Getting angry. You wouldn’t like him when he’s angry.

There are so many characteristics that set a narcissist apart from a normal human being. There’s of course the obvious one: The need to be worshiped by the masses. But there are other traits. We’re seeing a notable one in Donald’s current behavior: pugnaciousness.

It’s because Trump’s under a great deal of pressure now. Virtually nothing he’d bragged about doing as president has come to pass, and his legendary incompetence is becoming harder and harder for even his biggest fans to ignore. But rather than noting the criticisms of pundits, or of even his fellow Republicans, who are increasingly frustrated with – if not stunned by – him, the President has only become more spiteful. More vindictive. More inward and isolated.

There’s some Adolf-in-the-Bunker going on here:

“The predators and criminal aliens who poison our communities with drugs and prey on innocent young people, these beautiful, beautiful innocent young people, will find no safe haven anywhere in our country. And you’ve seen some of these stories about some of these animals.”

He’s going after immigrants, calling them “animals.” This was at a rally in Youngstown, Ohio (yeah, I know).

“They don’t want to use guns because it’s too fast and it’s not painful enough. So they’ll take a young, beautiful girl, 16, 15, and others, and they slice them and dice them with a knife because they want them to go through excruciating pain before they die. And these are the animals that we’ve been protecting for so long. Well, they’re not being protected any longer, folks.”

Here I pause to google you-know-who for like the hundredth time this year. Mmm, yep:

During the Holocaust, Nazis referred to Jews as rats. Hutus involved in the Rwanda genocide called Tutsis cockroaches. Slave owners throughout history considered slaves subhuman animals. In Less Than Human, David Livingstone Smith argues that it’s important to define and describe dehumanization, because it’s what opens the door for cruelty and genocide…

Trump saw something on Fox this morning that freaked him out, so he’s just barred transgender people – who (whut?!) are already in the military – from getting their unwholesome perversions anywhere near our Jungvolk (“Trump Says Transgender People Cannot ‘Serve In Any Capacity’ In The Military“). This drew critiques from the usual commie mushpots, like John McCain, Orrin Hatch and Joni Ernst [here. note…everything.] His bullying of Attorney General Sessions has ticked off everybody from Senator Lindsay Graham to his secretary of state, Rex Tillerson. And his lack of accomplishments has ended whatever goodwill once was afforded him by the likes of Charles Krauthammer, Kenneth Starr, Ann Coulter and Matt Drudge.

So of course he’s becoming a bigger and bigger asshole. Maybe this works for you in the short while, or when your major responsibility is only a foreign money laundering operation. But when you’re in politics? When you gotta deal with people? When you need friends and supporters to succeed? We’ll see.

*alarums* BREAKING *alarums*

‘Dancing with the Stars’ wants Sean Spicer

   ‘Dancing with the Stars’ wants Sean Spicer

Now Trump loves McCain

Candidate Donald Trump on John McCain.

He’s not a war hero,” said Trump. “He was a war hero because he was captured. I like people who weren’t captured.”

…McCain, a former Navy pilot, spent roughly five-and-half years in a notorious North Vietnamese prison known as the “Hanoi Hilton,” where he was repeatedly tortured. He spent two of those years in solitary confinement.

President Donald Trump on John McCain.

Back when Maverick was only a Navy man tortured by the enemy, he was Gomer Pyle. Now that he’s a millionaire fixing to deny fellow cancer patients chemo and radiation, he’s Sergeant Rock.

Townhall goes full Pinochet

Townhall.com has been feeding middle of the road conservatives their daily helpings of finger wagging, false facts and fantasy patriotism since 1995, when it was a more modestly intellectual product of the Heritage Foundation. It is a very popular site, written at about the eighth-grade level, and therefore quite influential among the Republicans who are capable of navigating the internet.

It is with some interest we note the same right-wing clearinghouse that altogether shook with rage at the unprecedented extra-Constitutional non-normative machinations of the Kenyan Usurper is now perfectly good with telling an openly corrupt politician to go ahead and get his Fuck Yer Laws on:

Trump Needs To Be Smart About How He Fires Mueller
Kurt Schlichter | Posted: Jul 24, 2017

Trump must eventually fire Robert Mueller, a partisan tool carrying water for his Establishment pals as he oversees an utterly corrupt “investigation” where the only person we actually know committed any wrongdoing is his bestest buddy Jim Comey.

Though Russian government agents hacked our democracy to elect Donald Trump, though Donald fired the director of the FBI because he dared to investigate the hack, though his son, son-in-law and campaign manager (a Ukrainian-cum-Russian operative) met with a Kremlin lawyer to arrange a dirt-for-dismantled-sanctions deal, Schlichter looks past all that to see a bigger evil: Robert Mueller is big-E “Establishment.” What’s more, he has “pals.” What’s even more, Mueller, and his “investigation”, could rain down further embarrassments, and unearth revelations, or – worse yet – he could generate actual legal charges against Trump and his non-E pals (…or in simpler parlance, in plainer terms what’s happening here is, you could say…it’s a…what’s that word? Investigation.) The damn thing isn’t just annoying, it’s “utterly corrupt” of course.

Gotta hand it to Kurt, he doesn’t lack for enthusiasm. I never saw anyone defend Obama this passionately when Dijon Mustardgate was the pox-some scandal plaguing our fair democracy.

But Trump can’t just lash out and do it, though it is well within his political and moral right to do so. No, he’s got to do it cleverly, with cunning, in a way that shows the American people exactly why Mueller’s witch hunt is a flaming dumpster fire of conflicts of interest and contempt for the right of normal Americans to have a say in their own governance.

There’s probably no better way to demonstrate how a special prosecutor has become a flaming dumpster witch than to fire him. And if Trump can do that with some cunning, all the better. Maybe Donald can creep up with an ice pick and stab Mueller mid-sentence in the back of his investigation, like Tommy did with big-M Morrie. I remember the scene very well – I kept thinking “Wow. Joe Pesci just, like, had a say in his own governance.” Did I get that right?

Rubber? Glue. Sticks to you.

There is some cause for amusement in Donald Trump Jr.’s wildly oblivious and fumbling attempts to end-run a raft of campaign and influence laws. That is, I suppose, now that his efforts have become public knowledge. It is quite comical to see a person who has never been held accountable for anything come to terms with a serious crime he thinks is beneath him. How the country’s princes and kings manage such indignities, it is a wonder.

I assume the culture of casual entitlement plays a role in Donnie Jr.’s keepers and counselors coming up with this sort of buffoonery in trying to keep him out of jail:

“We have learned from both our own investigation and public reports that the participants in the meeting misrepresented who they were and who they worked for,” Trump legal spokesperson Mark Corallo told The New York Times.

At first read this is all my balls. We know the e-mails specifically stated it was an effort by the Russian government, and that the itinerant lawyer was closely tied to Putin’s Kremlin.

“Specifically, we have learned that the person who sought the meeting is associated with Fusion GPS, a firm which according to public reports, was retained by Democratic operatives to develop opposition research on the president and which commissioned the phony Steele dossier.”

A sleazebag attorney with ties to a D.C. investigative firm? What, no! That Putin’s counselor would throw her hand in with the anti-Trumps in a ratfucking operation? That the wonks at Fusion would even attempt such a thing? Laughable. Half of their clients would jump ship – it’d be suicide, not to mention potentially illegal.

OTOH, a Kremlin operative trying to dirty the Clinton campaign? By way of Russian pop stars and oligarchs who met, and knew, and were big supporters of The Donald? Entirely possible, I think. Documented actually.

Then there’s Donald himself.

The president then attempted to blame the meeting on the Obama administration, pointing out that the Russian lawyer, Natalia Veselnitskaya, was approved to enter the US by former Attorney General Loretta Lynch.

“Somebody said that her visa or her passport to come into the country was approved by Attorney General Lynch,” Trump said. “Now, maybe that’s wrong. I just heard that a little while ago, I was surprised to hear that. She was here because of Lynch.”

Well, that’s certainly normal. A U.S. attorney general being personally involved in admitting a Russian national for the purposes of setting up/taking down a civilian. Buzzfeed tells us it was actually the Department of Homeland Security who made the call, which is not exactly the DOJ. Then again, who knows the full length and breadth of Lynch’s perfidy?

More Senior:

…Mr Trump also told CBN that Mr Putin would have preferred his election opponent as US president.

“[I]f Hillary had won, our military would be decimated,” Mr Trump said. “Our energy would be much more expensive. That’s what Putin doesn’t like about me. And that’s why I say, why would he want me?”

Oh, I see. Putin’s no longer your pal, your 60 Minutes stable mate, and a great admirer of your accomplishments. I don’t imagine you, Mr. President, would ever dismiss the sanctions that have frozen billions of his cronies’ dollars over here. Why would anyone think that? But may I quote from the same article?

“We are a tremendously powerful nuclear power, and so are they. It doesn’t make sense not to have some kind of relationship,” the US leader added.

Not exactly ‘Fuck you and your digital bullshit.’ I also remind the audience that Vladimir can read.

“We’re going to be exporting energy – he doesn’t want that. He would like Hillary where she wants to have windmills. He would much rather have that because energy prices would go up and Russia as you know relies very much on energy.”

Yes, the development of such wussy things as ‘windmills’ under the Clinton administration would in no way threaten Putin’s Gazprom fossil fuel business. And of course Hillary would surely issue an executive order forcing ExxonMobil, et. al., to stop whatever it is they’re doing, giving Putin a virtual monopoly in the international energy markets. How could I have been so blind?

Dear friends, we cannot leave the snarkings of blog without at least throwing in a bit of levity. Now here you go, have at this:

Right-wing outlets, pro-Trump media personalities, and conspiracy theorists are falsely claiming that the attorney who met with Donald Trump Jr. during the 2016 campaign was a left-wing operative trying to torpedo a future Trump administration…

Outlets and personalities pushing the conspiracy theory have tried to link Veselnitskaya to Hillary Clinton, Republican Sen. John McCain, and the Obama administration as some sort of nefarious plot to plant listening devices in Trump Tower.

According to the investigative web team of Woodward and Goebbelstein, Hillary Clinton’s Putin-attorney once sat somewhere behind Obama’s ambassador at a random hearing, in June of 2014, which means she sat with him, at Watergate, in June of 2016 – eight days after she met with Junior!!! – which tells us she was a deep state operative, who very likely was the furtive person sneaking around and planting Barack-bugs in Trump Tower. You just stop, stop that laughing. This is altogether very serious as well as suspicious to Rush Limbaugh:

“I think the whole thing’s a setup,” Limbaugh said on his radio show Wednesday. “I think the whole thing is a misdirection play.”…

“This whole thing — especially when you see this woman’s anti-Trump, anti-Putin Facebook posts — just doesn’t add up.”

OH yes – let’s not forget the Facebook posts. There are always SnapFaces and ChatSpaces, in this case where Veselnitskay lavishes pink praise on anti-Putin PC crowds demonstrating against The Leader, Team Red. Obviously there’s something’s going on here. This is It.

Damning evidence. Except for: shoot. Russian is not so easy to read.

But a BuzzFeed News translation of her comments on the images show that Veselnitskaya did not attend the rallies, and was instead being critical of them.

“It’s all about abortions, homosexuality, illegal immigration and two presidents,” she wrote in Russian.

Ooh well. And the mention, of the ‘two presidents’? What about them? She’s referring to a picture of Putin with Trump. Of whom she is a big fan.

Zhe *new* and *improved* Trump Administration

It’s blazing hot out there, all across California. Over the last few days I drove a thousand plus miles up and down the state, and there are only some coastal towns that aren’t over 100 degrees. I’ve been basted in sweat.

It’s nice to be back home. I am sitting here under the ceiling fan with a coke in my hand, skimming the latest political news and blog commentary. I see that very few people have been willing to applaud Trump for his Kabuki routine with Putin. Nice of the Russians to offer us their own review, or Cliff’s Notes: “Trump accepted Putin’s words about Russia’s non-interference in the US elections. He doesn’t want to be stuck in a position of anti-Russian hysteria.”

Thanks guys, just lovely. Did everybody memorize, or only read off three-by-five cards? This offer of complimentary mind reading would be more entertaining – in the bare-chested SNL sense – if it weren’t apparently true:

Top advisers to President Donald Trump declined three times on Saturday to rebut claims from Russian officials that Trump had accepted their denials of alleged Russian interference in the US election.

Aboard Air Force One, chief economist Gary Cohn, national security adviser H.R. McMaster, and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin all declined to knock down those remarks when pressed by reporters, deferring instead to Trump himself.

Working for the government ain’t what it used to be. Gone are the days when senior officials could merely squinch their faces and laugh off such Pravda. I don’t think this is because the people in this administration are all that different. I doubt they really think their counterparts are somehow a trustworthy bunch. It’s more likely they think – or they know – that Trump is a conniving turd. There’s no telling what sort of relationship he has with these post-Soviet clowns. And they’re not about to risk their careers by taking what used to be the default U.S. position: the Russians are comical liars, they can’t be trusted, etc.

The surprising intelligence of Maureen mammals

Dust off all the Pulitzers you critics of Politics Writing. Because Maureen Dowd has just written a real corker – and by that I do mean ‘cork’, the spongy thing you might fix to the end of a spear before beating yourself with it. Because wtf?

Cruella de Trump
Maureen Dowd | JULY 1, 2017

WASHINGTON — So, with this latest toad jumping from our president’s mouth, is Donald Trump acting like a sexist pig or simply a pig?

I proffer, a pig.

Mo here couldn’t manage to conjure a puppy dog, for example. Or even a poodle, and certainly not a dalmatian. But after some reflection she thinks our president is much like a pig with toads leaping out his mouth. Which pretty much makes him The Catwoman, HEE HO HA oh Maureen. You are the Optimus Prime of my heart.

“Health” and “care” to be “mammon” and “windfall” (see also: “death”)

I wish I could tell you I know what the hell’s going on here, but I don’t. I don’t have the slightest idea. I’ve been watching the GOP’s attempt to pass “healthcare” with my jaw on several spots on the floor. It’s so nakedly a tax cut for the rich I can’t fathom what this supposed “healthcare” has to do with it, any more than the commonweal interest of lions is concerned with “wounded impalas.”

The American Medical Association Monday blasted U.S. Senate Republican leadership’s Better Care Reconciliation Act, saying its rollback of Medicaid and skimpier benefits for those with subsidized private individual policies are sure to raise costs for more than just those losing coverage.

Way to go there, AMA. Well, I probably shouldn’t make fun of them considering the many Republicans they count as members. But that’s a soft pedal job that’s practically a blanket thrown over the piano strings. We can’t do any better than that?

“Medicine has long operated under the precept of Primum non nocere, or ‘first, do no harm.’ The draft legislation violates that standard on many levels,” the nation’s largest doctor group said in strongly worded letter Monday to McConnell.

That’s better, and a damn sight more accurate. Thankfully the AMA still remembers its core principles – not quite exactly ‘First terminate, then liquidate and allocate.’ Trumpcare will throw 18 million Americans off their insurance in the first year. Then thousands of premature deaths will result every year afterward. And this is what Republicans call “healthcare”?

Btw, where are Democratic leaders in all this? They can’t do any better than they are now?

WE STEAL YOUR HEALTHCARE. Where is Mitch McConnell in a burglar’s mask? Where is Paul Ryan throwing workers into a woodchipper? HA HA YOU DIE. Where are the outrageous YouTube videos and frivolous memes? Where is the pushback? They’ve barely gotten a rise out of the Republicans. Where is the television ad campaign?

X Zooming McCarthy

Andrew C. McCarthy, pinch faced National Reviewer, esteemed observer of the middle-name rule for conservatives, huge fan of American torture, former Justice Department prosecutor who has himself an aneurysm whenever The Law is abased for any reason, cannot believe that anyone would dare apply It to Donald Trump.

Nice banner, fanboi. What Donald Trump has done over the past few months is the “Anithesis of Obstruction.” [Noun: a person or thing that is the direct opposite of someone or something else.] Let us assume that McCarthy’s argument goes that Trump fired Comey because the FBI investigator was slow to put this wayward president in jail.

Trump did not obstruct a valid FBI investigation; he demanded the exposure of a false one.

Wup, my bad. Let’s assume McCarthy’s argument goes that Trump fired Comey because SQUIRREL sasquatch ibid: hex nut.

The “collusion” narrative was a fraud, plain and simple. We know that now. Hopefully, it won’t take another six months to grasp a second plain and simple truth: Collusion’s successor, the “obstruction” narrative, is a perversion.

Face it, you’re not buying “collusion”. We both know that. Just look at yourself – you’re embarrassed for even thinking it. Do you really want Andy to show up on your computer later and taunt you for “obstruction” as well? It could happen!

So let’s stick with the plain and simple: The essence of obstruction is to frustrate the search for truth. Its antithesis is to demand the exposure of fraud.

Donald Trump’s political enemies are trying to build an obstruction case on the antithesis of obstruction: the president’s insistence that the collusion fraud be exposed.

What’s the bottom line in all this? I’d say finding ‘The Truth’. And if there’s anybody who knows this ‘truth’, who might that be? DONALD TRUMP, of course. That’s why the Department of Justice should back off and leave it up to the particular person being investigated to know right from wrong. I’m confident that Donald fired the FBI Director for a good reason. Because he’s a decent man.

The reasonable and not-violent politics of Erick Erickson

Yes it’s true, let’s not pretend otherwise. There were a number of conservatives who made it a number of hours – even days – after the Alexandria park shooting that injured Rep. Steve Scalise before generally blaming American liberalism for the violence. I want to recognize these people and thank them for their restraint in the immediate aftermath of the tragedy. I know it wasn’t easy for many of you, given your familiarity with habitual rage. So from me, to you…thanks. You’ve been lovely, really.

Of course I don’t have the time or space to acknowledge every deserving individual, especially when there are so many of you. But I think that Erick Erickson in particular deserves some welcome recognition.

Let’s Consider Secession
By Erick Erickson | June 19, 2017, 05:00am

This past week has made me realize the situation in this country is unlikely to get better.

Erick waited five whole days before calling for the country’s timely destruction. Thank you, Erick.

We have 320 million people who hate each other and the left shows no signs of toning down rhetoric after last week’s mass assassination attempt. If anything, too many of them regret there were no deaths.

It’s true, there are too many Twitter eggs out there. There are too many unhinged partisans bringing the tenor of discourse down. I think we can all agree that politics can be done without using disgusting hateful rhetoric. But if you’re going to be particularly nasty about something, you should at least have the decency to identify yourself and stand by what you said.

…which is why it’s so reassuring to see this still in Erickson’s feed, eight years later. Good on you, Erick.

At the same time, the left would have us believe that there is more violence on the right where history itself shows that is not true. From Nazism to Communism to progressivism itself, there has been more butchery from leftwing ideologies…

Uh oh.

…throughout human history than from the right — and yes despite popular historic revisionism, Nazism is from the left and had an American progressive fan club that included Margaret Sanger, patron saint of killing kids.

Liberals are Nazis, again. Of course. We’ve got a white supremacist president whose fans are beating minorities in the streets, and Erick wants to tell us the wing of politics that American Jews feel more comfortable with is the Real Hitler. Imagine that. Try this on: When former House Majority Leader Eric Cantor resigned from Congress in 2014, the Republicans were reduced to zero Jewish members. Not a single one, in their entire caucus. Erickson is not exactly thinking straight here.

And let’s dispense with the Sanger charge. Here she is in 1939:

The first thing I want to say in relation to my attitude regarding the present War and World Peace is that before Hitler came into power in Germany I was one of the few Americans who joined the Anti-Nazi Committee and gave money, my name and any influence I had with writers and others, to combat Hitler’s rise to power in Germany.

My attitude was open & above board as my name was on the stationery and periodicals and leaflets which were distributed by this Comm over Germany, Scandinavia, England, and Italy and the United States.

She was a full-throated Antifa. This is while men like George Prescott Bush were doing business with the Third Reich. But let’s get to the ironic part shall we? Because that’s more fun. Take a look at Erick’s Twitter page. Notice anything odd about it?

That massive black eagle, maybe? Where the hell did that come from? Oh I see. It’s part of the logo he chose for his website.

Lovely. It’s actually part of his website’s shield (oh brother). The Resurgent has itself a coat of vertical stripes topped with a black eagle crest (REALLY, Erick?). Head in profile, and wings spread. What a handsome display, don’t you think? Some might look at that and call it ‘dramatic’, or ‘striking’. Zen again, perhaps ozzers vood say historisch (you went there first, pal…)

I mean, c’mon.

Und.

So, to recap. We have got this guy…

(…stop laughing…) calling for some shocking stuff, because the leftist commies have become so wild-eyed and violent that they can’t be lived with anymore.

In our present atmosphere there is no escape from the American ISIS that is the political left. Evil preaches tolerance until it is dominant and then it seeks to silence good. Evil is now dominant.

Got that? You put it all together, and you get yourself this:

And of course HERE is a picture of Hitler declaring war on the good ole’ U.S.A.:

This is the same USA that, y’know, Erick can’t stand to be part of anymore. Because certain people are unhinged.