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Just finished reading the DOJ response and attachments

I think the strongest argument the DOJ makes is that executive immunity does not exist here, but even if it did exist, it could not be used to prevent executive branch employees from looking over documents that belong to the federal government. The Supreme Court had to deal with this in regard to Nixon.

It's also interesting that Trump and his attorneys have not actually asserted executive immunity or executive privilege. Instead, they have talked about their novel theory of protective or potential privilege. They're arguing that because documents potentially might have immunity, they cannot be seized. It's an absurd argument.

All in all, I recommend printing up the 38 page document and reading it slowly and carefully, and looking at the attachments. It is a well reasoned document, and if the Trump judge does appoint the special master, this document will limit that special master only to looking at attorney client privilege.

I did chuckle at one point. Apparently, the team that looks over documents to separate privileged documents from the rest is often called the taint team. Yes, I'm immature enough to chuckle at that phrase.

I am practicing self-care to get through the next few days

4 years ago, the stress was overwhelming and when Trump ended up with the White House, it was a very sad day for me.

As I prepare for this week, I realize that I'm reading too much news, rereading the same stories and the same polls over and over.

I'm going to stop reading news. (Who am I kidding? I'm a news junkie, so for me, stopping reading means spending 5 minutes or less at CNN..)

I've already sent as much money as I can to Harrison and Biden and the DNC. So I won't be making any more contributions.

I'm going to exercise, eat right, sleep well, work on my house and yard, and take care of myself. The nervousness that this campaign season has brought about in me is undeniable. And I'm going to get on top of it.

I hope everyone does what it takes to have maximum emotional strength today, tomorrow, Tuesday, and beyond. Stay healthy everyone!

Republican gubernatorial candidate is opposed to democracy

He literally said that democracy is the road to communism.

I try to be open-minded, but these Republicans are scum.

Posted by bluedye33139 | Thu Oct 8, 2020, 07:06 AM (8 replies)

I just wrote to the Dean of the School of Public Health at Harvard

Yascha Mounk and his allies have decided to attack a doctoral student because the doctoral student uses Twitter.

Mounk instructed the dean to "cut" the doctoral student in order to placate an imaginary public.


Mounk and his allies routinely attack people for their speech and attempt to get them fired from jobs, barred from universities, deplatformed, and removed from public debate. Mounk and Bari Weiss and Andrew Sullivan also claim that they are doing this in order to protect free speech, and because they are opposed to cancel culture.

I wrote a nice four paragraph email to the Dean and reminded her to protect academic freedom and freedom of speech from the marauding Twitter horde led by Mounk and Weiss. Of course, I used more academic language in my missive.

More evidence of Biden's decency as a human being

Of course, this is preaching to the choir. I already believe in his decency.


Halfway through the Mary Trump book

It is beautifully written. I might have a bias, as I hate Donald's Trump a great deal but also because she is a clinical psychologist and I work in behavioral health also. When we look at a human being and their behaviors, we note that a lot of these behaviors are programmed into the individual during their early formative years.

I never knew that Donald Trump's mother was as crazy and bizarre as she is in this book. Donald Trump did not have a mother. He had a woman living in the same house who did not believe that she had any right to speak to him about his life, and she was often found wandering around mumbling to herself.

Donald Trump did not have a normal father either, but was raised by a sociopath. During the childhood years, they saw each other for minutes at a time, and the process by which he was anointed by his father at age 18 is described very well.

My father is a Fortune 500 executive, or was, rather. Through him, I saw some really well-off families that functioned the way the Trumps do. There is a patriarch or matriarch, a favorite child, and the rest of the family just sits around and tries to get free rent or to get their groceries and healthcare paid for by the family.

Mary's father sat in the attic in her grandfather's house for years nursing his alcoholism, in a toxic atmosphere that triggered him constantly. He was unable to leave the family. He was unable to stop wanting his father's approval, which he failed to obtain because of his rebelliousness and then his alcoholism.

It's kind of a sad book. But the writing is so lovely.
Posted by bluedye33139 | Sat Aug 8, 2020, 11:29 AM (6 replies)

I'm starting the Mary Trump book

It looks like a slow day for me, so I brought it with me and decided to read the prologue. Really good writing. Very insightful.

I like what she says about how diagnosing from afar misses the mark. Saying that someone has narcissistic personality disorder or antisocial personality disorder really says very little about a person. Trump's awfulness lies beyond psychiatric diagnosing.

Allen Francis, who edited the DSM-IV and who has written extensively about diagnosis, points out that the problem with Trump isn't a diagnostic category but rather the fact that he is a terrible, terrible person. Trump could have narcissistic personality disorder and antisocial personality disorder and still operate in a much more decent fashion. People with these disorders are not monsters, but simply evaluate interpersonal phenomena in a certain way. Most people with antisocial personality disorder or pathological narcissism are harmless. They're terrible to date, not a lot of fun to hang out with, but they don't necessarily have the core of malignancy.

Anyway, back to her book. This is great.
Posted by bluedye33139 | Thu Aug 6, 2020, 02:18 PM (4 replies)

People are speculating about Heck's strategy

And are speculating that he wanted to be lieutenant Governor in case Inslee ends up in DC.


Personally, I want Inslee to continue as governor.
Posted by bluedye33139 | Thu Aug 6, 2020, 08:16 AM (2 replies)

Epstein and Barr


Donald Barr wrote a pornographic novel in which teen girls are imprisoned and raped and impregnated. This is before he hired Jeffrey Epstein to work at a school he ran, putting Epstein into direct contact with pubescent girls.

If you look at the first page of the novel, you will see abuse occurring on an elevated table. This is exactly the scenario that Jeffrey Epstein utilized in the molestation of hundreds of girls. Epstein derived his fetishistic scenario directly from the father of the attorney general of the United States of America.

The novel also featured a reproduction program in which a wealthy powerful man would impregnate scores of girls and young women against their will. Epstein attempted to reproduce this element of the novel in his New Mexico compound.

For a variety of reasons, I do not believe that this administration is determined to get Maxwell to speak. It seems much more clear that the attorney general and president will wish her to be silent.

Epstein had a copy of the book with him when he died. He literally carried the book with him everywhere he went.

Republicans have hated Portland for decades

I lived in Portland through the '80s and '90s, and we were very proud of our Little Beirut image.

Some really good street theater occurred during those years. For me, the highlight was always when protesters vomited red white and blue paint on the street where Quayle was speaking.

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