Speaking of "mentally deranged"...

THURSDAY, MAY 28, 2020

...this is our species on journalism:
We're big fans of [the bulk of] Kevin Drum's work. We think his body of work on lead abatement has been about the best work to emerge form the Internet.

That said, today he said this, at the end of a short post. We'll explain below:
DRUM (5/28/20): Is Trump mentally unstable? I don’t know. But he’s sure not mentally all there, is he? What kind of leader decides he can just shut his eyes to a deadly pandemic and instead spend all his time plotting revenge on enemies both real and imagined? Only a mentally deranged one. When will the Republican Party finally realize just what kind of trouble they’ve gotten us into?
Within one paragraph, Kevin said this:

He doesn't know if Trump's "mentally unstable." But he does know he's "mentally deranged."

(The headline on the post says this: "Donald Trump Is Mentally Unhinged.")

Our best guess concerning a translation:

Mainstream news orgs won't let their employees discuss Trump's possible mental illness. "Journalistically," it's against the rules to discuss what's right there in front of our faces.

This is our species on journalism! Mental health issues are widely discussed in all other contexts. They just can't be discussed here.

Fuller disclosure: Donald J. Trump, who can't be discussed, holds the nuclear codes.

26 comments:

  1. Has Kevin Drum read Bandy Lee’s book? As a blogger for a fairly prominent publication, he could have done that in the interest of his readers. “Mainstream orgs won’t discuss it” is hardly an excuse for someone in Drum’s position.

    Would that remove all doubt though, and turn Kevin’s “I don’t know” to “I know”? That’s doubtful, given Drum’s cautiousness about making bold pronouncements.

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    1. Remember Vinny "the Chin" Galante?

      [Wikipedia] For about 30 years, Gigante feigned insanity in an effort to throw law enforcement off his trail. Dubbed "The Oddfather" and "The Enigma in the Bathrobe" by the media, Gigante often wandered the streets of Greenwich Village in his bathrobe and slippers, mumbling incoherently to himself. He was indicted on federal racketeering charges in 1990, but was determined to be mentally unfit to stand trial. In 1997, he was tried and convicted of racketeering and conspiracy, and sentenced to 12 years in prison. Facing obstruction of justice charges in 2003, he pleaded guilty and admitted that his supposed insanity was an elaborate effort to avoid prosecution, as he was sentenced to an additional three years in prison.

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  2. Once Drum starts with the falsehood that Trump “just shut his eyes to" the coronavirus, it follows that Trump is nuts. In reality, Trump closed the border to China very early. The CDC and FDA were working on a good test. The US Public Health Service was doing contact tracing. Unfortunately, the CDC and FDA f*cked up this effort and contact tracing turned out to be inadequate, but these efforts show that Trump's eyes were open to the pandemic.

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    1. And look at all that thumb-twiddling he did in Feb! That must surely have helped fight the pandemic -- not. The CDC/FDA didn't mess up. Trump did. But even if you admit that the CDC/FDA "f*cked up" the effort, Trump was in charge and the buck stops with Trump.

      Whatever Trump's eyes are focused on, it isn't the ball.

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    2. @7:06 - Look at what Dr. Anathny Fauci was saying in the middle of February
      Top disease official: Risk of coronavirus in USA is 'minuscule'; skip mask and wash hands
      https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/health/2020/02/17/nih-disease-official-anthony-fauci-risk-of-coronavirus-in-u-s-is-minuscule-skip-mask-and-wash-hands/4787209002/

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    3. David is a silly sotMay 28, 2020 at 7:40 PM

      “... 'just shut his eyes to' the coronavirus, ...."

      You're right. Instead he called it a "Democrat" hoax. Then he held his breath until he turned a brighter orange.

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    4. it follows that Trump is nuts

      You're a fucking idiot, David. A goddam fucking idiot. Drum isn't writing about what happened 4 months ago, he's writing about what is the ginormous megalomaniacal fucking insane bunghole you worship is doing now, for the past week into today, you fucking idiot.

      This is what makes Donald J Chickenshit, Acting President, nuts:

      In the past few days Donald Trump has:
      ◦Cranked up the volume on his pointless cold wars with China and Iran
      ◦Turned mask wearing into a culture war campaign issue
      ◦Accused a TV host of murdering an intern
      ◦Declared war on voting by mail
      ◦Insisted that James Comey and a variety of others should be in jail
      ◦Pushed an absurd “unmasking” non-scandal
      ◦Insisted that Barack Obama personally led a spying campaign against him
      ◦Retweeted a video saying “the only good Democrat is a dead Democrat”
      ◦Retweeted QAnon conspiracy theories




      And today the whiney little crybaby fucking autocratic looney tunes president decided to have a whiney ass crybaby fit because twitter fact checked the fucking lying sack of shit. So fuck off, David, you fucking fascist prick.

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  3. This again!

    Kevin Drum isn't any kind of mental health professional. Just because he wrote some essays about lead, doesn't mean he is right about Trump's mental status.

    We need to be calling for Trump to take his yearly physical exam, now 5 months overdue.

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  5. Tsk. Poor dembots, projecting the main symptom of their TDS onto the object of their obsession.

    Sad.

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    1. Some day, if you make it to 4th Grade, you'll look back at your posts and cringe.

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  6. "LUCKNOW, India (Reuters) - A troop of monkeys in India attacked a medical official and snatched away blood samples of patients who had tested positive for the novel coronavirus, authorities said on Friday.

    The attack occurred this week when a laboratory technician was walking in the campus of a state-run medical college in Meerut, 460 km (285 miles) north of Lucknow, capital of Uttar Pradesh state.

    “Monkeys grabbed and fled with the blood samples of four COVID-19 patients who are undergoing treatment ... we had to take their blood samples again,” said Dr S. K. Garg, a top official at the college.

    Authorities said they were not clear if the monkeys had spilled the blood samples, but people living near the leafy campus feared further spread of the virus if the monkeys carried the samples into residential areas. Garg said it was not clear if the monkeys could contract the coronavirus if they came into contact with infected blood."

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  7. What is Trump supposed to do at this point? Roll tanks into blue state capitals and take over?

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    1. No. The corporate-owned media is paid to help Trump distract the people from his criminal negligence. Trump's best bet is to continue posting shit on Twitter.

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