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Dark Diagnosis & Scary Prognosis: Donald Trump Is A “sociopath” And “a very sick individual”

    By Chauncey Devega Salon (9/12/17) The president of the United States is a global celebrity whose every action is endlessly commented upon and dissected for meaning by the news media, foreign powers (both friends and foes alike) and the public. In the age of television and now the internet, there are hundreds of thousands of hours of video and audio footage of every president widely available. There are also rumors and leaks from within the White House and other branches of government that can help paint a picture of a given president’s moods, desires, thoughts and other behavior….

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Trump Explores New Low As He Pimps His #&@!! Dopey Hats During Hurricane Harvey Briefings & Houston Visit

  Hustler Trump Profiting Off Hurricane Tragedy By Using The Presidency To Hawk $40 Hats  By Mark L. Taylor The Daily Call (9/4/17) Even by the ever declining standards of his tacky administration Trump’s wearing of his latest 2020 campaign fundraising baseball cap during Hurricane Harvey briefings and visits to Houston is a new cringe inducing low point. To say – as is so often said about this toxic spill of a presidency – that it is unprecedented doesn’t even come close to describing the slimy moral depravity of Trumpian adolescent arrogance. It’s especially disgusting as we know Trump personally…


CARTOON: Unnatural Man

“Look into the soul of Donald Trump and you will see there is no soul.” – Keith Olbermann Link to 7-Minute Video ***** Donald Trump Cashes In On Hurricane Harvey Catastrophe To Plug His Damn Campaign Merchandise By Jamie Feldman The HuffPost (8/29/17) President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump arrived in Texas Tuesday in the wake of Hurricane Harvey, which ripped through the Texas coast and triggered one of the worst floods in U.S. history, causing catastrophic damage to the greater Houston area and claiming at least 10 lives so far. A visit to a disaster area is not the most appropriate time for product promotion, but here we are. Trump…


Warning Against Complacency, Michael Moore Says Trump Could Win Again In 2020

  By Julia Conley Common Dreams (8/28/17) Activist and filmmaker Michael Moore is cautioning against complacency during President Donald Trump’s first term—warning progressives that the president’s historically low approval ratings don’t necessarily point to a Trump defeat in 2020. In an interview with Fast Company on Monday, Moore said he predicts Trump will win a second term if he runs for reelection. “I should say re-appointed, because we will have an even larger population that will vote against him in 2020,” he noted. “But he will win those electoral states as it stands now.” Moore predicted that Trump would win in 2016, despite poll…


More Of Your Tax Dollars Down The Crapper: Secret Service Ponied Up $7,100 Renting Luxury Porta Potties For Trump’s Bedminster Trip

  By Jessica Estepa USA Today (8/24/17) The financial strains on the Secret Service under the Trump administration are now well-known. And you can add luxury portable restrooms to their mounting bills. The agency spent thousands of dollars to rent the restrooms during the president’s August “working vacation” at his golf club in Bedminster, N.J., according to a review of purchase orders flagged by the progressive PAC American Bridge and verified by USA TODAY. The agency also spent $13,500 of your money on golf cart rentals for yet another Trump vacation. The agency signed a contract with Imperial Restrooms to provide trailers on Aug. 3. That contract was updated a…


White Nationalist Nazi Poster Boy Richard Spencer’s Take On Trump’s Condemnation: “I just don’t take him seriously … it sounded so hollow and vapid.”

  By Dana Liebelson The HuffPost (8/14/17) ALEXANDRIA, Va. ― Richard Spencer, the 39-year-old white nationalist leader, said Monday that he did not take President Donald Trump’s statement denouncing hate groups seriously, and two of Spencer’s associates shared a somewhat similar sentiment with HuffPost. “The statement today was more Kumbaya nonsense,” Spencer said, speaking to reporters in his office and part-time home in Alexandria, Virginia. “He sounded like a Sunday school teacher. I just don’t take him seriously … it sounded so hollow and vapid.” Trump’s statement Monday was technically his most direct denunciation of white supremacy in the wake of violent protests in…


Nazis Nation – Time For Everyone To Admit The Obvious Damn Truth: Trump Is One Of Them

“Trump comments were good. He didn’t attack us… He implied that there was hate on both sides! So he implied the antifa [anti-fascists] are haters. He said he loves us all. When asked to condemn, he just walked out of the room. Really, really good. God bless him.” – Nazi website The Daily Stormer By Mark L. Taylor The Commoner Call (8/14/17) Donald Trump’s shamefully sketchy response to the Nazi riots in Charlottesville, Virginia that resulted in the killing of a young woman and the injury of at least 19 removes any hint of a doubt that 72 years after the…


Journalist Allan Nairn On Trump Administration’s Revolutionary Dismantling Of U.S. Government

  Democracy Now! (8/9/17) As tensions escalate between the United States and North Korea, the U.S. government is particularly ill-equipped to carry out effective diplomacy, thanks to the Trump administration’s efforts to dismantle the State Department. The U.S. currently has no ambassador to South Korea, no secretary of Asian Pacific affairs and no secretary of East Asian affairs. For more on the dismantling of the U.S. government, we speak to longtime journalist and activist Allan Nairn. Link to Story and 6-Minute Video Related Stories: Blackwater Founder Erik Prince Urges Trump to Privatize Afghan War & Install Viceroy to Run Nation…


As He Rattles The Weapons Of War, Trump’s ‘Art Of The Deal’ Ghostwriter Tony Schwartz Lifts The Veil On Trump’s Lies

Donald Trump’s 1987 bestselling book on business leadership, “The Art of the Deal” was ghostwritten by Tony Schwartz, who shares his insights and experience of the real estate hustler and reality television oddball who has now become the president of the United States. Link to 56-Minute Video ***** Donald Trump’s Ghostwriter Tells All   “He’s a living black hole!” By Jane Mayer The New Yorker (7/25/17) Last June, as dusk fell outside Tony Schwartz’s sprawling house, on a leafy back road in Riverdale, New York, he pulled out his laptop and caught up with the day’s big news: Donald J….


Nothing Is Sacred: Trump’s White House Now Targeting The Statue Of Liberty

  By Finton O’Toole The Guardian (8/3/17) The surest mark of regime change is when they start attacking the statues. Americans appreciate this as well as anyone – hence the carefully stage-manged toppling of Saddam Hussein in Firdos square in Baghdad in 2003. Stephen Miller, one of the key ideologues of the Trump regime, surely knew what he was doing when he took a symbolic axe to the Statue of Liberty in a heated argument with CNN’s Jim Acosta over the president’s proposals to drastically limit legal immigration. In fairness, Miller did not attack the statue itself. A horde of boat-trip owners and Liberty…


Russia Monitor: The Explosive Magnitsky Testimony You Probably Missed

      By Mark L. Taylor The Commoner Call (8/7/17) It’s predictable and, to a certain extent, understandable that congressional republicans and diehard Trump fans dismiss the growing Russia investigation as some kind of Clinton-excusing witch hunt. Despite an ever growing, constantly evolving list of witnesses, secret meetings, Trump/Russia business ties and embarrassing ‘coincidences’, the Trumpsters wave it all away as simply democratic party sour grapes. Partisanship is a kind opaque blinkered view of reality that, to a certain extent – even if morally wrong – is understandable. What is not understandable is the number of lefties I have…


Snappy-Dressing, Obsequious, Empty Suit ‘Mooch’ Is The Perfect Trump Chump

  By Abby Zimet Common Dreams (7/22/17) So much for marketing. First reviews on Wall Street hedge funder Anthony Scaramucci, the beleaguered Popular Loser’s swaggering, sweet-talking, snappy-dressing, obsequious new White House Communications Director, are less than stellar. Having decided his problem is just poor messaging – not that he’s an awful human being ineptly struggling to advance a cruel, stupid, politically regressive agenda – Drumpf, a sleazy salesman, has brought in another sleazy salesman. “The Mooch”– does he belong in “Good Fellas” or what? – is “a wealthy mini-me Manhattan bro with a wolfy smile and slick coif who will say anything and…


Pony Up, Suckers: While Millions Go Without Basic Health Care, Taxpayers Pick Up The Tab For Trump Family Greed

By Brooke Seipel The Hill (4/14/17) The Secret Service has spent more than $35,000 on golf cart rentals at President Trump’s Mar-a-Lago resort since his inauguration, CBS News reported Friday, as Trump begins another weekend in Florida. CBS News reported that it had reviewed purchase orders showing $35,185 in costs for renting golf carts during Trump’s frequent visits to Palm Beach, Fla. The president has played several rounds of golf at Trump-branded clubs, including in Florida and Virginia. Trump has come under fire for his frequent trips, which current estimates show have cost more than $20 million — nearly the amount President Obama spent on travel in…


Mobbed Up: Trump’s Dirty Russian Money Laundromat

  By Craig Unger The New Republic (7/13/17) In 1984, a Russian émigré named David Bogatin went shopping for apartments in New York City. The 38-year-old had arrived in America seven years before, with just $3 in his pocket. But for a former pilot in the Soviet Army—his specialty had been shooting down Americans over North Vietnam—he had clearly done quite well for himself. Bogatin wasn’t hunting for a place in Brighton Beach, the Brooklyn enclave known as “Little Odessa” for its large population of immigrants from the Soviet Union. Instead, he was fixated on the glitziest apartment building on…


Trump Has Secretive Teams To Dismantle & Roll Back Public Protections, Led By Hires With Deep Industry Ties

  By Robert Faturechi, ProPublica & Danielle Ivory, The New York Times, ProPublica (7/11/17) President Trump entered office pledging to cut red tape, and within weeks, he ordered his administration to assemble teams to aggressively scale back government regulations. But the effort — a signature theme in Trump’s populist campaign for the White House — is being conducted in large part out of public view and often by political appointees with deep industry ties and potential conflicts. Most government agencies have declined to disclose information about their deregulation teams. But ProPublica and The New York Times identified 71 appointees, including 28…


Biographer David Cay Johnson Says “Donald doesn’t know anything!”

 “It is all a fraud – his life.” Politics & Prose Bookstore (9/8/16) In his detailed account of Donald Trump’s astonishing political success, Johnston, an award-winning New York Times investigative journalist and currently a columnist for USA Today, looks closely at Trump’s business practices, his associates, and his family background. Johnston sheds light on many of Trump’s beliefs, delving into his father’s Ku Klux Klan involvement and into Trump’s own ties with organized crime, as well as laying out how Trump has actually managed real estate, run casinos, and experienced numerous bankruptcies even while amassing huge wealth. Link to 1-Hour…


Donald’s Rebranding Of America

Donnie bestows his unique brand to the presidency.   Corroding American Dignity On The Fourth Of July By David Remnick The New Yorker (July 10 & 17 Issue) More than three-quarters of a century after the delegates of the Second Continental Congress voted to quit the Kingdom of Great Britain and declared that “all men are created equal,” Frederick Douglass stepped up to the lectern at Corinthian Hall, in Rochester, New York, and, in an Independence Day address to the Ladies of the Rochester Every day, Trump wakes up and erodes the dignity of the Presidency a little more. He tells…


Todd Rundgren’s ‘Tin Foil Hat’ Song A Timely Highlight

From Todd Rundgren’s new album “White Knight”, with back-up from 70’s peers Joe Walsh, Daryl Hall and Donald Fagen. The album includes a smooth Donald Trump parody “Tin Foil Hat”, co-written with Fagen, which Rolling Stone describes as a “a timely highlight”. He’s coming down the escalator With a girl from east of here He wants to make the country greater We’ve got nothing left to fear Because the man in the tin foil hat Is sitting on the throne tonight It kinda feels like coup de tat But it’s gonna be great, tremendous, amazing and all that ‘Cause the…


Donald Trump’s ‘Eunuch-ique’ Cabinet

  Seth Meyers: Is There ‘Anything Creepier’ Than Donald Trump’s Cabinet Meeting? “Even Kim Jong Un is like, dude, have some self-respect.” Link to 10-Minute Video (Commoner Call cartoon by Mark L. Taylor, 2017. Open source and free to use with link to www.thecommonercall.org ) ***** Never Has There Been A President … So Damn Weird: ‘Didn’t Know You Could Broadcast Full On Circle Jerk!’  By Abbey Zimet Common Dreams (6/12/17) Okay, so we really don’t wanna write again about our appalling Trash Monster, but things just keep getting weirder. On Monday, Trump held his first full Cabinet meeting, a surreal,…


Here Are the Financial Disclosures Of 349 Officials Trump Has Installed Across The Government

  By Derek Kravitz, Al Shaw, Annie Waldman & Ariana Tobin ProPublica (6/7/17) ProPublica has been collecting disclosure forms that lay out Trump administration officials’ financial holdings and employment backgrounds. We now have disclosures from 349 officials and we’re sharing them with you. They are from White House staffers, President Trump’s Cabinet and from the hundreds of members of so-called beachhead teams that the administration has installed with little notice at federal agencies. The disclosures are crucial to understanding potential conflicts. Many lobbyists and political consultants now work at the agencies they sought to influence. We’ve also incorporated ethics waivers that the…


Pimpville: A (Partial) Guide To Trump’s Web Of Conflicts Of Interest

A semi-comprehensive list of the business concerns that may influence the president during his time in office. By Jeremy Venook The Atlantic (6/12/17) President Donald Trump still has not taken the necessary steps to distance himself from his businesses while in office. In accordance with a plan that he and one of his lawyers, Sheri Dillon, laid out at a press conference on January 11, Trump has filed paperwork to remove himself from the day-to-day operation of his eponymous organization. However, numerous ethics experts have voiced strenuous objections to the plan, which they say does very little to resolve the…


A Must-Read: Naomi Klein Lays Out Why Things Are So Chaotic & What We Must Do To Counter Trump’s Shock Doctrine

  By Naomi Klein Guardian UK (6/10/17) Shock. It’s a word that has come up again and again since Donald Trump was elected in November 2016 – to describe the poll-defying election results, to describe the emotional state of many people watching his ascent to power, and to describe his blitzkrieg approach to policymaking. A “shock to the system” is precisely how his adviser Kellyanne Conway has repeatedly described the new era. For almost two decades now, I’ve been studying large-scale shocks to societies: how they happen, how they are exploited by politicians and corporations, and how they are even…


Sick! How Trump Family Siphoned Kids-Cancer Charity Money Into Family Businesses

  By Dan Alexander Forbes (6/6/17) Like autumn leaves, sponsored Cadillacs, Ferraris and Maseratis descend on the Trump National Golf Club in Westchester County, New York, in September for the Eric Trump Foundation golf invitational. Year after year, the formula is consistent: 18 holes of perfectly trimmed fairways with a dose of Trumpian tackiness, including Hooters waitresses and cigar spreads, followed by a clubhouse dinner, dates encouraged. The crowd leans toward real estate insiders, family friends and C-list celebrities, such as former baseball slugger Darryl Strawberry and reality housewife (and bankruptcy-fraud felon) Teresa Giudice. The real star of the day…


Mexico Rolling Out New Trump Brand Toilet Paper

  By Sofia Lotto Persio Newseek (6/3/17) A Mexican lawyer is planning on helping migrants and make people “feel great again” with the help of his toilet paper brand—Trump. Corporate lawyer Antonio Battaglia was appalled at the language Donald Trump used during his presidential campaign to describe Mexicans. In an email exchange with Newsweek, the lawyer-turned-businessman recalls how he felt when Trump launched his campaign by suggesting Mexicans who came to the U.S. were criminals, drug traffickers and rapists. “I felt the need and obligation of raising my hand against such dangerous nonsense that was putting at risk my country and people,”…


Trump Moving To Finalize Bipartisan Effort To Bury America’s Torture History

American torture victim and symbol of modern America. By Andrea Germanos Common Dreams (6/2/17) The Trump administration is moving to keep the lengthy Senate report on the CIA’s torture and detention program forever from the public eye, the New York Times first reported Friday. That’s because the administration is returning to Congress copies of the over 6,000-page document, following through on requests made by Sen. Richard Burr (R-N.C.), the Senate Intelligence Committee’s current chairman. Laws requiring government records to eventually be made public don’t apply to congressional documents. The Times, citing multiple congressional officials, writes that the “CIA, the office of…


Wake-Up Call, America! The Growing Threat Of Homegrown Right-Wing Terrorism Is Real

  By Arie Perliger The Conversation (5/28/17) The murder in College Park, Maryland of Richard Collins III, an African-American student who had recently been commissioned as a second lieutenant in the U.S. Army and was days away from his graduation from Bowie State University, underscores the violence of America’s far-right wing. Sean Urbanski, the University of Maryland student who allegedly stabbed Collins to death, belongs to a racist Facebook group called Alt-Reich: Nation. It makes sense that the FBI is helping the police investigate this incident as a suspected hate crime. But my 15 years experience of studying violent extremism…


The Most Important Interview You Can Watch This Month: Yale Historian Timothy Snyder On How The U.S. Can Avoid Sliding Into Authoritarianism

“Twentyith century authoritarians have learned the way to dismantle systems like ours is to go after one institution and then the next. Which means that we have to have an active relationship with both to history, so you can see how failure arises and learn from people who try to protect institutions, but also an active relationship to our institutions; that institutions are only as good as the people who attempt to serve them ” – Timothy Snyder Democracy Now! (5/30/17) Is the United States sliding toward tyranny? That is the question posed by Yale University history professor Timothy Snyder…


Drumpf Or Trump, What’s In A Name? Turns Out, Plenty…

 The nut doesn’t fall far from the bush.   “The Trump family’s deep roots in Germany stretch back to the war-ravaged seventeenth century, when the family name was Drumpf. In 1648, they simplified the name to one that would prove to be a powerful brand for their latter-day descendants. “Looking back from the twenty-first century, it turns out to have been an interesting choice. Donald no doubt enjoys the bridge player’s definition of trump: a winning play by a card that outranks all others. But other definitions include “a thing of small value, trifle” and “to deceive or cheat” as…


Comedian Anthony Atamanuik’s Walks Stephen Colbert Through The Steps Of Becoming Trump. (Hint: It Has Something To Do With Being A Shih Tzu)

  The Commoner Call (5/26/17) As the star of Comedy Central’s new “The President Show” comedian Anthony Atamanuik morphs into an outrageous version of Donald Trump. During a recent visit to Stephen Colbert’s Late Show, Atamanuik demonstrated the process of becoming Donald Trump. Without the wig, make-up and requisite floor-dragging red tie, the comedian changes before your eyes; flashing in an out of character with an ease that is fascinating. The key, Atamanuik says, is body posture – to always be leaning forward, to always be off balance. One couldn’t imagine a more succinct way to sum up the Trumpian…


 A Cornered Trump Is A Grave Threat To The Nation

  By Sasha Abramsky The Nation (5/19/17) With a cascade of leaks, a war with the FBI, and the announcement of the appointment of a special counsel to investigate allegations of wrongdoing, Donald Trump’s grotesque presidency now hangs by a thread. By the hour, it seems, the possibility of impeachment, of him being declared incompetent to govern—or, at the very least, of his own party bringing irresistible pressure on him to resign—grows. We have to assume that he will try to manufacture—or exacerbate—international crises as a way of rallying on-the-fencers to his side. And as that pressure grows, so balloons…


BBC Newsnight Video: Donald Trump’s Business Links To The Mob

“What Trump told me was not true.” Published on Mar 4, 2016 Donald Trump now looks like the front-runner to be the Republican candidate for the US presidency. One of his big appeals is his business success – and his claim that his wealth means he can’t be bought and sold. But there’s evidence which not only casts doubt on Trump’s wealth claims – but also reveals his history of business relationships with figures connected to organised crime. John Sweeney reports. Link to 10-Minute Video


Trump’s Generous Gift To America

“Authoritarians are often ungenerous people, but they do give us one gift: they tell us what they are going to do before they do it, both as an intimidation and as a challenge. Trump always follows this rule. “At his weekend rally, he recited the lyrics of a song by Al Wilson about a woman who rescues an ailing snake, only to find that as soon as the snake feels better he bites her. When she protests, he grins and says, “Oh shut up. You knew damn well I was a snake before you took me in.” – Ruth Ben-Ghiat,…


WTH? How Does Trump Get Away With It & Why Can’t His Followers See What’s Going On?

  By Mark L. Taylor The Commoner Call (5/15/17) As we have repeatedly seen over the past year and-a-half, facts and logic, history and common sense have no room in Trumpland America. Trump can spout the most obvious lies and repeat them over and over with boisterous self confidence as many numbly nod in agreement repeating his empty “Make America Great Again” mantra. Even when confronted by the facts or the past failure of his lies he doesn’t break pace. How, one asks, is this possible? There is a psychology lesson that can provide part of the answer to this…


Two Must-See Videos: Explosive Dutch Documentaries Say Trump Has Deep Ties To Russia’s Mafia Underworld

  By David Ferguson The Raw Story (5/11/17) A Dutch TV documentary alleges that President Donald Trump has extensive connections to Russia’s ruling oligarchs and a history of illegal racketeering. “Donald Trump’s business partners have included Russian oligarchs and convicted mobsters, which could make the president guilty of criminal racketeering charges,” wrote Steven Rosenfeld at AlterNet on Friday. He continued, “That’s only one of the eyebrow-raising takeaways from a 45-minute Dutch documentary that first aired last week, ‘The Dubious Friends of Donald Trump, Part 1: The Russians.’” The 45-minute documentary was produced by Zembla TV and examines Trump’s alleged relationship with…


Sadism: The First Sign Of Emerging Dictatorship Has Made It’s Debut

TheCommonerCall.org By Juan Cole Informed Consent  (5/11/17) One of the classic techniques of dictatorship is humiliation, a manifestation of the sadism of the regime. Most people want to avoid being made the butt of ridicule, and authoritarian personalities calculate that they will even surrender some rights and liberties to avoid it. Even if you didn’t agree with him on many issues, Comey did not have an easy job and he put a lot of years and effort into it. If you’re his boss and you want to fire him, you owe him a face to face meeting to explain to him…


If You Want To Understand What Motivates The Trump Movement & How To Respond, Read And Let This Sink In…

  (Editor’s Note: This is an important article. If you want to understand the madness that has taken root in Washington and how to counter it, please follow the link below and read the whole article.  What is happening stretches way, WAY beyond party politics. – Mark L. Taylor) By Bill Blum HuffPost (5/8/17) I don’t always agree with Bill Maher (witness his views on Islam and the death penalty), but the comedian was at his best on the April 28 installment of “Real Time,” his Friday night HBO talk show. In both his opening interview with Massachusetts Democratic Sen….



Of All The Things About Enabling Trumpcare Republicans, Never, Ever Forget This…

“Lawmakers are exempt. Despite all of their rhetoric about the supposed failings of Obamacare, House Republicans inserted a provision on Tuesday that “exempts members of Congress and their staff from their latest healthcare plan,” Vox reported, meaning they will be able to opt out of the new amendment that charges more for people with pre-existing conditions.” – From “‘God Have Mercy on Your Souls’: GOP Passes Cruel, Destructive Trumpcare Bill”, Common Dreams (5/4/17)  


Eric Trump Said Russian Funding Fueled Family Golf Ventures, Writer Claims

The CommonerCall.org   By Martin Pengelly The Guardian (5/7/17) Eric Trump said three years ago the Trump Organization had “all the funding we need out of Russia” for its golf course projects, according to an author recounting the story of a 2014 meeting with Donald Trump and his son. The author also said Donald Trump “sort of tossed off that he had access to $100m”. The comments prompted widespread interest in the media and online. Two congressional committees and the FBI are investigating alleged ties between Trump campaign aides and Russian agents during the 2016 presidential election. US intelligence agencies…


Man-Child In Gilded Crib Betrays His Supporters While Bumbling America’s Destiny

“How is it Trump seems to care the least for the very folks who voted for him? Not a day passes that he doesn’t betray some of them. “And instead of bombing another country, how about building our own with better bridges, railroads, highways and airports, how about tending to those who need jobs and homes, how about health care that really gets the job done? “Then we might finally achieve the transformative moment when even Donald Trump at last becomes president for real. But don’t hold your breath. It is foolish to expect anything like this from a man-child…