot. Where is the quid pro quo?

      Enlighten me, please.

      Presidential candidate suggest cooperation with Russia and for that the Russian government helps with the Tower? Is that it? So, where's the Tower, dembot?

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    38. I agree with Mao, the cute little virgin defender of the common man who is enthusiastic about Wilbur Ross and Steve mnuchin coming in to battle the elites, drain the swamp and save coal.

      You probably won't believe me but I was with Wilbur Ross in Paris last summer. He dropped nine hundred grand on a sculpture. I had my picture taken with him. Really, really, really bad breath he had.

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    39. Mao, sweetie, don't be so upset. I said what I said full stop.

      "Trump was running for president and proposing to change U.S. policy in ways favorable to Russia while simultaneously seeking the Russian government’s help to arrange a business deal that could have made him hundreds of millions of dollars. And he lied again and again to conceal that fact from the American public."

      That is my only claim. All based on reliable sources as I have shown. I didn't say anything about quid pro quo or anything other than just that. And that is all facts, according to the sources previously furnished.

      Sweetheart, don't be sad. You're still pretty. You'll get yourself a girl one day.

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    40. Never mind all that, what I want to know is when is Donny Chickenshit going to get our uranium back? Why is Putin's puppet letting them keep it? He's had more than 2 years to seize those mines. What the fuck is up?

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    41. I'm not upset, dembot, you are. You're the one who keeps complaining about 'personal attacks'.

      So, you got no story, and your conspiracy theory is bullshit: no quid pro quo.

      So you're just spreading insinuations. Fine. Good to know. This has been a useful exercise, I suppose...

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    42. I'm not insinuating anything! You must be. You are bring up quid pro whatevers. I'm just stating simple facts:

      "Trump (the magnificent) was running for president and proposing to change U.S. policy in ways favorable to Russia while simultaneously seeking the Russian government’s help to arrange a business deal that could have made him hundreds of millions of dollars. And he lied again and again to conceal that fact from the American public."

      He is a traditionalist, elite busting liar who packs his cabinet with billionaires to save coal, Obamacare, rust belt jobs and make America great again.

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    43. Sadly, there's not a single fact in your zombie bullshit, dembot.

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    44. So sadly. Have a nice day! Sleep tight tonight!!! Think of me when you snuggle in sweet thing! ;)

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    45. Uranium ! was a Canadian owned mine that the Russians bought to get access to the Canadian firm's Kazakhstan holdings. They can get it out of the ground there much cheaper than here. Uranium 1, last I checked, produced about 0.001% of the world's uranium ore.

      Coal was killed by fracking. Mr. utility owner, would you rather pay to ship, crush, and burn the coal, deal with the air pollution scrubbers, and dispose of the fly ash with it's related poisons; or just convert your burners, and hook up to a high pressure gas line? Do the maths!

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    46. The Trump Presidency is what is going to bring us a socialist Utopia. Already, workers are starting to arch their backs, flex their muscles, and get in the face of the Elites Mao loves so much with all of his heart.
      Donald J. Trump:
      Best. Socialist. President. Ever.

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    47. "Maybe it's better to be lucky than smart."

      Oh man. Surely it's better is to pursue national interest, as Donald The Very Stable Genius does, than to be a super-smart rocket fucking scientist who is pursuing interests of globalist banksters...

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  3. Why assume Trump would feel cornered? Maybe he would be relieved. Since he doesn't like doing the work of the presidency, maybe he would react to becoming a lame duck by staying in bed even later and watching more TV. It is the people around Trump that we must worry about -- those Russians and anyone else who has ridden his coattails into a precarious position, who might be suddenly stripped of protection and exposed to a harsher reality. But those people don't have the same powers as the president. Trump has shown that he is unwilling to stick his own neck out for anyone, much less Steve Miller or John Bolton.

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    1. He likes the trappings that come with the job, being in charge, the Big Man, the excitement. Once he's gone, what's he going to do to get the level of stimulation he gets now? There is nothing that compares. I don't see how he can go back to his old grifts, as the spotlight will be on him permanently, and everyone now knows he's a con man anyway. He's a laughingstock now, and even he has to know that, but the office gives him some protection from it. Once he's gone, that, and a whole lot of other protections, go away, and he's left alone with his own worst enemy: himself. This is a deeply disordered man who's been distracting himself from his disorders for decades, and those distractions are about to run out. There is no "relief" looking forward here -- only fear.

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  4. Somerby really shouldn't try to talk about human rationality without first reading at least some of the large body of research on how people think, reason, apply logic and make decisions. That is the purview of cognitive psychology. Somerby's chosen corpus is all non-empirical. Philosophers do not do experiments (other than "thought experiments") and Harari is not an empiricist either. Aristotle's original works were taken a lot further since the middle ages. We actually know a lot now about how people reason. We even know how apes reason. But Somerby doesn't know any of that because he has chosen not to read anything outside of philosophy, armchair cosmology and people like John Holt. It is time for him to grow as a pundit and familiarize himself with his subject before writing a shitload of crap in the new year.

    I am embarrassed for him. Why would a grown man prefer to make an ass of himself day after day when he could read a book and actually discuss a topic?

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  5. "With whom did Trump have consensual sex back in 2006? In the end, it's the only thing these rationals want to explore!"

    Shouldn't it matter that Trump is still having consensual sex with the Russians and lying about it?

    Who did Trump pay off in 2016 using campaign funds, to prevent another sex scandal right before the election? Shouldn't that matter to us and to the press? If corruption doesn't matter, is murder the only crime that would keep a candidate out of the presidency? How can Somerby set his standards so low that he only cares when journalists talk about earth tones and not when they ignore major crimes by a political candidate?

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  6. This is the umpteenth time Somerby has made this argument about Trump’s mental state. It doesn’t improve upon repetition.

    Bandy Lee argues that Trump should perhaps be forcibly committed. The APA vehemently objected to her statements and her armchair “diagnosis.” (“We at the APA call for an end to psychiatrists providing professional opinions in the media about public figures whom they have not examined.”)

    There has been a discussion of Lee’s book. I have commented before and provided a link to show that her book was discussed on O’Donnell’s show in 2017, a fact not mentioned or acknowledged by Somerby.

    There has been discussion of this in the media, but not everyone shares the opinion about Trump’s mental state.

    It is utter speculation. Sure, op-Ed writers could state their belief that Trump is dangerously, violently insane. But what would their *evidence* be? Somerby, the last time I checked, was kind of big on taking journalists to task for not providing evidence for their assertions.

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    1. You shouldn't judge Bob too harshly, anon. Just like every other American liberal, he had an unfortunate exploding head incident in the morning of 11/9/2016. and it's not getting any better. It's a sad, sad condition...

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  7. There is no evidence that Trump is smart enough to realize when he is cornered. He has been cornered since the investigation began but he isn't doing any of the desperate things people imagine he might. He seems to retreat into fantasy when cornered.

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    1. Ha-ha. Yes, dembot, this is The Beginning Of The End. The Walls Are Closing In:
      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HjvRJLUWwFs

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  8. Two things:
    1. Somerby has lamented the loss of “gatekeepers” in the media business. Here, the APA are actual gatekeepers in the psychiatric profession, and they object to Bandy Lee’s remote diagnosis of Trump. Can’t Somerby see how irresponsible Lee’s behavior is, and how it would be equally irresponsible for journalists to make this kind of charge? Perhaps Lee should be stripped of her license.
    2. Many in the media do not believe that Trump is mentally ill. Somerby apparently believes it. But, since he is the one making the accusation, why is he demanding others defend his claim, when they themselves do not believe it? He is making the claim. He should defend it. He is acting like a petulant child. He needs to provide evidence to back up something he obviously believes. Lee’s book doesn’t count, because she frankly has no evidence herself. Just like with achievement gaps, Somerby needs to quit asking other people to have the conversation, and actually *have the fricking conversation.*

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    1. here, you want proof that he's a fucking lunatic? No sane person could possibly say all the following.

      Believe me!


      *************

      1) Renewables

      "I know more about renewables than any human being on Earth." — April 2016

      2) Social media

      "I understand social media. I understand the power of Twitter. I understand the power of Facebook maybe better than almost anybody, based on my results, right?" — November 2015



      3) Debt

      "Nobody knows more about debt. I'm like the king. I love debt." — May 2016

      4) Taxes, again

      "I think nobody knows more about taxes than I do, maybe in the history of the world. Nobody knows more about taxes." — May 2016



      I know our complex tax laws better than anyone who has ever run for president and am the only one who can fix them. #failing@nytimes

      — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 2, 2016





      "Nobody knows more about taxes than I do -- and income than I do.” -- May 2016

      5) Banking

      "Nobody knows banking better than I do" — February 2016

      6) Wall Street bankers


      MATT LAUER: You're a guy who said you know the Wall Street bankers better than anyone.

      TRUMP: Better than anyone.

      — April 2016 on NBC's "Today" show

      7) Money

      "I understand money better than anybody. I understand it far better than Hillary, and I'm way up on the economy when it comes to questions on the economy." — June 2016

      8) The U.S. system of government

      "I think nobody knows the system better than I do." — August 2016

      "I am a person that used to be establishment when I'd give them hundreds of thousands of dollars. But when I decided to run, I became very anti-establishment, because I understand the system than anybody else." — July 2016



      "Nobody knows the system better than I do." — April 2016

      9) Campaign contributions

      "I used to be, George, the fair-haired boy — you know, when I was a contributor. I know more about contributions than anybody." — November 2015

      10) Politicians

      "Nobody knows politicians better than Donald Trump." — February 2016 rally

      11) Sen. Cory Booker



      If Cory Booker is the future of the Democratic Party, they have no future! I know more about Cory than he knows about himself.

      — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 26, 2016





      (We're putting this on the list assuming that nobody ELSE knows more about Booker than Booker, which would make Trump the world's foremost non-Cory Booker expert on Cory Booker.)

      12) Trade

      "Nobody knows more about trade than me." — March 2016

      13) Jobs



      I hope all workers demand that their @Teamsters reps endorse Donald J. Trump. Nobody knows jobs like I do! Don’t let them sell you out!

      — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 8, 2016





      14) Infrastructure

      "Nobody in the history of this country has ever known so much about infrastructure as Donald Trump." — July 2016

      15) The military

      "There's nobody bigger or better at the military than I am." — June 2015 Fox News



      16) ISIS

      "I know more about ISIS [the Islamic State militant group] than the generals do. Believe me." — November 2015

      17) Defense — and offense

      "So a general gets on, sent obviously by Obama, and he said, 'Mr. Trump doesn't understand. He knows nothing about defense.' I know more about offense and defense than they will ever understand, believe me. Believe me. Than they will ever understand. Than they will ever understand." — July 2016

      18) The 'horror of nuclear'

      "There is nobody who understands the horror of nuclear more than me." -- June 2016

      19) The visa system

      "Because nobody knows the system better than me. I know the H1B. I know the H2B. Nobody knows it better than me." -- March 2016



      https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/the-fix/wp/2016/10/04/17-issues-that-donald-trump-knows-better-than-anyone-else-according-to-donald-trump/?utm_term=.aa32234694bf

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    2. He's right about Cory Booker.

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    3. I agree with this one:

      "I understand social media. I understand the power of Twitter. I understand the power of Facebook maybe better than almost anybody, based on my results, right?" — November 2015

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    4. mm - Trump's actions have been sane and very effective. As your examples show, he makes wildly exaggerated statements and outright lies. But, there's nothing insane about talking this way, because these exaggerations and lies have worked. It's perfectly sane to keep doing something that produces good results.

      P.S. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is following Trump's approach, with wild exaggerations and outright lies. And, sadly, it's working for her, too. :(

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    5. @mm
      I get it. I despise Trump. But none of those things *prove* mental illness. A psychiatrist needs to have sessions with someone to make a viable diagnosis. You can’t judge from a person’s public persona what they are like in private. Trump could be executing a rational strategy. He has always acted like this to some extent. Do we judge that Jerry Lewis was a demented, goofy, klutz? No. In reality he was nothing like that.

      My beef is with Somerby’s double standard. “You can’t call Trump a liar, but please call him mentally ill?” How does any of this fit with Somerby’s desire for fair, honest, well-founded objective media?

      And it is dangerous to start bandying about charges of “mental illness.” Next thing you know, a bunch of conservative psychiatrists will remotely declare the next Democratic president insane. And then where would we be?

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    6. 5:54,

      Thanks, I understand. I think what we've learned these past few years is our Constitution is not equipped to handle this lunatic and his corrupt family of liars, beggars and thieves infesting the WH.

      I also have trouble understanding Somerby sometimes.

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    7. yes, David, you fucking morally bankrupt bullshit artist. "good results" - yes, his government is running like a well oiled grease fire you fucking degenerate. And you and I both know why - it's because he's the fucking world's greatest deal maker ever in the history of mankind. He fucking had someone write a book about it for him.

      Speaker Pelosi and Ann Coulter are playing marbles with his testicles right now, David. Aren't you happy?

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    8. mm - I don't care much about Trump or his testicles. I care about the people. I am happy about the things I mention above: fewer murders, booming economy, more blacks and Hispanics employed, ISIS defeated in Syria, no new wars, etc. Aren't you happy about these things, mm?

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    9. Relax David. The corporate-owned media isn't going to let Ocasio -Cortez bad-mouth and humble-rag the USA, as easily as they let Republicans do those things.

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    10. "I am happy about the things I mention above: ...more blacks and Hispanics employed..."

      Can anyone spot the lie in this sentence?

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    11. David, you are misguided or misguiding, all those things are the result of Obama's administration; not only has Trump done nothing to contribute to those issues, you can clearly see the trend lines for all those issues dating back 8 years.

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    12. 12:04,

      You're wasting your time with that one.

      Literally mere months after the Inauguration of this abomination DinC was writing here about how much better the economy was doing. I kid you not. You can show him those trend graphs from now until eternity and he will never acknowledge it. His go to rationalization which is conveniently unfalsifiable is that all the great progress under the Obama was just nature taking it's course and that the economic recovery was due to expire that very January 2016 and only continued on the exact same trend line because of the election of Donald the Acting President.

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    13. Dear dembot. Look at it this way:

      Your Demigod Barry is responsible for the most sluggish recovery in history.

      While Donald The Magnificent is responding for the best economy since 1960s (by the most modest assessment).

      And that's all there is to it, dembot.

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  9. Good God, Somerby is repetitious.

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  10. BTW a striking thing about Krugman's column is that his criticism of Trump economy is hypothetical -- something he asserts will occur in the future. That's because Trump's economy is doing so well in the real present. In Krugman's view, either Trump is failing or he's about to fail.

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    1. dumb fuck, Krugman's column had nothing to do with criticism of "the Trump economy".

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    2. Hey dembot, I hear the Trump pharma plan might make it possible for you to, finally, get back on your tourette meds.

      Could you comment on that, dembot? And more feeling, please.

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  11. Stock market is 1,900 points lower than a year ago. Stocks rose fairly steadily since the 2009 stimulus bill - from 7,200 to 19,800 when Trump took the reins. (Although the next year's budget still belonged to Obama, as Obama's first year was still the disastrous Bush budget.) Also too, the millionaire and corporate tax cuts are cratering the deficit, with negligible money being spent on infrastructure with historically low interest rates. Do the maths.

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    1. Whoa, it sounds like in addition to craving a global nuclear war, the dembots now programmed to proclaim that the stock market is the economy, and that the president controls the stock market.

      Thank you, Mr Soros; quite a strong advance in zombieism right here.

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    2. The stock market has nothing to do with the economy. Even a person who's paid to gaslight Liberals knows that.

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    3. In general the stock market reflects the economy. I do not know how that can be debated. Look it up.

      Horrible tax policy,slapping tariffs without thought, and extended government shut-downs over a wall (60% of folks without papers cross legally and overstay there visa) are presidential actions that will depress the economy and effect the stock markets as we are currently witnessing.

      Also too, do deficits only matter when Soros is secretly running the White House?

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    4. "I do not know how that can be debated"

      I'm not surprised.

      The federal reserve has much more effect on the stock market than any president.

      Lower interest rates -- which normally happen during periods of weak economy -- cause the stock market to rise.

      And higher interest rates -- normally during periods of booming economy -- cause it to slow down or fall.

      So, now you know, dembot.

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    5. Good to know you believe in Keynesian economics. So since the Fed rate was about 0.5 to 1% from 2008 to 2017, and has only been pumped up to 2.4% as of today, where is the Fed stimulus coming from for the next downturn? Nothing to give from the Fed, and already burned through tax cuts (stupidly aimed at the rich, not the middle purchasing class). We are truly in for a horrific dive with no stimulus available to pull out. I can not fathom how this is fiscal conservatism. Expect part of Putin's plan to disrupt the US, and the EU.

      And also too, waiting for your opinion on those exploding deficits and no infrastructure improvements???

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    6. Also too, too, I wrote the stock market generally reflects the economy, I never said it impacts the economy. That the stock market generally reflects the economy truly can not be debated. Mr. Mao Straw Man, quit putting words in other peoples thoughts.

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  12. What the hell is your point again? I don't understand this whiny blob of disagreement, it's sort of incoherent. I'm really sorry that you are experiencing dementia.

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