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Donald Trump Is Mentally Unhinged


Donald Trump Is Mentally Unhinged
Kevin Drum

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

All of this has happened in the midst of an enormous pandemic which should be occupying all his time. Instead he’s virtually ignoring it because he can’t figure out what to do aside from handing it over to his son-in-law and then hauling out his iPhone to tweet about something he heard on Fox & Friends.

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?
Posted by babylonsister | Thu May 28, 2020, 01:10 PM (29 replies)

Texas Supreme Court: Voters don't qualify for mail-in ballots due to lack of COVID immunity

Texas Supreme Court: Voters don’t qualify for mail-in ballots due to lack of COVID immunity
By Tessa Weinberg
May 27, 2020 06:59 PM , Updated 30 minutes ago

The Texas Supreme Court ruled Wednesday afternoon that a lack of immunity to the novel coronavirus does not make a voter eligible for a mail-in ballot under Texas law.

Attorney General Ken Paxton had asked the state’s highest civil court to weigh in on the issue to prevent local election officials in some of Texas’ largest counties from processing mail-in ballots for voters who cite the disability category and normally would not qualify.

While the court agreed with Paxton that a lack of immunity to the virus alone would not qualify a voter for a mail-in ballot, they declined to order local election officials to investigate mail-in ballot applications they have received and said there is no evidence election officials have processed faulty ones.

“We agree with the State that a voter’s lack of immunity to COVID-19, without more, is not a ‘disability’ as defined by the Election Code. But the State acknowledges that election officials have no responsibility to question or investigate a ballot application that is valid on its face,” the opinion written by Chief Justice Nathan Hecht read.

Read more here: https://www.mcclatchydc.com/news/politics-government/election/article243039891.html
Posted by babylonsister | Thu May 28, 2020, 09:26 AM (6 replies)

Twitter CEO Tells Trump: We'll Keep Pointing Out Your Factual Inaccuracies


Twitter CEO Tells Trump: We’ll Keep Pointing Out Your Factual Inaccuracies
Jamie Ross. Reporter
Updated May. 28, 2020 7:06AM ET /
Published May. 28, 2020 5:25AM ET

Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey is refusing to back down over fact-checking in the face of relentless criticism from the White House. Dorsey’s company has become the target of President Trump’s fury after it added a disclaimer to one of his tweets earlier this week. First, Trump threatened to close down social-media companies who he thinks are “show bias” against conservatives, and it was reported late Wednesday that he will sign an executive order to remove important legal protections from sites like Twitter and Facebook. In a series of tweets, Dorsey wrote that Twitter will “continue to point out incorrect or disputed information about elections globally. And we will admit to and own any mistakes we make.” He added: “This does not make us an ‘arbiter of truth.’ Our intention is to connect the dots of conflicting statements and show the information in dispute so people can judge for themselves.” Despite his new vigor for fighting disinformation, this week Dorsey denied a widower’s request to remove Trump tweets that baselessly suggested Lori Klausutis was murdered in 2001 by her boss, MSNBC host Joe Scarborough.
Posted by babylonsister | Thu May 28, 2020, 08:22 AM (27 replies)

From Republican George Conway:

FB post via The WatchFrog...

From Republican George Conway:

"For Trump supporters, let me make one thing VERY clear!

For the record NO ONE is blaming the President for the virus. Let me repeat. Coronavirus is not Trump’s fault.
Here’s a detailed list of what we are blaming him for:

* Trump declined to use the World Health Organization’s test like other nations. Back in January, over a month before the first Co-vid19 case, the Chinese posted a new mysterious virus and within a week, Berlin virologists had produced the first diagnostic test. By the end of February, the WHO had shipped out tests to 60 countries. Oh, but not our government. We declined the test even as a temporary bridge until the CDC could create its own test. The question is why? We don’t know but what to look for is which pharmaceutical company eventually manufactures the test and who owns the stock. Keep tuned.

* In 2018 Trump fired Homeland Security Advisor Tom Bossart, whose job was to coordinate a response to global pandemics. He was not replaced.

* In 2018 Dr. Luciana Borio, the NSC director for medical and bio-defense preparedness left the job. Trump did not replace Dr. Borio.

* In 2019 the NSC’s Senior Director for Global Health Security and bio-defense, Tim Ziemer, left the position and Trump did not replace the Rear Admiral.

* Trump shut down the entire Global Health Security and Bio-defense agency. Yes, he did.

* Amid the explosive worldwide outbreak of the virus Trump proposed a 19% cut to the budget of the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention plus a 10% cut to Public Health Services and a 7% cut to Global Health Services. Those happen to be the organizations that responds to public health threats.

* In 2018, at Trump’s direction, the CDC stopped funding epidemic prevention activities in 39 out of 49 countries including China.

* Trump didn’t appoint a doctor to oversee the US response to the pandemic. He appointed Mike Pence.

* Trump has on multiple occasions sowed doubt about the severity of the virus even using the word hoax at events and rallies. He even did it at an event where the virus was being spread. Trump has put out zero useful information concerning the health risks of the virus.

* Trump pretended the virus had been contained.

* Trump left a cruise ship at sea for days, denying them proper hospital care, rather than increase his numbers in America.

Repeat. We do not blame Trump for the virus. We blame him for gutting the nation’s preparations to deal with it. We blame him for bungling testing and allowing it to spread uninhibited. We blame him for wasting taxpayer money on applause lines at his rallies (like The Wall). We blame him for putting his own political life over American human life. I hope this clears things up."

Posted by babylonsister | Wed May 27, 2020, 01:12 PM (22 replies)

Pompeo tells Congress Hong Kong is no longer autonomous from China


Updated 21 mins ago - World
Pompeo tells Congress Hong Kong is no longer autonomous from China
Zachary Basu

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said in a statement Wednesday that he has certified to Congress that Hong Kong is no longer autonomous from China and does not warrant special treatment under U.S. law.

Why it matters: Revoking Hong Kong's special status would hasten its economic and financial decline, already set in motion by China's growing political grip on the city. The preferential status that the U.S. has long granted Hong Kong has made the city a top U.S. trading partner.

The big picture: The Chinese Communist Party last week unveiled a sweeping new security law that will criminalize sedition, foreign influence and secession in Hong Kong. The move and the subsequent reaction from the U.S. has put the once semi-autonomous city's status as one of Asia's largest financial hubs at risk.

The U.S. and Hong Kong do $67 billion in bilateral trade each year.
More than 1,300 U.S. companies have operations in Hong Kong, and around 80,000 U.S. citizens currently reside in the city.

The backstory: Hong Kong has operated under its own legal system since the U.K. returned the colony to China in 1997. People and businesses there have lived and operated far more freely than would be possible in mainland China.

An extradition bill that threatened to undermine Hong Kong’s autonomy sparked massive protests last year. The new measures from Beijing could go much farther, and activists fear the crackdown will render Hong Kong just another Chinese province.

What to watch: White House national security adviser Robert O'Brien said on NBC's "Meet the Press" on Sunday that if Pompeo is unable to certify Hong Kong's autonomy, the U.S. will impose sanctions on China and Hong Kong.

What they're saying:

The State Department is required by the Hong Kong Policy Act to assess the autonomy of the territory from China. After careful study of developments over the reporting period, I certified to Congress today that Hong Kong does not continue to warrant treatment under United States laws in the same manner as U.S. laws were applied to Hong Kong before July 1997. No reasonable person can assert today that Hong Kong maintains a high degree of autonomy from China, given the facts on the ground.

Hong Kong and its dynamic, enterprising, and free people have flourished for decades as a bastion of liberty, and this decision gives me no pleasure. But sound policy making requires a recognition of reality. While the United States once hoped that free and prosperous Hong Kong would provide a model for authoritarian China, it is no clear that China is modeling Hong Kong after itself.

The United States stands with the people of Hong Kong as they struggle against the CCP’s increasing denial of the autonomy that they were promised.
Posted by babylonsister | Wed May 27, 2020, 12:36 PM (5 replies)

Trump didn't keep Americans safe, and that's a fireable offense


Trump didn't keep Americans safe, and that's a fireable offense
kos for Daily Kos
Daily Kos Staff
Wednesday May 27, 2020 · 10:20 AM EDT

The Vietnam War was once considered among the worst American catastrophes of the past century, with a little more than 58,000 dead Americans (and countless Vietnamese, Cambodian, and Laotian people). Sept. 11 scarred the nation for a generation, with a little over 3,000 dead. And all of that pales in comparison to the current pandemic, which will soon equal two Vietnam Wars.

Hapless deer-in-headlights and impeached President Donald Trump can’t decide how to handle the pandemic. No, not the responding to the pandemic part—that part he gave up on from the very beginning. No, he can’t decide who to blame. But whether it’s Democrats or his intelligence agencies or the Chinese, one simple reality cuts through it all: A president’s No. 1 job is to keep Americans safe, and he’s failed that to a degree we haven’t seen in more than a century. He has objectively failed, and done so in historic, catastrophic fashion.


But what is his current favorite excuse for our nation’s mass death event? Something-something it’s China’s fault.

Whatever mistakes China made (and no one will claim the country handled the spread of the virus with the necessary competence and transparency), the fact is we had plenty of warning to prepare for COVID 19’s arrival. But from disbanding the pandemic preparedness task force, to ignoring the pandemic playbook left behind by the Obama administration, to gutting the CDC and FEMA, to using his bully pulpit to spread misinformation and undermine the nation’s response, Trump very much rolled out a red carpet for national infestation, economic devastation, and death.

Put another way: Trump didn't keep us safe.

He didn’t keep us safe from an act of God.

And if you want to believe that it’s China’s fault, he also didn’t keep us safe from their actions.


It’s quite remarkable that a guy who spends all day watching TV and all weekend golfing during a mass-death event can’t fathom that it might cost him at the ballot box. But that’s where we appear to be heading.

And it’s well-deserved. A failure of this magnitude deserves the most resounding “YOU’RE FIRED” the nation can muster. It wouldn’t undo the damage he’s done, but it would still offer some measure of satisfaction.

Posted by babylonsister | Wed May 27, 2020, 12:28 PM (4 replies)

Trump Threatens to Close Down Twitter to Protect Free Speech


Trump Threatens to Close Down Twitter to Protect Free Speech
Jamie Ross, Reporter
Published May. 27, 2020 7:27AM ET

Who could have predicted President Trump would react so angrily to being fact-checked by Twitter? The president has threatened to close down social-media companies that “silence conservatives voices,” one day after Twitter added a fact-check label to one of his posts. On Tuesday, Trump tweeted, without providing any evidence, that mail-in ballots would lead to widespread fraud—and Twitter’s new label system merely pointed out that it was an unsubstantiated claim. Clearly infuriated, Trump tweeted Wednesday morning: “Republicans feel that Social Media Platforms totally silence conservatives voices. We will strongly regulate, or close them down, before we can ever allow this to happen. We saw what they attempted to do, and failed, in 2016. We can’t let a more sophisticated version of that happen again.” The president then went on to repeat his baseless claim that mail-in-ballots would lead directly to more voting fraud.
Posted by babylonsister | Wed May 27, 2020, 08:22 AM (58 replies)

California DA Opens Investigation Into Tara Reade


California DA Opens Investigation Into Tara Reade
May 27, 2020 at 6:10 am EDT By Taegan Goddard

Politico: “The Monterey County District Attorney’s office has launched an investigation into whether Tara Reade lied on the witness stand while acting as an expert witness. Reade, under the name Alexandra McCabe, for years testified as an expert in domestic violence cases for the California D.A.’s office. Among the issues is whether she lied about her credentials to qualify as an expert.”
Posted by babylonsister | Wed May 27, 2020, 08:18 AM (4 replies)

UA student: My grandmother deserved better than 'goodbye' through a window

UA student: My grandmother deserved better than 'goodbye' through a window
As coronavirus took my grandmother, I screamed 'I love you' through the window of her Tucson nursing home
By Anika Pasilis Special to the Arizona Daily Star May 17, 2020
The following is the opinion and analysis of the writer:


“I’m sorry for your loss,” a million and one people have told me. I can’t accept that. It wasn’t just my loss, it was everyone’s.

Sally wasn’t the “milk and cookies” kind of grandma. Until very recently, she very rarely told me, “I love you.” Instead, she took me on grand adventures around Tucson. Together, we swam like fish in the pool and watched the sun burst into thousands of colors across the sky.

Before she was a grandmother, she was a freedom rider. In her youth, she was beaten and arrested by the police for protesting.

“I once saw a girl with all her teeth kicked out,” she recalled. “I was afraid that would happen to me, too.” Thankfully, she kept her teeth but spent a good amount of time in jail.

One of the most triumphant moments of her life was when she and her fellow freedom riders went to a church and the congregants all stood and cheered. She said Oprah wanted to interview her, but she didn’t want to be on television.


Posted by babylonsister | Tue May 26, 2020, 09:46 PM (5 replies)

House Republicans to sue Nancy Pelosi in effort to block proxy voting

Good thing they have nothing better to do.


Updated 12 mins ago - Politics & Policy
House Republicans to sue Nancy Pelosi in effort to block proxy voting
Alayna Treene, Marisa Fernandez

20 House Republicans plan to file a lawsuit late Tuesday against Speaker Nancy Pelosi in an effort to block the chamber's new proxy voting system amid the coronavirus pandemic, three congressional sources tell Axios.

The big picture: The lawsuit, led by House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, alleges the rules are unconstitutional because the Constitution requires a quorum, or a majority, of lawmakers to be physically present in order to conduct business. The lawsuit was first reported by the Wall Street Journal.

The historic rule allows Pelosi to initiate remote operations for 45 days and for House members to direct another member vote on their behalf if they can't make it to the Capitol

No Republicans voted in favor of the temporary remote voting.

What they're saying: "Our guidance is either vote in person if you can or, if unable to travel to be physically present, use the other options already available to House members to make your position known," one GOP aide told reporters on Tuesday.

The state of play: GOP aides say they do not expect the suit to be able to stop proxy voting this week.

54 Democratic members have already sent a letter designating another member to vote on their behalf this week. No Republicans have done so, per GOP aides.

"We believe the majority rule is unconstitutional. And so, the remedy there is for us to go to court and ask for them to confirm our reading of the Constitution, and that will take a little bit of time," a second Republican aide said.

This story is developing. Please check back for updates.
Posted by babylonsister | Tue May 26, 2020, 05:56 PM (2 replies)
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