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I am retired, now a professor emeritus at University of Louisiana at Lafayette, where I taught in the English department for 37 years. I've written 4 chapbooks and 5 full-sized books (all listed as poetry though many include other genres as well), including _Sheer Indefinite: Selected Poems, 1991-2012 (Univ. of New Orleans Press, 2012). I've also written a 500+ page bibliography of three contemporary poets: Robert Creeley, Ed Dorn, and Robert Duncan. I am writing now, both fiction and poetry, more now than ever. My first vote for President of the United States was for Dick Gregory in 1968 (Bowling Green, Ohio). Favorite quote: "It's easy to be an idealist if you don't have to mind the evidence, but no one said it was supposed to be easy" (Richard LaPauvre).

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The wheels seem to becoming off the cart and the cart headed toward the abyss.

Is everything coming to a head?

Will Priebus be with Trump in a week's time?

Will Trump be in office this time next month?

After eight days like the last, both are doubtful.

And it's this ban which seems to be the accelerant of the disaster that is known as Trump.

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This morning, I'm more optimistic, despite the subject line.

"After all, a fleet of armed drones is just as good as a wall." (DT)

This is what his wall is going to come to, at least in his mind. I predict he'll start pushing something like this i days.

I doubt if he'll ever get Congress to go along with the "armed" part.

What do you think?

There is no soft landing, no waking from this

without great disruption which may well include political chaos, war, and/or a financial break down. (I.e., these are not mutually exclusive.)

How do we prepare ourselves at least psychologically?

By understanding that it will be rough.

And some of us may have the belief that The Constitution and our country will survive. (After all we weathered The Civil War.)

Yet his inaction and obfuscations concerning climate change will doom us as a species. That's the longterm. (The bad news is, the long term is not all that long.)

There is no waking from this, no soft landing.

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The above a product of a gloomy morning.

Our Surrealist-in-Chief!

A title worthy the Donald?

Trump's actions against the C.I.A indicate that it is posed to discover his criminal activity.

Why is Trump so hostile to the intel community? Why is he constantly and vehemently attacking what will be one of his most important assets? And this morning we hear that he planning to restructure them? Why? Simply because the story of Russian hacking tarnishes his "victory"?

No!

It's because when the C.I.A. discovers something terrible about Trump, he can say their discoveries and revelations are the result of revenge.

It's likely as simple as that. "Kill" the messenger before he delivers the message.

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Thus did speculation visit me this morning.

Trump's stance against the intel community tells me they are probably intestigating him and

that there is likely something big to hide. So big that he will alienate the intelligence community by denigrating them, making the public believe they are usually wrong and therefore can't indite him on whatever charges might apply.


This also implies that these charges will be known publicly since he is readying his defense now by undercutting the intel community's credibility.


After all, he's spending lot of political capital on this issue, one which is not likely to come out well for the-Trumpster-in-waiting.

Q. Why is Trump casting aspersions on the intel community? A. To attack the messenger. Q. Why?

A. Because when they later find and report anything unfavorable about his past or present, he can maintain he knew they were wrong all along and their new discoveries d*mn near confirm it.

Q. What might they find that would be so damaging to him that he would denigrate one of the nation's most important assets, an intelligence gathering-and-analysis community made up of seventeen agencies and costing billions of dollars a year?

A. Perhaps they will discover his camp colluded with the Russians by directing their hacking-targets and negotiating a third-party transfer to Assange, or find out that his own financial state is propped up by Russian banks and oligarchs, or . . . whatever.

Q. Where's the exit?

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In this manner did speculation unfold for me this morning.
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